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Hello

This blog’s been created in the hope that knowledge is power, and the
certainty that ignorance is its antithesis.   It’s mainly a compilation
of information and insight from various sources that I thought worth
passing along.

I’ll be tossing in my grossly overvalued two cents, as well (denoted
by asterisks).   That said, I’d like to think I’m smart enough to know
what I don’t know, and that I’ll make that clear when necessary.

I’m happy to hear from folks.   Disagreement is welcome, but only if
it’s civil.  You can be as vociferous as you wish, but personal attacks
will simply be flushed as soon as they’re apparent.

Let’s do the mensch thing.

Make sense?   If so, you can leave a comment or reach me at unlikelysource@gmail.com .

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I may be stating the obvious, but it’s a good idea to check the DN!
Headlines every weekday.

There’s a link to them at the top right of each segment I post, and of
course you can go to http://www.democracynow.org on the rare days when
I don’t have anything from the program.

Thanks for visiting.   I hope you’ll find it worth your while.

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ADDED 10/27/11 –  THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES page

Let me know what you think.

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5/18/12 – I started leaving my comments on Common Dreams pieces on the article page a little over a month ago.  Occasionally there’s a response, and I go beyond the initial remarks.

(That’s also the case at the FAIR Blog.)

If you’re interested, click on the links to the articles and search on “Doug Latimer” to view the additional commentary. 

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1/1/13 – For about a year, I’ve been working with some Veterans For Peace folks on a public access program out of Madison, WI.

You can view it in real time at http://wyou.org, currently Thursdays at 11am, Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 6am.

We also have a YouTube channel, http://youtube.com/vfppeacetime, with a few of the shows posted, and more to come.

Have a look, if you’re so inclined, and pass along any thoughts.

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* Do what your conscience demands

And your courage allows

And never be satisfied with the limits of either *

 

Written by Doug Latimer

05/02/2008 at 4:15 PM

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4/24

PETITION
Warehouse Workers for Justice
Forklifts on Fire
A warehouse with no fire alarm system installed; Forklifts with bad brakes and faulty hydraulics; Workers injured by falling freight; Workers suffering frostbite from working in -15 degree temperatures; Propane powered forklifts catching fire

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7209/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17228
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Report: US Unprepared for Arctic Oil Spill
Findings highlight risks of exploiting resources in fragile ecosystem
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/24-2
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Vermont Law Makes It Official: GMO Food Must Be Labeled
In nation’s most far-reaching law to date, passage makes it mandatory to label certain foods that contain genetically-modified ingredients
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/24-0
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This Bill Isn’t Just Anti-Mother – It’s Anti-Poor, Anti-Family, Anti-Doctor
Mothers of color and poor women stand to lose the most from a law that would turn pregnant drug users into criminals. But the whole system stands to fail
by Cherisse Scott

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/24-0
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Institute for Public Accuracy
An End to Open Internet?

*Can we please stop calling complicity “cowardice”

And collusion “shortsightedness”?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/an-end-to-open-internet/
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FAIR Blog
Is NYT Walking Back ‘Russia’ Photos Scoop?

*The good “old days of journalism”

Like pimping the fractured fairy tale in the Gulf of Tonkin … ?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/23/is-nyt-walking-back-russia-photos-scoop/
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Democracy Now!
Muslim Americans Who Claim FBI Used No-Fly List to Coerce Them Into Becoming Informants File Lawsuit

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/24/muslim_americans_accuse_fbi_of_placing

In Landmark Ruling, U.S. Ordered to Release Memo Behind Targeted Killings of U.S. Citizens

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/24/in_landmark_ruling_us_ordered_to

4/23

Despite Israel’s Threat, Palestinian Unity Pact Announced
Political dispute between PLO and Hamas declared “over” after seven years, but skepticism remains over its true impact on Israeli occupation
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/23-2
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The Cowboy Indian Alliance Rises to Protect Our Common Land and Water
by Zoltán Grossman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/23
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6 Reasons Why Obama’s Clemency Program Doesn’t Change Mass Incarceration
by Bruce Dixon

*Empty gestures

From an empty soul

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/23-11
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(Re)Radicalization of the Working Class in Turkey?: An Appraisal of Recent Workplace Occupations
by Ehmet Erman Erol

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2042?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6a95e4945d-The_Modern_History_of_Venezuela&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-6a95e4945d-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-6a95e4945d-80951145
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The Real News Network
The Modern History of Venezuela and Popular Democracy – Edgardo Lander on RAI (9/9)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander assesses Chavez’s attempt to establish a participatory democracy that changed the structure of power and decision making

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11772
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Intimidation and Political Interference Goes Unpunished in UAW Case
Frank Hammer discusses the labor conditions at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee that moved workers to attempt unionization, and says that the political interference by state officials in these efforts shows weakness of labor laws

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11738
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Institute for Public Accuracy
TPP Myths

http://www.accuracy.org/release/tpp-myths/
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Democracy Now!
Toms River: How a Small Town Fought Back Against Corporate Giants for Toxic Dumping Linked to Cancer

*It is inspiring to hear of these folks’ tenacity in struggling for justice

But in the end, justice wasn’t achieved, was it?

No murderer – and let’s call the crime what it is – went to prison. No corporation admitted fault. The victims didn’t receive just compensation.

Some of the cards may have been removed in this instance

But the deck was still stacked against a fair outcome.

So, was the fight worth it?

If this incomplete victory moves us a step further toward winning the war

It’s a rhetorical question.

But only if that’s the case.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/23/toms_river_how_a_small_town

4/22

PETITION
Please ban torturous shock devices used on special needs people
by Gregory Miller

https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-torturous-shock-devices-used-on-special-needs-people?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=55487&alert_id=FbMuhzYVIh_fSkgtkmuOe
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Does Climate Apathy Hinge on ‘Pervasive’ American Stupidity?
New survey highlights connection between political and religious affiliations and scientific beliefs
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*AP knows all too well the effects of anti-science sophistry on the easily manipulated American psyche

As they and their corpress cohorts have been efficacious enablers of same via their sins of omission and commission.

Ignorance does not exist in a vacuum

But in the vacuous maelstrom of mainstream media.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/22-1
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‘Corporate Colonialism’: Protesters Slam TPP, US Military ‘One-Two Punch’
Ahead of Obama visit, Asia-Pacific voices demand ‘U.S. out’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/22-3
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US ‘Silently’ Stripping Open Net Protections
Ahead of global internet forum, activists say, ‘Governments must consider the Internet as our common good, and protect it as such, with no compromise.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/22-4
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The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External
The climate crisis has such bad timing, confronting it not only requires a new economy but a new way of thinking.
by Naomi Klein

*Shop till we drop

Dead

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/22-3
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Solar Warriors vs. the Black Snake of Tar Sands
by Winona LaDuke

*Let’s stand against the molesters of our Mother

By writing press releases for their front man … ?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/22-0
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The Real News Network
The Modern History of Venezuela, The Protests and Democracy – Edgardo Lander on RAI (8/9)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander says while there are problems with the democratic process in Venezuela, the current protests are anti-democratic attempts to bring down an elected government

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11769
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Exclusive Investigation Uncovers How BP Uses Bribes To Do Business
Four years after 200-million gallon BP oil spill, TRNN speaks with investigative journalist Greg Palast about BP’s collusion with government officials to dodge safety regulations

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11761
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Greek Politics 4 Years After The Financial Crisis
Leo Panitch on the left Coalition: SYRIZA and the struggle against austerity

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11758
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Consequences of Border Security: ‘Deadly Force’, Native Surveillance

http://www.accuracy.org/release/consequences-of-border-security-deadly-force-native-surveillance/
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28 Years After Chernobyl: ‘Ecological Collapse’?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/28-years-after-chernobyl-ecological-collapse/
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FAIR Blog
Obama’s ‘Manhood Problem’–and Media’s Humanity Problem

*Perhaps if he changed his name to “Obomba” … ?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/22/obamas-manhood-problem-and-medias-humanity-problem/
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Democracy Now!
Earth Day Special: “Fierce Green Fire” Documentary Explores Environmental Movement’s Global Rise

*Inspiring stories

So why have distinctly uninspiring capitulateurs like Van Jones telling them?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/22/earth_day_special_fierce_green_fire

4/21

Cause of Suicide: Austerity
New study finds direct link between Greek austerity cuts and increase in male suicides
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The deaths of a thousand cuts

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/21-1
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A Little-Known Toxic Threat ‘Underfoot’ in North Carolina
Coal ash used as landfill is a ‘silent, lurking issue that’s not getting any attention’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Arsenic and old laissez-faire

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/21-2
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The Forecast for UK’s Coast: Radioactive
Environment Agency warns “the expected evolution scenario” for nuclear dump in Cumbria is flooding, erosion
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/21-3
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Spain’s ‘Robin Hood’ Funded Anti-Capitalist Movement with Bank Swindle
In recent interviews from the lam, Enric Duran predicts ‘transformation of the state and capitalism as we know it today’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/21-4
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Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington
by Tom Engelhardt

*Murder a defenseless prisoner

Get restricted to your “church”.

God bless America

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/21
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Monsanto’s Dream Bill is a Nightmare for State GMO Labeling Efforts
by Genna Reed

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/21-3
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The Meritocracy Myth: How the Super-Rich Really Make Their Money
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/21-2
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The Rhetoric of Violence
by Chris Hedges

*The revolution may not be televised

But it must be internalized

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/21-0
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On the Death and Life’s Work of the Unconquerable Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter
by Dave Zirin

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/21-5
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U.S. PIRG
Poll: Public Wants Federal Agencies to Disclose and Restrict Corporate Tax Write Offs for Out-of-Court Settlements

*Tax deductions for criminal behavior is bad enough

But isn’t the fact that these settlements are the default setting for gummint action, rather than prosecuting the perps, the real issue here?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/21
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Friends of the Earth
Groups Press EPA to Address Toxic Lead Air Pollution from Aviation Gasoline
Evidence linking ill-health, especially in children, to airborne lead emissions mounts as EPA fails to act

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/21-2
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The Real News Network
Israel Uses Refugees as “Currency” in Arms Trade with Africa
Rwanda and Uganda agree to take African refugees as part of arms deal after Israel denied their asylum claims and imprisoned them

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11749
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Who Will Pay for Climate Change Disaster?
A discussion with Patrick Bond on the lack of political will to deal with climate change and the forces mobilizing for action

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11768
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South African Platinum Miner’s Struggle Challenges ANC Leadership
Patrick Bond: 2012 Marikana massacre and the militancy of the miners is changing the face of South African politics

*The bullwhip cares nothing for the color of the hand that wields it

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11766
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Hundredth Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre
Historian Jonathan Rees and author Jeff Biggers discuss the significance of the deadliest incident in U.S. labor history, and the struggles faced by coal miners today

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11757
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The Bundy Ranch Standoff Demonstrates Values Shared by Corporations and the Far Right
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center discusses the Bundy Ranch standoff’s far right connections and scholar and activist Mark Mason says this is embodied in the goal to privatize the commons

*A profound irony that “the gummint” is supporting extremists (too mild a word) like these, directly and indirectly, in Ukraine, Greece and elsewhere, innit?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11756
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The Modern History of Venezuela, Why Still So Much Crime? – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (7/9)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander analyzes why the Chavez and Maduro governments have so far been unable to reduce the high rates of murder and violent crime

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11760
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Can Johns Hopkins Afford to Pay A Living Wage? (2/2)
The second part of Marc Steiner’s discussion on whether Johns Hopkins has the money to pay a living wage. Joining him are Hopkins Hospital worker Daniel Roberts, SEIU union organizer Carrietta Hiers and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11746
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Social Justice Unionism Seeks Can Build Labor And Student Movements
by Roshan Bliss

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2040?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=8f54e21b1f-South_African_Platinum_Miners&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-8f54e21b1f-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-8f54e21b1f-80951145

4/18

Experts Warn: US ‘on Course to Repeat’ BP Gulf Disaster
“The risk of another blowout is real,” write former MMS head Elizabether Birnbaum, Oceana’s Jacqueline Savitz
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/18-4
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Wildfires in the Face of Climate Change: Increasing and Intensifying
Past three decades have seen steady increase in fires, drought in Western US due to climate change
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/18-3
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Geneva Agreement over Eastern Ukraine May Have Overlooked One Thing: Eastern Ukrainians
Separatists, who say the Kiev government is illegimitate, say they are not obligated by deal made without their input or consent
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/18-2
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NYT Slammed for Honoring Israeli Govt Gag Orders
Times Jerusalem bureau admits compliance with Israel-ordered media blackouts
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/18-6
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A Roadmap for Survival
The latest UN report on addressing climate change reflects a strong Western bias, but it’s the most comprehensive tool we’ve got.
by Oscar Reyes

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/18-10
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Thousands of Palestinians Rally for Release of 5,000 in Israeli Jails, Including 200 Children
by Juan Cole

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/18-9
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The Real News Network
The Resegregation of American Schools
ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses her year-long investigation into how one of desegregation’s success stories in Tuscaloosa, Alabama became one of the most segregated school systems in the country, as well as the high levels of segregation in northern schools 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11754
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What Role Has Russia Played in Eastern Ukraine?
John Quigley & Aleksandr Buzgalin say that the building occupations and protests in cities like Donestk look like local initiatives, and are markedly less violent than some of those during the Euromaiden protests

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11751
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FAIR Blog
Has Everyone Without an Honorary Degree From Brandeis Been Censored?

*Maybe we can find someone who’s made equivalent comments about Christianity or Judaism

And we’ll see whether these stalwart defenders of free speech rush to their defense.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/18/has-everyone-without-an-honorary-degree-from-brandeis-been-censored/

4/17

The Real News Network
Investigation Finds Former Ukraine President Not Responsible For Sniper Attack on Protestors
Michael Hudson: A German TV investigation disproves the West’s claim that Yanukovych was responsible for killing of dozens of Ukrainian protestors, making this President Obama’s WMD moment

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11730
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Can Johns Hopkins Afford to Pay A Living Wage? (1/2)
Marc Steiner examines if Johns Hopkins has the money to pay a living wage with Hopkins Hospital worker Daniel Roberts, SEIU union organizer Carrietta Hiers and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11745
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The Modern History of Venezuela and the Need for a Post-Oil Economy – Edgardo Lander on RAI (6/9)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander says to strengthen democracy, develop food sovereignty and help save the planet, Venezuela must develop a plan to transition away from an extractive economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11750
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Third Report in Three Days Shows Scale of Fracking Perils
‘We can conclude that this process has not been shown to be safe’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/17-3
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How One State Is Taking On The Micro-Plastics Polluting Its Waterways
Illinois bill takes aim at microbeads found in personal care products, but green groups say measure does not go far enough
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/17-2
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Thousands of Schools in ‘Shadow of Risky Chemical Facilities’
Series of incidents reveals ‘glaring gaps in the country’s patchwork of oversight laws that govern the use of hazardous chemicals’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/17-6
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Global Peasant Movement Exemplifies Power of Organized Humanity
Commemorating the International Day of Peasant Struggle
by Salena Tramel

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/17-0
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Star-Spangled Baggage: How America’s Wars Came Home With the Troops
Up close, personal, and bloody
by Ann Jones

*Informative and important piece, but Jones fails to make the connection between the increasingly militarized police forces in this country, and the mindset of the veterans hired to fill their ranks.

They get to continue to play with their toys, and fuck with “the bad guys”

While those in power draw the cordon sanitaire ever more tightly around themselves as their system implodes.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/17-6
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The Hollow Center of Common Core
by Robert Barkley

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/17-2
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U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance
New Seed Survey Report Highlights Privatization Concerns

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/17-2
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Rainforest Action Network
Report Finds Top Banks Moving Away From Coal: Citigroup and Barclays Seen as Laggard
JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo end financing for mountaintop removal coal

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/17-1
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine Agreement: ‘Propaganda’ and Low Expectations?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ukraine-agreement-propaganda-and-low-expectations/
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FAIR Blog
Trophies for Just Showing Up: Alfie Kohn on Childrearing Myths

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/17/trophies-for-just-showing-up-alfie-kohn-on-childrearing-myths/
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Democracy Now!
“We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We are Well into It”: Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis

*Possibly another Cuban Missile Crisis

Definitely another “liberal administration” playing with fire

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/17/we_are_not_beginning_a_new

Fixing the Electoral College: New York Joins Pact to Elect President by Popular Vote

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/17/fixing_the_electoral_college_new_york

Former Drone Operators Reveal Air Force Plays Key Role in Secret CIA Assassination Campaign

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/17/former_drone_operators_reveal_air_force

4/16

Nation’s Boldest GMO Label Law Nears Passage in Vermont
Senators credit ‘emails and calls’ of voters for pushing legislation
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/16-2
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‘Environmental Injustice’: Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution
Study shows that race and class major indicators for levels of airborne poisons found in communities
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Breathing while black

(Or other off white)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/16-3
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US Fracking Boom Creating Crisis of Illegal Toxic Dumping
Toxic materials from gas drilling industry creating ‘legacy of radioactivity’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/16-9
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What the French E-mail Meme Reveals About America’s Runaway Culture of Work
by Michelle Chen

*The Gaul of it all

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/16
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Which Side Are You on? Why This Student Sit-in Against Peabody Coal Matters
by Jeff Biggers

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/16-1
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Amazon Watch
Major Victory in Effort to Limit Oil Drilling in Ecuadorian Amazon
Supporters gather 750,000+ signatures to qualify for referendum to defend Yasuní National Park

*If the drilling begins

These folks can’t refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/16-5
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The Real News Network
Ukraine Transitional Gov’t Moves Militarily To Reclaim Seized Buildings
Nicolai Petro: Ukrainian officials are using this first military move as political tool to garner more public support, as groups labeled pro-Russian truly want federalism, not succession, in order to protect eastern Ukraine’s autonomy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11740
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Eastern Ukraine Lacks Political Representation in Kiev
Derek Monroe says that Russian military presence along the western border is more defensive than aggressive; that the country is likely to remain unified; and the new transitional government continues an oligarchic rule that does not represent the interests of ordinary eastern or western Ukrainians

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11736
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The Modern History of Venezuela: The Bolivarian Revolution – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (5/9)
Mr. Lander discusses the achievements and failures of the revolution led by President Hugo Chavez

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11743
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The Modern History of Venezuela from 1973 to the Caracazo Massacre – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (3/9)
Mr. Lander traces the history of Venezuela from the rise of neo-liberal capitalism to the suppression and slaughter of protesters against it

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11739
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Democracy Now!
Was Kansas Shooting Avoidable? White Supremacist was Ex-Informant with Criminal Past & Hateful Views

*The “TERRORISM!” screamers fall silent

When faced with its white face

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/16/was_kansas_shooting_avoidable_white_supremacist
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New York Drops Police Unit that Spied on Muslims, But Will It End Broader Profiling & Surveillance?

*So what did Apuzzo bring to this segment, other than positing an idiotic context of frenzy after 9/11 that has now subsided, with the security state “rationally” rethinking its actions, realizing that these programs weren’t “doing the job”

As if this surveillance was all about preventing terrorism

Which the previous segment on true terror makes plain is just plain ludicrous?

And what if it had prevented one or more acts?

Would that have justified the means?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/16/new_york_drops_police_unit_that

Killing Nature’s Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/16/killing_natures_defenders_study_finds_global

4/15

The Real News Network
Hypersurveillance State Won’t Prevent Another Boston Marathon Bombing
One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, the ACLU’s Kade Crockford questions whether the surveillance practices of law enforcement and an increasingly militarized police force will prevent terrorism

*Think of the reaction here if another country didn’t investigate a possible connection to terrorism because the suspect only “wanted to kill Americans”, and wasn’t deemed a threat to itself.

And why, for the umpteenth time, does an “alternative” outlet discuss the increasing militarization and special op tactics of police forces across the country

And not come to the inescapable conclusion that we’re witnessing a dress rehearsal for the 21st century police state, as the power structure tries to hold together the rapidly imploding capitalist system?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11733
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Univ. of Maine Faculty Reinstated After Students Protest Against Cuts
USM Assistant Professor Meghan Brodie and USM student Meaghan LaSala discuss how this victory shows there are efficient ways to fill the $14 million budget gap without eroding the academic core

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11737
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How a Group of Strangers Stopped One Man From Being Deported
Airplane passengers staged an unusual direct action to prevent a refugee from being forcibly removed from Sweden
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A righteous flight path

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/15-2
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Study: Fracking Emissions Up To 1000x Higher Than EPA Estimates
New report suggests highly potent greenhouse gas far more prevalent in gas production than previously thought
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fractured figures and fairy tales

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/15-4
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The ‘Proprietary’ Internet? Google Buys Drones of Its Own
Search giant purchases Titan Aerospace in move that confirms tech world’s vision of internet’s future
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/15
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Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib
Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are holding the U.S. government accountable for innocent victims on all sides of the fighting.
by Phyllis Bennis

*A battle for healed hearts and mended minds

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/15-5
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On Supporting Progressives in Ukraine, Wherever They Are
Maidan or anti-Maidan? The Ukraine situation requires more nuance and we should support the progressive wings of both factions, not tie ourselves up with hypocritical justifications of one or the other
by Volodymyr Ishchenko

*A reasoned and too rare take on the situation.

Are any attempts being made among the anti-fascist, anti-imperial, anti-oligarchic forces in each region to connect and cooperate with each other?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/15-2
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Alabama: The Next Tar Sands Frontier?
by Alison Grass

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/15-1
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FAIR Media Advisory
Can White People Be Terrorists?
How media label Kansas shooting suspect

*A different kind of color coded terrorist alert

http://fair.org/take-action/media-advisories/can-white-people-be-terrorists/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
KC Shooting Suspect: A Long History of ‘Bigotry’

http://www.accuracy.org/release/kc-shooting-suspect-a-long-history-of-bigotry/
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Democracy Now!
Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street

*A classic example of most “alternative” coverage, in that salient intel is related, but the overarching context is missing.

Why are the powerful untouchable

And why are the powerless in the crosshairs of the criminal injustice system?

Capital has concluded that only fear and brute force stand between it and those it exploits.

As its contradictions become more manifest, repression will increase.

The new normal has been old hat for the “others” in our society

But soon everyone without power will be compelled to either support the police state out of fear – of those “others”, or of being treated as they are

Or to exhibit the humanity that will surely incur its wrath.

It’s the obligation of outlets such as DN! to provide that context

And to my mind they have done precious little to fulfill that duty.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/15/who_goes_to_jail_matt_taibbi

4/14

The Real News Network
The Modern History of Venezuela from 1908 to 1973 – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (2/8)
Mr. Lander traces the history of Venezuela from dictatorship to attempts at democratic governments and back

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11732
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Has Palestinian Maneuvering Revived Peace Talks?
Lia Tarachansky and Shir Hever interview journalist Daoud Kuttab on how Mahmoud Abbas’ maneuvering may have led to talks extending

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11731
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Late Jackson Mayor Lumumba’s Son Wins Primary to Replace His Father, Runoff Election Ahead
Kali Akuno discusses developments in the race to replace late Jackson mayor Chokwe Lumumba and the upcoming Jackson Rising conference

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11721
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Quebecers Reject PQ and Elect a Liberal Government Representing Big Business
Leo Panitch: “PQ fronting Pierre Peladeau as a their star candidate blew up in their faces”

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11728
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The Modern History of Venezuela – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
Mr. Lander, with host Paul Jay, traces the events that set the stage for the Bolivarian Revolution and the Chavez era of Venezuela

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11724
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IPCC Findings: Create ‘Age of Renewables’… Or Pay Higher Price Later
‘The longer we wait, the costlier it will be’: IPCC’s latest climate assessment makes it perfectly clear that solutions to crisis exist, but political atrophy spells doom
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The IPCC will never go beyond the parameters of reform of an
unreformable system. They evince the naive notion – whether they
actually believe it or not – that we’re dealing with rational actors,
when all evidence points to the obverse.

The exploitocracy are addicts. Power and profit are their drugs of choice.

They can’t tolerate limits on either, even at the cost of their own
continued existence.

Of course, they don’t see it that way. They aren’t making a conscious
decision to drive us – and themselves – off the cliff.

Their hubris doesn’t allow them to conceive of such a fate. They are
the masters of the universe, and the laws of nature that would
constrain them are not recognized.

Their empire will crumble, as all must

And unless humanity rouses from its torpor, and sees oblivion staring
it in the face

Theirs will be the last.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/14-0
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World’s Financial Elite Get Lofty on ‘Inequality,’ But Critics Unimpressed
‘We need much bigger changes … not just speaking out against inequality and not just speaking out against contradictory policies, but actually making those policy changes’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It is a tale told by a plutocrat

Full of sound and fury

Signifying nothing

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/14-5
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10,000 Russians Rally Against ‘Lies’ of State-Run Media
Moscow protesters voice sympathy for people of Ukraine caught in regional crisis
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/14-3
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Teachers: A Call to Battle for Reluctant Warriors
by Anthony Cody

*Putting the pedal to the pedagogy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/14-4
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New Report Rebukes Central Feature of ‘Race to the Top’
by Diane Ravitch

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/14-7
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Our Big, Fat, Not-So-Secret War in Africa
U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about bases, winning hearts and minds, and the “War” in Africa
by Nick Turse

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/14-2
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Center for Media and Democracy
A Reporters’ Guide to the Koch-funded Rich States, Poor States Report

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/14-0

4/11

War on Terror’s Trickle Down Effect: The FBI’s Military Evolution Exposed
Washington Post report reveals how Bureau brought their ‘deadly-force policy’ to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the world beyond
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/11-4
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General Strike Grips Argentina
Over one million turn out for action to denounce government policies
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/11-6
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21st Century’s First Decade Saw Doubling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: IPCC
Leaked draft of latest IPCC report obtained by Guardian sheds light on drastic gas emissions from coal-fired plant
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/11-5
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How to Get a Whole Generation to Sell Out
Today’s twenty-somethings aren’t apathetic or opportunistic. They’re just trying to survive an economic system that has saddled them with inescapable student debt.
by Astra Taylor

*Making the bricks pay for the wall

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/11-9
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Council of Canadians
Energy East Pipeline is all Risk and no Reward for Ottawa Residents

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/11-1
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Food & Water Watch
Unlabeled GMO Salmon? Groups Call on FDA to Rein In Industry Claims

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/11-0
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The Real News Network
TRNN Debate: Decriminalization vs. Legalization
As Maryland is poised to become the next state to decriminalize marijuana, MD Delegate Keiffer Jackson Mitchell and LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin debate whether it can end the racial disparity in drug-related arrests

*Whatever “unintended consequences” may arise from legalization, the bedrock principle to me in all this is that the use of a drug in and of itself shouldn’t have any legal ramifications, whether fine or arrest or incarceration.

It makes no moral or practical sense.

Franklin makes a strong case along those lines, but his comment about “feel[ing] good about working at places like McDonald’s and Walmart”, considering the products they sell and the treatment of their employees, is an object lesson in how one can be eminently reasonable regarding some matters

And just plain foolish about others.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11715
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Revolution Against Corporate Education Targets Achilles Heel
by Roshan Bliss

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2032?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=95720a20cb-Debate_Decriminalization_vs_Legalization&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-95720a20cb-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-95720a20cb-80951145
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FAIR Blog
Let’s Stop Looking at the Downside of Climate Change

*Well, if the Breakthrough Institute is claiming that Obama, Gore, “congressional leaders” and not a few prominent groups in “the environmental community” are truly “trying to end our status quo energy policies”

And not simply playing politics with the end of the world as we know it

Then they are most certainly “spreading disinformation”.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/11/lets-stop-looking-at-the-downside-of-climate-change/
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Democracy Now!
“Imagine Living in a Socialist USA”: New Book Envisions Greater Democracy, World Without Capitalism

*Isn’t that nice?

And that’s the last we’ll hear about socialism on this show for a goodly while, don’t you think?

It isn’t just the corporate media that snubs this subject.

The “alternative media” does its unfair share, as well.

So how does the idea enter the public consciousness, when it can only garner a few minutes of superficial coverage on DN!?

And you can call it cynical – I’d call it empirical – but I have to look askance at a work that HarperCollins felt comfortable with publishing, and that has folks like Michael Moore expounding on the matter.

Not that he and others haven’t done important work

But are they really advocating for the end of capitalism?

The end of profit?

The end of money?

A system that embodies the principle of “From each according to her talents”

“To each according to his needs”?

That’s socialism – if you have to put a label on it – to me.

It’s the end of competition, and the exploitation that it must give rise to

And the birth of true community and cooperation.

How else can we create a world in which every single person can live a dignified life?

Anything less leaves someone – many someones – out

Doesn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/11/imagine_living_in_a_socialist_usa

4/10

US Has Littered Afghanistan with War’s Deadly Garbage
Afghan children and poorest citizens most vulnerable to unexploded bombs and toxic materials of thirteen-year war
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/10-0
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Senator King Joins Republicans to Block Equal Pay Act
Bill banning ‘egregious discrimination’ against women in the workplace fails to move forward
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/10-3
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US: EU Circumvention of NSA Spying Would Violate Trade Law
Report from US Trade Representative charges EU-centric communications network would unfairly disadvantage US companies
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/10-4
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UN Shows ‘Shocking Indifference’ Towards Displaced People: Doctors
Charity slams UN Mission in South Sudan for ignoring plight of displaced people living in flooded, disease-ridden camp
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/10-1
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Why US Fracking Companies Are Licking Their Lips Over Ukraine
From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine
by Naomi Klein

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/10-7
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Open Systems and Glass Ceilings: The Disappearing Woman and Life on the Internet
by Astra Taylor

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/10-3
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The Real News Network
Workers at Nation’s Top Hospital Strike For Fair Wages
The Real News goes to the picket lines as Johns Hopkins Hospital workers launch a three-day strike for living wages

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11720
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From Exile to Radicalization in Venezuela – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
Mr. Lander tells Paul Jay that in ’98, when he saw the whole of the establishment getting together to defeat Chavez, he voted for him even though he had a lot of reasons not to like him

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11723
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Rwanda 20 Years Later: Genocide, Western Plunder of Congo, and President Kagame
Twenty years after the Rwandan genocide, survivor & activist Claude Gatebuke and filmmaker Andre Vltchek discuss what was really behind America’s decision not to intervene, and its ongoing support for Rwandan President Paul Kagame

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11716
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Ukrainian Protesters in the East Demand More Autonomy From Kiev Government
Nicolai Petro: The eastern part of the country feels like it does not have a voice in politics, and secession is only last resort for most of the protesters

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11713
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FAIR Blog
Meet the Press Gets Out of the Beltway–But Takes Washington Worldview Along

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/10/meet-the-press-gets-out-of-the-beltway-but-takes-washington-worldview-with-them/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
GM: Nader Points to Systematic Safety Regulation Failure

http://www.accuracy.org/release/gm-nader-points-to-systematic-safety-regulation-failure/
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Democracy Now!
Wall Street’s Land Grab: Firms Amass Rental Empire, Ousting Tenants & Threatening New Housing Crisis

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/10/wall_streets_land_grab_firms_amass

Not a Bug Splat: Artists Confront U.S. Drone Operators with Giant Picture of Pakistani Child

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/10/not_a_bug_splat_artists_confront

4/9

Battered & Broken By Cuts, Greek Workers Still Rise to Fight
Thousand strike across country in continued battle against the devastation of imposed austerity
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/09-2
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‘This Is Not Over’: Gulf Life Still Reeling From Toxic BP Spill
Report on four year anniversary of worst oil disaster in US history details fourteen ailing species
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/09-6
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Jailing of Mentally Ill Has Turned US Prisons into ‘Inhumane’ Asylums: Study
As state psychiatric facilities shut their doors, people with severe mental illnesses are being locked in U.S. prisons and jails, finds report
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The issue of the treatment of mental disorders has to include attention to their origins.

In addition to the stress created by living in an unjust and individualistic society, the immense damage done to the environment has led to an pandemic of physical and mental maladies, before and after birth.

We have been physically, psychically and sociologically poisoned

And our body politic is on life support.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/09-4
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Industry-Friendly Regulators Ask to be Stripped of Regulatory Power
After coal ash spill, state regulators appeal ruling demanding Duke Energy clean up
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/09-5
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America’s Homegrown Terror
Plagued by poor infrastructure, climate denialism, and a patchwork of unregulated fracking wells and nuclear waste sites, the U.S. is poised to topple itself with self-inflicted wounds.
by Emanuel Pastreic and John Feffer

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/09-8
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A People’s History of Muslims in the United States
What school textbooks and the media miss
by Alison Kysia

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/09-2
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Center for Food Safety
Industry Hype & Bad Science Undercuts Real Energy/Climate Solutions
Genetically Engineering Poplars for Paper and Biofuels Condemned

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/09-3
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The Real News Network
Indian Parliamentary Elections – A Primer With Vijay Prashad
Indians go to the polls discontent with the 10 year rule of Indian National Congress Party

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11692
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West Looks to Carve Up Ukraine & Privatize Industries Held by Kleptocrats
Michael Hudson: The financial grab for Ukraine’s industries is simply war by another name, as other Eastern European countries have experienced a similar fate

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11710
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FAIR Blog
Sharpton and the Media’s Cat-and-Mouse Game

*A rat

Or just a fink?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/09/sharpton-and-the-medias-cat-and-mouse-game/

O’Reilly, Moses and the Decline of America

*Ever notice how “Christians” such as O’Reilly studiously avoid mention of the prime directive of their proclaimed religion

That whole “Golden Rule” thingie?

WWJD?

You got all these people running around saying and doing the antithesis of his teachings, in his name.

Can a supposed deity sue for defamation of character?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/08/oreilly-moses-and-the-decline-of-america/
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Democracy Now!
Is India on a Totalitarian Path? Arundhati Roy on Corporatism, Nationalism and World’s Largest Vote

*Roy is the sort of guest that appears all too infrequently on this program, which hosts a constant stream of paltu shers, as she puts it, rather than the clear eyed such as herself.

It’s almost as if these anomalies are meant to maintain some sort of “street cred”, to live up to its slogan “The exception to the rulers”.

Yet how many times have those who unflinchingly peer into the bottom of the depths of the depraved institutions that rule our lives had the opportunity to share their insights here?

The same could be said for many other “alternative” outlets, of course.

If we are to stem our death march into oblivion, and fashion a world based on the best within us

We’ll need the raw honesty of radicalism

Not the pablum of “progressivism”.

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

4/8

Economics for the 99% European Parliament Elections and the Authoritarian Tide
by John Weeks

*Fascist fashion

Guccis and jackboots

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2031?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=2a2cffb5b3-The_Multiple_Kingdoms&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-2a2cffb5b3-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-2a2cffb5b3-80951145
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The Real News Network
The Multiple Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia (5/5)
Madawi Al-Rasheed: Powerful princes control various sections of the state and armed forces and often have their own contradictory agendas

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11712
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Do the Afghan Presidential Elections Signify Progress?
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly and IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis discuss Afghanistan’s presidential election in light of corporations profiting from war and unrepresented groups remaining on the margins

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11711
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Will Extremist Lieberman Become Israel’s Next Prime Minister?
Israel/Palestine correspondent Lia Tarachansky and political economist Shir Hever discuss the rise and strategy change of Israeli Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11705
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NYC Parents vs. Wall Street-Backed Charter Schools
Governor Cuomo and charter lobby ‘strong-arming’ bid to evict special needs students in favor of charter expansion
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/08-2
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Ukraine Parliament Members Brawl as ‘Civil War’ Threatens
A brawl breaks out between left and right in parliament as Ukraine warnings go out over possible “civil war”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/08
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Criminal Court a US/Israeli “Red Line” for Palestinians
by Thalif Deen
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/08-0
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Austerity Outrage Fuels Push for Greek General Strike
Journalists halt work ahead of planned nation-wide strike against austerity
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/08-4
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Don’t Panic, Go Organic: The IPCC Report Should be a Wakeup Call for Climate-Smart Food
by Anna Lappé

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/08-0
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Why Are Teachers and Students Opting Out of Standardized Testing?
by Michelle Chen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/08-1
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Earthjustice
Victory for Wild Bison in Montana
Montana judge rejects effort to classify wild bison as “livestock”

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/08-3
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Wall Street’s “Predatory Equity” Rental Scheme

http://www.accuracy.org/release/wall-streets-predatory-equity-rental-scheme/
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FAIR Blog
Mary Jo White, Tough on Torture Victims

I’m tempted to laugh

But you really can’t do that

And wretch at the same time.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/08/mary-jo-white-tough-on-torture-victims/
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Democracy Now!
Can Any Court Hold U.S. Accountable for Killing Americans Overseas with Drone Strikes?

*Courts of least resort

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/8/can_any_court_hold_us_accountable

4/7

Sergei Lavrov: ‘It Is Not Russia Destabilizing Ukraine’
Sergei Lavrov says accusations by Kiev government and western nation betray facts on the ground in Ukraine
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/07-6
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Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings – none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth
by Rebecca Solnit

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/07-3
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Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can’t Go It Alone)
“Intersectionality” has evolved from a theory of how oppression works to a notion of how people can fight it.
by Kristin Moe

*We can swing together

Or we can hang separately

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/07-10
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Will the IMF Bailout Turn Ukraine Into Another Greece?
Ordinary people will be the undisputed losers in the International Monetary Fund’s loan deal with Ukraine.
by Alec Luhn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/07-7
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Solartopia! Winning the Green Energy Revolution
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/07-4
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Center for Biological Diversity
House Republicans Hold Anti-Endangered Species Hearing on Bills to Weaken Endangered Species Act
Witnesses Cherry-picked for Hostility to Wildlife Protection

*If only the Rabid Reactionary (homo rejectus) were an endangered species

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/07-9
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NRDC Report: Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health
Gaping loophole needs to be closed

*Filling our bodies with poisons

As they fill their pockets with profits

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/07-7
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The Real News Network
Why do the Saudis Want the US to Attack Iran? (4/5)
Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia has the ultimate objective of becoming the arbiter of all regional politics

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11707
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Elections, Pipelines, and Protests – The Canada Panel
Yves Engler explains why 50,000 Quebec students voted for a one-day strike & Jenny Uechi discusses the Vancouver Observer expose on Premier Christy Clark’s hidden ties to the Northern Gateway Pipeline

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11693
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Is the Gender Gap Keeping Millions of Women in Poverty?

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued

http://www.accuracy.org/release/is-the-gender-gap-keeping-millions-of-women-in-poverty/
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Is the Cuba Twitter Story Part of Broader Pattern?

*Little birdies

And looming eagles

http://www.accuracy.org/release/is-the-cuba-twitter-story-part-of-broader-pattern/
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Democracy Now!
Sy Hersh Reveals Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike That Almost Sparked U.S. Bombing

*I appreciate Hersh’s intel, but I often have to look askance at the conclusions he draws from it.

What difference would it make to Dear Misleader and his foreign policy (read “imperial”) team just who was responsible for the attack?

As they say, the facts are fixed around the policy.

That’s the case in Iran, where no evidence of a nuclear weapons program exists, yet policy is based on that “fact”.

Don’t you think it more likely that a decision was made that a direct military attack wasn’t in the best interests of empire – that letting Syria bleed would lead to a better outcome than precipitating regime change a la Libya?

That’s where logic leads me, at any rate.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/7/sy_hersh_reveals_potential_turkish_role

4/4

‘Stand Up, Fight Back!’: Newark Students Protest Charter Schools
Hundreds of students walk out in march demanding public schools over charters
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/04-5
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Urging ‘New Path Forward,’ Tens of Thousands Demand End to EU Austerity
Protest in Brussels challenges policies that have “caused a mounting social and economic crisis”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/04-3
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Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*I’d change that last line from “even in the media”

To “especially in the media”.

Mainstream media don’t merely reflect the biases of this society

They perpetuate, and amplify them.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/04-6
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The Unquenchable Thirst of an Expanding Coal Industry
by Kumi Naidoo

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/04-1
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The Real News Network
Hopkins Hospital Workers Speak Out against “Poverty Wages”
The Real News talks to workers at Baltimore’s internationally renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital as they prepare for a possible strike in order to obtain a $15 hourly wage

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11700
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Will Venezuela’s New Floating Exchange Rate Curb Inflation?
Mark Weisbrot: New exchange rate is intended to safeguard the importation of essential and primary goods

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11682
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The European Central Bank’s War on Wages is Pushing Europe’s Economy to the Brink
Bill Black: The media has failed to report on the causes and possible solutions for Europe’s deflating economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11690
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Can Mangroves Protect Against Global Warming Vulnerability to Disaster?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/can-mangroves-protect-against-global-warming-vulnerability-to-disaster/
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FAIR Extra!
Muzzling Critics—or Building Media Democracy?
Ecuador media law riles US journalists

*There may be more than a mote in the Ecuadorean government’s eye

(E.g., the absence of anti-discrimination protection for LGBTQ persons in this law, as well as other actions outside the area of media)

But there’s no question as to the size of the beam in the corpress’, is there?

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/muzzling-critics-or-building-media-democracy/
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Democracy Now!
“The War Comes Home”: Deadly Fort Hood Shooting Raises Questions About Treatment of Returning Vets

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/4/the_war_comes_homes_deadly_fort

Drugging America’s Veterans: Painkiller Abuse Spreads as VA Becomes Vets’ “Drug Dealer of Choice”

*The collateral damage of an addiction to empire

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/4/drugging_americas_veterans_painkiller_abuse_spreads

Is USAID the New CIA? Agency Secretly Built Cuban Twitter Program to Fuel Anti-Castro Protests

*So Kornbluh wants a “capitalist society” in Cuba

And Goodman apparently sees no need to ask why.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/4/is_usaid_the_new_cia_agency

4/3

US Created Covert ‘Cuban Twitter’ To Stir Dissent
Cuban social media network built by US “to organize ‘smart mobs’—mass gatherings called at a moment’s notice that might trigger a Cuban Spring”
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Typical APese

It doesn’t “muddy” AID’s claims

It drowns them.

And “the agency’s mission” is precisely what was exposed.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/03-2
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Arctic Sea Ice Continues ‘Death Spiral’
‘Average ice extent for March 2014 was the fifth lowest for the month in the satellite record’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/03-3
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The Nuclear Omnicide
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/03-4
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Food & Water Watch
Coloradoans Defeat Eminent Domain Bill; Colorado’s Version of the Keystone XL Pipeline

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/03-7
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Amnesty International
Impunity, Excessive Force and Links to Extremist Golden Dawn Blight Greek Police

*The iron fist of “the invisible hand of the marketplace”

Furious note taking in a now “western oriented” former SSR

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/03-2
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The Real News Network
Saudi Arabia and the al-Qaeda Monster
Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia helped create a network of terrorism to achieve political aims, and while it does come back to bite them at times, they promote a similar ideology and continue to these alliances

*I think it’s important to keep in mind that the US also has a “complex” relationship with terrorism.

In some circumstances, terrorist groups pose a problem for US imperial aims, creating instability which hinders economic and geopolitical goals, and that in part drives The Global War on Terror ™.

But in the empire game, you can’t boogey without a boogeyman, and the threat of terrorism, real and manufactured, serves a very useful purpose in post Cold War policy.

So “managing” that threat, rather than ending it (and the only way to end it is to end the US’ own terrorism), is the objective of US foreign policy, and it also is crucial to the fomenting of fear domestically, allowing the further envelopment of society by the security state.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11697
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Testimony from Fort Hood

http://www.accuracy.org/release/34191/
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FAIR Extra!
Discounting Expertise
How journalism embraces right-wing anti-intellectualism
by Steve Rendall

*Idiocy in the service of the shrewd

And sinister

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/discounting-expertise/

FAIR Blog
The Point of Limiting Donations Isn’t to Make Elections Cheaper or Less Irritating

*You wish you could laugh at this shit

But when the joke’s on us …

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/03/the-point-of-limiting-donations-isnt-to-make-elections-cheaper-or-less-irritating/
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Democracy Now!
Ex-Auto Safety Head & Parent of Dead Victim: GM CEOs Should Face Prison for Covering Up Safety Flaws

*Would an appropriate punishment be to require Barra and all others responsible for these crimes to drive Cobalts with a heavy key chain?

Yes, that’s venting, and no one should be harmed once they’ve been apprehended.

But as long as the prisons are empty of corporate mass murderers

I’m not going to feel guilty about indulging such fantasies.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/3/ex_auto_safety_head_parent_of

4/2

What are the Saudis Afraid Of? – Madawi Al-Rasheed (2/5)
Ms. Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi society appears to be controlled, but beneath the surface, there is widespread discontent

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11688
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The Real News Network
Boycott of Israel Moving to Next Level?
Shir Hever: BDS movement including large scale divestment by big corporations and approaching the level of government sanctions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11687
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Waves of Nationwide Actions Planned at Key Historic Moment
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Worldwide #WaveOfAction and Global Climate Convergence Build Popular Movement as Multiple Crises Escalate
Update: Two more spring campaigns have been announced, Reset The Net, to take back our Internet privacy and Our Land Our Business, protesting the World Bank

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2022?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=a5cb295818-What_are_the_Saudis_Afraid_Of&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-a5cb295818-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-a5cb295818-80951145
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‘Conditionally Yours’: IMF Austerity on the Rise
‘Truly shocking’ increase in austerity makes ‘debt situations far worse’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Robbed at pen point

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/02-5
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Duke Energy Attempts to Block Citizens’ Groups in Coal Ash Case
‘Instead of cleaning up, what they’ve done is lawyer up’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/02-6
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It’s Not Just Uganda: Behind the Christian Right’s Onslaught in Africa
For years now, evangelical activists from the United States have been speaking out against homosexuality and cheering on antigay legislation all over Africa.
by Nathalie Baptiste

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/02-5
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How “Inner City” Men Will Pay for the Ryan Budget
by Bree Carlson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/02-6
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Left-Right White Solidarity?
A comment on the new face of 21st century neo-fascism – part one
by Ajamu Baraka

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/02-2
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$2.13 an Hour? Why The Tipped Minimum Wage Has to Go
by Michelle Chen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/02-1
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Earthjustice
Zombie Coal Plant Owner Threatens to Again Pollute Hudson Valley Air
Danskammer coal plant owner files to re-start outdated plant, put New Yorkers’ health at risk

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/02-11
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Is NSA “Reform” a “Trojan Horse”?

*As always, a whitewash

After getting caught red handed

http://www.accuracy.org/release/34176/

Supreme Court Establishing “Plutocrat Rights”

*As great an abomination as this is, we can’t lose sight of the fact that it merely pertains to one aspect of a system that has perpetually deprived us of any true semblance of democracy.

Overturning this decision, and Citizens United, would simply restore an only slightly less sinister status quo.

It’s a huge tree

But the forest would still be very dark and forehboding without it.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/supreme-court-establishing-plutocrat-rights/
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FAIR Extra!
Cable Monopoly’s Gain Is Community Media’s Loss
Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger threatens local voices
by Betty Yu

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/cable-monopolys-gain-is-community-medias-loss/

With Marijuana, the Obvious Is Incendiary
It’s hard to argue pot is riskier than alcohol—but many pundits did
by Peter Hart

*And just how much filthy lucre is the private prison industry mainlining into the war against decriminalization/legalization?

Of course, the issue goes beyond that, to the criminalization of the poor, especially those of color, as one of the main weapons in the arsenal of oppression.

Why the corpress has reacted in this fashion should be abundantly clear to anyone cognizant of just whose interests they serve and protect.

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/with-marijuana-the-obvious-is-incendiary/

FAIR Blog
It’s Torture–but Let’s Not Call It That

*Only an wilful ignoramus would be “shocked” by this.

Only an utter fool would believe it doesn’t continue.

Whether by proxies abroad, or within our own “criminal justice” system

Torture occurs every hour of every day

From the viciously physical, to the malignantly mental.

And, as always

It will be ignored by those who now profess repugnance at “the sins of the past.”

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/02/its-torture-but-lets-not-call-it-that/

4/1

‘Unprecedented’ Ocean Temperatures on Track to Bring Death to Coral Ecosystems
‘It’s not that change is going to come, it’s that change is already happening’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/01-1
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Manufactured Crisis: the Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
by Edward Herman

*I think we can condemn both the aggression against Iran and the hypocrisy of sanctions for pursuing a nuclear program, while also making clear the insanity of doing so, at least as far as it pertains to Iran’s energy policy.

(I don’t claim to know if its use for medical research is necessary.)

As here, that is often left out of discussion of the issue, with the focus on support for Iran’s rights under the NPT.

This is a forest we can’t allow the trees to blind us to.

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2020?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=40770adf84-Hypocrisy_Dressed_Up&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-40770adf84-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-40770adf84-80951145
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Breathless in North Korea
For 60 years, Koreans on both sides of the DMZ have awaited a peace treaty. Instead they’ve gotten an arms race and political repression.
by Christine Ahn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/01-5
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The “Billionaire’s Primary”: Meet America’s New Political Bosses
by Terrance Heath

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/01
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Opt Your Child Out of State Testing: Don’t Feed the Machine
by Diane Ravitch

*A test of wills

and won’ts

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/01-2
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The Real News Network
Immigration Reform in the Shadows of Cesar Chavez’s Legacy
Cesar Chavez’s personal aide Marc Grossman and organizer Rosalinda Guillen examine the current situation for farmworkers and whether the Senate’s immigration reform will improve their lives

*Why is precious airtime wasted talking to Democratic apologists like Grossman?

