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Rivers Shut Down Over EPA's Spill Of 3 Million Gallons Of Toxic Water

In Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, towns that are downstream from the old gold mine that spewed contaminated wastewater into a river have shut off their water supplies' connections to the spill. Two rivers will remain closed until at least Monday, officials say.

The spill began last Wednesday, when an EPA cleanup team used heavy equipment to breach a dam at an abandoned mine in Colorado. They inadvertently released water that was laden with heavy metals and contaminants into a creek that flows into a river above Durango.

"The orange plume of wastewater leaked from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado down the Animas River into New Mexico's San Juan River," Colorado Public Radio's Grace Hood reports. She adds that seven public water supply systems have been shut off in Colorado and New Mexico.

Water samples taken after the spill showed lead concentrations that were 3,500 times the levels normally seen in Durango. The wastewater also contains manganese, zinc, copper and cadmium, along with other contaminants.


Whole story here:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/11/431527360/rivers-shut-down-over-epa-s-spill-of-3-million-gallons-of-toxic-water

Cecil Adams on the high incarceration numbers in the US

From his "The Straight Dope" column:

Dear Cecil:

Iíve heard the U.S. has the highest percentage of its population incarcerated of any country in the world. Is there a single crime or category of crime in which we excel that puts us in the top spot? Or are we just better at committing crime across the board? My guess is the war on drugs accounts for much of our prison population. Can you provide a breakdown showing how we've achieved our less-than-enviable position?


and Cecil replies:


The drug war contributed, but itís not the major factor behind our crazy high imprisonment rate. What does explain it then? Iíll just say the more you delve into this, the more complicated it gets.

Letís review the incarceration rate, first discussed in this space in 2004. The U.S. currently has more than 321 million people. According to the World Prison Population List, the United States has a total prison population, including pretrial detainees, of 2.24 million. This works out to 716 prisoners per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the world.


Whole article here:

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/3241/is-any-one-crime-to-blame-for-the-high-u-s-imprisonment-rate?utm_source=Chicago+Reader&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=594146_The+Straight+Dope+08%2f07%2f2015&dm_i=2JCR,CQG2,2KTJUC,TI4K,1

O'Malley: The 15 things you won't hear from the GOP's debate tonight

1. A Politically Correct Comment From Donald Trump
2. Fresh Ideas
3. People Who Listen to Scientists
4. Any Understanding of Womenís Health
5. Recognition Of The Value New Americans Offer Our Communities
6. A Defense Of Workersí Rights To Collectively Bargain
7. A Fight For Equality For The LGBTQ Community
8. Support For Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour
9. Protecting the Rights of Voters Rather than Extending Rights to Corporations
10. A Commitment to Rein in Wall Street
11. A Vow to Ensure Debt-Free College for All Students
12. Privatizing Really Just Means Ending Social Security
13. A Promise to Protect and Expand Obamacare
14. Any Mention of the Failures of Trickle Down Economics
15. Policies That Move Us Forward

Whole picto-article here:
http://journal.ijreview.com/2015/08/246013-15-things-wont-hear-tonights-gop-debate/?utm_content=buffera8687&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

O'Malley "identifies himself as a candidate who is not merely identifying the big problems - which

counts for something. He is calling for the big solution - which counts for even more." - John Nichols in The Nation

Whole article on protecting the right to vote here:

http://www.thenation.com/article/omalley-endorses-a-constitutional-amendment-protecting-the-right-to-vote/

"The Wildlife Naming Fund" from Tom the Dancing Bug

Brian McFadden on "The Side Effects of Diplomacy"



He captured them all perfectly, but really nailed Jeb.

"We sent this to supporters & guess what? A lot of them believe in science, too. You with them?"

- Martin O'Malley from a fundraising letter.


LOL

Martin O'Malley: Obscure but not implausible

Clinton may have had the most supporters in the room, and Sanders' populist fury stirred the most anticipation. But if there had been impartial judges giving scores, O'Malley would have been the clear winner ó and a sound meter probably would have confirmed it. His lines about redeeming the American Dream and promoting a stronger middle class are standard fare. His selling point was: "I am the only candidate for president with 15 years of executive experience." He stands out, he said, for turning "progressive values into action."

This was where his earnest speech became impassioned, his voice rising over building cheers: "In Baltimore, we took action to save lives by reducing record-high violence to record lows. We increased drug treatment to free thousands of our courageous neighbors from the scourge of drug addiction. ... Driver's licenses for new American immigrants, marriage equality and a ban on assault weapons: and we didn't just talk about it, we actually got it done!" On his mayoral record, O'Malley can point to documented changes that, in the post-Ferguson, Mo., era, seem incompatible. Overall crime fell more in Baltimore than in any other big city. At the same time, shootings by police dropped sharply.


and

And he seems to enjoy the part of the campaign that involves chatting and posing for selfies with voters. At the nearby White Star Ale House, before the dinner, I arrived 10 minutes early for his "meet-and-greet," only to find O'Malley already working a crowd whose numbers would have alarmed the fire marshal. He was still at it when I left an hour later.

Does any of this matter in a race against two far more famous candidates? Maybe not. He lacks Clinton's money and incomparable name recognition, and he lacks Sanders' visceral appeal to the Occupy Wall Street crowd. His narrow path to victory lies in convincing Democrats he's a fresh alternative to the recycled Clinton, but unlike Sanders can be elected.



Whole article by Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune behind a pay wall here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/ct-omalley-president-iowa-democratic-perspec-0723-20150722-column.html

x-posted from the DU O'Malley group

Martin O'Malley: Obscure but not implausible

Clinton may have had the most supporters in the room, and Sanders' populist fury stirred the most anticipation. But if there had been impartial judges giving scores, O'Malley would have been the clear winner ó and a sound meter probably would have confirmed it. His lines about redeeming the American Dream and promoting a stronger middle class are standard fare. His selling point was: "I am the only candidate for president with 15 years of executive experience." He stands out, he said, for turning "progressive values into action."

This was where his earnest speech became impassioned, his voice rising over building cheers: "In Baltimore, we took action to save lives by reducing record-high violence to record lows. We increased drug treatment to free thousands of our courageous neighbors from the scourge of drug addiction. ... Driver's licenses for new American immigrants, marriage equality and a ban on assault weapons: and we didn't just talk about it, we actually got it done!" On his mayoral record, O'Malley can point to documented changes that, in the post-Ferguson, Mo., era, seem incompatible. Overall crime fell more in Baltimore than in any other big city. At the same time, shootings by police dropped sharply.


and

And he seems to enjoy the part of the campaign that involves chatting and posing for selfies with voters. At the nearby White Star Ale House, before the dinner, I arrived 10 minutes early for his "meet-and-greet," only to find O'Malley already working a crowd whose numbers would have alarmed the fire marshal. He was still at it when I left an hour later.

Does any of this matter in a race against two far more famous candidates? Maybe not. He lacks Clinton's money and incomparable name recognition, and he lacks Sanders' visceral appeal to the Occupy Wall Street crowd. His narrow path to victory lies in convincing Democrats he's a fresh alternative to the recycled Clinton, but unlike Sanders can be elected.



Whole article by Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune behind a pay wall here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/ct-omalley-president-iowa-democratic-perspec-0723-20150722-column.html

O'Malley speaks at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner

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