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Tanya Basu – What Tasers Do to the Brain

Tasers aren’t known to be the gentlest things, to put it mildly. The devices deliver 50,000 volts of electroshock, and though deaths after use of electroshock weapons — Taser is the brand name — are relatively rare, in 2015, at least 48 people died during interactions with police who used Tasers. Now, a team of scientists at Drexel University and Arizona State …

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A Just Cause – Spotlight on Capitol Hill & Congressman Tom Marino – 02.14.16

The host Cliff Stewart, Lisa Stewart and Lamont Banks is shining a Spotlight on Congressman Tom Marino, who’s a lawyer, former District Attorney for Lycoming County, and a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He has brought his experience and knowledge to Washington D.C. to become a leader in the House of Representatives.

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – What’s It Going to Take? – 02.03.16

People all over the world who just want a fair chance to thrive in their local economies are confronted with the seemingly indomitable, supra-governmental power of global private financial interests. But this hasn’t stopped them from trying – and some are making good progress. Ellen talks with public banking protagonists in Ireland and England about their homeland efforts in the face of deeply entrenched money powers while co-host Walt McRee talks with PA Project Founder Mike Krauss about a breakthrough in their efforts in Philadelphia. And Matt Stannard discusses our universal sense of fiscal vulnerabilities on the Public Banking Report.

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Claire Bernish – A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial

In the Land of the Free, one-quarter of the entire planet’s prison population, some 2.2 million people, currently languish behind bars; yet, an astonishing number of them — around 2 million — have never been to trial. Indeed, these figures categorically debunk the notion the criminal justice system in the United States maintains any semblance of its formation’s original intent: …

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Andy Kroll – Ted Cruz’s Howitzer

Ted Cruz couldn’t take it any longer. It was July 23, 2012. Houston. The final debate of the Republican runoff in Cruz’s bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate. The former Texas solicitor general had entered the race as a footnote, his polling in the low single digits, his political résumé extremely thin. Ted who? But over the course of 18 months, the …

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Ted Rall – Cops: Too Crazy to be Trusted With Guns

We’re not supposed to question juries. They’re our peers. They put in long hours, working hard essentially for free. Most of all, they see all the evidence. We don’t. We have to assume that they know what they’re doing. Sometimes, however, a jury verdict relies on so many false assumptions, baseless assignments of privilege and twisted logic that you have …

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John McMurtry – The Moral Decoding of 9-11: Beyond the U.S. Criminal State, The Grand Plan for a New World Order

I was sceptical of the 9-11 event from the first time I saw it on television. It was on every major network within minutes. All the guilty partieswere declared before any evidence was shown.The first questions of any criminal investigation were erased.  Who had the most compelling motives for the event? Who had the means to turn two central iconic …

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Nature Bats Last – 07.28.15

Pauline Schneider interviews Cliff Weathers who comes to Riverkeeper after 30 years as a writer, editor and multimedia producer. He served as a deputy editor of Consumer Reports for 10 years, focusing on automotive reliability, green technologies and product safety. As AlterNet’s senior editor, Cliff documented how communities are impacted by extreme forms of fossil fuel extraction and crude oil …

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USA: Is Adult Protective Services Protecting Abusers? – Janet Phelan

When the Elder Justice Initiative was recently funded by Congress for $4 million for the fiscal year 2015–at a mere fraction of the $25 million requested by President Obama—consumer advocates were ecstatic.  The funds are earmarked for Adult Protective Services (APS), which has a national mandate to protect the elderly from abuse.  America’s dirty little secret (well, one of them, …

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Nashville Prosecutors Have Made Sterilization of Women Part of Plea Deals

Nashville’s district attorney recently banned his staff from using invasive surgery as a bargaining chip, after it became apparent that local attorneys had been using sterilization as part of plea bargains. In the most recent case, a woman with a long history of mental illness was charged with neglect after her young baby died. Jasmine Randers, 26, suffers from paranoia …