Calling Jerry Brown (aka “Dear Misleader in whiteface”) “a good governor”, pimping this sellout of a “reform” bill …

Aren’t there better uses of this outlet’s limited resources?

It’s not my idea of what constitutes “alternative media”.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11679
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UN Report Says Climate Change Will Threaten Food Production Worldwide
Climate change scientist Michael Mann discusses the most significant findings in the second installment of the IPCC report and how some climate change deniers are already attempting to discredit its conclusions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11677
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FAIR Blog
‘Straight Shooter’ Chris Christie and the Occupied Territories

*Though it may not have been a Tea Party function

There appears to be no dearth of Mad Hatters and March Hares

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/04/01/straight-shooter-chris-christie-and-the-occupied-territories/
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Jobs with Justice
We Have a Right to Know Our Loan Repayment Options

http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4023/c/33/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8221&track=NAT_140331_ed_loans_e
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Democracy Now!
The “Bounty” Police Force? Albuquerque Officers Face Protests, Probe over Spate of Fatal Shootings

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/1/the_bounty_police_force_albuquerque_officers

Treating Humans Worse Than Animals: Prison System Voices Decry Solitary Confinement of Mentally Ill

*The institutionalized insanity from beyond the bars

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/1/treating_humans_worse_than_animals_prison

Right to Return: Deported After Protest by His Family, Mexican Immigrant to Attempt U.S. Re-entry

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/1/right_to_return_immigrant_deported_after

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3/31

The Real News Network
Oligarchs, Fascists and the People’s Protest in Ukraine
Derek Monroe says the Ukrainian far-right, with the backing of local oligarchs, the US and the EU, hijacked popular protests against corruption

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11661
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TRNN Debate: Is Obamacare In the Interest of Workers?
In round two of our debate with Dr. Margaret Flowers and economist Dean Baker, we discuss whether CBO’s prediction that Obamacare will trigger reduction of work hours will negatively affect workers

*We have to recognize that the ACA, like reformism in general, is designed to blunt the drive for transformation – in this case true universal care – by positing itself as the only option aside from the current system, as well as creating in the public mind a distaste for “gummint run healthcare” due to its convoluted and incomplete nature.

We also must be cognizant of the fact that “reform” always tells someone

“Sorry … there’s only so much room in the boat.”

How do you feel if you’re one of the millions to whom that message is directed?

I say all this as someone who Baker would likely hold up as a beneficiary of this program. I pay a silver plan premium of less than five bucks a month, with a yearly out of pocket cap of $500, and as a result, I can finally get some things looked at before they get worse.

Of course, as Flowers points out, I have to make sure that services are covered under my plan.

So, I guess I’m a “winner” in some sense here.

But there should be no losers, and the experience in those nations with universal care – at least before austerity fever struck the industrialized world – proves that there’s no reason for there to be.

Not that those situations are nirvana, but they are inclusive, and any less than wealthy Yank who’d prefer this bait and switch to them is in dire need of psychiatric care

Which they wouldn’t have trouble obtaining elsewhere.

And it really bothers me that Baker engaged in what I consider an ad hominem swipe at Flowers, with his “die in the street” remark.

I didn’t hear her suggest folks shouldn’t avail themselves of what’s available under the ACA, as I have.

She said we can, and we must, do better, by continuing to fight for what so many in other countries already enjoy

And I’d say we have to go beyond that

Toward nirvana.

One final note

The US was a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights over sixty years ago.

Article 25 states

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and
well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing
and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security
in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or
other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

Of course, it doesn’t have the force of law.

Its implementation depends on the moral integrity of our “leaders”

And I’m sure you all grasp the implications of that prerequisite.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11635
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The Bolivian Transportation Sector, Regional Integration and the Environment
by Nate Singham

*There will always be a tension in developing countries between environmental responsibility and conventional economic growth, especially with regard to fossil fuel development.

It’s a complex question, stating the obvious, and requires sensitivity to both the necessity for protecting our planet and its people, and reducing the dire levels of poverty that pervade so many of these countries.

But without a longer term vision for moving away from a system that will always promote these dilemmas, we’re just whistling past the graveyard

A quite literal one, if we ignore the apocalypse looming before us.

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2018?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=bddb0025c1-Obama_and_the_Saudi_Agenda&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-bddb0025c1-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-bddb0025c1-80951145
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Win for Whales: UN Court Blasts Japan’s ‘Scientific’ Whaling Claims
Japan must halt whale killing program in Antarctic, says International Court of Justice
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/31-3
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Is Obama Covertly Expanding US Role in Syria?
Multiple sources cite expanding CIA training and potential anti-aircraft missile shipments as US seeks to repair strained relationship with Saudi Arabia
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/31-4
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Report: Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion ‘All Risk, No Reward’
Line 67 expansion threatens key habitats, tribal lands with spill of ‘world’s dirtiest fuel’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/31-5
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Beautiful Sunsets (and Sunrises) in Art
by Subhankar Banerjee

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/31-0
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Brazil’s World Cup Gentrification Through the Barrel of a Gun
by Dave Zirin

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/31-4
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Girls Can be Anything When They Grow Up – Until They Start Playing with Barbie
Just because kids have iPads doesn’t mean toys have lost their impact. It’s time to deconstruct the plastic blond bombshell – especially the swimsuit edition
by Aurora Sherman and Eileen Zurbriggen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/31-2
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Four Arguments That Scream “Save Public Education!”
by Paul Buchheit

*For the commoditeers

A mind is a terrible thing to waste money on

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/31-3
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Fighting the Militarized State
by Chris Hedges

*Orwellian

Kafkaesque

Hellerish

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/31
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Idle No More
Nova Scotia Energy Minister Shut Down by Mi’kmaq Women: Demand Treaties Upheld

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/31-5
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Oakland Institute
World Bank Accused of Destroying Traditional Farming to Support Corporate Land Grabs

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/31
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FAIR Blog
‘Troop Buildup on the Border’–We’ve Heard This Before

*A fact free force feeding frenzy featuring frightening foes

Tongues aren’t the only things being twisted here.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/31/troop-buildup-on-the-border-weve-heard-this-before/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Leaked YouTube Tape: Turkey Plotting Pretext for War With Syria?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/leaked-youtube-tape-turkey-plotting-pretext-for-war-with-syria/

ACA “Conscientious Objector”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/aca-conscientious-objector/
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Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah on Prison & Regime’s “War on a Whole Generation”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/31/exclusive_egyptian_activist_alaa_abdel_fattah

3/28

The Real News Network
BC Pipeline Fight and Quebec Elections – The Canada Panel
Linda Solomon Wood and Yves Engler also report on the residential schools case and the Fair Election Act

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11649
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US, Russia Trade Claims on Ukraine Border ‘Buildup’
Putin calls Obama, officials to ‘discuss next steps’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/28-5
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Town That Shouted ‘No!’ to Fracking, Says ‘Yes!’ to Rooftop Solar
Balcombe village in the UK has seen loud and raucous protests against gas drilling, but it’s real solution is as silent as the sound
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/28-3
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Ukraine’s IMF Deal Means Greece-Like Depression
by Jack Rasmus

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/28
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US Takes a Break From Condemning Tyranny to Celebrate Obama’s Visit to Saudi Arabia
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/28-8
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The Excuse for Killing Trayvon Martin Has Become the Standard of Democracy
Statehouses are supposed to be America’s laboratory, but the experiments are rigged. Since when is Stand Your Ground 2.0 the standard of justice?
by Ana Marie Cox

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/28-6
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New York Schools: The Roar of the Charters
by Diane Ravitch

*Pedestals are inherently unstable platforms

And DeBlasio’s is tilting dangerously to starboard

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/28-5
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Earthjustice
Groups Challenge Crude-by-Rail Shipments to Bay Area City
Highly volatile and explosive crude on rails puts residential community at risk

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/28-9

3/27

Forget Russian Gas, Just Frack Europe: Obama
Obama calls for combination of European fracking and US exports to serve EU energy needs
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/27-2
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Creative Resistance: Why We Need to Incorporate Art Into Our Activism
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

*Art for our sake

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2017?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=bf581aeb3f-140327_Jonathan_Schell&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-bf581aeb3f-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-bf581aeb3f-80951145
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U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa
Documents Reveal Blinding Pace of Ops in 2013, More of the Same for 2014
by Nick Turse

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/27-4
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A Tortured Twist on Ethics
Why isn’t the American Psychological Association pursuing ethics charges against psychologist John Leso for abuses he helped carry out at the Guantánamo prison?
by Yosef Brody

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/27-1
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EU Publishes CETA Investment Text, Launches Consultations; Council of Canadians Demands Same from Canada

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/27-0
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ACLU Cheers Suspension of Florida’s Voter Purge Program

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/27-1
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Wisconsin Poised to Pass ALEC’s Deadly Asbestos Bill
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12424
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GOP Bill Designed to Disrupt John Doe Dark Money Probe, Court Filings Confirm
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12421
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The Real News Network
Teachers on Strike from the UK to Argentina
Education Professor Lois Weiner breaks down what connects tens of thousands of striking teachers in the UK, and why American teachers have not been launching their own major strikes

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11648
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama, Saudi Arabia and “Reactionary Violence”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/obama-saudi-arabia-and-reactionary-violence/
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FAIR Blog
PhRMA’s Money Affects Human Lives–and Journalism Too

*Is this what they mean by “checkbook journalism” … ?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/27/phrmas-money-affects-human-lives-and-journalism-too/

WaPo’s Twisted Take on Poor People Eating

*Out of the mouths of babes

And into the pockets of bastards

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/27/wapos-twisted-take-on-poor-people-eating/
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Democracy Now!
Targeted by Firebombing, Legislation, and Now Vandalism, Montana Abortion Provider Shutters Clinic

*You think of Cahill’s courage and dedication to her patients

And of the hatred directed at her for having those qualities

And you have to marvel at both the humanity and inhumanity our species is capable of.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/27/targeted_by_firebombing_legislation_and_now

3/26

#USMFuture: How One Small School Is Resisting ‘Corporate War on Public Education’
Ongoing student and faculty organizing sit-ins and protests against ‘austerity’ cuts and mass faculty firings receive outpouring of support
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/26-1
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NY Fed Study: ‘Too Big To Fail Banks’ Profit on Taxpayers’ Backs
Federal Reserve study shows that megabanks receiving discounts because of ‘implicit government subsidy’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dream

*Hardly their due

But the devils get it regardless

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/26-2
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Women Ecowarriors
by Vandana Shiva

*Moving from a man’s grasp

To a woman’s touch

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/26-1
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How ‘Education Reform’ Perpetuates Racial Disparity
by Jeff Bryant

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/26-7
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The Symbolism of One Adjunct Professor’s Death
by Jim Hightower

*Heartbreaking story, but Hightower’s seemingly naive faith in Francis’ good offices makes for a jarring ending, don’t you think?

If he does act, it will be due to public pressure, and calculated to achieve the least disruption to the status quo, rather than the greatest benefit to the cause of justice.

Anyone willing to put scared money against that?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/26-0
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Why Europe Shies from Ukraine Showdown
Despite pressure from President Obama to escalate the fight with Russian President Putin over Ukraine, the Europeans are reluctant to stoke the crisis any further because it could consume their fragile recovery and ignite more fires of political discontent
by Andrés Cala

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/26-4
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Tomgram: Crump and Harwood, The Net Closes Around Us
By Matthew Harwood and Catherine Crump

*An apt theme song

And band name

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

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175822/
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The Real News Network
How Google, Apple & The Biggest Tech Companies Colluded to Fix Workers’ Wages
Exclusive: Pando Daily Senior Editor Mark Ames describes how his team uncovered secret internal memos between dozens of tech companies to fix wages for more than a million employees

*O, brave new world

That has such shysters in it!

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11644
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Democracy Now!
Egypt’s Courts Further Repression with Journos on Trial & Mass Death Sentence for Morsi Supporters

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/26/egypts_courts_further_repression_with_journos

Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia, Key Source of Funding for Growing Jihadi Militarism in Middle East

*I don’t claim to be an expert, but I don’t think you have to be one to see that “terrorism” has always been a red herring for the expansion of empire abroad, and repression at home.

Whatever the role of the US in 9/11 – from exploitation of “a new Pearl Harbor” to outright facilitation of it – it’s clear that it served to bring a new boogeyman into the public’s consciousness, to replace “The Red Menace”, and justify state terror against those in other lands, and the ramping up of the police state at home.

So, yes, the US and the West want to control those elements of the other terrorism that impinge on their interests

But they also serve a useful role in advancing them.

If “another 9/11″ occurs – and perhaps that depends on whether Saudi Arabia and the other backers of these jihadis see it as advantageous – you can be certain that the US won’t do what’s necessary to prevent such tragedies

Namely, ending its own horrors, which create the rationale for them

But will seek to instill further fear among Americans, promoting a blind acceptance of crusades abroad

And persecutions at home.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/26/obama_to_visit_saudi_arabia_key

The Right to Heal: 11 Years After Iraq Invasion, U.S. Urged on Reparations for War’s Enduring Wounds

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/26/the_right_to_heal_11_years

3/25

Is Flawed Thinking on Ukraine Creating Gas Export Bonanza?
Department of Energy greenlights Oregon LNG export terminal, but environmentalists decry use of natural gas ‘geopolitical bargaining chip’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/25-4
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Radioactive Water Buildup Grows as ‘Decontamination’ System at Fukushima Fails Again
Riddled with problems since the beginning, TEPCO has called this system “key” to its clean-up strategy
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dream

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/25-1
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Air Pollution = Biggest Environmental Health Risk, Says WHO
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Leaving us breathless

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/25-5
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America’s Last Throwback to Plutocracy 1.0
Heiress Bunny Mellon didn’t promise us a rose garden. She gave us one. We would have been better off with more equality instead.
by Sam Pizzigati

*Useful intel

But if anything should be placed in quotes

Don’t you think “America’s equal years” would be among those most meriting such?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/25-2
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Obama’s New NSA Proposal and Democratic Partisan Hackery
by Glenn Greenwald

*Machiavellian malleability

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/25-6
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The Other Keystone XL: On the Growing Fight over Cove Point
It’s just as important to stop the building of the LNG terminal in Maryland
by Mark Hertsgaard

*The only “American ingenuity” these bastards care about

(I use that term a lot, don’t I, but it’s porportionate to the population of same in power)

Is that extant in the quintessentially American field of public relations

Aka “Liars for Hire”.

And the Dear Misleader and “climate champion” Kerry are their soulless mates.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/25-5
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General Motors cover-ups result in motor vehicle deaths, and workplace abuses in Colombia
by Frank Hammer

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2016?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=14ee28576b-140325_Hundreds_of_Students&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-14ee28576b-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-14ee28576b-80951145
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The Real News Network
Has Anglo-American Capitalism Run Out of Steam?
On the 30th anniversary of the UK miners’ strike, George Irvin discusses the rise of inequality in Britain and the US since the 1970s

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11641
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama at Nuclear Summit: A Call to Respect NPT, Not Pursue New Cold War

*Old habits die hard

The same can’t be said for flesh and blood

http://www.accuracy.org/release/obama-at-nuclear-summit-a-call-to-respect-npt-not-pursue-new-cold-war/
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Democracy Now!
Why Did FBI Monitor Occupy Houston, and Then Hide Sniper Plot Against Protest Leaders?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/25/why_did_fbi_monitor_occupy_houston

Why Did the FBI Label Ryan Shapiro’s Dissertation on Animal Rights a Threat to National Security?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/25/why_did_the_fbi_label_ryan

3/24

Most Extreme Weather ‘Virtually Impossible’ Without Man-Made Warming
13 of the 14 warmest years on record occured in 21st century
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/24-3
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Fossil Fuel Industry 25 Years After the Exxon Valdez: Still Reckless After All These Years
by Kate Fried

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/24-10
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It’s the Racism, Stupid: Meet the Press’s Epic NCAA Fail
by Dave Zirin

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/24-7
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Council of Canadians
Canada, EU Should Publish “Strategic Partnership” Deal Now

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/24-11
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Greenpeace
P&G Competitor Colgate-Palmolive Commits to No Deforestation

*Lather

Rinse

Repeat lies

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/24-10
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The Real News Network
How Fallujah Became the Iraqi Government’s New Battleground
Journalist Dahr Jamail discusses how the Iraqi city of Fallujah went from welcoming American intervention to fighting the U.S.-backed Iraqi government

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11586
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TRNN Debate: Should Baltimore ‘Ban The Box’?
TRNN hosts a debate between Councilman Nick Mosby who sponsored legislation that would prevent employers from immediately disqualifying job applicants with criminal records and Elizabeth Torphy Donzella of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11615
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FAIR Blog
Suspect Ships: Is Everything About Iran Threatening?

*I’m far more fearful of what the real thing may do.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/24/suspect-ships-is-everything-about-iran-threatening/
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Democracy Now!
Dear White People: Film Tackles Racial Stereotypes on Campus & Being a “Black Face in a White Space”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/24/dear_white_people_film_tackles_racial

3/21

The Real News Network
Who In Ukraine Will Benefit From An IMF Bailout?
Economists Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers discuss how provisions in an IMF deal like cuts to gas subsidies and pensions will hurt the average Ukrainian citizens and benefit kleptocrats

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11614
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Ukraine Coup Lawful, But Crimea Referendum Unlawful?
‘For US officials and press to claim somehow that the coup which occurred in Ukraine, engineered by the West, complied with law, while the referendum in Crimea did not, is utter hypocrisy.’
by Thalif Deen
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/21
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Facing Austerity Cuts, Students & Faculty Occupy University
Facing mass lay-offs and program slashes, University of Southern Maine faculty and students demand ‘human right to education’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/21-7
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And They’re Back… BP Wins Two Dozen New Leases to Drill in Gulf
Oil giant makes winning bid on numerous drilling sites just one week after ban lifted
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Much more than the Gulf’s getting drilled here

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/21-3
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Radical UN Report Promotes Democratic Control of Food and an End to Corporate Domination
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*Feeding the need

Not the greed

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/21-0
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School Reformers Love “Choice” in Education, Except When …
by Valerie Strauss

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/21-5
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Education as a Human Right: The Civil Rights Issue of This Generation
by Jim Horn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/21-7
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Jubilee USA Files to Supreme Court in Landmark Debt Case
75 Religious and Development Institutions Join SCOTUS Brief to Ensure Global Poor are Heard

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/21-1
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FAIR Blog
Hawks Want Obama to Be More Like Jimmy Carter

*In these soulless chess games

The pawns always bleed

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/21/hawks-want-obama-to-be-more-like-jimmy-carter/
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Democracy Now!
As Surveillance Costs Fall, Could the NSA Gain Ability to Record & Replay Every Call, Everywhere?

*As their price goes down

Ours goes up

Now, why didn’t the hosts pursue the question of why the Post won’t reveal these countries, which speaks to the deference the corpress pays to the security state and officialdom in general?

Wouldn’t that be expected from “the exception to the rulers”?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/21/as_surveillance_costs_fall_could_the

Scott Olsen, U.S. Vet Nearly Killed by Police Beanbag at Occupy Oakland, Settles Lawsuit with City

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/21/scott_olsen_us_vet_nearly_killed

As Wells Fargo is Accused of Fabricating Foreclosure Papers, Will Banks Keep Escaping Prosecution?

*Until pinstripes are exchanged for prison stripes

These vomitous iniquities will never go out of fashion

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/21/as_wells_fargo_is_accused_of

3/20

Clinton: ‘Let’s Be Clear,’ Military Option for Iran ‘on the Table’
Likely presidential candidate calls Israeli government policies exemplary as she receives lifetime achievement award from American Jewish Congress
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Margaret Thatcher was purportedly a woman, too

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/20
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Color of Change
Civil Rights Group Demands Florida Governor Rick Scott Suspend State Attorney Angela Corey and Condemn the Charges Against Marissa Alexander

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/20
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Center for Biological Diversity
California Bans Retail Sale of Super-toxic Rat Poisons

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/20-0
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States Outflank GOP on Food Stamp Cuts
by Russell Berman
The Hill

*Don’t you have to wonder whether these governors would have done diddley if there weren’t a whole bunch of formerly middle and working class white folks who will benefit from this?

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/201237-states-outflank-gop-on-food-stamp-cuts
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The Real News Network
Israel “Making Lives Miserable” for Africans, Hoping They ‘Self-Deport’ (2/2)
David Sheen: Israel is utterly failing its duty to protect the human rights of African asylum seekers

*There is no fear of becoming “a persecuted minority” among Israel’s “leaders”

But they seek to foment that fear among the Jewish public.

Of course, the only sure path to your own security is to end and make amends for your persecution of others

A lesson the US has yet to learn after close to a quarter millineum.

And the only sure path to true justice is one state, with equal rights for all.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11618
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Israel “Making Lives Miserable” for Africans, Hoping They ‘Self-Deport’ (1/2)
David Sheen: Israel is driving African asylum seekers out of the country in record numbers

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11612
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Libya’s Descent Into Turmoil Three Years After NATO Intervention
Vijay Prashad: Libyan politics characterized by instability and the lack of commitment to bolster civil society and protect minority rights

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11624
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Libya Three Years Later – Chaos and Partition
Patrick Cockburn: As the central state unravels, all the external powers that drove regime change look for ways to take advantage

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11622
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Why Was Gaddafi Overthrown?
Horace Campbell: Gaddafi wanted to strengthen Pan-Africanism and had enough resources to challenge US hegemony in the region

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11606
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The Forgotten Coup – and How the Same Godfather Rules From Canberra to Kiev
by John Pilger

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2011?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=91595f0bd9-140319_Israel_Making_Lives_Miserable&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-91595f0bd9-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-91595f0bd9-80951145
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Vermonters Vote for Public Banking at Town Halls; But Big Banks Pushing Back at State House

http://www.accuracy.org/release/vermonters-vote-for-public-banking-at-town-halls-but-big-banks-pushing-back-at-state-house/
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Democracy Now!
DREAM Act Narrowly Fails in NY Senate After Gov. Andrew Cuomo Failed to Push Passage

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/20/dream_act_narrowly_fails_in_ny

Georgia Activists Confront GOP Rejection of Medicaid as Moral Mondays Spread Across South

*I’ve never understood how someone can represent the ACA as “affordable healthcare for all”, when millions are excluded from its benefits.

I say that as someone who now has medical insurance due to it.

Not a word about true universal healthcare, and no question from the hosts about that contradiction.

Medicaid expansion is crucial, but let’s not pretend that it’s anywhere close to what we need

And let’s hope that this movement doesn’t devolve into little more than a campaign appendage for a morally bankrupt Democratic Party, as happened here in Wisconsin.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/20/georgia_activists_confront_gop_rejection_of

“Team Pentobarbital”: OK Officials Joked About Seeking Football Tix for Help with Execution Drugs

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/20/team_pentobarbital_ok_officials_joked_about

3/19

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
JOIN THE GLOBAL PROTEST!
INTERNATIONAL DAY
AGAINST RACISM AND FASCISM

http://www.cpdweb.org/events/IDARF-Mar22.shtml
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The Real News Network
After Late Mayor Lumumba is Laid to Rest, What’s Next for Jackson, Mississippi? (2/2)
Kali Akuno and Glen Ford discuss the significance of the upcoming ‘Jackson Rising: The New Economies Conference’

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11591
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Tony Benn Saw Socialism as the Culmination of Democratization
Leo Panitch on the death of Tony Benn: He conceived the need to democratize the state as the precondition for democratizing the economy

*The plutocracy, oligarchy, exploitocracy – call them what you will – needs the existence of the straw persons of the US Democrats, UK Labour and other “liberal” or “social democratic” parties when their jihads for even for immiseration run into popular resistance.

The political landscape having been yanked further to the right, these colluding entities step in the solidify the new normal, assuring the public that there is an “alternative”

Until the next crusade departs for the Holy Land of profits and power unbound.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11605
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Should Ukraine and West Accept De Facto Crimea Joining Russia? (2/2)
Prof. Tarik Cyril Amar and Prof. Nicolai Petro say while the legalities of the Crimea referendum are dubious, the only way out of this crisis is to accept its results

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11617
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Crimea Referendum: Self Determination or Big Power Manipulation? (1/2)
Professors Nicolai Petro & Tarik Cyril Amar give their reactions to Crimea voting overwhelmingly to join the Russian federation

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11609
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Why Didn’t Bush/Cheney Attack Iran and Can Obama Make and Sell a Deal? – Gareth Porter on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)
Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay that the American security state was and is against war with Iran, but if Obama doesn’t break with the false narrative about Iran’s nuclear program, he may not be able to sell a deal

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11619
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Manufacturing a Narrative for War – Gareth Porter on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)
Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay about his new book “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare”

*It really doesn’t matter whether they believed their own false narrative.

What matters is whether they would have done anything differently if they didn’t.

I think we know the answer to that.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11611
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Train Line Blockaded: Action Demands Justice for Missing, Murdered Women
Demonstration by Tyendinaga Mohawks highlights lack of federal action on deaths of over 800 aboriginal women
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/19-1
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Scientists: Wake Up, America! US Climate Inaction Imperils Earth
Contrary to all information, warnings, and urgings—the US ho-hum approach to global warming cannot be tolerated
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Stating the obvious

To the oblivious

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/18-1
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The Great Lakes: ‘Liquid Pipeline’ for World’s Dirtiest Fuels?
‘If governments continue to allow projects like this, what are our lakes going to look like in 20 or 50 years?’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/18-9
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Pipeline Leak Fouls Nature Preserve
Up to 10,000 gallons of oil spills into conservation area in Ohio
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/18-10
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The Great American ‘Toxic Chemical’ Experiment
Lax regulation of toxic chemicals turns us all into human guinea pigs.
by Jill Richardson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/19-8
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A Snow Day at the Department of Homeland Security
by Medea Benjamin and Alli McCracken

An abbreviated sense of humanity

PR and BS at the DHS

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/18-4
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Starving College Students and the Shredded Social Contract
by Michelle Goldberg

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/18-2
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These Seattle Teachers Boycotted Standardized Testing—and Sparked a Nationwide Movement
Parents, students, and teachers all over the country have joined the revolt to liberate our kids from a test-obsessed education system.
by Diane Brooks

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/18-0
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War College says Courage to Resist impedes recruiting
by Mike McKee

http://couragetoresist.org/news/1018-war-college.html
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Center for Biological Diversity
Earth-friendly Diet Campaign Urges Americans: “Take Extinction Off Your Plate”

*Dying off the fat of the land

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/19-0
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Environmental Working Group
EWG Issues Guide to Men’s Environmental Health

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/19-2
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Is Annexation of Crimea Legal? * Contrast with Iraq War

*Black pots

And blacker hearts

http://www.accuracy.org/release/is-annexation-of-crimea-legal-contrast-with-iraq-war/
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FAIR Blog
Are Charter Schools Really ‘Helping Poor Children’?

*Convert the education system into nothing more than a conveyor belt for cogs to fit the austerity machine

And make a tidy profit into the bargain.

I imagine Cohen can live with that.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/19/are-charter-schools-really-helping-poor-children/

The NSA Built a ‘Time Machine’–but Washington Post Won’t Say Where

*”It’s less clear why the Washington Post, which is supposed to be in the business of informing the public, would decide to go along.”

I’m not a bit bemused by it.

Anyone else … ?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/19/the-nsa-built-a-time-machine-but-washington-post-wont-say-where/

And Now, an Expert on America’s Schools: Bill Gates

*Reading

Writing

And rigging the ‘rithmetic

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/18/and-now-an-expert-on-americas-schools-bill-gates/

Public Confused About Climate Change? It’s Everybody’s Fault But the Media’s

*Neat trick

Create (or collude in creating) the problem

And then pontificate on just why there is one.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/18/public-confused-about-climate-change-its-everybodys-fault-but-the-medias/
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Democracy Now!
Black, Latino Firefighters in New York City Settle Long-Running Suit over Racial Discrimination

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/19/black_latino_firefighters_in_new_york

3/17

Thousands Confront Governor Jerry Brown: ‘Don’t Frack with California!’
Diverse coalition rallies in Sacramento to demand statewide moratorium on dangerous gas drilling
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/17-2
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Mass Scallop Die Off a ‘Red Flag’ for the World’s Oceans
Rise of carbon in the atmosphere raising acidity in oceans and causing ‘cascading effect’ at all levels of the food chain
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/17-5
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Coalition Wages Legal Challenge to Idaho’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law
‘The Idaho law is deeply distressing because it is aimed entirely at protecting an industry, especially in its worst practices that endanger people, at the expense of freedom of speech.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/17-6
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Canadian Govt Targets Environment NGOs
by Paul Weinberg
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/17-0
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Who Benefits From Ukraine’s Economic Crisis? (Hint: Not Average Ukrainians)
by Jack Rasmus

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/17-8
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Israel’s War on American Universities
by Chris Hedges

*Ask yourself why Israel manufactures “anti-Semitism” in the US

Yet is silent in the face of its revulsive reality in Greece, Ukraine and other cauldrons of fascisti ferment?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/17
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The Caribbean People Have a Legitimate Claim for Slavery Reparations
The economic and social poverty of parts of the region are a lasting legacy of slave trading
by Cecily Jones

*Held captive in the past

Hell bent not to be held captive by the past

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/17-4
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The Real News Network
Western European Banks Vulnerable to Ukrainian Sovereign Debt Crisis
James Henry: European banks in countries like Germany and Austria have a vested interest in a stable Ukraine because of trillions in outstanding debt

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11567
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TRNN Debate: What’s Driving Inflation in Venezuela? (2/2)
Greg Wilpert and John Weeks continue their discussion on the causes and possible solutions to the high inflation in Venezuela

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11603
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Democracy Now!
After Crimea Votes to Secede, How Will U.S. & Russia Handle Gravest Crisis Since Cold War?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/17/after_crimea_votes_to_secede_how

Endless War? As Syria Conflict Enters 4th Year, Deadly Stalemate Favors Assad Regime

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/17/endless_war_as_syria_conflict_enters

Snowden Docs Expose How the NSA “Infects” Millions of Computers, Impersonates Facebook Server

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/17/snowden_docs_expose_how_the_nsa

3/14

The Real News Network
Will Tipped Workers Get Excluded Again From Minimum Wage Hike?
Federal tipped workers’ $2.13 hour wage hasn’t been raised since 1991, but will the Harkin-Miller bill be enough of a raise?

*Blanche DuBois may have “depended on the kindness of strangers”

But that’s no way to make a living, is it?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11601
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TRNN Debate: What’s Driving Inflation in Venezuela? (1/2)
Greg Wilpert and John Weeks discuss the causes and possible solutions to the high inflation in Venezuela

*No, I don’t really understand it

But I know I won’t if I avoid it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11575
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After Late Mayor Lumumba is Laid to Rest, What’s Next for Jackson, Mississippi?(1/2)
Kali Akuno and Glen Ford discuss the next steps for the grassroots movements in Jackson, Mississippi that propelled late mayor Chokwe Lumumba into office

*Can old times there finally be forgotten … ?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11599
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Moving Towards a Police State – Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (7/7)
Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that he warned of a growing police state a month after 9/11, as constitutional rights continue to evaporate in the name of national security

*Given the wholesale absence of moral courage evinced by “the human rights community” in the wake of 9/11

How much faith do you have in their fortitude once the police state of mind starts firing on all synapses?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11589
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US to UN: We Can Disregard Int’l Human Rights Treaty
US tells human rights panel that treaty that bans torture, arbitrary killings and detention doesn’t apply to its military operations
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*May I rant for a minute?

It drives me spare when someone from a group like the ACLU makes an inane comment like “The U.S. government now has an opportunity to reverse course … “

When they know – or surely should know – goddamn good and well the administration will do all it can to stay that course.

Likewise, this faith in there being some semblance of humanity to Dear Misleader, even while criticizing his actions – talk about “being mindful of his legacy” and other delusional claptrap – masks just who he, and every other president – past, present and foreseeable future – truly is

A mass murderer in servitude to the most heinous spawn of our species.

I’m not sure if I feel better or worse now …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/14-0
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North Carolina Colluded With Duke Energy to Block Green Groups: Internal Docs
Emails show state regulators worked with corporation to undermine environmental lawsuits
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/14-1
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The Siege of Sevastopol Threatens War
by Howard Friel

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/14-6
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Poster City of Abandonment
by Robert C. Koehler

*Another aspect of this is, after the evisceration of the city, the vultures swoop in to lay claim to any public assets they deem appealing.

Detroit

Disaster capital(ism) of the USA

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/14
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Why California’s Drought Affects Us All
With so much of the nation’s food supply concentrated in the “Shake and Bake” state, its good weather is bad news for us all.
by Jill Richardson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/14-3
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Reflections on Fukushima from Noam Chomsky to Ralph Nader and More
by Harvey Wasserman

*What if the same coverage were given to this potentially global cataclysm as has been daily accorded the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/14-5
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Council of Canadians
EU Concerns About Investment in Canada Trade Deal: More Reason to Include Leaked CETA Text in Review of Investor-State Dispute Settlement

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/14-0
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FAIR Blog
Will Twisted History of Georgian War Facilitate a Repetition?

*Truth may be the first casualty of war

But lies often lead to it

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/14/will-twisted-history-of-georgian-war-facilitate-a-repetition/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish Famine: An “Opportunity”?

*The birth of disaster capitalism?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/st-patricks-day-and-the-irish-famine-an-opportunity/
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Democracy Now!
“Utah’s Carbon Bomb”: State Plots Massive Tar Sands & Oil Shale Projects Despite Climate Concerns

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/14/utahs_carbon_bomb_state_plots_massive

“A Slow Genocide of the People”: Uranium Mining Leaves Toxic Nuclear Legacy on Indigenous Land

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/14/a_slow_genocide_of_the_people

Caught in the Crossfire: U.S.-Mexico Border Militarization Threatens Way of Life for Native Tribe

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/14/caught_in_the_crossfire_us_mexico

3/13

The Real News Network
How Right-Wing Nationalism Rose to Influence in Ukraine (2/2)
Historian Per Anders Rudling traces the rise of Ukrainian right-wing party Svoboda from the nationalist myth-making of the post-Soviet diaspora in countries like Canada

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11574
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Puerto Rican Independence Movement and Cuba Further Radicalized Me – Michael Ratner on RAI (5/7)
Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that in the 70′s, the thrust for a more radical movement in New York was led by the fight for Puerto Rican independence

*I don’t see any incongruity in pointing out the contradictions in Cuba – or Venezuela, Bolivia et al – and defending them against imperialism.

I think being seen as an apologist for those contradictions – whether or not that’s true – does more harm to the struggle against empire than remaining silent about them, or rationalizing them to some degree.

Perhaps it is a balancing act

But I believe it’s a tightrope our consciences are required to walk.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11576
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Students and Faculty Reject Idea of Bush-era War Criminal as Honoree
Outrage at Rutgers University grows over plan to have disgraced Bush official Condoleezza Rice receive honory degree, give commencement
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”A Commencement speaker … should embody moral authority and exemplary citizenship … “

I’m not sure how many persons could meet those qualifications

But this one isn’t worth a second thought

Much less a first one.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/13-0
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Fracking Chemicals May Not Stay Secret For Much Longer
Wyoming Supreme Court rejects industry’s justification of secrecy surrounding chemicals injected underground
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/13-5
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Student Movement Leads the Way as Left Reclaims Chile
On new progressive prospects for Michelle Bachelet’s second term
by Benjamin Dangl

*A word of caution

If you don’t watch any politician like a hawk

You might wind up staring at a vulture

(See South Africa)

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/13-6
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa
America’s New Model for Expeditionary Warfare
by Nick Turse

*”France had not completed its mission in Mali and will be keeping troops there to conduct counterrorism operations for the foreseeable future.”

Isn’t that its mission

And the “lasting results” it – and the US – hope to achieve?

Certainly both want to contain terrorism that threatens their economic and geostrategic interests

But terrorism provides their raison d’etre for neocolonialism.

So they’re content to play with fire

As long as it’s African skin that’s scorched.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/13-5
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Disaster Militarism: Rethinking US Relief in the Asia-Pacific
Disaster relief has increasingly become part of the justification for increased U.S. troop deployments in the Asia-Pacific region
by Women for Genuine Security

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/13-8
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From Fallujah to the San Fernando Valley, Police Use Analytics to Target “High-Crime” Areas
by Darwin Bond Graham and Ali Winston

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2006?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=c1117a9a25-140313_How_Right_Wing&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-c1117a9a25-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-c1117a9a25-80951145
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Wall St. Bonuses Could Double All Full Time Minimum Wage Pay

http://www.accuracy.org/release/wall-st-bonuses-could-double-all-full-time-minimum-wage-pay/
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Democracy Now!
Dragnet Nation: Julia Angwin’s Quest for Privacy & Ray McGovern on FISA Court’s “Raw Take” Order

*Lots of useful intel here, but again, where’s the context?

Aside from a passing remark by Angwin about how surveillance might be “used to repress us”, there’s no discussion of just what those in power want this data for.

To me, it’s like talking about why a corporation commits crimes without addressing the profit motive.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/3/12/dragnet_nation_julia_angwin_s_quest

New York City’s Charter School Showdown Reignites National Debate on Privatized Education

*The prime directive for most any issue is “Follow the Money”, and I’d like to know where that $15 million for Green Dot came from.

Barr was evasive about the realities presented by Jones. Perhaps his work differs in some salient fashion from other charter entities, but instead of differentiating himself from the grifters, he ignores their venality and their assault on public education, and presents a defense of his schools, which can be construed by extension to charter schools in general.

That doesn’t strike me as a clarion call for justice.

So how much research was done on this guy before he was asked to appear on the program?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/13/new_york_citys_charter_school_showdown

“Obama Is Trying to Vanish Us”: Immigrants Fight Record Deportations with Protests, Hunger Strikes

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/13/obama_is_trying_to_vanish_us

A War on Campus? Northeastern University Suspends Students for Justice in Palestine Chapter

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/13/a_war_on_campus_northeastern_university

3/12

PETITION
Tell the Federal Reserve to get banks out of the physical commodities business
by Credo Action

*The best way to rob a bank

Or the public

Is to own one

http://act.credoaction.com/letter/fed_cans/?rd=1&t=3&referring_akid=10136.2279291.390Z3K
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The Real Story Behind the Detroit Pension Fight and What it Means to America’s Future
by Lynn Stuart Parramore

*Informative piece, even if Parramore evinces that charming quality of many progressives to lionize Democratic pols such as Dingell for whatever positive impact their political careers may have had, while blithely ignoring the negative (such as shilling for the auto industry on safety and emission regulation).

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2003?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=fa24eed5c4-140312_TRNN_Debate&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-fa24eed5c4-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-fa24eed5c4-80951145
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Australia’s Draconian Anti-Protest Law Passes Amid Protest
Protester: ‘If we don’t fight for our rights now, they will take them away.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/12-3
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‘Everywhere is Resistance’: Turkey Protests Flare Following Death of Teen
Anti-government protests on the rise again as police, protesters clash after funeral of boy killed following demonstration
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/12-2
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Understanding the Propaganda Campaign Against Public Education
by Diane Ravitch

*Blinding us with sinister science

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/12-0
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Oil Industry Conjures Illusion of Public Support for KXL Using ALEC Politicians
by Nick Surgey

*Different sort of oil slick

Same smell

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/12-7
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Council of Canadians
New Poll Shows Majority Oppose Key Sections of the Unfair Elections Act

*If you can’t beat ‘em

Enjoin ‘em

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/12-0
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Fascist Forces in Ukraine

http://www.accuracy.org/release/fascist-forces-in-ukraine/
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FAIR Blog
Is Putin Delusional–or Is NYT a ‘Megaphone for Propaganda’?

*No delusion

Oodles of deluding

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/12/is-putin-delusional-or-is-nyt-a-megaphone-for-propaganda/
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Democracy Now!
“A Culture of Timidity”: Ralph Nader on How Regulators Ignored a GM Safety Defect Tied to 13 Deaths

*Who needs the fox to guard the henhouse

When the chickens are so obliging?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/12/a_culture_of_timidity_ralph_nader

“Giving Hypocrisy a Bad Name”: NSA-Backing Senate Intel Chair Blasts CIA for Spying on Torture Probe

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/12/giving_hypocrisy_a_bad_name_nsa

3/11

IS FASCISM RETURNING TO EUROPE? A Public Discussion
by Despina Lalaki and Iannis Delatolas

https://www.facebook.com/events/1413891308864062/?source=1
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The Real News Network
Svoboda and the History of Ukrainian Nationalism (1/2)
Historian Per Rudlging discusses the influence of the Ukrainian right-wing nationalist party Svoboda and the historical roots of Ukrainian nationalism

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11568
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Public Transportation Trends Expose Ecological, Economic and Social Crossroads
As report shows public transit use in US is soaring, communities say ‘we need to do better’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/11-5
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Ukraine Crisis Spurs Fracking-Friendly Measure in Poland
Poland’s Prime Minister Tusk says fracking will be tax-free until 2020
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/11-6
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Cars, Planes and Death
by Yves Engler

*Eternal combustion

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/11-3
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Teachers Union Cites Common Core in Decision to Cut Gates Funding
by Valerie Strauss

*An educators union taking money – for any purpose – from a privatizing bastard like Gates is akin to an environmental organization accepting funding from fossil fuel interests.

A strictly hypothetical construct, of course.

Right, Sierra … ?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/11-6
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Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
Farmers Warn of Threats to Farm Economies Posed by Dow’s New Genetically Engineered Corn and Soybean Varieties

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/11-1
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Should Crimea Be Part of Russia?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/should-crimea-be-part-of-russia/
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Democracy Now!
Chomsky: From Hiroshima to Fukushima, Vietnam to Fallujah, State Power Ignores Its Massive Harm

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/11/chomsky_from_hiroshima_to_fukushima_vietnam

3/10

PETITION
Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders
by Holly Jarrett

https://www.change.org/petitions/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?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=50850&alert_id=CmMBnZFaqH_lNbZnDQSUK
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Duke Energy to Customers: You Pay for Coal Ash Mess
Energy company may push cost of cleanup for its 14 coal ash sites onto North Carolina ratepayers
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/10-4
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Israeli Youth: ‘We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army’
Sixty young people sign open letter resisting the draft in biggest wave of refusal since 2008
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/10-5
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Hundreds Refuse Food in Growing Call Against Deportations
Protest persists in third day despite reported retaliation by facility officials
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/10-1
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‘Very Worrying’: New Ozone-Destroying Gases Discovered
“We don’t know where the new gases are being emitted from and this should be investigated.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/10-6
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Four Frightening Ways We’re Reverting to the Dark Days of Our Past
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/10-2
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This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School
“The United States of Energy” was a colorful series of lessons on the advantages of coal, aimed at 4th-graders—and sponsored by Big Coal. Here’s how educators and activists worked together to get it out of classrooms.
by Bill Bigelow

*Hauling Mr. Peabody’s coal train away

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/10-0
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Welcome to Satan’s Ball
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/10
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The British anti-war movement should be standing with anti-war protesters in Russia
by Michael Marquesee

*Two wrongs don’t make a right

Or a left

http://www.redpepper.org.uk/ukraine-russia-anti-war-movement/
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Left Opposition: Ukraine will be saved from intervention by solidarity
The socialist union “Left Opposition” offers its assessment of the Russian aggression in Crimea and the destructive role of Ukrainian nationalists. The intervention of Russian armies was made possible as a result of a split in Ukrainian society. Its unity is impossible with the oligarchs and chauvinists in power. Only solidarity will save Ukraine.

http://www.criticatac.ro/lefteast/left-opposition-ukraine-saved/
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The Real News Network
In Historic Protest Israel’s Orthodox Break with Settler Right
Following the passing of a law proposal that will extend forced conscription to Jewish orthodox, half a million ascend on Jerusalem

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11563
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The Butcher of Attica – Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (4/7)
Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that Gov. Rockefeller ordered the 1971 massacre of rebelling black prisoners to send a message throughout the US prison system

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11562
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A Struggle Amongst Oligarchs in Ukraine Pt.2
Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin continues his explanation of historical relations between the Crimea region of Ukraine and Russia, ahead of a referendum vote which could bring Crimea under greater Russian control

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11557
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US Postal Service Inspector General Proposes Launching Low-Fee Public Bank
Mike Konczal: A public option for banks will dramatically improve and help regulate the financial services industry

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11550
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Democracy Now!
Ukraine’s Longtime Divisions & NATO’s Eastern Expansion to Russian Border Lay Ground for Crimea Vote

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

War Workers: Vulnerable Foreign Laborers Swindled & Exploited to Toil on U.S. Bases in Afghanistan

*Excellent piece, the kind DN! should be filling much more of its airtime with.

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

Leftist Ex-Rebel Holds Narrow Lead in El Salvador After Entering Race as Heavy Favorite

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

3/7

New England on ‘High Alert’ After Canadian Pipeline Reversal Approved
Environmental groups raise alarm over potential transport of tar sands oil from western regions to New England coast
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/07-4
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USDA is ‘Endangering the Lives of Millions of Americans’
US plans to speed poultry slaughtering, cut inspections
by Carey L. Biron
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/07-0
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As Planet Warms, One of World’s Deadliest Diseases Could Spread
Report shows that warming temperatures linked to spread of malaria to population centers in Colombia and Ethiopia
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/07-3
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Venezuela, Journalistic Malpractice, and the ‘Paper of Record’
NYT violates standards of basic economics and journalistic procedures in reporting on Venezuela inflation
by Mark Weisbrot

*One more instance of “All the news that’s printed to fit”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/07-5
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The Real News Network
A Struggle Amongst Oligarchs in Ukraine Pt.1
Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin explains historical relations between the Crimea region of Ukraine and Russia, ahead of a referendum vote which could bring Crimea under greater Russian control

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11553
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Obama’s Budget Cuts Millions From Financial Regulatory Agency
Jerry Epstein: President Obama’s budget would slash the Commodity Futures Trade Commission budget to about $200 million, which will make regulating the $400 trillion derivatives market even more challenging

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11555
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Institute for Public Accuracy
A View from Russia: Sanctions and Snipers

http://www.accuracy.org/release/a-view-from-russia-sanctions-and-snipers/
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FAIR Blog
New Keystone Poll Reveals Media Failure

*When you run the scoreboard

It ain’t hard to figure the winner

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/07/new-keystone-poll-reveals-media-failure/

Hey America: We’re Rich Again!*
*Some restrictions apply

*Something tells me that looking at your last bank statement – or the pile of bills on your kitchen table – will have more of an impact on how “rich” you feel than an off key rendition of “Happy Days Are Here Again”.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/07/hey-america-were-rich-again/

Denying the Far-Right Role in the Ukrainian Revolution

*Snyder’s providing intellectual cover for US and European efforts to replay the Cold War, and, although it should be unnecessary to make such a disclaimer, to posit that doesn’t place one cheering on the Russian sidelines.

(Parenthetically, I have a hard time taking seriously the political analysis of someone who can label The Nation and the Guardian as “far left”.)

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/07/denying-the-far-right-role-in-the-ukrainian-revolution/
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Democracy Now!
Debate: Do Venezuelan Protests Reflect Popular Discontent or the Old Qualms of a Divided Elite?

*Have a look at all the fine “progressives” who voted for this dog and pony show “promotion of democracy”

http://www.opencongress.org/vote/2014/h/92

By the way, the one vote against was from a Kentucky Republican.

Your guess is as good as mine.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/7/debate_do_venezuelan_protests_reflect_popular

3/6

PETITION
Stop cruel animal testing for tobacco products
by Jordan Turner

*A smokescreen for sadism

https://www.change.org/petitions/philip-morris-stop-cruel-animal-testing-for-tobacco-products?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=50628&alert_id=MsgbeRINRv_qqUqqBxOxJ
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McDonald’s Admits Worker Strikes Pose Risks to Its Corporate Model
“The company should be worried about continued worker protests”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/06-4
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Europe’s Nuclear Plants Threaten Millions with ‘New Era of Risk’: Report
Greenpeace highlights risks of continent’s aging nuclear fleet
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/06-5
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In Show of Direct Democracy, Vermont Pushes for Public Bank
Fifteen towns approve resolution that would establish bank that works for people of Vermont, not Wall Street
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/06-9
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Viva la #SharingSpring!
As the Sharing Spring kicks off, more and more people are participating in localised forms of sharing in response to the failures of government and big business. While this is right and imperative, it is equally vital that citizens call upon their political representatives to integrate the principle of sharing into governmental policies on national and global levels.
by Adam Parsons

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/06-7
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Options In The Standoff Over Test-Based Education Policy
by Jeff Bryant

*A test of wills

And won’ts

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/06-6
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The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War
Or How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More
by Mattea Kramer

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/06-5
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Our Rights Shouldn’t Come with an Expiration Date
by Josh Stearns

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/06-1
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The Real News Network
Ukrainians Breathe Sigh of Relief As Diplomatic Efforts Continue Between West & Russia
Professor Nicolai Petro lays out how the Crimea crisis could be resolved, as tension remains between pro-EU groups and Russian supported factions

*Why does Petro believe that “provid[ing] quick and massive economic assistance to Kiev” – conditioned on implementing the same sort of austerity measures that have devastated Greece, Spain, et al. – is an essential step in solving this crisis?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11552
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FAIR Blog
Jonah Goldberg Swings at Obama on Nukes–and Hits Reagan

*”war mentality”

“twisted logic”

“silent spread of militarism”

(Okay … not so silent)

“distorted national priorities”

I’d say there’s plenty of evidence that “his views have changed over the years”

To what he denounced thirty years ago.

