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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 25 July 2014

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Wine, Not Gas! New York Residents Fight Gas Storage at Lake Seneca

Ellen Cantarow, Truthout: A company’s five-year-long drive to store massive quantities of fracked gas in abandoned salt caverns, prone to collapse, under scenic Seneca Lake – home to New York state’s premier vineyards – is nearing conclusion, with the final decision up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Next Step for Net Neutrality: Join Call for Regional Hearings

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: Our next step on net neutrality is to demand that the FCC commissioners come out of their federal building, which is infected with corporate lobbyists, and actually listen to the people. How do they do that? They hold hearings around the country where people have an opportunity to fully talk to the commissioners.

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“Mad Men” and the Triumph of the Insubstantial

Ben Agger, Truthout: The TV show “Mad Men” captures a moment when we began, slowly, to shift from substance to image, anticipating a laptop capitalism of the 21st century in which community is a message board and friends are the people one follows on Facebook and Twitter.

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How Public Pressure Got Two Mothers Out of Jail

Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: Crowdfunding and social media campaigns were important in gaining the temporary freedom of Jessica De Samito and Shanesha Taylor. But we must remember that their release is not – and should never be seen as – a substitute for abolishing a system that locks people up because they lack options.

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Secretary Kerry’s Gaffe May Reveal Hope for Compromise for Israel and Gaza

Danielle Higgins, Truthout: John Kerry inadvertently revealed the administration’s possible doubts about Israel. The Israeli narrative may lose traction as the public sees the reality on the ground in Gaza. If that happens, there may be hope for compromise.

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Amy Goodman | Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Bombed in Their Homes and in the Streets, Where Can Gazans Flee?

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Sharif Abdel Kouddous describes the scene just after he visited the southern town of Khan Younis, which has faced heavy shelling since Tuesday. Israeli forces there killed an estimated 73 people in the last two days. Kouddous says residents tried to evacuate starting Tuesday, but “found Israeli tanks blocking the main streets.”

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Running for Their Lives: The Child Migrant Crisis

Mitchell Zimmerman, OtherWords: “Given the major role the United States played in creating the child refugee crisis, we can’t tell those mothers and fathers their kids aren’t our problem. Most of us in this nation of 318 million people are the descendants of immigrants. We have room for child refugees who fear for their lives.”

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Workers Speak Out Against Work Schedule Abuse and Retaliation

Emily DiVito, Campaign For America’s Future: New data released by the Employment Instability, Family Well-Being, and Social Policy Network found that 46 percent of women say their employer determines their work schedule without any of their input. When American women have no control over their own work schedules, they have no control over their own lives.

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Not Much Better Than Bush

Amanda Ufheil-Somers, OtherWords: President Obama got it right when he declared: “There’s no military solution inside of Iraq, certainly not one that is led by the United States.” But his Iraq track record doesn’t mark much of an improvement over the mess his predecessor made.

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India’s Great Invisible Workforce

Neeta Lal, Inter Press Service: According to census data released this month, a whopping 160 million women in India, 88 percent of whom are of working age, are confined to their homes performing “household duties” rather than gainfully employed in the formal job sector.

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Obama Finally Reads the Riot Act to Corporations Who Abandon the US to Save Taxes

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Was President Obama channeling Elizabeth Warren’s populist message against companies that don’t pay their fair share of taxes? Well, for at least one day, it sounded like it.

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Palestinians Killed in West Bank Gaza Solidarity March; 200 Wounded

Read the Article at the BBC

Fast-Food Workers Advocate for Higher Wages at Chicago Convention

Read the Article at The Chicago Tribune

Michigan GOP Mayor Compares Atheists to Nazis, KKK

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Lawyers Call for Outside Probe of Torturous Arizona Execution

Read the Article at Reuters

We Are Arresting Poor Mothers for Our Failures as a Society

Read the Article at The Nation

Gaza Ceasefire Talks Deadlocked as Death Toll Tops 800

Read the Article at Newsweek

Growing Number of Cities Are Refusing to Cooperate With Immigrant Detentions

Read the Article at MSNBC

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