From the trillions wasted on war to the willful refusal to face the threat of climate change, we're not going to run out of outrages to cover any time soon. But in order to continue chronicling the injustices committed by the powerful, as well as the brave work of the people fighting back, Truthout needs your continued support. We still need to raise over $20,000 to meet our budget - will you help us?
Bruce Melton, Truthout: Scientist Bruce Melton argues that it's time for the environmental movement and environmental journalism to state the full truth - loudly and often - to counter denialist propaganda. That would entail using the four "poison" words: climate change and global warming.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Show: While all eyes were glued on the Supreme Court this week and the hearings surrounding marriage equality, Americans were dealt a major blow by the other two branches of government.
Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service: According to a new report by a prominent Harvard University researcher, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost taxpayers between four and six trillion dollars, making them the most expensive conflicts in US history.
Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company: Documentary producers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young say "in the US, we learn from an early age to navigate hierarchical social structures, and we have lots of practice competing but little practice cooperating. So we have a lot to learn in order to make cooperatives a success."
Linda Burnham, Portside: Sheryl Sandberg, author of the book Lean In, has taken it upon herself to jump-start the stalled feminist revolution. However, her brand of feminism is as conservative as it gets, says Linda Burnham.
In today's On the News segment: Opponents are expressing anger not only about the "Monsanto Protection Act" content, but also about the secretive way the legislation made its way into the final appropriations bill; lawmakers in Kansas are close to passing a law calling for people infected with AIDS or HIV to be quarantined; activists and labor unions won legislation that ensures New York workers get paid time off when they get sick; and more.
Ozgur Orhangazi, Back to Full Employment: The global unemployment rate is around 6 percent, which translates into a total of 197 million unemployed worldwide - and this number does not include the 39 million who have dropped out of the labor market.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: During Watergate, people went to jail, even former attorney general, John Mitchell. Today, we can't even get miscreant bankers to resign in exchange for their billions in bailouts, much less prosecute them for criminal behavior.
To: The Voters of York Township
Precinct 112, DuPage County, Illinois
Dear Fellow Citizen,
I am privileged to serve as the
Democratic Precinct Committeeman for precinct 112 of York township. I
am currently in my second 2-year term as Precinct Committeeman. Many
of you may have seen me walking around the precinct (or bicycling)
knocking on doors, asking for petition signatures, or handing out
campaign literature. - Please note, the term “Committeeman” is
defined in State law. I would prefer “Representative,” but it
would be expensive to go through the process of first changing, and
then re-publishing the relevant State statutes. In this time of tight
budgets, it's not worth the expenditure of taxpayer funds to pursue.
Please allow me to specify what my
responsibilities are as a Precinct Committeeman:
Collect petition signatures from
registered voters to get Democratic Candidates on the ballot for
elections. Without these signatures, candidates cannot be placed on
the ballot by the Election Commission, and your choices of
candidates in the elections are thus limited. Specific numbers of
petitions from registered voters must be filed with the Election
Commission by candidates as required by State law.
Distribute campaign literature for
Democratic Candidates to the Registered Voters in the precinct. This
is so you know a little about the candidates that will appear on
your ballot in the next election.
Vote for Township and County
Officers of the Democratic party, and vote on Township procedures
and bylaws of the local Democratic Party.
Please note that “Ask for funding
donations” is not on the above list. I will never ask you for
money. The Party and Candidates bear that responsibility.
Please join me in voting for our
Democratic Municipal Candidates on Tuesday, April 9th!!
Please feel free to contact me at the
e-mail address at the top of this page with concerns or issues. I
will do my best to get answers for you from the local party
organizations. I apologize, but I can't give out my phone number, as
I work full-time third shift, and people forget that I'm probably
asleep when most of you are up.
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Federal Judge Questions SEC Checkbook Justice in Assessing Huge Fines But Allowing Financial Firms to Deny Wrongdoing
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: A federal judge finally decides to ask Wall Street regulators a common sense question. If you are assessing a financial firm a $600 million fine for illegal behavior, which they agree to, how can you allow them to deny guilt?
It's easy to be dismayed by the state of American politics. At Truthout and BuzzFlash, we believe that hope is essential, but we know it does not arrive on a wing and a prayer. It comes from the hard work of ensuring accountability and providing positive alternatives to the status quo. We must raise at least $23,000 more to keep this work going: Can you help us with a tax-deductible donation now?
Ellen Brown, Web of Debt: When Americans realize that the alternative is to have their ready cash transformed into "bank stock" of questionable marketability, moving failed mega-banks into the public sector may start to have more appeal.
Stacy Mitchell, AlterNet: Like Midas in reverse, Walmart extracts wealth and pushes down incomes in every community it touches, from the rural areas that produce food for its shelves to the neighborhoods that host its stores.
Dr. Brian Moench, Truthout: Moench proposes a way "to cut energy waste and reduce the nation's emissions of greenhouse gases [that] is very simple, relatively painless and would actually save consumers money immediately, with no upfront costs."
Salvatore Babones, Inequality.org: Cypriot banks have failed because they have engaged in all the risky business practices that US banks taught them. It's no surprise that Bank of Cyprus is now going the way of Citibank. The surprise is that it took so long.
Gaius Publius, America Blog: This is one of the best - and visually interesting - animations about modern capitalism and the political/economic system we've been living in for the last 50 years I've ever seen, says Gaius Publius.
Michael Hudson, New Economic Perspectives: You will hear about rising government debt, not private-sector debt. The press follows this hand wringing, urging governments to balance the budget to restore "fiscal responsibility." The problem is that "fiscal responsibility" is economically irresponsible.
