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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Morning News: Uber Pushback, Russia Continues to Invade Ukraine, and Detroit Descends Deeper into Bankruptcy

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Charles Bowden, Steely US/Mexico Border Journalist, Died in His Sleep at Age 69: Bowden was a history professor, then a manual laborer, then he found his way to reporting on drug-war violence from Arizona and New Mexico. When talking on a 2012 panel about how to get us to pay attention to the US-sponsored horror-show in Mexico, he famously said: "You have to kill Americans—that's the only thing we care about." And in the video interview above, he drops another lovely gem about his decision to abandon the security of the academy for the rough-and-tumble of writing: "I can't live off money. It isn't enough."

Over 1,400 Children Groomed for Sexual Exploitation in Poor English Town While Police Looked the Other Way: The NYT has a story you don't want to read but maybe should, if you can stand it—cover-up of systematic sexual exploitation of children isn't limited to churches. Some police forces do it, too.

Russian Forces Slash Through Ukraine's Industrial Heartland: "Whether it loses more than that appears to depend on Russian President Vladimir Putin, who last week boasted to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso that his Russian forces could take Kiev in two weeks if that was what he wanted, according to an EU official briefed on the discussion."

Russian Officials Warn LGBTQ Community Not to Organize Any Gatherings in Crimea: "Speaking about gay people during a Crimean government session on Tuesday, the region’s de facto leader Sergei Aksyonov said 'we in Crimea do not need such people.'"

Canadian Envoys to NATO Try a Little Twitter/Onion-style diplomacy:

More Criticism of Uber's "Robber Baron" Capitalism: "The real question we should be asking ourselves is this: What happens when a company with the DNA of Uber ends up winning it all? What happens when the local taxi companies are destroyed and Lyft is crushed? When Uber has dominant market position in every major city on the globe? 'UberEverywhere' isn’t a joke. It’s a mantra, a call to arms, a holy ideology."

Shortage of Rural Physicians in Washington State: The Seattle Times reports that a Port Angeles clinic is turning away 250 patients a week. "If you're not a kid or not pregnant," one Port Angeles doctor says, "there are pretty much no physicians taking patients."

Detroit Enters the Most Contentious Proceedings of Its Bankruptcy So Far; Financiers File Formal Objections That the City Is "Favoring Retirees": "One of the thorniest matters: the so-called Grand Bargain, a deal that raised money from foundations and the state to soften the pension cuts to current employees and retirees. It also would transfer the collection from the Detroit Institute of Arts to a public trust. Under the plan, which retirees and employees voted on and approved, non-uniformed retirees will see a 4.5% cut to their pensions and lose cost-of-living adjustments; uniformed retirees will lose their cost-of-living adjustments. On the other hand, other creditors, such as bond insurer Syncora, will lose much more than 4.5% of what they were expecting. They'll get pennies on the dollar. Syncora has been the most vocal critic of the bankruptcy proceedings, and filed an objection in August accusing the mediators who put the Grand Bargain together of colluding against financial institutions and favoring retirees."

Mass Juvie Jailbreak in Tennessee: Seventeen teenagers are still at large after crawling through a fence during a guard shift change.

Ebola Outbreak Reshaping African Food Supply: Médecins Sans Frontières has been begging the world community for a "global bio-disaster response" as the disease spreads; price of cassava rises 150 percent in Liberia.

A History of Women-Led Riots: Women have incited and conducted more riots than you might think, including one third of the American Revolution's food riots.


