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When Democracy Becomes Disposable
The Laboratory for Our Future is the ominous subtitle of Charles Bowden's haunting 1998 book about Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The seedy but highly profitable laboratory revealed by Bowden, also author of the harrowing book Murder City about narco wars in Juarez, brings together the 19th-century model...
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Protests Boost Sales and Fears of Sonic Blaster
QUANTICO, Va.—Police deployment of sonic blasters at Occupy Wall Street and G-20 protest rallies is fueling both sales and criticism of the devices, which emit beams of sound with laser-like intensity. More U.S. police and emergency-response agencies are using the so-called Long-Range Acoustic...
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Toll from Weather Disasters in US This Year Hits $52 Billion
HARTFORD, Conn. - The United States had a dozen weather disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage this year, the greatest frequency of severe weather that caused costly losses in more than 30 years of federal government tracking. However, even with the number of events, the total losses...
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Windfalls of War: Pentagon's No-Bid Contracts Triple in 10 Years of War
Taxpayer is the loser when Pentagon doesn't require competition among contractors. "The lack of competition is a scandal," says one expert.
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Decision Pending on Mass Firing of New Orleans Public School Teachers after Hurricane Katrina
NEW ORLEANS - It was January of 2006, not long after Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters swallowed her home in the Lower 9th Ward, when the news reached Gwendolyn Adams by word of mouth: after nearly three decades of teaching, she'd been dismissed along with 7,500 other Orleans Parish public school...
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GOP's Callous, Money-Oriented Response to Storm Damage: "It is Sinful"
Hurricane Irene made landfall this morning, hitting North Carolina with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. Irene was downgraded overnight to a Category 1 hurricane, but it remains a powerful storm capable of doing serious harm. Obviously, we can all hope the severity of the damage is limited...
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Protesters Spotlight Corporate Influence in State Politics at ALEC Annual Meeting
As they sometimes say in the South, it's all about taking care of bid'ness. But don't tell that to the group of 100 or so protesters, who on Friday afternoon marched on the Marriott hotel in New Orleans, LA, where corporate lobbyists were voting with state lawmakers on "model" legislation at the...
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Insurance Industry Grapples With Impact Of Climate Change
As a surge in catastrophic weather events leads to billions of dollars in claims, climate change may pose the insurance industry’s biggest problem — and profit potential. An unusual onslaught of floods in Mississippi, tornadoes in the Midwest, drought and wildfires in Texas and earthquakes abroad...
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Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather
How rising temperatures change weather and produce fiercer, more frequent storms.
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Storm Warnings: Extreme Weather Is a Product of Climate Change
More violent and frequent storms, once merely a prediction of climate models, are now a matter of observation.
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