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'Rule of law' racism, C-51 and the coming resistance wave 19.1.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Thursday, January 19, 2017 It's a sign of how utterly frightened they are of democracy when politicians and pundits start lecturing us about the "real" definition of civil disobedience. This usually happens during the sanitizing rituals of the January Martin Luther King Day holiday, when King's revolutionary calls to justice are erased in favour of saccharine, self-congratulatory events wholly unconnected to the civil rights movement's multiple, powerful legacies. But public cautions around "acceptable" forms of dissent began hatching in late 2016 when the Trudeau government announced support for a slew of harmful pipelines that, along with other environmentally destructive projects like B.C.'s Site C and Muskrat Falls, will inspire increasing levels of direct action. Those who wish to honour and preserve life on the planet are up against government and private sector players who view actions to protect the land, air and water as terrorist ...
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500+ Groups Urge Senators: 'Use All Your Power' to Block Anti-Environment Pruitt 18.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

"Anyone that breathes air and drinks water should be aggressively opposed to this man leading the EPA."

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Is a cup of tea good for you? 18.1.2017 Seattle Times: Health

A look at the health benefits of a cup of tea, and which type is the best.
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Anthropocentric view ignores crucial connections 18.1.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
For decades, scientists have warned that we're on a dangerous path. It stems from our delusion that endless growth in population, consumption and the economy is possible and is the very purpose of society. But endless growth is not feasible in a finite biosphere. Growth is not an end but a ...
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500+ Wide-Ranging Organizations Call for Rejection of Scott Pruitt as EPA Head 17.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

More than 500 national, state and local organizations representing a wide range of interests and identities signed a letter to U.S. senators today, calling on them to reject Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the EPA.

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Scott Pruitt Has Sued The Environmental Protection Agency 13 Times. Now He Wants To Lead It. 17.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his hostility toward the Environmental Protection Agency. He has repeatedly called for its elimination, telling Fox News in 2015 that the environment would be just “fine” without it . Activists say Trump has followed through on those threats in nominating Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA, a man who has sued the agency 13 times  as Oklahoma’s attorney general. Pruitt, a climate change denier with close ties to the fossil fuel industry, has a long record of attacking the EPA and undermining environmental regulations. On his LinkedIn page , Pruitt refers to himself as a “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” “During the campaign, Mr. Trump regularly threatened to dismantle the EPA and roll back many of the gains made to reduce Americans’ exposures to industrial pollution, and with Pruitt, the president-elect would make good on those threats,” said Ken Cook, head of the Environmental Working Group , a Washington research and advocacy organization. ...
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The Distracted, Dysfunctional Presidential Transition and the EPA 17.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Watching the presidential transition from what I hope is a safe distance, I continue to find the process to be the strangest I have ever seen. Despite Russian hacks, FBI interference, and a three million vote loss in the popular vote, Trump won the Electoral College and that makes him president. While his birther nonsense was designed to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency and the attacks on Trump's legitimacy are a little ironic, the attacks on legitimacy miss the point. Trump will soon be the president, and that is a simple fact. The odd part is that I suspect he knew that the legitimacy of President Obama's election was established. He knew Obama was born in the U.S.A. These are distractions and deceptions. His tweets are not random and it's time that we learn the strategy behind his messages. His misguided and ill-informed attack on Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis on the eve of the King Holiday is the kind of head fake we should be getting used to from our soon-to-be ...
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Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment 15.1.2017 Technology
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the ...
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Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment 15.1.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United […]
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Americans Approve Of Barack Obama's Legacy But Don't Necessarily Want To See It Continue 13.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As President Barack Obama concludes his time in office, his most immediate legacy is a paradox. Obama’s approval rating, which languished in the mid-40s during much of his tenure, soared during the tumult of the 2016 presidential campaign. He will leave office with an average approval rating of just over 55 percent, according to HuffPost Pollster’s aggregate . The high ratings may be a sign that, in the final months of his presidency, Obama is also finally receiving some of the credit he’s long felt he deserved for his handling of the economy. Opinions of his economic policies have improved in the final months of his presidency, with his numbers on the issue back above water for the first time since 2009. But Americans’ positive opinion of the president didn’t translate into an argument for electing a Democratic successor, nor does there seem to be much desire to maintain his legacy. Eight years after Obama ran for office on a slogan of “change we can believe in,” the nation is still keen on trying ...
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Criticized over year-long delay on Exide, state regulators move to clean homes with worst lead contamination 13.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

California regulators moved Thursday to accelerate soil cleanups and other actions to prevent exposure to lead contamination at the highest-risk homes near the shuttered Exide Technologies plant in Vernon. The change of course follows months of criticism by community groups, lawmakers and health...

