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Nothing Matters

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2 mentions9 hours ago
How are you? Feeling good? Feeling spry? Eager for 2015? Ready to give it your all? Make it the year when it all finally happens? When the stars align and you take those ideas in your mind and that ambition in your belly and match them with piss ...

Faced With Melting Ice, The NHL Is Going Carbon Neutral

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5 mentions5 hours ago
Cold weather is necessary to continue annual NHL events like the Winter Classic, the league highlighted in an environmental report released earlier this year. On Thursday, the professional ice hockey league said it would buy enough renewable energy credits to completely offset its carbon footprint during the 2014-2015 ...

Australian Prime Minister Says Repealing The Carbon Tax Was Best Thing He Did For Women This Year

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7 mentions5 hours ago
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made no secret of his disdain for taking action against climate change. Before buckling to international pressure earlier this month and contributing to the Green Climate Fund, a global mechanism to fund clean energy development, he’d done nothing but rollback regulations and ...

New Mexico's Largest Utility Wants To Charge Solar Owners Up To $30 A Month

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6 mentions9 hours ago
Earlier this month, PNM, New Mexico’s largest electricity provider, proposed a distributed solar generation fee that could cost new solar installers $30 a month to connect to the grid. PNM considers the fee to be part of a greater “fairness issue” in which customers with rooftop solar systems ...

The 10 Worst Environment And Climate Media Fails Of 2014

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5 mentions9 hours ago
John Coleman, a co-founder of The Weather Channel, tells Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that global warming is a hoax. This year was a big one for environment and climate news. America moved to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants for the first time. China entered into a ...

269 Sunken Turbines To Make Scotland Home To World's Largest Tidal Farm

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6 mentions6 hours ago
The world’s largest tidal energy project, capable of powering nearly 175,000 homes in the U.K. with 400 megawatts of power, will break ground next month in northeast Scotland. Atlantis, majority owner of the MeyGen project, announced that its flagship project had met all the conditions required to start ...

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

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2 mentions7 hours ago
I'm going to keep things simple this year: Mother Jones is great! You already know that if you subscribe to the magazine (which you should) or if you read this blog. But no single source of funding can support what we do, so we rely on multiple sources.

Tonight will be the longest night in the history of Earth

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12 mentions1 day ago
Today, you might already know, is the winter solstice. That means for people living in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the longest night of the year. At any location in the Northern Hemisphere, in other words, tonight's period of darkness will be slightly longer than any other, ever — at least, since the planet started spinning right around the time it was first formed some 4.5 billion years ago. The reason is that the rotation of the Earth is slowing over time. Every year, scientists estimate, the length of a day ...

Jim Webb Wants to Be President. Too Bad He's Awful on Climate Change.

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8 mentions5 hours ago
Hillary Clinton may be dominating every poll of potential Democratic hopefuls for the White House, but some progressives are desperate to find a candidate who will challenge her from the left. Groups have sprung up to encourage Elizabeth Warren to take a stab at the nomination, but with ...

Someone Needs to Invent a Great Non-Opioid Painkiller

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2 mentions10 hours ago
Opioids now cause more deaths than any other drug, more than 16,000 in 2010. That year, the combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen became the most prescribed medication in the United States. Patients here consumed 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone, the opioid in Vicodin. They also consumed 80 ...

This Is the Stupidest Anti-Science Bullshit of 2014

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8 mentions6 hours ago
2014 had its fair share of landmark scientific accomplishments: dramatic cuts to the cost of sequencing a genome; sweeping investigations of climate change impacts in the US; advances in private-sector space travel, and plenty more. But there was also no shortage of high-profile figures eager to publicly and ...

There Is No Higher Ed Bubble. Yet.

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2 mentions11 hours ago
Is there a higher-education bubble? Will technology produce cheaper, better alternatives in the near future? Are kids and parents finally figuring out that if Bill Gates can drop out of Harvard and become the richest man in the world, maybe an Ivy League degree isn't actually worth 50 ...

