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OR: Malheur occupation ends in surrender after 41 days

Reuters Reuters

The four holdouts in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday with the last protester repeatedly threatening suicide during a dramatic final phone call with mediators before he gave up, ending the 41-day standoff. ... Federal authorities said the final four occupiers would face charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers, along with 12 others previously arrested, and that the refuge would remain closed for several weeks as agents secured what was now considered a crime scene and scoured it for fugitives or explosives." (02/11/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/oregon-militia-idINKCN0VK1WS

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NATO will deploy fleet to Aegean to ensure that Syrian refugees can’t escape NATO-created hellhole

Independent [UK]

"The Nato fleet is being deployed to the Aegean Sea immediately in a bid to end the flow of refugees crossing the sea into Europe from Turkey. Announcing the deployment, which will see refugee boats met by warships rather than coastguards, Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said action would be taken 'without delay.'" (02/11/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nato-orders-fleet-to-deploy-in-aegean-sea-to-help-end-europes-refugee-crisis-a6867076.html

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Black Congressional Caucus endorses Clinton White House bid

Reuters Reuters

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday, a much-needed boost to her campaign as it competes for the important black voting bloc in South Carolina's primary this month. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have built strong ties to the African-American community over the past decades. Several lawmakers cited Clinton's long history of not only working on issues important to black Americans, but on getting Democrats elected and advancing the party's agenda." [editor's note: So she continues to get the elites but not the voters - SAT] (02/11/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-cbc-idUSKCN0VK1IP

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DHS latest claim: Top terror groups focused on targeting planes

Fox News Fox News

"Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Thursday that terror groups remain focused on targeting aviation, on the heels of an attempted bombing last week in Somalia -- and after the top U.S. intelligence official warned that the Islamic State will try to attack the U.S. this year. Johnson, delivering his final State of Homeland Security address, stressed that his department is moving to reduce the number of access points to airport employees to reduce any insider threat. ... Johnson said passengers and staffers at airports with direct flights to the U.S. now face extra screening, and that the feds can stop certain flights from landing in the U.S. if those airports fail to meet new standards." (02/11/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/02/11/top-terror-groups-focused-on-targeting-planes-dhs-secretary-says.html

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UK: Health secretary to impose contract on junior doctors

The Washington Post Washington Post

"Britain's health secretary has taken the unusual step of opting to impose a new contract on junior doctors after failing to strike a deal with thousands of medical professionals in England. Jeremy Hunt's decision Thursday comes after the junior doctors rejected the Conservative government's final offer. He said the government was motivated by concerns that the National Health Service's standard of care on the weekends was 'too low.' ... The dispute between the government and junior doctors -- those who are in training but may have up to 10 years of experience -- has escalated in recent months. Thousands have gone on strike to protest plans to change pay and work schedules." (02/11/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/uk-health-secretary-to-impose-contract-on-junior-doctors/2016/02/11/833662da-d0dd-11e5-90d3-34c2c42653ac_story.html

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Scientists find gravitational waves Einstein predicted

USA Today USA Today

"Einstein has been proven right ... again. For the first time ever, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves, bizarre ripples in space-time foreseen by Einstein a century ago. The discovery was the final, acid test of Einstein's celebrated general theory of relativity, and once again Einstein's genius held up to scrutiny. 'Einstein comes out with beaming success,' Caltech's Kip Thorne, one of the founders of the observatory that caught the gravitational waves, told reporters Thursday. The find not only validates one of the most fundamental theories in physics but also promises to revolutionize astronomy. Because gravitational waves carry information about their source, the ability to detect these weird undulations will allow researchers to study distant and elusive features of the universe." (02/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/11/ligo-discovers-gravitational-waves/80226644

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Report: Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2 billion bribe for misleading investors

BBC News BBC News [UK state media]

"Morgan Stanley will pay $3.2 billion to US authorities to settle claims that it misled investors about risky mortgage bonds sold before the financial crisis. In 2015, a tentative deal to pay $2.6bn was announced, but New York authorities pushed to increase that amount. Morgan Stanley acknowledged it had misrepresented the quality of the mortgage bonds. The bank said it had previously set aside funds for the settlement." [editor's note: If it was the investors who were misled, why are "US authorities" getting the money? - TLK] (02/11/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35553713

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CA: Thanks to Dem Senator, cannabis patients facing 15 percent tax increase

San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth

"A California Senator and Democrat plans to sock it to pot patients with a new, 15% sales tax increase to raise potentially $100 million in state revenue. Senator Mike McGuire introduced The Marijuana Value Tax Act today, to levy a 15 percent tax on retail sales of medical marijuana. If the tax passes by a two-thirds majority, the tax could raise $100 million for grants for local cities regulating medical marijuana, the general fund, parks and wildlife, and drug programs. 'Other states, including Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska already have sales taxes in place for medical marijuana. SB 987 also ensures that cities and counties will continue to be able to enact their own local taxes and fees,' Sen. McGuire stated." [editor's note: So much for "compaassionate liberals" - SAT] (02/11/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/10/california-pot-patients-facing-15-percent-tax-increase

