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Wednesday, den 8. May 2013

Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs hosted Cody Wilson – a self-described anarchist who was named one of Wired’s top 15 Most Dangerous People In The World  – to promote his 3D-printed gun, which has come under intense scrutiny. On March 5, Forbes reported that Wilson, a law student at the University of Texas, became the first person to fire a real bullet from a plastic gun made with a 3D-printer. The gun, named the “Liberator,” is made almost entirely of plastic, with the exception of a single nail used as the firing pin and a six-ounce piece of steel to comply with the Undetectable Firearms Act , which makes it illegal to manufacture or possess any firearm that is not detectable by a walk-through metal detector.

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Tuesday, den 30. April 2013

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness….

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Monday, den 29. April 2013

Northeast Shelf Regions: Mid-Atlantic Bight (MAB), Southern New England (SNE), Georges Bank (GB) and Gulf of Maine (GOM) A new “Ecosystem Advisory” from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) reports , “Sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem during 2012 were the highest recorded in 150 years.” The Ecosystem extends from Cape Hatteras, N.C.

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Friday, den 26. April 2013

A new insurance report says that unconventional fossil fuel production risks blowing global economic recovery off course. [ Guardian ] Soaring risks around new fossil fuel frontiers – shale gas, deepwater exploration and the Arctic – have the potential to blow the global economic recovery off course, according to a report

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Friday, den 26. April 2013

So, Very Serious People are re-evaluating George W. Bush on the occasion of the opening of his  Presidential Library . For instance, did you know that “ George W.

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Wednesday, den 24. April 2013

Last month, we reported on the umpteenth study that confirmed the Hockey Stick. It made clear the rate of global warming since 1900 is 50 times greater than the rate of cooling in the previous 5000 years

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Tuesday, den 23. April 2013

Does John Kerry think this is sustainable?

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Tuesday, den 23. April 2013

On the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, EPA rated the adequacy of the State Department’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as having “Insufficient Information.” In case you missed it , today is the last day to submit public comments to the State Department regarding the proposed pipeline that would transport 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil through the U.S. per day. EPA’s Cynthia Giles, the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement, has submitted the agency’s public comment .

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Monday, den 22. April 2013

Why do a determined minority — often in positions of power — refuse to accept that climate change is happening despite the overwhelming scientific evidence? A new study may provide a clue. Researchers at the University of Western Australia found that people who expressed faith in free-market ideology were also likely to reject scientific consensus that climate change is happening and that burning fossil fuels helps to cause it.

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Sunday, den 21. April 2013

The NY Times reports today that the Koch brothers are hoping to become media moguls like Rupert Murdoch: Now, Koch Industries, the sprawling private company of which Charles G. Koch serves as chairman and chief executive, is exploring a bid to buy the Tribune Company’s eight regional newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times , The Chicago Tribune , The Baltimore Sun , The Orlando Sentinel and The Hartford Courant .

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Sunday, den 21. April 2013

Affection for our planet is misdirected and unrequited. We need to focus on saving ourselves. In 2008, I wrote a piece for Salon about renaming ‘Earth’ Day .

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Sunday, den 21. April 2013

(Photo credit: David Gallagher) Worried that the disaster-for-the-climate Keystone XL pipeline will get construction approval to pump 51 coal plants’ worth of carbon into the atmosphere? Feel free to speak your mind

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Sunday, den 21. April 2013

By Shiva Polefka Today, Saturday, April 20th, marks the third anniversary of the explosion aboard BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers and set off the largest accidental spill in the oil industry’s history. The ruptured Macondo well spewed nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil over the course of the summer, ultimately fouling more than 1,000 miles of Gulf of Mexico coastline and bringing the vast fishing and tourism industries of the region to a standstill, before the Macondo well was finally sealed and “ killed ” on September 19, 2010

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Saturday, den 20. April 2013

“Suspect thought he could escape in backyard boat after hearing Gore speak on global warming.” — Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) As police surrounded Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday night, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) mocked the deadly situation with a joke about global warming.

