Worth Reading 9: Mauve Tuesday

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Arab regimes on edge – Foreign Policy looks at the fallout from the events in Tunisia
Ike was right all along: The danger of the military-industrial complex – Looking back at that speech, fifty years on.
Proof: Nadine Dorries lies about police investigations – Revenge is a dish best served by Time Ireland of Bloggerheads
What’s Behind the Right Wing’s Bizarre Obsession with the Gold Standard? – AlterNet investigates
Blue Monday is bullshit churnalism. Beware any journalist who promotes it. – Going back to a point made in his book Bad Science, Ben Goldacre explains how yesterday is only the most depressing day of the year if reading lots of churnalism in the press gets you down

Rent-a-quote inflation

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the costs to councils generated by the Taxpayers Alliance. I just looked at the time spent by press officers dealing with the queries caused by their stories, but now PoliticalHackUK has gone a bit further and looked at the cost of the various Freedom of Information Act enquiries that generate TPA and other stories. It’s not cheap.