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The Roundup for October 7th, 2013

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Hello all. Hope you are well.

Government Shutdown, Day 7

– “For the first time, the White House said it was open to a short-term increase in the federal borrowing limit, which will be fully exhausted Oct. 17. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, say they will advance a bill this week raising the debt ceiling, perhaps through the 2014 midterm elections.”

– Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) will bring in legislation to increase debt ceiling without any cuts. In other words, just an idea right now as we enter Day 7.

– Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK): There’s “no such thing as a debt ceiling.” That’s it, I’m done.

– “Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) on Monday said that he would fight against raising the nation’s debt ceiling and had a simple plan to avoid default, which involved not paying “every bill the day it comes in.””

Unpaid meteorologists went through snow just to go to work, even with the shutdown.

– Among polls, voters play partisan with their favorite party and give their solution that results in our current stalemate. 

– China tells the US to avoid this debt crisis and make a deal

– Need an live clock of how much the shutdown is costing? Here it is!

International Developments

– “The United States and Russia are ‘very pleased’ with progress in destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stocks, US secretary of state John Kerry said on Monday. He offered some rare, if qualified, US praise for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.” Syria gains “cautious praise” because of this.

– “The target of a failed US Navy Seals raid in Somalia at the weekend was a Kenyan who plotted attacks on parliament buildings and the UN headquarters in Nairobi, the Pentagon confirmed on Monday.” But they failed (because of kids). Meanwhile, the US defends its capture in Libya as legal questions rise.

– At the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Indonesia, Obama’s absence can be felt.

– Hamid Karzai: “NATO has caused great suffering”

– “Billionaire right-wing donor Sheldon Adelson and Elie Wiesel celebrate Rwandan strongman at TV rabbi’s genocide panel

– In new poll, many from overseas say that China will be a new global power.

– “The U.S. State Department on Monday named the Muhammad Jamal Network and its founder, Egyptian Muhammad Jamal, as “specially designated global terrorists,” a status that freezes any assets they have under U.S. jurisdiction.”

– “Two Americans and a German-American were named the winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering the molecular principles that govern how key substances like insulin are transported within cells. James Rothman, 62, of Yale University, Randy Schekman, 64, of the University of California, Berkeley, and Thomas Sudhof, 57, of Stanford University will share the $1.2 million prize.

The Olympic Torch went out, so a cigarette lighter was used to rekindle it. 

– “Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will undergo surgery on Tuesday to treat bleeding on her brain, doctors have said.”

At least 51 protesters in Egypt have been killed as protests continue.

– Explodes across Iraq on Monday have killed 38.

– Malala Yousafzai speaks on her viewpoint over feelings of what occurred and what she wants to do.

– North Korea states Switzerland committed “serious human rights abuses” for not selling it skis. Take a minute to laugh. Go ahead.

Live blog of what is happened in Greece. Woman couldn’t pay for 1.20 euro bus ticket and was fined 720 euros. Former PASOK minister Tsochatzopoulos found guilty of “money laundering

Financial Matters

“Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?”

The five depressing ways the 1% have broken the backs of Americans

– The revolving door: a former World Bank President has joined Goldman Sachs. 

Twitter has gotten a “buy” rating, even before being listed

Labor’s a Brewing

Fighting against UAW leadership and GM for the workers.

– “One of the most important parts of the Senate’s bill, and of all the “comprehensive immigration reform” proposals, is a big increase in guestworker programs. Employers demand them as a price for supporting legalization of the undocumented. But our history tells us that this is a very high price. Especially for farmworkers, guestworker programs have been a terrible idea.

Cali has a secret plan to take away public pensions of workers. Good thing it’s released.

– “New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority refused to change its plans to spend $34 million on Chinese steel to repair the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Surveillance Planet

– The release of NSA-related documents have increased FOIA request to 1,000%!

– “6 Years Later, Are the Internet Companies Trying to Expose Telecoms Stealing Their Data, Again?” Emptywheel has more.

Politics USA

– Anonymous Republican congressman: “I would liken this a little bit to Gettysburg, where a Confederate unit went looking for shoes and stumbled into Union cavalry, and all of a sudden found itself embroiled in battle on a battlefield it didn’t intend to be on, and everybody just kept feeding troops into it,” I KNEW IT! They do want slavery!

– Scalia had an interview that had him admit he believed in the Devil, dislikes the use of profanity, and believes some of his friends are homosexuals. I can’t tell if he’s serious anymore.

The richer and more powerful you are, the less empathy that you hold.

SCOTUS denies appeal of mentally ill death row inmate. 

– Pew Research Center: 48% of Americans favorably view the Supreme Court; down from 52%.

Fox News host falls for fake story, states “false research” was to blame (apparently common sense didn’t show)

– “Two police officers involved in the shooting of unarmed mother Miriam Carey have been removed from street duty, Capitol police said on Monday.

– Scott Walker will be challenged in 2014 by a Democrat — a businesswoman named Mary Burke (in other words, nothing new).

1 in 10 adolescents admit to sexual violence

– “The Postconventional Ethics of Chelsea Manning

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Students in Fairfax, Virginia complained about the all-beef burgers after being accustomed to the pink slime type. They went back to the “natural” burgers.

Eight food risks as the shutdown continues

– Kids influenced by endorsement of unhealthy products by athletes.

The War on Women

Teen woman crucified to be “exorcised” by boyfriend and three religious friends. 

– Rape culture exists as a frat pamphlet states that members should get girls drunk to have sex with

– Editor plays damage control after saying single moms on welfare are ruining journalism (notice how I didn’t use “reporter” or “journalist” because he has no credentials to say he is)

Planet Earth

The pro-petroleum government in Canada. “They are setting the stage for sharp political struggles in the coming years between those who care for the fate of the Earth and the humans who inhabit it, and those who care only for money and the accumulation of personal wealth.”

– “Environmental campaigners WWF filed a complaint on Monday against a British oil company accused of intimidating the local population and endangering wildlife in the oldest nature reserve in Africa.”

– “The Striking Challenge of Fracking: Who Does it Benefit and Who Gets Hurt

A mysterious disease is turning starfish into goo.

Wind manufacturer adds jobs in the US as demand increases

Author Rebecca Solnit speaks about the road ahead for climate change 

Mixed Bag

“High-Powered Washington Fixer Tells Blood-Soaked Obama To Listen Carefully”

Scientists at Rutgers have found the molecules that can knock out the flu

Tales of a female hitchhiker

New form of money will be in circulation Thursday

– “The National Ignition Facility (NIF) has crossed a major threshold in its goal of achieving nuclear fusion “ignition” following the results of a September 2013 experiment.

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Brandon Jordan

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.