US Government Ordered to Prepare Gu...

US Government Ordered to Prepare Guantánamo Force-Feeding Videos for release

Gov. Hogan Quietly Passes Fracking ...

Gov. Hogan Quietly Passes Fracking Moratorium

ACLU To Deliver 60,000 Signatures ...

ACLU To Deliver 60,000 Signatures to Sen. Tillis Today Calling for End to Section 215 the Patriot Act

New Analysis Finds 1.6 Million bpd ...

New Analysis Finds 1.6 Million bpd of Planned Tar Sands Expansion On Life Support

Public Citizen Files Emergency Com...

Public Citizen Files Emergency Complaint Alleging Possible Market Manipulation by Dynegy, Urges Investigation of Midwest Power Auction

Fallacies of PATRIOT Act 'Compromis...

Fallacies of PATRIOT Act 'Compromises'

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...


Two Opponents For Hillary Clinton A...

Two Opponents For Hillary Clinton And One New Development In The Clinton Scandals

Bernie Sanders has managed to create excitement since announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, even if few think he can win. Martin O’Malley is expected to announce his candidacy on Saturday. Politico speculates as to who could do Clinton more harm, Sanders or O’Malley: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O?Malley […]
Clinton Foundation Donors And Weapo...

Clinton Foundation Donors And Weapons Deals At Clinton State Department, Plus How The Clintons Channel Their Inner Mitt Romney

Clinton apologists who fool themselves, or try to fool others, that the scandals do not matter might at some point need to reconsider whether it really makes sense for a political party to nominate a candidate with so much dirty laundry. These are not simply attacks from Fox or other right wing sources. This is […]
Bernie Sanders Answers Questions An...

Bernie Sanders Answers Questions And NBC Advises Not To Count Him Out

Bernie Sanders will be holding a rally in Vermont to kick off his campaign tonight. Sanders answered ten questions from MSNBC–almost as many questions Hillary Clinton has answered in her entire campaign to date. Some excerpts, which show that while on the left of our political spectrum, he is still not out to destroy our […]
The Clinton Clown Car Is Back

The Clinton Clown Car Is Back

While it is easy to mock the Republican candidates with their extreme views which show them to be out of touch with reality as a clown car, Democrats have a clown car of their own. The email from Sydney Blumenthal released last week (some of which had actually leaked out in 2013), shows that the […]
SciFi Weekend: Mad Men Ends In Perf...

SciFi Weekend: Mad Men Ends In Perfect Harmony; The Flash Season Finale; Orphan Black; David Letterman?s Final Show; Gilmore Girls Reunion; Community?s Homage To The Captain America Elevator Scene; John Nash

 Mad Men really did end somewhat like I discussed last week–Don Draper on the California coast, analogous to the season finale of Arrow with Oliver and Felicity driving up the coast.  Don even traveled with a woman from Arrow–Caity Lotz, the Black Canary. In this case she played Stephanie, Anna Draper’s niece. The choice was […]
Hillary Clinton vs. The Press

Hillary Clinton vs. The Press

With Clinton only taking rare questions from reporters, and generally only providing evasive answers, an increasing amount of the campaign coverage has turned to Hillary Clinton avoiding the press. McClatchy, one of the country’s better news services, has joined in: Here?s how Hillary Clinton campaigned for president this week: She took a private 15-minute tour […]


Bring back "Playboy after Dark"!

Bring back "Playboy after Dark"!

Who, in the USA, doesn't want to be the host of a TV talk show?
Policing Post Mortem: What Needs to...

Policing Post Mortem: What Needs to Happen Next?

Let's not let police brutality go the way of gun control legislation or the war on women. Some suggestions for stopping the violence.
New York City Book Expo = Book Expo...

New York City Book Expo = Book Exposure

The NYC Book Expo: promise and pitfalls in a changing industry and my own reactions as a struggling author to it.
What Is the Greatest Commandment?

What Is the Greatest Commandment?

If we love all and exclude none, we will remove the social and political barriers that prevent others from realizing their fullest potential--not just in our own country, but throughout the world. We live, breathe, and have our being within a global ecosystem. Our economic choices and our political decisions must be sustainable: We must have equal compassion for the people of future generations, even seven generations...
How to Lose Power in One Year!! Egy...

