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The Roundup for October 4th, 2013

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Rest in peace Herman Wallace. Can’t believe it still.

Government Shutdown, Day 4

Here are the 30 ways the Shutdown has already caused massive problems for people. Wait, it’s Day 4?

Live updates of the Day 4 of the shutdown that shouldn’t happen because, you know…whatever.

Barack Obama cancels trip to Asia because of the shutdown. Any recommendations how I should react to this?

– Republicans will stage “peacemeal” votes over the weekend. In other news, they’re still getting your money today.

– Barack Obama writes letter to employees telling them the shutdown is wrong and he’ll continue to “fight”

“Poorest of the poor” can’t even get help cause of the shutdown.

What’s going on with the government shutdown?

– Is another “grand betrayal” in the works?

– National Weather Service essential staff write “Please Pay Us” in a subtle way.

– At least Stewart has been on target with his writers over this. Can’t forget Colbert either.

A Native American’s Perspective on the Shutdown

International Developments

The toxic legacy of Fallujah is much worse than Fukushima.

Two Canadians were imprisoned in Egypt for just filming military brutality.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were fired upon by the Egyptian army after they were protesting, something found illegal by the military aristocracy. Four are reported dead.

Police denying any racist attacks, members being arrested, top Golden Dawn members being remanded on custody, and more from today’s live blog of what is happening in Greece.

– 10 Brazilian police officers are being charged with torturing, killing and hiding the body of a bricklayer.

– FIFA President Sepp Blatter: We can’t turn “a blind eye” to the events in Qatar.

– The biggest threat to peace with these negotiations between Palestine and Israel is Netanyahu himself.

– “The shipwreck that has left at least 110 African migrants dead off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa is drawing renewed attention to the tiny island that has been the European landing spot of choice for thousands of African refugees — many of whom die trying to reach its shores.”

Financial Matters

– Note: this is not an Onion article. ExxonMobil has sued FX for the use of “XX” because they say they own it.

Volatile stocks expected as shutdown continues. In other words, just another day on Wall Street.

Surveillance Planet

– More information has been released. The NSA has spied on dissidents and activists, even if they are using programming that makes them private.

– It is evident that our beloved NSA doesn’t really like Tor a lot. They attack it constantly and have strategies to attack users. Good thing they fail at it. Emptywheel has more.

– Speaking of emptywheel, she was covered in a Newsweek piece titled “The Woman Who Knows the NSA’s Secrets”. Check it out here.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– “This week, the stagehands of IATSE Local One took to the streets to protest the union-busting tactics of the Carnegie Hall Corporation.  A deal between the union and Carnegie Hall Corporation was reached this afternoon.”

Politics USA

– Woman who was killed this week in the car chase was “delusional“, states one official. “My sister just totally didn’t deserve this” states Amy Carey-Jones.

Man in National Mall attempted to put himself on fire. Motivation unsure.

– The seven signs America has reverted to the “harsh, cruel 19th century.”

– What drives you to say these things? Seriously, I can’t wrap my head around it. “Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Friday said he assumed that the network’s Latina meteorologist ‘grew up on tacos,’ even though it is not a traditional food in her native country of Nicaragua.”

– The make up of audiences across generations when reading the news.

– Interesting poll. “A major new Pew Research Center survey released this week asked American Jews about Israel and the prospects for peace. When asked if there is a way for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully, 61% of U.S. Jews say yes while 33% say no, which is more optimistic than the U.S. general public (50% yes vs. 41% no) and the Israeli public (50% yes vs. 38% no).”

KKK told they can’t rally in national park in Gettysburg, VA for logical reasons, but think that’s it’s somehow wrong.

New York Times/Siena College Poll: 68 percent of likely voters support de Blasio compared to 19 percent who support Lhota.

RNC wants to keep WWII Memorial open for reasons under the category of “pandering”

– After New York stopped paying Sandy victims staying in hotels, Red Cross stepped in and paid it for them.

We Don’t Need No Education

– Adjunct teachers are “second-class faculty” in our higher education system.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– “Everything You’ve Been Told About How to Eat is Wrong.”

Playing chicken with the food safety. Pardon the puns tonight folks.

The War on Women

Domestic violence victims are in danger as shutdown continues.

Planet Earth

– “Today, Science reported that a fake article that ‘[a]ny reviewer with more than a high-school knowledge of chemistry and the ability to understand a basic data plot should have spotted’ had been placed in 61 percent of the 304 open-access journals it had been submitted to.”

– “Japan’s atomic watchdog summoned the boss of Fukushima operator TEPCO on Friday for a public dressing-down over sloppy standards at the crippled nuclear plant, as yet another problem with radiation-polluted water emerged.

– NASA facing large backlash and boycott for banning Chinese nationals from US researchers on upcoming symposium that deals with national security.

– Is this what the US is reduced to? Elderly nuns are a danger to our safety? “An octogenarian Roman Catholic nun, jailed for breaking into a nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee, is facing up to 30 years in prison after losing her plea for the most serious charge to be dropped.”

Student in Alaska is suing the state for not doing enough to stop climate change. Bravo for him.

Mixed Bag

– Tea Party Leaders to White House: We’ll support clean budget resolution if you give us Malia Obama.

– London School of Economics study: Music industry is thriving.

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Brandon Jordan

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