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Women?s Group Demands DHS Investiga...

Women?s Group Demands DHS Investigate Rape and Harassment at Karnes Family Detention Center in Texas

Free Press: Legally Dubious Hybrid ...

Free Press: Legally Dubious Hybrid Proposals Won't Protect Internet Users

CAIR-MN to Join Protest of Racist T...

CAIR-MN to Join Protest of Racist Team Name at 'Redsk*ns'-Vikings Game

Bloated Oil Profits and Corporate W...

Bloated Oil Profits and Corporate Welfare: A Trick to Taxpayers, a Treat to Polluters

Houston Activists Arrested Blockadi...

Houston Activists Arrested Blockading Oil Industry to Protect Finger Lakes

Huu-ay-aht Leads the Way by Adoptin...

Huu-ay-aht Leads the Way by Adopting Living Wage Policy

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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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Court Rules Against Quarantine Of H...

Court Rules Against Quarantine Of Hickox Representing A Victory For Science And Civil Liberties

A judge in Maine has ruled against the quarantine of Kaci Hickox which the governor of Maine has attempted to impose, agreeing with the medical evidence that Hickox ?currently does not show symptoms of Ebola and is therefore not infectious.? This is a victory for Hickox personally, along with a victory for both science and […]
Ebola Hysteria Leads To Lousiana In...

Ebola Hysteria Leads To Lousiana Interfering With Medical Conference

The hysteria continues regarding Ebola. We still don’t know how things will turn out with Kaci Hickox’s fight against the unconstitutional restrictions on her civil liberties when she returned from West Africa, and I’ve heard a doctor who is returning from West Africa also plans to resist the unscientific quarantine requirements.  We continue to face […]
Kaci Hickox Is A Hero?Now On Two Co...

Kaci Hickox Is A Hero?Now On Two Counts

Kaci Hickox is a hero. First for volunteering to help treat Ebola patients, as eradicating Ebola in West Africa is the only way to handle this disease. She became a hero again for standing up to unjust restrictions upon her civil liberties upon returning home and supporting the concept of making political decisions based upon […]
Arguing Against Counterproductive H...

Arguing Against Counterproductive Hysteria Over Ebola

While the outbreak of Ebola began in West Africa about ten months ago, we have now had only nine patients with Ebola in this country. Most were brought in for treatment after contracting it elsewhere. One is currently undergoing treatment. One died. All the rest have recovered. There have been zero cases of transmission in […]
Juan Williams Debunks GOP Attempts ...

Juan Williams Debunks GOP Attempts To Blame Democrats For Lack Of A Surgeon General

While discussing the Republican hypocrisy in their response to an Ebola Czar earlier this month, I pointed out how the Republicans blocked  Barack Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General due to his concerns about gun violence, which kills far, far more people than Ebola in this country. Republicans who 1) are rarely willing to take responsibility […]
SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Lex Luth...

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Lex Luthor; Agent Carter; Constantine; Aaron Paul on Breaking Bad Toys; The Fall; Revolution; Person of Interest; Arrow; The Flash

With In The Forest of the Night, I feel that Doctor Who has gone overboard with preposterous solutions to problems this season. We had the golden arrow in Robot of Sherwood and then the mass of the moon growing because the moon is an egg in Kill The Moon. At least Robot of Sherwood was […]

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According to Northrop Grumman, "Whe...

According to Northrop Grumman, "When the world calls for commitment it stands with our warfighters to defend America"

A recent ad poster had the word "Commitment" & next to it the name "Northrop Grumman,when the world calls for commitment, Northrop Grumman stands w/ our warfighters to defend America". What "world calls for US commitment"? Surely not Iraq & Syria. It's only official Washington that goes to war unnecessarily against "enemies" it conjures up but since there's no real imminent threats to America no need to use our "warfighters".
A Republican Mid-Term Wave" Will Fu...

A Republican Mid-Term Wave" Will Further Sink Black America

GOP pundits and some in the media gleefully noted that a few African-American listeners purportedly walked out on President Obama during a campaign speech he made at a Maryland High School on October 19 to boost the candidacy of Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Brown is in a bid to become the nation's second African-American governor. This was more than merely an excuse to poke fun at Obama
Mid-term madness

Mid-term madness

Are the Republicans planning a complete take-over of the government?
Tom English: "Democrats are Stupid...

Tom English: "Democrats are Stupid if They Don't Vote, Republicans are Stupid if They Do"

First thing we gotta do is kick the system into gear. I believe that what happened last Spring in Virginia was a magnificent, exhilarating triumph of the American voting system. Flex your VOTE! My motivation when I was creating this piece of art was to entertain and inspire. It's a Constructivist piece. It's a Public Service Announcement.My government is not doing it's job, so as a Citizen, I am taking it upon myself to do it.
Does Glenn Greenwald Believe in San...

