Archive | November, 2013

Chomsky: Business Elites Are Waging a Brutal Class War in America

November 30, 2013

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http://www.popularresistance.org/chomsky-business-elites-are-waging-a-brutal-class-war-in-america/ There’s always a class war going on. The United States, to an unusual extent, is a business-run society, more so than others. The business classes are very class-conscious—they’re constantly fighting a bitter class war to improve their power and diminish opposition. Occasionally this is recognized. We don’t use the term “working class” here because […]

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Tiny House: A New American Dream

November 30, 2013

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http://www.popularresistance.org/tiny-house-a-new-american-dream/ The size of the average American home has more than doubled since the 1950s, but just how big does a home need to be? A Boulder, Colo., couple decided to put that question to the test when they started building their very tiny home — 124 sq. ft. to be exact — back in […]

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The Government’s Secret Plan to Shut Off Cellphones and the Internet, Explained

November 30, 2013

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/11/internet-phone-kill-switch-explained This month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must make its plan to shut off the internet and cellphone communications available to the American public. You, of course, may now be thinking: What plan?! Though President Barack Obama swiftly disapproved of ousted Egyptian […]

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America is the Stingiest Rich Country in the World

November 30, 2013

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http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/11/america-stingiest-rich-country-world Over at the Economist, Steven Mazie directs me to a recent New Yorker piece on income inequality by John Cassidy. Its most revealing chart, Mazie says, is one that compares raw income inequality in various rich countries (as calculated by GINI scores) to income inequality after taxes and government transfers. In other words, it […]

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The $10 Trillion Heist The Great Corporate Tax Shift

November 30, 2013

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How America Continues to Suffer the Male Rage of the ‘White Wing’ | Alternet

November 30, 2013

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VIDEO: Going Postal!

November 30, 2013

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http://www.popularresistance.org/video-going-postal/ If you had a great job that paid really well, but your health insurance benefits from that job had to be paid in full for 75 years into the future, it wouldn’t matter how much you got paid because you would always be broke and in debt. The same thing is happening to the […]

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Off the Charts: For Long-Term Jobless, a Stubborn Trend

November 30, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/30/business/economy/for-long-term-jobless-a-stubborn-trend.html?partner=rss&emc=rss For 61 years until mid-2009, the long-term rate was never as high as the short-term rate; since then, it has consistently been higher. Sent by gReader Pro

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45% of Americans Have Chronic Conditions

November 30, 2013

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http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/11/26/45-of-americans-have-chronic-conditions/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=45-of-americans-have-chronic-conditions The 45% of U.S. adults living with one or more chronic health conditions are less likely than other adults to go online. But once they have access to the internet, they are more likely to using online health resources to access information, participate in communities and share their experiences. Sent by gReader Pro

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Cancer increasing as babyboomers age

November 29, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/VDBv659jNLM/131127170055.htm As 10,000 baby boomers reach 65 each day, the incidence of cancer is increasing, estimated to increase by 67% between 2010 and 2030, bringing attention to the nation’s response to cancer care. Cancer is diagnosed at a higher rate, accounts for more survivors, and results in more deaths than in younger patients. Sent by […]

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Turning Points | Crime: Drug War No More

November 29, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/opinion/drug-war-no-more.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A fundamental shift is underway in methods to combat narcotics. Sent by gReader Pro

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Women Lead Way In Sustainable And Organic Agriculture

November 29, 2013

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http://www.popularresistance.org/women-lead-way-in-sustainable-and-organic-agriculture/ According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, the number of women-operated farms more than doubled in the 25 years between 1982 and 2007. In fact, female farmers now make up the fastest-growing sector of the country’s changing agricultural landscape and nearly 1 million women – approximately one-third of total domestic farmers […]

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Study finds one in 10 high school students hurt by dating partners

November 29, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/C2L1uf0dzo4/131125121805.htm One in 10 high school youth in the US reports having been hit or physically hurt by a dating partner in the past year, according to a new study. Sent by gReader Pro

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Good news on the Alzheimer’s epidemic: Risk for older adults declining

November 29, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/C0tQNo_ncvg/131127225307.htm Improvements in education levels, health care and lifestyle credited for decline in dementia risk. Sent by gReader Pro

