24 Dec

Truth Out Today


The Way to Occupy a Bank Is to Own One
Ellen Brown, Truthout: “The ’99 Percent Declaration’ seeks everything from reining in the corporate state to ending the Fed to eliminating censorship of the Internet. But none of these demands seems to go to the heart of what prompted Occupiers to camp out on Wall Street in the first place – a corrupt banking system that serves the 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent. To redress that, we need a banking system that serves the 99 percent.”
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Going Postal
Michael I. Niman, Artvoice: “There was a time not too long ago when mantles lined with Christmas cards were as ubiquitous as Christmas trees, when birthdays bestowed us with similar arrays, when the US Postal Service would regularly visit our homes and drop off tangible graphic reminders that people loved us – that we were part of a community. Now our hundreds or thousands of Facebook “friends” hit a key and post to our pages…. But my disgust with the radical scheme to kill off the Postal Service has nothing to do with nostalgia or romanticism.”
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House Passes Payroll Tax Cut Extension for Two Months
David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers: “The House of Representatives quickly, quietly Friday approved a two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax, ending a week of rancor and assuring more than 160 million people avoid a 2 percentage point increase next year.”
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Happy Holidays, Corporate America – I’d Like to File a Complaint
Michael Winship, Truthout: “As my Christmas gift to the One Percent, here’s a suggestion to Ryan and all you other ‘job creators.’ Take back some of those millions in executive compensation and invest them in real customer service. Generate work – hire people to take care of the people who buy your products and sincerely, productively respond to their concerns and problems, just like the good old days.”
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Bomb Blasts Hit 2 Security Facilities in Syrian Capital
Kareem Fahim, The New York Times News Service: “Suicide attackers detonated two powerful car bombs outside government offices in Damascus on Friday, in what appeared to be the most brazen and deadly attacks against the government since the start of the uprising in Syria in March…. The news agency said that while some soldiers were killed, most of the victims were civilians.”
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Afghanistan Chronicles, Part 3: Children of Terror
Jim Burroughs and Mary Ann Skweres, Truthout: “The long-term effect on Afghanistan was that, by the time the Soviets finally left the country in 1989, these children had grown up into young adults whose only knowledge of the world was of war, and whose mandate was to set up an extremist Islamic state friendly to Pakistan. They returned to a country still strewn with land mines, where the rural infrastructure had been destroyed and the only jobs to be had were fighting a civil war for one power-hungry commander or another. These motherless boys, taught fundamentalist Islam and trained in the art of war, became the Taliban – warriors with extreme religious convictions, lead by the young, uneducated, but charismatic Mullah Omar, who had earned a reputation for bringing raping and murdering commanders to harsh justice.”
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Follow English Commoners’ Lead: Band Together to Force Corporate Reform
Jeffrey R. McCord, Truthout: “In recent years, senior Wall Street managers relentlessly pursued short-term profit and personal windfalls by any and all means while bringing Main Street to its knees (where it remains to this day.) Meanwhile, most of the managers remain where they were – comfortably in charge and gazing upon the tents of Occupy Wall Street protesters. The problem of bad corporate governance, of course, extends well beyond Wall Street, into the executive suites of many non-banking Fortune 500 members.”
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The New Dark Age
Evaggelos Vallianatos, Truthout: “Universities need to shut down their departments of death and stop preparing students to manufacture nuclear bombs, pesticides, chemical or biological weapons and industrialized farming. Replace this abominable science with the science of solar power and life. John Cobb, a process theologian and philosopher, was right in his denunciation of universities that speed up the plans of rapacious banks and the industrial-military complex, including petroleum corporations responsible for fuelling global warming.”
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Truthout’s Jason Leopold Speaks to RT About Increase in Veterans’ Suicides
Jason Leopold, RT: “With the thousands of lives lost in Iraq, more US soldiers are dying of suicide then dying in battle. In 2010, 468 US troops committed suicide and an average of 18 US soldiers per day die. Many feel that the trauma of war is too much for soldiers handle when returning to civilian life. Jason Leopold, deputy managing editor for TruthOut.Org, joins us to explore the situation.”
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“The Harvest/La Cosecha” Reveals Hardships of Child Farmworkers
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: “The conventional wisdom tells us that eating fruits and vegetables will help us stay healthy. But what about the agricultural workers who pick these crops? Do they also get to benefit from the spoils of their labor? ‘The Harvest/La Cosecha,’ a new film available on DVD directed by U. Robert Romano, answers these questions with a resounding, ‘No,’ and opens with several startling facts. ‘In some countries, children pick crops for 14 hours a day. The United States is one of those countries,’ it begins.”
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