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Ebola and Climate Change: How Are They Connected?

As the Ebola virus is ravaging parts of West Africa, recent reports are linking the outbreak to past studies holding climate change accountable for the uptick in viral diseases.

In 2006, a study published in the journal Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene revealed that Ebola, a “violent hemorrhagic fever that leads to internal and external bleeding,” would be more frequent with global warming due to its intermittent connection to wildlife and climate. In 2008, another study reiterated the same fears, noting that Ebola outbreaks would be among a cluster of other diseases gaining momentum, such as bird flu, cholera, plague and tuberculosis.


In light of the recent outbreak, some researchers are connecting deforestation in countries such as Liberia to the disease, noting that the change in landscape is bringing wildlife in closer contact with humans. According to researchers, the virus is typically found in wildlife, and transmission from animals to humans occurs through contact with infected bodily fluids, causing a “spillover” in species. The virus can also be contracted from another human being when a person is in direct contact with infected blood, vomit or feces during contagious periods, putting health workers in West Africa primarily at risk.

The rest: http://ecowatch.com/2014/08/14/ebola-climate-change-connected/

Elizabeth Warren has what no other potential 2016 Democratic contender yet offers: a message

Elizabeth Warren makes a powerful case.
by Eugene Robinson

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.

The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by — to use a word Jimmy Carter never uttered — malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to present: a message.

“We can go through the list over and over, but at the end of every line is this: Republicans believe this country should work for those who are rich, those who are powerful, those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers,” she said Friday in Englewood, Colo. “I will tell you we can whimper about it, we can whine about it or we can fight back. I’m here with Mark Udall so we can fight back.”

Warren was making her second visit to the state in two months because Udall’s reelection race against Republican Cory Gardner is what Dan Rather used to call “tight as a tick.” If Democrats are to keep their majority in the Senate, the party’s base must break with form and turn out in large numbers for a midterm election. Voters won’t do this unless somebody gives them a reason.

Warren may be that somebody. Her grand theme is economic inequality and her critique, both populist and progressive, includes a searing indictment of Wall Street. Liberals eat it up.

"The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it..."

The rest: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-elizabeth-warren-makes-the-case-on-income-inequality/2014/10/20/ba54c68e-588a-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html


That last line is just as good as FDRs "I welcome their hatred".

Leading Tea Party Group Part Of Fake Founding Father Quotes Epidemic

As John Adams once said, don’t believe everything you read on the internet...

The conservative Tea Party Express bills itself as wanting to return America to the principles held in the founding documents. A review of the branded and heavily-shared quotes from our nation's founders the group posts on Facebook reveals many are of dubious origins, however.

Tea Party Express pledges to restore "this great Republic to the limits articulated by our founders in the Constitution of the United States of America," reads another post.

Here are some of the misquotes:

There’s this Franklin quote, which is not only partially butchered and inaccurate in meaning, but actually about money.

The rest: http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/pandemic-of-sharing-fake-founding-fathers-quotes-in-leading?s=mobile#1zwcuv5

The Best American Cities for Liberals and Conservatives, Quantified

According to researchers, conservative nirvana exists, and it’s in Alabaster, Alabama.

In a list released by Livability.com of the ten most liberal, conservative, and centrist cities in the country, the Birmingham suburb topped the conservative list, followed by Crestview, Fla., Clinton, Utah, and Bristol, Tenn. (The liberal cities included Somerville, Mass., Boulder, Colo., and, unsurprisingly, Berkeley, Calif.).

Using a combination of “Ideology of the representation; voting of the residents; political leanings of the residents; and how the shopping habits of the residents relate to political affiliation,” Livability.com managed to identify where people along the political spectrum tended to live, and cities where they were clustered in high concentrations.

Some of the results aren’t surprising: Liberals tend to live in college towns on the coasts, conservatives prefer the South and the Midwest, etc. But if your living situation depends on having everyone in your town believe in what you believe in, this list is useful.

