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EU Leaders Pull Handbrake on Clean ...

EU Leaders Pull Handbrake on Clean Energy

Children of Abducted Brit Tell PM: ...

Children of Abducted Brit Tell PM: Bring Our Dad Back

Amnesty International Releases New ...

Amnesty International Releases New Ferguson Report Documenting Human Rights Abuses

EU Climate Deal Puts Polluters Befo...

EU Climate Deal Puts Polluters Before People

Tests Find Monsanto?s Soy, Genetica...

Tests Find Monsanto?s Soy, Genetically Engineered for Heavy Pesticide Spraying, in Portland-Bought Infant Formula

ACLU Challenges Miami-Dade Housing ...

ACLU Challenges Miami-Dade Housing Restriction Forcing Former Sex Offenders to Live by Railroad Tracks

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Russia's Vladimir Putin says his ma...

Russia's Vladimir Putin says his marriage is over

Source: [b]BBC[/b] Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have said their marriage is over. The couple, who had been married for 30 years, made their divorce public on Russian state television after attending a ballet performance. "It was a joint decision, we hardly ...
Christie expected to name Lautenber...

Christie expected to name Lautenberg successor

Source: [b]News12 NJ[/b] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears poised to name a temporary successor to the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The governor has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference in Trenton. However, the announcement did not specify a topic. Lautenberg died Monday a...
George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammator...

George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial The Lookout By Jason Sickles, an arrives for a pretrial hearing on Thursday. (Joe Burbank/Getty) “Profiled” “Vigilante” “Self-appointed Neighborhood Watch Captain” “Wannabe cop” Suspec...
Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esthe...

Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esther Williams Dies

Source: [b]ABC News[/b] By BOB THOMAS Associated Press LOS ANGELES June 6, 2013 (AP) Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91. Williams's died early Thursday in h...
Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Fores...

Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Foreshadowing Rebel Defeat

Source: [b]Bloomberg[/b] The Syrian governmment’s capture of al-Qusair is a “strategic turning point” marking the beginning of the end for the armed opposition, Syria’s premier said, as the army promised mercy for surrendering rebels. Retaking the city opens the door “for successive vi...
Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collectin...

Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collecting phone records

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Thursday morning he's "glad" the National Security Agency is secretly collecting millions of telephone records from Americans in an effort to track down terrorism suspects. “We are very much under threat," Graham said on "F...

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Joni Ernst?s Defense Of Using Guns ...

Joni Ernst?s Defense Of Using Guns To Defend Her Rights, And To Use Government To Impose Her Views Upon Others

One of the reasons that the Republicans now have a better than even chance of taking control of the Senate is that there is the very real possibility that Joni Ernst will win in Iowa. We got another example of how extreme Ernst is from the manner in which she defended carrying guns: ?I have […]
Bruce Bartlett Argues That Obama Is...

Bruce Bartlett Argues That Obama Is A Republican

There’s nothing really new here, but it will be interesting to see conservative response to Bruce Bartlett’s article in The American Conservative entitled, Obama Is A Republican. The article is a rehash of how Obama’s record is actually quite conservative, clashing with the conservative myth that he is a socialist. He started with mentioning other […]
Political Polarization?How The Left...

Political Polarization?How The Left and Right Follow Different Sources For News

The Pew Research Center has released a study on Political Polarization and Media Habits. Most of their findings, summarized below, are as would be predicted: Overall, the study finds that consistent conservatives: Are tightly clustered around a single news source, far more than any other group in the survey, with 47% citing Fox News as […]
Beware Of Those Politicians Who Spr...

Beware Of Those Politicians Who Spread Fear?We Have No Reason To Fear Ebola As Long As We Respond Sensibly

A mood of fear is engulfing the country which might very well affect the midterm elections. Hopefully people will react rationally and reject the Republicans who promote unwarranted fears, play politics, and advocate for counterproductive responses such as travel bans. Unfortunately but this is not the probable response. As I discussed last week, even citing […]
SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Dr. Cott...

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Dr. Cotton?s Bizarre Ideas, Boardwalk Empire & The Knick; DC and Marvel Movie Plans; Twin Peaks; The IT Crowd & Other British Adaptations

Flatline managed to provide an episode of Doctor Who which successfully combined elements of both horror and humor. While not a totally original idea, it was something not seen on Doctor Who before, and realistically few television shows manage to come up with ideas which have not been influenced by other works. Think of it […]
Republicans Attack Ebola Czar While...

