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Truthout Daily Digest | Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Dahr Jamail | The Methane Monster Roars

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Losing Arctic sea ice due to rising global temperatures means releasing larger amounts of previously trapped methane into the atmosphere. This process will magnify the effects of climate disruption, which, scientists warn, threaten all plants, animals and humans on earth.

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As Frac Sand Mining Expands, Community Activists Face Off Against Companies

Mara Kardas-Nelson, Truthout: With lax US and state government oversight of frac sand mining, a little-known industry producing a key component of fracking, it is up to cities and towns in Wisconsin to fight off powerful mining interests, and the state of Iowa is taking note.

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Do Prisons and Mass Incarceration Keep Us Safe? (Part Two)

Eddie Conway, The Real News Network: Truthout’s Maya Schenwar, author of Locked Down, Locked Out, continues her discussion, this time focusing on alternatives to mass incarceration.

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Are Assad’s Days Numbered?

Darius Shahtahmasebi, Truthout: As the US-led coalition continues to bomb ISIS and support rebels fighting the Syrian government, it’s only logical that Bashar al-Assad will eventually become the target of the US campaign.

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Ethiopia, Seen by West as an Island of Stability, Is Guilty of State Terrorism in Ogaden

Graham Peebles, Truthout: A shining example of African economic growth, a willing ally in the “war on terror” and a strategically convenient base from which the United States launches deadly Reaper drones over Yemen and Somalia, Ethiopia is also an egregious violator of human rights.

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Putting $7 Trillion of Notional Value of Derivatives in Taxpayer-Backstopped Depositaries Will Cost Zero

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Why did Elizabeth Warren lose her battle to stop banks from parking $7 trillion notional value of risky derivatives like the credit defaults swaps in taxpayer-backstopped depositaries? One of the less recognized reasons is that the Congressional Budget Office’s dubious analysis said it would not cost taxpayers a dime.

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Four Ways the West Got the Iran Nuclear Issue Wrong

Gareth Porter, Middle East Eye: For decades, the United States and its European allies have committed one error after another in the process of creating a commonly held narrative that Iran was secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program. The story of how suspicions of the Iranian program hardened into convictions is a cautionary tale.

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How Cuba Is Using Cooperatives to Decentralize Its Economy

Cat Johnson, Care2: With the recent announcement that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba, change is in the air for the island country. Just a few years ago, Cuba began shifting its economy from state-controlled enterprises to citizen-controlled cooperatives. Will this trend continue?

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Surprising New Findings Point to “Perfect Storm” Brewing in Your Financial Future

Lynn Stuart Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking: Groundbreaking research by economist Alan Taylor shows that today‘s advanced economies depend on private sector credit more than ever before. Do we just fasten our seat belts for a bumpy ride, or is there a way to safeguard the financial system going forward?

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Seven Ways to Get Happy – Without Costing the Planet

Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine: It is true that all of us need a basic level of material security. But after that, more stuff does not bring more happiness. Research shows that sustainable happiness comes from other sources, like having meaningful work to do and having authentic relationships.

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Letter to a Young Army Ranger: Why the War on Terror Shouldn’t Be Your Battle

Rory Fanning, TomDispatch: “If, by any chance, you haven’t signed that Option 40 contract yet, you don’t have to. You can be an effective counter-recruiter without being an ex-military guy. Young people across this country desperately need your energy, your desire to be the best, your pursuit of meaning.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Last Year Was the Hottest Year on Record, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, 2014 was hotter than any other year in its 120 years of record-keeping; California has big plans for reducing its carbon footprint; scientists have discovered the most Earth-like planet ever found outside of our solar system; and more.

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BuzzFlash

Chaplain Employed by For-Profit Prison Accused of Whitewashing Immigrant Detention Abuses

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As with the prison system in general, for-profit corporations that run immigrant jails are interested in filling the maximum number of beds in order to achieve increased profit.

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Social Justice Quiz 2015: How Much Do You Know About Inequality?

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Paris Rally for Peace: Massive Crowd Sings “Imagine” by John Lennon

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The Legacy of Bill Moyers

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Elizabeth Warren Wins: Obama Treasury Pick Bows Out of Nomination Process

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

The Group Behind the United States’ Biggest Anti-Abortion March Now Says Birth Control Causes Abortions

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Protecting Your Mentally Ill Child From the Cops

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

South African Labor Leader Pitches a New Socialist Party

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America


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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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BuzzFlash

The Buzzflash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

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

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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”

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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

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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 13 November, 2014

Paul Armentano | The Other Midterm Elections Result: Americans Want Legal Weed

Paul Armentano, Truthout: The majority of Americans – if not yet a majority of their elected officials – believe that the ongoing enforcement of marijuana prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches on civil liberties, impedes legitimate scientific research, engenders disrespect for the law and disproportionately impacts communities of color.

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James Risen | If Journalists Ever Stop Uncovering Abuses of Power, We Will Lose Our Democracy

James Risen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing: In Pay Any Price, James Risen uncovers fraud and malfeasance of massive financial proportions during the war in Iraq – and the cancerous spread of the surveillance-industrial state.

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The Myth of “Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform”: Mississippi Close-Up

Nancy A. Heitzeg, Critical Mass Progress: Mississippi locks up more people per capita than China and Russia combined, and the state spends $389 million annually on corrections. On closer inspection, a “bipartisan” prison reform law passed earlier this year by the governor is not what it seems.

