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When Getting Arrested for Practicing Medicine without a License is a Good Thing 28.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
"The Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for medical freedom as well as religious freedom. To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and to deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic" -- Attributed to Benjamin Rush, MD, A Founding Father and Signer of the Declaration of Independence (New World Encyclopedia) On May 5, 1976, I was arrested for practicing medicine without a license, making this date in 2016 my 40th anniversary of this arrest. I have been a serious student and practitioner of homeopathic medicine since I began studying it in 1972 with a group of three MDs, two nurses, a dentist, two yoga teachers, and several others met weekly over a five year period. In 1976, the California Medical Board decided to investigate me after they received a letter from a libertarian who asserted that I was practicing a type of "quack medicine" called homeopathy, that I hung-out with people involved in ...
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'Neutral is Not Acceptable': Nationwide Protests Demand Colleges Go Fossil Free 28.4.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

A series of sit-ins and protests urging universities to divest their endowments from fossil fuels gained new strength this week, as students at the University of Montana, Vassar College, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison launched their own actions to combat climate change.

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"Kate's Law" and the License to Hate 28.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last month, Arizona state police arrested Jacinta Gonzalez , a Latina activist, for participating in a Phoenix-area highway blockade held in protest of a Trump rally. Despite Gonzalez being a U.S. citizen, Arizona police took her to immigration authorities. Gonzalez is far from alone in being a Latina feeling the heat from authorities in an election year. Local police, like all of us, are affected by what is happening on national news. And non-stop anti-immigrant rhetoric is coming 24/7 at times from some right-wing presidential candidates, including front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. I am a Latina immigrant, originally from Peru, and I grew up in an immigrant neighborhood near New York City. This rhetoric has had a disastrous effect on communities such as mine. Immigration "reform" has been one of the hottest buttons of this year's presidential election: Trump, if elected, for instance, wants to build a wall on the Mexican-American border. The second most popular Republican candidate, and Trump's ...
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Headlines for April 27, 2016 27.4.2016 Democracy Now!
Trump Wins All 5 Primary States; Clinton Wins 4; Sanders Takes 1, Establishment Democrats Win Senate Primaries in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Yemen: U.S. Drone Strike Kills 6, Including al-Qaeda Leader, U.S. to Deploy Rocket Launcher System in Turkey Near Syria, Spain Headed for New Election After Failed Bid to Form Leftist Coalition, Venezuela: Right-Wing Opponents Start Bid to Recall Maduro Amid Energy Crisis, Thousands Mark 19 Months Since 43 Students Disappeared; U.N. Expresses Concern, Mexican Journalist Shot to Death Outside Home in Guerrero State, Whistleblowers & Journalist Go on Trial in "Luxembourg Leaks" Case, Protesters on Hunger Strike over San Francisco Police Killings, Las Vegas Review-Journal Columnist Quits After Being Banned from Writing on Sheldon Adelson, Florida GOP Senate Candidate Wants to Ban Anyone from Middle East – Except Israel
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How the Mainstream Corporate Media Get It Wrong on Student Debt 27.4.2016 Truthout.com
A sign lays on the ground during a demonstration outside of Cooper Union in New York City on December 8, 2012. Media outlets should stop ignoring the voices of students and borrowers, and stop reinforcing unrealistic assumptions about how​ higher education can be paid for ​today. (Photo: Michael Fleshman ) Don't trust the corporate media? Neither do we. Make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and support accurate, independent journalism. April 25 marked the fourth anniversary of outstanding student loan debt topping $1 trillion in the United States, yet media still aren't always telling the full story on college affordability and student debt. If the public thinks the student debt crisis only affects white, upper middle class borrowers enrolled in impractical programs at four-year colleges and universities, the media aren't​ doing their​ jobs.​ It's time for media to recognize the realities of the nation's student debt burden. Outlets should stop ignoring the voices of students and borrowers, and stop ...
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A healthy biosphere means healthier humans 27.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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The case of Dr. Gabrielle Horne reveals problems in our health system 27.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. I first wrote about the case of Dr. Gabrielle Horne in May 2006. By that time, the incident that initially sparked my interest was already four years old. Who would have guessed then it still wouldn't finally be resolved 10 years later? In mid-October 2002, the head of the QEII's department of medicine rescinded Horne's hospital privileges, effectively ending her world-class, world-changing medical research ...
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Four Ways To Fight For Democracy 26.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Gerry Hebert, Paul S. Ryan

