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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday April 27, 2014

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The Bleaching of San Francisco: Extreme Gentrification and Suburbanized Poverty in the Bay Area

Adam Hudson, Truthout: From tech shuttles to rising rents and evictions, to corporate tax breaks and hosing of the homeless, from closing public chess games to police attacks on black and brown residents, San Francisco sacrifices large swaths of its population for the benefits of “development.”

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Racism and Criminalization in the Media

Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout: A recent People magazine cover sparks consideration of the hiding-in-plain-sight but never-discussed racism that characterizes the United States and the ways US media subtly sustain that racism.

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In Love and Trouble: Climate Change and the Power of Honesty

Emily Johnston, Truthout: “Warrior up!” Even though we know there will be climate change tragedy no matter what we do now, we can still avert some disasters, save some species that would otherwise be lost and reduce the number of prospective victims – if we act.

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US Plutocracy and the Dodd-Frank Sausage Machine

JP Sottile, Consortium News: Anyone still suffering from the illusion that the United States is a democracy need only examine what has happened to the Dodd-Frank bill since its first iteration.

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Persecuted and Imprisoned for Environmental Activism

Samantha Sarra, Truthout: Around the world, environmental activists are imprisoned for peaceful acts to save us all.

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Truthout Interviews Bethania Palma Markus on Racism in the Media

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Bethania Palma Markus talks about the “invisible” racism on magazine covers and in news coverage.

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Earth: Game Over?

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: We’re in the middle of a sixth mass extinction, and this will be the first one – and possibly the last – we will witness as human beings.

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Why Getting Arrested to Resist Keystone XL Is Legally Justified

Jeremy Brecher, Waging Nonviolence: Direct action in protesting the Keystone XL pipeline is necessary to prevent a far greater harm. These actions represent not only the assertion of a public right, but also the fulfillment of a citizen’s duty under US law and the US Constitution.

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Ostracized and Isolated: Muslim Prisoners in the US

Kanya D’Almeida, Inter Press Service: For many Muslim citizens of the United States, ostracism has become a matter of routine, forcing family members of terror suspects to double up as legal advocates and political supporters for their brothers, husbands and sons.

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A First-Hand Account From the Turkish Border

Diego Cupolo, Toward Freedom: If and when military intervention is undertaken in Syria, the question remains: Where will the Syrian civilian stand when the dust settles?

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General Bentley Rayburn Is Wrong Regarding Air Force Academy Cadets’ Religious Rights

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The Department of Defense routinely places nontrivial restrictions on free speech as well as religious practice for the sake of maintaining optimal unit cohesion, morale, good order and discipline.

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This week in Speakout:

Lisa Guenther juxtaposes the hypocrisy of Tennessee Republicans criminalizing pregnant women who abuse drugs while bringing back the electric chair; Amir Azarvan asks if we need to define “consensus” to agree there is one on climate change science; Kevin Zeese calls for action on net neutrality; Rev. Osagyefo Sekou provides a new perspective on Jesus’ social position and its consequences; Rob Hager writes an open letter to the governor of Massachusetts asking how he can support the Supreme Court’s authority to further corruption with the McCutcheon decision; Felice Cohen-Joppa and David Polden decry the restrictions placed on anti-nuke activist Mordechai Vanunu by the state of Israel; the Institute for Policy Studies looks at the cost to taxpayers subsidizing restaurant executive pay; Science of Weed offers a moving video on the sometimes life-saving powers of cannabis; the Cornucopia Institute discusses expected backlash over weakened government regulations overseeing organic food; Lisa Guenther documents how the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) seeks to analyze, resist, and transform prison slavery from within the prison industrial complex; Black Star News explains why Secretary of State John Kerry should deny a visa to Uganda’s Sam Kutesa; Nuclear Zero describes the Marshall Islands lawsuit against the US for failure to honor its NPT commitments; Sasha Brookner details how her disagreement with Obama’s policies have caused her alienation from Facebook friends; and more.

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#NoKXL: Thousands Marched in DC Saturday Against Keystone Pipeline

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DC Thinks It Can Silence a New Snowden, but the Anti-Leak Hypocrisy Is Backfiring

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Chicago’s Violence Tied to Policies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Past

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How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target

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No Seat at the Table: The Invisible Victims of Detroit’s Bankruptcy

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California Considers Taxation for Excessive CEO Pay

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The NRA Way: Celebrate Buying Guns in a City Where Four People Just Got Shot

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal April 28 to May 4, 2014 Pam Younghans

Today‘s photo: Solar halos seen from Östersund, Sweden onApril 25, 2014 (photo by Göran Strand, posted onSpaceWeather.com)

THE NEW MOON that begins this week is also a Solar Eclipse, magnifying its potential for inspiring and urging us to make a new start in some area of our lives.