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Several US states seek to block second trimester abortion method

ABC News ABC News

"Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus. Courts have already blocked similar laws that Kansas and Oklahoma enacted in 2015. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion providers in legal fights, says banning the dilation and evacuation method of abortion -- commonly called 'D&E' -- is unconstitutional because it interferes with private medical decisions." (02/11/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/states-seek-block-2nd-trimester-abortion-method-36856413

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OH: Cleveland government bills family of police murder victim for ambulance ride

CNN CNN

"The city of Cleveland has filed a claim against the estate of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy killed by a police officer in 2014, for his final ambulance ride. 'The Rice family is disturbed by the city's behavior. The callousness, insensitivity and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill ... is breathtaking,' family attorney Subodh Chandra said. 'This adds insult to homicide. Ms. Rice considers this harassment.' The $500 claim and invoice, obtained by CNN, was filed on Wednesday and lists November 22, 2014, as the date of call. It was the day Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann outside a recreation center." (02/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/11/us/tamir-rice-shooting/

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CO: Annual legal cannabis sales hit $1 billion

San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth

"Colorado’s legal cannabis sellers did nearly one billion dollars in revenue in 2015, according to the latest data released by state officials. Colorado’s Department of Revenue stated Tuesday that licensed pot shops in the Rocky Mountain State sold $996,184,788 worth of pot last year. That’s a cool billion dollars diverted away from black market gangs, cartels, and drug dealers, and into the hands of tax-paying, licensed American citizens. That economic activity generated $135 million in taxes and fees in 2015, of which more than $35 million is earmarked for Colorado’s underfunded school system. Monthly sales hit all-time highs in November of $62.2 million recreational and $39 million medical." (02/10/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/10/colorado-pot-sales-hit-1-billion-per-year

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Hundreds of hidden galaxies glimpsed behind Milky Way

Fox News Fox News

"A new telescope view has revealed hundreds of galaxies that were previously obscured by the Milky Way's bulk. Scientists used an Australian radio telescope famous for assisting with the moon landings to peer through the gas and dust of the Milky Way, and uncovered 883 galaxies hidden behind it — one-third of which were never observed before. You can see how the hidden galaxies were found in this video. This new view of the region could help explain something called the Great Attractor, which is a mysterious spot in the universe whose strong gravity pulls on the Milky Way and thousands of other galaxies with 'the force equivalent to a million billion suns,' researchers said in a statement. Scientists have known about the phenomenon since the 1970s." (02/09/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/02/09/hundreds-hidden-galaxies-glimpsed-behind-milky-way.html

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Report: Cyber-thieves steal PIN codes from IRS

BBC News BBC News [UK state media]

"The US government's tax collection agency has said attackers fooled its computers into generating more than 100,000 tax return Pin codes. The codes could have been used to seek payouts had the scam not been detected. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said no personal taxpayer data had been compromised or disclosed by its systems. It added it was monitoring use of its web application for any further signs of fraudulent activity. The agency said the attackers had used personal data stolen from elsewhere to compromise its systems." (02/10/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35543578

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US, India consider joint naval invasion of South China Sea

Reuters Reuters

"The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to take a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tensions have spiked in the wake of Beijing's construction of seven man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago. India and the United States have ramped up military ties in recent years, holding naval exercises in the Indian Ocean that last year involved the Japanese navy. But the Indian navy has never carried out joint patrols with another country." (02/10/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-india-usa-idUSKCN0VJ0AA

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MI: Nugent’s anti-Semitic Facebook post blasted

USA Today USA Today

"Rocker Ted Nugent is drawing ire across social media and from prominent Jewish groups after he made an anti-Semitic post on Facebook earlier this week criticizing 12 prominent Jewish Americans he says are responsible for gun control. The post included thumbnail photos of former Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz and several others. Each photo was emblazoned with the Israeli flag." [editor's note: It's most amazing that anyone still pays attention to this wingnut - SAT] (02/10/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/02/10/ted-nugent-anti-semitic-facebook-post/80187160

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Warner/Chappell doesn’t own “Happy Birthday;” must pay back $14 million

Fox News Fox News

"Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to 'Happy Birthday,' one of the world's best-known songs. A federal judge ruled in September that Warner/Chappell didn't own the lyrics and had no right to charge for their use. The Los Angeles Times cites court documents released Monday that outline terms of a settlement reached in December. Under the deal, Warner/Chappell will give up its claims to the ubiquitous song and reimburse those who paid licensing fees. The settlement was announced as a trial was set to begin." (02/10/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/02/10/music-publisher-doesnt-own-happy-birthday-has-to-pay-back-14-million

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NH: Trump, Sanders victorious in presidential primaries

NBC News NBC News

"Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to convincing victories in the New Hampshire primaries, providing them momentum for future contests and sending shockwaves through the anxious political establishments of both parties. Sanders['s] victory Tuesday, coupled with a close second-place finish in Iowa, has elevated him as a serious challenger into a race that Hillary Clinton was expected to dominate. Even after his disappointing second place finish in Iowa, Trump's dominance in the Granite State has taken a sensational story into a legitimate candidacy. On the Republican side, Ohio Governor John Kasich is projected to finish second but just ahead of three other candidates, including Iowa winner Ted Cruz, ensuring that the multi-candidate race will continue as the field heads to South Carolina, Nevada and beyond." (02/09/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-sanders-sweep-victory-new-hampshire-primaries-nbc-news-n515191

