All Further Articles for 2009-10-16

Friday, October 16, 2009
Rape For Fun and Profit
Whoah: Sick. In the Japanese video game RapeLay, the player stalks, gropes, handcuffs and repeatedly rapes a mother and her two young daughters until they "enjoy" it. He rapes the youngest girl in her bed while her teddy bears watch – she cries – and invites friends to join the "fun." Equality Now has launched a campaign against the game and its maker, Illusion Software, whose spokesmen said they were "bewildered" by the action. Figures.
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Of Burns and Healing
This is a painful story from Gaza. Its pain is slightly mitigated by the actions of some truly good guys, but still. It's about three-year-old Farah Abu Halima, badly burned in an Israeli white phosphorus attack that killed her mother and much of her family. Steve Sosebee, the head of Palestinian Children's Relief Fund, hopes he can get her to the U.S. for treatment, and maybe educate people about the suffering of Gazan children. He is a hopeful guy.
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Dorky, Impossibly Young Fox To Guard Henhouse
All you naysayers worried about the will of Wall Street to turn things around in an ethical fashion, take heart. The Securities Exchange Commission has named Adam Storch to the newly created post of CEO of its enforcement unit. He's 29 years old and he used to work at Goldman Sachs, so there's clearly no conflict of interest here. Gosh, and we thought we couldn't trust the kingpins.
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Garlic Milkshake, Anyone?
House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio can no longer claim ignorance on health insurance matters, though we're not sure about stupidity or greed. He earlier claimed his constituents were "overwhelmingly opposed" to a public option, a concept he called "about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake" - this, in a state where 1.2 million people are uninsured and rates have risen seven times faster than wages. Activists have now set him straight. Here's a video telling him what he should know and here's one of SEIU members visiting his office, courteously, to do the same.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Some of My Best Friends
A moment of surreal synchronicity today, as President Obama, the son of an interracial couple and arguably the most powerful man in the world, visited Louisiana, where Keith Bardwell, a small town justice of the peace, refused to marry an interracial couple because "the children will later suffer" and "I just don't believe in mixing the races that way." Yes. In 2009. But he is not, Bardwell says, a racist. "I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else."
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