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Truthout Daily Digest | Saturday, 1 November 2014

Public Prisons, Private Profits

Victoria Law, Truthout: Private prisons hold only 8 percent of the US prison population. But for-profit companies have other ways of profiting from incarceration in local jails and state prisons.

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Bold Satire Skewers Political Missteps

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: In her new book, Snidelines: Talking Trash to Power, Susie Day uses wit and humor to critique contemporary politics, tackling subjects ranging from Occupy Wall Street, to political prisoners, to the hypocrisy of the religious right.

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At the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Fear Is the Entrée

Joseph Natoli, Truthout: Globalized techno-capitalism will own the future when it totally owns the spin-making machinery. Now, as in the past, its principle weapon in our “psychomachia,” a battle within the US cultural psyche, is fear – from Red Scares to al-Qaeda to ISIS.

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Americans Are Working So Hard It’s Actually Killing People

Esther Kaplan, The Nation: While 18.6 million people remain underemployed, millions of others are working more hours, and more intensely, than ever.

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A Kansas Group’s Push to Oust Judges Reveals a Gap in Campaign Finance Rules

Robert Faturechi, ProPublica: Judicial retention elections in Kansas have typically been apolitical and uncontested – until Kansans for Justice entered the fray earlier this month. Now state election overseers are grappling with a new kind of dark money.

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Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called “GamerGate” – and the Women Who Fight It

Christopher Zumski Finke, YES! Magazine: We can learn a lot about the future of culture wars from a “movement” of video game players angry about efforts to make gaming more welcoming for women.

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Obama’s “myRA” Accounts Come Up Short for Savers

Gerald E. Scorse, Los Angeles Times: Though President Obama pointed the way to a promising option for retirement savings with a government-sponsored account aimed at the millions of workers without access to an employer plan, the system has many flaws.

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Changing Everything: Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change

Making Contact, National Radio Project: In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that while it’s too late to stop climate change, we can save our civilization. But it’s going to take radical steps that will transform the way humans interact with the world.

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Resisting US Bases in Okinawa

Ayano Ginoza, Michiko Hase and Gwyn Kirk, Foreign Policy in Focus: Despite intense crackdowns, activists on the Japanese island of Okinawa continue to resist the construction of new US military bases.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

“Deporter in Chief” Obama Has Alienated Latino Voters

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

How Young, Independent Women Are Making a Space for Themselves in Pakistan’s Music Industry

Read the Article at Global Voices

Scalia’s New Obamacare Test: Will the Activist Judge Ignore Reason and Facts?

Read the Article at Salon

On the Fracking Ban-Wagon in Denton

Read the Article at Texas Observer

New Voting Restrictions Could Swing the 2014 Election

Read the Article at The Nation

Good for You, Kaci Hickox

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Virgin Galactic Crash: Inquiry Team Lands in Mojave

Read the Article at the BBC