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Obama visits Hiroshima, more than seven decades after the world’s first atomic strike

The Washington Post Washington Post

"Nearly 71 years after an American bomber passed high above this Japanese city on a clear August morning for a mission that would alter history, President Obama paid a solemn visit here to offer respects to the victims of the world’s first deployed atomic bomb and the sacrifices of the U.S. troops that helped justify the act. ... Air Force One landed Friday afternoon at the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, about 25 miles south of Hiroshima, and the president made remarks to U.S. and Japanese troops serving in Japan. After that, he headed to the 30-acre Peace Memorial Park in his black parade limousine for a brief, emotionally charged visit that was freighted with symbolism for the two nations that have transformed from bitter World War II enemies into the closet of allies." (05/27/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-visits-hiroshima-more-than-seven-decades-after-the-worlds-first-atomic-strike/2016/05/27/c7d0d250-23b6-11e6-8690-f14ca9de2972_story.html

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Trump, Sanders explore staging unusual presidential debate

Reuters Reuters

"Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders on Thursday explored staging an unconventional U.S. presidential debate that would sideline Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and create a television spectacle that could attract huge ratings. The two men - a billionaire and a democratic socialist - expressed interest in a one-on-one encounter in California even though Republican and Democratic presidential candidates traditionally do not debate each other until the parties have selected their nominees." (05/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN0YH1ST

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Microsoft, Facebook to lay massive undersea cable

USA Today USA Today

"A 4,000 mile undersea cable deal announced Thursday by Microsoft and Facebook is just the latest of a dozen high capacity trans-oceanic cables being built by tech companies to deal with their insatiable demand for bandwidth. The two companies plan to build a cable that will run from Virginia Beach, Va. to a data hub in Bilbao, Spain. The cable will join a cat's cradle of cables that criss-cross the ocean floor, an increasing number of which are owned or funded by large tech companies. Google began the trend in 2010 when it invested in a cable across the Pacific between the United States and Japan called Unity. Today, Google either has or plans to invest in five undersea cables, Microsoft four, Facebook two and Amazon one, said Alan Mauldin, research director with telecommunications research firm TeleGeography." (05/26/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/2016/05/26/microsoft-facebook-undersea-cable-google-marea-amazon/84984882

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Chile: Student demonstration turns violent in Santiago

BBC News BBC News [UK state media]

"A student demonstration in Chile has turned violent as police used tear gas and water cannons to divert the march. Protesters refused to take an alternative route suggested by police in central Santiago and hurled stones at them, the government said. Students said they were brutally attacked by riot police. They are demanding that the government of Michelle Bachelet speed up reforms that will guarantee free university education for all Chileans. 'We are tired of waiting,' read banners carried by students in the demonstration. President Bachelet took office in 2014, promising to implement a number of social measures to reduce inequality. She had served a first term between 2006 and 2010." (05/26/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36394771

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U.S. sees first case of bacteria resistant to all antibiotics

Reuters Reuters

"U.S. health officials on Thursday reported the first case in the country of a patient with an infection resistant to all known antibiotics, and expressed grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads. 'We risk being in a post-antibiotic world,' said Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, referring to the urinary tract infection of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman who had not travelled within the prior five months. Frieden, speaking at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., said the infection was not controlled even by colistin, an antibiotic that is reserved for use against 'nightmare bacteria.' The infection was reported Thursday in a study appearing in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. It said the superbug itself had first been infected with a tiny piece of DNA called a plasmid, which passed along a gene called mcr-1 that confers resistance to colistin." (05/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-superbug-idUSKCN0YH2KT

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Secret Service disciplines 41 employees for leaking GOP congressman’s information

Raw Story Raw Story

"Forty-one U.S. Secret Service employees have been disciplined over a media leak of the personal files of a congressman who had criticized the agency’s security lapses, the Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday. Punishments ranged from a letter of reprimand to suspensions without pay for up to 45 days, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement. One person found to have disclosed information on Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz to the Washington Post has resigned from the service, Johnson said, noting that privacy laws prevented disclosure of more details." (05/26/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/secret-service-disciplines-41-employees-for-leaking-gop-congressmans-information

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Revealed: America’s nuke program runs on 8-inch floppy disks

Fox News Fox News

"To anyone born after 1995, the floppy disk is better known as that thing that resembles the 'save' icon. To the Pentagon, it's the gizmo that controls America's nukes. A report from the Government Accountability Office finds US government agencies spend $60 billion a year operating and maintaining outdated systems -- three times more than is spent on upgrades, per CNN. One such system: the Pentagon's IBM Series-1 computer which uses 8-inch floppy disks 'in a legacy system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces,' including intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombers. For youngsters, the big floppy disks were the precursor to the 3.5-inch ones, before the CD came around." (05/26/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/05/26/americas-nuke-program-runs-on-floppy-disks.html

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NJ: Boat from 19th century found under home

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"Workers raising a waterfront home in New Jersey made a nautical discovery: a 44-foot wooden boat from the 19th century. The 12-foot wide vessel, its rudder fully intact, was found beneath Eileen Scanlon's Highlands bungalow on Wednesday, the Asbury Park Press reported (http://on.app.com/1sRr5bR ). The boat likely was used to transport coal and other good along local waterways, and pieces of coal were found scattered along the floor. Rumors of the vessel's existence had circulated for years. Scanlon got a peek of what looked like a rudder through the home's crawlspace shortly after buying it in 2010, but she didn't anticipate the size and scope of the boat. It's built from 3-inch-thick wooden plants and is held together with 18-inch iron nails." (05/26/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Boat-from-19th-century-found-under-New-Jersey-home-7947324.php