10 best cities for liberals, 2014

1. Berkeley, California
2. Hoboken, New Jersey
3. Somerville, Massachusetts
4. Boulder, Colorado
5. Evanston, Illinois
6. College Park, Maryland
7. Ann Arbor, Michigan
8. Mercer Island, Washington
9. Alexandria, Virginia
10. Newport, Rhode Island

10 best cities for conservatives, 2014

1. Alabaster, Alabama
2. Crestview, Florida
3. Clinton, Utah
4. Bristol, Tennessee
5. Odessa, Texas
6. Yukon, Oklahoma
7. Slidell, Louisiana
8. Olive Branch, Mississippi
9. Peachtree City, Georgia
10. Benton, Arkansas

10 best cities for centrists, 2014

1. Spokane Valley, Washington
2. Bend, Oregon
3. Indio, California
4. Gainesville, Florida
5. Albany, Georgia
6. Boise, Idaho
7. Muncie, Indiana
8. Sparks, Nevada
9. Oregon, Ohio
10. Wildwood, Missouri

Link: http://www.mediaite.com/online/the-best-american-cities-for-liberals-and-conservatives-quantified/

Iraq war supporters think they were just vindicated on Saddam's WMDs. They're wrong.

A blockbuster story in today's New York Times reports that American troops in Iraq "repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein's rule." The American invasion of Iraq was premised on Saddam's alleged weapons of mass destruction, and chemical weapons are WMDs. So the story finally vindicates President George W. Bush and his decision to invade Iraq, right?

Wrong. The story, while important, is being widely misrepresented by Iraq war advocates seeking to exonerate Bush, who are also misrepresenting the Bush administration's widely-publicized rationale for invading.

The world has always known that Saddam had a chemical weapons program in the late 1970s and 1980s — American companies helped him build it — but that he shut it down in 1991. In 2002, Bush argued that the US had to invade because Saddam was actively developing new chemical, biological and nuclear WMDs, in a secret and ongoing program, with an explicitly aggressive purpose: "to threaten America and the world with horrible poisons, and diseases, and gases, and atomic weapons."

Bush was explicit in claiming that Saddam had an active weapons program: "Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons, and is increasing his capabilities to make more. And he is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon." (Bizarrely, a number of conservatives today insist that Bush never made any such claim.)

The Bush administration hit this argument repeatedly. Then-National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice claimed that Saddam was running a clandestine nuclear program that was only "six months from a crude nuclear device." She argued that this program was so imminent, and so clearly designed to target the United States, that a US invasion was the only option: "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."

The rest: http://www.vox.com/2014/10/15/6981493/iraq-wmd-saddam-chemical-weapons-new-york-times

DOJ preparing criminal charges against Wall Street executives

The Justice Department has launched criminal fraud investigations of individuals at Wall Street firms, with the hopes of filing formal charges in the coming months, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday.

“We are making good progress in these cases, which involve conduct that has undermined the integrity of our markets,” Holder said at New York University Law School.

The nation’s top prosecutor did not go into detail about the inquiries, but people familiar with the cases say the probes involve the possible manipulation of the $5.3 trillion global foreign-exchange markets.

At least seven banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Barclays, disclosed in regulatory filings last year that “various government authorities” had requested information about their trading activities. Bank employees have turned over information to U.S. authorities about the trading scheme, according to people who were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigations.

the rest: http://www.pdacommunity.org/component/content/article/90-ecr-articles/3803-doj-preparing-criminal-charges-against-wall-street-executives

Video of 9yr old shooting uzi moments before accident.

Video cuts off right before accident. Not graphic.

Some Perspective.

Wow. Just WOW.


Also, don't go to the Wilson gofundme page unless you want to read some of the most vile racisr trash the internet has to offer, including someone who gave a $100 donation under the name 'Michael Brown' and thanked the officer for killing him and inevitably removing him from society.

Missouri’s schools underfunded by $656 million.


Its authors, including Executive Director Amy Blouin, said, “Missouri can’t afford to further erode its tax base with tax cuts that will make it even harder to invest in Missouri schools.

“By failing to invest in quality education, we’re undermining the state’s economic development and our future,” Blouin said in a conference call.

Republican state lawmakers tried last year to cut state income taxes, an effort that was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon. They appear likely to try again this year, although perhaps with a narrower effort that would cost the state coffers no more than $120 million a year. Last year’s bill would have reduced personal and corporate taxes gradually as long as state revenue rose by at least $100 million annually. Nixon had said the bill would remove $800 million from the state’s budget.

The Missouri Budget Project study says schools in St. Louis County are underfunded by an average of $512 per student.

Hazelwood, for example, is underfunded by $854 per student, it says.

Ferguson-Florissant R-II is underfunded by $800 per student. Riverview Gardens is underfunded by $455 per student.

In the city, St. Louis Public Schools are underfunded by $317 per student.

Link: http://m.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/2014/03/missouri-s-schools-underfunded-by-656-million.html?ana=twt&r=full
I think I found where all that ca$h went:

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