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Steven Perez
The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox - http://www.vox.com/2014...
The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox
"The commonly cited statistic that American women suffer from a 23 percent wage gap through which they make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns is much too simplistic. On the other hand, the frequently heard conservative counterargument that we should subject this raw wage gap to a massive list of statistical controls until it nearly vanishes is an enormous oversimplification in the opposite direction. After all, for many purposes gender is itself a standard demographic control to add to studies — and when you control for gender the wage gap disappears entirely! Of course that's completely trivial. The question to ask about the various statistical controls that can be applied to shrink the gender gap is what are they actually telling us. The answer, I think, is that it's telling how the wage gap works." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
You Know What Doesn’t Work So Well? Private Prisons « Main Street - http://blog.workingamerica.org/2014...
"The myth put forth by private prison corporations like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group that private prisons are cheaper than public prisons is shattered by a new report from In the Public Interest, thus undercutting the primary rationale for prison privatization efforts across the country. When pushing for contracts with the many states that use private prisons, these corporations claim they are the better option because they can run prisons more cheaply than the government can. But this report not only dispels that idea, it highlights some of the less-than-savory activities the corporations engage in because of the perverse incentives created by these contracts." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"The report details several methods through which private prison companies mislead governments and the public about their supposed cost savings, particularly hiding costs of private prisons, inflating public prison costs, benefiting from mandated occupancy minimums and delaying cost increases until after contracts are signed." - Steven Perez
"Numerous studies have shown that private prisons are more expensive than their publicly run counterparts. The report details a series of meta-analyses of individual studies conducted on the comparative costs between public and private prisons, and all of them found that cost savings, at best, were minimal for private prisons—in many cases, private prisons were more expensive. One of... more... - Steven Perez
Steven Perez
It Took 50 Years, But The University Of Alabama Has Finally Embraced Integration | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/home...
It Took 50 Years, But The University Of Alabama Has Finally Embraced Integration | ThinkProgress
"It’s official: the University of Alabama is on the record supporting racial integration – in the year 2014. Last week Alabama’s Student Senate passed a resolution supporting the complete integration of Greek life at the university. The renewed conversation about race at the historically troubled campus began after a black female student with a 4.3 GPA was denied by all 16 of the school’s sororities. An earlier resolution supporting racial integration had failed by a wide margin." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Triumph of the Drill: How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/politic...
Triumph of the Drill: How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways | Mother Jones
"Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world's most profitable companies." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
The Lawyer Behind the Supreme Court's Latest Campaign Finance Decision Has a New Cause: Sarah Palin for Senate | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/mojo...
The Lawyer Behind the Supreme Court's Latest Campaign Finance Decision Has a New Cause: Sarah Palin for Senate | Mother Jones
"When the Supreme Court recently demolished yet another chunk of the nation's campaign finance laws, Dan Backer arguably cheered louder than anyone. It was Backer, a Washington, DC-area attorney active in conservative politics, who had convinced an Alabama businessman named Shaun McCutcheon to challenge the government's limit on the number of candidates, party committees, and political action committees an individual can contribute to in a single election cycle. (The basic limits on how much money that donor can give to each candidate, party, or PAC remain intact.) Backer, who represented McCutcheon, responded to the news of the Supreme Court's decision by tweeting (in apparent reference to William Wallace in Braveheart): "FREEEEDOMMMMM!!!!" Backer's victory is shining some light on another high-profile cause of his: Convincing Sarah Palin to run for US Senate." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/economy...
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws | ThinkProgress
"At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements. The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City, where a labor federation has led the push on a petition to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The state’s current minimum has been set at the federal level of $7.25. In 2012, 64,000 workers in the state earned $7.25 an hour or less, making up 7.2 percent of all hourly workers, a larger share than the 4.7 percent figure for the country as a whole." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He's Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/justice...
WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He's Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional | ThinkProgress
"GAINESVILLE, Florida — Last week, former presidents and dignitaries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which bans many forms of employment discrimination and whites-only lunch counters, among other things. This week, a Republican congressman declared that he’s not sure if the Civil Rights Act is even constitutional. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a freshman congressman aligned with the Tea Party, held a town hall Monday evening in Gainesville where he fielded a wide range of questions from constituents. One such voter was Melvin Flournoy, a 57-year-old African American from Gainesville, who asked Yoho whether he believes the Civil Rights Act is constitutional." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Florida House Passes Bill Making It Easier For People To Arm Themselves During A Natural Disaster | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/justice...
Florida House Passes Bill Making It Easier For People To Arm Themselves During A Natural Disaster | ThinkProgress
"“The bells of liberty are surely ringing throughout Florida today.” said state Rep. Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen (R). The cause of Fitzenhagen’s delight is a bill that would allow people with no criminal record to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in crisis or evacuation scenarios. Her bill, which applies to natural disaster scenarios such as hurricanes or forest fires and emergencies declared by the governor or local authorities, passed the state House of Representatives by a 80-36 margin." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"Other lawmakers are not quite so excited about this bill. Democratic Rep. Victor Torres, a retired New York City transit police officer, opposed the bill noting that guns in places like storm shelters could be dangerous and increase tension in an already stressful scenario — “[y]ou are talking about introducing concealed firearms into an environment that is already teeming with... more... - Steven Perez
Steven Perez
Congressman Denies Manmade Climate Change, Calls It 'An Agenda-Driven Science' | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/climate...
Congressman Denies Manmade Climate Change, Calls It 'An Agenda-Driven Science' | ThinkProgress
"GAINESVILLE, Florida — Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) readily admits he’s “not smart enough” to determine the roots of climate change. He is, however, able to rule out one possible cause: humans. The freshman congressman’s remarks came in an interview with ThinkProgress Monday following a town hall meeting. Asked about the spate of extreme weather, including weeks of punishing drought, that has gripped parts of Florida in recent years, Yoho dismissed the idea that it could be a symptom of manmade climate change. “I think it’s a natural occurrence,” the Tea Party-aligned lawmaker said." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
For Young Women, Sexual Violence Is The New Normal | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/health...
For Young Women, Sexual Violence Is The New Normal | ThinkProgress
"Most young women assume that being harassed, assaulted, and abused is simply something that everyone experiences, according to the results from a forthcoming study that will be published in the next issue of the journal Gender & Society. The perception that gender-based violence is normal dissuades most victims from reporting those crimes. In order to arrive at those conclusions, sociologist Heather Hlavka analyzed interviews conducted with 100 young women between the ages of three and seventeen years old. The interview subjects had been identified as potential sexual assault victims through an advocacy group that works to combat child abuse. Hlavka discovered that most of those girls rationalized their everyday experiences of abuse and harassment, simply believing there was nothing unusual about being victimized." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women 'Up At The Front' If Showdown With Feds Turned Violent | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/justice...
Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women 'Up At The Front' If Showdown With Feds Turned Violent | ThinkProgress
"An uprising of militia members who were planning an “armed response” to federal enforcement of trespassing law ended peacefully Saturday after the Bureau of Land Management stopped rounding up cattle that a federal judge found have been illegally grazed on federal land for years." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"But some allies of rancher Cliven Bundy were prepared to make as much of a media spectacle as possible if violence were to erupt, saying they would put women on the front lines in the event federal officials turned to deadly force." - Steven Perez
"Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack told Fox News Monday, as reported by the Blaze: 'We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.'" - Steven Perez
Steven Perez
Why Darrell Issa's New IRS Scandal Accusation Makes No Sense | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/politic...
