Daily News Digest September 7, 2016

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Daily News Digest September 7, 2016

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Water is LifeImageoftheDay Quotes of the Day:

 Malcolm X Quotes:

A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.

You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.

Change Is Only a Good Thing If You Change in a Good Way.

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.Brazil’s acting president used to be US intel informant – WikiLeaks


 Inside Menwith Hill: The NSA’s British Base at the Heart of U.S. Targeted Killing The narrow roads are quiet and winding, surrounded by rolling green fields and few visible signs of life beyond the occasional herd of sheep. But on the horizon, massive white golf ball-like domes protrude from the earth, protected behind a perimeter fence that is topped with piercing razor wire. Here, in the heart of the tranquil English countryside, is the National Security Agency’s largest overseas spying base. By Ryan GallagherNSASocialists Supporting NATO and US Empire: a Response to Ashley Smith At the recent annual convention of Veterans for Peace, VFP Vice President Jerry Condon said “The US peace movement has been demobilized by disinformation on Syria.” Disinformation and propaganda on Syria takes three distinct forms. The first is the demonization of the Syrian leadership. The second is the romanticization of the opposition. The third form involves attacking anyone questioning the preceding characterizations. There is a recent article which exemplifies all three of these forms. It is titled “Anti-Imperialism and the Syrian Revolution” by Ashley Smith of the International Socialist Organization (ISO). It’s a remarkable piece of misinformation and faulty analysis. Because it is clear and well written, it is likely to mislead people who are not well informed on the facts regarding Syria. Hence the importance of critically reviewing it. by Rick SterlingSocialists Is an Arkansas Town Operating a “Hot Check” Court as an Illegal Debtors’ Prison? A woman in Sherwood, Arkansas, just spent 35 days in a county jail after she accidentally bounced a $29 check five years ago. She had already been arrested at least seven times over the bounced check and paid at least $600 in court fines. Her release comes as the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the ACLU and an international law firm have filed a lawsuit to challenge the modern-day debtors’ prison in Sherwood. By Amy GoodmanDebtorsPrison Taxpayers Are Subsidizing Bonuses for Wall Street CEOs A little-known section of the U.S. tax code “created a legal process by which publicly held companies can lower their tax bills by boosting CEO pay, leaving taxpayers on the hook for the lavish salaries of corporate titans,” reports George Zornick at The Nation. TaxPayersA Conference to Clear the Mind of the 9/11 Brainwashing Since justice and the rule of law are the foundation of any civilized society, the committment to face all the facts of 9/11 (“since 9/11 was such a world changing event”) will empower us as a culture to move forward and re-establish our position of trust and integrity in the world. In many ways our future depends on it By Paul Craig Roberts.PaulCraigRobertsEnvironment:

Armageddon: Oceans Protected Us from Worst Effects of Climate Change, But They Can’t Take Anymore: Report Oceans absorbed excess CO2 that would have otherwise increased surface temperatures by 36° Celsius since the 1970s, and they will soon begin releasing that CO2 back into the air by Nika KnightOceansClimate Impacts: Melting Glaciers, Shifting Biomes and Dying Trees in US National Parks Trees are dying across Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks. Glaciers are melting in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Corals are bleaching in Virgin Islands National Park. Published field research conducted in U.S. national parks has detected these changes and shown that human climate change – carbon pollution from our power plants, cars and other human activities – is the cause. As principal climate change scientist of the U.S. National Park Service, I conduct research on how climate change has already altered the national parks and could further change them in the future. I also analyze how ecosystems in the national parks can naturally reduce climate change by storing carbon. I then help national park staff to use the scientific results to adjust management actions for potential future conditions. By Patrick GonzalezNationalParks Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters:

Frack, Rattle and Roll: Drilling into Oklahoma’s Earthquake Epidemic On the morning of September 3, rural Oklahoma was hit with a magnitude 5.6 earthquake. Six neighboring states felt the shaking and at least six buildings in Pawnee Nation, near the quake’s epicenter, were deemed uninhabitable. It was the first quake of this size to hit the state since 2011. The fracking industry doesn’t want to take any responsibility, but mounting evidence suggests the earthquake was the by-product of underground wastewater disposal wells. The following investigation was written in 2014 about Oklahoma’s quake epidemic. You be the judge. by Joshua FrankJoshuaFrank Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

 After Hundreds of School Closures, Black Families Are Still Waiting for Justice Hundreds of neighborhood school closures in cities across the country have had a disproportionate impact on Black and Brown students, but two years after filing civil rights complaints with federal officials, students and families in Chicago and New Orleans are still waiting for a resolution. Meanwhile, students travel far away to attend class while school buildings sit vacant on their streets. By Mike LudwigSchoolClosuresThe Trail of Broken Treaties/ Native American Genocide Continues:

 Army Corps of Engineers Confirms Native Protesters Are Right — There Is No Written Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline by Jeremiah JonesArmyCorps ‘Is That Not Genocide?’ Pipeline Co. Bulldozing Burial Sites Prompts Emergency Motion Members of the Standing Rock Sioux say Dakota Access is trying to ‘provoke peaceful resisters ‘to violence’ by Lauren McCauley, staff writerDakotaGenocide Michigan Proposes Approval for Controversial Mine Near Sacred Tribal Sites The State of Michigan on Friday announced its intention to approve, over tribal protests, an open pit mine near burial and other culturally important sites in the Upper Peninsula. By Brian BienkowskiMichigan Labor:


WallStreetOnParade Database Reveals U.S. as Financial House of Horrors Since Repeal of Glass-Steagall Act  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has set up an online database of financial horror stories that shows what happens when an average American interacts with one of the financial supermarkets (a/k/a universal banks) that grew out of the repeal of the investor protection legislation known as the Glass-Steagall Act. The complaints are concentrated against the biggest Wall Street banks. By Pam Martens and Russ MartensMarens World:

Fora Temer  Despite police violence, millions are resisting the parliamentary coup in Brazil and trying to build a political alternative. By Sean PurdyBrazil Health, Science, Education, and Welfare: