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Hello

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10/20

Can Civilization Survive “Really Existing Capitalism”? An Interview With Noam Chomsky
by C.J. Polychroniou

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26538-can-civilization-survive-really-existing-capitalism-an-interview-with-noam-chomsky
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‘White on Pumpkin Crime': Mainstream Riot Coverage from Ferguson, Missouri to Keene, New Hampshire
Twitter users and others compare difference in images, descriptions between white rioters in Keene and black protesters in Ferguson
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*White washes

And black blotches

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/20/white-pumpkin-crime-mainstream-riot-coverage-ferguson-missouri-keene-new-hampshire
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What West Africa Can Teach the US About Ebola
Nigeria and Senegal have declared victory on Ebola even as healthcare workers in Texas contract it
by Kwei Quartey

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/20/what-west-africa-can-teach-us-about-ebola
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Alpine Lifelines on the Brink

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/20/alpine-lifelines-brink
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ISIS, Kobanê, and the Future of the Middle East
Statement by the Campaign for Peace and Democracy

http://www.cpdweb.org/letters/ISIS.shtml
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The Real News Network
48th Anniversary of the Founding of the Black Panther Party
Former Black Panther Eddie Conway describes the political and social conditions that gave rise to the militancy and politics of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defens

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12535

Why Are Republicans Linking Ebola & U.S-Mexican Border? (1/2)
Journalist Todd Miller unpacks the political and profit-driven reasons Republicans continue to push President Obama to close the Mexican-U.S. border

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12539

U.S. Border Patrol Influence Expands Down to Mexican Southern Border (2/2)
Journalist Todd Miller traveled to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas to uncover the reach of ICE and the military funding being pumped into the system

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12543

Culture of the National Security State – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)
Dr. Kumar tells Paul Jay that a culture of fear and obedience has developed so we give consent to Cold War policies, to hot wars, to the complete militarization of society

*Kumar makes many salient points in this series, but I don’t concur with her final one.

The information about the horrors the US commits abroad is already out there, as evidenced by how they’re covered by TRNN and other alternative outlets.

But it makes little impact, due to the marginalization of those sources, and the thorough propagandizing of so much of the public.

So I don’t think there’s much worry about what might come from the targeted Muslim population.

This is a matter of scapegoating, of defining and demonizing “the other”.

And beyond that, the police state is preparing for the time when things fall apart.

The plutocracy will cling to its power to the very end

They’re preparing to wage class war, which they’ve done in various forms from the beginning of the “republic”.

The question is

Are we willing to stand against it?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12542

TRNN Replay: The 9/11 Conspiracy: Did Bush/Cheney Create a Culture of Not Wanting to Know? – Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt4
On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham says there was a pervasive pattern in police and intelligence agencies: “You don’t have everybody moving in the same direction without there being a head coach somewhere who was giving them instructions as to where he wants them to move”

*Incompetency has nothing to do with this. Any reasonable analysis of the known facts should make that unquestionably clear, don’t you think?

So why has there been so little attention paid to administration complicity in the “alternative media”?

The Gulf of Tonkin deception is considered settled history, and is so because the fear of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist” didn’t deter those who exposed it.

So where’s that same fortitude in this instance? Is it that somehow Tonkin can fit into the accepted parameters of imperial villainy, but 9/11 is outside those boundaries?

Why is it so difficult to believe that the neocon cabal would aid and abet this horror, when they had wet dreams of a “new Pearl Harbor” that would give them carte blanche to extend “the American Century” into perpetuity?

Would a few thousand American and others’ lives matter more to them than the attainment of their nirvana?

They were willing to risk Armageddon for it for decades, weren’t they?

There will always be “9/11ers” who are convenient foils for the conventional wisdom.

That shouldn’t deter a dogged pursuit of the truth here

Else just how much of an “alternative” are we talking about?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12538

A Momentum Sparked Beyond Ferguson
On his return from Ferguson, Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says we must implement people-powered community control of the police

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12488

Why the Tea Party & European Right Are Winning Elections
Michael Hudson: There is no real left-wing alternative to the right

*I think we have to ask just why liberal parties exist.

(I’d demur from calling them “left”, regardless of the “socialist” label in the case of Europe, as that’s not how the term’s defined in my dictionary.)

They’re charged with channeling public protest into acceptable avenues. They divert and diminish the raging river of transformation, leaving only a babbling brook of “reform”.

That’s been their historical function. Today, their mission is more to posit themselves as “the lesser of two evils”, moving further and further to the right, as they lament the immutable political necessity for doing so.

Occasionally, they’re compelled to pose as “populists” when public anger wells up, only to be pacified by proclamations of “hope and change”.

Laugh about it, shout about it

When you’ve got to choose

Every way you look at it

You lose

And for the record, Kucinich caved on even the public option in the end.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12011
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The Ghost in the GMO Machine
While independent research shows that Chlorpyrifos, a Dow Chemical insecticide used in Kaua‘i’s GMO fields, can cause significant harm to children nearby, Dow is intent on convincing the EPA otherwise.
by Paul Koberstein
Cascadia Times

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12615

LePage Supports Pumping Public Water for Private Gain
by Mary Bottari and Jonas Persson
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/10/12625/lepage-supports-pumping-public-water-private-gain
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Institute for Public Accuracy
NYT: Obama Could Reaffirm Bush-Era Torture

*Nobels for nightmares

http://www.accuracy.org/release/nyt-obama-could-reaffirm-bush-era-torture/
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FAIR Blog
‘Clipboard Man’ Shows Media Figures Didn’t Get the Memo About Ebola Transmission

*The corpress have plenty to answer for regarding misinformation and the panic it fosters, but it’s imperative to always be ready to revise our understanding as new intel emerges.

The possibility of airborne transmission exists, according to the information provided by Dr. Meryl Nass

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-cdc-and-ebola/

Of course, I’m no expert, but I’d hope folks would accord it the serious consideration it would seem to deserve.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/17/clipboard-man-shows-media-figures-didnt-get-the-memo-about-ebola-transmission/
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Democracy Now!
“Women Are Being Driven Offline”: Feminist Anita Sarkeesian Terrorized for Critique of Video Games

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/20/women_are_being_driven_offline_feminist

Media Enabled Musketeers: Russian & American Filmmakers with Disabilities Document Shared Struggles

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/20/media_enabled_musketeers_russian_american_filmmakers
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Diet and Weight Loss: Can Eating More Protein Help You Lose Weight?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet-and-weight-loss/diet-and-weight-loss-can-eating-more-protein-help-you-lose-weight/
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Good oil/bad oil
Now you’ll know the difference
by Leanne Ely
Saving Dinner

*What about adding EVOO to warm/hot foods, such as pasta, after cooking?

I asked that of the author, and will pass along any response.

http://savingdinner.com/good-oilbad-oil-now-youll-know-the-difference/

10/17

‘Not Drowning, Fighting': Pacific Climate Warriors Blockade Australian Coal Port
Only four of the twelve ships, including two coal ships, scheduled to pass through the port were able to break the blockade lead by a group of Pacific Climate Warriors representing 12 Pacific Island nations.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/17/not-drowning-fighting-pacific-climate-warriors-blockade-australian-coal-port
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‘Justice for Jennifer': Protests Sweep Philippines Following US Marine’s Alleged Murder of Transgender Woman
Amid expanding U.S. military presence in Philippines, killing renews calls to expel U.S. troops from the country
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/17/justice-jennifer-protests-sweep-philippines-following-us-marines-alleged-murder
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When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes
In an exclusive interview with Foreign Policy, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran’s WMD program.
by Gareth Porter

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/17/when-ayatollah-said-no-nukes
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What’s Driving the Hong Kong Protests
Has the Left Libeled a Democracy Movement?
by Dave Lindorff

*Works for me, but this subheading is an example of the sort of overreach that Lindorff decries, don’t you think?

*Some* on the left have engaged in such, it appears, but my experience on this topic has been that there has been little scrutiny of whatever the US is indeed doing.

And that’s the job of “alternative media”, isn’t it?

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/06/whats-driving-the-hong-kong-protests/
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The Real News Network
Protests at St. Louis University – TRNN Reports From Ferguson
Over 1,500 people marched on Saint Louis University’s campus as a part of Ferguson October and the National Day of Civil Disobedience

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12537
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Why Are Stock Markets So Volatile?
A serious depression is pending as a result of austerity, says Professor Michael Hudson, author of The Bubble and Beyond, and Finance Capitalism and Its Discontents

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12533
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Pay to Prey: Governors Facilitate the Predatory Outsourcing of America’s Public Services
by PR Watch Admin

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12620
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FAIR Blog
A Most Interesting Man: Did Maddow Really ‘Tar’ Rand Paul on Civil Rights?
by Peter Hart

*I assume he won’t be gifted with flowers and chocolates from Code Pink in gratitude for his “nuanced” views on this issue.

Oy gevalt …

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/17/a-most-interesting-man-did-maddow-really-tar-rand-paul-on-civil-rights/
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Important Food Safety Tips for Washing Your Food
by Sarah Klein

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/important-food-safety-tips-for-washing-your-food/

10/16

#SolidarityWithTeachers: Philly Educators, Students, Parents Take to the Streets
City’s labor leaders will join the demonstration to protest ‘war on union’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/16/solidaritywithteachers-philly-educators-students-parents-take-streets
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Small Scale Food Producers are the Solution to the Global Food Crisis
by Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Martin Drago

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/16/small-scale-food-producers-are-solution-global-food-crisis
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The Threats Against Anita Sarkeesian Expose the Darkest Aspects of Online Misogyny
by Maureen Ryan

*Boys will be boys

That’s not an excuse.

It’s a terrible truism.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/16/threats-against-anita-sarkeesian-expose-darkest-aspects-online-misogyny
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Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal But Not Twins
by David Morris

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/16/scotland-and-catalonia-fraternal-not-twins
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US Hospitals Lead Global Pack on Costly Paperwork
by Steffie Woolhandler, David Himmelstein

*The deaths from a thousand paper cuts

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/16/us-hospitals-lead-global-pack-costly-paperwork
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The Real News Network
The Islamophobia of “Homeland” – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
Dr. Kumar tells Paul Jay that Muslim characters on Homeland are either terrorists, sympathizers of terrorists, or “good Muslims” which means pro-US

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12531

U.S. Will Fail In Attempt to Create Proxy Army in Syria
Phyllis Bennis says Obama has been right – in rhetoric – about one thing: there is no military solution to defeating the Islamic State

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12530

TRNN Replay: Why Would Saudi Arabia Support the 9/11 Conspirators, Why Would the US Gov. Cover it Up? – Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt3
On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham says the Saudis had a high certainty that the US government would not reveal their role and would take out its vengeance on some place else

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12532
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Hand in hand
Narendra Modi’s sublime gifts to Barack Obama and the two leaders’ visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr memorial was ironically followed by a renewal of the 10-year military agreement and a revitalisation of the nuclear deal to take forward the strategic relationship
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2195
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Institute for Public Accuracy
The CDC and Ebola

*Important intel extant. Read Nass’ “Current clinical thoughts on Ebola”, especially as regards airborne transmission.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-cdc-and-ebola/
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FAIR Blog
And by ‘Traditional Voters,’ the New York Times Means White People
by Peter Hart

*I’d say the animus envinced is quintessentially “traditional”.

Take it from an ol’ Southern boy.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/16/and-by-traditional-voters-the-new-york-times-means-white-people/
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Petition
Revoke Wall Street’s License to Steal
Tell Five of America’s Biggest Banks to Stop Hiding Behind Forced Arbitration Clauses, Which Block Ripped-off Consumers from Holding Banks Accountable
by Public Citizen

http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12599
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Democracy Now!
A U.S. Nurse Witnesses Ebola’s Ravages in Sierra Leone, Where Horrific Conditions Claim Lives Daily

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/16/a_us_nurse_witnesses_ebolas_ravages

An Unprofitable Disease: In the Political Economy of Ebola, Who Lives and Who Dies?

*A case of unprofitable disease

And the disease of profit

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/16/an_unprofitable_disease_in_the_political

A Little Shout of Joy: Supreme Court Lets Abortion Clinics Reopen, Easing Crisis of Access in Texas

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/16/a_little_shout_of_joy_supreme

Abortion as a Social Good: Author Katha Pollitt Pens New Vision for Pro-Choice Movement

*For me, the moral issue centers around just when can be say that we’re dealing with a human life.

When the fetus can feel pain is one determinant. There may be others I’m ignorant of.

Once development has reached that point, is it wrong to terminate the pregnancy?

What then are the rights of the woman? What are the rights of the fetus?

I’d like to see this addressed by Pollitt and other pro choice advocates, which I consider myself to be, with the above caveat

And I can’t say that I have in any fundamental way.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/16/abortion_as_a_social_good_author

10/15

Noam Chomsky: Growing Number of Nations Distancing Themselves From Israel’s ‘Explicitly Criminal Actions’
‘Every drop of oil that is extracted from the ground is another blow in the coffin of the human species,’ Chomsky said
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/15/noam-chomsky-growing-number-nations-distancing-themselves-israels-explicitly
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GOP Candidates Relying on Dark Money Infusions for Midterm Ad Blitz: Analysis
‘It seems like presidential-year levels in some of these races,’ says researcher.
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/15/gop-candidates-relying-dark-money-infusions-midterm-ad-blitz-analysis
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Legacy of Chemical Weapons in Iraq Compounds Lies and Failures of US Invasion
New reporting by the New York Times show how the only chemical weapons found in Iraq—long-abandoned stockpiles dating back to the 1980’s— don’t in any way conform to the pre-invasion narrative used by the Bush administration to justify the war.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”What is new from this story is the U.S. government under Bush was as cavalier about American lives as it was Iraqis.”

New … ?

See “depleted uranium”.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/15/legacy-chemical-weapons-iraq-compounds-lies-and-failures-us-invasion
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Race and Militarism from Ferguson to Syria: A letter to African Americans
by Amaju Baraka

http://www.ajamubaraka.com/race-and-militarism-from-ferguson-to-syria-a-letter-to-african-americans/
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How a National Moratorium on Standardized Testing Could Work
by Valerie Strauss

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/15/how-national-moratorium-standardized-testing-could-work
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Center for Biological Diversity
EPA Approves Dangerous Combination of 2,4-D and Glyphosate Pesticides
‘Enlist Duo’ Poses Immediate Danger to Monarch Butterfly, Indiana Bat and More Than 20 Other Endangered Species

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/15/epa-approves-dangerous-combination-24-d-and-glyphosate-pesticides
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The Real News Network
Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
Dr. Kumar says the roots of Islamophobia are to be found in a conflict between empires and economic interests, not a clash of civilizations

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12527

Whose Interests Are Served by Occupy Hong Kong?
Assistant Professor Sean Kenji Starrs reports from the front lines of the uprisings

*The question isn’t really answered, is it?

Aside from the mention of this billionaire, there’s no discussion of just who does benefit from the protests.

As the US has a long history of overt and covert involvement with dissent in “hostile” countries, wouldn’t you have liked to have heard something about how that might be manifesting itself in Hong Kong?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12518

TRNN Replay: Revealing the 9/11 Conspiracy Would Undo the Entire US-Saudi Alliance – Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
Paul Jay asks Senator Graham if a culture of “not wanting to know” was created to prevent the conspiracy from being uncovered and to protect the role of the Saudi government

*Doesn’t this make plain the utter complicity of the corpress in protecting power?

Whether 9/11 was facilitated by the neocon cabal, either directly or indirectly, or simply taken advantage of, it’s clear that there’s been a concerted effort to make certain the facts remain buried, and the mainstream media, as well as the leadership of both parties, have aided and abetted that mission.

Call it a silence of conspiracy.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12528
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Democracy Now!
As Second Dallas Nurse Diagnosed with Ebola, Are U.S. Hospitals Failing Healthcare Workers?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/15/as_second_dallas_nurse_diagnosed_with

Infected Workers, Slow Deployment, No Vaccines: Ebola Response Shows Pitfalls of Privatized Health

*Yes, the US has sent the military in, and we have to ask why.

I’m not saying that those resources aren’t needed, although it appears they will be of limited benefit, but we have to be mindful of the other reasons for inserting troops into this situation, given the push to increase the military presence in Africa.

I want to know whether this assistance can be provided by other entities, and if not, we need to keep a close watch on just how this deployment will be used to advance US aims

Because it most assuredly will.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/15/infected_workers_slow_deployment_no_vaccines

Mexico’s Missing Students: Were 43 Attacked by Cartel-Linked Police Targeted for Their Activism?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/15/mexicos_missing_students_were_43_attacked

10/14

The Top 1% Own… Half
While wealthiest top one percent own nearly fifty percent of all world’s assets, the entire bottom half of the global population hold less than one percent of the wealth, new financial analysis shows
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”However, a combination of factors caused wealth inequality to trend downwards in high income countries during much of the 20th century … .”

That would be a combination of blood, sweat and tears shed by those who fight and died for it, only to be sold out by many of those claiming to be their “leaders”.

A luta continua

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/14/top-1-own-half
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In Haiti, Baby Doc Is Gone But Political Repression Is Alive and Well
by Ben Terrall

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/14/haiti-baby-doc-gone-political-repression-alive-and-well
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Who Benefits from Billions Pledged for Gaza Reconstruction?
by Maureen Clare Murphy

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/14/who-benefits-billions-pledged-gaza-reconstruction
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ACLU
Arizona Agrees to Major Improvements in Prison Health Care, Crucial Limits on Solitary Confinement in Landmark Settlement

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/14/arizona-agrees-major-improvements-prison-health-care-crucial-limits-solitary
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Real News Network
Fighting the Demonization of Muslims – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
Dr. Kumar says after 9/11, with the ratcheting up of anti-Muslim racism, she decided she had to do something about it

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12522
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FAIR Blog
ISIS in Texas?! ABC Fails an Easy Factcheck
by Peter Hart

*Myths

Monsters

And mindless (if not malevolent) media

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/14/isis-in-texas-abc-fails-an-easy-factcheck/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* James Risen “Hero” * Panetta’s “Fraud”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/james-risen-hero-panettas-fraud/
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Petition Update
CarMax to lawmakers: don’t stop us from selling unsafe, recalled cars
by Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety

https://www.change.org/p/carmax-stop-selling-unsafe-recalled-cars-to-consumers-2/u/8430299
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Sugar in Food: Sugar Substitutes that You Should Avoid
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/sugar-in-food/sugar-in-food-sugar-substitutes-that-you-should-avoid/

10/13

Pharmaceutical Dumping Could Pose Risks to Wildlife, Scientists Warn
Research published Monday finds drugs for treating humans and animals are seeping into wild environments, causing changes in ecosystems
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/13/pharmaceutical-dumping-could-pose-risks-wildlife-scientists-warn
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A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie): Life Inside the Boom
by Laura Gottesdiener

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/13/trip-kuwait-prairie-life-inside-boom
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Why We Should Be Seething with Anger over Inequality
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/13/why-we-should-be-seething-anger-over-inequality
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The United States is No. 1 – But in What?
by Lawrence Wittner

*American exceptionalism in the real world

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/13/united-states-no-1-what
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Organic and Local: Still the Gold Standard
by Ronnie Cummins, Katherine Paul

*It’s a “natural” fact

That Food Inc. fucks with them

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/13/organic-and-local-still-gold-standard
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How Women Are Bearing the Brunt of the Ebola Epidemic
Three-quarters of Ebola victims are women, with caretakers especially at risk.
by Krista Walton Potter

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/13/how-women-are-bearing-brunt-ebola-epidemic
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Oxfam International
Hidden Hunger Strips Away Dignity, Perpetuates Inequality and Destroys South Africans’ Potential to Prosper

*An apartheid of abdomens

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/13/hidden-hunger-strips-away-dignity-perpetuates-inequality-and-destroys-south
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The Real News Network
How Socialist China Became the Workshop of the World (2/2)
Public workers demonstrate against privatization, and migrant workers fight super exploitation, but we hear very little about that in the West, says Prof. Yuezhi Zhao of Simon Fraser University

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12515

Privatization, Occupation, and the Israeli Economy
Political economist Shir Hever says recent plans to privatize struggling state-owned companies in Israel are hastened by the occupation of Palestinian territories

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12494

Brazil Agrobusiness Lobby Set to Appropriate Native Land and Timber
Indigenous organizations protest in Brasilia, against the proposed Constitutional Reform PEC 215 to put the fate of Amazonian Forests in the hands of Congress; this motion was promoted by “Bancada Ruralista”, the Agribusiness’ lobby many years ago and it is being discussed now

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10867

Big Oil Gets Green Light to Explore Ecuadorian Amazon
Patrick Bond: Ecuador President Rafael Correa is a petro-Kenysian who failed to sell Yasuni National Park in carbon markets and to international donors, and now he’s turned a blind eye to what’s really needed

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10633

Media Cry Foul as Obama Attacks Freedom of the Press
After revelations show that the Obama administration uses reporters’ FOIA requests as a tip service, did the mainstream media create a monster that they can’t tame?

*The gummint manufactures consent

And the corpress is its outlet store

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12511
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Will Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution Spark Uprisings in Mainland China? (1/2)
Scholar Yuezhi Zhao argues the Umbrella Revolution does not appeal to broader struggles within mainland China

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12509
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“60 Minutes” Report Undermines DOJ Threat to Jail Risen

http://www.accuracy.org/release/60-minutes-report-undermines-doj-threat-to-jail-risen/
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Democracy Now!
Ferguson October: Thousands March in St. Louis for Police Reform & Arrest of Officer Darren Wilson

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/13/thousands_march_in_ferguson_for_police

Seattle Marks Indigenous Peoples’ Day Amid Calls to End Federal Holiday Celebrating Columbus

*We do need to talk about systemic change.

But we don’t. Not on DN!, or many other “alternative” outlets.

When have you seen something substantive on the subject? When has there been a discussion of just what an economic system based on cooperation and community rather than competition and profit would look like?

I’m not talking about “reforming” capitalism.

You can’t reform rot.

You have to get rid of it.

Without an honest consideration of just what “socialism” entails, and how it might be implemented

Throwing the term out every once in a while is utterly meaningless.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/13/seattle_marks_indigenous_people_s_day

Socialist City Councilmember on Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai: “Socialism is the Only Answer”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/13/socialist_city_councilmember_on_nobel_prize

Campaigners Call for “One Fair Wage” to Help End Sexual Harassment for Tipped Restaurant Workers

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/13/campaigners_call_for_one_fair_wage
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How to Diet: Decode These Fruit and Veggie Claims on Processed Foods
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-decode-these-fruit-and-veggie-claims-on-processed-foods/

How to Diet: Does Soy Put You at Risk for Cognitive Decline?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*FYI. I don’t enough about soy to speak to its safety.

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-does-soy-put-you-at-risk-for-cognitive-decline/

10/10

#WorldVsBank: Small Farmers, Global South Demand End to World Bank’s ‘Moral Bankruptcy’
In actions in cities across the globe, critics of neoliberal development and corporate domination of agriculture say this is ‘Our Land’ and ‘Our Business’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/10/worldvsbank-small-farmers-global-south-demand-end-world-banks-moral-bankruptcy
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Amid Promises to End Afghanistan War, US Bombings Hit Two-Year High
Central Command reveals US military carried out 436 air strikes on the country during August alone
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/10/amid-promises-end-afghanistan-war-us-bombings-hit-two-year-high
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Clashes Erupt in Second Night of Protests Over St. Louis Police Shooting
As ‘Ferguson October’ approaches, tensions run high over continued police violence
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/10/clashes-erupt-second-night-protests-over-st-louis-police-shooting
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Report Documents Walmart Heirs’ Efforts to Destroy Rooftop Solar Revolution
“The Waltons’ money is limiting average Americans’ ability to go solar and control their own energy future,” environmental group says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/10/report-documents-walmart-heirs-efforts-destroy-rooftop-solar-revolution
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The Rise of the New, Liberal Islamophobia
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*A liberal dose of fear and loathing

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/10/rise-new-liberal-islamophobia
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Obama’s New Oil Wars: Washington Takes on ISIS, Iran, and Russia
by Michael T. Klare

*How climate change is left out of this analysis is beyond me.

By pumping ever more shit into the skies, the upshot of this policy is a proclamation that if the US can’t control the world

There won’t be any world worth trying to.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/09/obamas-new-oil-wars-washington-takes-isis-iran-and-russia
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This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege
by Abby Zimet, staff writer

http://www.commondreams.org/further/2014/10/10/wrong-race-and-class-and-unassailable-privilege
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Frack For The Cure, Because We Love A Good Dose of Benzene With Our Pink Ribbons
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/further/2014/10/10/frack-cure-because-we-love-good-dose-benzene-our-pink-ribbons
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Food & Water Watch
Fracking-Harmed Residents Demand EPA Administrator McCarthy Drink Pennsylvania Frack Water from Their Homes After Telling Them Its Safe to Drink
Affected Residents Issue McCarthy #FrackWaterChallenge and Ask EPA to Reopen Investigation of Contamination of Drinking Water By Fracking

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/10/fracking-harmed-residents-demand-epa-administrator-mccarthy-drink-pennsylvania
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The Real News Network
Islamophobia and a Challenge to Bill Maher – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
Ms. Kumar tells Paul Jay that what Bill Maher said is a perfect example of liberal Islamophobia

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12506

“Undue Force” and Police Brutality in Baltimore
Baltimore Sun journalist Mark Puente discusses his investigation into police brutality cases that have cost the city $5.7 million

*It’s frustrating to read a piece like this, which ignores the primary purpose of policing in this country – to control the exploited and oppressed, which will intensify as austerity tightens its grip – and talks of “building trust” as a goal, rather than empty PR gestures to mask that reality.

It’s confounding in that TRNN has done a number of stories that do acknowledge that reality, haven’t they?

I guess I’m too much of a Vulcan.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12507
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Does Turkey Want Kobane to Fall?
Baris Karaagac explains Turkey’s position towards the Islamic State

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12504
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Nobel Prize: * Child Labor * Peace?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/nobel-prize-child-labor-peace/
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FAIR Blog
Why ‘The Economy’ Isn’t Good News for Democrats

*Folks care about the “economic numbers”.

The ones on their bills and paychecks.

If they still get one.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/10/why-the-economy-isnt-good-news-for-democrats/

FAIR Action Alert
Action Alert
Settlements or Neighborhoods? NPR Takes Netanyahu’s Side
By law, they’re Israeli colonies, but NPR’s guest calls them ‘neighborhoods’

http://fair.org/home/settlements-or-neighborhoods-npr-takes-netanyahus-side/
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Democracy Now!
Detroit Faces “Humanitarian Crisis” as City Shuts Off Water Access for Thousands of Residents

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/10/detroit_faces_humanitarian_crisis_as_city

“I Am Coming to the End of a Long Journey”: Legendary Detroit Activist Grace Lee Boggs in Hospice

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/10/i_am_coming_to_the_end
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Food Safety at the Salad Bar
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-at-the-salad-bar/
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The Sweet Benefits of Dark Chocolate
by Leanne Ely
Saving Dinner

http://savingdinner.com/the-sweet-benefits-of-dark-chocolate/

10/9

Lego Ends Shell Contract After Greenpeace ‘Save the Arctic’ Campaign
‘It’s a huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to mask its plans to drill in the Arctic,’ Greenpeace activist Fran Grobke said
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/09/lego-ends-shell-contract-after-greenpeace-save-arctic-campaign
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Supreme Court Draws Rebuke for Upholding North Carolina Voting Restrictions
Same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting is no longer an option for North Carolina residents
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/09/supreme-court-draws-rebuke-upholding-north-carolina-voting-restrictions
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Off-Duty St. Louis Officer Kills Black Man, Spurring Protests
“This is a dangerous situation for our city,” local alderman says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/09/duty-st-louis-officer-kills-black-man-spurring-protests
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Climate Change and Deforestation Will Not Be Solved with a Trick
by Isaac Rojas

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/09/climate-change-and-deforestation-will-not-be-solved-trick
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No Charges For Baby-Burning Butt-Stupid Cops Because Hey Mistakes Happen
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s important to keep in mind that even had the child not been in the home, and the suspect had, this would still be another example of the vicious nature of the police state of mind.

Stun grenades, SWAT teams to arrest a drug dealer … ?

There’s nothing metaphoric about “The War on Drugs” here, is there?

http://www.commondreams.org/further/2014/10/08/no-charges-baby-burning-butt-stupid-cops-because-hey-mistakes-happen
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Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders (VOCAL-NY)
AIDS, LGBT Advocates Demand Expansion of Welfare Benefits to All HIV+ New Yorkers
Statewide campaign is first proactive expansion of welfare in a decade, part of End AIDS commitment

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/09/aids-lgbt-advocates-demand-expansion-welfare-benefits-all-hiv-new-yorkers
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The Importance of Brazil’s Elections
by Greg Grandin

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2193
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The Real News Network
Concentration of Wealth in China Keeps Wages Low
Rob Johnson says China needs to increase domestic demand, but the “Princelings” are getting rich in a low wage export led economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12501

Bigotry and Blockbusting in Baltimore (2/3)
Antero Pietila author of “Not in My Neighborhood”: Blockbusting techniques made developers rich in Baltimore

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6940
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Brave New Films
The Worst Thing You’re Paying For
“OverCriminalized” investigates the criminal justice system’s obsession with imprisoning people with mental health and substance abuse issues and those suffering from homelessness

http://www.bravenewfilms.org/oc_takeaction?utm_campaign=overcrim_ine&utm_medium=email&utm_source=bravenew
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Journalist and Whistleblower in DOJ Crosshairs: Full Story of Risen and Sterling Published Today

http://www.accuracy.org/release/journalist-and-whistleblower-in-doj-crosshairs-full-story-of-risen-and-sterling-published-today/
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Democracy Now!
U.S. Faces “Massive Military Failure” as ISIS Advances on Syrian Border Town of Kobani

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/9/us_faces_massive_military_failure_as

Iraqi Journalist Who Embedded with Shia Militias on Fighting ISIS & Why US Strategy is Bound to Fail

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/9/iraqi_journalist_who_embedded_with_shia

“Kill the Messenger” Resurrects Gary Webb, Journalist Maligned for Exposing CIA Ties to Crack Trade

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/9/kill_the_messenger_resurrects_gary_webb
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7 foods to lower inflammation in your body
by Leanne Ely
Saving Dinner

http://savingdinner.com/7-foods-to-lower-inflammation-in-your-body/

10/8

Students Walk Out After Attack on ‘Union that Defends Public Education’
Philadelphia student action comes after teachers’ union contract is canceled
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/08/students-walk-out-after-attack-union-defends-public-education
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Amid Soaring Profits, Walmart to Cut Off 30,000 Workers From Health Insurance
Largest private employer in U.S. announces elimination of insurance for part-time workers and across-the-board hikes in premium costs
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/08/amid-soaring-profits-walmart-cut-30000-workers-health-insurance
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Siding With ‘Those Who Defend Mother Earth,’ Chile’s Top Court Halts Mine
New consultation with indigenous community must take place, court finds
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/08/siding-those-who-defend-mother-earth-chiles-top-court-halts-mine
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China Overtakes US as World’s Single Largest Economy
‘The days when the IMF, World Bank, and U.S. Treasury could essentially dictate international finances and intimidate or crush opponents … are drawing to a close.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/08/china-overtakes-us-worlds-single-largest-economy
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Of Food, Farmers and WTO’s Doublespeak
by Vandana Shiva

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/08/food-farmers-and-wtos-doublespeak
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Energy Democracy: Bringing Power to the People
Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 explores the restructuring of the energy sector to achieve social equity

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/08/energy-democracy-bringing-power-people
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ACLU
Innocent Man Released from Prison after Nine Years, Four on Death Row
Manuel Velez was sentenced to death due to injustices that continue to plague our justice system; only luck saved his life

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/08/innocent-man-released-prison-after-nine-years-four-death-row
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The Real News Network
TRNN Replay: How Bigotry Shaped Baltimore (1/3)
Antero Pietila author of “Not In My Neighborhood” on how racism was used to enrich real estate speculators

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11538

Canadian MPs Vote to Expand Support to Fight IS
Prime Minister Harper is an honorary conservative American, says Ariel Salzmann, associate professor at Queen’s University

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12496
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Ebola: Are We Being Told the Truth?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ebola-are-we-being-told-the-truth/
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FAIR Blog
Bill O’Reilly, Bill Maher and Islamophobia
by Peter Hart

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/08/bill-oreilly-bill-maher-and-islamophobia/
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GetEQUAL
This is it — this is the moment!
On Saturday, October 11, LGBTQ folks and allies across the country will be gathering together in small towns and large cities to celebrate the progress we’ve made toward LGBTQ equality and to call on Congress to introduce and pass a full LGBTQ equality bill

http://www.noasterisks.org/?can_id=62367f71e9f57639e0672dbcdd075d91&source=email-this-is-it-this-is-the-moment&referrer=heather-cronk&email_referrer=this-is-it-this-is-the-moment
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Democracy Now!
Ferguson October: Youth Organizers Plan Weekend of Resistance 2 Months After Death of Michael Brown

*Talking the talk on Twitter

Walking the walk on the streets

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/10/7/ferguson_october_youth_organizers_plan_weekend

Migrant Women, Children Allege Harsh Conditions, Sexual Assault at For-Profit Texas Immigration Jail

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/8/migrant_women_children_allege_harsh_conditions

San Antonio’s Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Campaigns Against Fracking and Militarization

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/8/san_antonios_esperanza_peace_and_justice

10/7

GMOs are Everywhere and Should be Labeled, Study Finds
“Natural” label is virtually meaningless and should be banned, Consumer Reports declares
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/07/gmos-are-everywhere-and-should-be-labeled-study-finds
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Gitmo Force-Feeding Trial: ‘A Cry of Humanity from Person with No Choice Left’
Though cleared for release, prisoner says he should not be brutalized by U.S. for protesting indefinite detention
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/07/gitmo-force-feeding-trial-cry-humanity-person-no-choice-left
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NOW: Activists Block Refinery Gates in Stand Against Tar Sands
“We want to send a clear message to the oil companies and to the Harper and Couillard governments,” activist says.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/07/now-activists-block-refinery-gates-stand-against-tar-sands
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‘Taking Stand Against Racism and Discrimination,’ Seattle Adopts Indigenous Peoples’ Day
The second Monday in October will no longer be celebrated as Columbus Day in the city
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/07/taking-stand-against-racism-and-discrimination-seattle-adopts-indigenous-peoples-day
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Naomi Klein: Diverse Climate Movement United by Love of Place, Need for Water
Speaking in the UK, Canadian author of the new book, ‘This Changes Everything,’ says that our atmosphere should be seen as the biggest political tent of all. ‘We’re all under it and we need to start acting like it.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/07/naomi-klein-diverse-climate-movement-united-love-place-need-water
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Put People Power Back at Center of Citizen Action
by Danny Sriskandarajah

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/07/put-people-power-back-center-citizen-action
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Sierra Club
Clean Air, National Park Advocates Challenge EPA Failure to Protect Grand Canyon from Navajo Generating Station Pollution
Advocates Appeal Decision that Allows Controversial Coal Plant to Keep Polluting for Decades

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/07/clean-air-national-park-advocates-challenge-epa-failure-protect-grand-canyon
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Food & Water Watch
After Six Years of Inaction, Consumer Organizations Urge Feds to Implement Catfish Inspection Program

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/07/after-six-years-inaction-consumer-organizations-urge-feds-implement-catfish
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The Real News Network
Fall of Kobani Reveals Failure of U.S. Bombing Campaign
Journalist Patrick Cockburn says U.S.-led airstrikes have not degraded or destroyed the Islamic State (IS), who now control about a quarter of Iraq

*So Cockburn doesn’t appear to have a problem with US militarism per se in this instance, only how it’s manifested, if I’m correctly interpreting his closing comments about coordinating airstrikes with those fighting ISIS on the ground.

And if that’s the case, is that a view that TRNN finds compatible with its stated mission, as Woronczuk was mute on the matter?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12489

Hong Kong Protests Carefully Choreographed, Not Spontaneous
Tiananmen analogies are a barrier to understanding what’s really going on in Hong Kong, says Peter Lee, journalist for Asia Times Online

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12490
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Killing the Messenger”: CIA, Contras and Crack

*And now Kerry kills the messengers

And those the message is meant to protect

http://www.accuracy.org/release/killing-the-messenger-cia-contras-and-crack/
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Petition
CarMax: Stop selling unsafe, recalled cars to consumers
by Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety

https://www.change.org/p/carmax-stop-selling-unsafe-recalled-cars-to-consumers-2
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Democracy Now!
Dr. Atul Gawande: Ebola is “Eminently Stoppable,” But Global Response Has Been “Pathetic”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/7/dr_atul_gawande_ebola_is_eminently

Being Mortal: Dr. Atul Gawande on How U.S. Healthcare Fails to Handle the End of Life

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/7/being_mortal_dr_atul_gawande_on
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Sugar in Food: Sugar Substitutes You Should Approach with Caution
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/sugar-in-food/sugar-in-food-sugar-substitutes-you-should-approach-with-caution/

10/6

Did NY Gov’s Office Edit ‘Politically Inconvenient’ Findings of Fracking Study?
Internal government documents show how state officials may have tried “to mitigate any political complication” the research may have caused for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gas drilling policies
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fucking with the fracking facts

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/06/did-ny-govs-office-edit-politically-inconvenient-findings-fracking-study
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Delivering ‘Postscript’ to Historic March, Climate Walkers Unite to Demand Right to Safe Planet
1,000-kilometer walk in Philippines will finish at city hardest hit by last year’s record-deadly typhoon
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/06/delivering-postscript-historic-march-climate-walkers-unite-demand-right-safe-planet
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Rate of Ocean Warming Vastly Underestimated: Study
Global warming trends show scientists underestimated rising heat of ocean surface levels for decades
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/06/rate-ocean-warming-vastly-underestimated-study
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Let the Children Play: Schools Must Relearn Importance of Recess
by Jesse Hagopian

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/06/let-children-play-schools-must-relearn-importance-recess
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It Happened Again: How 14 People Made More Money Than the Entire Food Stamp Budget for 50,000,000 People
by Paul Buchheit

*An obscenity never censored

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/06/it-happened-again-how-14-people-made-more-money-entire-food-stamp-budget-50000000
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Students Unfurl the “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong
by Sean Starrs

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2190
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The Real News Network
What Can The People Do to Challenge Systemic Racism in Baltimore? – Eddie Conway interviews Dr. Ray Winbush on Systemic (2/2)
Dr. Ray Winbush speaks about how to address structural racism in Baltimore

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12484

Turkey Joins the War Campaign against the Islamic State
Scholar Edmund Ghareeb explains how the authorization for military force against IS by the Turkish parliament will affect peace negotiations with the Kurds

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12481

The Lower Unemployment Rate is a Recovery – for the Top 10%
Economist Pavlina Tcherneva of Bard College explains why monetary policy that is directed at finance and not job creation has this effect

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12479

Florida Jury Finds Michael Dunn Guilty of Shooting Jordan Davis
Civil rights activist Kevin Alexander Gray says Stand Your Ground Laws are lethal to the African-American community, who must organize rigorously against them

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12471
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Haiti: “Duvalier is Dead; Duvalierism Lives on”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/haiti-duvalier-is-dead-duvalierism-lives-on/
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FAIR Blog
Another 60 Minutes Puff Piece
by Peter Hart

*Laying down for the law

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/06/another-60-minutes-puff-piece/
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Democracy Now!
Death of “Baby Doc” Duvalier Won’t End Quest for Justice by Victims of Haiti’s U.S.-Backed Dictator

*I’d like to hear a more objective view of Aristide than is offered here.

This program has a worrisome habit of hagiography when it comes to such figures.

That’s not to deny whatever good may have come from their actions, but if the overarching goal is to provide accurate information that will foster more good, then we must open both our eyes, and see the contradictions, as well.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/6/death_of_baby_doc_duvalier_wont

Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices

*As West speaks about the courage, honesty and integrity of Wells, Douglass, DuBois and others, I find myself wondering whether any of them would have been invited to appear on this program, at least on anything approaching a frequent basis.

Whether you consider West a “radical” or not – and by that I mean someone who possesses the above qualities – how many other guests could be said to do so, and how many times have they appeared?

And then think of how many who fall far short of that standard.

For all the benefit derived from DN! at its best, if we’re to be honest, don’t we have to ask

Why isn’t its best its standard?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/6/black_prophetic_fire_cornel_west_on

Cornel West: President Obama Doesn’t Belong on Any Shirt with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

*I guess that answers the uncertainty above.

If West were truly a radical, he doesn’t get “five or six hours” with Dear Misleader, does he?

Why he would have had any faith in him, only to be disabused of it, is beyond me.

I will say that I didn’t realize just how irrational capital had become, that it would forsake its long term well being for short term profit, and that Obama would aid and abet that addiction.

But I had no illusions as to where his allegiance lay

And whom he would lay low in its service.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/10/6/cornel_west_on_obama_eric_holder
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How to Diet: Is Adding Omega-3s to Processed Foods Beneficial?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-is-adding-omega-3s-to-processed-foods-beneficial/

10/3

Voter Registration Surge in Ferguson ‘Could Completely Change the Political Landscape’
More than 3,000 Ferguson residents have registered since August 9
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/03/voter-registration-surge-ferguson-could-completely-change-political-landscape
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Why Must Gaza Wait in the Dark?
by Sam Bahour

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/03/why-must-gaza-wait-dark
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Sharing a (Not So) Living Planet
As further evidence comes to light of how our economic systems are decimating the natural world, sharing is fast emerging as the central theme in the discourse on how to ensure prosperity for all within planetary boundaries.
by Rajesh Makwana

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/03/sharing-not-so-living-planet
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After Feigning Love for Egyptian Democracy, US Back To Openly Supporting Tyranny
by Glenn Greenwald

*While agreeing with the central point here, I think it needs to be said that none of the actors involved, including the Morsi government, could be said to inhabit a universe that has much truck with morality.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/03/after-feigning-love-egyptian-democracy-us-back-openly-supporting-tyranny
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Why Phone and Cable Companies Want to Kill the Internet’s Most Democratic Right
by Tim Karr

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/03/why-phone-and-cable-companies-want-kill-internets-most-democratic-right
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Reprieve
Judge Orders Release of Guantánamo Force-Feeding Footage

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/03/judge-orders-release-guantanamo-force-feeding-footage
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The Real News Network
What’s behind the Ebola Crises and are U.S. Americans at Risk?
In an interview with Telesur’s The Global African, Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease Program co-director Taha E. Taha discusses the roots of the Ebola crisis and what can be done about it

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12472

What’s Driving Hong Kong’s Uprisings?
Hong Kong-based attorney Robert Lee talks about the economic and political history at the center of ongoing protests

*The National Endowment for Democracy is playing a role here, and I haven’t seen much of anything about how the US is trying to manipulate these protests.

That’s not to dismiss this as some puppet show, but we need to know where the strings are being attached.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12468
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UK Chancellor to Bash the Poor (are you surprised?)
by John Weeks

*The Guardian of whom … ?

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2187
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The Anxieties of Empire
by Andrew Levine

*Much to mull here, but where does this nostalgia for an America that never was come from?

And Labor in Israel has had plenty of blood on its hands over the years, so “It was once possible to blame the Israeli Right for all the badness in Israel, and for all the badness Israel does” doesn’t pass the empiricism test.

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2188
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FAIR Blog
Privacy and Social Media: It’s Complicated
by Jim Naureckas

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/03/privacy-and-social-media-its-complicated/
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Democracy Now!
Iraq Veterans Against the War: Decade-Old Group Grapples with New War, PTSD Epidemic, VA Failures

*Timeless, in the most tragic sense

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rVTBCtYjoY

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/3/iraq_veterans_against_the_war_decade

Jeremy Scahill on Obama’s Orwellian War in Iraq: We Created the Very Threat We Claim to be Fighting

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/3/jeremy_scahill_on_obamas_orwellian_war

Who is Gen. Michael Nagata, the Man Tapped by Obama to Train the Syrian Rebels?

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/10/3/who_is_gen_michael_nagata_the

10/2

Victory for Clean Water, Blow to Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia
Federal judge upholds EPA’s veto of immense coal mine
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/02/victory-clean-water-blow-mountaintop-removal-west-virginia
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The Real News Network
Is the Islamic State a Tool of the Saudis?
Ali Al-Ahmed says IS is a key part of Saudi Arabia’s strategy in the Middle East

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12461

Where Do We Build Our House in This Swamp? – Eddie Conway and Dr. Ray Winbush on Systemic Racism in Baltimore (1/2)
Dr. Ray Winbush discusses structural racism in Baltimore and urban centers across America

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12463

China-Canada Investment Agreement Locks Canada into Legally Binding Terms
Hupacasath First Nation Legal Challenge argues that the deal was unconstitutional but the judge failed to consider the impact on the whole Nation, ruling in favor of the government

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12462
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FAIR Blog
Fox Pundit: Civilians Die–Get Over It!

*FOX Channeling Curtis LeMay

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/02/fox-pundit-civilians-die-get-over-it/

FAIR Extra!
Michael Brown Had a Father
But will Ferguson shift media ideas on ‘fixing’ black men?
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/michael-brown-had-a-father/

Who Rules Public TV?
Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards
by Aldo Guerrero

*P lutocratic
B uying
S pree

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/who-rules-public-tv/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Silencing Mumia Abu-Jamal, Again

http://www.accuracy.org/release/silencing-mumia-abu-jamal-again/
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Democracy Now!
Secret History of U.S.-Cuba Ties Reveals Henry Kissinger Plan to Bomb Havana for Fighting Apartheid

*The goal of any “normalization” would be to bring neoliberalism to Cuba, and we have to hope that the Cuban leadership won’t buy into that, as the US attempts to purchase their assent.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/2/secret_history_of_us_cuba_ties
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Petition
Ban Declawing In Wisconsin
by Kate Sullivan

https://www.change.org/p/state-sen-jon-erpenbach-ban-declawing-in-wi
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Read These Important Food Safety Tips for Cleaning Your Refrigerator
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/read-these-important-food-safety-tips-for-cleaning-your-refrigerator/

Are Your Kitchen Sponges Safe?
What to do to ensure clean sponges and dish cloths
by David Schardt

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/are-your-kitchen-sponges-safe/

10/1

Federal Judge Deals Win for ‘Life-Giving Waters’ Near Grand Canyon
20-year ban on uranium mining in one million-acre area upheld
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/01/federal-judge-deals-win-life-giving-waters-near-grand-canyon
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Leaked TTIP Documents Reveal Powerful Chemical Industry Wins
The European Commission may be conceding to corporate interests in controversial trade negotiations
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/01/leaked-ttip-documents-reveal-powerful-chemical-industry-wins
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Despite Calls for Immediate Ban, Oil-By-Rail Industry Bullies Regulators to Keep Cars on Tracks
Environmentalists say proposed regulations “simply sanction business-as-usual”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/01/despite-calls-immediate-ban-oil-rail-industry-bullies-regulators-keep-cars-tracks
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New Film Honors Nestlé Whistleblower Who Exposed Corporate Deception
Food giant’s marketing of baby formula may have led to health problems in thousands of developing world children, groups say
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/01/new-film-honors-nestle-whistleblower-who-exposed-corporate-deception
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Ahead of Global Frackdown, Movement to Ban Deadly Gas Drilling Gains Momentum
by Wenonah Hauter

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/01/ahead-global-frackdown-movement-ban-deadly-gas-drilling-gains-momentum
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Combatting Panic: Ebola, the CDC, and Crisis Communication
by Gretchen Goldman

*Ignorance is a virus

That’s often extremely resistant to treatment

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/01/combatting-panic-ebola-cdc-and-crisis-communication
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Americans for Safe Access
Peer-Reviewed Study Refutes Claims of Widespread Abuse in California’s Medical Marijuana Program

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/01/peer-reviewed-study-refutes-claims-widespread-abuse-californias-medical
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The Real News Network
Acute Economic Inequality Underlies “Occupy Central” Protests in Hong Kong
Assistant professor Eli Friedman from Cornell University says working-class and union participation has increased in subsequent occupations

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12455
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Ukraine: Resisting nationalist polarization and Russian invasion
Building a Democratic Left Party; A leftist feminist point of view
Nina Potarskaya interviewed by Jean Batou
New Politics

http://newpol.org/content/ukraine-resisting-nationalist-polarization-and-russian-invasion
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PRWatch
News Corp and Occidental Among Latest Firms to Cut Ties with ALEC
by Rebekah Wilce

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12612

Frac Sand Mining Puts Upper Midwest Communities at Risk, Report Confirms
by Rebekah Wilce

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12611
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Democracy Now!
Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed for Nearly Three Years Without Trial

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/1/accused_of_stealing_a_backpack_high

Mississippi County Sued for Indefinitely Holding Prisoners Without Charge or Access to Lawyer

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/1/mississippi_county_sued_for_indefinitely_holding
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Diet and Weight Loss: Do Extra Pounds Lead to Cancer?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet-and-weight-loss/diet-and-weight-loss-do-extra-pounds-lead-to-cancer/

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9/30

Sick-Outs and Walk-Outs: Students and Teachers Escalate Fight Against Censorship of History
In response to protests, school board will take up curriculum proposal on Thursday
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/30/sick-outs-and-walk-outs-students-and-teachers-escalate-fight-against-censorship
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Detroiters Vow Resistance After Judge Rules There is No Human Right to Water
Bankruptcy judge declines moratorium allowing water shutoffs to continue
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/30/detroiters-vow-resistance-after-judge-rules-there-no-human-right-water
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Planet on the Brink: Human Activity Killing the Planet’s Life-Supporting Systems
WWF’s state of the planet report reveals alarming and avoidable biodiversity loss
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/30/planet-brink-human-activity-killing-planets-life-supporting-systems
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Feeding the Roots, Building Democracy: On Painting Peter Kellman
by Robert Shetterly

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/30/feeding-roots-building-democracy-painting-peter-kellman
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On National Day of Maize in Mexico, Protecting the Sacred Plant
by Adelita San Vicente Tello

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/30/national-day-maize-mexico-protecting-sacred-plant
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US Health Care System Cartel … Until Death Us Do Part
by Donna Smith

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/30/us-health-care-system-cartel-until-death-us-do-part
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Why an Unequal Planet Can Never Be Green
The more wealth concentrates, the greater the strain on our biosphere. Top environmentalists get that connection. Now our societies must.
by Sam Pizzigati

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/30/why-unequal-planet-can-never-be-green
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Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
The Big Tax Increase Nobody Noticed
What the Social Security payroll tax rate tells us about the public and taxation

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/30/big-tax-increase-nobody-noticed
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The Real News Network
Eric Holder Failed in Defending Americans’ Civil Liberties
Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report, says there is a false dichotomy between civil liberties and civil rights in the reporting on Holder’s career as attorney general

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12449

Spanish Independence Movements and the Recolonization of Southern Europe
Sister Teresa Forcades discusses Spanish debt, movements for independence, and Pope Francis

*”And I think he’ll be happy to do it.”

