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Truth Out Today, 24 May 2012

Thursday 24 May 2012

On the
News With Thom Hartmann: More Than 31 Percent of All American Homeowners Are
Underwater on Their Mortgages, and More

In today’s On the
News segment: Europe is now drawing up plans for the departure of Greece from
the euro zone, the housing crisis continues, the pharmaceutical industry is the
single biggest defrauder of Americans taxpayers in history, and more.
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Messing With Our Minds: The
Ever Finer Line Between News and Advertising

Kingsley Dennis,
Truthout: “The manufacturing of consent is endemic within modern societies.
Throughout history, the need to ‘persuade and influence’ has always been
manipulated by those people in power as a means to maintain authority and
legitimacy. In more recent years, the overall manipulation of the mass public
mind has become less about making speeches and more about becoming a pervasive
presence within the lives of each individual.”
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As
Anti-Protest Law Attempts to Stifle Dissent, 400 Students in Quebec Arrested in
Mass March

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: “In the most recent
escalation in the battle between a Quebecoise government pushing tuition hikes
and striking Canadian students, at least three cities saw mass arrests at
demonstrations against a newly minted anti-protest law that activists are
calling ‘absurd.'”
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Florida
Congressman Demands Gov. Rick Scott “Immediately Suspend” Voter
Purge

Ian Millhiser and Judd Legum, ThinkProgress: “Florida
Congressman Ted Deutch (D) told ThinkProgress today that Gov. Rick Scott was
engaging in a ‘blatant attempt to suppress voter turnout.’ Scott is currently
involved in a massive effort to purge up to 180,000 from the voting rolls. The
list, purportedly of non-citizens, has proven unreliable. Earlier this week,
Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel, a Republican, posted a
picture on Twitter of a voter on the list falsely identified as ineligible, with
his passport.”
Read the Article

Prisoners’ Families Are Paying for State Prison Kickbacks in
Order to Phone Their Loved Ones

Dina Rasor, Truthout:
“Recently, I was speaking to a former prisoner on the effect of prison on his
life. He told me that when you are in prison and then out of prison, you have
two lives, or two personas. Outside of prison, you have your family and close
friends and an investment in the rest of society. Inside prison, you have your
fellow inmates in groups or gangs and the prison guards. He said that the more
that you can keep contact with the outside world, the better chance you have to
keep straight and not identify with and return to the prison world.”
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What Can
Labor Win if It Backs Obama’s Re-Election?

Amy Dean,
Truthout: “As usual in an election year, the labor movement has a lot of
fair-weather friends. Late last month, when hard up for cash for its national
convention, the Democratic Party turned to unions for funds. Labor refused to
bankroll the convention, in part because unions are upset that it will be taking
place in North Carolina, a so-called ‘right to work’ state.”
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Cooperative Banking, the Exciting Wave of the
Future

Ellen Brown, AlterNet: “Globally, the burgeoning
movement for local, cooperatively owned and community-oriented banks is blazing
the trail toward a new, sustainable form of banking. The results may not yet
qualify as the Golden Age prophesied by Hindu cosmology, but they are a major
step in that direction.”
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Pictures
of Second “NATO 5” Informant, “Gloves,” Published for First Time on
Antiwar.com

Steve Horn, Antiwar: “Today, on the morning of
the pre-trial hearing of the ‘NATO 3,’ – who are being charged with ‘conspiracy
to commit terrorism,’ ‘terrorism’ and ‘possession of incendiary devices’ –
another explosive (excuse the pun) revelation has been made by Occupy Chicago.
In an article I published yesterday on Truthout, a picture of only one of the
two police informants, ‘Mo,’ was published in the press for the first time.”

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The Environment Is Dead: Long Live Mother
Nature

Raffi Cavoukian, Rabble: “If decades of environmental
campaigns produced significant gains but have lost the overall struggle to
protect planetary life, that raises key questions: What caused the failure? What
is to be learned? What do environmental organizations, supporters and concerned
citizens do now? What do we say to children, and to young advocates? Where’s the
new strategic road ahead?”
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How to
Forget on Memorial Day: Whistling Past the Graveyard of
Empires

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: “It’s the saddest
reading around: the little announcements that dribble out of the Pentagon every
day or two – those terse, relatively uninformative death notices: rank; name;
age; small town, suburb, or second-level city of origin; means of death (‘small
arms fire,’ ‘improvised explosive device,’ ‘the result of gunshot wounds
inflicted by an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform,’ or
sometimes something vaguer like ‘while conducting combat operations,’
‘supporting Operation Enduring Freedom,’ or simply no explanation at all); and
the unit the dead soldier belonged to.”
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Romney’s
Disastrous Education Agenda: Reward His Donors, Make Sure Money Dominates
Politics

David Halperin, Republic Report: “Mitt Romney has
just released his plan for educating America’s young people, and it’s wholly
consistent with his overall philosophy: Allow money to dominate politics, and
everything will work out great. Except that, when it comes to policies on
college education, we tried that approach under George W. Bush, and it was a
disaster for students and taxpayers.”
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What
Started a Mississippi Prison Riot? Depends on Who You
Ask

Seth Freed Wessler, Colorlines.com: “A Mississippi jail
is on lockdown today after a Sunday night riot left one prison guard dead and as
many as 20 inmates and guards injured. According to sheriff’s reports, the
violence began as a gang feud and soon engulfed the privately operated facility,
which holds 2,500 non-citizens incarcerated for reentering the United States
after deportation and for other charges. But the fragments of information that
have emerged from inmates and advocates suggest that the violence had more to do
with a pattern of abuse and neglect that has emerged at privately run,
for-profit prisons.”
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Drone
Warfare: Killing Our Civil Liberties With a Joystick

Ed
Kinane, Truthout: “Drone warfare is cowardly. A technician jiggles a joystick.
Seconds later, thousands of miles away, a Reaper drone robot airplane fires a
Hellfire missile, maiming or dismembering unsuspecting, unarmed, often
unidentified human beings. That technician, along with his or her chain of
command, plays god – a god who takes no risk in taking those human lives.”

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BUZZFLASH DAILY HEADLINES

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Drone Program Aims to “Accelerate” Use of Unmanned Aircraft by
Police
Read the Article at The Huffington
Post

Candidates and Whistleblowers Continue to Receive Vicious
Attacks
Read the Article at
BuzzFlash

The GOP’s Played-Out Race Card
Read the Article at The
Nation

Did Obama Just Deliver Marriage Equality in Maryland?
Read the article at Mother
Jones

The US Government Is Running a Massive Spy Campaign on Occupy Wall
Street
Read the Article at Business
Insider

Romney Silent on Immigration as Latino Vote Slips Away
Read the Article at Talking Points
Memo

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Entrance Blocked as Protesters Criticize
Huge Tax Break
Read the Article at
DailyKos

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