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Friday, November 9

08.Nov.2012 - Occupy Freedom and Vigilance, Impressions of Gaza, Monsanto Tricked Voters? Obama's Next Economy, Don't Trust Fox News! Climate Change Legacy, Dissatisfied Electorate, Trial for Israel, Why Bankers Rule the World, Sandy Victims Waiting for Help, Super-Earth Discovered, IRS Not Enforcing Rules on Churches, Republicans Out of Step, Bradley Manning Admits to Leaking Info

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Occupy Freedom And Vigilance (post-Sandy)
Is freedom just a matter of bigger cages and longer chains? Is it merely a commodity sold to the highest bidder? Must the majority of us sit by and drool while freedom fries on the grill of capitalist avarice?

To Humiliate And Degrade: Impressions Of Gaza
Even a single night in jail is enough to give a taste of what it means to be under the total control of some external force. And it hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to begin to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world’s largest open-air prison, where a million and a half people, in the most densely populated area of the world, are constantly subject to random and often savage terror and arbitrary punishment, with no purpose other than to humiliate and degrade, and with the further goal of ensuring that Palestinian hopes for a decent future will be crushed and that the overwhelming global support for a diplomatic settlement that will grant these rights will be nullified.
Obama, Climate, History

Now it's time for us in the climate and progressive movements to do our job as citizens and demand that he do the same on climate. It's time, long past time, for Barack Obama to break his own self-imposed silence on climate.

What the 2012 Election Was ... and Wasn't
Most of the commentary about Obama's re-election and the defeat of some of the most reactionary GOP incumbents and candidates such as Rep. Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock has been about how the GOP is demographically and ideologically far too right wing for the majority in the electorate.

Obama Wins: So Christians, Will It Be More Hate or Jesus?
Since I was one of the minor nepotistic sidekick architects of the rise of the religious right in the 1970s-80s along with my late evangelist father Francis Schaeffer (before I changed my mind and fled as I describe in my book Crazy For God) maybe I'm the right person to ask: What is the future of a politicized "Christianity" deeply infected by the politics of hate, intolerance, homophobia, xenophobia, victimhood, racism and willful delusion? Bluntly -- will it be Fox News or Jesus?

Did Monsanto Trick California Voters?
Monsanto and their peeps didn't just spend $46 million promoting their opinion. They also lied and got away with it.

Obama's Next Economy
hen the applause among Democrats and recriminations among Republicans begin to quiet down - probably within the next few days - the President will have to make some big decisions. The biggest is on the economy.

How Did Science, Medicine, and the Environment Do in the Elections?

Your House of Representatives now has twice as many physicists

Now the Work of Movements Begins

The election is over, and President Barack Obama will continue as the 44th president of the United States. There will be much attention paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of microtargeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-the-vote efforts. The media analysts will fill the hours on the cable news networks, proffering post-election chestnuts about the accuracy of polls, or about either candidate’s success with one demographic or another. Missed by the mainstream media, but churning at the heart of our democracy, are social movements, movements without which President Obama would not have been re-elected.

Climate Change, Not the National Debt, Is the Legacy We Should Care About

The political leadership, including the Washington press corps and punditry, were already intently ignoring the economic downturn that is still wreaking havoc on the lives of tens of millions of people across the country. Now, in the wake of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy, they will intensify their efforts to ignore global warming. After all, they want the country to focus on the debt – an issue that no one other than the elites views as a problem.

Five Things to Watch for in Obama’s Second Term

Okay, folks. Elections are exciting, but now the really hard work begins. We need to turn victories won into something real that works for people and the planet. With a divided Congress, we’re unlikely to see big legislative leaps. Rather, we will see complicated bills,. And we’ll see lots of new rules in the executive branch. For both, the devil is in the details. And the angels, too.

The disillusioned and dissatisfied electorate

An initial analysis of the results of Tuesday’s presidential election reveals one overriding element that is little noted in the American media: the staggering decline in voter turnout, and in particular the vote for President Barack Obama. More than anything else, the vote is the expression of an electorate that is disillusioned and increasingly alienated from the entire two-party political system.
No Show Trial for Israel
Israel squirms and wriggles like a worm on a fishhook over the Turkish trial into the deaths of nine unarmed humanitarian aid volunteers on board a ship bound for Gaza.

