Tuesday, September 16, 2014 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION
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 There are Limits: Ecological and Social Implications of Trans and Climate Change
Robert Jensen
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We are biological creatures, part of an ecosphere, living in communities. Like any other organism, our genetic code sets parameters within which we live. The ecosphere is governed by laws of physics and chemistry that set the parameters within which all organisms exist. And we encounter the world not as isolated, independent individuals but through social systems that affect how we understand ourselves and the possibilities for our lives.

 

Stated this generally, few ...

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BP and the Three Stooges Defense
Greg Palast
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Forget Stephen King. If you want scary, read U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 150-page Findings of Fact released Thursday in the Deepwater Horizon case.

Although the judge found BP liable for “gross negligence,” some U.S. media failed to mention that Barbier let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pig. 

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The Climate Marches On
Amy Goodman
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“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer was simple: “I say, break the law.”

One hundred and sixty-four years later, on May 15, 2013, Ken Ward Jr. and Jay O’Hara did just ...

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Organizations Urge Supermarkets to Refuse GMOs in Order to Save the Butterflies
Christina Sarich
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GMO animal feed imported into the UK from North and South American markets is a large cause for concern. GeneWatch UK called on supermarkets across Great Britain this past week to urge them to wake up to the harm that Monsanto’s RoundUp ready crops are causing to the environment and to Monarch butterfly habitats at large.

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Tasmania to Remain GMO Free for Five More Years to Protect Honey Exports
Christina Sarich
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By now, you may know that honeybee populations have plummeted drastically over the last decade, and the numbers continue to fall. If you’ve read The Beekeeper’s Lament —Hannah Nordhaus’ inspired book about the complicated lives of America’s honeybees—you might ask, ‘what doesn’t kill bees’? ...

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Anthony Gucciardi
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Since the catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March of 2011 irreparably altered the state of the planet for the known future, the incident has been shrouded in nothing but bureaucratic cover ups and government-backed disinformation. Now, within our own borders, top experts turned ...

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The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals
Chris Hedges
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The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism’s response to the climate crisis. It will take place two days before the actual gathering of world leaders in New York called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban ...

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Farmers Fighting Biotech Superweeds Told to Keep Quiet, Damage Soil
Christina Sarich
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Farmers stopped utilizing deep tillage decades ago, but now because of biotech’s rampant superweeds (caused by the spraying of pesticides and glyphosate chemicals), they are being told to resort to the soil-damaging practice, once again.

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U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real Challenge
Juan Cole
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In a new Pew/ USA Today poll, the American public shows itself alarmed by the rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq and Syria as a threat to U.S. security, finding it more threatening even than Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has risen on the villain scale quite a lot.  Iran is seen as less menacing, as is North Korea.  The Israel-Palestinian struggle is seen as a threat to the U.S. by a little over half.  More Americans ...

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Sorry Monsanto: Major Boom in Organic Oils Amid Global Concern Over GMO Contamination
Christina Sarich
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Rising concerns about soy and canola oils derived from genetically altered seed are creating a new industry boom for sunflowers. Food manufacturers and restaurants need a non-GMO alternative, and it looks like the sunny flower that tracks the sun will meet growing demand.

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Sustainable Aviation: How We Can Fly Better
Christina Sarich
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Six thousand people board a plane to fly to a desired destination every six minutes. Needless to say, this amount of air travel has caused a considerable negative effect on the environment. True to the inventiveness of the Wright brothers in 1903, featherless, sustainable flight technology, this time—sustainable—is being applied to the aviation industry.

 

While there are many social and economic benefits of utilizing air ...

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Iraq: If Terrorists Hit Southern Iraq Oil Fields, $5-$7 a Gallon Gas?
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Iraq’s former oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, warned on Thursday that the so-called “Islamic State” terrorist organization could hit the Iraqi oil fields in the south around Basra.

Basra is deep in the Shiite south, so IS could not take the city of 2 million as it did largely Sunni Mosul.  But Bahr al-Ulum is pointing out that Basra’s oil ...

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GMO Debate Heats Up on Mainstream News
Christina Sarich
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The debate on the dangers of GMO seem like they should already be a foregone conclusion, but with industry cover-ups of scientific data, and rigged research, biotechnology advocates are still pushing the safety of genetically modified organisms unchecked.

 

In another attempt to discredit non-GMO supporters, C-Span recently debuted a 2-hour debate at the Vail Symposium in Colorado, between consumer advocate and Executive Director ofInstitute for Responsible ...

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Racing Through Nature
Froma Harrop
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The story of a young man's speed-hiking the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail has raised some environmentalist eyebrows, albeit only slightly. He was racing from California's border with Mexico to Washington state's with Canada.

