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Public Safety Realignment and Crime Rates in California - by ACLU of Northern California
The Public Policy Institute of California today released a report 'Public Safety Realignment and Crime Rates in California.' (see PDF) The following can be attributed to Allen Hopper, director of criminal justice and drug policy for the ACLU of California: "The report released today by the Public Policy Institute of California confirms that Realignment has not caused a public safety catastrophe in California. We now have independent data that confirms that California can successfully reduc...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:18PM
New Report: Rising Seas Threaten 233 Federally Protected Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Sea-level rise driven by climate change poses a deadly threat to 233 federally protected animal and plant species in 23 coastal states, according to a new scientific report from the Center for Biological Diversity (see PDF), and U.S. wildlife protection agencies are not doing enough to protect at-risk species.
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:44PM
Police Requests for Cellphone Data Surge - by ACLU
WASHINGTON – Law enforcement requests for a variety of cellphone users’ data continued to surge in 2012, according to responses from the nation’s major cellphone carriers prompted by inquiries from Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.).
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 6:04PM
Court Finds Public Defense System Violates Constitutional Rights of Indigent Defendants - by ACLU
In a resounding ruling for fairness in the criminal justice system, the U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington, has found that the public defense system of the towns of Mt. Vernon and Burlington deprives indigent persons who face misdemeanor criminal charges of their fundamental right to assistance of counsel.
Posted: Sat Dec 7, 2013 10:32AM
Six California Animals Among Top 10 Endangered Species Act Success Stories - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— A report released today by the Endangered Species Coalition (see PDF) names six animals from California among the greatest successes of the Endangered Species Act, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. Two of the animals, the El Segundo blue butterfly and the southern sea otter, are unique to Southern California. Four of the other animals highlighted in today’s report are also found in California — the humpback whale, green sea turtle, peregrine falcon and bald...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:43AM
Petition Seeks to Reform Secretive Federal Agency That Kills Millions of Wild Animals - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the Obama administration today (see PDF) to reform the federal wildlife-killing agency known as “Wildlife Services,” which kills nearly 1.5 million coyotes, bears, otters, foxes, birds and other animals each year without any requirement to disclose its activities to the public. The secretive killing — which includes aerial gunning, traps and exploding poison caps — has gone on for decades with little public oversi...
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 6:48PM
ACLU Sues Bishops on Behalf of Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital - by ACLU
NEW YORK and DETROIT— The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman who miscarried and was denied appropriate medical treatment because the only hospital in her county is required to abide by religious directives. The directives, written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, prohibited that hospital from complying with the applicable standard of care in this case.
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 12:09AM
"Mideast Madness" - Reading from Max Blumenthal's "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel" (audio/mpeg 25.4MB) - by Ren Tawil
Recorded: 2013-11-30 Continued reading from Max Blumenthal's "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel", part I, chapters 4-7; music of Indonesian island of Bali. Length 01:54:37 64Kbps mp3 (107MB) Mono
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2013 6:05PM
"Mideast Madness" - Breaking the taboo on Israel BDS (audio/mpeg 25.4MB) - by Ren Tawil
Saturday meeting of American Studies Association saw the clearest ever mass support of Boycotting Israeli academia and culture; International Solidarity Movement's Summer 2013 report in print; music from Crossing Borders. 2013-12-02, length: 01:51:08 64Kbps mp3 (26MB) Mono
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2013 5:48PM
House Approves Reckless Fracking Bill - by via Environment America
WASHINGTON, D.C. – By a vote of 235-187, the U.S. House of Representatives on November 20 approved its latest giveaway to the oil and gas industry: A bill to boost ‘fracking,’ the dirty process of drilling that has contaminated water supplies from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and is making families near drilling sites sick from air pollution.
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:01PM
Mideast Madness - UN Day for Palestine, Olive trees for farming families (audio/mpeg 52.3MB) - by Ren Tawil
Nov. 25, 2013 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is recognized by the United Nations on November 29th; oppression of Palestinian women is felt from more than one source; bringing the Prawer ethnic cleansing Plan discussion to your holiday table this Chanukah and Thanksgiving; a way to plant more olive trees to support Palestinian farmers' self-sufficiency. 1 hour, 54 minutes, 14 seconds
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:02PM
IKEA Workers Locked Out, Boycott IKEA and Expand the Strike! - by Steven Argue
[Photo of picketing workers at the Richmond B.C. IKEA store. Credit: Jeff Vinnick / Globe and Mail]
Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:04AM
This Weekend Cuban Exercises Prepare For U.S. Invasion - by Steven Argue
Photo: Cuban reviews his weapons before heading out on the Bastión 2013 Strategic Exercise, Credit, Nohemí Díaz Muño / Granma International
Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:26PM
Groups Urge Air District to Protect Los Angeles From Fracking Pollution - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— On November 22, a coalition of health and environmental organizations called on the South Coast Air Quality Management District to better protect Los Angeles and Orange County residents from air pollution caused by fracking and other dangerous oil and gas extraction methods.
Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:12AM
Tea Party Bill Would Eviscerate Endangered Species Act - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Tea Party senators introduced a bill this week that would effectively end the protection of most endangered species in the United States and gut some of the most important provisions of the Endangered Species Act. Senate Bill 1731, introduced by Tea Party Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Dean Heller, would end protections for most of the species that are currently protected by the Act and make it virtually impossible to protect new species under the law. It would also eliminate pro...
Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:09AM
JFK’s Assassination 50 Years Later, America’s 1963 Coup d'Etat - by Steven Argue
Photo: John F. Kennedy Dec. 29, 1962 receiving the Cuban flag from U.S. sponsored mercenaries who carried out the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Kennedy, received the flag saying, “I promise to return this flag in a free Havana.” Prior to the Cuban Revolution, the U.S. backed Batista Dictatorship murdered 20,000 people in seven years. With Kennedy’s backing, the Bay of Pigs invasion was an attempt to reestablish U.S. control of Cuba. The Cubans responded by militarily defeating the attemp...
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:53AM
Mideast Madness [Nov. 18] (audio/mpeg 104.6MB) - by Ren tawil
Podcast from November 18: The mysterious e-mail from "Reverend" Grimmshaw of CMM is commented upon; UN's SecGen visits Nazi death camp, the children of Gaza launch their Mini-Arks, Zionists in Washington D.C. suppress theatrical rendition of ethnic cleansing of Palestine; music of Crossing Borders. 1 hour, 54 minutes
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:50PM
Plastic-covered Hawaiian Island Moves Toward Possible Superfund Designation - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In response to a petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to take a historic first step toward classifying a tiny Hawaiian coral island, Tern Island, as a Superfund site because of hazards posed by plastic pollution. The Center’s petition requested that the agency conduct a preliminary assessment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and a portion of the enormous Pacific Garbage Patch within U.S. waters.
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:37PM
The story of Riseup.net - by via riseup.net
Riseup has become a force to be reckoned with. We are the largest nonprofit email provider in the world, outside of a university system. We run one of the world's most used TOR nodes. We are frequently cited and sourced as one of the few ethical, autonomous, and secure internet providers.
Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:20PM
Gov. Brown's Fracking Rules Even Fall Short of S.B. 4 Requirements - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Jerry Brown’s oil and gas officials today released draft state hydraulic fracturing regulations that fall far short of protecting California’s air, water, communities and climate from fracking, a dangerously polluting practice that involves blasting chemical-laden water into the earth to fracture rock formations.
Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:21PM