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The war on the middle class

By Bernie Sanders JUNE 12, 2015


HERE IS THE reality of the American economy. Despite an explosion in technology and a huge increase in worker productivity, the middle class continues its 40-year decline. Today, millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages and median family income is almost $5,000 less than it was in 1999.

Meanwhile, the wealthiest people and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well. Today, 99 percent of all new income is going to the top 1 percent, while the top one-tenth of 1 percent own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. In the last two years, the wealthiest 14 people in this country increased their wealth by $157 billion. That increase is more than is owned by the bottom 130 million Americans Ė combined.

Over the last 40 years, the largest corporations in this country have closed thousands of factories in the United States and outsourced millions of American jobs to low-wage countries overseas. That is why we need a new trade policy and why I am opposed to the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership now before Congress.

Large corporations and their lobbyists have created loopholes enabling corporations to avoid an estimated $100 billion a year in taxes by shifting profits to the Cayman Islands and other offshore tax havens. That is why we need real tax reform which demands that the very wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes.

more

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/06/12/bernie-sanders-the-war-middle-class/hAJUTAjWgupBLx4zAMh7nN/story.html?hootPostID=932abaf0e7def55e4bea95b77a4d4763

Japan is building huge solar power plants that float on water



Unlike coal-fired plants, solar power stations donít produce smog but they do take up land. Or, at least they did.

In Japanís Hyogo prefecture, a solar station was recently launched that floats on a reservoir and will produce about 2,680 megawatt hours per yearóenough for 820 typical households. Kyocera plans to build dozens of such stations on reservoirs around Japan, especially in areas lacking available land for utility-scale generation.

With construction completed in late May and operations begun this week, the new installation measures 333 by 77 meters (1,093 by 253 ft) and will sell the energy it produces to Kansai Electric Power in Osaka for about •96 million ($780,000) annually, according to the Japan Times. Helpful, as Japanís energy strategy in the aftermath of Fukushima calls for roughly doubling the amount of renewable power sources in the country by 2030.

It employs nearly 9,100 waterproof solar panels and a float made of high-density polyethylene. Itís Kyoceraís third such installation, the first two being smaller versions launched on ponds earlier this year.

more

http://qz.com/426718/japan-is-building-huge-solar-power-plants-that-float-on-water/

Consistency: Bernie Sanders speaks out against NAFTA 05-09-1991



He was right then, and right now.

Cops: Boy, 3, shot self with gun he found in mother's purse

By DAN SEWELL(0) Comments
CINCINNATI (AP) ó A 3-year-old boy had been playing with a handgun he found in his home before fatally shooting himself in the chest with it, police said Friday.

In audio tape of a 911 call released by Hamilton police, a woman identifying herself as the mother of Marques Green said she carried the gun in her purse and had set her purse down after getting home.

"My son just shot himself, and I'm not getting a pulse," Elizabeth Green screamed Thursday afternoon. "Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I'm not getting a pulse ... I don't think he's alive!"

It's the second apparently accidental gunshot death of a young person this month in Hamilton, a city of 62,000 people nearly 30 miles north of Cincinnati.

more
http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/national/boy-shot-self-with-gun-he-found-in-mother-s/article_87a5ffc3-c70c-5947-8570-dff20862265e.html

But they sure were safe from the bad guys

Reps who voted for fast track took 91% more money from corporations backing the bill

By Donny Shaw

The House of Representatives this afternoon rejected the Senateís fast track package for the Obama administrationís trade proposals, but they also voted in favor of the fast track portion of the package itself, 219-211. Though largely symbolic, the vote shows that fast track does have the votes to pass in the House, and that will be an important factor in determining how Congress moves forward with giving the administration the fast track authority in the coming weeks.

The special fast track rules would bar members of Congress from submitting amendments to the trade proposals, limit how long they can debate them, and restrict dilatory tactics that typically create a 60-vote hurdle for legislation in the Senate.