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Saturday, den 20. April 2013

A Bloomberg Businessweek article pushed the myth that immigrants will take away jobs from high-skilled American workers. In fact, numerous studies show that highly skilled immigrants expand the number of jobs for all workers

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Friday, den 19. April 2013

Energy ministers from 23 of the world’s leading economies met to discuss challenges and solutions around advancing clean energy technologies at the 5th Clean Energy Ministerial , or CEM, in New Delhi, India from April 16 -18. The CEM, launched in 2010, brings together governments representing 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90 percent of global clean energy investment with the goal of accelerating the adoption of clean energy technologies

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Friday, den 19. April 2013

Maine Governor Paul LePage accused the University of Maine of turning on an electric motor when the wind wasn’t blowing their turbine to fool people into thinking that “wind power works.” This isn’t a joke. Reported by Mike Tipping with the Bangor Daily News , LePage told the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday: Now, to add insult to injury, The University of Maine, Presque Isle — anybody here been up there to see that damn windmill in the back yard

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Friday, den 19. April 2013

The  New York Post  has seen three of its supposed scoops about the Boston Marathon bombing fall apart this week.

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Thursday, den 18. April 2013

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that he wasn’t touching the Keystone pipeline decision with a ten-foot pole: “I am staying as far away from that as I can now so that when the appropriate time comes to me, I am not getting information from any place I shouldn’t be , and I am not getting engaged in the debate at a time that I shouldn’t be,” Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Right now, Kerry has the State Department’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, but if that is all he information he relies on, he won’t get the full picture. While he will see that the project will only bring 35 permanent jobs , which is true, he would also see almost no discussion of the pipeline’s impact on the climate

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Tuesday, den 16. April 2013

Scientist : “The Antarctic Peninsula has warmed to a level where even small increases in temperature can now lead to a big increase in summer ice melt.” Credit: British Antarctic Survey A new study finds “a nearly tenfold increase in melt intensity” on the Antarctic Peninsula in the last few hundred years. Here’s the most worrisome news from this 1000-year reconstruction of ”ice-melt intensity and mean temperature” published in Nature Geoscience : The warming has occurred in progressive phases since about AD 1460, but intensification of melt is nonlinear, and has largely occurred since the mid-twentieth century . Summer melting is now at a level that is unprecedented over the past 1,000 years.

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Monday, den 15. April 2013

The U.S. and China agreed in a joint statement to create a “Climate Change Working Group” that will present cooperation opportunities “on technology, research, conservation, and alternative and renewable energy.” [ The Hill ] The statement starts: The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China recognize that the increasing dangers presented by climate change measured against the inadequacy of the global response requires a more focused and urgent initiative . The two sides have been engaged in constructive discussions through various channels over several years bilaterally and multilaterally, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process and the Major Economies Forum

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Sunday, den 14. April 2013

Van Jones and I have an op-ed in “ The Miami Herald ” and many other McClatchy newspapers. I will have more on the moral dimensions of climate change in later posts.

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Saturday, den 13. April 2013

The New Yorker examines the President’s latest budget and find it “represents a major dodge on climate change.” Hence columnist Ryan Lizza poses the headline question, “Has Obama already given up on climate change?” Sure Obama has been talking a good game on climate in the second inaugural address and State of the Union : But the budget released this week makes it clear that Obama’s surprising appeal to Congress was an empty piece of rhetoric.

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Friday, den 22. February 2013

Conservative media’s Charlotte Allen recently wrote an extensive cover piece for The Weekly Standard that relies on discredited right-wing activists Hans von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams to attack the Department of Justice’s renewed focus on properly enforcing the Voting Rights Act. But while conservative media typically advances these sources and their debunked myths , it is disturbing that mainstream coverage of the Supreme Court case of Shelby County v

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Saturday, den 16. February 2013

Joe Scarborough dishonestly cited Princeton economist Alan Blinder to bolster his campaign to undermine Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and accuse Democrats of being anti-math. Scarborough has been engaged in a rhetorical assault on Krugman ever since the New York Times columnist appeared on MSNBC’s  Morning Joe and called on lawmakers to focus on economic growth and job creation in the short-term, pivoting to long-term deficits only after the economy is stronger

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Friday, den 25. January 2013

Described as the crown jewel of civil rights law, the Voting Rights Act has been the target of right-wing misinformation for decades, and a parallel legal assault against its constitutionality will be argued before the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder on February 27.

