Sanders Reacts to Social Security A...

Sanders Reacts to Social Security Adjustment

CREW Sues EPA for Documents Regardi...

CREW Sues EPA for Documents Regarding 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards

Court Approves Flawed EPA Air Pollu...

Court Approves Flawed EPA Air Pollution Plan for ?Scenic Landscape? States

UK Must ?Do More? to Distance Itsel...

UK Must ?Do More? to Distance Itself from US Drone Programme, Says Ex-GCHQ Chief?s Report

?We Charge Genocide? Presents Repor...

?We Charge Genocide? Presents Report on Chicago Police Violence and Hosts Silent Protest on National Day of Action Against Police Brutality

New Report: Outside Spending, Dark ...

New Report: Outside Spending, Dark Money Playing Record Role in Battle for Senate Majority

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...


Bruce Bartlett Argues That Obama Is...

Bruce Bartlett Argues That Obama Is A Republican

There’s nothing really new here, but it will be interesting to see conservative response to Bruce Bartlett’s article in The American Conservative entitled, Obama Is A Republican. The article is a rehash of how Obama’s record is actually quite conservative, clashing with the conservative myth that he is a socialist. He started with mentioning other […]
Political Polarization?How The Left...

Political Polarization?How The Left and Right Follow Different Sources For News

The Pew Research Center has released a study on Political Polarization and Media Habits. Most of their findings, summarized below, are as would be predicted: Overall, the study finds that consistent conservatives: Are tightly clustered around a single news source, far more than any other group in the survey, with 47% citing Fox News as […]
Beware Of Those Politicians Who Spr...

Beware Of Those Politicians Who Spread Fear?We Have No Reason To Fear Ebola As Long As We Respond Sensibly

A mood of fear is engulfing the country which might very well affect the midterm elections. Hopefully people will react rationally and reject the Republicans who promote unwarranted fears, play politics, and advocate for counterproductive responses such as travel bans. Unfortunately but this is not the probable response. As I discussed last week, even citing […]
SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Dr. Cott...

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Dr. Cotton?s Bizarre Ideas, Boardwalk Empire & The Knick; DC and Marvel Movie Plans; Twin Peaks; The IT Crowd & Other British Adaptations

Flatline managed to provide an episode of Doctor Who which successfully combined elements of both horror and humor. While not a totally original idea, it was something not seen on Doctor Who before, and realistically few television shows manage to come up with ideas which have not been influenced by other works. Think of it […]
Republicans Attack Ebola Czar While...

Republicans Attack Ebola Czar While Blocking Surgeon General Nomination

On the surface, Republicans have been all over the place regarding the idea of a government official to coordinate handling of Ebola. For example, there’s John McCain. Back in 2009 he attacked Obama over having too many czars: Obama has more czars than the Romanovs – who ruled Russia for 3 centuries. Romanovs 18, cyberczar […]
Avoiding Panic Regarding Ebola

Avoiding Panic Regarding Ebola

With some conservatives playing politics with Ebola, it is good to see that Shepard Smith at Fox is being more responsible. See the video above where he explains why there is no reason to panic. Hopefully this will calm down the conservatives who are being incited to panic and see this as reason to vote […]


Rick Weiland, S. Dakota's "Everywhe...

Rick Weiland, S. Dakota's "Everywhere Man" is Singing His Way to the Senate

Rick Weiland, 56, has been visiting every city in S. Dakota in his mini-van since winning the Democratic nomination for the US Senate. Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America calls Weiland "an insurgent Democrat whose bolt-from-the-blue campaign for U.S. Senate is now the hottest race in the country and could be the tipping point that saves the Senate from GOP control." Even MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is talking about Weiland.
New American Racism

New American Racism

Changing The Language On Racism And Segregation; Persistent Ugliness And A False Narrative Hides The Modern Version of Racism
Going from One Bad War to a Worse O...

