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  • Race, education, income, poverty: How does Baltimore compare?

    04/29/2016 8:58:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    WBAL Baltimore ^ | April 29, 2016 | By Saliqa Khan
    Much of Baltimore's unrest a year ago was rooted in socioeconomic conditions of the city. The Justice Policy Institute examined some of those issues in a 2015 report called "The Right Investment? Corrections Spending in Baltimore City." The report listed indicators of lost opportunities for the communities surveyed: unemployment and commute time, income and public assistance, educational attainment, public safety, housing, physical health and addiction. The report finds that the same neighborhood had the highest rate of emergency narcotic calls to 911 with nearly one narcotic call made for every two people, compared to other neighborhoods in Baltimore. Sandtown-Winchester/Harlem Park...
  • Will Moose Thrive or Die Because of Climate Change?

    04/29/2016 8:36:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Scientific Amerian ^ | April 29, 2016 | By Shannon Hall
    Lee Kantar lost two moose calves this past weekend. They are just a few among many calves that did not survive their first year in the forests of Maine. Kantar, a moose biologist for the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, has only been tracking calves for a few years but early death is a trend he and others can see across the animal's southern range, which stretches through the northern U.S. and Canada. Scientists speculate that young and adult moose alike are plagued by new diseases and parasites. Brain worm and winter ticks, for example, are both worsening...
  • Trump protesters, Mexican flag-wavers could bring unintended consequences for GOP race

    04/29/2016 8:18:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 108 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 29, 2016 | By Ruben Vives and Shelby Grad•
    The protests outside Donald Trump's rally in Costa Mesa on Thursday night appear to point to an upcoming month of activism by Latinos and others as the GOP front-runner tries to seal the presidential nomination in the state. While the billionaire businessman has faced protests elsewhere, California could prove to be potent ground for demonstrators because of its large Latino population and Trump's negative comments about immigrants in this country illegally. A USC/Times poll found that 77% of Latinos in California have a negative view of Trump. Yet among Republicans, Trump is ahead in that poll and several others. Although...
  • The 2010 census missed thousands of California's Latino children

    04/28/2016 10:38:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 28, 2016 | By Sarah D. Wire
    More than 113,000 young Latinos in California weren't counted in the 2010 census, a new study says, and Latino advocacy groups want to be sure the U.S. Census Bureau is working to reduce that number in 2020. With an estimated 47,000 uncounted Latino children, Los Angeles County alone is home to 12% of the estimated 400,000 Latino children in the U.S. not counted in 2010, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Assn. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund and Child Trends' Hispanic Institute. California could gain another congressional seat in 2020, and "that will depend...
  • Looting On the Rise As Venezuela Runs Out of Food, Electricity

    04/28/2016 4:55:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | April 27, 2016 | by Sabrina Martín
    Food Producers Alert They Have Only 15 Days Left of Inventory amid Rampant Inflation. Despair and violence is taking over Venezuela. The economic crisis sweeping the nation means people have to withstand widespread shortages of staple products, medicine, and food. So when the Maduro administration began rationing electricity this week, leaving entire cities in the dark for up to 4 hours every day, discontent gave way to social unrest. On April 26, people took to the streets in three Venezuelan states, looting stores to find food. Maracaibo, in the western state of Zulia, is the epicenter of thefts: on Tuesday...
  • Significant Premium Hikes Expected Under Obama Health Law

    04/28/2016 4:33:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 28, 2016 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Expect insurers to seek significant premium increases under President Barack Obama's health care law, in a wave of state-level requests rippling across the country ahead of the political conventions this summer. Insurers say the law's coverage has been a financial drain for many of them, and they're setting the stage for 2017 hikes that in some cases could reach well into the double digits. For example in Virginia, nine insurers returning to the HealthCare.gov marketplace are seeking average premium increases that range from 9.4 percent to 37.1 percent. The health law's nagging problems seem to center on lower-than-hoped-for enrollment, sicker-than-expected...
  • Austria Plans Fence to Stop Migrants at Border With Italy

