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Hello

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* Do what your conscience demands

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2/27

As Antarctica Melts Away, Seas Could Rise Ten Feet Within 100 Years
Based on rapid thawing, continent has become ‘ground zero of global climate change without a doubt,’ says geophysicist
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

*Now that AP has satisfied its slender self defined obligation to objective reporting on climate change, it can go back to ignoring the issue and lending credence to deniers’ claims when it isn’t.

And my local rag, the Walker – er, Wisconsin – State Journal, which depends on AP for almost all of its outside content, apparently didn’t deem this worthy of inclusion.

However, there was an enlightening item about a “terror owl” that’s been attacking folks in Holland.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/27/antarctica-melts-away-seas-could-rise-ten-feet-within-100-years

The Destruction of Afghan Lives, Captured in US Dollars
Documents obtained by The Intercept via a FOIA request offer window into death and damage caused by war and occupation
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Cut rate costs for “collateral damage”

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/27/destruction-afghan-lives-captured-us-dollars

Methane-Explosion Craters Could Be Latest Indicators of a Warming Planet
Newly discovered funnels in Siberia are believed to have been created by methane gases bursting through a thawing permafrost.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/27/methane-explosion-craters-could-be-latest-indicators-warming-planet

Great Recession Linked to Rising Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans
New study follows numerous findings that austerity and economic hardship are tied to suicide spikes across age groups and nations
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The deaths from a thousand cuts

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/27/great-recession-linked-rising-suicides-among-middle-aged-americans
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Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History
by Sonali Kolhatkar

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/27/our-anti-immigrant-racism-rooted-history
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For Suffering Palestinians, the Obama-Netanyahu “Rift” Is a Side Show
by Ali Abunimah

*Theater of the amorally absurd

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/27/suffering-palestinians-obama-netanyahu-rift-side-show
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When Politics Is Local, Who Decides?
by David Morris

*The question of which level of government should have primacy is vexing to me.

We hail local control when it dovetails with our views, but what about when it doesn’t?

If a village, town, city or county passes a patently unjust ordinance or law, do we defer to the concept of local control, or do we call for state intervention?

And if the state enacts discriminatory legislation, don’t we demand federal intercession?

What takes precedence – justice or a fealty to a particular theory of governmental control?

I don’t think there’s an easy answer that would satisfy both. There have been many instances where the two have been at odds with each other.

I can say that my conscience wouldn’t be satisfied with the abrogation of what I consider to be equitable in the name of the maintenance of a consistent political structure.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/27/when-politics-local-who-decides
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The Metamorphosis of Vladimir Putin
by Andrew Levine

*In an otherwise pretty well reasoned piece, Levine’s take on Wisconsin seems out of place.

The recall election sapped the electric energy out of the Capitol protests in ’11, diverting it into a campaign for a pathetic challenger to Walker (repeated last year). Democrats had no intention of getting large numbers of black folks to the polls, as any rational view of Barrett’s and later Burke’s platforms makes plain.

While GOTV has some place in national elections for the party, it is MIA on the state and local level. “Swing” voters (middle and working class whites) are the prize fought over, and the campaign planks reflect that time and again.

There are some stirrings of resistance to right to work here (I’m in Madison), but unless union “leadership” is prepared to undergo surgery to disjoin them from the hip of the party, nothing of consequence will come of them.

I’m not holding my breath.

It will take the rank and file holding these “leaders” feet to the fire, or tossing them into it, along with a movement that joins together all the struggles against austerity and division, to stand strong against this Randian and Orwellian onslaught.

Can we get our mensch on?

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2302
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The Real News Network
Venezuelan Gov. Releases Audio of Coup Plotters
On Thursday, Venezuela officials released recordings of what it said was proof that opposition figures and some military officers were plotting to overthrow the government – Analysis with Miguel Tinker Salas and Paul Jay

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13301

Maryland Police Reform Advocates and Opponents Speak Out Prior to Hearing
TRNN’s Jaisal Noor speaks to supporters and opponents of reforms that will determine the role of communities in how police abuse is handled

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13318

Baltimore College Fights To Keep Accreditation Status
TRNN speaks to a faculty member from Sojourner Douglass College, which is facing financial shortfalls due to the Federal Pell Grant and the Parent PLUS loan

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13319

An Irish-Style Banking Inquiry into the 2008 Financial Crisis
Former financial regulator Bill Black discusses his recent testimony in Ireland and the challenges the country faces in acknowledging its financial crisis

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13235

What Role Can Social Media Play in Supporting Protests Against Egypt’s Military Regime?
Professor Seif Da’na says though the broad underlying discontent against the Egypt’s military regime persists, future uprisings won’t take the shape of the Jan. 25, 2011 uprising (2/3)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13297
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CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks
by Norman Solomon

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2301
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Democracy Now!
Antiquities Scholar: Islamic State’s Destruction of Museum & Library is Cultural & Ethnic Cleansing

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/27/antiquities_scholar_islamic_states_destruction_of

17 Shots: Police Killing of Unarmed Mexican Farmworker in Washington State Sparks Protest

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/27/17_shots_police_killing_of_unarmed

2/26

‘Worse Than Wrong': Wisconsin Advances Bill To Gut Workers Rights
‘Right-to-Work is a continuation of the destructive policies of the Scott Walker administration that have cost Wisconsin jobs and economic opportunity.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Meanwhile, the Walker State Journal takes every opportunity to portray working folks as “tired” of the struggle and “resigned” to the inevitability of defeat.

I’d like to think it’ll be forced to eat those words, but it’ll take a far more ferocious labor “leadership” to feed them to it.

How NAFTA Could Spoil a Keystone XL Rejection
TransCanada could harness trade deal’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and U.S. taxpayers could foot the bill.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/26/how-nafta-could-spoil-keystone-xl-rejection

Damning Report Reveals Canada’s Indifference Toward Indigenous Women
‘How many Indigenous women and girls would have been found or would still be alive if governments had acted on more of these recommendations?’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/26/damning-report-reveals-canadas-indifference-toward-indigenous-women

Oil Workers Dig In for Historic Fight Against Industry Giants Over Crucial Safety Rules
Strike continues into fourth week as plant operators nationwide stage walkouts, continue negotiations
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/26/oil-workers-dig-historic-fight-against-industry-giants-over-crucial-safety-rules
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On Truth, Shoes, and Upton Sinclair
by Robert Shetterly

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/26/truth-shoes-and-upton-sinclair
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What You Should Know About Walmart’s Raise
by Michelle Chen

*Let them eat cake

From the bakery discount shelves

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/26/what-you-should-know-about-walmarts-raise
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U.S. Right to Know
Obama Admin. Proposes Ridiculous Anti-Consumer Plan for GMO Labeling

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/26/obama-admin-proposes-ridiculous-anti-consumer-plan-gmo-labeling

Food & Water Watch
USDA Records Reveal Staffing Shortages Undermining Food Safety

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/26/usda-records-reveal-staffing-shortages-undermining-food-safety
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The Real News Network
Netanyahu on a Destructive Path
The timing of the leaked Mossad documents may undermine Iranian negotiations and escalate the threat of war, says Phyllis Bennis, author of “Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer”

*The subheading here is 180 degrees off the mark. The documents were leaked to *deter* damage to the negotiations and the march to war.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13293

The Modern History of the Greek Debt Crisis
John Weeks, the author of Economics of the 1%, explains the history behind the Greek debt burden

*I just discovered that the author of another piece on this matter, which I posted on the 24th (“Reading the Greek Deal Correctly”), James K. Galbraith, is an academic colleague and advisor to Varoufakis, which I think should have been mentioned, as it affects my perception of the objectivity of his analysis.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13220
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Democracy Now!
A Black Site in Chicago? Police Accused of Running Secret Compound for Detentions & Interrogations

*Please keep in mind that this is happening under Emanuel’s watch, bosomest buddy of a certain Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

And why Ackerman would think it “nuts” that this can happen in the good ol’ US and A is beyond me. Apparently he’s in need of a lesson in a history of repression that is quintessentially Americana.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/26/a_black_site_in_chicago_police

Exporting Torture: Former Chicago Police Detective Tied to Brutality at Guantánamo

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/26/exporting_torture_former_chicago_police_detective

Who Is Bankrolling the Islamic State? Private Donors in Gulf Oil States Cited as Key to ISIS Success

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/26/who_is_bankrolling_the_islamic_state
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My Predictions about the Food Industry and Nutrition Policy for 2015
by Michael Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-our-predictions-about-the-food-industry-and-nutrition-policy-for-2015/

2/25

‘There Will Be A Reckoning’
Environmental visionary Lester Brown delivers stark warning over dust bowl conditions spreading over Africa and Asia
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/25/there-will-be-reckoning
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ISIS Is Proof of the Failed “War on Terror”
by Patrick Cockburn

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/25/isis-proof-failed-war-terror
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Only Agroecology Can Tackle the Global Food and Health Crisis
by Julia Wright

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/25/only-agroecology-can-tackle-global-food-and-health-crisis
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Predator Drones for Sale! (Human Rights, International Law Optional)
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/25/predator-drones-sale-human-rights-international-law-optional
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Paying the price of a failed Libya
by Vijay Prashad
Amid chaos caused by mismanagement, intervention, international rivalries and civil war, ordinary people who hoped for a better Libya are dying, says Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2298
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Environmental Working Group
Apples Top Dirty Dozen List for Fifth Year in a Row

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/25/apples-top-dirty-dozen-list-fifth-year-row

Stop the War Coalition
Anti-War Campaigners Condemn Decision to Send British Troops to Ukraine

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/25/anti-war-campaigners-condemn-decision-send-british-troops-ukraine
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The Real News Network
Iran’s Intent is the Real Issue, Says Former IAEA Inspector
Robert Kelley says the number of centrifuges or the amount of uranium Iran may have is not what matters; there is evidence, however, that the U.S. has forged documents

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13286

Bill O’Reilly May Have Covered-Up a Massacre
Greg Grandin, columnist for The Nation, reports that Bill O’Reilly may have deliberately ignored the 1982 massacre of hundreds in El Mozote, El Salvador while reporting as a foreign correspondent for CBS Nightly News

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13291

Greek Reform Proposal Preserves Privatization Commitments, Ignores Debt Restructuring
Dmitri Lascaris says these compromises have created dissent within the SYRIZA coalition

*If this amounts to a betrayal of faith, you have to consider how that will impact other movements, such as PODEMOS in Spain, and also how the extreme right will benefit from it by presenting themselves as the only alternative to austerity.

Let’s hope that this isn’t “Hope and Change” translated into Greek.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13287

Leaked RCMP Report Targets Activists as a Threat to National Security
Greenpeace Canada’s Keith Stewart explains why the proposed anti-terror legislation threatens civil liberties

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13265
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Democracy Now!
Could a Former Activist Unseat Mayor 1%? Rahm Emanuel Faces Chicago Runoff Despite Vast Outspending

*While it’s always gratifying to see smug bastards like Emanuel get a little egg on their faces, I think it’s important to be cautious about just where García’s going to take his campaign, and his mayoralty if he can pull off an upset.

I’d like to hear more about his “moderate spot”, wouldn’t you?

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/25/could_a_former_activist_unseat_mayor

Climate Deniers Exposed: Top Scientist Got Funding from ExxonMobil, Koch Brothers, Big Coal

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/25/climate_deniers_exposed_top_scientist_got

On National Adjunct Walkout Day, Professors Call Out Poverty-Level Wages & Poor Working Conditions

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/25/on_national_adjunct_walkout_day_professors
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Is Excess Selenium in Your Dietary Supplements Dangerous?
A recent study found more evidence against excess selenium
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/dietary-supplements/is-excess-selenium-in-your-dietary-supplements-dangerous/

2/24

‘Going up Against a Beast': Wisconsin Workers Rise to Fend Off GOP Attack
‘Right-to-work legislation is part of a national anti-worker agenda that won’t bring one job to our state or help a single family put food on the table.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Secunda’s spot on. Let’s hope this fightback doesn’t get sidetracked or hijacked like the last one, into yet another dead end Democratic campaign debacle.

Beyond that, this is about far more than labor’s travails. It’s about austerity and inequality writ large across the landscape, impacting us all, and aided and abetted by both sides beholden to the corporate coin.

Solidarity across struggles is our only hope.

When we have each other’s backs

Our spines can’t help but stiffen

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/24/going-against-beast-wisconsin-workers-rise-fend-gop-attack
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Reading the Greek Deal Correctly
by James K. Galbraith

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/24/reading-greek-deal-correctly
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How the US Can Really Combat Radicalism
by Asad AbuKhalil

*The toxic stew in the blackest pot

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/24/how-us-can-really-combat-radicalism
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Is Oil Returning To $100 Or Dropping To $10?
by Martin Tillier

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2295
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Libya: The Battlefield of the New Arab Cold War
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2294
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Center for Biological Diversity
Lawsuit Filed to Protect People, Wildlife From Toxic Soot Pollution
Toxic Soot Threatens Iowa, Puerto Rico and Washington

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/24/lawsuit-filed-protect-people-wildlife-toxic-soot-pollution

ACLU
New Report Shows Lender Abuses and Feeble Enforcement Cause Minority Homeowners to Lose Homes

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/24/new-report-shows-lender-abuses-and-feeble-enforcement-cause-minority-homeowners
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Government Accountability Project
Sharp Criticism Follows Rejection of NSA Whistleblower’s Retaliation Claim
Pentagon OIG Reviewed Only 5 Months of Ten Years of a Complaint Highlighting NSA Reprisals for Whistleblowing

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/24/sharp-criticism-follows-rejection-nsa-whistleblowers-retaliation-claim
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The Real News Network
European Banks vs. Greek Labour
Michael Hudson says Finance Minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, is proposing austerity on the banking class, rather than the working class, to balance the budget

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13280

What Happened to Making Steel in Baltimore? – Mark Reutter on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)
Mark Reutter, author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might, talks about why steel production collapsed across America

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13284

Black, Brown and Woman: Afro-Latinas and Legacies of Imperialism
Charo Mina-Rojas talks African history in Latin America and the specific struggles of Afro-Latinas in Colombia. Mina-Rojas works with the Afro-Columbian Human Rights Campaign and the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13283
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Real American Exceptionalism: Torture and Drone Assassination?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/real-american-exceptionalism-torture-and-drone-assassination/
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FAIR Blog
The Foreigners Obama Needs to Love to Prove He Loves America
by Jim Naureckas

*There *are* plenty of reasons that suggest Dear Misleader might not love America, if by “America” you mean most everyone who lives here.

They overlap in large measure with the same reasons you could present as evidence that Rogers and his ilk don’t love America.

That this idiocy passes as legitimate political discourse could be added to that list.

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/24/the-foreigners-obama-needs-to-love-to-prove-he-loves-america/

Politico Helps O’Reilly Get Away With Falklands Fabrications
by Jim Naureckas

*Recall this the next time O’Reilly goes off on the iniquities of “The Liberal Media”.

Short of fellatio, I’m not sure how Byers could have performed a more satisfying service for Mr. Bilious, are you?

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/23/politico-helps-oreilly-get-away-with-falklands-fabrications/
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Democracy Now!
As Netanyahu Tries to Stop U.S.-Iran Deal, Leaked Cables Show Israeli Spies Reject His Nuke Claims

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/24/as_netanyahu_tries_to_stop_us

Revolt at “Ritmo”: Dire Conditions in For-Profit Texas Immigration Jail Spark Prisoner Uprising

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/24/revolt_at_ritmo_dire_conditions_in

50 Years After Murder, Malcolm X Remembered by Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz & Friend A. Peter Bailey

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/24/50_years_after_murder_malcolm_x

Part 2: 50 Years After Murder, Malcolm X Remembered by Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz & A. Peter Bailey

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2015/2/24/part_2_50_years_after_murder
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What Not to Eat: Avoid Foods with Caramel Coloring
This popular food coloring has been found to be carcinogenic in humans
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

*The cancerous color of money

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-not-to-eat/what-not-to-eat-avoid-foods-with-caramel-coloring/

2/23

United Against ‘Debt Trap’ of For-Profit Colleges, Students Fight Back with Loan Strike
Schools like Corinthian College ‘are just an extreme version of our increasingly untenable system of debt-financed higher education,’ supporters say
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/23/united-against-debt-trap-profit-colleges-students-fight-back-loan-strike

New Leak Spurs Radiation Spike at Fukushima
The latest incident underscores the difficulty of safely cleaning up and decommissioning the nuclear plant
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/23/new-leak-spurs-radiation-spike-fukushima
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Manipulate and Mislead: How GMOs Are Infiltrating Africa
by Haidee Swanby and Mariann Bassey Orovwuje

*Sowing the seeds of greed

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/23/manipulate-and-mislead-how-gmos-are-infiltrating-africa
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No, Syriza Has Not Surrendered
Buying time is not the same thing as breaking promises
by Tom Walker

*Is he calling the right tune

Or whistling in the dark?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/23/no-syriza-has-not-surrendered
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Justice is a Black Woman: The Amazing Constance Baker Motley
by Marta Daniels

*I’m not one for hagiography, but this piece is worth a read for its historical content.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/23/justice-black-woman-amazing-constance-baker-motley
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Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon? China and a Brave New World Order
by Pepe Escobar

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/23/year-sheep-century-dragon-china-and-brave-new-world-order
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ACLU
Federal Court Approves Settlement Requiring Warren, Michigan, Give Atheists Equal Access to City Hall

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/23/federal-court-approves-settlement-requiring-warren-mich-give-atheists-equal

Friends of the Earth
Appeals Court Will Hear Case on Cover-Up of Diablo Canyon Quake Risks
Friends of the Earth petition says NRC illegally let PG&E alter nuclear plant’s license

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/23/appeals-court-will-hear-case-cover-diablo-canyon-quake-risks
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The Real News Network
Prejudicial Trial, Prejudicial Verdict: $218 Million
Update: On Feb 23 the jury found the PA and PLO liable for terror attacks in Israel. Michael Ratner argues the odds were stacked against the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Palestinian Authority (PA)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13254

Iceland’s Supreme Court Upholds Jail Sentences of Four Banking Executives
Former financial regulator Bill Black explains how Iceland took down the banking executives responsible for wrecking the country’s economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13238

Will Quantitative Easing Solve the European Economic Crisis?
Gerald Epstein, Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute, raises questions regarding the effectiveness of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank

*”[B]ending over backwards” … ?

More like bending over forwards.

How willingly is the question here, isn’t it?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13252

What Happened to Making Steel in Baltimore? – Mark Reutter on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
Mark Reutter, author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might, talks about why steel production collapsed across America

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13277

Wisconsin’s Billionaires Make a Sacrifice?
Paul Jay: Here’s an alternative “something has to give” plan for Wisconsin

*Scott Walker

“Presidential timber” that’s rotten to the core

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6323

The Rich Hide an Estimated 21 Trillion in Offshore Accounts
James Henry the author of Pirate Bankers says Swiss Banks: HSBC, Credit Suisse, UBS are among those who facilitate offshore accounts and buy millions of dollars worth of influence in Washington

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13237

Germany’s Collective Denial
Heiner Flassbeck says Germany has played a devastating role in the European Monetary Union and the “Greece guilty and Germany innocent” narrative is completely false

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13275

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

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

Greece Eurozone Deal a Setback or Tactical Win for Syriza?
Heiner Flassbeck says Germany is asserting a destructive agenda proven to be driving Europe into recession

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13255

Maryland Activists Rally for Parole Bill for Prisoners Serving Life
TRNN speaks to advocates who are demanding the passage of a state bill that will remove the governor’s power to grant parole to prisoners serving life in prison

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13270

5,000 Oil Workers Enter Third Week of Strike Over Safety and Working Conditions
TRNN speaks to United Steelworkers spokesperson Lynne Hancock who says the union is demanding improved safety for its 30,000 members and their communities

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13269
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Malcolm X’s Legacy: Double Anniversary This Year

http://www.accuracy.org/release/malcolm-xs-legacy-double-anniversary-this-year/

Roots of Military “Culture of Lying”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/roots-of-military-culture-of-lying/
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FAIR Blog
US Backing for ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels: Long Reported, Continually Forgotten
by Adam Johnson

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/22/us-backing-for-moderate-syrian-rebels-long-reported-continually-forgotten/

Bill O’Reilly Lies–but Some Lies Matter More Than Others
by Jim Naureckas

*A black pot too full to piss in

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/21/bill-oreilly-lies-but-some-lies-matter-more-than-others/
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Democracy Now!
From Selma to Snowden, Oscar Speeches Invoke Activism & Calls for Social Justice

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/23/from_selma_to_snowden_oscar_speeches

“Mayor 1%” Rahm Emanuel of Chicago Faces Progressive Challenge in Heated Bid for Re-election

*Dear Misleader shills for his doppelganger

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/23/mayor_1_rahm_emanuel_of_chicago

2/20

To Save the Planet, Eat Less Meat, Report Urges
For first time, top nutritional panel says American consumers must cut back on red meat to prevent irreversible climate change
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/20/save-planet-eat-less-meat-report-urges

‘Gun to Greece’s Head Pulled Away’ As Tentative Deal Struck in Brussels
Though details not finalized, agreement will ‘undo some of the damage of years of troika-induced depression’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/20/gun-greeces-head-pulled-away-tentative-deal-struck-brussels

Pentagon’s Disclosure of Looming Offensive On Mosul Raises Concerns Over Civilian Impact
Analysts warn the U.S. is ‘doubling down’ on failed military solutions
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/20/pentagons-disclosure-looming-offensive-mosul-raises-concerns-over-civilian-impact

US Effort to Crack Down on Terrorism Funding is Choking Humanitarian Lifeline: NGOs
New report outlines devastating blow in Somalia from remittances cutoff
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/20/us-effort-crack-down-terrorism-funding-choking-humanitarian-lifeline-ngos
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Can the Greek Tragedy Be Rewritten?
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*Let’s hope that the exploitocracy has real reason to fear the Greek example. What’s transpired recently doesn’t encourage confidence, in my mind.

And I wonder what Marx would make of the assertion that “the system” can be “adjust[ed]” to “to put human needs at the center”.

Can you make capitalism good

Or merely – and marginally – better?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/20/can-greek-tragedy-be-rewritten
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Syriza Can Show ‘Another Energy is Possible’
by Sean Sweeney

*Well worth a read, although I’m leery of the closing suggestion of a consumption tax, which is inherently regressive.

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2292
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Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Welcomes DHS Report on Violent Domestic Right-Wing Extremism

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/20/cair-welcomes-dhs-report-violent-domestic-right-wing-extremism
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The Real News Network
Walmart Wage Raise a Win For Workers, Yet Falls Short of Their Demands
Liza Featherstone, author of “Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart” says the concessions to workers was forged by years of worker-led struggle and direct action

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13260

Pressure Rises in Iran Negotiations
TRNN’s Thomas Hedges talks to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and Matthew McInnis of the American Enterprise Institute who say that hardliners in Washington are not primarily interested in a nuclear-free Iran but regime change and how to incite it

*Iran is “nuclear-free” (that should be “nuclear weapon-free”), and no intelligent intelligence indicates a inclination to change that status.

So what exactly is being negotiated, and what precisely is being sanctioned?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13247

Greece Requests Extension on Loan Agreement
Dimitri Lascaris Report: Germany rejects the extension before the Euro Group could formally respond

*Why you should always wait for the walk

Before touting the talk

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13253

Is Kiev Underestimating the Death Toll in the East of Ukraine?
Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor at Columbia University, says Kiev has polarized civilians who might have been neutral before being shelled and caught in a humanitarian crisis induced by their government

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13268
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FAIR Blog
Top 10 Bogus ISIS Stories
by Adam Johnson

*I think it’s misleading to say that these stories “fooled” at least some of the outlets mentioned, especially the more ideologically inclined ones.

They could care less whether they are true or not. As long as they serve their agenda, they’ll be amplified.

That’s Propaganda 101, isn’t it?

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/20/top-10-bogus-isis-stories/
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Democracy Now!
An Unsolved Case of Racial Terror: FBI Probes 1946 Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching in Georgia

*Evil has no expiration date

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/20/an_unsolved_case_of_racial_terror

Malcolm X Remembered 50 Years After 1965 Assassination

*Unlike King, Malcolm can never be made “safe”

And so he is erased.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/20/malcolm_x_remembered_50_years_after

NSA & British GCHQ Hacked SIM Card Maker to Steal Encryption Keys to Spy on Billions of Cellphones

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/20/nsa_british_gchq_hacked_sim_card

Security Researcher Christopher Soghoian on How to Use a Cellphone Without Being Spied On

*I don’t think ignorance, other than of the wilful sort, has anything to do with the lack of oversight here, do you?

And I’d be wary of these government funded apps. Soghoian may be revealing his own ignorance, or naiveté, when he credits their support to the US’ desire to “spread news about democracy”.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2015/2/20/part_2_security_researcher_christopher_soghoian
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What’s the Best Oil to Cook With?
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/whats-the-best-oil-to-cook-with/

2/19

Accused of ‘Terrorism,’ Animal Rights Activists Head to Federal Court
‘Why must low-level criminal activity by animal rights activists be prosecuted in federal court?’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/19/accused-terrorism-animal-rights-activists-head-federal-court
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Clinton Foundation Receiving Millions From Proponents of Keystone XL
Green groups say revelation raises questions about industry influence over likely 2016 presidential candidate
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/19/clinton-foundation-receiving-millions-proponents-keystone-xl
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The Oil Price Crash is Being Used to Attack the Public Sector
by Nick Cunningham

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/19/oil-price-crash-being-used-attack-public-sector
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Authorities Too Quick To Rule Out Terrorism in Chapel Hill Shooting Deaths
by Phyllis Bennis

*Terrorism’s white out

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/19/authorities-too-quick-rule-out-terrorism-chapel-hill-shooting-deaths
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Parking Space Terrorism: Time for Action after Killing of Three US Muslims
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/19/parking-space-terrorism-time-action-after-killing-three-us-muslims
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Government Accountability Project
Historic Filing: Farmer Sues Perdue for Violation of FSMA Whistleblower Protection Law

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/19/historic-filing-farmer-sues-perdue-violation-fsma-whistleblower-protection-law
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The Real News Network
In Spite of Fighting in Debaltseve, Ukraine Ceasefire May Hold
Occasional fighting in Ukraine may continue but that does not mean the Minsk II ceasefire will fail, says Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13246

How Radical is the SYRIZA Party in Greece? (1/2)
Michael Nevradakis, host of Dialogos Radio in Athens, says SYRIZA is already moving from its radical origins

*Meet the new boss … ?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13088
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Family Day Rally Outside Ontario Prison Demands End to Immigration Detentions and Deportations
Photo Essay by Shaghayegh Tajvidi

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13250

TRNN Replay: 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=13249
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FAIR Blog
NYT Hopes India Can Avoid China’s Plight: a High-Paid, Well-Educated Workforce
by Jim Naureckas

*Alice asked

“So … you raise living standards by making sure they don’t go up”?

To which the March Hare replied

“Spot on, my dear!”

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/19/nyt-hopes-india-can-avoid-chinas-plight-a-high-paid-well-educated-workforce/

FAIR Analysis
Op-Ed on Venezuela Slips Past NYT Factcheckers
by Steve Ellner

http://fair.org/home/op-ed-on-venezuela-slips-past-nyt-factcheckers/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Elite Corruption: A “Violation of Public Trust”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/elite-corruption-a-violation-of-public-trust/
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Democracy Now!
Ruling by Right-Wing Judge Delays Long-Awaited Reprieve for Millions of Undocumented Immigrants

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/19/ruling_by_right_wing_judge_delays

Coming Out of the Shadows: Meet José Espinoza, an Undocumented Worker Impacted by Delayed Reprieve

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/19/coming_out_of_the_shadows_meet

As Extreme Cold Engulfs Eastern U.S., Fossil Fuel Mishaps Leave Disaster Areas on Fire

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/19/as_extreme_cold_engulfs_eastern_us

2/18

Obama’s Legacy: Permanent War and Liberal/Radical Accommodation?
by Ajamu Baraka

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/18/obamas-legacy-permanent-war-and-liberalradical-accommodation
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Gulf Coast Activists Band Together to Fight Climate Change and Extractive Industries
Frontline communities confront legacy of racism, poverty, and environmental destruction
by Adam Federman

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/18/gulf-coast-activists-band-together-fight-climate-change-and-extractive-industries
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Syriza’s First Weeks in Power in Greece
by Sakis Gekas

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2290
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The Night Is Long
President El-Sisi’s authoritarian measures of silencing the opposition and pushing through IMF-dictated reforms alienate the militant textile workers and cotton growers of Mahalla, who were relatively untouched by Tahrir
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2289
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ACLU Settles Sex Discrimination Case of Pregnant Employee Fired From Religiously Affiliated Organization

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/18/aclu-settles-sex-discrimination-case-pregnant-employee-fired-religiously

Freedom of Information? Not Where Food Safety is Concerned
Food & Water Watch slams USDA’s FSIS for Culture of Non-Transparency

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/18/freedom-information-not-where-food-safety-concerned
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The Real News Network
Iran Negotiation Leaks Won’t Affect Netanyahu’s Prospect for Re-election
Economist Shir Hever also discusses an Associated Press report about attacks on the Gaza civilian population during Operation Protective Edge

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13233

New House Bill Would Deregulate the IRS
House Republicans reintroduced legislation that would bar the Internal Revenue Service from drafting basic protocol until it’s investigated for actions it allegedly carried out two years ago

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13231

1,200 Aboriginal Women in Canada Murdered or Gone Missing Since 1980s
Aboriginal women are five times more likely to be murdered, and most attacks are from outside their communities, says Audrey Huntley of the No More Silence campaign in Canada

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13219

Libyan Chaos and the Islamic State (2/2)
Vijay Prashad, author of “Arab Spring, Libyan Winter,” says Libya is awash with weapons and fighters, much like Afghanistan 25 years ago after the withdrawal of Russia

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13232
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu: * Corrie’s Death * Nuclear Armed

http://www.accuracy.org/release/netanyahu-corries-death-nuclear-armed/
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FAIR Blog
Most Americans Agree That Netanyahu, the Only One Who Can Save the Puppy, Should Save the Puppy
by Jim Naureckas

*Yet another poll tax of credulity

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/18/most-americans-agree-that-netanyahu-the-only-one-who-can-save-the-puppy-should-save-the-puppy/
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Petition Update
Big news from Nestle. What is M&M’s waiting for?
by Renee Shutters and CSPI

https://www.change.org/p/m-m-s-candies-stop-using-artificial-dyes-linked-to-hyperactivity/u/9716431
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Democracy Now!
Rejecting Austerity, Greece Squares Off with Its Creditors & Risks Future in Eurozone

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/18/rejecting_austerity_greece_squares_off_with
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Watch Out for Deceitful Marketing of Dietary Supplements
This is how one unproven supplement tricked consumers and made millions
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/dietary-supplements/watch-out-for-deceitful-marketing-of-dietary-supplements/

2/17

Duped by For-Profit Schools, Students Gain Big Allies in Push for Loan Forgiveness
Answering Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s call, Massachusetts AG slams for-profit colleges as ‘free to break the law.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/17/duped-profit-schools-students-gain-big-allies-push-loan-forgiveness

Warming Planet Threatens More and Possibly Deadlier Pathogens, Warns Study
New research claims to upend previous understanding of how parasites that may carry infectious diseases are adapting to changing temperatures
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of parasites, large and small

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/17/warming-planet-threatens-more-and-possibly-deadlier-pathogens-warns-study

New Analysis Shatters Narrative of Charter School Success
In Minnesota, ‘new information is fueling critics who say the charter school experiment has failed to deliver.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/17/new-analysis-shatters-narrative-charter-school-success

Doc Shows Canadian Police View Environmentalists, Not Climate Change, as Real Threat
RCMP document says ‘small but violent-prone faction’ of groups could pose ‘a credible threat’ to security
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We’re all Snidely Whiplash now

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/17/doc-shows-canadian-police-view-environmentalists-not-climate-change-real-threat
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The Holdouts: Families Who Took a Pass on the Fracking Boom—and What it Cost Them
by Priscila Mosqueda

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/17/holdouts-families-who-took-pass-fracking-boom-and-what-it-cost-them
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Uber Wants to Reorganize the Economy? Workers, Too, Can Play at that Game
by Laura Flanders

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/17/uber-wants-reorganize-economy-workers-too-can-play-game
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The Worst Sort of Violence Against Children
by Steven Singer

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/17/worst-sort-violence-against-children
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Industry Backlash Against Fossil Fuel Divestment Forces the Question: Which Side Are You On?
by Kate Aronoff

*Uprooting the fence so many sit on

(And isn’t “Big Green radicals” as much a oxymoron as “humanitarian intervention”?)

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/17/industry-backlash-against-fossil-fuel-divestment-forces-question-which-side-are-you
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The Real News Network
Meet the Family with a Megaphone in US & Israeli Politics (1/2)
With 90 percent of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign donors being U.S. Americans, the Falic family tops the list, and their influence reaches both sides of the aisle in Congress

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13216

Opposition Leaders Issued A Statement to Signal the Launch of the Foiled Coup
Lucas Koerner, journalist in Caracas for Venezuelanalysis.com: What do we know about the foiled coup thus far?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13229

Rise of SYRIZA and PODEMOS in Europe and the Pre-requisite for the Black Rebellion in the US
Glen Ford Report: Black Lives Matter and the new young black activist must shed the Democratic Party from its veins and be at the heart of rebellious leadership in America

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13228

What Do Effective Violence Reduction Programs Look Like? (2/2)
Nationally recognized gun violence expert Daniel Webster discusses Baltimore’s implementation of Operation Ceasefire and suggests policy measures to ensure long-term success

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13224
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Institute for Public Accuracy
West Virginia Oil Train Derailment Highlights Need for Significant Safety Reforms

http://www.accuracy.org/release/west-virginia-oil-train-derailment-highlights-need-for-significant-safety-reforms/
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Democracy Now!
Egypt Makes Libya the New Front in Anti-ISIS War, 4 Years After NATO Left Chaos Behind

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/17/with_egypt_strikes_libya_becomes_new#\

Al Jazeera Journalists Celebrate Freedom in Egypt After 411 Days in Prison, but New Trial Looms

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/17/al_jazeera_journalists_celebrate_freedom_in

The Next Syriza? As Greece Rejects Austerity, Meet the Activist Who Could Become Spain’s New PM

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/17/the_next_syriza_as_greece_rejects

2/16

Brewing ‘Perfect Storm,’ GOP Lawmakers Push Millionaire-Friendly State Tax Schemes
Despite unfair burden on lower and middle classes, conservative-led state governments push regressive tax plans
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/16/brewing-perfect-storm-gop-lawmakers-push-millionaire-friendly-state-tax-schemes

‘Shame': Greece Pledges to Shut Down Immigrant Detention Centers
‘I’m here to express my shame, not as a minister but as a human being,’ says official in charge of public order
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Yet another Greek tragedy

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/16/shame-greece-pledges-shut-down-immigrant-detention-centers

Hiroshima Survivors Sue Over ‘Black Rain’ That Followed Atomic Bombing
Over 40 survivors of bombing demand aid from Japan for severe health impacts
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/16/hiroshima-survivors-sue-over-black-rain-followed-atomic-bombing
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On the Problems of Breathing in America
On raising black sons in a white country
by Jane Lazarre

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/16/problems-breathing-america
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In a Time of Climate Change, Boston—and the World—Can’t Afford the Olympics
by Joseph Nevins

*Plenty of bread for these circuses

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/16/time-climate-change-boston-and-world-cant-afford-olympics
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Hector Navarro: I’m Encouraging a Rebellion at the Bases of the PSUV
by Héctor Bujanda

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2286
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The Real News Network
Will the Ceasefire Hold in Ukraine? (2/2)
Kiev-based sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko discusses the problems that remain with the most recent agreement

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13225

The History of Reparations for African Americans (2/2)
TRNN’s Eddie Conway continues his discussion with Dr. Ray Winbush about the case for reparations for the slavery in the United States.

*The ones who say, “The past is the past”

Are always those who benefit from it in the present

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13223

Has the IMF Annexed Ukraine?
Michael Hudson Report: Finance is a new kind of war and forced sell offs that the IMF is imposing is a new kind of battle ground

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13211

Exclusive: Does Operation Ceasefire Have A Formula for Long-Term Success in Baltimore?
TRNN examines the nationally acclaimed homicide prevention program “Operation Ceasefire” amid allegations Baltimore is not funding the crucial outreach component that provides a critical escape to at-risk populations

*Sticking it to the carrot

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13213
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Surveillance “Reforms” Allow for Plenty of Suspicionless Spying on Americans

http://www.accuracy.org/release/surveillance-reforms-allow-for-plenty-of-suspicionless-spying-on-americans/
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Democracy Now!
Copenhagen Attack Witness Inna Shevchenko Debates Scholar Tariq Ramadan on Religion and Free Speech

*I thought it was rather ironic for Shevchenko to condemn dogmatism, when she advocates for an irresponsible ideal of freedom of speech that doesn’t speak to its consequences.

That’s what Ramadan was pointing to, that while that right to speech exists, its expression must take into account who is harmed by it, and who benefits from it.

That is, if the speaker lays claim to any sense of humanity.

Her ending comment about the vileness and violence of some religious teachings is valid, and could be applied to most religions, and for me is prima facie evidence of the fact that these were written, without divine guidance, by that most contradictory of creatures

Our species.

But to criticize Ramadan for not specifically condemning those teachings, when it’s clear he repudiates them, comes across as yet more dogmatism, to my mind.

She also dismisses the other sociopolitical factors he enumerates which lead to these tragedies, and that again betrays a less than open and honest attempt to address the situation.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/16/copenhagen_attack_witness_inna_shevchenko_debates

Fear, Inc. 2.0: As Anti-Muslim Incidents Continue, Report Exposes Funders, Pundits of Islamophobia

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/16/fear_inc_20_as_anti_muslim

Tens of Thousands Join North Carolina Moral March to Protest GOP Takeover, Racism & Islamophobia

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/16/tens_of_thousands_join_north_carolina
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Does Cutting Back on Salt in Food Help Reduce Headaches?
Here’s what one recent study shows
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/salt-in-food/does-cutting-back-on-salt-in-food-help-reduce-headaches/

2/13

‘Unconscionable': New Federal Analysis Paves Way for Arctic Plunder
New environmental impact statement shows Interior Department willing “to cater to Shell’s drilling wishes,” says environmental group.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/13/unconscionable-new-federal-analysis-paves-way-arctic-plunder
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Doctors Worldwide Blast TPP’s ‘Chilling Effect’ on Health, Climate Protections
While U.S. corporations have been involved in negotiations, ‘health agencies have been forced to rely on leaks,’ physicians point out in letter to be published Saturday
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/13/doctors-worldwide-blast-tpps-chilling-effect-health-climate-protections
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Campus Divestment Campaigns an Investment in Young Activists
by Moira Donovan

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/13/campus-divestment-campaigns-investment-young-activists
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USDA Approves GMO Arctic Apples Despite Opposition
by Wenonah Hauter

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/13/usda-approves-gmo-arctic-apples-despite-opposition
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The Real News Network
Will the Ceasefire Hold in Ukraine? (1/2)
Kiev-based sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says the ceasefire is likely just a pause before another military campaign begins

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13210

Why is Obama Requesting an AUMF When We’re Already at War with ISIS?
Michael Ratner of the Centre for Constitutional Rights says the request for the Re-Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIS will give Obama more authority to expand war across the world

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13212

Baltimore Sinai Hospital Workers Demand Affordable Medical Coverage and Better Wages
TRNN speaks to members of 1199 United Healthcare Workers East

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=1311
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Why Muslim Lives Don’t Matter”

*Societal SOP for such sins

Hand wringing

Followed by hand washing

http://www.accuracy.org/release/why-muslim-lives-dont-matter/
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FAIR Blog
‘He Just Made It Up': New York Post Accused of Fabrication in Machete Lawsuit Story
by Adam Johnson

*Taking a hatchet to the facts

Make that a machete

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/13/he-just-made-it-up-new-york-post-accused-of-fabrication-in-machete-lawsuit-story/
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Democracy Now!
“We’re All One”: UNC Shooting Victim Yusor Abu-Salha’s StoryCorps Interview Months Before Death

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/13/were_all_one_unc_shooting_victim

Denver Police Killing of LGBT Teen Jessica Hernandez Sparks Outcry as Officers’ Claims Disputed

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/13/denver_police_killing_of_lgbt_teen

Undocumented Father Finds Sanctuary in Denver Church to Fight Deportation to Mexico

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/13/undocumented_father_finds_sanctuary_in_denver

As Public Pensions Shift to Risky Wall Street, Local Politicians Rake in Political Cash

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/13/as_public_pensions_shift_to_risky

2/12

GOP Assault on Social Security Could be ‘Death Sentence’ for Nation’s Disabled
The claim that either the old-age or disability trust funds has run dry is ‘one of the hoariest lies in the conservatives’ playbook.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/12/gop-assault-social-security-could-be-death-sentence-nations-disabled

Climate Change Sets Stage for Droughts of ‘Unprecedented’ Proportions
New research predicts epic, never-before-seen dry spells for U.S. southwest and Great Plains
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/12/climate-change-sets-stage-droughts-unprecedented-proportions

Plan to Release GMO Mosquitoes ‘A Science Experiment Run Amok’
Effort by biotechnology firm meant to stop tropical diseases in Florida could have risky impacts, critics say.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/12/plan-release-gmo-mosquitoes-science-experiment-run-amok

Amid Lopsided Recovery, Republicans Plan Cuts to Food Stamp Program
‘We cannot balance the budget on the backs of poor people,’ said Rep. Jim McGovern
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/12/amid-lopsided-recovery-republicans-plan-cuts-food-stamp-program
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A Vision from Hell: Exxon’s Neo-Imperialism Meets the GOP Grand Strategy
How energy coordination on one continent could bring the planet to its knees
by Michael T. Klare

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/12/vision-hell-exxons-neo-imperialism-meets-gop-grand-strategy
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The Sorrow and Sociology of Dead Children
by Robert C. Koehler

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/12/sorrow-and-sociology-dead-children
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Brennan Center for Justice
New Report: Increased Incarceration Had Limited Effect on Reducing Crime for Over Two Decades

*A limited effect on crime

But not on the bottom line of prison profitmongers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/12/new-report-increased-incarceration-had-limited-effect-reducing-crime-over-two
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Friends of the Earth
Arctic Shipping Report Advocates Immediate Cleanup of Vessel Fuel to Combat Emissions

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/12/arctic-shipping-report-advocates-immediate-cleanup-vessel-fuel-combat-emissions

Americans for Safe Access
California Legislator Introduces Bill to End Organ Transplant Denials for Medical Marijuana Patients
Americans for Safe Access sponsors bill introduced by Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to end discriminatory practice

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/12/california-legislator-introduces-bill-end-organ-transplant-denials-medical
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The Real News Network
The History of Reparations for African Americans (1/2)
To mark Black History Month, TRNN’s Eddie Conway speaks to Dr. Ray Winbush about why people of African descent have a strong case for reparations for the slavery in the United States

*Isn’t the irony intense?

You have black folks rotting in prison for fines they can’t pay, and when they can, those serve as a major revenue source for municipalities, when history would deem them owed debts by their oppressors.

The chains have endless links.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13207

NYPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty After Rare Indictment for Killing Unarmed Black Man
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says the #blacklivesmatter movement is pressuring the political system to hold police accountable for unlawful deaths and brutality

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13194

Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (3/3)
In part three, retired Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell and investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss the killing of a former Baltimore police commissioner’s daughter that shook the entire city

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13111
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Key Author of War Powers: ISIL AUMF Could be Worse than Vietnam Authorization

*I guess he deserves the Nobel because he hasn’t blown the world up

Yet

http://www.accuracy.org/release/key-author-of-war-powers-isil-aumf-could-be-worse-than-vietnam-authorization/
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FAIR Blog
CNN Peddles Propaganda About ‘Completely Mad’ Putin
by Jim Naureckas

*A corpress which cheerleads for nuclear “chicken” casts its bête noire as “mad”.

That’s some chutzpah, boychik.

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/12/cnn-peddles-propaganda-about-completely-mad-putin/
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Democracy Now!
Endless War? Obama Sends Congress Expansive Anti-ISIS War Measure 6 Months After Bombing Began

*Excellent point from Solomon about Annan’s and so many others’ legless talk, so to speak.

DN! has a habit of giving these charlatans airtime to blather and bloviate, without challenging their mendacity, so I’m glad he seized the opportunity to do so.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/12/endless_war_obama_sends_congress_expansive

#MuslimLivesMatter: Loved Ones Honor NC Shooting Victims & Reject Police Dismissal of a Hate Crime

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/12/muslimlivesmatter_loved_ones_honor_nc_shooting

One Billion Rising Honors “Revolution” as New Report Highlights Threats to Black Girls in U.S.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/12/one_billion_rising_honors_revolution_as

2/11

Unremitting Pain: The Careless, Astonishing Cruelty of Barack Obama’s Government
The US, it seems, couldn’t care less if it causes a humanitarian crisis in Somalia, one of the world’s poorest countries
by George Monbiot

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/11/unremitting-pain-careless-astonishing-cruelty-barack-obamas-government
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Barbarians Are Made, Not Born
The Islamic State group is composed of the detritus of wars in Afghanistan, Libya, Chechnya, Yemen. It was fuelled by the destruction of Iraq. Can deliverance be really found in the violence that forged it?
by Vijay Prashad

*Making enemies and influencing people

To join them

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2284
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The Real News Network
Anonymous Hackers Declare Cyber War Against ISIS
Ola Bini of Thoughtworks explains the war strategy and its effectiveness

*I’d be interested to know just how the determination is made that an account is associated with ISIS. Is the mere expression of seeming support sufficient?

If so, isn’t that a bit contradictory coming from a group that claims to be standing for freedom of expression, regardless of what one thinks of it?

I’m just asking.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13187

A Look at the Greek PM Tsipras’ First Address to Parliament
Dimitri Lascaris discusses how the SYRIZA government plans to end austerity and carry out the clear mandate of the people

*The media cabal in Greece is leery of going against public opinion, yet the corpress in the US has no qualms about cheerleading for cuts in essential programs which enjoy overwhelming support from the American public.

What a bunch of wimps.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13186

Over $100 Billion Stashed in Offshore Accounts by HSBC Clients
James Henry says the largest financial institutions in the U.S. are helping launder the money of the wealthiest and some of the worst dictators on the planet without facing any meaningful punishment – and it’s been going on for decades

*The best way to rob a government

Is to own it

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13185

Los Indignados to Podemos, The Making of a Party (2/2)
One of the major polls shows Pablo Iglesias of Podemos could become the next Prime Minister of Spain, says Becquer Seguin

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13150

Illinois Governor Moves to Weaken State Unions
Jan Rodolfo, a registered nurse and Midwest Director for National Nurses United, says the billionaire Republican governor’s executive order will affect 6,500 workers and threaten public health

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13188

Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (2/3)
In part two, retired Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell and investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss what speaking to those accused of murder can teach about the failures of our society

*The connection between children with no conscience

And a society bereft of one

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13110
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FAIR Blog
Chris Matthews Calls for ‘Rambo Kind of Stuff’ as Response to Real-World Violence
by Jim Naureckas

*Matthews might want to ask another fictional character, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, about how to deal with monsters of one’s one creation.

Y’know … the ones given life by the policies he’s pimped for decades.

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/11/chris-matthews-calls-for-rambo-kind-of-stuff-as-response-to-real-world-violence/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
AUMF: “Another Blank Check for Endless War”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/aumf-another-blank-check-for-endless-war/
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Democracy Now!
As Study Finds 4,000 Lynchings in Jim Crow South, Will U.S. Address Legacy of Racial Terrorism?

*As a “son of the South”, I wonder if any of my relatives were involved in these atrocities, either as participants or spectators.

The awful odds are stacked in favor of that horrific history, I have to think.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/11/as_study_finds_4_000_lynchings

Exchanging Vows, Alabama Same-Sex Couples Make History in a State Where Discrimination Runs Deep

*Old times there are not forgotten

‘Cause they’re inscribed in the constitution

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/11/exchanging_vows_alabama_same_sex_couples

After Months of Protest, NYPD Officer Charged for Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Black Man Akai Gurley

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/11/after_months_of_protest_nypd_officer

U.S. Hostage Kayla Mueller Remembered for Humanitarian Work from Syria to Occupied Territories

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/11/us_hostage_kayla_mueller_remembered_for
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How to Diet: Is Chocolate for Valentine’s Day the New Superfood?
Do chocolate eaters really weigh less?
David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-is-chocolate-for-valentines-day-the-new-superfood/

2/10

Federal Campaign to Save Monarch Fails to Address Root Cause of Decline
Without addressing herbicide-resistant GMO crops, ‘monarch populations will not rebound to resilient, healthy levels,’ says pollinator expert
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/10/federal-campaign-save-monarch-fails-address-root-cause-decline
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New Report on Lynching Reveals Sinister Legacy of ‘Racial Terrorism’ in America
Capital punishment and current racial injustice in US are ‘direct descendants of lynching’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A hateful present hanging on a horrific past

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/10/new-report-lynching-reveals-sinister-legacy-racial-terrorism-america
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The Debt Slavery Must End to Prevent Environmental Catastrophes: Will Greece Kick Start a Paradigm Shift?
by Stefano Balbi

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/10/debt-slavery-must-end-prevent-environmental-catastrophes-will-greece-kick-start
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Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?
by Ellen Brown

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/10/why-public-banks-outperform-private-banks-unfair-competition-or-better-mousetrap
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The Shift: A Note from Lexington Federal Prison
by Kathy Kelly

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/10/shift-note-lexington-federal-prison
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Saying No to Torture: A Gallery of American Heroes
by Rebecca Gordon

*They weren’t scared of anything but missing the opportunity to indulge their sadism in the service of expanding their empire, and preparing for the day when these grotesqueries would need to be employed to hold it together.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/10/saying-no-torture-gallery-american-heroes
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Plan B? What Happened to Plan A?
Why we shouldn’t fund geoengineering experimentation, and what we still need to learn about the climate
by Pat Mooney

*Science marches on

And off the cliff

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/10/plan-b-what-happened-plan
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Worldwatch Institute
No Jobs on a Dead Planet: Trade Unions Join the Transition to a Greener Economy
Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 explores the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition to a sustainable economy

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/10/no-jobs-dead-planet-trade-unions-join-transition-greener-economy
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The Real News Network
Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (1/3)
Retired Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell and investigative journalist Stephen Janis explain why they decided to write “Why Do We Kill?”

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13182

Capitalism at the Root of Greek Economic Crisis
Costas Panayotakis, author of Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy, says Greece’s economic woes stem from the capitalist mismanagement of the Greek economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13117

Class Action Case Filed Against St. Louis and Jennings by Black Residents
The case is pursuing disproportionate tickets, jail and fines, the plaintiffs believe it is financially motivated, says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13163

Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (4/4)
In the final part of the of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants debate what kind of political strategy the movement should adopt

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13180
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine: Who Wins from War?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ukraine-who-wins-from-war/
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FAIR Blog
Billionaire’s Paper Hopes Well-Off Will Identify With Wealthy
by Jim Naureckas

*Middle class dismissed

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/10/billionaires-paper-hopes-well-off-will-identify-with-wealthy/
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Democracy Now!
Ferguson Residents Challenge “Modern Debtors’ Prison Scheme” Targeting Blacks with Fines, Arrests

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/10/ferguson_residents_challenge_modern_debtors_prison
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What Not to Eat: Watch Out for this Chemical Found in White Flour and Breads!
The FDA should reduce the amount of this dangerous chemical allowed in food
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-not-to-eat/what-not-to-eat-watch-out-for-this-chemical-found-in-white-flour-and-breads/

2/9

Tar Sands Activists Being Targeted by FBI
The agents ‘appear to be interested in actions around the tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline,’ said a lawyer working with the protesters.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/09/tar-sands-activists-being-targeted-fbi

Are You Living with a Terrorist? The US Government Can Help You Be Sure
New document “obtained” by The Intercept reveals NCTC developed rating system to pre-identify those who might fall into extremism
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/09/are-you-living-terrorist-us-government-can-help-you-be-sure
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Why Greece Hasn’t Threatened to Leave the EU… Not Yet, Anyway
by Alexandros Orphanides

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/09/why-greece-hasnt-threatened-leave-eu-not-yet-anyway
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New Evidence that Half of America is Broke
by Paul Buchheit

*Why is it that the jobs with the most social utility

So often are those with the most income futility?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/09/new-evidence-half-america-broke
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Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War
How Thanking the Veteran Meant Ignoring What Happened
by Christian Appy

*A dishonorable discharge of a haunting history

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/09/burying-vietnam-launching-perpetual-war
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The Nisman murder and the AMIA terror bombing: A tangled thread
by Gareth Porter

*Imperative intel, given the parroting of Nisman’s narrative in the pages and pixels of the corpress, as well as the dearth of coverage in the more visible alternative media.

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2282
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Food & Water Watch
Ranchers, Consumers Applaud Dismissal of COOL Lawsuit

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/09/ranchers-consumers-applaud-dismissal-cool-lawsuit
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The Real News Network
Over 90% of Netanyahus’ Campaign Contributions Come from the U.S.
Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center says many dubious fundraising strategies are used; some are illegal and under investigation

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13140

A Bloodless Coup d’etat in Detroit
Frank Hammer reports that in the grand bargain of the bailout, Detroit lost its democracy

*Welcome to Mowedtown

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13128

President’s Plan to Protect Arctic Ocean Won’t Halt Oil Drilling (2/2)
Leah Donahey and Subhankar Banerjee on the US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and how they might advise President Obama

*If we don’t wake up to the fact that “All of the above” means “Look out below!”, and continue to have faith in the false promises flowing from Dear Misleader’s lips

We won’t have a chance in hell of preventing one here on Earth.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13138

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Head to Head with German Counterpart Wolfgang Schauble
Varoufakis evokes German Nazi history to describe, what he is up against, Leo Panitch and Dimitri Lascaris discuss the standoff and the future of the European community

*Fear and loathing of a (hopefully) good example

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13167

Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, Member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party Moments Before She was Killed by Riot Police in Cairo
Professor Seif Da’na explains that Shaimaa al-Sabbagh is a victim of the current struggle for legitimacy taking place in Egypt (1/3 Parts)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13148

Why ISIS Burning Jordanian Pilot May Unify Arab World
Prof. Vijay Prashad discusses the significance of the of anti-ISIS protests after the immolation of a Jordanian pilot and the possible future outcomes of these events

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13152
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Why Did DOJ Ignore Whistleblower?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/why-did-doj-ignore-whistleblower/
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Is Sleep Deprivation Making You Fat?
by Yuri Elkaim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npdpB8-nFE0

What Is Resistant Starch? Why You Need It and How to Get It
by Yuri Elkaim

http://yurielkaim.com/7857/resistant-starch-need-get/
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Food Safety: Be Careful of These Dangerous Pathogens, Toxins, and Chemicals in Seafood
Do you know what’s in the fish you eat?
Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-be-careful-of-these-dangerous-pathogens-toxins-and-chemicals-in-seafood/

2/6

Greek Minister: Poison of Troika Austerity Fueling Rise of Nazi Party
After meeting in Berlin, Yannis Varoufakis says Syriza’s attempt to rectify economic conditions is all that’s keeping fascists from the door
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/06/greek-minister-poison-troika-austerity-fueling-rise-nazi-party

Blockade Delivers Climate Message to Calif. Gov. Brown: Stop Fracking
Demonstrators have erected 16-foot fracking rig, and remain ‘jubilant and defiant’ while awaiting arrest
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Brown is the color of what leaves Jerry’s lips

Always has been, hasn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/06/blockade-delivers-climate-message-calif-gov-brown-stop-fracking

Yemen: Shiite Rebels Announce Takeover of Country
Houthis issue “constitutional declaration” amid continuing unrest
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/06/yemen-shiite-rebels-announce-takeover-country

In Landmark Ruling, Canada to Allow Assisted Suicide
‘I do not want to die slowly, piece by piece. I do not want to waste away unconscious in a hospital bed. I do not want to die wracked with pain.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/06/landmark-ruling-canada-allow-assisted-suicide

‘Zero Tolerance': A Worldwide Call to Eliminate the Brutal Practice of FGM
UN chief calls for a future ‘where every girl can grow up free of violence and discrimination, with full dignity, human rights and equality.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/06/zero-tolerance-worldwide-call-eliminate-brutal-practice-fgm
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The Re-Colonization of Africa
by Jim Goodman

*Feeding the world

A putrid platter of propaganda

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/06/re-colonization-africa
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Is ISIL’s ‘Shock and Awe’ More Awe-ful Because One Victim?
by Juan Cole

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/06/isils-shock-and-awe-more-awe-ful-because-one-victim
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The Real News Network
A Very Dark Chapter of Globalization – Flassbeck (3/3)
Heiner Flassbeck, a former Director at UNCTAD, tells Paul Jay that the global economy is very fragile, any shock could send it into a major downturn as countries wage currency wars and oil markets are frightening

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13131

Los Indignados to Podemos: The Making of a Party (1/2)
The Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias learned much of what he knows from the leftward shift in Latin American, says Becquer Seguin, doctoral candidate in Romance studies at Cornell University

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13147

Rep. Hank Johnson’s “Grand Jury Reform Act”
Glen Ford, executive editor of the Black Agenda Report, says the use of a special prosecutor and making grand jury investigations a public process is consistent with the goals of progress

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13118

Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (3/4)
In part three of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants discuss if the #Blacklivesmatter movement should develop an electoral strategy and consider breaking with the two-party system

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13155

The Financialization of Big Business – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas says that capitalists have learned how to make huge profits without producing anything useful

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11909
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Democracy Now!
Juan González: Overhaul of NYC’s 911 System Woefully Mismanaged & Nearly $1 Billion Over Budget

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/6/juan_gonzalez_overhaul_of_nycs_911

FCC’s Net Neutrality Shift a Victory for Open Internet & Grassroots Activism Against Cable Giants

*You celebrate when the regs are in place, and you’ve gone over them with a fine toothed comb.

And even then, eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, ’cause the bastards will always be looking to bore loopholes in them, won’t they just?

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/6/fccs_net_neutrality_shift_a_victory

Part 2: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

*The drug war is a tool of repression, especially as applied to people of color, and so it’s not just the gangs who benefit from it, is it?

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2015/2/6/part_2_johann_hari_on_everything

2/5

As Specter of Wider War Threatens, Jordan Targets ISIS with New Airstrikes
Analysts warn that a rush to revenge will only deepen militarization and violence across the region.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/05/specter-wider-war-threatens-jordan-targets-isis-new-airstrikes

Oil-Soaked Interest Groups Doing Their Best to Kill Mass Transit
‘Eliminating all funding for transit, biking, and walking, which people who can’t afford a car rely on? Not a problem to these guys.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Despite the disingenuity, the point’s valid that this would be a regressive tax increase, and only “necessary” because the exploitocracy’s beaucoup billions are invioable, aren’t they?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/05/oil-soaked-interest-groups-doing-their-best-kill-mass-transit
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The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away
by Bill Moyers

*The beam in both eyes

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/05/fiery-cage-and-lynching-tree-brutalitys-never-far-away
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License Plate Scanners Also Taking Photos of Drivers and Passengers
by Sonia Roubini

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/05/license-plate-scanners-also-taking-photos-drivers-and-passengers
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The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap
Why the cure will be worse than the disease
by Matthew Harwood

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/05/lone-wolf-terror-trap
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Why is Yellen Supporting the ECB Attack on Greece?
by Yves Smith

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2280
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The Real News Network
President’s Plan to Protect Arctic Ocean Won’t Halt Oil Drilling
Leah Donahey and Subhankar Banerjee say Obama has taken an important step by announcing new protections for the Arctic Ocean, but it does not block Shell from drilling there

*It’s truly frustrating to listen to these expressions of hope that Dear Misleader will do what needs to be done.

He never has, and unless forced to, he never will.

It doesn’t matter what the science says. As all presidents do, he serves wealth. Even when ostensibly one goes against such interests, as FDR did with the New Deal, the intent is to save them from themselves.

In this case, that would mean saving the whole goddamn planet, and you would think that would necessitate a redux.

But Obama has shown time and again a visceral aversion to doing so, and even when supposedly evincing such an inclination, deeper examination invariably reveals a bait and switch.

(Vetoing Keystone XL, only to allow its clones to flourish, would be a case in point.)

Putting any faith in his rationality – much less his humanity – is a fool’s game

One that so many seemingly intelligent “progressives” seem all too eager to play.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13115

If No Deal for Greece, Exit the Euro?
Heiner Flassbeck says that in refusing to compromise on the loan conditions for Greece, Germany is really concerned about Italy and France which are in a similar situation but with much bigger economies; for Syriza, while leaving the Euro is fraught with danger and is unknown territory, the option of exit must be considered

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13127
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Death Toll Rises to Over 5,350 in Ukraine
Number of displaced people and inflation are creating great distress in the country says, Nicolai Petro, professor of politics at the University of Rhode Island

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13137

How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (3/3)
Charlie Cobb, author of “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed,” says we must use the lessons of non-violence in the sixties to address the epidemic of violence plaguing inner-city neighborhoods today

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13143

Medieval Monarchies and Islamo-Fascism (2/2)
In part two, Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha tells Paul Jay that if the Gulf State medieval monarchies are not removed, there won’t be a long-term solution to the crisis in the region

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13097
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FAIR Blog
Some Other Tall Tales Brian Williams Might Want to Apologize For
by Jim Naureckas

*(With apologies to P. Simon)

There goes lyin’ Brian …

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/05/some-other-tall-tales-brian-williams-might-want-to-apologize-for/
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Democracy Now!
Inside the Vaccine War: Measles Outbreak Rekindles Debate on Autism, Parental Choice & Public Health

*I don’t know who’s right here, but I do know that when profits are involved, as they are for the pharmas, science will be distorted to justify them.

Has that happened here? I can’t say.

That Offit refused to be on with Holland, and that he resorted to demeaning her views, rather than simply refuting them, doesn’t fill me with confidence that he’s a trustworthy source of information, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t.

A closed mind from any corner is something we can’t afford.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/5/inside_the_vaccine_war_measles_outbreak
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How to Diet: Store-Bought Toddler Foods Too High in Sugar and Sodium, CDC Warns
These foods can affect children’s taste preferences later in life
David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-cdc-research-reveals-important-information-about-sugar-and-salt-in-infant-and-toddler-foods/
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Eat your veggies!
by Leanne Ely

*No product pimping on my part. I just thought there were some good ideas for getting goodies in your gut.

http://savingdinner.com/eat-your-veggies/

2/4

Folly of US “War on Terror” Looms as Jordan and ISIS Exchange Executions
Jordan moved quickly to avenge the murder of Lt. Moaz al Kasasbeh whose execution by Islamic State was made public Tuesday. But the current cycle of violence and war in the Middle East, say observers, is deeply rooted in U.S. foreign policy decisions that reach back to U.S. invasion of Iraq and beyond.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/04/folly-us-war-terror-looms-jordan-and-isis-exchange-executions

‘Historic’ Vote As Wales Joins Scotland in Saying No to Fracking
‘This is a clear statement that we want a frack-free Wales,’ says Welsh official.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*More fissures in this fracturing fairy tale

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/04/historic-vote-wales-joins-scotland-saying-no-fracking
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As a Veteran, I See ‘American Sniper’ as Dangerous, But Not for the Reasons You’d Think
by Brock McIntosh

*There are other, less forgiving, interpretations of Kyle’s motives and mentality, but McIntosh’s main thrust is undeniable.

Mass culture reinforces the myths of political culture, telling the stories that infuse those myths with emotional and spiritual weight.

The myths are sold

And reality pays the price.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/04/veteran-i-see-american-sniper-dangerous-not-reasons-youd-think
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Friends of the Earth
Energy Department Dispels Myth of ‘Clean Coal’

*The coal hard facts

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/04/energy-department-dispels-myth-clean-coal
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The Real News Network
Syriza Needs Alliance Against German “Beggar Thy Neighbor” Policies
Economist Heiner Flassbeck tells Paul Jay that Germany has violated EU agreements and Syriza should focus on creating an alliance with Italy, Spain and France to oppose policies that are driving Europe into a deeper recession

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13130

How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (2/3)
Author Charlie Cobb discusses how famed activist Ella Baker inspired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s grassroots structure, as well as the little-known story of armed self-defense during the Civil Rights movement

*True leaders don’t have followers

They have fellow travelers

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13132

TRNN Replay: The Rise of the Big Banks – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas says that large-scale industrialization created the need for massive amounts of capital and big banks, a process that developed an aggressive global capitalism

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13134
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Stopping ISIS * Saudi Backing Al-Qaeda * Carter and Accelerating U.S. Nuke Spending

http://www.accuracy.org/release/stopping-isis-saudi-backing-al-qaeda-carter-and-accelerating-u-s-nuke-spending/
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Democracy Now!
Dean Baker: New Leftist Greek Leaders Being “Very Smart” to Challenge German-Imposed Austerity

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/4/dean_baker_new_leftist_greek_leaders

Johann Hari: Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

*If we want to end the scourge of addiction, we have to defeat the deadliest one of all

To wealth and power.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/4/johann_hari_everything_we_know_about
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Are Probiotic Dietary Supplements Worth Taking?
Here’s our guide
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/dietary-supplements/are-probiotic-dietary-supplements-worth-taking/

2/3

In Stand for People and Planet Over Profit, Green Groups Back Oil Worker Strike
Oil refinery workers on the ‘front lines’ of protecting communities from fossil fuel hazards stage biggest industry work stoppage in 30 years
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/03/stand-people-and-planet-over-profit-green-groups-back-oil-worker-strike

Canada ‘Can’t Hide’ From Climate Impacts of Energy East Pipeline, Groups Say
‘Either include climate impacts and community voices in review, or lose all credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the Canadian people.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/03/canada-cant-hide-climate-impacts-energy-east-pipeline-groups-say
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Center for Reproductive Rights
Obama Budget Continues Discriminatory Abortion Coverage Restrictions for Low-Income Women, But Would Restore Limited Coverage for D.C. Women

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/03/obama-budget-continues-discriminatory-abortion-coverage-restrictions-low-income
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The Real News Network
How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (1/3)
To mark Black History Month, TRNN’s Eddie Conway interviews Charlie Cobb, author of the book “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed,” who says he dropped out of Howard University to become active in the Civil Rights Movement

*Cobb makes the case plain, to my mind.

When faced with violence, you have a right to defend yourself and others. Force must be employed in a disciplined, principled manner, but there’s no moral obligation to forswear its use under such circumstances.

Those who choose non violence are indeed brave, and I admire their courage. But I don’t consider them any more righteous than those who decide differently in the name of self defense.

It’s a fearsome choice

But we live in a fearsome world.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13124

Top Three Things to Know About Obama’s Proposed Corporate Off-Shore Profits Tax
Economist James Henry says Obama’s proposed 14 percent mandatory tax fails to shutdown tax dodging schemes and creates incentives for more tax dodging

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13123

Finance Minister of Greece Offers Debt Swap Options to the Europeans
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi wants to commit Greece to an austerity program but he is dealing with a game theorist, says Dimitri Lascaris

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13116

Militant Islam as an Instrument of Saudi-Pakistan-US Policy
Prabir Purkayastha tells Paul Jay that the fulcrum of U.S. military policies in the region is at one end Saudi Arabia and Israel, and the other is Pakistan – ISIS is a product of the failed policies of this alliance

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13126
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Military Budget * Ukraine Disaster

http://www.accuracy.org/release/military-budget-ukraine-disaster/

Pope Declares Oscar Romero a “Martyr”

*”[B]linded by … anti-communism” … ?

Blinded by greed and power.

The church has always been allied with the ruling class, now represented by capitalism, and has benefited handsomely from it.

Liberation theology was a threat to that relationship, and had to be crushed.

Francis was, at best, a Pontius Pilate in the play, standing by while the regimes the church blessed imprisoned, tortured and murdered those who took the Golden Rule to heart.

This PR ploy does nothing to absolve him of that sin.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/pope-declares-oscar-romero-a-martyr/
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FAIR Blog
Muslims Are Nazis, USA Today Jokes
by Jim Naureckas

*Wanna bet Boehner has that framed as a welcome gift for Bibi?

“They did the Monster Mash … “

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/03/muslims-are-nazis-usa-today-jokes/

‘Venezuelan Bomb Plot’ a Figment of FBI’s–and US Media’s–Imagination
by Jim Naureckas

*Blowin’ the truth up real good

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/02/venezuelan-bomb-plot-a-figment-of-fbis-and-us-medias-imagination/

Centrist Anxiety at the New York Times
by Jim Naureckas

*I’m hearing some paranoia from the “center” here

And I hope to hell it’s well founded.

But it shouldn’t be directed at the likes of Warren and Sanders, or any other “progressive” politician, who may be better than your typical Democratic Janus, but who, like their icon FDR, are dedicated to saving capitalism from itself.

As for saving anything else

Ask the folks in Gaza about their voting record.

http://fair.org/blog/2015/02/02/centrist-anxiety-at-the-new-york-times/
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Democracy Now!
Is Ukraine a Proxy Western-Russia War? U.S. Weighs Arming Kiev as Violence Soars

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/3/is_ukraine_a_proxy_western_russia

The New Arab Cold War: U.S. Policy Sows Conflict, Unrest Across the Middle East and North Africa

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/3/the_new_arab_cold_war_us
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Watch Out for These Poor-Quality, Fraudulent Herbal Dietary Supplements
Are your supplements what they claim to be?
David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*”[Need] to keep costs down” … ?

Not unless you’re saying that they “need” to commit fraud to do so.

It’s a choice, with consequences beyond their bottom line

Into our bodies.

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/dietary-supplements/watch-out-for-poor-quality-herbal-dietary-supplements/

2/2

As California Water Resources Dwindle, New Fears Over Drilling Waste Contamination
Situation described as ‘unfolding catastrophe’ as investigation finds oil drilling companies injected untold amounts of waste into protected groundwater reserves
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/02/california-water-resources-dwindle-new-fears-over-drilling-waste-contamination

Syriza Official Vows to Kill EU-US Trade Deal as ‘Gift to All European People’
Threat comes amid continued grassroots opposition to proposed trade deal
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/02/syriza-official-vows-kill-eu-us-trade-deal-gift-all-european-people

Yet Another Toxic Consequence of Oil Spills: Arsenic Contamination
Discovery of elevated arsenic levels in groundwater is ‘significant public health concern,’ researchers warn
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The poison in the junkie’s veins

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/02/yet-another-toxic-consequence-oil-spills-arsenic-contamination
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Malcolm X Was Right About America
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/02/malcolm-x-was-right-about-america
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The World Social Forum: Building Alternative Forms of Globalization
by Thomas Ponniah

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/02/world-social-forum-building-alternative-forms-globalization
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Chicago For Sale
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/02/chicago-sale
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Food & Water Watch
Food and Water Protections Weakened Under President’s 2016 Budget

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/02/food-and-water-protections-weakened-under-presidents-2016-budget
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The Real News Network
Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (2/4)
In Part Two of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants discuss whether the #Blacklivesmatter movement can pick up where the civil rights movement and black power movements left off

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13120

Can Fast Food Afford a $15 Minimum Wage Without Cutting Jobs?
Economist Jeanette Wicks-Lim says a $15 minimum wage would affect 3.8 million workers and cost $30.7 billion, but would reduce turnover and spur economic growth

*Isn’t the effect of turnover one reason businesses are “droning” their jobs – deskilling them so that experience isn’t terribly important? Of course, it also makes the threat of losing a job that much more of a reality, if your boss can fire you and replace you with someone who doesn’t need much in the way of training.

But to the larger subject, there’s an inherent contradiction in the need for a harmful industry to do well in order for workers to receive a higher wage, don’t you think?

Whether it’s fossil fuels or fast food, the damage done to the greater society has to be factored in. I can’t say “Hooray!” for an expansion of McDonald’s bottom line, no matter how much I’d like for its workers to be paid a living wage.

As long as these industries exist, workers should get the pay and benefits they deserve, but we have to address the conundrum of the poison their products represent, and focus on ways to transition folks into jobs that actually benefit society.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13100

TRNN Replay: Growing Up in the Greek Police State – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas, author of ‘How Finance Exploits Us All’, traces his own political development, coming of age during the Greek dictatorship

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13114

Netanyahu and Boehner Tag-Teaming on Iran Could Backfire On Both of Them
Professor Vijay Prashad says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a high risk gambler whose relationship with the Obama administration has hit rock bottom

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13074

Iraq Prepares Austerity Budget
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is planning to cut social sector employment as collapsing oil prices, corruption, and the anti-ISIS campaign will leave the government short on revenue

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13035

The Story Behind Keystone XL Pipeline Amendments
Food & Water Watch’s Sam Schabacker and journalist Steve Horn discuss the interests behind the amendments and discuss how another Enbridge pipeline is being planned under the radar

*So, should Dear Misleader make the political calculation to veto Keystone XL, how many of the big greens will rush to buss his bum, while the poison is poised to course via other veins?

Another case of closing the blinds on the big picture window …

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13104
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Problems with “One-Time” Tax on Overseas Corporate Profits

http://www.accuracy.org/release/problems-with-one-time-tax-on-overseas-corporate-profits/
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Democracy Now!
After Historic Victory, Greece’s Leftist Syriza Party Begins Mandate Against “Vicious” Austerity

*Since fearmongering didn’t work, don’t you think the next ploy will be cooption?

Keep a close eye on how that plays out. History implores us to make Syriza earn the benefit of the doubt.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/2/after_historic_victory_greeces_leftist_syriza

Amid Violence Against Journalists Worldwide, Egypt Releases 1 of 3 Jailed Al Jazeera Reporters

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/2/amid_violence_against_journalists_worldwide_egypt

Dave Zirin on NFL Season’s Lowlights: Domestic Abuse, Concussions and Seahawks’ Super Bowl Screw-Up

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/2/2/dave_zirin_on_the_super_bowl

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1/30

Canada Unveils New Anti-Terrorism Bill That Moves for ‘Unprecedented Expansion of Powers’
“This radical expansion of national security powers is not sound security policy and presents a real danger to Canadians,” says civil liberties advocate.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Over the last few years a great evil has been descending over our world.”

The irony doesn’t drip.

It drowns.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/30/canada-unveils-new-anti-terrorism-bill-moves-unprecedented-expansion-powers

Moms and Doctors Have a Message for Monsanto: ‘You’re Making Us Sick’
As shareholders gather in St. Louis on Friday, concerned parents, doctors, and environmental and food safety advocates will hold a memorial to the agrichemical giant’s victims.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/30/moms-and-doctors-have-message-monsanto-youre-making-us-sick

NYPD Commissioner Invokes #BlackLivesMatter Protests to Justify New “Anti-Terrorism” Unit
Critics in the city say a more militarized NYPD using “counter-terrorism tactics against protestors” would be “deeply misguided” approach to policing
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Another display of the true and two faced nature of “progressive” city administrations in these here United States.

Oakland, anyone … ?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/30/nypd-commissioner-invokes-blacklivesmatter-protests-justify-new-anti-terrorism-unit

‘Unconstitutional… Unconscionable': Texas Executes Intellectually Disabled Man
Despite Eighth Amendment protections and US Supreme Court rulings, state puts Robert Ladd to death
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The mentally – and the morally – challenged

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/30/unconstitutional-unconscionable-texas-executes-intellectually-disabled-man
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Our Girls are Still Not Home: Boko Haram and the Politics of Death
No matter who wins the election next month or whatever military force is raised and thrown against Boko Haram in the future, it is likely that the insurgency will continue.
by Ajamu Baraka

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/30/our-girls-are-still-not-home-boko-haram-and-politics-death
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Did Israel develop the doctrine behind Iraq invasion?
by Rod Such

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2277
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The Real News Network
Will the SYRIZA Victory Spark a Broad Anti-Austerity Struggle in Europe?
Professor William Black says the mainstream media has failed to explain the ordinary Greek’s experience of austerity policy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13093

At the Center of a Storm – Irvin Jim on RAI (3/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself: Workers must build a united front to implement the Freedom Charter, which includes participating in electoral politics; the workers movement can’t just be about marching, says Mr. Jim, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13099

Hezbollah and Israel Call for De-escalation in the Golan Heights
Phyllis Bennis says two Israeli soldiers were killed yesterday in retaliation for the killing of six Hezbollah fighters, including a son of a revered leader and an Iranian General

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13095

Would Loretta Lynch Support Ineffective Federal Drug Policy?
Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), says that Loretta Lynch unwittingly made the case for legalization of marijuana during her confirmation hearing for attorney general

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13092
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FAIR Blog
All the NYPD Spin That’s Fit to Print
by Neil deMause

*Why do these lyrics come to mind?

“One headline

Why believe it?