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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1

Detroit is America's only 21st century city.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on September 2, 2014 at 8:45 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 2

Crack agent to investigate outbreak of celebrity nudity:

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on September 2, 2014 at 8:47 AM · Report this

Re Detroit: Screwing bondholders announces to the financial markets that some municipalities are little more than banana republics. As the risk profile of municipal bonds (once thought to be the safest of safe bets) is perceived to increase, bond buyers will demand greater return. This will effectively raise the costs to cities across the country for schools, public transport and civic infrastructure. So - in the interests of "helping," liberals are in fact screwing us

Detroit has been on a steady death march since the early 70s. Let it fail as a testament to the consequences of profligate spending, ambitious government, craven civic leadership and collectivist union thinking.
Posted by Zok on September 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM · Report this
raindrop 4
Joan Rivers is still unconscious and on life support: TMZ.
Posted by raindrop on September 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM · Report this
Pakistani man grooming white girls for sexual slavery. And the police and social services do nothing because they do not want to be accused of racism. Welcome to the world of political correctness.
Posted by Sonny Crockett on September 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 6

Uber is feared because it provides "transit" to the suburbs.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on September 2, 2014 at 10:31 AM · Report this
Brookings Institution releases study on just how poor Americans really are. (No surprise, given that the latest Census Bureau findings indicate one out of every two Americans are classified as poor. Also, peculiar, given that the Hamilton Project is located within Brookings, that's the project meant to privatize everything, marching on to the uber monopoly.)……

(Most recent Brookings Institution study indicated phony employment stats due to the use of a 1960 model of the birth/death rate of companies, strongly suggesting that almost one-half of all new job creation cannot be verified!)
Posted by sgt_doom on September 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM · Report this
Latest news out of the ISIS territory indicates they have just, most sadly, beheaded the second journalist whose mother had made that public plea to spare his life.

Although I have always been skeptical of all this so-called War on Terror, it is telling that when a real terorist group (the core made up of Saddam's former Republican Guard) appears, all of Amerika's intel organizations are completely clueless, which lends credence to the reality of their outfit.
Posted by sgt_doom on September 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM · Report this
Posted by sgt_doom on September 2, 2014 at 10:41 AM · Report this
It appears that Uber is striving to become the Amazon of the digital taxi world.
Posted by RDPence on September 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM · Report this
On Uber, Germany strikes back:…

This all goes back (sorry to say this, but it is true) to Carter's deregulation of the airlines and trucking industry, followed by the explosion of deregulation during the Reagan and Clinton administrations.
Posted by sgt_doom on September 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM · Report this
@3: "Fuck those guys that worked for an agreed upon sum, we should repay the people who loaned us money, because they throw a bigger fit!"
Posted by Hanoumatoi on September 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM · Report this
Yeah, my view on any complaints coming from Uber drivers changed once I checked out their unofficial forum and noticed the number of former cabbies who went out and bought new cars to drive for uber full time and are complaining about _everything_ and go around cancelling rides from customers they book who they then find out aren't going a far enough distance.…
Posted by ChefJoe on September 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM · Report this
@5, thanks for playing, but no. This is about deep, profound misogyny and collusion by police officers. There's no way in hell cops are afraid enough of being called "PC" to allow an 11 year old to be raped repeatedly.
Posted by jt on September 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM · Report this
venomlash 15
@5: A Pakistani investigator addressed head-on the fact that the perpetrators were overwhelmingly Pakistani. Crawl back under your rock.
Posted by venomlash on September 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM · Report this
@14, 15
If you had read anything about this you'd know that the Pakistani prosecutor admitted it was pc run amok. I guess all those social workers were also misogynists?…
Posted by robot ghost on September 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 17
Here we are, one hundred years since the start of thirty years of brutal warfare in Europe, and it's looking like we are getting dragged into another one.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 18
@3 - I'd rather live in that banana republic than your paradise.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on September 2, 2014 at 2:06 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 19
@3 Detroit was sold out by the trade agreements and auto industry. People like you see Mississippi as a Republican free market success story.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 2, 2014 at 2:20 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 20
@16 - Except not really. Linking to an opinion piece doesn't make it fact.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on September 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM · Report this

I bet your real fun at parties.
Posted by you have been classified as LWDBAH on September 2, 2014 at 5:43 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 22
@21 - you're, not your.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on September 2, 2014 at 7:27 PM · Report this

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