Republicans Attack Ebola Czar While Blocking Surgeon General Nomination

On the surface, Republicans have been all over the place regarding the idea of a government official to coordinate handling of Ebola. For example, there’s John McCain. Back in 2009 he attacked Obama over having too many czars: Obama has more czars than the Romanovs – who ruled Russia for 3 centuries. Romanovs 18, cyberczar […]

OpEdNews

Fukushima update 10-24-14: Censorsh...

Fukushima update 10-24-14: Censorship, site news, spread

The wrecked nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi continue to spew huge amounts of radioactivity into the Pacific. Japanese censorship of this reality increases. The health effects are horrendous. Sign the two petitions at the top of the article, please.
The Inextricable Link Between Socia...

The Inextricable Link Between Social and Environmental Justice

Erica Violet Lee of Idle No More in conversation with Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV on the eve of the largest Climate Justice march in history.
Shopping at Walmart

Shopping at Walmart

New poem by Gary Lindorff, Thiscantbehappening resident poet
Huffington Post: In the War Between...

Huffington Post: In the War Between the CIA and Senate Democrats, Everybody Won Except the Public

Again, Obama blocks congressional Democrats. He helps block a Senate investigation into Bush Administration tortures.
Women's education and the Nationali...

Women's education and the Nationalist project

A reflection on the role of women's education in post-colonial India.
In the Absence of Accountability, G...

In the Absence of Accountability, General Motors Kills Hundreds of People for Profit

Corporate executives at GM have gotten away with negligent murder by willfully covering up design defects in their automobiles and delaying recalls. Any ordinary person responsible for hundreds of deaths would be tried in a court of a law. Not so for "corporate persons," who pay a small fine and continue with business as usual.

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Could this be why Joni Ernst is afr...

Could this be why Joni Ernst is afraid of the Iowa press?

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst, glamor portrait.
Joni Ernst: Scarier than she wants you to know about.
Goal Thermometer

Why, oh why, has Joni Ernst been hiding from the Iowa press, refusing to do endorsement meetings with editorial boards and in-depth interviews with local television news? What topics that might come up in such interviews could the Republican Senate candidate possibly be avoiding?

Hmmm ...

In 2013, Ernst was calling for "very painful" cuts to government assistance. Meanwhile, she supports tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Apparently that's not the kind of dependence on government she opposes. Ernst opposes a federal minimum wage and thinks that since Iowa's cost of living is very low, $7.25 an hour is plenty. Just 18 percent of Iowa voters think they could live on the current minimum wage. Ernst supported legislation that would allow states to arrest federal agents for implementing Obamacare. She's also dabbled in conspiracy theories about the federal government partnering with the United Nations with the aim of "moving people off of their agricultural land and consolidating them into city centers, and then telling them that you don't have property rights anymore." According to Ernst, backing from Koch brothers-funded groups "really started my trajectory"; her ongoing Koch support, extending to harassing a farmers group for endorsing Democrat Bruce Braley, has become an issue in the race. Ernst wants to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

Could those be some reasons for Ernst to avoid serious scrutiny from Iowa newspapers? And that's not even getting into her support of personhood legislation or the handgun she thinks will defend her against the government or the time she said President Obama "has become a dictator." Ernst's election chances hinge on seeming like a down-to-earth soldier-mom next door, and that means keeping voters from finding out about her extreme positions. So it's no wonder she's apparently decided that close scrutiny by local media would be a bad idea.

Please chip in $3 to help turn Iowa blue. Defeat Mitch McConnell in just two hours. Sign up to make GOTV calls to Democrats. (Side question: Why has Ernst been doing interviews with national media at the same time she's been ducking Iowa outlets?)
Scott Walker and the RGA are afraid...

Scott Walker and the RGA are afraid, very afraid

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Panic mode.
Goal Thermometer The Republican Governor's Association is parachuting in to Wisconsin to save a faltering Scott Walker, upping their original $900,000 budget for the last days of the campaign to $2 million. The decision comes amid a flurry of concern in GOP ranks that Walker is underfunded and at risk of losing.

The RGA, chaired by Gov. Christie (R-N.J.), has been under pressure in recent days to do more to help Walker, a tea party favorite who rocketed to political stardom after he curbed bargaining rights for most public workers in his state.