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SCOTUS deals blow to Obama by putting his climate change rules on hold

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times

"The Supreme Court dealt a surprising setback to President Obama on Tuesday by putting his climate change policy on hold while a coalition of coal producers and Republican-led states challenge its legality. The justices, by a 5-4 vote, issued an unusual emergency order that blocks the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with its effort to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32% by 2030. ... It is rare for the high court to intervene in a case pending in the lower courts. The brief order suggests that most of the justices have doubts about the legality of the EPA's policy." (02/09/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-court-obama-climate-change-20160209-story.html

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San Bernardino: FBI still trying to crack attacker’s phone

BBC News BBC News [UK state media]

"US investigators are still unable to unlock a phone owned by one of the attackers involved in the shootings in San Bernardino last year, the FBI says. Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in the Islamic State-inspired attack in California. A mobile phone belonging to Farook was recovered but FBI Director James Comey said encryption technology meant they had not been able to access it. Such technology was 'overwhelmingly' affecting law enforcement, he warned. Mr Comey made the comments at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing." [editor's note: Is it just me, or is this story pretty obviously a puff piece plant to promote calls for requiring "back doors" for the government to read our stuff? - TLK] (02/09/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35537954

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MI: Flint investigator says involuntary manslaughter charges possible

Raw Story Raw Story

"The mayor of Flint, Michigan, which is struggling to cope with dangerous levels of lead in its drinking water, said on Tuesday the city would replace all residents' pipes and was counting on state and federal help to foot the estimated $55 million bill. The city of some 100,000 people was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014 when it switched its source of water from Detroit's municipal system to the Flint River to save money. That move has provoked a national controversy and prompted several lawsuits by parents who say their children are showing dangerously high blood levels of lead, which can cause development problems. Lead can be toxic and children are especially vulnerable." (02/09/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/flint-investigator-says-involuntary-manslaughter-charges-possible

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Report: Clinton, other top Dems taking $$$ from Koch-related lobbyists

Fox News Fox News

"Top Democratic politicians and committees have taken tens of thousands in contributions from individuals who work at firms that lobby on behalf of Koch Industries, despite railing against Koch’s influence for years, according to campaign finance filings. Charles and David Koch, the billionaire libertarian philanthropists and heavyweight political donors, have been at the center of the Democrats’ 'dark money' campaign finance battle in recent years. Democrats have charged that Republican politicians who receive funds from the Koch network are 'beholden' to their political agenda. However, individuals who work at firms that actually do represent Koch interests have also poured money into the coffers of Democrats, many of whom have long been openly critical of the expansive Koch network, such as Hillary Clinton and Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV]." (02/09/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/02/09/clinton-top-dems-take-contributions-from-lobbyists-at-firms-hired-by-koch-industries.html

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Shkreli sued over his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album

Reuters Reuters

"Martin Shkreli faces a new legal headache, a lawsuit claiming that his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album contains illustrations ripped off from a New York artist, who now wants the former drug executive to pay for them. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, Jason Koza said he never allowed his fan art depicting Wu-Tang members to be used in packaging for the hip-hop group's 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,' the sole copy of which Shkreli bought. Shkreli has bragged that he had no plans to listen to the album, but bought it to 'keep it from the people.'" (02/09/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-shkreli-lawsuit-album-idUSKCN0VI1KO

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MD: State ends suppression of released felons’ voting rights with veto override

Baltimore Sun

"The Maryland Senate narrowly overrode Gov. Larry Hogan's final veto from last year's General Assembly session, paving the way to reinstate [sic] voting rights to felons before they complete probation or parole. The 29-18 vote on Tuesday puts the law on the books 30 days from now and represents a political defeat for Hogan, a Republican. The bill was the sixth that Hogan vetoed last year, and the sixth the Democrat-controlled General Assembly reinstated." (02/09/16)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-felons-voting-20160209-story.html

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HI: Woody Harrelson vs. Tetris co-creator to open state’s first pot shop

San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth

"Woody Harrelson is going from bartender to budtender. The accomplished 54-year-old actor who first got his start as the lovable bartender Woody Boyd in the 80’s sitcom 'Cheers' recently applied for a medical marijuana license in Honolulu County, the AP reports. Harrelson’s is one of over 60 applications looking to open Hawaii’s first pot shops in its history. He hopes to open a dispensary under his company name, Simple Organic Living. Harrelson has some stiff competition, however, in video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers. The 61-year-old Rogers is known for discovering the monumentally popular video game 'Tetris' over 20 years ago. Other applicants include local Hawaiian TV personality Dirk Fukushima and former University of Hawaii Regent Charles Kawakami. That state is now reviewing applications, and will award permits in April." (02/09/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/09/woody-harrelson-goes-up-against-tetris-co-creator-to-open-hawaiis-first-pot-shop

