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Monday, April 9, 2012

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Chris Hedges’ – Someone You Love: Coming to a Gulag Near You
Truth Dig The security and surveillance state does not deal in nuance or ambiguity. Its millions of agents, intelligence gatherers, spies, clandestine operatives, analysts and armed paramilitary units live in a binary world of opposites, of good and evil, black and white, opponent and ally. There is nothing between. You are for us or against us. You are a patriot or an enemy of freedom. You either
PSYOP team prepares for expanded mission in Africa
Stratrisks Source: DVIDS LEWISVILLE, Texas – More than 20 soldiers of the 345th Psychological Operations Company started pre-deployment training, March 26, 2012 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Lewisville, Texas. The training is in preparation for their upcoming deployment to the Horn of Africa. The unit will go to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., early this summer for ten days of
America’s Role in Reducing Violence in Central America
A casual observer of world events might believe that interstate wars, civil wars, and terrorism, given the prominence of media coverage, are the primary causes of violent deaths. In fact, of the estimated 526,000 people killed by lethal violence in 2010, only 10.5 percent were direct conflict deaths—in other words, due to armed conflict, political violence, or terrorism. Victims of intentional ho


Woodward and Bernstein: Could the Web generation uncover a Watergate-type scandal?
Washington Post By Dan Zak The gabby, gray-haired grand pooh-bahs of journalism sprang from the back flaps of their book jackets onto a real-life panel Tuesday afternoon in the air-conditioned guts of the Marriott Wardman Park, where the American Society of News Editors was holding its annual conference. The pooh-bahs oraculated, with both good humor and grandfatherly concern, that the Internet


‘Super PAC,’ Eyeing General Election, Aims Blitz at Obama
New York Times By JIM RUTENBERG and JEFF ZELENY Published: April 8, 2012 American Crossroads, the biggest of the Republican “super PACs,” is planning to begin its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year, a moment the Obama re-election campaign has been girding for and another sign that the general election is starting in earnest. With an anticipated bank account of more than $200 mil
Buffet Rule Tax Day Push
Political Animal April 09, 2012 8:45 AM Buffet Rule Tax Day Push By Ed Kilgore Usually the week leading up to April 15, the federal income tax filing day, belongs to conservatives who have the change to score uncontested goal after goal against an unloved and unlovable tax system, and more broadly, the public commitments that make it necessary. But this year, it looks like Democrats will for once
Bob McDonnell, Virginia Governor: ‘War On Women’ Is ‘Political Theater’
Huff Post Laura Bassett Posted: 03/21/2012  4:19 pm Updated: 03/21/2012  4:29 pm Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has drastically slipped in the polls after backing two controversial anti-abortion measures over the past several weeks: the fetal personhood bill and the mandatory ultrasound bill. But in an interview on CNN Tuesday night, he said the “War on Women” is something Democrats have invente
Virginia Poll: 52% Oppose Ultrasound Law
Politico By TIM MAK | 3/21/12 8:04  AM EDT A majority of Virginians stand against the state’s new law that requires  women seeking an abortion to  undergo an ultrasound before the procedure, a new survey shows. Fifty-two percent of voters said they opposed the law, compared with 41  percent who support it, according to a Quinnipiac  University poll released Wednesday. Further, an overwhelming
Paul Ryan’s Dangerous, And Intentionally Vague, Budget Plan
The Washingon Post By Editorial Board, Published: March 20 The Washington Post THERE IS NO credible path to deficit reduction without a combination of spending cuts and revenue increases. This is the fundamental conclusion of every responsible group that has examined the issue, most prominently the Simpson-Bowles commission, and it is the fundamental failure of the budget blueprint released Tuesda


