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Thousands Attend Michael Brown’s Funeral

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Thousands Attend Michael Brown’s Funeral
Thousands joined the family of Michael Brown at a St. Louis church Monday to remember the fallen teenager whose death at the hands of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer sparked days of bitter protests that have reverberated across America. Mourners filled the 2,500-seat sanctuary of the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis and overflowed into two separate viewing rooms on Monday morning. “Michael Brown does not want to be remembered for a riot,” the Rev. Al Sharpton implored attendees during a eulogy. “He wants to be remembered for being the one that made America deal with how we police in the United States.”


Moose shows up at German office canteen

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Moose shows up at German office canteen
BERLIN (AP) — Maybe he got hungry?


Opponent of scandal-plagued Rep. Scott DesJarlais concedes primary

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Opponent of scandal-plagued Rep. Scott DesJarlais concedes primary
Despite the revelation of several personal scandals, the Tennessee physician won his GOP primary by 38 votes


Fox Chops Context From Clip To Claim Eric Holder Is “Picking A Side” In Ferguson

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fox Chops Context From Clip To Claim Eric Holder Is “Picking A Side” In Ferguson

Fox News selectively clipped Attorney General Eric Holder’s Ferguson, Missouri, statement on the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown to accuse him of taking sides against the police in the coming Justice Department investigation — though Holder explicitly noted that, “as a father of a teenage son” and “as the brother of a retired law enforcement officer,” he understands both sides.

Days after selectively editing a statement from President Obama to claim the administration is “choosing sides” in Ferguson, Fox tried the same tactic with Holder. The network aired a deceptively clipped portion of Holder’s July 21 statement about his visit to the town, which has been the center of national attention since unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was killed by an officer of the St. Louis County Police Department. 

On Fox & Friends, Fox host Steve Doocy said the clip showed Holder “personally claiming that he understood the public’s mistrust toward the police” in a way that may “inflame racial tension.” Doocy suggested that “there’s been a rush to judgment” by Holder and the administration. Fox News contributor Linda Chavez agreed that Holder was “basically picking a side.” She went on to argue that the administration has been “playing the race card” and exploiting the black community for political gain:

CHAVEZ: I do think there’s something going on. I think it’s politics, it’s all about domestic politics. I think it’s an exploitation of the black community. I think it is playing the race card and I think it’s disgraceful.

The full context of Holder’s statement contradicts Fox’s narrative that Holder has already sided with critics of the Ferguson police. The portion of the statement that Fox aired came immediately after Holder noted that felt personally affected by the tensions in Ferguson because he understood both sides on a personal level.

Holder said that, “[a]s the brother of a retired law enforcement officer,” he understood the ” tremendous threats and significant personal risk” that police who “lives on the line every day” have to factor into rapid decision-making, but also noted that “as a father of a teenage son myself” he understands the community’s need for answers.

What’s more, Holder’s comments following the portion Fox aired go on to condemn the violence in Ferguson, with Holder stating, “I hope the relative calm that we witnessed overnight last night can be enduring. To a person yesterday, the people I met with, take great pride in their town and despite the mistrust that exists, they reject the violence that we have seen over the past couple of weeks.”

Here’s a longer version of Holder’s statement, from CNN (the portion Fox aired is in bold):

Now although our investigation will take time, and although I cannot discuss the specifics of this case in greater detail since it remains open and very active, the people of Ferguson can have confidence in the federal agents, investigators and prosecutors who are leading this process. Our investigation will be fair, it will be thorough, and it will be independent.

On a personal note, I’ve seen a lot in my time as attorney general but few things have affected me as greatly as my visit to Ferguson. I had the chance to meet with the family of Michael Brown. I spoke to them not just as attorney general, but as a father of a teenage son myself. They, like so many in Ferguson, want answers. In my conversations with dozens of people in Ferguson yesterday, it was clear that this shooting incident has brought to the surface underlying tensions that have existed for many years. There is a history to these tensions and that history simmers in more communities than just Ferguson.

