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February 08 2014

08:00

Five Groups Fighting Climate Change

billmoyers.com - By John Light - Feb. 08 (Special Report) - His first book, The End of Nature, was published the following year, and is cited as one of the first books on climate change written for a general audience. Nearly two decades later, McKibben co-founded 350.org. Today it is one of the main groups

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February 03 2014

08:00

George Lakoff on Communication: "Liberals Do Everything Wrong"

AlterNet - By Zoe Williams - Feb. 03 (Interview) - There's a difference between progressive morality, which is great, and the progressive mindset, which is half OK and half awful."

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January 06 2014

08:00

Lessons from 20 Years of NAFTA

Huffington Post - By Stan Sorscher - Jan. 06 (Special Report) - everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards at home and abroad. The question is not trade versus protectionism. It's good trade policy versus bad trade policy. NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a disadvantage. Since NAFTA, our trade deficits totaled over $8 trillion. We've lost millions of good manufacturing jobs and de-industrialized our economy.

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December 23 2013

08:00

In No One We Trust

readersupportednews.org - By Joseph Stiglitz - Dec. 23 (Opinion) - In America today, we are sometimes made to feel that it is naïve to be preoccupied with trust. Our songs advise against it, our TV shows tell stories showing its futility, and incessant reports of financial scandal remind us we’d be fools to give it to our bankers. That last point may be true, but that doesn’t mean we should stop striving for a bit more trust in our society and our economy. Trust is what makes contracts, plans and everyday transactions possible; it facilitates the democratic process, from voting to law creation, and is necessary for social stability. It is essential for our lives. It is trust, more than money, that makes the world go round.

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08:00

The Hard-to-Believe, Cruel Things Corporate Executives Say About Americans Struggling to Get By

AlterNet - By Paul Buchheit - Dec. 23 (Special Report) - At a time of year when we're inclined to show empathy for people less fortunate than ourselves, some of our top business leaders are notable for comments that show their disdain for struggling Americans. Their words may seem too outlandish to have been uttered, or inappropriately humorous, but all the speakers were serious.

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December 22 2013

08:00

Buses with 'Thank You Edward Snowden' ads hit DC streets Politics, Economics, Business, Russia, International current events, Expert opinion, podcasts, Video

voiceofrussia.com - By Editor - Dec. 22 (News) - In a statement, the organization calls Snowden's repeated leaks of sensitive government information on surveillance is an "individual act of heroism" that "exposes misinformation and lies told to us by politicians"

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December 07 2013

08:00

Catering to Boeing’s corporate demands is beneath us

seattletimes.com - By Danny Westneat - Dec. 07 (Opinion) - The notion that the commoners might take over the means of private production is, indeed, crazy. So isn’t it also crazy that we commoners now are being asked to finance the means of production? I’m referring to the ceaseless demands of the Boeing Co., which is becoming peerless in its pursuit of public subsidies.

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December 05 2013

08:00

State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax

theguardian.com - By Ed Pilkington, Suzanne Goldenberg - Dec. 05 (News Report) - Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the key areas of education, healthcare, income tax, workers' compensation and the environment, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. The strategy for the state-level organisations, which describe themselves as "free-market thinktanks", includes proposals from six different states for cuts in public sector pensions, campaigns to reduce the wages of government workers and eliminate income taxes, school voucher schemes to counter public education, opposition to Medicaid, and a campaign against regional efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

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December 04 2013

08:00

The Lies Behind This Transatlantic Trade Deal

readersupportednews.org - By George Monbiot - Dec. 04 (News Report) - All over Europe people are asking why this is happening; why we were not consulted; for whom it is being done. They have good reason to ask. The commission insists that its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership should include a toxic mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement. Where this has been forced into other trade agreements, it has allowed big corporations to sue governments before secretive arbitration panels composed of corporate lawyers, which bypass domestic courts and override the will of parliaments.

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December 03 2013

08:00

#ShutDownCanada: Anti-Fracking Actions Erupt

Common Dreams - By Lauren McCauley - Dec. 03 (News Report) - Anti-fracking activists across Canada have taken to the streets Monday, answering a rallying call by the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation who have called for an Emergency Day of Action to protest assault on native lands and right to protest. After a series of weekend anti-fracking blockades where members of the Elsipogtog community and their allies faced off against energy company SWN Resources in New Brunswick, supporters of the indigenous protest movement are rallying outside the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.

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November 18 2013

08:00

Because They Can

Huffington Post - By | Stan Sorscher - Nov. 18 (Opinion) - The purpose of an economy is to raise living standards. I'm happy for business to succeed, as long as gains are shared. There is no legitimate policy purpose to have business succeed at the expense of workers, families and communities.

