Desmond Tutu offers "My Plea to the People of Israel: Liberate Yourselves by Liberating Palestine." He says it'll only happen through nonviolent means, which makes sense, since violent means haven't exactly been working well for either side. Note well, also, that some elites are beginning to divest from Israel, which was also the death-blow in South Africa. As for telling Israelis and Palestinians to "look beyond their leaders," well, seems like we all have to do at least some of that to get anything done.
Carl Gibson at occupy.com wonders if the '60s civil rights movement could have worked its will against a heavily-militarized police force like those we often find today. While we should absolutely stop the flow of military weapons to local police, I still think Dr. King would have done well against today's police: beyond a certain point, and our police forces are well beyond it, military force backfires on those who use it -- think what the PR hit would have been if Bull Connor had used rubber bullets on civil rights marchers in their Sunday best.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar instructs us that focusing on race when thinking about the Ferguson protests can distract us from focusing on the real issue: class. It's a wide-ranging and intensely intelligent piece, and note well how Mr. Abdul-Jabbar even concedes points from a position of strength -- if there is "just as much black-on-white racism as there is white-on-black," for example, then "white-against-black economically impacts the future of the black community" while "(b)lack-against-white has almost no measurable social impact."
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirms an order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission making it much easier for folks to feed the renewable energy they produce into the grid. The 2011 order, among other things, eliminates utilities' right to block independent energy transmission projects if they wanted to build such projects; this "right" sounds like corporate welfare to me, but I bet its elimination elicits more cries of TEH JOB TERRORIZTZ!!!! from right-wingers.
Finally, reality show star Michelle Duggar, she of the 19 Kids and Counting, promulgates a lot of slippery-slope BS about an anti-gay discrimination bill in Arkansas, including the notion that the bill would protect transgendered folks when they "prey" on children. Actually the bill is about preventing landlords from not renting to gays just because they don't like them and such, but you just have to say: what imaginings folks like Michelle Duggar have. They have so many of them you wonder if they secretly enjoy them.