Hello everyone, hope you’re doing well.
Government Shutdown, Day 15
- Live blog of what is happening can be found here. TWO days until our government becomes illegitimate.
- Park ranger: “Stop blaming us for the government’s mess!”
- Scientists in Antarctic blame government shutdown for missing a window of opportunity in research, state years of work compromised
- Here’s a timeline to remind you of what has happened
- “With just two days to go before an Oct. 17 deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit, 51% of the public views a rise in the nation’s debt limit as ‘absolutely essential’ in order to avoid an economic crisis, while 36% think the country can go past the deadline without major problems.”
- Doctor Without Borders: Treat Syria aid as urgently as chemical weapons
- Syrian clerics have said “starving Syrians” can eat dogs and cats.
- In Athens, SYRIZA has gained a 7 point lead.
- Yeah, that is what needed in exploited Greece. Volunteers. “While the country’s firefighters complain that their ranks are gravely understaffed, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias says the ‘new doctrine’ when it comes to fighting forest fires will rest on the concept of ‘volunteering’”
- Prime Minister of Malta says EU inaction on immigration turning Mediterranean into “graveyard”
- Malaysian court rules only Muslims can use “Allah”
- Abu Anas al-Liby has pleaded not guilty in trial today.
- “A bomb has ripped through a crowd of Sunni worshippers coming out of a mosque in northern Iraq after prayers at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, killing 12 people and wounding 24, a police official has said.”
- A bomb went off in an Afghan mosque and has killed a governor of the Logar province and wounded 15.
- “Should It Cost Less to Get Out of Jail if You’re Rich?” Our two-tier system of justice at work
- Fast Food Poverty — Understanding our costs with our mega-corporations.
- Ireland will close a loophole that Apple has used to its advantage
- Juan Cole: “Now the NSA has your little black book”
- NSA does more than collect emails, it “harvests address books”
- Snowden’s “unintended internet revolution”
- “The secretive US court overseeing mass surveillance has told the Senate that it substantially modifies nearly a quarter of all government surveillance requests, even though it approves almost all of them.”
- Heavy viewers of cable TV news dedicate 72 minutes a day (on average)
- “The family and supporters of an unarmed Chechen, shot in mysterious circumstances by FBI agents investigating his friendship with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, have accused US authorities of mounting a campaign of “intimidation and harassment” against his associates.”
- US government lifts restrictions on arms exports, which gives defense industry a win
- A Guantanamo Bay prisoner writes a letter after his morning force feeding. It can be found here
- Ex-San Diego mayor Bob Filner pleads guilty to 3 charges related to sexual harassment
- Glenn Greenwald to leave the Guardian and set up a new venture. Details still yet to be known.
- “A North Carolina government official is seeking approval to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples in an effort to push marriage equality in his state, though the state Attorney General has already issued a statement indicating that the licenses will not be granted.”
We Don’t Need No Education
- Gallup: Americans favor online education more
Top Gun! (Stories)
Health, Homelessness and Hunger
- Former patient confirms Nevada dumped him: “They wanted to get rid of me”
- Study states there is a link between low birthweight and air pollution from traffic
- Air pollution in Europe still harming EU civilians’ health
- Cancer is costing EU countries “billions”
The War on Women
- “Justice for Daisy” is going viral
- Women in Afghanistan are risking losing gains after security transition
- North Dakota is hiding an oil spill and here are photos of it
- Ecuadorian National Assembly have approved drilling oil inside as Yasuni territory
- A Once-A-Decade Typhoon is threatening the Fukushima Power Plant, which has been leaking
- $19 billion at stake — Chevron v Donzinger
- Supreme Court to hear case on EPA’s regulations on greenhouse gases
- Okay now bear with me on this. Ex-Halliburton employee has admitted he destroyed evidence on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and pleaded guilty. Here’s the infuriating part. He faces one year in jail because of it. One. Year.
- “Blood-soaked” Mayor Bloomberg states homelessness is not a problem anymore
- Poetry is music to the mind, study says