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Tuesday, October 30

29.Oct.2012 - Surveillance Act Criticized, NYPD Murders on the Rise, e-Voting Machine Hacking, Climate Science, Christian Right Homophobia, Christian Backlash Politics, Chamber of Commerce Election Spending, Why I'm Voting Green, Christian Blames Hurricane Sandy on Gays, American History of Greed & Destruction, GOP Stealing Elections, Top 6 Progressive Critiques of Obama, Savage Israel Analysis, From Corporation to Cooperation, Mourdock's Rape is God's Will, Romney to Cut FEMA

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Surveillance Act Criticized, But Can It Be Fought?

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday considers whether to allow a challenge to a federal law that provides for large-scale electronic surveillance of international phone calls and emails. The case is not a direct test of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Rather, it is a test of whether the law can even be challenged in court at all.

President Barack Obama (Paul E. Alers)

What's wrong with lesser evilism
Those who advocate a vote for the "lesser evil" hope to defeat the "greater evil" of the right wing--but they enable the Democrats to shift further right themselves.

Operation Get Rid of the Vote
Gary Lapon reports on the Republican scheme to not "get out the vote."

Why I'm still not voting for Obama
Todd Chretien considers the same question he took up at four years ago: Does Barack Obama deserve the votes of activists and radicals?

Why are NYPD murders on the rise?
Lee Wengraf looks at the factors involved in a growing record of police violence.

Could e-Voting Machines in Election 2012 Be Hacked? Yes.

Voters cast ballots on touch-screen voting machines during in-person absentee voting at the Fairfax County Governmental Center in Fairfax, Va., in early October. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Security experts say a specific kind of electronic-voting machine is vulnerable to being hacked. Influencing a national election would be difficult, but the advance of malware makes it possible.

The Politics of 'Climate Silence'

For environmentalists -- and many ordinary Americans -- it seemed a rather discouraging milestone, particularly as a gargantuan super-storm -- of the sort that virtually all climate scientists have been warning for years would increase in frequency as the planet warmed -- threatens to slam headlong into the East Coast in a couple days' time. "Hurricane Sandy," wrote Daniel Honan at, "Mother Nature's revenge on the 2012 election?"

Oil Companies Go Unpunished For Spills And Billions Of Dollars Of Gas Is Wasted
In the North Sea , oil companies go unpunished despite thousands of oil spills while because of flaring $50bn worth of gas is wasted annually.

What We Say About Our Religion, And What We Do

A recent Pew survey found that an unprecedented one in five Americans now say they are not affiliated with any religious denomination. Or, looked at another way, nearly four out of five identify with an organized faith. Research also shows those Americans overstate how often they go to church by about half.

Is Religious Freedom Really Primary?

President Barack Obama, left, Cardinal Timothy Dolan,  Mitt Romney and his wife Ann shared laughs at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York City on Oct. 18, 2012.The suggestion that religious liberty is the nation’s “first freedom” has become so commonplace that it seems churlish to question it. Indeed, similar notes have been struck by both sides during the campaign.

Will the Christian Right Hang Itself With Its Own Homophobia?

When teenagers, even many Christian teenagers, look at the Christian right's homophobia these days, it makes no sense to them. It just looks ugly.

How Patriarchal, Christian Backlash Politics Have Only Become More Vicious

This kind of hatred goes way beyond ordinary politics and deep into the realm of abnormal psychology.

Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Secret’ Election Spending

Seventy protesters stood outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., last week, asking for full disclosure of the lobby group’s financial contributions. 

Why I’m Voting Green

All the major correctives to American democracy have come through movements and third parties that have operated outside the mainstream. Few achieved formal positions of power. These movements built enough momentum and popular support, always in the face of fierce opposition, to force the power elite to respond to their concerns. Such developments, along with the courage to defy the political charade in the voting booth, offer the only hope of saving us from Wall Street predators, the assault on the ecosystem by the fossil fuel industry, the rise of the security and surveillance state and the dramatic erosion of our civil liberties.

Three Factors That Could Decide the Election

Guests on the show this week: Kathy Spillar of the Feminist Majority, Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, and Larry Gross of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Inevitable: Right-Wing Christian Leader Blames Hurricane Sandy on Gays

It’s likely that anti-gay activist John McTernan will not be the only religious figure to make this point.

