Dean Baker, Truthout: When Sen. Elizabeth Warren came out for increasing Social Security last month, it set in motion a remarkable turn of events. For over a decade the only discussion of Social Security by the Washington power types was over how much to cut it and when.
Melissa Gira Grant, Truthout: Betty Dodson takes the side of “dirty” feminists, talks up the vulva and the clitoris, discusses the relationship of sexual pleasure and masturbation to human liberation and excoriates the current “art” market and The Vagina Monologues.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: A new report from the Brennan Center shows how a lack of oversight in local counterterrorism programs directs resources away from police work, undermines civil liberties, and causes important counterterrorism information to fall through the cracks.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: For hundreds of years, we’ve stood by the idea that through hard work and perseverance, and given the right opportunities, anyone can be happy in America and achieve the American Dream. But today, the American Dream is on life support, and happiness is more elusive than ever before.
Ann Jones, TomDispatch: It should be no secret that the United States has the biggest, most efficiently organized, most effective system for recruiting child soldiers in the world. With uncharacteristic modesty, however, the Pentagon doesn’t call it that. Its term is “youth development program.”
Robert Naiman, Truthout: The Greek government is finally projecting a return to growth in 2014, a forecast supported by the International Monetary Fund, but some mainstream media outlets are reporting one agency’s forecast of a continued downturn rather than the IMF’s positive outlook, which could affect the economy negatively.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Before the one-year anniversary of the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 school children and six educators, Bill spoke with cultural historian and scholar Richard Slotkin about the role of guns in America’s national psyche.
Shahid Buttar, Truthout: The “Panopticon,” the US surveillance state, siphons billions of dollars from a federal budget in crisis while it watches you and your children. Rep. Rush Holt’s Surveillance State Repeal Act would take intelligence agencies back to the pre-9/11 baseline, where they belong.
Eleanor J. Bader, RH Reality Check: Words, and the way we use them to describe rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and sexual slavery, can evoke sympathy or revulsion toward the perpetrator of a crime or the person who was victimized.
In today‘s On the News segment: Sixty-five years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed; according to experts, Japan is not capable of decommissioning the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant without outside help; Pope Francis is taking on right-wing American pundits; and more.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “I began teaching a class of 28 prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey during the first week of September. The course revolved around playwrights who examine and give expression to the realities of America’s black underclass as well as the prison culture.”
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
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