Why Darrell Issa's New IRS Scandal Accusation Makes No Sense | Mother Jones
"It's no secret that Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) don't get along. Last month, Issa cut off Cummings' microphone at a hearing on the IRS scandal. Their latest spat came last week, when Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to Cummings, the senior Democrat on the committee, accusing him of secretly scheming with the IRS to target True the Vote, a conservative organization. But in his argument against Cummings, Issa's grasping at straws." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"The oversight committee has been investigating whether the IRS purposefully targeted conservative nonprofit groups. GOPers have fixated on the investigation, despite the fact that documents have shown the IRS scrutinized progressive groups as well. And last Thursday, House Republicans voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify about her role in... more... - Steven Perez
"Issa's main gripe is that Cummings sent questions to True the Vote that were similar to questions the IRS put to the organization. He says that although Cummings denied that his staff "might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these federal agencies," his communications indicate otherwise. Issa also claims that Cummings didn't adequately inform the committee of his interactions with the IRS." - Steven Perez
"But according to the timeline in Issa's own letter, Cummings didn't trigger the IRS investigation into True the Vote. True the Vote was on the agency's radar screen months before Cummings reached out to the IRS. Additionally, Issa was aware that Cummings was looking into True the Vote. Cummings CCed Issa on the October 2012 letters he sent to the group and posted them on his website.... more... - Steven Perez
Eric Logan
Allegations Of Impropriety Inside Dallas IRS Office - CBS - http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014...
Allegations Of Impropriety Inside Dallas IRS Office - CBS
“The largest concern is whether or not these employees are using their office to enforce their own personal political ideology. That’s what we saw happen in D.C. with the IRS targeting certain groups. To the extent these employees are supporters of President Obama, that’s fine, but what they do at work is separate from their personal political life. And it should be separate, and we get into trouble when it’s not.” Emert added, “So, if you’re a President Obama supporter, that’s great, you just can’t bring it into the federal office with you, especially during election time.” And it’s an apparent violation of the federal Hatch Act, according to Pete Schulte, a Dallas lawyer and former policeman. “The fundamental bottom line for the Hatch Act is to limit the Executive Branch—also known as the President—from having an army of federal employees being active in political campaigning, to try to re-elect the President and some of their sponsored candidates. So, it’s to prevent federal employees from actively engaging in political activities while they’re on the clock” Schulte told CBS 11 News. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
The I.R.S. apparatchiks of the Democratic party. I can't wait to see them run on that ticket. - Eric Logan
"with the IRS targeting certain groups" - That's actually NOT what happened in DC with the IRS, which didn't target specific ideologies, but whatever. http://www.reuters.com/article... - "Republicans tried to link the White House to the IRS activity, but without success. The investigations revealed no clear political bias at the IRS and showed it had also closely reviewed applications from progressive political groups for tax-exempt status." - Andrew C (✔)
Depends on who you believe. I guess ? Lois Lerner's not saying anything. IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed. http://dailycaller.com/2014... - Eric Logan
"Depends on who you believe." -- yes, and Issa -- who released that report the Caller mentioned -- has a long history of being VERY selective with what he leaks. He's incredibly dishonest by any standard. - Andrew C (✔)
I agree with Andrew C - MRW_8
Sean McBride
IPCC report: How to fight global warming while saving money - CSMonitor.com - http://www.csmonitor.com/Environ...
"While containing global warming will require substantial investment in cleaner sources of energy, much can be accomplished through energy efficiency, a new United Nations report says. More efficient cars, buildings, and appliances will play a crucial role in curbing the effects of global warming, the report found." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Rand Paul On Edward Snowden: 'We Can't Have An Intelligence Community That Can Do Whatever The Hell They Want' | Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com.au/rand-pa...
