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  • Decades after Edward R Murrow’s Harvest of Shame documentary and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (pdf), U.S. farmworkers still face many of the same problems: extreme poverty punctuated by substandard housing and lack of access to clean water, adequate food, healthcare, and education.
  • “Protecting our Children” in the Wake of Sandy Hook: Psychiatric Surveillance of US Public School Children

Pesticide Action Network

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Decades after Edward R Murrow’s Harvest of Shame documentary and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (pdf), U.S. farmworkers still face many of the same problems: extreme poverty punctuated by substandard housing and lack of access to clean water, adequate food, healthcare, and education.

Farmworkers represent the backbone and marrow of our agricultural economy. Performing some of the most demanding manual labor in any economic sector, farmworkers are also one of the least protected groups from the harms they can experience on the job.

Pesticide Action Network North America works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. It challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.

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“Protecting our Children” in the Wake of Sandy Hook: Psychiatric Surveillance of US Public School Children, James F. Tracy, Global Research

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While presented by the Obama administration as “commonsense solutions to gun violence,“ one is left to consider the long range implications of such an initiative, particularly in light of the Affordable Care Act and the psychopharmaceutical complex’s never-ending drive to expand its clientele.Corporate news media have thoroughly blacked out the Obama administration’s program that further transforms the nation’s public schools in to lucrative referral centers for big psychopharma. 

Al Sharpton: 'Michael Brown has lit a new energy'

  • Brown family representatives holds news conference
  • Calls for police accountability and federal intervention
  • Protesters: ‘Black lives matter’
  • New protests planned after decision not to charge Darren Wilson
  • Read the latest blog summary
  • Ferguson: Justice Is About What Comes After

Tom McCarthy. Guardian

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Tuesday 25 November 2014 | Summary

Here’s a summary of the news conference, which appears really to be over this time:

Brown family representatives called the grand jury process “completely unfair” and urged the federal government to bring a case against officer Darren Wilson.

No one from the Brown family spoke. Michael Brown Sr., the victim’s father, chose not to speak to avoid an expression of raw emotion that could be incendiary, said a family attorney.

The speakers said the state grand jury process turned out to be as flawed as they expected. They said evidence showed a lack of cross-examination and revealed statements by Officer Darren Wilson that conflicted with physical evidence.

The family representatives attacked county prosecutor Bob McCulloch, saying he had acted as a defender of the killer while publicly declaring the guilt of the victim.

Brown family spokesmen condemned the violence in Ferguson overnight “but we also condemn the violence of August 9 that killed Michael Brown.”

The speakers encouraged supporters of the family to rally but not to resort to violence. ““If you burn down buildings, you achieve what?” said Sharpton. “A fire. But you don’t get justice for Michael Brown.”

Sharpton announced a meeting of civil rights activists in Washington next year to carry the movement forward. Michael Brown has lit a new energy for police accountability,” he said.

Tom McCarthy is a live blogger and reporter at the Guardian US.

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Ferguson: Justice Is About What Comes After, Tony Messenger, St Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch  / The Guardian (London) 

Justice has a face. Justice demands it. Illustration: Chloe Cushman for Guardian US Opinion

America is on edge about the Ferguson grand jury decision. But justice is about what comes after that. There will come a day soon when the protests, in whatever shape they take, fall off the front page. No matter what happens, justice will still be possible.

 

2014 Black Friday Walmart Protests

  • Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpgWalmart Workers Take Action: Black Friday 2014Call/Text: 470-223-2014 to see how you can get involved. Or email: support@changewalmart.org .
  • Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever

Black Friday Walmart Protests

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This Black Friday we need to send the Waltons a message. We can’t sit back while their workers go hungry any longer. And Walmart and the Waltons must stop taking illegal actions against Walmart workers who want to work hard and be able to provide for our families.

To take action, you just need to go to your local Walmart with a sign saying that you support the workers fighting for fair pay and respect, get a picture of yourself, and tell the manager you support the workers’ cause. Walmart tracks all of these actions and they have a huge impact. Here’s an example picture!

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Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever, Bryce Covert, ThinkProgress

  • The company has admitted that less than half of its workforce makes more than $25,000. But it could easily raise pay by ending stock buybacks or raising the cost of an item like a DVD by a penny.
  • The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014

 

 

Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media

I believe it important to understand how western media beat the drum of war on behalf of George W. Bush. The echo chamber demonstrated it could be counted on to back acts of aggression around the world with impunity.

Peter Lavelle   Global Research / Rise Up Times

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/newspaperpile-400x216.jpgNovember 18, 2014 | We have recently been hearing a lot about information wars, propaganda and bullhorns. The pitch of this kind of belligerent rhetoric has increased sharply since the advent of the western-induced crisis in Ukraine.

The mainstream media’s echo chamber claim about Russian media goes something like this: “Russian media is powerful and effective because it is well-funded propaganda.” Really? Having worked in Russian media for well over a decade, I observe it focusing on foreign audiences in a very different way: it challenges the West’s hegemonic grip on shaping and controlling the global media agenda.

