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

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