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November 23, 2014
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Truthdigger of the Week: Leslie Feinberg

The obituary of the pioneering transgender activist and author of the award-winning 1993 novel Stone Butch Blues reads like a biography of the instinct for justice.
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Science Fiction Writer Ursula K. Le Guin Movingly Warns Against the Dangers of Capitalism (Video)

"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings," said Ursula K. Le Guin in her acceptance speech for the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th annual National Book Awards ceremony. "[But] any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings."
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Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden's mind "is like cool, clear spring water." Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama's immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

Marion Barry Jr., who began his career in public service during the civil rights era and spent four terms as mayor of Washington, D.C., died late Saturday night in his hometown at age 78.

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“The American surveillance state has an Achilles Heel,” organizers of the OffNow campaign say. “We can thwart mass surveillance without relying on Congress or [the] Supreme Court” by passing legislation that stops “the flow of state supplied water and electricity to federal agencies conducting mass, warrantless surveillance.”

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Actors including Viggo Mortensen, Peter Sarsgaard and Kelly Macdonald gathered in New York on Friday, the 10th anniversary of the publication of “Voices of a People’s History of the United States”—a work based on the late historian Howard Zinn’s million-title selling book “A People’s History of the United States”—for a reading of “Voices.” Mortensen spoke with “Democracy Now!” about “history’s corporate takeover[s].”

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Archaeologists claim to have unearthed evidence in Ireland that it was the rising power of iron, not climate change, that brought about the collapse of many ancient civilizations.

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A former employee of the behemoth online retailer is set to go on a hunger strike Tuesday outside of its Seattle headquarters in an attempt to force the company to change certain of its “deceptive and fraudulent” business practices.

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American researchers say seasonal swings in temperatures and CO2 levels are evidence of how agricultural advances and the population explosion have tilted nature’s balance.

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Germany, France, South Africa and even India have good news regarding environmental policy to share this November.

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In a recent interview with USA Today, the 53-year-old “Hunger Games” star explained his somewhat surprising views on government.

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President Obama’s freeze on deportations for certain classes of undocumented immigrants throws a pigeon among the cats in several important ways.

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The Walton family control $145 billion in personal wealth, an amount equivalent to the bottom 42 percent of all Americans. Their employees, meanwhile, depend on food banks and taxpayer-funded welfare programs to survive.

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Three Grandmas Smoke Weed for the First Time, Realize It’s Not So Bad

Don’t worry—this incredibly hilarious video was filmed in the state of Washington, where recreational use of marijuana is legal.

Behold the Yaybahar: An Acoustic Instrument That Creates Synthesized Sounds

Here’s a musical interlude for your Wednesday afternoon.

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