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Whistleblower
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Whistle-Blower Makes His Case on YouTube

Shortly before being fired, a Lockheed Martin engineer posted a 10-minute video on YouTube alleging that the military contractor was turning a blind eye to critical security flaws on Coast Guard patrol boats. An investigation is underway. It’s apparently the first time someone has used YouTube to make such an accusation. (Article / Video)

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Arabic T-Shirt Keeps Man Off Plane

An Iraqi architect at JFK Airport was wearing a shirt that read “We Will Not Be Silent” in Arabic and English. Security officers said it was upsetting other passengers, and said he couldn’t board until he turned it inside-out or put on something else. He chose the latter. (Read his reaction after the jump) (h/t: Raw Story)
This is pretty ridiculous: If security guards were worried that he was a terrorist, a new shirt wouldn’t have thwarted his plot. And if they didn’t suspect he was a terrorist, why can’t he wear a shirt of protest?

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Bush to Be Subpoenaed in Spying Case

From U.S. Newswire: “Two lawyers who brought the first lawsuit against the Bush administration, Verizon and AT&T for illegally examining the phone records of virtually every American citizen will announce today that they are serving subpoenas on the Bush White House and on Verizon.”
We suspect those lawyers may have a bit of trouble nailing down that particular deposition.

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Science City on Maui's Haleakala
Peter Scheer

Here We Go Again

Donald Rumsfeld paid a visit to a missile defense interceptor site on Sunday, and managed limited praise for the failure-ridden program.  The Bush administration, which deployed the system before testing was complete, has plans for expansion with a new base in Europe.

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Families Demand Compensation for WWII Deportations

More than 200 families have threatened the French state railway with legal action if it refuses to compensate them for its role in transporting relatives to death camps during WWII. The railway companies argue they were forced to carry out the deportations, though a court in June sided with victims’ families.

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Gender variance
Photo: zauberbilder.de / Illustration: Peter Scheer

Having an Open Attitude to Kids’ Gender Identity

Two private elementary schools in Oakland, Calif., have adapted to a phenomenon known as gender variance?when kids identify as the opposite sex.  Some grow out of it, some don’t, but the schools’ open attitude is meant to bolster self-esteem and avoid the kind of scars that can follow children into adulthood.

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George Allen 'hearts' Black People
From georgeallen.com

I Love Black People!

In an apparent attempt to control the fallout of his ostensibly racist “macaca” remark, Virginia Sen. George Allen has updated his website with a picture of him embracing a woman with dark skin. But the damage has been done. He’s losing in the polls to his rival for the Senate (and Allen was until recently being touted as presidential material…). (h/t: HuffPo)

  • Ana Marie Cox says historians will study this episode as an example of how NOT to do damage control.

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    Cheney Lap Dog to Pen Official Bio

    The vice president has reportedly tapped Weekly Standard reporter Stephen Hayes to write Cheney’s official biography. Hayes is the guy Cheney used to peddle his myths about the connection between Iraq and 9/11. (h/t: HuffPo)
    Surprise, surprise.

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    Jeffrey Sachs
    From sachsforpresident.org

    Professor for President?

    A nonaffiliated political group has started a campaign to enlist Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs to run for president. Sachs is one of the world’s most renowned economists, and his globe-trotting, high-profile work on Third World poverty-related issues has made him a sort of academic Bono.

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    Bill Maher
    From HBO

    Maher: Scientists ‘Cut and Run’ on Pluto

    Bill Maher sends up conservatives’ war on science, abortion and the United Nations in this planetary riff during the first new episode of his HBO series “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

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