US News Round-Up: Stuff that slips through the cracks of 24/7 coverage
January 3, 2009, 7:04 pm
Filed under: domestic news, interesting, Miscellaneous, news, politics, Uncategorized

Appalling: The Untold Story of Hurricane Katrina’s Violent Race War – Alternet 12/19/08

Private FEMA details on Texas Katrina victims posted online – Houston Chronicle 12/23/08

Quiet push to shut public access TV – Raw Story 12/12/08

Panel recommends money for sterilization victims – AP/WRAL 12/18/08

North Carolina lawmakers pushed Thursday to offer reparations to thousands of victims of a forced sterilization program now recognized as a shameful part of U.S. history.A state House panel recommended the state give $20,000 to victims of the eugenics program, which sterilized about 7,600 people between 1929 and 1975 who were considered to be mentally handicapped or genetically inferior. Though North Carolina and several other states have apologized for such programs, none have offered reparations…

Illinois was the first state to offer a eugenics program in 1907 as social reformers advocated for a way to cleanse society of the mentally handicapped and mentally ill. Many states curtailed their sterilizations after World War II, recognizing it was similar to the actions taken by Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany.

North Carolina, however, moved ahead aggressively after the war, conducting about 80 percent of procedures after 1945 and growing the program to be the third largest in the nation, behind only California and Virginia.  Most of those sterilized in the 1960s were poor black women.

The Bigger Pay-to-Play Picture – Consortium News 12/13/08

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich may have been crass, but his pay-to-play corruption is nothing new to Washington or Wall Street

Disputed Holocaust Memoir Is Canceled – NYTimes 12/28/08

The publisher of a disputed Holocaust memoir has canceled the book, adding the name Herman Rosenblat to an increasingly long list of literary fakers.

FLASHBACK: The Translation of Wiesel’s ‘Night’ Is New, but Old Questions Are Raised – NYTimes 1/19/06

U.S. Corps of Engineers Caught Harassing Activists on Internet  – InfoWars 12/18/08

Using free internet tracking software, the grassroots group levees.org found solid evidence that multiple individuals at the US Army Corps of Engineers are posting bogus information about the New Orleans flooding and attacking those wanting the truth.

Career Army officer sues Rumsfeld for injuries;Says no Pentagon evacuation order given on 9/11 – Raw Story 12/17/08

The 10 Most Awesomely Bad Moments of the Bush Presidency  – Alternet 7/1/08

A shorter version of our long national nightmare.

Karl Rove Destroyed My Life – Alternet 12/27/08

How a former governor — and a rising star in the Democratic Party — ended up mopping floors in prison and how he’s fighting to get out.

Probe: The SBA still failing – CNN 12/19/08

Secret of the Lusitania: Arms find challenges Allied claims it was solely a passenger ship – Daily Mail, UK 12/20/08

Did Bush Sr. Kill Kennedy? – National Expositor 12/26/08

Russ Baker’s new book presents an account of the U.S. government that is both remarkably new and extensively documented. According to this account, George H. W. Bush, the father of the current president, devoted his career to secret intelligence work with the CIA many years before he became the CIA director, and the network of spies and petroleum plutocrats he began working with early on has played a powerful but hidden role in determining the direction of the U.S. government up to the current day.

New research and newly highlighted information assembled by Baker presents at least the strong possibility that Bush was involved in assassinating President Kennedy, and that Bush was involved in staging the Watergate break-in (and the break-in at Dan Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s) with the purpose of having these break-ins exposed and the blame placed on President Nixon.

Organize bank workers, union says – CNN 12/8/08

The powerful Service Employees International Union has decided that, because of the $700 billion financial-system bailout, it wants to organize bank workers 

American Transportation: Do we really need toll roads? – Global Research 12/18/08

German intel chief threatens Wikileaks – Raw Story 12/22/08

Wired: Did Wikileaks go too far? – Raw Story 12/19/08

Bush ’04 money fraudsters convicted – Raw Story 12/30/08

‘Resistance is futile’: Beware of Neuromarketing – Global Research 12/26/08

Four-year-old Diebold glitch silently drops votes – The Register, UK 12/9/08

‘Humboldt Transparency Project’ Reveals Diebold, U.S. Federal E-Voting Scam – BradBlog 12/8/08

Hundreds of Lost Ballots, Illegal Voting System, and the Boondoggle Behind Billions of Federal Dollars Spent on Voting Machines That Don’t Work All Illustrated by Simple Citizen Oversight, Free Open-Source Voting System in One California County.

Bush files ‘over -whelm archives’ = Raw Story 12/27/08

Bush records 50x larger than Clinton’s, National Archive scrambling.

The Isleños – Metafilter 12/7/08 

The Isleños are said to be a dying traditional American subculture. Descendants of Canary Island immigrants of Louisiana, the name Isleños was given to them to distinguish them from Spanish mainlanders, known as “peninsulares.” But in Louisiana, the name evolved from a category to an identity. For a long time they were one of those rare subcultures that found a way to maintain a living tradition as the world around them modernised by carving out a livelihood as crabbers and ‘shrimpers’. Then Katrina hit and the wetlands, which were central to the Isleños identity, essentially dissapeared. Despite the blow to their economy, they still have their songs and annual fiestas, evidence of a strong culture which binds their community together, and their rebuilding following Katrina demonstrated how strong that sense of identity and culture can be. So perhaps the Isleños shouldn’t be written off just yet, then. After all, as Isleño Irvan Perez says, “This is home. Where else would we go?”  


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