Going from One Bad War to a Worse One

The good news is that our nation's Afghan debacle is scheduled to end this year. The bad news is that it won't -- a contingent of U.S. troops will remain, we will keep paying $5 billion a year to sustain the Afghan army and police, and we're on the hook for billions more each year to fund that country's bankrupt government.
DSCC sees Grimes gaining ground aga...

DSCC sees Grimes gaining ground against McConnell, reserves airtime for final push in Kentucky

Alison Lundergan Grimes' message is focused like a laser on McConnell and his record, because at the end of the day the question Kentucky faces is simply this: Whether or not the people of the state want Mitch McConnell to represent them in the Senate for another six years.
Magic Undies

Magic Undies

The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints -- aka the Mormons -- have their panties in a twist over the misconception of their magic underwear. Never heard of it? Well, the Mormons want to make sure you are well versed in the nature of their underclothes. Or "temple garments" as they are known.
The Forgotten Coup -- How America a...

The Forgotten Coup -- How America and Britain Crushed the Government of Their "Ally," Australia

On 11 November -- the day Whitlam was to inform Parliament about the secret CIA presence in Australia -- he was summoned by Kerr. Invoking archaic vice-regal "reserve powers," Kerr sacked the democratically elected prime minister. The "Whitlam problem" was solved, and Australian politics never recovered, nor the nation its true independence.

Open thread for night owls: A fifth...

Open thread for night owls: A fifth of Detroit's population, 142,000 people, could lose their homes

House foreclosed on in Detroit
One of the tens of thousands of foreclosed houses in Detroit that you can read about here.
At The Atlantic, Rose Hackman writes One-Fifth of Detroit's Population Could Lose Their Homes?Many families could stay put for just a few hundred dollars, if only they knew how to work the system:
As Detroit seeks to leave bankruptcy behind and get back on its feet?ramping up development with construction of a light rail and a new hockey arena that will cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars?it is simultaneously bearing witness to a process that could evict up to 142,000 of its residents, many of whom are too poor to pay their property taxes.

Detroit is 83 percent African-American, and 38 percent of its population lives below the poverty line. But the older, blacker Detroit starkly contrasts with a whiter, wealthier new Detroit that's been wooed in by tax breaks and living incentives?which gives these evictions a heavily racial subtext. [?]

This year in Detroit, there have been 22,000 foreclosures on properties whose owners failed to pay property taxes three years in a row. Of those, 10,000 are estimated to be occupied, meaning this year's foreclosures are set to oust about 27,000 Detroiters from their homes.

That?s a large number in a dwindling city with fewer than 700,000 residents, but the figures are set to get even worse. In the next couple of months, Wayne County's treasurer will be serving foreclosure notices on 110,000 more properties, 85,000 of which are in Detroit, according to its chief deputy treasurer David Szymanski. With half of those Detroit properties estimated to be occupied, this means a further 115,000 Detroiters might lose their homes next year.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2010?An update from the front:

The war in Afghanistan? Not going all that well.

The war on drugs? Um, move along please.

The war on poverty? Are we still even fighting that one?

But don't despair. There is a battlefront where there's been significant progress?the war on reality.

In case you think that the general Tea Party lunatic positions on taxes, health care, and Aqua Buddha have distracted them from the battle lines of this engagement, Southern Fried Science has compiled a series of Tea Party statements where candidates and supporters reaffirm their allegiance to non-science. Whether it's O'Donnell's fury over mice with human brains, Sharron Angle's angle on the "hoax" of global warming, or the near universal disdain on the right for evolution, the Tea Party has not surrendered one inch to research and reason.

The editors of the journal Nature have declared that

The anti-science strain pervading the right wing in the United States is the last thing the country needs in a time of economic challenge. ... The [Tea Party] movement is also averse to science-based regulation, which it sees as an excuse for intrusive government. Tweet of the Day
i've always took the firm stance that it's not bullying when it's directed at the bullies ? @MattBinder
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Christie's tired of something, so everyone stop. David Perdue hates America. Drunken, trombone-playing clown GunFAIL! Suppose they gave a constitutional crisis and nobody came? Joan McCarter joined us to discuss the CIA-Senate fight, 15 minutes of fame for ID's Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, health care flip-flops from Kasich & Tillis, Brown's laughable debate line, and the Koch brothers' last-ditch efforts. The "devoted gun enthusiast" who attacked a GA courthouse wore a double layer of body armor, but accidentally shot himself in the leg. And Scott Wooledge joins us along with Armando for a more in-depth discussion of the Hitching Post stunt. High Impact Posts. Top Comments
100 More GunFAILs, which brings us ...

100 More GunFAILs, which brings us to GunFAIL LXXIX, but we're still not caught up.

Five of 39 guns "forgotten" by their owners and found by TSA agents at airports across the country, Oct. 10-16. A total of 268 guns were discovered since the last GunFAIL list was published in mid-September.
Okay, it's time to get out of the summer doldrums, already. It's October, and time to get caught up and back to the weekly posting schedule. By the way, if you were keeping score at home, we would be somewhere around GunFAIL XCI if we'd published weekly during the summer.

Anyway, here's a quick and dirty rundown on the numbers in our most-frequently reported categories. From around mid-August to early September, we saw 11 "home invasion" shootings, that is, where someone has accidentally fired into their neighbors' home or property, not counting two additional instances of firing into a neighboring hotel room. There were also 11 target shooting accidents of various kinds, five hunting accidents, five accidents while cleaning still-loaded guns, six various FAILs involving law enforcement or security officers, three shootings of people mistaken for intruders, two accidental shootings arising from attempted interventions in ongoing attacks or robberies, three accidental discharges while out shopping or dining in public, and the first accidental discharge in the classroom of the still-young school year.

The really alarming numbers, though, were among those who accidentally shot themselves (33), those who accidentally shot a family member or significant other (11), and kids who were accidentally shot (29). Among all the carnage, 17 of the 100 incidents on the list resulted in fatalities.

Which were our most spectacular GunFAILs this time around? Number 14, which demonstrates the need to keep track of your weapon at all times and not accidentally throw it into a bonfire. Number 32, in which a grandmother mistook her 7-year-old grandson for an intruder and shot him. Number 37, in which a son argued with and then shot his father and fled, the mother called police, and when a deputy arrived, mom shot him, thinking it was her son returning. Number 52, in which an angry driver attempting a road rage shooting of a nearby driver accidentally shot himself in the head and killed himself. Number 91, the Idaho State University professor who accidentally shot himself in the foot in the middle of chemistry class. Number 65, in which a cameraman from the long-running TV reality show Cops was accidentally shot and killed during filming, by a cop. And finally, number 17, in which a man carrying his gun under Georgia's new "guns everywhere" law to a German-style biergarten in the Bavarian-themed tourist town of Helen accidentally shot himself in the hand, and the same bullet killed a visitor across the street.

That's some Responsible Gun Ownin', people. Details on the Hot 100 below the fold.

Listen up, red states: Expanding Me...

Listen up, red states: Expanding Medicaid saves money

Local Ohioans Challenge Congressman Tiberi and Stivers to Support Medicare & Medicaid. June, 2011
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There's one, slight benefit to all those Republican lawmakers in red states refusing to expand Medicaid. They've provided a baseline for comparison to see how successful it is in the expansion states. Here's another measure, from a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis:

States that opted not to expand Medicaid under the health law will experience more spending growth this year than states that are growing the program, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. [?]

[T]he report shows that states that chose not to expand are projected to see a 6.8 percent increase in the amount of state taxpayer dollars that support Medicaid in fiscal 2015. States expanding the program will only see a 4.4 percent rise in state spending. So far, 27 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid.

The spending growth in non-expansion states will come even though enrollment is expected to grow at much lower rates than in expansion states. The number of people enrolled in non-expansion states is likely to go up by 5.2 percent, compared to 18 percent in expansion states in fiscal 2015.

So there's one more fiscal benefit to states that accept the expansion money?they're covering more people, and seeing costs rise more slowly. The fact that the federal government is paying 100 percent of the costs through 2016 accounts for a good part of the spending slowdown for state. Beyond that, the expansion states are saving money by not having to help pick up the costs of treating the uninsured. We already know that hospitals will save $5.7 billion this year, thanks largely to Medicaid expansion. It's a policy that makes good fiscal sense, as well as being the moral thing to do. Help expand Medicaid throughout the states. Please donate $3 to our governor candidates. Defeat Mitch McConnell in just two hours. Sign up to make GOTV calls to Democrats. This is darned good news for the states, and for the people in them, who took Medicaid expansion. It's one more really good argument to turn around the states that didn't, where Republican lawmakers have cruelly turned their low-income citizens into guinea pigs to show just how backwards they are.
Repeal Obamacare and 25 million peo...

Repeal Obamacare and 25 million people lose health insurance. Period.

From the beginning, the magnitude of Republicans' lies about Obamacare has been directly proportional to their fears it would succeed. First it was "death panels," which Politifact cited as its 2009 Lie of the Year. In 2010, it was the Affordable Care Act's mythical "government takeover of health care," a fraud that earned the GOP Politifact's 2010 award. Now, Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Ohio Governor John Kasich, abetted by Forbes' health care fabulist Avik Roy, are pretending that Obamacare can be repealed "root and branch" without any of their constituents losing the coverage they obtained this year. And this new Republican hoax is the most cynical and cruel lie of all: if Obamacare is repealed, over half a million Ohioans, 520,000 Kentuckians and over 25 million people across America will lose their health insurance. As a result, thousands of them will needlessly die every year.


The deception behind the Republicans' Obamacare shell game is simple. The nearly $1 trillion Affordable Care Act program contains several, interconnected components. To succeed in their con, the likes of Mitch McConnell and John Kasich need voters to not grasp that inescapable truth. So, Mitch McConnell says Kentucky's Kynect website "can continue," even though it would have no policies to sell the customers who could no longer afford them after he repeals Obamacare "root and branch." As for Kasich, he pretends nothing will happen to 330,000 new Buckeye State Medicaid recipients whose coverage is completely funded by $2.5 billion from Uncle Sam over the next three years. As Politico recounted:

"From Day One, and up until today and into tomorrow, I do not support Obamacare," the Republican governor said on Monday evening. "I never have, and I believe it should be repealed."

Except for the Medicaid expansion part -- which wouldn't exist without the law. Kasich thinks there ought to be a way to save it.

"I have favored expanding Medicaid, but I don't really see expanding Medicaid as really connected to Obamacare," he said.

At $792 billion over the next decade, the expansion of the Medicaid insurance program to lower income people who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) is the ACA's largest outlay. Thanks to the Supreme Court, states can choose to reject the Medicaid expansion and with it funds from the federal government that cover all of its costs through 2017 and 90 percent thereafter.) But that's not all. For those who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, the ACA also provides subsidies to families earning up to 400 percent of the FPL when they purchase private insurance through the exchanges (regardless of whether their state's exchange is run by the federal government or not). And on top of that, thanks to Obamacare parents can keep their children on their family insurance policies through age 26.

The positive impact of Obamacare on Americans' lives cannot be overstated. Gallup surveys have shown the uninsured rate plummeted from 18 percent to just over 13 percent nationwide. All told, Charles Gaba of the ACASignsups website currently places the number of newly insured at between 24 and 28.7 million.

Please continue below the fold for more on this story.

George Will thinks Ebola could be '...

George Will thinks Ebola could be 'airborne' because he is misinformed

George Will on the set of ABC News This Week
That's why he's here.
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Your problem here, Neera Tanden, is that George Will hates scientists like dogs hate vacuum cleaners.

