US Coast Guard Creates 'Protest-Free Zone' in... →
arielnietzsche: The United States Coast Guard will establish and enforce “a 500-meter safety zone” around the Shell Oil Company’s drilling vessel Noble Discoverer as it drills exploratory offshore wells in the sensitive Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska beginning this July. In documents just obtained by Cryptome, the USCG says that “request for the temporary safety zone was made by Shell...
Eric Holder, Contempt, and the NRA
squashed: In the cacophony surrounding Thursday’s healthcare decision, the day’s other political event went largely unnoticed. The Republican House of Representatives voted Eric Holder in contempt of congress over the investigation of the Fast and Furious debacle. There’s one detail I want to make sure you didn’t miss. Specifically: [T]he NRA notified members of Congress that Thursday’s vote...
Pakistani Drone Strikes! Now, with 10% More... →
Additionally, over the last few years, Pakistanis have become less willing to work with the U.S. on efforts to combat extremist groups. While 50% still want the U.S. to provide financial and humanitarian aid to areas where extremists operate, this is down from 72% in 2009. Similarly, fewer Pakistanis now want intelligence and logistical support from the U.S. than they did three years ago. And...
For you optimists, I should point out that living sustainably need not mean...– David Swanson (via theamericanbear)
This article. You should read it. →
apsies: …[E]mergency food stamps, she was told, are not for imminent emergencies; they’re for emergencies already in progress. You can’t get them if you can make it through the next week – you have to be down to the last few meals you can afford. “The money’s for my phone, it’s for gas, it’s for my bills,” Adkins said. “Why are you in a crisis,” the woman asked, “when you have a phone bill?” “I...
I cannot understand anti-abortion arguments that centre on the sanctity of life....– Caitlin Moran, How To Be A Woman (via booshbabyxx)
Former GOP Spokesperson Calls For Armed Uprising... →
other-stuff: Stupid is as stupid does
Tea Party “treason” | Glenn Greenwald →
The ThinkProgress blog today accuses a U.S. citizen — the Chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, Roy Nicholson — of treason; says ThinkProgress (emphasis in original): Of all the right-wing meltdowns following yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, this statement put out by the chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party may take the...
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is signaling... →
The move comes as such tax-exempt groups - many of which have better-known sister organizations known as “Super PACs,” or political action committees - are under criticism from Democrats and some Republicans for using money from anonymous sources to try to influence elections. Like Super PACs, tax-exempt political groups can raise and spend unlimited funds - in contrast to political campaigns,...
Egyptian president backs Palestinian struggle | Al... →
theamericanbear: Uh-oh. I wonder if any when the rumors of uranium enrichment or other ‘suspicious’ and ‘defiant’ activities have will started in Washington and Israel.
[Those] who profess their adherence to “progressive” values such as peace,...– Chris Floyd (via theamericanbear)
Obama Betrays Campaign Promise to Label... →
political-linguaphile: humanformat: In 2007, Senator Obama, campaigning for the presidency in the Democratic primary, promised to label genetically engineered food. Now, if you write the Obama for America campaign about GMO labels, you get this response: “Genetically modified crops hold out the promise of benefits like increased production and reduced reliance on pesticides. At the same...
Customers can legally buy as many weapons as they want in Arizona as long as...– You have to be 21 to buy beer, though, because beer is dangerous. This via your morning must-read, Katherine Eban’s investigation into the Fast and Furious scandal—and why basically everything we’ve been told about it is wrong. (via motherjones)
In short, unless you belong to that tiny class of wealthy Americans who are...– Paul Krugman (via azspot)
[It] is clear that most Americans – the elite above all – can easily countenance...– Savvy to a Fault: Coming to Terms With Imperial Power (via theamericanbear)
Good health is a prerequisite to the enjoyment of ‘pursuit of happiness.’...– President Kennedy, Special Message to the Congress on Urgent Health Needs, 2/27/62 (via jfklibrary) I have used the “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” line ad nauseum about this very subject. The problem is, the very people who oppose this sort of thing (meaning public healthcare) only...
I am amazed at how obvious it is to me and others that the GOP is protecting...– danielmiessler.com (via azspot)
The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the...– Ralph Nader (via farahjoon)
That [some people benefit from a law] cannot ever be the standard for judgment....– About Helping “Some” People I post this with the full knowledge that the court was not the place to win this battle, but let’s be honest about what the ACA actually accomplishes. For some people. America’s past is full of laws that help “some”, but not all, of its citizens. Enough. We have to keep...
Monsanto's Sneak Attack on Organic and Non-GMO... →
humanformat: Monsanto is using its money and influence to push Congress to attach a rider to the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would effectively end judicial review of approvals of new genetically engineered crops. If this rider (Sec. 733) isn’t removed, organic and non-GMO farmers will lose their access to the court system and they’ll have no recourse when the U.S. Department of...
Russia, U.S. fail to agree on plan to end Assad's... →
pieceinthepuzzlehumanity: The United States and Russia failed on Friday to bridge differences over a plan to ease Syrian President Bashar Assad out of power, end violence and create a new government, setting the stage for the potential collapse of a key multinational conference that was to have endorsed the proposal. On the eve of Saturday’s conference, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham...