Keep It in the Ground

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MelGurtov
“On January 17 the New York Times reported that, to appease environmentalists, the Obama administration would “ban drilling in portions of the Arctic Ocean’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.” But in return, Republicans and the oil and gas industry got federal approval to drill in a large swath of the Atlantic Ocean, a move that I believe risks another BP-type disaster.

Drilling in the Atlantic is no small bone to calm the savage dogs on the right. Department of the Interior officials are quick to reassure us that safeguards will be in place before exploration begins and that the leased area is 50 miles from shore. But we’ve been down that road too many times to feel reassured. Recall, for one thing, that the Deepwater Horizon rig was 41 miles from Louisiana’s shore. For another, since the BP spill, no new safety regulations have been enacted by Congress, and in the current climate, they will have to come from the administration itself. Who will be president when the time comes?”

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What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

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LawrenceWittner
“Are Americans disturbed about growing economic inequality in the United States?

Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality. A Gallup poll conducted in April 2015 found that 63 percent of respondents believed that wealth in the United States should be distributed more evenly. Similarly, a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted in late May 2015 revealed that 66 percent of Americans favored the redistribution of “the money and wealth in this country” along more egalitarian lines.”

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Happy Swaraj (Independence) Day!

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StephanieVanHook
““Real Swaraj will come, not by the acquisition of authority by a few, but by the capacity by all to resist authority when it is abused.”
–Gandhi (Young India, January 29, 1925)

When Gandhi met with the British viceroy Lord Irwin after his imprisonment following the 1930 Salt Satyagraha, they shared a pot of tea. Gandhi, mischieviously took out a package of contraband salt, opened it and sprinkled a bit into his cup. Looking at the astounded Lord Irwin he told him he did so in remembrance of the Boston Tea Party.
The decade leading up to the signing of the American Declaration of Independence was one of resistance and not necessarily violent resistance, either. According to an in-depth study by Walter Conser, Ronald McCarthy, David Toscano and Gene Sharp, entitled Resistance, Politics and the American Struggle for Independence 1765-1775, nonviolent resistance was more widely employed than violent resistance during that period of struggle with the British Crown. ”

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War Speaks Every Language But Never Knows What to Say to Frogs

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David Swanson
“War speaks every language she says, because every nation has war. But of course this isn’t true. Many nations that make war on others do not have war at home, not in remotely the way the nations have it where wars are fought. Anyone in the United States knows that a global war aggressor suffers, but also knows that the wars are not here, and that the difference is one of night and day. Many nations also do not make war, nearby or far off. Some nations, Costa Rica, Iceland, and lots of little nations, have no military, no war plans, no investment in future wars, and no wars. And this is why it matters that War Is Never a Good Idea, because good ideas exist as available alternatives.”

Author: David Swanson
Published in: The Gilmer Mirror http://www.gilmermirror.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Disparate+Impact+Claims+Essential+for+Justice%20&id=26732541
Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/31703-supreme-court-ruling-on-housing-may-strengthen-broader-anti-discrimination-efforts
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/02/the-essentials-for-justice/
Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/07/03/war-speaks-every-language-but-never-knows-what-to-say-to-frogs/
OpEd News http://www.opednews.com/articles/War-Speaks-Every-Language-by-David-Swanson-War_War_War_Wars-150521-779.html
Let’s try democracy http://davidswanson.org/node/4763
Washington’s Blog http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/05/war-speaks-every-language-but-never-knows-what-to-say-to-frogs.html
Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/07/04/war-never-good-idea-war-speaks-every-language-never-knows-say-frogs/
Date: May 21, July 1,2,4,2015

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Disparate Impact Claims Essential for Justice

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lfinley
“Like many other progressives, I was very excited about some of the Supreme Court decisions this term (healthcare, gay marriage) and deeply disturbed about others (Facebook threats should not be judged on a “reasonable person” standard, executions using new drugs can continue). One decision that did not receive as much attention but that is tremendously important, I think, is the Court’s ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. In that decision, the Court held 5-4 that housing segregation, even if done unintentionally, violates the Fair Housing Act. In doing so, the Court affirmed that “disparate impact claims” about housing are legitimate. Although it is not clear that this will be the case, I hope that the decision paved the way for greater use of social science data by courts on other issues.”

Author: Laura Finley
Published in: The Gilmer Mirror http://www.gilmermirror.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Disparate+Impact+Claims+Essential+for+Justice%20&id=26732541
Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/31703-supreme-court-ruling-on-housing-may-strengthen-broader-anti-discrimination-efforts
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/02/the-essentials-for-justice/
Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/07/04/disparate-impact-claims-essential-justice/
Date: July 1,2,4,2015

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