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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 16 August 2014

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The Right’s New Strategy on Climate: Criticizing Billionaires’ Spending

Candice Bernd, Truthout: A report from the Republican minority on the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works asserts that a few billionaires and environmental foundations are conspiring to “spread propaganda” against the use of fossil fuels. But the minority’s contributions from the oil and gas industry reveal the duplicity of their claims.

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What Happens to a Society When It Turns Against Many of Its Children and Imprisons Them?

Nell Bernstein, The New Press: Abuse of the young inside state-run juvenile prisons is both rampant and extreme. A federal survey published in 2010 found widespread abuse and maltreatment in US youth corrections facilities. More than one-third of youth in secure corrections facilities or camp programs reported that staff used force unnecessarily.

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A Dangerous Mixture in “Poison Valley”: Neoliberalism, Pesticides and the Kaua’i Anti-GMO Movement

David Mitchell, Truthout: For the first time in history, County Council in the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i blocked a citizen-led petition to stop further GMO development until corporations could prove the safety of their practices on the island.

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In a Profession Plagued by Homogeneity, a Philosophy Conference Delivers Diversity

Danielle M. LaSusa, Truthout: Although professional philosophy has long suffered a lack of racial, gender and intellectual diversity, the Diverse Lineages of Existentialism Conference offers a model for inclusion and growth of the discipline and its community.

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The Scary Economic Trend Making Americans More Job-Insecure Than Ever

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: Like a dismal cloud spreading over the sky to blot out the sun, the gray economy is trapping millions of Americans in a dark world of haphazard and insecure jobs, few or no benefits, nonexistent chances for advancement, and little recourse if they get screwed.

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Back in Iraq: We Only Want to Save You

Danny Schechter, War Is A Crime: Suddenly, the country we never wanted to have to think about again is back in the news and our military agenda. After denials that troops would be sent back, US boots are back on the ground in Iraq.

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California Supreme Court Nixes Corporate Personhood “Advisory Measure” From November Ballot

Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: The “Overturn Citizens United Act,” or Prop 49, will not appear on California’s ballot this November after all. The state Supreme Court in California has intervened to remove the measure from this year’s general election ballot.

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Ya Basta: How Zapatismo Has Influenced the US

Making Contact, National Radio Project: The indigenous-led Zapatista movement is a group in Chiapas, Mexico working to bring democracy to their country and their local communities. Twenty years after their founding, the group’s influence has spread far beyond Mexico’s border through music and art.

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Panicking Over Deficits Is Not a Solution

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Saying the United States is bankrupt is hyperbole; more important, it’s not helpful. You can argue that it’s better to avoid abrupt changes and put things on a glide path to sustainability, but efforts are afoot to scare people into preemptively dismantling the welfare state.

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Fundamentalist Christian Leader Blames Me for Air Force Academy Rape Epidemic

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation hits back at fundamentalist Christians attacking his efforts to keep bullying by the religious right out of the Air Force.

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The Mass Destruction of Iraq: The Disintegration of a Nation: Why It Is Happening and Who Is Responsible

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!

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Ferguson Shooting: Police Under Pressure After Linking Michael Brown to Robbery

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Dante Parker’s Family Hires Attorney

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Obama’s Message to Netanyahu: Weapons With Strings Attached

Read the Article at Haaretz

Paper Boys

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The Day More Than 800 Egyptian Protesters Died: One Year Later, Remembering the Horrific Raba’a Massacre

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“This Is Our Home”

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Pro-Peace Rally Held in Tel Aviv Amid Gaza Truce Talks

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