The Republican Cannon Fodder Weekly for September 21st 2012…

Below we present our weekly roundup of cannon fodder to fire at shamelessly sinister social Darwinist Republicans…

We attempt to showcase unique or enlightening perspectives but also feature a summary of hot-button in-case-you-missed-it issues…

To see a list of prior weeklys, click on ‘cannonfodder’ either in the “category list” in the right sidebar, or in the categories listed just below the title at the top of this page in the dark green bar.

Clickable Index to Topics


Top Articles of the Week…
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Lies, Lies, Lies: Repubs LUVS Lies…
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The Failure of Republican Policies for the 99%…
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The Republican Cesspool of Shameless Hypocrisy…
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The Many Evils of Republican Social Darwinism…
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Skeletons lurking in the Republican closet…
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Republican Global Ruining…
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Whatever…

Top Articles of the Week…

  • 10 Desperate and Depressed Conservative Reactions to Romney’s 47 Percent Moment. Some are standing by Romney, the few semi-smart ones are running away like he’s carrying Ebola: “Mitt who?”… Team Romney’s biggest problem continues to be Mitt Romney. It’s tough to build a campaign around a cartoonish 1-percenter whose CPU doesn’t appear to be programmed for human empathy and who lacks an effective filter between brain and lips.

  • Keep Wall Street Out of Our Waterways. For the investment banking industry, water-related death, drought and degradation aren’t calamities; they’re profit opportunities. “If you play it right,” says one hedge-fund adviser, “the results of this impending water crisis can be very good.”

  • “Who Votes Dirty” site Exposes Dirty Bird Legislators Voting for Dirty Energy, Dirty Air, Dirty Water, Dirty Money, Dirty Everything. One way to determine the legislators who vote against the best interests of you and yours. Another way is to look for that telltale ‘R’ behind their names. For me, I can spot them on site just by their mean white guy or crazy white bitch or traitorous Uncle Tom looks…

  • Fact-Checked: Romney’s ’47%’ Of Non-Taxpaying Americans From Red States. The man born with a silver foot in his mouth has once again found himself amid a Rick Perry “oops” moment of PR despair following some reportedly “off the cuff” remarks he made in a video in what appeared to be a speech to his base (corporate welfare queens). The remarks that the Obama campaign are now seizing on with absolute glee involved Romney telling a group of equally entitled rich pricks that “47 percent of the country doesn’t pay taxes.”

  • Highlights You Missed From the Secret Romney Video. By now you’ve probably heard about the secret video exposing a bunch of real talk from Mitt Romney as he dined with rich Republican donors. But the hour-plus footage, which left the Romney campaign reeling and provoked a full-blown eruption of “chaos on Bullshit Mountain”, is a real embarrassment of riches, as it were. Here are some telling moments that you may not have seen yet from Romney’s unvarnished Q&A behind closed doors: Mocking immigration in the United States; Falsely claiming that the Fed is buying “three-quarters” of America’s debt; Predicting easy dividends from his anticipated victory on November 6; Cracking jokes about Latino voters and Elizabeth Warren; Making enemies on the late-night talk show circuit; Joking about media strategy and his reputation as a “rich, rich guy”; On the 47 percent of Americans he regards as moochers; On the “almost unthinkable prospects” for Mideast peace.

  • Yet Another Republican Conspiracy Theory Bites the Dust: “Fast and Furious” Exonerated. A Fortune mag investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.

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    Lies, Lies, Lies: Repubs LUVS Lies…

  • Yet another “study” proving tax cuts for the rich do NOT work. Why do they keep doing more studies on the bogus fallacy of trickle down economics when it has been proven over and over that funneling more wealth up to the already wealthy only gives the wealthy more trillions to hoard in their offshore tax-evading banks? All you have to do is simply ponder that the Clinton admin raised taxes and the economy grew and the deficit was eradicated, and compare the ensuing Gee Wiz Booosh tax cut giveaways to the wealthy led to trillion dollar deficits and the current recession we have been working to dig out of. Yet, Republicans are campaigning on the blatant lie that even deeper tax cuts for the wealthy are in order, but that we need to raise taxes on the financially pillaged middle class, further pummeling the spending engine of the American economy. Sheer utter madness from sinister assholes…

  • Republican Monkey See Republican Monkey Do: This Is What A ‘Post-Truth’ Campaign Looks Like. I’m-right-they’re-wrong Paul Ryan copycat: “I don’t care what Fact Check says,” as if that were a perfectly normal phrase to expect from a sitting Congressman. To be fair, the only people who disagree with Rep. Peter King on this one are those hacks over at The Washington Post, FactCheck.org, and PolitiFact.

