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  • Scientists Who Want To Study Climate Engineering Shun Trum

    03/29/2017 7:51:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | March 29 2017 | by Nell Greenfieldboyce
    President Trump issued a sweeping executive order on Tuesday that will begin to undo a slew of government efforts to fight global warming. Among those worrying and watching to see how the executive order plays out are scientists who actually are in favor of exploring bold interventions to artificially cool the climate. Just a year ago, some hoped that the U. S. government would start funding such research and take a leadership role. Back then, advocates for the work saw public funding as ideal, because it would foster transparency, accountability and public trust. But now that the Trump administration is...
  • Ireland must loosen abortion laws: Council of Europe rights commissi

    03/29/2017 3:52:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 29, 2017
    Ireland must loosen its strict abortion laws and replace them with a regime more respectful to women's rights, the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner said on Wednesday. Rules on terminating a pregnancy in once stridently Catholic Ireland are among the world's most restrictive and a referendum on widening access could be held if a citizens' assembly set up by government recommends it in a decision expected next month. The Council, not part of the European Union, is a pan-European body concerned primarily with the region's human rights. "It's an unjust regime because it doesn't actually affect the number of...
  • Massachusetts Sheriff: Arrest Leaders Of Sanctuary Cities

    03/28/2017 1:44:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | March 28, 2017 | by Thomas Hodgson
    A Massachusetts law enforcement official testifying before Congress on Tuesday called for leaders of sanctuary cities to be arrested. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the House Subcommittee on Illegal Immigration that sanctuary cities “have become magnets for illegal aliens, some of which have violent criminal records.” “If these sanctuary cities are going to harbor and conceal criminal illegal aliens from ICE, which is in direct violation of Title 8 of the U.S. Code, federal arrest warrants should be issued for their elected officials,” Hodgson said. “Our citizens would be safer if we never stopped enforcing immigration law and if...
  • The Cost of Curbing Climate Change

    03/28/2017 11:23:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | March 28, 2017 | By Joseph Aldy
    On average, every ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere imposes damages equal to about $40. The social cost of carbon represents the damages of one ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the air. To estimate it, economists run models that forecast varying levels of carbon dioxide emissions. They can then model and compare two forecasts – one with slightly higher emissions than the other. The difference in total climate change damages represents the social cost of carbon. Some model scenarios, based on admittedly extreme assumptions, produce negative SCC estimates – that is, they find that carbon pollution is...
  • Portland says more than 100 asylum seekers may be cut off from General Assistance

    03/24/2017 9:54:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Press Herald (Maine) ^ | March 24, 2017 | Staff
    Portland officials estimate that more than 100 asylum seekers may be cut off from the state’s General Assistance program after July 1 and question whether the city can step in to help without violating federal law. Immigrants who have come to the United States legally to seek asylum from persecution have long received General Assistance in Portland. But it wasn’t until 2015 that assistance was solidified in Maine law. However, under the new law, asylum seekers can only receive benefits for 24 months. That means some asylum seekers will become ineligible for state assistance during the fiscal year that begins...
  • Landlords suing over Seattle’s ‘first come, first served’ rental ordinance say it’s unconstitutional

    03/24/2017 9:47:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Q13 FOX News ^ | March 24, 2017 | BY HANA KIM
    A lawsuit in Seattle pits some fundamental rights against each other — it’s civil rights that ban discrimination, and property rights that allow owners to decide what to do with their homes and land. The issue is with a new law that requires landlords to rent to tenants on a “first come, first served” basis. The goal is to make sure all renters are treated equally. But the landlords who are suing say the program is a bureaucratic nightmare and unconstitutional. Critics say it’s all about the survival of the fastest, but supporters say it levels the playing field for...
  • The Trump Elite. Like the Old Elite, but Worse!

    03/24/2017 9:33:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2017 | by David Brooks
    Legislation can be crafted bottom up or top down. In bottom up you ask, What problems do voters have and how can they be addressed. In top down, you ask, What problems do elite politicians have and how can they be addressed? The House Republican health care bill is a pure top-down document. It was not molded to the actual health care needs of regular voters. It does not have support from actual American voters or much interest in those voters. It was written by elites to serve the needs of elites. Donald Trump vowed to drain the swamp, but...
  • California and its struggling relationship with Trump

    03/24/2017 8:03:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 23, 2017 | by Dan Zak
    Californians wake up every day delighted to be in California, and then they remember that they are also in the United States. The bougainvillea catches the rising sun in San Clemente, the sapphire tide heaves into Big Sur - and three time zones to the East, President Donald Trump has been up and tweeting for hours. "I don't want to look at my phone in the morning," said Cynthia Blatt. "Some people are in shock. Some are angry. They don't know quite what to do." Blatt can't defend America from Trump anymore, but they can defend West Hollywood from Trump-like...
  • Polish PM draws link between London attack and EU migrant policy

    03/23/2017 1:25:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 23, 2017 | by Marcin Goclowski
    Poland's prime minister drew a link on Thursday between an attack in London targeting the British parliament and the European Union's migrant policy, saying the assault vindicated Warsaw's refusal to take in refugees. Poland's right-wing, eurosceptic government has refused to accept any of the 6,200 migrants allocated to it under the European Union's quota scheme that is designed to share the burden of taking in the large numbers of migrants and refugees who have come to Europe over the past two years. "I hear in Europe very often: do not connect the migration policy with terrorism, but it is impossible...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Nebraska Democrats include voter registration forms in 'refugee welcome baskets'

    03/23/2017 1:14:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | March 23, 2017 | By: Chris Pandolfo
    he Nebraska Democratic Party is welcoming refugees with open arms, welcome baskets … and voter registration forms. A donation drive organized by the NDP collected some 50 gift baskets for refugees. Each contained items like diapers and kitchen utensils, a welcome letter from the Nebraska Democratic Party signed by its chairwoman Jane Kleeb, and a voter registration form, according to a video posted to Facebook by the Nebraska Democratic Party. The video, posted Saturday March 18, discusses the details of the “Refugee Welcome Basket” project and was recorded at the Nebraska Democratic Party’s Spring Meeting.
  • The Democrats’ ditch is only getting deeper

    03/23/2017 12:58:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 22, 2017 | by Ed Rogers
    Democrats in Congress are digging themselves a ditch that keeps getting deeper. There’s no good fight to be had on Judge Neil Gorsuch, they’re getting steamrolled on repealing and replacing Obamacare, and their base has lurched to the far left, fully outside their grasp. The result? An out-of-touch leadership that can’t stop babbling. And for all the Trump administration’s miscues, Democrats haven’t laid a glove on the president. They couldn’t appear any weaker. Democrats are clearly lost, with no sense of direction. Their efforts to oppose the GOP agenda have failed, and their base knows it. Writing in the Hill...
  • Hillary Clinton The Movie — Starring Glenn Close!

    03/23/2017 12:49:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 89 replies
    Radar Online ^ | March 23, 2017 | Staff
    A movie is in the works about Hillary Clinton and her amazing life, and legendary actress Glenn Close has been chosen to play the former first lady and presidential candidate! The film is rumored to focus on Clinton’s career and marriage to Bill.
  • Seattle plan would require all workers get paid family leave

    03/23/2017 12:39:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    KIRO 7 News ^ | March 22, 2017 | KIRO 7 News Staff
    Seattle city leaders are considering a plan to expand paid family leave for private-sector employees. Councilmember Lorena González unveiled the proposal Tuesday after several working sessions with the business community. The plan would: Require all employers in Seattle to offer employees up to 26 weeks of paid family leave in the event of birth, adoption, or caring for a sick family member. Require that employees would get 100 percent of their wages up to $1,000 a week. Mandate up to 12 weeks of paid sick leave for workers. The plan would be paid for by contributions from the employer and...
  • Seattle’s gun-sale tax raises less than $200,000 in first year

    03/23/2017 12:34:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 22, 2017 | By Steve Miletich
    Seattle’s tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition raised less than $200,000 during its first year, according to Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess. The city is using the tax to support gun-violence research at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. But the city isn’t spending the money until a 2015 lawsuit challenging the tax is resolved. Burgess spearheaded the tax, which was adopted by the council in 2015 and took effect Jan. 1, 2016. When Burgess proposed the tax, he said the city’s budget office had estimated it would raise $300,000 to $500,000 a year. Though the money from the...
  • Climate change helped cause Brexit, says Al Gore