As happy as he was to be complicit in the sins of the Argentinian dictatorship?

I’m just asking …

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12446
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Utah Tar Sands Resistance
Protester “chipmunks” obstruct work at Utah tar sands mine; 5 arrested

http://www.tarsandsresist.org/chipmunks/?utm_source=Protester+%22chipmunks%22+obstruct+work+at+Utah+tar+sands+mine%3B+5+arrested
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FAIR Blog
PBS Uses Advertising to Retaliate Against Critical Coverage

*Save public broadcasting

From itself

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/30/pbs-uses-advertising-to-retaliate-against-critical-coverage/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Hong Kong * Catalonia * Afghanistan

http://www.accuracy.org/release/hong-kong-catalonia-afghanistan/
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Democracy Now!
Umbrella Revolution: Hong Kong’s Biggest Protests in Decades Challenge China on Political Freedom

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/30/umbrella_revolution_hong_kongs_biggest_protests

As U.S.-Afghanistan Sign Troop Deal, CIA-Backed Warlord Behind Massacre of 2,000 POWs Sworn-In as VP

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/30/as_us_afghanistan_sign_troop_deal
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Sugar in Food: Sugar Substitutes that are Safe in Moderation
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/sugar-in-food/sugar-in-food-sugar-substitutes-that-are-safe-in-moderation/

9/29

Revealed: The Little-Known Executive Order Behind Our ‘Collect It All’ Spy State
ACLU Freedom of Information request exposes how Reagan-era order has been used by the Obama administration as the “primary source” of NSA surveillance authority
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/29/revealed-little-known-executive-order-behind-our-collect-it-all-spy-state
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As Endless War Drags On, US Has No Plans to Release Secret Prisoners Kept in Afghanistan
New President Ashraf Ghani set to endorse Bilateral Security Agreement, paving way for thousands of U.S. troops to maintain presence for another decade
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/29/endless-war-drags-us-has-no-plans-release-secret-prisoners-kept-afghanistan
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In Effort to Combat Campus Sexual Assault, California ‘Yes Means Yes’ Signed into Law
“Affirmative consent” law shifts burden of proof in campus sexual assault cases
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/29/effort-combat-campus-sexual-assault-california-yes-means-yes-signed-law
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‘Umbrella Revolutionaries’ Sweep Riot Police From Hong Kong Streets
Despite tough tactics by security units, Occupy Central and its pro-democracy supporters use ‘peace and love’ to hold ground and increase numbers
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/29/umbrella-revolutionaries-sweep-riot-police-hong-kong-streets
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Pro-Palestinian Protesters Thwart Israeli Cargo Ship Again
Claiming a ‘big victory,’ picketers at the Port of Oakland forced the Zim Shanghai to leave the area unloaded
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/29/pro-palestinian-protesters-thwart-israeli-cargo-ship-again
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A Dictionary Reference to the War on ISIS
by Ben Schreiner

*Imperialism

A decidedly déclassé term verboten in serious and responsible discussion of foreign policy.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/29/dictionary-reference-war-isis
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After the People’s Climate March, It Is Time to Demand More
by Peter Rugh

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/29/after-peoples-climate-march-it-time-demand-more
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The Real News Network
Ceasefire Agreements Do Not Address Key Issues in Ukraine
Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says the Ukrainian civil war has led to popular mobilization around anti-Russian nationalism instead of the major socioeconomic issues facing the country

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12434

Palestinian Authority Has No Legitimacy to Govern in Gaza
Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah says Palestinians need to be able to rebuild independently of the neoliberal government in Ramallah

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12437

I Refused to be Treated like an Animal – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (8/10)
Mr. Conway says after 44 years in prison, he considered people to be of value and to be respected, and refused to be dehumanized himself

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12435

Ferguson Police Chief Sparks Fresh Round of Protests
Reverend Osagyefo Sekou talks about the causes of the new rounds of arrests and protests in Ferguson and explains why activists are calling for civil disobedience in October

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12444
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Petition
Madison County School Board: Fire Jeanne Dunaway and Ronnie Blair and initiate legal and criminal investigation of School Administration for the Sparkman Middle School Rape ‘Bait’ Incident of 2010
by William Bailey

https://www.change.org/p/madison-county-school-board-fire-jeanne-dunaway-and-ronnie-blair-and-initiate-legal-and-criminal-investigation-of-school-administration-for-the-sparkman-middle-school-rape-bait-incident-of-2010
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Khorasan Group: A Concocted Pretext for Bombing Syria?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/35639/
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Democracy Now!
How the U.S. Concocted a Terror Threat to Justify Syria Strikes, and the Corporate Media Went Along

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/29/how_the_us_concocted_a_terror

After Civilian Deaths, Human Rights Watch Says U.S. Strikes on Syria May Violate Laws of War

*The strikes in and of themselves are unlawful, which isn’t addressed by Houry.

Not surprising, given HRW’s connections with the foreign policy “community”.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/29/after_civilian_deaths_human_rights_watch

Soldier’s Heart: Remembering Jacob George, Afghan War Vet Turned Peace Activist Who Took Own Life

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/29/soldiers_heart_remembering_jacob_george_afghan

Ferguson Unrest Continues as Police Accused of Incitement & Michael Brown’s Killer Remains Free

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/29/ferguson_unrest_continues_as_police_accused
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How to Diet: Is Adding Processed Fiber to Foods Beneficial?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

*They may be full of it

But you won’t be.

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-is-adding-processed-fiber-to-foods-beneficial/
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What’s with the Controversy about Salt in Food?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

*Take advice to increase salt intake with considerably more salt than you should intake.

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/salt-in-food/whats-with-the-controversy-about-salt-in-food/

9/26

Joining US War, British Parliament OKs Bombing of Iraq
Parliament votes to partake in bombings, despite emergency protests and warnings of more ‘suffering and destabilization’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The lap dogs of war

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/26/joining-us-war-british-parliament-oks-bombing-iraq
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More Ferguson Protesters Arrested as Police Chief Offers ‘Unacceptable’ Apology
Jackson’s apology video “did more harm than good,” protesters stated in an open letter to officials
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fig leaves and flak vests

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/26/more-ferguson-protesters-arrested-police-chief-offers-unacceptable-apology
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It Was a Good Week in the Fight to Stop Tar Sands
Statoil postpones Alberta tar sands mine project; pipeline expansion that would have gone through conservation area on hold
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/26/it-was-good-week-fight-stop-tar-sands
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Los Angeles Hotel Workers Win Big Minimum Wage Victory
City council-approved wage hike to $15.37 per hour will affect up to 13,000 workers, many of them women and minorities
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The “trade offs” will result from capital’s boundless appetite for profit.

It would be “naive” to posit such as anything other.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/26/los-angeles-hotel-workers-win-big-minimum-wage-victory
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Second Discovery of GMO Wheat Reveals ‘Failed Policy’ That Threatens Farmers: Watchdog
USDA says genetically engineered wheat discovered on Montana farm
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/26/second-discovery-gmo-wheat-reveals-failed-policy-threatens-farmers-watchdog
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Climate Reckoning: My Own Private Coal Story
by Jeff Biggers

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/26/climate-reckoning-my-own-private-coal-story
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Raking In On Rents: The Housing Crisis Begins Anew
by Devon Douglas-Bowers

*Renting us asunder

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/26/raking-rents-housing-crisis-begins-anew
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Organic vs. ‘Climate-Smart': Can The UN Fix Farming in Time?
by Leah Douglas

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/26/organic-vs-climate-smart-can-un-fix-farming-time
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Veteran Seeks Answers on Depleted Uranium
by John Keyser

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/26/veteran-seeks-answers-depleted-uranium
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ACLU
Civil Rights Advocates Take Action to Protect All Prisoners at East Mississippi Correctional Facility

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/26/civil-rights-advocates-take-action-protect-all-prisoners-east-mississippi
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The Real News Network
After Eric Holder Resigns, A Look at His Record on Bank Prosecutions
Former financial regulator Bill Black says Holder’s legacy on “too big to fail” is “too big to jail”

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12433
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Baltimore Youth Speak about How to Reduce Violence (1/3)
A Real News Town Hall with high school students discussing the murder epidemic in Baltimore

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12436
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Six Years in Solitary Confinement – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (7/10)
Mr. Conway says prisoners were treated like animals; and because he resisted and organized, he was in lockup twenty three and a half hours a day for six years

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12432
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Read These Important Food Safety Tips about Sausages
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/read-these-important-food-safety-tips-about-sausages/

9/25

American “Success” and the Rise of West African Piracy
Pirates of the Gulf of Guinea: In the face of rising maritime insecurity, AFRICOM claims success and Obama embraces a strongman
by Nick Turse

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/25/american-success-and-rise-west-african-piracy
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Militarizing the Ebola Crisis
Few would oppose a robust U.S. response to Ebola, but the Obama administration’s deployment of 3,000 troops to Liberia comes amid a broader U.S.-led militarization in West Africa
by Joeva Rock

*Wolves in hazmat clothing

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/25/militarizing-ebola-crisis
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Inside the Shadowy Manipulation of American Journalists by Former Treasury Officials on the UAE’s Payroll
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/25/inside-shadowy-manipulation-american-journalists-former-treasury-officials-uaes
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U.S. PIRG
Statement in Response to the Resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/25/statement-response-resignation-attorney-general-eric-holder
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Sharing Cities Network
#MapJam Returns for a Second Year to Put the New Economy on the Map!
For 2 weeks in October community groups all over the world to join together for second annual asset mapping campaign

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/25/mapjam-returns-second-year-put-new-economy-map
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The Real News Network
Turkish-Syrian Border A “Great Hole” in Obama’s Strategy
Vijay Prashad says Obama’s comments at the UN on enforcing international norms have no credibility with most people around the world and are aimed at appeasing liberal unease

*What Dear Misleader was intimating regarding Israel had nothing to do with peace, and everything to do with frustration over “the hard work” of maintaining a sham of a “peace process” due to Israeli intransigence.

Prashad often provides useful insight, but his take here doesn’t qualify for that title.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12426
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US Bombs Syria without Congressional Approval
After the House passes a rule banning calls for a debate or vote on war authorization, critics say Obama and congressional leadership are curbing dissent within own their ranks

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12431
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The Frame Up – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (6/10)
Mr. Conway tells the story of his arrest and trial, and being “represented” by a lawyer who spent 45 minutes with him before going to trial

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12428
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Are the Stated Goals in Syria the Actual Goals?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/are-the-stated-goals-in-syria-the-actual-goals/
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FAIR Blog
Jeff Bezos Takes WaPo’s Advice, Rips Off WaPo Workers
by Jim Naureckas

*Be careful what you dish for

You may end up on the menu

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/25/jeff-bezos-takes-wapos-advice-rips-off-wapo-workers/
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Democracy Now!
No Charges in Ohio Police Killing of John Crawford as Wal-Mart Video Contradicts 911 Caller Account

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/25/no_charges_in_ohio_police_killing

Exclusive: Freed After Hunger Strike, Egyptian Journalist in U.S. to Campaign for Jailed Colleagues

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/25/exclusive_freed_after_hunger_strike_egyptian

Listen to the People, Not the Polluters: Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on the Global Climate Uprising

*”[T]he secretary-general completely supports us”

While presiding over a sham of a climate summit.

Oy gevalt …

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/25/listen_to_the_people_not_the
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Diet and Weight Loss: It’s Time to Curb Carbs
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet-and-weight-loss/diet-and-weight-loss-its-time-to-curb-carbs/

9/24

Told They Cannot Learn About Social Movements, Colorado Students Take To the Streets
Rightwing tries to ban history of “social strife” in the United States, so students teach them a lesson
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*“Those who control the present control the past, and those who control the past control the future.”

George Orwell, from “1984”

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/24/told-they-cannot-learn-about-social-movements-colorado-students-take-streets
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Seattle Says Yes to Compost, Yes to Bees
Resolution bans “neonics” in city; ordinance encourages reduction of food waste
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/24/seattle-says-yes-compost-yes-bees
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Obama’s Pitiful Pledge Epitomizes Failure of UN Summit: Climate Campaigners
Following historic protests, grassroots organizations turned away from UN’s ‘halls of power’ when they attempt to deliver statement
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”They’ll take their photo opportunities in the street, but refuse entrance into the actual halls of power.”

And who permitted them the opportunity to do so … ?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/24/obamas-pitiful-pledge-epitomizes-failure-un-summit-climate-campaigners
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Fifty Years Later: Who Really Won the Battle of Berkeley?
As student activists return to campus to celebrate the 1964 Free Speech movement that galvanized for social justice, big questions remain about the direction of higher education since those radical days of upheaval and hope
by Barbara Garson

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/24/fifty-years-later-who-really-won-battle-berkeley
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Giant Corporations Want to Control All of Your Beer
by Benjamin Dangl

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/24/giant-corporations-want-control-all-your-beer
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Critical Resistance
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Tries To Fast Track Draconian Prison Visiting Policies, Proposing Use of Canines and Controversial ION scanners

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/24/california-department-corrections-and-rehabilitation-tries-fast-track-draconian
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ACLU Sues Scott County on Behalf of Mississippians Jailed Indefinitely Without Lawyer or Indictment

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/24/aclu-sues-scott-county-behalf-mississippians-jailed-indefinitely-without-lawyer
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The Real News Network
What Role Is Turkey Playing in the War against ISIS?
Lecturer Baris Kaaragaac says Turkey is trying to manage its response to the Islamic State in such a way to prevent the Kurds from consolidating political or military power

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12422
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Detroit’s Water Shut-offs at the Center of Bankruptcy Proceedings
Glen Ford Report: Detroit sits on the Great Lakes system that is the biggest source of fresh water on the planet and yet it is shutting off water of the poor, while providing deferrals to corporations

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12419
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World Leaders to Emit Promises of Hot Air at UN Climate Summit
Professor Chris Williams says a solution to the climate crisis requires a restructuring of the global economy, but when the last opportunity to do so came after the 2008-9 financial crisis, world leaders saved the banks instead

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12402
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Institute for Public Accuracy
ISIS and UN; Peace Arrests at White House

http://www.accuracy.org/release/isis-and-un-peace-arrests-at-white-house/
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Jobs With Justice
Call Walmart Now and Tell the Company Women Shouldn’t Be Fired Just for Being Pregnant

*The low life leader

http://www.jwj.org/action-post/call-now-to-demand-walmart-reinstate-woman-fired-for-being-pregnant
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Public Citizen
Google Should Stop Supporting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Tell Chairman Eric Schmidt that Google “Should Not Be Aligned with Such People”

http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12587
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Democracy Now!
Without a Truce in Syrian Civil War, U.S.-Led Strikes Threaten More Chaos for World’s Worst Crisis

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/24/without_a_truce_in_syrian_civil

Part 2: Leading Environmentalists Decry Inaction by United Nations on Climate Crisis

*Vital information here, but it’s hard to listen to someone as open eyed as D’Sa close them to the reality of Mandela’s legacy.

The ANC’s grand bargain with the white elites and the transnational corporations is the reason black and poor South Africans face the dire conditions they do.

Whatever positive steps he may have taken as president pale next to that grave harm.

Of course, his voice still carried great weight after he left office, and what did he do with that moral capital?

I don’t mean to paint Mandela as a charlatan, but as with so many other icons, there are contradictions that must be confronted if we are to honestly assess their lives, and thus learn the lessons we need to from them.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/9/23/part_2_leading_environmentalists_decry_inaction

9/23

‘Remember Fukushima': Thousands Rally Against Nuclear Restart in Japan
Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe: “Three and a half years have passed since the nuclear accident, but self-examination has yet to be made.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*See Einstein’s apocryphal definition of insanity

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/23/remember-fukushima-thousands-rally-against-nuclear-restart-japan
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Fifty Activists and a Polar Bear Halt UK Coal Train
Greenpeace climate campaigner: ‘We’re doing exactly what leaders in New York and here in the UK should be doing.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/23/fifty-activists-and-polar-bear-halt-uk-coal-train
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‘Another Scotland is Possible!’ Activists Shut Down Factory Behind Israeli Drones
After halting the work day of weapons manufacturer Thales UK, ten activists arrested
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/23/another-scotland-possible-activists-shut-down-factory-behind-israeli-drones
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If Children Are Being Crowded Out, It is Being Done by Rich People
by Dean Baker

*Divide and conquer is an age old strategem.

In this case, literally.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/23/if-children-are-being-crowded-out-it-being-done-rich-people
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Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What’s Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence
by Charles E. Cobb

*Chinn’s relatives – perhaps children or grandchildren – Justine and Spencer (if memory serves) Chinn, were the first black children to “integrate” the Canton public school system in 1965.

I was a nine year old white boy going to Canton Elementary at the time. I believe Justine was around my age, and Spencer a little younger. I never interacted with them, or recall being in a class with them.

I use quotes above because they were the only black kids in the system until that farce was forced by the federal government in 1970, at which time whites (including me) fled en masse to private “academies”. That was replicated across the state to one degree or another.

I can’t imagine what that was like for the Chinn children. I don’t remember any overt hostility toward them, though there may have been.

Regardless, their solitary presence amongst a sea of white faces had to have been a singularly unsettling experience for them to endure each school day.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/23/guns-and-southern-freedom-struggle-whats-missing-when-we-teach-about-nonviolence
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The Fight to Keep Toxic Mining—and the World Bank—Out of El Salvador
Hundreds of protesters recently gathered at the World Bank to shame a gold mining firm’s shakedown of one of Central America’s poorest countries.
by Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/23/fight-keep-toxic-mining-and-world-bank-out-el-salvador
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GRAIN
Planet Palm Oil: Peasants Pay the Price for Cheap Vegetable Oil

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/23/planet-palm-oil-peasants-pay-price-cheap-vegetable-oil
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MADRE
Paper Released Calling for Climate Justice – With Gender Justice

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/23/paper-released-calling-climate-justice-gender-justice
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Civil Liberties Organization Condemns Proposals to Restrict White House Area for Protest as an Outrageous Assault on Free Speech
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund responds to calls to restrict access to the area outside the White House

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/23/civil-liberties-organization-condemns-proposals-restrict-white-house-area
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The Real News Network
Re-energizing the Electrical Grid
Peter Sinclair and Cathy Kunkel discuss emerging possibilities for fighting climate change: a combination of locally-owned affordable solar and utility scale wind energy to replace the electrical grid

*The question isn’t simply what sort of energy we consume, but also who controls it.

If renewables are the province of corporate entities who are able to inflate prices to align with their profit projections, all those wonderful cost savings are essentially kaput, and we’ll be struggling just as hard to pay our bills.

Again, the system needs to be targeted, not merely the nature of its products.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12394
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Do We Need a War on U.S. Military Carbon Emissions?
Authors Sara Flounders and Barry Sanders say President Obama remains silent at the UN about one of the greatest contributors to global pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12404
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Jobs With Justice and Caring Across Generations
Home-Care Workers Can’t Wait!

http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4023/c/33/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9128&track=NAT_140923_DOL_e
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FAIR Blog
Civilization-Threatening Crises? Nope, Can’t Think of Any
by Jim Naureckas

*Brooks appears to have matriculated at the Alfred E. Neuman school of sociopolitical analysis.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/23/civilization-threatening-crises-nope-cant-think-of-any/

Reluctant Warrior Bombs Yet Another Country
by Peter Hart

*With apologies to John Lennon …

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you die
I didn’t want to hurt you

I’m just a Machiavellian kind of guy

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/23/reluctant-warrior-bombs-yet-another-country/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
ISIS: Is U.S. Goal to Build Up Islamists, Divide and Rule and “Chaos”?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/isis-is-u-s-goal-to-build-up-islamists-divide-and-rule-and-chaos/
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Democracy Now!
Expanding U.S. Strikes to ISIS in Syria, Has Obama Opened New Phase of “Perpetual War”?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/23/expanding_us_strikes_to_isis_in

Flood Wall Street: 100 Arrested at Sit-In Targeting Financial Giants’ Role in Global Warming

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/23/flood_wall_street_100_arrested_at

Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke & Desmond D’Sa on a Global, Grassroots Response to U.N. Climate Summit

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/23/vandana_shiva_winona_laduke_desmond_dsa
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Sugar in Food: Sugar Substitutes that are Safe
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/sugar-in-food/sugar-in-food-sugar-substitutes-that-are-safe/

9/22

#FloodWallStreet: Protesters Stage Mass Action to Confront Climate Profiteers
Action takes direct aim at center of global capitalism to call for complete paradigm shift to save planet from climate chaos
by Common Dreams staff

*So, how does de Blasio get a pass to puff PR about NYC’s commitment to energy efficiency

While sending his storm troopers to cordon off Liberty Plaza and provide “security” for the Masters of Disasters?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/22/floodwallstreet-protesters-stage-mass-action-confront-climate-profiteers
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Calling for End to ‘Colonial’ Rule, Thousands of Hong Kong Students Boycott Classes
Students join months of protests calling for true democratic reform with week-long class boycott
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/22/calling-end-colonial-rule-thousands-hong-kong-students-boycott-classes
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Befouled Again: New Toxic Mine Spill Reported in Mexico’s Sonora River
Authorities tell 25,000 residents—who are already struggling to recover from previous spill—not to use orange-stained water
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/22/befouled-again-new-toxic-mine-spill-reported-mexicos-sonora-river
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Real Solutions From Agriculture at the People’s Climate March
by Tara Ritter

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/22/real-solutions-agriculture-peoples-climate-march
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Who’s Your Daddy, ISIS?
“ISIS has many, many fathers, all of whom now deny patrimony.”
by Glen Ford

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/22/whos-your-daddy-isis
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Institute for Policy Studies
Climate Marchers to Global Leaders: No Dirty Energy in the Green Climate Fund

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/22/climate-marchers-global-leaders-no-dirty-energy-green-climate-fund
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The Real News Network
Most Members of the Black Caucus Have Supported Police Militarization
Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford says their voting record on this issue shows that only a few members act in the interest of the Black community

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12380
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Breaking Down the Scottish Independence Vote by Class Lines
As Scotland remains tied to the UK, sociologist David Miller says class rather than national identity can best explain the outcome of the referendum

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12401
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Petition
James Leprino: Stop Sickening Animal Abuse at World’s Largest Pizza Cheese Supplier
by Mercy For Animals

https://www.change.org/p/james-leprino-stop-sickening-animal-abuse-at-world-s-largest-pizza-cheese-supplier
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FAIR Action Alert
Climate Crisis? That’s Not News
Sunday chat shows skip People’s Climate March

http://fair.org/take-action/action-alerts/climate-crisis-thats-not-news/
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Democracy Now!
Voices from the People’s Climate March: Indigenous Groups Lead Historic 400,000-Strong NYC Protest

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/22/voices_from_the_peoples_climate_march

Heirs of Billionaire Oil Tycoon John D. Rockefeller Join Growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

*While it’s better to invest in clean energy than fossil fuels, it’s still a profit system centric action, and as such is nothing more than a band aid that doesn’t heal the wound.

Capitalism is the culprit here, and making it “better” doesn’t address the core issue, which is the absolute necessity for transformative change in how we relate to the earth and each other.

The planet has been seriously injured, and for it, and us, to survive, we have to go beyond doing “what makes good financial sense”.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/22/heirs_of_billionaire_oil_tycoon_john
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Eating Gluten Free Isn’t Always Healthy
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

*Glutenless

Maximus hype

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/eating-gluten-free/eating-gluten-free-isnt-always-healthy/
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Does Eating Wheat Pack on the Pounds?
by Stephanie Scarmo
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet-and-weight-loss/does-eating-wheat-pack-on-the-pounds/
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How to Diet: Does Tomato Sauce Count as a Vegetable?
by Jayne Hurley
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-does-tomato-sauce-count-as-a-vegetable/

9/19

The Real News Network
Historic Climate Change Protests Only Days Away
Activists Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese discuss the major climate change events taking place this weekend in New york City

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12398
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Google Acts Like Privatized NSA: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange
In interviews with BBC and Sky News, WikiLeaks founder explains how Google’s behavior, though legal, is like that of surveillance agencies.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/19/google-acts-privatized-nsa-wikileaks-julian-assange
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UN Official Fears Act of ‘Mass Murder in the Mediterranean’
Experts say this year’s death rate for migrants and refugees attempting to cross to Europe is already three times the 2013 rate
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/19/un-official-fears-act-mass-murder-mediterranean
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Google Refuses to Respond to Letter Questioning ALEC Ties
by Rebekah Wilce
PRWatch

*You don’t need to google “two faced”

To know what’s going on here, do you?

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12595
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Oregon Residents Challenge the State “Right-to-Farm” Law
by Rebekah Wilce
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12585
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Five US Surveillance Programs Undermining Global Human Rights
by Sarah St. Vincent and Joseph Lorenzo Hall

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/19/five-us-surveillance-programs-undermining-global-human-rights
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Public Citizen
Congress Should Oppose Bill That Undermines Patient Safety and Fails to Tackle the Rise of Antibiotic Resistance

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/19/congress-should-oppose-bill-undermines-patient-safety-and-fails-tackle-rise
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Green Century Funds
Leading Environmental Groups Announce Fossil Fuel Free Retirement Plan Options

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/19/leading-environmental-groups-announce-fossil-fuel-free-retirement-plan-options
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FAIR Extra!
At Elite Media, ‘Scientific’ Racists Fit in Fine
Nicholas Wade’s NYT science writing thrilled white supremacists
by Steve Rendall

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/at-elite-media-scientific-racists-fit-in-fine/
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Democracy Now!
A People’s Climate Movement: Indigenous, Labor, Faith Groups Prepare for Historic March

*I don’t understand the logic of divesting from fossil fuel corps, only to reinvest in them when they seek to profit off renewable energy.

You can talk all you want about “encouraging” that shift, but why not invest those funds in decentralized renewable entities?

Perhaps the argument is that these funds need to make a certain return on investment, and that at least it’s being made on something that isn’t exacerbating climate change.

But there are other types of damage. These corps are still criminals, and if you believe in the connection among all struggles for justice, how do you justify putting your money where your mouth ain’t?

And I really don’t give a flying fuck about anything that comes out of the mouth of Al Gore.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/19/a_peoples_climate_movement_indigenous_labor

9/18

New Questions Raised About NSA-Israel Intelligence Sharing
As Israeli reservists accuse spy unit of “political persecution,” relationship between Israel and NSA challenged
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/18/new-questions-raised-about-nsa-israel-intelligence-sharing
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Brushing Your Teeth With Plastic? Dentists Say Microbeads Bad News
The non-degradable “beads,” already criticized for the pollution they spread to waterways, face new scrutiny
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/18/brushing-your-teeth-plastic-dentists-say-microbeads-bad-news
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The God of War is on the Verge of Another Victory
Addressing the complexity of others’ brutal behavior means facing our terrifying complicity in it
by Robert C. Koehler

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/18/god-war-verge-another-victory
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Lawless in Libya
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2182
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Friends of the Earth
Ban Ki-moon Urged to Champion Public Funds for Climate Finance
118 civil society groups ask UN chief to ensure private finance is not counted towards climate finance goals, and to prevent greenwashing in the green bond market

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/18/ban-ki-moon-urged-champion-public-funds-climate-finance
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The Real News Network
Coalition to Fight the Islamic State Unlikely to Succeed
Vijay Prashad: If the West is serious about tackling ISIS it must lessen the chaos within Syria and seek a political solution

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12389
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Upsurge in Voter Participation and Scare-Campaigns As Scots Head To The Polls
Lecturer Peter Watt discusses the issues and history surrounding Scottish Independence

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12391
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Walker’s Snow Job
by Mary Bottari
PRWatch

*There is no doubt who Scott Walker is, and whom he serves.

And there’s no doubt who Mary Burke is, and whom she serves.

To be blunt

We’re dealing with a pile of shit in the former instance

And a piece of it in the latter.

Given that, I’d like to see the same scrutiny directed at her record, and who has won and lost due to it, that has been targeted toward the myriad depredations of her opponent.

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/09/12597/walkers-snow-job
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James O’Keefe Cronies Unveiled in Attempted Sting on CMD
by Jonas Persson
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12593
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Democracy Now!
Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/18/capitalism_vs_the_climate_naomi_klein

Naomi Klein on the People’s Climate March & the Global Grassroots Movement Fighting Fossil Fuels

*I don’t trust the McKibben crowd to do what needs to be done, and if they don’t, how will the tension that will occur between that group and the more radical activists over strategy and tactics play out?

Klein talks a good game, and she’s done some valuable work, but when it comes down to just whom she’ll side with if 350 et al don’t get with the program, I really don’t know where to put my money.

I have my suspicions, and I hope I’m wrong about them.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/18/naomi_klein_on_the_peoples_climate

Naomi Klein on Motherhood, Geoengineering, Climate Debt & the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/9/18/naomi_klein_on_motherhood_geoengineering_climate

“The Throwaways”: New Film Spotlights Impact of Police Killings and Mass Incarceration in Upstate NY

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/9/17/the_throwaways_new_film_spotlights_police

9/17

Coalition Calls for Complete Ban on Fracking
“The industry has successfully spun fracking as good for the climate, but the science shows it’s anything but.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/17/coalition-calls-complete-ban-fracking
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‘You Are Not a Loan': Rolling Jubilee Abolishes Millions in Student Debt
On third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, offshoot project pays off nearly $4 million in debt for cheated students
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/17/you-are-not-loan-rolling-jubilee-abolishes-millions-student-debt
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For-Profit College Chain Sued by Feds for Predatory Lending Scheme
“We want to put an end to these predatory practices and get relief for the students who are bearing the weight of more than half a billion dollars in Corinthian’s private student loans.”
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/17/profit-college-chain-sued-feds-predatory-lending-scheme
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Big Brother 3.0: FBI Launches Facial Recognition Program
Bureau calls system “fully operational” despite one-fifth false positive rate
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/16/big-brother-30-fbi-launches-facial-recognition-program
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Why Can’t US Help Solve Ebola Outbreak without ‘Waging War’ and ‘Sending Troops’?
What does it say about our nation when we think of our military as the only governmental agency capable of responding to any sort of crisis?
by Susan Sered

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/17/why-cant-us-help-solve-ebola-outbreak-without-waging-war-and-sending-troops
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Organic Consumers Condemns USDA Approval of Dow’s New GMO crops

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/17/organic-consumers-condemns-usda-approval-dows-new-gmo-crops
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National Nurses United
Nurses Arrange Huge Donation of Protective Suits For Nurses, Doctors, Health Workers Fighting Ebola
Update on the Ebola Fight by the International Medical Corps and Liberian Health Workers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/16/nurses-arrange-huge-donation-protective-suits-nurses-doctors-health-workers
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The Real News Network
The Untold History of The Star Spangled Banner
Eddie Conway and Gerald Horne explore the forgotten history of the U.S. national anthem as Baltimore celebrates its 200th anniversary

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12374
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FAIR Blog
Corporate Media: Don’t Worry, Be Fracking
by Peter Hart

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/17/corporate-media-dont-worry-be-fracking/
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Democracy Now!
Debate: Should Scotland Vote for Independence? Musician Billy Bragg vs. Historian Sam Wetherell

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/17/debate_should_scotland_vote_for_independence

9/16

American Empire in the Year 2014: The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/16/american-empire-year-2014-great-concentration-or-great-fragmentation
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‘This Changes Everything’ Including the Anti-Fracking Movement
by Sandra Steingraber

*It’s not easy being Big Green

(But a few $mil from the muckmakers soothes the soulless)

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/16/changes-everything-including-anti-fracking-movement
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The Strange, Twisted Logic of the ISIS War
by Nat Parry

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/16/strange-twisted-logic-isis-war
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200,000 Climate Protesters Won’t Stop Corporate Agenda at UN Summit
by Nick Fillmore

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/16/200000-climate-protesters-wont-stop-corporate-agenda-un-summit
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The United States Heading for a Crash
by Immanuel Wallerstein

*The Empire Strikes Out

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/16/united-states-heading-crash
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100% Renewable Energy as Centerpiece of a Climate Action Plan
by Anna Leidreiter

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/15/100-renewable-energy-centerpiece-climate-action-plan
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‘Project Panic': British Leaders Make Last-Ditch Offers to Spoil Scottish Independence
With less than 48 hours before historic vote, pro-independence leader calls promise of extra powers a “last minute desperate offer of nothing”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/16/project-panic-british-leaders-make-last-ditch-offers-spoil-scottish-independence
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Vermont’s Largest City Marks Major Climate Goal
With recent acquisition of a hydroelectric dam, Burlington now secures 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/16/vermonts-largest-city-marks-major-climate-goal
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Scottish Campaign Boosts Catalan Quest for Independence
Scotland is said to be “causing headaches in Madrid” as support grows for Catalan referendum
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/16/scottish-campaign-boosts-catalan-quest-independence
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Petition
SUPPORT THE 595 WOMEN CLEANERS
OF THE GREEK MINISTRY OF FINANCE!
by the Campaign for Peace and Democracy

*There’s little reason for hope in this world

But without the courageous acts of folks like these

There would be none.

Ο αγώνας συνεχίζεται
(The struggle continues)

http://www.cpdweb.org/events/Greek-cleaners.shtml
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Why China’s Insatiable Appetite For Coal Has Likely Peaked
by Nick Cunningham

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2179
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The Real News Network
An American Fascism – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
Mr. Conway says, by targeting the Panthers, the FBI and other state and local agencies were functioning as a national secret police. That was COINTELPRO; it carries on under The Patriot Act.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12383
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Breakthroughs Unlikely at Upcoming UN Climate Summit
As the climate justice movement prepares for an historic convergence in NYC, political economist Patrick Bond warns that the “big tent approach” of the People’s Climate March might backfire

*Big tents

Are prone to collapse

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12381
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Democracy Now!
A Survivor’s Burden: Columbia Student Carries Mattress on Campus Until Alleged Rapist is Expelled

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/16/a_survivors_burden_columbia_student_carries

“We Will Not Be Silenced”: Students Denounce Rape at Columbia as Schools Face Scrutiny for Inaction

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/16/we_will_not_be_silenced_students

An NFL Wife Tells Her Story: Intimidated Spouses Followed “Code of Silence” Around Domestic Abuse

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/16/an_nfl_wife_tells_her_story#
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Food Safety Tips for Packing and Unpacking Your Food
by Sarah Klein

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-tips-for-packing-and-unpacking-your-food/

9/15

As Pro-Democracy Movement Grows, Thousands March in Hong Kong
‘Occupy Central’ activists stage silent march to protest recent government rulings that rejected universal suffrage
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/15/pro-democracy-movement-grows-thousands-march-hong-kong
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After the People’s Climate March, Flood Wall Street
by Yates McKee

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/15/after-peoples-climate-march-flood-wall-street
.

US Empire and Nationalist Illusions
by Lawrence Wittner

*Put another way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgRVNjsuycQ

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/15/us-empire-and-nationalist-illusions
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There are limits: Ecological and social implications of trans and climate change
by Robert Jensen

http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/09/ecological-and-social-implications-of-trans-and-climate-change/
.

GM CEO Mary Barra Ignores Evidence, Denies Safety Problems in Overseas Facroties
by Frank Hammer and Paige Shell-Spurling

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2177
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The Real News Network
What Drives Obama’s Foreign Policy?
Andrew Levine says Obama is continuing a triumphalist policy towards Russia

*The paramount purpose of Dear Misleader’s presidency is to lay the groundwork for the perservation of corporate power in the coming dystopia. Whomever succeeds him will continue the dismantling of the structures that prevented capitalism from devouring itself, along with everything in its path, as that is its nature.

All that is said with the proviso that we simply lay supine and allow it to happen.

We may not be able to stop it

But what does that say about our sense of humanity

If we don’t try?

We have no reason to be optimistic

And every reason to act as if there were.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12378
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The Economic Cost of the Fifty-Day War against Gaza
Political economist Shir Hever of The Alternative Information Center discusses the impact of Operation Protective Edge on the Israeli economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12361
.

FBI Targets Minority Communities in Mortgage Fraud Investigations
Former bank regulator Bill Black says Attorney General Eric Holder must stop targeting minorities and instead focus on the mortgage fraud of banksters

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12371
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“The State Targeted the Panthers Because We Were Socialists, Not Because We Were Armed” – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
Mr. Conway says the Panthers were also a threat because they recognized the humanity of and worked with all ethnic groups

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12377
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Democrats Have Options to Pursue Campaign Finance Reform
Though Senate Republicans have thwarted a constitutional amendment to rein in campaign contributions, Democrats can pursue alternative strategies to increase transparency without a supermajority

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12376
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Scottish Referendum: Nationalism or Democracy?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/scottish-referendum-nationalism-or-democracy/
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FAIR Blog
CBS: ‘We Have No Choice’ but to Attack ISIS ‘Before We All Get Killed’
by Peter Hart

*”What kind of people kill the innocent, in the hope of impressing their enemies?”

The US?

Israel?

Not on the networks, bubula.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/15/cbs-we-have-no-choice-but-to-attack-isis-before-we-all-get-killed/
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Democracy Now!
Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis? U.S. Could Turn to Aid, Arms Embargo & Engaging Foes

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/15/is_there_a_diplomatic_solution_to_isil

Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/15/who_pays_the_pro_war_pundits

Underestimated and Ignored, Growing Ebola Epidemic Requires Unprecedented Global Mobilization

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/15/underestimated_and_ignored_growing_ebola_epidemic
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Petition Update
Hon. Kellie Leitch, Minister for the Status of Women: Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders
by Holly Jarrett

https://www.change.org/p/hon-kellie-leitch-minister-for-the-status-of-women-call-a-public-inquiry-into-hundreds-of-missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women-like-my-cousin-loretta-saunders/u/8160550
.

Petition
Support HR 5263 The Living Donor Protection Act
by James Myers

https://www.change.org/p/u-s-house-of-representatives-support-hr-5263-the-living-donor-protection-act
.

How to Diet: Does Soy Affect Thyroid Function?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-does-soy-affect-thyroid-function/

9/15

As Pro-Democracy Movement Grows, Thousands March in Hong Kong
‘Occupy Central’ activists stage silent march to protest recent government rulings that rejected universal suffrage
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/15/pro-democracy-movement-grows-thousands-march-hong-kong
.

After the People’s Climate March, Flood Wall Street
by Yates McKee

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/15/after-peoples-climate-march-flood-wall-street
.

US Empire and Nationalist Illusions
by Lawrence Wittner

*Put another way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgRVNjsuycQ

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/15/us-empire-and-nationalist-illusions
.

There are limits: Ecological and social implications of trans and climate change
by Robert Jensen

http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/09/ecological-and-social-implications-of-trans-and-climate-change/
.

GM CEO Mary Barra Ignores Evidence, Denies Safety Problems in Overseas Facroties
by Frank Hammer and Paige Shell-Spurling

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2177
.

The Real News Network
What Drives Obama’s Foreign Policy?
Andrew Levine says Obama is continuing a triumphalist policy towards Russia

*The paramount purpose of Dear Misleader’s presidency is to lay the groundwork for the perservation of corporate power in the coming dystopia. Whomever succeeds him will continue the dismantling of the structures that prevented capitalism from devouring itself, along with everything in its path, as that is its nature.

All that is said with the proviso that we simply lay supine and allow it to happen.

We may not be able to stop it

But what does that say about our sense of humanity

If we don’t try?

We have no reason to be optimistic

And every reason to act as if there were.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12378
.

The Economic Cost of the Fifty-Day War against Gaza
Political economist Shir Hever of The Alternative Information Center discusses the impact of Operation Protective Edge on the Israeli economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12361
.

FBI Targets Minority Communities in Mortgage Fraud Investigations
Former bank regulator Bill Black says Attorney General Eric Holder must stop targeting minorities and instead focus on the mortgage fraud of banksters

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12371
.

“The State Targeted the Panthers Because We Were Socialists, Not Because We Were Armed” – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
Mr. Conway says the Panthers were also a threat because they recognized the humanity of and worked with all ethnic groups

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12377
.

Democrats Have Options to Pursue Campaign Finance Reform
Though Senate Republicans have thwarted a constitutional amendment to rein in campaign contributions, Democrats can pursue alternative strategies to increase transparency without a supermajority

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12376
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Scottish Referendum: Nationalism or Democracy?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/scottish-referendum-nationalism-or-democracy/
.

FAIR Blog
CBS: ‘We Have No Choice’ but to Attack ISIS ‘Before We All Get Killed’
by Peter Hart

*”What kind of people kill the innocent, in the hope of impressing their enemies?”

The US?

Israel?

Not on the networks, bubula.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/15/cbs-we-have-no-choice-but-to-attack-isis-before-we-all-get-killed/
.

Democracy Now!
Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis? U.S. Could Turn to Aid, Arms Embargo & Engaging Foes

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/15/is_there_a_diplomatic_solution_to_isil

Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/15/who_pays_the_pro_war_pundits

Underestimated and Ignored, Growing Ebola Epidemic Requires Unprecedented Global Mobilization

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/15/underestimated_and_ignored_growing_ebola_epidemic
.

Petition Update
Hon. Kellie Leitch, Minister for the Status of Women: Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders
by Holly Jarrett

https://www.change.org/p/hon-kellie-leitch-minister-for-the-status-of-women-call-a-public-inquiry-into-hundreds-of-missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women-like-my-cousin-loretta-saunders/u/8160550
.

Petition
Support HR 5263 The Living Donor Protection Act
by James Myers

https://www.change.org/p/u-s-house-of-representatives-support-hr-5263-the-living-donor-protection-act
.

How to Diet: Does Soy Affect Thyroid Function?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-does-soy-affect-thyroid-function/

9/12

Public School Police Receive Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle
Law enforcement for San Diego city schools have obtained a war-grade armored vehicle from the Department of Defense
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Wanna bet that upkeep for this monstrosity won’t be on the chopping block in the next district budget?

Wanna bet what will … ?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/12/public-school-police-receive-mine-resistant-ambush-protected-vehicle
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Senate Kills ‘Citizens United’ Reform
“Our democracy… is beyond broken. It is beyond shameful.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of course, this would be DOA in the House, and at any rate would only return us to the abysmal status quo ante, but it gives Sanders and the Dems a chance to play Jefferson Smith, while never once mentioning public campaign financing, which is anathema to both major parties.

Gee, ain’t I a cynic

Or maybe an empiricist … ?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/12/senate-kills-citizens-united-reform
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Groups Lauded for Work Towards Communities’ Rights to a Just Food System
Sixth Food Sovereignty Prize honors Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Palestine and Bellingham, Washington-based Community to Community Development
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/12/groups-lauded-work-towards-communities-rights-just-food-system
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Green Groups Fight to Uphold Colorado Town’s Ban on Fracking
“If we are successful with this it will resonate around the country.”
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/12/green-groups-fight-uphold-colorado-towns-ban-fracking
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New Video of Michael Brown Shooting Shows Immediate Witness Reaction
Construction workers who saw Brown shot corroborate earlier statements that he was surrendering
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Will a picture be worth more than a thousand false words?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/12/new-video-michael-brown-shooting-shows-immediate-witness-reaction
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Let’s Bury King C.O.N.G. at People’s Climate March
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/12/lets-bury-king-cong-peoples-climate-march
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The Real News Network
U.S. Intelligence Official: No Evidence ISIL Is Planning Imminent Attack on America
Obama’s plan to support the Shi’a and Kurds in Iraq could worsen sectarianism fighting, and a new report says arms sent to moderate Syrian rebels have ended up in ISIS’s hands

*How can the pathogen that spawned the disease

Be considered the cure for it?

Empires create their own demons, both intentionally, to present a boogeyman to justify their aggression, and unintentionally, as here, when that boogeyman can’t be “managed”.

The only way to end its terror

Is to end our own.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12370
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Petition
GetEQUAL
President Obama, take action now!
Over 267,000 LGBTQ undocumented immigrants live each day afraid of being deported — many to countries that criminalize homosexuality

http://getequal.org/end-deportations/?can_id=62367f71e9f57639e0672dbcdd075d91&source=email-one-year-ago-today-i-was-arrested
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FAIR Media Advisory
Four Myths About Obama’s War on ISIS
A reluctant warrior intervenes against a threat to the homeland–or so we’re told

*The US may have unintentionally birthed this perfect boogeyman

But it will now try to take full advantage of having done so

And thereby create the conditions for deadly deja vu all over again.

http://fair.org/home/four-myths-about-obamas-war-on-isis/
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Democracy Now!
James Foley on the Dehumanization of War: Acclaimed Filmmaker Haskell Wexler Shares 2012 Interview

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/12/james_foley_on_the_dehumanization_of

The Untold Story of the Shejaiya Massacre in Gaza: A Former Israel Soldier Speaks Out

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/12/the_untold_story_of_the_shejaiya

Part 2: Former Israeli Soldier Eran Efrati Speaks Out About Documenting IDF Abuse in Gaza, West Bank

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/9/12/part_2_former_israeli_soldier_eran

9/11

Education Watchdog Calls Out ‘Attempted Indoctrination’ in Texas Text Books
Review of textbooks finds they run deep with inaccuracies, distortion of history
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/11/education-watchdog-calls-out-attempted-indoctrination-texas-text-books
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On Worthier Victims
by Buddy Bell

http://www.chicagoactivism.org/archives/13865
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ISIS, 9/11, and the Terrorism Time Loop
by Deepa Kumar

*You can’t do the empire boogie

Without a boogeyman

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/11/isis-911-and-terrorism-time-loop
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The Rebirth of Family Capitalism
Or How the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Sam Walton, Bill Gates, and other billionaires are undermining America
by Steve Fraser

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/11/rebirth-family-capitalism
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The Real News Network
American Bombs Will Not Defeat ISIS
Vijay Prashad says the Saudis and Iran must be part of a regional solution that includes ending support for jihadists in Syria

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12360
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Obama’s Syria Plan Will Strengthen IS and Warlordism
Omar Dahi says Obama is wrong to say the Assad regime has no legitimacy, as most Syrians want an end to war, the creation of a broad-front government, and a national army to confront warlords and extremism

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12363
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Institute for Public Accuracy
The Endless Death of Perpetual War

*The Empire Strikes Out

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-endless-death-of-perpetual-war/
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Democracy Now!
Obama Vows to Destroy Islamic State, But Expanded Strikes in Syria & Iraq Point to “Endless War”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/11/obama_vows_to_destroy_islamic_state

9/10

Research Shows Frightening Correlation Between Fracking and Rates of Illness
Respiratory and skin issues likely caused by air or groundwater contamination as a result of natural gas drilling, says new study
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/10/research-shows-frightening-correlation-between-fracking-and-rates-illness
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Putting Job At Risk, Kindergarten Teacher Refuses to Administer Standardized Test
It’s not about me, says 59-year-old Susan Bowles, this is “about teachers all across the country who are fed up with testing and who can’t teach their students.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/10/putting-job-risk-kindergarten-teacher-refuses-administer-standardized-test
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Groups Slam ‘Corporate Takeover’ of UN Climate Summit, Call for System Change
Representing over 200 million people around the world, groups declare: “To deal with the crisis, we must address the root causes and change the system”
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/10/groups-slam-corporate-takeover-un-climate-summit-call-system-change
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Detroit’s New Regional Water Authority: A Prelude to Privatization
by Mitch Jones

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/10/detroits-new-regional-water-authority-prelude-privatization
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Food & Water Watch
San Francisco, Berkeley Stand Up for Public Health
Advocates applaud resolutions urging Congress to end antibiotic use on factory farms

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/10/san-francisco-berkeley-stand-public-health
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Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
New Lawsuit Urges EPA to (Finally) Ban Neurotoxic Pesticide
After 7 Years of Delays, Environmental Health Groups Call for Action on Chlorpyrifos, an Insecticide that Affects Brain Development in Children

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/10/new-lawsuit-urges-epa-finally-ban-neurotoxic-pesticide
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The Real News Network
New Iraqi Government Will Abide by U.S. Regional Goals
Professor Sabah Alnasseri says the purpose of the campaign against ISIL is to enable continued political and military intervention by the U.S. throughout the Middle East

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12356
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COINTELPRO, Attack on the Panthers – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
Mr. Conway describes the campaign by police agencies to destroy the Black Panthers, and how he joined the Baltimore chapter which he later found out was founded by an agent of the NSA

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12358
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Federal Reserve Data Shows Growing Wealth Gap Based on Race
With new data analysis by Demos’s Matt Bruenig showing the current state of wealth inequality by race in the U.S., Professor john a. powell describes how subprime loans, neighborhood segregation and other policies have disproportionately affected people of color

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12351
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Institute for Public Accuracy
13 Years After 9/11: Has ISIS Been “A Saudi Project”?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/13-years-after-911-has-isis-been-a-saudi-project/
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FAIR Blog
And Now, a Word From Henry Kissinger…
by Peter Hart

*From butcher to Brahmin, courtesy of the corpress

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/10/and-now-a-word-from-henry-kissinger/
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Democracy Now!
Exclusive: DA Joins the 2 Climate Activists He Declined to Prosecute, Citing Climate Change Threat

*I don’t know what will be accomplished by the actions in New York, as I don’t think someone like McKibben and his group are prepared to do what’s truly necessary to confront this gravest of threats, exemplified by they’re being oh so careful not to offend Dear Misleader by disinviting Nader to speak during the DC protests

But I’ll withhold judgment until it’s clear what comes of it.