American History: Era of Greed and Destruction

It is now 2012, and we are living in the first few years of a new era of American history.    Assuming that this country still exists, or even if it doesn't in its present form, sometime in the future historians will be writing about this era as a specific era different in many respects from this country's   past history.   They will say that the nascent Era of Greed had its antecedents in the period following WWII, at a time when America was clearly becoming the greatest global power.

Can the Company Fire You for the Way You Vote?

'A number of Romney backers took it upon themselves to spell out more clearly to their workers what 'the best interest for their job' really means.' (photo: AP)o many stories of employers pressuring their workers to vote for Romney have come out that you might think workplace intimidation was invented just for this election.

Geoengineers: Testing the Waters

or almost 20 years, I've been spending time on a craggy stretch of British Columbia's shoreline called the Sunshine Coast. This summer, I had an experience that reminded me why I love this place, and why I chose to have a child in this sparsely populated part of the world.

Retired NSA Analyst Proves GOP Is Stealing Elections Part I

hy is Mitt Romney so confident? In states where the winner will be decided by less than 10%, of the vote he already knows he will win. This is no tinfoil hat conspiracy. It's a math problem. And mathematics showed changes in actual raw voting data that had no statistical correlation other than programmable computer fraud. This computer fraud resulted in votes being flipped from Democrat to Republican in every federal, senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial election since 2008 (thus far) and in the 2012 primary contests from other Republicans to Mitt Romney.

Why I Voted Third Party: Obama is Not the Lesser Evil

We must be practical, Cordle insists, and vote for the lesser evil, lest we become saddled with the greater evil. This rests upon the assumption that Obama is somehow less awful than Romney: that he is actually the lesser evil. Sadly, it isn't so. Romney and Obama are like two varieties of vanilla ice cream. Only the containers appear different. In foreign and domestic policy, there's minuscule cosmetic or strategic differences in how they intend to pursue their goals, but the problem is that their goals are identical. In foreign policy, both believe that the U.S. should wield aggressive military force to maintain hegemonic control over the rest of the world and crush any country that dares to disobey us.

More On Savage Israel -- An Analysis

In my last analysis I noted that a Zionist organization run by the Islamophobe Pamela Geller is posting messages on buses and subways calling for support for Israel. The messages claim that Israel represents the "civilized man" in a struggle against Jihadist "savagery." I questioned Israel's qualifications for civilized status in the earlier piece, but am drawn back to the subject by the almost daily revelations of the Zionist state's questionable behavior. It is not that the Jihadist cannot be a savage at times, it is that the Israeli government seems quite incapable of being civilized. 

From Corporation to Cooperation: Beyond Greed, Destruction of the Environment and Enslavement of the People

Many politicians speak of American Freedom while their pockets are lined with thousand-dollar bills conceived in debt, nursed on greed, and sent off into the world by corporate masters. These politicians swear by unfettered capitalism and equate it to the American ideal of democracy. Of course, they do; corporations indoctrinate them and buy them off with campaign funds, prostitutes, and other gifts. They couldn't survive in today's political arena without corporate sponsorship.

Know Your History: Beware Democrat Heroes

On October 26, I attended an Occupy Wall Street (OWS) event called “Enemies of the State: Solidarity for Bradley”—in support of whistleblowers in general but Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, in particular.

Who’s The Boss? Romney, Or His Church Leaders? (VIDEO)

Maddow: ‘There’s been a truthfulness problem with the Romney campaign’

Bill Maher on Mourdock and ‘rape is God’s will’: ‘You cannot separate religion from just sheer idiocy’

Obama unveils economic plan: 5 ways it differs from Romney's

Romney Wants To Cut FEMA

Why America needs national voting law standards

Romney's Terrifying Google Search History Leaked

Bill Maher Warns Voters: If You Elect Romney,

Voter Suppression In Key Swing States

Incestuous Orgy Between Washington & Wall Street

Wait, WHO Owns The F***ing Voting Machines?!

Sextremism & The Future of Feminism

Nuclear Plants from Virginia to Vermont Could Be Impacted from Massive Hurricane Sandy

Bill McKibben on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: "If There Was Ever a Wake-up Call, This Is It"
Frankenstorm: Meteorologist Warns Hurricane Sandy an Outgrowth of Global Warming’s Extreme Weather
Battle at the top for UFO disclosure
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