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Vote suppression is in their DNA


Vote suppression is in their DNA

by digby

Keep in mind that there is zero evidence of any systematic voter fraud in this country and zero evidence that any election has been illegitimately won on the basis of voters pretending to be someone they are not:

Arkansas Tossed Ballot Of 79-Year-Old Woman Who Has Been Voting Since Jim Crow


In a small one-story house filled with knickknacks and stuffed animals, Joy Dunn sat at her dining room table going over her absentee ballot. Turning the pages with long fingernails painted fire engine red, she said she wanted to make sure she had everything in order, as the vote she cast in March’s special election was never counted.

“I got a letter saying my vote wasn’t counted because I didn’t have ID. But I’ve been voting in this state since 1954 and I never had to have ID,” she told ThinkProgress. “I didn’t know I was supposed to send in an ID this time. Nobody told me.”

Dunn, who just turned 79, has several forms of valid ID, but says she was never notified that she had to include a copy of it with her absentee ballot. Arkansas is one of a tiny handful of state to require copies of ID from absentee voters, and the only state in the nation to make those over age 65 do. The only exceptions to this rule are for active duty service members and their spouses and residents of long-term care or residential care facilities.

This time, Joy is aware of the requirement, but it hasn’t been easy for her to meet it. Because of a foot injury that left her unable to drive, she had to ask a neighbor to take her drivers’ license to the library and bring her back a photocopy to include with her ballot. “I had to depend on somebody to go do it for me and that’s a hardship on me,” she said. “And most people don’t even have that kind of help! I think it’s unfair for a lot of us older people.”

She said this hardship reminded her of the very first time she cast a ballot, in Little Rock in 1954. She was forced to pay a $2 poll tax, which she said was “not much more” than people made working a full day’s shift. “It was a little white slip, looked like a rent receipt,” she said. “You had to have that slip to vote.”

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/10/10/3578451/meet-joy-voter-id-arkansas/

The idea then was the same as the idea now: to keep African Americans and Latinos from voting. And when one roadblock falls they figure out a way to put up another one. It's so obvious that I cannot believe they can deny it with a straight face. But they do --- and then they start screaming something unintelligible about black panthers.

Believe me when I say that voter ID isn't the end of it. Even if every voter in the country gets bar-coded the conservative party will find another way to suppress the vote of their opponents. It's in their DNA at this point.


http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/vote-suppression-is-in-their-dna.html

Deadly Force-in Black & White---ProPublica analysis-Young Blacks Being Killed At Disturbing Rates

Deadly Force, in Black and White

A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.
by Ryan Gabrielson, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Eric Sagara
ProPublica, Oct. 10, 2014, 11:07 a.m



Who Gets Killed?

The finding that young black men are 21 times as likely as their white peers to be killed by police is drawn from reports filed for the years 2010 to 2012, the three most recent years for which FBI numbers are available.


The black boys killed can be disturbingly young. There were 41 teens 14 years or younger reported killed by police from 1980 to 2012 ii. 27 of them were black iii; 8 were white iv; 4 were Hispanic v and 1 was Asian vi.

That's not to say officers weren't killing white people. Indeed, some 44 percent of all those killed by police across the 33 years were white.

White or black, though, those slain by police tended to be roughly the same age. The average age of blacks killed by police was 30. The average age of whites was 35.



way, way more:
http://www.propublica.org/article/deadly-force-in-black-and-white

Jon Stewart blasts ex-AIG chief: ‘Go f*ck yourself’ for crying over $184 billion bailout



“Hello, Mr. Greenberg,” Stewart said, impersonating a loan officer. “You’ve asked us for $184.6 billion for 90 percent of your company, which is only worth $15 billion … go f*ck yourself.”

Stewart pointed out that, while the U.S. paid more than 1,000 percent of AIG’s market value at the time of the bailout, Greenberg filed a lawsuit painting himself as a victim of government extortion.


“You’re angry that they wouldn’t lend to you at less than 14 percent,” Stewart said. “Yeah, we hate it, too, only we call it having a credit card. And we don’t sue over those rates because we can’t.”

As a rule, Stewart said, extortionists and kidnappers try to extract money from their victims — not take their dog, force them to accept a large cash payment and then return the dog anyway. He also shot down Greenberg’s claim that AIG’s bailout terms were less favorable than those offered to banks like Citigroup and Morgan Stanley.



http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/jon-stewart-blasts-ex-aig-chief-go-fck-yourself-for-crying-over-184-billion-bailout/

The Southwest Has Been Gassed


This map, from the study published Oct. 9 in Geophysical Research Letters, shows anomalous U.S. methane emissions averaged from 2003 to 2009 as detected by a European Space Agnency satellite.
Credit: American Geophysical Union


The hot spot the researchers found, which was validated by ground instruments, covers about 2,500 square miles over the Four Corners area, where coal-bed methane development in the area released about 650,000 tons of methane into the atmosphere annually for each of the seven years. That amounts to 10 percent of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s official estimate of methane emissions for all of the U.S. during those years.

