All Further Articles for 2012-09-25

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
A Shiny Object: Houston Police Kill Double Amputee In His Wheelchair
The FBI is investigating, and activists are protesting, after a Houston police officer fatally shot in the head a mentally ill double amputee in a wheelchair after he waved what turned out to be a silver ballpoint pen toward officers. Houston police, it seems, have done this sort of thing before.
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I'm A Scab
After the Packers/ Seahawks/scabs debacle, two parody videos on the subject of that euphemism, the replacement ref. And in the context of Wisconsin's anti-union politics, a look at who, in fact, built the NFL.
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Big Pharma, With the Questionable Help of Facebook, Is Watching
Worried about online privacy? You should be. To help target ads - Big Pharma now spends $1 billion on them - Facebook has quietly partnered with data-mining company Datalogix to track what 70 million American households buy at 1,000 retailers, including drugstores. If you don't want Facebook knowing when you buy tampons or meds at CVS, you can opt out, though it's a pain.
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Speaking Truth to Savagery
Following a court battle, those flamingly anti-Islam ads from Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (sic) - the ones touting the "savage vs. civilized man" - went up in ten New York subway stations this week. It didn't take long for residents to say what they thought of them. At last report, seven have gotten a truth-telling makeover and Twitter is abuzz. You gotta love New Yorkers. "In New York we speak 140 languages, and hate isn't one of them." Update : Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy and four others were arrested for "correcting" the posters, declaring them hate speech.
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On Voting Rights: You Want Fair, Move to Canada, Hippie
For National Voter Registration Day, and in recognition of a study finding that voter I.D. laws could disenfranchise up to 10 million eligible Latinos, a riotously profane video from Sarah Silverman blasting those laws. The ad was paid for by the Jewish Council for Education and Research, which might or might not regret it. "Hey black people, poor people, old people and students, guess what you all have in common? Lawmakers are trying to f#/@k you in your a#%holes."
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Go Rachel!
Evidently fueled by the Mittens tape - and her own smarts, wit and dogged reporting - Rachel Maddow pulled in top ratings last week, besting Hannity and the other Fox clowns. Lawrence O'Donnell also came in first, giving MSNBC the best week since 2008 and the rest of us a glimmer of hope for a modestly well-informed electorate.
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