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State Department: Clinton violated email rules

Politico

"A State Department watchdog concluded that Hillary Clinton failed to comply with the agency's policies on records while using a personal email server that was not approved by agency officials even though it should have been, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday. The long-awaited findings from the agency's inspector general, which also revealed Clinton expressing reluctance about using an official email account and apparent hacking attempts on her private server, were shared with Capitol Hill Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO. It's the latest turn in the headache-inducing saga that has dogged Clinton's campaign." (05/25/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/hillary-clinton-email-inspector-general-report-223553

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Sweden: Court upholds warrant for Assange

The Hill The Hill

"A Swedish district court on Wednesday upheld an arrest warrant for Julian Assange, in a blow to the WikiLeaks founder's hopes to end his years-long stay at Ecuador's embassy in London. Assange is wanted on rape charges [sic] in Sweden that date back to 2010. ... In February, a United Nations working group concluded that the hacker and anti-secrecy activist has been 'arbitrarily detained' for the last three years, and that he should be allowed freedom of travel. After that claim, Assange's lawyers filed a motion asking the Stockholm District Court to overturn his arrest warrant. But Swedish officials continue to believe the charges [sic] are valid and still consider him a flight risk, Marianne Ny, the director of public prosecutions, said in a statement." [editor's note: In point of fact, Assange has not been "charged" with any crime in Sweden; Ny claims to just want to question him, but has declined numerous opportunities to do so - TLK] (05/25/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/281187-swedish-court-upholds-warrant-for-wikileaks-founder-assange

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Pols from 11 states sue: Feds can’t take away our welfare checks just because we’re creepy gropy pervs

The Washington Post Washington Post

"Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge, which asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful, follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity." (05/25/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/governor-texas-suing-over-obamas-transgender-directive/2016/05/25/11cdd550-22aa-11e6-b944-52f7b1793dae_story.html

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Obama admin set to transfer “up to 24 more” detainees from Gitmo

Fox News Fox News

"The Obama administration is preparing to transfer up to 24 additional detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp this summer, Fox News has learned. The move comes as President Obama continues to try to close the camp in the face of congressional resistance. The administration so far has reduced the population from 242 detainees to 80. But one official said the detainees remaining at the camp represent the 'worst of the worst.' The official was not confident the countries ultimately receiving these terrorists would be up to the task of keeping them locked up or even tracking them." (05/25/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/25/obama-admin-set-to-transfer-up-to-24-more-detainees-from-gitmo.html

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SC: Haley signs bill banning abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy

Raw Story Raw Story

"South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk, a spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday. The South Carolina legislature passed the bill last week, the 17th U.S. state to approve such a ban. A signing ceremony will take place on a date to be announced later, said Haley spokesperson Chaney Adams. The act, proposed last year in South Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature, passed after it was stripped of exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape of incest." [editor's note: Wait a minute, it passed ONLY after removing those exceptions? At the risk of advocating aggression, may the children of those legislators be raped incestually (if they have not already been); karma should rule here - SAT] [additional editor's note: Actually, to the extent that the pro-life position makes any sense, it stops making sense if there's an exception for rape or incest. The pro-life idea is that the fetus is an innocent person; rape or incest doesn't change that equation - TLK] (05/25/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/s-c-gov-nikki-haley-signs-bill-banning-abortions-after-19-weeks-of-pregnancy

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IA: Industry helps Chinese students cheat their way into and through US colleges

Reuters Reuters

"The advertisements were tailored for Chinese college students far from home, struggling with the English language and an unfamiliar culture. Coaching services peppered the students with emails and chat messages in Chinese, offering to help foreign students at U.S. colleges do much of the work necessary for a university degree. The companies would author essays for clients. Handle their homework. Even take their exams. All for about a $1,000 a course. For dozens of Chinese nationals at the University of Iowa, the offers proved irresistible." [editor's note: The irony is, most Chinese-descent students already have a huge advantage over 'native-born' Americans, who have not been schooled in their own 'native' language nearly as well - SAT] (05/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/college-cheating-iowa

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Teen marijuana use declining as legalization spreads

San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth

"Despite what anti-marijuana interest groups may have people believe, teenagers are actually avoiding pot in the midst of widespread legalization. In a new study to be published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, researchers found that the rate of adolescent marijuana use has fallen as more U.S. states continue to legalize or decriminalize cannabis, ScienceDaily reports. 'We were surprised to see substantial declines in marijuana use and abuse,' said Richard A. Grucza, PhD, an author of the study and an associate professor of psychiatry, in a press release." (05/25/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/05/25/teen-marijuana-use-declining-as-legalization-spreads

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CA: San Francisco supervisors introduce measures that would reduce mayor’s powers

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"Supervisor David Campos introduced a November ballot measure Tuesday that would create an Office of Public Advocate, a position that he says is about creating greater accountability but that his critics dismiss as an attempt to create a job for himself. Campos’ measure would place the public advocate in charge of the Office of Citizen Complaints and the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement, including having the power to appoint their directors — a responsibility the mayor currently holds." (05/25/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Supervisors-introduce-ballot-measures-to-strip-7943449.php

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11 states sue U.S. government over Obama’s transgender directive

USA Today USA Today

"The transgender bathroom battle is about to take another dramatic turn. Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive instructing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender, rather than birth, identity. The lawsuit, announced Wednesday in Austin by Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton, also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. It accuses President Obama's administration of 'running roughshod over commonsense policies' that protect children, and asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful. Conservative states had vowed defiance since the Justice Department handed down the guidance earlier this month" (05/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/25/11-states-sue-us-government-over-obamas-transgender-directive/84921276

