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Apple has audited working conditions at an iPod factory in China
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An Apple Computer audit of labor conditions at an iPod factory in China uncovered employees working longer hours than permitted by its code of conduct.  Auditors also said that workers earned ?at least the local minimum wage?—whatever that may be in Longhua, China.

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The Dawn of a New Era in Film?

Even though ?Snakes on a Plane? (which premieres today) promises to be a ludicrous action movie, it heralds a new paradigm in film: direct fan-filmmaker collaboration.
Responding to the pleas of fans on the Internet, the makers of “Snakes” added more violence, more nudity, and even the above line of profane dialogue. Never before have fans so directly influenced the production of a movie. Experts say the ripple effects across the industry could be huge.

  • Lots of great video links after the jump…

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Preg ed
    From feministing

    65 Pregnant Students = End to Abstinence-Only Education

    An Ohio school board voted to allow discussion of contraception in sex education classes upon learning that 13% of one high school’s female students were pregnant.

  • Earlier: Congress declines to fund abstinence only-programs

  • Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Are Bush & Co. Seeking Democracy Alternatives in Iraq?

    ThinkProgress drew our attention to this nugget buried at the end of a N.Y. Times article yesterday: Bush administration officials are “beginning to plan for the possibility that Iraq’s democratically elected government might not survive.”
    Reporters bury this kind of news only if it’s not very well sourced. So we’re staying conservative on this one.

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Judge: Tobacco Giants Deceived Smokers

    A federal judge ruled that the nation’s top cigarette makers have been violating racketeering laws and lying to the public about the effects of smoking, but legal restrictions prevented her from slapping the companies with billions in fines.

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Gel bras
    From DailyKos

    Women Warned Against Gel Bras on Flights

    The latest victim of the war on terror: bust boosters.

  • Crooks and Liars: What’s next? Flying naked?

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


  • Judge Orders End to Bush’s Warrantless Wiretapping

    A federal judge in Detroit ruled that the government’s eavesdropping program is illegal and unconstitutional, and ordered an immediate halt to it.

  • Check out constitutional scholar and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald’s stellar analysis and opinion roundup.

  • Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Another Conservative Revises Iraq Thinking

    Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, indicated in a column on Tuesday that Iraq could turn into another Vietnam. This, after arguing in 2003 that the comparison was ?wishful thinking? on the part of war critics.

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    The new solar system
    The International Astronomical Union/Martin Kornmesser

    There Goes the Solar System

    A committee of the International Astronomical Union, the body responsible for the naming of planets and other celestial objects, has decided to allow at least three new ?planets? into the solar system.  The group made the recommendation after it was asked to resolve the Pluto controversy.

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Bombs Are Mileposts on Road to Civil War

    More roadside bombs were planted in July than in any other month during the Iraq war, indicating a sharp rise in violence as the country moves toward all-out civil war.  According to data obtained by The New York Times, 2,625 devices either exploded or were discovered in July, compared with 1,454 in January.

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


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