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  w/ Brad & Desi
Lots of good and/or hysterical news!: Cruz compares himself to Galileo; BP dumps ALEC; TX town goes 100% renewable; PLUS: FL official struggles to not say 'climate change'...
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Letter to the Editor: 'Deal With Reality'
One Florida Republican has had it with his party and has decided to become a 'single issue voter'...
Was Netanyahu's Win Actually GOOD for Palestinians?:
KPFK 'BradCast'
That, and MUCH more in this week's show, with guests Estee Chandler and Ernie Canning...
Right to NOT Vote (Or, Right to Vote for 'None of the Above')
While it's less than clear that Obama really called for 'mandatory voting', as many reported, we'd be against the idea -- unless...
'Green News Report' 3/24/15
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Denier Ted Cruz running for Prez, Gov. Jerry Brown unimpressed; Mandatory water rationing in CA? PLUS: In FL, don't say 'climate change' or you may be sent to a mental hospital...
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'Impeach Mark Fuller' Radio Ads Target U.S. House Judiciary Members
Women's rights group runs public service ads in 5 Congressional districts, demanding accountability for 'wife-beating' federal judge...
SCOTUS Declines WI Photo ID Law Challenge
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'Major Security Hole' Discovered in Australian Internet Voting System
On eve of election in New South Wales, 'critical' vulnerability found in new 'iVote' system that would allow attackers to see, change votes...
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NATIONWIDE STUDY FINDS ALMOST NO VOTER FRAUD
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Criminal GOP Voter Registration Fraud Probe Expanding in VA
State investigators widening criminal probe of man arrested destroying registration forms, said now looking at violations of law by Nathan Sproul's RNC-hired firm...

DOJ PROBE SOUGHT AFTER VA ARREST
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Arrest in VA: GOP Voter Reg Scandal Widens
'RNC official' charged on 13 counts, for allegely trashing voter registration forms in a dumpster, worked for Romney consultant, 'fired' GOP operative Nathan Sproul...

ALL TOGETHER: ROVE, SPROUL, KOCHS, RNC
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LATimes: RNC's 'Fired' Sproul Working for Repubs in 'as Many as 30 States'
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'Fired' Sproul Group 'Cloned', Still Working for Republicans in At Least 10 States
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FINALLY: FOX ON GOP REG FRAUD SCANDAL
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CRIMINAL PROBE LAUNCHED INTO GOP VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD SCANDAL IN FL
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Brad Breaks PA Photo ID & GOP Registration Fraud Scandal News on Hartmann TV
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The GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal reveals insidious nationwide registration scheme to keep Obama supporters from even registering to vote...

CRIMINAL ELECTION FRAUD COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST GOP 'FRAUD' FIRM
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RICK SCOTT GETS ROLLED IN GOP REGISTRATION FRAUD SCANDAL
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EXCLUSIVE: Intvw w/ FL Official Who First Discovered GOP Reg Fraud
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With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 5/4/2010 1:16pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink --- in Boston and Nashville; MORE deadly storms kill 29 across the South ... PLUS: Slow-motion ecological and economic disaster in the Gulf goes from bad to worse, and where are the calls for clean energy legislation?! ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Clorox says it owns the 'Daisy'; VA Attorney General targets climate scientist; Massey Energy CEO got $2 mil. bonus for 'safety' even as mines amassed record violations; PG&E tactics called 'deceptive' in Prop 16 battle; Senator will filibuster climate bill over drilling; Ireland's airspace closed due to Iceland's still-erupting volcano ... PLUS: Corporate Media's Role in Environmental Denialism ...

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By Ernest A. Canning on 5/3/2010 6:21pm PT  

Guest editorial by Ernest A. Canning

In a May 3 New York Times editorial, "Drilling, Disaster, Denial," Paul Krugman points to a Gallup poll which found: "Americans are now less worried about a series of environmental problems than at any time in the past 20 years" --- a finding mirrored by surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center which revealed that the percentage of Americans who believe "there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades," had dropped from 71% in April 2008 to 57% in September/October 2009.

After pointing to the catastrophic events --- the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill and the fire atop a polluted Cuyahoga River --- which gave rise to the first Earth Day in 1970, the Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency, Krugman suggested that the success alleviating "visible pollution" that was involved in these "photogenic crises" led to reduction in public concern for the less visible impact "of pollution that's invisible, and whose effects unfold over decades rather than days" --- an invisibility which opened the way for hard-right, denialist, anti-environmental propagandists like Rush Limbaugh to succeed.

