Archive | October, 2012

Storm provides Obama with a commander-in-chief moment

31 Oct

In a campaign notable mostly for its negativity, the historic storm provided Obama with a commander-in-chief moment a week before Election Day. The president gained a rare moment of bipartisan praise, with Democratic and Republican governors alike commending the performance of the federal government. And the storm put on pause, for now, the sense that rival Mitt Romney had all the momentum in the home stretch.

 

READ MORE;  http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/storm-provides-obama-with-a-commander-in-chief-moment/2012/10/30/5e645952-22c2-11e2-ac85-e669876c6a24_print.html

Republicans say climate change isn’t real?

30 Oct

Perhaps, if you are in your 60s or 70s or 80s, Sandy’s destructive forces are a once in your lifetime event. But younger generations—those of us in our fifties, and our children—will likely be looking at flooded coastal cities, devastated infrastructure, blownout power, and storm surges for the rest of our lives.

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/10/30/will-we-be-seeing-more-superstorms/#ixzz2ApMg3HR6

Election 2012 | Study: Half of us are bigots

30 Oct

In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.

 

read more;  http://www.courier-journal.com/viewart/20121027/NEWS0106/310270133/Election-2012-Study-Half-us-bigots

MITT’S PLAN FOR DISASTERS

29 Oct

It’s probably not a coincidence that record-breaking Sandy is here just after the warmest September recorded and in the midst of the warmest decade ever recorded. It almost certainly represents the “new normal” in this hostile-weather new world. Which makes how we as citizens respond to these “Franken-storms,” mile-long tornados, and levee-busting floods all the more important.

 

READ MORE;  http://truth-out.org/news/item/12398-why-republicans-are-turning-their-chainsaws-on-fema

A Part-Time Life

29 Oct

While there have always been part-time workers, especially at restaurants and retailers, employers today rely on them far more than before as they seek to cut costs and align staffing to customer traffic. This trend has frustrated millions of Americans who want to work full-time, reducing their pay and benefits.

 

READ MORE; http://truth-out.org/news/item/12368-a-part-time-life-as-hours-shrink-and-shift

OUR BROKEN HEALTHCARE

29 Oct

If anybody ever tells you we can’t afford health care for everybody, consider the following: Every other wealthy country in the world provides health care for all at an average of about half the per-person cost in the United States.

 

READ MORE; http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/12372-health-care-waste-deconstructed-patients-arent-the-problem

WELCOME TO WACKO WORLD

29 Oct

The safest city in America is rocked by news of a nanny who allegedly killed her young charges, ages 6 and 2, and a police officer accused of conspiring to kidnap, torture, roast alive, and eat women.