  • Siemens Lays Off Wind Workers, Citing Expiring Tax Credit Romney Wants To Kill. Get ready to “face palm”: and Romney Campaign Blames Obama

  • The Big, Fat Lie Behind Romney’s Absurd 47% Argument. Mitt Romney’s narrative — long-popular among wrong-wing bloggers and talk-radio squawkers — that 47 percent of households pay no federal income taxes and 53 percent do is the least honest, least factual talking point to ever be taken seriously in our political discourse for a number of reasons. First and foremost among them is this: it’s just not true.

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    The Failure of Republican Policies for the 99%…

  • Republicans Want Grad Students to Starve. The House hearing was not really about protecting private universities’ “freedom of speech” or keeping costs down for students as higher-education officials have been claiming. The hearing was politically motivated. As Citizen Vox says, the NLRB is not (as House Republicans claim) trampling on the “sacred ground” of private universities and colleges but carrying out its mission, “to protect the rights of employees and employer” — and, I would add, of students and those who teach them in our colleges and universities.

  • Why Taxing The 47 Percent Would Put Millions Into Poverty. Mitt Romney and Tim Kaine aren’t the only politicians who have a problem with poor and middle class people paying no income tax. In April, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor worried “[O]ver 45 percent of the people in this country don’t pay income taxes at all, and we have to question whether that’s fair. Part of the problem is today, only 53% pay any federal income tax at all; 47% pay nothing,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) last July, ahead of her presidential primary candidacy. “We need to broaden the base so that everybody pays something…”

  • House GOP Votes to Transfer Tens of Thousands of Acres of Minnesota PUBLIC LANDS for MINING. [Last week] the House of Representatives voted 225-189 to pass a bill authorizing a controversial land transfer that would almost certainly result in the mining of public lands in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest. These lands have numerous other values like hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and recreation.

  • New Atmospheric Compound Impacts Climate, Human Health. For all we know about climate change and the Earth’s atmosphere, it’s amazing how much more there is to learn. Earlier this month, a team of researchers led by University of Colorado’s Roy “Lee” Mauldin III announced the discovery of a brand new atmospheric compound tied to both climate change and human health.

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    The RepubLICKin Art of Shameless Hypocrisy…

  • GOP to Jobless Vets: Drop Dead. Republicans feed them into the military industrial war machine complex and if they make it out alive? As if to underscore Mitt Romney’s indifference to the 47 percent, his Republican Party colleagues in the US Senate used a procedural vote Wednesday to block a $1 billion bipartisan bill that would have given tens of thousands of jobless military vets the opportunity to work.

  • Bill Clinton Was Right That Dems Create More Jobs Than GOPers — and Here’s the Scoreboard for Good Jobs Making Real Things. Dems don’t just beat the Republicans in overall jobs; they do much better creating manufacturing jobs.

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    The Evils of Republican Social Darwinism and Racism…

  • Who Doesn’t the Tea Party Hate? Now It’s Military Families. Republicans’ hostility toward military families continues. It’s not enough that they warmonger without acknowledging the real lives that hang in the balance. Now they are targeting the children of those in service as well.

  • Romney demands that seniors take personal responsibility. Romney’s message is that in order to lower taxes [even more] for his wealthy friends he will demand that retirees who worked hard, played by the rules, saved for retirement and counted on the promise of Social Security and Medicare, take personal responsibility and pay higher taxes, receive less in Social Security and trade in the promise of Medicare for Ryan’s Vouchercare, ending Medicare as we know it.

  • Texan Lynches Invisible Obama. Burnt Orange Report published a picture of a chair hanging from a tree in front of a house in Austin, Texas. In a dark twist on Clint Eastwood’s empty chair meme, it appears the resident, Bud Johnson, lynched the chair as an effigy of President Obama. When asked about the unnerving racist display, Johnson, a Republican, responded, “I don’t really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don’t give a shit. If you don’t like it, don’t come down my street.” Another chair was lynched last week in Virginia.

