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Link Roundup 
25th-Jun-2008 10:25 pm
Supreme Court Slashes Exxon Penalty. Nineteen years ago, the Exxon Valdez supertanker struck a reef in Alaska, causing an environmental catastrophe so devastating its impact continues to be felt. A court later slapped Exxon with $5 billion in punitive damages, but on Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled that the oil giant shouldn’t have to pay more than about a tenth of that amount.

Congress, Step Up and Start Defending the Constitution. The Democrats' capitulation on FISA is a triumph of Congressional self-importance over the guardianship of our Constitutional rights.

The Real Pro-Life Candidate. It's pro-choice policies that result in dramatic declines in the need for abortion, and it's the pro-choice candidates who truly value life.

Anti-War Soldier Jonathan Hutto: People, Not Politicians, Will End the War in Iraq. The author of Antiwar Soldier discusses the GI movement, the election and why "the military needs racism" to fight its wars.

The American Workplace Is Stuck in the '50s. Wages are in the gutter. Work-life balance is out of whack. When will workplace policy catch up with the changing landscape of America's workforce?

It's Time To Get Rid of the Good-People-vs.-Bad-People View of Drug Use. When discussing treatments for drug addiction, instead of arguing about ideology, let's look at science.

Media Tell Us About Iraq War-Oil Connection Five Years After the Fact. If Iraq's main product had been video games, the media might have been quicker to ask tough questions about the war's effects on our kids' lives.

Amy Goodman: Retired General: "The Current Administration Has Committed War Crimes". As Congress pieces together the White House torture program, former Army General Antonio Taguba condemns Bush's "systematic regime of torture."

David Sirota: Obama's Clearest Path to the Presidency: Talk About Wages. If Obama counters the GOP's race-baiting by promoting working-class interests and a fairer trade agenda, he will win the White House.

Abuse of the Filibuster: Republicans Play Dirty 'Block and Blame' Game. It works like this: Republicans hijack the Senate, block important legislation, then complain nothing is getting done.

Judith E. Schaeffer: Five Years Later: Decriminalizing Gay People -- Another Reminder of the Importance of the Supreme Court. Many people probably don't recall much, if anything, about June 26, 2003, but I recall a great deal. That's because it's the day on which the Supreme Court issued one of its most important rulings in the area of individual rights and human dignity. In Lawrence v. Texas, a sharply divided Court struck down a Texas state law that prohibited consensual, private sex between adults of the same gender, a law that essentially made criminals out of gay men and lesbians. Five justices held that the law was an improper intrusion on the right to liberty guaranteed to everyone by the Constitution, effectively invalidating all state laws that invade the home to prohibit so-called sodomy.

Nader, Unsafe at Any Speed, Says Obama Wants to "Talk White". Obama's communications director Robert Gibbs calls Nader's remarks "reprehensible." We should honor Nader's many career achievements, thank him for his service, then stop paying any attention to him.

Frank Schaeffer: Dr. Dobson Has Just Handed Obama Victory. Senator Obama just took another giant step toward winning the presidency. Actually, someone who considers himself a sworn enemy of Senator... See also Media Whitewashes Dobson, Hides 'Beat-Your-Child' Dogma and Dare To Discipline: How Obama-Critic Whipped The Mini Weiner Dog Rebellion.

Arizona Senate Rejects Anti-Marriage Amendment. The Arizona Senate has rejected a proposal that would have asked voters to amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. The 14-11 vote fell two votes shy of what was required to send the proposal to the November ballot. Senators later voted to reconsider the measure at another unspecified date.

Illegal Immigration Is a Red Herring. "Economic refugee" is a better descriptor than "illegal immigrant." It's more accurate. But we never hear it. And most people are probably uncomfortable using it. Why is that?

How Conservatives Have Duped Us in the Global Warming Fight. Rockridge fellow Joe Brewer explores two competing ideas at the heart of the climate debate.

The Money-Laundering Operation at the Heart of the Democratic Party. The ranks of obsequious lobbyists looking to curry favor - and contribute to your war chest - is set to explode. See also Democrats Have Legalized Bush's Crimes

House to Hold First-Ever Hearing on Transgender Rights. On Thursday the House will hold the first-ever Congressional hearing on transgender rights. Introduced by Congressman Rob Andrews, D-NJ, the hearing will examine discrimination faced by transgender people in the workplace.

Obama Goes Soft on Free Trade. Obama campaigned against NAFTA during the primaries. Now he's backpedaling and reassuring Wall Street about that same policy.

Conservative Government Destroys Atlanta Like Gen. Sherman Never Could. The colossal mismanagement of water in Georgia has produced an urban crisis with no clear solution other than a return to smart government.

Religious Right Groups Want Pastors to Cross the Partisan Line and Spark Court Showdown. The nation's most prominent Religious Right legal group is looking for a pastor who will knowingly break the law and spark an IRS penalty.
Comments 
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26th-Jun-2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
Fining them $5B will just result in them having to cut back on exploration and development, which will ultimately result in higher fuel prices.

Indeed, but I'm not convinced that would be such a bad thing, actually. It would spark a lot of hysteria, but from that might come the call for people to start becoming more responsible with their consumption. Carpooling. Alternate forms of transportation. More fuel efficient vehicles and/or alternate fuels. People aren't taking seriously the need for compromise and self sacrifice. Better we start getting acclimated to it than staving it off until there's no other choice, and that day IS coming eventually.

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26th-Jun-2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
While I won't disagree with you on Greenpeace being famous for over exaggerating points and twisting the facts to suit an agenda, I would like to see some studies to back that claim up before I can really agree 100%.
26th-Jun-2008 10:03 am (UTC)
you totally just fucked my day at work today
26th-Jun-2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Welcome!
26th-Jun-2008 10:04 am (UTC)
oh...and I love you.
26th-Jun-2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
& I love you too!
26th-Jun-2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
This is what an anti-gay T-shirt looks like. Shall I laugh or shall I cry?

http://dnes.dir.bg/2008/06/25/news3135374.html

Translation of the caption: Be Intolerant! Be Normal!

The capitalization is not a normal feature of the Bulgarian language, it's just a show of the author's stupidity.
26th-Jun-2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
People are entitled to their opinions, no matter how fucked up they are!
26th-Jun-2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
The thing with Exxon pissed me off so much that I wrote a letter to both my senators[1] about it. This should not be permitted.

[1] - lowercase because they annoy me greatly with their FISA leanings
27th-Jun-2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Long long ago, in a life far far away...

I used to respect Ralph Nader. However, I once saw him on a TV debate show (on PBS I think), and rather than articulating his points, he was continuously insulting, condescending, and abusive. After that, I lost all the respect I had once had for the man. In the decades since then, I haven't seen anything to cause me to change my opinion.
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