Saturday, September 20, 2014 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION
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Citizen Journalist Arrested, Jailed for Asking Wisconsin Politician a Question
Carl Gibson
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“Oh shit, they’ve got four cops coming after me! You guys, they’ve got four cops coming after me for asking questions on camera. Five! Five cops on me, for asking a question…Seven officers!” -Miles Kristan, July 31, 2014, minutes before his arrest

The Arrest

29 year-old Miles Kristan was on his way to Wisconsin State Assemblyman Peter Barca’s press conference when he ran into Barca on the way. Kristan asked him a simple question: was Barca ...

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A Rough Month in America for Women
Froma Harrop
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Mark Sanford's heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That's how Chapur found out, too.

Gallantry has been in especially short supply this month. Prominent American men have been roughing up their women in spectacularly public ways — ranging from coldly calculated mind games to a knockout punch.

September opened with former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's ...

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MIT Scientist Exposes Consequence of Monsanto’s Glyphosate and Aluminum Cocktail
Christina Sarich
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By 2025, half the kids born in the U.S. will be diagnosed with autism, according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She, like many others says autism isn’t just genetic – it is almost surely due to environmental factors. Just a couple of those factors are ...

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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America
Chris Hedges
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Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis., before a crowd of about 2,000. His address followed one there by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who seems to be preparing to run in the Democratic presidential primaries. The Fighting Bob Fest, the annual event at which they ...

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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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Harvard Business School’s Role in Widening Inequality
Robert Reich
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No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School – inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.

A survey, released on September 6, of 1,947 Harvard Business School alumni showed them far more hopeful about the future competitiveness of American firms than about the ...

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Berkeley vs. Big Soda
Robert Reich
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I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey.

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Profiting from America’s Misery
Paul Buchheit
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The profit motive fogs the thinking of free-market advocates. The Economist gushes, "Take a bow, capitalism...the biggest poverty-reduction measure of all is liberalizing markets to let poor people get richer." Forbes proclaims its belief in "the unmatched power of capitalism to improve human life."

Self-indulgent capitalists have turned much of America against its own best interests by promoting a winner-take-all philosophy that ...

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NSA’s ICREACH Will Make the NSA Look Like They’ve Been Spying Through a Child’s Broken Kaleidoscope
Christina Sarich
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Ah, this game of mirrors that has appeared before us.

 

The patterns being revealed are truly motley, a polychromatic show of just how repugnant a power left unchecked can become. The DEA, and FBI likely already know where you spent last night, who you were with, and if you have any medical conditions. They also know your bank balance, your five best friends, and the latest conversation you had with one of them about your boss or co-workers. That’s ...

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The GOP’s Fear of Higher Voter Turnout
David Sirota
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It is rare for a politician to publicly deride efforts to boost voter turnout. It is seen as a taboo in a country that prides itself on its democratic ideals. Yet, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week slammed efforts to simplify voter registration.

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What Hackers Did to Celebs? The NSA’s Been Doing that to All of the US Instead of Predicting ISIL
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

There has been a lot of justifiable outrage about the invasion of privacy of celebrities and the posting ...

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Imprisoning, Killing, Spying.
Graham Peebles
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Wrapped in dishonesty, arrogance and paranoia, Ethiopia’s ruling regime is following a nationwide policy of violent suppression and constitutional vandalism.

 

It was the 24th June – midsummer’s day – in the adopted homeland of Andargachew Tsige, when he was detained by ‘Yemeni officials’ (State heavies in suits) whilst transiting through Sana’a to Eritrea. The British citizen and leading Ethiopian political activist was quickly ...

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Public Should Speak Up Before Fed Clamps Down On Jobs
Dean Baker
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The media often cover debates over Federal Reserve Board policy as though it is arcane and technical subject matter beyond the understanding of ordinary people. In this context we are supposed to take the statements of Fed officials as though they are pronouncements from Dr. Science, who “knows more than you do.”

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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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Anthony Gucciardi
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Since the catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March of 2011 irreparably altered the state of the planet for the known future, the incident has been shrouded in nothing but bureaucratic cover ups and government-backed disinformation. Now, within our own borders, top experts turned ...

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Top 5 Reasons ‘Labor Day’ Isn’t for Laborers Anymore
Juan Cole
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Calling the bottom of a river a “bed” is a metaphor.  Imagine the river restlessly sleeping on its muddy mattress.  But when we’ve so internalized a metaphor that we forget it is a figure of speech, as with the phrase “river bed,” it is called a “dead metaphor.”

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The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals
Chris Hedges
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The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism’s response to the climate crisis. It will take place two days before the actual gathering of world leaders in New York called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban ...

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<i>Talking Points:</i> Roots of Racism: Fear, Freedom and Ferguson Part 2
Thomas Magstadt
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The following is part two of three in a series. Talking Points is an exclusive column to NationofChange

 

If a separate country called Africa-America existed, it would be roughly the size of Spain in terms of total population, and larger than Argentina or Ukraine.  According to the US Census Bureau, African-Americans constitute some 14% of the total US population.  About 55% of the 44.5 million black citizens reside in the South.  All the rest – some ...

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Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt Calls on U-Illinois Not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies
Juan Cole
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This item was originally posted on Informed Comment.

Note by Juan Cole:  In the early 1950s, under the influence of Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI), a national witch hunt was conducted for leftists. McCarthy claimed to have a list of 100 Soviet moles in the State Department.  Even former members of the Communist Party, which had been popular in the 1930s Great Depression before Stalin’s crimes were recognized, and which was part of the formal US ...

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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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VIDEO
Teen Activist Walks Across America for Climate Action
Anastasia Pantsios
Video Interview
How the Rich Rule
Dani Rodrik
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

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.

Health

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 95 percent of adult urine samples contain BPA. This shocking statistic confirms the need to completely ban this chemical from daily exposure for the health and safety of humans.

Bee Protection

Not only do bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and many other such pollinators support the ecosystem, they provide healthy watershed and maintain terrestrial productivity.

Climate Change

Just days away from what's been billed as the “the largest climate mobilization in world history,” organizers behind the People‘s Climate March & Mobilization are putting the final details in place.

Animals

Japan announced Thursday that it plans to continue its “scientific” whaling program despite widespread criticism it faced at an international forum.

Dolphins

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.

Climate Change

It's on! The biggest march and mobilization against climate crisis is about to make history.

Student Loans

As Occupy Wall Street marked its third anniversary on Wednesday, one offshoot group, Rolling Jubilee, made a historic achievement as the collective bought and abolished nearly $4 million in debt owed by thousands of students.

Education

A teacher in Florida is taking a stand against state-mandated standardized test and refusing to give them to her young students.

Environment

A way to move away from pollution and waste dependency is planting trees to increase sustainability and one company is offering a biodegradable urn be planted when a person dies to combat environmental pollution at cemeteries.

Fracking

E&B Natural Resources Management, an independent-based oil and gas company, has their sights set on the small, popular coastal city, Hermosa Beach in California as its newest oil drilling location.

China

A silent march through Hong Kong brought thousands of protesters together in a pro-democracy movement that’s quickly gaining ground.

Workers’ Rights

After a week-long strike, workers at Juno Lighting Group in Chicago, Illinois went back to work with an offer that workers helped ratify.

Animals

Rhino poaching is on the rise and if the trend continues, the species could face extinction, but organizations are conducting life-saving missions.

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