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Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report

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Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic and irreversible levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S. One word in the latest draft report from the UN ...

6 Ways The Washington Post Could Show It's Serious About Climate Change

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Cheers to the Washington Post for (finally) taking human-caused climate change seriously enough to launch a series of editorials demanding a change in both dialogue and action. Jeers for suggesting the paper will now be “more inclined to take op-eds that challenge” their view that climate science is ...

Have We Reached Peak Kevin?

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In the Guardian today, Paula Cocozza writes about her effort to hunt down the origin of the phrase "peak X." She turned to linguist Mark Liberman, who runs the Language Log blog, but he says it's a hard idiom to track: There is some good news, though. Liberman ...

New Discovery Cuts Brainwashing Time in Half

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In experiments on mice, scientists rewired the circuits of the brain and changed the animals' bad memories into good ones. The rewriting of the memory wasn't done with drugs but by using light to control the activity of brain cells. While science is a long way from achieving a similar feat in people, it adds to a body of research that is starting to uncover the physiological basis of memory. The researchers said they were able to do the opposite as well—change a pleasurable memory in mice into one associated ...

Quote of the Day: Let's Just Drop a Few Bombs and See What Happens

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From Bill Kristol, during an appearance on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham's show, bringing his megawatt analytic powers to bear on the problem of ISIS in Iraq: What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens? I don’t think there’s much in the way of unanticipated side effects that are going to be bad there. You can't make this stuff up. We liberals often accuse folks like Kristol of mindlessly advocating military action all the time, no matter what. But we're exaggerating, aren't ...

Michael Brown's Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them

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As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown's body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. Someone had ...

Scott Brown Sure Posts a Lot of Photos of Himself Working Out

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"Nothing like starting off the morning with a triathlon," tweeted former Sen. Scott Brown on August 10th. The Massachusetts transplant is gearing up for his campaign against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) this fall by literally running for office. He's also biking. And swimming. And hiking. And taking jump ...

White Privilege? What White Privilege?

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Beverly Hills police officials said Tuesday that it was "extremely unfortunate" that officers handcuffed and detained an African American film producer who was in the city to attend a pre-Emmy party. Producer Charles Belk "matched the clothing and physical characteristics" of a suspected bank robber when he was pulled over by officers on Friday evening....“Hey, I was ‘tall,’ ‘bald,’ a ‘male’ and ‘black,’ so I fit the description.” Come on, Charles! Buck up. Mistakes can happen. I'm sure the Beverly Hills PD would have treated a white guy who fit ...

Chart of the Day: The Federal Deficit Is In Pretty Good Shape These Days

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You already know this—don't you?—but just to refresh your memories, here's the latest projection of the federal deficit from the Congressional Budget Office. As you can see, for the entire next decade CBO figures that the deficit will be running at a very manageable 3 percent of GDP,

40 Percent of Restaurant Workers Live in Near-Poverty

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It isn't just fast-food empires that rely on a low-paid, disempowered, and quite-often impoverished workforce. As a stomach-turning new report (PDF viewable here) from the Economic Policy Institute shows, the entire restaurant industry hides a dirty little labor secret under the tasteful lighting of the dining room. • ...

How A New Group Is Helping Nonprofits In West Virginia Get Solar Panels For Just $1

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A church in West Virginia just got 60 panels installed on its roof for $1, thanks to a local group that’s making it easier and cheaper for nonprofits in the state to go solar. At a ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church became the site of the ...

Hawaii's Largest Utility Announces Plan To Triple Rooftop Solar By 2030

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Aiea High is part of a growing number of Hawaii schools harnessing solar energy through photovoltaic systems. Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) on Tuesday announced their intention to triple the amount of rooftop solar in the state, just one part of a plan that the companies say will make ...

Nebraska Candidate For Governor: Keystone XL Is 'A Climate Change Issue'

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chuck Hassebrook speaks in Omaha, Neb., Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, after being endorsed by three former Omaha mayors, including Mike Fahey, right, and Mike Boyle, left. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chuck Hassebrook’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline goes beyond concern for his state: primarily, he’s ...

Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)

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At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers, McConnell laid out his plan for shrinking the federal government and whined about having to vote on minimum wage bills. Last week, in an interview with Politico, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) outlined his plan ...

Another Indiana woman is being charged with feticide after seeking medical help

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A few years after Indiana tried to charge Bei Bei Shuai with feticide after she attempted suicide, the state is now going after another woman for the crime. Purvi Patel went to the ER with vaginal bleeding after delivering a fetus at home. Initially, prosecutors charged Patel with ...

Why We're In A Golden Age of Global Investigative Journalism

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In our world, the news about the news is often grim. Newspapers are shrinking, folding up, or being cut loose by their parent companies. Layoffs are up and staffs are down. That investigative reporter who covered the state capitol—she's not there anymore. Newspapers like the Los Angeles Times,

Scientists Discover Hundreds Of Methane Leaks Bubbling From The Floor Of The Atlantic Ocean

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In what could be a clue to the future effects of climate change, scientists have discovered a huge collection of methane leaks from the ocean floor off the United States’ eastern seaboard. Their work, published Sunday in Nature Geoscience, used a research vessel equipped with sonar to map ...

