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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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