The BRAD BLOG Because it's not about Right or Left, it's about Right and Wrong! 2015-09-04T17:21:28Z Copyright 2015 WordPress Nicole Sandler <![CDATA[Contempt and Contemptible!: 'BradCast' 9/03/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11348 2015-09-03T22:45:40Z 2015-09-03T22:45:40Z (Uncategorized) LGBT BradCast Election 2015 On today's BradCast, guest hosted by Nicole Sandler.

Today, Nicole speaks with David Dayen about his latest for The Intercept "Hillary Clinton Just Picked Sides With the Democrats’ Warren Wing Against the Rubin Wing" because it came as such a surprise!

Also today, Kim Davis - the KY County Clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses - was found in contempt and sent to jail until she's ready to do her job! Travis Gettys of Raw Story explains what happened.

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Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Un-Democratic Democratic Party: 'BradCast' 9/2/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11347 2015-09-03T00:17:28Z 2015-09-03T00:17:28Z Election Irregularities Election Reform BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Election Fraud DNC Rights And Freedoms Iran Kansas Hillary Clinton Kentucky Democrats KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Election 2016 Kris Kobach BradCast Martin O'Malley Over the weekend at the DNC Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O'Malley excoriated his party for their 'rigged process' of Presidential debates. Bernie Sanders agreed and BRAD BLOG's legal analyst Ernest A. Canning apparently does too.

He wrote about it this week, including his concerns that the process could result in a 1968-like rift within the party. He joins us to discuss it on today's BradCast.

Also today, in a victory for President Obama (and for peace and diplomacy) it looks like the Iran Deal now appears to be sealed in the U.S. Senate --- despite wild disinformation about it (and a Republican base which appears clueless about that and much more).

We also take listener calls on all of the above, including some on our programs earlier this week on the KS statistician being blocked by the state from examining evidence she believes suggest "voting machine manipulation" and the attorney representing the couples suing the KY County Clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Plus: Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report as we get ready to take a few days off for the holidays. (But, don't worry, your BradCast will be ably guest hosted once again by the excellent Nicole Sandler of RadioOrNot.com for a couple of days until we're back after the holidays!)

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]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[The Case Against the KY County Clerk Defying SCOTUS, Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses: 'BradCast' 9/1/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11333 2015-09-02T01:02:34Z 2015-09-02T01:02:34Z Election Reform BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Alaska Alabama Missouri Rights And Freedoms U.S. Constitution Kansas Environment Barack Obama Kentucky Marriage Equality U.S. Supreme Court KPFK Climate change BradCast Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis continues to defy federal court orders to issue marriage licenses to two gay and two straight couples. Their attorney, Joe Dunman, joins us on today's BradCast for a fascinating discussion of the case, how we got here, and where it all goes from here.

"To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience," the elected County Clerk said in a statement today following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal yesterday to hear Davis' application for an "asylum of conscience" and her own refusal, once again today, to issue licenses.

"It is a Heaven or Hell decision," she adds. Guess which one she's choosing?

Dunman, who also represented the Kentucky couples in SCOTUS' landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case that declared marriage equality a fundamental right in all 50 states, tells me that Davis is not required to actually perform any marriages. "She's not obligated to solemnize a marriage at all. The only thing she has to do is stamp her name on the documents that are filed with the state."

"In her arguments so far, she claims that [by] putting her name on it, she is 'authorizing and blessing' those marriages." But the U.S. District Court Judge (as well as the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and now the U.S. Supreme Court) "disagreed, and said 'look, you're just certifying that they meet the legal standards, that they're eligible for marriage licenses --- that's all you're doing. You're not blessing anything. For that reason she doesn't have a religious objection. Not to mention that there's no case law to support the idea that public officials have religious rights that trump the civil rights of other people."

"Extending her logic outward, there's really no end to what a public official could do. All they'd have to claim that they sincerely believe something, and they just do it," Dunman explains. "I want people to imagine a Muslim clerk in Kentucky denying licenses to Christian couples as they walk in the door, and whether or not people would be standing up for 'religious freedom.'"

