June 2013

6/28

Military Blackout: Army Blocks Access to NSA News Reports
‘The Army is scared of its own soldiers’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/28-1
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TD Bank Gets Punked: Tar Sands Blockade Highlights Bank’s Tar Sands Support
The bank “should be held accountable” for bankrolling “the most dangerous and ecologically devastating practice on earth,” says group
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/28-2
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Frances Moore Lappe, Vandana Shiva Blast Award for GMO Scientists
The real future is “GMO-free food, patent-free food, seed freedom, food freedom.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/28-8
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‘Bound for Gory’: Climate Activists Arrested in Maine for Blocking ‘Dirty Oil’ Train
Part of national ‘Fearless Summer’ direct action campaign to take on fossil fuel industry
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/28-0
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Understanding ‘God’s War’ Against Abortion and Wendy Davis in Texas
Religious activists who want anti-choice bills passed in Texas and elsewhere view politics as a battle between good and evil
by Sarah Posner

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/28-7
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Egyptians to Morsi: “We Don’t Want You”
One year after President Mohammed Morsi took office, millions will march across the country on June 30 to demand his removal from office.
by Sharif Abdel Kouddous

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/28-2
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Why Ecuador Would Be Ideal Refuge for Edward Snowden
This country has already been dragged through the mud for sheltering Julian Assange, and it is willing to stand up to the US
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/28
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Constitutional Right to Vote Needed More Than Ever After Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act
by Sage Gerson and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

*A right to bullets

But not to ballots

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/28-5
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Banking on the Public
Going ‘Postal’, North Dakota, and other finance alternatives
by Abby Scher

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/28-6
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Earthjustice
House of Representatives Passes Bill Leaving Coasts Vulnerable to Oil Spill
Congress must instead implement new safeguards to protect coasts

*Wouldn’t “heed[ing] sound science” entail a preclusion of any drilling plans?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/28-4
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FAIR Blog
NPR: And Now, for Balance, Bigots and Big Coal

*That sign in the accompanying photo is rather ironic

Considering the tune I can’t get out of my head after reading this.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rollingstones/sympathyforthedevil.html

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/28/npr-and-now-for-balance-bigots-and-big-coal/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
June 30 Cairo Protests — Against Authoritarianism No Matter the Ideology

http://www.accuracy.org/release/june-30-cairo-protests-against-authoritarianism-no-matter-the-ideology/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
At Zimmerman Murder Trial, Defense Tries to Discredit Friend Who Heard Trayvon Martin’s Final Pleas

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/28/at_zimmerman_murder_trial_defense_tries

Senate Bill Creates Path for Undocumented Immigrants, But at Cost of Radically Militarized Border

*Even without the militarism orgy, this bill stinks on ice.

How many years will folks have to wait to become “legal”?

What about LGBTQ immigrants? Garcia said we shouldn’t sacrifice one community for another.

But what else would you call leaving them behind?

As so often occurs, the battlefield is circumscribed by the major parties, and advocacy groups accept those parameters in the name of “pragmatism”.

As always, it begs the question

Does reform precede transformation

Or preclude it?

Let history be your guide.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/28/senate_bill_creates_path_for_undocumented

Horace Campbell on Mandela’s Legacy, NATO’s Failure in Libya and Obama’s Trip to Africa

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/6/28/horace_campbell_on_mandelas_legacy_natos_failure_in_libya_and_obamas_trip_to_africa

6/27

PETITION
Jobs with Justice
The Time for Silence Is Over

http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4023/c/33/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=6782&track=20130626_adv_wmt_strikers_fired_e
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Vermont Fair Food Campaign
Backbone of Sustainable Food:
Food Chain Workers & Their Working Conditions in Vermont

http://www.ueref.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Backbone-of-Sustainable-Food-VFFC-Report.pdf
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Scientists Warn: Largest Ocean ‘Dead Zone’ in History
Unregulated pollution runoff from agribusiness is expanding the Gulf of Mexico toxic zone and choking marine life
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/27-8
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Global Backlash After Leaks Reveal Hypocrisy of US Spying
What we know so far about the NSA: International outcry hinges on content of revelations
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/27-7
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Starving for Education: Philly Hunger Strike Stretches Into 2nd Week
As city policies decimate public schools, community members fight back
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/27-5
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Telecoms Implicated in Bush-Era Domestic Spying Now Starting ‘Privacy Coalition’
AT&T among founding members of 21st Century Privacy Coalition
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/27-6
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The Personal Side of Taking on the NSA: Emerging Smears
Distractions about my past and personal life have emerged – an inevitable side effect for those who challenge the US government
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/27-0
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Brazilians’ Demands: From Lower Bus Fares to a Fair Society
by Laura Carlsen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/27
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Violence Policy Center
As Zimmerman Case Begins, VPC Research Details Hundreds of Examples of Innocent Lives Lost to “Concealed Carry Killers”

*Guns don’t kill people

People with guns kill people

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/27-3
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Friends of the Earth
The Lethal Legacy of Nuclear Waste at San Onofre
Edison must quickly move spent reactor fuel from pools to dry casks

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/27-5
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FAIR Blog
Snowden Is Helping Terrorists (But Don’t Quote Me on That)

*Doesn’t it manifestly demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between the gummint and the corpress that AP regurgitates this horseshit even after it’s been revealed that they’ve been Big Brothered their own selves?

“Whip me

Beat me

Make me write bad checks

And worse lies.”

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/27/snowden-is-helping-terrorists-but-dont-quote-me-on-that/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Free Software Pioneer Denounces “Security-Industrial Complex” and Portable Phones as “Stalin’s Dream”

*Most hummed tune within the SIC?

“Getting to know you

Getting to know all about you”

But they always omit the next verse, don’t they?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/free-software-pioneer-denounces-security-industrial-complex-and-portable-phones-as-stalins-dream/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
LGBT Movement Wins Defeat of DOMA & Prop 8, Fueling Momentum for Next Steps in Fight for Equality

*I think this segment glosses over the limitations of these decisions, and should have included someone who would have delineated them.

And what about the great libertarian Paul’s remarks?

I wonder if CodePink will issue any statement about them?

Minus the flowers and chocolates.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/27/lgbt_movement_wins_defeat_of_doma

The New Black: Documentary Film Explores Divisions in African-American Community over LGBT Rights

*It’s always encouraging to witness a failure of “divide and conquer”, isn’t it?

Regarding Mandela, predictably, the issue of just what he has done to confront those “challenges” is tiptoed around.

Principle must always take precedence over personalities.

For whatever he’s done that forwarded the struggle, he is not above criticism.

Any “leader” worthy of the title would not only welcome it

But demand it.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/27/the_new_black_documentary_film_explores

6/26

Green Groups Celebrate Obama Speech, But For What?
Charmed by president’s climate plan, the rhetorical loopholes—notably on Keystone XL—leave much to interpretation
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It is a tale told to idiots

Full of sound and fury

Signifying nothing

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/26-7
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NSA “Disappears” Its Own Fact Sheet on Spying Program
After public outing for posting false information, agency removes “fact sheet” from website
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Wyden and Udall took an oath to serve the public.

If they have any intention to fulfull that oath, their path is clear.

They should reveal what they know, and dare the government to prosecute them.

Persecuting persons like Manning and Snowden is one thing

Charging US Senators with “aiding the enemy” is one wholly other thing, don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/26-3
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SF Pride: Military Recruiters Welcome, Bradley Manning Not
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Celebrating marriage

Divorced from morality

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/26-8
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The Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Were Historic, but Not Enough
America will be a kinder place for gay couples now, but the battles do not end today. 37 states are without marriage equality
by Jason Farago

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/26-8
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Obama’s Fracked-Up Climate Strategy Will Guarantee Global Warming Disaster
Fatally flawed energy policies and inadequate emissions pledges cannot prevent dangerous climate change
by Nafeez Ahmed

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/26
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Corporate Education ‘From Above’ and the Trouble with Common Core
by Rethinking Schools Editorial

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/26-2
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Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
No Accountability for Military Contractor’s Role in Abu Ghraib Torture, Federal Judge Says
District Court Dismisses Torture Lawsuit against U.S. Contractor on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/26-6
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Institute for Public Accuracy
DOMA Struck Down, But What About Those Who Don’t Marry?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/doma-struck-down-but-what-about-those-who-dont-marry/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act, Sparking Fears of Rollback for Minorities Long After Jim Crow

*Jackson’s appearance, and his hagiography of Lincoln, Johnson and Mandela, served no useful purpose, but his presence is pretty much de rigueur on DN! when dealing with these issues, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/26/supreme_court_guts_voting_rights_act

Texas Showdown: Anti-Abortion Bill Fails After Protesters Fill Capitol to Cheer Marathon Filibuster

*I can just hear some aide suggesting to Dear Misleader that it’d be a good way to score some brownie points with women’s rights advocates to make that tweet.

And, sadly, she or he likely gave good advice.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/26/texas_showdown_anti_abortion_bill_fails

6/25

After Two Months, ‘Moral Monday’ Protests Swell to Largest Yet
Over 120 arrested in latest action as earlier arrestees face trial for civil disobedience in North Carolina
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/25-1
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Study: Drinking Water Contamination Linked to Fracking, Horizontal Drilling
Concentrations of methane in drinking water near gas wells six times higher than levels farther away
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Mad props to whoever brainstormed that banner in the photo.

Now, bottle some of that bastard brine, and dare the pols and profit pimps to down a glass.

Nicely chilled, of course.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/25-4
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Bipartisanship on the Border Equals Surge of Militarization, Surveillance
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It will take years for anyone to become a citizen

But the weapons and “security” industries, and the private prison corps, won’t have to wait for their payoff, will they?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/25-3
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‘The Fight is Just Beginning’: Group Shuts Down Enbridge Line 9 Construction
Despite injunction, protesters erect human blockade at Toronto pump station
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/25-5
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Welcome to the (Don’t Be) Evil Empire
Google Eats the World
by Rebecca Solnit

*Open your Golden Gate

Then slam it shut

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/25-3
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GM Crops: The Genetic Colonialists
The UK and Owen Paterson can help ‘feed the world and save the planet’ – by opposing GM crops and African land grabs
by Kumi Naidoo

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/25-2
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Editorial Cartooning, R.I.P.
A Powerful Form of Journalistic Commentary Falls Victim to the Digital Dark Ages
by Ted Rall

http://www.rall.com/rallblog/2013/06/24/syndicated-column-editorial-cartooning-r-i-p
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FAIR Blog
Washington Post: Let’s Punish Ecuador (Again)

*Whatever debatable qualifications the Post has to be considered a member of “The Liberal Media” ™ on some domestic issues

Clearly don’t possess a passport

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/25/washington-post-lets-punish-ecuador-again/

Hey, Remember That IRS Tea Party Scandal?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/25/hey-remember-that-irs-tea-party-scandal/

People Who Urge Calm Over NSA Spying Make Me Nervous

*The Fourth Amendment

o Save
o Delete

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/25/people-who-urge-calm-over-nsa-spying-make-me-nervous/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Supreme Court’s “Troublesome” Voting Rights Act Decision

*When you see the attempts at voter suppression across the country, not just in states covered by Section 5

It’s clear that its protections must not be rescinded

But expanded.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/supreme-courts-troublesome-voting-rights-act-decision/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
In Affirmative Action Ruling, Supreme Court Upholds Importance of Diversity in College Admissions

*It’s pretty obvious that race still matters very much to bastards like Edward Blum, isn’t it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/25/in_affirmative_action_ruling_supreme_court

Insider Threat: Government Employees Urged to Tattle On Coworkers in Effort to Stop Classified Leaks

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/25/insider_threat_government_employees_urged_to

Eve Ensler on New Memoir & Confronting Gender Violence with Congolese Activist Christine Deschryver

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/25/eve_ensler_on_new_memoir_confronting

6/24

Expect More Resistance: Direct Action Targets Tar Sands as #FearlessSummer Kicks Off
9 arrests following action that thwarted construction of a tar sands pump station
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/24-1
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Massive Flooding Hits Canada’s Dirty Energy Center: A Wakeup Call on Climate Change?
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You would hope the penny drops

But with gummint, corps and corpress gumming up the slot …

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/24-8
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An Open Letter to Anyone Ready to Write Off Texas: Don’t, Because it’s “Your” Future at Stake
by Andrea Grimes

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/24-0
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Brazil: Yes, Blame the Damn World Cup
by Dave Zirin

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/24-5
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‘A Slow-Motion Train Wreck’: The Real Consequences of the Sequester
by Allison Kilkenny

*A sneak preview of the horror show to come?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/24-6
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Food & Water Watch, Surfrider Foundation Team Up to Protect Shores from Plastic Pollution
Organizations Launch Initiative to Encourage Consumers to Choose Tap Water at the Beach

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/24-4
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Statement on Syria
By Thomas Harrrison and Joanne Landy

*While I support the thrust of this statement, I’m leery of the implication that democratic forces in Syria can accept arms from the US and its proxies, and somehow remain independent of their attempts to shape the outcome of events to their liking, based on my lack of knowledge of any instance in which that has occurred.

http://www.cpdweb.org/stmts/1023/stmt.shtml
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FAIR Blog
ABC Pundits on Snowden: The Center Holds!

*That graphic in the accompanying screenshot is rather revealing, don’t you think?

“Finding America’s #1 Fugitive” certainly conveys the tone of corpress coverage and commentary

But “Whistleblower Manhunt” is something of a Freudian slip, considering that Snowden’s been stripped of that appellation among all the fine young and old cannibals, who salivate over the prospect of his entrails as a savory appetizer.

Call it a dollop of truth

In a steaming mass of manipulation.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/24/abc-pundits-on-snowden-the-center-holds/

David Gregory Doesn’t Understand David Gregory’s Snowden Question

*I think the standard for “reporter” embraced by Gregory, Todd, Russert et al. comes down to

If you don’t have blood on your hands

I don’t want to shake it

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/24/david-gregory-doesnt-understand-david-gregorys-snowden-question/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Where is Edward Snowden? Glenn Greenwald on Asylum Request, Espionage Charge; More Leaks to Come

*”[T]he United States public’s information … “

That doesn’t drip irony

It retches it.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/24/where_is_edward_snowden_glenn_greenwald

WikiLeaks Attorney Praises Ecuador for Considering Snowden Asylum Request Despite U.S. Pressure

*Ratner’s right.

This isn’t about terrorism.

And I’d have liked to have seen Goodman extend the interview, as she’s done on numerous occasions, to delve more deeply into just what it is about – the expanding police state that will be needed to keep the power structure intact.

But she didn’t

And we’re left to wonder why.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/24/wikileaks_attorney_praises_ecuador_for_considering

6/21

‘Worse than NSA’: UK Spy Agency Amasses ‘World’s Communication’
New Guardian exclusive reveals secret database of phone and internet records that dwarfs previous revelations
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Let’s not focus solely on the violation of the rights of the “innocent”.

