The BRAD BLOG Because it's not about Right or Left, it's about Right and Wrong! 2016-05-27T02:22:37Z Copyright 2016 WordPress Angie Coiro <![CDATA[A Minimum Income and Maximum Infrastructure?: 'BradCast' 5/26/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11700 2016-05-27T01:51:08Z 2016-05-27T01:51:08Z Economy Rachel Maddow BradCast Transportation On today's BradCast, guest hosted by Angie Coiro of In Deep Radio, we look into new experiments with basic minimum income; find agreement between a liberal economic analyst and Larry Summers(!); then ask two historians if there's anything to to all those Trump/Hitler analogies (hint: yes).

Dave Johnson from Campaign for America's Future and Seeing the Forest explains Finland and Ontario's experiments with a universal (aka "basic") minimum income and discusses how it might (or might not), be possible for the U.S. But the real surprise comes when we move on to discussion of funding infrastructure improvements, and he - gasp! - finds common ground with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.

Then we hear from Professors Edith Sheffer of Stanford, and San Francisco State University's Charles Postel. In excerpts from a live In Deep Radio event taped in March, the historians take on the oft-heard comparisons of Donald Trump to Adolph Hitler. Turns out, when you strip away the typical Godwin's Law detritus, there's really a there there.

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Brad Friedman <![CDATA[L.A. County Registrar/Clerk on Voting Questions, Confusion Before CA's Presidential Primary: 'BradCast' 5/25/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11699 2016-05-26T01:03:40Z 2016-05-26T01:03:40Z Election Irregularities Fox 'News' California Election Reform BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Accountability Hillary Clinton Voter Registration Washington State Democrats Republicans Los Angeles Vote-by-Mail State Department KPFK Bernie Sanders Green Party Election 2016 BradCast On today's BradCast, I'm joined by Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan to discuss a blizzard of questions, concerns and confusion faced by voters here in CA in advance of the state's highly-charged June 7 Presidential Primary in the nation's single largest voting jurisdiction. [Audio link for the complete show is posted below.]

Logan describes the new laws and systems in place for this year's election as as "uncharted territory" for voters. He goes on to respond to a pile of questions --- from both me and callers --- about the state's insanely confusing system of both open and closed partisan primaries, as well as Vote-by-Mail issues and misconceptions, and a number of concerns about voter registration purges, poll worker training and much more. Here in Los Angeles we have nearly 5 million registered voters --- more in this county alone than 42 of the 50 states. So, Logan clearly has his work cut out for him. The number of excellent questions from listener callers alone underscores both that point and the amazing number of moving pieces that will need to be held together to avoid disaster on June 7th.

The County Clerk also speaks to a lot of the misinformation that has circulated, of late, concerning CA elections in general and about Los Angeles County specifically. For example, he tells me that 85% of Provisional Ballots in the last general election were, in fact, confirmed as having been cast by properly registered voters and were included in the final tally. Yes, he says, voters registered with "No Party Preference" in California can vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary, but must request a "Democratic Cross-Over" ballot at the precinct or by mail (if they receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot request by March 31). Yes, a "No Party Preference" VBM voter may still vote at the precinct in the Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent Party primaries, even if they've already received a VBM ballot for a different party, so long as that ballot is surrendered at the polling place on Election Day. No, those NPP voters cannot vote in the Republican, Green, or Peace & Freedom Party primaries, which are closed to all but registered party members.

Frankly, there's too much to summarize here. So, please give the show a listen. It's incredibly informative.

Also, today, I share the response I recently obtained from Orange County, CA Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley, concerning a viral video posted by a pollworker-in-training (and Bernie Sanders supporter), who alleges that she was misinstructed by her trainer on the proper procedures for "No Party Preference" voters who might wish to vote in the Democratic Primary. Kelley told me he was confused by the woman's video, because, he says, they "surveyed many poll workers in the class in question, as well as our trainer, and they have a very different view of the interaction" she discusses on the video. He tells me that, "in an abundance of caution" the County has reiterated the proper procedures to all pollworker trainers and have posted a video that "clairifes our efforts to ensure proper training of the rights and options for NPP voters".

And then, the woman who posted that viral video, Ashley Beck, happened to call in to the show with her own response to Kelley's response!

It all made for very lively radio today --- with all of that and much more, including today's breaking news about alleged violations of provisions of the Federal Records Act by Hillary Clinton, according to a new audit of her use of a private email server, issued by the U.S. State Department's independent Inspector General.

