pregnantA controversial “birth control” drug, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) despite evidence that it induces abortion in women who take it, is now on sale in the U.S. On December 1 Watson Pharmaceuticals, the New Jersey-based distributor of the drug known as “Ella,” announced that it is now available by prescription at pharmacies and clinics across the nation, as well as through some online pharmacies.

Julian AssangeThe Obama administration used bribes of up to $30 billion in foreign aid and spying by the CIA to force underdeveloped nations to agree to the Copenhagen summit documents, according to the WikiLeaks documents analyzed by the London Guardian. The documents, the Guardian summarized December 3, revealed that “money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage.”

Now that the President�s Deficit Commission has failed to reach critical mass (14 favorable votes of the panel�s 18 members were required for the panel�s recommendations to reach Congress), it can now be seen for what it was all along: a gigantic misdirection of attention to the trivial and irrelevant. 

In a December 2 editorial in The Atlasphere, John Stossel opined that once again, privatization answers a public woe. In his report about beautiful Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, the opener reads, “Many see the privatization of public parks as an evil encroachment by the rich in the public sphere. But in reality privatized parks today are friendlier and more inclusive than ever.”

Black Friday: For some, a day of convivial bargain hunting; for others, a full-contact blood sport in pursuit of the slogan “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Shoppers camp out for days in advance in order to be first in line when stores open. Inevitably some are trampled, robbed, or otherwise victimized — all to save a few bucks on a wide-screen television or the year’s most popular toys.