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Deadlines come before blog posts.  Hopefully back up soon.

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

articles of interest october 10, 2012

GREAT news: “Montana Campaign Donation Limits Reinstated By 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals

Schneiderman’s JPMorgan Lawsuit Lets Every Single Banker Off The Hook” How much do you think, then, that the Wells Fargo suit matters?

Walmart strike spreads.

A school district in Texas came under fire earlier this year when it announced that it would require students to wear microchip-embedded ID cards at all times. Now, students who refuse to be monitored say they are feeling the repercussions.”

Florida city passes ban on hiring smokers

WTF? “Majority of Americans approve drone strikes

“Libor Manipulation Cost States, Cities At Least $6 Billion: Study” And still no one is freaking out.

And what about Saudi Arabia? “U.S. court orders Iran and others to pay $6 billion for 9/11 attacks

Memphis PD reconsiders hiring goons to join the force.

Another day, another cop rape accusation.

In all but six states, workers will see a deduction for state income taxes. You probably expect that money to finance public schools, the state university and college system, law enforcement and the other services that businesses and individuals rely on. Mostly it does, but in a growing number of states, your state income taxes will also be increasing the profits of your employer.

Why the Fed’s QE3 has done nothing. But don’t call it printing money! (Which is what it is)

Undercover report reveals rampant TSA screw-ups at Newark airport” And in CT, a TSA worker was convicted of letting drugs go through.

The combined $63 billion in profit reported by the six largest U.S. lenders over the four quarters through June is more than they earned in any calendar year since the peak in 2006.”

No wonder they’re rioting: 55% of Greece’s youth are unemployed.

Crimes by ATF and DEA informants not tracked by feds

Note

Due to multiple (unserious) circumstances, I will able to resume posting tomorrow.

articles of interest october 3, 2012

Good news: “A federal appeals court has extended a stay on the injunction blocking the notorious indefinite detention provision in the 2012 defense bill that lets the US government jail any American without end over even suspected terrorist ties.

Big surprise: Geithner at fault for allowing further use of rigged LIBOR.

After Mortgage Settlement, Banks Continued Abusive Practice

Brokerage and exchange technology gurus generally endorsed the concept of deploying “kill switches” to stop computer errors before they can unleash havoc on the market” Uh-huh. It was computer glitches that tanked the market. And we trust these guys not to abuse this power?

Map of foreclosures in America.

Lawyer steals $10 million from clients, will likely only spend 6 months in jail.

NYPD to use Facebook to somehow keep on top of gangs. That seems like a good use of funds and not a slippery slope at all. What happened to actually, you know, policing?

“Lawsuits against the [NYPD] city’s police soared to a record 2,004 cases…In 2010, the NYPD became the city agency with the highest volume of tort claims with more than 8,100, surpassing the Department of Transportation and the Health and Hospitals Corporation, and accounting for $135.8 million of the city’s total expenditures for judgments and settlements.

” A multibillion-dollar information-sharing program created in the aftermath of 9/11 has improperly collected information about innocent Americans and produced little valuableintelligence on terrorism, a Senate report concludes.” And another article on their shoddy work.

Baltimore man’s death in custody ruled a homicide.

Cop in FL uses excessive force, falsifies report.

Also in FL, Sheriff wants to make doctors have their patients fill out a form giving up their privacy rights.

Among some other pretty horrific findings, a new report from the New York Civil Liberties Union reveals that inmates caught using drugs in New York’s prison system are punished with months, and sometimes years, in “extreme isolation” in “special housing units.”

It’s not just other people’s dogs they kill: “The Georgia Humane Society wants felony charges filed against a former police officer whose canine partner died after being left in a patrol vehicle for three days.”

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation intended to protect the privacy of the state’s citizens, snuffing a bill that would have required law enforcement agents to get a search warrant before obtaining location-tracking information.”

Grass Theft On The Rise Amid Worst Drought In Decades

Unusual Dallas Earthquakes Linked to Fracking, Expert Says

Priest defrocked for child molestation now pat down TSA officer.

Alarming breast cancer rates among troops reported” This goes for men and women.

This is what happens when we don’t teach sex ed, have access to alternatives or the education to make an informed decision: 14 year old gives birth to baby and then kills it.

Articles of interest, october 2, 2012

Lots to make up for lack of yesterday…

NYPD’s numbers about to go back to the “bad old days”.

Top 1% Got 93% of Income Growth as Rich-Poor Gap Widened

The real welfare queens: More than 2,000 millionaires got unemployment benefits.

JPMorgan suit not as simple or serious as the headlines make it out.

Interview about inequality with the beyond brilliant Joseph Stiglitz.

Walmart workers protest for safe warehouse conditions, Walmart calls out fucking riot police.

Yet another mosque arson. How many are we up to in the past few months alone?

Brits are changing LIBOR oversight. If it’s so bad that a bedrock of finance has to be overhauled, why in Hell are we still relying on it?

U.S. bullies other countries on Palestine issue.

TSA agent admits rampant theft. Hell, they even traced an iPad to a TSA agent’s home. Meanwhile, SCOTUS refuses to hear a suit about the full body scans violating our 4th Amendment rights.

Social networks and extremism in the US Army.

Very good article on the economics of surveillance.

Interactive graph on where Americans spend their money.

Apple has quietly created the world’s largest hedge fund worth $117 billion

A study highlights how easy it is to set up untraceable companies

Q2 GDP worse than originally thought.

Annie Dookhan, chemist at Mass. crime lab, arrested for allegedly mishandling over 60,000 samples

Yet another cop shoots yet another dog in its own backyard.

Another woman testifies in HPD rape case.

Kalamazoo decriminalizes pot.