While there is empirical data supporting Krugman's suggestion of an adverse impact of anti-environmental propaganda, often funded by the likes of Exxon-Mobil and others in or connected to the fossil fuel industry, Krugman's analysis falls short because he fails to examine the role of the mainstream corporate media, especially television, in fostering the invisibility he decries...

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PLUS: I'm back...
By Brad Friedman on 5/3/2010 11:42am PT  

After hearing the lazy corporate media meme over the last several days asking whether the BP oil spill catastrophe was "Obama's Katrina," it was nice to see the meme properly re-aligned last night on Twitter by @OTOOLEFAN who announced: "This oil spill is Sarah Palin's Katrina."

Apparently he wasn't the first, however, to do so, as the ubiquitous @Shoq gave credit to @yrustupid's first invocation.

And with those attributions out of the way, I'll take the opportunity to note that after two long weeks on the road and often off the grid (when I wasn't doing Russian TV from NV or guest hosting for Malloy from San Fran) for largely unrelated work, I'm finally back in the 'hood today with much to get caught up on this week. Thanks for your patience during my mostly-absence over the last coupla weeks and (possibly) in the coming days as I get caught up. My thanks to both The BRAD BLOG's Ernie Canning and Brilliant at Breakfast's Jill C. for filling occasional gaps as they were able to find time while I was gone!

Feel free to use the comment section on this item to let me know about anything you think I may have missed over last week or two but still need to know about!

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Scheduled Guests: David Roberts of Grist & Peter B. Collins!
LIVE! 9p-Mid ET (6p-9p PT), Call-in#: 877-99-MALLOY
By Brad Friedman on 4/29/2010 1:35pm PT  

[Now UPDATED with audio archives of tonight's show.]

I'm happy to jump in again to guest host the nationally syndicated Mike Malloy Show tonight, this time LIVE from San Francisco's Green960 (6p-9p PT)!

Please join me by tuning in, chatting in, Tweeting in and calling in!

Our LIVE chat room will be up and operating here during the show as usual, so jump into the conversation there as well! (We''ll open it a few minutes before airtime, see down below.)

So far scheduled for tonight...

  • DAVID ROBERTS, environmental reporter from Grist.org on the oil spill in the Gulf, Obama's "brilliantly" timed plans for more off-shore drilling and Lindsey Graham's climate and clean energy legislation hissy fit and "flustercluck".
  • PETER B. COLLINS, our old friend, the great progressive radio talk show host returns to the broadcast airwaves for an hour to join us in studio to discuss his whereabouts, mainstream corporate media failure, this year's elections, and anything else you may wish to ask him about!
  • PLUS: Please stop calling them "conservatives"! My rants, your calls at 877-99-MALLOY (877-996-2556), your tweets to @TheBradBlog, and lots of other stuff sure to come up along the way...

Malloy's show is nationally syndicated on air affiliates around the country and also on Sirius Ch. 146 & XM Ch. 167. You may also listen online to the free LIVE audio stream via our host tonight at GREEN 960 in San Francisco or via MikeMalloy.com.

Click here to jump into our LIVE Chat Room during the show. Or just see below!...

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POST-SHOW UPDATE & AUDIO ARCHIVES: Well that went fast! Hope you'll find the same thing. Audio archives of the show, and of tonight's chat room all follow below...

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By Desi Doyen on 4/29/2010 11:28am PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: More on Lindsey Graham's climate legislation hissy fit; A rapper's astute analysis of the climate bill ... PLUS: As the Gulf's oil rig spill spreads, setting the ocean on fire --- not kidding! ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Protected Reef Offers Model for Conservation; Food manufacturers fight ban on BPA in food safety bill; EPA issues new climate report on U.S. impacts; EPA: Atlantic seaboard will be swallowed by rising seas; Offshore power plant harvests both Wind and Waves; Energy crisis in Pakistan hurts everyday citizens; Locust plague prompts fears for crops ... PLUS: Your Killer Blue Jeans: Denim manufacturing is poisoning China's famed Pearl River ...

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With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 4/27/2010 12:20pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Remembering lives lost to coal; South hit by tornadoes and oil spills ... PLUS: Lindsey Graham's bizarre Senatorial hissy fit and how it could well scuttle comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Swappable car batteries debut in Tokyo taxis; Scientists uncover deep ocean current near Antarctica; Report: new nuclear reactor less safe than America's current fleet; Report questions viability of Carbon Capture and Storage; Which parts of the Atlantic seaboard will be swallowed by rising seas?; Toxic soil found in LA neighborhood ... PLUS: Fact Check: Buying carbon offsets may ease eco-guilt but not global warming ...

