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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

10 July - News Notes

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State of Georgia to execute man declared mentally retarded by the court

Young Hillary Clinton Used to Think Kissinger Was Criminal and Immoral: Now in Laos, She Follows In His Footsteps


July 10, 2012
Early Monday morning, Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced that Texas won’t create a state insurance exchange nor accept expanded Medicaid funds outlined in the Affordable Care Act. In a statement, Perry said, “Neither a ‘state’ exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under this program would result in better ‘patient protection’ or in more ‘affordable care.’”
Perry’s announcement is an especially harmful move because Texas will benefit more from the Affordable Care Act than any other state. Texas was recently ranked worst in the country for health care delivery by the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, scoring “weak” or “very weak” in nine of 12 categories. Perry’s office discounted the study as overly broad, and has argued that Texans’ real problem is personal health choices, not lack of health insurance.    Read more

By Ben Sherman | ThinkProgress
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

Budget cuts, lack of public services for the homeless and the mentally ill:  these are huge problems tied into austerity's inevitable losses of support networks, losses that utterly devastate individual lives. But the ending of these services also has drastic public health consequences. Witness Florida, where a TB outbreak was hushed up by authorities. The outbreak itself was exacerbated by a total dearth of services for marginalized members of the population and a relentless drive towards budget slashing which moved forward despite the growing threat.    Read more

By Sarah Seltzer | AlterNet
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 10:38 AM

We've all heard it so many times the words have practically lost meaning: small businesses are the source of most new jobs, entrepreneurship is the secret sauce that makes America special, "creative destruction" and economic dynamism require a constant flow of new business start-ups, most of them very small. Republicans in particular like to justify all their attacks on big government as attacks on small business, as though Fortune 500 companies and their executives and shareholders don't matter to them at all.    Read more

By Ed Kilgore | Washington Monthly
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 09:59 AM

"Jane" had an abortion, and she took pictures. The result was "Thisismyabortion.com," a reminder that what most women see when they have an abortion isn't what is shown on the blown up posters and placards displayed by anti-choice protesters.
But although the site corrects the public misconception of what products of conception look like, it also clarifies the fact that regardless of all of the physical roadblocks put in place to stop a woman from terminating a pregnancy, it's the financial hurdles that are often greater.     Read more

By Robin Marty | RH Reality Check
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 09:18 AM

President Obama's push to extend the Bush tax cuts on income under $250,000 a year but not on income over $250,000 has support from a solid majority of Americans. But holding firm to his role as defender of the 1 percent, Mitt Romney is making a stand to keep the very wealthy from having to pay their fair share.
According to a National Journal poll,
...60 percent think it is "very important" to extend the cuts for families making less than $250,000, while just 40 percent think it is "very important" to extend those rates for all taxpayers. When the percentages are combined for those who said each was very or somewhat important, 68 percent place importance on extending the cuts for all, compared with 82 percent for just those who make less than $250,000 a year.
    Read more

By Laura Clawson | Daily Kos
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 08:51 AM

A new video (h/t Climate Progress) by environmental blogger Peter Sinclair shows what the years to come may look like if climate-change instigated weather patterns of recent months persist.
"Welcome to the rest of our lives" takes ten minutes to put a year of bad weather into perspective. Who would have thought that a juxtaposed montage of alarming weather reports from the last year could be so utterly chilling?
Watch below:

By Sarah Seltzer | AlterNet
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 08:41 AM

An activist who had been asking for a federal probe into lethal police force in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jewell Hall, lost her own son Milton this week. He was shot thousands of miles away in Michigan--by police officers. Over 40 times.
 The son of an activist who has been critical of Albuquerque police over a number of police shootings has been shot and killed by police in Michigan.
Jewel Hall said Monday that her son, Milton Hall, was shot by Saginaw police last week.    Read more

By Sarah Seltzer | AlterNet
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 08:16 AM

The lives of more than 100,000 women worldwide could be saved by increased access to contraception, according to a new study on maternal deaths funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The study, conducted by The Lancet, surveyed 172 countries and found that maternal deaths would decrease by about one-third if contraceptives were more easily accessible. What’s more, already available contraception prevented 44 percent of potential maternal deaths in 2008:    Read more

By Annie-Rose Strasser | Think Progress
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 07:19 AM

You know how Americans are accused of being apathetic, glued to the couch and portable entertainment and uninterested in grave social issues, how we're supposed to be selfish consumers guzzling the world's energy without a shred of moral compunction?
Well, actor Denis Leary has a new video on FunnyorDie that embodies that attitude in three short words.
Watch below, lyrics very much NSFW:

Kiss my ass, cause I’m American    Read more

By Sarah Seltzer | AlterNet
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 06:43 AM