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/huge-methane-emissions-hot-spot-in-u.s.-18156

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Oct 9, 6:45 PM EDT

SATELLITE SEES HOT SPOT OF METHANE IN US SOUTHWEST
BY SETH BORENSTEIN
AP SCIENCE WRITER



WASHINGTON (AP) -- A surprising hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane hovers over part of the southwestern U.S., according to satellite data.

That result hints that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies considerably underestimate leaks of methane, which is also called natural gas.

The higher level of methane is not a local safety or a health issue for residents, but factors in overall global warming. It is likely leakage from pumping methane out of coal mines. While methane isn't the most plentiful heat-trapping gas, scientists worry about its increasing amounts and have had difficulties tracking emissions.

A satellite image of atmospheric methane concentrations over the continental U.S. shows the hot spot as a bright red blip over the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. The image used data from 2003 to 2009.

Within that hot spot, a European satellite found atmospheric methane concentrations equivalent to emissions of about 1.3 million pounds a year. That's about 80 percent more than the EPA figured. Other ground-based studies have calculated that EPA estimates were off by 50 percent.

MORE:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_METHANE_HOT_SPOT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
via:
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2014/10/9/17530/2151

Pakistan's Malala Awarded Nobel Peace Prize As Youngest Winner Ever

Pakistan's Malala Awarded Nobel Peace Prize As Youngest Winner Ever



OSLO, Norway (AP) — Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for risking their lives to fight for children's rights. The decision made Malala, a 17-year-old student and education activist, the youngest-ever Nobel winner.

The news set off celebrations on the streets of Mingora, the main town in Pakistan's volatile Swat valley, with residents greeting each other and distributing sweets. At the town's Khushal Public School, which is owned by Malala's father, students danced in celebration Friday, jumping up and down.

When she was a student there, Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago for insisting that girls as well as boys have the right to an education. Surviving several operations with the help of British medical care, she continued both her activism and her studies.



MORE:
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/malala-youngest-nobel-peace-prize-winner
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/10/world/europe/nobel-peace-prize/index.html

"It was a legal technicality"

zoo

Carl Sagan’s Long Lost Deep Thoughts On The War on Drugs


“All over the country there are people having terminal cases of cancer or AIDS, who are given...huge doses of chemotherapeutic agents which force them to be nauseous, to be unable to take food, which then leads rapidly to their dwindling away because they can't eat. It's well-established that marijuana counteracts this nausea... Is it rational to forbid patients who are dying from taking marijuana as a palliative to permit them to gain body weight and to get some food down?... That's a highly irrational official government position...”
Carl SaganAstrophysicist & Author
http://marijuanamajority.com/?id=822


.....Sagan, who used marijuana to enhance his creativity and generate bold new ideas, never got to see the day when Americans could go to a store, buy marijuana and use it in the privacy of their own homes without fear of criminal prosecution.

But thanks to a huge collection of Sagan’s papers recently made available to the public for the first time at the Library of Congress, we’ve now been given greater insight into his deep thoughts on the drug war and related topics.

The documents confirm that Sagan, whose 1985 “Contact” novel includes a scene where a store in fictionalized future 1999 France is selling marijuana imported from California and Oregon, would’ve been thrilled to see the legalization era we’re entering now, even if we’ve taken a bit more time getting here than he once predicted (back during the height of Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” crusade, no less).

He passed away just a few months after California voters made their state the first to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Since then, 22 other states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing for medical use, and Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana outright for all adults over 21.


?d5e3dc

http://marijuana.com/news/2014/10/carl-sagans-long-lost-deep-thoughts-on-the-war-on-drugs/
http://marijuana-uses.com/mr-x/

Charles Pierce: "There is a long, blue river of sadness running through the words of that dissent"

Charlie Pierce re:

Justice Ginsberg's dissent from the Supreme Court decision upholding North Carolina's restrictive voting laws:


Only two justices dissented, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Ginsberg wrote the dissent for both of them, and she said pretty much what I just said, except somewhat more formally than anatomically. She is not fooled by what's been going on here for the last two years, when the Republicans saw the demographic freight train bearing down on them. She sees the historic sweep of the backlash:

For decades, §5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,through its preclearance requirement, worked to safe-guard long obstructed access to the ballot by African-American citizens. In Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U. S. (2013), this Court found the Act's §4 coverage formula obsolete, a ruling that effectively nullified §5's preclear-ance requirement. Immediately after the Shelby Countydecision, North Carolina enacted omnibus House Bill 589, which imposed voter identification early voting by a week, prohibited local election boards from keeping the polls open on the final Saturday afternoon before elections, eliminated same-day voter registration, terminated preregistration of 16- and 17-year olds in high schools, authorized any registered voter to challenge ballots cast early or on Election Day, and barred votes cast in the wrong precinct from being counted at all. These measures likely would not have survived federal preclearance.