Episode 225 – Still Listening to the Enemy
In this jam-packed 90 minute episode of the podcast, we tap into enemy communications once again to find out what the global “superclass” are thinking and doing. From global government to synthetic biology, the phony left/right paradigm and Rockefeller’s ruminations, we break down the arguments and parse the rhetoric of the globalists’ transmissions. For those with limited bandwidth, CLICK HERE to
Corbett Report Radio 106 – 9/11 Transparency
“Why would you be worried if you have nothing to hide?” ask the defenders of the police state control grid and all its Orwellian surveillance technology whenever one expresses concern about the fact that Big Brother is increasingly watching everything you do, say, or write. Well then by that logic, if the government has nothing to hide about 9/11, why are they keeping so much information from us?
Life and Death: Bioethics as crypto-eugenics
by James Corbett BoilingFrogsPost.com 3 April, 2012 Few in the general public have heard much, if anything at all, about the relatively obscure corner of academia known as bioethics. First emerging as an academic discipline in the late 1960s, bioethics concerns itself with the ethical questions raised by advancing knowledge and technological sophistication in biology, medicine, and the life scienc
Corbett Report Radio 102 – Free Money with Stefan Molyneux
Stefan Molyneux of FreeDomainRadio.com joins us for a wide-ranging philosophical discussion on money, freedom, aggression, property and power. We also take calls on issues from commodity-backed money to ethical systems.
Interview 488 – Jon Rappoport on the Bioethics Agenda
Jon Rappoport of NoMoreFakeNews.com joins us to discuss the academic discipline of bioethics, a field of inquiry that presumes to be able to settle the moral quandaries raised by modern medicine. We discuss the startling implications of recent calls for after-birth abortions, the false debate about money as a determinative tool in life and death situations, the roots of these problems in the eugen
Interview 487 – The International Forecaster with Bob Chapman
In this week’s conversation with International Forecaster Bob Chapman we discuss: Australia’s position in the global economic system, the recent Queensland elections, the possibility of a BRICS bank to rival the World Bank/IMF, the increasingly brazen moves of a police state that is admittedly watching everything and everyone, the 15 trillion dollar party, the funding of the Syrian insurgents by t


Murder mystery
by Doctor Science I was working on a post (about school and other shootings) and wanted to check one fact. Result: a couple days of work later, I have found out something really odd about murder in America. I'm nothing of an expert in the field, so I'm hoping that someone who *does* know about it can come along and say what the experts think is going on -- or if I've noticed something that the ex
by russell I was interested in finding out about student loan debt in the US.  It's huge now, larger than credit card debt.  Lots of young folks are starting out their professional lives tens (or more) of thousands of dollars in the hole. Yikes. While looking around on that topic, I ran across this bit of advice on how to address student loan obligations: You want my advice? Having your stude
Mormon feminism
by liberal japonicus Given the exciting back and forth in the comments, I am rushing this post to the site, though I have a friday open thread ready to go as well. Earlier, I commented on the strange conjunction of immigration support and the Mormon church. Well, the Guardian had this about feminism and the Mormon church. A few grafs: In the US, Mitt Romney's Republican bid has placed a spotl
act 13
Pennsylvania Act 13 rewrites much of the PA Oil and Gas Act of 1984.  It is almost entirely addressed to natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale areas found within PA.  Among its provisions: Establish and/or strengthen environmental protections around well sites Require natural gas drilling companies to register the chemicals they use in their 'fracking' compounds with the state ** Re
Dame Edna retires
by liberal japonicus I tried posting this as a comment to my last post and it doesn't seem to go, so I'll make it a post This piece in the Guardian about Dame Everage and her creator, Barry Humphries might be of interest to people thinking about fame in our modern society. 2 grafs What began as a joke about Australian suburban delusion – Edna was initially a kind of Melbourne equivalent of Beverl

My leaflet for Edinburgh election now up
On my other website, I’ve now put up my leaflet for the Edinburgh council election, in which I am a candidate in the Meadows/Morningside ward. Rate this: Share this:TwitterFacebookRedditStumbleUponLike this:Be the first to like this post.
Syria fires into Turkey
Syria fires into Turkey: Turkey has protested after Syrian forces opened fire across the border, the first such attack since Turkey began housing refugees from the unrest. A clash between Syrian rebels and troops spilled over the border, leaving one dead and several injured. Turkey summoned Syria’s envoy over the clash. Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. Just saying.

