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Truthout Daily Digest | Thursday, 16 April 2015

Doing the Unthinkable: Giant Gas Pipeline to Flank a New York Nuclear Power Plant

Ellen Cantarow, Truthout: The federally approved Algonquin Pipeline expansion will come so close to the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester, New York, that experts say a rupture could cause a Fukushima-like catastrophe, making the entire region uninhabitable for generations.

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Drug Reform Is About Animal Rights, Too

Andrew Gargano, Truthout: While drug raids have become known for the human casualties they claim and their infringement on the Fourth Amendment, they also contribute to an inordinate number of animals killed.

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Tom Hayden: Cuba Has Stood Up to US Hegemony for 55 Years

Mark Karlin, Truthout: In this interview, activist and author Tom Hayden discusses his new book, Listen, Yankee! Why Cuba Matters, and explains the changing nature of Cuban-US relations and the legacy of the Cuban Revolution.

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Tax (Break) Day

Jasmine Tucker, Truthout: Each year, the US loses out on billions of dollars in revenue due to corporate tax breaks. Every dollar the government spends on a tax break is a dollar it can’t spend elsewhere, yet few Americans are aware of how much corporate tax breaks cost the government.

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Transnational Companies Driving Deadly Conflict in Guatemalan Indigenous Territory

Jeff Abbott, Truthout: As privatized hydroelectric projects – part of “Plan Mesoamerica” – have rapidly expanded in Guatemala, so too have conflicts with indigenous populations. The plan would interconnect the infrastructures of all Central American countries.

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Hotel Industry Spins Wage Hikes as Extreme While CEOs Rake in Millions

Mary Bottari and Jody Knauss, PR Watch: The little-known trade association representing the $163 billion hotel industry is a major force fighting behind the scenes on Capitol Hill and in statehouses and courtrooms across the country to keep workers’ wages low.

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The Chevron Tapes: Secret Videos Reveal Company Hid Pollution in Ecuador

Kevin Koenig, Amazon Watch: Recently released videos are a true treasure trove of Chevron’s misdeeds and corporate malfeasance. Chevron is seen finding its own extensive contamination – in areas the company claimed to have cleaned up in 1998 – then pre-gaming the judicial inspections to defraud the court.

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Physical Murder and Political Asphyxiation: The Story of Danielle Hicks-Best

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Black Agenda Report: An 11-year-old Black girl is raped twice by men and winds up jailed and institutionalized for years by a callous and predatory system. Danielle Hicks-Best was simply used to justify the salaries and maintenance of a system based on the decapitation of Black bodies.

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US Chamber of Commerce Doubling Down on Political Juggernaut

Carrie Levine, The Center for Public Integrity: The Chamber of Commerce’s new election season strategy will include a greater emphasis on recruiting the right sort of business-friendly GOP candidates and intervening in primaries as it attempts to sculpt a compliant Congress that mirrors its priorities.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Latest “White” Dream

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: When Bill O’Reilly says that it’s “open season” on white men in this country, he’s either mind-numbingly ignorant or just not taking a good hard look at our society today. White privilege and male privilege are very real.

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Obama to Remove Cuba From Terror List After Latin American Outcry; Will the Embargo Follow?

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: While Cuba is being removed from the US terrorism list, the trade embargo remains in place. Former Cuban diplomat Carlos Alzugaray Treto discusses the dire effects US sanctions have had on the Cuban population.

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Four Election Stories That Show the GOP Is Moving Even Further Right

Robin Marty, Care2: From primaries to party leaders, Tea Partiers are becoming the predominate face of the GOP. That could mean a party ready to crumble if it becomes too extreme or, even more frightening, if today‘s Congress ends up being more “moderate” than the Congress that convenes in 2017.

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Hillary Clinton’s Likely Planned Chipotle Moment Represents Tawdry Mass Media and Politics

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: This is the level that politics has sunk to: a likely pre-strategized nonevent – probably leaked by the Clinton campaign to The New York Times – creating an international media sensation.