    04/28/2016 4:19:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 27, 2016 | Reuters
    Austria outlined plans Wednesday to erect a fence at a border crossing with Italy that is a vital link between northern and southern Europe, escalating a stand-off over how to handle a migration crisis. Migrants are crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Italy in growing numbers, and Austria has said Rome must stop them from traveling onward toward northern Europe or it will have to introduce border controls at the Brenner Pass in the Alps. But with Austrian preparations for controls already under way, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Austria's move was "shamelessly against European rules, as well...
  • Teachers Advocate for Removal of Barriers and Fear for Undocumented Students

    04/27/2016 7:45:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    U.S. Department of Education ^ | April 26, 2016 | by Alice Dominguez
    Two words dominated the conversation at ED's Tea with Teachers last week on the topic of supporting undocumented students: fear and hope. Educators balanced their concerns for their undocumented and mixed-status students, while acknowledging the hope that they ultimately deserve. During the tea, I couldn't help but think of the student from my school district, who was sitting in a jail cell rather than a classroom, feeling those same emotions. Wildin David Guillen Acosta was taken from his front yard on his way to his Durham, N.C., school in January, while his mother watched helplessly from their home. He would...
  • Venezuela Imposes 2 Day Work Week To Save Energy

    04/27/2016 7:32:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 26, 2016 | by Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Kai
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's socialist government ordered public workers on Tuesday to work a two-day week as an energy-saving measure in the crisis-hit South American OPEC country. President Nicolas Maduro had already given most of Venezuela's 2.8 million state employees Fridays off during April and May to cut down on electricity consumption. Water shortages and electricity cuts have added to the hardships of Venezuela's 30 million people, already enduring a brutal recession, shortages of basics from milk to medicines, soaring prices, and long lines at shops.
  • In West Baltimore, Scarce Pharmacies Leave Health Care Gaps

    04/27/2016 7:06:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 25, 2016 | By Shefali Luthra and Jeremy Snow
    BALTIMORE - The immense new CVS dominates the corner of Pennsylvania and West North avenues. It's a contrast that shows what's changed and what hasn't in the past year, since Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died of injuries sustained in police custody, unleashing days of protests. But if 2015's protests emphasized police brutality and race relations, the absence of more stores like CVS that are easily accessible to people in impoverished, predominantly black neighborhoods underscores Baltimore's other persistent inequities. Scarcity defines life in Sandtown-Winchester, the 72-block neighborhood where Gray lived for part of his life. Its roughly 9,000 residents...
  • 2 Dead, 6 Wounded In Tuesday Shootings Across Chicago

    04/27/2016 6:23:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | April 27, 2016
    Two men were killed and at least six other people were wounded in shootings Tuesday across Chicago. One man was killed and another was critically wounded in a shooting at 4:37 p.m. in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. The men, ages 19 and 24, were traveling in a vehicle in the 900 block of West Garfield when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, according to Chicago Police. Earlier Tuesday evening, a man was shot in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The 23-year-old was outside of a home in the 4700 block of...
  • Trump adopts Cruz playbook in delegate hunt

    04/26/2016 9:33:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 26, 2016 | By Jane C. Timm
    Donald Trump says the electoral delegate allocation is "rigged" and rival "Lyin' Ted" Cruz is trying to steal the election away by wooing supporters. But in Pennsylvania, where 54 unbound delegates are elected directly by district and free to vote as they wish, Trump is employing the same hunting playbook Cruz has used for weeks. Hate the player, not the game? Trump insists he can reach that key number - 1237 delegates - by winning the pledged delegates awarded in primaries, but his team is nonetheless on the ground working to sway the unbound delegates his rivals hope to use...
  • How Cruz Took Down Trump: An Interview With a Delegate

    04/26/2016 6:51:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 133 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 26, 2016 | by John A. Tures
    My local congressional district became one of those battlegrounds that we see playing out across the country, as Ted Cruz supporters outflank Donald Trump backers at the little-known, little-attended Republican Party meetings to select delegates to the national convention. Here's one delegate's story of how it all went down. Q: Who won the district? If Trump won it, why didn't pro-Trump delegates win at the meeting? A: The primary dictates how the delegates are to vote on the first ballot. It doesn't dictate who the people are that are elected to represent the convention body at the RNC. Q: Did...
  • Exclusive: SWIFT warns customers of multiple cyber fraud cases

