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.

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