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Gary Wockner, the director of Colorado Clean Water Action, said that “we think they’re trying to overturn democracy. The will of the voters is clear. They do not want to be fracked.
This industry spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to buy the election, and they were not successful. Now they’re trying a last ditch effort.”
Cities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York are also facing similar lawsuits.
Bizarre retelling of dreams do highlight an interesting aspect of the dream world: the creation of connections between things that didn't seem connected before. When you think about it, this isn't too unlike a description of what creative people do in their work – connecting ideas and concepts that nobody thought to connect before in a way that appears to make sense.
"The Omnivore's Dilemma" author on diabetes' strain on Obamacare, and why our eating habits are worse than ever
Under Medicare repayment rules for drugs given by physicians, they are reimbursed for the average price of the drug plus 6 percent
. That means a drug with a higher price may be easier to sell to doctors than a cheaper one. [Why do doctors profit from prescribing/using more expensive drugs? Change the policy.
Flights scrapped, roads closed and construction stopped as pollution hits east and south; no relief expected until Sunday at the earliest
Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the key areas of education, healthcare, income tax, workers' compensation and the environment, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal
Play UK prime minister and set the policy on energy, transport and other sectors and measure the carbon emissions generated.
Hang on. Get Ready.
Those are at least two of the takeaways from a new report released by scientists in the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday which says the sudden impacts of climate change this century and beyond are inevitable, warning that far too little has been done to prepare for them.
But unlike the five big oil companies — ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, BP and Shell, all major contributors to the Republican party — Koch Industries, a conglomerate that has played a major role in pushing Republicans away from action on climate change, is ramping up an already-aggressive campaign against climate policy — specifically against any tax or price on carbon. The divide, between conservative groups that are fighting against government regulation and oil companies that are planning for it as a practical business decision, echoes a deeper rift in the party. [Beliefs v. Reason
of many Republicans have again been shown to be false. A new NBER study shows that access to food stamps in childhood leads to a significant reduction in the incidence of “metabolic syndrome” (obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes) and, for women, an increase in economic self-sufficiency. Overall, our results suggest substantial internal and external benefits of the safety net that have not previously been quantified.
A.C. THOMPSON and JONATHAN JONES in ProPublica
Looking at real bills for real patients cuts through the ideological debate over health care policy.
The USA ranks first in the world in health care spending, but only 45th in life expectancy....
Climate change inaction is a leading global cause of death.
If we had the per-person costs of any other OECD country, America’s deficits would vanish....
How Industry Money Reaches (aka 'bribes') Physicians
To remove your appendix in one California hospital costs $180,000, at a different facility the bill is $1,500. [Who has time to 'shop'?
Why is Healthcare Absurdly Expensive in USA: Graphics (Part 2) (Part 1 is here)
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Health Care Reform: An Online Guide
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International Healthcare Systems Primer
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Global Warming Links
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The American system of teaching science, technology, engineering and math is broken.
Finding ways to make math and science exciting for students who are in the middle of the pack could have a profound effect on their futures, providing them with the skills that will help them get technical jobs in the fields of food science, computer networking or medicine.
The key point to remember in all discussions of ObamaCare is that neither it, nor indeed the entire private health insurance “industry,” should exist. They are rent-seeking parasites, economic tapeworms. One does not improve a tapeworm; one removes it.
Barack Obama's authority to compel power plants in the US midwest to reduce the smog and soot that blow across to north-eastern states will be put to the test on Tuesday in the first of three major challenges to environmental regulations. [Be very afraid
The environment minister, Greg Hunt, has approved controversial dredging off the Queensland coast that will help create one of the world’s largest coalports, while imposing some of the “strictest conditions in Australian history” to safeguard the health of the Great Barrier Reef. [Hurrying to sell & burn coal before it becomes illegal and worthless
This upcoming Saturday is 14 December, a year since that dark day when evil visited my town killing 20 children and 6 educators at the Sandy Hook School, that wonderful community school down the road from me. [Roughly 32,973 people have died from guns in the U.S. since the Newtown shootings. Compare that number to the number of deaths reported in the news in our interactive below, and you can see how undertold the story of gun violence in America actually is.