Everybody wants to rule the world”

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/30/all-the-nypd-spin-thats-fit-to-print/
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Institute for Public Accuracy

Outrage at USDA’s “Abandonment of Regulatory Authority” on GE Trees

http://www.accuracy.org/release/outrage-at-usdas-abandonment-of-regulatory-authority-on-ge-trees/

1/29

Parks But Not People? In Partial Victory, Pennsylvania Bans Fracking on Public Lands
Residents say partial moratorium is good first step but does not help the communities bearing the brunt of toxic drilling
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/29/parks-not-people-partial-victory-pennsylvania-bans-fracking-public-lands

Legacy of Endless Afghan War Includes Nation Plagued by Unexploded Bombs
With a majority of the victims children, unexploded ordnances in war-torn Afghanistan are claiming more than one life every single day
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/29/legacy-endless-afghan-war-includes-nation-plagued-unexploded-bombs
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Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/29/dear-syria-one-refugee-another
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New York Civil Liberties Union
NYCLU Provides Body Camera Guidelines to White House Policing Task Force

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/29/nyclu-provides-body-camera-guidelines-white-house-policing-task-force
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The Real News Network
At the Center of a Storm – Irvin Jim on RAI (2/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself: Mr. Jim, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa, explains why his union withdrew its support for the governing African National Congress

*An unsold soul

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13086

The Confirmation Hearings of US Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch
Bruce Dixon of the Black Agenda Report says Ms. Lynch’s expertise in white-collar crime was defending white-collar criminals, not prosecuting them

*The misidentification of identity politics

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13077

As Obama Expands Offshore Drilling, a Look at the Health of the Oceans Today
Marine ecologist Douglas McCauley argues that President Obama’s move to expand offshore drilling is a part of a worrisome trend threatening the health of the oceans and raising the specter of mass extinction

*It’s gonna take a whole hell of a lot more than “managing” to avoid catastrophe in the oceans, don’t you think?

Not that even managing is on the minds of those poised to poison and plunder the seas with the same vicious voracity to which they’ve subjected the land.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13078
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How to Diet: Can Chocolate Protect your Heart and Brain?
What are flavanols and what is the best way to incorporate them into your diet?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-can-chocolate-protect-your-heart-and-brain/
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How to best use your refrigerator
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/how-to-best-use-your-refrigerator/

1/28

Race, Domestic Abuse and a Warning Shot: Marissa Alexander Released From Prison, But Still Not Free
Case illuminates ‘many ills in our justice system,’ activist says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/28/race-domestic-abuse-and-warning-shot-marissa-alexander-released-prison-still-not

Amid Gas Drilling Boom, Investigators Warn of Systemic Pipeline Safety Hazards
Accidents involving ‘high consequence area pipelines,’ where people or buildings are more likely to be impacted, have increased in recent years
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/28/amid-gas-drilling-boom-investigators-warn-systemic-pipeline-safety-hazards

In Response To Attacks, Sweeping Data Collection To Be Proposed for EU Airports
Of the proposal’s alleged privacy protections, civil liberties advocate says: ‘It is a joke. They are not safeguards.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/28/response-attacks-sweeping-data-collection-be-proposed-eu-airports
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Can Capitalism Save Itself?
by Gary Olson

*FDR’s not around to save capitalism this time.

The question is whether we can save ourselves from its frenzied, flailing and ultimately fascist DIY.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/28/can-capitalism-save-itself
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Fracking with Our Food: And 7 Other Reasons California Should Ban Toxic Drilling
by Josh Healey

*Jerry rigged

He’s been at it for quite a while, and it’s pretty damn sad that so many folks still haven’t caught on, ain’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/28/fracking-our-food-and-7-other-reasons-california-should-ban-toxic-drilling
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The Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture
by Frederic Mousseau

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/28/corporate-takeover-ukrainian-agriculture
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Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Asks FBI to Withdraw from Texas Event Sponsored by Hate Group, Featuring Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/28/cair-asks-fbi-withdraw-texas-event-sponsored-hate-group-featuring-anti-muslim

Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags
New Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends in global plastic production and recycling

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/28/global-plastic-production-rises-recycling-lags

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
NFL Marketing to Kids is Out of Bounds
Groundbreaking report exposes league’s intensive and harmful campaign to target children

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/28/nfl-marketing-kids-out-bounds
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The Real News Network
At the Center of a Storm – Irvin Jim, General Secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa on RAI (1/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Jim tells host Paul Jay about his youth and radicalization in the fight against apartheid. Mr. Jim is now the leader of the largest union in South Africa with 340,000 members, which has recently broken with the ANC and is calling for a return to the principles of the Freedom Charter

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13054

Marxist Economists, Academics and Philosophers Sworn In to the Greek Cabinet
Leo Panitch says new Finance Minister has to raise massive public investments required to kick start the economy and address twenty-five percent general unemployment and fifty percent youth unemployment

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13071

Death Toll in Ukraine at Five Thousand as the Ceasefire Breaks Down
Serhiy Kudelia of Baylor University, recently returned from a trip to the eastern regions in Ukraine, says the most recent outbreak is the worst violence to date and the ceasefire is dependent on the continuation of the negotiations

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13073
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FAIR Analysis
The Super Bowl Windfall Myth
Why media fall for sports industry’s bogus economic claims
by Neil deMause

*Homers that never make it out of the park

http://fair.org/home/the-super-bowl-windfall-myth/
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Democracy Now!
“The Hunting Ground”: Film Exposes How Colleges Cover Up Sexual Assault and Fail to Protect Students

*Yet what dominates the discussion in the corpress is how Rolling Stone reported on the Virginia case, allowing the victim blamers to pose as defenders of journalistic ethics, and paint themselves as victims.

Nauseating, but not in the least surprising, is it?

And there may be a small number of perpetrators, but there are all too many perpetuators in the college system, wouldn’t you say?

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/28/the_hunting_ground_film_exposes_how

As 18 Die on Anniversary of Revolution, Egypt Intensifies Crackdown on Activists, Journalists

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/28/as_18_die_on_anniversary_of
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Dietary Supplements: Are Multivitamins Useless?
It’s not as simple as some headlines make it seem
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/dietary-supplements/dietary-supplements-are-multivitamins-useless/

1/27

National People’s Action
Community Groups Rally Outside Payday Lending Stores to Protect Consumers from Predatory Loans
New Ad Pushes Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Act As Activists Protest Payday Lenders

*Circling the sharks

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/27/community-groups-rally-outside-payday-lending-stores-protect-consumers-predatory

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
To Avoid Worst Consequences of Climate Change, Solutions Must Include Land Use Sector

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/27/avoid-worst-consequences-climate-change-solutions-must-include-land-use-sector

Center for Biological Diversity
Monarch Numbers Up Slightly, But Butterfly Still at Risk of Extinction
Favorable Weather Boosts Population But Pesticides Still Threaten Butterfly’s Chance of Survival

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/27/monarch-numbers-slightly-butterfly-still-risk-extinction

Food & Water Watch Blasts Approval of Biggest Supermarket Merger

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/27/food-water-watch-blasts-approval-biggest-supermarket-merger
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The Real News Network
New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Sworn In to Office
Dimitri Lascaris: SYRIZA leader’s first act as Prime Minister was to visit the grave site where hundreds of members of the Greek Resistance were executed by the German Nazi forces during World War II

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13065

US-India Nuke Deal A Big Win for Corporations
Author and scholar Vijay Prashad says the US-India nuclear deal will protect US corporations from liability in case of an industrial disaster like India faced in the 1984 Bhopal gas leak

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13067

Will the Kurdish Coalition Hold Kobani?
Edmund Ghareeb, author of The Kurdish Question in Iraq, says hundreds of Kurdish villages and small towns remain under the control of the Islamic State

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13066

US Resumes Drone Strikes in Yemen Despite Political Leadership Vacuum
Scholar and journalist Waalid Al-Saqaf says continued US drone strikes and foreign involvement will push Yemen towards a civil war and do nothing to address the growing humanitarian catastrophe

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13063
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FAIR Blog
Improbable as It May Seem to WaPo, Greek Voters Doubt Austerity Is Required
by Jim Naureckas

*Sure, the Post’s engaging in redbaiting, but there’s a bias in this post as well – one which surfaces quite frequently in the “alternative media”.

Communism is like any other ideology. It has a plethora of currents and contradictions, some of which should be anathema to anyone claiming to care about humanity, such as Stalinism.

“Progressives” run screaming from anything that could be associated with communism, taking great care to innoculate themselves from charges of “extremism”.

You can criticize, even condemn, certain currents of communism without tossing the whole shootin’ match out the window, which comes across as the case here, and elsewhere.

But while cognizant of its checkered history, let’s not forget that “commies” here and around the world were and are part of some of the greatest movements for justice humankind has witnessed.

And let’s not forget that those in power get a hard on watching us piss on each other.

So let’s be honest and open in our criticisms, with the aim of advancing our struggle, but acutely aware that we’ve been partners in our own fratricide for far too long.

I hope that makes sense.

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/26/improbable-as-it-may-seem-to-wapo-greek-voters-doubt-austerity-is-required/
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Democracy Now!
“The Power of the People”: Selma Director Ava DuVernay on Fight for Civil Rights, Voting Equality

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/27/the_power_of_the_people_selma

“Selma” Director Defends Film’s Portrayal of LBJ-MLK Dispute on Voting Rights Legislation

*DuVernay’s naiveté as regards Dear Misleader is disturbing, as is her tepid critique of LBJ.

I guess it goes to show that the blinders we’re fitted with early on take more than a superficial tug to yank off.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/27/selma_director_defends_films_portrayal_of

1/26

Calling TPP a ‘Death Pact,’ Health Advocates Rally Outside Secretive Trade Talks
It’s a global health issue, says advocate. ‘Countries are trying to fight epidemics and this puts the process over people.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/26/calling-tpp-death-pact-health-advocates-rally-outside-secretive-trade-talks
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UK Battle Lines Sharpen over Gas Drilling as Parliament Rejects Fracking Ban
Fracking faces ‘overwhelming public resistance concern and opposition from ordinary people,’ says Bianca Jagger
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/26/uk-battle-lines-sharpen-over-gas-drilling-parliament-rejects-fracking-ban
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Building an Internet Movement from the Bottom Up
by Timothy Karr

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/26/building-internet-movement-bottom
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Gaza in Arizona: How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the US-Mexican Border
by Todd Miller, Gabriel Matthew Schivone

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/26/gaza-arizona-how-israeli-high-tech-firms-will-armor-us-mexican-border
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MADRE
International Solidarity with Iraqi and Syrian Women’s Human Rights Advocates against ISIL

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/26/international-solidarity-iraqi-and-syrian-womens-human-rights-advocates-against
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The Real News Network
Historic Victory for SYRIZA Greece
Leo Panitch says it is the first left party to come to power since the 2007-2008 crisis of neoliberalism

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13058

Now in Power, SYRIZA Faces Herculean Task
Dimitri Lascaris says breaking up the troika and the power of oligarchs that control Greece is not going to be an easy task

*We have to keep in mind that political formations, even the relatively more principled ones (hopefully, anyway) like SYRIZA, are merely vehicles.

The question is, who is driving them?

We can’t sit in the back seat, trusting we’re being driven where we need to go.

We have to be behind the wheel, steering that vehicle to our desired destination.

Okay, that’s your metaphor for the day.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13059

American Sniper: Honoring a Fallen Hero or Whitewashing a Murderous Occupation?
Journalist Max Blumenthal says the film American Sniper promotes lies falsehoods about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle along with the US invasion and occupation of Iraq

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13048

TRNN Replay: Saudi Arabia and the al-Qaeda Monster (3/5)
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 these alliances

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13060

The Saudis – Oil, ISIS and Revolution
Loretta Napoleoni says little will change after death of King Abdullah, but the Saudis cannot sustain low oil prices for much longer; they have lost control of ISIS; and their big fear is revolution

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13052

TRNN Replay: 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=13056

Greek Right Fears First Left Government in Greek History
Dimitri Lascaris reports from Greece that a near six-point lead for SYRIZA is raising memories of the fascist coup and civil war

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13044
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Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S.-India Nuclear Deal * Subsidizes Industry * Leaves Victims Vulnerable * Violates NPT

http://www.accuracy.org/release/u-s-india-nuclear-deal-subsidizes-industry-leaves-victims-vulnerable-violates-npt/

Anti-Austerity Left Wins in Greece: Saves Capitalism?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/anti-austerity-left-wins-in-greece-saves-capitalism/
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FAIR Analysis
Saudi Dictator’s Death
Shows NYT as Pawn of Power
Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded ‘sorcerers,’ was ‘force of moderation’
by Keane Bhatt

*The company The Company likes to keep

http://fair.org/article/saudi-dictators-death-shows-nyt-as-pawn-of-power/
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Democracy Now!
Black Lives Matter: New Film on Jordan Davis Captures Family’s Struggle to Convict White Vigilante

*Standing their ground

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/26/black_lives_matter_new_film_on

1/23

And the Lifetime Award for Shameful Corporate Behavior Goes to… Chevron
As World Economic Forum gathers in Davos, satirical ceremony nearby recognizes corporate criminals
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/23/and-lifetime-award-shameful-corporate-behavior-goes-chevron
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US May Soon Stand Alone Opposing Children’s Treaty
‘With the current composition of the U.S. Congress, there is no chance for its ratification.’
byThalif Deen
Inter Press Service

*A dab hand at lofty words

A dead one at living up to them

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/23/us-may-soon-stand-alone-opposing-childrens-treaty
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Pennsylvania Court Hands Down Big Win for Teachers’ Union
‘Today’s decision is a victory for collective bargaining and the notion that contracts between parties should be negotiated, not imposed,’ says union president
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/23/pennsylvania-court-hands-down-big-win-teachers-union
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NRC: We’re Keeping Fukushima-Style Nuclear Reactors Going
Federal agency rejects appeal by watchdog group to suspend operations at reactors identical to those at disaster-stricken reactors in Japan.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/23/nrc-were-keeping-fukushima-style-nuclear-reactors-going

Fossil Fuel Industry Gives California Communities a Breath of Toxic Air: Report
Environmental study finds dozens of airborne pollutants, many untested, in two counties
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/23/fossil-fuel-industry-gives-california-communities-breath-toxic-air-report
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Message to the UK: The Fracking Bridge is Already Burning
by Naomi Klein

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/23/message-uk-fracking-bridge-already-burning
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Drones and the New Ethics of War
by Neve Gordon

*If looks could kill
They probably will
In games without frontiers
War without tears

- P. Gabriel

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/23/drones-and-new-ethics-war
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Doctors Without Borders
Ahead of Obama Visit, MSF Warns US Pressure on India Could Impact Access to Medicines for Millions

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/23/ahead-obama-visit-msf-warns-us-pressure-india-could-impact-access-medicines
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The Real News Network
SYRIZA Heads Towards a Majority in Greece as Elections Approach
TRNN Exclusive from Athens: Lawyer Dimitri Lascaris says the SYRIZA coalition has broad support from European labor and social movements

*The proof is in the pudding

And the cook’s not in the kitchen just yet

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13033

Feds Won’t Pursue Civil Rights Case Against Darren Wilson
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says Holder’s DOJ is abdicating its responsibility to uphold the law by not charging officer Darren Wilson for killing Mike Brown

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13036

TRNN Replay: American Alliance with Saudi Dictatorship is Hypocrisy Dressed Up as “Realism”
As news comes of Saudi King Abdullah’s death at 90, TRNN replays a five-part interview series with Saudi scholar Madawi al-Rasheed

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13043

What Triggered AETNA’s Pay Raise to $16/hour?
PERI Economist Jeanette Wicks-Lim discusses says the decline in unemployment might be pressuring companies to raise wages

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13016
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Saudi Monarch’s Death: A Chance for Democracy?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/saudi-monarchs-death-a-chance-for-democracy/
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FAIR Blog
Muslim-Bashing Not a No-Go Zone for Bobby Jindal
by Aldo Guerrero

*From MSNBC, another object lesson in the contextual cluelessness, to be kind, that connotes true “political correctness”, in contrast to the epithet hurled at those who challenge prejudice and demand respect for all.

I’ve been subject to both.

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/23/muslim-bashing-not-a-no-go-zone-for-bobby-jindal/
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Democracy Now!
Hailed as U.S. Counterterrorism Model in Middle East, Yemen Teeters on the Brink of Collapse

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/23/hailed_as_us_counterterrorism_model_in

Remembering Saudi’s King Abdullah: “He Was Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator”

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/23/remembering_saudis_king_abdullah_he_was

“A Systemic Failure”: New Calls for Reform as Feds Rule Out Civil Rights Charges for Darren Wilson

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/23/a_systemic_failure_new_calls_for

Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison After Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/23/barrett_brown_sentenced_to_five_years
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Who else “Hass” to have a daily dose of avocado?
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/who-else-hass-to-have-a-daily-dose-of-avocado/

1/22

On Roe vs. Wade Anniversary, GOP House Passes Vicious Assault on Women’s Right to Choose
Reproductive rights advocates say legislation would cause entire insurance market to drop abortion coverage while raising taxes on small businesses
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/22/roe-vs-wade-anniversary-gop-house-passes-vicious-assault-womens-right-choose

After SCOTUS Gutted Voting Rights Act, Is Fair Housing Act Next?
Civil rights groups worry that landmark legislation designed to insulate housing from discrimination could be under threat from a new round of judicial overreach
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/22/after-scotus-gutted-voting-rights-act-fair-housing-act-next
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Roe Should Be a Reality for All, Not Just for a Wealthy Few
by Heidi Williamson

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/22/roe-should-be-reality-all-not-just-wealthy-few
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200 Arrests in Ongoing Seneca Lake Uprising
by Sandra Steingraber

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/22/200-arrests-ongoing-seneca-lake-uprising
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Why the Whole World is Watching Greece
by Lee Sustar

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2262
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The Real News Network
The Socialist Response to the State of the Union
Socialist Seattle Council-member Kshama Sawant offers her rebuttal to President Obama on the economy, raising the minimum wage and police accountability

*Why is it that “socialists” like Sawant

Never talk about socialism?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13031
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No Black or White America says Obama
Kevin Alexander Gray joins Paul Jay to discuss the President’s lack of interest in the desperate conditions faced by most

*Jay asks, “What do you make of that problem?”

To which I answer that we’ve been settling for the “lesser of two evils” for decades

And the lesser’s only gotten greater.

You can live in fear of the worst

Or you can strive in hope for the best.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13037
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Petition
Milwaukee Workers Organizing Committee
Racist McDonald’s Bosses Fire 10 Workers

http://lowpayisnotok.org/petition/south-boston/
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Democracy Now!
Inside the U.S. Torture Chambers: Prisoner’s Guantánamo Diary Details 12 Years of Abuse, Terror

*The only “mistakes” in this horror story

Are those that ascribe some modicum of humanity to its authors

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/22/inside_the_us_torture_chambers_prisoners

“Guantánamo of the Pacific”: Australian Asylum Seekers Wage Hunger Strike at Offshore Detention Site

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/22/guantanamo_of_the_pacific_australian_asylum
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How to Diet: Are You Hungry or Just Bored?
Here is what one study discovered about boredom and weight gain
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-are-you-hungry-or-just-bored/

1/21

Casey vs. Kyle: On Bloodlust, Loss, and Wars of Choice
by Cindy Sheehan

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/21/casey-vs-kyle-bloodlust-loss-and-wars-choice
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The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across The Middle East
The fate of one Shi’ite cleric hangs over the Gulf like a sword of Damocles.
by Giorgio Cafiero

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/21/death-sentence-could-inflame-sectarian-tensions-across-middle-east
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The Real News Network
Can the Union Be Strong Amidst Global Recession?
Bill Black and James Henry join Paul Jay to discuss President Obama’s State of the Union

*It is a tale told to perceived idiots

Full of sound and fury

Signifying nothing, save the hollow sound of hypocrisy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13029

Israel Kills Hezbollah Leaders Ahead of Elections
Research economist Shir Hever says Israel’s aggression is intentionally timed with Israel’s elections, distracting the electorate from domestic economic issues

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13026
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Arcoiris Liberation Team
#Not1More
Help Free Marichuy!

http://www.gofundme.com/FreeMarichuy
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FAIR Blog
Obama’s SOTU: Not Enough Blood, Sweat or Tears

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/21/obamas-sotu-not-enough-blood-sweat-or-tears/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
SOTU: How Trade Deal Undermines Obama’s Stated Agenda

http://www.accuracy.org/release/sotu-how-trade-deal-undermines-obamas-stated-agenda/
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Democracy Now!
Phyllis Bennis: As Obama Hails “Turning Page” on Wars, U.S. Drone Strikes Continue Across Globe

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/21/phyllis_bennis_as_obama_hails_turning

Ralph Nader on What was Missing in President Obama’s State of the Union Address

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/21/ralph_nader_on_what_was_missing

David Cay Johnston: Class War Is Being Waged by the Rich Against the Poor

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/21/david_cay_johnston_class_war_is

On 5th Anniversary of Citizens United, GOP Taps Koch Brothers-Backed Senator to Give SOTU Response

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/21/on_5th_anniversary_of_citizens_united

1/20

Single-Payer: It’s What the People Want
New poll shows majority of Americans support such a system.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/20/single-payer-its-what-people-want
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If People Were Pipelines
by Laura Flanders

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/20/if-people-were-pipelines
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Troubled TTIP Isn’t the Only ‘Trade’ Takeover Busting Our Sovereignty
Even as controversial ‘trade’ deal, TTIP, sputters, other deals to give corporations as much power as countries are being negotiated even more secretively
by Glyn Moody

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/20/troubled-ttip-isnt-only-trade-takeover-busting-our-sovereignty
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Bold Nebraska
TransCanada Uses Eminent Domain for Private Gain for Keystone XL
Nebraska Landowners Vow to Fight Back in Court and Make Case to President Obama

*All corporations are “foreign”

When it comes to any proximity to humanity

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/20/transcanada-uses-eminent-domain-private-gain-keystone-xl
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The Real News Network
The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (8/8)
Dr. Finkelstein says the BDS movement must take a position on Israel’s right to exist as a state

*I think you can make a case for many states having no right to exist, starting with these here United States of America.

That brings us to the question of the legitimacy of states as a political entity, and that’s a larger issue than I can deal with here.

What I think I can speak to is why so many folks, beyond Zionists, are hostile to a stand denying Israel’s right to exist. That view can seem to be antagonistic to the right of Jews to be secure wherever they live.

I think it’s obvious that’s not the case, but I do believe that it’s imperative to address that misconception.

I feel justice, true justice, can only be attained via the establishment of one state in the area in question. Anything else abrogates the rights of Palestinians.

So what does that mean for Jews? For me, it means that they have no more or fewer rights than any other citizen of that state. They are equals with every other grouping.

I fully realize the difficulties inherent in the creation of such a state, but if we’re talking about what’s just, that’s where the logic leads me.

I’m not naive enough to believe that that approach will win over large numbers of the general public in the US, but I do feel that anyone who agrees that one state is the only just solution has to make it clear that this is a position that in no way diminishes the legitimate rights of Jews, and has nothing to do with perpetuating the centuries of oppression Jews have suffered through.

To me, if you couldn’t support apartheid, I can’t see how you can support two states, other than as some “practical” answer.

Of course, that doesn’t sound “practical” to someone on the short end of that stick, does it?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13025

Removing the Social Security Tax Cap Would Benefit Most Workers
CEPR’s Nicole Woo says a phase-out of the tax cap could eliminate up to 80% of the projected shortfall in social security funding

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13017

GOP to Obama: North Korea Sanctions Aren’t Enough
Republicans on the House Foreign Relations Committee say they want to put North Korea back onto the state sponsors of terrorism list

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13027
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Institute for Public Accuracy
End of “Yemen Model” — and Yemen?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/end-of-yemen-model-and-yemen/
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FAIR Blog
What Corporate Media Don’t Want You to Know About Joni Ernst

*Was Sarah Palin “Alaska affable” … ?

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/20/what-corporate-media-dont-want-you-to-know-about-joni-ernst/
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Democracy Now!
A Coup in Yemen? Jeremy Scahill & Iona Craig on Rebel Offensive to Seize Power, Saudi Role & AQAP

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/20/a_coup_in_yemen_jeremy_scahill

As Fox News Apologizes, Jeremy Scahill on Fake “Terror Experts” & Challenges of Real War Reporting

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/20/as_fox_news_apologizes_jeremy_scahill

Prosecuting Guatemala’s Dirty War: Rigoberta Menchú Hails Embassy Fire Verdict, Dictator’s Trial

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/20/prosecuting_guatemalas_dirty_war_rigoberta_menchu

Pt. 2: A Massacre in Guatemala: Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú on 1980 Fire That Killed Her Father

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2015/1/20/pt_2_a_massacre_in_guatemala
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Check out this rad root – Horseradish!
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/check-out-this-rad-root-horseradish/

1/19

‘It Hurts Us All': Civil Rights Group Calls for Redskins Name Change
‘The team seems to think that if they just ignore the mascot issue and do nothing then it will go away, but nothing could be further from the truth.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/19/it-hurts-us-all-civil-rights-group-calls-redskins-name-change
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What Does the Falling Price of Oil Mean for the Pipelines We Oppose?
by Brent Patterson

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/19/what-does-falling-price-oil-mean-pipelines-we-oppose
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#ReclaimMLK Seeks to Combat the Sanitizing of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy
Activists say that turning his holiday into a national Day of Service is an attempt to extinguish the iconic civil rights leader’s fiery calls for social justice.
by Danielle Belton

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/19/reclaimmlk-seeks-combat-sanitizing-martin-luther-king-jrs-legacy
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The Politics of Gesture
by Robert Kuttner

*Talking the walk

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/19/politics-gesture
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Fast Track Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2260
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MiningWatch Canada
International NGOs Call for Transparency in Murder Investigation of Ecuadorian Indigenous Leader

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/19/international-ngos-call-transparency-murder-investigation-ecuadorian-indigenous

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Lebanon: Laws Discriminate Against Women
Pass Optional Civil Code; Reform Religious Laws, Courts

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/19/lebanon-laws-discriminate-against-women

Friends of the Earth
Doubts Over Fracking Jobs Claims as New Report Says 24,000 Jobs in Clean Energy for North West

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/19/doubts-over-fracking-jobs-claims-new-report-says-24000-jobs-clean-energy-north
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The Real News Network
The SYRIZA Challenge in Greece (1/2)
Prof. Leo Panitch of York University says only in Greece is there a political party that is putting forth a clear radical democratic alternative of a progressive kind, and they are very close to taking power

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13005

TRNN Replay: MLK: Why I Am Opposed to The War in Vietnam
Martin Luther King Jr gave this sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967

*What moves me, beyond the humanity in these words, is the context of them.

Many have spoken with equal eloquence of our obligation to each other, and of the forces which conspire to deter us from that obligation.

But King’s words possessed the unrivaled ability to be truly heard. He had the nation’s ear, and those words couldn’t be ignored.

And he chose to use that visibility to go beyond the parameters set for him, to go beyond the allowed to the demanded.

And he knew the cost of that defiance.

He was on the Jericho Road, and he did not pass by the man who fell among thieves.

That was a choice, but he didn’t consider it a choice. For him, it was a duty.

Had he made another choice, he might still be with us, but as a “revered civil rights leader”, an icon with no ability to inspire anyone other than the ignorant.

He would be the living embodiment of the statues and streets which bear his name, but are devoid of his spirit.

So while we should never place anyone on a pedestal, we should profoundly appreciate the courage and honesty in these words, and strive to mirror those essential human qualities in our own lives.

King’s death was a great blow to those who work for justice, but his legacy lives on in every one of us who realizes that we can never reach our journey’s destination as long as there are others left on the side of the road.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13022

The Function of Police in Modern Society: Peace or Control?
Scholar Sam Mitrani says the police were created to restrain the working class and the poor

*Excellent segment, providing the skinny that goes beyond a superficial “progressive” analysis.

But alluding to Mitrani’s comment about this nation’s wealth, it’s been produced by exploitation, so using it to address that situation is a contradiction, to my mind.

I don’t think the question is one of using wealth better, but of the concept of wealth itself, and with it the idea of working for someone else.

A “better job” is still one predicated on being paid a wage. With that comes control.

This dovetails with the subject at hand. The police don’t exist to “serve and protect” the population, and wage labor doesn’t exist to provide the population with dignity and freedom.

If we have to look at alternatives to policing, we have to do so as well with the nature of work, and the hierarchical relations that derive from work predicated on receiving a wage.

Okay, that’s all I got.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12978
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Democracy Now!
The Lost Dr. Martin Luther King Speech: How the Pacifica Radio Archives Unearthed a Piece of History

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2015/1/19/the_lost_dr_martin_luther_king

1/18

That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth
Pair of new studies show how various forms of human activity, driven by a flawed economic system and vast consumption, is laying waste to Earth’s natural systems
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/16/was-easy-just-60-years-neoliberal-capitalism-has-nearly-broken-planet-earth

As Residents Enter Second Day Without Water, Future Uncertain for Canadian City After Diesel Spill
Longueuil may face legal action as 230,000 people wait for drinking water
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/16/residents-enter-second-day-without-water-future-uncertain-canadian-city-after-diesel
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Hypocrisy Abounds: Free Speech as Cover for Islamophobia
by Sonali Kolhatkar

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/16/hypocrisy-abounds-free-speech-cover-islamophobia
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Hansel and Gretel at the Military Recruiter
by John LaForge

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/16/hansel-and-gretel-military-recruiter
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Top 7 Things to Know about Belgium Police Operation That Left 2 Dead
by Juan Cole

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/16/top-7-things-know-about-belgium-police-operation-left-2-dead
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Haiti’s Political Earthquake
Five years after the devastating earthquake, has Haiti fallen into de facto dictatorship?
by Nathalie Baptiste

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/16/haitis-political-earthquake
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ACLU
US Settles ACLU Lawsuit Challenging Post-9/11 Arrests of Muslim Men

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/16/us-settles-aclu-lawsuit-challenging-post-911-arrests-muslim-men

Food & Water Watch
Brazilian Buyout of Chiquita Brands is Completely Bananas

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/16/brazilian-buyout-chiquita-brands-completely-bananas

The Real News Network
Netanyahus’ Elbowed Presence in Paris
Shir Hever, Researcher at the Alternative Information Centre, says it has a lot to do with upcoming elections and Netanyahu presents himself as the prime minister of the Jewish people, not just Israel

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13008

Lee-Jackson Day: Honoring Civil War Heroes Or Upholding White Supremacy?
Baltimore residents oppose the marking of the birthdays of two Confederate generals on the same weekend as Martin Luther King Day

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13020

The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)
Dr. Finkelstein discusses the “complicated question” of Israel’s right to regulate the ethnic balance of the state and Palestinian’s right of return

*I don’t pretend to have the practical answer for how it can be achieved, but for me, the question is always

“How do we get to a just solution?”

Justice in my view is embodied by the realization of a dignified life for each and every person on this planet.

Does “reality” make that impossible? If you say that’s the case, you’re telling someone – many someones

“Sorry … what you deserve can’t be reconciled with the world as it is.”

That may be true, but you have to be honest about it. You can’t pretend that anything less is somehow truly just

And you can’t allow that current reality to close your eyes to whatever possibility may exist that true justice can come to fruition, because then you stop struggling for it in the name of “pragmatism”.

If that happens, your soul pays a heavy price.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13019

1/16

Forget Lobbyists: Big Business Wants To Control American Minds, Not Just Their Lawmakers
Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds. List of top contractors for trade associations dominated by message mavens.
by Erin Quinn
Center for Public Integrity

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/15/forget-lobbyists-big-business-wants-control-american-minds-not-just-their-lawmakers
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In Canada, Terror Attacks Prompt Surveillance-Expanding Legislation
Legislation to be heard in Parliament later this month would hasten detentions, data sharing by national security agencies, according to new reporting.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It makes you wonder just who hates our freedoms – such as they are – don’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/15/canada-terror-attacks-prompt-surveillance-expanding-legislation
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9/11 à la Française: Radical Islamists 2.0
by Andrew Levine

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2259
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Policy shaped by power in world burdened by grief
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2256
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Food & Water Watch
USDA Says “Yes” to Pesticide Drift, Approves Dicamba-Tolerant Crops

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/15/usda-says-yes-pesticide-drift-approves-dicamba-tolerant-crops-0
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Center for Biological Diversity
Conservationists Take Aim at Flawed New Rule on Mexican Gray Wolf Management
Changes Unjustifiably Cap Wolf Population at 325,
Preclude Recovery North of I-40, Loosen Restrictions on Killing Wolves

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/15/conservationists-take-aim-flawed-new-rule-mexican-gray-wolf-management
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The Real News Network
What is Causing Market Volatility?
Professor Leo Panitch, author of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, says the Fed has a lot to do with it

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13006

The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)
Dr. Finkelstein says there was no way that considerations of his livelihood ever entered into his calculus about whether or not to say something or not say something

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13015

House Passes Bill Further Weakening Financial Regulation
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux looks at the key bill provisions benefiting Wall Street, and also examines the so-called opposition of Democratic lawmakers

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13012

Grand Juries Indict Cops for Animal Cruelty, But Not for Brutalizing the Public
To mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birth, TRNN’s Eddie Conway interviews veteran Baltimore attorney Jerome Bivens, who breaks down the role and function of grand juries and argues against their use in high-profile cases

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12924

The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
Dr. Finkelstein says writing the “Holocaust Industry” changed his life, isolating him academically and making him a target – but he felt he had to take on the subject to defend the legacy of his holocaust survivor parents

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12976

Endemic Corruption in Iraqi Gov. Will Hamper Anti-ISIS Efforts
Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University says the systemic corruption of the Iraqi state, institutionalized by the U.S. in order to ensure loyalty of the Iraqi elites, is at the core of all social misery in Iraq

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13002
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FAIR Blog
The Only ‘No-Go Zones’ Are Found in Fox News’ Fantasyland
by Aldo Guerrero

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/15/the-only-no-go-zones-are-found-in-fox-news-fantasyland/
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Democracy Now!
Pope Francis Plea for Climate Action Revives Concept of “The Commons” to Rethink Economy & Society

*Let’s just say I’m … skeptical.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/16/pope_francis_plea_for_climate_action

Women on Waves: Meet the Dutch Physician Who Defied Abortion Bans by Bringing Her Clinic to the Sea

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/15/women_on_waves_meet_the_dutch

As Nigerian Massacre Evidence Grows, Questions Swirl over Collusion Between Boko Haram & Military

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/16/as_nigerian_massacre_evidence_grows_questions

Part 2: Film “Vessel” Follows Doctor Who Took Safe Abortion to the Seas & the Internet

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2015/1/16/part_2_film_vessel_follows_dutch

1/14

Days After Free Speech Rally, France Arrests 54 People for Offensive Speech
Observers warn that government reaction in wake of Charlie Hebdo killings reminiscent of post-9/11 fear campaign
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/14/days-after-free-speech-rally-france-arrests-54-people-offensive-speech

How Regressive Local Taxes Are Rewarding the Rich
New report finds ‘fundamentally unfair’ tax system in nearly every state
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/14/how-regressive-local-taxes-are-rewarding-rich

China Goes ‘Rogue’ With ‘Artificial Weather’ Scheme
Geoengineering technique of ‘cloud seeding’ involves rocket-launching chemicals such as silver iodide into the clouds to boost rainfall
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/14/china-goes-rogue-artificial-weather-scheme
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OPEC Wants to “Crush US Shale”
by Andy Rowell

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/14/opec-wants-crush-us-shale
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With White Supremacy on Display in Paris, a Celebration of Western Hypocrisy
by Ajamu Baraka

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/14/white-supremacy-display-paris-celebration-western-hypocrisy
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What Are These Civil Rights Groups Thinking?
by Valerie Strauss

*A test of won’ts

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/14/what-are-these-civil-rights-groups-thinking
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How US Prison Officials Rubberstamped a CIA Torture Chamber
by Carl Takei

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/14/how-us-prison-officials-rubberstamped-cia-torture-chamber
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Oceana
Offshore Wind Would Produce Twice the Jobs and Energy as Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Oil and Gas Development Risks Healthy Ocean Ecosystems, Fishery and Tourism Jobs, While Offshore Wind Does Not

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/14/offshore-wind-would-produce-twice-jobs-and-energy-offshore-drilling-atlantic
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The Real News Network
Paris Attacks: Rage of the Dispossessed
Chris Hedges says the mass self-exaltation of European leaders is dangerous because with it comes a blindness towards our own culpability

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13001

Two Albuquerque Police Officers Charged With Murder For Shooting Death of Homeless Man
Albuquerque, New Mexico-based scholar and activist David Correia responds to the Bernalillo County District Attorney filing preliminary murder charges against the two police officers for killing homeless man James Boyd

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13000
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Democracy Now!
After Confronting NYC Mayor, Police Union Leader Faces Mutiny of His Own from Dissident Cops

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/14/after_confronting_nyc_mayor_police_union

Exclusive: “Eco-Terrorist” Freed 10 Years Early After Feds Withhold Evidence on Informant’s Role

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/14/exclusive_eco_terrorist_freed_10_years
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Exercise for Health: Sitting May be Worse for You than You Think
Sitting for long stretches may be harmful even for physically active adults
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/exercise-for-health/exercise-for-health-sitting-may-be-worse-for-you-than-you-think/

1/13

In Europe: First the Calls for ‘Unity,’ Then the Calls for ‘More Spy Power’
In wake of deadly events in Paris, calls begin to emerge for more government powers related to internet surveillance
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/13/europe-first-calls-unity-then-calls-more-spy-power

Is EU’s New GMO Law a Gift to Agribusiness?
Environmental groups say that countries must use their new powers to pass GMO bans, or face greater threat from biotech giants
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/13/eus-new-gmo-law-gift-agribusiness

Testing, Anxiety, and the ABC’s: Kindergarten Under Common Core
New report finds Common Core mandate that kindergarteners learn to read forces ‘inappropriate’ instruction, blocks experiential learning, and causes harmful anxiety among children
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The razor’s edge of the cookie cutter

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/13/testing-anxiety-and-abcs-kindergarten-under-common-core

Losing the Climate Fight: Has 400 ppm Become Planet’s New Normal?
Based on January numbers, journalist predicts that ‘in just a year or two, carbon dioxide levels will likely be about 400 ppm year-round.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/13/losing-climate-fight-has-400-ppm-become-planets-new-normal

Why That Product With the ‘BPA Free’ Label Could Be Cause for Concern
New study finds that chemical used as BPA replacement may be just as harmful.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/13/why-product-bpa-free-label-could-be-cause-concern
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Congressional Democrats Have an ‘Inaction Plan’: Taking a Meaningless Progressive Stand in Congress
by Dave Lindorff

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/13/congressional-democrats-have-inaction-plan-taking-meaningless-progressive-stand
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Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback?
After the Paris massacre, European governments should resist narratives of civilizational conflict and push for a ceasefire in the Syrian war.
by John Feffer

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/13/charlie-hebdo-middle-east-blowback
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I Will Grieve. I Will Laugh. But I Am Not Charlie.
by Josh Healey

*Sanity amidst the self conscious “solidarity” with “satirists”

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/13/i-will-grieve-i-will-laugh-i-am-not-charlie
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Sainath’s challenge: Journalist launches online archive to document diversity of rural India
by Robert Jensen

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/13/sainaths-challenge/
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Government Accountability Project
Media Webinar on Dispersant Impacts: Tomorrow

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/13/media-webinar-dispersant-impacts-tomorrow

Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Files Brief Challenging Texas Ban on Inmate-Led Religious Gatherings

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/13/cair-files-brief-challenging-texas-ban-inmate-led-religious-gatherings

Council of Canadians
WIN! Tsal’alh Becomes a Blue Community

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/13/win-tsalalh-becomes-blue-community
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The Real News Network
Paris: Little and Big Monsters
Glen Ford and Paul Jay discuss the march against terrorism in Paris and the participation of leaders of countries who have committed and encouraged various forms of terrorism and war crimes

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12988

Austerity: A Decisive Factor in Greek Elections (1/2)
Professor John Weeks, author of “Economics of the 1%,” looks at European media coverage of Syriza’s anti-austerity platform

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12987

Do Prisons and Mass Incarceration Keep Us Safe? (2/2)
TRNN’s Eddie Conway continues his discussion with Maya Schenwar, author of ‘Locked Down and Locked Out’, about alternatives to mass incarceration

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12925
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Hypocrisy in Paris on Freedom of Expression

http://www.accuracy.org/release/hypocrisy-in-paris-on-freedom-of-expression/
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FAIR Extra!
Mexican Students Didn’t Just ‘Disappear’
Describing them as ‘missing’ is missing the context
by Andalusia Knoll

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/mexican-students-didnt-just-disappear/
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Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald on How to Be a Terror “Expert”: Ignore Facts, Blame Muslims, Trumpet U.S. Propaganda

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/13/glenn_greenwald_on_how_to_be

Glenn Greenwald: With Calls to Spare Petraeus, Feinstein Plea Shows that Not All Leaks are Equal

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/13/glenn_greenwald_with_calls_to_spare

Massacre in Nigeria: Up to 2,000 Feared Dead in Boko Haram’s Worst Attack to Date

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/13/massacre_in_nigeria_up_to_2

1/12

(Over)Bearing Arms in America
by Tom Engelhardt

*Have gun

Will unravel

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/12/overbearing-arms-america
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More Evidence That Public Beats Private in Education
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/12/more-evidence-public-beats-private-education
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What They’re Not Telling You About Monsanto’s Role in Ukraine
Will this be a takeover of Ukraine’s farmland?
by Christina Sarich

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/12/what-theyre-not-telling-you-about-monsantos-role-ukraine
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Human Rights Watch (HRW)
US Tribal Council Mismanagement: Millions of Dollars Missing; Services Undercut

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/12/us-tribal-council-mismanagement-millions-dollars-missing-services-undercut
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The Real News Network
Haiti 5 Years After Devastating Earthquake
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux reviews Haiti’s most significant moments in 2014 and looks at how the country is recovering from the 2010 earthquake

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12984

Do Prisons and Mass Incarceration Keep Us Safe? (1/2)
TRNN’s Eddie Conway interviews Maya Schenwar, author of ‘Locked Down and Locked Out’, who argues mass incarceration in America causes more harm then good for prisoners and communities

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12885

Part 3: From South Africa to the United States: The Continuity of Black Consciousness Movements
Legendary emcee and producer Shaheen Ariefdien and Dr. Rico Chapman continue to discuss the histories, similarities and mutual impact of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa and the Black Power Movement here in the United States with iMixWhatILike host, Dr. Jared Ball

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12932
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FAIR Blog
For Fox News’ Steve Emerson, Factchecking Seems to Be a No-Go Zone
by Jim Naureckas

*Factless fearmongering = FOX’s forte

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/12/for-fox-news-steve-emerson-factchecking-seems-to-be-a-no-go-zone/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Forget the McDonnells: We’re Ignoring Bigger Corruption

http://www.accuracy.org/release/forget-the-mcdonnells-were-ignoring-bigger-corruption/
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Petition
The Learning Channel – Cancel your upcoming TV show, “My Husband’s Not Gay”

*Given the ignorance on parade, the network’s title is rather ironic, wouldn’t you say?

https://www.change.org/p/tlc-cancel-your-upcoming-tv-show-my-husband-s-not-gay
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Democracy Now!
“Circus of Hypocrisy”: Jeremy Scahill on How World Leaders at Paris March Oppose Press Freedom

*#JeSuisOpportuniste

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/12/circus_of_hypocrisy_jeremy_scahill_on

Jeremy Scahill on Paris Attacks, the al-Qaeda Link & the Secret U.S. War in Yemen

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/12/jeremy_scahill_on_paris_attacks_the

1/9

Icy Cold and Cut Services Create Dangerous Perfect Storm for Homeless
With number of people without permament housing rising nationwide and services for them falling, near-zero temperatures put thousands at severe risk
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Homelessness is where the heartlessness is

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/09/icy-cold-and-cut-services-create-dangerous-perfect-storm-homeless

In ‘Epic’ Chase, Sea Shepherd Vows to Pursue Poachers to ‘Ends of the Earth’
The dramatic chase, which has gone on for 22 days, is thought to be the world’s longest pursuit of an illegal fishing vessel.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/09/epic-chase-sea-shepherd-vows-pursue-poachers-ends-earth

Poll: Leader of Anti-Austerity Podemos Party Could Be Spain’s Next Prime Minister
Speaking out forcefully against regressive economic policies that have devastated Spanish economy, Pablo Iglesias and his party have experienced meteoric rise in popularity in just one year
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/09/poll-leader-anti-austerity-podemos-party-could-be-spains-next-prime-minister
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In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons
by Glenn Greenwald

*A misleading title. Greenwald is in fact righteously excoriating the fashionable celebration of repugnant content as the epitome of a defense of free speech.

