News for 2010-10-12

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Outside Cash Leaves Scorched Earth in US Campaign
WASHINGTON — Nerve jarring music races to a crescendo, shadowy pictures flash across the screen, and in doom-laden tones, a narrator warns: "Obama -- he promised change... now he's desperate, on the attack." This is not the inspirational candidate who moved thousands to tears at his Chicago victory...
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Rand Study: Marijuana Legalization Would Markedly Cut Mexican Drug Cartel Profits
The Rand Corporation is notorious for its history of pro-drug-war studies. A report of theirs from earlier this year on Proposition 19 was full of dubious claims based on what even they had to admit were just guesses . Once again, with their newest report about marijuana legalization, the Rand...
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Court Orders US to Cease Enforcing Gay Military Ban
LOS ANGELES - A federal judge ordered the US government Tuesday to "immediately" suspend all discharges of gays serving openly in the military in a major rebuke to the Obama administration's appeal for more time. In her ruling, US District Judge Virginia Phillips ordered Defense Secretary Robert...
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World Bank Pressured over Record Fossil Fuels Lending
WASHINGTON - With new figures showing a record amount of World Bank funding for projects relying on coal power and other fossil fuels, the issue of reforming the institution's energy lending was once again a hot topic at the World Bank and IMF annual meetings, which concluded over the weekend.
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President Obama to End Deep-Water-Drilling Ban
The Obama administration is preparing to end the ban on deep-water oil and gas drilling imposed after the BP oil disaster in April, lifting it more than a month ahead of schedule. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is set to make the official announcement during a conference call at 1 p.m. Tuesday. "...
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They Hate Us for Our Occupations
In 2004, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld commissioned a task force to study what causes Terrorism, and it concluded that "Muslims do not 'hate our freedom,' but rather, they hate our policies": specifically, "American direct intervention in the Muslim world" through our "one sided support in...
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Google Invests in $5bn Wind-Power Superhighway
Google is extending its investment in green technology with a $5bn (£3.2bn) programme to build an undersea, wind energy transmission backbone along 350 miles of the Atlantic seaboard. The grid project, which stands to serve 1.9m homes from Virginia to New Jersey with up to 6,000 megawatts of...
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France: Strikes over Pension Reform Begin
PARIS — Workers tried to shut down France on Tuesday with strikes affecting airports, public transportation, schools and the postal service in a showdown with President Nicolas Sarkozy over his government's attempt to raise the retirement age by two years to save money. Refinery workers also walked...
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Wall Street Pays Out Billions in Record Compensation: Report
WASHINGTON — Financial institutions on Wall Street are preparing to pay a record 144 billion dollars in compensation and benefits, according to a study published Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal . The payout, covering bonuses, premiums and stock options for the firm's executives and employees, is...
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Israeli Cabinet Approves Loyalty Oath for Non-Jews
A divided Cabinet yesterday approved a highly controversial measure that, for the first time in Israel's 62-year history, requires new non-Jewish citizens to pledge loyalty to it as a "Jewish and democratic state". The 22-8 vote approving the bill, which was supported by Prime Minister Benjamin...
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Families, Veterans Call Operation Name on Arlington Headstones Propaganda Move
Along the meticulously spaced rows of graves at Arlington National Cemetery, the names of the nation's wars are clearly etched into the headstones: World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea, the Persian Gulf. Soon, a new inscription for troops killed in Iraq could appear: "Operation New Dawn."
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Safety Through Wiretapping: Snuggly the Security Bear Explains
[h/t Tim Jones, Deeplinks Blog/EFF]
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Israeli Troops Accused of Shooting Children in Gaza
At least 10 Palestinian children have been shot and wounded by Israeli troops in the past three months while collecting rubble in or near the "buffer zone" created by Israel along the Gaza border, in a low-intensity offensive on the fringes of the blockaded Palestinian territory. Israeli soldiers...
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The High and the Mighty: Inside California's Marijuana Politics
Cannabis is California's number one cash crop. This fall, voters will decide whether or not to fully legalise the drug and transform US drug policy. The implications are huge if it passes. It will have a profound effect on the state's struggling economy, the overburdened criminal justice system and...
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