Paul Mc Cartney at his best!
Paul Mc Cartney at his best!
"It was equal parts ironic and tragic watching US Secretary of State John Kerry testify before the Senate Foreign Relations committee this week, as he shamelessly made the case for a war without end against Isis. It was the same place he sat 43 years ago, as a young soldier, bravely and eloquently calling for an end to American fighting in Vietnam, his generation’s endless war – the same war that led to Congress passing the War Powers Resolution, the law the Obama administration has now decided it can completely disregard.
As with much of the White House’s secret and possibly illegal march back to Iraq and beyond, almost every aspect of Kerry’s testimony on Wednesday was riddled with holes. The Obama administration’s case for intervention begins and ends with the fantastical idea that it thinks it can use a law passed 13 years ago – before Isis even existed, and meant for the perpetrators of 9/11 – to start a war that White House officials freely admit will last for years, yet is aimed at a group that virtually all intelligence analysts agree is not an imminent threat to the United States."
But unlike the best examples of the noir genre, “Tombstones” doesn’t deliver a more complete appreciation for the ethical struggle that Scudder engages in while making his decisions. Focusing on resisting temptation is often what makes detective noir yarns work. Think about Fred MacMurray’s character’s flawed decisions in “Double Indemnity” or the conflicts present in any adaption of a Raymond Chandler novel. The detectives are good people somewhere deep inside and ultimately make a decision to their detriment. Understanding these concepts, the “Tombstones” script has fun referencing famous fictional detectives. One of the best examples of the genre that is available on Netflix and Amazon is Robert Altman’s “The Long Goodbye” in which Philip Marlowe is played by well by Elliott Gould.
Director Frank, who also writes the screenplay, does try to make us appreciate the ethical dilemma Scudder is fighting. The camera follows Scudder as he walks from place to place and ponders and interviews witnesses. These sequences are some of the most engaging parts of the film. But in the end there’s that telephone and Neeson doing what has brought him action movie stardom by threatening the bad guys better than anyone. While its not “The Big Sleep,” it is a walk down the neo-noir path that will not likely disappoint Neeson’s fanbase.
Across the nation, American businesses, families, and communities are embracing clean, renewable energy that is homegrown, healthy, and can never run out. By finding alternatives to fossil fuels that pollute our air and disrupt our climate, they are showcasing the single most practical way to tackle climate change, starting now.
Companies including General Motors, Walmart, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Crayola and Google are putting in solar and wind farms to run operations, and finding that clean energy is good for business.
Schools from Virginia to Nebraska to Alaska are generating their own clean renewable energy, saving money while helping young people in their communities breathe more easily.
"If industrial agriculture and GMOs are marginalized through mandatory labeling, marketplace pressure and public policy change, if fossil fuel consumption in all sectors is steadily reduced, and regenerative organic practices are put into action globally, with a focus on the 22 percent of the planet's soils which are degraded and currently fallow, we will be able to sequester 100 percent of current, annual (35 gigatons) carbon dioxide emissions.
Small Farmers Can Cool the Planet. The world's two and a half billion small and indigenous farmers and rural villagers currently manage to produce 70 percent of the world's food on 25 percent of the world's land. These so-called "subsistence farmers," who have always struggled to survive, now find that climate change, the steady expansion of GMOs and industrial agriculture, and so-called "Free Trade" agreements, are making their farming and survival much more difficult. But these same small farmers, ranchers, pastoralists and forest dwellers, because they have, in most cases, retained traditional knowledge and practices, including seed saving and animal grazing, are open to adopting even more powerful regenerative organic practices. And of course these regenerative, climate-friendly, low-tech land-management techniques will also increase yields, reduce rural poverty, conserve water, improve soil health, and prevent erosion. Study after study has shown that small agro-ecological farms significantly out-produce industrial farms-while sequestering carbon.
The solution to climate change, desertification and world hunger is literally in the hands of the world's two-and-a-half billion family farmers-but only if those farmers are supported by conscious consumers and activists, driving public policy, marketplace, and land-use reform on a global scale. This won't happen unless we focus on economic justice and land-use reform. Investments and public funds, local to international, must be shifted from greenhouse gas-polluting factory farms and chemical-drenched genetically engineered crops to regenerative organic farming techniques that benefit small-scale and sustainable farmers, as well as consumers."