And good on him for doing so.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/09/solidarity-free-press-some-more-blasphemous-cartoons
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Reproductive Sovereignty or Bust!
by Carol Downer

*Sisters doing it with themselves

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/09/reproductive-sovereignty-or-bust
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Reprieve
Kris Maharaj Capital Conviction Upheld

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/09/kris-maharaj-capital-conviction-upheld
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The Real News Network
Did the Invasion of Iraq Radicalize Suspects in Paris Attack?
Professor Juan Cole discusses the background of the Charlie Hebdo shooting suspects who were killed on Friday

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12974

How Wisconsin Became The First State to Mandate Outside Investigations of Fatal Police Shootings
Michael Bell, Sr. discusses how the fatal police shooting of his son a decade ago led to the passage of a 2014 Wisconsin law that bars police from investigating themselves after a fatal shooting

*I appreciate Bell’s efforts, but I doubt they’ll bear much fruit.

Who will conduct these “outside investigations”? Won’t they be part of the law enforcement “community”? What’s been the record of such investigations? Have they resulted in actions taken against the officers involved?

As for “mistakes of fact”, to take one instance, I don’t doubt the cops believed Tamir Rice had an actual gun

But if he had been a white child, do you think they would’ve killed him?

That’s not due to a honest mistake

It’s due to a malevolent view of “the other” that will always lead to a perception of danger, and to an escalation of the response to that perceived danger.

And, of course, often no “mistake” of any nature is present

It’s a simple matter of repression.

In other words, just another day on the beat.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12859

Elk River Chemical Spill One Year Later
Cathy Kunkel, fellow with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, says regulations have been tightened, but will they be followed?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12965

Black October and the 1973 Murder of State Delegate Turk Scott
Retired 60-year veteran law enforcement officer Stephen Tabeling and award-winning investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss the murder of Maryland State Delegate – who was facing federal indictment for drug charges – by the group Black October (4/4)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12972
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Democracy Now!
Gilbert Achcar on the Clash of Barbarisms from the Massacre in Paris to the U.S. Occupation of Iraq

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/9/gilbert_achcar_on_the_clash_of

French Muslims Fear Backlash, Increased Islamophobia After Charlie Hebdo Attack

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/9/french_muslims_fear_backlash_increased_islamophobia

FBI Probes NAACP Office Bombing in Colorado as Act of Domestic Terrorism

*I suppose if someone had died, it might have merited some mention in the eyes of the corpress.

As for Colorado Springs’ initial inclusiveness, I doubt that encompassed its original inhabitants.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/9/fbi_probes_naacp_office_bombing_in

29 Arrested as Single-Payer Advocates Disrupt Vermont Gov. Shumlin’s Inauguration

*Ever notice how “progressive” pols don’t take kindly to folks demanding they actually do what they’ve promised?

Sometimes democracy gets a little too close for comfort.

And it needs to be said that, while a distinct improvement, we’re not talking single payer here. See The Real News segment on this posted here on the fifth.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/9/29_arrested_as_single_payer_advocates

1/8

Groups Demand End to ‘Inhumane Punishment’ of Saudi Dissident
Human rights watchdogs say Saudi officials can still spare blogger Raif Badawi ‘this barbaric cruelty’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*DOS says this is “inhumane”

But it’s the Saudis, so a wagged finger will suffice.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/08/groups-demand-end-inhumane-punishment-saudi-dissident

Pesticide Industry Seeks to Leverage Power Through EU-US Trade Deal
Organization’s new report details how industry proposal puts environment, food safety at risk
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Poison pens

Toxic treaty

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/08/pesticide-industry-seeks-leverage-power-through-eu-us-trade-deal
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The Real News Network
Charlie Hebdo, Islamophobia and the Freedom of Expression
Author Richard Seymour says the free speech argument is being used to obscure the reality of Islamophobia in Europe

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12971

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Calls for “Decisive Action” Against the Rwandan Rebels
Kambale Musavuli, spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo, says US pressure is behind the call for action by Ban Ki-moon, and that there are political options for dealing with the FDLR

*That would be Russell Feingold, whom liberals and “progressives” swoon over, pushing militarism here.

And you can imagine his record on Israel while in the Senate, can’t you just?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12969
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How Drug-Dealing Baltimore Politicians and Police Escaped Accountability in the 60s and 70s
Retired 60-year veteran law enforcement officer Stephen Tabeling and award-winning investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss the selective prosecution in the early years of the “War on Drugs” and how dirty police and politicians repeatedly thwarted justice (3/4)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12968

St. Louis People’s Grand Jury Indicts Darren Wilson
Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford says community-organized events like this could be a possible model for exposing mass Black incarceration state on a national scale

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12953

Scale and Consequences of Capital Flight from Africa
Leonce Ndikumana, Director of the African Development Policy Program at the Political Economy Research Institute, discusses the problems and the solutions to capital flight from Africa

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12896
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Attack on Charlie Hebdo

http://www.accuracy.org/release/attack-on-charlie-hebdo/
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FAIR Blog
It’s Critics of ‘Selma’ Who Are Distorting Civil Rights History

*From this appraisal of the film, it seems that LBJ’s defenders should be pleased with his portrayal

And that, for me, would be cause for criticism.

He, like every president before and since, was a mass murderer. That’s the job description. That he might be seen as less of a sociopath than someone like Goldwater or Nixon is faint praise indeed.

King was murdered after turning against Johnson’s butchery overseas.

I don’t imagine the latter shed any tears over that tragedy.

Beyond that, perhaps one day history will reveal.

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/08/its-critics-of-selma-who-are-distorting-civil-rights-history/
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Democracy Now!
Scholar Tariq Ramadan, Harper’s Rick MacArthur on Charlie Hebdo Attack & How the West Treats Muslims

*I think Ramadan is eminently reasonable in his assertions. He’s not making any case for censorship. He’s calling to account those who are exercising their right to free expression in a callous and irresponsible manner.

I have a real problem with this “Je Suis Charlie” meme. You can express grief over this tragedy, and stand for free speech, without lionizing the insensitivity (too mild a word, to my mind) of the victims.

Their deaths don’t somehow change the nature of their actions, do they?

I also can’t say that speech is inviolable, when it can be reasonably foreseen to cause real harm to innocents. It’s a very difficult question, but I think one that must be considered in situations such as the Skokie March.

To avoid doing so betrays a lack of humanity, in my view.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/8/scholar_tariq_ramadan_harpers_rick_macarthur

Comics Legend Art Spiegelman & Scholar Tariq Ramadan on Charlie Hebdo & the Power Dynamic of Satire

*I think Spiegelman’s being dogmatic here, and I don’t see how “toxin is a necessary part of an ecosystem.”

Satire should be vicious, should scald, should burn

But it should do so to the deserving.

Else, what’s its purpose in the context of benefiting humankind?

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/8/comics_legend_art_spiegelman_scholar_tariq

“A Clash of Barbarisms”: After Paris Attack, How U.S. Policy in Middle East Helps Fuel Extremism

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/8/a_clash_of_barbarisms_after_paris

1/7

Year After Colorado Legalizes, Advocates Say: It’s All Good in Pot-land
Report by marijuana legalization advocates highlights decrease in crime while marking increases in tax revenue, economic output, and funding for community programs
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/07/year-after-colorado-legalizes-advocates-say-its-all-good-pot-land

Utah’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law May Have Found First Legal Targets
Animal rights group vows to challenge ‘shameful,’ ‘unconstitutional’ law barring factory farm investigations
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/07/utahs-ag-gag-law-may-have-found-first-legal-targets

‘Hostage-Takers': Republicans Go After Social Security on Very First Day
Advocacy groups vow to fight back against what they believe is a preliminary “stealth attack” that portends a wider assault on a program that makes survival possible for millions of vulnerable Americans
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/07/hostage-takers-republicans-go-after-social-security-very-first-day

Costly Border Drone Program Has Failed, Federal Audit Finds
Findings call into question impending $443 million expansion of program
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/07/costly-border-drone-program-has-failed-federal-audit-finds

Shell To Pay $84 Million for Nigerian Oil Spills: ‘Inadequate for Damage Done’
Lawyers say the settlement is unprecedented, but locals point out: ‘The fishermen cannot hope to return to fishing in the Bodo rivers and creeks because of the depth of hydrocarbon pollution resulting from the oil spills.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/07/shell-pay-84-million-nigerian-oil-spills-inadequate-damage-done

Quarter of Americans and More Than Half of Republicans Still Believe Iraq WMD Myth
New survey exploring belief in political conspiracy theories makes strong connection between one’s ideas and their media choices
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We’re not on Vulcan anymore

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/07/quarter-americans-and-more-half-republicans-still-believe-iraq-wmd-myth
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Economics for the 99%
Free Markets: Yellow Brick Road to War
by John Weeks

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2252
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Corporate Fiction in the Age of GMOs
by Vandana Shiva

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/07/corporate-fiction-age-gmos
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Consumer Self-Defense: 12 Ways to Drive GMOs and Roundup off the Market
by Ronnie Cummins

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/07/consumer-self-defense-12-ways-drive-gmos-and-roundup-market
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U.S. PIRG
Federal Highway Administration Quietly Acknowledges the Driving Boom is Over

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/07/federal-highway-administration-quietly-acknowledges-driving-boom-over
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The Real News Network
How Prisons Rip Off and Exploit the Incarcerated (2/2)
Eddie Conway and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges continue their discussion about the forms of slavery and exploitation thriving in today’s U.S. prison system

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12929

Will the ICC Charge Israel With War Crimes?
Michael Ratner, Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, says it’s uncertain if the move by Palestinians to join the ICC will lead to cases on the last military assault on Gaza or the continued settlement construction

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12963
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FAIR Blog
Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others

*”We haven’t lost this many people since that attack.”

A telling employment of a pronoun, don’t you think?

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/07/remembering-victims-of-terror-and-forgetting-some-others/
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Democracy Now!
Charlie Hebdo Shooting: 12 Killed in Attack on French Satirical Magazine Known for Muhammad Cartoons

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/7/charlie_hebdo_shooting_12_killed_in

Will James Risen Be Jailed? In Press Freedom Fight, NYT Reporter Tells Court He Won’t Name Source

*Is there really anything “complex” about Holder’s “legacy”?

(I despise that term, as you may have gathered.)

Just how “amazing” has he been on “the sort of traditional Democratic liberal civil rights issues”? DOJ has pressed cases involving some of the more blatant violations, and that’s enough to mollify the NAACP and other groups joined at the hip to the party, but there’s been no challenge to the systemic nature of discrimination, has there?

Which makes sense, if you’re part of the system …

Once more, DN! brings on someone who, to be generous, can’t see the forest for the trees.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/7/will_james_risen_be_jailed_in

Fighting Gag Order, Ferguson Grand Juror Accuses Prosecutor of Mishandling Case & Misleading Public

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/7/fighting_gag_order_ferguson_grand_juror

Mario Cuomo (1932-2015): Late New York Gov. Remembered as Working-Class Champion

*I guess that whole “exception to the rulers” thing has become terribly passé at DN!, hasn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/7/mario_cuomo_1932_2015_late_new

1/6

Climate Deniers Employ Predatory Tactics in Fight Against Facts: Scientist
Michael Mann writes that the strategy ‘is similar to what happens when a group of lions on the Serengeti seek out a vulnerable individual zebra at the edge of a herd.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/06/climate-deniers-employ-predatory-tactics-fight-against-facts-scientist

In Solidarity Against Hate, Germans Turn Out Lights on Islamophobic, Far-Right Rallies
Protests take place in several cities to combat growing xenophobia and racism
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/06/solidarity-against-hate-germans-turn-out-lights-islamophobic-far-right-rallies
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Feminism unheeded
by Robert Jensen

http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/feminism-unheeded/
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Center for Biological Diversity
Feds Agree to Implement Seafood Import Ban to Protect Whales and Dolphins
New Regulations Will Prohibit Fish Imports That Fail to Meet U.S. Standards for Marine Mammal Protection

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/06/feds-agree-implement-seafood-import-ban-protect-whales-and-dolphins

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) et alia
EPA’s Assessment of Dangerous Pesticide Leaves Communities at Risk
Continued widespread agricultural use of chlorpyrifos poses threats to children’s health

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/06/epas-assessment-dangerous-pesticide-leaves-communities-risk
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The Real News Network
UN Finds 3,000 Civilians Killed in Afghanistan in 2014
Sonali Kolhatkam, co-author of the book, Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence says the new President in Afghanistans’ approach to governing depends on US protection of his presidency

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12955

Climate Change Denier to Take Over Senate Committee
TRNN reporter Thomas Hedges continues the series of how a GOP-led Senate will change policy, this time in the arena of the Environment and Public Works Committee which Republican Senator James Inhofe will take over as chai

*This isn’t “fueled by climate change denial”.

It’s fueled by profit and power.

That applies as much to those who “acknowledge” reality, but push for “all of the above”, as it does to those who deny it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12958
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Petition
Roots Action
Are Progressive Caucus Leaders Pushing Toward War?

*For these hyper hypocrites, Russia is Israel’s mirror image.

http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10753
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Democracy Now!
Justice or Vengeance?: ACLU Raises Concerns as Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Begins

*It seems to me as though the ACLU is bending over backwards to not be seen as in any way supportive of the defendant, and I wonder if that is a ploy to deflect the constant criticism of the organization as “protecting the bad guys”.

Comments like “[N]obody, very few of us, certainly not me, like this particular guy” really have no place here, do they? If Tsarnaev is guilty, shouldn’t we be looking at just why he engaged in this horrible act?

Of course, one reason – perhaps the overriding one – might be that innocents in Muslim lands have been killed by the US. That doesn’t excuse retaliation in kind, but it puts the act in a context that needs to be understood if we truly wish to end terrorism from whatever quarter.

Lastly, this meme of not letting violence deter us from upholding our principles rings hollow, when you consider that vengeance isn’t what’s driving the seeking of the death penalty, any more than it was for the war on Afghanistan.

Both are political decisions that have nothing to do with vengeance, or justice.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/6/justice_or_vengeance_is_a_fair

“David Duke Without the Baggage”: Will Top GOPer Steve Scalise Resign over Speech to Racist Group?

*White hoods

And whitewashes

Anyone traveling Scalise’s political path will always carry that baggage.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/6/david_duke_without_the_baggage_will

As Obama Hosts Peña Nieto, Explosive Report Ties Mexican Federal Police to Students’ Disappearance

*With friends like these

The people will always have enemies.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/6/as_obama_hosts_pena_nieto_explosive

1/5

Enforcing the ‘Will of the People,’ Dozens of Pipeline Protesters Halt Operations in Pennsylvania
‘The people of Conestoga Township are stopping this drilling today and any day in the future that Williams attempts it,’ says protester.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/05/enforcing-will-people-dozens-pipeline-protesters-halt-operations-pennsylvania

With Call to ‘End the Drone Wars,’ Activists Cut Their Way into UK Air Force Base
Four people arrested for aggravated trespass after entering RAF Waddington armed with banners and reports of civilian deaths
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/05/call-end-drone-wars-activists-cut-their-way-uk-air-force-base

Fear of Government Spying ‘Chilling’ Writers’ Speech Worldwide
‘If writers avoid exploring topics for fear of possible retribution, the material available to readers—particularly those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today—may be greatly impoverished.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It may be that “U.S. credibility” has been damaged, but isn’t the larger question why there was any credibility in the first place?

And asserting that “governments may intend these bulk collection programs to be used only to detect terrorist wrongdoing” isn’t helpful to “those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today”, to my mind.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/05/fear-government-spying-chilling-writers-speech-worldwide

Fighting Court Secrecy, Ferguson Juror Sues to Break Gag-Order
Suit alleges that evidence presented to grand jury ‘with the insinuation that Brown, not Wilson, was the wrongdoer’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/05/fighting-court-secrecy-ferguson-juror-sues-break-gag-order
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Cheating the Schoolkids: Corporations Don’t Pay Their State Taxes, Either
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/05/cheating-schoolkids-corporations-dont-pay-their-state-taxes-either
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The Real News Network
How Prisons Rip Off and Exploit the Incarcerated (1/2)
Eddie Conway and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discuss the forms of slavery and exploitation thriving in today’s U.S. prison system

*A quite literal criminal enterprise

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12928

Pensions of Union Workers Cut in Federal Budget
UMKC economics professor Michael Hudson discusses how Wall Street will profit as workers’ pensions get slashed

*Two parties

No waiting to be screwed

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12946

Individual Contribution Limit in U.S. Elections Raised to $4.9 Million
TRNN reporter Thomas Hedges takes a look at two new provisions in the 2015 spending bill that drastically increase individual limits and prohibit President Obama from using executive action to shed light on dark money in campaigns

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12922

The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
Dr. Finkelstein explains why he endures slings and arrows, being isolated and attacked for his critique of Israel

*That the terrors of today are justified by the horrors of the past

Is the true Holocaust myth.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12951

Vermont Bails On Universal Healthcare
VT Governor Peter Schumlin says single payer will be too expensive for taxpayers, but Dr. Margaret Flowers says his math is used to protect big business interests

*No single payer

Plenty of double dealing

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12947
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FAIR Blog
White Man Publishes Book! USA Today Mistakes This for News
by Jim Naureckas

*Oh, the injustice of “writing while white”!

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/05/white-man-publishes-book-usa-today-mistakes-this-for-news/

Summing Up White Supremacist Ties as ‘Saying Nice Things About an Old Man’
by Jim Naureckas

You have to wonder at what age would Todd have considered Lott’s praise of Thurmond something other than “[saying] nice things”.

Age, of course, is irrelevant. Thurmond’s soul was just as black at 100 as it was in the preceding 99 years.

Parenthetically, I also had a close relative who was a member of the white Citizens Council in Miss’ssippi during apartheid

My daddy.

http://fair.org/blog/2015/01/05/summing-up-white-supremacist-ties-as-saying-nice-things-about-an-old-man/
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Democracy Now!
Defying U.S. & Israel, Will ICC Membership Bring Justice to Stateless & Occupied Palestinians?

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/5/defying_us_israel_will_icc_membership
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Food Safety: Can Environmental Estrogens Cause Breast Cancer?
Could estrogen-like chemicals like BPA and other plasticizers explain why breast cancer strikes so many women?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-can-environmental-estrogens-cause-breast-cancer/

1/2

Exemplifying Brutal New Trend, Hundreds of Refugees Cast Adrift Off Italian Coast
Over 450 people rescued on Friday following deadliest year on record for migrants
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/02/exemplifying-brutal-new-trend-hundreds-refugees-cast-adrift-italian-coast

Citing Next Generations, Lawsuits Demand Courts Recognize ‘Mind-Blowing’ Climate Impacts
‘There are laws of nature that we have to comply with,’ says legal scholar on final episode of Moyers & Company. ‘And those laws are supreme.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/02/citing-next-generations-lawsuits-demand-courts-recognize-mind-blowing-climate

Transgender Youth’s Tragic Suicide Galvanizes Movement
On her Tumblr page, Leelah Alcorn pleaded with those who read her suicide note to ‘Fix society. Please.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s a difference between blame and condemnation.

Leelah’s parents deserve blame

But the soulless in this society that blinded them to their daughter’s essence, that twisted the message of their religion to suit their own rules

Deserve our condemnation, and contempt.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/02/transgender-youths-tragic-suicide-galvanizes-movement
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The Strategic Significance of the Fight for $15
by Ann Robertson, Bill Leumer

*The demand for a $15 minimum wage is very much a reform, and reform has true value, beyond any limited benefit, only in as much as it furthers a transformative struggle.

Reform has a disturbing habit of doing the opposite.

That’s where the concepts of class consciousness, and objective needs, must manifest themselves, in the understanding that a step should always be taken with the next one in mind.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/02/strategic-significance-fight-15
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The Fourth Winter of Fukushima
In the fourth winter since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, many of the displaced residents are still in limbo.
by Alexis Dudden

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/01/fourth-winter-fukushima
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One Good Reason to Watch the Sexist, Racist, Militarist, Corporate Rose Parade
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*The dark side of a different sort of “flower power”

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/01/one-good-reason-watch-sexist-racist-militarist-corporate-rose-parade
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The Real News Network
Media Coverage on Climate Change Still Lagging (2/2)
The Pentagons’ spending bill approved at the end of last year in the calls for expediting permits for fracking in public lands explains Steve Horn from DeSmogBlog

*Shouldn’t we stop calling the LCV and any other organization that works against its own stated mission

“Environmental groups” … ?

That includes coitus with a Democratic Party neck deep in the bitumen of hypocritical hyperbole as to its own hollow credos.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12911

Media Coverage on Climate Change Still Lagging
Steve Horn from DeSmog-Blog joins us to talk about most important but least covered environmental stories

*”[A] highly alert environmental movement” …

Would that be the one that keeps “urging” Dear Misleader to think of his “climate legacy”

Knowing full goddamn well what that legacy will be, because he’s been building it for six years?

We need to get extremely real

Because the hell that’s here and the one to come are very much so.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12895

The Story Behind Wage Fixing in Hollywood
PandoDaily.com editor Mark Ames explains how he uncovered a wage fixing conspiracy that began in the 1980s and led all the way to Hollywood executives with connections to the White House

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12886

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12/31

Despite Climate Warnings, New Export Rules Open Crude Oil Floodgates
The loosened regulations will reportedly ‘please domestic oil drillers, foreign trade partners, and some Republicans’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”All of the above”

Look out below

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/31/despite-climate-warnings-new-export-rules-open-crude-oil-floodgates
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Social Protest Rising in Ukraine as Government Approves Harsh Austerity Budget
by Roger Annis

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/31/social-protest-rising-ukraine-government-approves-harsh-austerity-budget
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Black Lives Depend on a Free and Open Internet
by Patrisse Cullors

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/31/black-lives-depend-free-and-open-internet
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2014: The Greatest Year of Revolt Against High-Stakes Testing in US History
Top Ten Acts of Test Resistance This Year
by Jesse Hagopian

*Passing the test of integrity

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/31/2014-greatest-year-revolt-against-high-stakes-testing-us-history
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The Real News Network
The Top 3 Climate Change Stories of 2014
Environmental journalist Dahr Jamail recaps the three biggest climate events of 2014 that should be red flags for the world

*Is this planet a boffo box office tragicomedy in another solar system?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12884

The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
Mr. Finkelstein on self-deception and the collapse of his identity

*This is absorbing reading, and Finkelstein’s honesty is much appreciated.

His story is yet another object lesson in the danger of pedestals.

They are inherently unstable constructs, with an alarming tendency to topple over on those gathered in admiration around them.

Believe only in the best of your humanity

And always be prepared to alter the path that leads you to it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12940

Nationwide Anti-Police Brutality Protests Enter Second Month
Activists again disrupt Baltimore area restaurants and shops and retired veteran officer Neill Franklin talks about whether body cameras are an effective remedy and the importance of ending the culture of impunity for the boys in blue

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12939
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Democracy Now!
“The Great Reformer”: Pope Francis Biographer on How Pontiff Became Star Diplomat & Voice for Change

*I wonder if Goodman played softball in school

‘Cause she sure tossed some at this apologist for someone who stood by while the Argentinian junta murdered the padres, and many others, who came closer to living out the true meaning of the Gospel than Francis will ever approach.

Not that he’s making any sincere attempt to do so.

But that’s how he got to be pope, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/31/the_great_reformer_pope_francis_biographer

12/30

US Adding Names to Foreign Fighter Watchlist ‘Like a Ticking Odometer’
Citing fears of ISIS, intelligence agencies are actively placing thousands of Europeans into a secret database at a nearly constant rate
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/30/us-adding-names-foreign-fighter-watchlist-ticking-odometer

A 2,500 Square-Mile Methane Plume Is Silently Hovering over Western US
Legacy of fossil fuel drilling is “giant cloud” of powerful greenhouse gas now visible from space
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/30/2500-square-mile-methane-plume-silently-hovering-over-western-us

Proposed Labor Laws in Chile Lauded as ‘Enormous Step Toward Social Equality’
‘Today we are marking a new milestone—we are clearing a debt that we have hold toward the workers of Chile,’ says president Michelle Bachelet
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/30/proposed-labor-laws-chile-lauded-enormous-step-toward-social-equality
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Doubling Down on Dictatorship in the Middle East
The Arab Spring didn’t stop U.S. support for friendly despots.
by Amanda Ufheil-Somers

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/30/doubling-down-dictatorship-middle-east
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2014 Year in Review for Labor: Deep Trouble But Stirring Troublemaking
by Jenny Brown

*Working for a livin’

And not taking what they’re givin’

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/30/2014-year-review-labor-deep-trouble-stirring-troublemaking
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Climate Change Threatens Quechua and Their Crops in Peru’s Andes
by Fabíola Ortiz
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/30/climate-change-threatens-quechua-and-their-crops-perus-andes
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Citizen Anti-Nuclear Activism Has Shuttered Vermont Yankee
by Harvey Wasserman

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/30/citizen-anti-nuclear-activism-has-shuttered-vermont-yankee
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Guatemalan Genocide Trial Set to Resume
by Jo-Marie Burt

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/30/guatemalan-genocide-trial-set-resume
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Greed Kings of 2014: How They Stole from Us
by Paul Buchheit

*Just an avarice day at the office

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/29/greed-kings-2014-how-they-stole-us
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The Real News Network
The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
Mr. Finkelstein talks about his Holocaust survivor parents and their influence in the formation of his early identity

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12936

USAID Will Continue It’s ‘Democracy’ Program in Cuba
The US won’t be required to halt its ‘Democracy’ Program’ in Cuba, says Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology at Queens College, while the release of the Cuban Five remains testimony to the great endurance of the Cuban people says James Early of the Smithsonian Institute

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12927
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Democracy Now!
As American Captives Die While Others Walk Free, Is U.S. Hostage Policy Costing Citizens’ Lives?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/30/as_american_captives_die_while_others

Did the U.S. Abandon an American Hostage in Syria? Inside the Secret Bid to Free Peter Kassig

*So, did the US want these kidnappings and beheadings to continue, in order to maintain a black and white, good versus evil, meme that justified both its current and possible future military actions in the region?

It’s as plausible a theory as any, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/30/did_the_us_abandon_an_american

How a Radical Lawyer Set for Prison Joined Longtime U.S. Government Foe in Failed Bid to Free a Hostage

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/12/30/how_a_radical_lawyer_set_for

12/29

Vowing to End ‘Neoliberal Experiment,’ Greek Left Rises as Snap Elections Called
After three failed votes within parliament, Greek public will get chance to vote for new government.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A “moderate tone” that is “not threatening” …

That’ll get folks fired up, won’t it just?

Stay tuned …

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/29/vowing-end-neoliberal-experiment-greek-left-rises-snap-elections-called

¡Podemos! Spanish Party Rises from Grassroots to Challenge Corruption of Elite Party Rule
In tandem with other rising parties of the Left in Europe, supporters of new political party in Spain have organized their way to doorstep of power
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/29/podemos-spanish-party-rises-grassroots-challenge-corruption-elite-party-rule

Vermonters Ready Celebration as Nuclear Plant Shuts Down for Good
Owners of Vermont Yankee lost their battle with local residents to keep accident-prone plant running for decades more
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Credit the corpress with turning the nightmare of Fukushima into simply a bad dream most all Americans have consigned to the back basements of their memories.

That is, after all, its function.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/29/vermonters-ready-celebration-nuclear-plant-shuts-down-good
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The Prison State of America
by Chris Hedges

*Dostoevsky said, “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons”

And by the gauntlet geared to impede exiting them.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/29/prison-state-america
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‘Fair Use Is Working!': 2014 in Review
by Corynne McSherry

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/29/fair-use-working-2014-review
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The Real News Network
Cuba has Never Been Culturally Isolated, Just Shielded From the US
The rich cultural life of Cuba thriving and democracy will not be exported to Cuba from the US, it is already working in the form of participatory democracy, says James Early of the Smithsonian Institute and Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center at CUNY

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12898

iMixWhatILike | From South Africa to the United States: The Continuity of Black Consciousness Movements (Part 2)
iMixWhatILike Host Jared Ball continues his discussion with legendary emcee and producer Shaheen Ariedien and Dr. Rico Chapman about the histories, similarities and mutual impact of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa and the Black Power Movement here in the United States

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12931

Detroit Won’t Restore Police Review Board Even Though Abuses Continue
Detroit Activist Frank Hammer says activists are outraged that Detroit’s badly needed civilian review board of police – dismantled as part of the city’s bankruptcy proceeding – is not being restored now that the city is out of bankruptcy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12845
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Democracy Now!
The Afghan War is Not Over: U.S. Ends 13-Year Combat Mission, But 10,000+ Troops Continue the Fight

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/29/the_afghan_war_is_not_over

The Worst Narco-State in History? After 13-Year War, Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Floods the Globe

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/29/the_worst_narco_state_in_history

12/26

Top UK Retailers Targeted in Price Tag Switch for Living Wage
Amid holiday shopping rush, activists call on nation’s wealthiest chains to ‘stop scrooging’ their employees
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/26/top-uk-retailers-targeted-price-tag-switch-living-wage

Poverty and Fear Still Rankle, Ten Years After the Tsunami
“It took just 30 minutes for the killer waves to leave 350,000 dead and half a million displaced”
by Amantha Perera
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/26/poverty-and-fear-still-rankle-ten-years-after-tsunami

In Alabama, A Public Hospital Serves the Poor — with Lawsuits
Public hospitals can be among the most aggressive in collecting debts from poor patients, not only garnishing their wages, but cleaning out their bank accounts. “It makes me sick,” said one legal aid attorney.
by Paul Kiel
ProPublica

*”We’re here to help”

(Ourselves)

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/24/alabama-public-hospital-serves-poor-lawsuits
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Still No National Healthcare for Mental Illness? That’s Crazy
by Ted Rall

*A profitable psychosis

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/26/still-no-national-healthcare-mental-illness-thats-crazy
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Political Rumbas Start in Cuba
by Ralph Nader

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/25/political-rumbas-start-cuba
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Jubilee USA Network
Countries Affected by Ebola Lose $1.4 Billion Annually to Debt, Corruption and Tax Evasion
Outflows Dwarf Money in Health Care and Prevention Budgets

*Expecting the US to do diddley about debt relief et alia is akin to trusting the fox to swear off poultry.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/26/countries-affected-ebola-lose-14-billion-annually-debt-corruption-and-tax
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The Real News Network
Wilkerson: Cuba, Be Careful What You Wish For
Larry Wilkerson tells Paul Jay that the president’s executive order is long overdue and the embargo should be lifted, but Cuba should be wary of an increased U.S. presence

*I suppose Jay thinks having a “critical conservative” on TRNN gives it a certain cachet, but while it might be interesting to hear that perspective, there are others we don’t hear from that would be of far more worth, if the objective is to understand power and how it’s wielded.

In this instance, Wilkerson’s concluding caveat seems in direct contradiction to his preceding pimping of the benefits of opening up to “the giant”, don’t you think?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12918

Market and State Regulation Failure at the Heart of Russian Recession
Sliding oil prices and sanctions are not the only cause of the recession, says Aleksandr Buzgalin, professor of political economy at Moscow State University

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12899

Worldwide Coal Production Continues to Grow
There is no war on coal–neither the International Energy Agency (IEA) nor the Obama administration plan to reduce coal production, despite commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says analyst Jeff Biggers

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12909
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Sugar in Food: Which Sweeteners are the Safest and Which Should You Avoid?
An overview of the safety of sugar substitutes
Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/sugar-in-food/sugar-in-food-which-sweeteners-are-the-safest-and-which-should-you-avoid/

12/24

Heralded by Human Rights Groups, Global Arms Trade Treaty Goes Into Force
With the new law in place, ‘it will no longer be acceptable to turn a blind eye when arms are being transferred into the hands of regimes that will use them to devastate people’s lives.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/24/heralded-human-rights-groups-global-arms-trade-treaty-goes-force

Critical Glaciers Melting Under ‘Continuous Warming': Study
Following comprehensive survey, Chinese researchers warn drinking sources may dry up in much of Asia
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/24/critical-glaciers-melting-under-continuous-warming-study
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All Naughty, No Nice: 5 Worst Fracking Industry Moments of 2014
by Jo Miles

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/24/all-naughty-no-nice-5-worst-fracking-industry-moments-2014
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An Orange for a Gift? What “A Christmas Carol” Can Teach Us About Cherishing Holiday Foods
Can we find our way back to treasuring what comes from far away while reveling in local, abun­dant foods, whose proximity makes them affordable and sustainable?
by Nina Bunker Ruiz

*A stationary feast

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/24/orange-gift-what-christmas-carol-can-teach-us-about-cherishing-holiday-foods
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Five Reasons Why 2014 was a Game Changer in Palestine
by Ramzy Baroud

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/24/five-reasons-why-2014-was-game-changer-palestine
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Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
D.C. District Court Decision is Disappointing, But Changes to FLSA Still Set to Go Into Effect Jan 1st For Most Home Care Workers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/24/dc-district-court-decision-disappointing-changes-flsa-still-set-go-effect-jan

Amnesty International
Eastern Ukraine: Humanitarian Disaster Looms as Food Aid Blocked

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/24/eastern-ukraine-humanitarian-disaster-looms-food-aid-blocked
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The Real News Network
Christmas, Charity, and the Revolutionary Jesus
Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock discuss the real meaning of Christmas with Paul Jay

*I stopped believing in Jesus’ divinity a long time ago

But I never stopping believing in his humanity

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12916

Is Israel Unfairly Held to a Higher Standard? Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
Norman Finkelstein and Paul Jay discuss a full-page ad in the NYT that says Israel is condemned by liberals for human rights violations while it defends gay rights, and less is said about the persecution of gays by Iran, Hamas and ISIS

*As Finkelstein asserts, exposing a fraud is a “Eureka!” moment.

