Posted by: quiscus | July 20, 2011

July 20, 2011

1.  “Justice Department Filing Casts Doubt on Guilt of Bruce Ivins, Accused in Anthrax Case

On July 15, however, Justice Department lawyers acknowledged in court papers that the sealed area in Ivins’ lab—the so-called hot suite—did not contain the equipment needed to turn liquid anthrax into the refined powder that floated through congressional buildings and post offices in the fall of 2001.”

2.  Good:

“Iran may deploy warships in Atlantic”

3.  “Sign of the Times: San Francisco Court System “Essentially Out of Business”

ABC news notes:

The presiding judge of San Francisco’s court system announced Monday she is preparing to dismantle operations in the civil division of her court and she is warning the layoffs and closures will be drastic.


“The civil division will essentially be out of business,” Feinstein said. “The cases will sit on shelves piled high and will not make it into a courtroom for close to five years. It will for all practical purposes dismantle our court. Paying a traffic ticket for a criminal fine at the Hall of Justice will take hours standing in line. There will be fewer clerks there to process your payment. Obtaining a copy of a criminal or civil court record will take months. Obtaining a divorce will take at least a year and a half.”

4.  “The Class Politics of the US Debt Ceiling Crisis

No one should be under any illusions about the dimensions of the cuts that are being worked out in Washington. The Obama administration’s focus is on implementing changes that will be devastating to the working class. These cuts will plunge millions of working people into conditions of poverty, hunger, disease and premature death.

As far as the ruling class is concerned, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fatally undermine social programs, particularly Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which the financial elite regards as an intolerable burden. ”

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