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Letting corporations sue governments protecting the environment is no way to solve the water crisis 29.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
As the world looks for innovative solutions to solve the rapidly worsening water crisis, two Salvadoran experts toured Canada this month to promote a simple strategy that could save the public billions of ...
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Rick Santorum Uses His 404 Page To Skewer Hillary Clinton 28.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If you venture onto GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's website and click on a broken link, you'll find a page that reads: “We’re sorry, but we couldn’t find that page. But we do have this search box, you know, ‘for convenience.’” That's a dig at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's response when it was revealed that she used a private email server to conduct official government business while she was secretary of state. Clinton tried to shrug off the subsequent criticism, telling reporters that she used her private email because she thought it was more convenient. Like many of his fellow Republicans, Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, has seized on Clinton's email issue to attack her. Last month, Santorum's super PAC, Patriot Voices, released an ad in which the narrator says Clinton "placed America in even greater peril in an already-dangerous world." The ad goes on to question Clinton's leadership ability. "If Hillary Clinton has created this type of disaster as our ...
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Mr. President, Get Your Team on the Same Page About Iraq and ISIL 27.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
To say that the capture of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province, by ISIL over a week ago was an embarrassment to the Iraqi army would be a massive understatement. After intense combat on the streets of Ramadi and the employment of dozens of high-explosive suicide car bombs over a period of several days, an Iraqi army force that outnumbered the enemy had to vacate their positions for fear of eventually being captured and butchered after running out of ammunition. Despite assurances from Iraqi and U.S. military officials that ISIL's seizure of Ramadi was nothing like the complete collapse of Iraqi army units in Mosul eleven months prior -- the Pentagon has insisted it was a pre-planned withdrawal in order to regroup later on -- the result was exactly the same: a humiliating defeat at the hands of a much smaller and evidently more battle-hardened force of ISIL militants. However, to lay the entire blame on the Iraqi army wouldn't be fair. Whether the White House would like to admit it or not, ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Politicians Follow Weekend Of Barbecues And Troop Thanking With Barbecues And Troop Thanking 27.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Bernie Sanders' second campaign announcement is a reminder that the “official” campaign launch is the dumbest political development since the prebuttal. George Pataki will announce his White House bid on Thursday, really shaking up the race to be Jeb Bush’s commerce secretary. And back in D.C., the Capitol was evacuated after a fire alarm sounded. This being recess, it only affected a couple hungover dudes in polo shirts. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, May 26th, 2016: IN OBAMACARE, PROBLEM - Robert Pear: "They are only four words in a 900-page law: 'established by the state.' But it is in the ambiguity of those four words in the Affordable Care Act that opponents found a path to challenge the law, all the way to the Supreme Court. How those words became the most contentious part of President Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment has been a mystery. Who wrote them, and why? Were they really intended, as the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim, to make the tax subsidies in the law available only in ...
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Bernie Sanders Campaign Site's 404 Page Is The Most Bernie Sanders Thing Ever 26.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The 404 page on Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign website is just about the most Bernie Sanders thing ever. When users enter an incorrect web address, the Vermont senator pops up in a video to tell them they've lost their way. "The good news is you're on the right website, and it's a really good website," Sanders says in the video. "The bad news is, you're on the wrong page." Sanders then tells users to "just scoot down" to the bottom of the page, where a menu of pages on the website can be found. Another incredibly Bernie Sanders thing can be found at the bottom of the page: a note that says the website is "paid for by Bernie 2016 (not the billionaires)." Watch Sanders' 404 video above. -- 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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A Record Percentage Of Americans Now Say They're Social Liberals 22.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For the first time in at least 16 years, Americans are equally likely to describe themselves as socially liberal as they are to say they're social conservatives, a new Gallup poll finds . Thirty-one percent of Americans say they're liberal on social issues, with another 31 percent calling themselves conservatives and the rest identifying as moderates. In 1999, when Gallup first began tracking questions on ideology, Americans were 18 points more likely to describe themselves as social conservatives. Since then, the gap has narrowed, with the exception of a spike in conservatism at the beginning of President Barack Obama's first term. Much of the change is due to a long-term shift among Democrats and independents who lean toward the Democratic Party, a record 53 percent of whom now call themselves social liberals. A majority of Republicans still say they're social conservatives, but that number has also dipped in recent years, with an increasing minority in the party instead saying they're moderate on ...
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How many pages to print the internet? 21.5.2015 Science / Technology News

We all understand, courtesy of our daily contributions to social media and our search struggles with Google, that the internet is huge - and only growing more huge. More than 3 billion people are now online.

