News for 2014-06-25

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Scientists Call for Moratorium on Tar Sands
The culmulative effects of tar sands development—from environmental degradation to transportation to emissions from burning—must be determined before Canada or the United States approve any more projects, a group of scientists argue in an op-ed published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Calling for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Little Evidence' Wealth Inequality Is Going to Change Anytime Soon
The wealth gap roughly doubled over the past decade—a sign of a trend of growing inequality this likely to continue, a new study (pdf) finds. Using data from 2003 to 2013, the University of Michigan researchers found that those at the bottom were disproportionately hit by losses in the Great...
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Verizon Lobbyists Say Net Neutrality Hurts People With Disabilities
Verizon introduced a new argument against net neutrality this week, claiming that a lack of “fast lane” services could hurt blind, deaf, and disabled internet users. According to Mother Jones, Verizon lobbyists on the Hill claimed that without fast lane internet, disabled Americans could be faced...
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[title] Fannie Lou Hamer and the Racist Dixiecrats: A Conversation With Bob Moses
Bob. Moses describes how in 1874 the white racist Democratic Party violently overthrew the Governor of Mississippi (who had been elected by a mostly black Republican Party) and became a wing of the national Democratic Party right up to 1964, when the Mississippi Freedom Democrats ended their reign
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Ukraine Due to Ink Austerity Pact with EU
The government of Ukraine is expected to sign on Friday a contentious economic and trade agreement with the European Union, the threat of which had previously polarized the nation and sparked months of violence and upheaval. Newly elected President Petro Poroshenko is due to sign the document at a...
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American Hindsight: Wars Aren't 'Worth It'
The Iraq war wasn't worth it, say an overwhelming majority—and increasing number—of Americans. Results of an NBC News/ Wall Street Journal /Annenberg poll of over 1,300 voters conducted this month found that 71 percent of respondents said the occupation that began in 2003 wasn't worth it. That...
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Snowden: Citizens Have 'Civic Obligation to Push Back' Against Abuses
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the leading European human rights organization on Tuesday, once again refuting many of the claims made over the last year by members of the national security establishment, journalists, and others. Speaking to the Council of Europe via videofeed from...
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Are Bee-Friendly Plants 'Poisoning Pollinators'?
More than half of the plants being sold at major garden retailers under the guise of being "bee-friendly" are treated with bee-killing pesticides, according to a report released Wednesday. In the largest examination to date following a landmark 2013 study, scientists with Friends of the Earth U.S...
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Police Can't Search Cell Phones Without a Warrant: SCOTUS
In what is being heralded as a landmark ruling for civil rights, the United States Supreme Court decided Wednesday that police can not search the mobile phones of people under arrest without a warrant. "The court recognized that the astounding amount of sensitive data stored on modern cell phones...
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'Consigned to Financial Ruin': Evictions Fueling Economic Disadvantage
Black women in disadvantaged neighborhoods are the most likely to be evicted from their homes, at a level on par with incarceration rates among poor black men, a MacArthur Foundation study reports. The high levels of eviction set off 'a chain of hardship' that perpetuates the cycle of poverty in...
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[title] New Challenges Ahead for South African Labor after Platinum Miners End Five-Month Long Strike
Patrick Bond: South African platinum workers will see a pay increase by 2017, but opponents are now attempting to limit their ability to to strike again Thumbnail: A 2012 Occupy Oakland rally in solidarity with South African miners (Credit: Daniel Arauz/cc/flickr)
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'Kafkaesque' No-Fly List Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Judge
In a watershed decision , a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the 'No-Fly' list—which bans tens of thousands of people suspected of 'terrorism' from boarding flights—is unconstitutional because it violates the right to due process and travel by air. The decision was heralded by plaintiffs in the...
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