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U.S. Navy Tests Self-Guided Patrol Boats

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

U.S. Navy Tests Self-Guided Patrol Boats
The U.S. Navy fleet could soon include unmanned, self-guided patrol boats that could leave a warship to swarm attack a potential threat. A goal of the new technology is to help stop attacks like the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off Yemen. The rigid-hull inflatable patrol boats can fire .50 caliber machine guns, but officials said a human will always be the one to make the decision to use lethal force. Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research, said, “This is something that you might find not only just on our naval vessels, we could certainly see this utilized to protect merchant vessels, to protect ports and harbors, used also to protect offshore oil rigs.”

Video Shows Woman Drinking Toxic Tea
Newly released surveillance video shows the moment a Utah woman was nearly killed when she drank a poisoned cup of tea. Jan Harding, 67, can be seen taking a single sip from a cup of iced tea she got at Dickey’s Barbeque in South Jordan, Utah. The drink was laced with lye, an odorless chemical that looks like sugar and is the active ingredient in Drano. Harding recovered after two weeks in the hospital. She is not suing the restaurant chain. “I don’t know if anything reached my stomach because they said it would have killed me immediately,” she said in August.


Typhoon washes 3 US airmen out to sea in Japan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Typhoon washes 3 US airmen out to sea in Japan
TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon lashed southern Japan on Sunday, churning up high waves that washed three American airmen out to sea and killed at least one before taking aim at Tokyo.

No. 25 TCU upends No. 4 Oklahoma 37-33
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Gary Patterson and No. 25 TCU finally have a big attention-grabbing victory in the Big 12 Conference


White House: Travel ban would “impede” Ebola response

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

White House: Travel ban would “impede” Ebola response
Lisa Monaco, a homeland security advisor to President Obama, brushes aside the idea of banning travel to and from affected countries in West Africa and provides an update on the fight to contain the epidemic.


On CNN, PBS Science Correspondent Slams Media’s Ebola Coverage: “I Get Embarrassed For Our Brethren In Journalism”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

On CNN, PBS Science Correspondent Slams Media’s Ebola Coverage: “I Get Embarrassed For Our Brethren In Journalism”

From the October 5 edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources:

Previously:

Fox Host: Ebola Patients May Arrive From Africa And “Seek Treatment From A Witch Doctor” Instead Of A Hospital

Media Promote Ebola Fear-Mongering Stunt

Right-Wing Media Exploit Ebola Fears To Attack Immigration


California Schools Chief Race Is About Tenure

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

California Schools Chief Race Is About Tenure
Debra Saunders, RealClearPolitics
At last month’s California gubernatorial debate, Republican hopeful Neel Kashkari praised Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris for using their discretion not to appeal a court ruling that overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban. Kashkari then chided both Democrats for failing to use that same discretion when they appealed the Vergara v. California court decision. The suit is named after Beatriz Vergara, one of nine students who sued to eliminate the state’s teacher tenure system. Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu found that the state’s tenure and seniority system protects…

Women Lying to Women
Mona Charen, RealClearPolitics
There’s really only one thing that progressives get wrong: human nature. This leads them into error on economics, where they imagine they can micromanage billions of individual decisions every day; foreign policy, in which they overestimate the appeal of “talks” and underestimate the ferocity and opportunism of aggressors; and sex, in which, well, where to begin? California proposes to stop campus rape and sexual assault with a law redefining consent. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation last week specifying that verbal consent must precede all sexual activity. Further, consent cannot be given…

California Dreamin’
David Shribman, RealClearPolitics
SAN FRANCISCO – California still produces 90 percent of the country’s avocados, 91 percent of its grapes and 92 percent of its plums and prunes. Four out of five almonds produced on Earth are grown here. But the growth that made California a cultural leader as well as an agricultural leader is over. Throughout its history, California has been a magnet for those who wanted to start over, start a business, start a trend — or just to startle the people, especially the parents back home. It was the place for big dreams and big opportunities, big riches, big ideas, big houses, big…


Labour ‘must go all out for the win’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Labour ‘must go all out for the win’
Labour leader Ed Miliband is urged to go “all out for the win” in the 2015 election amid criticism from senior figures from his own party.

‘Don’t interfere in council budgets’
A north Wales council leader says the Welsh government should not interfere in how councils cut their budgets.

Clacton residents await by-election
The mood on the streets and fairways of by-election town


Ferguson Protesters Disrupt St. Louis Symphony With Song For Michael Brown

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Ferguson Protesters Disrupt St. Louis Symphony With Song For Michael Brown
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several dozen people protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown have interrupted a performance of the St. Louis Symphony in a peaceful demonstration.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that as the musicians were about to start performing a song Saturday night, the demonstrators began singing and unfurled from a balcony three banners related to Brown’s shooting in August by a Ferguson police officer. The newspaper reports that the interruption was met with applause from some members of the audience and the symphony.

