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Charles Mudede – California Tells Trump It Will Launch Its Own Damn Satellite to Monitor Climate Change

The president of urban America, California Gov. Jerry Brown, gave a speech at the recent American Geophysical Union conference that not only declared war on the backward climate policies of the president of rural America, Donald Trump, but made it very clear that his state has the economic will and power ($2.5 trillion GDP) to pursue its own programs and …

Mike Elk – Lawmakers Want to Close the Loophole That Pays Disabled Workers Pennies An Hour

Recently released Census data reveal that, in 2015, the poverty rate dropped significantly for most demographic groups. One of the only groups who didn’t see an improvement were people with disabilities: the percentage of disabled Americans (age 18-64) living in poverty increased from 25.9% to 26.5%. For Americans without disabilities, the poverty rate decreased from 14.1% to 12.8%. The data …

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John Kiriakou – Civil Forfeiture: Legalized Government Robbery

alifornia governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law last week that would prohibit the police from seizing property – and money – from individuals without due process. Politicians, bloggers, and others on both the left and the right called the move “historic” and “one of the most important reforms for civil forfeiture in years.” Even The New York Times, in its …

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Project Censored – 09.06.16

Peter Phillips and guest co-host Michael Levitan spend the hour with Brian Wilson, the peace activist who survived
being run over by a munitions train during a demonstration at a California naval base 29 years ago. Wilson recounts
his transformation from Vietnam-War hawk to veteran to antiwar organizer, and also explains the connections between
the peace movement and the environmental movement. Also on the program is film-maker Bo Boudart, who produced
and directed a new documentary about Brian Wilson, “Paying the Price for Peace.”

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Slavoj Zizek – We Can’t Address the EU Refugee Crisis Without Confronting Global Capitalism

n her classic study On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross proposed the famous scheme of the five stages of how we react upon learning that we have a terminal illness: denial (one simply refuses to accept the fact: “This can’t be happening, not to me.”); anger (which explodes when we can no longer deny the fact: “How can this happen …

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Laith Shakir – Think California’s Drought Is Bad? Try Palestine’s.

California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a water “state of emergency.” Ordinary Californians are bearing the brunt of this disaster. While the governor has imposed restrictions to reduce residential water consumption, businesses in the fields of agriculture and hydraulic fracturing have been largely exempt. Brown’s …

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EPA study whitewashes the effects of fracking By Philip Guelpa

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final draft of a study last month on the effects on drinking water of fracking (high volume hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of oil and natural gas). The study had been requested by Congress in 2010. An earlier, 2004, EPA study had found that fracking had no adverse effect on drinking water. …

Dangerous new vaccine legislation pushed by the United States federal government

According to the “Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015” (H.R. 2232), the United States federal government wants to take away all religious and philosophical exemptions or, in order words, require every school age child to get vaccinated – whether you like it or not. Simply put, if this legislation gets passed – parents will lose their right to decide what’s …

California’s Vaccine Mandate: ‘Too broad to be constitutional’: Opposing view – Mike Gatto

I swore an oath to uphold the U.S. and California constitutions. Sometimes, that means voting against “responsible” bills that nevertheless represent government overreach. California’s broad new mandate, that a child cannot attend school unless vaccinated for 10 conditions and “any other disease deemed appropriate,” was such an occasion. The legislation affects four fundamental rights: to parent one’s children; to refuse …