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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, May 7, 2014

“Walking While Woman” and the Fight to Stop Violent Policing of Gender Identity

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Today a coalition of local and national LGBTQ and civil rights groups will unveil proposals to serve as a “roadmap” for the Obama administration to address the criminalization of queer people and people living with HIV. There’s a good chance the DOJ is ready to take note.

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Samantha Sarra, Truthout: The self-sacrificing courage and commitment shown by Sister Rachele Fassera, who followed and faced up to child kidnappers in Uganda, is the stand we all must take in the face of continued violence to, and abductions of, women and girls around the world.

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Just What Is Net Neutrality, and Why All the Fuss?

Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company: So far, the internet has remained mostly free without explicit neutrality regulations. But some ISPs want to charge a premium to provide content providers a fast-lane on the electronic highway. This has many worried that change could spell the end of an open, fair internet.

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Realistic Solution to End Voter Lines and Intimidation

Dina Rasor, Truthout: This has not been a good decade for voting rights. It seems like each state with a Republican governor and legislature has raced to see how difficult they can make it for people of color and poor people to vote. Vote-by-mail may be one route to ease voting difficulties.

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Occupy Wall Street on Trial: Cecily McMillan Convicted of Assaulting Cop, Faces Up to Seven Years

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: An Occupy Wall Street activist has been found guilty of assaulting a New York City police officer in a trial that critics say should have been about the police assaulting her.

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Ellen Brown | Robbing Main Street to Prop Up Wall Street: Why Jerry Brown’s Rainy Day Fund Is a Bad Idea

Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: There is no need to sequester funds urgently needed by Main Street to pay for Wall Street’s malfeasance. Californians can have their cake and eat it too – with a state-owned bank.

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After Pledge of Sunlight, Gov. Cuomo Officials Keep Their Email in the Shadows

Justin Elliott, ProPublica: Aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are sending emails from private accounts to conduct official business to skirt transparency laws.

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The War on Voting Comes Home

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Republicans say their voter ID laws protect against “voter fraud,” but really they’re only there for one reason and one reason alone: to keep people – mostly minorities and other Democratic-leaning groups – away from the polls.

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Paul Krugman | Just Blame the Naysayers

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: In a recent editorial, former central banker Jürgen Stark asserts if inadequate action from the European Central Bank leads Europe into a Japan-style lost decade or two, it’s the fault of all those critics who warned that this might happen. Krugman dissects his argument.

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Fans Move to Buy LA Clippers After Owner Is Banned From NBA

Christopher Zumski Finke, Yes! Magazine: After NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape in a racist rant, two fans have decided that the people of LA should own the team. They have started organizing fans to raise money for the purchase and make the Clippers a nonprofit organization.

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Privacy Tools: Encrypt What You Can

Julia Angwin, ProPublica: Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the inner secrets of the NSA, he has been urging Americans to use encryption to protect themselves from rampant spying. We don’t know for sure how successful the spy agency has been breaking encryption, but security experts still recommend using these techniques.

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Republicans Didn’t “Benghazi” Ronald Reagan Over Hundreds of GI Deaths in Lebanon

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is regrettable that four US personnel died in the 2012 Benghazi attack. However, the GOP obsession about the incident has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with the loss of lives.

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Taxpayers to Keep on Paying for Lawmakers’ Cars

Read the Article at The Washington Post

More Cops Have Died From 9/11-Related Illnesses Than on the Scene at Ground Zero

Read the Article at RT News

Pennsylvania College Gets an “F” for Selling Out to Fracking

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Student-Led Climate Victory: Stanford University to Purge $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

Read the Article at The New York Times

Putin’s Latest Law Forces Russian Bloggers to Register With the Government

Read the Article at Mashable

Report: Drug Cocktail in US Executions Banned From Use on Animals

Read the Article at The Guardian

Citgo’s Corpus Christi Environmental Crimes: Too Big to Punish

Read the Article at the Texas Observer

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Teenagers Sue US Government Over Climate Inaction | Al Jazeera

Teenagers Sue US Government Over Climate Inaction

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By Amel Ahmed, AlJazeera – May 4, 2014http://tinyurl.com/ms63p86

Young people across the country are suing several government agencies for failing to develop a climate change recovery plan, conduct that amounts to a violation of their constitutional rights, says their lawyer Julia Olson.

