Nine Circles of Hell!: Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Time for today’s Nine Circles of Hell! – all the news that gives you fits in print – the nine most hellish news stories now in an all-new format, including a bonus euro story, for Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
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In case you missed it over the weekend, it’s official: the war on Iraq was based on lies. The US based their case for war on statements made by an Iraqi defector known as ‘Curveball.’ When the BBC asks this piece of human garbage – whose fabrications led to more than 100,000 dead – if he lied to start a war with Iraq, he simply replies:,”Yes.” That war cost plenty of lives – and plenty of US taxpayer money, too. New research shows the ‘recession may have brought an enduring shift in the geography of American growth.’ Areas that only a few years ago showed the promise of a housing boom, ‘may now become long-term laggards under the weight of those debts.’ With lending to small businesses now at ‘a standstill,’ US small business growth is slowing which could imperil any recovery we may now be experiencing. Meanwhile, Europe’s unions believe the ‘eurozone crisis is being used to create a different social model’ with fewer worker rights, lower wages, and a higher retirement age. (All of this despite the euro becoming the world’s most abundant currency.) The managing director of the IMF doesn’t see a whole lotta promise for the world economy either fearing “a global undifferentiated rush to austerity will prove self-defeating.” It’s not just the European economy that seems to be going bonkers, it’s also European culture. Germany’s neo-Nazis are now co-opting environmentalism in their attempt to find a wider group of supporters. Sadly, the freedom of the press to report such stories is not happening everywhere. The country that jails the most journalists per capita is Eritrea followed by Israel in a distant second place. With the US nowhere near the top ten countries with highest per capita arrests of journalists, you gotta wonder why our press is missing some very important stories. For instance, Chicago is in the midst of its own Tayvon Martin case but nobody’s reporting it. Howard Morgan’s mother describes him as “the only man in the world who was shot 28 times and still alive to tell the truth about what happened.” What is certain is that Morgan is black, the cops who shot him 28 times are white, Morgan was arrested for attempted murder, acquitted, retried and found guilty – despite many believing this is the definition of double jeopardy. As Morgan’s mom says, “This is crazy. There’s been a news blackout. I had to go outside to get someone to help. His constitutional rights were violated. He did not have a fair trial.” Finally, for those of you keeping score at home, this past month was the warmest March on record in half the US, which makes it the 325th consecutive month in which global temperatures exceeded their long-term average for a given month dating back to February 1985
That’s today’s Nine Circles Of Hell!
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