Mike Lofgren, Truthout: As an inquiry into the complex subject of international terrorism, the 9/11 Commission’s 10th anniversary reprise is a slipshod farrago of circular argumentation, faulty reasoning and naïve gullibility about the claims of senior officials – but it does serve official Washington’s purpose.
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “The worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history is currently burning through several countries in Africa. In the strongest possible terms, I suggest the Centers for Disease Control, along with any and all pertinent federal and state agencies, pool their resources and go to Africa as soon as possible.”
Candice Bernd, Truthout: In a recently published study of scientific researchers, 64 percent of participants surveyed said they were sexually harassed or assaulted while doing fieldwork. It’s an overlooked issue that likely dissuades many women from entering careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thumbed his nose at John Kerry’s Gaza ceasefire proposal because Netanyahu believed he could count on Congress to undermine the Obama administration. But if enough Americans urged Kerry to continue to “stand tall,” he would.
Lauren Gazzola, Truthout: Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff’s terrorism indictment for allegedly releasing caged minks and foxes, along with efforts to enact so-called “ag-gag” state legislation that punishes undercover investigations and whistleblowing in animal agricultural facilities, suggest these laws infringe on more than civil liberties.
Santiago Navarro F. and Renata Bessi, Truthout: The map of Latin America is in full flux, with the recognition of indigenous peoples’ “ownership” of lands proving in some countries to be a disguised path to capitalist exploitation of the resources of those same territories.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Tomorrow, the American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its annual meeting in Dallas. According to the agenda, legislators will be schooled on how industry wants them to talk about climate change, with a heavy focus on the EPA’s new regulations. Corporate lobbyists from ExxonMobil, BP and Koch Industries will be crafting model legislation.
Chip Ward, TomDispatch: If we want to construct a healthy and resilient world for ourselves and our fellow creatures, we could do worse than look to the lowly beavers for hints on how it can be done. They build a vibrant world for themselves and so many others by weaving one small limb into another, stick by stick by stick.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The answer is that inflation paranoia isn’t a simple misunderstanding that can be corrected by pointing to evidence; it’s deeply embedded in the modern conservative psyche. According to that worldview, government action must, by definition, have disastrous results.
Bruno Odent and Translated by Isabelle Métral, L’Humanite in English: In June, WikiLeaks shed light upon an offensive launched by Washington, and followed by EU member states, to make it possible for multinational companies eventually to monopolize the trade in financial products and also the trade in all services on the great trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific markets.
Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: This year’s Paul Ryan excrescence, in the form of his poverty plan, is only a slight variation on his usual social Darwinist theme. Since wealth inequality is “in,” and deficit hawkery is “out,” the GOP has to be especially careful in this year’s framing of its inbred sadism.
Neha Tara Mehta, Moyers & Company: Besides struggling to make ends meet because of low wages, millions of part-time workers in the United States also face uncertainty over when they will be called in to work. Irregular schedules and last-minute notice make it hard for these workers to find other work, go to school and make arrangements for child care.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: While ending war and US empire would be monumental changes, they seem reasonable when we look at the predicament of the United States: The economy is failing, the world is looking for alternatives to the dollar, and the military has not won a major war since World War II and is stretched thin.
Leading Gun Zealot Wants Guns to Scare Members of Congress to Death
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Fanning the flames of fear that members of Congress could be shot is not only inciting violence, but it takes on a particular malodorous, offensive and heartless opprobrium considering the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords.
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