Archive for June, 2015


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Sanders’s laser-like focus on inequality is perfectly insync with the nation’s current political climate.

BY THEO ANDERSON

Soon the Right will have to abandon its head-in-the-sand strategy–but its next tactic may be more dangerous.

BY KATE ARONOFF

A hawk’s eye-view of global warming.

BY TODD MILLER AND ALEX DEVOID

Blumenthal offers an unembellished look at the misery on the ground in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

BY BEN LORBER

The New York Times is wrong: consumers eating grapes and mandarin oranges aren’t the ones really guilty of contributing to California’s water shortage.

BY JIM NAURECKAS

Jeb Bush’s Presidential Announcement Was Simultaneously Audacious and Underwhelming

Bush’s presidential campaign announcement was high on the rhetoric. Unfortunately, it was also inconsistent with everything we already know about Jeb Bush.

BY DAVID SIROTA

The activists behind the group are known for pranking big corporate and governmental institutions. Now they have created a tool to help others do the same.

BY MICHAEL PAYNE

The new black comedy about nuclear war misses its target.

BY EILEEN JONES

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Chicago Charter School Students Say UNO Teacher Was Fired for Union Activism

It’s not every day that students walk out of school to demand the reinstatement of a fired teacher–let alone one they claim was fired for helping unionize the school.

BY CRYSTAL STELLA BECERRIL

RURAL AMERICA

A new bill passed by the North Carolina Senate could prevent evidence of animal cruelty or labor violations on factory farms from ever leaving the workplace.

BY DAYTON MARTINDALE

Glenn Greenwald, best known for his series in “The Guardian” detailing classified information about global surveillance programs based on top-secret documents provided by Edward Snowden, spoke at the University of Utah on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Paul Ehrlich and others use highly conservative estimates to prove that species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs’ demise.

Video by Rob Jordan

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Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich calls for fast action to conserve threatened species, populations and habitat before the window of opportunity closes.

There is no longer any doubt: We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity’s existence.

That is the bad news at the center of a newstudy by a group of scientists including Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in biology and a senior fellow at theStanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Ehrlich and his co-authors call for fast action to conserve threatened species, populations and habitat, but warn that the window of opportunity is rapidly closing…

::: click on through to Stanford Report for piece in full :::

 

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excerpt from The Tree:

Two reports have undermined the Abbott Government’s rosy claims about the health of Australia’s World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. TheQueensland Auditor-General has released a scathing report on government efforts to improve the reef’s water quality, finding efforts to cut coral-killing runoff have been ineffective, and that information lacked transparency and misleading. A second report, by the Environmental Justice Australia and the US-based Earthjustice, has also found that the Reef’s current state meets as many as six of the eight criteria UNESCO uses in its “in danger” assessments. UNESCO only needs one for an “in danger” listing. Water quality and sediment issues are having a severe impact on the reef, but despite having knowledge of a report contradicting the government’s exaggerated claims of progress tackling these issues for several weeks, Environment Minister Greg Hunt pushed a misleading “report card” to UNESCO.

This move, part of a $218,000 lobbying effort detailed in documents obtained under FOI, resulted in a draft ruling not to list the natural icon as “in danger”, allowing massive coal projects to go ahead –assuming they don’t fall over economically first. The Federal government’s lobbying strategy may have avoided a negative listing for now, but UNESCO’s verdict was still not positive. The future of the reef and the $5 billion it contributes to the economy annually remains under serious threat if Australia keeps trying to export dirty coal to the world. Tourism operators are already being warned to stop using picturesque underwater photos of bright pink and yellow coral, as the reality is declining water quality is now so poor in places tourists cannot swim or snorkel…

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TOP STORIES THIS WEEK

President Obama insists there’s “nothing secret” about the massive trade deal–yet we aren’t allowed to know anything that’s in it.

BY JOEL BLEIFUSS

 

What happens in Baltimore isn’t going to stay in Baltimore.

BY MARTHA BIONDI

 

The movements of the 1960s challenged the Leave It to Beaver values of American life, producing the culture wars. But those wars are now finished.