Condemning the actual (as opposed to manufactured) sins of “official enemies” is required of anyone with a conscience, but it doesn’t entail confronting a false narrative about a lionized ally.

You hope exposing the lies buttressing Israel’s heroic image leads to a cacophony of “Eureka!”s among those willing to hear you.

That is, of course, a taller order.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12917

Greek Government Struggles to Stay in Power
Radical Left Party SYRIZA has a good opportunity to win if there is a snap election in Greece, which we will know by 29 December, says Costas Lapavitsas, professor of economics at SOAS, University of London

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12900

Baltimore Fox Affiliate Faked Video of Activist Chanting “Kill A Cop”
Activist and community leader Tawanda Jones responds to FOX 45 Baltimore airing a heavily edited clip making it seem she was chanting “kill a cop” at a protest

*Jones can forgive. That’s her choice.

For me, forgiveness can only come with atonement.

A pathetic portrayal of such a transgression as “an honest misunderstanding” doesn’t fill the bill, in my book.

And if their lie wasn’t so easily disproved, even that wouldn’t have occurred, would it?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12914
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FAIR Blog
Why Won’t Warren Quit Worrying and Learn to Love Wall Street?
by Jim Naureckas

*Looking under the TARP …

Saving their necks

So they can keep their Guccis on ours

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/24/why-wont-warren-quit-worrying-and-learn-to-love-wall-street/
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Democracy Now!
Ferguson, NYC, Milwaukee: Protests Erupt as Officer Cleared in Killing of Unarmed Dontre Hamilton

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/24/ferguson_nyc_milwaukee_protests_erupt_as

Will Guantánamo Ever Close? U.S. Frees More Prisoners, But Dozens Remain Behind Bars

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/24/will_guantanamo_ever_close_us_frees

A Nightmare Taxi Ride: Oregon Veterinarian Jailed in East Timor After Sharing Car with Drug Peddler

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/24/a_nightmare_taxi_ride_oregon_veterinarian

“Diplomaculate Conception”: U.S. Helped Jailed Cuban Five Member Artificially Inseminate His Wife

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/24/diplomaculate_conception_us_helped_jailed_cuban
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How to Diet: Is Too Much Acid Bad for Your Bones?
And which foods create acid in the body?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-is-too-much-acid-bad-for-your-bones/

12/23

New Jersey Poised to Pass Legislation That Would Speed Water Privatization
‘The Legislature is selling out our clean water by turning New Jersey’s water supply over to foreign, multinational corporations.’ — Jeff Tittel, New Jersey Sierra Club
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/23/new-jersey-poised-pass-legislation-would-speed-water-privatization

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and Seven Elves Arrested Blocking Gas Storage Facility
Over two-month civil disobedience campaign, 170 arrests have been made
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/23/santa-claus-mrs-claus-and-seven-elves-arrested-blocking-gas-storage-facility

Obama Hires Former Keystone XL Lobbyist as Senate Liaison Because It’s ‘In the Public Interest’
New deputy assistant for legislative affairs worked for firm whose clients included tar sands industry group
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/23/obama-hires-former-keystone-xl-lobbyist-senate-liaison-because-its-public-interest

Following ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mall of America Protest, City Launches ‘Attack’ on Alleged Leaders
As Bloomington, Minnesota officials build criminal case, critics charge precedent will ‘stifle dissent and instill fear into young people of color and allies’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Malling the First Amendment

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/23/following-black-lives-matter-mall-america-protest-city-launches-attack-alleged

Grand Jury Clears Houston Officer in Killing of Unarmed Black Man
Jordan Baker was shot by officer Juventino Castro in January
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Another hit and run on the wheels of justice

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/23/grand-jury-clears-houston-officer-killing-unarmed-black-man
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Leave No Civilian Behind
Members of the military and veterans shouldn’t experience poverty because no one should live in poverty
by Alyssa Peterson

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/23/leave-no-civilian-behind
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Food Sovereignty: 5 Steps to Cool the Planet and Feed Its People
by La Via Campesina, GRAIN

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/23/food-sovereignty-5-steps-cool-planet-and-feed-its-people
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ACLU
FDA Fails to Adequately Address Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban

*Bias in the blood

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/23/fda-fails-adequately-address-discriminatory-blood-donation-ban

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CAIR to Join Call for Probe of ‘Excessive’ Police Action Targeting Santa Clara Musli

*For “the other”

Those have always been “bridges” too far

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/23/cair-join-call-probe-excessive-police-action-targeting-santa-clara-muslim

Amnesty International
Guilty Verdicts in Landmark Nalchik Trial Expose Horrors of Russian Criminal Justice System

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/23/guilty-verdicts-landmark-nalchik-trial-expose-horrors-russian-criminal-justice

Reprieve
Calls For End to UK ‘Aid for Executions’ as Pakistan Hangings Catch Government Off Guard

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/23/calls-end-uk-aid-executions-pakistan-hangings-catch-government-guard
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The Real News Network
Diplomatic Relations with Cuba and Sanctions for Venezuela
Last week’s much-hailed normalization of relations with Cuba was followed by sanctions against Venezuela the very next day, says Alex Main of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12889

Are Police Placed in Situations That Threaten Public Safety?
Following the murder of two NYC police officers, Paul Jay speaks with former Black Panther Eddie Conway and ACLU-DC policy director Seema Sadanandan about the role of police in our society

*We shouldn’t delude ourselves as to the role of the police.

They have always been a force for control, a force for “order”

Or more precisely, a force for the class order.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12890

The Police Union’s Irresponsible Reaction To Shooting Of Two NYPD Officers
Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report discusses how comments by the head of New York’s largest police against NYC Mayor de Blasio reveal potential for mutiny and criminal offenses

*”The thin blue line”

Reveals its true colors

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12887
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Democracy Now!
Weaponizing Health Workers: How Medical Professionals Were a Top Instrument in U.S. Torture Program

*The ongoing role of the current administration, both in stonewalling holding accountable those in the previous regime, and in the commission of similar crimes, the torture of the Gitmo hunger strikers being one example, must not be left out of this narrative.

This isn’t just about Obama doing the right thing

It’s also about his and others’ culpability for continuing to do the wrong thing.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/23/weaponizing_health_workers_how_medical_professionals

12/22

Rights Groups Condemn ‘Vengeful Blood-Lust’ in Pakistan Following School Massacre
According to Pakistani officials, about 500 people are set to be executed in the coming weeks
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/22/rights-groups-condemn-vengeful-blood-lust-pakistan-following-school-massacre

Amid Uproar, Nicaragua to Break Ground on Massive Canal ‘Scheme’
Opponents of the project say inter-ocean canal will displace tens of thousands, violates the constitutional rights of indigenous people
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/22/amid-uproar-nicaragua-break-ground-massive-canal-scheme

Take That, Car Culture: Public Transportation Ridership Up
Transit use in July – September 2014 period was record high
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/22/take-car-culture-public-transportation-ridership

Milwaukee Police Officer Won’t Face Charges for Shooting of Unarmed Black Man
National Guard on alert as protests begin for Dontre Hamilton, who was shot 14 times in April 30 encounter
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Justice is blinded

But the DA says there’s not enough evidence to press charges

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/22/milwaukee-police-officer-wont-face-charges-shooting-unarmed-black-man
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The War to Start All Wars: The 25th Anniversary of the Forgotten Invasion of Panama
by Greg Grandin

*Required reading

Unless you happen to be a student in an average high school US history class.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/22/war-start-all-wars-25th-anniversary-forgotten-invasion-panama
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No One Saw Anything: Bearing Witness to the Ongoing Catastrophe of MMIW
by Naomi Klein

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/22/no-one-saw-anything-bearing-witness-ongoing-catastrophe-mmiw
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Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility
by Chris Hedges

*”Israeli Jews think something different—we are the chosen people of God, we are chosen to do anything we damn well please. To take people’s land. Take people’s lives.”

You’d think they were “Christians” …

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/22/banning-dissent-name-civility
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The Real News Network
Who Should Pay for the Costs of Climate Change?
West Coast Environmental Law Attorney Andrew Gage and EcoEquity Director Tom Athanasiou discuss how corporations and governments can be held accountable

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12878

Should the Teachers Union Play a Bigger Role in the Fight for Racial Justice?
Professor Lois Weiner explains that teachers and the teachers union must take concrete steps to repair their relationship with communities of color

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12849

Thwarted Michigan Bill Aimed At Stopping Community Agreements With Developers Will Return
Detroit Activist Frank Hammer says though Michigan State Bill 5977 aimed at Detroit’s Community Development Ordinance has failed for now, Republicans will likely reintroduce it in 2015

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12837
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DOJ Misses Another Opportunity to Go After Banks
Bill Black: Obama administration quietly gave a $57 million award to a whistleblower regarding the Countrywide and Bank of America mortgage scandal

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12868

Why Did The CIA Really Use Extreme Torture?
There is fairly good evidence that the prime motive for torture was not 9-11, says Patrick Cockburn the author of The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising

*Torture is employed to induce confession.

The truthfulness of that confession is largely immaterial.

Its primary purpose is to provide justification for desired actions, as well as the ancillary aim of satisfying the sadistic urge extant in anyone capable of engaging in such a monstrous act.

Only those utterly devoid of humanity can even conceive of its use

Or ignore the cries for justice in order to “move on” from “the mistakes of the past”.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12850

Identity and Collective Denial – Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)
Ms. Tarachansky says Israel is ripping itself apart and fascism is celebrating in the ruins

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12867
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Petition
Student Labor Action Project
Stop Layoffs at George Washington This Holiday Season!

http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4023/c/48/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9468
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Big Money and Voter Turnout in the 2014 Elections: It’s Worse Than You Think

http://www.accuracy.org/release/big-money-and-voter-turnout-in-the-2014-elections-its-worse-than-you-think/

Truth Is Stranger than Fiction? “The Interview” and U.S. Regime-Change Policy Toward North Korea

*Buggering the boogey man

http://www.accuracy.org/release/truth-is-stranger-than-fiction-the-interview-and-u-s-regime-change-policy-toward-north-korea/
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FAIR Blog
USA Today Wants You to Think Killings of Police Are on the Rise
by Peter Hart

*Another case of math murder

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/22/usa-today-wants-you-to-think-killings-of-police-are-on-the-rise/

Gift-Giving Advice From the New York Times
by Jim Naureckas

*All the news that’s fit to print

In gold leaf

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/21/gift-giving-advice-from-the-new-york-times/
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Democracy Now!
Calls for Calm After NYPD Union Says Mayor, Protesters Have Blood on Their Hands for Cops’ Murder

*But it is “us-and-them”

It is “I-Thou”

That’s why the police exist.

There can be “good cops”, like Weatherspoon, just like there are good soldiers

But My Lais and Fallujahs and Fergusons happen, and they happen because of the raison d’etre for policing and militarism.

We can’t lose sight of that, without losing sight of how to end that.

It’s a hard truth

Which means it’s all the more vital to acknowledge it.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/22/calls_for_calm_after_nypd_union

“The Interview” Belittles North Korea, But is Film’s Backstory and U.S. Policy the Real Farce?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/22/the_interview_pokes_fun_at_north
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How Bad is Trans Fat in Food?
Read to find out why you should remove partially hydrogenated oil from your diet
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/fat-in-food/how-bad-is-trans-fat-in-food/

12/19

Just in Time for the Holidays, Another Wall Street Giveaway
Critics worry that extension to implement Volcker Rule is not about giving big banks more time to comply. It’s about giving them more time to kill it off entirely.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/19/just-time-holidays-another-wall-street-giveaway

How One Indigenous Woman Took On a Multinational Mining Corporation… And Won
Indigenous Peruvian farmworker Maxima Acuña de Chaupe withstood violent eviction attempts, beatings, and a legal battle to protect her land from being turned into an open-pit gold mine
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/19/how-one-indigenous-woman-took-multinational-mining-corporation-and-won

‘EPA Doesn’t Give a Damn': Groups Blast Agency’s New Coal Ash Rules
Environmentalists and public health advocates say the new regulations are ‘minimal, vague, and unenforceable’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/19/epa-doesnt-give-damn-groups-blast-agencys-new-coal-ash-rules
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What Climate Change Asks of Us: Moral Obligation, Mobilization and Crisis Communication
by Margaret Klein

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/19/what-climate-change-asks-us-moral-obligation-mobilization-and-crisis-communication
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The Oil Price Crash of 2014
by Richard Heinberg

*Oiling the skids

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/19/oil-price-crash-2014
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The Real News Network
iMixWhatILike | From South Africa to the United States: The Continuity of Black Consciousness Movements
Jared Ball hosts legendary emcee and producer Shaheen Ariedien and Dr. Rico Chapman discuss the histories, similarities and mutual impact of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa and the Black Power Movement here in the United States

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12865

Fracking Opponents Celebrate Key Victories in New Brunswick, Quebec and New York
Emma Lui of the Council of Canadians talks about the decisions against fracking in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec, while Eric Weltman of Food & Water Watch talks about New York becoming the second US state to ban fracking

*Fracturing the fairy tale?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12863
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Democracy Now!
From Free Pre-K to Paid Sick Leave to Pay Raises, NYC Mayor de Blasio Fulfills Progressive Promises

*Ah, yes …

“The exception to the rulers”

Recall that slogan?

Does shilling for posturing populists jibe with it?

You decide.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/19/from_free_pre_k_to_paid

New York Says No to Fracking: State Bans Drilling Following Grassroots Outcry over Public Health

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/19/new_york_says_no_to_fracking

Assata Shakur: What Does New U.S.-Cuba Pact Mean for Exiled Black Panther Wanted in New Jersey?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/19/assata_shakur_what_does_new_us
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Food Safety while Eating Out
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-while-eating-out/

12/18

‘A Slap in the Face': Vermont Gov. Jumps Ship on Single-Payer Healthcare
Proponents of state’s trailblazing effort to build universal healthcare system slam governor for abandoning plan he once championed
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Vote for me

I’ll set you free

Oh, wait … I see

It’s too costly

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/18/slap-face-vermont-gov-jumps-ship-single-payer-healthcare

Driven by Climate Change, ‘Nuisance’ Flooding to Become Commonplace in US Coastal Areas
NOAA projects that Boston; New York City; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; and other metropolitan areas will be forced to mitigate these nuisance floods earlier than planned
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/18/driven-climate-change-nuisance-flooding-become-commonplace-us-coastal-areas

Good News for Greece’s Anti-Austerity Left as First Round Election Fails
Initial round parliamentary elections, out of three, failed to garner enough votes for any party to win. If upcoming votes also fail, leftwing Syriza Party will get chance at popular vote and best opportunity yet to jettison austerity agenda.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/18/good-news-greeces-anti-austerity-left-first-round-election-fails
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Public Citizen
Biologics Industry Uses Political Power to Retain Monopoly, Price-Gouge and Limit Patient Access to Needed Medications
New Report Shows the Future of Medicine Could Be Extremely Expensive

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/18/biologics-industry-uses-political-power-retain-monopoly-price-gouge-and-limit
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The Real News Network
The Three Remaining ‘Cuban 5′ Go Home
In a historic move bypassing congress President Obama restores diplomatic relations with Cuba and in a simultaneous telecast President Raul Castro hails the decision but reminds us that the blockade is still in place, says Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights

*This morning, Ratner said on Democracy Now!

“So now, perhaps, he’s (Obama) buying into the idea if we flood more money into Cuba, maybe we’ll be able to subvert the fundamental values of the revolution.”

Ya think … ?

The cancerous carrot replaces the stagnant stick.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12853

Identity and Collective Denial – Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)
Ms. Tarachansky talks about her journey from growing up in a settlement to opposition to the Israeli occupation

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12858

Will South America Bring Life to the Bank of the South?
The countries of South America need their alternative to the World Bank to step forward; if not, they will be back in crisis, explains historian and sovereign debt expert Eric Toussaint

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12808
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Institute for Public Accuracy
GMO Chestnuts Draw Scrutiny this Holiday

http://www.accuracy.org/release/gmo-chestnuts-draw-scrutiny-this-holiday/
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Democracy Now!
“Cut Loose the Shackles of the Past”: U.S. and Cuba Announce a New Dawn in Diplomatic Relations

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/18/cut_loose_the_shackles_of_the

Does the Release of the Cuban Five Prove the U.S. Failed to Destroy Cuba After Decades of Trying?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/18/does_the_release_of_the_cuban

Can Obama Lift the Embargo on Cuba Without Congress in Effort to Normalize U.S.-Cuba Relations?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/18/can_obama_lift_the_embargo_on
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Sugar in Food: Testing and Regulation of Sugar Substitutes
What is the testing process for sugar substitutes and who is in charge of it?
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/sugar-in-food/sugar-in-food-testing-and-regulation-of-sugar-substitutes/

12/17

Amid Grief, Warnings That Pakistan Gov’t Retaliation Could Violate Human Rights
As Pakistan holds vigils and mass funerals, across the border, people in India stage moment of silence
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/17/amid-grief-warnings-pakistan-govt-retaliation-could-violate-human-rights
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Despite Warnings of Future War, Obama to Impose New Russian Sanctions
Instead of negotiations designed to end crisis over status of Ukraine, White House says president will sign quietly passed bill that critics says will solidify new Cold War
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Russian roulette

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/17/despite-warnings-future-war-obama-impose-new-russian-sanctions
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Fight for the Future
FCC and Sunlight Foundation Undercounted Pro-Net Neutrality Comments and Should Immediately Correct the Record

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/17/fcc-and-sunlight-foundation-undercounted-pro-net-neutrality-comments-and-should
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The Real News Network
Identity and Collective Denial – Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
Ms. Tarachansky, TRNN Israel – Palestine correspondent and former Israeli settler, tells Paul Jay about her new documentary film, On the Side of the Road

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12846

Hundreds of Thousands of Wrongfully Purged Votes Could Have Cost Dems Midterm Elections
Investigative journalist Greg Palast discusses his award winning series “Jim Crow Returns” for Aljazeera America on how hundreds of thousands of mostly low income and people of color were purged from voting rolls in the midterm election

*This is such transparent skullduggery that the Democrats could easily expose it for the bald faced fraud it is.

But they don’t, do they?

Why is that?

Could it be that they also want the electorate to be circumscribed racially? That they want the Holy Grail of electoral politics to continue to be the white “swing voter”, which conventional wisdom as propagated by the punditocracy dictates must be appealed to via “centrist” campaign planks (that “center” possessing a pronounced starboard list)?

Would Mr. Spock find that a “highly illogical” surmise?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12819

Budget Bill’s Little-Known Provisions Affecting Marijuana Users
LEAP’s Neill Franklin says the budget bill bans the feds from going after states with legal medical marijuana, but may prevent DC from legalizing marijuana

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12839

Millions March Oakland: A Look Beyond the Violence
Several thousand people gathered at Millions March Oakland on December 13 to protest the killings of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Protesters critique mainstream media’s focus on vandalism and looting instead of Oakland Police Department’s violent history.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12851
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Contextualizing Baltimore’s Recent Police Shooting
LEAP’s Neill Franklin says the so called war on drugs and the over-policing of marginalized communities is the context for many negative interactions experienced by law enforcement

*This all presupposes that the police’s function is “to serve and protect” the public.

How much evidence do we need to bring a case that this is not the case?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12840
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Institute for Public Accuracy
DOJ’s Risen Plot Thickens

http://www.accuracy.org/release/dojs-risen-plot-thickens/
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Democracy Now!
The Destabilization of Pakistan: Tariq Ali on Taliban School Massacre & U.S. Afghan War Blowback

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/17/the_destabilization_of_pakistan_tariq_ali

Was Key Grand Jury Witness in Michael Brown Case a Racist, Mentally Ill, Lying Ex-Felon?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/17/was_key_grand_jury_witness_in

Press Freedom Fight: Reporter James Risen Faces Subpoena in CIA Whistleblower Case

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/17/press_freedom_fight_reporter_james_risen

12/16

Contraception Is Not Abortion, But Right Wing Has Plan to Convince You Otherwise
New analysis declares birth control is in anti-choice movement’s ‘crosshairs’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/16/contraception-not-abortion-right-wing-has-plan-convince-you-otherwise
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East vs. Rest: China’s Eurasian Integration vs. the West’s Empire of Chaos
‘Go West, Young Han': As Washington “pivots” to Asia, China does the Eurasian Pirouette
by Pepe Escobar

*Meaty piece well worth consuming

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/16/east-vs-rest-chinas-eurasian-integration-vs-wests-empire-chaos
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In Peshawar Attack, A Desperate Pakistani Taliban On Display
by Juan Cole

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/16/peshawar-attack-desperate-pakistani-taliban-display
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A Canal at What Cost?
A proposed canal in Nicaragua would rival Panama’s as a link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But indigenous and environmentalist protesters are crying foul.
by Chris Hartmann

*A rotted revolution

Augusto turns in his grave

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/16/canal-what-cost
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Theo Colborn: Remembering the Genius Who Got BPA Out of Your Water Bottles, and So Much More
by Heather Smith

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/16/theo-colborn-remembering-genius-who-got-bpa-out-your-water-bottles-and-so-much-more
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Amnesty International
Iran: Alleged Juvenile Offender Among 10 Hunger Strikers Threatened with Immediate Execution

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/16/iran-alleged-juvenile-offender-among-10-hunger-strikers-threatened-immediate
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The Real News Network
Will the New Federal Racial Profiling Guidelines Have Any Impact? (2/3)
In an interview with Sharmini Peries, Naomi Murakawa, the author of “The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America,” examines if the new guidelines will address systemic problems in local police departments

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12830

Data Collection Law on Excessive Force Shown Ineffective in the Past
The re-authorization of the federal law requiring data on police shootings due to “excessive force” did not produce any useful results last time around, says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12834

TRNN Replay: Chris Hedges Answers Questions from Viewers – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt 7
Pt 7 of 7. On the final episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges answers questions like: “Do you believe the US or Israel will attack Iran?” and “Is there any hope for Bradley Manning?”

*I should preface this by saying that I have a great deal of respect for Hedges, and read pretty much everything from him I come across.

But I feel he’s rather dogmatic in his pacifism, and his claim that it will induce the Praetorian Guard to switch sides off a couple of historical examples, when history is replete with instances where such abandonment was absent.

Non violence should be viewed as tactic, not a principle. Violence is a last resort, but the principled, disciplined use of force to defend ourselves is our right, and we shouldn’t hesitate to employ it should the circumstances warrant.

That’s sounds all neat and clean, I realize, and it ain’t.

It’s a fearsome choice

And one we have every right to make.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10486
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FAIR Blog
Fox’s O’Reilly: ‘All the Wolves Have Been Muslims’
by Peter Hart

*Would that O’Reilly were a lone wolf

Rather than among the more prominent of a nest of vipers.

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/16/foxs-oreilly-all-the-wolves-have-been-muslims/
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Democracy Now!
After Duo Created CIA Torture Methods, Did World’s Largest Group of Psychologists Enable Abuses?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/16/after_duo_created_cia_torture_methods

“Psychological Torture is Enshrined in U.S. Law”: Complicity in Abuses Began Long Before Bush

*This is the pathology of power.

It does not act simply to protect itself from perceived threats, but to assert its sovereign right to do whatever it pleases.

It revels in systemic sadism for its own sake.

Devoid of humanity, it answers only to its conception of itself as “L’état, c’est moi”.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/16/psychological_torture_is_enshrined_in_us

12/15

Advocates of CIA Torture Victims Demand: ‘Charge Them, Or Let Them Go’
‘It is the use of torture against these men, rather than any danger that they might pose, which is going to condemn them to a life in prison,’ says Vijay Prashad
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/15/advocates-cia-torture-victims-demand-charge-them-or-let-them-go

Offering ‘Example of Resistance,’ Nationwide Strike Against Austerity Hits Belgium
‘There’s never been a strike this strong,’ says union leader.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/15/offering-example-resistance-nationwide-strike-against-austerity-hits-belgium

Public Tax Dollars Financing Oil-By-Rail Expansion
Reuters exposes ’10 federal and state grants either approved or pending approval, totaling $84.2 million, that helped boost the number of rail cars carrying crude oil across the nation’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/15/public-tax-dollars-financing-oil-rail-expansion

National Lawyers Guild Challenges NYPD on Use of Sound Cannons Against Peaceful Protesters
The city’s police department, charges the legal advocacy group, has given itself ‘unbridled, unreviewable discretion to suppress protected speech and conduct.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/15/national-lawyers-guild-challenges-nypd-use-sound-cannons-against-peaceful-protesters
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The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney’s other Hostage Crisis, of 1984
by Juan Cole

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/15/banality-terrorism-sydneys-other-hostage-crisis-1984
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Time to Ban the Bomb
by Alice Slater

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/15/time-ban-bomb
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Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Transform the Climate Debate
What would governments do if black and brown lives counted as much as white lives?
by Naomi Klein

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/15/why-blacklivesmatter-should-transform-climate-debate
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How the United States Rolls
by Slavoj Žižek

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2234
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350.org
Australian Protesters Peacefully Halt First Coal Train from Controversial Maules Creek Mine

*Standing up Down Under

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/15/australian-protesters-peacefully-halt-first-coal-train-controversial-maules
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The Real News Network
Will the New Federal Racial Profiling Guidelines have Any Impact? (1/3)
In an interview with Sharmini Peries, Naomi Murakawa, the author of The First Civil Right, How Liberals Built Prison America, says Department of Justice’s new guidelines against racial profiling gives a green light to certain forms of profiling

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12783

Russia Rejects South Stream Pipeline Through Europe
Hudson Report: Europe’s effort to join the US in isolating Russia has backfired, it makes no sense to build an oil and gas pipeline for Russian exports that would be owned and leased to them by the US and Europe

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12811

A Second Mexican Revolution in the Works (2/2)
Climate of impunity persists in Mexico and only 6.8 % of the 33 million crimes committed in 2013 were ever investigated says John M. Ackerman, Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12791

As a Socialist, I Have No Voice in the Mainstream – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt 6
Pt 6 of 7. On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says an effective movement that defies power will have to be disciplined and articulate what a vision of socialism might look like

*One thing people want is a sense of community, of being respected and cared about.

That’s been sorely lacking in much of my experience with various groups. I’ve certainly met good folks, but the group dynamic as a whole has not been one pregnant with humanity.

When we feel others have our back, that they give a fuck about us, we’re inspired to do likewise. We can disagree, vociferously, and yet still know that when push comes to shove, we will stand together.

Create that atmosphere

Live it, breathe it

And you will see a movement grow.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10482

Sharpton-Led March Alienates Youth Activists
Youth groups in Washington organized an alternative protest after the main march, calling for more radical action

*Dissing the misleaders

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12829

Will the E.U. Hold the U.S. Accountable for Torture?
Vijay Prashad says the torture report is unclear about the chain of command, but the international community is making moves to hold those in power accountable

*There’s “not knowing”

And there’s “knowing that you’re not knowing”

You know?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12820

Russia Rejects South Steam Pipeline Through Europe
Hudson Report: Europe effort to join the US in isolating Russia has backfired, it makes no sense build an oil and gas pipeline for Russian exports that would be owned and leased to them by US and Europe

*Blunting US imperialism and the potential for war is always a welcome development, but we’re not exactly talking about the struggling masses on the other side, and so much of this is based on continuing to poison the only planet we have.

Whatever geopolitical benefit is derived has to be seen in the context of the consequences for geosurvival, don’t you think?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12786
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone Killings and Torture: Peace Activists to be “Rehabilitated” in Jail

http://www.accuracy.org/release/drone-killings-and-torture-peace-activists-to-be-rehabilitated-in-jail/
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FAIR Blog
Update: NPR Doesn’t Ban ‘Torture’–but Offers Euphemisms to Use in Its Place
by Jim Naureckas

*Torture is “enhanced interrogation techniques”

And rape is “unsolicited sexual interaction”

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/14/update-npr-doesnt-ban-torture-but-offers-euphemisms-to-use-in-its-place/
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Democracy Now!
Black Youth-Organized Millions March NYC Draws Tens of Thousands in Movement’s Biggest Protest Yet

*The Real News Network did a piece on how young black folks mistrust the likes of Sharpton and Jackson.

DN! manages to mention a “slight interruption” in the preceding segment, without any context to it.

You’d have to ask them why.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/15/black_youth_organized_millions_march_nyc

Emissions-Cutting Deal Reached at COP 20 Lima, But Will It Help Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change?

*Call it passing the fuck

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/15/emissions_cutting_deal_reached_at_cop

12/12

‘Così Non Va!': General Strike Against Austerity Sweeps Italy
Work actions and protests sweep 50 cities to oppose Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s new law that cuts back worker protections
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/12/cosi-non-va-general-strike-against-austerity-sweeps-italy

In Oregon GMO Labeling Battle, Supporters Concede Loss But Not Defeat
‘Our growing movement to label genetically engineered foods is neither defeated nor discouraged,’ says pro-labeling campaign.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Hanging chads”

And hiding bads

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/12/oregon-gmo-labeling-battle-supporters-concede-loss-not-defeat
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For Protesting US Drone Strikes, Prosecutor Told Judge I Must “Be Rehabilitated”
On drones, discrimination, and kicking bad habits
by Kathy Kelly

*Prisons are the closed spaces to which we consign open minds

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/12/protesting-us-drone-strikes-prosecutor-told-judge-i-must-be-rehabilitated
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What “Both Sides” Are Ignoring: Torture Did Work… to Produce Iraq War
‘The truth is that torture did work,’ writes Husseini, ‘but not the way its defenders claim. It worked to produce justifications for policies the establishment wanted, like the Iraq war.’
by Sam Husseini

*The actual meaning of “actionable intelligence”

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/12/what-both-sides-are-ignoring-torture-did-work-produce-iraq-war
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The Real News Network
Congress Passes Temporary Tax Breaks for Big Business Now for 15 Years Straight
Bush-era corporate tax breaks remain despite a continued slow economic recovery, and account for more than $44 billion of lost revenue

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12818

Federal Budget Guts Most Significant Financial Regulation Since 2008
The big banks snuck in a provision to gut the Dodd-Frank legislation that was passed to prevent another financial crisis, says Professor Gerald Epstein from Political Economy Research Institute at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12815

Report Finds Maryland Residents Unhappy with Market-Based Healthcare
Organizers Sergio Espana and Ben Palmquist discuss the findings of a new survey conducted by Healthcare Is a Human Right-Maryland

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12810

The Liberal Elite has Betrayed the People They Claim to Defend – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt5
Pt 5 of 7. On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says The Democratic Party used to watch out for the interests of labor and even for the poor. But that all changed under Bill Clinton. Although Clinton, like Obama, continues to speak in that feel-your-pain language of traditional liberalism, they’ve completely betrayed the very people that they purport to represent and defend.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10468
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“The Complicity of Psychologists in CIA Torture”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-complicity-of-psychologists-in-cia-torture/
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Democracy Now!
Silencing Dissent: U.N. Bars Climate Protesters from Putting “Keystone,” “Kerry” or “U.S.” on Signs

*No signs of the times

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/12/silencing_dissent_un_bars_climate_protesters

Pipe Dreams? Labor Researchers Say Keystone XL Project May Kill More Jobs Than It Creates

*Some very important points made, but this focus on the Keystone decision omits all the other tentacles that threaten us.

Dear Misleader may well not sign off on it, but there are other ways to move that poison, and they need to be opposed just as stridently.

It will be a hollow victory if they aren’t.

And the tar sands need to be abandoned now. Pay the workers while they transition into other jobs.

Every day means more denigration and death.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/12/pipe_dreams_labor_researchers_say_keystone

12/11

In Nicaragua, Protesters Vow to Fight Giant Canal ‘With Their Lives’
Inter-ocean canal would rival Panama Canal in size, displace communities
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/11/nicaragua-protesters-vow-fight-giant-canal-their-lives

With Help From USDA, Factory Farms ‘Masquerading’ Products as Organic
Cornucopia Institute sues 14 industrial farms over alleged fraud, mistreatment of animals
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/11/help-usda-factory-farms-masquerading-products-organic
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Beyond Nuclear
Federal Nuclear Regulator Opts Not To Reconsider Critical Safety Enhancements at U.S. “Fukushima” Reactors
Decision designed to save industry money but exclude experts and public

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/11/federal-nuclear-regulator-opts-not-reconsider-critical-safety-enhancements-us
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The Real News Network
Quakers Organize National Protest Against PNC
Activists are drawing attention to PNC’s business relations with corporations that fund mountaintop removal coal mining

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12798

TRNN Replay: “America is a Tinderbox” – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt4
Pt 4 of 7. On Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the American Left bears responsibility for the weakness of the mass movement; Hedges says the gravest mistake of the left is not articulating a viable vision of socialism

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12796
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Prosecuting Torture

*Obama doesn’t have “clay feet”

But he does wield the same iron fist as these monsters, and should face the same fate.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/prosecuting-torture/
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FAIR Blog
Investigative Reporting = Working With Ad Partners to Monetize the Audience
by Janine Jackson

*No punches pulled

When no punches are thrown

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/11/investigative-reporting-working-with-ad-partners-to-monetize-the-audience/
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Democracy Now!
“We Are Like the Walking Dead”: Latin American Indigenous Groups Decry Corporate Destruction of Land

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/11/we_are_like_the_walking_dead

Peru’s Deadly Environment: Host Nation of U.N. Summit is Among Most Dangerous for Land Defenders

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/11/perus_deadly_environment_host_nation_of

Putting People Before Profit: Thousands March in Peruvian People’s Climate March in Lima

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/11/putting_people_before_profit_thousands_march

From the Streets to the Suites, Protesters Call for Climate Justice at Corporate Gathering in Lima

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/11/from_the_streets_to_the_suites

Peruvian Protester: My Brother Was Disappeared in 1993 at El Pentagonito, the Site of Climate Summit

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/11/peruvian_protester_my_brother_was_disappeared
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Tips for optimizing veggie intake on a budget
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/tips-for-optimizing-veggie-intake-on-a-budget/

How to best use your refrigerator
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/refrigerator/

12/10

Giveaways To Wall Street and Nation’s Wealthiest in Spending Bill Make ‘Great Train Robbery Look Like a Misdemeanor’
Wealthy donors and Wall Street score big with eleventh-hour federal omnibus budget being rushed through Congress
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/10/giveaways-wall-street-and-nations-wealthiest-spending-bill-make-great-train-robbery

‘We Won’t Pay': Tens of Thousands Protest Water Privatization in Ireland
Mass march demands abolition of water fees, which are part of broader austerity push
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/10/we-wont-pay-tens-thousands-protest-water-privatization-ireland
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Torture Report Highlights Consequences of Permanent War
by Andrew Bacevich

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/10/torture-report-highlights-consequences-permanent-war
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Thank You For Making War! (or Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers)
Celebrating War Over and Over and Peace Once
by Adam Hochschild

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/10/thank-you-making-war-or-why-no-one-remembers-peacemakers
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Egypt: A Reality Too Dark in Which to Glimpse Hope?
by Zainab Magdy

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/10/egypt-reality-too-dark-which-glimpse-hope
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The Guantánamo wound that will stay open
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2231
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Oakland Institute
New Fact Sheet Details Western Agribusiness Interests in Ukraine

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/10/new-fact-sheet-details-western-agribusiness-interests-ukraine
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The Real News Network
Congress and Pentagon Shielding Weapons Contracts from Budget Cuts
Lawmakers and military administrators are shifting baseline funding to the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget, which is exempt from mandatory cuts

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12795

CIA Torture Report Incomplete as Key Documents Remain Withheld
Investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler says the Obama administration is using the CIA to protect itself and Bush-era officials from being legally implicated in war crimes

*Why would you expect a war criminal to deliver justice in the case of another war criminal?

And let’s be clear

Torture hasn’t ended.

It continues in the force feeding of the Gitmo hunger strikers, in the dark corners of empire, and by the hands of proxy Torquemadas.