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America and the Other

November 27, 2013

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/11/27/america-and-the-other/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=america-and-the-other America went to bed one night believing it was a peace-loving democracy, and woke up the next morning imbued with militarism and waging war on the world. Citizens had covered themselves with the belief in freedom and slumbered, only to also awaken in a growing police state—designed not only to protect them from the […]

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Deals at Climate Meeting Advance Global Effort

November 27, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/world/deals-at-climate-meeting-advance-global-effort.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Delegates agreed to the outlines of a system for pledging emissions cuts and supported a new treaty mechanism to tackle the human costs of global warming. Sent by gReader Pro

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McMansions Are Making a Comeback

November 27, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/business/mcmansions-are-making-a-comeback.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Home sizes and prices have been creeping up again, reaching highs that have surpassed their pre-recession peaks. Sent by gReader Pro

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Court Confronts Religious Rights of Corporations

November 27, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/us/court-confronts-religious-rights-of-corporations.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Drawing on speech rights in Citizens United, an appeals court ruled that a company could restrict contraception insurance coverage. Sent by gReader Pro

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New Jersey Now Allows Gambling via Internet

November 27, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/nyregion/new-jersey-opens-up-for-online-gambling.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The state hopes to meet bold predictions for revenue and tap into a younger, more web-dependent demographic without stealing customers from struggling casinos. Sent by gReader Pro

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Daily Report: Virtual Currencies Seek to Challenge Bitcoin

November 27, 2013

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http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/daily-report-virtual-currencies-seek-to-challenge-bitcoin/ Several species of electronic money are striving to emerge from the shadow of bitcoin and gain widespread acceptance by offering varying degrees of anonymity and ease of use. Sent by gReader Pro

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DealBook Column: Render Unto Caesar, but Who Backs the Bitcoin?

November 27, 2013

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http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/render-unto-caesar-but-who-backs-the-bitcoin/?partner=rss&emc=rss Many people are talking about bitcoin, but how practical is it to use it? Sent by gReader Pro

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Pope Attacks ‘Tyranny’ of Markets, Urges Renewal in Key Document

November 27, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/11/26/world/europe/26reuters-pope-document.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff. Sent by gReader Pro

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The Changing American Family

November 27, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/health/the-changing-american-family.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Same-sex parents. Cohabiting couples. Voluntary kin. Children with parents in prison. Immigrant-Americans. What we thought of as the typical American family is being rapidly redefined. It is more diverse than it was even half a year ago. Sent by gReader Pro

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Climate Coverage Drops At The New York Times After Paper Closed Its Environmental Desk

November 26, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/3417c1d3/sc/29/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C110C250C29931210Cclimate0Ecoverage0Eyork0Etimes0C/story01.htm 2013 was a big year for climate news. In May, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide passed the 400 parts per million threshold for the first time in millions of years. In June, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, and in November, the monster typhoon, Haiyan slammed into the Philippines. 2013 was also the […]

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How Wall Street Turned America Into Incarceration Nation

November 26, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/51001659/0/alternet~How-Wall-Street-Turned-America-Into-Incarceration-Nation Transforming poorer neighborhoods into desirable real estate for the new elites often requires getting rid of the poor: jail becomes the new home for many. The U.S. leads the world in prisoners with 2.27 million in jail and more than 4.8 million on parole. Minorities have been especially hard hit, forming 39.4% of the […]

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Reid Sets in Motion Steps to Limit Use of Filibuster

November 22, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/22/us/politics/reid-sets-in-motion-steps-to-limit-use-of-filibuster.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The majority leader said the need for the change, which would eliminate the use of the filibuster against nominees to cabinet posts and the federal judiciary, is “very obvious.” Sent by gReader Pro

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News Analysis: A Move Years in the Making, With Lasting Ramifications

November 22, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/22/us/politics/a-move-years-in-the-making-with-lasting-ramifications.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A new willingness to alter the rules in the Senate will open a pipeline of stalled nominations and potentially alter the conservative makeup of a highly influential appeals court. Sent by gReader Pro

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Room for Debate: Racism in the Age of Obama

November 21, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/11/20/racism-in-the-age-of-obama?partner=rss&emc=rss Have racial tensions in the U.S. changed since Obama was elected? For better or for worse? Sent by gReader Pro

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Developing Nations Stage Protest at Climate Talks

November 21, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/world/rich-and-poor-nations-spar-over-climate-damages.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Developing nations staged a symbolic walkout of talks early Wednesday to protest what they consider inadequate financial support from wealthy countries. Sent by gReader Pro

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Icons of the Right Debate a Guaranteed Minimum Income

November 20, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/UOPLXKH7ank/story01.htm In recent weeks, items in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine and The Economist–along with my most recent Orange Country Register column–have aired the idea of a guaranteed minimum income paid by the government to all adults, in place of today’s welfare spending. Is that a visionary way to end poverty? An invitation […]

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Kids Today Take 90 Seconds Longer to Run a Mile Than Kids in the 1980s

November 20, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/gJjV2KyCUi0/story01.htm At an international meeting held by the American Heart Association yesterday, Dr. Grant Tomkinson presented research that said cardiovascular endurance in children is declining by 5 percent every decade. Tomkinson and his colleagues at the University of South Australia looked at data from 1964 through 2010, from more than 25 million kids in 28 […]

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Open Letter to MoveOn: Time To Change Course On Obamacare

November 20, 2013

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November 19th, 2013 By Margaret Flowers, http://www.popularresistance.org Dear MoveOn, It is with great sadness that I watch you making last-gasp desperate attempts to save Obamacare and Obama’s reputation. You look foolish when you say that “Of course, it’s a good law” at the same time as your constituents see through the Obamacare illusion. The law […]

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Krugman: A Permanent Slump?

November 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/opinion/krugman-a-permanent-slump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The new normal for our economy may be a state of mild depression. Sent by gReader Pro

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It’s Time to Think Harder About Income Inequality

November 19, 2013

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http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/11/its-time-think-harder-about-income-inequality Over at the Prospect, David Callahan writes that a new critique of rising income inequality is starting to get some attention. It doesn’t rely on arguments about fairness, but on arguments that high income inequality hurts economic growth: This argument follows a simple causal chain: unequal growth concentrates wealth in the hands of a […]

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House To Vote On Bill That Would Impose $5,000 Fee For Protesting Drilling Projects

November 19, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/33d3147b/sc/1/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C110C180C29624310Chouse0Evote0Eprotesting0Edrilling0Eprojects0C/story01.htm CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite The House is likely to vote on a number of GOP bills this week related to the oil and gas industry, arguably the most sweeping of which is the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), is broad legislation designed to […]

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Global Damage From Extreme Weather And Other Disasters Set To Break $200 Billion A Year

November 19, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/33dd7425/sc/11/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C110C190C29681610Cglobal0Edisaster0Edamage0E20A0A0Ebillion0C/story01.htm CREDIT: Shutterstock The trend in annual damages from global disasters is rising and almost broke $200 billion in 2012, according to World Bank figures released Monday. And three-fourths of the losses are due to extreme weather. The report, which makes the case for greater global investment in climate resiliency and disaster risk management, found […]

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How Three Decades of News Coverage Has Shaped Our View of the World

November 19, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/KFZ0GjVqqCg/story01.htm Head to the homepages of major news sites today, and you’ll get the impression that the bombing near the Iranian embassy in Beirut, the early warnings about HealthCare.gov’s technical problems, and the travail’s of Toronto’s scandal-saturated mayor are among the biggest stories in the world right now. Or are they? Defining what’s news, as […]

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Think the Tea Party Is Crazy? Europe’s Rising Neo-Fascism Is a Taste of What’s Coming If Austerity Prevails in America

November 19, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/50539927/0/alternet~Think-the-Tea-Party-Is-Crazy-Europes-Rising-NeoFascism-Is-a-Taste-of-Whats-Coming-If-Austerity-Prevails-in-America Cutting social programs and government investment is a recipe for the growth of fascism. American political dysfunction looks pretty bad — but just take a look at what’s going on across the Atlantic. A poisonous wave of right-wing, neo-fascist parties is emerging in response to the continent’s ongoing austerity and hugely ineffectual policy response […]

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Exposed: American Doctors and Psychologists Engaged in Frightening Torture Programs Since 9/11

November 19, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/50517466/0/alternet~Exposed-American-Doctors-and-Psychologists-Engaged-in-Frightening-Torture-Programs-Since Turning the idea of health professional upside down. If you thought the U.S.’s involvement in the torture of prisoners detained in the “war on terror” was limited only to U.S. military personnel, intelligence officers, wrongheaded prison guards, or, through “extraordinary rendition,” handled by foreign proxies, think again. A new report from The Task Force […]

