William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Unlike the energy policies that are filling the rivers and the air with poison, drying up the water out West while making the tap water back East flammable, speaking your mind does no harm. Who knows? They may even listen.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: A ruptured Duke Energy pipe in Eden, North Carolina, caused the release of up to 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash and 27 million gallons of contaminated water into the Dan River. “The ecological disaster that is unleashed here is going to play out in the order of months, if not years,” said Matt Wasson of Appalachian Voices.
Beth Buczynski, Care2: The prison system has become a for-profit business in which inmates are the product – a system that has shocking similarities to another human-based business from America’s past: slavery.
Jonathan Leavitt, Truthout: Rising tuition, faculty cuts and non-living wages for janitors and food workers in Vermont institutions of higher learning are prompting student labor organizers to ask if tuition dollars should be used to exacerbate inequality.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: We need to make it clear to Big Oil, the Obama administration and their supporters that we aren’t just going to “lie back and enjoy” the Keystone XL pipeline and the toxic, dirty and dangerous oil that it would be transporting.
Jared Rodriguez, Truthout: What makes The Wolf of Wall Street so vitally important is that it illustrates the entitled, master-of-the-universe mindset that is actively mucking up the world for the rest of us. The problem isn’t that this movie encourages viewers to idolize people like Jordan Belfort – the problem is they already do.
Natasha Adams, Truthout: Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street delivers high craft and a rollicking good time. And that’s a big problem.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: President Obama has raised questions about the effectiveness of AIPAC’s tactics and even its role as the unchallenged voice of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington. If AIPAC can lose on Syria and lose on Iran, could it also lose on Israel-Palestine?
Pratap Chatterjee, TomDispatch: The world of NSA mass surveillance involves close partnerships with a series of companies most of us have never heard of that design or probe the software we all take for granted to help keep our digital lives humming along.
Craig Collins PhD, Truthout: What happens after California drought, peak oil, climate chaos, economic depression and water privatization finally get to the population of the Golden State? Those who hope to keep water in public hands are at odds with those who connive to gain private control of this vital resource.
Miya Tokumitsu, Jacobin: The “Do What You Love” mantra distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving us from obligations to all who labor, whether or not they love it. It is the secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment.
Molly Knefel, RH Reality Check: For transgender and gender nonconforming people, just going to the doctor means risking mistreatment, misdiagnosis, hostility or aggression.
In today‘s On the News segment: Organizers in Alaska have obtained enough signatures to put recreational marijuana up for a vote in August; Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has introduced a proposal to guarantee every high school senior in his state can go to a community college or technical school for free; there’s new legislation aimed at putting government back in the hands of the people; and more.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on economic democracy from Jackson, Mississippi, to Marseilles, France; credit card scandals; phony labels for chicken; and overcharging inmates for calls. Major discussions of re-municipalization of water and electric utilities; post office banking; and new book on capitalism’s inequalities. Response to audience questions on TPP, corporate tax breaks and minimum wage.
Barclays Bonuses Rise to Nearly $4 Billion: Where Is the Outrage?
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: At a time when banks too big to fail are continuing to admit to illegal activity and pay huge fines, Barclays is flush enough to pass out billions of dollars in bonuses. Meanwhile, in the second economy, most Americans struggle to get by.
Indigenous Groups: “No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Our Lands”
Bullying Is Bad, Except When We Do It
Some in Congress See Just One Option for NSA Spying: Scrap the NSA
New Electronic “Eyes” Can Track Your Every Move
House Republicans Attempt To Take Control of California Water
Climate Change Not at Standstill; Warming on Course To Continue for Generations
Racing To Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi