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In the past, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has traded campaign barbs with incumbent President Barack Obama about who has destroyed more jobs for U.S. workers by "outsourcing," or moving American companies overseas. Today, however, Mr. Romney changed his tack, saying that outsourcing is "America's best way to preserve democracy," and pledged that, if elected, he would outsource to a developing country his own job as Commander in Chief. Possibly to counter a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that showed 0% support from Black voters, Mr. Romney chose to deliver this campaign message to the New Orleans chapter of the NAACP.

Whatever your preconceived notions regarding the content of this pseudo op-ed may be, there are a few things you should know. I am an Occupier. I have been since the movement spread like wildfire to the major cities across the states, and when I got the call in my city of Washington D.C. on October 1st, I enthusiastically took the metro down to McPherson square, and I haven't ceased involvement since then... [My] heart lies with this movement, despite our many imperfections, and any critique of it coming from me is out of nothing but love and a desire to become better and more cohesive everyday. Coupled with that, the desire to topple this regime and the ruthless capitalists who own it and to create a better world is integrated into every facet of my existence

More than 100 governments are gathered in the Norwegian capital to report on how they are meeting their commitments to eradicate cluster munitions and prevent them causing any further harm.

Around 30 states that have yet to join the lifesaving 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, which bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of the weapon willtake part in the conference, showing the power and importance of the treatyeven for countries not yet on board.

Amongst these are China, which continues to produce cluster bombs, Libya, where forces loyal to Gaddafi used clusterbombs last year and countries contaminated by unexploded cluster bombs including Cambodia, Serbia, Tajikistan and Vietnam.

OK, women -- we're kind of mysterious. Most guys didn't watch those awkward sex-ed film strips in grade school. That thing that looked like a bullhead with horns was on the inside, and they spent more time looking at the JC Penney underwear pages.

I don't understand why Republicans are piling on Akin. He simply said what other Republican leaders have been thinking and saying for years.

The Supreme Court calls it "disparate treatment." If everyone shows up five minutes late to work and you're fired for showing up five minutes late, you have a legitimate case. Todd Akin is being discriminated against by his own party.

Sep 11

Eleven Years After 9/11, a Community of First Responders Is Put at Risk Again

By Pramilla Malik and Tanyette Colon, SpeakOut | Press Release

After undeniably great sacrifices for their country, an upstate community of 9/11 First Responders, veterans, their widows, and men and women who've recently returned from military duty are now finding their wellbeing compromised at the hands of Governor Cuomo's gas agenda. A compressor station, commissioned by the Millennium Pipeline and fast-tracked by the NY DEC and FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), is slated to go up in the middle of a residential community in Minisink, NY, posing both environmental and health risks due to the high quantity of toxic emissions from this type of facility.

The Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Oregon Wild, filed a motion today in federal district Court in Washington D.C. to fight a lawsuit that aims to drastically limit the use of science to help manage our national forests. Led by the timber industry, a coalition of industry groups filed suit on August 31 to challenge the new planning rule for the national forest system, designed provide for sustainable management of 193 million acres of national forests across the country.

Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released the following statement in response to the news that a ninth man has died in detention at Guantánamo.

With great sadness, the Center for Constitutional Rights condemns the fact that yet another detained man – the fourth on President Obama's watch – has died at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, most likely without charge and certainly without trial. Neither the name of the man nor the details of his death have yet been released by the Department of Defense. Whatever the cause turns out to be, it is clear that the United States government is ultimately responsible for his death.

The Democracy Center has just released a new series of investigations looking up close at seven citizen action campaigns from around the world that take aim at the climate change crisis. Titled 'Getting Action on Climate' the seven in-depth investigations cover campaigns from California to Kosovo, from Bulgaria to Thailand. They reveal the strategies and tactics behind successful efforts to halt new coal power stations, stop fracking in its tracks and establish widespread renewables infrastructure, amongst others.

Look around you. Are there zombies? Are there vampires? If you answered yes, then maybe you don't need to watch this video. If you answered no, then I'm about to change your mind. ...or eat it.

Sep 11

Democracy Takes a Hit: An Analysis

By Lawrence Davidson, To the Point Analysis | News Analysis

On Wednesday the 5th of September, 2012, in the middle of the Democratic Party convention, U.S. democracy took a big hit. Essentially the convention managers rigged a vote in the manner of those dictatorships that stuff ballot boxes and then announce that 99% of the voters support the dictator in question.

Worse yet, the Democrats did this on national TV so millions of other Americans could watch them do it.

