Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Recent studies show that current animal extinction rates from anthropogenic climate disruption now rival the extinction that annihilated the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Once again, this month’s survey of the planet shows how climate disruption is continuing to intensify.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Environmentalists have considered taking legal action against federal regulators since a Truthout investigation last year revealed details about offshore fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel.
Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling wants to show that several of the key witnesses against him (including his superior at CIA) have themselves mishandled classified information. The government’s argument explaining why that doesn’t hurt its case is rather revealing.
Jake Blumgart, Truthout: The unprecedented wave of bee die-offs continues, with a spotlight on New York and New England. The cause isn’t just pesticides, but banning the most toxic of those could be the first step to recovery.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: The International Labor Organization’s Global Wage Report, released on December 5, clearly exposes the immense costs of a globalizing capitalism for the wage-earning majorities in Western Europe, North America and Japan.
Jen Marlowe, TomDispatch: Four months ago, the Awajah family’s home was demolished by the Israeli military – and it wasn’t the first time that Kamal, Wafaa and their children had been through this. For the last six years, the family has found itself trapped in a cycle of destruction and reconstruction.
Dean Baker, Truthout: The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, but it has been a huge step forward not only because it has insured millions of previously uninsured people, but even more importantly, because it has freed tens of millions of workers from dependence on their employers for insurance.
Simon Johnson, The Baseline Scenario: Mr. Weiss might be qualified for other positions, for example in the Commerce Department. Based on the available facts, he is simply not qualified for the post of Undersecretary for Domestic Finance in the Treasury Department.
Jeff Conant, Truthout: Decades ago with Standard Fruit, Honduras was the archetype of the banana republic; today, with Dinant, it’s an oil palm republic, characterized by land grabs and violence against peasants and indigenous people. The problem is not the crop, but the agro-industrial model supported by the World Bank.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: The Democratic Party needs to reflect on Sen. Landrieu’s loss Saturday, and learn from it. While the demise of the “Southern Democrat” may be historic, it doesn’t have to be permanent. Americans across the country favor the progressive policies that can get our country back on track.
Leslee Goodman, The MOON Magazine: “I think the people fighting climate change need to be willing to risk their comfort. For some people that may mean risking jail. For others it might mean risking their jobs, or their reputations,” says Tim DeChristopher.
Hannah Petersen, The Conversation: The recent confidence in shale gas was likely premature, according to several new reports published in the United States. In particular, a study from the University of Texas claims the US boom will tail off by 2020 and not keep going to 2040, as previous, less thorough analyses have predicted.
Victoria Bassetti, The Brennan Center for Justice: The 2014 election results were hardly dry on the newsprint, before almost every US politician and would-be politician hopped back on the hamster wheel, furiously spinning for more and more money.
In today‘s On the News segment: Mitch McConnell thinks that there wasn’t enough spending in the last election; one city wants to do more to protect retail employees; there are still about 9 million Americans out of work in this country; and more.
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Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The United States continues to move economically backward into an “Upstairs Downstairs” society.
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