All Further Articles for 2013-04-11

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wonderful Are Your Works: Dude, Those Little Fetus Dolls Are So Cool for Plugging Toilets and Stuff
We are not making this up: A New Mexico school district did not violate the rights of students when it barred them from distributing small rubber "fetus dolls" with an anti-abortion message at two high schools, a federal appeals court has ruled. The giveaway by the students, members of a religious group called Relentless, was halted after the dolls proved "a disaster." Students tore the doll heads off to throw at each other, lit dolls on fire, used dolls to plug toilets and hung dolls outside their pants to look like penises. Who ever said youth was wasted on the young?
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On Shooting Santa Claus and Starving Old People
Angry enough yet about Obama's WTF?! proposal to cut Social Security? Maybe this will help: A "shocked" Warren - "Chained CPI is just a fancy way to say cut benefits for seniors, the disabled, and orphans” - a hard-hitting Maddow - he'll "feel the ground beneath his feet give way" - an outraged Grayson, a squirrely GOP claim as the new good guys, and a look at why Obama's jaw-dropping cave is a Biblical “mess of pottage” for a party "now led by a business and professional elite convinced that to survive as a brand, (they) must serve as executioner of the social contract that created that brand to begin with."
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Anonymous Seeks Justice for Rape Victim After School and Police Fail To Do So
After multiple failures by the systems meant to protect her, Anonymous has taken on the case of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old Halifax girl who killed herself after being gang-raped and subjected to months of cyber-bullying with no legal action taken on her behalf. Having identified at least two of four alleged asssailants - through eyewitness testimony, not hacking - Anonymous is demanding officials re-open the case. They now plan to. Two vital, rhetorical, sorrowful questions: Why does it take Anonymous to bring action, and why does it always happen after, not before, tragedy strikes? Update : And another one.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Raising the Burden of Proof For A Manning Conviction
A judge ruled Wednesday that government prosecutors will have to prove that when Bradley Manning leaked secret documents to Wikileaks he had "reason to believe" the information could be used to harm the U.S. and help al-Qaeda or foreign enemies. The ruling by Judge Denise Lind in a hearing in Baltimore raises the bar for convicting Manning of the most serious charge he faces.
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