Ourstage: Sinead O’Connor’s Remarkable Open Letter To Miley Cyrus.
“I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.”
ABC News: Government Shutdown’s Hit Magnified for Tribes.
“… basic services stand to take a direct hit. That includes programs heavily subsidized by federal agencies and others paid for with tribal money that is suddenly unavailable because it’s being held by the Department of Interior, tribal leaders said.”
PS Mag: California Looks to Make Historic Expansion of Access to Abortion.
“AB 154 would allow specially trained nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortions without a doctor’s supervision. AB 980 would hold abortion clinics to the same building standards as other primary care facilities, instead of the stricter rules that some cities and counties would like to impose. Both are aimed at making the procedure more widely available in rural, largely conservative parts of the state where incomes are low, teen pregnancies are rampant, and finding an abortion provider often means taking the day off from work or school, getting on a bus, and traveling for hours or days.”
NY Times: A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories.
“Here, they are recruiting at high schools, papering churches and community centers with job postings, and running ads in Hmong, Somali and Spanish-language newspapers. And in a moment of near desperation last year — after several companies worried about turning down orders because they did not have the manpower to handle them — Minnesota manufacturers hatched their grandest rescue effort of all: a program to create a skilled work force from scratch.” Thanks for the heads-up, E!
The Nation: GOP Temper Tantrum.
“Americans may be familiar with the Tea Party Republican’s obsession with crippling Obamacare before the insurance exchanges open tomorrow, October 1. What’s less known is their backward position that women’s birth control coverage – whether used for family planning or for medical necessity – should be decided by employers. Given that 99 percent of all women in this country use birth control at some point in their lives, this position puts anti-choice lawmakers not only outside the mainstream, but in a different galaxy from the mainstream.” At one point, in the mid-‘90’s, I recall a Republican politican saying his opposition to abortion was ‘not a slippery-slope situation’, that birth control would ‘never’ be opposed or blocked. Didn’t trust the party then. No reason to trust them today.
Guardian.UK: US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document.
“Jones found that of the four safety mechanisms in the Faro bomb, designed to prevent unintended detonation, three failed to operate properly. When the bomb hit the ground, a firing signal was sent to the nuclear core of the device, and it was only that final, highly vulnerable switch that averted calamity.” This is all over the internet today. I’ll link it anyway, in case someone in West Podunk hasn’t run across it yet (kidding, only kidding).
The Nation: Rape Settlement at Occidental College: Victims Barred from Campus Activism.
“Under the federal civil rights complaint filed last year, the thirty-seven said the school had ‘deliberately discouraged victims from reporting sexual assaults, misled students about their rights during campus investigations, retaliated against whistle-blowers, and handed down minor punishment to known assailants who in some cases allegedly struck again.’” I would have a very hard time accepting a gag rule … only if the perps’ names were made public.
Las Cruces Sun-News: Total estimates from New Mexico floods may take weeks.
“Gov. Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency last week, freeing up $750,000 for infrastructure repairs. But local officials say that money will quickly be used and won’t be enough to cover all the damage.” Excuse me while I choke on my coffee.
Forbes: Give Back? Yes, It’s Time For The 99% To Give Back To The 1%.
NY Times: Making Money Off the Poor.
“Those profiteering off the most vulnerable are nothing if not innovative.” Get ready to be physically ill.
MarketWatch/WSJ: Apple iPad used to line up mortar shot in Syria.
Apple becomes the tool of rebels … and others. Free market, no?
Slate: Food stamp recipients by county—An interactive tool showing local SNAP data.
Of note. Try Farmington, New Mexico. A city that oil and gas employment and revenues are supposed to have ‘helped.’
Washington Post: How can we tolerate another mass shooting?
“Mass shootings are becoming as American as apple pie and baseball. And that’s almost as appalling as the mounting casualties.” We’ve heard it all before, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bear repeating.
Full UN report on alleged Syrian gas attack.
You already know the verdict. “The international community has a moral responsibility to hold accountable those responsible and for ensuring that chemical weapons can never re-emerge as an instrument of warfare.” No identification of who manufactured the weapons that I could find, when or where. Surely they must have an idea; these are not common weaponry.
Bloomberg: The Futile War on Tipping.
NationalJournal: Bad Bet—Why Republicans Can’t Win With Whites Alone.
