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Where private land meets public interest 4.1.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A group of landowners on the Colorado-New Mexico border aim to conserve a contested landscape.
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NY Bar Owner Calls Accused ISIS Wannabe A Panhandler Who 'Caused Trouble' 2.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York bar owner who says his restaurant was the one identified by authorities as the target of a would-be terrorist says the man arrested in the plot is an aggressive panhandler. The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester ( http://on.rocne.ws/1R3YfOX ) reports that Merchants Grill co-owner John Page described Emanuel Lutchman, of Rochester, as a panhandler who "caused more trouble than positive." Federal authorities say the 25-year-old Lutchman sought to prove he was worthy of joining the Islamic State group by carrying out a New Year's Eve attack at a bar using a machete and knives provided by an FBI informant. He was arrested Wednesday. Our terrorist mastermind Emanuel Lutchman had a record of mental health problems & couldn't afford $40 for weapons. pic.twitter.com/i0JiMpRBXv — Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) December 31, 2015 Lutchman's lawyer, Steven Slawinski, declined to comment on the charges. Authorities did not identify the bar, but Page said his restaurant ...
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'The Washington Post' Fired Lefty Columnist Harold Meyerson 31.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post's editorial page editor, has fired columnist Harold Meyerson, one of the nation's finest journalists and perhaps the only self-proclaimed socialist to write a weekly column for a major American newspaper during the past decade or two. At a time when America is experiencing an upsurge of progressive organizing and activism -- from Occupy Wall Street, to Black Lives Matter, to the growing movement among low-wage workers demanding higher minimum wages, to Bernie Sanders' campaign for president -- we need a regular columnist who can explain what's going on, why its happening, and what it means. More than any other columnist for a major U.S. newspaper, Meyerson provided ongoing coverage and incisive analysis of the nation's labor movement and other progressive causes as well as the changing economy and the increasing aggressiveness of big business in American politics. He was one of the few columnists in the country who knew labor leaders and grassroots activists by name, and ...
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The Paris Climate Agreement: Hope or Hype? 31.12.2015 Commondreams.org Views
Brian Tokar

It has become a predictable pattern at the annual UN climate conferences for participants to describe the outcome in widely divergent ways. This was first apparent after the high-profile Copenhagen conference in 2009, when a four-page non-agreement was praised by diplomats, but denounced by well-known critics as a “sham,” a “farce,” and a mere face-saver. UN insiders proclaimed the divisive 2013 Warsaw climate conference a success, even though global South delegates and most civil society observers had staged an angry walk-out a day prior to its scheduled conclusion.

