Articles of interest september 24, 2012

One to watch: “Some of the world’s top financial regulators will answer questions in the European Parliament on Monday about market manipulation such as the rigging of benchmark interest rate Libor.

Lehman ordered to pay restitution…in Australia.

The Federal Reserve’s policy of paying banks interest on money parked at the U.S. central bank is at odds with its latest efforts to stimulate economic growth

Microsoft and HP just two more companies found to have avoided taxes with offshore accounts. Microsoft would also rather pay the fines on egregious wasting of energy rather than make any changes.

EU is borrowing to fund debt to bigger countries. Desperate?

Pension funds at center of most labor disputes. Cuz, you know, once we’ve used ’em up, we spit ’em out.

Disappointing: Unions in Ohio deny partner benefits.

FedEx, long an indicator of the economic outlook, has bleak news.

Unemployment for adults between 20 and 24 is 14%, compared to the national average of 8.1%. But even those with jobs are facing something without modern precedent: Steadily falling annual earnings

More Americans now commit suicide than are killed in car crashes as miserable economy takes its toll

More than 1,000 preachers to defy IRS law and endorse candidate(s).

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Chevron after discovering that the company detoured pollutants around monitoring equipment at its Richmond refinery for four years and burned them off into the atmosphere, in possible violation of a federal court order

Riot at Foxconn after guards beat up employee.

Houston cop shoots, kills wheelchair-bound double amputee” with a pen. For feeling threatened.

3,000 year old Buddha statues could be destroyed to make way for a mine.

An Illinois appellate court Friday affirmed a lower court finding that the state cannot force pharmacies and pharmacists to sell emergency contraceptives – also known as “morning after” pills – if they have religious objections.” If you don’t fucking want to give out medicine, don’t be a fucking pharmacist. This is a very, very slippery slope.

“‘Long overdue’: 55 names of unfairly imprisoned US Guantanamo inmates released

By 2030 more than half the people in the vast majority of states will be obese.”

The U.S. Suffered Its Worst Airpower Loss Since Vietnam Last Week and No One Really Noticed

 

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Articles of interest september 21, 2012

Lots and lots today, so forgive that it’s mostly headlines…

We now place 18th in economic freedom, behind Qatar, Estonia and Taiwan.

The Fed’s New Foray Into Crony Capitalism

Another brilliant Taibbi blog: “Wall Street Rolling Back Another Key Piece of Financial Reform

Greece is about to hit a Great Depression through forced austerity. This may be a sign for what will come throughout the EU.

Tax Cuts Don’t Lead to Economic Growth, a New 65-Year Study Finds

The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In

“Poverty Would Have Fallen Last Year if Jobless Benefits Hadn’t Shrunk

Why, With Unemployment So High, Do So Many Jobs Go Begging?

Supposedly there’s a task force being set up over the mortgage fraud. How much you wanna bet that there are only penalties and not one banker goes to jail? As Greenwald points out, there’s only the rule of law for us and not for them.

Poor Smokers in New York State Spend 25% of Income on Cigarettes, Study Finds

Life Expectancy Shrinks for Less-Educated Whites in U.S.

Obama’s lauded healthcare plan (which ultimately favors the insurance companies most of all)? 6 million to be penalized for not having insurance.

Three Mile Island nuclear reactor shuts down unexpectedly

Ending Its Summer Melt, Arctic Sea Ice Sets a New Low That Leads to Warnings

Justice Breyer Likens Koran Burning To Shouting “Fire” In A Crowded Theater

Terrorism analyst: U.S. ignores threat of violent right-wing extremists

Anti-Islamic advertisements to hit NYC” That’s all we fucking need.

Private prisons figuring out yet another way to fuck over inmates: Charging $3 per minute for phone calls. So the poorest of the poor can be locked away and forgotten about, especially if they’re serving time far from home.

In law enforcement news:

The Police Department is having difficulty filling three full-time positions because candidates cannot seem to pass a psychological exam..” Snort.

NYPD deployed mysterious surveillance truck at OWS anniversary

NYPD response to crime calls slows to 9 minutes

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Office Allegedly Altered Evidence That Dying Diabetic Prisoner Was Denied Insulin: ‘This Is Jail. Get Over It.'”

Details are still emerging about what officials call a ‘rogue chemist’ who may have mishandled evidence in as many as 40,000 cases over 10 years.”

Sarasota officer fired for excessive force gets job back

Paterson cop charged with planting drugs on man, falsely arresting him

A local man claims he wound up facing criminal charges simply because he complained about Seattle police.”

Articles of interest, September 20, 2012

Funny of the day: Koch Bros. hold anti OWS protest. From the pics, it looks like about five people showed. Bwahah.