As we slog through another negative, money-saturated presidential campaign, Americans are doing everything they can to let their leaders know they are fed up. As if the votes for anti-establishment candidates weren’t enough to send the message, thousands of activists spent the last week in Washington and more than 1,200 were arrested in sit-ins at the Capitol.

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Misunderstanding the Leap, critics fall flat 26.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Mobile "half-plant, half-machine" cybernetic geodesic garden preserves native plant species 26.4.2016 TreeHugger
A cybernetically enhanced garden that is able to move on its own, to fulfill its mission of protecting local plant species.
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Colleges Face Student Protests Over Fossil Fuel Investments 26.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Students at nearly a dozen U.S. colleges have planned protests in recent weeks targeting their schools' investments in the oil, gas and coal sectors, part of a coordinated push to stop colleges from funding companies that contribute to global warming. Nearly 700 students and their supporters have already staged sit-ins and held rallies at more than six campuses this month, including University of Denver, Columbia University, New York University and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Protests at Harvard University and University of Massachusetts Amherst  resulted in nearly two dozen arrests. Students at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, on Monday launched what they said will be a weeklong sit-in just outside the school president's office. More protests at additional schools are planned for the coming weeks, said Lindsay Meiman , a spokeswoman for environmental group 350.org. Student environmental activists, in loose coordination with Bill McKibben's 350.org -- the group that led the national ...
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From exploited to supported: Phasing out Canada's lowest wage work programs 26.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 In part two of her investigation into sheltered workshop programs exploiting intellectually disabled adults in Canada, Teuila Fuatai looks at what is next for the programs and those involved. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Ontario service organization Community Living Algoma officially ended its sheltered workshop program in September. The Sault Ste. Marie group, headed by executive director John Policicchio, began operating the program in the 1960s.  "By the early 1990s there was somewhere close to 130 people who attended the sheltered workshop," Policicchio said. ...
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State's Anti-Free Speech Bill Is Close To Becoming Law 26.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
State legislators are close to defunding the University of Tennessee-Knoxville 's diversity office and banning administrators from teaching students about gender neutral pronouns. Student activists, student government members and LGBT advocates are now pressing Tennessee's Republican governor to prevent that. Tennessee lawmakers approved a bill last week that would strip $436,000 in state funding for the UT-Knoxville's diversity office. Legislators plan to distribute the money instead to minority student scholarships -- and force the university's School of Art's graphic design program and print shop to create and distribute decals that read, "In God we trust" for police vehicles. The bill also bars the flagship university from promoting the use of gender-neutral pronouns for trans individuals or people who identify as queer. And it prevents UT from providing any financial support for "Sex Week" events, solely because lawmakers disagree with the content of speech during those programs.  Gov. Bill Haslam ...
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A Changing Discourse: Why Bernie Sanders' Critique of Israel Matters 26.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Bernie Sanders' calculated decision to criticize Israeli abuses was timid yet unprecedented, reflecting evolving views in the US. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) Bernie Sanders' recent critique of Israeli policies was timid, yet unprecedented, reflecting evolving views -- especially among young people in the US -- about Israel. Is the US ready to have a real discussion about our complicity in Israeli state violence for the first time in decades? Bernie Sanders' calculated decision to criticize Israeli abuses was timid yet unprecedented, reflecting evolving views in the US. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today. Bernie Sanders' criticism of Israel at the Democratic debate in Brooklyn , New York, on April 15 was not especially harsh. The presidential candidate said "we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity" and that Israel used ...
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Students across Canada are urging divestment from fossil fuels. Here's how you can help 26.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Vassar Students Sit In Outside President’s Office to Demand Divestment from Fossil Fuels 26.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Vassar College Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

Vassar College’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign began a peaceful sit-in this afternoon outside of the office of President Catharine Hill, calling on Vassar’s Board of Trustees to divest from direct holdings in fossil fuel companies and give students a meaningful voice in college affairs.

