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350 Action Celebrates Primary Victo...

350 Action Celebrates Primary Victory for Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum (D-FL)

350 Action Celebrates Primary Victo...

350 Action Celebrates Primary Victory for Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum (D-FL)

Hearing Today on Toxic Algal Outbre...

Hearing Today on Toxic Algal Outbreaks: Will Senators Call for Reducing Pollution?

Open Letter Urges Google Not to Cap...

Open Letter Urges Google Not to Capitulate on Human Rights to Gain Access to China

Common Cause Files Amicus Brief To ...

Common Cause Files Amicus Brief To Restore Net Neutrality

Yemen: Scathing UN Report Underscor...

Yemen: Scathing UN Report Underscores Need for Arms Embargo, Tougher Scrutiny

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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...

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SciFi Weekend: Homecoming; Star Tre...

SciFi Weekend: Homecoming; Star Trek Wins Governors? Award & Other News; The Arrowverse; Professor Proton; Tatiana Masslany, Bryan Cranston, and Aaron Paul

Homecoming looks like it should be one of the more interesting genre television shows of the fall season, premiering on Amazon Prime on November 2, with the first four episodes shown recently at the Toronto Film Festival. The series is based on the podcast of the same name, and to give the feel of a […]
SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who Return Da...

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who Return Date; William Shatner Interview; Blakes 7 Actress Dies; Evangeline Lilly on the Lost Finale; A Historian on Why Science Fiction Is Important

We finally have an announcement of a return date for Doctor Who, Sunday, October 7. I don’t know about viewing habits in the UK, but the change to Sunday could help ratings here in the United States. For years I have been downloading Doctor Who shortly after it airs in the UK instead of waiting […]
New York Times Reports, ?Democrats ...

New York Times Reports, ?Democrats Embrace Liberal Insurgents, Demanding New Face for Party?

The Democratic Party establishment has desired to nominate more moderate candidates, even in safe Democratic areas where they could not use their questionable arguments that more moderate candidates are more electable. Earlier in the year we saw examples of how the party establishment has attempted to suppress insurgent candidates. The New York Times notes how […]
SciFi Weekend: Star Trek News; Doct...

SciFi Weekend: Star Trek News; Doctor Who; Sharp Objects Finale; The Arrowverse; Iron Fist; Mr Robot; X-Files Barbie Dolls

Deadline reports that Star Trek will be awarded a Governor’s Award on September 8 during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in recognition of,  ?the visionary science-fiction television franchise and its legacy of boldly propelling science, society and culture where no one has gone before.? Also from the Academy: What began as a television show grew […]
Donna Brazile Shows How The Democra...

Donna Brazile Shows How The Democratic Party Establishment Has No Respect For Democracy

Much has been written accurately demonstrating the authoritarian tendencies of Donald Trump, but a consequence of our two-party system is that far too many people ignore a similar lack of respect for democracy by leaders of the Democratic Party. Donna Brazile showed how the Democratic Party rigged the nomination for Hillary Clinton in a book […]
SciFi Weekend: Star Trek News; The ...

SciFi Weekend: Star Trek News; The Arrowverse; Jessica Jones Showrunner Leaving for Warner; Man In The High Castle Trailer; Veronica Mars; The Affair; Big Bang Theory; Timeless; Foundation Trilogy; Hugo Award Winners

It is another slow week with only one new science fiction show airing which I’m watching (Killjoys). While fun to watch, I don’t find that a show worth reviewing episode by episode as I do with some genre shows. There was one season finale with The Affair, but I don’t see much point in writing […]

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Daily Inspiration --- Ecstatic Oct...

Daily Inspiration --- Ecstatic Octopuses

The strange thing about this is that the organization of the octopus brain is so different from the human brain that it is quite surprising we would share any neurotransmitters or any biochemical targets of the small molecule MDMA.
Speaking Truth to Impotence

Speaking Truth to Impotence

Donald Trump is the most Impotent & Dangerous U.S. President of all time. We must give careful consideration to not just the policies but the character of those for whom we vote. 2018 mid-terms will soon be here! Let's all work to get out the vote!
Beto O'Rourke's Eloquent Idealism a...

Beto O'Rourke's Eloquent Idealism and Command of the Facts Clobber Ted Cruz in First Televised Debate at SMU in Dallas

Clearly, Beto won hands down, just by showing what kind of Senator Cruz has NOT been, and how different he would be. His command of the facts and issues was both brilliant and compassionate, showing why Texas is now a "toss-up", and not "leaning Republican." To these two journalist: please keep up the great work! I may be from out of your great state, but I saw the need for an improvement in who your Senator is VERY clear.
Democrats are Worse than Republican...

Democrats are Worse than Republicans!

The Democratic Party is worse than the Republican Party because they will pretend that they are progressive and have the best interests of the people in mind while they vote against our best interests. I have been around the block and I have seen the most treacherous people voted into office time after time because people just aren't paying attention.
Roundup(R) Unredacted

Roundup(R) Unredacted

We have been told that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup(R), does not affect mammals. There are reasons to be wary of that sentiment.
The Importance of Defeating the Sup...

The Importance of Defeating the Supreme Court Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh... and of Doing So On the Right Terms

Brett Kavanaugh represents a grave threat to the future of humanity. His nomination to the Supreme Court should be adamantly rejected. He has done great harm throughout his life, and if given the chance to ascend to the Supreme Court he will do far, far worse. Everything known and further coming to light argues that Kavanaugh's ascension to the court would do grave and incalculable harm and must be opposed and STOPPED.

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Open thread for night owls: The AFL...

Open thread for night owls: The AFL-CIO takes a stronger stand on climate change

Jeremy Brecher at Common Dreams writes?The New AFL-CIO Stand on Climate Change:

At its Quadrennial Convention in late October, the AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a resolution on ?Climate Change, Energy, and Union Jobs.? The resolution says that the fastest and most equitable way to address climate change is for ?labor to be at the center of creating solutions that reduce emissions while investing in our communities, maintaining and creating high-wage union jobs, and reducing poverty.?

If acted on, the resolution will bring about significant changes in organized labor and will bring American trade unions into far closer alignment with allies in the climate protection movement.

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The resolution starts with the facts of global warming. It acknowledges ?the overwhelming scientific consensus? that climate warming is ?due to human activities? and that higher global temperatures will trigger ?irreversible changes in our climate,? causing ?a rise in sea levels and storm surges, an increase in droughts and extreme weather events, a substantial threat of increased extinctions, decreased food security in some regions, and an increase in heat-induced health problems.?

The resolution turns next to the social justice dimensions of climate change. ?Workers, communities of color and low-income Americans suffer disproportionately from environmental degradation and climate change? through ?polluted air, water and land,? and from ?drought and extreme weather events.? It cites Pope Francis and other religious leaders on the ?moral imperative to address both climate change and poverty.?

The resolution notes that tens of thousands of union members work in industries that rely on fossil fuels or live in regions where fossil fuels are ?the primary economic driver in their communities.? Like all workers, they have a right to ?a strong, viable economic future? including good jobs at union wages and benefits. It cites the Paris Agreement on ?the imperative of a just transition? of the workforce and ?decent work and quality jobs? when addressing climate change. It resolves to fight politically and legislatively ?to secure and maintain employment, pensions and health care? for workers affected by changes in the energy market. [...]

The AFL-CIO has never endorsed science-based targets and timetables for greenhouse gas reduction. This resolution still fails to do so.

The AFL-CIO has also long endorsed an ?all the above? energy policy which does not advocate for the transition to fossil-free energy at all, let alone on a timetable necessary to protect against catastrophic climate change. This resolution endorses renewable energy and energy efficiency, but also carbon capture and storage and nuclear power. It does not call for even a reduction in the burning of fossil fuel. [...]

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?Ever since the development of political machinery and bureaucratic organizations among Indians, there has been a sudden perspective of women?and the roles of women?as second-class citizens. The basic reason for discrimination against Indian women stems from the federal government?s intervention in Indians affairs.?
               
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BLAST FROM THE PAST

At Daily Kos on this date in 2004?Don?t Mourn, Organize:

Why were we in this fight in the first place? Because terrible leaders are doing terrible things to our country and calling this wonderful. Because radical reactionaries are trying to impose their imperialist schemes on whoever they wish and calling this just. Because amoral oligarchs are determined to enhance their slice of the economic pie and calling this the natural order. Because flag-wrapped ideologues want to chop up civil liberties and call this security. Because myopians are in charge of America?s future. 