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog: In 2002, the Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Group declared the controversial 1,300 mile-long Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline environmentally and socioeconomically sound. Eleven years later, this shady group is giving the same green light to the Keystone XL pipeline.
Michael Levitin, Occupy.com: The global next generation will be on full display in Tunisia throughout the week as activists and civic organizations at the World Social Forum engage in hundreds upon hundreds of workshops, panels and strategic discussions to redress universal challenges to human freedom and dignity.
While many people think of permaculture as gardening, that's a lot like thinking of math as being about building bridges. Permaculture is a sustainable design science rooted in observation of natural patterns. For example, the same branching pattern of a tree is present in every river, as well as in our own bodies — the pattern maximizes edge, increases diversity, and serves at least a dozen other functions. The very concepts of diversity increasing stability of natural living systems and edge increasing diversity are core permaculture teachings.
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Lanny Breuer Cashes in After Not Prosecuting Wall Street Execs, Will Receive Approximate Salary of 4 Million Dollars
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It happened as BuzzFlash predicted. After not prosecuting Wall Street Execs, former Department of Justice Criminal Chief Lanny Breuer will join his former white collar defense law firm of Covington & Burling to represent some of the people he should have been possibly indicting.
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William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: As the birth of William Rivers Pitt's daughter approaches, he realizes what he wants to teach her: "Do what you can within reach of your arm . . . because anything you touch is part of a tapestry that reaches far and wide, even unto the highest and mightiest seats of power."
Simon Davis-Cohen, Truthout: Davis-Cohen's reading of the Supreme Court hearing of arguments in Bowman v. Monsanto suggests that the essential philosophical, ethical and moral questions underlying the case were not, and will not be, addressed by the court.
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: The majority of the rivers and streams in America are in "poor" or "fair" condition due to pollution and other factors, according to a national survey released this week by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Jason Leopold, Truthout: Homeland Security memos recently released shed little light on the federal government's role in dismantling Occupy Wall Street encampments, but they do show a concern by officials that DHS avoid any connection with brutal crackdowns on protesters.
Ellen Dannin, Truthout: Some argue that the National Labor Relations Act has always been a fatally flawed law that was incapable of keeping its promises of promoting employees' rights to form and join unions and to provide mutual aid and support to one another. But is that true?
In today's On the News segment: After yesterday's landmark challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the pro-equality crowd is hopeful; corporations rake in record profits and pay half as much in taxes as they did just a few decades ago; the Senate will begin voting on gun-control legislation next month; at least 6.2 million children have at least one unemployed parent; and more.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Thomas Q. Napper's award-winning documentary, "Lost Angels," writes Bader, "highlights the friendship, camaraderie and kindness that exist among the more than 11,000 undomiciled people - two-thirds of whom are struggling with psychiatric problems, drug addiction or both" - living in LA's Skid Row.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: People are scratching their heads and wondering when spring will arrive. Thanks to climate change, there is nothing normal about the way the weather is acting right now.
Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: The city of Chicago announced a plan last week that would close 61 public schools. At least 100 people were arrested on Wednesday, March 27, protesting the largest-ever closing of schools.
There's no hope of finding solutions when the problems are presented in half-truths. Fortunately, the writers we publish at Truthout aren't afraid to challenge power and don't dance around touchy issues. But to keep bringing you the raw, unvarnished truth, we urgently need to raise at least $37,000 more this month. Can you make that possible with a tax-deductible donation today?
Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Truthout: Our country's democratic values could be under threat if President Obama fast tracks the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese explain how the TPP would affect our democracy.
Katrina Rabeler, Yes! Magazine: A report intended to help the oil and gas industry squash the anti-fracking movement turns out to be full of useful information - and admits that much of what activists are saying is true.
Michelle Chen, In These Times: Beyond the economics, a more fundamental, unspoken question lies at the heart of the immigration debate: Does Washington place a higher premium on capital or social equity?
Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen, New Republic: Ironically, 100 years after the Triangle fire, we still hear much of the same rhetoric whenever reformers seek to use government to make businesses act more responsibly and protect consumers, workers and the environment.
Jeff Connaughton, Prospecta Press: DC insider Jeff Connaughton explains how a former Democratic Senator, a Wall Street point man, undercut President Bill Clinton on even a minor amendment to hold corporations accountable for intentional deceptive securities fraud.
Sam Knight, Truthout: Representatives from a group of Syrian opposition activists pushing a political resolution to that country's civil war visited Washington, DC, last week. Their perspective faces skepticism from influential quarters in Washington.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Show: Estrogen-mimicking BPA, while mostly banned in Canada and Europe, is widespread in the American food supply; and Americans, particularly gun-loving Americans, seem to have a strong affection for foods that contain it.
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: In today's neoliberal, antidemocratic and German-dominated European Union, the pillage of wealth from the periphery to the core of the euro zone takes place in a physically nonviolent manner through "bailouts" and "bail-ins."
In today's On the News segment: Today, the federal Defense of Marriage Act was challenged before the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor; our public school system is under attack; former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean announced his new political action committee, and more.
Valerie Tarico, AlterNet: Dr. Marlene Winell came up with the label "Religious Trauma Syndrome" to describe harmful experiences with religion. Groups that demand obedience and conformity produce fear, not love and growth.
Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Within days of the Supreme Court hearing a challenge to an Arizona voting registration law that had been adopted as a "model" by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), South Carolina and Nevada advanced bills that appear to track the ALEC/Arizona template.