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SCOTUS puts Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold

USA Today USA Today

"The Supreme Court has agreed to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move on Tuesday is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations 'an unprecedented power grab.' By temporarily freezing the rule the high court's order signals that opponents have made a strong argument against the plan. A federal appeals court last month refused to put it on hold." (02/09/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/09/supreme-court-halts-obamas-emissions-rule/80085182

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The race is on: Uber versus the real sharing economy

William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Joel Schlosberg

"Worker ownership models don't depend on unproven technology. Creator-owned comics publishers have been viable since the brick-and-mortar early 1990s. An era of apps and Internet ubiquity enables similar enterprises in a variety of fields that will only increase. So why is the ridesharing field dominated by a handful of big for-profit companies like Uber and Lyft? Maybe it's because, for all their clashes with the existing municipal regulatory infrastructure, they're not all that different from it." (02/11/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4701

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The draft-nappers are back — and this time they want your daughter

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

"Although the draft ended in 1973, the apparatus of enslavement was never abolished. Within each of the more than 3,100 counties in the United States lurks a Selective Service Soviet composed of five people who would presume to make decisions regarding life or death, freedom or servitude, for every male 26 or younger residing within that jurisdiction. Seeking to accelerate our descent into unalloyed tyranny, the Pentagon has endorsed the idea that females should be numbered within the human inventory from which the Regime will draw in its next useless, stupid, pointless war. This naturally appeals to the sort of people who believe that any assault on liberty is justified to the extent that it is indiscriminate." (02/11/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-draft-nappers-are-back-and-this.html

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Kasich extols the tortoise lane

Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

"'There are too many people in America who don't feel connected. They've got victories that no one celebrates with them. And they've got defeats, and pain sometimes, that they have to absorb themselves,' Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a speech that celebrated his second-place showing in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. It was a breakthrough moment. In early GOP debates, Kasich talked too much about his working-class roots and his mailman dad. 'I care about poor people,' he crowed in a November debate -- as if no one else did. Tuesday night, however, Kasich moved from boasting that he relates to working stiffs to relating to working-class voters." (02/11/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/11/gov-kasich-extols-the-tortoise-lane-n2117794

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Could superdelegates really stop Bernie Sanders?

The New Republic The New Republic
by David Dayen

"It was a good night on Tuesday for Hillary Clinton. She treaded water in the New Hampshire primary, coming out even with neighbor-state favorite son Bernie Sanders after her decisive win in Iowa. As the contest shifts to more diverse, and potentially friendlier, terrain, she is more than nine times closer to the nomination than Sanders. The above paragraph might read like something hastily written as a placeholder and accidentally published. But based on the rules of the Democratic nominating contest, it’s entirely true. Clinton extracted the same number of delegates from New Hampshire as Sanders, despite losing the popular vote by more than 21 points. She won 29 delegates in Iowa to Sanders’ 21, despite the virtual tie in the caucuses. And she leads in the delegate count 394-42, a deficit that will be difficult for Sanders to make up, since no Democratic primaries are winner-take-all, where he could rack up lots of delegates at once." [editor's note: No, she does not lead 394-42. Unlike the primary/caucus delegates, the "super delegates" aren't bound by any pledges of support. They can change their minds any time they like. They don't count for anyone until they actually VOTE for someone at the convention - TLK] (02/11/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/129707/superdelegates-really-stop-bernie-sanders

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The art of spin: Pulling victory from NH jaws of defeat

Reuters Reuters
by David Greenberg

"Tuesday night at around 8:30, as the New Hampshire primary returns were still coming in, an aide to Jeb Bush told CNN that the former Florida governor’s double-digit percentage showing amounted to 'something of a win already.' Bush ended up finishing fourth, more than 20 points behind the GOP winner Donald Trump. When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was projected to lose her race against Senator Bernie Sanders, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a Clinton supporter, pointed out that New Hampshire is 2 percent African-American and 1 percent Latino -- unlike the key states ahead. And in the coming days, the spinning of the New Hampshire primary results is sure to intensify. After all, spinning results and resetting expectations is a quadrennial New Hampshire ritual as venerable as town hall meetings and drinks at the Wayfarer Inn." (02/11/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/10/the-art-of-spin-pulling-victory-from-new-hampshires-jaws-of-defeat

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Why state leaders need to back away from school takeover agencies

Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

"What do Republicans have against school boards? That’s a question to take away from a recent article in The Washington Post, in which education writer Lyndsey Layton reports that Republican governors and legislators in at least 11 states are in various stages of seizing control of schools and school districts and overriding local governance of education. The state takeover agencies are branded with various names (Recovery School District, Achievement School District, Education Achievement Authority) but the goal is always the same: dismantle school boards or take their governance powers away. Layton notes how odd it is for Republican leaders who profess the preeminence of 'local control' yet suddenly go full top-down authoritarian when it comes to schools." (02/11/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160211/why-state-leaders-need-to-back-away-from-school-takeover-agencies

