Saturday, December 24, 2011

SOME NEWS:

 

 Keystone XL Back on Obama’s Desk

Bill McKibben, Op-Ed: “You have patiently and firmly explained to the president for the last six months why this pipeline is a bad idea—and by ‘you’ I mean the twenty top scientists who sent a letter explaining the climate impacts, the ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the dozens of tribal leaders who signed the Mother Earth Accord, the 1253 people who got arrested, the 12,000 who circled the White House, the 500,000 who filed public comments on the plan, the many many more who sent letters and emails and made phone calls to the White House and Congress.” READ  |  DISCUSS  |  SHARE

Economy

Children Face the Recession

As her mother sat in a homeless shelter in downtown Miami, 3-year-old Aeisha Touray blurted out what sounded like a new slogan for the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.

Special Coverage: As we enter Day 97 of the Occupy movements the protests have spread not only across the country but all over the globe. Thousands of activists have descended on Wall Street these past weeks as part of the #OccupyWallStreet protest organized by several action groups. What follows is a live video stream and live Twitter feed of this event. READ  |  DISCUSS  |  SHARE

Richard D. Wolff, Op-Ed: “Europe’s debts — and social tensions swirling around them — are clearly problems. Governments collapsing in Greece, Italy, and Spain show that, among other signs of the obvious. The rating companies’ downgrades of European debt are rather like downgrading the likelihood of good weather while the rest of us are already rushing to close the windows against pouring rain. Still worse are the usual media reports and discussions of the Fitch action.” READ  |  DISCUSS  |  SHARE

Teachers Struggle to Feed Hungry Students in Order to Teach

Aisha Fukushima, Op-Ed: “When students are hungry, they come to class agitated and unable to focus. Often it is hard to complete even the most basic academic exercise or follow classroom directions. Other students get extremely sleepy or might refuse to do the work entirely. Although hunger is one of many factors that plays into this behavior, it has become obvious to many of my colleagues that students without proper nutrition can pose very real challenges to our ability to create a functional learning environment.” READ  |  DISCUSS  |  SHARE

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.