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COLLAPSE averted but now what? We have more on the teabaggers who attempted a coup last week and wound up with mud on their collective faces. But first we begin with an item highlighting yet another loss for the teabaggers.
WAR ON WOMEN UPDATE: We go to the Constitutional Accountability Center for last month's Sixth Circuit’s Common Sense, Constitution Day Ruling: Business Corporations Do Not Exercise Religion, People Do The next big test of corporate personhood is inching closer to Supreme Court review. Deepening an already existing circuit split, the Sixth Circuit has become the second federal court of appeals to reject the argument that business corporations can evade the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and its regulations requiring them to provide their female employees with access to the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives because the law allegedly burdens the corporations’ right to the free exercise of religion. In a ruling handed down on Constitution Day itself, the Sixth Circuit unanimously held that Autocam Corporation, a for-profit corporation engaged in auto manufacturing, was not a “person capable of religious exercise as intended by RFRA [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act]” and thus was unlikely to succeed on the merits of its claim that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement violated RFRA. Respecting the Constitution’s promise of religious liberty as a fundamental human right owed to all persons, the Sixth Circuit rejected Autocam’s efforts to impose its owners’ religious beliefs on its employees, many of whom have a different set of religious views and want and need access to the full range of contraceptives.
The court’s opinion, authored by Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, a conservative jurist appointed by President George W. Bush, made two important holdings. First, the court held that the Kennedy family, Autocam’s individual owners, cannot invoke their own religious beliefs to justify disregarding the ACA’s contraception coverage requirement, a legal obligation that falls on Autocam, not its individual owners. Invoking the black letter law that “shareholders of a corporation cannot bring claims intended to redress injuries to a corporation, even when the corporation is closely held,” Judge Gibbons explained that “[w]e are without authority to ignore the choice the Kennedys made to create a separate legal entity to operate their business.” To permit individual owners to assert their own free exercise rights to redress an injury to the corporation “abandon[s] corporation law doctrine at the point it matters most.” This is no technical detail. The individual owners of Autocam are seeking to raise their own religious beliefs – which of course are protected by the Constitution and RFRA – because the corporation’s claim that it has free exercise rights is such a weak one. (Indeed, it is meritless.) Judge Gibbons and her colleagues were right to reject this attempt to circumvent the very foundations of corporate law.
Second, in her opinion for the court, Judge Gibbons concluded that “Congress did not intend to include corporations primarily organized for secular, profit-seeking purposes as ‘persons’ under RFRA,” agreeing with the Third Circuit’s prior ruling in Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Secretary of the U.S. Dep’t of Health and Human Services (which we discussed at length here). Judge Gibbons reasoned that, as the Act’s title suggests, “Congress’ express purpose in enacting RFRA was to restore Free Exercise claims,” previously recognized by the Supreme Court, “claims which were very fundamentally personal,” that is exercised by human beings. Far from serving a restorative purpose, “[r]eading the term ‘person’ in the manner suggested by Autocam would lead to a significant expansion of the scope of the rights the Free Exercise Clause protect[s] . . . . ‘During the 200-year span between the adoption of the First Amendment and RFRA’s passage, the Supreme Court consistently treated free exercise rights as confined to individuals and non-profit religious organizations.” Nothing in RFRA, Judge Gibbons concluded, required overriding the basic, common sense difference between business corporations, which are given special privileges to make running a business more lucrative, and churches and other religious bodies, which exist to foster the exercise of religion by communities across our nation.
Business corporations, hoping to build on their huge success in the Roberts Court, have pushed the idea that for-profit corporations should have the same constitutional right to the free exercise of religion as individuals have, even though corporations cannot, in any meaningful sense, pray, express devotion to a God, or act on the basis of a religious conscience. But, as Judge Gibbons showed in Autocam, business corporations do not exercise religion, people do. Her Constitution Day ruling is a fitting tribute to our Constitution’s fundamental protection of basic human rights.

