by Greg Palast
September 6, 2012
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An excerpt from Greg Palast’s Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
Here are the facts, ma’am:
In the 2008 election, no less than:
- 767,023 provisional ballots were cast and not counted;
- 1,451,116 ballots were “spoiled,” not counted;
- 488,136 absentee ballots were mailed in, but not counted.
Add it up: in the last presidential election, no less than 2,706,275 ballots were cast—and never counted. I have not included a quarter million (251,936) provisional ballots counted only in part (that is, for some offices).
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Take the Quiz
Sep 5, 2012 by PBSNewsHour
For more coverage: http://to.pbs.org/RmuIv4
The NewsHour partnered with Pew Research Center for a quiz to determine where voters fall on the political spectrum. At the Democratic National Convention we’ve been asking people to take the quiz on camera. Outgoing Rep. Dennis Kucinich was our first. Watch his responses here and see how you rate on the quiz.
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by Gareth Porter
crossposted at ISP
Sept. 7, 2012
Diplomats from an unidentified country and a Washington research organisation considered close to the International Atomic Energy Agency have alleged in recent weeks that Iran has covered two buildings at a military site to hide a clean-up of evidence of nuclear weapons related testing.
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By John Pilger
September 05, 2012
What is the world’s most powerful and violent “ism”? The question will summon the usual demons, such as Islamism, now that communism has left the stage. The answer, wrote Harold Pinter, is only “superficially recorded, let alone documented, let alone acknowledged,” because only one ideology claims to be non-ideological, neither left nor right, the supreme way. This is liberalism.
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Updated: Sept. 9, 2012 added a video report
Sep 7, 2012 by democracynow
DemocracyNow.org – As President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination to seek four more years in the White House, we host a debate on his presidency with Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report and Michael Eric Dyson, professor at Georgetown University and author of numerous books. Ford calls Obama the “more effective evil” for embracing right-wing policies and neutralizing effective opposition, while Dyson argues Obama provides the best and obvious choice for progressive change within the confines of the U.S. political system.
Click here to watch the entire debate: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/7/effective_evil_or_progressives_best_hope
Updated: May 21, 2014
by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Sept. 5, 2012
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What if two thousand U.S. soldiers were losing their lives every week in Afghanistan? Would the peddlers of the electoral politics of trivia, distraction and avoidance take notice? Of course.
Every week, two thousand Americans, or about 100,000 men, women and children a year, die from mostly preventable hospital-borne infections in the United States. The toll may even be higher (Center for Disease Control updates its figures soon).
To put this deadly disaster in perspective, hospital-induced infections kill more Americans than the combined fatalities from motor vehicle collisions, AIDs, fire and homicides combined. Additional millions more survive infections. The pain and costs are enormous.
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Paramount College on Mar 14, 2018
As the world’s demand for fish and other seafood increases and the technology available to commercial fisherman becomes more sophisticated, the annual harvest from global seaports has grown tremendously in recent years. However, the rise of industrialized fishing has not come without consequences, and many environmentalists and oceanographers believe that the current demand for fish and the methods used to fulfill it are taking an irreparable toll on the world’s oceans, with some speculating that the seas could be literally fished-out by 2048 if current trends do not change.