Law enforcement has a role to play in reducing tensions as well. As the brother of a retired law enforcement officer, I know firsthand that our men and women in uniform perform their duties in the face of tremendous threats and significant personal risk. They put their lives on the line every day and they often have to make split-second decisions.The national outcry we have seen speaks to a sense of mistrust and mutual suspicion that can take hold in the relationship between law enforcement and certain communities.

I wanted the people of Ferguson to know that I personally understood that mistrust. I wanted them to know that while so much else may be uncertain, this attorney general and this Department of Justice stands with the people of Ferguson.I hope the relative calm that we witnessed overnight last night can be enduring. To a person yesterday, the people I met with, take great pride in their town and despite the mistrust that exists, they reject the violence that we have seen over the past couple of weeks.

In that sense, while I went to Ferguson to provide’ assurance, in fact, they gave me hope. My commitment to them is that long after this tragic story no longer receives this level of attention, the Justice Department will continue to stand with Ferguson. We will continue the conversation this incident has sparked about the need for trust building between law enforcement officers and the communities that they serve, about the appropriate use of force, and the need to ensure fair and equal treatment for everyone who comes into contact with the police.


Do Dems Do It Better? Nope

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Do Dems Do It Better? Nope
Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — It’s a Democratic campaign consultant’s dream: a study from two respected academic economists concluding that, since the late 1940s, the economy has consistently performed better under Democratic presidents than Republican. The gap is huge. From 1949 to 2013 — a period when the White House was roughly split between parties — the economy grew at an average annual rate of 3.33 percent, but growth under Democratic presidents averaged 4.35 percent and under Republicans, 2.54 percent. Jobs, stocks and living standards all advanced faster under Democrats. Not surprisingly, one of…

The New Face of Evil
Richard Cohen, RealClearPolitics
As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil. I used to not believe in evil. When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union “the evil empire,” I thought it was a dandy phrase but also a confession of ignorance. The…


Postal ballot papers to be sent out

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Postal ballot papers to be sent out
Local councils are set to begin sending out postal ballot papers for the Scottish independence referendum.

VIDEO: Inside the debate venue
The BBC’s Scotland correspondent walks us through the venue and what to expect in the BBC’s live televised referendum debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.

VIDEO: Net immigration targets ‘make no sense’
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, says he believes students should not be counted in the immigration figures.


Democrats wait, and wait for Michelle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Democrats wait, and wait for Michelle
Senate Democrats are frustrated that first lady is not doing more to help them.


Egypt and United Arab Emirates Said to Have Secretly Carried Out Libya Airstrikes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Egypt and United Arab Emirates Said to Have Secretly Carried Out Libya Airstrikes
American officials said they were caught by surprise by the airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias, in a major escalation by the bloc of nations seeking to roll back Islamist gains since the Arab Spring.



World Briefing: Nigeria: Militants Claim to Rule City ‘by Islamic Law’
The leader of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram said his fighters were now ruling the northeastern city of Gwoza “by Islamic law,” according to a video released late Sunday.



Former New York Judge on U.N. Gaza Panel
Mary McGowan Davis, a former Supreme Court justice in New York State, will join a three-person panel investigating potential international law violations by Israel and Hamas.



World Briefing: Scotland: Rivals Clash Again in Independence Debate
The leading rivals on the issue of whether Scotland should vote for independence from the United Kingdom clashed Monday in their second and final televised debate ahead of next month’s independence referendum.



In India, an App for Chats and for Keeping Secrets
The Hike instant messaging system lets users filter information to cloak aspects of their social lives from their parents.




Cutting Carbon Pollution Saves More Money Than It Costs By Making People Healthier

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Cutting Carbon Pollution Saves More Money Than It Costs By Making People Healthier

The health care-associated savings — mostly from things like avoided hospital visits and reduced spending on pollution-related illnesses — from cap-and-trade, for instance, were more than 10 times the cost it took to implement the policy.