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]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Why Democrats Should be BEGGING Sanders to Stay in Through California: 'BradCast' 5/24/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11698 2016-05-24T23:42:12Z 2016-05-24T23:42:12Z Election 2004 Ohio California Election Reform BRAD BLOG Media Appearance U.S. Constitution Touch-Screen Vote Flipping Hillary Clinton Jennifer Brunner Voter Registration Kentucky Washington State Democrats Republicans KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Voting Rights Act Jon Husted Election 2016 Ted Cruz BradCast On today's BradCast, the Bernie Sanders campaign files for a 'recanvass' of Kentucky's exceedingly close May 17th Democratic Primary; Some very good news for voters out of a federal court in Ohio; And an explanation for why Democrats in California should be thanking the Vermont Senator for staying in the race through the Golden State's Presidential Primary on June 7th. [Audio link to show is posted below.]

First up, as Washington state Republicans hold their Primary today (with no surprises expected, even as we explain how one could occur), we report on the breaking news of Sanders' request for a "recanvass" in Kentucky, where Hillary Clinton reportedly defeated him by just 1,924 votes --- less than one-half of 1% out of nearly half a million votes cast --- last week, according to the computer-tallied results. We explain how a "recanvass" is decidedly different from a "recount", and how it remains the case that, thanks to the number of votes cast in the Bluegrass State on 100% unverifiable touch-screen voting systems, we can never actually know who the voters really preferred there. The "recanvass", scheduled for this Thursday, is unlikely to change that or the reported results, as it will largely be little more than a review of the already-existing electronic tally.

Then, a federal court in Ohio finds the shortening of the Early Voting period and "Golden Week" (a period of time when Buckeye State voters used to be able to both register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day) by state Republicans, is in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act as well as the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. District Court has ordered those days to be restored for the General Election, even as this case and a number of others filed by Democrats and voting rights advocates around the country may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the vacancy that Republicans refuse to fill is likely to result in continuing chaos and confusion over U.S. voting rights.

Next, I'm joined by David Atkins of Washington Monthly, to discuss at least two reasons why, despite so much whining from Democratic Party establishment apparatchiks, it remains very important for Democrats, both in California and nationally, that Sanders remains in the Presidential race at least through the party's Primary on June 7. Atkins explains how the contest has helped lead to skyrocketing voter registrations for Democrats out here and, as importantly, how the state's "Top Two" primary system could results in disaster for a number of U.S. House races if Dem turnout is depressed. Sanders, Atkins argues, is doing the party a tremendous favor by staying in and continuing to fight the good fight.

He also goes on to ring in on the internecine battle between Sanders and Clinton supporters and on whether he believes the party will ever be able to survive its latest outbreak of (sometimes "messy") democracy.

Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report, which includes, among much more, evidence that, while Donald Trump claims to believe climate change is a "hoax", his very own companies believe otherwise...

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]]> Desi Doyen <![CDATA['Green News Report' - May 24, 2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11697 2016-05-24T18:19:50Z 2016-05-24T18:19:50Z Florida Mainstream Corporate Media Pakistan Environment Green News Donald Trump Canada Oil Wind Solar Climate change Extreme weather Election 2016 Exxon Mobil Ireland Oceans India Electric vehicles

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: In wake of massive Fort McMurray wildfire, Canada's insurance industry calls for national strategy to prepare for climate change losses; Pakistan digs mass graves in advance of heat wave; India breaks national temperature record; Portugal breaks world renewable energy record; Exxon Mobil developed and squashed patents for electric cars; PLUS: Donald Trump denies climate change, but not at his own golf course... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Exxon Investors Seek Assurance as Climate Shifts, Along With Attitudes; It's possible to charge electrical devices without wires. Soon it may even be practical; Science Education: Portland Does the Right Thing. The Right Freaks Out; Wildfire contaminants could sully Fort McMurray water supply; The Glaciers Will Melt, The Sea Will Rise Up; People may be breathing in microplastics, health expert warns; Al Gore: Donald Trump's position on climate change 'should concern everyone'... PLUS: Fate Of Poland's Primeval Forest In Balance As Poland Plans Logging... 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)...