No one has accused city workers in Chicago or Detroit of bringing down the economy, but they could face pension cuts
Over one hundred organizations have signed onto a letter
outlining a plan to meet dire human and environmental needs by cutting the dangerous, runaway military budget by 25-50%.
Thousands of individuals have signed on to a petition calling for the same thing.
Potassium is a mineral that’s crucial for life. Potassium is necessary for the heart, kidneys, and other organs to work normally. Low potassium is associated with a risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility.
The head of German Internet giant Deutsche Telekom has criticized European reaction to the NSA spying scandal and demanded the EU set international privacy standards. US technology players also published an open letter calling for major changes to spying laws.
The only things America is #1 in these days are the number of incarcerated citizens per capita and adult onset diabetes.
Though they may run counter to conventional wisdom, these 10 research-backed policy ideas could reduce crime in the United States. Here’s how—and why.
Last week, the president and vice-president of the centrist think-tank Third Way accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) of ignoring what they call Social Security's "undebatable solvency crisis." In an interview with Mother Jones, Warren fired back, countering the charge, and elaborating on how Social Security could be expanded.
As many as one in six children has a neurodevelopmental disability, and scientists are finding links to pollution.
With evidence mounting that NSA spying has damaged the business of some of the largest U.S. technology companies, the question now is how long it will take them to win back the trust of overseas customers.
Without any changes in U.S. law that restrict the agency's ability to use tech for surveillance, the answer may be "never."
The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas
in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract
Researchers find statistical evidence that austerity policies are linked to explosive unrest.
Much of the American right supported apartheid, almost to the bitter end. We must remember that.
Like for many fast food and retail workers, a new study finds that the public is also subsidizing bank profits by keeping their
low-wage workforce out of poverty. Danielle Douglas reports for The Washington Post:
You have to be careful to not extrapolate too much from this sort of thing. But Matthew Isabel's visualization
—call it the Great American Death Map—does bring a number of morbid realities into sharp relief:... [Note: Does not consider the majority of suicides via shooting to be firearm deaths.
Opposing views points to the scary ignorance and bible-thumping to which GOP representatives in Congress are appealing in their genocidal stand against quick action on climate change. If you have to have a biblical theology about these things, it should be...
“This country does a great job of creating wealth, but not a great [job] of distributing it.”
President Barack Obama has called for action to remedy profound income inequality and a lack of social mobility in the US. [Getting in front of a mob and trying to call it a parade. Help him out Warren.]
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The rhetoric Netanyahu uses is not just sprinkled with falsehoods, it is pure propaganda, every word of it.
Uri Avnery discusses the issue of young Jewish Israelis
leaving Israel for other countries, including Germany. Israel’s out-emigration rate was similar to other industrial countries a decade ago, but it is possible that it has increased because of the rise in rents and property values and the increased divide between poor and rich.
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Ukrainian capital Kiev seeking the resignation of the government for refusing a deal on closer ties with the European Union.
The titans of Silicon Valley have finally banded together to tell Washington they're tired of the NSA ruining public trust in the internet by hoovering up every gigabit of data ever created. It's all very polite, and naturally they've made their views public via a website that promotes the following five principles:
I would really love to live in a house built to passive-house standards. It's the ethical thing to do, but the cost is high. What options are there for passivhaus living?
Many thousands of articles have been written purporting to explain Bitcoin, the online, peer-to-peer currency. Most of those articles give a hand-wavy account of the underlying cryptographic protocol, omitting many details. Even those articles which delve deeper often gloss over crucial points. My aim in this post is to explain the major ideas behind the Bitcoin protocol in a clear, easily comprehensible way. We’ll start from first principles, build up to a broad theoretical understanding of how the protocol works, and then dig down into the nitty-gritty, examining the raw data in a Bitcoin transaction.
Baidu Inc., China’s biggest search engine, stopped accepting Bitcoins after the nation’s central bank barred financial institutions from handling transactions, triggering a drop in the virtual currency.