If you're still wondering about the scope of the LIBOR scandal, this piece in the Economist will fill you in:
Over the past week damning evidence has emerged, in documents detailing a settlement between Barclays and regulators in America and Britain, that employees at the bank and at several other unnamed banks tried to rig the number time and again over a period of at least five years. And worse is likely to emerge. Investigations by regulators in several countries, including Canada, America, Japan, the EU, Switzerland and Britain, are looking into allegations that LIBOR and similar rates were rigged by large numbers of banks. Corporations and lawyers, too, are examining whether they can sue Barclays or other banks for harm they have suffered. That could cost the banking industry tens of billions of dollars. “This is the banking industry’s tobacco moment,” says the chief executive of a multinational bank, referring to the lawsuits and settlements that cost America’s tobacco industry more than $200 billion in 1998. “It’s that big,” he says
    Read more

By Digby | Hullabaloo
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 06:11 AM

  1. Why We're Really Being Worked to Death
    Matt Bors, Matt Bors Blog
  2. The Ones We've Lost: The Student Loan Debt Suicides
    Cryn Johannsen, Economic Hardship Reporting Project


Conservative Christianity's Marketing Gimmick to Keep Its Old-Time, Heaven-and-Hell Religion Afloat


Why is the State Department hiding reports of religious persecution in the Middle East?

Ecuadorian Farmers Organize 'Illegal' Fairs to Bring Healthy, Fair Priced Food to Communities

Free Enterprise Accountability HT David Roberts

(  Comment deleted. LOL I like deleting tax incentives to consume energy) 

Poor Land in Jail as Companies Add Huge Fees for Probation

A recent study by the nonpartisan Conference of State Court Administrators, “Courts Are Not Revenue Centers,” said that in traffic violations, “court leaders face the greatest challenge in ensuring that fines, fees and surcharges are not simply an alternate form of taxation.” 

 In a 2010 study, the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law examined the fee structure in the 15 states — including California, Florida and Texas — with the largest prison populations. It asserted: “Many states are imposing new and often onerous ‘user fees’ on individuals with criminal convictions. Yet far from being easy money, these fees impose severe — and often hidden — costs on communities, taxpayers and indigent people convicted of crimes. They create new paths to prison for those unable to pay their debts and make it harder to find employment and housing as well as to meet child support obligations.”

MK ULTRA - CIA Mind Control Research - Human Experiments in the United States 

Drone industry releases ethics code

Secret Service shuts down ‘fire Eric Holder’ protest

Footage shows US Marine vehicles destroying Afghans' homes

U.S. building Afghanistan a huge $92 million military headquarters

Evergreen Air B-747 Tanker Missing in Action Not Fighting Colorado Fires

New World Order Blueprint Leaked

The Collapsing US Economy And The End of The World by Paul Craig Roberts

Scamming America With Jesus: Why Faith Healers Are Immoral And Bad For Health Of The Country
by Rev. Dan Vojir

The Wall Street Scandal of all Scandals
by Robert Reich

A translation and interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's poem, Africa
by Monish Chatterjee

Libor Scandal Reflects a Cesspool of Financial Fraud
by Stephen Lendman

War Gaming The Iran War: How The US Plans For Aggression
by Danny Schechter

The Worst Person in the World?
by Timothy Gatto

"Israel disses US while seeking "bi-lateral alliance' with Russia
by Franklin Lamb

US Invasion Without Traditional War
by Jack Swint

LIVE: TPP Protest San Diego: 300 March To Stop TPP. See The Pictures!
by Brett Redmayne-Titley

Whistleblower Provisions Can Be Applied Retroactively to Employees of Affliates, Judge Rules

Panel 4: "Education and Skills Development" is open for Q&A

let's not forget Azhar Ahmed who is to stand trial for posting anti-war sentiment on facebook. Trial adjourned til Sept

Paul Osterman : To get people into jobs find a better way to connect education to world of work.

From the Saskatoon StarPhoenix: "Building pipelines is an invitation for more oil spills"
( David reminds me of a stopped clock. He's right twice a day )
Rebecca Solnit unleashes a barnburner about the carnage of the drug war:

You probably knew corporate lobbying by the fossil fuel industry was bad, but wait until you see BigPharma's:

Many of Africa's anti-malaria drugs - even the WHO-approved ones - are fake or of bad quality:

New biofuel process dramatically improves energy recovery

Tick bites making people allergic to meat?
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University Will Not Investigate Fracking Institute
American Natural Gas Breathing New Life Into Philly Refineries
Marcellus Shale Gas: Regional Gas Shale Study
Marcellus Shale Study Shows Fluids Seeping Into Pennsylvania ...
Marcellus Shale Coalition —



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