It’s the Interest, Stupid! Why Bankers Rule the World
In the 2012 edition of Occupy Money released last week, Professor Margrit Kennedy writes that a stunning 35% to 40% of everything we buy goes to interest. This interest goes to bankers, financiers, and bondholders, who take a 35% to 40% cut of our GDP. That helps explain how wealth is systematically transferred from Main Street to Wall Street. The rich get progressively richer at the expense of the poor, not just because of “Wall Street greed” but because of the inexorable mathematics of our private banking system.

Why are Sandy victims waiting for help?
Danny Katch describes the failure of official relief operations following Hurricane Sandy--and the grassroots infrastructure that has sprung up to try to fill the vacuum.


The exoplanet is one of six believed to be orbiting a dwarf star 42 light-years from Earth.

IRS Not Enforcing Rules on Churches and Politics

The IRS monitors religious and other nonprofits on everything from salaries to spending, and that oversight continues. However, Russell Renwicks, a manager in the IRS Mid-Atlantic region, recently said the agency had suspended audits of churches suspected of breaching federal restrictions on political activity. A 2009 federal court ruling required the IRS to clarify which high-ranking official could authorize audits over the tax code's political rules. The IRS has yet to do so.

IRRELEVANT: Republicans Increasingly Out Of Step With Modern America
Much will be made of this historic election; debates will be had, dissections of what worked or didn’t will occur; some will ask why Romney lost, others, why Obama won, and ultimately all involved will circle with the same question: “Can Republicans be relevant in the 21st century.”

Bradley Manning Willing To Admit To Leaking Info To Wikileaks, Hoping For More Limited Trial

As the Bradley Manning court martial trial moves forward, Manning has apparently submitted a plea notice more or less looking to speed up the process by effectively admitting to the fact that he leaked the info to Wikileaks, without pleading "guilty" to any of the charges. The idea appears to be a procedural move to try to take a shortcut to focusing on some lesser charges by admitting some factual things, and leaving some of the most serious charges off the table. This isn't a "plea bargain" in which both sides make an agreement -- but rather an attempt to effectively say "here's what we agree to, without having to go through the effort of proving it, and then let's focus on these lesser charges." The judge does not need to accept this offer, however.

EU Finally Realizes The Public Is Watching CETA: Softens Criminal Provisions For Copyright Infringement

Last month, through all of the secrecy shrouding the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA), it was revealed that the treaty called for the same criminal copyright sanctions that European citizens widely rejected when those same sanctions showed up in ACTA.

Conservatives Living In A Bubble – Why The Right Was Surprised They Lost

With the President’s victory, I, nor the rest of the world, were surprised with the result. We were relieved, but not surprised. Everyone knew Obama was likely to win, we were just concerned that the right’s barely concealed voter suppression efforts would work. But the right was shocked and horrified. Karl Rove made an ass of himself on national TV by demanding that it wasn’t over when Ohio clearly went for Obama.

How to Fix Health Care in the US

Wozniak: Web crackdown coming, freedom failing


CIA Allegedly Using Drug Money to Overthrow Ecuador President Rafael Correa

Rachel Maddow Debunks GOP Myths, Tells Republicans to "Wake Up!"

Jeremy Scahill and Dennis Kucinich: In Obama’s 2nd Term, Will Dems Challenge U.S. Drones, Killings?

Bradley Manning Offers to Plead Guilty to WikiLeaks Charges if Gov’t Drops Espionage, Enemy Case

John Nichols: Overwhelming Obama Victory Not Just a Mandate for the President, but for Progressives

Puerto Rico Referendum Approves U.S. Statehood for 1st Time, But Results Show Divided Views

Juan Gonz├ílez: Critical Role in Obama’s Re-Election Heralds New Era of Decisive Latino Vote in U.S.


The Future of Food

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