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    Naked Capitalism - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 06:55
    Categories: political economy

    How Many People Did the CIA Process at Its Stare Kiejkuty “Black Site,” and Where Are They Now?

    Naked Capitalism - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 05:55
    Back-of-the-envelope calculations the CIA processed suggest several hundred people, at least. And we don't know where they are now.
    Categories: political economy

    Money vs. Mission: How Generic MBAs vs. Physicians Think about Health Care

    Naked Capitalism - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 01:55
    MDs think about you the patient as unique in your need for health care. MBAs think about you the widget as a source of profit and institutional power.
    Categories: political economy

    More Signs of Doubt in Europe About the Costs of Siding With Ukraine

    Naked Capitalism - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 01:13
    This week, the US hopes to get the EU to agree to impose so-called tier three sanctions on Russia to punish them for their alleged role in the downing of MH17 and for supporting the rebels in Ukraine. That would include prohibiting investment in Russian equity and debt of Russian banks more than 90 days maturity by European citizens as well as barring EU banks from sourcing funding for them on a regulated market.
    Categories: political economy

    Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas: Why Fossil Fuels Can’t Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels

    Naked Capitalism - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:59

    Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.  The Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, many environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels.  We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which is touted as a “clean” fuel -- even a “greenfuel.

    Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth.

    Categories: political economy

    Seven Days in Solitary [7/27/14]

    Solitary Watch - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 23:55

    The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts.

    • Footage obtained by the Colorado Independent shows excessive force being used against a man who was placed in solitary after exhibiting suicidal behavior. The man was being monitored in his cell before a team of officers entered and proceeded to tase him. The Colorado Independent notes that this episode is representative of many examples of excessive force in Denver’s jails.

    • A ruling on July 24th by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley granted class-action status on behalf of 125,000 people held in California’s prisons in a lawsuit accusing prison officials of racial discrimination. As Reuters reports, during lockdowns men of similar ethnicities are often contained to their cells for days, months or years often without any affiliation to the incident requiring the lockdown. Lawyers representing the men claim these policies violate their Constitutional rights and amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

    • In a commentary in Florida Today, Paula Dockery, who served in the Florida legislature for 16 years and was chair of the Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee, begs the question why Florida Governor Rick Scott is not acknowledging and investigating cases of corruption, torture, and murder within the Florida Department of Corrections. Dockery mentions the death of 27-year-old Randall Jordon-Aparo whose body was covered in yellow chemical gas and yelled for help for five days from his solitary cell before dying. Dockery also mentions attempts by prison officials to cover up such cases.

    • As Wisconsin Watch reports, Ed Wall, the secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections is concerned about Wisconsin’s use of solitary confinement. Wall writes that solitary “may really just be helping to create a worse behavior problem and habitual threat.” The department is aiming to have a revised policy on its use of solitary by January.

    • George Dvorsky writes for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies on “Why Solitary Confinement is the Worst Kind of Psychological Torture.” He writes “Human beings are social creatures. Without the benefit of another person to “bounce off of,” the mind decays; without anything to do, the brain atrophies; and without the ability to see off in the distance, vision fades. Isolation and loss of control breeds anger, anxiety, and hopelessness.”

    • On the July 20th episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” a long comedic segment on mass incarceration showed the severity of solitary confinement and its consequences.

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    The Darker Side of Sunblock

    Truthout - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:03

    The Darker Side of Sunblock

    Truthout - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:03
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