    04/26/2016 6:10:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 26, 2016 | By Jim Finkle
    SWIFT, the global financial network that banks use to transfer billions of dollars every day, warned its customers on Monday that it was aware of "a number of recent cyber incidents" where attackers had sent fraudulent messages over its system. The disclosure came as law enforcement authorities in Bangladesh and elsewhere investigated the February cyber theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank account at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. SWIFT, or the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, is a cooperative owned by 3,000 financial institutions.
  • Al Qaeda affiliate says killed gay activist in Bangladesh

    04/26/2016 6:03:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 26, 2016 | By Ruma Paul and Serajul Quadir
    The slaying of Xulhaz Mannan, editor of Bangladesh's first magazine for gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, has deeply shocked Bangladesh's embattled community of free-thinking intellectuals. Mannan, 35, was hacked to death in the capital Dhaka by a group of assailants posing as couriers. Islamist militants have targeted atheist bloggers, academics, religious minorities and foreign aid workers in a series of killings. But the death of Mannan, who published gay rights journal Roopbaan and also worked for US aid agency USAID, has caused particular alarm because his links to a powerful Western government offered no guarantee of safety. Homosexuality is...
  • Climate scientists are now grading climate journalism

    04/26/2016 5:18:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | April 26, 2016 | by Daniel Nethery and Emmanuel Vincent
    The internet represents an extraordinary opportunity for democracy. Yet despite the scientific consensus that global warming is real and primarily due to human activity, studies show that only about half the population in some countries with among the highest CO2 emissions per capita understand that human beings are the driving force of our changing climate. Even fewer people are aware of the scientific consensus on this question. Climate Feedback intends to change that. It brings together a global network of scientists who use a new web-annotation platform to provide feedback on climate change reporting. For the first time, Climate Feedback...
  • Trump's Schizophrenia on Taxes and Obamacare

    04/24/2016 6:14:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 23, 2016 | By Jeffrey H. Anderson
    Donald Trump was asked this week, "Do you believe in raising taxes on the wealthy?" He replied, "I do. I do - including myself. I do." Yet Trump's own tax plan would cut the highest marginal federal income-tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent. How does this tax plan square with Trump's newly professed support for "raising taxes on the wealthy"? This is similar to Trump's rampant inconsistency on Obamacare. Trump says he's for repealing Obamacare, but he's not for cutting Medicaid which, thanks to the efforts of those like John Kasich, accounts for most of Obamacare's coverage increases....
  • 3 killed, 20 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

    04/24/2016 6:06:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 23, 2016 | Sun-Times Wire
    Three people were killed and at least 20 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening. The most recent homicide happened early Sunday in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
  • Tribes have up close perspective on climate change

    04/24/2016 5:57:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | April 23, 2016 | By Fawn Sharp
    QUINAULT tribal members can attest to the urgency of climate change from an up-close and personal perspective. We're being forced to relocate part of our village of Taholah on the Washington coast. Ocean encroachment, increasingly severe storm surges and flooding are forcing more than 1,000 of our people to permanently move to higher ground. Tribes are not primary contributors to weather changes. Blame it on industrial smoke stacks, thousands of cars that clog the freeways and exploiters who destroy natural habitat. But we're often the first to feel the impact because of our proximity and connection with rivers, inland seas...
  • Stop Wasting Food to Slow Global Warming

    04/21/2016 4:02:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Scientific Amerian ^ | April 20, 2016 | By Niina Heikkinen
    Cutting down on milk and meat protein are top ways to lower an individual's carbon footprint, said Janet Ranganathan, VP of science and research at the World Resources Institute. She is the lead author of a report published today that explores how dietary changes in the world's wealthiest nations can affect the environment. The average American consumer is eating 83 grams of animal-based protein a day, well above the daily recommended amount of 51 grams. The research calls for bringing that overconsumption back in line with global average levels. Using computer modeling, the report's authors calculated that if 2 billion...
  • Study: humans have caused all the global warming since 1950

