Dahr Jamail, Truthout: NASA emeritus scientist Robert Bindschadler, a former NASA glaciologist, discusses his concerns about Antarctic glaciers, why scientists are often loath to enter into the debate over climate change, massive sea level rise in the future, and what he thinks can be done.
Alexis Goldstein, YES! Magazine: A new round of international trade agreements threatens to increase corporate power over national governments. But news out of Germany suggests the deals aren’t inevitable.
Jeffrey Nall, Truthout: Progressive parent Jeffrey Nall explains that he and his wife, April, abandoned the K-12 education system for their children because of its promotion of obedience and conformity – and its failure to promote critical thinking and democratic values.
Sheila A. Bedi, Truthout: What happened behind closed doors at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s recent annual meeting will undoubtedly fuel the proliferation of Stand Your Ground laws, the expansion of the private corrections industry and regressive laws that funnel immigrants into jails and prisons.
Anna Brones, Care2: China began rejecting a variety of genetically modified US corn, and the rejection is reportedly costing American farmers upwards of $3 billion. The new corn gene has been waiting for approval from the Chinese government for four years.
Darius Shahtahmasebi, Truthout: Is the president’s bombing of ISIS in Iraq a backdoor means to direct involvement in the Syrian civil war? Does the United States oppose or support the Syrian rebels? The administration’s goals are suspect.
The Daily Take Team, the Thom Hartmann Program: Internet speeds in the United States average out around 20.77 megabits per second, which is less than half of the average internet speed in Hong Kong. For a country like ours, which invented the internet and is home to some of the world’s most powerful tech companies, this is just embarrassing.
Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, which the governor pledged would be the most transparent in state history, has quietly adopted policies that allow it to purge the emails of tens of thousands of state employees.
Rachel Roth, Moms Rising: Jails in Texas are endangering pregnant women and their fetuses, despite the state’s professed interest in “unborn babies.” The World Health Organization opposes the incarceration of pregnant women because of health risks.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Now it’s clear that no matter what they do, the mere fact of being a Democrat will bring accusations from Republicans that they’re atheist Islamic communists. So why not stand up for some liberal principles?
Natasha Raheja, Labor Notes: Members of the NYU graduate student union’s elected bargaining committee are speaking out against the union’s settlement strategy. They are asking for more transparency and direct member involvement.
In today‘s On the News segment: If we don’t fight back, more and more of the world’s drinking water supply could become contaminated; a Colorado farmer uses an abandoned prison to grow pot; a new Swedish study reveals musical ability may be hardwired into our genes; and more.
Truthout writers William Rivers Pitt and Dahr Jamail have collaborated on a new e-book that examines the history behind the chaos in Iraq. From PNAC to Bush, with vivid reporting from the scene, this book definitively explains why this is happening. Order The Mass Destruction of Iraq for Kindle now!
Public Gains From Tobacco Settlement Go Up in Smoke as Wall Street Profits
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to assert that the potential for a large scale educational campaign against the health risks of cigarettes has – due to Wall Street – been crushed.
US Rolls Back Oversight of Potentially Dangerous Experiments Involving Deadly Pathogens Ranging From Bird Flu to Ebola
Stand Your Ground States See an Increase in Homicides
White House Reverses Course: Now Allowing Lobbyists to Serve on Insider Government “Advisory” Boards
Edward Snowden: NSA Bot “MonsterMind” Can Start Cyberwar Automatically
Rachel Maddow: Anger in Ferguson Follows Record of Racial Disparity in Enforcing the Law
There’s Another Mammoth Global Trade Agreement You’ve Never Heard of
Pope Francis’ Meet Up With Two Controversial Religio-Preneurs