Monthly Archives: July 2012

Articles of interest, july 31, 2012

Lots of articles to make up for not being able to post the last few days.

US Army orders riot gear for against US citizens. How long before they’re used in Anaheim (on its 10th day of protests)? I thought Posse Comitatus was federal law?

They are using horses against, by all accounts, peaceful protesters in Anaheim.

Paramilitary police (or “private contractors”–no way to tell) are being used against Anaheim.

Why are cops targeting suspected anarchists? What is this, the 1920s again?

Minority Report come to life: Cops are going to start doing “predictive policing”. What about our 4th Amendment? What about probable cause?

NYPD ratchets up its illegal spying.

Fuckhead Bloomberg sues to keep wages for NY’ers as low as possible–over the city council vote that’s in his pocket that overrode his veto. Paying workers $10/hour would only apply if the company gets over $1 million in taxpayer subsidies. OUR money. Fucking piece of shit asshole.

Kidnap victim in NY found in NYPD detective’s house; no charges filed on the cop.

NYPD officially violated human rights during OWS protests. Given that they’re the 7th largest army in the world and Booberg declared it his personal own, they should be brought up on international charges. What they pulled is shit that happens in dictatorial countries. 

Sex assault victims in WI now have to pay for their own tests. Justice is only for the rich.

Candidate for KS school board: “‘Evolution is false science! God made the heaven and the earth and created humans from the dust of the earth! The very bad teachers that teach that men descended from apes via evolution need to have their teaching licenses revoked.'” Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with Kansas?

Fracking industry pays off scientists to fake reports/data.

Why is Leon Panetta discussing war on Iran with Israel?

According to Scalia, women have no right to contraception but handheld rockets are a-okay.

When did Americans normalize extremism, ideas that were once unthinkable? 

Corporation Pushes Six-Year Pay Freeze On Workers While Making Record Profits, Paying CEO $17 Million” Fuck Caterpillar.

Man arrested in Oregon (of all places) for collecting rainwater, which now belongs to the government.

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Articles of interest July 23, 2012

US official poverty rate is above 15%, highest since 1965. The closer number is probably closer to 1 our of 6, or 47 million. 

Almost half of middle-class workers, 49 percent, will be poor or near poor in retirement, living on a food budget of about $5 a day.”

Did you know that your photo is likely in a facial recognition database, thanks to the ever increasingly creepy Facebook? How long before it’s sold to marketers, or to the public?

Washington admits violating the 4th Amendments during their surveillance efforts, but of course nothing will be done to change this.

The 1% are hiding up to $32 trillion offshore a number, at the cost of $280 billion. This money could have helped most of Africa, solved the euro crisis or put a major dent in the American depression. But these are the ones that are supposed to save the economy? Why aren’t they getting pilloried?

Due to slashed medical budgets and poor education, the South is the new American epicenter for AIDS. Good going, guys.

UN torture expert banned from testifying in Manning’s defense because “irrelevant to whether or not his nine-months of confinement was illegal

And, some brilliant Chris Hedges to lighten your day:

Talking about swathes of America have been destroyed for quarterly earnings.

How it’s the “careerists” who’ve done the most damage to our society.

And, the best: “How Our Demented Capitalist System Made America Insane

Articles of Interest, July 18, 2012

Good news: “97-yr-old ‘Most Wanted’ Nazi war criminal arrested in Hungary

Pretty good news–Planned Parenthood strikes back against Arizona’s fucked up laws that block low income women from getting the health care they need. And, the majority house in SC has overriden Gov. Haley’s budget that would close, among other things, rape crisis centers

Biggest financial scandal in history, the main culprit on why our economy is as bad as it is, and corporate owned news only gives 12 minutes airtime. Combined.

Even Bloomberg (News) acknowledges that the rich have declared class warfare.

Cicero police shot a man in the back as he rode a bicycle and let him bleed to death, then planted a gun by him, “threatened to kill” a witness, and intimidated and arrested other witnesses, the dead man’s father claims in Federal Court.” Given the level of police violence on innocents, I believe it 100%.

Handcuffed man shot twice by San Francisco police – witness reports

Man sues NYC for right to give the finger to cops.

George Soros’ son creating a SuperPAC aimed against campaign finance reform. Fuckhead.