Can you believe it? IMF recommends taxing the wealthy and rolling back Reagan tax cuts! From the Japan Times Tax the rich? IMF report raises eyebrows Fund urges nations to go after the wealthy, big business to mitigate financial imbalances Tax the rich and better target the multinationals: The IMF has set off shock waves last week in Washington by suggesting countries fight budget deficits by raising taxes. Tucked inside a report on public debt, the new tack was mostly eclipsed by worries about the U.S. budget crisis, but did not escape the notice of experts and nongovernmental organizations. “We had to read it twice to be sure we had really understood it,” said Nicolas Mombrial, the head of Oxfam in Washington. “It’s rare that IMF proposals are so surprising.” Guardian of financial orthodoxy, the International Monetary Fund, which held its annual meetings with the World Bank last week in the U.S. capital, typically calls for nations in difficulty to slash public spending to reduce their deficits. But in its Fiscal Monitor report, subtitled “Taxing Times,” the IMF advanced the idea of taxing the highest-income people and their assets to reinforce the legitimacy of spending cuts and fight against growing income inequality. ......... According to IMF estimates, taxing the rich even at the same rates during the 1980s would reap fiscal revenues equal to 0.25 percent of economic output in developed countries. “The gain could in some cases, such as that of the United States, be more significant,” around 1.5 percent of gross domestic product, said the IMF report, which also singled out deficient taxation of multinational companies. In the U.S. alone, legal loopholes deprive the Treasury of roughly $60 billion in receipts, the global lender said. ........ But the IMF’s Copernican revolution is still in the twilight stage. In its report, the IMF continued to push for a wider scope for value-added tax, a consumption tax that some say is inherently unfair, and on reductions in public spending. “These proposals are heading in the right direction, but a lot remains to be done,” said Oxfam’s Mombrial, calling notably for the IMF to do more against illegal capital flows, which, according to the NGO, cost billions of dollars in fiscal revenues in the developing countries. Read the report intro at the IMF Fiscal Monitor - Taxing Times and look for the pdf on the right side!
Then Greg Palast has this bombshell The Golden Dawn Murder Case - Larry Summers and the New Fascism .......Structural adjustment reached its cruel apotheosis in the early 1990s under the guidance of the World Bank’s Chief Economist, one Larry Summers. But then, in 1997, Summers’ post was taken by Prof. Joseph Stiglitz. In 2001, I met Stiglitz whom I’d heard was quietly expressing grave doubts about austerity and structural adjustment à la Summers. He agreed to go public. Over several hours of discussion, which I recorded for BBC TV, Stiglitz charged that IMF-imposed austerity was “ a little like the Middle Ages, when the patient died they would say well, we stopped the bloodletting too soon, he still had a little blood in him.” Stiglitz detailed for me the ill effects of the “structural adjustment” demands, including “free” trade, which he likened to the Opium Wars; bank deregulation, which he found ludicrously dangerous; privatization, which Stiglitz called “briberization”; and budget-cutting austerity. The budget cuts and free-market nostrums, Stiglitz told me, were as cruel as they were stupid. And he said of those who profited off these IMF diktats, “They don’t care if people live or die.” Stiglitz went on to win the Nobel Prize in economics for his skepticism of Markets über Alles. So how, a decade after austerity, briberization and all their cruelties exposed and discredited, did Greece (and Spain and Portugal and too many others) end up under austerity’s bloody grip? To begin with, in 2000, Larry Summers, as US Treasury Secretary, successfully demanded the World Bank fire Stiglitz and purged the Bank and IMF of austerity apostasy. Why? Austerity may fail the public, but it’s damn profitable for those on the inside. All you need is a riot and a few dead bodies. ....... Read on for the exciting conclusion!
