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Exclusive: Walmart Owners Backing Campaigns to Limit Rooftop Solar Power

In its 2013 annual report, however, the company identifies rooftop solar as a threat to its future profitability.

"We face numerous difficulties in executing our Long Term Strategic Plan," the report says, "including [… ]difficulty in competing against competitors who may gain in profitability and financial strength over time by successfully participating in the global rooftop […] solar market."

"This is not the Walton's saying there's no room for solar in their's or Walmart's future but only solar that's centrally-owned and benefits wealthy investors," says Mitchell. "It's an economic model that says the rest of us don't get to own anything and there's only a few descent, well-paying jobs. It's a model that has been very beneficial to the Walton family."

The solar industry now employs more people than the coal sector and installers earn an average of $24 per hour, according the Solar Foundation, which promotes the solar energy industry.

The Walton family's backing of anti-solar campaigns comes through its grant making as well. Between 2010 and 2013 the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) gave nearly $4.5 million in grants to organizations linked to repeals of state-level renewable energy incentives, including rooftop solar arrays, according to ILSR.

Posted by grahamhgreen | Thu Oct 9, 2014, 05:51 PM (8 replies)

POLL: How should we pay for the war?

Add possibilities below, and I'll update.

GOTV: Pushing for a special tax on the .1% to pay for war would have a very positive effect in NOV.

Believe it or not, many of the people I know voted for Obama on the basis that he would get us out of perpetual war in the Middle East.

In Nov., many, if not most, of my lefty people will be staying home or voting 3rd party, even writing in.

One thing that would help, in my view, is if the President proposes, AND PUSHES FOR, a special tax on the wealthiest to pay for his war on ISIL & friends, the Sunni Fundamentalists they tell us are grave threat to America.

Pushing for such a tax would force the R's to either pass it, or oppose it, by opposing it, they will appear 'weak on terror'.

Day 62: Cost 1.1 Billion. How Will This War Be Paid For?


ISIL Oil Refineries Still Bring in 1 Mil/Day. Not sure why they haven't bombed them.... That's 62 million in income..... perpetual war is the goal, I guess.... otherwise it makes no sense to leave their income stream up and running, in my view.
Posted by grahamhgreen | Thu Oct 9, 2014, 01:01 PM (2 replies)

65 civilians, mostly women and children killed and wounded coalition bombing

Ramadi / NINA / A medical source in Hit announced on Monday the killing of 22 civilians, including 5 women and 4 children, and wounding 43 others, mostly women and children by bombing of the international coalition aircrafts the center of the popular market of Hit district, in addition to the bombing of an apartment building inhabited with families.

The source told the National Iraqi News Agency / Nina / that the planes of the international coalition did not focus so far in their airstrikes on gatherings of the IS," adding that the building, which was bombed by mistake was just 70 meters far of the IS gathering. /End

Posted by grahamhgreen | Tue Oct 7, 2014, 03:26 AM (0 replies)

Ebola: Epidemiologist: Stop the flights now


David Dausey, a Yale-trained epidemiologist who works on controlling pandemics, is dean of the School of Health Professions and Public Health at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The incubation period for Ebola is up to 21 days, so a person could get on a plane the day he or she is exposed and spend three weeks in the United States before exhibiting symptoms. Then he or she could potentially infect any number of people here before the disease is properly diagnosed, and they are isolated or quarantined.

Top U.S. government health officials have spoken strongly against creating a travel ban (though members of Congress increasingly disagree). They say restricting flights will also restrict aid to affected countries and will increase the amount of ongoing unrest. But commercial airlines are not the only ways for the United States to send aid and aid workers. The United States has the most advanced military in the entire world; we can transport people and supplies without commercial carriers.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been compared to a war zone. The disease is now being viewed as a national security threat on par with nuclear weapons. The United States has committed nearly 4,000 troops to impacted countries. It’s time to take security precautions that align with the gravity of the threat. That means doing whatever it takes to keep infected people from coming here.

Eric Holder didn't send a single banker to jail for the mortgage crisis. Is that justice?

And banks and lenders carried through that fraud to every level of the mortgage process. They committed origination fraud through faulty appraisals and undisclosed trickery.

They committed servicing fraud through illegal fees and unnecessary foreclosures.

They committed securities fraud by failing to inform investors of the poor underwriting on loans they packaged into securities.

They committed mass document fraud when they failed to follow the steps to create mortgage-backed securities, covering up with fabrications and forgeries to prove the standing to foreclose.

Posted by grahamhgreen | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 11:14 AM (8 replies)

Iraqi Air Force Accidentally Delivers Food And Ammunition To ISIS Militants


Iraqi military pilots mistakenly gave food, water and ammunition to enemy ISIS militants instead of their own soldiers, a senior security official and a brigadier-general told NBC News. The supplies were supposed to help besieged Iraqi army officers and soldiers who had been fighting Islamist extremists for a week in Saglawyah and the village of Al-Sijar in the country’s western province of Anbar.

“Some pilots, instead of dropping these supplies over the area of the Iraqi army, threw it over the area that is controlled by ISIS fighters,” said Hakim Al-Zamili, a lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament who is a member of the security and defense committee and acts as a security liaison for service members and commanders formed by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. “Those soldiers were in deadly need of these supplies, but because of the wrong plans of the commanders in the Iraqi army and lack of experience of the pilots, we in a way or another helped ISIS fighters to kill our soldiers.”
Posted by grahamhgreen | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 10:58 AM (5 replies)

German universities to scrap all tuition fees!


All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge.

“Tuition fees are socially unjust,” said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg, which scrapped charges in 2012. “They particularly discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up studies. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”

If it's an important enough war to have, then it's important enough to PAY FOR, right??? nt

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