All Further Articles for 2012-10-02

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Good News You People! Ryan Only Thinks 30% of You Are Moochers, Losers and Welfare Queens!
In a newly unearthed video of his keynote speech at an American Spectator dinner last year, Paul Ryan offers an eerie preview of Romney's now-infamous 47% remarks, charging that 70% of the country still "want the American Dream" but 30% are lousy lazy malingerers who "want a welfare state." America, he worries, is turning into "takers, not makers." Yeah, we kinda know what he means. Wow. What a pair of mean-spirited, arrogant, entitled creeps. Bonus video.
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Murder, Environmental Devastation and Human Rights Abuses Are Bad, Even In Nigeria
Embroiled in a pivotal Supreme Court case in which they are charged with complicity in killings, torture and other crimes that left 800 dead and 30,000 displaced from their homes, all in the name of suppressing peaceful opposition to their development plans, Shell Oil has blocked news of the case from over 70,000 employees who heard about it from Shell's "Grassroots Employee Empowerment Division" - which, as it turns out, doesn't exist. From The Yes Men and People Against Legalizing Murder.
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Oops: WSJ Forgot to Tell Us Most of Its Op-Ed Writers Are Romney Advisers
In a lapse of journalistic ethics deemed inexcusable by pretty much anyone who knows anything about journalistic ethics, the Wall Street Journal failed to disclose that ten of its op-ed writers - John Bolton, anyone? - who regularly, unsurprisingly write anti-Obama screeds are also advisers to Mitt Romney. Media Matters suggests you tell the WSJ this is not okay.
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The Throwaway People
With the calamitous "war" on drugs claiming its three latest hapless victims - a border patrol agent in Arizona, a mother of five in California, a guy in Tennessee who lived in the house next to an alleged drug dealer - an in-depth look at the controversial, often fatal use of untrained, unregulated, often woefully ill-equipped young offenders as informants in up to 80% of drug busts in this country. From The New Yorker. “They can get us into the places we can’t go. Without them, narcotics operations would practically cease to function.”
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Just Get In
Colbert blasts the "liberal hacks" at Fox News for asking Ryan to explain how across-the-table tax cuts will save, not bankrupt, the economy. Peasants don't need math, he insists - just trust.
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Wake the F*ck Up Redux
In the wake of a profanity-laced Samuel Jackson video for Obama that's gone viral, a rebuttal that cites drone attacks, increased surveillance and too many civilian deaths in Pakistan as "grounds for dissension." From Reason . "And citizens killed by executive order/And citizens killed by executive order/And citizens killed.../The record's not stuck/ This is actually happening/So wake the f*ck up!"
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Monday, October 1, 2012
The Worst of the Worst
When 650 members of community, labor and faith organizations rallied in Elwood, Illinois in support of Walmart warehouse workers striking to protest “poverty wages,” sexual harassment and extreme work conditions, they were met with riot-gear-clad police and private security who surrounded them, roughly arrested all 47 who committed civil disobedience, and told the other peaceful protesters to disperse or risk “chemical or less lethal munitions being deployed.” Incredible, war-zone-like photos.
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