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Monday 14 May 2012

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Malaysian Tribunal Declares Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney Are War Criminals, and More
In today’s On the News segment: More than 200,000 jobless Americans lost their unemployment benefits on Saturday, European stocks plummet as new anti-austerity leaders struggle to form coalitions, the president’s endorsement of same-sex marriage is still resonating this week, and more.
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Why the Occupy Movement Frightens the Corporate Elite
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “This is why the Occupy movement frightens the corporate elite. What fosters revolution is not misery, but the gap between what people expect from their lives and what is offered. This is especially acute among the educated and the talented. They feel, with much justification, that they have been denied what they deserve. They set out to rectify this injustice. And the longer the injustice festers, the more radical they become.”
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New Documents Confirm Koch Was on NRA-Led Crime Task Force
Lisa Graves, Center for Media and Democracy: “It turns out that Koch was a member of that ALEC task force in recent years, and that it was on the task force when the NRA was the private sector co-chair. Moreover, Koch Industries had not one but two employees who were listed as ‘members’ present for ALEC’s ‘Public Safety and Elections’ Task Force at the last annual task force summit.”
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NATO Activists Speak: They Planned the Summits Before Wisconsin, Before Tahrir, Before Occupy …
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: “The coming NATO summit and its protest counterpart in Chicago is full of symbolism: the stand-off between the 1 percent and the 99 percent in a city where that division is becoming ever more clear. But it’s also been full of on-the-ground organizing to bring out communities of color, arguments around the role of the Democratic Party and (still ongoing) legal battles for permits to march within sight and sound of the summit.”
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CUNY Students Protest Tuition Increases Today for Tomorrow’s Students
J.A. Myerson, Truthout: “As the march passed Serendipity Spa; a boutique called Shynn; and a man walking a miniscule, artisanally groomed pooch (‘Freaking my dog out’ the man mutters to himself, indignantly), passersby stop and stare. On dissident-heavy CUNY campuses, though, police are now a fixture. In protest after protest, on campus after campus, students have been assaulted and arrested by police. ‘Security represents a misappropriation of funds,’ said Maria. ‘It detracts from CUNY’s intellectual environment.'”
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JPMorgan Chase Executive to Resign in Trading Debacle
Nelson D. Schwartz and Jessica Silver-Greenberg, The New York Times News Service: “Stung by a huge trading loss, JPMorgan Chase will replace three top traders starting Monday, including one of the top women on Wall Street, in an effort to stem the ire that the bank faces from regulators and investors. They are the first departures of leading officials since Jamie Dimon, the chief executive, disclosed the bank’s stunning $2 billion loss on Thursday.”
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Persecution Is Not a Right
Vincent Warren, Truthout: “‘War is peace,’ ‘freedom is slavery,’ ‘ignorance is strength.’ Thanks to the religious right, we can update these examples from ‘1984’s’ doublespeak to include the idea in 2012 that persecution is liberty. Religious liberty, to be exact, and nowhere is this claim more viciously – and absurdly – manifested than in the insistence by some US Christians that they are being oppressed when others try to keep them from bullying, discriminating against and sometimes literally hounding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to death.”
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Why Aren’t These Fraudulent Papers Retracted?
Martha Rosenberg, Truthout: “According to Science Times, the Tuesday science section in The New York Times, scientific retractions are on the rise because of a ‘dysfunctional scientific climate’ that has created a ‘winner-take-all game with perverse incentives that lead scientists to cut corners and, in some cases, commit acts of misconduct.’ But elsewhere, audacious, falsified research stands unretracted – including the work of authors who actually went to prison for fraud!”
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DC: The Colony in Congress’ Backyard
Sam Jewler, Truthout: “Between 1874 and 1975, US presidents appointed about 100 different commissioners to run our largely black city. All but one was white and all but one was male. Today, DC has one voteless delegate in Congress – Eleanor Holmes Norton, a black woman, now that we can vote for our own representatives – and it is the only city that has to pass its new laws and budgets through Congressional review.”
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Dean Baker | Deficit Reduction: The Great Distraction
Dean Baker, Truthout: “This is the week of the third annual Deficit Fest, the event sponsored by Wall Street billionaire Peter G. Peterson. At this event, many of the people most responsible for the current downturn come together to tell us why we should be worried about the deficit at a time when 25 million people are unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for work altogether and millions face the prospect of losing their home.”
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America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: “In the service of this war, in the midst of a perpetual state of war and of wartime, every act committed by these leaders is, it turns out, absolutely, totally, and completely legal. We have their say-so for that, and they have the documents to prove it, largely because the best and most elevated legal minds among them have produced that documentation in secret. (Of course, they dare not show it to the rest of us, lest lives be endangered.)”
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More Personal Than Political, “London River” Explores Terrorism’s Aftermath
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: “Misery is said to love company and that’s certainly the case in Rachid Bouchareb’s powerful, if small, film about the personal impact of terrorism. Set against the backdrop of actual events – four bus and train bombings that occurred in London on July 7, 2005 – the film explores the often impenetrable divisions caused by class, race and culture.”
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Alan Grayson | A Not-Dumb War
Alan Grayson, Truthout: “Last year, Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, decided that he was going to take out Muammar Qaddafi in Libya. I’m not going to argue whether that was right or wrong; that’s not the point. The point is that France won that war, at very minimal cost…. Assuming that you buy into the goal, the French war in Libya was a smart war. Very smart. Now let’s compare that to the war in Iraq.”
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Romney the Bully
Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: “Last week, I was invited to speak to 40 high school freshman about human rights. When we discussed the right to be free from torture, I asked the students if they could think of an example of torture. They said, ‘bullying.’ A major problem among teens, bullying can lead to depression and even suicide. When most people list the qualities they want to see in their president, ‘bully’ is not one of them.”
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Actual Fox News Headline: “Dinosaurs May Have Farted Themselves to Extinction.” Enough Said
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “The ‘[un]fair and [un]balanced’ Fox News is now into fart stories, even ones that aren’t true. We don’t know where this fits in with creationism, but asserting that dinosaurs extinguished themselves with bodily gas emissions puts Fox at the level of tabloids that assert ‘Cannibals Ate JFK’s Body as Part of a Zombie Conspiracy.'”
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Federal Appeals Court Permits Suits Against Private Military Contractors for Torture and War Crimes at Abu Ghraib to Proceed
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The 2012 Election Is Drowning in Secret Money
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Nearly 50 Dismembered Bodies Discovered on a Highway in Northern Mexico
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Five Facts That Put America to Shame
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NASA’s James Hansen Slams Obama for Failure to Lead on Climate
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Louisiana – the World’s Prison Capital
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Fukushima Reactor Has a Hole, Leading to Leakage
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