Truthout / Buzzflash 25 January 2013
25 January 2013 – Truthout / Buzzflash
Rebecca Solnit, Viking Books: Rebecca Solnit has no patience for those who are paralyzed by despair and helplessness in an age of doubt about the human condition and the sociological/political situation in the United States. To be passive in the face of disappointment is to ensure that injustice prevails.
Zachary Bell, Truthout: If the dynamic of a diverse safe space in which people dismantle oppressions through conflict resolution is at the root of Occupy’s transformative potential, then perhaps there’s not a distinct formula that can be reproduced, but simply spread – a culture – that people can choose to adopt.
Gregg Levine, Truthout: The lesson of the first 70 years of fission is that we cannot endure more of the same. The government – from the DOE to the NRC – should re-orient its priorities away from creating more nuclear waste, to safely and securely containing what is now here.
Malika Redmond, Truthout: Those who celebrate the enduring legacy of Roe v. Wade must also be mindful of the barriers to reproductive autonomy that remain.
Simon Dawes, Truthout: There’s a lot of talk about the freedom of the press at the moment, and the UK parliament seems to be considering putting the obligation upon itself to protect that freedom – against the wishes of the majority of the press.
Robert Parry, Consortium News: House Speaker John Boehner warned his fellow Republicans that President Obama may be preparing “to annihilate” the GOP, surely an overly dramatic claim but one that marks a stunning reversal of fortune for swaggering Republicans who once dreamt of their own one-party state.
Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog: In coming weeks you’ll hear there’s no serious alternative to cutting the social safety net. But most of the people who are making this argument are very wealthy or are sponsored by the very wealthy.
Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Just days before three people were shot in an altercation on a college campus in Texas, 14 Texas state senators co-sponsored an ALEC-modeled, NRA-backed bill to prohibit colleges from restricting concealed handguns on campuses.
Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica: The NRA has already begun to lobby on Capitol Hill to counter the Obama administration’s sweeping proposals on gun control. To get a sense of what the NRA might do, look at how it scored a victory during the last major federal initiative to tighten gun control.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion, the new documentary After Tiller follows the only four doctors left in the United States who are known to provide abortions in the third trimester.
The Covington & Burling Trio Overseeing the Department of Justice Criminal Division: An Injustice
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: When the Department of Justice becomes a revolving door for top brass recruited from top-dollar corporate law firms, justice loses out.
Matt Taibbi | Conservatives Have Their Worst Week Ever
The 18,437 Perpetrators of Steubenville
Maddowblog: Filibuster Reform Dead Until at Least 2015
“Not My Thing”: Geithner Never Felt Compelled to Seek Justice Against Wall Street
America’s Electile Dysfunction
White House Working Around Capitol Hill as It Pushes Far-Reaching Gun Measures
Report: New Vets Showing Gulf War Illness Symptoms