There are so many good, important articles in today’s Truthout digest. I hope this one will be shared widely.
I grew very weary (and wary) of the so called “insider” reports that seem to be a perpetual rehash of “some huge wonderful change is about to happen next week…no next week….no really next week…” that consistently raised hopes to dash them over and over like Charlie Brown, Lucy and that football he never did get to kick.
Unlike the bait and switch nonsense purveyors, Truthout doesn’t tell us what to think, or lead us on with false empty promises of easy street delivered free by invisible forces of good.
Truthout gives us the real background and insider truths about the really real world we actually live in, so that WE can do something about them.
The “wait for your handout” shtick and meme has ONE purpose which it is quite effective at accomplishing; getting YOU to sit back and quietly accept the creep of fascism.
Much like the boiled frogs who could have jumped out while the water was lukewarm; we are responsible for our apathy and gullibility. Like them we can choose to jump or to pay the incredibly high cost of waiting.
Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Despite the widespread governmental denial of anthropogenic climate disruption, many signs indicate we are already past the point of no return, headed toward a “dead planet.”
Susan Ferriss, The Center for Public Integrity: Los Angeles’ top juvenile court judge, Michael Nash, objects to a plan to divert $13 million – originally intended to go to disadvantaged kids – to school police.
Dean Baker, Truthout: The government continues to pursue policies that continue high levels of unemployment. Instead of making policies that create more jobs, it has focused on reducing the deficit on the backs of the poor.
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: Deals that amount to NAFTA on steroids benefit corporations and hurt the rest of us. With people taking a back seat to profits, it’s no wonder our leaders are negotiating pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership behind closed doors.
Paul Koberstein, Cascadia Times: An analysis of new data reveals that highly toxic pesticides are being applied to GMO test fields on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at a much higher rate than on most US farms.
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Why haven’t any big bankers been prosecuted for their role in the housing crisis that led to the Great Recession? Wall Street’s secret weapon is a handful of Congressional lapdogs at the beck and call of the banks, eager to do their bidding.
Sikivu Hutchinson, The Feminist Wire: Although many white people have been negatively affected by the recession, the intense criminal policing of communities of color has buttressed white upward mobility.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged Presbyterians, meeting in Detroit, to name Israel as an apartheid state and divest monies from certain companies that contribute to the occupation of the Palestinian people.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If we truly want to have a health care system that works for all, than we need to go back to the days before Reagan, when the medical industry wasn’t a cash cow for Wall Street bankers.
Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: “Law” made in secret, including pretzeled legal interpretations by the Justice Department for the White House, opened the way to the use of torture on prisoners, and, in the Obama years, to the drone assassination of Americans.
Ray McGovern, Consortium News: Though the NSA says its mass surveillance of Americans targets only “terrorists,” the spying may turn up evidence of other illegal acts that can get passed on to law enforcement, which hides the secret source through a ruse called “parallel construction.”
Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance: It is evident to all, except those who want to go to war and refuse to follow domestic and international law, that no military intervention should be permitted without the approval of Congress and the United Nations.
Menacing Signs for Democracy: Pentagon Researches Nonviolent Protesters as Potential Terrorists
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Peaceful protest becomes regarded as a potential prelude to terrorism, perhaps because terrorism in the eyes of the government and military often is any (violent or nonviolent) threat to the economic status quo of empire.
Real Goal of Iraq War in 2003: Oil and Inciting Terrorism to Create Permanent Conflict
Fomenting a Revolution: Extreme Acts of Greed Against the American People
An OB/GYN’s Open Letter to George Will About His Rape Column
VA Punished Critics on Staff, Doctors Assert
Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: “No One Lives Here Anymore”
Puerto Rico Unions Threaten Strike Against Austerity Budget
Seven Talking Points You Need for Discussing the Iraq Crisis