I’m glad to hear Sutter speak to the false hope of nuclear power as some sort of “clean energy” savior, given the idiocy of some, like James Hansen, on the subject.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/10/exclusive_da_joins_the_2_climate

As Pot Decriminalization Advances in U.S., Former World Leaders Call for End to Failed War on Drugs

*What I haven’t seen addressed is the issue of just who will produce and sell these substances if they’re legalized.

You know the drug companies and the tobacco companies, for pot, are jonesing to cash in.

So while legalization would mean that we can’t be arrested for the mere possession and use of these substances, if the market model for currently legal drugs is followed, we’ll have the same problem with these new drugs, of profit uber alles and health be damned, won’t we?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/10/as_pot_decriminalization_advances_in_us

Part 2: “The Prohibition Paradigm Has Failed,” Leaders Urge Prevention, Treatment for Drug Addicts

*George Shultz

“[R]emarkably distinguished” … ?

How many times have you seen this?

Some bloody bastard takes a relatively enlightened position on a single issue, and the “activist” community around that issue goes all wet over them?

Remember the flowers and chocolates for Rand Paul foolishness from Code Pink?

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/9/10/part_2_the_prohibition_paradigm_has
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Food Safety at the Deli Counter
by Sarah Klein

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-at-the-deli-counter/

9/9

Citing Failed War on Drugs, World Leaders Call for Widespread Decriminalization
Global commission condemns “harsh measures grounded in repressive ideologies”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[U]nintended consequences” … ?

Only if you believe that The War on Drugs ™ is somehow distinct from The War on Terror ™ in its fealty to its proclaimed focus.

As for the “distinguished” former officials on the commission

How many of them did anything of consequence about those “horrible” consequences while in office?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/09/citing-failed-war-drugs-world-leaders-call-widespread-decriminalization
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We Must Degrow the ‘Corporate Food Regime': Food Sovereignty Advocate
The industrial system in place has ‘fetishized growth’ but has not addressed hunger, according to Food First’s Eric Holt-Giménez
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Feeding the many

Not the monster

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/09/we-must-degrow-corporate-food-regime-food-sovereignty-advocate
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Profits Soar As Pentagon Leans on Private Corporations for Special Ops
New research shows how US Special Operations Command is outsourcing many of its most sensitive information activities, including interrogation, drone and psychological operations
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/09/profits-soar-pentagon-leans-private-corporations-special-ops
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Hugging Trees in the Age of Climate Disruption
by Pam McAllister

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/09/hugging-trees-age-climate-disruption
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The Real News Network
Is The Anti-ISIS Campaign Attempting to Renew War Against Assad?
Glen Ford: The U.S.-Saudi strategy of using jihadists as proxies in their wars is collapsing before our very eyes

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12342
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Putting Off Immigration Reform May Backfire on Democrats
Journalist and immigration rights activist David Bacon discusses the possible political consequences of waiting to reform immigration policy until after the mid-term elections

*I’d like to think that at some point it will be realized that the Democrats don’t give a flying fuck about their base, because when it comes to a choice between winning elections and protecting power, you should bet your soon to be foreclosed home on the latter.

The party exists to provide an illusion of political diversity. It would have control of the Capitol, the White House, and most state houses and governor’s mansions in perpetuity if it were anything more than that.

The fact that it doesn’t gives the lie to there being some grand battle over ideology.

There are disagreements over the best way to control and exploit us

But not over the need to do so.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12352
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Moments of Radicalization – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (2/8)
Former Black Panther Eddie Conway says, while serving in the military, it dawned on him that the same army that was aiming its guns at the black community was doing the same thing in Vietnam

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12353
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US-Israel Pressure Palestine Not to Join the ICC
Michael Ratner: Will the Palestinian Authority join the ICC despite intimidation?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12336
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FAIR Blog
Fracking Away the Climate Crisis
by Peter Hart

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/09/fracking-away-the-climate-crisis/

New NPR Boss: ‘We’re Going to Be Talking About Brands That Matter a Little Bit More’
by Peter Hart

*”They’re not going to, as a listener, notice anything different.”

Isn’t that the problem?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/08/new-npr-boss-were-going-to-be-talking-about-brands-that-matter-a-little-bit-more/
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Democracy Now!
It’s Not Just Ray Rice: Dave Zirin on the NFL’s History of Condoning Domestic Abuse

*”America’s Game” reflects America’s shame

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/9/its_not_just_ray_rice_dave

University of Illinois Urged to Reinstate Professor Steven Salaita, Critic of Israeli War in Gaza

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/9/university_of_illinois_urged_to_reinstate
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How to Diet: What Are the Benefits of Soy?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-what-are-the-benefits-of-soy/

9/8

Endless War in the Fertile Crescent: How Modern Crises Threaten Ancient Food Supply
With climate change and rise in industrial monoculture farming, scientists and farmers increasingly dependent on wild crop species for sustainable crop development
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/08/endless-war-fertile-crescent-how-modern-crises-threaten-ancient-food-supply
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The Real News Network
Ferguson Poet Asks Police to Think
Twenty-two-year-old Marcellus Buckley has become known as Ferguson’s poet, using his spoken word to counter the mainstream narrative about the Ferguson uprising

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12348
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The Elite Tug-of-War Since Ukrainian Independence
Since 1991, the political elites and the new capitalist class have exacerbated nationalist passions and divided the country among ethnic and linguistic lines in order to pillage the country, says Professor David Mandel (2/2)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12346
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Ecuador to Adopt Digital Currency
Economist Bill Black says Ecuador’s plan is supposed to provide bank services to rural communities through mobile phones

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12340
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44 Years in Prison, Still a Revolutionary – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)
Mr. Conway, a former member of the Baltimore Black Panther chapter, says as a child he didn’t understand politics, but he did understand oppression

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12344
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The Role of Russia and NATO in Ukraine’s Civil War
Foreign intervention would not play a significant role in Ukraine if the country was not so deeply divided, says Professor David Mandel

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12324
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Better Oversight and Less Drilling Needed to Protect the Gulf
Gulf Restoration Network’s Steve Murchie says communities see the recent ruling against BP as a victory, but significant change will require more than fining corporations involved in the Deepwater Horizon spill

*No mention of the one thing that would compel these criminal enterprises to clean up their act

Changing their execs’ wardrobe from pinstripes

To prison stripes.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12341
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NY Bank’s Alleged Redlining Has Roots in Government Practice
Former financial regulator Bill Black discusses the significance of a new lawsuit against Evans Bancorp that alleges the bank would not give loans to black neighborhoods

*If red means green

Guess what color combo the banksters will paint their portfolios

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12339
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Behind Immigration Policy

http://www.accuracy.org/release/behind-immigration-policy/
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FAIR Extra!
It Will Be Facebook’s Virtual World
Will we just live — and work — in it?
by J.F. Sargent

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/it-will-be-facebooks-virtual-world/
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Democracy Now!
“U.S. Militarism Brings Chaos”: As Obama Plans a War on ISIS, a Call for a Middle East-Led Response

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/8/us_militarism_brings_chaos_as_obama

Think Tanks as Lobbyists: Exposé Shows U.S. Groups Receive Millions to Push Foreign Nations’ Agendas

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/8/think_tanks_as_lobbyists_expose_shows
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What Not to Eat: Alcohol and Breast Cancer
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-not-to-eat/what-not-to-eat-alcohol-and-breast-cancer/

9/5

‘Victory': Federal Judge Stops Ohio’s Cuts to Early Voting
Judge said cuts meant ‘fewer opportunities for African Americans to participate in the electoral process’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/05/victory-federal-judge-stops-ohios-cuts-early-voting
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Groups: Time Is Now To End ‘Shocking Degradation’ of World’s Forests
‘We will lose these incredible landscapes and the forests that they contain if no action is taken to protect them.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Not seeing the forest

Or the trees

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/05/groups-time-now-end-shocking-degradation-worlds-forests
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NPR Reporting Ignores Power and Prowess of Public Ownership Models
by David Morris

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/05/npr-reporting-ignores-power-and-prowess-public-ownership-models
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Ferguson, the Foreclosure Crisis and America’s Hedge-Fund Landlords
by John Light

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/05/ferguson-foreclosure-crisis-and-americas-hedge-fund-landlords
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The Whys Behind the Ukraine Crisis
Given the high stakes of a nuclear confrontation with Russia, some analysts wonder what’s the real motive for taking this extraordinary risk over Ukraine
by Robert Parry

*Crazy like a psychotic fox

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/04/whys-behind-ukraine-crisis
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Africa’s Future is Lit by the Sun
by Rudo Sanyanga

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/05/africas-future-lit-sun
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The Real News Network
Civil Rights Probe of Ferguson Police Misses the Mark
Glen Ford: DOJ probe is not big news but big noise, distracting people to think that the current system is broken and can be fixed rather than understanding that the system is operating just as it was designed

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12335
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What’s in the Ground Must Stay in the Ground
Professor Chris Williams argues a massive re-structuring of economic activity is required to address the climate change crisis

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12322
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Profit-Driven” BP’s “Willful Misconduct”

*”BP” didn’t do this.

Those who control BP did.

And until and unless those persons are held criminally liable, and sentenced commensurate with their crimes

These horrors will continue.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/profit-driven-bps-willful-misconduct/
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FAIR Blog
How to Decode the New York Times
by Peter Hart

*Placing the inconvenient facts in a convenient package

“Fit to print”

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/05/how-to-decode-the-new-york-times/
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Democracy Now!
Ukraine Ceasefire Takes Hold, but an Expanding NATO on Russia’s Borders Raises Threat of Nuclear War

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/5/ukraine_ceasefire_takes_hold_but_an

Hundreds Arrested as Growing Fast-Food Workers’ Movement Strikes for Living Wage, Unionization

*Henry talks about having the backs of these folks, but then turns right around and lauds Dear Misleader’s empty words, while ignoring the knives he’s plunged into them.

I’d advise not letting our guard down regarding SEIU’s sincerity here.

And I want these workers to get what they demand, and more

But we can’t lose sight of the fact that the fast food industry is poisoning us, and just like the fossil fuel industry, needs to be banished from the face of the earth, and those who work in it transitioned to life affirming endeavors.

That contradiction goes begging in “alternative” discussions of this subject, doesn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/5/hundreds_arrested_as_growing_fast_food

9/4

Canadian Beekeepers Launch Class Action Suit Against Pesticide Makers
“It was time to get serious and go after the real villains — the companies profiting from the ecological mayhem.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/04/canadian-beekeepers-launch-class-action-suit-against-pesticide-makers
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The Conversation ‘Corporate Education Reformers’ Want Versus The One They Get
by Jeff Bryant

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/04/conversation-corporate-education-reformers-want-versus-one-they-get
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Food Stamps, 50 Years Later: Stop Impeding, Start Improving
by Jim Weill

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/04/food-stamps-50-years-later-stop-impeding-start-improving
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Militarization, Surveillance, and Profit: How Grassroots Groups are Fighting Urban Shield
by Nadia Kayyali

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/04/militarization-surveillance-and-profit-how-grassroots-groups-are-fighting-urban
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The Real News Network
Pillaging the Public Treasury – David Cay Johnston on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)
Mr. Johnston says to ordinary Americans: You elected these people, you chose these people who are destroying your families, destroying your life, who are making the lives of your future generations worse off

*For someone who knows a great deal about the crimes perpetrated by profiteers, Johnston is incredibly naive about the nature of the system that perpetuates them, don’t you think?

He seems to believe that capitalism has been “hijacked”, and needs to get back to its noble roots.

But a system that posits competition – which by definition creates winners and losers, and values economic success over societal obligation – as its guiding principle will inevitably lead to exploitation.

You can do things to put pretty up the pig

But in the end

You’ll still be stuck in the sty.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12333
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Global Expansion of Fossil Fuel Transport, Drilling Underway as UN Climate Summit Approaches
Subhankar Banerjee: Don’t expect much from global leaders gathering in NYC for the 2014 Climate Summit – most of their countries work with the fossil fuel industry

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12325
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TeleSUR’s “The Global African: Climate Change in the Caribbean”
The Caribbean and its 40 million inhabitants face unprecedented vulnerability due to the phenomena that is climate change. This week on “The Global African,” host Bill Fletcher, Jr. sits down with climate and development scientist Ramon Bueno and Caribbean climate change activists Stina Herberg and Empress Modupe Olufunmi-Jacobs to talk mitigation and the activism behind the threat

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12334
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The Deep State and the Power of Billionaires – David Cay Johnston on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)
Mr. Johnston, a leading investigative journalist, says everybody who gets to make a serious run for president is a Wall Street candidate; weakening the estate tax is one way billionaires defend their power and fortunes

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12327
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Holding out
In an asymmetrical fight, Palestinians have stood firm in resistance even as the international protection they have requested seems too far in the future
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2170
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FAIR Blog
‘Debating’ War, Corporate Media Style

*An echo chamber of horrors

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/04/debating-war-corporate-media-style/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/why-the-ukraine-crisis-is-the-wests-fault/
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Democracy Now!
A Victory over Justice System’s Failure: Wrongly Convicted Brothers Freed After 31 Years in Prison

*So why aren’t all the law and order types screaming bloody murder about the fact that the actual perpetrators aren’t being caught?

I know they don’t give a shit about innocents being imprisoned or executed, especially those of color, but you’d think they want the true killers apprehended and punished.

Unless this isn’t really about crime and punishment

But about control.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/4/a_victory_over_justice_systems_failure

New York Candidates Zephyr Teachout, Randy Credico, Tim Wu on Challenging Cuomo & Money in Politics

*If Teachout, Wu and de Blasio represent the “new New Left”

Gimme that old time religion

Which Credico has a good deal more cred to preach, it appears.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/4/new_york_candidates_zephyr_teachout_randy

9/3

Real Democracy and the Capture of Institutions
by Mario Candeias

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2169
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Naomi Klein to Degrowth Conference: Climate Change Can Deliver ‘People’s Shock’
Status quo is not an option if we are to rein in runaway emissions, This Changes Everything author says in address to conference
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/03/naomi-klein-degrowth-conference-climate-change-can-deliver-peoples-shock
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Pivoting on ISIS Brutality, Obama Orders 350 More Troops to Iraq
More than 1,000 U.S. soldiers will now be in Iraq after order for additional forces comes in immediate wake of released video from ISIS that showed beheading of second American journalist
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/03/pivoting-isis-brutality-obama-orders-350-more-troops-iraq
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Climate Activists Stage Resistance at Rail Yard to Protest ‘Fossil Fuel Takeover’
“People in the Northwest are not going to allow this region to become a fossil fuel superhighway”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/03/climate-activists-stage-resistance-rail-yard-protest-fossil-fuel-takeover
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Nation’s Poor Remain Hungry as Wall Street Feasts
Persistent rates of food insecurity reveal vast inequities of so-called “economic recovery” in US, say anti-poverty advocates
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/03/nations-poor-remain-hungry-wall-street-feasts
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Industry Lobbying Boils Over in Bid to Block Labeling of GMO Food
by Libby Foley

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/03/industry-lobbying-boils-over-bid-block-labeling-gmo-food
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Let’s Interupt the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline by Empowering Our Nation’s Youth
By supporting the The Youth PROMISE Act and other programs that save lives, we can give every young person the chance to reach their full potential
by Matthew Albracht

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/03/lets-interupt-cradle-prison-pipeline-empowering-our-nations-youth
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The Real News Network
New York Times Runs Ad Equating ISIS and Hamas
Just Foreign Policy’s Robert Naiman and TRNN’s Lia Tarachansky respond to the argument that Hamas parallels ISIS

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12323
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The Ferguson Uprising through a Historical Lens
Scholars Clarence Lang and Ashley Howard explain the historical and national context in which the recent protests against the killing of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, have unfolded

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12321
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FBI Tracks Charter Schools
by Ruth Conniff
PRWatch

*Lessons in larceny

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12574
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Republican Hijinks Defeats Dark Money in Milwaukee Sheriff Race
by Mary Bottari and Sean Hoey
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12568
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Institute for Public Accuracy
NATO: Part of Solution — Or Problem

http://www.accuracy.org/release/part-of-solution-or-problem/
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FAIR Extra!
A Shared Culture of Conflict of Interest
Elite media don’t see Human Rights Watch’s closeness to power as a problem
by Keane Bhatt

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/a-shared-culture-of-conflict-of-interest/
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Democracy Now!
Former U.S. Ambassador: To Resolve Ukraine Crisis, Address Internal Divisions & Russian Fears of NATO

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/3/fmr_us_ambassador_to_resolve_ukraine

Behind Heated Rhetoric, Eastern Ukraine Faces Grave Humanitarian Crisis as Over 1 Million Displaced

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/3/behind_heated_rhetoric_eastern_ukraine_faces

Steven Sotloff Beheaded by ISIS, Becoming 70th Journalist Killed Covering Syria Conflict

*See the FAIR piece above for why we should take Solvang’s views with a good deal more than the recommended daily amount of salt.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/3/steven_sotloff_beheaded_by_isis_becoming
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Dietary Supplements: Do B Vitamins Benefit the Brain?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/dietary-supplements/dietary-supplements-do-b-vitamins-benefit-the-brain/

9/2

Dumping Plan Scrapped, But Coal Terminal’s Threat to Great Barrier Reef Remains
News met with cautious approval as environmentalists warn that expanded export terminal still poses grave threat to both World Heritage site and planet
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/02/dumping-plan-scrapped-coal-terminals-threat-great-barrier-reef-remains
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‘No Escape': Alarming Cancer Rates at Prison Built Next to Toxic Coal Dump
Groups call for environmental justice as investigation documents extensive health problems at Pennsylvania prison that may be linked to nearby coal ash facility
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/02/no-escape-alarming-cancer-rates-prison-built-next-toxic-coal-dump
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More Communities Opting to ‘Go Local’ with Greener Power Supply
“If you are an environmentally focused community, this is something big you can do.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/02/more-communities-opting-go-local-greener-power-supply
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Common Core: A Poison Pill for Learning
The education standards being pushed by the corporate education reformers harm students and teachers.
by Robin Hiller and Anthony Cody

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/02/common-core-poison-pill-learning
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With Nukes on All Sides, We Demand a Peaceful Settlement in Ukraine
Civil Society calls for impartial inquiry on air crash and catastrophe in Ukraine
by Alice Slater

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/02/nukes-all-sides-we-demand-peaceful-settlement-ukraine
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The US and ISIS
by Stephen Zunes

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/02/us-and-isis
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Why Peak Oil Refuses to Die
by Richard Heinberg

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/02/why-peak-oil-refuses-die
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Ten Ways We Can Build a Better Economic System
by Gary Engler

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/02/ten-ways-we-can-build-better-economic-system
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The Real News Network
LAPD Infiltrators and Agents Provocateurs Targeted Leftists and Panthers – David Cay Johnston on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Johnston says the LA Times shut down a major investigation into the widespread use of agents to undermine peaceful and legal opposition groups from the ’60s to ’80s

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12320
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The Black Freedom Struggle of the 21st Century (3/3)
TRNN in-studio audience members discuss the war on drugs, independent black institutions, and grassroots organizing

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12317
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Police Militarization Historically Used to Quell Black Rebellion
Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford discusses how Mike Brown’s killing is raising the consciousness of young people to get involved and lead themselves

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12287
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Sacramento Residents Found Not Guilty of Mortgage Fraud
TRNN regular contributor Bill Black discusses his role in a major legal victory in which lenders were found to have ignored gaping holes and blatant lies in loan applications

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12292
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FAIR Blog
Does the Public Want More War?

*How should the US “solve world problems”?

Stop creating them?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/09/02/does-the-public-want-more-war/
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Democracy Now!
Women’s Health over Politics: Courts Block Laws Threatening Abortion Clinics in Texas, Louisiana

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/2/womens_health_over_politics_courts_block

As Jury Takes Up Blackwater Massacre in Nisoor Square, a Grieving Iraqi Father Recalls Son’s Death

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/2/as_jury_takes_up_blackwater_massacre

Hong Kong “Occupy Central” Protests Call for Political Freedom After China Rejects Open Elections

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/2/hong_kong_occupy_central_protests_call
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Sugar in Food: Does Drinking Sugar-Sweetened Sodas Raise Your Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/sugar-in-food/sugar-in-food-does-drinking-sugar-sweetened-sodas-raise-your-risk-of-rheumatoid-arthritis/

9/1

World War I and Its Century
by Allen Ruff

*In war, the heights of technology facilitate the depths of depravity

http://allenruff.blogspot.com/2014/08/world-war-i-and-its-century.html
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The Real News Network
TRNN Replay: Challenging the Myths of Unionization
Bill Fletcher, Jr. takes on criticisms that unions are corrupt and lead businesses to bankruptcy, but also says we need union leaders who are labor leaders

*Unions also need to go beyond a narrow focus on labor issues, to make common cause with other struggles.

All our spines stiffen

When we have each other’s backs.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12316
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NSA Docs Reveal US Hand in Tracking and Killing Kurdish Separatists
Turkish government is ‘both partner and target’ for US spying, Der Spiegel and Intercept jointly report
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/01/nsa-docs-reveal-us-hand-tracking-and-killing-kurdish-separatists
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Cameron Poised to Unveil Powers Making it “Easier to Take People’s Passports Away”
by Victoria Parsons
Bureau of Investigative Journalism

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/01/cameron-poised-unveil-powers-making-it-easier-take-peoples-passports-away
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Three Dead, Hundreds Injured in Anti-Government Protests in Pakistan
Protesters calling for PM’s resignation force TV off the air
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/01/three-dead-hundreds-injured-anti-government-protests-pakistan
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Israel Announces ‘Unprecedented’ Land Seizure
Anti-settlement group says move is “proof that Prime Minister Netanyahu does not aspire for a new ‘Diplomatic Horizon'”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You might ask protesters in the West Bank about the “non violence” of “President Abbas and the moderate Palestinian forces”

And just who is stabbing whom in the back.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/31/israel-announces-unprecedented-land-seizure
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Hong Kong Ruling Against Open Elections Sparks Protests
Activists vow ‘wave after wave of action’ in response to anti-democracy ruling
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/01/hong-kong-ruling-against-open-elections-sparks-protests
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Official Policy of Gore: ISIS, Saudi Arabia, and the US War in Iraq
ISIS isn’t the first group to use the butcher’s knife as an instrument of policy. Nor will it be the last.
by Robert Fisk

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/01/official-policy-gore-isis-saudi-arabia-and-us-war-iraq
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Five Reasons NATO Needs to Worry About Climate Change
Climate change is likely to receive scant attention at the 2014 NATO summit, which takes place in Newport, Wales, this week.
by Sophie Yeo

*As if NATO has any interest in the impacts of climate change

Other than how best to take advantage of them.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/01/five-reasons-nato-needs-worry-about-climate-change
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The Mother of All Blowback
by Eric Margolis

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/31/mother-all-blowback
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Valuing Labor Means Helping Workers, Especially When There Are No Jobs
by Katherine McFate

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/31/valuing-labor-means-helping-workers-especially-when-there-are-no-jobs
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Update on the Mount Polley Mine Disaster – Imperial Metals and Government Focus on Covering Up Instead of Cleaning Up
by Leila Darwish

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/31/update-mount-polley-mine-disaster-imperial-metals-and-government-focus-covering
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How the Fracking Industry Undermines Labor
by Sydney Baldwin, Ryanne Waters, Katherine Cirullo

*The sins of deadly wages

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/30/how-fracking-industry-undermines-labor
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Petition
Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.
by Hooman Noorchashm

https://www.change.org/p/women-s-health-alert-deadly-cancers-of-the-uterus-spread-by-gynecologists-stop-morcellating-the-uterus-in-minimally-invasive-and-robot-assisted-hysterectomy
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How to Diet to Prevent Breast Cancer
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-to-prevent-breast-cancer/
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What’s with all of the Confusion about Fat in Food?
Does saturated fat increase your risk of heart disease or not?
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

*A big fat lie

Literally

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/fat-in-food/whats-with-all-of-the-confusion-about-fat-in-food/

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8/29

Shell Renews Quest to Plunder Arctic in Search of Oil
Greenpeace responds with promise to escalate its campaign to ‘Save the Arctic’ from the dangers of oil and gas exploration in fragile region
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/29/shell-renews-quest-plunder-arctic-search-oil
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Feds Set to Open Fracking Floodgates in California Based on One Flawed Study
Report raises grave concerns about fracking pollution’s threat to state’s air and water, say opponents, and also highlights fact that government officials have never collected the data needed to determine extent of danger and future destruction
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/29/feds-set-open-fracking-floodgates-california-based-one-flawed-study
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US Considers Airstrikes on Nation Facing ‘Biggest Humanitarian Emergency in an Era’
Nearly half of Syria’s population has been displaced by the war, UN agency says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/29/us-considers-airstrikes-nation-facing-biggest-humanitarian-emergency-era
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Leaders Call for Peace in Ferguson… and What is ‘Peace’?
by Eisha Mason

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/29/leaders-call-peace-ferguson-and-what-peace
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Hillary Clinton is Just Plain Wrong on GMOs
by Katherine Paul, Ronnie Cummins

*No argument here

(Aside from the naive assumption that Clinton “believes we must address global warming”, if “address” is meant to mean actually do something serious about it)

But this congenital use of her first name smacks of sexism, don’t you think?

Ask yourself whether “Barack” or “Barry” would have been incessantly employed if Dear Misleader had been the subject?

So call her “Clinton”

Hell, call her “Madame Mayhem”

But don’t let your incontestable animus toward her literally sickening shilling for Frankenfarming lead you down the path of distaff demeaning.

(Alliteration mode off)

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/29/hillary-clinton-just-plain-wrong-gmos
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Full Spectrum Dominance: US Policy From Iraq to Ukraine
The co-opting of the western press and the looming suicide of the European Union
by Thomas S. Harrington

*With apologies to Paul Simon

They come in the age’s most uncertain hours

And sing an American tune

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/29/full-spectrum-dominance-us-policy-iraq-ukraine
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The Real News Network
Israeli Agribusiness Demanding Relief From Government as BDS Intensifies
Shir Hever: The Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement is impacting Israeli export markets, particularly in the agricultural sector

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12285
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FAIR Blog
Washington Post Editorial Page, Meet Noam Chomsky
by Peter Hart

*Only God may judge us

And that’s strictly an advisory opinion

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/29/washington-post-editorial-page-meet-noam-chomsky/

Trust the New York Times to Tell You Not to Trust Twitter
by Jim Naureckas

*Will the Times offer as a subscription premium T shirts with the slogan

“DON’T TRUST UNINCORPORATED MEDIA” … ?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/29/trust-the-new-york-times-to-tell-you-not-to-trust-twitter/
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Democracy Now!
Heralding a National Trend? Enrollment Surges as NYC Begins Full-Day Prekindergarten for 50,000 Kids

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/29/heralding_a_national_trend_enrollment_surges

Ukraine Crisis Escalates as Russian Forces Cross Border, NATO Moves to Expand in Region

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/29/ukraine_crisis_escalates_as_russian_forces

Could U.S. Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq Weaken Islamic State — or Win Them More Recruits?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/29/could_us_airstrikes_in_syria_and

Ferguson Crackdown Sparks Review of Police Militarization that Mainly Targets Communities of Color

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/29/ferguson_crackdown_sparks_review_of_police
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Does Diet and Weight Loss Affect Your Risk of Breast Cancer?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet-and-weight-loss/does-diet-and-weight-loss-affect-your-risk-of-breast-cancer/

8/28

Global Community Must Face Deeper Roots of Growing Ebola Crisis
As WHO warns Ebola outbreak could infect up to 20,000 people, experts urge world to take aggressive action to address crisis
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/28/global-community-must-face-deeper-roots-growing-ebola-crisis
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Victory Declared as Supermarket Standoff Ends With Worker-Friendly CEO’s Return
“Never, in the history of people going to work, will so many people be so happy to punch the clock.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This is a victory, in that workers were able to affect the actions of a large company, but I think it needs to be placed in perspective.

Depending on the benevolence of a very rich person is always a dicey proposition. Artie T. may have more humanity than most in his income bracket, but I’d rather depend on my fellow workers to have my back than someone who today may see decent wages and working conditions as “a good business model”, but who might change his mind tomorrow, no doubt “reluctantly”, due to “the current business climate”.

Workers need to be organized. A democratic, principled union is the strongest guarantee that what seems a respectful relationship with management now doesn’t evaporate down the bottom line.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/28/victory-declared-supermarket-standoff-ends-worker-friendly-ceos-return
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Decade of Court Cases Quietly Wiped from Online Database
PACER removes electronic copies of cases from five US courts with no warning in ‘upgrade’ to new system
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/28/decade-court-cases-quietly-wiped-online-database
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The Courage to Disarm
by Robert C. Koehler

*As an empiricist, I can only see violence increasing, as the state protects power and we give vent to our desperation as the stress of societal collapse weighs ever more heavily upon us.

As a human being, I can only hope that we can beat those extremely long odds.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/28/courage-disarm
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How to Save the Life of the Next Michael Brown
We all must build a common understanding of race, become aware of the role we play in upholding systems of oppression, and get comfortable with vulnerability.
by Camisha Jones

*As a white boy who grew up in apartheid Mississippi in the ’60s, I’m keenly aware that I will always be a recovering racist, and that it will be incumbent upon me to continually examine my thoughts and actions concerning people of color.

That’s a very different proposition from “white guilt”. It’s an acknowledgement of an immutable reality, one I don’t feel any guilt over inhabiting

But should feel immense guilt over not doing my damnedest to confront.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/28/how-save-life-next-michael-brown
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The Real News Network
The Battle for Justice in Ferguson Runs through the Soul of the Democratic Party
TRNN’s Jaisal Noor speaks with Ferguson residents, activists and politicians about the future of the movement sparked by the killing of Michael Brown

*I think by now it should be clear that the Democratic Party has no soul.

And while it does want “the black vote”, it doesn’t want to give disenfranchised folks of any color much of a reason to go to the polls.

That’s evident by its pathetic response to Republican legislatures passing law after law to make voting as arduous as possible for them, in the name of combating nonexistent “voter fraud”.

Both parties want a truncated electorate, which allows for a constricted political “debate”, such as it is.

That, of course, gives the heavy duty donors that much more bang for the buck

And leaves us with the most paltry of pops.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12302
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Michael Brown and the Ongoing Struggle to Decriminalize Black Life
Professor john a. powell says we can’t understand class issues and the experience of poverty without race, and that the underrepresentation of black people in the U.S. remains a significant problem

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12291
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Why America Failed to Anticipate the Rise of the Islamic State
Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn discusses how the U.S. narrowly defined the jihadist threat as al-Qaeda affiliates, thereby failing to taking the Islamic State seriously

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12303
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FAIR Blog
Newsweek’s Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering
by Peter Hart

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/28/newsweeks-monkey-meat-ebola-fearmongering/

FAIR Media Advisory
Labor Almost Invisible on TV Talk
Sunday chat shows skip worker representatives

*Loveless labor lost

http://fair.org/take-action/media-advisories/labor-almost-invisible-on-tv-talk/
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Democracy Now!
After Police Abuses Caught on Video, a New Guide Teaches How to Best Archive and Distribute Footage

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/28/after_police_abuses_caught_on_video

Part 2: Yvonne Ng on the “Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video”

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/8/28/pt_2_yvonne_ng_on_the

8/27

When It Comes to War in Iraq and Syria, Senate Dems Prefer No Congressional Vote
Speaking anonymously to The Hill, Senate Democrats’ aides blast Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) for demanding congressional vote on expanding U.S. military operations against ISIS.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No gridlock on the bomb bay doors

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/27/when-it-comes-war-iraq-and-syria-senate-dems-prefer-no-congressional-vote
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Surplus Military in a Deficit Society
by Laura Flanders

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/27/surplus-military-deficit-society
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The Fun of Empire: Fighting on All Sides of a War in Syria
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/27/fun-empire-fighting-all-sides-war-syria
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During Extreme Drought, Farmers Try for Resiliency
by Olivia LaVecchia

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/27/during-extreme-drought-farmers-try-resiliency
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Reprieve
Shaker Aamer ‘Beaten’ in Latest Guantanamo Crackdown

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/27/shaker-aamer-beaten-latest-guantanamo-crackdown
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The Real News Network
Israel and Gaza Extend Ceasefire amid Last-Minute Attacks
Max Blumenthal assesses the circumstances surrounding the cease-fire from Ramallah

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12293
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The Islamic State, Assad, and the Contradictions Faced by the US in Syria
Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn says the U.S. will need to work with Syria and Iran to defeat ISIS, thereby reversing its policy towards Assad

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12290
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Michael Brown’s Funeral Buried in Media Circus
TRNN’s Megan Sherman reports on Mike Brown’s funeral and ensuing media frenzy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12294
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NDLON
#Not1More
Labor Day: Standing Up for Immigrant Workers

*The answer to “divide and conquer”?

Unite and resist

http://www.allinfor11million.com/
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Global Conservation Group
Stop Animal Cruelty in Wisconsin

*What … ?

In the name of God … ?

https://www.facebook.com/gcg3000/photos/a.10150196629291767.307842.267461951766/10152234896501767/?type=1&theater
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Burger King Deal a Tax Dodge for Brazilian Billionaire, Hurts both U.S. and Canada

http://www.accuracy.org/release/burger-king-deal-a-tax-dodge-for-brazilian-billionaire-hurts-both-u-s-and-canada/
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FAIR Blog
If Social Media ‘Silence Debate,’ What Do Corporate Media Do?
by Peter Hart

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/27/if-social-media-silence-debate-what-do-corporate-media-do/
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Democracy Now!
“The Damage is Beyond Imagination in Gaza”: Journalist Mohammed Omer on Ceasefire Deal & Rebuilding

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/27/the_damage_is_beyond_imagination_in

NSA Creates Google-Like Search Engine to Help Other Agencies Access Collected Phone, Email Records

*Why would Gallagher believe this has anything to do with “intelligence failures” and “solutions” to them?

A police state, which moves closer to reality with each passing day, depends on gathering as much information as possible on its target.

That would be us.

This isn’t a matter of bad actions in the service of good intentions.

The intent is as malignant as the means.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/27/nsa_creates_google_like_search_engine

Is Ferguson Feeding on the Poor? City Disproportionately Stops, Charges and Fines People of Color

*The price – and profit – of poverty

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/27/is_ferguson_feeding_on_the_poor

8/26

Siding with GMO Giants, Federal Judge Rejects Kauai Anti-GMO Law
County ordinance meant to protect people and land from ‘one of the most toxic chemical environments in all of American agriculture’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/26/siding-gmo-giants-federal-judge-rejects-kauai-anti-gmo-law
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Battle over Austerity Collapses French Government
French president and prime minister announce creation of a reshuffled government lined with pro-austerity loyalists, excluding dissenters
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/26/battle-over-austerity-collapses-french-government
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In Landmark Decision, TEPCO to Pay Victim’s Family in Fukushima Suicide Case
Family of Hamako Watanabe, who committed suicide after fleeing Fukushima disaster, awarded $472,000 by court
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/26/landmark-decision-tepco-pay-victims-family-fukushima-suicide-case
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Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water
In the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war.
by Fred Pearce

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/26/mideast-water-wars-iraq-battle-control-water
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Center for Biological Diversity
After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly
Genetically Engineered Crops Are Major Driver in Population Crash

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/26/after-90-percent-decline-federal-protection-sought-monarch-butterfly
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The Real News Network
The Price of NAACP Compromise Was Too High – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (1/6)
Mr. Horne, author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776, says it was a turning point in the history of black America when the NAACP succumbed to the pressures of the Cold War – the effects of which are still felt today

*The people always pay the price for the “leaders”‘ selling out

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12258
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Petition
Set Consistent Punishment Guidelines for NFL Players Who Commit Violence Against Women
by Gretchen Tome

*Misogyny, racism, homophobia …

Well, it is “America’s Game”, they say

http://www.change.org/p/roger-goodell-nflcommish-set-consistent-punishment-guidelines-for-nfl-players-who-commit-violence-against-women
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Democracy Now!
“There Will Be Justice”: Mourners Speak Outside Michael Brown’s Funeral in St. Louis

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/26/there_will_be_justice_mourners_speak

Libya in Chaos: Vijay Prashad on Rise of Islamist Militias & Bloody Legacy of 2011 U.S. Intervention

*Prashad’s closing comments on solidarity should be taken to heart.

A sense of community, of comradeship, sustains struggle as much as the righteousness of the cause.

And, of course, they are inextricably connected, aren’t they?

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/8/25/libya_in_chaos_vijay_prashad_on
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Dietary Supplements: Is the Folic Acid in Multivitamins Too Much for You?
Could too much folic acid be increasing your cancer risk?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/vitamin-supplements/dietary-supplements-is-the-folic-acid-in-multivitamins-too-much-for-you/

8/25

In Defiant Action, Pipeline Protesters Lock Themselves to Trucks
Arrested activist: “My act of defiance is an act against the machine, meant to slow and halt its destruction.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/25/defiant-action-pipeline-protesters-lock-themselves-trucks
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Elevated Rates of Thyroid Cancer Found in Fukushima Youth
Over 100 Fukushima youth diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/25/elevated-rates-thyroid-cancer-found-fukushima-youth
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How the Brutalized Become Brutal
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/25/how-brutalized-become-brutal
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A Teacher in Kabul
by Kathy Kelly

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/25/teacher-kabul
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America’s Continuing Border Crisis
by Aviva Chomsky

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/25/americas-continuing-border-crisis
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What the Anti-Fracking Movement Brings to the Climate Movement
by Sandra Steingraber

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/25/what-anti-fracking-movement-brings-climate-movement
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Friends of the Earth
Diablo Canyon: Secret document details federal safety inspector’s alarm over plant’s vulnerability to earthquakes
Agency expert says reactors must be shut until proven safe

*Shaking

Rattling

And a regulatory roll over

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/25/diablo-canyon-secret-document-details-federal-safety-inspectors-alarm-over
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Organic Consumers Association
Organic Consumers Pledges $50,000 to Colorado GMO Labeling Initiative

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/25/organic-consumers-pledges-50000-colorado-gmo-labeling-initiative
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The Real News Network
Special Report: Ferguson Police Profiling of Blacks a Major Funding Source for City Budget
The city of Ferguson’s second-highest source of revenue is court fees and traffic tickets handed out by a majority white police force that disproportionately targets the black community

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12280
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Protecting the Amazon Includes Defending Indigenous Rights
Hiparidi Top’Tiro Xavante says indigenous peoples of the Amazon are uniting to defend their way of life and protect the biodiversity of the “lungs of the world”

*As long as they stand in the way of making as much money as possible

Indigenous peoples and global capitalism cannot coexist.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12281
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“I Can’t Breathe” – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (6/6)
Mr. Horne says these words are this enormous metaphor for the black condition in North America stretching back centuries, the suffocation, the cry of despair, the cry of horror

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12283
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Canada’s Largest Union Protests Pension Cuts
Former CUPE senior research officer Kevin Skerrett and political economist Michel Lizee explain the proposed reform bill to pensions and how it will result in the transfer of risk from employers to employees

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12273
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The Powers Behind The Islamic State
Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed gives specific examples of how Saudi, Qatari, and American interests have supported the group formerly known as ISIS, and what the global community can do now to reign them in

*There seems to be an underlying naïveté present here, even as the cogent facts to the contrary are presented, that somehow the US and the West, realizing their miscalculations, will rectify them by “doing the right thing”.

What historical precedents can be cited for such a scenario?

South Africa? After staunchly supporting apartheid for decades, until that system became untenable, a shift was made to coopt much of the leadership of the opposition, and foment a facade of democracy while ensuring essentially business (literally) as usual.

Just one example, of course.

When faced with a flawed strategy, the impulse of imperialism is not to suddenly get religion, but to find another heresy to hew to.

You could look it up.

(Not in your standard US History or Western Civ textbook, needless to say.)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12278
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The Dahiya Doctrine: Evidence of Israel’s Intentional Mass Slaughter in Gaza
Michael Ratner says a recent release by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shows brutal depths of Israeli policy towards Gaza

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12271
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Falk: US Limits Ability of UN To Hold Israel Accountable for War Crimes
Princeton University Professor Richard Falk discusses how the powers of the UN are limited since the United States sets the agenda

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12257
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Foreign Oil Interests in Iraqi Kurdistan and the Rise of ISIS
Nafeez Ahmed and Antonia Juhasz say that the U.S. is using the possibility of Kurdish independence as a threat against the central government in Baghdad

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12243
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Family Should Seek Justice, Not Risk More Injustice From the System
by Kevin Zeese

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2161
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This is the Way the World Ends
by Andrew Levine

*There is no reason to be optimistic

And every reason to act as if there were

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2160
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As Repression Escalates on US Campuses, an Account of My Ordeal With the Israel Lobby and UC
by William I Robinson

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2159
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FAIR Blog
Michael Brown, According to the New York Times
by Peter Hart

*A life taken

Yet the assassination has no end

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/25/michael-brown-according-to-the-new-york-times/

Give Killer Cops a Break, Says NYT
by Jim Naureckas

*It appears the Times is fine with cops shooting first

But not so keen on anyone else, especially the media

Asking questions later.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/25/give-killer-cops-a-break-says-nyt/
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Democracy Now!
Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of U.S Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/25/blowback_vijay_prashad_on_how_islamic_state

“I Can’t Breathe”: NYC March over Chokehold Death of Eric Garner Protests Police Violence Nationwide

*I’m glad to see folks out on the streets, but we know by now that nothing of real substance will come from being led by the likes of Sharpton or these other “luminaries”, don’t we?

Change comes from the outsiders, not the insiders.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/25/i_can_t_breathe_nyc_march
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Heart and Disease: Keep Blood Pressure Low to Prevent Strokes
How to keep your brain and your heart in healthy working order
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/heart-and-disease-cat/keep-blood-pressure-low-to-prevent-strokes/

8/22

US/NATO Accusations Fly as Russian Aid Convoy Crosses Into Ukraine
Critics warn the US and NATO are inciting escalation with no evidence convoy carries anything other than humanitarian goods
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/22/usnato-accusations-fly-russian-aid-convoy-crosses-ukraine
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Oakland Protesters Hold Up Mirrors to Police Officers in Ferguson Solidarity March
Additional actions are taking place or scheduled in communities nationwide
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/22/oakland-protesters-hold-mirrors-police-officers-ferguson-solidarity-march
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Army General Who Led Coup D’état in Thailand Named Prime Minister
Overthrow of country’s elected government in May has been followed by crackdown on dissent and increased abuses against those opposed to military rule
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/22/army-general-who-led-coup-detat-thailand-named-prime-minister
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Chelsea Manning Still Being Denied Gender Reassignment Treatment
Despite promises, Defense Department denying Manning access to gender reassignment treatment
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/22/chelsea-manning-still-being-denied-gender-reassignment-treatment
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From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression
Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and the U.S.
by Corinna Mullin, Azadeh Shahshahani

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/22/gaza-ferguson-exposing-toolbox-racist-repression
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Moving Mountains Tragedy 2014: Stunning Court Denial of Appalachian Health Crisis
by Jeff Biggers

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/22/moving-mountains-tragedy-2014-stunning-court-denial-appalachian-health-crisis
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Beware of Exploding Gifts from Uncle Sam
by Medea Benjamin

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/22/beware-exploding-gifts-uncle-sam
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The Pastor, the Police Officer and the Political Activist: Three Perspectives on Ferguson
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*I think it’s important to point out that the militarization goes beyond equipment, to the personnel.

Many cops are vets with experience in war zones, and they bring that experience, and the attitudes fostered by it, with them.

(And it should be noted that while most are white, many aren’t, and so we have to be aware that a more diverse police profile, though desirable, isn’t a panacea for this disease.)

These wars of empire produce a beneficial by product for the plutocracy, training the force that will be called on to protect it as more of our lives become more desperate.

Given that charge, perhaps a case can be made that it’s more of a primary purpose for them.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/22/pastor-police-officer-and-political-activist-three-perspectives-ferguson
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Earthjustice
Judge Halts Plan to Eliminate Secure Grizzly Bear Habitat in Northwest Montana
Ruling Preserves 36,700-acre Grizzly Reserve in Stillwater State Forest

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/22/judge-halts-plan-eliminate-secure-grizzly-bear-habitat-northwest-montana
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Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Creator of Controversial Your Baby Can Read! Series Settles FTC Charges
3-year CCFC campaign against false and deceptive marketing ends with a decisive victory for families

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/22/creator-controversial-your-baby-can-read-series-settles-ftc-charges
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The Real News Network
Abolition of Slavery was Not a Fight Against Racism – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (5/6)
Mr. Horne says the Civil War liberated enslaved Africans, but then led directly into the construction of the Jim Crow apartheid regime

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12277
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Greenland Glaciers’ Rapid Melting Will Have Global Effects
Climate video blogger Peter Sinclair discusses his recent trip from Greenland and the scientific data showing how melt loss from ice sheets has doubled in the last five years

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12274
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FAIR Blog
How the New York Times Twists Gaza
by Peter Hart

*Israel has been precise throughout this attack, just as it has for decades.

Its aim has been to destroy any chance for the Palestinian people to live in dignity

Or, for so many, to simply live.

In that, it’s been dead on target, hasn’t it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/22/how-the-new-york-times-twists-gaza/
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Democracy Now!
“Black Life Is Treated with Short Worth”: Talib Kweli & Rosa Clemente on Michael Brown Shooting

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/8/22/black_life_is_treated_with_short
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Diet and Weight Loss: The Food Industry Flexes Its Muscles
Here are some examples of the food lobby’s actions that harm the public’s health
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet-and-weight-loss/diet-and-weight-loss-the-food-industry-flexes-its-muscles/

8/21

Genetically Engineered Trees
Governments weighing approval of permit for genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, which critics say would increase deforestation
by Carey L. Biron, Inter Press Service

*Frankenforests conquer the world

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/21/us-brazil-nearing-approval-genetically-engineered-trees
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‘Clean Coal’ Greenwashing Ad Ruled Misleading by UK Regulator
World’s largest coal company ordered to stop running “misleading” ad claiming clean coal is emission-free
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Blowing dirty smoke about “clean coal”

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/21/clean-coal-greenwashing-ad-ruled-misleading-uk-regulator
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Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson
It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis.
by Deirdre Smith

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/21/why-climate-movement-must-stand-ferguson
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Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed
The Underrated Saudi Connection
by Patrick Cockburn

*Does the US want to “win” the “Global War on Terror” ™

Or does it wish to use it as a prop for the expansion of empire, wagering it can wrangle the forces it has unleashed?

What are the odds posted presently on that bet?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/21/why-washingtons-war-terror-failed
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Ferguson’s About Net Neutrality, Too
by Michael Winship

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/21/fergusons-about-net-neutrality-too
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The Real News Network
What My Friend Jim Foley Taught Me to Question
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux pays tribute to the life of her friend and colleague Jim Foley, who was executed by ISIS while covering the Syrian civil war

*And in all the tributes to him, the corpress will studiously ignore the role “our” foreign policy – “our” quest for control – played in his death.

We’re given history in “3D”

Distorted
Denied
Disappeared

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12270
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White Unity and American Propaganda History – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (4/6)
Mr. Horne says American slave owning settlers needed to create a bond between all white immigrants to create a force to suppress slave rebellions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12272
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Despite Renewed Attacks, Israel No Closer to Defeating Palestinian Resistance
+972’s Samer Badawi reports that Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza remain steadfast in their resistance of Israeli occupation, and UCLA’s Gabriel Piterberg says that despite the escalating levels of violence, Israel is no closer to its goal of defeating Palestinian political and military resistance

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12269
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Civil Liberties Under Assault in Ferguson As Police Attack Peaceful Protesters
Attorney Jessica Lee describes witnessing police launch unprovoked attacks on peaceful protesters and Glen Ford explains why discord in Ferguson is about more than the killing of Mike Brown

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12260
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Getting Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia Wrong

http://www.accuracy.org/release/getting-iraq-syria-and-saudi-arabia-wrong/
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Democracy Now!
“Negro Spring”: Ferguson Residents, Friends of Michael Brown Speak Out for Human Rights

*It’s hard to listen to those oppressed by the state to talk of “serving their country” by being part of it.

Is there a more salient example of “manufacturing consent”?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/21/negro_spring_ferguson_residents_friends_of

A War on Gaza’s Future? Israeli Assault Leaves 500 Kids Dead, 3,000 Injured, 373,000 Traumatized

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/21/a_war_on_gazas_future_israeli

8/20

Corporate Profits Trumped Public Safety in Lac Mégantic
Critics of oil and rail industry say federal report shows lax oversight and disregard for community led to disaster that killed 47 people last year
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/20/corporate-profits-trumped-public-safety-lac-megantic
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Teen’s Death Prompts Call for National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
Native Women’s Association of Canada: “This must stop!”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/20/teens-death-prompts-call-national-inquiry-missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women
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Western Nations Doing ‘Almost Zero’ to Combat Ebola Crisis: Expert
As health crisis spirals in west Africa, anger over selfishness of wealthy nations who have yet to show necessary will to fight deadly disease
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/20/western-nations-doing-almost-zero-combat-ebola-crisis-expert
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The Neocons’ Grim ‘Victory’ in Iraq
by JP Sottile

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/20/neocons-grim-victory-iraq
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Students for a Just and Stable Future
Demonstrators Occupy Footprint Power Headquarters

*Kids these days …

And the need for a lot more of ‘em

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/20/demonstrators-occupy-footprint-power-headquarters
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The Real News Network
US Escalates Iraq Airstrikes but Lacks Long-term Strategy
Vijay Prashad: US airstrikes are working strategically, but alone will not turn the tide against the Islamic State

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12261
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The Counter-Revolution of 1776 and the Construction of Whiteness – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (3/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Horne says that the defense of massive profits from the slave trade and fear of slave rebellions was an important impetus for the American Revolution

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12266
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Anti-Jewish Campaign Traced to Pro-Israeli Grad Student

http://www.accuracy.org/release/anti-jewish-campaign-traced-to-pro-israeli-grad-student/
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Democracy Now!
Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas and Jail: Ferguson Police Crack Down on Journalists Covering Protests

*What’s being reported here and what we get from corpress outlets seem to come from parallel universes, don’t they?

When you can’t ignore reality, you have to construct another one.

Don’t you imagine that the tactics, as regards both “policing” and propaganda, are being closely evaluated as to their efficacy?

I’d say it’s a fair wager that Ferguson is a laboratory for the coming crackdown.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/20/rubber_bullets_tear_gas_and_jail

“Not Acceptable in a Civilized Society”: Pastor on Ferguson Police Targeting Traumatized Youth

*The specter of the “outside agitator” is a main theme in “mainstream” coverage, and of course has been used for a very long time to discredit acts of solidarity.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/20/not_acceptable_in_a_civilized_society

“They Are All Michael Brown”: State Senator Defends Protesters Seeking Justice in Police Shooting

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/20/they_are_all_michael_brown_state

Stop the Violence from Ferguson to Gaza: 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Arrested in St. Louis

*It’s always heartening to be reminded that there are persons like Hedy Epstein in the world.

The question is whether there are enough of them

And will we be one?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/20/stop_the_violence_from_ferguson_to

8/19

‘Energy East Pipeline': A Ticking Bomb That Threatens Canada’s Precious Waterways
“When the pipeline spills, it will seriously endanger our water sources,” says Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Pipe dreams

And the stuff of nightmares

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/19/energy-east-pipeline-ticking-bomb-threatens-canadas-precious-waterways
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Victory for Local Action as Coal Export Terminal Rejected in Oregon
Rejection of permit for Ambre Energy project marks the first time a Pacific Northwest state agency has formally rejected a coal export facility
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/19/victory-local-action-coal-export-terminal-rejected-oregon
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The Toledo Water Crisis Won’t Be the Last
by Elizabeth Nussbaumer

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/19/toledo-water-crisis-wont-be-last
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A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About
New York and other cities confront the fact that 4500 Americans are killed crossing the street each year
by Jay Walljasper
Common Dreams

*Advocates cheering Bratton’s choosing …

A classic case of single issueismo, as well as implicit racism, given his rap sheet on stop and frisk and “Broken Windows”, wouldn’t you say?

The cause is just

But the tunnel vision unnecessarily sacrifices one sense of safety for another.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/19/new-vision-fix-tragedy-no-one-ever-thinks-about
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The Real News Network
Ferguson Protestors Defy Curfew, Tear Gas, to Demand Justice for Michael Brown
Activist Kevin Alexander Gray talks about the need for radical structural change to address the demands of the Ferguson uprising and the killing of unarmed African Americans across the United States

*It’s so heartening to hear someone like Gray refuse to mince words when talking about charlatans like Johnson, Sharpton and Dear Misleader.

(Or course we can add Jesse Jackson and many others to that list.)

I’ve heard that clueless question so many times from “alternative media” hosts

“And if you were advising [the president], what would you be telling him?”

Gray’s response cut right smack dab to the chase, didn’t it?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12259
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Gaza Cease-Fire Extended, but What’s Needed for a Just Solution to the Conflict?
Amnesty International’s Deborah Hyams talks about being blocked from carrying out an independent investigation of the most recent assault on Gaza, and author Vijay Prashad discusses the latest developments in the Palestinian liberation struggle

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12262
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FAIR Blog
CNN Attempts Actual Journalism–But Reverts to Embedded Reporting

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/19/cnn-attempts-actual-journalism-but-reverts-to-embedded-reporting/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Classified Leaks and Obama: Highly Selective Prosecution

http://www.accuracy.org/release/classified-leaks-and-obama-highly-selective-prosecution/
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Democracy Now!
Pastor: In Ferguson Police Crackdown, I Need a Gas Mask More Than My Clerical Collar

*Mad props to the pastor for his work.

I suppose it’ll take a reporter with a bullet through his head to prompt the corpress to cover this as the occupation it is

But I wouldn’t put scared money on it even then.

And I asked yesterday if Johnson was a “peacemaker”, or a prop.

It was a naive question, wasn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/19/pastor_in_ferguson_police_crackdown_i

Activist: For a New Generation, Ferguson Marks Historic Nonviolent Resistance to Police Repression

*That Pew survey shows the rotten fruits of what the corporate media has planted in the public mind when it comes to “law and order”

And just who needs to be put in order.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/19/activist_for_a_new_generation_ferguson

St. Louis Activist: Decades After 1968 Urban Uprisings, Key Economic & Race Issues Remain Unresolved

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/19/st_louis_activist_decades_after_1968

“Overpoliced & Underprotected”: In Michael Brown Killing, Neglect of Black Communities Laid Bare

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/19/over_policed_underprotected_in_michael_brown
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Are Dietary Supplements Inexpensive Insurance?
Is a multivitamin an effective way to make sure you’re meeting your nutrient requirements?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/vitamin-supplements/are-dietary-supplements-inexpensive-insurance/

8/18

The Real News Network
Putin and Russian Nationalism on the Rise
Aleksandr Buzgalin says that Western sanctions are fueling a new sense of nationalism and pride, but it serves the oligarchs who want a more powerful state and armed forces to pursue their “Jurassic Capitalism” economic agenda

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12247
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“A Tragic Mistake” To Not Explore Diplomacy With Hamas
Richard Falk says the failure to treat Hamas as as legitimate political actor has impeded movement towards a sustainable peace with Israel

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12246
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Will Iraq’s New PM Differ from al-Maliki?
IPS’s Phyllis Bennis discusses the interests new Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi represents and the main issues to pay attention to as his administration moves forward

*A “resolution” to the manufactured “nuclear crisis” might indeed be a “foreign-policy victory” for Dear Misleader

But considering it came at the cost of uncounted Iranian lives due to the vicious impact of sanctions, as well as via the use of cyberwarfare and assassinations

I wouldn’t call it a victory for the sort of foreign policy anyone with a conscience could support.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12255
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Is the Control of Gaza’s Offshore Gas Reserves a Factor in Israeli Military Operations?
Nafeez Ahmed: As Israel’s energy issues become more pronounced, repeated military incursions into Gaza show that dominating and exploiting its offshore gas reserves is an increasingly important issue

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12244
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Is the Issue of Police Militarization a Distraction from Understanding Ferguson?
LEAP executive director Neill Franklin and Rev. Heber Brown III discuss how issues such as the war on drugs and poverty remain moot in the mainstream media coverage of Ferguson, Missouri

*It’s vital that we talk about just how to change the dynamic between the police and the community, and Brown’s and Franklin’s points at the end regarding community say so on which officers it wants among them, and that they come from that community, are well taken.

But I fear it’s for naught, for as Franklin noted earlier, policing is in large measure about social control, and as our situation becomes more desperate, and the exploitocracy moves to protect its privileges to an even greater extent, I have to think we’ll see this moving in the opposite direction.

Militarization will increase, and with it repression of anything deemed “a threat to law and order”, with the concomitant fear mongering to persuade the public to support the clamp down.

If we’re to avert that dire future, we need to give it the attention it merits

Now.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12254
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‘Not for Shale': UK Protesters Launch Widespread Actions Against Fracking
Targeting both industry and government, series of direct actions kicks off week-long anti-fracking camp in Blackpool, England
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/18/not-shale-uk-protesters-launch-widespread-actions-against-fracking
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Facing Rising Ocean, Pacific Island Town Must Relocate
Under threat from climate change, “relocation is the only option available that will keep the community safe,” maritime engineer says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ever notice how someone’s who full of shit

Often sounds like he actually gives one?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/18/facing-rising-ocean-pacific-island-town-must-relocate
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Calls for Revolution, Civil Disobedience in Pakistan as Protests Continue
“There is only one way to get rid of this government, which is to launch a civil disobedience campaign from today,” Khan told protesters Sunday
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/18/calls-revolution-civil-disobedience-pakistan-protests-continue
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From Rodney King to Ferguson: Covering US Racism as an Event
by Christian Christensen

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/18/rodney-king-ferguson-covering-us-racism-event
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Ten Facts About Police Violence in Ferguson Sunday Night
by Bill Quigley

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/18/ten-facts-about-police-violence-ferguson-sunday-night
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The Carnage of Capitalism
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/18/carnage-capitalism
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Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises
by Elizabeth Oriel

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/18/towards-new-co-existence-reframing-our-ecological-crises
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Chicago Students Union
Press Conference & March for Elected School Board & Student-Prioritized Funding!
Members of Chicago Students Union announce plans to take control of their education and future by meeting with CPS principals and board members, proposing city-wide CPS student feedback system, and partnering with Chicago Votes to register all eligible students

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/18/chicago-students-union-press-conference-march-elected-school-board-student
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Ferguson: * Black Passivity * Military Policing

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ferguson-black-passivity-military-policing/
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FAIR Action Alert
NYT Would Call It Torture–If It Covered Torture
Ignoring Amnesty report on US torture program

*Calling it as they won’t see it

http://fair.org/take-action/action-alerts/nyt-would-call-it-torture-if-it-covered-torture/
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Democracy Now!
Missouri Deploys National Guard to Ferguson; Autopsy Shows Police Shot Michael Brown 6 Times

*Note Johnson didn’t address the police force’s actions, which were “acts of violence”.

What’s his intended role in this

Peacemaker

Or prop?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/18/missouri_deploys_national_guard_to_ferguson

St. Louis Pastor: Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson Should Resign

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/18/st_louis_pastor_ferguson_police_chief

“A Human Rights Crisis”: In Unprecedented Move, Amnesty International Sends Monitors to Ferguson

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/18/a_human_rights_crisis_in_unprecedented

Ferguson Protests Erupt Near Grave of Ex-Slave Dred Scott, Whose Case Helped Fuel U.S. Civil War

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/18/ferguson_protests_erupt_near_grave_of
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Not So Safe: How the FDA Lets Food Safety Slip Through the Holes
This infographic will explain how the FDA fails to ensure that food additives are safe
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/not-so-safe-how-the-fda-lets-food-safety-slip-through-the-holes/

8/15

As Iraq’s Al-Maliki Steps Down, Will Replacement Be Any Better?
As Iraq grapples with U.S.-backed sectarian political system, experts say consequences of power transfer not yet clear
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/15/iraqs-al-maliki-steps-down-will-replacement-be-any-better
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Fallout from Canadian Mining Disaster Continues As First Nation Delivers Eviction Notice
Mount Polley disaster ripples through British Columbia, with blockades and layoffs
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/15/fallout-canadian-mining-disaster-continues-first-nation-delivers-eviction-notice
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Cable Giants Pull Funding for Dinner Honoring FCC Commissioner
Time Warner and Comcast’s support for the event was criticized since the two companies’ merger is under review by the agency
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

*”Diversity” as diversion

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/15/cable-giants-pull-funding-dinner-honoring-fcc-commissioner
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Stop Fracking Our Oceans, Californians Say
by Miyoko Sakashita

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/15/stop-fracking-our-oceans-californians-say
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How America’s Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
Cooperative Home Care Associates has 2,300 workers who enjoy good wages, regular hours, and family health insurance. With an investment of $1.2 million into the cooperative sector, New York City is hoping to build on the group’s success
by Laura Flanders

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/15/how-americas-largest-worker-owned-co-op-lifts-people-out-poverty
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Food & Water Watch
Following Prolonged Water Shut-Offs, Food & Water Watch and Allies Urge Obama Administration to Declare Public Health Emergency in Detroit
Social justice organizations demand economic relief for affected residents

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/15/following-prolonged-water-shut-offs-food-water-watch-and-allies-urge-obama
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MapLight
Data: Ferguson/ Defense Industry-Backed Lawmakers Voted to Continue Police Militarization Program

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/15/data-ferguson-defense-industry-backed-lawmakers-voted-continue-police
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The Real News Network
Apres moi, le Deluge – Chris Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)
Mr. Williams says the global elites plan to protect themselves by adapting to the threat of continuing fossil fuel use, while everyone else will suffer the consequences of climate change disasters

*I hope to somebody’s god I’m dead wrong

Or most all of us will be

But I don’t think there are enough people on this planet who get this, and are ready and willing to get down to doing something about it, to turn us around in time.

It’s not just a matter of sounding the alarm. Manufacturing consent, as Herman and Chomsky put it, is also about instilling inertia toward transformative change, of stripping us of the humanity, and the imagination, necessary to conceive of something other than the status quo.

That’s a tall and thick wall to break through

And those guarding it will do everything in their power to keep it standing, even at the cost of their own existence.

Such is the iron grip greed and power have on their raison d’etre.

They offer us the option of drowning in the rising seas, or in our own blood.

So, it comes down to

Will we shit

Or get flushed down the pot?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12250
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Was Ferguson a ‘Sundown Town’?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/was-ferguson-a-sundown-town/
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FAIR Blog
Has the Right Really Shifted on Police Militarization and Abuse?

*Remember all that claptrap a while back about the Republicans “rethinking” their positions on “social issues”?

Blather, rinse and repeat.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/15/has-the-right-really-shifted-on-police-militarization-and-abuse/
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Petition
Protect FDA Drug Safety Laws
Sign Public Citizen’s Comment Urging the FDA to Keep Drug Warning Label Rules Strong

*Shills for pills that can kill

http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12559
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Democracy Now!
Facing National Outcry, Ferguson Police Drop Military-Grade Gear as Protests Continue over Shooting

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/15/facing_national_outcry_ferguson_police_drop

Cops or Soldiers? Pentagon, DHS Helped Arm Police in Ferguson with Equipment Used in War

*What should always be a part of the discussion of police militarization is just why it’s happening, beyond the issue of racism, as profound as that is.

The Ferguson fallout may or may not result in some superficial scaling back of warrior copismo, but the infrastructure’s being put in place to protect the plutocracy from the public as things continue to fall apart.

No one should fool themselves about just what the future holds.

A police state of mind already exists, and as our lives become increasingly desperate, and anger at those who are responsible for our plight rises

That “vision” will become reality

And it’s our duty to get serious about how we will confront it.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/15/cops_or_soldiers_pentagon_dhs_helped

As WHO Warns Ebola Death Toll is Underestimated, How Should Global Community Handle Dire Crisis?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/15/as_who_warns_ebola_death_toll

8/14

Don’t look for this on the front, inside or back pages of your local, regional or national newspaper.

No gangsta signs or thuggismo extant.

https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/p843x403/10014922_798271683569068_5643386803100923083_o.jpg
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Fracking Operators Illegally Injecting Diesel Fuel, Study Finds
“The public deserves more disclosure and transparency about the toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing,” attorney says.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/14/fracking-operators-illegally-injecting-diesel-fuel-study-finds
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Pentagon Hands Lucrative Guantanamo Bay Deal to Notorious Private Security Company
“It would be much better if the U.S. did not award contracts to companies with horrendous track records and itself stopped human rights abuses at Guantanamo.”
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/14/pentagon-hands-lucrative-guantanamo-bay-deal-notorious-private-security-company
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‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Linked to Rise in Homicides, Extreme Racial Bias: Study
Task force co-chair: “[T]he more you look at them, the more problems you find.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/14/stand-your-ground-laws-linked-rise-homicides-extreme-racial-bias-study
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GOP Seeks to Further Weaken Campaign Finance Laws
Experts say latest challenge could further erode contribution limits
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/14/gop-seeks-further-weaken-campaign-finance-laws
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The Empire Reaps the Jihadist Whirlwind
by Glen Ford

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/14/empire-reaps-jihadist-whirlwind
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The Real News Network
Ceasefire between Israel and Gaza Extended but Talks Stall on Lifting Blockade
Journalist Allison Deger explains what Israel and Hamas expect to achieve from the negotiations and why Israel continues to fear a unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12241
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Ukrainian Government Criminalizing Support For Rebellions in the East
Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says the threat of foreign invasion by Russia cannot justify the Ukrainian government’s assault on political freedom

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12239
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Debt Disaster for Argentina? (Don’t hold your breath for it)
by John Weeks

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2153
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DOJ: Due to 9/11 Moms and Kids are National Security Threat
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12563
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How ALEC Fronts for Fossil Fuels
by Nick Surgey
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12559
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Edelman Makes a Climate Change Pledge, But Forgets About ALEC
by Nick Surgey
PRWatch

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/14/edelman-makes-climate-change-pledge-forgets-about-alec
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Koch-Backed Small Business Front Group Added to ALEC Board
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12558
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Some ALEC Funders Flee, but Koch, Big Tobacco, and PhRMA Remain Loyalists
by Rebekah Wilce
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12552
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ALEC Offshoot Takes Aim at Local Government
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12555
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Leading Kurdish and Iraq Analyst

http://www.accuracy.org/release/leading-kurdish-and-iraq-analyst/
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Democracy Now!
Armed With Military-Grade Weapons, Missouri Police Crack Down on Protests over Michael Brown Shooting

*The war stays home

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/14/armed_w_military_grade_weapons_missouri

Worse Than Tiananmen? 1st Anniversary of Egyptian Army Killings of 800+ Anti-Coup Protesters

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/14/worse_than_tiananmen_1st_anniversary_of

New Family Detention Centers Hold Immigrant Women and Children Without Bond as Asylum Claims Pend

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/14/new_family_detention_centers_hold_immigrant

8/13

Analysts Say: Bike Share Programs Are Good For All
According to new research, there have been zero fatalities among bike share programs since they first began in 2007
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Given the benefits, a strong case could be made that the programs should be free, with user donations encouraged and gratefully accepted.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/13/analysts-say-bike-share-programs-are-good-all
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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Twitter Users Criticize Media Portrayals of Minority Deaths
Hashtag protests media depiction of black shooting victims as stereotypes
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*An image is worth a thousand misleading words.

The corpress has known that for a very long time, haven’t they?

And I really could give a flying fart less about Dear Misleader’s “broken heart”.

It’s been broken and out of operation for a very long time, as well.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/13/iftheygunnedmedown-twitter-users-criticize-media-portrayals-minority-deaths
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Mount Polley: Mining Is Disaster
by Harsha Walia

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/13/mount-polley-mining-disaster
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In Sweetheart Deal, Macy’s Criminal Plea to Be Expunged, Probation to be Terminated
by Russell Mokhiber

*So how much of that fine will Polanco’s family see

And how much of it will be tax deductible?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/13/sweetheart-deal-macys-criminal-plea-be-expunged-probation-be-terminated
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Cold Warrior Criticizes Cold War and Drug War, Hires Cold Warrior to Promote Drug War
by Jake Johnston, Peter Hayakawa

*Whitewashing the blood on his hands

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/13/cold-warrior-criticizes-cold-war-and-drug-war-hires-cold-warrior-promote-drug-war
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Walmart’s Spin on Workers and Manufacturing Exposed
CMD launches new SourceWatch resource to fact check Walmart’s publicity campaigns

*Low prices

And high costs

Every day

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/13/walmarts-spin-workers-and-manufacturing-exposed
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The Real News Network
Can Geo-Engineering Save the Planet? – Christopher Williams on RAI (4/5)
Mr. Williams asks if we can trust such an unpredictable massive change to the earth’s ecosystem when the driving force is profit

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12240
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How the Jet Stream Affects Weather Patterns
Meteorologist Jeff Masters discusses his recent research about how fast flowing, narrow air currents found in our atmosphere are changing and its potential effects on humans

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12233
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Iraq Oil and Gaza Gas: Factors in War?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/iraq-oil-and-gaza-gas-factors-in-war/
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Democracy Now!
The Rise of ISIS: US Invasion of Iraq, Foreign Backing of Syrian Rebels Helped Fuel Jihadis’ Advance

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/13/the_rise_of_isis_us_invasion

Glenn Greenwald on Iraq: Is U.S. “Humanitarianism” Only Summoned to Control Oil-Rich Areas?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/13/glenn_greenwald_on_iraq_is_us

Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Intel Agencies Provide “Key Ingredient” in Enabling Israeli Aggression in Gaza

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/13/glenn_greenwald_us_intel_agencies_provide

Glenn Greenwald Criticizes NPR for Relying on CIA-Linked Firm in Report on Impact of Snowden Leaks

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/13/glenn_greenwald_criticizes_npr_for_relying
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What Not to Eat: Aloe Vera Juice Contains Carcinogenic Compounds
Is something safe just because it’s natural?
by Margo Wootan

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-not-to-eat/what-not-to-eat-aloe-vera-juice-contains-carcinogenic-compounds/

8/12

Critic: Censored Report Shows UK Government has ‘Something to Hide’ About Fracking
Department of Environment report on fracking impacts redacted 62 times in just 13 pages
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/12/critic-censored-report-shows-uk-government-has-something-hide-about-fracking
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Jimmy John’s With a Side of Wage Theft?
Former employees sue company and franchisee for willful wage theft affecting ‘tens of thousands’ of current and former workers
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/12/jimmy-johns-side-wage-theft
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George Will Confirms Nixon’s Vietnam Treason
by Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/12/george-will-confirms-nixons-vietnam-treason
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Robin Williams is Gone, but Millions Will Still Suffer Until Things Change
by Jane Hamsher

*Call it a mentality illness

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/12/robin-williams-gone-millions-will-still-suffer-until-things-change
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Why Banking at the Post Office Could Be a Better Option Than Payday Loans—and Wall Street
USPS used to offer financial services. Proponents say that bringing them back could buffer us from financial meltdowns and alleviate poverty. Here’s why it just might work.
by Raúl Carrillo

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/12/why-banking-post-office-could-be-better-option-payday-loans-and-wall-street
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Blown Chances in Gaza: Israel and the U.S. Miss Many Chances to Avoid War
by Sandy Tolan

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/12/blown-chances-gaza-israel-and-us-miss-many-chances-avoid-war
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Worldwatch Institute
Does Ecoliteracy Prevent Environmental Action?
Why environmental education isn’t enough to create change and improve governance

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/12/does-ecoliteracy-prevent-environmental-action
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Earthjustice
Federal Agency Ignores Best Available Science In Decision Not To List Wolverine
Conservationists promise legal action to protect rare species

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/12/federal-agency-ignores-best-available-science-decision-not-list-wolverine
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Chesapeake Climate Action Network
The AMP Creeks Council Wins Cove Point LNG Terminal Court Case Against Calvert County

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/12/amp-creeks-council-wins-cove-point-lng-terminal-court-case-against-calvert
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The Real News Network
Understanding the Ferguson Uprising in the Context of Mass Incarceration
Glen Ford: The mainstream media refuses to contextualize the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police in the history of mass incarceration of African Americans and police brutality that has sparked black uprisings

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12236
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Fracking Success Shut Down US Climate Change Policy – Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
Mr. Williams tells Paul Jay that the fabulous profits made from fracking oil and gas took climate change off Obama agenda, and while coal emissions may be down in the US, coal exports have grown exponentially

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12237
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Why US Airstrikes Won’t Defeat ISIS
Vijay Prashad: Renewed US air strikes will plunge Iraq into further chaos while the US and its allies refuse to seek a regional solution to the conflict

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12235
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Gaza and the Silence of Mainstream African-American NGO’s and Churches
The Global African with Bill Fletcher, Jr. takes on the absence of condemnation for Israel’s attack on Gaza – a production of Telesurtv.net/English

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12234
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FAIR Blog
Death in Gaza: Some Counts More Controversial than Others
by Peter Hart

*Kill ‘em all

Then let our shills sort ‘em out

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/12/death-in-gaza-some-counts-more-controversial-than-others/

If Only Obama Had Bombed More, and Sooner
by Peter Hart

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/12/if-only-obama-had-bombed-more-and-sooner/
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Democracy Now!
History Repeating Itself? U.S. Bombing Iraq While Jockeying to Oust Leader It Once Favored

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/12/history_repeating_itself_us_bombing_iraq

As U.S. Strikes Continue in Iraq, Yazidis Still Need Safe Passage to Flee ISIS “Cleansing” Attacks

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/12/as_us_strikes_continue_in_iraq

The Killing of Michael Brown: Missouri Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen Sparks Days of Protests

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/12/the_killing_of_michael_brown_missouri
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Can Vitamin Supplements Prevent Cancer?
by David Schardt

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/vitamin-supplements/can-vitamin-supplements-prevent-cancer/

8/11

Metastasis of the Islamic State
Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the anti-Assad powers, refuse to join a united front with Iran, Iraq and Syria to tackle the IS threat. With absent coordination, the Islamic State will continue to thrive.
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2152
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Turmoil in Greater Arabia
by Vijay Prashad
Sectarianism seems to be on the rise across the Arab world. The language of Arab nationalism is on mute; it has been replaced, on the surface, by the language of sect

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2149
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The Real News Network
On the Misrepresentations of Gaza in Canadian News Coverage
Middle East Professor Ariel Salzmann and activist Azeezah Kanji cite specific examples of how Canadian media has misrepresented the ongoing assault and how the Harper government aims to fuel this conflict to ensure high prices for Tar Sands oil

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12210
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The History of Medical Exploitation in Africa – Harriet Washington on the Ebola Outbreak (2/2)
Medical ethicist Harriet Washington says that the media-driven narrative of African fear ignores the untrustworthiness of the health care system

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12229
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The Politics of the Ebola Serum – Harriet Washington on the Ebola Outbreak (1/2)
Medical ethicist Harriet Washington explains why most pharmaceuticals companies decline to produce drugs for the developing world yet use it for clinical testing

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12213
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Linking Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change
Meteorologist Jeff Masters explains why climate scientists once were hesitant to link climate change with the trend of extreme weather events

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12219
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Nixon Never Should Have Been President
Paul Jay and Burt Wides discuss how candidate Nixon illegally sabotaged peace talks with the North Vietnamese, but President Johnson, who considered him a traitor for doing so, covered it up – Burt Wides on Reality Asserts Itself (2/2)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12211
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Systemic Corruption and 40 Years Since Nixon Resigned – Burt Wides on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)
Mr. Wides tells Paul Jay the Watergate scandal exposed a pattern of a White House above the law and paved the way to exposure of CIA assassinations plots and illegal actions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12225
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No Justice for Afghan Civilians Killed by US Troops: Report
Report by human rights organization highlights “deeply flawed” U.S. military justice system
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/11/no-justice-afghan-civilians-killed-us-troops-report
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#DamLine9: Arrests and Solidarity Blockades Aim to Halt Tar Sands Pipeline
Five protesters were arrested after halting construction since Tuesday at an Enbridge pipeline work site near the Thames River in Ontario
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/11/damline9-arrests-and-solidarity-blockades-aim-halt-tar-sands-pipeline
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Chemical Industry Manipulations Fail to Change Scientific Fact
by Jeanne Rizzo

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/11/chemical-industry-manipulations-fail-change-scientific-fact
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No Safe Place: How Cities Are Making It Illegal to be Homeless
by Michael Maskin

*Homelessness is where the heartlessness is

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/11/no-safe-place-how-cities-are-making-it-illegal-be-homeless
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As Migrant Children Face Backlash, Communities Mobilize to Drown Out Hate
by Laurie Smolenski

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/11/migrant-children-face-backlash-communities-mobilize-drown-out-hate
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Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries
by Sustainable Economies Law Center

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/11/setting-record-straight-legality-seed-libraries
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Food & Water Watch
New Jersey Groups Denounce Frack Waste Ban Veto

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/11/new-jersey-groups-denounce-frack-waste-ban-veto
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Petition
Fast Track Drug and Vaccine Research for Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
by Ahmed Tejan-Sie, MD

http://www.change.org/petitions/food-and-drug-adminstration-fast-track-drug-and-vaccine-research-for-ebola-hemorrhagic-fever
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Democracy Now!
Two Detention Centers for Migrant Women And Children Open On 5th Anniversary of End to Family Detention

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/8/8/two_detention_centers_for_migrant_women
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Diabetes and Diet: How Do Weight and Exercise Affect Your Risk of Diabetes?
Evidence shows that regular exercise and a healthy weight are important in preventing diabetes
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diabetes-and-diet-cat/diabetes-and-diet-how-do-weight-and-exercise-affect-your-risk-of-diabetes/

How to Diet: What is Silent Reflux?
And what can you do about it?
by Stephanie Scarmo

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-what-is-silent-reflux

8/8

Mexico Opens Door to Oil Privatization
“Now we can truly say that our country has been betrayed.”
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/07/mexico-opens-door-oil-privatization
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak a ‘Public Health Emergency’
Humanitarian organizations and doctors urge aggressive action to help all who are threatened by the disease
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/08/who-declares-ebola-outbreak-public-health-emergency
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How We Scapegoat Children From Gaza to the US-Mexico Borderlands
by Todd Miller

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/08/how-we-scapegoat-children-gaza-us-mexico-borderlands
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Justice for Eric Garner: Street Protests and Prosecutions Will Not End Police Brutality
by Sonali Kolhatkar

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/08/justice-eric-garner-street-protests-and-prosecutions-will-not-end-police-brutality
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The Real News Network
Three Union Leaders Shot Dead in South Africa
The young NUMSA shop stewards were targeted by “reactionary forces” after a 4 week strike, says the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12221
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Argentina Sues U.S. in World Court to Stop Vulture Fund Billionaire
Greg Palast: President Obama has failed to exercise his authority to stop a New York judge from ordering Argentina to pay

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12217
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Why Have So Many Ukrainians Fled to Russia?
Journalist Vladislav Gulevich says that many of the 730,000 Ukrainian refugees in Russia see the Ukrainian military as the main threat to their lives

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12212
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FAIR Blog
NY Times and Torture: A Decade Too Late?

*A tortuous explanation as to why “torture” is now “fit to print”, don’t you think?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/08/ny-times-and-torture-a-decade-too-late/

Do Palestinians Living in Israel Count?

*I can imagine what the poll results would have been in Miss’ssippi in the ’60s when I was growing up, gauging the support for home grown apartheid, if only white folks were included.

“Mississippians Reject Equal Rights for All” would be just as misleading a headline, wouldn’t you say?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/08/do-palestinians-living-in-israel-count/
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Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Actions in Palestine are “Much Worse Than Apartheid” in South Africa

*I agree with Chomsky’s admonition to keep uppermost in mind the impact actions taken in support of the oppressed actually have on them

But when it comes to force, I’d like to know if he feels Palestinians shouldn’t defend themselves by the use of it in the face of such a vicious assault.

If that’s the case, I can’t accede to that view.

As for pragmatism generally, if it’s practiced as a step toward that “absolute justice”, acknowledging the reality at the moment, but always seeking to change it, then it makes moral sense to me.

At the same time, you’re telling someone – many someones – that their misery will continue, and their lives may not.

And you have the responsibility to be honest about that – about just what “pragmatism” means, hopefully for the short term.

But anything short of a commitment to the realization of true justice – which means to me in this case reparations, punishment for the perpetrators, and the creation of a single state with equal rights for all – even while fully aware of the distinct possibility that it may never come about

Is a failure of conscience, to my mind.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/8/8/noam_chomsky_what_israel_is_doing
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As U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Begin, Will Military Intervention Escalate Growing Crisis?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/8/as_us_air_strikes_in_iraq

8/7

Fukushima Meltdown Worse Than Previous Estimates: TEPCO
Company releases new findings which show nearly all nuclear fuel melted in Reactor 3 following 2011 earthquake and tsunami
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/07/fukushima-meltdown-worse-previous-estimates-tepco
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Bangladesh Police Unleash Rubber Bullets, Teargas on Hunger Striking Workers
Garment workers demanding unpaid wages from notorious factory owner.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/07/bangladesh-police-unleash-rubber-bullets-teargas-hunger-striking-workers
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‘Outrage’ Follows USDA’s Advancement of New Genetically Engineered Crops
‘We need to get off the pesticide treadmill,’ said George Naylor, farmer and Center for Food Safety Board Member
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/07/outrage-follows-usdas-advancement-new-genetically-engineered-crops
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Climate Change – Point of No Return
by Margaret Kimberley

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/07/climate-change-point-no-return
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Is the Apocalypse Us?
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/07/apocalypse-us
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Center for Biological Diversity
Court Hearing Focuses on EPA’s Failure to Protect 119 Endangered Species From Pesticides

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/07/court-hearing-focuses-epas-failure-protect-119-endangered-species-pesticides
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The Real News Network
Deputy Speaker of Israeli Knesset Calls for Expulsion and Jewish Reoccupation of Gaza
Max Blumenthal tells Paul Jay that Moshe Feiglin’s program is part of a growing incitement to genocide against Palestinians

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12201
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Wall Street to Planet Earth – Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
Mr. Williams tells Paul Jay that to face up to the science of climate change, coal and oil conglomerates worth trillions of dollars have to keep their fossil fuels in the ground – something capitalism can’t allow

*Why is it that “alternative media” hardly ever talk about an alternative to capitalism?

There’s mention of it here, at the end, and I hope that’s expanded upon in the next segment

But we need to get fucking serious about just why the profit system cannot do what I believe anyone with a shred of humanity would desire

Provide what’s needed for every single person

Every single person

On this planet to live a dignified life.

If you say that’s impossible, explain your reasoning to those who will die because of it.

And once we acknowledge that, we have to get fucking serious about just what would replace capitalism, and how to do so.

I don’t have that answer, aside from the necessity of it being based in cooperation and community, rather than competition and selfishness.

But I’ll continue to ask the question

As long as my conscience compels me to.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12215
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Institute for Public Accuracy
ICC and Israel: Claims of Genocide and the Means to Stop It

http://www.accuracy.org/release/icc-and-israel-claims-of-genocide-and-the-means-to-stop-it/
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FAIR Blog
And Now, Our Expert on Africa… US Billionaire Michael Bloomberg

“They never get involved in ideology. They just look for markets.”

*Of course, those markets are in large measure molded by the ideology of those seeking to take advantage of them

One which doesn’t merely ignore repression

But actively encourages it.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/07/and-now-our-expert-on-africa-us-billionaire-michael-bloomberg/
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What Not to Eat: Why Do Trader Joe’s “All Natural” Turkey Hot Dogs Contain Nitrites?
Don’t be fooled by this deceptively labeled product
by Margo Wootan
Nutrition Action

*At least the greed’s natural

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-not-to-eat/what-not-to-eat-why-do-trader-joes-all-natural-turkey-hot-dogs-contain-nitrites/
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Democracy Now!
“A Hideous Atrocity”: Noam Chomsky on Israel’s Assault on Gaza & U.S. Support for the Occupation

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12201

8/6

Obama Pushes Africa Investment as US Corporations ‘Drool’ over Resources
Critics warn Obama’s multibillion dollar push to open Africa for U.S. business will further dispossess and impoverish people across the continent.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/06/obama-pushes-africa-investment-us-corporations-drool-over-resources
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Boss Who Ordered Employees to Dump Fracking Waste in River Hit With Prison Sentence
Contractor given 28-month prison sentence, $25,000 fine by U.S. district judge
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Finally, prison time, although not even the full amount of a pathetically limited maximum

But that unfined close to quarter mil could have been put to good use cleaning up after the bastard, don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/06/boss-who-ordered-employees-dump-fracking-waste-river-hit-prison-sentence
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Corporate Victory Will ‘Screw’ Local Farmers as Amendment Passes in Missouri
ALEC-modeled constitutional amendment protects industrial farmers’ right to pollute
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/06/corporate-victory-will-screw-local-farmers-amendment-passes-missouri
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On Heroes and Preachers: Gaza’s New Resistance Paradigm
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/06/heroes-and-preachers-gazas-new-resistance-paradigm
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The Hidden Shallows of Global Poverty “Eradication” Efforts
A closer look at how the the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals are being framed and what we must do to challenge a paradigm that is not working
by Martin Kirk, Joe Brewer

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/06/hidden-shallows-global-poverty-eradication-efforts
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6 Ways Wall Street Is Hosing Chicago Teachers
by Matthew Cunningham-Cook

*Putting their money

Where their mouth ain’t

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/06/6-ways-wall-street-hosing-chicago-teachers
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The Real News Network
The Consequences of Reagan Breaking the ’81 Air Traffic Controllers Strike (2/2)
Prof. Joseph McCartin and former PATCO spokesperson Elliot Simons explain why other organized labor didn’t strike in solidarity with PATCO workers

*So just how did a broken strike that had enormous repercussions for the labor movement as a whole lead to improved conditions for controllers in its aftermath?

That’s left hanging, isn’t it?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12203
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Baltimore Brew: Old-School Journalism for 21st Century Baltimore (2/2)
The Baltimore Brew’s Fern Shen and Mark Reutter talk about Baltimore’s infamous liquor board and plans to privatize public housing

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12204
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Petition
New Orleans Congress of Day Laborers / #Not1More
ICE Expedites Deportation for New Orleans Workers One Day after Families Speak Out Against Civil Rights Abuses

http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/wilmerandyestel/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Israeli Hannibal Directive: “A Breach of Democracy and Morality”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/israeli-hannibal-directive-a-breach-of-democracy-and-morality/
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FAIR Blog
Fox, Bill O’Reilly and “Young Black Men”

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/06/fox-bill-oreilly-and-young-black-men/

Did New Gaza Cease-Fire Start With an Israeli Airstrike?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/06/did-new-gaza-cease-fire-start-with-an-israeli-airstrike/

8/5

UK Activists In Standoff After Occupying Factory Supplying IDF Drone Engines
“The question shouldn’t be when are we going to leave, the question should be when is this company going to leave, and when is this government going to stop supporting Israel in its crimes against the Palestinian people.”
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/05/uk-activists-standoff-after-occupying-factory-supplying-idf-drone-engines
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Outrage in Colorado over Fracking Betrayal of Top Democrats
Politicians announce drilling regulatory panel will welcome input by industry and business groups, headed by XTO Energy president
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The “lesser of two evils” shows, once again, they are, by definition

Still evil.

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/05/outrage-colorado-over-fracking-betrayal-top-democrats
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Customers Join in ‘Unprecedented’ Uprising Against Corporate Greed
As strikes enter third week, workers and customers of Market Basket demand reinstatement of beloved CEO “Artie T.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/05/supermarket-workers-customers-join-unprecedented-uprising-against-corporate-greed
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Why National Security Has Nothing to Do With Security
How Many Minutes to Midnight? Hiroshima Day 2014
by Noam Chomsky

*Dr. Strangelove does Vegas

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/05/why-national-security-has-nothing-do-security
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Shell’s Shame in Nigeria Continues
by Andy Rowell

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/05/shells-shame-nigeria-continues
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Dam Line 9
Occupation of Line 9 Construction Site Begins

http://commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/05/occupation-line-9-construction-site-begins
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Physicians for a National Health Program
For-Profit Home Care Agencies Cost Medicare Billions Extra, Yet Provide Worse Care: Health Affairs Study

*First do no harm

To the quarterly profits

http://commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/05/profit-home-care-agencies-cost-medicare-billions-extra-yet-provide-worse-care
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The Real News Network
The Consequences of Reagan Breaking the ’81 Air Traffic Controllers Strike (1/2)
Prof. Joseph McCartin and former PATCO spokesperson Elliot Simons discuss the anniversary of the firing of 11,000 air traffic controllers and why it matters today

*Assuming PATCO donated a not insubstantial sum to Reagan’s campaign, you can say they got what they paid for.

The tragedy is that so many others paid the price.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12195
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Baltimore Brew: Old School Journalism for 21st Century Baltimore (1/2)
The Brew’s Mark Reutter and Fern Shen discuss their model of journalism and how they saved taxpayers $100 million

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12193
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Petition
Don’t Terminate Marijuana Research In AZ — Stand Up For Our Veterans!!
by Ricardo Pereyda

https://www.change.org/petitions/don-t-terminate-marijuana-research-in-az-stand-up-for-our-veterans
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FAIR Blog
When Meet the Press Meets a Palestinian

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/08/05/when-meet-the-press-meets-a-palestinian/
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Democracy Now!
Gaza Ceasefire: After 1,800+ Dead, What Led Israel to Stop the Assault — and What Comes Next?

*Finkelstein’s dead on, and more time should have been devoted to his analysis.

Often, an extended segment is posted online, and that should have been the case here.

Perhaps his time was limited, but if not, this was a missed opportunity to expose the program’s audience to a trenchant deconstruction of the lies propagated by Israel, the US and the corpress.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/5/ceasefire_after_gaza_assault_leaves_1800

New York Police Killing of Eric Garner Spurs Debate on Chokeholds & Filming Officer Misconduct

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/5/new_york_police_killing_of_eric

8/4

Petition
Puente Movement / #Not1More
ICE Allows Rape of Transgender Woman at Eloy Detention Center:
FREE MARICHUY!

http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/marichuy/
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‘Agri-Terrorism’? Town’s Seed Library Shut Down
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture tells Mechanicsburg library its seed library is a violation
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/04/agri-terrorism-towns-seed-library-shut-down
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Militants Seize Iraq’s Largest Dam
Latest advances by Islamic State trigger “humanitarian crisis” in northern Iraq
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/04/militants-seize-iraqs-largest-dam
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Study: Mainstream Environmental Groups Continue to Suffer from Lack of Diversity
New research finds that, while some gains have been made, white men continue to dominate the highest leadership positions of most green groups and hiring of people of color remains dismally low
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I think this is symptomatic of the lack of diversity of thought in mainstream environmental orgs, as evidenced by their reluctance to link such issues with a broader critique of the inherent injustice of the profit system.

Having women and persons of color in more visible roles doesn’t necessarily mitigate against that

See “Democratic Party”

But the fact that they aren’t in those positions indicates a worldview absent of an acknowledgement of how environmental degradation is part and parcel of the larger picture of the exploitation that ravages both planet and people.

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/31/study-mainstream-environmental-groups-continue-suffer-lack-diversity
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Ten Reasons for Saying ‘No’ to the North Over Trade
by Ravi Kanth Devarakonda, Phil Harris

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/04/ten-reasons-saying-no-north-over-trade
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Why Israel Lies
by Chris Hedges

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/04/why-israel-lies
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The Fourth Branch: The Rise to Power of the National Security State
Who really rules Washington?
by Tom Engelhardt

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/04/fourth-branch-rise-power-national-security-state
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Fact-checking Campbell Brown on Education: What She Said, What Research Really Shows
by Alyssa Hadley Dunn

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/04/fact-checking-campbell-brown-education-what-she-said-what-research-really-shows
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New Technology Renews Old Fears of Manipulation and Control
by Jay Stanley

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/03/new-technology-renews-old-fears-manipulation-and-control
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Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice
Farmers, Environmental Groups Defend Moratorium of GMO Crops on Hawai‘i’s Big Island
Groups seek to intervene as biotech firms attempt to roll back regulations on genetically engineered crops

http://commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/04/farmers-environmental-groups-defend-moratorium-gmo-crops-hawaiis-big-island
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The Real News Network
How World Bank & IMF Plan to “Dismantle” Ukrainian Economy
Michael Hudson: The West looks to ramp up gas production as Vice President Biden’s son named leader in Ukrainian gas company Burisma

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12186
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Domestic Coal Consumption Down But Exports Still Rising
Greenpeace’s Joe Smyth and journalist Steve Horn discuss whether EPA’s plan to cut 30 percent of emissions by 2030 will have a significant impact on climate change when coal is being shipped overseas

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12185
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Black Political Elite Continue To Support Israel’s Assault on Gaza
Glen Ford: Past members of the Black Caucus stood up against Israeli aggression, but today these voices are silenced by corporate financing

*A whitewash

In blackface

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12171
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Inside Israel’s Pro-War Nationalist Camp
The Real News looks into who are the groups chanting “death to Arabs” throughout Israel and attacking anti-war demonstrators

*As someone who grew up in apartheid Mississippi in the ’60s, and saw this same psychopathic rage against “the other”

I have to ask

Where are the white hoods?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12191
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Capitalism Will Hit the Wall Again, Hard – Heiner Flassbeck on RAI (5/5)
Mr. Flassbeck says people must get politically engaged and find an alternative or we will face dictatorship, because today’s capitalism is out of answers

*A fleeting comment about the thousand megaton gorilla in the room

Climate change

And an obsession with reforming the unreformable, from the view of the interests of everyone, every single person (and beyond our species) on this planet

The profit system, capitalism, whatever you care to call it.

The box appears to be sealed

With no thought given to what thought might exist outside it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12192
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Why the Gulf of Tonkin Matters 50 Years Later (2/2)
On the 50th anniversary of the Gulf Tonkin incident, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and historian Gareth Porter discuss the powers which wanted Pres. Johnson to pursue a ground operation in Vietnam

*Regardless of the internecine particulars, the bottom line is that we’re talking about matters of degree, not kind.

While the schisms may have profound import – delineating the difference between the horrors of “conventional” war and the cataclysm of nuclear conflict

It’s ultimately not about principle, but the practical management of empire.

They’re all bloody bastards

It’s just that some of them aren’t utterly psychotic.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12190
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Petition
NFL player fired for supporting gay rights?
Release Vikings’ complete discrimination investigation report to the public
by Chris Kluwe

*Apparently the Vikings believe talk of equality should be kicked into the coffin corner.

http://www.change.org/petitions/zygi-wilf-release-vikings-complete-discrimination-investigation-report-to-the-public
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Democracy Now!
“Everything That Moves in Rafah is a Target”: Israel Continues Shelling of Gaza During Short “Pause”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/4/everything_that_moves_in_rafah_is
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Diabetes and Diet: Can Coffee Lower Your Risk?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diabetes-and-diet-cat/diabetes-and-diet-can-coffee-lower-your-risk/

Sugar in Food: Are Sugary Beverages Contributing to the Diabetes Epidemic?
What do the studies show?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

*A sugar rush

To the emergency room

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/sugar-in-food/sugar-in-food-are-sugary-beverages-contributing-to-the-diabetes-epidemic/

8/1

Obama: ‘We Tortured Some Folks’
President urges Americans to remember ‘how afraid people were’ after 9/11 but says CIA director has his “full confidence” amid controversy over Senate report
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”We tortured some folks.”

And you tortured the truth.