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NM: Protesters, police clash at Trump rally

National Public Radio [US state media]

"A Donald Trump campaign rally in Albuquerque, N.M., turned violent on Tuesday, leading to at least one arrest and several injuries, police say. According to the Albuquerque Police Department Twitter feed, several officers were hit by rocks thrown by protesters. The police later characterized the clash as a 'riot.' ... Protesters carried anti-Trump banners, toppled barricades and threw plastic bottles and burning T-shirts at police, The Associated Press reports. Officers responded with smoke grenades and pepper spray, the wire service says. Several protesters inside the venue chanted slogans and were evicted by police and security guards. Trump mocked them, telling them to 'go home to mommy.' The candidate's supporters chanted, 'Build that wall!'" (05/25/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/25/479419880/violence-erupts-at-new-mexico-trump-rally

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Feds seek death penalty against accused South Carolina church shooter

Reuters Reuters

"Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a white man accused of killing nine black parishioners in a racially motivated attack at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, last June, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. 'The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision,' Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement. Dylann Roof, 22, is accused of opening fire on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study session at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The killings shook the country and intensified the debate about race in America." (05/24/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-south-carolina-shooting-idUSKCN0YF2SY

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Dear progressives: Using Uber doesn’t make you a monster

Cato Institute Cato Institute

"It's not a surprise that many people choose to use a convenient app rather than gesticulate wildly on the side of the street like a lunatic. Unsurprisingly, consumers like to see reductions in transaction costs. Without Uber and Airbnb it's extremely time consuming to find a person in a strange city who has a seat in their car or a spare bedroom. Does this convenience come at the expense of exploitation? After all rideshare drivers, who are considered independent contractors, are not governed by minimum wage legislation and don't enjoy the same protections offered to traditional full-time employees. However, it's important to remember that the flexibility rideshare companies offer drivers is one of their main attractions." (05/24/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/dear-progressives-using-uber-doesnt-make-you-monster

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Bernie Sanders campaign requests Kentucky vote recanvass

WPSD 6

"Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is requesting a recanvass in Kentucky's presidential primary, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote. The Sanders campaign says it will ask the Kentucky secretary of state to have election officials review electronic voting machines and absentee ballots from last week's primary in each of the state's 120 counties." (05/24/16)

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/32051949/bernie-sanders-campaign-requests-kentucky-vote-recanvass

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AZ: Cannabis legalization burns toward the ballot

San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth

"Arizonans are cruising to a vote on cannabis legalization for adults this election cycle. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced Wednesday they were just 15,000 signatures away from their 230,000-raw name goal for placing Initiative 5 on the Nov. 8 ballot. The group needs approximately 150,000 valid signatures to qualify the initiative by July 7, 2016. CRML has raised about $1 million for the legalization drive, versus about $90,000 in donations to the opposition, reports indicate. 'As we finish the signature drive and launch the final stage of the campaign, we anticipate that our opponents will be ramping up their efforts,' stated CRMLA Chairman J.P. Holyoak. Initiative 5 legalizes growing six plants per person, and carrying up to one ounce of pot in public, as well as regulates and taxes the commercial industry." (05/24/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/05/23/arizona-marijuana-legalization-burns-toward-the-ballot

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OH: Federal judge orders reinstatement of full early voting period

Raw Story Raw Story

"A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Ohio violated voters’ rights in 2014 by cutting the number of days in which people were allowed to cast early ballots to 28 from 35. Judge Michael Watson of U.S. District Court in Columbus ordered Ohio to reinstate the 35-day period and also to grant residents a week-long opportunity to register and cast a ballot at the same time -- a period known as 'Golden Week.' If the ruling stands, voters in Ohio will be able to vote a full 35 days before the general election on Nov. 8. Watson said the earlier changes violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and were unconstitutional." (05/24/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/federal-judge-orders-reinstatement-of-full-early-voting-period-in-ohio

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Northern Ireland: Women seek arrest for breaking abortion laws

USA Today USA Today

"Three women in Northern Ireland handed themselves in to police Monday evening, requesting to be arrested out of protest after obtaining abortion pills banned under the country’s laws. Dozens of protesters reportedly cheered outside of a police station in Londonderry as the three women presented themselves to authorities and read a statement, according to the Derry Journal. A legal representative accompanied Diana King, 71, Kitty O’Kane, 69, and Colette Devlin, 68, to the station, where they were questioned for three hours before their release, the BBC said." (05/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/24/women-request-arrested-breaking-northern-ireland-abortion-laws/84868716

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Uber testing “late fees” for passengers

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"When you use the Uber app to order a ride, who gets to the meeting spot first -- you, or the driver? If it’s always the driver, you might want to start being more prompt, or it could cost you. Uber is running some pilot tests of new fees that would kick in if their drivers have to wait at curbside an unreasonable amount of time before the passenger shows up (although 'unreasonable' has a specific definition). According to Uber’s website, drivers in the test markets (Dallas. New York, New Jersey and Phoenix) will be able to collect a new fee from passengers who make them wait more than two minutes. The company didn’t say how much the fee would be." (05/24/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/cmcginnis/2016/05/24/uber-testing-late-fees-for-passengers