Their futures are at stake, say the young plaintiffs. “Climate change is the biggest issue of our time,” said 13-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, a member of nonprofit Kids vs. Global Warming, a plaintiff in the suit.

“It’s not every day you see young people getting involved politically but the climate crisis is changing all that. Every generation from here on out is going to be affected by climate change,” added Roske-Martinez, who also founded environmental nonprofit Earth Matters and organized successful actions in his hometown of Boulder, Colo.

The federal suit, which has made its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is part of a groundbreaking nationwide legal campaign spearheaded by youth and backed by some of the world’s leading climate scientists and legal scholars.

The case, filed by five teenagers and two nonprofits — WildEarth Guardians and Kids vs. Global Warming — representing thousands more youth, relies on the Public Trust Doctrine, which requires government to protect resources essential to the survival of all generations.

13-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez looks on during a hearing.

13-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez looks on during a hearing.

“With the United States as the largest historic emitter of carbon dioxide, the atmospheric resource cannot be restored without government action,” Olson told Al Jazeera.

Supported by more than 30 environmental and constitutional professors, the young plaintiffs name six federal agencies in their suit — the Environmental Protection Agency, Departments of Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and Defense.

“The welfare of youth is directly affected by the failure of government to confront human-made climate change, and unless the government acts immediately to rapidly reduce carbon emissions…youth will face irrevocable harm: the collapse of natural resource systems and a largely uninhabitable nation,” read the complaint.

In addition to the federal suit, actions were filed in all 50 states with help from Our Children’s Trust, an Oregon-based nonprofit that supports young people through legal efforts.

The scale of the campaign is unprecedented, according to law professor Mary Wood, faculty director at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the University of Oregon.

“Never before in the history of our laws have we seen a coordinated set of legal actions on this scale,” she said.

The monumental campaign matches the magnitude of the problem, supporters say.

“Because climate change is a recent phenomena, there’s no precedent. Judges haven’t had to face the climate crisis.”

—Mary Wood, Law professor

‘Atmospheric trust’

While many cases have applied the Public Trust Doctrine to bodies of water, it has not yet been judicially applied to the climate system, a relatively new concern.

Wood suggests the same logic to protect bodies of water applies to air. “Both are essential resources for our survival,” she said.

The trust’s application to the climate underscores a revolutionary legal strategy known as Atmospheric Trust Litigation (ATL), Wood’s brainchild.

Wood refined the public trust doctrine to fit the climate crisis. “Because climate change is a recent phenomena, there’s no precedent. Judges haven’t had to face the climate crisis.”

But ATL is not a significant departure from how the trust doctrine is already applied, said Wood.

“The purpose of the public trust is to protect critical resources that the public relies on for its very survival and welfare. The atmospheric trust approach simply applies the public trust doctrine to the atmosphere,” Wood said, adding that the government has a duty to safeguard these resources using “the best available science.”

That science was readily supplied by the young defendants in their complaint.

“We want the government to reduce carbon emissions nationally by 6 percent every year until we get down to 350 parts per billion,” Roske-Martinez said.

“This Congress doesn’t get to decide whether to protect our atmosphere. That’s a fundamental right belonging to the people.””

Those figures came from retired NASA scientist Dr. James Hanson, who provided the science undergirding the lawsuit.

—Julia Olson, Attorney for plaintiffs

Yet some critics argue that it’s not the role of the courts to legislate policy on climate change and that the task is properly left to the legislative and executive branches.

But Olson counters that the suit is not asking the court to dictate specific policy. “We’re not asking the court to prepare the plan. That’s an important distinction. The court would simply enforce a legal right and order compliance with the law,” Olson said.

“This is not a political question. This Congress doesn’t get to decide whether or not to protect our atmosphere because that’s a fundamental right belonging to the people.”

Grant Serrel, 17, a resident of Harrisonburg, Va. and plaintiff in the suit, told Al Jazeera that the outcome of the suit would have a direct impact on future generations of Americans.

“Our objective is to get urgent emissions reductions so we can protect the climate for future generations. If the government does not act now, we won’t be able to protect that right 10 years from now.”

“Instead of fighting us in court, Obama should work with youth to ensure a more sustainable future,” Serrel said.