Keep in mind that many of those “targeted suspects” do indeed pose a threat

Not to the public

But to those in power.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/21-7
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Millions of Brazilians in the Streets: ‘It’s More Than Just 20 Cents’
Largely peaceful demonstrations met aggressive police backlash in demonstrations across the country
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/21-0
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Obama’s ‘Insider Threat’ Program a ‘Sweeping’ Crackdown on Leakers
McClatchy: ‘Leaks to the media are equated with espionage’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/21-3
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Sketchy Evidence, Zero Transparency Cloud Chemical Weapons Claims in Syria
Security analyst: “This is an immensely political process, and there is no way of challenging the findings.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/21-4
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How Being Disabled Means Your Boss can Suppress Your Wages
An outdated law is allowing employers to pay disabled workers far below minimum wage
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/21-6
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Another Brick in the Wall: Supreme Court Shields Corporations From the Law (As Usual)
by Nan Aron

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/21-6
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Humanity’s Oldest Story
by David Sirota

*Do you think that aphorism should be amended to say that “The desire for power corrupts … “?

The corrosion of one’s humanity begins long before the actual acquisition of power, doesn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/21-1
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The Older Americans Act and US Seniors
by Greg Kaufmann

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/21-8
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Lochnerized: Corporations have Constitutional Rights. Unions? Not So Much
by Roman Collins and Laura Bonham

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/21-4
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US Food Sovereignty Alliance
World Food Prize Laureates Undermine Hunger Solutions, Food Sovereignty Alliance Says

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/21
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
The FBI’s License to Kill: Agents Have Been Deemed “Justified” in Every Shooting Since 1993

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/21/the_fbis_license_to_kill_agents

FBI’s Use of Drones for U.S. Surveillance Raises Fears over Privacy, Widening Corporate-Gov’t Ties

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/21/fbis_use_of_drones_for_us

6/20

Palm-Oil Giants Dodge Responsibility for Toxic Smog Covering Singapore
Record-breaking hazardous smog forces millions indoors
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/20-3
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Occupied Elementary: Community Sit-In Against School Shutdown
Parent: ‘We’re not leaving until this school is saved’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Teach your children well

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/20
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UN: Israel Torturing Palestinian Children
Report from international body’s Committee on the Rights of the Child highlights systematic abuses suffered by children under the occupation
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/20-2
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Revealed: NSA Does Not Need That Warrant After All
New NSA docs released, showing prevalent warrantless surveillance
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/20-8
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Bracing for Mass Rally Brazil Deploys Spy Planes, Thousands of Police
Officials from Rio de Janeiro flex surveillance might ahead of, what is expected to be, largest demonstration yet
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/20-6
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Do Wall Street and the 1 Percent Thrive at the Expense of Our Kids?
by Dean Baker and David Rosnick

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/20-7
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Locking Up Our Future
The logical fix would require putting more money and effort into securing jobs, transitional housing, and drug treatment for ex-offenders.
by Emily Schwartz Greco and William Collins

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/20-9
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Uncle Sam and Corporate Tech: Domestic Partners Raising Digital Big Brother
by Norman Solomon

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/20-2
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Just Back from Afghanistan and Out of Jail: Protesting Drones

http://www.accuracy.org/release/just-back-from-afghanistan-and-out-of-jail-protesting-drones/
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FAIR Blog
NYT Pays Tribute to Hastings by Attacking Him After Death

*Hell hath no fury

Like The Gray Lady scorned

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/20/nyt-pays-tribute-to-hastings-by-attacking-him-after-death/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Did U.S. Gov’t Lie about TWA Flight 800 Crash? Ex-Investigators Seek Probe as New Evidence Emerges

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/20/did_us_govt_lie_about_twa

In Historic Victory for Community Radio, FCC Puts 1,000 Low-Power FM Frequencies Up For Grabs

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/20/in_historic_victory_for_community_radio

6/19

Image of Gas Attack Against Lone Brazilian Woman Goes Viral
Shocking images of police violence draw much-needed attention to protests and larger issue of police brutality
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I think the expression, or lack of one, of the UC Davis cop encapsulates the contempt in which the public is held by these “public servants”.

He may as well have been spraying mosquitoes.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/19-2
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Chomsky: Spying Does Not Protect You
‘If we had anything like a free press, there would be headlines saying this is a bad joke’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/19-3
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‘Brazil, Wake Up!’: Protesters Face Down Troops Outside of Stadium
Police and demonstrators clash as rallies mount
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/19-6
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Toxic Radiation Soars in Fukushima Groundwater
Radioactive substance 33 times legal levels could reach ocean
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/19-1
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Fisa Court Oversight: A Look Inside a Secret and Empty Process
Obama and other NSA defenders insist there are robust limitations on surveillance but the documents show otherwise
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/19-1
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When Drones Guard the Pipeline – Militarizing Fossil Fuels in the East
by Winona LaDuke

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/19-7
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Tar Sands Blockade
Dozens Storm Pipeline Regulator PHMSA Event, Demanding Stricter Safety Regulations for Tar Sands Bitumen

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/19-4
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama’s Nuclear “Smoke and Mirrors”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/obamas-nuclear-smoke-and-mirrors/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Defiant Turkish Demonstrators “Finding New Ways to Protest” in Face of Relentless State Crackdown

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/19/defiant_turkish_demonstrators_finding_new_ways

Mass Protests Sweep Brazil in Uproar over Public Services Cuts & High Costs of World Cup, Olympics

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/19/mass_protests_sweep_brazil_in_uproar

Sister Helen Prejean & Bill Pelke on Freeing the Death Row Prisoner Who Killed Pelke’s Grandmother

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/19/sister_helen_prejean_bill_pelke_on

Dead Man Walking: Extended Interview with Sister Helen Prejean on Decades of Death Penalty Activism

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/6/19/dead_man_walking_extended_interview_with_sister_helen_prejean_on_her_decades_of_death_penalty_activism

6/18

‘The People Have Awakened’: Hundreds of Thousands of Brazilians Rise Up Against the System
Reports of police firing live rounds, close-range pepper spray, and tear gas to disperse the swelling crowds
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/18-5
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‘Standing Man’ Silent Protest Sweeps Turkey
Show of Resistance defies government crackdown on uprisings
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/18-2
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‘We Cannot Be Silenced’: Moral Monday Arrests Approach 500
Action focuses on the environment, health, and the demonstrators themselves
by Lucia Brown
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/18-3
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Back-Door Tar Sands Scheme Blocked by Local Community
Thousands petition for referendum to block proposed tar sands export terminal in South Portland harbor
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/18-6
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US Court Decision to Speed Introduction of Generic Drugs
by Carey L. Biron
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/18-1
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The Terror Diaspora
The U.S. Military and the Unraveling of Africa
by Nick Turse

*A primary point of the piece appears to be that US actions have not furthered its goals, but other than the vague notion of “stability”, just what are those goals?

Might resource and geostrategic domination top the list?

Turse doesn’t mention these.

And I’m left to wonder why.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/18-3
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The G8 Comes to the ‘New Northern Ireland’, a Place Where no Dissent Will Be Tolerated
“Could they not have just had the meeting on Skype?”
by Laurie Penny

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/18-4
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Buzz Off, Monsanto
by Paul Towers

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/18-5
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Camouflaging the Vietnam War: How Textbooks Continue to Keep the Pentagon Papers a Secret
by Bill Bigelow

*If we don’t know our real past

Then we can have no real future

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/18-0
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Lesser of Two Evils
by David Macaray

*The real problem with regulation

Is how little there is of it

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/18-2
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Mass World Cup Protests Rock Brazil
by Dave Zirin

*Piss and vinegar

The Brazilians have it in them.

