Saturday, August 31, 2019

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Monsanto Emails Show Employees Wanted to "Beat the Shit" Out of Concerned Moms

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

A recent document dump from one of the thousands of lawsuits currently being brought against Bayer-Monsanto over its cancer-causing pesticide, Roundup, is revelatory. Emails between Monsanto employees and the company's consultants show them lashing out, expressing a desire to "beat the shit" out of concerned mothers and the organics industry.
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Boris Johnson Takes His Brexit Demagoguery to the Social Media Sphere

Christian Fuchs, Truthout

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's autocratic moves to block parliamentary opposition to a "no-deal" Brexit will enter a hot and decisive phase when the British Parliament reconvenes after its summer recess on September 3. Johnson's demagoguery has also extended to social media, with his "People's Prime Minister's Question Time" on Facebook resembling an emperor talking to his entourage more than a democratic conversation.
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A New Novel Transcends Space and Time to Illustrate Historical Struggle

Paul Buhle, Truthout

In Peter Linebaugh's Red Round Globe Hot Burning, we move across continents and back and forth in time, following the life of Edward Marcus Despard, an Irishman who married a former slave from the Caribbean and was hanged in 1802 as a revolutionary. Writing history in novel form, Linebaugh's book offers an education in 18th century interracial history, revolution and class resistance.
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DeVos Blasted for Student Debt Relief Rule Change That Hurts Defrauded Borrowers

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

Critics condemned Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Friday for replacing Obama-era federal loan forgiveness regulations with new policies that could make it more difficult for student borrowers who claim that they were defrauded by their schools to access relief. The Education Department's announcement was welcomed by for-profit colleges.
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Five Reasons for Workers to Celebrate This Labor Day

Rebecca Burns, In These Times

Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 when a coalition of socialists and labor activists organized a mass march in New York City calling for shorter hours, safer working conditions, increased pay and a labor holiday. This year, workers have many reasons to celebrate, with approval of unions at a 15-year high, a wave of rising labor militancy and an election that could bring welcome developments for labor.
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Oil and Gas Lobby Split by Trump Rollback of Federal Methane Rules

Jessica Piper, Center for Responsive Politics

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday plans to roll back federal methane rules, reversing standards enacted under President Obama to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas that is a major contributor to climate change. Shell, ExxonMobil and BP publicly opposed the change, but the energy giants are also members of the American Petroleum Institute, the industry's biggest trade association, which supported the rollback.
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What Happens to Carbon Offsets When the Amazon Is on Fire?

Lisa Song & Paula Moura, ProPublica

Now that record fires are engulfing the Amazon, started by humans seeking to log, mine and farm on the land, supporters are using the international emergency to double down on their case for carbon offsets. But the fires encapsulate a key weakness of offsets that scientists have been warning about for the past decade: that they are too vulnerable to political whims and disasters like wildfires.
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After a Rural Hospital Closes, Delays in Emergency Care Cost Patients Dearly

Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health News

Nationwide, more than 110 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and in each instance a community struggles to survive in its own way. In Fort Scott, Kansas, home to 7,800, the loss of its 132-year-old hospital opened by nuns in the 19th century has wrought profound social, emotional and medical consequences.
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Over 1,100 Congregations Have Agreed to Provide Sanctuary to Migrants

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout

Thousands of people of faith throughout the U.S. are supporting asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants by providing long- and short-term sanctuary to those at risk of deportation. While some are getting trained in immigration law and accompanying people to check-ins and court hearings, others are using their voices, keyboards and feet to oppose Trump's anti-immigrant policies.
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I Didn't Kill Anyone, But I'm Sentenced to Die in Prison

Raul Dorado, Truthout

I wake up each morning with the burden of having to serve another day of a life sentence in prison, though I did not kill anyone. Under Illinois's "accountability laws," I am guilty for having been present when the crime was committed. It's high time the statute was amended to prevent overzealous law enforcement officials from using it as a dragnet to disappear people like me into the criminal legal system.
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