Undernews: September 5, 2013

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Americans are slamming at least 24 members of Congress with thousands of phone calls and emails, urging lawmakers not to approve a military strike on Syria by a margin of as much as 499 to 1. A national debate is raging on Twitter. Tweets and statements …

Undernews: September 5, 2013

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Calls to Congress massively against attack on Syria

Local NAACP and KKK meet

America’s roads and bridges are falling apart

Bill De Blasio revives econonmic liberalism

Chicago high school requires clear backpacks

WBAI lays off almost everyone

Pentagon warned Obama in 2012 that eliminating Syria’s chemicals would take 75,000 ground troops

U.N.’s Ban casts doubt on legality of U.S. plans to attack Syria

Update on the last country we said we saved

About John Kerry’s pals, the moderate Syrian rebels

Places we’ve bombed over the past sixty years

The real goal in Syria: More conflict

Teachers in England to stage one day strikes

Cities criminalizing poverty

TSA is willing to sell some of your constitutional rights back to you

Australia has a Stable Population Party

Where did reading and writing go?

U.S. used white phosphorus in Iraq

Obama tells Republicans he has bigger plans in Syria

Navy deploys five warships towards Syria

NY TImes kills paragraphs revealing AIPAC’s role in Syria affair

Feds have been illegally spying on phone calls since 1987

Building little republics in a collapsing empire

More Walmart protests on Thursday

New federal rules endanger small farmers

How the young are changing the voting booth

Meanwhile. . .

Dan Froomkin – How does it feel to be a Nobel Peace Prize winner trying to take a nation to war?

Glenn Greenwald – The convention on chemical weapons says you take violators to the ICC at the Hague — not bomb them.

Harper’s Magazine – Portion of U.S. public-school students who are Latino: 1/4 … Portion of US children’s books published annually that are by or about Latinos: 1/50

Tim Shorrock -“We have no indication whatsoever of a withdrawal completely from Afghanistan” – Lt. Gen Mark Milley No. 2 commander US & coalition forces.

A few reasons Obama shouldn’t even ignore Larry Summers

Stimulus seen as a victim of Summers’ appointment


Where federal housing dollars go

Medieval peasants got more vacation time than you do

AFL-CIO joins fight against TPP agreement

Obedient media: Politico, Ny Times, and CNN all call Obama a “reluctant warrior”

Obama spending $9 million in TV ads to promote health care plan

Sheldon Adelson & Barack Obama find something in common: bombing people they don’t like

Military comander wants us to stay in Afghanistan; Obama still checking for red line

Some ways colleges rip off their students

Republicans want to starve ten times as many as have died in Syrian conflict

Tom Tomorrow – Nothing says ‘We Care’ like a Tomahawk missile strike.

62% – including 41% of evangelicals –
agree that religiously affiliated groups receiving government funds can be required to provide health benefits to same-sex couples,

The real difficulty is with the vast wealth and power in the hands of the few and the unscrupulous who represent or control capital. Hundreds of laws of Congress and the state legislatures are in the interest of these men and against the interests of workingmen. These need to be exposed and repealed. All laws on corporations, on taxation, on trusts, wills, descent, and the like, need examination and extensive change. This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations. – How is this? – Diary of Rutherford B Hayes, 1893

Pocket paradigms
I believe journalists may safely interrogate, investigate, predicate, cogitate, debate, relate and even advocate, but they speculate, anticipate or prognosticate knowing that the best prediction to come of such behavior is that they may end up looking foolish. I know. I try it from time to time and it doesn’t work.-Sam Smith


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