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Book Alleges Bush Said Jews ?Going to Hell?

According to rawstory.com, a forthcoming book alleges that Bush, while still governor, made anti-Semitic remarks to a reporter: ?You know what I’m gonna tell those Jews when I get to Israel, don’t you, Herman?  I’m telling ‘em they’re all going to hell.”  (h/t: Americablog)

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Men Have Biological Clocks Too

A group of U.S. and UK researchers have suggested that children born to older fathers are likelier to develop autism.  The study of 132,271 Israeli children implies the possibility that men also have time constraints on procreation.

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Overworked Laborers’ Day?

OK, we had to do it. Some snippets from a focus on the daily grind by the Washington Post:

  • The Pew Research Center: “Americans believe that workers ... are worse off now than a generation ago—toiling longer and harder for less in wages and benefits, for employers who aren’t as loyal ... in jobs that aren’t as secure.”
  • The Economic Policy Institute’s “State of Working America 2006/2007”: Productivity may have boomed in recent years, but family incomes have stalled.
  • Peter D. Hart Research for the AFL-CIO repeats this pessimistic drumbeat: Fifty-five percent of Americans said their incomes were not keeping up with inflation; 38% predicted that the economy would worsen in the coming year.


  • Also, the origins of Labor Day, My Bad Boss Contesta four-day workweek, labor statistics, quality of life, undocumented workers’ rights.  More labor links? Put ‘em here….

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    Officer Recommends Death Penalty for Accused Soldiers

    An Army officer has recommended the execution of four soldiers, should they be found guilty of murder.  The soldiers are accused of improperly shooting three Iraqi detainees during a raid.  No U.S. soldier has been executed since 1961.

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    Fertility Clinics Offer Brave New World

    Doctors on the frontier of in vitro fertilization now offer to test embryos for predisposition to treatable cancers and other ailments using the same technique that detects some serious childhood maladies.  As scientists learn more about the code that builds human life, critics warn of an age when the wealthy will be able to buy a healthier brood.

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    More Than 200 Taliban Fighters Die in Afghan Clash

    Two thousand NATO and Afghan soldiers are involved in the largest military operation to occur in southern Afghanistan since NATO took over the area in early July. The explosion of violence in the area has taken the lives of over 200 Taliban fighters and of four Canadian soldiers. A UK reconnaissance plane also crashed, killing 14 people.

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    Abortion Rule for Texas Minors: Notarized Parental Consent

    Yep, you read right. The Texas Medical Board now requires minors seeking abortions to provide notarized parental consent forms. (h/t Feministing)

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    securityinfowatch.com

    Airport Security Beset by Technology Failures

    The Transportation Security Administration has suspended the installation of trace-detection portals, the machines that detect explosives on passengers.  The move comes amid criticism that the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security have been unable to develop and implement effective airport security tools.

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    Taliban Resurgence Produces Record Opium Harvest in Afghanistan

    Opium production in Afghanistan is at the highest level ever recorded and shows an increase of 50 percent from last year. The increase in opium cultivation is a result of the resurgence of Taliban rebels.  The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said in a statement: ?The southern part of Afghanistan was displaying the ominous hallmarks of incipient collapse, with large-scale drug cultivation and trafficking, insurgency and terrorism, crime and corruption.?

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    Government Admits to Yet Another Domestic Spying Program

    The Education Department has admitted to searching through millions of student loan records on behalf of the FBI.  The government says the operation, known as ?Project Strike Back,? was meant to uncover information on individuals allegedly related to terror investigations.

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