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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 27 May 2014

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Dahr Jamail | The Future of Food?

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Global agricultural projection needs to increase by 70 percent, at a minimum, by 2050 in order to keep pace with a projected 40 percent increase in population by that time. A fish farm and vegetable garden in Houston, Texas could provide a blueprint for a sustainable and community-based solution.

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Activists Working to Transform LA County Sheriffs Hope Changes Will Apply for the Entire Country

Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout: Los Angeles activists’ vigorous push to reform the violent and corrupt Sheriff’s Department may develop into an effective national program to reduce police violence, racism and classism.

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Chris Hedges | Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Thomas Paine’s unrelenting commitment to truth and justice, along with his eternal rebelliousness, saw him later vilified by the leaders of the new American republic, who had no interest in the egalitarian society championed by Paine.

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The New York Times: Everybody Who’s Anybody Wants to Bomb Syria

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Why would the Obama administration want to get the United States more deeply involved militarily in Syria? Didn’t the US public – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – decisively reject this last fall? Didn’t Congress refuse to authorize it?

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The Government-Corporate Complex: Surveillance for the Money

Beatrice Edwards, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: The NSA’s surveillance programs are illegal as well as not useful for counterterrorism. Had the agency developed the in-house and inexpensive Thin Thread program instead of alternatives dictated by private financial interests, 9/11 might have been foiled and the Fourth Amendment might still have meaning.

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The Rights of Journalists in Decline Around the Globe

Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: Cracking any big story leaves journalists open to harassment. Harassment is one thing, however, but jail and torture are quite another. Around the globe, journalists have been experiencing a direct crackdown on what they are allowed to write and where they are allowed to go.

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If the Law Is Bullsh*t, You Must Acquit

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If you haven’t heard of jury nullification before, that’s not all that surprising. The powers that be really don’t want anyone to know about it because it represents a direct threat to the status quo.

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Derailing the Dynasty Train

Chuck Collins, OtherWords: The first implication here in the United States of Piketty’s work is for us to demand that Congress plug the holes undermining the US estate tax. Without timely action, we’ll see the rich become dynasties and everyone else robbed of opportunity.

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EU Safety Institutions Caught Plotting an Industry “Escape Route” Around Looming Pesticide Ban

Jonathan Latham, Independent Science News: EU documents newly obtained by the nonprofit Pesticide Action Network of Europe reveal that the health commission of the European Union is attempting to develop a procedural “escape route” to evade an upcoming EU-wide ban on endocrine disrupting pesticides.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Poor Are More Ethical Than the 1%

In today‘s On the News segment: The poor are way more ethical than the 1%; the city of Portland, Oregon is breaking up with Walmart; last week, news broke of yet another massive media merger; and more.

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Mexico and Monsanto: Taking Precaution in the Face of Genetic Contamination

Timothy A. Wise, Triple Crisis: To listen to the current debates over the controversial requests by Monsanto and other biotech giants to grow genetically modified maize in Mexico, you’d think the danger to the country’s rich biodiversity in maize was hypothetical. It is anything but.

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Hemp Defies Hurdles to Make a Comeback in Spain

Inés Benítez, Inter Press Service: Spain is experiencing a resurgence of hemp, one of the species of cannabis with the lowest THC content, which has been used for millennia to produce textile, medicinal and food products.

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BuzzFlash

If the White House Can Get Away With Outing CIA Chief in Afghanistan, Why Is It Clamoring to Prosecute Snowden?

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The Obama administration is now prohibiting designated officials from even responding to “state secrets” that are in the public domain and verified. Yet, it engages in leaking classified information, intentionally and unintentionally, with impunity when it is in its interest.

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How the Gun Nuts Try to Excuse Away the Santa Barbara Slaughter – and Why They’re All Wrong

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Greenwald to Name Americans Spied On by NSA

Read the Article at Crooks & Liars

Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. the Right: “Cosmos,” Christians and the Battle for American Science

Read the Article at Salon

Why Do These Tank Cars Carrying Oil Keep Blowing Up?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Instead of Austerity and Slogans, Vets Need a Fully Funded and Accountable VA

Read the Article at The Nation

Millions Worldwide March Against Monsanto

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Fifteen Things to Know About Australia’s Incredibly Effective Gun Clampdown

Read the Article at National Journal

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