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Gay Marriage Still Under Attack by Religious Right Zealots

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Fracking and Big Ag Are Polluting 80 Percent of the Depleted Groundwater in California

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Alzheimer’s Breakthrough: Scientists May Have Found Potential Cause of the Disease

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How Hillary Clinton’s State Department Sold Fracking to the World

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Boston Marks Two Years Since Marathon Bombings

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“Fight for 15” Movement: Low-Wage Workers Plan Walkouts, Protests

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New Bill Would Help Domestic Violence Survivors Find Shelter for Their Pets, Too

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Common Dreams Highlights | Thursday, 2 April 2015

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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New Report Debunks ‘Myth’ That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World
by Lauren McCauley
Over the past 20 years, the report notes, global crop yields have only grown by 20 percent—despite the massive investment in biotechnology. On the other hand, it continues, in recent decades “the dominant source of yield improvements has been traditional crossbreeding, and that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.”

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Despite Dire Scientific Warnings, GOP Leaders Vow to Bury Global Climate Deal
by Lauren McCauley
“Even if the job-killing and likely illegal Clean Power Plan were fully implemented, the United States could not meet the targets laid out in this proposed new plan,” McConnell said.
In Reversal, Arkansas Governor Says He Won’t Sign Pro-Discrimination Bill
by Jon Queally
The bill passed by Arkansas legislators on Wednesday mirrors enacted in Indiana last week that created a national backlash and a wave of criticism against similar laws in other states.
Astroturf on Steroids: Did Right-Wing Group Fake Anti-Net Neutrality Emails?
by Deirdre Fulton
For Free Press, which is leading the fight for an open Internet and net neutrality protections, the revelations are unsurprising. “There’s a relatively small community of organizations fighting against net neutrality,” Free Press senior director of strategy Tim Karr said in a statement to Common Dreams.
Chorus of Outrage as Obama Administration Approves Arctic Drilling for Shell Oil
by Nadia Prupis
The decision opens up 30 million acres in the Chuchki Sea to fossil fuel exploration and drilling, a move which state and national green groups called “unconscionable.”
Disregarding Human Rights Concerns, US Resumes Arm Shipments to Egypt
by Jon Queally
The move comes as Egypt has joined with Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations to launch airstrikes, and possibly a ground invasion, of Yemen.
Oregon Seeks to Become First State to Limit Antibiotic Use at Factory Farms
by Deirdre Fulton
bacteria commonly present on farms are mutating into stronger, antibiotic-resistant strains, which in turn find their way to the human population through numerous pathways, including contaminated food, airborne dust blowing off farms, and water and soil polluted with contaminated feces.
Closer to Justice as Palestine Joins International Criminal Court
by Lauren McCauley
“As Palestine formally becomes a State Party to the Rome Statute today,” Al-Malki said, “the world is also a step closer to ending a long era of impunity and injustice. Indeed, today brings us closer to our shared goals of justice and peace.”
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Feeding the World – Without GMOs
by Emily Cassidy
GE crops have done nothing to improve global food securityand there’s little reason to think that they will any time soon.
Burning Our Bridges: Failing Infrastructure in the Age of Corporate Tax-Dodging
by Sarah Anderson & Scott Klinger
To generate funds to shore up our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, the U.S. Congress is considering giving corporations large tax cuts on their offshore profits….The last time we tried this, in 2004, it failed miserably.
Iran Demands Lifting of Sanctions for ‘Irreversible’ Moves, Says Insider
by Gareth Porter
Iran has already made some significant concessions on the sanctions issue, the source revealed.
Guilty of Being Poor
by Karen Dolan
When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something’s deeply wrong. A democratic society that purports “freedom and justice for all” can’t coexist with one that profiles and criminalizes poor people and communities of color.
How Ohio’s Energy Economy Became a Radioactive 19th Century Relic
by Harvey Wasserman
After being at the cusp of major solar and wind power advances, the state has all but killed the prospects for any large new green energy projects. The state may now miss one of history’s biggest and most profitable technological transformations.
The Backlash Against Discrimination And GOP’s “Indiana” Problem
by Terrance Heath
In 2016 and beyond, Republicans will find it hard to strike a balance between “religious freedom” and discrimination. They will find it even harder to choose between either “caving” and alienating their base, or alienating the growing majority of voters and facing a grassroots onslaught.
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Truthout Daily Digest | Thursday, 2 April 2015

