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'Unprecedented,' 'Amazing,' 'Goliath': Scientists Describe Arctic Sea Ice Melt

  • Arctic Sea ice levels continue to drop below record set on August 26
  • Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now
  • Climate Change and the Next U.S. Revolution

Common Dreams

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(September 7, 2012) The rate of Arctic Sea ice melt has caught scientists by surprise, leaving them to describe the current record low levels as "amazing," "a Goliath" and "unprecedented."  While a record low was recorded on Aug. 26, the ice level continues to fall, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that there is still a week left in the melting season.

The speed of the Arctic ice melt is astounding, scientists say. "It is a greater change than we could even imagine 20 years ago, even 10 years ago," Dr. Kim Holmen, international director of the Norwegian Polar Institute told the BBC. "And it has taken us by surprise and we must adjust our understanding of the system and we must adjust our science and we must adjust our feelings for the nature around us."

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Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now, Rebecca Leber and Ellie Sandmeyer, Think Progress

  • Rising food prices; disappearing glaciers, sea ice; landslides; massive dust storms; toxic algae pollute drinking supply, lakes; $1.5 hail damage; $450 million wildfire damage in Colorado; greater terrors for mountain climbers; more Arctic drilling, taxpayers pay for risks; blackouts.
  • More severe droughts on way, study predicts

Climate Change and the Next U.S. Revolution, Shamus Cooke, Workers Action

  • The U.S. heat wave is slowly shaking the foundations of American politics. It may take years for the deep rumble to evolve into an above ground, institution-shattering earthquake, but U.S. society has changed for good.
  • Report: Amount of US mired in drought  worsens in Plains
  • The Earth Cannot Be Saved By Hope And Billionaires


 

A Chicago Teacher Speaks Out: This Is Why We Fight

  • It's not just about pay or benefits.
  • What Teachers Want

Dave Stieber, AlterNet

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(September 10, 2012)  You have undoubtedly heard the news reports, radio attack ads, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) representatives, the “CEO” of CPS, and Mayor Rahm Emannuel saying how teachers are walking out on the students if we strike. Parents, students, residents of this city: as a teacher let me tell you, comments like that rip teachers to our core. As clichéd as it sounds, teaching is a calling. It’s not as if one day we just said, “I guess I’ll be a teacher.” It takes skill and dedication to stand in front of 30 (and sometimes more) young people in a classroom and truly care and be able to teach every one of them. It is not possible to just be mediocre when it comes to teaching students. A young person is the first to let you know if you aren’t doing a good job at teaching the lesson, not getting graded work passed back quickly enough, heck, they will even let you know if you look bad that day.

Teachers just can’t punch in, start thinking about kids then punch out and stop. We are always trying to improve our lesson plans, grade, figure out ways to reach the students who are withdrawn, quiet, confrontational or disrupting class. We just can’t shut our students out of our lives when the bell rings.

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What Teachers Want, Dana Goldstein, the Nation
Budget cuts, layoffs, increased class sizes and high stakes testing have left one-third of public school teachers considering a job change. That's bad news for all of us.

 

You Are Not Allowed to Vote

  • Voter disenfranchisement is a very real issue that could affect more than 20 million voters this year.
  • The One-Two Punch
  • Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election
  • Amendment would Restrict Voting – for Seniors, the Military, our Neighbors

Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films

Are you as furious as we are about the efforts to roll back the clock and take away people’s right to vote? It has us mad, but sometimes satire and humor is the best way to reach people.  So take a look, have a laugh, and then use video to spread the word.

Voter disenfranchisement is a very real issue that could affect more than 20 million voters this year. We have partnered with our friends at NAACP to create a video that will help people understand how absurd the claims of those who want to limit voting rights are. Take a look at “A Dangerous World” and pass it on to your friends to stop the limiting of citizens’ rights.

In 2011 there were 24 new laws and 2 executive actions restricting the right to vote in 19 states.(The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law) There is proposed legislation in 33 states right now that will further limit minorities, youth and senior citizens from voting.  We have a chance to change people’s thinking on this issue. Watch the video then send it to your friends, family, and co-workers. Let’s make sure everyone realizes how ridiculous the claims are and how devastating laws around voter ID and voter disenfranchisement will be to our country.

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The One-Two Punch, Ricardo Levins Morales, rlmarts.com

  • The blueprint for eliminating fifty years of LGBT advances in all areas of life and law is to be found in their voter suppression strategy, not the Marriage Amendment.
  • The Marriage Amendment As Decoy and How to Fight The Real Danger

Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election, Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

  • The Republican True the Vote project is a well-funded scheme with training sessions for activists across the country. Will it work?
  • Includes news about Minnesota Majority (organization pushing voter ID referendum) and the Wisconsin recall election shenanigans.