While the rest of us are in a depression, the rich horde their money.

And it goes out with a whisper and not a bang–Germans quietly using the deutsche mark instead of the euro.

If someone in the government had read Wikileaks, instead of hunting down people who should be lauded, they would’ve known about the coming insurgency.

US wasted up to $8 bln on Iraq reconstruction

Articles of Interest July 18, 2012

Slow past few news days…

Seven Tea Party Freshmen Spent More Than $100,000 In Taxpayer Money On Personal Cars”

Automatic Federal Spending Cuts Could Eliminate 2 Million Jobs: Report

White House gives Homeland Security control of all communication systems

Cops knock on wrong door, don’t identify themselves in the middle of the night. Guy comes to door with gun, cops kill him
Also in Florida, man gets tazed three times after being stopped for jaywalking.

Private prison company make take over sex offender center. These people are recommitted after their release from prison until they’re fit for society (the whole idea of doing one’s time is a separate conversation). There will be no reason to ever let them out.

Chris Hedges’ brilliant article about the working class Battle of Blair Mountain.

Virginia continues its incessant war on women.

Soldier suicides average almost one a day, much more than the casualty rate.

Blackwater illegally took millions in taxpayer money. What’s shocking is that this is unsurprising.

Part of Bradley Manning’s defense: He had authorization to view the files, undermining the government’s claim of a break in.

JPMorgan, despite our continued bailouts, has lost $5.8 billion this year. So far. 

Timmy Geithner’s “recommendations” about LIBOR came directly from the banks.

HSBC had knowledge of and allowed drug money to be laundered. I guess in the age of Fast and Furious, this barely registers. According to a Senate report, HSBC knew about it for years.

Articles of Interest July 10, 2012

“Merck Created Hit List to ‘Destroy,’ ‘Neutralize’ or ‘Discredit’ Dissenting Doctors”

Horrible: Obama cuts our pharmacy costs by raising them all over the world to keep Big Pharma happy. Fuck the poorest in the world.

1,200 legal votes in TX alone supressed in 2008 election

“Fox Guest’s Voter ID Law Defense: ‘Voting Is A Privilege'”

PA paid Romney’s lobbying firm to publicize their Jim Crow voter ID laws 

Along with PA’s voter ID laws (worse than Texas) and legalizing fracking while imposing a gag order about it, Scranton is now making all city workers (including cops and firefighters) work for minimum wage. It’s almost impossible for one person to survive on that salary much less a family, so I don’t think this is going to end well. Austerity: Making the poor pay for the “mistakes” of the rich..

.It is now official: Fracking definitely causes water pollution.

ConEd continues lockout in response to workers taking issue with their pension being looted, risking the lives and health of many NY’ers.

Race to the bottom: “Texas GOP Declares: ‘No More Teaching of ‘Critical Thinking Skills’ in Texas Public Schools'”

Three FL cops charged in string of immigrants being beaten up. Who can still seriously think we trust these guys?

FL aiming to be the unmanned domestic drone capital of the US.

The CDC has been battling FL Gov. Scott about publicizing the worst TB outbreak in 20 years, and adds fuel to the fire by closing one of the only TB hospitals in the nation while knowing what was happening.

Spain becomes the second first world country to be bailed out and must impose strict austerity to make up debt, without one banker going to jail.

A report released by US cell phone companies shows a disturbing spike in the number of requests by US law enforcement agencies for cell phone information. Even more disturbing, most law enforcement agencies do not provide a proper warrant.

The elderly and vulnerable are losing their homes over a few hundred in back taxes. Meanwhile, whole towns go bankrupt with no reprocussion.

Many Wall Street executives says wrongdoing is necessary: survey” And these are the people we laud? So many things wrong with this that it’d take too long to list.

And, articles about LIBOR, the biggest banking scandal in decades that the US media has decided not to report much on:

“Libor Scandal: Manipulation Spanned Decades, According To Reports”

Federal Reserve of NY knew about this for at least five years. Another example of how we are on our own.

Brilliant Taibbi article: “New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson Applaud British, Issue Challenge To American Regulators Over LIBOR Scandal

Rules of American justice: An American banker is shocked to be held accountable in Britain