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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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I find it interesting that Democracy Now refers to the plot to kill Occupy leaders as only involving Occupy Houston when at the time, and in the newspaper reports originally, it was much broader-and actual harm was done to a person in California as well as in Houston with other attempts documented in Occupy groups around the country.

Even some “alternative” news seems to be part of that Orwellian revision of “facts” afterwards.

I hope people come together soon. While new age blogs and channels predicted a” tsunami of love” looking around us a tsunami of negativity and confusion seems much more visible at present.

Of Patients and Prices

A.W. Gaffney, Truthout: Conflicts inevitably arise as doctors enter the medical practice and become unavoidably entangled in the health care business, as currently financed. Best care for patients is balanced against the awareness that something might be awry with what prices they are being charged by more or less everyone in the industry.

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How “Extreme Levels” of Monsanto’s Herbicide Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm

Thomas Bohn and Marek Cuhra, Independent Science News: Surprisingly, almost no data exist in scientific literature on herbicide residues from products like Monsanto’s Roundup in herbicide-tolerant GMO plants, even after nearly 20 years on the market.

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Beyond the Minimum Wage: Interview With Jobs With Justice’s Sarita Gupta

Amy B. Dean, Truthout: How do we use the enthusiasm around raising the minimum wage to promote a more robust and thorough vision of economic democracy against those forces fundamentally attacking the notion that people should have a decent standard of living?

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The Legacy That We Are Leaving: The Extinction of Species

Elizabeth Kolbert, Henry Holt and Co.: There have been five great extinctions of species on Earth, all of them the result of natural causes. In a gripping, harrowing book, environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert details the ongoing sixth extinction of a massive number of species, this time because of the destructive practices of humans.

Read the Excerpt

Twelve Simple Propositions: Climate Change and the Asia Pivot

D.H. Garrett, Truthout: There are three main components to any strategy for combating climate change at the mitigation level: radical decarbonization, a radical shift to equitable sharing of resources and a radical shift to economies that emphasize personal and community well-beings. An East Asia Smart Grid must be implemented as soon as possible.

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Hope Dies Last

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: It’s time for us to acknowledge the painful reality that we’ve already severely damaged our planet in ways that could, just possibly, and almost certainly if we do nothing, mean the end of humanity or, at the very least, human civilization.

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Double Dip: Doctors Paid To Advise, Promote Drug Companies That Fund Their Research

Charles Ornstein and Ryann Growchowski Jones, ProPublica: An analysis shows that more than 1,300 practitioners nationwide received both research money and speaking or consulting fees from the same drug maker in 2012. All told, they received more than $90 million of research grants – plus nearly $13 million for speaking engagements and an additional $4 million for consulting.

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New York’s Teen Pregnancy Campaign Quietly Gets Made Over, Still Misses the Mark

Lauren Rankin, RH Reality Check: When the Bloomberg administration unveiled its teen pregnancy prevention campaign last March, it was met with immediate backlash. Critics called for officials to cancel the campaign and issue a public apology. A year later, neither have happened.

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Honduras: Who Should Really Be on Trial for the Rio Blanco Dam?

Brigitte Gynther, Upside Down World: Maria Santos was walking home when seven people suddenly jumped out of hiding then attacked her with machetes. Santos has been a vocal leader in the struggle against the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Dam, defending the Lenca territory of Rio Blanco and the Gualcarque River for her children and grandchildren to come.

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Why Did FBI Monitor Occupy Houston, Hide Sniper Plot Against Protest Leaders?

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Transparency activist Ryan Shapiro discusses a growing controversy over the FBI’s monitoring of Occupy Houston in 2011. The case centers on what the FBI knew about an alleged assassination plot against Occupy leaders and why it failed to share this information.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

The Joy and Resolve of a Movement Built on Creative Resistance

Staff, Popular Resistance: The explosion of arts activism involves a wide variety of artistic forms: puppets, balloons, music, memes, posters, banners, plays, street theater, poetry, animation and light displays, among others. Art has added vitality and energy to advocacy, and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels and in their hearts, conveying what cannot be said with mere facts.

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Selective Prosecution Claims in John Doe Filings Fall Flat

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Allegations that prosecutors in the John Doe campaign finance probe in Wisconsin have engaged in politically motivated “selective prosecution” don’t stand up to even limited scrutiny. A review of the alleged acts of impropriety demonstrates that the Wisconsin Club for Growth is grasping at straws.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: College Students Are Increasingly Turning to Food Banks, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: More and more food pantries are popping up at universities all around our nation; the “Give America a Raise” bus tour kicks off in Bangor, Maine; a basic minimum income makes sense economically, and it could lead to important social benefits too; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

BuzzFlash

US Seniors Shafted by Inflation That Is 170 Percent in Excess of Savings’ Interest

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is difficult to imagine, but the reality is that seniors are actually lending money to banks and getting virtually no interest. The banks then lend the same money out at 30 percent interest for many credit cards.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

Oil Spills Into Lake Michigan From BP Refinery

Read the Article at Reuters

Obama Administration To Give More Time for Health Care Sign-Ups

Read the Article at PBS NewsHour

Jim Hightower | The Symbolism of One Adjunct Professor’s Death

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Rescue Efforts Were Delayed Following Deadly Landslide in Washington

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Fed Study: US Banks Enjoy “Too Big To Fail” Advantage

Read the Article at Reuters

A Well-Known Known: Donald Rumsfeld Is Smug, Sanctimonious and Insufferable

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Glenn Greenwald | Obama’s New NSA Proposal and Democratic Partisan Hackery

Read the Article at The Intercept

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