Gov. Cuomo Endorses Police Accounta...

Gov. Cuomo Endorses Police Accountability with Pocket Veto

SATURDAY 1PM: Global Zero Protests ...

SATURDAY 1PM: Global Zero Protests $1 Trillion Nuclear Spending Outside White House

Questions Abound After Aramark Over...

Questions Abound After Aramark Overseer Jumps Ship

Over 350,000 Acres Leased off Massa...

Over 350,000 Acres Leased off Massachusetts Coast for Offshore Wind

United Nations Commission: Cancel D...

United Nations Commission: Cancel Debt for Ebola-Impacted Countries

Organic Consumers Assoc., Moms Acro...

Organic Consumers Assoc., Moms Across America Deliver Message to Monsanto Execs: ?You?re Making Us Sick?

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...


CMS Agrees To Demands From Physicia...

CMS Agrees To Demands From Physicians & Congress To Modify Rules For Electronic Medical Records

I recently discussed the problems with the government regulations for conversion to electronic medical records. The majority of doctors have been unable to comply with the regulations which were scheduled to begin this January (already postponed from last October) for reasons beyond our control. A bill with bipartisan sponsors was introduced in Congress to postpone […]
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Shows M...

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Shows Most Support Fix For Subsidies Under Affordable Care Act

While you can never be certain as to what the Supreme Court would do, I’ve always felt that it is most likely that they would ultimately find that King v. Burwell is a frivolous case. (In other words, the most conservative justices might accept it, but John Roberts will cast the deciding vote against it […]
CBO Shows ObamaCare Costing Less Th...

CBO Shows ObamaCare Costing Less Than Projected?Ignore Conservative Attempts To Distort The Data

There was more good news from the Congressional Budget Office today regarding the Affordable Care Act. The latest’s estimates significantly reduce the costs of expanding medical care under the law:  The Congressional Budget Office on Monday significantly lowered its estimate of the cost of providing health insurance coverage to millions of Americans under the Affordable […]
Conservative Argues That It Is Not ...

Conservative Argues That It Is Not A Bad Thing If People Die Due To Repealing Obamacare

If the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed, as most Republicans are calling for, we would see millions of Americans lose their insurance. We would return to past problems, including people being denied insurance when they have medical problems, people once again being forced to declare bankruptcy due to medical costs, and we would […]
SciFi Weekend: Agents of SHIELD; Th...

SciFi Weekend: Agents of SHIELD; The 100; Supergirl; Person of Interest; The End of Parenthood and Parks and Recreation & The Decline of NBC; 12 Monkeys; Netflix Marvel Series; The Americans; Sleepy Hollow; The End of The Marvel Universe; The Humor Of Sar

Agents of SHIELD has come a long way from the first season. While they always hinted there was something special about Skye, they didn’t have the payoff on this plotline until the midseason finale with her conversion to an Inhuman. This might have major ramifications for her relationship with Coulson: Executive producer Jeph Loeb says […]
A Bigger Computer Fiasco For The Ob...

A Bigger Computer Fiasco For The Obama Administration Than

The fiasco with the initial opening of the exchanges at has become a well-known IT glitch from the Obama administration, but that might not turn out to be their biggest mistake regarding computers and health care. As it primarily involves physicians and hospitals, as opposed to the general public, far fewer people are aware […]


Zionists All

Zionists All

Religious Zionists want a state based on and dominated by the Jewish religion. National-religious Zionists believe that God has sent the Jews into "exile" because of their sins, and wanted to compel God by their deeds to send the Messiah now. Atheist Zionists declare the Jews are a nation, not a religion, and want nothing to do with the Jewish faith.
Half of Humanity Now Forms the 'Res...

Half of Humanity Now Forms the 'Resistance'

just a few years ago, maybe just one decade back, I only had a few close people like Noam Chomsky, 'covering my back'. Now there are many, from all classes, professions and continents!
The Cosmic Story: Leo Full Moon 20...

The Cosmic Story: Leo Full Moon 2015

2015 is moving ahead quickly. We've already reached the first cross-quarter day in the Wheel of the Year--Imbolc or Candlemas or St. Brigit's Day. Better known in our secular times as Ground Hogs Day! The Leo Full Moon brings us an awareness of our creative potential and how the group might benefit from it. It's time to get engaged with our world. Time to shut off our computers and go do something for the future!
Who's the "Low Life Scum:" Kissinge...

Who's the "Low Life Scum:" Kissinger or CODEPINK?