The Weekly Standard reported Thursday that there were brewing suspicions on the right that Christie, as RGA chairman, has been "undercutting" Walker, his potential rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Gee, why would anyone think Christie would do that? The Weekly Standard also suggests that they'll be "scrutinizing" the FEC reports at the end of the election to make sure that the RGA does indeed fulfill its promise. Walker himself seems to be feeding this narrative, and whined this weekend that the RGA?which has put $6 million into his campaign already?was just going to need to step up with a cash infusion: "Hopefully that comes through. [?] We are always looking for more help. Our main help has to be the RGA." Fuel the Christie/Walker feud, and boot Walker. Please donate $3 to Mary Burke. Defeat Mitch McConnell in just two hours. Sign up to make GOTV calls to Democrats. Walker makes no attempt to hide that he is in panic mode, and for good reason. The polls are as tight as can be. This one is Mary Burke's to win.
Perdue's outsourcing ... even the W...

Perdue's outsourcing ... even the Weekly Standard can't slap lipstick on that pig

David Perdue
Goal Thermometer

Even the Weekly Standard is noticing the damage done by revelations about Senate candidate David Perdue's long career in outsourcing. In a rundown of the dangers Georgia Republicans face from a strong crop of Democratic candidates in the state (and, unmentioned here, by strong Democratic voter registration efforts), Perdue's outsourcing looms largest:

Suddenly, Perdue?s biggest asset?his business career?has become a liability.

And it?s one the Perdue campaign is trying desperately to avoid. Before my brief phone interview with Perdue, a campaign staffer called twice to confirm that I wouldn?t ask about the ?outsourcing? comment. When I did, Perdue dismissed it as ?right out of the Democratic playbook.?

?They?ve tried it since Day One,? he said. ?It?s not sticking.?

The polls suggest otherwise.

It's not just that a conservative publication is talking about this, it's how frantically defensive it makes Perdue look. First trying to put the major story of the campaign off-limits. Then trying to brush off questions about, again, the major story of the campaign as just some kind of partisan manipulation. Then flatly denying a reality anyone who glances at the polls can see. That's desperate. We don't have any Georgia endorsements this cycle, so if you want to give to Michelle Nunn, you'll have to go to her campaign site. But if you're still looking for great Democrats to give to, as this election goes down to the wire, we've got some great Senate candidates to choose from. Defeat Mitch McConnell in just two hours. Sign up to make GOTV calls to Democrats. It's great seeing Perdue damaged and on the defensive, but to actually beat him, Democrats will need to turn out to vote.
Cartoon: Ebola Buddy

Cartoon: Ebola Buddy

Now that politicians and pundits are using Ebola to score political points, it seems only natural for Ebola Buddy to be a vice presidential candidate, or at very least a trusted political consultant. (Never mind that thousands are dying in West Africa and you should donate to Doctors Without Borders right now.)

Suddenly, everyone on the right is an infectious disease expert and thinks they know better than those CDC scientists who work for the gubermint?. Ebola is why big government is bad, why Obamacare will never work, why cattle should graze for free and why taxes on the rich should be cut, right? The tinfoil hat, anti-government crowd in Congress (who apparently overlook the fact they receive a government paycheck) is in full swing.

And let?s not forget Rand Paul, that wise level-headed Republican, is calming everyone?s fears by saying that Ebola is more easily-spread than AIDS and, oh yes, we mustn?t forget the Spanish Flu and Bubonic Plague which killed bazillions of people. Remember, Rand Paul is the guy who apparently belongs to an organization that opposes Social Security and Medicare? the same organization that also doesn?t think HIV causes AIDS. (This is the same Rand Paul who certified himself as a ?board certified? ophthalmologist.)

Leaks everywhere in St. Louis. Here...

Leaks everywhere in St. Louis. Here's a running tally of the denials.

St. Louis, Missouri: Gateway Arch
After outright refusing to release information being requested by family members of Mike Brown, the teenager shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri, strategic leaks of information are now happening almost daily.

In violation of the law, these leaks are eroding public trust and have now gained the attention of Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice. Holder was reported to be "exasperated" by them and the DOJ released a statement saying:

The department considers the selective release of information in this investigation to be irresponsible and highly troubling. Since the release of the convenience-store footage, there seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case. Below, we will keep a running tally of the denials of these leaks and update it regularly.
Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest:...

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Maine independent Eliot Cutler goes dark, boosting Democrats

Eliot Cutler with some guy dressed in very patriotic gear for Fourth of July
Eliot Cutler, probably the dude on the right

Leading Off:

? ME-Gov: Eliot Cutler is looking like a man defeated. Cutler, an independent who finished second in the 2010 gubernatorial race, has utterly failed to replicate his prior success and is mired at about 15 percent in the polls. Now, after spending a ton of his own money on his repeat effort, he's all but gone dark on the airwaves in the final weeks of the campaign.

