Camillo Mac Bica, Truthout: Parades and displays of poppies accomplish nothing, save to allow the multitudes – those who make war easily or ignore completely its insanity and horror – to feign support and appreciation for the sacrifices of the few: those who do the killing and the dying.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: President Obama’s statement in support of net neutrality brought cheers from progressives and internet freedom advocates, who have organized a massive movement to pressure the FCC to reclassify the internet as a Title II “common carrier” service and prevent paid prioritization deals.
Laura Flanders, Truthout: Gopal Dayaneni and Cindy Wiesner of Climate Justice Alliance and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance argue that the global justice, antiwar and climate movements are now part of a larger, systemic movement that sees the interrelationships between these systems and climate destruction.
Rory Fanning, Truthout: In this excerpt from Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America, Rory Fanning – who walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation following deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion – traverses part of New Mexico.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Matt Taibbi has pulled the curtain back on an offensive and obvious bit of Obama administration bank cronyism that disappeared too quickly from public attention. Taibbi surmises that the administration agreed informally not to take the prosecution of JPMorgan Chase further.
Daniel N. White, The Contrary Perspective: This Veterans Day, we should ignore the usual patriotic hokum about thanking US veterans for their “service,” and instead reflect on the infinite value and vast potential for greatness, of all human beings. And remember how infinitely little war contributes to any of that.
Marian Wang, ProPublica: The schools’ management company, which receives millions in public funds each year from the schools, says that the salaries paid to school administrators should be considered a trade secret.
Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: The California Nurses Association, an affiliate of the 185,000-member National Nurses United, is planning to go on strike for two days next week across Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern and Central California. Nurses want adequate training and protective equipment for workers who may deal with Ebola.
In today‘s On the News segment: The world’s leading scientists say that global warming is threatening our very survival; obesity in the United States is changing the way our car manufacturers test vehicle safety; it’s big news when any city stands up to the fossil fuel industry, but it’s really big news when that town is in Texas; and more.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: On the battlefields, our veterans have gone to hell and back. On the home front, they’re still struggling to survive. We need to recognize those struggles, and apologize for putting our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines into them.
Paul Thomas, AlterNet: When it comes to academic success, what matters most: effort, or something altogether different? Without equal opportunity, individual talent and effort pale against the advantages of class and racial privilege. Lessons that promote “effort” are a mask for privilege.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: As the nation commemorates Veterans Day, President Obama has authorized the deployment of an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq. The plan will more than double the current US force in Iraq and will reportedly cost $5.6 billion.
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Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The buying of democracy by those who profit from the public purse is increasing at a frenzied pace.
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