Hello all, hope you are well this day
- Vatican will seek Catholics’ input over family issues
- John Kerry to visit Egypt day before Morsi’s trial begins
- “ Venezuela has quietly seized control of two oil rigs owned by a unit of Houston-based Superior Energy Services after the company shut them down because the state oil monopoly was months behind on payments.”
- “Germany and Brazil circulated a draft resolution to a U.N. General Assembly committee on Friday that calls for an end to excessive electronic surveillance, data collection and other gross invasions of privacy.”
- Al Qaeda’s influence in Syria growing stronger
- A US drone strike may have killed a Pakistani Taliban chief
- “Egypt’s new military-backed government had hoped trying Mohammed Morsi would close the chapter on his presidency. Instead, the trial of the ousted Islamist president on charges of inciting murder, which begins Monday, is only compounding their troubles.”
- Europe will follow US changes with respect to planes and electronics
- “A drive-by shooting killed two members of Greece’s Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party and wounded one outside a party office in Athens on Friday night, in what officials are treating as a likely far-left domestic terrorist attack.”
Latin America (& Canada)
- The three insane things rich people spend on
- Snowden leaks: GCHQ and European spy agencies work together for surveillance
- NSA surveillance may cause “break up of the internet”
- Edward Snowden writes a letter to German government
- White House rejects criticism of Obama over NSA
- Obama administration to meet with Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki over help with surveillance
- Quick! Stop the Presses! “Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark that some National Security Agency surveillance ‘reached too far’ was the first time a high-ranking Obama administration official acknowledged that U.S. snooping abroad might be seen as overzealous.”
- “The U.S. refused to show any leniency to fugitive leaker Edward Snowden on Friday, even as Secretary of State John Kerry conceded that eavesdropping on allies had happened on “automatic pilot” and went too far.”
- “British authorities claimed the domestic partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald was involved in “terrorism” when he tried to carry documents from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden through a London airport in August, according to police and intelligence documents.” The government is an irrelevant entity, only established to place fear and intimidation in people. This is another pathetic example on their part.
- The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standard, 2011-2012 by EPI
- “While unions are “taking it on the chin” in many areas of the country – e.g. states like Wisconsin and Indiana eliminating collective bargaining rights – organized labor is alive and well in California politics.”
- Five billion dollars cut in food stamps today. Do I need to say more?
- Only six people signed up on Obamacare first day, White House plays it down
- Five reasons why Obama should have never trusted the insurance industry
- Hillary Clinton on President run: “I’m minded to do it”
- The House passes a deregulation bill written by Citigroup
- A comparison between Obamacare and Romneycare
- “Outages affecting the Obama administration’s balky health insurance website slowed much needed fixes this week, but officials said Friday they remain on track to have HealthCare.gov humming along by the end of the month.”
Everything Else USA
- LAX shooting has one TSA officer killed, gunman in “critical condition”
- “President Barack Obama has called the head of the Transportation Security Administration to express his condolences to the families and friends of the TSA officer who was shot and killed at Los Angeles International Airport and the two other officers who were wounded.”
- Ohio GOP governor, a darling for Medicaid expansion, is about to kick off thousands of Ohio folk from food stamps
- Kauia, Hawaii’s anti-GMO bill blocked by mayor over legal problems
- Maine’s lobster industry is dying
- The subreddit of “r/politics” on Reddit has banned Salon, Mother Jones and Huffington Post for “bad journalism.” Why is this the front page of the internet? Couldn’t it be shooed away?
Health, Hunger and Homelessness
- Obesity rates increase in 2013 across all demographics. Take it with a grain of salt since BMI isn’t reliable.
- Nine surprising everyday items that can wreck your health
The War on Women
- Fewer than 1/4 of Republicans support electing women to Congress
- Lawyer states don’t talk about victim responsibility when it comes to rape
- A quarter of the world’s agriculture is in water-stressed fields
- “Over 10,000 unique species swim the Antarctic waters, in what Greenpeace International oceans campaigner Farah Obaidullah called ”last intact ocean ecosystem on earth.” They include most of the world’s penguins and the Antarctic toothfish, which seafood lovers know as the Chilean sea bass. But international efforts to create a marine sanctuary in the Ross Sea, a decade in the making, have failed for the third time. ”
- Noam Chomsky slams Canada’s shale proposals
- Almost two thirds of 18 to 29 year olds believe in “demonic possession.” What’s happening to us?
- “Scientists have shed more light on how the movements of a dog’s tail are linked to its mood.” Helpful for my job.