News for 2014-05-01

Thursday, May 1, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Ocean Acidification Dissolving Shells of Key Marine Creature
Scientists have documented how ocean acidification, sometimes referred to as climate change's "evil twin," is already taking a toll on an essential part of the marine food chain in an area off the U.S. northwest coast, and with runaway greenhouse gas emissions continuing, it looks like the problem...
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[field_image_caption-raw] White House 'Big Data' Report Excludes Critical Look at Surveillance State
The White House's internal report on 'Big Data' and privacy issues, released Thursday afternoon, largely sidestepped the controversial issue of government surveillance, emphasizing claims that modern data collection technologies are "saving lives" and making economic and energy systems "more...
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oitras speaking in 2009. (Photo: aavarnum/cc/flickr) Snowden, Poitras Awarded for 'Truth-Telling'
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras were honored Wednesday with the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. "We have selected Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras for their work in exposing the NSA's llegal and unconstitutional bulk collection of...
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Armed pro-Russian activists guard a police station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. (Photo: Anatoliy Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images) Voices of Dissent Reject the US-Friendly Narrative on Ukraine
Amid the fast-moving and often confusing daily developments in Ukraine, it has fallen to relatively few journalists and observers to challenge the dominant western media narrative in order to expose that claims made by top policy officials and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe should not be...
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[field_image_caption-raw] IMF Approves $17 Billion Package as Ukraine Lurches Toward Abyss
The takeover of additional government buildings in eastern Ukraine on Thursday appeared to confirm statements from officials in Kiev that the interim goverment is fast losing control of the region despite military operations and previous vows to quell protests and dismantle encampments held by pro-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Crackdown on National Security Reporting Tanked US Press Freedom: Report
U.S. press freedom has suffered its steepest decline in a decade due to the government's efforts to block reporting on the NSA spying scandal exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, obstruction of information, and the decimation of media diversity. This is according to global index on media...
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Smoke and flames rise as three tanker cars carrying Bakken crude slide into the James River on Wednesday. (Photo: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc./cc/via flickr) Latest Oil Train Derailment a 'Wake-up Call' for Renewable Energy
The fiery train derailment that struck the town of Lynchburg, Virginia should serve as a wake-up call for the dangers of transporting crude by rail as well as for the need for a renewable transformation, environmental groups charge. In the incident that took place Wednesday, over a dozen tanker...
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(Credit: thepeoplesassembly.org.uk) In UK, The "People's Assembly" Vows to Destroy "Austerity Government"
"No more cuts. No more austerity. Demand the alternative." That's the message of a growing network of individual campaigners and organizations in the UK which have come together under the banner of the People's Assembly Against Austerity and announced their promise "to take down" the ruling...
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Bike-to-Work Day in Seattle. Washington is spending the most in the nation on projects that incorporate a bike- or pedestrian-friendly element, according to an assessment of state highway spending. Photo by Don Brubeck/flickr. Building Bike Commuters One Bike Lane at a Time
It's that time of year: Bicyclists young and old are lubing chains and dusting off cheap supermarket bikes, top-of-the line Treks and everything in between. A bike, of course, offers a way to get exercise, reduce your carbon footprint or just have fun. But biking activity, in large part, is driven...
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[title] Will New FCC Internet Regulations Strengthen Monopoly Control?
Robert McChesney: In the fight between monopolies, the public doesn't really have a dog in the race; the real question is why a cartel of private monopolies is controlling the Internet?
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[field_image_caption-raw] World's Workers Rise Up in Celebration and Protest on May Day
In marches and street demonstrations, people across the world on Thursday were marking May Day, or International Labor Day, by demanding better treatment of working people and union members as they also called for respect of democratic freedoms and equal rights. In Turkey , thousands of people...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'No Arctic Oil' Activists Arrested After Swarming Oil Tanker
Fulfilling their promise to confront and attempt to stop a Russian oil company's first shipment of arctic oil from reaching mainland Europe, more than 80 activists from Greenpeace on Thursday attempted to block the oil tanker Mikhail Ulyanov from docking in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam...
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