Nothing has been “dismantled”

Only deceitfully disowned.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12782
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A Second Mexican Revolution in The Works
The case of the 43 missing students has sparked a second revolution in Mexico as the discontent over current socio-economic conditions grows, says John M. Ackerman, Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12753

Hong Kong Police Shut Down The “Umbrellas Revolution” (1/2)
CY Leung expects “furious resistance” from Occupy Central as police carry out order to shutdown Admiralty Square, police tactics has become increasingly heavy-handed, says Sean Starrs, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the City University of Hong Kong

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12777
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Institute for Public Accuracy
International Activists Demanding Climate Justice

http://www.accuracy.org/release/international-activists-demanding-climate-justice/
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FAIR Blog
ABC Makes US the Victim in the CIA Torture Report Story
by Jim Naureckas

*Another tortured tale of the corpress’ enhanced in-terror-gation

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/10/abc-makes-us-the-victim-in-the-cia-torture-report-story/
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Democracy Now!
From South America to Africa, “Capitalist” Solutions to Climate Change Seen as Path to Catastrophe

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/10/from_south_america_to_africa_market

Brazilian Indigenous Leader: Carbon Trading Scheme “REDD” a False Solution to Climate Change

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/10/brazilian_indigenous_leader_carbon_trading_scheme

As U.N. Summit Enters High-Level Talks, Protesters Gather for Historic Climate March in Lima

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/10/as_un_summit_enters_high_level

12/9

ACLU Head’s ‘Pardon Bush’ Op-Ed Sparks Controversy
ACLU director publishes controversial op-ed reasoning that presidential pardon for torturers only way to end government torture
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/09/aclu-heads-pardon-bush-op-ed-sparks-controversy

As US Occupation Drags on, Afghanistan Suffering at Record High
Afghans’ ratings of their own lives hit new low
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/09/us-occupation-drags-afghanistan-suffering-record-high
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Obama’s Plan for Better Policing: The Good, the Bad, and the Body Cameras
by Nadia Kayyali

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/09/obamas-plan-better-policing-good-bad-and-body-cameras
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Organic Consumer Pressure Works—Stonyfield Quits International Dairy Foods Group
by Ronnie Cummins

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/09/organic-consumer-pressure-works-stonyfield-quits-international-dairy-foods-group
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The Real News Network
Body Cameras Bring No Accountability for Police Brutality in Albuquerque
Max Blumenthal says the city’s police have killed citizens without provocation and faced no penalty

*A picture may be worth a thousand words

But the only one that ultimately matters is “Guilty”

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12769

Baltimore Communities Wage Legislative and Grassroots Battles For Better Public Schools
Baltimore residents have secured $1 billion over ten years to restore and revitalize their historically underfunded school district, while communities are undertaking grassroots efforts to ensure access to quality education for all students

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12780

Official Stats Show Black Unemployment Rate 50% Higher Than Whites
Obama’s “My Brothers Keeper” programs to address African-American unemployment is dependent on white philanthropy and goodwill; it doesn’t address the root problem of white racism, Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12776

What is Fueling the Price of Oil? (2/2)
The sliding oil and gas prices, combined with the sanctions, causes Russia to pivot to Asia for a long-term economic strategy, says Dr. Thomas O’Donnell of The Free University of Berlin

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12770

Is Congress’ Call for ISIS War Debate a Sham?
In the wake of continued airstrikes in Syria, critics say most members of Congress are on board with ISIS battle since it marries the liberal interventionist and neocon agenda of regime change in Syria

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12740
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GetEQUAL
LGBTQ Bill of Rights Survey

http://getequal.org/blog/2014/12/08/lgbtq-bill-of-rights-survey/
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Public Citizen
Tell Your Members of Congress Right Now to Oppose Unsafe Increases in Truck Driver Hours

http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12639
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Lies About Torture

http://www.accuracy.org/release/lies-about-torture/
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FAIR Blog
Washington Post Does Not Call It Torture When We Torture
by Peter Hart

*Don’t call it “torture”

No matter how much the English language screams

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/09/washington-post-does-not-call-it-torture-when-we-torture/

And Now, to Discuss Police Killings: Rush Limbaugh?
by Peter Hart

*It’s amusing – perhaps not the most apt term – how “misleaders”, to use Glen Ford’s phrase, like Jackson, Holder and the NAACP (not to mention Dear Misleader his own self), are painted as “extremists” and “radicals” by Limbaugh and his looney tuners.

But they’re aren’t so psychotic, are they?

Such hyper hyperbole serves a purpose – to put these parties on the defensive for even the emptiest of gestures toward justice, lest their posturing result in the most infinitesimal movement in that direction.

This pathetic pantomime passes for political struggle in the pages and pixels of the popular media.

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/08/and-now-to-discuss-police-killings-rush-limbaugh/
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Democracy Now
“They Have Destroyed Our Livelihood”: Activists Protest Shell and Chevron at U.N. Climate Talks

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

“Corporate Conquistadors”: New Report Exposes How Multinationals Drive, Profit from Climate Change

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

First Ever Climate Summit in Amazon Country Amidst Growing Threat to “Heart of the Planet”

*How is it that, even in the “alternative media”, next to no one speaks of these criminals’ (they kill, they injure, they immiserate – that’s criminal behavior in my book) “legacy” as one of being held to account for their sins?

There’s this inane and insane search for some humanity within them which has no empirical basis whatsoever, does it?

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

Indigenous Women: Earth Defenders Speak Out from the Front Lines of Climate Change

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

A Global Climate Deal is Within Reach, But Only Public Pressure Can Ensure It Meets Earth’s Needs

*Fiddling while home burns

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

Pablo Solón on COP 20 and Carbon Markets: This is a New Mechanism to Commodify Nature

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/12/9/pablo_solon_on_cop20_and_carbon
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Which cruciferous vegetable is a head above the class?
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/which-cruciferous-vegetable-is-a-head-above-the-class/

12/8

Isn’t It Important to Realize Who Our Enemies Really Are?
Children are so often the forgotten victims of conflict – regardless of the perpetrators
by Robert Fisk

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/08/isnt-it-important-realize-who-our-enemies-really-are
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No Exit in Gaza: Broken Homes and Broken Lives
by Jen Marlowe

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/08/no-exit-gaza-broken-homes-and-broken-lives
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2014: The Year of the Hypocrites
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/08/2014-year-hypocrites
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How I Will Prepare My White Son for the Interactions He Won’t Have with Police
by Frida Berrigan

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/08/how-i-will-prepare-my-white-son-interactions-he-wont-have-police
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Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
BabyFirst AT&T U-verse App Wins Dreaded TOADY Award for Worst Toy of the Year
First-ever “second screen” experience for babies encourages iPad use while watching TV

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/08/babyfirst-att-u-verse-app-wins-dreaded-toady-award-worst-toy-year
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The Real News Network
What is Fueling the Oil Prices
The Russian ruble takes a tumble as the falling oil prices slide, Dr. Thomas O’Donnell discusses the geo-politics of it all

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12760

New Employment Figures in the Shadow of a Fragile Economy
Economist Richard Wolff says workers are returning to jobs with lower wages, fewer benefits, and less job security than they had before the financial crisis hit

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12748

What Role Did Class Play in Garner Case?
Activist Kali Akuno and historian Paul Le Blanc link judicial injustice to economic inequality

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12766

Dropped Charges For Mubarak Yet Another Moment in the Counterrevolution
Maged Mandour, political analyst for Open Democracy, explains the political and economic power of the military in the Egyptian state

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12751

Why the American Justice System Is Failing Us (2/2)
Attorney Kamau K. Franklin and Faraji Muhammad, Youth Organizer for Baltimore AFSC, talk about strategies for combating police brutality in the United States

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12772
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More Corporations Flee as ALEC Rolls Out Its Legislative Agenda
by Lisa Graves
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12685

Koch-Tied Group Pushes New Union Busting Bill in Wisconsin
by Brendan Fischer and Mary Bottari
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12682
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Petition
University of Oregon: Graduate employees deserve paid sick leave
by Joe Henry

http://petitions.moveon.org/aft/sign/university-of-oregon
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FAIR Blog
Torture Enablers Spin Unreleased Senate Report
by Peter Hart

*Maybe it’s the liberal media trying to give ‘em enough rope to hang themselves with.

(The emoticon for eye rolling’s pretty abstruse, so I’ll give it a miss.)

“Prebuttal” …

I’ll have to remember that.

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/08/torture-enablers-spin-unreleased-senate-report/

Reporting the News Like Black Lives Don’t Matter
by Jim Naureckas

*Not that “medical assistance” was of any benefit …

Did the NYPD Let Eric Garner Die? Video Shows Police Ignored Pleas to Help Him After Chokehold
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/5/did_the_nypd_let_eric_garner

This bastard and his buddies get off scot free

And the cops are the ones who feel “betrayed” … ?

AP takes another trip to the Orwell.

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/07/reporting-the-news-like-black-lives-dont-matter/
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Democracy Now!
As Typhoon Hagupit Wreaks Havoc, Leading Filipino Environmental Voice Silenced at U.N. Climate Talks

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/8/as_typhoon_hagupit_wreaks_havoc_leading

At Lima Talks, Nations Worst Hit by Global Warming Say Climate Aid Isn’t Charity, But Reparations

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/8/at_lima_talks_nations_worst_hit

The Laundering Machine: How U.S. Corporations Threaten Peru’s Forests Through Illegal Logging

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/8/the_laundering_machine_how_us_corporations

Widows of Peru’s Murdered Indigenous Rainforest Defenders Demand Justice at U.N. Climate Summit

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/8/widows_of_peru_s_murdered_indigenous

12/5

Locally-Controlled, Renewable Energy Championed as Key to Climate Justice
Policies that support feed-in tariffs and decentralized power sources should be embraced by both the most- and least-developed nations, say campaigners
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Community control is the key here. Dirty or clean, energy corporations will always seek to maximize profits at the expense of consumers, and that won’t lead to climate justice anywhere other than in the fractured fairy tales of their PR campaigns.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/05/locally-controlled-renewable-energy-championed-key-climate-justice

EU Reaches Deal Allowing States to Ban GMOs, So Why Aren’t GMO Critics Cheering?
Provisional agreement risks being ‘Trojan Horse,’ says spokesperson for Greens in the European Parliament
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/05/eu-reaches-deal-allowing-states-ban-gmos-so-why-arent-gmo-critics-cheering

With Attention Elsewhere, Wall Street Lobbyists Push to Weaken Post-Crash Regulations
With few Americans paying attention, financial interests trying to undo restrictions on risky trading that played large part in 2008 financial collapse
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/05/attention-elsewhere-wall-street-lobbyists-push-weaken-post-crash-regulations
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Reversing Global Warming, Hunger and Poverty: Supercharging the Global Grassroots
by Ronnie Cummins

*There’s much I agree with here, but until folks like Cummins are willing to confront the concept of profit – not “obscene profits” or “excess profits”, but the very notion of profit – I don’t see us realizing these imperative goals.

As long as an economic system is based on competition, on winning the selling game, injustice and inequality will remain hard wired components of it. Good intentions can’t overcome that dynamic.

It must be eliminated.

Yes, capitalism can be made better.

But it can never be made good.

Ask anyone on the short end of that stick.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/05/reversing-global-warming-hunger-and-poverty-supercharging-global-grassroots
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It’s Time for a Public Takeover of the Tar Sands
by Martin Lukacs

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/05/its-time-public-takeover-tar-sands
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The Vicious Cycles of Inequality
by Andrew Levine

*Until you get at the root of the problem

No matter how much you hack at them

The limbs will always grow back

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2224
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The Real News Network
Why the American Justice System Is Failing Us (1/2)
Kamau K. Franklin and Faraji Muhammad in a conversation on their plans for a national day of action to address police brutality on Martin Luther King’s birthday

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12758

Early Elections Could Result in Most Right-Wing Coalition in Israel’s History
Journalist Max Blumenthal says centrist parties have no other political purpose besides promoting the image of Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12759
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Democracy Now!
Shutting Down the Streets: Thousands Protest Police Killings by Blocking Traffic & Staging Die-ins

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/5/shutting_down_the_streets_thousands_protest

Did the NYPD Let Eric Garner Die? Video Shows Police Ignored Pleas to Help Him After Chokehold

Pigs in a blanket

Of impunity

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/5/did_the_nypd_let_eric_garner

A Racist and Unjust System? A Discussion on Policing in Wake of Michael Brown and Eric Garner Deaths

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/5/a_racist_and_unjust_system_a

The Killing of Tamir Rice: Cleveland Police Criticized for Shooting 12-Year-Old Holding Toy Gun

*Smith is dead right, literally.

This has nothing to do with trust, any more than it did with Klansmen cops in the South a half century ago.

Turner’s a fool to think otherwise, and to have any faith that Cleveland’s officials and the feds will do anything other than damage control.

How many times does history have to repeat itself before that idiocy is rendered obsolete?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/5/the_killing_of_tamir_rice_cleveland
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Food Safety Tips for Cleaning Your Kitchen
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-tips-for-cleaning-your-kitchen/

12/4

Obama Ready to Defy Base in Order to Advance Trans-Pacific Partnership
In a speech before CEOs of major U.S. corporations, Obama indicates he’s ready to go head-to-head with Democrats, labor unions, and environmentalists on trade deals
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/04/obama-ready-defy-base-order-advance-trans-pacific-partnership
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Tangled Roots and Bitter Fruit: What Ferguson and New York Can Teach the Food Movement
Facing up to the complex issues of race, fear, and inequality is at the vital center of all efforts to combat injustice
by Eric Holt-Giménez

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/04/tangled-roots-and-bitter-fruit-what-ferguson-and-new-york-can-teach-food-movement
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Our Imperial System: On How Not to Think About the American Presidency
The president might be imperial relative to Congress, but our corporate plutocracy and global military operations should not be able to escape the damning charge of “imperial” behavior.
by William Grover and Joseph Peschek

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/04/our-imperial-system-how-not-think-about-american-presidency
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Anatomy of the Islamic State
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2221
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Friends of the Earth
Cruise Ships Flushed More Than a Billion Gallons of Sewage into Oceans Again This Year
Entire industry refuses to reveal environmental practice

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/04/cruise-ships-flushed-more-billion-gallons-sewage-oceans-again-year
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The Real News Network
The Geopolitics of Tumbling Oil Prices
Michael Klare, the author of The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources, connects the dropping oil prices to global politics and climate chang

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12752

Can Corporations Help Save Baltimore’s Crumbling Water System? (1/2)
Emanuele Lobina, author of a new report “Troubled Waters” argues private water companies could spell disaster for the city’s water system

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12750

Is This What Voluntary Corporate Social Responsibility Looks Like?
Dimitri Lascaris on the case against Nevsun Resources, a Canadian mining company whose appalling labour record in Eritrea was brought to court by a consortium of Canadian Law firms

*Voluntary manslaughter

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12747
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Yes Lab
Join us for the first #ClimateSchemers planning call

http://yeslab.org/climateaction
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Police Killing: Death, Lies and Videotape

http://www.accuracy.org/release/police-killing-death-lies-and-videotape/
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FAIR Blog
In NYT’s Retelling of Eric Garner’s Death, the Officer’s Arm Has a Mind of Its Own
by Peter Hart

*The long – and exasperatingly unruly – arm of the law

Oy gevalt …

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/04/in-nyts-retelling-of-eric-garners-death-the-officers-arm-has-a-mind-of-its-own/
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Democracy Now!
Vince Warren on How Police Officers Get Away with Killing from Ferguson to NYC

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/4/vince_warren_on_how_police_officers
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Dietary Supplements: Calcium and Bone Health
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/dietary-supplements/dietary-supplements-calcium-and-bone-health/

12/3

To Avert Climate Chaos, Meat Consumption Must Drop: Study
Despite need to lower meat, dairy consumption, public awareness of livestock production’s contribution to climate change low
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/03/avert-climate-chaos-meat-consumption-must-drop-study
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Bhopal: A Metaphor
by Vandana Shiva

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/03/bhopal-metaphor
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The Ethics of Climate Hope
A response to Elizabeth Kolbert’s recent review
by Naomi Klein

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/03/ethics-climate-hope
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America’s ‘Post-Racial’ Lie
White Americans have no right to judge the outpouring of black anger in Ferguson.
by Jill Richardson

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/03/americas-post-racial-lie
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Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers
by Lenora Lapidus

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/03/pregnant-employees-have-same-right-light-duty-other-workers
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Kinder Morgan Leaves Burnaby Mountain in Win for Pipeline Protesters
by Kate Aronoff

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/03/kinder-morgan-leaves-burnaby-mountain-win-pipeline-protesters
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The Real News Network
Baltimore City Says It Does Not Plan to Privatize Water
Baltimore’s city council questions top official over plans to use private companies to study how to improve aging water system as opponents warn such a move could lead to privatization

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12755

OPEC Steps On The Gas Pedal
Gas and oil production is dropping in the US because it is reliant on $100 a barrel, anything less is not feasible for shale oil producers says journalist Steve Horn

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12744

Republican Challenge on Immigration Disingenuous
If the Republicans were genuinely concerned about H1B visas, they could have joined AFL-CIO and demand cutting the numbers, says William Spriggs, Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12724
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Petition
Pass the Justice for All Act Reauthorization (S. 822)
Post-conviction DNA testing found the man who raped me and exonerated the innocent man who went to prison for the crime. Please sign my petition to protect post-conviction DNA testing.
by Jennifer Thompson

https://www.change.org/p/u-s-house-of-representatives-pass-the-justice-for-all-act-reauthorization-s-822
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Abusive Cop Picked to Head Police Reform Commission”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/37168/
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FAIR Blog
An ‘Entertaining’ Lesson on How Cops Can ‘Win the Media’ After They Kill
by Jim Naureckas

*I think it’s telling that in a flyer promoting a presentation whose subject is the provision of information to the public via the media

The word “truth” is conspicuously absent.

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/03/an-entertaining-lesson-on-how-cops-can-win-the-media-after-they-kill/

Columnist Often Called ‘Racist’ Doesn’t Think Police Activists Should Use That Word
by Jim Naureckas

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/03/columnist-often-called-racist-doesnt-think-police-activists-should-use-that-word/
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Democracy Now!
A “Precise” U.S. Drone War? Report Says 28 Unidentified Victims Killed for Every 1 Target

*Of course the civilian deaths are horrific, but these are attempts at extrajudicial executions, and should be condemned regardless of the “collateral damage”, shouldn’t they?

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

Peace Activist Faces Up to Two Years in Prison for Protest at Drone Base Near Syracuse, NY

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

Father of Missing Mexican Student Speaks Out as U.S. Protesters Stage Day of Action Against Drug War

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

Ecuadorean Authorities Seize Climate Caravan Bus Carrying Activists Opposed to Drilling in Yasuni

*An object lesson in the precariousness of pedestals.

We can defend what leaders like Correa have done to benefit the people of their countries, while condemning those acts that harm them, can’t we?

It’s always incumbent upon us to contradict the contradictions.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/3/ecuadorean_authorities_seize_climate_caravan_bus
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Fat in Food: The Truth about Coconut Oil
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*This contradicts yesterday’s repost touting the benefits of coconut oil.

Honestly, I’m at a loss at to what to think. If anyone has what they consider reliable intel on the subject, please pass it along. I asked Ely, the author of yesterday’s post, for her thoughts on the contradiction, and I’ll let you know if there’s a response.

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/fat-in-food/fat-in-food-the-truth-about-coconut-oil/

12/2

Study: Corporate Bribery and Corruption Grease the Gears of Global Capitalism
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports that large multinational corporations, led by top managers, are behind majority of documented bribery cases
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/02/study-corporate-bribery-and-corruption-grease-gears-global-capitalism
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Poverty, Incarceration, and Criminal Justice Debt
by Lauren-Brooke Eisen and Jessica Eaglin

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/02/poverty-incarceration-and-criminal-justice-debt
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Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?
by Kathy Kelly

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/02/climate-change-challenges-support-environment-or-us-military
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The Real News Network
Will the Demands of Ferguson Protests Be Met By The DOJ?
Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford says lasting change can come through dismantling of the mass incarceration system, turning away from the Black “misleadership” class, and direct action by those most directly affected

*If someone thinks you can reform a proto police state, ask them if slavery could have been reformed, and see where that logic leads them.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12727
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FAIR Blog
For Fox News, ‘Bad Guy’ Michael Brown Makes Obama a ‘Three-Time Loser’
by Peter Hart

*Although it’s the height of hypocrisy coming from the likes of O’Reilly and Goldberg, it is true that the complexities of Michael Brown, Jr.’s life have been missing from the rhetoric of those decrying his death.

And that’s problematic to my mind, because you don’t have to paint him as the boy next door to be justified in condemning yet another police killing of a black person.

This is ultimately about whether lethal force was justified under the circumstances. The preponderance of the evidence points to that not being the case here, and there have been countless other similar situations where it plainly was not.

Michael Brown didn’t have to be Jesus to not have deserved to die, and I think that point has been lost in the understandable grief that his loss has engendered among so many.

http://fair.org/blog/2014/12/02/for-fox-news-bad-guy-michael-brown-makes-obama-a-three-time-loser/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Ashton Carter: * Insider * Spawned Nuclear Buildup

*Hocking up another hawk

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ashton-carter-insider-spawned-nuclear-buildup/

Beyond Money in Politics: Corruption Now “Business as Usual”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/beyond-money-in-politics-corruption-now-business-as-usual/
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Democracy Now!
Will Obama’s Police Reforms Bring Change? Admin Urged to Seize Political Momentum of Ferguson Moment

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/2/will_obamas_police_reforms_bring_change

Will Texas Execute a Schizophrenic Man Who Tried to Subpoena Jesus, JFK & the Pope at His Own Trial?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/2/will_texas_execute_a_schizophrenic_man
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What natural eye make up remover tastes great in stir fries?
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/what-natural-eye-make-up-remover-tastes-great-in-stir-fries/

12/1

‘Thirsty’ Global Fracking Industry Puts Water, Environment, Communities at Risk
‘The fracking industry needs to be urgently reined in before it’s too late for our planet and people across the globe.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/01/thirsty-global-fracking-industry-puts-water-environment-communities-risk

Investigation Finds Dirty Coal Projects Being Financed by Climate Funds
Findings underscore the lack of rules designed to steer the United Nations’ ‘climate finance’ initiative
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/01/investigation-finds-dirty-coal-projects-being-financed-climate-funds

‘Safeguarding Historic Marijuana Legalization,’ Uruguay’s Vazquez Wins Election
‘Uruguayans have said yes … yes to more democracy,’ the former president declared
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/01/safeguarding-historic-marijuana-legalization-uruguays-vazquez-wins-election
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Why We All Need Affirmative Action
Recent shootings of young black men sound the alarm for public policies that directly counter racist stereotypes.
by Jeannette Wicks-Lim

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/01/why-we-all-need-affirmative-action
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Reading the World, Ecologically
by Lizanne Foster

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/01/reading-world-ecologically
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Alcatraz: A Prison as Disneyland
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/01/alcatraz-prison-disneyland
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Why America Is to Blame for Mexico’s Carnage and Corruption
John M. Ackerman

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2220
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The Real News Network
The Real News Town Hall Pt. 4: Should the Community Control the Police?
In the final part of the series, host Marc Steiner asks the all-important question: Where do we go from here? Baltimore community members give their insight

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12736

Workers vs. Undocumented Immigrants: The Politics of Divide & Conquer
Former labor organizer Bill Barry discusses the tenuous relationship between the working class and undocumented workers, and the forces that keep these groups at odds

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12714
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FAIR Extra!
Ebola Story Puts Old Fears in New Virus
Behind media obsession, a sad old story of poverty and priorities
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/ebola-story-puts-old-fears-in-new-virus/

Having Their Hate and Defeating Dems Too
At Fox News Latino, immigrants go from target to target audience
by Aldo Guerrero

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/having-their-hate-and-defeating-dems-too/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Mubarak Case Dismissed; Two Killed in Cairo Protests

http://www.accuracy.org/release/mubarak-case-dismissed-two-killed-in-cairo-protests/
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Democracy Now!
“Not One More Darren Wilson, Not One More Mike Brown”: National Protests Continue Ferguson Struggle

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/1/not_one_more_darren_wilson_not
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Exercise for Health: Can Strength Training Boost Your Memory?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/exercise-for-health/exercise-for-health-can-strength-training-boost-your-memory/

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11/28

‘No One Else Is Going to Stand Up For Us': Workers Target Walmart on Black Friday
‘For all of my brothers and sisters who have experienced illegal threats, I am on strike.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Refusing to be another brick in the Walmart

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/28/no-one-else-going-stand-us-workers-target-walmart-black-friday

#BlackOutBlackFriday Protests Connect Ferguson with Consumer Boycott
‘We demand an immediate end to the brutal treatment and inhumane killings of our loved ones; the lives of our friends, our parents and our children have value and should be treated with respect.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/28/blackoutblackfriday-protests-connect-ferguson-consumer-boycott

‘Fabulous': Court Throws Out 100+ Arrests at Tar Sands Protest on Burnaby Mountain
Injunction boundaries around construction site are re-established with proper GPS coordinates, but court win comes as boon to campaigners committed to fighting pipeline
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/28/fabulous-court-throws-out-100-arrests-tar-sands-protest-burnaby-mountain

Amid Shrinking Abortion Rights Nationwide, an Effort to Fund Access from the Grassroots
New York Times spotlights campaign to “fund abortion travel for low-income people in Texas”
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/28/amid-shrinking-abortion-rights-nationwide-effort-fund-access-grassroots
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New Report: Fracking a ‘Violation of Our Basic Human Rights’
As gas drilling industry tries to lay claim to UK, report offers stark warning against hydraulic fracturing
by Richard Heasman
DeSmog Blog

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/28/new-report-fracking-violation-our-basic-human-rights
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Fight for $15 Shakes Awake US Labor Movement
by Shamus Cooke

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/28/fight-15-shakes-awake-us-labor-movement
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The Politics of Thanksgiving
by William Loren Katz

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2217
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This Is Black Friday in Bangladesh
by Michelle Chen

*The devil’s bargains

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2216
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The Real News Network
Ukraine and the Right a Year after Maiden
Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says another upheaval will come if the government does not address socioeconomic conditions of ordinary people

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12721
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Are Antibiotics in Meat a Food Safety Issue?
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/are-antibiotics-in-meat-a-food-safety-issue/
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Celiac Disease and Gluten Allergy – Why It’s on the Rise
by Yuri Elkaim

http://www.supernutritionacademy.com/celiac-disease-gluten/

11/27

‘Love Each Other': Support Floods in for Ferguson Public Library
Library staff, who chose to keep doors open when others closed, say it’s just ‘what libraries do’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A public service announcement

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/27/love-each-other-support-floods-ferguson-public-library

Organic Food Activists Take Thanksgiving Fight to Monsanto’s Front Lawn
‘What better day than Thanksgiving to remind the world that eating local, organic food is one way to stop this profit-mongering, biodiversity-destroying monopoly,’ asks Reverend Billy
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/27/organic-food-activists-take-thanksgiving-fight-monsantos-front-lawn

Is Spate of Texas Earthquakes Connected to Nearby Fracking Operations?
‘We are guinea pigs in the middle of this fracking experiment,’ local activist says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/26/spate-texas-earthquakes-connected-nearby-fracking-operations
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Central America’s “Alliance for Prosperity” Plan: Shock Doctrine for the Child Refugee Crisis?
by Dan Beeton

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/27/central-americas-alliance-prosperity-plan-shock-doctrine-child-refugee-crisis
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The Real News Network
Almost Impossible to Indict a Cop
Chase Madar tells Paul Jay that it’s not just an institutional problem, that the law itself protects police abuse

*Prosecutors will indict a ham sandwich

But not a pig

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12719

Obama’s Record on Defending Civil and Constitutional Rights Abysmal
Michael Ratner and Paul Jay discuss Obama administration’s policy towards Ferguson, Guantanamo, the NSA and torture

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12722

The Real News Town Hall Pt. 3 Should the community control the police?
In part three of four, host Marc Steiner and guests discuss civilian review boards from other cities like Toronto, Canada and Detroit, MI who have power to higher and fire – Should Baltimore city follow suit?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12731
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FAIR Blog
On Israel/Palestine, NYT’s Public Editor Seems Reluctant to Heed Own Advice
by Jim Naureckas

*Much ado

And nothing done

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/26/on-israelpalestine-nyts-public-editor-seems-reluctant-to-heed-own-advice/

11/26

‘This Is Only the Beginning': Oregon GMO Labeling Measure Heads to Recount
Though Yes campaign was massively outspent, results showed slim margin, triggering automatic recount
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/26/only-beginning-oregon-gmo-labeling-measure-heads-recount
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Theater of the Macabre: U.S. Health Care in 2014
by Donna Smith

*The bastards responsible for this dystopia will never have to worry about suffering a heart attack, will they?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/26/theater-macabre-us-health-care-2014
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Ebola’s Racial Disparity
The most effective treatment for Ebola might be having white skin.
by Kwei Quartey

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/26/ebolas-racial-disparity
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Center for Biological Diversity
Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry Appeal
Uranium Companies Appeal Ruling That Banned New Mining Claims on 1 Million Acres Near Iconic Park

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/26/havasupai-tribe-conservation-coalition-will-defend-grand-canyon-uranium-industry
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The Real News Network
We Dehumanize Those We Want to Exploit – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (9/10)
Mr. Conway says police are asked by society to control the poor as if they are fighting a war, so anything goes

*You can’t strip another of their humanity

Before you’ve done so to yourself

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12717

The Real News Town Hall Pt. 2: Should the Community Control the Police?
In part two of four, host Marc Steiner and guests discuss the next steps for community policing – does Baltimore need a civilian review board with power?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12718
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Institute for Public Accuracy
The Myth of Thanksgiving

*From nightmares

Come fairy tales

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-myth-of-thanksgiving/
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Democracy Now!
“This Country Values Property Over People”: Ferguson Activist Speaks Out as Protests Spread

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/26/this_country_values_property_over_people

11/25

Military-Grade Malware Linked to US and British Intelligence Agencies
With ‘degree of technical competence rarely seen,’ Regin technology found infecting government and telecom systems in Russia and Saudi Arabia
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/25/military-grade-malware-linked-us-and-british-intelligence-agencies

Experts Urge Federal Task Force: Listen to Science. Ditch Neonics
Letter from over 100 scientists to heads of Pollinator Health Task Force stresses research linking ‘neonics’ with harm to bees
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/25/experts-urge-federal-task-force-listen-science-ditch-neonics
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Iraq War 4.0?
Imagine if some other nation was behaving like the U.S. has behaved towards Iraq
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/25/iraq-war-40
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The Real News Network
“Democracy on Fire”: Protestors Respond to Grand Jury’s Failure to Indict Mike Brown’s Killer
The Real News speaks to Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford and former Black Panther Eddie Conway for their reactions to the decision of a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Darren Wilson

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12708

The Real News Town Hall: Should the Community Control the Police? Pt.1
Baltimore residents, lawyers, police and activists gather to discuss and debate what to do about police brutality in their city

*As the song goes

“Just as every cop is a criminal … “

Overstatement, to be sure, but the mentality to dominate is prevalent in law enforcement, seen perhaps most acutely in the prison system.

That many are drawn from the military, programmed to view the population as dangerous and in need of control, should come as no surprise.

The repulsive redux in Ferguson is but one example of a numbing and numberless many.

In due time, of course, it won’t be just black and brown folks on the short end of the nightstick.

Standing with them won’t be solely an act of conscience, for those able to summon one

But of survival.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12709
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Hagel Resigns – A Look at His Record
IPS fellow Phyllis Bennis and Just Foreign Policy’s Robert Naiman discuss Hagel’s actions on Afghanistan, ISIS, and the Pentagon budget

*You’d have to be unbelievably naive, or just plain delusional, to have had any hope that anyone deemed safe enough by the powers that be to be in a position like secretary of defense would do anything that would represent any actual change to the status quo.

So how the hell can you in any way be “disappointed” if you have any firm grip on reality?

Anyone … ?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12706
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Petition
Brave New Films
It’s time to put an end to America’s new debtors’ prisons!

http://www.bravenewfilms.org/pp_petition
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Ferguson: Prosecutor’s “Charade”; “Oppression and Pushback”

*The sham

The shame

And the shout for justice

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ferguson-prosecutors-charade-oppression-and-pushback/
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FAIR Blog
Two More ‘Police Incidents,’ Shrouded in Media Euphemism
by Janine Jackson

*The loathing that dare not speak its name

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/25/two-more-police-incidents-shrouded-in-media-euphemism/

ABC and Darren Wilson’s ‘Serious Injury’
by Peter Hart

*Failing the eye – and lie – test

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/25/abc-and-darren-wilsons-serious-injury/
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Democracy Now!
Black Lives Matter: Ferguson Erupts After Grand Jury Clears Officer in Michael Brown Killing

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/25/black_lives_matter_ferguson_erupts_after

“It is Officially Open Season on Black Folks”: Legal Expert Decries Handling of Wilson Grand Jury

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/25/it_is_officially_open_season_on

Riot as the Language of the Unheard: Ferguson Protests Set to Continue In Fight For Racial Justice

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/25/riot_as_the_language_of_the

Part 2: Court Orders Release of Albert Woodfox But Angola 3 Member Remains in Solitary Confinement

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/11/24/part_2_court_orders_release_of

11/24

Senate Torture Investigation Fails to Interview Key Torture Victims
Attorneys for detainees say that the U.S. government has ‘no desire to credibly investigate or in any other way hold accountable’ those who approved or conducted torture
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/24/senate-torture-investigation-fails-interview-key-torture-victims
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Can a First Nations-led Movement Stop Big Oil?
by Andrea Palframan

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/24/can-first-nations-led-movement-stop-big-oil
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What the Media’s Not Telling You About the Late Marion Barry
by Dave Zirin

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/24/what-medias-not-telling-you-about-late-marion-barry
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#Not1More Means Not One More
by Carlos Garcia
Executive Director, Puente Movement

*Inspiring words from an uncompromising position

http://puenteaz.org/blog/not1more-means-not-one-more/
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Center for Biological Diversity
Feds Agree to Protect More Habitat for East Coast’s Most Endangered Whales by 2016

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/24/feds-agree-protect-more-habitat-east-coasts-most-endangered-whales-2016
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The Real News Network
Baltimore Residents Demand Legislative Action to End Police Impunity
Residents, attorneys and law enforcement officials offer testimony on whether the Maryland legislature should repeal key components of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12704

Who Is in Charge of Development: The Elite or the Majorities? (2/2)
The conclusion of a conversation with UN economist Richard Kozul-Wright on the far-reaching impact of a lecture given by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on the politics of development

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12701

Protesting GM Auto Workers Attacked by US Embassy Staff
US labor activists have filed a complaint with the Dept. of Justice and the SEC, charging the General Motors Company with a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, says Frank Hammer, retired General Motors employee and former president and chairman of Local 909 in Warren, Michigan

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12689

G-20 Recommits to Lifting Private Sector Activity 2/2
The G-20 Club, rather than reducing inequality and poverty, create the conditions whereby it is exacerbated, says Leo Panitch, author of The Making of Global Capitalism

*These are the type of actions I expected Dear Misleader to push when he was first elected, as pathetically inadequate as they may be, simply because the situation demanded it.

I didn’t realize just how irrational capital can be regarding its own self interest.

The question is whether they’ve saned up enough in the interim to allow even these timid moves.

Fanatics aren’t known for their flexibility.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12699

Obama Unveils Immigration Plan, But What Will It Change?
Author and former labor organizer David Bacon unpacks how temporary legal status won’t get at the root of the issue of getting legal status for workers in order to fight for fair wages and better working conditions

*Dear Misleader’s comment about not playing by the rules was misinterpreted by both Desvarieux and Bacon, wasn’t it?

Even as he supposedly acted positively to their plight, he still took the opportunity to blame the undocumented for it, ignoring the reasons for their migration, while propagating them.

This isn’t about “playing by the rules”, when those rules are unjust.

Treat everyone, those who go through the process and those who don’t, with dignity

And cease creating the conditions that force them to leave their homes in the first place.

As for Grijalva, we’ll see just how great a “champion” he is by whether he labels this as the sham it is, and seeks to push far beyond it.

I’m not ready to visit my bookie to place that bet.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12688
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama Secretly Extended Afghanistan War

*Elite debates over the wisdom of war never revolve around its evil

Only its efficacy

http://www.accuracy.org/release/obama-secretly-extended-afghanistan-war/
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FAIR Blog
CBS Finds Ferguson ‘Pipe Bombs’
by Peter Hart

*A menu staple at the Corpress Cafe

Fact free fearmongering, served up with a heaping helping of hyperbole

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/24/cbs-finds-ferguson-pipe-bombs/
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Democracy Now!
After Vowing to End Combat Mission in Afghanistan, Obama Secretly Extends America’s Longest War

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/24/after_vowing_to_end_combat_mission

Longest-Serving U.S. Prisoner in Solitary Ordered Free Again, But State Obstruction Bars His Release

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/24/longest_serving_us_prisoner_in_solitary
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How to Diet: Can Eating More Protein Help Prevent Muscle Loss?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-can-eating-more-protein-help-prevent-muscle-loss/

Keep Moving, Not Sitting
by Stephanie Scarmo
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet-and-weight-loss/keep-moving/

11/21

Protectors of Burnaby Mountain vs. Kinder Morgan: Dozens Arrested as Inspiring Pipeline Protest Grows
Standing on side of campaigners, local mayor vows to wage ‘war’ against fossil fuel giant and federal government to defend community
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/21/protectors-burnaby-mountain-vs-kinder-morgan-dozens-arrested-inspiring-pipeline
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As Walmart ‘Wages War on Workers and Earth,’ Green Groups Join Labor Fight
‘As people deeply committed to environmental and climate justice, we condemn Walmart as a climate criminal and we stand side-by-side with Walmart’s workers.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/21/walmart-wages-war-workers-and-earth-green-groups-join-labor-fight
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What Will Happen to the Immigrants Left Out of Obama’s Executive Actions?
by Michelle Chen

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/21/what-will-happen-immigrants-left-out-obamas-executive-actions
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From Jerusalem, Yet Another Great Leap Backwards
by Andrew Levine

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2214
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The Real News Network
Swedish Court of Appeals Rule to Continue the Detention of Julian Assange
While the prosecutor was reprimanded by the court for failing to move this case forward, it does not provide Assange with a remedy, says Michael Ratner, US lawyer for Julian Assange

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12684

Study Finds Racial Profiling Persists in Toronto Despite Ban
Despite efforts to curtail racial profiling, a new study has shown it persists in Toronto’s most marginalized communities, says Sabrina ‘Butterfly’ GoPaul of the group Jane Finch Action Against Poverty

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12685
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Who Is In Charge of Development: The Elite or the Majorities? (1/2)
Part 1 of a conversation with UN economist Richard Kozul-Wright on the far-reaching impact of a lecture on the politics of development given by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12690

G-20 Recommits to Lifting Private Sector Activity
They have managed to contain a massive capitalist crisis and they may actually be realizing that massive government sector spending is required to save capitalism, says Prof. Leo Panitch the author of The Making of Global Capitalism

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12681
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TRNN Replay: Do Undocumented Workers Take Jobs and Lower Wages?
Dube: Increasing evidence that legalizing undocumented workers has a positive effect on the economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12691
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Petition
GetEQUAL
President Obama, stop the deportations!

http://getequal.org/end-deportations/
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Democracy Now!
Obama’s Action Marks Historic Victory for Immigrant Rights, But Activists Warn of a Long Way to Go

*A half step with one foot

While the other stays planted on the neck of the excluded

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/21/obamas_action_marks_historic_victory_for

As Mexicans Protest US-Fueled Drug War, Sanctuary Movement Backs Church Refuge for the Undocumented

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/21/as_mexicans_protest_us_fueled_drug

Food Chains: New Film Tracks How Immokalee Workers Won Fair Wages from Corporate Giants

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/21/food_chains_new_film_tracks_how

Viggo Mortensen Helps Mark 10 Years of Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/21/viggo_mortensen_helps_mark_10_years
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Food Safety Tips for Microwave Cooking
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-tips-for-microwave-cooking/

11/20

Small Wages, Huge Pollution: New Report Exposes Walmart’s Coal-Saturated Climate Destruction
Undermining claims of ‘leadership in sustainability,’ new report reveals mega-retailers heavy dependence on coal-fired electricity
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m not interested in what Walmart “should do”

But in what we should do to Walmart.

You don’t urge a rapist to do the right thing, and point out the benefits of doing so.