A college professor from St. Louis, Missouri claims that allegedly harmless chemical sprays that doused the city in the 1950s and ‘60s as a Cold War-era protection measure was something much more sinister.”

articles of interest september 28, 2012

Not too much today…

Good news: Lots of Occupy victories. A judge ruled Austin’s ban on Occupy Austin is unconstitutional and a judge in Chicago threw out the Occupy arrests there.

King Bloomberg tells the poor, again, that he doesn’t give a fuck about them.

Chris Hedges questions whether Americans are already being whisked away under the NDAA and we don’t know about it yet.

Are you fucking kidding me? I mean, really–we’re STILL fucking using LIBOR for the TARP system, even after everything that’s come out? This is even as there are calls for complete overhauls. Jesus H. Christ.

Just how much the US has increased surveillance on its own citizens.

U.S. Army Tested Chemicals on Cities, Low-Income Residents” If they did it then, why wouldn’t they now?

Now Italy kicks off their new round of austerity protests. Instead of facing an angry populace, France is temporarily raising the tax rates on the richest which will even things out much more than endless cuts will. And now Britain’s in the red, by a lot.

“Fed Helps Lenders’ Profit More Than Homebuyers: Mortgages

Only news because it’s in the news: “Lavish CEO pay doesn’t work as intended: study

Another laid off worker, another multiple victim shooting.

More about Ben Cohen’s fantastic Stamp Stampede campaign.

WSJ writers aren’t disclosing that they’re actually Romney advisers. Though, what do we really expect from a Murdoch owned paper?

See ya Monday!

articles of interest september 27, 2012

Plenty to make up for none yesterday.

First, good news: UC Davis pepper spray victims receiving $1 million in damages, plus an apology note.

Bronx district attorney’s office is no longer prosecuting people who were stopped at public housing projects and arrested for trespassing, unless the arresting officer is interviewed to ensure that the arrest was warranted.”

Pro-choice group buys the assassinated Dr. Tiller’s practice, reestablishing a much needed women’s health clinic in the area.

Also of note: Chris Hedges does an AMA. It’s fucking fantastic.

On Assange: He is now an enemy of the state, in the same category as the most ruthless terrorist.  Ecuador, however, is ready to shelter him as long as is needed. In Assange’s video to the UN yesterday, he discussed both about how Obama is using the “Arab Spring” for his own political gain and nothing more and how assistance is needed to persuade the US to stop persecuting Wikileaks.

Economics:

Federal Reserve propping up economy by buying up the bad mortgage loans and printing more. I’m no economics major, but this seems supremely stupid and is only serving to benefit Big Banks.

Dems getting in on the SuperPAC action, even as Pelosi claims that the Dems will overturn Citizens United if they retake the House.  I’m not holding my breath.

Climate change is already damaging global economy

What Is the Relationship Between Income Inequality and Revolution?” It wasn’t even this bad just before the 1905 Russian Revolution.

Bottom Fifth Of Americans Spent Double Their Incomes In 2011” And I don’t think it has to do with them spending above and beyond basic necessities.

Cute loophole on Obama’s revolving door on lobbyists upheld: They only can’t serve on boards while they’re lobbying. There’s nothing stopping a gov’t employee becoming a lobbyist the day after he leaves his public post…and, of course, using his influences.

Not good news when even CNN is calling for a break up of the euro.

Thousands in Spain protest for the second day to stop the draconian austerity cuts.

Cops:

Nine of the scariest things about the NYPD.

Texas cops destroy video evidence of colleague killing unarmed man

Cops don’t identify themselves, shoot someone they “mistook” for a suspect, don’t even get a slap on the wrist.

Trial continues for Houston cop accused of raping waitress while on  duty.

All else:

Judges targeted by right-wing groups” When do we get to call them what they are–terrorists?

Fracking industry helped along for decades by federal dollars. Free market, my ass–we’re paying them to poison us.

Army General Charged with Forcible Sodomy During Tour in Afghanistan“..among other things. Don’t hold yer breath that he’ll actually be court martialled.

Canadian study came out outlining how dangerous ADHD drugs are to kids.

The Foxcomm riot is likely not a once and done.

The sequence of huge earthquakes that struck off the coast of Sumatra in April may signal the creation of a new tectonic plate boundary.”

Excellent Vanity Fair article about airport security and if it really makes us safer.

Articles of interest september 25, 2012

In “Bwahahahah”: “Union-Busting GOP Governor Scott Walker Demands Return Of Unionized NFL Referees

Anonymous releases 60 hours of NYPD footage of the OWS eviction. Very violent stuff.

Corporations are paying an effective rate of 12.1%, the lowest in at least 40 years.” If corporations are people, they woulda been audited long ago.

Citizens United ruling accounts for 78 percent of 2012 election spending

Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry’s) explains the Stamp Stampede campaign and why getting money out of politics is so important.

IMF predicts slowdown, mostly due to weak US economic growth.

Portugal getting fed up with austerity cuts.

Incompetent SEC Struggles To Rein In High-Speed Trading Fraud

Direct result of “Obamacare”? Insurance prices going through the roof.

Greece’s neo-Nazi party, growing because of their economic collapse, opening office in New York.

Walmart Is Going To Sell The Genetically Modified Corn That Its Competitors Rejected” Unlabeled, of course.

Marines face court-martial for urinating on dead Afghans” I’m not holding my breath that anything happens with it.

New ruling on Katrina exonerates US Army Corp of Engineers on their bang up job.

83 year old woman calls cops because she thinks she hears an intruder, gets shot by cop.

Cop fired for excessive force during arrest not only gets his job back, but three years of back pay.

Another day, another police homicide.