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Bank on Students

Posted by , Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lying us into war again – Brasscheck

Iraq, Afghanistan... Now Syria. A video reminder of how the US government lies the country into war over and over again. Video:
Posted by , Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival a spectacle of rhythms, costumes – Toronto – CBC News

Posted by , Saturday, August 3, 2013

Volvo sunshade charges with solar power – Car Tech Accessories

Posted by , Thursday, July 18, 2013

Simpsons theme park to feature life-size Springfield – Your Community

Posted by , Wednesday, May 29, 2013

BBC News – Saudi woman makes history by reaching Everest summit

Posted by , Saturday, May 18, 2013

Travels with Michael Palin – Canadian Geographic

Posted by , Saturday, May 18, 2013

Markos Moulitsas: Tesla at War with Sleazy Car Dealers

Kos ..
My next car will be a Tesla. It'll be a while. They're really expensive, though a lower-cost mass-market sedan is in the company's longer-term plans. But who wouldn't want a car that dispenses with messy fossil fuels (especially if recharged with solar, as I would), cleaned up all the major 2012 automobile awards [], and got a near-perfect rating (99 out of 100) by Consumer Reports .. Of course, conservatives hate anything that helps the environment, even if it's good despite the fact it helps the environment. So naturally, they hate Tesla[]. But the company is now profitable, and supply is so constrained that the waiting list to receive a car is about eight months. But Tesla is fascinating for another reason—it is a disruptive technology, and we know how the fossil-fuel and auto industry have worked hard to squelch any challenge to their dominance. And there is certainly an entire national infrastructure in place that is dependent on dirty, gas-guzzling vehicles. And that infrastructure is a definite barrier to change
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Posted by , Thursday, May 16, 2013

AP: Russia bans 18 Americans after similar US move

and now there's this ..
The list [] includes John Yoo, a former U.S. Justice Department official who wrote legal memos authorizing harsh interrogation techniques; David Addington, the chief of staff for former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney; and two former commanders of the Guantanamo Bay detention center: retired Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller and Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson
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Posted by , Saturday, April 13, 2013

Milky Way Contains At Least 100 Billion Planets, New Analysis Finds

from Talking Points Memo ..
The Milky Way contains at least 100 billion planets, or enough to have one for each of its stars, and many of them are likely to be capable of supporting conditions favorable to life, according to a new estimate from scientists at Caltech .. findings indicate that most of the planets outside of our Solar System formed in star systems very different from our own, much closer to their parent stars, but with similar potentials for supporting life
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Posted by , Friday, January 4, 2013

California Legislature Passes High Speed Rail Bond Issue, Moving Project Forward

David Dayen at Firedoglake reports ..
This does not end the battle for high speed rail. Between the bond issue and the federal money, that covers only about 1/5 of the total funding needed for the full project, which would connect Sacramento and San Diego and all points in between by high speed rail. But if this died today, you can be certain that nothing would ever get built.
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Posted by , Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Guardian: Austerity-Crazed Republicans, Big Banks Are Killing Public Transportation

Daniel Denvir in The Guardian ..
Americans have since the second world war built an entire way of life around the automobile. It turns out, however, that our faith was an unsteady one and, in the face of high gas prices and young people's increasing preference for urban living, we are heading back to subways, trains, buses and trolleys in droves. In the first quarter of this year, we took an additional 125.7m trips on mass transit compared with the same time period last year – an increase of 5%. Yet, Republican-led austerity is pushing public transit, like most everything public, into severe fiscal and physical crisis. All at the very moment when we want and need it the most. Nationwide, 80% of mass transit systems either did move to boost fares and cut services or considered doing so in 2010, according to the most recent report from the American Public Transportation Association .. "Transit is a major social justice issue of our day," says ATU International president Larry Hanley. "Ridership is the highest in decades, but riders have suffered the worst wave of fare hikes and service cuts in post-war history."
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Posted by , Friday, June 22, 2012

America’s love affair with the motor car is running on empty

David Burwell in The Guardian ..
Movement – measured by total vehicle miles travelled (VMT) – was considered an unqualified blessing. In the 1960s each American drove about 5,000 miles a year in a car, van, or truck. By 2000 that number was 10,000 miles .. In 2003 when [total] VMT was 2.9 trillion miles, US gross domestic product was just under $11 trillion. In 2011 GDP passed $15 trillion while total vehicle travel was still about 2.9 trillion miles. In 2011 alone GDP went up 1.5% while VMT went down 1.5%. VMT per capita is receding as well, with each American now travelling less than 9,500 miles annually .. Transportation policy has been slow to respond to this change in the way we prefer to travel and, at times, actively resists the shift in customer demand .. Earlier this year House leaders in Congress tried to strip funding for transit, bicycling, and pedestrian travel from the Highway Trust Fund .. In the absence of policy leadership, Americans are taking matters into their own hands. Baby boomers are giving up the suburbs for communities with more travel choices .. All age groups appear to be moving toward mixed communities where schools, businesses, residences, and shops are in close proximity – even walking distance
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Posted by , Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Democracy Now: Lawsuit Seeks Halt to TSA’s Use of Full-Body Scanners at Airports amid Safety Concerns