And it’s always amusing when a reactionary latches on to his rhetoric, past or present, to argue otherwise, isn’t it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/06/jonah-goldberg-swings-at-obama-on-nukes-and-hits-reagan/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Leading Expert on Legal Status of Crimea

http://www.accuracy.org/release/leading-expert-on-legal-status-of-crimea/
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What’s Next at Fukushima? Are U.S. Nuclear Plants at Risk?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/whats-next-at-fukushima-are-u-s-nuclear-plants-at-risk/
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Democracy Now!
Senate Race-Baiting? Dems Join GOP to Block Obama DOJ Pick Tied to Legal Defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal

*Despite the propaganda campaign against him, just like any other Obama appointee, you have to wonder just how committed to justice Adegbile truly is, and would be, don’t you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/6/senate_race_baiting_dems_joins_gop

Angela Davis on Prison Abolition, the War on Drugs and Why Social Movements Shouldn’t Wait on Obama

*I’m having trouble reconciling Davis’ obviously clear eyed critique of injustice in the US and the world with what appears to be a somewhat naive perception of Obama’s true nature.

Perhaps the succeeding segment with her will help clarify her view of the bastard.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/6/angela_davis_on_prison_abolition_the

PART 2: Angela Davis on Solitary Confinement, Immigration Detention and “12 Years a Slave”

*No such luck, but well worth a read on other subjects.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/3/6/part_2_angela_davis_on_solitary

3/5

Venezuela is not Ukraine
Venezuela’s struggle is widely misrepresented in western media. This is a classic conflict between right and left, rich and poor
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/04-8
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In Canada, Indigenous Rights ‘Scare the Hell Out of’ Dirty Energy Investors
Aboriginal rights a threat to Canada’s resource agenda, documents reveal
by Martin Lukacs

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/04-6
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The Real News Network
Venezuela One Year After Chavez’s Passing
Latin American studies professor Miguel Tinker Salas and journalist Ewan Robertson discuss the presidency of Hugo Chavez

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11548
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L.A. Moves Towards Ratifying Fracking Ban, But Is Federal Regulation Possible?
Kate Sinding and Adam Scow discuss the current legal loopholes for industry that exempt fracking operations from regulation, and the issue of job creation through developing alternative energy sources

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11549
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The Arab Gramsci
The killing of Hassan Hamdan, better known as Mahdi Amel, a highly regarded Marxist theoretician who strove to produce Marxist concepts that would be faithful to Arab reality, is part of a continuing battle between religious fundamentalism and communist doctrine
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1998?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=2067d2f894-140305_Venezuela_One_Year_After_Chavez&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-2067d2f894-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-2067d2f894-80951145
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The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners?
by Juan Cole

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1996?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=2067d2f894-140305_Venezuela_One_Year_After_Chavez&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-2067d2f894-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-2067d2f894-80951145
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FAIR Blog
Putin’s ‘Delusions’ and Double Standards

*The corpress certainly hasn’t “lost touch with reality”.

They’re very much hands on, deforming it to serve the needs of the exploitocracy.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/05/putins-delusions-and-double-standards/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
As Tensions with Russia Rise, Obama’s Nuclear Budget Unprecedented

http://www.accuracy.org/release/as-tensions-with-russia-rise-obamas-nuclear-budget-unprecedented-2/
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Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Freed Ex-Black Panther Marshall “Eddie” Conway on 44 Years in Prison & FBI Surveillance

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/5/exclusive_freed_ex_black_panther_marshall

“The Death Penalty is a Hate Crime”: Bob Autobee Speaks Out to Spare Life of Son’s Killer

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/5/the_death_penalty_is_a_hate

3/4

The Real News Network Is Russian-Ukraine Intervention Illegal? Jeffrey Sommers & John Quigley analyze the role of Russia and the United States in the Ukraine crisis

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11540 .

Venezuela Anti-Government Protests Lack Support from the Barrios Lisa Sullivan & Ryan Mallett-Outtrim report from Venezuela that the country’s anti government protests are continuing with no end in sight but continue to lack appeal in low income neighborhoods

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11545 .

Is NSA Chief Trying to Silence Media Reporting on Surveillance Leaks? NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander references potential ‘media leaks legislation’ and suggests journalists unfit to report on NSA surveillance by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Common Dreams

*So, if journalists “have no standing when it comes to national security issues”

And journalists are who we depend on to provide us with the information we need to make informed judgments about the actions of “our” government

Then, effectively, what Alexander’s saying is that “we the people” have no say in any issue that is deemed in the realm of “national security”, wouldn’t you say?

What we don’t know can’t hurt them.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/04-7 .

Big Oil Push for Crude Exports Spells ‘Disaster’ for Climate: Report Impact of lifting export ban would equal lifetime emissions of 42 coal plants by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/04-5 .

Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Keeping the Commons Common by Beverly Bell

*A lack of commons sense

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/04-9 .

Institute for Public Accuracy Ukraine: Critical and on the Ground Analysis

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ukraine-critical-and-on-the-ground-analysis/ .

FAIR Blog The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind

*”Lopez seems to have it all … “

While Newsweek is full of it.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/04/the-good-kind-of-protesters-and-the-bad-kind/

Leaving Beltway Journalism, Revealing Its Shortcomings

*So, the party that “chase[s] wealthy donors and corporate interests”, slashes food stamps, expands the police state, and wages war at various levels on a goodly chunk of the planet

Has “lost its conservative wing.”

That’s true, in the sense that what passes for “liberal” these days (although Phil Ochs could expound upon what passed for liberalism in the ’60s) evinces no contradiction in relation to the above, does it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/04/leaving-beltway-journalism-revealing-its-shortcomings/ .

Democracy Now! Are Any Plastics Safe? Industry Tries to Hide Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Bottles, Containers

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/4/are_any_plastics_safe_industry_tries

“Help. They Broke My Arm. Egypt Police”: Peace Activist Medea Benjamin Detained en Route to Gaza

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/4/help_they_broke_my_arm_egypt

Humanitarian Crisis Intensifies in Fallujah as Iraqi Gov’t Accused of Killing Over 100 Civilians

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/4/humanitarian_crisis_intensifies_in_fallujah_as

3/3

Ukraine in Context: What You Don’t Know About a New Cold War
In a crisis that betrays simple narratives, analysts hope for solutions that de-escalate the threat of violence while protecting ordinary Ukrainians from the various interests of elite powers
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/03-3
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Organic Farmers Pay the Price of GMO Contamination
Organic farmer: ‘All the big boys care about is their bottom line. They have to be held accountable if their [GMO seed] contaminates my crop!’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/03-1
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In ‘Apartheid Israel,’ Settlement Boom an Affront to ‘Peace Process’
Israeli government report shows settlement construction more than doubled in 2013
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/03-5
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In Iraq, Legacy of US Occupation Continues
Mounting deaths of Iraqis offer somber reminder of what US intervention has brought
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fission accomplished

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/03-2
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Seven Numbers that Add Up to a Death Tax for Retirement
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/03-5
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Suffering? Well, You Deserve It
by Chris Hedges

*The Golden Rule

If you got the gold

You get to rule

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/03-6
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Where in the World is ‘The New World Order’?
What happened to war and the imperial drive to organize the planet?
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/03-0
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Reprieve
British Man Prepares for 10,000th Day in US Prison Despite Compelling Evidence of Innocence

*In this “justice” system

Even “guilty until proven innocent” offends the “righteous”

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/03
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The Real News Network
Hundreds of Keystone XL Protestors Arrested, Look to Influence Obama’s Final Decision on Pipeline
Hundreds of students demand President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline deal, but Obama has already fast tracked the southern half of the pipeline which is currently delivering Canadian tar sands to Texas refineries

*Too often this myopia prevents a clear view of the larger picture.

The northern KXL leg should be opposed, but as one tentacle of the monster, and I’m afraid that if Dear Misleader makes a political calculation that it can be jettisoned, and other transport options pursued, that this will be seen as some sort of major “victory”, rather than a shift of tactics that needs to be understood and confronted.

And I think key to that seeing him for who he is, and who he serves, and abandoning this notion that he will “listen” and seek to secure his “climate legacy”.

That’s through the looking glass thinking.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11543
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Chokwe Lumumba’s Revolutionary Legacy (2/2)
Tolu Olorunda and Rosa Clemente continue their discussion on Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, who recently passed at age 66

*As someone who would like to be hopeful, but whom history has taught to be cautious, I have questions about what’s happening in Jackson, and I hope they’ll be addressed at the Jackson Rising conference, and that it receives the coverage events there so far have lacked.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11534
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FAIR Blog
Russia, Ukraine and ‘US Prestige’

*The irony of all this idiocy is that a major reason for Russia’s actions is just the sort of imperial “assertiveness” the pundit class gets wet over.

Dear Misleader, continuing the policies of previous administrations, has sought to expand Western influence in the former Soviet Union – the effort to extend NATO’s reach ever eastward is not something Russia observes with detachment.

However you view its move into Crimea, honestly compels you to acknowledge that conveniently ignored reality.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/03/russia-ukraine-and-us-prestige/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Buyers Club Founder Condemns “Pharma’s Genocidal Greed” and Trade Deals

http://www.accuracy.org/release/buyers-club-founder-condemns-pharmas-genocidal-greed-and-trade-deals/

Ukraine: Exploding the Myths, Outlining Solutions

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ukraine-exploding-the-myths-outlining-solutions/

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2/28

Draft UN Climate Report Reveals Future ‘We’re Not Prepared For’
Climate change to bring trillions in damages, hundreds of millions of refugees
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/28-2
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Major Nuclear Dump Has Leaked, But Does US Gov’t Have a Plan B?
Experts warn that troubled repository does not bode well for U.S. strategy for disposal of waste from nuclear weapons development
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/28-3
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Through the Climate Portal: Humanity’s Tragic Flaw
by David Goldstein

*We have been taught to stick our heads in the sand

While our teachers kiss our

And, in a bitter rendering of cosmic justice

Their

Asses goodbye

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/28
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‘After 3,000 Years of Pain’: Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College
by Kathy Kelly

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/28-2
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What Does a Soviet Submarine Have to Do With US Government Secrecy?
by Nathan Freed Wessler

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/28-9
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Iraq Veterans Against the War
Vets Outraged by Political Gamesmanship Over Veterans Healthcare Bill

*Flag wavers

And casket makers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/28-1
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The Real News Network
Argentina & The Emerging Market Crisis
James Henry: Facing a surging public deficit, Argentina has devalued its currency in response to the Fed’s tapering of quantitative easing and China’s slowed purchasing of imports

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11470
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Chokwe Lumumba, Dead at 66, Leaves Behind Revolutionary Legacy
Tolu Olorunda and Rosa Clemente discuss the tremendous revolutionary legacy of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, which included internationalism and a model of electoral politics for liberation movements

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11533
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Venezuela Opposition Boycotts Maduro-Backed Peace Conference As Unrest Continues
Alexander Main & Miguel Tinker Salas argue that Venezuela opposition protests do not include broad segments of the population and are aimed at destabilizing the elected government of Nicholas Maduro

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11528
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Institute for Public Accuracy
From Keystone to Ecuador: The End of “Easy Oil”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/from-keystone-to-ecuador-the-end-of-easy-oil/
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FAIR Extra!
Jeff Bezos and the Imperial Paper
Washington Post’s prestige based on proximity to power
by Keane Bhatt

*The reactionaries call it “Pravda on the Potomac”.

As is sometimes the case, as with the ACA

They got it right

For the wrong reasons.

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/jeff-bezos-and-the-imperial-paper/
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Democracy Now!
Peeping Webcam? With NSA Help, British Spy Agency Intercepted Millions of Yahoo Chat Images

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/28/peeping_webcam_with_nsa_help_british

Freed Bahraini Activist Zainab Alkhawaja on Her Year in Prison, Continued Detention of Her Father

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/28/freed_bahraini_activist_zainab_alkhawaja_on

2/27

PETITION
Blue Cross Blue Shield: Don’t Take Away My Meds to Prove I’m Sick
by Malea Wilson

*Healthcare is a right guaranteed under Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which the US is a signatory.

That injustices such as these are dime a dozen in this country, and that the lives of those affected are similarly valued, illustrates just how worthless is the word of our “leaders”, wouldn’t you say?

https://www.change.org/petitions/president-blue-cross-blue-shield-don-t-take-away-my-meds-to-prove-i-m-sick?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=49979&alert_id=svNUMNVWHu_duMcCNfPhO
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‘Wake-Up Call’ as Workers Test Positive for Radiation After Nuclear Leak
‘Unusually high’ number of employees contaminated at New Mexico site contradicts DOE’s initial claim that workers were not exposed
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/27-3
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Organic Agriculture: ‘The Way Forward’ in the Age of Climate Change
New report contrasts how industrial and organic systems affect and are affected by climate change
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Donlon’s comments about the true cost of industrial agriculture aren’t arguable, but what do you think the reaction to them would be from folks who are already struggling to pay for a roof over their head and other necessities?

These remarks come off as disconnected to their reality, regardless of their veracity, don’t you think?

What’s the answer to this conundrum?

I don’t have the solution. I can only say that as long as money defines our worth, rather than what each of us contributes to the community, to the best of our abilities, we’ll be faced with this dilemma.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/27-6
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Documents Say Navy Knew Fukushima Dangerously Contaminated the USS Reagan
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/27-3
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Keystone XL Might Make You Sick, Literally
by Zoë Carpenter

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/27-7
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Interpreting the Climate Impasse from India to America
by Subhankar Banerjee

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/27-5
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Environmental Working Group (EWG)
‘Yoga Mat’ Chemical Found in nearly 500 Foods

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/27-2
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FAIR Extra!
Imaginary Organisms
Media tout benefits of GMOs that never were
by Jonathan Latham

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/imaginary-organisms/

FAIR Blog
NYT Corrects Venezuela TV Falsehood

*”Accordingly, I’m afraid a contrary assessment from the CEPR doesn’t quite rise to the level of the empirical counter-evidence we require to correct a claim made in our articles.”

Blow your nose, Lucero.

The snot’s soaking your shirt.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/27/nyt-corrects-venezuela-tv-falsehood/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine Crisis: How Cooler Heads Can Prevail

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ukraine-crisis-how-cooler-heads-can-prevail/
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Democracy Now!
Big Oil and Bad Air: Report Exposes Link Between Fracking and Toxic Air Emissions in Texas

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/27/big_oil_and_bad_air_report#

2/26

PETITION
Defend Democratic Rights in Egypt
by the Egyptian Solidarity Campaign

http://egyptsolidaritycampaign.org/
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A Tale of Three Cities: Newark, Jackson, Seattle
by Glen Ford
Black Agenda Report

*Ford, whom I’ve found to be a reliable source of imperative intel, allays to some degree my concerns expressed below regarding the Jackson plan

But again, it, as do the situations in Newark and Seattle, merits close and continuing scrutiny as to how well the walk mirrors the talk.

http://blackagendareport.com/content/tale-three-cities-newark-jackson-seattle
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Peaceful Uprising
Taking the Mic: Why Structural & Environmental Racism Matter

*Isn’t it difficult enough to combat the time dishonored tactic of “divide and conquer”

Without aiding and abetting it through self destructive prejudice?

I’m just asking.

http://www.peacefuluprising.org/TakingTheMic?utm_source=Copy+of+September+2013+Newsletter&utm_campaign=Feb+Newsletter&utm_medium=email
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How ALEC Helps Big Telecom Change State Laws for Corporate Gain
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12385
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A Complete US Withdrawal from Afghanistan? Bring… It… On
Obama orders Pentagon to draw up plans for ‘zero option’… and that’s a good thing, say those opposed to endless occupation
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/26
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Boycott! Teachers Take Bold Stand Against ‘Insatiable Data Monster’
Putting careers on the line, Chicago elementary teachers vote ‘Yes’ to teaching but ‘No’ to useless testing
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/26-8
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Geoengineering: Path Towards Further Climate Chaos
New study reveals that widely discussed climate engineering strategies could bring little benefit, ‘potentially severe side effects’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Rube Goldberg, meet Dr. Frankenstein

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/26-6
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‘US Troops Out Now’: Philippine Protesters Push Against Base Expansion
Hundreds march against Philippine government’s cooperation with US bid for heavier military presence
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/26-4
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Saving Our Blue Future: The Human Race Needs a New Water Ethic
by Maude Barlow

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/26-9
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This Is No Recovery, This Is a Bubble – And It Will Burst
by Ha-Joon Chang

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/25-8
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine Crisis Leading to a New Cold War? Or Worse?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ukraine-crisis-leading-to-a-new-cold-war-or-worse/
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“Most Revolutionary Mayor” Dies — Will the “Jackson Plan” Proliferate?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/most-revolutionary-mayor-dies-will-the-jackson-plan-proliferate/
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Democracy Now!
Chokwe Lumumba: Remembering “America’s Most Revolutionary Mayor”

*The corpress unsurprisingly didn’t cover Lumumba’s death – or his time as mayor – but the “alternative establishment media” was MIA on the latter, as well.

From the time of that June interview, I don’t recall DN! or any other relatively visible alternative outlet examining what was happening in Jackson.

And in that context, I’d like to know why seeming regressive methods for raising revenues such as sales taxes and increasing water rates are those employed.

Jealous betrayed his establishment bias with his comments about Lumumba having “staked a far-out position at times in [his life]” – as if that was some sort of blemish on his credentials – but I have to wonder how closely he hewed to those ideals as mayor, both regarding the revenue measures, and his “working across the aisle … with people in the business community”.

I can’t say, as the lack of coverage makes all that difficult to ascertain.

I would hope that won’t continue to be the case as far as further developments in Jackson are concerned.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/26/chokwe_lumumba_remembering_americas_most_revolutionary

Japan, U.S. Move to Expand Nuclear Power Programs Despite Contamination at Fukushima & New Mexico

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/26/japan_us_move_to_expand_nuclear#

2/25

PETITION
#Not1More
Detainees and Families on Hunger Strike for an End to Deportation:
Let Our Family Members Go!

http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/detainees-and-families-on-hunger-strike-for-an-end-to-deportation-let-our-family-members-go/
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New Study Confirms One of Agent Orange’s Toxic Legacies
Aircraft used to dump pernicious mix on Vietnam continued its threat for years.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/25-6
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Common Insecticides on the Rise in Your Home and Body: Report
Growing research on prevalent chemicals raising alarm over safety
by Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/25-2
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Remember That Nuclear Dump Site That ‘Was Never Supposed to Leak’?
Nation’s only underground nuclear waste storage site, located in New Mexico, believed to be leaking radiation into air
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/25-3
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Radioactive Fukushima Plume Due to Reach West Coast this Spring
Scientists say lack of government supported research forcing them to use volunteers, predictive models
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/25-1
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Western Spy Agencies Infiltrating, Warping World of Online Activism
Latest Snowden documents show extent to which GCHQ has gone to ‘manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations’ of online targets
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/25-0
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The Real News Network
U.S. Christian Right Behind Anti-Gay Law Passed in Uganda
Rev. Kapya Kaoma: New Ugandan law that makes homosexual acts punishable by life imprisonment was modeled after the talking points of right- wing U.S. evangelicals

*Does a supposed deity have standing to sue for defamation of character?

If I were Jesus, I’d be talking to my lawyers.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11524
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Popular Uprising, Foreign Manipulation and Rising Fascism in Ukraine
Political economist Aleksandr Buzgalin and international law professor John Quigley discuss the internal rivalries for power taking place within Ukraine, and the history of its relations with Russia

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11516
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FAIR Blog
The Question of US ‘Democracy Promotion’ in the Newspaper of Record

*The “response” to the Honduran coup may have been “weak”

But the complicity in it was robust.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/25/the-question-of-us-democracy-promotion-in-the-newspaper-of-record/
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‘El Chapo’ and El Banco

*Even if you believe the bullshit about “destabilizing the banking system”, what’s to prevent the feds from prosecuting the individuals involved?

Yes, it is the most rhetorical of questions.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/25/el-chapo-and-el-banco/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Partitioning Ukraine? Threats to Jews and Others; Does Brzezinski Want to Partition Russia?

*Cold blooded continuation of a cold war

http://www.accuracy.org/release/partitioning-ukraine-threats-to-jews-and-others-does-brzezinski-want-to-partition-russia/
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Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Inside the Army Spy Ring & Attempted Entrapment of Peace Activists, Iraq Vets, Anarchists

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/25/exclusive_inside_the_army_spy_ring

Spies of Mississippi: New Film on the State-Sponsored Campaign to Defeat the Civil Rights Movement

*I’d like to know how the Sovereignty Commission and Hoover’s FBI cooperated, for there’s no doubt that they did, is there?

I echo what Porter said

None of this is in the least shocking, is it?

Just soul searingly terrible.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/25/spies_of_mississippi_new_film_on

PART 2: Interview with “Spies of Mississippi” Director and Reporter Jerry Mitchell

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/2/25/part_2_interview_with_spies_of

2/24

The Real News Network
Why is Inflation So High in Venezuela?
Gregory Wilpert (2/2): Attempting to build socialism surrounded by a global capitalist economy and being reliant on oil revenues, Venezuela is struggling to find a solution to capital flight and exchange rate problems

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11518
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Venezuela Protests Reveal Rivalry in Opposition Leadership
Gregory Wilpert: High inflation and shortages trigger a protest movement that splits opposition camp

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11517
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Wage Shares Fall in the US, Germany and Many Other Countries While Financial Shocks Hit Emerging Economies – Yilmaz Akyuz (2/2)
Economist, Yilmaz Akyuz on US & European crisis mismanagement and global imbalances

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11511
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Fukushima Evacuation Order Lifted, But Motivations Questioned
Japan looks at long-term plan to re-populate homes near crippled plant as TEPCO continues precarious cleanup
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/24-3
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Africa: Slavery, King Cotton and the Industrial Revolution
by David William Pear

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1984?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6b3b61e702-140224_Protestors_Rally&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-6b3b61e702-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-6b3b61e702-80951145
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Creating the World We Want
In addition to knowing what we oppose, we are building the world we want to see
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1983?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6b3b61e702-140224_Protestors_Rally&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-6b3b61e702-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-6b3b61e702-80951145
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Arresting Development: Why the Comcast-Netflix Deal Should Worry You
by Craig Aaron and S. Derek Turner

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/24-6
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Hypocrisies of the Super-Rich
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/24-3
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The Murky Politics of the $15 Minimum Wage
by Shamus Cooke

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/24-2
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The Bleached Bones of the Dead: What the Modern World Owes Slavery
(It’s More Than Back Wages)
by Greg Grandin

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/24-5
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Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/24-1
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine: Coup with Far Right Calling Shots

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ukraine-coup-with-far-right-calling-shots/
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FAIR Blog
News From Venezuela–but Where Is It Coming From?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/22/news-from-venezuela-but-where-is-it-coming-from/
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Democracy Now!
“The Paragraph Began to Self-Delete”: Did NSA Hack Computer of Snowden Biographer & Edit Book Draft?

*All your databases are belong to us

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/24/the_paragraph_began_to_self_delete

2/21

The Real News Network
Will $10 Minimum Wage Get All Working Americans Out of Poverty?
The Real News does the math with a single mother, who works for McDonalds, to find out if a potential wage increase will keep up with her cost of living

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11510
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The Connection Between the Drug War In Mexico and Neoliberal Policies
Jeff Faux and John Ackerman say that neoliberal policies have created out- of-control violence and a humanitarian crisis in Mexico

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11507
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Emergency Manager’s Plan for Detroit Called “Gut Punch” To Workers
Proposal calls for slashing monthly pension payments by 34% for general workers and 10% for police and firefighters
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Stripping the gears of the Motor City

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/21-1
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Raise the Wage? GOP Leader Would Prefer His Own Death (But That’s Just Half the Story)
Though a $10.10 increase is likely going nowhere fast, city of Seattle shows why bolder $15 hike shows promise
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/21-0
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Historic Rally Challenges Fracking Export Industry in Maryland
Protesters march against LNG export terminal and ‘planet-wrecking vision of new fracking wells, pipelines, and compressors’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/21-3
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Before Comcast’s Mega-Merger: Mega-Bucks and Mega-Lobbying
Cable giant is well armed to muscle its purchase of Time Warner over regulatory and legislative hurdles
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/21
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Walk Softly. This Is Earth. We Have Much Still to Learn.
by Robert C. Koehler

*Never expect those in power to act with reason

Their position was achieved through its repression

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/21-1
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Green Climate Fund: A Devil’s Bargain on the Climate
Will the Green Climate Fund—the UN body tasked with funding the transition to a clean-energy, climate-resilient future in the developing world—invest in fossil fuels?
by Janet Redman and Oscar Reyes

*”Green” as the new black

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/21-7
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Oceana
100+ Scientists Urge Obama to Wait on New Science before Permitting the Use of Seismic Airguns in the Atlantic Ocean
New Science is Essential to Protecting Marine Life from Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/21
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Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
New Safeguards Seek to Protect Farmworkers from Pesticides
EPA to update Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides after more than 20 years of problems

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/21-0
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National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
Federal Court Declares Bush-Era Rule that Removed Protections against Mountaintop Removal Mining Invalid

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/21-2
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FAIR Blog
Time Puffs Mexico’s President

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/21/time-puffs-mexicos-president/
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Democracy Now!
Turning a Wedding Into a Funeral: U.S. Drone Strike in Yemen Killed as Many as 12 Civilians

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/21/turning_a_wedding_into_a_funeral

Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta

*None of these bastards will spend ten years in prison for this terrorism

Or ten minutes.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/21/silencing_the_scientist_tyrone_hayes_on

The Shadow Lobbying Complex: How Corporations Are Hiding Vast Influence Peddling Efforts

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/21/the_shadow_lobbying_complex_how_corporations

2/20

PETITION
Justice for Heather!
by Luis Vasquez

*If Levia had been the manager and fed these folks for free, these bastards would’ve had no cause to fire or even reprimand her.

Commending her would have been the appropriate response under those circumstances, and under those that actually transpired.

It beggars the imagination as to what possible rationale could be put forth to justify this mean spirited act.

What’s certain is that it could never do so.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/justice-for-heather-1?source=c.em.cp&r_by=
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Corporate Faces Behind Privatized Public Services Exposed
Report details highest payed ‘government workers’ in era of privatization
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/20-5
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Highly Radioactive Water Overflow at Fukushima
Leak follows recent reports of skyrocketing groundwater contamination
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/20-1
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Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa
by Edward Herman

*I have no trouble giving credence to this account of Western aggression and the propaganda campaign to justify it, but I think Herman paints a more positive portrait of Gaddafi that his rule warrants.

You don’t have to accept his opportunistic demonization to see him as a dictator, a torturer (of his own people, as well as those rendered to him by the West in the GWOT [tm]), and in general no one you’d want in a position of power.

Perhaps Herman assumes this to be understood, but I think it’s always important to spell out such contradictions.

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1977?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=b13fcb58e7-140220_Tres_Amigos_Mexico&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-b13fcb58e7-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-b13fcb58e7-80951145
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Five Epic Fails in the FCC’s New Net Neutrality Plan
by Candace Clement

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/20-6
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Documenting Darkness: How a Thug State Operates
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/20-4
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Obama’s Nuke-Powered Drone Strike on America’s Fiscal Sanity
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/20-5
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Climate Change Deniers Have Grasped That Markets Can’t Fix the Climate
The refusal to accept global warming is driven by corporate interests and the fear of what it will cost to try to stop it
by Seumas Milne

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/20-0
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Public Citizen Publishes Checklist of Outstanding TPP Issues That Require Resolution for a Deal to Be Made

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/20-1
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The Real News Network
Venezuelan Opposition Divided On Question of Regime Change
Steve Ellner: As both sides continue to mobilize supporters, class divisions within Caracas will limit the opposition’s ability to oust the Maduro regime

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11505
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Threats in Ukraine: Coup, Fascism and War — And Western Culpability

http://www.accuracy.org/release/threats-in-ukraine-coup-fascism-and-war-and-western-culpability/
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Democracy Now!
A New Cold War? Ukraine Violence Escalates, Leaked Tape Suggests U.S. Was Plotting Coup

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/20/a_new_cold_war_ukraine_violence

Venezuelan Protests: Another Attempt by U.S.-Backed Right-Wing Groups to Oust Elected Government?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/20/venezuelan_protests_another_attempt_by_us

Excessive Force? Migrant Shot Dead by U.S. Border Agent Near San Diego After Throwing Rock

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/20/excessive_force_migrant_shot_dead_by

2/19

International Abandonment of ‘Unprecedented Human Crisis’ a ‘Damning Indictment’
‘To not respond is a conscious and deliberate choice to abandon the people.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/19-6
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Vicious Global Warming Feedback Loop Worse Than Feared
Vicious cycle: amount of warming involved in Arctic ice loss, now amounts to roughly one-quarter of all warming
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/19-5
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FAIR Blog
Being O’Reilly Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

*Do you find it ironic that MSNBC handed the head of the Twitterer to someone like O’Reilly, who muses about beheadings?

And for what? Look at the tweet. There *was* reactionary outrage at the ad

And how many rightists condemned that reaction?

As for General Mills, they see the demographic changes, the increase in biracial families, and they do what profit seekers do to make more profit

And get some “Awww … ” props in the bargain.

Lastly, let’s keep in mind that the imperialists’ wet dream was a “Pearl Harbor” that would engender such fear and desire for revenge in the US public that they would have carte blanche to carry out their crusade for Bellum Americana.

(Whether they facilitated it, I can only speculate at this point.)

So who was fantasizing about “terror on our shores”?

Addendum:

In fairness, the tweet did engage in overbroad characterization, which serves no useful purpose

But when you lie down with dogs, as many “mainstream” conservatives have done ad nauseum with any number of unalloyed racists, sexists and homophobes

Perhaps you should tend to the beam in thine own eye before pointing to the mote in another’s.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/19/being-oreilly-means-never-having-to-say-youre-sorry/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
84-Year-Old Nun Among Activists Sentenced While “Real Crime” of Nuclear Arms Ramps Up

http://www.accuracy.org/release/84-year-old-nun-among-activists-sentenced-while-real-crime-of-nuclear-arms-ramps-up/
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Democracy Now!
“Black Trans Bodies Are Under Attack”: Freed Activist CeCe McDonald, Actress Laverne Cox Speak Out

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/19/black_trans_bodies_are_under_attack

Laverne Cox, CeCe McDonald on Facebook’s New Gender Options & How to Be an Ally to Trans People

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/2/19/cece_mcdonald_laverne_cox_on_facebooks

2/18

PETITION
Hold accountable colleges that refuse to protect survivors of sexual violence
by ED ACT NOW

https://www.change.org/petitions/white-house-task-force-to-protect-students-from-sexual-assault-hold-accountable-colleges-that-refuse-to-protect-survivors-of-sexual-violence?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=48928&alert_id=yqhlbZePox_UaSNgYaFlf
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Navy Readies Laser Weapon to ‘Revolutionize’ Warfare
“It fundamentally changes the way we fight.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Frightening fit

21st century technology

Stone Age mentality

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/18-1
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As Climate Floods Surge, Taxpayers On Hook to Insure Homes of the 1%
NBC report shows FEMA redrawing flood maps to pass costs of storm insurance from ultra-rich to everyone else
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Here’s your “change”

Hope you’re happy

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/18-2
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Promises of Prosperity, Fracking Delivers Devastating Toxic Emissions
New investigative report highlights the impact of the drilling boom on Texas residents
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fracturing the fairy tale

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/18-3
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Killing US History: Misremembering America’s Wars (2003-2053)
The Pentagon’s Latest “Mission Accomplished” Moment
by Nick Turse

*History may possibly repeat itself

But its perversion is assured

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/18-10
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Israel Is Losing the Fight Against BDS
by Ali Abunimah

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/18-8
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Deconstructing the Dunn Trial: The Weaponization of Blackness vs. White “Fear”
by Khaled Beydoun

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/18-11
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85 Billionaires and the Better Half
by Michael Parenti

*The poor will always be with us

Until the rich are not

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/18-5
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US Support for Regime Change in Venezuela is a Mistake
The US push to topple the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro once again pits Washington against South America
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/18-2
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Food & Water Watch
Antitrust Experts, Consumer Group Dismiss Flour Milling Merger Divestiture Proposal as Inadequate
American Antitrust Institute and Food & Water Watch Continue to Urge DOJ to Block ConAgra-Cargill/CHS Horizon Milling Joint Venture

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/18-0
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Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
Change in Grain Policy Signals China’s Intent to Boost Meat Production
New research highlights global implications for food safety, food security and natural resources

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/18-2
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The Real News Network
Jordan Davis Verdict Highlights Need for “Race-Conscious Solution” To U.S. Racism
Dayvon Love and Brendan Fischer say that ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws help rationalize violence against people of color by legitimizing fear of black men

*Fear is the power class’ greatest weapon.

It employs fear against its victims through threat and violence, but also in the context of portraying itself as the protector of the greater society from its victims, even as they exploit all those under its control.

The goal of “divide and conquer” is to keep us at each other’s throats

So that we are oblivious to the chains around our necks.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11493
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UAW Effort to Organize Tennessee VW Plant “Fatally Flawed” From The Outset
Former autoworker organizer Frank Hammer analyzes the missteps of the unionization campaign at the Tennessee Volkswagen plant and the role of anti-union politicians and groups

*Seems like union “leadership” has to decide

“Which side are you on?”

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11491
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FAIR Blog
Meet the Press Meets Climate Change

*”For Chrissake, let’s not worry about how the addict got the drugs, and that he’s continuing to use them …

Let’s devote our energies to treating the symptoms!”

Gott im Himmel …

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/18/meet-the-press-meets-climate-change/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
North American Summit: NAFTA and TPP Agenda

http://www.accuracy.org/release/north-american-summit-nafta-and-tpp-agenda/

Venezuela: Is U.S. Backing Destabilization?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/venezuela-is-u-s-backing-destabilization/
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Democracy Now!
Julian Assange on Being Placed on NSA “Manhunting” List & Secret Targeting of WikiLeaks Supporters

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/18/julian_assange_on_being_placed_on

Attorney for Edward Snowden Interrogated at U.K. Airport, Placed on “Inhibited Persons List”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/18/attorney_for_edward_snowden_interrogated_at

Spying on Lawyers: Snowden Documents Show NSA Ally Targeted U.S. Law Firm

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/18/spying_on_lawyers_snowden_documents_show

2/17

The Real News Network
Inequality is Declining in Latin American and Sub-Saharan Countries
Policy measures and increased Chinese demand for minerals have respectively led to a narrowing of inequality in Latin America and sub- Saharan Africa, while inequality has risen in the former Soviet countries and Asia

*While it’s true that effective regulation can reduce inequality, inequality is inevitable in a profit driven system, and economic inequality inevitably leads to political and social inequality, to the existence of an exploited and an exploitive class.

We’re talking degrees, not kind here.

You can make capitalism better

But you can’t make it good.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11463
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An Apology From Fidel – Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
Ms. Benjamin tells Paul Jay about her love/hate relationship with Cuba

*I admire Benjamin’s chutzpah. She does walk her talk to a significant degree.

But it’s ironic that what she righteously states about leadership in Cuba being commandist, and the insidiousness of the cult of personality around Castro, can also be applied in some measure to her own actions.

She is a “celebrity activist”, albeit hardly an armchair one, and I think that’s always a danger when we’re talking about democratic organization.

Perhaps it’s anecdotal, but a friend of mine was largely responsible for organizing a visit for her to Madison, Wisconsin, only to be stiffed on a event she’d committed to, without so much as a by your leave, due to “time constraints”.

I’m not down with that, and no one else should be.

She also suffers from the same malady as many other “progressive” activists, in that she seeks to reform a system that can’t be made just, and refuses to go beyond that paradigm to look at more “radical” alternatives – ones that don’t necessitate telling someone (many someones) that they’re SOL.

So, as she says about Cuba, the good and the bad.

What we should take from this is an expectation that “leaders” should not only allow themselves to be held accountable

They should demand it.

They rarely do

So we must.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11488
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If We Don’t Connect It to Race and Class, Then Green Politics Is Just High-End Consumerism
by Marc Bamuthi Joseph

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/17-9
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President’s Day: Another Reminder How Messed Up US Holiday Policies Are
About one in four working Americans get no paid vacation or holidays. None.
by Heather Long

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/17-10
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Verdict in Jordan Davis Case Highlights Continuing Injustice of “Stand Your Ground”
by Brendan Fischer

*Guns and greed

A “fire at will” sale

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/17-7
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How Privatization Perverts Education
by Paul Buchheit

*Isn’t the problem less one of “moving up the ladder”

Than having to climb it in the first place?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/17
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Suspected Radiation Leak in Military’s Nuclear Dumping Ground
‘This is highly toxic poisoning that can be eliminated by stopping the desire to be a nuclear power over the world’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/17-3
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As Final Decision Looms, Native Americans Organize KXL Resistance
Drawing on deep history of being misled by promises ultimately betrayed, tribes are planning a variety of ways to stop the tar sands pipeline from being built in the first place
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Although her last words are hard to dispute, it hasn’t deterred Spotted Eagle and so many other First Persons from doing what their conscience demands.

And therein lies a lesson for us all.

We don’t need to believe we’ll win in order to do what’s right.

We do need to believe that doing what’s right is a victory in itself

And that what we need won’t be achieved unless we do.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/17-4
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Ohio Governor’s Office Linked to Fracking PR Conspiracy
‘This is an unprecedented collusion between oil and gas companies and the agencies that regulate them,’ said the local Sierra Club coordinator
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Textbook Newspeak from ODNR

And it’s quite true that Sierra isn’t “extremist”

(I prefer “radical”)

Which is one reason why “the cards aren’t stacked in [our] favor”.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/17-6
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Over One Million Voices to European Parliament: Stop Water Privatization
First European Citizens’ Initiative calls for water to be human right, not a commodity
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/17-5
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Toxic Chemicals Linked to ‘Global, Silent Pandemic’ Striking Children Worldwide
“The presumption that new chemicals and technologies are safe until proven otherwise is a fundamental problem,” study authors write
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/17-2
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Scientists Warn Against Mass Industrialization of Deep Sea
Scientists call for international stewardship of deep ocean ecosystems in face of mining operations
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/17-1
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‘Addressable TV’: Big Data’s Next Trick For Targeting You
Though already in use in many homes, ability for advertisers and political campaigners to target individual viewers is rapidly expanding
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/17-0
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Iran: Is Obama Set to Continue the “Manufactured Crisis”?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/iran-is-obama-set-to-continue-the-manufactured-crisis/
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Democracy Now!
The Killing of Jordan Davis: Michael Dunn Faces 60 Years After Split Verdict in ‘Thug Music’ Trial

*Murder

Made in USA

Maintained by NRA

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/17/the_killing_of_jordan_davis_michael

Untold History: More Than a Quarter of U.S. Presidents Were Involved in Slavery, Human Trafficking

*The theme here is the necessity to be honest about history.

In keeping with that, we have to acknowledge that Lincoln’s “moral crusade” didn’t extend to Native peoples, who were being slaughtered throughout his presidency.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/17/untold_history_more_than_a_quarter

2/14

Why the EPA Can’t Manage To Block This Gnarly Herbicide
by Tom Philpott
Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/02/why-epa-cant-ban-atrazine
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‘Bridge’? New Study Shatters Natural Gas Talking Point
New study reveals that methane emissions from natural gas may be 50 percent higher than EPA estimates
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/14-6
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Missing from Presidents’ Day: The People They Enslaved
by Clarence Lusane

*Ignoring the link between chains and “freedom”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/14-2
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The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association Eviscerates Rights of Customers, Workers, and Children
by Michele Simon and Saru Jayaraman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/14-0
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Asphyxiating Education
by Robert C. Koehler

*Talk about failing grades.

These bastards flunked Biology 101.

Brains need oxygen to survive.

Or maybe that’s the whole idea.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/14-1
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Will Illinois Coal Rush Spread West Virginia Disasters?
by Jeff Biggers

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/14
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The Real News Network
Saudi Arabia and Iran Share A Common Goal in Syria
Hamid Dabashi: All foreign nations involved in Syria are attempting to quell the revolutionary uprisings for economic and strategic interests, but the Syrian people will ultimately decide their own future

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11469
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Environmentalists’ Valentine Day Wish: Stop Selling Bee-Harming Plants
Dennis vanEngelsdorp: While an outright ban on insecticide use would be shortsighted and harmful to agricultural production, home gardeners should not use insecticides, fungicides and pesticides – the ideal of a perfectly green mowed lawn is contributing to a decline in the bee population

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11484
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Yellen’s Tapering of Quantitative Easing Disruptive at Home and Abroad
Janet Yellen’s first congressional testimony affirms that the Fed will continue to implement policies harmful to emerging markets, and will not address structural causes of inequality in the US

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11474
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Universities Are Relying On Exploitation Of Part-Time Labor – Robert Samuels (2/2)
Though universities are often considered bastions of liberalism, they have in fact become leading models and producers of part-time and insecure labor, and this harming the quality of higher education, says Robert Samuels

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11472
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Jubilee USA Network
Argentina Files Final Supreme Court Appeal in Global Hedge Fund Debt Case

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/14-0
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Comcast’s Revolving Door

http://www.accuracy.org/release/comcasts-revolving-door/
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FAIR Blog
The Bias of ‘Both Sides Do It’

*Interesting how no other reactionary think tanks such as Heritage, or “centrist” entities like Brookings, merit inclusion in these insinuations, innit?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/14/the-bias-of-both-sides-do-it/

2/12

PETITION
SNCF: Pay reparations to victims of the Holocaust
by Leo Bretholz

https://www.change.org/petitions/sncf-pay-reparations-to-victims-of-the-holocaust?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=48588&alert_id=YviTKZwCOY_xcYpVYDEpa
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The Real News Network
How To Make Higher Education Free Without New Taxes Or More Government Spending – Robert Samuels (1/2)
University of California AFT president Robert Samuels explains it is possible to provide free college education to all U.S. students, and as a consequence solve the student debt problem and the rising costs of tuition

*Of course, those in power don’t want an educated populace, do they?

They want a restricted strata of educated workers, and the rest as drones, or unemployed.

The destruction of public education goes hand in hand with the crisis in higher education.

You want bricks

Because you need a wall between you and the masses.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11473
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Did the ANC Make a Faustian Bargain? – Danny Schechter on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)
Mr. Schechter analyzes the difficult circumstances that led Mandela to make major compromises in their program after taking power in South Africa

*Schechter wilfully ignores the fact that there’s been no self-criticism, from Mandela or anyone else involved, other than outliers like Kasrils, regarding the consequences of these decisions.

He also is oblivious to the commandist nature of those decisions. They were not arrived at democratically. The people weren’t consulted. The various alternatives weren’t debated publicly.

It may be that he has a great deal invested in continuing the hagiography of Mandela, albeit with some minor criticism.

I couldn’t say.

I can say that anytime you place someone on a pedestal

You’re inviting it to topple over on you.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11481
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The Economics of the 1%: Deficit Disorders and Debt Delirium (2/3)
John Weeks: A fundamental misconception of neoliberal economics is that governments need to balance their budgets like a household

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11478
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Wisconsin Moving to Advance ALEC Constitutional Convention Scheme
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12379
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Trillion Dollar Farm Bill Is a Mixed Bag
by Rebekah Wilce
PR Watch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12378
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NPR’s “The Salt” Blog Muddies the Issue of Sewage Sludge
by Rebekah Wilce
PR Watch

*It might be enlightening to know who sponsors “The Salt”

And I’m not going to “applaud” Whole Foods for a decision it was forced to make by public pressure.

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12374
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TEPCO Blasted for Withholding Data as Fukushima Radiation Levels Soar
‘This is not an appropriate way to deal with the desire of the public for transparency’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/13-2
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What Won’t This Private Prison Corporation Do To Turn a Profit?
Corrections Corporation of America exposed for fraudulently billing state taxpayers for thousands of staff hours
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/13-5
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Farmers Rise Up Against Agribusiness, Face Down Riot Police in Brazil
Nearly twenty thousand march for stronger reforms in ‘a country with one of the most unequal distributions of land in the world’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/13-4
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Hypocrisy in Sochi: On Slamming Russian Repression, But Rarely Our Own
by Thomas S. Harrington

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/13-8
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Clapper Reads From the Bush/Cheney/Nixon Playbook to Fear-Monger Over Transparency
by Glenn Greenwald

*Fear is the lock on the door to power

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/13-1
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A Voice for Democracy Against Egypt’s ‘Fascist Buildup’
Amr Hamzawy was one of the few liberals who condemned both the Morsi government’s misrule and the military coup. Now he’s increasingly isolated.
by Sharif Abdel Kouddous

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/13-5
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Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Director Watch Compiles Company Performance, CEO and Board of Director Pay

*But it’s not simply a matter of “company performance”, is it?

What constitutes that “success”, and at what cost to the greater society?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/13-1
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Carbon, Climate Worsening * WV Spill, Again

http://www.accuracy.org/release/carbon-climate-worsening-wv-spill-again/
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Democracy Now!
Meteorologist Jeff Masters: Climate Change Affecting Weather Patterns Regardless of Season

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/13/meteorologist_jeff_masters_climate_change_affecting

N.C. Governor No Longer Works for Duke Energy, But After Coal Spill, Is He Doing Their Bidding?

*Unfortunately, persons like Adams seem content to have corporations provide what should be public services, such as energy, as long as they do so “responsibly”.

But doesn’t that fly in the face of the history of such arrangements?

“Profit” and “public service”, despite the alliteration, aren’t compatible.

So while I respect her principled resignation, she and many other mainstream environmental advocates engage in a narrow debate about effective regulation of the current system, rather than questioning the systemic nature of the problem.

Corporate control of energy – dirty or clean – is an invitation to injustice.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/13/nc_governor_no_longer_works_for

2/12

The Real News Network
Mandela and Neoliberal Economics in South Africa – Danny Schechter (2/3)
Mr. Schechter tells Paul Jay that under tremendous external pressure, the ANC gave up its plans to nationalize the mining sector

*Schechter doesn’t directly address Jay’s contention that, even if you accept the necessity of such compromise – which I don’t, no attempt was made to ameliorate its effects.

And that to my mind can only be seen as a betrayal of the promise of true freedom, on the part of Mandela and all who promoted this devil’s bargain.

I imagine the families of the miners murdered at Marikana would agree with that conclusion.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11468
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Correcting the Mainstream Distortion of Iran’s 1979 Revolution
On the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution, Scholar Hamid Dabashi explains why even though a diverse set of forces overthrew the brutal, CIA-backed Shah of Iran, in the end theocracy dominated, leaving Iran in the hands of plutocrats.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11460
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EU Commission: Time to End US Domination of Internet
Governance of the ‘world wide web’ should live up to its name and be stripped of US-centric biases and control
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/12-4
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If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a U.S. Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination
by Norman Solomon

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/12-1
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Chicago Tribune Stands Behind State’s Fantasy of Radical Terror, Even Though ‘NATO 3′ Acquitted of Terrorism
by Kevin Gosztola

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/12-0
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Whose Distressed Baby Is It?
by Amy Davidson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/12-2
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Why False Compromises Won’t Resolve The Education Debate
by Jeff Bryant

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/12-3
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FAIR Blog
Michael Sam and the NFL’s LGBT Makeover

*There’ll be a great deal of pressure on Sam, both from his team and the league, in the form of “Alright, you said it … now shut the fuck up and play ball [literally and figuratively]“, and his reaction to that will be pivotal to whether the homophobia that pervades most sports culture – which can’t be separated from the overarching societal manifestation of it, however slowly that may be changing – will be successfully confronted sooner rather than later.

Another issue is whether this animus will take the form of surreptitious physical attacks on him on the field, with ample opportunity within the violent nature of the sport to “unintentionally” injure him.

Hopefully that’s an unfounded concern

But I think it’s worth remaining aware of.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/12/michael-sam-and-the-nfls-lgbt-makeover/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Misrepresenting Putin, Sochi and Ukraine”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/misrepresenting-putin-sochi-and-ukraine/
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Democracy Now!
Karim Khan, Anti-Drone Activist Who Lost Family Members to U.S. Strike, Goes Missing in Pakistan

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/12/karim_khan_anti_drone_activist_who

Drone on Your iPhone: Apple Drops Objections to App Tracking U.S. Strikes Overseas

*Rotten Apple, to state the bleeding obvious

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/12/drone_on_your_iphone_apple_drops

From Jail to Law School: Jim Crow-Era Law Bars Florida Man from Voting, Taking Bar, Serving on Jury

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/12/from_jail_to_law_school_jim

U.S. Plunges in Global Press Freedom Rankings as Obama Wages “War on Whistleblowers”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/12/us_plunges_in_global_press_freedom

2/11

New GMO Corn Could Be Pushed on Europe Despite Widespread Political Opposition
19 member states say no to Pioneer maize, but its cultivation could happen anyway
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/11-2
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Growing Revolt in Bosnia Unites People Against Elites
Thousands demonstrate in Sarajevo in sixth day of nation-wide uprising
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/11-3
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The Real Problem with US Common Core: It Further Outsources Education
New York is the latest to revolt against Common Core. What’s especially scary is more business intrusion into the classroom
by Ana Marie Cox

*”I am not so conspiracy-minded as to think that the Gates Foundation is consciously shaping the educational system to some malicious intent … “

Do you find it ironic that Cox speaks of the threat to critical thinking

Then states something utterly devoid of it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/11-10
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“Sky Raper”: US Drones as Tools of the Patriarchy
by Allison Kilkenny

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/11-9
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Has Big Oil Hijacked Democracy?
Canada’s government spies on and harasses citizens who peacefully question petro-corporate aims.
by Murray Dobbin

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/11-7
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Earthjustice
Community Members Fight To Save Schoolchildren and Families from Mountaintop Removal
Argue their case to stop a destructive mine in federal appeals court today

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/11-5
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Reprieve
US Court Upholds Guantanamo Detainees’ Right to Challenge Force Feeding

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/11-0
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FAIR Blog
ABC on Food Stamp Cuts: Hey, It Could Be Worse

*Hey, be happy they only raped you

And didn’t kill you.

