News for 2012-07-27

Friday, July 27, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] UN Arms Trade Treaty 'Full of Holes'
As the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the global arms trade comes to a close today, activists say that the treaty doesn't go far enough and is full of holes while powerful gun interests in the U.S. are fighting back against regulation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Contaminated Inquiry: Prof with Money Ties to Industry Led Fracking Study
A recent University of Texas study, which claims to prove that the natural gas extraction process known as fracking does not cause environmental damage or water contamination, was led by a gas industry insider who currently holds up to $1.6 million in stock at a large fracking company. The...
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[title] Ben & Jerry on the Catastrophic Impact of Citizens United
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's provide historical background to the controversial Supreme Court Citizens United ruling and lay out the catastrophic impact of giving corporations First Amendment rights. The first in a series of videos from burzt tv .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Heat and Drought Turn Your Prized Lawn Deathly Brown? Paint It Green
Has your prized, lush deep-green lawn turned to an embarrassing brown this summer? Well for only about 15 cents a square foot, or $150 for 1,000 square feet, your yard can once again be the envy of your neighborhood. You can even have your dried-up shrubs and trees spray-painted back to beauty.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Despite Pa. Victory, Anti-Fracking Campaigners Rally for Fight Ahead
Despite a Pennsylvania court decision on Thursday that handed anti-fracking advocates at least a temporary victory by overturning a key section of a state law which banned municipalities from blocking gas-drilling "fracking" operations using local zoning ordinances, there will be no rest and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Massive US Bunker Buster Bomb 'Ready to Go'
The U.S. mammoth bunker-buster bomb known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) is ready to go today, the Air Force says. “If it needed to go today, we would be ready to do that,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Wednesday, according to the Air Force Times . “We continue to do testing on...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Profiles of the Disenfranchised: Floridians as 'Voter Supression' Guinea Pigs
As a companion to his ongoing reporting on the Republican strategy to enact restrictive voting laws around the country, The Guardian's Ed Pilkington compiled profiles of four Floridians to showcase the nefarious impact such laws -- if left unchallenged or upheld by courts -- will have on millions...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protesters Blockade Mexico's Largest TV Station
Thousands of protesters gathered on Thursday in Mexico City to blockade Mexico's largest television station, Televisa, over accusations of corruption and biased news coverage surrounding the country's July 1st presidential elections. Protesters, including student groups and unions, blockaded...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dow Chemical's Agent Orange Shadow Over Olympics
HANOI, Vietnam - Agent Orange (AO), often called the ‘last legacy’ of the United States war in Vietnam (1955-1975), has popped up again thanks to its manufacturer Dow Chemical’s controversial sponsorship of the Olympic Games.
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[title] The Porter Report: Israel, the Bulgaria Bombings and Iran
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[field_image_caption-raw] Survey: "Climate Skeptics" More Likely to Embrace "Free Market" Ideology, Conspiracy Theories
A new survey of so-called "climate skeptics" -- those who reject the global scientific community's broad consensus that global warming and climate change are being driven by modern society's emission of greenhouse gasses -- concludes that individuals who hold such views are also much more likely to...
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