How to Lose Power in One Year!! Egypt's Morsi June30th 2012- July3rd 2013

The concept of power that is so much interconnected to other factors and it is so changeable that intricate and there is no such a thing as a formula that you can follow in order to have power. A discussion about Muhamed Morsi's path to and from power.
The Fiercest Fast Track Battle is Y...

The Fiercest Fast Track Battle is Yet to Come

The Senate approved TPA on Friday May 22nd 62-37 with one member not voting. The battle continues, however, as the bill approaches the House side next week.

Ben Carson may be running for presi...

Ben Carson may be running for president, but he still gets $40,000 per speech

Repubican presidental candidate Ben Carson announces his candidacy in Detroit, Michigan May 4, 2015. Carson announced in television interviews on Sunday that he is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and is expected to hold a formal an
The news that Ben Carson will be continuing give paid speeches for fees of $40,000+ per appearance in spite of being a presidential candidate is, I have to say, unsurprising. While it's unusual, giving paid speeches is what Ben Carson does now. It's that or needlepoint, and Ben Carson is all out of needlepoint.

I do wonder if his famous ability to fit his foot in his mouth is going to complicate things, though:

Candidates who give paid speeches risk violating campaign finance laws, says Larry Noble, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a campaign finance legal advocacy group. When Carson now gives a paid speech, he cannot mention his candidacy or refer to his presidential campaign, because if he does so that would make the event a campaign speech from a legal perspective. ... and you're not allowed to give $40,000+ checks to a presidential candidate directly, because until the Roberts court gets around to nixing them there are still laws about that. So Ben Carson has to navigate each one of these speeches without mentioning his campaign once, and this is a fellow who's not known for navigating tricky ground in appearances without having to issue an apology a few days later.

So we'll see. Mind you, it's still possible that Carson isn't serious at all about running for president and is just doing that in order to milk his time in the lucrative conservative speaking circuit for a few dollars more. His campaign hasn't done much, but the fundraising? The fundraising has been going on for years.

Republicans still no closer to savi...

Republicans still no closer to saving their own asses on Obamacare

Republican leaders Senator Mitch McConnell (R) and John Boehner speak after a bipartisan meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington June 10, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Have fun with this, guys.
We've just got one more month before the Supreme Court issues its King v. Burwell decision, which means that Republicans?the ones in charge of Congress?have just a few weeks to figure out if they're going to do anything to help the 8 million people who could be losing their Obamcare subsidies. They sort of have an idea to pursue, Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-WI) temporary extension of subsidies, which is really just veto-bait and a way to blame President Obama if the subsidies end. Even that, though, is just too much for House extremists who will refuse to vote on anything that keeps any part of the law alive for any length of time. Any plan that includes subsidies, even for a brief period, would be "real problematic," said Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. "We have to say: 'Here?s our replacement that will make health care better,' but not any type of fix to the plan," he said.

That group of more than 30 lawmakers hasn?t taken a formal position on the issue, but conservative opposition could make it hard to pass legislation in the House.

"That view suggests Obamacare was the right answer and that's not what Republicans promised last fall," said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R., Kan.). "This is a golden opportunity. If Republicans squander this opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare, they squander an opportunity to actually win the White House. It?s not the time to support and extend Obamacare."

There's not going to be any help forthcoming from Democrats, either. They'll demand a permanent fix and nothing else, and the problem Johnson has is that his legislation makes it very clear that a permanent fix is ridiculously easy. He's included the language to do it, just with an expiration date which is conveniently after he might be re-elected in 2016.

The basic problem for Senate Republicans is that they represent states that will be hit very hard economically if the court strips subsidies, because those are the states using federal exchanges. Twenty-two of the 24 Senate Republicans up for re-election in 2016 are in these states, and they have to run state-wide, not in specially carved-out heavily Republican districts, like their House colleagues. As we've seen demonstrated time and time again, their House counterparts aren't very good at the big, long-term strategic thinking. They also just don't give a damn about the Senate.

All that is going to make it pretty difficult for Republicans to blame Obama if the court does its worst.

Report: Hastert was paying man to k...

