Hope the Bleeding Heartland community has been enjoying the long holiday weekend. The weather couldn’t be more perfect across Iowa. This is an open thread, but I’ve posted a few links that to get the conversation going after the jump.
Peter Rothberg listed his top ten Labor Day songs here. Top ten lists are always good for starting arguments. I would have included “Spring Hill Mining Disaster” (U2 version) and “Allentown” by Billy Joel.
A depressing link to go with Friday’s horrible jobs report: The Decline of Manufacturing in America: A Case Study by Yves Smith at the Naked Capitalism blog.
Two of the best-known casualties in this summer’s round of layoffs at the Des Moines Register recently returned to central Iowa newsprint. Philip Brasher, who had been the Register’s food and agriculture policy correspondent in Washington, was hired by parent company Gannett to cover the same beat for its Washington bureau. Brasher’s by-line reappeared in the Register in late August. Prominent sustainable food advocates had sounded the alarm about Brasher’s dismissal.
The Register’s former sports columnist, Sean Keeler, will write a column on college football this fall for the Des Moines alternative weekly Cityview. His preview on Hawkeye and Cyclone football is the cover story in this week’s edition.
What’s on your mind, Bleeding Heartland readers?