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|FIFA: The Lunacy Continues
|Rick Santorum to Pope Francis: 'Leave science to the scientist'
|The cost of police brutality—some Michigan home owners to pay $179 each for brutality settlement
|McConnell loses big on NSA amendments, USA Freedom Act goes to the president
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was an asshole starting the series of votes in the Senate in what was to become his NSA surveillance reform debacle.
|A few maps show Americans' views on climate change confused. But they like renewable energy
The map shows Americans are strong backers of renewable energy. David Roberts at ...
|Worlds Enough and Time
Everywhere I look, stories of our current condition and perilous plight greet my eyes. Economic collapse, massive unemployment, infrastructure degradation, environmental ...
|Tennessee television station refuses to run marriage equality ad featuring U.S. Navy combat veteran
"Freedom means freedom for everyone." According to WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, marriage equality is simply too ...
|Midday open thread: NTSB releases Amtrak report; flowers in the potholes protests; 0.01% taxpayers
Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Facetime fools :
|Boss telling woman that 'babies need their mamas' is not discrimination, jury says
What the ever-loving hell does a company or specific boss have to do to a woman to lose a pregnancy discrimination case? A federal ...
|Jeb Bush thinks retirement age is 65, and wants you to work until you're 70
If you missed Face the Nation on Sunday, you missed Jeb ...
|Hellraisers Journal: Haywood on sabotage: "That is what the capitalist class practices every day."
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Wednesday ...
|Guantánamo Bay prisoner: CIA used sexual abuse and other torture not included in Senate report
|States find few options to deal with potential Supreme Court Obamacare decision
The Wall Street ...
|Judge upholds labor board rule bringing union representation elections into the 21st century
Here's something new: a court upholding a policy that business lobby groups say is unfairly pro-worker. The first of two legal challenges to the National Labor Relations Board's rule modernizing ...
This is a letter to the editor I wrote back in September 2004. Unfortunately it's still pertinent. Head below the orange thingy to read it.
|Teen stripped of National Honor Society position because she dared wear a sun dress—in Florida
|Cracks Appear In America’s Two-Family Political Dynasty In Latest CNN/ORC and ABC/WaPo Polls
My takeaways from these two latest polls (and folks here who follow my comments know I’m NOT a fan of these absurdly early, extremely volatile numbers): Hillary’s experiencing some significant ...
|NC Pastor tells graduating seniors they'll be going to hell if they're gay
Pastor Scott Carpenter says he loves students too much to deny them the truth. North Carolina Pastor Scott Carpenter says he just couldn't pass up the opportunity to spread the good word and alert ...
|Sure, House Republicans have a secret plan for saving Obamacare subsidies
Don't be hasty, House ...
|Which 5 Democrats Just Voted to Gut Marine Conservation Laws?
After returning from their Memorial Day recess, the Republican House got back to doing one of its favorite things: inflicting damage on the environment. Yesterday, this took the form of the "...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||06/02/2015||17|
|North Carolina Respects Women (?)
Well it seems that North Carolina and the Tar Heel Teabilly Taliban want to join the ranks of the "government in women's private parts club" by joining of the likes of ...
|Surveillance bill in Senate tests Mitch McConnell's leadership
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, ...
|The First Strike in the New World
On this day in Labor History, we are going all the way back to the year 1786. That was the day when what labor historians widely consider “America’s First Strike” occurred in Philadelphia, ...
|The Rick Smith Show||06/02/2015||5|
|I'm STILL slack-jawed.
|Change At The DNC Is Overdue
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz needs to be removed. He or she does not have to be progressive but they need to wake up every morning looking to grow the party. They need to be able to go head ...
|Open thread for night owls. Anthony Russo: a whistleblower on torture who should not be forgotten
When the news first came out that the United States had tortured suspected terrorists, there were three responses: Some Americans said, good, they deserved it; some were shocked and appalled; some ...
|On dark money and Supreme Court litmus tests
Clean campaign warrior Bernie Sanders.
|Health insurers not happy with new Medicaid managed care rules
The Obama administration released new rules last week of Medicaid managed care programs, the first rules update in over a decade. The rules apply to the private insurers who primarily manage long-...
|A call for scientific activism
We are living in a very dangerous time. The voices we hear every day are those of insane people. Yes I mean insane ! They populate our government and are in control. Scientists by their nature ...
|Small Organic Business of Minority Owner Needs Your 2 Clicks
Flora's Organics is the tiny one-woman organic seedling/plant/flower/veg/fruit nursery of VERY LOW INCOME kosak Mona Twocats-Romero, a Native American in the running at the WellsFargo Works Project ...
|How the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the Core of the U.S. Pivot to China
With the conflict over the Senkaku-Diaoyu Islands between Japan and China coming to the forefront in the discussion over the U.S. pivot to China, the Trans-Pacific Partnership now seems more like a ...
|John Oliver makes an appeal to a group more powerful than world governments—FIFA sponsors
This will taste like fucking champagne! FIFA, the organization that sounds the most like the name of a purse dog. It's not Fifi, it's FIFA. You may remember last year we examined what an ...
|Cruz "The world is literally on fire!"
Cruz appeared at the million dollar Massachusetts home of convicted tax cheat and Republican Rep, Jimmy Lyons. Lyons is a Tea Party darling, an anti-abortion extremist, and his wife is a sidewalk ...
|McConnell blocks Rand Paul amendments to NSA reform bill
We'll see how this works out for him. ...
|CIRA Useful and quite catchy
The corporate/investor rights agreement , much better and far more precise than TPP, TTIP. Nothing to do with fair Nothing to do with trade Just more money for the same people with extra sprinkles.
|Minnesota hospitals will soon be allowed to dispense medical marijuana
Minnesota hospitals will soon have more treatment options for patients Hospitals in Minnesota will soon be allowed to dispense marijuana:
|Midday open thread: Dissing Charles Darwin; celebrating Jeff Davis; trying BP executive
Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Privacy talk :
|Scott Walker not looking for rape or incest exemptions in Wisconsin 20-week abortion ban
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) Last fall, as he campaigned for re-election as governor of ...
|Republicans learn, again, that legislating is hard
A Mensa meeting it's not. ...
|Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to WFM: "Awaken the slumbering giant from his long dream of ages."
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Thursday ...
|Denver Sheriff Dept. under investigation after whistleblower alleges order to destroy evidence
Denver Sheriff Deputies in dress uniform. The investigation is wide-ranging and involves both the interim head of the Denver Sheriff Department and ...
|Texas business community at war with legislature over Medicaid expansion
There's an outside chance at real political change in Texas soon, not at the hands of the growing Latino population there. It could come from a much more powerful, and deep-pocketed source: ...
|Pope Francis wants to lead global effort to fight climate change, will lay out moral justification
Pope Francis on the verge of asking Catholics to step up together to fight climate change. Science and ...
|Move over Republican clowns, Lindsey Graham is getting in the car
Can you feel the Lindseymentum? It's official, Sen. ...
|Patriot Act provisions expire as Rand Paul fundraises, rewrites history||Joan McCarter||06/01/2015||87|
|Pols are pols and do what they do: when O'Malley loved the DLC
FTR, a 2007 Martin O'Malley and Harold Ford (!) column in defense of "the vital center" (and the DLC): Some liberals are so confident about Democratic prospects that they contend the centrism that ...
|Who is now funding the Christian Coalition? (You may be surprised...)
The Christian Coalition was formed in 1989 by failed presidential candidate Pat Robertson. For a while it was a powerful force in US politics. Republican candidates curried its favor (and the votes ...
|Standing for What You Believe
Would you be willing to risk your job to stand up for the rights that you believe in? For postal worker Henry Gerber, the answer to that question was a resounding yes. And so On this day in ...
|The Rick Smith Show||06/01/2015||1|
|Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Beltaine with Walter Crane
Note 1: This was supposed to be "Part 2" of a single Beltaine Diary of which my Diary entitled "Bringing In The May: The Heroes of Haymarket" was to be "Part 1". (So I'm posting this now, even ...
|Hellraisers Journal: "Yet..you uphold every act of your executives [who] employed these gunmen."
One of the most terrible parts of the Ludlow massacre was when the associated militia took the corpse of a boy, shot and burned, to his father and said, "Here, take the damn thing.” -Judge ...
|How the TPP is 'Trading on' so many Environmental 'Chits'
As kids, I imagine most of us played the boardgame Monopoly. My strategy was to get Boardwalk and Park Place -- and a monopoly on the Railroads. And then just sit back and wait for the "Rents and ...
|Labor for Bernie!
Bernie Sanders - The President We ...
|Robert Reich: Strong Unions Mean a Strong Middle Class
In a recent blog and video , former Bill Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich noted that the decimation of the American labor movement is directly related to the diminution of the middle class. ...
|The Endangered Endangered Species Act; A Call to Action
In America, the majestic Bald Eagle is probably the first species which comes to mind when discussing the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This huge and powerful raptor graces our flag poles, our ...
|Jury sees through Reefer Madness, acquits man on felony marijuana charges
AlterNet , which does an excellent job of keeping THIS ISSUE front and center, as any genuine progressive/liberal media entity would. It is essentially a medical marijuana story wherein cops, again,
On this day in Labor History the year was 1889. Nestled in western Pennsylvania was the community known as Johnstown. The town and surrounding area was home to 23,000 people, families of ...
|The Rick Smith Show||05/31/2015||7|
|Why is the Religious Right's beliefs more important than mine ?
What the heck happened to the right's views that big government is bad ? You hear them repeatedly railing against government regulations of corporations and railing against all these taxes on the ...
|Why 2 Years of free college is a brilliant idea.
Imagine what would dominate the national political conversation if overall unemployment was still hovering at 12, 15 or ever 20 percent. Well those statistics are still a shocking reality for ...
|This Week in the War on Women, May 24-30, 2015: Climate Change, No Chocolate!?! And Other Calamities
I have recently learned that climate change will be MUCH worse than previously thought: It is already affecting chocolate! That's right, the elixir that gives guys a fighting chance is already 25% ...
|This week in the war on workers: Did Kevin Johnson destroy black mayors group over charter schools?
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Former All-Star NBA point guard Kevin Johnson is now the mayor of Sacramento, California—and the destroyer of the 40-year-old National Conference of Black Mayors. ...
|Economics Of The Poor Part 2: How A More Equitable World Is Possible
After mentioning life at the bottom in my previous diary, I thought I'd mention policy prescriptions that could and would help the lower classes. Some of which we might already have were Congress ...
|Electrical Workers Union (UE) Comes out for Bernie Sanders
It's not secret that much of labor is not happy with Hilary Clinton, and are even considering sitting out the 2016 Presidential race if she gets the nomination without taking a strong stance against ...
|Hellraisers Journal: Pummeled! "Frank Walsh Knocks Out Young Rockefeller in Three Days' Battle"
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Sunday ...
|You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. Kansas City MO library parking garage (note all the banned titles!)
|DOOMSDAY CLOCK Moves Up To 11:57 "current efforts are entirely insufficient" on Catastrophic Warming
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have taken the sobering step of moving their Doomsday Clock from 11:55 up to 11:57 the closest we've been to to global catastrophe since 1987 and the bad old days ...
|Obama releases statement on Clean Water Rule and the right is freaking out
Diarist RockyMtnHigh has written about the Clean Water Rule's long history. The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps released ...
|The California Frack Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Fractivist
A short time ago, in a crowded senate meeting, a fracking moratorium died. SB 1132 was defeated 18-16-6 with 4 Democrats voting against the bill and 3 Democrats abstaining. The Democrats who voted ...
|Want to know how much corporations paid US Senators to fast track the TPP bill?
