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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 13 December 2014

Going Beyond Private Versus Public

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: Economic democracy inside all enterprises is our era’s issue, not secondary disputes over the division of production between private and state enterprises.

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Dan Berger Illustrates Centrality of Prison to Civil Rights Struggle

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: In his new book, Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, author Dan Berger shows how prison and carceral violence fit into structural US racism and the civil rights movements of the 1960s that pushed back against it.

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When Will Illinois Stop Unlawfully Holding People in Prison?

Alexa Van Brunt, Truthout: Illinois taxpayers are spending about $25,000 per parolee to keep sex offenders locked up after the completion of their sentence because they are too poor to pay a monthly rental fee for housing that the Department of Corrections deems “adequate.”

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Bail-In and the Financial Stability Board: The Global Bankers’ Coup

Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: The House has passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries, leaving our deposits and pensions exposed to massive derivatives losses.

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Texas Oil Regulators Fired for Trying to Actually Regulate

Kevin Mathews, Care2: Two regulators from different counties were fired under suspiciously similar circumstances. Both were sacked after regulating the oil and gas industry as their jobs require.

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The Secret History of Cannabis in Japan

Jon Mitchell, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus: Increasing numbers of Japanese people are speaking out against prohibition – and at the heart of their campaign is an attempt to teach the public about Japan’s long-forgotten history of cannabis.

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For Retail Workers, Time Is Money

Marjorie E. Wood, OtherWords: For years now, retail workers have protested not only their low wages, but also the unpredictable work schedules that have totally upended their lives. A new law in San Francisco to curb erratic scheduling practices could be the first of many.

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The Flacks for Plutocrats Need a New Analogy

Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: Cheerleaders for wealth’s concentration have over the years invoked a variety of images to justify the ever larger fortunes of our society’s most fortunate. However, new research and another dose of on-the-ground reality are shredding what little credibility the rationalizers of inequality have left.

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Keeping Hope Alive: A Call to Action

Kevin Patrick Kelly, Untold History: Are we prepared to surrender ourselves to the purposes and rule of arrogant government and corporate alliances, or are we willing to undertake the very hard work necessary to challenge power that has grown beyond conscience and duty to the people?

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Attorney General Won’t Force New York Times Reporter to Reveal Source

Read the Article at NBC News

New Studies Expose Public Health Risks From Fracking

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Bill Nye: Creationism Is “Raising a Generation of Young People Who Can’t Think”

Read the Article at The Huffington Post

Mexicans’ Search for Bodies Reveals a History of Hidden Deaths

Read the Article at The Washington Post

“Do No Harm”: When Doctors Torture

Read the Article at The Atlantic

Six Released Guantánamo Detainees “Happy to Be” in Uruguay

Read the Article at RT

Amid Details on Torture, Data on 26 Who Were Held in Error

Read the Article at The New York Times