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21 May

Nation of Change

Monday,
21 May 2012

How
Rural America Got Fracked

Ellen
Cantarow, Op-Ed:
Five hundred million years ago, an ocean surged here,
shaping a unique wealth of hills and bluffs that, under mantles of greenery and
trees, are sandstone. That sandstone contains a particularly pure form of
crystalline silica. Its grains, perfectly rounded, are strong enough to resist
the extreme pressures of the technology called hydraulic fracturing, which pumps
vast quantities of that sand, as well as water and chemicals, into ancient shale
formations to force out methane and other forms of “natural gas.”

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The
Pinkertons Head to Occupy Wall Street

Steve Horn,
News Analysis:
Since its formation in 1852, Pinkerton has been one of
the go-to bodyguards and detectives of the 1-percent. So, perhaps it is only
appropriate that they have resurfaced in the attempt to co-opt and repress the
Occupy movement. Today, Pinkerton is a private sector espionage firm, with
services including general surveillance, cybersurveillance, executive
protection, event management, crisis management and undercover operations. Its
modus operandi has stood the test of time: divide and conquer burgeoning
democratic movements.

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The
Derivative Economy: Can High Finance Get Any Lower?

Thomas
Magstadt, Op-Ed:
The mythological “free market” is not free. It is a
slave to the stock market which is manipulated and, indeed, exploited by
investment bankers, fund managers, and a new breed of free-booting financial con
artists. Remember Enron? The late Kenneth Lay? His partner in crime, the
convicted co-swindler, Jeffrey Skilling, now serving a very long prison
sentence? How about Bernie Madoff, the Ponzi scheme pirate?

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Twenty-Two
States File Brief Asking Supreme Court to Back Off Citizens
United

Ian
Millhiser, News Report:
“Twenty-two states joined an amicus brief that
will be filed today in the Supreme Court by New York Attorney General Eric
Schneiderman (D) calling for the Supreme Court to back off its election-buying
decision in Citizens United. The brief, which supports the state of Montana’s
effort to preserve its ban on corporate money in elections, argues that state
elections present an even greater risk than federal elections of being corrupted
by corporate money.”

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Jim
Hightower | Feeding Obesity

Jim
Hightower, Op-Ed:
“The pioneering innovator in obesity grub comes from
the place where anything goes, and ‘too much’ is never enough: Las Vegas. Many
top chefs have opened four-star restaurants along the Las Vegas strip, but none
can outstrip a local diner when it comes to extravagant excess. The ‘Heart
Attack Grill’ takes pride in deep-fried, and its menu is filled with unhealthy
eats. Renowned for its Quadruple Bypass Burger, Butter Fat Shakes, and Flatliner
Fries cooked in pure lard, the grill brags that it serves food with ‘Taste Worth
Dying For.’”

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Monsanto’s
Mass ‘Super Weeds’ Force Sustainable Farming

Anthony
Gucciardi, News Analysis:
“The super resistant weeds threaten not only
independent family farmers and major agricultural businesses alike, but also the
future of food production. Experts are now calling for a radical change in
farming practices, with time-tested traditional methods being the ultimate goal.
In addition, weed scientists seek to hold a ‘summit’ or panel of sorts to
address the issue in Washington. As a leading task force member who is working
with the USDA on the issue stated, this is a bi-product of rampant biotechnology
that must be remedied by returning to traditional norms.”

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Occupy
G8: Protest Confronts World Leaders at Camp David, Urging Action on Poverty,
Hunger

Amy Goodman
and Juan Gonzalez, Video Report:
“World leaders are convening at the
heavily guarded Camp David in Maryland today for the G8 Summit. Leading
nonprofits such as Save the Children and Oxfam are urging G8 leaders to live up
to a 2009 pledge of $22 billion towards food security in developing nations of
which only a quarter has been met. Activists are also urging G8 leaders to build
on their previous commitments and partner with developing countries to urgently
tackle hunger. We’re joined by Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America,
and Dr. Margaret Flowers, a physician and organizer with the Occupy G8 Peoples’
Summit.”

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How
the Ultra-Rich Betray America

Paul Buchheit ,
Op-Ed:
“Apple got its tax bill down to 9.8% last year. About 2/3 of its
profits remain overseas for tax avoidance purposes. Google, like Apple, avoids
taxes by moving most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands
to Bermuda. Both Apple and Google, along with Microsoft and Cisco, are lobbying
for a repatriation tax holiday to allow billions of overseas dollars to come
home at a greatly reduced tax rate.”

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In
U.S. Steel Town, Fatal Gas Explosion Goes Unpunished by OSHA

Jim
Morris, News Report:
“Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of
1970, American workers are entitled to ‘safe and healthful’ conditions. Nick
Revetta’s death and the events that followed lay bare the law’s limitations,
showing how safety can yield to speed, how even fatal accidents can have few
consequences for employers, and how federal investigations can be cut short by
what some call a de facto quota system.”

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Day
246: Live Coverage of the Occupy Movement


Josh Harkinson, Special Coverage:
“As we enter Day 246 of the Occupy
movements the protests have spread not only across the country but all over the
globe. Thousands of activists have descended on Wall Street these past weeks as
part of the #OccupyWallStreet protest organized by several action groups. What
follows is a live video stream and live Twitter feed of this event.”

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Kucinich
on NDAA: Is this Who We Are as a Nation?

Dennis
Kucinich, Statement:
H.R. 4310 includes language that paves the way for
war with Iran. It specifically calls for aggressive deployment of our armed
services to begin ‘credible, visible preparations for a military option.’ It
directs the Secretary of Defense to pre-position the U.S. Armed Forces in key
locations in the Middle East in order to threaten Iran. It specifically
authorizes actions ‘including military action if required.’

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