articles of interest october 11, 2012

Many, so mostly headlines…

Walmart strike spreads to 28 stores in 12 states, the first in the company’s 50 year history.

DHS to start testing drones over US for ‘public safety‘”

And this starts the slippery slope, where anyone can be accused of anything: “Court Asks if a Gang Member Is a Terrorist

Timmy tries to shield himself, again: “”U.S. Economy ‘Doing Significantly Better Than Anybody Had Reason To Expect‘”

IMF of all institutions backing off their demands for more austerity. Meanwhile, they also made a statement about how the banks will have to sell off 18% more of its assets than previously thought.

Wall Street Compensation Reaches ‘Near-Record Levels’ In 2012

Olive Garden and Red Lobster cut workers’ hours to not have to comply with Obamacare.

Rent is too damn high: “The median monthly rent [in NYC] jumped to $3,195, up 10 percent from a year earlier and 3.2 percent from August

Not in my backyard: Rich people freaking out because NYC has to put shelters in their neighborhoods.

Bloomberg calls raising taxes on the rich so they pay their fair share, “Dumb.” Like they’d really move out. Please.

Every now and then someone highlights the overlap between today’s Republican states and the slave states of the former Confederacy.   As clichéd as the point may be, it remains indispensable to understanding what is happening in American politics today

Immoral if not illegal : “Facebook Fought SEC to Keep Mobile Risks Hidden Before IPO

How did this mysterious program account for 4% of trades last week? How can this be allowed to happen?

Foxcomm denies 4,000 workers went on strike.

Still! “SHEEN AT DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER SITE IS BP OIL

A group of parents complained Tuesday to Encinitas Union School District trustees about a new yoga program, calling it religious indoctrination.”

FDA inspection handed over to private companies. Result? Listeria.

Monsanto Seed Patent Case Gets U.S. Supreme Court Review” With this SCOTUS, I’m not holding my breath. Especially since, “Supreme Court confirms telco immunity on spying charges“–which means the companies can never be in trouble for illegally handing over your phone records to the NSA.

Meanwhile in  France, “Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning in landmark case“.

How Crack Cocaine Widened the Black-White Education Gap

We asked thousands of people to describe their ideal distribution of wealth, from top to bottom. The vast majority — rich, poor, GOP and Democrat — imagined a far more equal nation. Here’s why it matters.”

In law enforcement news:

Citing privacy concerns, U.S. panel urges end to secret DNA testing

America’s first private prison is riddled with violations

We can hope: “Lawmakers look to bring change to NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program” I’m not holding my breath, though, as a teen last year was stopped and frisked for being “a fucking mutt“.

NYPD targets own minority off-duty cops for stop and frisk.

NYPD Arrests Veterans Reading the Names of Afghan War Dead.

Unarmed National Guardsman shot by police for cutting them off in unmarked van.

Mother charged for dent made by NYPD car that struck her son

Ewwww. “Michael Vagnini, the Milwaukee Police Department officer facing charges for aggressively fingering suspects’ anuses. At gunpoint. Until they bled.”

San Francisco sheriff reinstated despite domestic violence conviction

House raid ends with no drugs or arrests, but police say they were on target

First amendment much? “Jailed: Man who wore anti-police T-shirt

An Ocala woman who was arrested on charges of being drunk and disorderly during Leesburg’s Bikefest last year filed a lawsuit this week accusing law-enforcement officials of knocking out her front teeth and leaving her half-naked for thousands to see.”

3 Portland activists indefinitely detained for refusing to speak at grand jury hearing

Cops tase man for having seizure

Athens police fire tear gas in crackdown clashes at anti-Merkel protest

Crimes by ATF and DEA informants not tracked by feds

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