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Caught in Unemployment’s Revolving Door

November 19, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/business/caught-in-unemployments-revolving-door.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Some economists fear that the long-term unemployment crisis affecting millions of Americans might be a permanent change, with far-reaching and damaging consequences. Sent by gReader Pro

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DealBook: Pressure Builds to Finish Volcker Rule on Wall St. Oversight

November 19, 2013

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http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/pressure-builds-to-finish-volcker-rule-on-wall-st-oversight/?partner=rss&emc=rss The push to reshape financial oversight hinges on negotiations in the coming weeks over the so-called Volcker Rule, a regulation that strikes at the heart of Wall Street risk-taking. Sent by gReader Pro

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Slowdown in Carbon Emissions Worldwide, but Coal Burning Continues to Grow

November 19, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/slowdown-in-carbon-emissions-worldwide-but-coal-burning-continues-to-grow.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Experts said the world remains far from meeting international goals on climate change. Sent by gReader Pro

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There Really Are Two Americas: Republistan and Democravia

November 18, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/vcNKZVDs-8I/story01.htm If you’ve watched the high-profile legislative fights of the last few years and found yourself thinking the two parties in the House of Representatives must represent separate countries, you might not be too far off the mark. In the Senate, the two-lawmakers-per-state structure creates the moderating possibility of legislators from different parties representing the […]

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The Terrifying Future Envisioned By Libertarians

November 18, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/50497470/0/alternet~The-Terrifying-Future-Envisioned-By-Libertarians What a libertarian Social Darwinist paradise would look like. I’ve written often before about how much of the war between the American left and right is essentially the building of sand castles in the face of the oncoming tide of globalization, deskilling and mechanization of the workforce accompanied by catastrophic climate change. Much of […]

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Facing the Facts: Climate Change Is Bad For Business

November 18, 2013

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http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/11/12/climate-change-bad-business As leaders of the industrialized world continue to squabble at home over how to address the threat of climate change – and even as they battle internal factions who don’t believe the science of climate change – one group of leaders has come out in favor of swift, comprehensive action to prevent global catastrophe. […]

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The Future Must Be Green, Red, Black and Female

November 17, 2013

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http://www.popularresistance.org/the-future-must-be-green-red-black-and-female/ The future of the human species – if there is to be a future – must be radically green, red, black and female. If we take this seriously – a human future, that is, if we really care about whether there will be a human future – each one of us who claims to […]

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Neo-Nazi Groups Terrorize Warsaw, Poland On Independence Day

November 17, 2013

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http://www.popularresistance.org/neo-nazi-groups-terrorize-warsaw-poland-on-independence-day/ Neo nazi fascists are active in a place where nazis tortured and killed about 6 million Polish citizens between 1939 and 1945. A nazi march that attacked the Przychodnia squat in Poland today was disbanded hours ago, and the march has been deemed illegal by the police. Also, the Syrena squat was attacked with […]

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Court Demands: How Does Government Turn Off The Internet?

November 17, 2013

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http://www.popularresistance.org/court-demands-how-does-government-turn-off-the-internet/ A federal court has demanded that the US Department of Homeland Security reveal its protocol for the use of a so-called “internet kill switch.” The US District Court for the District of Columbia shot down claims made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which stated that revealing the agency’s capability to use an […]

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Study: Recent Warming May Have Been Dramatically Underestimated

November 17, 2013

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http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/11/study-global-warming-over-last-15-years-may-have-been-dramatically-underestimate The so-called global warming "pause"—in essence, the contention that global warming has slowed down or even stopped over the past 15 years—drew dramatic media attention. Arguably, it derailed the entire rollout of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report back in late September. All that….and yet a new study in the […]

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WHAT IS OUR ENERGY FUTURE? OBAMA PRAISES OIL

November 17, 2013

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http://www.globalpossibilities.org/what-is-our-energy-future-obama-praises-oil/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-is-our-energy-future-obama-praises-oil Obama Praises U.S. Oil Production As ‘Tremendous Step Towards American Energy Independence’ Reuters | Posted: 11/16/2013 1:02 pm EST | Updated: 11/16/2013 4:50 pm EST By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday boasted of the nation’s progress in cutting dependence on foreign energy sources and lowering pollution […]

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