The attorney also notes that Kentucky's Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Matt Bevin, "has come out strongly in her support" for Davis, who is actually a Democrat, "going so far as to say 'Clerks Lives Matter' during a rally in her favor."

Also on today's BradCast: Reverberations following yesterday's interview with Beth Clarkson, the Kansas statistician who believes she's found evidence of "voting machine manipulation", but is being blocked by KS Sec. of State Kris Kobach from examining the e-voting system's paper audit logs from the 2014 election.

Plus: A crazy case of "voter suppression" --- of a very bizarre sort --- in Columbia, Missouri; Alabama's plans to shut down 45 of its 49 driver's license offices (despite the state's strict Photo ID voting restriction law); and Obama makes an impassioned plea for action on climate change up in the Arctic...

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]]> Desi Doyen <![CDATA['Green News Report' - September 1, 2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11332 2015-09-01T18:23:32Z 2015-09-01T18:23:32Z Alaska Environment Barack Obama Republicans State Department Green News Russia Oil Climate change Extreme weather Rob Portman Agriculture electric vehicles John Kasich Shell Oil

 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: President Obama makes powerful case for climate action on the edge of the melting Arctic; 2015 hurricane season enters weird, record-breaking territory; Huge news for electric cars; PLUS: Rightwingers apoplectic over renaming of nation's tallest mountain... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): VIDEO: Rick Santorum Demonstrates the Technique of Fake Science; Behind Tianjin Blasts, Flouted Regulations and Corruption; UN Climate Talks: the Sticking Points; U.N. Climate Talks Begin Divided, But With Hope for Paris Accord; Massive Cleanup Plan Emerging For U.S. Steel Site in Duluth; Japan Nuclear Power Outlook Bleak Despite First Reactor Restart... PLUS: Docs: Koch Industries Backed Effort to Undermine Renewable Energy in KS... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...



