March 31, 2014

Coal ash poison in water even without spill

Dishonest Fox Charts: Obamacare Enrollment Edition

www.mediamatters.org/blog/2014/03/31/dishonest-fox-charts-obamacare-enrollment-editi/198679
"This attempt to misrepresent data is nothing new for Fox, which has a history of using dishonest charts to smear the Obama administration."

PERRspectives: GOP Always Feared Obamacare's Success, Not Its Failure

PERRspectives: GOP Always Feared Obamacare's Success, Not Its Failure

"With sign-ups for private insurance nearing 7 million on the final days of open enrollment for Obamacare, Republicans are once again trying to unskew the polls. While Wyoming Senator John Barrasso accused the White House of "cooking the books," Ted Cruz (R-TX) pretended the number of uninsured Americans is actually rising.

Sadly, this conservative whimpering doesn't mean the GOP's all-out war on the Affordable Care Act is over. The avalanche of court challenges continues. The 50-plus repeal votes will continue to grow. The conservative misinformation campaign about mythical "death panels" and a bogus "government-takeover of health care" left millions of Americans fearful and confused--the uninsured most of all--about Obamacare. Thanks to the refusal of many Republican-led states to accept the ACA's Medicaid expansion, over 7 million red staters will needlessly remain uninsured--and thousands of them will needless die as a result. Many of the same GOP-dominated states are blocking the work of Obamacare "navigators," despite supporting the same federal outreach program for Medicare for over two decades."

Big numbers ahead of the Obamacare deadline

Let the ‘Sheldon Adelson primary’ begin

Ted Cruz, Don't Ask The Question If You Don't Want To Know The Answer

Ted Cruz, Don't Ask The Question If You Don't Want To Know The Answer

"Unfortunately, for the tea party senator, the responses were probably not what he had hoped."

I Saved $335.00 A Month On Healthcare Because Of Obamacare

I Saved $335.00 A Month On Healthcare Because Of Obamacare

"Sure, there's still a lot of work to be done to make healthcare in America much more affordable and accessible, but we're off to a good start."

Win for Whales: UN Court Blasts Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling Claims | Common Dreams

Win for Whales: UN Court Blasts Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling Claims | Common Dreams

"In a decision being heralded as a win for the whales, the UN's International Court of Justice on Monday ruled that Japan's Antarctic whaling program is not for purposes of scientific research and that the country must therefore halt permits for this marine mammal-killing program."

Here’s The Exact Plan The Cheating GOP Is Using To Steal The 2014 Elections

Here’s The Exact Plan The Cheating GOP Is Using To Steal The 2014 Elections

"As uncompromising conservative candidates belittle people of color, immigrants, women and lower-class individuals, it’s no surprise that in the midst of self-mutilation, Republicans are obviously trying to alter the game with their selfish needs in mind – as always."

Republican elites felled by horrible new sickness: Jeb Bush fever!

Republican elites felled by horrible new sickness: Jeb Bush fever!

"Rich donors are getting ready to draft another Bush and thumb their noses at the party’s far-right base. Good luck!"

Christie, Walker, Kasich, Bush: Sheldon Adelson's Toadies

Christie, Walker, Kasich, Bush: Sheldon Adelson's Toadies

"The race for Billionaire Blessings is on! Top winner gets lots and lots of Billionaire Bucks to spend in the Great White House Auction of 2016, brought to you by the likes of Sheldon Adelson."

How to Vote Against the Koch Brothers | The Nation

How to Vote Against the Koch Brothers | The Nation

"The Koch Brothers don't actually run for office—at least not since David Koch's amusingly ambitious 1980 bid for the vice presidency on a Libertarian Party ticket that proposed the gutting of corporate taxes, the minimum wage, occupational health and safety oversight, environmental protections and Social Security.
That project, while exceptionally well-funded for a third-party campaign, secured just 1.06 percent of the vote. The Kochs determined it would be easier to fund conservative campaigns than to pitch the program openly. Initially, the project was hampered by what passed for campaign-finance rules and regulations, to the frustration of David Koch, who once told The New Yorker, "We'd like to abolish the Federal Elections Commission and all the limits on campaign spending anyway"."

George W. Bush's Chief Strategist Blasts Jeb Bush For For 'Kissing The Ring' Of Billionaires

George W. Bush's Chief Strategist Blasts Jeb Bush For For 'Kissing The Ring' Of Billionaires

"Matthew Dowd, who was chief strategist for George W. Bush's 2004 campaign, on Sunday ripped Republican presidential hopefuls for lowering themselves to "kiss the ring" of billionaires like Las Vegas casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson."

Big Republican Donors Eye Jeb Bush For Presidential Bid

Big Republican Donors Eye Jeb Bush For Presidential Bid

"But Jeb Bush has several problems to contend with and one is his name. The country has not forgotten what his brother did to our country and he will always be tarnished with that."

PERRspectives: GOP's Obamacare Sabotage Produces Red State Death Toll

PERRspectives: GOP's Obamacare Sabotage Produces Red State Death Toll

"To put those findings in terms Republicans can understand, up to 3,000 of Rick Perry's Texans will needlessly die each year. Those dead will joined by up to 671 from Scott Walker's Wisconsin, 1,176 in Nathan Deal's Georgia, 2,221 in Rick Scott's Florida and 1,145 in Pat McGrory's North Carolina. It's no wonder Ohio GOP Gov. John Kasich got biblical on Buckeye State Republicans to extend Medicaid coverage to 300,000 of their state's residents"

March 30, 2014

Vote Big Money out of Politics | Common Dreams

Vote Big Money out of Politics | Common Dreams

"Determined to promote controversial mining projects — and to advance Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda — a group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers has waded into Tuesday’s competition for control of the Iron County Board.
With dubious “facts” and over-the-top charges, the Wisconsin chapter of Americans for Prosperity is pouring money into the county — where voter turnout in spring elections rarely tops 1,500 — for attack ads. Small-business owners, farmers and retirees who have asked sensible questions about the impact of major developments on pristine lakes, rivers, waterfalls and tourism are dismissed as “anti-mining radicals” who “just want to shut the mines down, no matter what"."