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Saturday, den 24. November 2012

By Jeff Masters via Wunderblog With a name like “Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga”, a book with a title like that compels one to pick it up and see what the heck the author is talking about. And Joe Romm’s new book on how to communicate doesn’t disappoint–it’s a thoughtful and compelling look at the techniques used by some of history’s great communicators to help persuade.

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Tuesday, den 25. September 2012

Emily Nussbaum, the television critic at the New Yorker, writes in an even-handed review of David Simon’s HBO series about New Orleans, Treme , which was just renewed for a shortened fourth season, than an episode of the show “made me wonder if, rather than a novel or a movie, a TV show could be a poem.” It’s a perfect way of encapsulating why Treme is both important and sometimes infuriating: it’s a show that challenges our conception of what a television show can be, but that may end up reaffirming our basic demands of the form. In another television show, if I wished the dialogue would stop so I could listen to a musician finish out a song, watch an artist stitch beads into a badge, or a cook plate a dish, that would be a grave sign of trouble for that show.

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Friday, den 14. September 2012

There could not have been a more striking week for Salman Rushdie to discuss how his life changed after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini pronounced a fatwa on him for writing The Satanic Verses than this one.

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Thursday, den 6. September 2012

Lana Wachowski of The Matrix and V for Vendetta filmmaking team came out as transgender many years ago, but has largely been private about her transition. She made one of her first public appearances earlier this summer to help promote the Wachowskis’ exciting new film , Cloud Atlas , due out this fall

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Friday, den 31. August 2012

TAMPA, FLA.

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Tuesday, den 28. August 2012

Meir Dagan Meir Dagan, the formidable former head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, in a new interview with the New Yorker, continued his campaign to warn against a hasty rush to war with Iran over its nuclear program: “An Israeli bombing would lead to a regional war and solve the internal problems of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It would galvanize Iranian society behind the leadership and create unity around the nuclear issue . And it would justify Iran in rebuilding its nuclear project and saying, ‘Look, see, we were attacked by the Zionist enemy and we clearly need to have it.’ A bombing would be considered an act of war and there would be an unpredictable counterattack against us.” I have no doubt that the Iranians are moving on their nuclear program, but I don’t share the point of view that they are speeding there,” he said

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Tuesday, den 28. August 2012

The Wall Street Journal hid Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) past support for measures that resulted in exploding deficits, even while explaining Ryan’s “rocky trail” as a GOP “budget wonk.” In an August 27 article laying out Ryan’s ascent in the GOP, The Journal noted that Ryan was first elected to Congress in 1998, then jumped ahead to 2006, when Ryan is said to have begun working on plans to shrink the federal deficit and create a “smaller 21st century government”: [Ryan's Roadmap for America's Future] was born in the twilight of George W. Bush’s presidency

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Sunday, den 26. August 2012

By Elizabeth DiNovella, August 26, 2012 At the RNC, expect to see small town America being used to advance our country’s most powerful businesses. read more

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Monday, den 20. August 2012

Reprinted with permission of  Colorlines .com. For more news from a racial justice perspective, sign up to receive weekly  Colorlines  Direct

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Jon Stewart, the premier political satirist of his generation, is one of a kind. Or is he? In this survey of the Global Stewarts, Foreign Policy In Focus goes around the world to find the comics who would be Jon Stewart

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

It follows a temporary suspension after he admitted to plagiarizing The New Yorker.

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Wednesday, den 15. August 2012

  When Paul Ryan took to the stage in Mooresville, North Carolina, as Mitt Romney’s running mate, he attacked President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remark about the role of government in supporting private innovation. But while Republicans have been clamoring to make this election a false dichotomy between the private sector and the public sector, Paul Ryan — heir to a private fortune made by building public highways — is a gaping pothole in that plan.

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Tuesday, den 14. August 2012

Our guest blogger is Kristina Costa , a research assistant with the Doing What Works project and the economic policy department at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the threat from Iran dwarfs all others – @AP.

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