Army makes efforts to find out 124 Pak soldiers and some civilians under the avalanche on Siachen
  Pak army is making strenuous efforts to find out 124 soldiers and some civilians who are under the avalanche on Siachen. On April 8, Chief of Army Staff General Kayani went to Sakardu to check the arrangements made to remove the heavy snow. US and some western countries have also offered their help in this regard. Pakistan Government did not accept Indian assistance, but welcomed the statement o
Hollowness of Zardari-Singh Meeting
By Sajjad Shaukat Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari who visited India on April 8 this year primarily to pay homage to Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. After the meeting, signaling positive outcome, President Zardari and Prime Minister Singh said in a joint press conference that the two countries are willing to find “practica
Who are Behind Karachi Unrest?
By Sajjad Shaukat While various subversive acts arranged by anti-Pakistan foreign elements continue in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan,  and sectarian violence which also enveloped Gilgit-Baltistan recently, unrest has again engulfed the provincial capital of Sindh, Karachi where in the last three months, more than 300 people including several personal of Police and Rangers have been killed by the


A Trip to Trinity Site
It’s about a two and half hour drive to White Sands’s Stallion Gate from my home in Santa Fe. I wasn’t sure of what to expect, so I brought reading material, having heard stories of long waits to get in. I left about six-thirty, got there about nine, and the dozen or so cars in front of me moved through the gate expeditiously, drivers showing a picture id to the security people.From the gate, it’s
I visited Trinity Site, the place the first atom bomb was exploded, yesterday. I'm working on a photo essay on that, but in the meantime, here's a photo I took yesterday at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, on the way home from Trinity.White-faced ibis with a snowy egret.


Jacked from the 140 (Because sometimes that’s all you need)
Fox News North’s @kinsellawarren puts down his 30 pieces of silver to spank @fernhilldammit for consorting w/ teh enemy is.gd/zoW25t — Matthew Elliot (@matttbastard) April 9, 2012 Seriously, dub tee eff? Update: Yes, kids you too can be Warren Kinsella’s Next Idiot (after Dawg, that is). Like this:Be the first to like this post.
Meet the NEW New Civil Rights Movement
Hey, remember when Faux News used to merely employ dog whistles in its race-baiting wingnut agit-prop? Good times. Now they rock Les Paul Customs plugged into Marshall stacks that go to eleven (TO ELEVEN): A Fox Orlando affiliate decribed Neo-Nazis as “a civil rights group” on a television broadcast and online. The group of Neo-Nazis, known as the National Socialist Movement, has been conducting a
Holiday Weekend Link Round-up (Or, Yes, I WAS too lazy to write something original. Deal.)
What you should be reading this holiday weekend, in lieu of spending quality time with your family/loved ones (like yrs truly will be a little later): - Open ass, insert head: Dave, Cathie, Dawg, pale_, jj, Peggy, and Orwell’s Bastard, on the latest iteration of ‘Progressive Bloggers [sic] journey to the centre of their colons’ (solidarity w/ DAMMIT JANET!) - Dave Weigel continues his superlative
David Banner on the Shooting of Trayvon Martin: “We Have to Get Some Type of Legislation Now.”
Gulf Coast hip hop impresario David Banner drops some straight knowledge re: Trayvon, race, and class in the US of A in this BlackEnterprise.com interview: “The fact [is] we have to get some type of legislation now. “What do we want to see implemented to make sure this doesn’t happen again because y’know American culture, now that we’ve seen this happen it’s going to take something two-times as b


Berlin and Moscow
I am a frequent flier and have a plastic, gold “Million Miler” card from United to prove it. None of my business flights have had more meaning than one I took in 1989 to watch people hammer away at the Berlin Wall. I was somewhere else in Europe at the time and hopped a plane to West Berlin. The customs police looked quizzically at a traveler without luggage, not understanding that I was a day tri


Love Is My Badge
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Many Mansions
(There was a request for this one. Since its first nascent appearance in 2009, it hasn’t been able to decide whether it’s more a Christmas, or an Easter, piece. So let it be both. And neither. For what it really is, is “Left Behind.”) * * * In my Father’s house are many mansions. —John 14:2 Christmastime again is here, and so be Santa, and so be Jesus. A couple years ago, in contemplating Santa an
Feets Don’t Fail Me Now
A lot of people don’t like English ivy. A lot of times these people have been my landlord. Or landlady. Who will bellow: “It will tear the house down!” At which time they commence to put on the Hitler moustache, and start goose-stepping furiously around the property, decreeing that no English ivy vill they permit mein to das grow. Well . . . sure, ivy’ll tear a house down. But there’s no malice in
Top This
Once upon a time, I traveled deep into the winter Sierra, with the woman who would one day become the mother of the award-winning deviant. At a fair time before the award-winning deviant manifested herself in Consensus Reality. Upon a turn, we encountered a wondrous natural display. In which falling water, passing over a tumbling rock face, had hardened into a freeze, forming marvelous, and marvel


Afghan Disaster part 462
I have been explaining this in great detail for months, indeed years. Whitehall is finally admitting it. What a huge cock-up! So much for the elite policymakers in the Foreign Office.


