THE BIGGEST THING A PRESIDENT’S EVER DONE ON CLIMATE IS IN THE HANDS OF 10 JUDGES...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Revisit the history before the Clean Power Plan goes to court. CLIMATE PROGRESS Mountains of coal; wind turbine. CREDIT: FLICKR USER WACKELIJMROOSTER The Obama administration’s biggest action to cut carbon emissions from the power sector will get its biggest test next Tuesday when the full en banc D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. The case will decide whether the EPA violated the law when it finalized its carbon rule — the Clean Power Plan — to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector under the Clean Air Act. This is a significant case, and the D.C. Circuit took the somewhat unprecedented step of having the full court (that’s what en banc means) hear the case instead of the court’s normal three-judge panel — previously scheduled for a hearing last June. This signifies both...

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Dalai Lama Gives Hilarious Trump Impression When Asked to Weigh in on U.S. Presidential Election...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Election 2016 The whole world is watching. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet   Photo Credit: Daily Mail / Twitter Trump’s presidential bid has reached a new height of intrigue worldwide. In fact, even the Dalai Lama is now mocking the U.S. presidential election, specifically Donald Trump. During an interview with Piers Morgan this week, the spiritual leader performed an unexpected, but spot-on impersonation of the 70-year-old American billionaire. “Donald Trump, he’s a very controversial character; have you met Donald Trump?” Morgan asked the famous Buddhist. “Never,” the Dalai Lama said, although he’s willing to visit Trump in the White House, should the nominee become president and invite him. The 81-year-old spiritual leader then proceeded to poke fun at the GOP nominee’s hair and “small” mouth. The Dalai Lama also discussed the current refugee crisis as...

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BATTLING MOTHER NATURE: Why New York probably won’t abandon its waterfront in the face of climate change...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The city can’t surrender its waterfront. But it will have to do something to make it storm-proof. Ben Adler, Grist   FILE – This Dec. 4, 2012, file photo shows the ruins of Breezy Point in the Queens borough of New York where fire burned 130 houses during Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)(Credit: AP) This post initially appeared on Grist Even under the best-case scenarios for climate change, much of New York City will be under water in 100 years. The city would be smart to retreat from its waterfront, according to experts quoted in a recent alarming feature article in New York magazine. But should the city really abandon its coastlines? And, given current political realities, how could it even do so? The article, written by Andrew Rice, suggests that waterfront...

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POLITICIANS ARE PUTTING FOSSIL FUELS AHEAD OF YOUR HEALTH (AGAIN)...

Sep 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Victoria Fleischer   THINK PROGRESS The Clean Power Plan represents America’s most significant action to addressing the growing threat of climate change. And while the need to act is clearer than ever, implementing the plan has proven to be a contentious fight. Announced by the Obama administration in August 2015, the plan is the first national mandate to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. It’s expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Each state has their own emissions goal and can independently determine the best way to reach their target. Yet, 27 states have teamed up with fossil fuel companies to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over the plan. The Supreme Court granted a stay in February, meaning the program is paused until the legal challenges are resolved....

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Army Corp Of Engineers Approves Yet Another ILLEGAL Pipeline Through Endangered Ecosystems...

Sep 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  by Jafari Tishomingo  COUNTER CURRENT NEWS.COM   The U.S Army Corp of Engineers has OK’d the final permits for the Sabal Trail, a pipeline that traverses trough environmentally sensitive parts of north central Florida. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that some 1,200 acres would be destroyed or impacted during construction. Later, the agency changed that projection to less than 900 acres.Then the EPA changed their minds again and dropped significant environmental concerns over the project that included whether the potential for sinkholes and damage to the aquifer had been downplayed by Sabal Trail and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In some cases, the EPA claimed impacts to wetlands are considered temporary and by temporary meaning it could only 50 years to revegetate. The complete Sabal Trail project will be a $3.2 billion,...

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WARREN DEMANDS INVESTIGATION INTO OBAMA’S FAILURE TO JAIL THE BANKSTERS...

Sep 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democracy & Government “I can think of no matter of ‘intense public interest’ about which ‘the American people deserve the details’ than the issue of what precisely happened to the criminal referrals that followed the 2008 crash.” By Lauren McCauley BILL MOYERS.COM. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in April, 2015. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) This post originally appeared at Common Dreams. Though President Barack Obama is set to leave office in matter of months, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is not willing to let him go without a full explanation as to why his administration refused to jail the Wall Street banksters behind the 2007-08 financial crisis. In a letter sent to Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general Michael Horowitz on Sept. 15, the progressive firebrand demanded an investigation into why the DOJ refused to...

