Monthly Archives: August 2012

articles of interest august 31, 2012

Good news: FL judge lifts voter restriction ban.

Disgruntled Marine shoots two co-workers and himself.

Very interesting Assange interview.

On the revolving door between Wall St. and Washington

Homeland Security to test the pervasiveness of bacteria in Boston subways.

Soldiers who conspired to take down the government will be tried on murder, not domestic terrorism charges.

Citigroup again gets away with a relative slap on the wrist.

CIA gets away with torture and murder.

Cops in SoCal bodyslam a nurse during a traffic stop. Meanwhile, in St. Paul, cops kick a man in the neck.

The infamous Arpaio is getting sued for sending cops to break down the doors (without a warrant) of two reporters who challenged him.

Apple curiously takes down drone awareness app.

Fucking awesome: Baltimore has the guts to sue the banks that screwed them over.

Big surprise: Banks that pledged to implement debt relief programs, and received billions to do so, aren’t.

Study: Shrinking wages tied to decline in union membership

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articles of interest August 28, 2012

Lots today…

Methane showing up in PA water supplies.

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans have not been able to put food on their table in the past year.

Courts will soon decide if cops need a warrant for DNA evidence. How can they not??

How the right’s stance on abortion is way out of whack with the rest of the world.

Iran Call for Nuclear Abolition by 2025 is Unreported by New York Times

Remember the Marines who pissed on dead Afghans? Their punishment, if any, will not be disclosed.

Coal miners forced to give up their time AND make a donation to Romney.

Israeli court acquits Israel in murder of Rachel Corrie

Police enlist young offenders as confidential informants. But the work is high-risk, largely unregulated, and sometimes fatal.”

Poverty is “officially” back in Europe as brands hustle to change marketing strategies

In four years, the US will be $20 trillion in debt.

Now SC has voter ID laws designed to take the disenfranchised (poor, elderly, non-white) off the rolls. Meanwhile, “Boehner Says Out Loud He Hopes Blacks and Latinos ‘Won’t Show Up’ This Election” Good news, though, is that a judge put an end to the racist Texas redistricting

California’s Proposition 32, on the ballot this November, would severely limit unions’ election spending while leaving corporations free to spend as much as they like.”

Brave activists (including Chris Hedges) are suing Obama over the NDAA. What’s shocking is how far Obama & Co. will go to detain citizens–even though he specifically swore otherwise.

Recently, federal district court Judge Cormac J. Carney of the Central District of California, dismissed a civil rights lawsuit filed against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on grounds of bogus “state secrets privilege” claims made by the Obama administration.”

The awfulness that is an ICE prison. Rotting food is the best of it–these are people, by the way, not even officially accused of a crime.

Security at the RNC: George Orwell Meets a ‘Call of Duty’ Cityscape

Old article, but very relevant, about how the machines in the 2004 election were hacked.

Columbia finally willing to talk with FARC.

Fantastic, though long, profile on the lunatic Koch brothers.

articles of interest, august 24, 2012

Happy would-be 90th birthday, Howard Zinn! “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

Tampa authorities empty prison ahead of RNC. I’m glad to see that they’re more scared of peaceful protesters than they are of rapists, arsonists and petty thieves. Are they scared of Anonymous–even though they clearly don’t know what it’s about?

Average Americans lost 5% of their income during the “recovery”. Guess who gained?

Asshole running for sheriff in NH would use “deadly force” to prevent abortions. Live free or die?

Truly a man for the people:”Mayor Bloomberg Says People Stay Homeless Because the Shelters Are So Damn Nice” Maybe the economy has a bit to do with it?

They tell us you need to work to get welfare. But what if there is no work?

FDA to ban gay sperm donors. Supposedly to avoid HIV…what is this, 1983? Why is a straight donor who’s engaged in high risk sex better?

The only journalist imprisoned in Gitmo speaks out.

Stockton, CA’s bankruptcy “may” drive the cops away, since they won’t be getting paid.  

Articles of Interest, august 23, 2012

The past decade has been the worst for the American middle class in over 60 years.

Cops in OR tazer man in hospital. He spends 9 days in ICU before dying.

Trapwire has been connected to the private domestic spying company used against OWS.

In yet another NYPD cover up, which the DA is complicit in, charges won’t be filed against a cop who struck a supreme court justice in the neck. Meanwhile, the NYPD justifies spying on Muslims over overheard conversations about bias.

One in three Americans live at or just above the poverty line. That’s 100 million people.

Decaying infrastructure is costing us billions a year. Why in hell isn’t there a new New Deal, which would take care of the economy right away?

Ecuadorian president stands up to U.S. in very powerful interview.

On the US still being a bully, even though Bush is gone.

Articles of Interest, August 21, 2012

Many today to make up for yesterday…

All we need: Obama’s now threatening Syria.

Turns out all the illegal spying on Muslims by the NYPD all over the country? All for naught. Not one lead, not one arrest.

Sweden says they won’t extradite Assange if there’s a chance of the death penalty. Like the U.S. has never lied before. Between the lines is that there’s a secret indictment and trumped up charges based on nothing. Who really thinks this is just a molestation case? Not members of Anonymous.

