After last week's push to get green energy info on the states I cover to my readers, I am going back to a somewhat lazier approach of writing less and linking more. I'd rather do that than take too long of a break from blogging, but it has been harder to keep up with the newsletter these days. I am hoping things calm down and I can go back to writing more, but if nothing else I can keep highlighting good information, news and links for you all. Let me know if you like this format better or if you prefer I go back to writing more. One of the main things I have dropped for now is updating events sections for local areas since it was time consuming and I am not sure how many people were going to those events. Instead I have left the link to the websites where I found the events and am letting people click through to the source. Same with updating extensive news links in the local sections. Instead I am leaving the links to blogs and only highlighting a handful of key stories. Again, let me know what approach you like better.
Daily Kos had a recent article reviewing the basics of global warming that is worth a read. The time when this should be necessary is long past...and yet we still have global warming deniers with right wing agendas who make it necessary for people to write things like this: Intro to Basic Science of Global Warming
Give it a read...and if you want more, please read the following:
And if you want pretty pictures graphing the actual data, please go here: Reviewing the Blatantly Obvious: A Reminder that Global Warming is all about Scientific Data
Turning to marriage equality, this week Argentina joined the nations who have shown themselves more enlightened and egalitarian than the United States when it approved same-sex marriages. Currently the nations that have legalized same-sex marriage are: Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland and Argentina. Meanwhile, the United States maintains a backward attitude towards homosexuality that is reminiscent of most of Africa and the Middle East. Personally, I don't see why the US is so reluctant to emulate the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Norway, Sweden and Iceland! I should note, interestingly enough, these nations, all of which are capitalist democracies with generally strong economies, also have forms of socialized medicine that provide far better healthcare than we get in the US at a cheaper price. I do not get why American conservatives want America to be a backwards nation.
And here is President Obama slamming Republican Obstructionism:
Here is this week's newsletter:
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Court slaps down BloomKlein on school closings...I cannot understand how Bloomberg thinks closing schools will solve any problems. All it will do is make the remaining schools even MORE over crowded. It makes as little sense as closing hospitals, which does nothing but overburden the surviving hospitals, driving them under.
Bloomberg broke his MTA promises...not surprising. Bloomberg is not known for keeping his promises to lowly citizens like us
Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus
Orange County, CA Focus
Texas Focus: The ad that got the Texas GOP in a Tizzy
A stark comparison between Democrats and Repubs in Texas: Texas GOP and Democratic Platform Comparison
Washington State Focus: State Supreme Court grants review of Goldmark v. McKenna
<span style="font-weight:bold;">Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak Endorses Staunton for District 41A</span>:
Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett: Cruel Republican Distortion About The Unemployed...Jeez, you'd think after Republican policies under Bush CREATED this damned recession Republicans would at least show some sympathy. But I guess they just hate working class and middle class Americans.
Here's something that we need: The Good Jobs Chicago Coalition...and here is video of the Good Jobs Chicago Coalition taking on Wal-Mart:
Another Right Wing Lie Disproven: Noncitizen Voting is Nonexistent, Say Michigan Election Officials...this one was pretty obviously not true. It is astonishing how many right wing extremists believe it.
<span style="font-weight:bold;">Crisanta Duran, Democrat for State Representative in House District 5 in Denver, Colorado:</span>
Arizona Focus: Despite what Conservatives say, Immigrants lower crime rates...this removes one major conservative talking point...and it seems to come from a conservative source!
I don't currently have a horse in the Dem primary here, but this is a race to watch: KS Politician With a Snowball's Chance in Hell of Winning (KS-4)
This is an important race: IA-05: Steve King has got to go...and I'm the guy to beat him!...Steve King is one of the most vile racist Republicans around and getting rid of him should be a top priority.