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More than 80 Groups Urge Pfizer to ...

More than 80 Groups Urge Pfizer to Leave American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

Clegg Drug Stance 'Undermined By Ai...

Clegg Drug Stance 'Undermined By Aid for Executions'

Research Details Deluge of Spending...

Research Details Deluge of Spending by Opponents of GMO Labeling

World Wildlife Day: Tribespeople De...

World Wildlife Day: Tribespeople Denounce Persecution in the Name of 'Conservation'

Equality California Condemns Ballo...

Equality California Condemns Ballot Initiative Seeking to 'Execute All Gays'

In an Unexpected Verdict, Federal ...

In an Unexpected Verdict, Federal Jury Acquits Medical Marijuana Defendants on Four Out of Five Charges

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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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Clinton?s Use Of Private Email Sugg...

Clinton?s Use Of Private Email Suggests Democrats Need To Consider A Plan B For 2016

The reports I discussed yesterday regarding Hillary Clinton using private email as Secretary of State are leading some, such as Frank Rich, to wonder if Democrats need a backup plan for 2016. A follow up story in The New York Times reports how Clinton used her private email to thwart requests for information, including requests […]
Did Hillary Clinton Learn Anything ...

Did Hillary Clinton Learn Anything During All Her Years In Politics?

The report in The New York Times that Hillary Clinton used a private email account while Secretary of State, possibly violating the law, has me wondering whether Hillary Clinton has learned anything during her years in public life. There is no doubt that the majority of attacks on Clinton from the right are bogus. To […]
The Last Man On Earth Is The First ...

The Last Man On Earth Is The First Original Network Sitcom In A Long Time

The Last Man on Earth is something rare, a single cam sitcom which feels entirely original. Nothing is entirely unique on television. You’re The Worst was in many ways unique, but did so by showing a romantic comedy in a new way. There are plenty of post-apocalyptic television science fiction shows, but none done as […]
SciFi Weekend: Leonard Nimoy, Who L...

SciFi Weekend: Leonard Nimoy, Who Lived Long And Prospered 1931-2015; Parks and Recreation Finale; Sleepy Hollow; Agent Carter; How To Get Away With Murder; Broadchurch; Arrow; 12 Monkeys

News of the death of Leonard Nimoy dominated the news and blogosphere since Friday. I had previous posts on Friday and Saturday, including  tweets from those who worked with him, those at NASA who were inspired by him, and even from President Obama. Obama also issued this longer statement: Long before being nerdy was cool, […]
Inhabitants Of A Class M Planet Say...

Inhabitants Of A Class M Planet Say Goodbye To Leonard Nimoy

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP ? Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015 Above is the final tweet posted by Leonard Nimoy, who died yesterday. His twitter feed remains open, retweeting messages of condolence. Among those with tweets in memory of Nimoy were Barack […]
Spock Is Dead?Sadly No Genesis Plan...

Spock Is Dead?Sadly No Genesis Planet This Time

Sad news today: Leonard Nimoy died at age 83 of end-stage COPD. Nimoy, best known for playing Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series and subsequent movies, lived long and prospered. His roles included Spock’s death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Being science fiction, his death did not prevent him from returning […]

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Improve Access to Prescription Drug...

Improve Access to Prescription Drugs in Urban Areas

Pharmacy access issues are a huge problem in urban areas, especially when it comes to Medicare Part D preferred pharmacy plans. The solution is an "any willing pharmacy" provision.
David Suzuki: Climate Change Is Rea...

David Suzuki: Climate Change Is Real Threat, Not Activists Calling for Immediate Action

Pollution and climate change caused by excessive burning of fossil fuels are real threats, not the people who warn that we must take these threats seriously. And while we must also respond to terrorism with the strong tools already in place, we have to remember that our rights and freedoms, not fear, are what keep us strong.
No Girls Allowed: The Problem of Mi...

No Girls Allowed: The Problem of Military Rape

Rape in the military is not an aberration but an expected part of the job.
The Illusion of Democracy

The Illusion of Democracy

The Illusion of Democracy | NEWS JUNKIE POST
Texas: Senate Leaders Lay Out Plan ...

Texas: Senate Leaders Lay Out Plan to Destroy Public Education

Texas Republican leaders in the state senate unveiled their ambitious plan to enact the ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) agenda for privatization of public education. With the help of Texans for Education Reform and a battalion of highly paid lobbyists, the Republicans will promote charters, school choice, and accountability measures to stigmatize public schools.
The Nincompoop Caucus Sets a Record

The Nincompoop Caucus Sets a Record

House Republicans have voted over 50 times to strip away Americans' health care.

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Cartoon: The GOP frontrunner

Cartoon: The GOP frontrunner

The GOP frontrunner for the 2016 Presidential campaign has already taken up the role of Republican Party Leader. Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu not only addressed his GOP Congress, but also seems to be an ideal GOP candidate: He loves to bomb the Middle East, he will do anything to win an election, and enjoys meddling in other countries affairs!
Scott Walker shows true colors on a...

Scott Walker shows true colors on abortion: he supports bans, women get no say

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker listens to his introduction from the side of the stage at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4MRCP
The real Scott Walker emerges and he says women shouldn't have the right to make their own health decisions.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has finally come clean about his abortion stance now that he's past his statewide general election and courting right wingers for his 2016 nomination bid. Walker released a letter Tuesday spelling out his embrace of 20-week abortion bans. Patrick Marley has this excerpt from Walker's letter: "As the Wisconsin legislature moves forward in the coming session, further protections for mother and child are likely to come to my desk in the form of a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks," his letter said. "I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level.

"I was raised to believe in the sanctity of life and I will always fight to protect it."