    04/19/2016 10:26:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | April 19, 2016 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    A new study published in Climate Dynamics has found that humans are responsible for virtually all of the observed global warming since the mid-20th century. It's not a novel result - in fact, most global warming attribution studies have arrived at the same general result - but this study uses a new approach. Studies attempting to figure out the global warming contributions of various human and natural sources usually use a statistical approach known as 'linear regression'. This approach assumes we know the pattern of warming that each source (forcing) will cause, but we don't know how big the resulting...
  • Global warming means unfair share for the poor

    04/18/2016 1:08:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Deccan Herald (India) ^ | April 19, 2016 | by Tim Radford, Third World Network
    Climate change could seriously redistribute resources and reallocate wealth - but not in a fair way. In a reverse of the famous Robin Hood folklore, it could rob from the poor to give to the rich, according to researchers. Yet even the rich may not feel any richer. Eli Fenichel, assistant professor of bioeconomics and ecosystem management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in the US, says: "People are mostly focused on the physical reallocation of these assets, but I don't think we've really started thinking enough about how climate change can reallocate wealth and influence the...
  • Suspected drunken driver crashes into Highway Patrol building

    04/13/2016 1:35:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Norwalk Reflector ^ | April 13, 2016 | Staff
    Troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol are investigating a serious injury traffic crash involving a car that crashed into their patrol post at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday. A 2006 Ford Fusion was eastbound on U.S. 6 near mile post 4 at a high rate of speed when it traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver, Dakota Clouse, 24, was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Clouse did not have a valid license due to an operating-a-vehicle-under-the-influence conviction in September 2015. He also had an outstanding felony warrant through the...
  • Obama Administration Weighs Nixing 'Confidential' Classification

    04/13/2016 1:08:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 13, 2016 | by Ken Dilanian
    The nation's top intelligence official is considering letting spy agencies drop the lowest level of classification, "confidential," in an effort to shrink the gusher of secret documents flowing out of their offices. The proposal by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, comes amid a simmering controversy over classified information that found its way on to the home email system used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state. In a memorandum sent last month to directors of the CIA and four other intelligence agencies, Clapper told them to "to take a leading role in reducing...
  • Russia jets make 'simulated attack' passes near U.S. destroyer: U.S.

    04/13/2016 12:57:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2016 | By Phil Stewart
    Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew simulated attack passes near a U.S. guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, a U.S. official said, describing it as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory. The repeated flights by the Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes, which also flew near the ship a day earlier, were so close they created wake in the water, with 11 passes, the official said. A Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter also made seven passes around the USS Donald Cook, taking pictures. The nearest Russian territory was about 70 nautical miles away in its enclave...
  • Cause of global warming: Consensus on consensus

    04/13/2016 10:15:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Science Daily ^ | April 12, 2016
    A research team confirms that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is caused by humans. The group includes Sarah Green, a chemistry professor at Michigan Technological University. "What's important is that this is not just one study -- it's the consensus of multiple studies," Green says. This consistency across studies contrasts with the language used by climate change doubters. "The public has a very skewed view of how much disagreement there is in the scientific community," she says. Only 12 percent of the US public are aware there is such strong scientific agreement in this area, and...
  • Iraq: UN mission warns of increasing risks for civilians in besieged Fallujah

    04/12/2016 1:59:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    UN News Centre ^ | April 12, 2016
    The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said it is receiving reports that humanitarian conditions are worsening and human suffering is increasing in the city of Fallujah, which has been under control of the Islamic State in Iraq for more than two years. With the siege of Fallujah tightening, supplies are not reaching civilians, and there are "credible reports from key informants" that people wanting to leave the city and seek safety are unable to do so, UNAMI said in a press release. "We are profoundly worried about Fallujah. There are reports of widespread food shortages and lack of...
  • Penn-Trafford students, administrators oust National School Lunch Program

    04/12/2016 1:52:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    WTAE Pittsburgh ^ | April 12, 2016 | By Ashlie Hardway
    At Monday night's school board meeting, members voted to opt-out of the National School Lunch Program. The federally-funded program gives money to school districts who follow strict guidelines on what foods have to be served and the portion sizes of those foods. "I don't buy lunch because I prefer the choices I can have from home, and the choices here don't look very appetizing to me," senior Emily Graziano said. "I see the food, too, and it's not high quality. That's one of the reasons why I pack my lunch," sophomore Evan Portman said. The high school will lose the...
  • Almost 6,000 refugee children went missing last year, says Germany

