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Truth Out Today, July 30, 2012

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On
the News With Thom Hartmann: Probe Reveals For-Profit Colleges’ Questionable
Compensation Practices, and More

In
today’s On the News segment:
The House Committee on Oversight and
Government Reform finds for-profit colleges pay executives massive salaries
based solely on schools’ profitability, a Koch-bankrolled climate scientist
hired to debunk climate change evidence bites the wealthy hand that feeds him,
Justice Antonin Scalia tells Fox News there’s no right to privacy in the
Constitution, and more.

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the Video and Read the Transcript

William
Rivers Pitt | The Ballot or the Bullet

William
Rivers Pitt, Truthout:
“A nation that cannot summon the will or
self-interest to turn out more than 60 percent of its populace during a
presidential election is a nation that happily puts its own neck in the noose,
and then pules like a spoiled child when the rope chafes and constricts.”

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the Article

Chris
Hedges | The Ruling Elite and the Perversion of Scholarship

Chris
Hedges, Truthdig:
“Fraternities, sororities and football, along with
other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American
universities. They have inverted the traditional values of scholarship to turn
four years of college into a mindless quest for collective euphoria and athletic
dominance.”

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the Article

In
Israel, Romney Talks Tough Against Iran

Sheera
Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers:
“Romney had to back away from a
statement from a top adviser promising support for unilateral Israeli military
action against Iran.”

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the Article

Terrifying
Peace: Living Within a Permanent War Economy

Kingsley
Dennis, Truthout:
“Much of the world has been plunged into a state of
mental and emotional warfare; the heightened activities of terrifying peace now
characterize the social construction of the global war on terror.”

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the Article

Dean
Baker | The CEO Plan to Steal Your Social Security and Medicare

Dean
Baker, Truthout:
“Many of the same folks who brought the economy to
ruin just a few years ago are now going to come up with a plan that is supposed
to set the budget and the economy on a forward path. At the center of their
proposal are big cuts in Social Security and Medicare.”

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the Article

US
Policing: Institutionalizing Brutality?

Shihab
Rattansi, Al Jazeera English:
“Extreme police tactics are not a new
phenomenon in the US. But in the age of social media, police violence, such as
the shooting of unarmed people and the use of pepper spray and taser guns, is
being documented for the world to see.”

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the Video and Read the Article

Syria:
What Russia and China Have Learned From the Last NATO War

Uwe-Jurgen
Ness, Uwe-Jurgen Ness:
“In the last few days, the UN Security Council
passed two resolutions on the civil war in Syria, on the basis of which the
first part of a UN mission was delegated in order to ensure a ceasefire. What
the media coverage misses is the question of what position the Security Council
is taking vis-a-vis the use of force: who will answer for acts of violence and
violations of human rights?”

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the Article

Paraguay’s
Bitter Harvest: Monsanto and Rio Tinto Reap Benefits From Coup
Government

Benjamin
Dangl, Toward Freedom:
Shortly after taking office, Federico Franco’s
right-wing government fast-tracked a deal for a $4 billion dollar aluminum plant
on the shores of the Parana River and moved ahead to approve the use of GMO
cotton seeds.

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the Article

As
Aurora Holds the Nation’s Attention, Police Shootings Are a Daily
Routine

Stephen
Salisbury, TomDispatch:
While the media is saturated by coverage of the
Aurora movie theater shootings, police continue to shoot and kill people across
the country: Many are young; many are people of color; some are armed; and some,
like Manuel Diaz in Anaheim, are not.

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the Article

BuzzFlash

Tuberculosis
Contamination May Spread in Florida Due to Cutbacks by Florida Gov. Rick
Scott

Mark
Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout:
“The governor of the Sunshine State – if
criminal justice were fair and not subject to granting the wealthy impunity –
would very possibly be serving a prison term instead of being ensconced in
Florida’s governor’s mansion. Therefore, it is tragically ironic that, according
to The Political Carnival, ‘Florida sends TB patients to [a] $35-a-night motel,’
and that Rick Scott’s state government is ‘accused of [the] covering up of the
worst TB outbreak in 20 years.'”

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the BuzzFlash Commentary

 

Privatization:
The Big Joke That Isn’t Funny

Read
the Article at BuzzFlash

House
Republicans Campaign to Narrow Access to Birth Control, Abortion Care and Cancer
Screenings

Read
the Article at The New York Times

Voter
ID Laws Could Swing Swing States

Read
the Article at Politico

What’s
Chick-fil-A’s “Biblically Based Principles” Got to Do With Being Anti-Gay?

Read
the Article at BuzzFlash

Candidates
Look Overseas for Campaign Cash

Read
the Article at The Associated Press

Charlie
Rose: Capitalism in Crisis?

Read
the Article at The Charlie Rose Show

Keystone
XL Pipeline Is Issue of Property Rights for Some Ranchers

Read
the Article at The Washington Post

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