Appearing yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Will explained to his incredulous co-panelists that Ebola is actually far easier to transmit than the authorities are letting on:

"The problem is, the original assumption was that with great certitude, if not certainty, was that you need to have direct contact, meaning with bodily fluids with someone, because it's not airborne. There are now doctors who are saying, we're not so sure that it can't be in some instances transmitted by airborne ?

In fact, there are doctors who are saying that in a sneeze or some cough, some of the airborne particles can be infectious?"

Neera Tanden, appearing on the panel, asked, ?I'm sorry, who are the doctors saying this? I mean, we have ? I mean, this is what I think is really important, that facts about this disease do not lead to panic. So far, every expert that I've seen has said?? At which point, Will, goaded by the appeal to scientific authority, interjected, ?Every expert that you've seen. Here we go again.?

Several things here: First, you do not get invite George Will on television and then be "incredulous," or in any other way surprised, when he starts going on like Grandpa Simpson about all the various things that collect inside his head. That's what he's there for.

Second, never rile George Will by pointing out that for every supposed "expert" he digs up via his apparent wanderings through think tank hallways and conspiracy theory websites (but I repeat myself), you can name twenty or fifty that have more credibly concluded the opposite. George Will is of the opinion that so long as he can find one lunatic saying a thing, that thing is just as valid as your irritating experts. (This is why he makes such a terrible baseball commentator. He is forever insisting that sure, perhaps one team scored twelve runs and the other team zero, but the losing team's bunt in the third inning was almost so well-executed that it would be outlandish to say they lost merely because the scoreboard says so. Teach the controversy, umpires. Unskew the third-base line.)

Third, it turns out that he was indeed misrepresenting the single expert opinion he clung to. No, those experts did not say that Ebola was not "airborne." They were just pointing out that you probably didn't want an Ebola patient to sneeze in your mouth, because duh. That's only an "airborne" disease in the sense that George Will would be an "airborne" pundit if you put him on a trampoline, but Will peevishness when called out on not knowing a thing that he asserts he knows is itself the stuff of punditry legend.

?Again,? he replied with his characteristic sagacity, ?we're getting used to people declaring scientific debates closed over and settled; they rarely are.? When Democrats win, science wins. Chip in $3 to any of our endorsed candidates. Defeat Mitch McConnell in just two hours. Sign up to make GOTV calls to Democrats. They rarely are, indeed. Teach the controversy, and so on.
Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: Sam...

Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: Sam Brownback, getting desperate, links opponent to hideous murders

Leading Off:

? KS-Gov: We've officially hit the point in the cycle where campaigns start to get desperate. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in a close race with Democrat Paul Davis and his campaign is airing a risky new ad aiming to caricature Davis as weak on crime.

The narrator describes how the Carr brothers were caught and prosecuted for multiple murders, and sent to death row. However "liberal judges in Topeka" overturned their death sentences. The spot links the judges to Davis, with the narrator accusing one of them of holding a fundraiser for the Democrat. The spot ends by contrasting the two candidates, arguing that Davis will appoint weak liberal justices, while Brownback will appoint tough judges.

Unsurprisingly, the ad is getting plenty of attention in Kansas. Kansans for Justice, an organization formed by the families of the Carr brothers' victims, put out a statement expressing its displeasure that the case is being politicized, though the group is also very unhappy that the Carrs' sentences were commuted to life in prison.

Ads like this are always unpredictable. If Brownback can make the argument that Davis is weak on crime, it could very well give him a boost. However, if it looks like he's exploiting a terrible tragedy for his own political benefit, it can easily backfire. Indeed, Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich found this out the hard way a few months ago when he ran an ad centered on a murderer, but had to pull it after the victims' family complained. Another endangered Midwestern Republican, Rep. Lee Terry, is also running hard-hitting ads trying to portray his opponent as weak, and it's not yet clear if they're working or not. We'll need to wait and see how voters respond to this very provocative commercial.

Head below the fold for a roundup of ads from races across the county.

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 ]
Global Warming impacts escalate as ...


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.


$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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