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/01/obama-we-tortured-some-folks
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Israel’s Military Censors Demand ‘Prior Review’ of NYT’s Gaza Reporting
Free press advocates advise newspaper to ignore such censorship, but incident raises larger questions in debate over coverage of ongoing conflict
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*All the news that’s printed to fit

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/01/israels-military-censors-demand-prior-review-nyts-gaza-reporting
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Justice Denied: US Court Rules Bhopal Victims Can’t Sue Union Carbide
“These families have been living with Union Carbide pollution for decades. We remain committed to seeking the justice that they deserve,” said co-counsel Rajan Sharma.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A most toxic logic

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/01/justice-denied-us-court-rules-bhopal-victims-cant-sue-union-carbide
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WHO says Ebola Outbreak Spreading ‘Faster Than Our Efforts to Control it’
Further spread of virus would be ‘catastrophic,’ agency warns
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

*Ignorance is a virus

That’s often extremely resistant to treatment

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/01/who-says-ebola-outbreak-spreading-faster-our-efforts-control-it
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‘Partial Victory’ in Detroit Water Crisis as City Regains Power of Resource
Organizers warn ‘there are still unanswered questions’ about whether water will be a public good for the city’s residents.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/01/partial-victory-detroit-water-crisis-city-regains-power-resource
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We Can Reverse Climate Change by the Way We Grow Food
by Elizabeth Kucinich

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/01/we-can-reverse-climate-change-way-we-grow-food
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The Experts’ Verdict: Every Israeli Missile Strike is a War Crime
by Jonathan Cook

*Isn’t there another reason?

Even acts which in and of themselves might be considered committed according to the laws of war are illegal in the context of unjustified aggression.

Nothing Israel does during this assault can be legitimately defended given that fact, can it?

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/01/experts-verdict-every-israeli-missile-strike-war-crime
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The Hidden Hands Behind East-West Tug of War in Ukraine
Is it in Ukraine’s best interest to negotiate liberalisation with the IMF and the World Bank?
by Martin Kirk, Frederic Mousseau

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/01/hidden-hands-behind-east-west-tug-war-ukraine
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Fine Print of the Food Wars
by Vandana Shiva

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/01/fine-print-food-wars
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Upstate Drone Action
Vietnam Vet Drone Resister Acquitted

http://commondreams.org/newswire/2014/08/01/vietnam-vet-drone-resister-acquitted
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The Real News Network
Why the Gulf of Tonkin Matters 50 Years Later (1/2)
Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and historian Gareth Porter discuss how the Gulf of Tonkin incident was used to further entangle the US in Vietnam and how shoddy intelligence reports continue to lead America into war

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12180
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The Necessity for Higher Wages – Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
Mr. Flassbeck, former head of UNCTAD, says we’re going into the Japanese scenario, a stagnation with a kind of deflation, because we have no purchasing power in the hands of the mass of the consumers

*Aside from the foolishness of trying to “fix” the profit system, there’s no consideration of how climate change will affect the situation.

All this is being dealt with in a vacuum

And that giant sucking sound’s getting louder with each passing day.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12188
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Obama Order “Ends Corporate Immunity” for Federal Contractors
Public Justice executive director Paul Bland says Obama’s new executive order will end the practice of corporate-paid arbitrators settling discrimination suits, and this has the Chamber of Commerce fuming

*Like so many of Dear Misleader’s “accomplishments”, the devil’s in the details

And those details as regards just why wage and hour laws aren’t impacted are something an apparent Democratic loyalist like Bland doesn’t seem too keen to expound on, does he?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12184
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The Forces behind Argentina’s Default
James Henry explains why Argentina has a U.S. court deciding its financial fate and how this profits vulture capitalists like Charles Singer

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12187
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Democracy Now!
As Gaza Ceasefire Collapses, Israel Kills Dozens Following Soldier’s Capture in Rafah

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/1/as_gaza_ceasefire_collapses_israel_kills

John Brennan Faces Calls to Resign After CIA Admits to Spying on Senate Torture Probe

*It is a tale told by idiots

Full of “angry” sound and “bipartisan fury”

Signifying nothing of consequence will change

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/1/john_brennan_faces_calls_to_resign

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7/31

Palestine Support Behind Banking Behemoth’s Closure of Muslim Organizations’ Accounts?
After HSBC sent letters to three Muslim organizations in the UK notifying them their accounts will be closed, leaders are making claims of Islamaphobia and pro-Israel bias
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/31/palestine-support-behind-banking-behemoths-closure-muslim-organizations-accounts
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Paid Sick Day Campaigns Gain Traction as ALEC Allies Push Back
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12551
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The Water of Life: Thirsting for Justice in a World of War
by Robert C. Koehler

*Let’s work for the day

When the water flows freely

And the blood doesn’t

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/07/31/water-life-thirsting-justice-world-war
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China, America, and a New Cold War in Africa?
Is the conflict in South Sudan the opening salvo in the battle for a continent?
by Nick Turse

*I’m not sure how to take those concluding paragraphs.

Is Turse making a case for cooperation between exploiting entities, as opposed to competition?

How about opposing exploitation, period?

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/07/31/china-america-and-new-cold-war-africa
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ACLU
Lawsuit Charges U.S. Uses Secret, Unfounded ‘National Security Concerns’ to Deny Muslim Immigrants Citizenship

http://commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/31/lawsuit-charges-us-uses-secret-unfounded-national-security-concerns-deny-muslim
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Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Economists Call on Congress to Mitigate Fallout from Ruling on Argentine Debt

http://commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/31/economists-call-congress-mitigate-fallout-ruling-argentine-debt
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The Real News Network
The US Dollar and the Search for a “Reasonable” Capitalist – Heiner Flassbeck on RAI (3/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Flassbeck says the stock market bubble can burst at any moment because everybody knows there is no real growth behind it; then we are really in trouble as the whole effect of stabilization will disappear in one moment

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12181
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19 Killed in Gaza as Israel Strikes Second UN Compound in a Week
Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti says the UN has failed its duty to speak out against civilian deaths in Gaza; meanwhile the case for boycotting, divestment and sanctioning Israel has been strengthened by the current conflict

*Has Israel’s immune system finally been compromised?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12179
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IRS Failing to Regulate Dark-Money Political Spending
Prof. Tom Ferguson discusses why IRS fails to investigate political spending by groups such as Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12165
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The Politics of Going Green
PERI Co-Director Robert Pollin and Prof. Chris Williams discuss the feasibility of shifting to a green economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12153
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Why Have Office Computers in Congress Been Blocked From Access to “Hackers on Planet Earth” Website?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/why-have-office-computers-in-congress-been-blocked-from-access-to-hackers-on-planet-earth-website/
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RENEW Wisconsin
MGE’s Billing Scheme Goes in the Wrong Direction
What We Can Do About It
New Rate Design Would Undermine Value of Saving Energy and On-Site Solar

http://renewwisconsin.org/pdf/MGEWrongDirection.pdf
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Democracy Now!
“Enough Blood Has Been Spilled”: Israel Condemned for Striking U.N. Shelter as Death Toll Tops 1300

*Either the shelling was deliberate or negligent. Both speak to the utter disregard for Palestinian lives.

But even acts which in and of themselves might be considered committed according to the laws of war are illegal in the context of unjustified aggression.

Nothing Israel does during this assault can be legitimately defended given that fact, can it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/31/enough_blood_has_been_spilled_israel

U.S. Jewish Leader Henry Siegman to Israel: Stop Killing Palestinians and End the Occupation

*Siegman seems to be advocating that the only truly just solution – one state with equal rights for all – be used as a negotiating ploy to achieve a separate Palestinian state.

He also doesn’t appear to see any problem with a “Jewish state”, in which religion and/or ethnicity determines eligibility for citizenship.

I appreciate many of the views stated, but you’d think contradictions such as these wouldn’t go unremarked upon by the hosts.

Well, if you weren’t a regular viewer/listener/reader of the program, that is.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/31/us_jewish_leader_henry_siegman_to

Iron Dome or Iron Sieve? Evidence Questions Effectiveness of U.S.-Funded Israeli Missile Shield

*As is often the case

The propaganda’s far more effective than the program.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/31/iron_dome_or_iron_sieve_evidence

Part 2: Weapons Expert Theodore Postol Asks, Is Israel’s Iron Dome Really an Iron Sieve?

*And this is the reason I still visit the DN! site.

For all its flaws, the program does provide a good deal of salient information

But it could be providing a good deal more.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/7/31/part_two_theodore_postol_asks_is

7/30

The Real News Network
Racing to a Dead End – Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
Mr. Flassbeck, former head of UNCTAD, says current economic policy is heading back to the 1930s, a race to the bottom, they have no solution at all, we will end up again in trade wars or other wars

*”Rational” to me means a system that ensures a dignified standard of living for each and every person on this planet.

By that definition, capitalism can never be rational, for it will always exploit someone, if history is any guide.

In the quarter century or so following World War II, most workers in Europe and the US achieved middle class status.

Most, but not all.

And that wealth was created in no small part by the exploitation of the peoples of the “developing world”, was it not?

You can regulate a profit system

You can make it more “rational”

But by its very essence it creates winners and losers.

The question is

Are we willing to accept that?

I don’t think the losers are.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12177
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Obama Joins EU in Sanctioning Russia as Ukraine’s Civilian Death Toll Mounts
Writer Roger Annis discusses the West’s plans to further isolate Russia and the Ukrainian government’s embrace of austerity while civilians pay the price

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12176
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Who’s Profiting from Israel’s Offensive in Gaza?
Shir Hever: Israel continues to reject Hamas’s offer of a ten-year ceasefire because it would undermine Israeli arms sales, which reached $7 billion in 2012

*War is good business

Divest your soul

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12175
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Nigerians Must Defend Themselves, Oppose the State of Emergency and US Intervention (3/3)
Baba Aye: Workers and youth should defend their communities against Boko Haram but should also oppose the government’s state of emergency which is used to bolster the rule of a corrupt elite

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12157
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Spending Soars for Anti-GMO Label Lobbying
‘These numbers speak for themselves,’ says labeling advocate. ‘They also speak to everything that’s wrong with our government.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/30/spending-soars-anti-gmo-label-lobbying
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Wikileaks Defies Australian Court’s ‘Blanket Censorship Order’ by Publishing It
Founder Julian Assange says unprecedented government gag order is ‘blindfolding the Australian public’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/30/wikileaks-defies-australian-courts-blanket-censorship-order-publishing-it
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With Possible ‘Major Public Health Impact,’ Malaria Vaccine Advances
Research publication on effectiveness of new vaccine follows announcement by pharmaceutical corporation GlaxoSmithKline that it is applying for first ever approval of anti-malaria vaccine on EU markets.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I have to ask who paid for this study

And how much will have to be paid for its subject.

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/30/possible-major-public-health-impact-malaria-vaccine-advances
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Why Has Obama Rejected a More Humane Response to the Hunger Strike at Gitmo?
byJeff Bachman

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/07/30/why-has-obama-rejected-more-humane-response-hunger-strike-gitmo
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The Jobless City of Kabul and the Works of War
by Kathy Kelly

http://commondreams.org/views/2014/07/30/jobless-city-kabul-and-works-war
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SONG, Familia TQLM, and #Not1More
Sit-in at Equality Caucus: Be Champions for LGBTQ Immigrants in Administrative Relief

http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2014/07/30/equalitycaucus/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Why Won’t Administration Release Ukraine Evidence?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/why-wont-administration-release-ukraine-evidence/
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FAIR Blog
Bill O’Reilly’s Pot Lie

*No one with a fealty to them will ever accuse O’Reilly of being a factist.

However, a slight change in the spelling of that term may well produce a different result.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/30/bill-oreillys-pot-lie/
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Democracy Now!
“They Thought They’d Be Safe. They Were Wrong”: 20 Gazans Killed in Israeli Bombing of U.N. Shelter

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/30/they_thought_theyd_be_safe_they

Rabbi Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/30/henry_siegman_leading_voice_of_us

7/29

US-Supported “Good Guys” Firing Ballistic Missiles in Ukraine?
U.S. official indicates Pentagon likely to hold back evidence of use of powerful weapons because they come from the side cast as the “good guys” in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/29/us-supported-good-guys-firing-ballistic-missiles-ukraine
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Privacy Groups Push Back Against Latest Facebook Tracking Scheme
International consumer advocacy coalition says web-tracking plan raises “deep alarm”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/29/privacy-groups-push-back-against-latest-facebook-tracking-scheme
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Peddlers & Profiteers: Wall Street’s Finest Pushing Tax-Dodging Mergers
‘As much as I may hate these deals and the ramifications for our country, if I don’t do the deal, my competitor across the street will be happy to do it.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/29/peddlers-profiteers-wall-streets-finest-pushing-tax-dodging-mergers
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From Victim to Colonial Settler: Shifting the Paradigm on Israel
by Ajamu Baraka

*I’d add that we also have to acknowledge the true Holocaust myth

That the terrors of today are justified by the horrors of the past.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/29/victim-colonial-settler-shifting-paradigm-israel
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ALEC Agenda in Dallas: Evisceration of Medicaid, School Privatization and Expansion of Gas Exports
by Rebekah Wilce

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/29/alec-agenda-dallas-evisceration-medicaid-school-privatization-and-expansion-gas
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The Real News Network
Do US Satellite Images Show Russia Firing Rockets into Ukraine?
Derek Monroe: The fog of war brings US satellite images allegedly showing Russia firing rockets into Ukraine into question

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12169
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Uber: Cheap Ride Alternative or Death Knell for Cabbies?
Longtime taxi driver advocate Nathan Price argues that because Uber is not subject to the same regulations and taxes, its lower prices are destroying the livelihoods of taxi drivers

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12122
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New Senate Bill Fails To Address Root Causes of Central American Migration
David Bacon: Senate Democrats’ $2.7 billion proposal would escalate border enforcement but ignore the trade policies that drive migrants to the United States in the first place

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12147
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Interview with Hamas (1/3)
TRNN Replay: A three part series recorded in April, 2010 Hamas representative Usamah Hamdan discusses negotiation and recognition

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=5221
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Israel Bombs Power Plant; Water Going from “Undrinkable” to “Catastrophic”

*Only the blood flows

http://www.accuracy.org/release/israel-bombs-power-plant-water-going-from-undrinkable-to-catastrophic/
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FAIR Blog
Media Hype and Gaza’s ‘Terror’ Tunnels
by Peter Hart

*Tunnel vision

And the truth lost in it

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/29/media-hype-and-gazas-terror-tunnels/
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Democracy Now!
“Nowhere to Go”: Gaza Suffers One of Deadliest Days So Far as Israel Vows “Protracted” Assault

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/29/nowhere_to_go_gaza_suffers_one

Jeremy Scahill: Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals “Global Stop and Frisk Program”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/29/jeremy_scahill_leaked_us_terrorist_watchlist

Mass U.S. Surveillance Targeting Journalists and Lawyers Seen as Threat to American Democracy

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/29/mass_us_surveillance_targeting_journalists_and

7/28

The Real News Network
12-Hour Truce in Gaza, Protests in the West Bank
TRNN’s Lia Tarachansky reports from Jerusalem on how the Israeli army opened fire on West Bank protests against the war

*Truth is the first casualty of war

And lies the primary cause of it

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12166
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Al-Aqsa Brigades Open Fire on Israeli Forces at the Qalandia Checkpoint.
In Gaza the death toll stands at 867, and 5,730 injured. On Friday another three Israeli soldiers were killed in battle, bringing the Israeli death toll to 38, including three civilians.
by Dan Cohen and Lia Tarachansky

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12168
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Dirty Coal Exports Are a ‘Global Shell Game’
Federal coal leases are essentially a major fossil fuel subsidy, Greenpeace says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/28/dirty-coal-exports-are-global-shell-game
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In ‘Ugly’ Resolution, US Politicians Back Israel’s Assault on Gaza
‘Congress keeps singling Israel out for impunity.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/28/ugly-resolution-us-politicians-back-israels-assault-gaza
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Lack of Oversight, Damaged Tankers Caused West Virginia Chemical Spill
Federal investigators promise more tests of drinking water
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/28/lack-oversight-damaged-tankers-caused-west-virginia-chemical-spill
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‘Climate Criminality': Australia OKs Biggest Coal Mine
Environmental groups slam decision that will ‘dump on’ Great Barrier Reef, fuel climate crisis
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/28/climate-criminality-australia-oks-biggest-coal-mine
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The Right to Water in Gaza
by Brent Patterson

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/28/right-water-gaza
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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas
Why fossil fuels can’t solve the problems created by fossil fuels
by Naomi Oreskes

*Useful intel extant

But I wonder if the folks around Fukushima consider nuclear a “green” alternative

Or what Amazonians think about massive hyrdoelectric dams?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/28/wishful-thinking-about-natural-gas
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How Capitalism Is Cheating Young Americans
by Paul Buchheit

*As the saying goes

Youth will be servile

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/28/how-capitalism-cheating-young-americans
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Sacred Hearts, Sacred Lives: Children Crossing the Border
by Buddy Bell

*Call it the milk of human callousness

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/28/sacred-hearts-sacred-lives-children-crossing-border
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Never Again To Us
by Robert C. Koehler

*Israel proclaims

“Never again!

(Save by our hand)”

And I’m not a pacifist

I believe we do have a right to defend ourselves and others, by force if necessary.

The use of that force must be principled and disciplined, far easier said than done

But I don’t consider it immoral to protect lives by taking those of others as a last resort.

We want simple answers, and this conundrum provides none.

The only complex answer is to do what we can to keep ourselves from having to make that awful choice.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/07/24/never-again-us
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Center for Biological Diversity
Settlement Will Help Safeguard Nation’s Endangered Wildlife From 5 Dangerous Pesticides

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/28/settlement-will-help-safeguard-nations-endangered-wildlife-5-dangerous
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Oxfam International
General Mills takes bold stand for climate action
Oxfam welcomes General Mills’ commitments to act following tremendous public pressure

*We’ll see about their “commitments”

But just how “bold” is it to be pressured into doing something you’ve wilfully resisted?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/28/general-mills-takes-bold-stand-climate-action
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ACLU
Over Two Dozen Civil Rights and Legal Groups Demand Florida Counties Halt Enforcement of Unconstitutional Immigration Detainers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/28/over-two-dozen-civil-rights-and-legal-groups-demand-florida-counties-halt
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Israel Using U.S. Weapons to Kill in Gaza

http://www.accuracy.org/release/israel-using-u-s-weapons-to-kill-in-gaza/
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FAIR Blog
Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/28/why-is-israel-attacking-gaza/

CBS Host: Palestinians Force Israel to Kill Kids

*From the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation:

“Congress has introduced H. Con. Res. 107 condemning the use of human shields by Hamas. The resolution of course fails to mention Israel’s well-documented use of Palestinians as human shields. The Israeli military has used Palestinian children to open bags it believed to be bomb-laden, held children in front of soldiers to prevent youth from throwing rocks, and forced children to enter homes believed to be rigged with explosives.”

I’m certain Schieffer is deeply chagrined that they’re forced to do so.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/28/cbs-host-palestinians-force-israel-to-kill-kids/
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Democracy Now!
During Brief Lull, Gazans Return to Neighborhoods Destroyed and Bodies Beneath the Rubble

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/28/during_brief_lull_gazans_return_to

What Do Gazans Endure? A Palestinian Student Who Lost 2 Brothers, 4 Cousins Tells His Story

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/28/what_do_gazans_endure_a_palestinian

Professor Ilan Pappé: Israel Has Chosen to be a “Racist Apartheid State” with U.S. Support

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/28/professor_ilan_pappe_israel_has_chosen
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Diabetes and Diet: Prediabetes Is More Common than You’d Think
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diabetes-and-diet-cat/diabetes-and-diet-prediabetes-is-more-common-than-youd-think/

7/25

The Real News Network
Israel Boycott Gains Traction As Gaza Assault Continues
BDS Movement Founder Omar Barghouti discusses growing solidarity with Palestinians and whether Fatah-Hamas unity deal motivated Israel’s aggression

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12154
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PA President and Family Leave Ramallah at Height of Protests
by Lia Tarachansky

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/60-lia-tarachansky/2136-pa-president-and-family-leave-ramallah-at-height-of-protests
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Obamacare Subsides On the Line
CEPR’s Dean Baker and Media Matters’ Jeremy Holden discuss two federal courts decisions which could disqualify lower and middle income earners for subsidies and the forces working to dismantle Obamacare

*This is what faux reform is meant to do.

It saps energy from the advancement of transformational answers in order to defend a lesser evil

Emphasis on “evil”.

The discussion is constricted to the narrowest of parameters

And framed in the context of “pragmatism”

Read “that which doesn’t question the core tenets of conventional wisdom (read ‘idiocy’)”.

It’s a literally crumby situation

‘Cause that’s all we’re fighting over.

And so you know, this is from someone who has substantially benefited from the ACA, as compared to the status quo ante.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12148
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Detroit Water Shutoffs on Pause, but Is It Enough?
Detroit Activist Abayomi Azikiwe discusses how the growing push for privatization has enriched Wall Street and left ordinary people behind, as more protests are scheduled to be underway

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12149
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Study: ‘Shocking’ Water Loss in Western U.S.
Satellites show groundwater supply at greater risk than previously thought
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/25/study-shocking-water-loss-western-us
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Colorado Judge Lets Fracking Trump Public Health
Boulder County district court judge strikes down city of Longmont’s fracking ban
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/25/colorado-judge-lets-fracking-trump-public-health
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Ryan Anti-Poverty Plan a Wolf in GOP Clothing, say Critics
Despite populist ‘re-branding,’ Paul Ryan’s plans slammed as same old anti-poor scheme.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/25/ryan-anti-poverty-plan-wolf-gop-clothing-say-critics
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Gen. Dempsey: We’re Pulling Out Our Cold War Military Plans over Ukraine
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs compares Russia activities to Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939; State Department makes new claims, but won’t show the evidence
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/25/gen-dempsey-were-pulling-out-our-cold-war-military-plans-over-ukraine
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Institute for Public Accuracy
The Trauma of Palestinian Children

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-trauma-of-palestinian-children/
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Democracy Now!
Sharif Abdel Kouddous: In Gaza, Unrelenting Israeli Assault Causes “Grave Humanitarian Crisis”

*There is a Holocaust myth

That the terrors of today are justified by the horrors of the past

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/25/live_from_gaza_as_negotiations_for

Turning Point? Largest West Bank Protest in Decades Raises Spectre of a 3rd Intifada

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/25/turning_point_largest_west_bank_protest

Doctor: After “Losing Everything,” Gazans Cling to Hope That Conflict Will End Crippling Siege

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/25/doctor_after_losing_everything_gazans_cling

7/24

The Real News Network
Is Israeli Public Opinion Turning after 700 Palestinian Deaths?
Israel-based TRNN correspondent Lia Tarachansky reports on the mood in Israel in the wake of a rising Palestinian death toll

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12151
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Big Oil and the Nigerian Frankenstein
Baba Aye (2/3): Western oil companies have been getting away with murder, backing a self-serving local elite that enriches itself, creating the conditions for the rise of Boko Haram

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12138
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Developing Countries’ Commitment to Multilateralism in WTO a Stumbling Block for Lead Firms? – Faizel Ismail (3/3)
An eminent trade negotiator says developed and developing countries need to move away from the global value chains approach to trade to a more sustainable, very different view of production and job creation

*Worth a read for the economicismo, but what it appears to come down to for Ismail, and perhaps Fries, is this foolish ideal of a profit system that values fairness beyond the scintilla necessary to assure its smooth running, a New Deal that’s nothing more than the same old deal with better optics.

Maybe I should have it tattooed on my forehead

“You can make capitalism better

But you can’t make it good”

Not for anything approaching everyone.

And if that’s not the goal

Is it a game worth playing?

Ask those clinging to the short end of the stick.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12156
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Institute for Public Accuracy
War Crimes in Gaza? Genocide?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/war-crimes-in-gaza-genocide/
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Democracy Now!
Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Bombed in Their Homes and in the Streets, Where Can Gazans Flee?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/24/sharif_abdel_kouddous_bombed_in_their

Decrying “Brutal Operation Taking Place in Our Name,” Israeli Military Reservists Refuse to Serve

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/24/amidst_brutal_operation_in_our_name

Katrina vanden Heuvel: With 100,000+ Displaced, Why Is U.S. Ignoring Ukraine’s Civil War?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/24/katrina_vanden_heuvel_with_100_000

Botched 2-Hour Arizona Execution “Shrouded in Secrecy” Fuels Outrage over Lethal Injection Methods

*Death is death

No matter the agony

Or the antiseptic manner of its implementing.

As horrific as this abomination may be

The greater sin is the sentence itself.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/24/botched_2_hour_arizona_execution_shrouded
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Food Safety Alert: Listeria Contamination Prompts Nationwide Fruit Recall
by Caroline Smith DeWaal
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-alert-listeria-contamination-prompts-nationwide-fruit-recall/

Diabetes and Diet: Do Carbs Raise Your Risk?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diabetes-and-diet-cat/diabetes-and-diet-do-carbs-raise-your-risk/

7/23

The Real News Network
What Is Shaping Global Production and US & EU Trade Policy? – Faizel Ismail (2/3)
An eminent trade negotiator explains the raison d’etre of the global value chain approach to trade and its rise to prominence in the WTO

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12143
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Police Brutality and the Failure of Liberal Democrats
Glen Ford says that the recent death of Eric Garner by the NYPD demonstrates that liberal democrats like NYC mayor Bill de Blasio will not end institutional racism

*So, when speaking of the likes of de Blasio

And Dear Misleader

Should we use quote marks to denote their liberalism

Or capital letters?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12136
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RootsAction
Tell Congress: Shame on You

*To Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Congressmember Mark Pocan (WI)

You should be ashamed of the unanimous passage of resolutions supporting Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

Israel — armed at U.S. expense and emboldened by U.S. support — has been attacking people trapped in Gaza, a densely populated strip of land between Israel and the sea. In Gaza, the Israeli military has killed hundreds, wounded thousands, and bombed hospitals, schools, media outlets, children, the injured and the elderly.

As a constituent, I demand you cease supplying weapons to Israel and to stop providing the Israeli government with immunity from legal consequences for its actions.

You and all the other fine “liberals” in Congress have shown the hollowness of your proclaimed fealty to the cause of human rights with this cowardly and complicit action.

May the ghosts of Gaza haunt you the rest of your days if you don’t do what what passes for your conscience demands.

http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10159
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Jewish Criticism of Israel

http://www.accuracy.org/release/jewish-criticism-of-israel/
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U.S. Announces Major Study Into Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
by Jaha Dukureh

https://www.change.org/p/end-fgm-now-protect-girls-from-getting-cut-and-support-victims-of-female-genital-mutilation-in-the-usa/u/7648450?tk=pLkrfV5RH7
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Democracy Now!
“Growing Humanitarian Crisis”: Palestinian Toll Tops 650 as Israel Attacks Gaza’s Sole Power Plant

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/23/growing_humanitarian_crisis_palestinian_toll_tops

Not In Our Name: Jewish Activists Arrested in Sit-in at Friends of Israel Defense Forces NYC Office

*Fucking anti Semites …

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/23/not_in_our_name_jewish_activists

MSNBC’s Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Gov’t Bias at Network & in US Media

*I think it shows just how censorious the corpress is on this subject that someone as moderate (a term I don’t employ in praise) as Jebreal can be “disappeared” for questioning the party line.

What chance would someone less concerned with “American and Israeli credibility” have under the circumstances?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/23/msnbcs_sole_palestinian_voice_rula_jebreal

7/22

Campaign for Peace and Democracy et al
End the Assault on Gaza: URGENT CALL FOR A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 7-24-2014

http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/blog/2014/07/22/end-the-assault-on-gaza-urgent-call-for-a-national-day-of-action-7-24-2014
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The Real News Network
What Is the Doha Round and How Many Livelihoods Hang in the Balance? (1/3)
Faizel Ismail: Eminent World Trade Organization negotiator opens our series on the global value chain approach to trade with some historic context and a firsthand account of negotiating the WTO Doha Development Agenda

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12139
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Lack of International Pressure Permits Endless Assault on Gaza

Vijay Prashad says that without international pressure, Israel will not be held accountable for the crimes it commits against the Palestinians

*A blank check for butchery

And another one for billions to do it

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12134
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“We Are Going through Hell” – Report from Gaza
On the 14th day of Operation Protective Edge, Gazan blogger Nalan al- Sarraj and TRNN Correspondent Yousef al-Helou discuss how Palestinians are responding to the massacre in Shujaiyeh, as well as the widespread support for the resistance against the siege

*Imagine how these people would be presented by the corpress if they were under siege by an “official enemy”.

Terms like “courage”, “fortitude”, “resilience” would be commonplace.

Search for such words among their coverage of this horror

And you’ll find them as rare as an unscathed building in Shuja’iyya.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12135
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Institute for Public Accuracy
How Israel Backed Hamas

http://www.accuracy.org/release/how-israel-backed-hamas/
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Democracy Now!
“A Place of Indescribable Loss”: As Ceasefire Talks Begin, Israel Bombs Hospital, Mosques and Homes

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/22/a_place_of_indescribable_loss_as

How the West Chose War in Gaza: Crisis Tied to Israeli-U.S. Effort to Isolate Hamas & Keep the Siege

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/22/how_the_west_chose_war_in

“Unimaginably Catastrophic”: As Gaza’s Displaced Top 100,000, Israel Reportedly Shells U.N. School

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/22/unimaginably_catastrophic_as_gazas_displaced_top

7/21

Blockade at First Tar Sands Site in US Challenges ‘Brazen Disregard for Climate Crisis’
Happening now: Activists target construction at PR Spring tar sands site in Utah
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/21-3
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Detroit Protesters Win Temporary Reprieve From Water Shut-Offs
Residents warn that 15-day suspension of disconnections is not a long term fix and will not restore water to thousands already cut-off.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/21-4
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Distorted Reality in Detroit
by Shea Howell

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/21-4
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The Actor and the Minister
by Chris Hedges

*Art

For our sake

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/21-1
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Editorial Position of the New York Times: Thumbs Up for Gaza Slaughter
by Norman Solomon and Abba Solomon

*The “liberal media”?

No bleeding hearts

Only bloodless heartlessness

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/21
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The Real News Network
Nigeria: Boko Haram Born of Poverty and Elite Politics
Baba Aye: Boko Haram is a product of desperate poverty in the North East of Nigeria, and a reflection of elite politics played with the mask of ethnicity

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12120
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“U.S. Complicity Brought Up to Date” in Israel’s War against Gaza
Phyllis Bennis says the calls in Israeli for genocide against Gaza are not only coming from fringe elements in the political establishment

*Who among the “Progressive” Caucus

Who among the “liberals” in the Senate

Walk their orotund talk extolling human rights

When Israel’s hands are stained with innocent blood?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12127
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White Racism, Left Politics, and the Spectrum of Acceptable Opinion
Glen Ford says that a recent Pew Research Center poll is revealing of what constitutes acceptable opinion in conventional Republican and Democratic politics

*Questions skewing to the inane

Meant to mask the insane

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12109
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BRICS: Progressive Rhetoric, Neoliberal Practice
Patrick Bond: All the governments behind the New Development Bank practice intense neoliberalism

*Yes, it’s more complex than this

But for so many that will be affected by it

It’s mostly a matter of “Meet the new boss

Just a different name from the old boss”.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12129
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Institute for Public Accuracy
500 Palestinians Dead: Veterans Call for End to Violence

http://www.accuracy.org/release/500-palestinians-dead-veterans-call-for-end-to-violence/
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FAIR Extra!
Kids of Color as Props in Charter School Drama
Two white public figures square off in managed debate
by Josmar Trujillo

*Two sides

Of the same corporate coveted coin

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/race-lens-kids-of-color-as-props-in-charter-school-drama/
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Democracy Now!
Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Israel’s Gaza Massacres: F-16 Kills 24 Relatives After 72 Die in Shejaiya

*Americans are not bystanders here.

Our taxes make these atrocities possible.

Yet how many of us care?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/21/sharif_abdel_kouddous_on_israels_gaza

Breaking: In Latest Attack on Gaza Medical Site, IDF Shells al-Aqsa Hospital; 5 Dead, Dozens Hurt

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/21/breaking_in_latest_attack_on_gaza

Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer Raji Sourani Likens Netanyahu to Bin Laden for Killing Civilians

*”Never again”

Unless it is by our hand

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/21/palestinian_human_rights_lawyer_raji_sourani

Israeli Peace Demo Violently Disrupted, Dozens Injured as Counter-Protesters Yell “Death to Arabs”

*The Star of David

Twisted into a swastika

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/21/israeli_peace_demo_violently_disrupted_dozens

Max Blumenthal: With “Hollow Diplomacy,” U.S. Created Political Space for Israeli Assault on Gaza

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/21/max_blumenthal_with_hollow_diplomacy_us

Chilean Musician Ana Tijoux on Politics, Feminism, Motherhood & Hip-Hop as “a Land for the Landless”

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/7/10/ana_tijoux
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Miley Cyrus Isn’t against the Minimum Wage and the Employment Policies Institute Isn’t a Think Tank
by Mary Bottari
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12543
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Grom Social: Cashing in on Kids
by Ruth Conniff and Nick Surgey
The Progressive

*Just another reason why the reactionaries are “pro life”, wouldn’t you say?

The more kids

The more money.

http://www.progressive.org/node/187779
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Rightwingers Advised to Invest in Water as Fracking in Drought Areas Prompts Activism
by Jessica Mason
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12540
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Petition
Stop slaughtering millions of wild animals
by Robert Merrick

https://www.change.org/petitions/wildlife-services-stop-slaughtering-millions-of-wild-animals
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Food Safety: Learn More about Food Additives with this Helpful Infographic
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-learn-more-about-food-additives-with-this-helpful-infographic/

Vitamin Supplements: Can Vitamin D Help Control Asthma?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/vitamin-supplements/vitamin-supplements-can-vitamin-d-help-control-asthma/

7/18

The Real News Network
Is the New BRICS Bank a Challenge to US Global Financial Power?
Michael Hudson and Leo Panitch discuss and debate the significance of the new international development bank created by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa

*I’m glad to hear Panitch’s critique of the NDB, given the cheerleading for it by Stiglitz hosted by Democracy Now!.

I’m no expert, but looking at how these nations have dealt with their own populations in terms of exploitation by their elites, anyone with any fealty to the ideal of human dignity would feel compelled to look askance at the notion of their leadership giving a tinker’s damn about their or any other country’s downtrodden, don’t you think?

Brazil is the best of a bad bunch, I suppose, but the World Cup debacle makes plain just where power lies there, wouldn’t you say?

The NDB surely can’t do any worse by the peoples of the world than the current corrupt and callous system.

The question is

How much better will they do by them?

Like Panitch, I don’t see much cause for optimism.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12123
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Political Crisis in Iraq Unresolved as Parliament Mulls Over New Leadership
Sabah Alnasseri discusses the incoming leadership in the Iraqi parliament and how it will be influenced by foreign nations

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12119
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Thousands March in Detroit Against ‘Heartless’ Water Shut-Offs
As crisis deepens, so does local resistance, say organizers
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/18-4
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NAFTA Advocates Continue to Make Misleading Claims
by Stephan Lefebvre

*Snake oil

And the slick arithmetic used to sell it

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/18-7
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Israel Ends “Humanitarian Ceasefire” with New Massacre of Gaza Children
by Ali Abunimah

*So what does Human Rights Watch consider a “lawful” attack, given that Israel is the aggressor?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/18-3
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Center for Biological Diversity
Obama Administration OKs Super Noisy Airguns in Opening up Atlantic Coast to Oil Exploration
Blast could deafen, kill whales, dolphins, other wildlife

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/18-0
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Roots of Ukraine Instability

http://www.accuracy.org/release/roots-of-ukraine-instability/
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Democracy Now!
“A Terrifying Night in Gaza”: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports on Israeli Ground Invasion

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/18/a_terrifying_night_in_gaza_sharif

Israel Bombs Gaza’s Only Rehab Hospital: Staff Forced to Evacuate Paralyzed Patients After Shelling

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/18/israel_bombs_gazas_only_rehab_hospital

Glenn Greenwald: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/18/glenn_greenwald_why_did_nbc_pull

Stephen Cohen: Downed Malaysian Plane Raises Risk of War Between Russia and the West

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/18/stephen_cohen_downed_malaysian_plane_raises

7/17

Rightwing Opponents Target Shelter Sites for Migrant Children
Federal officials searching for safe housing for immigrant kids
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/17-2
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Australia Engages in ‘Intergenerational Theft,’ Axes Carbon Tax
Climate Institute calls move “a monumentally reckless backward leap.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/17-1
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Why Big Business Loves Desperate Workers
And how a strong social safety net can make us all more free
by Stephen Pimpare

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/17-2
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The Oxymoron of Peace
by Robert C. Koehler

*Nationalism is the ultimate manifestation of “divide and conquer”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/17-8
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With Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change, Things Could Get Worse
by John Loretz

*Will someone posit the benefits of “carefully controlled” nuclear detonations in counteracting the effects of global warming?

Is that much more insane than the other geoengineering daydreams cum nightmares already suggested?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/17-10
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Council of Canadians
Canada and US Using Trade Talks to Weaken European Union climate legislation

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/17
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The Real News Network
All Governance in Libya Remains Contested
Vijay Prashad discusses the current political crisis in Libya as results from the parliamentary elections are soon to be released

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12117
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Occupation of Palestinian Territories Likely to Intensify in Coming Months
Jeff Halper says that the Israeli public does not generally put the cycles of violence with Gaza and the West Bank in the context of decades-long military occupation, and that this leads to support for further domination of the Palestinians

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12118
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FAIR Blog
NYT Rewrites Gaza Headline: Was It Too Accurate?
by Peter Hart

*The dead

And the quick rewrite

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/17/nyt-rewrites-gaza-headline-was-it-too-accurate/
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Democracy Now!
Horror on Gaza Beach: New York Times Photographer Witnesses Israeli Killing of 4 Palestinian Boys

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/17/horror_on_gaza_beach_new_york

U.S. Turns Back on Child Migrants After Its Policies in Guatemala, Honduras Sowed Seeds of Crisis

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/17/us_turns_back_on_child_migrants
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FINALLY — USDA Issues Recall Alert in Ongoing Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug Resistant Salmonella
by Caroline Smith DeWaal
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/finally-usda-issues-recall-alert-in-ongoing-multistate-outbreak-of-multidrug-resistant-salmonella/

7/16

Afghanistan’s ‘Forgotten Guantánamo’ Rocked by Hunger Strikes
Guardian reporting offers rare glimpse into United States’ highly secretive Bagram military prison
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/16-8
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Capitalism’s Deeper Problem
by Richard Wolff

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/16-3
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Immigration Reform Is Dead––And That’s a Good Thing
by Matthew Kovac

*The purpose of “reform” isn’t to fundamentally change the system

But to ensure that it remains fundamentally unchanged

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/16-8
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Ravaging Gaza: The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/16-6
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Palestinian Factions Reportedly Set 10 Conditions for 10-Year Truce with Israel
by Ali Abunimah

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/16-10
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Ecojustice
Lax Drinking Water Standards Put Canadians at Risk
Ecojustice research finds that Canada has no standard for more than 100 substances regulated by at least one other comparison country

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/16
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The Real News Network
How Close Are Iraqi Kurds to Achieving an Independent State?
Edmund Ghareeb explains why various nations are divided over support for Kurdish independence in Iraq

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12108
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Cycles of Violence with Gaza Rooted in Israel’s Rejection of Palestinian Unity
TRNN Middle East correspondent Lia Tarachansky discusses Operation Protective Edge after Hamas rejected the Egyptian ceasefire proposal

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12114
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Institute for Public Accuracy
BRICS Development Bank: Alternative to “Washington Consensus”

*The NDB surely can’t do any worse by the peoples of the world than the current corrupt and callous system.

The question is

How much better will they do by them?

A look at the conditions within these five nations doesn’t give cause for much optimism, does it?

Brazil is the best of the bunch, but the World Cup debacle should make it clear just how relative that standing is.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/brics-development-bank-alternative-to-washington-consensus/
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FAIR Blog
Dear USA Today: Civilian Drone Deaths Aren’t ‘Charges’

*Even that same administration acknowledges some “collateral damage”, always with the exculpatory “do everything in our power to minimize them”.

Ironic that USA Today, which dutifully regurgitates baseless “charges” by officialdom as received gospel, apparently looks askance at their admissions in this instance.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/16/dear-usa-today-civilian-drone-deaths-arent-charges/

FAIR Extra!
Who Gets to Speak on Cable News?
The identity of the whitest, malest show we found may surprise you
by Peter Hart

*One I believe salient point about the guest list for Democracy Now!

While “progressive” guests are de rigueur for the program, of course, the appearance of what might be described as guests with “radical” perspectives is minuscule.

If Noam Chomsky is removed from the equation, the number shrinks to negligibility, easily surpassed by appearances by corpress journalists.

You could look it up.

And for all the readily acknowledged useful and unique intel extant

That begs the question of just what constitutes “alternative” media, don’t you think?

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/who-gets-to-speak-on-cable-news/
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Democracy Now!
“Iraq Has Already Disintegrated”: ISIS Expands Stronghold as Leaks Expose US Doubts on Iraqi Forces

*The whirlwind swirls ever faster

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/16/iraq_has_already_disintegrated_isis_expands

How Do We Define American? Jose Vargas, Symbol of Undocumented Immigrant Struggle, Detained in Texas

http://www.democracynow.org./2014/7/16/how_do_we_define_american_jose

7/15

Behind ‘Smokescreen’ of Charity, Global Financial Elite Pillage African Nations $60bn Each Year
“Notions of aid and charity are in reality aiding politicians and multinational corporations to continue plundering Africa behind a shroud of ‘generosity’.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Behind the helping hand

Are felonious fingers

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/15-4
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UN Chief Slammed for Taking Photo-Op, Not Responsibility for Cholera Epidemic
It’s “an insult to all Haitians,” said Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/15-2
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The Real News Network
Who Is the Unsung Hero of the $7 Billion Citigroup Settlement?
Bill Black says that a just settlement would include criminal prosecution of senior Citigroup officials who led the fraud and covered it up

*Another slap on the wrist

Taking care to avoid the Cartier

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12107
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Israeli “Ceasefire” “PR Exercise” as Bombing Continues

*Which fly faster

The bombs

Or the lies?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/israeli-ceasefire-pr-exercise-as-bombing-continues/
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FAIR Blog
Everything You Don’t Need to Know About Israel/Gaza

*It appears there’s an error in the title.

It should be

“Everything We Need You to Know About the Israel/Gaza Conflict”.

Like Sawyer’s conflation of victims

I’m sure it’s an honest mistake.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/15/everything-you-dont-need-to-know-about-israelgaza/

CBS Host Feels for Frightened Israelis–But Not Dead Palestinians

*There’s false balance

And then there’s all too true bias.

The former is a domestic duplicity

While the latter is slathered on the fields of foreign policy

Like the manure it is.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/15/cbs-host-feels-for-israeli-victims/
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Democracy Now!
With 192 Dead in Gaza, Is Lasting Ceasefire Possible Under Israeli Occupation?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/15/after_192_killed_in_gaza_is

After Palestinian Unity Deal, Did Israel Spark Violence to Prevent a New “Peace Offensive”?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/15/after_palestinian_unity_deal_did_israel

Green Scare: Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Freeing Minks from Fur Farm

*Criminalizing conscience

And fostering fear in those compelled to act on it

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/15/green_scare_animal_rights_activists_face

The Prosecution Gap: Corporate Polluters Rarely Criminally Charged for Violating Environmental Law

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/15/the_prosecution_gap_corporate_polluters_rarely

7/14

Sharks Not Life Guards: Lawsuit Targets ‘Predatory’ Student Debt Relief Companies
Illinois to become first state to take on ‘scams’ in court
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/14-0
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Seven Earthquakes Hit Oklahoma in 14 Hours, Raising Fracking Concerns
Studies have linked wastewater injection to increasing seismic activity
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Shake

Rattle

And roll the dice

Bound to come up snake eyes

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/14-3
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‘People’s March’ Against Fracking Demands Halt to Export Push
Tim DeChristopher: ‘We have to resist every new project that would lock us into decades of more dependence on fossil fuels.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/14-5
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Economic Lynching
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/14-0
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Hillary’s Candid Motto for Democratic Party: “Represent Banks”
by Jeff Cohen

*I’d say the Democratic Party has spend considerably longer than a quarter century serving the exploitocracy

And that a Sanders, Warren or other candidacy to challenge Madame Mayhem only pits the less loathsome against the utterly repugnant.

Even if the aforementioned approximated Jesus on a stick, it’s folly to seek to reform this reprobate.

The “good cop” ain’t about to turn in its badge

And with it, its raison d’etre.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/14
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Food & Water Watch Exposes FSIS Mismanagement
Consumer group casts light on inadequate inspection practices that put consumers at risk

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/14-1
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The Real News Network
NYC Allocates $1.2 Million to Sponsor Worker Cooperatives
TRNN discusses with Project Equity founder Hilary Abell and organizer Kali Akuno about whether worker cooperatives are the answer to getting New Yorkers out of poverty

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12102
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One Year after Historic Oil Train Disaster, Risks Abound
Journalist Steve Horn and Greenpeace Canada’s Keith Stewart discuss how the transportation of crude oil via rail has only increased despite alarming safety concerns and environmental risks

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12092
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$32 Billion For-Profit College Industry Becomes Pass-Through for Wall Street
Glen Ford: With a 50% graduation rate and heavily indebted students, the government needs to establish a federal agency to regulate this newest Wall Street-connected scam

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12081
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An Occupier’s Peace or a Just Peace – Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)
Mr. Hever says the occupiers always want peace – one that strengthens the status quo

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12105
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FAIR Blog
Note to David Gregory: The US Is Not the World

*”You can’t make this stuff up.”

The corpress is pretty goddamn good at doing just that, wouldn’t you say?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/14/note-to-david-gregory-the-us-is-not-the-world/

Cokie Roberts: More People Should Fear the United States

*”Fear”

And loathing of “liberals” with post Vietnam Syndrome

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/14/cokie-roberts-more-people-should-fear-the-united-states/

All They Will Call You Will Be Detainees

*An historical amnesia of a most convenient and callous kind

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/14/all-they-will-call-you-will-be-detainee/
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Democracy Now!
“We are Human Beings”: Gaza Doctor Pleads for End to Israeli Bombing of Civilian Population

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/14/we_are_human_beings_gaza_doctor

Norwegian Physician Treating Wounded Civilians: Stop the Bombing, End Israeli Impunity in Gaza

*The US is up in arms – and at some point, perhaps literally – over what’s labeled “Russian aggression” in Ukraine

Yet this vicious assault on a captive people elicits nothing but dishonest and wan protestations

While its perpetrator commits these atrocities with weapons our tax dollars supply.

Does anything make plain the hypocrisy of a foreign policy based on “American values” more than this?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/14/norwegian_physician_treating_wounded_civilians_stop

“Your Body Is No Longer Your Own”: Freed OWS Activist Cecily McMillan on Plight of Women in Jail

*We have a severe deficit of the spirit evinced by Cecily McMillan

And by those that inspired her

Which is why such injustice is allowed to exist.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/14/your_body_is_no_longer_your

RIP Jazz Legend Charlie Haden; Watch His 2006 DN! Interview on His Life, Music and Politics

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/7/12/rip_jazz_legend_charlie_haden_watch

7/11

Landmark Study Underscores Wide-Ranging Benefits of Pesticide-Free Farming
‘Significant nutritional differences’ between organic and non-organic foods, shows research
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/11-2
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After 3 Millions Views, Greenpeace ‘Save the Arctic Lego Movie’ Pulled from YouTube
Warner Bros. apparently objects to use of toy characters who save arctic, but not those who destroy it
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Apparently it’s child’s play to censor speech on YouTube

As long as you apply some very mature corporate muscle.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/11-1
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The Union vs. Corporate Showdown Has Officially Begun
by Shamus Cooke

*I don’t see it as a matter of delusion on the part of labor “leaders”

But one of collusion.

The only way the labor movement can regain its radicalism is to democratize and solidaritize, to coin a phrase, as Cooke states.

It must make common cause with common causes.

That’s not, and will not be, possible as long as it’s led by those determined to keep it as nothing more than an appendage to a party that has made the sell out of popular movements a dark art form.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/11
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How the NSA Got Away with Spying on American–Muslim Civil Rights Activists
by Alex Abdo

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/11-10
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Emergency Surveillance Law: Cameron’s Cynical Appeal to the Three of the Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse
The emergency surveillance law being rushed through Parliament next week exploits all the usual moral panic suspects – criminals, terrorists and paedophiles – to undermine our fundamental rights.
by Laurie Penny

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/11-7
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The Real News Network
Israel, World Capital of Homeland Security Industries – Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)
Mr. Hever says Israel sells weapons and equipment of repression to countries with extreme inequality

*War is good business

But repression brings in a pretty bloody penny, as well

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12101
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The Strategic Goal of Israeli Offensive against Gaza Is Revenge
As Israel prepares a ground invasion into Gaza, Ali Abunimah and Max Blumenthal discuss the role of propaganda and the failure of the mainstream media in covering the situation

*Gaza bleeds

As the corpress misleads

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12094
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Security, Refugees, and Profit at the U.S. Border
As record numbers of child migrants from Central America arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, journalist Todd Miller says the crisis should be a treated as a refugee issue, not a security issue

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12095
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Palestinian Fatalities Hit 100; Gaza Ark Ship Among Civilian Targets Hit

http://www.accuracy.org/release/palestinian-fatalities-hit-100-gaza-ark-ship-among-civilian-targets-hit/
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FAIR Blog
ABC: Three Cheers for Walmart!

