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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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Henry A. Giroux | Higher Education and the New Brutalism

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: The crisis of higher education is about much more than a lack of funding, an assault on dissent, the emergence of a deep-seated anti-intellectualism or its service to the financial elite; it is also about a crisis of memory, agency and politics.

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William Rivers Pitt | This Nation of Cowards

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Kaci Hickox’s quarantine is but one example of a nation that has entirely surrendered to its fears, both real and imagined, because those fears are a facile way for TV networks to get ratings, and for politicians to get coverage by stoking those fears.

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Victoria Law | What Do Private Prisons Have to Do With the Upcoming Election?

Victoria Law, Truthout: As Election Day draws near, what are some of the ways that private prison corporations support their candidates? What do they receive in return? Why should voters care?

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Judith Butler: On Israel, Palestine and Unacceptable Dimensions of the Status Quo

Dan Falcone, Truthout: Critical theorist and activist Judith Butler talks about Israel, Palestine, Gaza, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, US education, anti-Semitism, radical democracy, activism, inequality, solidarity and more.

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Does Crying Terrorism Trump Free Speech?

Chip Gibbons, Truthout: The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the appeal of Tarek Mehanna marks another step in the US government’s long history of attempts to curtail the free speech rights of dissidents.

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What Has Greed Cost the United States?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Virtually every societal problem in the US today can trace its roots back to the overwhelming levels of greed that have taken over our economy and society. While greed is destroying the US, other countries are saying, “Not so fast,” and are putting people ahead of profits.

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Concerned About ISIS, but Also About Endless War? Back Limits on the Use of Force

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Members of Congress can show that they back the public’s desire for a Congressional debate by supporting a new resolution setting limits on use of force. You can urge your representative to back the resolution.

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Monsanto, Big Agriculture Spend Millions Fighting Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms.

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E-Votes Flip D to R in Texas, R to D in Illinois: More Trouble With Touch Screens

Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog: “As early voting is now under way in much of the country, we are, predictably, beginning to receive our first reports from voters seeing their votes flipped before their eyes on touch-screen voting systems.”

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Black Freedom Fighters in Ferguson: Some of Us Are Queer

Darnell L. Moore, The Feminist Wire: “Not all of the freedom fighters are black men with masculine swag and pedigree. Not all of them are cisgender and straight and able-bodied. Some of us are women. Some of us are queer. Some of us are trans. Some of us are poor. Some of us are disabled.”

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“You Got Into My Heart Violently, but You’re There”

Studs Terkel, TomDispatch: “I can see myself dying. I think the process would be messy, the actual dying, death. But I don’t think I would be particularly bothered by the fact that death is inevitable. I’m not embracing death, but I’m not afraid of it.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: NPR’s Climate Coverage Has Declined Over the Years, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: NPR is supposed to be our national public radio, but it’s barely covering climate issues that are in the public’s interest; the World Trade Organization says you don’t need to know where your meat comes from; more than 24,000 Texans want climate denial removed from their children’s textbooks; and more.

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Paying for Cheap Chocolate

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: What if US consumers kept spending $20 billion a year on chocolate and bought a smaller quantity of higher quality? We might hand out smaller morsels too good to throw away. Here’s the best reason for higher prices: child labor.

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BuzzFlash

The Surveillance Security State Is a Cancer Spreading Through the Body of the United States

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: This cancer will continue to grow upon the US body politic until it is disinfected by sunlight.

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BP Gulf Oil Spill Left Rhode Island-Sized Oily “Bathtub Ring” on Sea Floor, Study Finds

Read the Article at The Associated Press

In Legalization Battles, Alcohol Defines the Politics of Marijuana

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Report Reveals Wider Government Tracking of Mail in US

Read the Article at The New York Times

How Dark Money Is Taking Over Judicial Elections

Read the Article at Mother Jones

The Blundering Rise and Epic Fall of the Christie-Cuomo Ebola Quarantine

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Texas Election Judge Forced to Bar 93-Year-Old Veteran From Voting

Read the Article at Crooks & Liars

A Catastrophe of Disenfranchisement

Read the Article at The New Yorker

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