Amendment would Restrict Voting – for Seniors, the Military, our Neighbors, MN Senator John Marty, Apple Pie Alliance

  • Taking away the vote from our neighbors under the pretext of preventing "fraud" is a radical step backwards for that democracy. The constitution is supposed to guarantee human rights, not take them away from others who Republican politicians apparently don't want to vote.
  • Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election
  • Voter Suppression: The "Schurick Doctrine" and the Unravelling of American Democracy
     

Robert Reich | The Jobs Report and the Election

  • President Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention was long on uplifting rhetoric but short on specifics for what he'll do if reelected to reignite the American economy.
  • Minimum Wage Raise is the Least We Can Do to Civilize America
  • How Bad Things Are

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

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(September 7, 2012) President Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention was long on uplifting rhetoric but short on specifics for what he’ll do if reelected to reignite the American economy.

Yet today’s jobs report provides a troubling reminder that the economy is still in bad shape. Employers added only 96,000 nonfarm jobs in August. True, the unemployment rate fell to 8.1% from July’s 8.3%, But the size of the workforce continued to drop, according to a Labor Department report Friday.

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Minimum Wage Raise is the Least We Can Do to Civilize America, Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research

  • Raising the minimum wage doesn’t cut into profits; it also increases demand in the economy by moving income to workers who spend more than those who receive profit.  The Economic Policy Institute estimated that the proposed increase in the minimum wage would actually increase employment.
  • How raising the federal minimum wage would help working families and give the economy a boost

How Bad Things Are, Paul Krugman, Truthdig

  • The following excerpt from Paul Krugman’s book “End This Depression Now!” was published with permission from W.W. Norton & Co.
  • Paul Krugman: Austerity Is So Wrong!
     
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Wall Street Campaign Donations Set To Hit Record During 2012 Election

  • The amount of cash Wall Street is pouring into elections is poised to grow. The American Bankers Association is planning to set up a non-profit that would allow its members to send money to pro-Wall Street super PACs anonymously, according to Bloomberg.
  • Corporate bribery and political corruption on display at Republican, Democratic conventions

Huffington Post

(September 5, 2012) Wall Street is paying big time to influence this election.

The financial industry is on track to break its 2008 campaign spending record of $170 million, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics cited by CNNMoney. So far, Wall Street has spent $164 million donating to candidates and political groups. And CRP estimates the total tab to be huge with donors $2.5 billion on the election overall.

The top eight companies with employees donating to Mitt Romney are banks, according to CRP data, while Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase made it into the top 20 firms with employees donating to President Obama's campaign.

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Corporate bribery and political corruption on display at Republican, Democratic conventions, Barry Grey, World Socialist Website

  • Away from the minutely scripted and orchestrated proceedings in the convention hall—with all their hokum and stupidity—the serious business of peddling influence and selling votes will take place in what has become known as a “parallel convention.”
  • Former GOPer: How Republicans Went Crazy, Dems Lost Their Mojo, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

 

Special Report | The 2012 Campaign Lying Machine: Week of September 9

  • Every campaign is guilty of exaggerations, embellishments, distortions, and half-truths. But lying is another thing altogether.  Why do they do it, and how can they get away with it?
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Matt Taibbi's Killer Takedown of Mitt Romney
    • Paul Ryan brings back the welfare lie
    • The Week of Living Dangerously
    • Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine
    • Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
    • The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock
    • Who Exactly is Mitt Romney Lying to?
    • Mainstream media: Report the facts and call out candidates when they lie
    • Use polls to monitor the effectiveness of campaign lies

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Matt Taibbi's Killer Takedown of Mitt Romney, Laura Gottesdiener, AlterNet

  • According to Rolling Stone's Taibbi, either we wise up to Romney’s game, or we succumb to “a prairie fire of debt.”
  • Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

Paul Ryan brings back the welfare lie, Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

  • It couldn't be clearer that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will say or do anything to win. What's really scary is thinking about what they'd be capable of doing if they did win.
  • Mainstream media: Report the facts and call out candidates when they lie
  • Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine
  • The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock

The Week of Living Dangerously, William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

  • Lying is done with words, and also with silence. --Adrienne Rich
  • Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine,
  • Paul Ryan brings back the welfare lie

Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine, Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
Every campaign is guilty of exaggerations, embellishments, distortions, and half-truths. But this is another thing altogether. I’ve been directly involved in seven presidential campaigns, and I don’t recall a presidential candidate lying with such audacity, over and over again. Why does he do it, and how can he get away with it?

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs – and stuck others with the bill
Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine
Who Exactly is Mitt Romney Lying to?


