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World Passes Critical Global Warming Milestone

Source: CBS News

World Passes Critical Global Warming Milestone

May 6, 2015 2:59 PM EDT

The world has passed a worrying milestone, with concentrations of greenhouse gases reaching levels not seen for millions of years.

For the first time, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Wednesday that global concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in March passed 400 parts per million.

The landmark has long been expected, given that nations led by the United States, China and India continue to pump huge quantities of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. But the fact it has now been reached could provide additional urgency to reaching a global pact to cap emissions when world leaders meet in Paris on the issue later this year.

"It was only a matter of time that we would average 400 parts per million globally," said Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA's Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. "We first reported 400 ppm when all of our Arctic sites reached that value in the spring of 2012. In 2013 the record at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory first crossed the 400-ppm threshold. Reaching 400 parts per million as a global average is a significant milestone."

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/world-passes-critical-global-warming-milestone/

Tsunami warning issued after preliminary magnitude 7.5 quake hits south of Papua New Guinea

Source: NBC News

@BreakingNews: Tsunami warning issued after preliminary magnitude 7.5 quake hits south of Papua New Guinea - @NWS_PTWC http://t.co/LAUZt50IpI/s/KSEN

Read more: Link to source

TOM TOMORROW: Responses To Baltimore

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/04/1382167/-Cartoon-Responses-to-Baltimore

Officials Say Prince William's Wife, Kate, in Early Stages of Labor

Source: Associated Press / BBC News

@BreakingNews: RT @BreakingNewsUK: Duchess of Cambridge in labor, admitted to private Lindo Wing at London's St Mary's hospital - @BBCBreaking http://t.co/veSqmWjKyj/s/0dI5

Palace says Duchess of Cambridge in hospital for birth

MAY. 2, 2015 2:01 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Officials say Prince William's wife Kate has been admitted to a London hospital for the birth of the couple's second child.

In a brief statement, Kensington Palace officials announcd Saturday that the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary's Hospital.

The baby will be a younger brother or sister to William and Kate's first child, Prince George, who was born in July 2013 at the same hospital.

The couple has said that they don't know whether the baby will be a boy or a girl.

Officials say Prince William's wife, Kate, in early stages of labor

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour.

She was admitted to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in west London - where her first child, Prince George, was born in July 2013.

Kensington Palace said "labour is progressing as normal" for the duchess who was taken to the hospital by car.

Officials have said the duchess and her husband, Prince William, do not know the sex of their unborn child.
The duchess travelled from Kensington Palace with Prince William and was admitted at 06:00 BST (05:00 GMT).

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/76b9400b4e604c8c81dcc571d35e5cc7/palace-says-duchess-cambridge-hospital-birth

Bernie Sanders Raise $1.5 Million In First Day


Bernie Sanders Has a Better Fund-Raising Start Than Republican Counterparts

3:36 PM ET 3:36 PM ET Alan Rappeport

The three Republican senators who are running for president — Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio — all boasted about raising $1 million in their first 24 hours as candidates. But they have nothing on Bernie Sanders.

The independent senator from Vermont, who announced Thursday that he is running as a Democrat, said Friday that he had raised $1.5 million online in less than a full day as a candidate. The support came from 35,000 donors who contributed an average of $43.

Mr. Sanders has said that small donations will be his only chance of defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton for the nomination, because he has no “billionaire and millionaire” friends and does not intend to depend on the backing of a “Super PAC.”

“A successful national campaign will require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community in our country,” Mr. Sanders said in a Facebook post. “With your help, we are off to a great start.”


Luckovich TOON: Baltimore's Moms

Breaking: Baltimore Police Finish Inquiry Into Freddie Gray Death

Source: New York Times

APRIL 30, 2015
The Baltimore police have finished their investigation into how a young man suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody, and have handed their findings off to prosecutors, officials said Thursday.

The announcement opens a new phase in a case that has riveted the city, sparking demonstrations and unrest, as the focus shifts to the new, relatively untested state’s attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn J. Mosby. Her office will fold the police findings into its own investigation.

But officials continued to warn that completion of the police inquiry would not translate into new revelations for the public about what happened on April 12 to Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died. The Police Department has stated that it will not disclose what it has found, and Ms. Mosby’s office has said that it does not expect to make any significant release of information until it has assembled a more complete picture of the incident.

If the state’s attorney decides it wants to prosecute any of the officers involved, it will take its case to a grand jury to seek an indictment. In all, criminal charges could still be months away, if they come at all.

