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Kicking the SUV Habit—Finally

Ford announced its largest production cuts in 20 years, blaming high gas prices for customers shifting away from its pickups and SUVs and toward higher-mileage models.

  • We were wondering how long it would take Americans to wean themselves from their SUV addiction.
  • Now, if we could just get a few more of these next-generation electric cars on the road….

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    Greenwald: Bush Acting Like a Monarch

    In an interview with Democracy Now!, constitutional lawyer and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald explains how a federal judge rejected the president’s monarchial leanings when she ordered a halt to his warrantless eavesdropping program.

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    Andrew Sullivan: Bush’s Faith and Incompetence

    Andrew Sullivan has an interesting post on the fundamentalism that makes it impossible for Bush to ever change course: “Faith is to the new conservatism ... what ideology was to the old leftism: an unquestioned orthodoxy from which all policy flows.”

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    Haditha Investigation Reveals Possible Coverup

    The Marines implicated in the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha may have attempted to conceal evidence, according to a secret report.  Based on an investigation of the incident, the report suggests that the Marines may have tampered with their unit logbook and withheld incriminating footage captured by an aerial drone.

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    Sugar in the Gas Tank

    As part of its drive toward energy independence, Brazil has encouraged the use of cars that run on any combination of ethanol and gasoline.  More than 2 million of the flex-fuel cars have now been sold in the country, accounting for 77% of the market.

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    Apple has audited working conditions at an iPod factory in China
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    Think Damage Control

    An Apple Computer audit of labor conditions at an iPod factory in China uncovered employees working longer hours than permitted by its code of conduct.  Auditors also said that workers earned ?at least the local minimum wage?—whatever that may be in Longhua, China.

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    Image courtesy Snakes on a Blog

    The Dawn of a New Era in Film?

    Even though ?Snakes on a Plane? (which premieres today) promises to be a ludicrous action movie, it heralds a new paradigm in film: direct fan-filmmaker collaboration.
    Responding to the pleas of fans on the Internet, the makers of “Snakes” added more violence, more nudity, and even the above line of profane dialogue. Never before have fans so directly influenced the production of a movie. Experts say the ripple effects across the industry could be huge.

  • Lots of great video links after the jump…

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Preg ed
    From feministing

    65 Pregnant Students = End to Abstinence-Only Education

    An Ohio school board voted to allow discussion of contraception in sex education classes upon learning that 13% of one high school’s female students were pregnant.

  • Earlier: Congress declines to fund abstinence only-programs

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    Are Bush & Co. Seeking Democracy Alternatives in Iraq?

    ThinkProgress drew our attention to this nugget buried at the end of a N.Y. Times article yesterday: Bush administration officials are “beginning to plan for the possibility that Iraq’s democratically elected government might not survive.”
    Reporters bury this kind of news only if it’s not very well sourced. So we’re staying conservative on this one.

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    Judge: Tobacco Giants Deceived Smokers

    A federal judge ruled that the nation’s top cigarette makers have been violating racketeering laws and lying to the public about the effects of smoking, but legal restrictions prevented her from slapping the companies with billions in fines.

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


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