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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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“Socially Responsible” Capitalism Still Feeds the Disease

Toshio Meronek, Truthout: Capitalism with a conscience? That’s the idea behind so-called “socially responsible” investments – buying stocks in companies that are screened against an ethical criterion. But even these socially responsible investment companies invest heavily in the stock of tech corporations, which have poor human rights records.

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Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment

Ronan Burtenshaw, Truthout: Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence is less about nationalism than about the desire of those disenfranchised by neoliberalism to enjoy some measure of self-determination.

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Koch Foundation Proposal to College: Teach Our Curriculum, Get Millions

Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity: In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached. First, the curriculum funded must align with the libertarian philosophy of Charles Koch. Second, the foundation would control which faculty members were hired.

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Like a Dull Knife: The People’s Climate “Farce”

Quincy Saul, Truthout: As we approach global climate tipping points, we need to do more and better than the massive photo op People’s Climate March and An Invitation to Change Everything is likely to be. Here are some concrete suggestions.

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Is New Jersey Fudging Its Pension Fund Results to Defuse a Christie Scandal?

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: You cannot make stuff like this up: New Jersey, in its attempt to diffuse a pension fund scandal that implicates Gov. Chris Christie, looks to have committed the classic crisis management blunder of a cover-up worse than the original crime.

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The University of Illinois Fails on Academic Freedom and Free Speech: Why the Salaita Case Matters

David Palumbo-Liu, Truthout: The University of Illinois Board of Trustees’ recent decision not to reinstate Steven Salaita to the faculty at its Urbana-Champaign campus may not be surprising, but it is a scandal. The facts of the case suggest their explanations are wholly specious.

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Has Kansas Found the Cure for the Reaganomics Disease?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The people of Kansas, including Republicans, are realizing that Reaganomics isn’t the answer to the United States’ economic problems. They are seeing first-hand how enacting policies that only benefit the wealthy elite can bring an entire economy to its knees.

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What Will It Take to Create Climate Justice?

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance: All of the elements required to create climate justice seem to be in place. Despite this, the climate movement is unable to move US or UN policy or force the economic system to respond adequately to the climate crisis.

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Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: Reporter Lee Fang details how television analysts including retired generals Jack Keane and Anthony Zinni and former Department of Homeland Security official Frances Townsend have appeared on television recently, but their ties to military contractors were not disclosed.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: It May Take a Disaster for the US to Switch to Green Energy, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Apparently, it’s going to take a disaster in our nation to get the United States to make the switch to green energy; the “Western” diet is making people fat and sick all around the world, and processed foods are the most likely reason for that problem; workers at an Ohio coal waste landfill were told that coal ash was “safe enough to eat”; and more.

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Women Face a Catch-22 Despite Three-Decade Shift in Gender Roles

Evita March, The Conversation: As the presence of women in employment has become stable, differences in perceived masculine traits of employed men and women have disappeared. However, the disappearance of perceived masculine traits is associated with an increase in feminine traits.

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Illinois Poll Shows Strong Support for Higher Minimum Wage and Tax on Millionaires

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: In President Obama’s home state, a Chicago Tribune poll indicates that voters are ready to back modest steps to start tackling income inequality.

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Jon Stewart Obliterates GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham Over ISIS Fearmongering

Watch the Video at Comedy Central

US to Commit Up to 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola in Africa

Read the Article at The New York Times

No Thanks From an Ungrateful Nation: The Surge of Female Vets Living on the Streets

Read the Article at Truthdig

Climate Change Report: Prevent Damage by Overhauling Global Economy

Read the Article at The Guardian

The Demise of a US Group Backing Moderate Syrian Rebels Is a Bad Sign for Obama’s Anti-ISIS Campaign

Read the Article at Mother Jones

I Was Beaten by Chicago’s Dirtiest Cop, Lawsuit Contends

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

An Epidemic of Wage Theft Is Costing Workers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars a Year

Read the Article at The Economic Policy Institute

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