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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dahr Jamail | “Devastating” Impacts of Climate Change Increasing

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: In this latest climate dispatch, a massive collapse of an ice sheet in Western Antarctica has begun and, according to scientists, is most likely an unstoppable event that will cause an inevitable rise in global sea levels of at least 10 feet.

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Facing Growing Grassroots Pressure, Wheeler Revises Net Neutrality Proposal

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: A massive online protest to halt potential elimination of net neutrality – allowing web users to create and access whatever they want online, without interference from their broadband providers – is having an impact on the FCC, set to make a proposal May 15.

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Your Must-Do Assignment for 2014: Read This Chart and Pass It On

Dina Rasor, Truthout: If we don’t inject some logic and comprehension into the debate on military spending, we will continue to damage the well-being of our country and the world. Will you share this chart showing that the US is grossly spending more than all our perceived enemies combined?

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Glenn Greenwald | The Snowden Saga Begins: “I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear Is Light”

Glenn Greenwald, TomDispatch: “On December 1, 2012, I received my first communication from Edward Snowden, although I had no idea at the time that it was from him,” writes Glenn Greenwald in this excerpt of his new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Security State.

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Bayou Corne Residents Still Evacuated Nearly Two Years After Salt Mine Collapse Caused Sinkhole

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: It’s been almost two years since a salt mine collapsed in Bayou Corne, causing a sinkhole to open up and natural gas to spread under nearby homes. Since Aug. 3, 2013, a swath of Assumption Parish has remained under a state of mandatory evacuation.

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Surveillance Posing as Counter-Terrorism: Forward toThe Rise of the American Corporate Security State

Jesselyn Radack, Berrett-Koehler: “To comingle private wealth and public authority, US elites are promoting an antidemocratic legal regime that allows the exchange of consumer information among the corporations that now own the nation’s critical infrastructure,” writes Radack in this foreword to Bea Edwards’ The Rise of the American Corporate Security State.

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Did Reagan Kill Entrepreneurialism?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Before Reagan came to Washington, small mom-and-pop shops were the backbone of our economy. You could walk down any main street or strip mall in this country, and it would be rare to find a big-box retailer or a large chain store.

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When Propaganda Meets Social Media

Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: While breaking news and updates will always have a place in social media, it ought not to be the place where we form immovable opinions on larger global issues, because you can never know who is behind the comment, and who they are truly working for.

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Popular Rebellion Deepens in Eastern and Southern Ukraine as NATO and the Kiev Government Step Up Attacks

Roger Annis, Truthout: As the US and its allies attempt economic domination of Ukraine and to weaken and marginalize rival Russia, a popular revolution is deepening in eastern Ukraine, sparking the biggest political and military showdown in Europe since Yugoslavia during the 1990s.

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For US Mothers, Conservative Policies Can Be Deadly

Andrea Flynn, Next New Deal: For much of the last decade, maternal mortality rates have declined globally. But in the US, they have consistently increased. If conservatives have their way with social and economic policy, it’s unlikely the US will make significant strides to improve the health of mothers.

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Paul Krugman | A Push to Rethink How Banks Work

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “While bank runs may have brought things to a head during the financial crisis, the problems ran deeper; in particular, I’m strongly of the view that broader issues of excess leverage, and the resulting balance-sheet problems of many households, were key.”

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How Bill Clinton’s Welfare “Reform” Created a System Rife With Racial Biases

Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company: In 1996, Congress members “reformed” our existing welfare system in much the same way Rep. Paul Ryan wants to “reform” Medicaid: They killed off the federal entitlement and turned the money over to the states to implement new models of welfare as they see fit.

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Elizabeth Warren Keeps Her Eye on the Prize: Making College More Affordable

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: One of Elizabeth Warren’s great strengths is her disciplined approach to achieving progressive goals. Warren understands that focus is needed to break through the media filter.

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More Than 150 Same-Sex Couples Marry in Arkansas Amid State High Court Delay

Read the Article at Raw Story

The Impeachment Party

Read the Article at The New Yorker

Forced to Sign a Loyalty Oath to Catholic Doctrine, Some Teachers at Catholic Schools Are Rebelling. What Would Pope Francis Do?

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

The Fracking of Higher Education: Have Diplomas Become Toxic at Some Colleges?

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Will All-Out Liberal Opposition Scuttle Obama’s Judicial Nominee in Georgia?

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Senate Republicans Torpedo a Non-Controversial, Bipartisan Energy-Efficiency Bill

Read the Article at Grist

The SEC Has Revealed Astounding Corruption in Private Equity

Read the Article at The New Republic