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AP / Alaa al-Marjani

Over 3,400 Iraqi Civilians Killed in July

It’s the highest monthly death tally since the war started in March 2003. That’s an average of 110 per day, and in Baghdad, the numbers are up 18% over last month.

  • Also, a respected veteran Baghdad reporter writes of Iraqis’ fears that Bush & Co.‘s “rosy views are preventing the creation of effective strategies against the escalating violence.”

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    CNN’s Roberts Apologizes to Lamont for ‘Al Qaeda’ Remark

    The “Headline News” anchor set the record straight and admitted to Lamont that no one had called him the Al Qaeda candidate.
    Kudos to Chuck Roberts for making the honorable admission.

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


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    Meet Your Friendly (and Deadly?) Coffee Bean

    The java in this cup could either cause or counter a heart attack, depending on which recent study you believe. The American Medical Association says, drink up; an assistant professor at Brown says, sedentary types: beware.

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Who’s Serious Now?

    Conservative columnist Andrew Sullivan sparked a lot of debate by writing recently that Dems aren’t offering any alternatives to the GOP’s failed method of fighting the so-called war on terror. Oh yeah? Some Dems beg to differ:

  • A dead-on, serious response
  • A wickedly satirical response

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    Carter Rails on Fundamentalists

    Former President Jimmy Carter, himself a famously pious Baptist, lets loose on religious fundamentalists in an interview with Der Spiegel—how they won’t admit mistakes; how they won’t negotiate with people who disagree with them; how they dehumanize people who have other beliefs; and how Bush & Co. fit that bill perfectly.

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    The U.S. Military Prefers Nazis to Gays

    That’s the only conclusion we at Truthdig can come to when faced with these facts: Recruiters are increasingly admitting neo-Nazis and skinheads into the military, and the number of soldiers kicked out of the military for being gay rose 11% over last year.

  • Also, allegations of harassment and outright crimes committed by military recruiters are up. (story or .pdf report)

  • Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


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    From wallpaperbase.com

    ‘Charm School’ Helps Men Perfect the Pickup

    Read about a day and night in the life of a guy who paid $1,600 to learn how to interact with women.

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Obese Outnumber Starving People Globally

    The world now holds more than a billion overweight people and 800 million who are undernourished, a health expert told an international panel. A possible solution: subsidize fruits and vegetables, instead of fat-producing corn crops.

  • Wanna learn more? Check out Truthdig’s interview with food expert Michael Pollan.
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    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


    AP Exposes ‘Reverse Robin Hood’ Degenerates

    From the AP: “The federal program that provides legal help to poor Americans turns away half of its applicants for lack of resources. But that hasn’t stopped its executives from lavishing expensive meals, chauffeur-driven cars and foreign trips on themselves.”

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Driving with celling
    From dottocomu.com

    Cellphone Calls Mangle Driving Skills

    Driving while talking on your cell cuts by half the brain’s ability to recognize and respond to traffic conditions, according to a study. Says a researcher: “Twentysomethings on a cellphone have the same reaction time as 70-year-olds.”

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


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