The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock, Garance Franke-Ruta, Atlantic

  • Ryan's legislative record shows him renaming post offices, honoring Ronald Reagan and Wisconsin, approving commemorative coins, and increasing the deficit.
  • He's handsome, a nice guy, and misguided.
  • Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine

Who Exactly is Mitt Romney Lying to? Progress Report, ThinkProgress

  • Mitt Romney has either been lying to the public about his role at Bain Capital or filing false documents with the SEC.
  • It’s Time for Mitt Romney to Come Clean
  • Mitt’s real insult to the NAACP

Mainstream media: Report the facts and call out candidates when they lie, Brenda Witt, signon.org

Here is a list of five lies that Ryan told when he gave his speech at the Republican National Convention last night. Every single news outlet should report on these lies.

Use polls to monitor the effectiveness of campaign lies, Steven Brill, Columbia Journalism Review
It’s great that many media organizations have been fact-checking the claims of the presidential candidates and holding them accountable for blatant distortions. But with all the money they are spending on polls, why can’t they poll whether the lies are working?

 

Former GOPer: How Republicans Went Crazy, Dems Lost Their Mojo, and the Middle Class Got Shafted

  • Bill Moyers talks with Mike Lofgren, a long-time Republican who describes the modern dysfunction of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
  • A Republican Insider Looks at the Rise of the Religious Right
  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers & Company

(September 5, 2012) The growing power of the religious right is one reason my guest left the Republican Party and became an Independent. "The mixture of politics and religion," he says, "debases both, and has turned the GOP into an apocalyptic sect." He has his problems with Democrats, too. For one thing, he says, both parties “are captives to corporate loot.”

Others may share those opinions, but what gives Mike Lofgren more clout than the rest is decades of insider experience on Capitol Hill. He was a Fulbright scholar with two degrees in history when he went to work in Congress and became a senior staff member of the House and Senate Budget committees. His specialty was the cost of national security. After 28 years of government service, Mike Lofgren retired and sat down to write a powerful manifesto that took off like a rocket when it was posted on the website Truthout.org.

It's now a book: "The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted.” As you can tell from the title, he spares no one.

Full story (video and transcript)...

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A Republican Insider Looks at the Rise of the Religious Right, Frederick Clarkson, Daily Kos

  • Barbara Stanwyck: "We're both rotten!"
  • Fred MacMurray: "Yeah - only you're a little more rotten." -"Double Indemnity" (1944)
  • Those lines of dialogue from a classic film noir sum up the state of the two political parties in contemporary America.
  • A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses
  • A Republican’s Lament: ‘It’s a Disgrace’

12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils" Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?


 

U.S. Department Of Justice Accuses BP Of 'Gross Negligence And Willful Misconduct'

  • Gross negligence is a central issue to the case, slated to go to trial in New Orleans in January 2013. A gross negligence finding could nearly quadruple the civil damages owed by BP under the Clean Water Act to $21 billion.
  • BP Owes $192 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster
  • BP Oil Still Tars the Gulf
  • BP Oil Spill Emails Reveal High-Level Discord Over Flow Estimates

David Ingram, Reuters / Huffington Post

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(September 4, 2012) The U.S. Justice Department is ramping up its rhetoric against BP PLC for the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, describing in new court papers examples of what it calls "gross negligence and willful misconduct."

The court filing is the sharpest position yet taken by the U.S. government as it seeks to hold the British oil giant largely responsible for the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Gross negligence is a central issue to the case, slated to go to trial in New Orleans in January 2013. A gross negligence finding could nearly quadruple the civil damages owed by BP under the Clean Water Act to $21 billion.

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BP Owes $192 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster, Antonia Juhasz, Huffington Post

  • NOT $15 Billion Settlement It's Seeking
  • If BP is not held to the law, than the costs of such dangerous operations will invariably be once again outweighed by the benefits.

BP Oil Still Tars the Gulf, Antonia Juhasz, the Progressive

  • BP has spent a lot of money selling the idea that all is back to normal in the Gulf. In many ways, for BP at least, it is. In 2011, BP racked up its highest profits of all time: a jaw-dropping $25.7 billion.
  • “Can we completely recover from this?”(United Houma Nation tribal member) Jamie (Billiot) asks me, “Probably not. At what level will we recover? I don’t know. If the oyster beds no longer produce, the shrimp migrate away, land loss continues. . . . ” Jamie pauses before she speaks again. “It will take years for us to really know.”

BP Oil Spill Emails Reveal High-Level Discord Over Flow Estimates, John Rudolf, Huffington Post

  • "We should be very cautious standing behind a 5,000 [barrel per day] figure as our modeling shows that this well could be making anything up to 100,000 [barrels per day]," (BP Vice President Mike) Mason wrote in one of the emails, obtained by the Huffington Post.
  • Conclusive Evidence that BP Misrepresented Gulf Oil Spill is Sent to Congress
  • Arrest of BP Scapegoat: Real Killers Walk
  • BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill
  • BP Settlement Sells Out Victims
     

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