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Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans becoming increasingly outraged over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults.
Combat operations have concluded for:
- Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kristoffer M. Solesbee, 32, of Citrus Heights, CA.
- Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Hamski, 28, of Ottumwa, IA.
- Army Chief Warrant Officer Christopher R. Thibodeau, 28, of Chesterland, OH.
- Army Pvt. Thomas C. Allers, 23, of Plainwell, MI.
- Army Pvt. Andrew M. Krippner, 20, Garland, TX.
- Army Pfc. William S. Blevins, 21, of Sardinia, Oh.
- Army Staff Sgt. Kristofferson B. Lorenzo, 33, of Chula Vista, CA.
- Army Pfc. Ramon Mora Jr., 19, of Ontario, CA.
- Army Sgt. 1st Class Clifford E. Beattie, 37, of Medical Lake, WA.
The Washington Post has updated its Faces of the Fallen site in time for Memorial Day.
Mobilizing in Michigan. Coalition building in the states. Which is certainly important here in Ohio considering the sociopaths in charge of the asylum have lots of money to throw at banks but none for tuberculosis screening. (On a happier note, SB 5 has claimed its first victim.)
In a companion to last week’s “tea partiers actually defend Constitution” piece, the lunatics in charge of Texas passed an anti-groping law in one of those “right thing for the wrong reasons” cases. It’s not that authorities in Texas have suddenly become champions of women’s rights (cf.) as much as they are trying to find ways to stress their implacable loathing for the federal government now that Team R is not in power. Given its ongoing expansion into our lives I kind of wish they’d held their ground.
I realize that’s easy for me as a non-Texan and infrequent air traveler to say, but it sure would be nice if the swaggering, aggrandized loudmouths there showed as much gumption as an anonymous cantankerous dude in California. I guess you can mess with Texas.
I had a couple links from lambert lined up and somehow overlooked them last week. So here’s your Corrente In Brief:
- Sweet Jeebus, mortgage servicers had PASSWORD CONTROLLED ACCESS TO BORROWER PAYMENT RECORDS, and altered them?
- Somebody should ask Obama whether he supports the OMB workers who are seeking to unionize, or not
- Neglect of Medical Evidence of Torture in Guantánamo Bay: A Case Series. Via.
- Sovereign Citizens group terrorizes small-town officials with fake liens:
The two men filed fake papers in real places — the New York Department of State, Washington state and Ulster County. The people involved in their arrests were inundated with reams of nonsensical documents like maritime liens and judgment demands for millions of dollars.
- Srebrenica: why humanitarian intervention isn’t
Maybe activists can do the FDA’s job for it. It’s hard to believe how contemptibly inadequate regulatory agencies have become. FDA, EPA, SEC, you name it. Which is why I’m not holding my breath for the IRS to show some teeth. (Full credit though: ICE is absolutely phenomenal at cracking down on poor brown people.)
Maybe the debt isn’t so bad after all.
The UK embraced austerity and it’s killing their economy.A more realistic narrative, demonstrated repeatedly since at least the Great Depression, is that when the economy is in a hole and consumers are tapped out, spending public dollars – and running deficits in the short term – minimizes the pain felt on Main Street. Cutting spending, as the deficit hawks want to do, simply increases the hardship.
ECONNED EXCERPT from page p. 117 (emph. hers):
It is particularly troubling that “free markets” boosters cite Chile as a showcase, not simply because the facts say otherwise but also because this bogus “miracle” required a brutal dictator. In other words, despite the fact that “free markets” advocates claim to be tireless supporters of individual liberty, their actions show a disturbing willingness to compromise what they claim as their highest ideal.“Some state assets were sold at huge discounts to insiders.” So basically Ohio is becoming Chile North.
In 1970, Chileans elected Salvador Allende, a socialist. The United States cut aid to Chile and pressured leaders such as the World Bank to follow suit. Allende used large-scale public sector employment to reduce joblessness, increased the nationalization of copper mines and banks (which were heavily foreign owned), and went further with land reforms initiated by his predecessor. The United States helped organize right wing opposition to Allende, which culminated in a military coup in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.
The “Chicago Boys,” a group of thirty Chileans who had become followers of Friedman as students at the University of Chicago, assumed control of most economic policy roles. In 1975, the finance minister announced a new program: opening of trade, deregulation, privatization, and deep cuts in public spending.
The economy initially appeared to respond well to these changes as foreign money flowed in and inflation fell. But this seeming prosperity was largely a speculative bubble and an export boom. The newly liberalized economy went heavily into debt, with the funds going mainly to real estate, business acquisitions, and consumer spending rather than productive investment. Some state assets were sold at huge discounts to insiders. For instance, industrial combines, or grupos, acquired banks at a 40% discount to book value, and then used them to provide loans to the grupos to buy up manufacturers.