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EARTH DAY 40th Anniversary Edition!
By Desi Doyen on 4/22/2010 12:28pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil rigs exploding; Volcanoes erupting; Senate Climate Legislation coming --- soon ... PLUS: On the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, a look back at the very first one... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Green reasons to 'Move Your Money': Big Banks and King Coal; Morales slams capitalism at People's World Conference on Climate Change; Dead whale found with gallons of human garbage in gut; Cash for appliances program starts TODAY!; Everest expedition to clean World's Highest Garbage Dump; UK University Ordered to Give Data to Climate Skeptic; USDA downplays own scientist’s research on ill effects of Monsanto herbicide ... PLUS: A 'real life' AVATAR: Director James Cameron allies with indigenous tribes to save Amazon rainforest from dam project ...

LATE UPDATE: Burning oil rig sinks in Gulf of Mexico....

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By Desi Doyen on 4/20/2010 1:01pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Rescue & recovery in China; More fallout for the coal industry ... PLUS: Eruption Disruption: It's not just travel that's a pain in the ash, thanks to Eyjafjallajokull ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Another Good Reason to Cut Oil Use; Hard science vindicates climate scientists; EPA, Energy Dept. announce Energy Star revamp; Saudis tighten China energy ties; Tea Partiers far less informed about climate change than general public; Tweeting uses less juice than Googling; Seattle to lead LED street light study ... PLUS: Yummy: USDA says meat supply routinely tainted with harmful residues ...

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By Desi Doyen on 4/15/2010 1:01pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The First Lady goes to Haiti; Earthquake in Tibet; Volcano in Iceland; Climate scientists cleared of wrongdoing --- AGAIN ... PLUS: A War on Coal? Coal industry in the hot seat on Capitol Hill... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Biotech crops create pesticide-resistant weeds; March 2010 hottest on record; US South could save billions with energy conservation; FDA to study popular sanitizer ingredient triclosan; EU satellite to check climate impact on ice; Last US sardine cans being packed in Maine; GAO again faults interior for royalty collection efforts; Europe generates electricity from trash, U.S. lags ... PLUS: Offshore Drilling: How much oil really is off the Atlantic Coast? ...

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For Hunter to be disbarred, for Blankenship to be arrested...
By Brad Friedman on 4/13/2010 4:05pm PT  

Following on Brad Jacobson's investigative expose last month at RAW STORY concerning GOP operative turned EAC commissioner turned FEC commissioner Caroline Hunter, Velvet Revolution.us (VR) has filed a complaint [DOC] with the DC Court of Appeals asking for her disbarment based on the purposely misleading statements she offered under oath in a federal court hearing concerning allegations of voter suppression by the RNC in Ohio in the final days of the 2004 election. RAW's Muriel Kane provides details here...

And in other accountability news, VR's StopTheChamber.com campaign called yesterday for the arrest of Massey Energy CEO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Director Don Blankenship for being "criminally culpable as any mass murderer," following the deaths of 29 miners at Massey's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia last week. RAW's Daniel Tencer covers that story here...

[Full Disclosure: The BRAD BLOG is a co-founder of VelvetRevolution.us]

The heat is just beginning to build for Blankenship, and hopefully it will continue, as it should have long ago but for the millions he has spent to date to avoid virtually any and all such accountability. His ability to do so, using the abusive power of the U.S. Chamber to help in that effort, needs to end...

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By Desi Doyen on 4/13/2010 1:24pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Are we gonna need a new name for Glacier National Park?; The Great Barrier Reef, endangered by shipping shortcuts ... PLUS: The history of safety violations in America's mines, and accountability for the mining industry's most powerful men, like Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Most TX natural gas facilities release toxic pollution; U.S. Wind Industry Bullish on Offshore Potential; Who's in charge with geoengineering?; Flawed ballot proposition threatens CA's global warming law; Leaked: Obama's hardline US climate talk strategy; Judge awards damages in toxic Chinese drywall lawsuit ... PLUS: You Want Chicken Poop With That Steak? Why FDA Should Ban Feces From Feed ...

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By Desi Doyen on 4/8/2010 1:10pm PT  


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Welcome aboard to our latest new affiliate partner: Rational Broadcasting in Dallas!

