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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005; Halfway Towards 2020 Goal

Source: Reuters/Huffington Post

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due to a decrease in energy consumption and fuel switching from coal to natural gas.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday published the United States' 19th annual emissions tally to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The United States uses 2005 pollution levels as its benchmark to measure emissions cuts, and has a target to lower emissions by 17 percent from that starting point by 2020.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/16/greenhouse-gas-emissions_n_5155643.html?utm_hp_ref=green

mrs. Goodbar


By Charles P. Pierce on April 16, 2014

............Sean Hannity is running around the powder magazine with a blowtorch again.

"But let's put these two things together here," Hannity pressed. "We have Richard Mack, the former sheriff of Graham County, Ariz., he made the comment that he has sources inside the federal government warning that the weekend retreat was only a move to distract attention, diffuse tensions, because a raid on the family's ranch is being planned. Couple that with Harry Reid's comments that this is 'not over.' You gotta believe that something is brewing here, no?...Well if he's saying it's 'not over,' and then you have a sheriff saying he has sources inside the government, what would happen ... what would happen if they came in the early morning hours one day to your ranch?" Hannity pressed yet again.

To which Cliven Bundy, or, as he known at the intersection of Ignorant and WTF?, Sagebrush Gandhi, replied:

"If they come, we'll deal with them tonight," Bundy responded. "If that's what we've got to do, we'll just deal with you. If you've got guts enough to do it, then come on."

Dear Fox News: spread your propaganda far and wide. Let a thousand noxious flowers bloom. But this guy is playing a very dangerous game here. Please try to rein him in.


TRUMKA Wants Elizabeth Warren to Be President: "In short," he wrote, "it don't get no better."

The Country's Biggest Union Leader Wants Elizabeth Warren to Be President

In a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session, one user asked Trumka for his thoughts on Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

"I have met Elizabeth Warren on multiple occasions," Trumka responded. "In my opinion, she is the prototype of a person we would want to be president of the United States. She has a very well-defined set of values and unlike many politicians, she actually sticks by those values and fights to implement them."

"In short," he wrote, "it don't get no better."



ABC News Gets Slapped Down After Demanding Pulitzer Credit

ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer, but CPI and the Pulitzer Prize Committee don't seem to be having any of it.

For those life forms that subsist on schadenfreude, this could be the feast of all feasts:

An internal feud between ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity spilled into the open Wednesday with the two organizations going to war over credit for the investigative series that won a Pulitzer Prize this week.

Chris Hamby of CPI, a Washington, D.C., non-profit investigative journalism outfit, won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for his investigation into coal miners who were denied black lung benefits. The very next day, ABC News President Ben Sherwood sent a letter to the executive director of CPI, asking that the names of two ABC News reporters be added to the award.

ABC News aired various reports on the subject in collaboration with CPI. "We believe that our reporters ... should share in this high honor as they shared in the long months of reporting and producing the stories," Sherwood wrote in the letter to CPI executive director Bill Buzenberg, which was first reported by Politico.

Buzenberg responded that “ABC is seeking to take credit for a large body of work that it did not produce," according to Politico. Soon after, a second ABC News executive, Jeffrey Schneider, called CPI's presentation of the facts "an outrageous lie."


Later in the letter, Buzenberg effectively warned ABC News to leave the matter alone or be exposed.

"The Center is prepared to show in great detail how little ABC’s Brian Ross and Matt Mosk understood about even the most fundamental concepts and key facts and how they repeatedly turned to Chris to advise them or, in some instances, to do their work for them," he wrote.



schadenfreude served here:

Bill: I've reviewed the entry again. It is overwhelmingly Hamby's work and was entered by the center in conformance with our rules on limited partnerships (SEE BELOW). The rules expressly state that the eligible entity must do the preponderance of the work; specific elements produced by the ineligible entity (such as ABC video) cannot be entered; and if there is a prize it will go ONLY to the eligible organization that submitted the work.

