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Hawaii to Norway to Scotland: Divestment Movement Racks Up Wins 28.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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This Is Our Home - So Please Help Care For It 28.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Alaina Bernard UCF Forum columnist I love the movie "Contact" about a scientist played by Jodie Foster, who has an extraordinary experience traveling through space. In the end, when she could not explain the experience, she ended up finding her faith in something unexplainable. The movie has always reminded me that there is something bigger than us, but that sometimes our connection to that power is hard to tangibly identify. Many religious teachings share that we are all connected through something bigger, and should treat each other with kindness and respect. But why does that not apply to the Planet Earth? We seem to sometimes forget or fail to see the connection between us and this place we call home. Kris Tompkins, founder of Tompkins Conservation, a worldwide ecological organization, profoundly said: "I think first and foremost, people only protect the things they love. And you can't love something unless you inherently identify with it." Learning about our place in ecology is a piece to finding ...
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Headlines for May 28, 2015 28.5.2015 Democracy Now!
Yemen: At Least 80 Killed on Deadliest Day of Saudi-Led Strikes, Video Appears to Show ISIL Spared Ancient Ruins in Palmyra, GOP Sen. Rand Paul Blames Republicans for Existence of ISIL, India: Death Toll from Heat Wave Tops 1,400, U.S. Unveils Sweeping Indictment over Decades of FIFA Corruption, Nebraska Becomes 1st GOP-Led State to Ban Executions Since 1973, U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Arkansas 12-Week Abortion Ban, Santorum Launches Presidential Bid; Pataki to Announce Today, Chelsea Manning Pens Detailed Account of 5-Year Imprisonment, Norway Divests Oil Fund from Coal over Climate Change Concerns, EPA Unveils New Rules to Protect Drinking Water for Millions, Pentagon Admits It Accidentally Mailed Live Anthrax to Labs, South Carolina: Cop Indicted for Killing of Unarmed 68-Year-Old Black Man, Ex-Death Row Prisoner Paula Cooper Dies of Apparent Suicide
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As corporate charity replaces social programs, where are governments? 28.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
"Hi there," began the breathlessly chatty, early February email from someone named Emily from something called Veritas Communications. Emily was just writing to let me know "Seretha W. of Hammonds Plains, NS, recently received $20,000 from Dr Pepper Canada to be put towards her education goal of obtaining a Master of Nursing degree. As part of the $100,000 Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway, five 'One-of-a-Kind' Canadians were selected to receive tuition grants to help them achieve their education goals." Emily helpfully pointed me to a compilation YouTube video I could check out to see the delight on the faces of the winners as a swarm of Dr Pepper employees descended on their doors with smiles, balloons and oversized ...
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The Windsor Consultation and Sustainable Tourism 28.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Biochemical Flows (Phosphorus and Nitrogen) Freshwater Use Land System Changes (Loss of forests are the Key issue) Biosphere Integrity (loss of biodiversity) A new model for tourism was shared to address the planetary boundaries along with some examples of best practices in tourism. Some of the best practices already in place include but are not limited to: Climate Change & Ocean Acidification - Both of these boundaries are focused on the same issue, the need to reduce carbon emissions. The Walt Disney Company has set the benchmark for tourism by setting a goal in 2008 to reduce their net carbon emissions by 50 percent by the year 2012 and then become net carbon zero thereafter. They achieved the interim goal and now working to be net carbon zero. They have also made a decision to tax carbon emissions on every business unit of the Company. The money collected from the self-imposed tax is used to either reduce their carbon further through different conservation and efficiency strategies, and/or to ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Bernie Sanders Sets His Agenda... And The Mood 28.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Bobby Jindal denounced Rand Paul’s governing abilities on official Louisiana letterhead, but given that his state is basically one giant Burning Man festival with guns, gumbo and women named Minerva, it didn’t ring very true. Rick Santorum announced his candidacy for president, hoping to capitalize on his last two campaigns that ended in crushing defeats. And during the 2008 campaign, Hillary Clinton declared that, "Ahhh’ve come too faaahhh from where ahhhh stahhted frommm," but we're glad she's still occasionally talking in a Southern accent. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday. May 27th, 2015: WORKING CLASS HERO RICK SANTORUM ENTERS PRESIDENTIAL CIRCUS - ABCNews: "'I’m ready to do this again,' he said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. 'It's an exciting opportunity,' he told Stephanopoulos. 'To come back home, to be at a manufacturing facility, to really reconnect to what I grew up with and understood to be an America that worked, that worked for middle-income ...
