Archive for the ‘United States’ Category

Putin’s war enablers: Bush and Cheney

August 21, 2008

Russia’s escalating war on Georgia reveals the consequences of the Bush administration’s long assault on the international rule of law.

By Juan Cole

Aug. 14, 2008 | The run-up to the current chaos in the Caucasus should look quite familiar: Russia acted unilaterally rather than going through the U.N. Security Council. It used massive force against a small, weak adversary. It called for regime change in a country that had defied Moscow. It championed a separatist movement as a way of asserting dominance in a region it coveted.

Indeed, despite George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s howls of outrage at Russian aggression in Georgia and the disputed province of South Ossetia, the Bush administration set a deep precedent for Moscow’s actions — with its own systematic assault on international law over the past seven years. Now, the administration’s condemnations of Russia ring hollow. (more…)

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Study says most corporations pay no U.S. income taxes

August 13, 2008

Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:54pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most U.S. and foreign corporations doing business in the United States avoid paying any federal income taxes, despite trillions of dollars worth of sales, a government study released on Tuesday said. (more…)

Michigan rated . . .

August 8, 2008

Ann Arbor:

The 80th best educated city in the US

The 21st best educated but lowest earning city in the US

Detroit:

The 30th least safe city in the US

The 13th city with the highest ratio of murders per 10,000 in 2006

The 24th city with the highest ratio of murders to rapes between 2001 and 2006

The 35th city with the highest number of assaults in 2006 per 10,000 residents

The 63rd city with the highest number of arson incidents in 2006 per 10,000 residents

Flint:

The 81st least safe city in the US

The 87th city with the largest crime index increase from 2000 to 2006

The 15th city with the highest ratio of murders per 10,000 in 2006

The 74th city with the highest ratio of murders to rapes between 2001 and 2006

The 79th city with the highest number of rapes in 2006 per 10,000 residents

The 11th city with the highest number of assaults in 2006 per 10,000 residents

The 18th city with the highest number of arson incidents in 2006 per 10,000 residents

The 55th city with the highest percentage of divorce ages 25+

Slammed: Welcome to the Age of Incarceration

July 24, 2008

MotherJones.com / News / Feature
What happens when you lock up 1 in every 100 American adults?”

Jennifer Gonnerman
July 21, 2008

The number first appeared in headlines earlier this year: Nearly one in four of all prisoners worldwide is incarcerated in America. It was just the latest such statistic. Today, one in nine African American men between the ages of 20 and 34 is locked up. In 1970, our prisons held fewer than 200,000 people; now that number exceeds 1.5 million, and when you add in local jails, it’s 2.3 million-1 in 100 American adults. Since the 1980s, we’ve sat by as the numbers inched higher and our prison system ballooned, swallowing up an ever-larger portion of the citizenry. But do statistics like these, no matter how disturbing, really mean anything anymore? What does it take to get us to sit up and notice? (more…)

Haunted Locations Around the World

July 24, 2008

We’ve all experienced it: an ill wind, a weird sound in the dark, that feeling of being watched. Most of the time it’s nothing. It’s just, as the saying goes, your mind playing tricks on you. Or so you tell yourself, just so that you can forget it and get back to real life.
Quite simply, when there are bills to pay, a mortgage to sweat out and a boss that won’t stop riding you, there’s just no time for the paranormal. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. And it doesn’t explain why every culture throughout history, from ancient Egyptians to 21st century Middle England, has a documented and thriving belief in spirits and their incarnations. Of course, you’ve every right to dismiss this whole business as child’s play, and stop reading right here. And odds are you’ll never be proven wrong. But if even a single doubt lingers, you might try visiting some of these places, and see for yourself how easy it is to stay a non-believer.
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85% of US Unhappy with Economy

July 20, 2008
Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2008

You would expect Americans, in a period of falling home prices, a wobbly stock market and an ongoing war, to be less than satisfied with the direction of the country. It’s natural. But Americans are not simply dissatisfied. They are very unhappy. O.K., deeply, pessimistically unhappy. Un–American Dreamy unhappy: 85% of respondents in an exclusive TIME/Rockefeller Foundation poll believe that the country is on the wrong track. (more…)

Irony at its best

July 18, 2008

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The United States of Obesity

July 18, 2008

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Oakland School Teaches How To Grow Pot

July 12, 2008

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‘Higher Learning’ Takes On New Meaning At Oaksterdam Univ.
POSTED: 11:35 am PST February 25, 2008
UPDATED: 4:41 pm PDT April 1, 2008

OAKLAND, Calif. — You know you’re in a different kind of college when a teaching assistant sets five marijuana plants down in the middle of a lab and no one blinks a bloodshot eye. (more…)

San Fransisco Mayor: ‘Defeating gay marriage is literally the Bush agenda”

June 19, 2008

4:00 PM, June 17, 2008

Gavin From his second-floor office inside San Francisco City Hall, Mayor Gavin Newsom heard the commotion every few minutes just below his window: yet another newly married same-sex couple laughing their way down the structure’s ornate stone front steps. (more…)