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Can a leopard change it's spots? Australia's schizophrenic climate change diplomacy - by John Englart (Takver)
It seems Ministers from 62 nations were won over by Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt's charm at Precop with applause being delivered to speeches from Ministers from both Australia and Canada. But was the applause deserved?
Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:24AM
Was Anchoring Medical to Recreational in Ohio Bad for Patients? - by via Mike Liszewski, ASA
By now, everyone in the medical marijuana reform movement has seen the results in Ohio, where the commingled recreational and medical cannabis voter initiative (Issue 3) put forth by ResponsibleOhio was defeated at the polls by a nearly 2:1 margin.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 7:14PM
Canada's Plan to Legalize - the political implications - by via Lanny Swerdlow
In 1967 Pierre Trudeau, who became Canada’s Prime Minister the following year, introduced legislation that would ultimately decriminalize homosexuality, noting in a famous quote that “the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation.” Almost 50 years later his son, Justin Trudeau, appears poised to do the same thing for marijuana.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 6:40PM
Kern County Residents Fast Against Plan to Fast Track Fracking - by Dan Bacher
"Valley communities are already overburdened by the environmental health impacts of oil and gas drilling," according to Juan Flores of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment in a press release. "Residents expect the County to approve the ordinance and plan to fast to call attention to the County’s unwillingness to protect its people." Photo of fasters in front of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, including Madeline Stano (left) and Juan Flores (center) from the Center on Rac...
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 6:10PM
TPP Text Reveals Broad New Powers to Attack Food Safety, Food Labeling Laws - by via Food & Water Watch
11.5.15, WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Obama administration released the long-secret text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that would weaken consumer protections, undermine U.S. food safety standards and prevent commonsense food labeling. The language included in the TPP is more aggressive than previous trade deals and provides broad new powers for other countries and foreign corporations to challenge U.S. food safety and food labeling measures.
Posted: Thu Nov 5, 2015 8:37PM
Canada had its best election ever! - by Marc Batko
Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party with 184 seats became the Majority Party in O Canada two weeks ago. "When government trusts citizens, citizens trust the government," Trudeau said. With higher taxes on the wealthy and infrastructure investments, Canada will become more inclusive and more Canadian. Canada is our friend and teacher, a healing balm as the US becomes Orwellian and Humpty Dumpty, words mean what I say they mean. Does the US immunize itself by making alternatives taboo, selecti...
Posted: Mon Nov 2, 2015 4:21AM
Walden Bello runs for senator of the Philippines, pushes reforms in governance - by Walden Bello for Senator Movement
Rep. Walden Bello resigned from Congress on March 19, 2015, because he could no longer support a hypocritical good governance policy under which President Aquino went after his political enemies but protected his corrupt cronies. His resignation was also an act of protest at the president’s refusal to accept command responsibility for the Mamasapano tragedy. He felt that his voluntary stepping down was the ethical thing to do since his party Akbayan, of which he was the principal representa...
Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:15AM
Sam Farr's Response re: "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015" - by via Sam Farr
I too opposed this legislation for a myriad of reasons. Unfortunately, this legislation passed in the House by a margin of 275 to 150 and has been received in the Senate where it was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:11PM
Ratepayers urge MWD to use LA dollars to fix water system, not build tunnels - by Dan Bacher
Brenna Norton of Food & Water Watch said the current draft of Metropolitan’s 25-year Integrated Water Resources Plan (IRP) proposes building the $67 billion dollar tunnels project, and identifying additional funds to invest in conservation and local water programs. "Mayor Garcetti should block any L.A. dollars from being used to fund the tunnels and demand that L.A. dollars fix L.A. water," she concluded.
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:01AM
Philippines: Alarming incidents of political violence related to 2016 polls - by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party)
Akbayan Party-List condemns in the strongest terms possible the recent spate of political violence In what seems to be a prelude to the coming May 2016 elections, involving elected officials and others running for public office.
Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:03AM
Witness Venezuela’s Elections This December-6, 2015 - by Bolivarian Circle Alberto Lovera
This December, witness one of the most important elections in the history of Venezuela, and of the hemisphere. On December 6, the people of Venezuela will exercise their right to vote in elections for deputies to the country’s National Assembly. Voters will decide whether to carry forward the Bolivarian Revolution by retaining a Chavista majority in the National Assembly or return the political intitative to the traditional elites represented by most of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD).
Posted: Tue Oct 6, 2015 3:21PM
Ohio Cannabis Legalization Initiative – A Cautionary Tale for California - by via Lanny Swerdlow, RN
Receiving scant attention from marijuana legalization advocates and just about zero attention in the national media, voters in Ohio will be deciding on a very controversial marijuana legalization initiative this November. It is a cautionary tale that the backers of California’s multiple marijuana legalization initiatives should be paying close attention to.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 10:48AM
Groups Sue to Overturn Controversial Wyoming Data-Censorship Laws - by via Center for Food Safety
CHEYENNE, WY (September 29, 2015) – A diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups filed suit today in federal court seeking to strike down a pair of Wyoming state laws that stifle freedom of speech and make citizen science illegal in the state. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photos and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in an att...
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:00PM
Bernie Sanders' Vague Statement on “War and Peace” is Wanting - by Jonathan Nack
File photo Sanders' call for a grassroots movement to take power away from the Billionaires and their corporations, and his specific proposals on domestic issues, such as free higher education, give people who want real progressive changes reasons to be excited. His statement on War and Peace does not. Those with politics further to the left, whom call for dramatic reductions in the military budget and an end to the so-called “war on terrorism,” and those with a critique of U.S. im...
Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:01PM
Libertarian and Green Parties Will File Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Commission on President - by reader
The Libertarian Party and the Green Party, and other plaintiffs, will file a federal lawsuit on September 29 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The Complaint will allege that the Commission on Presidential Debates is in violation of the venerable old anti-trust laws, the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act.
Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:16AM
Secret Plan to Capture Listener Sponsored Radio. Fake Progressives Exposed. (audio/mpeg 25.7MB) - by betterbadnews
Twit Wit Radio Aired on KPFA Sept 6, 2015 Political Satire: The Panel skewers the fake progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Posted: Wed Sep 9, 2015 9:46PM
Philippines: Bongbong’s whitewashing of Marcos name anathema to 2016 plans - by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party)
Akbayan took exception to Senator Bongbong Marcos’s statement that there was no downside to being a Marcos should he decide to run for higher office in 2016.
Posted: Thu Sep 3, 2015 5:32AM
The Hidden Shackles and Chains on the Statue of Liberty - by LA Progressive
The story behind the creation of the Statue of Liberty was suppressed for more than 125 years. Finally, the National Park Service includes literature that explains the shackles and chains. National Juneteenth Movement is preparing an amazing event on Liberty Island, Rev. Willie Douglass, Stockton, California was on the front line, making it happen in a good way... his legacy will help guide a positive way forward.
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:41PM
Nuclear Shutdown News August 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the US nuclear industry, and highlights the efforts of those who are working for a nuclear free world.
Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:36AM
Dr. Jill Stein speaks out in Ferguson July 25, 2015 (video/mp4 32.7MB) - by Jill Stein/IndyRadio edit
How many presidential candidates have visited Ferguson? While there, Jill Stein spoke against systemic racism that leads to fatalities, through forced choices in housing, education, and how we deliver justice. It is amazing she has been painted almost completely invisible by the media - even and especially the "progressive" media.
Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:28PM