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Bill Moyers: The challenge of journalism is to survive in the pressure cooker of plutocracy. 'Moyers and Company' host Bill Moyer during his last broadcast on Jan. 2, 2015 (Moyers and Company) Thank you for allowing me to share this evening with you.

Bill Moyers: The challenge of journalism is to survive in the pressure cooker of plutocracy

I’m delighted to meet these exceptional journalists whose achievements you honor with the Helen Bernstein Book Award. But I gulped when [New York Public Library President] Tony Marx asked me to talk about the challenges facing journalism today and gave me 10 to 15 minutes to do so. I seriously thought of taking a powder. What ISIS Really Wants. What is the Islamic State?

What ISIS Really Wants

Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare.

Nice Day for a Genocide: Shocking Quotes on Indians by U.S. Leaders, Pt. 2. These quotes about Indians from American leaders span from 1823 to 1889.

Nice Day for a Genocide: Shocking Quotes on Indians by U.S. Leaders, Pt. 2

Check out Part 1 here. Chief Justice John Marshall, Johnson and Graham’s Lessee v. Nice Day for a Genocide: Shocking Quotes on Indians By U.S. Leaders, Pt 1. These quotes about Indians from American leaders span from the 1750s to 1817.

Nice Day for a Genocide: Shocking Quotes on Indians By U.S. Leaders, Pt 1

Stay tuned next week for Part 2. Benjamin Franklin, from his autobiography, 1750s “If it be the design of Providence to extirpate these Savages in order to make room for cultivators of the Earth, it seems not improbable that rum may be the appointed means.” Benjamin Franklin (Joseph-Siffrein Duplessis (1725–1802)/Wikipedia) Orders of George Washington to General John Sullivan, May 31, 1779. What Neuroscience Has To Say About The 'Tortured Genius' Every suicide leaves behind mourners grasping for answers, but when the person in question is a high-profile celebrity known to have struggled with mental health issues, it's tempting to fall back on the age-old trope of the "tortured genius.

What Neuroscience Has To Say About The 'Tortured Genius'

" It's an idea deeply embedded in our culture: the artist, musician, poet, novelist or comedian who excels in his or her field, but is tormented by inner demons. By this logic, the coexistence of creativity and mental illness is not a coincidence: The talent and the demons are thought to be inextricably linked. The torment is part of the gift. The World Health Organization estimates there are 350 million people on the planet living with depression. And the recent death of Robin Williams has stirred up the old question of whether creative genius carries with it an elevated risk of mental illness. David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'.

America is a country that is now utterly divided when it comes to its society, its economy, its politics.

David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'

WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age. This week, fourteen people charged by the Department of Justice in connection with a coordinated denial of service attack on PayPal's services in 2010 will appear in Federal Court.

WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age

The "PayPal 14," as they have been dubbed, are charged with participating in an attack orchestrated by Anonymous to retaliate against PayPal's suspension of its relationship with WikiLeaks. Their case as well as PayPal's actions in 2010 raise important questions about press freedoms and the nature of online protests.

As Chairman of eBay Inc., PayPal's parent company, and as a philanthropist and soon-to-be publisher deeply committed to government transparency, press freedoms and free expression, these issues hit close to home. More Than 93 Percent Of Americans Totally Want This To Be Legalized. (And It's Not Weed.) The Campaign Against Net Metering: ALEC and Utility Interests' Next Attack on Clean Energy Surfaces in Arizona. On Thursday, the Arizona Corporate Commission (ACC), the state entity responsible for regulating utilities, voted to charge ratepayers a monthly fee of 70 cents per kilowatt of solar energy installed on their roof.

The Campaign Against Net Metering: ALEC and Utility Interests' Next Attack on Clean Energy Surfaces in Arizona

Arizona Public Service (APS) had proposed charging customers who install rooftop solar panels an additional $50-100 on their monthly bills. APS is an investor-owned utility that serves over 1 million customers and generates the majority of its electricity from coal, nuclear, gas and oil. Ultimately, the ACC's accepted a compromise struck between the solar industry and the Residential Utility Consumers Office (RUCO) to charge solar system owners a much smaller fee per month.

According to solar companies operating in the state, APS was attempting to "tax the sun," and APS's proposed changes would have "erase[d] the financial incentive for using solar. " ND spills went unreported; state testing website. BISMARCK, N.D.

ND spills went unreported; state testing website

(AP) — North Dakota, the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said. According to records obtained by The Associated Press, the pipeline spills — many of them small — are among some 750 "oil field incidents" that have occurred since January 2012 without public notification.