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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Why Sanders Supporters May Wish to Think Twice About 'Bernie or Bust': 'BradCast' 5/23/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11696 2016-05-24T01:11:15Z 2016-05-24T01:11:15Z BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Virginia DNC Wisconsin Photo ID Laws Mainstream Media Failure Environment Hillary Clinton Democrats Republicans Lindsey Graham KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Climate change Extreme weather Election 2016 BradCast Germany Barbara Lee Election 1968 Terry McAuliffe Sri Lanka On today's BradCast, long time Bernie Sanders supporter Harold Meyerson, a former Washington Post columnist and now Executive Editor of The American Prospect magazine, argues Bernie Sanders supporters would betray both their candidate and history by staying home this November (or voting third-party or, worse, for Donald Trump) if their preferred candidate fails to win the Democratic nomination. [Audio link to complete show is below.]

    Meyerson, who quips that there was a time decades ago when Sanders and he were the only "out-of-the-closet" Democratic Socialists in D.C., offers two historic parallels to the current divide seen in today's Democratic Party during its contentious nominating contest between Sanders and Clinton. One concerns the Democratic Party's fate after the 1968 convention and the other, perhaps more disturbing and enlightening, concerns Germany in 1932, as described in his recent American Prospect column headlined "How the Bros Are Undermining Bernie".

    "What's really crucial," Meyerson tells me on today's program, "is that the forces [Sanders] has put into action continue to operate --- and continue to push the limits of the possible in the United States --- once his campaign is over, whether that is in July or in November."

    "I would hope that the Sanders campaign generates a lot of people who want a more democratic, equitable economy and society, and stick around after the Sanders campaign is over this year," he says. "But it takes staying power. You don't change a political party by coming in and then going out."

    Meyerson is optimistic, however, that so-called "Bernie or Bust" folks will eventually come to see that they have far more to gain from Hillary in the White House than they do if Trump wins this November. "I think the number of Sanders supporters who ultimately will not vote for Hillary, if she's the nominee and it comes down to her vs. Trump, is a lot smaller than we're seeing now. Confronting the reality of a Trump presidency will concentrate the mind."

    "We need to remember the greater goal and the greater narrative, of really changing economic and political power in this country, and that's the main goal here. While there are legitimate distinctions between the Sanders and the Clinton camps, we should also remember there are a lot of lefties in the Clinton camp, too," he adds, citing, for example, progressive Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)'s inclusion on the DNC Platform Committee, along with a number of other progressives just named this afternoon.

    Also on today's BradCast: A host of new polls from major news outlets suggest, once again, that Clinton is likely to have a very tough time against Trump this November if she wins the nomination; Anti-Trumpers continue coming around to him on the GOP side; Bad news for the fight against Photo ID voting restrictions in VA, and even more potential bad news for the state's Democratic Governor; Plus: Climate change related extreme weather kills scores in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka over the weekend, as the planet's climate crisis continues to worsen and the U.S. corporate mainstream media continue to ignore it...

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    ]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Trump, Guns and Hypocrisy; Clinton, Sanders and 2008; GOP LGBT Freak-Outs in OK and Beyond: 'BradCast' 5/20/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11694 2016-05-21T00:45:55Z 2016-05-21T00:45:55Z California North Carolina BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Election 2008 Rights And Freedoms Los Angeles Times Environment Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Voter Registration RNC Democrats Republicans LGBT Los Angeles KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Coal NRA/Gun Violence Oklahoma Election 2016 BradCast Water We're happy to keep informing the electorate, one important fact, data-point and reality-based story at a time, so that we might all be better prepared to do our job as voters. That, even as one young woman heard on today's show charges, correctly, that so much of what is going in our country of late "reflects back on our nation and makes us look ridiculous."

    With all of that in mind, among the many reality-based stories covered on today's BradCast [Audio link for the full show posted below.]...

    • Thanks to some excellent reporting by the LA Times, tens of thousands of CA voters who might not have been able to cast a ballot in the party primary of their choosing on June 7th, will now be able to do so;
    • Donald Trump is endorsed by the terrorist-supporting NRA, lies about Hillary Clinton, and vows no more "gun-free zones" (even though his own major properties are "gun-free zones");
    • Republican voters, party leaders and major funders continue to coalesce behind the presumptive GOP nominee;
    • Clinton continues to struggle in still more state and national polls against Trump, even as Sanders continues to outperform her against Trump in the same polls;
    • Revisiting some of Clinton's reasons from 2008 for staying in the race against then-Senator Obama, long after it was clear she was unlikely to win the Presidential nomination;
    • Oklahoma's GOP governor vetoes a bill that would have criminalized abortions, even as her Republican state legislature passes an "emergency" anti-LGBT bathroom bill;
    • A brilliant Connecticut woman smacks down anti-LGBT laws and hate, after she is harassed in a public restroom for being transgender (which she isn't);
    • And, our latest Green News Report with a startling number of victories this week for environmental champions...