Although this is an eclipse, which can intensify our emotions in general, thankfully several facets of this eclipse are supportive and soothing in nature.

To begin with, this eclipse is in Taurus, a very grounded and usually stable sign. Not that Taurus doesn’t have its faults — stubbornness and resistance to change being at the top of the list — but at its essence, Taurus is about creating a supportive life on the physical plane and finding a level of inner peace that is not controlled by outer circumstances.

WE OFTEN THINK of the phrase “bull in a china shop” when we think of Taurus the Bull — head down, perhaps clumsy, stubbornly following its course in spite of evidence that the current path is not leading in a positive direction. But — perhaps because I am a Taurus — I prefer to think of Taurus as Ferdinand the Bull.

If you are familiar with that children’s book by Munro Leaf, you know that Ferdinand’s primary desire in life is to sit on the hillside and smell the flowers, in spite of attempts to get him to fight in the bullring.

It tells you a bit more about this story — and about the higher-vibrational qualities of Taurus — to know that Mahatma Gandhi evidently considered “Ferdinand the Bull” one of his favorite books. And, when the book was released in 1936, it was banned by Spain (which was on the brink of civil war) and was ordered burned in pre-war Germany.

WITH A SOLAR ECLIPSE in Taurus, we are meant to find new stability through reconnecting with our peaceful centerpoint, establishing a stronger connection with the Earth, and staying true to what we most deeply value.

Although Taurus is a very realistic, practical sign, there are definite spiritual overtones to this eclipse. Venus, the planet known as the “ruler” of Taurus, is in other-worldly, sensitive Pisces. And, the Sun and the Moon are in close, positive aspect to Neptune — the most “spiritualizing” planet — at the time of the eclipse.

These factors will help us both find that grounded center of peace, and build on the spiritual growth and insights that have been our constant companions recently.

MERCURY is also fully involved with the eclipse energies, being conjunct (very close to) the Sun and the Moon. With Mercury’s involvement, we anticipate that new ideas and plans are woven into the fabric of this eclipse — especially those that strengthen our inner resources and support the Taurean goals of inner peace, self worth, beauty, and ease.

Adding to the supportive nature of this eclipse, Mercury is in positive relationship with Pluto, Jupiter, and Chiron. When these planets work well together (as they are this week), our conscious awareness is expanded and we are more sensitive to the needs of others. We are also able to see more clearly our own wounds related to themes of Trust and Faith, to participate in the healing of those wounds, and to emerge from that healing with increased hope and a stronger commitment to fulfilling our higher mission on the planet.

Not too shabby, eh?

THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the location of the Solar Eclipse increases our anticipation of the positive effects of this lunation:

“A fully decorated Christmas tree: The ability to create inner happiness in dark hours.”

Certainly, many have experienced some dark hours recently, as together we navigated the intensity of this month’s Cardinal Grand Cross. While our physical reality often takes a while to restabilize after change, it is good to know that this eclipse is meant to help us in that regard.

And, in keeping with the Pisces/Neptune/Chiron influences we’ve already discussed, the last line of astrologer Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of this Sabian symbol tells us that the energy of this degree of Taurus “evokes our undying faith in cyclical renewal.”

Trust and Faith — always good companions to have on our journey.

EVEN WITH all this supportive energy, we should be prepared for a bit of a hiccup on Friday. Saturn will oppose Mercury, reminding us to do our research before we invest too fully (either physically or financially) in the ideas and plans that have inspired us this week.

This is not to say that our ideas and plans are faulty — but Saturn’s role is to make sure that we are grounded in reality before we commit to any endeavor. We can benefit from using the influence of this Saturn-Mercury opposition to check the facts and make sure we’ve understood all the ramifications of our decisions before we sign on the dotted line.

Blessings,

Pam

NorthPoint Astrology Blog: To read recent posts, please visithttp://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/. I look forward to your comments!


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The manuscript of survival – part 413

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Thank you Aisha!

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Mankind has for a very long time harboured great hopes for the future, and even if this hope may seem to be extinguished in a great majority of your fellow men, nothing could be further from the truth. For in each and every single soul on this planet lies that same dormant seed that you have managed to bring into life, and so, within each and every single soul on this planet lies the same possibility to evoke that dream into life. For you are made of the same stuff as the stars as we have told you over and over again, and so, within your very core lies all of the building blocks you will ever need to make that dream come into fruition. And even if you may think yourself outnumbered in such a way, your dreams have few chances to make it all the way to become…

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Look Who Came to Call on the Hummingbirds Today!