When Will China Finally Get Tired of Propping Up North Korea?

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2 mentions12 hours ago
The United States might not have much leverage over North Korea, but China does. Virtually all of North Korea's external trade is with China, and Chinese support is pretty much all that keeps North Korea from collapsing. This means that when the United States wants to pressure Pyongyang,

The myth of the ‘educational’ toy

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2 mentions10 hours ago
Go ahead and buy that touch-screen toy for your kid. But don’t do it because you think it’s “educational.” It’s not, say researchers. Touch-screen toys now outrank all others for frequency of play by children under 12, according to a study by the Michael Cohen Group.They beat dolls ...

Soundtrack for a Police-Brutality Protest

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6 mentions3 hours ago
The sun was setting as the Millions March began to disperse in downtown Oakland, California. Thousands of people had taken to the streets throughout the day to show solidarity and outrage over the slew of high-profile killings of unarmed African Americans by police. With coordinated marches held around ...

Despite Tragedy, Police Deaths Have Been Trending Down

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16 mentions11 hours ago
As officials continue to investigate yesterday's tragic killing of two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, details have surfaced about the suspect, 28 year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly shot a woman in Baltimore before traveling to New York. Anti-police posts he appears to have published on ...

North Korea's internet links restored: U.S. monitoring company

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - North Korea's internet links have been restored, but it is not clear how stable they are, the U.S.-based internet monitoring company Dyn said on Tuesday. "The question for the next few hours is whether it will return to the unstable fluctuations we saw before the ...

Joe Cocker, raspy-voiced British singer, dies at 70

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3 mentions2 hours ago
1 of 5.British singer Joe Cocker speaks after receiving the trophy for Category 'lifetime achievement award music' during the 48th Golden Camera award ceremony in Berlin, February 2, 2013. (Reuters) - Joe Cocker, whose distinctive raspy voice and soulful musical renditions made him a favorite of his peers ...

Exclusive: Senate Republican leader McConnell opposes Obama on Cuba

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2 mentions3 hours ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers could take to try to rein in the new policy. Interviewed by Reuters, McConnell also said that he and Obama ...

Exclusive: U.S. Senate Republican leader McConnell opposes Obama on Cuba

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2 mentions4 hours ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers could take to try to rein in the new policy. In an interview with Reuters, McConnell also said that he and ...

As the Semester Ends, the Student Movement for Black Lives Turns Up

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3 mentions2 hours ago
Campus-oriented news, first-person reports from student activists and journalists about their campus. This post is part of The Nation’s biweekly student movement dispatch. As part of the StudentNation blog, each dispatch hosts first-person updates on student and youth organizing. In the previous dispatch, December 11, ten people submitted ...

Women at the forefront of #BlackLivesMatter protests

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3 mentions5 hours ago
Feministing is a labor of love and all our staff has other full-time jobs to support their work on the site. Your donation is much appreciated, and much needed. If you’ve been paying attention to who’s been behind the scenes of much of the action in the aftermath ...

Exclusive: American Apparel takeover offer far too low - source

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2 mentions6 hours ago
(Reuters) - American Apparel's board believes a bid by Irving Place Capital to buy the retailer for up to $1.40 per share is far too low and any takeover offer should be "several multiples" higher, a source familiar with the board's thinking said. While the board has yet ...

A not-so-holly jolly Christmas review

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2 mentions8 hours ago
Pope Francis leads a special audience for Vatican employees and their families at the Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi Stressed about your year-end review at work? It could be worse. During his annual Christmas meeting with top administrators, the Pope took Vatican ...

Slimy Baltimore FOX Affiliate Caught Faking "Kill a Cop" Protest Chant

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17 mentions5 hours ago
Last night, Baltimore's WBFF aired a video of protesters chanting "kill a cop"– evidence, it claimed, of murderously violent rhetoric on the part of anti-brutality protesters in Washington, D.C. The only problem? The protesters weren't chanting "kill a cop" at all, and there's video evidence to prove it.

