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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 4 November 2014


“Prison Inflicts Mass Violence”: Bill Ayers Interviews Maya Schenwar

Bill Ayers, Truthout: In this interview, author and activist Bill Ayers speaks with Truthout’s editor-in-chief Maya Schenwar about her new book, the universal impact of mass incarceration, and how we can create a society that doesn’t use prison to “solve” its problems.

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Pay Rent or Drink Water: The Human Rights Crisis in Detroit Escalates

Ben Ptashnik, Truthout: With the spotlight on mass protests and celebrities gone, water shutoffs in Detroit have resumed, targeting the “most vulnerable and poorest” of the city’s population, according to UN observers who have called them “contrary to human rights.”

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The European Conundrum: Stagnation, Massive Unemployment and Rising Debt – Despite Austerity

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: Five years after the 2008 financial crash reached Europe, its crisis is actually spreading, affecting more and more EU member states and giving rise to growing popular discontent about the European integration process with far-reaching and unforeseen consequences.

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How Will Georgia Voters Turnout for Equal Pay?

Andrea Flynn, Kameel Mir and Kathleen Wilson, Next New Deal: In Georgia, the US Senate candidates’ most interesting records on equal pay are in business, and they’re worth close attention. Early observers pegged the Georgia midterm race as one to watch, and they’ve been spot on so far.

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FBI Infringes the Associated Press Trademark, and AP Yawns

Sharon Adams, Truthout: Despite claims of outrage, the press really doesn’t care about the FBI’s infringement of the Associated Press trademark to run a fake news story that the FBI used to ensnare a youth in a sting operation.

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Jim Crow Returns: Interstate “Crosscheck” Program Could Strip Millions of the Right to Vote

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Investigative journalist Greg Palast details how new voter ID laws risk disenfranchising millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters. Twenty-seven states are now participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.

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SEC Commissioner Kara Stein Fighting for Tougher Bank Sanctions, Stymies Bank of America Settlement

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: SEC commissioner Kara Stein has been using her post as a surprisingly effective bully pulpit to pressure the agency and other regulators into upping their game. It’s unusual for an SEC commissioner to play that role.

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As Vote Nears, North Dakota Amendment Stirs Debate About More Than Abortion

Nina Martin, ProPublica: North Dakota voters will decide the fate of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that has provoked excitement and fear among the combatants in the country’s never-ending abortion wars. Money and strategists are shaping a nationally watched campaign amid talk of in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care.

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Arizona Agrees to Settlement to Improve Prison Health Care, Limit Use of Solitary Confinement

Lisa Dawson, Solitary Watch: The Arizona Department of Corrections has agreed to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Prison Law Office and their co-counsel on behalf of more than 33,000 people held in state prisons.

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For Moment, the World Embraces the Cuba Model – and Slaps the Empire

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: This week, the nations of the world – with two savage exceptions – instructed their emissaries at the UN General Assembly to tell the world’s self-designated “indispensable” country to end its 54-year-long trade embargo against Cuba.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: 2 Million Barrels of Oil Still Trapped on the Ocean Floor After BP Spill, and More

In today’s On the News segment: According to a new study, about 2 million barrels of oil are still trapped on the ocean floor after the 2010 BP disaster; Pope Francis says that evolution does not conflict with the story of creation; protesters are fighting to stop a Texas-based energy corporation from turning Seneca Lake in New York into a natural gas storage station; and more.

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2014 Election Night Coverage With Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: The hosts will interview journalists, scholars, politicians and activists around the country about important ballot initiatives and key local and state races. This Democracy Now! special program will also report election results live as polls close, starting at 7 pm EST.

Watch the Livestream: 2014 Election


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Jon Stewart: GOP Says “Vote for Us or Poop Blood and Die”

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The Right’s Scary Turning Point: Why This Election Matters More Than You Think

Read the Article at Salon

Why Dr. Evil Is Targeting Anti-Fracking Activists as “Big Green Radicals”

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

The Waiting Game: Why Do Black Precincts Have Longer Lines?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

NSA Chief Bet Money on AT&T as It Spied on You

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Rotten Odors Rouse Citizen Sleuths in Pennsylvania Gas Patch

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Charles P. Pierce: Justice Is Blind but It Can Count

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3 thoughts on “Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 4 November 2014

  1. The prison article confirms what I’ve been adding to my novel this week. I hope that my writing opens eyes and hearts to a number of issues, including this one.

    • That’s wonderful that you are writing a novel and with that intent! I believe more people change, grow and open minds and hearts to others from their experience with movies, books and other arts than from any political activism, propaganda etc. We are emotional animals and viscerally experiencing the characters fears, hopes and difficulty through the book or film is so much more real than being “told”.

      • I am reading the Pulitzer prize winning book The Goldfinch. It is inspiring me as the author takes a similar position of “there, but for fortune, go you and I”

        I am writing with the faith that “viscerally experiencing the characters fears, hopes and difficulty through the book is so much more real than being told. ”

        Sending my best wishes to you always

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