    04/12/2016 1:36:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 12, 2016 | by Kate Connolly
    Almost 6,000 refugee children and minors were reported missing in Germany last year, according to its interior ministry, amid growing concerns that traffickers and criminals are preying on thousands of vulnerable young people travelling amid the flow of refugees into Europe. The exact scale of the crisis is unclear, because rudimentary and overwhelmed registration systems mean Europe does not have a clear picture of the number of children arriving on its shores, or close tracking of their onward route. Some of those who vanish may never have registered, paranoid that officials will lock them up. Others may have been reunited...
  • Researchers cite global warming in loon found with avian malaria

    04/12/2016 1:29:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Press Herald ^ | April 11, 2016 | By Deirdre Fleming
    Researchers are worried about the effects of global warming after a loon in Umbagog Lake tested positive for avian malaria. The loon was found last summer in the lake, which straddles northern Maine and New Hampshire. Necropsy showed that the bird died of avian malaria – the first confirmed case of the disease among loons in either state.
  • Uber says gave U.S. agencies data on more than 12 million users

    04/12/2016 1:22:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 12, 2016 | By Narottam Medhora
    Uber Technologies Inc on Tuesday released its first ever transparency report detailing the information requested by not only U.S. law enforcement agencies, but also by regulators. The ride-sharing company said that between July and December 2015, it had provided information on more than 12 million riders and drivers to various U.S. regulators and on 469 users to state and federal law agencies. A large number of the law enforcement requests were related to fraud investigations or the use of stolen credit cards, according to the report. Uber said it had not received any national security letters or orders under the...
  • [2011] Donald Trump did not vote in a primary election for 21 years (from 2011)

    04/10/2016 7:34:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 149 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 25, 2011
    He's talking about running the country, but Donald Trump's record on voting in elections, or rather the lack of it, is coming under fire. The New York City Board of Elections says Mr Trump did not vote in any primary elections for 21 years. The registered Republican, who has been touting himself as a prospective presidential candidate, would first need to get GOP voters to nominate him in a primary - a process in which official records show Trump repeatedly failed to participate in. Mr Trump became a Democrat in 2001, and documents show he ignored that party's primaries as...
  • [2011] Trump: I Cheered for Obama, but He's Dangerous

    04/10/2016 7:20:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 19, 2011 | By Amy Woods
    Donald Trump recalls with chagrin that he supported Barack Obama for president in 2008, but says he now realizes that those moving hope-and-change speeches were nothing more than rhetoric. "I thought he was a positive person, always," Trump said of candidate Obama. "I thought he'd be like a cheerleader for the country. I think he is creating a class warfare that is a very dangerous thing for the country." And the country "is blowing up" because it's so deeply divided, he said. "I've never seen this country in this kind of trouble before, and a true leader wouldn't let that...
  • Why uncertainty about climate change is not our friend

    04/07/2016 12:03:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 7, 2016 | by Chris Mooney
    For a long time, there's been one key part of the Earth system that, just maybe, could help us out a little bit with our global warming problem: Clouds. Clouds are central to the climate because their white surfaces reflect sunlight back to space, keeping the planet cooler than it would be otherwise. But if you change the ratio of water to ice, you also change the strength of the feedback. And based on recent satellite observations, Tan and her colleagues - from Yale and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - argue that water has a higher prevalence in these clouds...
  • Climate Models May Overstate Clouds' Cooling Power, Research Says

    04/07/2016 11:55:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 7, 2016 | By JOHN SCHWARTZ
    The computer models that predict climate change may be overestimating the cooling power of clouds, new research suggests. If the findings are borne out by further research, it suggests that making progress against global warming will be even harder. The balance of water and ice in clouds affects the impact that carbon dioxide levels have on atmospheric temperatures, a factor known as equilibrium climate sensitivity. With less ice in the mix to start, however, there is less capacity for water to replace ice, said Ivy Tan, an author of the paper and a graduate student at the department of geology...
  • Another study says warming may be worse than experts think

