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Thursday, October 11

11.Oct.2012 - Atheism's Growing Pains, Housing Market Hype, Government Not Going Broke, Wall Street's Next Scheme, Bias Against Women Scientists, Federal Reserve Given Glock 22s Against Occupiers, Affirmative Action Takes a SCOTUS Beating, America Losing Its Religion, Palestinian Food and Water Crisis, Native American Rights

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Atheism’s Growing Pains

As the atheist movement matures and becomes more politically engaged, deep divisions are emerging -- that's not necessarily a bad thing

Most of Us Will Not Have a Better Life Unless We Turn the Tables on the Super Rich
Chuck Collins' new book '99 to 1' reveals how wealth inequality is wrecking everything.

Housing Market Hype -- Are We Really Expected to Believe That Prices Will Rise with High Unemployment?

The "housing has hit bottom" talk is the biggest bunch of public relations BS since WMD.

Right-Wingers Would Be Shocked to Learn That Islam Has Been Part of American History Since Its Founding
The Muslim faith is inextricably woven into the fabric of American history.

8 Facts That Prove Our Govt. Is Not Going Broke

The Republicans are out to shred our social safety net -- and they're using debt as their excuse.

Corporate Media Gets Behind Romney, Big Time

oes Romney still have bushels of money stashed away in offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands? He certainly appears to, with $30 million in Bain Capital funds alone in the Cayman Islands,according to Vanity Fair. How bizarre that no one in the corporate media is talking about that. Perhaps they don't have time with all the attention they are paying to the Obama Style Points Deficiency Scandal.

Wall Street's Next Profit Scheme

'Wall Street strategists view this state and local budget squeeze as a godsend.' (photo: Unknown)he pace of Wall Street's war against the 99% is quickening in preparation for the kill. Having demonized public employees for being scheduled to receive pensions on their lifetime employment service, bondholders are insisting on getting the money instead. It is the same austerity philosophy that has been forced on Greece and Spain - and the same that is prompting President Obama and Mitt Romney to urge scaling back Social Security and Medicare.

The Unbelievable Ways Schools Are Now Monitoring Children

he digital tracking and surveillance of school-aged kids has been growing. Much attention has been given to the phenomenon of corporate tracking of kids' online activities, activities that violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The law, originally adopted in 1998, requires Web sites aimed at kids to get parental consent before gathering information about those users who are under 13 years. Many companies, including a Disney subsidiary, have violated it. Corporate marketing interests, most notably Facebook, are fighting proposed revisions to COPPA.

Facing Espionage, US Rejects Changes to Global Telecom

Giving too much control to nations like China and Russia cited as major concern

The Bias Against Women in Science: Why Women, As Well As Men, Are at Fault

the, bias, against, women, in, science, why, women,, as, well, as, men,, are, at, fault, According to Wikipedia’s self-published statistics, only 9% of Wikipedia Editors identify as female. The perspectives of such a widely-resourced database are actually being generated by a single gender, not representative of their diverse readership. The shocking imbalance has inspired the Royal Society to host an “edit-a-thon” on October 19th in order to pump up Wiki’s coverage of inspiring female leaders in the sciences and engineering fields.

Affirmative Action Takes A Beating Before The Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court chamber (Associated Press) Supporters of affirmative action in higher education were dealt a tough blow on Wednesday in blockbuster oral arguments before the Supreme Court, according to legal experts. The question now is whether the impact will be narrow, or whether the Court will toss out affirmative action’s broader legal underpinnings.

Forget Red vs. Blue -- It's Slave States vs. Free States in 2012

A century and a half later, we've come full circle: The red-blue state divide falls along Confederate-Union lines.

Is America Losing Its Religion?

Americans are becoming less religious. But don't expect the Religious Right to just give up.

Court Blocks NYC's Attempt to Halt the Lawsuit Against Stop and Frisk

The suit against the NYPD's racially discriminatory policy will now proceed unhindered.

Palestinians Face Food and Water Crisis in the West Bank Spurred by Israeli Control of Resources
Israel now controls 85 percent of the water resources in the West Bank. Palestinians can barely afford their own drinking water—much less the necessary water to irrigate their orchards and crops.
YouTube to charge fee for some content

YouTube will start experimenting with charging subscription fees for some of its branded content following its partnerships, announced at Mipcom, with European TV content providers to feed 60 new channels.

Tell the truth, get sued

Rights Without Reservation

Wal-Mart Workers in 12 States Stage Historic Strikes, Protests Against Workplace Retaliation

The surveillance state: Students at two Texas schools punished for not wearing IDs with tracking chips

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