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The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs

Author Greil Marcus doesn't explain these 10 songs or their power to thrill him; he tries to re-create in prose how it might have felt to perform them.
 

Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.
 

Facing the Horror of Syria Using Alternatives to War

To begin to tackle the problem of Syria, what matters more than who exactly is being killed is who is doing the killing.
 

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A new audio clip released by an unidentified man from Ferguson, Mo., allegedly captures the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

In a “Last Week Tonight” clip that was posted online Monday during the show’s hiatus, John Oliver delivers two of the most memorable metaphors for the wage gap to date, followed by a faux commercial for the currency every sexist boss has dreamed of.

 
 
 
 
Putin Rejects NATO Accusations of Aggression

The Russian president rejected accusations that he effectively invaded Ukraine, likening the behavior of Ukrainian forces in the conflict to Nazis and threatening to take his standoff with the west into the disputed territory of the Arctic.

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Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Terrorism

When our inner worlds work under the death-haunted dictates of casino capitalism, the Apocalypse is embraced as if it functioned exclusively as a form of entertainment, rather than providing a warning about the rise of militarism, the killing of civilians, and religious and political fundamentalisms.

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Europe’s Warming Raises Tropical Disease Risk

As greenhouse gases raise temperatures in Europe, British researchers warn that the risk of the arrival of mosquito-borne diseases that kill many thousands of people every year in tropical regions is increasing.

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NFL Boss Roger Goodell Makes Up for Dropping the Ball on Domestic Violence Policy

Admitting that he hadn’t gone far enough in guiding the National Football League’s policy on domestic violence and had flubbed the Ray Rice case in late July, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped up Thursday to announce more stringent rules for players and other employees.

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NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

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Colonization by Bankruptcy: High-Stakes Chess for Argentina

Territories were once captured by military might. Today they are annexed by debt. Destitute nations are driven into international bankruptcy courts that could do with whole countries what bankruptcy courts do with businesses: sell off their assets, including real estate. Sovereign territories could be acquired as the spoils of bankruptcy without a single shot being fired.

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The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism

Despite a long run of journalistic tough times, the loss of advertising dollars and the challenge of the Internet, there’s been a blossoming of investigative journalism across the globe from Honduras to Myanmar, New Zealand to Indonesia.

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Politicians Ignore People’s Power Pleas

Consumers worldwide increasingly want renewable energy sources to provide their electricity, yet many governments are ignoring them by continuing to exploit fossil fuels.

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2014 and the Limits of Rage

The short-term future of politics in the nation’s capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors’ races.

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Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt Calls on U-Illinois Not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies

Professor Chandler Davis, still feisty in his late 80s, has just written a personal letter to University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise urging her to rescind the firing of Professor Steven Salaita.

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The Guns of August

What, if anything, have we learned from the disaster of World War I? Look no farther than Gaza, or Ferguson, Mo.

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NSA Built a Search Engine to Share 850 Billion Records, The Intercept Reports

According to newly released documents from Edward Snowden’s treasure trove, the National Security Agency not only gave domestic law enforcement entities access to private data, it made it as easy as possible.

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Students Who Take Notes With Laptops Learn Less, and the Reason May Surprise You

A few months ago, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that students who handwrite their notes learn better than those who use laptops, and the reason is not because the latter are busy checking Facebook.

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Jon Stewart on Fox Ferguson Coverage: ‘White Cop Shoots Unarmed Black Teen’ Does Sound Terrible

“Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people and black people?” the “Daily Show” host asks of Fox News’ pundits on the show’s first day back from a summer break. 

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Calif. Governor, L.A. Mayor Push Plans to Boost Entertainment Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were inching closer to resolution on two big economic goals for the state and city, respectively.

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Study: American Democracy ‘Seriously Threatened’

A pair of researchers have a handy tip for those Americans still attached to the notion that we live in a representative democracy: Get ready to kiss that notion goodbye.

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Playwright Sees Blatant Racism in ADL Ad About Israel’s Killing of Children in Gaza

Wallace Shawn translated an ad by the Anti-Defamation League into “plain English” and he found a disturbing message; a Chinese chef meets his end when cooking with a dangerous ingredient; meanwhile, a binational Israel-Palestine state may not be as far off as many think. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Thousands of Birds Meet a Fiery End at the World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Solar power also comes at a price, and in the case of California’s BrightSource Energy plant, the cost may be the lives of 28,000 wild creatures.

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Russell Brand and ‘The Young Turks’ on Revolution, Obama, Fox News and More

Comedian Russell Brand reminds Cenk Uygur, host of the online liberal commentary show “The Young Turks,” and the rest of us that Thomas Jefferson, one of our “main men,” once said, “Every generation should have a revolution.”

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Open-Ended Cease-Fire Reached in Israel/Gaza, but How Long Will It Last?

Israel on the one side and Hamas and Islamic Jihad on the other have announced an open-ended cease-fire brokered by Egypt, the terms of which are similar to those of 2012.

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