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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Outrage overload--now with more adverbs!

Too many horrible things going down all at once to keep track of. Here's a sample:
  • The Pentagon is going ahead with plans to conduct covert military operations in any country any time it decides it wants to, without the approval of the country or even the State Department. Chris Floyd comments eloquently.
  • Halliburton has been importing laborers into Iraq from poor countries and then taking away their passports, making them effectively slaves (or Cheney-gangers). Just doing jobs Iraqis won't do, I guess (although they'll stand in lines, which seem to get blown up daily, just to get what has to be one of the worst jobs in the world--a position in the Iraqi security forces). WIIIAI comments vehemently.
  • Not only are your dollars buying less gasoline these days; they're buying fewer euros as well. That's right, the dollar has resumed its slide into the abyss after a one-year breather due to the failure of the EU to adopt a constitution. Mike Whitney comments alarmingly.
  • "Internet neutrality," which allows all users to benefit from the free exchange of ideas on the web, is under serious attack in Congress. Congressional candidate Charles W. Sanders comments convincingly.
  • When the government comes to get you, your Levi's jeans may help them track you down. Katherine Albrecht of comments lucidly. Here's her lead paragraph:
    It may be time to ditch your Dockers and lay off the Levi's, say privacy
    activists Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre. New information confirms
    that Levi Strauss & Co. is violating a call for a moratorium on
    item-level RFID by spychipping its clothing. What's more, the company is
    refusing to disclose the location of its U.S. test.
And as always there's more, more, more.