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Friday, den 24. August 2012

Few news outlets are more sympathetic to the financial services industry than the Wall Street Journal . So it’s interesting when the paper reports from London that “antibanking sentiment here is still off the charts,” leaving the industry “gun shy about flaunting wealth.” That was also true at the Olympics, even though “The games are typically one of the biggest corporate schmoozefests on the calendar.” This is part of what the Journal calls “a wave of banker austerity,” with executives skipping the usual “hired black sedan” and champagne, and even resorting to putting up important clients in mere three- or four-star hotels.

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Tuesday, den 21. August 2012

by KC Golden, via GRIP In a memorable TV ad saluting the hard work of Olympic athletes, swimmer Ryan Lochte reveals how he made it to the Games in London:  “I swam here.” That would be one way to avoid the modest cost of carbon pollution permits required for aviation under the EU’s Emission Trading System. Senator John Thune has a less strenuous approach: Ban U.S.

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Sunday, den 19. August 2012

Athletes came to London to win medals… and also to get high and party. In a story published by ESPN, US gold medalist Ryan Lochte talks about leaving the Olympic Village for a drug-taking experience with London soccer fans

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Ever since I saw Craig Zobel’s film Compliance , about employees at a fast-food restaurant who were talked into an abusing a co-worker, at Sundance, I’ve been eager to see it reach a wider audience. The movie follows a day in the life of Sandra (Ann Dowd), a manager at the restaurant for whom nothing seems to be going right, who receives a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer, who tells her that Becky (Dreama Walker), a junior employee at the restaurant, has stolen from a customer. Over the course of the day, the man talks Sandra into detaining Becky, having her searched, and ultimately, another man into assaulting her

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan is considered a single-issue candidate — someone who bolsters Mitt Romney’s argument that this election is about the economy and only the economy. Ryan hasn’t dedicated much time to social issues.

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Over at Deadline, Ray Richmond puts the five nominations for non-white actors out of 94 acting nominations handed out by the Emmys this year in historical context: One of the dirty little secrets that haunts the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is its woeful (some might even say shameful) track record in honoring African-American actors and actresses with Emmy Awards. Consider that were Giancarlo Esposito of AMC’s Breaking Bad to win this year for supporting actor in a drama series, or the mixed-race Maya Rudolph to take the comedy guest actress prize for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, they would become the first black performers to win in their respective categories ever. Similarly, if Don Cheadle triumphs in the lead actor in a comedy race for his work in the Showtime half-hour House of Lies, he’d become only the second African-American in history to win in that category.

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Mitt Romney started the primary campaign by suggesting that federal arts funding should be cut in half . Now, in an interview with Fortune Magazine, he’s gone a step further , and has said that as president, he would entirely eliminate the subsidies for PBS, and for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

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Thursday, den 16. August 2012

Late in 2011, a song from a virtually unknown 20-year-old rapper from Harlem knocked the Internet on its ass. Azealia Banks’s “212” was a wildly original debut single that found the rapper dribbling a steady stream of elastic wordplay and oh-no-she-didn’t raunch over a skronky beat from producer Lazy Jay.

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Thursday, den 16. August 2012

As always, the news cycle this summer has had its ups and downs – tales of hope mixed in with plenty of stories that make you want to scream (cough, ahem, Chick-fil-A).

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Thursday, den 16. August 2012

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Acid Dreams author Martin A. Lee’s new book Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana — Medical, Recreational, and Scientific  (Simon and Schuster, 2012): Peer-reviewed scientific studies in several countries show THC and other compounds found only in marijuana are effective not only for cancer symptom management (pain, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, and so on), but they confer a direct antitumoral effect as well

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