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Apple.com

Steve Jobs vs. Wall Street ‘Greedheads, Famewhores and Powermongers’

In the last 24 hours, many have lauded Steve Jobs as a visionary, a genius, a fearless leader. Although all of those are certainly true, there are those who point out that he was also an unabashed capitalist and even kind of a jerk.

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Herman Cain to Protesters: ‘Blame Yourself!’

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain condemned the Occupy Wall Street protests in an interview in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, saying it was nothing but a ploy to distract the public from the “failed policies of the Obama administration.”

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Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges on the 99 Percent

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges explain why the 99 percenters are “the best among us.” Plus: Occupy L.A., Obama’s “secure communities” and modern midwifery. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges on the 99 Percent

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges explain why the 99 percenters are “the best among us.” Plus: Occupy L.A., Obama’s “secure communities” and modern midwifery.

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AP / Jason DeCrow

What Do They Want? Justice

How can anyone possessed of the faintest sense of social justice not thrill to the Occupy Wall Street movement now spreading throughout the country?

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NYT Columnist Answers to Bankers First

A New York Times financial columnist who specializes in covering Wall Street went to the Occupy Wall Street protest for the first time Saturday only after he said he received a call from “the chief executive of a major bank” who wanted to know whether the protests were “a big deal” or a potential “personal safety problem.”

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American Government’s Indifference to Popular Protest

If political news doesn’t have to do with the presidential race and Barack Obama’s war with Congress, it’s not important.

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Jobs Talks About ‘How to Live Before You Die’

Steve Jobs never graduated from college, but in 2005 he gave the commencement address at Stanford University. In his speech, Jobs urged students to see the opportunities in life’s setbacks, including death itself.

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AP / Paul Sakuma

Steve Jobs Dead at 56

Apple Inc. announced that its co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, died Wednesday at age 56. (more)

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Perry Remains ‘Competitive’ With $17M in Campaign Funds

Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought in more than $17 million in campaign contributions during the first seven weeks of his candidacy for president, his campaign announced Wednesday, probably putting him far ahead of his Republican rivals for the same period.

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Harry Reid

Senate Democrats Propose the Rich Pay for Jobs Bill

Democratic leaders in the Senate proposed Wednesday that Americans who make more than $1 million a year should be charged a 5 percent surtax to pay for President Obama’s jobs bill.

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Los Angeles Noir

An excerpt from musician Ry Cooder’s first published collection of stories, set in L.A. after World War II, “a sunny place for shady people.”

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New York’s Finest Are Neither Amused Nor Inspired

In the battle protesters are waging against U.S. corporations in lower Manhattan, appeals to NYPD officers’ sense of class solidarity have so far failed to shake them from their traditional role. (more)

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Review: Businesses Say Lack of Demand, Not Regulation, Kills Jobs

On Aug. 29, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor asked fellow Republican lawmakers to make the repeal of “job-destroying regulations” a top priority in the upcoming Republican jobs agenda. Bruce Bartlett, former senior policy adviser in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, says bollocks. (more)

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The Origin and Future of the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Salon reporter Justin Elliott sat down with Adbusters co-founder and editor-in-chief Kalle Lasn to talk about the formation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began in print with a poster published in Lasn’s “culture-jamming” magazine in mid-July. (more)

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AP / Rodrigo Abd

Five Women Who Matter Most

The Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women is an obscenely wealthy international sisterhood of politicians, celebrities and billionaires. This is an alternative.

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AP / Jason Redmond

Grocery Workers Struggle Despite L.A. Union Victory

A new union contract has been hailed as a “win-win,” but a closer look at the agreement shows that it fails to provide decent wages and benefits for most grocery workers.

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Policing the Prophets of Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street protest grows daily, spreading to cities across the United States. The response by the New York Police Department has been brutal.

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Courtesy of Apple

New iPhone: Don’t Judge the 4S by Its Cover

Apple announced Tuesday the first new iPhone in 16 months. It says the 4S is twice as fast, has a better camera and can communicate with you like a virtual manservant. But it looks just like the old version and that seems to have disappointed those of us who spent months fantasizing about a mythical “iPhone 5.” (more)

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Why an Unusually Melty Arctic Means Trouble

Dr. Tom Wagner of NASA is remarkably cheerful as he explains how the historic melting of sea ice in the Arctic threatens to exacerbate climate change across the globe.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



We Are the 99 Percent

We Are the 99 Percent—And We’re Not Confused

Now that reporters are starting to check out the occupation near Wall Street (it took only three weeks), they have begun echoing the notion that protesters don’t know why they’re there. As Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities huffs in a pro-demonstration article, “Do these news analysts think it’s a coincidence ...” (more)

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No-Tax Pledge Is Paralyzing Congress

A House Republican spoke out against anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist on Tuesday, saying his no-tax pledge and demands for “ideological purity” are responsible for “paralyzing Congress” during a time when a discussion about tax reform should be a high priority.

