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Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coali...

Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry Appeal

Sierra Club Applauds New Smog Pollu...

Sierra Club Applauds New Smog Pollution Proposal for Children and Elderly

UN Climate Talks Heading in Wrong D...

UN Climate Talks Heading in Wrong Direction

ACLU of Florida Comment on Ferguson...

ACLU of Florida Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

NLG Stands with People of Ferguson,...

NLG Stands with People of Ferguson, Condemns Systematic Police Violence in Communities of Color

"The Empty Chair at the Holiday Tab...

"The Empty Chair at the Holiday Table" Campaign Highlights Those Not With Us Because of Incarceration, an Overdose Death or Prohibition Violence

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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...

Liberalvaluesblog

More Views On The Injustice In Ferg...

More Views On The Injustice In Ferguson

Two recent posts (here and here) deal with how a different system of “justice” was applied in Ferguson in order to protect a police officer from facing trial in a situation where anyone else would be tried. This has also been a trend in other parts of the country, with it being very rare for […]
Wisconsin Man Files Suit After Poli...

Wisconsin Man Files Suit After Police Arrest Him For Calling Them Racists On Facebook

This case is something completely different yet fits in with the previous two posts (here and here) which deal with abuse of police powers. A man from Wisconsin is filing suit alleging that he was arrested for comments posted on Facebook accusing policemen of racism. The StarTribune reports: A man who got arrested after he […]
More Evidence For A Different Syste...

More Evidence For A Different System Of Justice For The Police

Yesterday I discussed how the grand jury was used in Ferguson was an example of how justice is different for the police than it is for everyone else.  The Washington Post also reports on unorthodox police practices in handling Darren Wilson after the shooting: When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the shooting […]
Two Systems Of Justice: One For Pol...

Two Systems Of Justice: One For Police, One For Everyone Else

The grand jury’s decision in Ferguson not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown demonstrates how we have two systems of justice in the United States. I am not referring only to the differences in treatment based upon race. This is clearly a major factor, but as it has already been discussed […]
Republicans Seek To Block Marijuana...

Republicans Seek To Block Marijuana Law In Washington D.C.

Republicans, members of the party which claims to support small government, individual freedom, and states’ rights, once again shows that it doesn’t mean a word of this.  The Hill reports on one action planned by Republicans: House Republicans next year will try to block Washington, D.C.’s, newly enacted law legalizing recreational marijuana. Rep. Andy Harris […]
SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; Go...

SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; Gotham; Agents of SHIELD; Natalie Dormer, Zombies, and Nudity on Game of Thrones; Westworld; How To Get Away With Murder; Doctor Who; Sherlock; SNL on Executive Orders

The Hollywood Reporter has  more information on the upcoming cross over episodes from Arrow and The Flash, along with some other information about Arrow. Among the information revealed (not all of which is new): The title of The Flash portion of the pair of episodes is quite literal, The Flash vs. Arrow. Barry encounters a […]

OpEdNews

The Physics of Spirit

The Physics of Spirit

This article presents a synopsis of the neurophysics of our brain-consciousness relationship. Mainstream neuroscience does not presently understand what consciousness is or how it works, and the reductionist strains of the science deny that we really "exist" as individual conscious persons. We exist. Neurophysics explains how we "work".
Thanksgiving, Arlo Guthrie, & My Ya...

Thanksgiving, Arlo Guthrie, & My Yarmulke-- A Ritual of Joyful Resistance

Every year at noon on Thanksgiving, WXPN Radio in Philadelphia plays Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," about a Thanksgiving dinner in Stockbridge Mass. in 1967; about obtuse cops; and about nonviolent resistance to a brutal war. And every year, this seemingly non-Jewish set of rituals stirs in me the memory of a moment long ago when my first puzzled, uncertain explorations of the "Jewish thing" took on new power for me.
U.S. & 'International Banks' Financ...

U.S. & 'International Banks' Finance Ukraine's Civil War

from the horse's mouth
Thanksgiving Table Talk: Immigratio...

Thanksgiving Table Talk: Immigration Reform

I'm not looking forward to Thanksgiving. Like most everyone else, I've got this Fox News brother-in-law, and he gives me indigestion. This year he'll probably be complaining about immigration reform.
This holiday season, give thanks to...

This holiday season, give thanks to the Bees

Do you care about bees? Photographic Artist Valentina Eade thinks everyone should. This is the reason why she decided to call her environmental exhibition Bee Cause I Care, which was officially inaugurated on September 11, 2014 by H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco, and ran through the end of October.
My Fourth Thanksgiving in Prison - ...

My Fourth Thanksgiving in Prison - Counting my Blessings

Celebrating my fourth Thanksgiving in prison, I am feeling blessed, not bitter.

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Open thread: Philadelphia Eagles vs...

Open thread: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys (or, by now, antacid ...)

Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys helmets
Next up on the Thanksgiving Day football schedule is the Philadelphia Eagles versus the Dallas Cowboys. So cheer on your team, do a little armchair quarterbacking or, by now, stretch out on the couch. And as always, if you hate football, use this as a holiday open thread to say why or to talk about whatever you'd like.
Awkward Thanksgiving Conversation L...

Awkward Thanksgiving Conversation La Cucaracha cartoon by Lalo Alcaraz

From La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz. @2014 Lalo Alcaraz / Universal Uclick
Get your corporate mistletoe off ou...

Get your corporate mistletoe off our turkey

It's Christmastime, everybody. A week before Thanksgiving.
This year it began before the jack-o'-lanterns decomposed and the Elsa costumes were hung away. Every year Christmas creep begins earlier and earlier. A mid-November stroll around my New York City neighborhood revealed that almost all retail establishments had put up Christmas decorations, and many advertised "pre-Black Friday" sales. The only Thanksgiving decorations?or acknowledgement of Thanksgiving at all?were in the supermarket. We all know why this is. Money. Other than for the food and travel industries, Thanksgiving is not a profitable holiday. Few people send Thanksgiving cards, give Thanksgiving gifts, or put up strings of little turkey-shaped lights.  Traditionally, stores closed on Thanksgiving and thus could not bring in any money at all that day.

Recently, corporate America?s attitude towards Thanksgiving has changed. Many big-chain stores are now open on Thanksgiving, forcing their employees to work instead of spending time with their families. Additionally, we are inundated with Christmas-themed advertisements and television programming starting the day after Halloween. Stores commence their holiday promotions and some radio stations switch to their all-holiday music format in the beginning of November.

Where is Thanksgiving in all this Christmas hubbub? Other than for those slaving in the kitchen, Thanksgiving gets a little lost. It is minimized, rendered insignificant by its more charismatic, more vocal counterpart. Sure, it?s nice to enjoy a big meal and have leftover turkey to put in your sandwiches for the next week, but isn?t it time to get on with that holiday shopping?

This approach is problematic on many levels. To start with, Thanksgiving is for people of all religious backgrounds and beliefs?including nonbelievers. It is a holiday that invites all in this country to celebrate, even the most recent to arrive. Thanksgiving is about feeling appreciative for what we have. For some, it is about thanking a higher power. For others it is about thanking family and friends or thanking this country for taking them?or their ancestors?in when their own homelands oppressed them. Thanksgiving is about sharing with others. Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and friends and about including those who have no family of their own to celebrate with. It is about helping to provide a feast for those who cannot afford it.

Christmas, on the other hand, is a religious holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a Christian holiday. Millions of non-Christian Americans do not observe it. Of course, the commercial establishment ignores that fact. To them, Christmas is about people spending as much money as possible. It is about forcing employees to work ridiculous hours, because someone just might want to buy video games at 4 AM. It is about enticing people to go into debt buying extravagant gifts they cannot afford. It is about forcing people to compete with each other to grab one of this year?s difficult to find "hot gifts." It is about enriching corporate big box stores.  

What would Jesus have thought of this version of Christmas? He would have hated it. On the other hand, I bet he would have loved Thanksgiving.

What's your Thanksgiving potato pre...

What's your Thanksgiving potato preference?

Sweet potato casserole with marshmallow topping.
Is this how you roll on Thanksgiving?
Last year we had a Thanksgiving pie fight, with pumpkin pie taking a dominant 40 percent of the voting, double pecan's second place. This year, let's turn to another quintessential Thanksgiving food: the potato. Sweet potato or unsweet potato? Mashed, candied, roasted, in a casserole? You get the picture. How do you prefer your Thanksgiving potatoes, and how does that differ from what you eat the rest of the year?
Open thread: Chicago Bears vs. Detr...

