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|Reclaiming secularism is the key to protecting religious liberty
Over the past few years, two topics have come to dominate the discourse about religion in America. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act and especially the rapid acceptance of marriage ...
|"Freddie Gray Never Had a Chance"
|Mom Brings Gun to Daughter's Brawl With Girl over a Boy
|Sanders wants to Help Workers -- in a way that might Surprise you
| Must-read from Ta-Nehisi Coates on Baltimore
When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, ...
|Some context to recent events in Baltimore
If you want some context to the recent events in Baltimore, read the piece linked below. Let me note as one who has taught just outside Baltimore for the past two years (first in Glen Burnie and ...
|1/12th of 365 (Part 3)
New Month, new photos but it's the same deal as the last two. Below are thirty photos, one from each day in April. It's a retirement activity for me. The object being to get out there and take one ...
|Donations for Bernie roll-in at Presidential levels
The average donation was $43.54. put another way: $1.5 million in 24 hours! Windfall at Bernie's : Sanders raises $1.5 million in 24 hours by Dan Merica, CNN, cnn.com -- May 1, 2015 [...] "...
|an update on Felicity
Yesterday, in this posting , I explained about our youngest (at 12 years 7 months) rescued cat, her cancer, and her forthcoming leg amputation because of a tumor that encircled the leg. She had to ...
|Bernie Sanders, Champion of Tax Fairness, often "the lone voice in the Senate"
The robbery of our money by the wealthy and corporations and the placing of a heavier tax burden on regular people is one of the key drivers of class warfare in this country. When corporations and ...
|Christie Tweets his Innocence
Talk about turning some damning news into a ray of sunshine. Several of them, if you count the number of frenetic Tweets. First the crux of the "bad news" for Chris Christie announced today ... ...
|This is what Denial of Due Process looks like: The Baltimore Detainees
One class of citizens gets swept up and crammed into "holding cells" -- denied the basic America Right of knowing why they're being held. (the other class, is doing the "sweeping" ...) They are ...
|The kids aren't all right
New polling of young adults from the Harvard Public Opinion Project is getting deniers excited about the future. It found that 18 to 20-year-olds were the group least inclined to agree with the ...
|Victory! Fracking defeated in Florida!
I've been working on this Florida issue, so happy to spread the news that even in Florida with enough work and fantastic allies we can accomplish the almost impossible. How we did it was with ...
|Hillary's OK with the Bernie Competition
As she tweeted today, Hillary Clinton welcomed Bernie Sanders to the Democratic race for President in 2016. In an unexpected sign of respect Clinton even echoed those Issues, that she actually ...
|Sometimes what matters can change in an instant
and all your previously decided priorities get tossed out. Earlier this month my wife discovered a growth on the right rear leg of one of our three remaining rescued cats, Felicity, the shyest. She ...
|"Fast Track" (AKA "Corporations Get More Say Than Congress Act") On Life Support
You'all know what "Fast track" is. I like to think of it as the "Corporations Get More Say Than Congress" Act. And it's sucking wind, on life support, headed for the trash bin. Hey, just call me an ...
|"Lest We Forget Those Who Denied"
Ian Wolter's "Lest We Forget Those Who Denied" As a tribute to six of the UK's leading climate change deniers, Anglia Ruskin University student Ian ...
|We Over-Militarize the Police to What End?
When are we going to have a "War on Stupidity" ... ? [ - pg 16 - ] “The detection and countering of the production, trafficking, and use of illegal drugs is a high-priority national security ...
|A simple way to show solidarity with Nepal during reconstruction
My adult daughters, in a strange turnaround, keep demanding to know my exact whereabouts these days, since the earthquake here in Nepal. I am fine and I was nowhere near the epicenter. My teaching ...
|Bernie Sanders: What He Actually Believes In, In-Depth Interview (With New, Unpublished Stuff)
A couple of years ago, I spent many hours with Bernie Sanders interviewing him for Playboy magazine (the interview was published in October 2013). I've just received permission to post unpublished ...
|CA Governor Brown comes out swinging; calls for more aggressive state climate goals
How do you like me now? California Governor Jerry Brown is feeling the heat, ...
|Coop Goes to Europe Part 1 - Parting Company
Previously that summer of 1973 I had made a note in my journal… I missed the 1968 generation. I came too late. That’s when we were still all together moving in the right direction. Now the ...
|Best of the BEST
Back in 2012, a scientist who was skeptical of human-caused global warming named Richard Mueller conducted an independent investigation of the temperature record to determine whether or not the ...
|Demand More Police Accountability
If more citizens don't demand more Police Accountability, it will likely never happen. Here are a few reasons why Police need to be held MORE Accountable: Police brutality calls for transparency ...
|The 14th Amendment is on trial in Baltimore and the Supreme Court
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 may go down as a watershed moment in the history of American civil rights. At the Supreme Court, the justices heard oral arguments in a set of cases which may decide ...
|President Obama on Baltimore
Worth reading in its entirety: First, obviously, our thoughts continue to be with the family of Freddie Gray. Understandably, they want answers. And DOJ has opened an investigation. It is working ...
|New study forecasts big increases in extreme weather from human-caused global warming
More of these will be part of global warming's impacts, scientists predict. The name of the study by Erich M. Fischer and Reto Knutti is a mouthful—
|Transit and Tomatoes Today April 28 in SC
Charleston, SC- Transit in the Lowcountry needs your support today. While we’ve been working to plan a better system for the future long standing problems and exposure to the dysfunctions of our ...
| All Good Deniers Go To Rome
Pope Francis has made a number of unexpected moves in his tenure, the most recent being an upcoming encyclical that's expected to be about climate change. Though the encyclical isn't due out for ...
|Baltimore Protest, Elite Ripping Off America More Important Than Baseball: Baltimore Baseball Owner
I come here not to particularly urge that a baseball owner/executive be idolized but it's worth noting what the Chief Operating Office of the Baltimore Orioles John Angelos said following protests ...
|Breaking news: School shooter apprehended by teacher with no gun
Quick post as I need to leave to take my son to school (my heart is racing even though he's not at this school): In Thurston County in Washington State--no one was hurt: Nobody was hurt during a ...
|A sports-team executive who gets it right
is John Angelos, COO of the Baltimore Orioles, outside whose stadium a protest about the killing of Freddie Gray got out of hand. The words came about as part of a twitter exchange after a comment ...
|House Science Chair Smith Revives Zombie Myths in WSJ
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the WSJ's editorial page, the zombie arguments have returned. (We're kidding, of course; not about the zombies, but the idea that the WSJ's editorial ...
|‘Lynch Mob’: Misuse of Language
is the title of this powerful New York Times column by Charles M. Blow . He is reacting in particular to the inflammatory statement by the head of the Baltimore Police Union to the demonstrations ...
|Koch funded Heartland Institute sends scientists to correct Pope Frances on Global Warming
The Koch funded Heartland Institute is sending some of its industry compliant scientists to Rome to correct Pope Francis ideas about Global Warming. Koch-backed group sending ‘real scientists’ ...
|Beware of Family Foundations that may be "Up to No Good"
Expect to hear a LOT about Family Foundations that were started by some Politicians named Clinton. DON'T expect to hear a lot about Family Foundations that are operated by Libertarian Billionaires ...
|Hillary's GOP rivals line up for Adelson's cash
"If this was any person but Hillary Clinton," Newt Gingrich said Sunday of foreign donations to the Clintons' global charity, "they'd be under indictment right now for a clearly ...
|Rereading "Black Theology and Black Power" After Twenty Years
"How many of Cone's books have you read?" Ever since Jeremiah Wright posed that question to Sean Hannity eight years ago, I've been meaning to write a diary on James Cone, the premier figure of ...
|How anti-abortion intensity wins in pro-choice America
For four decades, American public opinion on the issue of abortion has been largely unchanged. As the numbers from Gallup , the Pew Research Center , ...
|On Tweaking the Macro Mechanics of a Global Free Trade Engine
Besides all the political wrangling, there are some serious "nut and bolts" issues behind International Trade Agreements, that always seem to get lost whenever we attempt to rebuild this engine. ...
|Emulate @BarackObama: release your #climate anger
As part of President Barak Obama's speech at the White House Correspondent's dinner , as part of his speech, the President introduced his anger translator who expressed -- forcefully -- ...
|O'Malley: Let us Read it. Let us strengthen our Economy here at Home.
