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The Limits of American Power: A Letter to the Left 28.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or driving nationalist reformers into the arms of communists.) As the late Phil Ochs tauntingly sang, "We're the cops of the world." Or as Randy Newman mordantly put it, "Let's drop the big one and see what happens." At the same time, I viewed myself as sensible left. I was the guy at the Moratorium demonstrations of the late 1960s and early 1970s (actually covering them for Pacifica) hoping to make prudent withdrawal from Vietnam a majority cause, not the guy chanting "Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh.") I liked Norman Thomas's line: Don't burn the flag, wash it. Overthrowing elected leaders like Chile's Allende, staging ...
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These 10 Young People Are Changing the Food System in Huge Ways 26.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Innovations in agriculture don't just come from veteran environmentalists or food industry heavyweights. In fact, many incredibly inspiring projects are the creations of youth and young people around the world. Food Tank is excited to highlight ten young foodies who make us more hopeful about the future. 1-2. Nikhil Arora and Alex Velez, 26 and 27, on the precipice of their graduation from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009, turned down their offers to enter the world of consulting and investment banking to pursue mushrooms. The pair had been experimenting with growing mushrooms on coffee grounds, and after a successful bucket of oyster mushrooms, they knew they had discovered a big opportunity. Oakland-based Back to the Roots was born, and, now five years old, its two main products are mushroom kits, which can grow mushrooms directly out of a cardboard box, and AquaFarm, a self-cleaning fish tank that uses the fishes' waste to grow food. As declared on their website, "our mission is to make ...
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Iceberg Collapses Off Coast Of Newfoundland, Terrifies Woman On Nearby Boat (VIDEO) 26.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Look out below! Boaters off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, got quite the show Tuesday when an iceberg collapsed before their eyes as they were observing floes in the Bay of Exploits. One woman in particular became extremely alarmed by the sinking ice, which generated some sizable waves. In a video, posted to YouTube this week, the woman can be heard screaming as the iceberg collapses into the bay. "Run, Rick. GO! GO!" she exclaims, addressing her husband. "GO! GO!" Identified as Newfoundland resident Wanda Stead, the woman in the video later explained that she feared the waves of ice chunks that were heading toward the boat, which was only about 100 to 150 feet away from the iceberg. " I think my heart came up, and I swallowed it . I was petrified," Stead told CBC News. "All I could see was this tidal wave coming toward us." While it's been a banner year for viewing icebergs in the northeast Canadian province -- Newfoundland saw the most sea ice along the coast since 2003 -- boaters are advised to ...
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5 ways to improve global food security 25.7.2014 TreeHugger
The US produces more than enough food to feed the world, but hunger is still a major issue around the world. A new study proposes some ways to change that.
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Special Counsel Clears White House Political Office Of Wrongdoing 25.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - The White House's political office did not engage in illegal partisan activity, a federal oversight agency said following a congressional hearing to probe whether taxpayer money has been used by the Obama administration for political purposes. The Office of Political Strategy and Outreach (OPSO) "appears to be operating in a manner that is consistent with Hatch Act restrictions," the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel said in a letter dated July 24 and released on Friday. It also said it has received no allegations about wrongdoing about any staffers in the White House's political unit, including by director David Simas. The House of Representatives' Oversight and Government Reform Committee, headed by Republican Darrell Issa, held a hearing last week on how the political office has complied with the Hatch Act, which forbids most federal government employees from engaging in partisan political activity. Issa has queried other administration activities, ...
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Healthy School Lunches Might Not Actually Gross Students Out, Say Surveys 25.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published . While many students weren’t keen on more nutritious school lunches when their districts first began complying with new federal meal standards in the 2012-13 school year, they eventually warmed up to the healthier fare, complaining less and eating as much as they did before the rules went into place, according to two national surveys of school administrators released Monday. The pair of surveys--one of elementary school administrators and one of middle and high school administrators--was funded by Bridging the Gap , a research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which supports the standards, created through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 . “Policymakers at all levels should be encouraged by these findings and should continue to support schools’ efforts to provide students with healthy meals and snacks,” Tina Kauh, a program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said in a statement. The ...
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Do You Know Which Of These Snacks Are Healthy Enough For School Vending Machines? 25.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published.

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Headlines for July 25, 2014 25.7.2014 Democracy Now!
U.N. School Shelling Kills 16 Civilians, Wounds 200 in Gaza, 2 Killed in West Bank's Largest Protest in Decades, Kerry Submits New Ceasefire Proposal, Over 1,000 Protest U.S. Military Aid to Israel in NYC, 116 Killed in Mali Plane Crash, Arizona Pauses Executions Following Botched Lethal Injection, Judge Strikes Down Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Iran Detains Journalists with U.S. Ties, Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Chiquita for Colombia Paramilitary Murders, Canadian Activists Deliver Water Convoy to Detroit
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The Future MBA, week 3: A win-win, not a win 25.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What would the Future MBA look like? Explore the potential in week 3 of this new 100-day series.

The Future MBA, week 3: A win-win, not a win
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Students Get Into Nature 25.7.2014 Planet Ark News
Research released by Planet Ark for today's Schools Tree Day shows that parents value a green playground as highly as academic achievement when choosing their children's school.
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Group Conducts Mass Resignation From Mormon Church To Protest Excommunication Of Kate Kelly 25.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Nearly 500 Mormons joined a Facebook event marking their mass resignation from the LDS Church on Thursday to protest the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly and disciplining of John Dehlin, two prominent activists in the Mormon community. Participants gathered in City Creek Park across the street from Temple Square for a rally and march, according to the event's Facebook page. At the end of the march, those gathered made the powerful statement of submitting their resignation letters in a public mailbox. Those unable to attend were invited to upload their letters to a website uniquely created for the event, which would then be delivered along with the rest. For any who supported the cause but were not ready to resign, the Facebook page said, their attendance would still be welcome. The event's website characterized the participants as any who feel their beliefs to be aligned with Kelly and Dehlin and who are troubled by the LDS Church's disciplinary actions. Participants in this event are members of the ...
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Insidious Myth Prevents Peace in Gaza 24.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Headlines for July 24, 2014 24.7.2014 Democracy Now!
Gaza Neighborhoods Bombarded as Palestinian Toll Tops 730, U.N.: 1 Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza; School Shelled for 2nd Time, U.S. Casts Lone No Vote Against U.N. Probe of Israeli War Crimes, U.N. Rights Chief: Israel May Be Committing War Crimes, Palestinian Militants Say 8 Israeli Soldiers Killed in Gaza, Ceasefire Talks Deadlocked as Hamas Demands End to Blockade, FAA Lifts Ban on Commercial Flights to Tel Aviv, 60 Killed in Bombing of Iraqi Prison Bus, Twin Bombings in Northern Nigeria Kill 42, Botched Lethal Injection Kills Arizona Prisoner After 2 Hours, Report: U.S. Adopts Broad Criteria for Terrorist Watchlist, Funeral Held for NYPD Chokehold Victim Eric Garner
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Decrying "Brutal Operation Taking Place in Our Name," Israeli Military Reservists Refuse to Serve 24.7.2014 Democracy Now!
As Israel pledges to continue the assault on Gaza for "as long as is required," we are joined by two Israelis who have refused to serve in their country's military reserves. On Tuesday, The Washington Post ran an open letter authored by Yael Even Or titled "We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve," announcing that more than 50 former Israeli soldiers have signed a petition declaring their refusal to be part of the Israeli military reserves. "This petition, long in the making, has a special urgency because of the brutal military operation now taking place in our name," Even Or writes. An Israeli journalist and activist who evaluated candidates for the Israeli army's recruitment department during her service, Even Or is now a graduate student in international affairs at The New School in New York City. She join us to discuss the reservists' letter. We are also joined from Tel Aviv by Yonatan Shapira, a former Israeli captain and Air Force pilot, who in 2003 spearheaded a letter signed by 27 Israeli ...
