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Gov. Cuomo Endorses Police Accounta...

Gov. Cuomo Endorses Police Accountability with Pocket Veto

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SATURDAY 1PM: Global Zero Protests $1 Trillion Nuclear Spending Outside White House

Questions Abound After Aramark Over...

Questions Abound After Aramark Overseer Jumps Ship

Over 350,000 Acres Leased off Massa...

Over 350,000 Acres Leased off Massachusetts Coast for Offshore Wind

United Nations Commission: Cancel D...

United Nations Commission: Cancel Debt for Ebola-Impacted Countries

Organic Consumers Assoc., Moms Acro...

Organic Consumers Assoc., Moms Across America Deliver Message to Monsanto Execs: ?You?re Making Us Sick?

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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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Republicans Plan To Impose Huge Tax...

Republicans Plan To Impose Huge Tax Increase On Middle Class In Opposing Obamacare Fix

Republicans are increasingly seeing King v. Burwell as a way to do what they couldn’t accomplish in over fifty votes–repeal the Affordable Care Act. While it defies logic, the Supreme Court could conceivably rule that the Affordable Care Act only provides subsidies for plans purchased on state exchanges but not on the federal exchange. A […]
CMS Agrees To Demands From Physicia...

CMS Agrees To Demands From Physicians & Congress To Modify Rules For Electronic Medical Records

I recently discussed the problems with the government regulations for conversion to electronic medical records. The majority of doctors have been unable to comply with the regulations which were scheduled to begin this January (already postponed from last October) for reasons beyond our control. A bill with bipartisan sponsors was introduced in Congress to postpone […]
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Shows M...

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Shows Most Support Fix For Subsidies Under Affordable Care Act

While you can never be certain as to what the Supreme Court would do, I’ve always felt that it is most likely that they would ultimately find that King v. Burwell is a frivolous case. (In other words, the most conservative justices might accept it, but John Roberts will cast the deciding vote against it […]
CBO Shows ObamaCare Costing Less Th...

CBO Shows ObamaCare Costing Less Than Projected?Ignore Conservative Attempts To Distort The Data

There was more good news from the Congressional Budget Office today regarding the Affordable Care Act. The latest’s estimates significantly reduce the costs of expanding medical care under the law:  The Congressional Budget Office on Monday significantly lowered its estimate of the cost of providing health insurance coverage to millions of Americans under the Affordable […]
Conservative Argues That It Is Not ...

Conservative Argues That It Is Not A Bad Thing If People Die Due To Repealing Obamacare

If the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed, as most Republicans are calling for, we would see millions of Americans lose their insurance. We would return to past problems, including people being denied insurance when they have medical problems, people once again being forced to declare bankruptcy due to medical costs, and we would […]
SciFi Weekend: Agents of SHIELD; Th...

SciFi Weekend: Agents of SHIELD; The 100; Supergirl; Person of Interest; The End of Parenthood and Parks and Recreation & The Decline of NBC; 12 Monkeys; Netflix Marvel Series; The Americans; Sleepy Hollow; The End of The Marvel Universe; The Humor Of Sar

Agents of SHIELD has come a long way from the first season. While they always hinted there was something special about Skye, they didn’t have the payoff on this plotline until the midseason finale with her conversion to an Inhuman. This might have major ramifications for her relationship with Coulson: Executive producer Jeph Loeb says […]

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The Psychological Moment We are In

The Psychological Moment We are In

Our core phenomenological state is overwhelmedness. We are bombarded by too much information, too many choices and too much complexity. We have mammalian arousal systems, Neolithic brains, Medieval institutions and 21st century technology and communications. Our biorhythms have become entrained with machines. We operate in nanosecond time. We struggle with slowing down, staying calm and relaxing.
US Announces Support of Neo-Nazis

US Announces Support of Neo-Nazis

The US that it will send soldiers to Ukraine in the spring to train the National Guard, which includes the pronounced neo-Nazi Azov militia.
The True Cost of Piracy: Increased ...

The True Cost of Piracy: Increased Legitimate Sales?

The aftermath of the Sony hack by the cyberterrorists "Guardians Of Peace" put Pirate Bay back in the news when files obtained from the hack ended up on their servers leading to another shut down. But, what is the real cost of piracy? Is it the scourge that the RIAA and the movie industry would have you believe?
The Peace Process that Never Produc...