Open thread: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions (or turkey recipes ...)

Are you ready for some football? The first match up on this Thanksgiving Day features the Chicago Bears versus the Detroit Lions. Cheer on your team, curse the refs or, if you're not a football fan, treat this as a holiday open thread.
Spare a thought for the people hard...

Spare a thought for the people hard at work this Thanksgiving

A motion blurred photograph of a patient on stretcher or gurney being pushed at speed through a hospital corridor by doctors & nurses to an emergency room.
This is a reasonable place to be at work on Thanksgiving. Walmart and Sears are not.
As a society, there are certain people we need to work on Thanksgiving. Whether it's a car accident, a heart attack, or a burn from a roasting turkey, we need doctors and nurses and other hospital staff to be on the job even though it's a holiday. We need fire fighters, police, and a few others.

We don't need Radio Shack or Walmart salespeople to be at work, but they are. So if you're sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner with family or friends, or for that matter if you're going to the movies or staying home alone and staging a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon, spare a thought for people who are on the job today. Spare a thought also for people who can't afford the big meal with turkey and all the trimmings?and remember that many of the very same people working at Walmart and Target fall into that category, or barely escape it.

If you're thinking about sauntering out to do a little shopping after you eat, remember that workers had to be there well before the stores opened. Remember that many of them don't want to be there, as the petitions and protests we see each year attest. And remember that common reasons to be glad to work the holiday include not getting paid holidays off of work, and being so underpaid that extra pay for working a holiday could mean the difference between paying the bills and not paying the bills.

Whatever Thanksgiving means to you, it shouldn't be a symbol of the race to the bottom.

Indymedia.org

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 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 ]
Global Warming impacts escalate as ...

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Ebola Becomes a Political Issue in ...

Ebola Becomes a Political Issue in the U.S.

President Obama and members of Congress weigh in on the Ebola scare, turning it into a political issue ahead of the midterm elections.
Ebola Becomes a Political Issue in ...

Ebola Becomes a Political Issue in the U.S.

President Obama and members of Congress weigh in on the Ebola scare, turning it into a political issue ahead of the midterm elections.
High Court Upholds Texas' Voter ID ...

High Court Upholds Texas' Voter ID Law

Just ahead of the midterm elections, the Supreme Court upheld Texas' controversial voter ID law that requires people to present identification before casting their vote.
Chuck Todd to 'Meet the Voters'

Chuck Todd to 'Meet the Voters'

Beginning October 22nd, Chuck Todd will hit the campaign trail in an RV to "Meet the Voters" on a road trip through key battleground states.
Declined: Obama Says His Credit Car...

Declined: Obama Says His Credit Card Was Denied in NYC

Not even the president of the United States is immune to the embarrassment of a declined credit card, apparently.
Obama Taps Ex-White House Adviser K...

Obama Taps Ex-White House Adviser Klain as Ebola 'Czar'

Klain is a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore.

CNN

$680,000 home built on wrong lot

$680,000 home built on wrong lot

Six months after building their $680,000 vacation home, a couple learned it was built on the wrong lot.
What the dying really regret

What the dying really regret

There are many regrets that patients have in the months before they die. But the stories about the years people spend not appreciating their body until they are close to leaving it are some of the saddest.
Most-hated font has a typewriter

Most-hated font has a typewriter

The world's most reviled font has gone analog with "Sincerity Machine," a typewriter that types in Comic Sans.
Military mom surprises daughter

Military mom surprises daughter

A mother in the Navy surprises her daughter, who she's only seen for one month this year. CNN affiliate WNEM reports.
Tot hitches ride on dad's surfboard

Tot hitches ride on dad's surfboard

Tyler Medford surfs with his three-year-old son, Nolan, on his back! HLN's Mike Galanos has more.
Resident finds jellyfish in ...

Resident finds jellyfish in ...

Jellyfish were found in a freshwater lake in Wisconsin. CNN affiliate WBAY has more.

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