Jesus … fucking … Christ.

(FYI, I qualify for SNAP.)

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/11/abc-on-food-stamp-cuts-hey-it-could-be-worse/
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Democracy Now!
The Day We Fight Back: Activism Sweeps the Internet with Global Action Against Mass Surveillance

*A half step

Or a full stop?

Rainey speaks of pushing for more, but why not do that now?

The gummint’s in damage control mode, and I have to wonder if this bill will prove to be a boost to those efforts.

As long as these Stasi tactics are deemed “overreach” in the GWOT ™ – misguided but not malevolent

I will continue to be leery of such “reform”.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/11/the_day_we_fight_back_activism

The Sixth Extinction: Elizabeth Kolbert on How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age

*The pope should know from extinctions

Since that’s what he’s tried to facilitate for liberation theology, innit?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/11/the_sixth_extinction_elizabeth_kolbert_on

2/10

‘Lives on the Line’: Prison Hunger Strike Escalates As Men Refuse Liquids
The men say they are protesting detention in solitary confinement with no due process
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/10-6
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Backtracking, Officials Admit Coal Ash Spill Caused Dangerous Arsenic Levels
Environmental groups claim state regulators too cozy with the polluters
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/10-2
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There Is No Warming “Pause,” says Study: Planet, Oceans Are Burning Up
Though surface temperature increases have slowed in recent years, global warming is accelerating rapidly as the oceans heat up
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/10
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Time to Take a Stand to End US Impunity
by Jeffrey Bachman

*The thrust is righteous, but how does Bachman figure the US has “illegally invaded” only one country in this century?

Not that legality should be the overarching concern.

The US wasn’t attacked by any other nation, thus none of its myriad “invasions” – a term that is largely a matter of semantics – have been legally legitimate.

Afghanistan is Exhibit A, but Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other states fit in that broad category as well, don’t they?

And let’s keep in mind that while American war machine has indeed murdered many “innocents”, many others have been “guilty” of nothing more than opposing a foreign invader.

Thus while this decrial isn’t a stretch by any means

I believe it could use one.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/10-6
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Legalizing Oppression
by Chris Hedges

*The greatest threat to power

Is a conscious act of conscience

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/10-1
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Friends of the Earth
More Than a Half Million People Demand Home Depot and Lowe’s Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides
Thousands participate in bee swarm actions across the country in the week of Valentine’s Day

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/10-2
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Reprieve
Drone Victim Set to Testify Before European Parliaments Disappears After Being Seized by Men in Police Uniforms

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/10
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Violence Policy Center
Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/10-3
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The Real News Network
Nurse Says He Was Fired After Speaking Out Against Hospital Merger
Nurse and activist Tim Thomas alleges he was wrongfully terminated for speaking out against a merger that would hurt quality of service and increase prices for customers at the hospital where he worked for three decades

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11434
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Further Militarization of the Syrian Conflict Will Worsen the Refugee Crisis
Omar Dahi: Syria’s refugee crisis can only be solved through a political solution that allows international relief to cross its borders

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11431
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Tapering of Quantitative Easing Is Throwing Emerging Markets into Chaos – And Big Banks Are Getting Richer
Despite a real economic recovery, the Fed is winding down quantitative easing, throwing developing countries’ economies into chaos

*Follow the money

As the money follows fortune

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11433
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The Real Illness Plaguing US Healthcare Inequality
by Chris White

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1961?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=fc45a33088-140210_Nurse_Says_He_Was_Fired&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-fc45a33088-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-fc45a33088-80951145
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone “Death by Metadata” — And Imprisonment by Activism

*So you have to be punished so that you won’t be a target for those who might wish to commit violent acts against you?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/drone-death-by-metadata-and-imprisonment-by-activism/
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FAIR Extra!
The Other Education Crisis
Panic over testing feeds drop in creativity
by James Cersonsky

*Bricks don’t need to be creative

They just need to fit in their profit producing place

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/the-other-education-crisis/

FAIR Blog
What DC Won’t See Tonight on Public TV

*Not that long ago, black folks were barred from many public accommodations.

Now, that history will be largely barred from the primetime public airwaves in the nation’s capital.

Apparently, WETA senses no irony in that.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/10/what-dc-wont-see-tonight-on-public-tv/

Do Respectable Journalists Want to Be Associated With Bill Keller?

*If you search on “nuance definition”

You won’t find “subservience to power” listed among them.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/10/do-respectable-journalists-want-to-be-associated-with-bill-keller/
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Democracy Now!
Death By Metadata: Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Reveal NSA Role in Assassinations Overseas

*It should be journalistic SOP to make crystal clear that international law prohibits the extrajudicial assassination of anyone – “innocent”, “militant”, or “terrorist”

And far too often that is not the case, as here.

The terms “Militant, “terrorist” and “those who pose a threat to US interests” have been conflated. They are all pejoratives employed to label “the bad guys”, with “innocent” reserved for only those who have no known connection to opposing imperialism.

The implication taken from this and so many other discussions on this subject in the “alternative media” is that if only “the bad guys” got “whacked”, there’d be no cause for concern.

If that isn’t the intent, then care should be taken to avoid that impression, shouldn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/10/death_by_metadata_jeremy_scahill_glenn

Report: Obama Administration Considers Assassinating Another American Overseas

*Scahill alludes to the issue above, but it should be more that something mentioned in passing, don’t you think?

And it’s foolish to state that these bastards may believe their own propaganda, given the overwhelming evidence against its veracity.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/10/report_obama_administration_considers_assassinating_another

Defying Threats to Journalism, Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Launch New Venture, The Intercept

*It will be interesting to see just what’s covered and what isn’t, including subjects that might impact on Omidyar’s finances, and how that will in turn be covered by the “progressive media”.

Of course, I hope my wariness proves unfounded.

Time will tell.

And every president knows goddamn good and well that their one of their “strong suits” will involve killing people.

That’s what they’re paid for, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/10/defying_threats_to_journalism_jeremy_scahill

2/7

New, Powerful Coalition Fights to ‘Help’ Consumers by Preventing Them From Knowing if Their Food Has GMOs
Influential industry groups unite to keep consumers ‘misled about their food supply’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No problem labeling this, is there?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/07-9
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GCHQ’s “Dirty Tricks” Revealed: False Flags, Virus Attacks, and Honey Traps
Latest Snowden documents show spy agency operations included ‘releasing computer viruses, spying on journalists and diplomats, jamming phones and computers, and using sex to lure targets’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/07-4
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Big Pharma Lobbies to Punish Makers of Affordable Drugs
Industry trade group PhRMA pushing U.S. to crack down on access to drugs treating cancer, HIV
by Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/07-6
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‘This Ride Is Free’ as Protesters Seize Station After Fare Hike
Angered by rising fares and broken promises leading up to the World Cup this summer, a popular revolt simmers in Brazil
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/07-0
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Refugees in their Own Country
by Cathy Breen

http://vcnv.org/refugees-in-their-own-country
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Who’s Really To Blame for Unemployment?
by Michelle Chen

*The caption accompanying the photo doesn’t make sense to me.

If the “economic climate” is to blame

Who’s to blame for the economic climate?

Would that not be “the boss”, writ large?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/07-3
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From Occupy to Climate Justice
There’s a growing effort to merge economic-justice and climate activism. Call it climate democracy.
by Wen Stephenson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/07-5
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Sustainability Squared: How We Can Sustain Both the Environment and the People
by Polly Cleveland

*Some interesting and useful intel here

But we’re still talking about a system based on competition and profit.

So what happens to those who lose those competitions

And what role does profit serve, other than as an incentive to make as much of it as possible?

Capitalism presupposes that folks won’t be motivated by societal comity, that self interest is our core compulsion.

There are many examples, both on an individual and communal level, that contradict that assumption

But there is a self interest component to a non capitalist model, just as there is to any functional family.

With us all looking out for each other, we can trust that we will be supported. There would be no need for wealth, for each would receive according to their needs, and in return would contribute according to their talents.

It comes down to just how we view ourselves

As social creatures with a communal connection to each other

Or as atomized individuals in constant competition.

Which vision gives our existence true meaning?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/07-2
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Center for Biological Diversity
Top Wolf Scientists Unanimous: Science Doesn’t Support Plan to Strip Protections

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/07-2
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The Real News Network
How The Farm Bill’s $8.7 Billion Food Stamp Cuts Hurt Working America
Working age adults now make up the majority of food stamp recipients, but would raising their hourly wage get them off food stamps?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11450
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Geneva 2 May Lead to Federalism in Syria
Omar Dahi: Despite John Kerry’s public statements, the U.S. is succeeding in its objectives in Syria, with the weakening of the Assad regime

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11423
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FAIR Blog
News You Can’t Use: ABC and Your 401K

Most US families don’t have “nest eggs”

And more and more of them no longer have their nests.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/06/news-you-cant-use-abc-and-your-401k/
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Democracy Now!
Execution Chaos: Witnesses Say Executions Are Botched as States Use Untested, Secret Drug Cocktails

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/7/execution_chaos_witnesses_say_executions_are

2/6

PETITION
Mandate the credit bureaus to include debit card holders information on credit reports
by Suze Orman

https://www.change.org/petitions/mandate-the-credit-bureaus-to-include-debit-card-holders-information-on-credit-reports?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=47951&alert_id=INhTmpgeFV_eIqhAtGPuu
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The Real News Network
Scarlett Johansson Controversy Highlights Growing Boycott Israel Movement
Shir Hever: From John Kerry’s recent boycott remarks to Oxfam dropping actress Scarlet Johansson over her support for West Bank-operated Sodastream, the Boycott, Divest and Sanction Movement continues to build solidarity with the Palestinian cause

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11443
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Misread Telexes Led Analysts to See Iran Nuclear Arms Programme
by Gareth Porter

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1957?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3b65b970d1-140206_UN_Report_Blasts_Catholic_Church&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-3b65b970d1-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-3b65b970d1-80951145
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Grave Silence
UNESCO has postponed a Simon Wiesenthal Centre-sponsored Jewish Exhibit but gives the SWC the green light to destroy the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem in order to build its Museum of Tolerance
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1956?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3b65b970d1-140206_UN_Report_Blasts_Catholic_Church&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-3b65b970d1-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-3b65b970d1-80951145
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Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
by Kathy Kelly

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1955?utm_source=Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3b65b970d1-140206_UN_Report_Blasts_Catholic_Church&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44bc741bc4-3b65b970d1-80951145&goal=0_44bc741bc4-3b65b970d1-80951145
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‘I Want Them To Be Worried We’re Watching… To Never Know When We’re Overhead.’
Law enforcement push ‘persistent surveillance’ monitoring systems
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/06-1
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In Bosnia, Privatization’s Failure Fuels Anger, Growing Protests
‘This is the start of the Bosnian Spring,’ one protester is quoted saying as riot police move in
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/06-5
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Teachers in Oregon Vote to Strike for ‘Better Learning Conditions’
Teachers, parents, and students rally in Portland to support teachers union, improving classrooms
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/06-2
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Report: Thousands of Iraqi Women Illegally Detained, Tortured, Raped
“The abuses of women we documented are in many ways at the heart of the current crisis in Iraq.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/06-4
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An Open Letter from Pussy Riot
by Pussy Riot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/06-7
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Philip Seymour Hoffman Is Another Victim of Extremely Stupid Drug Laws
In Hoffman’s domestic or sex life there is no undiscovered riddle – the man was a drug addict and, thanks to our drug laws, his death inevitable
by Russell Brand

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/06-6
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A House Is Not a Home Without Rights for Care Workers
by Michelle Chen

*Taking care of the caretakers

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/06-5
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Post Office Banking Could Be the Start of Something Big
by Richard Eskow

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/06-3
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Iraq Near Implosion: The ‘Bad Years’ Are Back
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/06-1
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Democracy Now!
Empire of Necessity: Historian Greg Grandin on Slavery, Freedom and Deception in the New World

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/6/empire_of_necessity_historian_greg_grandin

In Latin American Votes, Honduran Movements Cement Role While El Salvador Poised for Historic Shift

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/6/in_latin_american_votes_honduran_movements

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The Real News Network
European Officials Pushing Austerity in Spain to Boost Corporate Profits By Repressing Unions and Wages
Bill Black: International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank are pushing countries to accept a pro-corporate agenda that entails pushing down workers’ wages across Europe

*Nothing metaphorical about this “crunch time”

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11383
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Indigenous Groups: ‘No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Our Lands’
Native American communities along proposed route vow resistance against ‘black snake’ pipeline
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/05-2
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Fracking’s Terrifying Water Usage Trends Spell Disaster
New study shows that fracking boom is happening in places that can least afford to lose precious water supplies
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/05-9
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Catastrophe Looming? ‘Mega-Drought’ Panic Sweeps California
Amid historic drought, farmers in nation’s largest food-producing state pushed to unsustainable tapping of groundwater reserves
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/05-5
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In Post-Spill West Virginia: Polluters’ Input Welcome, Health Advocates Shut Out
Investigative report reveals Gov. Tomblin shut out environmentalists, public health officials to closed-door policy meetings following Elk River chemical spill
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Letting the foxes repair the henhouse

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/05-7
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Cities Take Note: University Campuses Are Providing Models for Sustainable Transportation
New report shows car-reducing programs at campuses across the U.S.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/05-8
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Moving Beyond the Corporate Vision of Sustainability
In light of ongoing global negotiations on pressing environmental issues, it’s time for efforts to curtail the excessive influence of multinational corporations over public policy to be strengthened and scaled up at all levels – especially at the United Nations.
by Rajesh Makwana

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/05-6
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Let Them Eat Symbols: Obama’s Plan for the Long-Term Unemployed
by Ajamu Baraka

*Let them eat cake

If they can find a bakery dumpster

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/05-10
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President Obama: Deporter-in-Chief
by Joanne Lin

*”Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

And slam the iron gate behind them.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/05-3
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Tipping the Scales of Inequality
Stagnating wages for tipped workers is part of a bigger story of rising inequality in America.
by Marjorie Elizabeth Wood

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/05-8
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ACLU
Court Takes Swift Action to End Debtors’ Prison
Ohio Supreme Court Creates Bench Card After ACLU Investigation Found Courts Jailing People Too Poor to Pay Fines

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/05-3
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Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Expanding FMLA Coverage Could Increase Access for More Than 8 Million Workers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/05-0
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Government Accountability Project
GAP Promotes Privacy Statement for All Emails to Protest Mass Surveillance Revealed by Whistleblower Edward Snowden

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/05-4
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Institute for Public Accuracy
CBO Numbers: Will Obamacare Help Reduce the “Job Lock”?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/cbo-numbers-will-obamacare-help-reduce-the-job-lock/
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FAIR Extra!
Calling Rape by Its Right Name
In L.A. Times, suspects with a badge get a pass
by Rania Khalek

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/calling-rape-by-its-right-name/

14th Annual Fear and Favor Review
Owners and advertisers vs. journalism
by Janine Jackson

*Call it “ad-ulterated content”

Though I could label it something a bit more descriptive.

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/14th-annual-fear-and-favor-review/

FAIR Blog
Falsely Presenting Obamacare as a Job-Killer

*When the refs run the scoreboard

Instead of calling the game

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/05/falsely-presenting-obamacare-as-a-job-killer/

CVS Tobacco Ban: Money Over Morality Over Money

*It’s too easy, but …

Call it a “smokeless screen”.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/05/cvs-tobacco-ban/
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Democracy Now!
“An Olympic Snowden”: U.S. Athlete on Being Turned Into a “Spokesperson for Verizon” at 2006 Games

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/5/an_olympic_snowden_us_athlete_on

“Celebration Capitalism & the Olympics”: Global Protests Mark Opening of Sochi Games

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/5/celebration_capitalism_the_olympics_global_protests

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Green Groups Threaten Election Payback Over Keystone Fight
Founder of Bold Nebraska: ‘If I was candidate on wrong side of this issue, I’d be worried’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*“This is a tremendous opportunity to protect the climate and build the Democratic base if Obama rejects Keystone XL.”

So, being the smart guy he is, the bastard may well not approve it

While continuing to promote all the other things that these enviros oppose

In addition to pimping austerity lite, war lite, and snoop lite

And they’ll beat the streets for Dems yet again?

Another pretty smart guy might’ve said this about that:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/04-1
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Scientists to Analyze West Coast Kelp for Fukushima Radioactivity
Researcher: Our goal is ‘to learn more about the distribution and transport of these materials in our world’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/04-3
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The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods
by Lois Beckett
ProPublica

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/04-2
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Pete Seeger and the NSA
by Cindy Cohn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/04-4
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All the President’s Middlemen: The Public-Private Profiteers
If You Want to Play Doctor, Don’t Hire an Insurance Company as Your Receptionist
by Barbara Garson

*Garson’s quite a contortionist, isn’t she?

She strives mightily to morph Dear Misleader into a victim of the banks and insurers, when he is their false faced front man.

Who killed the pitiful “public option”?

Whose “regulators” haven’t done diddley to stop these sadistic farces and punish the perps responsible?

The ACA isn’t a path to single payer

It’s a detour off the cliff.

We’re not taking conflation, but collusion.

She’s right that this sham is meant to sour the public on “gummint healthcare”

But it’s a goal shared by all involved in its Frankensteinian creation.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/04-7
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Fighting Cancer Isn’t All About Personal Lifestyle But the Environment We Live In
Media reaction to the World Health Organisation’s World Cancer Report has focused too much on smoking, alcohol and obesity
by Alex Andreou

*Blaming the victim

Without naming the villain

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/04-9
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Agriculture in TPP: Repeating NAFTA’s Mistakes
by Karen Hansen-Kuhn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/04
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Food & Water Watch
It’s the Poultry Industry’s Turn to Pay Their Fair Share in Maryland
Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Bring Equity to Bay Cleanup Efforts

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/02/04-0
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The Real News Network
Why the EU Sent Troops to Central African Republic
Emira Woods: CAR’s post-colonial history is riddled with French business interest collaborating with corrupt despots

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11384

The Legacy of Colonialism in Central African Republic
Emira Woods: Not much has changed since the country became independent from France in 1960, as resources remain under the control of external actors, particularly multinational mining corporations

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11386

Finance is Super Rational about Profits, Irrational about Global Economy – Flassbeck
Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says the “market” is good for making high profits from international exchange rates; the only rational solution for a healthy economy is take exchange rates away from the market

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11421

Danger of Global Recession After 30 Years of Neoliberal Counterrevolution – Flassbeck
Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says the pressure for even lower wages, the crisis in emerging markets and deflation in Europe means a slide into global recession is possible

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11422
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‘Declaring victory wherever we can’: An interview with Cynthia Kaufman on Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope
by Robert Jensen

*I suss Kaufman’s point about taking some encouragement from even relatively small victories

But if she’s saying that somehow we shouldn’t be acutely aware of how those gains can ossify a movement, as has occurred in South Africa and countless other struggles

I can’t go along with that.

Frederick Douglass said that “Power concedes nothing without a demand”

But power, once forced to make that concession, seeks to quarantine it.

All too often, its proponents acquiesce.

The question always is

Does reform precede transformation

Or does it preclude it?

I think it’s a question anyone serious about justice struggles with, and neither “purism” nor “pragmatism” answers it adequately.

What I can say is that if we lose sight of what we truly want

We will never find the path to it.

The difference between reformists and transformists is that a reformist says the system is broken

And needs to be fixed.

A transformist says the system is fixed

And needs to be broken.

All right, I’m all out of aphorisms.

http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/02/declaring-victory-wherever-we-can/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
KXL Pipeline Process “Rigged” — Enviro Groups File FOIA Request

http://www.accuracy.org/release/kxl-pipeline-process-rigged-enviro-groups-file-foia-request/
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Democracy Now!
Kids For Cash: Inside One of the Nation’s Most Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandals

*It wasn’t “reasonable” twenty years ago

Or forty years ago

Or four hundred years ago.

And just how did these bastards try to justify their crimes? May never tells us, does he?

One thing’s for certain

Neither of these monsters will suffer the way these kids did. They’ll be handled with kid gloves while incarcerated.

I’m not saying they should be abused. No one in prison should be.

But they never cared what happened to these children

And I wouldn’t shed a tear if somehow something happened to them.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/4/kids_for_cash_inside_one_of

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The Real News Network
80,000 South African Platinum Miners Strike For A Living Wage
Patrick Bond: Mine workers strike and moving away from the African National Conference could signal a reconfiguration of the left in South Africa

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11411
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Will Mexico’s Successful Anti-Cartel Militias’ Seek Systemic Change?
Mexico’s anti-drug cartel and corruption vigilante groups are growing in power and influence, but whose interests do they serve?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11420

Ratner: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Facilitating Israeli War Crimes
Michael Ratner: President Obama and New York mayor de Blasio’s statements in blanket support of Israel enables it’s violations of Palestinians’ rights

*Only the dangerously naive or ignorant actually believe in the “civilizing influence” and “humanitarianism” of the empire project, and Israel’s benevolent role in it.

For politicians, it is Newspeak of the most profane order.

There shouldn’t be the least bit of doubt about that.

And if despising Israel’s horrors makes one an anti-Semite

Then, logically, revulsion at Syria’s or Saudi Arabia’s sins makes one an Arab hater

Even as those crimes are committed against fellow Arabs.

Through the looking glass …

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11412
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Risks Of Living On Street In Bitter Cold: When Not To Walk On By
by Bill Mitchell

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/01/cold-medical-risks-homeless?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=nprfacebook&utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook

His? Her? They? Understanding The Latest Gender Identity Language
by Martha Bebinger

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/01/his-her-they-understanding-the-latest-gender-identity-language
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Can ‘Fast Track’ Opposition Bring a ‘Knockout Punch’ to the TPP?
If trade deal can’t be ‘railroaded through’ with fast track legislation, some wonder if TPP has any success of passing Congress at all.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This wouldn’t be “a sellout to foreign corporations”

But one to CORPS writ large.

When you’re getting screwed

The provenance of the penis doesn’t matter.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/03-5
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Olive Garden, JC Penney and the Death of the Middle Class
Mid-level restaurants and hotels are floundering as luxury spending soars
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/03-3
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Israeli Officials Lash Out After Kerry Mentions ‘Talk of Boycotts’
Despite assurances that US Secretary of State opposes the campaign, Israel bristles as it interprets his comments as elevating international BDS movement
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/03-0
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Want to Lower Abortion Rates? Empower Women’s Choice
Study shows that access to quality contraceptives, not legislating away reproductive rights, helps bring abortion rates to lowest since 1973
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/03-1
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Is the ‘Invisible Hand of the Market’ Making People Overweight?
New study links growing obesity epidemic with increased fast food transactions, market deregulation
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Living large off the fat of the land

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/03-7
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50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima
by Harvey Wasserman

*Half lives

And fulsome lies

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/03-3
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GMO: The Biggest Food Con
Pushing for genetically modified organisms is polluting our seed and food, our science and democracy.
by Vandana Shiva

*We must eat what we are

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/03-7
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and a Double Standard over Drugs
We turn a blind eye to an unworkable law and assume it does not apply to people like us – then take draconian vengeance on others
by Simon Jenkins

*The tragedy of those deemed exceptional

The torture of those decreed disposable

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/03-1
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The Menace of the Military Mind
by Chris Hedges

*For the military

A mind is a terrible thing

So we waste it

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/03-0
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Excuse Me, But We Shouldn’t Be Moving on from West Virginia’s Chemical Spill
America has grown a vast and complex regulatory and financial support system for cheap, dirty energy. This isn’t over
by Ana Marie Cox

*They don’t care in the White House, either.

But they do care to have us think they care, don’t they?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/03-6
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FAIR Blog
Do You Trust Fox News to Tell You How Trusted Fox News Is?

*Not surprising, but no less scary, that Fox could manage a rough split on trustworthiness

But that PBS could do relatively well on that question, and that I assume the other outlets did no worse than Fox, is a cause for alarm in its own right, don’t you think?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/03/do-you-trust-fox-news-to-tell-you-how-trusted-fox-news-is/

Obama’s Keystone Moment: Will He Finally Be Nice to Republicans?

*About the only thing Dear Misleader hasn’t done that Republicans, and those they (and his own party) serve, want

Is address them as “Massa”.

War?

Check.

Austerity?

Check.

(Even greater) Corporate control of our lives?

Check.

Overseeing the continued construction of the police state necessary to preserve privilege, as the dystopia becomes even more manifest?

Check.

His mission has been to further this agenda while seeming to stand as a “reasonable, pragmatic” alternative to the reactionary wet dream

To be the good cop.

In that, he has performed with distinction

And our wretched existence is the proof.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/02/03/obamas-keystone-moment-will-he-finally-be-nice-to-republicans/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
84-Year-Old Nun Among Activists Jailed “To Bury the Truth” About U.S. Nuclear Policy

http://www.accuracy.org/release/84-year-old-nun-among-activists-jailed-to-bury-the-truth-about-u-s-nuclear-policy/
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Democracy Now!
One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Kimberle Crenshaw on Global Movement to End Violence Against Women

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/3/one_billion_rising_eve_ensler_kimberle

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The Real News Network
Mexico’s Vigilante Groups Are a Force to Reckon with for Drug Cartels and Army
The Mexican Federal Government negotiated a deal with the “Autodefensas”, or community militias, as they fight to loosen the drug cartel’s monopoly on power and violence in the Mexican state of Michoacan

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11417

Why is China’s Economy Slowing Down?
Minqi Li: State funded expansion of infrastructure projects is creating over capacity as wages and domestic consumer demand remains low

*No, I don’t understand a lot of it

But I sure as hell won’t if I ignore it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11405

Is Syrian “Peace” Conference Laying the Foundation for War? Those opposed to war in Syria better get ready to prevent war again.
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1945
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With Review in Hand, Obama Must Now Reject Dirty Pipeline: Groups
McKibben: “The State Department has given Obama all the room he needs to do what he promised in both campaigns: to take serious steps against global warming.”
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Without a broader vision, rejection would be a hollow victory.

Rail, other pipelines …

These bastards always have a Plan B, C and D

And we’d better fuckin’ A realize it.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/31-8
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O (No) Canada!: Free Airport Wi-Fi Hacked for Mass Surveillance
Program allowed surveillance agency to bulk collect metadata from all passengers passing through terminals
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/31
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Nearly Half of Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck
Report finds 44 percent of people in U.S. have less than three months’ worth of savings, leaving them one emergency away from disaster
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Clipping the fingernails

Of those hanging on by them

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/31-7
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If Friedman Got “The Kerry Plan” Right—No Deal, says Senior Palestinian Official
Given the history and position of the US role, it will surprise few if the current talks between Israel and the PA fail. The question remains, what comes next?
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If it’s the case that “for many Palestinians, Israelis and those who advocate on their behalf for a lasting and sustainable peace, the only just solution has long been that of a single, democratic state”

And I also believe it is

Why does that view have so little currency in much of the “progressive” media?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/31-4
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Approval Given to Make Great Barrier Reef Dump Site for Coal Terminal Project
‘We wouldn’t throw rubbish on world heritage sites like the Grand Canyon or the Vatican City, so why would we dump on the reef?’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/31-3
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If We Don’t Put People Before Profits, Spills Like West Virginia Are Our Future
Stronger regulation of the coal and chemical industries are the only way to ensure clean water and healthy communities
by Jeff Biggers

*Hauling Mr. Peabody’s coal train away

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/31-5
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Ten Principles to Guide the Young Activist
by Ramzy Baroud

*Do what your conscience demands

And your courage allows

And never be satisfied with the limits of either

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/31-1
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An Austerity Storm Hammers Georgia
by John Nichols

*A snow job on their failure to do theirs

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/31
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Student Assembly Against Austerity
Students to Hold National Week of Action to Stop the Privatisation of Student Debt

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/31
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Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI CATS)
3 Activists Facing 2-3 Years Awaiting Verdict Now

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/31-1
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Democracy Now!
“We Will Not Break the Law to Enforce the Law”: NYC to Reform Stop & Frisk, End Racial Profiling

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/31/we_will_not_break_the_law

VIDEO: Pete Seeger Recalls the 1949 Peekskill Riot Where He And Paul Robeson Were Attacked

*Yes, this was America

Where a man from Washington made clear the gummint wouldn’t do shit about assaults and potential murders by racists.

And although the forms may have changed

The functions remain.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/1/31/video_pete_seeger_recalls_the_1949

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PETITION
Pass TEACH Act: Equal Access to Educational Materials for Students with Disabilities
by Jamie Principado

https://www.change.org/petitions/pass-teach-act-equal-access-to-educational-materials-for-students-with-disabilities?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=47170&alert_id=lLEEADsHLc_pyueZOqPoZ
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The Real News Network
Why is the Fed Pushing Interest Rates Higher?
Gerald Epstein: The big banks will benefit from higher interest rates in emerging markets but this does not benefit the US economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11403

Congress Cuts Food Stamps by $8 Billion, Expands Corporate Farm Welfare by $7 Billion
Jason Rano: The vast majority of farm subsidies and crop insurance go to the largest corporate farms

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11402
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Africa: Incredible Wealth, Exploitation, Corruption and Poverty for its People.
by David William Pear

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/1944
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‘Insane, Disgusting’ and ‘Epic Treachery’: NSA Spied on Climate Talks
‘Obama admin. clearly never wanted Copenhagen talks to work,’ says Bill McKibben following latest NSA revelations concerning climate talks
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This is Dear Misleader’s “climate legacy”

And maybe this will finally awaken McKibben and company to that fact.

Maybe …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/30-1
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Report: Detained Palestinian Children Face Staggering Rate of Violence
Growing up Palestinian in the Israel-occupied West Bank means enduring brutality, night arrests, and solitary confinement
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/30-2
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Drinking Water for 17 California Communities About to Run Dry?
Warning issued as drought continues to grip the state
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/30-8
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Connecting the Dots for a Better World
by Rethinking Schools Editorial

*We’re all in this together

Or none of us are getting out

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/30-8
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No Pipe Dream: Why We’re All Living on the Frontlines of Fracking
Is Fracking About to Arrive on Your Doorstep?
by Ellen Cantarow

*The only way to prevent fracturing

Is to stick together

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/30-10
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New York’s Outrageous Attempt to Ban Academic BDS
by Michelle Goldberg

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/30-4
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Thousands to Die from State Medicaid Opt-Out * Food Stamps Cut as Corporations Profit

http://www.accuracy.org/release/thousands-to-die-from-state-medicaid-opt-out-food-stamps-cut-as-corporations-profit/
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FAIR Blog
NYT Most Interested in Kids US Killed if US Might Not Have Killed Them

*The lives mean nothing

Only the “lies”

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/30/nyt-most-interested-in-kids-us-killed-if-us-might-not-have-killed-them/
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Democracy Now!
From Al Jazeera on Trial to Bloggers Behind Bars, Army-Run Egypt Sees Growing “Silencing of Dissent”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/30/from_al_jazeera_on_trial_to

Sharif Abdel Kouddous: 3 Years After Revolution, Egypt Faces Deadly Polarization & Growing Militancy

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/30/sharif_abdel_kouddous_3_years_after

Debate: Is Ukraine’s Opposition a Democratic Movement or a Force of Right-Wing Extremism?

*Not that I know my ass from my elbow regarding Ukraine, but my sense is that Cohen’s contentions are closer to the reality in that country, although that doesn’t mean I accept them in their totality without having a better grasp of the situation.

The corpress’ coverage mitigates mightily against that, of course, but there hasn’t been much in the way of substantive analysis in the more visible alternative media, has there?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/30/debate_is_ukraines_opposition_a_democratic

1/29

Showering in Formaldehyde? Fresh Fears in West Virginia
Scientist says there’s ‘a lot more we don’t know’ about the safety of West Virginia water
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/29-7
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Geneva Talks Falter as Secret US Flow of Arms to Syrian Opposition Revealed
Weapons were approved by Congress in closed-door meetings
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Gun bloat diplomacy

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/29-4
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A Petrodollar and a Dream
by Adam Hanieh

*Salient intel on the confluence of Western and Gulf state interests in the Middle East, and the imperative for solidarity with those in its crosshairs

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/a-petrodollar-and-a-dream/
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Justin Bieber is Lucky That He’s Rich. Poor Immigrants Don’t Get Off So Lightly
Bieber will likely be fine, but most other legal immigrants convicted of a felony are detained and deported
by Sadhbh Walshe

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/29-7
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FAIR Blog
Pete Seeger: ‘It’s Hard for Me to Talk About the Media Without Getting Angry’

*Seeger seemed to understand that the corpress wasn’t “duped” or “deluded” by those in power

But sought to do those very things to the public, in service to power.

It’s a lesson many more need to learn.

And while I can criticize him for the foolishness of performing at Dear Misleader’s inauguration

I have no hesitancy in saying that he was a good man, and a great artist.

Pete Seeger

¡Presente!

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/29/pete-seeger-its-hard-for-me-to-talk-about-the-media-without-getting-angry/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Obama’s Underwhelming Plan to Tackle Inequality”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/obamas-underwhelming-plan-to-tackle-inequality/
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SOTU: * Equal Pay: Why No Executive Order? * Fracking and Pete Seeger * Education: Obama Denounces “Bubble on a Test” While Backing Those Policies

*Sweet nothings

And bitter somethings

http://www.accuracy.org/release/sotu-equal-pay-why-no-executive-order-fracking-and-pete-seeger-education-obama-denounces-bubble-on-a-test-while-backing-those-policies/
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Democracy Now!
In SOTU, Obama Tells Divided Congress to Expect Executive Action in Face of Continued Obstruction

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/29/in_sotu_obama_tells_divided_congress

“A Silent Coup”: Jeremy Scahill & Bob Herbert on Corporate, Military Interests Shaping Obama’s SOTU

*Scahill’s comments are righteous, but I’m always disturbed by the use of the term “failed” when describing these wars of empire.

What if they had “succeeded”?

What would that mean?

The sin isn’t in the execution, but in the decision.

“Splendid little wars” are as morally despicable as languishing “failures”.

The blood shed runs just as red.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/29/a_silent_coup_jeremy_scahill_bob

“Dirty Wars” Filmmaker Jeremy Scahill on the “Drone President” & Obama’s Whitewashing of NSA Spying

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/29/dirty_wars_filmmaker_jeremy_scahill_on

1/28

Coal Mine Blockaded: ‘The Forest Has Brought Everyone Together’
Ongoing resistance to coal mining project in New South Wales ‘wont stop until this forest gets a reprieve’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/28-9
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FDA Concealed the ‘High Risk’ Livestock Antibiotics Pose to People
Documents obtained by NRDC show FDA documented danger but allowed antibiotics anyway
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/28-4
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FAIR Blog
AP Distorts Poll to Support Obama’s Inequality Dodge

*”[H]is rhetoric” isn’t “exploiting the gap between haves and have-nots”

But his actions are expanding that gulf.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/28/ap-distorts-poll-to-support-obamas-inequality-dodge/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
State of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

http://www.accuracy.org/release/state-of-the-afghanistan-and-iraq-wars/

1/27

UK to Shred Over 80,000 Pages of Environmental Protections
‘The Government must stop making the environment a scapegoat for the economic challenges we face,’ critics warn
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Call it “the British Evasion”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/27-3
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US Slams Afghan Decision to Not Indefinitely Hold Bagram Prisoners as ‘Step Backward in Rule of Law’
“Foreign forces do not have the right to condemn the decision of the judicial authorities of an independent and sovereign country.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”This extra-judicial release of detainees is a major step backward in further developing the rule of law in Afghanistan.”

Newspeak

In an old bottle

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/27-4
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The Two Faces of Empire
Melville Knew Them, We Still Live With Them
By Greg Grandin

*Fine piece, but I have to take issue with Grandin’s use of the term “oblivious” at the end.

How can you order the butchering of fellow human beings, and perhaps participate in it, as Delano did, and not be confronted by the consequences of your inhumanity?

So I wouldn’t deem it obliviousness, but rather an ability to justify even the most heinous of acts in the name of a perverse set of principles that place one’s own wealth and power, and the paradigm that enables them, above all else, varnishing a malodorous veneer of “morality” over the darkest impulses of our species.

The road to hell is not paved with good intentions

But with their debasement.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175798/tomgram%3A_greg_grandin%2C_the_terror_of_our_age/#more
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Cut Off the NSA’s Juice
by Norman Solomon

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/27
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Today’s Peasant Movement – Sophisticated, Threatened, and Our Best Hope for Survival
by Carol Schachet

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/27-8
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Why the FCC Can’t Actually Save Net Neutrality
by April Glaser

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/27-7
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NARAL Pro-Choice America
Under Pressure, the Rape Audit Bill Gets A Makeover: New Bill Expected for Floor Vote This Week

*Ramming their pens up our pussies

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/27
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Food & Water Watch
On the Heels of Alarming New Information, Americans Against Fracking and Over 200 Groups Call on President Obama to Re-Open Investigations into Connection Between Fracking and Water Contamination in Parker County, Texas

*When will the talk of this bastard’s “legacy” end

And talk of his legal culpability, and appropriate punishment, begin?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/27-3
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FAIR Blog
Richard Sherman’s Winning Rant

*What’s missing from this is any sense that Sherman’s comments are anathema to any sense of sportspersonship, however much of a hypocritical facade that may be in the sports world.

Just as I can criticize Ali’s arrogance while still abhoring the racism that infused much of the condemnation of it, and just as I realize that it really wasn’t about that character flaw, but about the fact that a black person evinced it, and even more about his righteous stand against that racism

So I can find Sherman’s, and Manning’s, and every other athlete’s who feels compelled to behave like an ass (unlike the Jerry Rices and Tim Duncans of sportsdom) idiocies worthy of rebuke.

While the virulent prejudice that suffuses the castigation of Sherman is the more important story here

Let’s not lose sight of the culture of self centered machismo of which his comments are emblematic

Or the corporations which seek to profit off the promotion of that culture by associating themselves with him.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/27/richard-shermans-winning-rant/

Domestic Terror Story Gets Media Cold Shoulder–Guess Why

*I can just see the daily screaming headlines in the New York Post, can’t you?

But don’t you find it interesting that these Jewish groups apparently didn’t contact law enforcement about this?

(More in Comments section)

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/25/domestic-terror-story-gets-media-cold-shoulder-guess-why/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Bill Moyers on Dark Money, the Attack on Voting Rights & How Racism Stills Drives Our Politics

*Bill, tell the people of Southeast Asia that Johnson’s “heart was always in the right place”

And see how they respond to that.

And while LBJ didn’t resign over his “moral dilemma”

Why didn’t you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/27/bill_moyers_on_dark_money_the

1/24

JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon Rewarded With 74% Pay Increase
Neither the bank’s paying $20 billion in fines last year nor criminal behavior a barrier Dimon’s $20 million compensation
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*JPMorgan’s slogan is “The right relationship is everything”.

When it comes to federal regulators

Holy kid gloves, Batman

They nailed that one, didn’t they?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/24-5
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Inmates Who Insult Sheriff’s “Patriotism” Get Only Bread and Water
‘We will take action against those who act this way,’ says notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” – Samuel Johnson, 1775

“It’s a disgrace … this is government property that they are destroying, and we will take action against those who act this way.” – Joe Arpaio, 2014

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/24-2
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Military Surveillance Blimps to Hover Over East Coast
Revelation prompts outcry as well as hopes ‘to relate and connect people in Baltimore to folks in Kandahar’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Though it’s accepted wisdom – or should be – that 9/11 was exploited for foreign policy aims (a euphemism for imperialist aggression)

Less acknowledged is the domestic repression agenda it enabled through the climate of fear fostered by the state.

Even today, with what’s been verified via Snowden’s actions, and should have come as no surprise, many seemingly intelligent persons still don’t connect the dots between the GWOT ™ and the emerging police state

And that’s frightening and dangerous in its own right.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/24-1
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In Poland, CIA Paid $15 Million in Cash for Torture Site
New details about infamous “black site” may lead to new prosecutions in Poland
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/24-3
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The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome – From Japan to America
by Ralph Nader

*If you can’t say something nice

You won’t say nothin’ at all

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/24-8
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The Rise (and All-Around Awesomeness) of Open Streets
by Cat Johnson

*Takin’ it [in]to the streets

(Yeah .. it’s a Doobie Brothers ref.

Wanna make something of it?)

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/24-1
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Bailout Architect Runs For California Governor; World Laughs
by Matt Taibbi

*Now watch the schmenge win.

Remember Ronald and Arnold …

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/24-12
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Experts Reject Food Industry’s Bogus Legal Claims About GMO Labeling
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/24-7
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The Berne Declaration, et al.
The Public Eye Awards 2014: Gap and Gazprom Receive “Awards of Shame”

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/24-2
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Center for Biological Diversity
State-Sanctioned Wolf Kills in Northern Rockies, Midwest Hit 2,500
Grim Milestone Highlights Need for Ongoing Federal Protection in Lower 48

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/24-1
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FAIR Blog
Snowden Is a Janitor Working for the Russians

*It’s always amusing to me

(Well, perhaps “amusing” isn’t the right word … )

How the corpress coughs up “dispassionate” analysis of how effective some PR strategy is

When they in large measure determine its efficacy.

It’s like pouring gasoline on a fire

And then reporting on its spread.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/24/snowden-is-a-janitor-working-for-the-russians/

O’Reilly Brings You Stories Big Media Won’t Touch!

*Why would a maggot worry about sand fleas?

That’s terrible of me, isn’t it?

Of course, it pales in comparison to salivating over the spectacle of someone being hanged

But still …

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/23/oreilly-brings-you-stories-big-media-wont-touch/
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Democracy Now!
South Sudan Reaches Ceasefire, But Will Nascent State Survive Oil-Fueled Neocolonialism

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/24/south_sudan_reaches_ceasefire_but_will

We Are the Giant: Bahrain’s Top Family of Activists Pays Heavy Price for Challenging US-Backed Gov’t

*I think there’s a crucial distinction between a view of the US, the UK and other nations as bystanders refusing to get involved, and as aiders and abettors who see the demands of protesters as inimicable to their elites’ interests.

That distinction needs to be kept in mind when the question of what these nations “should do” is posed, as it reveals the rationale for what they are doing.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/24/we_are_the_giant_bahrains_top

Romantic Comedy “Obvious Child” Offers Groundbreaking Cinematic Take on Abortion

*I have to question whether the abortion rights movement

(And let’s call it that. “Pro choice” has its place, but running from the “A word” only plays into the hands of the fanatics and those who manipulate them, to my mind.)

has done an effective job of presenting the stories of women who have had abortions – to humanize them, to portray them as the ordinary folks they are, and to demystify their experiences.

One way to do so might be to focus on what I’d imagine is the significant percentage of women who already have children who choose to abort, to show how much they care for their kids, to combat the propaganda designed to paint them as heartless and selfish.

What do you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/24/romantic_comedy_obvious_child_offers_groundbreaking

1/23

PETITION
Congress: KEEP CHINESE CHICKEN OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS AND SUPERMARKETS!
by Bettina Siegel, Nancy Huehnergarth and Barbara Kowalcyk

https://www.change.org/petitions/congress-keep-chinese-chicken-out-of-our-schools-and-supermarkets?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=46555&alert_id=NIYcoAzvnk_JWKJAWyUfv
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Court Deals ‘Victory for Arctic,’ Blow for Big Oil
Ruling says federal government didn’t fully assess environmental impacts when it offered up Chukchi Sea to oil drilling
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/23-3
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Beyond Our Broken Dreams
by Robert C. Koehler

*Our most powerful, and yet most unrealized, resource

Is our own humanity

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/23-1
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In Chiapas, A Revolution That Won’t Go Away
Now You See Me: A Glimpse into the Zapatista Movement, Two Decades Later
by Laura Gottesdiener

*It takes a village to raise a revolution

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/23-4
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Pro-Drone Lawyer Up for Judgeship while Drone Protesters Face Prison

http://www.accuracy.org/release/pro-drone-lawyer-up-for-judgeship-while-drone-protesters-face-prison/
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Democracy Now!
“Cesar’s Last Fast”: How Cesar Chavez Risked Death to Protect the Lives of Farmworkers He Championed

*I’d have liked to have heard more about the conflict within the UFW mentioned at the end.

Why couldn’t this segment have been expanded online, as many others have?

What were Perez’s specific criticisms of Chavez, and also why did he consider his fast to be “reckless”?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/23/cesars_last_fast_how_cesar_chavez
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Freedom Summer: How Civil Rights Activists Braved Violence to Challenge Racism in 1964 Mississippi

*Why would anyone be surprised by LBJ’s moral turpitude?

And I think his actions speak more to the perception of the threat to power posed by the MFDP than to his worries over one to his nomination.

The right to vote is, of course, inviolable

But for it to be efficacious, there must be something worth voting for.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/23/freedom_summer_how_civil_rights_activists

Through a Lens Darkly: How African Americans Use Photography to Shape Their Cultural Representation

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/23/through_a_lens_darkly_how_african

1/22

Ukraine’s Big Brother Text: “Dear Subscriber, You Are Registered as Participant in Mass Riot”
Text comes amid clashes as new anti-protest laws take effect
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/22-2
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Officials Reveal Second Chemical Spilled in W. Virginia Waters
Media groups slam ‘lack of openness,’ say official response ‘aggravated an alarming situation’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Yeah, it ain’t gonna happen

But it sure as shit should

“Make ‘em drink it

Till they fix it”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/22-1
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EU Climate Plan Betrays Planet, Justice, and Science: Critics
‘This is not what justice and science require’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/22-4
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They’re ‘All Shook Up’ and They Want the Fracking Wells to Stop
Residents of north Texas communities demand regulatory body put end to injection wells they say are behind spate of earthquakes
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/22-6
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“Fakethrough!” New Report Shows How Easily Media Was Duped by Claims of GMO “Breakthroughs”
by Rebekah Wilce
PRWatch

*Words matter.

The corpress wasn’t “duped”

They were duplicitous.

When you deliberately leave out challenges to this propaganda, you’re not clueless

You’re complicit.

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12356
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Davos: Peeling Back the Veneer of the World Economic Forum
by Alex Jensen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/22
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Color of Change
Civil Rights Group Targets Principal Financial Over Massive Investment in For-Profit Private Prison Industry

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/22-0
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Tar Sand Blockade
TX and OK Residents Start New Chapter as Keystone XL South Begins Hazardous Materials Transport Through Region
Shoddy KXL South Pipeline Connects Communities United in Opposition to Tar Sands

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/22-4
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Democracy Now!
Private Violence: Survivors & Advocates Confront Victim Blaming & the Epidemic of Domestic Abuse

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/22/private_violence_survivors_advocates_confront_victim

Alive Inside: How the Magic of Music Proves Therapeutic for Patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

*Restoring the soundtrack to the movies of our lives

An object lesson in the power of music

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/22/alive_inside_how_the_magic_of

1/21

What Else Is China Exporting to US? Huge Amounts of Air Pollution
‘We’ve outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back across the Pacific to haunt us.’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/21-2
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Study: Ready Access to Guns Kills People
First ever meta-analysis of gun research shows those with firearms in home much more likely to die by homicide or suicide
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Guns don’t kill people

People with guns kill people

And more people

With more guns

Kill more people

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/21-1
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Gruesome Ohio Execution Brings Death Penalty Debate Back to Fold
‘Even if execution itself has not (yet) been found a violation of the US Constitution’s ban on ‘cruel’ and unusual punishment, certainly a torturous death using experimental drug combinations is’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/21-8
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Prominent Canadians Join Neil Young’s Call: Honor the Treaties, Stop the Tar Sands
‘Will we disregard the treaties we have with First Nations? Will we continue to allow oil companies to persuade our government to gut laws?’ asks open letter
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Far from “Helpless”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/21-4
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The ACA and America’s Health-Care Mess
by Gerald Friedman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/21-7
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Center for Biological Diversity
Emperor Penguins Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection
Icons of Wild Antarctica Are Threatened by Climate Change

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/21-0
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FAIR Blog
Bill O’Reilly Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

*You can’t make this shit up.

But O’Reilly can.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/21/bill-oreilly-celebrates-martin-luther-king-jr-day/

Journalists Grade US Schools: Average Is Failure

*It might be illuminating to review the funding data for education in other nations.

I have a feeling that there’s likely a fairly strong correlation between being sufficiently resourced and student achievement.

Given the defunding of public education in these here United States, which these bastards either ignore or pimp for, in favor of “market based solutions”

I’d say it’s to schools’ – meaning mainly teachers’ – credit that kids here do as well as they do, wouldn’t you?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/21/journalists-grade-us-schools-average-is-failure/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Is Geneva 2 a Real Attempt at Peace in Syria, or a Path to Continued “Proxy War”?