    03/23/2017 11:49:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    The Independent | March 23, 2017 | by Ian Johnston
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  • Report: FBI Info Suggests Possible Russia-Trump Team Coordination

    03/23/2017 11:26:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | March 23, 2017 | By Alan Neuhauser
    The disclosure came in a report Wednesday night, citing unnamed U.S. officials. FBI suggests that President Donald Trump may have worked alongside Russian officials to release information aimed at Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. The FBI has information indicating that associates of President Donald Trump were in communication with suspected Russian agents and that they may have coordinated on releasing hacked emails and other information to undercut Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, CNN reported Wednesday, citing unnamed U.S. officials.
  • Susan Rice on Trump’s wiretapping claim: ‘Nothing of the sort occurred.’

    03/23/2017 11:13:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    PBS NewsHour ^ | March 22, 2017 | BY JESSICA YARVIN
    Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice pushed back Wednesday against President Donald Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration during the 2016 election. “Nothing of the sort occurred,” Rice told PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, in her first interview since stepping down as national security adviser when President Barack Obama left office. Rice also took aim at the Trump White House in a Washington Post op-ed Wednesday. “False statements from the White House are part of a disturbing pattern of behavior that poses real and potentially profound dangers to U.S. national security,” Rice wrote. In the PBS NewsHour...
  • Denied American Dream, Returned and Deported Young Migrants Create Guatemalan Dream

    03/21/2017 11:57:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 21, 2017 | by MARÍA MARTIN
    Brightly painted murals on high walls look down on the foreign tourists, NGO volunteers and Guatemalan nationals seated around heavy wooden outdoor tables at the Café Red Kat in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala's second largest city. On the face of it, Red Kat is just one more restaurant in the historic center of this growing metropolis. But in reality, this establishment — a restaurant and cultural center — is a social experiment in sustainable economic development created by Guatemalan migrants returned from the United States. The idea for this unique café originated eight years ago when a group of homesick Guatemalan immigrants...
  • A week inside Al Gore's climate reality

    03/21/2017 11:49:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    GreenBiz ^ | March 21, 2017 | by Kathrin Wankler
    It could have been angry and defiant. It could have been despondent and fatalistic. Or worse, it could have been rosy and effervescent. "It" was the 34th training session of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps, and the first since the November election. And it managed to thread the needle — not sugar-coating the scale of the climate challenge, or denying the onslaught of setbacks, yet still inspiring appreciation for the many gains being made, belief in our power to do more and hope that we will do it fast enough. That hope is surely needed now more than...
  • Heavy California rains par for the course for climate change

    03/21/2017 11:37:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Stanford University News ^ | March 21, 2017 | BY KER THAN
    Here’s a question that Stanford climatologist Noah Diffenbaugh gets asked a lot lately: “Why did California receive so much rain lately if we’re supposed to be in the middle of a record-setting drought?” When answering, he will often refer the questioner to a Discover magazine story published in 1988, when Diffenbaugh was still in middle school. The article, written by veteran science writer Andrew Revkin, detailed how a persistent rise in global temperatures would affect California’s water system. It predicted that as California warmed, more precipitation would fall as rain rather than snow, and more of the snow that did...
  • 'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016

    03/21/2017 11:27:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | March 21, 2017 | By Matt McGrath
    In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth. That's according to a detailed global analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It says that 2016 was not only the warmest year on record, but it saw atmospheric CO2 rise to a new high, while Arctic sea ice recorded a new winter low. "This increase in global temperature is consistent with other changes occurring in the climate system," said WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas. "Globally averaged sea-surface temperatures were also the warmest on record, global sea-levels continued to rise, and Arctic...
  • Supreme Court reins in president's appointment powers

    03/21/2017 11:18:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 2, 2017 | By Daniel Wiessner and Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put new restrictions on presidential powers, limiting a president's authority to staff certain top government posts in a case involving an appointment to the National Labor Relations Board. The court decided 6-2 to uphold a lower court's ruling that then-President Barack Obama exceeded his legal authority with his temporary appointment of an NLRB general counsel in 2011. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court said that under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, a person cannot serve as the acting head of a federal agency once the president nominates him or her...
  • Merkel Doesn’t Want Trump To Bail On A $145 Trillion Bet To Fight Global Warming

    03/20/2017 12:10:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 20, 2017 | by Michael Bastasch
    A new report claims policies to keep future global warming to internationally agreed upon limits by the end of the century could make the world $19 trillion richer. The report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was one of two commissioned by the German government to help convince President Donald Trump to stay in the Paris agreement. If IRENA’s top-line findings sound too good to be true, that’s because they might be. The world would have to put $145 trillion into low-carbon energy to become $19 trillion richer by 2050 — a 13 percent return on investment over 33...
  • Seattle refuses to release gun tax revenue

    03/16/2017 12:23:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    NBC - KING5-TV ^ | March 15, 2017 | by Chris Daniels
    The City of Seattle continues to refuse to disclose how much money it's making from the gun and ammunition tax. "One can presume or suspect that the revenue is nowhere near what they projected," said Dave Workman of GUNMAG.com, who filed suit for the statistics. The City passed legislation in 2015 to charge gun shops $25 for every gun sale and a nickel for every round of ammunition, projecting that it would raise up to $500,000 a year for gun violence prevention programs. It went into effect in January 2016. Yet, as we near the 2nd quarter of 2017, the...
  • Scientists link record-breaking February weather to man-made global warming

    03/16/2017 12:05:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2017
    March has provided an unexpected dose of winter, but a freakishly balmy February broke more than 11,700 local daily records for warmth in the United States. An international science team calculated that man-made global warming tripled the likelihood for the nation’s unusually warm month. The team, known as World Weather Attribution, uses accepted scientific techniques to figure if climate change plays a role in extreme events based on computer simulations of real-world conditions and of a world without heat-trapping gases. Natural random weather variations and climate change combined to make it a weird February, meteorologists said. Overall, NOAA said it...
  • If you’re a poor person in America, Trump’s budget is not for you

    03/16/2017 12:00:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 16 2017 | By Steven Mufson and Tracy Jan
    If you’re a poor person in America, President Trump’s budget proposal is not for you. Trump has unveiled a budget that would slash or abolish programs that have provided low-income Americans with help on virtually all fronts, including affordable housing, banking, weatherizing homes, job training, paying home heating oil bills, and obtaining legal counsel in civil matters. Gone would be $35 million in funding for well-known programs such as Habitat for Humanity and YouthBuild USA, fair housing planning, and homeless assistance, among other housing help for needy Americans. Other targets include funding for neighborhood development and a home-buying program through...
  • EPA hit hardest as Trump budget targets regulation

    03/16/2017 11:55:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 16, 2017 | By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner
    President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, as the White House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim initiatives to protect air and water quality. The White House's proposed 2018 EPA budget, with the biggest proposed cut for any federal agency, comes as Trump seeks to clear away regulations he claims are hobbling U.S. oil drillers, coal miners and farmers. The proposed cuts are a starting point in negotiations with Congress, and could be tempered. The proposal would eliminate 3,200 EPA employees, or 19 percent of the current workforce....
  • U.N. chief warns against abrupt U.S. funding cuts to world body

    03/16/2017 11:50:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 16, 2017 | By Michelle Nichols
    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday against an abrupt cut to U.S. funding for the world body, and France's U.N. envoy said a retreat by Washington from global affairs could lead to more instability. "Abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will undermine the impact of longer-term reform efforts," said Guterres spokesman Stephane Dujarric. "The Secretary-General fully subscribes to the necessity to effectively combat terrorism, but believes that it requires more than military spending," he said in response to Trump's proposal for an additional $54 billion in military spending. French U.N. Ambassador Francois...
  • What would the U.S. look like without the EPA?