Ring of Snitches: How Detroit Police Slapped False Murder Convictions on Young Black Men

Aaron Cantú, Truthout: One jailhouse informant for the Detroit Police Department sent Lacino Hamilton to prison. Now, Hamilton’s fight to be released has revealed systemic corruption allegedly perpetrated by police, prosecutors and prisoner informants hoping for more lenient sentences.

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Laura Flanders | The Fight Against High-Stakes Testing: A Civil Rights Movement

Laura Flanders, Truthout: Jesse Hagopian, history teacher and editor of More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing, talks about the fight against high-stakes testing, the roots of that testing in eugenics movement and its insidious anti-democratic and anti-labor social goals.

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Rounding Us Up, and Exposing Us All to Cancer

Brian Moench, Truthout: The World Health Organization has just declared the most widely used herbicide in the world, glyphosate, a “probable human carcinogen,” a designation long overdue. Cancer is only one of many health consequences of the growing scourge of herbicides, pesticides and GMOs.

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It’s Time to Talk About the Next System

Cecilia Gingerich, Truthout: For systemic crises, relief will come only through systemic solutions. The Next System Project, which launches today, offers such solutions to the systemic climate, political, economic, social and cultural crises the United States is experiencing.

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Fatal Construction Accident Shows Higher Risks Faced by Latino Workers

Danica Jorden, Truthout: Three men were killed and one left in serious condition after a construction accident in Raleigh, North Carolina. The incident illustrates the differential risks still facing Latino workers, often employed by a tangled web of contractors and subcontractors.

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When Is the Next Ice Age?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If we want to prevent a new ice age for much of the planet, then we need to put a price on carbon now to fight back against climate change – the greatest threat our human species has ever faced.

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Impunity Fuels Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers in Spain

Inés Benítez, Inter Press Service: In Spain, immigrants are frequent victims of abuse and mistreatment by the national police, who are in charge of guarding them. Human rights organizations also complain about hurdles thrown in the way of investigations of reports of abuse and the prevailing impunity.

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What the Atlantic Coast Should Brace for if Offshore Drilling Gets Approved

Wilma Subra, Facing South: Offshore energy exploration, drilling and production on the Atlantic coast will leave permanent environmental damage and destruction. The physical environment will be severely negatively impacted in the name of “progress,” with no consideration of the devastation.

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Grabbing Africa’s Seeds: USAID, EU and Gates Foundation Back Agribusiness Seed Takeover

Stephen Greenberg and Oliver Tickell, The Ecologist: The latest salvo in the battle over Africa’s seed systems has been fired with the Gates Foundation and USAID playing puppet-masters to Africa’s governments as they drive forward corporation-friendly seed regulations that exclude and marginalize the small farmers whose seeds and labor feed the continent.

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Court Steps in to #SaveH2B, but Is the US Guestworker Program Worth Saving?

Rachel Luban, In These Times: While many H-2B guestworkers are unhappy with the abuse and exploitation they suffer on the job, that doesn’t necessarily mean they want the program to go away, as the program often offers the only means of employment available for some workers.

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Climate Change: When It’s All in the Family

Felix Kramer, The Houston Chronicle: Could heartfelt pleas from family members move the people who run the world to an urgent response to our climate crisis? The families and friends of movers and shakers have a unique opportunity: They can spur what may have already begun.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Either Confused or Misleading Everyone About His Controversial Law

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Midnight Deadline Looms Over Iran Nuclear Deal

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Pharmacy Groups Balk at Supplying Lethal Injection Drugs

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Turns Out the World’s First “Clean Coal” Plant Is a Backdoor Subsidy to Oil Producers

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A Court Case So Secret, the US Government Says It Can’t Go On

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US Pledges Emissions Cuts of Up to 28 Percent Ahead of Global Climate Treaty

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Honoring Cesar Chavez’s Birthday by Supporting the Farm Workers for Whom He Gave His Life

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Common Dreams Highlights Thursday, 12 March, 2015

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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With TPP at ‘Make-or-Break Point,’ Fast Track Foes Prepare for Battle
by Deirdre Fulton
Stakeholders in the U.S. who have lined up against the agreement also see the next few weeks as a critical turning point in the fight over Fast Track and the so-called “free trade” deals that authority is designed to promote.

