Dahr Jamail, Truthout: New Mexicans get 90 percent of their drinking water from groundwater. Yet the governor of this drought-plagued Southwestern state has given the copper industry carte blanche to pollute what is left of that essential resource.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Our elites have established the most efficient system of mass surveillance in history. They have abolished most of our civil liberties, trashed our economy for their own personal gain, looted state treasuries and thrown working men and women aside.
Stuart J. Murray and Dave Holmes, Truthout: What could the verdict of “homicide” mean in the coroner’s inquest into the death of Ashley Smith, a mentally-ill, 19-year-old inmate on suicide watch who strangled herself to death while in the custody of the Correctional Service of Canada. Is this a new form of anonymous killing in the name of the state?
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The libertarian experiment failed, and now Chileans once-and-for-all, have said goodbye to the religion of Reaganomics. And it’s time for us here in the US to do the same.
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Pipeline safety regulators in North America have done nothing but write warning letters to TransCanada in the two years since former employee Evan Vokes revealed evidence indicating the company had been breaking the rules.
Dean Baker, Truthout: News organizations are supposed to inform readers about the world, not make stuff up. Unfortunately, much of the US media deserve comparable ridicule to RT when it comes to budget reporting.
Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: The first Monday of DST has been scientifically proven to be the most dangerous day of the entire year. The Turn of the Clocks is tantamount to mandated sleep deprivation in an already sleep-deprived society.
David Bromwich, TomDispatch: For some time now, observers have been saying that Barack Obama seems more like a king than a president. They say Obama takes himself to be something like a benevolent monarch, despite recent approval ratings.
Dave Zirin, The Nation: Lockouts should never be a part of union negotiations, but in sports and beyond, they have become just a part of the process. The Major League Soccer (MLS) refs lockout is devastating for MLS and terrible for all working people, whether you consider yourself a soccer fan or not.
Wenonah Hauter, OtherWords: When you have 305 million chickens on the Eastern Shore, that’s a lot of poultry waste polluting the Chesapeake Bay.
In today‘s On the News segment: The Environmental Protection Agency has some new standards for vehicle emissions, and they could save some serious cash; almost 80 percent of the antibiotics consumed every day in our nation is going straight into our food; the United Kingdom got soaked with catastrophic floods this winter; the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has two words for BP – “pay up”; and more.
Michael Löwy, New Politics: There is no reason for optimism: The entrenched ruling elites of the system are incredibly powerful, and the forces of radical opposition are still small. But they are the only hope that the catastrophic course of capitalist “growth” will be halted.
Detroit Should Become Part of Ukraine to Get US Financial Aid It Needs to Survive
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The US policy of empire is forever eager to dole out money overseas to nations who extend US hegemony. However, US cities and needy citizens could use the money on the home front. Just ask Detroit.
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