'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • VIDEO: Rick Santorum Demonstrates the Technique of Fake Science (Climate Crocks):
    I think this is important. The other night, we had yet another demonstration of how things go wrong when one of our major political parties decides that they no longer believe in the scientific method. Rick Santorum, former Senator and current Presidential candidate in the US, appeared on the Bill Maher program.
  • Behind Tianjin Blasts, Flouted Regulations and Corruption (NY Times):
    One partner was the son of a local police chief, the other an executive at a state-run chemicals firm. After meeting at a dinner party, they started a company here to handle the export of the most dangerous chemicals made in China, promising 'outstanding service' and 'good results.
  • UN Climate Talks: the Sticking Points (AFP):
    The 195-nation UN climate talks resume Monday when rank-and-file diplomats gather in Bonn to lay the foundation for a global climate pact to be inked in December.
  • Massive Cleanup Plan Emerging For U.S. Steel Site in Duluth (Duluth News Tribune):
    After years of neglect, the site of the long-closed U.S. Steel Duluth Works may be be on the verge of revitalization.
  • U.N. Climate Talks Begin Divided, But With Hope for Paris Accord (Reuters):
    Chances that governments will work out a U.N. accord to combat climate change in December seem brighter than in the run-up to a failed attempt in 2009, experts said as delegates from almost 200 nations met on Monday, hoping to bridge deep divisions.
  • Japan Nuclear Power Outlook Bleak Despite First Reactor Restart (Reuters):
    The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows.
  • Docs: Koch Industries Backed Effort to Undermine Renewable Energy in KS (The Intercept):
    Emails and financial documents released by the University of Kansas on Thursday reveal earmarked funding from Koch Industries to develop research used to lobby against the state renewable energy standard.
  • Records Detail Equipment Failure on Arctic Drilling Rig (Fuel Fix):
    Newly released documents reveal the extent of problems with anti-pollution equipment on a Shell-contracted Arctic drillship earlier this year.
  • Rare Brain Disease Is Caused by Cousin of Mad Cow Agent, Study Finds (NBC News):
    A rare, incurable brain disorder that resembles Parkinson's disease is caused by a misfolded brain protein called a prion, similar to the prions that cause mad cow disease, researchers reported on Monday.
  • Latvia, Greece Win Opt-Out From Monsanto GM Crop (Reuters):
    Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.
  • Bernie Sanders: 'Environmentalists Deserve A Debate' (Climate Progress):
    "I think environmentalists deserve a debate so we could talk about how we move aggressively to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel," Sanders said on CNN's State of the Union.
  • Rising Sea Levels More Dangerous Than Thought (Scientific American):
    Consequences of global sea level rise could be even scarier than the worst-case scenarios predicted by the dominant climate models
  • Climate wonks focus on economics. They need to pay more attention to politics (Vox.com) [emphasis added]:
    The headline findings are twofold. First, "Citi's 'Action' scenario implies a total spend on energy of $190.2 trillion while our 'Inaction' scenario is actually marginally larger at $192 trillion." In other words, the total energy investment necessary is slightly lower in the low-carbon scenario....The clean path requires roughly the same total spending on energy as the status quo path....After reviewing the evidence, the report says this: "Given that all things being equal cleaner air has to be preferable to pollution, a very strong 'Why would you not?' argument begins to develop."
  • Monarch Butterflies Face Pesticides in U.S., Illegal Logging in Mexico (Washington Post):
    Illegal logging on a key sanctuary in Mexico threatens monarch butterflies already decimated by herbicides sprayed on milkweed in the U.S.
  • Ex Machina: No Techno-Fix For Irreversible Ocean Collapse From Carbon Pollution (Climate Progress):
    The Nature Climate Change study examined what would happen if we continue current CO2 emissions trends through 2050 and then try to remove huge volumes of CO2 from the air after the fact with some techno-fix. The result, as co-author John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, put it, is "we will not be able to preserve ocean life as we know it."
  • Every country is now pledging to tackle CO2 emissions. It's still not enough. (Vox.com):
    In other words, if the world wants to stay below 2°C of global warming - which has long been considered the danger zone for climate change - these pledges are only a first step. Countries will have to do a whole lot more than they're currently promising. And the IEA has a few ideas for what "do a whole lot more" might entail.
    ...
    1. Increase energy efficiency in the industry, buildings, and transport sectors.
    2. Progressively reduce the use of the least efficient coal-fired power plants and banning their construction.
    3. Increase investment in renewable energy technologies in the power sector from $270 billion in 2014 to $400 billion in 2030.
    4. Gradually phase out fossil fuel subsidies to end-users by 2030.
    5. Reduce methane emissions in oil and gas production.
  • Now's Your Chance to Help Save the Imperiled Monarch Butterfly-and Get Paid to Do So (Take Part) [emphasis added]:
    Another threat, according to Grant, has been well-intentioned individuals who have planted a tropical form of milkweed, which competes with native varieties and is not beneficial to monarchs or other pollinators.


FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth, From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):
    But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years:

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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA['Voting Machines Are Being Manipulated' - Kansas Statistician Explains Her Remarkable Allegations, Evidence: 'BradCast' 8/31/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11331 2015-09-01T00:42:56Z 2015-09-01T00:42:56Z ES&S Election Irregularities Election 2004 California Election Reform BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Tony Anchundo Election Fraud New Mexico Touch-Screen Vote Flipping Kansas Election 2007 Republicans Election 2010 Chris Christie KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Election 2014 Kris Kobach BradCast Ben Carson Whether statistician Beth Clarkson, PhD, head of Wichita University's National Institute for Aviation Research, is ultimately proven correct, today's must-listen, in-depth interview with her on The BradCast should remind us all, once again, why neither election officials nor voting systems are simply to be trusted.

    Without the ability to carry out public oversight, democracy vanishes. That's what's happening right now in the state of Kansas, where Sec. of State Kris Kobach is attempting to block Clarkson's legal attempt to audit touch-screen voting system "paper trails" in Sedgwick County (Wichita), the state's most populous county.

    Confirming a theory initially reported by two other statisticians in 2012 [PDF], Clarkson has found that computer-reported results from larger precincts in the state, with more than 500 voters, show a "consistent" statistical increase in votes for the Republican candidates in general elections (and even a similar increase for establishment GOP candidates versus 'Tea Party' challengers during Republican primaries). Those results run counter to conventional political wisdom that Democrats perform better in larger, more urban precincts.

    The larger the precinct size, she explains on today's program, the higher the percentage of the vote for the GOP candidate. Clarkson finds "that is the case, and that is a relationship that is unexplained and very troubling." Previously, statisticians Francois Choquette and James Johnson found a similarly unexplained relationship while examining reported vote totals in Iowa, New Hampshire, Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Kentucky.

    Even more disturbing, in hopes of further testing her theory, Clarkson has filed a lawsuit under the state's public records act in hopes of auditing some of the so-called "paper trails" from the state's unverifiable touch-screen voting systems, but Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach (a long-time GOP vote suppression champion) is fighting her access to those records in court. Kobach's full response is here [PDF]. The response from the Sedgewick County Election Commissioner Tabatha Lehman is here.

    Clarkson tells me she believes the statistical pattern she confirms in KS is evidence of rigged elections.

    "There have been a few theories advanced," to explain the statistical pattern. "The one I find most probable is that the voting machines are being manipulated. Their vulnerability seems to me a fairly high-probability explanation for this particular pattern. It fits exactly what you'd expect to see if people are flipping the votes within voting machines."

    While I've been skeptical of the general theory for some time, for reasons that I explain during the program, Clarkson makes a compelling case, particularly for the ability of the public to oversee their own elections by examining the voting systems in question. If the public is not allowed to examine the so-called "paper trail" of these god-forsaken machines, what good are they?

    "Suspicion isn't proof," Clarkson is careful to note. "The reason I'm suing for the paper records is because an audit can provide proof. Statistics are not going to be convincing to most people over the long term because they don't understand the math, and you don't believe what you don't understand. But an audit is fairly straightforward and the results should be fairly definitive."

    She adds that Kobach's attempt to keep her from examining paper logs and tapes makes little sense, particularly when they concern elections which are long enough ago that the results may no longer be officially contested. "Voting is important and we want to keep those records secure so we can be assured of the accuracy of the count. But they're so secure now, nobody gets to see them."

    Also today, as if we needed yet another reminder of why neither electronic voting systems nor election officials are simply to be "trusted", on Friday, New Mexico's Republican Sec. of State Dianna Duran --- like Kobach, also a long time "voter fraud" fraudster --- was charged with 64 criminal counts related to embezzlement, fraud, money laundering, violations of the Campaign Practice Act, tampering with public records, conspiracy, and a Governmental Conduct Act violation.

    (For longtime BRAD BLOG readers, the new charges against Duran may sound vaguely familiar.)

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    ]]> Ernest A. Canning <![CDATA[Martin O'Malley Slams DNC Effort To 'Rig' Party's 2016 Presidential Nomination Process]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11329 2015-08-31T20:20:15Z 2015-08-31T20:20:15Z Election Reform Iowa New York Election 2008 DNC New Hampshire Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Democrats Republicans Richard Nixon Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Election 2016 Chicago Martin O'Malley Election 1968 Hubert Humphrey Richard Daley Standing at a podium before the Democratic National Committee (DNC), within arms length of DNC Chair and 2008 Hillary Clinton national campaign co-chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), former Maryland Governor and now a 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O'Malley slammed the DNC for what he described as an "unprecedented" effort to "rig" the 2016 nomination process. (See video of O'Malley's DNC speech below).

    Speaking at the DNC's Summer Meeting in Minneapolis over the weekend, O'Malley described the Party's decision to severely constrict the timing and number of Democratic Presidential primary debates (six total, just four before Primary voting begins) as "cynical." The DNC edict also imposes a punitive exclusivity clause that would prevent any candidate from participating in the DNC-sanctioned debates if they took part in any other unsanctioned debate. This contrasts sharply with the 26 Democratic Presidential primary debates that took place during the 2007-08 election cycle --- a process that was described as "an important factor in underdog Barack Obama's victory" over then front-runner Hillary Clinton.

    This time, the first Democratic Presidential primary debate has been delayed until Oct. 13, 2015 --- four days after the deadline for unaffiliated NY voters to register to vote in the state's April 19, 2016 Democratic primary. O'Malley added that the one debate in New Hampshire, now scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 19, has been "cynically wedged in the high point of the holiday shopping season so that as few people watch it as possible."

