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Inside a Foxconn Factory

A look inside Foxconn gives us a new perspective on workers’ conditions; one solution to the “right to be forgotten” dilemma may be to implement mandatory online insurance; meanwhile, a Columbia grad in New York has been converting pay phone booths into libraries. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Virginia Legislators Put ‘Personhood’ Bill on Hold

It’s been a big week for all things prenatal in the Virginia Legislature. Earlier we saw the resolution of the controversy over a bill that would have required women in the Old Dominion to undergo invasive ultrasound procedures before having abortions, and Thursday, the state Senate made another big decision about reproductive law, at least for the time being.

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Pennsylvania: The ‘State of Independence’ Becomes the ‘Oil State’

Susquehanna County has already been thoroughly fracked by gas mining operations. Dallas Township, one hour’s drive south, appears to be next.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Manning Defers Plea as Court-Martial Starts

On Thursday, accused WikiLeaker and military detainee Pfc. Bradley Manning showed up for a hearing in Fort Meade, Md., where he heard the 22 charges against him for allegedly making classified documents publicly available via the Internet and held off on entering a plea.

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Naked in the Halls of Empire

A plucky new author has arrived on the scene to take down one of establishment journalism’s most revered figures. Belen Fernandez discusses her new exposé on NYT columnist Thomas Friedman, “The Imperial Messenger.”

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Dictator’ Act Not Welcome at the Oscars

This year, Sacha Baron Cohen can thank the Academy Awards for giving his latest politically flavored comedy, “The Dictator,” some excellent free publicity. Not that he didn’t engineer it himself. 

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AP / Charles Dharapak

NYPD Snooping on Muslims Contradicts Bloomberg Claims

An AP report detailing NYPD surveillance of a New Jersey Muslim community conflicts with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s claims about how police operate.

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DAPD / Clemens Bilan

U.N. Team Accuses Syria of Crimes Against Humanity

It’s about time. A U.N. panel has concluded that members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime are guilty of “gross human rights violations” amounting to crimes against humanity.

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AP / Ross D. Franklin

The Gang That Couldn’t Bomb Straight

Here we go again. With the economy showing faint signs of life, the leading Republican candidates have returned to the elixir of warmongering to once again sway the gullible masses.

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AP / Nariman El-Mofty

Dispatches From Cairo: Blood, Money and Revolution

As American NGO employees await trial, propagandists beat the drums of public suspicion and the military maneuvers to preserve U.S. aid.

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Desperate Fantasy: Can Jeb Bush Save the GOP?

What Florida voters once accepted (or ignored) might well horrify the national electorate today.

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New Obama Campaign Co-Chair: ‘The President Is Wrong’

“The president is wrong.” So says one of the newly appointed co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

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White House / Pete Souza

On the President as Alien

They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn’t, he’s a secularist who is waging war on religion.

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Speed of Light Upset May Be Result of Loose Wire

Remember the announcement that shocked the physics world last September? Scientists claimed to have measured a neutrino traveling faster than the speed of light—a feat that would have undone Einstein, if, that is, the measurement proves not to have been the result of a bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer, as researchers now suspect.

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‘SNL’ Helps Take Down Invasive Ultrasound Requirement

After a multimedia outcry that included a bit on “Saturday Night Live,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell withdrew support from a bill that would require women getting an abortion to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound beforehand. And yes, that’s every bit as unpleasant and invasive as it sounds.

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Google’s Cyborg Glasses Are for Fun, Not Profit

Google seems to have grown tired of waiting for the future and is reportedly developing a set of glasses that acts like a smartphone for your eyes.

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Why Independent Thinkers Are Repugnant to Religious Zealots and Rick Santorum

There is nothing more feared by right-wing fundamentalists than people who can think critically and reflectively and are willing to invest in reason and freedom.

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‘The Scream’ to Scare Up $80M at Auction

It’s one of the most widely recognized images in art, and now one of four versions of Edvard Munch’s archetypal image of modern angst is going on the block at Sotheby’s New York auction house with an expected selling price of $80 million or more.

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It Gets Better ... on MTV

The TV version of Dan Savage’s It Gets Better project premiered Tuesday night, featuring the stories of three LGBT teens.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Study: Men May Stick Around for More Than 5M Years

What a relief to know that men might not be an endangered species with a potential expiration date in only 5 million years, according to a new study published, appropriately (if heavy-handedly), in a journal called Nature. The issue boils down to a predicted, but now contested, process of genetic decay targeting the man-specific Y chromosome.

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Indiana Lawmaker: Girl Scouts Promote Homosexuality, Communism

Oh, what “a small amount of Web-based research” can do. Indiana state Rep. Bob Morris hopped online recently to read up on an organization he was concerned about, one that imperiled his conservative family and threatened to turn his daughters into pro-abortion communist homosexuals. Yes, we’re talking about the Girl Scouts.

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AP / Saul Loeb

Obama Talks Corporate Tax Cuts and Loopholes

So the official story here is that President Obama says he wants to cut the country’s corporate tax rate by seven percentage points, dropping it from 35 percent to 28 percent, which gives him a nice tax-related headline on a day when similar stories are cropping up about the competition.

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Mad, Passionate Love and Violence: Occupy Heads Into the Spring

Occupy had its glorious honeymoon when old and young, liberal and radical, comfortable and desperate, homeless and tenured all found that what they had in common was so compelling the differences hardly seemed to matter.

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AP / Paul Sancya

How the FCC Can Take the Money Out of Politics

Politics has become a game of the super rich, but the money they donate is significant only because of the way it is spent: on TV and radio advertising.

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U.S. Navy / MC3 Phillip Pavlovich

U.S. Contemplates ‘Additional Measures’ for Syria

Press representatives at the White House and the State Department are using the same vague phrase, “additional measures,” to describe the administration’s mystery plan for addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

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Hugo Chavez Needs a Third Surgery

The Venezuelan president will put his re-election plans on hold to return to Cuba to have a third operation on his pelvis, where his cancer may have returned.

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Santorum’s Satan Complex

Putting aside any of the possible reasons why Rick Santorum invoked the mighty evil that is Satan while spiritually assessing America during a speech at Ave Maria University in 2008, as that would constitute unhelpful speculation at this time, we think Forbes’ Josh Barro has some good points about the telling blind spots in Santorum’s diagnosis.

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Trump (Again) Considers Running for President

This election is so important, Donald Trump told the home crowd on CNBC, he would “seriously, seriously consider” running for president if Rick Santorum won the nomination.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



Mr. Fish

Obama Dials Down the Campaign Rhetoric

The whole “hope” thing is a little much, and the “change” bit is played out, so however will Barack Obama spin his slogans for this presidential campaign as the embattled incumbent? Let’s call it American Dream Lite, if you will.

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AP / Mark Lennihan

Dow Breaks 13,000 for First Time Since 2008

Analysts are heralding the Dow Jones’ jumps past 13,000 on two brief occasions Tuesday as a sign that all this talk of economic recovery may be more bull market than, well, bull. Here’s hoping they’re right. 

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Syrians ‘Radicalized by Terror’

Syrian forces are shelling Homs while across the country, reports ITN’s Jonathan Rugman, “state brutality has failed to crush” the popular uprising.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Damian Dovargane

We’d Like to Thank the Academy ... for What?

In the beginning it was called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and/or Sciences. While its ostensible purpose was management-approved mediation, its implicit goal was to pre-empt actors, writers and directors from organizing, as carpenters, musicians and electricians had done in 1926. Statuettes were an afterthought.

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High Court Scrutinizing Affirmative Action at Colleges

A hot-button issue from the ’80s and ’90s has come up once again at the U.S. Supreme Court: affirmative action on the college level.

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Whose Slime Is it Anyway?









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Fearful GOP May Hope for a Brokered Convention

Republicans haven’t quite thrown away what they see as a winnable presidential election, at least not yet. But they’re trying their best.

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Bill Moyers: Attack Ads Inside and Out

On this week’s “Moyers & Company,” Kathleen Hall Jamieson of FactCheck.org and FlackCheck.org says “we’re at a very, very critical time right now” and must try to block “visceral” political advertising at the local level.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



White House / Pete Souza

Santorum Staffer Links Obama, Islam Via ‘Slip’

Only she knows for sure, but Rick Santorum’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart claims she misspoke when she referred to President Obama’s “radical Islamic policies” on MSNBC when she really meant to say “radical environmental policies.”

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NASA

Early Astronauts Were Lucky to Survive the Unknown

Fifty years ago, John Glenn sat in a little metal capsule rocketing around the Earth, while down on the ground NASA scientists thought his eyes might change shape. (more)

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AP / Gerald Herbert

Pro-Romney Super PAC Burns Through $14M in January

It’s campaign season 2012, and how much is your favorite super PAC spending? The telltale signs of democracy in action these days include headlines like the one above, accounting for the giant sum racked up by the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC “Restore Our Future,” one of the monstrosities created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

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Flickr / pointnshoot (CC-BY)

Mmmm, Test-Tube Hamburgers

Here’s a new Frankenfood twist on classic cuisine: A team of scientists in the Netherlands are this close to producing a hamburger made of meat generated from stem cells. Soon, we will be able to enjoy the delicious taste of test-tube hamburgers and other prime laboratory-grade delicacies (but at a price).

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Acts of Love

Love, the defining and most glorious element in human life, reminds us of why we have been created for our brief sojourns on the planet.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE


Taking Citizens United Back to the Supreme Court

Ian Masters investigates Montana’s rejection of corporate personhood, a decision that is under review by the Supreme Court.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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