    03/15/2017 2:08:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | March 15, 2017 | By MICHAEL DHAR
    Acid rain devouring New England forests. Homes built on toxic sites. Unswimmable rivers and cities cloaked in smog. The United States looked very different before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) arrived, but a recent Congressional bill calls for the agency’s abolition. So Americans may wonder: What would life be like without the EPA? -SNIP- Without the EPA’s abilities to quickly assess environmental hazards, future environmental disasters would be worsened, The Washington Post reported. A proposed 42-percent budget cut to the EPA’s research division already makes that a danger, the Post reported. -SNIP- In the end, the EPA is unlikely to...
  • Venezuela threatens to take over bakeries that break rules

    03/15/2017 1:50:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | March 15, 2017
    The Venezuelan government says it will expropriate bakeries which fail to abide by new government regulations aimed at tackling bread shortages. In a growing row between the government and bakers, officials said that bakeries could face fines if people had to queue to get their bread. The government blames bakers for the bread shortages, accusing them of using the flour allocated to them to bake pastries rather than simple baguette-style bread in order to maximise their profits. Under the new regulations, bakers will be forced to use 90% of the flour they are given to bake ordinary bread and only...
  • Trump calls tax document leak 'illegal,' calls reporter a 'weird dude'

    03/15/2017 1:17:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News WJLA-TV ^ | March 15, 2017 | by Liz McKernan
    President Donald Trump thinks it was "disgusting" and "illegal" that his 2005 federal tax returns were leaked to MSNBC Tuesday, calling the reporter who obtained them a "weird dude". The two-page document stated he earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in taxes for that year. "I paid a lot of tax, paid $38 million in tax, that doesn’t include sales taxes and real estate taxes and lots of other taxes – don’t forget. But I paid a lot of tax and I employed a lot of people and I made money – made good money." Trump said he had...
  • Study: Climate change research is without publication bias

    03/15/2017 12:56:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | March 15, 2017 | By Brooks Hays
    A new survey confirms climate change research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals is untainted by so-called publication bias. If a study's conclusion, not the quality of its content, impacts whether or not it gets published, the partiality is referred to as "publication bias." Some have claimed publication bias explains the dearth of studies challenging the man-made climate change consensus. A new study by scientists at Lund University in Sweden suggests the consensus -- that global warming is happening, and happening as a result of greenhouse emissions -- is based on a sober analysis and reporting of the facts, not collusion...
  • Climate change could shrink animals, warn scientists

    03/15/2017 12:50:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | March 15, 2017 | by Sarah Krapton
    Animals could start shrinking because of global warming, scientists have predicted, after discovering that mammals became ‘dwarfed’ in a similar episode of climate change 50 million years ago. Paleontologists discovered the fossil teeth belonging to an early ancestor of modern horses as well as a rabbit-sized hoofed mammal. “Dwarfing appears to be a common evolutionary response of some mammals during past global warming events, and the extent of dwarfing seems related to the magnitude of the event,” said lead author Dr Abigail Ambrosia, of the University of New Hampshire. “Abrupt perturbations of the global carbon cycle during the early Eocene...
  • Doctor groups take up global warming advocacy

    03/15/2017 12:43:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | March 15, 2017 | by Bradley J. Fikes
    Patients should be prepared for future meetings with their doctors to include discussions of global warming. Under a political advocacy campaign launched Wednesday, a coalition of physician groups will tell the public that their health is threatened by catastrophic man-made global warming, also called climate change. The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health is led by Dr. Mona Surfaty, Director of the Program on Climate and Health in the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. "Here's the message from America's doctors on climate change: it's not only happening in the Arctic Circle, it's happening here,” Surfaty...
  • Study: Stopping global warming only way to save coral reefs

    03/15/2017 12:27:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 15, 2017 | By KRISTEN GELINEAU
    Reducing pollution and curbing overfishing won't prevent the severe bleaching that is killing coral at catastrophic rates, according to a study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. In the end, researchers say, the only way to save the world's coral from heat-induced bleaching is with a war on global warming. "We don't have any tools to climate-proof corals," said Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia. "That's a bit sobering. We can't stop bleaching locally. We actually have to do something about climate change." Across the world, scores of brilliantly colored coral reefs...
  • In challenge to Trump, 17 Republicans in Congress join fight against global warming

    03/15/2017 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 15, 2017 | By Emily Flitter
    Seventeen congressional Republicans signed a resolution on Wednesday vowing to seek "economically viable" ways to stave off global warming, challenging the stated views of President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax. Republicans Elise Stefanik of New York, Carlos Curbelo of Florida and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania introduced the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, pledging to "study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates" and seek ways to "balance human activities" that contribute. Several Republicans who signed the resolution, which is non-binding, represent parts of the country most...
  • Yale administrators consider replacing ‘freshman’ with gender-neutral term ‘first-year’