You try to stop him from raping.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/20/small-wages-huge-pollution-new-report-exposes-walmarts-coal-saturated-climate
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‘Shock’ As Global Arms Manufacturer Jockeys to Get Piece of UK’s Privatized Health System
As British government privatizes the National Health Service, Lockheed Martin is among several companies showing interest in a deal
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/20/shock-global-arms-manufacturer-jockeys-get-piece-uks-privatized-health-system
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‘Resist Surveillance': Human Rights Groups Launch Tool to Detect Spyware
Detekt finds traces of ‘dangerous and sophisticated’ technology used by repressive governments against journalists and human rights defenders, Amnesty International says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/20/resist-surveillance-human-rights-groups-launch-tool-detect-spyware
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Ferguson and the ‘Us vs. Them’ Illusion
by Robert C. Koehler

*So apparently this “‘vast majority’ of police officers and executives trying to do the right thing” doesn’t include those who commit acts of repression and lethality, those who exonerate those who do, and those who look the other way

Or wear “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets, or are members of the Klan, or sympathize with their and like minded groups’ aims.

In other words, the police state is a product of a small minority of law enforcement personnel in leadership and field positions.

And apparently the “vast majority” is powerless to do anything about it.

Okay then.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/20/ferguson-and-us-vs-them-illusion
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‘Uncomplicated’ in Afghanistan: On Health and Healing in a War-Torn Nation
by Kathy Kelly

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/20/uncomplicated-afghanistan-health-and-healing-war-torn-nation
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The Real News Network
The Power to Create Money in the Hands of the Banks
The same financial institutions that created the financial crisis are now entrusted with one of the most power tools to shape the economy – and many elected officials have no idea, says Ben Dyson of Positive Money

*Of course, we could just get rid of money itself, meaning the concept of a medium of exchange to purchase what we need, which would be unnecessary in a world where we were assured that as a basic right.

But I guess that truly is, in Peries’ words, “a crazy idea”.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12668
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Animal Agriculture: A Neglected Agent of Global Warming?
The co-producers of the documentary film “Cowspiracy” discuss the environmental impacts of animal agriculture – and why mainstream organizations have been silent about it

*No surprise that enviro orgs have their contradictions (Remember many millions to Sierra from the natural gas bags?), but these folks would appear to have their own, if they’re intimating that bastards like Gates are our saviors.

Plants have their own problems, if they’re sprayed with all manner of poison, are GMO, or are produced unsustainably.

Might not these “billionaires”, who become such by careful attention to their bottom lines, not be quite so careful about production that avoids those issues if it would negatively affect their profit margins?

It’s a question that I feel should have fired a synapse in Woronczuk’s mind to ask.

I’d be keen to know his guests’ response.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12659
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Jobs With Justice
Walmart Workers Take Action: Black Friday 2014

http://www.blackfridayprotests.org/actions
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Immigration Move a “Stopgap Measure”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/immigration-move-a-stopgap-measure/
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Billionaires Push ALEC Agenda in Minneapolis School Board Election
by Jonas Persson
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12673
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Democracy Now!
From Hottest October to Coldest November, Is Climate Change Behind the Extreme Weather?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/20/from_hottest_october_to_coldest_november

The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest: New Film Captures Florida Prisoner’s Shocking Ordeal Behind Bars

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/20/the_life_and_mind_of_mark

“Just Mercy”: Bryan Stevenson on Ferguson, Prison Reform & Why the Opposite of Poverty is Justice

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/20/just_mercy_bryan_stevenson_on_ferguson


11/19

Offering Model for World, Students in the UK March for ‘Free Education’
‘We are determined,’ said students organizers in a joint letter, ‘to build a movement too big to ignore that puts free, accessible and public education back on the political agenda.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/19/offering-model-world-students-uk-march-free-education
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‘Duty to Refuse': Top Medical Groups Back Nurse Who Said ‘No’ to Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers
‘Force-feeding a competent person is not the practice of medicine; it is aggravated assault.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Military justice

An oxymoron in a system where one is punished for not committing a crime

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/19/duty-refuse-top-medical-groups-back-nurse-who-said-no-force-feeding-guantanamo
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As Health Nonprofit Cashes In, Cystic Fibrosis Drug Remains Unaffordable for Most
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s $3.3 billion payday may incite other medical charities to partner with Big Pharma, which critics say creates a worrying conflict-of-interest
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/19/health-nonprofit-cashes-cystic-fibrosis-drug-remains-unaffordable-most
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‘Keen Observers of the Natural World’ Wanted
by David Suzuki

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/19/keen-observers-natural-world-wanted
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Dramatic Correlation Shown Between GMOs And 22 Diseases
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2213
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The Real News Network
Seattle Begins Police Reforms in Wake of Federal Civil Rights Investigation
Reporter Ansel Herz discusses the Seattle mayor adopting reforms after a federal investigation found the Seattle police force carried out discriminatory practices

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12675

Despite Senate Vote on Keystone XL, Tar Sands Oil Will Still Reach the Gulf
Obama has quietly approved the Alberta Clipper, a cross-border pipeline between the U.S and Canada that will connect with the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, say journalists Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog and Cherri Foytlin of bridgethegulfproject.org

*Is there an ophthalmologist who can cure the myopia so many in the environmental movement suffer from?

The issue that needs to be seen clearly is not about this or that pipeline, but about the entire system that force feeds the planet this poison.

If we can’t perceive that with perfect clarity, as well as those whose pretty words seek to blind us to their putrid deeds

Then we’ll continue to hail hollow victories, while the true winners toast their triumphs.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12674
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Fat on Restaurant Cash, Democratic Lawmakers Float Minimum Wage Preemption in IL
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch

*Blue plate special

Mendacity on the menu

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12677

Meet Wisconsin’s Wacky New Congressman
by Brendan Fischer

*”Wacky”‘s not the adjective I’d employ to describe this hateful bastard, anymore than I’d label the state’s response to the Ferguson protests as “screwy”.

Let’s call him what he is

A stone sociopath.

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12656
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FAIR Blog
PBS to Treasury Official: ‘Why Can’t You Just Bomb Them?’

*P redilection to
B omb
S hit

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/19/pbs-to-treasury-official-why-cant-you-just-bomb-them/
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Democracy Now!
Jerusalem Unrest Threatens Wider Flare-Up After Deadliest Attack on Israeli Civilians in 3 Years

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/19/jerusalem_unrest_threatens_wider_flare_up

“Palestinians Always Live in Fear”: Jerusalem Killings Follow Months of Tensions, Settlement Growth

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/19/palestinians_always_live_in_fear_jerusalem

As Sioux Tribe Calls Keystone XL an “Act of War”, TransCanada Hires PR Firm to Probe Critics

*If Scott and others are “putting stock” in Dear Misleader

They’ll soon realize they’re neck deep in the soup.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/19/as_sioux_tribe_calls_keystone_xl

11/18

‘Tactics as Dirty as Their Oil': Leaked Docs Reveal TransCanada’s Propaganda Plan
Documents show that oil and gas companies are placing serious resources of time, money, and personnel into countering the growing climate justice movement. “What this speaks to is that they are losing,” says one campaigner whose group has been targeted by company strategy.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*As slick and sleazy as the product they pimp

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/18/tactics-dirty-their-oil-leaked-docs-reveal-transcanadas-propaganda-plan
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Do We Live on a One Party Planet?
Introducing a new digital pamphlet designed to connect the dots on advanced-stage, 21st Century neoliberalism
by Martin Kirk

*The flip side of “divide and conquer” is to see our exploiters and oppressors as a unitary adversary.

Only lopping off the head of the hydra will still its separate tentacles.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/18/do-we-live-one-party-planet
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You Are Not A Loan: It’s Time to Bring Student Debt Down to Zero
The entire structure of financing higher education is broken. Superficial reform in Washington means nothing until we make tuition … free
by Astra Taylor

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/18/you-are-not-loan-its-time-bring-student-debt-down-zero
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Doctors Without Borders
R&D Cost Estimates: MSF Response to Tufts CSDD Study on Cost to Develop a New Drug

*First do no harm

To our profit margin

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/18/rd-cost-estimates-msf-response-tufts-csdd-study-cost-develop-new-drug
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The Real News Network
All Eyes on Ferguson as Gov. Nixon Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Grand Jury Decision
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford examines the role law enforcement, grassroots movements and the Democratic Party will play in the aftermath of the grand jury decision on whether to indict officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12670
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Petition
Stop giving animals this drug banned in much of the world!
by Robyn O’Brien

https://www.change.org/p/tell-smithfield-to-stop-giving-animals-this-drug-banned-in-much-of-the-world
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Institute for Public Accuracy
XL Pipeline: Scrutinizing Politicos and PR

http://www.accuracy.org/release/xl-pipeline-scrutinizing-politicos-and-pr/
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FAIR Blog
War Works–So Why Isn’t It Working?
by Peter Hart

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/18/war-works-so-why-isnt-it-working/

A ‘Child’ Is Missing–From a New York Times Headline
by Jim Naureckas

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/18/a-child-is-missing-from-a-new-york-times-headline/

No, NPR Did Not Ask Cosby About Rape Accusations
by Jim Naureckas

*Shall we henceforth nick this NPR hack

Scott “Say it ain’t so” Simon … ?

Pa

Thet

Ic

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/17/no-npr-did-not-ask-cosby-about-rape-accusations/
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Democracy Now!
Return of the Ferguson War Zone? Missouri Enacts State of Emergency Ahead of Mike Brown Grand Jury

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/18/return_of_the_ferguson_war_zone

The FBI vs. Martin Luther King: Inside J. Edgar Hoover’s “Suicide Letter” to Civil Rights Leader

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/18/the_fbi_vs_martin_luther_king

11/17

Ahead of Senate Vote, USA Freedom Act Called ‘Major Step’ Toward Surveillance Reform
Though some say its been ‘gutted’, big-name tech companies say the bill ‘protects national security and reaffirms America’s commitment to the freedoms we all cherish’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Haven’t you found that “Better than nothing” is usually a synonym for “worse than something”?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/17/ahead-senate-vote-usa-freedom-act-called-major-step-toward-surveillance-reform
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35.8 Million Worldwide Living in Modern-Day Slavery: Report
‘Modern Slavery Affects Us All,’ warns study by Australian anti-slavery NGO
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/17/358-million-worldwide-living-modern-day-slavery-report
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Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson
by Bill Quigley

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/17/ten-illegal-police-actions-watch-ferguson
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Separate and Unequal: A Journey Across a Divided Detroit
by Laura Gottesdiener

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/17/separate-and-unequal-journey-across-divided-detroit
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The Super-Rich and Sordid Tales of Selfishness
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/17/super-rich-and-sordid-tales-selfishness
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Continent of the Islamic State
The tectonic shifts that continue to create the Islamic State are to be found in the harsh repression of ordinary grievances, whether against corruption or for better wages
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2212
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Center for Biological Diversity
With Senate Poised to Vote on Keystone XL, New Analysis Reveals Dangerous Toll of U.S. Pipelines

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/17/senate-poised-vote-keystone-xl-new-analysis-reveals-dangerous-toll-us-pipelines
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The Real News Network
Who is Behind the Ousting of President Compaore in Burkina Faso?
Burkinabe people have a history of revolutions – once the social and political engine started, it could not be stopped, says Dr. Gnaka Lagoke and Paul Sankara, brother of revolutionary Thomas Sankara

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12661
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Investigation Uncovers “Culture of Impunity” for Chicago Police Department
Chicago police have one in a thousand odd chance of being held accountable for alleged abuse, say journalists Sarah Macaraeg and Alison Flowers

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12665

Critics Say DC’s ‘Model’ Police Review Board Can’t Stop Abuses
DC’s Office of Police Complaints may be one of the most robust civilian review boards in the country, but it’s still unable to check systemic racism and racial profiling by its officers, says Seema Sadanandan, policy and advocacy director of the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12663

Obama Administration Leaves Door Wide Open for Torture to Occur Again
The Obama administration should be judged by its actions, not by its pious words, says Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights

*This “Don’t tie our hands” argument is utter sophistry, and Dear Misleader knows this full well. It’s based on the supposition that somehow torture is necessary to deter terrorism by eliciting information that can’t be obtained in any other manner.

This has been proven time and again to be without any basis in fact.

So the question is, why is it employed?

I think it’s part and parcel of the need to dehumanize the enemy. If they’re deserving of torture, they’re subhuman, and thus anything done to them, on the battlefield or off, is justified.

That’s why Japan was targeted for the atomic bombs, and not Germany. A Japanese life was worthless, combatant or child, and due to the their portrayal in US propaganda, most Americans gave nary a second thought to the horror wrought upon them.

I also believe there is a visceral sadistic streak to the imperial mentality, which derives immense pleasure from the most heinous acts it can imagine.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12652
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Institute for Public Accuracy
War in the Mideast: Permanent Infrastructure for Perpetual War

http://www.accuracy.org/release/war-in-the-mideast-permanent-infrastructure-for-perpetual-war/
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FAIR Blog
Is Keystone Coverage Getting Worse?
by Peter Hart

*Well, it’s definitely about being jobbed …

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/17/is-keystone-coverage-getting-worse/
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Democracy Now!
Is Obama’s Immigration Plan Too Modest? Proposals Cover Less Than Half of Nation’s Undocumented

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/17/is_obamas_immigration_plan_too_modest

Immigrant Rights Activists Vow to Continue Fighting Deportations as Obama Prepares Executive Order

*It’s not a matter of courage for the Democrats.

It’s a matter of calculation.

And that political calculation is affected by how much pressure can be brought to bear on them.

Dear Misleader once said, “Make me do it.”

Left unsaid is the reality that he and his party will never do what’s right unless they view it as in their best political interest.

What the Carrascos and many others are doing, and what the mainstream immigration and Hispanic groups aren’t doing, is creating the conditions that change that equation

For everyone.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/17/immigrant_rights_activists_vow_to_continue

Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, We Need Radical Change to Prevent Catastrophic Warming

*Obama may very well nix Keystone, but that’s just one tentacle of the monster that he’s in bed with.

Should he do so, instead of celebrating, anyone truly committed to combatting climate change will need to see it for the transparent political maneuver it is, and focus their efforts on chopping off the other tentacles that comprise “All of the Above”.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/17/naomi_klein_reject_keystone_xl_pipeline
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Petition Update
Women’s Health Alert: Deadly Cancers of the Uterus Spread by Gynecologists. Stop Morcellating the Uterus in Minimally Invasive and Robot Assisted Hysterectomy
Time is running out and we need your voice now
by Hooman Noorchashm

https://www.change.org/p/women-s-health-alert-deadly-cancers-of-the-uterus-spread-by-gynecologists-stop-morcellating-the-uterus-in-minimally-invasive-and-robot-assisted-hysterectomy/u/8750736
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Are You or Your Kids Formulas Exceeding the Upper Limits?
by Yuri Elkaim

*Not pimping anything. I just thought this intel about the dangers of multivitamins was worth passing along.

See if you agree.

http://www.supernutritionacademy.com/multivitamins/
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How to lose weight on a Paleo diet
by Leanne Ely

*See above. For the intel, to take as you will.

http://savingdinner.com/how-to-lose-weight-on-a-paleo-diet/
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Do Sugar Substitutes Help with Diet and Weight Loss?
It’s more complicated than it seems
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet-and-weight-loss/do-sugar-substitutes-help-with-diet-and-weight-loss/

11/14

Increased Fracking? No Thanks, Say More Americans
New poll shows biggest shift towards rejecting hydraulic fracturing in Midwest
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Good news, and I’d imagine due in part to the sad fact of more folks being impacted by fracking as it expands exponentially.

They, and their friends and acquaintances, won’t be swayed by the industry’s PR campaign, but as we’ve seen numerous times in the past, the seeds of doubt can be sown in the fertile soil of public ignorance.

So it’s imperative that the lies and obfuscations be countered at every turn with the reality of a fracked future, and with the vision of an alternative that speaks to the economic anxieties that the spinmeisters are dab hands at preying on.

It’s not jobs or the environment.

It’s work that works for people, and planet.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/14/increased-fracking-no-thanks-say-more-americans
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Cynics, Step Aside: There is Genuine Excitement Over a Hillary Clinton Candidacy
by Glenn Greenwald

*Solid skinny on Madame Mayhem’s cheerleaders, but I’m nonplussed by why her ascension would be “genuinely inspiring”.

I honestly don’t give a rodent’s rear what’s between a person’s legs.

I’m concerned with what’s between her/his ears, and more to the point

How that’s connected to what’s beating in their chest.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/14/cynics-step-aside-there-genuine-excitement-over-hillary-clinton-candidacy
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The Big Chill: Tensions in the Arctic
As the climate warms and the ice melts, the Arctic could become the next great theater of global cooperation—or a battlefield.
by Conn Hallinan

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/14/big-chill-tensions-arctic
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Wall Street Takes Over More Statehouses
by David Sirota

*Taking our money to the banks

And us to the cleaners

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/14/wall-street-takes-over-more-statehouses
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Food & Water Watch
McDonald’s Rejects GMO Potatoes, Other Fast Food Chains Should Follow Suit

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/14/mcdonalds-rejects-gmo-potatoes-other-fast-food-chains-should-follow-suit
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Campaign for Peace and Democracy
End the Killing of Students Now: Peace, Justice, and Democracy for Mexico

http://www.cpdweb.org/stmts/1024/stmt.shtml
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FAIR Press Release
No Debate and the New War
Study finds little opposition to US attacks on Iraq, Syria

*What if they gave a war

And nobody blamed?

http://fair.org/press-release/no-debate-and-the-new-war/
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Where are 90% of a walnut’s antioxidants found?
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/where-are-90-of-a-walnuts-antioxidants-found/

11/13

The Unforgiven: How College Debt Is Crushing a Generation
Latest figures shows that today’s college graduates are being saddled with the burden of increasingly high student loan debt as they begin careers or start families. But isn’t there a better way to finance higher-education? (Hint: The answer is ‘Yes.’)
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/13/unforgiven-how-college-debt-crushing-generation
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More Cracks in Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Mantra as Data Collection, Political Power Soar
Public Citizen report asks whether regulators and lawmakers will be reluctant to rein in web giant
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/13/more-cracks-googles-dont-be-evil-mantra-data-collection-political-power-soar
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‘History In The Making': Workers Hold First Sit-Down Work Action Targeting Walmart
‘I am out here on strike because of retaliation and disrespect’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/13/history-making-workers-hold-first-sit-down-work-action-targeting-walmart
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While FBI Finds Police Killings on the Rise, Real Number of Killings Remains Unknown
FBI report finds police killings highest in 20 years, but critics say agency’s figures fail to provide real scope of police killings
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/13/while-fbi-finds-police-killings-rise-real-number-killings-remains-unknown
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Friends of the Earth International Expresses Solidarity with the People of Ferguson, Missouri and People around the World who Face Social and Racial Injustices

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/13/friends-earth-international-expresses-solidarity-people-ferguson-missouri-and
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The Real News Network
Russia’s Pivotal Role in the Iranian Nuclear Agreement
Russia will play a major role in a deal by ensuring that Iran complies with US demands – and it has a lot of money to gain from it, says Gareth Porter, the author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare

*Why is it that these pieces never deal with the dangers of nuclear power?

Iran may have a legal right to produce it, and this myth of a possible weapons program is used to justify sanctions that have immiserated and led to the deaths of Iranians, but none of that supercedes the spectre of yet another disaster, this time in the Middle East, does it?

It’s a complex issue, to be sure, and we need to acknowledge all the factors involved to come to the best possible resolution to it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12641
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FAIR Blog
Obama’s ‘Hot Anti-Wall Street Rhetoric’?
by Peter Hart

*Wall Street will always prefer a prez who’ll suck its dick

Rather than merely kiss it.

(Okay, Obama’s fellatio went further than that, but aphorismology is an inexact science, so cut me some slack.)

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/13/obamas-hot-anti-wall-street-rhetoric/
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Democracy Now!
Mexico Burns as Outrage over Student Disappearances Sparks Protests Against State-Backed Violence

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/13/mexico_burns_as_outrage_over_student

Are Mexico’s Missing Students the Victims of U.S.-Backed Drug War?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/13/are_mexicos_missing_students_the_victims

11/12

US/China Emission Targets Should ‘Be Floor, Not Ceiling’ of Climate Action
Agreement announced in Beijing is a positive sign, say campaigners, but “a drop in the ocean” compared to what’s need from the world’s two largest polluters
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Isn’t it rather pathetic to hear allegedly sensible persons speak of Dear Misleader’s desire to claim a positive “climate legacy”?

He’s made it clear what his patrimony will be, hasn’t he?

“All of the above”

Look out below

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/12/uschina-emission-targets-should-be-floor-not-ceiling-climate-action
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Food Safety Advocates Cheer Launch of Landmark GMO Safety Study
Multi-year study will investigate safety of GMO corn, glyphosate
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/12/food-safety-advocates-cheer-launch-landmark-gmo-safety-study
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Back-To-The-Future Agriculture: ‘Farming Like the Earth Matters’
by Courtney White

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/12/back-future-agriculture-farming-earth-matters
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Mostly Plants: New Science Says a Healthier Diet is Best for the Climate
by Elizabeth Grossman

*Not only are we what we eat

In large measure, so’s the planet

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/12/mostly-plants-new-science-says-healthier-diet-best-climate
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The Real News Network
Tens of Thousands March to End Impunity for the Mexican Narco-State
Prof. John Ackerman argues that outrage over the 43 recently disappeared college students has the potential to unite social forces to challenge the US-backed Mexican narco-state

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12643
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“The Long Shadow”: Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (5/5)
In this segment, Karl Professor Karl Alexander concludes his discussion about his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12647
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Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S.-China Climate Deal: What the Cheering Overlooks

http://www.accuracy.org/release/u-s-china-climate-deal-what-the-cheering-overlooks/
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Petitioning Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
Stop your lawsuit to bulldoze my longtime family home
by Charlie Birnbaum with the Institute for Justice

https://www.change.org/p/casino-reinvestment-development-authority-stop-your-lawsuit-to-bulldoze-my-longtime-family-home
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Democracy Now!
Obama Calls for Net Neutrality, But His Own Industry-Tied FCC Appointee Could Stand in the Way

*”Yet President Obama appointed him.”

“Yet” … ?

Where’s the contradiction here? His corporatismo was precisely why he was selected.

And that’s why this is nothing more than grandstanding on Dear Misleader’s part. He can posture for liberals and techies, while claiming it’s out of his hands, when his hands placed Wheeler where he is.

So it’s disturbing, to be polite, to see groups like Free Press urging us to thank this bastard for empty words meant to obscure his dirty deeds.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/12/obama_calls_for_net_neutrality_but

11/11

G20 Countries Spending $88 Billion a Year to Subsidize Climate Disaster
Global governments spend more than double what energy companies invest to find new regions for oil and gas drilling, despite climate change risks, report finds
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/11/g20-countries-spending-88-billion-year-subsidize-climate-disaster
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Lame-Duck Senator Urged to ‘Show Principles’ and Release Torture Report to Public Record
Transparency advocates urge Mark Udall (D-Col.) to ‘finally expose, in great detail, the secret government wrongdoing he’s been criticizing for years’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*He can talk

Can he walk?

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/11/lame-duck-senator-urged-show-principles-and-release-torture-report-public-record
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Global Warming to Worsen Global ‘Dead Zones': Study
Study suggests global warming’s contribution to growing dead zone problem, impacts on marine life have been underestimated, says lead author
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/11/global-warming-worsen-global-dead-zones-study
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A Health Check-up for Our Environment—Ignored at Our Own Risk
by Peter Bosshard

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/11/health-check-our-environment-ignored-our-own-risk
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How to End Health Insurance ‘Churn’
by Anne Scheetz

*I know all about churning.

It’s what my stomach did when I got my policy renewal notice last week and saw that my premium had increased approximately 2000 percent.

Bait and switch?

Do tell.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/11/how-end-health-insurance-churn
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Veterans for Peace
Veterans Plan Armistice Day Events in Cities Across the U.S. and in the U.K.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/11/veterans-plan-armistice-day-events-cities-across-us-and-uk
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Evidence That US Secretly Pays Off Civilian Yemeni Drone Strike Victims Revealed by Reprieve

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/11/evidence-us-secretly-pays-civilian-yemeni-drone-strike-victims-revealed-reprieve
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The Real News Network
“The Long Shadow”: Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (4/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

*What about a society where’s there’s no need for socioeconomic mobility, because from the get go we have what we need to live a life of dignity?

That whole “from each according to her talents, to each according to his needs” thingie, y’know?

I can dream, can’t I?

At least until they come up with a way to surveil REM sleep.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12645
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Capitalism’s Stunning Contradiction
Richard Wolf says every capitalist tries to systematically reduce wages and then can’t sell what wage workers have produced

*I think there’s another way to look at the wage contradiction, when it comes to business models for corps such as Walmart.

If you depress wages, you force your workers and those similarly exploited to buy your cheap shit, as that’s all they can afford.

Now, that doesn’t work for car companies or other producers of more expensive commodities, obviously, and so the contradiction holds for that sector and for the economy as a whole, but for the Walmarts and Targets and other corporations that vie for the title of “Low Price Leader” (or “Low Life Leader” to my mind), it would seem to be a “rational” business plan.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12642
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FAIR Blog
Never Too Late to Tell Old Iraq Lies
by Peter Hart

*One of the primal functions of the corpress is to make true history a real mystery

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/11/never-too-late-to-tell-old-iraq-lies/

CBS Covers Liberia’s Ebola Crisis–Without Liberian Voices
by Peter Hart

*Call it “the white man’s curtain”

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/11/cbs-covers-liberias-ebola-crisis-without-liberian-voices/

11/10

‘A Crime': Groups Say Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Benefits Rich, Attacks Working People
Newly-approved Plan of Adjustment means sacrificing pensions, healthcare, city services, they say
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/10/crime-groups-say-detroit-bankruptcy-plan-benefits-rich-attacks-working-people
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Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Found Guilty in ‘Travesty of Justice’
Addressing supporters immediately following verdict, Odeh declares, ‘There is justice in this world. We will find it.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/10/palestinian-activist-rasmea-odeh-found-guilty-travesty-justice
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Environmental Groups Challenge ‘Double Jeopardy’ for Arctic Walruses
Coalition challenges federal rule allowing oil companies to harm or kill mammals in Chuchki Sea
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/10/environmental-groups-challenge-double-jeopardy-arctic-walruses
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The Peasants Still Have Their Pitchforks
Americans want what 21st century politics has so far not delivered: real options for challenging concentrated wealth.
by Sam Pizzigati

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/10/peasants-still-have-their-pitchforks
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Modern War: A True Global Health Emergency
A unique historical moment to look at global health, with a special look at Iraq after more than twenty years of war
by Claudia Lefko

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/10/modern-war-true-global-health-emergency
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Peace Ecology: Deep Solutions in an Age of Water Scarcity and War
by Randall Amster

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/10/peace-ecology-deep-solutions-age-water-scarcity-and-war
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The Billion Dollar a Month Club: A Runaway Transfer of Wealth to the Super-Rich
by Paul Buchheit

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/10/billion-dollar-month-club-runaway-transfer-wealth-super-rich
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National Nurses United
RN Strikes, Pickets Headline Actions in 16 States Nov. 12 for Improved Ebola and Patient Safety Standards

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/10/rn-strikes-pickets-headline-actions-16-states-nov-12-improved-ebola-and-patient
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The Real News Network
Toothless Tiger: Citizen Review Board Unable to Hold Police Accountable
TRNN examines Baltimore’s police review board, which everyone from the board’s head to the mayor agree needs to be overhauled

*Any argument that’s based on the logic that police would benefit from effective civilian oversight, because it would build trust and thus aid them in combatting crime, is divorced from reality.

Policing isn’t about crime

It’s about control.

The only crimes of consequence are those which impact the influential. The presence of crime among the powerless provides the rationale for the exertion of that control.

Why would you wish to eradicate your raison d’etre?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12638

Gaza News Roundup: The Mavi Marmara, Operation Protective Edge, and Dempsey
IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis discusses the International Criminal Court’s decision to not pursue a case against Israel for the Mavi Marmara incident; the Amnesty International Report on incidents during Operative Protective Edge; and U.S. General Martin Dempsey’s defense of Israel’s actions during that campaign

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12629

“The Long Shadow”: Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (3/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12635
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How Will the GOP-Controlled Senate Affect Trade Deals?
In the second part of our series, we look at how the new Republican majority will complicate Obama’s efforts to move forward on two trade deals, TPP and T-TIP

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12631

Occupation and Settlements: The Roots of Unrest in Jerusalem
Political economist Shir Hever discusses the economic and political conditions of Palestinians in Jerusalem, while IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis says U.S. and Israel will continue to cooperate in maintaining the occupation despite reports of a setback in relations

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12625

“The Long Shadow”: Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (2/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

*Isn’t it emblematic of the ethos of capitalism that the jobs that actually benefit society most directly – the “helping” professions – earn substantially less than those that have as their main goal the maximization of profit, which inevitably leads to the exploitation that engenders much of the necessity for that assistance?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12630

Maryland Post-Election Redux: What’s Next for the Left?
Dr. Jared Ball talks movement making and voter apathy in the deeply blue state of Maryland now that a Republican is the governor-elect

*I’m gratified to see someone speaking to the woeful job the “alternative media” does in presenting anything close to what might reasonably be labeled “radical” politics.

Ask yourself how many times someone in that vein has appeared on “Democracy Now!”, or had something posted at Common Dreams, to name of couple of the more visible outlets.

TRNN does a better job, as this segment and Glen Ford’s, among a few others, attests. But Ball’s point that we need to be thinking, talking and acting much further outside of the “progressive” box holds here, as well.

If we truly believe that each person on this planet has an inalienable right to a dignified life, then we have to ask the visceral questions that will lead us to a path to secure that right.

That isn’t happening

And time is running out.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12618
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Koch-Tied Group Urges Stoners Not to Vote for Mary Burke
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12652

Dirty Energy Barons Go to Bat for WI AG Candidate Schimel
by Mary Bottari
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12649

ALEC Tampers with Wisconsin Constitution
by Mary Bottari
PRWatch

*Unmentioned is that Burke also supported exclusivity.

I guess you could say that both major party candidates were travelling down the same highway.

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/10/12643
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Democracy Now!
“I’ve Had Enough”: Mexican Protesters Decry Years of Impunity After Apparent Massacre of 43 Students

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/10/ive_had_enough_mexican_protesters_decry

“This is Crazy”: Ex-State Dept. Official Matthew Hoh Blasts Obama’s Doubling of U.S. Troops in Iraq

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/10/this_is_crazy_ex_state_dept

On Eve of Veterans Day, a Former Soldier Speaks Out on Hidden Costs of War from PTSD to Suicide

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/10/on_eve_of_veterans_day_a

Out of Ebola Quarantine, Yale Student Says Health Workers Should Be Treated as Heroes, Not Pariahs

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/10/out_of_ebola_quarantine_yale_student
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Could your salad be making you sick?
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/could-your-salad-be-making-you-sick/

11/7

Colorado Students Employ Civil Disobedience School Board Sought to Censor
‘Do not pretend that patriotism is turning a blind eye and a passive mind to the changing world around us,’ student organizer says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

*Book burning

And applied learning

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/07/colorado-students-employ-civil-disobedience-school-board-sought-censor
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Week of Anti-Fracking Action Culminates with Blockade, Arrests Outside Federal Building
Environmental activists blockade entrance to federal building in D.C. to fight fracking plans
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/07/week-anti-fracking-action-culminates-blockade-arrests-outside-federal-building
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2014… 2016… 2018: Win or Lose, Big Money Still Matters in Politics
by Bill Allison

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/07/2014-2016-2018-win-or-lose-big-money-still-matters-politics
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Illinois Approves Secret Fracking Rules: State Enviro Council Thrown Under Bus, Grassroots Hold Line
by Jeff Biggers

*You lie down with dogs

You get fleeced

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/07/illinois-approves-secret-fracking-rules-state-enviro-council-thrown-under-bus
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Mitch McConnell and the Great American Myth of “Healthcare Freedom”
by Donna Smith

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/07/mitch-mcconnell-and-great-american-myth-healthcare-freedom
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WTO in Seattle – 15 Years Ago
by Stan Sorscher

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/07/wto-seattle-15-years-ago
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Food & Water Watch
Report Casts Serious Doubts on Federal Investigation Into BP Atlantis Facility
Food & Water Watch Renews Demand to Shutter Troubled Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Platform

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/07/report-casts-serious-doubts-federal-investigation-bp-atlantis-facility
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The Real News Network
IMF & World Bank Policies Responsible For Weakening Health Systems in West Africa
After emerging from colonialism, many nations in the African continent were forced to accept economic arrangements that allowed multinational corporations to overwhelming benefit from the wealth and resources of the region, says policy analyst and activist Nii Akuetteh

*Neocolonial

Neoliberal

But nothing neo about the knee capping of Africa, is there?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12545

“The Long Shadow”: Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (1/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12622

Hedges & Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (8/8)
Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin conclude their interview with a discussion on the problems of revolution and power

*You can call it transformation, because you can’t reform rot

You can only replace it.

And part of that transformation has to be how those groups that struggle for it act among themselves, how their internal relations align with what they proclaim they’re fighting for in the larger world.

We have to walk the talk. We have to evince our humanity seamlessly.

Related to that, members of a vanguard, which I do think is essential, must be guided by a principle of inclusion, always seeking to expand their ranks from the masses.

True leaders don’t have followers

They have fellow travellers.

In its simplest terms, it’s about being a mensch, dammit.

And I agree with Weber that we’re likely doomed despite an intimate relationship with our better angels

But if life has any meaning, it’s one we create.

A life of compassion, courage and community can never be claimed to be in vain.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12623
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FAIR Blog
On Iran Policy, America Is Not ‘the World’

*A Disneyesque kind of geopolitical reality, literally (Uncle Walt would approve) and figuratively

“It’s a small world, after all”

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/07/on-iran-policy-america-is-not-the-world/
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Food Safety Tips for Packing and Storing Leftovers
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-tips-for-packing-and-storing-leftovers/
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Which tasty treat is hypoallergenic?
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/14710/

11/6

Water Cannons, Tear Gas Unleashed on 100,000 Anti-Austerity Marchers in Brussels
Demonstration marks beginning of planned series of actions against free-market reforms
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/06/water-cannons-tear-gas-unleashed-100000-anti-austerity-marchers-brussels
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US Corporations Top List of Those Living in ‘Magical Fairyland’ of Tax-Dodging
Leaked documents reveal Luxembourg’s paradise for companies and financial firms stiffing the global populace with their unpaid tax bills
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/06/us-corporations-top-list-those-living-magical-fairyland-tax-dodging
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‘A Game of Chicken': Thumbing Nose at Spain, Catalonia Presses Ahead with Independence Vote
Madrid has readied thousands of Civil Guard police officers to travel to the region in advance of Sunday’s secession poll
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/06/game-chicken-thumbing-nose-spain-catalonia-presses-ahead-independence-vote
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Outrage as ICC Drops Case Against Israel for Deadly Attack On Humanitarian Flotilla
Prosecutors announce Thursday they will not pursue investigation or charges despite acknowledging Israel likely committed war crimes
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/06/outrage-icc-drops-case-against-israel-deadly-attack-humanitarian-flotilla
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The Next Steps for an Organic Planet Are Yours To Take
I walked 160 miles to promote regenerative organic agriculture that can save our soil and reverse global warming. Here’s what comes next.
by Mark ‘Coach’ Smallwood

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/06/next-steps-organic-planet-are-yours-take
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Uncle Sam’s Databases of Suspicion
A shadow form of national ID
by Hina Shamsi and Matthew Harwood

*What the ACLU and many others critical of the surveillance state don’t seem to grasp is that the primary motivation for it is not to guard against a threat to the public

But rather to guard against a threat from the public.

It’s born of a police state of mind

That is wilfully incapable of reason.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/06/uncle-sams-databases-suspicion
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The Real News Network
Most Expensive Off Year Election in History
The real election results are that we had the lowest voter turn out in decades and voter repudation of Congress and Obama, says Tom Ferguson, professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12616

Hedges & Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (7/8)
Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin continue their discussion of the threats faced by democratic institutions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12621
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FAIR Media Advisory
The ‘Center’ Always Holds
Media advise Dems to move to the right once more

*Telling Dems to move to the right is the very definition of “preaching to the choir”, don’t you think?

http://fair.org/take-action/media-advisories/the-center-always-holds/
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Democracy Now!
Obama & McConnell Pledge Cooperation; Will Fast-Tracking Secretive TPP Trade Deal Top Their Agenda?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/6/obama_mcconnell_pledge_cooperation_will_fast

Maui v. Monsanto: Hawaii County Voters Defy Agri-Giant’s Spending to OK Landmark Ban on GMO Crops

*Mowing the Astroturf

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/6/maui_v_monsanto_hawaii_county_voters

Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder on Knowing Your GMOs: Changing a Label Costs “Essentially Nothing”

*I feel compelled to point out that, GMO or no, ice cream, plus all the other calorie laden extras larded on top of it, ain’t exactly health food, is it now?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/6/ben_jerry_s_co_founder_on

Midterm Voters Reject U.S. Drug War with Victories for Marijuana Legalization & Sentencing Reform

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/6/midterm_voters_reject_us_drug_war
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The Shocking Truth about Vitamin D
by Yuri Elkaim

*Not trying to sell you anything. I just thought the intel on Vitamin D was worth passing along.

