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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 28 August 2014

William Rivers Pitt | The Iraq War Was a Smashing Success

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: By any vaguely human measure, the situation in Iraq is a US-made disaster of historic proportions. But for those in the “defense” industry, the specter of ongoing war and fear and death and weaponized mayhem is a fantastic return on their investment.

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From Freedom Summer to Black August

Dan Berger, Dissent: Thirty-five years ago, California prisoners founded Black August, a holiday to pay tribute to African-American history in the context of an ever-expanding carceral state. Through Black August, prisoners sought to demonstrate the personal power they maintained despite incarceration.

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Israeli Company Targeted by Oakland Blockade Imports Ammunition Into US

Darwin BondGraham, Truthout: Israeli-owned shipping company Zim, the target of recent port blockades organized by Palestinian solidarity activists in California, is importing millions of rounds of small arms ammunition into the United States each year.

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Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires

Lauren Windsor, The Nation: At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers, McConnell laid out his plan for shrinking the federal government and whined about having to vote on minimum wage bills.

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Street Sweepers, Part I: The Battle for the Cecil

Aaron Cantú, Beacon Reader: Downtown Los Angeles is home to two extreme phenomena: hyper-gentrification and a homeless population rising more rapidly than in any other city in the nation. No story embodies this more than the battle between activists and developers for the Cecil Hotel.

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You Don’t Know What “Libertarian” Means

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Libertarianism is not what most Americans think it is. From wanting to privatize health care, to doing away with federal agencies and eliminating minimum wage laws, libertarianism put the interests of billionaires and the wealthy elite first, and the interests of everyone else dead last.

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Why Wall Street and Consulting Firms Win at the Elite College Brain Drain Game

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: From the perspective of elite college administrators, steering more students to get big-ticket jobs creates a virtuous circle for the school: More well-heeled graduates makes for a bigger pool of income from which to solicit donations.

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Laura Flanders | Surplus Military

Laura Flanders, GRITtv: Obama says the review of surplus military equipment will be done by White House staff and “relevant” agencies, including Homeland Security and the Departments of Defense. But how about the residents in towns with all this firepower review the program? Especially those who have had police point assault rifles at their heads.

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Paul Krugman | The “Libertarian Moment” Will Have to Wait

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The libertarian vision of the society we actually have bears little resemblance to reality. Libertarianism is a crusade against problems we don’t have, or at least not to the extent that libertarians want to imagine.

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Ferguson: Living Through the Replay

Dr. Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte, The Rag Blog: As a society, we seem repeatedly surprised by the anger generated by educational inequity, vanished jobs, ever more income disparities, lost affordable housing and racial and ethnic profiling of those targeted. We seem not to hear our fellow Americans until these events replay and coverage lets protestors speak for themselves.

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Climate Crisis Connects Us, Climate Justice Requires Unity

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance: There are solutions to the climate crisis, but like all other real solutions, they will have to come from organized and mobilized people at the grassroots level.

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Economic Update: Corporate Economics

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode covers Burger King, French socialism, cellphone overcharging and Bank of America’s fine. We also address the advertising industry and the lack of an economic recovery. Plus, we respond to listeners’ queries about Michigan teachers’ union fight, the poor still being kept out of top US colleges and corporate stock buybacks.

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Romney May Run for President Again: Invasion of the Plutocrats, the Sequel

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: What this portends, given that the 2016 Democratic candidate for president is, at this time, likely to be a neoliberal on economics, is that the next presidential election is currently destined to be another horse race spectacle, rather than a serious discussion of potential structural changes in our economic system.

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Everything Is Already Broken, So Let’s Bomb Some More Stuff

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Russians Invading, Says Ukraine Leader; Tanks Reported Crossing Border

Read the Article at the Los Angeles Times

Chevron: Global Bandit, Local Bully

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A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, an Uzi and Outrage

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Elizabeth Warren Faces Angry Questions About Gaza at Town Hall

Read the Article at the Cape Cod Times

Charles P. Pierce | It Is Never About Race: A Continuing Series

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Your Cellphone Company Says Your Location Info Is Private. Think Again.