Plutocracy without end: Why the 1 percent always defeats the middle class

Plutocracy without end: Why the 1 percent always defeats the middle class

"There are more of us than them. But income inequality keeps getting worse -- and there is sadly no end in sight"

In US GOP Runaway Voting Laws Gain Steam | Common Dreams

In US GOP Runaway Voting Laws Gain Steam | Common Dreams

"With mid-term elections fast approaching and the next presidential bid seemingly around the corner, Republican lawmakers around the country have ramped up efforts to restrict voting rules and regulations in ways that favor GOP voters and discriminate against those who traditionally vote democrat"

The Shame of American Politics: GOP Presidential Hopefuls now Trek to Las Vegas seeking Adelson Blessing | Common Dreams

The Shame of American Politics: GOP Presidential Hopefuls now Trek to Las Vegas seeking Adelson Blessing | Common Dreams

"A series of pro-corporation Supreme Court decisions and the latter’s disingenuous equation of money with speech, including “Citizens United”, have turned the United States from a democracy to a plutocracy."

March 29, 2014

Health Care: Get plan information in your area

www.healthcare.gov/find-premium-estimates/
Deadline to enroll for coverage this year is March 31

Ryan Unsuited To Lead ‘Adult Conversation’ About Poverty

Ryan Unsuited To Lead ‘Adult Conversation’ About Poverty

"The problem is that a prerequisite for any adult conversation is telling the truth and it is there the congressman falls monumentally short."

Fox-Watching Staunch Republican Loves His Obamacare

Fox-Watching Staunch Republican Loves His Obamacare

"He didn't vote for President Obama, but he's still thrilled with his new plan."

When Charters Try to Crowd Out Marginalized Public School Kids

www.alternet.org/education/when-charters-try-crowd-out-marginalized-public-school-kids
"A battle in NYC shows what happens when corporate-backed schools fight special needs public school kids for space."

Texas right wing nut job arrested for plotting to blow up govt buildings, kill law enforcement officers

www.freakoutnation.com/2014/03/28/texas-right-wing-nut-job-arrested-for-plotting-to-blow-up-govt-buildings-kill-law-enforcement-officers/
"According to a criminal complaint which was filed on Thursday, Talbot desired to recruit five to six other like-minded individuals to blow up government buildings, rob banks and kill law enforcement officers. He allegedly created a Facebook page titled “American Insurgent Movement” (AIM), which is inundated with bizarre anti-Government, anti-liberal, tea party-type rants on fighting tyranny. His Facebook page leaves links to TeaParty.org, inforwars and other sources."

Ted Cruz Tries To Use Facebook To Prove No One Likes Obamacare And It Blows Up In His Face (IMAGES)

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/29/ted-cruz-aca-poll-blows-up/
"Not surprisingly, statistics show that red states have the highest rate of bankruptcy in the nation. Four out of the states with the highest number of personal bankruptcies are red. Medical debt accounts for more than 60 percent of all bankruptcies. What the tea party doesn’t get is that everyone in the country has been covering their medical expenses for years. Obamacare means no more free riders. Everyone who can afford to, has to contribute to the system. Maybe that’s what they’re so mad about, underneath the surface of all that patriotic, flag waving showmanship.
There’s nothing patriotic about driving healthcare costs up for everyone else in the country, because you falsely believe that being asked to pay taxes is unconstitutional. There’s nothing patriotic about bankrupting the medical system, because you take a ‘moral position’ against buying health insurance. There’s certainly nothing patriotic about using it as a weapon in order to try and shut down the government."

Hobby Lobby: A Mixture of Racism and Xenophobia

www.politicususa.com/2014/03/29/hobby-lobby-mixture-racism-xenophobia.html
"This hypocrisy of limiting the basic needs for a woman to prevent pregnancy, yet profit off a nation where abortion is required, much to the chagrin of pro life activists and Christian alike; spending taxpayers money to go before the SCOTUS, is sickening."

Two Christian SC Senators Block Third Grader’s State Fossil Proposal Because Jesus

Two Christian SC Senators Block Third Grader’s State Fossil Proposal Because Jesus

"Sometimes, you begin reading about something and think, “Aww, how cute!” Other times, what should be a touching story of a child’s proposal to make the Woolly Mammoth South Carolina’s official state fossil passing the state House and Senate with overwhelming support, going to the Governor’s desk, and being signed into law becomes something entirely different because of a couple of Christofascists in suits who feel the need to inject God into everything."

Judge Tells North Carolina Republicans To Hand Over Docs And Emails Related To Voting Law

Judge Tells North Carolina Republicans To Hand Over Docs And Emails Related To Voting Law

"An interesting tidbit in this report is that that the attorneys for the lawmakers contended that the lawmakers were protected by legislative immunity and should be free from “arrest or civil process” related to their actions as General Assembly members."

‘Persecuted:’ Christian Conservatism Is Now A Movement Of Querulants

‘Persecuted:’ Christian Conservatism Is Now A Movement Of Querulants

"Modern Christian conservatism is a querulant movement. With the culture leaving them behind on so many issues, right wing evangelicals feel ignored by a society they resent, becoming aggrieved and indignant as they are left behind. Their sense of lost privilege and esteem in a country that no longer recognizes the moral force of  their agenda drives them to enforce that program on the rest of us by law and litigation, for our own good, to restore what they see as the natural order of American society.

In this way, the Christian right has become a “freedom movement” for bigots and busybodies who treat god as an excuse for authoritarian behavior."

Inside The GOP’s Attempt To Change Its ‘War On Women’ Image

www.thinkprogress.org/election/2014/03/29/3419593/inside-the-gops-attempt-to-change-its-war-on-women-image/
"After losing women by devastating margins in the 2012 election, Republicans have scrambled for ways to avoid a repeat. Thus far, that strategy involves “re-branding” GOP policies and training candidates to avoid fiascos like former Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) “legitimate rape” comments or 2012 Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s (R-IN) argument that pregnancies from rape were “a gift from God"."

Bridget Kelly strikes back

What happens in Vegas...

Poll: More Young People Aligning Themselves With Democratic Party

www.talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gallup-poll-young-people-more-democratic
"Last year 53 percent of young Americans identified with the Democratic Party or said they leaned Democratic while 35 percent aligned themselves with the Republican Party, Gallup said.
The poll cites the racial and ethnic diversity of today's young adults as a major reason youth are likely to prefer the Democratic Party."

House GOP refuse unemployment insurance bill

Conservatives push for-profit chart schools nationwide

Pope and president, both progressives

Why Dark Money Groups Refused Generous IRS Limits On Political Activity

Why Dark Money Groups Refused Generous IRS Limits On Political Activity

"This week saw House Republican leadership kill legislation to help Ukraine rather than accept an IRS investigation into dark money groups, thus putting party before country yet again on behalf of their billionaire sponsors. As Darrell Issa knows, it is great work if you can get it."

March 28, 2014

Chris Christie's Mysogynistic Attacks Against Bridget Kelly In GWB Report Draw Heavy Criticism.

Chris Christie's Mysogynistic Attacks Against Bridget Kelly In GWB Report Draw Heavy Criticism.