The magic number

Dr. James Hanson © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

Dr. James Hanson © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

Hanson, the former NASA scientist who retired in 2013 to pursue political and legal efforts to limit greenhouse gases, worked with leading international climate scientists to develop a formula for carbon-emissions reduction geared toward restoring equilibrium to the climate.

“I agreed that I would write a scientific paper [for the plaintiffs] defining the requirements for stabilizing the climate to avoid disastrous consequences for future generations,” Hanson told Al Jazeera. “I wrote the paper defining what they need to ask for, after getting 17 of the best relevant scientists in the world to agree to work with me.”

His team found that the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide, or CO2 must be reduced to 350 parts per million (ppm) or below to avoid global catastrophe. In order to accomplish that, emissions reductions would need to occur at the rate of 6 percent per year, he said.

That precise formula would stave off the deterioration of the planet that would be significantly different than the one humans know today, Hanson said.

Environmentalist Bill McKibben wrote that the simple, straightforward and “mind-blowing bottom line” may define our future. “Three hundred and fifty is the number every person needs to know,” he wrote in the Washington Post.

The United Nations’ top climate scientist, Rajendra Pachauri, concurs. The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change personally endorsed a 350 ppm target in 2009. “What is happening, and what is likely to happen, convinces me that the world must be really ambitious and very determined at moving toward a 350 target,” Pachauri said in a 2009 AFP interview.

National security

Climate scientists and environmental advocates are not the only ones sounding the alarm.

Former top military officers have been calling on the government to stabilize atmospheric changes for years, calling it an urgent matter of national security.

CNA Corporation, a non-profit research organization, convened a Military Advisory Board (MAB) in 2006 consisting of an elite group of retired three- and four-star officers to assess the impact of global climate change on national security.

In April 2007, CNA released the MAB’s landmark report, National Security and the Threat of Climate Change, identifying key challenges that must be planned for immediately. “During our decades of experience in the U.S. military, we have addressed many national security challenges,” said the report. “Global climate change presents a new and very different type of national security challenge.”

The report concluded that the U.S. should commit to a stronger national and international role to help stabilize climate changes at levels that will “avoid significant disruption to global security and stability.”

But an EPA representative told Al Jazeera that the government already has in place a climate action plan.

“The EPA is making important progress in addressing climate change as part of President Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan. As part of that plan, the President called on EPA to reduce carbon pollution from power plants — the nation’s largest source,” the EPA representative said.

But experts say that plan falls short.

“The plan does not set science-based emission-reduction targets for climate recovery. The president’s stated goal of reducing emissions from 2005 levels by 17 percent by 2020 is not nearly enough to preserve a livable climate system,” Olson said.

Hanson said the plan has “disastrous consequences” for youth. “There is no real plan. On the contrary he is allowing and even encouraging efforts to extract fossil fuels that are harder to get at and are more environmentally destructive,” Hanson said.

“We have a say in the kind of world we are going to inherit.”

—Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez

Wood, the law professor, partly blames the fossil fuel industry for politicizing climate change and thwarting government efforts to combat the problem.

“The fossil fuel industry has a vice grip on two branches of government through campaign financing. Two branches won’t act because it’s politically not in their interests and that is why the judiciary must intervene,” she said.

Indeed, for every $1 the fossil fuel industry spends on campaign contributions and lobbying, it gets back $59 in subsidies, resulting in a 5800 percent return, according to Oil Change International, an environmental advocacy group.

The industry is so deeply entrenched in government, said Olson, that they’ve even joined as intervenors in the federal suit.

“The National Association of Manufacturers asked the court’s permission to participate as co-defendants with the government. So they sit side by side with government and they have argued that they have a right to pollute and emit carbon emissions.”

NAM did not respond to an interview request by the time of publication.

The fossil fuel industry’s dangerous influence should compel every young American to support the suit, said Roske-Martinez.

“It’s important that the youth of this country remind our representatives that their main purpose is to protect the people,” he said.

“We have a say in the kind of world we are going to inherit.”

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DIY Horse-Drawn Wagon Is a Ready-to-Roll Bakery Cart – DIY – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

I found this interesting and curious. I appreciate the return to non-petrol based transport and homemade tools of all kinds. At the same time tho, I’ve been following the campaign to end the use of horses for pulling carriages in New York city because of the suffering of the horses.

I would really like to see this kind of home built transport but using gear driven pedal power to allow a human (or two or three) to move cargo efficiently without enslaving animals.