Read the Article at Mother Jones

St. Paul police violently arrest a black man for sitting on bench, waiting for his children (VIDEO)


St. Paul police violently arrest a black man for sitting on bench, waiting for his children (VIDEO)

Aug 28, 2014 10:38am PDT by Jen Hayden
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From the Twin Cities Daily Planet:
The video, shot by the man’s cellphone, shows his interaction with officers as he attempts to pick up his children from New Horizon Academy in downtown St. Paul. As the officers force the man to put his hands behind his back, he drops his phone and the video goes black, but the audio continues and we hear the man crying for help and proclaiming that his kids are watching. Both officers in the video are white.
“Why do I have to let you know who I am?” the man tells the first female officer at the beginning of the video. “I don’t have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws.”

More transcription from the video and the Twin Cities Daily Planet:
From the following dialogue, it appears the police were called by a store clerk, who was upset over the man sitting in front of his store. The man in the video tells the officer he was sitting in front of the store for 10 minutes as he waited for his kids to get out of school, and that the area is public and he had a right to sit there.
“The problem was —” the female officer begins.

“The problem is I’m black,” the man fires back. “It really is, because I’m not sitting there with a group of people. I’m sitting there by myself. By myself, not causing a problem.”

Eventually a second male officer approaches the man in the video and attempts to restrain him.

“I’ve got to go get my kids,” the man tells the second officer, pulling his arm away. “Please don’t touch me.”

“You’re going to go to jail then,” the second officer says.

“I’m not doing anything wrong,” the man replies.

See the incredibly disturbing video below the fold.

The outrageous incident actually happened in January, but police kept the confiscated phone for six months.
All charges against Chris Lollie, the man in the video, were eventually dropped:

The police report says the man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. Here’s the St. Paul PD’s official version of events:
Squad 524, M. Johnson/ 526, B. Schmidt were called to the First National Bank Building (332 Minnesota) on a report of uncooperative male refusing to leave. Officers later made contact with this male… who refused to cooperate and would not give his name. He was later arrested for Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstructing Legal Process (Citation #620900211109).

The man was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and obstructing the legal process, but those charges were later dropped.

More community discussion can be found in Lollardfish’s diary.


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The Last Half of August 2014-More Intense than the first | Denise le Fey (New post Friday August 29, 2014

I’m keeping Denise and her Mom in my prayers and sending reiki.

Unusual for Denise, a very personal and emotional post. Everyone who like me, has the utmost respect and admiration for Denise and who cannot donate; please join me in praying for her and her Mom.

It has been proven that prayer and intentions from many people at once are capable of affecting the physical world in positive and unexpected ways.

And since Denise is very often ahead of many of us in experiencing very similar processes, we may also wish to join together in praying for the collective, and for all on these similar spiritual paths.

What might be impossible for one may become a natural flow for us together in unity.

My understanding of unity and oneness “we are all One” has never included a loss of individuality. We are like the cells in our bodies-unique, individual, designed precisely for our own specific function but inextricably parts of a large coherent whole.

Imagine how difficult life would be if the cells in your liver couldn’t get along and work together. Or if parts of your digestive tract disagreed on timing of their jobs.

Then think how utterly amazing it is when all of our cells function perfectly together-it is truly a miracle despite how we take it for granted.

So now we are learning to be and function fully as ourselves, as functional parts of this larger organism (or organisms-Elizabet Sahtouris explained how the Gaia principle is operational at ALL levels from the subatomic to the Universe and possibly beyond).

I believe if we choose to focus our intentions, prayers and wills on healing, comfort and ascension with minimal trauma for all we will not only help one another and ourselves, we will take a necessary step forward into the NEW natural way of being.
Blessings to all,

New post on HighHeartLife

Second Half of August 2014: More intense than the first!

by Denise

(Artist unknown) This is for my readers who, from 5D HighHeart awareness feel/sense/know that something big is up with me now. I’ve always felt all of you but I know more and more are feeling me now too as this is a primary aspect of what life, consciousness, reality and being is within a […]

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Denise | August 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM | Tags: 2014 Ascension symptoms,Ascension Angels, Ascension Process,clairaudience, clairvoyant vision, end of each season intensities, facing fears to make space for higher frequencies & consciousness, fears and emotional pains, higher consciousness, human and nonhuman angels, living with High Heart consciousness, low consciousness | Categories: New Consciousness, New Worlds | URL:http://wp.me/p3TaTL-Ei

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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 27 August 2014

With This Decade’s Climate Policy, Expect More Warming Than if Nothing Was Done at All

Bruce Melton, Truthout: Since 1986, we have emitted as much carbon dioxide as we emitted in the prior 236 years, yet climate policy has only become approximately 13 percent more stringent. New knowledge suggests currently proposed policy will likely cause more warming in critical short-term time frames than if nothing was done at all.

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Reflecting on Ferguson: When the Cops’ Safety Is “Number One”

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: When police officers say that they are in some kind of danger, homicide becomes “justified,” and the lives of black men become expendable, so the argument goes.

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Elite Attackers of Public Schools Don’t Admit the Impact of Economic Inequality, Racism on Education

Mark Naison, Truthout: Current school reform policies represent a brilliant tactic to avoid dealing with the real causes of poverty and inequality, while making public school teachers and their unions scapegoats, writes Mark Naison, in the Progressive Pick book, Badass Teachers Unite.

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Employers’ Opposition to Birth Control Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Robin Marty, Care2: The reason work-arounds on birth control coverage via employer insurance aren’t working isn’t that they truly infringe on so-called religious liberties. It’s always been about breaking down the Affordable Care Act.

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Greek Crisis and the Dark Clouds over the American Economy: An Interview with Dimitri B. Papadimitriou

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: If the Greek crisis is nearly over as the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the Greek government like to proclaim, what about the 27.2 percent of the population that remains unemployed and the widespread poverty across the nation?

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Summer of Market Basket

Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout: Are the Market Basket grocery store chain strikes simply meant to bring back the employees’ ousted, popular boss, or are they leading to demands for broader changes?

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A Rising Tide Only Lifts All Boats When Everyone Has a Boat

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If we’re serious about fighting poverty here in the United States, the best thing we can do is actually give people the resources they don’t have to pull themselves out of it. And yes, this means transferring wealth.

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Let’s Treat Assad Fairly – Like Any Other Pro-West Dictator in the Middle East

Robert Naiman, Truthout: The US government’s unwillingness to overthrow the Assad government in Syria should not be a litmus test of US commitment to promoting democracy and human rights in the Middle East.

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Auto Mileage Reports Should Reflect Reality

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang, USA Today: Auto advertising in the United States often misleads about the actual fuel economy of a given vehicle. In response, the Federal Trade Commission is reviewing rules that give automakers great leeway in how they advertise gas mileage. Tougher controls are overdue.

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The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed

Claudia Ciobanu and Silvia Giannelli, Inter Press Service: Thousands of people joined a human chain across Germany and Poland demanding that burning coal as a source of energy be left behind where it belongs – in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Shaking Down the Elderly for Student Loan Debt Should Not Be Allowed

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Why not just forgive the interest on all student loans owed by anyone receiving Social Security? Or, as a consumer attorney suggests, forgive the loans entirely for seniors in financial need?

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Irreversible Damage Seen From Climate Change in UN Leak

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David Sirota | Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist

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Dozens of Police Departments Suspended for Losing US Military-Grade Weaponry

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Honor James Foley, Executed by ISIS, by Building Peace

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Rachel Maddow: Evidence in Shooting Calls Suicide Ruling Into Question

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The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism

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Cheney’s Legacy: Honesty Still in Short Supply

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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 26 August 2014

LA Police Refuse to Release Information on In-Custody Deaths, Community Pushes Back

Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout: Many questions remain as the Los Angeles Police Department refuses to release autopsy reports and the names of officers involved in the shooting death of unarmed black man Ezell Ford, and the beating death of Omar Abrego in South Central. Frustration grows in a community already mistrustful of police.