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Bush Family and its Inner Circle Play Central Role in Lawsuits Against Denton, Texas, Fracking Ban

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog: Two lawsuits filed against Denton show the Bush oil and gas legacy clearly lives on and stretches from the state where the fracking industry was born, all the way to Iraq, and back again.

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What Do Joni Ernst’s Senate Win and Support for Embryo “Personhood” Really Tell Us?

Katie Klabusich, Truthout: Stop saying Joni Ernst won because she ran from her personhood stance. We can’t afford to learn the wrong lesson from the midterms as the campaign for 2016 gets underway.

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Corporate America Steps Up for Maine’s Right-Wing Gov. Paul LePage

Jonathan Pelto, Truthout: Although Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, has been referred to as “America’s Craziest Governor,” he won his re-election last week – with plenty of corporate and national GOP cash.

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Conservatives Lie About Net Neutrality for Big Bucks

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: When it comes to net neutrality, conservatives are absolutely clueless. The only thing that President Obama’s proposed net neutrality plan does is prevent internet service providers like Comcast from blocking or slowing down websites that Comcast doesn’t like or that are owned by rival companies.

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Imagine Your Water Bill Shooting Up to $4,000: Inside One of Detroit’s Biggest Crises

Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet: Detroit has cut off water to at least 27,000 residences this year. Around 10,000 households are without running water. Without question, Detroit’s political and economic climate has been the most tumultuous of any major city in the United States.

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Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston’s Poorest Neighborhoods

Penn Loh, YES! Magazine: From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It’s about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.

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The Working Families Party Must Go

Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: It is time to admit that leftists have no influence in the Democratic Party. The re-election of Gov. 1% Cuomo (with the endorsement of the Working Families Party) in New York shows that third parties aren’t spoilers; it is the Democrats who do that all by themselves.

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Passports for Sale

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Dissent: The influence of big money on citizenship policies can be read as a natural progression of what’s been taking place over the past few decades as a result of laissez-faire economic policies: privatization, offshoring and the resultant growing wealth inequality.

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Why We Lost: Retired US General Calls for Public Inquiry Into Failures of Iraq, Afghan Wars

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, a retired, three-star US general who helped command troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is calling for a public inquiry along the lines of the 9/11 Commission to look into why the two wars have gone so poorly.

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BuzzFlash

If a Boat Had Its Weight as Disproportionately Distributed as Wealth Is in the US, It Would Sink

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Another study (published last month) confirms the startling imbalance of wealth in the United States.

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Lame-Duck Senate Will Vote to Approve Keystone Pipeline

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Rebirth: The Awesome Power of Restorative Justice

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The Life and Death of Tomas Young

Read the Article at The Nation

Here’s What’s Been Happening in Ferguson as Tensions Rise Again

Read the Article at Mother Jones

“We Crossed the Line,” US Admits to UN Anti-Torture Body

Read the Article at Agence France Presse

The Arctic Sea Ice Meltdown in Maps

Read the Article at InsideClimate News

US and Western Allies Turn Backs on Refugee Crisis in Syria and Iraq

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Common Dreams Highlights | Thursday, 13 November 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 11.13.14

Featured…

Chairman of Joint Chiefs: We Are ‘Certainly Considering’ US Combat Troops for Iraq
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/11/midst-war-israel-clamps-down-internal-dissent

Headlines…

The Unforgiven: How College Debt Is Crushing a Generation
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/13/unforgiven-how-college-debt-crushing-generation

More Cracks in Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Mantra as Data Collection, Political Power Soar
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/13/more-cracks-googles-dont-be-evil-mantra-data-collection-political-power-soar

Domestic Drones Cometh: Report Exposes Rapid Expansion of Surveillance Flights
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/13/domestic-drones-cometh-report-exposes-rapid-expansion-surveillance-flights

‘History In The Making’: Workers Hold First Sit-Down Work Action Targeting Walmart
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/13/history-making-workers-hold-first-sit-down-work-action-targeting-walmart

While FBI Finds Police Killings on the Rise, Real Number of Killings Remains Uknown
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/13/while-fbi-finds-police-killings-rise-real-number-killings-remains-unknown

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Views…

John Nichols: A 2014 Mandate: An Amendment to Remove Big Money From Politics
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/13/2014-mandate-amendment-remove-big-money-politics

Amy Goodman: Tomas Young, Rest in Peace
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/13/tomas-young-rest-peace

Jamie Henn: Time for Democrats to Stand Up to Big Oil
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/12/time-democrats-stand-big-oil

Victor Pickard: Dear FCC: Net Neutrality Is Part of a Social Contract
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/13/dear-fcc-net-neutrality-part-social-contract

Robert Shetterly: Student Loans Are a Bridge to Nowhere
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/13/student-loans-are-bridge-nowhere

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Newswire…

350: KXL Veto a Strong Move
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/13/kxl-veto-strong-move

Friends of the Earth International: Expresses Solidarity with the People of Ferguson, Missouri and People around the World who Face Social and Racial Injustices
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/13/friends-earth-international-expresses-solidarity-people-ferguson-missouri-and

Jubilee USA Network: Treasury Secretary Lew Brings Jubilee USA Request for Debt Relief for Ebola-Stricken Countries to G20
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/13/treasury-secretary-lew-brings-jubilee-usa-request-debt-relief-ebola-stricken

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