"Why Chris Christie believes his misogynistic attacks on Bridget Kelly are helpful to him is a mystery to me, but using the "Blame Bridget" strategy has angered many people."

Scott Walker Signs Early Voting Restrictions Making It Harder For Low-Income Voters To Vote

www.thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/28/3420374/scott-walker-signs-early-voting-restrictions-making-it-harder-for-low-income-voters-to-vote/
"After Florida’s restrictions on early voting contributed to the long lines that state saw in 2012, several Republicans admitted that the purpose of the bill was voter suppression. One GOP consultant said that the bill eliminated early voting on the Sunday before Election Day because “that’s a big day when the black churches organize themselves"."

GOP Steps Up Attack on Early Voting in Key Swing States | The Nation

GOP Steps Up Attack on Early Voting in Key Swing States | The Nation

"The waits in Florida and Ohio were no accident, but rather the direct consequence of GOP efforts to curtail the number of days and hours that people had to vote."

What's The Matter With Kansas? Austerity.

What's The Matter With Kansas? Austerity.

"Results in Kansas lay waste to the lie that cutting taxes increases prosperity."

Right-wing billionaires, creationism and pseudo-science: Why is a wingnut giving commencement speech at Montana’s best tech college?

Right-wing billionaires, creationism and pseudo-science: Why is a wingnut giving commencement speech at Montana’s best tech college?

"Uproar at Montana Tech as a conservative funder of creationist museums is asked to speak at top engineering school"

Federal Court Upholds Texas Attack on Women's Right to Choose | Common Dreams

Federal Court Upholds Texas Attack on Women's Right to Choose | Common Dreams

"A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld controversial portions of a Texas law that reproductive rights groups and civil liberty advocates say strips women of their constitutional right to have an abortion while restricting access to other health services across the state."

New Study Confirms Red States Take More From The Federal Government Than Blue States

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/27/red-states-need-government/
"In the aggregate these states take back much more from the federal government than they put in. More of their gross domestic product is also more dependent on direct and indirect government outlays. This turns the takers vs makers debate on its head as those pushing that message represent the end they portend to despise.
Many of the southern states that have no state income tax or have low taxes do so on the backs of the states that pay much more in federal taxes. Governors like Texas Rick Perry make the rounds attempting to bring business to their states. They do it under the pretext of these states having better business environments because of low taxes and regulations. They should note they can have low taxes because they are subsidized by the federal government and the poor."

The Next Domino’s To Fall: Pizza Chain Will Pay A Half-Million Dollars Over Stolen Wages

www.thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/27/3419848/dominos-wage-theft-momentum/
"Drivers and pizza cooks will share a $448,000 payout from 23 Domino’s Pizza franchise owners around New York state under a settlement announced Thursday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman."

Chris Christie clears Chris Christie

Fact-checking the Hayes/Stefano debate

Corporate Profits Hit A New Record High Last Year

www.thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/27/3420092/corporate-profits-record-2013/
"The profits have helped boost CEO pay: Among 50 public companies, they saw a 4.1 percent increase in pay at the median last year, netting $9.8 million at that mark. That’s after average CEO pay hit a record high in 2012.
But this wealth hasn’t trickled much further down. Despite the fact that workers have been increasing their productivity — helping to drive those corporate profits — they haven’t seen much of a reward."

Team Christie clears Chris Christie in Bridgegate

March 27, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million, Meets Projection

Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million, Meets Projection

"I wonder how Republicans will explain to all those millions why they want to take their healthcare away."

12 Times Republicans Claimed Nobody Would Sign Up For Obamacare

www.thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/27/3420096/the-worst-predictions-about-obamacare-these-numbers-are-abysmal/
"President Obama’s announcement on Thursday that six million people signed-up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act — meeting and exceeding the administration’s deadline days before the March 31st enrollment period — undermines critics who seized on the law’s troubled early rollout to predict that measure could never attract enough Americans to succeed."

BREAKING: Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million

www.thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/27/3420001/breaking-obamacare-enrollment-tops-six-million/
"With several days left to go before open enrollment ends on March 31, the administration has met its target. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that Obamacare enrollment would hit six million by the end of its enrollment period. Although the CBO initially projected a seven million enrollment figure, that number was revised down after technological issues plagued the insurance marketplaces’ websites this past fall."

As Wendy Davis Surges Panicked GOP Considers Investigating Greg Abbott’s Pay Discrimination

www.politicususa.com/2014/03/27/wendy-davis-surges-panicked-gop-considers-investigating-greg-abbotts-pay-discrimination.html
"Thanks to her championing of equal pay, Wendy Davis is surging in the polls while her Republican opponent Greg Abbott could be facing an investigation into pay discrimination in his office."

Conservatives and Hobby Lobby Are Wrong: Plan B, Ella & IUDs Do Not Cause Abortions

www.politicususa.com/2014/03/27/conservatives-hobby-lobby-wrong-plan-b-ella-iuds-abortifacients.html
"Conservatives seek to take this liberty away from women due to some entitlement they feel over the majority of the country. Furthermore, even the guise of this horror show is inaccurate. According to a study by Guttmacher, the abortion rate fell by 13% under Obama.
You want to know what actually reduces abortions? Two things: Sex education/family planning and access to affordable birth control – the two things that Republicans are against and have defunded. They don’t get to call themselves “pro-life” when they don’t really care about actually reducing abortion. This is all about Obama hate. It’s driving them so mad that they are now in court arguing to take ownership of the majority of this country’s unfertilized eggs.
If Hobby Lobby is successful, the scores of women unable to afford emergency contraception will impact their male partners as well, whose lives will also be changed forever because of Hobby Lobby’s religious beliefs."

The Third-Largest Bank Isn’t Adequately Prepared For A Crisis

www.thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/27/3419581/citigroup-stress-test/
"It is the second such “stress test” that the megabank has failed in the past three years."

Conservatives' Hilarious, Doomed Efforts to Be Cool

www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/conservatives-hilarious-doomed-efforts-be-cool
"Being conservative is inherently uncool, since the whole point of conservatism is to reject the forward-looking and liberated attitude that has always defined cool. Worrying much about it is just a waste of time. Trying to be cool just makes you look ridiculous, and paradoxically, more uncool. It’s a no-win situation, and yet conservatives continue taking the bait, forever trying to get this whole concept of cool to work for them and always, always failing."

A Democrat-Sponsored Tax Cut Calls the GOP’s Anti-Poverty Bluff | The Nation

A Democrat-Sponsored Tax Cut Calls the GOP’s Anti-Poverty Bluff | The Nation

"For months now, as congressional Republicans have blocked repeated attempts to extend benefits to the long-term unemployed, as they’ve fought to deny low-income Americans access to health insurance, as they’ve advocated to cut tens of billions from the food stamp program, as they’ve resisted proposals to raise the minimum wage, they have simultaneously professed their commitment to American workers and the poor."

Koch-Backed Group in Small Town, USA | Common Dreams

Koch-Backed Group in Small Town, USA | Common Dreams

"Outside money flows into Iron County, WI"

With Eyes on 2016, Walker Courts Sheldon Adelson Cash in Sin City

With Eyes on 2016, Walker Courts Sheldon Adelson Cash in Sin City

"Despite claims to be focused exclusively on this year's gubernatorial election, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and other GOP presidential hopefuls are jetting off to Las Vegas for an exclusive gathering with billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, who is reportedly assessing the field for 2016 after plowing $92 million into the 2012 presidential election cycle."

Fox Pundits Carp About Government Contractors Being Paid Prevailing Wage

Fox Pundits Carp About Government Contractors Being Paid Prevailing Wage

"Fox's Greta Van Susteren and the Washington Examiner's Luke Rosiak are very upset that government workers are being paid the prevailing wage for their area as opposed to poverty wages. It's a scandal everyone! The government is actually paying these workers a living wage. The horror!"

The Myth of Nuclear Safety: Fukushima Reveals That Nuclear Power Is Here to Stay

The Myth of Nuclear Safety: Fukushima Reveals That Nuclear Power Is Here to Stay

"One thing should be obvious - nuclear safety is no more of a factor in determining the nuclear option in the United States than it is in determining the nuclear future of Japan."

Hobby Lobby’s secret agenda: How it’s quietly funding a vast right-wing movement

Hobby Lobby’s secret agenda: How it’s quietly funding a vast right-wing movement

"How entities related to the company are quietly pumping tens of millions into a mélange of fringe causes"

The Minimum Wage Fight Is A Fight For Women

The Minimum Wage Fight Is A Fight For Women

"Almost 70 percent of the public supports the $10.10 minimum wage, but House Republicans are still not hearing the voices of the majority."

March 26, 2014

Slippery Slope, Here We Come! Bank Notary Refuses To Notarize Atheist's Documents

Slippery Slope, Here We Come! Bank Notary Refuses To Notarize Atheist's Documents

"No. See, this is your damn job, Ms. Notary. You are employed by that bank to serve customers who come in and need their signatures notarized. That is what they pay you for. A customer is a customer, and you are an employee, and you need to do what they pay you to do.

After all, the designation there is "Notary Public." Not "Notary Christian" or "Notary For My Friends." If your sensitivities can't handle verifying the signature of a legitimate customer of the bank you should just get the hell out of Dodge. Or TD Bank."

Walmart Admits: 'Our Profits' Depend on 'Their Poverty' | Common Dreams

Walmart Admits: 'Our Profits' Depend on 'Their Poverty' | Common Dreams

"Walmart, the nation's largest private employer, is notorious for paying poverty wages and coaching employees to take advantage of social programs. In many states, Walmart employees are the largest group of Medicaid recipients."

Billionaire's 'Break California' Measure Inches Closer To The Ballot

Billionaire's 'Break California' Measure Inches Closer To The Ballot

"Billionaire Tim Draper has almost got all of the signatures he needs for a ballot measure to break California, but that doesn't mean it will become reality."

How Paul Ryan Is Bringing the Poverty Nightmare of Charles Dickens' Novels to America

www.alternet.org/economy/how-paul-ryan-bringing-poverty-nightmare-charles-dickens-novels-america
"Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio among others continue to assert the best way to reduce poverty is by giving more tax cuts to the rich."

The Number of GOP Women Running For Congress Has Dropped Dramatically

www.talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republican-women-congress-2014-2012
"What's more, by a ratio of 3 to 1 there are more Democratic women in the House than their Republican counterparts and the ratio is 4 to 1 in the Senate."

How ''Extreme Levels'' of Monsanto's Herbicide Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm

How ''Extreme Levels'' of Monsanto's Herbicide Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm

"Roundup Ready GM-soy accumulates residues of glyphosate and AMPA, and also differs markedly in nutritional composition compared to soybeans from other agricultural practices. Organic soybean samples also showed a more healthy nutritional profile (e.g. higher in protein and lower in saturated fatty acids) than both industrial conventional and GM soybeans."

Conservatives Steal Blogger's Photo For Anti-Obamacare Dirty Trick

Conservatives Steal Blogger's Photo For Anti-Obamacare Dirty Trick

"If Obamacare is so horrible then why do conservatives have to lie so much about it?"

10 Poverty Myths, Busted

www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/10-poverty-myths-busted
"No, single moms aren't the problem. And neither are absentee dads."

Another Financial Crisis Is Looming—Here's Why and How It Will Play Out

www.alternet.org/economy/another-financial-crisis-looming-heres-why-and-how-it-will-play-out
"Thanks to bank misconduct, odds are that big trouble is on its way."

NY Fed Study: 'Too Big To Fail Banks' Profit on Taxpayers' Backs | Common Dreams

NY Fed Study: 'Too Big To Fail Banks' Profit on Taxpayers' Backs | Common Dreams

"Although not news to progressive critics of Wall Street, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York revealed research Tuesday that underscores why "too-big-to-fail" banks are bad for the economy.

A study focusing on the five largest banks—JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs—found that these firms benefit from significant discounts on bond issues due to an assumption on the part of investors of government bailout protection."

The great Tea Party swindle: How to make lots of money off the naive

The great Tea Party swindle: How to make lots of money off the naive

"Tea Party PACs raise a ton of money from conservatives -- and spend it on enriching their friends"

How Billionaire Bucks Secretly Convert To Campaign 'Walking Money'

How Billionaire Bucks Secretly Convert To Campaign 'Walking Money'

"And zero accountability to taxpayers, who picked up the tab for that nonprofit cash moving through dark streams into nowhere.
This is why wingers are working the refs so hard on the ginned-up IRS non-scandal. If the IRS were to actually doits job, they would never approve this organization as a 501c3 nonprofit that allows for deductible contributions because it served no charitable purpose.
These dark money organizations are shapeshifters and churned on a regular basis. The machine that fueled the 2010 Koch machine morphed into a different machine, with the first entity terminated. For 2014, Americans for Prosperity is taking the lead for now, but that will change after the primaries when new organizations will spring forth, undiscovered until sometime in the middle of 2016."

