Look, the Republicans just slay me. They are just so ridiculous. So they had an Ebola czar. His name is Vivek Murthy. He’s President Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General which the Republicans have been stalling at the request of the National Rifle Association since February. So, the Republican’s idea of how to practice medicine is to listen to the National Rifle Association. I discount everything they say, they know nothing. They’re not interested in health; they’re interested in politics.

Howard Dean (via azspot)

Say it loud, brother Howard.

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High-res allthecanadianpolitics:

Canadian military threatened soldier’s grieving parents with legal action

The Canadian military threatened the grieving parents of a soldier who committed suicide with legal sanctions if they did not turn over documents they had collected in their attempts to get to the bottom of their daughter’s death.
Both Rick and Ellen Rogers received a summons in July 2013 to testify at the military board of inquiry into the death of their daughter, Lt. Shawna Rogers, who had been stationed at CFB Edmonton.
The summons came after Rogers’ parents told the Canadian Forces they did not want to participate and requested that board of inquiry officials stop phoning them at their home in Sharon, Ont.
The summons required the couple to turn over all documents regarding their 27-year-old daughter’s medical health, as well as any electronic records documenting her correspondence and communication, particularly her cellphone records. The military board of inquiry (BOI) also demanded the couple turn over all documents outlining the formal complaints or grievances made by Lt. Rogers against the military.
The punishment for not complying is “less than two years” in jail, according to the National Defence Act.
The military only backed off when the couple’s Ottawa lawyer, Michel Drapeau, filed a court challenge arguing against the summons.
“The board of inquiry is a kangaroo court and we didn’t want any part of it,” Rick Rogers, a retired plumber, told the Citizen. “There’s no bigger hell than losing your daughter. We were grieving and they were kicking us while we were down.”

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allthecanadianpolitics:

Canadian military threatened soldier’s grieving parents with legal action

The Canadian military threatened the grieving parents of a soldier who committed suicide with legal sanctions if they did not turn over documents they had collected in their attempts to get to the bottom of their daughter’s death.

Both Rick and Ellen Rogers received a summons in July 2013 to testify at the military board of inquiry into the death of their daughter, Lt. Shawna Rogers, who had been stationed at CFB Edmonton.

The summons came after Rogers’ parents told the Canadian Forces they did not want to participate and requested that board of inquiry officials stop phoning them at their home in Sharon, Ont.

The summons required the couple to turn over all documents regarding their 27-year-old daughter’s medical health, as well as any electronic records documenting her correspondence and communication, particularly her cellphone records. The military board of inquiry (BOI) also demanded the couple turn over all documents outlining the formal complaints or grievances made by Lt. Rogers against the military.

The punishment for not complying is “less than two years” in jail, according to the National Defence Act.

The military only backed off when the couple’s Ottawa lawyer, Michel Drapeau, filed a court challenge arguing against the summons.

“The board of inquiry is a kangaroo court and we didn’t want any part of it,” Rick Rogers, a retired plumber, told the Citizen. “There’s no bigger hell than losing your daughter. We were grieving and they were kicking us while we were down.”

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Since the passage of CISPA, Americans are not able to view or access many websites that those in other countries can see.  Most Americans are not aware of this, because the google web search engine simply will not disply those sites to Americans.  This is true for MSN, Bing, Yahoo! and DuckDuckGo.
Sometimes the blockage displays a warning such as the above, depending on the ISP, but often times, Americans simply cannot see that there is even a website there.  The search engine just says….”not found”.
Blocked sites run the entire gambit from informtion, politics, porn to sites on weapons and improvised munitions instruction.  Apparently the most frequently blocked sites are those that offer free or cracked software.
Go to:
www.biglistgames.com

kv96ic28:

Since the passage of CISPA, Americans are not able to view or access many websites that those in other countries can see.  Most Americans are not aware of this, because the google web search engine simply will not disply those sites to Americans.  This is true for MSN, Bing, Yahoo! and DuckDuckGo.

Sometimes the blockage displays a warning such as the above, depending on the ISP, but often times, Americans simply cannot see that there is even a website there.  The search engine just says….”not found”.