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Sanders: Iran Letter Shows GOP Senators Just ‘Itching for War’
by Jon Queally
Despite the rhetoric of the letter, there is no evidence showing Iran has an active nuclear weapons program and the nation’s leadership has repeatedly stated that it has no current ambitions for such a program.
On Ukraine, Will Obama Heed Call for Caution?
by Lauren McCauley
Obama’s reluctance contrasts the opinions of other lawmakers and officials, who in recent days have continued to push for sending armaments.
Ferguson Police Chief, City Manager Resign
by Nadia Prupis
Both men were named in the U.S. Justice Department’s scathing report on the racist and unconstitutional policing and municipal court system in the city.
Scientist Who Exposed Health Impacts of Burn Pits in Iraq Awarded Rachel Carson Prize
by Lauren McCauley
The team’s findings matched samples of titanium and magnesium found in the lungs of U.S. veterans who had been exposed to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq. Savabieasfahani says she is hoping to expand her research in Iraq, now that people “are more aware of the situation.”
In Turnaround, Swedish Supreme Court to Hear Assange Appeal
by Nadia Prupis
Assange has repeatedly argued that extradition to Sweden will allow him to be sent to the U.S., where he faces espionage and conspiracy charges for his role in publishing a cache of military and State Department documents in 2010.
Unjust Public Policies Drive the Massive Racial Wealth Gap in America: Study
by Sarah Lazare
It is vital “to find new opportunities to address the way that we’re constantly perpetuating this disparity between black, white and Latino families,” Ruetschlin continued.
The Women are Coming, and They Mean Peace: Historic March Across Korean DMZ Announced
by Andrea Germanos
The walk is spearheaded by Women De-Militarize the Zone, an effort founded by writer and peace activist Christine Ahn, who wrote that “the DMZ continues to divide the Korean peninsula with recurring tensions that serve as a sobering reminder of the possibility of renewed war.”
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Fukushima: Amidst Radioactive Ruins, Renewable Energy Revolution Soars
by Harvey Wasserman
It’s a fight we can’t afford to lose. It’s a victory we must soon embrace … with the utmost relief and joy.
The Student Debt Time Bomb
by Chuck Collins
This debt keeps young people from starting families, buying houses, and taking risks on new businesses. It also exacerbates the growing problem of wealth inequality and declining social mobility, since it gives debt-free graduates from wealthier families an enormous head start over their peers.
Official Washington’s Delusions on Delusions
by Robert Parry
The chasm between reality and the U.S. political/media elite continues to widen with Official Washington’s actions toward Iran and Russia making “the world’s sole remaining superpower” look either like a Banana Republic (on Iran) or an Orwellian Dystopia (regarding Russia).
After Ringling’s Announcement, What’s the Next Elephant in the Room?
by Paul Shapiro
For too long, we’ve ignored the consequences of our actions against the animals with whom we share our planet, and the results have been profoundly regrettable for both them and us.
A Lesson from Fukushima: A Safe, Clean Energy Future Will Be Nuclear-Free
by Kendra Ulrich
Relying on nuclear to fulfill Japan’s climate obligations is betting the future of the planet and generations of people to come on a politician’s fantasy.
The Risks of Mishandling the Tikrit Offensive
by Sharif Nashashibi
It requires inclusivity and respect for human rights. Otherwise, ISIL will either make a comeback, or will be eclipsed further down the line by another jihadist successor.
Will Podemos Rescue Spain’s Unemployed Youths?
by Mark Weisbrot
Unemployment is what matters most; there is substantial evidence that long-term unemployment has numerous social costs besides loss of income, including on mental and physical health, suicide rates, life expectancy, and the well-being of the children of the unemployed.
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The Oracle Report | Thursday, February 12, 2015