Cuban Oil May Prove A Boon For U.S. Companies

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5 mentions1 day ago
With diplomatic relations warming between the U.S. and Cuba, oil and gas companies may train their sights on what’s off Cuba’s coast — large oil reserves. Right now Cuba produces just over 50,000 barrels per day of oil and relies on Venezuela for around another 100,000 bpd. However ...

The NYPD Shooter Had A History Of Mental Health Issues And Violence Against Women

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5 mentions8 hours ago
A New York City police officer looks over a makeshift memorial near the site where fellow officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered Ismaaiyl Brinsely, the man who killed two New York City police officers execution style before taking his own life, struggled with unaddressed mental health ...

Let's Blame Conservatives For All the Killings They're Responsible For

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7 mentions1 day ago
Via Atrios, here is America's-mayor-for-life Rudy Giuliani commenting on the killing of two New York City police officers yesterday by a deranged gunman: “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News on ...

Justine Sacco Is Good at Her Job, and How I Came To Peace With Her

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13 mentions2 days ago
The internet is a mountain, and if you climb that mountain, waiting for you at the top will be person with whom you need to make peace. I climbed my mountain and a woman named Justine Sacco was there. One year ago today, Justine Sacco was the global ...

Listen to Our Favorite Podcasts of 2014

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6 mentions10 hours ago
Jigar Shah gets angry, Katherine Hamilton gets wonky and Stephen Lacey tries to hold it all together. No, they're not referring to our podcast, The Energy Gang. They're talking about the show Serial, a 12-part series reexamining a murder conviction from 1999. The popularity of the series has ...

Senator Claims Ferguson Protesters, Criticism Of Police Caused NYC Cop Killing

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4 mentions11 hours ago
A Republican senator attributed the assassination-style killing of two NYC police officers to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Appearing on KMBZ in Kansas City on Monday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) speculated that criticism of police tactics from his own constituents in ...

A Startling Admission By The Ferguson Prosecutor Could Restart The Case Against Darren Wilson

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27 mentions23 hours ago
Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch admitted that he presented evidence he knew to be false to the grand jury considering charges against Darren Wilson. In an interview with radio station KTRS on Friday, McCulloch said that he decided to present witnesses that were “clearly not telling the truth” to ...

Arizona Utilities Get Approval to Own Rooftop Solar

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6 mentions12 hours ago
Arizona regulators gave the state’s two largest utilities a green light to enter the residential solar market last week, a move that allows regulated utilities to compete directly against third-party installers. The decision could be the start of a trend for rate-based rooftop solar as regulated utilities around ...

Police Unions Hated Giuliani & Bloomberg Too

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8 mentions3 hours ago
Hours after two NYPD officers were shot dead in their patrol car on Saturday, a memo attributed to the city's largest police union urged its 23,000 active members to not write any summonses or make any arrests unless "absolutely necessary." "We have, for the first time in a ...

How The Knights Of Columbus Bankroll America's Social Conservative Movement

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2 mentions11 hours ago
In 1882, a group of Catholic men gathered together by New Haven, CT pastor Father Michael J. McGivney incorporated an organization to provide for the families of its deceased members. More than 125 years later, the Knights of Columbus boasts of more than 1.8 million members and of ...

The Government Bailouts Just Ended, With Billions In Profit

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2 mentions13 hours ago
On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had sold its remaining shares of Ally Financial, the former financing subsidiary of General Motors, for $1.3 billion, effectively ending the auto and bank bailouts it began under President George W. Bush in 2008. The government also announced that ...

CPV Hopeful Soitec Latest Victim of the Economics of Silicon Photovoltaics

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3 mentions5 hours ago
Disappearing contracts put CPV developer Soitec and its San Diego factory in a slow-motion death spiral. When we reported last month that France's Soitec was among the last companies standing in concentrating photovoltaics (CPV), we might have spoken too soon. Reports indicate that Soitec's CPV factory in San ...

NYPD Union President Patrick Lynch Is Completely Nuts: A History

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11 mentions3 hours ago
Patrick Lynch is the 51-year-old president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest and most influential union of the New York City Police Department. You might recognize his name: Over the weekend, Lynch blamed Bill de Blasio for the Saturday deaths of two Brooklyn cops who were murdered ...

Photojournalist Shawkan describes “endless nightmare” from behind bars

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Photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zied, also known as Shawkan, re-affirmed his innocence, saying “I am a photojournalist, not a criminal”, in an open letter he sent from prison on Saturday.(Photo from Freedom for Shawkan) Photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zied, also known as Shawkan, re-affirmed his innocence, saying “I am a ...

California Still Needs 11 Trillion Gallons Of Water To End Its Drought

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In this Dec. 12, 2014, file photo, Madison Gardner, 4, left, and her brother Mason, 3, play on flooded Wohler Road near a vineyard in Forestville, Calif. Recent storms have eased California’s decade-long drought somewhat, but state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse ...

Eric Garner's Daughter Offers Support to Families of Slain NYPD Officers

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6 mentions4 hours ago
Emerald Garner, whose father Eric died after police used a choke hold on him during an arrest, came to the New York City Police Memorial today to express her condolences following the deaths of two NYPD officers who were gunned down over the weekend. "I just had to ...

This is the kind of climate bill Congress should pass (but won’t)

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2 mentions8 hours ago
The Senate’s two leading climate hawks, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, are pushing a bill that would make the U.S.’s climate policy rational and coherent. The climate-denying Republicans controlling Congress won’t pass it, of course, but it’s important to keep the conversation going.

More than one in 10 of England's wildlife sites 'lost since 2009'

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8 mentions14 hours ago
Wildlife Trusts says monitoring of ancient woodlands, hedgerows and churchyards shows 717 have been lost or damaged between 2009 and 2013 More than one in 10 of England’s Local Wildlife Sites have been lost or damaged in the last five years, conservationists say. Monitoring of 6,590 of the ...

Eric Garner’s Stepdad: NYPD Killed Him Because He ‘Filed Charges Against Them’

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4 mentions8 hours ago
Much of the public has been told that Eric Garner’s death was racial and triggered either by his past of selling cigarettes illegally or possibly breaking up a fight.But one source is revealing that Staten Island police killed Garner because they had a personal “vendetta” against him, not ...

(2014/12/22) Man shoots girlfriend and kills two NYPD officers, PBA head Pat Lynch says De Blasio and anti-police brutality protesters have ‘blood on their hands’

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3 mentions9 hours ago
Episode #1147: Allison and Jamie discuss Ismaaiyl Brinsley shooting his girlfriend and killing two NYPD officers, PBA head Pat Lynch’s statement that Mayor de Blasio and anti-police brutality protesters have “blood on their hands, the mysterious “wartime” memo that first included Lynch’s name (only to be removed later ...

We waste a lot of dollars on unnecessary medical care

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It is well known that Medicare expenditures threaten the financial solvency of the U.S. government. And it is pretty well agreed upon that some of our Medicare spending goes towards wasteful medical care. But which medical care is wasteful and how much is such care costing us?A study ...

Appeals court strikes down NC ultrasound narration requirement

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Richmond, Va. — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday declared as unconstitutional a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound and describe the images in detail four hours before she can have an abortion. The decision upholds a lower-court ruling ...

Hundreds Are Trapped in Enclaves in the Central African Republic

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Hundreds of Muslims are trapped in enclaves in atrocious conditions in the Central African Republic, fearing attacks if they leave and blocked from fleeing abroad by the interim government, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW). “Those trapped in some of the enclaves face a grim choice: leave and face ...

New York Times calls for Cheney, Bush officials to be investigated and prosecuted for torture

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In a blistering editorial published in the Monday edition of the New York Times, the editorial page editors are calling upon the Justice Department to open an investigation into the torture practices committed during the administration of President George W. Bush with an eye towards prosecuting those who ...

Dontre Hamilton case: Former officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting

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MILWAUKEE -- A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in a downtown park in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in an emailed press release that ...

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