PNC Bank Policy on Mountaintop Remo...

PNC Bank Policy on Mountaintop Removal a Positive Step

Sierra Club and Bridgeport Communit...

Sierra Club and Bridgeport Community Demand Clean Air for Families

Foreign Office Silent On Egypt Trad...

Foreign Office Silent On Egypt Trade Visit as Irish Teen Faces Gallows

Health Care Transparency Will Help ...

Health Care Transparency Will Help Address Overincarceration and Violence at Rikers, According to NYCLU Testimony

Community Input into Policing is Ne...

Community Input into Policing is Necessary for Public Safety

Tidal Lagoon Power Plans Welcomed

Tidal Lagoon Power Plans Welcomed

Russia's Vladimir Putin says his ma...

Russia's Vladimir Putin says his marriage is over

Source: [b]BBC[/b] Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have said their marriage is over. The couple, who had been married for 30 years, made their divorce public on Russian state television after attending a ballet performance. "It was a joint decision, we hardly ...
Christie expected to name Lautenber...

Christie expected to name Lautenberg successor

Source: [b]News12 NJ[/b] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears poised to name a temporary successor to the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The governor has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference in Trenton. However, the announcement did not specify a topic. Lautenberg died Monday a...
George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammator...

George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial The Lookout By Jason Sickles, an arrives for a pretrial hearing on Thursday. (Joe Burbank/Getty) “Profiled” “Vigilante” “Self-appointed Neighborhood Watch Captain” “Wannabe cop” Suspec...
Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esthe...

Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esther Williams Dies

Source: [b]ABC News[/b] By BOB THOMAS Associated Press LOS ANGELES June 6, 2013 (AP) Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91. Williams's died early Thursday in h...
Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Fores...

Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Foreshadowing Rebel Defeat

Source: [b]Bloomberg[/b] The Syrian governmment’s capture of al-Qusair is a “strategic turning point” marking the beginning of the end for the armed opposition, Syria’s premier said, as the army promised mercy for surrendering rebels. Retaking the city opens the door “for successive vi...
Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collectin...

Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collecting phone records

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Thursday morning he's "glad" the National Security Agency is secretly collecting millions of telephone records from Americans in an effort to track down terrorism suspects. “We are very much under threat," Graham said on "F...


The Last Man On Earth Is The First ...

The Last Man On Earth Is The First Original Network Sitcom In A Long Time

The Last Man on Earth is something rare, a single cam sitcom which feels entirely original. Nothing is entirely unique on television. You’re The Worst was in many ways unique, but did so by showing a romantic comedy in a new way. There are plenty of post-apocalyptic television science fiction shows, but none done as […]
SciFi Weekend: Leonard Nimoy, Who L...

SciFi Weekend: Leonard Nimoy, Who Lived Long And Prospered 1931-2015; Parks and Recreation Finale; Sleepy Hollow; Agent Carter; How To Get Away With Murder; Broadchurch; Arrow; 12 Monkeys

News of the death of Leonard Nimoy dominated the news and blogosphere since Friday. I had previous posts on Friday and Saturday, including  tweets from those who worked with him, those at NASA who were inspired by him, and even from President Obama. Obama also issued this longer statement: Long before being nerdy was cool, […]
Inhabitants Of A Class M Planet Say...

Inhabitants Of A Class M Planet Say Goodbye To Leonard Nimoy

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP ? Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015 Above is the final tweet posted by Leonard Nimoy, who died yesterday. His twitter feed remains open, retweeting messages of condolence. Among those with tweets in memory of Nimoy were Barack […]
Spock Is Dead?Sadly No Genesis Plan...

Spock Is Dead?Sadly No Genesis Planet This Time

Sad news today: Leonard Nimoy died at age 83 of end-stage COPD. Nimoy, best known for playing Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series and subsequent movies, lived long and prospered. His roles included Spock’s death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Being science fiction, his death did not prevent him from returning […]
Landmark FCC Decision Is A Victory ...

Landmark FCC Decision Is A Victory For Freedom Of Expression And Free Enterprise

In what PoltiFact calls ” a significant accomplishment for Obama” and a “Promise Kept,” the FCC has voted for major changes to help guarantee a free and open Internet. Net neutrality is important for freedom of expression, including helping small blogs such as this to continue, important for small business, and important to maintain the […]
The Importance Of Net Neutrality To...