    "Four debates and only four debates --- we are told, not asked --- before voters in our earliest states make their decision," O'Malley said. "This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before. One debate in Iowa. That's it. One debate in New Hampshire. That's all we can afford."

    O'Malley's charge, and palpable tension with party chair Wasserman-Schultz at the weekend event, echo a familiar process of establishment party politicians looking out for what they perceive as their own best interests, if not that of rank and file supporters...

    Shades of 1968

    O'Malley focused primarily upon the potential damage to the Democratic Party's electoral prospects. He also touched upon what James Hron of Minnesota's Star Tribune described as an impediment to voters' "right to access information that will allow us to vote for the candidate who best meets our needs and beliefs." O'Malley noted that by failing to counter early Republican primary debates before a television audience of "more than 20 million Americans," the DNC had permitted the GOP's "backward ideas" to go unchallenged.

    While other evidence (discussed below) supports his "rigged process" allegation, O'Malley is wrong in suggesting that the effort is unprecedented. This is precisely what occurred in 1968 when party insiders, led by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, manipulated the Democratic National Convention in order to secure the nomination for Vice President Hubert Humphrey, a candidate who had not participated in any of the state primaries. As observed by U.C. Davis political science professor Richard Gelm in How American Politics Works, the undemocratic nature of the Humphrey nomination not only created a rift within the party but was a factor in the riots that took place outside the Chicago convention. Coverage of "the riots," Helm wrote, "overshadowed Humphrey's nomination speech" and helped Richard Nixon secure the Presidency.

    Quid Pro Quo?

    As we previously observed, both of our nation's major political parties deploy undemocratic tactics. At its nominating convention, the Democratic Party bypasses the will of the electorate by utilizing "superdelegates", consisting of Democratic Governors, members of Congress, members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and other party leaders, including current and former Democratic Presidents.

    The presence of superdelegates would perhaps not be quite as disturbing if those party "leaders" held off on their commitment until the voters in their respective states weighed in. But that is not what is occurring during this election cycle.

    Last week, long before the first debate, let alone the casting of the first caucus or primary vote, the Clinton campaign boasted that she had "already secured one-fifth of the pledges need to win the Democratic presidential nomination" from amongst the Democratic Party's unelected superdelegates.

    This has occurred at a time when polls reveal that a surging Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is leading Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and has closed the gap in Iowa to just 7%.

    If current trends continue, it is quite possible that Sanders could secure a majority of pledged delegates selected by caucus and primary votes, yet still manage to lose the nomination if superdelegates vote in accordance to their reported pre-election pledges to the Clinton campaign. If that occurrs, echoes of 1968, and the rise of Richard Nixon, could ring loud and clear, with many disillusioned Sanders' supporters either sitting out the general election or supporting the Green Party candidate.

    In addition to the backdoor superdelegate wheeling and dealing, there is a troubling Politico report of a joint fundraising agreement in which Hillary Clinton will raise funds for the DNC's use in the general election --- funds that she could not use until after she secured the nomination. At the very least, this suggests a total disregard for the democratic process --- a presumption that, no matter what occurs during the course of the actual campaign and voting process, the nomination will be hers. Also, by taking on the role of DNC fundraiser, candidate Clinton has assumed a role similar to that of a corporate lobbyist, creating within the Democratic leadership the very quid pro quo conflict she ostensibly opposes in her calls to overturn Citizen's United.

    Indeed, Wasserman-Schultz's debate constriction tactic has already created a rift within the party. According to the Rightwing Washington Times, many of the party's state chairs who attended the DNC conference in Minnesota, favor opening the debate process and applauded O'Malley's remarks. Yet, Wasserman-Schultz "refuses to budge" on the issue.

    The issue goes beyond collusion between Clinton and her former 2008 campaign co-chair turned DNC chair. Equally troubling is a lack of respect for robust (small "d") democratic discourse even within the party. Thus, we learn that Wasserman-Shultz blocked "consideration" of a resolution in support of the Iran nuclear peace accord negotiated by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

    O'Malley took particular exception to the DNC's decision to limit debates given Donald Trump's blatantly racist campaign tactics.