A very angry Senator John McCain denounced CODEPINK activists as "low-life scum" for holding up signs reading "Arrest Kissinger for War Crimes" and dangling handcuffs next to Henry Kissinger's head during a Senate hearing on Jan 29. McCain called the demonstration "disgraceful, outrageous and despicable," accused the protesters of "physically intimidating" Kissinger and apologized profusely to his friend
Desperately seeking the Hippie Hall...

Desperately seeking the Hippie Hall of Fame

Where would you build the Hippie Hall of Fame?
Young, Gifted and Bored in America:...

Young, Gifted and Bored in America: A Job, Please?

Urging schools, employers, government and policy-makers to stop pointing fingers at what's wrong in America, and start erecting programs to put America's New Millennias to work!

Low-wage jobs are taking over the A...

Low-wage jobs are taking over the American economy

Donut shop cashier takes customer order.
What do you say if you're opposed to raising the minimum wage, but don't want to seem completely heartless? For many Republican lawmakers, the answer is some version of this: "The minimum wage is a starting wage. It's how you gain the experience you need to move up to higher wages." Problem is, pay rates that are too low to live on or raise a family on are not a just-starting-out phenomenon in the U.S., as a new report makes crystal clear. Low Wage Nation starts with a conservative definition of "living wage," setting it at $15 an hour, even though that's enough to live comfortably on in only a few states. Despite that: A large proportion of workers are not earning living wages: Nearly two of five existing jobs pay less than $15 an hour. Nearly half of new jobs are low-wage jobs: About 48 percent of projected national job openings do not pay $15 or higher. In analyzing individual states, that percentage ranges from 35 percent (Massachusetts) to 61 percent (South Dakota). There are not enough living wage jobs to go around: Nationally, there are seven times more jobseekers than there are projected jobs paying $15 or higher, leaving workers seeking better wages with few options. The fastest-growing occupations are low-wage jobs that contribute to this trend: "Among the top 10 occupations with the most projected job openings, just one has a median wage greater than $15 an hour. The four occupations with the greatest projected number of job openings are in retail and food service, with median wages ranging between $8.81 and $10.16 an hour." The upshot is that the vast majority of people looking for work aren't going to find jobs that pay a living wage because those jobs do not exist.

This is just one of the reasons it's not enough to say "I want people to have something better than the minimum wage" while opposing an increased minimum wage. The American economy is like a game of musical chairs, and there will be nowhere near enough good-job chairs to go around as long as chair availability is determined by corporate CEOs. That's why the government needs to step in to improve the situation dramatically.

Rand Paul releases 'secret tape' be...

Rand Paul releases 'secret tape' between Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton

Rand Paul at a campaign stop in Waterloo, Iowa for his father, ahead of the Ames Straw Poll.
The latest contribution to the discourse from Sen. Rand Paul is, somewhat appropriately for the movement he represents, a faked tape. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the 2016 field?s most prolific adopter of social media, has posted what aides wryly call a ?secret tape? of a fake phone call between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

RAND PAC, Paul?s political organization, used actors to portray the conversation, which hits both rivals on the dynasty issue. [...]

?Clinton? says: ?We both agree on so many issues: bigger government, Common Core, and amnesty for illegal immigrants.?

Doesn't it seem to be a little early for Paul to be smearing his fellow maybe-candidates? Cheap-shot PAC ads seem to start so early these days.

No matter. What's important here is that Sen. Rand Paul, a man who literally inherited his political career, his political contacts, his campaign strategy, his fundraising tools, and his entire pre-prepared collection of slightly nutty, definitely fervent, dubiously libertarian fans from his father, wants to run for president as his father did before him because he thinks political dynasties are bad.

Welcome to the GOP primaries, everyone! Get settled in, we're gonna be here a while!

PBS Newshour takes top spot for ser...

PBS Newshour takes top spot for serious reporting on climate change

Blue ice in South Greenland, courtesy Visit Greenland A/S
We haven't been hearing as many calls to shut down PBS as we used to. Maybe this will change things: PBS NewsHour takes the 2014 prize for talking the most, and the most seriously, about climate change. PBS NewsHour, which runs for 60 minutes, aired 45 reports last year that covered climate change. By comparison, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and ABC's World News Tonight, which are each 30 minute programs, aired 22, 14, and 11 climate-related reports in 2014, respectively. The other networks have sharper time constraints, and the Earth being in the middle of a major catastrophic extinction event is a little same-y. How you produce an entire year's worth of a network nightly news show while mentioning climate change only a dozen or so times, I couldn't tell you. Must have been a lot of Taylor Swift news this year. But this is where the major difference lies, and it is Not That Damn Hard, people. PBS NewsHour also provided scientific perspectives in climate change stories more often than any of the other major networks, interviewing or quoting 27 scientists over the course of the year. In comparison, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News interviewed or quoted 11 and 7 scientists, respectively, while ABC's World News Tonight interviewed or quoted just two scientists. I'm not sure how you cover climate science for a year while only twice talking to any actual scientists about it, but I expect it is because Mr. Lobbyist's phone number was already available and you know he'll be good for a quote. Gawds.

You know, climate change is actually a very interesting subject with a lot of very strange potential implications. It also plays right into the entire reason most national news shows exist, which is to send their viewers into spasms of panic over all of the things in the world that are going to kill them at any given moment. It is equal parts natural disaster, suicide bomber, space invasion and political thriller. If Fox News were on board with climate change, they would have their viewers in a quivering mass on the subject within days. Advertisers would love it, because Buy Overpriced Gold. The NRA would be giddy over the implications because it means your children and grandchildren might get to blast some folks. Climate change is like ebola plus measles plus incoming freaking asteroid impact, and if you can't make that exciting in a high-production-values network news format you are really not trying very hard.

Republicans are really serious abou...

Republicans are really serious about that Obamacare replacement plan now

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) listens to testimony during a hearing on
Yeah, he'll fix it for sure.
Hahahahahaha! Three powerful committee chairmen?including Rep. Paul Ryan?will lead a working group to develop an alternative to Obamacare, the House Republicans? most serious attempt thus far to develop their health care reform package, according to GOP sources. Oh, Politico. More serious than when Majority Leader Eric Cantor led a working group a year ago that crashed and burned? Or more serious than their famous 2009 alternative plan?
Inadequate Republican budget chart with three circles connected to  
Yeah, I'm sure they're serious now. Serious about trying to convince the Supreme Court that gutting the law won't be a total disaster, throwing millions of people off of their health insurance.
Washington consultant class frets t...

Washington consultant class frets that Obama's move left will hurt Hillary in 2016

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) listens to U.S. President Barack Obama speak during a meeting with members of his cabinet at the White House in Washington November 28, 2012. Obama said on Wednesday he hopes he can reach agreement with the U.S.
Uh-oh. Some analysts are concerned that President Obama?s getting too off-the-rails liberal for mainstream America. They?re fretting about his forthcoming budget proposal leading to Democratic disaster in 2016, reports Ben White of Politico. ?There are some real risks here, though we won?t be able to assess whether they have really gone too far left until we see the full budget,? said Matt Bennett, co-founder of the centrist Democratic group Third Way. ?We are big believers in dealing with the long-term mandatory spending crisis and driving economic growth for the middle class, and we hope to see some of that when the whole budget comes out.? You may recall Third Way as the group that declared in a 2013 Wall Street Journal op-ed, ?Economic Populism is a Dead End for Democrats.? Right. If there?s one thing that Elizabeth Warren has proven, it?s that populism is not partisan and it can in fact resonate with voters on both sides of aisle.

But that isn't dissuading Third Way and others from charging that Obama is ?tacking too hard left on the overall issue of spending and long-term debt.?

Data from the Pew Research center show that 55 percent of Democrats still view deficit reduction as a ?top priority.? First off, the deficit is one of those issues that tends to jump all over the place in polling depending on what?s in the news. If politicians are talking it up, it might be hot. In the recent Pew poll mentioned above, it ranked six as a priority among all voters, behind terrorism, jobs, economy, education, and social security. But among Democrats, it actually ranked 12 out of 23 issues, so not quite as hot as Politico's framing suggests.

Of course, the question on everyone?s mind is: how will Obama?s budget play for Hillary in 2016?

And some in the Democratic Party worry that when Clinton does finally announce her campaign ? which sources told POLITICO may not come until July ? she may take over as the head of a party celebrated by the activist left but without a clear purchase on the moderate voters who will help decide the outcome of the election in Florida, Ohio and other key swing states. What those voters want to know is that someone cares about them. Frankly, Clinton always did better with moderate voters than Obama. It?s an easy fit for her. Clinton?s bigger hurdle is exciting the base, not moderates. And Elizabeth Warren is living proof that Clinton does not have to appeal to one group at the expense of the other.

