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Ben & Jerry?s Joins Fight to Protec...

Ben & Jerry?s Joins Fight to Protect Vermont Law Requiring Disclosure of Genetically Engineered Foods

Bhopal Water Pollution Victims Ask...

Bhopal Water Pollution Victims Ask Appeals Court to Hold Union Carbide Accountable

82 Groups Ask DOJ to Address Illega...

82 Groups Ask DOJ to Address Illegality of ?Muslim-Free Zone? Businesses

ACLU Files to Hold Kentucky County ...

ACLU Files to Hold Kentucky County Clerk Accountable for Refusing Marriage Licenses

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Kentucky ...

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Kentucky County Clerk's Request to Continue Refusing Marriage Licenses

Environmental Leaders Challenge Ins...

Environmental Leaders Challenge Institutions to Divest from Fossil Fuels Ahead of Paris Summit

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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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Why Liberals Should Support Bernie ...

Why Liberals Should Support Bernie Sanders And Not Hillary Clinton

Conor Friedersdorf is a little late with this article at The Atlantic in calling for more Democratic candidates to enter the race, but his arguments against nominating Clinton are solid: Most Democrats regard the Iraq War as a historic disaster. Clinton voted for that conflict. That hawkishness wasn?t a fluke. She pushed for U.S. intervention […]
Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers on Do...

Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers on Donald Trump

“A new CNN poll shows that Donald Trump is within six points of Hillary Clinton. It?s the closest Trump has ever gotten to a woman over 40.”–Seth Meyers
SciFi Weekend: Hannibal Finale; Def...

SciFi Weekend: Hannibal Finale; Defiance; Mr Robot; Humans; Agents of SHIELD; Outlander and Game of Thrones Spoilers; Galaxy Guest; Russel T Davies Doing Shakespeare; Olive Sacks Dies At 82

The Wrath of the Lamb, the series finale for Hannibal on NBC, contained a lot of material to provide a satisfactory ending should this be the last we see of these versions of the Hannibal Lecter characters. First there was the dramatic sequence in which Francis Dolarhyde pretended to kill himself, which certainly would have […]
Clinton Loses One Third Of Her Supp...

Clinton Loses One Third Of Her Support In Iowa In Latest Des Moines Register Poll

Bernie Sanders has pulled within seven points of Hillary Clinton in the latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll with Clinton falling below fifty percent for the first time, reminiscent of her fall in 2008: She’s the first choice of 37 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers; he’s the pick for 30 percent, according to a […]
Sanders and O?Malley Attack Democra...

Sanders and O?Malley Attack Democratic Leadership For System Rigged To Help Clinton

Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley both criticized the Democratic National Committee for rules which show favoritism towards Hillary Clinton, with Sanders pointing out that this is the type of policy which has led to past loses by the Democratic Party. ?I do,? Sanders reportedly responded when asked Friday whether he agrees with former Maryland Gov. […]
Donald Trump?s Great Plans

Donald Trump?s Great Plans

Jimmy Kimmel Live! presents their take on Donald Trump’s first ad will be, making fun of the fact that we really don’t know what Trump plans to do as president other than building that wall. The biggest problem I see with Trump building a wall on the border is that it might get in the […]

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When is life recognized...

When is life recognized...

A perspective on Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice
Putting the heat on Blumenthal

Putting the heat on Blumenthal

Grassroots activists around the country are pushing Democrats in Congress still undecided on the Iran nuclear deal to get off the fence and back the agreement. People rallied outside the offices of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, last week to urge the senator to support the deal.
Religious Liberty: Some Unsolicited...

Religious Liberty: Some Unsolicited Career Advice for Kim Davis

One of the jobs of the County Clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky is to issue marriage licenses to couples who meet the legal standards for such licenses. Recently, those standards changed, and now same-sex couples can license their marriages. That new standard conflicts with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis's religious belief that marriage is only valid between one man and one woman. No problem.
Immigration & the Pople-- What is t...

Immigration & the Pople-- What is the Issue?

The Pope's visit to the US in the fall will certainly be news-worthy as not only is he set to address a joint session of the House and Senate, meet with President Obama and address the UN, but all of this coinciding with Presidential party campaigning promises to bring one more public voice to the already loud immigration debate.
Science and politics disregard the ...

Science and politics disregard the climate lessons of Nature and mankind is failed as a consequence.

Scientists have discovered, measured and explained the slowing of atmospheric warming this century and a decline in sea level rise in 2010. The practical implications of these events however seems to have escaped them; with the result policy makers are deprived of the information that would enable them to address climate change with the least cost and greatest benefit.
Review: War is a Force That Gives ...

Review: War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

I have read many accounts of the horrors of war; yet, I never seem to become inured to it. I still wince and feel my stomach curdle, not knowing whether to weep for or rage at humanity.

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Open thread for night owls: Activis...

Open thread for night owls: Activists push fossil-fuel divestment for Paris climate conference

Deidre Fulton at Common Dreams writes New 'Divest for Paris' Challenge Amplifies Global Pressure Before COP21:   Channeling the momentum of an ever-growing movement, climate leaders launched the "Divest for Paris" challenge on Tuesday, calling on institutions, individuals, and governments to align their investments with their values by divesting from fossil fuels ahead of this fall's COP21 climate summit in Paris.

"If you say you want action in Paris, then you have a responsibility to divest from fossil fuels," said May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, which is co-hosting Tuesday's Paris Divestment Conference along with the European Green Party. The conference is timed to coincide with the second day of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany this week, where officials are working to streamline the negotiating text world leaders are expected to finalize in Paris in December.

"By shifting resources from the dirty energy of the past to the 100 percent renewable energy of the future, institutions can model the type of action we need from countries at COP21," Boeve said. "With our climate in crisis, divestment is a moral necessity."

More than 350 institutions around the world have already committed to divest, including the World Council of Churches, the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, and the Park Foundation. Other divestment supporters include the United Nations, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres. Former EU climate chief Connie Hedegaard recently said divesting from coal, oil, and gas would make "a very important contribution" to the Paris negotiations.

"But the power of the fossil fuel industry threatens to derail these negotiations," 350.org warns. "Fossil fuel companies have 5 times more oil and coal and gas in known reserves than climate scientists think is safe to burn. By divesting we are taking the fossil fuel industry to task for its culpability in the climate crisis. By naming this industry?s singularly destructive influence we are helping to break the hold that the fossil fuel industry has on our economy and our governments."

Tuesday's conference and the "Divest for Paris" challenge are meant to amplify that pressure while offering a practical road map for those entities that do wish to cut ties with dirty energy sources.

"We are hopeful that Paris 2015 will be remembered in years to come as a date at which the international community began getting serious about fighting climate change," wrote Boeve and European Green Party leaders Reinhard Bütikofer and Yannick Jadot in the conference program. "And we are convinced that the divestment movement will be a most relevant factor in that change."

As Bütikofer put it: "There is no future for fossil fuels?or there is no future."

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Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2009?Joe Klein Unplugged:

Last week I went to a cookout on the beach here  ... and for years I've known that one of their guests was Joe Klein.  ... I was standing at the cookout minding my own business when Klein started pontificating for the rubes on how "surprising" and "shocking" it was that Grassley, of all people, should have come out and endorsed the "death panels" lie. Apparently, Klein doesn't handle real world criticism well, which is a nice way to say he reportedly began shrieking and lying after being pinned down at the cookout by someone who was informed. Plausible? This is a man who after all managed to conjure up the one wrong reason to criticize neocon Charles Krauthammer -- don't trust him because he's handicapped -- despite a rather target rich environment in that respect, got busted cold by Glenn Greenwald for lying about FISA and then ran away saying of his own damn story "I have neither the time nor legal background to figure out who's right," and repeatedly sucked up to George Bush for being wrong about basically everything and sticking with it anyway as if that were anything other than a deadly tragic character flaw. This is the Jim Kramer of the neo-liberal pundit world, the journalistic equivalent of the guy who confidently predicts a stock will go up one day and down the next, and then points to the eventual trend no matter which way it goes and pronounces himself prescient and oh-so-very valuable. Tweet of the Day
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Release the Tea Kraken!

Release the Tea Kraken!

Once, on a trip to Yellowstone Park, I saw a couple try to pose their adorable child on the back of an elk for a picture. It didn't go well. You hear the same thing all the time: people who thought it would be cute to sneak a sandwich to Smokey, or pick up that "dead" snake, or simply poke that sleepy old 'gator. There's a name for people who don't have the sense to leave something alone that would be better left alone. That name is "Stumpy."

But Republicans, they thought they had this all under control. They thought they could not only get away with waking up the Wild Things, they thought they could bang a few drums, wave a little raw meet, and conduct the rumpus on command. Only ... it's not going that way ... head below the fold and find out more.

Karl Rove: Obama should be nice to ...

Karl Rove: Obama should be nice to McKinley because, um, Hawaii

National Park Service handout photo dated January 11, 2011 shows Mount McKinley in Alaska. REUTERS/National Park Service/Tim Rains/Handout MANDATORY CREDIT - RTR33Q7H
This travesty will not sta?ooh, pretty.
I don't know if Republican operative Karl Rove is getting dumber or we're just noticing it more. Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush who is working on a book about President McKinley, told Time that he'd expect Obama to be "more gracious" to the man "who made it possible for him to be President."

"In a serious vein, I would hope that he would find a gracious way to honor McKinley, who is an important figure in American history. And I?m not certain he has the authority to have done what he did; the designation was granted by law of Congress in 1917," Rove told the magazine. "In a more jocular way, the guy ought to be more gracious to the guy who made it possible for him to be President."

Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii, which was annexed in 1898 during McKinley's presidency.

That's right, kids, we're going to be freaking out about a mountain reverting to its Alaskan name for a long time yet. Sure, Alaska has been asking for the name reversal for many decades now, and sure, the McKinley name was basically the result of a practical joke gone viral, and sure, conservatives are all about the rights of states to decide these things rather than the federal government, and sure, the reason the name change has been held up for forty years is the usual conservative gimmickry in fudging House rules, gimmickry which was overcome simply by observing that forty years is long past the usual charitable time given for these things and that the Secretary of the Interior could thus be tasked with breaking the deadlock, but someone in the Obama administration did a thing so we'll be having hearings and fundraising drives for at least a decade. Mount another Confederate flag in the back of your pickup, boys, we'll be rollin' coal for this one.

Sure, maybe "McKinley was president during the period when the state you would eventually be born in was granted that statehood" is a damn long way to go to get in a half-hearted attack line, but he said jocular, so give him some slack. That's code for even I myself admit I've gone off the trail on this one, but by gum I'm not letting this reporter leave without giving him at least one thing I can get in the papers for.

You know, people, it's not like the Interior secretary renamed the actual president named McKinley. Though come to think of it, that's a pretty good idea too. Mind if we call you Reagan, Mr. McKinley? Everyone likes being called Reagan.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck thinks Black L...

Elizabeth Hasselbeck thinks Black Lives Matter is a hate group, doesn't understand 'hate,' 'groups'

Elizabeth Hasselbeck Fox news talking about BLM
Monday morning on national television, Elizabeth Hasselbeck asked, "Why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified yet as a hate group? I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?"

Hasselbeck's question came after a sheriff's deputy was fatally shot while pumping gas in Texas last week. Law enforcement speculated that the murder was related to the Black Lives Matter movement, despite having zero?I mean zilch, nothing, nada?evidence to support such a claim.

Hasselbeck's question is just so irresponsible, ignorant, and baseless that it's hard to even know how to begin to answer it.

It's unclear how she thinks hate groups are defined, but in no way does Black Lives Matter fall under any definition of hate group. Note that the FBI does not make public their internal list of hate groups. However, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has long kept a reliable list of these organizations, defines such groups as:

[having] beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics [?]

Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list. Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.

So, the first answer to her question would be that Black Lives Matter does not in any way fit the definition of a hate group. If Hasselbeck had done her research, she would know that the Black Lives Matter movement exists to fight against beliefs and practices that attack of malign an entire class of people.

After all, the entire point of the Black Lives Matter movement is to end violence against people of color by law enforcement. The movement is fighting and working towards equality and against violence.

Hasselbeck also doesn't seem to understand how a movement works, as you can read below.

Alaska Supreme Court gives Medicaid...

Alaska Supreme Court gives Medicaid expansion the go-ahead

Gov. Bill Walker speaking at an event on June 5, 2015.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker gets first win.
Medicaid expansion comes to Alaska Tuesday, with the state's Supreme Court refusing to halt it pending a lawsuit by state lawmakers. Gov. Bill Walker accepted the expansion money unilaterally after the legislature refused to take up legislation to do so this session. The Republican legislature is suing, and requested an order to halt the expansion from starting. ?The Alaska Supreme Court?s ruling today brings final assurance that thousands of working Alaskans will have access to health care tomorrow,? said Walker in a prepared statement Monday. ?Medicaid expansion will save the state more than $100 million in its first six years, and save Alaskan lives.?

While the Supreme Court denied the Legislature?s motion for a temporary restraining order, which would have temporarily stopped enrollment in expanded Medicaid, the underlying lawsuit pitting the Legislature against the Walker administration still stands.

The Legislative Council, on behalf of the Legislature, sued Walker?s administration in mid-August in efforts to stop him from unilaterally expanding the health care program under the Affordable Care Act. They framed their decision, to challenge Walker, as a constitutional one. They said they needed more time to examine expansion because of the risk of future costs. The Republican-controlled House-Senate committee voted 10-1 to spend up to $450,000 on the lawsuit.

That figure is just the legislature's side of what this legal challenge is going to cost Alaska taxpayers. Defending the suit is likely to cost the administration another $450,000. The state's attorney general, as well as the legislature's own legal department agree that Gov. Walker does have the legal authority under the state constitution to expand Medicaid.

So, thanks to the state Supreme Court, something like 40,000 Alaskans can now get coverage. They should do so fast, to make it harder to take away when this gets litigated.

Conservatives want to kill the mess...

Conservatives want to kill the messengers of Black Lives Matter instead of addressing the message

Demonstrators protest outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a rally for Freddie Gray, in Baltimore, April 21, 2015. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Baltimore on Tuesday to protest the death of the 27-yea
The unequivocal, unwavering, unmistakably clear message emanating from the Black Lives Matter movement is that in the United States the default setting in issues of justice and equality toward African Americans is skewed horribly toward mistreatment and abuse.

The facts bear this out.

Black mentally ill people killed by police are 11 times more likely than whites to be unarmed.

Black people in general who are killed by police are twice as likely as whites to be unarmed.

Black women represent an outrageously disproportionate percentage of police stops, arrests and cases of abuse by police.

Black teenagers are an astounding 21 times more likely to be killed by police than white teens.

Even though study after study shows that African Americans and whites use marijuana at the exact same rate, African Americans are up to 10 times more likely to be arrested for it.

These are facts?horrible, distinctly American facts?have caused a growing movement in America to swell from coast to coast.

Somehow, though, Elisabeth Hasslebeck has determined that the Black Lives Matter movement should be classified as a hate group.

Now, a Houston sheriff is outrageously blaming the Black Lives Matter movement for the awful death of one of his officers.

I am being attacked daily now with lies from conservatives. Even Rush Limbaugh is wading in to blast me and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Read below the told for more on this.

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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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CNN Changes Debate Rules After Fior...

CNN Changes Debate Rules After Fiorina Outcry

According to the new rules, "any candidate who ranks in the top 10 in polling between August 6 and September 10 will be included," CNN said.
Why Hasn't Clerk Defying Gay Marria...

Why Hasn't Clerk Defying Gay Marriage Ruling Been Fired?

Under Kentucky's constitution, elected officials can be removed only by impeachment, which takes a vote by state lawmakers ? which seems unlikely.
Obama Treats Press Corps to Gelato

Obama Treats Press Corps to Gelato

During his trip to Alaska, President Obama visited Sweet Darlings in Seward, where he encouraged the press corps to get a treat.
Clinton Looks Vulnerable in Wake of...

Clinton Looks Vulnerable in Wake of Email Controversy

The email releases, which will continue through January, have taken a political toll on frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Challenger Bernie Sanders is now within 7 points of Clinton in Iowa and vice president Joe Biden, still undecided, is already at 14 percent.
Walker: 'I've Never Talked About a ...

Walker: 'I've Never Talked About a Wall' at Canadian Border

"I've never talked about a wall up in the north, I'm certainly not now. That's just what happens when things get run amok," he said.
The Lid: GOP Running Wild in 2016 R...

The Lid: GOP Running Wild in 2016 Race

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos?.President Barack Obama will appear on outdoor adventure reality show "Running Wild with Bea

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Trump trades insults with group

Trump trades insults with group

The Club for Growth became the latest target of Donald Trump's Twitter ire on Tuesday night after being drawn into a spat over an alleged fundraising request, trading shots with the GOP frontrunner about the truthfulness of his accusation and exchanging insults.
Some schools closed in manhunt for ...

Some schools closed in manhunt for 3 suspects in officer's killing

Source: China checks Ashley Madison...

Source: China checks Ashley Madison for names

Hearing set for Freddie Gray case

Hearing set for Freddie Gray case

Six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray's death will go to court Wednesday as the city braces for what could happen afterward.
Did man have both hands in air when...

Did man have both hands in air when shot by police?

5 things to start your day

5 things to start your day

Pretrial hearings begin in the Freddie Gray case. The manhunt for three police killers continues. And Pope Francis forgives.

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