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Sick People Make for Poor Watchdogs

Over at USA Today they have a helpful list of reasons why your insurance company may not be paying your medical bills and the remedy is basically that sick people should aggressively monitor, research, and follow up on every single health care interaction.

FDL’s Kevin Gosztola is on his way to Ferguson

With most outlets focusing on the dramatic clashes between protesters and police, Kevin will be telling stories that show how Brown's murder and the militaristic response are emblematic of the daily injustices black people are made to suffer in Ferguson and elsewhere in America. Donate $10 or more to fund Kevin Gosztola's reporting from Ferguson, MO.

South Portland, Maine will Vote on Marijuana Legalization

The people of South Portland Maine will be voting on marijuana legalization this November. Earlier this year the Citizens for a Safer Maine collected enough valid signatures for the indirect initiative to qualify. By law the initiative...Show More Summary

Would Marijuana in Michael Brown’s System Make Him Act “Crazy”?

In an interview on FOX news Dr. Michael Baden, who performed the second autopsy on Michael Brown's body, said the toxicology report revealed Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot. Baden then went on to speculate that this potentially could have led Brown to act "crazy" and that he "may have done things to the police officer that normally he would not have done.”

Poll: Support For Common Core Drops Among Teachers

The push to homogenize public education around worthless standards known as Common Core has lost considerable support among teachers. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is the brain child of so called "ed reformers" and the testing companies that will benefit from Common Core's implementation.

ISIS Warns Of Retaliation If US Airstrikes In Iraq Hit ISIS Fighters

Apparently ISIS did not get the memo differentiating airstrikes from ground troops and has now warned that if US forces kill ISIS fighters in Iraq the Islamic State will retaliate against Americans "in any place."

Ferguson Sees Another Night Of Unrest Despite National Guard Presence

Monday night saw renewed clashes between protesters and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri with two people shot and at least 31 arrested. The police blamed the disharmony on a "tiny minority of lawbreakers" whom they claimed fired on them and had Molotov cocktails.

Police in Ferguson Ordered Man to ‘Freeze’ Then Shot Him at ‘Point Blank Range’ with Rubber Bullet

Firedoglake interviewed Terrance Williams, a black man who was arrested during the middle of the march about 8:30 pm before tear gas had been fired. He recounted how a "SWAT team" and various other cops had surrounded him.

The Roundup

- Amid the Western propaganda on Russia and Ukraine, one issue overlooked is the decision by Iran to side with the West over Russia. - Despite no agreement between Ukraine and Russia on a ceasefire within the former country, Kiev stated...Show More Summary

‘Murica 2014…(not “literally” Ferguson edition)

Delightful, nothing like an abhorrent technicality to help the wealthy stay in their bubble. This, after all, was a close one.

Late, Late Night FDL: Detroit Made

Bob Seger - Detroit Made (Here's the studio track) Bob Seger is set to release his 'swan song' album: Ride Out...

Late Night: Voices of Rage and Ruin

History has proven that over and over again. Oppression crushes the human spirit and makes resistance seem impossible. People live in fear and see no way out of the darkness. But there are times when people are heroic, when they overcome their pain and fear and show us all what moral courage is. Show More Summary

Holes in the Earth

“Mining companies losing billions of dollars from conflicts with local communities”, according to researchers from the University of Queensland, the Harvard Kennedy School and Clark University. Not wanting to pass up an opportunity to hammer home that theme, here’s a bit of a round-up of just such recent activities, beginning with Bristol Bay.

Gaza Update: Delays, Deceit, and Death

The Ceasefire was in fact extended for another 24 hrs.

FDL Movie Night: FRED

FRED gives an inside look at a grassroots political campaign, one that upset the prevailing powers that be, while providing an engaging portrait of a man who by embracing and loving himself has has found away to integrate his political skills with his true self. Show More Summary

Eduardo Galeano: A Lost and Found History of Lives and Dreams (Some Broken)

Who isn’t a fan of something — or someone? So consider this my fan’s note. To my mind, Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano is among the greats of our time. His writing has “it” — that indefinable quality you can’t describe but know as soon as you read it. Show More Summary

Why Not Arrest Ferguson Police Officer Who Killed Michael Brown to Help Restore Peace to the Community?

One thing authorities in Ferguson have not done to try and calm the anger is arrest Officer Darren Wilson for allegedly shooting and killing Michael Brown.

Minimum Wage Increase Will Be on the Ballot in Nebraska

While efforts to increase the minimum wage at the federal level have are basically dead for the moment, some real progress is being made at the state and local level. Not only have state legislatures and city councils moved forward with new laws this year but activist campaigns have managed to put the issue on the ballot this November in a handful of red states.

Governor Chris Christie’s Office Bills Taxpayers $6.5 Million For Bridgegate Legal Fees

It was apparently not enough for Governor Chris Christie's staff to shut lanes down on the George Washington Bridge violating state and federal law, now the taxpayers of New Jersey are having to pay massive legal bills as Christie and company try to prevent details from the lane closures coming out.

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