"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.
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."
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.
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".
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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
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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
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.
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Climate Negotiations are over for another year with little progress in Doha by any one's measure as the scientific statements on climate change and the impacts we are already feeling as evidenced in record Arctic melting, and extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, and Cyclone Evan in the South Pacific are growing much stronger.
Some of the latest scientific research shows:Sea Level rising 60% faster than IPCC projectionsMethane and CO2 in thawing Arctic permafrost a climate tipping pointCollapse of Siberia's Coastline is Releasing Huge Amounts of CO2Greenland Ice sheet suffers unprecedented surface meltIndian Monsoon more likely to fail as global warming acceleratesSouthern Ocean warming impact on Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability and sea level rise
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