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Clinton’s best defense

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

"As a well-funded constellation of conservative groups swings into action to attack Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner is fighting fire with fire. From day one of her campaign, Clinton has made no bones about her need to raise big money, and lots of it. A big chunk of the $1 billion Clinton and her allies have set out to collect will go toward defending her against the scorched-earth assaults of what she once dubbed the 'vast, right-wing conspiracy.' The pro-Clinton group Correct the Record, which has raised $5 million to date under the leadership of hard-charging political operative David Brock, has no purpose other than to defend Clinton 'from baseless attacks,' as its website states." (05/26/16)

http://prospect.org/article/clintons-best-defense

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Spotify’s next investors may face the music

Reuters Reuters
by Jeffrey Goldfarb

"Spotify’s latest figures are both impressive and worrisome. The Swedish streaming-music service increased revenue 80 percent last year, to 1.9 billion euros, or about $2.1 billion. Its number of users swelled from 60 million in 2014 to nearly 90 million. And the 28 million paying subscribers it has signed up represent over 40 percent of the total streaming market. Even assuming generous growth and operating leverage in the future, though, it may be hard to justify a higher valuation than its most recent one. The 10-year-old company led by cofounder Daniel Ek is confronting a common problem for digital music startups. A substantial portion of sales goes toward royalties and distribution fees." [editor's note: YOu could not prove that by the songwriters who wrote the songs; they are all getting screwed! - SAT] (05/26/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/05/26/spotifys-next-investors-may-face-the-music

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Democratic unity: Harder in 2016 than in 2008

The New Republic The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

"If you divide the world of liberal politics into two groups of people (those prone to panic, and those who are sanguine about the coming election) you’ll hear two different stories about the state of the Democratic primary. Former Harry Reid aide Jim Manley spoke for the former group when he told CNN, 'I am increasingly concerned that even if Senator [Bernie] Sanders would come around and support a [Hillary] Clinton nomination that things become so polarized that not all of the supporters would agree to do so. I am afraid he has made this internal debate so polarized that even if he comes around, far too many of his supporters would just be so disgusted with the process that they won’t come out in the numbers needed.'” (05/26/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133752/democratic-unity-will-harder-2016-2008

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Health insurers find back door to limit choice

USA Today USA Today
by Jeff Stier

"Lost in the noise of political posturing over health care, there’s one widely accepted principle: the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in medical decision-making. Yet we’ve all heard stories where insurance companies won’t fully cover a drug that both the doctor and patient believe is the right medical choice. Why not? It’s pretty simple: the insurance companies don’t want to pay. As cutting edge drugs come to market, insurance companies are scrambling to find ways to justify not paying for them." (05/26/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/26/health-insurance-coverage-prescriptions-drugs-icer-comparative-effectiveness-column/83868108

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How charter schools heighten the politicization Of education

Jeff Bryant Our Future Blog
by Jeff Bryant

"Last year a breakthrough policy brief from the National Education Policy Center exposed some of the financial machinations charter schools engage in to further the interests of profit-seeking entrepreneurs. But what about the political machinations? The politics of charter schools are less quantifiable that their financials but are troubling nevertheless, and the expansion of these schools will no doubt lead to increased politicization of education in local communities. Consider the following anecdotes." (05/26/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160526/how-charter-schools-heighten-the-politicization-of-education

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Bill Cosby, from victimizer to victim

Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J. Saunders

"There is no doubt in my mind that Bill Cosby did a great deal of what his female accusers say he did -- i.e., drug and sexually assault them. There are dozens of accusers with similar stories, and the tales go back for decades. I confess, I didn't pay much attention to the story until one night, while channel surfing, I caught Cosby doing his comedy act and felt a cold brace of certainty that this man really hates women. Stars can have their pick of willing females; Cosby perversely preferred to trick, dope and violate unwitting victims. His goal was not his own satisfaction so much as their debasement. ... Still, I think the prosecution of Cosby in a Norristown, Pennsylvania, court for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, then 30, goes too far." (05/26/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/05/26/bill-cosby-from-victimizer-to-victim-n2169109

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The era of rogue justice after 9/11

The Nation The Nation
by Karen J Greenberg

"As Barack Obama’s presidency draws to a close, the flames of the counterterrorism frenzy that were ignited fifteen years ago have begun to die down. Neither civil liberties nor the rule of law was consumed. Instead, what lie in the ashes are the most egregious violations of them: torture, mass surveillance, indefinite detention, extrajudicial trials, and indiscriminate drone killings, all of which, after bruising battles, have been reined in, if not abolished. This might not have been the case had the handful of officials who first objected to these policies at the end of George W. Bush’s first presidential term not worked hard, quietly and without fanfare, to change them." (05/25/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/the-era-of-rogue-justice-after-911

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A five-point plan for Sanders

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

"When Bernie Sanders announced a year ago that he was running for president, few of his supporters (and probably not even Sanders himself) expected that he would actually win. It appeared that Sanders, like his hero Eugene Debs (who ran for president five times in the early 1900s on the Socialist Party ticket) was running mainly to inject progressive issues into the national debate and to help build a movement for radical change. Debs never captured more than 6 percent of the popular vote (in 1912), but his campaigns played an important role in shaping Americans’ views." [editor's note: Yes, I know, we libertarians have our own stuff to deal with; doesn't mean we might not learn from others how to leverage our issues to higher awareness - SAT] (05/25/16)

http://prospect.org/article/five-point-plan-sanders

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The hustle continues: Why the Feds haven’t nailed the big banks

