Fight Back, Live Better by Alan Maass + Wal-Mart Workers in 12 States Stage Historic Strikes

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Alan Maass reports on the surge of struggles around the U.S. against Wal-Mart, including the outcome of a strike at the company’s giant distribution center in Illinois.
October 10, 2012

Wal-Mart Strike, October 4 2012

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IN WAREHOUSES and stores around the country, Wal-Mart workers are putting a new spin on the company’s famous slogan “Save money, live better.” Best of all, they’re beginning to see some concrete victories.

In a high-profile battle in Elwood, Ill., southwest of Chicago, workers at the largest warehouse in the Wal-Mart distribution chain returned to their jobs victorious after a three-week strike. The 38 workers won promises that their demands about harassment and management retaliation will be addressed–and they will get full wages for the time they were on strike.

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Barry Commoner, The Citizen Scientist by Chris Williams

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by Chris Williams
October 9, 2012

Dr. Barry Commoner dies at 95

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IN THE same sad week that saw the deaths of several globally renowned revolutionary voices, another intellectual giant of the left passed away at the age of 95: ecologist, activist and scientist Barry Commoner.

A life-long champion of the need for scientific engagement with the public at large, Commoner constantly sought to bring to light the iniquities of industrial capitalism, beginning with his campaign against above-ground nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s, and continuing with his opposition to nuclear power–that is, the transition to more polluting and toxic but highly profitable synthetic compounds in place of natural ones.

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Turkish ‘weapons airliner’ story does not add up by Finian Cunningham

Hands off Iran and Syria

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by Finian Cunningham
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Crossposted from
Oct. 13, 2012

More than 24 hours after it reached its final destination in Damascus, Turkey has yet to provide substantial justification for why it forced a civilian airliner to dramatically land in Ankara under coercion of F16 fighter jets.

The Airbus A320 with 37 people onboard was on a routine flight from Moscow to Damascus. Among the passengers were women and children, yet the aircraft was forced to land for nine hours and undergo a security shakedown. Reports say that Turkish security officers handcuffed the crew and pointed guns while the plane’s cargo was searched and a portion confiscated.

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“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 30th Installment: Appendix V: On Poverty, Sin, Regulation, and Freedom

Note: The Preface and Chapters One through Twenty can be found here:

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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October 14, 2012

A Simple Message for the Religious Right

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This is the thirtieth installment of the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.  Herein you will find Appendix V.  This Appendix, purportedly written by the 20th century political analyst, (the fictional) “Dino Lewis” presents a discussion of the contrasting views of the right and the left on the correct role for government in regulating personal behavior, economic activity, and environmental health, safety and preservation, the relationship, if there is one, between poverty and “sin,” and the whole religious concept of “sin.” It is certainly fully relevant to the United States and what we might face in a future governed fully by the Republican Religious Right.

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James Balog: Capturing our Disappearing Glaciers + Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss

Russell Glacier 32

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Oct 12, 2012 by MoyersandCompany

James Balog, one of the world’s outstanding cinemaphotographers, joins Bill to explain that “the earth is having a fever.” At tremendous risk to his own safety, Balog has been documenting the erosion of glaciers in Switzerland, Greenland, Iceland, and Alaska. His soon-to-be-released film, Chasing Ice, is a breathtaking account of climate change in action.

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