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Lack of Net Neutrality Threatens Unbiased Journalism, Deadline for Net Neutrality is Fast Approaching
Christina Sarich
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A mere 6 corporations already control 90 percent of all media – that includes television, magazines, newspapers, Hollywood movies, and even, to some degree, the Internet. Now things may get worse with our most free information resource.

Most of us seek alternative media sources because we realize that there is an ‘illusion’ of choice and freedom of information on networks like CNN, Fox, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, 60 ...

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Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’
Amy Goodman
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Next Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grass-roots action. Protesters won’t actually slow the Internet down, but will place on their websites animated “Loading” graphics (which organizers call “the proverbial ‘spinning wheel of death’”) to symbolize what the Internet might soon look like. ...

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Celebs Nix Nude Pix: Whose Problem?
Froma Harrop
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The FBI is looking into what millions of people are looking at : hacked photos of naked celebrities. Pictures from the formerly private collections of Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and others are being posted for the world to see.

We now hear that compromising pix of Kim Kardashian are also circulating. Shocking beyond words.

Cynicism alert: These and other stars habitually thrust titillating photos of themselves ...

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The ‘Spiral of Silence’
Froma Harrop
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With folks yapping all day on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and the rest — how can there be such a thing as a "spiral of silence" online?

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Is Ferguson a Social Media Victim?
Froma Harrop
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Soon the cameras, protesters, gawkers and tweeters will depart Ferguson, Missouri, leaving the question: What will be left of this embattled city when the smoke clears?

We've seen ...

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ISIS to US: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads US Journalist, Holds Tikrit
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, but had to call off their campaign when they ran into minefields, booby-trapped buildings, sniping and artillery and mortar fire on the part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which now styles itself the “Islamic State” (IS).  It took the Sunni Muslim stronghold, birth place of Saddam Hussein, last July.  The ...

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Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist
David Sirota
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As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don't like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors ...

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GMO Debate Heats Up on Mainstream News
Christina Sarich
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The debate on the dangers of GMO seem like they should already be a foregone conclusion, but with industry cover-ups of scientific data, and rigged research, biotechnology advocates are still pushing the safety of genetically modified organisms unchecked.

 

In another attempt to discredit non-GMO supporters, C-Span recently debuted a 2-hour debate at the Vail Symposium in Colorado, between consumer advocate and Executive Director ofInstitute for Responsible ...

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Ranting About Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposes a Hole in His Own Soul
Joe Conason
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Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor's suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the "liberal media" and "despicable leftists" for distorting his innocent message.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Is a Nice Man
Froma Harrop
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When I first encountered Neil deGrasse Tyson, I thought, "What a nice man." He was on the TV screens at New York's Hayden Planetarium, where he's director, urging us to behold the wonder of — to use the biblical term — the heavens.

That impression only grew on seeing his television show, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." Here he bursts with elation over the great scientific breakthroughs, guiding us into the ...

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The Wall Street Journal: The Funny Papers of Modern Journalism
Paul Buchheit
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Funny, in a sad sort of way.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) gets respect from the mainstream because it speaks for the money interests. To many of those outside its golden circle, the commentary of its writers is generally suspect, occasionally frightening, and often unintentionally humorous.

Delusion: Middle-class Americans have more buying power than ever before.

WSJ compares the present day to the 1950s, ignoring changes in education costs, health care ...

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Impeachment? Who Said Anything about Impeachment?
Jim Hightower
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Surely you thought that partisan posturing by far-right Congress critters couldn’t get any nuttier. But here comes the GOP’s claim that all the talk about impeaching President Barack Obama is being led by…Barack Obama!

Having discovered that the larger public is appalled that his party would even consider wasting time on such extremist nonsense, House Speaker John Boehner tried to do a political back flip.

Impeachment talk, he fumed, is “a scam started ...

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Perry Imperils His Own Roadshow
Jim Hightower
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Gosh, the 2016 primaries are a long way off, but look out: Here comes Texas Governor Rick Perry — riding his state’s taxpayer dollars into another GOP presidential bid.

Technically, he’s not campaigning. Yet he’s popping up from New York to California, holding press conferences, running TV ads, meeting with money people, and telling everyone how terrific he is. In other words: campaigning.

Officially, his cross-country ...

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Apple to Build 100-Acre Solar Farm in North Carolina
Christina Sarich
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The city of Claremont, North Carolina has just signed an agreement with Apple, which will allow a 100-scre solar farm to be built, providing 17.5 megawatts of energy annually at the development cost of $55 million. This will be Apple’s third large solar farm in the United States. Of the mega-corporations, Apple continues to be a leader in responsible stewardship of sustainable energy practices.

Apple is currently the only company in the industry that powers its data ...

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Did Israel Go Too Far? The Massacre at the UN School and Refugee Center
Juan Cole
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports for The Nation from Gaza on the Israeli shelling of a U.N. school that killed 16 and wounded 200, even though the school’s coordinates had been given to the Israeli military. Despite Israeli water-muddying, there isn’t any doubt that the Israelis struck the school, nor is there any evidence that the school was an origin point for any Hamas rockets. Indeed, correspondents on the ground find no evidence for Hamas using civilians as human ...

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To Share is Not Always to Share Alike
Froma Harrop
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The online rental booking service Airbnb is a fast-growing empire that pairs travelers with people wanting to profit off a room in their house — or the whole house. Like VRBO, HomeAway and similar platforms, Airbnb occupies the lodging sector of the "sharing economy."

I come not to address the legal concerns such services raise. They do compete with motels and hotels, which are subject to a variety of regulations, while often depriving cities of ...

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Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza
Amy Goodman
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According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days. Overall, the Israeli military has killed close to 700 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, since the assault on Gaza began more than two weeks ago. Details of the slaughter make their way into the world’s media, with horrific accounts of children killed on the beach, of hospital intensive-care units bombed, of first responders, searching for wounded amid the rubble, ...

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A Local Fight for the Future of the Internet
David Sirota
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The business lobby often demands that government get out of the way of private corporations, so that competition can flourish and high-quality services can be efficiently delivered to as many consumers as possible. Yet, in an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its head, with ...

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Top Seven Really Disturbing News from Iraq
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

1.  Last Wednesday Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki angrily lashed out at the Kurds, accusing them of harboring the terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State.’  Since the Kurds have in fact fought the IS radicals, al-Maliki’s charge is hard to take seriously.  Rather, it appears to be a sign of how angry he is that Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani is pressuring him to step down.  I ...

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ABC News’ Diane Sawyer Mistakes Stricken Palestinians for Israelis
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

In the current round of fighting between mighty Israel and the little Gaza Strip, Israeli airstrikes have killed 53 Palestinians.

The supposedly deadly little rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have killed or injured no Israelis, though they have done some property damage.  In fact, those rockets have no guidance systems and very seldom hit anything, mostly landing in the desert. 

Nevertheless, ...

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ISIS: Unanswered Questions
Chris Kanthan
Op-Ed
How Big Telecom Smothers City-Run Broadband
Allan Holmes
News Investigation
VIDEO
Full Show: Maya Angelou on Facing Evil
Bill Moyers
Video Interview

NOC BULLHORN

Oil

Activists in Columbia County blockaded the tracks that lead to Port Westward to protest against oil trains and the climate chaos they create.

Fukushima Progress

More than 16,000 people rallied together in downtown Tokyo to protest the restart of Japan’s nuclear plants.

Animals

Already classified as critically endangered and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List, Irrawaddy dolphins now face further extinction. Sign the petition and help save these dolphins.

Animals

Rhino poaching is on the rise and if the trend continues, the species could face extinction.

Genetically Modified Foods

Stand up to Monsanto and tell the Obama administration to support mandatory GMO labeling.

Environment

On Sunday, a group of 100 members of the Waterkeep Alliance joined the People’s Climate March in New York City to hold polluters accountable for tainting our waterways.

Politics

"war on drugs" has taken a horrible human toll while utterly failing to stem drug use, but an independent campaign is putting forward an alternative to the two-party consensus.

Climate Change

With more than 400,000 protesters swarming the streets of New York City, climate justice is echoing around the world.

Workers’ Rights

With more than 13 million restaurant workers in the U.S., most tipped employees are living below the poverty line while the NRA is pocketing around $660 billion in revenue.

Animals

Unfortunately, sea turtles are vital for Mexico’s black market for their shells, meat, and eggs.

Climate Change

If you are unable to make it to the People’s Climate March today, you can still be part of the march wherever you are.

Climate Change

The People's Climate March has been billed as the largest demonstration of its kind in history.

Climate Change

Today, people will be arriving in New York City for the historic People’s Climate March.

Fracking

A declaration calling for an immediate end to fracking is on the table.

Tar Sands

Now six years into the fight against Keystone XL pipeline, the opposition grew into a national movement that has united the world.

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