Rand Paul On Edward Snowden: 'We Can't Have An Intelligence Community That Can Do Whatever The Hell They Want' | Business Insider
"Paul’s libertarian views and his stance as a prominent critic of the NSA have put him at odds with many Republican Party leaders, who consider Snowden a “traitor.” Paul was careful to say that not every government contractor should be free to disclose what he sees fit. But he was sympathetic to Snowden’s intentions, noting he was doubtful any of the information would have come to light without Snowden’s disclosures. “We can’t have a government that has no oversight. We can’t have an intelligence community that can do whatever the hell they want,” Paul told reporters Saturday at the Freedom Summit, a gathering of grassroots conservatives hosted by the groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"One of Paul’s favourite crowd-pleasing lines over the past two days in New Hampshire has been positing that if anyone in the crowd has a cell phone, it is likely they would be under surveillance. That line is followed the proclamation that it’s none of the federal government’s “damn business” what you do on your cell phone. Paul said Friday he thinks this issue will be a problem for... more... - Sean McBride
I guess Paul has latched on to this NSA thing hoping that it gets him name recognition. He hasn't convinced me that he's thoughtful, that he's given matters a lot of thought. I don't know what to make of the NSA issue given that they weren't following up on the Tsarnaevs and they've allowed all those Somalis into the country. Probably still taking in more despite what happened in that... more... - Berthe
I think Rand Paul, like many other Americans, takes civil liberties and privacy rights with great seriousness -- they are the bedrock of all our freedoms. - Sean McBride
Paul has positioned himself as an establishment outsider, renegade, speaker of truth to power, etc. -- just as Barack Obama did in 2008. He may be able to cut through Hillary Clinton like a knife through warm butter -- she is a tired, old, stale establishment politico through and through. No spark whatever. - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
One recent study (Nature 496, 347-350) estimates that transpiration (water vapour derived from plants) produces 80–90% of the atmospheric moisture derived from continents. This figure substantially surpasses previous estimates (20–65%). If the share of atmospheric moisture derived from vegetation is so much larger than previously recognised, then changes in vegetation may also have greater impacts. Until the processes underlying vegetation control of the water cycle are resolved, the potential impact of land-cover change on the regional and global temperature regimes cannot be estimated with confidence. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Fiddling while Rome burns. Woolgathering. - Sean McBride
Rome, Ga and here we have freeze warnings tonight on April 15th I realize that's weather not climate, but it is quite contrary to prior published alarmists prognostications. You still have a major problem with the models, plants, forests other land use changes and natural variability might deserve further study. - Eric Logan
I pay little attention to local weather variations -- just the key indicators regarding long-term global climate. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others | Informed Comment - http://www.juancole.com/2012...
Replace "white" with "jew", oh wait, if a jew does it almost doesn't even get reported, see Israel Rabinovitz - JustTheFactsPlease
Geez, Juan Cole sure has an animus against white people. That's his entire point, that he doesn't like white people. I guess the Tsarnaevs are white and who doesn't think they are the scum of the earth? Maybe he's talking about Timothy McVeigh but if so, Cole hasn't bothered himself to know anything about the OKC bombing that the mainstream media didn't tell him. - Berthe
Sean McBride
Climate Change Countdown | On Point with Tom Ashbrook - http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014...
Sean McBride
Sen. Rand Paul Weighs Containment of Iran Nuclear Threat - ABC News - http://abcnews.go.com/blogs...
"Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl he believes “all options should be on the table” to prevent a nuclear Iran, but the U.S. should not immediately accept the idea of war when the threat of a nuclear Iran could be contained as it has been with other nuclear powers." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"“I’ve repeatedly voted for sanctions against Iran. And I think all options should be on the table to prevent them from having nuclear weapons,” Paul said on “This Week” Sunday. But he said those who oppose the idea of containment — or living with an Iran with nuclear weapons — ignore that such an outcome has been necessary in the past." - Sean McBride
"Paul also defended his push to cut U.S. defense spending beyond lower sequester levels. “I believe national defense is the most important thing we do, but it isn’t a blank check,” he said. “Some conservatives think, ‘Oh, give them whatever they want and that everything is for our soldiers’ and they play up this patriotism that, ‘Oh, we don’t have to control defense spending.’” “We can’t be a trillion dollars in the hole every year,” he continued." - Sean McBride
"Earlier this week, another conservative superstar, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, made headlines with his comments on immigration, saying that while illegal immigrants break the law by crossing the border, “it’s not a felony, it’s an act of love.” While Paul didn’t dispute Bush’s comments, he did say he may have framed them differently. “If it were me, what I would have said is, people... more... - Sean McBride
Bluesun 2600
Study: American policy exclusively reflects desires of the rich; citizens' groups largely irrelevant - Boing Boing - http://boingboing.net/2014...
