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Saturday, November 3

03.Nov.2012 - Avoiding Disaster Capitalism, Dark Money Rises, Worst Civil Liberties President, Right to Own, Warrantless Wiretapping Allowed, NSA Claims 'Privilege,' Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson, Debt Collectors to be Policed, Creationism Pushed in Public Schools, Tax Cuts for the Rich, Mormons Elusive About Teachings, Profile of a Police State, Vote for Prop. 37, Syrian War Puppets, GMOs Poison Farmers, Romney Speech Interrupted, Stupid Ohio Voters, Climate Change Debate, Bloomberg Endorses Obama

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How Hurricane Sandy Will Impact the Election

Thanks to a wave of new voting restrictions passed by Republicans, the 2012 election was already shaping up to be pretty chaotic before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, which left 8.2 million households without power in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Avoiding Post-Sandy Disaster Capitalism: On Rebuilding the Right Way

All around America, we've watched the devastation of Hurricane Sandy with a sense of shock and heartbreak. For millions of people who suffered from the storm, some of the hardest questions seem to be about the simplest things. When will the power be back? How do I get to work? When will I be able to send my kids to school?

Dark Money Rises

About a week before election day, a young girl, maybe 10 years old, confronted Colorado House candidate Sal Pace in a pew at his Pueblo church. "She said, 'Is it true that you want to cut my grandmother's Medicare?'" Pace remembers.

The Universe Unraveling
The Southeast Asian country of Laos in the late 1950s and early 60s was a complex and confusing patchwork of civil conflicts, changes of government and switching loyalties. The CIA and the State Department alone could take credit for engineering coups at least once in each of the years 1958, 1959 and 1960. 
Barack Obama and George Bush at the White House
Who is the worst civil liberties president in US history?
Where do the abuses of the last decade from Bush and Obama rank when compared to prior assaults in the name of war?

Defense attorneys ask Panetta to televise 9/11 trial from Guantánamo

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Lawyers for the five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators wrote Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Thursday, asking him to order the Pentagon to offer national TV broadcasts of their death-penalty tribunals at Guantánamo.

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Lawyers for the five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators wrote Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Thursday, asking him to order the Pentagon to offer national TV broadcasts of their death-penalty tribunals at Guantánamo.

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EFF Demands Answers About Predator Drone Flights in the U.S.
Government Shares Drones with Law Enforcement Agencies Across the Country

Your Right to Own, Under Threat
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments today in a case called Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, and their final decision could help shape the future of "first sale," a legal doctrine that underpins the right to sell, lend, or give away the things you buy, even if those things contain copyrighted elements.

How the FISA Amendments Act Allows for Warrantless Wiretapping, As Described By Supreme Court Justices
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Clapper v. Amnesty, an important case that will decide if the ACLU’s challenge to the FISA Amendments Act—the law passed in the wake of the NSA warrantless wiretapping scandal—can go forward. The Court will essentially determine whether any court, short of a government admission, can rule on whether the NSA’s targeted warrantless surveillance of Americans' international communications violates the Constitution.

NSA claims 'privilege' 62 times in 1 court document to EFF!
Giant gavel of justice, Supreme Court to decide on NSAAs the old adage goes, trust is earned. It’s not a privilege freely given. The EFF has been battling Jewel v. NSA since 2008 over the mass-slurping up of emails, calls and other electronic communications. When “trust” is used in same sentence as the NSA regarding its Terrorist Surveillance Program, especially when applied to warrantless ‘dragnet’ surveillance of innocent Americans, some brains might not compute and stumble over such a combination. Sadly, it’s no surprise the agency once again claimed that supplying evidence would compromise national security and wanted the case dismissed.

Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson Have Their Say

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: There’s an election Tuesday, and we invite the two main alternative candidates to make a case for why we should take a chance on them in an election that is already too close to call. Also: Mo Rocca and Robert Scheer.

Three Reasons Progressives Should Care About the Courts 

Like Hamlet on the battlements, the progressive left is haunted by a question: to vote for Barack Obama with all his faults or, by boycotting the elections or casting ballots for a third party, risk the inauguration of Mitt Romney? To some on the left, disaffected by Obama’s statist posture on national security, his kowtowing to Wall Street and timidity on climate change, there is no appreciable difference between the two major candidates. So why not stay true to genuine progressive values and turn away from Obama, even in the swing states?

UAW Files Charges Against Romney for Auto Bail-Out Profiteering
Mitt Romney addresses supporters during a campaign rally, 04/24/12. (photo: Getty Images)At a press conference in Toledo, Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers, will announce that his union and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney's so-called "blind" trust.