FROM WISE OWL J in ARiZONA

FROM WISE OWL J IN ARIZONA

The Oracle Report – Thursday, February 12, 2015

“Outposts” – Aquarius Lunar Cycle: January 20 – February 17, 2015

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“The Black Moon Transit of Virgo: November 27, 2014 – August 25, 2015”

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Third Quarter Moon Phase: revise, reassess

Moon in Scorpio/Sagittarius (11:45 am ET/4:45 pm UT)

Ruling Wisdom Goddess: Matangi (The Goddess Who Takes Care of Details)

Skill: bring balance

Positive Imprints: confidence, endurance, completion, applied creativity, following intuition, gaining awareness of something, satisfied desires, basic interpretations, simplicity

Catalysts for Change: class systems, servitude, neglect, rocky roads, running on empty, ignoring the physical body, dissatisfied

Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Month: “an old adobe mission” (projecting plans into the future, inner spiritual retreat)

Ironically, as the last three days of this year’s hyper-dominant, aggressive energy of “the ruler of a nation” is completing, today’s energy favors pure intentions and innocent motives.

Balance tries to be restored today to places that are out of balance or are overcompensating. Is something out of balance for you? Does something need to be adjusted? If a breath of purity and innocence blew through, what would change? What would it cause you to do?

Balance within romantic relationships is particularly highlighted with this energy. A transformation is trying to occur within hearts. The energy aims to restore and rekindle dimmer flames. It also aims to redistribute the “fuel” of heart fires, so that both people share in giving and receiving. If the relationship heavily tilts toward one person doing most of the giving and one person doing most of the receiving, this issue will surface for revision (though it may mask as another issue).

Balance within the body is also highlighted today, so if you have been neglecting your body, make up for it today. Your body will thank you because today’s energetics amplify any effort to strengthen the health of the body. All bodies are connected, so when we work on the physical body, we are simultaneously working on the emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies.

Balance within our work comes today when we bring a creative element into the logical realm. Projects or tasks that have been mired in detail and need a little creative boost receive it today if we draw down the mental chatter and draw open space for something new to enter – to change it up. Mercury has stationed direct and things are beginning to untangle, bringing air and area for movement.

The Moon will conjunct Saturn at 7:30 pm ET/00:30 am UT at the degree of “an old owl up in a tree.” As the day progresses, wisdom seeks us, though we may be too weary to receive it. It’s best to not overthink things after the Sun goes down wherever you are tonight. Be the wise owl in the tree, observing and taking it all in, then turn it over to a higher power when you go to sleep. Let go and let the field transform.

The field of consciousness is shifting as we energetically close out the past year and prepare for a new (and exciting!) year. We continue to hold the line as the year abates, vigilantly watching the patterns change, and remaining firmly connected to nature and the beauty it brings to help us live in the full, present moment.

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Truthout Daily Digest | Thursday, February 5, 2015

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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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

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

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Democrat Rahm Emanuel Puts Chicago Up for Sale

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Suppressed EU Report Could Have Banned Pesticides Worth Billions

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The Pipeline Fight Pitting Native Americans Against Big Oil

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

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B Is for Billion: What Military Cuts?

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Truthout Daily Digest | Thursday, 29 January 2015

From the Concorde to Sci-Fi Climate Solutions

Almuth Ernsting, Truthout: Touting “sci-fi climate solutions” – untested technologies not really scalable to the dimensions of our climate change crisis – dangerously delays the day when we actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Remembering the Paris Commune: When Workers and Women Rose Up Against the Oligarchy

John Merriman, Basic Books: Many historians regard the Paris Commune as the precedent for subsequent uprisings against the plutocracy and ruling elite. Who were the Parisians who revolted against the ruling class ensconced in Versailles and suffered deadly retribution as a result?

