The deceiving viral video that helped America justify fighting proxy wars in Africa has left its mark; Obamacare critics rant against Canadian style health care, but there are key differences between our system and that of our neighbor to the north; meanwhile, France is belatedly outraged about the NSA leaks. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Remember ‘Kony’? Remember the bizarre “Kony 2012” video last year that was supposed to mobilize us all to fight the really bad guys in Uganda?

Iraq In a Hard Place The United Nations mission in Iraq reports that 979 Iraqis were killed and another 2133 wounded in acts of terrorism and violence just in the month of September, bringing the death total to 5740 so far this year.

Bolivian Government Authorizes Workers to Take Over Closed or Abandoned Firms On October 7, President Evo Morales issued a government decree that allows workers to establish “social enterprises” in businesses that are bankrupt, winding up, or unjustifiably closed or abandoned.

France Reacts to NSA Spying: Old Revelations, New Outrage French authorities have long known that the US National Security Agency(NSA) has been intercepting phone calls in France. So why have they reacted so forcefully to Monday’s revelations by a leading French newspaper?

MPs Set to Investigate Guardian’s Involvement in Snowden Leaks Keith Vaz says home affairs committee to look at newspaper’s activities as part of inquiry into counter-terrorism

Should Journalism Schools Require Reporters to ‘Learn Code’? No Olga Khazan discusses the faulty logic behind a popular theory.

Who Earns More: Professor or Fry Cook? The high cost of college makes people think that most faculty are overpaid.

Obamacare vs. Canada: Five Key Differences Despite the partisan war in Washington that shut down the federal government, President Barack Obama has succeeded in implementing the first major health reform in the United States in nearly 50 years, as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes into effect.

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