As always Cindy captures the beauty and spirit of these birds so that instead of static images each one is a living moment you are invited to experience. What a lovely break from all the serious and often negative news! Thank you Cindy!

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A Kestrel, which is a type of falcon.
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I didn’t think it was a friendly visit and the hummingbirds didn’t either!
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Kestrels like to hover in the still air and dive bomb their prey at up to 65 miles per hour. The Hummingbirds seemed to know this and cleared out tout de suite !
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All except for this juvenile who is not even fully fledged yet. He thought it was a great opportunity to dominate the feeder. Of course since I was out and about, the poor kestrel had to look somewhere else for his morning meal!
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And the juvenile hummer lived to fledge another day.
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When the kestrel left, the hummers returned.
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They are currently consuming approximately 32 ounces of nectar daily!
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The kestrel is divine isn’t he? He was quite unafraid. Life at The Holler is really ‘for the birds’ and that is fine by me!
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Guerrilla gardening, Freecycle and swap till you drop: how to live for free | Money | The Guardian

Guerrilla gardening, Freecycle and swap till you drop: how to live for free

Generation Y struggles for cash – but there are lots of ways to save money. From urban foraging to canoeing to work, here’s how to wring the most out of the free economy
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Monday 17 March 2014 14.32 EDT

It’s 8am on a Saturday morning, and four men are digging in the local park. One furtively scans his surroundings, while another jams his spade through the hard soil. A third sprinkles something over the ground, and the rest fill in the hole quickly, leaving a mound of freshly turned earth. These men are not attempting to dispose of a dead body. They belong to a guerrilla gardening group and they’re trying to plant enough herbs to last the community through the summer.

Nearly 18% of all 18- to 24-year-olds are out of work, and last year saw 3.3 million 20- to 34-year-olds move back in with mum and dad, according to Office of National Statistics (ONS). Some 20% of working 16- to 25-year-olds are also suffering from underemployment – working fewer hours than they would like. It’s difficult to thrive as a young person when real wages are falling 2% year on year, and you’re sharing your kitchen with your dad and the family dog.

But some are trying to make the most of a bad situation. With spare time comes greater opportunity for imaginative resource gathering – guerrilla gardening, for example. Professor Fleura Bardhi, from Cass Business School, believes that a growing number of people are being attracted to the “sharing economy”. Global consumption trends are changing, and “gift exchange” – sharing food, accommodation and transport – is a way to live more economically.

As young people struggle to survive, let alone save, the numbers following a freegan (freegan.info) way of life are also on the rise. Everyone wants to save a buck or two, and freeganism encourages its followers to fight against excessive consumerism and food wastage by reclaiming food that’s been discarded: cue dumpster diving and foraging.

Here are some ways to make the most of the free economy, live life to the full, and still have a little change to spare.

Food

Guerrilla gardening

Veggies growing up walls and down drains? Following the belief that anywhere can be utilised and beautified, guerrilla gardeners plant wherever greenery could be sustained, whether that’s on a roof or a roundabout. Richard Reynoldsbegan his blog in 2004 as a way of recording his planting activity around London. Reynolds thinks that gardening in this way is “immensely sustainable, as long as the gardener is committed and the landowner quietly tolerates it”.

The market town of Todmorden, west Yorkshire has become well known for its guerrilla gardening: Incredible Edible Todmorden plants edibles around town on grass verges and in the grounds of the local fire station. Best of all, anyone can pick the herbs they grow, making guerrilla gardening as much about community as it is about a tasty garnish.

Skip-diving

There’s currently a debate raging about whether skip-diving, or swiping what the supermarket considers to be out of date, clashes with the law. Technically, “dumpster diving” isn’t illegal, but divers can be pulled up for trespassing on private property, so keep an eye out for loitering security guards. Take a peek at the Frugal Freegan’s videos on YouTube for some freeganspiration.