School Superintendent Asks Female Student To Bend Over During Dress Code Check

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A school superintendent in Noble, Oklahoma allegedly asked a female student to bend over during a dress code check on the first week of school and claimed, “If you’re not comfortable with bending over, we might have a problem.” Students at Noble High School report that the superintendent,

Food Crops Pushed To The Side As Oil Trains Sail Through

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In oil-rich North Dakota, farmers trying to get their crops to market are getting squeezed out of the rail transportation picture. Rail line congestion caused by the oil boom in the Bakken shale oil field of North Dakota and Montana is creating huge backlogs for farmers anxious to ...

This Woman Is Facing Decades In Prison For Going To The Hospital

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A 33-year-old woman from Indiana faces decades in prison after she sought medical attention at a hospital as she was bleeding from a premature delivery. The case is just the latest example illustrating the real-world consequences of the harsh state laws that essentially criminalize pregnancy. According to the ...

Judges Call for Complete Overhaul of 'Looking Glass World' of Immigration Court

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Take everything you think you know about how courts work, throw it out the window, and you’ll get an approximation of the nation’s immigration courts. Those who can’t afford a lawyer have to represent themselves—even if they can’t speak English, have no formal education, or are a child.

U.N. agency to launch plan for warning airlines of risks in conflict zones

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(Reuters) - The United Nations' civil aviation body will launch two pilot projects designed to help airlines and states better share information about risks in conflict zones, the organization said on Tuesday, nearly six weeks after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over Ukraine. The plans were announced at the conclusion of a two-day meeting by the International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) special task force on flights in conflict zones, which has been given the complex task of addressing risks to airliners in conflict zones. The first pilot project will ...

Congressional candidate sends “prevent abortion” condoms to anti-choice group

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Count me as an ardent supporter of Arizona congressional candidate James Woods. When the pro-choice Democrat received a survey from the National Pro-Life Alliance asking him to pledge his support for the “sanctity of life,” he send back a box of condoms that read “prevent abortion“ along with ...

Is Europe's Central Bank Finally Getting Worried About Deflation?

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Brad DeLong notes that Mario Draghi, the head of Europe's central bank, went off text in his speech at Jackson Hole. Here's his summary of Draghi's extended ad-lib: Is this deviation a mere line wobble....Is this deviation an audience effect....Or does it signal a recognition on Draghi's part that the Eurozone is heading for a triple dip, and that if he doesn't assemble a coalition to do much more very quickly to boost aggregate demand we will have to change the name "The Great Recession" to something including the D-word,

ATM Machine Helps Indian Women Quietly Report Sexual Violence Without Going To The Police

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In December, a 16-year-old girl in Calcutta was burned alive. Authorities believe she was targeted as punishment for reporting her gang-rape to the police. Two months earlier, on her way home from the police station after notifying cops about the six men who raped her, she was accosted ...

Obama's Iraq Policy Has Been Pretty Masterly

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I'm not a diehard supporter of Barack Obama's foreign policy. Some of his actions I just plain disagree with: the surge in Afghanistan, the enormous increase in drone use, his almost inhuman patience in putting up with Bibi Netanyahu's nearly open contempt for him. Then there are other ...

ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

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The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide ...

Wyoming Is Thinking About Accepting Medicaid Expansion After All

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Michael Hiltzik passes along the news that Wyoming's governor is the latest traitor to the cause of denying health care to poor people no matter what the cost: The Health Department says Medicaid expansion could save the state $50 million or more if it expands the program, for ...

McConnell Promises Billionaire Donors He Won't Waste Time On ‘Gosh Darn’ Minimum Wage Increases

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At a Koch Brothers-hosted secret strategy conference of right-wing millionaire and billionaire political activists in June, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised that if his party wins control of the United States Senate this November, the Senate will not waste time on things like increasing the minimum ...

Yes, Republicans Really Are Unprecedented in Their Obstructionism

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When we talk about Republican obstruction of judicial nominees in the Senate, the usual way is to look at filibusters and cloture votes. But that can sometimes be misleading, since cloture votes can happen for a variety of reasons. Or we can look at the raw number of ...

Former CEO Calls Executive Pay 'Extreme,' Says Own Pay Was 'Ludicrous'

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David Dillon, the former CEO of the supermarket chain Kroger, told the audience of an Aspen Ideas festival that his pay in his last year on the job, which clocked in at nearly $13 million, “even seems ludicrous to me.” He clarified that the package wasn’t ludicrous when ...

Can This Democrat Win on a No More "Trayvon Martin Tragedies" Platform?

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Could the 2012 killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin prove a deciding factor in an Arizona Democratic congressional primary? Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox certainly hopes so. Seeking to gain an edge over her rival, ex-state Rep. Ruben Gallego, Wilcox's campaign has invoked Martin's shooting and ...

Vivint Solar, Backed by Blackstone, Files For $200M IPO to Install and Finance PV

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Vivint Solar's $200 million IPO registration document appeared in the wee hours this morning and gave a little bit of background on the fast-growing solar installer and financier. Second only to SolarCity as an installer, Vivint Solar could also benefit from the increased access to capital afforded by ...

