All Further Articles for 2011-06-24

Friday, June 24, 2011
Justice In America: A Tale Of Two Crimes
Consider Paul Allen, 55, a former mortgage CEO who defrauded lenders of over $3 billion. This week, prosecutors celebrated the fact they got him a 40-month prison sentence. Consider Roy Brown, 54, a hungry homeless man who robbed a bank of $100. The teller gave him more but he handed the rest back. The next day, he felt bad and surrendered to police. He got 15 years.
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Spirit of Resistance
Much bad news; much pushback against it. Colorado groups will protest a weekend summit of the Koch Brothers and their right-wing cohorts. A Pennsylvania teacher is running 100 miles to protest education cuts of over $1 billion, the biggest cut ever. Toronto protesters will mark one year since a G20 summit that saw bogus mass arrests . And if you have any gripes, sign up for a free Dinner With Barack: Give him an earful.
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Apple: Dispossession and Propaganda OK, Intifada Not
After Israeli complaints, Apple has pulled an iPhone app by a group of Palestinian activists calling for a Third Intifada - much like a banned Facebook page - claiming that it was "offensive to large groups of people." Odd that Apple has no problem with an app by Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs that offers news on “Palestinian incitement" and the "Israeli humanitarian lifeline to Gaza.”
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How Low and Sleazy Must We Go To Sell Our Stuff?
Carmaker Kia is making news - and winning awards - for a new ad that sure seems to peddle pedophilia as much as its ostensible dual air conditioning zones. Is this - and a lot of other ads - seriously creepy, or am I getting old?
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Better Late Than Never, Buyers' Remorse On GOP
Hopeful...okay, somewhat comforting visuals from the Ill-Informed "Oops Why Did We Vote For These GOP Neanderthals Again?" Front . An infographic from Bill Schneider's Inside Politics shows new GOP governors' approval ratings - think Walker, Kasich, Scott - plummeting .
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Irony Overload: Yoo Lectures Obama On Bending the Law
With the House gearing up to challenge Obama on Libya, Bush torture afficionados John Yoo and Robert Delahunty had the breathtaking gall to slam Obama for - gasp - ignoring the law for political reasons. Yoo has likewise blasted the GOP for falling victim to "the siren song of political gain." This, from the torture memo author Greenwald has called "the most partisan and intellectually dishonest lawyer in the country.” Shameless. "Obama’s indefensible interpretation of the WPR is transparently driven by politics…These decisions show an administration that treats the law cynically and manipulatively to achieve purely political ends."
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
"They Did This To Me"
Horrific tales from a North Carolina task force hearing from the victims of a decades-long eugenics law that oversaw the forced sterilization of over 7,000, mostly black and poor men, women and children, sometimes merely because neighbors gossiped about them. The state has apologized but not yet compensated - though, truly, what can that mean? - any victims. "They cut me open like I was a hog." - Elaine Riddick, sterilized at 14 when giving birth to her only child after being raped.
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In georgia, reaping what theyve sown, but not edible
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hWyAqhCUqzQ1qPw-vs3wq... A controversial immigration law in the US state of Georgia has brought unintended results, forcing farmers to reluctantly turn to ex-convicts as Latin American manual workers flee. Low-skilled, undocumented workers, who for years have formed the backbone of this southern state's farming economy, have bolted in the lead-up to the law taking effect on July 1, fearing deportation if caught working here. The measure's mainly Republican supporters argue that the state needs to enforce immigration laws in the absence of effective federal action, saying schools, jails and hospitals are overburdened by illegal aliens. But as the full cost of the immigration reform emerges in the form of an estimated millions of dollars worth of crops rotting in fields, it could alarm other states that have passed or are considering similar strict measures. http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2011/06/14/ga-s-farm-labor-crisis-... Georgia Immigration Law Already Hurting Farmers | “It might almost be funny if it wasn’t so sad,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jay Bookman writes of the horrendous results of HB87, Georgia’s Arizona-like immigration law. Despite being signed just over a month ago, the law has already caused a mass exodus of undocumented laborers from the state, leaving Georgia farms at least 11,000 workers short of what is...
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