Forage

Go to a high-end restaurant and you’ll notice that foraging is very “now”. But not all foragers are Michelin-starred chefs, nor do they all live near samphire-rich estuaries. In Sheffield, locals keen to forage fruits have set up a project called Abundance. Fruit is picked from private growers with a surplus of, say, plums (with the permission of the owner) and is then distributed to those who need and want the fruit. Similar Abundance projects can be found UK-wide, including in Nottingham and Birmingham. Walking around Elephant and Castle, an inner-city area in London better known for its 1960s tower blocks than parkland, I didn’t find any fruit, but I did locate some wild garlic, nettles (great for tea and soup) and grass. Clearly I’d have had more luck if I’d gone foraging with Penelope Greenhough, founder of Pickling Peckham: the urban forager’s guide. She reckons that “in season it’s possible to survive on basics [like rice or pasta] supplemented with foraging”.

Ask market traders

Vendors are often left with a surplus of food at the end of a day’s trading, and, like anybody who respects food, are often loth to throw it away. It’s best not to just take, though; market stall holders are keeping the community buzzing and need to earn a living, too. That said, popping along at the end of a trading day can result in an excellent assortment of produce. On a recent trip around south-east London’s greengrocers, I collected spaghetti, lettuces, soft, fragrant tomatoes and plump avocados, just approaching ripeness.

Hunt

Away from the city, adding meat to a freegan diet is possible – if you get permission from a landowner first. Phillipa Meek from County Durham followed a freegan lifestyle for nearly eight months, and, after seeking permission from a nearby farmer, hunted for rabbits and grew food in her back garden. It’s legal to hunt rabbits and rats under UK law, but how much pleasure you’ll get from a rat risotto is debatable. Check outbertc.com/subfive/recipes/cookingrats.htm for some classic rodent recipes.

Allotments Long waiting lists … allotments. Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Guardian

Rent an allotment

City dwellers with green fingers who lack garden space could consider signing up for an allotment to seed their own salad. While there are often long waiting lists for allotments, they’re normally relatively inexpensive: researchers at the University of Leicester estimatedthat the average annual rent is around 15p per square metre. Check out Allotment Garden for tips on what to do with your new patch of earth.

Go to temple

If the thought of skinning rabbits and combing the hedgerows for edible mushrooms all seems a bit too Good Life, then there are other options. Churches, mosques and temples all run soup kitchens to help the truly needy, but Rajinder Singh Bhasin, the president of theCentral Gurdwara Temple in west London, says that it is the Sikh tradition to offer hot food to “all visitors without discrimination of sex or creed”. After evening congregation, his temple serves up to 170 free vegetarian hot meals, and on Sundays that number rises to 350.

Clothing

Freecycle everything

If designer Gucci isn’t top of your wishlist, then clothing yourself for next to nothing isn’t as tricky as you might imagine. Clothes are more sharable and riper for “gift exchange” than other essential living items, which makes sourcing garments in the free economy easy. Sites like the Freecycle Network, a grassroots not-for profit organisation, and CraigsListoffer up white goods, furniture and clothing for no cost. The premise is simple: specify where you are and what you’re after, and chances are you’ll find someone giving it away. A quick search for “women’s clothes” came up with a “donator” just 800m away from my flat. Some adverts are vague – “bag of clothes”, “women’s coats” – and some specific – “eight pairs of cut-off size 8 Levis”. Free items, with stories behind them; what’s not to love?

Swap until you drop

For clothes lovers who want to try their luck, Mrs Bear’s Swap Shop lets you change your unwanted clothes for items others have brought in. This London-based swap shop makes sure that people get like for like, and only clean, wearable items can be swapped. There’s little chance you’ll bring in a cute pair of dungarees and walk away with waterproof fishing trousers – unless that’s what you’re after, of course. Founder Joanne Walters says: “My customers are experts in thrifty style – a lot of them say they don’t buy clothes any more, and are bored with the poor quality of mass production.” There are swap shops all across the UK from theSwansea Swap Shop to Swapz, an online market place that encourages people to exchange rather than bin their items.

Sewing Sewing … learn the basics first. Photograph: Alamy

Make do and mend

When I searched for “women’s clothes” on Freecycle, a huge number of adverts appeared for “bags of scrap material”. The bag I collected from an old lady in north London was bursting with trimmings from tasteful curtains and upholstery. For creative stitchers, it would have been a godsend, but if, like me, you’re more likely to stab yourself with a needle than create a Sound of Music eight-outfit masterpiece, it might be worth learning the basics first. Luckily you can do this for free. Sites like Skill Shareand Professor Pin Cushionprovide free lessons on how to tailor and work a sewing machine.