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House Democrats Tell Obama Administration To End Family Detention 27.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A group of 136 House Democrats signed a letter Wednesday calling on the Obama administration to stop locking up immigrant mothers and children in detention. The letter, addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, marks the latest effort to prod immigration authorities to abandon family detention -- a largely discontinued practice that the Obama administration resurrected following last year's Central American child migrant crisis at the border. "For nearly one year we have been closely following the troublesome conditions of confinement, due process issues, and serious developmental and medical concerns of those being detained," the letter says , adding: "We believe the only solution to this problem is to end the use of family detention." Signatories included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), who has played a leading role in pressing for immigration reform. Citing comments from Luis Zayas, the dean of social work at the University of Texas, the letter ...
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'Today We Begin a Political Revolution': Bernie Sanders Launches Presidential Bid in Vermont 27.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Headlines for May 27, 2015 27.5.2015 Democracy Now!
ISIL Suicide Attack Kills Dozens; Pentagon Says Shiite Codename "Unhelpful", Top FIFA Officials Detained, Face U.S. Extradition in Sweeping Corruption Probe, Cleveland Agrees to Limits on Police Force, Federal Oversight, Appeals Court Maintains Hold on Obama Deportation Reprieve, Nebraska Gov. Vetoes Bill to Abolish Death Penalty, Floodwaters Strand Residents Across Texas, Death Toll in India Heatwave Hits 1,100, Trial of U.S. Journalist Jason Rezaian Begins in Iran, Israel Bombs Gaza After Rocket Hits Ashdod; Aid Groups Seek Pressure to Lift Blockade, Amnesty: Hamas Killed Alleged Collaborators During Gaza Assault, Sanders Formally Launches Presidential Campaign
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Scott Walker's Long Crusade 27.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This article originally appeared in The Washington Spectator. By Jud Lounsbury When Scott Walker met 91-year-old Nancy Reagan in 2012, he told her he had a personal connection with her late husband: Walker's recall election had fallen on the anniversary of President Reagan's death. Back home in Wisconsin, Walker would try to impress intimate gatherings of Republicans by telling them Nancy Reagan had arranged for Walker to be the first to touch the Reagan inauguration Bible since Reagan's death. Writing in The Progressive, I debunked the story : it turned out Nancy Reagan never made any special arrangement for Walker, and the Bible in fact has been touched by a number of people since Reagan's death. While it is not uncommon for Republicans to have a cult-like infatuation with Reagan, Walker has been obsessed with him since starting the Jesus USA Club in elementary school, when his Baptist preacher father started saying his son had "the gift" for being a politician. While all politicians are ambitious, ...
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Wrongfully Treating Academic Debate as Anti-Semitism 27.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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St. Louis County Admits It Has A Jail Problem, Is Finally Getting Help 27.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- For St. Louis County, the first step is admitting there’s a problem. For years, the county has enabled small municipalities scrounging for funds to exploit citizens for money. After slapping residents with fines for offenses like overgrown grass, saggy pants and “manner of walking,” municipalities have used the threat of incarceration as a brutal tool for ensuring that citizens pay up and help close government budget gaps. Part-time municipal judges working just a few hours a month in a network of dozens of tiny courts in towns of just a few hundred or a few thousand people conspired with city officials to put profits above justice. Using police departments and courts to generate revenue, unsurprisingly, has ruined relationships between officers and the citizens they are supposed to serve. But things didn’t really hit rock bottom until August, after a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, sparking protests against police that at times ...
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Microbes, biodiversity and the benefits of getting dirty 27.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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France hushes up allegations of peacekeeper child abuse while the UN betrays its trust 27.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Each day brings new reasons to ponder the limitless depths to which humankind can sink. Often enough they relate to the neverending abuse of children around the world, both girls and boys, crimes so vile they still have the ability to shock: child porn, pedophilia, child soldiers, child marriages, sex ...
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Native American Students In Utah Are Getting Pushed Out Of School At Alarming Rates 27.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Native American students in Utah may be getting referred to law enforcement agencies before they even know how to read. Fifty-five Native American students in kindergarten through sixth grade were referred to police officers during the 2011-2012 school year in Utah. By comparison, not a single white student in this age group received this action, even though the state educates significantly more white kids, according to a new report from the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law Public Policy Clinic. Around the country, Native American students face disproportionate rates of suspension , expulsion and referrals to law enforcement, according to 2011-2012 data from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the most recent school year available. These disparities are particularly acute in Utah, the new research reveals, even though Native students are only a small portion of the state's student population. The report from the University of Utah looks at state-level data collected ...