The New Republic The New Republic
by David Dayen

"Americans still want to see some measure of justice for the misconduct that precipitated the financial crisis. But Monday’s decision by an appeals court to throw out a $1.27 billion civil penalty against Bank of America will surely generate some despair. So few cases have even been attempted that when a successful one gets reversed, it can raise questions about whether there were any good ones to make in the first place. The truth is that there were cases out there—but the Department of Justice chose not to pursue them. The Bank of America case, though promising at first glance, wasn’t the most fertile ground for true accountability. When DoJ decided in the wake of the crisis to take the path of least resistance by engaging in this inadequate enforcement, what they really did was take a path to letting big banks and their executives off the hook." [editor's note: This is one issue we libwertarians clearly share with the "leftists" -- be it the Berners ... or pundits like this one who even have half a clue - SAT] (05/26/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133716/hustle-continues-feds-havent-nailed-big-banks

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Why it’s funny Republicans are upset with Facebook

USA Today USA Today
by Dan Gillmor

"America’s right wing is in a froth about allegations that Facebook has tweaked its 'trending news' feed to reduce the visibility of conservative news sites. It’s not clear if the allegations, from a Gizmodo report based on anonymous sources, are true and Facebook denies them. But the deeper problem is undeniably real: Facebook is the dominant member of a small number of giant entities (corporate and governmental) that are gaining control over news, freedom of expression and much of our digital lives. The irony is that the conservatives and business-backed Republicans in Congress who howl about Facebook are the same people who have thwarted policies that would encourage the competition we need to challenge that increasingly centralized control. Almost no one wants to address the fact that Facebook is becoming a monopoly in the antitrust sense of the word. Along with Google, it dominates online advertising; Facebook especially does so on mobile devices, which are the way many people connect to the Internet." [editor's note: I was all set to poke fun at this writer, but then realised he had it right - SAT] (05/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/25/facebook-censoring-conservative-groups-anti-trust-regulation-column/84849964

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Republicans demand Flint-like solution to Puerto Rico debt

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson

"In 2008 Wall Street got in over its head, and the U.S. government and Federal Reserve stepped in with trillions of dollars to bail them out. Now Puerto Rico has debt that it cannot pay. Instead of helping, though, Republicans in Congress are demanding increased austerity and an unelected 'oversight board' that sets aside democratic governance -- the same way Republicans imposed unelected government on Michigan cities like Flint. (We know how that turned out.)" (05/24/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160524/republicans-demand-flint-like-solution-to-puerto-rico-debt

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The fight for public control of land in the Bronx

In These Times In These Times
by Raven Rakia

"The community group South Bronx Unite (SBU) has battled for four years to stop the grocery store FreshDirect from building a trucking facility. The distribution center would be the latest highly polluting operation in a neighborhood with childhood asthma rates eight times the national average. Time is running out: The facility is slated to open later this year. But in the process, SBU has shaken up New York politics and pioneered a model for public control of neighborhood land." (05/25/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19100/south-bronx-residents-fight-for-their-shorelines-against-corporate-land-gra

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Gary Johnson is having a good day

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Nora Kelly

"If Gary Johnson wants to make it onto a primetime presidential-debate stage as the Libertarian Party's nominee, he needs to qualify by polling above 15 percent. If he wants to be the nominee, he needs a strong showing at the party's convention this weekend. And if he wants a strong showing at the convention, he needs to demonstrate to delegates that he’s their party's ideal standard-bearer -- a candidate who can be even a little competitive in a three-way matchup with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Johnson just got good news: A poll released Tuesday morning shows the candidate with 10 percent of the national vote." [editor's note: "Competitive" is important, but it doesn't top the list of required characteristics. It comes after "libertarian" and "honest/trustworthy," and perhaps some others - TLK] (05/24/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/gary-johnson-libertarian-polls/484151/

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Invisible in life, invisible in death: How information becomes useless

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Susan Babbitt

"The documentary, Who is Dayani Cristal? shows illegal immigrants found dead in US deserts. Acclaimed actor, Gael Garcia Bernal, tells one man's story. He leaves his Honduran family, crowds onto the top of trains, reaches a border he can't cross, enters a country that doesn't want him, and dies in the desert, alone. US officials mostly fail to identify corpses. One refers sadly to people 'invisible in life, invisible in death.' To say people are invisible is to say they don't count. It's to say that whether they are visible or invisible doesn't matter." (05/25/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/25/invisible-in-life-invisible-in-death-how-information-becomes-useless/

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War profiteering poisons American soldiers

OpEdNews
by Renee Babcock and Grace Novak

"During the Iraq War, several corporations made billions in government contracts, as more and more of the military's operations relied on private contractors. And while the public is told that these wars will protect us, all too many American service members have faced unspeakable abuses over seas at the hands of these careless war profiteers." ()5/25/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/War-Profiteering-Poisons-A-by-Move-to-Amend-Corporate-Constitutional-Rights_Corporate-Personhood_Corporations-Military-Industrial-Complex_Military-Industrial-Complex-160524-884.html

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This Memorial Day, remember the victims of democide

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

"I suppose there's something to be said for the contraction of the holiday into just another weekend of shopping and recreation. War is horrible to contemplate and there's a strong case for the proposition that long weekends are really for the living. But to be honest, I'd rather expand the holiday back to its original purpose -- mourning and remembering all those killed in war and by state violence, not just those in uniform. And, furthermore, resolving to put a stop to the carnage." (05/24/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5955

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Will Libertarians help elect Hillary Clinton?

