October 18, 2006

The Story And Them

BBC: Don't look now, it's the adventures of Bush Rogers and tough policies in space. Stem cells show promise in slowing the nerve disease that afflicts Stephen Hawking. Northern Europe's governments failed year after year to implement the zero catch policies advocated by environmental biologists and now they're facing steepening declines in North Sea cod that they can't seem to understand. The 10 most polluted places on the planet. The U.S. will be 'right behind' its allies in Asia as they face a nuclear North Korea. What Muslim women say about wearing hijab. The Sudanese government denies involvement with the Janjaweed militias that are terrorizing the people of Darfur. West African cocoa-producing nations are being hit with a cocoa root virus that they haven't been able to satisfactorily combat.

Asia Times: The Indian government views China as a security threat, while most Indians look to it as a trade partner. A new counterinsurgency policy for Iraq is riddled with paradoxes. What's the deal with the military coup in Thailand? If the U.S. even went to war with China, a speculative endeavor. Beware, beware of the final throes of empire.

The Guardian: Fires in Siberia could push the global warming ball to rolling even faster. Mark Curtis argues that corporate responsibility can only be taken seriously if corporations are held responsible for their behavior abroad, to which I add a hearty 'amen.' An overview of the failures of privatizing Britain's infrastructure.

How To Save The World: A fun links roundup covering topics from the environment to tipping point social leverage and how internet video is changing the face of war. On "crazy wisdom" and keeping love. A summary of 10 ways to protect the land.

Ezra Klein: The IMF reviews flat taxes worldwide and finds little to be enthused about. A good health issues roundup.

Lawyers, Guns and Money: The forgotten role of women in the civil rights movement. U.S. political leaders have a long and storied history of cultural ignorance about the targets of their foreign policy.

Culture Kitchen: After the outing of a homophobic panty-sniffer for his glory hole encounters in public men's rooms after voting against gay rights in the Senate, the right is now claiming that 'the left hates gays.' Better living through policy as Scientists and Engineers for America decide that the nation's science policy debate needs a little more science.

Alas, A Blog: Privilege vs. opportunity. Adding the social class dimension to the choice argument. Most 'debunkings' of the Lancet study indicating that yes, lots of Iraqis have died, are some version of a Great Wall of China fallacy, which goes that large numbers are by definition inaccurate.

Informed Comment: The situation in Iraq is more death, more unemployment, more poverty. But King George thinks the important issue is gutting the Constitution, so it's important for all good citizens to join the ACLU and send them money.

Hullaballoo: First, Ford tells us that we don't need to accept moralizing from a party that took money from someone they knew to be a pedophile. Now, Digby tells us that we don't need to accept moralizing from the people who killed habeas corpus. Whatever will they think of next? But we should never forget how important it is to seem nice and authoritative while destroying political comity, or, why Democrats only get to take out the trash in between Republican benders. Of course, that last item reminds me of the dKos diary about the Poe story, The Cask of Amontillado, highlighting all the personality traits that need to be on display in order to get away with having your way.

The Sideshow: George Bush continues his 'mysterious' fascination with evil.

Narco News: A message from political prisoners in Atenco, Mexico. The Zapatistas and a group of farmers and ranchers have shut down the world's largest salt mine. The Secure Border Initiative sounds like it's got more whiz-bang than substance. An American drug cartel informant who was working in Mexico says the U.S. and Mexican governments are complicit in the drug trade. (h/t to the Sideshow for that last link)

Mung Being: 23 Questions with Robert Anton Wilson. If you don't know who he is, you should.

Kuehleborn: The theses of geek activism and the extropian commandments.

Crooks & Liars: The Ohio governor's race has sunk to new lows, courtesy of one Kenneth J. Blackwell. Head to Keith Olbermann's latest, to find a requiem for habeas corpus in honor of the detainee bill. Responding to attacks on Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Wampum: Canada's aboriginal incarceration rates come under scrutiny, don't paint a pretty picture. California's Humboldt County still excludes tribes from the jury pool.

Pam's House Blend: John Warner and Mary Cheney agree on one thing at least, which is to say marriage equity in Virginia. The good citizens of Minnesota are facing cab drivers who want religious exemptions to discriminate against passengers, which is it's own kind of charming. Condoleezza Rice says something nice about a gay man, wingnuts lose their minds.

DailyKos: The DNC is asking for person-to-person matching pledges, a people-powered donation matching tool that needs a few more people. Republicans are confident about their Get Out The Vote plans. The people of Darfur go to bed with their shoes on. How to break an army. A report comes in of a massive purge of Ohio's voter rolls. Bonddad looks at the 'ghost town' phenomenon created by the housing slowdown. A note about World Hunger day, in a time when a sixth of the planet and nearly 12 percent of the U.S. population go hungry every day. The rust and decline of American manufacturing.

Raw Story: The Treasury Department is investigating U.S. basketball players for playing with Iranian teams for money. The FBI is asking ISPs to track their users, which surely couldn't lead to any more baseless fishing expeditions, could it?

Huffington Post: Reminding us again of why no one should ever take Republican moralizing seriously, Joshua Zeitz recalls that House Republicans voted to empower men who rape their daughters. Hilary Rosen writes about the words that Democrats everywhere are hoping to be saying on November 8th, namely, Madame Speaker.

LA Times: If they do take back the House, Democrats need to learn the lessons of the Iran-Contra hearings, where they had the executive dead to rights but still failed to 'win' in the eyes of the public. The Randy "Duke" Cunningham investigation has potentially uncovered an additional $70 million in bribes steered to defense contractors, in spite of the fact that his fellow committee members were suspicious of his activities. And on the detainee bill signed yesterday, "Within two hours of the signing ceremony, [Justice] department lawyers notified the U.S. Appeals Court in Washington that the new law eliminated federal court jurisdiction over dozens of lawsuits filed on behalf of prisoners held at U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."

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