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Speakout

Speakout is Truthout's treasure chest for bloggy, quirky, personally reflective, or especially activism-focused pieces. Speakout articles represent the perspectives of their authors, and not those of Truthout.

In the past, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has traded campaign barbs with incumbent President Barack Obama about who has destroyed more jobs for U.S. workers by "outsourcing," or moving American companies overseas. Today, however, Mr. Romney changed his tack, saying that outsourcing is "America's best way to preserve democracy," and pledged that, if elected, he would outsource to a developing country his own job as Commander in Chief. Possibly to counter a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that showed 0% support from Black voters, Mr. Romney chose to deliver this campaign message to the New Orleans chapter of the NAACP.

Whatever your preconceived notions regarding the content of this pseudo op-ed may be, there are a few things you should know. I am an Occupier. I have been since the movement spread like wildfire to the major cities across the states, and when I got the call in my city of Washington D.C. on October 1st, I enthusiastically took the metro down to McPherson square, and I haven't ceased involvement since then... [My] heart lies with this movement, despite our many imperfections, and any critique of it coming from me is out of nothing but love and a desire to become better and more cohesive everyday. Coupled with that, the desire to topple this regime and the ruthless capitalists who own it and to create a better world is integrated into every facet of my existence

More than 100 governments are gathered in the Norwegian capital to report on how they are meeting their commitments to eradicate cluster munitions and prevent them causing any further harm.

Around 30 states that have yet to join the lifesaving 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, which bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of the weapon willtake part in the conference, showing the power and importance of the treatyeven for countries not yet on board.

Amongst these are China, which continues to produce cluster bombs, Libya, where forces loyal to Gaddafi used clusterbombs last year and countries contaminated by unexploded cluster bombs including Cambodia, Serbia, Tajikistan and Vietnam.

OK, women -- we're kind of mysterious. Most guys didn't watch those awkward sex-ed film strips in grade school. That thing that looked like a bullhead with horns was on the inside, and they spent more time looking at the JC Penney underwear pages.

I don't understand why Republicans are piling on Akin. He simply said what other Republican leaders have been thinking and saying for years.

The Supreme Court calls it "disparate treatment." If everyone shows up five minutes late to work and you're fired for showing up five minutes late, you have a legitimate case. Todd Akin is being discriminated against by his own party.

Sep 11

Eleven Years After 9/11, a Community of First Responders Is Put at Risk Again

By Pramilla Malik and Tanyette Colon, SpeakOut | Press Release

After undeniably great sacrifices for their country, an upstate community of 9/11 First Responders, veterans, their widows, and men and women who've recently returned from military duty are now finding their wellbeing compromised at the hands of Governor Cuomo's gas agenda. A compressor station, commissioned by the Millennium Pipeline and fast-tracked by the NY DEC and FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), is slated to go up in the middle of a residential community in Minisink, NY, posing both environmental and health risks due to the high quantity of toxic emissions from this type of facility.

The Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Oregon Wild, filed a motion today in federal district Court in Washington D.C. to fight a lawsuit that aims to drastically limit the use of science to help manage our national forests. Led by the timber industry, a coalition of industry groups filed suit on August 31 to challenge the new planning rule for the national forest system, designed provide for sustainable management of 193 million acres of national forests across the country.

Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released the following statement in response to the news that a ninth man has died in detention at Guantánamo.

With great sadness, the Center for Constitutional Rights condemns the fact that yet another detained man – the fourth on President Obama's watch – has died at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, most likely without charge and certainly without trial. Neither the name of the man nor the details of his death have yet been released by the Department of Defense. Whatever the cause turns out to be, it is clear that the United States government is ultimately responsible for his death.

The Democracy Center has just released a new series of investigations looking up close at seven citizen action campaigns from around the world that take aim at the climate change crisis. Titled 'Getting Action on Climate' the seven in-depth investigations cover campaigns from California to Kosovo, from Bulgaria to Thailand. They reveal the strategies and tactics behind successful efforts to halt new coal power stations, stop fracking in its tracks and establish widespread renewables infrastructure, amongst others.

Look around you. Are there zombies? Are there vampires? If you answered yes, then maybe you don't need to watch this video. If you answered no, then I'm about to change your mind. ...or eat it.

Sep 11

Democracy Takes a Hit: An Analysis

By Lawrence Davidson, To the Point Analysis | News Analysis

On Wednesday the 5th of September, 2012, in the middle of the Democratic Party convention, U.S. democracy took a big hit. Essentially the convention managers rigged a vote in the manner of those dictatorships that stuff ballot boxes and then announce that 99% of the voters support the dictator in question.

Worse yet, the Democrats did this on national TV so millions of other Americans could watch them do it.