Afghan Riches, Baltimore Burns & The Cashless Society‏: Apr. 28, 2015

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire—Afghanistan Reconstruction Edition
by Klaus Marre
Check out the latest outrageous waste of US taxpayer dollars not helping the Afghan people. It truly is like pouring a sack of cash into a sinkhole.

WHO

The Mysterious Death of Freddie Gray
Yesterday, Baltimore burned. But before the burning there was the funeral for Freddie Gray—yet another African-American man who lost his life after an encounter with police. Gray died of spinal injuries somehow acquired before his arrival at the station. Investigations are ongoing, but it is likely that something really bad happened during his ride in a police van. Freddie Gray wouldn’t be the first suspect to emerge from a police van with injuries.

Orioles COO John Angelos Offers Eye-Opening Perspective on Baltimore Protests
In spite of the violence outside Camden Yards on Saturday, Orioles COO John Angelos—the son of owner Peter Angelos—issued a resounding condemnation of the political cowardice, the economic sell-out of the Middle Class to “dictatorships,” and the growing police state that created the circumstances of despair leading to the riots that have, in fact, shut down Orioles games.

Kids of Republicans Pull Parents to the Left on Gay Marriage
The Supreme Court heard arguments today on a landmark case that could finally extend the right to same-sex marriage to all 50 states. While many are still trying to “pray away the gay,” even inside the GOP there are divisions opening up as gay family members change the hearts and minds of conservative ideologues. And Evangelicals are increasingly divided between expanding human rights and the Constitution.

Fast Track Trade Bill: When Obama and Republicans Agree… Watch Out
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the White House today. Among the topics was the still-secret Trans–Pacific Partnership trade deal currently being negotiated in an undisclosed location. No, Dick Cheney isn’t involved, but he and his fellow Republicans love “free trade” agreements even more than they hate Obama. And that may be a hint as to its potential impact on working people.

WHAT

The “War on Cash” in 10 Spine-Chilling Quotes
A “War on Cash?” Really? Who hates cash? Doesn’t everybody love cold, hard cash? This is America, after all. But some of the world’s biggest bankers are bearish on greenbacks. And they are not alone in expressing disdain for hard currency. Add Robert Reich, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the founder of Square—a mobile payments company—to the list of cashless society enthusiasts.

WHY

Why The New York Times Is Naming Names In CIA Drone Story
The CIA wanted the Gray Lady to keep her mouth shut when it published a story on America’s increasingly troubled drone war. But Executive Editor Dean Baquet confirmed that he denied the request because the people in question are not covert operatives, but key decision-makers engaged in a de facto war effort.

Why Seattleites Think They Can Stop Shell Oil From Drilling in the Arctic
They’ve seen coffee and they’ve seen rain. They are the varied denizens of the Great Northwest and they’ve got a plan to keep Shell Oil’s drilling rig—the Polar Pioneer—hopelessly moored in the Port of Seattle.

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