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    Skeletons lurking quietly in the Republican closet…

  • Why WOULDN’T Romney Roll Back New MPG Standards! Dumping Obama’s 54.5 mpg fuel efficiency rules is far easier said than done. The only way is to effectively disband the EPA [which Republicans have also vowed to do]. Mitt Romney has come out strongly against the Obama administration’s newest fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks–rules his campaign calls extreme. The Republican presidential nominee says that if he takes office next year, he’ll consider [sic] rolling back the fuel standards…

  • 5 Ways A Romney Supreme Court Could Crush YOU and YOURS. The Center for American Progress has this look at how the nation’s high court could change under the next presidential administration. The differences are not just stunning, they are a reminder of just how much is on the line this election. With four sitting Supreme Court justices over the age of 70, and with the court so closely divided, one or two judicial appointments could significantly shift the American legal landscape. Consider the difference between the kinds of justices President Obama would nominate versus Mitt Romney on the following issues…

  • WINDS OF WAR. Romney and his Bush neocon inner circle stoke the Israeli War Winds.

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    Republican Global Ruining…

    So many morons, so little time: there has been talk of spinning off just this one subtopic into it’s own report, and even making it a daily report at that, to try to keep up with the stupid Republican destructorama of their life support system (anyone out there interested? we could give you our HTML template, or you could try one of those new automatic “online newspaper” blogs like this one)…

  • House Republicans Push Bills This Week To Dismantle Environmental Laws. The GOP combines a number of measures that have already passed the House to curtail policies that Republicans contend will thwart coal-mining and coal-fired power generation. It would nix the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and take aim at other air pollution rules; restrict planned EPA rules governing management and disposal of coal ash, a waste product from coal plants; and restrict potential Interior Department rules on coal-mining wastes; among other provisions.

  • Republicans Campaign Against War on Coal. House Republicans are set to play a familiar theme this week before heading out to campaign for the November election, trying to head off rules from the Environmental Protection Agency to curb pollution.

  • “In the same way there is no safe number of cigarettes a person can smoke, there is no safe level of air pollution a person can bring breathe”. Ignoring the reality that Americans are tired of costly, counterproductive wars, driven by disinformation and deceit, the GOP has launched war on the EPA. To attack the EPA as “job killing” is as much a con game as was attacking Iraq for non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Justifying themselves as wanting to eliminate regulations of “mass job destruction”, this year the Republican controlled House has passed 168 measures that would weaken or gut core provisions of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

  • Fracking: Boom or Doom [there are FIVE pages to the article]. America’s hydraulic fracturing gold rush portends the greatest [um, shouldn’t that be WORST!?!] environmental disaster of a generation.

  • Obama vs. Romney: A Stark Contrast on the Environment. As the U.S. presidential campaign enters its final phase, Yale Environment 360 compares the sharply divergent views of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the environment and energy.

  • Offshore Wind On The Atlantic Cost Could Create 300,000 Jobs And $200 Billion In Economic Activity. America has some of the best offshore wind resources in the world — especially along the Atlantic coastline. But while the promise is massive, zero turbines are currently spinning in U.S. waters. And dirty energy industry’s paid puppet Republicans are out to see that it stays that way, they are out to kill the move towards renewable clean energy…

  • The Social Cost of Carbon: How to Do the Math. [A] new paper published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences concludes that the costs of carbon pollution and related climate change are vastly greater — possibly two to 12 times as much. The problem, the authors argue, is that the federal government is not adequately taking into account the impacts of climate change on future generations.

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    Whatever…

  • Tell PBS NewsHour: Don’t Promote Climate Change Denial. On September 17th, PBS Newshour provided an unchecked platform for Anthony Watts, a virulent climate change denier funded by the [dirty energy industry] Heartland Institute. This is the kind of reporting we expect from Fox News, not PBS. Please join us in calling on the PBS ombudsman to immediately investigate how this segment came to be aired and recommend corrective action to make sure a journalistic abomination like this never happens again.

  • Chemical BPA Linked to Obesity in Children. Republican deregulation of chemicals results in the chemical BPA in food, plastic products, and now on cash register receipts. BPA is now linked to obesity in children, making them sluggish, turning them into dumber lemmings to believe GOP lies and vote for them, not to mention feed the vulture capitalist corporate profits for big food and big med to treat the illnesses and disease from obesity… A new study indicates that white children exposed to high levels of bisphenol A are five times more likely to be obese than children with low levels.

