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Undernews: November 14, 2012

Undernews: November 14, 2012

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Parents as well as students in deep debt over school loans
NY Times - There are record numbers of student borrowers in financial distress, according to federal data. But millions of parents who have taken out loans to pay for their children’s college education make up a less visible generation in debt.

What could possibly go wrong here?
Penn Live - By the end of January the state is hoping to have a contract signed, sealed and delivered that will take management of the state’s lottery system and place it in private hands. On Friday the Commonwealth announced it had developed a framework for the agreement…

When fantasy becomes reality
Sam Smith Watching the new James Bond movie, it dawned on me one reason why life has become so strange. Years ago people like Walt Disney took reality and turned it into a cartoon fantasy. Now everyone with any influence can take fantasies and turn them into pseudo-authentic realities...

Classical musicians living with a lock out
Kristen Tillotson, Star Tribune, MN - On reality television, the riskiest professions are ironworker, firefighter, lumberjack and the like. These days, you can add "orchestra musician" to the list. Being a classical player employed near the pinnacle of your profession used to be a pretty stable…

Recovered history: spies and high level sex
It's interesting, given the speculation about General Petraeus, to recall that he's not the first high level official whose top secret status was endangered by extra curricular sex Progressive Review 1999 - Neal Travis of the New York Post reports that, according to a new book on the Mossad, Israel…

Entropy update
TMZ - Kevin Clash -- the man known as the voice of Elmo -- has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy, TMZ has learned ... allegations Clash adamantly denies. We've learned ... Sesame Workshop lawyers recently…

Puerto Rico statehood vote more complicated that it appears
Ben Fox & Danica Coto, Huffington Post - A majority of Puerto Ricans have opted for the first time to become the 51st U.S. state in what jubilant members of the pro-statehood party call a resounding sign that the island territory is on the road to losing its second-class status. But Tuesday's…

Monday Morning Line
Sam Smith - Here are how our presidential election projections have worked out over the past 12 years: 2000: 1% error 2004: 3% error 2008: 0.8% error 2012: 1.14% error So far as I have been able to determine, we were the first to use aggregated moving averages - a trick I picked up from stock analysis...

The Hillary file: International law
Since the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign shows signs of having begun, we thought we would offer some facts her supporters and the media have chosen to ignore: Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, 2007: Perhaps the most terrible legacy of the administration of President George W. Bush has...

Things to do now: Go populist and revive the Rainbow Coalition
Sam Smith - The greatest shift in liberal thinking since the days of the New Deal and Great Society has been a growing disinterest in the economic issues that could bridge the gap between, say, a Manhattan liberal and an Iowa farmer. As liberals have become more of a demographic and far less of a...

Word: Jerry Brown on marijuana laws
Huffington Post - California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said the federal government should respect states' rights to decide how to regulate marijuana use, in light of votes Tuesday to approve legal use of the drug in Colorado and Washington. "It's time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty…

Alternative news update
Activism Chicago teachers leader revives social movement unionism Occupy to Buy Up and Relieve People's Debt? The Port Huron Statement Sandy FEMA sending trailers to victims World How America Is Turning into a 3rd World Nation in 4 Easy Steps Meanwhile, Back in the Middle East…

Meanwhile, furthermore & on the other hand
Furthermore. . . Since Roosevelt, no GOP presidential campaign has won without a Bush or a Nixon on the ticket. And if Jeb Bush wins next time, it will be our fifth president in a row with ties to the CIA.

Internet sighting in Washington state

Furthermore...

The Brussels Philharmonic has become the world’s first orchestra to abandon paper scores and play from a digital screen. The musicians have all been issued with a Samsung tablet that can hold up to 1,000 orchestral works.

Sandy
Bitter cold inside a disaster shelter

Activism
Socialist gets 27,000 votes in race of Washington state legislature

Petraeus case
Why did FBI agent leak Petreaus story to House Republican

Health
Assisted death narrowly loses in Massachusetts

World
How America Is Turning into a 3rd World Nation in 4 Easy Steps
Meanwhile, Back in the Middle East

Immigration
Immigration Reform May Be Big Winner in US Elections

Civil liberties
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Voting Rights Act Case

Energy
Oil and Gas Industry Loses Latest Round in Battle with SEC

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Gordon Campbell: On The Case For Using Air Power Against The Islamic State

There is an Alice Through the Looking Glass quality to the current response to the Islamic State. Everything about it seems inside out. Many people who would normally oppose US air strikes in other countries have reluctantly endorsed the bombing of IS positions in Iraq and Syria – not because they think air power alone will defeat IS (clearly it won’t) but because it will slow it down, and impede its ability to function. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Troubled Aftermath Of Scotland’s Independence Vote

A week can be a very long time in Scotland’s 300 year struggle for independence. The “No” vote last week that seemed to end the cause of Scottish independence for a generation, has turned out to have had an enormous fish hook attached, especially for the British Labour Party… More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The West’s Existential Crisis About What To Do With Putin, And The Islamic State

Say one thing for Russian President Vladimir Putin. At least he’s given NATO a purpose in life. Right now, that consists of being something that Barack Obama and David Cameron can hide behind, point at Putin, and say : “Go get him, tiger.” Just what NATO is supposed to do about Putin’s armed advance into eastern Ukraine is less than clear. But there is a lot of “steely determination” around in high places. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The US Foreign Policy Somersaults Over Syria And Iran

Amidst the day-to-day reports about the military advances of the Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, one remarkable aspect of this war has barely been mentioned. More>>

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Daphne Lawless: The Whale Oil Leaks: Anti-Politics From Above

As we go to press, the election campaign has been turned upside down by a new book by investigative journalist Nicky Hager. Dirty Politics is based mainly on a leak of 2 gigabytes of emails and Facebook messages from “Whale Oil”, the vicious ... More>>

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Branko Marcetic: When John Key Was Concerned About Dirty Politics

If Nicky Hager needs some support in the midst of a whirlwind of government criticism for his allegations of “dirty tricks” by the National Party, he may find one unlikely ally – John Key, six years ago. More>>

Jim Miles: Israeli War Crimes In Gaza

Israel reveals its true colours and true aspirations every time it attacks Gaza (or any other self-perceived enemy) as being the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, even to the degree - as the references above indicate - to the act of genocide. More>>

David Swanson: Top 9 Reasons To Stop Bombing Iraq

1. It's not a rescue mission. The U.S. personnel could be evacuated without the 500-pound bombs. The persecuted minorities could be supplied, moved, or their enemy dissuaded, or all three, without the 500-pound bombs or the hundreds of 'advisors' (trained ... More>>

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