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Democracy Now! 2017-01-11 Wednesday

Democracy Now (English) - 11 January 2017 - 5:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-01-11 Wednesday
  • Headlines for January 11, 2017
  • Rep. Luis Gutiérrez & Rev. William Barber on AG Nominee Jeff Sessions’s Racist, Xenophobic Record
  • Rep. Luis Gutiérrez on Why He Will Boycott Trump Inauguration & Will Instead Join Women's March
  • We Challenged President Obama, He Listened & Acted: Rep. Luis Gutiérrez on Obama's Farewell & Legacy
  • Will Obama Grant Clemency to Puerto Rican Independence Activist Oscar López Rivera?

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Luke Galati on community, basketball, Toronto and gentrification

Rabble.ca/ - 11 January 2017 - 4:58am
Luke Galati on Community, Basketball, Toronto and Gentrification

Luke and Face2Face host David Peck talk about community, the changing face of Toronto and gentrification. His film Eastern captures the story of a high school basketball powerhouse but is really a story of the changing face of a neighbourhood.

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Eastern chronicles the dynamic story of four basketball players from Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto, supported by a community of fans, coaches and mentors.

A prolific basketball team known to foster future NBA players, the documentary poignantly captures the moments leading up to Eastern Commerce's last championship before the high school's closure in 2015.

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Χρήσιμες βυζαντινολογίες

Anarkismo.net - 11 January 2017 - 1:47am
Μολαταύτα, το αναρχικό κίνημα δεν μπορεί να είναι και να παραμένει εσωστρεφές και αυτοαναφορικό. Αν οι αναρχικοί δεν απέρριπταν για λόγους αρχής την συγκεντρωτική διακυβέρνηση, τότε δεν θα είχαν παρά να καταλάβουν την κρατική εξουσία και να αναμορφώσουν δια της βίας την κοινωνική ολότητα κατ’ εικόνα κι ομοίωση των ιδεολογικών τους φαντασιώσεων. Ούτε θα ήταν απαραίτητη η δημιουργική αλληλεπίδραση του προτάγματος τους με τα ετεροκαθοριζόμενα κοινωνικά στρώματα, μιας και θα μπορούσαν να επιβάλλουν μονομερώς το δικό τους έτοιμο από-τα-πριν θεωρητικό μοντέλο για τον ενδεδειγμένο τρόπο οργάνωσης της κοινωνίας σε όλα τα επίπεδα.

For the sake of a healthy democracy, Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission needs to extend submissions deadline

Rabble.ca/ - 10 January 2017 - 11:45pm

By trying to ensure the boundaries of Alberta's 87 electoral districts are reviewed in an orderly and responsible way, the province's Electoral Boundaries Commission risks putting the bureaucratic cart before the democratic horse.

The commission, which by law must review provincial constituency boundaries with population changes in mind by Halloween this year, has scheduled 15 hearings and asked for written submissions from interested Albertans by Feb. 8.

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Radio Curious: Eric Schlosser - Do You Really Want to Eat That? (Archive), Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 10 January 2017 - 9:25pm
Fast food is what many people eat in America, and increasingly in other countries. It is advertised to be fun, tasty, and easily available. Americans spend more money annually on fast food than is spent on higher education. Eric Schlosser is our guest in this archive edition.  He’s the author of Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Schlosser writes that it is not only what is served for human consumption that is the problem, but the art of mass-marketing to children through organized promotions and ads for the products—in school busses, hallways, and even bathroom stalls—has serious side effects on society.

The Michael Slate Show: Stopping Fascism BEFORE It Starts. #NOFascistUSA #NoWaitandSee – Carl Dix, Prof. Milton Saier, Filmmaker David Zeiger, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 10 January 2017 - 8:38pm
This week's Michael Slate Show airs just over a week before the planned inauguration of the fascist Donald Trump. We'll be talking about the movement to prevent the Trump/Pence regime from taking power by mobilizing millions and tens of millions in Washington DC and other cities. We'll be joined by: Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party Milton Saier, Biologist and Professor at UC San Diego David Zeiger, Filmmaker, "Sir! No Sir!" Senior Year, and many more documentaries

Trudeau's new 'democracy' minister is personally committed to electoral reform

Rabble.ca/ - 10 January 2017 - 6:38pm

Karl Nerenberg is your reporter on the Hill. Please consider supporting his work with a monthly donation Support Karl on Patreon today for as little as $1 per month!