The Importance Of Net Neutrality To A Free Market

  A free and open Internet is essential both for many forms of communication and for conducting business. This is another example of Democrats supporting the free market against efforts of some Republicans who, despite their misleading rhetoric and false claims, have been pursing an agenda of destroying the free market in the United States […]


Third American Constitution - Direc...

Third American Constitution - Direct Democracy - Installment 4 Article 1 - Section 2 -- Items Three, Four and Five

The Fourth Installment of a Third American Constitution Project. This installment further addresses new legislative house structure, that promotes Direct Democracy...a government Of, For and BY We The People.
Germany, the Linchpin to prevent a ...

Germany, the Linchpin to prevent a new war in Europe

Germany & France oppose the US sending lethal weapons to the Ukraine gov't. Germany's Merkel & France's Hollande met in Moscow w/ Pres. Putin desperately seeking an end to the Ukraine crisis. A new ceasefire was brokered in Minsk but may not hold. New weapons to Kiev could be the red line Putin will not accept. Germany must follow its own nat'l interests, defy US as they are the linchpin to prevent a new war in Europe.
Ten Commandments for a Climate-Thre...

Ten Commandments for a Climate-Threatened World: The First Five

The Silver Rule says: Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you. But our economic and political systems allow fossil-fuel corporation to violate all 10 of what can be called the Ten Climate Commandments. This essay discusses the first five commandments.
5 Reasons Healthcare Belongs in Pol...

5 Reasons Healthcare Belongs in Politics

These are five leading issues drawing healthcare deeper into political debates.
Subhankar Banerjee: Arctic Nightmar...

Subhankar Banerjee: Arctic Nightmares

Here's a Jeopardy!-style question for you: "Eight different species of whales can be seen in these two American seas." Unless you're an I--upiaq, a marine biologist, or an Arctic enthusiast like me, it's a pretty good guess that you can't tell me what those seas are or what those whales are either.
Q: Why Can't Right-Wing Christians ...

Q: Why Can't Right-Wing Christians Police Their (Embarrassing) Own? A: Because They're Policing Everyone Else!

Just who are the REAL criminals against Christianity? How about the ones embarrassing the hell out of it?

Netanyahu frenzy lets Boehner bury ...

Netanyahu frenzy lets Boehner bury news of his Homeland Security cave

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) pauses between answers to questions during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 10, 2013. U.S. House of Representatives Republicans are still weighing a short-term debt-limit increase, pos
First thing Tuesday morning, House Speaker John Boehner folded like a cheap suit in agreeing to hold a vote on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill. Why would Boehner do this with entire days left before the short-term funding passed last Friday night expires? After all, until now, he'd been holding out to pacify the extremists in his caucus who want to hold DHS funding hostage to an attack on President Obama's immigration actions, and folding now means he'll face rage from the right.

Hmm ... what else was going on Tuesday morning?

That's right, Boehner caved just hours before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's highly politicized speech to Congress. The speech provided a massive distraction in the media?something some reporters, to their credit, noted. And Boehner can probably count on at least some of his far-right critics in the House being too exhausted from all their Netanyahu-induced orgasms to be as loud and frenzied in their outrage as might otherwise have been the case.

Once it became clear that the House's anti-immigrant DHS funding bill couldn't get through the Senate, it was inevitable that Boehner was going to cave. The question was when, and the safe money always seemed to be on "at the last possible moment." Instead, he found a way to bury his surrender under a distraction that he created by intentionally violating established protocol to invite Netanyahu to speak to Congress without having consulted the White House.

This news dump-like timing for Boehner's DHS cave may be the smoothest political move he's made in weeks. Congratulations, Mr. Speaker! (But Netanyahu's speech is over and you still have to get this vote through the House.)

Netanyahu speech to Congress might ...

Netanyahu speech to Congress might include sensitive Iran agreement details

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's politicized speech before a joint session of Congress today appears to be going from a mere insult to President Barack Obama and his administration to potential outright interference in this nation's foreign policy. Washington (CNN)The Obama administration is bracing for Benjamin Netanyahu to spill secret details of Iran nuclear talks, as both camps traded last-minute political jabs ahead of the Israeli prime minister's controversial address to Congress Tuesday.

The White House is uncertain what precise details may come out but aides spent Monday frantically mobilizing after Israeli officials said that the prime minister planned to disclose sensitive details of an agreement taking shape in talks between six world powers and Iran, which has entered a delicate final stage.

Concern and anger among American officials about the nature of what Netanyahu might expose heightened already roiling tensions between the two countries. Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned about the damage such revelations might have on the negotiations and President Barack Obama himself attacked Netanyahu's judgment.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the potential release of this sensitive information "would betray the trust between our allies, and it certainly is inconsistent with the behavior of trusted allies." Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Switzerland. Kerry warned that the release of sensitive information by Netanyahu "would make it more difficult to reach the goal that Israel and others say they share in order to get a good deal."

President Obama is not meeting with Netanyahu on this visit, to avoid the appearance that a meeting would be an attempt by the White House to interfere in the upcoming general election in Israel, on March 17.

8:03 AM PT: The speech begins momentarily and is streaming on C-SPAN.

Hillary Clinton used personal email...

Hillary Clinton used personal email account as secretary of state

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks past after arriving at the airport in New Delhi May 7, 2012. Clinton said on Monday that Pakistan had not taken enough action against Hafiz Saeed, the Islamist blamed for masterminding the 2008 attack by Pakis
As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton used a personal email account for all her correspondence, the New York Times reports. "To comply with federal record-keeping practices," Clinton has turned 55,000 pages of emails over to the State Department.

Previous secretaries of state, including Colin Powell, have similarly used personal email accounts to conduct official business. And other Republicans, including Mitt Romney and many in the Bush-Cheney administration, have used private accounts or actively sought to hide correspondence. Democrats should expect higher standards, of course, but it's not actually clear that Clinton was trying to hide anything. That, however, is the spin the New York Times took from whichever Republican campaign or committee fed it the story:

The story, coming on the heels of recent news accounts criticizing the Clinton Foundation?s handling of foreign donations, could present a challenge for Mrs. Clinton?s fledgling campaign, feeding the perception that she is secretive ? an accusation that has dogged her since her time as first lady.

Way to make it clear that feeding that particular perception is what this is all about. Clinton should certainly continue to do everything possible to ensure that her records are properly preserved, and should offer some explanation of how and why this happened, but the proper context for reading reporting on this is "Republicans push story that furthers narrative they've taken a long time building."

Cartoon: 'Right to be a jerk' state...

Cartoon: 'Right to be a jerk' states

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For years, I've been meaning to do a cartoon on the ridiculous phrase that is "right to work." Unfortunately, Scott Walker has given me an opportunity.

"Right to work" is a classic example of linguistic framing by market fundamentalists. Every time we use it, we invoke their agenda. Personally, I'll take the "right to work for more than peanuts through collective bargaining." Let's call "right to work" what it really is: an attack on the right to unionize.

Follow Jen on Twitter at @JenSorensen

Boehner caves, will allow clean vot...

Boehner caves, will allow clean vote on Homeland Security funding

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 26, 2015. Conservative Republicans urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner not to capitulate in a fight with Democrats over Preside
It appears that House Speaker John Boehner is ready to end the prolonged game of chicken he's been playing with funding for the Department of Homeland Security. He plans to allow a vote on a clean funding bill through the end of the fiscal year, according to reports: Facing dwindling options, Speaker John Boehner outlined the situation for rank-and-file GOP members during a closed-door caucus meeting Tuesday morning. [...]

Boehner told the caucus that he was outraged by the president's actions, but this was the right decision "for this team and the right one for this country."

With DHS funding running out on Friday, the timing on this vote appears to be sooner rather than later:
A super PAC tied to Boehner had begun running ads pressuring Republicans who were standing in the way of a clean bill, demanding that any bill the House passed absolutely had to attack President Obama's immigration actions. Now, Boehner is directly challenging these members of his caucus, many of whom have already shown themselves willing to go against him. In short, the Republican civil war is ratcheting up another step.
Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest:...

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Mikulski's departure sets off a free-for-all for her seat

There are no shortage of Democrats who might run for this Senate seat
Leading Off:

? MD-Sen: On Monday, five-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-tenured woman in congressional history, announced that she would not seek another term in 2016. Mikulski's decision surprised plenty of people, and a number of politicians will be assessing their chances here in the coming days and weeks. Safely blue Maryland has not elected a Republican to the Senate since 1980, when Charles Matthias, the man Mikulski succeeded, won a final term, and most of the action is expected to be in the Democratic primary.

We have a visual guide above of the potential Democratic candidates, created by dreaminonempty. Their names are below, along with any information about their intentions:

? Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

? Former Lt. Gov. and 2014 gubernatorial nominee Anthony Brown- publicly considering

? Rep. Elijah Cummings

? Rep. John Delaney- publicly considering

? Rep. Donna Edwards

? State Controller Peter Franchot- unlikely to run

? Former Attorney General and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler

? Rep. Chris Van Hollen- reportedly considering

? Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

? Former Del. and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur

? Former Gov. Martin O'Malley- did not rule out a run

? U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez

? Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger- publicly considering

? Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake- reportedly considering

? Rep. John Sarbanes

If Chis Van Hollen did get in, he'd start out with about twice as much cash-on-hand as Elijah Cummings, his nearest competitor. But while fellow Rep. John Delaney doesn't have much in the bank, he can self-fund.
Any Republican faces long odds here, but there are several names being mentioned. We have a visual guide above, with their names listed below: ? Former Secret Service agent, 2012 MD-Sen nominee, and 2014 MD-06 nominee, Dan Bongino- likely to run

? Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich- does not sound interested

? Former Maryland First Lady Kendel Ehrlich

? Rep. Andy Harris- unlikely to run

? Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman

? Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford

? Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh

? Del. Kathy Szeliga

One GOP name we can ditch is physician Ben Carson, who quickly announced he would focus on a presidential bid instead.

For a complete run-down on all the names on both sides, check out our Daily Kos Great Mentioner piece here. It's anyone's guess who will be Maryland's next senator, and we're going to be watching all the developments closely here at Daily Kos Elections as things unfold.

Indonesian police use Shootings, ki...

Indonesian police use Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies

Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.

Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.

A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".

Related: Waging Nonviolence: Flotilla unsettles Indonesia?s occupation of West Papua | West Papuan National Day Goes Global | West Papuans to join commemoration of Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat More Information: West Papua media Alerts | Freedom Flotilla

Civil Society stages mass walkout p...

Civil Society stages mass walkout protest from Warsaw Climate change negotiations

Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.

Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan  have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit 

Related: Democracy Now: "Nature Does Not Negotiate": Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw | "Polluters Talk, We Walk": Civil Society Groups Abandon Warsaw Talks over Inaction on Global Warming | "We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate CrisisAnalysis: The Warsaw walkout and the Climate Movement

Canadians and Australians protest c...

Canadians and Australians protest climate wrecking policies and pipelines

The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.

The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.

Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.

Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and dev...

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and devastation in the Philippines

On November 8 Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Sama province in the Philippines, destroying coastal communities with ferocious winds and a storm surge of 6-7 metres (up to 20 feet). According to Dr Jeff Masters "Haiyan had winds of 190 - 195 mph (315 km/h) at landfall, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history."

Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.

Related: Climate IMC: Typhoon Haiyan: This is a climate crime | Time for turning tears into anger says Walden Bello | Philippine groups demand action on climate finance, loss and damage in Warsaw climate talks | Ejected from COP19 for expressing solidarity to the Philippines | Youth observers expelled from UN climate change talks for Philippines Solidarity | Indybay: Super typhoon Haiyan is climate wake-up call | They destroy We suffer Statement on Yolanda?s AftermathNon-corporate Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts: Waves for Water | Haiyan NYC Relief Project | Doctors without Borders | Oxfam International

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snip...

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and unidentified snipers attack Mi'kmaq women and elderly who were part of an anti-fracking encampment. Support pours in for Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers. Today, Monday, Mi'kmaq Warrior Tyson Peters shot with rubber bullet risks losing his leg after protecting woman from a bullet. [ From Global IMC Newswire ]
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