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Child Welfare Effort Avoids Taking Kids from Home by Giving them One

City Limits - 10 hours 51 min ago
There's growing interest in using supportive housing to help families whose children might otherwise end up in the foster-care system.

Democracy Now! 2014-04-23 Wednesday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - 11 hours 18 min ago
Democracy Now! 2014-04-23 Wednesday
  • Headlines for April 23, 2014
  • Jim Crow in the Classroom: New Report Finds Segregation Lives on in U.S. Schools
  • Toms River: How a Small Town Fought Back Against Corporate Giants for Toxic Dumping Linked to Cancer

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Water Rate Hike Lower, But Not Enough for Critics

City Limits - 19 hours 18 min ago
Some background on the “rental payment" that has the mayor and a councilman facing off.

Media Bits & Bytes - Rush to Judgment edition

Portside - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:50pm
Media Bits & Bytes - Rush to Judgment edition

April 22, 2014
Portside (April 22, 2014)

What Google knew; Limbaugh eats dirt; Networks take over everything; Hard world of cloud computing; Digitized underground; Robert Knight dies

Google Knew About Heartbleed and didn't Tell the Government - Brendan Sasso (National Journal)

Rush Limbaugh Is In Ruins - Bad News Coming From Every Direction - Including the Right - Leslie Salzillo (Daily Kos) [...]

The Pay of Corporate Executives and Financial Professionals as Evidence of Rents in Top 1 Percent Incomes

Portside - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:54pm
The Pay of Corporate Executives and Financial Professionals as Evidence of Rents in Top 1 Percent Incomes

April 22, 2014
By Josh Bivens and Lawrence Mishel
Economic Policy Institute (June 20, 2013)

This working paper was prepared for a forum on the top one percent to be published in the Summer 2013 issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. It is an analysis of the pay of the top 1 percent, specifically CEO's and top financial professionals as a form of "rent." In other words, the pay is not related to the talent or the productive effort of these individuals [...]

Why Passengers Cheered a Vermont Bus Strike

Portside - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:59pm
Why Passengers Cheered a Vermont Bus Strike

April 22, 2014
By Ellen David Friedman
Labor Notes (April 22, 2014)

The bus drivers' strike in Burlington, Vermont succeeded through a powerful combination of workers organizing on the job and organized community solidarity, the roots of which go back to at least 2009.

An 18-day bus drivers’ strike in Burlington, Vermont, ended in a win April 3 when drivers ratified a new contract 53-6.
Strikes are rare these days, and fewer still result in victories—so why was this one different? What generated public support for the strike, despite management’s aggressive plan to [...]

`Jobs vs. the Environment': How to Counter This Divisive Big Lie

Portside - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:46pm
`Jobs vs. the Environment': How to Counter This Divisive Big Lie

April 22, 2014
By Jeremy Brecher
The Nation (April 22, 2014)

We can, and must, create common ground between the labor and climate movements. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, if God had intended some people to fight just for the environment and others to fight just for the economy, he would have made some people who could live without money and others who could live without water and air. There are not two groups of people, environmentalists and workers. We all need a livelihood and we all need a livable [...]

How Billionaires Use the Government as a Tool to Destroy Companies They've Bet Against

Portside - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:34pm
How Billionaires Use the Government as a Tool to Destroy Companies They've Bet Against

April 22, 2014
By Les Leopold comments_image 35 COMMENTS
Alternet (April 17, 2014)

This is the heart of the new financialism and it is happening all over the country. If this were just one isolated case, we could probably live with it. It might even lead to a new law that would outlaw Ackman's outrageous behavior. But this kind of de-creative destruction is now a central feature of our new financialized economy. [...]

Can NY Fight Global Warming Without Nuclear Power?

City Limits - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:18pm
The experience of California, Germany and Japan is clear, the author argues: Close nuclear plants and CO2 emissions soar as other power sources fill the gap.

Democracy Now! 2014-04-22 martes en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 22 de Abril de 2014
  • Gobierno de Obama ampliará criterios de indulto por delitos vinculados a las drogas
  • Tribunal ordena desclasificación de memorando que justifica asesinatos dirigidos
  • Más de 55 muertes por ataques de aviones no tripulados estadounidenses en Yemen
  • ONU: Cientos de muertes en ataque rebelde de Sudán del Sur
  • Se tambalea la tregua de Ucrania mientras permanecen los grupos armados
  • ONU advierte a Assad en contra de nuevas elecciones
  • Informe: Gobierno evalúa limitar deportaciones de inmigrantes sin antecedentes judiciales
  • Demandantes impugnan intento de GM de evadir responsabilidad por defecto de encendido
  • UAW retira demanda por fallida votación de sindicalización
  • Director nacional de inteligencia emite prohibición de contacto con medios de comunicación
  • Prisioneros de Oklahoma logran aplazamiento de ejecución por secreto respecto al fármaco
  • Funcionarios de cárcel despedidos tras muerte por inanición de recluso de Kentucky
  • Se celebran funerales para Gabriel García Márquez en México y Colombia paralelamente

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Democracy Now! 2014-04-22 Tuesday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2014-04-22 Tuesday
  • Headlines for April 22, 2014
  • Earth Day Special: "Fierce Green Fire" Documentary Explores Environmental Movement's Global Rise

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Advocates Waiting for de Blasio to Fix Homeless Housing Program

City Limits - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:34am
The cluster program is widely criticized as expensive and disruptive. So far the new administration has yet to propose an alternative, but advocates have high hopes a plan is coming.

