John Maenpaa

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Why You Should Read More Than 1 Newspaper, from Milwaukee to Hong Kong

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/why-you-should-read-more-than-1-newspaper-from-milwaukee-to-hong-kong/277522/

I continue my long-term campaign to save the newspaper industry.

In case you can't make it out, the NYT headline says, "Files Show Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets." For the WSJ, it's "Files Show Dolan Pushed to Defrock Priests." As has been the case in some similar WSJ/NYT pair-offs, the stories themselves are not as different as the emphasis of the headlines. Here is the classic example...

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July 10 Discussion: Will the NLRB Be Able to Protect Workers' Rights?

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/July-10-Discussion-Will-the-NLRB-Be-Able-to-Protect-Workers-Rights

The workplace rights of millions of working people will be at risk if the U.S. Senate does not approve President Obama’s five bipartisan nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). On July 10, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will join Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) for a discussion of the NLRB’s role as an advocate for all U.S. workers, how the board can function in the face of Republican attempts to prevent it from doing its job and potential Senate rule changes to end the obstructionism that’s blocking NLRB nominees...

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Reflecting on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Reflecting-on-Comprehensive-Immigration-Reform

This week Americans will celebrate July 4th and America’s independence. It also will be a time when public ceremonies are held to swear in newly naturalized American citizens. That gives us a chance to reflect on comprehensive immigration reform and think about the economic implications.

RELATED: http://www.laprogressive.com/obama-budget-not-a-replacement-for-comprehensive-immigration-reform/

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ANOTHER LABOR LEADER SHOT DEAD

http://www.apl.org.ph/?p=1606

NCTU-APL Leadership Condemns the Spate of Killings of Activists
Demands Justice for Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin

The National Confederation of Transportworkers’ Union (NCTU) and the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), together with its affiiates and allied organizations all over the country, condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin, president of the Davao City-based Network of Transport Organization (NETO), an affiliate of NCTU-APL...

RELATED: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/65492/labor-groups-condemn-killing-of-leader-shot-dead-as-he-was-leaving-his-davao-city-home

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Chile’s major ports and roads blocked in nation-wide strike

http://www.santiagotimes.cl/chile/transportation/26378-chiles-major-ports-and-roads-blocked-in-nation-wide-strike

National strike erupts across the country in major cities like Valparaíso, Antofagasta, La Serena, San Antonio and Calama.

Workers in major cities the length of the country rallied in solidarity with the student movement Wednesday by barricading ports and copper mines...

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Why Snowden’s Fate Matters

http://consortiumnews.com/2013/07/02/why-snowdens-fate-matters/

There’s an old saying that a reporter is only as good as his sources, meaning that there’s a need for people inside government who see wrongdoing to speak up. It is also a test of a democratic Republic whether truth-tellers like Edward Snowden are appreciated or persecuted, ex-intelligence analyst Elizabeth Murray notes.

As he lingers in the “twilight zone” of the transit area in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, the future of U.S. whistleblower Edward J. Snowden hangs in the balance. Lobbying in the form of a personal phone call by Vice President Joseph Biden appears to have cooled Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa’s initial receptivity to the prospect of granting Snowden’s request for asylum...

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In hunt for Snowden, US forces Bolivian presidential jet to land

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/03/edsn-j03.html

In a flagrant breach of international law and diplomatic norms, the Obama administration, in collusion with its European allies, today forced a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales to land in Austria, on suspicion that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board.

Morales, who had been in Moscow for energy talks, was returning home. Bolivian Defence Minister Ruben Saavedra, who was also on the flight, told CNN that Portuguese authorities refused to allow the plane to land at its scheduled stop in Lisbon for “technical reasons.”...

RELATED: https://www.facebook.com/TheAntiMedia/posts/257764627681913

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Bolivia’s Morales Dissed and Pissed as France, Portugal and Austria Violate Diplomatic Immunity

http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1847

Those of us who have been saying that the US has become a weak, or at least more ordinary power among many in the world because of its military failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and because of its economic decline, will have to recalibrate our analysis after watching the pathetic behavior of the leaders of Russia, Germany and France under pressure from the Obama administration not to allow Edward Snowden to gain asylum in those countries or even to escape his purgatory in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Last night, in an astonishing display of fawning obedience to the demands of US leaders, France and Germany first announced that they would not grant asylum to Snowden, despite broad popular support by French and German people for such an offer of aid to the embattled whistleblower. Then, France and Portugal abruptly refused to allow a Bolivian aircraft carrying the country’s president, Evo Morales, from a state visit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, to land for refueling in their countries, saying that they were concerned he might be flying Snowden to asylum in Bolivia...

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Broke KC charter school leaves teachers without final paycheck

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/07/03/4326787/broke-kc-charter-school-leaves.html

Teachers at the recently shuttered Derrick Thomas Academy charter school haven’t been paid, and no one seems to know when — or if — they ever will be.

“There are limited, if any, options that Derrick Thomas Academy has to help the teachers,” said James Tippin, a lawyer representing the school. “Believe me, no one on the Derrick Thomas board of directors is happy about this.”...

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Manspeaker: Proposal would be first step toward ending LGBT discrimination

http://cjonline.com/news/2013-07-02/manspeaker-proposal-would-be-first-step-toward-ending-lgbt-discrimination

Councilman says ending discrimination, prejudice is a key task of government

Topeka City Councilman Chad Manspeaker said Tuesday that if the city council approves his proposal to expand the scope of the city’s Human Relations Commission, he intends to bring forth other measures targeted at ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people...