The post Cutting Carbon Pollution Saves More Money Than It Costs By Making People Healthier appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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The health benefits of policies that aim to reduce carbon emissions can more than pay for the costs associated with implementing these policies, according to a new study.

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change and completed by researchers from MIT, looked at three different models for policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the U.S. — a clean energy standard, a policy aimed at emissions from transportation, and a cap and trade program — all of which were created to resemble policies already proposed in the United States. The researchers found that, in one scenario, the health care-associated savings — mostly from things like avoided hospital visits and reduced spending on pollution-related illnesses — from a carbon-reducing policy were more than 10 times the cost it took to implement the policy.

“If cost-benefit analyses of climate policies don’t include the significant health benefits from healthier air, they dramatically underestimate the benefits of these policies,” lead author Tammy Thompson said in a statement.

For the cap and trade program, the researchers found that the savings related to health benefits far outweighed the $14 billion cost associated with the policy, with health care benefits equaling out to 10.5 times as much as as the policy’s implementation cost. The clean energy standard, which was designed to cut emissions a similar amount to the EPA’s new proposed power plant rule, had $247 billion in health care savings and cost about $208 billion to implement. The transportation policy, on the other hand, which set strict standards on fuel economy, didn’t earn back its implementation costs in health care savings: it cost about $1 trillion, according to the study, and its health benefits evened out to only about a quarter of that cost.

“A particularly notable aspect of this study is that even though several recent studies have shown large co-benefits, this study finds large co-benefits in the U.S., where air quality is assumed to be high relative to other countries,” Gregory Nemet, a professor of public affairs and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison said in a statement. “Now that states are on the hook to come up with plans to meet federal emissions targets by 2016, you can bet they will take a close look at these results.”

MIT is calling the study the “most detailed assessment to date” of the health care savings associated with carbon-reduction policies, with the researchers paying “especially close attention to how changes in emissions caused by policy translate into improvements in local and regional air quality.” But the study isn’t the first to look at the negative health impacts of pollution and the health care costs these impacts create. Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, birth defects and death. A 2010 study by the RAND Corporation that focused on California found that air pollution that was higher than federal clean air standards caused almost 30,000 hospital admissions and visits to the ER in California between 2005 and 2007. Those hospital admissions were attributed to exposure to fine particulate matter, which is emitted from smokestacks and cars, and high ozone levels. The study found that these hospital visits added up to more than $193 million in added costs in California.

The study also isn’t the first to find that health care savings can sometimes outweigh the costs of pollution-reducing policies. A study published in Nature last year estimated that health benefits from cutting one ton of carbon dioxide equaled out to $50 and $380, which is more than the estimated cost of cutting one ton of carbon dioxide.

The EPA’s rule on carbon emissions from existing power plants, which was proposed in June, was lauded by organizations like Moms Clean Air Force and by President Obama for its potential to cut back on the air pollution that contributes to asthma attacks and hospital visits. The EPA, too, estimated that health care benefits would help offset the policy’s implementation cost — the agency’s models found the new rule would cost $7.3 billion to $8.8 billion each year, while the benefits of saved hospital visits and other health improvements totaled $55 billion to $93 billion by 2030.

The post Cutting Carbon Pollution Saves More Money Than It Costs By Making People Healthier appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Secret $700,000 Donation Has Scott Walker Scrambling to Address ‘Appearance of Corruption’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Secret $700,000 Donation Has Scott Walker Scrambling to Address ‘Appearance of Corruption’
From: John Nichols

Documents reveal how a mining firm quietly supported Wisconsin’s governor.

When Workplace Training Programs Actually Hinder Workers
From: Michelle Chen

After decades of investment in federal job training initiatives, it’s still difficult to see how much these programs are actually helping workers. 

Exclusive Video: This Is How Police Treated Residents of the Apartment Complex Where Michael Brown Was Killed
From: Steven Hsieh

A previously unreleased cellphone video captures a tense moment in the Ferguson neighborhood where Michael Brown died.