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November 14 2013

08:00

How Uber's Taxi App is Changing Cities

Atlantic Monthly - By Derek Thompson - Nov. 14 (News) - "D.C. is a real pain in my butt," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told the audience at the Washington Ideas Forum this afternoon. In a wide-ranging interview with James Fallows of The Atlantic, Kalanick introduced his company as part of a new wave of tangible technology that is changing urban policy and city protectionism, starting with the taxi lobby. In Washington, he said, a late-night attempt to pass a law to effectively ban Uber prompted a voracious social media response, including 37,000 tweets, which eventually defeated the so-called Uber Amendment. The experience created a "playbook" that Kalanick is taking across the country, and overseas, as he fights to popularize his app, which connects wannabe passengers with on-demand drivers.

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November 07 2013

08:00

Trans-Pacific Partnership: "We Will Not Obey"; Building a Global Resistance Movement

truth-out.org - By Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers - Nov. 07 (Opinion) - We are in a time of transformational change. The opportunity is here to reverse the destruction wrought by rigged corporate trade agreements and to demand trade that is fair and promotes sustainable practices. There is no reason trade cannot improve the lives of workers and people around the world, as well as protect the planet from the rapacious destruction of corporate greed. We need to insist that people and the planet come before profits.

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October 30 2013

07:00

Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050

Huffington Post - By | Stan Sorscher - Oct. 30 (Opinion) - I am 100 percent in favor of trade. Everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards around the world. Equally, I oppose bad trade policies that weaken civil society and harm communities. In simple terms, trade agreements are about trade -- exports and imports. However, these trade agreements also serve as political, social, cultural and moral documents, which set political and social standards for countries and communities.

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07:00

Naomi Klein: Why Science Is Telling All of Us to Revolt and Change Our Lives Before We Destroy the Planet

AlterNet - By Naomi Klein - Oct. 30 (Special Report) - He talked about system boundaries, perturbations, dissipation, attractors, bifurcations and a whole bunch of other stuff largely incomprehensible to those of us uninitiated in complex systems theory. But the bottom line was clear enough: global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient and barrier-free that “earth-human systems” are becoming dangerously unstable in response. When pressed by a journalist for a clear answer on the “are we f**ked” question, Werner set the jargon aside and replied, “More or less.” There was one dynamic in the model, however, that offered some hope. Werner termed it “resistance”

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October 28 2013

07:00

Why Atheists Can’t Be Republicans

AlterNet - By CJ Werleman - Oct. 28 (Opinion) - The atheist movement comprises more than 2,000 groups and organizations in the U.S. today, but the movement, in composition and purpose, has failed to establish a coherent cause outside of validating non-belief and offering platitudes towards protecting the separation of church and state. Another thing one notices with the atheist movement is the fact it is predominantly upwardly middle-class, white and male. Sikivu Hutchinson writes, in her essay “Prayer Warriors and Freethinkers”: “If mainstream freethought and humanism continue to reflect the narrow cultural interests of white elites who have disposable income to go to conferences then the secular movement is destined to remain marginal and insular.”

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October 26 2013

07:00

Comedian Russell Brand's Surprisingly Good Essay on the Possibilities of a Revolutionary Politics

AlterNet - By Russell Brand - Oct. 26 (Opinion) - "Problems that threaten to bring on global destruction are the result of legitimate human instincts gone awry, exploited by a dead ideology derived from dead desert myths."

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August 19 2013

07:00

In Modern Egypt's Bloodiest Period, "New Horrors Are Brought Every Day"

Democracy Now - By Sharif Abdel Kouddous: - Aug. 19 (News Report) - Mass violence continues in Egypt amidst the bloodiest period in the country’s modern history. Around 900 people have been killed since state forces attacked Muslim Brotherhood protest encampments five days ago. At least 173 people were killed in a "Day of Rage" protest called by the Brotherhood on Friday, followed by at least 79 deaths on Saturday. Around 90 police officers and soldiers have died in the violence, but Islamist supporters of the Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsi account for the bulk of the victims. On Sunday, at least 36 prisoners were killed in Cairo after guards said they tried to escape while being transferred.

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07:00

How Schools Have Become Dead Zones of the Imagination

AlterNet - By Henry A. Giroux - Aug. 19 (Opinion) - If the right-wing billionaires and apostles of corporate power have their way, public schools will become “dead zones of the imagination,” reduced to anti-public spaces that wage an assault on critical thinking, civic literacy and historical memory

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August 10 2013

07:00

USA: Americans amazed Australia Has $16 Min Wage and Only Rich Country to Dodge Global Recession

The Real News - By Jaisal Noor - Aug. 10 (Investigative Report) - Over the past year, increasing amounts of fast food and retail workers have been on strike demanding $15 an hour and better benefits and working conditions. Their struggle has spread nationwide, and their demands have been hotly debated in the media. To talk about this issue, we'll go to Australia, where the minimum wage is over $16 an hour for fast food workers.

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