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

"Two former Republican governors are running for [sic] president and vice president on the Libertarian line. They are Gary Johnson, 63, former New Mexico governor, and William Weld, 70, former governor of Massachusetts. The Libertarian Party holds its nominating convention in Orlando, Florida, over Memorial Day weekend. The Libertarian Party could play the spoiler role in 2016 for Donald Trump, just as Ralph Nader did in 2000, but this time helping to tip the election to the Democrat. ... Unlike the typical third party candidates, Johnson and Weld are experienced mainstream politicians. Johnson, a former construction company entrepreneur, served two terms from 1994 to 2002, winning both elections by ten points. Weld was a highly popular and moderate governor of the Bay State. He won re-election by the largest margin in state history in 1994." [editor's note: The reality is, none of this might take place, but isn't it fascinating how quick these "progressives" are to throw in the towel in a fight for change? - SAT] (05/24/16)

http://prospect.org/article/will-libertarians-help-elect-hillary-clinton

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The other European referendum to fret over

Reuters Reuters
by Rob Cox

"Investors are understandably obsessing over Britain’s vote next month on whether to leave the European Union. Yet even as that heady question gets answered, another binary ballot will loom with potentially bigger financial risks for the European economy and global capital markets. In October, Italians will be asked to give a simple 'sì' or 'no' on a series of reforms to the republic’s constitution. It could have been a relatively parochial affair, of marginal interest outside Italy, except that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi decided to make it a plebiscite on his leadership. He has told voters that if the changes his administration has championed are rejected, 'I will return to being a free citizen. If I lose, I will resign the next day.' Making the vote personal is a dangerous gambit, with consequences that could reverberate beyond the Alps." (05/24/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/05/24/cox-the-other-european-referendum-to-fret-over

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Bad government often at root of humanitarian crisis

USA Today USA Today
by Sean Callahan

"Imagine if one in five Americans were forced to flee the country because of violence and war. That’s the reality for 60 million people around the globe today. This week, United Nations, national governments and other humanitarian actors are meeting to improve the global humanitarian response for these people at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit. A few days later, many of the same leaders will discuss pressing crises at the G7 Summit. As they convene, let’s push them to address the reason these 60 million people -- men, women, and millions of children -- are on the move: Stop man-made disasters." (05/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/24/blame-bad-government--humanitarian-crises-refugees-haiti-ethiopia-katrina-column/84813724

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Ferguson effect by the Bay

Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

"'It's as hard right now to be a cop maybe as it's ever been,' San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to The Chronicle Editorial Board Tuesday. At the time, Suhr was resisting calls demanding that he resign. Five local protesters had given up their hunger strike to force his departure to atone for officer-involved shootings of four minority men in the previous two years. Four supervisors had jumped onto that bandwagon, but Suhr enjoyed Mayor Ed Lee's support. Until Thursday, that is, when a San Francisco cop shot and killed Jessica Williams, 29, an unarmed auto theft suspect in The Bayview. By the end of the day, Suhr had met with the mayor and resigned. It's as hard right now to be a police chief in a major American city as it has ever been." (05/24/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/05/24/ferguson-effect-by-the-bay-n2167723

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Trump’s trade con

Our Future
by Bill Scher

"Donald Trump was riffing on trade, sounding very populists by shrugging off concerns about sparking a 'trade war' with China, when he said: 'My trade deal is very simple, I am going to make great deals for our country. It might be free, it might not be free.' Well, which is it? The difference is a big deal. A 'free trade' deal would have little to no rules governing trade. Progressive populist critics of such deals argue free trade deals create a “race to the bottom” in which countries keep wages low and labor and environmental protections light to maximize competitiveness. A 'fair trade' deal seeks to codify a level playing field, so America regulations on wages, worker rights and environment rules can’t easily but undercut by other nations looking to keep the cost of production low. The idea is to lift up standards across the world so workers everywhere benefit." (05/24/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160524/trumps-trade-con

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Will Sanders demand veto power over Clinton’s cabinet picks?

The New Republic The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

"On CNN Monday, New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin said Bernie Sanders is likely to hold out for some enormous concessions from Hillary Clinton before he takes steps to unify the Democratic Party. ... This sounds less definitive than CNN made it seem with its headline ('Reporter: Sanders wants say over Clinton cabinet picks'). But it’s been hanging out there for a full day, and the campaign hasn’t knocked it down. So assuming for the sake of argument that this is where the Sanders brain trust is, it’s worth considering whether this would cross a line between 'driving a hard bargain' and being destructively spiteful." (05/24/16)

https://newrepublic.com/minutes/133696/will-sanders-demand-veto-power-clintons-cabinet-picks

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Top 12 reasons the Good War was bad: Hiroshima in context

OpEdNews
by David Swanson

"No matter how many years one writes books, does interviews, publishes columns, and speaks at events, it remains virtually impossible to make it out the door of an event in the United States at which you've advocated abolishing war without somebody hitting you with the what-about-the-good-war question. Of course this belief that there was a good war 75 years ago is what moves the U.S. public to tolerate dumping a trillion dollars a year into preparing in case there's a good war next year, even in the face of so many dozens of wars during the past 70 years on which there's general consensus that they were not good. Without rich, well-established myths about World War II, current propaganda about Russia or Syria or Iraq would sound as crazy to most people as it sounds to me." (05/24/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Top-12-Reasons-the-Good-Wa-by-David-Swanson-Obama_Obama_War_War-160524-223.html

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Why I am #NeverHillary

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

"It's one hell of a choice. The more I delve into Donald Trump and his past (to research my biography, which comes out in June), the more scared I get. Nevertheless, there is no way I'll vote for Hillary. I won't vote for her if she stops shaking down rich right-wing Republicans for donations. I won't vote for her if she adopts Bernie's platform. I won't vote for her if she names Bernie her vice president. I won't even vote for her if Bernie invites me to spend the summer with him and Jane in Vermont. #NeverHillary. That's me. There are millions of us." (05/24/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/24/why-i-am-neverhillary/

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Why legislate when judges will do it for you?

