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If you can drag yourself away from pondering why any Republican would join a presidential debate hosted by The Donald, I strongly recommend you spend some time reading the stories that Kossacks in The Daily Durban group are writing and/or republishing about the climate-change talks going on in South Africa last week and this. There are posts by boatsie (her primer is good, too) and Bill McKibben and FishOutofWater and jamess and Citisven and Lefty Coaster and others.
On this date in 2004 at Daily Kos:
One topic that many Kossacks have shown a lot of concern about is the ongoing back-door draft. There are several ways for the government to keep soldiers enlisted past their voluntary service dates. One we've become familiar with is the "stop-loss" policy, which says that members of the military can't go home when their enlistment runs out as long as their unit is still deployed.
It should come as no surprise, then, that eight soldiers from across the country have now filed suit to enjoin this practice: