News for 2013-02-15

Friday, February 15, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Environmental Activists Pose Security Threat: Canadian Government
The environmental activist movement in Canada has been targeted by the Canadian government as a threat to national security, according to documents recently released under a freedom of information law, the Guardian reports.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Abzocker! Taking the Lead Against Corporate Excess, Swiss to Vote on 'Fat Cat' Pay
Taking the lead in punishing the "lavish bonus culture" which many believe encouraged fiscal managers to take unnecessary risks consequently driving the global financial crash,citizens in Switzerland have successfully petitioned for a vote to limit "fat cat" pay on a March 3 referendum.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Facebook: Over $1 Billion in Profits, $0 in Taxes in 2012
Facebook Inc., which made $1.1 billion in profits in 2012, did not pay any federal and state income taxes, but instead reaped $429 million in net tax refunds, according to a report released Thursday from Citizens for Tax Justice. Its tax dodging was made possible by taking advantage of tax...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Thawing Permafrost May Be “Huge Factor” in Global Warming
Thawing permafrost is emitting more climate-heating carbon faster than previously realised. Scientists have now learned that when the ancient carbon locked in the ice thaws and is exposed to sunlight, it turns into carbon dioxide 40 percent faster.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Habitat Loss and Changing Climate Driving Reptiles to Extinction
Changing global environments and habitat destruction are driving reptile species to extinction, according to new report published Friday in the journal Biological Conservation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Let Us Not Be Deceived': Cornel West Names Obama as 'War Criminal'
Philosophy professor, social critic and activist Cornel West says that like Richard Nixon and George W.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Scientists Confirm: Arctic Sea Ice 'Collapse' at Our Door
The Arctic Sea is experiencing rapid ice loss at a pace so fast that the area will soon be ice-free in warmer months, scientists confirmed in a report this week—showing a col
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[field_image_caption-raw] Image of Two Gaza Children Killed in Israeli Attack Wins World Press Photo Prize
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[field_image_caption-raw] Drones Across US Skies Closer to Reality
A day when thousands of drones are flying across U.S. skies is not that far away. In a step to bring this closer to reality, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Thursday it was soliciting proposals for six drone research and test sites around the country. Transportation secretary...
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[title] February 15th: The Day the World Said NO to War!
We Are Many is a documentary film about one historic day, and its legacy. On 15 February, between 10-14 million people took to the streets in nearly 800 cities around the world, to protest against the impending war on Iraq. Filmed in six countries over 7 years, this film also reveals unexpected...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sen. Warren Slams Regulators for Failure to Prosecute Big Banks
At her debut on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Thursday, freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) grilled a panel of top financial regulators on their lack of prosecution of banks' criminal activities with repeated emphasis on one particular question: "When was the last time...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Four States Introduce Keystone XL Resolutions, Lifting Language from ALEC and TransCanada Itself
Legislators in four states have introduced bills in recent weeks supporting the controversial TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, with language that appears to have been lifted directly from a "model" American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) bill and from TransCanada's own public relations...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Investigation Reveals How Charter Schools Betray Promises of "Equal Access"
Corporate school reformers promote privately operated but publicly funded "charter schools" as one of the key components of their profit-friendly approach to solving what they call the failure of traditional public schooling, but a new investigative report from Reuters shows that many such...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 20,000 Pound Meteor Explodes over Russia, Injuring Hundreds
The dramatic footage captured by a dashboard video camera in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia in the nation's south-central shows what scientists say was a more than 10 ton meteor entering the atmosphere at over 33,000 miles per hour.
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