THE DESPERATE AND THE DEAD: HOMELESSNESS...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Everyone wants to help David. But nothing seems to work. And the mentally ill homeless man gets arrested again and again. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff By The Spotlight team   The story was reported by Maria Cramer, Jenna Russell, Michael Rezendes, Scott Helman, and Todd Wallack of the Globe Spotlight Team. It was written by Russell and Cramer. It felt like they had chased the dream forever: to keep the homeless man in the red sneakers off the streets. Everyone in the Dorchester courtroom this September day knew David: the judge; the defense attorneys and the prosecutors; the caseworker from the state mental health department. For months, for years — even for decades — he had been a familiar figure here, arrested a staggering 150 times, usually on drug charges or for breaking and...

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“IT’S ALL COLLAPSED”: NEW CHOMSKY DOCUMENTARY DETAILS DEATH OF AMERICAN DREAM...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, PF Pictures / Gravitas Ventures | Film Trailer Noam Chomsky, in a still from the documentary Requiem for The American Dream. (Image: PF Pictures / Gravitas Ventures) How did we reach a historically unprecedented level of inequality in the United States? A new documentary, Requiem for The American Dream, turns to the ever-insightful Noam Chomsky for a detailed explanation of how so much wealth and power came to be concentrated in so few hands. Click here to order this DVD by making a donation to Truthout today! In this documentary, recently released on DVD, Noam Chomsky gives an overview of the miasma of the current political, sociological and economic situation of the United States. Filmed over the course of four years, Requiem for...

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OBAMA SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. TO BE A TAXPAYER...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Satire from the Borowitz Report By Andy Borowitz  NEWYORKER.COM December 9, 2016 Photograph by Pete Souza / The White House WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling his action “long overdue,” President Barack Obama on Friday signed an executive order requiring that the President of the United States be a federal taxpayer. The order, which makes a non-taxpayer ineligible to serve as President, goes into effect immediately. “Since the President has such a large say in how federal taxes are spent, it only makes sense that he or she contribute to those taxes, too,” he said, noting that everyone who has served as President has been a taxpayer. The President urged people “not to read too much into the timing” of his executive order. “It just seemed like the right thing to do,” he said. Obama’s...

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1,000 PEER REVIEWED REPORTS AND STUDIES ON VACCINES...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Page 1 of 1,053 VACCINE Peer Review The History Of The Global Vaccination Program In 1000 Peer Reviewed Reports And Studies 1915-2015 A Jeff Prager Publication Page 2 of 1,053 “Dissent is crucial for the advancement of science. Disagreement is at the heart of peer review and is important for uncovering unjustifed assumptions, fawed methodologies and problematic reasoning.” I. de Melo-Martín and K. Intemann, Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA Page 3 of 1,053 “the harm from vaccines has seriously exceeded the beneft of disease prevention” Dr. Harold Buttram Page 4 of 1,053 “No batch of vaccine can be proved safe before it is given to children” Surgeon General of the United States, Leonard Scheele, addressing an AMA convention in 1955 Page 5...

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RUGGED SOLAR ROADS TO HIT FOUR CONTINENTS IN 2017...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Colin Payne  INHABITAT View Slideshow Solar-generating roadways could soon be a reality on roads everywhere, thanks to new technology from Europe. According to Bloomberg, Colas SA, a subsidiary of France’s Bouygues Group has been working on solar panels that are tough enough to handle the load of an 18-wheeler truck – and are currently building them into some French road surfaces, with plans to test the technology across four continents in 2017. These panels have already undergone five years of research and laboratory tests, but before they hit the roads in a major way, the company plans to test them further by building 100 outdoor test sites over the next year. “We wanted to find a second life for a road,” Colas SA’s Wattaway Unit chief technology officer told Bloomberg. “Solar farms...

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THIS $10K TINY HOUSE CAN BE BUILT WITH A HEX KEY IN LESS THAN A DAY...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Cat DiStasio INHABITAT.COM View Slideshow Cheap Chinese goods are a bit of a joke in America, but when a company manages to produce an entire house with the affordable price of just $10,000, the laughing stops. China’s People’s Architecture Office (PAO) recently built one of these new prefabricated homes for a first-time buyer known only as “Mrs. Fan.” The so-called Plugin House consists of a series of prefab panels that were assembled on-site by a small team in just a few hours using a hex key. The $10,000 home is so simple to assemble that the work can be done by a relatively unskilled team—with a single hex key—in less than 24 hours. Mrs. Fan’s Plugin House is unique compared to most prefab homes in that respect, but it also breaks...

