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Truthout Daily Digest December 28,2013

Joseph Boutilier | Undercover COP

Joseph Boutilier, Truthout: Ignored by mainstream media and in the midst of protests of inaction, our leaders meeting in Warsaw have ensured that – at a time of colossal urgency – it will be at least one more year before the world stands together at the UN Climate Change conference to possibly do something about the Earth’s greatest threat to date.

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The Workplace Needs to Adapt to People’s Needs

Taliesin Nyala, Truthout: The conventional way we do business crushes workers’ lives and community vitality. The democratic workplace provides an alternative, argues Nyala.

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Test Score Driven Education Ignores Students

Jeff Bryant, Campaign for America’s Future: As 2013 closed out, the education world was roiled by yet another controversy over the calculation and interpretation of statistical data used to govern teachers and school services.

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Could Crowd-Sourced Organic Seed Banks Save Our Agricultural Future?

Paromita Pain, Occupy.com: Fifty-three-year-old farmer Jaswant Sainhara never thought he could be an activist. But in August he was among the thousands of farmers from across 20 Indian states who braved sweltering heat to demonstrate in New Delhi against the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill.

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Youth Can Handle the Truth

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance: Instead of creating an environment for honest discussion of the past and present which would facilitate reconciliation, school text books and programs perpetuate the status quo. Despite this, students are questioning the injustice that they can’t help but see around them.

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GOP Refuses to Extend Jobless Benefits

s.e. smith, Care2: After losing his job over the summer, Dale Sexton has become one of the more than four million faces of the new American economy: the long-term unemployed, people who have been seeking work for six months or more.

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Climate Protection: The New Insurgency

Jeremy Brecher, Foreign Policy in Focus: Faced with the failure of conventional lobbying, the climate protection movement is now turning to mass civil disobedience—but we can take it further still.

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Can Childhood Trauma Shorten Your Life?

Charlotte Silver, AlterNet: Ten percent of Americans die of coronary heart disease yet have none of the risk factors. Some of these people may, however, have something else in common: childhood trauma.

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Sikh Community Fights to Stop Meat Plant Next to Its Temple

Kristina Chew, Care2: A Sikh community has appealed to the High Court in Bradford, West Yorkshire in the U.K. to stop the building of a meat processing plant next to the Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, one of the oldest Sikh temples in England.

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The Year of the ‘Leaker’

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Seven Things the Do-Nothing Congress Did

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Jobless Aid Expires for 1.3 Million People

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Americans to Wall Street ‘Scrooges’: Give Your Bonus to Homeless

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No More Steubenvilles: How to Raise Boys to be Kind Men

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Democrats Plan Big Push on Jobless Aid in New Year

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Long-term jobless benefits expire Saturday, weekly unemployment claims spike

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