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Economic diplomacy in Sagebrush Rebel country 28.12.2015 High Country News Most Recent
A new science and education center gives rural Utah a boost.
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10 favorite stories about books and reading for 2015 23.12.2015 TreeHugger
From library bathtubs to Icelandic book giving, this is the stuff from which bibliophiles' dreams are made.
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Why Is a Democratic Media Firm Buying Ads for a Controversial Minnesota Mine? 20.12.2015 Truthout.com
The Iron Range of Minnesota with a mining operation in the background. It's in this area of the state that a controversial new mining project could be built. (Photo: SusanLesch / Wikimedia Commons ) A lobbying group promoting a controversial mining project in Minnesota is working with an ad firm that primarily buys ad time for Democratic candidates. The group, Mining Minnesota, is a lobbying organization with six registered state lobbyists. Its executive director, Frank Ongaro (also its designated lobbyist) was previously the president of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, according to his LinkedIn page . The group lists a number of "industry supporters" on its website, from engineering and energy companies to law firms and staffing services. Probably the two most significant organizations on that page are PolyMet and Twin Metals (both of which have members on Mining Minnesota's board of directors). These are mining companies who are both seeking to build controversial new copper and nickel mines ...
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5 Horrible Things Congress Just Snuck Into Law 19.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Congress has officially approved the latest omnibus budget deal, which now heads to President Obama's desk. The bill is essentially guaranteed to be signed into law, because anything less means the government would shut down. Again. In what's become something of a sick annual tradition, members of Congress attached a multitude of riders to this must-pass piece of legislation in an attempt to sneak through deeply unpopular things they could never justify introducing or voting for on their own. The text of the 2,000 page bill was quietly made available to the public in the middle of the night on Tuesday -- just a few days before it was passed by both houses of Congress. So, what was Congress trying to hide? Here are five of the most egregious things we found. THE PART THAT ALLOWS FOR MORE SECRET (AND POSSIBLY FOREIGN) POLITICAL MONEY A provision buried on page 472 added the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from taking any action to reign in the political activity of 501(c)4 organizations. These ...
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How The Wall Street Journal's Climate Coverage Fails Businesses 16.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- The Wall Street Journal may want to consider some editorial input from its advertisers. Such a thing would be journalistic sacrilege. But the full-page that ran last week in the country’s biggest newspaper by circulation -- a call from nearly 70 big-name companies for a strong deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions -- seems more in touch with scientific reason than much of anything found on the editorial and opinion pages. In the wake of the historic climate deal struck in Paris last week -- in which 195 countries agreed to a framework for weaning the world off fossil fuels -- the opinions of the editorial board of the country’s business newspaper of record seem to be as toxic as pollutants they seem OK with spewing into the atmosphere. Economist Jeffrey Sachs wrote in a blog  post  that appeared in The Huffington Post on Monday that the job of business leaders is to look ahead and around corners, to see what is coming next. “Taking The Wall Street Journal editorials as fact would cost the ...
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Terrorism Is Now Americans' Top Concern 15.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Terrorism has become the most important concern for Americans since the attacks on Paris and San Bernardino, California, surpassing even the economy, according to a new Gallup poll released Monday.    The Gallup survey shows 16 percent of Americans now rate terrorism as the top challenge facing the country -- the highest percentage recorded by the pollsters in a decade. This represents an increase of 13 percentage points from a Gallup poll conducted in the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, when the economy had the top spot with 17 percent. Republicans are the most worried about terrorism. Twenty-four percent of Republicans told Gallup that terrorism is the most important issue facing the country, while 15 percent of independents and 9 percent of Democrats said the same. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll  released on Monday found similar increased concern over terrorism. Four in 10 surveyed said national security and terrorism was the top issue the government needs to address, a 19-point increase from ...
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A Paris Climate COP21 Slideshow 14.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
COP21 Paris was a very hopeful event. I was at Kyoto in 1997 and this was so much bigger and more optimistic. The whole city became a giant climate learning laboratory -- there were so many events it was impossible to even know about them all. Here are some photographs for a flavor of COP21 Paris. Imagine, every nation in the world had to agree, and they did. While the agreement doesn't do enough, the requirement to come back every 5 years and do more is so important. We Can Change Climate Change. Let's do it. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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'Taking Page From Donald Trump,' US House Votes for Restrictions on Visa Waiver Program 9.12.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

In a move that civil liberties groups decried as allowing for "blanket discrimination," the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to increase restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

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Aztecs vs. Air Force 12/5/15 6.12.2015 Science / Technology News

The Aztecs' Malik Smith is raised up by teammates as the Aztecs celebrate their 27-24 win over Air Force to win the Mountain West conference championship at Qualcomm Stadium. - Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune The Aztecs' head coach Rocky Long holds up the trophy after the Aztecs 27-24 win over Air Force to win the Mountain West conference championship.

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The New York Times' Front-Page Editorial On Gun Control Is Bad 5.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Saturday, The New York Times printed a front-page editorial -- its first  since 1920  -- calling for greater restrictions on gun ownership in the United States. You can read the piece  here , but be warned: It's deeply flawed. The Times doesn't use the term, but the policy it's advocating is what's generally called an assault weapons ban. Assault weapons bans are hard to write and implement, and easy to undermine and circumvent. Even a perfect assault weapons ban wouldn't do anything about most gun violence, because most gun violence involves handguns that aren't forbidden under such laws. The Times' editorial board claims, without evidence or argument, that "it is possible to define" "in a clear and effective way" "certain kinds of weapons ... and certain kinds of ammunition, [that] must be outlawed for civilian ownership." But previous laws targeting "certain kinds of weapons" in the U.S. have generally failed to achieve their goals. The federal assault weapons ban passed in the 1990s was riddled ...
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Tablets turn the page to a new media experience 4.12.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Friday, December 4, 2015 rabble is expanding our Parliamentary Bureau and we need your help! Support us on Patreon today! In a way, a tablet paper is the return of the morning paper you took in off the porch. It's self-sufficient and you spend time with it, one-on-one, says Rick ...
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A Generation of Delay: Climate Policy Is 20 Years Behind 4.12.2015 Truthout.com
United States 2050 UNFCCC commitment 3. Strong Negative Emissions ... The IPCC now  says that we must remove greater than 100 percent of annual emissions directly from the sky in order to avoid dangerous climate change. The following quote is from the next to the last statement of fact in the SPM: "A large fraction of anthropogenic climate change resulting from carbon dioxide emissions is irreversible on a multi-century to millennial time scale, except in the case of a large net removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over a sustained period." Chapter 12 repeats this statement in different language that adds more meaning and clarification to the Summary for Policymakers statement. From the summary of  Chapter 12 Long-term Climate Change: Projections, Commitments and Irreversibility, we find: "A large fraction of climate change is largely irreversible on human time scales, unless net anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions were strongly negative over a sustained period." 4. How much is a large net ...
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New York Daily News Slams 'Terrorist' NRA Boss Wayne LaPierre 4.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The New York Daily News is calling the NRA's Wayne LaPierre a " terrorist " on its front page on Friday. The cover features the word "TERRORIST" in large letters as well as images of the gunmen in other recent mass killings, including Syed Farook, one of the two San Bernardino shooters .  1st look at Friday's Page 1… MASS MURDER MADE EASY https://t.co/vvmLcF6aJl MASSACRE MISSION https://t.co/IlDcIZeAds pic.twitter.com/tyMEZpwMP1 — New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 4, 2015 "Syed Farook joins long list of murderous psychos enabled by the NRA's sick gun jihad against America in the name of profit," the cover reads.  The Daily News says it has offered LaPierre a chance to respond, but he has so far refused. However, the NRA responded to its critics on Twitter and with an opinion piece in USA Today :  The #NRA won’t accept the blame for murderers, nor apologize for fighting for our right to defend against them https://t.co/DN0mEex4ay The Daily News has been going after LaPierre for years, calling ...
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New York Post Decides Aftermath Of Mass Shooting Is A Good Time To Be Racist 4.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The dumpster fire of racist and Islamophobic rhetoric in America can count on at least one national newspaper to fan the flames.  The bad-idea factory known as The New York Post on Thursday changed the headline on its front page from "MURDER MISSION" to the significantly more inflammatory "MUSLIM KILLERS," both referring to the  San Bernardino, California, shooting  on Wednesday. Look at how the NY Post changed its front page to let more racism in. pic.twitter.com/vK7qPPge2c — Jack Mirkinson (@jackmirkinson) December 3, 2015 The original headline appeared on newsstands Thursday morning as well as online, and was preserved in the Newseum's archive of front-page newspapers. The headline was later changed, and "MUSLIM KILLERS" appeared online as of early Thursday afternoon. The Post's rival, The New York Daily News, went a different direction with its cover Thursday, slamming politicians who simply send "thoughts and prayers" after shootings rather than take action to reform gun laws.  Wednesday's shooting ...
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Turning the Page on Hatred and Commercial Christmas 'CaCa' 3.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The convergence of the holiday and ramping up political seasons are upon us. The most wonderful time of the year, right? Maybe yes, is the surprising answer. The Republican candidates are openly displaying their hatred and ignorance like never before. Their insanity is a gift, because it is so transparently insane. It has become impossible to ignore the ugly underbelly of the anti-people messaging. Yes. Anti-humanity, anti-generosity, anti-love. Quick question. If one is against abortion on the justification of love for the fetus and human life, how is it possible to hate, yes, hate, women who consider abortion and the doctors who help them. Are they not also human and deserving of staying alive? We all know by heart this line of wonder and the absurdity of attacks on Planned Parenthood and a woman's right to choose abortion. I am preaching to the congregation here. I am also offering a peak of positivity in the current shift in our society. The Republican candidates are staging a circus day and night, ...
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JOIN THE VIRTUAL MARCH ON PARIS 1.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The big march in Paris was cancelled, but you can still march virtually by changing your profile picture on Facebook to the Earth at bit.ly/toloveearth . Here's an easy way to let world leaders gathered in Paris know you expect them to reach a climate agreement. If enough of us do this, believe me they will know. Mark Ruffalo and Desmond Tutu have changed their profile picture to the Earth. Hope you will be next. Meanwhile, the Earth now has its own Facebook page. Visit www.facebook.com/earth to like the new Facebook page for the earth and its climate. The Earth Page aims to bring compelling content about the wonder of our planet, and what we need to do to protect it, to a global audience on Facebook. As more people like the page, it will become a giant education platform to help preserve our climate - and thereby civilization, prosperity, security, and -- please tell your conservative friends -- our freedom. All the media coverage on the Paris talks could well have an impact on American public opinion ...
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