The prime minister has removed a very young and inexperienced minister from the Democratic Institutions portfolio and replaced her with another who is even younger and less experienced.

What does that choice portend?

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TUC Radio: Ice Core Climate Records of the World: - Prof. Lonnie Thompson, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 10 January 2017 - 6:19pm
Lonnie Thompson is University Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University in the School of Earth Sciences and the Byrd Polar Research Center. He is the leading paleo-scientist who drilled and preserved ice cores from high mountain glaciers while others focussed on Greenland and Antarctica. In 1952 the Danish geophysicist Willi Dansgaard made a discovery that opened up a completely new field of research. He found that the amount of heavy oxygen isotopes in rain correlates with the temperature at the location where the precipitation was formed. But more important in preparation for debates with climate change deniers is the record of CO2 that is also preserved in the ice cores. The correlation of temperature rise and decrease with increasing and decreasing CO2 and methane content have become one of the most important proofs for climate change. Ice cores also show the recent extraordinary increase in the amount of CO2 since the industrial revolution and the ever escalating burning of fossil fuels. Today ice core records exist going back 800,000 years for Antarctica and 123,000 years for Greenland. They show that never in those 800,000 years have the concentrations of CO2 been as high and rising as rapidly as today. Thompson was undeterred by the doubts expressed by his teachers and mentors. Willi Dansgaard told him that human beings were physically unable to do ice core drilling at altitudes of 18,000 plus feet, that no equipment existed that could be brought to the tops of the inland glaciers and that it would be extremely difficult to get the ice cores down the mountain before they melted. Thompson and his team built a solar powered ice core drill and have now retrieved cores in 16 countries on 61 expeditions. This collection is priceless because nobody will ever be able to duplicate his work because over 90% of the glaciers he worked on are melting.

TUC Radio: Ice Core Climate Records of the World: - Prof. Lonnie Thompson, Segment 2

Radio 4 All - 10 January 2017 - 6:19pm
Lonnie Thompson is University Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University in the School of Earth Sciences and the Byrd Polar Research Center. He is the leading paleo-scientist who drilled and preserved ice cores from high mountain glaciers while others focussed on Greenland and Antarctica. In 1952 the Danish geophysicist Willi Dansgaard made a discovery that opened up a completely new field of research. He found that the amount of heavy oxygen isotopes in rain correlates with the temperature at the location where the precipitation was formed. But more important in preparation for debates with climate change deniers is the record of CO2 that is also preserved in the ice cores. The correlation of temperature rise and decrease with increasing and decreasing CO2 and methane content have become one of the most important proofs for climate change. Ice cores also show the recent extraordinary increase in the amount of CO2 since the industrial revolution and the ever escalating burning of fossil fuels. Today ice core records exist going back 800,000 years for Antarctica and 123,000 years for Greenland. They show that never in those 800,000 years have the concentrations of CO2 been as high and rising as rapidly as today. Thompson was undeterred by the doubts expressed by his teachers and mentors. Willi Dansgaard told him that human beings were physically unable to do ice core drilling at altitudes of 18,000 plus feet, that no equipment existed that could be brought to the tops of the inland glaciers and that it would be extremely difficult to get the ice cores down the mountain before they melted. Thompson and his team built a solar powered ice core drill and have now retrieved cores in 16 countries on 61 expeditions. This collection is priceless because nobody will ever be able to duplicate his work because over 90% of the glaciers he worked on are melting.

Sea Change Radio: Incoming EPA Chief: Fox In The Henhouse, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 10 January 2017 - 4:05pm
When someone sues an organization repeatedly and then gets put in charge of that agency it's a pretty classic example of the fox guarding the henhouse. Welcome to the bizarro-world of the Trump Administration where the fossil fuel industry's favorite son, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is poised to run the Environmental Protection Agency. The appointment of a climate change denier like Pruitt to run the EPA affirms, as NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen has put it, that "the US government is officially done with being evidence-based." On this week's Sea Change Radio, Mother Jones reporter Rebecca Leber gives us a closer look at the new head of the EPA, what his appointment means politically, what the repercussions could be for the climate and how states may be able to protect the environment locally.

