News for 2012-11-15

Thursday, November 15, 2012
[title] Rolling Jubilee Live Telethon (8pm est): A Bailout of the People by the People
The Rolling Jubilee is holding a live telethon tonight, Thursday November 15 at 8pm eastern. Watch the live stream of the event here.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Walmart Workers Walk Off Job in First Wave of 1000 Protests
Walmart Workers are walking off jobs at the big box retailer in droves this week in the first wave of 1000 protests set to culminate on national shopping holiday, Black Friday. Warehouse and retail employees from Southern California walked off the job Wednesday and on Thursday morning Walmart...
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[title] 180 Seconds of Coal Ash Problems
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[field_image_caption-raw] “Writing Is on the Wall” at Upcoming Climate Summit
Two-thirds of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves cannot be used without risking dangerous climate change, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned this week. Preventing the consumption of those two-thirds will be the primary task of the annual U.N. climate negotiations that resume at the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Woman's Death by Denial of Life-Saving Abortion in Ireland Prompts Fury
Thousands hit the streets in Ireland on Wednesday following the death of Savita Halappanavar, who was denied a life saving abortion at a Galway hospital. A massive crowd held a vigil for the 31-year-old in front of parliament on Wednesday evening, and more vigils were held in other cities across...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ahead of Telethon, Rolling Jubilee Already Quadruples Goal
Slated to begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, The Rolling Jubilee telethon has already raised nearly four times its stated goal of $50,000. For every $1 raised during the telethon, the group can buy $32 of distressed debt from lenders. The group's stated goal is to raise $50,000 to buy (and eliminate) $1...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Broadwell Defended Petraeus’ Village Destruction Policy
Paula Broadwell, whose affair with Gen. David Petraeus brought his career to a sudden end last week, had sought to help defend his decision in 2010 to allow village destruction in Afghanistan that not only violated his own previous guidance but the international laws of war. But her efforts had the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Riots Escalate in Jordan Wednesday Marking First Fatality
In a second day of angry demonstrations by protestors, the country of Jordan seems to have been drawn for the first time into the Arab Spring movement. On Wednesday, the first fatality was reported and 17 were seriously wounded in northern Jordan and the capital city of Amman, The Guardian reports .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Radiation Still High in Seas Around Fukushima, Scientists Look to Sea Floor
As radiation levels in the seas surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan remain at toxic levels, scientists look to the sea floor for growing sources of radiation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Crime, No Punishment: BP Gulf Settlement Deal "Pathetic" say Groups
British oil company BP plead guilty to 14 felony and misdemeanor charges and agreed to pay $4.5 billion in fines on Thursday, over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. However, the resolution was reportedly made in exchange for a waiver of future prosecution on the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Experts: 50 Million Poor Need Safety Net, Not Austerity
A chorus of poverty experts says that new data from the Census Bureau show the human cost of putting safety net programs like food stamps and unemployment insurance on the chopping block as austerity-pushers warn of the so-called "fiscal cliff."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Death Toll Rises in Iraq as Car Bombs, Explosions Escalate
Days of violence in Iraq continued to escalate Wednesday as approximately 11 car bombs, a roadside explosion and a shooting in a number of cities killed another 26 people and injured more than 100. The attacks struck civilian, government and security targets, according to The New York Times .
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[title] The "Fiscal Cliff" Fiction
(cover photo: Zhang Jun/Xinhua/Zuma; Anton Reznikov /Shutterstock)
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fracking Database: New Weapon Against 'Sinister Secrecy' of Industry
Environmental protection group, SkyTruth, revealed a new database of chemicals used during the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at oil and gas wells across the United States.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Wind Energy Could Provide One-Fifth of World's Electricity by 2030
Wind energy could provide up to a fifth of all global electricity needs by 2030, according to a new report by the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ground War? Israeli Forces Amass on Gaza Border
Updated (3:35 PM EST) : Israel Preparing Ground Invasion? The Associated Press reports :
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