Does Glenn Greenwald Believe in Santa Claus?

Once again, Glenn Grunwald tells us that billionaire owned First Look Media is a real, independent force in journalism -- as though owner Pierre Omidyar's billions and politics have nothing to do with it.
Herbal Secrets from the Green Witch...

Herbal Secrets from the Green Witch of NY

Herbalist and educator, Robin Rose Bennett is the author of two newly published books: "The Gift of Healing Herbs" as well as "Healing Magic: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living" (10th Anniv. Ed.) Herself a vibrant product of plant-based healing, she weaves together herbal wisdom, anecdotal stories and spiritual insights in her books & in this interview.

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Idaho's Otter tries to shore up bas...

Idaho's Otter tries to shore up base with vow to fight Supreme Court on marriage equality

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter
Gov. Butch Otter, sporting a belt buckle bigger than his IQ.
Idaho's Republican governor, Butch Otter, is just not ready to join the 21st century and accept full equality for every citizen in his state, vowing in a debate Thursday night to keep up a losing battle. "I'm not ready to surrender to a few folks in black robes," Otter said during a gubernatorial debate. "I'm not ready to surrender the will of the people in the state of Idaho, as they expressed in 2006 in an overwhelming majority."

The Supreme Court ruled this month that same-sex marriage could proceed in Idaho, a response to an appeal to a federal court decision striking down the state's ban. Otter has since spent $10,000 on outside attorneys to keep appealing. His fight on the matter has cost the state about $90,000 in total.

During Thursday's debate, Otter said his job is to defend "the entire Constitution," and that states should decide marriage laws, not the federal government.

Apparently Otter is operating under his own version of the Constitution, one without the Supremacy Clause. Or he's betting that the Republican base he's trying to shore up to secure his third term in office next Tuesday will like his tough talk and come back to him. Because right now Otter is bleeding some Republican support to his tea party challenger and Libertarian candidate John Bujak. Embarrassingly enough for Otter, even Bujak is making more sense on marriage, telling Otter in the debate "That ship has sailed, you might as well be arguing about interracial marriage at this point."

Democrat A.J. Balukoff has been running on what's known in this economically depressed state as "Otter fatigue," and has made surprising inroads, thanks in large part to Bujak's presence in the race and an ongoing civil war within the state's GOP. A PPP poll a few weeks ago found Balukoff running just three points behind. He also blasted Otter last night for wasting the state's time and money on the losing marriage battle, telling him "Discrimination is discrimination, and it's also wrong."

Yes, tea party membership is fueled...

Yes, tea party membership is fueled by 'racial resentment'

Gov. Mike Pence speaking at Tea Party rally.March 31, 2011
Did the tea party come about because a bunch of old white conservatives suddenly got it into their heads that their taxes were too high, or was it a more simplistic?read, racist?reaction to the election of America's first black president? Let's find out, using science! At least to some degree, the Tea Party movement is an outlet for mobilizing and expressing racialized grievances which have been symbolically magnified by the election of the nation?s first black president,? writes a research team led by Florida State University sociologist Daniel Tope.

The study, just published in the journal Social Science Research, finds this acrimony appears to be aimed specifically at blacks rather than also targeting Latinos. While that?s somewhat surprising, ?The findings suggest that, among conservatives, racial resentment may be a more important determinate of membership in the Tea Party movement than hard-right political values.?

Your membership in the tea party may have stronger ties to anti-black racial resentments than any declared political values? How shocking! How unexpected! And so on, and so forth! [T]he researchers found racial resentment was a ?distinct factor? driving membership, one which was ?largely independent? from ideological concerns. ?Conservatives who were more racially resentful were substantially more likely to claim Tea Party movement membership,? they write. The caveat to all of this is that it is dastardly science, and the people who are out there wearing triangular hats complaining that Barack Obama is clearly the most tyrannical and out of control president ever insist that they have not suddenly discovered how oppressed they are and how mistrustful of presidential authority they should be because their president is now A Black Guy. That they just happen to also answer a series of questions about race in a manner that clearly demonstrates their hostility to black Americans is, they will insist, purely a coincidence.

We could extend this further and theorize that the tea party movement as embraced by the wider Republican party, and I don't think you can make any serious argument that it hasn't been embraced, is itself just an extension of the well-worn Southern Strategy. The election time concern over Obama's suspicious black preacher; the deep suspicions as to whether Obama was even an "American" or whether his citizenship itself was a fraud; his supposed secret Muslimness; the sudden alarm over government czars; the ongoing and ever-fruitless investigations into take-your-pick. The dominant theme of Republicanism over the last six years has been first and foremost that Obama must not be allowed to be successful, and that his mere existence in the office has brought about all sorts of intolerable "government tyrannies" that were not "government tyrannies" when the last president did them.

It's not just the theme of the tea partiers, but of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and the rest of party leadership, and Fox News, and the usual conservative publications that promise they've finally gotten over that whole business with segregation now so it would be wrong to hold that against them. Don't trust that guy, they say. He may be doing the same thing that all the other presidents have done, what with appointing people to positions and signing executive orders and giving speeches and the like, but when that guy does it he can't be trusted. He's not American "in his heart." He doesn't have America's best interests in mind. His "affinities" are more with Africa than with us, say the "conservative" pundits.

Where was I? Ah, yes. It turns out the movement that started as an old southern conservative white guy revolt immediately after the election of America's first non-white president sports racial resentment as a more important determinate of membership than any specific conservative issue or policy. Yes, yes, we're all shocked.

Top Walker supporter funded website...

Top Walker supporter funded website now smearing Mary Burke

Mary Burke for Governor portrait
Mary Burke
Mary Burke is the target of a last-minute campaign smear as the race for Wisconsin governor remains tight. Two former executives?both of whom just happen to be Republicans?of her family's company, Trek Bicycle, are claiming that Burke was forced out of a job with the company in the early 1990s, a claim the company strongly denies. But how did this story get going and gain traction? That's especially interesting: An article by M.D. Kittle first ran Tuesday on the website of the Wisconsin Reporter, which is part of the conservative Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. In 2012, the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation donated $190,000 to help underwrite the website. The Bradley Foundation is headed by Michael Grebe, chairman of Walker's campaign committee. Okay, then. A conservative outlet supported by a foundation run by Walker's campaign committee chair is the source of a last-minute attack on Walker's opponent in a tight race. Gee, that all looks extremely ethical and aboveboard. Especially in relation to the campaign of a governor already under investigation for using outside conservative groups more or less as extensions of his campaign. Burke's campaign is hitting back:
Sign up to make GOTV calls to Democratic voters in Wisconsin. I'm sorry, I can't make phone calls, but I will chip in $3 to Daily Kos to help fuel Get Out The Vote efforts. The fact that Walker supporters are bothering with a flimsy attack based on events more than 20 years old shows how close they think this race is. Democrats need to push hard to get out the vote for Mary Burke.
McConnell's Kentucky GOP threatens ...

McConnell's Kentucky GOP threatens Grimes voters with fraud charges?just for listening to Grimes

Election mailer. Bold text: 'ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE'
The mailer looks official. It has big letters marked WARNING and "ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE," seemingly designed to make you think you're the one violating something, and warns of a "possible fraud being perpetrated."  But when you open it, it turns out to be a mailer from the Kentucky Republican Party and Mitch McConnell's committee warning you of "fraudulent information" being spread by the campaign of his opponent, Alison Grimes. Mailed in envelopes that blare ?ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE? and state ?You are at risk of acting on fraudulent information,? the Kentucky Republican Party issued a letter that accuses Grimes of ?blatant lies? about McConnell?s advocacy for a local coal plant and his support from ?anti-coal activists like Michael Bloomberg.? Inside the envelope, you'll find a letter that starts out: Dear Citizen,

This document serves as notification to you, as a resident of Kentucky and a registered voter in the aforementioned Commonwealth, of fraudulent information that is being deliberately spread to voters in your area.

The information that has been red-flagged as 100% false is being purposely spread by the campaign of the federal candidate named below:

Alison Lundergan Grimes,

... which then launches into a more standard political tirade against Grimes. As Salon's Luke Brinker says, it's "hard to see the mailers as anything but a shameless suppress voter turnout." From the outside of the envelope suggesting that you are guilty of an "election violation" to the faux-official format and claims of "fraud" by the Grimes campaign, the McConnell campaign appears to be hoping that voters will mistake these mailers for "official" documents warning them against casting a vote for Grimes at all.

That's a desperate move. And it's apparently not beneath supposed GOP leader Mitch McConnell, which tells you a lot about how craven his party has become.

Democrats are a big American majori...

Democrats are a big American majority, but don't show it at the polls

Check out these numbers from a newly released Elon Poll of North Carolina: * Among likely voters, it?s close: Hagan, 44.7 percent ? Tillis, 40.7 percent.

* Among registered voters, it?s wider: Hagan, 44.8 percent ? Tillis, 37.5 percent.

