All Further Articles for 2013-10-23

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
See!? Adelson Wants To Teach Iran A Lesson By Nuking It, But Only the Rattlesnakes
Ugh. Bellicose squawking from a right-wing cabal of Zionists at Yeshiva Unversity for a panel lugubriously titled "Will Jews Exist?" at which participants bemoaned the BDS movement and its effect on poor, victimized Israel. Much time was given to the rants of Sheldon Adelson, 80-year-old casino mogul and billionaire supporter of Israel and Republicans, who declared the Palestinians are not a people and the way to teach Iran they can't have nuclear weapons is to drop nuclear weapons on them. Most disheartening, his appalling ignorance was met with applause, and no rebuke. How dangerous is this kind of unchallenged fear-and-war-mongering? One commentator: "The greatest threat facing contemporary Jews (is) the fusion of Judaism with Zionism, and the association of Jews in the mind of the world with the policies (of) the Israeli government and the Israel lobby." "What are we going to negotiate about? I would say ‘Listen, you see that desert out there, I want to show you something.’ You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, ‘OK let it go.’ Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business."
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Rape, Blame, Harrassment, Arson: This Is Why I Am Saying My Name
In a disquieting echo of the Steubenville rape case, a horrific story from a small town in Missouri where 14-year-old Daisy Coleman - who has publicly identified herself - was allegedly raped by an older football player, hometown star and grandson of a prominent politico, whose charges were suddenly dropped after, it was said, "favors were called in." Her family was harrassed, bullied and driven from town; Daisy went public after suffering through depression and two suicide attempts - "I saw myself as Ugly inside and out (and) carved (the) ugly I saw into my arms (and) wrists" - and their house mysteriously burned down. On Tuesday, a special prosecutor was named to review the case. The next day, a rally drew several hundred demanding Justice For Daisy in the name of "someone who has decided to use her voice."
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That's Really Bad: Idiot Thug Governor Makes Up Insulting Claptrap About Half the People In His Hard-Working State
Incomprehensibly following in the footsteps of Mitt Romney's famous success, Tea Party goon and so-called governor of Maine Paul LePage last week claimed that 47% of able-bodied Mainers - a people who have historically worked harder, longer and more dangerously than most in the state's mills, woods, quarries and oceans - are slackers who don't work. LePage, lest we forget, is a woeful anomaly, a mathematical happenstance who squeaked into power in a three-way race - but scarily, it could happen again.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A Problem With Discipline: The Guys In Charge Of Our Nuclear Arsenal Are Napping, Gambling and Otherwise Screwing Up
Not to alarm, but in the last two weeks this happened: Air Force officers were twice found to have left open a blast door to nuclear missiles in their underground command post while they napped, thus leaving launch codes open to theft - a slip that's common, but usually undetected; the Air Force fired the general in charge of 450 nuclear missiles due to “loss of trust and confidence” in him; and the Navy removed the deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces amidst charges he used counterfeit chips while gambling at an Iowa casino. So: not just a gambler, but a cheater. In the napping incident, the Air Force explains the launch center boasts "multiple safeguards and other protections" before anyone could reach the multi-ton, concrete-and-steel blast door secured by 12 hydraulically operated steel pins. When, that is, it's closed.
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Buycott: Because You Are What You Eat/Wear/Buy
A new (free) smartphone app lets you scan products at the store to see if they're made by companies you support or abhor, complete with corporate family trees to see if they lead back to the Koch empire. With a wide array of user-created campaigns, from protecting bees and cutting ALEC funding ties to a host of anti-Monsanto campaigns.
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