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There is a long, blue river of sadness running through the words of that dissent. It runs under the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama. It pools into a lagoon of sadness behind an earthen dam in Mississippi. The survivors of the generation that fought and bled for the right to vote are getting old and dying off right now. John Lewis is 74. Soon, there won't be any of them left. But it always was thought that the victories they won would survive them. That the real monument to their cause would be lines of the historically disenfranchised suddenly empowered, swamping the system, and realizing that elections in this country are meant to be the most powerful form of civil disobedience there is. And now, it looks very much as though powerful interests are in combination to make sure their victories die with them, here as we celebrate John Roberts's Day of Jubilee. There is a long blue river of sadness running through those words, and a darkness spreading across its surface, and a long night is falling on the face of the water.


http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Supreme_Court_Means_Business

Rolling Stone offers 55 numbers that show things have actually improved a lot under President Obama

The Obama Hope and Change Index: 6 Years of Progress, By the Numbers

55 figures that prove President Obama has accomplished more than you may realize





Peak unemployment, October 2009: 10 percent
Unemployment rate now: 5.9 percent
Consecutive private sector job growth: 55 months
Private sector jobs created: 10.3 million
Federal deficit, 2009: 9.8 percent of GDP
Deficit in 2014: 2.8 percent of GDP
Average under Ronald Reagan: 4.2 percent of GDP
Average tax rate for highest earners 2008: 28.1 percent
Average tax rate for highest earners 2013: 33.6 percent
Banks regulated as too big to fail, 2009: 0
Banks regulated as "systemically important financial institutions" — a.k.a. too big to fail — 2014: 29
Billions returned to consumers by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforcement: $4.6 billion
Americans compensated for being swindled by banks, lenders and credit card companies: 15 million
Dow Jones close, inauguration day 2009: 7,949
Dow Jones yesterday: 16,719
Required MPG (miles per gallon) for cars when Obama took office: 27.5
Required MPG for light trucks/SUVs when Obama took office: 23
MPG requirement by 2016 for cars, light trucks/SUVs: 35.5
MPG required by 2025: 54.5
Gigawatts of wind power installed when Obama took office: 25
Gigawatts of wind power installed through end of 2013: 61
Peak summertime solar power generation June 2008: 128 gigawatt hours
Peak summertime solar power generation June 2014: 2,061 gigawatt hours
Coal burned in electrical generation 2008: 1 billion short tons
Coal burned in electrical generation 2013: 858 million short tons
Reduction: 14.2 percent
EPA-proposed CO2 reductions for power sector by 2030: 30 percent
Pell grant funding 2008-2009: $18 billion
Pell grant funding 2013-2014: $33 billion
Adults gaining insurance under first year of Obamacare: 10.3 million
As a percentage of the uninsured: 26
Annual cost for birth control prior to Obamacare: Up to $600
Annual cost for birth control under Obamacare-compliant policies: $0
Prescriptions now required to obtain emergency contraception: 0
2009 projection for Medicare going broke: 2017
2014 projection for Medicare going broke: 2030
Troops in Iraq, inauguration day 2009: 144,000
Troops in Iraq today: 1,600
Osama bin Ladens alive 2009: 1
Osama bin Ladens alive 2014: 0
Troops in Afghanistan, day, 2009: 34,400
Troops pledged in Afghanistan by end of 2014: 9,800
Guantánamo detainees inauguration day 2009: 242
Gitmo detainees today: 149
Crack vs. Powder cocaine-crime sentencing disparity when Obama took office: 100:1
Crack vs. Powder disparity today: 18:1
Drug offenders eligible to seek early release under new sentencing guidelines: 46,000
States with medical marijuana, 2009: 13
Jurisdictions with medical marijuana today: 23 states, plus Washington, D.C.
States with legal recreational pot 2009: 0
States with legal recreational pot today: 2
Jurisdictions with marijuana legalization on the ballot in 2014: Alaska, Oregon, Washington D.C.
States where gay marriage was legal inauguration day 2009: Massachusetts, Connecticut
States where gay marriage is legal: 24, plus Washington, D.C. (soon to be 30 plus D.C., following Supreme Court refusal to intervene)
Immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children now shielded from deportation: 800,000



All the links to ALL FIFTY-FIVE:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-obama-hope-and-change-index-6-years-of-progress-by-the-numbers-20141008
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