Study: American policy exclusively reflects desires of the rich; citizens' groups largely irrelevant - Boing Boing
"In Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens [PDF], a paper forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics by Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern's Benjamin Page, the authors analyze 1,779 over the past 20+ years and conclude that policy makers respond exclusively to the needs of people in the 90th wealth percentile to the exclusion of pretty much every one else. Mass-scale intervention from citizens' groups barely registers, while the desires of the richest ten percent of America dictate practically the entire national policy landscape." - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
this is my shocked face. - Big Joe Silence
Sean McBride
Why judge’s ruling on Bridgegate subpoenas is bad for Christie | MSNBC - http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc...
"Although a New Jersey judge ruled on Wednesday that two of Gov. Chris Christie’s former allies at the center of so-called “Bridgegate” don’t have to turn over related documents to a state committee investigating the scandal, the Republican shouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. That’s because Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision indicates just how seriously federal prosecutors – also investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings – are taking the case, according to legal experts and political analysts." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Yes, it won't surprise me if Eric Holder's federal prosecutors are going hard after Bridgegate all the while ignoring Cory Booker's cronies looting the Newark Watershed and burying Menendez dealings with the $21 million Medicare doctor who took Menendez to the Dominican Republic. - Berthe
Sean McBride
70 Percent of Americans Would Be More Bothered by Political Bullying than Politician Drug Use or Infidelity - Reason-Rupe Surveys : Reason.com - http://reason.com/poll...
70 Percent of Americans Would Be More Bothered by Political Bullying than Politician Drug Use or Infidelity - Reason-Rupe Surveys : Reason.com
"Reason-Rupe finds most Americans would be more concerned by political bullying than typical scandals that bring down politicians. Seventy percent of Americans would be “more bothered” by politicians using their political power to bully someone, while only 14 percent would be more bothered if their elected official used drugs and 11 percent would be more concerned if the politician cheated on his or her spouse." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Well, probably true but its all how the media writes it up. If Christie planned and executed "Bridgegate" all by himself, it would be a more benign "bullying" than what Obama and Holder were up to with Zimmerman, trying to railroad him into prison. No one thinks anyone was trying to get the Mayor of Ft. Lee prosecuted for anything. - Berthe
Sean McBride
Rand Paul Follows Jesse Jackson's Playbook - Bloomberg View - http://www.bloombergview.com/article...
"Jonathan Chait’s analysis today of Senator Rand Paul’s “hostile takeover” presidential candidacy is on target. Paul is too far from the Republican mainstream, especially on foreign policy, for his nomination to result from anything other than a capture of the party by what is, at this point, a relatively small group. That would have no real precedent in the modern (post-1968) era. There is some precedent for Paul’s campaign, however. It may have a lot in common with Jesse Jackson's 1988 campaign (while Ron Paul's efforts in 2008 and 2012 resemble Jackson's 1984 run)." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Thanks for the Rand Paul articles. I'm wary of his candidacy because of his strange amnesty for illegal aliens pronouncements. Does he really not get it? The wage competition and the negative effects on culture, the crime and welfare dependency - Rand Paul seems oblivious to all that. I can't be enthusiastic about his candidacy with that. - Berthe
I am posting the Rand Paul articles not to promote him or express agreement with him -- but because there is interesting political energy and movement surrounding him. I would, however, be pleased to see Paul weaken the neoconservative stranglehold on the Republican Party, regardless of whether he wins the nomination or not. - Sean McBride
Andrew C (✔)
[former Rep Jim Moran (D):] "We [Congressional Representatives] deal with people on a regular basis who come to see us who make more in a week than we make in a year." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
[Marshall:] "There's something very real going on in that last sentence that goes to the heart of much of the political economy of contemporary America, wealth inequality, and the formal and informal corruption of Congress. As far as it goes, what Moran says in this last sentence is totally true. " - Andrew C (✔)
"So it's not terribly surprising that members of Congress end up with a skewed perspective on average incomes and how many ordinary people live their lives or how it's easy to start thinking and feeling, "Hey, where's third vacation house?" "Where's my private plane?" So yeah, don't expect an avalanche of sympathy for members of Congress who make what would constitute a massive raise... more... - Andrew C (✔)
A congressman from Wisconsin (Sean Duffy) is a millionaire a few times over, and is consistently in line with Paul Ryan in philosophy and legislative action. This would include voting against extending unemployment benefits for long-term unemployed, assistance for women, infants and children, etc. So I was surprised (though I shouldn't have been) to hear rnews item this week that he is advocating that US representatives be given a raise from their meager salaries of $160K. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Sean McBride
Rand Paul: GOP Should Reject Cheney for Defending "Torture" | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/politic...
