News for 2010-11-23

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
UN Scientists Say Emission Pledges Fall Well Short of Halting Climate Change
UN research shows that the pledges and promises made last year by 80 countries to reduce climate change emissions fall well short of what is needed to hold the global temperature rise to 2C and avoid the worst consequences of global warming.
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Corporations Show Largest Profits in History Amidst Jobs Crisis
According to revised statistics, the US economy grew at a faster rate than first expected, up to 2.5%. Earlier growth in Q3 2010 was estimated at 2%. But the entire problem with looking at this topline number is reflected in these three paragraphs:
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Freedoms of Press, Speech & Assembly Under Attack in US
Part I:
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New York City Prepares for Nation's Largest Bike Share System
New York City is preparing to set up the largest bike share system in the nation. The city is issuing a request for proposals for one-way, short-term bike rentals, a system that has augmented the transportation network in dozens of European cities as well as in Denver, Minneapolis, and Washington,...
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Report: Body Scanner Makers Doubled Lobbying Cash Over 5 Years
Multimillion dollar government contracts don't just happen. Ask the companies with the big government contracts to supply Body-scanning machines to U.S. airports how much more they had to spend on lobbying on the Hill. Not only have they increased their lobbying efforts over the last 5 years, they'...
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Canadian Gov't, Alberta Fighting Foreign Climate Laws to Push Tar Sands: Report
The federal government and Alberta are working to weaken climate policies in the U.S. and Europe in order to support the oilsands, according to environmental group Climate Action Network Canada. The group released a report Monday finding "a concerted effort to weaken climate policies outside our...
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Illness, Medical Bills 'Plunge Millions Into Poverty'
BERLIN - More than 100 million people are plunged into poverty every year by illness or "catastrophic" medical bills, the World Health Organisation said Monday, launching a global drive for universal health care. "In my view, universal coverage is an admirable goal and a timely one. We have to bite...
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Korea Tensions Soar as Deadly Attack Launched
North Korea's young dictator-in-waiting has burnished his leadership credentials by launching a deadly artillery raid on South Korean territory, causing Seoul to scramble F16 jet fighters and return fire. Two South Korean marines were killed and at least 15 people were wounded as shells rained down...
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Michael Moore, Wendell Potter, and the Plot to Discredit 'Sicko'
Part I:
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