Esquire's Charles Pierce explains the Beltway Bubalas' Reign Of Morons: Apotheosis ..............Ted Yoho has been coming for years. Ted Yoho was made inevitable by the NCPAC campaigns of the late 1970's and by the elevation of Ronald Reagan to the presidency in 1980 and, subsequently, to an artificially exalted place in our history after he left office. The Republican party revelled in all the forces that are now tearing it apart. The Democratic party was criminally negligent and abdicated its profound responsibility to fight against those forces; indeed, it spent the better part of the 1980's and 1990's trying to surf the wave itself. The Democratic Leadership Council, and Blue Dog Democrats generally, bear a heavy burden of responsibility for failing to demonstrate to the American people in election after election how extreme the Republicans were becoming. A great portion of the courtier press that now expresses horror at what is going on now went gleefully along for the ride as it became inevitable. Any members of that courtier press who relished the pursuit of Bill Clinton's penis, or conducted the absurd campaign of untruth that was waged against Al Gore between 1999 and 2000 lost the right years ago credibly to denounce conservative extremism and Republican vandalism. That means you, Roger Simon of Politico, who was so shocked the other day to discover that racism may have afflicted the process of government since the president's election, but who once claimed to right to make candidates like Gore "jump through hoops" for the pure hella-fun of it. That means you, Chris Matthews, who chased the presidential dick for two years, all the way through an impeachment process that was a constitutional absurdity, but who now discovers that the campaign of destruction never truly stopped. That means you, Andrew Sullivan, with your current existential torment over How It Came To This. (Pro tip: The Bell Curve? Betsy McCaughey on health-care? Fifth-column liberals? You helped.) This means you, David Brooks, sucking your thumb on book leave while the monster that you got rich feeding grows into its full power. This means all of you who went along for the ride on torture, and on Iraq, and who hid under the bed after 9/11. This is how the power came to rest with Ted Yoho, who is a fool and a know-nothing. This is how historical inevitability is created. This is how its momentum becomes unstoppable. This is how the wreckage piles up "Government is the problem," said Saint Reagan in his first inaugural. And everybody, all of you sorry bastards, cheered, and made completely predictable the moment in which the power of the government would come to reside in. Ted fking Yoho. A guy who should be a minor annoyance at zoning board meetings in Florida is suddenly capable of helping to bring down the financial stability of the world. A guy who should be railing at his local drive-time talk-jock is giving quotes to The New York Times about the essential dismantling of the institutions of self-government. Ted fking Yoho. It's his world now. We just live in it.
Chris Cillizza at WaPo's The Fix has Ted Cruz’s political philosophy, in one sentence Want to understand Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s approach to politics in just one sentence? Of course you do. Here’s the sentence: “I’m not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate.” ......... While Cruz insisted he wasn’t going to go to Washington to fit in during his 2012 Senate campaign, everyone — or at least this guy — assumed he was simply saying the sort of things you say when you fancy yourself a populist outsider. Little did we know that Cruz’s rhetoric wasn’t lip service — he meant every word. He has proven time and again over his first nine months in the Senate that he has zero interest in making nice with his colleagues — Democrat or Republican — or playing by the traditional rules for a freshman senator. Cruz said it himself: He didn’t come to Washington to make friends. And he hasn’t. ......... it has turned Cruz into a pariah among his colleagues and driven his unfavorable ratings up among everyone who doesn’t identify as a conservative Republican. For many people, Cruz is the face of everything they hate about Washington: Pure partisanship and politicking. The fascinating thing about Cruz is that he doesn’t seem to care about all the vitriol directed toward him — both from the general public and from some of his Republican colleagues. In fact, he seems to thrive on it. Like him or hate him, it’s clear Cruz is something the Senate hasn’t seen in a very long time — if ever.
NOV 5th ACTION! MARCH ON DC - Citizens Action - November 5th, 2013 - The Revolution to Restore the Republic of the United States Join the Revolution, Be the Evolution On November 5th 2013 WE THE PEOPLE will march on Washington DC peacefully and unarmed to arrest all members of congress, the president, and all supreme court justices where they will be held without bond until a full independent investigation and trial have been completed. We must re-elect our government within 90 days in order to stave of unrest. First of all please know that this is not a Protest. This is a Citizen Action.
We need to organize a citizens arrest of all parties involved in the various criminal acts that have put our country as well as our world in jeopardy. This is going to be a lot of people but none the less it must be done. Hopefully there are some Sheriffs, US Marshals, and military personnel that will remember their oaths to this country upon the taking of this action by the people and lend their support and expertise in bringing known criminals to justice. What we must do:
  • First of all it should be perfectly clear that the voting system is not only rigged but also criminally negligent in the handling of our elections from at least 2000 if not further back. (10-4! Start with and to get a grip. -Ed)
  • Secondly it should be abundantly clear that the US government has declared war on the American people via such illegal acts as the Homeland Security, Patriot, and National Defense Authorization acts as ALL of the aforementioned acts violate the plain English of the Constitution in one way shape or form.
  • Third the Supreme Court has failed us in their duty to hear such Constitutional violations much less put a stop to them.
  • Fourth the President has made himself dictator through various presidential signing statements.
  • Fifth the US Government has allowed corporations to give orders to America via wars of aggression for resources as well as the many bank bailouts which essentially amount to strong armed robbery of North America as well as the rest of the world.
  • And finally the police, military, courts, politicians, etc. have failed us in their duty to protect us from tyranny and to have stopped this tyranny from ever having taken hold in the first place.
See you there? MEDIA CONSOLIDATION UPDATE: After 125 YEARS of independent publishing The International Herald Tribune is taken over by NYT to be rebranded as The INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK TIMES. We go to Eric Volkman at The Motley Fool for New York Times to Rebrand "International Herald Tribune" The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT ) will rebrand the International Herald Tribune, its English-language newspaper distributed around the world, retitling it the International New York Times. The rebranding will occur "later this year," according to a company press release Monday. Additionally, the firm will roll out what it characterized as "a multiplatform international version of The New York Times that will be tailored and edited specifically for global audiences." The company said the International New York Times is to be edited from Hong Kong, Paris, London, and New York. It said it would provide further details about the move over the coming months. "The digital revolution has turned The New York Times from being a great American newspaper to becoming one of the world’s best-known news providers," CEO Mark Thompson was quoted as saying. "We want to exploit that opportunity to attract international audiences, digital subscriptions and advertisers. We also believe that this is the right moment to rename the IHT as the International New York Times to create a single global media brand." The IHT has had three different names in its 125-year history. Well there you have it. Ugh. NEW MEDIA ALERT! Glenn Greenwald is starting new media venture with Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras (maybe with "Ed Snowden, Mosow Correspondent" eh?) Ya think? BUZZFEED grabs this Exclusive: Glenn Greenwald Will Leave Guardian To Create New News Organization Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer and blogger who brought The Guardian the biggest scoop of the decade, is departing the London-based news organization, for a brand-new, large-scale, broadly focused media outlet, he told BuzzFeed Tuesday. ........ He said he is departing for a new, “once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity” with major financial backing, the details of which will be public soon. “My partnership with The Guardian has been extremely fruitful and fulfilling: I have high regard for the editors and journalists with whom I worked and am incredibly proud of what we achieved,” Greenwald said in an emailed statement. “The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.” ......... The Guardian, facing intense pressure from the British government, has continued to publish Snowden’s revelations at a deliberate pace in recent weeks; but Greenwald has moved more quickly on his own, publishing stories in Brazil and India. He said recently that he will also publish stories soon in Le Monde. Greenwald declined to comment on the precise scale of the new venture or on its budget, but he said it would be “a very well-funded … very substantial new media outlet.” He said the source of funding will be public when the venture is officially announced. Politico reported later Tuesday that a “philanthropist” would fund the venture. ........ “My role, aside from reporting and writing for it, is to create the entire journalism unit from the ground up by recruiting the journalists and editors who share the same journalistic ethos and shaping the whole thing — but especially the political journalism part — in the image of the journalism I respect most,” he said. Greenwald will continue to live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he said, and would bring some staff to Rio, but the new organization’s main hubs will be New York City; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco, he said. The venture, which he said had “hired a fair number of people already,” will be “a general media outlet and news site — it’s going to have sports and entertainment and features. I’m working on the whole thing but the political journalism unit is my focus.” Greenwald said he looked forward to creating a new organization with “no preexisting institutional strictures on what you can do.” And he said his move is driven solely by the opportunity presented. “When people hear what it is, there is almost no journalist who would say no to it,” he said. WaPo also reports Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald to leave Britain’s Guardian newspaper Glenn Greenwald, the blogger and journalist who has revealed key details about the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program, is leaving Britain’s Guardian newspaper to join a new news venture backed by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. The new, as-yet-unnamed news site has also sought to hire Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who was instrumental in linking former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to Greenwald and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post. Another potential hire is Jeremy Scahill, national security reporter of the Nation magazine, said a person familiar with the venture. ...... Poitras and Scahill could not be reached for comment. Omidyar, who grew up in the Washington area, founded eBay in 1995 and became a billionaire two years later with its initial public stock offering. Forbes estimated that his net worth was $8.5 billion in September. ....... Guardian spokesman Gennady Kolker called Greenwald “a remarkable journalist,” adding, “Our work together over the last year has demonstrated the crucial role that responsible investigative journalism can play in holding those in power to account. . . . We wish him all the best.” ..... Listen to this interview on The Scott Horton Radio Show 10/16/13 Trevor Timm who discusses "Glenn Greenwald’s media venture with billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar" and more! NEXT Prairie2 explains The 'Not' Tea Party, or knowing the real names of stuff It looks at this hour, that with the Senate sending a 'survival' budget to the House, that the United States of America will get past its gravest crisis since the near Oligarch takeover during the Great Depression, or from Civil War conquest... by basically the same Oligarchs. ....... While it may seem less than ideal that the terms of the Tea Party surrender only extend the function of government until the start of the new Congressional year, and the debt ceiling only until February. The Republicans are not likely to make a fuss in an election year to block the government again, after the drubbing they just took. The big 'concession' from the Democrats was to tighten income verification before ObamaCare's low income participants get a subsidy. The thing is, the Tea Party's big objection to ObamaCare was that very involvement of the IRS in income verification. Now that this has been made intrusive, it has been transformed into the Republican's 'big' accomplishment from their $36b government shutdown. So the GOP basically got nothing. ObamaCare is now history. How would FDR be remembered if Social Security were called FDR Security. The GOP will need to rename ObamaCare to make it sound like it was their idea. When 'Single Payer' starts to get traction, the TeaBag protest signs will say, "Keep you Government hands off my Constitutionally guaranteed ObamaCare". Haha! Good one Prairie2! Giorgio Viscardini at explains why Nothing Is Less Popular Than the Corpse of a Nazi War Criminal WITH VIDEO! Last Friday, Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke died. He was 100 years old and had been under a very lax state of house arrest at his lawyer's apartment in Rome, serving out the final days of the life sentence he was given for orchestrating and conducting the Fosse Ardeatine massacre on the 24th of March, 1944. The ex-SS captain never expressed any kind of remorse for the 335 civilians and soldiers who were killed that day, always maintaining that he'd simply been following orders. Even in his "testament" – a seven-page message released by his lawyer last week – Priebke denied both the Holocaust and the Nazi gas chambers, claiming they were just "very big kitchens". While remarks like these have turned him into a kind of spirit animal for fascism fetishists and Nazi nostalgists, unsurprisingly Priebke remains widely despised. Argentina – where he lived for 50 years after the war – refused to allow Priebke's body to be returned to the country to be buried alongside his wife, and his German hometown of Hennigsdorf also shunned his corpse, fearing his grave would become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. A few hours after Priebke's death, his lawyer had declared that the funeral would take place in Rome. However, shortly after he made the announcement, both civil and religious authorities rejected any sort of ceremonial funeral for Priebke, with the Italian capital's mayor declaring that "Rome is an anti-fascist city". ...... When Priebke's coffin arrived at the Lefebvrian Institute on Tuesday (followed by a convoy of far-right militants), the assembled anti-fascist protesters who'd been waiting outside the institute started chanting and kicking the hearse. Clashes soon broke out between Priebke’s supporters and the protesters, until riot police cleared the area with tear gas, the coffin was seized by the authorities and the funeral was suspended. So who exactly are these Nazi-sympathising, Holocaust-denying clergymen currently drawing the ire of everyone in Rome who isn't in favour of reinstating eugenics? Read on! One in favor of reinstating eugenics perhaps might be Justice Fat Tony Scalia, ya think? Elias Isquith at explains Scalia: 14th Amendment is for everyone, not “only the blacks” The Supreme Court Justice's remark came during oral arguments on an affirmative action case - According to tweet from David Leonhardt of the New York Times, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made a racially charged comment during Tuesday’s oral arguments on an affirmative action case, saying that the 14th Amendment “protects all races” and not “only the blacks." Here’s Leonhardt’s tweet:
    Scalia: “The 14th Amendment protects all races” — not “only the blacks.”
