Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Turhout 6/2

Revenge of the Zombies: Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and the Return of Dark Times
Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: "In the world of popular culture, zombies seem to be everywhere as evidenced by the relentless slew of books, movies, video games and comics. From the haunting 'Night of the Living Dead' to the comic movie 'Zombieland,' the figure of the zombie has captured and touched something unique in the contemporary imagination. But the dark and terrifying image of the zombie with missing body parts, oozing body fluids and an appetite for fresh, living, human brains does more than feed the mass marketing machines that prey on the spectacle of the violent, grotesque and ethically comatose."
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Government Impotence and Corporate Rule
Jim Hightower, Truthout: "Many news reports about the Gulf oil catastrophe refer to it as a 'spill.' Wrong. A spill is a minor 'oops' - one accidentally spills milks, for example, and from childhood, we're taught the old aphorism: 'Don't cry over spilt milk.' What's in the Gulf isn't milk and it wasn't spilt. The explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon well was the inevitable result of deliberate decisions made by avaricious corporate executives, laissez faire politicians and obsequious regulators."
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Holder: DOJ Launched "Criminal and Civil" Probe Into BP
Jason Leopold, Truthout: "Attorney General Eric Holder said he met with federal and state prosecutors in New Orleans Tuesday to discuss the possibility of legal action against oil giant BP for the Gulf disaster. Holder told reporters 'anyone found responsible for this spill is held accountable. That means enforcing the appropriate civil - and if warranted, criminal - authorities to the full extent of the law.'"
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Six Things to Do About the BP Gulf Disaster
Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine: "Instead of sitting helplessly on the sidelines, here are six things every American can do. BP has failed repeatedly to stop the gushing oil disaster in the Gulf. It's trying again - using a technique that risks making matters worse - and saying that there may be no repair until August, when it finishes drilling relief wells."
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Taliban Attack Afghan Peace Conference as Karzai Speaks
Dion Nissenbaum and Hashim Shukoor, McClatchy Newspapers: "Would-be Taliban suicide bombers staged a jarring attack Wednesday morning on a closely watched national peace conference as President Hamid Karzai opened the gathering with an appeal to the nation's leaders to embrace new steps in seeking peace with Afghan insurgents."
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Poverty-Wage Assembly Plants as Development Strategy in Haiti: An Interview With the Center for the Promotion of Women Workers
Beverly Bell and Tory Field: "The US Congress has passed bipartisan legislation, the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act, that would extend and expand current trade law with Haiti to increase US imports of Haitian assembled textiles. Passed May 5 and 6 by the House and Senate, respectively, the bill is part of the push by US, UN, other international leaders and businesses to expand the low-wage assembly industry as the linchpin of Haiti's post-earthquake recovery. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law."
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Arizona's New Laws: An Attempt to Secure Cheap Labor?
Paul Ortiz, Truthout: "In the debate surrounding Arizona's laws targeting immigrants and ethnic studies, we've heard very little mention of capitalism and its place in American politics. Senate Bill 1070 is an insurance policy for capitalism, a way to ensure that the cheap labor that serves the foundation of the new economy remains cheap forever. House Bill 2281 is part of a package deal."
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Supreme Court: Suspects Must Assert Miranda Right to Remain Silent
Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor: "Criminal suspects may not invoke their right remain silent by simply remaining silent during a police interrogation, the US Supreme Court declared on Tuesday. In a 5-to-4 decision, the high court said that a suspect in police custody must make a simple, unambiguous statement that he or she wants to remain silent or that he or she does not want to talk to the police."
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Deb Price | One Very Gay Time
Deb Price, Truthout: "'So tell me, America, how do I introduce Joyce?' I posed that question back in May 1992 in the first column I ever wrote. That debut was an earthshaking breakthrough - a nationally syndicated, weekly column in mainstream newspapers about life from a gay perspective."
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Safety Violations and Fines Did Not Deter BP and Massey Disasters
Josh Frank, Truthout: "When natural resource industry giants get hit with worker safety and environmental violations, they open their checkbook, pay a fine and go on operating as per usual. At least that's the lesson learned from the recent Massey Energy deadly mine explosion and British Petroleum's (BP) massive oil spill. Both companies have paid millions in fines in recent years, yet, have gone on with their business as usual."
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Mexico Ignores Inter-American Court Rulings on "Femicides"
Emilio Godoy, Inter Press Service: "Six months after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights handed down two sentences against the Mexican state, one of them linked to the wave of murders of women in Ciudad Juárez, little has been done to comply with the rulings."
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News in Brief: Israel Begins Release of Flotilla Activists and More ...
Israel begins release and deportation of flotilla activists; US will begin criminal investigation into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill; with help of Tea Party support, Alabama voters oust Republican Rep. Parker Griffith; new study finds minority groups still face discriminatory exclusion from jury services in the South; Mexican immigrant dies in San Diego after customs officers beat him and shocked him with stun guns.
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Kentucky GOP Senators Join Protest of Rand Paul Comments
John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader: "Kentucky Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, and other Senate Republicans joined in a sharply worded rebuke Friday aimed at Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul."
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Weekly Pulse: Dr. George Tiller's Assassin Was No Lone Wolf
Lindsay Beyerstein, The Media Consortium: "When Scott Roeder shot Dr. George Tiller in church last year, media accounts described him as a lone wolf. Roeder acted alone on the day of the assassination, but he was part of a community of career anti-choice terrorists, as Amanda Robb reports in Ms. Magazine."
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Can We Live With the Bomb?
Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network: "For some time now, it has been clear that nuclear weapons threaten the existence not only of humanity, but of all life on Earth. Thus, Barack Obama's pledge to work for a nuclear weapons-free world - made during his 2008 presidential campaign and subsequently in public statements - has resonated nicely with supporters of nuclear disarmament and with the general public."
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