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The Roundup for September 16th, 2013

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Good evening everyone. Hope your day was great.

I have a sore throat.

The Breaking Story of the Day

13 people were killed in D.C.’s Washington Navy Yard as 34 year old Aaron Alexis, former Navy reservist and shooter, is also killed. Police attempting to locate accomplices, but do not trust anything that is not verified. NBC and CBS are both guilty of being very dumb for this.

International Politics

– The “worst chemical attack in the past 25 years” remarks the UN as their report is released over the use of sarin gas. No blame assigned, but “experts” believe it is by the Syrian government.

– Obama is pleased Putin has taken “responsibility” over Assad and his weapons.

– “The new U.S. ambassador to Brazil landed in the capital Monday amid increasing tensions over a U.S. spy program that aggressively targets Latin America’s biggest nation, reportedly including the personal communications of its president.” America’s spying program is having lasting consequences as more details are revealed. They are playing damage control.

– Read how activists in the Philippines are fighting against corporate takeovers and aggressive military individuals to preserve their livelihoods and environment.

– South Korea soldiers shot an individual to death who was going to the North even after he was told to stop.

Financial Matters

“I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos if it doesn’t get 100% of what it wants. That’s never happened before. But that’s what’s happening now.” Obama blasts Republicans for playing games with the economy over the debt ceiling. Seems like a bit of irony is associated with the statement if you think about it.

– Biden: The United States should invest in infrastructure since it boosts the economy. Great, but isn’t your job to do that, Congress? Isn’t this common sense?

– Tsk. Tsk. Option trading in the US was halted after a “glitch” in the system. The rich get worried for a moment, then realize they’re rich and move along.

Helping the rich while in college, while neglecting the poor. That’s the inequality we face.

Labor’s a-Brewing

Victory! After 21 days of being on strike, Columbia farmers have gained a victory as the government “negotiate[s] the rejection of a farm bill and the release of detained protesters.”

Surveillance Planet

– A team of UK academics, who are experts in cryptography, have criticized the NSA and GCHQ for their efforts to weaken our security. “The group of 10 researchers at Bristol University warn that ‘by weakening all our security so that they can listen in to the communications of our enemies, [the agencies] also weaken our security against our potential enemies’.”

– Don’t you just feel sorry for them? NSA chief had his war room modeled after “Star Trek’s Enterprise”. It was “Information Dominance Center.” Should we investigate Dungeons and Dragons players as they might take control of the Army at one point? I’m saying yes.

– What? NYT defends not covering Israel/NSA story because it is not “important.”

– “If Intelligence Community Is Dumb Rather than Malicious, Why Should We Trust Them?” Emptywheel talks about this and more in her latest piece.

– “A government audit of the Justice Department’s terrorism-related statistics revealed that all were inaccurately reported, and most were significantly inflated.” Now that just makes you thrilled, doesn’t it? 

Politics USA

– Bill de Blasio is the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor after Bill Thompson drops out of the race. “I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the City of New York.” Thompson remarked.

– The football player I reported yesterday who was shot by police after he needed help with his wrecked car was shot 10 times.

– John McCain: I feel a “little lonely time to time” because no one else wants to attack Syria. It must be due to his travels to Russia. Bring a friend next time John! Didn’t you make one over your poker game?

– While the murder rate has dropped, it is still higher than all other developed countries in the world according to the FBI.

– It’s the 2nd anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Rebecca Solnit has a great piece about it.

– 9/11 suspect kicked out of the courtroom after being “disruptive.” “No you don’t have a right to talk.” stated judge to him.  Kevin has more.

– Disgusting. Rebel folks, rebel. Detroit GOP shuts down power during heat wave to “send them a strong message.” Was the point showing how inhumane they are?

Top Gun! (Stories)

– What’s their damage control this time? NRA has received $1 million from manufacturer who supplied weapons to Newtown shooter.

Health, Homelessness, and Hunger

– Boston bombing victims face losing insurance if their survivor checks are cashed. This is where the system meets up with our tragedies.

4 million. That’s how many Americans investors, like hedge funds, expect to sign up with Obamacare in 2014.

Superbugs kill 23,000 people a year says CDC. Alright, now where do we begin?

The War on Women

– Tied a bit with racism as well. Winner of Miss America, Nina Davuluri, was targeted for her race (funny how it happens only to women) after her victory. People stated that “9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?”, “Miss America is a terrorist. Whatever. It’s fine.”, “And the Arab wins Miss America. Classic.” Davuluri responds: “I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

– Muslim woman in England must remove the veil to testify in trial.

– “Feminist” Bryan Goldberg believes sexist imagery and talking about important topics can get women interested in his website. He is proven wrong, very wrong. 

– Texas woman forced to drive “four hours to Planned Parenthood” after being shamed for her hickey and wanting birth control.

Planet Earth

Two storms have killed 34 in Mexico as their strength forced evacuating thousands of Mexicans. Floods viewed as the worst in decades.

– The Boulder floods were tragic, but there is a lesson to be learned. That lesson is climate change. 

Chickens are killing the planet.

Monsanto could get away with GMO contamination. Because they have a lot of money, right? I assumed so.

– Good news. New York’s placing $1 billion into clean energy. Though it is for private job growth…

Mixed Bag

– Iran to send Persian cat into space by 2020. Seriously.

– Time for a laugh. Alex Jones believes Navy Yard shooter was a “patsy” to discredit him.

– You can still dream even if your mind is blank.

– Scripps Research Institute think it is possible to erase “selective memories.” “Not unlike in the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, we’re looking for strategies to selectively eliminate evidence of past experiences related to drug abuse or a traumatic event. Our study shows we can do just that in mice — wipe out deeply ingrained drug-related memories without harming other memories.” said Courtney Miller, a TSRI assistant professor who led the research.

– Leading Cause of Depression? Hearing “2016 Frontrunners”.

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Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.