The Power of Performance
I received the email below this afternoon, and am re-posting it with permission from Dr. McCune. In it, he emphasizes that activism surrounding Trayvon Martin’s murder must not be conflated with misogyny.  ——————— On Wednesday, The Department of Women’s Studies and American Studies–along with African-American Studies and TRIOTA–hosted approximately 100 students, faculty, and staff from across camp


Indictment: Amish Photographed Forcible Hair, Beard Cuttings
The FBI has recovered a disposable camera that reportedly was used to photograph Amish men and women whose beards and hair were forcibly shaved in what is now being prosecuted as a federal hate crime. That detail is contained in a new, expanded 10-count federal indictment just returned by a grand jury in Cleveland. The indictment [...]
Camo-Clad Men Said to Kill Two Immigrants in Arizona
The Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of two Latino immigrants who were shot last night when a group of men wearing camouflage ambushed their pickup truck. Sheriff’s Deputy Dawn Barkman told local news outlets that the shooting occurred in Eloy, about 60 miles north of Tucson. He added that the victims were [...]
Militant Black Groups Plan Armed Rally, Call for Vigilantism
The New Black Panther Party (NBPP) and New Black Liberation Militia (NBLM) are planning an armed rally in Sanford, Fla. later this month, Hatewatch has learned. Speaking via phone from Jacksonville, where his group was holding a press conference with NBPP area spokesman Mikhail Muhammad, NBLM head Minister Prince Najee Shaka Muhammad today told Hatewatch that [...]
Neo-Nazis Plan Patrols in Florida in Wake of Trayvon Martin Shooting
The neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) has announced that it will be conducting patrols in Seminole County, Fla., to protect “local citizens from the area who are concerned for the safety of their families.” The group says it is prepared for “racial violence” in the Sanford area, where the Martin shooting occurred, and that is [...]
Men Arrested in Tulsa Shooting Spree Posted Racist Material to Facebook
Law enforcement officials arrested two people early Sunday in connection with a deadly spate of random shootings in Tulsa that had residents on edge. The men taken into custody were identified as Jake England, 19 (left), and Alvin Watts, 32. The pair were charged with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent [...]
Texas Jury Hears Account of Fatal Shooting by White Supremacist
By Friday, jurors are expected to begin weighing the evidence against a Texas murder suspect allegedly linked to Kingdom Identity Ministries, a racist, anti-Semitic group that opposes mixing of the races. Defendant Mark Simmons of Buda told an investigating officer that the victim, his friend  Steven Woelfel, deserved to die because he had a Mexican [...]


Courage and Convictions
I suppose most of us live with some kind of anxiety that in a fire, a shipwreck, an earthquake or a battle, we'd save our skins, run for our lives and ignore the plight of everyone else. We jeer, surely uneasily, at J. Bruce Ismay, the owner of the Titanic, who leapt into a lifeboat when a thousand "gentlemen simply stood about the decks, smoking cigarettes, talking to one another and waiting for
‘Block the Vote’ Blowback
In 2008, after when Sen. John McCain won just four percent of the black vote, it looked like the GOP couldn't do any worse among African Americans in a presidential election. But that's now a real possibility. Republicans were pleased with George W. Bush's 11 percent share of the African-American vote in 2004, and they hoped to do even better four years ago. But that was before Bush's disastrous
A Childhood Exorcised
In lesser hands, a memoir as heartbreaking as Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? would collapse under the weight of its own intensity. At the center of much of the story is Mrs. Winterson, the author's domineering adoptive mother, a religious zealot who was "apocalyptic by nature." For the author, growing up "different" meant not just suffering through the ritual abuse of
Unmasking the Super PACs
It's election season in Anytown, U.S.A., and the incumbent County Dogcatcher faces some fierce competition. An issue ad from a Super PAC called Puppy Love has voters convinced the incumbent kills dogs for sport. A muckraking reporter trying to impress her editor walks into the local TV station and asks to see its political file, which offers information about who is paying for the station's politi
No Bark, Less Bite—That Dog Don’t Hunt
During this primary season, reporters and commentators, wandering along the profoundly contrived and artificial campaign trail, have succumbed to a kind of Stockholm Syndrome. They have taken to scrying the mystical abilities of this or that individual candidate to "connect" with voters and be "authentic." Our press corps must somehow compensate for the degradation of covering a modern political
The Ascendance of Elizabeth Warren
If you're reading this, you probably already know how you feel about Elizabeth Warren. Warren is currently running for Senate in Massachusetts, in the hopes of knocking out Republican incumbent Scott Brown. Very few first-time candidates are so well-known, or so passionately beloved. For much of the past decade, Warren has made her name as a left-wing media star, appearing in documentaries and o


Video: L'Bassline
L'Bassline is a new hip-hop group from Fes in Morocco — this song, Chayllah Systeme (Down with the system - actually "Chayllah is a kind of holy figure, a reference to the untouchable nature of the regime, a rather subtle play on word that I mistook for something else - thanks Aba!) tackles with a lot of politically sensitive subject, including electoral fraud, the new constitution, the Makhz
Omar Suleiman's gall
I have to confess I was skeptical about Omar Suleiman's run in recent days, especially when you consider the press reporting it was only going on a statement he'd allegedly made to MENA and he has yet to appear on television or in public talking about his campaign. But we're getting more confirmation with this interview with al-Akhbar, as reported by Reuters. I have a hard time seeing
Links April 1-7 2012
On my way back to Egypt, after an absence from all the exhausting mayhem. Muslim Brotherhood: We will not put Egypt-Israel peace treaty to referendum - Haaretz Qatar and Saudi Arabia at odds over Shater’s nomination | Egypt Independent Sultan Qassemi has good details here. Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh - Meet the candidates - Presidential elections 2012 - Ahram Online No fixed timeline to conclude E
How much Copts trust the Brotherhood
Not at all: A poll conducted by the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organizations, led by Coptic activist Naguib Gobrail, suggests that a majority of Copts support Amr Moussa for the presidency. The sample consisted of 3000 Copts. Moussa received 78 percent of votes in the poll, while Islamist candidate Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh got 22 percent, Gobrail said. The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Kh
In Translation: Egypt's constitutional crisis of consensus
First, a word about the people who make this possible. Our “In Translation” series is brought to you by the good folks at Industry Arabic. If you need anything translated — press articles, specialised reports, academic documents, anything! — I really recommend going to them. I’ve been referring people to them for over a year and heard only great feedback. They’re fast, professional, can work in al
Links March 19-21 2012
A mixed bag of tricks. Jadaliyya Launches Maghreb Page Great news. PA committee agrees to annul article 6 of military judicial law - DNE re: referring civs to mil court. STRATEGIC BREADTH AND DEPTH: AN ONLINE SYMPOSIUM ON TURKISH FOREIGN POLICY The violent struggle for power in Syria Report by German think-tank SWP. [PDF] Midnight for the SCAF's Cinderella Story - By Nathan J. Brown Open


Reasons for a Human Future in Space
I closed last week with two posts about the AVIATR mission, an unmanned airplane that could be sent to Titan to roam its skies for a year of aerial research. It’s a measure of Titan’s desirability as a destination that it has elicited so many mission proposals, and I want to get into the Titan Mare Explorer (TiME) as well, but let’s pause a moment to consider the nature of what we’re doing. Out of
Catalyzed Fusion: Tuning Up the Ramjet
Long-time Centauri Dreams readers have learned to tolerate my eccentricities (or, at least, they’re kind enough not to dwell on them). One of them is my love of poking around in old books related to space travel, which is how Benjamin Field’s A Narrative of the Travels and Adventures of Paul Aermont Among the Planets (1873) recently caught my eye. I don’t know much about Field other than that he c
A Brief Window: The Bussard Ramjet in the 1960s
It’s fascinating to watch how expansive ideas take hold in the public imagination. The idea of a starship that could scoop up particles from the interstellar medium came to Robert Bussard while he was at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and, as we saw recently in our articles on slowing down a starship, became the basis for subsequent magsail concepts because Bussard’s design evidently generates f
Century of the Starship
I once thought about putting together a collection of classic papers on interstellar flight. It would start with early work by the likes of Les Shephard, Eugen Sänger and Carl Wiley (whose groundbreaking paper on solar sails appeared not in a scientific journal but in Astounding Science Fiction). The book would proceed with the key papers of Forward, Bussard and Dyson and move into papers from the
Crowd-Funding the Exomoon Hunt
I’ve been trying to figure out why exomoons — moons around planets that orbit stars other than our own — have such a fascination for me. On the purely scientific level, the sheer amazement of discovery probably carries the day, meaning that I grew up in a time long before we had confirmation of any exoplanets, and now we’re talking about getting data on their moons. But there’s also that sense of
Starship Surfing: Ride the Bow Shock
We’ve been looking at slowing down a starship, pondering ways the interstellar medium itself might be of use, and seeing how the stellar wind produced by the destination star could slow a magsail. A large solar sail could use stellar photons, but the advantage of the magsail is that it’s going to be effective at a greater distance, and we can also consider other trajectory-bending effects like the