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The establishment tanks

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

"New Hampshire on Tuesday became the graveyard of both political parties’ establishments. Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primary, and just as important, the fleeting emergence of John Kasich as the leading establishment-lane candidate and the not-so-fleeting debacle of Marco Rubio’s fifth place finish, all add up to the likelihood that Trump will emerge as the Republican nominee. Bernie Sanders’s landslide victory over Hillary Clinton (he won all age groups save those over 65, and all income categories save those with household incomes in excess of $200,000) means he’s a credible contender for the Democratic nomination. He will need to improve his standing among voters of color, of course, which poses a significant challenge to his campaign. But Sanders has already cleared one hurdle that no Democratic insurgent in past presidential contests has managed: He’s become the party’s beer-track candidate, at least among white voters." (02/10/16)

http://prospect.org/article/establishment-tanks

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Socialism not as hot as its spokesman

USA Today USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

"Socialism is all the rage among America’s youth. Or is it? The evidence in favor of that proposition is that Bernie Sanders (despite being considerably older than Hillary Clinton, who is herself no spring chicken) is doing vastly better among young voters. Sanders, who has almost always identified as a socialist, is nonetheless running for the Democratic nomination. (Sanders is, he says, a 'democratic socialist.' A socialist is someone who wants politicians to decide who gets what; a 'democratic socialist' wants the politicians to at least stand for election first.) The result has been for many smart people, like Joel Kotkin, to write that Millennials are heeding the 'siren call of socialism.' And socialism does have a siren call -- essentially, the promise that if you vote for socialists, they’ll take stuff away from other people and give it to you." (02/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/11/glenn-reynolds-socialism-bernie-sanders-young-millennial-voters-column/80169668

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New Hampshire rejects establishment politics

Road to Somewhere Else
by Daniel Margrain

"There appears to be a pattern emerging within conventional democratic politics that seems set to break the neoliberal stranglehold that has dominated the said politics over the last few decades that is nothing short of revolutionary. Symptomatic of this radical shift as far as Europe is concerned has been the electoral successes of left parties in countries like Spain, Greece and Britain. Illustrative of the break with the traditional centre-right polity in America has been the ascendancy of Bernie Sanders who surged to victory beating Hillary Clinton resoundingly in the Democratic New Hampshire primary." [h/t Angela Keaton] (02/11/16)

http://cultureandpolitics.org/2016/02/11/new-hampshire-rejects-establishment-politics/

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Can the establishment fix its Bernie Sanders problem?

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Shamus Cooke

"The Democrats' fight against Bernie is appearing futile. Like a python choking on an elephant, they've miscalculated. The Party elites underestimated their opponent, and with each new attack the snake swallows an extra inch, harming only itself. Establishment figureheads are taking turns ruining their reputation as they attempt to ruin Bernie's. The U.S. ruling class as a whole revealed the depth of its crisis in this election: not since the Vietnam War have both wings of the establishment thoroughly discredited themselves. The Republican wing combusted quickly while the Democrats have chosen a slower, more torturous form of self-harm." (02/11/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/11/can-the-establishment-fix-its-bernie-sanders-problem/

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Sanders, Trump, and the war over American exceptionalism

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

"Pundits keep reminding us that the two men who won New Hampshire, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, are both 'outsiders.' But that doesn't mean much. George Wallace and George McGovern were both outsiders, too. While the Trump and Sanders campaigns both represent insurgencies against party elites, they represent insurgencies aimed at taking America in radically different directions. One way of understanding those different directions is through American exceptionalism. Sanders voters want to make America more like the rest of the world. Trump voters want to keep America a nation apart." (02/11/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/sanders-trump-and-the-war-over-american-exceptionalism/462267/

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Bernie Sanders: The candidate the establishment needs

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Kelly Vee

"The Bernie Sanders campaign serves a vital purpose for the Democratic Party: he draws hordes of enthusiastic, passionate supporters, supporters who had lost faith in a broken political system -- supporters who will all jump ship to Hillary when Bernie inevitably fails. Because Bernie's supporters are so passionate and invested in the political system, they will feel they have no option but to vote for the 'least bad' candidate once the general election comes around." (02/10/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43346

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Generation Sanders

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

"For more than a year, my pragmatist friends and colleagues have underestimated the appeal of Bernie Sanders. As a big Sanders win approaches in the New Hampshire primary, they insist that this will be Sanders's last hurrah and urge his supporters to get real and get with the program -- which is to unite behind Hillary Clinton as the Democrat best positioned to be nominated and to win in November. Many of my political friends are simply missing the import of the Sanders campaign. Much of his appeal is a blend of generational and economic." (02/09/16)

http://prospect.org/article/generation-sanders

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Trump & Sanders NH wins show people sick of the establishment

In These Times In These Times
by Robert Reich

"You will hear pundits analyze the New Hampshire primaries and conclude that the political 'extremes' are now gaining in American politics, that the Democrats have moved to the left and the Republicans have moved to the right, and the 'center' will not hold. Baloney! The truth is that the putative 'center' ... did a job on the rest of America, and is now facing a reckoning. The 'extremes' are not gaining ground. The anti-establishment ground forces of the American people are gaining. Some are so fed up they’re following an authoritarian bigot. Others are signing up for a 'political revolution' [sic] to take back America from the moneyed interests." [editor's note: Yet, as we now know, Hitlery still holds a huge lead, thanks to her indentured superdelegates, and the hell with what the voters want! - SAT] (02/10/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18845/donald-trump-bernie-sanders-new-hampshire-establishment-extremism

