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  • 'Tis the Season to Be Frightened

    Ebola, Dengue fever, West Nile virus ... Republican ideology created some of these threats in the first place, or managed to make others worse. The climate crisis, which Republicans dismiss en masse, is a key ingredient in all of them.

  • The 0.01 Percent's "I Reap All" Accounts

    At least 9,000 wealthy Americans have amassed $5 million-plus sized IRAs. Multimillionaires and billionaires are shielding vast fortunes from taxation with monstrously huge IRAs.

  • Top 10 Epic Reasons Why Americans Should Give a Sh*t About Voting

    By Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, Truthout | News Analysis

    2014 1030 collier sw"Casting a ballot never precludes more direct acts." (Image: #99MileMarch via Shutterstock)Many Americans, particularly the young, believe that voting is an exercise in futility, or worse, an immoral display of support for a fundamentally corrupt political system. Far more appealing is to build a diverse grassroots movement - organically and horizontally - to change our consciousness, our lifestyles, the way we grow our food, harness our energy, travel, trade - and how we treat each other as human beings.

    In other words, direct action to the change the world, starting with ourselves and our communities, seems more viable than investing hope in a political apparatus sold out to big money corporate interests on both sides of the aisle.

    But not everyone feels this way. Some see our current dire situation as more of a yes, and opportunity, as in: Yes, we should do all of the above - radically change ourselves, radically change the world, and radically engage in the political process.

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  • The Shadow Surveillance State Is Really a Secret Religion

    The Shadow Surveillance State Is Really a Secret Religion

    By Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview

    Tom Engelhardt: In the wake of 9/11, the militarization of the country has happened at a relatively rapid pace (and domestically of the police as well). The result, it seems - even in the Ebola crisis, the military is invariably the first option.... Impoverished Cuba sends hundreds of doctors and health care workers to Africa to fight Ebola; we take "fight" literally (evidently) and send in the troops!

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  • Smoke and Mirrors: Essential Questions About "Prison Reform"

    Smoke and Mirrors: Essential Questions About "Prison Reform"

    By Kay Whitlock and Nancy A Heitzeg, Critical Mass Progress | News Analysis

    We are bombarded daily with a blizzard of often competing numbers and narratives regarding the state of criminal injustice. Are prison populations declining?  Have we really “decreased incarceration” and expanded “diversion”? Have racial disparities in criminal justice decreased? Are they no longer relevant?

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