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The [Wednesday] Papers

By Steve Rhodes / Posted on December 13, 2017

Real-time commentary on the Alabama Senate race/result can be found at @BeachwoodReport.

Meanwhile . . .

New on the Beachwood . . .

Why Was This Game Even Scheduled?

Thanks, Jeremy.

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Public Lands Matter
"Utah may feel like it is far away, but we have our own public lands in Cook County. They're called the Forest Preserves and we have nearly 70,000 acres of these precious, protected lands."

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Leaked Documents Expose How Corporations Use Spies to Subvert Political Movements Worldwide
Including Illinois' very own Caterpillar.

See also: Caterpillar CEO's Plan Is Starting To Pay Off.

The frames by which the media judges companies and their executives . . .

To wit:

Caterpillar And Boeing Buoyed By China Growth.

See also: The Big Cat Kowtows To The Red Dragon.

Or this from A World Made For Money: Economy, Geography and the The Way We Live Today:

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Or this, from just two days ago:

Per a Wall Street Journal report, a subsidiary of Caterpillar has pleaded guilty to cheating customers with needless repairs in order to boost repair revenues. The subsidiary, United Industries LLC, part of Caterpillar's Progress Rail Services unit, has to pay a criminal fine of $5 million and $20 million in restitution.

United Industries' main role was examining parts of railcars to ascertain whether repairs were required. Per another Wall Street Journal report which came out three years ago, United Industries supervisors had instructed staffers to destroy brake parts with hammers, ruin wheels with chisels, and loosen handles. Employees would improperly remove functioning parts located on the railcars and replace them with new or reconditioned parts, even though the parts being replaced did not need replacement.

Subsequently, employees tossed parts into the Port of Long Beach harbor to avoid the eyes of inspectors.

Business journalism can be so much better. Don't fawn over CEOs. Understand the pain often inflicted to grow profits - and reflect that in your coverage. Cover business as hard as government - and put some of your best investigative reporters on it. The private sector's impact on readers and citizens is arguably far larger than the public sector's.

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Finally: "As CEO of Peoria-based Caterpillar, Douglas Oberhelman is the most outspoken business leader in Illinois," the Tribune once noted.

And in that role, the now-retired executive bitched and moaned endlessly about how much government was hampering his ability to make more money.

Yet, "Caterpillar's sales, profits and share price fell in 2015, but Doug Oberhelman, chief executive of the industrial-equipment manufacturer, got a raise. Oberhelman's total compensation grew 4.5 percent to $17.9 million, according to a proxy statement the Peoria-based company filed with regulators today," Crain's reported last year.

He laid off an awful lot of workers to make that target.

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Memory, Transitional Justice, And Theatre In Postdictatorship Argentina
"Drawing on contemporary research in memory studies and transitional justice, Montez examines the Argentine theatre's responses to the country's transitional justice policies - truth and reconciliation hearings, trials, amnesties and pardons, and memorial events and spaces - that have taken place in the last decade of the 20th century and the first two decades of the 21st century."

Background:

"The 'Dirty War' was part of Operation Condor, for which the United States government provided technical support and supplied military aid to during the Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations.

"The Dirty War involved state terrorism in Argentina and elsewhere in the Southern Cone against political dissidents, with military and security forces employing urban and rural violence against left-wing guerrillas, political dissidents, and anyone believed to be associated with socialism or somehow contrary to the neoliberal economic policies of the regime.

"Victims of the violence in Argentina alone included an estimated 15,000 to 30,000 left-wing activists and militants, including trade unionists, students, journalists, Marxists, Peronist guerrillas and alleged sympathizers.

"The guerrillas, whose number of victims are nearly 500-540 between military and police officials and up to 230 civilians were already inactive in 1976, so instead of a war the actual situation was a genocide practiced by the Junta over the civilian population.

"Declassified documents of the Chilean secret police cite an official estimate by the Batallon de Inteligencia 601 of 22,000 killed or 'disappeared' between 1975 and mid-1978.

"During this period, in which it was later revealed 8,625 'disappeared' in the form of PEN (Poder Ejecutivo Nacional, anglicized as "National Executive Power") detainees who were held in clandestine detention camps throughout Argentina before eventually being freed under diplomatic pressure.

"The number of people believed to have been killed or 'disappeared,' depending on the source, range from 9,089 to 30,000 in the period from 1976 to 1983, when the military was forced from power following Argentina's defeat in the Falklands War.

"The National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons estimates that around 13,000 were disappeared."

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BeachBook

The Tribune Credited Mussolini With Saving Italy From The Left.

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100 Million Americans Live In Areas Where Every Single ISP Has Admitted Violating Net Neutrality.

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The U.S. Military's Targeting System Is Broken, Meaning We're Killing A Shit-Ton Of Civilians, Creating A Shit-Ton Of Folks Who Want Revenge, And Who Can Blame Them, We'd Want Revenge Too.

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Larry Johnson Can't Remember Two Of His NFL Seasons.

Neither can I, but no, it's not a joking matter, it's deadly serious, don't come @ me.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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Uh-oh. This move is in response to a probation report about Hastert's recent behavior.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Authenticated.

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