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Monday, June 27, 2011
♦ Well, we're back. Sort of. Did you miss us?
We've been dealing with a health crisis, enduring "the greatest health care system in the world" (which ain't that great), but the prognosis is good. We're still here and we're not going away soon.
For several weeks, though, we really haven't been following the ordinary news of politics and political repression. And even as we get back to something approximating our semi-ordinary routines, our personal realms are so cluttered and hectic that the day to day bullsh*t news headlines can't much hold our attention. Thus this blog might have a different feel to it. Let's see how this goes.
♦ Democracy Now thinks it's newsworthy that Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked with the United States government to block any increase in wages in the hemisphere’s poorest nation, Haiti.
My reaction is "of course." I mean, catering to the desires of the rich and powerful is what governments do, and the US government does it really, really enthusiastically. You'd have to be pretty damned naive to envision the USA or giant corporations like Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s working to raise wages for third world workers, or even being neutral on the topic. Of course they're working together to keep poor people poor.
And if you imagine that it's different inside the USA, that the American government of any giant corporation is neutral or favors or isn't actively opposed to higher wages for American workers, cripes, you're on drugs I can't afford.
♦ College is overrated and not for everyone, but the blunt truth of the matter is that as middle-class Americans can't afford a college education, America's future in the world grows bleaker.
♦ So, is Keith Olbermann's new show any good? We don't have cable but I'd probably watch every episode on-line, complete with commercials if they'd let me. It looks like they won't let me, though. Olbermann's web page seems to offer only clips clips and more clips. And that page puts me in a sour mood every time I land there -- it's almost as aggressively ugly as Homer's web page.
A long, bad-breathy sigh. I've rather liked Olbermann in the past, while often muttering that maybe he should tone it down a notch, but I'm old and I'm crotchety and I lack the patience to put up with websites that visually fart at me. And that is one ugly website. If anyone reading this knows a link that'll let me view entire episodes of Olbermann's show, not clips, gimme a holler please (email@example.com). If there's no such link, que sera sera. I'll make do without Olbermann, and Olbermann will do just fine without me.
♦ Google's latest annoyance is a little twinkling box beside each and every search result asking me to "Recommend this." I didn't ask for this, it adds no value to my search results, and it actually subtracts value by visually distracting me from the info I care about and searched for.
But it's just another chance for me to rave about the free, public-sourced Mozilla Firefox browser. Thanks to Firefox, I've easily removed Google's latest eyesore by using the (free) Ad Block Plus Firefox add-on to block this element. Hooray again for Firefox, and for Ad Block. And if you're still using Internet Explorer, you really have no idea how pleasant surfing the internet can be. You can download a far better browser for free, at the Mozilla website.
♦ And that's it for today, probably for tomorrow too. For daily updates, please check Dr Sputnik's Society Pages, curated by Helen. Meanwhile, remember, it's really not about left vs right, it's much more about truth vs lies. Stay skeptical, use your noggin, ask questions, and never sit quiet through the lies.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Illinois cop charged with stealing male enhancement pills
Former California police officer charged in Texas child porn case
Hawaii police officer charged in theft of firearm
Former Virginia police officer accused of sex crimes
Illinois correctional officer charged in bribery, tobacco smuggling scheme
California deputy formally charged in sex with minor case
Michigan sheriff's deputy charged with six felonies and five misdemeanors
New York cop arrested for sexually coercing woman at traffic stop
North Carolina cop arrested for prostitution
Three Georgia sheriff's officers charged with extortion
South Carolina corrections officer charged with 33 counts of fraud
D.A. says North Carolina deputy lied; charged in fatal crash
California deputy pleads not guilty to sex with minor
Fired Nebraska police officer charged in child porn case
Missouri police officer charged with involuntary manslaughter
Virginia police officers under investigation
Former South Carolina sheriff's deputy charged with assault, battery
Seventh D.C. police officer arrested in 5 months, charged with stealing thousands
16 D.C. police officers arrested so far this year
Fired South Carolina deputy sentenced to four years in prison for thefts
Colorado jail deputy arrested; police find loaded gun, steak knife in car
Florida deputy trainee arrested on grand theft charge
South Carolina deputy fired after video shows jailhouse attack on inmate
California jail officer must register as sex offender after conviction for assaults on inmates
Fired North Carolina deputy gets 42 months for embezzlement
California jail guard arrested after ripping his brother's pet snake in half
Massachusetts cop gets two years for viewing child pornography ondep't computers while on duty
Felony charge costs Indiana recruit police job
Crooked Texas cop gets 15 months in prison
Missouri cop convicted of shakedowns gets probation, house arrest
TSA officer arrested after items stolen from baggage found in raid
Off-duty California prison guard arrested after domestic dispute
Monday, June 27, 2011
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