When will we?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/18-6
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Public Citizen
Amid G8 Hoopla, Much-Hyped Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) Hits Snags Before Negotiations Even Start
Projections of Pact’s Boost to Economic Growth Inflated, While Contentions over Data Privacy, Food Safety and Other Issues Exacerbated by Recent Developments

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/18-7
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Common Cause Urges Federal Appeals Court To Declare Filibuster Unconstitutional

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/18-5
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FAIR Blog
Spinning Surveillance via Discredited NSA Talking Points

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/18/spinning-surveillance-via-discredited-nsa-talking-points/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Northern Ireland Nobel Peace Laureate Just Back from Syria

http://www.accuracy.org/release/northern-ireland-nobel-peace-laureate-just-back-from-syria/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
A Medical Ethics-free Zone? Guantánamo Doctors Urged to Stop Force-Feeding Hunger-Striking Prisoners

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/18/a_medical_ethics_free_zone_guantnamo

Glenn Greenwald: As Obama Makes “False” Surveillance Claims, Snowden Risks Life to Spark NSA Debate

*I don’t see spying on innocent foreigners as any different from doing so on innocent Americans. They are equally despicable.

And, absent any legitimate security rationale, spying on foreign gummints is likewise reprehensible. It is not a matter of “security” to engage in such actions in order to advance the interests of US businesses, or to gain strategic advantage over other nations for the purpose of promoting empire, rather than protecting lives.

And just what are “legitimate miltary targets”, if what the military is doing is illegitimate?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/18/glenn_greenwald_as_obama_makes_false

6/17

Earth First!
Test Drilling Disrupted at Penokee Hills Proposed Mining Site

*Interesting that I’ve seen nothing about this in “the alternative establishment media”, such as DEMOCRACY NOW!, as opposed to, for example, the actions of Tar Sands Blockade.

Why might that be?

http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/test-drilling-disrupted-at-penokee-hills-proposed-mining-site/
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Fracking Puts Squeeze on Drought-Striken Farmers
Colorado farmer: “There is a new player for water, which is oil and gas. And certainly they are in a position to pay a whole lot more than we are.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/17-4
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The NSA’s Spying Program: What’s at Stake for the Climate Movement?
Programs such as Prism could be used to hamper the social movements we need to tackle the biggest problems of our time.
by James Trimarco

*There’s an assumption here that the surveillance state is motivated by paranoia over “violence”, and in an earlier time, “communist subversion”, rather than by a wholly rational desire, from its perspective, to protect the power structure it serves.

That’s at the heart of its actions, and not a misreading of the intentions of those it aims to oppress.

It’s vital that we clearly see *its* intentions.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/17-7
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Why the Spying Scandal Is a Serious Racial Justice Issue
by Imara Jones

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/17-6
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Friends of the Earth
Governments Urged to Limit Weed Killer Found In Humans

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/17-0
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Institute for Public Accuracy
NSA Spying Helped by “Military Digital Complex” and Commercialized Internet

http://www.accuracy.org/release/nsa-spying-helped-by-military-digital-complex-and-commercialized-internet/
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FAIR Blog
Syria and Sarin: Skepticism Still Warranted

*Why does that old logo for RCA Victor come to mind every time I read about corpress complicity with gummint pronouncements?

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/75/VictorTalkingLogo.jpg&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Talking_Machine_Company&h=240&w=269&sz=19&tbnid=bgeL44b79saU2M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=101&zoom=1&usg=__b5isU82d6Bo9QecFN3h8i2EKRII=&docid=1Nou1UpmwE5xJM&sa=X&ei=-I2_Ue-pF4X7ygHfmIDoBg&ved=0CDsQ9QEwAg&dur=432

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/17/syria-and-sarin-skepticism-still-warranted/

Snowden and Bob Schieffer Fight the Power

*I don’t think of “intrepid” when it comes to Bob Schieffer.

“Invested” is closer to the mark, wouldn’t you say?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/17/snowden-and-bob-schieffer-fight-the-power/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
As World Awaits U.S. Reaction to NSA Leaks, Movement Emerges to Support Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/17/as_world_awaits_us_reaction_to

Long Before Helping Expose NSA Spying, Journalist Laura Poitras Faced Harassment from U.S. Agents

*I imagine the gummint does consider Poitras’ pen to be a dangerous weapon

And her camera, as well.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/17/long_before_helping_expose_nsa_spying

6/14

Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD) et al.
Save Greek Public Broadcasting, Save Greek Democracy

https://www.facebook.com/events/266623046809323/
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AKNY – Greece Solidarity Movement
The Turkish-Greek Solidarity event, June 8 in Zuccotti Park — in pictures

http://www.akny.org/2013/06/turkish-greek-solidarity-june-8-ows-zuccotti/
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Obama to Champion NSA Spying at Global Superpower Summit
Announcement comes as Administration faces deluge of criticisms at home and abroad.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/14-6
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Millions of Iranians Head to Polls
Following ouster of reformist candidate, many rally behind moderate cleric
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/14-0
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Protesters Skeptical as Turkish PM Flips from Threats to Concessions
In a move to quell ballooning protests, Erdogan pledges Gezi Park referendum
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/14-1
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Non-Violent Keystone XL Activists = ‘Eco-Terrorists,’ According to TransCanada Documents
Vague language also ensnares journalists, researchers and academics
by Steve Horn
DeSmogBlog.com

*I’m glad to see someone make the connection to the surveillance state.

All these forces will be increasingly deployed against those who struggle against unjust economic, environmental, social and foreign policies.

The center cannot hold

But it will hold on

Until its dying breath

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/14
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On PRISM, Partisanship and Propaganda
Addressing many of the issues arising from last week’s NSA stories
by Glenn Greenwald

*Any congressperson who claims to be “astounded” by the breadth of the crimes of the surveillance state

Is either debilitating naive

Or dissemblingly untruthful.

Neither is a characteristic to be coveted in a “public servant”.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/14-5
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America’s Private Prison System is a National Disgrace
An ACLU lawsuit against a prison in Mississippi is the latest to detail flagrant abuses at a private correctional facility
by Jill Filipovic

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/14-1
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“Politics: Some” and “Politics: None,” Two Ways to Excel in Political Journalism
“Edward Snowden’s decision to leak to Greenwald, and Glenn’s domination of newsland for several days, tells us that politics: none is not the only way of excelling in journalism. It now has to share the stage with politics: some.”
by Jay Rosen

*After four decades of exposure to corpress reporting, I think I can safely say that “politics: none” is an illusion.

False “balance” does not equate to objectivity, when there is an attempt at balance.

This doesn’t mean that accurate, even incisive, journalism doesn’t exist within corporate media, but taking the broad view, it’s clear just who it serves, in both what it chooses to print or air

And what it leaves out.

The proof is on your doorstep every morning, and your television screen every evening.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/14-7
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MADRE
Women Speak Out: No Arms for Syrian Rebels

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/14-5
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Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Human Rights Groups Release Preliminary Death Penalty Findings
Missions to California, Louisiana Find Torture, Discrimination

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/14
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Syria: Why Is the Nonviolent Opposition Being Ignored?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/syria-why-is-the-nonviolent-opposition-being-ignored/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Patrick Cockburn on U.S. Plans to Arm Syrian Rebels: Where is the Skepticism About Chemical Weapons?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/14/patrick_cockburn_on_us_plans_to

James Bamford on NSA Secrets, Keith Alexander’s Influence & Massive Growth of Surveillance, Cyberwar

*Paul’s and Bamford’s comments about this ubersnooping being ineffective accept the rationale that it’s focused on preventing terrorism.