    04/07/2016 11:49:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | April 7, 2016 | By SETH BORENSTEIN
    Most computer simulations of climate change are underestimating by at least one degree how warm the world will get this century, a new study suggests. According to the study published Thursday in the journal Science, computer model simulations say there is more ice and less liquid water in clouds than a decade of satellite observations show. Because as the climate changes, there will be more clouds with far more liquid, and global warming will be higher than previously thought, said study co-author Trude Storelvmo, a Yale atmospheric scientist.
  • U.S. companies use social media to denounce laws seen as anti-gay

    04/06/2016 2:49:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 6, 2016 | BY ANJALI ATHAVALEY
    U.S. companies took to social media on Wednesday to denounce new laws enacted by southern states that target the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Companies like IBM Corp and Herbalife Inc used Twitter to criticize a North Carolina measure targeting transgender bathrooms and a Mississippi 'religious freedom' law allowing people to deny wedding services to gay couples. Several technology executives also criticized a Mississippi bill allowing people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples after Governor Phil Bryant signed it into law on Tuesday. Brad Smith (‏@BradSmi), president and chief legal officer at Microsoft Corp,...
  • California officials seize computers, footage from anti-abortion activist

    04/06/2016 2:40:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 6, 2016 | BY MEGAN CASSELLA
    California Department of Justice agents have raided the home of David Daleiden, the anti-abortion activist who targeted women's healthcare group Planned Parenthood with a series of undercover videos, his attorney said on Wednesday. Daleiden and his group, the Center for Medical Progress, began releasing videos in mid-2015 purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials trying to negotiate prices for aborted fetal tissue. Under federal law, donated human fetal tissue may be used for research, but profiting from its sale is prohibited. Planned Parenthood denied the accusation and called the probe politically motivated. Planned Parenthood said the raid showed Daleiden was "paying...
  • Obama Has Officially Adopted Bush's Iraq Doctrine

    04/06/2016 1:23:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    TIME ^ | April 6, 2016 | by Jack Goldsmith
    Last week the State Department's top lawyer, Brian Egan, gave an important but underreported speech that marked the final stage of the Obama administration’s normalization of once-controversial Bush-era doctrines about the conduct of war. Before a gathering of geeky international law-loving lawyers in Washington, D.C., Egan announced the Obama administration's official embrace of the same preemption doctrine that justified the invasion of Iraq. Though the contexts for the Obama and Bush preemption principles differ, the principle is the same. But it is the Obama team's articulation of the principle that will be influential. Future presidents who want to use force...
  • Obama to sit down for exclusive 'Fox News Sunday' interview

    04/06/2016 1:12:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 6, 2016
    President Obama will sit down for his first interview with "Fox News Sunday" since being elected president. The exclusive interview, to be conducted by host Chris Wallace, will air on April 10. It also marks the president’s first interview on Fox News Channel since 2014. The interview will be held at the University of Chicago, covering a range of topics including the 2016 election and the president’s legacy.
  • The debate about human-caused climate change is heating up, just like the Earth

    04/06/2016 12:49:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | April 6, 2016 | By Douglas Perry
    On Tuesday I published a short post about the key arguments of climate-change skeptics while also pointing out that some 98 percent of published scientists in the field believe human-caused climate change is indeed happening and must be addressed. For years the two sides have been talking - or yelling - past one another, which benefits none of us. As expected, the post brought forth a wave of comments from readers. Many lambasted me for providing a forum for the "lunatics" who deny human-caused climate change. Climate skeptics, on the other hand, chastised me for only presenting their more simplistic...
  • Judge: Climate Change Imperils Wolverines and Feds Must Act

    04/06/2016 12:32:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 4, 2016 | By MATTHEW BROWN
    The Obama administration brushed over the threat that climate change poses to the snow-loving wolverine when it denied protections for the elusive predator, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered wildlife officials to act as quickly as possible to protect the species as it becomes vulnerable to a warming planet. Wolverines need deep mountain snows to den, and scientists warn that such habitat will shrink as Earth heats up. The ruling comes two years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejected the views of many of its own scientists and decided not to protect the...
  • Climate data since Vikings cast doubt on more wet, dry extremes