*Human tragedies are the bitter fruit of diplomatic farces

http://www.accuracy.org/release/is-geneva-2-a-real-attempt-at-peace-in-syria-or-a-path-to-continued-proxy-war/
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Democracy Now!
The Internet’s Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist’s Struggle for Online Freedom

*I don’t know why Peters says the gummint didn’t appreciate or care who Swartz was, and doesn’t understand why they tried to break him.

It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?

The JSTOR charges were a convenient pretext. They saw him as someone whose knowledge and actions benefited their enemies – us – and they wanted to make an example of him to dissuade others from acting as he had.

I’m sure they believed his suicide would be as effective a deterrent as his sentence.

It’s up to all of us to prove them wrong.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/21/the_internets_own_boy_film_on

1/20

The Real News Network
Direct Action Must Be Remembered As Part of Dr. King’s Legacy
Glen Ford: The Civil Rights Movement ended official racial discrimination in the U.S., but many of its leaders broke with grassroots organizing and direct action and instead chose to become business leaders or members of the Democratic party.

*And if we want to see just how King has been castrated to serve the needs of both the white power structure, and the black elite that colludes with it – including those “lieutenants” Ford alluded to – we need look no further than the “keynote speakers” at many of today’s “tributes to his legacy”

Such as Andrew Young in Madison, Wisconsin, close to me, and I’m certain Jesse Jackson is mouthing empty platitudes somewhere today.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11356
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MLK and Black Identity – Dayvon Love on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
Baltimore activist Dayvon Love discusses King’s concept of the importance a developing a black identity that people can use to organize independent institutions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11362
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Now Deemed ‘Safe,’ Water Supply Sickens Over a Hundred W. Virginia Residents
Dozens of residents protest ‘for profit’ utility’s rush to turn on taps
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/20-0
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What Obama Really Meant Was …
by Chris Hedges

*Translation available in Newspeak

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/20-0
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Another Shocking Wealth Grab by the Rich — In Just One Year
by Paul Buchheit

*Capitalism isn’t “supposed to provide everyone the opportunity to benefit from our country’s productivity.”

It claims to do so, despite never having done so

In the last thirty-five years

Or the preceding centuries.

It is a system that rewards success

Regardless of how it was achieved by the “winners”

And punishes failure

Regardless of how stacked the odds are against the “losers”.

It is the epitome of amoral accounting

Caring nothing for what we do for others

And everything for what we are able to do to them.

It is the scoreboard for sociopathy.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/20
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China’s Too Good for Our Trash. Yay?
The country that used to take the majority of U.S. scrap now has higher standards, which is helping to improve recycling operations here at home.
by Elizabeth Royte

http://www.onearth.org/articles/2013/10/china-to-u-s-we-dont-want-your-stinking-trash
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Physicians for a National Health Program
Oncologists call for Single Payer in Leading Cancer Journal
Article in leading cancer journal calls on oncologists to support single-payer national health insurance

*The deadliest cancer suborns the soul

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/20
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Institute for Public Accuracy
The NSA Threat and MLK

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-nsa-threat-and-mlk/

1/17

The Real News Network
Net Neutrality Ruling Will Disempower Communities of Color
Jessica Gonzalez: As US Court of Appeals rules against net neutrality, internet service providers will restrict access for communities of color

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11357
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Effort to ‘Normalize’ NSA Spying, ‘Mollify Public’ Rebuked
“Reform” proposals designed to “make the system prettier and more politically palatable… while leaving the system fundamentally unchanged.”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/17-8
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Brazen Enough to Gut Public Education, Governor Cowers as Students Protest
Gov. Corbett backs out of first-ever visit to Philadelphia public school after students, workers, and community members mobilize
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/17-7
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Israel Lobby Thwarted in Iran Sanctions Bid For Now
by Jim Lobe

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/17-1
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Pentagon & NSA Officials say They Want Snowden Extrajudicially Assassinated
by David Sirota

*Thrilling to kill the messenger

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/17-5
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FAIR Blog
NYT: The Center Is Right in France

*What the Democrats here, Labour in the UK, and other “good cop” parties in the industrialized world are engaged in really shouldn’t be labeled “cring[ing]“.

“Conspiring”

“Colluding”

“Conniving”

But not “cringing”.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/17/nyt-the-center-is-right-in-france/

USA Today: Fracking Makes You Rich! (And Also Maybe Sick, Too)

*You can’t drink money

But a lot of folks swallow its lies

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/16/usa-today-fracking-makes-you-rich-and-also-maybe-sick-too/
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Democracy Now!
“We Want to Fight For This Cause”: Nuclear Refugees from Fukushima Join Anti-Nuke Protests

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/17/we_want_to_fight_for_this

Mayor of Town That Hosted Fukushima Nuclear Plant Says He Was Told: “No Accident Could Ever Happen”

*You have fools like James Hansen opposing fossil fuels, and promoting nukes.

Then you have fools like Idogawa advocating the opposite, judging by his comments about “shale gas”.

Of course it’s imperative, as he also says, to be more energy efficient

But if the energy you do use is killing the planet, it’s a futile endeavor, isn’t it?

Goodman might’ve pointed that out

But predictably, she didn’t.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/17/mayor_of_town_that_hosted_fukushima

Volunteers Crowdsource Radiation Monitoring to Map Potential Risk on Every Street in Japan

*Brilliant idea

Which scares the shit out of those who are acutely aware that the people’s lack of information

Is essential to the maintenance of their power.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/17/volunteers_crowdsource_radiation_monitoring_to_map

Juan Gonzalez: New York City Overrules its Own Assessors and Lowers Google’s Taxes by $21 Million

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/1/17/juan_gonzalez_new_york_city_overrules

1/16

The Real News Network
Leaked TPP Document Reveals No Regard for Environment in Trade Agreement
President Obama’s fast track process for TPP gets dealt another blow by leaked environment chapter

*”There are no profits on a dead planet.”

And there can be no profits on a living one

If it’s to remain so.

(And I really don’t give a good goddamn about Dear Misleader’s “legacy”.)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11350

Are the Saudi’s Fueling a Sunni-Shia War? – Toby Jones on Reality Asserts Itself (2/2)
Toby Jones, a Prof. at Rutgers University specializing in Middle East history, tells Paul Jay the Saudis are committed to victory in their rivalry with Iran and use money and sectarian ideology to achieve their geo-political interests

*I find it interesting that “a lefty academic” can’t bring himself to use the term “imperialism”.

And I think it’s apparent that the US ruling class has no interest in “restructuring” anything, regardless of the suicidal consequences of the status quo.

An addict doesn’t ponder the future. He’s fixated on his fix, and that’s all that matters.

These bastards are addicted to the unending pursuit of wealth and power. For them, life isn’t worth living without it.

And they’ll end ours along with their own

If we’re wilfully ignorant enough to let them.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11355
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NC Republicans Raise Taxes on Working Families While Giving Huge Tax Breaks to Millionaires and Corporations
Bill Black: NC drops progressive tax code by instituting a flat tax and eliminating earned income tax credit

*See “Wisconsin”.

See “ALEC”.

See our future

If we don’t wake up.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11353
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Under Pressure, Whole Foods Agrees to Stop Selling Produce Grown in Sewage Sludge
by Rebekah Wilce
PRWatch

*I’m not particularly inclined to thank Whole Foods for doing what they’re supposed to do

After not doing what they’re supposed to do

If they do indeed do it.

And it would seem justice would be better served if there were some punishment for their previous duplicity.

But there I go trying to be all morally rational again …

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/01/12359/whole-foods-agrees-stop-selling-produce-grown-sewage-sludge
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Is the USDA Really Dumb Enough To Approve Agent Orange Corn?
Could this be the dumbest thing the USDA has ever done?
by John Robbins

*I think the adjective in the title should be “Duplicitous”.

Quite a racket, innit?

Sell a product to solve a problem

Which makes the problem worse.

Then convince the buyer that using more of the product will solve the problem

Which makes the problem worse.

Then sell another product to solve the problem

Which makes the problem worse.

I think that’s what’s known as “value added”

Or “valueless profiteering”.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/16-8
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Center for Biological Diversity
Expanded Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Killer Whales on West Coast
Declining Salmon Populations, Pollution, Ocean Noise Threaten Iconic Species Off Coasts of Washington, Oregon, California

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/16-4
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Democracy Now!
Okinawa’s Revolt: Decades of Rape, Environmental Harm by U.S. Military Spur Residents to Rise Up

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/16/okinawas_revolt_decades_of_rape_environmental

Japan’s Peace Boat Journeys to Confront Buried Crimes of the Past & Build Ties for a Hopeful Future

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/16/japans_peace_boat_journeys_to_confront

1/15

The Real News Network
Al Qaeda and the Saudi Agenda – Toby Jones on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)
Toby Jones tells Paul Jay that the Saudis use of terrorism is driven by a fear of democracy and a desire to be the regional superpower and preserve oil hegemony

*I think it’s a fairly simple feat to fashion “a good explanation” as to why the corpress is mute on these matters.

Those they serve wish it so.

There may be rivalry among the elites, but it’s “a family affair” whose dirty laundry must not be aired in public, to a public that must be kept ignorant of the Machiavellian maneuvers of those in power.

It also points to the farce of “The Global War on Terror” ™

But you didn’t need to know about Saudi complicity to figure that one out, did you?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11297
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With Internet Under Attack, Who Will Slay the Telecom Giants?
A court ruling gives FCC chance to reset the clock on “net neutrality,” but will it seize historic moment or let central tenet of internet die a corporate death?
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/15-4
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Poorest at Risk, Skepticism High as Officials OK Water Safety in West Virginia
Though officials announce water back at ‘safe’ limit, scientists and vulnerable residents not so sure
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Want to convince folks this shit’s safe?

Drink it.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/15-6
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LA Takes the Lead With Highest Minimum Wage Proposal
As pressure mounts nationwide to raise minimum wage, LA could see historic victory
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/15-5
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Growing Number of Canadians Say: No to KXL
Poll shows that pipeline opposition by First Nations and environmental groups has growing impact on public opinion
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/15-7
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NAFTA at 20: A Model for Corporate Rule
NAFTA gave multinational corporations the right to sue governments to block regulations they don’t like, undermining democracy and local sovereignty.
by Manuel Pérez Rocha and Stuart Trew

*Or we could strive to do away with the notion of “trading and investing” altogether.

But that butts up against the wall of acceptable reformism, doesn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/15-5
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Drone Surveillance of Border Far Greater Than Previously Known
Customs and border protection loaned predator drones to other agencies 700 times in three years according to ‘newly discovered’ records
by Jennifer Lynch

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/15-8
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The Real Chris Christie Scandal: His Policies
by Peter Dreier and John Atlas

*Keep in mind that Dear Misleader was an all too willing accomplice to this bastard’s callous efforts to spin the tragedy of Sandy into PR gold.

Of course, he did so to burnish his own “bipartisan” image.

These two deserve each other

But we don’t.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/15-7
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NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts on the Supreme Court’s Consideration of the Massachusetts Clinic Protection Law

*NARAL, if you didn’t know – and apparently the organization isn’t keen on telling you – stands for, or did stand for, “National Abortion Rights Action League”.

Seeking to obscure that title plays into the hands of these fanatics, and those who exploit the issue for political gain.

Words matter. PR consultants don’t win struggles.

Honest action does.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/15
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FAIR Blog
Can We Persuade CBS to Abandon Its Inaccurate Rhetoric on Iran?

*One myth

“The liberal media”

Propagates another

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/15/irans-nuclear-weapons-program-again-3/
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Democracy Now!
Shock Doctrine in Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Rightward Shift to Militarism, Secrecy in Fukushima’s Wake

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/15/shock_doctrine_in_japan_shinzo_abes

From Atomic Bombings to Fukushima, Japan Pursues a Nuclear Future Despite a Devastating Past

*I have to question McNeill’s assessment of radiation dangers, although of course I’m no expert.

Who decides what is and isn’t a harmful level of exposure? What have we learned from Chernobyl and elsewhere regarding this?

And while he does mention the fuel pool 4 situation, others, such as Harvey Wasserman, deem it a potential global catastrophe.

I’d have liked to have seen someone else as a guest who has a graver concern regarding radiation and the cleanup program make their case.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/15/from_atomic_bombings_to_fukushima_japan

For Fukushima’s Displaced, a Struggle to Recover Lives Torn Apart by Nuclear Disaster

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/15/for_fukushimas_displaced_a_struggle_to

1/14

How Toxic Are Your Personal Care Products? California Wants You to Know
New database lets consumers see if product has ingredient known to cause cancer, reproductive harm
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And it only took a little less than a decade to get the goddamn database up …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/14-9
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Rising Seas, Sinking Coasts Spell Doom for Eastern US
New scientific evidence reveals East Coast as ‘global hot spot’ for rising sea levels
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/14-8
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$10.10: The Low-End of Minimum Wage Hopes Gets DC Push
Though a full third less than the $15 “living wage” advocated by grassroots organizers, congressional push to increase federal minimum wage gets prominent backing
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*As always, the question is whether slices will ultimately add up to a loaf.

If this passes, will it make it easier or more difficult to achieve a true living wage?

Does timid reform promote justice

Or preclude it?

How many half steps does it take to get to the whole Sheboygan?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/14-3
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The Ideology Problem: A Failed Technocratic Deam for Journalism
by Robert Jensen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/14-7
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CREDO et al.
Californians Submit 100,000 Public Comments Opposing Gov. Brown’s Dangerous Fracking Regulations

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/14-8
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New Report from NARAL Pro-Choice America Details State-by-State Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the U.S., Highlights Winning Agenda for 2014
In 2013, 24 States Passed 53 Anti-Choice Measures, Compared to 10 States that Enacted 16 Pro-Choice Measures

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/14-7
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FAIR Blog
Chris Christie’s Real Problem? Our ‘Feminized’ Culture

*”[T]here are political risks associated with that.”

Such as … ?

The bastard was a corpress darling until they couldn’t ignore this scandal.

See Chris Hedge’s piece , “The Trouble With Chris Christie”, for some deep dish skinny on Christie’s channeling of Richard Daley’s machine politics

And take note of the Democrats’ collusion with it.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/14/chris-christies-real-problem-our-feminized-culture/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Net Neutrality” Ruling Poised to Make Web into “Something that Looks Like Cable TV”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/net-neutrality-ruling-poised-to-make-web-into-something-that-looks-like-cable-tv/

West Virginia Chemical Spill

http://www.accuracy.org/release/west-virginia-chemical-spill/
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Democracy Now!
Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians Organizing “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen”

*Any takers on whether anyone will do hard time for this?

I mean, other than the folks living with it right now, and for god knows how much longer.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/14/erin_brockovich_after_chemical_spill_west

West Virginia Water Crisis: Behind Chemical Spill, Gaping Holes in State and Federal Regulation

*It appears Mokhiber (see the IPA item above) has a less charitable view of Goodwin’s doggedness than Elk.

I’ll trust the former’s assessment on this one.

And don’t you think that maybe the time alloted to a goddamn film trailer that added nothing to the discussion of the subject at hand might’ve been better utilized?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/14/west_virginia_water_crisis_behind_chemical

Dog Whistle Politics: How Politicians Use Coded Racism to Push Through Policies Hurting All

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/14/dog_whistle_politics_how_politicians_use

1/13

Beyond W. Virginia, Unregulated Toxins Number in Tens of Thousands
‘West Virginia is getting a hard lesson in how little we know about these chemicals.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ditty for the day

Pay a fine with pocket change

And merrily off we go again …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/13-3
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Antarctic Glacier’s ‘Irreversible’ Melting Threatens ‘Considerable Increase’ to Sea Level Rise
New study on Pine Island Glacier shows ‘striking vision of the near future,’ says co-author
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/13-2
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Radioactive Fish at 124 Times ‘Safe’ Levels Caught Near Fukushima
Government research group unearths stunning radioactivity in black sea bream
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A fish story gummint and corpress want to keep underwater

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/13-1
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Fracking Battle to Burn Hot as UK Goes “All Out for Shale”
Industry and government ready joint counter-attack against anti-fracking campaigners and local communities opposed to drilling
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/13
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The Real News Network
Israel’s Bedouin Face Displacement Despite Apparent Gov’t Concessions
While seemingly abandoning plan to forcefully urbanize Bedouin of Negev Desert, Israeli gov’t continues to push forward the multi-billion dollar Prawer plan

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11333

Turkey in Crisis: Understanding the Erdogan/ Gulen Split
Baris Karaagac: The events of the past two years has plunged Turkey into crisis, pitting two of the country’s most powerful figures and former allies against each other Turkish PM Erdogan and Islamic preacher Gulen, currently in self-imposed exile in the United States

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11318

What Would You Do If You Ran Baltimore Housing Policy? – Marisela Gomez on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)
Marisela Gomez tells Paul Jay that redevelopment in Baltimore must start with revitalizing the community, not to gentrify and raise real-estate values, but for the benefit of people who historically lived there

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11311

Four Years After Haiti’s Cataclysmic Earthquake
A look at how Haiti has rebuilt since the earthquake and how much has really changed in the Caribbean nation. – A photo essay by Jessica Desvarieux

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11332

The War On Poverty Was Aimed at Quieting The Popular Movements of the 60′s
Glen Ford: 50th years after the launch of the War on Poverty, Democrats and Republicans still refuse to address the systemic causes driving poverty in the US today

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11302
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The Trouble With Chris Christie
by Chris Hedges

*Gee

Seems like a pretty easy target for Dems to hit, don’t he?

Wonder why none of ‘em do …

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/13
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Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations
by Bill Quigley

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/13-4
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Violence Policy Center
At Las Vegas Trade Show, Gun Industry Puts a Happy Face on Weapons of War

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/13-1
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ACLU Stops Suspicionless Home Searches in Etowah County, Alabama

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/13-0
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FAIR Blog
How the Big Papers Remember Ariel Sharon

*A bloodless recounting of a blood drenched history

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/13/how-the-big-papers-remember-ariel-sharon/
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Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky on the Legacy of Ariel Sharon: Not Speaking Ill of the Dead “Imposes a Vow of Silence”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/13/noam_chomsky_on_the_legacy_of

Noam Chomsky: Sabra & Shatila Massacre That Forced Sharon’s Ouster Recalls Worst of Jewish Pogroms

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/13/noam_chomsky_sabra_shatila_massacre_that

Rashid Khalidi & Noam Chomsky: For Peace Today, US Must End Support for Sharon’s Expansionist Legacy

*I’d like to hear Chomsky and others who support a two state solution explain just how this situation differs from South Africa.

Why was separation unacceptable there, and not here?

Perhaps it is the only workable “solution”

Perhaps not.

But I don’t believe it can ever be said to be a truly just one.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/13/rashid_khalidi_noam_chomsky_for_peace

1/10

Blowback for Disney As Pro-Fracking Elementary School Tour Exposed
Disney withdraws from “Rocking in Ohio” tour following public anger, as concerned parents say ‘not enough’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Malice in Wonderland

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/10-5
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As Predators Vanish, Ecosystems Thrown Off Balance: Scientists
‘Ironically, they are vanishing just as we are learning about their important ecological effects’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/10-2
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As Inequality Soars, Congress a ‘Millionaires’ Club’
‘A watershed moment’ as millionaires fill seats of Congress, decide on issues of poverty, extreme inequality
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/10-6
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To Save a Generation from Despair, It’s Not Enough to Hassle Them into Low-Paying Jobs
The most important political battles are fought on the territory of the imagination. Young and unemployed people need to know: you are more than your inability to find a job.
by Laurie Penny

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/10-2
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One Year Since Our Test Boycott, Fight Against Corporate Education Reform Just Beginning
by Jesse Hagopian

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/10-0
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After 20 Years, NAFTA Leaves Mexico’s Economy in Ruins
by Sonali Kolhatkar

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/10-3
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FAIR Blog
Wait–Chris Christie Might Be a Vindictive Bully?!

*Not in the least surprising that no corpress headline hack took advantage of the obvious irony in all this

“From ‘Bridge Builder’ to Bridge Blocker?”

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/10/wait-chris-christie-might-be-a-vindictive-bully/

Why Did the US Invade Iraq? The Answer in 2013

*And Wounded Knee was a vital and valiant effort to combat “domestic terrorism” …

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/10/why-did-the-us-invade-iraq-the-answer-in-2013/
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Democracy Now!
Amiri Baraka (1934-2014): Poet-Playwright-Activist Who Shaped Revolutionary Politics, Black Culture

*I’m always leery of hagiography, regardless of its subject, but assuming Baraka is being accurately portrayed here

Why are those who espouse similar views, and engage in similar actions, so rarely invited on this program?

How often was he a guest? How many other folks who might lay some legitimate claim to the label “radical” or “revolutionary” have been on?

And how many who would run screaming from that appellation have appeared?

Of course, that goes for the whole of the “alternative establishment media”, doesn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/10/amiri_baraka_1934_2014_poet_playwright

1/9

Amazon.com Drones Raise Red Flags Regarding Privacy Rights
by Maxwell Abbott
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12345
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FDA Finally Moves to Regulate Proliferating Antibacterial Soaps
by Rebekah Wilce
PRWatch

*Shouldn’t a product be proven safe and effective *before* it’s on the market?

Yeah, I know …

What planet are *you* from?

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12349
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Retired Cops, Activist Pensioners, and the Economic Blowback over Snowden
by David Sirota

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12355
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The Real News Network
Washington State Boeing Workers Accept Pension Concessions
Mike Elk: Boeing workers new contract a blow to worker pensions nationwide

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11305
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Peak Oil Is Dead, Long Live Peak Oil!
by Michael T. Klare

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/09-7
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I Wear the Badge of Socialist With Honor
The full text of the new Seattle city council member’s inauguration speech
by Kshama Sawant

*Stirring words

Hopefully to be matched by a commitment to mix it up

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/09-4
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Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Four Years after Earthquake, Housing, Sanitation, Health Care are Still Pressing Needs in Haiti

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/09-1
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Greenpeace
Goldman Sachs Withdrawal Signals Dim Outlook for US Coal Export Proposals

*Rats deserting a sinking shipping terminal

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/09
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Democracy Now!
As U.S. Rushes Weapons to Iraq, New Assault on Fallujah Threatens Explosion of Sectarian Conflict

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/9/as_us_rushes_weapons_to_iraq
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From COINTELPRO to Snowden, the FBI Burglars Speak Out After 43 Years of Silence (Part 2)

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/1/8/from_cointelpro_to_snowden_the_fbi

1/8

‘Running Scared’: Industry’s Strategy Wants ‘Voluntary’ GMO Labeling
Strategy documents reveal food and biotech giants think “soft” federal rules could end battle, but GMO opponents welcome the national conversation, vow fight
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/08-0
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Geoengineering: As Bad As Climate Change?
Risky plan to mitigate climate change could dry out the tropics: study
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If we’re so smart

How’d we end up here in the first place?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/08-4
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Center for Biological Diversity
Obama’s Power Plant Standards Give Natural Gas Free Pass to Pollute Climate
Newly Published EPA Rules Fall Far Short of Addressing Climate Crisis, Could Undermine President’s Climate Legacy

*Does anyone else think it bizarre to speak of the “environmental legacy” of a president who’s thrown open the oceans and the Arctic to fossil fuel drilling, approved one half of the Keystone XL pipeline, and will give the green light to the other, unless he deems it politically advantageous to make a show of demurring, once other options to mainline these poisons have been secured?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/08-3
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FAIR Blog
It’s Cold Outside, So CNN Debates Climate Change

*Nothing short of Central Park renamed Lake Manhattan will silence this pernicious propaganda

And even then, I suspect it would be blamed on a sewer backup.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/08/its-cold-outside-so-cnn-debates-climate-change/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Debate on Disclosure as Petition Spotlights $600 Million Ties Binding Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the Washington Post and the CIA

http://www.accuracy.org/release/debate-on-disclosure-as-petition-spotlights-600-million-ties-binding-amazons-jeff-bezos-the-washington-post-and-the-cia/
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Democracy Now!
“It Was Time to Do More Than Protest”: Activists Admit to 1971 FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO

*It’s a sad, but by no means surprising, fact that such a courageous act had so little lasting impact.

I think the reaction, as far as it went, was in part due to the ignorance – not wholly unwilful – among the public as to what power will do to protect its position.

That ignorance doesn’t, or shouldn’t – again, the wilfulness factor – exist today, and yet Snowden’s revelations are met with mostly shrugged shoulders.

When you have a corporate media serving those in power, I suppose that’s to be expected

But what does that tell you about Americans’ sense of just what democracy means, and our obligations attendant to it?

As for the segment itself, you might think that the morality of McGovern’s actions and inactions would merit more than a fleeting mention, given his status as a liberal icon, wouldn’t you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/8/it_was_time_to_do_more

Noam Chomsky: 1971 Burglary of FBI Office Proved Agency Had Become a “National Political Police”

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/1/8/noam_chomsky_1971_burglary_of_fbi

1/7

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
TELL YOUR SENATORS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA NOW:
No Threat of New Sanctions on Iran!
No to the U.S.-led Sanctions Program on Iran!
Yes to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free and Democratic Middle East!

http://www.cpdweb.org/stmts/1024/stmt.shtml
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Controverisal Insecticides Could Have Bigger Impact on Biodiversity ‘Than We’ve Ever Seen Before’
New research on “neonics” shows lasting impact on wetlands with “domino effect”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/07-7
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Poor, Jobless Hit Hardest By Assistance Program Tech Glitches
New York Times report highlights how underfunded technology upgrades on the state level have left many of the neediest on hold
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A glitch in the system

Caused by a hole in the heart

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/07-6
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Goodbye, Manatees: Record Number of Deaths in 2013
For first time since records began in 1970s, number of manatee deaths for year in Florida top 800
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/07-9
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Legislators Launch Effort to Stop State-Enabled NSA Snooping
California senators introduce bill because ‘state-funded public resources should not be going toward aiding the NSA or any other federal agency from indiscriminate spying on its own citizens.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/07-2
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The Real News Network
Frigid ‘Polar Vortex’ Puts Homeless in Extreme Danger
Adam Schneider: Cities have taken action to house their homeless populations in face of record cold temperatures but fail to prevent and end homelessness

*Homelessness is where the heartlessness is

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11291
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Institute for Public Accuracy
War on Poverty: How it Succeeded and How it Failed

http://www.accuracy.org/release/war-on-poverty-how-it-succeeded-and-how-it-failed/
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Democracy Now!
Weather Whiplash: As Polar Vortex Brings Deep Freeze, Is Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/7/weather_whiplash_as_polar_vortex_brings

From Funding Climate Deniers to Shadowy Groups, Koch Brothers Network Spent $400 Million in 2012

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/7/from_funding_climate_deniers_to_shadowy

1/6

Investigation Confirms Widespread Fears about Fracking
Despite roadblocks by industry and state officials, well water contamination found in four states
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Thing is, this piece really doesn’t “confirm” the actual scope of the problem.

As you might expect from the AP, the story’s framed as a PR challenge for the industry, rather than wilful malfeasance.

Thus

“And while the confirmed problems represent only a tiny portion of the thousands of oil and gas wells drilled each year in the U.S., the lack of detail in some state reports could help fuel public confusion and mistrust.”

So the true issue isn’t the danger to our health posed by fracking

But how to allay our ignorant aversion to Energy Independence ™.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/06-4
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CIA Lawyer: Stopping Torture ‘Would Have Been Easy,’ But I Approved It Anyway
John Rizzo describes how he decided not to put halt to torture; Calls Bush “stand-up guy” for his role
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

Or anyone to ever pay for it

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/06-1
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Doctors Blame US War as Afghan Child Hunger Crisis Worsens
NGO’s report larger numbers of severely malnutritioned kids under the age of 5
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/06
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Sea Shepherd Captures Video of ‘Illegal’ Japanese Whale Slaughter
Conservationists chase Japanese whaling fleet from protected Southern Ocean
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/06-5
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The Real News Network
Study Reveals Dangerous Levels of Radioactivity Near Fracking Waste Sites
Greg Palast: Signs of radioactivity should be no surprise since Halliburton spent $25 Million to be excluded from Clean Water Act regulating fracking

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11255
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Retirement Theft in Four Despicable Steps
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/06-0
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The Last Gasp of American Democracy
by Chris Hedges

*Silence means security
Silence means approval
On Zenith, on the TV
Tiger run around the tree
Follow the leader
Run and turn into butter

- “Begin the Begin”, R.E.M.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/06-1
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Dr. King’s Lessons for the Climate Justice Movement
by Jose-Antonio Orosco

*Our banners must hang together

Or our bodies assuredly will

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/06-2
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US PIRG
No Madoff Write-Off for JPMorgan
Taxpayers Could Shoulder $700 Million Hidden Tax Subsidy Unless Agencies Prevent JPMorgan from Deducting Expected $2 Billion Settlement for Allegedly Enabling Madoff Ponzi Scheme

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/06-2
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FAIR Blog
As Abortion Restrictions Soar, Abortion Coverage Dwindles

*A dribbling of abortion coverage

While roundball receives a full court press

Hardly sporting, that.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/06/as-abortion-restrictions-soar-abortion-coverage-dwindles/

Forgetting Fallujah

*Searching the pages and pixels of the corpress for the truth of empire

Will always be a mission undertaken “in vain”.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/06/forgetting-fallujah/

New York Turns to the Left? Let’s Ask Our Center-Right Panel

*I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if de Blasio turns out to be much more acceptable to these bastards than advertised

(See Bratton appointment)

But regardless, any opportunity to impugn and invalidate even the most timid “liberal” positions (Is that redundant?) will never be passed on by the custodians of this particular – and perverse – variant of political correctness

Will it just?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/06/new-york-turns-to-the-left-lets-ask-our-center-right-panel/

How Racist Do You Have to Be Before the New York Times Calls You a Racist?

*To answer the question posed in the post heading

Short of sporting a swastika … ?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/03/how-racist-do-you-have-to-be-before-the-new-york-times-calls-you-a-racist/
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Democracy Now!
Rethinking Marijuana: As Colorado Opens World’s First Pot Retail Stores, NY to Allow Medical Usage

*I’d like to know more about Cuomo’s “change of heart”

Since I don’t think he has one.

And I wouldn’t expect that to come from Sayegh.

So why wasn’t another guest invited who could skinny us on his political calculus?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/6/rethinking_marijuana_as_colorado_opens_worlds

“Drugs Aren’t the Problem”: Neuroscientist Carl Hart on Brain Science & Myths About Addiction

*Imperative to read and consider, but Hart’s comments about mass murderers (aka US presidents) “[meeting] their responsibilities”, and parents being proud of them …

I understand the point he’s trying to make

But he has a truly fucked up way of making it, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/6/drugs_arent_the_problem_neuroscientist_carl

A Socialist Elected in Seattle: Kshama Sawant on Occupy, Fight for 15, Boeing’s “Economic Blackmail”

*I would like to have heard Sawant present her vision of socialism, as the term has been perverted by so many who claim allegiance to it.

Let’s hope she and her colleagues won’t add to that number.

This will bear watching, won’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/6/a_socialist_elected_in_seattle_kshama

1/3

In Wake of Explosive Derailments, Warnings Issued on Crude by Rail
Crude oil from ‘Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil,’ and may be transported in the ‘Ford Pintos’ of railcars
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/03-5
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As Australia Burns, Anger at Prime Minister’s Climate Policies Boils
Critics slam Tony Abbott for ‘listening to people who are part of the tinfoil hat brigade’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/03-3
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Small Is Really Beautiful
by Vandana Shiva

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/03-7
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Israel Cages Palestinian Children in Outdoor Holding Pens During Freezing Storm
by Annie Robbins

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/03-2
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Democracy Now!
Texas Student: After Reporting Rape, I Was Accused of “Public Lewdness,” Sent to Disciplinary School

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/3/texas_student_after_reporting_rape_i

NAFTA at 20: Lori Wallach on U.S. Job Losses, Record Income Inequality, Mass Displacement in Mexico

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/3/nafta_at_20_lori_wallach_on

Zapatista Uprising 20 Years Later: How Indigenous Mexicans Stood Up Against NAFTA “Death Sentence”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/3/zapatista_uprising_20_years_later_how

1/2

‘Nothing to Live For’: Youth Unemployment, Depression, and Austerity
New study finds long-term youth unemployment taking severe mental health toll
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/02-1
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Despite Promise, US Clings to Control over Afghan Prison
Tensions high between two countries as US pressures Karzai over Bagram, security deal
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Prisoners of an absence of conscience

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/02-2
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Merely an “Inconvenience”: Judge OKs Border Search of Private Electronics
ACLU calls decision total defeat for personal privacy of innocent people crossing border
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/01
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Fukushima Ghost Towns Struggle to Recover Amid High Radiation Levels
Post-tsunami reconstruction and radiation cleanup could take 10 years, but officials say something has been permanently lost
by Simon Tisdall
The Guardian

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/01-3
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The Real News Network
TRNN REPLAY: Detroit Anti-Eviction Campaign Keeping Families in Their Homes
Community groups and Occupy Detroit using “any means necessary” to save homes from foreclosure

*When folks got your back

It makes it hard for the bastards to stab you there

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11274
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BDS: Permanent Address for Palestinian Solidarity
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/02-3
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Physicians for a National Health Program
Medicare’s 1966 Glitch-Free Rollout a Sharp Contrast with Obamacare: Health Affairs Blog
CUNY researchers say new health law’s ‘contortions to appease private insurers’ have resulted in costly complexity, with enrollment price tag alone exceeding Medicare’s by nearly 700 percent

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/01/02
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FAIR Extra!
Why Aren’t Big Bankers in Jail?
Why ask why, say their enablers in financial press
by Janine Jackson

*In this here country

It can be a crime to be homeless

But rarely ever to make someone so

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/why-arent-big-bankers-in-jail/

Nuclear Stalemate
When will PBS air exposé on deadly Pacific bomb tests?
by Lane Wollerton

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/nuclear-stalemate/

FAIR Blog
Time Journalists: Report to the Business Department

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/01/02/time-journalists-report-to-the-business-department/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone Trial Friday in New York

http://www.accuracy.org/release/drone-trial-friday-in-new-york/
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Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Dying Lawyer Lynne Stewart’s Jubilant Return Home After Winning Compassionate Release

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/2/exclusive_dying_lawyer_lynne_stewarts_jubilant

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12/31

Executive Order 12,333: Permission to Spy on the Whole World
Executive Order 12,333 has been around for decades, but little is known about how its now being interpreted
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/31
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‘Worst’ of Climate Predictions Are the Most Likely: New Study
Groundbreaking research on cloud behavior and global warming says ‘catastrophic’ increase of 4°C or more by 2100 should be expected
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/31-1
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Big Retailers Dodge Blame as Local Owners Face Murder Charges
What responsibility do western brands owe victims after disasters expose ‘murkiness and lack of accountability in the global supply chain for clothes’?
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There is no “question” about “responsibility”

Only about retribution

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/31-3
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‘Symbol of Gitmo’s Tragedy’: Captives Freed After 12 Years Imprisoned Without Charge
Uighur prisoners languished for years as US refused to accept them
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/31-4
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iSpy? Apple Denies Assisting NSA with iPhone “Back Door”
Program codenamed DROPOUTJEEP allows NSA to retrieve all data—including calls, contact lists, geolocation, and other information—contained on iconic mobile device
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of cyber worms

And rotten Apple

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/31-3
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Biggest Threat to World Peace: The United States
International polls shows that world, including significant portion of Americans, deem US as greatest obstacle to peace
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Given the death and destruction for which it bears responsibility

The numbers illustrate just how effective US propaganda is, wouldn’t you say?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/31-6
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ACLU
Victory for Privacy as Federal Court’s Final Order Bars Law Requiring TANF Applicants Submit to Suspicionless Drug Tests
Summary judgment declares urinalysis law championed by Gov. Scott unconstitutional

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/31-3
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Democracy Now!
Crackdown on Brotherhood, Opposition Grows as Egypt Joins Ranks of Most Dangerous for Journalists

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/31/crackdown_on_brotherhood_opposition_grows_as

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Calls on Computer Hackers to Unite Against NSA Surveillance

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/31/wikileaks_julian_assange_calls_on_computer

12/30

For Drug Corporations, Aiding the Sick and Poor Is Bad Business
As Big Pharma argues that patents fuel innovation, critics say drug monopolies must go
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A patent on profiteering

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/30-1
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Homeless Japanese Being ‘Recruited’ To Clean Up Fukushima Disaster
Investigation reveals systematic exploitation of homeless by big business and organized crime
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What’s more sickening

The exploitation of these desperate folks

Or the contamination that they’re being compelled to expose themselves to?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/30-0
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From the Sky to the Land, Pollution’s Toxic Toll on China
Roughly 8 million acres of the country’s farmland is too polluted to grow crops, government official says
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/30-5
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Iraq Teeters on the Edge as Political Violence Spikes
44 Iraqi MPs announced their resignation Monday demanding ‘the withdrawal of the army… and the release of MP Ahmed al-Alwani’
by Common Dreams staff

*Reaping the whirlwind of “Mission Accomplished”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/30-8
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Neurotoxic “Bull’s-Eye” Surrounds Canadian Tar Sands: Scientists
Concentric circles of mercury and other toxic materials cover over 7,300 square miles
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/30-3
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As Minimum Wages Inch Upwards, Workers Say ‘Not Enough!’
Democrats shop populist push as party strategy in 2014
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I think a more accurate term would be “minimal wage proposals”

Pimped by a pantomime of a “populist” party that has mastered the art of minimalism.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/30-7
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The Real News Network
Growing Up Black in American Apartheid – Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, tells his story as a red-diaper baby, growing up facing racism in the North living with his white activist mother, and living in the Deep South with his black deejay father

*I didn’t realize the depth of black activism within the military during the Vietnam War, and I think it’d be well worth the effort to explore it in greater detail.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10821

Giving Grassroots Leaders a Voice – Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford, Exec. Editor of Black Agenda Report, talks about helping create black radio news. He says that news media creates leaders by deciding what events are important and who is authorized to speak on the importance of those events

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10833

Black Nationalism and the Peoples’ Movement – Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt3
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford addresses the question whether black Americans constitute a nation, and if so, what is their role in the movement of the whole people

*To paraphrase King

Progress isn’t defined by the color of a leader’s skin

But by the content of their character

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10834
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The Shocking Redistribution of Wealth in the Past Five Years
by Paul Buchheit

*Dear Misleader feels our pain.

Sorry

That should be “fuels” …

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/30-0
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Ikea Isn’t Only Furnishing Your Bedroom, It’s Watching You There
by Kristina Chew

*Well, at least you can’t say they don’t provide personal attention …

http://www.care2.com/causes/ikea-isnt-only-furnishing-your-bedroom-its-watching-you-there.html
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Institute for Public Accuracy
NAFTA at 20: “Record of Damage” to Widen with “NAFTA-on-Steroids” TPP

http://www.accuracy.org/release/nafta-at-20-record-of-damage-to-widen-with-nafta-on-steroids-tpp/
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FAIR Blog
NYT Benghazi Bombshell: They Reported It Last Year Too

*I’m not sure why complicity is conflated with incompetence here.

Editors – who serve the interests of their employers – choose what to give prominence. They could have given this narrative the visibility it merited, but chose to let reactionary talking points frame the story, as is the case ad nausem.

So it has nothing to do with not “paying very close attention” to the former

And everything to do with consciously “amplif[ying]” the latter.

To argue otherwise is to imply that the countless repetitions of this pernicious pattern over the years is somehow the result of a sort of institutional Alzheimer’s.

We can have varying views of just why this occurs

But we can’t deny that it does, can we?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/12/29/nyt-benghazi-bombshell-they-reported-it-last-year-too/
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Democracy Now!
Orwellian or a Blunt Tool?: Conflicting Rulings on NSA Spying Set Up Likely Supreme Court Showdown

*Of course this is being “abused” by “this administration”.

And when documenting crimes such as animal abuse on farms can be labeled “terrorism”, the term loses all meaning, doesn’t it?

Not that even the employment of that perverted definition is necessary for you to be targeted.

If those in power deem you a threat, or a potential threat, or determine you have the most tenuous connection to someone deemed so

You can bet your bottom dollar you’re being bipartisanly Big Brothered, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/30/orwellian_or_a_blunt_tool_conflicting

Glenn Greenwald: The NSA Can “Literally Watch Every Keystroke You Make”

*I keep making this point, because it remains germane

Why is the ultimate rationale for this so rarely discussed?

The rulers realize their grip on power is in peril as the house of cards they’ve constructed collapses.

This is but one tool wielded, along with the militarization of the police and the criminalization of dissent, in seeking to ensure their control over us.

Is that a conspiracy theory?

I’d call it a conspiracy fact, if empiricism means anything.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/30/glenn_greenwald_the_nsa_can_literally

12/27

Investigation Reveals Rampant Fraud by Privatized Hospice Groups
Siphoning billions of Medicare dollars, for-profit hospice companies found recruiting non-dying patients
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Making a killing off the “dying”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/27-4
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UN States Unanimously Agree: Even the Walls Have Ears
by Thalif Deen
Inter Press Service

*A hollow gesture

From a hollow institution

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/27-0
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The Real News Network
TRNN REPLAY: Australia Has $16 Minimum Wage and is the Only Rich Country to Dodge the Global Recession
Australia has twice the minimum wage as the US and Big Macs cost roughly the same

*Perhaps there’s a labor movement Down Under that’s at least modestly worthy of the name?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10553
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There’s an Alarming Number of Deaths in US Jails
Whether guilty or innocent, people in the criminal justice system are still people. Their cries for help should not go ignored
by Cara Tabachnick

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/27-3
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McDonald’s French Fries Much-Ridiculed ‘McResources’ Site
by Stephen C. Webster

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/27-2
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FAIR Media Advisory
The 2013 P.U.-Litzers
Media Moments That Didn’t Smell Right

Shameful

And shameless

I guess that’s what they mean by “balance” … ?

http://fair.org/take-action/media-advisories/the-2013-p-u-litzers/
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Democracy Now!
U.S. Rushes Weapons to Iraq Amidst Bloody Sectarian Conflict Set Off by 2003 Invasion

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/27/us_rushes_weapons_to_iraq_amidst

The Other 98% Urges Wall Street to Donate $91 Billion in Bonuses to Victims of Financial Crisis

*Fuck “donating”.

Make it a first installment on a fine

To accompany a wardrobe change

From pinstripes

To prison stripes.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/27/occupy_offshoot_urges_wall_street_to

How Can the Philippines Recover from Typhoon Haiyan While Forced to Pay Off Ex-Dictator’s Old Debt?

*The tragedy of typhoons and tyrants

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/27/how_can_the_philippines_recover_from

12/26

Obama’s Quiet Gift to Iraq: Hellfire Missiles and Surveillance Drones
Critics warn fresh shipments of weapons will only fuel the country’s violence
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Isn’t it tragically appropriate that a war for oil should have gasoline poured on its persistent flames?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/26-0
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If Snowden Returned to US for Trial, All Whistleblower Evidence Would Likely Be Inadmissible
by Trevor Timm

*This constant reiteration that Manning, Snowden et alia “did not harm the United States” is akin to the recitation of a religious mantra with no thought as to its meaning.

What precisely does it mean?

What is “the United States” in this context?

What are its “interests”?

In order for their acts to have import, they must perforce do harm to *something* that in turn does harm to us, mustn’t they?

We need to be acutely cognizant of how those in power persuade the populace that their well being is inextricably bound up with our own, that their enemies are ours.

This mindless defense fails to meet that crucial criterion.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/26-1
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2013: Assessing the Conflict in Syria and Egypt – The War Continues
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/26
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Democracy Now!
Bread and Puppet Theater Founder Peter Schumann on 50 Years of Art and Resistance

*Schumann makes an imperative point that Goodman felt no need to pursue, regarding the true nature of many “reformers”

And their true allegiances.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/26/bread_and_puppet_theater_founder_peter

12/25

US Court: Military’s Prisoners in Afghanistan Have No Rights
In Christmas Eve ruling, judges say U.S. Constitution does not apply to notorious Bagram prison
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Habeas

Is a corpse

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/25
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Democracy Now!
“Ties That Bind”: Tales of Love and Gratitude from the Past Decade with StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay

*I needed to read this today.

I really don’t have anyone I could do this with

But I’m heartened that so many others do

And by the humanity they express in doing it.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/25/ties_that_bind_tales_of_love

12/24

Cruelty, Corporations, Congress, and Christmas: Unhappy Holidays for the Poor & Unemployed
‘Tis the season for business as usual as the poor struggle and the wealthy and powerful relax
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A Christmas story that gets more Dickensian each year

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/24-0
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iPads for Newborns? Marketing Tablets for Babies ‘Horrifies’ Parents, Experts
Fisher-Price ‘iPad Apptivity Seat’ only the worst example (so far) of a culture awash in screens that may be harming childhood development
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Sleazy kid stuff

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/24-4
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‘Merry Frackmess!’: Elves Erect Gas Drilling Rig on Governor’s Front Lawn
If Illinois Gov. Quinn wants fracking in his state, Santa thinks he should see what it’s like to live next to a fracking rig
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/24-2
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In Alberta, Environmental Regulators Now Funded by Fossil Fuel Industry
‘How unbiased can this be?’ ask critics of regulator stacked with oil industry players
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Foxes

Henhouses

And the overwhelming stench of rotten eggs

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/24-3
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Retailers Offer $40 Million Compensation for Worst Factory Disaster in History
‘It is the least they could do for the workers and their families who lost everything while making apparel for them’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What’s the price of a human life?

These bastards calculate it every day.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/24-1
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The Real News Network
Kansas Board of Regents Undermine Academic Freedom at State Universities
Bill Black: Draconian measure enacted by Kansas Board of Regents that effectively ends tenure and limits academic freedom could be replicated at colleges nationwide

*Free speech?

It’s academic

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11241

Former Prosecutor Gets Arrested to See The Other Side of U.S. Criminal Justice System
Bobby Constantino, a former prosecutor from privileged background, lays bare the racism and inequities of the U.S. American criminal justice system

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11230
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Former BP Geologist: Peak Oil Is Here and It Will ‘Break Economies’
Industry expert warns of grim future of ‘recession’ driven ‘resource wars’ at University College London lecture
by Nafeez Ahmed

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/24-0
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Israel Lobby Launches Fierce Counterattack Against American Studies Association
by Ali Abunimah

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/24-1
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Democracy Now!
Beyond Plan Colombia: Covert CIA Program Reveals Critical U.S. Role in Killings of Rebel Leaders

*Typical soulless corpress relating of US crimes in conjunction with the Columbian butchers, which sharply contrasts with the moral opprobrium reserved for FARC’s alleged sins, doesn’t it?

That’s not to dismiss those charges, although I certainly won’t take Priest’s word as gospel on them, or to rationalize the depredations that have been committed.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/24/behind_plan_colombia_covert_cia_program

Did Covert U.S. Program Targeting Rebel Leaders Help Undermine Colombia’s Peace Process?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/24/did_covert_us_program_targeting_rebel

Ex-Rebel Leader Faces Ouster as Bogota Mayor After Longtime Advocacy of Reconciliation

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/24/ex_rebel_leader_faces_ouster_as

Mikhail Kalashnikov, Inventor of Eponymous Assault Rifle That Shaped Modern Warfare, Dead at 94

*Given that the NRA responds to tragedies such as Newtown by feverishly working to bring about the conditions for another horror, I don’t see what’s so “stunning” about their actions here, do you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/24/mikhail_kalashnikov_inventor_of_eponymous_assault

12/23

PETITION
Staples: Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!
by Sue Whistleblower

https://www.change.org/petitions/staples-don-t-cut-part-time-hours-because-of-obamacare?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=44351&alert_id=JcRvjuqSUg_bMXWWHjNOn
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Snowden Slams NSA Review as ‘Cosmetic’
“I will never exchange information for asylum and I don’t think the Brazilian government would do that either.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Save us from “real reform”

And the pols who promise it

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/23-7
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‘Sticker Shock’ over Obamacare Bolsters Single-Payer Argument
New reporting by AP underscores systemic problems with healthcare system based on for-profit insurance model
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Not a “step back”

But a “step on”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/23-3
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US Government Spends Over $1 Billion a Year on Sweatshop Buying Spree
New York Times report cites international trade agreements as catalyst behind poor federal procurement practices
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/23-1
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Prisoner Who Held One of Longest Hunger Strikes Released
During incarceration, Issawi wrote: ‘I draw my strength from all the free people in the world who want an end to the Israeli occupation.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/23-6
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Millions in Dark Money Funding Climate Change Denial: Report
“It is not just a couple of rogue individuals doing this. This is a large-scale political effort.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/23-5
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The Real News Network
Is Stability Possible in the Congo in 2014?
Maurice Carney: Major strides for peace in the Congo have emerged and will continue if the United States pressures neighboring countries like Uganda and Rwanda from intentionally destabilizing the central African country

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11223
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The Future Needs Us
The Arc of Justice and the Long Run: Hope, History, and Unpredictability
by Rebecca Solnit

*We don’t know if our seeds will bear fruit

We do know that they won’t grow

If they’re not planted

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/23-3
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‘Gaffe-ing All the Way’: Corporate Gluttony This Holiday Season
by Paul Buchheit

*The Grinches who stole Christmas

And received a tax exemption for it

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/23-1
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100 Years Is Enough: Time to Make the Fed a Public Utility
by Ellen Brown

*Or maybe it’s time to ask why we have a monetary system in the first place, why what we need to live a dignified life has to be purchased, rather than allotted according to that standard, our “payment” coming from what we can contribute to the community

Rather than how effectively we can exploit it.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/23-7
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Democracy Now!
Time for Compassion? Aging Political Prisoners Suffer From Illness, Decades in Solitary Confinement

*As much as I criticize this program, it does deal with the myriad facets of injustice in the US prison system on an ongoing basis, and that needs to be acknowledged.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/23/time_for_compassion_aging_political_prisoners

If the Risk Is Low, Let Them Go”: Elderly Prison Population Skyrockets Despite Low Risk to Society

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/23/if_the_risk_is_low_let

PART 2: Calls Grow to Release Aging People from Prison Who Pose No Public Safety Threat

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/12/23/part_2_calls_grow_to_release

12/20

Meat Tax Proposed to Fight Livestock’s Climate ‘Hoof-Print’
‘Because the Earth’s climate may be near a tipping point to major climate change, multiple approaches are needed for mitigation’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/20-1
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Beyond Criminals & Terrorists: NSA/GCHQ Targeted Humanitarian Groups
GCHQ and NSA targeted charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU chief
by James Ball and Nick Hopkins
The Guardian

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/20-6
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Government’s Plan to Raid Public Pensions ‘Illegal,’ says Court
Victory for retired pensioners and workers in Portugal as austerity proposal shot down
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/20-4
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‘Bride & Boom’: We’re Number One… In Obliterating Wedding Parties
Washington’s Wedding Album From Hell
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/20-12
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Jubilee USA Network
Philippines’ Foreign Debt Payments Dwarf Relief Aid After Typhoon Haiyan
Portion of 900 Million in Debt Payments Accrued by Abusive Marcos Regime

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/20
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Democracy Now!
Arctic 30 Members Welcome Russian Amnesty, But Refuse to Apologize for Trying to Stop Oil Drilling

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/20/arctic_30_members_welcome_russian_amnesty

Indigenous Groups Win Right to Seize Chevron’s Canadian Assets over $18 Billion in Amazon Pollution

*The thought occurs to me, and this is admittedly supposition, that in both the Chevron and BP cases, perhaps these lawyers’ best interest lies in losing these cases, essentially throwing the game through malfeasance.

