07.12.12

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Leftover Links – Facebook uses your reputation to push political causes without asking you, Catching up With Gates in Education, pollution, corruption.

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      An examination of his belongings commissioned by Aljazeera TV and conducted by a highly respected Swiss scientific institute has confirmed that Arafat was poisoned with Polonium, a deadly radioactive substance that avoids detection unless one specifically looks for it. … I helped him to establish contact with the Israeli leadership, and especially with Yitzhak Rabin. This led to the 1993 Oslo agreement – which was killed by the assassination of Rabin. … Arafat was the man who was able to make peace with Israel, willing to do so, and – more important – to get his people, including the Islamists, to accept it.

    • US gov’t nutty over Wikileaks

      A US official told Birgitta Jónsdóttir that the US has no wish to prosecute her or question her “involuntarily”, but there is evidence suggesting this is not true. Evidence that the US is looking to prosecute Julian Assange and others in Wikileaks. The US Army admits it is investigating the Bradley Manning Support Group.
      This group was formed after Bradley Manning was arrested to provide him with moral and legal support. Since when is that a crime?

    • Africa’s land and family farms – up for grabs?

      RMS summarizes this as, “The Gates Foundation is promoting a scheme with connections with Monsanto to “help” Africa by introducing technology that African farmers can’t afford.”

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    • As ‘Statute of Limitations’ Approaches, Wall Street Crimes of 2008 Go Unpunished

      With time running out, federal agencies show no urgency in holding firms or executives to account

      Maddoff was chairman of the SEC. It looks like we will have to tax the “bailout” back from the banksters.

    • Plutonomy and the Precariat

      So the world is now indeed splitting into a plutonomy and a precariat — in the imagery of the Occupy movement, the 1% and the 99%. Not literal numbers, but the right picture. Now, the plutonomy is where the action is and it could continue like this. If it does, the historic reversal that began in the 1970s could become irreversible. That’s where we’re heading. And the Occupy movement is the first real, major, popular reaction that could avert this. But it’s going to be necessary to face the fact that it’s a long, hard struggle. You don’t win victories tomorrow. You have to form the structures that will be sustained, that will go on through hard times and can win major victories.

      It’s worth noting that the callous and extreme views expressed in this essay are quotations from a Citibank memo.

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • STUDY: Media Avoid Climate Context In Wildfire Coverage

      Consolidated media does not publish news, it publishes propaganda.

    • Is Facebook damaging your reputation with sneaky political posts?

      posts are going out under your name because at some point in the past (in some cases in the distant past) you visited a page and clicked Like. Yes, you voluntarily Liked that page and made it part of your Facebook profile. If a Facebook friend wants to go through your list of Likes, they can learn that you like the NRA or PETA or a seemingly innocuous group that you probably didn’t realize was funded by Karl Rove’s political action committee. But I doubt that you expected that simple click to result in a flood of posts under your name months later. … when Facebook uses your name to promote a page to your friends, it doesn’t provide any indication to you that it has done so.

      People should worry more about the power this gives Facebook to sway public opinion than they worry about their personal reputations.

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    • India Moves Even More Of Its Healthcare Away From Western Pharma

      Moving to generics they can produce themselves rather than pay absurd fees for patented medicine.

    • TPP

      • A Global Attack by the One Percent

        Perhaps the most controversial of these tools would be the setting up of a three attorney tribunal, with no checks on conflicts of interest, to judge foreign corporate complaints regarding government regulations in the countries they are setting up operations in. If, for instance, a foreign owned corporation argues it is losing profits because of its host nation’s overtime laws, this tribunal could rule that the country’s taxpayers owe that corporation compensation for this loss. Such costly judgments could result from any regulations including labor law, local environmental standards, financial rules, etc. In short, the TPP’s tribunal would act as the hammer of multi-national corporate interests above the power of the states’ governments they do business in

        I agree that protectionism alone is a bad idea as a countermeasure. A better countermeasure is trade restrictions that guard people’s rights with tariffs against specific, oppressive policies.

    • ACTA

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