O'Malley sounds like a Progressive advocate to me. Check out his direct and straight-forward answers, the good Governor recently gave NPR: Transcript : NPR's Full Interview With Martin O'Malley npr.
|Creationists still blaming Darwin for Columbine
If creationism is the zombie lie behind all biology and geology, the Governor's Mansion in Louisiana might stand in for the castle ruins where the burnt and battered monster is reanimated and sent ...
|Another TPP "Benefit" -- 'Putting a Price Tag on Life'
As the article says, this is another " TPP perk " that will be tough for the Un-wealthy to swallow. Because THAT's what holding our global economy back -- the epidemic damage that "generics" ...
|Sanford Stalling Charleston Transit Progress
From Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit This statement was prepared for the April 23rd. protest at the Office of US Congressman Mark Sanford in Mount Pleasant, SC. At that ...
|Breaking: 7.9 Earthquake in Nepal
Last Update : from me for now--have to start my day. There's really nothing good coming out of this, except that the epicenter wasn't actually IN Kathmandu or Pokhara. Death toll is currently ...
|Introducing the Anti-Environmental Archives
There's a new database out that is filled with interesting information. The Anti-Environmental Archives , as the project is called, allows anyone to go through and help digest thousands of documents ...
|Teacher files federal lawsuit after being terrified by school shooting drill
Elementary school teacher Lina McLean has filed a lawsuit against the school administration, school board members, and security company all responsible for the outrageous school shooting "drill" ...
|Is the NRA breaking campaign finance law?
I am yucky!
|As in climate change, scientific consensus reached on guns
A scientific consensus has been reached on the effects of guns as outlined in an op-ed column in the LA Times today by David Hemenway , a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and a ...
|Another Day, Another EPA Attack from the WSJ
So far this April, there seems to have been a major uptick in the number of fear-mongering WSJ opeds claiming the Clean Power Plan (like every ...
|Fox News & Sarah Palin Denounced In Stunning Earth Day Video By Prince Ea (50M+ Views)
In this visually beautiful and mesmerizing piece, 27 year-old Prince Ea apologies to future generations for what we are doing, and not doing, to the planet today. The six-minute video contains so ...
|Speaking from Everglades on Earth Day Obama Forcefully Rejects Gov. Rick Scott's Climate Censorship
President Obama speaking on Earth Day in the threatened Florida Everglades forcefully rejected Florida Governor Rick Scott's prohibition against state officials mentioning Global Warming or Climate ...
|11 Newtown Families Distance Themselves from Tim McGraw Concert Controversy Re: Charity
Many people and organizations (e.g., the NRA ) have been blasting Tim McGraw ever since he announced that the proceeds from his concert in Hartford, Connecticut on July 27, 2015 would be donated to ...
|Get in their heads: The psychology of denial
Those interested in diving deep into the psychology of climate science denial will be thrilled to hear about a free new "Massive Open Online Course" that starts April 28th. (That's right, you still ...
|So apparently cops need to shoot MORE people...
New Richmond Police officer Jesse Kidder, in confronting a double murder suspect, used restraint when the suspect attempted "suicide by cop". Gun nuts are now PO'd that the officer didn't blow the ...
|Shedding Light on Darkened Ice
There's a new study out on the Greenland Ice Sheet that finds the ice sheet's albedo, or ability to reflect solar energy, has dropped significantly since the mid-nineties, a period that coincides ...
|Cartoon - Country Music Lovin' Gun Owners Express Themselves
I have a new cartoon on my site I can't post here, plus lots of commentary. Go visit at Claytoonz . Follow me on Twitter .
|Curry's Mythical Listicle
The Daily Caller's Michael Bastasch has a new piece on Judith Curry's April 15 testimony before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. According to Bastasch, Curry "completely ...
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