Here in Strathblane, as in towns and villages right across Britain, the Great War was devouring fathers, sons and brothers. But now, 100 years on, this Stirlingshire village has just produced a remarkable and poignant tribute to its fallen heroes.
What began as a modest local history project turned into a glossy book celebrating the lives of every one of the 27 names from World War I on the village war memorial.
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Occupy activists abolish $3.85m in Corinthian Colleges students' loan debt
Rolling Jubilee activist group buys student debt at knockdown price to inspire Americans to ‘exert collective power’
US sues Corinthian Colleges for ‘predatory lending’
theguardian.com, Wednesday 17 September 2014 10.57 EDT
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Occupy Occupy Wall Street activists want borrowers to organize around the issue of US student debt, which has now surpassed $1tn. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Over the last few days, over 2,700 Everest College students woke up to find that someone had paid off their student debt.
This was no act of goodwill by the government, which is currently suing Everest parent Corinthian Colleges for its predatory lending practices. Nor is it a gift from Everest itself, which is expected to shutter its doors and possibly leave 72,000 students out of their time and tuition.
Instead, the disappearing student loan debt is the second major piece of financial activism by a group of Occupy Wall street activists.
To inspire Americans with student debt to unionize, the Rolling Jubilee Fund, a project of Strike Debt, has purchased and abolished a portfolio of private student loans issued to Everest students.
Strike Debt is also launching a new initiative – The Debt Collective, which will “create a platform for organization, advocacy and resistance by debtors”."
Moore is Alice, a popular, much-respected 50-year-old linguistics professor at Columbia who lives happily with husband Alec Baldwin, also a neuro-specialist, of sorts. They've three grownup children – Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart, Hunter Parrish – and everything to look forward to. But small acts of forgetfulness lead her to seek medical help, fearing cancer. The diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's takes them both aback; likewise the news that it's genetic, and likely to be passed on to their children.
The use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup, has dramatically risen over the past 15 years, right in step with the use of GE crops.
According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), glyphosate appears to be strongly correlated with the rise in celiac disease.
Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Seneff produced some phenomenal research1 on this connection, which was published in December last year. Previously, she has investigated the relationship between glyphosate and the development of a wide array of modern diseases, including autism.
She believes that glyphosate may in fact act as a transporter for aluminum (a common vaccine adjuvant) into the brain. It also appears to transport arsenic into the kidneys. For more in-depth information on this glyphosate-autism link, please listen to the full version of Dr. Seneff's interview."
Tell U.S. Congress:
Protect Net Neutrality.
As an American and member of the global Web community, I urge you to take the necessary steps to protect Net Neutrality.
The Web was made to be a global engine of innovation and entrepreneurship -- a level playing field from which we could learn, connect and create. The FCC's most recent rule proposal, which would allow large companies or others to buy faster and more direct Internet access, threatens that level playing field and the open Web as we know it.
Mozilla has outlined a clear solution giving the FCC authority to protect Net Neutrality, and Congress should make sure the FCC enacts rules that protect all users of the Internet from discrimination.
I hope you'll do the right thing and support Mozilla's solution to protect Net Neutrality.
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What do we know about the Roosevelts? That we have national parks and Social Security because of two patricians with voices and vocabularies that would not pass the average-guy test of today. That historians rank both men among the top five presidents of all time. That the rights of African-Americans and women would not have advanced much at midcentury without a first lady who worried most that she wasn't loved by anyone.
Panama Canal, dug. Trusts, busted. Great Depression, ended. Nazi Germany and imperial Japan, defeated. Child labor, banished. The tag lines of success are familiar. Less well known, perhaps, is how much both Roosevelt men had to overcome. Their personal hardships would be career-ending for lesser men. And in the face of howling political opposition, the two presidents took a reluctant country to places where it wasn't yet ready to go.
The lessons for Obama and the rest us pop from the screen in the Ken Burns film "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," his most ambitious and deeply moving documentary since "The Civil War."
Demand an End to Secret Copyright Trade Deals
Senator Ron Wyden may hold the future of the Internet in his hands. Let's call on him to fix the secretive process that has led to trade deals carrying extreme copyright and digital privacy provisions.
From the page: "For a brief time, better things seemed possible and some actually happened: the bridling of an imperial presidency, the movement for campaign finance reform, a raising of ethical standards, greater oversight of the FBI and CIA because, as historian Garry Wills told Newsweek in 1982, ten years after the Watergate burglary, “We had turned to spying on ourselves; Presidents were setting up teams to topple foreign governments.” Goodness, who could imagine such things today?