One Anonymous campaign takes down a big bad rapist, while another helps to intimidate women who realise there's more to activism than challenging authority
Rape culture does not exist only in acts of unwanted penetration. It also exists in beliefs and attitudes about men, women, sex and consent. If you want to do more than chop off eternally recurring hydra heads, you need more than vigilante justice...
The extraordinary example that Nelson Mandela set will live on and provide a lesson — a blueprint — for all of us who still labor for justice, equality and freedom.
For many years, a large swath of this country failed Nelson Mandela, failed its own alleged morality, and failed the majority of people living in South Africa.
Wednesday, the province of Córdoba, Argentina (pop. 1.3 million) spiraled out of control, with the very fabric of society being torn apart after a sudden absence of law and order sent a portion of the population into a looting frenzy and residents and store owners boarded up windows and doors, grabbed their shotguns and climbed to their roofs, waiting for the inevitable encounter with the enemy. [Like stronger storms from climate change, social chaos happens spontaneously when net wages are too low and good jobs are too scarce.
Try telling people in countries that are still in depression, with per capita GDP below pre-2008 levels and youth unemployment at 50% that the austerity medicine has worked
My own view is that Germany has another five years or so of illusory hegemony in Europe before it all gives way to demographic fundamentals. The younger Entente of France and Britain will take the lead again, buttressed by the high fertility Nordic bloc.
In the space of 10 years, mobile phones and the Internet have changed African nations more significantly than any development since their independence from colonial powers. Now a growing group of entrepreneurs want to take things further.
Women in Africa are making great strides in politics and business, and are considered more reliable partners for international aid projects than their male counterparts. Welcome to what the African Union calls the "African Women's Decade."
The intelligence agencies get to keep secrets, and even look at ours, within a framework of trust. That framework has been absurdly abused, to the point where it would be helpful if intelligence officials wore little lights that turned on when they switched from plain English to the language that sounds like it but in which the words mean different things. Or they could at least let us see the glossary they’ve been busy writing in their secret courts.
The emerging category of mobile Bitcoin apps is aimed at making it easier for people to employ the programs for everyday tasks, such as storing digital money in virtual wallets, paying other people and stores for goods and services, and exchanging Bitcoins for dollars and other currencies.
Analysts at Renesys, a network monitoring firm, said that over several months earlier this year someone [not NSA] diverted Internet traffic using a vulnerability in the so-called Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP, that the two security researchers demonstrated in 2008. The BGP attack, a version of the classic man-in-the-middle exploit, allows hijackers to fool other routers into re-directing data to a system they control. When they finally send it to its correct destination, neither the sender nor recipient is aware that their data has made an unscheduled stop.
December 23rd marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve. Dissatisfaction with its track record has prompted calls to audit the Fed and end the Fed. At the least, Congress needs to amend the Fed, modifying the Federal Reserve Act to give the central bank the tools necessary to carry out its mandates.
The Warsaw conference demonstrated that the "climate summit" model is broken and, more importantly, that capitalism itself is driving us to the brink. Protests are not the solution -- it's time to fight the system using its own weapons.
Within 48 hours, more than 20,000 people had applied online for 400 jobs. The volume crashed Ikea's computer servers in Spain. Spain's unemployment rate is 26 percent; it's more than double that among people in their 20s. [Reminder: Capitalist greed made banks make bad loans. Then capitalists pressured the EU to force governments to take responsibility for bad private bank loans to save the economic system. Governments were thus forced to sell-off public assets and raise taxes, which punishes an innocent public and businesses to pay (for bad private bank loans) or emigrate. What a system!
Age discrimination claims are on the rise as members of the post-World War II baby boom enter their 60s.
Once older workers lose their jobs, many never regain their former standard of living. On average, those who do find work make 20 percent less than they had in their previous positions, the biggest income loss for any age group.
First, it was the Obama-Holder Justice Department which first refused to retroactively reduce the unfair crack cocaine sentences under the law the president signed and the attorney general praised. Secondly, it was the Obama-Holder Justice Department which went to court to keep those people in prison....
Non-RW listeners in largest and most progressive media markets to be almost completely unserved over our publicly-owned airwaves
How two alienated, angry geeks broke the story of the year
Both "conservative" and "liberal" journalists are held to account for unprofessional work.