This is about control. It’s about making sure that all available intel on any threat to those in power is at their fingertips.

It’s about a 21st century police state, which is the only way power will be perserved as the profit system begins to self destruct.

And it needs to be dealt with in that context.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/14/james_bamford_on_nsa_secrets_keith

Breast Cancer Patients Declare Victory as Supreme Court Bars Patenting of Human Genes

*I think “the fundamental issue” is the place of profit in health care, in how someone lives, or whether they live.

And there is no place for it, if we claim to call ourselves a just and compassionate species.

I’m concerned about this exception for altered genes. I’m certainly no expert, but I can see this being utilized as a loophole to get around this decision.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/14/breast_cancer_patients_declare_victory_as

6/13

Victory for Patients: SCOTUS Rules Against Gene Patents
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/13-4
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Louisiana Overhaul of Discriminatory Law: Hundreds Cleared from Sex Offender List
Community groups and lawyers deal blow to the state’s over 100 year-old ‘Crimes Against Nature’ law
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Deleting the scarlet letter

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/13-6
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Mass Strikes in Greece Follow Latest Austerity Blow
‘Public television goes dark only in two circumstances: when a country is occupied by foreign forces or when there is a coup.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/13-3
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UK Protesters to Canadian PM: ‘Keep Oil Peddlers’ Out of Europe
Demonstrators arrested following interruption of PM Stephen Harper’s speech before Parliament
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/13-5
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Clarity from Edward Snowden and Murky Response from Progressive Leaders in Congress
by Norman Solomon

*What will these “progressives” say and do when this hellhound is let loose against the “threat to national security” for which it was birthed

The coming unrest over austerity, and the autocracy that decrees it?

Will they have our backs

Or stab them?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/13
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For All Children Everywhere
by Robert C. Koehler

*I don’t know if ending war is possible.

I do know that acting on our conscience is never in vain

If we conceive that to be our purpose.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/13-2
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The Turkish Spring: Lawyers Rounded Up
by Marjorie Cohn

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/13-5
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Organic Consumers Association
Consumer Alert: Secret Trade Agreements Threaten Food Safety, Subert Democracy

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/13-0
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FAIR Blog
O’Reilly Discovers the Dangers of the Surveillance State

*No surprise here, and once the political hay has been baled, O’Reilly and the rest of the reactionary naysayers will let this slip back into the shadows, where it will do its dirty work in accord with their desires

Unless we prevent it.

Given the fear fueled acquiescence to this shredding of the Fourth Amendment among over half of my fellow citizens, if the poll is to be believed

I’m not terribly sanguine about the prospects for that.

And if my fears are realized, many in that majority will come to rue their abdication of their rights, as things fall apart, and they find the tools they ignorantly believed would keep them “safe” used against them

In the name of “civil order”

Or, irony of ironies

“National security”.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/13/oreilly-discovers-the-dangers-of-the-surveillance-state/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
The Forgotten “Most Important Leak,” and the Myths it Exposes

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-forgotten-most-important-leak-and-the-myths-it-exposes/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Juan Gonzalez: Failures in NYC’s New Billion-Dollar 911 System Could Be Costing Lives

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/13/juan_gonzalez_failures_in_nycs_new

Chris Pyle, Whistleblower on Domestic Spying in 70s, Says Be Wary of Attacks on NSA’s Critics

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/13/chris_pyle_whistleblower_on_cia_domestic

A Mexican Migrant’s Death Portends Dangers of Harsh “Border Security” in Senate Immigration Bill

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/13/a_mexican_migrants_death_portends_dangers

As Judge Weighs Legality of NYPD’s Stop and Frisk, Justice Dept. Calls for Court-Appointed Monitor

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/13/as_judge_weighs_legality_of_nypds

VIDEO: After Man Was Beaten into Coma by Border Patrol, His Wife Stops His Deportation from Hospital

*I don’t know how Gutierrez finds the strength to deal with all that’s happened to her and her family

But I do know that she should never have been forced to discover that strength.

And I don’t know how this can be called “a good bill”, given the onerous “path to citizenship” it maps out for millions, or the tossing overboard of LGBTQ immigrants.

I think it’s illustrative both of the moral limits of reforming, rather than transforming, unjust policies, as well as the way that process produces pressures that divide those who should be, and must be, allies.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/6/13/video_after_husband_was_beaten_into_coma_by_border_patrol_wife_stops_his_deportation_from_hospital

6/12

Wisconsin GOP Sneaks ALEC-Supported For-Profit Bail Bonding Into Budget Bill
by Brendan Fischer
PRWatch.org

http://www.prwatch.org/node/12138
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Snowden Claims U.S. ‘Trying to Bully’ Hong Kong for Extradition
Snowden: ‘Im not here to hide, I’m here to reveal criminality’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/12-1
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NSA Surveillance Played Little Role in Foiling Terror Plots, Experts Say
Obama administration says NSA data helped make arrests in two important cases – but critics say that simply isn’t true
by Ed Pilkington and Nicholas Watt
The Guardian

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/12-6
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‘Corporate Pirates’: How ‘Fix the Debt’ CEOs Plan to Make Billions in Offshore Havens
New report finds that member corporations will make $173b in offshore windfall if tax scheme is adopted
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/12-8
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Greece’s Only Public TV Station Shuttered Spawning Widespread Anger
‘The Greek people are just about to lose their voice’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/12
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Remembering Satyajit Ray’s Hirok Rajar Deshe: On Edward Snowden, Resistance and Inverted Totalitarianism
by Subhankar Banerjee

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/12
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The Third Koch ‘Brother’ Hits North Carolina
by Katrina vanden Heuvel

*It’s not just national media that abrogate their responsibility here.

Local outlets like the Wisconsin State Journal, and I imagine the News & Observer in Raleigh, provide either cursory “balanced” coverage of these drone strikes against democracy, or ignore them altogether.

“All the news that’s printed to fit” is a local as well as national description of the state of journalism, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/12-2
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Shut It Down VT
Shut It Downers Cited for Blocking Driveways and Roads Near Entergy Headquarters

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/12-2
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Tar Sands Blockade
TransCanada Caught Training Police to Treat Peaceful Anti-Keystone XL Activists as ‘Terrorists’

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/12-1
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FAIR Blog
Edward Snowden and the State-Identified Journalist

*Did Marshall give an example of exposure committed “for a really, really good reason”?

Although he would likely deny it, don’t you think he would have said the same things about Ellsberg forty years ago?

