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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 7 October 2014

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Watching Our Health Go Up in Smoke

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.

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San Fernando Migrant Massacre: How US, Mexican and Latin American Governments Share Responsibility

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.

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Mayor de Blasio’s “Living Wage” Increase Is Too Little for Too Few

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.

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Heavy Metal Songs: Contaminated Songbirds Sing the Wrong Tunes

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.

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Justices in Walker Criminal Probe Face Conflicts of Interest

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.

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ISIS in Washington: The United States’ Soundtrack of Hysteria

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.”

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Laura Flanders | Demanding Local Power From Hong Kong to New York

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.”

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Not All of the Black Freedom Fighters Are Men: Black Women on the Front Line in Ferguson

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.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Global Inequality Keeps Getting Worse, and More

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.

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Michael Brown Had a Father

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.

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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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ISIS, Ebola and Why Fear of the Unknown Makes Us Stupid

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William Greider | Why Threats Against Obama Speak Volumes on Race in the US

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Stealth Evangelism 3.0: The Remarkable Resilience of the Religious Right

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Endless Flow of Weapons Fuels Endless War in Iraq and Syria

Read the Article at Common Dreams

Charles P. Pierce | Not Everyone Is Happy and Gay

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My Day at the Gun Nuts’ Confab: Blunt Talk, High Drama and Mass Paranoia

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How Fracking Just Got Worse for Your Health

Read the Article at EcoWatch

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