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Wednesday, October 31

Halloween MMXII - Hurricane Sandy and Climate Silence, SCOTUS in Surveliiance Case, Corrupt Capitalism, Drone-War Doublethink, Candidates Don't Have Answers, Obama Rejects Palestinian Statehood, Helpful Dictionary for Republicans, Monster God, Fate of America's Coastal Cities, Migrants Displaced by Extreme Weather

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Hurricane Sandy Pushing Obama, Romney to Break Climate Silence

While the candidates haven't spoken to climate change directly since Sandy has made landfall, the storm itself may have already injected itself into the national dialogue--breaking the so-called "climate silence"--whether the campaigns like it or not.

Yes, Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy

Systemic causation is familiar. Smoking is a systemic cause of lung cancer.  HIV is a systemic cause of AIDS.  Working in coal mines is a systemic cause of black lung disease. Driving while drunk is a systemic cause of auto accidents.  Sex without contraception is a systemic cause of unwanted pregnancies.

Has Sandy Abruptly Put Climate Change on the Election Agenda?

Last week, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stressed their commitment to developing oil and gas to improve energy security. Climate change was not mentioned. This position is senseless. The U.S. Midwest has just experienced the worst drought in60 years, one which has seen economic growth depressed by 0.4 percent GDP as a result and higher food prices resulting from a 13 percent drop in corn production. As the East Coast slowly emerges from the deluge and debris of the past 24 hours, the job of counting the cost has only just begun.

Name Storms After Oil Companies (The Ones Most Responsible for Climate Change)

As gutsy New Yorkers begin the task of drying out the city, here’s one thought that occurred to me last night watching the horrifying pictures from a distance. It’s obviously not crucial right now — but in the long run it might make a difference. Why don’t we stop naming these storms for people, and start naming them after oil companies?

Bank of England Executive: Occupy Movement Was 'Right'

A senior executive at the Bank of England on Monday said the Occupy London Stock Exchange was "loud and persuasive" and helped prompt a "reformation of finance."

SCOTUS reveal little on leanings in surveillance case
The Supreme Court is pictured. | AP PhotoMore than a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Supreme Court heard its first case Monday challenging the federal government’s terrorist-surveillance programs, but the justices gave no clear signal about whether they plan to allow a group of defense lawyers, journalists and human rights activists to go ahead with their attack on the wiretapping effort.

Obama’s detention policies are worse than Guantanamo
During the 2008 campaign, President Obama promised he would close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within a year of his inauguration. Four years later, Guantanamo remains open and will remain open for the foreseeable future. President Obama blames Congress for this failure and says he has reformed the military detention system and bolstered America’s image throughout the world.

Documents obtained by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue reveal new details about the FBI's rules of conduct for informants. The FBI released 147 pages of heavily redacted manuals and policies related to the use of informants, in response to a FOIA request by Trentadue, who is engaged in a years-long lawsuit with the FBI over documents related to the Oklahoma City bombingRead the documents here

Globalization Is The Number One Health Risk Facing Humanity
In today's world - globalization is the number one health risk facing humanity. A new study released this week by the Blacksmith Institute reveals, for the first time ever, the impact of industrial pollutants on communities across the planet. 

Corrupt Capitalism -- The Denial Of Equality Of Opportunity
Those who have been successful in society anywhere in the world either in business, the professions, academia or political achievements fall into two categories: either they consider themselves fortunate, or attribute their achievements solely to their hard work and relentless drive.

Regardless of whether Obama or Romney wins, America's relations with the Arab World will change
After last week's Obama-Romney love-fest for Israel, the Arabs have been slowly deciding which of the two men would be best for the Middle East. It looks like Barack Obama is their man; but the problem – as always – is the sad, pathetic and outrageously obvious fact that it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference.

Drone-War Doublethink

Obama has added a new term to the doublespeak lexicon, "the disposition matrix."

Mitt Romney Is Just Not That Into Federal Disaster Relief

Who would have thought that a late-season hurricane would sweep up the East Coast of the United States on the eve of one of the closest election contests in the country's history?
Not, presumably, Mitt Romney.

A Hostile Takeover of our Country -- Treasonous, Noxious, Thieving, Tyrannical

American democracy is under assault.
In one super-PAC alone, Karl Rove and the Enron grifter Ed Gillespie, have assembled $200 million from big polluters and Wall Street moguls to buy the 2012 election.

I have Questions; The Candidates Don't Have Answers

Most of the questions--and responses--in the three presidential debates had been asked--and answered--several times during the campaign. But there are critical questions that were not asked. Let's begin with Foreign Policy.

Obama Rejects Palestinian Statehood

What do you call a Black man who rejects equal rights for his own people and others? A racist traitor.
What do you call a rejectionist leader? A criminal who should be impeached, removed and prosecuted.
Obama stands guilty on multiple counts.

Helpful Dictionary For Republicans: Communism, Socialism, Privatization And More!

A Threadless T-shirt design used as a memeI’m sure you have noticed that Republicans use a different dictionary than everyone else does.Their grasp of certain terms is shaky at best, and they like throwing around words they do not understand. These words often get people who are even more low-information (read: not very bright) all agitated and red-faced, and they get their crayons out to make angry, misspelled signs with, er, creative punctuation. It’s particularly entertaining when they combine two or more terms which mean mutually exclusive things together in one big rant.

Monster God

What's Behind the Libya Attack?

Coastal nuke plants vulnerable
Oyster Creek in New Jersey

FEMA: 'We Are Still in Response Mode'

Drone-Murders of Americans ‘Totally Right, Totally 

Constitutional’: Homeland Security Chairperson

Climate Change & Historic Superstorm Sandy: 70+ Dead, Streets Submerged, Millions Without Power

Climate Change, Hurricanes and the Fate of America’s Coastal Cities

Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant Declares Emergency in Face of Superstorm Sandy Tidal Surge

Professor Confronts Climate Deniers in the West, Explores "Unconventional Fuels"

An Eyewitness Report on Flooding in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in the Shadow of Lady Liberty

Climate Change Impact Often Felt Most by the Poor and Migrants Displaced by Extreme Weather

Bill McKibben on Resilience of New York City Residents Amidst Worst Storm Since 1821

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