Interest Rate Manipulation Extends Far Beyond Libor, Secret Survey Reveals” This is double plus ungood, especially if it’s allowed to continue.

Congress takes money from 9/11 fund to help pay for deficit. Just like they’re blocking the veterans’ jobs bill.

According to scientists, we are officially in a state of “planetary emergency” due to the melting Arctic ice.

Turns out that what’s mostly killing bees is a pesticide made by Bayer.

Eric Holder gets away with no blame on Fast and Furious. Just like with Iran-Contra!

ACLU sues CIA over drone info. CIA says the entire program is classified, making it one of the worst kept secrets in history.

I think we’ve gone down this road before and it doesn’t end well: Greeks dealing with neo-Nazi rise.

There’s even more of a widening income gap in NYC, which is already the worst in the country and most of the world. “Recovery” is apparently only for Bloomberg and his buddies.

Rural Minorities Ponder The American Dream From The Bottom Rung Of The Economic Ladder

French scientists said on Wednesday that rats fed on Monsanto’s genetically modified corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller suffered tumors and multiple organ damage.”

Excellent article on the new prison slave labor.

Cop news of the day:

UC Davis pepper spray cop will not face charges.

Police start enforcing “Papers Please” law in AZ.

NYPD to waste another $3 million in recording statements made after arrests. I wonder if they’ll tape the pre-confession intimidation/roughing up as well.

NC cops targeting Latinos.

Articles of interest, September 14, 2012

Good news is that OWS’ birthday weekend starts tomorrow. Included: Town Square, celebratory marches, concert with Biafra and Morello and Occupy Rosh Hashanah–first time I can say that I’m looking forward to a High Holiday service. Here’s hoping the cops see what we’re there for and don’t get out of control! Related good news: UC Davis paying out to pepper spray kids. Unfortunately related, “FOIA Documents Show FBI Was Watching Occupy Protesters, Some Docs Still Secret on National Security Grounds

Shit is getting even worse in the Mid East, by the minute. On top of the ones listed yesterday, it’s spread to Malaysia, Bangladesh, Yemen,  Sudan, Kashmir, Bangladesh, Yemen, Tunisia, Lebanon. Embassies are getting stormed and torched. This is no joke. Best for updates is here.

 

Feds announce more “stimulus”, which I’m pretty sure means that they’re going to just print more money and hope for the best.

Hungry people don’t stay hungry for long“.

Anonymous gets back at FBI for arresting member.

Cops set up cameras…to watch cameras.

Sorry today’s post is so short, I’m obsessively watching what’s going on in the Mid East.

Articles of interest, September 13, 2012

First, as always, the good news. A NY federal judge has “permanently blocked a section of the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Barack Obama at the end of last year authorizing the detention of US citizens accused of supporting terror groups“.

Shit is blowing the fuck up in the Mid East over that stupid fucking film and our government is wise to worry that it might spread. Egypt, then Libya the night before last (possibly tied to 9/11 anniversary). Today the embassy was stormed in Yemen and there are riots in Egypt.

White House leaks draft of a worse than CISPA-like order. Meanwhile, Congress approves five more years of legalized domestic spying under FISA.

What’s being built under the White House?

FL basically give up on voter purge.

Over 46 million Americans live in poverty.

This will end well: “Ray Kelly Instructs Cops To Use Facebook Aliases, Traceless Laptops To Track Crime” Nooo, no room for abuse here.

NYPD Arrest Man for Video Recording Them, Then Attempt to Delete Footage

Cops in TX drag 77 year old woman out of her car when she refuses to produce ID. Also in TX, cops shoot an unarmed man 41 times, then confiscate a witness’ camera and delete photos.

In MI, cops are cleared of killing a homeless man who may or may not have had a knife.

Trial goes on for cops accused of tasering woman “no less than” 10 times.

Articles of interest, September 11, 2012

Lots and lots today…

First, 9/11–I’ll start moving on when the first responders and other living victims get what they were promised two fucking years ago.  However, that pool has finally been made larger, with the government finally recognizing the 50(!) plus cancers associated with being near Ground Zero was due to the event.  What’s really fucked up is that no elected official spoke this year. Apparently a decade is long enough for people to give pause (although the wars sure haven’t stopped) and now they can go back to watching Kardashian interviews without pesky moments of silence. Finally, a great op-ed piece about how the neocons twisted 9/11 facts to fit their reality.

Also, remember 9/10, when Rummy admitted that $2.3 trillion went *poof*?

Senators pushing to make it harder for financial regulators to do their job.