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Graphic Video Captures Screams Of College Student As Border Agent Hits Her With A Stun Gun 27.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A New York state college student says Customs and Border Protection agents threw her to the ground and hit her with a stun gun after she was stopped earlier this month at a border checkpoint in Lisbon, New York. The Water Town Daily Times reports that the incident took place May 7, two days before Jessica Cooke, 21, graduated from State University of New York at Canton with a degree in law enforcement leadership. The graphic video above, which Cooke filmed during the stop, shows her questioning why she's being detained and asking for her ID back. She gets the ID, and an agent tells her she was stopped because she was acting "nervous." One of two agents then tells Cooke she can leave whenever she likes, but her car will be held at the checkpoint until a K-9 unit can arrive and inspect the trunk. The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf argues that once Cooke showed her I.D. to the agents, the interaction should have ended there: Cooke is an American citizen. The Border Patrol stopped her inside the United ...
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The Student Loan Crisis and the Debtfare State 27.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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137 Shots, No Convictions: Cleveland Cop Acquitted in Killing of Two Unarmed Black People 26.5.2015 Truthout.com
The national conversation on policing African-American communities is focused on Cleveland today after a major federal settlement and a controversial verdict. The Justice Department has reached an agreement with Cleveland over a pattern of what it calls "unreasonable and unnecessary" force by police. A probe last year found "chaotic and dangerous" abuse across hundreds of incidents. This comes just days after an acquittal in a case that helped launch the probe. On Saturday, Officer Michael Brelo was found not guilty of manslaughter for the fatal shootings of two unarmed African Americans in their car. In November 2012, Brelo was one of 13 officers who fired 137 rounds at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after a chase which began when officers mistook a backfiring car for gunshots. Officer Brelo personally fired 49 shots, at least 15 of them at point-blank range through the windshield after he climbed onto the hood of the car. In a verdict on Saturday, Judge John O’Donnell said he can’t prove Belo ...
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Can We Head Off a Long Hot Summer of Riots and Rebellion? 26.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The nation's attention has been focused on the recent riots in Baltimore, but the harsh truth is that they could have happened in any major city. Indeed, we could see a long hot summer of urban (and, as in places like Ferguson, suburban) riots that would make the two-day disturbances in Baltimore seem trivial in comparison. We can surely expect more turmoil next year, too, if social and economic conditions continue to deteriorate, and if candidates for president and Congress fail to make specific suggestions for addressing the suffering and hardship facing the nation. But promises can only quell riots for so long. Hope soon turns to frustration, and then anger, unless there's real action to change conditions. The turmoil in Baltimore followed the trajectory of the urban riots of the 1960s (in Detroit, Newark, Los Angeles, and 161 other cities) and subsequent civil disorders in Miami (1980), Los Angeles (1992) and elsewhere. It typically begins with an incident of police abuse against an African-American ...
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Headlines for May 26, 2015 26.5.2015 Democracy Now!
Iraqi Forces Launch Bid to Retake Ramadi from ISIL, Yemen Violence Rages as Peace Talks Cancelled, Saudi Arabia: Thousands Attend Funeral for Shiite Bomb Victims, Burundi Protests Resume; Refugees Hit by Cholera in Tanzania, Ireland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Historic Referendum, Spain: Leftist Women to Run Barcelona, Madrid After Anti-Austerity Wins, Cleveland Cop Who Fired 49 Shots Acquitted; Probe Finds Pattern of Abuse, Lapse of Bulk Phone Spying Likely as Senate Fails to Reach Deal, Senate Approves TPP Fast-Track Bill Despite Protests, India: 800 Dead as Temperatures Approach 122 Degrees, Extreme Weather Kills At Least 17 in TX, OK and Mexico, Shell Oil Protester Hangs from Ship for 3 Days; Univ. of Hawaii Divests from Fossil Fuels, Marches Against Monsanto Held in over 450 Cities Worldwide, California Farmers Agree to Voluntary Water Cuts, Peru Imposes Martial Law to Quell Protests Against Copper Mine, Mexico: 43 Killed in Shootout as Families Question Official Account, Women Peace Activists ...
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