Report: Hastert was paying man to keep quiet about sexual abuse dating from Hastert's teaching days

Former Representative J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) listens as U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa January 2, 2008. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES) - RTX566T
Denny Hastert
A new report in the New York Times fills in some important details about former Republican House Speaker Denny Hastert's shocking indictment: J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, was paying a man to not say publicly that Mr. Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, according to two people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an F.B.I. investigation into the payments.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of Mr. Hastert on allegations that he made cash withdrawals designed to hide those payments and for lying to federal authorities about the purpose of the withdrawals.

The man?who was not identified in court papers?told the F.B.I. that he had been touched by Mr. Hastert when Mr. Hastert was a high school teacher and wrestling coach, the two people said on Friday. The people briefed on the investigation spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a federal investigation.

Hastert is accused of promising $3.5 million to an unspecified "Individual A" to cover up "prior misconduct" on Hastert's part. That alleged "prior misconduct" was not detailed in his indictment, but it certainly sounds like this is it. The Times doesn't outright say that the man described above is Individual A, but the piece is framed to strongly indicate that he is. That's buttressed by a separate report in the Los Angeles Times: One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said "Individual A," as the person is described in Thursday?s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert?s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert's time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said. [...]

Asked why Hastert was making the payments, the official said it was to conceal Hastert?s past relationship with the male. "It was sex," the source said. The other official confirmed that the misconduct involved sexual abuse.

There is still much we don't know, including how Hastert and Individual A knew one another, but we'll be keep track of all developments in this story. You can find our full explainer on the case here.

1:50 PM PT: A new CNN report says that Hastert "was paying a former student in order to keep quiet about allegations of sexual misconduct" from Hastert's time as a teacher and coach, according to two nameless sources "with knowledge of the federal government investigation."

Federal appeals court strikes down ...

Federal appeals court strikes down Idaho's 20-week abortion ban

Members of Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America and more than 20 other organizations hold a
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho abortion laws in a ruling issued Friday. The laws banned the procedure after 20 weeks and also required that all second trimester abortions be performed in hospitals. The Idaho laws have not been enforced in the state, as a lower court judge had reached the same conclusion as the 9th Circuit. A spokesman for the Idaho attorney general was not immediately available for comment on Friday.

The Idaho case began when a local prosecutor filed a criminal complaint against Jennie Linn McCormack for self-inducing an abortion by ingesting a pack of pills. That case was dismissed, but McCormack then filed a civil lawsuit challenging several Idaho abortion statutes.

In a unanimous three-judge opinion on Friday, the 9th Circuit said U.S. Supreme Court precedent barred the Idaho laws.

The Idaho attorney general has not yet released a statement about the state's intention to appeal. But the 20-week abortion ban has been passed in 12 other states since 2010. States and anti-abortion groups are pushing very hard to have this ban reach the Supreme Court as the next challenge to chip away at Roe v. Wade. Likewise, the U.S. House voted earlier this month to impose a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks, and were clear in doing so that they are making it a litmus test for presidential candidates and intend to keep pushing it.
Those guys who boosted the 'surge' ...

Those guys who boosted the 'surge' in Iraq? They're eager to do it again

Explosion in late 2014 variously described as an ISIL truck bomb or a U.S. airstrike in the town of Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border.
Explosions in late 2014 variously described as an ISIL truck bomb or a U.S. airstrike in the town of Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border.
Michael Crowley reports from Washington that there's a push for a new "surge" in Iraq. And guess what? It's being promoted by some of the same imperialist jackasses who proposed the first one in 2007.

The idea this time is to send perhaps 20,000 U.S. troops there and embed them with front-line Iraqi soldiers to fight ISIL, the extremist militants also known as ISIS, the Islamic State and Daesh. Those troops would, goes the talk, rarely engage in combat, but rather work as advisers and trainers as well as spotters for precision U.S. airstrikes:

?It will take accepting risk. It will take accepting casualties,? retired Gen. Jack Keane, a former Army vice chief of staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week. Keane helped persuade Bush to order his surge of [30,000] troops against the opposition of military commanders who insisted their Iraq strategy was working; Obama opposed that surge but later admitted that it ?succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.?

