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Archive for June, 2012 :


The ‘Baby Box’ Returns To Europe
June 29th, 2012

Boxes where parents can leave an unwanted baby, common in medieval Europe, have been making a comeback over the last 10 years.


Is Death An Illusion? Evidence Suggests Death Isn’t the End
June 29th, 2012

When we die, we do so not in the random billiard-ball-matrix but in the inescapable-life-matrix. Life has a non-linear dimensionality – it’s like a perennial flower that returns to bloom in the multiverse.


Two-Thirds Of Americans Think Barack Obama Is Better Suited To Handle An Alien Invasion Than Mitt Romney
June 29th, 2012

The poll was conducted by Kelton Research, which used e-mail invitations and online surveys. Quotas were set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population, ages 18 and older. The margin of error is +/-2.9 percent.


Religious Circumcisions Are Crimes Says Court
June 27th, 2012

Religious circumcisions are bodily harm and thus a crime, a German court ruled this week, in what was dubbed a precedent-setting decision.


Cuba Aspires To Good Sense And Human Intelligence Prevailing Over Irrationality And Barbarity
June 27th, 2012

Speech given by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers at the Rio-20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, June 21, 2012, Year 54 of the Revolution.


FDA Looks The Other Way While School Uses Electroshock Torture On Autistic Students
June 26th, 2012

In a statement responding to all the press, JRC has stated that aversive therapies like GEDs are only used as part of court-ordered treatments on students who “struggle with violent, abusive or mutilating behaviors toward themselves or others.”


Gay Republicans Are Like Jewish Nazis And Black Klan Members
June 26th, 2012

Michael Musto of the Village Voice is outraged that anyone in the gay community would even consider voting for Mitt Romney


South Africa’s Political Wars Begin To Resemble Our Own
June 26th, 2012

The fight between the Democrats and Republicans is an obscenely costly affair which none of our political pundits care to investigate in terms of why so much is being invested and what the likely payoffs will be, and to whom.


FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Extremists In Military
June 26th, 2012

The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military, NPR has learned. About a dozen of those cases are considered serious.


Steal Back Your Vote
June 25th, 2012

In this election year, Greg Palast wants you to vote…but he’s afraid it may not count — especially if you’re black, Native American or Hispanic and you live in certain states — notably Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida or New Mexico.


NSA: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say if We Spied on You
June 25th, 2012

The surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency as part of its sweeping new counterterrorism powers.


US Drone Strikes ‘Could be War Crimes’ and Set Risky Precedent – UN
June 23rd, 2012

The use of drone strikes by the US to combat terrorism flouts international law and may encourage other nations to follow suit, a UN rapporteur says. He stressed that some of the attacks may constitute war crimes.


Apple Goes Racist, Shuns Iranian Clients
June 22nd, 2012

In a blatant act of racism, Apple store employees in the US have refused to sell any products to Iranian customers, saying they followed the company’s official policy.


Google Calls Its Report on Government Takedown Requests “Troubling,” “Free Expression Is At Risk”
June 21st, 2012

It’s alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect—Western democracies not typically associated with censorship.


Obama Administration’s Drone Death Figures Don’t Add Up
June 21st, 2012

In a rare public comment on drone strikes, President Obama told an online town hall in January that the drones had not caused “a huge number of civilian casualties”.


Stop-and-Frisk and New York’s Freedom Deficit
June 21st, 2012

For minority residents of the city, the experience is part of a larger ongoing relationship to the state as potential crime-suspects and targets of surveillance and harassment. One city, two radically different experiences.


The Internet As The New Religion
June 21st, 2012

Following Ludwig Feuerbach’s hypothesis that man created God in his own image, one might say that the deified Internet embodies all the attributes of the perfect neoliberal subject that economic conditions require, offering a point of identification for the precarious worker and dignifying their situation.


American Narcos: The Real ‘Masters of Paradise’
June 20th, 2012

Despite the evident disconnect–a “war” on drugs that increases the supply while lowering the price, in the best tradition of our reigning “free market” ideology–the American media regales the public with fairy tales of heroic “warriors” doing battle with murderous gangsters named “Joaquín,” “Jorge” and “Amado.”


Stuxnet Cyberattack By US A ‘Destabilizing And Dangerous’ Course Of Action
June 20th, 2012

Schneier calls Stuxnet ‘mistake’ for US, argues world needs to tackle cyber-arms control.


Obama To Push European Leaders On Need For Growth
June 20th, 2012

Still struggling to light a fire under the U.S. economy, President Obama will spend his day addressing the far worse European economy as world leaders complete a G-20 summit in Mexico.


NDAA Unconstitutional: Federal Judge Bans Obama From Indefinitely Detaining Americans
June 18th, 2012

The White House cannot use the NDAA to indefinitely detain American citizens.


State-Sponsored Terrorism Exhibit at The National Archives
June 18th, 2012

Luke Rudkowski and Mark Dice show people waiting in line to enter the National Archives in Washington, D.C. proof that the Joint Chiefs of Staff conspired to commit state sponsored, false-flag terrorism in the U.S.


Instead of Being Disgusted by Poverty, We are Disgusted by Poor People
June 13th, 2012

Empathy has crashed. No more cruel to be kind. We must simply be cruel.


24 Year Old Got 3 Life Sentences For Merely Witnessing Drug Deal
June 13th, 2012

It’s been nearly 20 years since Clarence Aaron was put in jail for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, and unless President Obama steps in, the 19-year veteran of the American prison system is expected to stay there for a while. A long while.


U.S. Exempts India, South Korea From Iran Oil Sanctions
June 12th, 2012

The U.S. added seven economies to the list of nations qualifying for an exemption from financial sanctions on Iranian oil imports, penalties intended to pressure Iran’s leaders to abandon any nuclear weapons ambitions.


Hundreds Protest Screening of Pro-Pinochet Film in Chile
June 12th, 2012

Hundreds of people protested Sunday near a theater where supporters of the former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet attended the screening of a pro-Pinochet documentary, reflecting the divisions that still exist in Chile almost 40 years after he seized power in a bloody coup.


Pay No Attention To The Web Trackers Behind The Curtain, Says Ad Industry
June 12th, 2012

The most common tracker, found on more than 70 percent of all sites, is Google Analytics. The second most common tracker is Google Adsense.


Many Grapefruit Seed Extracts Are Adulterated, Non-Profit Research Group Finds
June 11th, 2012
Organic Farming in a NYC Public School
June 11th, 2012

Abbe Futterman, a progressive science teacher at Public School 364, invited some Organic Valley farmers from upstate New York into her classroom to teach her students about the fundamentals of organic farming.


Volunteers Work At 92 Organic Farms In Oregon, Triple The Number Of Six Years Ago
June 11th, 2012

But as the organic and, more recently, eat-local movements have picked up speed, the number of WWOOF farms — more than 1,500 in the United States — also has grown.


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