It's unclear how abortion bans "protect" the life of a mother, but what is clear is that Walker lied to voters last November when he ran an ad suggesting that even though he is personally pro-life, he would leave ?the final decision to a woman and her doctor.? [T]here?s no doubt in my mind the decision of whether or not to end a pregnancy is an agonizing one. That?s why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options. The bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor. That was then, this is now. No choice, ladies. Sorry, Scott knows best.

Head below the fold for more on Walker's 180.

Red state governors: Not my problem...

Red state governors: Not my problem if people lose their health coverage

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at CPAC 2013.
Why should I care about health care for Wisconsinites?
At least five red state governors have vowed not to offer a fix if the King v. Burwell ruling unravels the federal exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act in their states. Reuters has the details: In response to Reuters' queries, spokespeople for the Republican governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina and Wisconsin said the states were not willing to create a local exchange to keep subsidies flowing. Republicans argue that Obamacare is unacceptable government intervention that raises costs for consumers and businesses?

State government officials in Georgia, Missouri, Montana and Tennessee - a mix of Republicans and Democrats - said that opposition by majority Republican state legislators could make it all but impossible to set up a new exchange.

So that's nine states altogether where Republicans are ready to stand by and watch as hundreds of thousands of their constituents go uninsured?1.4 million people in those states have signed up for coverage through the ACA in 2015. Another 5.1 million are covered in the other 25 states whose federal exchanges would be dismantled should the King plaintiffs prevail.

But let's keep a record of the politicians who have zero regard for the welfare of the people in their states. Not surprisingly, some of the most adamant statements have come from GOP presidential hopefuls like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Nikki Haley of South Carolina (maybe not a 2016 candidate, but often mentioned as a future possibility for the GOP).

Wisconsin?Gov. Scott Walker on providing a fix

"That responsibility doesn't fall in the hands of the states or the governors, it falls in the hands of the leaders right here in Washington," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told reporters. Now, there's a vision in leadership.

South Carolina?Gov. Nikki Haley ready to pin the fix on federal lawmakers

Taking her leadership cues from Walker, Haley suggested it's the federal government's job to find health insurance for her constituents, not hers.

?You?re going to hear the governors be very loud about this,? South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told the Post. Wow, that's gotta be comforting for SC residents.

Her spokesperson was even more explicit about Haley's fixation on turf wars versus the welfare of her constituents.

"State exchanges are the federal government's way of sticking states with the cost and responsibility of a massive new bureaucratic program," said Chaney Adams, a spokeswoman for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

"The right decision was made for South Carolina, and Governor Haley would make it again today."

Lawyers trying to dismantle Obamaca...

Lawyers trying to dismantle Obamacare assure that lawmakers will totally fix it

Michael Carvin, one of the attorneys against the U.S. government in the King v. Burwell case, speaks to reporters after arguments at the Supreme Court building in Washington, March 4, 2015. Also pictured is Attorney General of Oklahoma Scott Pruitt (R). T
King attorneys Michael Carvin (L) and Scott Pruitt (R) eye the imaginary lawmakers who will provide a fix for the Affordable Care Act.
Following the King v. Burwell arguments today, the lawyers who argued to dismantle the law in 34 states assured reporters that fixes were right around the corner in those states if Obamacare fell.

Here's Michael Carvin, who argued the case for plaintiffs today:

It seems that the leaders in Congress are well prepared to deal with any transition issues and I assume the states, if they don't, will have every incentive to go ahead and create the exchanges that they would have created but for the IRS's contravention of the law. Then there's Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who filed an initial challenge to the law's subsidies in 2012: Now the policy implications of a victory are significant, but as Michael has indicated, both the states and the federal government stand ready to respond to whatever policy implication may occur by the court doing what the statute intended. Carvin and Pruitt must totally have the 411 that everyone else is missing, cuz last I checked, top government officials in at least nine states either had no interest or saw no path to providing a fix for their constituents. As for federal lawmakers, not a single Republican has offered the outlines of anything concrete in either the Senate or the House.

So far, Republicans have done little more than write two op-eds about a replacement law. Just for the sake of comparison, the actual law runs about 900 pages and took more than a year to finalize. And that was when the Democrats were running the show.

Let's face it, the Homeland Security debacle of the last couple weeks gave us a taste of just how capable this GOP-led Congress is of accomplishing anything significant. The House, however, might manage a 57th vote to repeal Obamacare?that will surely help the eight million people who would be stripped of their health coverage if the plaintiffs in King prevail.

The full DOJ report on the Ferguson...

The full DOJ report on the Ferguson police department and municipal court system

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson (C) walks away from a media availability regarding his office's handling of the release of information following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 15, 2014. Picture taken August 15, 2014. REUTE
After a six-month investigation, the Department of Justice just released its full report into the Ferguson police department and the Ferguson municipal courts.

See it in full below.

House Benghazi committee to subpoen...

House Benghazi committee to subpoena Hillary Clinton's email

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) leaves New York Presbyterian Hospital with husband, Bill (TOP), and daughter, Chelsea (C), in New York, January 2, 2013. The secretary of state, who has not been seen in public since Dec. 7, was revealed on Sund
The House Select Committee on Benghazi plans to crack its investigation wide open politicize itself further by subpoenaing Hillary Clinton's email: The House Select Committee on Benghazi, which first discovered Clinton?s use of a personal e-mail based on a home server in its inquiry into the fatal terrorist attack on the State Department?s Benghazi consulate, is asking for all e-mails relating to the attack from all Clintonemail.com accounts and any other staff members? personal accounts. No doubt this comes out of a pure commitment to government transparency and a sincere belief that there's a conspiracy to be uncovered on Benghazi.

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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 ]
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