News for 2012-02-14

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] 'Climate Deniers' Follow 'Creationists' to Undermine Public Education
The Heartland Institute, a right-wing think tank funded by the Koch brothers, Microsoft, and other top corporations, is planning to develop a “ global warming curriculum ” for elementary schoolchildren that presents climate science as “a major scientific controversy,” according
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anonymous Targets US Tear Gas Maker, Marking Bahraini Crackdown Anniversary
As the streets of Bahrain filled with tear gas during two days of intensified protests and a continued government crackdown this week, a group of hackers retaliated. Anonymous, a prominent hacktivist organization, took down the website of Combined Systems Inc., the Pennsylvania-based manufacturer...
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[title] 24 Hours to Stop Keystone XL in the US Senate
Dear Common Dreamers,
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[field_image_caption-raw] McDonald's Move to Ban Pig Gestational Crates Good Step, Not Enough
Yesterday fast food giant McDonald's announced that it would be phasing out the use of gestational crates for pigs. But animal advocates note that the company has far to go towards animal welfare. A joint statement from the Humane Society of the United States and McDonald's stated yesterday:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greeks Worry That a Future of Austerity is No Future at All
On Sunday, February 12, 2012, the people of Greece, in massive demonstrations, expressed their anger against the terms of the new loan agreement being forced upon Greece by the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Eurozone finance ministers canceled a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupy Protesters Sue NYC over Pepper Spray Incident
Two protesters who were pepper sprayed by Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna of the NYPD last fall during a peaceful march against Wall Street crimes and corporate greed, have sued the city for damages.
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[field_image_caption-raw] West Continues Quiet Support as Bahrain Suppresses Dissent
Shiite protests continued today on the anniversary of the Bahraini uprising, despite a heavy security crackdown anticipating the commemorative demonstrations. Armored tanks patrolled villages on the outskirts of Manama and forces shot tear gas canisters at demonstrators around the city as the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima Nuclear Plant at High Risk for Major Earthquake
A new study shows that last year's catastrophic earthquake in Japan caused a seismic fault close to the Fukushima nuclear plant to reactivate, meaning another major earthquake could strike the area again, this time even closer to the Fukushima plant. The new information ( pdf ) is published in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pentagon Wants $3 Billion for 'Ended' Iraq War
Although the last of the U.S. troops in Iraq have come home, the Pentagon still wants nearly 3 billion dollars for "activities" there. Wired 's Danger Room explains :
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[title] Stephen Colbert Denies Bill McKibben Exists
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[field_image_caption-raw] Apple Inc. Launches Labor Conditions 'Audit' in China Factories
Computer giant Apple Inc, now the world's most valuable company, announced Monday that is has tasked the Fair Labor Association to conduct special voluntary audits of Apple’s final assembly suppliers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China, at Apple’s request. The audit comes in...
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