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Saturday, November 10

10.Nov.2012 - Super PACs Mutated the Election, Wall Street Whines, Kiss Goldman Sachs Goodbye, Future Hunger Wars, NASA is Celebrating, Sandy Victims Waiting for Help, Fight Climate Change, What's the Alternative to the Two Parties?

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How Super PACs Mutated the 2012 Election

American democracy's downhill slide continued in 2012.

Wall Street Moguls Whine About How Tough Their Lives Are With Obama Win
The bankers are whining big-time. Their favorite son lost, and their chief enemy won. Here's what needs to happen.

The 5 Most Sexist Moments of the Campaign

It wasn't just GOP candidates being sexist; the media and even Democrats targeted female candidates with questionable language and ads.

Barbara Ehrenreich: Obama, Kiss Goldman Sachs Good-bye and Bail Out Everyday Americans!

Mr. President, bail out your real constituency.

Climate Change: Food Crisis And Future Hunger Wars
In a recent post I wrote about Overpopulation: Food Crisis and future Hunger Wars. The article focused on the impact of the population explosion on food supplies – will there be enough food for a population of 9 billion in 2050? There are many interrelated and complex factors affecting worldwide food production. Climate change is singularly the most critical factor.
Why NASA Is Celebrating Obama's Victory
Those In The Know tell that the space agency is likely to reveal a set of ambitious goals now that the president has locked up another four years in office. Assuming that the rumored plans are indeed true, the next twenty to thirty years of space exploration might play out like a real-life Carl Sagan fantasy.

Why are Sandy victims waiting for help?
Danny Katch describes the failure of official relief operations following Hurricane Sandy--and the grassroots infrastructure that has sprung up to try to fill the vacuum.

How to fight climate change
Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, explains what it would take to really begin to stem climate change.

What's the alternative to the two parties?
There isn’t a significant left-wing alternative on Election Day this year. Lance Selfa, author of The Democrats: A Critical History, explains what it will take to get there.

We don't want "four more-of-the-same years"
Our side needs to build the resistance to austerity, no matter who's in power.

Iran Fired On U.S. Drone Because It Violated Airspace, Says Iranian Official
A prominent Iranian parliament member said Friday that a U.S. drone violated Iran's airspace a week ago, when the Pentagon says it was fired on. The U.S. maintains the pilotless craft was over international waters.

American Muslims celebrate defeat of congressional critics
(RNS) American Muslims are celebrating the ouster of two congressmen known for their anti-Islamic rhetoric, and heralding the outcomes as a sign that Muslim voters, at least in some districts, are a political force to be reckoned with.

E-books are tracking your reading habits
More and more people are reading e-books - most of them on the train or the bus. But few readers realize that e-book providers know more about them than they think.

Obama's second term filled with challenges at home and abroad

The immediate priority is the fiscal cliff facing the the US. Faced with gridlock in Washington, the debt ceiling talks almost 18 months ago invoked an assurance for reducing the national debt and deficit. In order to raise the debt ceiling, the opposing parties agreed to sequestration of a $1 trillion across the board cut, half of which would come from defense spending.

FCC Wants to End Persecution of Media Moguls

The L.A. Times (11/6/12) reports that following the election, the Federal Communications Commission appears likely to ease cross-ownership rules–because supposedly nobody cares about that stuff anymore.

Yes, You Can Talk About Climate Change on TV

FAIR's new alert takes aim at the Sunday morning chat shows (Meet the Press, This Week, Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday) for ignoring climate change this weekend– right after "superstorm" Sandy devastated the East Coast.

The Battle for Voting Rights Isn't Over

The attempts at voter suppression turned out to be no match for civil-rights lawyers and grassroots volunteers. But that hardly means the fight is over.

Obama Must Rewrite His Foreign Policy Legacy

With a more than comfortable margin of 332 to 206 electoral votes, President Barack Obama held onto office last Tuesday. Now the big question for foreign policy is whether Legacy Obama will be a bolder advocate for peace than the disappointing Campaign Obama.

Yes, Companies Are Harvesting and Selling Your Facebook Profile

Yesterday, we got a rare look at how information on your public social media profiles—including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn—is being harvested and resold by large consumer data companies.

Hugo Chavez to Obama: Stop Invading Countries, Focus on Your Country's Social Woes

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez on Thursday urged newly re-elected President Obama to "stop invading" other countries and "think about his own country" which suffers from social and economic problems.

Yes We Can, We Did, and Now Obama’s Second Term Is Our Responsibility

Yes, election night was a heck of a party and it’s great that the really bad guys lost. Karl Rove and his reactionary ilk were defeated by a new American majority that is younger, more tolerant, rainbow colored and multilingual and one in which women now trump the depressing ignorance of so many older white men. But morning in America already feels too much like a hangover. The house is still a wreck, the family is dysfunctional and there are enormous bills to pay that are not about to go away.

Elizabeth Warren Could Tackle Wall Street Through Senate Banking Seat

Newly elected Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose career and recent campaign incorporated a vigorous critique of Wall Street misdeeds and power in Washington, stands a good chance of securing a seat on the Senate Banking Committee, according to Senior Senate Democratic aides who spoke anonymously to Reuters.

Voting Rights Act To Go Before Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it would decide whether an historic portion of the Voting Rights Act protecting against racial discrimination is constitutional.

Obama's Killer Drones

President Barack Obama may be well liked around the world, but Pakistanis have a dim view of the re-elected leader.

Noam Chomsky: The Soul-Crushing Cruelties Perpetrated by America's Number 1 Ally

The Israeli political leadership is committed to crushing Palestinian hopes for a decent future.

Populist Revolution? How a Bold New Voter Coalition Can Reshape the Nation
Minorities, independent women, gays, working-class white voters, and younger people overcame through high turnout a fierce social conservative block.
An important lesson that politicians can learn from the American election

An important lesson that politicians can learn from the American election
"The Religious Right is dead" announced the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday morning after the defeat of the Republican Party in the US election. The headline was over a blog by the paper's rather wacky blogs editor Damian Thompson, but Mr Thompson seems to be first to have acknowledged that for all the hype about the power and influence of America's religious conservatives, in the end they failed dismally to swing the election.

President Obama: "Let's Get to Work"
Watch the full video here.

Bill McKibben: Global Warming's Dystopian Future

Turning Mexico in a war zone (2010)
The Queen of Mena speaks and more

Money kept climate change out of the campaign

Glenn Beck Totally Loses It: Buy Farmland and Guns

After Sandy, Occupy Movement Re-Emerges as Relief Hub for Residents in Need

Argentinians plan for anti-government protest

Candid Terrorism

Tavis Smiley, Cornel West on the 2012 Election & Why Calling Obama "Progressive" Ignores His Record

After Historic Votes Legalizing Marijuana, Colorado & Washington Prepare for Federal Gov’t Showdown

Who Is Watching You?
Drones Used To Track Crime, Weather

We call on Pakistan to agree a plan to deliver education for every child.
We call on all countries to outlaw discrimination against girls.
We call on international organizations to ensure the world’s 61 million out of school children are in education by the end of 2015.

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