*”Tonight the largest retailer in the country makes news about its promise … “

Actually, ABC makes the news.

Walmart just makes hype hay from it.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/11/abc-three-cheers-for-walmart/
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Democracy Now!
“Worst of the American Spirit”: Advocates Decry Anti-Immigrant Protests, Urge Asylum for Children

*It makes my blood run cold to hear Beck engage in the most cynical of strategies in order to paint himself as someone showing compassion for these children, while he has not only helped to create the terrifying atmosphere they encountered in Murrieta and Escondido, but the horrors they seek to escape in their own countries.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/11/worst_of_the_american_spirit_advocates

7/10

‘Escalating Resistance’ in Detroit as Residents Block Water Shut-Offs
‘The issue of whether water should be a commodity or part of the commons raises the question of what kind of future we want.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If they could, they’d put a price on it

But all they can do is pollute the air

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/10-5
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UK Workers Stage Mass Protests Against Austerity Measures
Cameron promises crackdown on future strikes
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/10-3
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Digital Rights Groups Warn TPP Will Force ‘Policing’ of Internet Users
Groups slam proposed rules in open letters to negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/10-4
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‘Alarm Bells Are On': New Study Links Neonics to Bird Declines
New study finds scope of ecological damage caused by widely used insecticides worse than thought
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A perfect storm

Brewed by perfect bastards

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/10-7
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Exposed: Abuse, Cruelty at Sheep-Shearing Operations in US and Australia
‘There’s no such thing as humane wool,’ PETA says undercover investigation shows.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/10-6
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STOP UW-Superior Outsourcing
Petition by Carolyn Kaiser

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-uw-superior-outsourcing?source=mo&id=98379-20170125-c_v_07x
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The Real News Network
The “Fight for $15″ at Nation’s Top Hospital Remains Unfinished
TRNN reporter Jaisal Noor examines the tentative contract agreement reached between Johns Hopkins Hospital and SEIU Local 1199 after a three-day strike and months of negotiations

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12096
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Fear and Loathing in Israel – Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
Mr. Hever says in colonial conditions the master fears and hates the servants who might rise up and demand their rights

*This “We can’t talk about X because it will be divisive” rationale should always merit askance, don’t you think?

Confront the problem head on. Acknowledge the difficulty, but make clear that to remain silent is to engage in moral cowardice, at the expense of those who are no different from you.

Is that too idealistic? A denial of how the world works?

Ask the folks on the short end of the stick about the consequences of “pragmatism”.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12093
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FAIR Blog
Why ABC Thought Suffering Palestinians Were Israelis

*Even their terror

Along with their humanity

Is taken from them.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/10/why-abc-thought-suffering-palestinians-were-israelis/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Mayors Call for Postal Banking; Big Bankers Hit Back

http://www.accuracy.org/release/mayors-call-for-postal-banking-big-bankers-hit-back/
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Democracy Now!
“Indonesia is on a Different Path”: U.S.-Trained General Defeated After Alleged Plot to Rig Vote

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/10/indonesia_is_on_a_different_path

Spied on for Being Muslim? NSA Targets Named in Snowden Leaks Respond to U.S. Gov’t Surveillance

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/10/spied_on_for_being_muslim_nsa
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What to Eat: Do You Need Electrolyte-Enhanced Waters?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-to-eat/what-to-eat-do-you-need-electrolyte-enhanced-waters/

7/9

Afghan Civilians Facing ‘Disturbing Upward Spiral’ of Violence
Number of women and children killed or wounded rose ‘dramatically’ in past six months
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/09-4
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Pentagon Looked at Activists to Study Social Media ‘Influencing’
‘When anti-government messages are spread in social media, government would want to spread counter messages to balance that effort.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Can you imagine if the internet had been around in Hoover’s time?

You don’t have to.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/09-2
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In Wake of Hobby Lobby, LGBT Community Braces for ‘Pandora’s Box’ of Discrimination
Rights groups pull support for anti-discrimination bill over religious exemption
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/09-9
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Under Isis, Iraqi Women Again Face an Old Nightmare: Violence and Repression
The militants are using rape and brutality to control women who have not stopped mobilising since the US occupation
by Yifat Susskind

*What do all the “feminist” flag wavers for empire under the guise of “saving women from extremist oppression” have to say about this?

Not a goddamn thing.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/09-9
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Bowe Bergdahl and the Voice of War
by Kathy Kelly

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/09-6
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Los Angeles Residents Denounce the Deportation of Migrant Youth
by Charles Davis

*Suffer

The little children

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/09-7
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I Filmed the LAPD Assaulting Me at Pro-Israel Demonstration
by Ali Abunimah

*The LAPD motto doesn’t say just whom it strives “To serve and protect”

But it’s in abundant evidence, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/09-0
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Our 21st Century Energy Wars
Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas––and the funds they generate
by Michael T. Klare

*I’d like to be confident in the objectivity of the intel presented here, but Klare’s seeming Western bias in analyzing the situation in Ukraine gives me pause.

You don’t have to think Putin and the Russian oligarchs are saints to point out the lack of any criticism of Western motives.

What about the imposition of austerity via the agreement signed with the EU (Klare even paints it as somehow beneficial in its “anti-corruption” provisions), and the further encroachment of NATO towards the Russian border?

I have to ask what similar skewing may be extant in the rest of the piece.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/08-3
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The Real News Network
Six-Month Anniversary of Major Chemical Spill in West Virginia
Russell Mokhiber and Angie Rosser discuss the effects of the West Virginia chemical spill on industry regulation and citizen action spill on industry regulation and citizen action

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12086
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Israeli Press Continues to Coordinate with Military
TRNN Middle East correspondents Yousef al-Helou and Lia Tarachansky discuss the ongoing Israeli military operation against Gaza, now dubbed “Operation Protective Edge”

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12085
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Little Humanitarianism” in Obama Immigration Plan

http://www.accuracy.org/release/little-humanitarianism-in-obama-immigration-plan/
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FAIR Blog
ABC Recommends Dinesh D’Souza

*”So why would ABC extend this rare exposure to a crank conspiracy theorist?”

Maybe Disney has a stake in the distribution?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/09/abc-recommends-dinesh-dsouza/

Obama, Inequality and Wall Street Donors

*Dear Misleader may have “stopped talking much about inequality”

But he’s always assiduously avoided doing diddley about it.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/09/obama-inequality-and-wall-street-donors/

Bolivian President Isn’t Radical Enough for Corporate Media

*I’d assume Fisher’s critique of Morales’ rhetoric not matching his actions is designed to discredit him in the eyes of those who support Latin American independence from US domination.

Like all these leaders, such as Maduro and Correa, there are important contradictions to be pointed out, and it is disturbing that so many are willing to place these persons on pedestals by ignoring those discrepancies.

But, as related here, there are also salient instances of walking the talk at some level, and no evaluation of these leaders can be considered objective which omits either.

It’s a matter of keeping both eyes open, don’t you think?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/09/bolivian-president-isnt-radical-enough-for-corporate-media/
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Democracy Now!
WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Responds to Hillary Clinton: Fair U.S. Trial for Snowden “Not Possible”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/9/wikileaks_julian_assange_responds_to_hillary

Julian Assange on Aiding Snowden, Tiff w/ The Intercept & Whether He’ll Ever Leave Embassy Refuge

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/9/julian_assange_on_aiding_snowden_tiff
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Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Food Safety Risks
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

*For Food, Inc., as long as it increases profits

Every food color is green

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-dyes-a-rainbow-of-food-safety-risks/

7/8

California Charged with ‘Rubber-Stamping’ Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths
Attorney: “Unless halted, the use of these pesticides threatens not only the very survival of our pollinators, but the fate of whole ecosystems.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Money’s sweeter than honey

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/08-7
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Gitmo Detainees: Religious ‘Rights’ For Corporations But Not People?
Men held in Guantánamo file suits declaring that if Hobby Lobby has religious “rights,” they should too
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/08-2
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‘Big Oil Playbook’ on Display in Small Town Tar Sands Fight
Industry-backed opponents show up en masse at local meeting, forcing tar sands vote to be rescheduled.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/08-4
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Amid Populist Surge, Hillary Clinton to Wall Street’s Rescue?
Financial elite reportedly sees Hillary Clinton as “a solution” to those calling for stronger economic reforms and regulations
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m not “suspicious” of Madame Mayhem

I, and anyone with a working conscience, know just who the fuck she is and who she serves.

She’s the embodiment of the soullessness at the absent heart of the Democratic Party

And the emptiness of identity politics.

I don’t give a rodent’s rear about her gender

Just as I don’t give a damn about Dear Misleader’s race.

If that’s how we measure the progress we’ve made toward equality in this country

We are pathetically ignorant as to its true meaning.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/08-0
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Anti-Cuba Propaganda Plane Downed for Good
Other ‘ineffective’ programs aimed at destabilizing the Cuban government continue
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/08-6
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Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War
by Chris Hedges

*A circus

Where we’re played for clowns

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/08-1
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Arsonists Posing as Firemen: How GOP Sabotages Government for Fun and Profit
by John Atcheson

*The Republicans light the fires

And the Democrats keep the kindling dry

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/08
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The Real News Network
IDF Plans to Intensify Military Operations in Gaza
Political economist Shir Hever says an invasion of Gaza on the scale of Operation Pillar of Cloud is likely, but that international pressure and threats to Israeli trade will prevent the state from taking the most extreme forms of military action

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12084
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220,000 Metal Workers on Strike in South Africa
Patrick Bond: Workers are demanding higher wages and an end to neoliberal ANC policies

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12079
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Netanyahu Government Knew Teens Were Dead as it Whipped up Racist Frenzy”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/netanyahu-government-knew-teens-were-dead-as-it-whipped-up-racist-frenzy/

On the Ground in Gaza and Israel

http://www.accuracy.org/release/on-the-ground-in-gaza-and-israel/
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Democracy Now!
Report from Gaza: Israel Launches New Offensive on Besieged Palestinian Territory in Crisis

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/8/report_from_gaza_israel_launches_new

“Incitement Starts at the Top”: After Arab Teen’s Murder, Israeli Gov’t Accused of Fueling Hatred

*For all the righteous comments made, and as Abunimah pointed out, such forthright context is wholly missing from the corpress, and largely absent from “alternative” outlets, there is a seeming contradiction in Peled’s remarks.

How can a two state solution, which he seems to advocate, although perhaps he was only relating his father’s views, ever be considered a just resolution?

Would it have been in the case of South Africa?

I don’t deny the formidable obstacles that lie in the path of the concept of one state for all, but if we’re to be true to our principles, that is the moral high ground, and anything less places us in the position of accepting for others what we would resist for ourselves.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/8/the_incitement_starts_at_the_top

“Absolutely Unjustifiable”: Aunt of US Teen Decries Brutal Beating by Israeli Forces Caught on Video

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/8/absolutely_unjustifiable_aunt_of_us_teen

The Kochs’ Anti-Civil Rights Roots: New Docs Expose Charles Koch’s Ties to John Birch Society

*Do you find it disturbing that “progressives” such as Graves, in decrying the redbaiting of reactionaries, engage in their own commie bashing?

They run from anything smelling of association with communism, which can be critiqued for the myriad faults of many of its adherents, and condemned for the horrors perpetrated in its name by the likes of Stalin, Mao and Kim, among others.

Not unlike Christianity, it should go without saying.

But I got news for you.

Communists have fought and died in the cause of justice around the world. They have been a vital part of the labor, civil rights and other struggles for decades, and to not acknowledge that is at some level to legitimize the propaganda spewed by the Kochs and other exploitocrats.

They seek to divide and conquer

And what’s on display in this segment only augments that aim.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/8/kochs_anti_civil_rights_roots

7/7

Report: Oil Sands Contaminate First Nations’ Foods, Give Residents Cancer
A new report out Monday pushes back at claims that oil sands have no marked effect on community health and cancer rates
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/07-7
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Profiteers Cashing In on Nation’s Catastrophic Water Crisis
In face of historic drought, nation’s largest aquifers and reservoirs drying up
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The bastards would sell their mother

And that’s just what they’re doing

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/07-3
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Coal Lawsuits Could “Devastate” Entire Mining Industry
Department of Interior charged with rubber-stamping federal approvals
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fast tracking Mr. Peabody’s coal train

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/07-8
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Demanding End to ‘Toxic Testing,’ Teachers Call for Duncan’s Resignation
Nation’s largest union of public school teachers say Secretary of Education is guilty of pushing ‘test prep factories’ that have ‘reached the point of insanity’
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/07-4
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Members of Congress Declare “Immunity” from Insider Trading Probe
House panel refuses to submit to SEC subpeonas
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Whaddaya think we are

Public servants or sumpin’?

Sheesh …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/07-4
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The Real News Network
Is This the Dawn of a Renewable Energy Revolution?
Peter Sinclair says that utilities in time will become managers rather than owners of energy, and that the emerging systems are inherently anti-monopolistic

*I’m glad someone finally brought up just who will have control over clean energy, because that’s been missing from much of the discussion, hasn’t it?

But it would be naive to think that the utilities and energy corps aren’t going to do everything in their power to make certain that equation is solved in their favor.

They’re fine with the product being green

As long as they make a lot of green off it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12075
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Ikea Agrees to Pay Their Workers More than Minimum Wage
Jeannette Wicks-Lim: There’s a growing trend among the world’s major corporations to voluntarily increase their workers’ wages

*While I don’t mean to diminish the very real, if limited, impact these sorts of increases would make in folks’ lives, let’s call them what they are.

They’re a few more crumbs falling off the table

Another kind of trickle down

And a meager improvement in the wage system, that is inherently hierarchical.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12074
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ISIS Declares Caliphate as US Middle East Policy Continues to Unravel
Glen Ford: After advancing policies that helped birth groups like ISIS, U.S. imperial policy will no longer stand in the region

*Echoes of prewar Europe, when the industrialists backed the cancerous growth of fascism to crush the rise of working class revolt, but couldn’t control the forces they had unleashed.

Greed is often blind

Even to its own interests.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12059
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Reporting from Besieged Shuafat Refugee Camp
Following kidnapping and killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir from Shuafat refugee camp, vigilante and army violence against Palestinians on the rise

*It’s profoundly ironic that Israel is the Goliath in this terrible tale, isn’t it?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12078
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Key Author of War Powers Resolution: “Attack on Iraq Would Violate Constitution”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/key-author-of-war-powers-resolution-attack-on-iraq-would-violate-constitution-2/
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What to Eat: What Do These Labels on Egg Cartons Really Mean?
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-to-eat/what-to-eat-what-do-these-labels-on-egg-cartons-really-mean/
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Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Democracy Now! Goes Inside Embassy Refuge, Talks w/ Julian Assange About WikiLeaks, Snowden

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/7/exclusive_inside_embassy_refuge_julian_assange

7/4

Defenders of Bees Celebrate Retreat of Corporate Pesticide Peddler
Agrochemical giant Syngenta withdrawals a request for ‘emergency exemption’ of harmful ‘neonics’ in the UK
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No buzzkill from these pests

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/04-1
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The Call to “Restore” For This and Every July 4: Frederick Douglass’ Echoes Through The Ages
by Danny Schechter

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2120
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The Real News Network
The Untold History of Independence Day
Historian Peter Linebaugh: The rights and freedoms that we celebrate on the Fourth of July are the product of vast human struggle that remains unfinished

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12076
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FAIR Extra!
The Colonial Roots of Media’s Racial Narratives
‘Sculking Indians’ and ‘rebellious negroes’
by Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/the-colonial-roots-of-media8217s-racial-narratives/

The Right’s Library of Fake Quotes
Putting words in dead people’s mouths
by Steve Rendall

*Apocryphal agitprop from the Unfounded Fathers

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/the-rights-library-of-fake-quotes/
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Democracy Now!
“What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech

*Death

And debasement

Take no holiday

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/4/what_to_the_slave_is_4th

7/3

Hillary Clinton Goes to Bat for GMOs at Biotech Conference
The potential presidential candidate’s old industry ties resurface
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

*Madame Mayhem a promoter of populism … ?

Hillaryous.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/03-4
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Controversy Rages Over ‘Acid Fracking’ in Florida
Concerned citizens face off against oil company and state Department of Environmental Protection.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/03-3
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Hobby Lobby: No Justice for Survivors of Domestic Violence
by Alyssa Peterson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/03-4
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Going Deep: Race and the Third Rail
by Robert C. Koehler

*I realized some time ago

That I will always be a “recovering” racist.

Prejudice will forever color my perception of those of a different color.

There is no cure

Only the methadone of assiduous awareness

And heedful humanity.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/03-0
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Food & Water Watch
Advocates to Sec. Kerry: Don’t Jeopardize Successful Food Security Program in El Salvador
Leading international development, environmental, trade and food sovereignty organizations join House Democrats in defending family farmers in El Salvador, highlight abiding concerns with U.S. trade policy

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/03-0
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How Bush won the war in Iraq – really!
by Greg Palast

*I suppose it came down to the neocon desire for American hegemony,
even if it meant reduced profits for the US oil industry in the drive
to destroy OPEC.

The oiligarchy wanted none of their dogmatism. It had a good deal
going with the Gulf monarchies, and Pax Americana took a back seat to
the bottom line.

Of course, this was all simply imperial infeuding

While the body count rose regardless.

http://www.gregpalast.com/how-george-bush-won-the-war-in-iraq-really/
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The Real News Network
In Wake of Murders, Israel Considers More Settlements and Strikes on Gaza
Electronic Intifada founder Ali Abunimah and TRNN’s Lia Tarachansky describe Israeli media coverage and the political rhetoric surrounding the Palestinian teen’s murder

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12072
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Corporations Making a Killing as Billions Are Poured into Border Enforcement
Author Todd Miller discusses how defense contractors look to cash in on President Obama’s expected $2 billion proposal in additional funding for border security

*Why the buildup?

As mentioned, it’s a feeding trough for the “security” corps.

But more fundamentally, it’s a manifestation of the fearmongering that has served those in power well from time immemorial.

It gives us boogeymen to focus our fear and rage on

While our true enemy poses as our protector.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12071
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Iraqi Parliament Adjourns in Chaos without Choosing New Leader
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri highlights how sectarian politics, which were exacerbated by the U.S. invasion, continue to divide the country, while America’s response has been militarization when it should be promoting inclusion

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12064
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Institute for Public Accuracy
In Iraq and Syria: U.S. Backing “Both Sides of Same Conflict”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/in-iraq-and-syria-u-s-backing-both-sides-of-same-conflict/
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FAIR Blog
Meet the CEO Bold Enough to Kill Thousands of Jobs

*It’s more a matter of “slice and dice”

Than “rolling the dice”, wouldn’t you say?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/02/meet-the-ceo-bold-enough-to-kill-thousands-of-jobs/

Highly Placed Media Racists

*Are white folks genetically disposed to racism?

If you adopt the pretzel logic of these charlatans’ theses

It’s a rational conclusion, isn’t it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/02/highly-placed-media-racists/

FAIR Extra!
Flunking the Revised SATs
The real story is how rich kids are gaming the system
by Neil deMause

*A test of metal

Gold, that is

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/flunking-the-revised-sats/
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Democracy Now!
Occupy Wall Street Activist Cecily McMillan Released, Brings Messages from Women Held at Rikers Jail

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/7/2/occupy_wall_street_activist_cecily_mcmillan

As Neo-Nazis Rally, Sweden Poised for Election-Year Shift of Power Balance from Right to Left

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/3/as_neo_nazis_rally_sweden_poised

Swedish Left Party Surges in Polls with Focus on Climate Action & Fighting Privatization

*I was surprised by Sjöstedt’s comments on the Assange situation.

Is he being naive regarding the integrity of the Swedish justice system, or is there a legitimate basis for his trust?

And what would a “sign of goodwill” from Assange consist of? He’s offered to be questioned in London. What more does Sjöstedt feel he could do?

Does he believe Assange is manipulating the situation to avoid being tried?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/3/swedish_left_party_surges_in_polls

How Sweden’s Feminist Initiative Party Became First of Its Kind to Win a Seat in European Parliament

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/3/how_swedens_feminist_initiative_party_became

7/2

At White House, Wide Pay Gap Between Male and Female Employees
Women in Obama administration paid 13 percent less
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s not that you’re not paid the same for doing the same work

It’s that you have less of a chance of doing the same work.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/02-2
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Lawsuits Launched to Protect Free Speech on College Campuses
Nonprofit’s new project brings civil liberties lawsuits against four public universities.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/02-3
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NYT: Harmful Flame Retardants Still Everywhere
Federal oversight of chemicals that pervade our daily environment barely exists
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/02-5
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“Free Trade” Champions Betray Us All
by Jim Goodman

*For the record, Congressmember Kind is a Democrat.

No real surprise, that.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/02-1
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Does Capitalism Inevitably Produce Inequalities?
by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

*The pursuit of profit grounds our better angels

And gives wing to our darkest demons

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/02-2
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Do Public School Teachers Have Any Friends in the Obama Administration?
by Diane Ravitch

*When it comes to unions, teachers’ and otherwise, and the Democratic Party

It’s time to bite the hand that starves them

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/02
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Center for Biological Diversity
Suit Filed to Ensure Foreign Fisheries Meet American Standards for Dolphin and Whale Safety
Nearly half of seafood consumed in U.S. not certified to meet U.S. requirements

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/02-0
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The Real News Network
50 Years After The Civil Rights Act African Americans Face a Different Kind of Segregation
Bob Moore and Dayvon Love – How American Civil Rights have Failed the American People

*Clearly both these guys are committed to a more just society, but it’s always disheartening to encounter such folks and not hear a thing about the nature of the system that creates such injustice.

Their focus is on making it more equitable, but not on why it’s inequitable in the first place.

A system based on profit and competition (in the sense of being antagonistic to cooperation, not in the sense of being free of monopolism, obviously) can never provide the basis for economic justice, for ensuring that every single person on this planet has what they need to live a life of dignity, free from want.

And we don’t start from that basis, if that isn’t our bedrock principle

Can we really claim to be truly committed to any meaningful concept of justice?

I don’t think that’s “ideological purity”.

I’d call it fundamental humanity.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12070
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Is Israel Preparing New Military Offensive against Gaza?
TRNN Middle East correspondent Yousef al-Helou says that Israel is punishing Gaza despite no evidence that shows Hamas was responsible for the deaths of the Israeli teenagers

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12069
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Rebellion in Eastern Ukraine: Separatism or Self-Determination?
Russian political economist Aleksandr Buzgalin discusses the situation in Ukraine after the ceasefire ends and Kiev launches an offensive in the eastern regions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12067
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Israel Bombs Gaza * Japan Nixing Pacifism * Chile Fingers U.S.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/israel-bombs-gaza-japan-nixing-pacifism-chile-fingers-u-s/
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FAIR Extra!
The Assault on Organics
Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming
by Kari Hamerschlag and Stacy Malkan

*”‘It’s a term that’s been co-opted and manipulated into a billion-dollar industry by some of the biggest food companies in America,’ Riley wrote.”

Absolutely true.

But aren’t these the same food companies that profit from the very practices that organics stand in opposition to? That they seek to greenwash themselves with “natural” and “organic” products that are such in name only isn’t an indictment of organic agriculture, but of their manipulative and hypocritical acts.

I’m certain these corporations, while marketing these shams, are also sponsoring the propaganda exposed here. It’s analogous to conventional energy corps touting “green” initiatives while spending huge amounts to thwart any real shift to renewables.

It’s a facet of the story that Hamerschlag and Malkan should have included among the other salient points they make.

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/the-assault-on-organics/
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Democracy Now!
Almedalen Week: At Sweden’s One-of-a-Kind Festival, All Political Parties Gather in One Place

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/2/dn_at_almedalen_week_at_swedens

After Breaking Gender Barrier, Sweden’s 1st Female Archbishop Leads Church into Climate Change Fight

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/2/after_breaking_gender_barrier_swedens_1st

Despite Peaceful Reputation, Sweden is a Major Weapons Exporter to Human Rights Abusers

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/2/despite_peaceful_reputation_sweden_a_major

Swedish Lawmaker: “We Need to Solve Our Climate Problem in a Modern Way”

*If Boland is representative of his party

There ain’t much “green” to it

And there sure as hell ain’t no “red”.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/2/swedish_lawmaker_we_need_to_solve

After 2 Years of Confinement, Will Sweden Resolve Assange’s Case? Swedish Foreign Minister Won’t Say

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/2/after_2_years_of_confinement_will

7/1

Thousands Call for ‘No War’ as Japanese Govt Authorizes Re-Militarization
Reinterpretation of Constitution marks dramatic shift from decades-long pledge to pacifism
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/01-1
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Detroit Citizens Vow Direct Action to Protect Their Right to Water
City puts human rights under threat with water privatization scheme
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What would Marie say today

“Let them drink Perrier” … ?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/01-9
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America’s Real Foreign Policy: Global Corporatization by Force
Whose security is the U.S. military and foreign service protecting?
by Noam Chomsky

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/01-6
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Pity the Children
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/01
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Children’s Lives in the Balance: Is One Worth More Than Another?
by Medea Benjamin and Pam Bailey

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/01-8
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Can You Imagine? Toppling the Fossil Fuel Empire
Required: bold thinking to preserve civilization and a liveable planet.
by Murray Dobbin

*Those tried at Nuremberg were responsible for far fewer deaths.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/01-10
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Worldwatch Institute
Jobs in Renewable Energy Expand in Turbulent Process
New analysis examines global trends in employment in the renewable energy sector

*The inclusion of biofuels in the renewable category suggests that the concepts of “renewable” and “sustainable” aren’t always compatible, don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/01-0
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The Real News Network
The Forces Behind SCOTUS Anti-Union Ruling
In Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court rules that quasi-public employees don’t have to pay dues, while signaling that public sector employees could be next

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12066
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Israeli Government and Press Knew Teenagers Were Dead for Weeks
TRNN Middle East Correspondent Lia Tarachansky says Palestinian anger towards the Palestinian Authority has reached unprecedented levels, and that the Israeli government is now trying to instigate a third intifada in order to legitimize military actions in the West Bank and Gaza

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12063
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SCOTUS Reinterprets Religious Liberty to Justify Corporate Discrimination
Patricia Miller and Tarso Luis Ramos say the decision reinterprets religious liberty in order to justify discriminatory practices of corporations, and privileges religious freedom of corporations over individuals

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12062
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Deporting Immigrant Youth Won’t Solve Immigration Crisis
Silky Shah: Obama is requesting more than $2 billion to increase border enforcement but refuses to address so-called free trade agreements and the ‘war on drugs’ that drive migrants to the United States in the first place

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12061
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EU Association Agreement with Ukraine Is a Gift to Kleptocrats
Michael Hudson: The agreement, by worsening economic conditions of Ukraine, will guarantee unending violence in the east

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12060
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Why Should a Woman’s Health Care Depend on Her Employer?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/why-should-a-womans-health-care-depend-on-her-employer/
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FAIR Blog
The Deeply Held Religious Principle Hobby Lobby Suddenly Remembered It Had

*Praise the Lord

And pass the prevarication.

The corpress culture is hardly hostile to such, is it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/01/the-deeply-held-religious-principle-hobby-lobby-suddenly-remembered-it-had/

Repeal the Bill Kristol Permanent Punditry Act!

*Should I care if Kristol’s “right” or “wrong” about some issue

Or should I care that he’s a heartless, murderous bastard, regardless of his prognosticative powers?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/07/01/repeal-the-bill-kristol-permanent-punditry-act/
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What to Eat: Are Cocoa and Chocolate a Reliable Source of Flavanols?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-to-eat/what-to-eat-are-cocoa-and-chocolate-a-reliable-source-of-flavanols/
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Democracy Now!
“It’s a Basic Healthcare Issue”: Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards Reacts to Birth Control Ruling

*Despite the righteousness of her comments on this abomination of a decision, it’s difficult to listen to Richards’ Democratic Party pimping, in the context of Planned Parenthood’s automatic support for any female from that party, regardless of her stance on any other issue.

(See Clinton, Hillary [aka Madame Mayhem]; Power, Samantha, et al.)

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/1/it_s_a_basic_healthcare_issue

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6/30

Supreme Court Ruling a ‘Slap in the Face’ to Public Unions
Conservative majority sides with anti-union groups, though it stops short of worst-case scenario
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Black robes

Black hearts

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/30-4
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Anger Follows Facebook’s Secret Study to Manipulate Emotions
‘Facebook is using us as lab rats, and not just to figure out which ads we’ll respond to but to actually change our emotions.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*All your base emotions are belong to us

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/30
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FDA May Be Seeking to Use Untested Technology in Livestock Feed
Agency wants to create products that make farm animals gain weight faster
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/30-2
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Big Victory as Court Upholds Small Towns’ Right to Ban Fracking
New York Court of Appeals says local communities can ban controversial oil and gas drilling
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/30-5
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Libya and the Attack on Women
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2118
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Labor Unions Have a Choice: Fight Back or Die
Organized workers can continue to elect sell-out, dead-end corporate politicians… Or they can create a real, politically independent grassroots movement.
by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

*”Corporate responsibility” is an oxymoron

And all too often, so is “union leadership”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/30-0
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Five Facts for the Dangerously Deluded Education Reformers
by Paul Buchheit

*Salient points, but the rationale for the third gives me pause.

I cringe whenever a progressive employs the “globally competitive economy” meme, as for me an essential element of a truly progressive philosophy is an emphasis on cooperation, locally and globally.

And aren’t music and other arts intrinsically valuable in the educational experience of children, regardless of their acknowledged impact on other areas of learning?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/30
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Beware the Dangers of Congress’ Latest Cybersecurity Bill
by Sandra Fulton

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/30-2
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ACLU
Speedy Removals Raise Due Process Concerns

*mishandling (ms-hndl) tr.v.

1 : political expediency performed by heartless bastards

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/30-7
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The Real News Network
The Fashion Victims of Cambodia
Rebecca Henschke reports on garment workers killed by riot police when striking for pay rise

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12056
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Cleaning Workers Confront Police Brutality and Austerity in Greece
Some workers remain hospitalized as they await a final court order regarding the future of their jobs

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12057
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‘We the People’ Force Confronts Democratic Party Leadership in ’64 – Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (9/9)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Moses recounts the story of challenging the racist Dixiecrats at the ’64 Democratic Convention; says what’s needed now is black and white workers to create a ‘We the People’ force to challenge the elites in both parties

*So what does it tell you that the Democrats can continue to play the “Us or Them” card

While moving inexorably to the right?

Maybe that as long as we keep on buying that boogeyman

Our nightmares will never end?

In any given situation, it might make sense, however unpalatable it may be, to vote for the bastards

But if they aren’t challenged once elected, aren’t we right back where we started

And isn’t that what they count on?

The reality of realpolitik

Is that it does precious little to change reality.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12054
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End to Violence Unlikely as Ceasefire Extended in Ukraine

Volodymyr Ishchenko: Small independent protests are taking place amid the pro-Russian separatist rebellion, but workers remain weak as a political force in Ukraine and the government is continuing to restrict civil liberties

*What influence the NED had and has, and what influence it would like to have, and what it would like to do with it, are separate questions, aren’t they?

I think its history clarifies the latter question.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12047
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Will Former CEO Push to Privatize VA?

*Isn’t this analogous to the attack on public education?

Cry “Failure!”, then pimp privatization as the panacea for the problem.

When I saw that vets were going to get private care because of this, the alarm bells went off.

The bait’s been laid

And the switch awaits.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/will-former-ceo-push-to-privatize-va/
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Democracy Now!
Snowden Asylum in Germany? Support Grows for NSA Whistleblower After Merkel Cancels Verizon Contract

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/30/snowden_asylum_in_germany_support_grows

Egyptian Comedian Bassem Youssef Says His Satire Has Inspired Youth to Reject Military Propaganda

*I’d like to share Youssef’s optimism, but when it comes to most youth in the US, at any rate, I don’t see them being any less likely to be immune to the fear tactics of the ruling class.

That’s why those relative few who can see beyond the propaganda, of any age, have a duty to try to expose the exploiters, to replace the fear of what they can do to us if we stand against them with the fear of what they’ll do if we don’t.

That doesn’t sound inspiring, I realize, but that’s the equation on the test, for as paradoxical as it seems, fear can engender courage. When we can clearly see the danger of submission as greater than the danger of rebellion, fear is replaced by resolve.

What other choice do we have?

To where can we take flight?

It’s time to fight.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/30/egyptian_comedian_bassem_youssef_says_his

6/27

SWAT Teams Claim ‘Corporate’ Exemption From Public Scrutiny
ACLU hits brick wall after issuing public records requests for information about deadly force, incident reports, and more.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/27-1
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US Still Won’t Commit to Banning Landmines
US announces steps to stop amassing stockpile of pernicious weapons, but makes no target to join global treaty
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*More money for drones

(Such a cynic … )

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/27-5
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West Africa Ebola Epidemic “Out of Control”
Deadly virus outbreak is worst on record, say health experts.
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/27-0
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Anti-Homeless Spikes? Heartless. Cementing Over Them? Ingenious.
Londoners have made their feelings clear about a corporate “solution” to the problem of homelessness—and the company listened.
by Molly Rusk

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/27
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Serial School Privatizer “Chainsaw Paul” Vallas Gets Ready For His Next Job
After savaging public education in Chicago, Philly, New Orleans and Bridgeport, Vallas has been summoned home to Illinois by the Democrat governor as his running mate.
by Bruce Dixon

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/27-4
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These Famous Hollywood Names Are Shining a Spotlight on TPP Censorship
by Meghan Sali

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/27-3
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The Real News Network
The Constitutional People and Slavery by Another Name – Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (8/9)
Mr. Moses says mass incarceration helped build the American steel industry, and while there has been progress, there is still slavery by another name

*That pedestal FDR’s been placed upon teeters with every revelation

But I’ve known enough for some time to stay well clear of it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12045
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Why Did Economy Shrink So Dramatically During the First Quarter of 2014?
Robert Pollin: Five years after the Great Recession, austerity as the dominant policy agenda is keeping the recovery weak

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12044
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FAIR Blog
Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported

*There’s a grand irony that in the MSM, the “R word” is as persona non grata as the “N word”, don’t you think?

Further irony’s found in the fact that Cochran hailed the Supreme Court decision that crippled the Voting Rights Act.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/27/racism-in-politics-too-often-goes-unreported/

Toothpaste Terrorism? Been There, Done That

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/27/toothpaste-terrorism-been-there-done-that/

This Sunday, a Different Kind of Iraq War Booster: Bill Clinton

*No real need to be “Slippery William” with the corpress, is there?

They’re hardly trying to catch him in his contradictions.

(I love that photo – quintessentially Clintonesque.)

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/27/this-sunday-a-different-kind-of-iraq-war-booster-bill-clinton/
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Democracy Now!
New York City Approves Municipal ID Cards for Undocumented Immigrants

*Where do you imagine a significant portion of Rangel’s campaign funds hailed from … ?

Another brick in the Wall Street.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/27/new_york_city_approves_municipal_id

Journalist Allan Nairn Threatened for Exposing Indonesian Presidential Candidate’s Role in Mass Killings

*The US wins either way – which means the people of Indonesia lose either way – but I imagine their preference is for Jokowi, who would provide a thicker smokescreen for corporate plunder and repression than Prabowo.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/27/journalist_allan_nairn_threatened_for_exposing

“Counter-Revolution of 1776″: Was U.S. Independence War a Conservative Revolt in Favor of Slavery?

*Every time I hear some ostensibly “progressive” person or group couch their proclaimed opposition to those in power in terms of “what the Founding Fathers established”

I marvel at the ability of our species to ignore disturbing reality in favor of comforting myth.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/27/counter_revolution_of_1776_was_us

6/26

In Blow to Safe Abortion Access, Supreme Court Rejects ‘Buffer Zone’
Justices unanimously side with argument that safe zones around clinics violate protesters’ free speech
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Schools are turned into fortresses

While clinics are turned into targets

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/26-0
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In Stand Against Big Oil, Small Maine City Moves to Ban Tar Sands
Coastal Maine residents are pushing to formally prohibit tar sands from being shipped from their port
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/26-4
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Watching the World Destroy Itself
by Robert C. Koehler

*The role of “journalism”

As it’s practiced by a collusive corpress

Is to make a case for the revulsive as reasonable

And the nightmarish as necessary

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/26-1
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A Call for Solidarity From Iraq
by Falah Alwan

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/26-4
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Footwear Giant Skechers Can Run, but It Can’t Hide From Abusive Labor Practices
by Peter Dreier

*I appreciate the intel, despite not sharing Dreier’s apparent belief that there can ever be a “responsible corporate citizen”

An oxymoron if ever there was

Or his faith in fixing the flaws of a system that by its very nature can’t exist without exploitation.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/26-6
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The Real News Network
An Earned Insurgency – Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)
Mr. Moses says the only way to earn the trust of the people was to get knocked down and get right back up

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12041
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As Construction of Baltimore Incinerator Is Halted, Activists Rally for Justice for Bhopal
Jaisal Noor reports on the decision of the state of Maryland to stop construction of the largest incinerator in the country in Baltimore, and also on a rally in DC ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12040
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Al-Maliki’s Fate Hinges On Iraqi Shi’ite Political Forces
Sabah al-Nasseri discusses al-Maliki and the role of US, Iran, Syria, and the Gulf states in Iraq since ISIS began its offensive weeks ago

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12035
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“A Commercially Successful Human Rights Violation” in Detroit
Emily Wurth and Tom Stephens say that the city is turning off residents’ water so that they are forced to pay their bills, thereby driving up the commercial value of the public water system in order to sell it to private investors

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12039
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The ALEC Angle in Scott Walker’s “Toxic Strain of Racial Politics”
by Brendan Fischer
PR Watch

*Just who qualifies as a racist?

If you push policies that are designed to perpetuate injustice toward “the other” in order to both benefit your benefactors and appeal to the prejudices of those you want to vote for you

Regardless of your friendships with a handful of persons of color who share your perverse vision of society

You’re a racist in my book.

Ye shall know them by their fetid fruits.

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12513
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Contamination of Natural Kaua’i: Rare Plants and Wildlife at Risk
by Paul Koberstein
Cascadia Times

*Paradise tossed

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12514
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Iraq: ISIS Eclipsing Crucial Kurdish Issues

http://www.accuracy.org/release/iraq-isis-eclipsing-crucial-kurdish-issues/
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Occupy Riverwest
Jefferson County Residents Seize Control of Enbridge Line 61 Hearing

*People power over prepackaged propaganda

http://occupyriverwest.com/us/line-61-hearing
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Democracy Now!
Supreme Court Says Warrants Needed to Search Cellphones, But are “Stingrays” a Police Workaround?

*Even with this requirement, the question of whether a warrant is granted for a legitimate reason must be asked.

Rules mean nothing without integrity of enforcement.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/26/as_supreme_court_says_police_need

Mississippi Burning at 50: Relatives of Civil Rights Workers Look Back at Murders that Shaped an Era

*I grew up in Mississippi amidst these horrors, and although I was oblivious to them at the time, later understanding the dark forces at work shaped my moral consciousness more than anything else, I feel.

And understanding that this is not by any means ancient history, that those same forces still plague and pervert our existence, informs how I act, however pathetically, on that moral consciousness today.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/26/50_years_later_relatives_of_slain

50 Years After Freedom Summer, U.S. Faces Greatest Curbs on Voting Rights Since Reconstruction

*Step one is having the right to vote

Step two is having something worth voting for

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/26/50_years_after_freedom_summer_us

6/25

Are Bee-Friendly Plants ‘Poisoning Pollinators’?
Report finds that over half of ‘bee-friendly’ plants sold at major garden centers contain deadly neonicotinoids
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/25-1
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American Hindsight: Wars Aren’t ‘Worth It’
Results of new polls paint clear picture: Iraq War not worth the costs.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of course, for most Yanks, the death and destruction engendered by our tax dollars at dirty work aren’t factored into those costs, are they?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/25-3
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‘Consigned to Financial Ruin': Evictions Fueling Economic Disadvantage
Low-income black women face disproportionately high eviction rates that fuel cycle of poverty, study finds
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/25-0
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Who Will Save Iraq?
by Shamus Cooke

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/25
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The Plunder of Detroit and Iraq
“Iraq was invaded with soldiers, guns and bombs. Detroit was invaded by the corporate ‘suits’ who made a fast buck for themselves.” Both are plundered by the same bandits.
by Margaret Kimberley

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/25-7
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Will GM Crops Collapse the Food System?
by Jim Goodman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/25-5
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Bankers Could Go To Jail
by Dean Baker

*A change of wardrobe

From pinstripes to prison stripes

Would make much more than a bold fashion statement, wouldn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/25-0
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Forest Peoples Programme
Communities Protest That UK’s Equatorial Palm Oil Are Poised to Seize Land in Liberia

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/25
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The Real News Network
Fannie Lou Hamer and the Racist Dixiecrats – Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)
Mr. Moses describes how in 1874 the white racist Democratic Party violently overthrew the Governor of Mississippi (who had been elected by a mostly black Republican Party), and how these Dixiecrats became a wing of the national Democratic Party right up to 1964, when the Mississippi Freedom Democrats ended their reign

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12034
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New Challenges Ahead for South African Labor after Platinum Miners End Five Month Long Strike
Patrick Bond: South African platinum workers will see a pay increase by 2017, but opponents are now attempting to limit their ability to to strike again

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12032
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Palestinians Open Fire on PA for Collaborating with Israel
Early on Tuesday morning militants from the Jenin Refugee Camp opened fire on Palestinian Authority jeeps after PA openly collaborated with Israeli army

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12028
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FAIR Blog
Ukraine Tips From Nameless US Officials: Good Enough for NYT

*Stenography’s not a lucrative career

Unless you’re working for the corpress.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/25/ukraine-tips-from-nameless-us-officials-good-enough-for-nyt/

NYT on Student Loan Crisis: What Crisis Is That?

*You can always find a “think tank”

Happy to try to keep folks from thinking

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/25/nyt-on-student-loan-crisis-what-crisis-is-that/
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Democracy Now!
“Trans Healthcare Now!” Lawsuit Seeks End to Healthcare Discrimination for Transgender New Yorkers

*The import of Gehi’s closing comments can’t be stressed enough.

None of our struggles take place in isolation

And none of them can truly be won in isolation.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/25/trans_healthcare_now_lawsuit_seeks_end

50 Years After U.S. Launched Secret War on Laos, Unexploded Bombs Still Killing Civilians

*Death from above

Becomes death from below

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/25/50_years_after_us_launched_secret#

6/24

The Real News Network
The Road to Freedom Summer – Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
Mr. Moses says one of the main ways we get to Freedom Summer is the assassination of Medgar Evers

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12030
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Report: Militarization of Police Turning Communities into ‘War Zones’
SWAT raids disproportionately affecting people of color
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Actualizing a police state of mind

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/24-4
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It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War on a Sea of Oil
by Michael Schwartz

*Excellent intel

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/24-3
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Drowning in Profits
A Private Equity Firm, a Missing Pool Fence, and the Price of a Child’s Death
by Laura Gottesdiener

*The vultures feast

On the masses’ famine

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/24-5
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A Secret Plan to Close Social Security’s Offices and Outsource Its Work
by Richard Eskow

*Dear Misleader is the stalking horse of austerity.

For all the vitriol soaked in cloaked and open racism hurled his way, he has done more for “downsizing” than any Republican could have dared dream possible.

Isn’t it likely that the exploitocracy, seeing the roots of the Shrubbery wither with winless war and recession, saw in this Madison Avenue vision of the perfect black pol the opportunity to mask their agenda and forestall the possibility of a roused public?

And if they had really wanted Romney to win, didn’t the chads hang waiting in the wings?

You catch more flies with honey than vinegar

And the noxious nature of the nectar is hidden in the sweet nothings of “hope and change”.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/24-7
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FAIR Blog
Time on Iraq War: What Did We Do to Deserve This?

*That takes some chutzpah to list the empires that have subjugated and murdered untold numbers of “the heathen” as civilizers which failed in the quest to bring enlightment to their land.

But brazenness is as American as depleted uranium, isn’t it just?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/24/time-on-iraq-war-what-did-we-do-to-deserve-this/
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Democracy Now!
Should Obama Go to Tehran? How a U.S.-Iran “Grand Bargain” Could Help the Crisis in Iraq

*Why do we incessantly hear this refrain of “What should the US do” from so many opponents of what it does?

Do we ask what a murderer “should do”

Or a rapist

Or a thief?

Isn’t this another form of American exceptionalism?

It’s as though these folks just can’t make the logical leap from actions to essence.

The US does what it does because it is an empire

And to posit one’s view of it in any other terms denies that deadly reality.

As for Beck

How that could conceivably be cast as an “apology” is beyond me.

He’s saying, “We benevolently attempted to bestow upon these benighted people the gift of democracy

And the ungrateful ragheads threw it back in our face.

So screw ‘em.”

Of course, he dearly wishes “we” will continue to screw ‘em, although perhaps not in the same manner as the hawks would like.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/24/should_obama_go_to_tehran_how

Can the President Strike an American Anywhere in the World?: Drone Memo Raises Troubling Questions

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/24/can_the_president_strike_an_american

Water is a Human Right: Detroit Residents Seek U.N. Intervention as City Shuts Off Taps to Thousands

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/24/water_is_a_human_right_detroit

6/23

California: 39 Woman Prisoners Were Sterilized Without Consent
Many of the rights violations initially exposed by the Center for Investigative Reporting are true, according to state audit
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/23-2
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Buying Up the Planet: Out-of-Control Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree
by Ellen Brown

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/23-0
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Exposing Israel’s ‘Pinkwashing’
by Toshio Meronek

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/23-5
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Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Activists Launch Picket at Federal Energy Commission, Demanding Halt to Rubber-Stamping of Fracked Gas Exports
Picketers say agency is illegally ignoring global warming and safety harm of fracked gas export projects at Cove Point and nationwide

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/23-2
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The Real News Network
The Respectable Face of Terror – Robert Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
Mr. Moses says America from 1875 down to the civil rights movement, was slavery by another name

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12024
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Ethnocracy: Who Owns the Land of Israel?
In the second part of the Ethnocracy series, The Real News looks at who owns the land of the state of Israel and how it came to be so

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12020
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When It Comes to What to Eat, Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
Can you always trust a meta-analysis?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-to-eat/when-it-comes-to-what-to-eat-dont-believe-everything-you-hear/
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Fat in Food: Does the Fat in Dairy Foods Keep You Lean?
Is there data to back up this claim?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

*Big fat lies on “lean” diary served up by corpress colluders with Food Inc.

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/fat-in-food/fat-in-food-does-the-fat-in-dairy-foods-keep-you-lean/
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Democracy Now!
Pressuring Israel, Presbyterian Church Divests from Firms Tied to Occupation of Palestinian Land

*I wish Goodman had brought up the votes on Israel’s “right to exist” and a two state solution, as I think both issues are imperative to address for any sincere movement to support Palestinian “freedom”

But there are a lot of things I wish Goodman would do, and disappointment is not a novel reaction on that score.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/23/pressuring_israel_presbyterian_church_divests_from

6/20

Many Voices, One Call: ‘We Refuse US Military Intervention in Iraq’
From within Iraq and across the world, opponents condemn push for a new US military campaign in war-tattered nation
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/20-0
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Obama Administration Response to Border Crisis: More Deportations
More border detention centers and additional judges for deportation hearings planned for humanitarian crisis
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/20-4
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World’s Global Refugee Population Highest Since WWII
UNHRC reports that more than 50 million people are displaced, mostly in war-torn regions, across the globe
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/20
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Canadians for Justice & Peace in the Middle East
CJPME Urges Canada to Stop Dithering and Let Syrian Refugees In

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/20-0
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The Real News Network
The Contradictions of the U.S. Riding the Jihadist Tiger
Glen Ford: U.S. considering airstrikes against what it itself created in Iraq

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12004
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Iraq: Is Yemen the Model?

*Intended or not, to me the implication of the “creating terrorists” meme is that if the US would stop killing people in other countries, then the *real* America would make friends around the world.

But that *is* the real America, isn’t it?

It’s what’s been done for centuries. It’s what an empire does.

This isn’t an aberration from the true nature of American interaction with the rest of the world.