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Hillary Clinton’s woman problem

USA Today USA Today
by Ellie Hartleb

"Bernie Sanders has captured the hearts of Millennial voters with his inspirational and emotional promise to bring the nation 'a future to believe in.' Although 74-year-old Sanders is a lifelong politician, his off-the-beaten-path campaign and perpetually disheveled aesthetic seem to be just the fresh (if wrinkled) face many young Democrats are looking for. That's even true of the women, and particularly young women. Sanders won women under 30 by about 6 to 1 over Hillary Clinton in Iowa. He nearly matched that Tuesday in New Hampshire and, even more sobering for Clinton, nearly seven in 10 women under 45 chose Sanders. Overall, Sanders won 53% of the female vote in New Hampshire to Clinton's 46% -- a reversal from Iowa, where she carried women, and one that could reflect a troubling trend for her campaign." (02/10/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/10/hillary-clintons-woman-problem-column/80175130

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New Hampshire: Populist uprising

Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“'We have sent a message that will resound from Wall Street to Washington,' presidential candidate Bernie Sanders exulted last night, after drubbing Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary. On the Republican side, Donald Trump won convincingly as predicted. The revolt against the establishment of both parties was inescapable. Endorsements of party officials meant nothing. Trotting out 90-year-old Barbara Bush or the Big Dog, Bill Clinton, didn’t matter. Voters were sensible. Empty suits like Marco Rubio were punished with a fifth place showing. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson were retired. And their message was clear: they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. It is time for change." (02/10/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160210/new-hampshire-populist-uprising

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Gender trumps all? Vote-shaming, slut-shaming not so far apart

Reuters Reuters
by Anne Taylor Fleming

"If you want to lose young women, just scold them. That will offend them every time. And it’s precisely what two stalwart, old-school feminist icons did over the past weekend when each chastised younger female voters for not lining up behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. 'A lot of you younger women think it’s done,' former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said of the fight for equality. 'It’s not done. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!' On HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Gloria Steinem seconded the motion, adding some girly retro quip about young women jumping on Senator Bernie Sanders’ bandwagon because 'that’s where the boys are.' I cringed when I heard them. It’s so not cool (as well as being downright counter-productive) for older women to try to shame younger women. ... The young women I talked with were all offended by this. Even those who say they might end up voting for Clinton." (02/10/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/10/gender-trumps-all-vote-shaming-slut-shaming-not-so-far-apart

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MPAA may like donuts, but they shouldn’t be the (copyright) police

Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Mitch Stoltz

"The company Donuts controls about 200 new top-level domains, including .movie, .theater, and .media. Yesterday, MPAA announced that it has made a deal with Donuts that will make MPAA a 'trusted notifier' for reporting copyright-infringing websites, with the expectation that Donuts will disable or suspend those websites' domain names. According to the website TorrentFreak, this will make MPAA 'the definitive authority on what is considered a large-scale piracy website.' This raises the risk of a website losing its domain name, or having it co-opted, without a court judgment or other legal process." (02/10/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/mpaa-may-donuts-they-shouldnt-be-copyright-police

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Our next president’s challenge: The unaccountable bureaucracy

Fox News Fox News Forum
by John Yoo & Dean Reuter

"As frontrunners in the Republican presidential primary campaign, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio will have the opportunity to explain how they will reignite the economy and protect our security while remaining true to constitutional principles. One area where they should agree is on blocking the growth of the federal government, designed by the Founders to exercise only limited, enumerated powers. It will not be simple to reverse the century-long evolution toward the large and unaccountable form of government that we call the administrative state. President Woodrow Wilson established its broad outlines to introduce more expertise and expel politics from lawmaking. To Wilson, the lack of political accountability in agencies was a positive feature of the administrative state, not a fault. Today we are left with an ever-growing sprawl of federal agencies, often with unclear and overlapping purposes, and increasingly a law unto themselves." [editor's note: Well, I must admit that "torture is legal because we want it to be legal" memo author John Yoo is certainly the living expert on "unaccountable bureaucracy" versus "constitutional principles" - TLK] (02/08/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/02/08/our-next-president-s-challenge-unaccountable-bureaucracy.html

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Why is Obama still killing children?

