Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Dead In Gaza
Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have killed at least 52 people, including 13 children - the youngest, 18 months old, died along with his 27-year-old mother - and wounded over 450. Here are the names of the dead, released by Gaza's Health Ministry to Beirut-based newspaper al-Akhbar. The children are marked in bold. Because we can give them, at least, their names. Grievous Update : They are still updating, and naming. The dead now total 213, including at least 45 children, two of them 18 months old.
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The Most Expensive Warplane in American History Is Too Dangerous to Fly and Just Caught Fire (Again) But They Plan to Spend $1 Trillion On It Anyway
Days before its long-planned, much-hyped debut at a U.K. airshow, the entire fleet of the endless boondoggle known as the Joint Strike Fighter has been grounded after one caught fire, the latest in a years-long series of disasters almost every time it's tried to leave the ground. The plane's pricetag is now $399 billion; it's seven years behind schedule; when done, it will cost over $1 trillion. No doubt entirely coincidentally, Lockheed has spread its jobs and contractors across the country, thus ensuring broad support in Congress. And yes, there are many cool things we could do with the money.
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A War of Choice Not Necessity
Outraged by an American media that turns a blind eye to Israeli abuses - Diane Sawyer's was the latest and most egregious example - U.S. Jewish activist Daniel Sieradski has called out an Anti-Defamation League ad aimed at justifying the bombing of Gaza as “the latest act in a storied history of shameful behavior.” Then he posted a new version of the ad - which has since gone viral - with the concise text, "Fixed."
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Freak Show: Koch Brothers Vision of Health Care Is Truly Bizarro
Channeling David Lynch, the Koch-backed Generation Opportunity - whose mission is to convince young people to opt out of the totalitarian evil that is health care - has released a darkly crackpot video invite to an upcoming "Creepy Carenival" in D.C. that, "like Obamacare itself, comes with a veneer of excitement (weirdo Uncle Sam! mandatory vasectomies!) but as soon as you begin to experience it, you realize you are being taken for a ride." WTF? The kicker: A new study shows that ads by opponents of Obamacare - who have outspent supporters 15-1 - may have increased enrollment. Nice work guys.
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Less Than Tyrannical Feds Fine Freedom Industries Whopping $11,000 For Poisoning Water of 300,000 People, Because Freedom
The over-reaching, over-regulating, money-grubbing feds at OSHA have fined Freedom Industries an exorbitant $11,000 for last January's massive spill of coal cleaning chemicals that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe water, one in five people with health problems and local businesses down about $61 million. Oh yes, and the "clean-up" site is still leaking - twice last month - but Freedom, which has conveniently declared "bankruptcy," says it's only because of "heavy rain" and who could've predicted that?
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Here Is the Asian Republican Coalition, Whose Definition of Asian Would Include Donald Trump and Woody Allen
Seeking to target the country's fastest growing demographic, GOP strategists have launched the Asian Republican Coalition. It boasts a "broad definition of what constitutes the Asian American community," including those who are married to an Asian or doing business in Asian markets. Actually, they'd probably let you in if you ever ate sushi. We love GOP minority outreach. Update: More stellar conservative outreach at a Wisconsin press conference on immigration reform, where one speaker said Congress has been useless "because a (N-word) is in charge."
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Everything Is Not Awesome
Furious that Arctic-trashing Shell is using kid-friendly LEGO to clean up its image - reportedly selling 16 million Shell-branded toys worth $116 million - Greenpeace has begun a campaign aimed at pressuring LEGO to end the sketchy partnership. Protests at England's Legloland, and a darkly stunning new ad in which an idyllic Arctic, huskies and all, drowns in oil.
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To Treat Them the Way They Treat Us: Demolish Their Houses
With the arrest of six Jewish extremist suspects in the brutal murder of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir, Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged the killers will face "the full weight of the law,” insisting, “We do not differentiate between the terrorists.” To make good on his promise, say Muhammad’s parents, Israel should demolish the homes of the guilty Jews - just like they demolished the Hebron homes of two Palestinians allegedly behind the murder of three Israeli teens, just like they've demolished over 25,000 Palestinian homes, just like they've never, ever done to any Jewish home. "Justice is when they destroy their houses just like they destroyed the homes in Hebron." Khdeir's father
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Monday, July 7, 2014
Getting Into Good Trouble: John Lewis Got Busted 53 Years Ago For Using A 'White' Toilet
Change Happens (If Much Too Slowly) Dept: Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) tweeted out his long-ago, self-assured mugshot today to commemorate his 1961 release from a Mississippi prison where he served 37 days for "disorderly conduct," aka daring to use a bathroom labelled "white." A leader of the Selma to Montgomery March, the tireless Lewis has been arrested over 40 times fighting for civil rights - he calls it "good or necessary trouble" - for which we thank him.
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Murder Is Murder
Amidst the vengeful carnage in Israel, a sliver of grace in the figure of Rachel Fraenkel, whose son Naftali was one of three murdered Israeli teens. A respected scholar of Jewish law, Fraenkel has met and grieved with the family of murdered Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir - and they with her, now, simply, all members of "two families that have lost their sons” - and swiftly released a statement when Mohammed's burned body was found. “There is no difference between blood and blood. Murder is murder. There is no justification and no atonement for murder.”
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