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Are we on the verge of seeing a mass extinction in Earth’s oceans?

Are we on the verge of seeing a mass extinction in Earth’s oceans? That’s what a group of top ocean scientists warn in a new report released this week by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean. Because of pollution and global warming – the oceans are losing oxygen and becoming more acidic – threatening to trigger a mass extinction not seen in over 50 million years – when half of all the life in the oceans wa

He had no other option to receive medical care – except for prison

A North Carolina man – James Richard Verone – was sent to jail earlier this month after he tried to rob one dollar from a bank. Verone’s motive for the petty crime was simple – he wanted to go to prison so that he could get healthcare. After he was laid off as a delivery driver for Coca Cola – Verone found himself without health insurance and in constant pain due to arthritis. He was repeatedly denied health insuranc

Who’s screwed? People who eat...

Who’s screwed? People who eat. Last week – House Republicans passed the Agriculture Appropriations bill that cuts $87 million from the FDA and $35 million from the USDA food inspection program. Republicans Congressman Jack Kingston defended the legislation saying, “Do we believe that McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken…aren’t concerned about food safety?

The IMF announced today that the global economic recovery is in danger...

The IMF announced today that the global economic recovery is in danger. Citing mounting opposition across Europe to austerity measures – and the failure of the US government to find a way to raise the debt ceiling – the IMF cautioned in three newly released reports that the entire world could slip back into financial instability.

The US Conference of Mayors is jumping into the anti-war effort

The US Conference of Mayors is jumping into the anti-war effort. Tomorrow – the conference will introduce a resolution to call for a quicker end to US foreign wars around the world. If it passes – it will be the first anti-war resolution passed by the Conference of Mayors since Vietnam.

The US Conference of Mayors is jumping into the anti-war effort

The US Conference of Mayors is jumping into the anti-war effort. Tomorrow – the conference will introduce a resolution to call for a quicker end to US foreign wars around the world. If it passes – it will be the first anti-war resolution passed by the Conference of Mayors since Vietnam.

So is this just a case of Republicans believing that privatization is always better?

New Jersey is becoming ground zero in the Republican campaign to turn public schools into corporate profit centers. Governor Christie’s education plans include a new $825 million private school voucher program paid for by cutting $820 million out of the public education budget. The program was designed by Christie and his Education Commissioner – Christopher Cerf - who just happened to previously be the President of the wo

So is that our new strategy in Afghanistan – capture innocent people just to boost numbers?

Let the white-washing of Afghanistan continue. Last year – General David Petraeus touted a successful military operation by Special Forces in Afghanistan that led to the capture or killing of over two and a half thousand rank and file Taliban fighters in a 90-day period between May and July. But – as investigative journalist Gareth Porter uncovered – that number is a crock. Turns out that nearly 90% of those “capture

As long as Senator David Vitter, a client of the DC Madame – keeps his job – then Republicans should shut up on Anthony Weiner

In an interview with the New York Post – thoroughly embarrassed New York Congressman Anthony Weiner again confirmed that he is NOT resigning over the Twitter lewd photo scandal – and a new poll out in his Congressional district shows his constituents support him.

Welcome to the United States – a nation of 80-year-old bricklayers, burger-flippers, and Wal-Mart workers

Remember the days when people retired in their fifties and sixties? Or their seventies?

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