This week, Cutler's spending all of $4,000 on TV, which, as Ethan Strimling reports, means he's getting outspent 100-to-1 by Democrat Mike Michaud and Republican Gov. Paul LePage when you factor in activity from outside groups. That's good news for Maine Democrats, since as almost all the polling has shown, Cutler hurts Michaud far more than he hurts LePage.

Indymedia.org

Indonesian police use Shootings, ki...

Indonesian police use Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies

Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.

Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.

A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".

Related: Waging Nonviolence: Flotilla unsettles Indonesia?s occupation of West Papua | West Papuan National Day Goes Global | West Papuans to join commemoration of Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat More Information: West Papua media Alerts | Freedom Flotilla

Civil Society stages mass walkout p...

Civil Society stages mass walkout protest from Warsaw Climate change negotiations

Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and 350.org all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.

Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan  have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit 

Related: Democracy Now: "Nature Does Not Negotiate": Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw | "Polluters Talk, We Walk": Civil Society Groups Abandon Warsaw Talks over Inaction on Global Warming | "We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate CrisisAnalysis: The Warsaw walkout and the Climate Movement

Canadians and Australians protest c...

Canadians and Australians protest climate wrecking policies and pipelines

The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.

The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.

Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.

Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and dev...

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and devastation in the Philippines

On November 8 Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Sama province in the Philippines, destroying coastal communities with ferocious winds and a storm surge of 6-7 metres (up to 20 feet). According to Dr Jeff Masters "Haiyan had winds of 190 - 195 mph (315 km/h) at landfall, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history."

Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.

Related: Climate IMC: Typhoon Haiyan: This is a climate crime | Time for turning tears into anger says Walden Bello | Philippine groups demand action on climate finance, loss and damage in Warsaw climate talks | Ejected from COP19 for expressing solidarity to the Philippines | Youth observers expelled from UN climate change talks for Philippines Solidarity | Indybay: Super typhoon Haiyan is climate wake-up call | They destroy We suffer Statement on Yolanda?s AftermathNon-corporate Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts: Waves for Water | Haiyan NYC Relief Project | Doctors without Borders | Oxfam International

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snip...

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and unidentified snipers attack Mi'kmaq women and elderly who were part of an anti-fracking encampment. Support pours in for Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers. Today, Monday, Mi'kmaq Warrior Tyson Peters shot with rubber bullet risks losing his leg after protecting woman from a bullet. [ From Global IMC Newswire ]
Global Warming impacts escalate as ...

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Ebola Becomes a Political Issue in ...

Ebola Becomes a Political Issue in the U.S.

President Obama and members of Congress weigh in on the Ebola scare, turning it into a political issue ahead of the midterm elections.
Ebola Becomes a Political Issue in ...

Ebola Becomes a Political Issue in the U.S.

President Obama and members of Congress weigh in on the Ebola scare, turning it into a political issue ahead of the midterm elections.
High Court Upholds Texas' Voter ID ...

High Court Upholds Texas' Voter ID Law

Just ahead of the midterm elections, the Supreme Court upheld Texas' controversial voter ID law that requires people to present identification before casting their vote.
Chuck Todd to 'Meet the Voters'

Chuck Todd to 'Meet the Voters'

Beginning October 22nd, Chuck Todd will hit the campaign trail in an RV to "Meet the Voters" on a road trip through key battleground states.
Declined: Obama Says His Credit Car...

Declined: Obama Says His Credit Card Was Denied in NYC

Not even the president of the United States is immune to the embarrassment of a declined credit card, apparently.
Obama Taps Ex-White House Adviser K...

Obama Taps Ex-White House Adviser Klain as Ebola 'Czar'

Klain is a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore.

CNN

$680,000 home built on wrong lot

$680,000 home built on wrong lot

Six months after building their $680,000 vacation home, a couple learned it was built on the wrong lot.
What the dying really regret

What the dying really regret

There are many regrets that patients have in the months before they die. But the stories about the years people spend not appreciating their body until they are close to leaving it are some of the saddest.
Most-hated font has a typewriter

Most-hated font has a typewriter

The world's most reviled font has gone analog with "Sincerity Machine," a typewriter that types in Comic Sans.
Military mom surprises daughter

Military mom surprises daughter

A mother in the Navy surprises her daughter, who she's only seen for one month this year. CNN affiliate WNEM reports.
Tot hitches ride on dad's surfboard

Tot hitches ride on dad's surfboard

Tyler Medford surfs with his three-year-old son, Nolan, on his back! HLN's Mike Galanos has more.
Resident finds jellyfish in ...

Resident finds jellyfish in ...

Jellyfish were found in a freshwater lake in Wisconsin. CNN affiliate WBAY has more.

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