Richard Smith, Truthout: The results are in: no amount of “green capitalism” will be able to ensure the profound changes we must urgently make to prevent the collapse of civilization as a result of the catastrophic impacts of global warming.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: As a deadly polar vortex moved across the United States this week, cities scrambled to shelter the homeless, who can face additional problems once in the shelter system. And the hacker collective Anonymous worked to provide additional aid networks for those in need.
Sarah Page, Truthout: As The Hunger Games trilogy gains popularity in bookstores and the box office, its themes of extreme class inequality, poverty, class warfare and oppression gain prominence in reality across the globe.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Big money has moved North Carolina far to the right politically, but citizen protesters are fighting back against “extremist policies.” The conflict unfolding in North Carolina could be a testing ground for what’s to come in every state.
Jill Richardson, OtherWords: The phony justification for banning hemp because someone might secretly grow pot makes even less sense than it did before Colorado and Washington state legalized marijuana.
Justin Doolittle, Truthout: Israel’s decision to wait until Secretary of State John Kerry left the region before announcing it will pursue settlement expansion in the West Bank grabbed the headlines. It’s the existence of the settlements, not the timing of the announcement, that should concern the media.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Guns, like cars, can be dangerous, and anyone who owns a gun should be required to have liability insurance, so if they injure or kill somebody, the victim or the victim’s family will receive monetary damages.
Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch: The explosive development of shale oil and other unconventional fuels in the United States seemingly discredited the idea that oil production was on the decline. But before obituaries for peak oil theory pile up too high, let’s take a careful look at these assertions.
Ingrid Burrington, Waging Nonviolence: Among the banal office complexes of Fort Meade, Maryland, artist Ingrid Burrington investigated many of the private contractors that feed off of the National Security Agency surveillance empire.
In today‘s On the News segment: Two MIT students have created a program to help you understand the digital trail you leave behind every day; in a survey, 80 percent of Americans polled (including conservatives and libertarians) support progressive policies like raising the minimum wage and providing public assistance for nutrition and child care; more waves of radiation are hitting our nation from the Southwest; and more.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Today, major discussions of conservative inequality denials and of the significance of “productivity” statistics. Also, a response to question on the nature, origin and meaning of “profit.”
Republican Voter Identification Falls to New Low Point as Independent Voters Surge
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Neither political party should take heart in a new Gallup poll that indicates a surge in self-identified independent voters. It still remains unclear if this presages a serious threat to the two-party national governance monopoly.
Congress Working to Give Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority Ahead of TPP Deal
Has the Federal Government Given Up on Solving the Jobs Crisis?
A Return to Prohibition? As David Brooks Says, “Been There, Done That”
Is Fracking Bad for Babies? New Data Suggest Yes
Until Republicans Stop Hating the Social Safety Net, Poverty Will Continue To Grow
The Third Battle of Fallujah
DoJ Files Motion To Block Release of NSA Info