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Thursday, June 7, 2012

7 June - My Feedly

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Alberta reinstating coverage of sex-change surgery
The Alberta government is reinstating funding for gender-reassignment surgery three years after it was cut in the provincial budget.
45 Reasons Why America Should Cut Off Ties With Israel, AIPAC And The Neocons
"The survival of the USS Liberty was nothing but a miracle. The ship was an old WWII ‘one goer’ that was converted into a military intelligence vessel. It wasn’t built to stand a combat, it wasn’t structured to take any penalty. And yet, it somehow survived  hours of heavy Israeli raids. It was hit by napalm bombs and torpedoes, by the end of that horrid day it was soaking with young American blood, but it refused to go down. It didn’t sink. The USS Liberty is there to remind us, our leaders, the Israelis and their lobbies that the memory of this massacre is not going to sink
Fitch slashes Spain rating to BBB
Credit agency says Spain remains vulnerable to contagion from the ongoing crisis in Greece as well.

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Putin’s Russia, Charest’s Quebec
... you be the judge Contributor: "Ron"Russia passes law to fine protesters $9,000“The bill would jack up fines from the current 2,000 rubles to 300,000 rubles ($9,000). The legislation has been seen as a response to a series of massive anti-government protests and aimed at discouraging further street protests challenging President Vladimir Putin [Premier Jean Charest].”“Alexei Kudrin [the Quebec
(Give Up Yet?) Wisconsin, The Ex-Union State, Cassandra Denial & Does Inequality Lead to Instability?
So much to say. So little good-humored motivation. Anybody else feel like just saying "Okay, I give up now" after viewing the wisdom (or the reported vision) of Wisconsin's voters? Tom Degan at The Rant covers all the bases, many of which I've ranted about before. His is a superior rant and one I will go with today. Take it away, Tom: The Wisconsin Microcosm "We can have democracy in
Tucking You In on the T
Gonna try to get some sleep, readers, and I'll see you in the morning."Lawmakers yet to agree on bridging T funds gap; Fare increases taking effect soon" by Eric Moskowitz  |  Globe Staff, May 29, 2012Nearly two months after the MBTA board approved fare increases and service cuts to partially close the T’s budget deficit, Massachusetts lawmakers have yet to approve an infusion of $51 million
Letter to Incoming MIT President, Written by Cisco
Cisco published a copy of the letter s/he sent to the MIT Univ President about biased MIT research. I asked if I could re-post the letter. Permission was granted: Cisco wrote at Enenews:http://enenews.com/mits-pro-nuclear-activism-govt-paying-university-to-figure-out-how-to-get-public-to-accept-nuclear-projects-video/comment-page-1#comment-259459  June 7, 2012Susan Hockfield, PhD, PresidentMassac

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Russian Activists Fighting to Save Ancient Forest Face Continued Threats
The Crusade to Save Khimki Forest has Become a Symbol of the Struggle Between Russian Civil Society and a Corrupt State

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New World Next Week – 2012/06/07
Welcome back to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: Google To Warn Possible Victims Of State-Sponsored Spying http://ur1.
Interview 513 – New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato
Welcome back to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: Google To Warn Possible Victims Of State-Sponsored Spying http://ur1.ca/9gh8z Related: Obama Lights The ‘Flame’ – From ‘Virtual War’ To Military Conflict http://ur1.ca/9gh90 Story #2: China,
Corbett Report Radio 149 – How to Create The Corbett Report
Tonight on the broadcast James answers all your questions about how to start podcasting, interviewing, video producing and generally getting involved in the alternative media. Listen in to find out just how easy, cheap and genuinely exciting it can be to follow Jello Biafra’s dictate: Don’t hate the media, become the media.
Interview 512 – Congressman Walter Jones on War Powers and Impeachment
Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) joins us to discuss HCR107, a concurrent resolution pending hearing by the judiciary commmittee that seeks to affirm Congress’ constitutional power to declare war and impeach those presidents like Obama who believe they can do an end run around this declaration. We talk about the historical context of this bill and what concerned Americans can do to help get this bi

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Technical Issues
Having some web connection issues today. I hope to be back to normal posting tomorrow. Thanks for reading Texas Liberal.