    04/06/2016 12:19:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 6, 2016 | BY ALISTER DOYLE
    Climate records back to Viking times show the 20th century was unexceptional for rainfall and droughts despite assumptions that global warming would trigger more wet and dry extremes, a study showed on Wednesday. Stretching back 1,200 years, written accounts of climate indicated that variations in the extremes in the 20th century were less than in some past centuries. "Several other centuries show stronger and more widespread extremes," lead author Fredrik Ljungqvist of Stockholm University told Reuters. "We can't say it's more extreme now." Ljungqvist said many existing scientific models of climate change over-estimated assumptions that rising temperatures would make dry...
  • Statewide view: Obamacare anything but affordable for millennials

    04/03/2016 7:52:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | April 2, 2016 | By Lindsey Stroud
    How affordable is the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare? One just needs to look at the state of Minnesota. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota increased its individual health insurance premiums by an average of 49 percent in 2016. In Minnesota, many younger people may now have to pay for a portion of the health care assistance a dead parent received in the past. When Minnesota agreed to expand its Medicaid program, required asset tests were eliminated. Prior to that change, assets such as real estate were accounted for when determining eligibility. Now assets are not used...
  • SunEdison at risk of bankruptcy, unit says; shares plummet 60 percent ($4.6b Taxpayer $)

    03/29/2016 12:34:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 29, 2016 | BY AMRUTHA GAYATHRI AND ARATHY S NAIR
    U.S. solar energy company SunEdison Inc, whose aggressive acquisition strategy has saddled it with almost $12 billion of debt, is at "substantial risk" of bankruptcy, one of its two publicly listed units warned on Tuesday. A bankruptcy would rank among the largest involving a non-financial company in the past 10 years, according to bankruptcydata.com. SunEdison declined to comment. SunEdison's shares - already reeling from a Wall Street Journal report on Monday that the company was being investigated for overstating its cash position - fell as much as 60 percent to a record low of 50 cents.
  • Library of Congress cancels 'illegal aliens' subject heading

    03/29/2016 6:58:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2016
    The Library of Congress is no longer using the heading "illegal aliens" in bibliographic records, thanks to a request from Dartmouth College students. Officials concluded that the meaning of "aliens" is often misunderstood and should be replaced with "noncitizen," and that the phrase "illegal aliens" has become pejorative. The heading "illegal aliens" is being replaced by "noncitizen" and "unauthorized immigration."
  • 1 dead, 37 wounded in Easter weekend shootings

    03/29/2016 6:41:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 28, 2016 | By Alexandra Chachkevitch and Megan Crepeau
    A man was killed and 37 other people were wounded, several critically, in weekend shootings. No homicides were reported Easter Sunday, which was the outcome desired by South Side religious leaders who advocated an "Easter without murder." In all, nine people were shot from 3 p.m. Friday to early Saturday; 18 people were shot - one fatally - from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning; and 11 people were wounded in shootings from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.
  • Scientists expect more mountain rock slides with climate change

    03/29/2016 6:23:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 28, 2016 | By Kevin Schultz
    A pair of local scientists say climate change may bring one more thing to worry about: rock slides from out of the blue. It's a caution they raised this month after studying a high cliff in Yosemite National Park to find out why mountainous rocks fall from high places for no obvious reason. "There are often rockfalls that happen on beautiful, sunny summer days and there is often no explanation: no rain, earthquakes or any other obvious explanation," said Brian Collins, a researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey. They concluded that daily and seasonal fluctuations in temperature led to expansions...
  • Six wounded in St. Patrick's Day shootings in Chicago

    03/17/2016 1:11:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 17, 2016 | Wire Reporters
    Six people have been wounded in shootings before noon on St. Patrick's Day, all on Chicago's South Side. The most recent shooting happened at 11:15 a.m. in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.
  • Al Gore urges world leaders to sign Paris climate deal

    03/17/2016 12:45:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 17, 2016
    World leaders must show their commitment to tackling global warming by signing the Paris climate agreement at a ceremony in April at the United Nations, climate change activist and former US vice president Al Gore said. "There is an overwhelming amount of hope that the Paris climate agreement could be a turning point towards a more resilient, low-carbon future," Gore told Reuters. "While the deal is not enough by itself, it is a major step forward." The key is for countries to switch to renewable energy, Gore said. "With the Paris agreement, we send a signal to the business community...