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AKA the stuff you probably feel like you should read but don't want to

Colin Powell aide says Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld knew hundreds of Gitmo
prisoners were innocent. Majority of 742, ages 12 to 93.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7092435.ece

tax cut tiers by party
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/.a/6a00d83451c45669e20148c676113a970c-550wi



debate over Obama tactics
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-obama-struggles-20101121,0,1276130.story

life insurance companies reneging on policies
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-life-insure-20101121,0,6924919,full.story

Canadian libertarian for basic income
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/to-end-poverty-guarantee-everyone-in-canada-20000-a-year-but-are-you-willing-to-trust-the-poor/article1806904/singlepage/#articlecontent

economic failure of the Bush tax cuts
http://www.tax.com/taxcom/taxblog.nsf/Permalink/CHAS-89LPZ9?OpenDocument

Koch brothers, billionaires funding the Tea Party, who want to rip
government out at the root, third richest Americans, run one of the most
polluting companies, have spent hundreds of millions on politics
Launched the Cato Institute, Libertarian Party, propagate "Climategate"
hoax, fund anti-EPA Mercatus think tank, got an ozone case decided by
judges they've entertained, have infiltrated anti-climate change
propaganda into the Smithsonian
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all

Fox reporter John Stossel says socialism nearly killed Thanksgiving,
gets his history facts wrong
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/rewriting-history-fox-reporter-claims-socialism-killed-thanksgiving/

Egypt preventing interviews with Bedouins
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/11/24/131571619/egypt-s-state-security-gets-very-interested-when-reporters-talk-to-bedouins?ft=1&f=1001

Woman Jailed for Getting Pregnant Dies From Medical Neglect
http://womensrights.change.org/blog/view/woman_jailed_for_getting_pregnant_dies_from_medical_neglect

Schroeder says Bush lying in memoirs about Iraq
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,728217,00.html

Republican majority announces intention to harass climate scientists
instead of investigating corporate malfeasance
http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2010/11/22/101122taco_talk_kolbert

systemic bank fraud mortgage fraud foreclosure crisis
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/232611?RS_show_page=0

Can liberalism save capitalism from conservatism?
http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/11/09/liberalism_capitalism_conservatism

future of journalism in data analysis?
http://rfmcdpei.livejournal.com/2586462.html
Blair denounced UK's Freedom of Information Act

Hispanics flee Arizona
http://www.economist.com/node/17581892?story_id=17581892
Georgia vs. California on immigrant education
http://www.economist.com/node/17581874?story_id=17581874

CCTVs come to Houston
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7310659.html

Republican fight to deny health care to Americans continues
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/27/us/politics/27health.html

US negotiated with and gave money to fake Taliban leader
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/world/asia/23kabul.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/business/economy/24fed.html
A leading House Republican called last week for Congress to narrow the
Fed's mandate to focus only on fighting inflation, not on managing
employment.

Facebook censorship of messages
http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/22/facebook-censorship/

IMF report on human costs of recession and unemployment
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/spn/2010/spn1017.pdf

eating the Irish; Ireland debt exploitation
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/26/opinion/26krugman.html

Portland terror plot, FBI entrapment
http://heron61.livejournal.com/705730.html
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fbi_thwarts_terrorist_bombing.html
http://www.slate.com/id/2275735/
paying Americans to commit crimes, then arresting them
bigoted backlash for attacks that didn't happen
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/28/AR2010112801014.html

Rush Limbaugh spews about Native Americans
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201011240022

Fed Reserve proposes crippling mortgage borrowers even more, removing
beneficial rescissions
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/opinion/29mon2.html

terrorists win by making us spend money
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2010/11/causing_terror.html

North Korea a racist state?
http://demographymatters.blogspot.com/2010/11/pure-north-impure-south-cause-for.html

Democratic party, white working class, and populism
http://www.slate.com/id/2189011/pagenum/all/

economist dishonesty about trade and inequality
http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue45/Baker45.pdf
freer trade produces losers and hurts unskilled workers in the US,
through lower wages not just lost jobs. Taxation could redistribute
gains to make everyone better off, but taxes are distortionary, and
might cancel efficiency gains; tariffs can be efficient taxes,
especially for developing countries. Also administrative costs of
compensating the losers.
continuing protectionism for doctors, lawyers, accountants, economists

"The country spends around $160 billion a year paying physician
salaries. By contrast, it spends around $70 billion a year on steel.
While most trade economists probably do not even know about the
restrictions imposed on the entry of foreign physicians in 1997, all of
them could probably explain the basic outlines of President Bushjs
tariffs on imported steel from 2002. The latter were explicitly time
limited and peaked at 30 percent for a small category of items. By
contrast, U.S. physicians earn almost twice as much as their
counterparts in other wealthy countries (net of malpractice insurance).
The gap between physicians' salaries in the U.S. and their pay in the
developing world is even larger. Clearly the economic costs of
restrictions on foreign physicians dwarf the costs of the steel tariffs,
but only the latter concerned trade economists."

