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Posted on Oct 13, 2011

The Iranian government may have tried to hire a member of the Zetas drug cartel to kill an ambassador; condoms have been made to commemorate the Occupy Wall Street protests; meanwhile, Facebook is after your kids. These discoveries and more below.

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Hiring Narcos to Murder the Saudi Ambassador? If It’s True, Tehran Is Pretty Dumb
If Iranian government operatives really did try to contract a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., as the Obama Administration alleges today, then they weren’t just being diabolical. They were being fairly stupid.

Occupy Wall Street Condoms Unveiled
If you’re worried about all of those protesters engaging in unprotected sex and contracting ghastly sexually transmitted diseases, you can breath a sigh of relief. Now condoms to honor (and protect) the Occupy Wall Street movement have been rolled out, reports Gawker.

The Controversial Willingham Case: What Rick Perry Knew and When
On the day in 2004 that her first cousin Cameron Todd Willingham was scheduled to be executed in Texas, Patricia Cox had good reason to believe he was innocent.

What caused the wealth gap?
If you are still scratching your head trying to figure out Occupy Wall Street’s aim, you are not alone; the three-week-old movement has remained stubbornly resistant to stating clear demands.

Can OWS be turned into a Democratic Party movement?
Even the most establishment Democrats have fundamentally changed how they talk about the protests — from condescension and hostility to respect and even support — and The New York Times makes clear one significant factor accounting for this change.

Why Facebook Is After Your Kids
In May, Consumer Reports announced that 7.5 million kids age 12 and younger are on Facebook.

Academics on the Occupation
“Bill O’Reilly has connected the dots to identify me as being behind the occupation,” said Frances Fox Piven. “I’m sorry to say that’s not true.”

The Solipsist: What Anderson Cooper Has Done to Journalism
Anderson Cooper the daytime talk show host does not look all that different from Anderson Cooper the disaster reporter.

Internet Censorship Growth Hampers News
A detailed study of Internet censorship in China and Iran shows that blocking techniques are changing rapidly and are becoming significant new obstacles for news organizations, governments and businesses.

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By jg, October 19, 2011 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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We’ll see. I find the story less convincing than WMDs
at this point.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/10/20
11101464319670974.html

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By diamond, October 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

The CIA has overreached on this one. Introducing the Mexican drug lords into the script just made the CIA and the FBI look stupid and made lots of people snort with laughter and spill their coffee in front of their television sets. The ‘main suspect’ an Iranian/American, has been described as a ‘fraudster’ and as a ‘used car salesman who would have trouble finding his car keys’. Enough said.

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By MeHere, October 14, 2011 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

On the plot to kill the Ambassador:

I always doubted conspiracy theories because I didn’t think the US government
needed them -they simply did whatever they pleased with the support or the
indifference of the public.  But now, I’m beginning to wonder…. I trust that good
investigative journalists and other folks will shed some light on this, but it may
take some time.

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By EmileZ, October 14, 2011 at 5:58 am Link to this comment

@ doughboy…

whenever I try to drift off into the oblivion of sleep, I too hear the “smacking sounds”.

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By doughboy, October 14, 2011 at 5:30 am Link to this comment

The so-called plot by Iran to kill the Saudi ambassador has more holes in it then
Swiss cheese. It smacks of government agencies creating another “terror plot” to
keep the billions of dollars rolling in. On the other hand, it could just be the start of
our propaganda campaign to instigate war with Tehran. Lincoln was wrong, you
don’t have to fool all of the people some of the time, just scare a majority into
obeying your protective custody.

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