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Truthout Daily Digest March 30, 2014

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Of Budgets, Values and Visions

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Truthout: A government budget expresses a deep vision accompanied by a corresponding scheme of ethical values. In America today, three visions rooted in different views about human nature and the good society offer distinct slants on budget priorities: the conservative, the liberal and the progressive.

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Suffragettes No More – The Long Struggle for Women’s Equality

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: Honoring women’s history in March each year is a bad joke as long as those who struggled for women’s equality are called “suffragettes” – the name the enemies of women’s rights used to belittle their struggle.

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Racializing Lung Function

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Lundy Braun’s Breathing Race into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics traces the peculiar history of how 19th century research on lung capacity laid the foundation for a “scientific” framing of racial difference in lung – and other – capacities.

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The Republican Plan To Invalidate Scientific Research

Kevin Mathews, Care2: Republicans are funding and generating alternative research that backs up their own claims. More than a dozen conservative senators are currently calling for an end to disclosure rules so that biased scientific studies can be presented as fact.

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NAFTA at 20: “A Vehicle To Increase Profits at the Expense of Democracy”

Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: On Thursday, the AFL-CIO released a new report, “NAFTA at 20.” The report makes the point that, “On the whole, NAFTA-style agreements have proved to be primarily a vehicle to increase corporate profits at the expense of workers, consumers, farmers, communities, the environment and even democracy itself.”

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Truthout Interviews Featuring Sheila D. Collins on Drought and Social Conflict

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: The drought in the West threatens that region’s economic viability and the US food supply. A regional water policy could draw on the prescient 19th century recommendations of John Wesley Powell or those of Franklin Delano Roosevelt some 60 years later.

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Drugmakers Agree to US Ban on Livestock Antibiotics

Carey L. Biron, Inter Press Service: Pharmaceutical companies have overwhelmingly agreed to new US government guidelines aimed at decreasing the use of antibiotics in the raising of livestock, new data shows.

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Chile Derails “Monsanto Law” That Would Privatize Seeds

Asha DuMonthier, New America Media: This month, rural women, indigenous communities, and farmers in Chile found themselves on the winning end of a long-fought battle against a bill that had come to be known by many in the country as simply the “Monsanto Law.”

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Meet the Plush GMO Mascot, Frank N. Foode

Rebekah Wilce, PR Watch: Frank N. Foode is “your friendly neighborhood genetically modified organism,” who helps “make the science of biotechnology fun and approachable.” This ear of corn sprouted eyes, white hair, and spectacles. The “cutest corn plush” is the mascot of Biology Fortified, Inc.

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Changing Israel From Without

Dennis J. Bernstein, Consortium News: For decades, one-sided support for Israel distorted US perceptions and policies in the Middle East. Only recently has the pro-Zionist narrative faced significant challenge, including protests against the abuse of Palestinians from Israeli dissidents like Ilan Pappe, who spoke with Dennis J. Bernstein.

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Venezuela: When Some of the Most Important News Comes in the Form of Corrections

Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research: It says something about overall media coverage of a subject when some of the most important news appears in the form of corrections. On February 26, The New York Times corrected a false statement in a news report that had incorrectly referred to Globovision as “[t]he only television station that regularly broadcast voices critical of the government.”

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This Week in SpeakOut:

Maunica Sthanki discusses Obama’s not-so-humane “humane” deportation policy; Addi Svarogic criticizes American media’s depiction of the Greek economic crisis; Dennis Trainor asks where we go after capitalism; Jennifer Pacanowski describes how the Iraq war is far from over for veterans and Iraqi civilians; David Swanson runs down the upcoming season of activist activity; David Krieger considers the Air Force nuclear launch cheating scandal – in poetry; the Woodchip Gazette questions why the CIA’s theft of documents from an oversight committee isn’t “Watergate II”; and more.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, March 31.

Anti-Fracking Activist Wins Round Against Major Driller in PA

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Beware the Surveillance Reform Trojan Horse: What’s Not in the New NSA Laws?

Read the Article at The Guardian

How a Government Computer Glitch Forced Thousands of Families To Go Hungry

Read the Article at The Huffington Post

New GOP Bid To Limit Voting in Swing States

Read the Article at The New York Times

Der Spiegel: NSA Put Germany’s Angela Merkel on List of 122 Targeted Leaders

Read the Article at The Intercept

A Legacy of Pain and Pride: The Profound Effects of War on the 2.6 Million Who Have Served

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Secret Oil Spill

Read the Article at Grist

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