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South Korea Ferry Captain Gets 36 Years in Prison

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

South Korea Ferry Captain Gets 36 Years in Prison
The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, was convicted Tuesday of professional negligence resulting in death and sentenced to 36 years in prison for his role in one of the nation’s worst maritime disasters. The ship’s chief engineer received a 30-year sentence after being found guilty of murder. He was steering the ferry when it took a sharp turn and lost its balance; the court specifically found he abandoned two workers who were injured and couldn’t evacuate. Many of those aboard were high school students.


Ethnic Rebel Armies: An Unsolved Myanmar Puzzle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Ethnic Rebel Armies: An Unsolved Myanmar Puzzle
In two years between Obama trips, Myanmar’s hope of solving ethnic conflicts turns to doubt.

China and U.S. Unveil Ambitious Climate Change Goals
The two giants plan to reduce greenhouse gases.

California candidate leads in race after death
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A candidate for a seat on a Central California board may win his race, despite having died last month in a small plane crash.


?HHS releases new estimate for 2015 Obamacare enrollment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

?HHS releases new estimate for 2015 Obamacare enrollment
New target for enrollment is lower than previous government estimates for Obamacare’s second year

Robert McDonald announces plans to reorganize the VA
A new structure comes in the wake of a scandal at VA hospitals around the country


Bob Schieffer, George W. Bush, And The Echoes Of The Iraq War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Bob Schieffer, George W. Bush, And The Echoes Of The Iraq War

Celebrating its sixtieth anniversary, CBS’s Face The Nation this week touted sit-down interviews with President Obama and former President George W. Bush. As expected, the Obama interview featured more policy questions, as well as queries about the president and the Democratic Party’s recent political failures.

By contrast, Bush, who’s promoting a biography he wrote about his father, was treated to softer questions from host Bob Schieffer, with a strong emphasis on Bush’s family and whether his younger brother Jeb will decide to run for president. Schieffer did raise questions about one key Bush administration decision — Bush’s defining policy of invading Iraq — though the queries seemed rather perfunctory on the CBS host’s part.

There was nothing especially scandalous about Schieffer’s decision to treat the former president differently than he did the sitting president, who, by definition, continues to face pressing issues and grapple with unforeseen crises. And yet, there was something noteworthy about the way Schieffer just tossed off Bush’s answers about the Iraq War and didn’t ask a single obvious follow-up question. The performance nicely captured the double standard that seems to have always existed between Bush and the Beltway press.   

It’s the kind of casual dual standard that’s been in place for so many years, and has become so normal and accepted, that it barely register a response anymore. It’s to the point where most people don’t think it’s odd that Bush’s old golfing buddy is paid to lob him softball questions on a national news program.

It’s true. Bob Schieffer “struck up a golfing friendship with George W. Bush during the 1990s,” according to a 2004 Mother Jones article. Schieffer attended “dozens” of baseball games with Bush and even traveled down to baseball’s spring training season with the future president. In fact, the Face The Nation host once conceded that when it comes to Bush, “It’s always difficult to cover someone you know personally.”

Why the close Schieffer/Bush connection? Because Schieffer’s brother Tom helped make George W. Bush a very rich man. Tom Schieffer and Bush were both part of the ownership group that bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in 1989, and as the team’s president Schieffer played a key role in making that investment a profitable one.(Bush invested $600,000 and earned a $25 million return just nine years later.) Bush then turned around and made Tom Schieffer the U.S. ambassador to Australia and then to Japan.

But these facts haven’t been discussed much in public over the years, and they certainly weren’t emphasized for Schieffer’s sit-down interview with Bush on Face The Nation. (Portions of the interview also aired on CBS Sunday Morning.) Instead, the CBS host allowed Bush to make nonsensical proclamations about the failed Iraq War; a conflict that continues to tax the U.S. Treasury and haunt our national security.


The Other GOP Wave: State Legislatures

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

The Other GOP Wave: State Legislatures
David Byler, RealClearPolitics
Last Tuesday, Republicans made historic gains in the nation’s state legislatures. The GOP now controls 68 out of 98 partisan state legislative chambers — the highest number in the history of the party. Republicans currently hold the governorship and both houses of the legislature in 23 states (24 if Sean Parnell wins re-election in Alaska), while Democrats have that level of control in only seven. Democrats dominated these elections for most of the postwar era, often controlling between 60 and 80 chambers. Three specific factors — the increasing strength of Southern Republicans,…

Obama, Udall and What 2014 Was Really About
Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON – To understand what went wrong for Democrats in the midterm elections, we can look to the Senate race in Colorado, where Barack Obama was first nominated for president. The state went for Obama in 2008 and again in 2012—and until Tuesday it had a Democratic governor and two Democratic senators. Now it will have one Democratic senator, as well as a chastened and only narrowly re-elected governor in a state where the president’s job approval has slipped below 40 percent. Similar results occurred from Georgia to Alaska. This was inevitable because the…

The New South — Black and Conservative
Pat Buchanan, RealClearPolitics
In 1956, 19 Democratic Senators and 82 Democratic House members signed a Southern Manifesto pledging to resist the integration of Southern public schools as ordered by Earl Warren’s Supreme Court. Only two GOP House members, both from Virginia, signed. The American South was as solidly Democratic as it was solidly segregationist. The break in the dam came in a special election in Texas in 1961 to fill the Senate seat of Lyndon Johnson, newly elected vice president. John Tower became the first Republican since Reconstruction to win a Southern Senate seat by popular election. After a raucous…


VIDEO: Home Affairs Committee

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

VIDEO: Home Affairs Committee
MPs hear evidence on historic child abuse.