Manning and others have broken no oaths

They have fulfilled them.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/12/edward-snowden-and-the-state-identified-journalist/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
More Intrusive Than Eavesdropping? NSA Collection of Metadata Hands Gov’t Sweeping Personal Info

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/12/more_intrusive_than_eavesdropping_nsa_collection

Report from Istanbul: Turkish Police Attack Protesters in Taksim Square with Tear Gas, Water Cannons

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/6/12/report_from_istanbul_turkish_police_attack_protesters_in_taksim_square_with_tear_gas_water_cannons

6/11

UN Official Exposes “Massive Scale” Torture of Palestinians
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/11-2
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Istanbul’s Skies ‘Filled with Teargas’ as Thousands of Police Storm Square
Witnesses report plainclothes police officers wielding Molotov cocktails in attempt to discredit the protesters
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/11
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Pipeline Whistleblower Reveals Dangerous “Culture of Noncompliance”
Former TransCanada employee testifies on pervasive “coercion” with grave risks for public safety
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/11-5
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Landslide Vote for GMO Labeling in Maine Legislature
Representative: “The people want to know what’s in their food, and they want to be able to make a choice that’s right.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/11-6
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Obama Cans Regulator Who Crossed Wall Street
Ouster is a gain for big bankers advocating lax oversight
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of course, he couldn’t have been “quietly” fired without corpress cooperation, could he?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/11-7
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Hey, Non-GMO Activist: Monsanto’s CEO Thinks You’re an Elitist
by Anna Lappé

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/11-5
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America’s Public University System: Corporate Welfare or Education?
by Lawrence Wittner

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/11-0
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Communities Unite Around A ‘Just Transition’ Away from Dirty Energy with Historic Training Camp
Groundbreaking Our Power Campaign Will Create Healthy Future for Communities Impacted by Climate Change

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/11-10
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FAIR Blog
What to Make of Snowden? CBS Asks Bush-Era Counterterror Official

*That which the corpress can’t ignore

It ignobles

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/11/what-to-make-of-snowden-cbs-asks-bush-era-counterterror-official/

FAIR Media Advisory
Pundits vs. Edward Snowden
Informing public of government spying ‘self-indulgent’ and ‘grandiose’

*Dismembering the messenger

http://fair.org/take-action/media-advisories/pundits-vs-edward-snowden/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Digital Blackwater: How the NSA Gives Private Contractors Control of the Surveillance State

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/11/digital_blackwater_how_the_nsa_gives

Striking Workers, Bangladeshi Activist Challenge Wal-Mart on Labor Conditions at Stores & Factories

*I understand the realities here, but justice will only be served once these bastards are not pressured to improve the lot of workers, but prosecuted for their crimes, up to negligent homicide.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/11/striking_workers_bangladeshi_activist_challenge_walmart

A Strike at Wal-Mart: Josh Eidelson on Growing Worker Movement at World’s Largest Retailer

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/6/11/a_strike_at_walmart_josh_eidelson_on_growing_worker_movement_at_worlds_largest_retailer

6/10

The Craziest Person in the Room: Reflections on How a Mediocre White Guy Can Try to Be Useful
by Robert Jensen

*Jensen used the term “human family”

And that encapsulates the transformation in thinking necessary for us to avoid the end of the world as we know it, don’t you think?

We must see ourselves as members of a family, cooperating among ourselves so that each of us has what we need to live a life of dignity, rather than as competitors for the resources rapidly disappearing from the face of the earth.

Of course, that is not a hierarchical mindset. It doesn’t recognize classes, doesn’t reward those who would put their interests ahead of others.

Corporate and gummint propaganda is designed to make us think that way, that it’s everyone for themselves, that competition drives “progress”

The caveat being that we are not to compete against our “betters”, but listen to their wise counsel, and accept their prescriptions for what should be.

They pit us against each other, divert us from empathy, from seeing our common interest in each other’s welfare.

And that points up the reality that, while altruism is vital to our survival, a healthy sense of self interest can be an important catalyst for change, as well.

When our apartment building’s on fire, it’s not going to do any good to focus exclusively on our own home, is it?

We have to work together to save the structure. We are dependent on communal efforts to save what is ours.

This is not how those in power want us to view the situation. “Divide and conquer” assures them their penthouse suite, until the fire sweeps it away, as well.

Their addiction to wealth and position blinds them to the oncoming danger, and indeed precipitates it.

We accept that blindness, and that which they which to impose on us, at our dire peril.

Jensen also speaks of working for reform within existing systems, while acutely aware of the limits of doing so.

My question is, does reform precede transformation

Or does it preclude it?

I think it’s a question anyone serious about justice struggles with, and neither “purism” nor “pragmatism” answers it adequately.

What I can say is that if we lose sight of what we truly want

We will never find the path to it.

I am leery of half steps.

At best, they mean it will take twice as long to arrive at our destination.

Well, I think I’ve exceeded the aphorism quotient for this response, so I’ll leave it there.

http://www.racismreview.com/blog/2013/06/07/the-craziest-person-in-the-room-reflections-on-how-a-mediocre-white-guy-can-try-to-be-useful/
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Sixth Wave of ‘Moral Mondays’ Continue to ‘Shine a Light’
North Carolinians stage weekly actions to draw attention to far right’s “extreme and immoral” policies
by Lucia Brown
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/10-1
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SF Pride Digs in Heels on Bradley Manning Exclusion
Outraged LGBTQ leaders and Manning supporters call for “Grand Marshal, not Court Martial!”
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/10-5
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Major Loss to Organic Farmers as Court Rules in Favor of Monsanto
Court throws out “pre-emptive strike” suit opting to trust promises of “world’s most famous patent bully”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/10-7
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The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/10-2
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Guilty Until Proven Innocent
How to Pre-Convict and Pre-Punish an American Muslim
by Victoria Brittain

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/10-3
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It’s the Corporations, Stupid
Why we are 2nd Amendment fundamentalists but the 4th Amendment doesn’t count
by Juan Cole

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/10-4
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Data Mining of Telecom Metadata is “More Dangerous than Intercepting Conversations”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/data-mining-of-telecom-metadata-is-more-dangerous-than-intercepting-conversations/

Edward Snowden a “Profile in Courage” Says Church Committee Whistleblower

http://www.accuracy.org/release/edward-snowden-a-profile-in-courage-says-church-committee-whistleblower/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
“You’re Being Watched”: Edward Snowden Emerges as Source Behind Explosive Revelations of NSA Spying

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/10/youre_being_watched_edward_snowden_emerges

Glenn Greenwald on How NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Helped Expose a “Massive Surveillance Apparatus”

*Isn’t there a problem with the idea that if the (majority of the) public approves of this perfidious invasion of our lives, somehow that would legitimize it?

It has supported many horrific acts of its government and ruling class in the past, from the genocide of Native peoples to slavery to foreign wars of empire.

The public should know of this

But its imprimatur has no bearing whatsoever on its morality.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/10/glenn_greenwald_on_how_nsa_leaker

“On a Slippery Slope to a Totalitarian State”: NSA Whistleblower Rejects Gov’t Defense of Spying

*The unmentioned context here – and we have to question why it is such – is that these capabilities are aimed not so much at external threats as they are internal ones

Namely, those who do and will oppose injustice, and the police state that enforces it.

Binney’s remark about the Tea Party is foolish, given that fact, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/10/on_a_slippery_slope_to_a

Inside the NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Apparatus: Whistleblower William Binney Speaks Out

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/6/10/inside_the_nsas_domestic_surveillance_apparatus_whistleblower_william_binney_speaks_out

6/7

‘Reprehensible, Reckless, Illegal’: Washington Officials Slam Heroic NSA Surveillance Leaker
Calls to punish the whistleblower follow exposure of sweeping surveillance program
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/07-4
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Anonymous Releases NSA Docs Related to Global Spy Network
by Common Dreams staff

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/07-3
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Win!: California’s San Onofre Nuclear Plant to Close Permanently
“The people of California now have the opportunity to move away from the failed promise of dirty and dangerous nuclear power and replace it with the safe and clean energy provided by the sun and the wind”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/07-1
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Why the Government Wants Your Metadata
by Ben Wizner and Jay Stanley

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/07-6
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Institute for Public Accuracy
“Government Surveillance, Corporate Power”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/government-surveillance-corporate-power/
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FAIR Blog
How Many Iraqis Died in the Iraq War?

