Brian Moench, Truthout: Medical waste incineration never made any public health or economic sense, but now that the science overwhelmingly demonstrates its noxiousness, capitalist ideology prevents it from dying a necessary death.
Camilo Perez Bustillo and Azadeh N. Shahshahani, Truthout: On the fourth anniversary of the massacre, an international tribunal concludes that the United States, Mexico and several Latin American countries are responsible for state terror against migrants from combined effects of failed development and migration policies, free trade and the drug war.
James Hoff, Truthout: Minimum wage activists across the country are abuzz over the announcement that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed an executive order to increase the city’s living wage. While it’s a good start, all of New York’s minimum wage workers deserve a raise.
Helen Fields and Alanna Mitchell, Environmental Health News: After extensive research in Virginia, scientists have shown that mercury alters the very things that many birds are known for – their songs. Understanding why mercury-contaminated songbirds can’t sing their songs could help scientists learn more about how human brains are damaged, too.
Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: The Wisconsin Supreme Court could decide the future of the criminal investigation of Gov. Scott Walker, but some of the justices are faced with a significant conflict of interest: Two of the groups under investigation have been the dominant spenders in Wisconsin Supreme Court elections.
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: Terror-phobia leaves you feeling helpless and in need of protection. The only reasonable response to it is support for whatever actions your government takes to keep you “safe.”
Laura Flanders, GRITtv: “Decentralized power, electoral transparency and local decision-making about local concerns: Are those Hong Kong’s demands or ours? You tell me. Direct democracy: If it’s a good demand for Hong Kong, it’s a good demand in the United States too.”
Kristin Braswell, The Feminist Wire: Since the moment Michael Brown was murdered on August 9, women in Ferguson have played a critical role in mobilizing their communities to convict officer Darren Wilson. Like the women of the civil rights movement, their strategies, passion and relentless pursuit for justice has not stopped.
In today‘s On the News segment: Global inequality just keeps getting worse; Walmart decides to go into banking; three judges stand up for voting rights in North Carolina; and more.
Janine Jackson, Extra!: My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative announced by President Obama in February, was received benignly by the corporate press. Any effort to improve the lives of black men that meets with the hearty approval of Bill O’Reilly ought to set off a few alarm bells.
Richest Are Reducing Percentage Given to Charity as the Middle Class Gives More
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The economic trend of increased wealth for a few and a declining percentage of giving among the rich resurrects the infamous, plutocratic mantra that “greed is good.”
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