In an interview with POLITICO, Keane said he supports sending between 10,000 and 20,000 troops to Iraq, primarily to speed up the training of Iraqi forces and tribal fighters in Sunni areas where ISIS is especially strong. His view is backed by another Bush surge architect, Fred Kagan, a military strategist at the American Enterprise Institute, who also discussed the proposal with POLITICO.

Kagan is a good deal more than that. He (along with his father Donald and brother Robert) were all signatories of the 90-page seminal neoconservative document Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces, and Resources For a New Century (2000), which called for a steep rise in military spending and continued global dominance by the United States with emphasis on its "'constabular' duties associated with shaping the security environment." Like other neoconservatives associated with the Project for a New American Century, Fred Kagan was pushing for an attack on Iraq as early as 1998.

Kagan, Sen. John McCain and others who back a new surge in a new form, have all sharply criticized President Obama for bailing on the Iraqis when he ordered the last U.S. combat troops to exit the country in 2011. They've blamed that withdrawal for the emergence of ISIL. And they've credited the original surge with great success, indeed with "winning" the Iraq war. So why not do it again?

Hmmmmm. We "won" the Iraq war? Could have fooled me. Given the convenient amnesia regarding the invasion and occupation being displayed of late by many prominent American hawks, including Jeb Bush, as well as Obama's own unfortunate if reluctant praise for the surge, this revisionism about Iraq should surprise nobody.

In fact, it was Bush who in 2008 signed off on the timeline for combat troop withdrawal and it was the Iraqi government that refused to sign an agreement to allow U.S. forces to remain. More importantly, the surge didn't win the war. It merely helped tamp down the insurgency temporarily.

More on the new surge below the fold.

Midday open thread: Arctic ice at r...

Midday open thread: Arctic ice at record low; Sandy victims blame Christie; Bush and the coal barons

Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to Spy:
Cartoon by Mark Fiore -- Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to Spy
What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... The myth of lost manhood in America, by Mark E Andersen The white riot that burned Greenwood to the ground, by Denise Oliver Velez Book Review: Dire Predictions 2nd Edition, by DarkSyde The most accurate pollsters of 2014...(and why that title, quite frankly, doesn't mean very much), by Steve Singiser No longer girls, they are military veterans, by Susan Grigsby When it comes to voting, conservatives want some people to count more than others. Sound familiar? by Ian Reifowitz Americans need more than a listening and learning tour from Hillary Clinton right now, by Egberto Willies U.S. GDP contracted in first quarter: Real, that is inflation-adjusted, gross domestic product fell at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015, according to the second estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis Friday. The first estimate had put the rate at 0.2 percent, but the consensus of experts had forecast that the second estimate would be negative. In the fourth quarter, real GDP had increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent. It's the third time we've seen a first-quarter contraction since the economic expansion after the Great Recession began. In the first quarter of 2014, for instance, the annualized rate of growth fell 2.1 percent. A key measure, real final sales of domestic product, which excludes inventories, fell 1.1 percent in the first quarter, the steepest plunge since the first quarter of 2009, during the depths of the recession. Many economists see the contraction as a blip. Sandy victims blame Gov. Christie for the fact they're still not back in their homes: More than two and a half years after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the coast, thousands of residents are still waiting for their homes to be rebuilt and for funding to come through. And this week, the New Jersey department overseeing the recovery announced that almost half of the low-income homeowners who applied for rebuilding aid had been rejected. [...]

But Christie has been resistant to moving forward legislation which would help the victims recover. Early last year, federal officials said they were investigating his use of millions of dollars in Sandy relief funds for ads to promote tourism that also prominently featured the governor. And the state is currently disputing the Fair Share Housing Center?s claim that 15,000 families are still waiting to rebuild, saying it?s ?a gross and irresponsible distortion of the facts.?

Gallup: Nation's pro-choice views lead for first time since 2008: ?Half of Americans consider themselves 'pro-choice' on abortion, surpassing the 44% who identify as 'pro-life.' This is the first time since 2008 that the pro-choice position has had a statistically significant lead in Americans? abortion views.? But 20 years ago, 6 percent more Americans were pro-choice than now and the forced birther cohort was way below 40 percent. Among Democrats, 68 percent are pro-choice; among Republicans, 31 percent are.
Greatest photobomb ever? 66 chimpanzees that were key to developing hepatitis vaccine have been left to die: In 2005, the New York Blood Center left its research chimps to retire with a promise of lifetime care on an island. In March, it abandoned them for somebody else to worry about.