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    ]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA['We're Seeing the Dean Scream of 2016,' Says Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein: 'BradCast' 5/19/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11693 2016-05-20T00:29:58Z 2016-05-20T00:29:58Z California Election Reform BRAD BLOG Media Appearance DNC Mainstream Media Failure Hillary Clinton NPR Democrats Republicans Nevada KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Green Party Jill Stein Libertarian Party Election 2016 BradCast In advance of Monday's deadline for registering to vote or changing party affiliation before California's June 7th Presidential Primary, I'm happy to be joined on today's BradCast by Dr. Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party nominee and 2016 candidate for President. [Audio link to complete interview below.]

    In our wide-ranging conversation, Stein offers her case for why voters in both CA and around the country should vote Green this year, explains what she sees as the problem with the Democratic Party (as well as the Republican and Libertarian Parties), offers details on her recent invitation to Bernie Sanders to join forces, given what she describes as a "smear campaign" being run against him by the DNC, and responds to questions about being a "spoiler" in both the CA primary, as well as the November General Election.

    "The guys running the show in the Democratic Party are basically the funders --- and that's predatory banks, fossil fuel giants, war profiteers, and insurance companies," Stein tells me. "With the Democratic Party you see basically a 'fake left-go right' situation, where they allow principled, inspired campaigns to stand up and be seen, but they sabotage them when push comes to shove. That, unfortunately, is what we see go on right now with the Sanders campaign, which is making a valiant effort here to do the right thing and change the party."

    Alluding to the moment when media used a rallying cry from 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean in order to undermine his campaign, Stein charges a similar "smear campaign" is now being run against Sanders by the Democratic establishment in the wake of last weekend's raucus Nevada state Democratic Convention in Las Vegas. "I think what we're seeing now is the Dean Scream of 2016," she says. "This is the sabotage of the Sanders' campaign, being conducted by the Democrats."

    Stein also responds to my questions about why, after arguing for a more inclusive (small "d") democratic process, her own Green Party will be holding a closed primary --- open to affiliated party members only --- in CA on June 7th, as well as on the charge that she might serve as a "spoiler" this November.

    "This politics of fear that tells you you have to vote against what you're afraid of, instead of for what you believe in --- the politics of fear has a track record. It has delivered everything we were afraid of. All of the things you were told you had to bite your tongue and let the 'lesser evil' speak for you --- we've gotten all those things, by the droves. The expanding wars, the meltdown of the climate, the offshoring of our jobs, the attack on immigrants. We've gotten all of that." Stein says. "Not that there aren't some differences between the two parties, but they're not enough to save your life, to save your job, or to save your planet. This is a race to the bottom between the two sold-out corporate parties."

    Okay. But if a vote for her might actually result in a President Donald Trump, does she really believe it's smarter to vote Green this Fall? Tune in for her answer.

    And speaking of that "smear campaign" against Sanders that has, indeed, followed last Saturday's Democratic state convention in Nevada, with repeated charges made by media and top party officials, such as DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, that there was "violence" at the event by Sanders supporters, we join NPR in doing a bit of fact-checking on the evidence said to support those very serious allegations.

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    ]]> Desi Doyen <![CDATA['Green News Report' - May 19, 2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11692 2016-05-19T17:57:37Z 2016-05-19T17:57:37Z California North Carolina Oregon Massachusetts United Nations Environment Washington State Green News Donald Trump Coal Oil Climate change Election 2016 China Water Native Americans Pat McCrory

    IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump promises to toss historic UN climate agreement; Native American tribes halt massive coal export terminal in WA; Voters halt massive Nestle water bottling plant in OR; Duke Energy ordered to close all toxic coal ash pits in NC; PLUS: Another big climate victory for kids in court, this time in MA... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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    IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): New Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup; Southern hemisphere CO2 level rises above symbolic 400 ppm milestone; Stuck on hot: Earth breaks 12th straight monthly heat record; Trump's son woos sportsmen, covets top job at Interior; Feds brace for another hot, expensive wildfire season; California's use of coal drops dramatically - to almost nothing... PLUS: Environmental Group Accuses ExxonMobil Of Polluting The Mystic River... and much, MUCH more! ...

