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Sandy Activist Whom Chris Christie Told To 'Shut Up' Says He's Not Backing Down 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The man whom New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told to "sit down and shut up" is not backing down from his fight with the notoriously confrontational governor. Speaking Tuesday at an event marking the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy , Christie was repeatedly heckled by local activist Jim Keady, who was holding a sign imploring the governor to "finish the job" of helping the Jersey Shore recover. Christie grew frustrated and fired back at Keady. “I’ve been here when the cameras aren’t here, buddy, and done the work. I'm glad you had your day to show off, but we're the ones who are here to actually do the work,” Christie said. "So listen, you want to have the conversation later, I’m happy to have it, buddy. But until that time, sit down and shut up.” Watch video of the exchange above. Keady, a former Asbury Park councilman, later told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that he knew what he was getting into when he decided to confront Christie at the Belmar, New Jersey, event. "I had a feeling the governor was ...
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Arming the Warrior Cop: From Guns to Drones, Inside the Booming Business of Police Militarization 30.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
In a new cover story for Mother Jones magazine, "The Making of the Warrior Cop," senior reporter Shane Bauer goes inside the corporations and government departments involved in enabling police departments to acquire anything from bayonets to semi-automatic rifles and drones. Reporting from the exposition called "Urban Shield" - which organizers call the largest first-responder training in the world - Bauer says that the equipment police departments have received from the military pales in comparison to the amount of gear purchased from private companies. The Department of Homeland Security has provided some $41 billion in funding to local police departments to buy the equipment from various corporations, on top of more than $5 billion from the Pentagon since 1997. TRANSCRIPT: JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We continue our conversation about policing communities by looking at who is involved in the increasing militarization of police departments across the country. Shane Bauer’s cover story for Mother Jones magazine, ...
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Headlines for October 30, 2014 30.10.2014 Democracy Now!
Number of Ebola Cases Jumps to 13,700; Liberia Sees Decline, Nurse Kaci Hickox Vows to Defy Ebola Quarantine in Maine, U.S. Drone Strike Kills 4 in Pakistan, Sri Lanka: 190 Missing After Landslide, Burkina Faso: Protesters Set Parliament on Fire, Israel Closes Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound After Shooting of Far-Right Activist, U.N. Holds Emergency Meeting on Illegal Israeli Settlements, Sweden Recognizes State of Palestine in First for EU, Malala Yousafzai to Donate $50,000 for Gaza Schools, SodaStream to Move West Bank Settlement Factory After Boycott, U.N. Votes 188 to 2 Against Embargo of Cuba; U.S., Israel Only Dissenters, Mexican President Meets with Parents of 43 Missing Students; Activists Highlight U.S. Role, Federal Reserve Ends Quantitative Easing Program, Report: Number of Billionaires Has Doubled Since Financial Crisis, Woman Shown in Viral NYC Street Harassment Video Gets Rape Threats, Global Actions Show Solidarity with Columbia University Rape Survivor, Denmark: Pirate Bay Founder Found Guilty ...
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Weather Channel Says Global Warming Is Real Following Co-Founder's Climate Denial 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Days after Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman told Fox News that global warming is a myth , the cable network has clarified its stance on the matter. In an official “ position statement ” on global warming issued Wednesday, the Weather Channel said that man-made climate change is real . “The climate of the earth is indeed warming, with an increase of approximately 1 - 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century,” the statement reads, adding that climate scientists “nearly unanimously” agree that “the majority of the warming” over the last hundred years has been the “result of human activities.” The Weather Channel has an unwavering position on global warming, and you can read about it here: http://t.co/XHlxDwYBLT — The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 29, 2014 Though the Weather Channel did not mention Coleman, who co-founded the media outlet in the early 1980s, or his recent comments in the statement, the timing of its release seems telling. On Monday, Coleman made headlines after telling ...
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Anti-Redskins Ad Explains Exactly What Defenders Of NFL Team's Nickname Refuse To Accept 30.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In just 30 seconds, a new video powerfully states its case for changing the controversial nickname of the NFL's Washington Redskins -- and banning it from television and radio . The video produced by Red Circle Agency in association with the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media takes aim at the different treatment that "redskin" receives relative to other racial and ethnic slurs. It begins with several people using various racial epithets to refer to themselves. Those offensive words are obscured by bleeps, whereas the final mention of "redskin" is heard clearly, just as it is during broadcasts of Washington's games. “I was tired of people avoiding what I think is the real issue. There is no word in the American lexicon that is more hurtful to the Native American,” said Chad Germann, owner of Red Circle Ad Agency and member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, in a statement obtained by USA Today Sports . Entitled " No Honor In Racism ," the video uploaded to YouTube is just the latest ...
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Blocking the Youth Vote in the South 29.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Two Years On, Remembering The Raw Devastation Left Behind By A Hurricane 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hurricane Sandy swept along the New Jersey coastline with a fury that left little in its wake. The storm devastated my hometown. I set out with a camera days after, instructed by my professors at Columbia Journalism School to hunt down the "biggest story of the year." The scene was set, but I was overwhelmed. There were so many options and different avenues to pursue. I drove to the beach, my go-to destination for a quiet calm, but this time around things were different. Asbury Park and Belmar looked like they had their throats ripped out. Everywhere I went, trash and debris littered the landscape. Boardwalks had been wrenched off their pylons, homes and stores sat with shattered windows, sagging under their own weight; the remnants of beachside life were scattered with reckless abandon. It was a depressing sight. I drove from one town to the next, encountering barricades, police, the National Guard in their camouflage Humvees. Everything everywhere was a mess. Lots of piles of garbage. Big piles of ...
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Scared of Ebola, ISIS, Putin, or Climate Change? A New Global Panel Tackles the Social Plagues That Generate Our Problems 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We have entered the Anthropocene. This means that our activities change the planet. But beyond the chilly thought that we now are in charge and not fully ready to handle the situation, there are two remarkable facts about our time. First, most of our problems are our own doing. Second, we know a lot about the causes and the solutions. This combination is new. Old civilizations have died because their lifestyle was not sustainable but, unlike us, they didn't understand the mechanisms. Let us emphasize the first point: most of our problems are our own doing. This is obvious for social and economic problems induced by inadequate policies, such as austerity wastefully generating unemployment and poverty. But, more strikingly, few of the threats that we currently face can't be traced to our own mistakes. Ebola wouldn't be a problem if a minimally decent health care system was in place in developing countries and if basic education made their populations aware that they should welcome the helpers instead of ...
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Meet 3 People Working To Ensure The Next Hurricane Sandy Doesn't Take Such A Terrible Toll 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast on Oct. 29, 2012, devastating much of New York City and southern New Jersey, countless people volunteered to help those in need. As we mark the second anniversary of the storm, The Huffington Post is spotlighting three individuals whose commitment was evident from the moment they joined the immediate recovery response, and who today show no signs of slowing down. Nathan Kleinman, Pablo Benson and Devin Balkin joined Occupy Sandy , the recovery effort spearheaded by former Occupy Wall Street organizers , to provide food, water and clothing to locals displaced from their homes. Two years later, the rebuilding efforts are far from finished . But these guys are still at it. Each of them has helped guide one of the various spinoff groups on the Occupy Sandy Project Spokescouncil , a collection of affiliated efforts aimed at not only providing continued assistance to Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey, but also preparing the states and their people to better ...
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David Young vs. Staci Appel Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Iowa District 3 House of Representatives Race 2014 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Appel: No. Supports efforts to get ruling reversed. Economy: Do you support raising the minimum wage? Young: Has historically opposed but would consider supporting if it included tax relief for businesses. Appel: Yes Economy: Do you support extending unemployment benefits beyond 26 weeks? Young: Unknown. Has avoided direct answer Appel: Yes Economy: Do you support the Dodd-Frank Act, which established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and sought to increase regulation of Wall Street corporations and other financial institutions? Young: Unknown Appel: Yes Education: Do you support refinancing of student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on income over a million dollars? Young: No Appel: Unknown on specific approach, but has made lowering student loan rates a prime issue. Environment: Do you believe that human activity is a major factor contributing to climate change? Young: No. Believes cause of climate change is still undecided. Appel: Yes Environment: Do you support government ...
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Headlines for October 29, 2014 29.10.2014 Democracy Now!
Ebola-Free Nurse Rejects Home Quarantine, 2nd Dallas Nurse Released After Beating Ebola Infection; Obama to Meet with Medical Workers, Iraqi Kurds Arrive in Turkey to Join Syria Fight, U.N. Seeks Greater Aid for Syrian Refugees, White House Official: Netanyahu a "Chickens—t"; Row Centers on Iran, Settlements, Ferguson Police Chief Denies Report of Plan to Resign, Friend of Boston Marathon Bomber Convicted of Lying to Investigators, FBI Ruses to Nab Suspects Draw Criticism, Court Challenge, Woman Sues DEA for Creating Fake Facebook Profile in Her Name, Texas Carries Out Execution; Supreme Court Issues Stay in Missouri, U.N. Criticizes Iran for Execution of Woman in Killing Alleged Rapist, Immigration Rights Protester Interrupts Obama Speech, NASA Rocket Operated by Private Firm Explodes on Takeoff, Flood Wall Street Activists Seek Trial to Mount "Necessity Defense" for Global Warming Protest
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5 Ideas for Protecting New York From The Next Sandy (Some Of Which Are A Little Nuts) 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s been two years since Superstorm Sandy, and much of New York City is still vulnerable to flooding from storm surges. And as global sea levels continue to rise, that flooding risk will only increase. While Sandy caused around $19 billion in damages and economic losses in New York City, the same storm would cost the city $90 billion in 2050 , according to a recent analysis by the city government. According to city risk assessments, 400,000 people already live in an area that has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year. There are a number of proposed solutions for this ever-worsening problem, ranging from the practical to the whimsical. The Huffington Post took a look at some of the proposed solutions (including some conceived even before Sandy brought attention to the issue), as well as the official recommendations of the New York City Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, a Bloomberg administration effort to build a more resilient city post-Sandy . While some of these ideas may ...
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These Images Show Just How Much Some Neighborhoods Were Changed By Hurricane Sandy 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy two years ago, shocking photos showed the huge extent of the destruction caused by the storm. Only days after the storm struck, before and after satellite images from Google revealed the widespread damage to coastal areas of New York and New Jersey. Last year, before and after photos showed progress but still a lot of work to be done. This Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the storm, and we hope to again capture the progress that has been made rebuilding in New York and New Jersey. The following GIFs show pre-Sandy satellite images, followed by immediately post-Sandy images and finally what the shoreline looks like in the most recent satellite photos. Hurricane Sandy is estimated to have caused $65 billion in damages in the United States and was responsible for the deaths of 182 people. Efforts to rebuild and prepare for future storms are still ongoing. Far Rockaway, NY. July 18, 2011 - Nov. 1, 2012 - July 1, 2014 Mantoloking, NJ. Sept. 20, 2010 - Nov. 3, 2012 - ...
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What New York City Can Learn From Its Relationship With The Sea 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Can New York City survive the sea? This is the question Ted Steinberg, a Case Western Reserve University professor, poses in his recent book, Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York . From the days when Mannahatta island was home to the indigenous Lenape tribe to today's five-borough metropolis that houses more than 8 million people, one thing has remained constant: the story of New York City cannot be separated from water. The city received a painful reminder of this two years ago when Hurricane Sandy struck the region, killing dozens, causing billions in damage and paralyzing the city's transportation system. Sandy's record-setting 13-foot storm surge revealed the vulnerability of Lower Manhattan in an era of rising sea levels . The Huffington Post spoke with Steinberg about the city's aquatic history and what the future may hold for Gotham. What first prompted you to study New York City’s ecological history and its relationship with the sea? First, simple intellectual curiosity ...
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The Arab Spring Hangovers 29.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Susana Martinez vs. Gary King Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For New Mexico Governor's Race 2014 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Susana Martinez vs. Gary King Governor's race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That's what our Campus Election Engagement Project guide will give you! We are a national nonpartisan initiative working with college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders to increase student participation in America's elections. For the 2014 elections we have created and distributed voter guides to campuses in more than 20 states so they can provide their communities with accurate information for informed voting. Because these guides have been so well received and are useful for all voting citizens who want to be better informed, we are also posting them here. We developed our guides by analyzing information from trusted resources such as www.votesmart.org , www.ontheissues.org , www.ballotpedia.com , www.politifact.com , www.factcheck.org , www.vote411.org and from candidate websites, ...
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Enough! Mexico Is Ready to Explode 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico has been profoundly shaken by atrocities and high-level corruption in Guerrero. The earthquake's epicenter is Iguala, the state's third largest city. Fifty thousand marchers thronged Mexico City's main avenues last Wednesday, and demonstrations took place all over the country. More than 80 delegates to the Inter-University Assembly have called for a nationwide halt to all educational activities on Nov. 5, and are asking other social groups to join them. Protesters set fire to state headquarters in Chilpancingo, Guerrero's capital, and are sacking supermarkets and shopping centers. Here are the events that sparked the earthquake: On Sept. 26, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, wife of Iguala's Mayor José Luis Abarca, of the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution, was in the main square giving a speech about her accomplishments as head of the municipal social services agency, and it was rumored that she would announce her candidacy to succeed her husband as mayor in next ...
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Students With Disabilities Are Still Being Put In Seclusion Rooms 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Most of the variation in reported use of restraint and seclusion happens within states, as shown in this map: “Implementation rests at the hands of localities,” said Gagnon. “Although this can't be proved based on our data whatsoever, I suspect that if one wanted to change the way these are being used in schools, you might get a bit more traction if you’re supplying practitioners with support and skills and alternatives.” Restraint and seclusion tend to happen more in urban school districts than in suburban and rural areas, according to the paper. The practices are slightly more likely to occur in low-poverty, low-minority districts. Gagnon speculated that this may be due to variations in reporting, or that low-poverty districts may have resources like seclusion rooms. Gagnon stressed that seclusion and restraint are common in only a “small but meaningful minority of districts.” He asked: “We know that it can be dangerous to use [these practices], and with places using it frequently, what are they ...
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Civil Rights Groups Call on Obama to Drop Test-Based 'Accountability' System in Schools 29.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Pennsylvania's 'Mumia Bill' Sets A Precedent For ‘The Erosion Of Free Speech' 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Pennsylvania’s Revictimization Relief Act was signed last week to prevent criminal offenders from causing their victims “mental anguish,” but many are questioning the bill’s implications for free speech. The sweeping new law has become known as the “Mumia Bill” after outspoken inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has given numerous speeches and published columns and a book from behind bars after being convicted for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The bill allows victims to seek "appropriate relief" from their offenders "for conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime," but the legislation is open-ended as to what that conduct could entail. Johanna Fernandez, a history professor at Baruch College, spoke out against the bill on HuffPost Live. “If I, tomorrow, say something that causes anguish to [Daniel Faulkner’s wife] Maureen Faulkner or other victims’ families, this law appears to set a precedent for the erosion of free speech in other circumstances,” Fernandez ...
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