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Sam Brownback’s Kansas Catastrophe

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback should be coasting to re-election this fall. The soft-spoken son of a Kansas pig farmer is the conservative governor of a deep red state, and he’s running in a year when Republicans will likely have a national advantage over Democrats. Instead, Brownback is now fighting for political survival in what his detractors call the theocratic dictatorship of “Brownbackistan.”

If Brownbackistan were running surpluses with essential services humming along, the governor would probably be fending off rumors of a 2016 presidential run. Instead, he is locked in a tight race with the House Minority Leader Paul Davis, who led Brownback by 6 points in a recent SurveyUSA poll and has been endorsed by more than 100 current and former Republican officials. Last week, the Cook Political Report moved the November contest from a likely Republican win to a pure toss-up.

Wint Winter, a former state senator who has known Brownback since he was 14, is one of the Republicans backing Davis.

“I had hoped that it wouldn’t be as extreme as it’s been,” Winter told The Daily Beast of Brownback’s tenure. “I knew from Sam’s time in the Senate that he had a passionate affection for social issues, but what we didn't know was that Sam would use this state as crash test dummies for his own fiscal experiments. We have people in our group who are moved by different issues, but all of them come back to the fact that Sam did not have the right to use Kansas as an experiment.”

The experiment that Winter referred to is a sweeping income tax cut plan that Brownback enacted in 2011, which eliminated income taxes for small businesses, cut the highest income tax rates by 25 percent, and made smaller cuts for people with lower rates. Brownback has also signed bills cutting state budgets, declared that life begins “at fertilization,” and created an “Office of the Repealer” to eliminate state laws, regulations and agencies. He’s also ended guaranteed teacher tenure, and narrowed eligibility for welfare and Medicaid.

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/20/sam-brownback-s-kansas-catastrophe.html

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Send the fake christians this one:



If they claim it only applies to the Israelites, then respond "Then so does the rest of Leviticus, including that part about homosexuality"

Great Barrier Reef will be 'pretty ugly' by 2050

The Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it's been in since records began and will be "pretty ugly" within 40 years, Australian scientists say.

A senate committee is investigating how the Australian and Queensland governments have managed the reef, with the UNESCO agency to decide next year whether to list it as a World Heritage site in danger.

Scientists have told the committee the reef is facing threats from coastal development, such as a massive port-related dredging project at Abbot Point, farm run-off and poor water quality.

The reef cannot rejuvenate after times of stress as it once did, the scientists say.


Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/great-barrier-reef-will-be-pretty-ugly-by-2050-20140721-zv7yp.html

The great American oyster collapse

by Anar Virji

Willapa Bay is an ideal place to farm oysters.

Vast swathes of the bay, in the northwestern US state of Washington, are exposed at low tide - making it an ideal place for oyster cultivation. It's one of the most productive oyster farming areas in the US.

But just over 10 years ago, the dynamic in the bay and other parts of the Pacific Northwest changed: Oysters started dying off, a development believed to be linked to climate change.

Dave Nisbet has been in the oyster business since 1975, when he started growing oysters on a small plot in Willapa Bay. He then opened his own business. The Nisbet Oyster Company, a family-owned operation, has been processing oysters since 1978. Nisbet's daughter Kathleen Nisbet-Moncy has worked every job in the company, and is now the plant manager, overseeing the processing of nearly one million kilogrammes of oysters a year.

In 2002, the Nisbets began noticing a drop in the number of oysters growing on their farm. But it wasn't until 2008, when they had problems obtaining enough oyster larvae from their supplier, that things started to look dire. Oyster farmers often rely on hatcheries to produce larvae, also known as seed. The hatcheries produce millions of seed that farmers buy and raise to adult size. But the hatchery the Nisbets use also saw their oyster larvae dying off in large numbers.

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http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/07/great-american-oyster-collapse-2014720132433957401.html

Elizabeth Warren woos national Latinos

Nobody paid hundreds of dollars to hear Elizabeth Warren speak on Sunday. There were no black-tie awards, galas or catered meals.

The event was free.

While Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner for a 2016 presidential run, is getting panned for her sky-high speaking fees, the Massachusetts Senator is headlining town hall forums with one of the most highly-coveted voting blocs: Latinos.

The progressive Democrat tailored her signature message of railing against corporate lobbyist and big banks to match the crowd gathered for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Sunday. They didn’t want to hear a grandiose speech about what Washington is getting right — they wanted relief from the everyday strains on their pocketbooks: from student loans to predatory lending; low-paying jobs to foreclosure.

“Across this country, Latino families were robbed by people wearing white shirts and big smiles while regulators looked the other way,” Warren recalled of the foreclosure crisis. “The game is rigged and it’s not right … the way I see it is that we can whine about it, we can whimper about, or we can fight back.“

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http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/elizabeth-warren-woos-national-latinos

Elizabeth Warren Offers Democrats More Than a 2016 Candidacy—She Offers a 2014 Agenda

John Nichols

Detroit—Elizabeth Warren says she is not running for president in 2016—despite the enthusiastic “Run, Liz, Run” chanting that erupted when the senator from Massachusetts took the stage at this year’s Netroots Nation conference. But Warren came to Detroit with the platform on which Democrats should be running in 2016.

And in 2014.

Warren is frequently described as a populist. And she can certainly frame her message in populist terms, as was well illustrated by the strongest statement of her Friday Netroots Nation address: “A kid gets caught with a few ounces of pot and goes to jail, but a big bank launders drug money and no one gets arrested. The game is rigged.”

But as the Rev. William Barber, of North Carolina’s “Moral Mondays” movement, reminded the conference in a Thursday evening keynote address, populism is not an ideology or a program unto itself. Populism can go left or go right. Populism can be cogent or crude. What matters is the vision that underpins a populist appeal.

What Elizabeth Warren brought to the Netroots Nation gathering was a progressive vision that is of the moment—a vision rooted in the understandings that have been established in the years since the “Republican wave” election of 2010. As Republicans in Congress practiced obstructionism, and as an increasingly activist Supreme Court knocked down historic democratic protections, Republican governors aggressively attacked labor rights, voting rights and women’s rights. Citizens responded with rallies, marches and movements—in state capitals, on Wall Street, across the country. They developed a new progressive vision that is more aggressive and more precisely focused on economic and social justice demands, and on challenging the power of corporations and their political allies.

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http://www.thenation.com/blog/180723/elizabeth-warren-offers-democrats-more-2016-candidacy-she-offers-2014-agenda

Ron Paul stands up for Putin

Anti-war advocate — and longtime libertarian thorn in the side of the Republican Party — Ron Paul spoke out Friday about the Malaysian jet that was shot down over Ukraine.

His verdict: don’t blame Russia.

“ Putin is a little bit smarter than that,” the former Texas Congressman told Newsmax on Friday. “I don’t think he would ever come close to participating in an act like this.”

Paul urged caution in assessing the situation.

“Under these circumstances, it’s very difficult to get the real information so everybody’s angling to propagandize and make their position known,” he said. ”It’d be unwise to say, well, the Russians did it, or the Ukrainian government did it, or the rebels did it.”


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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/19/libertarian-icon-says-not-to-blame-russia-for-the-downed-malaysian-plane/
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