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.

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