Symphony publicist Erika Ebsworth-Goold tells KMOX-TV and the Post-Dispatch that the protesters were ticketed members of the audience.

The protest ended with participants leaving voluntarily.

St. Louis Police say they received no calls about the demonstration.


Somali Town Is Reclaimed From Shabab Militants

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Somali Town Is Reclaimed From Shabab Militants
Officials said that as African Union and Somali troops moved in, Shabab fighters fled a port town used to import arms and fighters.



Al Qaeda Affiliate Battles Hezbollah in Lebanon
At least 16 insurgents from the Nusra Front were killed in an attack on Hezbollah bases along a mountain range close to the Syrian border.



Memo From Britain: Cameron Acts Like the Front-Runner He Would Like to Be
Despite a bold speech at the Conservatives’ party convention, the British prime minister still faces a tough road to re-election next year.




Washington Post Gets (More) Serious About Climate Change, Hires Chris Mooney To Blog

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Washington Post Gets (More) Serious About Climate Change, Hires Chris Mooney To Blog

On Friday, the Post took a major step toward improving its woefully inadequate climate coverage. They hired climate science blogger extraordinaire, Chris Mooney.

The post Washington Post Gets (More) Serious About Climate Change, Hires Chris Mooney To Blog appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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In August, the Washington Post seemed to finally turn a corner on human-caused climate change, launching a series of editorials demanding a change in both dialogue and action.

On Friday, the Post took a major step toward improving its woefully inadequate climate coverage. Greg Schneider, the paper’s national economy and business editor, and David Cho, deputy business editor, announced:

We’re thrilled to announce that Chris Mooney is joining The Post to create a new blog about the environment….

He will start as part of Wonkblog, and build toward the future rollout of a standalone blog that will pull together the excellent work of The Post’s all-star roster of energy and environment writers.

Mooney is probably best known for his best-selling 2005 book, “The Republican War on Science.” He has, however, written 3 other excellent books, dozens of articles for major publications, and of course countless blog posts over the past decade, including ones for the American Progress site, Science Progress.

Chris was one of my inspirations for becoming a blogger, and I’ve known him for years. You can even catch a interview of me he did for his terrific podcast. He’s a terrific choice for the Washington Post, which points out:

Chris is one of the most distinctive, provocative voices writing about environmental issues today, arguing that people’s preconceptions — political, religious, cultural — color the way they view science. More fundamentally, Chris has built a loyal audience through solid reporting and vivid, authoritative writing. His approach is to look for the compelling ideas behind topics that can otherwise become arcane, leading him to write thoughtful pieces on such subjects as how melting ice caps could create a permanent Superstorm Sandy and how conservative Christians can convince skeptics about climate change.

In my August piece, “6 Ways The Washington Post Could Show It’s Serious About Climate Change,” I called on the Post to “Bring on a full-time science blogger.” I noted that the paper dropped star blogger Ezra Klein, one of their only consistent sources of science-based coverage of climate change. Worse, at the same time they glommed onto the libertarian, confusionist website, The Volokh Conspiracy — which has “promoted conspiracy theories about anthropogenic climate change and the scientists who study it” — and gave them “full editorial control.”

I point that out now to underscore this message to the editors at the Washington Post: You don’t have to “balance” Mooney’s hiring by bringing on a climate science denier — at least not until you get maybe 30 more who, like Chris, understand the science. That’s assuming you want a “Statistically Representative Climate Change Debate” on your pages.

Bottom Line: Kudos to the Washington Post. One down, five more to go:

1. Fact-check op-eds on climate
2. Stop printing comments and letters from climate science deniers
3. End false balance
4. Restore coverage on climate change
5. Put Juliet Eilperin (and/or another top climate reporter) back on the climate beat

The post Washington Post Gets (More) Serious About Climate Change, Hires Chris Mooney To Blog appeared first on ThinkProgress.


How Ebola Sped Out of Control

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 5th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

How Ebola Sped Out of Control
Sun, Dennis, Bernstein & Achenbach, WaPo
Tom Frieden remembers the young woman with the beautiful hair, dyed a rusty gold and braided meticulously, elaborately, perhaps by someone who loved her very much. She was lying facedown, half off the mattress. She had been dead for hours, and flies had found the bare flesh of her legs.Two other bodies lay nearby. Bedridden patients who had not yet succumbed said of the dead, “Please, get them out of here.”

It’s Time to Talk About Serious IRS Reform
Seth Mandel, Commentary

The Ebola Response