Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Trapping carbon dioxide from burning coal and using it to extract more fossil fuels may seem like a counterintuitive approach to addressing climate change, but that’s exactly what the Obama administration hopes the industry will do.
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “Come November, if the Democrats wind up flopping and flailing for an explanation as to why they got routed at the polls, let me offer a succinct reply: You stand for nothing. You are the Washington Generals to the Harlem Globetrotters.”
Ellen Dannin, Truthout: In reading the US Treasury Department’s glowing new report on public-private partnerships, prescription sunglasses should be worn to separate truth from fiction.
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: The unemployment rate in September fell by 0.2 percentage points to 5.9 percent. This is the first time it has been below 6.0 percent since July 2008. There has been no acceleration in wage growth even as the unemployment rate has fallen.
Joseph Boutilier, Truthout: Here are eight reasons to be hopeful for climate action post-New York, and eight ways to stay active in movements that impact climate justice.
Emily Homrok, Truthout: When the processing of rape kits proves not to be a police priority, is it surprising that victims feel they – and their violation – are somehow not important?
Tiffany Williams, OtherWords: Realizing how much they have in common, low-wage workers from a variety of industries are joining together to demand a living wage, bringing many consumers along with them.
Yoichi Shimatsu, New America Media: The leadership and activist numbers are coming from Generation ’97: young people born during the 1997 handover of the then-British Crown colony to Chinese sovereignty. These youngsters, most still in high school, are finding themselves at the forefront of a populist struggle for electoral rights.
Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: Recruitment has soared within ISIS since the US-led coalition began its bombing campaign in the region. Although it seems incomprehensible to most as to why someone would want to join the Islamic State, there is one thing they all seem to have in common.
Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has endorsed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for re-election. The NFIB purports to represent small business, but receives much of its funding from big business interests including the Kochs, the far-right Bradley Foundation and Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS.
Robert Parry, Consortium News: With Hollywood set to release a movie about the Contra-cocaine scandal and the destruction of journalist Gary Webb, an internal CIA report has surfaced showing how the spy agency manipulated the mainstream media’s coverage to disparage Webb and contain the scandal.
Eunice Goes, The Conversation: For years, Westminster politicians justified their neglect of constitutional issues by saying there are no votes in the Constitution. But David Cameron’s statement in the wake of Scotland’s “No” vote suggests that this rather condescending view is about to change.