Watts is a major donor to Dear Misleader, who obviously has no desire to harm Big Oil, and Donziger may have some similar ulterior motive.

Would it harm either’s career (and pocketbook) to lose? They can continue to claim innocence, that they’re been unjustly maligned by these big bad corporations, and it might even enhance their street cred.

Maybe this is nonsense.

But what isn’t is the fact that justice – and people’s lives – are in the balance.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/20/indigenous_groups_win_right_to_seize

Obama Commutes 8 “Unfair” Crack Cocaine Sentences as the ACLU Calls For More Reforms to Drug Laws

*I think it’s foolish to suggest that this is the beginning of some meaningful reform.

These sentences are emblematic of the criminalization of race and class, and that is a bedrock principle of ruling class control in this country.

As well, the private prison corporations depend on a steady flow of inmates from “The War on Drugs” ™, and for all the handwringing about the costs, just as with the military industrial complex

The checks will keep coming.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/20/obama_commutes_8_unfair_crack_cocaine

Live from Prison: Jason Hernandez Thanks Obama for Commuting His Drug Sentence, Hopes “More to Come”

*As much as I’m glad for Hernandez and the others, I hope no one thinks this is something other than PR by the prez, and that the pressure on him to do something truly substantive should be lessened as a result.

That’s precisely what he wants

And that’s precisely why he must be denied it.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/20/live_from_prison_jason_hernandez_thanks

12/19

Majority of Americans: Invading Afghanistan Was ‘Wrong Thing to Do’
Poll also finds majority thinks US troops should now withdraw more quickly
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*As much as I’d like to think that this indicates some moral recalibration, my empiric sense won’t allow me to do so.

As with Vietnam, public opposition has little to do with Afghan death and suffering, or the violation of international law in attacking a nation for a criminal act perpetrated by some of its residents (not to excuse it in any way, but ostensibly in retaliation for a far worse totality of acts committed against those the attackers claimed to avenge).

The language is problematic. The invasion and occupation is termed a “failure”, not of morality, but of strategy.

Which begs the question

What if all had gone according to plan?

(For the Afghans, of course, the horrific results would’ve been much the same.)

What would the polls say if that had transpired?

Regardless, the lessons seem to never sink in, do they? If the fear button is pressed hard enough, historical amnesia will once again infect the body politic

And Joe McDonald’s ode to war fever will remain as apt as ever.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/19-1
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Is Your Chicken Dinner Making You Sick?
Two new reports highlight public health risks
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What do you call gummint regulation of this industry?

What do you find flooding the floors of these poultry prisons?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/19-3
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EU Summit Blockaded Over ‘Economic Poison’ of Austerity
EU leaders meet to hash out budget, trade policies that protesters say are “for big business,” not the people
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/19-4
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The NSA Review Panel Didn’t Answer the Real Question: Was Any of This Legal?
President Obama’s NSA review is cast as a set of ‘policy recommendations’ as if this is all just a political debate
by Marcy Wheeler

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/19-10
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Death Penalty Information Center
Executions Drop Below 40 for Only Second Time since 1994
Death Sentences Remain Near Record Lows, Number of States Repealing Capital Punishment Grows, and Public Support for Death Penalty at 40-Year Low

*What if it weren’t an “expensive and ineffectual practice”?

What if the only exception to it were moral?

I understand the inclusion of those arguments, but shouldn’t they be supporting actors to the overarching inhumanity of the death penalty, rather than the lead?

And does our humanity compel us to not only end execution, but also a sentence of life without parole?

There may be cases where a person cannot be safely released, but that outcome shouldn’t be precluded from the outset, should it?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/19-0
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Committee to Protect Journalists
Second Worst Year on Record for Jailed Journalists

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/19-1
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Oceana et alia
Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales off Virginia Coast Threatened by Seismic Airguns, According to New Data

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/19-7
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FAIR Blog
Media Lean Left, Say Journalists Who Don’t Really Say That

*It’s always amusing when elitists flagellate themselves for their elitism, isn’t it?

“Whip me

Beat me

Make me write bad things about Obamacare.”

(Except, of course, what’s existentially bad about it.)

The one thing these charlatans find more condemnable than their own professed and confessed “leftism”

Are those who can accurately be described as such.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/12/19/media-lean-left-say-journalists-who-dont-really-say-that/
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Democracy Now!
Vindication for Snowden? Obama Panel Backs Major Curbs on NSA Surveillance, Phone Record Data Mining

*Snow job on Snowden’s job?

Don’t stow your shovels.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/19/vindication_for_snowden_obama_panel_backs

NSA Whistleblower Kirk Wiebe Details Gov’t Retaliation After Helping Expose “Gross Mismanagement”

*Isn’t it somewhat dumbfounding that Wiebe and his colleagues could be treated as they were, and yet he still believes in “the mission”?

He just wants imperialism to be managed all nice and legal like, it seems.

And, once more, the core actual rationale for the surveillance state – to protect the power structure – is missing from the discussion.

Lastly, do you think there’s really a “debate” going on within the administration over the value of Snowden’s revelations

Or is it concerned with whether to coopt, or incarcerate him?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/19/nsa_whistleblower_kirk_wiebe_details_govt

Morsi Charged with Terrorism as Egyptian Military Widens Crackdown on Journalists, Activists

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/19/morsi_charged_with_terrorism_as_egyptian

12/18

PETITION
U.S. Congress: Stop the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill
by Campaign for Safe Food

https://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-congress-stop-the-king-amendment-to-the-2013-farm-bill?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=43920&alert_id=XKIRLfajwJ_VBdqHJmgIl
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Will Chevron’s Ecuadorian Victims Find Justice in Canadian Courts?
Ruling by Canadian court opens path for Chevron’s Ecuadorian victims to pursue payments for decades of contamination and pollution
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/18-5
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Sen. Warren Aims to Fix ‘One More Way the System Is Rigged’
Legislation introduced by Warren would prohibit employers from using prospective employees’ credit scores as a basis for hiring
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/18-3
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GRITtv
Joo-Hyun Kang: Ending the Stop-and-Frisk Regime

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/12/18
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America’s Greediest: The 2013 Top Ten
Butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers. You won’t find any of them in this latest annual list of America’s most avaricious. You will find wheelers and dealers and a candy store heiress.
by Sam Pizzigati

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/18-2
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Not God’s Work: Apocalyptic Humanity
by Tom Engelhardt

*Pride may come before a fall

But the worship of profit comes before a collapse

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/18-1
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Domestic Workers Deserve Protection: Hold Diplomats Like Khobragade to Account
Indian diplomat was clearly mistreated by US officers, but what about the abuse that migrant domestic workers live through every day?
by Tiffany Williams

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/18-9
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Center for Media and Democracy
Meet Nicholas Moore, America’s Highest Paid “Road Worker”

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/18-1
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Institute for Public Accuracy
CIA Cloud Over Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post

http://www.accuracy.org/release/cia-cloud-over-jeff-bezoss-washington-post/
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Democracy Now!
Geneva Talks “Already Dead” as Syria Faces Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis, Imploding Opposition

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/18/geneva_talks_already_dead_as_syria

Patrick Cockburn: U.S. Turns Blind Eye as Saudis Fund Jihadists in Syrian Conflict

*Don’t you think you might have wanted to talk about just why the West and the corpress are mute about Saudi funding of jihadi groups?

I’m no expert, but couldn’t it be indicative of how “terrorism” is used as a boogeyman to stoke the fear necessary to justify empire building and maintenance, but when confronting it might interfere with those designs, it is conveniently ignored?

Those in power make calculations as to how to best perserve and expand that power, and if you are aware that that is always their primary goal, then the seeming contradictions of their actions start to make more sense.

So I’d have liked to have seen an analysis based on that premise here.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/18/patrick_cockburn_us_turns_blind_eye

PART 2: Gabor Maté and Alan Schwarz on “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder”

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/12/18/part_2_gabor_mate_and_alan

12/17

Hawaii Protest Declares Anti-GMO ‘Tsunami’ is Here
Following legislative successes, North Shore protest calls on land trust to ‘evict Monsanto’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/17-3
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‘Face of Resistance in Northwest’: Tar Sands ‘Megaload’ Blockaded
‘They want to extract the dirtiest oil in the world and send it overseas at the expense of communities and the climate’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/17-4
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Study: Chemicals Linked to Cancer, Birth Defects in Water Near Fracking Hotspots
Report author: ‘More than 700 chemicals are used in the fracking process, and many of them disturb hormone function’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Bitter living through chemistry

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/17-2
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EU: Common Insecticides Bad for Bees, Bad for Human Health
European Food Safety Authority says two neonicotinoids may cause harm to the developing human nervous system
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/17-8
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The Real News Network
Ukrainians Protest Oligarchic Rule that has Stripped the Country of its Wealth
Economist Jeffrey Sommers says that although pro-EU Ukrainians have legitimate grievances, they have little to gain from trade agreements that would ultimately transfer ownership of industry to outside actors

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11193
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The Republican War on Women: The Newly Invisible and Undeserving Poor
by Ruth Rosen

*I’m not certain how cutting billions from the SNAP program is “defending” it, and I can relate examples of Kristof’s less than “liberal and compassionate” commentary

But the point’s taken.

The “welfare queen” myth persists, cemented into cultural consciousness by racial, gender and class antipathy, a product of reactionary rhetoric, and liberal demurral.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/17-0
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The Internet Giants Oppose Surveillance—but Only When the Government Does it
by Zoë Carpenter

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/17-6
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Democracy Now!
As Judge Rules NSA Surveillance “Almost Orwellian,” Obama Prepares to Leave Spying Program Intact

*”[A] heartfelt desire to do good … “

Can Meinrath actually believe that?

And if he does, what does that say about not only him, but the other guests on this program that voice similar confidence in the good, if “misguided”, intentions of those in power?

Why are they a fixture on DN!?

As for the tech corps, they have no interest in “a public debate”.

They’re desperate for damage control, and could care less if that involves protecting our rights.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/17/as_judge_rules_nsa_surveillance_almost

The Selling of ADHD: Diagnoses, Prescriptions Soar After 20-Year Marketing Effort by Big Pharma

*A pill for everything

Except the sociopathic condition

Known as greed

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/17/the_selling_of_adhd_diagnoses_prescriptions

12/16

How Big Pharma Markets to and Profits from a ‘Can’t-Pay-Attention Nation’
A twenty-year marketing campaign has made highly powerful stimulants into household names… and they’re just getting started
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*None of these dope dealers will ever do hard time, will they?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/16-0
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‘Historic’: US Scholars Stand with Palestinians in Boycott of Israel
‘This stance in solidarity with Palestinian freedom is historic and signals a new era of engagement with colonized populations’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/16-2
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Small Town Declares All-Out Offensive Against Tar Sands Port
Despite threats of legal action, South Portland, Maine vows to continue their fight against Big Oil in pipeline fight
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/16-6
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New Jerusalem-Based NBC Series ‘Legitimizes Israel’s Occupation, Apartheid,’ say Critics
“Dig” to take place in occupied Jerusalem on illegal park
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/16-5
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Despite the Era of Amazon.com, Indie Book Shops Rise Again
‘We need intimate, small places like this that care about the books they pick’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/16-8
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Honor the Treaties
Pine Ridge: A Case Study
The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is a study in land loss and treaty violations, and represents the struggle of many

*Aaron Huey’s talk is riveting, revelatory

And revulsing.

Very few white – or black, or Asian, or any non-Native – Americans
know of Pine Ridge, Wounded Knee, and the other manifest sins of
“Manifest Destiny”, past and present.

And you have to wonder how many of us, at least of whites

Would really care.

http://www.honorthetreaties.org/#p1,s3
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The Real News Network
Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and the Collapsing Free Syrian Army
Omar Dahi tells Paul Jay that there is widespread belief among many Syrians that Geneva II is going to be a way to preserve the Syrian state and create a front for fighting al-Qaeda

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11186
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Seven Ripoffs That Capitalists Would Like to Keep out of the Media
by Paul Buchheit

*Shaking down their moneymakers

(That would be you and me)

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/16-1
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America’s Child Soldiers
JROTC and the Militarizing of America
by Ann Jones

*Lambs led to the slaughter

And slaughtering

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/16-2
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The Play’s the Thing
by Chris Hedges

*Prisons are the sinkholes which swallow our humanity.

That it survives in the souls of those entombed in their bowels is as much a testament to the grace we are capable of

As these abominations are to the depths to which we can allow ourselves to descend.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/16-4
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NAFTA’s Disaster at 20: State of the North American Worker
Twenty years since its passage, NAFTA has displaced workers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, depressed wages, weakened unions, and set the terms of the neoliberal global economy.
by Jeff Faux

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/16-5
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Earthjustice
Lawsuit Seeks to Reduce Harm to Whales, Dolphins from Navy Sonar in Pacific
Millions of marine mammals face injury, death off Hawai‘i, Southern California

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/16-1
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FAIR Action Alert
60 Minutes Does NSA PR
One-sided report excludes agency critics

*This wasn’t a puff piece

It was a full blown fact forlorn farce masquerading as “journalism”.

In that, it suffers from no lack of company, does it?

http://fair.org/take-action/action-alerts/60-minutes-does-nsa-pr/
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Democracy Now!
“Makes Absolutely No Sense”: David Cay Johnston on Budget Deal That Helps Billionaires, Not the Poor

*It’s ironic that someone who really doesn’t have a problem with the basic tenets of capitalism uses the condemnatory term “global capitalist class”, don’t you think?

Regardless, Johnston makes some salient points, including the gummint contractor scam, and of course the continuing slash and burn campaign against what little there is of programs acknowledging a sense of responsibility for each other, carried out by “good” and “bad cop” alike.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/16/makes_absolutely_no_sense_david_cay

12/13

Fossil Fuel’s Wastewater Creating Earthquake Boom
Pumped underground using disposal wells, the leftover water from oil and gas drilling is literally shifting the ground beneath communities
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Oil’s wells

Won’t end well

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/13-1
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Smoke the TPP: How Big Tobacco and “Free Trade” Deals Erode Public Health
Government attempts to curb smoking, including bans on advertisements, attacked by industry claiming authority of corporate-friendly agreements
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*WARNING: GLOBALIZATION IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/13-6
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Iran Bristles as US Expands Sanctions Blacklist
In what some charge is a bid to ‘stave off congressional action,’ White House expands list of Iran-linked people and companies subject to financial blockade
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/13-3
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Will Brazil’s Vote on ‘Terminator Seeds’ Be a Christmas Gift to Monsanto?
Brazil vote next week could unravel global ban on seeds opponents say would ‘be a disaster’ for small farmers, the environment
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/13-4
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Teachers Seek to ‘Reclaim’ Education
by Michelle Chen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/13
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FAIR Blog
Mandela and Misremembering US History

*The US and allies may have been “irritated” by some of Mandela’s foreign policy stances

But they were quite pleased with the ANC’s domestic embrace of neoliberal economic policy.

It goes without saying that the working class and poor of South Africa, of all races

Have not been.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/12/13/mandela-and-misremembering-us-history/
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The Official Story: How NY Times Covers Yemen Drone Strikes

*So just how does someone “appear” to be “suspected”?

And it always bears pointing out that even when strikes murder their “targets” (i.e., living, breathing human beings), such acts are blatantly illegal.

I always come back to what the reaction would be if Cuba were to send drones over south Florida in search of anti-government terrorists (You know, the kind who blow up civilian airliners), and struck their “targets”, leaving any innocent bystanders unscathed.

Somehow I don’t believe the Times and the rest of the corpress would cover that in quite the same fashion.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/12/13/the-official-story-how-ny-times-covers-yemen-drone-strikes/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
First Commander: Guantánamo Should Never Have Opened

http://www.accuracy.org/release/first-commander-guantanamo-should-never-have-opened/
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Democracy Now!
Polaroid & Apartheid: Inside the Beginnings of the Boycott, Divestment Movement Against South Africa

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/13/polaroid_apartheid_inside_the_beginnings_of

“One of Our Greatest Coups”: The CIA & the Capture of Nelson Mandela

*Apology? Who gives a flying fuck about an apology?

Let’s focus on the collusion between the US and the South African ruling classes, with the active participation of the ANC, in keeping the majority population in the same dire economic circumstances it faced during apartheid.

Admission of past sins may obscure, but do not absolve those of the present.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/13/one_of_our_greatest_coups_the

12/12

Public Health Still Threatened as Toothless FDA Antibiotic Plan Slammed
Food safety advocates are warning that the voluntary regulation on antibiotics is too little, too late
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/12-4
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#CopsOffCampus: Thousands of London Students Defy Police Order in Day of Action
Organizers: ‘We are the people who give our institutions life and make them function. The only power that management ultimately has is police and state violence.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The need is not for a “liberal education”

But a radical one

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/11-6
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ACLU
Groups Charge North Carolina is Trying to Prevent Voters from Participating in 2014 Elections

*The only vote fraud that poses a threat to democracy

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/12-1
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Friends of the Earth
Congress Affirms Problems and Challenges with Plutonium Fuel Program
Defense act warns that non-MOX plutonium disposition options may be pursued

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/12
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ACLU Lawsuit Argues Pregnant Michigan Woman Cannot Be Forced Off the Job
Employer Refused Accommodations Similar to Those Provided to Other Employees

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/12-2
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Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands Exposes Enbridge Chemical Cover Up

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/12-3
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FAIR Blog
Obamacare Website = Iraq War, Now with Bill Kristol

*I’d say that the ACA’s woes will have a greater political impact on Dear Misleader’s “legacy” than the Iraq War has had on Dear Leader’s.

“Obamacare”‘s sideline has never been filled with corpress cheerleaders as Iraq’s invasion and occupation was.

I think Bush’s political fortunes were much more heavily influenced by economic factors than those related to the Iraq War not going according to script.

(For the US. For Iraqis [and more broadly, Afghans, Pakistanis and other folks in the crosshairs of empire building], it went precisely as planned – death and destruction.)

But that said, who creates the conditions for “political fallout”?

The same elite media that pontificates on who is a victim of it, who are the gatekeepers of “conventional wisdom”.

Of course, the ACA *is* largely a piece of shit. I’m saying that as someone who’s having to deal with it. It leaves millions uninsured and underinsured or overcharged, it’s a profit funnel for the “health” industry, and its sins will make the struggle for true universal healthcare that much more difficult through its association with “gummint-run healthcare” in much of the public mind, aided and abetted by those self same MSMers.

But imagine the bile spewed its way if it actually was what we need, and have a right to?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/12/12/obamacare-website-iraq-war-now-with-bill-kristol/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Wrong on Ukraine”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/wrong-on-ukraine/
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Democracy Now!
The Anti-Apartheid Underground: Ronnie Kasrils on Meeting Nelson Mandela in an ANC Safe House in 1962

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/12/the_anti_apartheid_underground_ronnie_kasrils

From Marxism to Neoliberalism: Ronnie Kasrils on How Mandela & ANC Shifted Economic Views

*The “bloodshed” excuse will always be used, and there may be validity to it, but does that explain twenty years of “post-liberation” neoliberal exploitation?

Does that explain the murder of striking miners?

Does that explain the utter corruption of today’s ANC?

Does that explain Mandela’s silence in the face of all this?

Of course, Kasrils and everyone else involved don’t have to answer to me.

They have to answer to the suffering masses of their fellow South Africans.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/12/from_marxism_to_neoliberalism_ronnie_kasrils

12/11

‘Dumb’ & ‘Cruel’: Budget Deal Attacks America’s Most Vulnerable
Lauded as a “step in the right direction” by high-level members from both parties, progressives–calling it both ‘dumb’ and ‘cruel’–say that should be a warning to the nation
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A bipartisan buggering

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/11
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Exposed: NSA Uses Google ‘Cookies’ to Snoop on Targets
Snowden docs reveal NSA using technology of online advertisers for spying
by Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/11-1
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‘Hastening Death’ of Great Barrier Reef, Australia Greenlights Coal Port
Environmental group: “Scientists are telling us pollution is killing the Reef, but this decision treats the Reef like a dump.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*True “reefer madness”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/11-4
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The Shadowy Spying Networks Transforming Post-9/11 Policing
Report exposes new intelligence sharing practices that steamroll civil liberties and accelerate racial profiling
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/11-5
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Brave New Foundation
Surely This Counts As Cruel & Unusual Punishment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A3VfpTJzGc&list=PL3-O2b7cJ2x4z1w6DieQn31nlQrHWtYl_&index=2
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Coke’s Conspiracy Against Tap Water
by Jim Hightower

*The paws that enmeshes

(Grammatically incorrect, but all’s fair in love and agitprop)

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/11-6
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The Payola Internet
by Timothy Karr

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/11-5
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Farmworker Mother To EPA: We Deserve Protections
by Raviya Ismail

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/11-3
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Center for Media and Democracy
Meet David Steiner, America’s Highest Paid “Sanitation Worker”

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/11-3
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Center for Biological Diversity
House Republicans Hold Sixth Hearing Attacking Species Protection Agreement
Hearings Designed to Subvert Historic Agreement’s Unprecedented Success in Reducing Backlog of Species Awaiting Endangered Species Act Protection

*Republicans have their own endangered species legislation.

It’s known as gerrymandering.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/11-5
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Israel, Apartheid and Boycott Movements

*It must be kept in mind that the leadership of both the PLO, and later the PA, along with that of the ANC – and this includes Mandela and Arafat – have failed their people.

That in no way diminishes the necessity of support for the Palestinian struggle

But we must always be leery of closing our eyes as we open our hearts.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/israel-apartheid-and-boycott-movements/
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Democracy Now!
VIDEO & AUDIO: International Human Rights Day Becomes Call for Obama to Stop Deportations

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/12/10/video_audio_international_human_rights_day

ALEC’s “Institutional Corruption,” From Backing Apartheid to Assault on Clean Energy, Public Sector

http://www.democracynow.org./2013/12/11/alecs_institutional_corruption_from_backing_apartheid

The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa

*We can talk of this history, and it’s important to know it.

But let’s not pretend that Cuba, then or now, is a bastion of freedom and democracy. There are deep contradictions between its stated principles and its actual policies.

That can be said without giving any moral credence to US actions against Cuba, which have resulted in the death and suffering of many of its people.

And I would argue that it must be said, for to ignore those contradictions only gives those determined to undermine the very real gains made by the Cuban people over the last half century an opportunity to point out our own hypocrisy.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/11/the_secret_history_of_how_cuba

As Olympic Winter Games Near, Russian LGBT Activists Speak Out Against Anti-Gay Laws

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/11/as_olympic_winter_games_near_russian

12/10

Obama’s Corporate Agenda Delayed as TPP Misses Deadline
Negotiators fail to close deal amid revelations of internal discord over US corporate bullying
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Nothing new, but everything “neo”, about this “liberal agenda”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/10-4
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Nuclear War Could Mean ‘Extinction of the Human Race’
New report issues ‘red flag about the threat to humanity’ posed by nuclear weapons; calls for global disarmament
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A death wish measured in megatons

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/10-2
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Battle for the Arctic: Canada, Russia Spar in Northern Land Grab
Russian president calls to beef up military presence after Canada declares ownership of North Pole
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A braindead bid to decapitate the planet

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/10-3
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Critics Slam Volcker Rule as ‘Worst of All Worlds’
Bbanking regulatory guidelines deemed ‘Glass-Steagall lite’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I don’t see why a critical analysis is “premature”.

This thing’s a piece of shit.

The only question is how large a splash it’ll make when it lands in the toilet.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/10-6
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Let’s Get This Straight: AIG Execs Got Bailout Bonuses, but Pensioners Get Cuts
No one has accused city workers in Chicago or Detroit of bringing down the economy, but they could face pension cuts
by Dean Baker

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/10
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In the Shadow of War
Life and Fiction in Twenty-First-Century America
by Beverly Gologorsky

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/10-4
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Idle No More
“NO” to First Nations Education Act (FNEA) and Federal Termination Plan
Idle No More and Defenders of the Land set January 28, 2014 as national day of teach-ins focused on First Nations Education Act.
National Treaty Alliance and Assembly of First Nations joins Idle No More and Defenders of the Land on Canada’s Parliament Hill to say “NO” to First Nations Education Act (FNEA) and Federal Termination Plan.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/10-4
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FAIR Blog
USA Today Finds Public Doesn’t Like Iran Deal if They Don’t Know What’s in It

*Ignorance is always bliss

For the purposes of the propagandist

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/12/10/usa-today-finds-public-doesnt-like-iran-deal-if-they-dont-know-whats-in-it/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Is Sen. Feinstein Profiting From the Fire Sale of the Public’s Property and Art?

*Feinstein

A liberal interpretation of a “liberal”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/is-sen-feinstein-profiting-from-the-fire-sale-of-the-publics-property-and-art/

Beyond Honoring Mandela: What About U.S. Political Prisoners?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/beyond-honoring-mandela-what-about-u-s-political-prisoners/

12/9

Movement Rises to Kick ‘Corporate Reform’ Out of Public Schools
#ReclaimPublicEd: With actions in over 60 cities, parents, students, and teachers demand an end to “corporate reform” policies
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/09-4
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Violence Threatens As Tensions Surge in Ukraine Protests
Riot police surround Independence Square as rumors spread of aggressive raid on anti-government protest camp
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/09-2
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One of Nation’s Key Ecosystems Being Lost at Staggering Rate
‘It is in our national interest to responsibly use, conserve and protect these coastal resources,’ says report
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/09-5
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The Real News Network
Credibility of the Ruling Elite is Being Shredded – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
On RAI with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says that while people are disgusted with the centers of power, unless there is a constructive alternative, any eruption will be nihilistic and could be fascist

*Hedges may be right that change will begin at a local level, but that certainly can’t happen in isolation.

There must be some national network in which those engaging in these struggles are learning from each other, as well as some broader component that is spreading these ideas to the larger population in order to plant the seeds not just in community gardens, but in the vast fields of national opinion.

Beyond that, this has to be seen as a global struggle, with much to learn from those in other parts of the world, such as Greece, who have progressed far beyond us Yanks as far as being able to mobilize large segments of their populations.

And we might have a thing or two to show them, as well.

Shared knowledge, and shared support, are vital.

And if you don’t believe the surveillance state isn’t fully aware of that …

Perhaps an encapsulating aphorism would be

Solidarity must be shoreless

Borderless

And fearless.

How’s that?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11012
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Did He Jump or Was He Pushed?
The Mandela Years in Power
by Patrick Bond

*Once again, the peril of pedestals is made manifest

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/06/the-mandela-years-in-power/
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Pakistan: Drone Killings Show Numbers, Not Bodies
by Ashfaq Yusufzai
Inter Press Service

*There’s an issue beyond civilian deaths.

Due process is deep sixed for those who are targeted.

It’s often helpful to put things in a different context.

The US shelters any number of terrorists on its soil.

Does that give another nation the right to attack?

It’s a supreme irony that when Cuba sent agents to Florida to surveil murderers like Bosch and Carriles, they were arrested, convicted and incarcerated, while the terrorists remained free.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/09-1
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Shooting the Messenger
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/09
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Three Ways the Super-Rich Suck Wealth Out of the Rest of Us
by Paul Buchheit

*Jobbed creators

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/09-2
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Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Unionization Yields Significant Gains in Pay and Benefits for Women Workers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/09-0
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FAIR Blog
Hersh: Syria Sarin Story ‘Was Bought by the Mainstream Press’

“[I]t was bought by the mainstream press … “

Given their disappearing of contradictory information

I think it’s more accurate to say it was sold by them.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/12/09/hersh-syria-sarin-story-was-bought-by-the-mainstream-press/
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Democracy Now!
Seymour Hersh: Obama “Cherry-Picked” Intelligence on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike

*I think Hersh has a justified rep for getting the facts right, but I have questions about his interpretation of them in this instance.

Given what the US has done with no legal, and certainly no moral, justification, why would there now be enough pushback from within the gummint to dissuade Dear Misleader from ordering military action (read “death and destruction”)?

Why would he care if there’s no evidence to connect the Syrian regime to the sarin attacks?

Ask the ghost of Saddam, among others, about “evidence”.

So while Hersh may have the straight skinny on the feigned intel, I’d like to hear an alternative assessment of just what led to the hold off on an attack.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/9/seymour_hersh_obama_cherry_picked_intelligence

12/6

Radioactive Fukushima Water Headed for US West Coast
As nuclear industry and allies in government play down risk, scientists warn there is no such thing as safe radiation
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Washing on US shores

Washed off US news coverage

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/06-6
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Worst-Case Scenario for Oil Sands Industry Has Come to Life, Leaked Document Shows
Industry consultants said anti-tar sands push could become ‘the most significant environmental campaign of the decade’ if activists were left unopposed.
by Katherine Bagley
Inside Climate News

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/06-3
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In WTO Deal ‘Corporate Rights Trump the Right of People to Food’
‘Rich country governments have clearly shown that global poverty is not on their priority list’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/06-4
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Japan’s State Secrets Bill Issues ‘Threat to Democracy’
Critics warn legislation will have chilling effect on press freedoms
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/06-2
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The Real News Network
Mandela Led Fight Against Apartheid, But Not Against Extreme Inequality
Patrick Bond: Mandela deserves great credit for ending racial apartheid in South Africa, but his legacy includes the continuation of mass poverty

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10362

Mandela Embodied the Victories and Failures of the South African Liberation Struggle
Glen Ford: Were the compromises made to avoid bloodshed responsible for the poverty and suffering that continues today?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10380
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ALEC Stands Its Ground, but Stumbles
by Brendan Fischer

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/06-7
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American Studies Association Calls for Academic Boycott of Israel

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/06
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FAIR Blog
NYT Takes Mandela’s Death as a Chance to Mock His Fight to Free His Country

*Despite this example, the corpress coverage I’ve seen in general has sought to iconize a “safe” Mandela, just as has been done with Martin Luther King, while “alternative” reporting and commentary has largely overlooked the profound failures that marked his presidency in favor of a sort of reverse mirror of the MSM’s glorification of him.

What we need is an honest assessment of the man and his actions.

Neither hagiography from any angle, nor dismissal that overlooks the very real accomplishments of his life, serves us well.

I think the Real News segments above put Mandela’s impact in better perspective.

See if you agree.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/12/06/nyt-takes-mandelas-death-as-a-chance-to-mock-his-fight-to-free-his-country/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Mandela: Beyond the “Safe Character”

*Mandela will be made “safe”

I’d say that’s already been accomplished

And with the man as an accomplice in his own castration.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/mandela-beyond-the-safe-character/
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Democracy Now!
Soweto Activist: While Mandela Helped Build “The New South Africa,” Struggle Continues for Many

*So this is it for examining Mandela’s role in the intense contradictions that define present day South Africa?

I guess they can cross it off the list, and continue with the deification.

But this shouldn’t be about hagiography, or blanket condemnation.

It should be about honestly assessing his acts, so that we might learn vital lessons from them.

Anything else is a betrayal of the principles he purportedly stood for.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/6/soweto_activist_while_mandela_helped_build

12/5

Army of Rightwing Groups Plan Assault on State Laws in 2014
Internal documents show how state-level affiliates serve national interests of corporations and wealthy, conservative ideologues
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/05-7
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‘Convicted for Our Convictions:’ Moral Monday Protesters Vow Fight Not Over
North Carolina residents vow more demonstrations in the face of far-right reforms
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/05-5
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Exposed: The Rightwing’s National Plan To Crush Green Energy
From supporting Keystone XL to opposing home solar panels, ALEC planning assault on the environment
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/05-2
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Death of Yellowstone’s Most Famous Wolf Is a Troubling Sign of Things to Come
by Noah Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/05-5
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The Pension-Busters’ Playbook
The manipulations behind the attack on pensions in Detroit’s bankruptcy
by Katherine Sciacchitano

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/05-0
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Chronicling the Water-Torture of Sexism on Twitter
Socialmedia and the relentless flow of misogyny
by Christian Christensen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/05-2
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Food & Water Watch
Choice at the Supermarket is a Mirage, New Analysis Finds
Despite shelves overflowing with colorful packages, increased consolidation of the grocery industry leaves shoppers with diminishing choice and higher grocery bills

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/05-3
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Inequality: TPP Fast Track, Fast Food

http://www.accuracy.org/release/inequality-tpp-fast-track-fast-food/
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Democracy Now!
“We Can’t Survive on $7.25″: Fast-Food Workers Kick Off National Day of Action for Higher Pay

*I keep coming back to the moral conundrum of asking for a bigger slice of a poisonous pie.

Rarely is the nature of this industry considered. Fast food is in large measure responsible for the health crisis in this country

For suffering and death, to get to the heart of the matter.

Yet that gets lost in the fight for better pay and working conditions.

I don’t have a simple answer for how to reconcile that contradiction in the short term, but it needs to be acknowledged and grappled with, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/5/we_cant_survive_on_725_fast

“There is a War on Journalism”: Jeremy Scahill on NSA Leaks & New Investigative Reporting Venture

*Don’t you imagine that there’s a good deal more intel in Snowden’s cache that the public should know than one percent of it?

What are the criteria Rudsbriger uses?

What does he mean by “There is stuff in there about Iraq, Afghanistan; we’re not even going to look at it”?

Why wouldn’t Snowden want that to be revealed?

As for this media venture with Omidyar, the same issues arise, don’t they?

Just how much of the truth are you willing to speak to power

And the people?

How will Scahill, Poitras et alia deal with these questions?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/5/there_is_a_war_on_journalism

12/4

Humanity Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate Impacts, Warns Report
‘The pace of change is orders of magnitude higher than what species have experienced in the last tens of millions of years.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/04-1
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‘Americanization’ Leading the Way… in Attack on Workers
The ‘race to the bottom’ for labor, perfected by the US, is spreading to Europe
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/04
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Bicycle Sales Outpace Cars as European ‘Bike Revolution’ Gains Speed
Continent sees surge in fossil fuel-free transport as green lanes and other policies encourage people to ditch automobiles
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Putting the pedal before the metal

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/04-5
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Economic Pain Inflicted, Austerity-Pushers Now Targeting Human Rights
European watchdog shows that attack on social protections has followed top-down drive to impose economic cuts
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[U]nintended”?

If you’re going to destroy people’s lives, why wouldn’t you intend to severely restrict their ability to fight back against that?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/04-4
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Drawing the Lines in Bali: Global South Must Demand No Less Than Development Justice
by Antonio Tujan Jr.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/04-6
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What You Need to Know About the International Test Scores
by Diane Ravitch

*Ravitch is right on in her dismissal of these tests, but her placing the issue in the context of international competitiveness shows her own limited perspective.

And just how do you quantify a “can-do spirit”, or what qualifies the US as “the world’s most vibrant culture”?

Inquiring minds, precisely the kind stymied by brick in the wall testing, want to know.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/04
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US PIRG
Study Shows Driving Decline in America’s Cities
Car Use, Public Transit, and Biking Trends Compared in 100 Largest U.S. Cities

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/04-4
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Flush the TPP
Cities across U.S. Join Global Day of Action to Protest Dangerous Trade Agreements; Say “Don’t Trade Lives For Profits”

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/04-0
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“No More Detroits”: Can Public Banking Save Cities?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/no-more-detroits-can-public-banking-save-cities/
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Democracy Now!
Detroit Bankruptcy: Wall Street, Lost Revenues Forced Decline, But City Pensioners to Pay the Costs

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/4/detroit_bankruptcy_wall_street_lost_revenues

Vandana Shiva & Jane Goodall on Serving the Earth & How Women Can Address Climate Crisis

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/4/vandana_shiva_jane_goodall_on_serving

12/3

Judge OK’s Detroit Bankruptcy, Puts Public Pensions Under the Axe
by Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/03-1
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#PensionTheft: Public Workers Under Attack in Illinois
Vote in special legislative session in the state could see dramatic changes to the retirement packages of workers who say they upheld their end of the bargain
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/03
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ALEC Facing ‘Funding Crisis’ Following Public Scrutiny
Documents published by the Guardian show ‘donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row’
by Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/03-5
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Chimpanzees, Habeas Corpus, and the “Un-Human” Right to Be Un-Caged
Petition filed in New York court demands chimps in captivity have ‘fundamental right not to be imprisoned’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/03-0
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Poland Faces Charges for Complicity in CIA Torture
Trial is first time Europe faces scrutiny for complicity in CIA ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ program
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/03-3
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Welcome to the Memory Hole: Disappearing Edward Snowden
by Peter Van Buren

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/03-4
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The New York Times Gets an ‘F’ on Education Policy
by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

*All the news

And views

Printed to fit

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/03-12
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Luxury Hotel Builds Poverty-Themed Site for Rich Vacationers
by Kevin Mathews

*Only those with a poverty of the soul would play at the poverty of others

http://www.care2.com/causes/luxury-hotel-builds-poverty-themed-site-for-rich-vacationers.html#ixzz2mNOcDjfO
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Center for Biological Diversity
Petition Seeks to Reform Secretive Federal Agency That Kills Millions of Wild Animals
‘Wildlife Services’ Shoots, Traps, Poisons Animals With Little Regulation, Public Accountability

*Shoot first

Don’t answer questions later

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/03-2
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FAIR Blog
‘Knockout Game’ Takes Center Stage

*”Roving Gangs of Corpress Reporters Force Feed Racial Fears on Flimsy Evidence”

No myth

Nothing random

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/12/03/knockout-game-takes-center-stage/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Budget Transparency Group Blasts Congress’ “Secretive Negotiations”

*Republican obstructionism provides cover to Democratic regressivism

One filthy hand washes the other

http://www.accuracy.org/release/budget-transparency-group-blasts-congress-secretive-negotiations/
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Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky on Education & How “Manufacturing Consent” Brought Attention to East Timor Massacres

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/3/noam_chomsky_on_education_how_manufacturing

12/2

PETITION
Bank of America: Stop refusing to accept my payment. Be a leader and help change this practice.
by Rebekka Mackey

https://www.change.org/petitions/bank-of-america-stop-refusing-to-accept-my-payment-be-a-leader-and-help-change-this-practice?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=42405&alert_id=ooyWTgUUeu_XKpbXlByvo
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#ShutDownCanada: Anti-Fracking Actions Erupt
Drilling company seeking extension to injuction as reports of violence, arrests mount along Highway 11 blockade
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Dudley Do-Right would be mortified

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/02-4
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‘Revolutionary’ Protesters in Ukraine Take Over Govt Buildings
After weekend of mass demonstrations, police stand down as people take over central square, city hall, and call for general strike
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/02
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Leak Forces Shut Down of Fukushima Water Decontamination Unit
Latest in seemingly never-ending chain of problems at crippled nuclear plant in Japan
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/02-1
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Australian Spy Agency Goes ‘Orwellian’ with Nation’s Privacy Laws
Country offered to release private information of citizens to global surveillance partners
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/02-0
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Hundreds Set Sail in ‘Reverse Flotilla’ to Protest Israeli Naval Blockade
‘We want to say to everyone that enough is enough’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/02-3
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Spy vs. Spy: Walmart’s Corporate Surveillance on Black Friday
by Barbara Garson

*Garson makes what I think is a false distinction between NSA (or government) and corporate espionage/surveillance, since both have the same goal – to repress dissent – and often collude in that aim.

And the $25K is a floor for wages, not what’s “aspire[d]” to.

And given the “Fight for 15″, or about six thousand more a year, I have to wonder why such a paltry figure was settled on.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/02-4
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Fast Food Giants Gorge on Subsidies
Thanks to a loophole that subsidizes CEO pay, McDonald’s, Yum Brands, Wendy’s, Burger King, Domino’s, and Dunkin’ Brands trimmed $64 million from their tax bills in 2011 and 2012.
by Sarah Anderson

*No value menu in the executive dining room

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/02-8
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Five Ways We’re Being Violated by Big Business
by Paul Buchheit

*The “invisible hand”

Has us firmly by the all too visible balls

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/02
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Council of Canadians Meets with Elsipogtog Chief to Express Solidarity

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/02-2
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Oxfam International
Somalia Region Hit by Cyclone Urgently Needs Aid, Agencies Say
People are in dire need of food, clean drinking water and shelter

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/12/02-1
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FAIR Blog
Obamacare as a ‘Big Government’ Failure

*”If a bunch of private companies were competing … they would pay a price if the website crashed and people would go to another company.”

That’s certainly the way it works with defense contracting, isn’t it?

Cost overruns, faulty technology …

How many corps that have “[paid] a price” for their ineptitude and malfeasance?

And not mentioned here is the fact that this site was designed and built in large measure by private contractors, as well.

So gummint is at fault here, as is so often the case, not for “disrupt[ing] the normally smooth workings of the private sector”

But for letting the private sector, with its “profit uber alles” mentality, hoover up taxpayer dollars in exchange for a shoddy product

Which is one thing they are extremely proficient at doing.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/12/02/obamacare-as-a-big-government-failure/
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Democracy Now!
Watching the Watch List: Landmark Case Goes to Trial over Massive U.S. Terrorism “No-Fly” Database

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/2/watching_the_watch_list_landmark_case

Pardoning Turkeys, Not People? Obama Urged to Reverse Lowest Clemency Rate of Modern Presidency

*The unpardonable sin of callousness

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/2/pardoning_turkeys_not_people_obama_urged

Over 110 Arrested as Record Black Friday Protests Challenge Wal-Mart, Major Retailers on Low Wages

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/2/over_110_arrested_as_record_black

Publisher André Schiffrin, Founder of New Press, Has Died at Age 78

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/12/2/publisher_andre_schiffrin_founder_of_new_press

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11/29

East China Sea Tensions Soar as China Scrambles Fighter Jets Against US/Japan
Dangerous escalation as China responds to provocations by Japan and US militaries
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/29-2
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Firm with History of Spill Cover-Ups Hired to Clean Up North Dakota Oil Spill
by Steve Horn
DeSmogBlog.com

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/28
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Where Are All the Butterflies?
The iconic monarch is disappearing
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/27-8
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Walmart and Downton Abbey: Rampant Inequality and Detachment from Reality
We’re enthralled by the TV series and its ‘simpler time’. But the Walton family’s modern day aristocracy is anything but charming
by Sadhbh Walshe

*So Walshe appears to be arguing for a more benevolent form of despotism, doesn’t she?

Those pitchforks would be put to better use in toiling for a “pragmatic”, self-interested overlord

Rather than in overthrowing him.

Sorry

But that’s not a “common dream” I share with her.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/29-6
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World Fights Back Against the Biggest Brother in History
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*I suppose this may prove to be a beneficial, if modest, step, but as to the view that it will expose the US as a violator of international law

US foreign policy is predicated on the contravention of international law.

The reasoning for how adding one more flaunting to the list constitutes a “huge problem” for it eludes me.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/29-1
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FAIR Blog
Pretending a Name Is Still Secret–in the Name of the Cult of Secrecy

*No name

No blame

Same old game

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/11/28/pretending-a-name-is-still-secret-in-the-name-of-the-cult-of-secrecy/

11/27

Big Retail Is Watching You: Exposing Walmart’s Massive Data Collection Schemes
Retail giant’s mass data collection is disproportionately affecting people of color, say authors
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/27-6
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NSA’s Plan to Use Porn Habits to Discredit ‘Radicalizers’
By monitoring online activity of suspected terrorists and foreign agitators, agency reveals lengths it will go
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Since none of these individuals have been accused of involvement in terrorism

And at least one is a US national

Why does the subhead for this piece refer to “suspected terrorists” and “foreign agitators”?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/27-0
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Obama Approves Major Border-Crossing Fracked Gas Pipeline Used to Dilute Tar Sands
by Steve Horn
DeSmog Blog

*Giving the devil his diluent

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/27
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America, Want Freedom of Choice? Try Public Healthcare Like Canada
Our system ensures the right to care without considering ability to pay or profit margins. No one gets betweens us and our doctors
by Adrienne Silnicki

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/27-4
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Democracy Now!
Pt 2: U.S. Corporations Enlist Ex-Intelligence Agents to Spy on Nonprofit Groups

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/11/25/pt_2_us_corporations_enlist_ex

“My Family Has Been Separated For 19 Months Now”: Immigrant Activist Interrupts Obama Speech

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/27/my_family_has_been_separated_for

The Pope Slams “Tyranny” of Capitalism and “Idolatry of Money,” But Opposes Shift on Women, Abortion

*You have to wonder why no unalloyed critic of the hypocrisy and collusion of the church with those in power appeared in this segment, don’t you?

I respect the work that Bourgeois has done over the decades, but it’s disappointing and disturbing that he doesn’t address the role Francis and the church during the “dirty war” in Argentina, merely stating that he knows about it and “lived” through it.

Likewise, there’s no mention of the Catholic hierarchy’s support for the repression in Honduras – especially galling given the fact that Bourgeois has been monitoring the situation there.

In the end, Francis’ words are as empty as Obama’s “populist” rhetoric, and only serve to mislead and give false hope to the faithful

Something religious “leaders” of every stripe have been adroit at for centuries.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/27/the_pope_slams_tyranny_of_capitalism

Religious Rights for Corporations? Supreme Court Takes Up Challenge to Contraception Coverage

*Um …

Since when was the goal of the ACA to “[ensure] health care for all Americans”?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/27/religious_rights_for_corporations_supreme_court

11/26

This Holiday Season, Charity No Match for Food Stamp Cuts
Authors of new report warn food donations not enough as six million threatened with worsened hunger
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/26-5
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Canadian Approval Puts ‘Frankenfish’ One Step Closer to Dinner Plate
Facility on Prince Edward Island can now begin commercial production of genetically-modified salmon eggs
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/26-3
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Penny Lane: The CIA’s Double Agent Recruiting Station at Gitmo
Though US government relentlessly fear-mongered the idea that detainees would “return to the battlefield,” CIA program made sure of it
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/26-0
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With Scant Media Attention, ‘Human Catastrophe of Epic Proportions’ Unfolding
UN, humanitarian groups warn of spirialing crisis in the Central African Republic
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/26-4
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The Next State-Level Fights Over Abortion Are Already Brewing
by Tara Culp-Ressler

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/26-11
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Monsanto, the TPP, and Global Food Dominance
by Ellen Brown

*Unquestionably a must read piece

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/26-9
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Thanksgiving Anxieties, Political and Personal
by Robert Jensen

http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/20269-thanksgiving-anxieties-political-and-personal
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US PIRG
Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves
Shopping Tips, Quiz Can Help Parents Shop Safe

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/26-2
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Is Wall Street Buying Up Houses Leading to Another Bubble?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/is-wall-street-buying-up-houses-leading-to-another-bubble/
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Democracy Now!
As Wal-Mart Workers Plan Record Black Friday Protests, Study Says Retail Giant Can Afford Higher Pay

*Do you think there’s something odd about appealing to the same greed that created this crime in the first place?

