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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 20 October 2014

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Dahr Jamail | As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated”

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: As the signs of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption continue to escalate, a new study reports that climate change is “worse than we thought” because it is happening “faster than we realized.”

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The Evaporation of Democracy

Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: Democracy is evaporating. In our globalized world, new forms of colonization are emerging, and popular control over decisions that affect people’s freedom and well-being is becoming increasingly weaker. This can and must be stopped.

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Documents Show US Siding With Israel in Death of Its Own Citizen

Jessica Lee, Truthout: Documents obtained by the Center for Constitutional Rights show how the United States was complicit in hindering investigation of Israel’s execution of a US citizen and other crimes while halting the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, a humanitarian relief effort.

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Domestic Terrorism Allegations Appear to Be Used as War Propaganda

Alastair Sloan, Truthout: In the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, some terrorism investigations appear to be deliberate attempts to suggest domestic terror connections that will stimulate popular support for the war against Islamic State.

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Dean Baker | Ebola Hysteria Fever: A Real Epidemic

Dean Baker, Truthout: Thus far, the Ebola virus has infected three people in the United States that we know of, however Ebola hysteria seems to have infected somewhere close to 300 million. There are reports of kids being pulled out of schools and even some school closings.

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Dark Day for Democracy: SCOTUS Allows Racially Motivated Disenfranchisement of Texas Voters

Ernest A. Canning and Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: As the plaintiffs in the otherwise successful challenge to Texas Republicans’ polling place photo ID restriction law pointed out during their emergency petition to the US Supreme Court earlier this week, it was the high court itself that gutted a central provision of the Voting Rights Act.

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Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying: An Interview With Laura Poitras

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: Director Laura Poitras, like reporter Glenn Greenwald, is now known almost as widely as Edward Snowden himself for helping facilitate his entry into the world. Her new film takes you back to June 2013 and locks you in that Hong Kong hotel room with Snowden for eight days that changed the world.

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Did Louisiana Attorney General Caldwell Miss the CDC Memo That Incineration Kills Ebola?

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell got a temporary restraining order to stop the incinerated remains of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan’s belongings from being disposed of in Louisiana.

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Code Black Alert: Slave Patrols Alive and Well Across the US

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends, Black Agenda Report: Understanding the history of policing in the US-African community is important to developing an analysis and the ability to predict whether this criminal justice system is salvageable or needs to be completely reimagined.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The US Is Number One in Violence, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Violence is one of the only reasons the United States finds itself at the top of any charts; many colleges around the country will take as much of their students’ money as they can get their hands on; the top 1% own half of all the world’s assets; and more.

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Threat of Ebola Highlights Problems in the US Public Health System

Emily Cerciello, Next New Deal: The second case of Ebola transmitted in the United States was confirmed in Texas recently. Even more frightening, perhaps, is the sequence of events leading up to the transmission and the many questions it generates about the preparedness of the country in responding to public health emergencies.

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Obama’s Drone Strike Threat to Jonas Brothers Remains Despicable After Four Years

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Celebrities come and go, but presidential attempts at reprehensible humor leave a foul aftertaste.

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Pennsylvania Senate Stands Up to the NRA

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Lawsuits: Alabama Jailers Let Prisoners Die From Easily Treatable Illnesses to Save Money

Read the Article at Raw Story

Obama Could Reaffirm a Bush-Era Reading of a Treaty Which Would Allow Torture Overseas

Read the Article at The New York Times

Only 4 Percent of Drone Victims in Pakistan Named as Al-Qaeda Members

Read the Article at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

In Texas, It’s Easier to Buy an Assault Weapon Than to Vote

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

For Battered NFL Wives, a Message From the Cops and the League: Keep Quiet

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Matt Taibbi | The US Justice Divide: Why Crime and Punishment in Wall Street and Ferguson Are So Different

Read the Article at The Guardian

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