30 March 2008

At Last, The New site I've Been Looking For--Foreign Policy Online

I am perpetually pissed off that there's no real news shows on morning TV. While I'm drinking my coffee and wrangling the kids into school-ready mode, CNN, Fox, etc., bombard me with a pittance of real news, and bucketloads of human-interest drivel.

And since I don't have access to a good daily newspaper (all Michigan papers suck, and the WSJ is expensive, and--frankly--too time consuming--I get most of my news online. But even there it's difficult. CNN.com is as crappy as the network, and even BBC.com is hard to navigate and doesn't know how to guide you to good stories.

But now I've found Foreign Policy's website. Foreign Policy is an excellent journal I used to receive, but never had time to read. But their website is fantastic, with real news--by which I mean economics and politics, with no fluff about Britney Spears and her ilk.

For example, where else have you read that rice prices rose 30% to reach an al-time high this week, creating a risk of "social unrest (such a bland phrase for riotin' and lootin') in Asia. And why did it happen? Partly because Egypt imposed a ban on exporting rice. See, economics and politics. OK, FoPo just linked to the Financial Times, but that's the point. They know which stories are important, and link to them, which helps me out because I don't have enough time to search out all the disparate important news myself. The "Morning Briefings" are especially great. Now I can start my day by quickly catching up on what's going on in the world.

4 comments:

Scott Hanley said...

The Economist is also on the story:
http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10910906
http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10252015

James K said...

Sounds interesting, all we get is fluff down here. Mind you I don't really have time to mess about in the mornings anyway.

James Hanley said...

James K, I think the "morning" briefing could be read in the evening. ;)

Of course I'm lucky to have a job where I don't usually have to be at work until 9:00 or later. Although this particular morning I need to quit playing around on here and finish some grading.

James Hanley said...

Hooray for the Economist!