Debunking the Top 10 Most Egregious Republican Lies

www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/debunking-top-10-most-egregious-republican-lies?page=0%2C0
"Indeed, the president has absolutely cut the deficit by way more than half in his first five years. When he took office, the deficit for 2009 was projected to be $1.4 trillion. The deficit at the end of 2014 will be $514 billion, just three percent of GDP. That's a nearly $1 trillion reduction in five years. Not only that, but the administration boasts the lowest year-over-year increase in government spending since Truman, and it'll be one of just three administrations in the last 50 years that will have ended with a lower deficit than when it began. The last Republican do leave the White House with the same record was Eisenhower."

March 25, 2014

Contraception? You’ll have to ask your boss.

Are your boss’s beliefs your burden to bear?

Mudslide death toll increases to 16

Hundreds of Students & Faculty Occupy Campus to Fight Cuts to Public Higher Ed | Common Dreams

Hundreds of Students & Faculty Occupy Campus to Fight Cuts to Public Higher Ed | Common Dreams

"University of Southern Maine student Meagan LaSala and professor Rachel Bouvier explain how cuts disproportionately target faculty and will trigger a decline in quality public eduction."

You need to know about the ‘Sheldon Primary’

Wisconsin Republican Flip Flops On Mandatory Coverage Of Chemotherapy Pills After Getting Cancer

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/25/wisconsin-republican-flip-flops-mandatory-coverage-chemotherapy-pills-getting-cancer/
"But wouldn’t it be nice if Rep. Czaja were just as enthusiastic about other women’s health issues as she is about her own particular one? According to We Are Wisconsin, she is an insurance industry insider who has a history of lobbying against affordable health care for Wisconsinites."

Rick Scott donor raises issue over racial tensions

Our Plutocracy Problem

www.inthesetimes.com/article/16475/our_plutocracy_problem
"These days, there’s a much more direct process. One percenters and corporations can secretly buy politicians. Using front groups, the wealthy can “donate” unlimited millions to elect a candidate and remain completely anonymous."

Migratory Birds Face Danger From Oil Spill Long After Shipping Channel Will Open

Migratory Birds Face Danger From Oil Spill Long After Shipping Channel Will Open

"Heavy fuel oil that spilled from a Kirby Inland Marine oil barge after it collided with a cargo ship on March 22, began washing up on Galveston Bay's shoreline on Sunday. The Coast Guard received its first reports of impacted birds by Sunday afternoon and the Houston Chronicle published a photo of a duck on the beach covered in oil.

There are shorebird habitats on both sides of the shipping channel, including the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary."

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Ugly Class Warfare Being Waged By Republicans

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Ugly Class Warfare Being Waged By Republicans

"Bernie Sanders: What kind of nation are we when we give tax breaks to millionaires but we can’t take care of the elderly and the children?"

The Other Keystone XL: On the Growing Fight over Cove Point | Common Dreams

The Other Keystone XL: On the Growing Fight over Cove Point | Common Dreams

"It’s just as important to stop the building of the LNG terminal in Maryland"

Emails Show Republican Governor Used State Budget To Boost Profits For Family Member

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/25/emails-show-republican-governor-used-state-budget-boost-profits-family-member/
"Rick Snyder, along with his former budget director and current adviser, colluded to give a massive taxpayer funded subsidy to a member of the governor’s family."

Is Rick Scott Guilty of Murder?

Is Rick Scott Guilty of Murder?

"Republicans are hoping that working poor people like Charlene will be so upset that they can't get Obamacare, and won't realize that it was the Republican governors who refused their eligibility, that they'll be angry with Obama and the Democrats and vote Republican in 2014 and 2016.

It's all about politics.

These states are literally playing politics with people's lives, and Charlene is one of the people they've now killed."

When the Government Outsources to Private Companies, Inequality Gets Worse | Common Dreams

When the Government Outsources to Private Companies, Inequality Gets Worse | Common Dreams

"State and local officials nationwide are responding to budget crunches by siphoning off public services to private contractors — the classic “market-based solution” for a fiscal crisis. But on balance, the savings of these supposedly cost-saving outsourcing measures often turn out to be less than advertised."

WATCH: Canadian Doctor Takedown Misinformed Anti-Obamacare Senator

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/25/martin-takedown-anti-obamacare-senator/
"Senator Richard Burr made a critical mistake. He believed the lies that the Right Wing spewed about the Canadian healthcare system. Dr. Danielle Martin civilly presented the facts which ultimately showed his ineptitude."

Top 5 Lies About Obamacare

America's Underinsured: A State-by-State Look at Health Insurance Affordability Prior to the New Coverage Expansions

www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Fund-Reports/2014/Mar/Americas-Underinsured.aspx
"Using newly available data from census surveys, this report provides national and state-level estimates of the number of people and share of the population that were insured but living in households that spent a high share of annual income on medical care in 2011–12. In the analysis, we refer to these people as “underinsured.” However, this group is only one subset of the underinsured."

Ohio Pipeline Spill Twice As Large As Original Estimate

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/25/3418592/pipeline-spill-ohio/
"20,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a damaged pipeline into a nature reserve in southwest Ohio — double the initial estimates — according to officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

The woman behind today’s Google Doodle

14 people dead in Washington mudslide

Soon The Ocean Will Be Generating Power Near Seattle

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/24/3418381/puget-sound-ocean-tidal-power/
"At the end of last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the go-ahead for a 10-year project testing our ability to generate electricity from the movement of the ocean.
The license permits Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County to install two underwater turbines in the Admiralty Inlet near Seattle, Washington."

Can corporations be considered people?

Pastor Who Prayed For Obama's Death Has New Cause: Shutting Women Up In Church

www.alternet.org/pastor-who-prayed-obamas-death-has-new-cause-shutting-women-church
"Steven Anderson is a fundamentalist Arizona pastor who first made headlines when he said he prayed for the death of President Obama. Now, he’s making waves again by saying he wants women to pipe down in church."

Christian Right Has Major Role in Hastening Decline of Religion in America

www.alternet.org/belief/religion-america-great-decline-christian-right-has-major-role-hastening-it
"Of those aged 18 to 35, three in 10 say they are not affiliated with any religion, while only half are “absolutely certain” a god exists. These are at or near the highest levels of religious disaffiliation recorded for any generation in the 25 years the Pew Research Center has been polling on these topics."

Women Republicans Try To Explain Why Women Don't Need Equal Pay

Women Republicans Try To Explain Why Women Don't Need Equal Pay

"Using women as campaign surrogates was expected to help Abbott better relate to women voters’ needs. Unfortunately, Abbott’s campaign spokeswomen aren’t any better at addressing the GOPs failure when it comes to women’s equality, especially economically."

