Eeny, meeni, minie links

It didn’t get the publicity Abu Ghraib did, but Camp Nama in Iraq was also the site of torture. And as with Abu Ghraib, the authority to torture came from higher up.
Another $165 million settlement from Bank of America over mortgage investments. Unfortunately, homeowners who went through or tried to avoid foreclosure in the past few years (not just BoA customers I note) and suffered because of bank errors (including foreclosure with no grounds, losing documents or misinformation) may get as little as $400, regardless of what they lost.
This is not that radical a surprise, actually. One of the problems that keeps cropping up in accounts of financial fraud and prosecution is that convicting anyone is difficult: the complexity of the case, the difficulty of pinning guilt on individuals. So prosecutors often decide to settle instead, and the company gets a picayune fine in comparison to its dirty profits. It sounds like the same dynamic is at work here.
•Speaking of injustice, the USAF’s Lt. General Franklin overruled a jury verdict to free a convicted military wife abuser. No reason given—military law says he doesn’t need to give one. And it can’t be appealed.
•A teacher describes her teenage students’ puzzlement at the Steubenville case—if the victim was unconscious, she couldn’t have said no, so why is it rape?
•In Idaho, parents complains because a teacher said vagina in biology class.
•Slacktivist, which provided the above examples, has more grim sexism links.
•The kind of welfare I wish conservatives would complain about: former baseball player Curt Schilling, who criticizes government for taking away his money to give to other people, took a $75 million loan from Rhode Island for his new company. The company ran out of money so he asked for more state help, but insists he’s not a welfare case.
Which as many people have pointed out, is typical for the anti-welfare conservatives. What other people get is welfare. What they get is only what they deserve or need and they’re dynamic job-creating machines so it’s all good, right?
•China decides against a drone strike outside its borders because of international law issues. The NYT, however, still thinks China taking action anywhere outside it’s borders is a threat to the American Empire—er, sorry, USA.
•Rick Perry doesn’t need evidence to know Mexicans are behind a recent killing.
•Slacktivist again, reminding us that taking antidepressants is not anti-God—a conclusion some Christians disagree with.
•I link to this Slacktivist post purely for its quote from Bioware: ” Privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don’t see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what’s everyone’s fuss all about? That’s the way it should be, and everyone else should be used to not getting what they want.”
•A district court overrules Obama’s decision that teenagers can’t have OTC access to Plan B (the FDA approved it, the White House said no anyway).

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