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The Banality of Police Militarization: How Champaign-Urbana Acquired Its MRAP

Brian Dolinar, Truthout: How did a small college town in central Illinois get a massive mine-resistant armor-protected truck from the federal government? Internal communications show how one local law enforcement agency, like many across the country, acquired hand-me-down military equipment from the Department of Defense.

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Colonization by Bankruptcy: The High-Stakes Chess Match for Argentina

Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds, which have been trying to force it into an involuntary bankruptcy. The vultures are demanding what amounts to a 600 percent return on bonds bought for pennies on the dollar.

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Education, Inc.

Tim Scott and Deborah Keisch, Truthout: “Reform” mechanisms are a huge success for the profiteers who are responsible for designing and implementing them. These profit-driven education policies are systematically undermining democratic control of our schools.

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About 620,000 Military Families Rely on Food Pantries to Meet Basic Needs

Michelle Chen, The Nation: This month, a new report found that the nation’s food pantries serve 620,000 families with a member in the military – another troubling indication that service members battling against poverty must often rely on the generosity of our charities.

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A Carbon Tax Is Absolutely Essential

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Putting a price on carbon encourages less fossil fuel extraction and a rapid move to clean energy. With even a modest carbon tax – that doesn’t even end the subsidies to big oil, coal and gas – fossil fuels instantly become more expensive than renewables.

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If Liberal Zionism Were Dead, What Actions Would That Imply?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Liberal Zionists have been unwilling to fight politically for their stated beliefs – a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine – or use nonviolent political pressure tactics to force the changes in Israeli government policy that they want.

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Food Fights: The Contested Terrain of the American Dinner Plate

Ben Agger, Truthout: The United States cannot afford food capitalism, given the interaction between health care costs and the Western diet. Nearly half a century ago, feminists put bodies on the political agenda. There they remain, as we struggle over what to have for dinner.

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Amy Goodman | Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of US Invasion of Iraq

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Militants from Islamic State stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing it from government forces. Fighters from Islamic State have seized three Syrian military bases in the area in recent weeks. This comes as the Pentagon considers expanding its airstrikes to include targets inside Syria.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Tens of Millions of Americans Struggle With Hunger, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: In the richest nation on earth, tens of millions of Americans are struggling to find enough to eat; should our government have a “kill switch” to turn off cell phone communication?; billionaires in the United States are fine with exploiting workers, but Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim wants to strengthen the Latino middle class; and more.

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General Honoré, Enviro Groups Call for Strengthening EPA’s Proposed Refinery Pollution Standards

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Former General Russel Honoré – founder of the Green Army, a coalition of environmental groups – became an advocate for clean air and water after being invited to Bayou Corne, Louisiana. He visited the community as the first anniversary of its sinkhole disaster approached.

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Paul Krugman | Bad Decisions Yield Grim Results in Europe

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Just a few months ago, Europe’s austerians were busy congratulating themselves, declaring that a modest upturn in southern Europe vindicated all their actions. But now the news is looking grim, with industrial production stalling out and good reason to fear yet another slide into recession.

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Burger King’s Big Whopper: It Will Incorporate in Canada to Evade US Taxes

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: People in the United States can still make personal choices to resist corporate betrayal. One option is to become vegetarian: It’s a healthier lifestyle, and has the added advantage of teaching corporations who use the United States for profits – but flee it for lower taxes – a lesson.

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Thyroid Cancer in Young People Surges in Fukushima Since Nuclear Meltdown

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There Are No Angels – What The New York Times Won’t Tell You About the Ferguson Shooting

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Eugene Robinson | For Black Youth in the US, No “Mistakes” Allowed

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Attorney: New Audio Reveals Pause in Gunfire When Michael Brown Was Shot

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In Defiant Action, Pipeline Protesters Lock Themselves to Trucks

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Is This Ebola’s Tipping Point?

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

When Journalists Go Missing

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