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Tech Workers Try to Take a Playground From Community Kids and Lose

When a group of tech workers from Dropbox tried to evict a group of youngsters from a community soccer field in San Francisco’s Mission district, they probably weren’t expecting to trigger a mini Occupy movement.

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This Columbus Day May Be Over, but Why Isn’t the Ridiculous Holiday Defunct?

Seriously, why do we still celebrate Columbus Day when, as a “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” segment puts it, Christopher Columbus was a “murderous, egomaniac whose most famous discovery was a case of getting lost and refusing to ask for directions”?

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The ‘Sean Hannity Show’ Canceled Russell Brand’s Appearance; Hilarity Ensued

Russell Brand isn’t really someone to take things lying down.

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Hysteria Over Ebola Fuels Racism, While the Real Disease Is Capitalism

Western inaction has worsened the crisis in part because there was no money to be made before the disease reached epidemic proportions.

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Lockheed Martin Forecasts Nuclear Fusion in the Back of a Truck in 10 Years

The defense contractor said Wednesday that it made a breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, the elusive process the company says can generate nearly 10 million times more energy than the same amount of fossil fuels, The Guardian reports.

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Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail

When confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military melted back into the populace. What this behavior made clear was that U.S. efforts to create a new Iraqi army to the tune of $25 billion over 10 years had failed miserably.

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Veteran Green Says Emissions Aren’t the Only Danger

Forty years ago, climate change was not even on the agenda of green campaigners—but now a veteran of those pioneering days speaks out about the danger of neglecting other issues that threaten the planet.

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Voter Fraud Vigilantes

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Just How Closely Do the NSA and U.S. Companies Work Together?

Documents describe “contractual relationships” between NSA and U.S. companies, as well as undercover operatives at some U.S. companies.

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Does ESPN Have Room for Free Speech and ‘Monday Night Football’?

Popular sports commentator Bill Simmons was suspended by ESPN for violating editorial standards—or was it because he criticized the NFL, which happens to have a $15 billion contract with the network?

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When Government Was Good

Democrats are unlikely to have a great evening on Nov. 4, but they may have found a star in Pennsylvania.

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The NSA Plays Villain to Captain America—Again

You know you’re living in strange times when the most jingoistic superhero goes to war with his own government.

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We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and Islamic State. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes—but not in the Middle East.

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Nurse Union Accuses Texas Hospital of Sloppy, Dangerous Handling of Ebola Threat

The biggest union of registered nurses in the country says it has spoken with workers at the hospital in Dallas where a man died of Ebola and two nurses have been infected, and it reports a level of carelessness that boggles the mind.

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Obama Contagion

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Chris Hedges Takes On the ‘Global Culture of Violence’

On Sept. 28, Chris Hedges spoke at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s Charley Horwitz Platform on the pervasive violence that characterizes our era and offered possible solutions.

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Feminist Gaming Critic Threatened With ‘Montreal Massacre Style Attack’

Feminist gaming critic and blogger Anita Sarkeesian chose to cancel a Wednesday speech at Utah State University after an anonymous email purportedly sent by a student promised to violently attack her and her audience if she went forth with the event.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Hong Kong Protesters

Participants in the unfinished uprisings of the West and Middle East of the past few years have been heartened to see residents of Hong Kong take to the streets.

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U.N. Report Says NSA’s Mass Digital Surveillance ‘Violates Core Privacy Rights’

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes that a report recently released by the United Nations’ top official for counterterrorism and human rights rejects the “key argument often made by American defenders of the NSA.”

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Second Texas Hospital Worker Tests Positive for Ebola

Just days after it was confirmed that a 26-year-old nurse at a Dallas hospital had been infected with Ebola after caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan, another health care worker at the same hospital has tested positive.

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How a Businessman Funnels Public Education Funds for Charter Schools Into Private Companies

Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.

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Will Islamic State Take Baghdad Next?

According to Al-Jazeera sources, Islamic State has completed the taking of Hit district in the al-Anbar Province of Iraq.

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No Shock and No Awe

It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can be seen only as failing.

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Give Us Your Fertile Years: Apple and Facebook Will Pay to Freeze Your Eggs

At the intersection of good intentions and just-plain-weird, two of the biggest tech companies are offering their female employees an unusual benefits package.

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‘Freedom of the Press’ Just Words on Paper in Zimbabwe

As things stand now, any attempts by the Zimbabwean media to subject public officials to scrutiny and make them accountable for their actions is anathema to the powers that be.

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‘Uppity’ Women in a Man’s World: Zimbabwean Women Fight to Make Their Mark in the Media

Working as a journalist in Zimbabwe is a risky business for all members of the media, but it is doubly challenging for women.

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Uber, Lyft Get an ‘F’ From Better Business Bureau

The consumer watchdog gives the two most popular ride-sharing services its lowest possible grade.

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White House Islamic State Strategy Amounts to Wishful Thinking

The notion that Iraq will “destroy” Islamic State at American behest is an illusion, and so is the notion that the coalition just formed can do it.

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Jon Stewart Calls Democrats Out on Their Hypocrisy When It Comes to Money in Politics

Despite countless speeches by Democratic leaders denouncing the evils of money in politics, their party sure knows how to raise and spend boatloads of campaign dollars. “And then of course there are ... the emails,” a horror-stricken Jon Stewart says on Monday night’s “Democalypse” segment of “The Daily Show.”

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Nobel Peace Prize

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Contagion

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U.K. Parliament Urges Recognition of Palestine in a Symbolic Vote

There are 650 members of the British parliament, so the vote Monday by 271 of them to recognize Palestine is hardly an overwhelming victory for supporters of this position. However, the symbolic impact of the vote is quite large.

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How Taxpayers Unknowingly Fund Elite Private Universities as Public School Subsidies Shrink

What justifies so much government spending per student in private elite universities relative to public ones?

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No Justice for Michael Brown

In the most fundamental sense, there will never be justice for Michael Brown.

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How Lowering Oil Prices Could Actually Change the World

If oil goes lower and stays there for a while, what are the implications?

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Catalonia Backs Away From Independence Referendum

A regional party leader has confirmed that the Catalan government has forfeited plans to hold a public vote on independence from Spain.

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Billionaire Elections Turn Off Voters

There is far too much complacency about big money’s role in this year’s campaigns, on the grounds that both sides have plenty of it. This misses the point.

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Russell Brand on How Capitalism Silences the Inherent Human Desire for Fairness

“I know, I know. I’m rich, I’m famous, I have money, I have had private security on and off for years,” comedian Russell Brand acknowledges in a recent article for The Guardian as he discusses the need to abolish the guard labor that protects the rich. However, he goes on to concede, “There is no doubt that I as much as anyone have to change. Revolution is change.”

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Catholic Church More Open to Gays Than Contraception

An interesting document emerged Monday from a gathering of Catholic Bishops, signaling a possible change in manners if not policy.

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Cornel West in Ferguson: ‘I Came Here to Go to Jail’

Dr. Cornel West was arrested in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday during a protest.

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Target Audience

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Bolivia’s Socialist President Wins a Third Term

Bolivian President Evo Morales declared his re-election victory Sunday a triumph for socialist reforms that have reduced poverty. He will begin a third term with roughy 60 percent of the votes cast.

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Young Blacks Question Effectiveness of Peaceful Tactics

At an event of mass protest Sunday, young black Americans grew frustrated and angry at an older generation’s peaceful response to the killing of Missouri teenager Michael Brown by police, exposing a generational divide over how best to confront police racism, brutality and excessive force.

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