The changes didn’t last. The rest you know."
Take action to oppose the new 2,4-D-resistant GE crops!
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering an application by Dow Chemical Co. to use a combination of glyphosate, the chemical in Monsanto's Roundup, with 2,4-D, a highly toxic weed killer, on genetically engineered corn and soybeans designed to withstand 2,4-D.
If the Dow application is approved, the 2,4-D experiment would roll out on a grand scale: likely on tens of millions of acres, leading to 2,4-D pollution of food, water, residential areas and wildlife habitat. We need to do everything we can to make sure the EPA keeps this toxic weed killer away from our food and out of our environment.
The EPA is now seeking comments from the public and that window is about to close. Before the EPA makes its final decision, the agency's leadership needs to hear from YOU right now. Stand with EWG today to protect human health and the environment: Tell the EPA not to approve Dow's application of 2,4-D herbicide for use on genetically engineered crops!
Use the form to the right to add your name to our petition to the EPA.
From the page: "While the vast majority of closely held corporations in this country will not impose contraceptive coverage restrictions on their employees, this ruling, at a practical level, will necessitate a new level of caution when searching for a job. It will now be necessary for an employee to ask whether or not contraceptive coverage is offered in their benefits package. In the past, this was simple; if you applied for a job with the arch diocese, you knew, a priori, that contraceptive coverage would not be part of your insurance package. Now the waters will be murkier. And, in this time of slowed economic growth, will employees be forced to choose between employment and contraceptive coverage?
It is currently illegal for an employer to ask a potential employee about their marital status, religion, pregnancy status, or sexual orientation. Will potential employees be allowed to ask about their potential employers’ religious beliefs and family planning coverage? Or will those employees find out after the fact that these essential services are effectively denied them?
Realistically, this will affect not just employees, but their wives and female children as well. Will non-medical uses of contraceptives also be denied? Will women with menorrhagia be denied coverage for a Mirena IUD? Will adolescents with acne be denied coverage for birth control pills? In the final analysis, this supposedly narrow ruling has a potentially enormous reach, and we have only just begun to see how far its limits will be tested."
President Obama urged Congress on Tuesday to quickly provide almost $4 billion to confront a surge of young migrants from Central America crossing the border into Texas, calling it "an urgent humanitarian situation."
From the page: "We're really starting to make the case that food recovery is a valuable and essential part of a just and sustainable food system, and one that businesses need to step up to the plate and take some responsibility for financially."
As businesses begin to contract with professional groups like Food Shift, food recovery will more effectively chip away at the huge amount of wasted food and hunger in America, and reduce its many environmental impacts as well.
"This is such a solvable issue," Frasz says. "Tackling it effectively will have ripple effects on these areas that are so important to the climate, to our communities, and to the world."
"I don't write much about Iraq and all that these days, but this report from James Risen brings back the horror of the whole thing. And I don't just mean the fact that we were lied into war; that most of our media and policy elite rushed to join the bandwagon; that the venture led to awesome waste of lives and money.
No, Iraq was also a moral cesspit. Not only were we taken to war on false pretenses, it was clear that this was done in part for domestic political gain. The occupation was treated not as a solemn task on which the nation's honor depended, but as an opportunity to reward cronies. And don't forget the torture."
Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses the cost of war in Iraq and America's crumbling infrastructure..
"The architects of the Iraq war are back in TV studios and on op-ed pages, as are journalists and pundits who promoted the Bush administration's ultimately bogus case for invading. But Conrad, a former senator who was one of only 23 to vote against authorizing the war in October 2002, hasn't heard from CNN, MSNBC or any other TV outlet. "Not once," he said, when asked if anyone in the press had reached out regarding the current crisis in Iraq.
In an email to The Huffington Post, Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat, offered two possible explanations. The first, he said, is "simply the incompetence of the media." The second is "the shrillness of those trying desperately to rewrite history to cover their own devastating failures."
Despite catastrophic misjudgments -- that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, that U.S. forces would be greeted as liberators, that the war would pay for itself with oil revenues -- the Iraq war boosters keep getting booked, while those politicians and journalists who were skeptical of the Bush administration's "slam dunk" case for war remain largely on the sidelines."