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The Roundup for October 20th, 2014

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Since it’s my 20th birthday today and it’s been quite a busy day (for instance I lost my internet for two hours), today’s Roundup will be a]n abbreviated one with normal Roundups returning tomorrow. [Ed Note: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!]

In the meantime, to make up for it, here’s a pun from Stephen Colbert: “What does Karl Marx put on his pasta? Communist Manipesto!”

International Politics


– Chris Hedges: “The Imperative of Revolt

– When Western countries decide to go to war and the citizenry is not interested, they follow the old method of making up a threat to intimidate the population, as evident in the fight against the Islamic State.

Middle East

– With Israel acting out of control since whenever, the U.S. can do nothing but just stand idly by and accept whatever the country does

– In a change of policy, Kurds are now allowed to cross through Turkey to fight against the ISIL

Financial Matters

– It seems it is cheaper to get streaming programs than to get cable. Significantly cheaper.

Politics US

Part two of two with journalist Todd Miller on how Immigration and Customs Enforcement goes beyond its scope of jurisdiction

– Alexis Goldstein: “Do Democrats want to fix inequality? Or just complain about it?”; I would say the latter.

– After it was found Nazis deported by the U.S. still receive Social Security, the White House denied such reports

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

New research found drinking 20 ounces of soda may be correlated with faster aging due to the sugary substances affecting DNA

– Economist Dean Baker writes on what we are all thinking in terms of Ebola: the hysteria is out of control.

– The World Health Organization promised more transparency in its failures to contain Ebola in West Africa

– The World Health Organization said Nigeria and Senegal did not have any new Ebola cases in the last six weeks, making them (technically) Ebola free

The Second Sex

– At the University of California – Berkeley, campus police investigating six cases of rape at fraternity houses.

Planet Earth

– In what should be obvious, a new report found the boom in hydrofracking would not lead to lower carbon emissions

– Research indicates 2014 may be one of the hottest years in history, reinforcing the reality of  global warming

– Dahr Jamail: “As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated

– Two officials from the United Nations are in Detroit, Mich., to investigate the water shutoffs

– A major oil find was reported in Paraguay, although the government there is unsure whether it could be used for profit; Of course it can, who are you fooling?

Mixed Bag

– Gallup: Despite adults who have children reporting greater happiness, they also report increased stress

– A new poll found 28 percent of Americans admit to trolling online; Well then…

Break Time

Michael Jackson [Das Racist]

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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.