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

    • North Carolina orders Duke Energy to clean up toxic coal ash waste dumps:
      • DEQ: Duke Needs to Dig Up All Its Coal Ash (NC Health News):
        State regulators have raised the risk designations for some of Duke Energy’s coal ash dumps, a move that could require 25 impoundments to be dug up by 2024. Or not. The Department of Environmental Quality wants the power to lower risk rankings in 18 months if the utility proves that coal ash is not polluting nearby drinking water and repairs dams at its waste sites."

      • Regulators: Coal ash to be moved from North Carolina pits (Washington Post) [emphasis added]:
        [T]he state Department of Environmental Quality said it's asking for a change in state law that would allow it to reconsider its risk assessment in 18 months..."Requesting that the legislature revisit the law and requirements in 18 months allows Governor McCrory's administration to say one thing to get through the election this fall, all subject to revision after the election," attorney DJ Gerken said in a statement.
      • From ashes such as these: Georgia community has decided it no longer wants to be one of big industry's waste dumps (Bitter Southerner) [emphasis added]:
        Let's face it. The one thing an education offers a person is choices. Less educated people have fewer choices and because of this, fewer resources. On what other people would big industry dump its poison?...Neill talks about something called called "resource paradox."

    • Trump pledges to 'renegotiate' historic UN climate agreement:
    • California: Pipeline company indicted over 2015 pipeline spill:
      • Pipeline company indicted in 2015 Santa Barbara County oil spill (LA Times):
        Since 2006, Plains Pipeline's rate of incidents per mile of pipe is more than three times the national average, a Times analysis of data from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration last year showed. The company's 175 violations involved pipeline corrosion, operator error, pump failure and equipment malfunction.
      • Oil Company To Face Felony Charges Over Massive California Spill (Climate Progress):
        The investigation found that the pipeline had corroded to 1/16th of an inch before the rupture occurred, but there are also several charges relating to Plains All-American's failure to properly notify local and state officials about the leak.

    • Massachusetts: Another victory for kids and climate in court:
    • Oregon: Voters block Nestle's proposed water bottling plant in Hood County:
    • Washington: Native Americans, grassroots halt massive coal export terminal:

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

    • New Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup (The Intercept):
      "Until recently, the fight over Roundup has mostly focused on its active ingredient, glyphosate. But mounting evidence, including one study published in February, shows it’s not only glyphosate that’s dangerous, but also chemicals listed as 'inert ingredients' in some formulations of Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers.
    • Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe, Analysis Finds (NY Times):
      The report says that foods made from such crops do not appear to pose health risks, based on chemical analyses of the foods and on animal feeding studies, though it says many animal studies are too small to provide firm conclusions...The report says use of the insect-resistant crops has clearly led to a decrease in the spraying of chemical insecticides. Conversely, the use of herbicide-resistant crops might have led to an increase in the spraying of chemical weed killers in some cases. Overuse of glyphosate has spurred evolution of weeds resistant to that chemical, vexing farmers.
    • Confirmed: Southern hemisphere CO2 level rises above symbolic 400 ppm milestone (Sydney Morning Herald):
      "This year, it's just plateaued and now it's taken off again," he said, adding the site was "probably one of the last places on earth" to remain below 400 ppm.
    • Stuck on hot: Earth breaks 12th straight monthly heat record (AP):
      Earth's heat is stuck on high. Thanks to a combination of global warming and an El Nino, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month, as April smashed the old record by half a degree, according to federal scientists.
    • Photos: Record-late snowfalls in northern Maine - up to eight inches! (Washington Post):
      It's the middle of May and snowfall of historic proportions has blanketed Caribou, Maine. The National Weather Service reports 4.5 inches has fallen in this town at Maine's tip, the most so deep into May since records began in 1939.
    • Trump's son woos sportsmen, covets top job at Interior (E&E News):
      Most notably, Trump in January broke from the GOP establishment by pledging to oppose efforts to transfer federal lands to states, gaining plaudits from sportsmen across the political spectrum who oppose the privatization of federal lands, fearing it would reduce places to hunt and fish.
    • Feds brace for another hot, expensive wildfire season (Grand Forks Herald):
      Forest Service officials have repeatedly asked Congress, so far without success, to set aside a special firefighting budget so the agency has some money left to do more forest planning, planting, tourism-related and ecological projects that have all declined as fires eat up more money.
    • Drought, dead trees add up to big fire danger for California (SF Gate):
      "You've got 40 million dead trees. You've got 40 million opportunities for fire," Vilsack said. "You're looking at a very serious situation."
    • California's use of coal drops dramatically - to almost nothing (LA Times):
      While California's rates are higher, the state consumes less electricity per household than most others. That's partly because of mild weather along the coast but also the greater efficiency of household appliances used in the state. California's average monthly bill in 2014 was $23 less than the national average.
    • GMOs Are Safe, But Don't Always Deliver On Promises, Top Scientists Say (NPR):
      The National Academy of Sciences - probably the country's most prestigious scientific group - has reaffirmed its judgment that GMOs are safe to eat. But the group's new report struck a different tone from previous ones, with much more space devoted to concerns about genetically modified foods, including social and economic ones.
    • Environmental Group Accuses ExxonMobil Of Polluting The Mystic River (InsideClimate News):
      The CLF and a coalition of local green groups contend that the company has understood for years the global risks posed to its business and to the public by climate change. Even so, it has failed to fortify this soft local underbelly of a sprawling oil distribution network against increasingly likely inundation from rising tides and intensifying rains.
    • Want to fight climate change? Here are the 7 critical life changes you should make (Grist) [emphasis added]:
      So, given the imperfections of this world, what is a lone wolf such as yourself to do? Here are some conclusions gleaned from this study: 1. Buy the most fuel-efficient car you can afford, then drive it as little as possible....


