The Daily Beat

Premiere DateAug 16, 2013
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Today Think Progress published an article titled “Beyond Keystone XL: Three Controversial Pipelines You Probably Haven’t Heard Of.”

The article’s author Kiley Kroh writes:

While the national debate remains largely focused on President Obama’s impending decision regarding the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, communities across the U.S. and Canada are grappling with the oil and gas industry’s rapidly expanding pipeline network — cutting through their backyards, threatening water supplies, and leaving them vulnerable to devastating spills.

As production booms in Alberta’s tar sands and fracking opens up vast oil and natural gas deposits around America, companies are increasingly desperate for new pipelines to get their product to market. “We’ve so narrowly focused on Keystone that a lot of these other projects aren’t getting the scrutiny they probably need,” said Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust.

Today AFP published an article titled “British judge says man can be sterilized ‘for own good.’”

The article reads:

A British judge on Friday took the unprecedented step of sanctioning the sterilization of a man with the mental age of a child, ruling that it was in his best interest.

The 36-year-old man already has a son and does not want to become a father again, but is unable to make decisions about using contraception, London’s High Court heard.

Judge Eleanor King ruled that the man, referred to only as “DE” in court proceedings, could be given a vasectomy as having another child could cause him “serious psychological distress”.

“I have reached the conclusion that a vasectomy is undoubtedly in DE’s best interests after having heard all the evidence,” she said.

The man does not have the capacity to give his consent to the vasectomy, the court heard.

Today Reuters published an article titled “NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year: report.”

The article reads:

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since 2008, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing an internal audit and other top-secret documents.

Most of the infractions involved unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order, the paper said.

They ranged from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. emails and telephone calls, it said.


Today AFP published an article titled “80% of Israeli Jews say peace impossible: poll.”

The article reads:

Almost 80 percent of Israeli Jews believe a peace deal with the Palestinians is impossible, an opinion poll found on Friday, two days after the resumption of negotiations in Jerusalem.

Asked whether “this time, we will reach a final agreement that will put an end to the conflict,” 79.7 percent of respondents said no, and just 6.2 percent said yes.

Another 14.1 percent expressed no opinion.

Today AFP published an article titled “Egypt’s tourism faces meltdown as security fears mount.”

The article reads:

Egypt’s tourist industry was facing meltdown on Friday as foreign governments warned their citizens to stay away and told visitors already there to remain in their hotels.

Fears of nationwide unrest in the wake of a violent crackdown by the military-backed interim government earlier this week have resulted in a string of countries issuing official advice against all but essential travel to Egypt.

That has dealt another blow to a sector that was already struggling with the fallout from the political instability that has ensued since the 2011 Arab Spring.

Today AFP published an article titled “Somalia battling polio outbreak amid insecurity.”

The article reads:

Aid workers in war-torn Somalia are struggling to contain a dangerous outbreak of the crippling polio virus, with rampant insecurity hampering efforts, the United Nations said Friday.

Six years after the Horn of Africa nation was declared free of the virus, at least 105 cases have been confirmed in Somalia, the “worst outbreak in the world in a non-endemic country,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Its warning came just two days after medical aid charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced it was pulling out of Somalia after more than two decades, a move that affects hundreds of thousands of needy people.

Today BBC News Africa published an article titled “Marikana shooting: Lonmin apologises for South Africa deaths.”

The article reads:

The owner of the South African mine where 34 striking workers were shot dead by police a year ago has apologised to relatives.

“We will never replace your loved ones and I say we are truly sorry for that,” Lonmin boss Ben Magara said.

He was speaking to thousands of people gathered to mark the anniversary of the deaths at the Marikana platinum mine.

South Africa’s governing ANC is not attending the commemorations, saying they have been “hijacked”.

The ANC pulled out at the last minute, accusing some of “taking advantage of a tragedy for their own political benefit”.


Today Think Progress published an article titled “STUDY: High Debt Could Be Harmful To Mental And Physical Health.”

The article’s author Joseph Diebold writes:

Young adults with high debt may be at risk for higher blood pressure and worse mental health, according to a new study from Northwestern University.

The study, conducted on 8,400 adults between 24 and 32 years old, found that “higher debt-to-asset ratio was associated with higher perceived stress and depression, worse self-reported general health and higher diastolic blood pressure.” One in five subjects reported that even if they liquidated all of their assets, they would still be in debt.

“We now live in a debt-fueled economy,” Elizabeth Sweet, the study’s lead author, said in a news release. “Since the 1980s American household debt has tripled. It’s important to understand the health consequences associated with debt.”

Today The Raw Story published an AFP article titled “Declassified intelligence report reveals U.S.-India Cold War era cooperation on U2 spy missions.”

The article reads:

A declassified American intelligence report on the use of U-2 spy planes has shed new light on cooperation between the United States and India during the Cold War.

The document traced the role of the US in monitoring Chinese incursions into India, at the request of New Delhi, which enjoyed a close relationship with the Soviet Union.

The 400-page report, which was released on Tuesday, detailed the spying programs conducted with the planes from 1954 to 1974.

Following the Sino-Indian conflict of October 1962, when China launched surprise attacks against Indian frontier forces, “the Indian government appealed to the United States for military aid,” according to CIA historians who traced the events.

U-2 reconnaissance was carried out to “provide both governments with a more accurate picture of the Communist Chinese incursions,” the report said.

Today Think Progress published an article titled “Americans Get Fewer Paid Sick Days Than Two Decades Ago.”

The article’s author Bryce Covert writes:

Compared to 1993, Americans now get fewer paid sick days from their employers on average, dropping from 10 days a year to eight for a worker who has been with a company for a year. The decrease becomes bigger the longer an employee stays on: after five years a worker now gets eight days compared to 13 previously, nine after 10 years compared to 15 before, and 10 after 20 years compared to 17 in 1993.