Blocked sites run the entire gambit from informtion, politics, porn to sites on weapons and improvised munitions instruction.  Apparently the most frequently blocked sites are those that offer free or cracked software.

Go to:

www.biglistgames.com

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Getting a Grip on Ebola

robertreich:

We have to get a grip. Ebola is not a crisis in the United States. One person has died and two people are infected with his body fluids.

The real crisis is the hysteria over Ebola that’s being fed by media outlets seeking sensationalism and politicians posturing for the midterm elections.

That…

Why Won’t the Wall Street Journal Cover the Cooperative Economy?

satanic-capitalist:

"Social pain, anger at ecological degradation and the inability of traditional politics to address deep economic failings has fueled an extraordinary amount of practical on-the-ground institutional experimentation and innovation by activists, economists and socially minded business leaders in communities around the country."

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This study shows that dust collected from mountaintop-removal communities promotes lung cancer. Previous studies have shown that people who live in these communities have higher lung cancer rates, not due just to smoking. But with this study we now have solid evidence that dust collected from residential areas near mountaintop-removal sites causes cancerous changes to human lung cells.

University of Indiana’s Dr. Michael Hendryx (via Ecowatch)

As Dr. Hendryx suggests, the study, Appalachian Mountaintop Mining Particulate Matter Induces Neoplastic Transformation of Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells and Promotes Tumor Formation, moved beyond simply the evidence that lung cancer rates (as well as rates for birth defects and Parkinson’s disease) are greatly elevated in mountaintop removal communities (MTR), studying the cancer-causing potential of the specific particulates in the dust created by such mining.
“The coal industry and its allies in Congress have always been eager to dismiss claims that air and water pollution caused by mountaintop removal mining have any link to the high rates of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and birth defects, or the decrease in life expectancy that counties with heavy mining have experienced over the past two decades,” Thom Kay of Appalachian Voices posted on the environmental group’s blog. “Will this study get them to finally change their tune? It’s almost certain it won’t. It will be up to those of us who care about the health of Appalachian communities to raise our voices and simply drown them out.”

High-res #occupy - A simple explanation as to why the political process (here in the US) is rigged in one tweet which amounts to a fake democracy. Giving how much the Republican Party is willing to support a a fake democracy then their patriotism should be considered fake as well. 👎

Fake democracy and fake patriotism is what the US doesn’t really need when government is suppose to represent the people.

#occupy - A simple explanation as to why the political process (here in the US) is rigged in one tweet which amounts to a fake democracy. Giving how much the Republican Party is willing to support a a fake democracy then their patriotism should be considered fake as well. 👎

Fake democracy and fake patriotism is what the US doesn’t really need when government is suppose to represent the people.

To protect the #GreatLakes and the St. Lawrence River we must ban all transport of tar sands bitumen on, under and near the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow (via EcoWatch)

Conservative fears of nonexistent or overblown boogeymen — Saddam’s WMD, Shariah law, voter fraud, Obama’s radical anti-colonial mind-set, Benghazi, etc. — make it hard not to see conservatism’s prudent risk avoidance as having morphed into a state of near permanent paranoia, especially fueled by recurrent “moral panics,” a sociological phenomenon in which a group of “social entrepreneurs” whips up hysterical fears over a group of relatively powerless “folk devils” who are supposedly threatening the whole social order…

Consider the recent wave of hysteria over Central American children turning themselves in at the border. There were the hordes of angry demonstrators protesting busloads of children, like it was Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. There was the congressman/doctor Phil Gingrey’s warning letter to the CDC, claiming that the children might be carrying the Ebola virus — a disease unknown outside Sub-Saharan Africa. There was the ludicrous myth of the “$50 million illegal alien resort spa.” But above all there was the most basic, fundamental fact that the children were turning themselves in at the border — it was anything but a failure of border protection, although that’s what the right-wing hysteria portrayed it as.

Put simply, none of what conservatives have been doing in the recent “border crisis” moral panic makes any sense in terms of pragmatic problem-solving. But it all makes perfect sense in terms of expressively defending a threatened group identity — and that is very much in line with what researchers have found to be the defining characteristics of conservatism.

Secrets of the right-wing brain: New study proves it — conservatives see a different, hostile world (via smdxn)

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