All Further Articles for 2009-08-18

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
What, If He's Innocent We Can't Execute Him?
After 18 years on Death Row, Troy Davis will finally get a chance to prove his innocence in a killing after the Supreme Court took the rare step of ordering a federal court in Georgia to re-consider his case. Astonishingly, in a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia argued that "actual innocence" is no reason not to execute someone – making us happier than ever to welcome Sonia Sotomayor to the court. "This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is 'actually' innocent."
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Greenpeace's 'Astroturf' Photo Op Against Big Oil
Today, Greenpeace agitators laid town some real astroturf at the American Petroleum Institute's headquarters in Washington, D.C., the industry group planning the protests. Here's what the activists say: "The Greenpeace protest calls attention to the U.S. oil industry’s secret plans to have oil workers attend anti U.S. climate action rallies masquerading as concerned 'energy citizens' faking grassroots support in a practice known as 'astroturfing.'"
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Do You, Comrade, Remember Afghanistan?
A visiting Russian scholar in the U.K. recalls the Soviet war in Afghanistan, and the haunting parallels with today. Twenty years ago, she notes, a public outcry against a senseless war - and the willingness of politicians to heed it - led to withdrawal. "Do you, comrade, remember Afghanistan? Glows of fires, Muslim cries?" - Soviet war song of the 1980s.
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Dismiss, Disbar, Prosecute and Put Away
At least four activists were arrested at UC Berkeley's law school as they protested the return of John Yoo, who crafted the legal justification for Bush-era torture. Unbelievably, Yoo is teaching.... civil law. "I personally believe he has blood on his hands." – law student Liz Jackson.
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Monday, August 17, 2009
Crazy Scary Stuff
What to make of reports that a dozen people with guns , including one with an assault rifle, showed up in Phoenix where President Obama was speaking. The rifle-toter said he brought his semi-automatic to a presidential speech because, "In Arizona, I still have some freedoms." Yes, but. The rest of us have freedoms too... "I think that people need to get out and do it more so that they get kind of conditioned to it." – the guy who believes in bringing assault rifles to political events.
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Beck: Abusing the Privilege
Eight more companies, including Wal-Mart, have pulled advertising from Fox's increasingly unhinged Glenn Beck after he labelled President Obama "a racist" with "a deep-seated hatred for white people." Twenty companies have now pulled their ads, including Best Buy, CVS, Travelocity, GEICO, Men's Wearhouse, Procter & Gamble, RadioShack and State Farm Insurance. "Their action sends a clear message to Glenn Beck: Broadcasters shouldn't abuse the privilege they enjoy by spewing dangerous and racially charged hate language over the air."
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