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Corporate Donations Shift Left

Companies in the insurance, pharmaceuticals and tobacco industries are boosting their share of contributions to Democrats this year, an indication that the traditionally Republican-friendly donors suspect Dems may soon end up holding the reins of power.

Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


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Stolen Art at the J. Paul Getty Museum?

Negotiators for the J. Paul Getty Museum are meeting with Italian authorities to discuss the return of antiquities that Italy claims were stolen. For years Italian authorities have accused American museums of purchasing stolen art. Also, in New York, a former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art faces charges of “knowingly buying stolen art.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


Pentagon document listing homosexuality as a disorder
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Pentagon Still Classifies Homosexuality as a Disorder

A Pentagon document still lists homosexuality as a mental defect akin to retardation and impulse control disorder, decades after mental health experts abandoned the position.

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  • Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Gitmo
    From AndrewSullivan.com

    Gitmo and Afghanistan Interrogation Tactics Exposed

    In a new book, a medical ethicist has compiled a list of interrogation techniques documented at U.S. detention centers in Guantanamo and Afghanistan. They include: external electric shocks; beating; punching with fists; use of truncheons; stretching or suspension (to tear ligaments or muscles to cause asphyxia) ...
    UPDATE: An L.A. Times reporter writes that the barring of U.S. reporters from Gitmo “make[s] us all the more determined to question, probe and illuminate the actions of our government being waged in the country’s name.”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Rape Statistics Graph

    Statistics Show Dramatic Decrease in U.S. Rape Cases

    The number of rapes per capita has dropped by more that 85% since the 1970s, and reported rape decreased even with other violent crime on the rise, according to federal crime data.  Some criminologists say these numbers might be a statistical mirage, but most are convinced that the numbers indicate a real decrease in sexual violence. Rape remains the most underreported of crimes.

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Rice Warns N. Korea Against Missile Test

    The secretary of state said that Pyongyang’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile “would be a very serious matter and indeed a provocative act.”

  • More info on North Korea’s preparations for a launch—which could buoy Bush’s campaign for a Star Wars missile defense shield.

  • Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    From U.S. Embassy in Iraq, a Grim Report

    A private report made by the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, obtained by the Washington Post, paints a portrait of increasing danger faced by its Iraqi employees who live outside the Green Zone: “harassment, threats and the employees’ constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government.”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Italians Seek Indictment of American Soldier

    Italian prosecutors want U.S. Marine Mario Lozano to stand trial for the death of Nicola Calipari, a 51-year-old Italian intelligence agent who was killed at a U.S. roadblock in Iraq. Calipari was escorting an Italian journalist who had been released by kidnappers. A report published by Italy last year conflicts with the U.S. version of events and, according to the BBC, cited “the troops’ stress and inexperience.”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Dr. Strangelove
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    Noah’s Ark in the Arctic: Doomsday Vault for Seeds

    Norway is starting construction on a massive subterranean complex on the Arctic island of Svalbard to store seeds of all known crops in the world. More than 100 countries have signed on to the project, which is designed to reestablish plants in the wake of an apocalyptic manmade or natural attack. Norway’s Agriculture Minister Terje Riis-Johansen called the vault a “Noah’s Ark on Svalbard.”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Google and privacy
    Illustration: Karen Spector (original here)

    Google Wants to Listen to Your TV to Place Ads

    OK, now this is getting just downright creepy: Google has apparently tested a system that allows your computer to “listen” to your TV, recognize what program you’re watching, and then serve up ads related to that show.
    Freaked out? Check out Truthdig contributor (and Google book author) Mark Malseed on Google and privacy.

    Posted on Jun 18, 2006 READ MORE


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