Victoria Harper, Truthout: Public Intellectual Henry Giroux speaks with Truthout about his new book and its exploration of how neoliberalism makes it harder for poor children to attend college, and forces debt-ridden students into an intellectual and moral dead zone devoid of imagination.
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Inequality is what has turned Washington DC into a protection racket for the 1%. It buys all those goodies from government: tax breaks, tax havens, loopholes, favors like carried interest, and so on.
Rania Khalek, Truthout: The story of 18-year-old Kwadir Felton, shot in the face and blinded by Jersey City, New Jersey, Police Sergeant Thomas McVicar, then convicted of aggravated assault of an officer, repeats a too-familiar pattern: Victims of police violence are further punished by the criminal justice system.
Climate Change Messaging: Avoid the Truth
Steve Breyman, Truthout: The question of how to best frame climate change to generate sufficient societal response, so as to avoid catastrophe, is an important one, but first we must admit that climate change is an unavoidable outcome of an unsustainable political economy, and techno-fixes will not save us.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: French economist Thomas Piketty, in his newest book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, warns that if we don’t address our wealth inequality epidemic quickly, the United States could end up with the most top-heavy society it’s ever seen, one that’s even worse than the Gilded Age.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: There’s now a full-court press of the usual suspects claiming that the recovery in Britain proves that fiscal austerity isn’t contractionary after all, that the International Monetary Fund had it all wrong.
Salvatore Babones, Truthout: Does the president’s $10.10 an hour represent a fair wage? Maybe. A living wage? Hardly. No one can really support a family on minimum wage employment, even if the minimum is raised to $10.10 an hour. The problem isn’t just the low wage.
Rachel Smolker, Truthout: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmation that the planet is warming at a much more alarming rate than it originally thought was accompanied by a chapter on mitigation strategies that are problematic at best.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was director of the Minerals Management Service in the Interior Department at the time of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, warns the risk of another offshore oil drilling blowout is real.
In today‘s On the News segment: Earlier this month, Senate Republicans unanimously blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act; parents and teachers in New York city don’t want product placements in student testing; the federal budget deficit is falling faster than at any time since the end of World War II; and more.
Todd Miller, TomDispatch: You may not be able to watch them at the Border Security Expo, but in the borderlands, the Department of Homeland Security – with its tripartite missions of drug interdiction, immigration enforcement, and the war on terror – is watching you, whoever you are.
Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: At long last, we have irrefutable proof that the one indispensable nation has been subsumed by a bona fide oligarchy, leading to regressive tax policies, cuts in social programs, and capture of the mass media by corporate interests.
Bundy’s Sedition: Armed Militia Members Aiming Guns at Law Enforcement Officials in Nevada Are Domestic Terrorists
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The United States is spending hundreds of billions of dollars on fighting terrorism abroad. Our greatest security threat, however, may be white male insurrectionists with guns, as we recently witnessed in Nevada.
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