Fellow Citizen Expressing His Views On President Obama
Below is a fellow citizen who agreed to model for me the shirt he was wearing in Downtown Houston this past Saturday. To his credit, this gentleman did not ask me if I agreed or did not agree with the views he was expressing on his shirt. If only President Obama were a socialist, a radical, and a subversive. Here is a link to good book on this history of costume and fashion that I read a few years
Talking Points To Defeat Cruel New Houston Anti-Food Sharing Ordinance—Collective Actions Must Be Guided By Individual Conscience
Houston City Council, led by Mayor Annise Parker and Councilman James Rodriguez, have passed an ordinace that will criminalize many instances of sharing food with the homeless. Here are some details of this law from Mayor Parker’s office. Mayor Parker and Mr. Rodriguez are blind to the fact that Sojourner Truth understood many years ago—It is the shadow that sells the substance. This new law is a
Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up—There Is Nothing More Essential I Can Tell You Than That The Work Of Freedom Is Up To Each Of Us
Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers working for a better Texas. Every Texan and every American has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, wri
Flowers And A Bird—Please Have A Great Spring Weekend
It is Easter weekend and Passover and whatever else it is that you would like it to be. I hope you are getting some time with family and friends. Or time alone if that is what sails your ship. I thought a good post for such a hopeful spring weekend would involve flowers and a bird. Below are some flowers from the nice Bayou Bend Gardens in Houston. Here are facts about flowers.  I don’t know what
Galveston Seawall Parking Fees Should Be For Seawall Improvements—Just As Voters Thought They Had Approved
When Galveston voters approved parking fees long the Seawall last year, they did so with the expectation that they were voting for Seawall enhancements. All you need to do is look at the picture above to see what I am saying. I took that picture last year during the campaign for parking fees on the Seawall that was claimed to be about Seawall enhancements. And yet here is what was reported by the
Conservative Houston Mayor Annise Parker Keeps After The Homless And Says That Public Is Private—Where Is The Progressive Challenger For 2013?
Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been pushing an anti-food sharing ordinance in Houston that would criminalize  many acts of kindness towards those most in need in our city. Beyond that, Mayor Parker, in explaining her support for the anti-giving ordinance, has some strange views about the public’s right to use public space. From the Houston Press— “Mayor Parker argued that City property is, indee

Working to Cope with Climate Change, Jamaica Calculates Costs
Jamaican authorities are aiming to transform an island that experts say faces one of the worst climate risks in the world into a nation "equipped to prepare for and respond to the negative impacts of climate change".
Will Climate Refugees Get Promised Aid?
With extreme weather pounding countries across a wide arc in the Asia-Pacific region, questions hover over entitlements for millions of people displaced by climate change, pledged under the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other sources.
OP-ED: Where Economic and Environmental Prosperity Meet
One of the lesser-known catalysts of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings was a global grain crop failure in 2010, caused by drought and flooding that year from Russia to Canada.
Kittitians See Ominous Signs of Climate Change
It is mid-morning and the temperature has already soared to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mexican Oases in Urgent Need of Protection
Mexico's oases encompass significant environmental, cultural, social and economic wealth that must be properly assessed and preserved, warn experts.
Extreme Weather is the New Normal
Extreme weather is fast becoming the new normal. Canada and much of the United States experienced summer temperatures during winter this year, confirming the findings of a new report on extreme weather.


All treacle tarts are evil.
Going to write this whole week off as a bad job. Back next week, hopefully.
Yeah, I think I'll give blogging a miss until I stop feeling like a zombie. Let's just say I'm never so much as touching a treacle tart again.
Divide and rule.
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