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Ah, consistency, pt 2.
Today: no Foreign Office ministers will visit Ukraine during Euro 2012 in protest at the "selective justice" meted out to former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. (Although, strangely, most accounts of her trial for abuse of office miss out the fact that her former coalition partner Viktor Yushchenko testified against her.)Yesterday: Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was welcomed into the UK

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Rep. Markey to FDA: Why are lindane shampoos still allowed?
Lice shampoos containing lindane continue to be allowed in the U.S., despite being slated for a global ban due to the organochlorine pesticide's persistence and toxicity. Last week, Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) urged the Obama Administration to pull these products from the U.S. market once and for all. In 2009, more than 160 nations agreed to ban the agricultural uses of lindane, an

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Shiny Objects Are People, Too
You know, feminism has been around for quite a while now. We've gone through at least three waves, countless publications, more backlashes than you can count, and the invention of the automobile, the long-playing record and the iPhone. And in that time, if we've learned anything at all, we've learned this: Women respond really, really well to being called "objects." Also, to being told that "their

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firedoglake on Life Support
Over the years, I have been preoccupied with how radicalized people can be effectively organized in this atomized society. Hence, my interest in the demise of labor unions and their self-absorbed leadership that considers any sincerely motivated rank and file social activism as a threat. Instead of challenging the neoliberal order, they have aligned themselves with it, policing the boundaries of

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On Ray Bradbury
Thinking of Ray Bradbury, as I suppose most of us were yesterday after learning of his death, I found my reminiscences of his work mixing with what was to have been today’s topic, solar sails and their beamed sail counterparts. I’ve read almost all of Bradbury’s work up through the 1960s and admittedly little after that, but he’s a writer I return to often to try to recapture the early magic. I wa

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Only Sweat the Small Stuff
I was called by a journalist yesterday who told me that in Dewsbury six years ago I shared a platform with Baroness Warsi’s now husband at a meeting against the persecution of Muslims. Sadly I couldn’t really help him as at the time I was doing hundreds such events and have only the dimmest of recollections of that one. It is not merely amusing that Cameron refers Warsi for investigation for al

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“Stay Out of Syria,” by Joshua Landis in Foreign Policy
Stay Out of Syria Foreign intervention to topple Bashar al-Assad’s bloody regime risks a fiasco on par with Iraq and Afghanistan. BY JOSHUA LANDIS | JUNE 5, 2012 | Foreign Policy Let’s be clear: Washington is pursuing regime change by civil war in Syria. The United States, Europe, and the Gulf states want regime change, so they are starving the regime in Damascus and feeding the opposition. They

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All Out Beyond Horizon
My daddy was a union man. Represented by CWA. Communication Workers of America. We’re talking mid- to late ’60s. Feisty, the union, then. Every two years or so, almost like clockwork, a strike. During which we, in this here family, didn’t eat too good. Always Ma Bell would push the CWA to a place where the people of its workers didn’t eat too good. Where the union reserves had run out. Where my da
Stop Making Sense
“But what was there in my dream that interests you so much? It made no sense, like all dreams!” “It had another sense, like all dreams, and visions. It must be read as an allegory, or an analogy.” “Like Scripture?” “A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.” —Umberto Eco, The Name Of The Rose Filed under: Ala, Into The Light

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Egypt's Legal News of the Day
A friend who prefers to remain anonymous writes in about the Egyptian judiciary, which has been getting some flak lately: In a landmark ruling today, a Cairo appeals court struck down air.  “We can find no legal basis in any Egyptian legal text for air. This lack of legality extends to various human activities connected with air, including breathing, use of vacuum cleaners, and parliamentary debat
Mai Iskander's "Words of Witness"
I loved Mai Iskander's film Garbage Dreams and am excited to see that her latest documentary is out, and it's set in the backdrop of the 2011 uprising, focusing on the story of a young journalist. Words of Witness is premiering this month at LA's FilmFest  — more screening times and locations available here.
Stacher and Brownlee on Democracy Prevention
In connection with our previous post excerpting Josh Stacher's book Adaptable Autocrats, here's Josh interviewing (fellow Egypt expert) Jason Brownlee about his forthcoming book, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the US-Egyptian Alliance. Look out for their conversation starting at 06:50 on how the Obama administration did not embrace the Egyptian uprising and encouraged as much continuity as
Book excerpt: Josh Stacher's "Adaptable Autocrats"
One-time contributor to the blog Joshua Stacher recently published his book, Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria. Since the 2011 uprisings, there has been a debate in Middle Eastern academia as to whether regional specialists focused too much on the persistence of authoritarianism (and power elites in particular) and not enough on the societies (and social movements in particular.
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