Truthout / Buzzflash Newslinks 2 February 2013

2 February 2013Truthout / Buzzflash

For Black Boys, the NFL – and Traumatic Brain Injury – Can Be Lottery Tickets

Mychal Denzel Smith, The Nation: Over the past few years, more than 3,800 former football players have sued the NFL over the issue of head injuries. The average fan justifies watching by telling himself that these men are being paid millions of dollars to play a game they know is dangerous.

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Robert Reich | The Jobs Report, and Why the Recovery Has Stalled

Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog: We are in the most anemic recovery in modern history, yet the government is heading in exactly the wrong direction: raising taxes on the middle class, and cutting spending. We’re following Europe’s sorry example of failed austerity economics.

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Armed and Dangerous: The Gun Debate

Greg Guma, Maverick Media: The arguments against gun regulation tend to fall into three categories: the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected; gun control won’t reduce violence in society; and gun laws are a serious threat to freedom. But do these assertions hold up to scrutiny?

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Why Nicholas Kristof Gets My Goat

Laura Flanders, Truthout: New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof clearly cares about violence against women and girls. So why does the star sexual violence crusader irritate me so much?

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Obama Administration Is on Track to Deport More Than 2 Million Undocumented Immigrants by 2014, and More

In today’s On the News segment: The Obama administration is on track to deport more than 2 million undocumented immigrants by 2014; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to screw over working people in his state; 234 college campuses around the US have taken up the fossil fuel divestment campaign; and more.

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Perversity and Injustice at Gitmo

Bryan K. Bullock, Truthout: Beauty queens and cheerleaders have enjoyed apparently easy access to the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while prisoners’ attorneys had to fight for access to their clients.

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Bill Moyers and Michael Winship | Barack Obama, Drone Ranger

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Is the Obama administration – in its fight against terror – functioning within the rule of law, or abusing presidential power when there has been no formal declaration of war?

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This Is What a Humane Economy Looks Like

Inés Benítez, Inter Press Service: The severe crisis crippling Spain is also sparking some creative responses, such the Okonomía project, a teaching initiative that helps individuals and communities to understand the workings of the economy and make more informed decisions to manage their finances.

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How Whole Foods and the Biggest Organic Foods Distributor Are Screwing Workers

Ronnie Cummins and Dave Murphy, AlterNet: United Natural Foods Incorporated, the largest wholesale distributor of organic and “natural” foods in the US, is currently under investigation for 45 violations of federal labor law.

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The Path to the Next American Economy: The Cult of Scale

Bo Cutter, Next New Deal: An obsession with the largest economic players distracts us from the smaller companies that should drive our future economy.

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Beats, Rhymes and Laughs: Culture as a Tool for Racial Justice

Jen Chien, National Radio Project: Artists and creative people have always used culture as a tool for social change. A panel discusses racial justice, culture and politics featuring some of today’s most insightful and outspoken artists.

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BuzzFlash

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Finally, Bank Officers Held Personally Responsible for Gross Lending Practices, Sued by FDIC

Read the Article at Addicting Info

 

Efforts to End Alabama Hostage Situation Shrouded in Secrecy

Read the Article at Reuters

 

Senate Republicans Renew Blockade of Obama’s Consumer Bureau Pick

Read the Article at The Hill

 

The NRA’s 10 Biggest Enemies

Read the Article at AlterNet

 

Direct Talks With Iran? Biden Says It’s Possible

Read the Article at NPR

 

VA Report: 22 Veterans Commit Suicide Each Day

Read the Article at the Associated Press

 

White House Posts Photo of Obama Skeet Shooting

Read the Article at USA Today

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Posted 2nd February 2013 by InI in category Truthout

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