Sunday, July 25, 2010

Truthout 7/25

Robert Naiman | Will House Democrats Oppose a Jobless War Supplemental?
Robert Naiman, Truthout: "The war supplemental for Afghanistan is expected to come back from the Senate to the House this week - without any kind of timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, and without money to save teachers' jobs attached."
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Are iPads, Smartphones, and the Mobile Web Rewiring the Way We Think?
Gregory M. Lamb, The Christian Science Monitor: "It took an offer to appear on a national TV show for Wade Warren to reluctantly give up what he calls his 'technology' for a week. That was the only way, his mother says, that he would ever pack his 2006 MacBook (with some recent upgrades, he'll tell you), his iPad tablet computer, and, most regretfully, his Nexus One smart phone into a cardboard box and watch them be hustled out the door of his room to a secret hiding place."
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Grisly Mass Graves in Mexico Yield 50 Casualties of Drug War
Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers: "The number of bodies pulled from mass graves in a rocky field outside the northern city of Monterrey rose to 50 Saturday, authorities said, marking one of the largest dumping grounds ever found for casualties of Mexico's drug war."
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Journalist Daniel Schorr Dead at 93
David Cook, The Christian Science Monitor "Daniel Schorr, a journalist whose fierce independence landed him on President Nixon's enemies list and whose award-winning 62-year career spanned newspapers, radio and television, died Friday."
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How Breitbart Won and Why We Must Rethink "Racism"
Rinku Sen, ColorLines: "We've trod a familiar path in the past week. It started with credulous acceptance of Andrew Breitbart's latest round of lies, moved to the subsequent debate about who's a racist and then on to the expected round of apologies. Now it culminates with calls for Obama to lead a national racial healing project. This is just the road the right wants us traveling along, because it leads nowhere."
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US Farmers May Face Crackdown on Pesticide Use
Les Blumenthal, McClatchy Newspapers: "The nation's farmers could face severe restrictions on the use of pesticides as environmentalists, spurred by a favorable ruling from a judge in Washington state, want the courts to force federal regulators to protect endangered species from the ill effects of agricultural chemicals."
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Disabled Oil Rig Alarm Points to Human Failures in Gulf Oil Spill
Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor: "As investigators probe the Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident, it's becoming clearer that human decisions regarding key safety equipment were part of the nation's largest oil spill. A disabled fire alarm and critical gas venting systems set to 'bypass' likely became part of a complex web of human errors that contributed to the Deepwater Horizon accident at the heart of the nation's worst oil spill."
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Jason Mark | Climate: Controlled
Jason Mark, Truthout: "The sky would look white, but the sunsets would be an out-of-this world explosion of reds and oranges. The clouds would have a chrome sheen to them. Giant dirigibles might dot the horizon in a kind of Blade Runner set piece - but at least they'd keep the temperatures in check."
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Anger Rises Over US Tax Dollars for Settlements
Mel Frykberg, Inter Press Service: "Anger has arisen in Palestinian areas over reports that millions of tax-exempt dollars from the U.S. are being funneled towards Israel's illegal settlement building in the Palestinian West Bank - in flagrant violation of international law."
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Why Are We Still Funding Abstinence-Only Programming?
Mary Beth Hastings, RH Reality Check: "It seems you can't keep a bad idea down. Even though the Obama administration has pledged that science will finally trump ideology when it comes to global AIDS prevention, we recently learned that U.S. funding for failed prevention programs is continuing."
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