Housing

Low-cost central living

If you don’t fancy living in a squat but want some low-cost, city centre accommodation, take a look at Camelot Property Management. They offer a legal way to bed down in vacant properties – for a small price of course. Camelot advertises its services to property owners as a way to prevent “arson, squatting, vandalism and theft”. The renter is known as “live in, guardian security” but don’t worry – there’s no uniform or truncheon-wielding required. For properties in central locations, the costs are pretty low. A room in a former care home in Bristol starts at £30 a week including all bills, and, if you don’t mind resting your head in a former police station, rooms are available in London’s exclusive W1 postcode from £85 a week. This in an area where the average cost of a room in a flatshare is £260 per week.

One anonymous user of Camelot said that he saw “Camelot as being a sustainable, viable alternative for people who don’t mind not knowing when they are going to have to move”. According to Fiona Hanley, Camelot’s UK marketing manager, nearly half of the people using Camelot are between 25-35. “It’s mainly creative professionals, although we do get nurses and firefighters, too.”

Couchsurfing

If you want a roof over your head for absolutely no cost, then consider couchsurfing. The original couchsurfing websiteadvertises hosts and houses across the world. In Slovenia, I once stayed with two sisters who loaned me a kayak for the weekend and paddled alongside me, pointing out kingfishers and otters. All this in return for some stories of London life and a pot of vegetable soup I made later that evening. It can be quite feasible long-term in the UK, too. Kathleen Cassidy describes herself as “nomadic” and, as she is not paid for her community work, has spent the last six months living in friend’s spare rooms and on their couches, housesitting and couchsurfing. She rarely knows where she’s going to be living more than four weeks in advance and hasn’t spent longer than four weeks in one place, but says that it keeps her “survival instincts intact”.

When you don’t have an income, it can be hard to know what to offer to welcoming hosts. Cassidy thinks it’s important to repay in kind by contributing to the cooking and cleaning, but she warns that being nomadic isn’t for everybody. “It can feel like work because it’s another thing I’ve got to organise, but I love living with lots of different people. You’ve got to not care about having many possessions. As long as I’ve got essentials covered – food, shelter and social networks – then I’m OK.”

House-sitting

If you don’t have a particularly large (or generous) social network, then accommodation for free is still possible. Try websites such as Mind My Houseand Trusted House Sitters, which bring together house owners and sitters from across the world, providing a ready-made opportunity for nomadism.

Live off the grid

Living self-sufficiently or in a commune can work as a longer-term way to cut costs. Some communes, like Beech Hill Community in Devon, grow their own food and have come up with imaginative ways to generate electricity and dispose of waste. For more information on communal living in the UK,Diggers and Dreamers is a great resource and has lists of communes by region in the UK. Living off the grid with no electricity and no waste disposal is pretty tough to start with, but find an existing community to slot into and it’ll feel much easier – it’s estimated that 25,000 people in the UK follow this lifestyle.

Transport

Carpooling

Annual season tickets for trains rose an average of 2.8% this year so sharing a ride to work with a friend makes sense. Websites such as Lift Share and BlaBlaCarcan help to make the ride even cheaper by getting more people in the vehicle. A next-day, one-way trip to Glasgow from Manchester costs just £20 via BlaBlaCar; by train, this journey would cost nearly £70.

Running Swerve rising gym costs by running to work. Photograph: Corbis

Run, run, run

Council gym prices are said to have soared by £100 in the last 10 years. The answer is to run to work, according to Home Run London, whose slogan reads “Leave the Gym Behind”. Laura Price, a journalist from London, regularly runs to work: “I hate going on the tube at rush hour, and my 5km run gets me home even quicker.”

Scoot around town

Feed your inner child and save some bus money by investing in a micro-scooter. I had a go on a friend’s and crashed into a bollard, but not before I had been overtaken by a child. If, like me, you’re a little clumsy when it comes to small wheels, book yourself on to a scoot-safe course, but expect to be surrounded by minors whizzing about much more gracefully. Samuel Diserens, an analyst from Oxford, uses his scooter to dextrously navigate traffic jams: “it’s easier to control a scooter than a bike. Plus, when I need to hop on the bus I just fold it up and put it in my bag.”

Canoe to work

Yes, you read that right. Thanks to Britain’s industrial heritage, our cities are criss-crossed with rivers and canals, which makes using kayaks as an alternative form of transport a definite possibility. Katy Hogarth, director of Moo Canoes, hopes to make water-borne commuting in the capital more feasible for those who prefer to share their commute with carp and terrapins rather than blank stares and sweaty armpits.