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How Putin Is Shaping The Next U.S. Free Trade Deal 24.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Three dozen environmental groups sent a letter to the Obama administration on Thursday asking it to reject part of a proposed trade deal with the European Union that would give a major boost to fracking in the U.S. Multiple sets of documents leaked recently show the EU requesting shipments of U.S. oil and natural gas in negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. It's an unusual ask in a trade deal, since countries typically demand restrictions on foreign imports in trade talks, while requesting special treatment of their own exports. The U.S. government banned crude oil exports in 1975 . The U.S. Department of Energy currently has the power to reject applications for natural gas exports to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S. Given the sheer size of the EU economy -- roughly equivalent to that of the United States -- the proposal would dramatically increase the demand for American oil drilling and natural gas hydraulic ...
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Headlines for July 23, 2014 23.7.2014 Democracy Now!
Israel Bombs Gaza's Only Power Plant as Toll Nears 650, Abbas Backs Hamas Demand Linking Ceasefire to Ending Gaza Blockade, U.N. Rights Chief Says Israel Likely Committing War Crimes; Amnesty Calls for Probe, San Francisco Demonstrators Urge Obama to "Stop the Killing" & "Save Gaza", Human Rights Group: Over 700 Killed in Deadliest 48-Hour Span of Syrian Civil War , Coffins of MH17 Passengers Flown to Netherlands, U.S. Intel: Firing on Plane Likely a Mistake, Ukraine Claims Downing of 2 Fighter Jets, Ex-General Vows to Challenge Jokowi Election Victory in Indonesia, Conflicting Rulings on Insurance Subsidies Could Return Obamacare to Supreme Court, Congress Unlikely to Pass Border Measure Before Recess; DHS Claims Migrant Decline, Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court Halt on Arizona Execution
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Scientists Urge For Funds To Prevent Coastal Disasters, Not Just Recover From Them 23.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
July 23 (Reuters) - A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday. Urging a "national vision" toward addressing coastal risks, the report comes on the heels of a Reuters analysis published earlier this month showing that coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, with steep financial consequences. The great majority of money -- most of it federal dollars -- spent on coastal risks goes toward recovery after a disaster rather than on planning for and mitigating against storms, climate change and sea-level rise, the report said. Instead, the federal government should push for a national coastal risk assessment to identify best practices and uniform measures of progress, and move away from the current decentralized approach to coastal management, the ...
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An Interview With Shenna Bellows 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
At the Netroots Nation conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Maine senate candidate Shenna Bellows. We didn't have a lot of time to chat, but I definitely had enough time to find out that she has a great and diverse background, and is an incredibly thoughtful person. Here's a recap of my interview. CC: They say women need to be asked three times to run. Was that the case with you? SB: "No, not exactly. I joined Emerge Main in 2010 because I was interested in the possibility of running for office some day. Emerge America is a training program for Democratic women who are interested in considering what running for office might look like. It's an excellent training. It goes through the nuts and bolts of campaign planning, fundraising, public speaking, media. It was an amazing program that really empowered me to think that this was possible. And I'm the first Emerge America alumna in the country to be running for U.S. Senate." CC: What issues are at the forefront of your ...
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Thirsting for Democracy in Detroit: Activists Resist Water Service Shutoffs, Wall Street and Privatization 23.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles

After a week of direct actions protesting privatization and water service shutoffs, the people of Detroit reject a Wall Street-dictated world, decry commodification of the commons and push back against unaccountable officials, while working to restore democracy. 

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Sexual Assault Witnesses At Occidental College Subjected To Vile Harassment Emails 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On June 6, a stranger from Powersite, Missouri, emailed a female witness to a sexual assault case at Occidental College in Los Angeles to complain she represented "what's worst about America." Two days earlier, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties nonprofit known as FIRE that mostly focuses on free speech issues, had announced it was working with a John Doe who was suing Occidental. Doe, a pseudonym for an anonymous freshman, was expelled in December after Occidental found him responsible for sexual assault. FIRE contended in an email blast to followers that the expulsion lacked due process for the accused. "What kind of a radical fucking man hating dyke are you?" the angry stranger asked the witness in the email. "Please, slice your goddamn wrists, nail your pussy shut and go wait tables before you harm someone else. It's bitches and whores like you who give women a bad name.” (The witness requested anonymity for this story an attempt to avoid further harassment.) The ...
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