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Truthout Daily Digest January 9, 2014

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Green Capitalism: The God That Failed

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.

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Caught in the Cold: Homelessness and the Polar Vortex

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.

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Gaming the System: The Relevance of The Hunger Games

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.

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Bill Moyers | North Carolina: Battleground State

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.

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Higher Hopes for Hemp

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.

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Memo to Media: Israeli Settlement Expansion Is Not All About the United States

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.

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It’s Time for Shooter’s Insurance

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.

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Peak Oil Is Dead: Long Live Peak Oil!

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.

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On the Outskirts of Crypto City – the Architecture of Surveillance

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.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Two MIT Students Show How Collecting Metadata Is a Major Privacy Violation, and More

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.

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Economic Update: The Trend to Inequality

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.”

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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.

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Congress Working to Give Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority Ahead of TPP Deal

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Has the Federal Government Given Up on Solving the Jobs Crisis?

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A Return to Prohibition? As David Brooks Says, “Been There, Done That”

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Is Fracking Bad for Babies? New Data Suggest Yes

Read the Article at Grist

Until Republicans Stop Hating the Social Safety Net, Poverty Will Continue To Grow

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The Third Battle of Fallujah

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DoJ Files Motion To Block Release of NSA Info

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