Democratic party, white working class, and populism
http://www.slate.com/id/2189011/pagenum/all/

Georgia discovers it seceded over slavery
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/us/30confedside.html

Iceland doing better than Ireland
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/lands-of-ice-and-ire/

Huxley vs. Orwell
http://www.prosebeforehos.com/image-of-the-day/08/24/huxley-vs-orwell-infinite-distraction-or-government-oppression/

what landlords won't tell you
http://www.smartmoney.com/spending/rip-offs/10-things-your-landlord-wont-tell-you/
properties in foreclosure; landlords vs. their management companies;
look out for associations

fraud of states' rights
http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/11/nobody-actually-cares-about-federalism-post-reconstruction-edition
historical school apologizing for slavery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning_School

US urban sprawl: freeways and zoning
http://noelmaurer.typepad.com/aab/2010/11/when-asked-why-canadian-cities-are-so-built-up-compared-to-american-ones-martin-wisse-of-the-netherlands-suggests-no-whi.html

GOP vows shutdown
http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2010/12/01/131725152/senate-gop-vows-to-block-all-except-tax-cut-debt-bills
blocks unemployment extensions
http://www.examiner.com/unemployment-benefits-in-new-york/after-unemployment-extension-fails-senate-benefits-lapse-for-millions

Bruice Schneier on Stuxnet
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2010/10/stuxnet.html
http://antivirus.about.com/b/2010/10/02/debunking-the-bunk-of-stuxnet.htm

Australian police seek to remove right to remain silent, apparently
following British lead
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/right-to-silence-could-be-revoked/story-e6freooo-1225964137276

Smithsonian caves in, pulls art
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/01/video-of-crucifix-removed-from-gallery/?hpt=C2

Glass-Steagall and investment bank failure
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/opinion/02hoenig.html?_r=1&hpw

royalty financing
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704679204575646940403312602.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_smallbusiness

Oakland child sex slavery
http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/01/reporters-notebook-on-oakland-thoroughfare-sexual-slavery-a-lucrative-business/?hpt=T2

Fed lending in fall 2008
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/01/AR2010120106870_pf.html

US tracking credit card purchases in realtime without warrants
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/realtime/

Republicans and conservatives show their true colors, and filibuster tax
cuts for people earning under $250,000
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/12/tax-cut-extensions-fall-short.html

Nigeria to charge Cheney over Halliburton bribery
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2010/12/02/Nigeria-to-charge-former-US-veep/UPI-74251291346500/

Republicans bring death panels to Arizona
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/04/opinion/04collins.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

Prince Edward Island xenophobia
http://rfmcdpei.livejournal.com/2599996.html

Swedish prostitution reduced, but more violent
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,516030,00.html

move to disband corrupt Vernon
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-vernon-20101205,0,6408377.story

anti-Semitic crimes in Bloomington
http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=78825

US states and cities fiscal crisis
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/us/politics/05states.html

Noah's Ark theme park
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/06/us/06ark.html

knife rights
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/us/05knives.html

http://ftalphaville.ft.com/blog/2010/12/06/428061/something-else-made-in-china-chinese-gdp/

China students blow away test
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/education/07education.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/08/AR2010120803040.html
Massachusetts trails 14 countries

UK student protests against tripling of tuition
http://vervesub.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/protesters-v-polic/
Wales counteracts tuition rise
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/12/01/welsh-students-to-be-spared-tuition-fees-hike-91466-27747027/

House Democrats object to wealthy tax cuts; DADT and immigration reform stalled by Senate Republicans
http://www.npr.org/2010/12/09/131933772/house-democrats-balk-at-deal-on-taxes?ft=1&f=1001

Jerry Brown to challenge California voters: tax hikes or major service cuts
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-brown-taxes-20101209,0,1143769.story

GOP blocks $7 billion health bill for 9/11 rescuers, while pulling out
all stops for $120 billion tax cut
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/10/nyregion/10health.html

rise in US life expectancy stalling
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101209/ap_on_he_me/us_med_life_expectancy

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