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WHAT OBAMA’S CLIMATE LEGACY TELLS US ABOUT EXECUTIVE POWER...

Sep 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Bill Scher  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE President Barack Obama recently sat with the New York Times to discuss his legacy on climate, and was asked about his failure to enact legislation to cap greenhouse emission. He responded: “Here, in 2016, we’ve actually achieved more carbon emissions [reduction] that we would have under the cap-and-trade bill that … went down in [Congress].” This is correct, though more context is needed. The cap-and-trade bill that passed the House but never reached the Senate floor aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, from their level in 2005, 3 percent by 2012 and 17 percent in 2020. If those reductions were steady, there would have been a 6.5 percent cut by 2014. Blocked by Congress, Obama leveraged executive power. For example, vehicle fuel-efficiency standards have been raised. Stricter...

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BREAKING: Obama Will Go to Jail for Treason IMMEDIATELY if Rand Paul is Right!...

Sep 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] U.S. DAILY NEWS Well guys, Rand Paul may not have a shot in hell of being President after what Trump did to him, but that’s not gonna stop him from taking President Obama down with him! Senator Paul actually had the balls to challenge Obama’s newest plan to support Islamic terrorists byselling $1.15 BILLION worth of US weapons to Saudi Arabia! Paul organized a group of Senators to challenge the president’s plan by declaring it a“disaster and an escalation of an ongoing arms race in the region.” Apparently, that scared the PI$$ out of Obama so much that he sicked Wolf Blitzer and CNN on Rand. Anyone with half a brain knows how dangerous Saudi Arabia is. Hell, they funded 9/11. But when Rand Paul went on CNN to discuss his stance, Blitzer...

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The right’s war on college: “Starving the Beast” exposes the fight to destroy America’s great public universities...

Sep 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Why does college cost so much? Because the far right is trying to undermine or privatize state universities Andrew O’Hehir SALON.COM Scott Walker; Rick Perry (Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin/Reed Saxon/photo montage by Salon) Anyone who attended one of Bernie Sanders’ rallies during the Democratic primary campaign knows what the central issue was behind his call for “political revolution.” There was one unifying factor that drove Sanders’ unexpected groundswell of support, and that crystallized all the themes of economic inequality and social injustice he repeated in stump speech after stump speech. Not by coincidence, it was also the most prominent issue on which Hillary Clinton ultimately felt compelled to move almost all the way to Sanders’ position, after repeatedly insisting that she disagreed with him. That issue was the cost of a college degree, perhaps...

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13 Academics Who Have Become Shills for Corporate Giants in the Food, Agrochemical and Fossil Fuel Industries...

Sep 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Investigations Mounting evidence reveals that corporations are buying science and support from university professors. By Lorraine Chow / AlterNet Secretly exchange of money between business person Photo Credit: alphaspirit/Shutterstock There’s nothing new or unusual about corporate and academic collaboration. IBM, for instance, has partnered with universities around the country since the 1940s to support computer science education. This relationship is mutually beneficial both for the tech giant and the institutions sponsored. IBM’s grant dollars provide welcome funding for research and equipment for students, all while fostering a new class of computer scientists and engineers. University-business partnerships, however, require a careful balance. Take the tobacco industry. According to a 2012 study by Harvard professor Allan Brandt, cigarette makers all but invented the concept of industry-academic conflicts of interest. Since the 1950s, cigarette companies have sought...

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Weed is our friend: 4 reasons why legalizing marijuana could solve some of America’s biggest problems...

Sep 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] If legalization is your state’s ballot this year, make you vote count Desirae Hoover, AlterNet   This Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, photograph, shows the logo on the front of jars of marijuana buds marketed by rapper Snopp Dogg in one of the LivWell marijuana chain’s outlets south of downtown Denver. LivWell grows the Snoop pot alongside many other strains on its menu. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)(Credit: AP) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. For a few years now Americans have disputed on the legalization of cannabis, also known as marijuana. Recreational cannabis is legal in four states: Oregon, Colorado, Alaska and Washington state. This November, five states will vote to legalize recreational cannabis: California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada. We’ve heard all the research and the majority of adults will admit to having tried...

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Mission impossible: What the U.S. military doesn’t know (and neither do you)...

Sep 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Keeping track of U.S. Special Ops in Africa Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Sometimes the real news is in the details — or even in the discrepancies. Take, for instance, missions by America’s most elite troops in Africa. It was September 2014. The sky was bright and clear and ice blue as the camouflage-clad men walked to the open door and tumbled out into nothing. One moment members of the U.S. 19th Special Forces Group and Moroccan paratroopers were flying high above North Africa in a rumbling C-130 aircraft; the next, they were silhouetted against the cloudless sky, translucent green parachutes filling with air, as they began to drift back to earth. Those soldiers were taking part in a Joint Combined Exchange Training, or JCET mission, conducted under the...

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NBC’s wasted opportunity: The “Commander-in-Chief” forum was a complete bust...

Sep 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fielded inane national security questions with few follow-ups from Matt Lauer Simon Maloy SALON.COM Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with ‘Today’ show co-anchor Matt Lauer at the NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum held at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier Intrepid, New York, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)(Credit: AP) On Wednesday night, NBC hosted something they called the “Commander-in-Chief Forum.” It was a back-to-back set of interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that, in the hands of a capable and incisive interviewer with a firm grasp of national security issues, might have provided us with a rigorous public examination of the two presidential candidates’ qualifications to serve as the civilian commander of our armed forces. But we didn’t get that....

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Look Again: The day’s most compelling images from around the globe...

Sep 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Fascinating world views from riots in Caracas to the Dorner Platz of Vienna VIDEO Salon Staff Look Again is a daily series presenting the best photographs of the previous 24 hours, curated and written by Salon’s writers and editors.   Sao Paulo, Brazil   Nacho Doce/Reuters A demonstrator attacks the Folha newspaper office during a protest against Brazil’s new President Michel Temer The commodity boom funded the success of Latin America’s “pink tide.” Today, plummeting prices are causing big problems for cash-strapped leftist governments throughout the region. In Brazil, the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, widely condemned as a coup, has solidified interim-president Michel Temer’s hold on power. But Temer is extremely unpopular, and that unpopularity is a reminder that the left’s troubles in the region will not necessarily deliver the right...

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Pipeline protests: The fight goes on against project that could jeopardize Native lands in the Midwest...

Aug 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The pipeline will cross hundreds of rivers, creeks and tributaries, potentially compromising water supplies VIDEO Alli Joseph   SALON.COM Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota participate in a rally to protect water and land from the Dakota Access Pipeline, August 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Getty/Alex Wong) Kayla Lookinghorse-Smith set out from New York to Washington, D.C. late Tuesday night, driving six hours to attend her first protest on the East Coast against the looming Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.78 billion, 1,100-mile oil project being built by a group of firms led by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Her two young sons, 19 months and 5 years old, slept in the backseat. “I didn’t know what to expect,” she said, as she drove into the early morning hours. “I just knew that I...

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Mothers fighting Chicago gun violence one block at a time...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Sher Watts Spooner  DAILY KOS Tamar Manasseh started a mothers’ community group to combat gun violence in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. A year later, there hasn’t been one shooting on the block where the group is active. RSS REBLOGGED BY Daily Kos Barriers and Bridges Support the Dream Defenders DK GreenRoots Protest Music Street Prophets DKOMA Subversive Agitation Team Action Network Chicago Kossacks Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism Daily Kos Liberation League It’s no secret that gun violence on Chicago’s South and West sides has reached horrific proportions. This is the story of how one mother organized a group to fight back. The neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side, where Tamar Manasseh grew up, has high crime rates. A year ago, a friend trying to break up a fight...

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Dr. Brian Hooker: Father of Vaccine-damaged Child and His Relentless Pursuit to Expose Fraud at the CDC...

Aug 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Health Impact News Editor Comments A top researcher employed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has come forward as a whistle-blower, confessing to his participation in actively covering up data that clearly links vaccines to autism. (See: CDC Whistleblower: CDC Covered Up MMR Vaccine Link to Autism in African American Boys) This is not a story the mainstream media (MSM) will be able to ignore for long. However, the MSM is heavily funded by the pharmaceutical industry, and the pharmaceutical industry has their appointed spokespersons on all of the major networks. The pharmaceutical industry is well-funded. They are perhaps the richest and most powerful group in the world here in the 21st Century. They will fight back and spin this story as best they can – you can be sure of it....

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Native Activist Winona LaDuke: Pipeline Company Enbridge Has No Right to Destroy Our Future...

Aug 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Indigenous Native American Natural Gas & Oil Drilling Environment Guests Winona LaDukeNative American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. In North Dakota, more than a thousand indigenous activists from different tribes have converged at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, where protesters are blocking construction of the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Protesters say the pipeline would threaten to contaminate the Missouri River, which provides water not only for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, but for millions of people downstream. For more, we are joined by Winona LaDuke, Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. TRANSCRIPT This is a...

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Zika 201—The CDC Report

Aug 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  | Best in Video This is the paper the CDC is using to claim that Zika causes birth defects. It has been cited as proof in The New York Times. It has been cited as proof in The Washington Post. It has been cited as proof in thousands of other news outlets. This paper is being used to allocate hundreds of millions [of dollars] in research. This paper is being used to support accelerated vaccine development. This paper is being used to justify carpet-bombing southern Florida with pesticides. It is being used to rationalize the release of genetically modified mosquitoes. It was published in The New England Journal of Medicine as a “Special...

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BRAZILIANS USE OLYMPICS TO DELIVER CLIMATE MESSAGE...

Aug 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT  Jared Green 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony / NBC The estimated 3.3 billion people who watched the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, saw a beautiful and compelling case for fighting climate change. Brazil, which is to critical to global efforts, given its stewardship of the Amazon rainforest, decided to use its big moment on the global stage to make the message clear: climate change will impact us all, and we must all do something, even if it’s simply planting a tree. In the beginning of the ceremony, the Amazon was depicted as the great web of life, a multi-layered network, which is really how a forest functions, according to biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus (see image at top). We then see dancers from the indigenous tribes...

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Vaccine Court Stats on Injuries and Deaths Betray Government’s Position on Vaccine Safety...

Aug 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News Every day, people in the United States are being injured and killed by vaccines. This is a fact that is not in dispute, as the Department of Justice’s quarterly report on vaccine injuries and deaths clearly demonstrates. And yet, the government’s official public statement about vaccines is that they are safe and effective, and should be mandated for all people. Any opinion or presentation of facts to contradict their position is vigorously suppressed and censored all in the name of “public health” for the “greater good.” The American public is largely unaware that there is a vaccine court known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). This program was started as a result of a law passed in 1986 that gave pharmaceutical companies total legal immunity from being...

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THIS TECH COULD MAKE WATER SHORTAGES A THING OF THE PAST...

Aug 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Infographics Videos Getty In Brief It’s no secret that there is a rather serious issue on our planet: Water. Droughts are plaguing a number of societies around the world. However, solutions appear to be on the horizon. As the droughts in California continue to intensify and summer temperatures soar around the globe (well, at least part of it), water conservation efforts are at the forefront of our minds. As everyone knows, water is the most important resource in the world. We use water for just about everything, from agriculture to industrial purposes, and of course, for the most obvious purpose: Hydration. Even though water is an essential building block for life, about 700 million people currently lack access to clean, safe water. And ironically some of these people live near immense bodies of...

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Response to Rubella Vaccine in Somali and Black Children Suggests MMR Vaccine and Autism Connection...

Jul 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Watch this video: Now read this article. Somali Americans develop twice the antibody response to rubella from the current vaccine compared to Caucasians in a new Mayo Clinic study on individualized aspects of immune response. A non-Somali, African-American cohort ranked next in immune response, still significantly higher than Caucasians… Now… read this article. “This study validates the concerns of the Somali community in Minneapolis,” comments epidemiologist Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks associate director for public health research. “There may be factors that put Somali-American children at higher risk of autism and autism with intellectual disability,” he says. “Or these findings may reflect better autism awareness and detection within this tight-knit community. We need to explore these possibilities, and that takes further research.” Yes. It does take further research. Or DOES IT??? Let’s review. Somali...

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LA TIMES: Judge Finds Merck Lied In Patent Trial, Overturns $200-Million Verdict...

Jul 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Erin Elizabeth – HEALTH NUT NEWS These days, the public doesn’t have a very high opinion of drug manufacturers. And it seems that there may now be yet another reason to be angry: federal Judge Beth Labson Freeman of San Jose has found that Merck & Co. lied to a business partner and to the court itself (I’m sure no one is surprised). Just this week, Judge Freeman threw out a patent infringement judgment Merck had won against Gilead Sciences, and overturned a $200-million jury award in the case. Merck says it will appeal the judge’s ruling. This is a big deal for Merck and involves one of the most profitable drugs on the market today — the Sovaldi treatment (made by Gilead) for the hepatitis C virus. Merck’s misconduct includes lying, misusing Pharmasset’s confdential information,...

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Poised and Confident, Hillary Clinton’s DNC Speech Lays Out a Progressive Agenda...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] After a week of snubs, their grassroots revolution is acknowledged. By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet   Photo Credit: Hillary 2016 campaign – Twitter Hillary Clinton made history in more ways than one in Philadelphia. By Tuesday, she was the first woman nominated by a major political party. On Wednesday, President Obama wholeheartedly passed her the leadership baton. Before she took the stage Thursday, mainstream media was calling the Democratic National Convention a great success, while the TV ratings at the DNC have exceeded the GOP’s overall. And then Clinton gave a poised and clear-eyed speech accepting the nomination and presenting a very progressive agenda. And, in a manner unmatched by any previous speaker on the previous three nights, Clinton thanked Sanders for his campaign, thanked his supporters for their energy, and invited them...

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How an Indigenous Community Is Boosting Crop Productivity While Conserving the Rainforest (Video)...

Jul 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment “We are reforesting and restoring the land so that our grandchildren and our children have a future.” By Laura Jamison / Rainforest Alliance   VIA ALTERNET naranjilla fruit Photo Credit: Rainforest Alliance In the Napo province of Ecuador, the Kichwa people have been cultivating naranjilla—a citrus fruit that looks like a tomato but tastes like a blend of lime and rhubarb—and selling it informally in markets across the country for many years. In fact, naranjilla production has been the primary cash crop for indigenous Kichwa communities in the Hatun Sumaco parish. Unfortunately, naranjilla has also been the primary driver of deforestation in the area—and thus directly contributing to climate change. Without direct access to markets, the Kichwa had traditionally sold their harvests to middlemen, who promoted dangerous quantities of highly toxic, red-listed pesticides...

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WATCH: Bill Nye Answers the Looming Question About Juno...

Jul 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment Here is what powers NASA’s Juno spacecraft. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet   The launch of NASA’s Juno spacecraft naturally has astrophysicists and other science aficionados cheering. It also has a lot of people scratching their heads wondering how such wonders are possible. Bill Nye has the answers about how NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which arrived at Jupiter today, uses light from the sun to keep running. “Three solar rays take light and convert it directly into electricity,” Nye, the “science guy” explained. “A little motor is powered by a solar panel also. When we turn it to the light, the motor starts to run.” As you might expect, Nye added, moving farther from the source of light means “less and less electricity to drive the motor.” And the energy required to...

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ISLAMIC STATE’S AMBITIONS AND ALLURE GROW AS TERRITORY SHRINKS...

Jul 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Politics THE WASHINGTON POST A man lights a candle on flowers he placed near the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where 20 hostages were slaughtered on Friday. (AFP/Getty Images) By Carol Morello and Joby Warrick July 4 at 10:20 AM Massacres attributed to the ­Islamic State have struck on four continents this year, reflecting how the appeal of the group’s ideology is growing even as the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria has receded, according to experts. The slaughter of civilians in three large attacks in the past week alone — in Istanbul on Tuesday, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, and in Baghdad on Sunday — suggests that militant actions beyond the caliphate’s borders are taking place more frequently and not necessarily with any overt direction from some caliphate headquarters. Even...

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Elizabeth Warren’s Kick-Ass Speech Tells It Like It Is: What Should Hillary Do?...

Jul 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Heading into the Democratic Convention, the senator from Massachusetts offers the best analysis of our failed monopolistic economy. By Don Hazen / AlterNet   Elizabeth Warren speaking at Carroll Manor, Takoma Park, Maryland, April 21, 2012 Photo Credit: Edward Kimmel/Flickr CC In the Sanders/Clinton battle for the presidential nomination, Elizabeth Warren stayed on the perimeter.  She wasn’t quiet, that’s for sure. But she was the only woman in the Senate not to endorse Hillary, no doubt frustrating many women. She didn’t endorse Bernie, either, making many in the Bern crowd angry. She was threading the needle, as few can do. Warren has now embraced Hillary, which seems appropriate, and is campaigning aggressively with her. This is accompanied by considerable speculation about whether Hillary has the vision, and perhaps the chutzpah, to step out of...

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