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Fracking Brings Few Jobs, Major Destruction, Mountain Residents Tell Nc Energy Commission

September 21, 2014
http://www.carolinapublicpress.org/20438/fracking-brings-few-jobs-major-destruction-mountain-residents-tell-nc-energy-commission
Carolina Public Press
Several hundred people filled the floor of Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University on Friday for a public hearing on proposed rules governing fracking in North Carolina. All who spoke during the public hearing opposed the rules

We Fought Apartheid. Now Climate Change Is Our Global Enemy

September 21, 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/21/desmond-tutu-climate-change-is-the-global-enemy
The Guardian
On the eve of the UN Climate Summit, Desmond Tutu argues that tactics used against firms who did business with South Africa must now be applied to fossil fuels to prevent human suffering

Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets

September 21, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/nyregion/new-york-city-climate-change-march.html
New York Times
A Demonstration for the Planet in Manhattan With drums and tubas, banners and floats, the People’s Climate March represented a broad coalition of ages, races, geographic locales and interests, with union members, religious leaders, scientists, politicians and students joining the procession.

Industry-Funded Research Threatens to Harm and Kill

September 20, 2014
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/industry-toxic-chemicals-funding-conflicts-of-interest_n_5837968.html
Huffington Post
Several recent high profile cases of conflict of interest has raised major questions about the hidden influence of corporate dollars on scientists, industry-funded toxic chemical research, and government regulations at both the state and federal levels.

The Scottish Independence Vote: A Significant Legacy

September 19, 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/19/5-reasons-cheerful-voted-yes-scottish-independence
The Guardian
With a unprecedented voter turnout of 85% and a political mobilization that shook the foundations of the United Kingdom, much was accomplished even in defeat by those who voted for Scottish independence. The Scottish referendum has left a significant legacy. "The result of the independence referendum is the beginning of a conversation, not the closing statement of a soliloquy."

"We Have Broken Our Promise to Protect Our Miners."

September 19, 2014
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/life/wellness/health/2014/09/15/severe-black-lung-returns-s-levels/15664127/
Courier-Journal
Only 15 years ago, progressive massive fibrosis - an advanced form of black lung disease for which there is no cure - was virtually eradicated. Now, health researchers say, coal miners in Kentucky and other parts of Appalachia are contracting serious cases of black lung at rates not seen since the early 1970s. According to government estimates, black lung disease has caused or contributed to the deaths of more than 75,000 miners since 1968.

Theodore Roosevelt: "Lusted for Death on a Mass Scale"

September 19, 2014
http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14422
Black Agenda Report
The new PBS documentary series: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, reinforces "the American desire to believe in cherished myths," while "covering up the information we ought to know." President Theodore Roosevelt was a war monger and an inveterate racist, and, "it should be shocking that in the 21st century there is still such an inclination to sweep this easily accessible information under the rug."

US Fighting A Lot of Wars: How Many Depends on Your Definition

September 19, 2014
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/140911/the-us-either-134-wars-or-none-depending-your-definition-war?page=0,0
GlobalPost
The U.S. is now involved in more than 130 wars or none, depending on your definition of 'war.' Or it is involved in one worldwide "War Against Terror," that successive U.S. Administrations, with Congressional support, have used to justify U.S. military operations in at least 134 countries, where they are engaged in direct combat operations, conduct special covert missions, act as military advisers, or train foreign troops or militias.

Friday Nite Videos -- September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014
Portside
Brother Earth (Boots Riley). Playing for Change: La Bamba. Sarah Jones: The Future. Colbert: No Boots on the Ground in Iraq. 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds.

Ferguson: Forgotten Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement

September 19, 2014
http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/09/18/black-people-had-the-power-to-fix-the-problems-in-ferguson-before-the-brown-shooting-they-failed/
The Washington Post
The protests in Ferguson, Missouri mirrored images from the Civil Rights Movement 50 years earlier. But that’s where the similarities ended.

Bowl Half Empty: Dogs Can Be Pessimists

September 19, 2014
Discovery News
Some dogs respond to an ambiguous signal with the kind of enthusiasm they have for a treat. These are the bowl-half-full dogs. Other dogs do not respond to an ambiguous signal. These are bowl-half-empty'ers, with Eeyore-ish personalities.

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