What We Read Today 01 November 2014

November 1st, 2014
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Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

  • China's October factory growth unexpectedly hits five-month low: official PMI (Koh Gui Qing, Reuters) The official PMI report for China came in at 50.8 for October, a little below expectations of 51.2 and September's reading of 51.1. Slowing order backlog and reported higher costs were the biggest negatives. Costs are a curious element since the official PPI (Producer Price Index) has been deflating for 2 1/2 years. Perhaps labor costs? That would actually be a good thing as rebalancing will require wage increases. More from GEI News later.

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  • Film Series Explaining Economy Makes Cotton Candy Out of Spinach (Stav Ziv, Newsweek) Morgan Spurlock, who produced the McDonald's documentary Sper Size Me is undertaking a daunting task: making a series of short documentaries about economics and the related issues that are effecting our lives. He has a host of big-name entertainment people participating. GEI hopes to be able to make the films available on-site in the not-too-distant future.
  • Jim Crow Returns (Greg Palast, Al Jazeera) A list of nearly seven million names has been compiled containing people with similar names who have voted in two or more states. When this program was started it was stated by the organizers that full name (including middle name and/or middle initial, date of birth and social security number matches would be the basis for identifying possible felony double voting. According to Palast, date of birth and social security number are not matched to identify possible fraud. And, in some cases (commonly, according to Palast), even middle name or initial are different. Names at high risk of being on the suspect list include Jackson, Garcia, Patel and Kim, according to Palast. Econintersect: You will really be in the spotlight if your name is Smith or Jones. Al Jazeera has obtained the lists from three states (Georgia, Virginia and Washington), with over two million names. On that list these are some of the more common names: 29,106 Smith, 17,246 Johnson, 16,730 Williams, 13,666 Jones, 7,198 Miller and 5,204 Harris. According to Palast, the removal of people who have previously voted from the election roles has already started with 41,637 disenfranchised in Virginia.
Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls. Millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, are at risk. Already, tens of thousands have been removed in at least one battleground state, and the numbers are expected to climb, according to a six-month-long, nationwide investigation by Al Jazeera America.
  • Articles about conflicts and disease around the world


Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers (Associated Press, Raleigh News & Observer)

Maine Judge Rejects Ebola Quarantine for Nurse (The New York Times)

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s president resigns amid wave of violent unrest (Al Jazeera)


Syrian Photographer’s Record of Deaths Generates Outrage, but Little Action (The New York Times)

Analysis: In fourth year of war, West bedeviled by lack of good options in Syria (Fox News)

Syria IS: Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces 'cross into Kobane' (BBC News)


Fearing Uprising, Iraq Militants Hunt Ex-Police (abc News)


Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem Reopens for Muslim Worship (The New York Times)


Ukraine soldiers to government: we're coming for you next (AFP, Yahoo! News)

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