    "The leading Republican candidate talks openly about forced expulsions, taking away the birthright of American born children," O'Malley railed during his remarks last Friday. "And we turn our Democratic Party into the appalling silence of the good. Silence and complacency in the face of hate is not an honorable option for the Democratic Party of the United States of America."

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    Video of Gov. O'Malley's 8/28/2015 speech at the DNC Summer Meeting in Minneapolis follows below...

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    Ernest A. Canning has been an active member of the California state bar since 1977. Mr. Canning has received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science as well as a juris doctor. He is also a Vietnam Vet (4th Infantry, Central Highlands 1968). Follow him on Twitter: @cann4ing.


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    PDiddie <![CDATA[Sunday Toons: 'Concerns Perhaps Overblown' Edition]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11328 2015-08-30T13:47:42Z 2015-08-30T13:47:42Z Toons

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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA[10 Years Later - Cindy Sheehan's Crawford, TX Uprising and Hurricane Katrina: 'BradCast' 8/28/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11327 2015-08-29T00:59:14Z 2015-08-29T00:59:14Z Iraq War BRAD BLOG Texas Karl Rove BRAD SHOW BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Cindy Sheehan Katrina Louisiana Environment Education Republicans Bush Legacy KPFK BradCast Bobby Jindal Both Hurricane Katrina and Cindy Sheehan's 'Camp Casey' protest outside of George W. Bush's Crawford, TX pretend-ranch took place 10 years ago this week. On today's BradCast, we commemorate both with some personal remembrances from our live on-air coverage of both events at the time.

    First, where we are today: As Dubya came out from years of (justifiable) hiding today to speak at a rebuilt school in New Orleans, journalist Colleen Kimmett joins us to discuss the successes and failures of the privatized charter school system that was allowed to take over in New Orleans following the Katrina disaster.

    Then we dig deep into the audio archives to revisit some of our on-the-ground, round-the-clock radio coverage of Sheehan's historic anti-war protest in August of 2005 --- including the remarkable on-air moment on Sunday evening, August 28, 2005 when we first received the jaw-dropping National Weather Service bulletin warning of Katrina coming ashore.

    Both landmark national events intertwined on our radio coverage from 10 years ago, and, as we discuss on today's program, marked a key turning point for our nation, our wars, and the entire Bush Presidency.

    Finally, our latest Green News Report looks back at Katrina's devastation, looks forward to NASA's new warning that at least 3 feet of sea level rise is now "locked in," and the new report from Citigroup finding that moving to renewable clean energy will actually be less expensive than sticking with our current fossil fuel status quo...

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    [Photo above of Jeff Keys, Cindy Sheehan and Joan Baez courtesy of "Alaska Gyrl" Kim Terpening, who happened to be on air with us in Crawford as the NWS bulletin came across the wires. And here are some of those photos I mentioned on the show today of Karl Rove happily glad-handing the pro-Bush, anti-Sheehan demonstrators in Crawford at the very same moment that Katrina was drowning New Orleans.]

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    UPDATE 8/29/2015: As 'PDiddie' (who expertly curates BRAD BLOG's Sunday Toons each week) reminds me in comments below, he was also in Crawford at the very same time! See his contemporaneous 2005 description of some of the same moments remembered in the show above (including him sitting down to listen to some of our live broadcasts at the time) over at his Brains & Eggs' site!

    Also, too, see @NTXProgressive's fantastic Storify, which includes a bunch of great photos (including one of us) from the time capsule, documenting moments from 'Camp Casey' in Crawford --- and even as Katrina rolled ashore...

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    ]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA['A Crazy Man Got a Gun': 'BradCast' 8/27/2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11326 2015-08-28T00:53:15Z 2015-08-28T00:53:15Z BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Virginia Rights And Freedoms U.S. Constitution Katrina Louisiana Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Kentucky Democrats Republicans Marriage Equality Joe Biden Bush Legacy KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Jeb Bush Election 2016 BradCast Religion Bobby Jindal On the heels of yesterday's horrific on-air murders in Virginia, and as guns claim one life every 16 minutes in the U.S., the father of one of the Roanoke victims vows to stand up to the NRA and "cowards" elected to office who fail to take action to help prevent gun violence. On today's BradCast we look at the numbers, the jaw-dropping death toll in this nation, and what, if anything might ever be done about it.