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Thousands demand China honor Hong Kong democracy pledge

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/01/us-hongkong-march-idUSBRE9600NG20130701

Tens of thousands braved typhoon rains in Hong Kong on Monday to demand China live up to its promise to allow fully democratic elections there in 2017 amid mounting fears of increased meddling by Beijing's Communist Party leaders.

The former British colony returned to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997, with the promise of universal suffrage as an "ultimate aim" in its mini-constitution, making it potentially the first place on Chinese soil to enjoy fully democratic elections...

RELATED: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23123758

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CEOs Make a Lot More Than You (And It’s Getting Worse)

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Corporate-Greed/CEOs-Make-a-Lot-More-Than-You-And-It-s-Getting-Worse

In case you missed it, The New York Times published two articles last weekend that captured the dramatic disparity between workers’ wages and executive pay at large corporations across the country. While median working family incomes fell last year, median CEO and executive compensation skyrocketed and lucrative executive retirement packages continued to expand. These lucrative plans, known as “Golden Parachutes,” have increased despite years of public outcry as companies have chipped away at workers’ pensions and retirement plans. At the same time, a coalition of CEOs and corporations are advocating cuts to earned Social Security and Medicare benefits as they rake in lavish retirement and bonus packages.

The New York Times writes:

"According to an updated analysis, the top 200 chief executives at public companies with at least $1 billion in revenue actually got a big raise last year, over all. The research…found that the median (CEO) 2012 pay package came in at $15.1 million—a leap of 16 percent from 2011. So much for the idea that shareholders were finally getting through to corporate boards on the topic of reining in pay."...

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Arizona Republicans Propose Bill That Would Not Allow Atheists To Graduate High School

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/01/25/arizona-republicans-propose-bill-that-would-not-allow-atheists-to-graduate-high-school/

A group of Arizona politicians — all Republicans, of course — have proposed a law (House Bill 2467) requiring public high school students to recite the following oath in order to graduate:

I, _______, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; So help me God.
To quote Comedy Central’s Ilya Gerner: “Nothing says ‘I take this obligation freely’ quite like a state law that withholds your diploma unless you swear an oath.”

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Boys in Custody Sexually Abused by Female Guards at Alarming Rate

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/boys-custody-sexually-abused-female-guards

Pattern follows sexual abuse tactics where power difference is great.

The older authority figure wins the trust of the young target by cultivating a false friendship, having heart-to-heart conversations, giving gifts, offering protection. And then the sex ensues, sometimes forced, sometimes seemingly consensual...

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Republicans are doing everything they can to prevent Americans from having what they have. Health care.

http://democurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2013/07/republicans-are-doing-everything-they.html

It was no big deal when Republicans opposed health care for all, we kind of knew they would.

But the dynamic has changed…dramatically. And now everyone in the U.S. should be, I hope, fed up to here with their tantrums. The difference is a national health care plan...

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Federal Judge Needs Evidence Louisiana Prison Gets Extra Hot in July

http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/07/federal_judge_needs_evidence_louisiana_prison_gets_extra_hot_in_july.html

"Lawyers for the prison said heat complaints were “not scientifically valid,” according to a Nola.com report, and based on “generally incompetent evidence.” "

A federal judge denied a preliminary injunction filed by attorneys for death row inmates in Louisiana’s notorious Angola state penitentiary who are suing the prison for subjecting the prisoners to cruel and unusual punishment due to extreme heat conditions there. The Promise of Justice Initiative attorneys were simply asking for Angola prison officials to control temperatures to more tolerable levels. In 2011, the heat index rose as high as 195 degrees...

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US Uncut on Facebook
Senator Elizabeth Warren reveals how Sallie Mae is accessing taxpayer subsidized credit (.35% interest) then lending it to students at an interest rate 25 to 40 times higher.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/01/warren-asks-why-sallie-mae-is-ripping-off-taxpayers-to-screw-over-students/

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Hong Kongers Demand Self-Determination—Will Beijing Listen?

http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/07/hong-kongers-demand-self-determination-will-beijing-listen/277508/

The July 1 demonstration may be a mere overture to a larger dispute over the territory's future.

Last Monday marked the 16th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule after more than 150 years of being a British colony. Official and unofficial events here attempted to present a cheery picture of Hong Kong's relations with the mainland....

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Occupy suit to cost Oakland $1 million

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Occupy-suit-to-cost-Oakland-1-million-4644279.php#photo-1831651

The Oakland City Council agreed Tuesday to pay more than $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a dozen Occupy Oakland protesters who alleged they were the victims of excessive force by police during clashes with officers in 2011.

The $1.17 million payout, which also requires police to adhere to their crowd-control policies, follows criticism by outside experts who said the Oakland Police Department was severely understaffed and insufficiently prepared to deal with the protesters...

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Sequestration’s Knife Cuts Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Economy/Sequestration-s-Knife-Cuts-Long-Term-Unemployment-Benefits

It’s tough enough being out of work and forced to rely on none-too-generous unemployment insurance benefits, but now thanks to sequestration, long-term jobless workers are seeing a reduction in their lifeline benefits...

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