Celebrate Earth Day: Find Pollution Near You!

City Limits - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:00am
Online tools let you see which companies release which toxic substances in your neighborhood and borough. There's good news and bad news in the numbers.

In Small Canadian Town Democracy Wins, Tar Sands Loses

Portside - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:01pm
In Small Canadian Town Democracy Wins, Tar Sands Loses

April 21, 2014
CBC News (April 14, 2014)

Kitimat, B.C., votes 'no' to Northern Gateway in non-binding plebiscite on $6.5B twin pipeline project.

One of the most divisive issues in Kitimat, B.C., in a generation came to a head Saturday night as residents voted 'no' against Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project.
The ballot count from Saturday's vote was 1,793 opposed versus 1,278 who supported the multi-billion dollar project — a margin of 58.4 per cent to 41.6 per cent.
"The people have spoken. That’s what we wanted — it’s a [...]

Earth Day, Labor, and Me

Portside - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:34pm
Earth Day, Labor, and Me

April 21, 2014
By Joe Uehlein
z-net (April 19, 2014)

When it comes to the environment, organized labor has two hearts beating within a single breast.

The approach of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 provides us an opportunity to reflect on the “long, strange trip” shared by the environmental movement and the labor movement over four decades here on Spaceship Earth. 
A billion people participate in Earth Day events, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.  But when it was founded in 1970, according to Earth Day’s [...]

Mother Earth Day 2014: Time for a Paradigm Change

Portside - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:11pm
Mother Earth Day 2014: Time for a Paradigm Change

April 21, 2014
By Jackie Smith
Common Dreams (April 21, 2014)

Rights for Mother Earth, not Corporations

With each day’s headlines it becomes more and more clear that our modern, industrialized culture is a suicide machine. Not only has our consumption of fossil fuels polluted our air, land, and water to an extent that threatens the long-term survival of humans and other species, but our political system has evolved into a Frankenstein monster. Corporations, institutions created by people, have gained so much power they threaten our very survival.
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China's Air Pollution Leading to More Erratic Climate for US, Say Scientists

Portside - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:03pm
China's Air Pollution Leading to More Erratic Climate for US, Say Scientists

April 21, 2014
By Jonathan Kaiman in Beijing (April 15, 2014)

Computer modelling showed intensification of US-bound Pacific storms, driven by fine aerosols from coal power plants and traffic.

China's air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America, according to scientists in the US. A team from Texas, California and Washington state has found that pollution from Asia, much of it arising in China, is leading to more intense cyclones, increased precipitation and more warm air in the [...]

Carl Bloice: 1939-2014 Goodnight Sweet Poet

Portside - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:50pm
Carl Bloice: 1939-2014 Goodnight Sweet Poet

April 21, 2014
By Conn Hallinan
Dispatches From The Edge (April 20, 2014)

Conn Hallinan remembers Carl Bloice— Foreign Policy In Focus columnist, longtime journalist and lifetime advocate for the dispossessed.

“One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return. One must negotiate this passage as nobly as possible, for the sake of those who are coming after us.”
                                                      James Baldwin
                                                       “The Fire Next Time”
Carl Bloice, Foreign Policy In Focus columnist and blogger, and long-time African-American [...]

Democracy Now! 2014-04-21 lunes en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 21 de Abril de 2014
  • Gobierno de Obama pospone decisión de Keystone XL por tercer año consecutivo
  • Aviones no tripulados estadounidenses matan docenas de personas en Yemen
  • Violento tiroteo tras la tregua Ucrania-Rusia
  • Muren 33 personas por violencia en Irak
  • Gobierno estadounidense: Inscripción a planes de salud supera los ocho millones de personas
  • Maryland y Oregon limitan retención de inmigración para agentes federales
  • Juicios por ataques del 11 de septiembre de 2001 podrían enfrentar larga demora por infiltración del FBI
  • Alcalde anti LGTB de Carolina del Sur da de baja a jefa de policía lesbiana
  • Reclusos de Alabama realizan paro laboral en protesta por condiciones en que se encuentran y por trabajar sin recibir salario
  • Jueza acepta demanda presentada contra IBM y Ford por apoyar al apartheid
  • Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, boxeador encarcelado erróneamente, falleció a los 76 años

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Democracy Now! 2014-04-21 Monday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2014-04-21 Monday
  • Headlines for April 21, 2014
  • Exclusive: 4 Years After BP Disaster, Ousted Drilling Chief Warns U.S. at Risk of Another Oil Spill
  • Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Dies at 76: Wrongly Jailed Boxer Championed Justice After Winning His Own

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