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

"America's ongoing political crisis is often described as producing 'system paralysis.' The term 'spasm' might be more useful. As poison spreads through the body politic, the affected limbs are lashing out more or less randomly in the attempt to function, with predictably chaotic results. Last week's order in Zubik v. Burwell -- in which the U.S. Supreme Court vacated seven decisions, all favoring the government, and sent them back to lower courts with instructions to do something undefined about them that would make everybody happy and keep the noise down -- was just such a judicial spasm. But it's not just the high Court that is affected. The failure of the political system hasn't reduced the overall power of the U.S. government." (05/24/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/why-legislate-when-judges-will-do-it-for-you/483938/

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Liberalism or immigration restrictions, but not both

Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman & Javier Hidalgo

"Our argument for open borders is straightforward. First, freedom of movement is on a par with other textbook liberal freedoms and so the burden of justification rests with those who would restrict freedom of movement just as it rests with those who would restrict freedom of speech or association. Then we show that the standard arguments for restricting freedom of movement are arguments that liberals wouldn't accept as justification for restricting any other sort of freedom." (05/23/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/05/liberalism-or-immigration-restrictions-but-not-both/

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Will Millennial movement rebuild ivory tower or be crushed by it?

The Nation TomDispatch
by Aviva Chomsky

"Much of our future is reliably unpredictable, and what more so than the moments when mass movements suddenly break out and sweep across our world? Who expected, for example, that for perhaps the first time in history hundreds of thousands of people would hit the streets of U.S. cities and towns -- and millions the global streets from London and Barcelona to Sydney and Jakarta -- in early 2003 to protest the coming invasion of Iraq, a war, that is, that hadn’t even begun? Or that such a movement would essentially vanish not long after that war was predictably launched?" (05/22/16)

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176143/tomgram%3A_aviva_chomsky%2C_will_the_millennial_movement_rebuild_the_ivory_tower_or_be_crushed_by_it

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Oppressing transgender students an attack on public education

Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

"It didn’t take long for conservatives to turn their attack on the rights of transgender students into an attack on another favorite target of theirs: public schools. In the pages of the conservative journal National Review, the latest screed declares, 'The Obama administration just destroyed the traditional American public school.' First, it’s not hard to miss the dog whistle language in this piece, primarily, using 'traditional' as a code word for white, straight and Christian and posing as a victim while arguing for 'the right' to discriminate against a vulnerable minority. Nevertheless, the target of conservative ire is the recent joint announcement from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education that public schools must allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity." [editor's note: The irony here is, this might be the only positive aspect of this latest "witchhunt" - SAT] (05/23/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160523/why-oppressing-transgender-students-is-an-attack-on-public-education

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The Democrats’ Sanders

Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

"If Donald Trump supporters had booed a Republican senator at a state convention over the weekend, if they threw chairs because they did not like a delegate count, if Trump's goons published a state party vice chairwoman's private phone number -- which unleashed a torrent of abusive, obscenity-drenched voice messages that described the acts of violence she deserved -- then it would be a big story. And if Trump spoke Wednesday afternoon, you would expect all the cable news networks to air his speech live to see whether Trump would use the occasion to call off the dogs or he would further incite his throng. Except the story I relate does not involve boorish Trump supporters. It involves boorish supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders." [editor's note: This is a bit stale but still relevant- SAT] (05/19/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/05/19/the-democrats-sanders-n2165196

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End the imperial presidency before it’s too late

Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"The Bush Administration aggressively moved to expand executive power, drawing on the dubious legal maneuvering of David Addington, John Yoo, and their enablers. Starting in 2005, the junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, would repeatedly insist that Bush's assertions of executive power violated the Constitution. Nonetheless, Obama inherited a newly powerful executive branch, just as Cheney had hoped. And rather than dismantle it, Obama spent two terms lending the imprimatur of centrist, establishment bipartisanship to Cheney's vision. Now, Donald Trump is coming." (05/23/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/donald-trump-is-coming/483578/

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Save Puerto Rico by setting the island free

USA Today USA Today
by Veronique de Rugy & Tad DeHaven

"There’s an old saying about raising children that 'healthy birds fly away from the nest.' Applying this concept to territories of the United States, it may be time to consider setting a timetable for Puerto Rican independence as part of any effort by federal policymakers to help the beleaguered island regain its financial health. Puerto Rico is the largest of the United States’ territories in terms of size and population. It’s also one of the largest headaches currently facing policymakers. That’s because the Caribbean island located 1,000 miles southeast of Miami is mired in a debt crisis thanks to a long-slumping economy -- an economy hindered by counterproductive federal policies and its own fiscal incompetence." (05/23/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/23/free-puerto-rico-debt-crisis-independence-colonialism-history-column/84751460

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Republicans cannot give up on #NeverTrump

The New Republic The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

"Back in February, when online conservatives first began their unsuccessful campaign to deny Donald Trump the GOP presidential nomination, #NeverTrump meant different things to different people. To its most cynical adopters, like Senator Marco Rubio, the mantra was little more than a rallying cry for his own ailing campaign—an attempt to harness genuine anti-Trump sentiment on the right, less for the purposes of making Trump’s unfitness for the presidency evident than to press a momentary advantage against Ted Cruz and other Republican rivals. #NeverTrump: Because only one person can be the nominee, and I want to be that person! Other conservatives interpreted (and continue to interpret) #NeverTrump as a statement of personal ideological boundaries: Trump isn’t a true conservative, and therefore, as a conservative, I can’t support him." (05/23/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133655/republicans-cannot-give-nevertrump