* Among all residents, it?s wider still: Hagan, 43.5 percent; Tillis, 35.5 percent.

Among likely voters, like all other recent polling of the Tarheel State, everything is pretty tight.

Expand out to all registered voters, and you see that Democrats are over three points better. Again, that's something seen in pretty much all polling around the country?if our registered voters all turn out, we're in much better shape.

But we rarely get to see numbers from all adults, including those that aren't registered. And the results of this poll?a huge eight-point lead?should be no surprise.

In short, if everyone voted, incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan would be safe in this highly polarized, highly competitive state, and the numbers would look similar in virtually every tight race around the country. Heck, some non-tight races (like TX-Gov) would look much different with universal voter participation.

Fact is, we are the majority party, but that's no consolation when our core constituencies are the least likely to vote.

So rather than spend hundreds of millions in bullshit ads chasing the apathetic tiny fringe, why not spend it registering and activating our core constituencies? I'm talking a quarter billion dollar project to identify, register, and turn out our voters over the next several years.

And for those who think the money doesn't exist, of course it does. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that $3.7 billion has already been spent this cycle, and Democrats are probably a little less than half of that. So as Democrats close in on $2 billion spent, you mean to tell me that they and their allies can't scrounge up $250 million to make their lives a whole fucking easier come election time? Of course they could, if the will was there.

The DSCC's $60 million investment on field this cycle was a great start. But it can't just be a single-party committee, it has to be a movement-wide project. And if successful? Forget the Republicans, they'd be irrelevant, pissing away their money on ads that no one watches or pays attention to anymore.

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Midday open thread: No harassment o...

Midday open thread: No harassment on Fifth Avenue? GOP schedules presidential debate

Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Gamergate wants you!:
Cartoon by Mark Fiore -- Gamergate wants you!
What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... The Mukasey Rule: Lame-duck Obama should get the Attorney General he wants, by Jon Perr How to pick the right judge on November 4, by Susan Grigsby Why we must vote, by Denise Oliver Velez Channeling militia rhetoric, NRA magazine delivers conspiracy-riddled 'Vote Your Guns' issue, by Hunter Lies, myths, and other made-up stories: Wisconsin edition, by Mark E Anderson We can all GOTV for 2014 but it must be GOTV throughout the year every year, by Egberto Willies Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The Final Countdown, by Steve Singiser What, exactly, is the difference between Joni Ernst and Cliven Bundy, by Ian Reifowitz An hour-by-hour guide to election night, by Jeff Singer Two states going in very different directions, by David Jarman Please take 30 seconds to bookmark this for election night: the Daily Kos Elections map of poll closing times for the entire country. That way, you can know when to start checking returns in each state as results roll in on Nov. 4. Note that all times are Eastern.
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Joyce Carol Oates says there's no street harassment on Fifth Ave.: Oates sounded, to say the least, like she had no idea what she was talking about. To investigate this, I called Emily May, Hollaback co-founder and executive director.

Street harassment ?is absolutely a pervasive problem,? said May. She was not present at the shoot, but ?the video, as I understand it, was mostly shot in Midtown. They were also downtown in Washington Square Park, Long Island City, the Brooklyn bridge. The vast majority was shot in Midtown. The reason for that is that we have been mapping street harassment since 2010, and what we found after these four years mapping is that?s where most of the street harassment seems to be happening.?

Mark your calendar! GOP schedules first presidential debate. Gack. Sign up right now to make GOTV calls to Democratic voters in the toss-up states that will decide control of the Senate. Wall Street climate-change protestors will use "necessity" defense. The day after, at least 300,000 protestors showed up for the People Climate March in New York City last month, several thousand showed up for a more militant but still peaceful Flood Wall Street demonstration. That target was capitalism for some, and for others the way capitalism is practiced now and how that affects climate change and the efforts to do something about it. One hundred were arrested for disorderly conduct, blocking the street and refusal to disperse. Most accepted a plea deal. But a dozen said no to that. They are pleading not guilty, so a trial will begin Dec. 8. They will be arguing the "necessity defense." Here's the group's media spokesman, John Tarleton: ?The harm being caused by Wall Street is so much greater than any harm done when people were sitting down on Broadway and Wall St.,? he told a small crowd.

The defendants will all face up to fifteen days in jail, and up to a $500 fine.

On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Follow-up on EFF's "sneak & peek" warrant report. The privatized surveillance dodge. Today in "What Could Go Wrong?": CIA-Amazon  cloud computing deal; "personhood" amendments; FBI's fake news page hack nab a suspect.

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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 ]
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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