Debt Collectors Will be Policed by the Feds
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized a new rule that will allow the federal agency to oversee and regulate the largest debt collection agencies.
Now those who hound you over unpaid debts will be hounded themselves by the feds.

At The Ohio Supreme Court, A Teacher Claims An "Academic Freedom" Right to Push Creationism in Public School
The investigation revealed that Freshwater had put religious posters in his classroom, asked students questions about their religious beliefs and the depth of their commitment and even offered “healing” services at meetings of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He had also distributed “work sheets” to students that undermined evolution (but, interestingly, hadn’t let students take the materials home where parents might see them).

5 Delusional Right-Wingers Certain That Mitt Romney's Headed for a Landslide Win

Mitt Romney can win, but he has an uphill battle. That's not the way these folks see it.

Republicans Try to Hide Study That Shows Tax Cuts for the Rich Spur Inequality
How Republicans in Congress almost killed a non-partisan study refuting GOP talking points.

"Please Don't Leave Us!" NYers Desperate for Help -- Latest Sandy Updates, What You Can Do

Staten Island, Breezy Point, Red Hook and Long Beach are in danger of a real a disaster.

Why are Mormons Vague or Elusive About Controversial Mormon Teachings?

Why don't Mormons talk more about some of their more controversial beliefs? Why aren't Mormons more up-front about some of the more controversial doctrines of the LDS Church? The answer is simple: they are taught to be circumspect about many Mormon teachings and to avoid getting into too much detail with outsiders — especially prospective converts

American Religion. The Faith of Politics.
Those of you who read my posts on a regular basis are familiar with a recurring theme: Politics is the American religion. To be honest I had been using it as a semi-derogatory short hand, a way to encapsulate the inability of most people to even contemplate alternatives to the corrupt system we currently have. My consistent stance has been that the never ending debate about which candidate or party is superior does nothing to address the larger question of the system itself, which is only perpetuated every four years, with minor differences in action and policy.

Profile of a Police State
Homeland repression is policy. Police state laws target resisters. Elections are farcical, rigged, and illegitimate. People have no say. Corporate controlled electronic voting machines decide for them. 

Will Monsanto Rule Our Lives? Vote for Prop. 37
Vandana Shiva on Prop 37, GMOs and food sovereignty. (photo:
 new poll conducted by the University of Southern California and the LA Times has found that Proposition 37, the GMO labeling initiative has slipped a whopping 17 points since the last poll in September. The proposition continues to lead but only by 2 percentage points with less than a week before the election. Thirteen percent of likely voters are still undecided on whether to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms in foods.

Superstorm Puts Politics In Perspective
Flooded subways. Over eight million people without power. Around 80 dead in North America – plus another 70 or so in the Caribbean. Fifteen thousand flights cancelled. Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk washed away. Grand Central Station echoing empty.

Washington Seeks New Syrian Puppets In War For Regime-Change
Speaking in Zagreb, Croatia on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that Washington is reorganizing the front representing the so-called “rebels” in Syria. The shakeup, which includes the withdrawal of US support from the Syrian National Council, is evidently part of the preparations for a more direct US intervention once next Tuesday’s presidential election is over.

Growing popular anger as Hurricane Sandy death toll rises to 90

There is growing popular anger in New York, New Jersey and throughout the US Northeast, amidst widespread power outages and gasoline shortages in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The US death toll rose Thursday to at least 90 people in the US and two in Canada. The storm earlier claimed at least 67 lives in the Caribbean.

A convenient "tie"

A tie that isn't quite what it seems, and a US election sideshow: pundit gut v nerd calculator. 

Free Syrian Army Kills Prisoners
(WARNING: Graphic Violence)

How GMOs poison farmers in the developing world

A visit to "Murder City"
Brought to you by the Drug Wars

Watch Mitt Romney Explain How Jesus Will Reign for 1,000 Years When He Returns, in Jerusalem... and Missouri

Climate Protester Interrupts Romney Sandy Speech

The Stupidity Of Romney Voters In Ohio – Exposed

The Presidential Debate We Never Had: Climate Change

Michael Moore, Please Drop Your Support For Obama

Flooded by Sandy, Residents of Brooklyn Community Red Hook Organize Local Effort for Urgent Relief

"It’s Global Warming, Stupid": As Bloomberg Backs Obama, News Media Ends Silence on Climate Change

Bloomberg Endorses Obama for White House Despite Misgivings About President’s Effort on Gun Control

Residents of NYC’s Chinatown Turn to Community Group for Relief as Elderly, Immigrants Isolated by Storm

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