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Saturday, September 1

1.Sept.2012 - Police Brutality, eBook Price Fixing, Internet Freedom, When Church is Law, Poverty Growth, Realty Delusions, Rachel Corrie, Public Education, Israeli Madness, Unions Can Do Better, West Nile Virus, Minimum Wage Raise, Anonymous Leaks NYT Correspondences, Goodbye Liberty, more.

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Goodbye, Liberty! 10 Ways Americans Are No Longer Free

Our struggle for liberty is a fight against concentrated wealth.

The United States of Terrorism
Last Thursday, one day before leaving the sin city, in our temporary suitcase-filled rental apartment, I gave an interview to Lew Rockwell on Classified Woman and much more. I say much more because despite all the chaos I was unusually relaxed and open during this interview.

US Acquits CIA of Killing and Torturing of Prisoners
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that no charges will be filed in the cases of two terror suspects who died in CIA custody – one in Iraq in 2003 and another in Afghanistan in 2002. "The admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt," Holder said.

Anonymous Leaks Secret New York Times Correspondences That Reveal Reporters’ Shocking Competence

Anonymous declared war on the New York Times this week, launching "OpNYT" on Wednesday. Unlike most actions by the crippled hacktivist collective these days, their attack on the Times doesn't just consist of writing boring, unreadable manifestos (though there is a lot of that). Anonymous has leaked 'secret' correspondences between New York Times reporters and Anonymous members, meant to expose the Times' "incompetence." Unfortunately for Anonymous, the documents reveal the exact opposite.

TaserDrone: Hackers Attach Shocking Material To Drone Helicopter, Chase People, StunThem (VIDEO)

The guys at Hackaday, a website that presents "fresh hacks each day, every day from around the web," have frankenstein-ed together a Parrot AR Drone copter with stun gun technology, resulting in a flying, menacing, electrified drone that can deliver a shock to anyone that has the misfortune of being in its path. And while the TaserDrone (as Hackaday is calling it) cannot produce a shock strong enough to incapacitate a human (yet!), it can at least break the skin, as this photo shows; could this, perhaps, give a glimpse of future, floating law enforcement?

Raising Minimum Wage Can Yank Millions Out of Poverty and Jump-Start Economy

The federal minimum wage is just $7.25 an hour and hasn't been raised in three years. But a raise is much more overdue than that. If we look at the minimum wage 44 years ago, and simply adjust it for inflation, it would be more than $10 today.

It's Inequality, Stupid

he most troubling economic trend facing America this Labor Day weekend is the increasing concentration of income, wealth, and political power at the very top - among a handful of extraordinarily wealthy people - and the steady decline of the great American middle class.

Romney Repeats Big Lie on Israel During Convention Speech

Mitt Romney’s big speech last night, as AlterNet’s Joshua Holland notes, “lacked focus,” and policy wise, “was pretty thin soup.” But let’s hone in on his extremely short foreign policy section.

Justice Department Closes the Book on CIA Torture and Deaths in Custody

The Justice Department has closed a probe on Bush-era torture and killings by CIA agents, and has decided against prosecuting anyone.

The Short Sale Scam: Where the $26 Billion Settlement Money is Really Going

Hint: the majority of the money isn't going toward helping homeowners stay in their homes.

West Nile Virus Symptoms Spike Nationwide with Fever, Head and Body Aches

Cases of West Nile Virus have been high this summer, which means it's important to know the symptoms.
The states hardest hit are one's in the south and central U.S.. Texans should be especially cautious since a majority of the deaths caused by West Nile come from that state, reports ABC News. Still, there are reported cases in 47 out of 50 states so everyone needs to be careful.

Why Are Religious Conservatives So Bad When It Comes to Discussing Abortion?

When it comes to the 100% pro-life position regarding rape/incest exceptions, here’s an argument against allowing them that I can understand

How Republicans Live with Themselves: The Entitlement of Hypocrisy

When people land a job they had once only dreamt of, and then get raises and bonuses on top of that, you can be reasonably certain that sooner or later two things will happen. First, they will come to understand that they deserve all that they get; second, they will begin to realize that it is only honorable to bargain for whatever can be got. Once entitlement has become a veritable disease occurring across the gamut of offices -- professionals, top corporate brass and elective posts -- we get endemic corruption, the general topic of this, the second of three in the series about Republicans and what they do for and with their concept of honor.

Is There a Way Beyond Israeli Madness?

