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- Blair Mase
- Canadian dilbit
- Climate Change
- Deacon Clayborne
- December 14th
- Everglades National Park
- Florida Fish and Wildlife
- Highland Beach
- Juliette Barnes
- Lee Camp
- Marine Animal Rescue
- Marine Mammak Conservancy
- Moment of Clarity Show
- Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America
- NOAA Fisheries
- NOAA Marine Mammal Scientist
- Nashville recap
- No More Silence
- Open Thread
- Part 1
- Pegasus tarsands oil pipeline
- Raoul Martinez
- Rayna James
- Republican Dirty Tricks
- Sandy Hook Elementary School
- School shootings
- Shattered By Oil
- Wall Street
- ad campaign
- bank teller
- gun reform
- gun violence
- health care benefits
- mass shootings
- mediscare attack ads
- oil spill
- one year anniversay
- pilot whales
- poverty wages
- protected species
- rescue mission
- shallow waters
- state health exchanges
From InsideClimate News:
On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil's 850-mile Pegasus oil pipeline split open and spilled 210,000 gallons of Canadian dilbit across an Arkansas suburb.
The oil spill was a wake-up call about aging pipelines and specifically the Pegasus, a 65-year-old line that most people near the spill site didn't even know existed. The line crisscrosses 13 Arkansas counties and 18 drinking water sources on its way to Texas—including the Maumelle watershed, a water source for 400,000 people in Central Arkansas. The rupture happened just eight pipeline miles from the watershed.
In Part 2 of "Shattered by Oil"—an ICN co-production with This American Land—Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth McGowan talks with water utility officials, residents and others about the "what-ifs"—and about how they're working to get the pipeline relocated or shut down for good.
If you missed Part 1, you can view it here.
Most of us are enslaved in our neo-feudal system, but most don't even know it. The first step to freedom is awareness.
This episode features special guest Raoul Martinez.
The gun control group Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America has released an emotionally charged new ad campaign, timed to the one-year anniversary of the Newtown school shooting on Dec. 14th, that appeals to its viewers to speak out against gun violence.
The ad begins with a ticking clock and images of children in a classroom, and a presumed shooter entering a school building. A voice begins, "On December 14th, we'll have a moment of silence for Newtown. But with 26 more school shootings since that day, ask yourself -- is silence what America needs right now?"
The campaign is part of an effort by Moms Demand Action to focus attention on gun reform as the country stops to mourn Newtown's victims. The group spells out the organization's mission in a press release:
"Moms Demand Action will mark the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, with No More Silence, a campaign to honor the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary, and to show our resolve never to be silent again about the epidemic of gun violence. Join us. Participate in our week of action, create a paper bell craft, and mark the day of the anniversary with dozens of “No More Silence” events all across the country. At each of these events, we will ring bells to remember victims of gun violence, and to demonstrate our commitment to be vocal and persistent in working toward common-sense gun reform."
Visit the groups' website for more information about "No More Silence" events, and how you can be a part of this important day.
This would be sad if it wasn't so typical of the modern GOP:
As President Obama and Democrats try to salvage the reputation of the Affordable Care Act, a national Republican group will hit 12 Democrats–all running in Senate elections next year–over changes to Medicare.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee will highlight Wednesday the candidates' support for the federal health care law, better known as Obamacare, and what Republicans call $717 billion in cuts to the popular entitlement program that guarantees health insurance to seniors.
Democrats defending the program, however, say the changes aren't cuts, but savings of projected costs of Medicare over the next 10 years.
The $717 billion figure comes from a Congressional Budget Office report that measured the impact of repealing the health care law. The figure was a big campaign issue during the 2012 presidential election.
The report says that under the repeal measure, "Spending for Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion over that 2013-2022 period." Those spending increases would be a result of more spending on hospital and medical insurance, offset by a decrease in prescription drug coverage.
The report also notes that the projected increase in Medicare spending if the measure is repealed does not signal a more-than $700 billion decrease if the measure stays in place.
