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The Roundup for August 20, 2013

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International Developments

? “Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie“.  Update: Turkey’s Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan “accused Israel . . . of having a hand in the . . . overthrow of president Mohamed Mursi”.  Update:  “US Military Aid to Egypt Has Stopped“–or not.

? “There Are No More Good Guys in Egypt: Each of the country’s major groups have done something totally horrible in the past few weeks.”

? Ex-Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf accused of murdering former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

? Susan Rice-supported Paul Kagame of Rwanda, “continues to relentlessly support, arm and command rebel groups . . . which commit war crimes and human rights violations in Congo.”

International Finance

? “Germany’s finance minister  [says] Greece will need another bailout to plug a forthcoming funding gap.”

? A 21-year-old German male who was interning at Bank of America in London died after reportedly working “through the night on three consecutive times”.

? European markets down:  “Pessimism in Asia has spread to European markets this morning, with all the major indices down.”  Could Larry Summers have something to do with it?

Money Matters USA

? “US Has the Worst Income Inequality of Developed Nations”.  “Total annual income of the top 1 percent . . . in the United States has more than doubled from 9 percent in 1976 to 20 percent in 2011”.

? Detroit’s famed car collection may be sold to pay debts.

? August 29th–date for the nationwide walkout of fast food workers.  McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Macy’s, Sears, and Dollar Tree, among others.

? “Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July”.

? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “have helped reduce the federal buget deficit and put off an increase in the nation’s debt limit,” but they’ve also been “delaying [writing off] more of the delinquent mortgages they own or back”.

Surveillance Planet

? Does the US know what Snowden took?

? Schedule 7 (used to detain Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda) as explained by the Greater Manchester Police.

? David Miranda’s lawyers “have written to home secretary Theresa May and the head of the Metropolitan police warning them that they are set to take legal action over what they say amounted to his ‘unlawful’ detention at Heathrow airport”.  Here’s the letter.

? The White House says “it would not be ‘appropriate‘ for the US government to destroy leaked government secrets obtained by media organisations in the way ordered by the British government.”

? Drawing on his experience, former British Defence Minister Tom Watson says of the detention of David Miranda:  “I think I can assess an ill-conceived plan when I see one.  And this was a howler.”

? “Miranda’s rights: how Europe can learn from Latin America’s independence: Brazil’s action over the detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner shows South American nations no longer toe Washington’s line.” And they’re better off as a result.

? Was David Miranda on a US Watch List?

? A Liberal Democrat member of the House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee says the detention of Miranda will be investigated.

? Rachel Maddow on the detainment of David Miranda and the difference between terrorism and journalism.

? Juan Cole:  “How to turn a democracy into a STASI authoritarian state in 10 easy steps”.

? Groklaw, “prominent legal news site, well known for explaining the ins and outs of technology-related law, is shutting down over its founder’s fear that government agents can read her email.”

Politics USA

? Research results: US “Senators overall represent their wealthiest constituents, while those on bottom of the economic rung are neglected.”

? Is WI Gov. Scott Walker being more confrontational with protesters because he thinks that’ll help “his presidential aspirations”?  Matthew Rothschild, editor and publisher of The Progressive thinks that could be it.

? ME’s Gov. Paul LePage (R) reportedly said “President Obama ‘hates white people’.”

? TX roads are beaten up by energy companies’ “oversized vehicles and overweight loads”, while the state’s budget doesn’t have the money to properly repair them. Hence, there’ll be gravel roads in the future, with 30 mph speed limits.

? A US District Court judge has given CA the go-ahead to force-feed prison inmates who’re on a hunger strike.

? Rassmussen poll: 82% in the US say the government “is losing the “war on drugs”.

? Michael Hastings’ death “an accident”.

Health, Homelessness & Hunger

? Around 2.7 million children under 18 “have a parent in prison.” “Two-thirds of incarcerated parents are nonviolent offenders, often locked up on minor drug-related charges.” “14,000 or more children of the imprisoned annually enter foster care.”  These children need all of us to be advocates for them.

The War on Women

? “The former chief of the Air Force’s sexual-assault prevention branch was indicted Monday on charges of assault and battery after he grabbed a woman’s breasts and buttocks in May”.

Education Directions

? PA Gov. Tom Corbett (R) “remains fixated on breaking the [Philadelphia school] district in order to crush the teachers union and divert money to unproven experiments like vouchers and privately run charters.”  As one parent said, “It’s indescribably insane.”

? A NV judge has ruled that teachers’ email addresses at work are confidential.  A conservative think tank “has been waging an email campaign against the Clark County Education Association” and wants those addresses.

? Rahmbo’s Chicago bulldozes a community center and library.

Planet Earth News

? “For the first time in history, the U.S. government has ordered that flow of Colorado River water from the 50-year-old Glen Canyon Dam be slashed”.

? Currently, about 40% of new construction in the US is “green” buildings–expected to be 55% by 2016.

? What a feedback loop:  “the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds in herbicide-resistant weed management systems has brought about substantial increases in the number and volume of herbicides applied.”

? “19 ways climate change is now feeding itself.”  Methane, carbon, ice melts, etc.

? Ya think?  UN scientists say “the odds are at least 95 percent that humans are the primary cause of warming”.

? More people rode Amtrak in July than at any time in its history.

Break Time

? Valentyna’s Helium Dance

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