This is its essence.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/iraq-is-yemen-the-model/
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FAIR Blog
Iraq and Your Gas Tank

*Pumping up the propaganda

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/20/iraq-and-your-gas-tank/
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Criminal Justice Media’s ‘Twisted’ Coverage

*I’d hope that the myopic extollers of de Blasio’s “progressivism” are taking note

As they should have been when he chose Bratton to again head the NYPD

But I’d imagine that longing is in vain.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/19/criminal-justice-medias-twisted-coverage/
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Democracy Now!
NYC’s $40M Central Park 5 Settlement Resolves Wrongful Jailing Fueled by Race-Baiting, Police Abuse

*I think it’s dangerous to say that the police and prosecutors believed these kids were guilty, that they were “blinded” by their racism, because it implies that there wasn’t a concerted effort to convict them regardless of their guilt.

The authorities didn’t care one way or the other. They had their “perps”, and whatever rationalizations they may have manufactured to convince themselves they had the right persons, in the end the convictions were what mattered, hence the contradictions regarding the evidence.

The question you have to ask is, if there had been incontrovertible proof that these boys were innocent, would it have made any difference?

I believe the answer is no. The wheels of “justice” had been set in motion, and they were going down no matter what.

And given the FAIR item above, Byfield’s confidence in de Blasio’s commitment to ensuring such a travesty never again occurs is woefully misplaced, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/20/nycs_40m_central_park_5_settlement

Iraq’s Next PM? Ahmed Chalabi, Chief Peddler of False WMDs, Meets U.S. Officials as Maliki Falters

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/20/iraqs_next_pm_ahmed_chalabi_chief

6/19

WikiLeaked Doc Reveals Wall Street Plan for Global Financial Deregulation
WikiLeaks releases draft text of trade deal exposing efforts to increase stranglehold over global economy
by Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/19-2
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World’s First Fleet of Riot Control Drones Ordered by Secret South African Company
Fears raised that the drones will be used to crack down on legitimate protest, with potentially lethal consequences
by Max Ocean, Editorial Intern
Common Dreams

*Technology marches on

In jackboots

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/19-5
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How Politicians Are Using Taxpayer Money To Fund Their Campaign To Sell Off America’s Public Lands
by Matt Lee-Ashley

*Clear cutting the commons

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/19-8
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Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Unions Boost Women’s Earnings, Benefits, and Workplace Flexibility
Union coverage can play significant role in strengthening the workplace to better support the needs of women and working families.

*Let’s hope that as women’s membership in unions grows

The pathetic state of much union leadership will diminish.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/19-1
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Voces de la Frontera
Milwaukee Family Chains Together at ICE Office Demanding Release of Loved One, and Urging President to Halt Raids, Expand Relief Instead
Protest Happening Now at 310 E. Knapp Street, Milwaukee, WI

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/19-0
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The Real News Network
Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (3/3)
Noam Chomsky says Occupy challenges the atomization of society, and also discusses how the media obstructs meaningful action to address climate change

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12018
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Israel Using Teenager Kidnapping to Cripple Hamas
Following apparent kidnapping of three settler Yeshiva students on Thursday, Israeli forces bombed Gaza and clamped down on the West Bank, arresting dozens of Hamas members

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12017
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Key Author of War Powers Resolution: “Attack on Iraq Would Violate Constitution”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/key-author-of-war-powers-resolution-attack-on-iraq-would-violate-constitution/
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Iraq * Beyond ISIS: GMCIR * Iraq Vets Speak Out

http://www.accuracy.org/release/iraq-beyond-isis-gmcir-iraq-vets-speak-out/
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Democracy Now!
Meet the Navajo Activist Who Got the Washington Redskins’ Trademark Revoked: Amanda Blackhorse

*It doesn’t matter how “dignified” the logo is (of course, mascots by their cartoonish nature are never dignified). The image of the Native man on the Washington helmet, unlike that used by the Cleveland baseball franchise, isn’t inherently undignified, is it?

In the context of historic genocide and continuing prejudice toward Native peoples, how can any representation of those who suffered and suffer to this day be considered anything other than racist?

That such a righteous demand, and one that entails so little “hardship” to meet, encounters such visceral opposition illustrates that reality as well as anything.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/19/meet_the_navajo_activist_who_got

“A Neo-Liberal Trojan Horse”: Dave Zirin on Brazil’s Mass Protests Against World Cup Displacement

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/19/a_neo_liberal_trojan_horse_dave

6/18

The Real News Network
Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (2/3)
Chomsky: The system we have now is radically anti-capitalist, anti- democratic, and pro-elite

*I think there’s a caveat to the populist results of polling referenced here.

In most instances, I imagine that reflects what people feel about how policy affects *their* circumstances. There’s relatively little in the way of empathy if it’s believed that aiding others will diminish one’s own situation.

That’s the crux of the divide and conquer strategy – to convince us that the only way to protect our meager piece of the pie is to keep others away from the table.

I do believe in appealing to our better nature, and I think some small segment of the population will respond to that

But I believe that what will drive transformative change – if anything will – is a clear and convincing conveying of the idea that only through solidarity will we achieve what is in our own self interest.

There are a lot of folks out there who are indifferent to the separate hanging of others

But if they realize that the gallows has a space reserved for them …

And I’m enough of an optimist to acknowledge the possibility that once people start working together, regardless of their level of altruism

That better nature will find fertile ground on which to spread.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12016
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Dave Zirin: Abolish FIFA
Sports journalist Dave Zirin says bribery and corruption are endemic to FIFA, and discusses what could take its place in the world of soccer

*The circuses

And their corrupt and callous ringmasters

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12014
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Groups Appeal to UN for ‘Humanity’ as Detroit Shuts Off Water to Thousands
‘By denying water service to thousands, Detroit is violating the human right to water.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/18-7
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US Scientists, Oil Giant Stole Indigenous Blood
For years, scientists working with Maxus Energy took blood samples from hundreds of Amazonian tribal members
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/18-6
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Sectarian Monster Reawakened: Redrawing the Map of Iraq, Again
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/18-1
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Making Schools Poor
by Diane Ravitch

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/18-7
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It’s Complicated: Facebook’s History of Tracking You
by Julia Angwin

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2109?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=e659543cd4-Chris_Hedges_Interviews_Noam_Chomsky_2_3_6_18_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-e659543cd4-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-e659543cd4-80951145
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Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA)
USDA Mishandling of NOSB Challenged
Coalition petitions USDA to restore organic board’s Congressional authority

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/18-8
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Raincoast Conservation Foundation
Approval of Northern Gateway Not Worth the Risk to Salmon Alone

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/18-1
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FAIR Blog
Chelsea Manning Speaks–But Who Listened?

*For the corpress, when it comes to the contradicting of the conventional wisdom

Ignoring is bliss.

And when that proves impossible

Condemning is a pretty goddamn pleasurable alternative.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/18/chelsea-manning-speaks-but-who-listened/

6/17

New Yorkers Wage Urgent Battle for GMO Label Law
Industry groups spending millions to kill a bill likely to create a “domino effect” in the northeast
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/17-5
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American ‘Healthcare’ Exceptionalism: Highest Costs, Worst Care
New report exposes failures of for-profit system and prompts renewed calls for universal care
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[F]urther proof that the private insurance model is broken.”

You can’t break what never worked.

As for the right to health care

http://www.ichrp.org/en/article_25_udh

Signed by the United States nearly seventy years ago.

No enforceable basis in law.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/17-4
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Acid Seas Threaten Creatures That Supply Half the World’s Oxygen
New research findings could reveal what oceans of the future will look like. The picture is not rosy.
by Martha Baskin and Mary Bruno

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/17-2
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How to Forgive Your Torturer
The River Kwai passes through Latin America and Washington
by Ariel Dorfman

*Certainly in the US, one factor in the acceptance of torture has been the “glamorization” of it in popular culture, of it being set in the context of absolute necessity to protect innocents.

And if you accept that – that the *only* way to prevent that is to torture someone who can provide you with the information to do so – then not only is it permitted, but there is a moral obligation to do so.

And on a theoretical level, with the greatest reluctance, and with the certainty that doing so will save lives, a case can be made for its use.

But the horrific reality is wholly divorced from the theory, and from the myth.

Torture isn’t employed to extract information, but to induce the victim to tell the torturers what they want to hear in order to justify their cause.

It’s also a means of propagandizing the perpetrating state’s own populace.

The message is that we *have* to do this, because those who seek to do us harm are so irredeemably evil.

Of course, other factors are present.

Why is it that so many so readily accept that portrayal of an adversary?

Animus toward race, ethnicity, religion, and/or ideology play a role, obviously.

And fear is likely the major determinant, isn’t it?

People who have been so thoroughly conditioned to fear “the other” will readily abandon any sense of empathy or common humanity toward the demonized.

This has been known and exploited from time immemorial

And I have little faith that it will be found ineffectual in the foreseeable future.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/17-3
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The Real News Network
Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (1/3)
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges speaks with Professor Noam Chomsky about working-class resistance during the Industrial Revolution, propaganda, and the historical role played by intellectuals in times of war

*The exploitocracy is devoted to the eradication of two saliently subversive impulses

To think for yourself

And act for others

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12006
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ISIS Born from Occupation of Iraq, not Syrian Civil War
Vijay Prashad: Although it’s not clear where the Saudis stand in relation to ISIS, the group itself is a product of the Iraq War, and Western diplomats were in deep denial about its power prior to its major military offensive that began last week

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12003
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Response by Hedges to Allegations by Ketcham in TNR:
by Chris Hedges

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2108?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6502101340-Chris_Hedges_Interviews_Noam_Chomsky&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-6502101340-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-6502101340-80951145

6/16

World Powers Keeping Firm Grip on Nuclear Weapons Arsenals: Report
Despite pledges to disarm, nations in possession of nuclear weapons are modernizing their inventories as some expand their stockpiles
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The science of annihilation

The silence of sanity

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/16-1
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On Recent Events in Mosul and Other Cities in Iraq
by Falah Alwan

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/16-3
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Fomenting a Revolution: Extreme Acts of Greed Against the American People
by Paul Buchheit

*It’s not that you have to spend money to make money.

It’s that we have to spend money

So they can make money.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/16
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Five Strategies to Stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline from Being Built
by Brent Patterson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/16-7
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Pentagon Preparing for Mass Civil Breakdown
Social science is being militarised to develop ‘operational tools’ to target peaceful activists and protest movements
by Nafeez Ahmed

*Useful intel, but why is it that Ahmed excoriates the Pentagon for equating peaceful activists with “terrorists”

Yet seems to have no problem with defining the use of violence per se as “terrorism”?

Those in power seek to divide and conquer

And I’m flummoxed as to why so often its avowed adversaries appear to blithely pitch in.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/12/pentagon-mass-civil-breakdown
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The Real News Network
Child Detainees Victims of US Immigration Policy Based On Mass Incarceration & Detention
As the harsh conditions faced by children in overcrowded immigration detention centers dominate headlines, The Real News looks at the policy that created these conditions

*The subhead speaks of examining the policy that led to this abomination

But there’s no mention of the policy that protects corporate profits in these victims’ countries of origin that are a primary factor in the poverty they’re fleeing, and supports the repressive regimes that contribute to the violence they seek to escape.

I realize these issues have been dealt with in other segments, and no doubt will continue to be, but I think they should be included in every report on the subject, don’t you?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12000
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Next Afghan President Unlikely to Solve Nation’s Security Problems
Dr. Hakim Young and Shukria Dellawar say that the signing of the bilateral security agreement by the next Afghan president is going to complicate attempts at reconciliation with the Taliban

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11994
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Why the EPA’s New Coal Emissions Caps Come Up Short
Based in West Virginia, Bob Kincaid and Cathy Kunkel explain how new proposed emissions standards do nothing to address the toxic dust, poisonous water which affect Appalachian communities

*Half steps meant to make sure full strides never happen

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11988
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Why the Worst Get on Top in Economics
Bill Black: History has proved Nobel prize winning economist Friedrich von Hayek, the patron saint of plutocrats and libertarians, profoundly wrong

*The ignorant, the gullible, and the haters

Sounds a lot like the Tea Party – and broader Republican – base to me.

Not that there aren’t plenty of the first two among Democrats, as well.

Von Hayek was wrong about the why of a police state

But he was spot on about the emergence of one

Which I’m sure he would have cheered on as an antidote for godless (read “profitless”) communalism.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11993
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Iraq Sectarianism Spawned by U.S. War and Maliki’s Crushing of Peaceful Protests

http://www.accuracy.org/release/iraq-sectarianism-spawned-by-u-s-war-and-malikis-crushing-of-peaceful-protests/
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Democracy Now!
Dave Zirin on the World Cup You Won’t See on TV: Protests, Tear Gas, Displaced Favela Residents

*Some small justice that those heartless turistas got a whiff of what they deserved, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/16/dave_zirin_on_the_world_cup

6/13

Food Lobby Colossus Sues Vermont over GMO ‘Right to Know’
Powerful lobbyist groups claim ‘free speech’ as they file suit against law that says consumers should know what’s in their food
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Frankenfood Unbound”

A horror show Food Inc. wants us all to buy a ticket to

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/13
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Under Cover of Secrecy, Detainees Moved From Afghanistan’s ‘Forgotten Guantanamo’
Estimated 38 detainees left to languish in Bagram prison notorious for torture and abuse
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/13-3
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New Offshore Drilling Leases Seen as Betrayal of Obama Climate Pledge
Critics say administration should halt dangerous practice and pursue safer, cleaner energy sources
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m troubled by the use of terms like “troubling” to describe so many enviromental groups’ reaction to Dear Misleader’s role in pushing us ever closer to the abyss.

Would they use the same language about the acts of a murderer?

Of course, essentially, they are, aren’t they?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/13-7
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Solar and Wind Will Be Cheaper Than Nukes by End of Decade: Greenpeace
New report shows nuclear-dependent France has historic opportunity, and enormous financial incentive, to move towards renewables
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/13-1
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The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism
by William Loren Katz

*The Abraham Lincoln Brigade and other efforts in the fight against fascism comprise an “American exceptionalism” we can take honest pride in.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/13-2
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After the Harvest — Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully
by Robert Jensen

*If we are indeed doomed

Let us take our exit exhibiting the best within us

Rather than the worst that led us there

http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/harvest-learning-leave-planet-gracefully/
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Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests
by Jesse Hagopian

*Frankenstein doesn’t fear his monster

He fears the villagers at his gates

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/13-1
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Council of Canadians
New Report Says Energy East Pipeline a Disaster in Waiting

*Pipe dreams

And the nightmares that follow their fruition

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/13-0
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The Real News Network
ISIS Fills Power Vacuum in Iraq Fundamentally Created by U.S. Foreign Policy
Sabah al Nasseri explains that ISIS was able to take control of Mosul, Tikrit, and Baiji due to the weak state that arose from the occupation, and places it in the context of U.S. policy towards the Arab revolutions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11986
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Protesters Clash with Police in Brazil – Dave Zirin on World Cup 2014 (1/2)
Dave Zirin, author of “Dancing with The Devil”, on why Brazilian protesters are fighting against the sport they love

*A plethora of circuses

A paucity of bread

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11990
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FAIR Blog
When Is Terrorism Not Terrorism?

*For the corpress, the difference between a white hood

And a white turban

Is the white skin underneath

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/13/when-is-terrorism-not-terrorism/
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Democracy Now!
Children on the Run: U.S. Detains Thousands of Young Migrants Seeking Safety, Family Reunification

*As evidenced here, the “war on drugs”, like that on “terrorism”, has precious little to do with either.

Both are straw men for imperial infiltration into other nations for the purpose of projecting and protecting the interests of the exploitocracy.

These children pay the horrible price for their insatiable desires.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/13/children_on_the_run_us_detains

Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/13/report_from_iraq_us_invasion_in

6/12

First Nations Vow: There Will Be No Tar Sands Pipeline
“We have drawn a line in the earth they cannot, and will not, cross,” said Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The black snake

Will not strike

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/12-4
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On Warming Planet, US Corn Industry ‘Unsustainable’
New report shows use of water and chemical fertilizers is serious threat to nation’s signature crop
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/12-3
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Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You — He Already Has You
The militarized realities of Fortress America
by William Astore

*Hazy recollections of a more principled military mindset aside, the point’s taken.

Another point to take

If you’re doing nothing wrong in the eyes of those in power

You’re assuredly doing nothing at all.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/12-5
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Soul Murder and the Profound Brokenness of Human Culture
by Robert C. Koehler

*When we deem others worthless

Our souls are priced likewise

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/12-3
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Friendly? All Deaths Are Shameful in a War That Shouldn’t Be
by Rory Fanning

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/12-0
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The Detention Watch Network
Detainees at Pinal County Jail Demand ICE End Detention Contract
Advocates Stand With Detainees to Denounce Inhumane Conditions

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/12-3
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Reprieve
Government ‘Needs More Time’ to Explain Kenya Torture Role

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/12
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Tenants and Workers Speak Out against Plans to Sell Off Baltimore’s Public Housing
Jaisal Noor speaks to public housing residents and employees about their concerns with plans to privatize around 40% of Baltimore’s public housing stock

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11984
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New Report Documents How Privatization Steals Wages, Harms Communities
by Mary Bottari
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12503
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Walmart Squeezes Organics
by Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch

*Hauter’s closing comments should give one pause.

She seems to posit that if only these corporate criminal enterprises would “do the right thing”, we all would have plenty of cake, and no bar to consuming it, as well.

But that presupposes that the profit system is capable of “fairness”, that the model can exist in the absence of exploitation.

I’ve seen nothing to indicate such a possibility.

It’s the same fallacious argument we’ve heard ad nauseum that the Waltons (no John Boy extant) are so incredibly wealthy that they can afford to pay their workers a living wage and their suppliers a fair price.

But aren’t they are so obscenely rich precisely because they don’t?

It’s akin to proclaiming that a thief would merit absolution were they to return some portion of their ill gotten gain, while maintaining their lucratively larcenous lifestyle.

If the system is inherently unjust, no amount of mitigation can ever be considered morally sufficient, can it?

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12505

6/11

California Braces for Explosion of Oil by Rail Shipments
Freight industry reportedly withholding information regarding shipments from officials and public
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/11-4
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US Nearly Used Nukes During Viet Nam War
by Marjorie Cohn

*Difficult to reconcile Ike’s nukemongering with his hagiography as the prophet warning of the dire danger of “the military-industrial complex”, innit?

Of course, folks in Iraq and Guatemala, among not a few others, might not have as hard a time deconstructing that narrative.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/11
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The Tide Turns
by Vijay Prashad
Even as the Syrian Army beats back the rebels in key areas, the massive turnout in support of Assad in the presidential election drives home the point that Syrians are sick of the war that has destroyed their country

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2099?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=bc1bcb07e6-The_Truth_and_Consequences_of_Climate_Change&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-bc1bcb07e6-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-bc1bcb07e6-80951145
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Economics for the 99% The China Syndrome: Daring to use the F-word
by John Weeks

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2100?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=bc1bcb07e6-The_Truth_and_Consequences_of_Climate_Change&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-bc1bcb07e6-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-bc1bcb07e6-80951145
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National Wildlife Federation
New Report Highlights Tar Sands Threat to Migratory Birds

*“Many of the birds Americans watch, enjoy, and hunt fly to and rely on this area.”

Something of a moral contradiction, wouldn’t you say?

“Please don’t kill these beautiful birds

And deny North America’s hunters the sporting opportunity of blowing their heads off.”

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/11-0
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The Real News Network
The Truth and Consequences of Climate Change Denial
Peter Sinclair discusses how the big tobacco lobby methods are being employed by climate change deniers and the rising sea levels caused by melting glaciers

*Dark snow jobs from second hand smokescreens

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11977
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Torture in American Prisons – Class Action Law Suit Approved
Glen Ford: The media has focused on Taliban torture, but ignores more than 80,000 prisoners held in solitary confinement across the country

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11970
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FAIR Blog
Crossfire Clueless on Israeli Occupation

*What do you call anyone defending Madame Mayhem being labeled on the “left”?

I’d call it “Hillary-ous”.

But that’s just me.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/11/crossfire-clueless-on-israeli-occupation/
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Democracy Now!
Eric Cantor Suffers Historic GOP Primary Loss in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Corporate Backlash

*It’ll be interesting to see what sort of support Brat gets from the Republican establishment during the general election, as well as from players like the Kochs, and if he should win the seat, just how this anti Wall Street animus will translate into action.

Some observers see this as indicative of a “transpartisan” anti establishment convergence, but I’d be cautious about putting too much stock in that.

Even if it’s true to some degree, what would be the ramifications of attempting to make common cause with reactionaries because they happen to share similar views on one or two issues, such as the surveillance state?

To be continued, obviously.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/11/eric_cantor_suffers_historic_gop_primary

6/10

‘Abuse’ and ‘Despair’ at For-Profit Immigrant Prisons Exposed
ACLU report reveals ‘shocking’ abuse, solitary confinement, discrimination and other atrocities in Texas facilities
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses

I can make a tidy profit off them

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/10-7
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Agreement over Massive Coal Ash Spill Ignores Lingering Dangers
Green groups say Duke Energy should be forced to clean up 100 million tons of coal ash still lining state’s waterways
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/10-3
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Japan Prime Minister’s Plan: ‘Kill the Whales’
Shinzo Abe’s plan to resume commercial whaling called “rubbish” and “senseless”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/10-0
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Meet the Tenacious Gardeners Putting Down Roots in “America’s Most Desperate Town”
They’re not always optimistic about the future of Camden, N.J. But they’re committed to it anyway, and they’ve created one of the nation’s fastest growing networks of urban farms.
by Kristin Moe

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/10-5
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Across North America, Teachers Declare: ‘No No. 2 Pencils Required!’
by Jeff Abbott

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/10-1
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Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Groups and First Nations in Five Provinces Demand a Stop to Oil and Gas Activities in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Oceans’ Week starts with call for Gulf-wide moratorium and arms-length review panel

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/10
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International Rivers
HidroAysén Cancelled
Chile Rejects Environmental Approval of Patagonia Megadams

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/10-4
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The Real News Network
TRNN Replay: Sudan’s Bashir Threatens War Against South Sudan
Nii Akuetteh: US wants to use South to gain strategic advantage but China may be the peace broker

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11975
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Israeli Violent Perpetrators – Not Just a Few “Bad Apples”
The Real News Israel/Palestine correspondent Lia Tarachansky and political analyst Shir Hever discuss recent violent incidents by soldiers and settlers

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11973
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Ontario Election: By Targeting Liberals, Will NDP Help Elect Right-Wing Conservatives?
Greg Albo and Leo Panitch discuss the role of the NDP in the June 12 election that might elect a tea party’-like Conservative government

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11969
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FAIR Blog
Joe Klein on the Itchy Grievances of Minority Groups

*You might forgive Klein for misconstruing the employment situation in these here United States.

After all, there seems to be no dearth of job opportunities for folks like him, judging by the graceless vitriol and sociopathy extant amongst the punditocracy, does there?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/10/joe-klein-on-the-itchy-grievances-of-minority-groups/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Government Classifying to Cover Up?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/government-classifying-to-cover-up/

Tony Winner McDonald and Meds for Hyperactivity

*Breaking out of the pillbox

http://www.accuracy.org/release/tony-winner-mcdonald-and-meds-for-hyperactivity-2/
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Democracy Now!
As Right-Wing Shooting Rampages Grow, U.S. Revives Domestic Terror Unit Shelved After 9/11

*What do you reckon is spent on surveillance and infiltration of nonviolent “left” groupings as opposed to these violent rightist ones?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/10/as_right_wing_shooting_rampages_grow

As Taliban Attacks Karachi Airport Again, Could Pakistan Fall Into Civil War With Militants?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/10/as_taliban_attacks_karachi_airport_again

As Obama Moves to Cap Student Debt Payments, Activists Push For Broader Write-Off of Crushing Loans

*An transparent ploy to increase the student vote, don’t you think?

For whatever good it does, pissing on a forest fire is essentially what it amounts to.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/10/as_obama_moves_to_cap_student

Is College Worth It? New Doc “Ivory Tower” Tackles Higher Ed’s Unsustainable Spending, Student Debt

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/10/is_college_worth_it_new_doc

6/9

Visionaries Imagine a New York City ‘Designed for Free Speech’
From ‘People’s Pulpits’ in Times Square to an ‘Urban Atlas’ in Harlem, designers transform places for ‘public participation’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/09-5
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Libya: A Cautionary Tale
Beset by infighting among militias and rampant arms trafficking, Libya in 2014 is a cautionary tale about the long-term consequences of military intervention.
by Jesse Franzblau

*I think we have to acknowledge the possibility that this “strategic failure” was fully intended, as a means of creating a rationale for the expansion of US and Western intervention in Africa.

You can’t target a “threat”

If it doesn’t exist.

Conspiracy theory?

I don’t have the empiricismo to back it up

But I will say that conspiracy

Like shit

Happens.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/09-3
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Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates’ Role in Common Core
by Diane Ravitch

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/09-1
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Human Rights Watch’s Revolving Door
Group’s edicts and positions have often been suspiciously in line with US policy
by Belén Fernández

*A pussycat of a watchdog

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/09-5
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The Rules of Revolt
by Chris Hedges

*I appreciate Hedges’ take, as is usually the case, but I felt compelled to take issue with at least a couple of his assumptions.

How do you “exhibit respect for the traditional values of society”

When those “values” negate your humanity solely on the basis of your skin color, sex, sexuality or other inconsequential characteristic?

And as someone who believes we have a right to defend ourselves, with force if necessary as a last resort, and in a disciplined and principled manner

(Easier enumerated than achieved, I fully realize)

I have no doubt whatsoever that “Nonviolence requires deep reserves of physical and moral courage.”

I’d venture to say that most everyone else who holds a view similar to mine would also agree with that contention.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/09-0
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The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer
Choreographed war and other aspects of the world’s greatest game
by Eduardo Galeano

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/09
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Russia’s Emerging Defense and Security Doctrine: Impact on Europe and the Near East
by Dr. Theodore Karasik and Dr. Heinrich Matthee

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2097?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=aad73a6e3f-Brazilian_Military_deployed&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-aad73a6e3f-80951145
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Are Vitamin- and Mineral-Enhanced Waters Good for You?
Or does it just appear healthier?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*Adding jack to our diet

To subtract jack from our wallets

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/vitamin-supplements/are-vitamin-and-mineral-enhanced-waters-good-for-you/
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The Real News Network
A Brief History of GI Resistance During the Vietnam War
As the controversy continues over the prisoner swap involving U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, peace activist and author David Cortright recounts the history of U.S. soldiers organizing against the Vietnam War

*You can fight for “democracy”

You just can’t exercise it.

Hackneyed, I know

But no less true.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11950
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What’s Behind the Decline of Organized Labor in Baltimore? – TRNN Webathon Panel
Labor historian Bill Barry, TRNN host Jaisal Noor, and labor activist Frank Hammer discuss the Hopkins hospital workers’ strike as well as the organizational and political problems that unions face today

*We stick together

Or we come apart

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11965
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Senate Debates Constitutional Amendment to Rein In Outside Cash
Though Democrats and Republicans are split down party lines on whether to add a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending, both parties ignore 50 percent of Americans in favor of public financing

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11959
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Airport Attack in Pakistan

http://www.accuracy.org/release/airport-attack-in-pakistan/
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FAIR Extra!
The War on Poor Women of Color
Abortion coverage slump matches class & ethnic shift
by Rania Khalek

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/the-war-on-poor-women-of-color/
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Democracy Now!
Freed From Prison, Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab Urges U.S. to Stop Backing Regime’s Crackdown

*Rather pathetic criticism of the American role in repression by Human Rights Watch, don’t you think?

Framing this as anything other than wilful support for the Bahraini regime stands logic, and morality, on its ear.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/9/freed_from_prison_bahraini_activist_nabeel

6/6

EU Gets Ready To Open Canadian Tar Sands Floodgate
Despite protest, lawmakers poised to give legislative handout to industry that peddles one of world’s dirtiest fossil fuels
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/06-4
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‘Conclusive Link’ Between Fracking, Aquifer Contamination Found in Texas
Scientists say water samples from Texas man’s well show identical chemical signatures from nearby gas drilling operations
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/06-1
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Hillary Clinton and the Weaponization of the State Department
by JP Sottile

*Informative piece about an insidious project promoted by an iniquitous person

But don’t you wonder whether Sottile would have incessantly referred to John Kerry as “John” if he were the bastard in question?

(“Bastard” is a gender neutral term for me.

See Rice, Condoleezza or Susan.)

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/06-8
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The Common Roots of Misogynist Culture in Pakistan and the U.S.
by Sonali Kolhatkar

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/06-7
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A Civil War Myth That Hurts Us All
by Ira Chernus

*Chernus may call it “myth”.

I think “propaganda” is a more accurate term.

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it

And it’s the objective of those who distort history to ensure they will.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/06-5
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Are We Really Fatter Now Because We Followed Advice to Eat Less Fat?
The real issue is that we’re eating too much overall
by Bonnie Liebman

*The food industry lives high on the hog

Off the fat of the land

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/fat-in-food/are-we-really-fatter-now-because-we-followed-advice-to-eat-less-fat/
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Our Children’s Trust
Youth Denied Critical Climate Change Relief by US Court

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/06-0
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Food & Water Watch Petitions USDA to Stop Allowing Imports of Beef Produced Under Privatized Inspection

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/06-1
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The Real News Network
D-Day Set the Stage for the Rebirth and Reorganization of Global Capitalism
Leo Panitch: Planning for the assimilation of postwar Europe into US-managed capitalism began in the late 1930s

*Hitting the beach

To open the oceans

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11956
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FAIR Blog
USA Today and Wal-Mart Poop

*There’s plenty of pooping going on here

And the smell’s coming off the printed page.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/06/usa-today-and-wal-mart-poop/

Writing Unions Out of the Story on Fighting Poverty

*No “mystery” why the poor stay poor

And no mystery why the Times wants you to think there is, is there?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/06/writing-unions-out-of-the-story-on-fighting-poverty/
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Democracy Now!
The Inside Story of Bowe Bergdahl: Afghan War Vet Matthew Farwell on “America’s Last POW”

*Graham’s a hypocritical sack of shit, but he’s likely spot on as far as the political motivations behind obtaining Bergdahl’s release.

The man has become a pawn in everyone’s PR game.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/6/the_inside_story_of_bowe_bergdahl

As U.S. Frees Five Taliban Members, Questions Remain Over Future of Guantánamo

*The war isn’t “winding down”

It’s just downsizing.

The US has no intention of giving up on its goals of securing pipeline routes and maintaining a strategic beachhead in the region. It may be that at some point a deal will be reached with the Taliban leadership that allows those aims to be largely realized, but for now, to speak of the situation as anything other than a state of war that will continue for at least the near future denies the bloody reality.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/6/as_us_frees_five_taliban_members

6/5

Brazil Readies ‘RoboCop’ Riot Squads for World Cup Protests
Demonstrators call out government for spending billions on soccer tournament as poor sidelined and public services are diminished nationwide
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Securing the circuses

Keep in mind that, as was the case in a number of US cities, such as Oakland, during the Occupy crackdown, these are the actions of a “progressive” gummint.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/05-1
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Genetically Modified Crops Fueling Decline of Monarch Butterflies: Report
New study links loss of milkweed habitat as a result of herbicide resistant crops to monarchs’ falling numbers
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/05-5
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‘Unprecedented': Critics Assail Kafkaesque Secret Trial in UK
Blackout slammed as an ‘outrageous assault’ on justice
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Justice is blinded

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/05-4
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Canadian Law Makes It Cheaper To Prevent Oil Sands Leaks Than Clean Them Up
by James Stafford
Oilprice.com

*Obviously we need to look askance at the motives behind this new law. Along with the pimping of this technology, what we may be seeing is an attempt to split the NIMBYs – those whose primary concern is how spills and leaks affect the area where they live – from those who also warn of the catastrophic climate consequences of the use of the end product, regardless of whether a single drop ever escapes from a pipeline.

“Divide and conquer” is evergreen

While the health of this planet is decidely not.

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2093?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=0d3008e40a-New_Whistleblower_Organization_Launched&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-0d3008e40a-80951145
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On 6/5, 65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago
by Nadia Kayyali and Katitza Rodriguez

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/05-7
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How the Internet Is Transforming from a Tool of Liberation to One of Oppression
by Astra Taylor

*The most vital antivirus

Won’t come with a free 30 day trial from Norton

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/05-11
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Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
Groups Launch New International Effort to Protect Children From “Terrible Twenty” Pesticides

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/05-3
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The Real News Network
Made in Israel: Exporting Occupation Technology
The Real News visits one of Israel’s arms expos and talks to the attorney who exposed the names of the country’s weapons exporters

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11939
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FAIR Blog
Botching the Prisoners ‘Returning to the Battlefield’ Story

*The ability to define the parameters of the threat

Is integral to the ability to determine the limits of the response.

Call it “boogying with the boogeyman”.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/05/botching-the-prisoners-returning-to-the-battlefield-story/
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Democracy Now!
Veteran: Politicians Using Freed POW Bowe Bergdahl as “Chess Piece to Win Political Matches”

*I haven’t seen any discussion about just why the decision was made to negotiate Bergdahl’s release.

I do know it has nothing to do with “heroism” on Dear Misleader’s part.

But just what political gain did he hope to realize from it? I have to think that he and his team could have anticipated this backlash, so what was the payoff?

And only the terminally naive believe this has nothing to do with a political payoff.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/5/veteran_politicians_using_freed_pow_bowe

EPA Moves to Cut Coal Pollution, But Critics Say Plan Falls Short on Real Emissions Reduction

*A pig in a putridly polluted poke

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/5/epa_moves_to_cut_coal_pollution

6/4

The Challenge of Sustaining Our Oceans
by David Suzuki

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/04-2
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Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies
We’re all footing the bill for bonuses the company’s executives pocket and food stamps its underpaid workers obtain for survival.
by Sarah Anderson and Frank Clemente

*”For a company that hauled in $16 billion in profits last year, this is shameful.”

As is just how it made that $16 billion.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/04-9
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Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?
by Mark Engler and Paul Engler

*I’ve felt that the inattention, even hostility, by many organizers to mirroring the world we say we want to create within our own groupings has made the realization of that world that much more difficult, by ignoring the powerful appeal of a good example.

People want to be part of a community that respects and supports them. My personal experience has been one of vainly seeking such a community.

It’s a simple principle. The fact that it may not be so simple in some circumstances to act on shouldn’t diminish its salience.

Be a mensch, dammit.

Keeping that uppermost in our minds, despite the challenges, we just might find that “being the change”

Is the most effective method of making it.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/04-1
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Who Is Behind the National Right to Work Committee and its Anti-Union Crusade?
by Mary Bottari and Jay Riestenberg

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/04-6
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Guess Who Is Hurt the Most by Student Debt and Higher College Costs
by Anne Johnson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/04-7
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Organic Consumers Association
Statement on Obama’s Proposal for Stricter Power Plant Regulations: Cutting Emissions Isn’t Enough, We Must Also Sequester Carbon to Avert Climate Disaster

*Imperative points proffered, but I’d describe Dear Misleader’s efforts as a missed “tackle”

With the intent of throwing the game.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/04-0
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The Real News Network
Will Curfew Laws Make Baltimore City Safer? – TRNN Webathon Panel
Dayvon Love, Nick Mosby, Brandon Scott, and Kimberly Ellis discuss the youth curfew law in Baltimore and whether it will lead to an improvement in public safety

*I’d like to understand the context of Love’s comment

“And there are some of us that are trying to push to get law enforcement to have that conversation, but that has to be the focus. It can’t be, you know, white-led and -controlled nonprofit organizations using this issue as a way to get people to protest and be upset. We have to actually have specific ways of dealing with the institutional structure so that we’re not just grandstanding so that people can get grant money, but that people can actually substantively address the issue that we’re talking about.”

To whom is he referring? What specific actions by these groups is he talking about?

A salient charge is made, yet left unremarked upon.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11945
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Brazilian Workers Strike and Protest Runup to World Cup
Throughout the month of May, Brazilian workers have been staging strikes throughout the country, causing major disruptions daily. In Salvador, a recent public transportation strike brought the city to a grinding halt for two days. On the eve of the World Cup, public outrage towards the government for its mismanaging public funds for the games is intensifying

*The bread

Is solely for the circuses

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11946
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Democracy Now!
“There Were No Good Options”: Bergdahl Should Get Honorable Discharge, Says Laywer for Deserters

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/4/there_were_no_good_options_bowe

Is Bowe Bergdahl a Deserter? If Freed POW Left Post, He Joins Ranks of Soldiers Moved by Conscience

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/4/is_bowe_bergdahl_a_deserter_if

5 Years After Dr. George Tiller’s Murder, A Doctor Braves Threats to Continue Abortions in Wichita

*Extraordinary humanity

In the face of extreme inhumanity

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/4/5_years_after_dr_george_tiller

6/3

Why Chiquita Is Lobbying Against a 9/11 Victims Bill
The company, guilty of financing right-wing paramilitaries in Colombia, doesn’t want to be liable for its own backing of right-wing paramilitary terrorists in Colombia.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You shall know them by their bitter fruit

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/03-5
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In Sign of ‘New Economy’ Rising, Vermont Bill Champions Worker-Owned Co-ops
Senator Bernie Sanders: ‘We need to expand economic models that help the middle-class.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Cooperatives have to be viewed within the context of the profit system in which they operate.

As long as competition is the economic paradigm extant, the incentive to exploit will be present.

Decisions will be based on cost, not on fairness, leading to relationships with other economic entities that have no compunction about maximizing profits by any means necessary.

The system is hard wired for injustice, no matter what the intent of those working within it.

Call it trite, but it’s no less true

You can make capitalism better

But you can’t make it good.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/03-6
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What Excuse Remains for Obama’s Failure to Close GITMO?
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/03-5
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In the Name of Local Democracy: Let Towns, Cities Decide on Fracking
by Julie Huntsman and Scott Stringer

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/03-9
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As Snowden Leak Anniversary Approaches, Intelligence Community Prepares to Declare Victory
by Marcy Wheeler

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/03-3
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How a Socialist Won: A Playbook from Seattle
by Ramy Khalil

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/03
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People Power Gave Seattle Workers a Raise
by Kshama Sawant

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/03-0
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Center for Biological Diversity
Groups Fight to Protect Endangered Species From Dangerous New Pesticide

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/06/03-2
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The Real News Network
Left Makes Few Gains in EU Elections
Leo Panitch: Despite gains in Greece and Spain, left parties face serious setbacks overall

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11924
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FAIR Blog
‘Muddying a Murky Picture': NYT’s Ukraine Kremlinology

*Apparently, pimping a new Cold War isn’t dependent on presenting cold, hard facts.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/06/03/muddying-a-murky-picture-nyts-ukraine-kremlinology/

FAIR Extra!
Beyond ‘Boring Hand-Wringing’ on Newsroom Diversity
Changing the institutions that make journalism so white and male
by Carla Murphy

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/beyond-boring-hand-wringing-on-newsroom-diversity/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Beyond Snowden: New Group to Clear a Path for More Whistleblowers

http://www.accuracy.org/release/beyond-snowden-new-group-to-clear-a-path-for-more-whistleblowers/
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Democracy Now!
Father of Freed U.S. Soldier: “Nobody Can Relate to Guantánamo Prisoners More Than Our Family”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/3/father_of_freed_us_soldier_nobody

Reporter: Bowe Bergdahl’s Fellow Soldiers Questioned Afghan War More Than He Did

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/3/reporter_bowe_bergdahls_fellow_soldiers_questioned

Former Guantánamo Chief Prosecutor Defends American POW-Taliban Prisoner Swap

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/3/former_guantanamo_chief_prosecutor_defends_american

6/2

Petition
Stand with Care Workers and Against the Right Wing!
by Jobs With Justice

http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4023/c/33/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8617&track=NAT_140531_hvq_e
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Supreme Court Sides with DOJ in Attack on Press Freedom
Rejection of federal appeal by New York Times reporter James Risen seen as crushing blow to investigative journalism
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/02-2
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EPA’s Carbon Rule Falls Short of Real Emissions Reduction
by Janet Redman and Wenonah Hauter

*So you’re “applauding” him for … ?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/02-5
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Toward the Total Paralysis of an Unequal Society
by Paul Buchheit

*I don’t want to tax exploitation

I want to end it.

That’s a single cause I can unite on.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/02-2
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Corporations Are Not People. Period.
On not settling for half measures when it comes to our democracy
by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

*Of course corporations aren’t people.

Have you ever seen a human body with that many pricks?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/02-3
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Beyond Obama’s Plan: A New Economic Vision for Addressing Climate Change
by Jeremy Rifkin

*So how will corporations and their servants in gummint react to changes that will reduce both their profit margins and their power?

If history is any judge, they’ll try to crush what they can, and coopt the rest, wouldn’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/02-4
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Viewpoint: The Media’s Sudden Attention to Adjunct Issues
by Janine Jackson

*Walmarting the price of pedagogy

http://psc-cuny.org/clarion/may-2014/viewpoint-medias-sudden-attention-adjunct-issues
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The Real News Network
Fast Food Workers’ Movement: Union 2.0
With the support of America’s second largest union SEIU, the fast food workers’ $15 wage movement has grown, and this unorganized workforce of the past is shaping up to become the face of American organized labor

*”So I think in some ways SEIU is seeking to redeem itself on a different organizing front. And let’s hope it doesn’t make some of the same mistakes that it has in health care in the fast food field.”

Whistling past the labor movement’s graveyard?

Can you say “cooptation”?

I knew that you could.

The problem with most all union “leadership”

Is where it’s leading

Straight into the arms of an austerity addling Democratic Party.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11937

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5/30

‘The Cause Is Us': World on Verge of Sixth Extinction
Species loss soaring at ‘pace not seen in tens of millions of years’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ironic Microsoft’s cameo here, don’t you think?

From the environmental damage done to extract the resources for its products

To the pimping of an educational model designed to do anything but “[help] us conserve biodiversity more intelligently and efficiently”

(Or anything else that might stave off an intimate encounter with the abyss)

This is one greenwashed glutton

For our punishment.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/30-4
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Bush/Blair Iraq War Plotting to Remain Largely Hidden From Public: UK
‘Neutered’ Iraq War inquiry to censor full content of conversations in lead-up to 2003 invasion
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The love of warmongers

That dare not speak its name

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/30-3
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French Protesters Take Stand Against Hate, Far-Right National Front
Actions in several cities follow landmark electoral win by anti-immigrant party
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/30-6
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IMF’s Insistence on Economic Austerity Could Derail Ukraine’s Chance of Survival
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/30-8
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Jackson Rising: People Power and the New Cooperative Movement
by Lamont Lilly

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/30-6
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The Democrats’ New Fake Populism
by Shamus Cooke

*The paradox of plastic “populism”

How can rhetoric be empty

And full of it at the same time?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/30-5
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Unnecessary and Disproportionate: How the NSA Violates International Human Rights Standards
by Katitza Rodriguez and David Greene

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/30-0
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National Center for Transgender Equality
Federal Board Overturns Medicare Exclusion of Transition-Related Care

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/30-4
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Oil Change International
New Report Outlines the Rise of Crude-by-Rail in North America
First Major Analysis of Booming Bomb Trains Industry

*Drivin’ that train

High on dough gain

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/30
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The Real News Network
Financialization and the Collapse of European Social Democracy – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lapavitsas says Greece will face the choice between socialism or fascism

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11934
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FAIR Blog
Brian Williams Frantically Tries to Prove He’s No Glenn Greenwald

Indeed there is “real rage”.

If your painstakingly constructed myth about your benevolence and fealty to “freedom and democracy” had been blown sky high for a substantial portion of your global audience

You would tend to be a might vexed.

I’m sure the enablers of that fairy tale in the corpress are rather peeved by that, as well.

Interviewing Snowden just keeps the “controversy”

And the slander

And the ratings

Rolling along.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/30/brian-williams-frantically-tries-to-prove-hes-no-glenn-greenwald/
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Democracy Now!
Obama Continues Record Deportations, Delays Immigration Reforms In Order to Court Republicans

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/30/obama_continues_record_deportations_delays_immigration

“How Immigration Became Illegal”: Aviva Chomsky on U.S. Exploitation of Migrant Workers

*When the criminals define the crime

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/30/how_immigration_became_illegal_aviva_chomsky

Part 2: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Segregation, Housing Discrimination and “The Case for Reparations”

*It’s not clear to me just what Coates is trying to say about Dear Misleader at the end

But what I can say is that, like Saint Franklin, he enables the perpetuation of racial injustice through both his actions and inaction.

So no, I won’t be holding my breath waiting for him to speak to the realities of that wrong, and what he can and will do to right it.

Pretty words will spew forth

But righteous acts will be tightly capped.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/30/part_2_ta_nehisi_coates_on

5/29

PETITION
Congress: Don’t Gut School Lunch Standards and Damage Our Children’s Health!
by Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc. at CSPI

*Let them eat cake

And any other muck that makes a buck

https://www.change.org/petitions/congress-stop-playing-politics-with-kids-health
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‘Permanent Protest Vigil’ Launched to Confront First Tar Sands Mine in US
Groups resist project that “would cause swift obliteration of multiple ecosystems and severe contributions to climate-change related disasters,” says activist.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/29-3
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New Orleans Nearly Finished Killing Off Its Public Schools
City now home to first all-charter school district in country
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A chartered bus

On a road to nowhere

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/29-2
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From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World
by Sonali Kolhatkar

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/29-9
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Boko Haram a Blessing for Imperialism in Africa: US Training Death Squads
by Glen Ford

*So many liberal and “progressive” (Progressing where, exactly?) pundits wring their hands and wag their fingers over the “blowback” created by interventions such as in Libya, positing it as proof positive of the “folly” of the GWOT ™

When the reality is that, for the imperial project, this is just what the domination doctor ordered.

The goal of the “war on terrorism” isn’t to eradicate it.

It is to assimilate it, to manage it as a justifying straw man for “humanitarian intervention” and “the defense of strategic interests”.

In the empire game

You can’t boogie without a boogeyman.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/29-4
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Los Canales: Fighting for Life in the Sewers of Tijuana
by Melanie Martin

http://www.peacefuluprising.org/LosCanales?utm_source=May+2014+Newsletter+II&utm_campaign=Feb+Newsletter&utm_medium=email
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The Big Brotherness of It All
A surveillance commencement address to the Class of 2014
by Tom Engelhardt

*O brave new world

That has such peepers in’t!

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/29-2
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The Left’s European Conundrum
With last week’s elections, commentators are heralding the “end of Europe,” but the evidence tells a different story.
by Cinzia Arruzza

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/29-7
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GetEQUAL
No more studies — give us freedom!

http://getequal.org/no-more-studies/?can_id=62367f71e9f57639e0672dbcdd075d91&source=email-no-more-studies-give-us-freedom&referrer=heather-cronk&email_referrer=no-more-studies-give-us-freedom
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ROC United
160,000 Tipped Workers Left Behind in Michigan’s New Minimum Wage Law

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/29
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The Real News Network
Melting Polar Ice Caps a “Ticking Timebomb” for Earth’s Climate System
Journalist Dahr Jamail & Professor Peter Wadhams say the resulting release of methane will lead to massive climate disruption, and that we have reached a point of no return

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11899
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Democracy Now!
The Case for Reparations: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Reckoning With U.S. Slavery & Institutional Racism

*There’s no question of the moral validity to the claim

But so many others can make one, as well

Women, Native peoples, queer folk … the rainbow of the historically and contemporarily exploited and abused.

How do we do right by each and every one?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/29/the_case_for_reparations_ta_nehisi

5/28

Mass Hospitalizations As Hunger Strike Spreads in Israeli Prisons
Palestinian detainees are protesting Israel’s ‘administrative detentions’ without charge or trial
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/28-8
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The Impossibility of Growth Demands a New Economic System
Why collapse and salvation are hard to distinguish from each other.
by George Monbiot

*The bigger we are

The harder we’ll fall

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/28-0
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Coup Fever
Despite the lip service given to democracy the world over, coups remain a popular last resort. Here’s why.
by John Feffer

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/28-7
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Ten Things You Should Know About Dams
by Peter Bosshard

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/28-1
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Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
Over 20 Palestinian communities and civil society organizations demand action to stop Israel’s ethnic cleansing in the Jordan Valley

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/28-4
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The Real News Network
40% of Profits Buys A Lot of Politicians – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas says that during the financial crisis the power of the state was mobilized to save finance

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11920
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Voters Reject Traditional Left Parties In EU Parliament Elections
Michael Hudson says that the nationalist parties will not challenge austerity in Europe despite widespread discontent with economic policy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11917
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EU Election Results Reflect Widespread Disapproval of Austerity Policy throughout Europe
Professors Trevor Evans & John Weeks talk about the serious gains made by right- wing parties, and the prospects for a progressive EU

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11918
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Democracy Now!
Obama Extends Nation’s Longest War to 2016, Leaving Afghan Civilians in U.S.-Taliban Crossfire

*I’m reposting this, as I think there’s some info worth knowing, but honestly, to talk about this subject without any reference to just why the war has been fought demonstrates the shallowness of much of what appears on this program.

Can we drop the pretense that this has anything to do with “terrorism”?

Iraq was – and is – about oil and geostrategic advantage in the Middle East.

Afghanistan is about energy infrastructure – pipeline routes – and geostrategic advantage in central Asia.

It’s like talking about climate change, with no mention of the profit motive.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/28/obama_extends_nations_longest_war_to

In Aiding Rescue of Kidnapped Schoolgirls in Nigeria, Will U.S. Expand Military Foothold in Africa?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/28/in_aiding_rescue_of_kidnapped_schoolgirls#

Egyptian Regime Scrambles to Boost Low Turnout in Election Sealing General Sisi’s Grip on Power

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/28/egyptian_regime_scrambles_to_boost_low

5/27

PETITION
Jobs With Justice
Walmart Moms Deserve Better
At Walmart stores across the country, many employees are afraid to even say they’re pregnant for fear they will lose their jobs or be forced to take early leave they can’t afford

*I’m certain the Waltons have given generously to the “pro life” cause

So how does the abuse of pregnant workers jibe with their professed concern for the unborn?

This doesn’t even meet the revulsive “Life begins at conception, and ends at birth” standard, does it?

http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4023/c/33/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8565&track=NAT_140527_respectthebump_e
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Armed With US Weapons, Iraqi Gov’t Repeatedly Attacked Hospital
Human Rights Watch report exposes atrocities committed by U.S.-backed Iraqi government in and around Fallujah
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/27-4
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What’s Big Energy Smoking?
Let Them Eat Carbon: Like Big Tobacco, Big Energy Targets the Developing World for Future Profits
by Michael T. Klare

*God damn the pusher men

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/27-5
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Mexico’s Oil Privatization: Risky Business
Mexico’s oil privatization scheme will hurt the environment, scar the landscape, and leave Mexico at the mercy of transnational firms.
by Laura Carlsen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/27-6
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From Jeju and Afghanistan, an Asia Peace Pivot
by Hakim

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/27-0
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Violence Policy Center Backgrounder on Pistols Used in Isla Vista Shooting

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/27-3
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National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
#Not1More
Queer & Trans Immigrants from Across the Country Proclaim “Liberation, not Deportation”

*The border fence around Dear Misleader’s queer friendliness

http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/queer-trans-immigrants-from-across-the-country-proclaim-liberation-not-incarceration/
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National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
City College Students Injured at Campus Protest File Claims, Demand Chancellor Apologize for Police Violence
Students Vow to Continue Their Fight to Save City College as an Affordable, Accessible, Diverse and Democratic Community College

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/27-1
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The Real News Network
Netanyahu’s “Jewish State” Law Stirs Debate in Israel
Israeli academic Oren Yiftachel talks about ethnocracy, a term he coined that describes the sort of regime Israel practices

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11908
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Is Financialization Necessary for a Modern Economy? – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lapavitsas says modern capitalism requires financialization, but productive growth in the interests of the majority of people does not

*This is useful intel, but what I’d really like to see examined is just why there’s a need for profit, period, to create the conditions for the production of the goods and services that we really need.

The idea of profit’s based on the notion that people have to have some wealth-based incentive to do … well … anything.

Is that true?

If we all could have what we need to live a dignified life, and we would have that only if we all contributed to creating that life for ourselves and others, according to our talents

Wouldn’t that be incentive enough?

Why does profit – why does even money, a medium of exchange – enter into the equation?

Talk about that.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11915
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FAIR Blog
Jeb Bush Is a Wonk–Just Ask Him

*First Paul Ryan …

Of course, the quality of your synapses

Only matter in relation to that of your soul.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/27/jeb-bush-is-a-wonk-just-ask-him/
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Democracy Now!
#YesAllWomen: Rebecca Solnit on the Santa Barbara Massacre & Viral Response to Misogynist Violence

*I dearly hope Solnit’s right, that the dynamic is changing, but this shit is buried deep

And it’s going to take a whole lot of those “not all men” backing up women to get it dug out.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/27/yesallwomen_rebecca_solnit_on_the_santa

5/26

Anti-Austerity Left Wins in Greece, But Far-Right Rises across Europe
In European Parliament elections one thing is clear… Europeans are dissatisfied with status quo
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I consider the far right, including fascists, to be the shock troops for austerity. In Ukraine, of course, they’re part of a government that is pushing that policy, and in Greece, despite the jailing of leaders, they had been given free reign by the austerity administration to commit the crimes that led to that incarceration.

So how does this double game work, of opposing Euroausterity, while aligned with it in at least some states?

I’d like to see a clear analysis of that, soon.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/26-0
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Uncertainty in Libya
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2083?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=61e993555f-TRNN_Replay_Winter_Soldier&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-61e993555f-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-61e993555f-80951145
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New Environmentalists Taking Bold Actions and It’s Working
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2081?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=61e993555f-TRNN_Replay_Winter_Soldier&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-61e993555f-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-61e993555f-80951145
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The Real News Network
Presidential Elections in Ukraine Will Usher in Direct Rule of Oligarchs
Ukrainian sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says there will be little difference between a Poroshenko presidency and that of ousted president Yanukovich, and that the political rebellion in the Eastern regions is dominated by Russian separatists with widespread support there – not by an independent workers movement

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11900
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The Financialization of Big Business – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas says that capitalists have learned how to make huge profits without producing anything useful

*The only sure bet

Is who loses in all this

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11909
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TRNN Replay: Untold History: The Rise and Fall of a Progressive Vice-President of the USA
Pt.3 Peter Kuznick, co-author with Oliver Stone of the “Untold History of the United States”, discusses the ’44 Democratic Convention coup that dumped VP Henry A. Wallace, the man who as President would have opposed the cold war

*Kuznick, Stone and many other historians and artists like good stories, and they like heroes to populate those stories.

And a penchant for creating heroism tends to deflect a desire to explore contradictions.

I try to be an empiricist, and nothing I’ve seen in the context of American politics leads me to believe that Wallace was the shining knight he’s portrayed to be.

That doesn’t mean he was a charlatan. It means that, despite being portrayed as a “visionary” willing to act on his beliefs, anyone who could attain the level of political office that Wallace did perforce would fall short of doing so.

Certainly a Wallace presidency would have differed from Truman’s. The question is just how much difference, and in what areas, would there have been?

I’m not an expert on this era, and perhaps what I’ve witnessed in the half century and counting that I’ve been around is constricting my ability to accept a more hopeful narrative of a more hopeful time.

But I’d like to hear from someone with bona fides on this subject who is less inclined toward heroic storytelling, and more disposed toward an examination of the complexity and contradictions that exist on such a stage.

You may construe this as cynicism

But I think I have ample reason to distrust the stability of pedestals.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11907
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TRNN Replay: Training That Makes Killing Civilians Acceptable
Josh Stieber, a member of the army company that came upon the Iraqis murdered by the US helicopter crew, discusses the Wikileaks video and army training that makes killing civilians acceptable

*WWJD?

Kill ‘em all

Let my daddy sort ‘em out

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11913

5/23

A Scrambling TransCanada ‘Shows Power of Anti-Keystone Movement’
Continued delays force Keystone XL company to explore rail
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/23-5
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Art is Not a Crime—Drop the Charges
by SOA Watch

*Art for our sake

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2014/05/23-0
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A New Teacher Union Movement is Rising
by Bob Peterson

*Forgive me if I don’t bet the rent on the sincere support of union “leadership”.

I have an acute aversion to being fooled once, much less twice.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/23-7
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Are Organic Standards in Jeopardy? Watchdogs Say ‘Yes’
by Rebekah Wilce

*Artificial insemination

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/23-0
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The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits: Who Will Speak for the People?
by Jody Williams and Robert Dodge

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/23
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Reprieve
UK Government Faces Legal Action Over Failure to Investigate BT Drones Link

*The all too human cost of doing business

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/23-0
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The Real News Network
Michael Ratner: Twitter Storm between WikiLeaks and Glenn Greenwald
WikiLeaks promises to name the 5th country where MYSTIC mega data collection program is applied

*Of course I don’t know the details, but on principle I’ve never been comfortable with the rationale for withholding intel in situations like this.

Firstly, any physical harm can be avoided by simply leaving the country in question.

Secondly, what “mission” is being jeopardized? Isn’t it one that itself can or does lead to death and destruction?

There may be rare exceptions, but in almost every instance, what revelation harms is the imperial project

And damaging its efficacy – barring extraordinary and verifiable circumstances, not unsubstantiated claims of dire consequences

Should be the imperative here.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11896
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The Rise of the Big Banks – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas says that large-scale industrialization created the need for massive amounts of capital and big banks, a process that developed an aggressive global capitalism

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11903
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TRNN Replay: Untold History: Early US Imperialism, Hitler, Roosevelt, The Spanish Civil War
Pt.2 Peter Kuznick, co-author with Oliver Stone of Untold History of the United States, discusses Roosevelt’s attitude towards Hitler and the Soviet Union

*People like Kuznick are just incapable of seeing clearly what their own eyes reveal, and what they admit to some degree with their own words.

Saint Franklin will never descend the pedestal they’ve placed him on, no matter how many facts are arrayed against such hagiography.

As Kuznick himself states, FDR saved capitalism

And that was his mission. The only way to do that was to save it from itself, to add gummint intervention as a salient feature of the capitalist project, to buy off the forces threatening to end it.

(I was naive enough early on to think that Dear Misleader’s mission was similar, if not on the same scale.

I was disabused of that notion in short order.)

Roosevelt may have been a “good cop”

But cops of any kind have a job to do.

And it has nothing to do with justice.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11904
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FAIR Extra!
The Myth of the ‘Crack Baby’
Despite Research, Media Won’t Give Up Idea Of ‘Bio-Underclass’
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/the-myth-of-the-crack-baby/

FAIR Blog
Federal Workers Good at Paying Taxes, USA Today Expose Conceals

*I wonder what the delinquency rate for corpress execs is

I doubt that will ever be found on the front page of their papers, don’t you?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/23/federal-workers-good-at-paying-taxes-usa-today-expose-conceals/
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Democracy Now!
As Washington Focuses on Another Benghazi Probe, Could a Civil War Be Brewing in Libya?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/23/as_washington_focuses_on_another_benghazi

Iona Craig: Dire Situation in Yemen as Backlash Grows from U.S.-Backed Offensive Against al-Qaeda

*It’s a bad thing that the US is losing a propaganda war?

Why is it that someone who posits that on a program that bills itself as “the exception to the rulers” not challenged on that contention?

With every passing day, that becomes more of a rhetorical question regarding DN!, doesn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/23/iona_craig_dire_situation_in_yemen

5/22

Southern States Crushing Women’s Right to Choose
As bill slashing abortion access passes Louisiana legislature, critics warn ‘women and families will pay price’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Assuming those five votes against were by Democrats

How many others voted for it?

And Wisconsin isn’t a southern state

But having grown up in the latter, and now residing in the former

I see many none too comforting similarities.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/22-3
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Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge
We poured through a debt-resistance manual created by former Occupiers to bring you these practical tips.
by Liz Pleasant

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/22-4
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The Social Immune System
by Robert C. Koehler

*Fear is fascism’s most fervent friend

Empathy its most implacable enemy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/22
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California’s Shale Fail: The Case of 13 Billion Barrels of Missing Oil
by Richard Heinberg

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/22-1
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Center for Biological Diversity
Federal Wildlife Agency Withdraws Approval of Arizona’s Rosemont Mine

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/22-2
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FAIR Blog
CNN’s Climate Change Coverage: Starring Ann Coulter

*The world is aflame

And we can’t think of a way to “engage” you “in a meaningful way” about it

Except to amplify the voices of those who are pouring gasoline (and all the other fossil fuels) on the fire.

You want mustard on that pretzel logic?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/22/cnns-climate-change-coverage-starring-ann-coulter/
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Democracy Now!
NYC Suspends Massive 911 System Overhaul to Probe Lengthy Delays, $1 Billion Over Budget

*Interesting the lack of hue and cry when corps are the culprits behind public service failures and cost overruns, rather than when big, bad gummint is blamed, innit?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/22/nyc_suspends_massive_911_system_overhaul

Lavabit Founder: Gov’t “Bold-Faced Lies” & Mass Surveillance Effort Forced Me to Shut Down My Company

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/22/lavabit_founder_govt_bold_face_lies

Missouri Death Row Prisoner Wins Stay in Case Challenging Secrecy, Undue Suffering in US Executions

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/22/missouri_death_row_prisoner_wins_stay

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: Dave Zirin on the People’s Revolt Challenging 2014 World Cup

*Bread for the circuses

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/22/brazils_dance_with_the_devil_dave

5/21

No More Impunity! Communities Worldwide Protest ‘Gangster Corporation’ Chevron
Demonstrations planned in five continents in solidarity with those poisoned by oil giant’s operations
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/21-6
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Ukraine Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Is There a Way Out?
by Joanne Landy

http://www.cpdweb.org/news/Ukraine.shtml
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US Government Complicit in Israel’s Videotaped Murder of Palestinian Boys
by Ali Abunimah

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/21-7
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The Rise of Predator Economics and the Fall of Good Governance
by Mark Taliano

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/21-6
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Dreamers of the World, Unite
by Mark Harris

*Until the social goods that define a dignified life no longer bear a bar code

Until our labor is no longer a private commodity, but a communal obligation to each other

Until we are no longer units of production, but united in the production of a society that values the well being of each and every person on this planet

We cannot claim to have achieved “socialism”, or any other term to denote humanity transcendent.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/21-0
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Oxfam International
Groups Ask Treasury Dep. to Ease Restrictions on Money Transfers to Somalia

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/21-0
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The Real News Network
Growing Up in the Greek Police State – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas, author of ‘How Finance Exploits Us All’, traces his own political development, coming of age during the Greek dictatorship

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11889
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Fed Pulls Back Quantitative Easing
Michael Hudson: The Fed’s practice of buying mortgage and government bonds has helped big banks profit while leaving homeowners holding more debt

*Playing with house money

Our houses

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11877
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Danny Glover: What Side is The Media On? (1/5)
Danny Glover and James Early at a Real News Town Hall discuss the role of the mainstream media from Baltimore to Venezuela

*Making the mirror tell our tale

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11878
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Afterthoughts on Piketty’s Capital
by David Harvey

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2077?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=62bebacbec-Pressure_Mounts_on_Johns_Hopkins&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-62bebacbec-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-62bebacbec-80951145
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FAIR Blog
David Brooks: Democracy Is a Drag; Put Guys Like Me in Charge

*So what do you get when you merge the plutocracy and the punditocracy?

Maybe the plunderocracy … ?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/21/david-brooks-democracy-is-a-drag-put-guys-like-me-in-charge/
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Democracy Now!
The Guantánamo “Suicides” Revisited: Did CIA Hide Deaths of Tortured Prisoners at Secret Site?

*I don’t think the term “mistake” is appropriate here, do you?

Isn’t it likely that the CIA didn’t care whether these persons were “terrorists” (a term that itself is often inappropriate to describe certain actions), that they cast a wide net in which anyone caught would be induced to become an informant?

In fact, doesn’t it make sense that those who might not resist being “turned” to the same degree due of a lack of allegiance to a cause might be easier to do so?

If you don’t release such individuals, that doesn’t speak to the realization of a “mistake”, does it?

Of course, beyond all that, no one deserves such treatment, and it confounds any notion of simple humanity that anyone could conceive of and carry out such sadistic acts.

That we pay for this horror show should sicken the souls of every American.

I’m not so naive as to believe that to be the case.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/21/the_guantanamo_suicides_revisited_did_cia

Facing Senate Uproar, Obama Admin to Release Memo Justifying Drone Killings of Americans Overseas

*”[O]ne of the towering scholars of his generation … “

Who should be doing his research in a prison library.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/21/facing_senate_uproar_obama_admin_to

Koch Brothers Exposed: The Chilling New Documentary Republicans Don’t Want You to See

*Yes, the Kochs are vile creatures, but they’re also convenient props for Democratic sleazeballs, who hypocritically use them to rail against some of the ills their party has helped perpetrate.

Any film about them should make that point, which, I’m certain, this one doesn’t.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/21/koch_brothers_exposed_the_chilling_new

Behind the Koch Brothers: New Book Spills the Secrets of Nation’s Most Powerful & Private Dynasty

*You don’t get any sense here of how many lives these bastards have destroyed, how many people have died directly and indirectly as a result of their actions, do you?

It’s all very “fascinating”

Not horrifying.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/21/behind_the_koch_brothers_new_book

5/20

Nationwide ‘Epidemic’ Of Pedestrian Deaths a Failure of Social Justice: Report
New study finds people of color, the old and young dying in disproportionate numbers due to poor social policies
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/20-3
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Tar Sands Blockaders Shut Down Enbridge Work Site
No more ‘band-aids,’ protesters say as Canadian company readies pipeline for tar sands transport
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/20-1
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Global Warming is Melting and Burning the Planet
Both fire and ice are telling the same story: Climate change is here. Now.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/20-2
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Calls for Justice After Video Reveals IDF Shooting of Innocent Palestinian Teens
Rights group says killings amount to “war crimes,” demands international probe
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/20-5
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What’s Missing in Our Profit-Driven Healthcare System? Quality Human Care
Why you should be wary of “FRANK”
by Jean Ross

*Technology fux

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/20
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Abortion Should Be Free, Safe and Legal – For Everyone
Nobody should have to play the frightened victim to make basic choices about her future.
by Laurie Penny

*If the righteous were as concerned about the fate of children in the world as they claim to be when they’re in the womb

There would be relatively little need for abortion in the first place, wouldn’t there?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/20-1
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Factory Farms Are Bad for Your Health
by Katy Kiefer

*The nastiest pathogens

Have lobbyists and PR departments

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/20-2
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Oxfam International
Big Ten Food Companies Emitting as Much as the “World’s 25th Most Polluting Country”
Spotlight on Kellogg and General Mills; companies not doing enough to tackle climate change

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/20-4
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Organic Consumers Association
Global GMO Free Coalition Brings Together 4.5 Million People to Fight Biotech Industry Propaganda

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/20-1
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Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Black Recent Grads Hardest Hit by the Great Recession

*Striving while black

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/20-0
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The Real News Network
How Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Became Propaganda for Imperial Policy
Glen Ford: Western intervention aims to make region malleable to neoliberal economic policies and further militarize the continent

*It’s amazing the moral and logical contortions so many liberals and progressives go through to justify “humanitarian intervention”, blithely ignoring the history of the exploitation of that pernicious rationale.

Those who are sincere about the fate of these children – we’re not talking Samantha Power here – have switched off the left side of their brain (questionable theory, I know) in order to mindlessly contend that “We have to do SOMETHING!”

Well, “we” did, as Ford makes plain.

The US helped create the conditions for this tragedy, and its further involvement will likely ensure it ends tragically

Not just for the immediate victims, but for the people of Nigeria, the region, and the continent.

You could look it up

But don’t forget to turn that left side back on before you do.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11876
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Banks Still Too Big to Jail While Occupy Wall St. Activist Imprisoned

*Too big to jail

But not too small to flail

http://www.accuracy.org/release/banks-still-too-big-to-jail-while-occupy-wall-st-activist-imprisoned/
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FAIR Blog
Weather From Another Planet: Wildfires and Climate Change

*Ignoring the igniting forest

To babble about the burning trees

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/20/weather-from-another-planet-wildfires-and-climate-change/
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When NBC Says ‘Meeting America,’ It Means White, Republican America

*I can’t think of a more excluded rural voice in this country than the one of the Oglala Sioux living in deathly poverty on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

NBC can’t be bothered to think of it at all.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/20/when-nbc-says-meeting-america-it-means-white-republican-america/
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Democracy Now!
Too Big to Jail? Credit Suisse Bank Pleads Guilty to Decades of Tax Evasion, But Execs Avoid Prison

*A Swiss cheese of a prosecution

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/20/too_big_to_jail_credit_suisse

Snowden Docs Reveal NSA, DEA Teamed Up to Record Every Cell Phone Call in Bahamas

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/20/snowden_docs_reveal_nsa_dea_teamed

5/19

Cries of ‘Injustice’ as Occupy Wall Street Organizer Sentenced to Prison
Cecily McMillan: ‘I stand resolved to keep fighting because your love ethic props me up and allows me to do so’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*They’ve tried to crush her spirit

But they’ve only spread its wings

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/19-3
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Report: Leaked Trade Doc Portends US/EU Fracking Bonanza
As written, secretive trade agreement would push industry-friendly protections for gas production in the US and larger exports to the EU
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/19-0
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A Challenge to Occupation? Pope Francis to Visit Palestinian Refugees in West Bank
“This visit will help us in supporting our struggle to end the longest occupation in history.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Announced with a puff of smoke

And still blowing it

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/19-6
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Australia: Tens of Thousands ‘March in May’ Against Abbott and Austerity
‘These marches signify major concern with current government policies, dissatisfaction with a stagnant two-party political system, and the disturbing motivations and influence of those with money and power.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Rising up Down Under

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/19-8
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Life Cycles of Inequity: A Series on Black Men
by Kai Wright with Colorlines

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2014/05/19-0
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They Can’t Outlaw the Revolution
by Chris Hedges

*When our collectives are as cogent in their humanity

As our proclamations of it

We will have validated a reason for hope

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/19-0
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Evidence that the Meritocracy is Made Up of Poor People
by Paul Buchheit

*The goal of “divide and conquer” is to diminish empathy among the less well off, to instill the same callousness for others that is the hallmark of the exploitocracy.

Observing our fighting among ourselves is their merriest entertainment

And the surest guarantee of the continuing indulgence of all their other debaucheries.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/19-1
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My Poverty, My Trauma
by Sherita Mouzon

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/19-7
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A Radical Seed Grows in Jackson, Miss.
by Grace Davie

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/19-3
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The Birth of a Eurasian Century: Russia and China Do Pipelineistan
by Pepe Escobar

*So how does climate change escape mention here?

All this talk about gas and oil deals, and nada on what they will mean to a world already on life support.

Talk about a suicide mission …

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/19
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What is Boko Haram and whence did it arise?
Gary K. Busch

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2076?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=8da27ae668-Exclusive_Spring_Fundraiser_Gifts_5_19_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-8da27ae668-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-8da27ae668-80951145
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Shalom Modi: India and Israel look to deepen ties following victory of the Hindu right
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2073?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=cb90065e7c-Class_Struggle_in_Palestine&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-cb90065e7c-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-cb90065e7c-80951145
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Economics for the 99% China on my Mind
by John Weeks

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2072?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=cb90065e7c-Class_Struggle_in_Palestine&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-cb90065e7c-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-cb90065e7c-80951145
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The Real News Network
Justice Requires an End to Israeli Jewish Supremacy Over Palestinians – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Abunimah says that justice in Palestine does not require Israeli Jews giving up any legitimate rights, but they must give up the “right” to supremacy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11873
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Class Struggle in Palestine – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
Mr. Abunimah says there’s conspicuous consumption in Palestine but the reality for the vast majority in the West Bank and Gaza is increasing poverty

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11871
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Antibiotics Are Becoming Ineffective All Over the World
Martin Khor, executive director of South Centre, explains this major threat to global security

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11872
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Street Fight 2014
A mayoral election in Newark, NJ becomes a battle for the soul of the city

*After what happened in Jackson, Mississippi, with the defeat of Antar Lumumba, this is a much needed bursting of the bastards’ wet dream of draining what’s left of the commons into their bank accounts.

Now we’ll see what the Baraka administration will do, and can do, to live up to its promises.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11870
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Military Budget: Good News for Contractors

*For the war machine

Nothing is more certain than death

And the taxes to pay for it

http://www.accuracy.org/release/military-budget-good-news-for-contractors/
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FAIR Blog
Are Birmingham’s Books Right for Washington, D.C.?

*Judging a bookstore

By what it covers

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/17/are-birminghams-books-right-for-washington-d-c/
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Democracy Now!
“The Most Important Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of”: Remembering William Worthy (1921-2014)

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/19/the_most_important_journalist_youve_never

5/16

New Obamacare Loophole Shows Failure of For-Profit Health System: Critics
‘This new rule to limit payments for needed medical procedures is a reminder of everything that is wrong with our profit-driven healthcare system.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The pig in a poke

Grows even more porcine

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/16-4
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The Gathering Resistance to Standardized Tests
by Rethinking Schools Editorial

*”I am not a numeral!

I am a human being!”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/16-4
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The Bloody War that Doesn’t Exist: What the Media Not Telling Us about Yemen
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/16-0
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Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa
by Joeva Rock

*Dangling carrots

From big sticks

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/16-1
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Institute for Public Accuracy
60 Years After Brown vs. Board of Ed.: “Segregation Now”?

*There is no attempt “to make these separate schools equal.”

Quite the opposite.

“Education reform” is devoted to the dismantling of public education as we know it, transmogrifying it into nothing more than a manufacturing center for capital’s needs, and a profit center for those corporations engaged in the privatization of an essential area of the commons.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/60-years-after-brown-vs-board-of-ed-segregation-now/
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FAIR Blog
Object to a War Criminal at Your Graduation? You Must Be a ‘Bigot’

*A shame Curtis LeMay’s dead

And Jack D. Ripper’s a fictional character

Innit, Tim?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/16/object-to-a-war-criminal-at-your-graduation-you-must-be-a-bigot/
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Democracy Now!
India Elects Hard-Right Hindu Nationalist as New Indian Prime Minister Backed by Corporate Interests

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/16/india_elects_hard_right_hindu_nationalist

A Matter of Life and Death: Veterans Affairs Head Grilled over Delays in Care for Returning Soldiers

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/16/a_matter_of_life_and_death

5/15

PETITION
Call for a Congressional Investigation into the Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Military Suicides and Sudden Deaths
by Citizens Commission on Human Rights International

http://www.change.org/petitions/congressional-investigation-into-psychiatric-drugs-in-military-suicides-and-sudden-deaths?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=60895&alert_id=WEKqTWynIv_ce2VoPidQIk1IhuZabdsCSXcHIFk09wjlFdH83%2B5VhCOR74lUGuE9VEoWoe%2F1eoB
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How “Benghazi” Birthed the New Normal in Africa
A Secret African Mission and an African Mission that’s No Secret
by Nick Turse

*Call it “disaster capitalization”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/15-5
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10 Reasons to Love Uruguay’s President José Mujica
by Medea Benjamin

*While some of these reasons are indeed worthy of praise, I think it’s always folly to forgo an examination of the omnipresent warts of any national “leader”.

Pedestals are inherently unstable objects.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/15-1
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Friends of the Earth
Bee Losses Highlight Urgent Need to Restrict Pesticides, Shift to Sustainable Agriculture

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/15
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Reprieve
UK Rendition Victim Released After Ten Years in Secret US Custody

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/15-0
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The Real News Network
Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish State? – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
Mr. Abunimah says no state exists as an absolute right, but there is a people’s right to self-determination

*Do you ever hear of Israeli officials condemning the rise of fascism in nations like Greece or Ukraine?

They could care less about the threat that poses to Jews in those countries, because it aligns with Western, and therefore their own, economic and strategic interests.

So much for Zionist solidarity.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11859
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The 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Ed in the Shadow of ‘School Choice’
Glen Ford: The corporate education reform movement has exacerbated inequities in public schools in the name of civil rights

*As someone who grew up in an apartheid educational and societal system, who graduated from one of those “segregation academies” in Mississippi

It revulses me to see the cause of “civil rights” invoked to justify nothing less than the destruction of anything that could be positively associated with the concept of public education.

This is race, but it’s also class, war. The “workforce” of the 21st century is to be made up of drones – those who have jobs – and the remaking of education in this country is designed to facilitate that goal.

The wall of a new, if not absolute, apartheid based on race, and class – and gender – is being raised

And the children of America are the mortar to be molded into its bricks.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11846
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Palestinians Can Learn from the African-American Struggle – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ali Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says that Palestinians need to know that even in a country with formal legal equality, the reality can mean mass incarceration, economic inequality and racism

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11855
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FAIR Blog
Disappearing Brass Knuckles: An NYT Correction

“In any case, it’s strange that an error so fundamental–one that never should have made it into the paper in the first place–would take so long to correct. And it’s a pretty safe bet that without the activists pressing the Times, no correction of any kind would ever have been issued.”

Then it really isn’t so strange, is it?

It may seem picayune to point that out

But language is a virus

And straightforwardness an efficacious curative.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/15/disappearing-brass-knuckles-an-nyt-correction/
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Will NYT’s New Editor Stand Up for Investigative Journalism?

*”Whether Baquet will be good for investigative reporting at the Times remains to be seen.”

?

Let me rephrase that

???? … !

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/14/will-nyts-new-editor-stand-up-for-investigative-journalism/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
FCC Holds Meeting on Net Neutrality Rules: Chairman Meets Protesters

*The focus on Wheeler and the telecoms is to some degree misplaced.

Wheeler takes his marching orders from Dear Misleader, who in turn snaps to when those he serves snap their fingers.

That includes the Comcasts et al, but this is about more than their profit margins

Or, in reality, it is precisely about them, in the sense of suppressing those who would challenge the system that exalts those profits.

Interests beyond the telecoms have a stake in ensuring effective organizing via cyberspace is hamstrung.

As with omnipresent surveillance and the construction of a 21st century police state, there’s a more sinister forest that shouldn’t be overlooked for the trees.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/fcc-holds-meeting-on-net-neutrality-rules-chairman-meets-protesters/
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Democracy Now!
“We Have to Stop This Inequality”: Fast-Food Worker Strike Spreads to Dozens of Cities

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/15/we_have_to_stop_this_inequality

Fast-Food CEOs Oppose Worker Raises Despite Making 1,200 Times More Than Average Employee

*Everyone deserves what they need to live a dignified life

But it’s more than a matter of pay, isn’t it?

What is dignified about working in an industry whose products sicken and kill untold numbers here and around the world?

If this story were about the tobacco industry, would its impact on our health be ignored?

In that context, not to mention the pimping of a “reformed” profit model, Ruetschlin’s prattling on about how McDonald’s et al can do well by doing good is, like their fare, a danger to our health and well being.

It’s extremely irresponsible to ignore the connection between how workers are treated on the job, and how they and the rest of us pay for what’s done on those jobs, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/15/fast_food_ceos_oppose_worker_raises

Walmart & Contractor Settle $21M Wage Theft Suit, Days After Obama Praises Penny-Pinching Retailer

*See above

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/15/walmart_contractor_settles_21m_wage_theft

5/14

The Real News Network
U.S. Pushing False Narrative About Iran & Nuclear Weapons
Historian and investigative journalist Gareth Porter discusses how fabricated documents from Israel are used to show that Iran is a dishonest negotiating partner and wants to produce nukes

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11850
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Lac-Mégantic Residents Decry Charging of Low-Level Employees Over Deadly Disaster
“The big boss — he should be first.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/14-4
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Drone Lobbyists Buzzing over DC
Pushing for influence on what is now seen as the inevitable and widespread introduction to unmanned aircraft, businesses are amassing legal armies
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/14-0
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Report: US Ranks First in Terrible Treatment of New Mothers
UN survey looks at maternity and paternity practices in 185 nations
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Mother fuckers

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/14-6
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Chelsea Manning says He Doesn’t Want Prison Transfer, Just Fair Treatment
Whistleblower who exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq could be transferred to federal civilian prison where treatments are made available
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/14-1
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‘Frontline Victims of Fracking’ Demand EPA Protection
Petition filed on behalf of 64 environmental and community groups calls for regulation of toxic air emissions from oil and gas wells
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/14-2
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Why a Principled Left Should Support the Benghazi Inquiry
The GOP want to destroy Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in one fell swoop, but there’s a deeper issue to investigate that deserves public scrutiny: How the US/Nato invasion of Libya unleashed widespread violence across North Africa and beyond
by Ajamu Baraka

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/14
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The Death-Cycle of Fracking: Why I Interrupted the Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
by Elizabeth Arnold

*Another manifestation of the two party cyst on our body politic

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/14-4
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Reprieve
Detainees Seek Court Order to Preserve Newly-Discovered Videos of Force-Feeding

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/14
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FAIR Blog
O’Reilly: Back from Vacation, Still Hating Muslims

*Relaxed

Refreshed

And revulsive, as always

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/13/oreilly-back-from-vacation-still-hating-muslims/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Turkey Protests ‘Avoidable’ Mine Deaths

http://www.accuracy.org/release/turkey-protests-avoidable-mine-deaths/
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Democracy Now!
“Right Out of a Spy Movie”: Glenn Greenwald on First Secret Meeting with NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/14/right_out_of_a_spy_movie

Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Corporate Media is “Neutered, Impotent and Obsolete”

*The gummint has responded by making hollow “reforms”, and the corpress has dutifully vetted them as legitimate.

The danger is that the public will accept this sham.

If I were a betting man, that would be an enticing wager

One I would dearly hope to lose.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/14/glenn_greenwald_us_corporate_media_is

5/13

Widepread Chemicals Affecting Human Sperm, Infertility
New study finds “direct link between exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals from industrial products and adverse effects on human sperm function.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Bitter living through chemistry

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/13-6
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1,100 Missing Indigenous Women Reflects Human Rights ‘Crisis’ in Canada
UN Special Rapporteur: “Canada faces a continuing crisis when it comes to the situation of indigenous peoples of the country.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/13-5
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What Goes Around Comes Around: US Trade Agenda vs. Climate and Green Jobs
by Ben Lilliston

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/13-8
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Spinning a Consensus on GMOs
by Tim Schwab

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/13-6
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ACLU Files Federal Complaint Challenging Single-Sex Class Program Rooted in Stereotypes at Florida’s Second Largest School District

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/13-4
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Reprieve
Guantánamo Detainee Reveals Escalating, Brutal Punishment of Hunger Strikers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/13-0
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The Real News Network
Is Ukraine Entering A Revolutionary Moment?
Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin discusses the recent referendums for independence in Ukraine’s eastern regions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11845
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The Roots of Nigeria’s Chaos
Nnimmo Bassey: Years of Western-backed military dictatorship and unfettered plunder by oil companies have created enormous disparity in wealth and a corrupt political elite – a breeding ground for extremism

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11829
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Democracy Now!
“Collect It All”: Glenn Greenwald on NSA Bugging Tech Hardware, Economic Espionage & Spying on U.N.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/13/collect_it_all_glenn_greenwald_on

“The Stuff I Saw Really Began to Disturb Me”: How the U.S. Drone War Pushed Snowden to Leak NSA Docs

*I don’t put anyone on a pedestal, for what should be obvious reasons, but Snowden’s clearing of his better angels for takeoff is something to be deeply admired.

And we need to realize that this happens every day, all over the world. The essence of our humanity is expressed in countless ways.

Our obligation is to not only join that multitude, but to do what we can to make it reach a critical mass

Else what awaits us is the meltdown of our brief history on this planet.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/13/the_stuff_i_saw_really_began

5/12

PETITION
End Female Genital Mutilation in the US – Commission a prevalence report on women impacted and girls at risk
by Jaha Dukureh

https://www.change.org/petitions/end-fgm-now-protect-girls-from-getting-cut-and-support-victims-of-female-genital-mutilation-in-the-usa?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=58484&alert_id=XXDEKhsMbP_qdOXFUljNFIr%2BzQZRD4Uof2R%2FHGfCnT6UEPJRxGTqqY%3D
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Feds Failing to Inspect Thousands of Oil and Gas Wells: Report
GAO report finds Bureau of Land management letting countless ‘high priority’ wells slip through federal regulatory cracks
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/12-0
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New Study Calls Out 17 Common Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer
“Studies that address toxic chemical exposure account for just a drop in the bucket of money spent on breast cancer.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I have to wonder if the lack of research on this connection, which you would assume major breast cancer organizations would want to see exposed, is in any way related to the funding they may receive from the producers of these toxins.

Are we talking about pink ribbons

And white washes?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/12-2
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Private Prisons Eat Our Humanity
by Edwin Sanders

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/12-5
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Why the U.S. Plastics Industry Loves the Fracking Boom
Looking for another reason to worry about fracking? We’re going to bubble-wrap the entire planet with the overabundance of plastic it produces.
by Susan Freinkel

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/12-3
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The Three Faces of Drone War: Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens
by Pratap Chatterjee

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/12-0
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The Tweaks to Tom Wheeler’s Proposal Won’t Save the Internet
by Matt Wood

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/12-4
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The Power of Imagination
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/12
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Defense for Children International Palestine
Rising Numbers of Palestinian Children Subjected to Solitary Confinement

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/12
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The Real News Network
Global Capitalism, the US Empire and Russian Nationalism
Leo Panitch analyzes the complex relationship between the process of global economic integration and nation state rivalry

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11840
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Boris Kagarlitsky on eastern Ukraine: The logic of a revolt
by Boris Kagarlitsky

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2065?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=0c50fa89f3-Who_Makes_US_Foreign2&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-0c50fa89f3-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-0c50fa89f3-80951145
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Mexican Workers in the Continental Crucible
by Richard Roman and Edur Velasco

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2064?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=0c50fa89f3-Who_Makes_US_Foreign2&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-0c50fa89f3-80951145&goal=
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Human Rights Watch’s U.S. Double Standard

*Samantha Power’s favorite lap … er … watchdog

http://www.accuracy.org/release/human-rights-watchs-u-s-double-standard/
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Democracy Now!
After Chaotic Autonomy Votes, Negotiations Could Be Sole Path to Prevent Ukraine’s Disintegration

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/12/after_chaotic_autonomy_votes_negotiations_could

Did CIA’s Fake Polio Vaccination Program in Pakistan Help Fuel a Global Health Emergency?

*I know I’ve said it a number of times before, but I think it bears repeating that the US doesn’t want to “win” the GWOT ™.

“TERRORISM!” provides its rationale for empire expansion. It certainly wants to manage the situation, but having a boogeyman to promote fear is essential to its strategy.

And, not that it would make any difference morally, but I cannot believe this ruse was necessary to locate bin Laden.

The man was hiding in plain sight, and with the resources at its disposal, that the CIA didn’t know precisely where he was, and had known for years, beggars belief, to my mind.

This may well have been a field test to determine its efficacy, with its foreseeable consequences of no concern to its creators.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/12/did_cias_fake_polio_vaccination_program#

With First Images Since Kidnapping, Boko Haram Offers to Swap Nigerian Schoolgirls for Prisoners

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/12/with_first_images_since_kidnapping_boko

5/9

Walmart Worker to Obama: ‘Help Us’
Designed as a stop to highlight green “efficiencies,” critics of Obama say championing super retailer famous for low-wages sends wrong message
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If boundless avarice were a venereal disease

Dear Misleader might have thought twice about kissing Sam Walton’s dick.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/09-2
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Koch Bros. Group Readies ‘Endless Millions’ for Rightwing Takeover
Having watched closely what the Democrats do on the ground to win elections, the conservative billionaires add endless supply of cash to the equation
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[S]ometimes risk coming across as coldhearted”

I can’t think of a better example of corpress euphemismo.

Well, maybe “enhanced interrogation techniques” …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/09-4
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Food Industry Giants to Wage Legal Battle to Defeat Vermont’s Landmark GMO Labeling Law
The GMA wasted no time in announcing its lawsuit to defeat the pro-labeling legislation
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/09-6
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Industrial Agriculture: Too Big to Succeed
by Paul Weinberg
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/09-0
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Walmart is the Last Place Obama Should Have Made a Clean Energy Speech
by Stacy Mitchell

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/09-7
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Post-patriarchy? We Still Have Much to Learn (and Teach)
by Jody Sokolower

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/09
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The Real News Network
Despite Growing Discontent, ANC Victorious in South African Elections
Patrick Bond: A serious challenge to South Africa’s ANC still several years away

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11834
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FAIR Blog
The White House and the Awesome Power of Several Bloggers

*In what world is cheering NATO expansion and support for a regime redolent with the stench of neofascism considered “progressive”?

The same world in which a president of the United States can be called a “socialist”

And no one in the mainstream mediacrity bursts into paroxysms of hysterical laughter.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/09/the-white-house-and-the-awesome-power-of-several-bloggers/
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Democracy Now!
Marijuana Refugees: Virginia Family Moves to Colorado to Treat Epileptic Child with Cannabis Oil

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/9/marijuana_refugees_virginia_family_moves_to

As Marijuana Refugees Flock to Colorado, Will Medical Community Force Rewriting of U.S. Drug Laws?

*These strictly tailored cannabis oil laws benefit those particular patients, but you have to think that this could well be a divide and conquer tactic, to open the door to the few, while slamming it on the many, and creating a wedge between folks who should be allies.

Again, a “reform” that seeks to seeks to largely preserve the status quo.

Also, how does Big Pharma’s hand show in all this, as it defends its obscene profits from a treatment it can’t control?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/9/as_marijuana_refugees_flock_to_colorado

5/8

Carbon Pollution and the Coming Threat of “Hollow Food”
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/08-0
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Great Barrier Reef Be Damned, Australia’s Biggest Coal Mine Project Moves Forward
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/08-4
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U.N. Probe Chief Doubtful on Syria Sarin Exposure Claims
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2058?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=c7e64905df-Keystone_XL_Pipeline&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-c7e64905df-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-c7e64905df-80951145
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The Wars to End All War
by Robert C. Koehler

*”What fools these mortals be.”

Puck may well have added

“How mortal these fools be.”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/08-2
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War and Disease: The Case of Polio
by Paul Rogers

*Disease of the body

Unleashed by disease of the soul

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/08-9
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Keith Alexander Unplugged: On Bush/Obama, 1.7 Million Stolen Documents, et al.
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/08-3
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The Moment for Climate Justice
As global civil society calls for a renewable energy revolution, the U.S. Congress is considering an African energy initiative that leaves the door wide open to fossil fuels.
by Janet Redman and Emira Woods and John Cavanagh

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/08-0
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The endless calamity in West Asia
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2061?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=c7e64905df-Keystone_XL_Pipeline&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-c7e64905df-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-c7e64905df-80951145
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Friends of the Earth
Statement on President Obama’s Endorsement of Walmart’s Unsustainable Practices

*I’m puzzled as to why FOE finds his shilling “puzzling”, aren’t you?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/08-1
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Reprieve
Newly Released Documents Shed Light on CIA’s African Rendition Network

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/08
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The Real News Network
Harper Government Brands Charity Aiding Palestinian Orphans A ‘Terrorist Organization’
Yves Engler: Canadian government attacking aid groups aiding needy Palestinians while giving tax-exempt status to organizations bankrolling Israeli settlement expansion, considered illegal under international law

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11814
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Keystone XL Pipeline Likely Not Headed for Senate Vote
First Nation activist Clayton Thomas-Muller & journalist Steve Horn discuss reports that the push to force a Senate vote on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has been thwarted

*When you’re fighting an octopus

You can’t afford to focus on one tentacle

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11830
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Protestors to Occupy FCC to Fight for Net Neutrality
Organizer Kevin Zeese argues that the internet should be treated as a basic utility like in Nashville, TN, which has one of the highest internet speeds in the U.S.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11827
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FAIR Extra!
‘There Really Is a Double Standard’
Drew Hudson on NPR fracking coverage

*NPR

No Payoffs Refused

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/there-really-is-a-double-standard/

Is Undercover Over?
Disguise seen as deceit by timid journalists
by Aaron Swartz

*From undercover

To uncovered

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/is-undercover-over/
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As UN Torture Committee Probes Vatican, Sex-Abuse Survivors Urge Church to End Decades-Long Cover-up

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/8/as_un_torture_committee_probes_vatican

Protestant Church Faces New Sex-Abuse Scandal as Victims Defy Threats, Censorship to Speak Out

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/8/protestant_church_faces_new_sex_abuse

After Abuse Under State Supervision, Transgender Connecticut Teen Held in Solitary Without Charge

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/8/after_abuse_under_state_supervision_transgender

5/7

Putin Calls for De-escalation, US Pushes New Sanctions
Russian president says soldiers near border will return to normal ‘training grounds’ and requests contentious referendum votes in the east be postponed
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/07-4
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Green Groups Banned From Hearings on Alberta Tar Sands
‘Instead of addressing concerns, they are excluding concerned groups that are science-based and principled’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/07-3
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Can Frances Fox Piven’s Theory of Disruptive Power Create the Next Occupy?
by Mark Engler and Paul Engler

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/07-4
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The Fear of an Educated Girl
by Diana Duarte

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/07-0
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Charter Schools Fail: New Reports Call Their ‘Magic’ Into Question
by Jeff Bryant

*No test where it’s really needed

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/07-6
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The Real News Network
Israeli PM Pushes Constitutional Law on Jewish Exclusivity
Fearing growing movement on symbolic and practical return of Palestinian refugees, Israeli PM pushes to reassert Israel’s Jewish exclusive nature

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11825
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FAIR Blog
The CIA Aided Polio’s Comeback–but Media Have Forgotten the Story

*To paraphrase Johnnie Cochran

If the fact doesn’t fit

We must remit.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/07/the-cia-aided-polios-comeback-but-media-have-forgotten-the-story/

FAIR Extra!
When Transgender Is a Plot Twist
Grantland failed to treat its source as a human being
by Julie Hollar

*Not a goddamn thing “strange” about how transgender folks are treated by the corpress in this instance, is there?

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/when-transgender-is-a-plot-twist/
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Democracy Now!
Stanford Divests: Student-Led Movement Forces Elite School to Pull Its Money from Coal Companies

*Decoupling institutions of higher learning

From those of lower burning

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/7/stanford_divests_student_led_movement_forces

Part 2: Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on “The Black Power Mixtape”

*Can we call this “decontextualized”?

There’s no real discussion as to how to apply this history, these lessons, to the present and future, is there?

Sadly, SOP for DN!.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/5/6/part_2_danny_glover_kathleen_cleaver

Will Dark Money Reshape North Carolina Political Landscape from Senate Race to State Supreme Court?

*So just what defines Tillis as a “moderate”?

Maybe he doesn’t advocate disembowelment for shoplifting?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/7/will_dark_money_reshape_north_carolina

5/6

Oklahoma Earthquake Rate Breaking Records, and Fracking Could Be to Blame
USGS: Increased seismic activity not due to typical, random fluctuations, but to oil, gas injection wells
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Call it “The Aftershock Doctrine”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/06-3
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Reparations Are Imperative: The Stagnate “State of Black America”
by Dr. Ron Daniels

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2057?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=e4bee266ec-Israeli_PM_Pushes_Constitutional&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-e4bee266ec-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-e4bee266ec-80951145
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The Crisis in Ukraine: What Can Be Done?
by Floyd Rudmin

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/06-3
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In California, Robbing Main Street to Prop Up Wall Street
Why Gov. Jerry Brown’s rainy day fund is a bad idea
by Ellen Brown

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/06-4
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Reprieve
MPs Must Oppose ‘More Primitive Than Torture’ Citizenship-Stripping Plans

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/05/06-1
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The Real News Network
Is Ukraine Descending into Civil War?
Professors Nicolai Petro and Aleksandr Buzgalin discuss the factional clashes in the Ukrainian city of Odessa and how the international community can de-escalate tensions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11820
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Institute for Public Accuracy
CIA’s Bin Laden Hunt Prompted Pakistan’s ‘Uncontrolled Outbreak’ of Polio?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/cias-bin-laden-hunt-prompted-pakistans-uncontrolled-outbreak-of-polio/
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FAIR Blog
ABC News Exclusive: Our Parent Company’s Awesome New Things

*It’s a small world, after all …

(Hopefully that won’t get me sued for copyright infringement.)

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/05/06/abc-news-exclusive-our-parent-companys-awesome-new-things/
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Democracy Now!
Bring Back Our Girls: Nigerians Caught Between Deadly Boko Haram Attacks & Military Reprisals

*As understandable as it may be, I think it’s always wise to be cautious about calling for outside intervention, given the outcome of so many previous situations.

“Be careful what you wish for” should be the watchwords here.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/6/bring_back_our_girls_nigerians_caught

Occupy Wall Street on Trial: Cecily McMillan Convicted of Assaulting Cop, Faces Up to Seven Years

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/6/occupy_wall_street_on_trial_cecily

Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on “Black Power Mixtape,” Rare Footage Capturing Movement’s Rise

*Why do you think it is that DN! has these periodic segments on various aspects of radical history

Yet only in the rarest of instances covers anything that could be reasonably considered radical occurring today?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/6/danny_glover_kathleen_cleaver_on_black

5/5

Global Warming Threatens ‘Unstoppable’ Sea Level Rise
New findings show how “uncorking” of area in East Antarctic could unleash 4 meter sea level rise over 10,000 years
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/05-3
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OWS Activist Found Guilty of ‘Assaulting’ Cop Who Sexually Assaulted Her
Cecily McMillan, who faces up to seven years in prison, was immediately handcuffed and ‘whisked away’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The deliberations of a police state of mind

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/05-7
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Total Ban On GM Corn in France Follows Popular Opposition
Prohibition applies to all current and future varieties of GM corn
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Frankenfarming doesn’t conquer this corner of the world

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/05-4
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US Supreme Court Ruling Greenlights Government Prayer
‘The Supreme Court just relegated millions of Americans—both believers and nonbelievers—to second-class citizenship’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Under this court

Separation of church and state doesn’t have a prayer

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/05-1
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Why the Super-Rich Should Pay Super Taxes
by Paul Buchheit