*Bodies that don’t count

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/07/how-many-iraqis-died-in-the-iraq-war/

Pointless Partisanship on Surveillance

*Duopolies

And double vision

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/07/pointless-partisanship-on-surveillance/

O’Reilly Spins a Correction on ‘White House Visits’

*No surprise here, but this whole kerfuffle is a tempest in a Tea Party pot, isn’t it?

It’s ludicrous to think that this has anything to do with ideological persecution, as O’Reilly and his baying hounds would have us believe.

Were that the case, Karl and the Kochs would be at the top of the list, don’t you think?

At worst, this was precipitated by some localized party partisanship, but more likely it had to do with being overwhelmed by all these “social welfare” groups applying for 501(c)(4) status, and poor judgment under pressure.

So why has the administration responded as it has, and not dismissed this as the farce it is?

That’s not the Democrats’ function in this duopoly, is it?

The reactionaries are the attack dogs

And they are the red meat.

This is why, even with majority popular support on many issues, they pretend to be constantly fighting a rear guard action, and asking us to accept the crumbs that result.

That is, when they’re not working hand in glove with their “rivals”.

The Dems’ posture is “Whip me, beat me, make me write bad checks.”

And O’Reilly and his ilk wear the leather and wield the riding crops.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/06/oreilly-spins-a-correction-on-white-house-visits/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
“A Massive Surveillance State”: Glenn Greenwald Exposes Covert NSA Program Collecting Calls, Emails

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/7/a_massive_surveillance_state_glenn_greenwald

EXCLUSIVE Nasser al-Awlaki to Obama: Why Did You Kill My U.S.-Born Son, Grandson in Drone Strikes?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/7/exclusive_nasser_al_awlaki_to_obama

Inside the U.S. Dirty War in Yemen with Jeremy Scahill, Nasser al-Awlaki, Sheikh Fareed

*So why is it that one of these “progressive” senators doesn’t reveal what she or he has learned, and defy the gummint to prosecute them?

It’s one thing to go after whistleblowers and journalists, but I would think it would be another to try to convict a US senator on the same charges.

It’s a fantasy, I know

But isn’t that what their oath of office should lead them to do?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/7/inside_the_us_dirty_war_in

Witness to a Massacre: Yemeni Tribal Leader Recalls How U.S. Attack on al-Majalah Killed 45 Civilians

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/6/7/witness_to_a_massacre_yemeni_tribal_leader_recalls_how_us_attack_on_al_majalah_killed_45_civilians

6/6

Naomi Klein: ‘Anti-Shock Doctrines’ Show the Way to Resist
While media portray alternatives to austerity as “apocalypse,” we must say no, but also “show the yes,” said Klein
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We must be both awake to the nightmare

And open to the dream

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/06-4
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Scientists Find Holes in Monsanto GM Wheat Denial
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We reap what they sow

And it will be a bitter harvest

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/06-1
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‘Justice Not Done’: Afghans Decry Sentencing for Murderous US Soldier
Guilty of Afghan massacre, villagers say Robert Bales’ life sentence too ‘lenient’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The rage is righteous

The demand is not.

The death penalty, for even the most heinous crimes, is based in vengeance, not justice.

The hypocrisy of the US is manifest, of course, condemning innocents and resisters to death in its blood soaked quest for treasure and power

But an eye for an eye is the cry of the blind, no matter the depth of their anguish and aggrievement.

Whether the fascist leaders sentenced at Nuremberg, or hopefully one day those occupying the corridors of power in this country, and who bear the ultimate responsibility for Bales’ horrors, justice is not to be found at the end of a rope.

The dead cannot be resurrected

And our humanity must not be buried with them.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/06-0
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IMF’s Mea Culpa on Austerity Met With Anger, Vindication in Greece
“Really? Thanks for letting us know but we can’t forgive you,” says one Greek
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/06-2
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Bipartisan Victory as Republicans and Democrats Agree Poor People Should Go Hungry
Experts say the safety net for the poor and vulnerable should be strengthened, not cut. Not even a little.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/06-3
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Mass Incarceration USA: How a Broken System Perpetuates Itself
by Robert C. Koehler

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/06-3
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Center for Biological Diversity
Landmark Lawsuit Re-filed Against EPA to Protect Dozens of Endangered Species From Pesticides

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/06-9
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US PIRG
Senate Farm Bill Would Continue Giant Giveaways to Big Agribusiness

*More pork than a brat fry

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/06-8
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Samantha Power’s “Weaponization of Human Rights”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/samantha-powers-weaponization-of-human-rights/

Millions of Domestic Phone Records Collected by Government

*Playing phone tag

For keeps

http://www.accuracy.org/release/millions-of-domestic-phone-records-collected-by-government/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
NSA Whistleblowers: “All U.S. Citizens” Targeted by Surveillance Program, Not Just Verizon Customers

*Using the boogeyman of “terrorism”

To obscure the greater monster of our nightmares

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/6/nsa_whistleblowers_all_us_citizens_targeted

Obama-Backed Trans-Pacific Partnership Expands Corporate Lawsuits Against Nations for Lost Profits

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/6/obama_backed_trans_pacific_partnership_expands

Civil Rights Veteran Chokwe Lumumba Elected Mayor of Jackson, Miss., Once a Center of Racial Abuses

*I’m from the state, and lived in Jackson for a number of years, the last being 1994.

Obviously, there’s been a good deal of change in the intervening years.

But I am concerned about this emphasis on economic development, and although Lumumba speaks of it in populist terms, the devils may literally be in the details, meaning the economic interests who seek to exploit, rather than empower. That’s certainly been the case in many other cities with supposedly “progressive” mayors and city councils, such as Madison, Wisconsin, which I live close to.

Time will tell, and I hope DN! and other sources will follow the situation closely, and scrutinize it carefully.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/6/civil_rights_veteran_chokwe_lumumba_elected

VIDEO REPORT: Inside Istanbul’s Taksim Square Protesters Remain Despite Police Attacks

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/6/6/video_report_inside_istanbuls_taksim_square_protesters_remain_despite_police_attacks

6/5

Issuing Set of Demands, Turkish Uprising Shows No Let Up
Police arrest protest organizers for promoting protests
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/05-0
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Hotter Planet Creating ‘Extraordinary’ Wild Fires says Head of US Forest Service
Climate change is “largest issue we face” Senate panel told
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This is a big story.

You’d think it would receive continuing and copious coverage.

That is, if you still harbored illusions about the role of the corporate media in this country.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/05-4
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Scientists Slam Keystone XL Review Process as Conflicts-of-Interest Probe Deepens
Called ‘without merit’ by scientists and blasted for its hidden corporate influence, KXL review comes under additional fire
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/05-8
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White House Shakeup: Susan Rice to National Security Advisor, Samantha Power to UN Ambassador
Both “humanitarian interventionists”
by Common Dreams staff

*Of course, the gender identity chorus of Democratic “feminists” will dutifully sing the praises of these warmongers.

And it’s hard to think of Hedges and Zinn as naive, but to consider Rice and Power as such, or to intimate that somehow the latter isn’t fully invested in the perpetuation of those “inadvertent” murders of civilians, is to provide prima facie evidence of just that, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/05-5
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Syria: We Need to Stop a New War in the Middle East
The Syrian civil war is spreading, but US military action is the last thing the country needs
by Phyllis Bennis

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/05-11
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Austerity is Killing Us
by Amitabh Pal

*Greed is the deadliest disease

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/05-2
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OUR Walmart and The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union
Bangladeshi Garment Worker Leads Strident Critique of Walmart and its Empty Public Pronouncements
Group Takes their Message Directly to Executives at Corporate Headquarters with Art Commemorating the Deaths of 1,200 Bangladeshi Garment Workers

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/05-4
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Center for Biological Diversity
Lawsuit Challenges First-ever Drill Site Inside Alaska Reserve
Expansion Plan Threatens Region’s Polar Bears, Birds, Seals, Caribou

*My question would be

What makes this “less environmentally damaging alternative”

An alternative?

