America’s War Disease
Bill Boyarsky writes for Truthdig.com: "The Afghanistan war, along with Iraq, has become a chronic illness that America has learned to ignore. News of the sick economy, natural and human-made disasters and momentary sensations like the Tiger Woods sex scandal flashes across cable news screens and the Internet, leaving hardly any space for the war. Financially strapped news organizations employ few of the talented war correspondents who could bring the conflicts to the public’s attention, as an earlier generation of journalists did with Vietnam. At home, the anti-war movement is barely covered. In late March, neither Afghanistan nor Iraq made the top 10 stories on cable, network television or online news, and they finished in seventh place among newspapers."
What Did the FBI Know About Faisal Shahzad?
Faisal Shahzad, was arrested for the failed plot to detonate a car bomb in New York's Times Square." Photo — Personal Photo / CBS News
Recommended Audio: Ex-CIA Official Reveals New Details About Torture, Plame Leak
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Mr. Obama: Tear Down This War!
Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers: "Many of us progressives now in our 60s and 70s spent years of our young lives in 'The Sixties' trying to stop the U.S. war in Vietnam. Many in this cohort were beaten, jailed, lost jobs, suffered discrimination. We were, after all, considered 'unpatriotic' and 'traitors' by government leaders and their rightwing supporters."
Groups Make Memorial to Show Impact of War in Iraq
Photo: Matt Binte
The Dangers of Madcap Capitalism
Danny Schechter reports for Consortium News: "A week after CNBC assured its high-net-worth viewers that Greece would no longer be a problem, there was an uprising there followed by a volcanic market cliff dive that the White House, NASDAQ and every regulator is now investigating. There is still a lot of head-scratching, as if to say, how come our casino went batty? It all happened in a couple of minutes, about the time it took for that fail-safe, top-of-the-line, ultra-secure, and unsinkable oil platform to sink."
The Real Misery Index April 2010: Underemployment Woes Lead To Two-Tier Economy
Only $242 Million Spent So Far on Government's $75 Billion Mortgage Modification Program
Paul Kiel reports for ProPublica: "When the administration launched its foreclosure prevention program, it committed to spend up to $75 billion. By the end of March, more than a year later, only about $242 million had actually been paid out."
5 Ways to Achieve World Peace and Prosperity -- Yes, It's Possible
Editor's Note: The following is excerpted from 2048: Humanity's Agreement to Live Together, was published on AlterNet by permission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, copyright 2010.
The Disappointing Kagan Pick
Matthew Rothschild comments for The Progressive: "I'm troubled by Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. I'm troubled not because she has no prior experience as a judge. Obama's right that we need more than cloistered judges on the top bench. But I wish she had more experience outside of the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Law School, outside of the Clinton White House and the Obama White House. These aren't the widest of worldly experiences."
Why Are So Many Americans Scared of Undocumented Immigrants?
The Man Behind Arizona’s Immigration Law
Suzy Khimm reports for Mother Jones: "When Arizona passed a law that handed local police unprecedented authority to investigate and arrest suspected illegal immigrants, the state ignited a firestorm in a midterm election year. And for Kris Kobach, the former Bush administration lawyer who helped draft the legislation, the crackdown in Arizona is just the beginning. A telegenic law professor with stellar academic credentials—Harvard undergrad, Yale Law School—Kobach has been the brains behind similarly tough local-level immigration measures and legal actions across the country. And he says he's discussing with officials about whether measures similar to the Arizona law could be passed elsewhere. "I have been contacted by legislators in other states…with questions about the Arizona statutes," Kobach says in an interview. He won't reveal where most of these inquiries were from, but said he was talking to state legislators in Kansas—where he's also running for secretary of state this fall. Already, state and national lawmakers in Oklahoma, Ohio, North Carolina, and Georgia have vowed to pass copycat measures."
Kerry-Lieberman Climate Proposal a Disaster for Climate
The Center for Biological Diversity writes: " In the midst of what appears to be the worst offshore oil disaster in American history, U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) will today put forth a draft climate bill that will not solve the problems of global warming and continues pandering to the fossil fuel industry – including expanded offshore oil drilling – that created the problems in the first place."
The Dementia of Petroleum Addiction?
Since Spill, Feds Have Given 27 Waivers to Oil Companies in Gulf
Marisa Taylor reports for McClatchy Newspapers: "Since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded on April 20, the Obama administration has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico."
'Rentboy' Minister Got $120K Taxpayer Dollars From Fla. GOP Gov Candidate -- for Anti-Gay Testimony
Michael Rogers writes for AlterNet: "Remember Mr. Haney of Green Acres fame? Out of nowhere he'd show up in his truck full of junk and try to sell you something you didn't need for a problem you didn't have. The characters on Green Acres were smart enough to send Mr. Haney on his way but not Florida's Attorney General (and GOP gubenetorial candidate) Bill McCollum. When George Rekers, the 61-year-old founder of the rabidly anti-gay Family Research Council showed up full of junk science, discredited testimony and a willingness to say anything to defend Florida's ban on gays adopting McCollum saw an ideological bargain at any price."
Privacy Reform: The Sound of No Hand Clapping
Defending Free Speech Against Fundamentalist Islam?
Eboo Patel reports for the Huffington Post: "A few days back, small groups of college students at Northwestern, Illinois and Wisconsin -- angry that Comedy Central had been intimidated into censoring a South Park episode depicting the Prophet Muhammad -- chalked their quads with stick figures and labeled these drawings "Prophet Muhammad." One of the members of the Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers (AAF) group leading the event at the University of Illinois wrote a letter explaining his actions: 'No one's sacred cow unwrites basic human rights. You can cater to the whims of fundamentalists, or you can cater to fundamental rights, but you can't do both.'"
Leaked: Telcos' Secret Plans to Use Fake "Citizens Groups" to Kill Net Neutrality
Cory Doctorow reports for BoingBoing: "ThinkProgress has a leaked copy of a telcoms industry PowerPoint presentation laying out their plans to use astroturf to kill Network Neutrality. The industry is hiring the same turfers who work with the Tea Party movement to carry their message to the people. What the telcos want to do is reduce your access to websites and services unless those services have paid a bribe for "premium carriage" to you. So Google buys its bandwidth from its ISP. You buy your bandwidth from your ISP. Then your ISP goes to Google and says, "If you want to send your bits to our customers when they ask for them, you'll have to pay us too." If Google doesn't pay, the ISP slows down its bits when you ask for them."
Clyburn Seeks Hearings On Comcast-NBC
Harry A. Jessell reports for TV New Check: "FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn today called for public hearings 'outside of Beltway' on Comcast's proposed takeover of NBC Universal. Such hearings will force the FCC to see up-close how Americans feel about the merger, the Democrat said at a conference sponsored by Free Press, an advocacy group opposed to undue media consolidation."
FCC Backs Away from Cliff, Charts New Course for Broadband Policy
Aparna Sridhar writes for SavetheInternet.com: "Last month, a court case brought by Comcast revoked the authority of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate Internet service providers. This decision placed President Obama’s key technology priorities -- like bringing fast, affordable, neutral Internet into every home -- on the edge of a precipice. This Thursday, the FCC took a crucial first step toward putting those policies back on solid legal footing. Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed a new regulatory framework for broadband Internet access service — one that reverses the critical policy failures of the Bush-era FCC which left consumers unprotected and led to a rapid decline in America’s standing as a broadband leader. But while the Commission is certainly on the right track, much hard work remains ahead."