Dozens of pilot whales stranded along Florida coast.
Forty-one of the whales are alive in shallow waters, while six whales have died, and four more had to be euthanized Wednesday.
A rescue mission was launched Wednesday morning to assess the whales, which are struggling in Florida Bay about 30 miles from the town of Flamingo. Why the whales have become stranded is not yet known, however a team of members from the Marine Mammal Conservancy, Marine Animal Rescue, Florida Fish and Wildlife, and NOAA Fisheries were at the scene to evaluate whether any of the animals can be saved.
An American teacher was shot dead in Benghazi on Thursday, 15 months after a deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya's second city, medical and security officials said. The dead man was a US citizen who taught at the city's international school,…
You hear this all over the place as an excuse to justify poverty wages: "Hey, who ever said flipping burgers was supposed to be a full-time job?" I wonder what excuse they'll come up with to rationalize this Al Jazeera America story:
While employed by the same entity, retail bank workers are worlds apart from those in corporate or high finance. Yet for giant universal banks like Bank of America and Citibank, comprising retail, commercial and investment banking divisions — a model made possible by the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 — the branch locations are a critical point of contact with ordinary Americans. And according to a new advocacy campaign, the underpaid workers in these branches may be the key to a more accountable banking system.While bank CEOs receive handsome compensation, 39 percent of bank tellers in New York State had to rely on public assistance to stay afloat.
Today, kicking off a week of protests against big banks, the New Day New York Coalition released a report documenting historic levels of inequality in Wall Street’s hometown. The paper reveals that the top 1 percent of income earners take home 40 percent of New York’s total income and that the city’s financial sector was responsible for approximately 45 percent of job losses (affecting some 26,000 workers) in the first half of this year.
Another day, another document drop over at The Guardian. This time, we get to see their brag sheets about the progress they've made thwarting progress.
Reports from eight of ALEC's "task forces" shed light on just how much influence they really have over state legislators, and how much of the blame they bear for impeding implementation of the ACA.
In their Health and Human Services Task Force document, they boast that based upon their resolution to oppose state exchanges and Medicaid expansion, "just 17 states plan to operate an exchange for plan year 2014, placing the federal government in a position it had not anticipated.
They're also proud of their Resolution against Medicaid Expansion, bragging that "just 23 states have plans to move forward with expansion at this time."
Thanks for that, too, ALEC! Every uninsured working poor person has you to thank when they get sick and have no access to health care. I'll bet it makes you all warm and fuzzy to know that corporations like UPS, Altria, Peabody Energy and PhRMA are busily working alongside corrupt lawmakers to see to it that you die, and die quickly.
Uh oh. Layla gives herself an encore after her set and Juliette's steaming. Also, married millionaire Charlie Wentworth tells Juliette he loves her and wants to build a life together. "Here's the problem: I don't believe you," Juliette says. We seem to be ignoring that tongue hockey Olivia forced on Juliette at the end of last week's episode.
Teddy's ticked because Maddie wants to take guitar lessons with Deacon. Now Teddy's the one who's feeling insecure!
Avery, Gunnar and Zooey take a road trip to St. Louis to cheer up Scarlett, who's lonely on tour.
Lamar asks Rayna to get Tandy to be a character witness. Guess he hasn't figured out Tandy dimed him out to the feds!
Will and Layla are drinking in a bar, and Will's drunk enough to get up on the bar and sing along with his own song -- and he dives into the crowd. Crunch! Layla still doesn't know Will is gay, she thinks they're a couple.
Charlie calls Juliette and tells her to turn on the teevee. Extra! is doing a story about how Charlie filed for divorce. "Now do you believe me?"
Rayna tells Tandy Lamar wants her to show up at his bail hearing as a character witness. "You think I should do it?" Tandy says. "I think you should think about it," Rayna tells her.
Pouting Layla tells Gay Will she doesn't think he should be her boyfriend anymore. Honey, get a grip! He plays for the other team!