Daily News Digest August 9, 2016

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Daily News Digest August 9, 2016

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The Only Victors In War: War Profiteers! Since World War II ‘the war to end all wars’ there have been perpetual wars for perpetual peace, this Laura Cray political cartoon is from the from page editorial, of the August 18, 1945 Issue of The Militant Newspaper, with the Banner Headline:  “There Is No Peace” Could Still Be Published Today!LauraCraySpreading ‘Democracry’ImageoftheDay0 Quotes of the Day:

“In some ways it reconfirms and illuminates much of what we knew, or thought we knew, about a lot of these programs, like that the administration firmly prefers kill over capture despite claiming the opposite, and that there’s not ‘a bunch of folks in the room’, as Obama calls it – that there’s a clear, bureaucratic process for this. “It clearly shows, as we’ve known, that the United States does not know who it’s killing.” The White House and National Security Council declined to comment on the leak. “The report the Intercept story references is an internal classified document,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Linda Rojas. “As a matter of policy we don’t comment on the details of classified reports.” The CIA maintains a drone assassination program separate from the Pentagon program, although Barack Obama has called for bringing the CIA program inside the Defense Department. That effort has stalled. The Intercept report revealed, among other new disclosures, that at one point in 2012 Obama had approved 20 people for assassination in Yemen and Somalia. More than 200 were killed by drones in those countries that year, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. It revealed that the military labels unidentified people it kills in targeted strikes as “enemies killed in action”, although victims may be family members or associates of actual targets – or may just have been nearby, or mistakenly targeted. — Snowden and Ellsberg hail leak of drone documents from new whistleblower

 “Craig has written a very in depth portrait of his struggles and triumphs in the NBA and beyond.” —Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “It is time to remove Craig Hodges from exile status and place him where he has always belonged: on the short-list of the activist athletes who stood tall, paid the price and now live their life perhaps scarred, but without regrets. Read this book so a new generation of NBA players and fans will know his true story. Read this book so to say not in a whisper but with a confident shout, ‘You DO want to be like Craig Hodges.’ — Dave Zirin, from the Introduction — Long Shot: The Struggles and Triumphs of an NBA Freedom Fighter

Videos of the Day:

Jimmy Carter unveils truth about Israel

Here is the Problem With ‘All Lives Matter’ (Mic correspondent Darnell L. Moore lays down the definitive takedown of #‎AllLivesMatter everyone needs to hear.)


Solitary confinement is ‘no touch’ torture, and it must be abolished I spent about nine months in an isolated cell behind a one-way mirror. It was cruel, degrading and inhumane For 17 hours a day, I sat directly in front of at least two Marine Corps guards seated behind a one-way mirror. I was not allowed to lay down. I was not allowed to lean my back against the cell wall. I was not allowed to exercise. By Chelsea E ManningChelseaManningSnowden and Ellsberg hail leak of drone documents from new whistleblower Classified documents on US assassination program released to the Intercept welcomed by men who exposed NSA surveillance and Pentagon Papers The Intercept report revealed, among other new disclosures, that at one point in 2012 Barack Obama had approved 20 people for assassination in Yemen and Somalia. Tom McCarthySnowdenEllsbergACLU Forces US Government to Release Secret Drone Playbook The long-awaited guidelines provide “a timely reminder of the breadth of the powers that will soon be in the hands of another president,” said ACLU deputy legal director by Lauren McCauley DroneProgramMelting Greenland Ice Cap Will Expose Military’s Cold War-Era Toxic Waste Study finds that rapidly melting ice will unearth radioactive waste, toxic PCBs, and raw sewage left behind by secret U.S. military base in the 1960s by Nika Knight

The main entrance to Camp Century, the U.S. military base in Greenland known as “the city under the ice.” (Photo: Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Spying’s New Frontier: Private Firm Collects Data on ‘Every American Adult’ “We have data on that 21-year-old who’s living at home with mom and dad” One company has pioneered the powerful new industry known as data-fusion. by Nadia PrupisNadia PrupisA $Trillion Here A $Trillion There — But No Health Education and Welfare: Audit Reveals the Pentagon Doesn’t Know Where $6.5 Trillion Dollars Has Gone Washington, D.C. — A new Department of Defense Inspector General’s report, released last week, has left Americans stunned at the jaw-dropping lack of accountability and oversight. The glaring report revealed the Pentagon couldn’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars worth of Army general fund transactions and data, according to a report by the Fiscal Times.PentagonAuditEnvironment:

 Michelle Obama Teaming up with Monsanto to Promote Children’s Food The popular agriculture company Monsanto is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to promote nutritional foods for kids. According to reports from the Associated Press, Monsanto will spend $50 million over five years on a campaign to market ‘healthy’ genetically modified food to children. by Gary Lite

MichelleMonsantoProtect Our National Parks from Coal Plant Haze Will your next visit to one of our national parks include beautiful views of their natural beauty and wonder? Too many times, pollution from nearby coal-fired power plants blankets our parks in a smoggy haze.NationalParks Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters:

Oil Spills Are Actually Good For Birds, Fish, And The Economy According To The Oil Industry By Natasha GeilingOilSpilldBlack Liberation/Civil Rights:

 Long Shot: The Struggles and Triumphs of an NBA Freedom Fighter By Craig Hodges  From Michael Jordan to George Bush Sr., Craig Hodges has never been shy about speaking truth to power — and it cost him dearly. In the prime of his career Hodges was blackballed from the NBA for using his platform as professional athlete to stand up against racism and economic exploitation. In this well-told, passionate, and historically literate memoir, Hodges shares the stories — to include his encounters with Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King, Jim Brown, R Kelly, Michael Jordan and more — of his life-long crusade to improve the conditions for African Americans.LongShotLabor:


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 Labor On the March in U.K.!:

Momentum:  Congratulations to the six left-wing candidates who have won their places on Labour’s National Executive Committee! It’s a 6-out-of-6 victory for everyone committed to democracy in the Labour Party and empowering members.Mmentum As the Labor Party ‘Old Guard’ Bureaucracy Growns:  Victory for 130,000 Labour members as they win legal fight to vote in leadership election The major ruling – which the party will appeal against – came after more than 1,700 people donated £30,000 to fight a crowdfunded legal action More than 1,700 people donated to the crowdfunded legal bid Some 130,000 new Labour members are set to get a vote in the party’s leadership election after a stunning High Court victory. A top judge today overturned Labour’s controversial decision to stop anyone who joined after January 12 taking part. And in a bruising ruling, he told the party to refund every “disenfranchised” member who paid £25 for a registered supporter vote instead. The move was celebrated by thousands who joined after the EU referendum, many reportedly to back Jeremy Corbyn.CourtVictory Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

Colorado Proves Free Birth Control Works Six years ago According to a study published in October 2014, unintended pregnancies dropped in the state by 40 percent from 2009-2013, and abortion fell by 42 percent over the same period. The program also saved the state millions in public health coverage for unintended pregnancies.Colorado6 Chemical Food Additives That Are Legal in America and Banned Abroad Thanks to inaction at the FDA, Americans get, among other potential ailments, anal leakage. By Ari LeVauxFoodAdditivevs