    — David Leonhardt (@DLeonhardt) October 15, 2013
Hey Tony! How about the kikes? the pollaks? the krauts? the micks? the spics? da diagos? and the ragheads and slanteyes? Eh? (fill in yer fave Archie Bunker stereotype here ________ ) Josh Feldman at has this reaction from Al Sharpton: Slams Justice Scalia for ‘Tone-Deaf’ Remark About ‘The Blacks’ MSNBC’s Al Sharpton was positively shocked by this and had some tough words for the Supreme Court justice. He asked, “Is this the kind of tone-deaf language we should be hearing in the nation’s highest court in the year 2013?” Here’s Scalia’s comment in full: “We’ve held that the 14th Amendment protects all races. I mean, that was the argument in the early years, that it protected only the blacks. But I thought we rejected that.” Sharpton reminded viewers that Scalia once referred to voting as a “racial entitlement." Watch the video below, via MSNBC. Go Reverend Al! North Dakota Oil Spill: Over one thousand football fields of farmland are destroyed. And it will leach FOREVER or whenever it gets Superfund money to clean it up, heh, cuz ya know the pipeline co will do the absolute MINIMUM attempt at cleanup and remediation while sending scores of attorneys to the courts to sort out culpability and liability which may take years or even decades like the Valdeez case where the plaintiffs saw their Exxon Valdez Damage Award Cut In Half or Bloviating Petroleum's Deepwater Gulf Oil Spill defense now In BP Trial, the Amount of Oil Lost Is at Issue. From Reuters' Todd Melby and Selam Gebrekidan In remote field, North Dakota oil boom suffers first big spill (Reuters) - A Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline has spilled more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil into a North Dakota wheat field, the biggest leak in the state since it became a major U.S. producer. The six-inch pipeline was carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale play to the Stampede rail facility outside Columbus, North Dakota. The affected part of the line has been shut down, Tesoro said. Farmer Steven Jensen discovered the leak on September 29 while harvesting wheat on his 1,800-acre farm, about nine miles northeast of Tioga, North Dakota. Oil was gushing from the pipeline "like a faucet, 4 to 6 inches spewing out," said Jensen, who added that nearby wheat plants were ruined. ....... At an estimated 20,600 barrels, it ranks among the biggest U.S. spills in recent years. It is the biggest oil leak on U.S. land since March, when the rupture of an Exxon Mobil pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas spilled 5,000 to 7,000 barrels of heavy Canadian crude. It comes at a time when concerns are growing over the safety of the U.S. pipeline network, which is pumping more oil than ever to bring shale oil and Canadian crude to U.S. refiners. ......... Neither Tesoro nor state regulators could give a cause for the spill or say how long it lasted. Repairs, containment and remediation could cost $4 million, Tesoro said in a statement. "The pipeline was shut immediately and the leak is now contained," said Tina Barbee, a Tesoro spokeswoman. "AS BIG AS A DECK" The oil was isolated within a 7.3-acre (29,947 square meter) area, and within the top 10 feet of clay soil, according to a report filed with the National Response Center on October 8. The center generally makes such reports available on its website within 24 hours of their filing, but services were interrupted last week because of the U.S. government shutdown. Jensen said he smelled the sweet Bakken crude oil four days before he discovered a black pool "as big as a deck" on a remote part of his wheat field. "It was pretty ugly," he said. The nearby crop had "disintegrated, you wouldn't have known it was a wheat plant." .......... Three excavators were scooping up contaminated soil and dumping it into yellow shipping containers late on Thursday. Security personnel kept trespassers at bay while men in hard hats worked on the site. ........ This is the biggest oil spill in North Dakota since 1 million barrels of salt water brine, a by-product of oil production, leaked from a well site in 2006, according to the state Department of Health. New developments in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have caused a boom in North Dakota's oil production and boosted the state's economy. Oil output jumped from 125,000 barrels per day in 2007 to 875,000 bpd in July. North Dakota is now second only to Texas in oil production among U.S. states. Just effing great. From News Corpse "The Internet's Chronicle of Media Decay" Dumb Question: Is The Tea Party Making Congress Dumber? The Sunlight Foundation just released the results of a study that measures the scholastic grade level of speeches made by members of congress. The scale uses the Flesch-Kincaid test and is based on the length of words and sentences used. Among their findings are that…
    “Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level.”
The study further found that it is the “most extreme members” who speak at the lowest grade levels, as well as the most junior. A major turning point was the election of 2010 that saw the introduction of a wave of new Tea Party Republicans to congress. Of the 20 lowest scoring members, 17 were Republicans, and twelve of those are in their first term of office. You have to go down to the 15th place before you find a Democrat. ...... So the fact that members of congress are speaking at lower grade levels may be an indication of either creeping ignorance or enhanced manipulation. .......... The question of whether or not a low score is indicative of low intelligence is still open. Republican pollster and word doctor Frank Luntz spins the results by contending that “It’s not an issue of dumbing it down; it’s an issue of cleaning it up.” But that interpretation only seems to be applicable for Republicans who score poorly. It’s also pure Luntzian meme surgery from the man that calls clear-cutting “healthy forests.” These ten members of congress, who grace the bottom of the list, were rated as speaking at 7th to 8th grade levels (scoring between 7.95 and 8.62). Eight of them are 1st term Tea Partiers. Is it a coincidence that their work in office reflects the arrogance, selfishness, and resistance to compromise and teamwork that sometimes accompanies the immaturity of youth?
We seriously doubt it. They were SENT to Congress and backed by some very powerful interests as we pointed out last week at the NYT A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning. From the you poor basturds in texas file Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress points out Rick Perry Is Actually Encouraging Texans To Enroll In Obamacare After years of trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act, Texas lawmakers are suddenly embracing President Obama’s signature domestic policy accomplishment. On Thursday, the Texas Tribune reported that the state is shuttering a state-based health care program and encouraging Texans to sign-up for coverage in the federally-run health care exchange. Texas’ high risk pool program, which opened in 1998, provides coverage to individuals and families with pre-existing conditions who couldn’t find insurance in the individual health care market. But since the ACA’s exchanges began enrolling beneficiaries, the state deemed the program obsolete, arguing that Texans could find a better deal in the federally-run exchange:
    The state has deemed the high-risk pool obsolete, as the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies participating in the federal marketplace, which launched on Oct. 1, from denying coverage to Texans with pre-existing conditions. Gov. Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 1367 in June, scheduling the pool’s abolishment. The pool will close Jan. 1, and the 23,000 people currently participating in the pool must sign up for coverage on the insurance exchange by Dec. 15 or find coverage elsewhere to avoid a lapse in care.
The shift may help beneficiaries — state health experts project that “people are going to have many more options and many better options in the marketplace ” — but it undermines Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) entire health care philosophy and contradicts the GOP’s claim that states are best suited to take care of their uninsured populations. ........