“The key question facing the GOP is whether Obama’s 2012 performance represents a structural Democratic decline among whites that could deepen even further in the years ahead—or a floor from which the next Democratic nominee is likely to improve.”
Jacobin: Good Wars, Real or Imagined.
“For those who are dedicated to the appearance of ‘seriousness’ in the way typically meant in our national newsmedia, the goal frequently seems not to be reaching a correct or moral position but to be seen agonizing in reaching any position at all. This is the fetish for being perceived as reasonable taken to its logical ends, in the shadow of war.” That statement struck a chord, certainly. More within. Via the incomparable wood s lot.
WaPo: U.S. dismisses U.N. inspections in Syria of alleged chemical weapons sites.
“The United States has long been among the foremost champions of U.N. inspections. Hans Blix, who led U.N. inspections in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein era, said the United States has for decades served as one of the world’s greatest political and financial supporters of the inspections process. But its enthusiasm has waned when inspections have complicated U.S. military objectives.” Prior to the Republican volte-face on ‘nation-building’ and ‘being the world’s police force’, we used to let the UN do its job (mostly).
Guardian.UK: NSA surveillance—National Rifle Association backs ACLU challenge.
Seattle PI: Cherokee girl’s case goes to Okla. Supreme Court.
I’ve only watched this in bits and bytes, so I may not be commenting from definitive info. But I can comment on what I know from being involved with adoptions. What weirds me out about this is the fact that there’s any case here at all. In NJ, you can’t put a child up for adoption without getting the father’s consent (or consent of father’s parents or guardian if underage). If the father (‘absent’ or not) - or even members of the father’s family - wanted custody of the child, they’d get it. The natural parents had leverage, the leverage of blood, that’s incontestable. Adoptive parents come second, even if affluent and influential. If the father signed away his rights, he hasn’t a hoot’s chance in hell of getting that child back.
Why was the father not involved in the original adoption? Why did he have to ‘win custody’ when she was 2? Why make this poor child a legal football? Sounds like someone wants to open the tap to Native American child adoption by Caucasians, through an ‘edge case.’ This particular edge case is a child … one that will have to live with the fallout. That’s a hefty burden to bear, for those who have eyes to see, ears to hear. Used as a legal precedent, a great number of hefty burdens will appear.
TakePart: Why Oil Companies Want to Drop Acid in California
“No, it’s not the brown acid passed around at a 1960s rock concerts. Hydrofluoric acid is the most dangerous chemical you’ve never heard of, and it’s being trucked around California’s back roads and injected into oil wells, with virtually no oversight. How bad is it? HF acid is extremely toxic; it can immediately and permanently damage lungs if inhaled, and a spill on skin is easily absorbed deep into the body’s tissues and changes bone calcium atoms to fluorine atoms.” Oil and gas outfits will inject whatever they can get away with.
BBC News: Fukushima radiation levels ‘18 times higher’ than thought.
“However, the company said the equipment used to make that recording could only read measurements of up to 100 millisieverts. The new recording, using a more sensitive device, showed a level of 1,800 millisieverts an hour.” This is ridiculous. An ineptitude that’s simply unbelievable. And now the ‘ice wall’ concept, something that’s never been done before, and likely to fail. International response - now.
LRB: Reviews of Four Books covering the subject of “Arab Spring”.
I’ve adjusted the title for short-read clarity. This is a very long read, but very worth the reading. “Western opinion has had difficulty working out what to think, or at any rate what to say, about Egypt. It now seems that the pedlars of hallucinations have been cowed and it is no longer fashionable to describe the events of 3 July in Cairo as a ‘second revolution’. But to describe them as a counter-revolution, while indisputably more accurate, presupposes that there was a revolution in the first place. The bulk of Western media commentary seems still to be wedded to this notion. That what the media called ‘the Arab spring’ was a succession of revolutions became orthodoxy very quickly. Egypt was indispensable to the idea of an ‘Arab spring’ and so it had to have had a revolution too.”
ArtDaily: More than a thousand archaeological pieces stolen at Egypt’s Mallawi museum.
CNN: Why Fukushima is worse than you think.
Finally, someone who talks sense about this tragedy. Read it, understand the implications. It’s far more dangerous than we were ever led to believe.