Notice and what? Explaining the copyright 'Notice Trio'

Rabble.ca/ - 10 January 2017 - 3:45pm

There's a set of confusing phrases you may have heard floating around the Internet on digital rights or intellectual property blogs -- or maybe it was that one time you tried to actually read the terms and conditions?

Today we're going to dig into what we're calling "The Notice Trio." These ones:

  • Notice and Notice

  • Notice and Takedown

  • Notice and Staydown

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for copyright around the world. If you've been following our work in the European Union, you know that this year is when rubber meets the road for revising the Copyright Directive. (If you haven't yet, join us at SaveTheLink.org!)

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We can learn so much from nature

Rabble.ca/ - 10 January 2017 - 3:12pm

If you fly over a forest and look down, you'll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all ignoring the sun's beneficence! Research shows we might benefit by thinking more like a forest.

Solar roads could be a step in that direction. Roads, sidewalks and parking lots cover massive areas. Using them to generate power means less environmental disturbance, as no new land is needed to house solar power operations.

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The battle of Romeo Dallaire's life may not be Rwanda after all, but PTSD

Rabble.ca/ - 10 January 2017 - 12:53pm

Few of us could have been surprised by Romeo Dallaire's moving article in The Globe this weekend commenting on the tragedy of Lionel Desmond, the former soldier with PTSD who murdered his family then took his own life. Lt.-Gen. Dallaire, now retired, is surely among Canada's most admired citizens, if not the most admired. I include myself among his ardent fans, and I hope that 2017 might be the time he finally escapes from the demons that have haunted him for the past 23 years. Lionel Desmond's ghastly case only stirs up those ghosts.

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Sessions’ Family Invested in Oil & Gas Company the Same Year He Aimed to Deregulate Fracking

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 10 January 2017 - 11:35am
Food & Water Watch

As Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions faces confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Food & Water Watch is raising questions about new information regarding family holdings in an oil and gas company as Sessions sought to deregulate fracking.

When Christmas becomes 'Excessmass'

Rabble.ca/ - 10 January 2017 - 11:11am

Not long ago historically, on this very continent, the economy was based upon gifts, not salaries. Great leaders on the West Coast invited their communities together for seasonal ceremonies, weddings, births and deaths, and gave away their wealth to all who attended. They gave away names, rank and status, and hunting and fishing rights. They gave away firearms, blankets, canoes, food, or carved cedar boxes. Their power came from sharing, not hoarding -- caring for everyone in the community.

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Gitmo Attorneys: Kelly's Aggressive Role at Guantánamo Makes Him "Unfit" to Lead DHS

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 10 January 2017 - 11:02am
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

In advance of the Senate confirmation hearing scheduled this afternoon for Retired Major General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement:

ACLU Testimony From Sessions Confirmation Hearing

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 10 January 2017 - 10:43am
ACLU

American Civil Liberties Union National Legal Director David Cole will testify tomorrow at Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for attorney general. The full text of the testimony as prepared for delivery is below.

After his testimony Wednesday, Cole will be available for media interviews in the Capitol Building and then at the United Methodist Building (100 Maryland Ave NE). For security purposes, please RSVP to ssmith@aclu.org.

Youth Delivers 62,000 Care2 Petition Signatures in Support of Climate Lawsuit to White House Urging Obama to “Leave a Legacy of Truth”

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 10 January 2017 - 10:18am
Our Children's Trust

Today, Victoria Barrett, 17, will send more than 62,000 Care2 petition signatures in support of her climate lawsuit to the White House. Victoria is one of 21 young people suing President Obama, and several federal agencies, for the government’s actions that have caused carbon pollution, climate destabilization, for the resulting violations of the youths’ constitutional rights, and to secure immediate science-based climate recovery action at the federal level. On January 13, the federal government must Answer the youths’ Complaint.

Meryl Streep's extraordinary speech on press freedom is just as urgent for Canadians

Rabble.ca/ - 10 January 2017 - 10:08am

At Sunday night's Golden Globes ceremony, Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award to denounce President-Elect Donald Trump, and to call on the audience to support the work of a free and independent press.

"We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call [Trump] on the carpet for every outrage," Streep said. "That's why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution."

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More than 50 Organizations Launch United Resistance Campaign as Trump’s Cabinet Hearings Begin

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 10 January 2017 - 9:00am
Greenpeace

More than 50 progressive organizations sent a strong message of united resistance to the Trump administration on the same day his cabinet hearings begin on Capitol Hill.

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