We lost on 11/2. Came in second place in a crucial battle whose damage may still be felt decades from now. The despicable record of our foes makes our defeat good reason for disappointment and fear. Even without a mandate over the past four years, they have behaved ruthlessly at home and abroad, failing to listen to objections even from members of their own party. With the mandate of a 3.6-million vote margin, one can only imagine how far their arrogance will take them in their efforts to dismantle 70 years of social legislation and 50+ years of diplomacy. 

Still, Tuesday was only one round in the struggle. It?s only the end if we let it be. I am not speaking solely of challenging the votes in Ohio or elsewhere ? indeed, I think even successful challenges are unlikely to change the ultimate outcome, which is not to say I don?t think the Democrats should make the attempt. And I?m not just talking about evaluating in depth what went wrong, then building on what was started in the Dean campaign to reinvigorate the grassroots of the Democratic Party, although I also think we must do that. I?m talking about the broader political realm, the realm outside of electoral politics that has always pushed America to live up to its best ideals and overcome its most grotesque contradictions. [?]

It's tough on the psyche to be beaten.Throughout our country's history, abolitionists, suffragists, union organizers, anti-racists, antiwarriors, civil libertarians, feminists and gay rights activists have challenged the majority of Americans to take off their blinders. Each succeeded one way or another, but not overnight, and certainly not without serious setbacks. 

After a decent interval of licking our wounds and pondering what might have been and where we went wrong, we need to spit out our despair and return ? united - to battling those who have for the moment outmaneuvered us. Otherwise, we might just as well lie down in the street and let them flatten us with their schemes.

On today?s Kagro in the Morning show: There was just too much insightful push-back on the Donna Brazile story to let things go. And then, there was Armando. We learn once again that the key moments in politics aren?t always the sexy ones. Truth is, you just gotta keep showing up. Forever.

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10-year-old Rosamaria, detained for...

10-year-old Rosamaria, detained for over a week, has been released

Rosamaria Hernandez, the 10-year-old special needs child explicably targeted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and taken into custody following emergency gallbladder surgery, was released earlier today after more than a week in detention:

?We?re just thrilled ? it?s such a relief,? said one of her lawyers, Michael Tan, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. ?It?s actually quite overwhelming. This was the first time in her life she was separated from her family.?

Of the next step in her case, he added, ?There?s really no reason to be targeting Rosa Maria for deportation,? given her age and condition.

?Finally, Rosa Maria has been released to her family where she belongs,? Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat who represents the San Antonio area, said in a statement on Friday evening. ?This young girl and her loved ones have been through a traumatizing ordeal.?

He added: ?The United States should not be a place where children seeking life-sustaining medical care are at risk of apprehension.?

?Rosamaria is finally free. We?re thrilled that she can go home to heal surrounded by her family's love and support,? the ACLU continued. ?Despite our relief, Border Patrol?s decision to target a young girl at a children?s hospital remains unconscionable. No child should go through this trauma and we are working to make sure it doesn?t happen again.?

As the ACLU noted, Rosamaria should never have been targeted by Border Patrol in the first place, and there are many questions the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must answer in the coming days, and officials must be held accountable. Why was Rosamaria targeted? Why did officials ignore medical professionals who said Rosamaria should be with family? Why was she denied post-operative care?

For now, the most important thing is that Rosamaria is home, thanks to her advocates and all those who spoke out on her behalf.

Mila Kunis set up a monthly donatio...

Mila Kunis set up a monthly donation in Mike Pence's name to Planned Parenthood

Actress Mila Kunis has her own sly way of protesting the vehemently anti-choice Vice President Mike Pence: setting up an anonymous monthly donation to the major reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood in his name. During an interview on TBS?s CONAN with host Conan O?Brian, she shared a juicy tidbit about a small form of resistance she practices every week. She explained, in part:

I disagreed with some of the stuff that Pence was doing and was trying to do.

And so, as a reminder that there are women in the world that may or may not agree with his platform, I put him on a list of reoccurring donations that are made in his name to Planned Parenthood.

Love it.

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You can take this job and shove it!...

