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Georgian-Russian War Truths Emerge

Seumas Milne, Guardian UK:

So now they tell us. Two months after the brief but bloody war in the Caucasus which was overwhelmingly blamed on Russia by western politicians and media at the time, a serious investigation by the BBC has uncovered a very different story.

Not only does the report find strong evidence confirming western-backed Georgia as the aggressor on the night of August 7. It also assembles powerful testimony of wide-ranging war crimes carried out by the Georgian army in its attack on the contested region of South Ossetia.

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Early Voting Sees Reports of Voter Intimidation, Machine Malfunctions

Democracy Now!: Early voting has begun, and problems are already emerging at the polls. In West Virginia, voters using touchscreen machines have claimed their votes were switched from Democrat to Republican. In North Carolina, a group of McCain supporters heckled a group of mostly black supporters of Barack Obama.

According to NYU Professor Mark Crispin Miller, “[Republican operatives] use a kind of architecture that’s called Man in the Middle, and it involves shunting election returns data through a separate computer somewhere else. This is something that computer criminals do all the time with banks. [Republican computer fraud expert Stephen] Spoonamore explains that the Man in the Middle setup is extremely effective and basically undetectable as a way to change election results.”

Professor Miller goes on to say that John Kerry privately told him that Senator Kerry believes the 2004 election was stolen!

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Early Voting Sees Reports of Voter Intimidation, Machine Malfunctions

Democracy Now!: Early voting has begun, and problems are already emerging at the polls. In West Virginia, voters using touchscreen machines have claimed their votes were switched from Democrat to Republican. In North Carolina, a group of McCain supporters heckled a group of mostly black supporters of Barack Obama.

According to NYU Professor Mark Crispin Miller, “[Republican operatives] use a kind of architecture that’s called Man in the Middle, and it involves shunting election returns data through a separate computer somewhere else. This is something that computer criminals do all the time with banks. Spoonamore explains that the Man in the Middle setup is extremely effective and basically undetectable as a way to change election results.”

Professor Miller goes on to say that John Kerry privately told him that Senator Kerry believes the 2004 election was stolen!

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Shopkeepers in Pakistan Burn Porno CD’s

Aamir Latif of IOL writes:

Plums of thick black smoke billowed up into the sky as thousands of burning CDs littered the famous Hall Road street in the city of Lahore. This was not a short-circuit fire or the action of an angry mob. The CDs, mostly porn, were being set ablaze by shopkeepers themselves.

“We had received letters from unidentified persons, presumably Taliban or their local supporters, who warned us to immediately close down this business,” Taseer Ahmed, a local shopkeeper who has been selling such CDs at Hall market for the last ten years, told IslamOnline.net.

Be sure to read the comments at the end — they give a glimpse into the regional tensions in Pakistan.

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The Government Should Do The One Thing It Does Well: Nothing At All

So says Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron. On CNN:

This might mean serious economic pain in the short term, as more banks fail and the economy suffers through a recession. As for a cancer patient who has a tumor removed, however, the long-term benefit will more than compensate.

He calls the Treasury Department’s plan “crony capitalism, pure and simple.”

Government ownership means that political forces will determine who wins and who loses in the banking sector. The government, for example, will push banks to aid borrowers with poor credit histories, to subsidize politically connected industries, and to lend in the districts of powerful members of Congress. All of this is horrible for economic efficiency.

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It is time for the government to do the one thing it does well: nothing at all.

So says Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron. On CNN:

This might mean serious economic pain in the short term, as more banks fail and the economy suffers through a recession. As for a cancer patient who has a tumor removed, however, the long-term benefit will more than compensate.

He calls the Treasury Department’s plan “crony capitalism, pure and simple.”

Government ownership means that political forces will determine who wins and who loses in the banking sector. The government, for example, will push banks to aid borrowers with poor credit histories, to subsidize politically connected industries, and to lend in the districts of powerful members of Congress. All of this is horrible for economic efficiency.

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Voter Purging Process Is ‘Haphazard and Slipshod’

A recent publication released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU details how eligible, registered citizens show up to vote and discover their names have been removed from the voter lists. States maintain voter rolls in an inconsistent and unaccountable manner. Officials strike voters from the rolls through a process that is shrouded in secrecy, prone to error, and vulnerable to manipulation.

The author, Myrna Perez, was interviewed on Democracy Now today about her report.

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Craigslist Bank Heist

In an elaborate robbery scheme that’s one part The Thomas Crowne Affair and one part Pineapple Express, a crook robbed an armored truck outside a Bank of America branch in Monroe, Wash., by hiring decoys through Craigslist to deter authorities.

It gets better: He then escaped in a creek headed for the Skykomish River in an inner tube, and the cops are still looking for him.

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The Battle in Seattle

What really happened at the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle? On television, it looked like vandalism and random violence. On the streets, it looked like part festival, part uprising, part police riot. Now there’s a movie version. An organizer with Direct Action Network, David Solnit, writes about his experience on the streets and on set.

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