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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Naomi Klein on Cause of Climate Crisis: “Capitalism Is Stupid”

Sarah Jaffe, Truthout: In this exclusive interview, Naomi Klein talks about her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, extractivism, activism and the way to change hearts and minds around climate change.

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What the Movement Against Mass Incarceration Can Learn From the Struggle for Climate Justice

James Kilgore, Truthout: Environmental justice activists’ engagement with governments, global organizations and corporations holds many lessons in fighting for justice in the criminal legal system.

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Ten Business Lessons for Higher Education

William Bradley and Christian Exoo, Truthout: Neoliberal reformers suggest that universities need to act more like businesses, yet their suggestions undermine the purpose of higher education. Instead, what if universities learned the lessons of responsible businesses?

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New Yorkers Call Lyme Disease the New Plague

Jessica Bernstein, Truthout: Celebrities like Howard Stern and Daryl Hall speak out, while Lyme patients crippled by the disease took to the streets in front of The New York Times building on September 17 to call for greater news coverage of the condition. More than 150 people including 30 wheelchair users lined the sidewalks.

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Sixteen for ’16 – Number 13: Let People Vote

Salvatore Babones, Truthout: Voter suppression has re-emerged as a strategy for winning elections and is so widespread in the United States that it criminally undermines the integrity of our democracy. We must let the people vote.

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For-Profit Insanity Is Killing Americans

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Everywhere you look, there’s good news to be found about health care reform. Even so, for-profit insurance companies and for-profit hospitals are still finding new ways to screw people over.

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Global Drug Report: Don’t Just Decriminalize, Demilitarize

Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR English: A report released earlier this month by global political leaders made headlines across the world for calling the US drug war a failure and for its endorsement of the decriminalization of drugs. But the report’s critique of the militarization of the drug war was largely neglected by the media.

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From One North Carolina Prison, Reports of an Eight-Month Lockdown

Lisa Dawson, Solitary Watch: Across the country, even prisoners who have not been formally placed in solitary confinement or any form of “segregation” can be subjected to a “lockdown” in which they may be held in solitary-like conditions, confined to their cells nearly round-the-clock.

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In a Warming World We Can’t Keep Depending on the Same Few Crops

Sayed Azam-Ali, The Conversation: What should we do for agriculture in hotter, drier climates? A good start would be to explore the many hundreds of underutilized crops that have survived, yielded and fed people for millennia despite, not because of, agricultural science.

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Tens of Thousands of Wisconsin Students Face New Voting Hurdles

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Thanks to a last-minute reinstatement of Wisconsin voter ID restrictions, tens of thousands of students will have to go through additional hurdles before Election Day if they want to exercise their right to vote.

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Meet the Activist Group That’s Making Student Loan Debt Disappear

Jessica Ramos, Care2: Activists with the Strike Debt Rolling Jubilee movement believe that we all deserve to see an end to student loans. So in a radical twist, these activists are doing what Wall Street and the government can’t seem to figure out – they’re canceling student loan debt.

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Eric Holder Basically Tells Wall Street to Beware of Moles, Really

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Why isn’t Holder held accountable for warning Wall Street of potential informers, and therefore, by implication, alerting financial firms to take more secure measures not to get caught?

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“All Hands on Deck” Declares Ban Ki-moon at UN Climate Summit

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

FBI Gags State and Local Police on Capabilities of Cellphone Spy Gear

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Syrians Say Civilians Killed in US Airstrikes

Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

We Have Met the Existential Threat, and It Is Us

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Reporters Say White House Sometimes Demands Changes to Press-Pool Reports

Read the Article at The Washington Post

How a Giant US Economic Gimmick Has Wages and Jobs Hanging by a Thread

Read the Article at Salon

FEC Complaint Accuses Walmart of Breaking Campaign Finance Law

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America