News for 2012-10-17

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
[title] Bill Black and Glen Ford on Presidential Debate #2
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[field_image_caption-raw] Global Warming Drives Up Weather-Related Insurance Claims
Weather-related insurance losses in North America have "nearly quintupled" since 1980, due in part to global warming, the global reinsurance giant Munich Re reported Wednesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] George McGovern "No Longer Responsive": Family
Former Senator and Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern is "no longer responsive" and surrounded by family at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, his family said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. McGovern, 90, served in the U.S. Senate for South Dakota from...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Backed by Adelson, Republican Pro-Israel Group Targets Obama
With hefty backing from billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson – the 800-lb gorilla of this year's GOP megadonors -- the conservative Republican Jewish Coalition is spending millions of dollars in four crucial states to cut into the Jewish vote that President Barack Obama won lopsidedly in 2008.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Canada and UK Presented with "Prestigious" Dodo Award
Attendees of this year's Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announced this week that Canada and the UK are the recipients of their annual Dodo Awards. "The Awards, named after the Dodo Bird—the quintessential symbol of biodiversity loss," explained the CBD Alliance, a loose network of civil...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tar Sands Pipeline Whistleblower Challenges Claims of Safety
New revelations from a former employee of tar sands company TransCanda cast further doubt on the public and environmental safety of the company's crude-carrying pipelines. The whistleblower, Evan Vokes, tells CBC News that TransCanada management including the CEO refused to act on his concerns of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Canadian Government Knew of Illegal Geoengineering Scheme
The Canadian government knew about—but failed to prevent—an illegal geoengineering scheme that scientists say could worsen global warming. In July, California businessman Russ George and partner John Disney dumped 100 tons of iron sulphate into the Pacific ocean about 200 nautical miles west of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Austerity Showdown as EU Summit Set to Open
In his first major interview withe European press, newly elected French President François Hollande took a strong stand against the European austerity drive, headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, stating, "In the interests of all, you can'
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Aides Launch Preemptive Attack on New Iran Plan
WASHINGTON - Although the place and time of the next round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme have not yet been announced, the manoeuvring by Iran and the United States to influence the outcome has already begun. Iran sought support for a revised proposal to the talks during the United Nations...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gitmo's "Improvised Justice" as Accused 9/11 Planner Dons "Prisoner of War" Attire
Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appeared at the pretrial hearing on Wednesday dressed in a woodland camouflage vest over his white tunic.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bottled Water Giant Nestlé Censors Critical Documentary
Pressure from bottled-water giant Nestlé Waters Canada bullied a Canadian city into cancelling a screening of " Tapped ," an award-winning documentary critical of the buying and selling of clean drinking water as a commodity.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Over Half of All Wetlands on Earth 'Destroyed' in Last 100 Years
Over half of all wetlands in the world have been destroyed in the last 100 years due to residential and industrial development, water waste, over-consumption, and pollution says a new report released by the United Nations Environment Program.
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[title] Lisa Graves: How Extreme Wealth Is Harming Our Democracy
According to Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, the most severe threat to our political system is the extreme concentration of wealth in so few hands. And after the 'Citizens United' Supreme Court decision opened the doors for that money to be used for political...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Privatization Pushback: Civil Society Slams Water Privatization Conditions for EU Bailouts
Civil society groups Wednesday are slamming the European Commission's continued insistence that privatization of municipal water systems be a condition for receiving rescue funds, a plan the groups describe as "economically, socially and democratically flawed."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Green Party Candidates Arrested Outside Presidential Debate
Green Party presidential nominee Dr.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ghost of George W. Bush Haunts Romney in Second Debate
Mitt Romney’s first name is Willard, which means that he is actually “W. Mitt Romney.” And it was a “W” that did him in Tuesday night. In the middle of the second presidential debate , the one where Barack Obama had to do better and did, moderator Candy Crowley invited a question from Susan Katz,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Progressives Score Presidential Debate
Citing "all of the scientific polls," The Nation magazine's Greg Mitchell reports that President Obama came out the clear winner in his debate with Republican Mitt Romney Tuesday night.
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