Dahr Jamail | Farming for the Future
Dahr Jamail, Truthout: On the outskirts of Houston, Texas, a small farm that runs a community-supported agriculture operation is preparing people for the intensifying impacts of anthropogenic climate disruption.
Rania Khalek | Cities Fight Obama’s Deportation Machine
Rania Khalek, Truthout: “Secure Communities” was supposed to limit deportations to serious criminals, but the program has resulted in the arrest and detention of US citizens, “disappeared” immigrants, including political refugees, and deportations of people guilty of minor or no offenses. Communities are pushing back.
Dean Baker | The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality
Dean Baker, Truthout: To encourage efficiency, we would want a proper set of regulations and taxes and have them apply equally to everyone. The point is to encourage people to make profits by providing better products or lower cost services, not to get rich by finding clever ways to evade regulations.
What Happened in Last Summer’s Oil Train Disaster in Quebec That Killed 47
Roger Annis, Truthout: Details of the events surrounding the July 2013 derailment and explosion of an un-crewed runaway crude oil train in Lac Mégantic that killed 47 people certainly suggest that no plausible safety regulation can make these oil trains “safe.”
The GOP Is the Pro-Death Party
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Despite pretty solid evidence showing that conservative policies drive up suicides, lawmakers like Bobby Jindal are just fine continuing to help big business and the wealthy elite, while screwing over everyone else. It’s time to save American lives and stop the Party of Death.
Palau Moves to Protect Diminishing Fish Stocks in Face of Global Inaction
Patrick Glennon, Truthout: The commercial fishing industry depends on ecological destruction and worker brutality to produce cheap seafood. The island nation of Palau may have a solution: a moratorium on fishing.
Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids Are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will
Heather Vogell, ProPublica: Carson Luke, a young boy with autism, shattered bones in his hand and foot after educators grabbed him and tried to shut him into a “scream room.” Kids across the country risked similar harm at least 267,000 times in just one school year.
Ellen Brown | Buying Up the Planet: Out-of-Control Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree
Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: Central banks are on a global corporate buying spree, not to bail out bankrupt corporations, but simply as an investment, to compensate for the loss of bond income due to record-low interest rates. Central banks have become some of the world’s largest stock investors.
How Inequality Shapes the American Family
Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: We don’t like to think that economic forces can shape the most intimate aspects of our lives. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that inequality is changing not only American family structures, but the roles men and women play and the calculations they make in pairing up and establishing households.
On the News With Thom Hartmann: GOP Considers Government Shutdown to Protect Big Oil, and More
In today‘s On the News segment: Senate Republicans held appropriations bills hostage in an attempt to cut off funding for the Environmental Protection Agency; the Tokyo Electric Power Company recently started to build a giant ice wall in the ground around Fukushima, and they’re already running into big problems; the US should be ramping up efforts to fight climate change, but one state is doing exactly the opposite; and more.
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Two States Beef Up Oil-by-Rail and Pipeline Safety After String of Accidents
Elizabeth Douglass, InsideClimate News: Alarmed by a string of explosive and disastrous oil spills, two states recently passed laws aimed at forcing rail and pipeline companies to abide by more rigorous emergency response measures instead of relying on the federal government.
From Stand-Up to Twitter, a New Generation’s Fresh Take on Storytelling
Sarah van Gelder, Yes! Magazine: The new storytellers are writers, poets, musicians, documentarians, radio producers and others who are reporting the story of a new world being built around the frayed edges of the old. It’s a story that is invisible to those stuck in the old paradigm.