I think we know enough about leverage and torque to do something like that fairly simply tho I would personally have to do a bit of research to find the information needed.

We currently have human pedal powered party buses and sight seeing trams in St Petersburg so obviously the engineering is available and possible.


Horse-Drawn Bakery Cart DIY Horse-Drawn Bakery CartThis wagon carries hundreds of loaves and pastries to market without a drop of gasoline. Horse-drawn vehicles should make a comeback, and this Vermont baker started the trend.

Jealous? You can build this auto-alternative.

DIY Horse-Drawn Wagon Is a Ready-to-Roll Bakery Cart

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Emmanuel Dagher: Energy Forecast May 2014-Did that Really Happen?

Emmanuel Dagher: Energy Forecast May 2014 – Did that Really Happen?

Emmanuelpeaceofficial1By Emmanuel Dagher, May 6 2014http://www.emmanueldagher.com/energy-forecast

Blessings My Friend, How have you been since we last connected, at the beginning of last month? In April’s Forecast, I shared that there would be several celestial alignments that would inspire rapid changes to occur in our consciousness, and that a big part of this change would include a profound purification of our mind, body and emotions.

The Solar Eclipse at the end of April was the exclamation point that closed the doorway to what was probably one of the most intense yet transformative times in the last 10 years.

If you glided through the past month completely unaffected by the intense energies, then you’ve probably reached a point of great balance within yourself. However, if you struggled with those profound shifts, know that you are not alone, and that you are exactly where you are meant to be on your path.

For many, the experiences of the last month have left them asking, “Did that really happen?”

The Release

Last month, many experienced the deeply rooted patterns that contribute to the creation of fear-based reality, which promotes separation, coming to the surface more potently than ever. These patterns came up so strongly this time around, right in front of our faces, so that we can free ourselves of them once and for all.

As a result of the massive release that occurred in April, many felt stretched to their breaking points. This might have shown up in areas such as personal and professional relationships, career, local environment, life purpose, and self-esteem.

Repressed personal experiences from the past (specifically from childhood) that we thought we had already worked through may have resurfaced, in order for deeper healing to occur.

The fact that we made it through this most recent intense cycle is a testament to our resilient nature.

After moving through a huge energetic releasing cycle such as we’ve all just experienced, there’s usually a quiet introspective period that follows. This allows us to reflect on what just happened.

For many, these introspective pauses bring out a wide range of emotions, sparking a heightened sense of sadness, confusion, exhaustion, then eventual relief and joy.

Again, know that this is completely normal. When a person’s whole world has been turned upside-down, it’s a given that an adjustment period will naturally follow.

The key to moving through this period is to love our way through whatever we are experiencing. That includes loving ourselves through every emotion, even if they may not feel the most comfortable.


Entering the month of May, we will have the opportunity to start feeling more grounded again.

When we ground, we instantly align ourselves into the present moment. It’s in the present moment that we operate from our most powerful self.

Becoming present allows us to transcend the illusions of time. It’s from this space of no-time (a place of non-attachment) that our greatest desired intentions can manifest into our experience.

Here are some simple things we can do to help us feel more grounded:
• Spending time in Nature
• Placing bare feet on Earth (soil, grass, sand)
• Focusing on mindful breathing
• Reflecting on the gifts of our 5 senses, allowing ourselves to fully be present with them (noticing the sounds, shapes, colors, textures, fragrances, tastes occurring in that reflective moment)
• Expressing gratitude daily
• Making time for joyful, belly-shaking laughter
• Looking into the eyes of those we interact with, and remembering that they are a reflection of the Universe

At first, the concept of grounding may seem a bit constricting. This usually stems from ideas that grounding insinuates a fixed or inflexible nature.

By being grounded, we instantly bring ourselves into the present, where again, we are at our most powerful.

It’s in the present that most of our freedom is experienced, because we are no longer bound to the past or the future. Consciously choosing to ground ourselves in the present moment leads to a life lived from a state of grace, flow and fluidity.


Now that April’s energies have passed, many of us are feeling a renewed sense of urgency regarding our life path. You may be experiencing a new level of discontent with your current job or life situation, and wanting to make some changes. You may also be feeling that you need to “get more done” in terms of your life purpose.

It’s natural to feel that way after a time of growth and release. But after making it through what has become one of the most challenging times for many on their spiritual journey, a well-deserved rest is in order.