Anti-Obamacare Governor Now Encouraging Residents To Enroll Under Health Law

www.thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/24/3418004/scott-walker-obamacare-signups/
"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), an ardent Affordable Care Act critic, is now encouraging residents to transition into new health plans under the very reform law that he once refused to help implement."

Why Religious Fundamentalists Are So Excited About Charter Schools

www.alternet.org/belief/why-religious-fundamentalists-are-some-biggest-beneficiaries-charter-schools
"The bill is a nationwide voucher program that would turn 63 percent of public school education funds into private school vouchers"

Fox Business News: Oil Spills Are A Distraction...Like Oreos?

Fox Business News: Oil Spills Are A Distraction...Like Oreos?

"168,000 gallons of heavy crude oil end up in Galveston bay this week and all Fox Business News can say is it's a distraction."

How a Coyote Suffered Behind the Scenes at Animal Planet

www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/03/animal-abuse-coyote-call-of-the-wildman-animal-planet
"Mother Jones has uncovered photographic evidence of mistreatment and neglect of animals behind the scenes of Animal Planet's hit reality show Call of the Wildman, a pattern first exposed in our seven-month investigation published on January 21. Additional documents we obtained also raise questions about whether the show operated in violation of Kentucky wildlife regulations."

Goldman Sachs' Outrageous Scheme to Profit off Jailed Young Offenders' Recidivism Rate

www.alternet.org/economy/goldman-sachs-outrageous-scheme-profit-jailed-young-offenders-recidivism-rate
"Too-big-to-jail Wall Street is ripping off taxpayers with a "social impact bond"."

Fox reporter says oil spills are just ‘distractions’ — like ‘Oreos’ when you’re on diet

www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/24/wtf-fox-reporter-says-oil-spills-are-just-distractions-like-oreos-when-youre-on-diet/
"Fox Business reporter Tracey Byrnes asserted on Monday that oils spills were just “distractions” — like Oreo cookies — that activists used to delay building the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States."

March 24, 2014

GOP ties US hands on Ukraine with odd demands

Christie-friendly firm clears Christie: Leak

Oil spill fouls coast on Valdez anniversary

PHOTOS: 25 Years Later, A Heartbreaking Look Back At Exxon’s Alaska Oil Spill

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/24/3418287/exxon-valdez-25-years-later/
"It has been 25 years since that tragedy, and though the oil has largely disappeared from immediate sight, effects from Exxon Valdez linger. The government is still fighting in court for more compensation from the company that scarred a coastal ecosystem. Beaches are still drenched in subsurface oil, and mussels still hold traces of it in their shells. An industry — fishing — has still not recovered. Lives lost, human and animal alike, have not been returned."

Peyote, birth control and the Supreme Court

Spill, baby, spill

25 years after Exxon Valdez: Fossil Fuels and accountability

Two Thirds Of Female Voters Don’t Want Hobby Lobby To Win Its Supreme Court Case

www.thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/24/3418359/hobby-lobby-poll-women/
"More than two thirds of female voters believe corporations should not be exempt from Obamacare’s requirement to extend insurance coverage for FDA-approved birth control methods, according to a new poll conducted by Hart Research Associates"

Obamacare turns four, GOP still whining

Kansas May Force Doctors To Report Women’s Miscarriages To The State Health Department

www.thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/24/3418085/kansas-miscarriage-reporting/
"A bill advancing in Kansas would mandate reporting for miscarriages at any stage in pregnancy, the first step along the path to criminalizing pregnant women’s bodies."

Blocking the vote across the country

New Study: Nearly Half Of All Americans Are Dangerous Stupid Idiots

New Study: Nearly Half Of All Americans Are Dangerous Stupid Idiots

"But since science has gotten so complex, and our science education has not, most people are being left behind. It’s a sad irony that in our world of scientific progress, so many people would embrace the dark ignorance of superstition."

At Least 8 Dead, Over 100 Missing After Washington Mudslide | Common Dreams

At Least 8 Dead, Over 100 Missing After Washington Mudslide | Common Dreams

"Eight people are confirmed dead and over a hundred people are reportedly still missing on Monday after a landslide devastated a rural community in Washington state over the weekend."

Fossil Fuel Industry 25 Years After the Exxon Valdez: Still Reckless After All These Years | Common Dreams

Fossil Fuel Industry 25 Years After the Exxon Valdez: Still Reckless After All These Years | Common Dreams

"Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the largest human-caused catastrophes in our history. Since then, the oil and gas industry has continued its quest to squeeze as many fossil fuels from the ground as possible, with little regard for public safety and the environment."

Billionaire Bucks Winning Charter School Debate In New York

Billionaire Bucks Winning Charter School Debate In New York

"As long as the Billionaire Bucks pay for propaganda that convinces people they're really just good people trying to do good things for the little children of Harlem, they're in for the long haul.

I just wish one person would ask the folks in these ads whether or not they think the millions spent on the ads might have done a better work inside their schools."

Heavy Crude Spill Hits Direct Path of Migrating Birds | Common Dreams

Heavy Crude Spill Hits Direct Path of Migrating Birds | Common Dreams

"A major Texas shipping waterway stayed mostly closed Monday, three days after a weekend barge collision sent thousands of barrels of thick tar-like oil spilling into the ocean, polluting an important migration route for tens of thousands of birds."

Chief Justice Roberts Used Slavery-Era Principles To Gut The Voting Rights Act

Chief Justice Roberts Used Slavery-Era Principles To Gut The Voting Rights Act

"U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice relied on a theory which is not contained in the US constitution, but is a slavery-era theory, to gut the Voting Rights Act in his decision last year."

U.S. Taxpayers Funding Creationism In Schools Across The Country

U.S. Taxpayers Funding Creationism In Schools Across The Country

"taxpayers in 14 states are paying a billion dollars this year in school tuition's and hundreds of them are religious which teach that evolution is a fraud while science is a form of hocus-pocus nonsense."

Money, Money, Everywhere

www.inthesetimes.com/article/16430/money_money_everywhere
"$1,265,836,000,000.

This is the amount of cash that S&P 500 companies (excluding banks and other financial institutions) are currently sitting on. As of the beginning of the third quarter, the largest U.S. companies collectively held $1.27 trillion. That’s about 13.5 percent more than this time last year."

You call this a meritocracy? How rich inheritance is poisoning the American economy

You call this a meritocracy? How rich inheritance is poisoning the American economy

"No, your economic fortune isn't just based on work ethic and idea quality. It's also a gaping inheritance disparity"

How The Koch Brothers Are Hacking Science

www.talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/how-the-koch-brothers-are-hacking-science
"BHI has worked closely with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate-funded network of ultra-conservative legislators and policy analysts, which drafts and advocates laws that will push state policies to the right."

