All Further Articles for 2010-06-11

Friday, June 11, 2010
Give Me (Trashy) Liberty
Now that health care reform, such as it is, has passed, Tea Partiers seem to be having trouble finding other galvanizing issues. To wit: this weekend's protests by three wingnut factions in Georgia over the latest Bolshevik attempt at tyranny - mandatory trash pick-up. Residents will have to pay $17.86 a month to get their garbage collected, even if they don't want to. Really: Is there any greater outrage being perpetrated in our nation today? "This is tantamount to Obamacare. It's socialized. It's the government forcing people to purchase something and that's unconstitutional."
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Protesting BP
Saturday is Worldwide BP Protest Day, with actions planned in over 50 cities on five continents. Details on Facebook here .
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Gay Sex = Domestic Terrorism, or Connecting Some Seriously Loopy Dots
Following tabloid rumors that the Taliban is burying HIV-infected needles in their bombs, right-wing bloggers are now declaring that men having sex with each other in the military is just like running planes into buildings, but hey, they have no agenda. As to evidence of the truth of the rumors, military officials say, "We've got reports, no intel, nothing." "If we connect the dots here, the inescapable conclusion is that gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism."
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Courage Is Contagious
The Pentagon is reportedly looking for Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing "media insurgency" Wikileaks and mastermind behind the Baghdad shooting "Collateral Murder" video. Officials fear the elusive Assange is about to publish a huge cache of classified State Department cables about the workings of Arab governments and U.S. intelligence efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange, who runs Wikileaks with the help of hundreds of discreet, encrypted volunteers, has yet to surface. From The New Yorker , an in-depth look at what he does and how he does it. "Every organization rests on a mountain of secrets." – Assange at a forum with Daniel Ellsberg on "drawing (the) dragons out of the cave."
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