  • On Environment: How Would Jesus Vote? Rick Santorum expressed his view: “We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth… for our benefit not for the Earth’s benefit.” The typical Republican evangelical vulture capitalist, just go ahead and mindlessly destroy the environment…

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    The “WHUT Globull Warmin” Weekly for August 31st 2012…

    Our Weekly Roundup of Global Warming, Aberrant Climate Change, and Severe Catastrophic Weather. Cannon fodder to fire at dirty energy, their mindless deniers, and shameless Republican puppets…

    Defy deniers of global warming to peruse the links below to recent articles that prove that global warming and all of it’s deleterious side effects is much too real…

    The articles are also a good source of information to wise up any uninformed, misinformed, and just plain brainwashed Americans.

    To see a list of prior weeklys, click on ‘weekly’ either in the “category list” in the right sidebar, or in the categories listed just below the title at the top of this page in the dark green bar.

    Reminder: keep in mind that scientific reticence is abundant in most of the articles linked to below, so when you see overly cautious words like ‘maybe’, ‘could’, and ‘might’, they might be “pulling punches”…

    Clickable Index to Topics


    Top Articles of the Week(?)
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    Is It Getting Overheated in the Greenhouse?
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    Is that light at the end of the tunnel a locomotive coming at us?
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    Self-perpetuating Feedback Loops that WORSEN Global Warming.
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    Whoops, Climate Scientists didn’t see that one coming…
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    How Global Warming Sickens and Kills You and Yours.
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    WHUT Sea Level Rise?.
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    Is It Getting Dry In Here?
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    Certifiable Pharmacuetically Lobotomized Morons…
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    Round Up the Usual Smokescreens.
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    Solutions?.
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    Whatever…

    Top Articles of the Week(?)

  • 5 Weird and Terrifying Consequences of Climate Change You May Not Know About. When you hear climate change you think of crazy weather, but there are other frightening effects.

  • Global Warming is approaching Irreversible, Warns Scientific Body. This is what we been sayin. And sayin… For a loooong time…

  • Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low–Extreme Weather to Come. Well, we already have extreme weather, what they mean is that more and worse extreme weather is going to ramp up.

  • America Hit With Record Devastation From Wildfires.

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    Is It Getting Overheated in the Greenhouse?

  • Scars on a Dry Land. In the American West — a land of “not enough water” — the hottest year on record forces us to see things as they are

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    WHUT light at the end of the tunnel barrelling toward us?

  • It is not yet terribly obvious, but “the climate” is quietly ramping up in many ways. This is just one aspect, of many, of the global climate that is ramping up that most folks simply do not see it yet as something that is obvious. ‘Yet‘, being the key word, as in a tiny snowball way up high on a mountain, slowly rolling downhill…

  • Strategists prepare for water wars as half of humanity will face water scarcity by 2030. The author Mark Twain once remarked that “whisky is for drinking; water is for fighting over” and a series of reports from intelligence agencies and research groups indicate the prospect of a water war is becoming increasingly likely.

  • Siberian thaw unlocks ice-age carbon vault: yet another feedback loop. A VAST outcrop of the Arctic Siberian coast that had been frozen for tens of thousands of years is releasing huge carbon deposits as rising temperatures thaw parts of its coastline, a study warned yesterday.

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    Natural Self-perpetuating Circular Feedback Loops that WORSEN Global Warming…

  • Record Temperatures And Wildfires In Eastern Russia Drive Amplifying Carbon-Cycle Feedback. Forests and bog land in far eastern Russia have been burning since the beginning of June 2012. Contributing to the record fires have been the record temperatures of this past summer. This summer in Siberia has been one of hottest on record. The most dangerous amplifying carbon-cycle feedback we face in the near term is the thawing northern tundra. It is poised to turn the Arctic from a carbon sink to source in the 2020s, releasing 100 billion tons of carbon by 2100.

  • Billions of Tons of Methane Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice. But that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg compared to the total big picture of all the circular cascading feedback loops which add up to hundreds of trillions of tons of methane and other assorted greenhouse gases, some thousands of times stronger than carbon dioxide. The sleeping gorrilla in the greenhouse that Republicans mindlessly keep poking with a sharp stick…

  • Methane’s Contribution to Global Warming Is Worse than You Thought
    . And here is some information on methane, which is twenty-some times stronger as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide…

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    Whoops, Climate Scientists Didn’t See THAT Coming…

  • Cambridge prof. predicts Arctic summer sea ice “all gone by 2015”. Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics at Cambridge University, who was branded “alarmist” after he first detected “substantial thinning” of sea ice in 1990, said: “The entire ice cover is now on the point of collapse.”

