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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 15 December 2014

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Dahr Jamail | Documents Show Navy’s Electromagnetic Warfare Training Would Harm Humans and Wildlife

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: While the US Navy claims “no significant impacts” will occur to wildlife or humans from its electromagnetic war games over the Olympic National Forest, military documents and an expert on the human impact of electromagnetic radiation fields say otherwise.

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Marjorie Cohn | Torture Report Confirms Team Bush War Crimes

Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: “Even after many years of writing books and articles about the Bush torture policy, I was unprepared for the atrocious pattern of crimes our government committed against other human beings in our name.”

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Ferguson Outrage Grows From Local Protests to Global Movement

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: People have let out a collective cry of frustration at the lethal force used disproportionately against people of color in the United States. When a grand jury failed to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold, the protests became a global movement.

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Dean Baker | Economic Policy Myths of 2014: Dead and Enduring

Dean Baker, Truthout: The good news is that two economic myths that caused great confusion over the last several years are now headed to the trash bin of history. Unfortunately, many of our great national myths have survived 2014.

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John Pilger | War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda

John Pilger, Truthout: The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an “invisible government.” It is the government.

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It’s Not the Law – but Prosecutors – That Give Immunity to Killer Cops

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: It is not “the law” that stands like a brick wall of impunity for police, but the interpretation of the law by attorneys general and their subordinates, who view prosecutions of police as akin to unnatural acts that cannot be performed in public view.

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Citigroup Will Be Broken Up

Simon Johnson, The Baseline Scenario: The supposedly brilliant people who run Citigroup have, in the space of a single working week, made a series of serious political blunders with long-lasting implications. Sen. Elizabeth Warren articulated the core of the problem and what needs to be done.

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Black Youth-Organized Millions March NYC Draws Tens of Thousands in Movement’s Biggest Protest Yet

Amy Goodman, Samantha Riddell and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Saturday’s nationwide actions against police killings and racial profiling was the largest single protest of the post-Ferguson movement and the culmination of daily actions in New York City since a grand jury elected not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner.

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US Torture: Past, Present… and Future? Beyond the Torture Report

Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch: “Be shocked, be disgusted, be appalled, but don’t be fooled. The Senate torture report, so many years and obstacles in the making, should only be the starting point for a discussion, not the final word on US torture.”

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Scalia Is Dead Wrong on Torture

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Even if torture was an effective way to get information from terrorism suspects during a ticking time bomb scenario – and there’s no evidence that it is – it would still be unconstitutional, despite what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says.

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Mutated Flu Virus Could Signal More Hospitalizations, Deaths This Season

Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers: This season’s flu vaccine may not be as effective against new and possibly more virulent strains of the virus that could become the nation’s dominant form of influenza in the young flu season.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Washington Passes Disastrous $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Washington passed a disastrous $1.1 trillion spending bill; activists staged a protest outside the Office of the US Trade Representative to demand that secret trade negotiations come to an end; corporations that donate to political campaigns are getting a massive return on their investment; and more.

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BuzzFlash

The National War on the Homeless Continues: Mass Eviction in San Jose

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It appears that a growing urban trend is to regard destitute humans as “urban blight” and to make them disappear.

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Sen. Warren Warns Against Wall Street Returning to Casino Gambling

Listen to the Interview at NPR

Gun Nuts’ Racial Duplicity

Read the Article at Salon

Anti-Nuke Activists Fight to Close Diablo Canyon

Read the Article at EcoWatch

US Marine Charged With Killing Filipino Transgender Woman

Read the Article at The Guardian

Oil Spill in Bangladesh Threatens World’s Largest Mangrove System

Read the Article at Global Voices

These Seven Men Owned the Company Linked to CIA Torture

Read the Article at Business Insider

The Devalued US Worker

Read the Article at The Washington Post

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