Dahr Jamail, Truthout: A recently released draft report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that anthropogenic climate disruption is fully upon us and will dramatically worsen unless something is done immediately – on the level of a wartime response.
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: If you are a cadet in training with the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy, good news! Beginning at 8 am on October 24, you are welcome to attend a seminar titled “OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING – YOU CAN WIN WITH THE MEDIA.”
Matt Surrusco, Truthout: At the largest climate march in history, which saw some 310,000 people converge on New York City streets on September 21, individual activists and organizations made a point to tie climate disruption to those seen as most responsible – major corporations, the financial industry and the governments that allow them to pollute with impunity.
Dean Baker, Truthout: The government openly acts to ensure that wages don’t rise, and it also protects Wall Street high flyers who managed to sink their banks with their bad bets. Maybe an economist will win a Nobel prize for figuring out why inequality is increasing.
Emily Johnston, Truthout: If you generally avoid reading about climate change (out of paralysis, fear or grief) or wonder whether there’s any hope, or what hope would even look like in the context of a biosphere in crisis, read Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything.
Astra Taylor and Hannah Appel, TomDispatch: In the past, US higher education has always been associated with upward mobility, but with student loan debt quadrupling between 2003 and 2013, it’s time to ask whether education alone can really move people up the class ladder.
Alexis Goldstein, YES! Magazine: Kicking the polluters out of the negotiations may sound like wishful thinking. But there is a precedent: the global effort to regulate the tobacco industry.
Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: Philadelphia will soon become the largest US city where you can have marijuana and smoke it too – at least without going to jail. Rather than arrest, being caught with anything under an ounce of marijuana will carry with it a $25 fine and a citation.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Take issue with J Street, which seeks a two-state solution in the Middle East and also supported strikes on Gaza, but any plausible vision for a future progressive victory includes J Street in the winner’s circle.
In today‘s On the News segment: Senate Republicans block legislation aimed at closing the gender pay gap; voters in Sweden say “no” to austerity; our government may have bailed out Wall Street, but Rolling Jubilee is bailing out students; and more.
Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: A study published in the current issue of Health Affairs found that hospitals in the United States spend about twice as much per capita on administration as the seven other countries studied.
Amy Fallon, Inter Press Service: According to the State of Uganda Population Report 2013, four out of every five of Uganda’s 17.3 million women are employed in agriculture. The majority of these women work as subsistence farmers.
Cartoonist Jen Sorensen – whose work will now be featured weekly on Truthout – gives right-wing Obamacare naysayers a dose of their own medicine.
Nearly Annihilating Native Americans Led to Abandoning a Respect for Nature’s Limits
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Day by day, as global warming accelerates, we are in need of developing an economic system that is connected to the soul of the earth.
Flood Wall Street Protesters Risked Arrest at New York Climate Change Sit-In
Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels
Climate Riders Roll to Fight the Corporate Climate Killers
Pentagon Allows Police Accused of Civil Rights Abuses to Apply for Military Gear
US Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms
How Rich Old White Men Are Taking Lunch Money Away From Inner-City Black Kids
Worldwide Marches: John Kerry Says to Take Climate Change as Seriously as the Fight Against Ebola and ISIS