Third Way should really just concentrate on seeing if it can erase any digital remnant of that Wall Street Journal op-ed instead of worrying about President Obama ?lurching to the left.?

Midday open thread: Driver tracking...

Midday open thread: Driver tracking plans went further than thought, 4Q GDP growth slowed to 2.6%

Today's comic by Mark Fiore is King Abdullah: Royal Pain:
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What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... Religious freedom gives me the constitutional right to violate your constitutional rights. Right? by Ian Reifowitz Is split-ticket voting dying? by Steve Singiser Abortion: good intentions, or bad, and the road to hell, by Susan Grigsby In King v. Burwell, we already know the plaintiffs are wrong. But will SCOTUS care? by Dante Atkins Americans are enslaved by the most dependent of us all, the wealthy, by Egberto Willies Scott Walker's priorities are all wrong, by Mark E. Andersen Five years later, GOP still has no plans for health care or tax reform, by Jon Perr How much do you know about black history? by Denise Oliver Velez Three billion miles to Pluto, by DarkSyde Fourth-quarter growth in GDP for 2014 comes in well below consensus: The Commerce Department reported growth in inflation-adjusted gross domestic product for the October-December period at 2.6 percent on an annual basis. The consensus of experts surveyed by ahead of the report by The Wall Street Journal was 3.2 percent growth. In the third-quarter, growth was the best in 11 years, 5 percent. For the entire year, GDP growth was 2.4 percent, slightly above the 2.2 percent of the previous four years but well below the 3.4 percent of the 1990s. This is only the first of three estimates of GDP growth that Commerce will issue. The next two, in February and March, could be substantially different as better data become available.  

Despite the drop from the third quarter, analysts are generally upbeat about the economy's prospects over the next 12 months. That's in great part due to strong consumer spending in the fourth quarter (the best in nine years), gains in new job creation, which were more than 200,000 a month for 11 of the 12 months of 2014 and the Federal Reserve's report this week that the economy is growing at a "solid pace."

But there are warning signs, too. Business investment, a weak housing market and a trailing off of exports in the face of economic and political turmoil in Europe could all reduce growth. And the drop in oil prices, with its pluses and minuses, make looking into the future even murkier than usual.

Documents show U.S. plan to track drivers wider than thought: Federal agencies tried to use vehicle license-plate readers to track the travel patterns of Americans on a much wider scale than previously thought, with new documents showing the technology was proposed for use to monitor public meetings. [?]

The ACLU warned that the buildup of a vehicle surveillance database, the existence of which first surfaced on Monday, stemmed from the DEA?s appetite for asset forfeiture, a controversial practice of seizing possessions at traffic stops and vehicle pullovers if agents suspect they are criminal proceeds.

These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Jan. 29: Ten True Facts Guaranteed to Short-Circuit Republican Brains, by Richard Riis

The White House's 10 Big Lies To Congress About The TPP, by Tasini

American Family Association fires Bryan Fischer, by Steven Payne

What it's like to come out as poor at an elite university. Charges against George Zimmerman dropped as ex-girlfriend recants: An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, a prosecutor said Friday.[?]

"While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman ... the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement ... precludes my office from proceeding further," [State Attorney Phil] Archer said in a statement.

Flogging of Saudi blogger canceled again: Blogger Raif Badawi, who has so far received 50 of the 1,000 lashes he's been sentenced to by Saudi authorities for allegedly insulting Islam on Free Saudi Liberals, a website he created but has since been shut down. His wife told Agence France-Presse that she was uncertain about why the reprieve had been granted. He was originally sentenced to 600 lashes and seven years in prison, but the prosecutors appealed and a new judge boosted the punishment to 1,000 lashes?50 a week for 20 weeks?$266,000 in fines and 10 years in prison. Floggings had previously been postponed two weeks in a row for medical reasons because he hadn't recovered from the first 50 lashes. Team Blackness discussed what a good ally looks like, using Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry's ice cream as the example. The founders have spoken out publiclyin support of #BlackLiveMatter and encouraged franchises to sell Hands Up United T-shirts. Also discussed was another milestone in Obamacare, Huckabee's further inability to understand women and Comcast's impressively horrific customer service. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS On today's Kagro in the Morning show: TX derp roundup. Jeb loves abusing power. Arrested for... resisting arrest. Armando: GOP <3s judicial activism. More scam PACs, like Huckabee's. New GunFAIL excuse: We didn't know our toddler knew about the gun under the mattress.

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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