Radiation Leak at New Mexico Nuclear Waste Storage Site Highlights Problems

Radiation Leak at New Mexico Nuclear Waste Storage Site Highlights Problems

"Experts have told Truthout that radiation leaks from the facility are "a troubling sign" and expressed concern about the future of storing radioactive material at the site, which is near Carlsbad, New Mexico. WIPP receives 17 to 19 shipments every week from sites around the country, including Los Alamos, New Mexico, and installations in Idaho, Illinois and South Carolina."

Negative Income Tax For Corporate-personage Me, Big Fat Taxes And Fees On Little Old You: It's The Wisconsin Way

Negative Income Tax For Corporate-personage Me, Big Fat Taxes And Fees On Little Old You: It's The Wisconsin Way

"Taxes? Corporations don't pay no stinkin' taxes! In Wisconsin, workers pick up the tab."

Report: $1 billion in taxpayer money went to anti-science private schools last year

www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/24/report-1-billion-in-taxpayer-money-went-to-anti-science-private-schools-last-year/
"Taxpayers are helping to pay for courses and textbooks that encourage students to mistrust science, mathematics, and the secular world itself – and those efforts seem likely to expand into other states."

10 Lunacies From the Right-Wing Fringe This Week: Women Want Malls, Not Equal Pay Edition

www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/10-lunacies-right-wing-fringe-week-women-want-malls-not-equal-pay-edition
"The word "equality" is a lightning rod for Republicans. They don’t like it. They don’t believe in it. People are not equal, and equal pay for equal work just does not compute. The party has thrived on inequality of all kinds and it is bound and determined to keep it that way. And anyone who objects is just a lily-livered sob sister."

10 Insane History Lessons that Private, Religious Voucher Schools Are Teaching America’s Kids

www.alternet.org/education/10-insane-history-lessons-private-religious-voucher-schools-are-teaching-americas-kids
"So here are 10 further examples of totally dishonest lessons brought to you by "school choice" (aka, your tax dollars)"

This Republican Bill Would Require People To Get Court Approval To Date Or Have Sex

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/22/gop-bill-judge-decide-sex/
"S787 is slippery slope that could be a model for legislation in red states in their war on women."

March 22, 2014

Boston Endangered: Time To Close the Pilgrim Reactor

Boston Endangered: Time To Close the Pilgrim Reactor

"All 15 Cape Cod towns have called for Pilgrim's closure. It's time for Boston and its suburbs to join them in that effort - and for people who reside near other aging nuclear plants to take notice."

World Water Day: Getting More Crop Per Drop During an Epic Drought

www.alternet.org/environment/world-water-day-getting-more-crop-drop
"America's breadbasket is facing its worst drought since records began and must rethink irrigation and crop production to help conserve water."

With Hippocratic Oath, Doctors Pledge Allegiance to Patients, Not Profits | Common Dreams

With Hippocratic Oath, Doctors Pledge Allegiance to Patients, Not Profits | Common Dreams

"The Maine Medical Association recently updated a 2008 poll of their members that asked the question, “When considering the topic of health care reform, would you prefer to make improvements in the current public/private system (or) a single-payer system, such as a ‘Medicare-for-all’ approach?” In 2008, 52.3 percent favored the Medicare-for-all approach. In the updated poll, released last week, that number had risen to 64.3 percent."

While Republicans Try To Send Women Back to The Kitchen, Obama Fights For Equal Pay

www.politicususa.com/2014/03/22/republicans-send-women-kitchen-obama-fights-equal-pay.html
"While the president is fighting for equal pay, this week alone we have seen a fundraiser for Mitch McConnell say that wives have an obligation to have sex with their husbands, and Texas Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott vow to veto the state’s equal pay bill, while he is paying women in his office even less than the 77 cents on the dollar national average. Speaker of the House John Boehner refuses to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act to the House floor for a vote, and Republicans at every level of government are making denying women equal pay a staple of their agenda."

How Corrupt Politicians Like Chris Christie Partner with Wall Street to Rip Off American Retirements

www.alternet.org/economy/how-corrupt-politicians-chris-christie-partner-wall-street-rip-american-retirements
"Wall Street loves to celebrate its knack for innovation, and it's hard to disagree. The ingenuity financiers have mustered to scam Americans out of their retirements is truly a wonder to behold."

Dear Conservatives: If You Want to Live in a Theocracy, Get the Hell Out of the United States

www.forwardprogressives.com/dear-conservatives-want-live-theocracy-get-hell-united-states/
"But the truth of the matter is, conservatives don’t want to live in a nation based on liberty and freedom – they want to live in a theocracy. They want a nation and government based on religion. And if that’s what they want then they need to get the hell out of the United States, because this isn’t a nation based on theocracy. Our Founding Fathers made that perfectly clear when they wrote our First Amendment. If they want to practice whatever religion they want, in the privacy of their own homes (or churches), by all means go right ahead. But that doesn’t give them the right to force their narrow-minded religious beliefs on those who don’t agree with them."

How the states are trying to rein in Koch brothers’ ‘Dark Money’

www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/22/how-the-states-are-trying-to-rein-in-koch-brothers-dark-money/
"85 percent of spending by outside groups that didn’t disclose their donors supported conservative causes during the 2012 election cycle."

FOX's Neil Cavuto Attacks Kristen Bell For Saying Rich People Can Afford Higher Taxes

FOX's Neil Cavuto Attacks Kristen Bell For Saying Rich People Can Afford Higher Taxes

"How dare rich people speak out about tax issues that don't fall in line with conservative thinking?"

March 21, 2014

Fact-checking Paul Ryan

As Their Reproductive Rights Are Under Attack, Here’s How Texas Women Are Fighting Back

www.thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/20/3365591/rio-grande-fight-back/
"In 2012, state lawmakers decided to defund Planned Parenthood, and kicked the national women’s health organization out of the local network of Medicaid providers — a move that has forced dozens of clinics to close, and has left low-income women scrambling to find new doctors."

Rep. Gary Peters: Michigan ‘rape insurance’ law cuts ‘critical healthcare’

Anti-vaccination trutherism

Wendy Davis’ Opponent Texas AG Greg Abbott Also Pays Minorities Less than Whites

www.politicususa.com/2014/03/21/women-screwed-republican-greg-abbott-pays-minorities-whites.html
"If the office were run by a Hispanic woman who paid other Hispanic women higher than white men with the same qualifications, Fox News would be running an endless scream fest about how white men are being targeted in Texas. But since it’s just minorities and women, who are supposed to know where they belong, well, this questioning is “irresponsible”."