  • Arctic sea melt record more than broken, it’s being smashed (beyond past predictions). Sunday’s data confirms that the previous sea-ice extent minimum of 24 September 2007 was broken last Friday, 24 August 2012. What is also stunning are sea-ice daily extent figures averaging ice loss of more than 100,000 square kilometres per day for the last four days. This suggest melt is accelerating very late in the melt season in a pattern that has never before been observed.

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    How Global Warming Sickens and Kills You and Yours…

  • Climate change could push up risk of bird flu. Climate change could pose high risk of avian flu virus transmission in wild birds, a new study has warned.

  • Why Is West Nile Virus So Bad This Year?. There is really good picture of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito (carrier of west nile and dengue) if you do not know what they look like, but be aware that they can be very small, and are referred to as the “stealth bomber” of mosquitoes, and that they feed 24 hours a day (not just at sunset and sunrise), and they inhabit populated areas, having been known to breed inside homes in any open standing water (water picks, etc), and that they are small enough and smart enough to get through cracks around windows and doors…

  • Texas — and the DFW area, in particular — is the national epicenter for this year’s cases of West Nile virus disease. In its most recently published tally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that there had been 693 cases of the illness, including 26 deaths, this year. “The study shows that the warmer the temperature, the greater the advantage of the new strain. It also indicates that increases in temperatures due to global climate change would have major effects on transmission of the virus,” Kilpatrick said at the time.

  • Okla. heat, drought allow deadly amoeba to thrive. High temperatures and an ongoing drought are having an impact on more than just crops and livestock. State health officials say they are also creating ideal conditions for the growth of a tiny, single-cell organism that lives in Oklahoma’s rivers, lakes and ponds and can cause a disease that is almost always fatal.

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    WHUT Sea Level Rise?

  • Why The Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Matters. What happens in the Arctic, doesn’t stay in the Arctic. The rapid disappearance of sea ice cover can have consequences that are felt all over the Northern Hemisphere, due to the effects it has on atmospheric patterns. As the ice pack becomes smaller ever earlier into the melting season, more and more sunlight gets soaked up by dark ocean waters, effectively warming up the ocean. The heat and moisture that are then released to the atmosphere in fall and winter could be leading to disturbances of the jet stream…

  • Whatever You Call it, Water is Rising in Norfolk. Water is inescapable in Virginia’s second-largest city, home to the world’s biggest naval base, three major port facilities and public and private shipyards. Norfolk is nearly surrounded by water: it sits at the mouth of the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and the junction of the Elizabeth and James Rivers. Yet as much as water is a resource in Norfolk and the surrounding area, known as Hampton Roads, it also represents a threat.

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    Is It Getting Dry In Here?

  • Grains of wrath as drought hits hard. It’s not just America, extreme weather across the globe is recipe for surging food prices,

  • 11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed. Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

  • In Southwest, Worst-Case Fire Scenario Plays Out. As the Earth’s average temperature creeps upward, climate scientists have predicted record heat waves and droughts. That’s what we’ve seen this summer in the U.S. The question has become, are we now seeing the real damage climate change can do?

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    Certifiable Pharmacuetically Lobotomized Morons…

  • Republican Platform Opposes Agenda 21. “We strongly reject the U.N. Agenda 21 as erosive of American sovereignty, and we oppose any form of U.N. Global Tax [a carbon tax],” the platform reads. Agenda 21 is a 1992 United Nations resolution that encourages sustainable development globally.

  • Environment America Statement on Selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Republican Running Mate. By now, no elaboration needed when Lyin Ryan is involved…

  • Climate change deniers are either extreme free marketeers or conspiracy theorists. Or both? Or just plain stupid…

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    Round Up the Usual Smokescreens…

  • Elephants In The Room: Urban Poverty, Climate Change, And Other Problems We Love To Ignore. Why the silence? Tough surmises that with millions of Americans on the economic ropes, Obama is hesitant to single out the urban poor. Never mind that one in 10 American children live in households that make less than about $11,000 a year — what the government deems “deep poverty.” Any mention of helping poor people is essentially verboten in mixed company.

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    Solutions?

  • Pledge to Resist Fracking. Writer-Biologist Sandra Steingraber Issues a Call for Action and a Warning to the Gas Industry: I choose to belong to a vision of an unfractured New York that turns its back on 19th century thinking and death-dealing fossil fuels and leads the world in the creation of a clean energy economy.

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    Whatever…

  • The Pissed-Off Polar Bears 8 Day Hunger Strike Against Global Warming. “A Taste of Things to Come — Famine Practice”

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