The famed Black Panther, James Aoki, was FBI all along.

Just like with Goldman Sachs, the U.S. is letting MF Global get off without so much as a wrist slap. Meanwhile, man is found innocent and the AG has kept him in there for two extra years and counting over, theoretically, a missed deadline.

Two years after the BP oil spill, fish are showing up with cancerous lesions and other abnormalities, like eyeless shrimp. In other environmental news, NYS is about to allow fracking. There goes drinking the water or taking a shower.

Police shoot mentally ill man 46 times (described as a firing squad, except as cop uniforms). Also last week, multiple cops are filmed punching someone until their nose and cheekbone are broken. His crime? Skating on the wrong side of the street.

The labor shortage in CA is so bad, that even with the drought, they have no choice but to leave the crops in the field to rot.

More tragic proof that abstinence education doesn’t work–HIV rates among the young in NOLA are going through the roof and has been traced directly back to this curriculum.

They call it ‘rahowa’- short for racial holy war – and they are preparing for it by joining the ranks of the world’s fiercest fighting machine, the U.S. military.” Related is an excellent Economist article on why we need to shift focus to domestic terrorism.

And these are the people protecting the homeland–Almost 2,600 DHS workers and co-conspirators have been charged with at least misdemeanors since 2004.

On people being strip searched for the most trivial things, like traffic violations.

Articles of interest august 17, 2012

First, Assange news: Declassified documents show that there is a secret grand jury going on right now to indict Assange, who will likely/possibly be extradited to the U.S.  The UK is saying they will refuse Assange safe passage out of London. Meanwhile, Ecuador will appeal to the ICC if Britain won’t grant Assange leave. I’m sounding like a broken record here, but can someone explain to me the difference between Wikileaks and the Pentagon Papers?

Devo founder rightly summarizes that the difference between Obama and Romney is like choosing between Coke and Pepsi. Their website was mysteriously hacked shortly after.

Suicide rates for Iraq/Afghanistan vets doubled in the past month. There are now more soldiers dying by their own hand than on the battlefield. It might be related to CTE, a degenerative brain disease.

Journalist who has devoted his life to reporting on police misconduct, jailed for recording a cop.

96 year old woman, who has voted in all but one election in her adult life, even through Jim Crow, denied Voter ID. Also, the day after the PA judge upheld the draconian voter laws, all voting registration initiatives have ceased.

Anonymous announces that they will begin shut downs of Tripwire tomorrow.

Sacramento is making it increasingly impossible to protest.This is on the heels of Chicago doing similar.

Shell shuts down station in Nigeria, likely because of a spill. 

Walmart will not hand over documents related to their bribery, money laundering and tax evasion, even though we’re saying “Pretty please.”

Yet another Muslim home firebombed

articles of interest august 16,2012

Why in hell is the Social Security Administration ordering 174,000 rounds of hollow point bullets?

It’s already here: “An email hacked from Stratfor that discusses the use of the TrapWire surveillance system has been decrypted, revealing insider claims that the widespread spy program was adopted by the White House, Scotland Yard, Canadian authorities and others.”

Assange granted asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy. UK vows to extradite him to Sweden, where he can easily be then extradited to the US. Seems like an awful lot of work over someone who’s accused of attempted rape–by two women who happen to be tied to an anti-Wikileaks group.

In the crazy bitch category, Gov. Jan  Brewer is denying benefits to the children of undocumented workers over federal law. She’s also denying driver’s licenses to these individuals as well as any other benefit due to those given the reprieve.

South African police kill 18 striking mine workers

Good news: US birthrates are finally declining.

Not surprising: Deep racial divide on stop and frisk policies in NYC. As long as the white people and tourists have the illusion of safety, I guess blatant racism is all right. And who cares if those people (90% innocent) get roughed up in the process? As long as it doesn’t happen to them.

Monsanto donates $4.2 million to defeat California GMO labeling initiative

articles of interest, august 15, 2012

Eight attacks on mosques in 11 days. What the fuck? When the fuck are people going to learn history? Meanwhile, Judge upholds that randomly spying on mosques is A-OK–giving the government a blank check to entrap. Also meanwhile, BoA opens and empties a safety deposit box, sending the contents to HQ. Guess what nationality they are?

Appalling– Women in Texas going to Mexico to terminate pregnancies. Are coat hangers far behind?

Also not a big surprise–corporate mainstream media completely whitewashing Tripwire scandal.

Over 1,000 people in the UK over a two year period committed suicide due to the economy.

I’ve said it before, but I fucking love Judge Rakoff–one of the very few out there willing to stand up to the banks. The man must have plutonium balls.

Big shock–Republican judge in PA upholds the Jim Crow Voter ID laws, even though it’s been admitted that it’s being used to suppress votes.

Off duty cop feels “threatened” by a dog behind a fence, pepper sprays it.

Walmart *May* Have Engaged In Bribery, Money Laundering, Tax Evasion, Lawmakers