Sunday, December 10, 2006

A Heads Up for Purveyors of Reality Based Journalism

Sam Smith, the point man behind the Progressive Review, runs a superb blog. Here, I have highlighted a few recent items:

Snip: "More businesses are treating their staff more as serfs than as free employees. True, they are not technically unfree laborers as they are able to leave their jobs (to find similar employment elsewhere) but increasingly employers are seeking the sort of control over the personal lives of their workers that characterized various forms of unfree labor including serfdom, indentured servitude and slavery." (click here for more)

Snip: "Marijuana is not a 'gateway' drug that predicts or eventually leads to substance abuse, suggests a 12-year University of Pittsburgh study. Moreover, the study's findings call into question the long-held belief that has shaped prevention efforts and governmental policy for six decades and caused many a parent to panic upon discovering a bag of pot in their child's bedroom. . ." (click here for more)

Snip: "Yesterday Florida's 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected a challenge to the 25-year mandatory minimum sentence received by pain patient Richard Paey for "drug trafficking" that did not involve any trafficking in drugs. As the majority explained, under Florida law 'a person need not sell anything to commit the 'trafficking' offense. . . A person may commit the offense by knowingly being in actual or constructive possession of an enumerated controlled substance in a quantity equal to or greater than a weight designated by statute' - in this case, 28 grams of the narcotic painkiller oxycodone. (click here for more)

Snip: "The Environmental Protection Agency has changed the way it sets standards to control dangerous air pollutants like lead, ozone and tiny particles of soot, enhancing the role of the agency's political appointees in scientific assessments and postponing the required review by independent scientific experts." (click here for more)

Also see:

Bush Agent Orders Demolition of 4,500 New Orleans Public Housing Units

U.N. Official: Darfur in Freefall

Recovered History

Affordable Housing Continues to Dwindle

Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who has covered Washington under nine presidents and edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review is an online journal and archive of alternative news. It has been on the web since 1995.


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