Moo Canoes is also working on creating “access points” for people to secure their kayaks to, and Hogarth adds that “equipment is improving, with high-end collapsible kayaks hitting the market this summer”. However, she recommends starting with a club first as powerful tides on a river “shouldn’t be underestimated”.Kayaking London should be the first port of call to anybody considering kayaking as a feasible alternative to the London rat race, and Canoe England has a comprehensive list of clubs and opportunities in other areas.

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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Henry A. Giroux | Neoliberalism’s War on Democracy

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: In an excerpt from his new book, Giroux explains how four decades of neoliberal policies have resulted in an economic Darwinism that promotes privatization, commodification, free trade, and deregulation.

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The NSA Comes Home: Police Departments Conceal Phone Tracking Equipment From Courts

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Police departments across the nation are concealing their use of cellphone tracking equipment from local courts because of nondisclosure agreements which allow the departments to use the devices on loan – as long as they promise the manufacturer to keep it a secret.

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Prophecy Delivered! Martin Luther King Jr. and the Death of Democracy

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Truthout: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prophesied: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” One year later, he was martyred.

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The Story the Government Doesn’t Want You to Hear

Rivera Sun, Truthout: The stories from the frontlines of nonviolent struggle are not the ones shown on the evening news; they are human stories of hope and determination.

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Act Now to Keep Students Safe

Bill Lichtenstein, Truthout: Seclusion or restraint for students is much more widely used in schools than you’d think, and it’s endangering student health. The Keeping All Students Safe Act would outlaw the practice, but its passage in Congress is threatened because both of its sponsors are retiring.

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Three Things Obama’s New Clemency Initiative Doesn’t Do

Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica: Obama’s commutation reforms have been cheered by prisoners’ rights advocates who call them necessary. But the new initiatives don’t address other problems with presidential clemency, like racial disparity in pardons and covering every prisoner serving an outdated sentence.

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Will Climate Change Wash Away One of Louisiana’s Last Remaining Indigenous Tribes?

Tom Finn and Sam Kimball, System Change Not Climate Change: The way of life on the Isle de Jean Charles for the Biloxi-Chitimacha, the small Native American tribe who first settled on the isle in the 1840s and carved out an existence amongst its swamps and marshes, is now in jeopardy due to climate change.

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Five Ways American Policies Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial

Lynn Parramore, Campaign For America’s Future: Our society is increasingly designed by politicians indebted to the 1% for the express purpose of enhancing and maintaining the power of the very top rung. The rest of us are left to cope with a rocky, competitive life path that leaves us isolated and exhausted.

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Paying for the Climate Change Pivot

Emily Schwartz Greco and John Feffer, OtherWords: Fortunately, there’s a big pot of money available to avert a climate catastrophe. Accessing that money, however, requires cutting back on a different set of pollutants; the huge cache of weapons the world continues to produce.

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Judge Tosses Retaliation Lawsuit by Fired NY Fed Examiner

Jake Bernstein, ProPublica: A federal judge dismissed the claims of a former bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York who says she was fired for refusing to change her finding that Goldman Sachs lacked a firm-wide conflict-of-interest policy.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, April 28.

The New Gilded Age: A Bigger Con Job Than the First One

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The NRA Meets Its Potent New Foe: Moms

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Proof the Supreme Court Doesn’t Understand Racism at All

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A New Turn in the War on Whistleblowers and Journalism?

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Federal Prisons Throw Inmates in ‘Little Guantanamo’ and Don’t Have to Say Why

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Legislative Committee Investigating Bridgegate Subpoenaed by NJ US Attorney

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When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won

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‘NATO 3’ Sentenced to More Jail Time After Prosecutors Rabidly Invoke Boston Bombing

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Daily Kos Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Daily Kos Recommended

The comments on the Bundy articles are hilarious and many convey more information than the articles themselves.

I grew up in a tiny farm town in the rural South in the 1970’s. Jim Crow may have been illegal and integrated school required but the attitudes hadn’t changed at all.

I have rather light skin but after hearing thousands of iterations of ” one drop means your a n***er”, I was quite clear on my non-white status and what that meant.

We saw with the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the reactions including his murderer’s freedom that these attitudes have not significantly evolved in much of America even now.

I don’t know what needs to be done but I know complacency in assuming that these throwback cretins don’t represent a dominant theme in American culture is not an option.

As our country continues its slide into post Empire collapse and the economic hardship our endless wars have bequeathed us, such insanity will only increase as is evident in a cursory examination of the history of post WWI Germany.

If we cannot find ways to reweave the social fabric I fear the the spectre of increasing racial violence and another civil war may no longer be as ridiculous and impossible as it logically should be.
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