Why is this not a zero sum game?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/05-5
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FAIR Blog
After a Massacre, a ‘Glimmer of Hope’?

*While I can’t under any circumstances consider the death penalty as having any relation to justice, even for the most heinous of criminals – such as whomever may be residing in the White House at any given time

The inference that somehow the intense anger engendered by this horrific act is not fully justified, that its alleged absence is “a glimmer of hope and resistance”, exemplifies the Orwellian notion that the horrors committed by “us” should be forgiven, while retaliation by “them” for those abominations justifies their repetition.

For in the end, there is really no difference between Bales’ crime, and those “legitimately” perpetrated on a daily basis as part of the GWOT ™, is there?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/05/after-a-massacre-a-glimmer-of-hope/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
ENDA: Why Is Employment Discrimination Against Gays Legal?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/enda-why-is-employment-discrimination-against-gays-legal/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
As U.S. Deploys Patriot Missiles and F-16s to Jordan, Could Syrian Conflict Engulf the Middle East?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/5/as_us_deploys_patriot_missiles_and

Debate: Supreme Court OKs Unfettered DNA Collection — An Invasion of Privacy or a Blow to Crime?

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/5/debate_supreme_court_oks_unfettered_dna

Jim Crow After Roe? How States Are Regulating Abortion Out of Existence & Widening Health Inequality

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/5/jim_crow_after_roe_how_us

6/4

‘We Are Movement, Not a Moment’: North Carolina Peaceful Uprising Continues
‘If you thought you had a fight a month ago, you ain’t seen nothing yet,’ say protest leaders as 151 arrested
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/04-7
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Gas Industry Deploys Dirty Tricks to Undermine ‘Gasland 2’
Part I: “FrackNation” Deploys Tobacco Playbook in Response to “Gasland 2”
by Steve Horn
DeSmogBlog

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/04
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Monsanto Still Testing Genetically Modified Wheat in Two States
While last week’s announcement of rogue GM wheat in Oregon was framed as an anomoly, Monsanto has current field testing of GM wheat in two states
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/04-9
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Eve of Destruction (or How to Destroy a Planet Without Really Trying)
Humanity imperiled and the path to disaster
by Noam Chomsky

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/04-7
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Syria and the Sham of “Humanitarian Intervention”
by Ajamu Baraka

*The “good guys” wear white wash

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/04
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Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture
Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions
by Tory Field and Beverly Bell

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/04-11
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Is the Lawlessness of Obama’s Drone Policy Coming Home?
Once a state gets used to abusing the rights of foreigners in distant lands, it’s almost inevitable it will import the habit
by George Monbiot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/04-0
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China, Smithfield, and the Fuss over Monolithic Meat Companies
by Wenonah Hauter

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/04-4
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New ACLU Report Finds Overwhelming Racial Bias in Marijuana Arrests
Groundbreaking Analysis Finds Marijuana Arrests Comprise Nearly Half of All Drug Arrests

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/04-0
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Bradley Manning in Court: “Show Trial” or Last Chance for Justice?

*I wonder if Van Buren means the America he *thought* he was serving.

If not, he has as distorted a view of that reality as the one which the gummint is attempting to construct in this trial.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/bradley-manning-in-court-show-trial-or-last-chance-for-justice/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Bradley Manning Trial: WikiLeaks Lawyer Sees Spurious “Enemy” Claims & Bid to Scare Whistleblowers

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/4/bradley_manning_trial_wikileaks_lawyer_sees

6/3

Is Enbridge Building a Secret Keystone Pipeline?
While TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline gets scrutinized, Enbridge is quietly readying its own tar-sands carrying pipeline system
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/03-0
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Nuclear States Defy Treaty, Up Stockpiles, Watchdog Warns
‘Little hope that the nuclear-weapon-possessing states are genuinely willing to give up their nuclear arsenals’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*An dangerously dysfunctional nuclear family

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/03-1
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Post-Recession Piling On
by Paul Buchheit

*Piling on

And piling up

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/03-3
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Greece and the Crisis of Europe: Which Way Out?
by Marjolein van der Veen

*One of the very few pieces I’ve read at Common Dreams that treats socialism as a viable economic system.

And I don’t care what you call it, for me the goal is a dignified life for every single person on this planet

And the one thing I’m absolutely certain of is that there is no way a system based on profit can achieve that.

Profit presupposes winners and losers, regardless of the intent of the players

But profit perforce perverts that intent, doesn’t it?

Again, you can make the profit system, capitalism, what you will, better

But you can’t make it good.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/03-0
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Center for Biological Diversity
Republicans to Renew Attacks on Endangered Species Act and Citizen Lawsuits That Protect Imperiled Plants, Animals
Assault Ignores Research Showing Citizens Play Critical Role in Saving Species

*I’m always leery of the term “common-sense” in this context, as it often translates as “not going beyond the ‘pragmatic'”.

Hopefully that wasn’t the case in this instance.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/06/03-2
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FAIR Blog
Did Obama Flip Flop on the War Against the Press?

*Isn’t it ironic that Dear Misleader’s false balance

Is excised by a member of an institution for which it is a hallmark?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/06/03/did-obama-flip-flop-on-the-war-against-the-press/

FAIR Extra!
Immigrants Missing From Immigration Debate
Political issue or economic factor–but not human beings
by Eunji Kim

*In the media shadows, as well

http://fair.org/slider/immigrants-missing-from-immigration-debate/

Disabled Are New Target for Charges of Cheating
NYT, NPR lead campaign to cut SSI
by Neil deMause

*Please, let’s drop the ludicrious notion that bastards like Kristof, Klein and Joffe-Walt (the term’s gender neutral in my book) are simply “shoddy journalists” or somehow misguided.

True journalists make sure of their facts, and their sources.

I don’t think this can be explained by unprofessionalism or a skewed worldview.

This is a concerted effort to destroy what was always a deeply flawed social welfare policy that never was intended to empower, but simply to allow capitalism to lay claim to some semblance of humanity.

And on what basis does Kristof lay claim to his label of “liberal”?

(Of course, given the reality of “liberalism” in these here United States, a case could be made that he’s on solid ground.)

http://fair.org/slider/disabled-are-new-target-for-charges-of-cheating/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Turkish Uprising?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/turkish-uprising/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
A Turkish Spring? Over 1,000 Injured as Anti-Government Protests Spread Outside of Istanbul

*We need to ask what are the dynamics that lead to such an explosion of popular protest

And what suppresses this sort of outburst in the US.

I think one key is the disconnections, the atomization, of American society, that have been fostered by those in power to prevent this from occurring.

That culture of extreme individualism, endlessly promoted as inextricably interwined with “freedom”

Has, in reality, the precisely opposite effect.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/3/a_turkish_spring_over_1_000

Bradley Manning Trial: After 3 Years, Army Whistleblower Begins Court-Martial Shrouded in Secrecy

*This is far from “the last ugly chapter”, isn’t it?

There’s still a Green Zone, and the machinations that emanate from it, and those translate into ongoing suffering and death for the people of Iraq.

And while it may be that no one has been harmed due to Manning’s revelations, had that happened, the blame would rest with those who pursued the policies that would lead to such harm, not the person who exposed them, and who, along with Wikileaks, strove to avoid that result.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/3/bradley_manning_trial_after_3_years

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