Democrats face uphill battle versus Kochs

Unprecedented sanctions punishing Russia

Pseudo-religious hate-cult leader fails, dies

Idaho Lawmakers Green-Light Legislation to 'Wipe Out' Wolves | Common Dreams

Idaho Lawmakers Green-Light Legislation to 'Wipe Out' Wolves | Common Dreams

"Legislation "has put a black eye on decades of tireless work to return wolves to the American landscape"."

Duke Energy busted after activists’ red flag

Duke Energy Busted After Activists’ Red Flag | Common Dreams

Duke Energy Busted After Activists’ Red Flag | Common Dreams

"Rachel Maddow follows up on a report from earlier in the week about environmental activists who accused a Duke Energy power plant of dumping toxic liquid into public waterway, that has prompted state officials cite Duke Energy for violations."

Watch Canadian Doctor 'Bat Down Myths' of Single-Payer at US Senate Hearing | Common Dreams

Watch Canadian Doctor 'Bat Down Myths' of Single-Payer at US Senate Hearing | Common Dreams

"Dr. Danielle Martin, a family physician from Toronto, compared health care in her country to the more expensive but less effective system in the United States.  She was questioned at a Senate hearing on Tuesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the health subcommittee chairman, and Sen. Richard Burr, the ranking Republican."

Cleaning Up Climate Change Polluting Is Cheaper and Easier than We Thought | Common Dreams

Cleaning Up Climate Change Polluting Is Cheaper and Easier than We Thought | Common Dreams

"This week another group of esteemed scientists said that climate change poses a dire threat to our communities. New evidence also confirmed that one of the best tools for defusing this threat is within reach. On Thursday NRDC released a report showing that the United States can cut more carbon pollution from power plants at less cost than previously thought."

Thomas 'Suck On This' Friedman And Iraq

Thomas 'Suck On This' Friedman And Iraq

"In honor of the politicians and pundits who shilled for the Iraq War which then started on March, 20th, 2003, I give you this."

Corporate Welfare and the Minimum Wage | Common Dreams

Corporate Welfare and the Minimum Wage | Common Dreams

"The majority of Americans including conservatives support an increase yet congress continues to drag its feet on doing right by the people they claim to serve.  The conservative “pull-yourself up-by your-bootstraps” mentality has become an acceptable excuse to justify kicking people when they’re down. The greedy and elitist attitudes of CEO’s and bankers have created a culture of entitlement in this country in which stealing from others less powerful is the best way to get to the top regardless of the social cost."

Duke Energy Busted In North Carolina For Pumping Coal-Ash Water Into River

Duke Energy Busted In North Carolina For Pumping Coal-Ash Water Into River

"Duke has 30 days to appeal but are facing fines of nearly $3 million for their latest malfeasance. Governor Pat McCrory, who used to be an executive at Duke, was seeking damage of just $99,000 for their earlier mess."

The danger in your antibacterial soap

The danger in your antibacterial soap

"In the absence of FDA regulations, it’s up to consumers to watch out for triclosan"

US Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness | Common Dreams

US Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness | Common Dreams

"Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The tsunami’s immediate death toll was more than 15,000, with close to 3,000 still missing. Casualties are still mounting, though, both in Japan and much farther away. The impact of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown on health and the environment is severe, compounded daily as radioactive pollution continues to pour from the site, owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO."

March 20, 2014

Koch Group Yet Again Fails Fact Check On Obamacare Horror Story

www.talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/koch-obamacare-ad-politifact-false
"Americans For Prosperity is struggling to find a way to attack Obamacare that fits the facts."

New Report: Fortune 100 Companies Have Received $1.2 Trillion in Corporate Welfare Recently

New Report: Fortune 100 Companies Have Received $1.2 Trillion in Corporate Welfare Recently

"Thanks to Open the Books, the curtain has been lifted and the whole country can now witness the great suckling of corporate America."

Bureaucracy, Autocracy and Neoliberal Canada

Bureaucracy, Autocracy and Neoliberal Canada

"The Harper government authorized and encouraged police to violate fundamental constitutional rights, and indeed the rule of law itself, in order to instil in the public a lasting impression that any kind of individual or group resistance against the corporate elite economic agenda would not be tolerated."

The Cancer Stage of Reaganomics

The Cancer Stage of Reaganomics

"And it really hit the full-blown "cancer stage" in the 2000's, thanks to George W. Bush, who put Reaganomics on steroids"

Koch Brothers Are The Largest Land Owners Of Canada’s Tar Sands

www.thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/20/3417175/koch-brothers-are-largest-land-owners-of-canadas-tar-sands/
"A Koch Industries subsidiary holds leases on 1.1 million acres in the northern Alberta oil sands, an area nearly the size of Delaware."

Japanese Government Squelching Efforts To Measure Fukushima Meltdown

Japanese Government Squelching Efforts To Measure Fukushima Meltdown

"Tokyo - In the chaotic, fearful weeks after the Fukushima nuclear crisis began, in March 2011, researchers struggled to measure the radioactive fallout unleashed on the public. Aoyama Michio’s initial findings were more startling than most. As a senior scientist at the Japanese government’s Meteorological Research Institute, he said levels of radioactive cesium 137 in the surface water of the Pacific Ocean could be 10,000 times as high as contamination after Chernobyl, the world’s worst nuclear accident."

Corporate 'Engine of Corruption' Destroying Global 'Public Good', says TED Prize Winner | Common Dreams

Corporate 'Engine of Corruption' Destroying Global 'Public Good', says TED Prize Winner | Common Dreams

"The identity of the owners of anonymous companies who work behind closed doors against the "public good" should no longer be kept private, Charmian Gooch, co-founder of Global Witness, said Tuesday as she received the TED Prize at the TED2014 conference."

Wisconsin Republican ‘Embarrassed’ By Own Party’s Voter Suppression Tactics: ‘There Is No Massive Voter Fraud’

Wisconsin Republican ‘Embarrassed’ By Own Party’s Voter Suppression Tactics: ‘There Is No Massive Voter Fraud’

"We were treated to a rare moment of candor last week when a republican legislator expressed a sense of shame about his party’s blatant voter suppression tactics. Wisconsin state senator Dale Schultz (R) appeared on the radio program The Devil’s Advocate last Wednesday to talk about Republican efforts to limit the hours available for early voting in the state."

Understanding Paul Ryan's Racism in 3 Easy Steps

www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/understanding-paul-ryans-racism-three-easy-steps
"The Southern Strategy has been the cornerstone of Republican politics for at least five decades."

‘This is essentially non-compliance’