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Support For Same-Sex Marriage Reaches Record High 20.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Support for same-sex marriage has reached an all-time high, according to recent polls. A new survey from Gallup shows a record 60 percent of Americans now say they approve of legalized same-sex marriage. The trend measured by Gallup closely matches results from other polls that have been measuring public opinion on same-sex marriage. An ABC/Washington Post poll conducted in April found that 61 percent of Americans approve. Similarly, a Quinnipiac University poll from the same month measured approval at 58 percent. Approval of same-sex marriage has grown at a rapid rate in the last two decades. When Gallup first surveyed Americans on the issue in 1996, only 27 percent approved. Nineteen years later, that number has more than doubled, growing 5 points in the last month alone. In fact, the shift in approval is one of the "fastest changes ever measured" by the General Social Survey , which has measured trends in American public opinion for the last 40 years. Gallup finds that a majority of Democrats and ...
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It's Not Just You -- Those Health Insurance Deductibles Are Getting Scary 20.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Debates about health care frequently focus on the number of people with and without insurance, because it’s a relatively straightforward thing to measure . Either you have coverage or you don’t. But an equally important question is what kind of insurance you have -- and that includes whether your policy leaves you exposed to large, potentially crippling out-of-pocket expenses . The answer makes a big difference. A big co-payment might discourage you from filling a prescription to treat a serious condition, or from seeing a specialist whose attention you need. If you get sick and end up in the hospital, a high deductible could leave you owing many thousands of dollars, forcing you into financial distress. You wouldn’t be uninsured, but you would be underinsured. You’d also have lots of company. Recently released data, including two brand new surveys, suggests that millions of Americans with insurance are in just that situation. And while there would almost certainly be more of these people if the ...
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How can a Canadian mining company sue El Salvador for $301 million? 16.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 What you don’t know about free trade: the uses and abuses of investor-state arbitration. Or, how a Canadian company is suing El Salvador for $301 million. Friday morning, a delegation of anti-mining activists in kangaroo costumes made a visit to the OceanaGold headquarters in Toronto.  The kangaroos were to be accompanied by a delegation from El Salvador, visiting as part of the Stop the Suits Tour , organized with MiningWatch Canada. They delivered a petition with over 175,000 signatures, asking mining company OceanaGold to drop its $301 million lawsuit against El ...
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How can a Canadian Mining company sue El Salvador for $301 million dollars? 16.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 What you don’t know about Free Trade: the uses and abuses of investor-state arbitration. Or, how a Canadian company is suing El Salvador for $301 million dollars. Friday morning, a delegation of anti-mining activists in Kangaroo costumes made a visit to the OceanaGold headquarters in Toronto.  The Kangaroos were be accompanied by a delegation from El Salvador, visiting as part of the Stop the Suits Tour , organized with MiningWatch Canada. They delivered a petition with over 175,000 signatures, asking mining company OceanaGold to drop its $301 million dollar lawsuit against El ...
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New Hope for Tres Ríos -- A New Plan From BLM 15.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Animas River, Colorado fritzmb photo (cc) When I look at the Bureau of Land Management's map of the Tres Ríos Field Office area, I see a rich and varied landscape, dotted with place names that have some meaning, like Dolores, which is shorthand for the devotional El Río de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, (The River of Our Lady of Sorrows) named by Santa Fe explorer Juan Rivera in 1765. Or the Animas River, "River of Souls," fed by snowmelt from the awe-inspiring peaks, it courses through to become the lifeline of Durango, my grandmother's birthplace. And, of course, there is Mesa Verde, the green plateau, and ancestral pueblo homeland. Just a few weeks ago, seeing those special places on that very same map made me uneasy. Although Mesa Verde is off limits, I had visions of an unbridled takeover of nearly every place else by the industry, with well pads, derricks and storage tanks overwhelming the beauty of that Colorado landscape. I had fears of the underground effects of fracking on the aquifers, with ...
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'Parson' Manning, in the pulpit, preaches formula of failure to Alberta's New Democrats 15.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Preaching from the highest pulpit in the land, the opinion pages of the mighty Globe and Mail, Preston "Parson" Manning delivered a stern homily yesterday about how Rachel Notley must organize her cabinet to ensure the speediest possible return to conservative rule out here in unexpectedly social democratic Wild Rose Country. The charismatic and intelligent Notley, in case you missed it, was asked by Alberta voters on May 5, along with 52 of her New Democratic Party colleagues, to form the government of this ...