Peter Lavelle is the host of RT's shows CrossTalk and On the Money, and was the anchor of the review programme In Context and the commentary series IMHO. Peter Lavelle has extensive experience in academia and the world of business. 

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WSJ Reports: Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street

  • While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state's bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks.
  • John Nichols | Vermont Votes for Public Banking

Ellen Brown, OpEdNews

BND President Eric Hardmeyer by Catalyst House

11/20/2014 | While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state's bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks. Chester Dawson begins his November 16th article:

It is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has a better credit rating than J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and hasn't seen profit growth drop since 2003. Meet Bank of North Dakota, the U.S.'s lone state-owned bank, which has one branch, no automated teller machines and not a single investment banker.

Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. In Public Bank Solution, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her websites are http://EllenBrown.com, http://PublicBankSolution.com, and http://PublicBankingInstitute.org.

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John Nichols | Vermont Votes for Public Banking, John Nichols, The Nation

  • "When the prairie populists of the North Dakota Non-Partisan League swept to power a century ago, with their promise to take on the plutocrats, one of the first orders of business was the establishment of state-run bank." 
  • The Stone That Brings Down Goliath

 

 

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A Communalised or A Privatised Planet

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To survive we must gradually but quickly change from a growth economy of capitalism to an economy that can manage shrinkage until we reach a sustainable life. This can only be achieved by progressing from the unfairness of a competitive economy to the fairness of a cooperative one. The side effect would be a better physical and mental health.

Lionel Anet, Countercurrents.com

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18 November, 2014| Before the end of the ice age people lived in a communalised state of coexistence with a multitude of living things. Each played a part that maintains the ecosystem by just surviving; no species had overwhelming power, therefore it was self-regulating. It was sustainable, able to withstand the results of a wide ranch of climate and natural celestial or extreme volcanic activities.

At the end of the ice age circumstance changed, forcing some people around the world to eventually be dependent on farming, and this gradually introduced the concept of private property. It, in turn gave the impetus for violent robberies, which has become a major part of civilisation, a highly glorified activity. The violence is an essential civilised part of solving unresolvable disagreement about who should have access to particular resources; our greatest heroes were and are the outcome of those carnages.

Lionel Anet is a member of Sydney U3A University of the Third Age, of 20 years standing and now a life member.

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Approaching the End of Human History? Noam Chomsky, In These Times <>

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  • The likely end of the era of civilization is foreshadowed in a new draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the generally conservative monitor of what is happening to the physical world.
  • The short, strange era of human civilization may be drawing to a close. 
  • The UN’s New Report on Global Warming Is the Most Terrifying Yet
  • 5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book

 

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Since When Do We Penalize Feeding the Hungry?

  • While this might be a good tactic to get rid of a mangy cat that won’t stop hanging around your back porch, it seems like a piss-poor, distinctly uncharitable way of dealing with one’s fellow human beings.
  • Rethinking Homelessness: Following Utah's Lead

Jed Oelbaum, Daily Good

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WPTV-Arnold-Abbott-arrested-01_1415141122930_9447535_ver1.0_640_480.jpg=s900x1300Fort Lauderdale Police required four officers to arrest the intimidating nonagenarian good Samaritan Arnold Abbot of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the apparently egregious crime of feeding hungry homeless people.   

November 13, 2014 | Last week, 90-year-old good Samaritan Arnold Abbot of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was arrested for the apparently egregious crime of feeding hungry homeless people. Since January, the city has passed a series of ordinances that target the transient and needy, including a recent law that makes it illegal to offer them food in public places. While this might be a good tactic to get rid of a mangy cat that won’t stop hanging around your back porch, it seems like a piss-poor, distinctly uncharitable way of dealing with one’s fellow human beings. Fort Lauderdale Police required four officers to arrest the intimidating nonagenarian, a WWII vet and the author of From Aches To Ecstasy: A Sex Primer For Those Over Fifty.

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While many have rallied to Abbot’s defense since the incident, Fort Lauderdale has continued to arrest residents for helping the poor. Surprisingly, there are a large number of municipalities that have also attempted to outlaw basic human kindness with similar statutes. In San Antonio, where asking for money is already banned in many public places, Police Chief William McManus tried to make it illegal to give money to poor people altogether. Authorities in Raleigh, North Carolina, nearly took in a local minister for conducting his community’s regular Saturday breakfast, which includes the homeless. And in May of this year, a Daytona Beach couple, Debbie and Chico Jimenez, had more than $2,000 in fines dismissed that they had accrued for feeding the needy. They were told they would face jail time if caught again.

Jed Oelbaum: I am good at Audio, writing, crossword puzzles, ping pong, cats.

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Rethinking Homelessness: Following Utah's Lead, John Marty, Apple Pie Alliance

We can save money and have compassion for our neighbors, by making Minnesota a place where everyone has safe, affordable housing. 

 
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