    For the record, as WaPo details, we've now had 247 mass shootings in the 238 days of 2015.

    Also on today's busy program...

    • Louisiana's Republican Governor and also-ran 2016 GOP candidate Bobby Jindal pretends [PDF] global warming had nothing do with Hurricane Katrina as Obama comes to New Orleans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the devastating storm.

    • New national poll finds Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and, yes, Bernie Sanders would all trounce Trump and the other GOP front-runners if the election was held today...and if we had a national election...and if all voters who wanted to vote were allowed to vote...and if those votes were actually counted and counted accurately.

    • Donald Trump's ugly nativism gets even uglier as the Republican establishment gets desperate.

    • Kentucky dead-ender County Clerk defies still more federal court orders and denies same-sex marriage licenses --- and all marriage licenses --- in her county, under the ridiculous premise of "religious freedom".

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    ]]> Desi Doyen <![CDATA['Green News Report' - August 27, 2015]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11325 2015-08-27T19:38:22Z 2015-08-27T19:38:22Z Alaska Louisiana Environment Barack Obama Green News Natural gas Oil Climate change Extreme weather NASA Oceans Carly Fiorina

     

    IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; NASA warns at least 3 ft. of sea level rise now locked in; Obama heads to the Arctic to highlight global warming impacts; PLUS: Switching to clean energy will cost less than fossil fuels in the long run, say the tree huggers at Citigroup... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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    IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): New Orleans' greatest threat may be Gulf 'Loop Current'; From Venezuela to Russia, oil price drop brings fears of unrest; West Africa’s air pollution is reaching dangerously high levels; N.J. judge approves controversial Christie, Exxon settlement; Attorney hounding climate scientists secretly funded by coal industry; Big Food is spending millions to block transparency; U.S. regulator sued for withholding public info on GMO crops; Groups push for new federal mining rules; Illegal logging destroys large area of Monarch butterfly's Mexico habitat... PLUS: EU watchdog says pesticides harmful to bees. Industry disagrees... and much, MUCH more! ...

    STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

    'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

    • New Orleans’ Greatest Threat Is Climate Change Plus The ‘Loop Current’ Plus A Future Katrina (Climate Progress):
      The key point: All things being equal, if a storm taking the same track of Katrina (or Gustav) occurred in 2050, then, rather than weakening before making landfall, it will probably strengthen considerably, creating far more havoc. To understand why, let’s first answer the question — How did Katrina turn into a powerful Category Five hurricane so rapidly?
    • From Venezuela to Iraq to Russia, Oil Price Drops Raise Fears of Unrest (NY Times):
      “The hemorrhaging of government budgets reliant on oil will force dramatic cuts in spending or dangerous increases in borrowing, if not both,” Mr. Goldwyn said. “The countries without significant foreign exchange reserves are most at risk, and they include Nigeria, Angola, Algeria, Venezuela and Iraq. The countries which need to sustain investment to maintain political legitimacy need to be worried, and that’s Brazil, Russia and even Iran.”
    • West Africa’s air pollution is reaching dangerously high levels—and we don’t know the worst of it (Quartz):
      Air pollution in fast-growing West African cities is reaching dangerous levels. But the worst part, according to a new study published by Nature magazine this week, is that we know almost nothing about the pollutants emerging from these new urban centers and their impact on weather systems, crops, and public health at large.
    • N.J. judge approves controversial Christie, Exxon settlement (Newark Star-Ledger):
      The Texas oil giant agreed to pay $225 million to settle the decade-old suit, in which the state alleged damage to wetlands, marshes and waterways surrounding two refineries, known as Bayway and Bayonne....The state was initially seeking $8.9 billion — $2.5 billion to clean up the sites and $6.4 billion to restore wetlands and forestlands. The footprint of the contamination spanned more than 1,800 acres at the two sites.
    • Tutu, Klein and Chomsky call for mass climate action ahead of Paris conference (Guradian UK):
      Artists, journalists, scientists and academics among 100 signatories calling for mobilisation on scale of slavery abolition and anti-apartheid movements
    • Attorney Hounding Climate Scientists Covertly Funded By Coal Industry (The Intercept):
      Christopher Horner, an attorney who claims that the earth is cooling, is known within the scientific community for hounding climate change researchers with relentless investigations and public ridicule, often deriding scientists as 'communists' and frauds. ... New court documents reveal one source of Horner's funding: big coal.
    • Big Food is Spending Millions to Lobby for Less Transparency (Civil Eats):
      From GMO labeling to pesticides to the source of the meat you buy, a handful of companies are spending heavily to keep information off your food labels/
    • U.S., China Reach 'Clean Coal' Agreement (AP):
      U.S. and China officials took a major step Tuesday toward an agreement to advance "clean coal" technologies that purport to reduce the fuel's contribution to climate change-and could offer a potential lifeline for an industry that has seen its fortunes fade.
    • Power Plants on Indian Reservations Get No Break on Emissions Rules (InsideClimate News):
      Four of the dirtiest plants, which sit on Native American soil, were expecting more lenient goals under the Clean Power Plan, but the EPA shifted gears.
    • U.S. Regulator Sued for Withholding Information on GMO Crops (Reuters):
      A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops.
    • Groups Push for New Federal Mining Rules (The Hill):
      A coalition of environmental groups and Native American tribes is asking officials to overhaul federal mining standards ahead of new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon....“The Animas River disaster must mark the end of the days where irresponsible mining threatens our region’s livable future,” Anne Mariah Tapp, the energy program director for the Grand Canyon Trust, said in a statement.
    • EU Watchdog Says Pesticides Harmful To Bees, Industry Disagrees (Reuters):
      Widely-used pesticides made by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta pose a risk to bees, the European Union's food safety watchdog said on Wednesday, reinforcing previous research that led to EU restrictions.
    • Monarch Butterflies Face Pesticides in U.S., Illegal Logging in Mexico (Washington Post):
      Illegal logging on a key sanctuary in Mexico threatens monarch butterflies already decimated by herbicides sprayed on milkweed in the U.S.
    • VIDEO: Carly Fiorina did a 4-minute riff on climate change. Everything she said was wrong. (Vox.com):
      Fiorina's comments are a farrago of falsehoods and red herrings, a derp different in character from science-denial derp, but no less derpy....the trick for the aspiring Republican moderate is to acknowledge the scientific consensus on climate change while maintaining opposition to any policy that might penalize fossil fuels or advantage renewable energy.
    • Ex Machina: No Techno-Fix For Irreversible Ocean Collapse From Carbon Pollution (Climate Progress):
      The Nature Climate Change study examined what would happen if we continue current CO2 emissions trends through 2050 and then try to remove huge volumes of CO2 from the air after the fact with some techno-fix. The result, as co-author John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, put it, is "we will not be able to preserve ocean life as we know it."
    • Every country is now pledging to tackle CO2 emissions. It's still not enough. (Vox.com):
      In other words, if the world wants to stay below 2°C of global warming - which has long been considered the danger zone for climate change - these pledges are only a first step. Countries will have to do a whole lot more than they're currently promising. And the IEA has a few ideas for what "do a whole lot more" might entail.
      ...
      1. Increase energy efficiency in the industry, buildings, and transport sectors.
      2. Progressively reduce the use of the least efficient coal-fired power plants and banning their construction.
      3. Increase investment in renewable energy technologies in the power sector from $270 billion in 2014 to $400 billion in 2030.
      4. Gradually phase out fossil fuel subsidies to end-users by 2030.
      5. Reduce methane emissions in oil and gas production.
    • Now's Your Chance to Help Save the Imperiled Monarch Butterfly-and Get Paid to Do So (Take Part) [emphasis added]:
      Another threat, according to Grant, has been well-intentioned individuals who have planted a tropical form of milkweed, which competes with native varieties and is not beneficial to monarchs or other pollinators.


    FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth, From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):
    But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years:

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