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The New York Times Gives Validity To Seymour Hersh's Bin Laden Claim, Though Not In Its News Pages 15.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- New York Times reporter Carlotta Gall, who covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for 12 years at the paper and wrote a book on her experience in the region, is clearly an authority on the U.S. presence there since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks So Gall’s first-person article posted Tuesday evening on the paper’s website -- “The Detail in Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden Story That Rings True” -- got immediate pick-up on Twitter, since it seemed to validate one of Hersh's assertions in his controversial 10,000-word piece published in the London Review of Books . Hersh reported that a Pakistani intelligence officer provided the CIA with Osama bin Laden’s location a year before the U.S. raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. However the Obama administration has long maintained that U.S. intelligence tracked down bin Laden through his couriers and pushed back aggressively this week against Hersh's piece. On The Times' site, Gall wrote there were rumors of a Pakistani informant within days of the U.S. ...
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Bill De Blasio Takes Page From Conservative Playbook To Fight Income Inequality 13.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday unveiled a progressive agenda to combat income inequality that he hopes will unify supporters of the cause and focus their efforts ahead of 2016. "We need a stronger coalition," de Blasio told The Huffington Post in an interview Tuesday afternoon. "I think this has often been the case with progressives over the years. We need a stronger coalition. We need the ability to work together on a core set of issues." "We've got to, in a sense, get ourselves concentrated on a set of things that will have the highest impact, and get the biggest, broadest coalition of progressives to gather their forces and maximize their impact," he added. "I can help to gather people in common cause, and then help to build it out around the country. If we do it right, it's going to magnify what's already starting to happen locally." De Blasio officially introduced his plan, called The Progressive Agenda to Combat Inequality , during a Tuesday press conference on Capitol ...
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Report Details Widespread Use of Torture by Ukrainian Army and Security Services 12.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Reviewing: 'War Crimes of the Armed Forces and Security Forces of Ukraine: Torture and Inhumane Treatment', published on March 1, 2015 by The Foundation for the Study of Democracy, 144 pages, in Russian and English, ISBN 978-5-903882-05-2. Online here . A report issued on March 1, 2015 by the Moscow-based Foundation for the Study of Democracy contains chilling descriptions of the widespread use of torture and other inhumane treatment of prisoners by the Ukrainian army and paramilitary forces and by its Ukraine's national security police. The report is titled, 'War Crimes of the Armed Forces and Security Forces of Ukraine: Torture and Inhumane Treatment'. It is 144 pages long, half in Russian and half in English. The information in the report is the result of interviews with over 200 prisoners released by the Ukrainian side of the war that has raged in eastern Ukraine for the past year. The interviews were conducted by researchers of the Foundation from 25 August 2014 to 20 January 2015. The Foundation ...
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The Clock Is Ticking And Republicans Still Have No Serious Obamacare Alternative 11.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Republicans keep saying they’ll be ready to act if the Supreme Court upholds the big legal challenge to Obamacare, thereby wiping out financial assistance for millions of people in two-thirds of the states. With the clock ticking down to a ruling, it’s gotten awfully hard to take the GOP’s vows seriously. Most experts expect the court to rule on King v. Burwell , as the case is known, on or around June 29, which is the last official day of its term. A victory for the plaintiffs would cut off tax credits that residents in Florida, Texas and 32 other states now use to pay for health insurance they obtain through Healthcare.gov, the federally operated marketplace. Those tax credits are worth hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars a year. They are the equivalent of a discount on insurance premiums and, without them, most of the people now receiving the credits would no longer be able to pay for their health insurance. The ranks of the uninsured would swell by more than 8 million, according to an estimate ...
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Why Are Conservatives Abandoning States' Rights for Big Banks? 8.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Talk about cognitive dissonance. On the home page of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA)'s home page is a video talking about the importance of "states' rights." The Attorney General of Georgia even opines in the same piece that expansion of the federal government is "not American." Then, on the same page, the RAGA attacks the Dodd-Frank Act, setting a goal of getting the act thrown out. It leads one to wonder: Is the RAGA at war with itself? One of the most important provisions of Dodd-Frank is that it protects state consumer protection laws against being wiped away ("preempted") by federal law. When it passed Dodd-Frank in 2010, Congress noted that it was difficult for consumers to go after lenders who were engaged in deceptive practices because federal laws didn't do anything to protect those consumers, and state consumer protection laws (which were actually very strong) were overriden and erased by federal law. As a result, Dodd-Frank includes numerous provisions designed to make it ...
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Superfish injects ads in one in 25 Google page views 7.5.2015 Science / Technology News

Over five percent of browser visits to Google owned websites, including Google Search, are altered by computer programs that inject ads into pages. One called Superfish is responsible for a majority of those ad injections.

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Pages Unbound Festival connects the 'wild' with the creative 6.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
What is Wild Culture @ Pages Unbound Festival, you asked?   I have had many questions about one particular event that has really piqued curiosity, at the Pages UnBound Festival, (May 7-10) -- The Cabaret of Wild Culture ...
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