The BTV LAST WORD goes to Massachusetts Senator ELIZABETH WARREN in an email courtesy callling out the teabaggers' "Political stunt" and is "Relieved but Angry" Elizabeth Warren Is Not Celebrating End of $24 Billion Shutdown Sen. Elizabeth Warren is relieved that government services are once again available to everyone. But she’s not tipping a glass to the end of a shutdown by a “reckless faction in Congress that took the government and the economy hostage for no good purpose and to no productive end,” she wrote in an email to supporters. Republicans had thrown away billions on a “reckless stunt,” she wrote. “So I’m relieved, but I’m also pretty angry.” Here is the full text of Warren’s email:
    I’m glad that the government shutdown has ended, and I’m relieved that we didn’t default on our debt. But I want to be clear: I am NOT celebrating tonight. Yes, we prevented an economic catastrophe that would have put a huge hole in our fragile economic recovery. But the reason we were in this mess in the first place is that a reckless faction in Congress took the government and the economy hostage for no good purpose and to no productive end. According to the S&P index, the government shutdown had delivered a powerful blow to the U.S. economy. By their estimates, $24 billion has been flushed down the drain for a completely unnecessary political stunt. $24 billion dollars. How many children could have been back in Head Start classes? How many seniors could have had a hot lunch through Meals on Wheels? How many scientists could have gotten their research funded? How many bridges could have been repaired and trains upgraded? The Republicans keep saying, “Leave the sequester in place and cut all those budgets.” They keep trying to cut funding for the things that would help us build a future. But they are ready to flush away $24 billion on a political stunt. So I’m relieved, but I’m also pretty angry. We have serious problems that need to be fixed, and we have hard choices to make about taxes and spending. I hope we never see our country flush money away like this again. Not ever. It’s time for the hostage taking to end. It’s time for every one of us to say, “No more.”
H/t to The Huffington Post.
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    • KEISER REPORT [KR512] Keiser Report: Post-Kaboom Period In this episode of the Keiser Report, we discuss post-kaboom period of a de-Americanized world where risk is redistributed and financial systems are re-architected away from the daisy chains of credit without collateral. In the second half, Max interviews Leo Johnson, co-author of Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future (or, if you want to buy local) about the three possible cities of the future: Petropolis, Cyburbia or Distributed City.
    • THE TRUTH ABOUT MARKETS [TaM-1292] The Truth About the Price of Semen Stacy Summary: The Truth About Markets episode 1292, airing on 19 October 2013. Download show HERE (mp3)
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    • Scott Horton Radio Show Progress Report: All right, yall, welcome back to the show to the inaugural Scott Horton Show progress report! It’s been an eventful year since the show and I (amicably) parted ways with, so I thought I would highlight just a few of the show’s important milestones, as well as preview some of the exciting projects to look for in the near future. ........ The show on Pacifica KPFK 90.7 FM in L.A., still called Antiwar Radio, has now moved to join their Sunday morning public affairs line up, and remains the largest source of listeners, with 15,000-20,000 people tuning in weekly. The future: Liberty Express Radio is growing and bringing me along for the ride. The great Charles Goyette hooked me up with Alan Butler and the Liberty Express earlier this year, and what has been the daily replay there from 3-5 eastern time has become my best listened-to show. And now they’re adding my friend Tom Woods to the lineup from 2-3 PM. That does it. I’m making the switch! Starting Monday, October 14, the live show is moving to 3-5 PM Eastern time on, as well as NoAgenda and my own stream.......
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 10/16/13 Trevor Timm: Trevor Timm, co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, discusses the launch of SecureDrop, an open-source submission platform for whistleblowers; Glenn Greenwald’s media venture with billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar; and the bombshell revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that haven’t been revealed yet.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 10/15/13 Coleen Rowley: Former FBI agent Coleen Rowley discusses how whistleblowers check excessive government power and secrecy; NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s Russian exile; and Senator Diane Feinstein’s claim that the current NSA spying program would have prevented 9/11.
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