Posted by , Sunday, April 1, 2012

Occupy Wall St: Successful Fare Strike This Morning – Tens of Thousands Ride NYC Subways for Free

OWS.org ..
This morning before rush hour, teams of activists, many from Occupy Wall Street, in conjunction with rank and file workers from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Amalgamated Transit Union, opened up more than 20 stations across the city for free entry. As of 10:30 AM, the majority remain open. No property was damaged. Teams have chained open service gates and taped up turnstiles in a coordinated response to escalating service cuts, fare hikes, racist policing, assaults on transit workers’ working conditions and livelihoods — and the profiteering of the super-rich by way of a system they’ve rigged in their favor .. Instead of using our tax money to properly fund transit, Albany and City Hall have intentionally starved transit of public funds for over twenty years; the MTA must resort to bonds (loans from Wall Street) to pay for projects and costs. The MTA is legally required to funnel tax dollars and fares away from transportation costs and towards interest on these bonds, called "debt service." This means Wall Street bondholders receive a huge share of what we put into the system through the Metrocards we buy and the taxes we pay: more than $2 billion a year goes to debt service, and this number is expected to rise every year. If trends continue, by 2018 more than one out of every five dollars of MTA revenue will head to a banker’s pockets
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Posted by , Thursday, March 29, 2012

NYT Op-Eds (3)

"Republicans say gas would be cheap and jobs plentiful if we stopped protecting the environment and gave energy companies free rein. They’re wrong" (Krugman); "We’ve seen different facets of Obama throughout his presidency. As this election cycle unfolds, how will he demonstrate his commitment to the country?" (Brooks); "The government should take a tip from the American people and learn how to welcome foreign visitors in an open-hearted and practical way" (Guest Op-Ed)
Posted by , Friday, March 16, 2012

NYT (11): National News

Dem Senators warn of Patriot Act interpretation; House GOP "hesitates" re birth control fight; Jobless claims down, manufacturing up; New law allows replacement of TSA with private contractors; Rutgers student guilty of hate crimes; George Clooney among those arrested at Sudanese embassy; Ohio man admits $17 million fraud of fellow Amish; In "furious" overnight session, Cuomo "asks for moon," gets mixed bag; NYC Council members grill defiant Kelly; No surprise as NYPD whistleblower sues over outrageous treatment; In rarity, NYPD officer accused of rape admits to most facts.
Posted by , Friday, March 16, 2012

NYT (6): National News

Were Occupy protesters surveilled?; As SCOTUS prepares to hear Health Act, any decision will define the court; Public transit use, an economic indicator, up in 2011; Schuller family breaks all ties with megachurch it founded; Treading lightly around a Doonesbury cartoon; It's Ishtar redux, as Disney prepares to take $100+ million bath on "John Carter"
Posted by , Monday, March 12, 2012

NYT Editorial & Op-Eds (4)

"Republicans’ tired remedy for rising gas prices won’t fix anything. President Obama’s measures have a far better shot at lessening this country’s dependence on oil imports and keeping prices under control" (Editorial); "Cuts at the local and state levels are hobbling the recovery" (Krugman); "Sam Schwartz has ideas, lots of them, about how to make sense out of the chaos that is New York’s transportation system" (Keller); "Is this the last gasp of the G.O.P.?" (An Op-Ed debate)
Posted by , Monday, March 5, 2012

NYT (10): National News

Improving economy lifts Obama; GOP caves on payroll tax and unemployment; NYPD stop-and-frisks at record high; Voter fraud may be urban legend, but voter rolls are in disarray; FCC puts kibosh on broadband plan due to conflict with GPS; NYS redistricting plan to be reviewed by court panel; NJ Senate passes gay marriage bill, despite gov's promised veto; New Obama plan re contraceptives splits Catholics; When environmental groups take money from "the enemy"; NYC Transit chief wisely opposes food ban bill.
Posted by , Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Republicans Derailing Train Safety

Posted by , Tuesday, February 14, 2012

NYT (5): Int’l Affairs

British hacking scandal refuses to die as 8 employees of Murdoch's "Sun" are arrested; Opposition in Syria strikes at heart of security apparatus; Kremlin arrests duly elected president of South Ossetia; Paranoia in the digital age; The Falklands, again.
Posted by , Saturday, February 11, 2012

CNN.com (1)

The TSA is not just airports anymore...DHS comes to rail and subways.
Posted by , Sunday, January 29, 2012

NYT (3): Foreign Affairs

Israel considers indicting Foreign Minister; China continues crackdown on dissidents; More bodies found in cruise ship wreck, and more evidence of captain's negligence.
Posted by , Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NYT (8): Foreign Affairs

Bahrain opposition unimpressed by King's suggested reforms; Taiwan elections stir democracy-minded hearts in China; Hacker who hit Israeli credit card accounts strikes again, crippling sites of ElAl and Stock Exchange; Romanian protests over austerity measures turn violent; Hard lesson learned, Nigerian leader reinstitutes gas subsidy; Sarkozy vulnerable due to economic situation; Pakistan's highest court initiates contempt of court proceedings against PM; Captain of capsized liner likely to face charges.
Posted by , Tuesday, January 17, 2012