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JIM HIGHTOWER ON BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

If you despair that a mysterious plague of incurable political knuckleheadism has swept our country, turning previously progressive white working-class people into mindless Trump worshippers, check out "The Promise of a Progressive Populist Movement" (PeoplesAction.org/the-promise-of-a-progressive-populist-movement). This report is the work of People's Action, a multiracial, grassroots coalition. This year, its volunteers knocked on more than 5,000 doors, had nearly 2,500 phone conversations and visited scores of local events and churches in "Trump Country" — dozens of rural counties in 10 swing states including Iowa, North Carolina and Wisconsin that went for the yellow-haired corporatist in 2016. The door-knockers simply had open conversations asking folks in economically distressed rural communities what mattered to them politically. The most common initial response was, "No one's ever asked me before."

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Hakim1 1019wrpIqbal Khyber and Badshah Khan bring a breath of fresh air. (Photo: Dr Hakim)

DR HAKIM FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Grade 12th Afghan student Jamila Omary asked, "Do you have any plans to arm yourselves, because of the threats and dangers you have faced?" Iqbal Khyber answered, "No. Though it is easy to buy weapons today, arming ourselves will worsen the war. Weapons will make us less secure." What a breath of fresh air in the stench of war-as-usual!

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BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

What you are about to read is not taken from a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, an edge-of-your-seat Alfred Hitchcock mystery film, or the prescient warnings of George Orwell. The story about how the Chinese government is stage-managing the use of social media makes Orwell's Big Brother almost seem like a down-to-earth guy.

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JEFF COHEN FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Chants of "No More War" from delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention gave voice to sentiments that still resonate through the base of the party and the broad U.S. public, notably in communities with higher rates of military sacrifice. While Trump's 2016 victories in swing states may well have been aided by his posing as a foe of protracted war, his administration's Mideast policies have largely exposed that masquerade. Unfortunately, the weak and confused positions of Democratic leaders on endless war and bloated military spending offer little alternative to war-weary voters.

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BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Here's another item that should shake you to your Facebook-questioning core: According to NBC News' John Schuppe, "Police officers around the country, in departments large and small, working for federal, state and local agencies, use undercover Facebook accounts to watch protesters, track gang members, lure child predators and snare thieves, according to court records, police trainers and officers themselves."

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PAUL SONN FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Amazon's announcement that it's raising pay to $15 an hour for its more than 350,000 low-wage employees generated headlines -- and unexpected criticism from the company’s workforce since it simultaneously cut bonuses and stock grants, and compressed its pay scale. The Amazon raise followed similar $15 wage increases by Target and Disney -- and led Sen. Bernie Sanders to call on McDonald's to do the same.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 06:44

Being a Light in the Post-Kavanaugh Darkness

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DAVID PALUMBO-LIU FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

It's actually a very small gesture, but it was one that I thought made a lot of sense and that would carry me through the days, and years to come.  I decided to get a tattoo a few days before the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh, as I saw hopes of justice fade. So now, on my left forearm, there is a tattoo that reads "Fiat Lux," which means, "Let There Be Light."

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OLIVIA ROSANE OF ECOWATCH ON BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

The number of plastics washing up on the beaches of remote islands in the South Atlantic has increased 10 times in the past 10 years, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) found. This is a devastating development for the unique biodiversity of islands in the UK's overseas territories like Ascension, St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Gough and the Falkland Islands, both because the plastic harms marine life and because invasive species can use it to hitch a ride onto the remote beaches covered by Atlantic Marine Protected Areas.

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BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

On Thursday, October 5, thousands of hotel workers in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Boston and other cities, went on strike against Marriott hotels. In San Francisco, Unite Here Local 2 President Anand Singh said: "The working conditions for housekeepers with this company are breaking our members' bodies. On all of the issues most important to us, when we bring them to the table we're met with resistance or silence."

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OLIVIA ROSANE OF ECOWATCH ON BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

If global temperatures rise above 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels—the ideal temperature limit set by the Paris agreement—global sea levels will rise by more than 40 centimeters (approximately 15.7 inches) by 2100. If temperatures top 2° Celsius, sea level rise will be more than 50 centimeters (approximately 20 inches) by century's end. This could be devastating to coastal cities around the world that are already vulnerable to storms and flooding because of geological or urban planning factors.

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