17 May

Truth Out Today, 17 May 2012

Thursday 17 May 2012

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Judge Rules NDAA “Indefinite Detention” Provision Unconstitutional, and More
In today’s On the News segment: College graduates see high unemployment, nuclear contamination fears in Japan increase, a Washington lawmaker is barring women from an abortion bill hearing, JPMorgan Chase reports an additional $1 billion loss, and more.
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Mobilizing Military Moms Against NATO
Sarah Lazare, Truthout: “The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are marked by widespread mental health problems among US service members, with nearly one in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reporting symptoms of PTSD or severe depression. The Army’s own studies show an alarming spike in Army suicides which have soared past civilian rates These grim statistics continue to climb: 2011 saw the highest number of Army suicides in military history, with 164 soldiers reported to have taken their lives. This coincides with a 2011 spike in violent sexual assaults perpetrated by active duty soldiers, mostly targeting young active duty female soldiers.”
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Truthout Contributor Richard Wolff on Challenging Capitalism in His New Book, “Occupy the Economy”
Matt Renner, Truthout: “Can we challenge capitalism and prevail, considering that the top 1 percent control 50 percent of the available capital and the top 5 percent some 70 percent of the nation’s private funds? Richard Wolff is a closely followed Truthout contributor on economics. Currently, you can obtain his just-released ‘Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism’ directly from Truthout.”
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Occupy the Farm Dug In, Dug Up
Susie Cagle, Truthout: “The crowd cheered as the chains on the gates were cut open and hundreds flooded onto the Gill Tract, several acres of University of California (UC) property that have been contested for more than a decade. They brought tools, straw, chickens in portable coops and 15,000 starter plants that had been growing in green houses around Northern California for the past several months before finding their home in this Class I soil in the sleepy bedroom community of Albany, just north of Berkeley. Three weeks later, police in riot gear raided the property, arresting nine activists, including Dayaneni.”
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Activists Win Preliminary Injunction Blocking Enforcement of NDAA’s Military Detention Provision
Jason Leopold, Truthout: “Seven journalists and activists who sued President Barack Obama earlier this year over the controversial indefinite detention provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) were handed a surprise victory Wednesday by a federal court judge who issued a preliminary injunction blocking its enforcement. Congress may go a step further. An amendment to the 2013 NDAA introduced by Reps. Adam Smith (D-Washington) and Justin Amash (R-Michigan) would eliminate the provision in the bill that authorizes indefinite military detention without trial for those captured in the US.”
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GOP Super PAC Weighs Hard-Line Attack on Obama
Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times News Service: “A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the ‘super PAC’ era and attack President Obama in ways that Republicans have so far shied away from. Timed to upend the Democratic National Convention in September, the plan would ‘do exactly what John McCain would not let us do,’ the strategists wrote.”
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Occupy Chicago Takes on the War at Home
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: “In a week of action before the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit hits Chicago, activists are connecting the war abroad waged by NATO and its associates with the war at home, waged by some of the 1 percent that are welcoming and profiting from bringing the summit to Chicago. ‘What we have is a war in our communities and that war is done by the global 1 percent,’ said Brian Bean, an activist with Occupy Chicago. ‘The same people that will be meeting in McCormick Place [for the summit] in a couple of days drop bomb in Afghanistan and destroy our homes here in America. That is why we are here to fight back. Today we take back our homes, tomorrow we take back our world.'”
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Court Ruling May Force Advocacy Groups to Disclose Secret Donors
Matea Gold, The Los Angeles Times: “Election law lawyers expect most groups will now try to find alternative methods of communicating rather than reveal the sources of their funding. But just the possibility that the curtain will be pulled back to reveal who has been driving campaign-related ads has buoyed reform advocates. ‘It’s the first major breakthrough in overcoming the massive amounts of secret contributions that are flowing into federal elections,’ said Fred Wertheimer, president of the reform group Democracy 21. ‘It certainly gives us momentum.'”
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Kucinich: NDAA Authorizes War Against Iran
