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 Thursday, 18 September 2014

Texas Proposes Rewriting School Books to Deny Manmade Climate Change

Here is the latest in the Theocratic Right's determined drive to create willful ignorance. The sad truth is that the level of hate, fear, and anger has reached such a level in this country that we are literally tearing ourselves apart. And there is a dedicated intention on the part of the Right in support of a parallel world that is emotionally volcanic.

I have people write me and say, Oh both sides do it. No, that is not true. It is a false equivalency. I find nothing on the social progressive side that mirrors this.

I did a radio program called Coast-to-Coast last night. It was very difficult because there was something wrong with the phone line that came into the house, and it made the whole thing awkward. In the end I was not able to do the third hour. Anyway, C-2-C has about 4 million listeners, and I talked principally about my conviction that if people would just make the commitment to choose at any decision point the most compassionate and life-affirming option the country would become more vital and happier.

This morning my mailbox was filled with emails mostly from angry vituperative people calling me a N***er Lover, and Communist. Communist! No one in the world talks about communism anymore except the American Theocratic Right. To these people I am a "traitor to all American patriots." Amazing stuff, totally fact-free ad hominems basically nothing but people puking up their hate, fear, ignorance, and anger. Dozens of them, some emails running to multiple pages. I found it a fascinating window into Red value America. But very sad and depressing. What must it be like to go around like that all day, every day?

SUZANNE GOLDENBERG - AlterNet (U.S.)

Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank.

The proposed text books – which come up for public hearing at the Texas state board of education on Tuesday – were already attracting criticism when it emerged that the science section had been altered to reflect the doctrine of the Heartland Institute, which has been funded by the Koch oil billionaires.

A report from the Texas Freedom Network and the National Centre for Science Education on Monday [3] found a number of instances where the proposed texts rejected recognised science.

In the proposed 6th grade texts, students were introduced to global warming amid false claims that there was scientific disagreement about its causes.

'Scientists agree that Earth’s climate is changing. They do not agree on what is causing the ...

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California Just Banned Free Plastic Bags. Hold the Rejoicing.

I found this report a real eye-opener. Perhaps you will too.

Personally, I live with a bag lady, who always has a dozen cloth bags in the car, so I use neither paper nor plastic. But, this article suggests, even that is not as good as we thought, as you will read. Still we do use the bags over and over, so hopefully it is an improvement. It is a tough problem, but plastic is never an ideal solution in situations such as family groceries and the like.

KATIE ROSE QUANDT, Senior Online Editorial Fellow - Mother Jones

Last month, California became the first state to pass a bill banning the ubiquitous disposable plastic bag. If signed into law, the measure will prohibit grocery and retail stores from providing single-use plastic bags and require them to charge at least 10 cents for paper bags, compostable bags, and reusable plastic bags. The bill, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Los Angeles), will also provide funding for California-based plastic bag companies to develop sturdier, reusable options.

Worldwide, consumers use an estimated 1 trillion plastic bags each year-nearly 2 million a minute-with the use time of a typical bag just 12 minutes. Californians alone throw away 14 billion a year, creating 123,000 tons of waste and untold amounts of litter.

There is evidence that bag bans and taxes can cut down on some of this waste: Ireland's 2002 tax cut bag usage between 75 and 90 percent. An analysis of ...

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Los Angeles Law Enforcement Officers Kill About One Person A Week

As you read this think about what it is saying about the U.S. and law enforcement. The LAPD is killing one person a week. I found this report startling in a very negative way.

MATT FERNER - The Huffington Post

Since 2000, nearly 600 people, many of them young black and Latino men, have been killed by Los Angeles law enforcement officers. That's according to a sobering new report from the Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition, a youth advocacy organization, that looks into the use of lethal force among police.

The report, titled "Don't Shoot to Kill," examines homicide data from the Los Angeles County coroner's department and incorporates details from numerous media reports on specific incidents. Between Jan. 1, 2000 and August 31, 2014, the report found, law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County used lethal force resulting in the deaths of at least 589 people. That's almost one death a week, for nearly 14 years.

"If the killing of community residents is one measure of police-community relations," the report reads, "then law enforcement’s fear, distrust and/or aggressive treatment of people –- especially youth and people of ...

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Conservative Media Are Actually Accusing Obama Of "Advising" The Islamic State

This would once have been considered treasonous. Today it is just normal hate. Business as usual. I don't know. Social progressives don't like to hear or read things like this, and Rightists, don't really think about anything else. Where does that leave us?

OLIVIA MARSHALL and LIBBY WATSON - Media Matter for America

NY Times: Obama Said That Islamic State Made A Strategic Error In Killing American Journalists, As It Provoked Support For U.S. Intervention. According to a September 13 New York Times report, Obama told a group of journalists at a private White House meeting on September 10 that the Islamic State's beheading of kidnapped journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff was a strategic error on the group's part, as it had led to greater support for U.S. military action (emphasis added):

Mr. Obama had what guests on Wednesday afternoon described as a bereft look as he discussed the murders of Mr. Foley and Mr. Sotloff, particularly because two other Americans are still being held. Days later, ISIS would report beheading a British hostage with another video posted online Saturday.

But the president said he had already been headed toward a military ...

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Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Graphic Cigarette Packaging

Uruguay is getting very interesting. First they legalize marijuana, and set up a government market, then they require cigarette companies to put pictures of what their products to do humans on the packaging. Bravo Uruguay. As for the tobacco companies. I think their behavior pretty much defines evil shamelessness.

NPR

hopping for cigarettes in Uruguay isn't a pleasant experience. Photos of decaying teeth, premature babies and gruesome hospital scenes wrap around every pack. In fact, the country requires manufacturers to cover at least 80 percent of the packaging with medical warnings and graphic images.

Cigarette giant Philip Morris International sees this requirement as a violation of a treaty law. So it's suing the country of Uruguay for $25 million.

The lawsuit is based on a 1991 trade agreement between Uruguay and Switzerland, where the company is located. The cigarette manufacturer says Uruguay is violating its promise to respect intellectual property rights.

Studies have found that such gruesome packaging reduces smoking, particularly in pregnant women.

To better understand this case before it goes in front of the World Bank this month, NPR's David Greene spoke with Alexandra Hall, a reporter based in Uruguay's capital city, Montevideo.


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 Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Study: Liberals and Conservatives Sniff Out Like-minded Mates by Body Odor

Who knew.

"I'm not descended from no monkey." Sorry yes you are.We are governed to an astonishing degree by fundamental animal responses. In fact, much of our behavior is basic primate behavior.

GAIL SULLIVAN - The Washington Post

Conservatives and liberals do not smell the same to potential mates. According to a study published this month in the American Journal of Political Science, people can literally sniff out ideology - and this may explain why so many couples share political beliefs. Or, as the study’s title says, 'Assortative Mating on Ideology Could Operate Through Olfactory Cues.”

Researchers led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott found that, to a small but significant degree, people prefer the body odor of those who vote as they do.

Previous studies showed long-term mates are more similar when it comes to politics than anything else besides religion. Researchers set out to determine whether this is a purely socially driven phenomenon, or whether biology plays a role.

To test the link between smell and party affiliation, researchers rounded up 146 people aged 18 to 40 from 'a large city in ...

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Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill

Poll after poll says that Republicans will carry the election. How a middle class or working class person can vote Republican mystifies me. But it is true.

BRYCE COVERT - Think Progress

After allowing the Paycheck Fairness Act to move forward last week, Senate Republicans turned around on Monday evening and unanimously voted to block the bill, which would ban salary secrecy and tighten rules to try to narrow the gender wage gap.

The vote came weeks after the Republican National Committee claimed that 'All Republicans support equal pay.” Senate Republicans have unanimously shot the bill down multiple times over the past four years.

The bill includes a number of provisions aimed at preventing the gender wage gap in the first place, which currently means a woman who works full time, year round makes 77 percent of what a similar man makes and hasn’t budged in a decade.

It would ban salary secrecy, in which employers prohibit or strongly discourage employees from discussing pay with each other, thus making it difficult for women to discover unequal practices. While it’s ...

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Flooding From Storm Surge Would Threaten D.C. Infrastructure, Report Says

Maybe when Washington, D.C. is largely underwater the Theocratic Right will "get" climate change. It's coming.

Back in the early 70s we had a flood when I was living in D.C. The Washington Monument was an island, and Rock Creek Park was a river. The city was paralyzed for a week. I can only imagine this happening regularly.

LORI MONTGOMERY - The Washington Post

By the end of this century, as sea levels rise, as much as $7 billion worth of property in the District will routinely be threatened by storm-driven floodwaters, according to a new analysis, including 1,000 homes, three military bases and a broad swath of the Mall.

With tides on the Atlantic Coast generally forecast to rise two to four feet by 2100, the nation’s capital faces increasing odds that a big storm will blow up the Potomac River and raise local waters by at least eight feet, the analysis says - roughly a foot higher than the damaging floods that accompanied Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

The report, set for release Tuesday by the nonprofit Climate Central, maps the areas at risk in unprecedented detail, cataloguing vulnerable government facilities, roadways, cultural sites and private houses. At eight feet, for example, the Washington Navy Yard, Fort McNair and much of ...

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Mice Given Human Brain Gene Learned Tasks Faster : Study

Here is the latest on the Chimeras Trend. Medical ethicists are already debating what percentage of human DNA makes a human? This is scary stuff and science is way ahead of morality.

SHARON BEGLEY - Reuters

Although it's far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene into mice.

In the first study designed to assess how partially 'humanizing' brains of a different species affects key cognitive functions, scientists reported on Monday that mice carrying a human gene associated with language learned new ways to find food in mazes faster than normal mice.

By isolating the effects of one gene, the work sheds light on its function and hints at the evolutionary changes that led to the unique capabilities of the human brain.

For the study, scientists used hundreds of mice genetically engineered to carry the human version of Foxp2, a gene linked to speech and language. In a 2009 study, mice carrying human Foxp2 developed more-complex neurons and more-efficient brain circuits.

Building ...

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NFL: Nearly One-third of Former Players Will Suffer Brain Damage

This is really an extraordinary report. It shows that playing football is more dangerous that being in combat. When a third of the players will be permanently damaged by engaging in it, I'm not sure we can continue to call football a sport.

Aljazeera America

The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population.

The disclosure on Friday came in separate actuarial data the league and players' lawyers released as part of their proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion lawsuits. Actuarial data is based on statistical models and used to make informed predictions about future events.

The NFL report said that former-players' diagnosis rates would be "materially higher than those expected in the general population" and would come at "notably younger ages."

Both the NFL and lawyers for former-players expect about 6,000 of the 19,400 retired players, or 28 percent, to develop Alzheimer's disease or at least moderate dementia. Dozens more will be diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's or Parkinson's disease during their lives, according to the ...

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 Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Cargill Sues Syngenta Over Sale of GMO Seeds Unapproved in China

It is beginning to look like GMO, principally an American economic activity, may not endure as structured. This is one example of why I say that. There is a developing consensus against it.

JACOB BUNGE - The Wall Street Journal

In a fight that highlights global sensitivity over genetically modified crops, Cargill Inc. sued Syngenta AG SYNN.VX -0.56% , claiming that the Swiss seed maker's push to sell bioengineered corn seeds that weren't approved in China cost the U.S. grain company $90 million when Beijing rejected corn shipments.

The suit, filed on Friday in Louisiana state court, escalates tensions that have shaken U.S. agribusiness since China last year sharply curtailed imports of U.S. corn. Beijing's move all but closed off a major market for the grain, contributing to a sharp decline this year in prices for the U.S.'s biggest crop by value and costing shippers hundreds of millions of dollars, according to U.S. grain groups.

China's government began rejecting U.S. corn shipments in November after its tests found that some shipments of U.S. corn contained Agrisure Viptera, a genetic modification developed by Syngenta that enables the plants to ...

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Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass

Here is some very nice news. An entire city moves beyond carbon energy. It can be done. Maybe not with the same mix in each city -- not every city has hydro electric -- but with a customized mix for each situation.

ARI PHILLIPS - Think Progress

The 42,000 people living in Burlington, Vermont can now feel confident that when they turn on their TVs or power up their computers they are using renewable energy. With the purchase of the 7.4 megawatt Winooski One hydroelectric project earlier this month, the Burlington Electric Department now owns or contracts renewable sources - including wind, hydro, and biomass - equivalent to the city’s needs.

'We’re now in a position where we’re supplying Burlington residents with sources that are renewable,” said Ken Nolan, manager of power resources for Burlington Electric Department, earlier this month. 'The prices are not tied to fossil fuels - they’re stable prices - and they provide us with the flexibility, from an environmental standpoint, to really react to any regulation or changes to environmental standards that come in the future.”

According to Nolan, the utility will get about one-third of its power from the Joseph ...

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Student Debt Catches Even the Elderly

We now have more student than credit card debt. It is one of the principal ways in which the middle class is being crushed. Here's why I say this.

Truthdig

An estimated 2 million Americans age 60 and older are in debt from unpaid student loans, whether from money borrowed long ago or from more recent borrowing to fund degrees for family members. And some are having their Social Security payments garnished as a result.

This discrete population of debtors has almost tripled from about 700,000 in 2005.

The New York Times reports Friday:

The debt among older people is up substantially, to $43 billion from $8 billion in 2005, according to the report, which is based on data from Equifax, the credit reporting agency. As of July 31, money was being deducted from Social Security payments to almost 140,000 individuals to pay down their outstanding student loans, according to Treasury Department data. That is up from just under 38,000 people in 2004. Over the decade, the amounts withheld more than tripled, to ...

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71 Percent of Iowa Voters Less Likely to Vote for Candidates Bankrolled by Koch Brothers

This is very interesting, and good news. There has been a kind of spontaneous Akido effect. 'One of the most intriguing findings in the polling is that the Koch brothers have emerged as a negative signifier for Republicans aligning with these powerful self-serving corporate fat cats,” this report says. Isn't that grand?

MAGGIE HABERMAN - Reader Supported News/Politico

The Tom Steyer-funded outside group focused on climate change has found attacks on the Koch brothers to be effective in key races and with a swath of voters for whom economics are a main driver, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.

The findings, laid out in a memo from Steyer adviser Chris Lehane to NextGen state teams, are synthesized from research in specific states by pollsters Anzalone Research, Benenson Strategy Group and Hart Research, and the data analytics firm Civis.

Democrats have repeatedly used the Koch brothers as a cudgel in ads in key races nationally this year, a strategy they argue is backed up by immense data.

The memo lays out how climate issues are playing out with certain voters, identifying a group NextGen calls 'Super Shifters.”

'The Super Shifters are primarily voters with children who earn an annual income of less than $100,000 ...

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