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Beijing Creates Anti-Smog Police to Fight Air Pollution 12.1.2017 Environmental News Network
Authorities in Beijing are taking new actions to resolve the city’s ongoing and harmful air pollution problem with the creation of an anti-smog police force — but will it help?
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Residents frustrated polluting Mpls. metal shredder could stay open for years 12.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The state is working to shut Northern Metal Recycling down after finding the company violated its permit.
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1 in 9 die of pollution. How to protect yourself 12.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
More than 90% of the world's population breathes in air that violates air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organization, increasing their risk of lung cancer and respiratory infections, but also conditions including stroke, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Letter: Utah's real slogan should be 'Life Asphyxiated' 11.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
On Dec. 29, highly toxic PM 2.5 particle pollution in Salt Lake’s air hit 70.9 micrograms/cubic meter: in the Red Zone, even by the lax standards of our Department of Environmental Quality. A concentration over 3.0 adversely affects health, children’s especially. We are now registering more than 20 times that level. It’s inversion season — little different from those past. Air pollution is now a worldwide problem, worst in countries with brutal political leadership. India, China, Nigeria, etc., ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Barack Obama Failed To Get A New Climate Law, But His Legacy Might Be Stronger Because Of It 11.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece is part of a series on Obama’s legacy that The Huffington Post will be publishing over the next week. Read other pieces in the series here . WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama could not convince Congress to send him new legislation to combat greenhouse gas emissions. But his legacy of fighting climate change might have more staying power because of that. Congressional Democrats did try to pass a climate bill. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, from Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), passed the House on June 26, 2009  after a brutal fight. The Waxman-Markey bill would have put an economy-wide limit on carbon pollution and created a system for buying and selling pollution credits — a policy called cap-and-trade. But the legislation  sputtered out in the Senate , where even many Democrats showed little enthusiasm for it. There was plenty of finger-pointing at the time — at Obama for not pushing harder on the bill or giving it the same priority as the health care ...
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Where change never came 10.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
Tears rolled down her face as Ursula Phoenix stood in Grant Park witnessing Barack Obama, a man from the South Side of Chicago, become the first black President of the United States in 2008.
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'Social Self-Defense': Protecting People and Planet Against Trump and Trumpism 10.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Jeremy Brecher

Donald Trump and a powerful collection of anti-social forces have taken control of the U.S. government. They seek permanent domination in service of their individual and class wealth and power. Trump’s presidency threatens immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, workers, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others. Indeed, it threatens all that holds us together as a society. We the people – society -- need to defend ourselves against this threat and bring it to an end.

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25 Smears, Hoaxes, Grifts and Whoppers on Climate and the Environment in the Obama Era 8.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Peter Dykstra

As the curtain comes down on Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House, most Americans seemed convinced of one of two things: We’re either about to Make America Great Again®, or we’re about to hurtle into an uncertain epoch that I like to call the Idiocene.

But before we turn the page on this administration let’s take a look back at the tall tales, regrettable pronouncements, farces and scams on climate and the environment during the Obama years. Anti-regulatory zealots led the pack, but President Obama contributed a few of his own – starting on his first full day in office:

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Blender Girl is back with 5 easy resolutions to boost your health in 2017 7.1.2017 LA Times: Health

What “elimination” diet are you trying in 2017? No sugar? No gluten? No dairy?

It all sounds like “no fun” to Tess Masters.

Masters — better known in the online world as L.A.’s Blender Girl — is back for the second year in a row to help Saturday readers kick off the new year in style.

She says...

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