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First Anti-Islam March by Pegida Movement Fizzles in Denmark

Linda Pershing, Truthout: On January 19, 2015, supporters of the Pegida movement participated in their first Copenhagen rally, following earlier anti-Islam events in Dresden. In response, four times as many people showed up for an anti-Pegida rally to oppose their efforts.

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Seeking Accountability: Palestine’s Recourse to the ICC

L. Michael Hager, Truthout: Impunity for Israeli war crimes encourages more gross violations of international law. Palestine’s application to the International Criminal Court is a welcome step toward accountability.

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The Attack on Human Rights in Haiti: An Interview With Jackson Doliscar, Part II

Beverly Bell, Other Worlds: Community organizer and rights defender Jackson Doliscar speaks of the efforts of the Haitian government to silence advocates of human rights, land rights and housing rights. The Haitian government is becoming increasingly autocratic, ruling by decree.

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Billionaires Won’t Be Happy Until the US Becomes Austerity-Ravaged Greece

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Billionaires don’t need a social safety net, and they don’t care if working-class people are thrown onto the streets to starve. If anything, doing that provides them with cheaper and more desperate labor. The rich don’t want their not-so-hard earned money going to help others.

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The Hunting Ground: Film Exposes How Colleges Cover Up Sexual Assault and Fail to Protect Students

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Two recent court cases mark a rare example where students accused of sexual assault have actually faced punishment. The Hunting Groundshows how colleges and universities across the nation are covering up sexual assaults and failing to protect students from repeat offenders.

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After Four Decades With Roe, US Women Still Need Abortion Access and So Much More

Andrea Flynn and Shulie Eisen, Next New Deal: As economic inequality takes center stage in politics, it’s important to remember that reproductive justice and bodily autonomy are just as essential for secure lives.

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Cuba and US Skirt Obstacles to Normalization of Ties

Patricia Grogg and Ivet González, Inter Press Service: The biggest discrepancies in the first meeting to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States, after more than half a century, were over the issue of human rights. What stood out in the talks, however, was a keen interest in forging ahead, in a process led by two women.

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Jim Hightower | Not Lovin’ It

Jim Hightower, OtherWords: McDonald’s is in the hot seat and now faces upward of 100 federal charges of labor law violations for retaliating against workers seeking higher wages and the freedom to unionize without corporate retaliation.

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Learning From American Sniper

Rory Fanning, Jacobin: As Vietnam taught us, if we want to build a successful antiwar movement, we have to engage the soldiers fighting the wars. American Sniper, if we take it seriously, might help us do just that.

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Save Us From Washington’s Visionaries: In (Modest) Praise of a Comforting Mediocrity

Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch: As Obama and his team muddle toward their finish line, their achievements negligible, we might even express a modicum of gratitude. At least they managed to steer clear of truly epic disasters on the foreign policy front.

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Disproportionate Emphasis on European and US Victimhood Is Racist

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is an injustice to confine the outpouring of public mourning for victims of violence to those of white European identity.

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US Incarceration System Facilitates Breakdown of Society

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Will the Obama Administration Finally Bring the CIA Torturers to Justice?

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French Government Creates Bizarre Checklist That Is Islamophobic

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Something Really Really Terrible Is About to Happen to Our Coral

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Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit as Senate Debates Keystone XL

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The Strange Case of Darren Wilson’s Mysterious Disappearing Duty Belt

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Why This Baby’s Mom Is So Angry at the Anti-Vaxxers

Read the Article at The Washington Post

(I haven’t read this last article yet but I am disappointed in Truthout for joining the mainstream media in this latest crusade against the anti-vaccine movement. The problem with vaccines in my opinion is not the germs but the poisonous additives and preservatives like mercury-a well known cumulative neurotoxin. I like the idea of vaccinations but I do not appreciate the corporations making public health a cash cow at the expense of innocent children. This should not be a partisan issue with liberals joining the corporations side in mocking the anti-vaccine movement. That shows a disgusting lack of awareness and Orwellian mind programming.

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