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A setback in the search for missing WV miners; Massey Mine Explosion: Who is to blame? ... PLUS: Record snow, record landslides, record rain, record heat & predictable silence from the Global Warming Denialist Industry ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': A Modest Proposal for hacking the planet; CO law to require uranium mining cleanup; Study says U.S. waterways are warming; Pipeline leaks oil into Louisiana wildlife refuge; Global Warming's Big Winners: fire ants, poison ivy, ticks; Fox News Tries to Re-Ignite Attacks on Exonerated Climate Scientist; Melbourne smashes record for run of warm days; Race to introduce GM corn before Africa's climate worsens ... PLUS: Oil and Gas Industry Launches Ad Campaign to Target 'Energy Industry Taxes' ...

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With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 4/6/2010 1:39pm PT  


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Welcome aboard to our latest new affiliate partner: Rational Broadcasting in Dallas!

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Another mining tragedy in Coal Country and the unspeakable failures of Massey Energy's CEO Don Blankenship; Oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef... PLUS: ExxonMobil paid zero in federal taxes on their $45 billion profit last year!...All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': U.N. chief shocked by dying lake, once 4th largest in world; Severe drought devastates farmers; 'Smart meter' investigations in Texas, California; BP fights to limit controls on shale gas drilling; Obama's recess appointments include pesticide-pushing trade rep; Wisconsin bans phosphorus in lawn fertilizer; U.S. Refineries have world's worst safety record ... PLUS: Koch Industries outspends Exxon Mobil on climate denial groups ...

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A long-overdue indictment of the unabated, GOP-created, media-enabled, incalculably-damaging 'unmooring of politics from facts'...
By Brad Friedman on 4/5/2010 8:05am PT  

On Friday night, responding to the CA AG's finding that the ACORN "Pimp" Hoax videos --- as created and published by righwing con-artists James O'Keefe, Hannah Giles, and Andrew Breitbart --- were precisely the hoax we'd long described them as, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow hit it out of the park, detailing precisely the reason we've been focused on this point for so long: "The triumph of fake politics...The unmooring of politics from facts," and the unforgivable truth that you've heard far more about the partisan-driven hoax/politics agenda in the media, than about the fact that that these things were all hoaxes.

Maddow takes the opportunity to highlight not only the "triumph" of the ACORN "Pimp" Hoax, but of other successful GOP-played/MSM-enabled scams such as "ClimateGate" (also near and dear to our hearts as we've covered that scam in great depth in our Green News Reports for months, most recently on Thursday), faked GOP outrage about recess appointments, health insurance reform, Miranda rights and civilian trials for accused terrorists, the stimulus bill, "death panels," Obama's birth certificate, supposed threats to the Second Amendment, armed IRS agents coming to get you, abuse of the census, Obama's "plans" to ban sport fishing, et al.

These things are, as she declares in no uncertain terms, "all bull." Yet, she adds, "there’s more bang for the political buck to make stuff up like this than to try to debate real problems in the real world. So just go with the bull"...


Our only complaint is that her indictment comes a month or two (at least) too late for victims of the GOP's ACORN scam, and that, other than Fox "News," she fails to call out the still-respected-but-shouldn't-be enablers of the scams in the first place --- in this case, for example, the still-misreporting New York Times.

If you can't watch the video above, or would just like to savor it and/or quote any of the exceedingly-quotable text to your erstwhile inexorably-brainwashed, fully-hoaxed, teabagging wingnut friends and family members, the text transcript is posted here...

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The corporate threat to both our health and our liberties...
By Ernest A. Canning on 4/4/2010 10:05am PT  

Guest blogged by Ernest A. Canning

"You've got a small number of multinational corporations that control the entire food system from seed to the supermarket. This isn't just about what we're allowed to eat. This is about what we're allowed to say; what we're allowed to know. It's not just our health at risk...They have managed to make it against the law to criticize their products. There is an effort to make it illegal to publish a photo of any industrial food operation." - Food, Inc. narration.

We hear it constantly from Republicans; an ideological mantra to the effect that government, especially government programs that would place the interests of public health, safety, and equality above the profits and power of those who already have too much of both, threatens our liberties.

Perhaps in a manner even more successful than Michael Moore's very powerful presentations in Sicko! and in Capitalism: A Love Story, Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, in their Academy Award nominated documentary feature Food, Inc. (trailer posted at end of article), expose the lie behind the myth that so-called "free markets" make us free....

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