So, based on the entry, the prize to the Hamby alone is warranted.
Best, SG



Missouri Mayor Says He 'Kind Of Agreed' With Alleged Jewish Center Shooter

The mayor of a small Missouri town has mostly nice things to say about the white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish facilities last weekend.

Marionville, Mo. Mayor Dan Clevenger spoke warmly this week of Frazier Glenn Miller, who allegedly went on a killing rampage on Sunday in Overland Park, Kan.

"He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people, you know, he respected his elders greatly. As long as they were the same color as him," Clevenger said while laughing, according to television station KSPR. "Very fair and honest and never had a bit of problems out of him."

Clevenger said he sympathized with some of Miller's views, but didn't like to broadcast that.


UPDATE (h/t to DonViejo)
Mayor No Longer Wants To Discuss How Much He Agrees With Alleged Jewish Center Shooter

Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.

David Foster Wallace On The Key To Living A Compassionate Life


"In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship -- be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles -- is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you."

a keeper:

SHOE TRUTHERS --- Connect The Dots Here People!

Attempting to cover up this story, which is possibly THE MOST IMPORTANT SCANDAL IN UNITED STATES HISTORY!! I've made up a simple diagram of the 'crime' scene - this makes the entire scandal crystal clear! CONNECT THE DOTS HERE PEOPLE!!! (scribbles furiously on blackboard)

found here:

Tea Partiers Livid State GOP Wants Clarification On White Supremacy Ties

Tea Partiers Livid State GOP Wants Clarification On White Supremacy Ties

Mississippi Tea Partiers want the state's Republican Party chairman to resign for calling on state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) to clarify whether he planned to be the keynote speaker at a pro-Second Amendment event and tea party rally that featured a segregationist vendor.

The call for state party chairman Joe Nosef to resign comes in response to Nosef telling MSNBC that McDaniel needed to clarify whether he had planned to attend the event or not. Nosef, on the Paul Gallo Show, also suggested that McDaniel could cost Republicans a Senate seat. McDaniel is running to unseat Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).

"It is inappropriate for Nosef to make such claims given his role as Chairman of the MS GOP. Accordingly, Joe Nosef should resign from his position as Chairman of the MS GOP effective immediately," the Mississippi Tea Party said in a statement.

Nosef, in a statement to the Clarion Ledger of Mississippi, said he would not resign:

Anyone who has paid close attention to our US senate primary knows that I've not only stayed neutral with regard to the candidates but also worked relentlessly against efforts to divide our party. I continue to receive encouragement in this effort to promote unity from our GOP elected officials, voters across the state, members of both campaigns, as well as very active, long-term tea party members. I also appreciate the good people across our state who make up the lifeblood of the tea party and have enjoyed working with them for years. I am grateful for their support. I have a great working relationship with them in all corners of our state and look forward to working together in this year's campaigns and into the future.


MSU Students: "If we had not heard these people we wouldn’t believe such hateful people exist"

More Teachers Need To Show Students How Dangerous White Supremacists Are

In 2012, Missouri State University professor David Embree invited Frazier Glenn Miller to speak to his class so they would know how dangerous white supremacists really are. Miller, who was charged yesterday with killing three people at Jewish sites in Kansas this weekend, told the class that he hoped the next Hitler was sitting in the room.

“When he came to my class the first thing he did was show a video of himself at a Klan rally 20 or 25 years ago,” Embree said. “Those were the best days of his life.”

The classroom lecture had the desired effect. Students were convinced that “white supremacy is a real thing and a dangerous thing,” Embree added.

“I asked the class, I said, ‘What did you think about bringing these people in?’” Embree explained to BuzzFeed. “And they said, ‘You’re absolutely right, if we had not heard these people we wouldn’t believe such hateful people exist.’

Miller helpfully underlined the lesson by insulting perceived Jews among the student body. We suggest that this experiment requires emulation, and that the time has come for courageous education professionals to follow Dr. Embree’s model and educate their students. Hate like Miller’s may be ugly, but if we never countenance it we can never truly appreciate the dangerous banality of evil that Hitler and his latter-day fanatics embody.

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