- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is A very Chagrin Falls Thanksgiving:
- Report: 90 companies are responsible for two-thirds of global warming emissions:
According to the research, 90 companies on the list of top emitters produced 63 percent of the cumulative global emissions of industrial carbon dioxide and methane between 1751 to 2010, amounting to about 914 gigatons of CO2 emissions. Aside from seven cement manufacturers, the rest of the emitters were energy companies producing oil, gas, and coal.
“There are thousands of oil, gas and coal producers in the world,” climate researcher and author Richard Heede at the Climate Accountability Institute told the Guardian. “But the decision makers, the CEOs, or the ministers of coal and oil, if you narrow it down to just one person, they could all fit on a Greyhound bus or two.”
- Domesticated turkeys have doubled in weight since 1960: And just like Americans who are now, on average, heavier than half a century ago, these genetically modified turkeys have health problems as a result of the extra pounds. Among those problems: swollen joints and hearts and lungs that can't keep up with the weight. The average domesticated turkey in 1960 weighed 17 pounds. Now it weighs 29 pounds. Turkeys destined for the dinner table only live about 26 weeks. Even those "pardoned" last only a year after retirement compared with three to four years for their wild cousins.
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Nov. 20:
- Karzai says a troop deal between U.S. and Afghanistan should wait until his successor is picked:
"Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that the security deal with the U.S. should be deferred until after his successor is elected, even as he boasted of securing key concessions from President Barack Obama. ‘The agreement should be signed when the election is conducted, properly and with dignity,' Mr. Karzai told the opening session of the Loya Jirga assembly that he convened to consider the deal. ‘I don't trust the Americans, and they don't trust me,' he added."
- Wallsburg, Utah, forgets its election (again): The new recorder forgot to announce the deadline and nobody filed to run for council in the town of 275. So new council and mayor will have to be appointed and serve until next municipal elections in 2015. But this isn't the first time Wallsburg forgot its elections. The current mayor and council were appointed two years ago.
- Economic recovery?
Construction workers suffered the largest losses in the recession, nearly a quarter of all job losses in the economy, CNN Money said Thursday. In 2010, their unemployment rate spiked to 25 percent.
Now, construction has a 9 percent unemployment rate, but about 1 million construction workers switched industries or dropped out of the labor force, according to BLS.
- Many cities have reported incidents where groups of teenagers run up to unsuspecting, random people and try to knock them unconscious. On today's #TWiBRadio, we sigh a whole lot and then question whether perhaps these kids aren't preying on society, but rather are products of it. (01:18:03). Also on today's #TWiBRadio: new grammatical quirks because ... evolution (40:09), a mechanic has a Doc Brown moment and develops a flux capacitor for vaginas (45:52), and a young boy is tazed in the face by police (01:06:47).
- Corporate pay helps kill local budgets:
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) today launched “America’s Highest Paid Government Workers,” a new initiative that will expose the taxpayer-funded salaries of CEOs whose corporations make billions by taking control of public services.
“Time and again we’re told that librarians, nurses and teachers are to blame for state and local budget problems,” said Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy. “In reality, taxpayers are being duped by corporate CEOs and Wall Street banks that are siphoning money out of our communities for huge salaries and bonus packages.”
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, it's nuclear option day! Greg Dworkin also had some other stuff, too, about that whole health care thing, including cost-contol market forces, how they work, and how we sometimes maybe kind of wish they wouldn't. "The huge health-care subsidy everyone is ignoring," and yes, there actually are some Rs looking to eliminate that subsidy ... but only if your plan that covers abortion. Which 87% of private plans do. And, "English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet." Lastly a wrap-up on the nuclear option outlook, and one last attempt to clarify just what'll likely happen, what it means, and what it doesn't.
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