Exxon Oil Spill in Arkansas 2013: How a Pipeline Burst in Mayflower. Jason Thompson used to love fishing in the lake he can see from his window in Mayflower, Arkansas, but these days, when he throws a line out into the water, the lure he reels back is covered in a sour, stinking black tar, the skirt of the jig stuck uselessly together.

Exxon Oil Spill in Arkansas 2013: How a Pipeline Burst in Mayflower

When he brings the fingers that touched the line up to his nose, he gets a whiff of the same putrid stench that filled the air for weeks after the oil pipeline burst—the smell that still rises out of the ground every time it rains. Thompson hasn’t been fishing much. Watch: Two philosophers and a theoretical physicist debate science and morality. By Eric W. DolanTuesday, November 19, 2013 12:20 EDT. These 32 People Are Spending Their Lives In Prison For Nonviolent Crimes. Robert Booker admits that he didn't really need the money he got from drug dealing. He grew up in a two-parent, middle-class family in Detroit in the 1970s, and his job as a lifeguard for the city's parks department paid "good money.

" But the drug business paid more, and by the late 1980s nearly all of his friends were showing up to the pool with new cars and expensive sneakers. "I was smarter than the average cat, and I was like, 'If they could do it, I could do it easy,'" Booker said by phone on Monday from the Federal Correctional Institution in Schuylkill, Pa. "I left lifeguarding and started hanging around. " Twenty-five years later, at 47 years old, Booker is two decades deep into a life sentence in federal prison for three related, nonviolent drug crimes: possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and operating a "crack distribution house. " Booker has used his time in prison to study law and write fiction. Does Studying Economics Breed Greed?

In 1776, Adam Smith famously wrote: "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. " Economists have run with this insight for hundreds of years, and some experts think they've run a bit too far. Robert Frank, an economist at Cornell, believes that his profession is squashing cooperation and generosity. And he believes he has the evidence to prove it. Consider these data points: Less charitable giving: in the U.S., economics professors gave less money to charity than professors in other fields -- including history, philosophy, education, psychology, sociology, anthropology, literature, physics, chemistry, and biology.

10 Psychological Studies That Will Change What You Think You Know About Yourself. Why do we do the things we do? Ted Cruz Sabotages His Own Faux Filibuster With Green Eggs and Ham. Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Colin Powell Aide, Blasts McCain, Graham: 'Bordering On Being Traitors' Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are "bordering on being traitors," according to former Bush official Larry Wilkerson. Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel, served as as Colin Powell's chief of staff during the lead-up to the Iraq invasion in 2003, when Powell served as Secretary of State. He has since become a vocal critic of the Bush administration's foreign policy. During a recent interview with The Real News Network, Wilkerson took aim at McCain and Graham for what he saw as similarly aggressive postures toward negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

Asked what were the biggest obstacles to a deal, Wilkerson first named Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose "extremely right-wing government" Wilkerson accused of being too inflexible. 2-Bit Politicians In 8-Bit: Congress' Most Corrupt Lawmakers Treat Their Jobs Like A Game, So Let's Play. US defense contractors were involved in Syria gas attack: Investigative journalist. US defense contractors were involved in Syria gas attack: Investigative journalist American investigative journalist Jeffrey Silverman says he has information showing US defense contractors were "directly or indirectly" involved in last month’s chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Weird 'Web' Found In Peruvian Amazon Baffles Scientists. ANSWER Coalition. "To my fellow sailors: Refuse your orders to attack Syria!" A Grassroots Journal of America's Political Soul. America's Political Spectrum. What the Media Won't Say About Chris Lane's Murder. On an average day, about 40 people are murdered every day in the United States. "For Colored Boys" Filmmaker Stacey Mohammad Discusses New Web Series. In recent weeks, the conversation concerning the struggles African-American men face in this country has been widely-discussed. Young atheist calls out Texas Republican amid hostile town hall crowd.

By Arturo GarciaFriday, August 9, 2013 16:47 EDT The audience at a town hall event held by Rep. Women push to pray in the same room as men at British mosques. By Agence France-PresseFriday, August 9, 2013 11:47 EDT In the damp basement room of a Caribbean restaurant in London, Naima leads prayers for an audience of male and female worshippers. Right Wing Snake Oil Salesmen.

Arkansas GOP Rep. in college column: Women are ‘the problem’ in divorce. The U.S. military has a problem with atheists.