Americans have an Israel problem.
Recently I responded to an email propaganda piece on Israel sent out by a friend that listed all the magnificent things Israelis have done in technology and agriculture. The clear implication was that Arabs and Palestinians can't hold a candle to Israelis when it comes to making the desert bloom. Israelis are clearly superior and, thus, deserve to own what was once called Palestine.

How Unions Could Do Much Better
The International Association of Machinists just succeeded in negotiating a humiliating defeat with Caterpillar after a 15-week strike. Workers lost considerable money by striking, and then lost even more with the new contract, accepting almost every concession the company demanded despite the fact that the company was sitting on a record $4.9 billion in profits. The union let scabs cross the picket line and failed to stop production, almost guaranteeing defeat.

Israel Finds Itself A Partisan Election Issue In U.S.

Israel has featured prominently in previous campaigns: Obama visited Israel before his election in 2008, as has almost every presidential candidate from both parties before him. But observers in Israel say this U.S. election is different.

In defense of public education

City schools are being dismantled and privatized--with Barack Obama's approval.

For many Israelis, Rachel Corrie was a nuisance

The state of Israel is not to blame for the death of Rachel Corrie – this is the decision an Israeli court reached yesterday. The ruling, made by Judge Oded Gershon of the Haifa district court, may have come as a shock to some, but anyone following Israel’s path on a slippery slope, particularly over the past decade, could hardly be surprised when the court literally blamed the victim for her own death. “An unfortunate accident,” is what Gershon chose to call the tragedy. “She did not distance herself as a reasonable person would have done.”

California State Assembly Stops ‘Pray Away The Gay’ Therapy (VIDEO)

The bill, while not yet signed into law, has now passed the Democrat-dominated Assembly by 51-21. The subjection of homosexuals to this “treatment” is based under the assumption that we choose our sexuality preferences.

Anti-Obama Concert In Charlotte Falls Through

Entitled “Rock the Red,” the concert was actually to feature three country acts: Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, and Lee Brice. Announced in June, as reported in the Charlotte Observer, it would have been held at the 11,000-seat Bojangles Coliseum, and was the brainchild of area political consultant Jason Lambert. But something went wrong.

Real estate recovery delusions
(This is an audio only program)

Billboards Warning of Martial Law Go Up in Florida

An reader has sent a photo of a billboard on Highway 441 in Ocala, Florida. The billboard space was rented by Kenneth Rhoades and Gary Gaines.

7 Ways Paul Ryan Wants to Betray His Fellow Generation X-ers

The Peter Pan of American conservatism is bursting with immature, half-baked ideas for the country.

Bill Moyers: Christian Right Hypocrite Ralph Reed Has Resurrected Himself in the GOP -- He Must Be Praying We'll Forget His Past

Reviving Reed's sordid role in defending sweatshops that exploited women in the Mariana Islands.

7 Amazing Atheists Who Aren't Old White Guys

You've heard of Richard Dawkins. Charles Darwin. Mark Twain. ... There are some amazing atheists who just don't get the same credit.

How Your Movements Are Being Tracked, Probably Without Your Knowledge

License plate readers are getting set up at a brisk pace across the country.

Poverty: The New Growth Industry in America

Recent trends in poverty rates should have the country furious at its leaders.

10 Ways Americans Are No Longer Free

ife? The differences in life expectancy between wealthier and lower-income Americans are increasing, not decreasing.

When church is the law, freedom is the casualty

Yes, shame on Putin. Shame on any country — whether Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, or Texas (once a republic unto itself) — that puts religion in such a position that church sensibilities trump human rights.
That's what Texas did as late as 1998 when it prosecuted two men for consensual sex under its so-called sodomy law, ruled unconstitutional in 2003.

First Round Of Ebook Price Fixing Settlements Are Announced

When the Department of Justice decided to sue Apple and five of the major book publishers for price fixing ebooks, we were glad to see some justice coming to purchasers of overpriced ebooks. Shortly after filing the suit, three of those publishers, HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster, decided to settle rather than fight. Now, the first round of settlements have been reached between these three companies and 49 states (sorry Minnesota) and 5 US territories.

Want To Know How Weak The GOP's Internet Freedom Platform Is? The MPAA Loves It

We were already skeptical of the GOP's claims about supporting "internet freedom," and it seems that our concerns have been more or less confirmed by the fact that the MPAA seems positively thrilled by the GOP's official position on internet freedom. If the MPAA is pleased with someone's policy outline for the internet, you can bet that it's bad policy. 

Who inherits your iTunes library?

Why your digital books and music may go to the grave

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