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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 16 June 2014

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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 | Atmospheric CO2 Crosses “Ominous Threshold”

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.”

Read the Article

LA Judge Objects to School Police Getting Millions Reserved for Struggling Students

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.

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Dean Baker | Doing for the Poor and Doing to the Poor

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.

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Recipe for Ripoffs

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.

Read the Article

The Kauai Cocktail

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.

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Bill Moyers | Wall Street’s Secret Weapon: Congress

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.

Watch the Video

The White Family: A Case for National Action

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.

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Anti-Apartheid Archbishop Tutu Calls Presbyterians to Back Divestment From Israeli Occupation

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.

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Health Care: Let’s Have People Over Profits Once and for All

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.

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What We’ve Lost Since 9/11: Taking Down the First Amendment in the Post-Constitutional US

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.

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How the NSA Criminally Aids Criminal Cases

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.”

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Hawks Push for Iraq War; the Rule of Law Prevents It

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.

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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.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

Real Goal of Iraq War in 2003: Oil and Inciting Terrorism to Create Permanent Conflict

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Fomenting a Revolution: Extreme Acts of Greed Against the American People

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

An OB/GYN’s Open Letter to George Will About His Rape Column

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

VA Punished Critics on Staff, Doctors Assert

Read the Article at The New York Times

Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: “No One Lives Here Anymore”

Read the Article at The Nation

Puerto Rico Unions Threaten Strike Against Austerity Budget

Read the Article at In These Times

Seven Talking Points You Need for Discussing the Iraq Crisis

Read the Article at Mother Jones

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