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Saturday, November 24

23.Nov.2012 - Black Friday Has Dark Roots, Anonymous Activists Prosecution, Walmart Retaliates Against Activists, Global Strike & Consumer Boycott, Palestinians Dying to Live Free, DHS to Double Drones, Food Banks Drying Up, Dealing with Creationists, Fracking in America, Ceasefire in Israel-Gaza Crisis, Woodie Guthrie at 100

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10 Reasons the GOP Is Really Messed Up -- According to Republicans

It's too right-wing. Or not conservative enough. It could be the contempt for voters, or being the Party of Stupid. One thing's for sure: Everybody hates Karl Rove.

Why 'Black Friday' Has Dark Roots
Older generations may still associate "Black Friday" with the stock market crash of 1929, which triggered the Great Depression. But the connotation of financial distress dates back even further, to the collapse of the U.S. gold market on Sept. 24, 1869.

Lobbyists pay UK authorities to buy support for Israeli regime

Pro-Israeli lobbyists inside the UK have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds since the last general election taking lawmakers on propaganda tours to the Israeli occupied Palestinian territories.

Prosecution of Anonymous Activists Highlights War for Internet Control
Greenwald writes:
hatever one thinks of WikiLeaks, it is an indisputable fact that the group has never been charged by any government with any crime, let alone convicted of one. Despite that crucial fact, WikiLeaks has been crippled by a staggering array of extra-judicial punishment imposed either directly by the US and allied governments or with their clear acquiescence.

Walmart Retaliates Against Black Friday Activists
s Black Friday approached, the honchos at Walmart, the largest employer in the United States, found themselves at a loss to respond to a nationwide rebellion within the ranks of their near-captive workers - people who work for an average wage of $8.81 per hour, according to The National Memo, often in areas where Walmart is the only game in town for a job if you don't have a college degree (or even if you do). And so it seems they started making stuff up, and pulling strings - in at least two locations - to get local police to do their bidding.

Wal-Mart: Always Low Wages

Employees are planning a walkout on Black Friday, and that's only the beginning.

Occupy Strategy: Global Strike and Consumer Boycott Should Be on the Agenda

The Occupy movement is becoming viral, but its very own merit, which is to be a true grassroots movement without hierarchy or a defined leadership could be its Achilles heel. The global capitalist system, run by the very few people in control of mega corporate entities, will not cave in or even yield an inch just at the sight of camps, banners, and meaningful slogans. If the 99 percent want to have a real impact and effective results, without resorting to violence, they must focus on strategy and tactics. A new discourse must be defined, and this is far from the case at the moment.

Palestinians: Dying to Live Free
Occupied Palestine is the longest unresolved conflict of our time. After 64 years, Palestinians remain largely isolated on their own. Their suffering continues. Their rights don't matter. Western nations scorn them. Rhetorical support only is provided. It's insulting, demeaning and meaningless.

DHS to Double US Drone Fleet
The Department of Homeland Security wants to double its drone fleet. (photo: Katie Drummond)
espite renewed criticism from both parties in Congress that domestic drones pose a privacy danger to US citizens - and a report from its own Inspector General recommending to stop buying them - the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has indicated it wants to more than double its fleet of Predator drones used to fly surveillance missions inside the United States.

Food Bank Stocks Dry Up in Wake of Great Drought

The insufferable drought of 2012 continues to wreak havoc as food banks across the country feel the pinch. As the season of feasting gets underway, soaring food prices have cut government donations to the banks and soup kitchens that provide an essential safety net to over 50 million Americans who struggle to eat.

In Gaza, It’s the Occupation, Stupid

“The Palestinian people want to be free of the occupation,” award-winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy summed up this week. It is that simple. This latest Israeli military assault on the people of Gaza is not an isolated event, but part of a 45-year occupation of the sliver of land wedged between Israel and the Mediterranean Sea, where 1.6 million people live under a brutal Israeli blockade that denies them most of the basic necessities of life. Without the unwavering bipartisan support of the United States for the Israeli military, the occupation of Palestine could not exist.

Tips for Dealing with Creationists

I hang out with Creationists occasionally and have seen many of the arguments they make. I’d like to tell you what I've found. This isn't a rebuttal against Creationist arguments (perhaps in a future post). Rather, I’d like to sensitize you to general errors that they make. Consider this a list of cautions when evaluating a Creationist presentation.

Fracking in America

Man Heckles Black Friday 'Zombies' In California

As Bus Bomb Hits Tel Aviv, Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Egypt’s Mediator Role and Gaza’s Ongoing Torment

Debate: From Short-Term Ceasefire to Long-Term Peace, How to Resolve the Israel-Gaza Crisis?

Wal-Mart Accused of Threatening Workers With Retaliation Ahead of Black Friday Walkouts, Protests

Minimum wage: Walkouts show it's time for the federal government to boost rate

One Thing You Need To Remember This Black Friday: Support Wal-Mart Workers!

Woody Guthrie at 100: Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg, Will Kaufman Honor the "Dust Bowl Troubadour"

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