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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 3 November 2014

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Computerized Vote Rigging Is Still the Unseen Threat to US Democracy: It’s Time to Change the System

Victoria Collier, Truthout: While the United States is already roaring with stories of visible attacks on democracy in the 2014 elections, other countries have banned electronic voting altogether, upholding citizens’ right to oversee their vote count by casting and counting paper ballots in public – still the gold standard in election integrity.

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Noam Chomsky | The Leading Terrorist State

Noam Chomsky, Truthout: “It’s official: The United States is the world’s leading terrorist state, and proud of it.” That should have been the headline for the lead story in The New York Times on October 15, which was more politely titled “CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels.”

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Vote Counts and Polls: An Insidious Feedback Loop

Jonathan D. Simon, Truthout: The author of CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Centuryexamines how a series of corrupted elections can contaminate pre-election and exit polls and what that means as we try to make sense of the results of election 2014.

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“I Have Just Been Ordered Not to Speak”: Reasons for Greek Public Broadcasting Shutdown

Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: In this episode chronicling Greece’s long history of media corruption and censorship, we look at the events surrounding the government’s sudden and largely unexpected shutdown of ERT, Greece’s national public broadcaster, who profited, and who lost.

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Who’s Buying the Midterm Elections? A Bunch of Old White Guys

Zoë Carpenter, The Nation: This is the year of the mega-donor: Just 42 people are responsible for nearly a third of Super PAC spending in the 2014 election cycle. Super PACs, meanwhile, are outspending the national parties.

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Bill Moyers | Bernie Sanders on Breaking Big Money’s Grip on Elections

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s independent senator, is angry about what he sees as big money’s wholesale purchase of political power. It’s a grave threat, he believes, not only to our electoral process but to democracy itself.

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Victoria Law | A Mother Who Just Wanted to Know When Her Son Would Eat

Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: One can see the emotions that play across Dolores Canales’ face when she talks about solitary confinement. She and other women are locked into their cells 22 hours a day in the Administrative Segregation Unit at the California Institution for Women. Her son Johnny is now living through a similar experience.

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Vonderrit Myers “Shot in Back”: Slave Patrol Officials Continue Disinformation Campaign

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Black Agenda Report: Vonderrit Myers was murdered on October 9 by a moonlighting unidentified St. Louis police officer working as a private security guard. A news story this week, however, has provided more clues into the violent last 10 minutes of Myers’ short life.

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Nature Conservancy Contributes $500,000 to “Yes on California Proposition 1” Campaign

Dan Bacher, Indy Bay: The Nature Conservancy, one of the largest recipients of Walton Family Foundation money every year, has joined Big Oil, corporate agribusiness, the health insurance industry, tobacco giant Philip Morris and greedy billionaires in dumping big money into the “Yes on Proposition 1” (state water bond) campaign.

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Rebecca Solnit | Feminism: The Men Arrive!

Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch: The arrival of the guys signifies a sea change, part of an extraordinary year for feminism, in which the conversation has been transformed, as have some crucial laws, while new voices and constituencies joined in.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Children Are the Most Enduring Victims of the Recession, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: According to UNICEF, even in the world’s richest countries, children remain “the most enduring victims” of the recession; you are probably aware that the NSA could be spying on your online communication, but did you know that your “snail mail” may be being tracked too?; the average retail worker only makes about $20,000 dollars per year; and more.

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Infuriating Facts About Our Disappearing Middle-Class Wealth

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

North Carolina Voters Report Machines Switching Their Votes to GOP Candidate

Read the Article at Raw Story

How Racism Stole Black Childhood

Read the Article at The Nation

The Republican Faithful Is Comfortably Dumb Enough to Worship at the Bully Pulpit

Read the Article at The Guardian

Space Tourism for the Rich Isn’t Worth Dying for

Read the Article at Wired

Rachel Maddow: The GOP Plan – Be Very Afraid

Read the Article at The Washington Post

“There Is No Ambiguity” on Climate Change, UN Concludes

Read the Article at CBS News

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