See if you agree.

http://www.supernutritionacademy.com/vitamind-video/

11/5

‘We Will Only Get Louder': Dozens of Communities Vote to Boot Big Money from Politics
Huge margins back up claim that ‘nearly all Americans share the sentiment that corporations should not have the same rights as people’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/05/we-will-only-get-louder-dozens-communities-vote-boot-big-money-politics
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Voters Reject Oil Titan Chevron, Elect Progressive Bloc in Richmond, California
Tom Butt elected mayor and slate of progressive candidates all win city council seats after grim battle with corporate power
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/05/voters-reject-oil-titan-chevron-elect-progressive-bloc-richmond-california
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Hawaiians Win Community GMO Victory Over Monsanto
GMO bans pass in counties in Hawaii and California, while millions in industry spending drown out labeling efforts in Colorado
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/05/hawaiians-win-community-gmo-victory-over-monsanto
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‘Just the Beginning': Communities Across Nation Ban Fracking
In Ohio, California and Texas, voters took to ballots to say no to fracking, yes to communities’ health
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/05/just-beginning-communities-across-nation-ban-fracking
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California Voters Pass ‘Historic’ Mass Incarceration Reform
‘This historic vote demonstrates support to advance a public safety strategy beyond incarceration to include treatment and prevention.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/05/california-voters-pass-historic-mass-incarceration-reform
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How Much of a Difference Did New Voting Restrictions Make in Yesterday’s Close Races?
by Wendy Weiser

*Emma Goldman once said

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

Well, it really doesn’t, in the grand scheme of things

But I guess the bastards don’t like taking chances.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/05/how-much-difference-did-new-voting-restrictions-make-yesterdays-close-races
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FAIR Extra!
Drone-Strike Feminism
Using the oppression of women to sell another Iraq War
by Rania Khalek

*Victimized as victims

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/drone-strike-feminism/
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Democracy Now!
A Big Win for Climate Change Denial: Republicans to Target EPA Regulations After Taking Senate

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/5/a_big_win_for_climate_change

Can Push for Single-Payer Healthcare Survive in Vermont After Shockingly Tight Governor’s Race?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/5/can_push_for_single_payer_healthcare

11/4

The Big Winner in 2014 Elections: Corporate Television
With record outside spending, stations bringing in windfall profits from political ads and “mud-slinging”
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/04/big-winner-2014-elections-corporate-television
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Verizon and AT&T Using Undeletable ‘Supercookies’ to Track Customers
Tracking program collects data on users’ browsing history to create permanent online profiles to share with advertisers
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/04/verizon-and-att-using-undeletable-supercookies-track-customers
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Australia Deems Climate Change ‘Too Political’ for World Leaders
Campaign says G20 must have climate change on the agenda
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/04/australia-deems-climate-change-too-political-world-leaders
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The Best Teachers I Ever Had
by Bill Quigley

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/04/best-teachers-i-ever-had
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Yes, It’s an Imperfect System, But the Native Vote Is Worth Counting
by Mark Trahant

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/04/yes-its-imperfect-system-native-vote-worth-counting
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The Real News Network
How the No-Fly Zone in Ferguson Became the No-Justice Zone
FAA complied with a request by federal authorities to ban media helicopters from covering police conduct during the protest, but Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report, asks: does it really matter?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12605

IPCC Synthesis Report Stops Short of Naming the Worst Emitters of CO2
The science is rigorous but the report is a compromise between its findings and the worst emitters, says Professor Giovanni Baiocchi of University of Maryland

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12606

Islamic State Born of Deteriorating Economic Conditions in Iraq
Poverty and inequality created by the plunder of Iraq’s wealth by elites and multinational corporations after the US occupation of Iraq were a great recruiting tool for ISIS, says Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University’s Department of Political Science

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12604
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FAIR Blog
ABC Campaign Coverage–or GOP Campaign Commercial?

*Call it hogwash in more ways than one

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/04/abc-campaign-coverage-or-gop-campaign-commercial/
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Democracy Now!
New Voter Suppression Laws Could Decide Key Races, and Turn Back the Clocks for Years to Come

*Wouldn’t like to hear Jealous say something about what happens after the vote?

But you won’t, because if Democrats do pull an upset here, he and his kind won’t do a goddamn thing about their iniquities, because they’re joined at the hip to the party.

So, yeah, go vote, as I will.

Stave off the worst, but know that real change comes from pulling together

Not simply from pulling a lever.

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

The Priciest Midterms Ever, Brought to You by “Dark Money” and Election Finance Out of Control

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

GOP Threatens a Senate Takeover, But State Votes Could Bring Rejection of Right-Wing Agenda

*It’d have been nice if Fang and Nichols had mentioned something about the multiplicity of warts on the epidermes of candidates like Burke

But I wasn’t holding my breath.

Honestly.

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

11/3

Washington Voters Stand Up to NRA … And May Just Win
Gun battle in Washington over competing ballot measures while NRA dumps millions into other races nationwide
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/03/washington-voters-stand-nra-and-may-just-win
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Blockades Challenge Fracking’s Assault on ‘All That Sustains Life’
Arrests climb as climate-focused week of action continues
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/03/blockades-challenge-frackings-assault-all-sustains-life
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Facing Up to the Capitalist Within
by Georgie Wingfield-Hayes

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/03/facing-capitalist-within
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Feminism: The Men Arrive! (Hooray! Uh-Oh!)
by Rebecca Solnit

*It’s hard to listen to someone like Solnit, who says such righteous things about hate and violence here, praise someone like Modi, whose political career has been built on those characteristics.

She might ask Arundhati Roy about his fealty to the cause.

Better yet, she might ask the Muslim women and girls raped by those who share his ideology while he was chief minister of Gujarat.

Of course, she can’t ask those who were murdered in the riots.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/16/india_elects_hard_right_hindu_nationalist
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The Kagame-Power Lobby’s Dishonest Attack on the BBC 2’s Documentary on Rwanda
by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2204
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Government Accountability Project
Review Finds U.N. Mission Withheld Evidence of Government Crimes in Darfur
Whistleblower Says Review Too Weak

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/03/review-finds-un-mission-withheld-evidence-government-crimes-darfur
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The Real News Network
Unremarkable Tweets and Donor Pressure Cost Me My Job – Steven Salaita on the Real News
After the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne rescinded Steven Salaita’s job over tweets condemning Israel’s war on Gaza this summer, Salaita says he is waiting for a ruling on his case for reinstatement

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12601

The Rise of Europe’s Far-Right
Prof. John Weeks discusses the rise of xenophobic, authoritarian and racist far-right movements across Western Europe and England

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12570

The Neoliberal Outbreak of Ebola
Evolutionary biologist Robert Wallace says the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is better explained by Western-driven policy than indigenous cultural practices

*A disease of the body

Born of a disease of the soul

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12596

Hedges and Wolin (6/8): Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?
Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin continue their discussion of the threats faced by democratic institutions

*Sliced

Diced

Studied like mice

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12602
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Institute for Public Accuracy
* Exploding Rocket * Climate Change

http://www.accuracy.org/release/exploding-rocket-climate-change/
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FAIR Blog
Young People Going Republican? Not So Fast
by Peter Hart

The fact that there’s no “there” there has never deterred the corpress from making the trip when there’s a narrative to nudge along, has it now?

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/03/young-people-going-republican-not-so-fast/
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Democracy Now!
Honoring Mama Africa: Angélique Kidjo Pays Tribute to South African Singer, Activist Miriam Makeba

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

Jim Crow Returns: Interstate “Crosscheck” Program Could Strip Millions of the Right to Vote

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/3/jim_crow_returns_interstate_crosscheck_program
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Should We Avoid All Farm-Raised Seafood?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/should-we-avoid-all-farm-raised-seafood/

Bait and Switch
Seafood alternatives that are more environmentally sustainable
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-to-eat/bait-and-switch/

What to Eat: Does Eating Seafood Protect Your Hearing?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-to-eat/what-to-eat-does-eating-seafood-protect-your-hearing/

 

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10/31

UK’s Plan to Use ‘Death as Deterrence Appalling': UN Human Rights Expert
UK dropping search and rescue efforts in Mediterranean wrong and cruel approach, rights advocates say
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

*The rising tide of racism

And the boats and beings it seeks to sink

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/31/uks-plan-use-death-deterrence-appalling-un-human-rights-expert
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Boo! Happy Halloween from Our Frightening Healthcare System
by Donna Smith

*Paying through the nose

And the eyes, ears, throat, heart, limbs, stomach

And whatever else may ail you

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/31/boo-happy-halloween-our-frightening-healthcare-system
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Twelve Ways Jim Crow is Winning in 2014
by Harvey Wasserman, Bob Fitrakis

*A treatise delineating the difference between voter fraud

And voting fraud

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/31/twelve-ways-jim-crow-winning-2014
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Bowling for Nuclear Meltdowns (and Throwing Gas on the Fire)
by John LaForge

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/31/bowling-nuclear-meltdowns-and-throwing-gas-fire
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UltraViolet
Women’s Group Demands DHS Investigate Rape and Harassment at Karnes Family Detention Center in Texas
Multiple Lawsuits Accuse Karnes Detention Center Guards of Repeated Sexual Assault of Women and Children

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/31/womens-group-demands-dhs-investigate-rape-and-harassment-karnes-family-detention
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The Real News Network
One in Ten Baltimore Residents Apply for Section 8 Housing after Waitlist Opens for First Time in a Decade
Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger talks about the implications of tens of thousands of Baltimore residents applying for the Section 8 housing program, which subsidizes rent for needy families

*Of course, the counterargument is: if you don’t have business generating a tax base, then you don’t have tax revenue [for the?] program.”

Of course, if you give those businesses all manner of tax breaks, then you don’t have tax revenue, either, do you?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12585
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What to Expect in the IPCC Synthesis Report
Professor Chris Williams of Pace University says we would need to shut down the fossil fuel industry over the next 20 years to achieve carbon reduction targets

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12588
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Ebola: A Disease of Extraordinary Poverty (2/2)
Enormous public health crisis in poorest countries due to increasing social inequality, says Allyson Pollock, professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary University of London

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12594
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‘One Baltimore’ Rally Unites Groups Against Privatization
TRNN’s Megan Sherman speaks to labor leaders, activists and low-wage workers who oppose potential plans for privatization of the city’s water and other public services, and say the issue is tied to growing crime and poverty in Baltimore

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12589
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FAIR Blog
USA Today: Still Not Too Late to Attack Gary Webb
by Peter Hart

*As opposed to a full frontal attack, we have an instance of damning with faint damnation.

Classic corpress “good cop, bad cop”, wouldn’t you say?

http://fair.org/blog/2014/10/31/usa-today-still-not-too-late-to-attack-gary-webb/
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Democracy Now!
Public Health vs. Civil Liberties: Debate over Ebola Quarantines Harkens Back to AIDS Panic in 1980s

*A shame we can’t quarantine those spreading the deadly diseases of fear and ignorance

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/31/public_health_v_civil_liberties_debate

How to Buy a City: Chevron Spends $3 Million on Local California Election to Oust Refinery Critics

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/31/how_to_buy_a_city_chevron

Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins Calls for a “Green New Deal for New York”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/31/gubernatorial_candidate_howie_hawkins_calls_for

The Nazis Next Door: Eric Lichtblau on How the CIA & FBI Secretly Sheltered Nazi War Criminals

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/31/the_nazis_next_door_eric_lichtblau

Part 2: Eric Lichtblau on “The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men”

*And do you think Israel cares to have this horrific history revealed?

That wouldn’t be conducive to its role as official arbiter of just who’s an “anti Semite” and who isn’t, would it?

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/10/31/part_2_eric_lichtblau_on_the

“The GMO Deception”: Sheldon Krimsky on How BigAg & the Government Is Putting Your Food at Risk

*A note of caution

Currently, a product can be labeled “non GMO”, but it’s essentially meaningless, as there’s no mandated certification process to vet it.

So, maybe it is

And maybe it ain’t.

Caveat emptor

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/10/31/the_gmo_deception_sheldon_krimsky_on
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Food Safety: What do Expiration Dates Really Mean?
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-what-do-expiration-dates-really-mean/

10/30

On Proposed Mega-Pipeline, Tar Sands Opponents Vow: ‘It’s Not Going to Happen’
TransCanada applies for permits to build ‘Energy East’—which would be longest pipeline in North America—environmentalists and local communities vow to stop it
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/30/proposed-mega-pipeline-tar-sands-opponents-vow-its-not-going-happen
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The Missing Women of Afghanistan: After 13 Years of War, the Rule of Men, Not Law
by Ann Jones

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/30/missing-women-afghanistan-after-13-years-war-rule-men-not-law
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This Is The Most Important Reform Ferguson Can Enact To Give Its Black Residents A Voice
by Ian Millhiser
ThinkProgress

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/08/18/3472278/this-is-the-most-important-reform-ferguson-can-enact-to-prevent-another-standoff/
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Huu-ay-aht First Nations
Huu-ay-aht Leads the Way by Adopting Living Wage Policy

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/30/huu-ay-aht-leads-way-adopting-living-wage-policy
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Oceana Study Reveals Misrepresentation of America’s Favorite Seafood
30% of Shrimp Products Tested in Grocery Stores & Restaurants Misrepresented

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/30/oceana-study-reveals-misrepresentation-americas-favorite-seafood
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The Real News Network
Oligarchs Consolidate Power in Ukraine after Parliamentary Elections (1/2)
Professor Ivan Katchanovski says the elections were a victory for new oligarchic parties and the far right

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12581
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Hedges & Wolin (5/8) – Can Capitalism & Democracy Coexist?
Political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discusses his time in the academy and the role of universities in post-war United States history

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12586
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Tricky Treats: Halloween Candy Options
by Rebekah Wilce
PRWatch

*Candy coated callousness

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12642

White Hat’s Magic Trick: Transforming Public Schools into Private Assets
by Jessica Mason and Mary Bottari
PRWatch

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12624
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FAIR Blog
Media Cry Foul When Democrats Talk About Race
by Jim Naureckas

*Imagine how livid the corpress would be if the Democrats actually walked their talk?

(And even their talk doesn’t walk beyond the walls of segregated messaging to separate audiences, does it?)

http://fair.org/blog/2014/10/30/media-cry-foul-when-democrats-talk-about-race/
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Democracy Now!
Showdown over Ebola: Will Quarantines of Healthcare Workers Harm the Fight Against Epidemic?

*Dear Misleader’s crocodile tears shouldn’t blind us to his role in this, in his “foreign policy” helping to create the conditions that have enabled this virus to spread.

And we need to be goddamn careful about involving the military in the response. If it’s absolutely necessary, then we need to watch developments like a hawk

Or rather, like a dove.

Empire will use any excuse to expand, and this will be no different.

It’s great propaganda

It remains to be seen if it’s of any great benefit.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/30/showdown_over_ebola_will_quarantines_of

“The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster”: Charity Prioritized PR over People After Superstorm Sandy

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/30/the_red_cross_secret_disaster_charity

Is Your Judge for Sale? Dark Money Groups Pour Millions into Judicial Races to Reshape Courts

*A green thumb on the scales of justice

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/30/is_your_judge_for_sale_dark

10/29

Tar Sands Resistance Blowing Huge Hole in Oil Industry’s Bottom Line: Report
‘Business as usual for Big Oil—particularly in the tar sands—is over.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/29/tar-sands-resistance-blowing-huge-hole-oil-industrys-bottom-line-report
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Blocking the Youth Vote in the South
by Evan Walker-Wells

*From a poll tax

To a poll ax

If only they had something to vote for

Instead of only something to vote against.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/29/blocking-youth-vote-south
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Don’t Believe Women Are Endlessly Harassed? Watch This
by Mark Morford

*The only good argument for open carry

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/29/dont-believe-women-are-endlessly-harassed-watch
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The Real News Network
Welfare’s Stigma in White Working-Class America (1/2)
In the conservative town of Westminster, MD, TRNN reports on how residents view public assistance as being riddled with fraud and abuse, but the numbers tell a different story of 90 percent of recipients being women with children and workers in low-wage jobs

*The stigma question’s never really answered, is it?

Racism certainly plays a major role, as does sexism.

The term is “welfare *queen*”, innit?

Those biases are promoted by a power class that seeks to keep the exploited separated from and antagonistic toward each other, directing their hostility below and beside themselves, rather than above.

Will the plutocrats have the last laugh

Or can we unite, so they find that the joke’s on them?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12579
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What’s Behind the Defeat of the Left in Toronto?
Professor Leo Panitch discusses the appeal of Toronto’s conservative mayor-elect and the failure of the left to galvanize the working class

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12574
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A Third Intifada on the Horizon?
Journalist Max Blumenthal discusses the situation in Jerusalem and the reconstruction plans for Gaza

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12573
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Exploding Rocket: Underlines “Folly of Using Nuclear Power in Space”

*Even if it is rocket science

This is utter idiocy

http://www.accuracy.org/release/exploding-rocket-underlines-folly-of-using-nuclear-power-in-space/
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Amazon-CIA $600 Million Deal Facing Scrutiny: “What’s the CIA Doing on Amazon’s Cloud?”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/amazon-cia-600-million-deal-facing-scrutiny-whats-the-cia-doing-on-amazons-cloud/
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Democracy Now!
Will Mike Brown’s Killer Avoid Charges in Ferguson? Cops Stockpile Riot Gear Amid “Troubling” Leaks

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/29/will_mike_browns_killer_avoid_charges

Arming the Warrior Cop: From Guns to Drones, Inside the Booming Business of Police Militarization

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/29/arming_the_warrior_cop_from_guns

Is Filming a Police Officer a “Domestic Threat”? Austin Activist on Trial for Videotaping an Arrest

*Austin City Limits on civil rights

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/29/is_filming_a_police_officer_a
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How to Diet: Can “Low-Calorie” Labels Lead to You Eat More?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-can-low-calorie-labels-lead-to-you-eating-more/

10/28

Dozens of Vermonters Arrested for Protesting ‘Road to Ruin’ Energy Policy
Hundreds take part in State House sit-in and rally against fracked gas pipeline expansion
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/28/dozens-vermonters-arrested-protesting-road-ruin-energy-policy
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Despite Worrisome Volcano Warning, Nuclear Restart Approved for Japanese Plant
Local decision comes as scientific authorities caution that increased seismic activity may indicate possible eruption
by Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/28/despite-worrisome-volcano-warning-nuclear-restart-approved-japanese-plant
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African Lions Face Extinction by 2050, Say Wildlife Officials
Populations have dropped 50 percent in 30 years, should be protected by Endangered Species Act, says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/28/african-lions-face-extinction-2050-say-wildlife-officials
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Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/28/resolving-key-nuclear-issue-turns-iran-russia-deal
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Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty – Making the Links
by Alicia Ely Yamin

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/28/ebola-human-rights-and-poverty-making-links
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At Current Rates, Global Gender Pay Gap Won’t Close for More Than 80 Years
Women currently have just 40 percent fewer economic opportunities that men have worldwide, says World Economic Forum
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Saudi Arabia is the most improved relative to its starting point in the sub-index of economic opportunities … and the United Arab Emirates for political empowerment.”

There are lies

Damn lies

And statistics

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/28/current-rates-global-gender-pay-gap-wont-close-more-80-years
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Shell Wants Five More Years to Carry Out Arctic Plunder
Oil giant asked Interior Department ‘to skirt rules,’ get more time after it spent fruitless $6 billion
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/28/shell-wants-five-more-years-carry-out-arctic-plunder
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The Revolution That Wasn’t: Why the Fracking Phenomenon Will Leave Us High and Dry
A new, landmark report shows that hopes of a long-term golden era in American oil and gas production are unfounded.
by Asher Miller

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/28/revolution-wasnt-why-fracking-phenomenon-will-leave-us-high-and-dry
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Pass the ACHE Act and Stop Destroying Appalachia
by Allan J. Lichtman

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/28/pass-ache-act-and-stop-destroying-appalachia
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Deep Undercover: Police Officer in UK Fathered a Child with an Activist as Part of an Investigation
Court settlement raises new questions about ethics of police infiltration
by Adam Federman

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/28/deep-undercover-police-officer-uk-fathered-child-activist-part-investigation
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Equality California Launches Campaign to End the FDA’s Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/28/equality-california-launches-campaign-end-fdas-discriminatory-blood-donation-ban
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The Real News Network
Hedges & Wolin (4/8) – Can Capitalism & Democracy Coexist?
Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discuss the concept of “inverted totalitarianism” and its relevance for understanding contemporary politics

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12577

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States (3/3)
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, discusses the racism of some of America’s storied poets and scholars

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12578
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Institute for Public Accuracy
CDC Finally Acknowledging Ebola Air Droplet Transmission; What’s Next?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/cdc-finally-acknowledging-ebola-air-droplet-transmission-whats-next/
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FAIR Blog
Nonvoters Are People Too
by Peter Hart

I do vote, acutely aware of the hollow exercise in democracy it almost always is

But I’ll be damned if I’ll berate someone for not doing so, who in good conscience can’t bring themselves to choose between a piece of shit

And a pile of it.

http://fair.org/blog/2014/10/28/nonvoters-are-people-too/
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Democracy Now!
Attack on Canadian Parliament Fuels “Anti-Terror” Laws, Ignoring Ties to Mental Illness, Drug Abuse

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/28/attack_on_canadian_parliament_fuels_anti

As Indonesia’s New President Takes Office, Cabinet Includes Officials Tied to Atrocities of Old

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/28/as_indonesias_new_president_takes_office

Monsanto, BigAg Spend Millions Fighting Colorado, Oregon Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/28/monsanto_bigag_spend_millions_to_fight
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Heart and Disease: Decoding the Heart Claims on Cereal Boxes
by Jayne Hurley
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/heart-and-disease-cat/heart-and-disease-decoding-the-heart-claims-on-cereal-boxes/

10/27

Holding Computers Aloft, Thousands March in Budapest Against Anti-Democratic Internet Tax
‘Those who use the Internet see more of the world, that’s why the government doesn’t want a free Internet,’ organizer says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/27/holding-computers-aloft-thousands-march-budapest-against-anti-democratic-internet
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Climate Change Doubles Probability of Freezing Winters in Eurasia: Study
Researchers find trend of icy winters likely to last decades before being overtaken by warming planet
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/26/climate-change-doubles-probability-freezing-winters-eurasia-study
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How Long Before Another Soma Mine Disaster?
by Tessa Love
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/26/how-long-another-soma-mine-disaster
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Indigenous Communities Take Chevron to Global Court for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’
Impacted peoples urge International Criminal Court to investigate corporation’s refusal to clean its mess in the Ecuadorian Amazon
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/25/indigenous-communities-take-chevron-global-court-crimes-against-humanity
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1918: On When a War Ended (Though Others Would Follow)
by Michael Parenti

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/27/1918-when-war-ended-though-others-would-follow
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Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?
“Thank You for Your Valor, Thank You for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…”
by Rory Fanning

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/27/why-do-we-keep-thanking-troops
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US For-Profit Health Care Industry is Always Innovating New Ways to Steal Your Money
by Jon Walker

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/27/us-profit-health-care-industry-always-innovating-new-ways-steal-your-money
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Big Oil Sets Up Crude Export Lobby Group
by Andy Rowell

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/27/big-oil-sets-crude-export-lobby-group
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Nurses Emerge as Front Line ‘Climate Workers’
by Tamanna Rahman and Brendan Smith

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/26/nurses-emerge-front-line-climate-workers
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No Happy Ending to the Child Refugee Crisis
by Emily Schwartz Greco

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/26/no-happy-ending-child-refugee-crisis
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Odds Are, You Are Suspicious
by Samia Hossain

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/25/odds-are-you-are-suspicious
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Indigenous Action
Alert: Diné Face Arrest & Livestock Theft on Black Mesa

http://www.indigenousaction.org/alert-dine-face-arrest-livestock-theft-on-black-mesa/
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The Real News Network
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States (2/3)
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States,” explores the colonial roots and the foundational myths of the United States

*Placed on a pedestal

The better to discern their debauchery

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12568

Is Financial Fraud Too Complex to Prosecute?
The Department of Justice is using an illegitimate excuse to explain why has not prosecuted any senior bankers responsible for fraud on Wall Street, says Bill Black, former bank regulator and current Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

*Not rocket science

But things still blowed up real good, didn’t they?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12559

The Financialization of Life (4/5)
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12566

The Financialization of Life (3/5)
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12562
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Petition
Fix wireless 9-1-1 without delay
by Denise Amber Lee Foundation

https://www.change.org/p/fcc-fix-wireless-9-1-1-without-delay
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Behind Soros’ Attack on Russia

http://www.accuracy.org/release/behind-soros-attack-on-russia/
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Democracy Now!
Back from West Africa, a U.S. Nurse Says Quarantining Medical Workers Threatens Ebola Response

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/27/back_from_west_africa_a_us

From Fear-Mongering to Crippling Debt, Lapses in Politics and Health Hurt Global Effort on Ebola

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/27/from_fear_mongering_to_crippling_debt

Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out from Prison on Pennsylvania’s New Law Censoring Convicts’ Speech

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/27/mumia_abu_jamal_speaks_out_from
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A Look Inside The Cholesterol Myth and The Side Effects of Lipitor and Statin Drugs
by Yuri Elkaim

*Again, I’m not vouching for the reliability of this, but I think it’s worth passing along.

But what’s this about inmates being “force fed” … ?

I asked the author to provide more information about this disturbing remark.

Even if the description’s hyperbolic, and the inmates “volunteered” for the study, I’d like to know if doing so could have had adverse affects on their health.

If so, I have grave concerns about just how voluntary their choice was, given the incentive to agree to something that might lead to an improvement in their conditions, at the cost of their well being.

The issue of full disclosure arises, as well.

http://www.supernutritionacademy.com/cholesterol-myth-lipitor-side-effects-statin-drugs/
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10 foods you should never eat
by Leanne Ely

http://savingdinner.com/10-foods-you-should-never-eat/

10/24

US to Pay Philippines $1.9 Million for Navy Ship Ramming Into Pristine Reef
‘U.S. militarism is part of its fossil fuel-hungry drive in the Asia-Pacific region that damages and pollutes the environment,’ Philippine group said
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/24/us-pay-philippines-19-million-navy-ship-ramming-pristine-reef
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It Takes a Village to Enforce Fair Wage Laws
by Rebecca Smith

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/24/it-takes-village-enforce-fair-wage-laws
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The Mass Shooting in Mexico
The murder and disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico’s drug wars.
by Laura Carlsen

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/24/mass-shooting-mexico
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Democracy in America: Where Hucksters Rule
by Andrew Levine

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2200
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Stedile: The People Want Changes to Improve Their Lives
by Joana Tavares

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2199
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Electronic Frontier Foundation
Protect Yourself from Electronic Spying with ‘Surveillance Self-Defense’
EFF Releases Updated Guide to Privacy and Security for Internet Users Worldwide

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/24/protect-yourself-electronic-spying-surveillance-self-defense
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The Real News Network
Kurdish Fighters Move to Regain Kobani
The coalition is not what it appears to be – Vice President Biden was right, says Patrick Cockburn the author of The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12558

Hedges and Wolin (3/8): Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?
Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin continue their discussion of the threats faced by democratic institutions

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12561
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Ebola: U.S. Hospitals “Still Unprepared”; “Must be Confronted in Africa”

*Nass continues to convincingly contradict the conventional wisdom, so why isn’t she receiving the attention in the “alternative media” that she deserves?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ebola-u-s-hospitals-still-unprepared-must-be-confronted-in-africa/
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FAIR Blog
The Big Problem With Time’s Teacher-Bashing Cover Story
by Peter Hart

*Teachers with tenure are an obstacle to techdom’s wet dream of virtual schools, and the profits they’d produce, aren’t they?

“Control over [the] workforce” is not only essential to implementing that vision. On a societal scale, it’s a primary goal of it.

Save for a favored few, the purpose of the educational system would be to pump out compliant drones to fill the miserable occupations late stage capitalism excretes.

In the oligarchy’s eyes

A mind is a terrible thing.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/24/the-big-problem-with-times-teacher-bashing-cover-story/
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Democracy Now!
Obama Promised a “World Without Nuclear Weapons,” But May Now Spend $1 Trillion on Upgrades

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/24/obama_promised_a_world_without_nuclear

Former Weapons Inspector in Iraq Questions Claims that Iran Hiding Nuclear Tests

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/24/former_weapons_inspector_in_iraq_raises

European Privacy in the Age of Snowden: We Need a Debate About What Intelligence Agencies Are Doing

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/24/european_privacy_in_the_age_of
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Food Safety during Pregnancy
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/food-safety-during-pregnancy/

10/23

US Official: Bombing Oil Pipelines in Syria a ‘Viable Option’
Critic warns move would be ‘foolhardy’ and lead to civilian casualties, massive spills and environmental damage
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/23/us-official-bombing-oil-pipelines-syria-viable-option
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Is Obama Stalling Until Republicans Can Bury the CIA Torture Report?
by Dan Froomkin
The Intercept

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/23/obama-stalling-until-republicans-can-bury-cia-torture-report
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Police Use of Drones May Threaten Human Rights: UN Expert
Christof Heyns says legality of law enforcement use of remote-controlled weapons must be considered
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/23/police-use-drones-may-threaten-human-rights-un-expert
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Whistleblowers Expose USAID’s Pervasive Hidden Failures
Between 2011 and 2013, inspector general’s office hid negative findings about USAID programs from the public, Washington Post investigation finds
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/23/whistleblowers-expose-usaids-pervasive-hidden-failures
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Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa
by Thalif Deen
IPS News

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/23/ebola-outbreak-threatens-food-crisis-west-africa
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‘Not Political… Survival': Faced With Rising Climate Risks, South Florida City Votes for Secession
‘South Florida’s situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/23/not-political-survival-faced-rising-climate-risks-south-florida-city-votes-secession
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Economics As If Future Generations Mattered
Creating a commons ethic for ecological restoration and social justice
by Carolyn Raffensperger, Kaitlin Butler

*A dire need for some commons sense

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/23/economics-if-future-generations-mattered
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Pushed into Homelessness by Their Own Government
by Brandon Buskey

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/23/pushed-homelessness-their-own-government
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One My Lai a Month
by Robert C. Koehler

*To dehumanize the “other”

You must dehumanize the “same”

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/23/one-my-lai-month
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Center for Food Safety
Tests Find Monsanto’s Soy, Genetically Engineered for Heavy Pesticide Spraying, in Portland-Bought Infant Formula

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/23/tests-find-monsantos-soy-genetically-engineered-heavy-pesticide-spraying
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The Real News Network
Hedges & Wolin (2/8): Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?
Political philosopher Sheldon Wolin and journalist Chris Hedges discuss the breakdown of democratic institutions throughout the 20th century

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12557

US Dropping Arms and Ammunition to Syrian Kurds in Kobani
Reese Erlich, freelance correspondent and author of Inside Syria, says the irony of the support to the Kurds in Kobani is that the PKK is considered a terrorist organization by the US

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12555
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Democracy Now!
Citizenfour: Inside Story of NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Captured in New Film by Laura Poitras

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/23/citizenfour_inside_story_of_nsa_leaker

Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater Execs Remain Free as Guards Convicted for Killing 14 Iraqis in Massacre

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/23/jeremy_scahill_blackwater_execs_remain_free

10/22

#O22: Nationwide Day of Action Builds Momentum Against Institutional Racism
Protesters gather in cities around the country to demand an end to mass incarceration, police brutality
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/22/o22-nationwide-day-action-builds-momentum-against-institutional-racism
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Big Oil Spending Millions to Kill Local Anti-Fracking Measure
Santa Barbara County the site of another David vs. Goliath fight in local initiatives
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/22/big-oil-spending-millions-kill-local-anti-fracking-measure
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Suit Demands EPA Show Documents Related to Big Oil Influence over Fuel Standards
“Was there a back room deal orchestrated by big oil and high ranking officials in the Obama administration?”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/22/suit-demands-epa-show-documents-related-big-oil-influence-over-fuel-standards
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As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated”
by Dahr Jamail

*A litany of lunacy

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/2198
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‘We Charge Genocide’ Presents Report on Chicago Police Violence and Hosts Silent Protest on National Day of Action Against Police Brutality
Chicago organizers release report to the UN exposing ongoing, pervasive Chicago Police violations of the Convention Against Torture, as well as call for a protest at the 11th District Police Station, formerly run by disgraced Commander Glenn Evans

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/22/we-charge-genocide-presents-report-chicago-police-violence-and-hosts-silent
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The Real News Network
Hedges & Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?
Journalist Chris Hedge interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy requires continuous opposition and vigilance by the citizenry

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12550

UN Issues Statement on Human Rights Violations in Detroit
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire says mass struggle against the powers that be is required in Detroit

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12551

The Financialization of Life
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12553
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Democracy Now!
In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/22/in_un_speech_noam_chomsky_blasts

Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived up to International Law

*I understand Chomsky’s point about principles and pragmatic actions, but I think we have to be cautious about losing the former in pursuit of the latter.

So, yes, perhaps one state with equal rights for all isn’t possible in the present, but it should always be seen as the only truly just solution, and anything less has to be honestly admitted to be just that.

And as with all reform, the test is whether it’s a step towards that ultimate justice

Or puts a stop to its realization.

Often not an easy question, but an essential one, if we claim to have a commitment to justice, writ large.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/22/noam_chomsky_at_united_nations_it

VIDEO: Detroit Residents Meet with United Nations Officials, Demand Moratorium on Water Shutoffs

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/10/21/video_detroit_residents_meet_with_united
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How to Diet: Does Potassium Protect Against Strokes?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/how-to-diet-does-potassium-protect-against-strokes/

10/21

$7 Billion US Eradication Effort Delivers Record High Poppy Crop in Afghanistan
Federal watchdog report “calls into question” US efforts to stamp out opium production
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/21/7-billion-us-eradication-effort-delivers-record-high-poppy-crop-afghanistan
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“Untouchable” New Orleans
by Martin Macwan

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2008/12/06/untouchable-new-orleans
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The Real News Network
Low Black Voter Turnout Could Unseat Senate Democrats
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report shames Democrats’ record on social programs and says “fear of the Republicans” strategy to get out the black vote is unlikely to work

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12546
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Ebola: Are U.S. Bioweapons Labs the Solution, or the Problem?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ebola-are-u-s-bioweapons-labs-the-solution-or-the-problem/

Myths About Syria and Iraq War

http://www.accuracy.org/release/myths-about-syria-and-iraq-war/
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FAIR Blog
A ‘Worthless and Whiny’ Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero
by Peter Hart

*Webb did his job

And Leen and company are doing theirs

By doing one on him.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/21/wash-post-webb/

How to Drive a Colleague to His Grave and Sleep Easy at Night
by Jim Naureckas

*It’s fruitless to ask Kurtz and ilk if their consciences bother them.

They’ve based their careers on obliterating any traces of one.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/10/21/how-to-drive-a-colleague-to-his-grave-and-sleep-easy-at-night/
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Democracy Now!
After Ignoring ISIS Assault on Kobani, U.S. Launches Major Strikes & Arms Turkey’s Kurdish Foes

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/21/after_ignoring_isis_assault_on_kobani

Former U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on the Legitimacy of Hope in the Palestinian Struggle

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/21/former_un_special_rapporteur_richard_falk

Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out from Jail on New Pennsylvania Law Silencing Prisoners

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/21/mumia_abu_jamal_speaks_out_from
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Alkaline Diet Key To Cancer Prevention?
by Yuri Elkaim

*I’m not vouching for the perspective here, although I do think it’s worth pondering.

http://www.yurielkaim.com/blog/5429/alkaline-diet-key-to-cancer-prevention/
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Sugar in Food: Do Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Blood Sugar?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/sugar-in-food/sugar-in-food-do-artificial-sweeteners-raise-your-blood-sugar/

10/20

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

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

*White washes

And black blotches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The plutocracy will cling to its power to the very end

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

The question is

Are we willing to stand against it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laugh about it, shout about it

When you’ve got to choose

Every way you look at it

You lose

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

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

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

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

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

*Nobels for nightmares

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oy gevalt …

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

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

10/16

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

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

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

*Boys will be boys

That’s not an excuse.

It’s a terrible truism.

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

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

*The deaths from a thousand paper cuts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take it from an ol’ Southern boy.

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

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

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

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

*A case of unprofitable disease

And the disease of profit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/15

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

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

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

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

New … ?

See “depleted uranium”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call it a silence of conspiracy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Because it most assuredly will.

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

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

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

10/14

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

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

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

A luta continua

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

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

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

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

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

*Myths

Monsters

And mindless (if not malevolent) media

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

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

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

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

10/13

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

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

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

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

*American exceptionalism in the real world

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

*It’s a “natural” fact

That Food Inc. fucks with them

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

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

*An apartheid of abdomens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*The gummint manufactures consent

And the corpress is its outlet store

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

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

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

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

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

*We do need to talk about systemic change.

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

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

I’m not talking about “reforming” capitalism.

You can’t reform rot.

You have to get rid of it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/10

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

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

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

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

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

*A liberal dose of fear and loathing

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

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

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

There won’t be any world worth trying to.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I guess I’m too much of a Vulcan.

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

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

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

*Folks care about the “economic numbers”.

The ones on their bills and paychecks.

If they still get one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Talking the talk on Twitter

Walking the walk on the streets

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

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

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

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

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

10/7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*And now Kerry kills the messengers

And those the message is meant to protect

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/6

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

*Fucking with the fracking facts

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

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

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

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

*An obscenity never censored

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Laying down for the law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why isn’t its best its standard?

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

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

*I guess that answers the uncertainty above.

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

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

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

But I had no illusions as to where his allegiance lay

And whom he would lay low in its service.

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

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

10/3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*The Guardian of whom … ?

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

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

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

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

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

*Timeless, in the most tragic sense

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*FOX Channeling Curtis LeMay

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

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

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

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

*P lutocratic
B uying
S pree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/1

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Ignorance is a virus

That’s often extremely resistant to treatment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9/30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m just asking …

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

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

*Save public broadcasting

From itself

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/29

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Imperialism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*They may be full of it

But you won’t be.

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

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

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

9/26

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

*The lap dogs of war

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

*Fig leaves and flak vests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Renting us asunder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/25

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

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

*Wolves in hazmat clothing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Be careful what you dish for

You may end up on the menu

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

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

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

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

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

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

While presiding over a sham of a climate summit.

Oy gevalt …

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

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

9/24

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

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

George Orwell, from “1984”

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

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

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

And who permitted them the opportunity to do so … ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*The low life leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/23

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

*See Einstein’s apocryphal definition of insanity

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

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

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

*Divide and conquer is an age old strategem.

In this case, literally.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reluctant Warrior Bombs Yet Another Country
by Peter Hart

*With apologies to John Lennon …

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

I’m just a Machiavellian kind of guy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Glutenless

Maximus hype

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

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

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

9/19

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

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

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

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

*You don’t need to google “two faced”

To know what’s going on here, do you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To be blunt

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

And a piece of it in the latter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/16

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

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

*It’s not easy being Big Green

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

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

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

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

*The Empire Strikes Out

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

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

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

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

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

*There’s little reason for hope in this world

But without the courageous acts of folks like these

There would be none.

Ο αγώνας συνεχίζεται
(The struggle continues)

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

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

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

*Big tents

Are prone to collapse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/15

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

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

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/15/after-peoples-climate-march-flood-wall-street
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US Empire and Nationalist Illusions
by Lawrence Wittner

*Put another way

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

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

http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/09/ecological-and-social-implications-of-trans-and-climate-change/
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GM CEO Mary Barra Ignores Evidence, Denies Safety Problems in Overseas Facroties
by Frank Hammer and Paige Shell-Spurling

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

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

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

We may not be able to stop it

But what does that say about our sense of humanity

If we don’t try?

We have no reason to be optimistic

And every reason to act as if there were.

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12361
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FBI Targets Minority Communities in Mortgage Fraud Investigations
Former bank regulator Bill Black says Attorney General Eric Holder must stop targeting minorities and instead focus on the mortgage fraud of banksters

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

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

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

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

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

The US?

Israel?

Not on the networks, bubula.

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

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

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

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

Underestimated and Ignored, Growing Ebola Epidemic Requires Unprecedented Global Mobilization

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/15/underestimated_and_ignored_growing_ebola_epidemic
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Petition Update
Hon. Kellie Le