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Florida cops taser man three times after stopping him for jaywalking

Police in Casselberry, Florida tasered and handcuffed a man after he refused to produce identification when they stopped him for jaywalking, according to the Daily Mail. Officers tasered Zikomo Peurifoy three ties before cuffing him and taking him into custody, but rather than apologize for using violence against a non-violent…

Democracy Now! pays tribute to Woody Guthrie on his 100th birthday

On “Democracy Now!” this week, hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales celebrated the centennial of the “Dust Bowl Troubadour,” Woody Guthrie, who was born on July 14, 1912. Guthrie was a transformative figure in American music, bringing American folk songs and the music of working class America into the mainstream,…

Anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva: ‘Find the right thing to do. That is your duty.’

This week on “Moyers and Company,” host Bill Moyers welcomed scientist, philosopher and activist Vandana Shiva, who, in his words, has become “a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds.” Shiva was trained as a physicist, but has become an outspoken voice against the predations of giant…

NSA whistleblower: They’re assembling information on every U.S. citizen

NSA whistleblower William Binney was interviewed by internet journalist Geoff Shively at the HOPE Number 9 hackers conference in New York on Friday. Binney, who resigned from the NSA in 2001 over its domestic surveillance program, had just delivered a keynote speech in which he revealed what Shively called “evidence…

Rootworms have developed resistance to genetically engineered corn

Last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency warned that Monsanto’s Bt corn, which was genetically engineered a decade ago to ward off rootworms, is now falling prey to worms that have developed resistance to the plants’ built-in insecticide. The EPA also expressed concern that Monstanto’s monitoring was “inadequate and likely to…

Bill Moyers asks activists: Is Labor a lost cause?

Last week, as Americans focused on the Supreme Court’s rulings on the Affordable Care Act and Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law, a “disturbing” decision got lost in the shuffle. Knox v. Service Employees International Union [SEIU], Local 1000 restricts the financial power of organized labor by restricting union dues used for…

Chomsky: Occupy movement can’t compete with ‘massive corporate propaganda’

In an interview with The Guardian’s Gary Younge, veteran activist Noam Chomsky expressed his thoughts about the Occupy movement and whether it can be expected to have any impact on United States politics. “It was a great surprise,” said of Occupy Wall Street’s explosion on the scene last fall. “There…

ACLU’s new Android app lets users secretly record police misconduct

A new Android application released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and OpenWatch.net allows users to secretly record police encounters and automatically save their recordings to a public website for all to see. Called “Police Tape,” the ACLU-NJ’s app builds on work done by OpenWatch.net with…

Top eater Takeru Kobayashi reveals harsh conditions behind Coney Island hot dog contest

For the better part of a decade, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan was the unofficial king of July 4th: his ability to eat nausea-inducing numbers of hot dogs at the annual hot dog eating contest at Coney Island drove spectators and, eventually, live nationally-televised coverage of the event. But since 2010,…

Black historian: Both blacks and whites avoid facing contraditions in society

In a blistering Independence Day weekend interview with PBS’s Bill Moyers, historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad dissected the contradictions between the American belief in equality and freedom and its actual treatment of its own citizens. Muhammad, who is the head of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in…

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