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The GMO Lawn Engineered to Withstand Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides
Christina Sarich
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Are you ready for some Kentucky Bluegrass? Kentucky Bluegrass isn’t the name of a band touring the South, easing work-a-day blues with a little ditty, it’s the name of a toxic new GMO lawn grass being engineered by Scotts ...

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How to Bypass Mega Grocery Chains and Buy Direct from Organic Farms
Christina Sarich
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There are three reasons that Big Ag can’t compete with the small farm in the long-term:

Research at the land grant universities in the United States is often funded by big agribusiness corporations, but consumers want fresh, organic food - not GMO, chemical-laden, mono-cropped refuse.Some of the most promising solutions don’t ..." ::
Mass Salmon, Plankton, Sea Star Die Off in Pacific Northwest: No One Mentions Radiation
Christina Sarich
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The mysterious die-off of young salmon heading out to sea in the Pacific Northwest, along with far lower plankton levels than normal, have many scientists shaking their heads in disbelief and concern since not one mainstream ‘expert’ has mentioned radiation as a possibility. But sometimes silence speaks the loudest.

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Debt and Suicide: Testimonies Presented from India’s GMO Farmers
Christina Sarich
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Biotech has tried to dismiss the accounts of farmer suicides in India due to the introduction of genetically modified crops, but the problem is pervasive. Once the farmer is gone, the debt falls on the remaining family members. Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other suicide seed sellers have essentially created a generational slave economy based on their ...

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Monsanto and Dupont/Pioneer Continue Pulling GM Crops from EU
Christina Sarich
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Due to widespread opposition, the biotech industry is pulling their transgenic crops out of the EU. While the EU Commission has yet to make a decisions regarding the cultivation of genetically engineered maize 1507, US companies have quietly withdrawn for applications to cultivate the GE plant in the EU.

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New Technology at MIT Turns Solar Heat into 85% Energy Efficient Steam
Christina Sarich
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Can you get power out of a cheap lump of graphite and some carbon? It is a possibility thanks to researchers at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. This newly created technology converts sunlight into steam with 85% efficiency. When you compare this to the fact that only about 14%–30% of the energy from the fuel you put in your conventional car is used to actually move it down the road, then you’ve got a recipe for an energy revolution.

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Today is a Turning Point for Sharks
Dr. Ralf (Perry) Sonntag
News Report
Fracking vs. Water
Paul Brown
News Report
Why We March
Bill McKibben, Eddie Bautista and LaTonya Crisp-Sauray
Op-Ed
Build It and Bikes Will Come
Jill Richardson
Op-Ed
Reading Hamilton From the Left
Christian Parenti
Op-Ed
What Will it Take to Create Climate Justice?
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Op-Ed
Fracking May Be Worse than Burning Coal
Bill McKibben
News Analysis

NOC BULLHORN

China

A silent march through Hong Kong brought thousands of protesters together in a pro-democracy movement that’s quickly gaining ground.

Workers’ Rights

After a week-long strike, workers at Juno Lighting Group in Chicago, Illinois went back to work with an offer that workers helped ratify.

Animals

Rhino poaching is on the rise and if the trend continues, the species could face extinction, but organizations are conducting life-saving missions.

Genetically Modified Foods

Stand up to Monsanto and tell the Obama administration to support mandatory GMO labeling.

Food Health

Grassroots groups are continuing the right for a more just food system from Palestine to the rural areas of Washington D.C.

Fracking

Environmental organizations filed a motion to uphold a ban on fracking, which was enacted in Longmont, Colorado back in 2012.

Genetically Modified Foods

Take action today and help defend Vermont’s strong constitutional law and put an end to Monsanto and other GMO food manufacturers’ propaganda campaign.

Internet

Big Telecom and their supplicants want to regulate your Internet and make online services more expensive.

Fracking

Fracking has been introduced into many states, making the U.S. a major gas producer, but activist are trying to stop this as it is hazardous to our environment.

Animals

Irrawaddy dolphins have already classified as critically endangered but are now facing further extinction.

Internet

Millions of people around the web took action against Big Internet provider companies on Sept. 10 to combat the potential Internet slowdown we could all soon face.

Occupy Wall Street

Sept. 17 marks the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and the movement is celebrating independent and progressive media.

Food Health

Vermont was the first state to pass a law requiring labels be put on GMO foods, and it is already under attack.

Bee Protection

Pollinating insects and animals are vital to the world.

Climate Change

Representing over 200 million people around the world, groups declare: “To deal with the crisis, we must address the root causes and change the system.”

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