News for 2012-11-01

Thursday, November 1, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Penn. Town Mayor Pushes Privatization to Prevent Falling Off 'Fiscal Precipice'
The city of Allentown, Penn. is making steps towards the privatization of its public water and sewage systems. The town's mayor, Ed Pawlowski, has pushed the measure in as the only solution to prevent the town from being pushed off a "fiscal precipice" as city faces a funding pension crisis.
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[title] Without Power and Aid, Low-Income Residents of NYC’s Lower East Side Struggle in Storm’s Aftermath
Democracy Now! talks with residents of the low-income and largely minority community of Manhattan’s Lower East Side who live in the shadow of a Consolidated Edison substation that flooded during Superstorm Sandy and has left thousands in the dark. With no sign of help from the city or the Federal...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Pronounced Recovery' for Oil Drilling in Gulf of Mexico
In the face of any lessons learned from the 2010 BP oil disaster and the impacts climate change up, oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is booming. Drilling permit approvals are back to pre-Deepwater Horizon levels, and the future holds deeper wells held by a handful of big companies, according to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NGO Report: Global Inequality at Highest in 20 Years
According to a new report (pdf) from international organization Save the Children, income inequality is at a 20-year high worldwide. While this in itself is not a surprising trend, their findings suggest a global shift in poverty, from a developed versus developing issue to a domestic one.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Public Health Emergency Declared in Storm's Aftermath
Although the winds have calmed and the pelting rains have ceded to sunny skies, public health officials in New York City warned Thursday that the threat from Hurricane Sandy remains very real. On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declared a public health emergency for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's First Rule About 'Climate Change': Don't Say 'Climate Change'
Before Hurricane Sandy, before the presidential debates—even before Barack Obama knew he would be facing off against Mitt Romney in his reelection campaign—his administration made a key strategic decision regarding climate change that speaks volumes about how major political operatives have decided...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sandy Ruptures Oil Tank, 350,000 Gallons Spilled
To add to the houses, cars, rats and general detritus that are now swirling around the region's waterways, a ruptured oil tank in New Jersey has added 349,000 gallons of diesel fuel to the mix.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Corporate Media Breaks Climate Silence, Following Undeniable Sandy Superstorm
As many have now observed, part of the new reality in Sandy's aftermath—whether too slowly, reluctantly or imperfectly—is that many corporate media outlets, once decidedly resigned to avoid the scientific consensus, are now asking significant questions about the role of human-induced global warming...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US: Obama Given Slight Edge in Final Week of Presidential Race
WASHINGTON - With less than a week left in the 2012 election campaign and much of the Northeast recovering from Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former governor Mitt Romney, are running neck and neck in the national popular vote, according to the most recent...
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[field_image_caption-raw] For New Jersey, Rebuilding in Hurricane-Ravaged Area a Path Towards Disaster
"We’re going to work together to make sure we get ourselves through this crisis and get everything back to normal," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose state was pummeled by Hurricane Sandy, said on Wednesday.
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[title] More 'Once in a Lifetime' Weather Events Likely
Rachel Maddow points out the proportion of Americans living in coastal cities threatened by the increasing frequency of extreme weather situations -- a consequence of man-made climate change -- and the necessity that government leaders plan ahead for more "once in a lifetime" events.
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[title] Democracy Now! Live Stream
For today's Democracy Now! live stream go to Free Speech TV .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Reality Smacks, But What Change Ahead?
Climate change is here. It has teeth.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Green Party Candidate Arrested at Tar Sands Blockade in Texas
Jill Stein, presidential candidate for the US Green Party, was arrested in Winnsboro, Texas on Wednesday after attempting to bring supplies to anti-tar sands campaigners who have been staging a blockade of the Keystone XL pipeline there for well over a month.
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