Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout: Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup has been linked to a mysterious fatal kidney disease epidemic that has appeared in Central America, Sri Lanka and India.
Brendan Fischer, PRWatch: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that included a drafting error copied and pasted from American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation. This isn’t the first time that ALEC politicians have pushed ALEC legislation without paying much attention.
Carmen G. Gonzalez and Angela P. Harris, Utah State University Press: Academia champions meritocracy and prizes the creation of neutral and objective knowledge for the betterment of society – values that are supposed to make race and gender identities irrelevant. But women of color too frequently find themselves “presumed incompetent” as scholars and teachers.
Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, OtherWords: The proposed $4 billion gas export terminal in Cove Point, Maryland, will surely spur more fracking around the country and boost natural gas exports at other ports. And while energy companies stand to reap big profits from such a move, the public would bear the fallout.
Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch: Though it’s seldom commented upon, the infrastructure for, the capacity for, and the personnel to staff a system of institutionalized state torture remain in place, ready to bloom like a desert plant in a rain shower the next time fear shakes the United States.
Kristina Chew, Care2: Yara Faris was arrested on December 8, 2013, and accused of “financing acts of terrorism” – all because she had provided food and assistance to Syrians displaced within their own country as a result of the three-year civil war.
Julia Angwin and Mike Tigas, ProPublica: If you downloaded the privacy software Tor during 2011, the NSA may have scooped up your computer’s IP address and flagged you for further monitoring.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: What if the dozens of developing countries across the globe that still rely on burning wood for energy jumped directly to renewable energy, and leapfrogged the whole carbon cycle? Well, that’s exactly what’s going on right now in rural India.
Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report: Campaigns and elections only make a difference when we use them to raise the questions that capitalism will not and cannot answer but which absolutely must be asked so people can begin to think outside the matrix, to visualize the world that we have to build.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: When talking about the taxation of wealth, what would happen to that revenue versus what happens if the rich get to keep the money? If the government uses the revenue to pay for social insurance and/or public goods, that’s likely to provide a lot more benefit to workers than the trickle-down from increased capital.
Apostolis Fotiadis, Inter Press Service: Plans by the Greek government to sell companies that handle the key resources of energy and water face serious obstacles, and its policy to offer investors exceptional privileges in an effort to boost interest in privatization is coming under strong pressure.
Sara Hsu, Triple Crisis: Inequality is not a new problem – it has been clear for years that China’s divergence in incomes of the lower and upper classes is a serious issue. It is, however, disconcerting that current conditions have only made this disparity starker.
Elizabeth Warren and Others Seek to Stop Supreme Court From Legislating From Bench on Contraception
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Terrorists are considered to be those people who create explosions that destroy lives; the 5-4 paper-thin majority on the Supreme Court, similarly, is conducting an ongoing demolition of democracy.
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