    03/14/2017 1:56:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    The College Fix ^ | March 14, 2017 | by Dave Huber
    Since apparently there is nothing more pressing than stressing over “proper” language, administrators at Yale are pondering eliminating the term “freshman” and replacing it with non-gendered “first-year.” “I think there comes a time when you want to make sure that the way you’re calling things reflects the values that you have,” said Dean of Student Affairs Camille Lizarríbar, who is “leading the conversation” on the issue. The Yale Daily News reports Lizarríbar said college officials have been considering the change for some time now, adding that other Ivy League schools have already made the switch. Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway...
  • Undocumented immigrants offered anti-deportation training

    03/14/2017 12:57:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    ABC-TV El Paso ^ | March 13, 2017 | By DEEPTI HAJELA
    Don't open the front door if immigration officials knock. If you are taken into custody, tell them your name and nothing else. Definitely don't sign anything. That is some of the advice being given in New York City and around the country at training sessions, put on by advocacy organizations, aimed at helping immigrants living in the country illegally get in as little trouble as possible if they encounter U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Called "know your rights" training, the sessions have been pushed by some groups as a way to prepare for a possible crackdown on illegal immigration...
  • The dream of high-speed rail in California is taking longer and costing more

    03/14/2017 12:36:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | March 14, 2017 | By KURT SNIBBE
    In 2008, Californians approved a high-speed rail project that has become one of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation. The dream of taking a train from Southern California to San Francisco in about three hours is chugging along, but facing new barriers. The original plan voters opted for in 2008 was titled the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century. When voters approved the measure, the estimated cost of the project was $40 billion. The 2016 business plan reviewed by the Legislative Analysts Office estimated a cost of $64 billion. WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO...
  • British scientists face a ‘huge hit’ if the US cuts climate change research

    03/14/2017 12:22:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 86 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 14, 2017 | by Anna Fazackerley
    UK scientists are warning they may be unable to carry out crucial research on climate change if Donald Trump cuts climate science funding in the US. Trump tweeted in 2014 that research on global warming is “very expensive bullshit” that “has to stop”. Scientists are braced to find out whether his administration will put these words into practice. The early signs are not good. British scientists say moves to squeeze funding of climate-related research in the US – and of facilities at government laboratories in particular – could be disastrous for work in the UK. And they say Trump’s travel...
  • Depression, anxiety, PTSD: The mental impact of climate change

    03/14/2017 12:15:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | March 14, 2017 | By Meera Senthilingam
    It's a dream many city-dwellers long for: moving to a spacious house surrounded by greenery in the countryside, where they plan to raise their family. In 1996, Heather Shepherd, now 50, and her family did just that. But two years later, not long after work was completed on their rural home, they got a sign of what it really meant to live in their new village: It was prone to flooding. With floods -- as well as storms, heat waves and droughts -- expected to increase in frequency thanks to climate change, the impact such trauma may have on the...
  • Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to propose universal health care in race to succeed Jerry Brown

    03/13/2017 2:55:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 13, 2017 | BY ANGELA HART
    Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is drafting a health care plan for California that he plans to unveil as a core component of his gubernatorial run, based in part on the universal health care program he signed into law when he was mayor of San Francisco. Newsom, seen as a strong contender in the increasingly crowded field of candidates vying to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, is staking out an ambitious plan to rein in rising health care costs, expand universal access to people across the state regardless of income or immigration status and preserve coverage for the estimated...
  • U.S. Republican Obamacare repeal would benefit wealthiest: study

    03/13/2017 2:32:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 13, 2017 | by David Morgan
    A Republican plan to repeal taxes set under Obamacare would benefit the wealthiest U.S. households at more than five times the rate for middle-income families, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. "The effects are really very dramatic. We found that a typical middle-income family would get a tax cut averaging about $300, while people in the top 0.1 percent would get a tax cut of about $207,000," Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at the nonprofit research group, said on Monday. (tpc.io/2n1Mdwi) The expected benefits equal 2.6 percent of a wealthy family's after-tax income, but only 0.5 percent of the...
  • Venezuela's Maduro announces 'surprises' in relationship with US

