Protestors Stormed Government Building in Beirut: They're protesting a far too cozy relationship with Syria and the car bombing on Friday.
Hong Kong Authorities Seize Ivory: Four tons of ivory, in fact. They found the loot in shipping containers bound to China from Tanzania and Kenya.
Ex Politician Kicks the Bucket: George McGovern, who ran for president in 1972, has died.
Netanyahu Says OK to Construction in Jerusalem: And everyone else in the world says please don't.
But in Happier News: Qatar says it will help rebuild Gaza, to the tune of $254 million.
King County Judge Dies: The newly elected King County Superior Court Judge Scott Johnson died yesterday. Governor Gregoire will need to appoint someone until the next general election. His term would have started January 1st.
Officer's Daughter Shoots Herself: The daughter of a Spokane Police Officer accidentally shot herself with his department-issued pistol—a week after he'd take a gun safety class.
Counterfeit Money Floating Around: The dough does not look legit even a little bit, but some shop owners fell for the rouse.
From the Land of WTF ? ? ?
In all 234 counties of Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in swing state Ohio, votes will be cast on eSlate and ePollbook machines made by Hart Intercivic. Hart Intercivic machines have famously failed in Tarrant County (Ft. Worth), adding 10,000 non-existant votes. The EVEREST study, commissioned by the Ohio secretary of state in 2007, found serious security flaws with Hart Intercivic products...
I happen to be in a non-swing state so I can either not vote, or vote as I probably will for Jill Stein, Green candidate, in the hope that it might be the beginning of some genuine electoral alternative over time.
HEDGES: [...] I intend to vote, but I will not vote for Barack Obama. I'll vote for a third-party candidate: Rocky Anderson, or Jill Stein from the Green Party.
JAY: Would it make any difference to you if you were in a swing state where a few votes might matter?
HEDGES: No, because the problem is that we who care about the underclass, who care about protecting what's left of our anemic democracy, who care about battling back against corporate power, have no influence within the Democratic Party. [...]
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