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Chris Christie Addresses Calls to Run for President and Fat Jokes

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced for the final time Tuesday that he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for president despite what he said were widespread calls for him to do so over the last several weeks.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Nominate Our Next Truthdigger of the Week

Who made your week by speaking truth to power, blowing the whistle or standing up to injustice? Let us know here.

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ESPN Pulls Song After Hitler Analogy

A song by country singer Hank Williams Jr. was pulled from the opening of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast after he used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in comments about President Barack Obama.

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Prisons to Provide Treatment for Transgender Inmates

Federal prisons must now provide “current, accepted standards of care” for transgender inmates. “Care” could mean therapy, hormones and possibly even gender reassignment surgery. The change in policy was outlined in a May memo sent by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to 116 federal facilities. (more)

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Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman Wins Major Settlement Over 2008 Police Abuses

Amy Goodman and two former “Democracy Now!” producers have won a $100,000 settlement three years after police stormtroopers surrounding the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn., battered, bloodied and arrested the journalists. (more)

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Income Inequality and the Death of Culture in New York City

Truthdig contributor Christopher Ketcham was born in New York and he has watched it turn into America’s “most unequal city,” what he calls “a banana republic without the death squads.” And that’s not just his opinion—facts and figures trace the cultural decline of America’s original metropolis.

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Koch Industries Is Awash in Money and Misdeeds

Contracts won with bribes, falsified safety and emissions reports, price fixing, illegal dealings with Iran and stolen oil. Bloomberg has compiled a detailed litany of loosely related bad behaviors by the managers of Koch Industries and its subsidiary companies. (more)

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Susan G. Komen and the BPA-Breast Cancer Link

In the face of mounting scientific evidence, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a nonprofit devoted to wiping out breast cancer, has published statements on its website that dismiss links between the disease and the ubiquitous chemical bisphenol A (BPA), while simultaneously funding research exploring that connection. (more)

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Metropolitan Books

Freedom Isn’t Free at the State Department

On the same day that more than 250,000 unredacted State Department cables hemorrhaged out onto the Internet, I was interrogated for the first time in my 23-year State Department career by State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security for posting on my blog a link to a WikiLeaks document already available elsewhere on the Web.

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_PaulS_ (CC-BY)

Frequently Asked Questions About the Wall Street Protests

Who’s in charge? What are the protesters’ demands? How big is the movement? How can I get involved? Answers to these and other basic questions about the ongoing occupation of Wall Street are offered by The Nation magazine’s Nathan Schneider. (more)

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OMI/Aura/NASA

Big Winter for Arctic Ozone Hole

Unusual weather ripped a sizable hole in the ozone layer above the Arctic last winter, exposing people in northern Russia, parts of Greenland and Norway to high levels of UV radiation. Human activity did not cause the hole’s sudden appearance, scientists said in a report released Monday. (more)

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Ry Cooder Listening Party With Robert Scheer

The celebrated musician talks about select tracks from his new album, “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down,” as well as his musical and political influences, with Truthdig’s Robert Scheer and Kasia Anderson.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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This Billionaire Likes to Tinker With Government

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Nicolas Berggruen, a billionaire who has apparently become fascinated with political gridlock and enamored with the smoke-filled room. What makes Berggruen interesting is his ability to summon personalities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joseph Stiglitz, Tony Blair and Condoleezza Rice. (more)

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The Man Nobody Knew

The Sad, Secret Life of a Spy

A fascinating new documentary seeks to unravel the mysteries of William Colby, or, as the title would have it, “The Man Nobody Knew.”

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Gertrude Stein’s Smoking Gun

Art exhibitions reveal the real Gertrude Stein; young American Jews are disagreeing with their parents’ views on Palestine; meanwhile, the battle over bin Laden postmortem photos continues. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Mark Taylor (CC-BY)

Can the Left Stage a Tea Party?

This week, progressives will highlight a new effort to pursue the road not taken at a conference convened by the Campaign for America’s Future that opens Monday.

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