Rand Paul: GOP Should Reject Cheney for Defending "Torture" | Mother Jones
"As the intra-party feud between the Cheney/neocon crew of the GOP and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his fellow intervention skeptics continues, here's another dicey matter for the warring parties to battle over: torture. The Cheney crowd fervently defends the Bush administration's use of harsh interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, and fiercely rejects referring to these tactics as torture. But in a 2009 interview posted on YouTube, Rand Paul denounced such practices as torture and said, "Bush had given these orders that allowed torture to occur." Paul, though, noted that he was not in favor of prosecuting Bush or former vice president Dick Cheney, comparing the question of whether to put them on trial for torture to the case of President Gerald Ford pardoning the disgraced former President Richard Nixon. And in another 2009 interview, Paul called on the GOP to disassociate itself from Cheney because the ex-veep was defending his administration's use of torture." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Green 'smear campaign' against professor who dared to disown 'sexed up' UN climate dossier. - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news...
Green 'smear campaign' against professor who dared to disown 'sexed up' UN climate dossier.
Prof Tol, from Sussex University, is a highly respected climate economist and one of two ‘co-ordinating lead authors’ of an important chapter in the 2,600-page report published last week by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has been widely criticised by green campaigners after he claimed that the much shorter ‘summary for policymakers’ – hammered out in all-night sessions between scientists and government officials over a week-long meeting in Yokohama, Japan – was overly ‘alarmist’. In his view, the summary focused on ‘scare stories’ and suggestions the world faced ‘the four horsemen of the apocalypse’. He said he did not want his name associated with it because he felt ‘uncomfortable’ with the way the summary exaggerated the economic impact of global warming. The source of the alleged smear campaign is Bob Ward, director of policy at the London School of Economics’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change. Mr Ward – neither an economist nor a climate... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Barry Paul
Andrew C (✔)
House Barely Passes Paul Ryan's Budget, With 12 Republicans Voting No - NationalJournal.com - http://www.nationaljournal.com/congres...
"His budget pushes higher defense spending--and cuts and changes to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and other social safety-net programs." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"At the same time, Ryan's budget does not say precisely what he would replace Obamacare with, only offering the expectation that it will be replaced. And Democrats, like Van Hollen of Maryland, complain that Ryan's proposal, even while scrapping the health care law, keeps all of its more than $700 billion in Medicare savings, as well as $1 trillion in revenues from Obamacare." - Andrew C (✔)
"And Ryan's budget calls for reducing taxes on the wealthy--individuals would have just two rates, 25 percent and 10 percent--and cutting the corporate tax rate to 25 percent. But it does not lay out a detailed route to those goals or even embrace a recent one proposed by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan." - Andrew C (✔)
"To reach balance in 10 years, Ryan's plan embraces a controversial "dynamic scoring" notion that there would be some positive impact on the nation's economic growth simply by reducing the deficit and cutting spending--although some economists disagree with this and even suggest that it could slow the economy. Ryan had not included such a calculation in his previous budget proposals." - Andrew C (✔)
Barry Paul
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