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GAEL GARCIA BERNAL AND PABLO LARRAIN: TRUMP HAS THE NUCLEAR CODES BUT WE HAVE THE CAMERA...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   The Mexican actor and Chilean director talk about the power and the duty that Latin American cinema has to combat racism in the era of Donald Trump Gael García Bernal: ‘We have to defend the people that don’t have rights. We have to be very vigilant, and very honest.’ Photograph: DDP/Rex Shutterstock Rory Carroll in Los Angeles  THE GUARDIAN   Latin American cinema can and must challenge the “racism and hatred” embodied by Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House, according to two of its leading lights. The actor Gael García Bernal and director Pablo Larraín have warned that a climate of tension and threat in the US could trigger political violence, even war – but also a vibrant artistic response. “Trump has the nuclear codes and the US army. What do...

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ELECTION HACKING: OBAMA ORDERS ‘FULL REVIEW’ OF RUSSIA INTERFERENCE...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN President’s decision to have US intelligence agencies look over evidence comes after unrelenting pressure from Democratic lawmakers to declassify information The review will be classified and delivered to lawmakers before Obama leaves office. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Spencer Ackerman in New York and David Smith in Washington   Barack Obama has ordered US intelligence to review evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after coming under sustained pressure from congressional Democrats. The review will be one of Obama’s final instructions to the intelligence agencies, which will soon report to Donald Trump, whom congressional Democrats consider the beneficiary of a hack targeting the Democratic National Committee. Lisa Monaco, the White House counterterrorism director, announced what she called a “full review” at a breakfast briefing sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor on...

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Paul Krugman: Here’s What No One Is Talking About With Trump’s Horrific EPA Pick...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Economy “Make America gasp again!” By Janet Allon / AlterNet Photo Credit: YouTube/Moyers & Co. Trump is already making good on his promise to return America to an earlier time, a time that includes a great deal more air pollution, Paul Krugman writes in Friday’s column. He may not be able to bring all those blue collar jobs back, but hey, “in other ways Mr. Trump can indeed restore the world of the 1970s,” the columnist opens. “He can, for example, bring us back to the days when, all too often, the air wasn’t safe to breathe. And he’s made a good start by selecting Scott Pruitt, a harsh foe of pollution regulation, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Make America gasp again!” Sure, Pruitt is a climate change denier, and that’s terrible, but climate...

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12 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE EXTREMELY CONCERNED ABOUT TYSON FOODS...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Food Tyson Foods causes serious harm to people, animals and the environment. By Ashley Schaeffer Yildiz / Rainforest Action Network   VIA ALTERNET   Tyson Foods, in its over 80 years of operation, has had a hugely negative impact on our food system. Tyson Foods profits off the cheap land and cheap labor that grease the wheels of the industrial food complex, specializing in the production of packaged “food” made with conflict palm oil and factory farmed meat. Palm oil is an ingredient in at least 36 Tyson products. Tyson Foods and its global subsidiaries are one of the world’s largest producers of chicken, beef, and pork––entirely raised and processed in industrial operations. It’s also well known for its popular “prepared foods” like Sara Lee baked apple pies which contain conflict palm oil....

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A DASHBOARD FOR THE EARTH

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Jared Green  DIRT.ASLA.ORG Deep learning neural net technologies / ExtremeTech If we want our planet to be able to house 10 billion people and also want to preserve biodiversity in coming decades, then we need to leverage the new technologies associated with “big data” and artificial intelligence. Using these sets of new technologies, we can create a dashboard for the planet, with up-to-the minute data on ecosystem functions continuously feeding in. We can create a unified system that “interrogates the environmental condition of the Earth,” said Microsoft scientist Lucas Joppa at a conference organized by the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, today, we are nowhere near this “Bloomberg terminal” for the planet. Discussions throughout the conference were a strange mix of extreme optimism about the capacity of technology to...

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POTENTIAL EXPORT-IMPORT BANK DEALS POSE GRAVE ENVIRONMENTAL THREAT, EXPERTS SAY...

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Congress declines to revive agency’s authority to pursue $20bn in delayed deals, putting fate of several ecosystems around the world in the hands of Trump The local fishing industry in Vietnam, experts say, would be adversely affected by the Long Phu 1 coal-fired power plant, which the Export-Import Bank is considering financing. Photograph: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images Hannah Furfaro  THE GUARDIAN Congress quashed the hopes late Tuesday of reviving the United States’ export credit agency, which had been aiming for a stopgap lifeline allowing them to approve more than $20bn in new deals, many of which pose imminent harms to the environment. Now, the fate of a pristine coral reef, an east African mangrove forest, and the livelihoods of farmers and fishermen in a south-east Asian river delta lie in the hands of...

