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The average U.S. CEO is paid 331 times as much as their average employee.

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Role Reversal

“Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010.”

* Headline from National Journal says it all: “Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010.”

For years, mentions of Earth Day have sprung up each April from members of both parties. In April 2010, Democrats spoke of Earth Day over 150 times, mostly in commemoration of its 40th anniversary. But no Republican has uttered the words "Earth Day" on the House or Senate floor since 2010.

The last to do so was Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, in support of expanding nuclear-power generation. "Forty years ago, at the time of the first Earth Day, Americans became deeply worried about air and water pollution and a population explosion that threatened to overrun the planet's resources," reads Alexander's speech. "Nuclear power was seen as a savior to these environmental dilemmas." Eight months later, the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in densely populated, nuclear-dependent Japan would set off a new wave of environmental dilemmas.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono on LOVE


NYT: The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest
APRIL 22, 2014

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.

While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.

After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.

The numbers, based on surveys conducted over the past 35 years, offer some of the most detailed publicly available comparisons for different income groups in different countries over time. They suggest that most American families are paying a steep price for high and rising income inequality.

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I-Team: Bundy's 'ancestral rights' come under scrutiny (It seems that his claims are all lies)

I-Team: Bundy's 'ancestral rights' come under scrutiny

One of our local news stations, the local CBS affiliate, is known for it's investigative journalism and has won many awards for it. So they decided to check out everyone's favorite traitor and his claims, and what they found was interesting.... It seems that all of his claims are apparently lies. He claims that his family has been using the land since the 1870s, from which his erroneous claims derive. His family actually bought the ranch in 1948, provably, and didn't get cattle until the 1950s. And they bought the water rights to their own property but no grazing rights to the Federal land. Imagine that. And kudos to channel 8, KLAS tv, for doing some good journalism. So good to see these days. I wonder if this will finally make the derps squatting in my state fantasizing about violence finally slink homeward?

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 2:25 PM PDT
Updated: Apr 21, 2014 5:56 PM PDT
By Nathan Baca, Investigative Reporter


"I've lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim, have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements," Bundy said.

Clark County property records show Cliven Bundy's parents moved from Bundyville, Arizona and bought the 160 acre ranch in 1948 from Raoul and Ruth Leavitt.

Water rights were transferred too, but only to the ranch, not the federally managed land surrounding it. Court records show Bundy family cattle didn't start grazing on that land until 1954.

The Bureau of Land Management was created 1946, the same year Cliven was born.



An abbreviated look at rancher Cliven Bundy's family history
Posted: Apr 21, 2014 3:36 PM PDT
Updated: Apr 21, 2014 6:47 PM PDT


I had written a reporter at KLAS -8newsnow
questioning why the station wasn't doing more to expose Bundy's lies and my concern about the militias. We shared several emails, this was his last one.
For his safety, I omitted his name and initials.

From: (reporter)
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:31 PM
To: Me
Subject: Re: need info

I got to work today and talked to my bosses, and I think the misinformation has reached the point where we have no choice but to respond to it. In one sense, we don't like doing this because it encourages more crapola. If the nutballs know that they can get TV time by creating false rumors on the internet, it is an invitation to trouble for my profession. That said, there are exceptions to every rule, and in this instance, we have reached a tipping point where the misinformation being spread has overwhelmed the facts.

In other words, you were right from the beginning, and we are going to jump into this with both feet over the next few days, but without trying to further enrage the heavily armed fringe groups for whom no amount of factual info will make one bit of difference.
It's a fine line.

Thanks for reaching out to me


U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Florida Gov. Rick Scott on drug testing

Source: Tampa Bay Times

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Florida Gov. Rick Scott's petition to review a ruling that his random drug testing policy for state employees is unconstitutional, the latest in a series of legal battles facing the governor.

The decision leaves in place a May 2013 appeals court ruling against Scott's 2011 executive order making consent to suspicionless drug testing a condition of employment. A judge had previously concluded that the program, covering up to 85,000 state workers, violated Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did grant Scott some leeway, saying drug testing without suspicion could be used in "certain safety-sensitive categories of employees — for instance, employees who operate or pilot large vehicles, or law enforcement officers who carry firearms in the course of duty."

Lawyers are still arguing about which employees could be subjected to random tests. It could take months to sort out.

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/us-supreme-court-rejects-florida-gov-rick-scotts-request-to-review-drug/2176064

Vanity Fair: When Snowden was still missing on Tuesday-the N.S.A.’s efforts to find him intensified

From Vanity Fair’s Snowden Exclusive: A Tense Few Days in Hong Kong
Inside a hotel room in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden shared secrets with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill—and then disappeared.

According to intelligence sources, neither Booz Allen nor the N.S.A. yet knew that Snowden had taken classified documents. At this point he was simply missing. It’s believed his family contacted Booz Allen when they couldn’t reach him, setting off alarms. “I feel alone, lost, overwhelmed, and desperate for a reprieve from the bipolar nature of my current situation,” Mills wrote that Monday.

When Snowden was still missing on Tuesday, the N.S.A.’s efforts to find him intensified. On Wednesday, a Century 21 real-estate agent, Kerri Jo Heim, was at the bungalow on Eleu Street with a photographer, preparing for an open house. At one point she was surprised to see two people, one a uniformed policeman, approach the front door. “They just asked if I knew what had happened to the former tenant, and I said I didn’t know,” Heim recalls.

That morning at the Mira, Snowden “was emotional” and had been worrying about his girlfriend, MacAskill remembers. “He was still lying in bed. Just agitated.” Told of this, a person who knows Snowden well says, “Part of him is very naïve. I think he thought the world would see how fucked up what the N.S.A. was doing is and give him a part in a parade. I think he knew people would get mad, and charge him, but that the more that came out, the more people would say, ‘Hey, no.’ ”

That first Guardian story sent tremors through the N.S.A. Somewhere, it was clear, there had been a leak. But was it inside the N.S.A. or elsewhere? Verizon? A rogue congressional source? No one as yet had any sense of how serious this might be. “This data was coming in, but there was no context,” says one official. The Guardian gave them very little to go on.


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Even motherhood & apple pie are fair targets if it turns out that liberals happen to like them

There Goes the Sun
APRIL 21, 2014, 5:22 PM

Like just about everyone who has looked at the numbers on renewable energy, solar power in particular, I was wowed by the progress. Something really good is in reach.


For the Kochs, it’s partly a matter of financial interest. But for the conservative movement in general, Kevin Drum has it right: it’s all about tribalism. Liberals like solar power, so we’re against it. Or as Drum says,

We’ve now entered an era in which affinity politics has gotten so toxic that even motherhood and apple pie are fair targets if it turns out that liberals happen to like apple pie.


What makes it even worse is that one (not the only) reason to like the solar revolution is that it helps fight climate change. So if you’re a card-carrying conservative, who believes that climate change is the biggest, most intricate, and most incredibly successful conspiracy in history — thousands of scientists around the world, and not one of them squealing! — you want to block solar even if it saves money.

To reuse an old line from Brad DeLong, at this point right-wing paranoia is worse than you can possibly imagine, even if you take into account the fact that it’s worse than you can possibly imagine.

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