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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 20 May 2014

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu and David Krieger | We Must End the Madness of Nuclear Weapons

Desmond Tutu and David Krieger, Truthout: The Republic of the Marshall Islands has courageously taken the nine nuclear weapons-wielding countries to the International Court of Justice. The country aims to enforce compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and customary international law – and to rally support for life on earth.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: All eyes were on the Federal Communications Commission last week as the agency proposed rules marking its third attempt at establishing net neutrality regulations. This is our chance to tell the government how to guarantee a free and open internet. Here’s a rundown of key issues so you can make your voice heard.

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The Corporate Security State Is Shredding Our Constitution

Beatrice Edwards, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: No foreign terrorist shredded the Constitution, nor did we, as citizens, bankrupt the nation. However, powerful forces inside this country are doing that shredding – and intend to keep doing it. The real reason to be afraid is the unchecked rise of the Corporate Security State.

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The Greatest Modern Presidential Speech Turns 50

John de Graaf, Truthout: Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson chose not to believe Americans were condemned to “soulless wealth.” He elucidated a new ideal, “The Great Society,” valuing quality of life above quantity of stuff.

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How The War on Workers Is Changing

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: While the war on workers has been eating away at the income of working-class Americans, its ultimate goal is to turn the nation’s activist, working middle class into a disempowered, working poor class. To do that, the forces behind the War on Workers have to shift their focus to the state level.

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Under the Surface: Fracking Wastewater Proves Devastating to Mayflies

Roger Drouin, Truthout: Even highly diluted levels of fracking wastewater could have a deadly effect on mayflies, the fragile and beautiful insects long-considered a key indicator of stream health, according to a study by Pennsylvania-based Stroud Water Research Center.

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Oligarchy: As American as Poisoned Apple Pie

Rivera Sun, Truthout: The current struggle between democracy and oligarchy in the United States traces its roots back to the 1787 Philadelphia Convention where the wealthy elite pulled off a counter-revolutionary coup to stifle democracy.

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How a “New Secessionist” Movement Is Threatening to Worsen School Segregation and Widen Inequalities

Susan Eaton, The Nation: Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, new breakaway districts of whiter, wealthier students threaten to exacerbate resource disparities between wealthy and poor communities and sweep away any remnants of desegregation.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Net Neutrality Is Hanging by the Thinnest of Threads, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Net neutrality may be hanging on by the thinnest of threads; the Fight for 15 wave hits another major city; the US ranks number one in how badly we treat our nation’s new mothers; and more.

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Don’t Set Back the Clock on Juvenile Parole

Jean Trounstine, Jean Trounstine’s Blog: Massachusetts is in for some difficult years of litigation if it follows the path of Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, who filed a bill setting a minimum sentence of 35 years before any juvenile convicted of first-degree murder would be eligible for parole.

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Paul Krugman | When Government Intervention Works

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Government intervention has been a big success. Many fisheries have rebounded, to the benefit of both fishers and consumers. Fighting climate change isn’t really all that different from saving fisheries; if we ever get around to doing the obvious, it will be easier and more successful than anyone now expects.

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Rebecca Solnit | Feminism Has Just Started (and It’s Not Stopping Now)

Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch: Feminism is an endeavor to change something very old, widespread and deeply rooted in many, perhaps most, cultures around the world. It aims to change innumerable institutions and most households on earth. And it aims to change our minds, where it all begins and ends.

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The Pyramid Scheme of the 1% Should Be Illegal

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The more things change, the more they stay the same. That is the takeaway from a 1911 International Workers of the World poster illustrating the pyramid-wedding cake structure of workers generating wealth, but not partaking in it.

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Eugene Robinson | Disgrace: Heads Need to Roll at the VA

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A Rare Loss for the NRA

Read the Article at The Huffington Post

Police Abuse Black Political Activist as He Moves Into His Own House

Read the Article at Raw Story

Glenn Beck Supporters Turn on Him After “Operation American Spring” Failure

Read the Article at BradBlog

Did Scientists Just Solve the Bee Collapse Mystery?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Arizona Candidate Apologizes for “Most Mass Shooters Are Democrats” Remarks

Read the Article at Salon

The Politics of Climate Change This Summer Will Be Worse Than Obamacare’s

Read the Article at New York Magazine

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