Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dugg News

This is a new concept I've been toying with. I'm trying to figure out how it will work, how long it takes to do, and how often I'll be able to do it, but I'm going to try to do a sort of news roundup based on stories I've submitted to Digg.

I get email newsletters of today's headlines from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Nashville Tennessean, and other newspapers. I also get news from various outlets like the Progressive Review, AlterNet and Truthdig and a collection of blogs. As I read through these email newsletters and surf the web I digg stories (submit them to Digg) that catch my eye. The news stories I've "dugg" are usually a strange mix. Most are straight news of the political variety, but you'll also see the occasional editorial column or blog post. Here's today's greatest hits collection...

This is the news story that's infuriated me the most over the past few days. Here's a gang that can't shut up about supporting the troops and never misses an opportunity to screw them over.

Vets get Shaft: No Funds in Bush Budget For Troop-Benefits

President Bush drew great applause during his State of the Union address last month when he called on Congress to allow U.S. troops to transfer their unused education benefits to family members. 'Our military families serve our nation, they inspire our nation, and tonight our nation honors them.' However, Bush's proposed budget doesn't do enough.

read more | digg story

It's nice to know that the Pentagon is learning something about the wars they're fighting these days.

After Hard-Won Lessons, Army Doctrine Revised

The Army has drafted a new operations manual that elevates the mission of stabilizing war-torn nations, making it equal in importance to defeating adversaries on the battlefield.

read more | digg story

Congress finally passed an economic stimulus package and sent it to the president. It goes further than he would like, but probably doesn't go far enough to do much good.

Congress Sends Economic Aid Plan to Bush

The legislation would provide $600 payments for individuals -- $1,200 for couples -- plus $300 for each child younger than 17. It would begin to phase out eligibility at $75,000 in adjusted gross income for individuals and at $150,000 for couples. Workers who can show $3,000 in earned income last year -- too little on which to pay income taxes -- would be eligible for payments of $300. The payments would be sent out separately from tax refunds.

read more | digg story

Election News -- More victories for Obama

Obama Sweeps Four Primaries: Nebraska, Washington, Louisiana and Virgin Islands

read more | digg story

Here's an interesting local story. Due to a surveying error in 1818, the Georgia state line comes one mile short of reaching the Tennessee River. With droughts getting so bad in the South, Georgia lawmakers are trying to gain access to the water. Here's the latest story in the continuing saga: Tennessee lawmakers don't like the idea.

Lawmakers opposed to Georgia tapping Tennessee River

Tennessee lawmakers say they sympathize with Georgia's water shortages but they will oppose an effort by their lawmakers to redraw the states' border. A proposal in the Georgia Legislature argues that a flawed survey in 1818 mistakenly marked Georgia's border one mile south of the Tennessee River.

read more | digg story

And some fantastic news from TV land. Yeah! The writers are coming back!!!

Producers Say Writers Could Return on Monday

See you on Monday? With a chance that the Hollywood writers' strike could be settled soon, television producers have already started to say just that. “Everybody is telling everybody to come in Monday,” said Jeff Ross, the executive producer of NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

read more | digg story

See my Digg page for more dugg stories.


JackD said...

some of your "read more" and "digg" don't work because it appears they have blogger links in them.

See example:

fdtate said...

Thanks for letting me know. Like I said, this is all new to me. I'm not sure why all the blogger links are being added -- maybe some kind of referral link, but they're not working. Everything is working now -- I hope. I should have done a better job of checking the links before I posted.

The headline and the "read more" links should both take you to the story. The "digg story" link should take you to the Digg page where you can add your digg if your a Digg member.