Our democracy reads like an open book. What you see is what you get. You follow the money you get your answers. That's the way fast tracking of the TPP went down in the Senate. The ...
|Free Solar for Low-Income Homeowners in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods & Other Energy Assistance Progs
UPDATED 5/29 This intro focuses on a specific California solar program, then below the fold is information on an extraordinarily comprehensive and up-to-date dot-org website (run by N.C. State ...
|Who's ready for an organic, meatless, fast-food drive thru?
Amy’s Burger prepared for the forthcoming Amy’s Drive Thru from Amy’s Kitchen The future of American style sustainable food is coming to a drive-thru near you. The ...
|Obama's EPA steps up for Clean Water
It has been a long time coming, but the EPA and Corps of Engineers have issued their final rule on what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act - helping ensure that the headwater, ...
|TPP is in trouble, thanks to public outcry /Updated with Action
Mark Weisbrot , writing at Aljazeera is of the opinion that the public discussion of the TPP has been much more robust than discussion of NAFTA had ever been. And that ...
|Car-free and middle-class status
It's now been nearly three months since I owned a working car. My decision to go car-free was part forced by not having a running car and not having the means at the time to afford even another ...
|U.S. is paying the price for not investing in trains, and it's stupid
House Speaker John Boehner may think it's "stupid" to suggest that the recent fatal Amtrak crash had anything to do with lack of funding, but the evidence ...
| Aussie cops raid stoner's home, post his to-do list on twitter.
found on CNN Essentially, the police raided - actually raid is too strong: they executed a search warrant with no report of theatrics - this man's house and found this and posted it. It was ...
|Wildflowers at 7500' in the Southern Rockies ~Photo Heavy
Earlier this week, in between the much-appreciated & simultaneously disagreeable-to-hiking rain storms, I took my dogs out for a wildflower sight-seeing hike. We went to a close, common hike for us, ...
|Teachers' Lounge: Jobs, interviewing for one, getting one
There are academic jobs out there, full-time ones even, and both temporary and tenure track ones. It is challenging to get one, but not impossible. Of course the competition is very fierce, and ...
|Finally. The war on illegal fishing begins.
The Indonesian Navy destroys foreign fishing vessels caught fishing illegally in waters near North Sulawesi yesterday. Photo: REUTERS Divers and scientists report that Indonesia's reefs are ...
|A Victory in the Decades-Long Fight for Environmental Justice in the Gulf and Beyond
Suzie Canales never planned on going back home. But, when she saw what was happening to her family, her friends, and her neighbors in her community, she could not stay away. In 1999, Suzie visited ...
|Mary Anne Hitt||05/22/2015||2|
|USDOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory Revises U.S. Wind Energy Potential Map in All 50 States
The U.S. Department of Energy revises wind energy potential map for the entire U.S. and which shows the areas of the United States evaluated with increased (or new) wind energy potential with ...
|When is a police dog a canary in a coal mine?
When marijuana starts getting relegalized. Pot Legalization Casualties: Oregon Drug Dogs Get the Pink Slip As Oregon prepares for the advent of legal marijuana beginning July 1, there are already ...
|Projecting a Climate Change Timeframe - Holy $h*t
In researching a book I'm writing I've been collecting prognostications about climate change. These have been gathered over time from numerous sources. But they are projections and hence a ...
|Asheville Coal Plant to Retire After High Profile Three-Year Campaign; Clean Energy Work To Continue
This week I want to honor some of the most hard-working activists on our Beyond Coal campaign - Team Asheville in North Carolina. After years of rallies, public meetings, educational forums, ...
|Mary Anne Hitt||05/20/2015||12|
|Editor of American Chemical Society's Journal Environmental Science & Technology Gets a New Sofa
These musings by the Editor in Chief of the American Chemical Society's publication, Environmental Science & Technology, are a worthy read for those interested in the interaction between science, ...
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