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This Industry Is Literally Making a Killing 25.4.2016 Truthout.com
The 2016 presidential elections are proving historic, and not just because of the surprising success of self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, the  lively debate  among feminists over whether to support Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump's unorthodox candidacy. The elections are also groundbreaking because they're revealing more dramatically than ever the corrosive effect of big money on our decaying democracy. Following the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision and related rulings, corporations and the wealthiest Americans gained the legal right to raise and spend as much money as they want on political candidates. The  2012 elections  were consequently the most expensive in US history. And  this year's races  are predicted to cost even more. With the general election still six months away, donors have already sunk $1 billion into the presidential race -- with $619 million raised by candidates and another $412 million by super PACs. Big money in politics drives  grave inequality  in our country. ...
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Headlines for April 25, 2016 25.4.2016 Democracy Now!
Obama to Deploy 250 More Special Ops Forces to Syria, Germany: Up to 90,000 Protest TTIP U.S.-EU Trade Deal Ahead of Obama Visit, Kasich, Cruz to Coordinate in Bid to Defeat Trump, GOP Megadonor Charles Koch Suggests He Could Back Clinton, Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to 200,000 Felons, 8 Family Members Shot to Death in Ohio; 5 Killed in Georgia, In Victory for CIA Torture Victims, Judge Lets Lawsuit Against Psychologists Advance, Saudi Human Rights Activist Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison, Nigerian Military Accused of Massacring Hundreds of People, Austria: Far-Right Candidate Tops 1st Round of Presidential Elections, Expert Panel Accuses Mexican Gov't of Stonewalling Probe of 43 Missing Students, Immigration Guard Could Serve Less Time for Sexual Assault Than His Victim Did in Detention, Woman Who was Among 1st to Sue over Flint Water Crisis Shot Dead, Family of Man Killed by Corrections Officers Stages 5-Day Hunger Strike
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The Dithering Dozen: Twelve Prominent Climate Deniers 25.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Back in 2007, arguably the most leader-like thing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin could have done was her executive order establishing a state "Climate Change Sub-Cabinet." Her order reads, "Climate change is not just an environmental issue It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans." She went there. But nowadays, with the knob on her cray-cray meter cranked up to eleven, she says  climate change is a hoax . This week, she metaphorically donned an Alaskan tinfoil toque to pitch Climate Hustle, a new climate denial documentary. "We're told by fearmongers that global warming is due to man's activities and this presents strong arguments against that in a very relatable way," she said in an interview with the political journal Variety Daily. Then, as I stewed about how shedding one's rationality has become a cherished political talent in America, I ran down the list of politicians and media figures who, in playing to their conservative base, have abruptly decided that everything ...
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The Commons Collaborative Economy Explodes in Barcelona 24.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Cities have personalities -- they're often described as we would people. They can be dry, manic, laid-back, iconic. Barcelona is what you might call a tonic. Always known as a vivid and creative city, Barcelona is taking the lead as an exemplary change agent on the European stage. Its DIY vigor and urgent form of citizen-level democracy are palpable, contagious, and best of all, effective. This is a city that has been reinvented by activism. A formidable woman by the name of Ada Colau , herself a longtime front-line activist for housing rights, is now the mayor. As a woman, as an activist, as a mayor, she's a good stand-in for the city itself and the radical positive changes it's making. But that's not to say that Ada Colau is responsible for all the whirlwind political and civic change. Barcelona is not a city in reform from the top down; it's a city in transformation from the bottom up, and up, and up . It's taking on the challenges of economic and civic change from an inclusive and deliberate ...
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