You can take this job and shove it! Twitter employee goes rogue, pulls the plug on Trump's account

Last night for eleven glorious minutes, Donald Trump?s Twitter account was deactivated. Twitter promised an investigation and before long they revealed how and why Trump?s account had been closed for business. 

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And with that, Twitter began celebrating the unknown rogue employee.

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Republican tax plan could slam grad...

Republican tax plan could slam graduate students earning less than $30,000

The Republican tax plan is designed to be confusing. They don?t want us to know everything that?s in it ahead of time, because we?d notice how bad it is for us. So little bits of information trickle out, like this in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and they don?t necessarily get the attention they deserve:

The plan would also tax the tuition waivers that many graduate students receive when they work as teaching assistants or researchers.

Claus Wilke, an integrative biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, explained on Twitter what this could mean to STEM education:

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The result? ?At that point, a PhD would not be a viable choice anymore, except for the independently wealthy.? Or, maybe, people who were so confident that they?d be walking out of grad school and into a job with Monsanto or a defense contractor that it was worth taking on some debt. Either way, it?s not an outcome that?s good for American higher education.

Russia o'clock: Carter Page lied to...

Russia o'clock: Carter Page lied to the media and Papadopoulos was more than a coffee boy

Posting two new Russia revelations here for discussion because, it?s Friday! And why not? Shocker: Carter Page lied to the media about his Russia contacts.

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Another shocker: Team Trump has been lying about ?coffee boy? George. 

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Discuss.

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State Repression Against IMC Grenob...

State Repression Against IMC Grenoble and IMC Nantes

Following the publication of a communiqué claiming responsibility for a fire in a garage at a Grenoble police depot (gendarmerie) during the night of September 20th/21st, Indymedia Grenoble and Indymedia Nantes have been threatened by the French police. The administrators of these sites received emails from the Central Office for the Fight Against Crime Linked to Information Technology and Communication (OCLCTIC) demanding that the concerned articles be removed from the sites in under 24 hours, otherwise rendering the sites liable to blocking and dereferencing.

The communiqué?s authors explained that the garage fire had been carried out as "part of a wave of attacks in solidarity with people currently under trial" such as the Quai de Valmy police car arson. In this Grenoble arson attack, several dozen police vehicles were burned (torched).

Solidarity with Linksunten Indymedi...

Solidarity with Linksunten Indymedia

Linksunten.indymedia.org, the main independent media website in Germany, was banned by the German government's Ministry of Interior on August 25. Maintaining the website and using its logo are now considered criminal offenses in the country. Linksunten volunteers are being prosecuted as a "club," which means that administrators are considered responsible for everything that has been published. Administrators are also being accused of being members of a terrorist association.

Coordination des Groupes Anarchistes writes: This represents a new step in the repression of our activities and ideas in Europe. The last time something of this significance occurred was in 1995, when the German central power banned the newspaper "Radikal", which sparked many demonstrations all over the country, especially in Hamburg. In France, even though some music bands and anti-authoritarian information websites have been threatened for their lyrics or articles, we have never experienced such brutal repression against our means of expression and communication. This attack against a radical and anti-authoritarian information platform should remind us of the need to pay special attention to the defense of our means of communication in front of State repression.

Germany Indymedia is collecting donations in support of Linksunten Indymedia.

Not in Germany, Not Anywhere Else: Repression Can?t Silence Us! | Call for Donations and Demonstrations in Support of Linksunten Indymedia

Related Feature: German Government Shuts Down Linksunten Indymedia: What It Means and What to Do
Linksunten Indymedia Declares ?We W...

Linksunten Indymedia Declares ?We Will Be Back Soon?

On August 25, the German government raided and shut down Linksunten Indymedia, an integral part of the global Independent Media Center network, and the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. In Freiburg, riot police seized computers and harassed those they accuse of maintaining the site, justifying their actions on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization intent on destroying the German Constitution. This represents a massive escalation in state repression against what the authorities call ?left-wing extremism,? disingenuously suggesting an equivalence between those who seek to build communities beyond the reach of state violence and Neo-Nazis organizing to carry out attacks and murders.

In the last couple of years, more and more attention has accumulated around Linksunten Indymedia, which offers a space for people to post anonymously. Before the 2017 G20 summit took place in Hamburg, the corporate media was already focusing on the site, declaring it to be the coordination page of militant anti-G20 protestors. The far-right nationalist party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, or AfD) started a campaign against the platform, pushing inquiries about Indymedia in Federal parliament and trying to force local governments to ban the platform and other forms of radical infrastructure.

The heavy-handed approach of shutting down the website and raiding alleged administrators shows how afraid the authorities are that radical ideas are spreading and becoming contagious following the successful demonstrations against the G20 summit in July. German Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière made it clear enough in his press conference that the assault on Indymedia is a form of revenge for the embarrassment the state suffered during the summit. It also shows how dishonest far-right and statist rhetoric is about free speech ? in fact, these hypocrites only use that discourse to position themselves to suppress others? speech.

In response, Linksunten Indymedia released a statement the next day on their banned website declaring, ?We will be back soon.? It shows that the media activists still have control over their website, and could be the beginning of a huge Streisand effect. Solidarity demonstrations are taking place across Germany.

(Note: Since Linksunten Indymedia is now banned by the German government, you may want to use Tor or a VPN connection before you visit the website: linksunten.indymedia.org)

Read More (Translations: Spanish | Portuguese) | Indymedia Linksunten Shut Down | Germany: Federal Interior Ministry Bans Linksunten Indymedia | Linksunten Indymedia Announces ?We Will Be Back Soon?

See Also: Solidarity with Indymedia Linksunten | Prohibition is An Attack on the Entire Left | Alemania censura la web Indymedia

Related Features: DOJ Demands User Data from Anti-Trump Website (2017) | Indymedia Marks 15 Years of Making Media and Making Trouble (2014) | FBI Seizes European Counter Network Web Server from Riseup Colocation Facility (2012) | Authorities Attempt to Shut Down Indymedia for "Coordination of Rebellion" in Greece (2009) | Israeli Police to Start an Investigation of Indymedia Israel (2009) | Police Seize UK Indymedia Server (Again) (2009)
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 350.org 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 Crisis
Analysis: 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

MSNBC

Trump offers 'congratulations' to A...

Trump offers 'congratulations' to America on anniversary of Mueller probe

Thursday marked one year since Mueller was named special counsel in the investigation into Russian interference in the election and the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Moscow.
Trump targets Planned Parenthood wi...

Trump targets Planned Parenthood with new abortion rule

The new rule would force groups like Planned Parenthood to choose between federal funding and abortion under the same roof as their other services.
Fallows: Country better than its go...

Fallows: Country better than its government

After four years, 31 cities and about 100,000 miles in a small private plane, Deborah and James Fallows are back home.
Gillibrand demands vote on sexual h...

Gillibrand demands vote on sexual harassment bill

Making members financially responsible for settlements is sticking point on House-passed bill.
On its anniversary, Mueller's inves...

On its anniversary, Mueller's investigation isn't close to finished

A year into his investigation, the special counsel has alleged or confirmed serious criminal activity, and he's not close to done.
Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA ...

Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA director

Haspel is the first woman to serve as director of the CIA, succeeding Mike Pompeo, who was recently confirmed as secretary of state.

CNN

A White House official isn't sure s...

A White House official isn't sure she accepted the offer to speak. 'It's difficult to interpret this as a yes'

The Senate Judiciary Committee will likely propose holding a hearing next Wednesday where they will hear testimony from both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of sexual assault, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.
Details still have to be worked out

Details still have to be worked out

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has decided that she will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
GOP adviser helping Kavanaugh abrup...

GOP adviser helping Kavanaugh abruptly quits amid his own sex harassment claim

Garrett Ventry, a communications adviser for the Senate Judiciary Committee's GOP majority who was leading the committee's response to allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has stepped down. CNN's Sarah Westwood has more.
Reagan's daughter reveals her own r...

Reagan's daughter reveals her own rape

President Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis wrote about her own sexual assault experience to defend Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
GOP senator is 'appalled' by Trump ...

GOP senator is 'appalled' by Trump tweet

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) responded to President Donald Trump's "inappropriate" tweet that questioned why Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford did not report her alleged assault to authorities immediately after it occurred if it "was as bad as she says."
Ben Carson ties Kavanaugh allegatio...

Ben Carson ties Kavanaugh allegation to old socialist group

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Friday tied the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a century-old plot by socialists.

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