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Monday, May 12, 2014
(Photo: Bob Jagendorf / creative commons) Edwin Sanders
Private Prisons Eat Our Humanity
Somebody figured out, once again, how to build a machine that can quantify the life of an African-American man and make money off him. They figured out how to use the value of his body to fuel their...
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Tom Wheeler (Photo: Free Press) Matt Wood
The Tweaks to Tom Wheeler's Proposal Won't Save the Internet
On Sunday night, the Wall Street Journal broke the news that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has taken another stab at revising his open Internet rules. The shift is a response to the overwhelming public...
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Photo Credit: Adam Welz/CREDO Action Susan Freinkel
Why the U.S. Plastics Industry Loves the Fracking Boom
I used to keep a running list of stupid plastic products and gimmicks I had seen or heard about. Like the gizmo that somebody invented to aid in the task of cutting a hot dog into 12 identically-...
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Ken Butigan
Daniel Berrigan, Thich Nhat Hanh and a World Where Everyone Matters
Thirty-three years ago this summer I was stopped in my tracks by the clarity and power of Daniel Berrigan’s words — and nothing has been the same since. Today, as Berrigan turns 93, the memory of...
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The institutions of democracy and sovereignty exist in tension with another powerful institution: the global market and its free trade regimes. (Photo: StopFastTrack / Flickr) Moritz Laurer
The Free-Trade Regime: Oligarchy in Action
The United States is not really a democracy. That’s the (simplified) conclusion of a recent study from Princeton University. Instead, economic elites and special interest groups enjoy tremendous sway...
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(U.S. Air Force photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt) Pratap Chatterjee
The Three Faces of Drone War: Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens
Enemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, with drones capable of performing on the battlefield while their “pilots” remain...
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John William Waterhouse’s painting “Miranda—The Tempest” portrays a moment from the Shakespearean play “The Tempest,” in which Miranda is Prospero’s daughter. Chris Hedges
The Power of Imagination
Those in the premodern world who hoarded possessions and refused to redistribute supplies and food, who turned their backs on the weak and the sick, who lived exclusively for hedonism and their own...
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