THE RIGHT-WING CLIMATE-DENIAL MACHINE IS CHURNING FASTER THAN EVER...

Jan 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock   By Heather Smith  GRIST In 2000, two sociologists at Washington State University, Aaron McCright and Riley Dunlap, examined all of the writing that conservative think tanks in the U.S. and Canada had published on the subject of climate change. The result of their labors — titled Challenging Global Warming as a Social Problem: An Analysis of the Conservative Movement’s Counter-Claims — was the first comprehensive look at how conservative think tanks were trying to shape the conversation on climate.Now, in a new study, Constantine Boussalis and Travis G. Coan, political scientists at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Exeter, respectively, have set out to update that information. Sure, you worked hard to discredit climate science in the ’90s, conservative think tanks. But what have you done for us lately? The conservative think tanks that are now...

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LURKING WITHIN THE OMINOUS, OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL by Bill Moyers & Michael Winship...

Dec 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   McConnell agrees not to shut down the government only if the millionaires and billionaires are permitted to continue buying the government in ever greater secrecy. By such are we governed today: soulless puppets dangling from the rich man’s string, their wooden hands outstretched, palms upturned. Top of Form Update, The Washington Post: “Early Friday morning the House passed [the] $1.1 trillion spending bill on a 316 to 113 vote, with 150 Republicans and 166 Democrats supporting the measure, after passing a $622 billion tax measure Thursday on a 318 to 109 vote… The Senate soon after passed both parts of the agreement on a 65 to 33 vote.” ##### There is an unwritten rule in Congress that before you do even a little for the working class you must do a lot for the donor class....

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Dozens of Nations Back Regenerative Farming Initiative That Can Help Solve Global Warming...

Dec 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Food The U.S.—a primary driver of the climate crisis—still isn’t on board with this historic climate agreement. By Katherine Paul, Ronnie Cummins / AlterNet Photo Credit: GlebStock/Shutterstock.com France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K., Germany and Mexico are among more than two dozen countries that have signed on to an agreement that one day may be recognized as the most significant climate initiative in history.France’s 4/1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate puts regenerative food and farming front and center in the climate solutions conversation. This is why the Organic Consumers Association, its Mexico affiliate Via Organica, IFOAM Organics International and more than 50 other activist allies across the globe have signed on in support of the Initiative. Unfortunately, the U.S. government is not yet on board with the plan, even though our...

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IN HISTORIC PARIS CLIMATE DEAL, WORLD UNANIMOUSLY AGREES NOT TO BURN MOST FOSSIL FUELS...

Dec 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm  CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Twitter/Pedro Sirgado   In a literally world-changing deal that was almost unthinkable just a year ago, some two hundred leading nations unanimously embraced a plan that will leave most of the world’s fossil fuels unburned. As part of a concerted effort to avoid catastrophic climate change, the world unanimously committed to an ongoing effort of increasingly deeper emissions reductions aimed at keeping total warming “to well below 2°C [3.6°F] above preindustrial levels.” The full text of this Paris Agreement goes even further, with the parties agreeing “to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.” Already, global coal use appears to be plateauing, and global oil use will likely follow...

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DON’T BE MISLED; THE TPP IS STILL COMING FULL STEAM...

Dec 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson   AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE Recently there have been news reports that Republicans are going to delay TPP until after the 2016 elections. Do not be misled; this is a bargaining ploy. They want the Obama administration to make “side agreements” that give corporations even more. We have to keep up the fight, and keep getting the word out. People opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” agreement have recently had their hopes lifted by reporting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that perhaps President Obama should avoid bringing TPP up for a vote before the elections. But note the reasons for Republican objections. The Washington Post, “McConnell warns that trade deal can’t pass Congress before 2016 elections“: But McConnell, who said Thursday that he has relayed his concerns...

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TIME FOR US TO BE THE ENFORCERS OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE ACCORDS...

Dec 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Isaiah J. Poole  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE Imagine if the 10 Commandments were written under the same political constraints as the just-completed climate change accord in Paris. “We cannot do this,” Secretary of State John Kerry would tell Moses as he saw the word “shall” chiseled into the stone tablets. And so Moses would have to go back up the mountain, in the face of what he knew would be the consequences of defying the laws of nature and nature’s God, and chiseled “should” every place the commandments had called for “shall.” And just as changing “shall” to “should” would change the 10 Commandments to the 10 Suggestions, that word change – insisted on by Kerry in order to conform to the political limits set by a Republican opposition sold out to...

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VIDEO: James Hansen: United Nations’ Plans to Limit Emissions Are ‘Half-Arsed’...

Dec 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] DEMOCRACY NOW   VIA TRUTHDIG   James Hansen, one of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists, has warned the United Nations that its current attempt to prevent global temperatures from rising is “half-arsed and half-baked” and risks giving future generations a climate system that is uncontrollably destructive.ABOVE: At the U.N. climate conference in Paris, Hansen delivers his message to “Democracy Now!’ The Guardian reports: James Hansen, former head of Nasa’s Goddard Center and the man who raised awareness of climate change in a key Senate hearing back in 1988 said that the UN meeting was on the wrong track by seeking a 2C maximum rise in temperatures. “What I am hearing is that the heads of state are planning to clap each other on the back and say this is a very successful conference....

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ETHICAL DESIGN PRACTICES MAY HELP SLOW GENTRIFICATION...

Nov 7, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT   by Jared Green Gentrification replaces diversity with homogenized people and places. This process has “rippling social and cultural effects,” said Winifred Curran, a professor at DePaul University at the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. There are many reasons why gentrification has been happening across American cities — and the process may prove nearly unstoppable — but there are ways landscape architects and other designers can ensure they don’t further contribute to the problem. Instead of creating “shiny new parks” that spur on redevelopment, they can work with existing communities to design public spaces that are “just green enough” and celebrate a community’s diversity. Landscape architecture firms can also create internal ethical policies to ensure they are supporting diversity rather than supplanting it through designed spaces produced in a fundamentally non-democratic way. The most damaging effect of gentrification is...

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AS STATE POLITICIANS RESIST OBAMA’S CLIMATE PLAN, WEST VIRGINIANS BUILD RENEWABLES ANYWAY...

Nov 4, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Mary Hansen, YES! Magazine | Report So far, the state isn’t stepping up to build a solar-powered future. That leaves the bulk of the work to West Virginia’s residents. (Photo: Installing solar panels via Shutterstock) West Virginia’s attorney general, Patrick Morrissey, and attorneys general from 23 other states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration. At issue was the Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030, in an effort to hold off climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency, responsible for enforcing the new rules, has suggested three strategies that states can combine as they see fit to achieve the cuts: make coal-fired power plants more efficient; meet new energy needs with natural gas; and develop renewable sources like wind and...

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INTERVIEW WITH STEVEN NYGREN – ON SERENBE – A FARM TO TABLE COMMUNITY...

Oct 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT   by Jared Green Steven Nygren is the founder of Serenbe, which has won numerous awards, including the Urban Land Institute Inaugural Sustainability Award, the Atlanta Regional Commission Development of Excellence, and EarthCraft’s Development of the Year. You founded Serenbe, a 1,000-acre community in the city of Chattahoochee Hills, which is 30 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. In Serenbe, there are dense, walkable clusters of homes, shops, and businesses, even artists’ studios, modeled like English villages set within 40,000 acres of forest you helped protect. Can you briefly tell me the story of this community? What motivated you to create it? It was a reaction. We purchased 60 acres in a historic farm in 1991 just on a weekend whim while on a drive to show our children farm animals. It seemed...

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THE UNITED STATES UNOFFICIAL RELIGION: THE WAR ON AN IDEA...

Oct 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Abby Martin, teleSUR | Video Report The Empire has a range of weapons to maintain its power: from its courts to its military. But it also has effective ideological weapons. Everyone in the United States knows that “socialist” or “communist” is considered a bad word. How did things get that way? Abby Martin explores the history of anti-communism in the US, and the heavy repression of an idea that became an unofficial...

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HURRICANE KATRINA, THE POLITICS OF DISPOSABILITY, AND THE INSENSITIVITY OF MALCOLM GLADWELL...

Sep 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG   By Henry A. Giroux, CounterPunch     Malcolm Gladwell. (Surian Soosay / CC BY 2.0) This piece first appeared at CounterPunch. Katrina does more than evoke a critical understanding of institutional racism and the politics of racial disposability; it also elicits new and more dangerous justifications for racist policies. For instance, the neoliberal shill Malcolm Gladwell reaches a new low with his piece on Katrina titled Starting Over which was published in The New Yorker. He argues that for many of the 100,000 poor blacks displaced by the storm involuntary displacement was a good thing because it opened up new opportunities for upward mobility for them and provided a model for public policy. When Barbara Bush uttered a similar statement after Katrina, she was condemned roundly in the press for being...

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A WIN FOR PEACE

Sep 2, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Bill Scher  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE The Iran deal will not be scuttled by Congress, now that President Obama has secured the support of enough Senate Democrats to sustain any veto of any attempt to strip Obama of his authority to waive sanctions. It’s a historic win for peace and diplomacy. Unlike military victories, diplomatic wins are rarely cherished contemporaneously and only slightly more so with the passage of time. Jimmy Carter was booted out of the office despite his Herculean efforts to forge the Camp David Accords and his wise decision to relinquish the Panama Canal. We don’t remember Bill Clinton for the Good Friday Agreement, ending 30 years of strife between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We don’t remember what Harry Truman did to establish the United Nations, let alone...

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BERNIE SANDERS: FROM GREECE TO PUERTO RICO, THE FINANCIAL RULES ARE RIGGED TO FAVOR THE 1%...

Aug 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | Video Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders recently convened a panel of economists in Washington to discuss the debt crisis in Greece and throughout the world. In his opening statement, Sanders talked about the debt crisis in Greece as well as in Puerto Rico. “It is time for creditors to sit down with the governments of Greece and Puerto Rico and work out a debt repayment plan that is fair to both sides,” Sanders said. “The people of Greece and the children of Puerto Rico deserve nothing less.” TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We turn to Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, who recently convened a panel of economists in Washington to discuss the debt crisis in Greece as...

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PLAYING THE LONG GAME ON IRAN

Aug 25, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Playing the Long Game on Iran Posted on Aug 24, 2015By David Bromwich, TomDispatch  VIA TRUTHDIG Marie Richie / CC BY-SA 2.0 This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. “We’re going to push and push until some larger force makes us stop.” David Addington, the legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, made that declaration to Jack Goldsmith of the Office of Legal Counsel in the months after September 11, 2001. Goldsmith would later recall that Cheney and Addington were the first people he had ever met of a certain kind: “Cheney is not subtle, and he has never hidden the ball. The amazing thing is that he does what he says. Relentlessness is a quality I saw in him and Addington that I never saw before in my life.”...

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THE DIRTY TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN...

Aug 5, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] REAL NEWS.c0m Daphne Wysham and Chris Williams unravel the contradictions in President Obama’s Clean Energy Plan and his “all of the above strategy” the last seven years that has been less than desirable in curbing catastrophic climate change. –   August 5, 2015 Chris Williams is a long-time environmental activist and author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis. He is chair of the science department at Packer Collegiate Institute and adjunct professor at Pace University, in the Department of Chemistry and Physical Science. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including TruthOut, Z Magazine, Green Left Weekly, Alternet, CommonDreams, ClimateAndCapitalism, ClimateStoryTellers, The Indypendent, Dissident Voice, International Socialist Review, Socialist Worker, and ZNet. He reported from Fukushima in 2011 and was a Lannan writer-in-residence in Marfa, Texas over the summer of...

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JON STEWART BLEW LAST CHANCE TO ASK OBAMA A QUESTION...

Jul 24, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]     By David Swanson  WORLD BEYOND WAR.ORG http://davidswanson.org/node/4841 Jon Stewart interviewed President Obama for the last time and told jokes instead of asking questions. If Stewart retires, where will we find someone willing to let Obama spew nonsense at such length unchallenged? I discussed Obama’s interview on RT on Wednesday, and someone asked me to post the Youtube, but RT has to do that, not me. So here’s the gist of what I think. Stewart said to Obama: you’ve tried bombing and overthrowing leaders and arming rebels and … what’s that new thing … oh yeah, diplomacy. Everybody laughed. Obama talked up the Iran deal. Stewart should have asked Obama a question, such as, “If you prefer diplomacy in this case, why not in many other cases where you seem to prefer...

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THE TEN DIRTIEST POWER COMPANIES IN THE U.S....

Jul 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]  GRIST Duke Energy By Tim McDonnell This story is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Coal-fired power plants are the single biggest driver of global climate change in the United States. That’s why President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is moving quickly to put the finishing touches on a new set of regulations, called the Clean Power Plan, that aim to reduce the nation’s overall carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030 by cracking down on emissions from the energy sector. Unsurprisingly, many power companies — particularly those that rely on coal as their main source of fuel — are crying foul. Recently, one major coal company and a dozen coal-reliant states tried to block the new rules in federal court. (The court decided last month not to hear the challenge, since the rules haven’t yet been...

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THE SIMPLEST EXPLANATION OF THE IRAN DEAL YOU’LL FIND...

Jul 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Igor Volsky & Victoria Fleischer THINK PROGRESS   The 109-page Iran deal is filled with complicated details about how the Persian nation must limit its stockpiles of uranium and plutonium in order to secure sanction relief from the west. We explain it in 60 seconds, using Legos. The West — specifically the United States, the U.K., Russia, China, Germany and France — has long suspected that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and has imposed tough economic sanctions to pressure the Iranian government to abandon this pursuit. This lego wall represents those sanctions, which have significantly isolated Iran and brought it to the negotiating table.   Under the agreement announced on Tuesday, Iran must dramatically reduce its nuclear materials — such that it doesn’t have the uranium and plutonium necessary to make a...

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THESE NEW QUOTES FROM POPE FRANCIS COULD CHANGE THE DEBATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Jun 16, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily Atkin & Jack Jenkins CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP   What is believed to be an Italian-language draft of the pope’s encyclical on the environment leaked yesterday, sending climate and religion journalists scrambling to translate sections of what looks to be the most comprehensive statement on the environment ever produced by the Catholic Church. The Vatican has condemned the leak, and still plans to release the finalized version on Thursday. But in the meantime, ThinkProgress has trolled the internet and consulted with two Italian speakers (who asked not to be named) to muster a few translations of some of the most interesting sections. Here are a few (we’ve included the section numbers, so you can look them up on your own if you want): “Science and religion … can enter into an...

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McKIBBEN TO CLINTON: NOW IT’S REALLY TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Jun 12, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Marc Nozell An Open Letter to the Democratic frontrunner By Bill McKibben   GRIST Dear Secretary Clinton — In your husband’s years in office, the greenhouse effect was still fairly novel science; even eight years ago, when you were first running for president, climate change was not yet really a top-tier issue. In a sense, then, this summer marks the first chance most Americans have to really find out what and how you think about global warming — the challenge that more than any other will color the economic and foreign policy landscape for the years ahead. In hopes you might seize the moment, I offer a few suggestions. So far your rhetoric has been correct but eye-glazing, dominated by phrases like “urgent” and “moral” and “grandchildren” — the words skillful politicians use...

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G7 Leaders Agree On Action To Limit Global Warming To 2 Degrees...

Jun 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Michael Kappeler/Pool Photo via AP   Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed to limit global warming to 2°C at a meeting in Germany on Monday, a feat they hope to accomplish by reducing their carbon emissions, mobilizing $100 billion a year for climate change mitigation, and facilitating more investment in developing nations. “Urgent and concrete action is needed to address climate change,” the declaration from the G7, a group of major world economies, said. “We remain committed to the elimination of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies,” it added. Fossil fuels — primarily for the electricity and transportation sectors — are the leading contributor to human-caused climate change. Last month, the International Monetary Fund released a report stating that fossil fuel subsidies, including both direct financial assistance and...

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CAPITALISM COULD KILL ALL LIFE ON EARTH...

May 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed (Image: Coal smoke via Shutterstock) Are we going to let capitalism destroy life on Earth? According to 99 percent of climate scientists – we’ll know by the end of the century. Scientists have agreed for three decades about what is causing atmospheric temperatures to rise – humans are burning Earth’s carbon resources to fuel economic activity. But even before we knew what was causing the temperature to rise – scientists warned about the dire global impacts of a two degree increase in atmospheric temperatures. Earth’s climate has been basically stable for hundreds of thousands of years. But that changed during the industrial revolution – when Great Britain realized the potential of coal-powered steam engines. Soon continental Europe and the US followed...

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Private Water Industry Says Water Bills “Have to Go Up”...

May 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Morning sunlight spilled through long, narrow windowpanes inside the ballroom of the Francis Marion hotel, located in the heart of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, where dozens of public officials, company executives, attorneys and consultants had gathered to portend the future of the water industry in the Southeast United States. Beyond the region, their discussion was aimed at reimagining the future of the entire country’s water infrastructure needs – including their hopes to move it into private hands. I was the only member of the press present at the Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit, a gathering hosted by the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), “the voice of the private water industry.” Among its top sponsors were American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The NAWC covered the lodging and...

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AARP’S NEW LIVABILITY INDEX...

May 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT   by Jared Green Over the past few years, AARP has become a much more vocal advocate in Washington, D.C. for walkable, affordable communities for seniors, and, well, everyone, but they have recently put the full weight of their 38-million-member organization behind livability, with their new Livable Communities Index, which was announced at the American Planning Association conference in Seattle. Given how powerful AARP is on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures around the country, this is a boost for all of us focused on reducing the real social, economic, and health costs of car-dependent, sprawled-out communities. At all levels, AARP is pushing for policies that support aging in place, which is what their research tells them 80 percent of seniors want to do. AARP argues that a livable community has...

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37 Ways to Reform the Economy So It’s Not Rigged for the Rich, According to Progressive Economists...

May 14, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Unlike the presidential candidates, Joseph Stiglitz, Elizabeth Warren and the Roosevelt Institute offer specifics. By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet Photo Credit: AFP A new report written by scores of progressives economists has laid out an detailed agenda to dismantle, reverse and fix how the laws and policies governing the American economy are rigged to benefit the wealthiest individuals and largest corporoation. The report, “Rewriting The Rules Of The American Economy: An Agenda For Growth and Shared Prosperity,” has just been released by The Roosevelt Institute, where Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio joined its chief economist Joseph Stiglitz at its press conference. “The American economy no longer works for most Americans… What is causing this dysfunction?” the report opens, then answering that question and making dozens of specific law...

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How to break the political silence on the environment...

May 5, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Tom Burke   THE GUARDIAN To get green policies high up on the political platform where they belong, we need to show how they directly affect the economy, the NHS and energy bills that voters and politicians care about How can green policies be made attractive to politicians and voters? Photograph: Guy Harrop/Alamy A YouGov poll published last week found that 40% of voters wanted to hear more about the environment. They also wanted to hear more about education, pensions, foreign affairs and Europe. They have been disappointed. It is too easy to blame this silence on the politicians. Political debate in Britain has largely been reduced to a hermetic conversation between party leaders no-one listens to anymore and editors who confuse news with entertainment. But environmentalists must also take some of the blame....

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‘Charlie Hebdo’ Deserves Its Award for Courage in Free Expression. Here’s Why....

Apr 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Katha Pollitt   THE NATION (Via Creative Commons) When PEN decided to award the first PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award to the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, they surely thought they were honoring bravery in defense of free speech. This was a magazine that kept publishing after its offices were firebombed by Islamists in 2011, and kept publishing after nine staffers were horribly murdered by Islamists in January. Compare that to, say, Yale University Press, which dropped the illustrations for Jytte Clausen’s book about the Danish Mohammed cartoons after the book’s first printing, or Random House, which canceled publication of Sherry Jones’s The Jewel of Medina, a historical novel about Mohammed’s wife Aisha. Both publishing houses cited fears of violence by Muslim extremists. Those fears were not irrational. The...

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8 Dangerous Side Effects of Fracking That the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Hear About...

Apr 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Radon gas, anyone? By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management With the recent confirmation by the U.S. government that the fracking process causes earthquakes, the list of fracking’s deadly byproducts is growing longer and more worrisome. And while the process produces jobs and natural gas, the host of environmental, health and safety hazards continues to make fracking a hot-button issue that evenly divides Americans. To help keep track of all the bad stuff, here’s a roundup of the various nasty things that could happen when you drill a hole in the surface of the earth, inject toxic chemicals into the hole at a high pressure and then inject the wastewater deep underground. But first, let’s take a look at some of the numbers: 40,000: gallons of chemicals used for each fracturing...

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Mandatory Vaccinations an Outrage to California Children – Get Educated!...

Apr 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Casey Coates Danson Read this carefully to scroll down to the 39 mandatory vaccinations your child must endure – most of which are totally unnecessary and some administered to newborns and seriously detrimental to their health.  This is an outrage and the bill needs to be stopped.  See the film “Trace Amounts” for an in-depth on this issue. We all need to get educated and fight this legislation.  Vaccines contain added chemicals that cause autism and other brain altering illness, ADD, OCD, delayed development of speech in children, among other things.   Any other disease deemed important by the department probably has to do with how much money the big pharma companies are paying to get their vaccines mandatory and it’s really not about the health of our children, but the greed...

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