Monday, July 12, 2010

Truthout 7/12

Henry A. Giroux | The Disappearing Intellectual in the Age of Economic Darwinism
Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: "We live at a time that might be appropriately called the age of the disappearing intellectual, a disappearance that marks with disgrace a particularly dangerous period in American history. While there are plenty of talking heads spewing lies, insults and nonsense in the various media, it would be wrong to suggest that these right-wing populist are intellectuals."
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Suing Arizona Is Just the Beginning, Immigrant Rights Groups Say
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "The decision by the Department of Justice to sue Arizona over its harsh immigration legislation is expected to block implementation of the law, but immigrant rights activists argue that this is only the first step to minimizing the harmful impact of unfair enforcement practices."
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On the Foul Line With the Chamber of Commerce
Michael Winship, Truthout: "Many seem to have found yet another way to take advantage of the gruesome economy some of them helped to create, skipping out on their mortgages 'at a rate that greatly exceeds the rest of the population.' According to the newspaper, 'More than one in seven homeowners with loans in excess of a million dollars are seriously delinquent, according to data compiled for The New York Times by the real estate analytics firm CoreLogic. By contrast, homeowners with less lavish housing are much more likely to keep writing checks to their lender. About one in 12 mortgages below the million-dollar mark is delinquent."
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The IMF Is Coming for Your Social Security
Dean Baker, Truthout: "A few years back, there was a fear in some parts about black UN helicopters that were supposedly taking part in the planning of an invasion of the United States. While there was no foundation for this fear, there is basis for concern about the attack of another international organization, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)."
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Libya's Qaddafi Latest to Challenge Israel's Gaza Blockade
Joshua Mitnick, The Christian Science Monitor: "Six weeks after Israeli commandos killed nine pro-Palestinian activists to prevent a Turkish aid ship from reaching the Gaza Strip, tensions are on the rise as a Libyan-sponsored vessel sets out to challenge Israel's naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory."
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FDA Nears Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon
Les Blumenthal, McClatchy Newspapers: "They may not be the 500-pound 'Frankenfish' that some researchers were talking about 10 years ago, but a Massachusetts company says it's on the verge of receiving federal approval to market a quick-growing Atlantic salmon that's been genetically modified with help from a Pacific Chinook salmon."
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Chris Hedges | Obama's Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: "A close reading of the new health care legislation, which will conveniently take effect in 2014 after the next presidential election, is deeply depressing. The legislation not only mocks the lofty promises made by President Barack Obama, exposing most as lies, but sadly reconfirms that our nation is hostage to unchecked corporate greed and abuse."
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News in Brief: Twin Bombings Kill Over 60 in Uganda, and More ...
At least 64 killed in two bombings in Uganda; Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai reportedly wants UN to remove 50 ex-Taliban officials from the UN's terrorism blacklist; if new cap works, gushing oil from BP spill could stop soon; following Justice Department lawsuit, State Gov. Jan Brewer worried about the November elections; energy industry sours on efforts to rein in emissions.
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Dahr Jamail | Hell Has Come to South Louisiana
Dahr Jamail, Dahr Jamail's Dispatches: "Clint Guidry is a shrimper from Lafitte, Louisiana. As we sit together, he shows me a picture of his house with 18 inches of water in it as a result of Hurricane Ike in 2008. In his deep voice, he looks me in the eye and says, 'My fear is repeating this situation, but with this water with oil on top of it.'"
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Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?
James Howard Kunstler, Truthout: "Saturday in mid-July in my corner of the country, when everyone else is cavorting on Million Dollar Beach at Lake George, or plying the aisles of the home Depot, or riding their motorcycles in faux-outlaw hordes, I like to slip away to the neglected places where nobody goes. I seek out the places of industrial ruin - there are many around here in the upper Hudson Valley, and they are mostly right along the river itself, because there are many spots where the water tumbles and falls in a way that human beings could capture that power and direct it to useful work."
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In Afghanistan: Could Success Be Worse Than Failure?
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: "In triumphant testimony before a joint committee of Congress in which he was greeted on both sides of the aisle as a conquering hero, Gen. David Petraeus announced the withdrawal this month of the first 1,000 American troops from Afghanistan. 'This is the beginning of the pledge the president made to the American people to draw down the surge troops sent in since 2009,' he said, adding, 'and yet let me emphasize, as I did when I took this job, that our commitment to the Afghan government and people is an enduring one.'"
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Foreclosure Crisis Phase 2: The Negative Equity Dilemma
Alissa Figueroa, The Christian Science Monitor: "For almost a quarter century, Cynthia Johnson, a Boston homeowner, has paid the mortgage on her three-bedroom single-family house on time. But in July, for the first time, she'll miss a payment. 'I'm on [the bank's] doorstep at this point, saying, "The savings are gone. I can't pay you as promised,"' she said."
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