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The Weekend Roundup for October 12-13th, 2013

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Hello everyone. Hope you had a great weekend.

Government Shutdown, Day 12 and 13

– Just FOUR days until default occurs (then you can march in the streets and establish a socialist utopia, but a person can dream, can’t they?) Live coverage of what is occurring so far like the White House is “downplaying” a short-term debt deal.

– Senate talks on restoring government in deadlock, however the GOP has given up on Obamacare.

– Sen. Harry Reid (D – NV) is “confident” the fiscal crisis can be averted

– As Senate debates over what to do, Obama is “out of sight

– Despite polls showing drop of confidence in the GOP and potential rise with Democrats, only 26% of Americans, according to Gallup, want a one-party government.

– The world is preparing for the US debt default.

– During House negotiations, some poking was involved between a staffer for Eric Cantor and a Democratic Representative (no actually “altercation” occurred”)

International Developments

– Workers from the Red Cross have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Syria.

– Despite Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s protests at the UN, the US has continued with its drone strikes.

– “Many Mexican Deportees from the U.S. Cross Into a World of Swindlers, Drug Lords and Violence”

– “Whatever happened to those Somali Pirates?

– “Reports that the US arrest of a senior Taliban commander was carried out despite his being in the custody of the Afghan government threatened on Saturday to overshadow talks between the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and Afghan president Hamid Karzai. The talks are part of a last-ditch effort to negotiate a security pact which would determine, among other things, how many US troops stay in the country after 2014.

“For Israeli soldiers, social media has become a showcase of horrors”

89 have been killed in Indian temple stampede

– France will increase troops in Central African Republic.

– A former US army officer has died in an Egyptian jail. .

US soldier killed in another green-on-blue attack.

– “Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai surprised observers Saturday by reaching a preliminary agreement that would allow a limited number of U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. But now it’s up to a group of tribal leaders to give the final stamp of approval to a key U.S. demand that its troops receive immunity from Afghan law.

– “Migrants who survived when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean say they were were shot at as they left Libya.

– Iran tells Western world that it rejects exporting its enriched uranium.

– Argentina’s President Cristinia Fernandez leaves hospital.

– Bombs blasts have killed 25 in Iraq today.

– Malala Yousafzai wishes to be a politician in her country in the future

– “Police in Russia have arrested at least 200 people after a protest against a murder blamed on a migrant from the North Caucasus turned violent.

Financial Matters

– Migrants, globally might I add, are often “underemployed and underpaid” as well as with “lower job satisfaction”

– Even the IMF is “strongly suggesting” countries tax the rich.

– “As Washington Stalls, a New Economy Is Growing Under the Radar of the Corporate Media — Join It and Celebrate It!

– Ireland will “exit bailout” later this year.

– The G20 is struggling to get a foothold over what is needed.

– 15 major corporations who profited off of slavery

Surveillance Planet

– Edward Snowden “was heralded as a courageous whistleblower by a group of former U.S. intelligence officials during a Moscow ceremony.”

– Meanwhile, he has stated in a recent statement that NSA programs have “hurt our country

– Also, laptops Snowden took to Hong Kong and Russia were a “diversion

– “The editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, has confirmed that senior British officials attempted to persuade her to hand over secret documents leaked by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

– “The United States nominally controls the Internet, through the sponsorship of the Department of Commerce of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, an international standards-setting body. Well, ICANN is about through with them.

Labor’s a-Brewing

– The best engine for job creation is “engaged workplaces.” The problem is that only 13% of employees are engaged in their work worldwide.

– “The Future of Work — Two reports on a recent Oxford University study that predicts that nearly one-half of existing jobs in the United States will be replaced by robotic machines in the next generation. Plus, a video of a related lecture by an MIT economist who specializes in the impact of technology on employment.

– The Mexican teachers union have won a “moral victory,” though the “struggle continues”

Politics USA

– At the Values Voters Summit, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) got 317 votes, or 42 percent, in a straw poll for next potential Republican Presidential candidate..

– Democratic candidate for NYC mayor, Bill de Blasio, backs “closing loopholes for unpaid interns

– When the media blindly believes in “balance”, they get “dangerously dumb

– Philly cops were racially abusive to two individuals in a “stop and frisk” and were caught on camera.

– Reading on Lee Harvey Oswald’s lonely childhood

– “Letter to an Angry Libertarian

82 year old breast cancer survivor removes protheses because of TSA

– Politico reporter Ginger Gibson states she isn’t a journalist to CNN Frank Sesno by saying she doesn’t check facts even if her source is lying.

– – Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): The sequester has been good

We Don’t Need No Education

– The GED exam is now getting harder and expensive.

– “What should a school be?

Health, Homelessness and Hunger

– Healthy people shouldn’t take Vitamin D since it does little to nothing for them.

– “Is your pet too fat?

– New report is offering alternatives to our “failed hunger policies

– Youth homelessness in California is rising

– In Minnesota, both child abuse and homelessness is on the rise

The War on Women

– Women in Louisiana facing “grim statistics

– Random delusional man named Doctor Ben Carson: “Re-educate women” so they don’t “get riled up on abortion”

– If Wall Street is more open to women than comics, “we have a problem

– Family was driven out of a Missouri town after their daughter was raped

– Gym has refused to fire an employee who sexually assaulted a woman on camera

Planet Earth

– With more than half a million in India evacuated because of the Super Cyclone (which is half the size of India), the solution we must have is abandon and ban coal since this Cyclone will not be the last we will see.

– The destruction by Cyclone Phailin is just difficult to grasp, but only 17 have been killed

(less than what was feared).

– How we can stop those “cashing in on catastrophe” on climate change.

– Why fracking should be against the law.

– Can cities solve the global warming crisis since it constitutes at 70% of emissions?

– “We must stop the carbon madness and move, worldwide, to renewable 21st century energy sources.”

– Climate change: How to survive it

Mixed Bag

– Study states that some of us are genetically disposed to marital happiness

– There are new ideas on how the Earth’s core was formed.

– First cave artists may have been women study states

– Women, who are in labor, can take protein shakes for “higher satisfaction rates

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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.