The 66 chimps are currently surviving on a reduced feeding schedule paid for through emergency funds pieced together by the Humane Society and the personal donations of a handful of individual conservationists. But they only have enough money to support the chimps? care for a few more weeks.

The extent of Arctic ice for this time of year is at an all-time low (since satellite data have been available):
Surprise! Jeb Bush to cozy up to coal barons at closed-door meeting: Jeb Bush will convene next week with a clutch of coalmining barons and reliable Republican party donors who have paid at least $7,500 each to huddle in secret with the presidential hopeful at a golfing and fly-fishing retreat in a hidden-away corner of Virginia.

Bush?s scheduled one-hour speech at the Coal & Investment Leadership Forum will take place at the members-only Olde Farm club in Bristol, Virginia, where the civil war-themed golf tournament is a ?cherished tradition.?

Team Blackness discusses the fact we live in a stupid world as epitomized by the people wasting their time hating on Dwayne Wade just because he paints his toenails.  Apparently many of his 4.3 million Instagram followers judged him for it, but that's not stopping Wade: ?I was on vacation in the Bahamas with LeBron and when he saw my toes he was like, ?Something is seriously wrong with you.? But eventually Bron was like, ?You know what? You?re crazy, but that?s just you.? Also discussed were the abolition of the death penalty in Nebraska, why Chuck Johnson is a dick, and how Iyanla is going to "fix" Baltimore. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS On today's encore Kagro in the Morning show, alphabet soup with Greg Dworkin: POW; EPA; VA. How the Gop accidentally forced a nat'l health care exchange. PsychoSuperMom's "GOP Hypocrisy Blues." How open carry hijacks brands. Scott Brown's into something shady.

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 ...


Gen. McChrystal on Navigating Threa...

Gen. McChrystal on Navigating Threats in a Complex World

General Stanley McChrystal discusses how U.S. forces in the Middle East adapted to changing threats around the world.
O'Malley's Entry Ups Focus on Immig...

O'Malley's Entry Ups Focus on Immigration in 2016

The heat that immigration has brought to the 2016 presidential campaigns could intensify Saturday with the addition of former Maryland Gov.
Flashback: Hastert in the House

Flashback: Hastert in the House

Look back at Dennis Hastert's time in Congress, before the former Speaker was indicted on federal charges.
Lincoln Chafee to Join Growing Demo...

Lincoln Chafee to Join Growing Democratic 2016 Field

Former Rhode Island governor and senator Lincoln Chafee will join the slowly growing list of Democrats challenging Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination.
Watch Live: White House Press Brief...

Watch Live: White House Press Briefing

Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the daily briefing.
Here's Why Politicos Are Shocked by...

Here's Why Politicos Are Shocked by the Hastert Indictment

Hastert rose from a high school teacher in Illinois to become the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House.


Sources: Hastert was paying former ...

Sources: Hastert was paying former student

Indicted for lying to FBI about $3.5 million he allegedly agreed to pay unnamed person. FULL STORY
What draws women to ISIS?

What draws women to ISIS?

Schoolgirl, doctor, blogger: The women of ISIS aren't all stereotypical "jihadi brides." FULL STORY
Man: I saw Holloway buried

Man: I saw Holloway buried

Jurriën de Jong says he kept silent for years because of his own crimes -- and out of fear. FULL STORY
Phoenix police prepare for 'Draw Mo...

Phoenix police prepare for 'Draw Mohammed' rally

An ex-Marine is organizing a rally today outside this Arizona mosque. FULL STORY
Obama poster's maker loses hope

Obama poster's maker loses hope

Shepard Fairey says he's run out of hope for President Barack Obama.
ACLU: Pregnant woman's arrest 'horr...

ACLU: Pregnant woman's arrest 'horrifying'

An officer's body cam video shows what the ACLU alleges was a wrongful arrest and the wrestling to the ground of an eight months pregnant black woman after she got into an argument with a white woman outside a school in Barstow, California.

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