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Truth Out Today, September 4, 2011


The Zero Economy
Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog: “The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday no jobs were created in August. Zero. Nada. Well, not quite. The strike at Verizon reduced the labor force by 45,000. Minnesota government employees returned to work, adding 22,000. So in reality, America added 23,000 jobs. Almost zero. In reality, worse than zero. We need 125,000 a month merely to keep up with population growth. So the hole continues to deepen.”
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US Asks Palestinians to Abandon UN Bid for State Recognition
Steven Lee Meyers and Mark Landler, The New York Times News Service: “The Obama administration has initiated a last-ditch diplomatic campaign to avert a confrontation this month over a plan by Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations, but it may already be too late, according to senior American officials and foreign diplomats. The administration has circulated a proposal for renewed peace talks with the Israelis in the hopes of persuading the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to abandon the bid for recognition.”
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The Definitive Guide to Bigotry in the 2012 Republican Primaries (So Far)
Sally Kohn, Colorlines: “There is a reflecting pool between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s capital. Stretched out between the memories of two presidents, the water reminds us that politics are merely a reflection of American society, for better or worse. The best of our society was on display 48 years ago when hundreds of thousands of Americans stood in scenic unity along the reflecting pool in support of civil rights. Today, the 2012 presidential elections reflect a nation still plagued by bias and inequality. Troubled and ugly waters indeed.”
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California DREAM Act Now On Its Way to Gov. Brown’s Desk
Laurel Rosenhall, McClatchy Newspapers: “The California state Assembly voted Friday to send Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that allows undocumented immigrant college students to receive publicly funded financial aid. After a lengthy debate, Assembly Bill 131 – the second part of the controversial measure known as the California Dream Act – cleared the lower house on a 45-27 vote.”
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The White House and Tar Sands
James E. Hansen, Climate Story Tellers: “If the Keystone XL pipeline is approved, can we make a citizen’s arrest on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for violating the Energy Independence and Security Act? If they were put in the back of a hot paddy wagon in DC and held for at least several hours with their hands tied behind their backs, maybe they would have a chance to think over this matter more clearly.”
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Protesters in Israel Take to the Streets Over Rising Prices
Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers: “Demonstrators filled the streets of Israel’s largest cities Saturday night to protest the country’s high cost of living, winding down a summer-long movement that has fizzled in recent weeks because of rising security concerns. Saturday’s protest brought more than 400,000 to the streets, according to initial police estimates, falling short of the ‘million person’ march organizers hoped would be the largest social protest in the country’s history.”
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Earthquakes, Hurricanes Highlight Serious Regulation Flaws
Gregg Levine, Capitoilette: “Step back, and an even larger systemic problem takes shape. Each private energy company made its own decisions on what to do with each of its reactors in the face of an approaching (and somewhat predictable) natural disaster. The call on whether to decrease output or shutdown reactors in advance was not the federal government’s call, not the NRC’s, and not the call of at-risk states or municipalities. There is no federal rule, and, apparently, no federal authority to direct plants on how to operate in cases of multi-region events such as a hurricane.”
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“Divinity of Doubt”: An Agnostic Probes the God Question
Martha Sorren, Truthout: “‘Divinity of Doubt: The God Question’ is not a book about atheism. Bugliosi doesn’t have an interest in being an atheist, but rather takes the Clarence Darrow approach to belief in God and classifies himself as an agnostic… Bugliosi isn’t pretending he knows; he explores the belief that there is a God, while also looking at things logically. Rather than telling you what to think, he asks a lot of questions, which, in turn, encourage readers to reflect and ask questions of themselves and their own beliefs.”
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Stoking Fire: Mountaintop Coal Mining Leads to Birth Defects, Respiratory Illness and Other Health Problems
Eleanor J. Bader, RH Reality Check: “As mountaintop removal [MTR] has horned-in on underground mining, the health maladies of residents of eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and southwest West Virginia – Appalachia – have begun to pile up. Here’s why. MTR requires the use of explosives to reach coal streams, a process that makes it even more perilous than underground mining… But that’s not all: Later, chemically treated liquids are used to wash the coal and, more often than not, this brew ends up in groundwater.”
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The Levers of Power and Wealth Are No Longer Connected to Anything Real
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Republicans Will Insist That the Nation Cannot Afford To Do the Things Necessary to Create Jobs. We Can’t Afford Not to.
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Libyans Hope to Seize Qaddafi Bastion
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More Afghan Soldiers Deserting the Army, NATO Statistics Show
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Black Unemployment Highest in 27 Years
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Rick Perry’s Execution Record Includes the Deaths of Juveniles and the Mentally Disabled
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Uninsured 24-Year-Old Dies of Toothache
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