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Tuesday, September 25

25.Sept.2012: Fifteen Issues the Election is Not About, Mitt Romney is Out of Sync, Distrust in the Media, Occupy Got America Wrong, Stealing Palestinian Resources, Israel Seeks War on Iran, Suicide Overtakes Car Accidents, Refusing Capitalism, Anonymous Relaeases NYPD #OWS Footage,

Now We Know Our ABCs. And Charter Schools Get an F.

The Chicago teacher strike is over, but the assault on our nation's children has just begun. As with all free market systems, the price is set high enough to ensure a profit for the companies doing business, even though not everyone will be able to afford their product.

Fifteen Issues this Election is NOT About

Neither candidate is interested in stopping the use of the death penalty for federal or state crimes.

Poll finds high level of distrust in the media. Anybody surprised?

A new Gallup survey finds most Americans have little or no trust in the media, especially Republicans and independents. Is this a dangerous trend in a democracy reliant on public information?

Mitt Romney Is Out of Sync With the Small Government Movement

He's also out of touch with everyday Americans.

The End of International Environmentalism

Green ideology crashes and burns at the Rio +20 Earth Summit.

Occupy anniversary: The 1 percent are winningOccupy fizzled because it got America wrong

Robert Ehrlich says protesters failed to realize that most people would like to join the 1 percent

Yousef Munayyer delves into the political outlook for the next ten years between the USA, Palestine and Israel.

Stealing Palestinian Resources
Israel wants it all. For decades, it's been systematically stealing Palestinian land and resources.

Israel Seeks War on Iran to Keep Lid on 9/11

Almost every politically-aware person on the planet is puzzled by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s bizarre obsession with Iran. Netanyahu is risking his political career, his reputation, and Israel’s future by intervening in the US presidential elections.

Monsanto Launches Damage Control Over GMO/Cancer Study

Biotech giant Monsanto has launched a desperate damage control effort in the aftermath of a French study which found that rats fed on Monsanto’s genetically-engineered corn were far more likely to suffer tumors, organ failure and premature death.

The Future of the Supreme Court If Romney Wins

he most important legal development in the last decade is the Republican Party's wholesale abandonment of judicial restraint. Less than a decade ago, President George W. Bush campaigned against "activist judges" who seize the power to "issue new laws from the bench." And Bush's Supreme Court appointees peppered their confirmation hearings with the rhetoric of restraint. 

When GPS Tracking Violates Privacy Rights

For the right to personal privacy to survive in America in this digital age, courts must be meticulous in applying longstanding privacy protections to new technology. This did not happen in an unfortunate ruling last month by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Court was right to protect journalists from threat of military detention

The Sept. 17 editorial “Detention wars, continued,” criticizing U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest’s decision to enjoin Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), is a disturbing stance for a news organization that has foreign correspondents. The act, among other things, allows the military detention of persons who “substantially supported” al-Qaeda or the Taliban.

Our dishonest debate over NSA spying

The House of Representatives recently signed off on another five years of sweeping warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency, voting by a wide margin to extend the controversial FISA Amendments Act of 2008. But the debate on the House floor showed that the law’s staunchest supporters either don’t understand what the law really says and does—or don’t care.

Military Will Defeat Any Militia Type Rebellion On US Soil According To Study

Report Will Make Every American Well Rehearsed In What Our Government & Military Is Prepared To Do If Ever Confronted With Homegrown Insurgents

Has Occupy Accomplished Anything?

I was asked today to "enlighten" someone who asked the question, "has the Occupy stuff actually accomplished anything?" At first I had the typical knee-jerk reaction many of us have, in feeling I had to defend or justify myself. Then I stepped back and decided to really think about not only the answer to the question, but mainly to think about why this kind of question is being asked so often by so many. The answer I came up with popped into my head in 2 words"

New Chicago Police Policy Advances Treatment for Transgender People

After two years of pressure from a coalition of LGBT advocates, the Chicago Police Department has adopted a general order mandating more respectful treatment for transgender detainees.

Shocking Study: Suicide Overtakes Car Accidents As Leading Cause of Death -- Is the Economy to Blame?

The suicide rate has increased dramatically between 2000 and 2009.

Bill Nye the Science Guy Slams Biblical Creationism: "They’re Not Kidding"

Bill Nye doubled down on criticisms of Creationism, which he says thwarts American innovation.

Iran: Automatic Escalation To World War III?
The first point to notice is that an attack by Israel on Iran would be both criminal and insane, criminal because it would be a violation of the United Nations Charter and the Nuremberg Principles, and insane because it would initiate a conflict that might escalate in an unpredictable way. Such a conflict might easily be the start of a Third World War.

Refusing Capitalism
Capitalism is based on addiction. It encourages people to crave for more and more wealth and more and more products. Ridiculously wealthy people want even more riches, resulting in war, exploitation and the immiseration of working folk. 

A balance sheet of the Afghanistan war

Not with a bang, but a whimper: that seemed to be the operating principle for the Obama administration in announcing that the last of the “surge” force sent to Afghanistan in late 2009 has now been pulled out of the war-torn country. A total of 33,000 US troops have left Afghanistan, while 68,000 remain, mainly deployed in the southern and eastern districts.

More Money, Less Democracy

GRTV: Muslim Rage at US is More than a Decade Old

Everyone who attended OWS with a cell phone had their identity logged, says security expert

APD Filming Policy Unconstitutional, National Press Photographers Ass’n Says

‘Anonymous’ releases NYPD footage of Occupy Wall Street eviction

David Brooks: ‘Romney Least Popular Candidate In US History’ 

Ann Coulter Claims Only Black People Have Civil Rights

One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler, Activists Worldwide Plan Global Strike to End Violence Against Women

Jailed, Censored at Home, Russia’s Pussy Riot Hailed by Supporters from Yoko Ono to Aung San Suu Kyi

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