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RAPID ARCTIC ICE MELT SETS THE STAGE FOR ECONOMIC DISASTER UNDER TRUMP...

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The great ice sheets are unstable, ice melt is speeding up, and deniers will soon be in charge. What could go wrong? A Trump presidency could make this future for South Florida and “Miami Island” unstoppable. CREDIT: Climate Central The anti-climate policies embraced by President-elect Donald Trump— coupled with the ever-more stunning news and analyses that keep coming about the polar regions — means trillion-dollar economic impacts from climate change are closer at hand than people realize. Here’s why. First, a new Nature study finds the Greenland ice sheet is as unstable as the Antarctic ice sheet and prone to rapid melt. It adds to the fast-growing body of evidence we are headed toward the high-end of sea level projections, up to 6 feet or more by century’s end (and you can throw in another 2 feet...

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DEFIANT AFTER DAKOTA SETBACK, TEXAS COMPANY EYES PIPELINE THROUGH LOUISIANA’ ATCHAFALAYA BASIN...

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Atchafalaya_Basin.jpg  FACINGSOUTH.ORG Sue Sturgis  FACINGSOUTH.ORG Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, now wants to build a pipeline through Louisiana’s ecologically important Atchafalaya Basin. (Photo of a swamp in the Atchafalaya Basin by the Army Corps of Engineers via Wikipedia.) Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, suffered a setback this week when the Army Corps of Engineers denied permission for the controversial $3.7 billion project to cross under a lake on the Missouri River a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, where a protest camp has drawn thousands of self-described “water protectors” from around the world, including hundreds of U.S. military veterans. Announcing the decision on Sunday, the Army said alternative routes should be explored. That would mean environmental reviews that...

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IDENTITY POLITICS AND A DAD’S LOSS...

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Nicholas Kristof   NYTIMES The Rev. Joey Crutcher has suffered many family tragedies. Credit Andrea Morales for The New York Times This fall I sat down in Tulsa, Okla., with a black pastor whose unarmed son, Terence Crutcher, had been shot dead on the street by a white police officer. The Rev. Joey Crutcher told me that Terence’s killing was just the latest loss his family had suffered. He had also lost a child to crib death years ago, and another to cancer. In addition, his grandson had been shot dead while driving home from church in a gang hit that was a case of mistaken identity. Such heartbreak: Three children and a grandchild dead, each for a different reason. I’ve been thinking of the Crutchers because of the debate raging in the Democratic...

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WORKERS CHALLENGE TRUMP TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON HIS PROMISES...

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Workers Challenge Trump To Follow Through On His Promises   Dave Johnson   OURFUTURE.ORG President-elect Donald Trump promised during his campaign “more jobs and better wages.” So on Wednesday several hundred workers gathered near the White House and challenged Trump to be true to his words. Speaking at the New York Economic Club in September, Donald Trump promised that in his administration, “Every policy decision we make must pass a simple test: Does it create more jobs and better wages for Americans?” Meanwhile, the U.S. Government is America’s top creator of low-wage jobs. The federal government pays for more than 2 million private sector poverty jobs through its contracts, loans, and grants – more than the number of low-wage workers at Walmart and McDonald’s combined. And already-low-paid federal contract workers lose up to $2.5...

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TAKE ACTION: CALL WHITEHOUSE AND ASK FOR VETO OF HR34 CENTURY CURES ACT...

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Take Action! Senate passed HR34, 21st Century Cures Act      The US Senate voted yesterday to pass HR34, the 21st Century Cures Act on a 94 to 5 vote.  President Obama has said he will sign the bill.  Senators who voted “No” are Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkly of Oregon, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Mike Lee of Utah. Please click on the Take Action link to send a message to President Obama asking him to reconsider signing the bill. And please call the White House and politely ask that the President not sign the bill, 202-456-1414 The Los Angeles Times said this about the bill, “The 21st Century Cures Act is a huge deregulatory giveaway to the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, papered over by new funding for...

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VAN JONES: ONLY A ‘LOVE ARMY’ WILL CONQUER TRUMP...

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Though it’s important to fight Trump’s policies, “it’s at the values level that we need to do a reset,” says Jones “There were five things on the ballot on November 8th, 2016: the presidency, the Senate, the House, the Supreme Court and the character of the country,” says Van Jones. “Progressives lost all five.” Sasha Arutyunova/Redux By Tim Dickinson  ROLLINGSTONE.COM 2 days ago Van Jones has had some quotable moments in his side gig with CNN recently – telling former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski he was “being a horrible person” on election night, for instance. But beyond the soundbites, Jones has a clear-eyed vision for how America can survive Trump’s presidency: To confront and constrain the incoming administration, he says progressives must move beyond their anger and disbelief, and band together in a...

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STRANGER AND STRANGER VACCINES: ARE WE BEING FLEECED?...

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Marco Cáceres  NVIC Now, it seems that every time you scan the latest headlines about vaccines, there is a new vaccine in the works for something that has absolutely nothing to do with a virus or bacteria. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a vaccine as a “biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.” The WHO further states that a vaccine “typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism” and that it is “often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins or one of its surface proteins.”1 The idea is for the weakened or killed microbes to stimulate the “body’s immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and “remember” it, so that the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these...

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NVIC Calls 21st Century Cures Act “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” and Urges Presidential Veto to Protect Public Health...

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Congress Text size:  nvic| Law, Congress   “Congress has handed the liability-free vaccine industry another free pass to make unlimited profits by exploiting Americans legally required to purchase and use inadequately tested vaccines.” — Barbara Loe Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center The non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) says the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which was pushed through the U.S Congress this week with a 94 to 5 vote in the Senate yesterday, is a threat to public health and should be vetoed by the President. The 996 page Act has been promoted by Congress as a consumer friendly bill to fund medical research and make new prescription drugs and medical devices more quickly available in the U.S., but it also lowers licensing standards used by the Food and Drug Administration...

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THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT: A HUGE HANDOUT TO THE DRUG INDUSTRY DISGUISED AS A PRO-RESEARCH BOUNTY...

Dec 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Column Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), left, embraces Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the sponsor of the 21st Century Cures Act. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press) Michael Hiltzik LATIMES The problem with bills in Congress that roar toward passage like juggernauts is that they’re especially worthy of close examination, and especially unlikely to get it. That’s the story with the 21st Century Cures Act, which reaches the Senate this week after achieving overwhelming bipartisan support in the House. Almost certain approval by President Obama lies on the horizon. To judge from the huzzahs, the Cures Act represents a landmark in funding for biomedical research — a $5-billion bounty for the Obama administration’s “cancer moonshot” as well as its initiatives on brain research and genomics-based “precision medicine.” “Simply put: 21st Century Cures is an innovative game-changer and a truly...

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HILLARY CLINTON’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS...

Dec 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democracy & Government Here’s what we’d like to hear her say before Donald Trump takes office — a call for a shadow government that will watchdog everything he and Congress do. By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship | December 6, 2016 A worker adjusts flags on the US Capitol during preparations for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 18, 2013. (Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) Imagine that a day or two before Donald Trump’s inauguration, Hillary Clinton, as the candidate who received the greatest number of votes — and after a period of personal reflection and evaluation — addresses the nation. My Fellow Americans: On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. As mandated by our Constitution, he received a majority...

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WITH ATTENTION ON DAKOTA, OBAMA QUIETLY APPROVED TWO NEW PIPELINES...

Dec 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate Tom Cahill  USUNCUT.COM While the U.S. Department of Justice temporarily halted construction of a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline, two other pipelines are moving forward. In May, the Obama administration granted the permits for both the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail pipelines, and while construction has not yet begun on the pipelines, implementation plans for the building of the pipelines is well underway. Earlier this week, DeSmogBlog investigative reporter Steve Horn highlighted the approval and pending construction of both pipelines, as well as their significant impact on local water supplies and indigenous territory. As Horn wrote, the Trans-Pecos pipeline will carry natural gas extracted from the Permian Basin in West Texas, and transport it across international borders to Mexico. According to the Texas Tribune, the 42-inch-wide Trans-Pecos Pipeline will carry 1.6 billion cubic feet...

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WHILE EYES WERE ON STANDING ROCK, THE DAKOTA PIPELINE WAS BEING DRILLED UNDER ANOTHER WATER SOURCE...

Dec 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] While the pipeline may have been halted in North Dakota, construction workers just finished drilling under the Des Moines River, which supplies the water for half a million people in Iowa. [Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images] Adele Peters FASTCOEXIST.COM Last Friday, while the media focused on the thousands of protestors at Standing Rock, a construction crew working on the same under-protest project finished drilling through rock under the Des Moines River in Iowa—another major source of drinking water. The pipeline crosses the river near the tiny community of Pilot Mound, Iowa. But the river supplies water not only to nearby small towns and farms, but also to Des Moines Water Works, which serves around half a million people in and near Des Moines. In Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota, the $3.8 billion pipeline...

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THE STRANGE CAREER OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM...

Dec 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] …and Barack Obama’s curious role as its most ardent recent champion and prominent victim. By Greg Grandin THE NATION Illustration by Tim Robinson. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is part of The Nation’s special issue on Barack Obama’s presidency, available online in full on December 15. The phrase “American exceptionalism” has become a quintessential crisis term. it indicates not the certainty we associate with superpower but the dread that this power is dissipating. It’s arrogant, as many critics point out; that arrogance, however, masks self-doubt. If it were possible to do a Google search to correlate words with emotion, the feeling most associated with the term today would be anxiety, the fear that comes when the world turns suddenly unfamiliar and the ground gives way under your feet—as happened, for many, when a black man...

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THE MOST IMPORTANT APPOINTMENT SINCE THE ELECTION WASN’T MADE BY TRUMP...

Dec 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   California’s incoming attorney general, Congressman Xavier Becerra, is poised to lead states resisting the Trump administration. By David Dayen  THE NATION.COM   Xavier Becerra speaking at the fourth session of the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rex Images via AP Photo)   On Monday, the first day of the new legislative session in the unofficial capital of liberal America, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon was defiant in his opposition to Donald Trump. “Unity must be separated from complicity,” Rendon thundered. “Californians do not need healing. We need to fight.”   The legislature kicked off that fight with a mostly symbolic resolution urging Trump “to not pursue mass deportation strategies” that one lawmaker likened to ethnic cleansing. Other bills introduced Monday seek to fund grants for...

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INSIDE THE CHURCHES THAT ARE LEADING NEW YORK’S SANCTUARY MOVEMENT...

Dec 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   New York’s sanctuary movement is ready to become more radical. The question is, How? By Jake Offenhartz, THE NATION.COM Members of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City protest in front of the Federal Plaza’s immigration services building. (New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City / Facebook) On the Tuesday after the election, two dozen pastors gathered in the back room of a Lower Manhattan church to begin plotting the resistance. Most of the faith leaders were immigrants, and all of them members of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and activists. Since its founding in 2007, the coalition has worked on the front lines in the fight to protect undocumented New Yorkers from detention and deportation. The meeting began with a prayer—“We...

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EXECUTIVE ORDER — ADVANCING THE GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY AGENDA TO ACHIEVE A WORLD SAFE AND SECURE FROM INFECTIOUS DISEASE THREATS...

Dec 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 04, 2016 EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ADVANCING THE GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY AGENDA TO ACHIEVE A WORLD SAFE AND SECURE FROM INFECTIOUS DISEASE THREATS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. As articulated in the National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats and implemented in Presidential Policy Directive 2 (PPD-2), promoting global health security is a core tenet of our national strategy for countering biological threats. No single nation can be prepared if other nations remain unprepared to counter biological threats; therefore, it is the policy of the United States to advance the Global Health Security...

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Indigenous Lawyer: Denying #DAPL Permit Is ‘Momentous Occasion,’ But We Must Remain Vigilant...

Dec 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Activism What alternative routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline will be considered? By Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Democracy Now! On Sunday, celebrations erupted at Standing Rock after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it had denied the Dakota Access pipeline company a permit to build the final segment of the $3.8 billion project and would study a possible reroute of the pipeline. But what alternative routes will be considered? What will the process of an environmental impact statement look like? Can this decision be reversed once President-elect Donald Trump takes office? And what’s next for the resistance movement? To answer some of those questions, we speak with Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. She is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation. This is a rush...

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FAKE NEWS IS AN ASSAULT ON THE VERY PRINCIPLE OF TRUTH ITSELF...

Dec 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Which means it is an assault on democracy as well. By Neal Gabler / BillMoyers.com  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com Consider for a moment the oxymoronic concept of “fake news,” which we have been hearing so much about lately. This isn’t your typical disinformation or misinformation — generated by the government, or foreign adversaries, or corporations — to advance an agenda by confusing the public. It isn’t even the familiar dystopian idea of manipulated fact designed to keep people lobotomized and malleable in some post-human autocracy. Those scenarios assume at least an underlying truth against which nefarious forces can take aim. Fake news is different. It is an assault on the very principle of truth itself: a way to upend the reference points by which mankind has long operated....

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