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How anti-Muslim attacks damage America

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Arsalan Iftikhar

"Like virtually all Americans, my life changed forever on September 11, 2001—but in a most unique way. Born and raised in the United States, I proudly grew up in my hometown of Chicago and proceeded to receive my 'Top 20' education at Washington University in St. Louis, where I received both my undergraduate and law degrees, focusing on international human rights law. But suddenly after 9/11, I immediately became 'the Muslim Guy' -- one of the go-to pundits that the American media turned to in its fumbling effort to understand the more than one and a half billion people around the world who are believers in Islam. But my life as a Muslim public figure did not truly get turned upside down until the evening of January 7, 2015, when I was invited to go on air with CNN anchor Don Lemon to discuss that day’s terror attack at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo." (05/23/16)

http://prospect.org/article/how-anti-muslim-attacks-damage-america

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Hey kids! Try collateral damage at home

OpEdNews
by David Swanson

"One day a couple of weeks ago I was reading Saint Augustine while driving to the local convenience store, and I accidentally drove right through the front glass wall of the store, smashing up some shelves of junk food. After I'd made my purchases, a police officer stopped me and asked if I'd intended to drive into the store. 'Oh, not at all,' I replied. 'I intended to get here as quickly as possible while also educating myself as quickly as possible. I knew I might crash, of course, but that wasn't part of my intention.' 'Well,' the cop replied. 'Where should we send the check for your car repair?' 'I'll let you know,' I replied, a bit annoyed by the hassle." (05/23/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Hey-Kids-Try-Collateral-D-by-David-Swanson-Homegrown-Terrorism-160523-494.html

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Larry Summers gets this right: We need an “infrastructure decade”

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson

"Here we are in 'Infrastructure Week' and here we are with a new argument for a massive infrastructure investment project -- worldwide. Last week Peter Coy wrote at Bloomberg, in 'How to Pull the World Economy Out of Its Rut,' about economist Larry Summers’ argument that we need massive public investment. Coy writes that Summers has been 'jetting around the world' trying to convince central bankers 'to reach out to the governments they work for ... and insist on strong fiscal stimulus in the form of infrastructure spending and the like.' (i.e. 'Public investment.') The case for this is very, very strong." [editor's note: Among the proposals for how to spend the "peace dividend" from ending wars, this ranks fairly low on my "hate it" list - SAT] (05/20/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160520/very-important-larry-summers-is-exactly-right-for-infrastructure-week

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Standard Model goes pear-shaped in CERN experiment

The Register [UK]

"It's only a small thing, but it could be big news: researchers at CERN have turned up the first evidence of exotic (and short-lived) atoms with pear-shaped nuclei. The reasons the boffins are excited is they believe the eccentric nuclei can help them probe one of physics' official Big Questions: how come there's something instead of nothing?" (05/09/13)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/09/pear_shaped_exotic_nuclei/

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FDA issues warning for over-the-counter diarrhea drug

Fox News

"The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use an over-the-counter drug called Intestinomicina because the anti-diarrhea treatment contains a drug linked to life-threatening injuries. The El Salvador-manufactured drug comes in pills and liquid forms and is sold as a treatment for infectious diarrhea at international grocery stores and specialty stores in the U.S. Regulators say Intestinomicina contains the drug chloramphenicol, which can interfere with the production of red and white blood cells. People with anemia and other low blood cell counts are at greater risk of injury or death from using the drug." (09/19/12)

http://tinyurl.com/8t3oo49

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Egypt: Push strengthens for blasphemy clause in constitution

Christian Science Monitor

"Last week's protests in reaction to an anti-Islam YouTube clip have led to Egyptian demands that the US prosecute the filmmakers and may give a decisive push to an effort to enshrine in the Egyptian constitution the criminalization of blasphemy, or insulting religious figures. While the US-based filmmakers are protected under the First Amendment in the US, in some parts of the Middle East they could be prosecuted under laws that criminalize disparaging religion. In Egypt, the backlash could bolster a preexisting effort to insert a clause banning religious insults into Egypt’s new constitution." [editor's note: Yes, that's surely why constitutions were created ... NOT! - SAT] (09/16/12)

http://tinyurl.com/9zodrvb

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In unusual “snub,” Obama wont be meeting Netanyahu

Reuters

"In a highly unusual rebuff to a close ally as tensions escalated over how to deal with Iran's nuclear program, the White House said on Tuesday President Barack Obama would not meet Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli prime minister's U.S. visit later this month. The apparent snub, coupled with Netanyahu's sharpened demands for a tougher U.S. line against Iran, threatened to plunge U.S.-Israeli relations into crisis and add pressure on Obama in the final stretch of a tight presidential election campaign." [editor's note: I changed their headline to indicate the reality; two world leaders both happen to be speaking at the U.N. ... on different days - SAT] (09/12/12)

http://tinyurl.com/96g2uqw

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Report: In Nigeria, a concrete get-rich scheme

Reuters

"Aliko Dangote has always liked making things to sell. As a child he boiled up sugar to make sweets he sold around town; these days he cooks up limestone in factories that produce millions of tonnes of cement. Dangote's entrepreneurial skills have helped make him Africa's richest person, with cement plants opened or under construction everywhere from Senegal to Ethiopia to South Africa. He dreams of owning the largest cement firm on the planet. By 2015, he hopes, his industrial conglomerate will be worth four times its current estimated $15 billion." (09/11/12)

http://tinyurl.com/8scc49g

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