I respect these folks’ courage, but all this talk about “a better Walmart” and doing well by doing good …

It makes you wonder just what they’d consider to be fair and just for all affected.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/26/as_wal_mart_workers_plan_record

Reverend Billy Faces Year in Prison for Protesting JPMorgan Chase’s Financing of Fossil Fuels

*I suppose the irony of approvingly quoting someone who engages in the same censorious behavior as Chase – banning protesters from the climate summit – was lost on Goodman.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/26/as_wal_mart_workers_plan_record

“Hannah Arendt” Revisits Fiery Debate over German-Jewish Theorist’s Coverage of Eichmann Trial

*To acknowledge the banality of evil

Is to acknowledge our complicity in it

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/26/hannah_arendt_revisits_fiery_debate_over

11/25

The Climate Disaster Bubbling in the Arctic
Study: twice as much methane as previously thought being released from East Siberian Arctic Shelf
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/25-3
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‘It’s Intimidating. And It’s Free’: Iraq War Surplus Militarizing US Police
AP exclusive finds 165 MRAP vehicles used in Iraq handed to local police departments
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Boys

Toys

And the noise of an approaching police state

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/25-1
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The Iran Accord: Profoundly, and Primarily, Symbolic
by William Beeman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/25-6
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NAFTA and US Farmers—20 Years Later
by Karen Hansen-Kuhn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/25-3
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Overplaying Its Hand, Israel Still Holds Plenty of US Cards
by Norman Solomon and Abba Solomon

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/25-0
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The Climate Movement Needs to Stop ‘Winning’
by Maya Lemon

*Should solidarity be sacrificed for “success”?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/25-9
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Shielding a Flickering Flame
by Chris Hedges

*No act that evinces our humanity

Whatever the outcome

Can ever be called meaningless

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/25-1
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Americans for Safe Access
Report: Medical Marijuana States Already in Compliance with Federal Enforcement Guidelines
Patient advocates call on Congress to adopt binding changes to new federal policy

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/25-1
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Sierra Club
12 Michigan Counties Show Unhealthy, Poorly Controlled Levels of Ozone Pollution
Sierra Club files petition calling on EPA to redesignate and protect 12 Michigan counties from dangerous levels of ozone pollution

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/25-4
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Iran Accord: “Profoundly Symbolic” * Honduras Election: “Don’t Rush to Recognize”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/iran-accord-profoundly-symbolic-honduras-election-dont-rush-to-recognize-2/
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Democracy Now!
Honduras Presidential Elections in Dispute as Activists Defy Violence to Back Ousted Leader’s Wife

*I assume by “religious leaders”, Pine is referring to members of the Catholic hierachy

Another reason to look askance at Pope Francis’ claims of standing with the oppressed.

But I think it’s always important to be clear eyed in assessing just how well Castro will assume that role, should she become president.

That’s a lesson we should have learned from other Latin American nations’ experiences with proclaimed populist presidents, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/25/honduras_presidential_elections_in_dispute_as

Spooky Business: U.S. Corporations Enlist Ex-Intelligence Agents to Spy on Nonprofit Groups

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/25/spooky_business_us_corporations_enlist_ex

11/22

No Keystone XL? No Problem. Tar Sands Production Moving Full-Steam Ahead
Energy outlooks predict surge in tar sands, with or without key pipeline
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Riding the rails to ruination

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/22-5
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Despite US Opposition, UN Pushes Forward Surveillance Bill of Rights
The so-called “Five Eyes” countries overwhelmed by international unity on the right to protection from spying
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The “Eyes” don’t have it

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/22
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White House: Our Visual Propaganda a “Clear Win” for American Public
‘Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Newspeak meets New Media

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/22-0
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21 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare
by Ralph Nader

*The inhumanity of an actual American exceptionalism

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/22-1
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Thanksgiving: Feasting, Fasting and Climate Change
by Eric Holt-Giménez

*When progress means a path to the past

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/22-2
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Cop’s History an Issue in Toy-Gun Slaying
by Dennis Bernstein

*”Collateral damage” comes home

So what’s the NRA’s take here?

After all, they want millions milling in our public spaces, actual assault weapons at the ready.

And how does Lopez’ race, and Gelhaus’ certain membership in their organization, fit into their figuring?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/22-0
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Center for Biological Diversity
Health, Environmental Groups Urge Air District to Protect Los Angeles From Fracking Pollution
Oil Industry Used Toxic Air Pollutants Hundreds of Times in L.A., Orange County

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/22-5
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FAIR Blog
Politico’s Pay-to-Play

*Putting their money where their mouthpiece is

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/11/22/politicos-pay-to-play/

Peculiarly Oriental Iranians

*Most every culture has its duplicitous aspects, and I’m sure Iranian culture is no different.

Different cultures may express those shared characteristics in different ways.

So the prejudice doesn’t lie so much in ascribing a cultural component to political behavior

But in positing that somehow one culture is less honest than another due to some singular moral defect.

In this case, that accusation is served up from a very black pot indeed.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/11/22/peculiarly-oriental-iranians/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Honduras Elections Amid “Intensified State Terror”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/honduras-elections-amid-intensified-state-terror/
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Democracy Now!
As Environmentalists Walk Out of UN Talks, Top US Envoy Says No to Reparations for Climate Damage

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/22/as_environmentalists_walk_out_of_un

Climate Activists: Carbon Trading a “False Solution” Pushed by Bankers and Bureaucrats

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/22/climate_activists_carbon_trading_a_false

“We Can’t Take Crumbs from the High Table”: Global Activists Hold Their Own Climate Justice Summit

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/22/we_can_t_take_crumbs_from

“Africa Is Being Pushed Closer to the Fire”: Africans Say Continent Can’t Wait for Climate Action

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/22/africa_is_being_pushed_closer_to

11/21

Corporate Espionage and the Secret War Against Citizen Activism
From infiltration to spying to mass hacking, new report exposes corporate espionage against social justice organizations
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Big Brother and Big Business bug us big time

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/21-3
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‘Walking Out’ as ‘Fighting Back’: Civil Society Groups Protest ‘Do-Nothing’ Climate Talks
“We have this message: volveremos—we will be back.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Passing on the pantomime

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/21-1
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FAIR Activism Update
CNN Doubles Down on Pro-Nuclear Bias
Answers petitions, critics, with more slanted commentary

*I don’t know bupkes about Bryk, but I certainly wouldn’t have chosen someone from NRDC, a comparative milquetoast on this matter, to represent the anti nuclear position.

Which is likely why CNN did.

Let’s just say Harvey Wasserman wasn’t waiting on their call.

Hansen’s idiocy presents something of a conundrum, in that so many climate advocates quote him as a preeminent authority on the subject, which he may well be, but if he’s so dead wrong, for whatever reason (I don’t know his connections to the nuclear industry), on nuclear power, as well as renewable energy, how can we trust his judgment on climate change?

Not that the veracity of the science is in any way dependent on his bona fides, but it does make for a rational contradiction, doesn’t it?

And how about those graphics in the accompanying image, taking the yellow and black signage signifying “DANGER”, and flipping it to direly warn of “THE FALLOUT FROM FEAR”?

Goebbels – and Madison Avenue – would be proud.

http://fair.org/uncategorized/cnn-doubles-down-on-pro-nuclear-bias/

11/20

Fight for $12.50 Living Wage Begins in Nation’s Capital
If district was a state, new living wage initiative would increase minimum wage to highest in the country
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/20-5
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Dump It in the Ocean: TEPCO’s Plan for Radioactive Fukushima Water
‘There’s no risk to public health and safety,’ pronounces consultant working for the nuclear plant’s owner
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/20-4
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Localists of the World, Unite! An Urgent Call to Join the Movement Against Corporate “Trade” Deals
by Brian Emerson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/20-0
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War and Enlightenment in Afghanistan
by Kathy Kelly

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/20
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McDonald’s: Low-Paid Workers, High-Flying Execs
by Jim Hightower

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/20-3
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Center for Media and Democracy
Meet Ron Packard America Highest Paid “Teacher”
CMD Exposes America’s ‘Highest Paid Government Workers’
Hint: They aren’t your local teachers, nurses and social workers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/20-0
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Beyond the NSA: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofits

http://www.accuracy.org/release/beyond-the-nsa-corporate-espionage-against-nonprofits/
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FAIR Blog
Paul Ryan, Poverty Fighter?

*Oh … I get it.

Cutting tens of billions from SNAP (the Dems only want to cut billions – thank god for liberals) is simply designed to kindly, gently “encourage work and upward mobility”.

Nothing motivates folks like not eating, does it?

So Marie Antoinette was tragically misunderstood in her time.

She only wanted the masses to take personal responsibility

For their own good.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/11/20/paul-ryan-poverty-fighter/
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Democracy Now!
As Poor Countries Walk Out of Climate Talks, Venezuela Calls on Industrial Nations to Take Action

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/20/as_poor_countries_walk_out_of

After Global Failure to Cut Emissions, Will Poor Nations Get Help to Deal With Climate Change?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/20/after_global_failure_to_cut_emissions

11/19

In Afghanistan, ‘Security Deal’ Means US Occupation Forever
In addition to immunity, US demands right to enter Afghan homes in ‘bi-lateral security agreement’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/19-6
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Witnesses to Hunger (and Poverty) on the Hill
by Greg Kaufmann

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/19-4
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Institute for Policy Studies
Platinum Plated Pensions: Loudest Calls for Social Security Cuts Coming from Lobby Groups Led by CEOs

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/19-3
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Labor Network for Sustainability
The Keystone Debate: An Alternative Job Creation Strategy

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/19-0
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Raise Up MKE (Milwaukee Workers Organizing Committee)
McDonald’s to Workers: “Quit Complaining”

*Don’t whine while we grind

http://lowpayisnotok.org/mcresources/?utm_campaign=LowPay&utm_medium=email&utm_source=MKE
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FAIR Extra!
When Life Gives You Lemons…
Don Lemon’s message to black America
by Josmar Trujillo

*”Fix our community”

What community would that be?

I don’t imagine Lemon’s community is anywhere near the ones he condemns

Geographically, or financially.

http://fair.org/home/when-life-gives-you-lemons/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Al-Qaeda Affiliate Claims Responsibility for Iran Embassy Bombing, Highlighting Mideast Alliances

http://www.accuracy.org/release/al-qaeda-affiliate-claims-responsibility-for-iran-embassy-bombing-highlighting-mideast-alliances/
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Democracy Now!
“Civil Society Isn’t Welcome & Corporations Are”: Youth Activist on Being Banned from Climate Talks

*Saño seemed to sidestep the question about direct action, didn’t he?

His advocacy of fossil fuel corps investing in green energy, echoing Figueres, is also disturbing.

These corporations are criminal actors, and shouldn’t have any control over energy sources.

They need to be in the public domain, uncommodified, dedicated to the sole purpose of satisfying legitimate energy needs.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/19/civil_society_isn_t_welcome_corporations

Leaked Memo Reveals U.S. Plan to Oppose Helping Poor Nations Adapt to Climate Change

*The thing is, if you don’t invest in the future

There won’t be one.

This is a global issue, and those responsible for the state of the globe must be held to account, and compelled to pay for their profligacy.

That said, many developing nations have pissed away precious years when actions could have been taken to put them in a better position today.

But of course, they’re as captive to the desires of their elites as developed nations are, and their ruling classes are just as addicted to profit, and willfully blind to the consequences.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/19/leaked_memo_reveals_us_plan_to

11/18

As Students Drown in Debt, Gov’t Rakes in $42 Billion in Profit
Huffington Post analysis finds the DoE is raking in windfall profits from the spiraling student debt crisis
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/18-1
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As Swiss Vote Against Corporate ‘Fat Cats’ Nears, Big Money Pours In
Fight not over, say campaigners for ’1:12 Initiative for Fair Play’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/18-5
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The Obamacare Disaster and the Poison of Party Loyalty
by Norman Solomon

*It’s hard to dismiss the notion that “propagating the rancid notion that the government should stay out of healthcare”

Was precisely what the ACA was intended to do

And that all the corp cash dumped into Dear Misleader’s campaign coffers was in large part payment for services to be received on that score.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/18-0
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Big Brother’s Always Been Watching Some of U.S.
by Laura Murphy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/18-5
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How Our Public Schools Became a “Communist Threat”
by Paul Buchheit

*”Bill Gates may be well-intentioned … “

Must be a typo.

It should read “wealth intentioned”.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/18-1
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In Obama’s Wall Street-Friendly Cabinet, A Clean Sweep for Finance
by Ryan Chittum

*No unemployment crisis here.

I agree that it’s not about corruption.

These soulless bastards have no principles to corrupt.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/18-7
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In a Changing Middle East, Israel and Saudi Arabia Cling Together
As unrest simmers in the Middle East and the United States edges toward detente with Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia are trying to ride out the storm together.
by Carl Bloice

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/18-8
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Democracy Now!
Partnering With Polluters? U.N. Climate Summit Criticized for Sponsorships by Fossil Fuel Companies

*What’s the analogy?

Inviting the rapist to the victim’s counseling session?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/18/partnering_with_polluters_un_climate_summit

Polish Gov’t Draws Heat for Embracing Dirty Coal as it Hosts U.N. Climate Summit

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/18/polish_govt_draws_heat_for_embracing

11/15

‘Slap in the Face’: Japan Uses Fukushima Nuclear Disaster to Ditch Carbon Targets
Green groups blast world’s fifth worst carbon polluter for backpedaling on its promise amid climate talks
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/15-2
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CIA Creating Vast Database of American’s Personal Financial Records: Report
‘Collected data goes beyond basic financial records and uses Social Security numbers to tie financial activity to a specific person
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/15-0
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Workers Won’t Bend to Boeing’s Blackmail in Washington
Machinists defeat Boeing proposal, boo union brass who pushed it
by Jenny Brown
Labor Notes

*When it comes to most unions

Follow the Leader is a dangerous game

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/15
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Court Orders DHS to Release “Internet Kill Switch” Plans
Though government almost sure to appeal, transparency advocates claim temporary victory over court ruling
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/15-3
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‘Sleepwalking to Extinction’: Capitalism and the Destruction of Life and Earth
by Richard Smith

*If the planet is a disposable commodity

We’re all trashed

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/15-3
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Haiyan: A Disaster Made Worse By Greed
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*A perfect storm of profit and privilege

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/15-1
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Eternal Austerity Makes Complete Sense – If You’re Rich
For David Cameron, cutting spending in a highly unequal society works because it doesn’t affect those who matter to him. This used to be called class politics
by Mark Blyth

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/15-0
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Environmental Groups
Public Health, Parks, Faith, and Navajo Clean Energy Supporters Say “No More Delays” in Reducing Pollution from NGS Coal Plant

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/15-1
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Amazon Watch et alia
Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam Faces Renewed Protest in Europe
Street protests in Paris follow lively debate in European Parliament in Brussels

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/15-3
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Democracy Now!
Jailed for Life for Stealing a $159 Jacket? 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Crimes

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/15/jailed_for_life_for_stealing_a

Calle 13’s René “Residente” Pérez on Revolutionary Music, WikiLeaks & Puerto Rican Independence

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/15/calle_13_s_rene_residente_perez

Burning the Evidence: Gunmen Torch Records Documenting War Crimes, Missing Children in El Salvador

*And the archbishop of San Salvador is answerable to whom?

For all those foolish enough to believe Pope Francis represents anything other than window dressing to block the light of justice from illuminating the dark deeds of the Catholic hierarchy.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/15/burning_the_evidence_gunmen_torch_records

11/14

Federal Judge Slams DoJ for Not Prosecuting Wall Street Execs
The “‘too big to jail excuse’ is mindboggling in what it says about the department’s disregard of fundamental legal principles,” said Rakoff
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/14-4
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US Bullies UK To Keep Bush/Blair Iraq War Dialogue Secret
US blocks British report that is expected to challenge official version of events
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*One of those lessons should be to cease referring to this coldly calculated crime as “misguided”.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/14-3
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In Sunny Arizona, A Crucial Vote on the Future of a Solar-Powered Nation
Are state-level utility companies trying to crush the solar revolution before it goes national?
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/14-7
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‘Carbon Cartel’: Canada, Australia Blasted for Fuelling Climate Crisis
Green groups outraged as Canadian government heaps praise on Australian PM’s bid to gut carbon tax
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Brothers in harms

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/14-6
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Ever Purchase a Book on Lying? You Might Be on a Govt Watch List
Americans’ personal data shared with CIA, IRS, and others, reports McClatchy
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s not “paranoia” if the threat is real

And let us hope that it is

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/14-1
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‘We Believe!’ Even Reddest States Admit Climate Change Real
Though their representatives in Congress continue to deny it, majority of Conservative voters have no doubt that warming planet is causing significant changes
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Believing your eyes

Not the lies

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/14-0
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Criminalizing Immigrants Shouldn’t be a Business Opportunity
by ACLU

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/11/14-0
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Did the Anti-GMO Movement Really Lose in Washington?
by Ronnie Cummins

*Timid measures

Will always fall shy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/14-11
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Health Economists Ignore Working Class Realities
by Donna Smith

*”[W]hy in the world didn’t Congress and the president consider and cost out a true money- saver and life-saver like improved and expanded ‘Medicare for All’?”

I have to assume this is a rhetorical question.

If not, then for her own sake, Smith really should seriously consider undergoing a naivectomy

If it’s covered.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/14-8
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Sum of Us
Over 215,000 Demand Nestlé Stop Draining Poor Villages in Pakistan for Bottled Water
Corporate Watchdog Holds Nestlé Accountable as the Corporate Giant Attempts to Privatize Water Resources Worldwide

*An unquenchable thirst for profit

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/14
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Like Big Tobacco, Should Fossil Fuel Industry Pay for Climate Disasters?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/like-big-tobacco-should-fossil-fuel-industry-pay-for-climate-disasters/
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FAIR Blog
Typhoon Haiyan and Climate Change: Why ‘We Can’t Say for Sure’ Is Wrong

*To employ a sports analogy, if a quarterback throws a high number of interceptions, it may not be possible to attribute any particular one to poor judgment. The pressure he’s under, the actions of the receiver and/or the interceptor – even the weather – may be the primary factor for that one play.

But only bad decisions on his part can account for his continuing to throw interceptions.

And ignoring or discounting climate change, as corpress coverage encourages, is the most dangerous decision our species can make.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/11/14/typhoon-haiyan-and-climate-change-why-we-cant-say-for-sure-is-wrong/
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Democracy Now!
Senate Faces Historic Vote on Handling Military Sexually Assault Epidemic Outside Chain of Command

*It’s disturbing to hear Zierling say she wants the military to be able to do its “job” well, and that they shouldn’t be afraid of this change.

This isn’t about anything other than the culture of misogyny and machismo that permeates every aspect of military life.

That’s why the brass does fear anything that might impact that culture, because it is what militarism is all about.

Zierling’s message seems to be, “Let women be as effective agents of empire as men.”

As long as the basic principles of militarism exist, this will continue, and Zierling’s deluding herself to believe otherwise.

Sexual assault cases need to be taken entirely out of the military’s hands. This “independent body” will show itself to be susceptible to command influence, and while it may be better than what’s in place at present, it will be woefully inadequate as a guarantor of justice for every victim.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/14/senate_faces_historic_vote_on_handling

A Nun Takes on the Drug War: Consuelo Morales on Crusading Against Mexican Cartels, Corrupt Police

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/14/a_nun_takes_on_the_drug

11/13

‘Trust Us’: World’s Most Perilous Nuclear Operation Set To Begin
With effort to remove fuel rods from Fukushima’s Reactor 4 expected any day, few trust TEPCO’s assurances
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/13-0
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This Polluter Won’t Pay: US Shirks ‘Climate Justice’ at UN Talks
US ducks ‘moral and legal responsibility’ at UN climate Talks as Global South asks, ‘Where’s the justice?’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/13-4
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Obama’s Pacific Trade Deal ‘Worst Ever’ Attack on Public Health, Leaked Draft Shows
Wikileaks publishes draft chapter of closed-door negotiations as White House seeks to fast-track agreement
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/13-1
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Under US Occupation, Afghan Opium Industry Surges to Record Levels
‘This has never been witnessed before in the history of Afghanistan’
by Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/13
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‘Nature Is Not for Sale’ Forum Challenges Corporate Push to Financialize the World
While one corporate-heavy gathering in Edinburgh hopes to a price tag on biodiversity and ecosystems, counter-forum challenges approach that ‘guarantees extra profits to the few’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/13-5
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On Hotter Planet, Expect More Weather Extremes, say Reports
While new data reveals 2013 as one of the hottest, climate experts call for global action
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Headline

“Climate Conference Hot Air Major Cause of Global Warming”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/13-7
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Real-Life Hunger Is No Game
by Michael Winship

*Circuses

And no bread

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/13
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Sorry, Nicholas Kristof, There’s Still No Proof Corporate School Reform Helps
by Jeff Bryant

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/13-0
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Institute for Local Self-Reliance
New Report Unveils Hidden Cost of Walmart’s Climate Damage, Failure to Meet Environmental Target
Greenpeace, Sierra Club Join with Leading Environmental Organizations Calling for Change at Walmart
Company’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Exceed Those of Many Countries

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/13-6
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Center for Media and Democracy
Reports Expose Extreme Pressure Groups Masquerading as Think Tanks
Center for Media and Democracy and Progress Now Reports Show Expansive Reach Of State Policy Network

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/13-1
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Secret TPP Text Leaked as Left and Right Criticize “Corporate Power Grab”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/secret-tpp-text-leaked-as-left-and-right-criticize-corporate-power-grab/
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Democracy Now!
“Criminalizing Black Corpses”: No Charges Filed After White Man Kills Detroit Teen Renisha McBride

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/13/criminalizing_black_corpses_no_charges_filed

Exclusive: Dave Pierre on Surviving 1,144 Days Locked Up Inside the Failed U.S. Immigration System

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/13/exclusive_dave_pierre_on_surviving_1

As New Protest Law Looms, Egypt Faces Harsher Authoritarian Order Than the Revolution Overthrew

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/13/as_new_protest_law_looms_egypt

11/12

Scared Silent: NSA Surveillance has ‘Chilling Effect’ on American Writers
New report published by PEN America found writers self-censoring as a result of spy revelations
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A debilitating and dangerous gag reflex

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/12-5
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Dents, Sags, Structural Flaws Plague Keystone XL: Report
Findings come as TransCanada races to pump tar sands oil through southern portion of pipeline by year’s end
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/12-10
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What’s Right with Sweden? Prisons Close as Demand Falls
With focus on rehabilitation and more reasonable sentencing, nation shutters four state-run jails
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/12-0
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Populist Ire for Wall Street Makes Clinton A Poor Choice: Critics
Progressives are looking for a new vision to take on corporate-dominated and big money politics, but who will stand up?
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Please remember that Dear Misleader was seen in “progressive” circles much the same way Warren is viewed today.

Funny how all the Wall Street lucre that found its way into his campaign coffers didn’t alter that perception.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/12
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How Private is Your Online Search History?
by Nathan Freed Wessler

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/12-6
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America’s Dumbest Idea: Creating a Multiple-Choice Test Generation
Standardized testing means more rote memorization and less time for creativity. Students aren’t prepared for college and life
by Erika Sánchez

*The exploitocracy wants drones, for the most part, and acquiescence, en toto.

This method of “education” is a key to that.

I have to say that Sánchez displays her own less than acute critical thinking skills when she speaks of “compet[ing] with other countries”, rather than cooperating with them.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/12-3
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Hello Warsaw, This Is Haiyan Calling
The super typhoon that just hit the Philippines should be a wake-up call for climate-change negotiators in Warsaw.
by Walden Bello

*I don’t see it as a lack of courage on Dear Misleader’s part, but rather a lack of humanity.

What courage is necessary for a president to confront the cataclysm he knows may be the end of the world as we know it?

But if don’t care about those who inhabit it, it’s a simple proposition to simply serve power.

And those in power aren’t truly fanatics about climate denial

But they are about maintaining their profits and position.

Faced with a truth that puts the lie to business as usual

They choose to expunge it from the equation, just as junkies do to the future their addiction dooms them to.

It’s not a matter of belief, but of willful obliviousness.

They can’t imagine a world they can’t do with as they bloody well please

And any other isn’t worthy of contemplation

Or existence.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/12-0
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Public Citizen
Excessive CEO Pay Subsidized by American Taxpayers
Highest-Earning CEOs Get Tax-Deductible Compensation Thanks to Loophole, Public Citizen Report Shows

*Paying for the privilege of being porked

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/12-3
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Behind the Fast Food Strikes

http://www.accuracy.org/release/behind-the-fast-food-strikes/
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FAIR Blog
Anonymous Diplomats Tell Other Newspapers…

*For the corpress, it’s always great sport to bugger the boogeyman

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/11/12/anonymous-diplomats-tell-other-newspapers/

60 Minutes and Benghazi: When a Hoax Sounds Like a Hoax

*”[I]t’s entirely possible that the drive to report “what really happened” led CBS to believe an unbelievable story.”

Buh … ?

If you’re trying to determine “what really happened”, just how is an all too willing suspension of disbelief an asset in doing so?

And it’s more than a little creepy how Logan asks whether Davies’ confronter had “his face smashed in”, don’t you think?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/11/11/60-minutes-and-benghazi-when-a-hoax-sounds-like-a-hoax/
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Democracy Now!
“Stop This Madness”: Filipino Climate Chief Yeb Saño Begins Hunger Fast to Protest Global Inaction

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/12/stop_this_madness_filipino_climate_chief

Thom Hartmann on “The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America—and What We Can Do to Stop It”

*A good deal of nonsense here – e.g., that somehow Obama is and Clinton was a dupe of the Wall Street cabal – but enough useful intel to include in my judgment.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/12/the_crash_of_2016_thom_hartmann

As John Kerry Questions Official Story of JFK Killing, Thom Hartmann Discusses “Legacy of Secrecy”

*Take it for what it’s worth, and I don’t know enough to say what validity to attach to it.

But I do think it’s foolish to posit that LBJ et alia were “convinced” that Castro was behind the assassination.

What possible motive would he have for doing so? Perhaps he found out about the plot against his life, and sought revenge?

Knowing the horrific consequences should he be found out, that beggars belief, doesn’t it?

And I think those “senior people in government” fully understood that.

So I don’t think that had diddley to do with the cover up.

And isn’t it interesting that Oliver Stone, when he talked about this on the program recently, didn’t mention the Mafia, other than a fleeting reference to Ruby’s involvement with them?

So what to believe?

And how do you make a reasoned appraisal when the subject’s given all of nine minutes?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/12/as_john_kerry_questions_official_story

11/11

PETITION
Amazon.com: Remove the book “To Train Up a Child” by Michael and Debi Pearl
by Amie Salter

https://www.change.org/petitions/amazon-com-remove-the-book-to-train-up-a-child-by-michael-and-debi-pearl?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=40134&alert_id=EKUwVjRFWY_FNeplZhVWE
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Oil Espionage: New Leak Reveals Spy Agencies Tapped Int’l Oil Group
Disclosure further illustrates expanse of NSA and GCHQ surveillance umbrella
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/11-4
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Jimmy Carter: Ban the Death Penalty
US Supreme Court should rule death penalty is ‘cruel and unusual punishment,’ said former president
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*B … F … D

Maybe Carter’s trying to get right with his maker, as he stares death in the face.

But the blood on his hands won’t wash off with a few words of “regret”

And acknowledging the bleeding obvious.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/11-3
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Democrats to Target Tax ‘Loopholes’—But Not for Fossil Fuel Industry
Document shows Democrats preparing to target tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, but omits those for industry fueling climate disaster
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”*[I]ncreasing* willingness … “?

“*[I]ncreasing* willingness … “?!

Oy gevalt …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/11-2
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In Russia, Testicle Protest Takes on Oligarchy, State Repression
Pinning his scrotum to the ground in Red Square, a political artist makes global headlines
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A masochistic manifesto

Against a sadistic state

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/11-0
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The Stealthy Killer That Is Capitalism
by Paul Buchheit

*For all the undeniable facts preceding it, that concluding comment is emblematic of a nostalgia for a fairy tale of a time when there was supposedly some check on the rapacity of profiteers.

What there was was a realization by them that it was in their own best interest to toss some comparative crumbs to the masses, lest the bakery be stormed.

And, of course, many missed out on their largesse, even as they slaved under their lashes.

What we have today is a difference of degree, not kind. It’s just that white middle class folk are learning just how vicious the beast can be once its core characteristics compel it to consume all in its path

And, ultimately, itself.

So let’s please cease pretending that capitalism – whether of the Keynesian or “unregulated, free market” variety – has ever been about anything other than profit and power

And come to the understanding that our future lies in its death

Or ours.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/11
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Pandora’s Atomic Box Score: On the Nuclear Industry’s Total Meltdown
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/11-7
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NSA’s Vast Surveillance Powers Extend Far Beyond Counterterrorism, Despite Misleading Government Claims
by Trevor Timm

*McSnoops

“Billions and Billions Surveilled”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/11-10
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The Revolutionaries in Our Midst
by Chris Hedges

*Societal control depends on fear – of punishment, and of each other.

A courageous commitment to justice, and to seeing our common humanity, is thus anathema to those in power.

I can’t go along with Hammond’s call to free all prisoners, given the certain harm that would result, although every case should be meticulously reviewed, the end result being that the vast majority could and should be released.

And the conditions for those who remain inside must meet a strict standard for humane treatment, for its own sake, as well as to facilitate their being able to return to us as whole a human being as possible.

But even with that caveat, I think Hammond’s acts and cleareyed perspective on just how the world works are worthy of emulation, if we can find both the courage and the wisdom to do so.

I don’t believe in “heroes”

But I do admire heroism.

Hammond has provided us with an inspiring example of just that.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/11-0
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Democracy Now!
“Unimaginable” Devastation as Philippines Hit With One of Worst Storms in History

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/11/unimaginable_devastation_as_philippines_hit_with

“If Not Now, Then When?”: As Climate Talks Open in Poland, Philippines Devastated by Another Storm

*Salient point by Goodman as to just what constitutes “looting” in the context of survival.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/11/if_not_now_then_when_as

The Untold Story of War: U.S. Veterans Face Staggering Epidemic of Unemployment, Trauma & Suicide

*I don’t know how you get from opposing wars of empire to reinstating the draft.

I understand Jones’ logic, that the public would have a more direct stake in the consequences of war, and consequently be less likely to acquiesce in them, but would that be an effective counter to the propaganda deployed in selling them?

I don’t think a draft would have much impact on the initial push for war, but it might, as in Vietnam, play a role in ending them sooner, should they prove a “failure”.

(And by that I mean political failure.

The moral failure is standard equipment.)

But is that sufficient reason to reinstate the draft?

Shouldn’t we instead be focused on educating each other about just why our nation goes to war, and who wins and who loses when we do?

I’d really like to ask Jones why she feels the existence of a draft is somehow complimentary to organizing against an imperial foreign policy, because I don’t think forcing more folks to fight and kill for corporations (and the poverty draft that accounts for so many recruits can hardly be characterized as “voluntary”) in order to undermine public support for war is an ethical way of accomplishing it.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/11/the_untold_story_of_war_us

11/8

Teach-in: Syria in the Context of the Arab Uprisings
by the Middle East North Africa Solidarity Network-US

https://www.facebook.com/events/338783772931713/
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World Headed for a High-Speed Carbon Crash
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/08-0
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Internal Docs Expose Oil Industry ‘Profit over Planet’ Mentality
Internal emails indicate industry successfully lobbied federal government against new regulations
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/08-2
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Could US/Iran Nuclear Agreement Spark Israeli Attack?
Ironically, a negotiated settlement between the United States and Iran could trigger yet another war in the Middle East.
by Conn Hallinan

*Why is no mention made of the most salient fact that there is no evidence that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons?

To the contrary, the implication seems to be that they are, doesn’t it?

Of course, Israeli and allied saber rattling only makes that status quo less stable.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/08-7
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Shooting Ourselves: Mass Killings, Austerity, and the Breakdown of American Society
by Jacob Swenson and Jamie Merchant

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/08-0
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Obama Points Out How Simple and Easy It Is to Expand Public Insurance
by Jon Walker

*The art of politics

(Make that the “dark art”)

Is avoiding the “logical conclusion” if at all possible

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/08-1
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The LAX Shooting, Domestic Terrorism, and the NRA
by Sonali Kolhatkar

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/08-4
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Typhoon Haiyan: What Really Alarms Filipinos Is the Rich World Ignoring Climate Change
As Haiyan batters the Phillipines, the political elites at the UN climate talks will again leave poor countries to go it alone
by John Vidal

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/08-5
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Time is Running Out to Save the Post Office
5 steps to revive a valuable public institution–and why it matters
by David Morris

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/08-6
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Food & Water Watch
European Union Officially Rejects Australian Privatized Meat Inspection System
Confirms Food & Water Watch’s Previous Information

*Foxes

And filthy henhouses

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/08-1
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Democracy Now!
“We Are Living in the World Occupy Made”: New York City Voters Elect Mayor Who Vows to Tax the Rich

*I’d have liked something more than a cheerleading segment.

Keep in mind that Dear Misleader said many of the same things, and look where we are today.

Being to the left of the Democratic establishment is no great feat, and you noticed how Cantor soft pedaled Cuomo’s antagonism toward more progressive taxation.

There’s nothing really transformative about these “common sense progressive ideas”. It’s standard liberal rhetoric from decades past, and as such I wouldn’t expect anything beyond tweaking of the status quo.

If it’s followed through on, it will be a definite improvement

But is that what we need?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/8/we_are_living_in_the_world

Change the Mascot: Pressure Grows for NFL Team to Drop Redskins Name and Logo as Thousands Protest

*Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, and likely other states, reactionary legislatures are trying to make it nigh on impossible for anyone to challenge the use of these names, citing “tradition”.

Well, there is a tradition

And it’s far from dead.

It’s exemplified in the attitude of Synder, and Marshall before him

And I would say also in Costas’ singling out “Redskins”, rather than condemning the racism inherent in all these nicknames and mascots, and making the absurd assertion, echoed by our beloved chief executive, that “no offense” is meant today.

The reaction from team supporters when these “cherished icons” are challenged tells you all you need to know about respect for native culture in the 21st century.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/8/change_the_mascot_pressure_grows_for

“The NFL’s Bully Problem”: Sports Columnist Dave Zirin Connects Violence in Sports to Rape Culture

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/8/the_nfl_s_bully_problem_sports

11/7

The future must be green, red, black, and female
by Robert Jensen

*We can’t try to save life as we know it

If we’re to know a life worth saving

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/19804-the-future-must-be-green-red-black-and-female
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As Canadian Province Puts Fracking on Hold, Will Others Follow?
‘From coast to coast, communities are calling for a stop to fracking’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/07-5
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Global Fail: Govts Pour $500 Billion Into Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Governments are ‘subsidizing the very activities that are pushing the world towards dangerous climate change,’ states new report
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/07-8
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‘We Interrupt This (Anti-Austerity) Broadcast’: Police Raid Greece’s Occupied TV Station
Journalist cut off mid-broadcast as five-month protest is evicted
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/07-4
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Industry’s Secret Plan to Get the Feds to Kill GMO Labeling in Every State
by Michele Simon

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/07-12
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Climate Summit: Don’t Turn Farmers into ‘Climate Smart’ Carbon Traders!
‘Support small farmers and agroecology, not carbon markets,’ say campaigners
by La Via Campesina, GRAIN, and ETC Group

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/07-10
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Sorry, Venezuela Haters: This Economy Is Not the Greece of Latin America
Predicting a Venezuelan apocalypse won’t make it happen: in this oil-rich country the only thing imploding is poverty
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/07-8
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Missing from Immigration Debate: What Causes Migration?

*Following a dream

Or fleeing a nightmare?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/missing-from-immigration-debate-what-causes-migration/
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Democracy Now!
War Crimes in Afghanistan? 10 Bodies of Abducted Villagers Found Outside U.S. Special Forces Base

*It’s not just that these crimes are countenanced and covered up, but the persons responsible are glorified in popular culture.

In films, TV, games, “special ops” are portrayed as “the best of the best”, defending the nation from the dark forces of terrorism.

And so much of this is aimed at children, warping their sense of morality, conflating a hatred of the other with a love of country.

How many of those who’ve committed these horrors were influenced by this perverted propaganda?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/7/war_crimes_in_afghanistan_10_bodies

Torture on Tape: Disturbing Video Shows U.S. Special Forces Observing Brutal Afghan Interrogation

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/7/torture_on_tape_disturbing_video_shows

11/6

Democracy Loses Out as Big Money Overwhelms Grassroots Campaigns
In Washington and Maine, a flood of corporate cash swings popular opinion on key ballot issues
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”The campaign received large amounts of media exposure, as it pitted a citizens group against a campaign funded primarily by petroleum industry groups.”

Such exposure occurs when it appears there’s a good chance that the corps might be defeated

And serves to augment the ad buys for their propaganda.

All in the context of “balanced” reporting, of course.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/06-4
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Election Day 2013: Results on Key Progressive Issues
Some victories, some failures as progressives tally the returns
by Common Dreams staff
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/06
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Record-breaking Greenhouse Gas Levels in Atmosphere: ‘Time is Not On Our Side’
‘Heat-trapping gases from human activities have upset the natural balance of our atmosphere and are a major contribution to climate change.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/06-2
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Report: Feminine Care Products Awash in Harmful Chemicals
Hazards of exposure to these common products include reproductive harm, cancer and endocrine disruption.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/06-7
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Too Poor for Organic? Raise the Minimum Wage
by Eric Holt-Giménez

*While every dollar helps, I don’t think a relatively minor increase in the minimum wage will place organic food within reach of those benefiting from it.

Which brings us to the question of why food, like health care, is a commodity to be purchased, rather than something we have an inherent right to.

Which brings us to the whole notion of money and profit.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/06-2
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Getting Dirty Is Good for Your Immune System
by David Suzuki

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/06
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Center for Biological Diversity
“Zombie” Grand Canyon Uranium Mine Halted

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/06-4
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OUR Walmart
LA Walmart Workers Go On Strike
Workers Put Jobs on the Line in Protest of Company’s Aggressive Efforts to Silence Them
Community Leaders Vow Peaceful Civil Disobedience in Protest of Walmart’s Retaliation, Poverty Jobs

*While I support the struggle for dignity, and respect the courage of these folks, I find it truly bizarre that one of the main points of emphasis is that by agreeing to these very modest demands (raising the question of just how much dignity would result), the company would make more money.

I suppose that’s considered good strategy

But to me it seems a tacit acquiescence in one’s own exploitation, albeit at a lesser level, than a railing against injustice.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/06-3
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FAIR Extra!
No Class Warfare, Please—We’re Americans
What we talk about when we talk about inequality
by Neil deMause

*Keeping class warfare covert

http://fair.org/slider/no-class-warfare-please-were-americans/

The Rise of Establishment Reporting
How a crisis in journalism led to the cult of balance
by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney

http://fair.org/slider/the-rise-of-establishment-reporting/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Referendums on Issues: * NJ Minimum Wage * Fracking and GMO Labeling * Voting Reform

http://www.accuracy.org/release/referendums-on-issues-nj-minimum-wage-fracking-and-gmo-labeling-voting-reform/
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Democracy Now!
NYPD Officer Risks His Job to Speak Out Against “Stop-and-Frisk” Targeting of People of Color

*Even if these stop and frisks were “legitimate”, what are so many being stopped for?

Drugs.

So it’s not just that these aren’t based on any real suspicion of a crime

But the “crime” itself shouldn’t be a crime.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/6/nypd_officer_risks_his_job_to

11/5

PETITION
Free a pregnant war resister from US military prison!
by James Matthew Branum

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/752/756/678/free-a-pregnant-war-resister-from-us-military-prison/
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‘Howard Zinn Read-In’ Celebrates Power of ‘Dangerous’ Education
Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ attempt to censor Zinn’s classic ‘A People’s History’ backfires, sparks ongoing interest in late historian’s work.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/05-6
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Toxic World Exposing Hundreds of Millions to Deadly Chemicals: Report
Problem goes well beyond a ‘Top Ten’ list, but the human impact in these areas should be a wake-up call to the world
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/05-4
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First Nations to Resume Blockade in Canadian Fracking Fight
Renewed protests follow announcement that energy company will re-start shale gas exploration
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/05-5
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Fukushima Trial Run Begins Dangerous Reactor 4 Clean-Up
Clean-up workers begin recommended test run before embarking on ‘humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/05-3
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Goodwill Pays Disabled Workers As Little As 22 Cents Per Hour
by Kirsten Gibson

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/06/24/2201101/goodwill-pays-cents-per-hour/
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Carbon Capture ‘Scheme’ Linked to Large Quakes: Report
New study reveals dangers of fossil fuel industry-backed climate change mitigation strategy
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/05-2
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Flying the Coop: Antibiotic Resistance Spreads to Birds, Other Wildlife
by Lindsey Konkel
Environmental Health News

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/05-1
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Masks, Memes, the Torturers, and the Witches
by Caroline Arnold

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/05-7
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Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Report Finds Substantial Cost Savings in Modest Mandatory Sentencing Reforms
FAMM says money should be invested in programs that reduce crime

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/05-0
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Progressive Youth Organizations Join GetEQUAL in Opposing Broad Religious Exemptions in LGBT Workplace Bill

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/05-1
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Congo Peace Can Only Begin When U.S. Ally Rwanda “Ceases Interventions”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/congo-peace-can-only-begin-when-u-s-ally-rwanda-ceases-interventions/
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Democracy Now!
Oliver Stone on 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination & the Untold History of the United States

*I think Kuznick’s remark about hope for Obama is telling, in that knowing all that he and Stone know, they still were naive enough to believe the hype to some degree.

And that reflects on their view of Kennedy, I believe. They want to believe he was a “visionary”, and due to his murder, they can continue to believe that, because, unlike Obama, he could never “disappoint” them.

Now, it may be that Kennedy was a pragmatist, and realized the insanity of the militarists’ warmongering

But I think we’re talking about a matter of degree, not kind.

Kennedy, as all other presidents, was committed to “the American Century”, to US dominance, and didn’t shy from repression and deadly force in the pursuit of it.

But he knew that blind belligerence toward the USSR would lead to Armageddon, and thus no world to control.

That’s my interpretation, given what I’ve observed over a half century

And it will take someone less invested in “heroes” and grand storytelling to dissuade me from that assessment.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/5/oliver_stone_on_50th_anniversary_of

Oliver Stone on His Next Project, a Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic with Jamie Foxx

*See above

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/5/oliver_stone_on_his_next_project

Part 3: Oliver Stone on His Visit to Jeju Island, NSA Protests, Impact of Social Justice Movements

*Interesting that, even as he iconizes Kennedy, Stone decries the Eisenhower myth that’s been spun around his farewell address, which so many “progressives” take as a sincere warning against “the military industrial complex”, but obviously that’s in direct contradiction to his administration’s actions around the world.

It may have been an expression of a career military man’s aversion to having “civilians” – namely, corporations – wielding great influence in what he felt was the province of the military, but that’s supposition on my part.

I’d really like to hear an informed view of his intent.

As for Stone’s assassination assertions, they may be on target, but the fact that he has such an emotional investment in the victim gives me pause in accepting them on faith.

Not that I give any credence to the counter narrative.

Again, let’s hear from a more objective source.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/11/5/part_3_oliver_stone_on_his_visit

11/4

PETITION
Buffet: Stop Bullying Drivers
by Warehouse Workers for Justice

*Let’s end this idiocy about “benevolent” billionaires.

By definition, bastards like Buffet are exploiters of the first order.

Directly or indirectly, anyone with great wealth acquired it at the expense – in blood, sweat and tears – of many others.

Let’s stop believing in fairy tales

And start working to change an unjust reality.

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7209/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15746
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Report: US Military Doctors Complicit in Torture
Experts say health professionals used to design and participate in cruel, inhumane, and degrading torture of military detainees
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Obeying the Hypocritical Oath

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/04
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When Prisons Retaliate: Calif. Inmates Still Paying Price for Demanding Rights
‘We demand an end to retaliation, and those demands are entwined with continued political organizing work to change the system’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/04-0
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Critics Blast Climate Scientists Going To Bat for Nuclear Power
If these people think nuclear energy is part of a viable solution, they ‘should go to Fukushima’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Smart as shit

And dumb as where it comes from

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/03-2
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Six Election Day Races to Watch
From tar sands to marijuana to GMOs, the nation’s eyes are on Tuesday’s elections
by Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/04-3
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How the Super-Rich Are Abandoning America
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/04-1
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The Great Austerity Shell Game: Here’s How the Capitalist Scam Works
Let government borrow for crisis bailouts, then insist cuts pay for them. Guess who loses.
by Richard Wolff

*Terribly tepid, but one of the few pieces in the “alternative establishment media” that actually advocates thinking and talking about something other than “reforming” the unreformable.

But a whisper is no substitute for a wail.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/04-3
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Immigration Activists Continue to Fight on All Fronts
by Aura Bogado

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/04-5
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Three Leaks, Three Weeks, and What We’ve Learned About the US Government’s Other Spying Authority: Executive Order 12333
by Mark Jaycox

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/04-2
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Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD)
Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-hunt

https://www.facebook.com/events/530811317002482/?source=1
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Public Citizen
“Company Doe” case before Fourth Circuit tomorrow; crucial consumer and First Amendment implications

*A cloak of invisibility

That isn’t worn by the hero

http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/2013/10/company-doe-case-before-fourth-circuit-tomorrow-crucial-consumer-and-first-amendment-implications.html
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FAIR Blog
David Gregory’s Curious History of the Tea Party

*Think about what the corpress says about those who actually do decry “the unholy alliance between business and government that is polluting the country”

Or that “Washington and Wall Street are in bed together, colluding for power and profit at the expense of the little guy”

Or “an elite Washington–New York establishment that lies to the public to cover for policies that enrich the wealthy and strengthen the powerful.”

That is, when they deign to say anything about them at all.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/11/04/david-gregorys-curious-history-of-the-tea-party/

Whose Obamacare Stories Are Worth Telling?

*According to this AP piece

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/02/obamacare-insurance_n_4201750.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business

Some folks won’t be paying “a little more”, or “wind up with better policies as a result”.

Now, this is the AP, and we can reasonably surmise why there’s this focus on the three stories included.

But I think it points to a tendency among “progressives”, or whichever term you care to use, to dismiss what may be factual intel, however ill intended and selectively revealed, simply because it emanates from some right bastards (using a bit of Britspeak there, but it works the other way, as well), or from a corpress outlet that ably serves its masters.

And I think that diminishes the ability to righteously denounce the outright propaganda that suffuses so much of mainstream media discourse.

Now, I don’t know if these situations are anomalies, but even if they are, these are real people being harmed, and it points to the enormous contradictions inherent in the ACA, which was promulgated not simply to preempt a drive for true universal health care, but also to create an antagonistic association in much of the public mind with same, with “gummint run medicine”.

I think that this article might be shining some light on one of the tactics in that attempt.

If these stories are indeed indicative of the experience of many others, and even if they’re not, resentment may well build toward those who are being substantially subsidized, or covered under Medicaid expansion.

“Divide and conquer” is a time tested method of blunting solidarity between the middle class and the poor, and I think it’s reasonable to suppose it’s at work in this instance.

And lest you conclude that this is an ideological screed against the ACA, regardless of its benefits for many millions (as it concommitantly leaves many millions more up the proverbial creek)

I’m among those beneficiaries.

(I would be more so if the POS that occupies the Wisconsin governor’s mansion hadn’t “declined” the expansion of Medicaid in the state.)

So I’m keeny cognizant of whatever good may come from this

But that doesn’t impair my awareness of the much greater good that’s being subverted by it.

And even as we put the lie to the lies of the reactionaries regarding the ACA

We can’t lose sight of that fact

And the facts that illuminate it.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/11/01/which-obamacare-stories-are-worth-telling/
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Democracy Now!
“Wounds of Waziristan”: Exclusive Broadcast of New Film on Pakistanis Haunted by U.S. Drone War

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/4/wounds_of_waziristan_exclusive_broadcast_of

11/1

Gore & Blood: Growing ‘Carbon Bubble’ Threatens Earth and the Global Economy
Powerful duo advise individuals and institutions to divest from world’s dirtiest energy sources and put their money towards saving the planet
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What you’ll see, should these bastards take Gore’s friendly advice, is investment in greenwashed projects, and control of those that do have benefit, with attendant price gouging.

Energy is a public need, and needs to be public.

The “invisible hand of the marketplace” always seeks to tighten its grip on our throats

Whether it’s gloved in black, or green.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/01-0
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As Iraq’s Maliki Asks Obama for New Weapons, Critics Say No More Arms
‘If this is heeded, it will add to the crimes committed by the US against Iraqis’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/01-1
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How Economic Growth Has Become Anti-Life
An obsession with growth has eclipsed our concern for sustainability, justice and human dignity. But people are not disposable – the value of life lies outside economic development
by Vandana Shiva

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/01-2
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The ‘Preventive Constitution’ in the Age of NSA Surveillance
On Dershowitz’s ‘Heartland of Criminality’
by Howard Friel

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/01-4
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Not Even Feinstein Calls Her Bill, Which Legalizes & Expands Surveillance, ‘Reform’
by Kevin Gosztola

*A note of caution about “real” reform a la Leahy et alia.

As so often is the case, when the status quo becomes unsustainable, “reform” steps in to curb “excesses”, while leaving the core of the system intact, saving it from itself.

Is that the case here?

