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Truthout Daily Digest | Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Dahr Jamail | Species Extinctions, Human Chronic Disease on the Rise, as Climate Disruption Mounts

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: As we continue to learn of terrifying developments resulting from human-caused climate disruption, scientists are now predicting mass die-offs and species extinctions, and rising rates of chronic disease in humans related to air pollution.

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With Progressive Syriza’s Victory, Is a European Spring Coming?

Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: In the wake of the victory of progressive party Syriza in the January Greek general election, some talk about a coming European Spring – a democratic uprising against the political status quo that has imposed brutal austerity policies in Europe. Yet, given the ease with which elites capture government, not all proposed solutions lead to a democratic outcome.

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Ten Tall Tales on Trade: Fact-Checking Obama’s Top Trade Official

Ben Beachy, Eyes on Trade: Here’s a rundown of the top 10 fibs and half-truths that US Trade Representative Michael Froman uttered before the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee in his sales pitch for the Obama administration’s bid to fast-track through Congress the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

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My Journey With Securus: Prison Phone Monopoly Punishes Loved Ones

Jennifer Long, Truthout: Securus is an exploitative monopoly, and an unfortunate part of both prisoners’ and their families’ lives. The for-profit prison phone services company charges exorbitant fees, putting financial hardships on prisoners’ loved ones, many of whom already face economic pressures.

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Dean Baker | Is Hillary Clinton in the Bottom 3 Percent? Turning the Corner on CEO Pay

Dean Baker, Truthout: One of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill required that CEO pay packages be submitted to a non-binding “Say on Pay” vote of shareholders on a regular basis. Suppose corporate directors forfeited their pay whenever a CEO pay package was voted down, a bit less than 3 percent of the time.

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The Real NFL Scandal

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Seattle’s decision to throw the ball at the goal line with 20 seconds to go in last night’s Super Bowl was a costly one. But in the long run, it won’t be nearly as costly to the rest of the United States as the National Football League itself.

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Arguments Before the Michigan Supreme Court on Right-to-Work Law Beside the Point

Cedric de Leon, Truthout: The lawsuit now before the Michigan Supreme Court is technically about whether the state’s 2012 right-to-work law applies to public employees, but it is really about the place of workers in US democracy.

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Amy Goodman | CODEPINK Attempts to “Arrest” Henry Kissinger for War Crimes in Vietnam, Laos, Chile and East Timor

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Activists from the antiwar group CODEPINK attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger when he testified on global security challenges at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting. CODEPINK cited Kissinger’s involvement in foreign policies that led to mass slaughter.

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Holder’s Final Betraying Kiss to the People of Ferguson: The Wholesale Abandonment of Decency

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends, Black Agenda Report: There is no “very high bar,” as Eric Holder cynically asserted during his recent diatribe at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, that needs to be met to establish the case that Darren Wilson intentionally violated Michael Brown’s civil rights.

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Teenage Girls in Argentina – Invisible Victims of Femicide

Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service: The murder of a young Argentine girl on a beach in neighboring Uruguay shook both countries and drew attention to a kind of violence that goes almost unnoticed as a cause of death among Argentine adolescents: femicide.

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In South Korea, Preaching Peace Is Now a Deportable Offense

Hyun Lee, Foreign Policy in Focus: On January 10, after detaining her for questioning on charges of violating the National Security Law, South Korea deported US citizen Shin Eun-mi and barred her from returning to the country for the next five years. In this interview, she reflects on the South Korean government’s decision.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Middle Class Can’t Be Saved Unless Wall Street Is Tamed, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been talking a lot about the middle class, but that talk is cheap; legal cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the United States; Greece has had enough of austerity; and more.

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BuzzFlash

NYPD Commissioner Backs Off Idea of Police Patrolling Protests With Machine Guns

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The idea of police employing machine guns and sniper rifles to surround groups exercising their right to protest conjures memories of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

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President Obama Sends Congress Record $4 Trillion Budget Plan

Read the Article at the Associated Press

California State Regulators Let Oil Companies Taint Drinkable Water in Central Valley

Read the Article at the San Francisco Chronicle

Democrat Rahm Emanuel Puts Chicago Up for Sale

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Suppressed EU Report Could Have Banned Pesticides Worth Billions

Read the Article at The Guardian

The Pipeline Fight Pitting Native Americans Against Big Oil

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Rev. Billy Talen on His Arrest That Illustrates the Criminalizing of Dissent

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

B Is for Billion: What Military Cuts?

Read the Article at Common Dreams

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