This will give us the nourishment needed to feel renewed and replenished again.

Let’s release the need to “figure out” what our next steps need to be, and just use this opportunity right now to rest, play and lighten our loads.

Everything always works itself out when we choose to move out of our own way, and let the Universe take care of the rest.

Until next time,
Miraculously yours,

©2009-2014 Emmanuel Dagher All Rights Reserved www.emmanueldagher.comYou are absolutely welcome to share and distribute these forecasts with others as you feel guided. Please make sure to keep the integrity of this article by including the author & source website link.


Daily Kos :: Woman Sexually Assaulted by NYPD Convicted of Felony Assault

I would prefer not to post things like this because it is upsetting but if we remain silent and compliant we condone and allow evil to take over.

How many steps is it from this to Kristallnacht?
And do we as Americans want to find out?

Because if we don’t, then we had better stand up for what’s right instead of keeping our heads down until it’s too late. 😦


Woman Sexually Assaulted by NYPD Convicted of Felony Assault
by David Harris Gershon May 05, 2014 2:42pm PDT
If you have not been following the story of Cecily McMillan, you might suspect the above headline to be either exaggerated or tasteless satire. Tragically, it is neither.

The story of McMillan is a story of police brutality and the justice system’s propensity to insulate police from culpability, a story which takes place invisibly in urban centers in this country on a weekly basis. The only difference here is that McMillan, an Occupy activist who was assaulted during a police raid, gained national attention due to the cameras rolling and the high-profile nature of the event.

The assault happened on March 17, 2012, which was the six-month anniversary of the Occupy movement. Nonviolent activists had gathered in Zuccotti Park to mark the milestone, and that night police moved in to clear the park and make arrests. During the chaos, Officer Grantley Bovell grabbed McMillan’s breast from behind, swung her around and threw her to the ground, at which point she began to have a seizure and required medical help. According to her defense, she instinctively swung her arms when her breast was grabbed. According to Bovell and the prosecution, McMillan’s swinging elbow was all that mattered.

Bruising on McMillan induced by Officer Bovell grabbing her from behind. Image via McMillan and policymic.
During the trial, evidence concerning the violent way in which police cleared the park that night was suppressed. In many instances, physical evidence was tossed out, and the presiding judge, Ronald Zweibel, ruled that the context of the assault had no bearing or relevance. Of course, officer testimony was accepted and relied upon to paint a picture of McMillan’s brutal assault of a police officer.

Here’s Molly Knefel in The Guardian:

To the jury, the hundreds of police batons, helmets, fists, and flex cuffs out on March 17 were invisible – rendering McMillan’s elbow the most powerful weapon on display in Zuccotti that night, at least insofar as the jury was concerned.
That hyper-selective retelling of events to the jury mirrored the broader popular narrative of OWS. The breathtaking violence displayed by the NYPD throughout Occupy Wall Street has not only been normalized, but entirely justified – so much so that it doesn’t even bear mentioning.


[Which is why] it is the protesters who are remembered as destructive and chaotic. It is Cecily McMillan who went on trial for assault but not Bovell or any of his colleagues – despite the thousands of photographs and videos providing irrefutable evidence that protesters, journalists and legal observers alike were shoved, punched, kicked, tackled, and beaten over the head.

McMillan was fortunate to have an incredible support structure, both personal and legal – and yet even she ran into the buzzsaw of police brutality and a legal system’s propensity to brush such brutality under the rug. For today she was convicted of felony assault for that swinging elbow, an elbow that likely was not intended as anything more than a response to being grabbed by a stranger:
McMillan claimed that she swung her arm back instinctively only after having one of her breasts grabbed from behind while she was walking out of the park. Her lawyers showed photographs of bruising to her chest to support this. They said McMillan did not know that Bovell was a police officer, and did not intend to hurt him.
Not only has a violent police officer with a history of abuse gotten away with his crime, but a woman faces seven years in prison for reacting upon having her breast sharply grabbed from behind.
One of the two people in the park on the night of the incident was there in the interest of serving the public good, and it wasn’t the one in uniform.

And that person will be serving an extended jail sentence. Because we as a nation allow this to happen. Across this country. Every single week.


David Harris-Gershon is author of the memoir What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?, just out from Oneworld Publications.