The Peace Process that Never Produces Peace--States Have a Role to Play

An effective way to bring the Palestine issue home is a campaign to divest Israel bonds on the state or local level. However, just as in the international realm, organizers should be prepared for serious challenges.
As oil prices are cut in half, why ...

As oil prices are cut in half, why are airlines still gouging fliers by fuel surcharges?

This consumer economist focuses on the totally-unjustified "fuel surcharges" being gouged from flyers by nearly all major American and European airlines, while fuel prices fall by 50% or more. A full Congressional investigation is needed, if the airlines refuse to clean up their overpriced "act."
The Worst Trade Deal You Never Hear...

The Worst Trade Deal You Never Heard Of

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, now headed to Congress, is a product of big corporations and Wall Street, seeking to circumvent regulations protecting workers, consumers, and the environment.

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Why Ben Carson ticks me off

Why Ben Carson ticks me off

Dr. Ben Carson speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
Mother Jones went through the previously published works of Dr. Ben Carson, presidential candidate. Why someone would do such a thing voluntarily is a question best left to historians, but this particular application of Dr. Ben Carson logic is I think by far the most intriguing, if only because of the great gobs of personal intellect that must be cast aside in order to write it. From what I know (and all we don't know) about biology, I find it as hard to accept the claims of evolution as it is to think that a hurricane blowing through a junkyard could somehow assemble a fully equipped and flight-ready 747. You could blow a billion hurricanes through a trillion junkyards over infinite periods of time, and I don't think you'd get one aerodynamic wing, let alone an entire jumbo jet complete with complex connections for a jet-propulsion system, a radar system, a fuel-injection system, an exhaust system, a ventilation system, control systems, electronic systems, plus backup systems for all of those, and so much more. There's simply not enough time in eternity for that to happen. I am going to confess right here that things like this irritate me more than they have any right to. Explaining why, however, is very difficult. The shorthand version is that it is an assertion by a person who has reached his own limits of knowledge and comfort that anyone who has a greater understanding or finds comfort in a more expansive universe must simply be wrong, and a call for readers to embrace that smug rejection as their own stopping point as well. And it is dishonest; statements like this are not intended to be logical arguments for or against something. There is no possible response that could possibly change the mind of someone who sees their personal God as the chief assembler of discarded junkyard parts.

This is a perfect example of The Boundary, that line within each of us that divides what we personally know from the things we do not understand, followed by the internal mental declaration that anything unknown or unaccepted by us personally is formally Unknowable or Unacceptable, period. The same mind that can follow all the vagaries of biology on the scale of one organism or fifty may not be able to comprehend the same processes whirring away on an evolutionary scale?and that is not a character flaw, because the human mind has great difficulty grasping time when scaled outside that which we experience within our own lifetimes?but wherever the line is drawn, it is drawn with gusto. This here is science; the part beyond the line is magic.

I suspect the above Carson explanation of evolution would receive plaudits by many, even if the rest of us are stumped by it, because for all the technical-sounding overlay it is an argument for one kind of magic set up in opposition to ... precisely the same kind of magic. It presents the notion of spontaneous creation of a complex system as inherently ludicrous, and does so by just supposing that all the complex parts naturally pre-existed before there was that providential gust of wind to assemble them. The adherents of this argument suppose, at least emotionally, that there were human hearts and human brains and human lymphatic systems all strewn about a large field all before humanity existed, all waiting for a factory-worker God to come along to rivet them together. Or maybe the factory created those parts individually, but they were pre-formed, damn it; different persons have different notions of where the magic occurred, but if the notion that the human heart is merely a variation of the typical mammalian heart design is controversial, the notion that the human heart is merely a variation upon a variation upon a variation of a design that had served admirably in prehistoric fish, now that is outrageous, and trying to imagine the previous link between that primitive heart and the greatest advance pre-pre-prehistoric life had ever experienced, the ability to merely twitch, is a longer journey than most imaginations can take. If you want to suppose an intelligent designer assembling parts, at least put them to work in your mind on the designs for those first microscopic clumps. Everything since then has been incremental.

This is what irritates me so much about anti-evolution fundamentalists. It is an argument, often by very intelligent people, for enforced ignorance. It is not that we cannot trace what happened during the long span of time before humans existed as a species, but that we are not allowed to, and we are not allowed to for the same reason past generations were chastised for supposing our planet orbited the sun or that the stars were not merely painted on the firmament?not because that vastly expanded universe or the unfathomable timescales disproved or diminished their God, but because with each expansion of the known universe mankind becomes a smaller and less central fragment of that universe, and a far more fleeting presence, and the notion of mankind not being the central reason that the entire vast sweep of reality exists is deeply, deeply angering to some people. It is not about God. It is about preserving some small sense of dominance and declared ownership of all things. It's neither science nor faith; it's just a psychological reflex, and not a particularly flattering one at that.

And that, short version, is why people like Dr. Ben Carson tick me off.

Middle-class economics and budget a...

Middle-class economics and budget are topics in Obama's weekly address

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead? President Obama is not going to let up on his more recent populist message of focusing on the middle class, evidenced this morning by a weekly address that marks the third week in a row that he's hit this theme. This week he riffed on the budget he's going to send to Congress next week. We?ll help working families? paychecks go farther by treating things like paid leave and child care like the economic priorities that they are. We?ll offer Americans of every age the chance to upgrade their skills so they can earn higher wages, with plans like making two years of community college free for every responsible student. And we?ll keep building the world?s most attractive economy for high-wage jobs, with new investments in research, infrastructure, manufacturing, and expanded access to faster internet and new markets. Of course, he knows Republicans won't like it. Of course. Now, I know that there are Republicans in Congress who disagree with my approach. And like I said in my State of the Union Address, if they have ideas that will help middle-class families feel some economic security, I?m all in to work with them. But I will keep doing everything I can to help more working families make ends meet and get ahead. Not just because we want everyone to share in America?s success ? but because we want everyone to contribute to America?s success. To read the transcript in full, check below the fold or visit the White House website.
This week in science: ring around t...

This week in science: ring around the rosy planet

Saturn is hands down the superstar celebrity of our solar system. But astronomers have found evidence for another ringed giant hundreds of light-years away that would put it to shame: The details that we see in the light curve are incredible. The eclipse lasted for several weeks, but you see rapid changes on time scales of tens of minutes as a result of fine structures in the rings,? says [Leiden Observatory's Matthew] Kenworthy. ... ?This planet is much larger than Jupiter or Saturn, and its ring system is roughly 200 times larger than Saturn?s rings are today,? said co-author [Eric] Mamajek, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester. ?You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn.? Indeed, if that planet sat where Saturn does in our solar system, the rings would stretch across our night sky several times wider than the full moon. Finally, an easy to read webpage for the layperson explaining how vaccines cause autism. Snakes have been around a lot longer than we thought: The finds rewrite what scientists know about the creatures, showing that they were slithering alongside pterodactyls and other dinosaurs as early 167 million years ago. "We've nearly doubled the geological range for a group," said Michael Caldwell, a professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta, and lead author of a new study in Nature Communications. We have many talented writers at Daily Kos and when the new site features come online later this year, I hope some of those tools will help you organize and make your mark in self publishing. I really think this is the future and there's no reason why the first self-published best-selling authors shouldn't include some of you folks. Until then, here's Akadjian's latest story on the topic of self-published books. Zombie Lie?a glaring untruth that persists and grows, often in a sub-community of conspiracy minded people, and thus will not die despite repeated falsification with independent lines of empirical evidence. I may write more about this later, but for now and as an example, take it away Dr. Ben Carson! For me, the plausibility of evolution is further strained by Darwin's assertion that within fifty to one hundred years of his time, scientists would become geologically sophisticated enough to find the fossil remains of the entire evolutionary tree in an unequivocal step-by-step progression of life from amoeba to man?including all of the intermediate species.
Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Romney...

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Romney's out, pundits scramble to explain why

David Karol: We cannot know all the factors that went into Romney?s decision, and maybe we never will. Politics, as Bismarck said, is not an exact science, and neither is political science. But as far as it goes, the abortive Romney 2016 bid is consistent with a view of campaigns in which party elites play an important role. Romney had the poll numbers. He has the money. What he didn?t have was a warm welcome from party elites. Romney by now has a lot of experience in presidential campaigns. It seems he drew conclusions from the signals he got. Campaign analysts should, too.
To be clear: I don't know what @MittRomney will say this morning, but every talk I've had w/ Mitt World leads me to believe he will run ? @MarkHalperin
Jonathan Bernstein doesn't have to scramble. Himself writing in 2014: A Catch to Philip Klein for demolishing the case for Mitt Romney, 2016. Yeah, it?s a thing, or at least some people are trying to make it one.