    03/13/2017 2:21:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 13, 2017
    Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro called his U.S. counterpart "Comrade Trump" and told his people to expect "surprises" in the relationship between the two countries. The socialist leader also hinted a deal is in the works to provide the hunger-stricken country with food imported from the U.S. "at a good price." “We are bringing products imported by the revolutionary government from several sister nations: Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua ... and even the United States. Comrade Trump is offering me [basic food products] at a good price," Maduro said Sunday on his weekly TV show. "There are going to...
  • Editorial: Mexican border policy on kids is harsh yet ineffective

    03/13/2017 1:50:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 13, 2017 | Editorial
    The Trump Administration seems determined to devise new forms of bureaucratic cruelty for immigrants: The latest policy proposal from the Department of Homeland Security would separate children from their parents at the US-Mexico border if they’re caught trying to enter the country together illegally. The policy is intended as a deterrent, but the plan is bound to backfire, swamping agencies with children while doing nothing to address the root cause of migration. It would be both diabolical and ineffective. Under the current policy, parents (usually mothers) and their children caught at the border who want to apply for asylum are...
  • Jake Tapper’s son does a ‘fake news’ impression when the CNN host bothers him

    03/13/2017 12:52:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Philly.com ^ | March 13, 2017 | by Nick Vadala
    Back in January, President Donald Trump assailed CNN as “fake news” at his first press conference as president — an insult that has apparently taken hold in the home of Philly-raised CNN anchor Jake Tapper. But only when his 7-year-old son is mad at him. Tapper last week told MTV’s Ana Marie Cox that his son uses the “fake news” term when the CNN host is annoying him, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “[My son] now does an impression where whenever I’m bothering him he says, ‘fake news,’” Tapper said. Deadline reports that Tapper added that his “7-year-old knows it’s...
  • California Democrats will unveil a sweeping financial aid plan to help students avoid debt

    03/13/2017 11:21:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 13, 2017 | by Melanie Mason
    Seizing on growing concerns over college affordability, California lawmakers are poised to propose what would be the most generous college aid plan in the nation, covering not just tuition but also living expenses that have led to spiraling student debt. “Lower-income students … are able to many times, through our great programs in California, get help to pay for tuition. But they’re still graduating with a tremendous amount of debt,” said Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), who is spearheading the plan. “The cost of living, the books, the transportation — that’s [what] we really need to tackle.” Under the new plan,...
  • Trump's War on the Climate

    03/13/2017 11:06:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | March 13, 2017 | By Basav Sen
    In his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump rattled off a litany of supposed threats to the United States – immigrants, Muslims and regulations among them. But on climate change – the greatest real existential threat facing humanity – Trump didn't say a single word. In short, denying the reality of climate change is now the official policy of the United States government. If there was ever any doubt, Trump's Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt made it explicit when he told reporters recently that he "would not agree" that carbon emissions are "a primary contributor to the global...
  • Obama lawyers move fast to join fight against Trump

    03/13/2017 10:59:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 13, 2017 | By Lawrence Hurley
    When Johnathan Smith resigned from the U.S. Justice Department on Inauguration Day, he looked forward to spending time with his infant son, but that plan unraveled a week later when President Donald Trump unveiled his explosive foreign travel ban. Within two weeks, Smith had a new job as legal director of civil rights group Muslim Advocates and was drafting briefs for a successful court challenge to the ban, joining other former top Obama administration lawyers now fighting Trump. It is not surprising that Smith and some of his colleagues, political appointees of Democratic President Barack Obama, would leave the Justice...
  • White House spent $77 million in 2016 alone to promote ObamaCare

    03/13/2017 5:06:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | March 13, 2017
    The Obama administration doled out more than $77 million to promote the former president’s signature health-care legislation in what could be its final full year of existence, contracts obtained by The New York Post showed. They show the federal government contracted with Democratic-leaning public relations firm Weber Shandwick to spend $74.15 million on July 28, 2016, and another $3.69 million on Sept. 9, 2016, promoting the plan. The Weber Shandwick contract was signed by Pam Jenkins, president of the firm. Its chairman, Jack Leslie, was picked by Obama in 2009 to be chairman of the US African Development Foundation. Leslie...