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)
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.
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.”
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.”
The international contest of satirical (and heavily anti-Semitic) cartoons comes in direct response to the publication in Western papers last year of images of the Prophet Muhammed. (Telling Gallery image here)
The search engine company, which tries to affect an air of youthful nonconformity, legally admonished the Washington Post for using the word “google” as a generic verb to describe Internet search in general.
That’s the undertone of Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin’s article about the widespread criticism of Dick Cheney’s suggestion that those who voted for Ned Lamont are aiding and abetting terrorists. Froomkin: “Cheney ... may have crossed the line that separates legitimate political discourse from hysteria.”
Have you ever wondered why the people who rate American movies (i.e. “PG-13” vs. “R”) consider nudity and foul language so much more dangerous to children than graphic depictions of violence? So did the guy who made this new movie. Read about him.
American officials leaned on England to arrest the would-be plane bombers at least a week before British authorities wanted to move in, according to MSNBC. One British official suggested the attacks were not imminent; the suspects did not yet have plane tickets—some didn’t even have passports.
Why did this allegedly happen? We have a (unfortunately justifiably) cynical answer. Click to the jump….