Referendum vote for 16 year olds
Sixteen-year-olds could be given the vote in a referendum on whether to give Welsh ministers power to vary income tax.

Blair gives Miliband ‘full support’
Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair backs Ed Miliband, saying he was “robust enough” to handle criticism of his performance.


World Briefing: Mali: New Ebola Case Is Confirmed as Response to First Was Wrapping Up

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

World Briefing: Mali: New Ebola Case Is Confirmed as Response to First Was Wrapping Up
Mali, which was just coming to the end of 21-day quarantines for 108 people linked to its first Ebola case, now has a second, the government announced Tuesday.



News Analysis: Xi’s Rapid Rise in China Presents Challenges to the U.S.
President Xi Jinping has bold ambitions at home and abroad and sees China as a peer of the United States.



12 Women Die After Botched Government Sterilizations in India
Dozens more were ill after surgical sterilizations at a government-run camp, where some women are paid in an effort to control population growth.



Captain Gets 36 Years for Deserting Korean Ferry
Lee Jun-seok was convicted of deserting the Sewol as it sank in April, killing 304 people, but the judge rejected the death penalty sought by prosecutors.



100 Years After World War I Began, Europe Remembers Its End
This year, the remembrance was particularly poignant, culminating in months of preparation, exhibits and re-examination of a murderous conflict.




The Netherlands Is Set To Open The World’s First Solar Bike Lane

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

The Netherlands Is Set To Open The World’s First Solar Bike Lane

The road will be designed specifically for bikes, not cars.

The post The Netherlands Is Set To Open The World’s First Solar Bike Lane appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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The Netherlands is opening up the world’s first stretch of road made with solar cells this week. And in keeping with the road’s environmentally-friendly message — and the cycling culture of the Netherlands — the road is built for bikes, not cars.

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research and the Dutch province of North Holland will open a 230-foot stretch of the project, dubbed SolaRoad, on November 12. The stretch of bike lane contains solar cells that are protected by two layers of safety glass and which can generate enough energy to power about three Dutch homes.

That might not seem like much, but the project’s creators are viewing this initial stretch of road as a test — if all goes well, they hope to further test SolaRoads on small roadways and in bike lanes. Over the next three years, researchers will be conducting tests and measurements to determine how much energy the road produces and how it holds up to an onslaught of daily bike commuters. They also hope to extend this initial SolaRoad to 328 feet by 2016.

In general, solar roads don’t produce as much electricity as solar panels do because they can’t be tilted to maximize their exposure to the sun. But unlike solar farms, solar roads don’t require large tracts of land, and they can be located near heavily-populated areas.

The stretch of bike lane connects the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer and is expected to be used by about 2,000 cyclists each day. It’s part of the Netherlands’ overall efforts to scale up its use of renewable energy, a sector in which the Netherlands hasn’t been as successful as some other E.U. countries. The country recently began planning for a 48-turbine wind farm that is expected to be completed by 2016 and will generate enough electricity to power about 160,000 households. The wind farm will contribute to a Dutch goal of having 6,000 megawatts of onshore wind constructed by 2020. One town in the Netherlands is also harnessing the power of the ocean to provide heat to its residents.

But the Netherlands isn’t the only country to begin looking seriously into solar roads. In the U.S., one couple’s Solar Roadways Indiegogo campaign has raised more than $2 million. The campaign aims to replace traditional asphalt roadways with solar roads similar to the one in the Netherlands, with solar panels encased in strong glass that’s designed to withstand heavy cars and trucks. The couple estimates that if every roadway in the U.S. were replaced by a solar road, the roads could cut the U.S.’s greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent.

That full-scale replacement of traditional roads isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, but in the mean time, the Netherlands’ project is a small step forward for the future of solar roads.

The post The Netherlands Is Set To Open The World’s First Solar Bike Lane appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Never Mind ISIS, It’s ISDS That’s the Real Threat

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Never Mind ISIS, It’s ISDS That’s the Real Threat
From: Greg Grandin

The Trans-Pacific Partnership might give corporations the ability to sue countries for “expected future profits.”

Kurt Busch, Ray Rice and How Sports Disseminates the Burdens of Racism
From: Dave Zirin

The ways in which the individual failings of athletes are discussed are profoundly coded by race.

ISIS! Ebola! Obama!
From: Tom Tomorrow

That was a great election.

Stephen Colbert to GOP: Don’t Fall Into ‘the Governing Trap’
From: Leslie Savan

Now that the Republicans will control the House and the Senate, they’re free to strut their stuff and start governing.

History Didn’t Bring Down the Berlin Wall—Activists Did
From: Foreign Policy In Focus

Mass uprisings like the one that brought down the Soviet bloc are neither as rare—nor as spontaneous—as they first appear.


The Rise of Invisible Unemployment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 12th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

The Rise of Invisible Unemployment
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

Fall of the Berlin Wall: Fences to Liberty Still Remain
Brad Lips, IBD

Obama Can’t Govern? Who Knew?
Niall Ferguson, Boston Globe
SOMETIMES POLITICS isn’t all local. There is little doubt that it was President Obama and his administration’s failures that condemned the Democrats to a crushing defeat in both the congressional and gubernatorial contests last week. In particular, the president’s fumbling foreign policy played a key part, in defiance of former House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s rule that “all politics is local.” In a New York Times/CBS poll conducted in September, 58 percent of voters expressed disapproval of Obama’s foreign policy. The previous month, a majority said…

Obama vs. the Internet

Obamacare Lies and Democracy
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary