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Thursday, August 16

16 August News Digest

Greetings my well-scrubbed followers! is doing something new. Instead of having posts all over the place, we're going to stick with Twitter (@dustcircle) for general news posts, but the best of the best will be posted as a digest. You'll see the headline, brief description (or excerpt), and a link. There will be 1 or 2 digests per day usually, or 1 every other day, depending on what's going on in the world.

Progressive politics, conspiracies and controversy, and a slant toward atheism. But it all has to do with YOU!


- Steve

No kids, no happiness? It's a myth

Of the 330 respondents, a little more than three-quarters said they were childless by choice. About one-third of that number (about 70 of those surveyed) said they might have children later. Another third declared they did not feel parental - not maternal, not paternal (men were invited to respond to the survey, too). Of the remaining 70-odd participants, 40 thought children would ruin their lifestyle.


By Brian Magee
A small but increasing amount of attention over the past decade is being paid to the increased use of private prisons in the U.S. Statistics are now showing that locking people up for profit is overriding the concept of jailing people in the name of justice.

Confirmed: Ecuador grants Julian Assange asylum in dramatic standoff

Ecuador has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The decision comes almost two months after the world-famous whistleblower came to the country’s embassy in London seeking protection.

The Romney-Ryan budget explained: tax reform

Romney-Ryan tax reform chart


Is Full Employment Possible in Capitalism?

Bob Pollin Pt2: There have been periods of unemployment less than 4%, those conditions could be created if there was intent to do so
Watch full multipart Is Full Employment Possible in Capitalism?

The ultra-conservative Paul Ryan is the target Obama wanted most

Romney remains insecure about his conservative support.

U.N.: Assad Forces Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity

Investigators formally detail what they say are "gross violations" of international law.

Poll Shows Fivefold Increase in Ranks of U.S. Atheists

The survey also shows a downward trend in the number of people who say they are religious.

Court: If Violating Your Privacy Helps The Police, It's Not Violating Your Privacy

In a horrifyingly bad ruling, the 6th Circuit appeals court has said that the owner of a prepaid phone has no 4th Amendment rights in protecting his location info from law enforcement. There have been a number of cases touching on this subject, with a few different rulings back and forth, including more than a few in the federal courts that argue tracking someone's location isn't a 4th Amendment violation. But, even if you grant that, this particular ruling is egregiously bad and poorly argued.

Man accidentally shoots his buttocks at theatre 
A man whose gun went off in a movie theatre in Sparks, Nev., apologized to the other theatregoers before leaving the Tuesday night screening of The Bourne Legacy to go to hospital for a gunshot wound to his buttocks, police say.

From Military Threats to Crippling Sanctions, U.S.-Israel Posturing on Iran Stokes Fears of War

US media seeks to legitimize Ryan’s extreme-right agenda

The corporate-controlled US media, both conservative and liberal, has largely praised the selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as the Republican candidate for vice president. In the midst of the worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression, the media has seized on Ryan’s selection to insist that the central issue in the elections is not unemployment or poverty, but the deficit.

5 People Who Bravely Fought Christian Takeover of America

At crucial points when the church-state wall was most threatened in America, there were people who rose up to defend it.

Families of slain Iran scientists sue US, UK, Israel 
Rebecca DiLeonardo at 2:47 PM ET

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[JURIST] Families of murdered Iranian nuclear scientists told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that they have filed lawsuits against the US, UK and Israel for their governments' alleged involvements in the assassinations. The father of one of the scientists revealed that the families would ask Iran's judiciary to pursue their complaint internationally. 

Appeals court blocks order to remove Ten Commandments monument to consider standing issue 
Rebecca DiLeonardo at 1:35 PM ET

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[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ordered [decision, PDF] a lower court to reconsider its decision ordering Florida's Dixie County Courthouse to remove a Ten Commandments monument[JPG] from its front steps. A federal judge last year ordered the monument to be removed [JURIST report], finding that if violated the Establishment Clause [Cornell LII backgrounder] of the Constitution. 

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