Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Voters and policy makers are slowly moving toward reforms to reduce the harm of skyrocketing numbers of opiate-related overdoses, but in the meantime, many like Truthout writer Mike Ludwig and friends will share skills that “help us keep each other alive, healthy and safe.”
Sam Husseini, Truthout: “What is morally just and right – that’s not my job,” claims John Roberts, chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Would “Chief Legal Administrator” or “His Holiness” be a more accurate honorific?
John Logan, Truthout: Last week’s disclosure by respected Tennessee journalist Phil Williams concerning Republican dirty tricks in the Chattanooga union election demonstrates beyond any doubt that the GOP unlawfully interfered.
Ellen Cantarow, Truthout: Activists in Brockton and Salem, Massachusetts, are fighting new natural gas infrastructures that will endanger both towns’ citizens while delaying – not transitioning – any move to renewable energy.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: While candidates and political parties prepare their latest slogans for the midterm elections, current elected officials have been spending a great deal of time focusing on voter access.
Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: A new Showtime television series featuring Hollywood actors and award-winning journalists brings the issue of climate change alive with the full drama and suspense of a blockbuster movie.
Dean Baker, The Fresno Bee: Four simple tax changes could raise lots of money by taking away subsidies for rich people. They all make good economic sense, but they would take Washington away from its central purpose: using the government to take money from the rest of us and give it to the rich.
Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica: Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify the executive summary of its report about the CIA’s detainee program. It’s been more than five years since the committee announced its review. And it will be still more time before the public can actually read the report. Here’s what happened.
Emanuel Pastreich and John Feffer, Foreign Policy In Focus: The greatest dangers for the US do not lurk in terrorist cells in the mountains surrounding Kandahar. Rather, our vulnerabilities are homegrown. The US plays host to thousands of nuclear weapons, toxic chemical dumps, radioactive waste storage facilities, complex pipelines and refineries, offshore oil rigs and many other potentially dangerous facilities.
Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times: Robert Proctor, a professor of the history of science at Stanford, is one of the world’s leading experts in agnotology, a new word signifying the study of the cultural production of ignorance. He thinks that what you don’t know can hurt you and that there’s more ignorance around than there used to be.