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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday April 17th, 2014

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Autumnwood: A Community Living in Toxic Fear and Uncertainty

Daniel Ross, Truthout: The Autumnwood community of Wildomar, California, is riven by competing fears of toxic contamination and falling property values, while the one agency that should have provided swift answers, California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control, provides slow, inconclusive and suspect findings.

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Want to See Where Your Taxes Go?

Robin Claremont, OtherWords: The National Priorities Project has done the work for you. Using a customized tax receipt calculator, you can find out exactly how the federal government spent each penny of your 2013 taxes.

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Why I Stand With Monica Jones: My Liberation Is Bound Up With Yours

Laura Campagna, Truthout: If black skin and gender non-conformity when walking in the neighborhood where you live are allowed as proof of manifestation of prostitution, no one’s identity is safe.

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The Pay’s the Thing: How America’s CEOs Are Getting Rich Off Taxpayers

Susan Holmberg, Next New Deal: Income inequality will continue to rise unless we close the performance pay loophole and curb the growth of executive compensation. Nevertheless, there is potential for getting it done.

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US Anti-Tank Rockets in Syria: Did Congress Approve?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Tell Congress not to be a “potted plant” and weigh in on the US sending dangerous anti-tank weapons to Syrian rebels that could easily fall into the hands of anti-United States terrorists.

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Paul Krugman | America’s Thin-Skinned Billionaires

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The United States’ embattled billionaires are demanding, as their birthright, freedom from criticism. But when people with fragile egos have great power, seriously bad things can happen.

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Each One of Us Is a Toxic Superfund Site

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Thanks to weak regulations and safety standards, Big Chem has turned the United States into one giant science experiment, and we are all the lab rats, forced without our consent or knowledge to deal with the side effects.

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Scott Walker Asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to Review John Doe Dark Money Probe

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has asked the state Supreme Court to review the legal basis for the John Doe campaign finance probe looking at coordination between his campaign and third-party groups, but some members of the court have potential conflicts of interest in the case.

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How US Wars Came Home With the Troops: Up Close, Personal and Bloody

Ann Jones, TomDispatch: Like their civilian counterparts, a significant number of veterans evidently have yet to come to grips with the wars they brought home in their baggage – and in too many grim cases, they, their loved ones, their fellow soldiers and sometimes random strangers are paying the price.

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Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and “Natural” Food Fight

Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association: With the passage of the Vermont GMO labeling law, after 20 years of struggle, it’s time to celebrate our common victory. But as we all know, the battle for a new food and farming system, and a sustainable future, has just begun.

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Amy Goodman | Killing Nature’s Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: A new reports finds the killings of environmental and land rights activists worldwide has tripled over the past decade. The death rate is now an average of two per week, and almost none of the killers have faced charges.

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Economic Update: “Tax Injustices”

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on how inequality persists across generations; the nonsense of “taxes are job killers”; governor uses tax revenues to prevent unionization in a private enterprise. Major discussion of state and local taxes in the US; the economics of paying executives very high incomes; and the privatization of public services. Response to listener’s question on recent Medicare report on oversized payouts to doctors.

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BuzzFlash

Military-­Industrial­-Surveillance Industry Profits as the More Lethal Threat of Climate Change Is Ignored

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The military-­industrial-­surveillance complex is continuing to expand at great profit to many. However, it is hardly defending national security when it ignores global warming.

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The Deepwater Horizon Threat

Read the Article at The New York Times

Here’s What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like

Read the Article at Wired

OK, Humanity, It’s Time to Grow Up

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

The Hottest Conservative Campaign Gimmick of 2014: Free Guns

Read the Article at Mother Jones

What’s Next in Gay Marriage’s Legal Odyssey?

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Sex Scandal Rocks the Duggars’ Christian Patriarchy Movement

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Harvey Wasserman | UN Report: Renewables, Not Nukes, Can Solve Climate Crisis

Read the Article at The Progressive

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