Time will tell, but I wouldn’t put scared money against it.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/01-7
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‘Poor People Do Not Deserve to Have Children’
by Mijin Cha

*Economic poverty is the child of empathetic poverty

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/01-5
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ACLU
D.C. Circuit Rules on Food Processor and Packing Companies’ Challenge to Contraception Rule

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/01-0
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The Breast Cancer Fund
Revlon Threatens Legal Action in Attempt to Silence Consumers about Toxic Chemicals in its Cosmetics

*The ugly truth of the “beauty” business

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/11/01-2
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FAIR Blog
National Review Just Can’t Seem to Shake Its Racist Image

*Showing their true colors

Blindingly white skin

And balefully black hearts

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/31/national-review-just-cant-seem-to-shake-its-racist-image/
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Democracy Now!
Court Blocks NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Reforms, Removes Judge Who Found Program Unconstitutional

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/1/court_blocks_nypd_stop_and_frisk

Canadians Held 50 Days in Egyptian Prison After Documenting Massacre Speak Out Following Release

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/1/canadians_held_50_days_in_egyptian

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10/31

Report Exposes ‘Unprecedented, Corporate-Backed Attack on Workers’
Examination shows sinister state-level assault on collective bargaining, other labor protections in recent years
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Odd that ALEC receives no mention here, as it is the main maestro of this malevolence.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/31-0
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Will Clinton’s Paid Speaking Events for Goldman Sachs Draw Populist Scorn?
Pocketing big money from paid speaking events is nothing new, but neither is the revolving door between Wall Street and the heights of Washington power
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m trying hard to “hard to imagine a Democrat of national stature” that would do more than mouth populist platitudes.

Ummm …

Nothing’s coming.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/31-3
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The Companies Profiting from Police Militarization
by The Real News Network

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/10/31
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Slicing the Baby in Two
by Robert C. Koehler

*I’ll listen to what Francis says when he empties the Vatican coffers of their filthy lucre

And asks forgiveness not only from his god, but from the victims of the Argentinian junta he supported with his silence, if not his speech

And the children and families that have suffered at the groping hands of his fellow “shepherds”.

Sound fair?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/31-8
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Millions Against Monsanto: Five Lessons from the Battle Against GMOs
by Ronnie Cummins

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/31
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Chicago Students Union
CPS Students “Go Zombie” at CPS Headquarters and City Hall to Protest Death of Chicago Education

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/31
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Violence Policy Center
Concealed Carry Killers Responsible for at Least 26 Mass Shootings in the Past Six Years

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/31-4
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Democracy Now!
Pt. 2: Craig Steven Wilder on “Ebony & Ivy,” Race, Slavery and U.S. Universities

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/10/30/pt_2_craig_steven_wilder_on_ebony

10/30

Japan Greenlights ‘Perilous’ Cleanup at Fukushima’s Reactor 4
Removal of 1,300 spent fuel rods deemed ‘humankind’s most dangerous moment since Cuban Missile Crisis’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/30-3
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As Farm Bill Talks Resume, Who Will Fight for the Nation’s Hungry?
Proposals in both the House and Senate would see nutrition assistance to the nation’s neediest cut
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fucking the poor

Is a bipartisan bawdiness

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/30
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McDonald’s: Exploiting Charity to Deflect Criticism, Reap Benefits
New report scrutinizes philanthropy by fast food giant
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A Happy Meal of PR treats

Feeding the face of one scary ass clown

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/30-6
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‘I Hope You Publish This’: NSA Broke Into Google, Yahoo Data Centers
‘The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot,’ reports the Washington Post
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*When you lie down with the dogs of war …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/30-4
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Eyes of the Nation on Colorado Towns’ Fracking Fight
‘Industry across the nation is looking to see what Colorado voters are going to do.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/30-5
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Alternative Media Outlets Launch Counter-Attack on Greek Austerity
‘We don’t want listeners, we want citizens’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The Times should be intimately acquainted with a corpress “intertwined in a kind of crony capitalism”, wouldn’t you say?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/30-2
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Targeting Wall Street, Robin Hood Tax Comes to Washington
by Karen Higgins

*Contradiction watch:

Sachs is one of the heavyweights pushing GMOs globally, along with Bill and Melinda Gates.

See Walden Bello’s piece posted today on Common Dreams.

As for the tax, it’s often sold as “a small tax” on these transactions, less than what you and I pay in sales tax.

Shouldn’t it be at least that much?

But beyond that, as with most every reform – even “non-reformist” ones – we have to ask if it will lead to greater successes, or stifle them.

Frederick Douglass said that “Power concedes nothing without a demand”

But power, once forced to make that concession, seeks to quarantine it.

All too often, its proponents acquiesce.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/30
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GMO Wars: The Global Battlefield
The case against GMOs has strengthened steadily over the last few years, even as the industry has expanded all over the world.
by Walden Bello

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/30-5
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The Texas Abortion Law Is a Trial Run for the Right Wing’s Strategy Across America
Common sense prevailed in a court ruling striking down one provision of the Texas law. But three other provisions remain
by Amanda Marcotte

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/30-0
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Detroit Will be Democracy’s Decisive Battle
Detroit is the battleground chosen by Wall Street to crush the last vestiges of American democracy by creating “the template for direct corporate rule.”
by Glen Ford

*Orr and Obama

Black hearts

In black face

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/30-6
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Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)
Environmental Group, 42,000+ People Tell Senate: “Stop Mobile Chernobyl – No Fukushima Freeways!”
Petition Opposes Senate Bill to Put Radioactive Trash on Roads and Rails; Calls for Safety-First Policy on Hardened, Secure Storage

*Note that Wyden is one of the supposed “heroes” of the surveillance struggle.

Feinstein, needless to say, is not.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/30-6
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Reprieve
Pakistan Government Releases Inaccurate Figures on Drone Victims

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/30-2
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FAIR Blog
Music as a Weapon? It’s No Joke

*Reducing torture and acutely painful incapacitating weaponry to the level of plot ingredients in a comic book is sweet music to the security state’s ears, don’t you think?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/30/music-as-a-weapon-its-no-joke/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Obamacare “Taking a Failed Market System to a Whole New Level”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/obamacare-taking-a-failed-market-system-to-a-whole-new-level/
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Democracy Now!
Renewed Showdown over Texas Anti-Choice Law Highlights State-by-State Battle for Abortion Access

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/30/renewed_showdown_over_texas_anti_choice

Shackles and Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges

*I’d be interested to know more about the mission that Stockton was involved with. Given the history of oppression and exploitation “Christianity” is an extricable part of, it would be a supreme irony for a freed slave to be complicit in those sins.

But that’s supposition, and that’s why I’d like to find out more about his particular mission, and whether it may have been an anomaly in the tradition of “conversion” and domination.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/30/shackles_and_ivy_the_secret_history

Filmmaker Uncovers Her Family’s Shocking Slave-Trading History, Urges Americans to Explore Own Roots

*I’m a white Southerner, and I believe we should feel guilt, not about what our ancestors did, but about our refusal to cop to it, and to the legacy of it, which we perpetuate every day, if we don’t actively work to end racism.

I think Wilder’s whistling in the dark when he expresses optimism about whites’ readiness to deal with these issues.

Of course there are many who are – myself among them – but I believe the vast majority don’t want to go beyond the superficial to confront the dark impulses that led to the slave trade and its aftermath of deep discrimination.

That’s not an expression of exclusive “white guilt”, but a recognition of the all too frequent failures of humanity characteristic of the species as a whole.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/30/filmmaker_uncovers_her_familys_shocking_slave

10/29

Congressional No-Show at ‘Heart-Breaking’ Drone Survivor Hearing
In “historic” briefing, Rehman family gives heartbreaking account of drone killing of 65-year-old grandmother… to five lawmakers
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There are how many members of the “Progressive” Caucus?

There are how many members of the DC press corps?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/29-3
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How Science Is Telling Us All To Revolt
by Naomi Klein

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/29-4
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Brave New Foundation / ACLU
Could Anyone Possibly Think This Phone Company Isn’t Horrible?

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/10/29-1
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Perpetual War: How Does the Global War on Terror Ever End?
by Jeremy Scahill

*For all the useful intel and insight extant

I find it intriguing – if that’s the word – that I can’t find the word “empire” included.

You?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/29-2
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Billionaires: Decline of the West, Rise of the Rest
by Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

*Regarding Gates and Buffett

Andrew Carnegie was a “philanthropist”, too

Although that might not be how striking steel workers would have viewed him.

And I honestly don’t know squat about Buffett – enlightenment would be appreciated – but given Gates’ efforts to “reform” education, I doubt many students, parents and teachers would view him as beneficent, either.

So I think we’re talking about a matter of degree, not kind, when comparisons with the Manson families of Koch and Walton are made.

And I think “fairer” is a more accurate description of long buried tax rates in the US than “fair”, don’t you?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/29
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Filmmaker Robert Stone, Other Pro-Nuke Advocates Should Make Expedition to Fukushima
by Harvey Wasserman

*I didn’t know about Hansen’s nuke friendliness

And given his visibility in the “alternative media”, I have to ask why that is.

Regardless, it should be an object lesson in the folly of placing anyone on a pedestal.

They are inherently unstable objects, prone to topple over on those gathered in admiration around them.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/29-3
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Oxfam International
Brazilian State Prosecutor to Investigate Land Grab Highlighted by Oxfam

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/29
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Americans United for Separation of Church and State
For-Profit Florida Firm Has No Religious Freedom Right to Deny Workers Access to Contraceptives

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/29-5
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FAIR Blog
CBS Does CIA PR

*Call it a POS on the CIA (and by extension, the NSA, the FBI, the DOD and all the other ingredients in the toxic soup of “national security”).

But I guess it did save us taxpayers a bit of green to have CBS pick up the tab for this PR.

JFC …

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/29/cbs-does-cia-pr/

O’Reilly Factor the Go-From Place for ‘Facts About Obamacare’

*i ro ny (n) \ˈī-rə-nē also ˈī(-ə)r-nē\

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

Ex: “Millions of Americans want facts, not crazy political fanaticism, and we are here to give them to you.” – Bill O’Reilly, “The O’Reilly Factor”

See also

Deception, lie, propaganda

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/29/oreilly-factor-the-go-from-place-for-facts-about-obamacare/
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Democracy Now!
1 Year Later, Superstorm Sandy Strengthens Resolve for Community Solutions in Recovery, Rebuilding

*I frequently criticize this program, and I think for good reason, but this is one of the not infrequent instances when it does do it job, and I want to acknowledge that.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/29/1_year_later_superstorm_sandy_strengthens
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Stranded By Sandy: A Year After Hurricane, 22,000 Households Remain Displaced in New York Region

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/29/stranded_by_sandy_a_year_after
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While Defenders Cry Foul, JPMorgan Chase’s $13 Billion Banking Settlement a “Screaming Bargain”

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/28/while_defenders_cry_foul_jpmorgan_chases

Pt. 2 of Yves Smith on $13B JPMorgan Settlement: Deal Fails to Ease Pain of Foreclosed Homeowners

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/10/28/pt_2_of_yves_smith_on_13b

10/28

PETITION
Aquinas College: Provide safe housing for foster and homeless students during break periods, especially during the cold winter months
by Jessica McCormick

https://www.change.org/petitions/aquinas-college-provide-safe-housing-for-foster-and-homeless-students-during-break-periods-especially-during-the-cold-winter-months?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=38700&alert_id=uPPrayKAAv_gMtbXzEcea
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Big Oil’s Bid to Crush Small Town Stand Against Tar Sands
Industry cash and lobbyists pour into coastal Maine town in effort to defeat residents’ initiative to block dirty oil project
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Conquering KXL is meaningless without cutting off these other tar sands tentacles.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/28-2
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New Neighbors to Millions of Americans: Fracking Wells
New analysis reveals over 15 million homeowners now have a fracking well in their ‘backyard’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/28-1
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Vermont’s Single-Payer Plan: An Alternative to ‘Obamacare’
Coming at crucial point in healthcare debate, many hope Vermont’s single-payer will be model for the nation
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[A] step in the right direction

Or a stop in the wrong one?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/28-3
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Screens, Screens, Screens: The Worrying Childhood Impact of the Digital Revolution
New reports show the growing trend of mobile media as pediatricians warn families to get grip on their kids’ digital diets
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/28-7
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Chicago Communities Fight Back Against Koch Brothers ‘Petcoke’ Pollution
by The Real News Network

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/10/28
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Our Invisible Revolution
by Chris Hedges

*Tragically, and condemnably, Hedges is one of the very few persons with any degree of visibility who’s speaking to these realities.

The “reform” prescribed in so much “progressive” commentary is not a prelude to transformation

But a preclusion of it, wittingly or not.

Before we can speak truth to power

We must speak it to others and among ourselves.

And our ability to empathize, our realization of a profound and inclusive humanity

Is, for me, the most vital component necessary both to triumph

And to assure that victory is not phyrric

But embodies the best qualities of our species.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/28
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The Climate Change Era Is Already Upon Us
We’re beyond debating the existence of climate change. Impacts we’re seeing now should compel us to reduce emissions further and start planning in earnest. It’s time to quit dithering.
by Jane Lubchenco and Thomas Lovejoy

*There is no Planet B

Once ours ceases to be

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/28-4
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Environmental Working Group
EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” List of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/28-10
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ACLU
Court Protects Abortion Access for Most Women in Texas, But Partially Upholds Some Restrictions
Decision Upholds Restrictions on Medication Abortion

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/28-11
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Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Spying on Allies Shows “Institutional Obsession” with Surveillance

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/28/glenn_greenwald_us_spying_on_allies

Glenn Greenwald: Media Venture Will Empower Adversarial Journalism to Hold the Powerful Accountable

*We’ll see where this goes, but I think one area to closely watch is how this new entity will deal with issues that go to the heart of the injustice inherent in capitalism and imperialism, and not just their “excesses”.

That can be said in a slightly different but related sense regarding many other “alternative” media outlets as well, of course.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/28/glenn_greenwald_media_venture_will_empower

10/25

Beyond Tipping Point: Global Warming Has Raised Arctic Temps to Hottest in 120,000 Years
Citing global warming, new study shows current temps surpass early Holocene period when northern hemisphere was closer to sun
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/25-2
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Swiss Fight to Curb Executive Pay Gaining Momentum
Campaign against corporate ‘fat cats’ will ‘pull out all the stops’ as vote around the corner
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/25-3
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Leaked Memos Reveal GCHQ Efforts to Keep Mass Surveillance Secret
Edward Snowden papers show UK spy agency fears legal challenge if scale of surveillance is made public
by James Ball
The Guardian

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/25-5
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7.3 Earthquake Off Japan Coast; Fukushima Workers Evacuated
by Common Dreams staff

*Shake

Rattle

And roll the dice

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/25-4
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Parents Organize Boycott To End Standardized Testing of 4-year-olds
New York School believed to be first to reject testing in grades K-2, principal and 90% of parents support boycott and hope it helps spark nationwide movement
by The Real News Network

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/10/25
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Police Profiling, Harassment, and Violence Against Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People
by Jordan Flaherty
Al Jazeera America

http://louisianajusticeinstitute.blogspot.com/2013/10/police-profiling-harassment-and.html
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Can Fracking Showdown on Native Land Help Break Canada’s Cycle of Colonialism?
by Leanne Simpson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/25-11
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Secret Trade Agenda Threatens Shift Toward Sustainable Food System
by Karen Hansen-Kuhn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/25-1
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United Students Against Sweatshops
California Students Pledge Support as Workers Prepare for Strike Vote

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/25-0
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Brennan Center for Justice
Outside Spending Floods Judicial Elections at Record Levels, Report Finds

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/25
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FAIR Blog
CNN Host Sticks Up for the Biggest Bank

*Is that a grimace on Burnett’s face in the accompanying photo

As this absurd lie exits her anus?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/25/cnn-host-sticks-up-for-the-biggest-bank/

FAIR Action Alert
Fight CNN’s Pro-Nuke Propaganda
Network to air one-sided advocacy for nuclear power

*I’d be interested to know how the Time hack defines “bonkers”, wouldn’t you?

Aside from claiming that it’s an alien conspiracy, I’d be hard pressed to think of any reason for opposing nukes that I’d consider truly irrational.

http://fair.org/take-action/action-alerts/fight-cnns-pro-nuke-propaganda/
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Democracy Now!
As U.S. Faces New Scrutiny on Drones, U.N. Report Finds Hundreds of Civilian Deaths in Pakistan

*”And that type of transparency goes an awful long way to allaying people’s concerns that there is a disproportionate risk of civilian casualties.”

What a idiotic thing to say.

Transparency would serve to further validate our fears – not that they need gummint verification.

And isn’t any level of civilian casualties “disproportionate” in a war that’s immoral and unlawful?

This waste of precious air time with someone seeking “to do justice to the position of all sides in this debate” is another instance of this program falling far short of its potential.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/25/as_us_faces_new_scrutiny_on

Diagnosing the Online Health Exchange Debacle: “Proprietary” Software Needs a Dose of Open Source

*Johnson’s answer is to a question that won’t be asked, as long as corporate cash and government complicity rule the day.

In the case, though, I think there may be more at work here.

I don’t think we can dismiss the possibility that this was never meant to work efficiently, that these glitches are part and parcel of the attempt to associate this monstrosity with “gummint healthcare”, to doom the chances of universal care here that so many other nations provide their people.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/25/diagnosing_the_online_health_exchange_debacle

10/24

PETITION
We Need Equality without Asterisks!
by GetEQUAL

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6535/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15653
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Fuel Removal From Fukushima’s Reactor 4 Threatens ‘Apocalyptic’ Scenario
In November, TEPCO set to begin to remove fuel rods whose radiation matches the fallout of 14,000 Hiroshima bombs
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The deafening din of Nero’s fiddle

Is heard in the silence of the mainstream media

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/24-3
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Hopes Dim to Protect World’s ‘Last Ocean’ from Human Destruction
Pristine waters and fragile Antarctic ecosystem could remain unprotected against human destruction if “political will” not found
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/24-2
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Urban Shield: ‘The Epitome of State Repression’ Coming to Town Near You
Meeting of SWAT teams and military contractors from around the world faces local opposition in Oakland, CA
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A police state of mind

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/24-5
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How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*I really don’t think a “militant feminist” would be swayed by attack ads from anti-choice misogynists

But given the enthusiastically encouraged ignorance of much of the voting public, such efforts do have the effect Nichols describes.

But the real problem is not the lies promulgated, but the reality present.

As occurred with the attempted recall of Scott Walker in Wisconsin (and will occur in the next gubernatorial race), the Democratic challenger was singularly unappealing to most of those in dire straits, designed to appeal to the “swing voters” Democratic strategists have wet dreams over.

Democrats don’t want to “rile up the masses”. They want to keep the game confined to a predictable playing field. So why would anyone outside that desired demographic be inspired by the party’s offerings?

We’re left with damage control, the lesser of two evils.

That just don’t get many folks fired up enough give a fuck about voting.

And that’s just the way the major parties want it.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/24-7
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Running in Place: Where The Middle Class and The Poor Meet
by Jennifer Wheary

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/24-3
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Always and Everywhere: The New York Times and the Enduring ‘Threat’ of Isolationism
by Andrew Bacevich

*How appropriate that the Times is headquartered in “The Empire State”, wouldn’t you say?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/24-4
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How the Sunni-Shia Schism is Dividing the World
The unprecedented Saudi refusal to take up its Security Council seat is not just about Syria but a response to the Iranian threat
by Robert Fisk

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/24-2
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The Sectarian War at Hand: Redrawing the Middle East Again
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/24-0
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How the US Government Betrayed the Constitution and invented an Imaginary Fascist One
by Juan Cole

*Even when righteously condemning the crimes of the present, commenters like Cole still seem to cling to a comforting mirage of a more virtuous Americana of the past, one of “ideals and rule of law”

Such as slavery and genocide.

The Bill of Rights was intended only for those “Anglo-Saxons”

And only those blessed with testicular characteristics.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/24-5
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Minimum-Wage Hike Won’t Appease Bangladeshi Workers
by Michelle Chen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/24-8
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Reprieve
Guantanamo Authorities Block Detainee From Watching Film Depicting His Daily Ordeal

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/24-3
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Democracy Now!
Exclusive: René González, Lone Cuban 5 Member Freed from U.S. Prison, Speaks Out from Havana

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/24/exclusive_rene_gonzalez_lone_cuban_5

Ex-Cuban Foreign Minister on Threats by Militant Exiles & Why Obama Should “Free the 5″

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/24/ex_cuban_foreign_minister_on_threats

10/23

How Much of JPMorgan’s $13 Billion Fine Will Taxpayers Foot?
Experts speculate settlement will allow bank to write off chunk of penalty as business expense
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Not only a “Get Out of Jail Free” card

(More accurately, “Stay Out of Jail Forever”)

But one that comes with cash rewards

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/23-8
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Claim on “Attacks Thwarted” by NSA Spreads Despite Lack of Evidence
Disruption of terrorist attacks has been widely used to justify dragnet surveillance programs, but claims by spy agency and officials not supported by facts
by Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer
Pro Publica

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/23-1
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Pepsi, Nestle, Coca Cola Revealed as Big Money Behind GMO Labeling Fight
In Washington state battle, pro-GMO lobbyists forced to expose illegally hidden donors
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I suppose these corps could argue that deviously defending their bloated bottom line is a “natural” and “organic” inclination

But I doubt many others would consider it “healthy”.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/23-4
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Why Snowden’s Passport Matters
by Norman Solomon

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/23
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$40 Million Allocated for Drone Victims Never Reaches Them
by Medea Benjamin

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/23-4
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How About Reviewing the Sunday New York Times?
by Ralph Nader

*Regarding Kristof

To get a fuller picture of his impact, you might search for references to him at the FAIR Blog (http://fair.org/blog).

You’ll find such “provoking” views as support for the devastating human toll sanctions have had on the Iranian people, and his pimping for “school reform”.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/23-7
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Common Cause
Big Deal, Big Money — an Interactive Online Comic That’s Not So Funny

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/23-0
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Cultural Survival
Indigenous Women of the World Unite in Lima, Peru
Indigenous women leaders from every continent will join together in Lima, Peru, to demand that States eradicate violence.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/23-2
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Institute for Public Accuracy
New Study on Campaign Cash Behind the National Surveillance State

http://www.accuracy.org/release/new-study-on-campaign-cash-behind-the-national-surveillance-state/
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FAIR Blog
iPads, Flying Pets and Other Things More Newsworthy Than Deadly Drone Strikes

*Just wondering how many Apple ads aired alongside those newscasts

Aside from the freebies within them.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/23/ipads-flying-pets-and-other-things-more-newsworthy-than-deadly-drone-strikes/
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Democracy Now!
“How Do You Justify Killing a Grandmother?” Amnesty Says U.S. Drone Strikes May Be War Crimes

*The subtext here seems to be acceptance of the legality of the invasion and occupation of Aghanistan.

But is it legal?

If so, why shouldn’t Cuba have the right to attack the US for harboring the terrorists that destroyed one of its airliners in flight?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/23/how_do_you_justify_killing_a

“Prisoners of Profit”: Despite Widespread Abuse, Private Juvenile Jail Firm Expands Empire

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/23/prisoners_of_profit_despite_widespread_abuse

“Cash for Kids”: Firms Behind Juvenile Prison Bribes Reach $2.5 Million Settlement in Civil Suit

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/23/cash_for_kids_firms_behind_juvenile

10/22

Food Activist Slams Obama for Failure in GMO Labeling Fight
Follows new statement by group of scientists denouncing false ‘consensus’ on GMO safety
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/22-4
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Democracy Under Threat as Media Giants Gobble Up Local TV: Study
‘TV consolidation is out of control, and communities are paying the price’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/22-1
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India Opens Largest Nuclear Plant on Tsunami-Exposed Coast, Defying Mass Protests
Local residents worried Fukushima-style disaster could wreak havoc on people and environment
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/22-7
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Why Washington Just Can’t Stop Making War
The US ‘Blowback Machine’ and the coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts
by Tom Engelhardt

*While it’s true that these imperial aggressions haven’t gone precisely to plan, I think it’s foolish to say that major aims haven’t been realized.

Transnational corps have their mitts on Iraqi oil.

The fortress city of the Green Zone still stands in the midst of an ostensibly sovereign nation.

A vital area of central Asia is under US control, however imperfectly.

Africa is undergoing 21st century empire building via special ops, proxies and a drone filled sky.

It ain’t Grenada

But there’s still a return on investment that keeps the death dealing in the portfolio.

And it will remain so

Until we shut down the shock and awe exchange.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/22-6
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Grenada: Remembering ‘A Lovely Little War’
by Bill Bigelow

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/22-2
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Educators Wary of Tech Fixes for College Affordability Crisis
by Michelle Chen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/22-1
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When Will the Government Officially Correct the False Claims It Made to the Supreme Court About NSA Surveillance?
by Trevor Timm

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/22-9
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ACLU
Federal Appeals Court Rules That Warrant Is Required for GPS Tracking

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/22-5
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Friends of the Earth
Global Protests Target Coal – Warn of Dirty Energy’s Impact on Climate

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/22-1
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Institute for Public Accuracy
JPMorgan “Laughing All the Way to the Bank”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/jpmorgan-laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank/
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Democracy Now!
Deadly 911 Calls: NYPD Kills African Immigrant Student Inside Home After Mother Calls for Ambulance

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/22/deadly_911_calls_nypd_kills_african

Deadly 911 Calls Pt. 2: Police Kill Bipolar Puerto Rican Artist After Concerned Wife Calls for Help

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/22/deadly_911_calls_pt_2_police

Memphis Model: Police Pioneer Use of Crisis Intervention Teams to Deal with Mentally Sick

*Certainly training is vital

But as long as police don’t see themselves as part of the community, but as “controlling” it, more tragedies are certain to happen.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/22/memphis_model_police_pioneer_use_of

10/21

PETITION
United States House of Representatives: Pass a Fair and Commonsense Immigration Reform Bill
by OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates

*Imagine there’s no countries …

https://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-house-of-representatives-pass-a-fair-and-commonsense-immigration-reform-bill?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=37950&alert_id=LuGFRdmnQH_DzEyTITIvK
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Spain’s ‘Partido X’: From Seeds of Anti-Austerity Movement, New Party Rises
From the public encampments that spurred a global movement, can a political party answer call of the ‘indignados’?
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/21-0
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‘Dirty, Destructive, Damaging’: Critics Slam UK Approval of First New Nuclear Plant in a Generation
Critics say government embrace of nuclear is danger to people and the environment
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/21-2
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Toxic Overflow of Thousands of Fukushima Tanks Following Heavy Rains
Environment Ministry announces clean-up delayed until 2017
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/21-5
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‘Shock Doctrine’ Americana: Endless War as the Ultimate Business Model
Disaster Capitalism on the battlefield and in the boardroom
by William Astore

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/21-0
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Let’s Get This Class War Started
by Chris Hedges

*We should not cast our gaze around or below us

In search of our true tormentors

But rather we must lift our eyes up

For they are not of a different country or color

But of a different class

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/21
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Website Woes and the Privatized Rollout of Obamacare
The Obama team outsourced Healthcare.gov to big corporations that rang up large bills without delivering what they promised
by Moira Herbst

*See?

Gummint can’t even do the job of making sure corps do their job.

So we should outsource gummint functions to those corps.

Wait …

What?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/21-6
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Public Beats Private: Six Reasons Why
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/21-1
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Organic Consumers Association: Statement on GMA Lawsuit and Food Corporations’ Donations to NO on I-522
Grassroots and Consumer Pressure Expose Food Manufacturers’ Efforts to Defeat GMO Labeling Laws

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/21-3
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FAIR Blog
TV Host Tired of ‘Partisan Games,’ Keeps Playing Them Anyway

*And those guests – as well as Mr. Schieffer and ilk – promote policies that have and will increase that immiseration.

The math of mainstream media only works if two plus two never equals four.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/21/tv-host-tired-of-partisan-games-keeps-playing-them-anyway/
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What Next for Afghanistan?
by Aisha Maniar

http://onesmallwindow.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/what-next-for-afghanistan/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Complexity “Baked into Obamacare”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/complexity-baked-into-obamacare/

10/18

Chile: Led by Students, Tens of Thousands March for ‘Free Public Education’
Students and teachers continue their demands that the privatized education system created under Pinochet be dismantled and reformed
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/18-5
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This Land is Our Land?
by Raj Patel and Bob St. Peter

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/18-2
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Canada-EU Deal Threatens Canada’s Water
by Maude Barlow

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/18-7
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The Immokalee Way
by Greg Kaufmann

*I respect the work CIW’s done, which is more than I can say for some of the other recipients of this award.

And given that context, the fact that it was chosen gives me pause, as does its lauding by the State Department.

Cooptation is a constant danger for any organization that achieves notable success, and I just hope that its members are cognizant of that threat.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/18-5
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Greenpeace
Global Protests Call for Release of Arctic 30 as Masked Men Break into Grounds of Greenpeace Office

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/18
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NARAL Pro-Choice America and RH Reality Check Call on Nebraska to Investigate Judge Bataillon

*And once the child is born, this deep commitment to its well being tends to slope off sharply

Akin to a boulder dropped off a cliff.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/18-2
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Malala and the Courage of Speaking Against Drone Killing

*Heed your “older sister”‘s words, Malala

http://www.accuracy.org/release/malala-and-the-courage-of-speaking-against-drone-killing/
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Democracy Now!
Vast Corruption in Information Technology Contracts in Spotlight as CityTime Trial Begins in NYC

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/18/vast_corruption_in_information_technology_contracts

U.S. Weapons and Arms Parts Continued to Flow to Egypt After June Coup & Deadly Crackdown

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/18/us_weapons_and_arms_parts_continued

Journalists Find 12-Year-Old Girls Making Old Navy Jeans for Gap in Bangladeshi Factory

*See no evil

Hear no evil

Profit off evil

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/18/journalists_find_12_year_old_girls

10/17

PETITION
M&M’s Candies: Stop Using Artificial Dyes Linked To Hyperactivity
by Renee Shutters and CSPI

https://www.change.org/petitions/m-m-s-candies-stop-using-artificial-dyes-linked-to-hyperactivity?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=37809&alert_id=aKJPxMDyGe_TnlTqZYjUV
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Pro-GMO Food Trade Group Sued for Campaign ‘Dirty Work’
State attorney files suit against GMA for hiding donors in bid to defeat GMO labeling
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/17-7
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One Man’s Bid to Be Recognized as World’s First Official Climate Refugee
New Zealand case comes as tens of millions across the world are forced to flee their homes because of global warming
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/17-3
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Air Pollution a Leading Cause of Cancer: World Health Organization
“The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/17-9
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Tea Party Darling Steve King: Hates the Constitution, Loves Dogfighting
by Bruce Friedrich

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/17-2
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Can Richmond’s Bold Plan to Fix the Mortgage Mess Help Newark, NJ?
by GRITtv

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/10/17-0
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FAIR Blog
The Media’s ‘New American Center’ Is Well to the Left of the Media

*”But that’s not what you are.”

I think that’s a telling remark, don’t you?

Just who is “you” supposed to be?

Might it be the people who “count”, or more accurately, who are purported to count, as media elites strive to create the illusion that they aren’t servants to power, but advocates for the everyperson?

In this equation, the “sensible center”, myth that it may be, is transmogrified into “the real America”

And all outside of it – well, at least those to the “left” of it – are to be ignored, or maligned.

And who the deuce comes up with these category labels?

Oy …

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/17/the-medias-new-american-center-is-well-to-the-left-of-the-media/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Did Wall Street and Tea Party Win? Does Obama Want to Cut Social Security?

*Shock troops for the Shock Doctrine

http://www.accuracy.org/release/did-wall-street-and-tea-party-win-does-obama-want-to-cut-social-security/
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Democracy Now!
FBI Urged to Reopen Probe into 1985 Assassination of Arab-American Leader Alex Odeh in California

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/17/fbi_urged_to_reopen_probe_into

Arab-American Attorney Abdeen Jabara: I Was Spied on by the National Security Agency 40 Years Ago

*Do you find it problematic that Goodman congratulates Conyers on his “almost fifty years of service”?

Is that what a journalist should be doing, setting aside the contradictions of that near half century in Congress?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/17/arab_american_attorney_abdeen_jabara_i

10/16

PETITION
Congressional Democrats and other oversight entity: Investigate Governor Chris Christie and NJ Republicans for Using State Police to Harrass Journalist and Activists who Had Documentation of Poor Being Left Behind in Hurricane Sandy
by kristopher irizarry-hoeksema

*I don’t have any faith that the Dems will do diddley about this, but perhaps this petition will help shine some light on how both major parties strive to keep their misdeeds hidden from public view.

http://www.change.org/petitions/congressional-democrats-and-other-oversight-entity-investigate-governor-chris-christie-and-nj-republicans-for-using-state-police-to-harrass-journalist-and-activists-who-had-documentation-of-poor-being-left-behind-in-hurricane-sandy?share_id=QPHbhllDTp&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_invitation
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Clintons’ Pet Project for Privatized ‘Aid’ to Haiti Stealing Workers’ Wages: Report
‘This calls into question the sustainability and effectiveness of relying on the garment industry to lead Haiti’s reconstruction’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The slime keeps Willie slick

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/16-4
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Amid ‘Plummeting Morale’ Experts Concerned Fukushima Workers ‘Will Collapse First’
‘Mistakes are often linked to morale,’ warns Japan nuclear regulator
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/16-2
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Doctors Without Borders: Where’s the Urgency Over Humanitarian Aid to Syria?
While world mobilized rapid response to chemical weapons, little political will to help those caught in path of war
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/16-1
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Outsourced Cities, Brought to You by CH2M Hill
by Brendan Fischer and Seep Paliwal
PR Watch

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/16-0
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No Safe Havens in Increasingly Acid Oceans
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/16
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Obama Admin Tries to Block Supreme Court Review of NSA Spying
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/16-5
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Iraq: Counting the Bodies
by Michael Reagan

*Unremembered horrors of a forgotten war

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/16-1
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World Food Day: Cook Organic, Not the Planet
by Ronnie Cummins

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/16-7
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Separate and Unequal Voting in Arizona and Kansas
by Ari Berman

*Old times there are not forgotten

They’re simply reformulated

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/16-2
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Forest Peoples Programme
Photos Reveal Illegal Clearings in ‘Isolated’ Indigenous Peoples’ Reserve in Peru’s Amazon

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/16
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National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
Harper Government Ignores Torture Opponents’ Call to Ban Dick Cheney from Canada or Prosecute Him

*The same should apply to Obama, as well

Unless you consider force feeding a form of “humanitarian intervention”.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/16-3
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FAIR Blog
‘Searing Memories of Defaults’–and Selective Memory at the New York Times

*Fudging the facts has always been the default mode for the corpress, hasn’t it?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/16/searing-memories-of-defaults-and-selective-memory-at-the-new-york-times/

10/15

‘Once in a Decade’ Storm Threatens Japan, Fukushima
Typhoon Wipha on track to bring damaging winds, rains
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/15-4
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In Big Win for Defense Industry, Obama Rolls Back Limits on Arms Exports
by Cora Currier
ProPublica

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/15-0
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‘Experimenting’ on a Death Row Inmate: Florida to Execute Man by Untested Drug
Critics slam this as the latest inhumane development in a state that holds record for putting most innocent people on death row
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/15-2
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Aaron Swartz’s Open-Source Whistleblower Project Lives On
Freedom of the Press Foundation announces they will carry forward the work of the late transparency advocate
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/15-5
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We Are the Teachers of Kaplan, and We Demand Justice
by Teachers and Students for a Better Kaplan

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/10/15-0
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Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson Reach New Heights of Hypocrisy in “Fix the Debt” Ad
by Mary Bottari

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/15-0
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‘We Will Remain on Hunger Strike’
by Moath al-Alwi

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/15-10
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South Dakota’s Cattle Cataclysm: Why Isn’t This Horror News?
Ranchers in South Dakota lost tens of thousands of cattle from a freak storm. Thanks to the shutdown, no one is paying attention
by Carrie Mess

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/15-7
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Fossil Fuel Euphoria: Hallelujah, Oil and Gas Forever!
by Michael T. Klare

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/15-3
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Fightfor15.org
Low Wages Paid by Fast-Food Companies Cost the Nation Nearly $7 Billion Annually
The public cost of low-wage fast-food jobs in Illinois is fourth highest in the nation
Workers, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders React and Call for Immediate Hearings

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/15-3
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Center for Biological Diversity
Ban Sought on Drilling, Mining, Logging on Public Lands During Government Shutdown

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/15-1
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FAIR Blog
Is 60 Minutes Informing the Public–or Producing Informants?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/15/is-60-minutes-informing-the-public-or-producing-informants/
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Democracy Now!
Another U.S. Whistleblower Behind Bars? Investor Jailed After Exposing Corrupt Azerbaijani Oil Deal

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/15/another_us_whistleblower_behind_bars_investor

10/14

US Court: Transcanada’s Keystone XL Profits More Important than Environment
by Steve Horn
DeSmogBlog

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/14
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Tens of Thousands Rally in Tokyo to Say: ‘No Nukes!’
“We need to win back a world where our future children can live.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.

It’s also the definition of blind greed.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/14-1
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Activists Chain Themselves Together to Challenge Crisis of Immigrant Incarceration, Deportations
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/14-5
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Brazil Agribusiness Lobby Set to Appropriate Native Land and Timber
by The Real News Network

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/10/14-0
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The Perfect Epitaph for Establishment Journalism
‘If MI5 warns that this is not in the public interest who am I to disbelieve them?’, says the former editor of The Independent
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/14-2
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In Photos: The Oil Spill North Dakota Tried to Keep Secret
by Phil Radford

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/14-6
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The Folly of Empire
by Chris Hedges

*The certainty of a bang

If we can only utter a whimper

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/14-0
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Acting with Impunity: The Case of General Electric
by Lawrence Wittner

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/14-4
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The Four Most Exceptionally Bad Presidents
by Paul Buchheit

*The only list I place any president on is for the docket before the judgment of humanity for their acts of barbarism.

The verdicts are preordained.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/14-3
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The True Food Prize Goes to the Haitians
by Salena Tramel

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/14-1
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Amazon Watch
Chevron Retaliation Trial Opens Against Victims of Pollution in Ecuador
Protestors rally for justice in Ecuador; Decry Chevron’s abuses
Protest in Foley Square, New York City: 9 am Tues., Oct. 15th

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/14-0
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Reprieve
Complaint Filed Over UK Spying on Libyan Torture Victims’ Legal Communications

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/14

10/11

NY Fed Fired Examiner Who Took on Goldman
by Jake Bernstein
ProPublica

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/11
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Big Media Mum on Syria Pundits’ Ties to Defense Industry
Report finds prominent corporate media pundits and highly-cited think tanks had largely undisclosed intelligence and arms industry links
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/11-1
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Missouri Gov. Calls Off Execution Using Experimental Drug Following EU Threats
Announcement comes a day after German drug manufacturer confirmed that it halted all shipments of Propofol after 20 vials were sent to Missouri for lethal injections
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/11-5
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India Must Rename Cyclone Phailin and Call Attention to Global Warming
by Subhankar Banerjee

*Connecting the dots

And the deaths

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/11-6
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How Obama Administration-Controlled Media Is Used to Avoid Scrutiny from the Press
by Kevin Gosztola

*Talk about whipping your lapdog

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/11-5
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What ‘Defunding Obamacare’ Really Means
by Greg Kaufmann

*This is the way “reform” works.

When the consequences of the avarice of the exploitocracy become glaringly apparent, and business as usual can no longer be maintained, “reform” rides to the rescue, bringing with it undeniable but wholly insufficient benefits meant to stave off a true challenge to the system.

Additionally, the staleness of this half a loaf – the glitches from the get go and the complexity of dealing with multiple plans, copays, and deductibles – is designed to leave a very sour taste indeed in the mouths of millions in regard to “gummint health care”, making the struggle for truly universal coverage that much more daunting.

There is no “solid foundation” here

Other than for the gallows constructed to hang any possibility of the realization of what we so desperately need.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/11-3
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Budapest Water Summit: Fighting the Corporate Agenda in Budapest
by Meera Karunananthan

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/11-2
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Food Democracy: Rule of the People or Corporations?
by John Parker

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/11-1
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Cornucopia Institute
Federal Shutdown Forces Ceasefire in Organic War
USDA Organics Meeting Canceled in Louisville
Organic Advocates Railing Against Industry/Obama Administration Power Grab

*All too natural

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/11
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FAIR Blog
To NPR, TPP Is a Poker Game With a Pot Full of Jobs

*NPR, and the rest of the corpress

(For all intents and purposes, the former is no different from the latter, is it?)

Are charged here with blurring the distinction between getting jobs

And getting jobbed.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/11/to-npr-tpp-is-a-poker-game-with-a-pot-full-of-jobs/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Nobel Prize for OPCW: Examining Both Organizations

http://www.accuracy.org/release/nobel-prize-for-opcw-examining-both-organizations/
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Democracy Now!
Chemical Weapons Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize as U.S. Opposes Calls for WMD-Free Middle East

*A different take from the IPA piece above, isn’t it?

Zunes doesn’t repeat his criticism in the latter of the current OPCW bureaucracy, and Walker comes across as a unqualified booster of the organization and its being award the prize, as well as uninterested in challenging current US hypocrisy.

Reference his remark that “[t]he US has moved on from” its engineered ouster of Bustani.

And how does he make a remark about addressing nuclear weapons in the Middle East, lumping Israel’s very real arsenal with the unsubstantiated “allegations against Iran, of course, that they may be developing nuclear weapons, as well”, and Goodman makes no attempt to put that in proper context?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/11/chemical_weapons_watchdog_wins_nobel_peace

10/10

PETITION
“They called me ‘faggot’”
Review Ole Miss policies to ensure that LGBT students, staff, and faculty are fully covered by non-discrimination protections
by Garrison Gibbons, GetEQUAL

*As an alumnus of UM, I’m revolted by this bald faced display of hatred, harkening back to James Meredith’s ordeal

But hardly surprised.

I have no great hope that the administration will be pressured into making the necessary changes, but that is irrelevant to the necessity to confront this baleful prejudice, isn’t it?

Parenthetically, or perhaps not, the term “Ole Miss” has its own blighted history.

It was the term house slaves used to address the wife of the plantation owner.

“Young Miss” would denote her daughter(s).

Few folks know that. I discovered it in the introduction to a school annual from the early ’40s.

Now you know, and I think in the spirit of this petition, ceasing to refer to the university as “Ole Miss” is appropriate.

I don’t consider that “PC” in the least.

Language is a virus

And we would do well to innoculate ourselves from its insidious effects.

https://www.change.org/petitions/review-ole-miss-policies-to-ensure-that-lgbt-students-staff-and-faculty-are-fully-covered-by-non-discrimination-protections?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=36986&alert_id=xzgRgprtUi_GHdwIJBAFk
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Radiation Levels in Seawater Near Fukushima Spike to Two-Year High
TEPCO admits cesium levels measured Wednesday were 13 times higher than day before
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/10-3
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NSA Spying Critics Adopt-a-Highway to Launch Creative Protest
Members of Restore the 4th movement to use “adopt a highway” program to highlight Utah facility that “has eroded and invaded every part of our 4th Amendment rights”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/10-6
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Austerity Brings Poverty, Despair, ‘Quiet Desperation’ to Europe: Report
‘We wonder if we as a continent really understand what has hit us’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Drowning in Ayn Rand’s wet dream

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/10-0
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US Suspends More Military Aid to Egypt, Arousing Skepticism
by Jim Lobe
Inter Press Service

*Empty gestures

From empty souls

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/10
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Google: Doing Evil with ALEC
by Norman Solomon

*I’ve never understood why some folks invest such trust and affection in a goddamn corporation.

It parallels that lavished on Dear Misleader

And is just as naive and self defeating.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/10-6
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Are Americans Dumb? No, It’s the Inequality, Stupid
The US and UK have pitifully low OECD test scores. They are also the countries with some of the greatest inequality
by Sadhbh Walshe

*Nothing stupid about it.

Heartless. Vicious. Selfish.

But not stupid.

The exploitocracy wants a small percentage of the population with higher end skills.

The rest are destined for dronedom.

You want fries with that austerity?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/10-2
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Reprieve
Libyan Torture Case: European Parliament Attacks UK for ‘Intention’ to Use Secret Courts

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/10-0
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Prions in Plants? New Concerns Regarding Chronic Wasting Disease
by Ron Seely, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12260
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Democracy Now!
3 Months After Morsi Coup & Hundreds of Deaths, U.S. Scales Back Military Aid to Egypt

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/10/3_months_after_morsi_coup_hundreds

Report Finds Police Worldwide Criminalize Dissent, Assert New Powers in Crackdown on Protests

*Disturbing comments by Deshman on “the need” for the cops to respond to “violence”, don’t you think?

Violence in certain contexts may be justified, both morally and tactically. Of course, it may not in others.

But regardless, whatever her intent, she makes a distinction between violent and non-violent protesters that only serves the interests of those in power.

And this entire segment ignores the context in which this is all playing out.

Protests are seen as a threat

Because they are.

As things fall apart, repression will increase, as more people become immune to propagandistic pacification.

“Working with the police” will be seen as a fool’s errand

If not by the ACLU, then by those at the business end of the truncheon.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/10/report_finds_police_worldwide_criminalize_dissent

“Edward Snowden Has Done This Country a Service”: ACLU Praises Leaker for Kick-Starting NSA Debate

*Foolish remark, to be kind, by Romero regarding how “more pernicious” a Republican administration would be that this one already is.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/10/edward_snowden_has_done_this_country

10/9

Libyan Captive Faces Interrogation Aboard Floating US ‘Black Site’
Move signals Obama administration use of warship prisons to deny legal rights
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/09-3
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Are Utility Companies Out to Destroy Solar’s ‘Rooftop Revolution’?
In California, customers who install solar systems and battery arrays are finding themselves cut off from grid
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The “free marketeers” (the irony doesn’t drip – it gushes) preach the gospel of innovation through competition

Yet when threatened by that innovation, those they laud do all within their considerable power to coopt it (read control and profit from it), and destroy that which they can’t assimilate.

The “magic hand of the marketplace”

Comes sheathed in a iron glove.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/09-0
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Janet Yellen as Fed Chair No Victory for Progressive Economics
Though a far better choice than Larry Summers, will Yellen alter status quo as Federal Reserve head?
by Jon Queally, staff writer

*”Progressives” have an amazing capacity for dressing up the lesser evil as a greater good

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/09-1
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In ‘Critical Step Towards Justice’ Cholera Victims Sue UN
The UN “violated its legal obligations through reckless actions that brought cholera to Haiti,” says human rights group
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/09-7
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Fukushima Workers Doused With Radioactive Water
Second mishap in a week marks ongoing nuclear disaster
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/09-4
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‘When Frackers Come Calling’: Homeowners Increasingly Duped in Land Deals
Report: Thousands of home-buyers not informed that oil and gas companies can frack their land at any point
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Underground and underhanded

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/09-5
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US Failing International Treaty as Chemical Weapons Stockpile Plagues Panama
As US maintains chemical weapons ultimatum over Syria, others point to US stockpiles
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/09-8
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Without a Net
by Robert Jensen

*In any historical era, those in power reinvent reality in response to the threat posed by the example of persons such as Jesus.

That distortion can take the form of demonization

Or a docile deification.

As to free will

Obviously, it’s a complex subject, but to address one element of it

For me, an essential conundrum involves how we assign moral responsibility for the harmful actions of those not considered mentally ill.

(And what the fuck does “mentally ill” mean, anyway?)

None of us are born “evil”. Hitler, Pinochet, US presidents …

They were all infants without “sin”, weren’t they?

So how do we acknowledge whatever factors that were beyond their control that played a role in inducing them to commit their acts of infamy

And yet still hold them culpable for the horrors they wreaked upon so many others?

How does free will enter into that equation?

http://democracyweb.com/?p=13200
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More Than Jihadism or Iran, China’s Role in Africa is Obama’s Obsession
Where America brings drones, the Chinese build roads. Al-Shabaab and co march in lockstep with this new imperialism
by John Pilger

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/09-12
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More Food Doesn’t Guarantee Less Hunger
Increasing the world’s food supply won’t end hunger unless we address inequality and injustice.
by Jill Richardson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/09-8
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Through Fukushima Lense, a Look at Looming US Nuclear Crisis
by Karl Grossman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/09-7
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Friends of the Earth
DOE Reveals Delays in Plutonium Disposition Program

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/10/09-2
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“The Data Hackers: Mining Your Information for Big Brother”

*Our information

Is their power

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-data-hackers-mining-your-information-for-big-brother/

10/8

Profiting from the Poor: Outsourcing Social Services Puts Most Vulnerable at Risk
by Nick Surgey and Katie Lorenze
PRWatch.org

*These bastards are never denied benefits, at our expense.

And there’s nothing “mistaken” about the push for privatization, is there?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/08-1
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Report: Ultimately, Divestment Will Make Fossil Fuel Giants Suffer
Fossil fuel divestment stigmatizes dirty energy giants and likely to cost fossil fuel companies billions in the long run
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/08-4
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World Bank Admits: ‘Economic Growth’ in Africa = Resource Extraction, Inequality, Poverty
New report shows so-called growth is ‘bleeding Africa dry’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Cancer is also a growth

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/08-7
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Is Japan’s Abe Honest About Global Help for Fukushima?
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/08-9
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FAIR Blog
Somalia Raid Gone Wrong–Anonymous Officials Explain Why

*I wonder what criteria are employed to determine what constitutes “too many” civilian deaths?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/10/08/somalia-raid-gone-wrong-anonymous-officials-explain-why/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Will the Nobel Peace Prize Actually be Given to a “Champion of Peace”?

*Peace

Out

http://www.accuracy.org/release/will-the-nobel-peace-prize-actually-be-given-to-a-champion-of-peace/
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