The Roundup for October 17th, 2013

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Hello everyone, hope you are well this day.

The Day After

– US government employees are heading back to work now

$4,781,246,948 is the total cost of this shutdown.

– Obama: “There are no winners here”

– Boehner is hoping to remain the leader of the Republican Parties

– “The Shutdown in Perspective : Spying on Children Continued, Services for Needy Children Did Not

Americans are reporting job prospects worse during the shutdown

– “Anti-government hysteria has fueled everything from congressional kamikaze attacks on Obamacare to actual kamikaze attacks on federal buildings, and those who get hurt are inevitably people doing their jobs.

– Dianne Reidy, the House stenographer, makes an outburst after House votes that involves freemasons and God.

What was essential and what was not?

– Grover Norquist: “I think if you make a mistake as big as what they did, you owe your fellow senators and congressmen a big apology — and your constituents, as well, because nothing they did advanced the cause of repealing or dismantling Obamacare.

International Politics

– Syria states peace talks could begin in November

– Rebel snipers have killed a high ranking Syrian general

– Russia: Iran nuclear talks “quite promising

Top Ten Ways the US and Iran Could Avoid War

– Civilian death toll from Iraq War was 450,000; one of the numerous pieces of evidence at Bush and co. future war crimes trial.

– The image of Saudi Arabia in Middle Eastern countries is falling 

– Amnesty to Egypt: Stop detaining Syrian refugees

Saudi Arabia, Chad, Chile, Nigeria and Lithuania are the five new Security Council seats at the UN

– Despite welcoming the new budget in the US, fears remain

– “Attacks on Shi’ite Muslims killed at least 48 people across Iraq on Thursday, including a suicide truck bomb targeting members of the country’s Shabak minority, police and medics said.

– “In a symbolic protest, members of the municipal workers union POE-OTA sought to deliver tomatoes, lentils, vinegar, olives, figs, eggs, raki and a chicken to Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, who claimed on television recently that he understood the difficulty people had with living on €500 a month

– As poverty in Greece increases, more people turn to social services 

Financial Matters

– “Financiers have been getting a free ride for too long. Let’s make them pay their share instead of robbing seniors.

– “A Chinese ratings agency downgraded its U.S. sovereign credit rating Thursday despite Washington’s resolution of the debt ceiling deadlock, warning that fundamentals for a potential default remained ‘unchanged.‘”

– “U.S. jobless claims fell last week and mid-Atlantic factory activity kept growing in October, but a just-ended government shutdown as well as computer issues affecting the claims report impeded the data’s value as signposts for the economy.

– Goldman Sachs cuts employee pay by 35 percent as revenue falls

Surveillance Planet

– NSA and CIA working together when it comes to drone strikes

– Emptywheel: “Why did NSA Raise Trafficking for a story about drone killing?

Labor’s a-Brewing

– “The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is set to review a case involving graduate assistants at New York University. If it is favorably reviewed it could reopen the door to unionizing thousands of graduate employees at private universities.

– “In the popular imagination, opposition to the Vietnam War was driven largely by the privileged, while supposedly reactionary blue-collar workers supported the war effort. That memory is wrong.

– A strike by the longshoreman has shutdown the port of Baltimore

– Rappers in Tunisia have formed a union after government crackdown on their anti-government lyrics has gone too far (well a crackdown is already going too far)

Politics USA

– “Families and former prisoners held for years in solitary confinement expressed optimism October 9 after the first of several California Public Safety Committee hearings about the punishment, promised in exchange for an end to prisoners’ 60-day hunger strike over the summer.”

– Gitmo detainees will bring force-feeding to a court of law

Is Our System of Government Inept to Face Future Challenges?

– “Cory Booker: The Media-Savvy Mayor to Washington

– Pew: 55% of Americans believe their district interests should usurp the nation’s interest

– Peter Kuznik: Obama embraces American Exceptionalism

– The Tea Party’s greatest fear: Millenials

– “In the last 12 days, how many times have you asked yourself and others the following question: where is Avonte Oquendo?…But here’s a query we may all be overlooking: if you saw a black teen boy wandering a city, how closely would you pay attention to him? And if you truly noticed him at all, would it only be because he raised your suspicion?

– Bill de Blasio: Horse-carriages “are not met to be in traffic jams.” Please ban the practice. Please ban the practice.

– Oregon will recognize gay marriages from other states, but still makes it illegal in the state

– New Banksy art in New York, this time with Ronald McDonald

– The Sun, Murdoch-owned newspaper, features a fake company as a real company

Health, Homelessness and Hunger

– “How the Fast Food Industry Destroyed ‘Home Ec’

– Sleep “cleans” the brain of toxins

– Perry’s government is encouraging young people to sign up for Obamacare

Here’s a map of the most hungry countries

The War on Women

– Mary Queen of Scots, feminist icon?

– For the Maryville case, a special prosecutor has been requested for the case

– A gang-rape victim in Mumbai collapsed while delivering testimony in front of her attackers

– Pregnant indigenous Mexican woman face discrimination from hospital

– Lhota does nothing when three women are kicked out a synagogue for being women 

Planet Earth

The Air We Breathe Definitely and Scientifically Linked to Cancer

– Because of pollution, Vatican is limiting visits to the Chapel

– “Power plants across the US and Canada could overheat, shut down or be caused to malfunction because of vulnerabilities that leave them open to hacking, according to new research.

– Shale gas protesters have clashed with police in Canada, use of pepper spray and other police brutality tactics confirmed

Mixed Bag

The leisure gap between fathers and mothers

– The new theory on where old memories go

Break Time

Strawberry Swing

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