Good day folks. Hope you are well today. Apologies for the delays, it’s crunch time this week.
Government Shutdown, Day 16
- Just one day until the government defaults…
- However, voting will soon begin to extend debt ceiling until February, open the government until January and allow a bipartisan group of individuals on some sort of deal.
- Senate passes bill 81 to 18 as it goes to the House now
- Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham: “Well, everybody knows that we’re not going to be able to repeal this [Obamacare] law until 2017, and that we have to win the Senate and win the White House.” This occurs when less than sixty seconds earlier he stated this shutdown was to repeal Obamacare.
- North Carolina is the first state to cut off welfare to families in need
- John McCain: “Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle”
- Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC): “We lost. That’s it.”
- “Calling the busted cylinder a national hero, sources confirmed Wednesday that a sewer pipe in the U.S. Capitol building valiantly burst open, pouring more than 1.5 million gallons of raw sewage into Congress and flooding the Senate and House of Representatives with human excrement, sludge, and wastewater.”
- 21 people have been killed in Syria in a minibus explosion.
- “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.”
- Iran is hinting at giving “significant concessions” in the discussions.
- “In addition to ten pistols, police find Nazi flags, military uniforms, statutes, Hitler portraits, Nazi helmets, swastikas and other items in a specially designed room in fugitive Greek businessman Anasatios Pallis’ villa”
- Great to hear. Shouldn’t rest at all in peace. “The funeral in Italy of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke has been called off amid clashes outside the church between sympathisers and anti-fascist protesters.”
- An increase of 1.5 to 1.6 percent in COLA in Social Security is what seniors should expect next year
- Mark Cuban has been found not guilty by a Texas jury on charges of insider trading
- The standard of living index has been lowered to a 10-month low
- NSA director Keith Alexander to leave early next year
- Neo-McCarthyism: British MPs are set to investigate the Guardian “as part of inquiry of counter-terrorism”
- David Cameron, meanwhile, has called to investigate the Guardian
- Former Labour minister has stated spies did not go to MPs over surveillance
- Emptywheel: “NSA Silenced Our Rendition”
- Father of Snowden states Snowden has more secrets to share
- Haiti’s factories are unsafe, says one labor group
- “About one-fifth of the gold exported from Peru is illegally mined, with forced labor extracting much of the precious metal that ends up in cellphones, computers and jewelry, according to US nonprofit Verité“; So where does the US come in? Profits.
- US labor is losing its edge in skills
- “Gladiator School“, that’s what one private prison is called in a lawsuit
- Police in one town lure drug dealers, set up stings, bust them and then profit.
- The Houston Chronicle has regretted its endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz.
- The GOP’s true leader is not John Boehner, but Jim DeMint
- Report: You live in an embarrassing country
- “Sorry, libertarians: You’re still hypocrites”
- Pew: 49% of Americans view Tea Party “unfavorably”, up 5%
- Nearly 4 in 10 voters do not want to see their lawmakers re-elected
- De Blasio is going to win, only delusion right-wing neo-fascists would say no (I read a Facebook comment from a right-winger on de Blasio so forgive me): “De Blasio Wins Debate; GOP Wants Him as Their False Equivalency Voodoo Doll”
- “Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, told conservative radio host Janet Mefferd during her program Tuesday that there was no biblical basis for the government having a role in helping the poor”
- Study: 30 million+ people live in “modern-day slavery”
Health, Homelessness and Hunger
- A homeless man learning computer programming has been arrested for sleeping in public
- Until the feds get in order, “be wary of chicken”
- Obama’s health target: 500,000 by Oct. 31st
The War on Women
- Lt. Governor of Missouri tells Maryville authorities to “take another look” at rape case.
- 17 killed in Japan by typhoon, yet no damage to Fukushima power plant
- More information on Typhoon Wipha and the destruction it left behind
- Greenpeace Arctic 30 families have sent appeals to Russia to expedite their release
- Ahead of the Chevron trial, Ecuadoriansrally outside of courthouse
- You need more downtime than you think (I do too)
- Will an innovative cello turn more people into musicians?
- The biggest known star in the universe is ripping apart