Twitter being forced to hand over tweets of an OWS’er. I’ve written about this before, by why the fuck do they want tweets dating before the inception of Occupy, when all he’s being accused of is a violation (Brooklyn Bridge)? Big surprise that the ruling comes from the same judge presiding over almost all the Occupy cases and has come down harder on the protesters than even the DA wants.

We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say

Why did an FBI agent have a “trove” of Apple IDs and how was this data so easily hacked?

No agreement in sight for Chicago’s 26,000 teachers on strike. Rahm’s shown his true colors on this one, hasn’t he? It’s pretty bad when Romney and Ryan are siding with you. Good news for the strikers is that a judge has found that cops can’t break up a protest if someone nearby does something illegal or “is annoying”.

Moody’s promises to cut off credit rating all together if the U.S. doesn’t shape up and come to a deal. We can try to say they don’t count as much as we want to make ourselves feel better, but they do.

In drone news, while the U.S. wants to use “suicide drones” (suuuure, they’re safer) fighting overseas, back home there are more and more in the sky.

Cops shoot and kill another family dog, this one for refusing to be caught.

Another greatest “hit” by the NYPD: “What [the video] shows is shocking,” Mr. Maazel said. “It revealed that the police did not tell the truth and they wanted to put an innocent man in jail, potentially for many years.

NYC not prepared for global warming.

America refuses to extradite Bolivia’s ex-president on genocide charges. But we bully the rest of the world on Assange.

4 Government and Private Entities Conspiring to Track Everything You Do Online and Off

Articles of interest september 10, 2012

Too big to fail is too big to jail. I wish I could say I was surprised.  Not one banker, despite all the fraud/deceptive practices/outright theft, will be going to jail while the economy sinks because of them. Thanks Eric Holder! I guess you can’t break the laws you “lobbied” some pol into writing for ya.

NYPD plays cowboy and bystanders lose. Employee of bodega fleeing an armed robbery gets shot and killed by cops. In the back.

FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America

Dollar drops, not insignificantly, after last weeks dismal jobs outlook.

Debris from the Japanese tsunami his the West Coast, which they are so not prepared for. But we’re supposed to expect no radiation made it over?

Great interview with Assange’s lawyer.

The number of homeless children in the NYC system nears Great Depression levels.But according to Booberg, people are there because it’s so fantastic!

ACLU Sues Police for Seizing Man’s Phone After Recording Alleged Misconduct

Trenton mayor arrested by FBI in corruption probe.

Rochester cops have run so many red lights, the law no longer applies to them.

26,000 teachers go on strike in Chicago.

41,000 S. African miners go on strike.

Articles of Interest, September 6, 2012

Lots and lots to make up for the quiet past couple of days….

Good news: “Police seizure of text messages violated 4th Amendment, judge rules“.

Startling stop and frisk numbers. Also, new Stratfor emails reveal just how “felonious” the NYPD is.

 

How the cops get away without a warrant–something called an “administrative subpoena“, which doesn’t even require a judge’s signature. End run around the 4th, much?

In Houston, cop rapes woman in full uniform, taking advantage of her undocumented status.

CIA  waterboarding much more than previously acknowledged, in support of Gadhafi.

TV stations to start using military drones

 

Earth’s richest 1,000 individuals now control as much wealth as the poorest 2.5 billion people on the planet… In the US, the wealthy dominate our government: 47 percent of US representatives are millionaires, as are 67 percent of US senators.”

Some of the more fucked up shit Republicans have said about women.

Justice Department Labels BP’s Behavior ‘Gross Negligence And Willful Misconduct’ In Lead Up To Gulf Oil Spill” That’s a laugh, considering how the EPA let the cover-up go on. I’m not holding my breath that something will be done about it.

All those jobs being added we keep hearing about? They’re mostly McJobs that people cannot sustain themselves on.

U.S. online job ads see biggest two-month decline since recession

Judge upholds Arizona’s “Papers Please” law.

US infrastructure risk crumbling from neglect. There’s still no explanation on why there hasn’t been a new New Deal to get us out of this mess.

NH another on the list of upheld voter ID laws.

Not only do they have to worry about contamination through fracking, farmers are now vying for water from these companies.

US kills 29 in 8 days in Yemen

20,000 heat records broken in the US alone in the past year.

Honduras to create private, corporately owned cities, with its own legal and tax systems. Since Latin America has long been a testing ground, how long before it happens here?

WEF’s estimation of the US global competitiveness list drops two places, to number five.

They’re finally acknowledging that the entire Eurozone is rapidly heading to recession (even Germany).

17 million Americans (or 5.5% of the population) has major food insecurity–as in, going hungry and skipping meals. 

Shifting the blame: BP accuses Halliburton of hiding evidence. Meanwhile, LA looks for the definitive “smoking gun” on the whole thing–so maybe real clean up and restitution can begin.