So why would any member of Congress vote to willfully cede their power to give input on massively important trade proposals, especially when they donít know what they will look like when they are presented to them?

But follow the money flowing to Congress from financial companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, defense companies, and other industries that have been lobbying for fast track power, and the correlation between campaign contributions and votes on the measure is clear.



more
http://www.congressionaldish.com/representatives-who-voted-for-fast-track-have-taken-91-more-money-from-corporations-backing-the-trade-deals/

Trade agreements have got to benefit the working families of our country.



https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/609404924988776448/photo/1

Sanders Statement on Trade Bill

Friday, June 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, June 12 Ė Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement after the House scuttled a trade bill:

ďAs one of the Senate leaders in the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, I applaud the House of Representatives for the vote today. While the fight will no doubt continue, todayís vote is a victory for Americaís working people and for the environment. The trade deal pushed by corporate America and Wall Street is the continuation of disastrous trade policies which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs as large corporations shut down in this country and move to low-wage countries abroad. We need a new approach to trade, an approach which benefits the working families of our country, and not just the CEOs of multi-national corporations. The House vote is an important step in the right direction."

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sanders-statement-on-trade-bill_--

Krugman- The Obamacare Disinformation Loop

Over the past few weeks Iíve been watching a real-time demonstration of how American voters come to be misinformed about key policy issues. Yes, itís Obamacare again.

Hereís how it played: some insurance companies began filing requests for large increases in the premiums for individual plans. Now, anyone who reads Charles Gaba knows that such filings need to be taken with huge helpings of salt: there were similar stories last year, and it turned out both that approved increases were much smaller than requests and that the companies asking for big raises were outliers; overall, premiums rose very little.

Nonetheless, my inbox began filling up with right-wing attacks on the mainstream media for covering up the truth about skyrocketing Obamacare costs, and this pressure campaign had its effect: soon, scare stories about a looming disaster began popping up.

And then more numbers began coming in, and sure enough, the whole thing is looking like a false alarm.

So will there be big headlines about Obamacare not costing that much, after all, and how the earlier reports were misleading? Hahaha.

more
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/12/the-obamacare-disinformation-loop/

Incredibly rare -Chinese Pika facing extinction because people are trying to capture them as pets

With teddy bear ears, twitchy little nose and fluffy coat, it is easy to see why people have fallen in love with the incredibly rare Chinese ili pika.
A distant relative of the rabbit, the incredibly rare creature had gone unseen for more than two decades until it was captured on film in March this year.
But fame has come at a price for the adorable animal, with conservationist Li Weidong warning that it may go extinct in the near future because people are trying to catch them to keep as pets.



Mr Weidong, who discovered the species in 1983 and has been working virtually alone to study it ever since, believes there are as few as 1,000 left in the wild, making it rarer than the panda.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3121637/The-price-fame-Incredibly-rare-cute-Chinese-Pika-facing-extinction-people-trying-capture-pets.html

Polar bears spotted eating dolphins for the first time as Arctic waters warm

Polar bears are now eating dolphins lured north by warming water.

Scientists for the first time observed the bears feasting on white-beaked dolphins in Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic. They theorise the dolphins, lured northward by warmer waters, were trapped under the ice and killed by the bears when coming up for air through a small hole, they wrote in a new study.

"This is the first record of this species as polar bear prey," the authors led by the Norwegian Polar Institute's Jon Aars said in the paper published this month in the Polar Research journal. "The warming of the Arctic is significantly changing the ecosystem and relations between species."

Climate change is rendering increasing areas of the Arctic ice-free during summer months. While the dolphins often visit Svalbard in warmer months, they haven't been reported that far north in early spring. The researchers observed seven more dolphin carcasses near the area in the following months.

One of the bears was so skinny his ribs were visible through the fur, they said. After the bear had eaten one dolphin, it covered up another with snow to save for later.

more (warning, gruesome images)
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/polar-bears-spotted-eating-dolphins-for-the-first-time-as-arctic-waters-warm-20150612-ghn1wd.html
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