Read more: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/01/us/baltimore-protests-freddie-gray.html

Friend of Joni Mitchell Says in Court Filing She is Unconscious; Unable to Make Decisions

Source: Associated Press

@AP: Friend of singer Joni Mitchell says in court filing that she is unconscious and unable to make decisions: http://t.co/cSCdkNqGDg/s/KTGl

Friend: Joni Mitchell unconscious, unable to care for self
APR. 28, 2015 7:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell is unconscious and the singer-songwriter is unable to make medical decisions for herself, a longtime friend stated Tuesday in a court filing.

Leslie Morris, who is identified as a friend of Mitchell's for more than 44 years, filed a petition Tuesday to be named conservator for the Grammy-winning singer.

Morris is not seeking control of Mitchell's estate. She is seeking the appointment because Mitchell does not have any family who can serve as her conservator.

Mitchell was hospitalized March 31 after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home. No updates about her health have been posted to her website or Twitter account since early April, when a message stated she was resting comfortably and improving.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4a5b1afa2e814ae0a33beadf48b1defb/friend-joni-mitchell-unconscious-unable-care-self


Apr 28: Update on Joni's health
Sources with Joni in the hospital have approved the following statement to be made through JoniMitchell.com: "Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority - in the absence of 24-hour doctor care - to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts." You may add your well wishes for her at the website WeLoveYouJoni.com

Bob Cesca: The Profound Unfairness of the Baltimore Riots


The Profound Unfairness of the Baltimore Riots

Bob Cesca on April 27, 2015

There’s something grossly, profoundly unfair happening in Baltimore and across the country tonight.

It’s unfair that so much of the media coverage tends to come from white anchors, reporters and commentators (like me), who’ve never experienced what it’s like to be a person of color who’s confronted by police brutality — on camera or off. This isn’t to suggest that only African-Americans are allowed to comment on issues within African-American communities, but one thing was clear from Monday’s coverage: Wolf Blitzer might not be the most insightful moderator for such a discussion.

It’s unfair that the memory of Freddie Gray, the latest victim of unfair police profiling and excessive force, is besmirched by looters and rioters who are effectively spitting on his grave by turning what ought to be peaceful protests into self-serving violence and theft — where personal outrage and greed supersede a far more noble cause. The fact is, the looters probably don’t care too much who was killed or by whom. They’re merely piggy-backing their personal greed and lack of morality onto an entirely unrelated event.

It’s unfair that more commentators don’t make a clear distinction between the original tragedy and the violent unrest.

It’s unfair that the news media focuses so much time and coverage on the darker aspects of what’s happening, rather than balancing the coverage by showing neighbors helping neighbors and ministers preaching nonviolence and peaceful demonstrations. Sure, if it bleeds it leads, but as we’ve seen on countless occasions, viewers also love heroes, and throughout the day Monday, the heroes were marginalized in lieu of showing burned out cars and drugstores on fire.

It’s unfair to the broader African-American community, which still struggles with racism and racial discrimination, that a relative few looters reinforce the ugly stereotypes marketed by those who seek to separate rather than unite. The looters and assailants are no more representative of the African-American community than secessionist Bundy ranch hooligans are representative of whites.

It’s unfair that poverty, one of the root causes of racial animosity, isn’t viewed by more Americans as a national problem demanding national solutions, rather than a wedge to be marginalized, ridiculed and demagogued with racial scare-words and Southern Strategy dog-whistles.

It’s unfair that shop owners and franchises have been robbed and burned through no fault of their own.
It’s unfair that nearsighted haters and bigots view rioting and looting as an exclusively African-American problem when it’s absolutely not.

Huntington Beach, 2013, following a surfing competition:


The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore


The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore

Years of abuses are every bit as egregious as what the Department of Justice documented in Ferguson, Missouri, and as deserving of a national response.

APR 22, 2015

In Baltimore, where 25-year-old Freddie Gray died shortly after being taken into police custody, an investigation may uncover homicidal misconduct by law enforcement, as happened in the North Charleston, South Carolina, killing of Walter Scott. Or the facts may confound the darkest suspicions of protestors, as when the Department of Justice released its report on the killing of Michael Brown.

What's crucial to understand, as Baltimore residents take to the streets in long-simmering frustration, is that their general grievances are valid regardless of how this case plays out. For as in Ferguson, where residents suffered through years of misconduct so egregious that most Americans could scarcely conceive of what was going on, the people of Baltimore are policed by an entity that perpetrates stunning abuses. The difference is that this time we needn't wait for a DOJ report to tell us so. Harrowing evidence has been presented. Yet America hasn't looked.

I include myself.

Despite actively reading and commenting on police misconduct for many years, I was unaware until yesterday that the Baltimore Sun published a searing 2014 article documenting recent abuses that are national scandals in their own rights.

A grandmother's bones were broken. A pregnant woman was violently thrown to the ground. Millions of dollars were paid out to numerous victims of police brutality.

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