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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Sanders Takes OR, Clinton 'Ties' in KY, and We Examine 'Fraud' Concerns (Where Possible): 'BradCast' 5/18/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11691 2016-05-19T00:59:17Z 2016-05-19T00:59:17Z Election Irregularities Election Reform Oregon BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Election Fraud Connecticut Rights And Freedoms Touch-Screen Vote Flipping Kansas Environment Hillary Clinton Voter Registration Kentucky Democrats Vote-by-Mail KPFK Bernie Sanders Climate change Extreme weather Election 2016 Kris Kobach BradCast Sri Lanka Yes, the Democratic Primary cycle continues to continue, as Bernie Sanders wins in Oregon, obtains a "virtual tie" with Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, and the less-than-transparent electoral process in both states triggers more cries of "election fraud!" from Sanders supporters.

    On today's BradCast, we look at the results and the concerns about them (debunking some, though not all), along with several important breaking news items. [Audio link to the complete show is below.]

    Before diving into Tuesday's primary, we start with the horrific climate change-related mudslides that have buried hundreds in Sri Lanka. Then, some encouraging news for all voters as Connecticut becomes the fifth state to institute automatic voter registration and as a federal judge orders GOP "voter fraud" fraudster and Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach to restore full voting rights to 18,000 state voters "suspended" by Kobach's "proof of citizenship" requirement.

    Then, the battle between Clinton and Sanders grinds on through two more primary states, with Sanders earning a reported 12 point victory in OR, while battling to a reported margin of less than one-half-of-one percent in KY and vowing to stay in the race through the July convention. We warned earlier this week about the possibilities of a close race in KY, where the state (shamefully) still uses enough 100% unverifiable touch-screen voting systems that it will now be impossible to know who the voters actually hoped to be the winner. The same was true, as we reported at the time, after the Missouri Primaries on both the Republican and Democratic sides, and the same is true in KY whether Clinton or Sanders ultimately end up being declared the official winner in the Bluegrass State. As of airtime today, though AP has appropriately refused to call the state, Clinton is reportedly ahead of Sanders by just under 2,000 votes.

    But throughout Primary night on Tuesday, and continuing today, concerns of "fraud" are being heard very loudly from Sanders supporters once again. Some of their concerns are justified, as we explain. Others are decidedly not. For example, some news outlets irresponsibly reported "More than 76 reports of election fraud from 31 counties were called into the Kentucky Attorney General's hotline". That is incorrect. (Happily WSAZ NewsChannel 3 has finally modified their initial bad reporting. Others, like Bipartisan Report, have not.)

    Other concerns we examine are from Pike County, KY, where results were, in fact, "zeroed out" for a time last night, resulting in thousands of "disappearing" votes for both Sanders and Clinton, as well as 11,000 thousands votes said to have been added to Clinton's totals in Marion County, OR. (Evidence suggests a typo by AP, as I explain on today's show.) Some concerns, however, for example the evidence from little-known Democratic candidate Rocky de la Fuente suggesting some of his votes simply vanished in recent Democratic contests in NH, MI and SC, cannot be so easily explained away.

    We cover, explain and/or debunk all of those concerns and more on today's BradCast, before closing out with our latest Green News Report and the hottest April ever recorded (the 12th such month in a row to set such a record)...

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