Truthout reports that enemy detainees with serious mental ailments at Guantanamo Bay and other holding facilities were given anti-psychotic medication so they could be interrogated longer.
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“DoD Report Reveals Some Detainees Interrogated While Drugged, Others ‘Chemically Restrained’”—Truthout
Truthout also reports that the secretive ALEC nonprofit that feeds corporate-sponsored bills to state lawmakers has recently lost a number of major corporate sponsors including John Deere, MillerCoors and Best Buy.—Truthout
A federal judge has given temporary reprieve to Mississippi’s only abortion clinic after the passage of a state law tightened restrictions on the clinic, a measure the bill’s sponsor says is aimed at getting rid of abortion clinics in the state.—Jackson Free Press
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KRCL explores the House’s version of the 2012 Farm Bill that guts funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamps program, and hosts guests discussing the need to keep the program alive.—RadioActive
KCPW hosts Dr. Kevin Jones, who talks about his book that explores doctor/patient communications and the questions doctors can and can’t answer and the ones they should.—CityViews
Daniel Geery is a longshot candidate for the U.S. Senate, running on the Justice Party ticket in a campaign where he’s not accepting any campaign donations.—Salt Lake City Weekly
A video of a kitten cemented up to its head in a metal pipe in Colorado City, Ariz., is not only a shocking example of animal cruelty but is also illustrative of ongoing tensions between competing factions within the polygamist community.—Salt Lake City Weekly.
Artist, activist and former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins begins a column for the L.A. Weekly -- this week looking at the recent health-care decision and why “Bubba,” who chafes at the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, is not really the rugged individual he thinks he is.
“Who pays for Bubba? I do. I have health insurance. My rates go up because Bubba is irresponsible. If Bubba was truly the rugged individual he claims to be, cut from the coarse bolt of Ayn Randian fabric, he would no doubt refuse treatment and die. The thing is, he is not a rugged individual. You want to see rugged? Vietnam, India, Sudan -- that's rugged. Bubba couldn't hack it for a day.”—L.A. Weekly
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From CW’s cover on ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, that’s holding its 39th annual meeting in Salt Lake City July 25-28:
“We’ve been trying to get the state to pull out of these organizations forever,” says citizen activist Claire Geddes, who ran Ross Perot’s Utah campaign. “These representatives don’t even see the problem with this. Our government has gone so far wrong that they believe this is right—and it’s fascism.”—Salt Lake City Weekly