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, The Office of Dennis Kucinich: “This week, Congress is considering two pieces of legislation relating to Iran. The first undermines a diplomatic solution with Iran and lowers the bar for war. The former Chief of Staff of Secretary of State Colin Powell has stated that this resolution ‘reads like the same sheet of music that got us into the Iraq war.’ The second authorizes a war of choice against Iran and begins military preparations for it. A plain reading of these provisions in H.R. 4310 taken together with H.R. 568 makes it clear: Congress is setting the stage for war with Iran.”
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Are JPMorgan’s Losses a Canary in a Coal Mine?
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Co.: “That sound of shattered glass you’ve been hearing is the iconic portrait of Jamie Dimon splintering as it hits the floor of JPMorgan Chase. As the Good Book says, ‘Pride goeth before a fall,’ and the sleek silver-haired, too-smart-for-his-own-good CEO of America’s largest bank has been turning every television show within reach into a confessional booth. Barack Obama’s favorite banker faces losses of $2 billion and possibly more – all because of the complex, now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t trading in exotic financial instruments that he has so ardently lobbied Congress not to regulate.”
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Preying on the Poor: How Government and Corporations Use the Poor as Piggy Banks
Barbara Ehrenreich, TomDispatch: “It’s not just the private sector that’s preying on the poor. Local governments are discovering that they can partially make up for declining tax revenues through fines, fees, and other costs imposed on indigent defendants, often for crimes no more dastardly than driving with a suspended license. And if that seems like an inefficient way to make money, given the high cost of locking people up, a growing number of jurisdictions have taken to charging defendants for their court costs and even the price of occupying a jail cell.”
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Pilots as Lab Rats: The Reprehensible Risk-Taking on the F-22 Raptor
Dina Rasor, Truthout: “But the Air Force hates to admit that their highly classified stealth – their major justification for every new airplane they have bought for the last thirty years – could poison and condemn their workers, mechanics and pilots to cancer. Instead, they circled the wagons around the ‘hypoxia’ theory, then ordered the pilots back into the air without knowing or fixing the root cause. Asked about the danger to pilots’ lives, the generals declared the risks acceptable, citing the need to keep flying to collect data in the hopes of getting to the bottom of their problem. In other words, they were comfortable with using their highly F-22 trained pilots as lab rats.”
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Abu Ghraib and Hiroshima by PowerPoint and Lectern
Michael L. Weinstein, AlterNet: “This latest revelation from JFSC constitutes an open call for the genocide of over a billion and a half men, women, and children. An ‘elect nation’ arrogance, wrought from the insuperable alloy of fundamentalist Christian extremism and American exceptionalism, systemically bathes the halls of the Pentagon, military academia, and our approximately 1,000 military installations scattered around the world in about 150 countries. Let us call it what it is: a racist, bigoted repugnance.”
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Not in My Backyard! As Local Government Attacks on Women’s Health Increase, Citizens Are Fighting Back
Jenny Dodson, RH Reality Check: “These cases serve as strong reminders that while we keep our eyes on the state and national stages, it’s important to be vigilant in our own backyards. These battles show that attacks are taking place at the local level – and advocacy here can have a direct and powerful impact. Regular people who don’t have the time or energy left over at the end of their day to focus on the national battles become energized and angry when the war on women comes to their city.”
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NRA Double Standard: Black Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for “Standing Her Ground” in Florida
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “Marissa Alexander, a black victim of domestic violence, just received the full brunt of the racial double standard on ‘Stand Your Ground’ NRA/ALEC laws. In Florida, where Trayvon Martin was killed, Alexander was just sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing off a warning shot to fend off her abusive husband. It’s important to note that Alexander received a sentence in jail, even though she was allegedly defending herself – and no one was hit or injured by the shot.”
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Judge Blocks Enforcement of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
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NYPD Loses Face and First Occupy Wall Street Trial
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The Ongoing Racket of Glenn Beck’s Dog Whistles
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Romney Ropes Off Media to Avoid Making Unscripted Gaffes
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Massachusetts Marks Eighth Anniversary of Gay Marriages
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Census: Minority Babies Are Now Majority in United States
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Report: Obama Wants Tough Rules After JPMorgan Loss
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