02 Aug

Truth Out Today, August 2, 2012

On the News With Thom Hartmann: A 21-Year-Old in Arkansas Was Shot in the Head While Handcuffed in the Back of a Police Car, and More

In today’s On the News segment: In one day, Big Oil earns $342 million in profit; the number of Americans in low-wage jobs is expected to hold steady over the next decade; a 21-year-old in Arkansas is dead after he was mysteriously shot in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car; and more.

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 Noam Chomsky | In Hiroshima’s Shadow

Noam Chomsky, Truthout: “The current escalation of the, ‘undeclared war,’ against Iran increases the threat of accidental large-scale war. Some of the dangers were illustrated last month when a US naval vessel, part of the huge deployment in the Gulf, fired on a small fishing boat, killing one Indian crew member and wounding at least three others. It would not take much to set off a major war.”

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Defense Companies Use Congress to Save Their Profits, No Matter What

Dina Rasor, Truthout: “All the members of Congress will talk a good game when it comes to going after waste and fraud in the Pentagon in their campaign literature to look tough when the next overpriced weapon or spare part hits the press, but they are counting on the Pentagon contractors to keep them fat in campaign contributions and to make sure that the contractors have got the Congress’ back.”

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Work Sucks: How the Movie “Office Space” Proves Radicalism Lives in the Mainstream

John Kane, Truthout: “Few films in recent decades have so successfully spoken to the day-to-day realities of service sector employment as 1999’s ‘Office Space.’… Though a comedy, it subtly confronts its viewers with a number of questions which thinkers within radical and leftist political circles have pondered for quite some time: Why are jobs often so dissatisfying? Why do many of us constantly seek out ways of escaping? Can anything be done about it?”

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Gore Vidal and the Unfinished American Revolution

John Nichols, The Nation: “Gore Vidal loved America in the way the best of the founders did. Indeed, he seemed at times, to be the last of their number – a fierce defender of the purest, most revolutionary of ideals at a time when the contemporary political class prattled on about constitutional principles they neither understood nor valued.”

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Annan Resigns as Syria Peace Envoy

Rick Gladstone, The New York Times News Service: “Kofi Annan, the special envoy of the United Nations and Arab League who has sought unsuccessfully for months to resolve the Syrian conflict, has submitted his resignation Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations said on Thursday.”

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Paul Krugman | Romney Still Doubling Down on Failed Policies

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “There’s a tone of incredulity to the writings of Romney apologists. It seems as if they can’t believe that the magic words – Capitalism! Free markets! Job creators! – aren’t silencing his critics. After all, they say, wasn’t Mitt Romney just doing what has been standard for the past 30 years?”

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Gar Alperovitz | Change Will Occur

Gar Alperovitz, Truthout: “For most Americans the idea that a ‘different system’ might be possible is something very few have considered. With the collapse of the Soviet Union – and the decline of older, more democratic visions of socialism – what, specifically, would it mean to ‘change the system’?”

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How to Bring the Major Oil Companies Ashore and Halt the Destruction of Our Oceans

Subhankar Banerjee, TomDispatch: “Shell is getting ready to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, an ecosystem staggeringly rich in life of every sort, and while it’s not yet quite a done deal, the prospect should certainly focus our minds. But first, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the mind-boggling richness of the life still in our oceans.”

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Hiding America’s Recent History

Danny Schechter, Consortium News: “The system is manned by ideologists and choked with ideology, constantly leading to so-called intelligence ‘failures’ that fill many library shelves…. One reason: so much money is invested in covert media operations that spin and distort reality that the people inside the ‘deception machine’ believe the news that they themselves plant and fabricate.”

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What a Single-Payer Health Insurance Plan Looks Like

Paul Jay, The Real News Network: “The debate about health care is continuing. Supreme Court has found what people call Obamacare constitutional. It will come into full force in 2014. But proponents of what’s called single-payer health care or government-run health insurance plans are continuing to fight, and the evidence seems to be on their side.”

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