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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 13 October 2014

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Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century

Jonathan D. Simon, Truthout: Is it futile to combat computerized vote-counting fraud, given the more general disenfranchisement of the American public? This and the emerging battlefield of corporate versus public interest is explored in this adapted excerpt from CODE RED.

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How Much Moral High Ground Does the US Have Over ISIS?

Musa al-Gharbi, Truthout: Many of the same behaviors condemned by the Obama administration and used to justify its most recent campaign into Iraq and Syria are commonly perpetrated by the US. The United States’ war on sexual violence, mass murder and religious persecution should begin at home.

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Maíz Culture in the Americas: Resisting Colonialism Through Indigenous Tradition

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Indigenous people have resisted colonialism in many ways – holding fast to traditional foods, like maíz, performing ancestral dances and songs and passing legends from generation to generation – as Roberto Cintli Rodriguez shows in his new book.

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Columbus’ Violent First Contact on Future US Soil

Jeffrey R. McCord, Truthout: As we observe the 522nd anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the “New World,” we might pause to consider the nearly lost tale of Columbus’ first landing on what is now United States soil and how it began a conflict that continues in different forms to this day.

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Ferguson October: Thousands March in St. Louis for Police Reform and Arrest of Officer Darren Wilson

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Thousands traveled to St. Louis to take part in “Ferguson October,” four days of action calling for justice in Michael Brown’s case and the reform of police practices nationwide. Over the weekend, 17 people were arrested during the protests.

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Dean Baker | The Deficit Is Down and the Deficit Hawks Are Furious

Dean Baker, Truthout: The deficit hawks want to distract us from an equality agenda and instead scare us with stories about exploding deficits that will bankrupt the country and impoverish our children.

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The Truth About Columbus Day: Why Are We Celebrating?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Knowing what we know now about Christopher Columbus’ real intentions and actions, it’s ridiculous to be celebrating a man who didn’t actually discover anything and who led a genocide of historic proportions.

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When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor

Tom Eblen, YES! Magazine: The poverty rate in the US would be 15 percent higher if not for the War on Poverty and government anti-poverty programs since 1967. But today, rather than a war on poverty, we seem to have a war on the poor.

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Organic and Local: Still the Gold Standard

Ronnie Cummins and Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association: If you’re shopping for healthy, sustainable, natural food, go ahead and look for local, certified non-GMO food – as long as it’s also certified organic. But you can skip the “natural” label.

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Americans Should Embrace Their Radical History

Harvey J. Kaye, Campaign for America’s Future: Americans are radicals at heart. The American experience represents a Grand Experiment in democracy, an experiment that requires us to continually challenge exploitation, oppression and inequality.

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Why China Won’t Talk to Hong Kong’s Protesters

Kaja Baum, Foreign Policy in Focus: Hong Kong’s Occupiers have been peaceful and their demands reasonable, but there is simply too much at stake in the eyes of China’s leadership to offer major concessions.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Another State Has Decriminalized Marijuana, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Maryland’s new law allows people to carry up to 10 grams of cannabis without fear of going to jail; Twitter wants to tell you that you’re being spied on; 60 percent of women that rely on tips in the restaurant industry have experienced sexual harassment; and more.

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BuzzFlash

The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Why We Should Be Seething With Anger Over Inequality

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National Institutes of Health Director: Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found by Now If Not for Budget Cuts

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Attention Climate Deniers: Earth Just Had Its Hottest September Ever Recorded

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Evo Morales Wins Third Presidential Term in Bolivia

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Probe of Silencers Leads to Web of Pentagon Secrets

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Edward Snowden Speaks: A Sneak Peek at an Exclusive Interview

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Gun Nuts’ Powerful New Enemy: How Pediatricians Are Taking on the NRA

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Common Dreams Highlights 13 October 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 10.13.14

Featured…

In Rejecting Columbus, Cities Forge Path Toward System Alternative
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/13/rejecting-columbus-cities-forge-path-toward-system-alternative

Headlines…

Hagel: Military Must Be ‘Pro-Active’ in Addressing ‘Threat Multiplier’ of Climate Change
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/13/hagel-military-must-be-pro-active-addressing-threat-multiplierof-climate-change

‘Fight Back’: Protesters Stage ‘Moral Monday’ Civil Disobedience Actions in Ferguson
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/13/fight-back-protesters-stage-moral-monday-civil-disobedience-actions-ferguson

Nurses Warn of ‘System Failure’ as Ebola Spreads to US Healthcare Worker
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/13/nurses-warn-system-failure-ebola-spreads-us-healthcare-worker

Pharmaceutical Dumping Could Pose Risks to Wildlife, Scientists Warn
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/13/pharmaceutical-dumping-could-pose-risks-wildlife-scientists-warn

In ‘Victory for Anti-Imperialists,’ Evo Morales Wins Third Term
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/13/victory-anti-imperialists-evo-morales-wins-third-term

Australia’s Abbott: ‘Coal is Good for Humanity’ and Here to Stay
http://commondreams.org/news/2014/10/13/australias-abbott-coal-good-humanity-and-here-stay

and more…

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Views…

Laura Gottesdiener: A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie): Life Inside the Boom
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/13/trip-kuwait-prairie-life-inside-boom

Paul Buchheit: Why We Should Be Seething with Anger over Inequality
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/13/why-we-should-be-seething-anger-over-inequality

Lawrence Wittner: The United States is No. 1 – But in What?
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/13/united-states-no-1-what

Ronnie Cummins & Katherine Paul: Organic and Local: Still the Gold Standard
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/13/organic-and-local-still-gold-standard

Krista Walton Potter: How Women Are Bearing the Brunt of the Ebola Epidemic
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/13/how-women-are-bearing-brunt-ebola-epidemic

and more…

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Newswire…

Oxfam International: Hidden Hunger Strips Away Dignity, Perpetuates Inequality and Destroys South Africans’ Potential to Prosper
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/13/hidden-hunger-strips-away-dignity-perpetuates-inequality-and-destroys-south

Friends of the Earth: Friends of the Earth Petitions NRC to Include Alarming New Seismic Data in Considering Diablo Canyon License Renewal
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/13/friends-earth-petitions-nrc-include-alarming-new-seismic-data-considering-diablo

Center for Biological Diversity: Stemming Mass Wildlife Extinctions Must Drive International Biodiversity Treaty
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/13/stemming-mass-wildlife-extinctions-must-drive-international-biodiversity-treaty

and more…