It?s possible that, one of these Novembers, a presidential loser will win the nomination again, as Richard Nixon did in 1968. Before that, Tom Dewey got a chance to lose a second time in 1948, and Adlai Stevenson in 1956. Hubert Humphrey came very close to winning in 1972. I?d say that Al Gore would have been a very viable candidate in 2004 or 2008, and that John Kerry could have had an excellent chance in 2008. So it could happen.

But Romney?

See also Jan 2015 (Do Republicans Really Want Bush or Romney? and Romney's Road Gets Even Muddier.

More politics and policy below the fold.

Open thread for night owls. Ben Adl...

Open thread for night owls. Ben Adler: President Obama ignores himself on climate change

Scene from Brooks Range in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Scene from Brooks Range in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Ben Adler at Grist writes Obama ignores Obama on climate change. An excerpt: President Obama is once again contradicting himself on climate change. His new push for offshore oil and gas drilling is just the latest instance.

Last week, in his State of the Union address, Obama reiterated at length the urgent threat climate change presents and the importance of taking decisive action to address it. ?The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security,? he said. ?We should act like it.?

But Obama himself isn?t acting like it. This week, his administration released a draft of its next five-year plan for offshore drilling. It would open up a previously off-limits area along the Southeastern coast, from Virginia down to Georgia, as well as offer many new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico. And while it would protect some key areas north of Alaska from drilling, it would open other Arctic areas up.

So, after bragging in the State of the Union that ?we?ve set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history,? Obama is inviting fossil fuel companies into previously undisturbed public waters. This was a quick turnaround from just two days before, when environmental groups were singing Obama?s praises after he proposed to permanently protect much of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development by declaring it a wilderness area. Now, those groups are criticizing him for threatening the very same region.

The Alaska Wilderness League expressed relief that Obama is at least protecting the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic, but the group?s executive director, Cindy Shogan, insists that the administration needs to ?take all Arctic leasing off the table.? [?]

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2003?No conclusive evidence:

Well, even as administration officials hype Powell's "Adlai moment" at the UN next week, there is still some dampening of expectations: Officials cautioned that no one photo or piece of evidence will conclusively prove the administration's case; instead, they describe what they say will be an accumulation of damning details. ''What we're showing is a pattern of behavior,'' a senior administration official said. ''You're not going to have pictures of warheads. I think I am finally resolved to the fact that war is inevitable. It's a shame that Bush is so hell-bent on going to war that he will risk the lives of thousands to do so, and all on circumstancial evidence.

Obviously Saddam is a brutal dictator, and I'm sure he's got things to hide. But is he a threat to US national security -- worth throwing away lives and treasure to depose? That case has not been made. And it won't be made. But that's irrelevant to an administration that keeps using discarded "evidence" of a nuclear program (the aluminum tubes) and a hypothetical link to Al Qaeda to justify a war that even super-hawks like Normal Schwarzkopf won't buy.

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Economics Daily Digest: Wal-Mart an...

Economics Daily Digest: Wal-Mart and manufacturing, infrastructure spending, the sharing economy

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Wal-Mart?s Manufacturing Recovery? (The Hill)

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Damon Silvers says that Wal-Mart's manufacturing initiative is really just an attempt to make people forget the company's influence on offshoring jobs.

Sadly, even Wal-Mart?s poster child for its U.S. manufacturing initiative, Element Electronics, seems to be little more than window dressing. Wal-Mart sells Element televisions marketed as ?American-assembled? at Wal-Mart stores nationwide, yet as The Wall Street Journal reported last year, the TVs arrive in the U.S. nearly completely assembled from China in boxes labeled ?Assembled in the U.S.A.? Workers in South Carolina check for defects, install a memory card and put the TVs back in the boxes, to be shipped to Wal-Mart. This is not the kind of high-skill, high-investment manufacturing that will help rebuild the American middle class.

Wal-Mart says it wants to be part of the solution of rebuilding our manufacturing sector. But to walk the walk, Wal-Mart needs to sell a much higher percentage of goods in its stores that are actually manufactured in the U.S., thus helping to stop the offshoring of jobs and creating real, quality manufacturing jobs in America. And if Wal-Mart wants to really make a difference for American families, the company should listen to its 1.3 million associates when they speak out for ?$15 and full time? ? an income a person can actually live on.

Follow below the fold for more.

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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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