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The People’s Climate March: Aerial Drone View

An aerial view of the people participating in The People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014.

The number of people participating is variously estimated as between 300,000 and 400,000.



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Julian Assange: Google Acts Like NSA

From Common Dreams:

Google’s practices are “almost identical” to those of the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, Julian Assange has said.

“Google’s business model is to spy,” Assange told the BBC.

“It makes more than 80 percent of its money collecting information about people, pooling it together, storing it, indexing it, building profiles of people to predict their interests and behaviors and then selling those profiles principally to advertisers, but also to others.”

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August Unemployment: Nearly Half The States Showed Increased Unemployment

Recovery? We’re about six years into the “recovery” and the jobs numbers still look bleak.

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in August.
Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate increases
from July, 15 states had decreases, and 11 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today.

The fudged unemployment rate is 6.1%

Here’s the real unemployment rate (U6), at 12%

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2014 Ig Nobel Award Winners Announced

PHYSICS PRIZE [JAPAN]: Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, for measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person steps on a banana skin that’s on the floor.

NEUROSCIENCE PRIZE [CHINA, CANADA]: Jiangang Liu, Jun Li, Lu Feng, Ling Li, Jie Tian, and Kang Lee, for trying to understand what happens in the brains of people who see the face of Jesus in a piece of toast.

More:
Improbable Research (Ig Nobel 2014) website

And here’s how they let speakers know they exceeded their 5-minute time limit. Miss Sweety Poo:



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Letter To The President: Home Prices To Fall 15%

Joshua Pollard was Goldman’s lead US housing analyst from February 2009 to March 2013.

He has written a letter to the President, saying home prices will fall 15%

Read it here (pdf)

JoshuaPollard.info (the summary is there)

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Links

Bye Bye Birdies

Bye Bye Birdies

We’re killing the birds
(Humankind is shitting in its own nest)
truthout

How the West created the Islamic State
(Isn’t it time for America to look at “cause” and not just “effect”?)
truthout

Good news! Koch Candidate losing in Kansas – Gov. Sam Brownback is trailing
(Money can’t buy you love, even in the home state of Koch Industries)
Al Jazeera

Those who’ve seen bloodshed warn of endless, brutal war in Iraq
(Another American intervention “success” story)
The Intercept

Who’s paying the pro-war pundits?
(You guessed it – the military-industrial complex)
The Investigative Fund

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How The 1% Live – Could YOU Spend Half A Million Bucks Just To Fill Up Your Gas Tank?

Suppose you had a yacht. 24,000 square feet. 2,500 square-foot master bedroom suite. With a crew of 42.

And suppose it cost half a million bucks to fill up the fuel tanks.

SF Gate

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Proof Government Is Not The Enemy

Common Dreams reports on Somerset, Kentucky, which has proven government can HELP the people and is not “the enemy” (contrary to Republicans’ hard-wired we-hate-government attitude).

People in Somerset complained their gas prices were higher than prices in surrounding communities.

The retail gasoline station comes after years of resident complaints about the high price of gasoline in Somerset compared to the surrounding area. In 2011 the city extended an open invitation from city to local gasoline state business owners to explain why that is so. All declined to attend.

So Somerset opened its own gas station — with competitive prices. And local gas stations soon dropped their prices.

Somerset also established a profitable natural gas pipeline after natural gas supplies to Somerset were interrupted.

Somerset, Kentucky: Proving the lie of Republican orthodoxy.

Common Dreams

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NRA Gun Nuts Issue Death Threat To Priest

Something must be done about the gun nuts:

A Catholic priest on Chicago’s South Side claims he has received death threats from gun-rights advocates following a weekend rally in front of a local gun shop that authorities say is the number one supplier of guns recovered from crime scenes in the city.

Father Michael Pfleger, the pastor of Saint Sabina church, says the threats originate from social media posts and internal emails from the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA), an affiliate of the wider National Rifle Association (NRA), and its supporters which are calling Pfleger a “terrorist” and likening him and similar advocates to Isis, the terrorist organisation also known as Islamic State.

The Guardian

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District Attorney Says Global Warming Protesters Were Right

The Nation reports on a remarkable turn of events surrounding two men criminally charged for blocking a coal tanker from docking.

Fall River, MA –

Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, not only dropped the charges (which could have resulted in months, or even years, of jail time); he then proceeded out to the courthouse plaza where he made a statement to the media and to the hundred or more people gathered in support of Ken and Jay. Here’s what he said:

The decision that Assistant District Attorney Robert Kidd and I reached today was a decision that certainly took into consideration the cost to the taxpayers in Somerset, but was also made with our concerns for their children, and the children of Bristol County and beyond in mind.

Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced. In my humble opinion, the political leadership on this issue has been gravely lacking. I am heartened that we were able to forge an agreement that both parties were pleased with and that appeared to satisfy the police and those here in sympathy with the individuals who were charged.

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The Green Party Accepts No Corporate Payola

Green Party candidate running for governor of Colorado:



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Links

A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state.
Time

Pennsylvania Makes Public 243 Cases of Fracking Contaminated Water
DailyKos

Public Wins: Davis City Council Orders Police ‘Get Rid Of Military Vehicle’
Popular Resistance

Arizona Man Arrested For Burning, Urinating On The Bible
Alan Colmes

Texas governor Rick Perry’s National Guard Hasn’t Been Paid for Patrolling Border, Resorts to Food Banks
Mediaite

Nearly half of all Syrians have been forced to leave their homes
National Geographic

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Why We Need Viable Third Parties (Elizabeth Warren)

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that both of the major political parties are corrupt and self-serving.

Obama promised “Change”. He gave us more of the same.

Lefties have been having a love affair with Elizabeth Warren, who has boldly spoken out in favor of help the people, not corporations. Now, some may question the depth of their love after Warren spoke just like every other pro-Israel politician. She appears to be no different from all the rest (perhaps worse) when it comes to foreign affairs.

We need choices. REAL choices. And that’s why we need to support third parties.

Related:

Green Party (accepts no corporate money)

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This Is What Religion Can Do To Families

Daniel Ashley Pierce, who came out as gay, is confronted by his step-mother, father and grandparents.



Over $80,000 has been donated to Pierce

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What You May Not Know About Burger King

You’ve probably read about the pending merger of Burger King with Canadian-based Tim Horton’s.

It’s reported Burger King will be legally folded into Tim Horton’s in Canada and effectively renounce its U.S. “citizenship” for the sake of reducing taxes.

What you may not know about Burger King: it is owned by a Brazilian company, 3G Capital.
The three Brazilian founders of 3G Capital are worth a combined $46.7 billion.

3G also owns HJ Heinz (co-owner: Warren Buffett) and Budweiser.

3G is known for pinching pennies.

What happened when it bought Heinz:

At Heinz, which 3G and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. bought last year, employees were restricted to spending $15 a month on office supplies and told they couldn’t use mini-refrigerators to save on electricity, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News. 3G limits printing to 200 pages a month per employee and restricts color pages to “customer-facing purposes.”

3G also cut several hundred jobs at the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters, including 11 senior executives, and grounded corporate jets.

Bloomberg

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