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, May 5, 2014

Let Them Eat 1.6 Percent

Danny Katch, Truthout: Media gasps over New York City workers’ retroactive pay is one episode in the longer game of the rich contributing less in personal and corporate taxes, resulting in government workers being told there is no money while the 1% flaunts its wealth all around them.

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Chris Hedges | Capitalism, Not Government Is the Problem

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “The Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act, which permits the military to seize US citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. It means the nation has entered a post-constitutional era.”

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The World Has Nothing to Fear From the US Losing Power

Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian: In the 18th century, those who opposed democratic revolutions like that of the United States had dystopian visions of governance without monarchy. Now, our foreign policy establishment cannot imagine a multipolar world where the United States and its allies must negotiate more and give orders less often.

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The United States Military Junta

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Our military, thanks to the wording of the National Defense Authorization Act, now has the power to label us terrorists, capture us, lock us up in jail and hold us there without any regard for our constitutional rights to due process or to a fair trial.

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Ukraine Government Says It Has “Lost Control” in Eastern Ukraine as Pro-Autonomy Upsurge Deepens

Roger Annis, Truthout: Pro-autonomy votes in Ukraine will likely have damaging economic consequences for the people in the short term. But those couldn’t be worse than what European austerity programs have to offer. As people throughout Eastern Europe and Russia take inspiration from Ukraine, a new kind of destiny will take shape.

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Dean Baker | The New York Times Turns Paul Krugman Into His Opposite

Dean Baker, Truthout: By hosting columnists like Paul Krugman, The New York Times has helped to inform millions of readers on how the economy works. However, its writers and editors are subject to the same prejudices on issues involving deficits and debt as anyone else.

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Ecuador’s Digital Agenda: Bridging the Digital Divide and Laying the Foundations for a Knowledge Economy

Nate Singham, Truthout: Certain sectors of the Ecuadoran government would like to become less dependent on natural resource extraction as a source of economic growth and instead seek to create a digital- and knowledge-based economy.

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Can Net Neutrality Ensure Social Justice for All?

Daphne Holmes, Truthout: While social justice for all may seem like an unattainable ideal, it is still worth fighting for. Preserving net neutrality may be our last best hope for advancing the cause of global social justice.

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Church and State in America: A Brief Primer

Ira Chernus, History News Network: The Supreme Court has ruled that Greece, New York, can open its town meetings with a prayer, even though nearly all choices in prayers have contained distinctively Christian language. No doubt advocates and critics of the opinion are scouring the history of the United States, looking for proof that their views are correct.

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Despite Local “No” Votes, Teamsters International Declares UPS Contract Ratified

Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes: The largest private-sector union contract in the United States had been in limbo since last summer, as UPS workers around the country voted down their local supplements, sometimes more than once. Now the five-year contract is ratified – by fiat of the Teamsters International.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Big Oil Is Putting Money Behind the NRA, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Tornado season is off to a late, but deadly start this year in Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma; Big Oil has figured out where the real power is in the Republican Party, and they’re putting big money behind the NRA; the Supreme Court actually stands up for our environment; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

A Chief Justice in Alabama Won’t Tolerate Non-Christian Lifestyles

Kevin Mathews, Care2: A video shows Roy Moore, Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, declaring the Christian faith the one true religion, while simultaneously belittling other faiths – and secular law. How can a man who admittedly puts his faith above the nation’s laws be expected to interpret the law correctly?

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US Government Should Not Allow Civilians to Buy Machine Guns, Silencers and Grenades

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Did you know that there are about 500,000 machine guns registered to civilians in the United States? Yes, there is a machine gun loophole.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

Why the Super-Rich Should Pay Super Taxes

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

The Men Who Poisoned Charleston’s Drinking Water Now Have a “New” Business

Read the Article at Grist

Occupy Protester Cecily McMillan Found Guilty of Felony Assault, Faces Up to Seven Years in Prison; NYPD Goes Free

Read the Article at The Guardian

Leaked Documents Show How a Wall Street Giant Is Guaranteed Huge Fees From Taxpayers on Risky Pension Investments

Read the Article at PandoDaily

Beyond Donald Sterling, the Nation Faces a Larger Battle With Embedded Racism

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Private Documents Reveal How Big Restaurant Lobby Monitors Fast-Food Protests

Read the Article at Salon

Youths Sue US Government Over Climate Inaction

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America