Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Newslinks: November 14th, 2012

Eric Holder apparently knew about the Petraeus story for months.  I say that qualifies as the DoJ being added to the list, since he didn't let the White House know.  At least he's not accused of stalking Mrs. Kelley....yet.


U.N.: Contraception Access A Human Right.  About time, thank you UN.


Israel ministry paper proposes 'toppling' Abbas over UN bid.  If their bid for UN Non-member State status is approved.
Israel and Gaza reach tacit truce. ... Or not: Hamas Militant Chief Killed In Israeli Airstrike.  And Hamas has basically said the truce is done.  That lasted less than a day.  Annnd to follow up: Israeli military announces readiness for ground war in Gaza.  Fuuuuuuuuuck.



Anti-austerity strikes sweep Europe.  Millions of workers across Europe have gone on strike to protest the spending cuts that they say are making the economic crisis worse. 
Russia expands definition of treason under new law.  It allows charges against people representing foreign organizations as well as states.  Just talking to a foreigner could, in a draconian ruling of the law, allow treason charges.  I mention that because Russia does occasionally go the draconian route.




Senate Passes Bill Boosting Payments to Veterans. It took weeks because...anonymous hold.  Effing hate anonymous hold.
Richland County to resume vote count This is in South Carolina.  Apparently they had long lines and missed their vote counting deadline.
Ballot count goes on in Arizona.  They're down to about 324,000 uncounted votes.  215,000 of them in Maricopa County.  Though now there are lawsuits to throw out provisional votes because poll workers did not seal them right.  *Sigh*
Angus King To Caucus With Senate Democrats.  I'm not surprised. The Republican side wants everyone in Lockstep.  The Dems want that to, but don't know how to push for it so it doesn't happen often.
9 lawmakers want to charge U.S. officials who implement Obamacare.  Oh Wisconsin.  Certain Republicans want to arrest any federal workers who try to implement the ACA.  These nine also want guns to not require permits, and any airport security worker who does a "overly invasive" pat down to be charged with sexual assault.  Even better, the ACA is unconstitutional according to them, as they ignore the Supreme Court.


RIAA Celebrates 15 Year Jail Sentence For Movie and Music Pirate. 6 counts nets 15 years.  Selling though, not online giving.



New England Compounding Center: FDA Wanted To Close Meningitis-Linked Pharmacy In 2003.
Toyota Recalls 2.77M cars due to steering glitch.  Seriously, Toyota got too successful and started cutting corners.  American cars are, at the moment (Especially Buick) rather reliable.
Papa John's faces $250 million spam lawsuit.
Airlines Face Acute Shortage of Pilots.
Facebook Investors Brace for Big Round of Unlocked Shares. 804 million shares unlocked today. Contrary to my expectation: Facebook Shares Rocket Higher Despite Lockup Expiration.


Human intelligence 'peaked thousands of years ago and we've been on an intellectual and emotional decline ever since' .  I saw this yesterday, but didn't include it.  It's something I've always wondered.


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