BY MICAH UETRICHT

The human tragedies The Water Knife chronicles are already happening today; they’re just not happening to us–yet.

BY JESSICA STITES

Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Crackpot–He Favors Policies the Majority of Americans Want

Despite what corporate Democrats and the Bernie-bashing mainstream media might tell you, Main Street America favors left-leaning policies.

BY BILL MOYERS AND MICHAEL WINSHIP

The most formidable challenger for Jeb Bush is his own brother’s legacy.

BY SUSAN J. DOUGLAS

The public and even Congress are acting against mass surveillance. When will President Obama get the memo?

BY DAVID SIROTA

 

May’s elections delivered the familiar thud of disappointment.

BY JANE MILLER

 

The austerity-on-steroids measures currently taking place in Michigan may soon be coming to a state near you.

BY LAURA GOTTESDIENER

 

The economists called their letter a “plea for economic sanity and humanity.”

BY MARTIN DE BOURMONT

WORKING IN THESE TIMES

With Thousands Marching in the Streets, Chicago Teachers Union Declares ‘This Means War!’

After a successful citywide strike three years ago, the Chicago Teachers union is not giving an inch.

BY MARTIN DE BOURMONT

RURAL AMERICA

A war is underway between local farmers who support organic practices and want to ban GMOs, and the National Grange, which backs industrial agro-giants like Monsanto.

BY JOHN COLLINS

07 Jun 2015 | Scott Ludlam

Housing & Sustainable Cities

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“Low and middle-income Australians should not be forced to subsidise property investors through their taxes – it is fundamentally unfair,” Senator Ludlam said today.

“It is time to call an end to this skewed concession that has contributed to the housing bubble and provides a tax benefit ten times greater for the highest income earners than for the lowest.

“Independent costings from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), released today by the Greens, show that by ending negative gearing for new investments we will save $2.9 billion over the forward estimates.

“We propose to invest a substantial part of the savings in new housing supply; to take 15,000 families and individuals off the social housing waiting list over the next four years and directly fund construction of 7000 new homes for the homeless by 2020.

“This will lift employment in the construction sector and boost innovation in the modular housing industry.

“These costings from the PBO give Joe Hockey all the evidence he needs to take a look at negative gearing, rather than blindly ruling it out of their tax review.

“As part of a broader move towards restoring fairness to the tax system, we have also asked the PBO to examine capital gains tax concessions, which are overwhelmingly subsidised by low and middle income taxpayers.

“The Greens will work to deliver a fair and equitable tax system which helps everyone, rather than a system that uses unfair concessions to skew the property market,” Senator Ludlam concluded.

This statement in full @ scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/

And here’s a stat to provide a bit more context from Homelessness Australia – ‘Homelessness Australia is the national peak body for homelessness in Australia’ :

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inthesetimes

TOP STORIES THIS WEEK

To break from the program of brutal austerity that has been imposed on Greece, its leaders have no choice but to take radical action.

BY ALEXANDROS ORPHANIDES

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians brought jazz back from the brink by connecting it to black struggle.

BY SALIM MUWAKKIL

A new documentary follows the weird subculture of Vietnam War reenactors–some of whom were actually there.

BY EILEEN JONES

If Jeb Bush wants to distance himself from the family name, he needs to reassess his brother’s actions in Iraq.

BY DAVID SIROTA

An existentialist Swedish movie occupies a completely original universe.

BY MICHAEL ATKINSON

WORKING IN THESE TIMES

This Small Town Shows Why The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Be A Disaster For American Workers

Galesburg, Illinois, residents saw their jobs disappear after the passage of NAFTA. The TPP likely won’t be any different.

BY PETER COLE

RURAL AMERICA

The bill could be a game-changer for Native populations, finally allowing them the same opportunities to vote as other Americans.

BY STEPHANIE WOODARD

+ 26 chapters of the TPP still secret…

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Jeremy Buckingham, NSW Greens Member of Parliament

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