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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Apocalypse of the “Happy Meal”: The Cathedral of Cholesterol

Brian Moench, Truthout: All meat, especially beef, has much higher levels of pesticides and industrial chemicals than any plant food. The chemicals given to commercially raised livestock and added to their meat are a toxic stew; most grains fed to livestock are GMOs and they’re soaked in pesticides.

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“Government’s Arsenal to Destroy Revolutionaries”: Political Imprisonment Persists

Maya Schenwar, Truthout: Through recounting the incarceration of activists fighting for black liberation, Native American sovereignty, Puerto Rican independence, economic justice, the abolition of nuclear weapons and more, Dan Berger, author of The Struggle Within, illustrates how imprisonment serves as a political tool deployed by the state to maintain the status quo.

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Henry Giroux: Liberty and Justice for All?

Piya Chattopadhyay, TVO: Henry A. Giroux says the United States’ embrace of a surveillance state and culture of violence have replaced the values of freedom, liberty and justice, putting American democracy in jeopardy.

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The Abolitionist Echoes of Ferguson: White Privilege as Moral Duty

Michelle Corbin, Truthout: What are the responsibilities of those enjoying white privilege in a white supremacist society? The abolitionists offer inspiration in the fight against racism and structural injustice.

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Why the People of Ferguson Can’t Trust the Cops

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Several African-American men share with Truthout their stories of abuse at the hands of police, and after 12 days of continuous demonstrations against the shooting of an unarmed teen, Michael Brown, it appears that the community is in it for the long haul.

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The Same Hashish They Give Out

Bradford Betz, Truthout: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has accused CIA director John Brennan of domestic spying. It’s time for the Obama administration to hold Brennan and the CIA accountable for the Senate allegations and more.

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The “Holder Doctrine”: Bank “Settlements” With No Prosecutions

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Occasionally a pundit steps up to remind the public of the farce that passes for bank enforcement. The New York Times columnist William Cohan focuses on the deep internalization by Holder and the DOJ generally of the “protect the banks” mentality, which he calls the “Holder Doctrine.”

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Police Continue to Violate Press Freedom in Ferguson

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: Truthout’s Mike Ludwig reports on the suppression of the press in Ferguson: “If we are not allowed access to these points of conflict where protesters are interacting with police and people are getting arrested, it’s very difficult for us to hold [the police] accountable for any abuses they might perpetrate.”

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It’s Time for the Bill O’Reilly to Get Real About White Privilege

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: In a society like ours, where white privilege infects every single relationship, every single institution and every single decision we make, the shooting of an unarmed young black man by a white police officer doesn’t “just happen.” It’s time for white Americans to get real about white privilege.

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Laura Flanders | How the Largest Worker-Owned Co-op in the US Lifts People Out of Poverty

Laura Flanders, YES! Magazine: Cooperative Home Care Associates has 2,300 workers who enjoy good wages, regular hours and family health insurance. With an investment of $1.2 million into the cooperative sector, New York City is hoping to build on the group’s success.

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Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed: The Underrated Saudi Connection

Patrick Cockburn, TomDispatch: The “war on terror” has failed because the United States did not target the jihadi movement as a whole and, above all, was not aimed at Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the two countries that fostered jihadism as a creed and a movement.

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No Rights That a White Man Is Bound to Respect: The Occupation and Ethnic Cleansing of Africa-America

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends, Black Agenda Report: The illusion that African Americans are integrated into US society is only sustained during periods of détente. When the citizenry rebels against repression and racism, the state exercises the full range of its fine-adjusting tools, including tanks, armored vehicles and assassination teams armed with precision weaponry.

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Economic Update: From Ferguson to the Retirement Crisis

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode covers inequality and growth and the economic lessons from Ferguson. We also interview Professor James Russell on the retirement crisis in the United States. Plus, we respond to listeners’ queries about how the government subsidizes Walmart with food stamps and the economics of advertising.

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BuzzFlash

LA Police Officer Threatens, “If You Don’t Want to Get Hurt, Don’t Challenge Me,” in LA Times Op-Ed

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: An LAPD officer publicly writes that if people don’t do what a cop demands, they are responsible for any brutal treatment that they receive.

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Ku Klux Klan Holding Fundraiser for Cop Who Shot and Killed Michael Brown

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

How the Left Is Revitalizing Itself

Read the Article at The Nation

If You Think the Water Crisis Can’t Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

Read the Article at National Geographic

Behind Obama’s “Chaotic” Foreign Policy

Read the Article at Consortium News

As Pentagon Hints at More US Troops to Iraq, Voices Warn Against Further Military Intervention

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Thirteen Republican Climate Deniers Who Want to Be President

Read the Article at Grist

World Leaders “Failing to Help” Ebola Outbreak in Africa

Read the Article at The Guardian

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