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff

"President Barack Obama closed his speech at last week's National Prayer Breakfast with a prayer for forgiveness. ... Obama may find that asking for forgiveness is a lot easier than receiving it, at least in this life. Chief among the many things for which this president needs to be forgiven is his expansion of George W. Bush's drone assassination program. ... One person who will not forgive Obama is Nasser al-Awlaki. He is the grandfather of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a 16-year-old American citizen who was summarily executed in a 2011 drone strike as he sat in a cafe in Yemen. Abdulrahman was looking for his father, American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, who had already been assassinated by Obama two weeks earlier." (02/10/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-obama-still-killing-children

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How to counter recruitment and de-militarize schools

OpEdNews
by David Swanson

"U.S. military recruiters are teaching in public school classrooms, making presentations at school career days, coordinating with JROTC units in high schools and middle schools, volunteering as sports coaches and tutors and lunch buddies in high, middle, and elementary schools, showing up in humvees with $9,000 stereos, bringing fifth-graders to military bases for hands-on science instruction, and generally pursuing what they call 'total market penetration' and 'school ownership.' But counter-recruiters all over the United States are making their own presentations in schools, distributing their own information, picketing recruiting stations, and working through courts and legislatures to reduce military access to students and to prevent military testing or the sharing of test results with the military without students' permission. This struggle for hearts and minds has had major successes and could spread if more follow the counter-recruiters' example." (02/10/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/How-to-Counter-Recruitment-by-David-Swanson-Counterculture_Military_Recruitment_School-160210-359.html

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Obama intensifies wars and threats of war

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jack Smith

"The Obama Administration is expanding its military power and threats against Russia and China as well as increasing its war efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria while preparing to restart Washington's old war in Libya. Most of this has been revealed in the first six weeks of the 2016 election year and President Barack Obama's last full year in office without any significant new provocations against the United States. At least part of the White House motive must be to undercut right wing Republican campaign rhetoric alleging Obama and the Democrats are 'soft on defense,' and creating a more robust martial entry into the president's legacy." (02/10/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/10/obama-intensifies-wars-and-threats-of-war/

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End, don’t extend, draft registration

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

"Which is more important? Rubio's short-term memory problem, the Trump-Bush mud-wrestling match, or registration for the draft? Here's a clue: the draft is slavery. It is short-term slavery at best, but it's possibly debilitating and even fatal. Thus registration with Selective Service is -- surprise! -- registration for possible enslavement. Anyone who supports individual liberty against state power would oppose conscription. This is no close call." (02/09/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/02/end-dont-extend-draft-registration.html

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Trump, Sanders and the maverick state

USA Today USA Today
by Michael Dennehy

"Every early state in the presidential nomination process is complicated in its own way. In New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday, candidates will confront the state’s fierce independent nature and large undeclared voting bloc. The electorate in the 'Live Free or Die' state is about 30% Republican, 26% Democratic and 44% 'undeclared' or independent. On Election Day, undeclared voters can pick up a ballot from either party, making them a powerful voice in both contests. In 1996, conservative populist commentator Patrick Buchanan edged out establishment candidates Bob Dole and Lamar Alexander. Buchanan was the last outsider to win a primary, and he did it by constructing a broad coalition of conservatives and independents." (02/09/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/04/trump-sanders-mccain-new-hampshire-mavericks-column/79832920

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Vote for Sanders, then rot in hell?

Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

"'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other,' said former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in a message to young women voters at a weekend campaign event for Hillary Clinton. Clinton punctuated Albright's comment with her loud, phony laugh. Team Clinton later pointed out that Albright has used that line for years. Clinton herself described the line as 'lighthearted,' but pointed. Pointed? As in: Vote for Sanders, rot in hell. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem went further than Albright when she told comedian Bill Maher that young women supported Sanders because, 'The boys are with Bernie.' Really, that's what she said. ... The incident showed that, when backed into a corner, liberals can be as sexist as any 'Mad Men' advertising executive." (02/09/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/09/vote-for-sanders-then-rot-in-hell-n2116749

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Imagine your daughters dying for South Korea and eastern Europe

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Two members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley have now publicly stated that American women should be forced to register for the draft. Their reasoning? If young men can be forced to fight for the government, why not young women as well, especially given that women are now being permitted to join the combat branches within the military. But Americans just keep praising the troops, going gaga over the flyovers, and supporting the ever-growing expansion of the U.S. military all over the world, including its never-ending acts of provocation that produce crises to justify its ever-growing budgets. Americans just keep innocently believing that there just isn't any way that the U.S. national-security establishment would get America into a major war, one that would require cannon fodder in the form of conscripted young men and women." (02/09/16)

http://fff.org/2016/02/09/imagine-your-daughters-dying-for-south-korea-and-eastern-europe/

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Is Bernie Sanders the Ronald Reagan of 2016?

Reuters Reuters
by Robert Borosage

"Is Senator Bernie Sanders [D-VT] electable? As Sanders has surged in the polls, supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are issuing increasingly dire warnings about his general election prospects. On websites like Vox, many political scientists agree: He can’t win. Millions of dollars in Republican ads, they insist, will paint him a socialist or a red. Americans aren’t about to elect a Jewish socialist who still hasn’t lost his Brooklyn accent. ... Ironically, as Sanders rises in the polls and does better than expected, the alarms grow in volume and intensity. It verges on oxymoronic for Clinton and the party establishment to scorn as unelectable a candidate who is beating her at the ballot box." (02/09/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/09/why-bernie-sanders-can-win-the-white-house

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Not Mormon [TM], but still Mormon

Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Vera Ranieri

"Who is a Mormon? This is a fundamental question of self-identity, religion, and even Wikipedia. One would think, however, that that answer would not be found in trademark law. Intellectual Reserve, Inc. (IRI), which owns and manages the trademarks of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has made a series of trademark claims against small startups and organizations using the term 'Mormon' in their names and URLs, including our client, the Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA)." (02/09/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/not-mormonr-still-mormon

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Bernie and the New Left

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

"What’s with these kids? In the wake of the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton supporters are surely wondering how a previously obscure 74-year-old senator seems to have captured the imagination and support of millions of young people. Generations often have distinct political profiles, but seldom, if ever, has a presidential race polarized generations more than that between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Since exit polls first popped up at the end of the 1960s, we’ve never seen one quite comparable to the one that emerged from Monday’s Iowa Caucuses: Sanders’s strength was at its greatest within the youngest age group (84 percent among caucusers under 30) and then declined in each successively older age band." (02/08/16)

http://prospect.org/article/bernie-and-new-left

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Introduction — the decline and fall of Sloanism

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

"In the last C4SS paper, we saw that Sloanist mass production, as a system created by the state, diverted the course of industrial development for a century. In this one, we will see how the unsustainability of the Sloanist model will lead to a resumption of the original decentralist course of development." (02/08/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43298

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Clinton bought by Wall Street? There is a test for that

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson

"Secretary Hillary Clinton has accepted millions in 'speaking fees' and campaign contributions from interest groups (most notably Wall Street firms) that she will be in a position to help or hurt as president. She promises that the money will not influence her if she takes office, but voters are understandably skeptical. Voters have been betrayed again and again by people who have become known as 'corporate Democrats.' These politicians made promises to help regular working people, then turned on them after elections and enacted policies that boost the monied interests (especially Wall Street and giant corporations) at the expense of the rest of the country. What can Clinton do to overcome the resulting voter skepticism? Are there concrete things she can do and commitments she can make now that can reassure voters that she will be able to represent the other 99 percent of us once in office? Are there ways she can show the public that she means what she says when she claims to be as 'progressive' as her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders?" (02/08/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160208/is-clinton-bought-by-wall-street-there-is-a-test-for-that

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Trump and Sanders: Why do so many Americans find them appealing?

Fox News Fox News Forum
by Peter Morici

"America is witnessing a political Supernova (voter flirtation with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders) because both political parties have failed ordinary folks. To listen to the Obama administration and its apologists in the media, Americans are witnessing the second age of Pericles. The economy has added jobs for 64 straight months, unemployment at 4.9 percent is approaching pre-recession lows, and nominal wages are rising again. Prairie muffins! During Ronald Reagan’s presidency, jobs growth was twice the pace President Obama has accomplished, and the official unemployment rate is so low because 7 million American men ages 25 to 54 have quit looking for work altogether and don’t get counted. No surprise, family incomes, after accounting for inflation, are down $1,650 on Obama’s watch, and the averages hardly tell the whole story." (02/08/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/02/08/trump-and-sanders-why-do-so-many-americans-find-them-appealing.html

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Lesser evil voting and Hillary Clinton’s war on the poor

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ben Burgis

"I voted for Jill Stein in 2012, and I'll do so again as a matter of course if Hillary is nominated in 2016. I'm cautiously optimistic that a non-trivial fraction of those currently Feeling the Bern may do the same, just as a spillover effect from Ron Paul's liberatarian-ish Presidential campaign in 2012 seems to have contributed to the unprecedented million votes received by Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson in the 2012 general election. I would argue that breaking the stranglehold of the two-party 'duopoly' on American politics is clearly in the interests of working people -- not to mention the interests of all the people in the third world who live in fear of American bombs. As OACW union leader Tony Mazzocchi was fond of saying, 'The bosses have two parties. We need one of our own.'" (02/09/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/09/lesser-evil-voting-and-hillary-clintons-war-on-the-poor/

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The research pirates of the Dark Web

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Kaveh Waddell

"There's a battle raging over whether academic research should be free, and it's overflowing into the dark web. Most modern scholarly work remains locked behind paywalls, and unless your computer is on the network of a university with an expensive subscription, you have to pay a fee, often around 30 dollars, to access each paper. Many scholars say this system makes publishers rich -- Elsevier, a company that controls access to more than 2,000 journals, has a market capitalization about equal to that of Delta Airlines -- but does not benefit the academics that conducted the research, or the public at large. Others worry that free academic journals would have a hard time upholding the rigorous standards and peer reviews that the most prestigious paid journals are famous for." (02/09/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/02/the-research-pirates-of-the-dark-web/461829/

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How ex-Communists shaped American conservatism

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Sam Tanenhaus

"A paradox of 20th-century American politics is that its most sustained ideological movement, modern conservatism, was the brainchild of ex-Communists who had been disillusioned by the crimes of the Soviet revolution or caught on the wrong side of factional disputes. Estranged and unhappy, they went in search of a new god and helped create it -- in the mirror image, it has often seemed, of the one that failed them the first time." (for publication 03/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/03/how-ex-communists-shaped-american-conservatism/426849/

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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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