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Text byFRANCE 24Follow france24_en on twitter With the next round of qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations fast approaching, some matches have already been moved and others are in limbo while some teams have been punished for refusing to play in locations the African Football Confederation (CAF) ...

Kidnapped US journalist freed in Syria

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An American journalist kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago has been freed and handed over to UN representatives. Peter Theo Curtis was freed from captivity on Sunday, after being abducted in Antakya, Turkey, where he planned to enter Syria in October 2012. Footage of the the American ...

The Police Violence We Aren’t Talking About

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Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw worked the evening shift, from four in the afternoon until two in the morning, patrolling the northeastern part of Oklahoma City. Between February and June he allegedly sexually assaulted at least seven women while on duty, including a fifty-seven year old grandmother who says ...

Rams' Chris Long Tweets Perfect Response To ESPN Report On Mike Sam's Showers

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With less than a week to go before NFL teams have to make final preseason roster cuts, Michael Sam is in a heated battle to earn a spot with the St. Louis Rams, the team that drafted him in the seventh round of May’s NFL Draft. ESPN, meanwhile,

Here's the Latest Right-Wing IRS Fantasy

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Here's a great example of the conservative media bubble at work. I was browsing The Corner a few minutes ago and came across a post telling me that the government has, rather astonishingly, acknowledged that it has another backup of Lois Lerner's missing emails. Judicial Watch, which has ...

US Condemnation of Press Restrictions Abroad Is Starting to Look Hypocritical

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Memorial for James Foley, US journalist killed by ISIS, 220 miles north of Baghdad (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here. Just last week, the world watched in ...

High seas tragedies leave more than 300 dead on the Mediterranean in past week

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GENEVA, August 26 (UNHCR) – More than 300 people have died while trying to make irregular sea crossings from North Africa to Europe in the past week, bringing the death toll this year from sinking vesels on the Mediterranean to almost 1,900, including some 1,600 since June. "The ...

Burger King signs deal to buy Canada's Tim Hortons

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(Reuters) - Burger King Worldwide Inc (BKW.N) agreed to buy Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc (THI.N) (THI.TO) in cash and stock to create the third-largest quick service restaurant group with sales of about $23 billion. Tim Hortons shareholders will receive C$65.50 in cash and 0.8025 shares of the new company for every share they own, the companies said in a joint statement. NEW YORK - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, with investors finding few reasons to buy after a rally in the previous ...

CHART: How Many Birds Are Killed By Wind, Solar, Oil, And Coal?

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In response to growing accusations from both conservationists and conservatives that renewable energy sources like solar and wind kill too many birds, U.S. News and World Report has compiled data on which energy industries are responsible for the most bird deaths every year. For each power source — ...

Cutting Carbon Pollution Saves More Money Than It Costs By Making People Healthier

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The health benefits of policies that aim to reduce carbon emissions can more than pay for the costs associated with implementing these policies, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change and completed by researchers from MIT, looked at three different models ...

Zephyr Teachout for Governor of New York

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When Zephyr Teachout announced that she would challenge New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in the September 9 Democratic primary, many observers shrugged off her campaign as an election-season lark. Cuomo had the money, the connections, the power of incumbency and the famous family name, a combination insiders ...

Verizon Announces $40 Million Solar Energy Investment

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The country’s largest wireless carrier is on a mission to also be its greenest. Verizon Wireless Inc. announced on Monday that it will invest $40 million into 10.2 megawatts (MW) of solar power in five states across the country. The solar installations at eight Verizon network facilities in ...

Man Says He Was Detained For 6 Hours Because Police Wouldn't Watch The Video Proving Him Innocent

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Police were looking for a bank robber when they arrested Charles Belk on Friday night. The profile of the suspect was tall, black, and bald. And so is Belk. They were both wearing green shirts. That’s all the information they had. And that’s all the information they deemed ...

This Major Retailer Has Eliminated The Pay Gap Between Women And Men

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American women, on average, make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. But that pay gap disappears at clothing chain The Gap. “[O]n average, women at Gap Inc. are paid at a one-to-one ratio compared to their male counterparts across our organization,” a spokeswoman confirmed for ...

Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States

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Home » Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs » Bureau of Public Affairs » Bureau of Public Affairs: Office of Press Relations » Press Releases » Press Releases: 2014 » Press Releases: August 2014 » Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States The governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the escalation of fighting and violence in and around Tripoli, Benghazi, and across Libya, especially against residential areas, public facilities,

Federal Judge Tries To Make It Easier To Obtain A Murder Weapon In California

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Since 1923, California has had a law requiring people who wish to buy firearms to wait a certain period of time before they could acquire the gun, although the length of this waiting period has varied over the years. Last Friday, however, a federal judge held that many ...

Proof That The Tobacco Industry Is Successfully Turning Teens Into New Smokers

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Public health advocates hope that a new study showing a significant spike in the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers will push the federal government to tighten its proposed regulations of the electronic products. The analysis, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that as ...
 

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