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ocean acidification Archives - Shadowproof

ocean acidification Archives - Shadowproof

Global collaboration among scientists is critical to developing new ways to measure and mitigate the damage caused by ocean acidification, experts urge.

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Pat Robertson thinks the President has a few loose screws regarding Iraq. Apparently he thought he could wage war without anyone dying — is he crazy?: “The founder of the U.S. Christian Coalition said Tuesday he told President George W. Bush before the invasion of Iraq that he should prepareTommy Thompson thinks old folks shouldn’t stand in lines waiting for the vaccine. Well, Congress doesn’t have to. Susan Walsh, AP The WP reveals that — surprise — flu vaccines are plentiful in the Capitol, and available to all. This of course, is in conflict with what both the PresidentWTF?! Cheney:...

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Sully‘s still not willing to vote for Bush, even though he’s not liking Kerry much at all. I’m surprised he’s not wavering more actually. “There are two Kerrys in my mind (and about a few hundred other ones in Kerry’s). One is Carter-Redux: former military peacenik, paralyzed by indecision, unableThis is why it is easy to see either 1) A Bush cut and run decision if he’s elected, or 2) a return of the draft. This truly makes you want to cry for your country. From the New Zealand Herald: Where to find the extra troops to fight aOh. my. god. Donald Rumsfeld is such a disgrace. You have to...

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prison Archives - Page 2 of 5 - Shadowproof

prison Archives - Page 2 of 5 - Shadowproof

A conversation between Brian Sonenstein and Mary E. Buser, author of “Lockdown on Rikers” about solitary confinement and mental health on NYC’s jail island.Despite increasing state-level legalization, someone in the U.S. is arrested for marijuana possession about once every minute.New York City’s Board of Correction voted on Tuesday to delay the elimination of solitary confinement for young adults until the end of February 2016.Although a court just ruled that Albert Woodfox could be retried, Judge James L. Dennis objected to the years of torture the state has put Woodfox through.In a new...

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The Bosox are in the World Series. They were, indeed a miracle team in the playoffs. I didn’t watch, incidentally, even though I am a generally a Yankee fan (my heyday of fandom was the ’77-78 team). However…I am a firm believer in the curse. And I fully expect forThe Election could tip balance of Supreme Court. But we all know that. It’s why Bush cannot be elected. It’s too frightening a concept, since it looks like between one and four may retire. If hardliners are appointed, we can kiss several things goodbye — abortion rights, gay rights, privacyThe Big Dog is back. Clinton, still in...

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Common Dreams Archives - Shadowproof

Common Dreams Archives - Shadowproof

Mama Ayesha’s is a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C. Until recently, the side of the restaurant featured a mural that depicted the restaurant’s founder, dressed in her traditional Palestinian garb, embracing the nation’s presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama. Only recently, there’s been a new addition to the mural: someone shot the crotches of all the presidents with red paint.‘We know the forces pushing the job-killing TPP won’t stop here, and they should know, neither will we,’ says Democracy for America By Deirdre Fulton Update (3 pm EDT): In what was immediately...

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Black Friday Archives - Shadowproof

Black Friday Archives - Shadowproof

Chicago Police chief Garry McCarthy has been fired after evidence of a police cover-up of Laquan McDonald’s death lead to widespread Black Friday protests.

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Kit OConnell
Jan 17
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Mama Ayehsha's Archives - Shadowproof

Mama Ayehsha's Archives - Shadowproof

Mama Ayesha’s is a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C. Until recently, the side of the restaurant featured a mural that depicted the restaurant’s founder, dressed in her traditional Palestinian garb, embracing the nation’s presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama. Only recently, there’s been a new addition to the mural: someone shot the crotches of all the presidents with red paint.

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Jan 17
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How ISIS Oil Flows Through Turkey And Israel On Its Way To Europe

How ISIS Oil Flows Through Turkey And Israel On Its Way To Europe

Published in partnership with .RAQQA, Syria — It’s widely recognized that Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the terrorist group often called IS, ISIS or ISIL in the West) depends on oil sales to fuel its armies. Until recently, it’s been less clear who is buying Daesh’s oil, and how it ends up in their hands.However, recent reports suggest that the oil flows to Europe and Asia through a complex process that implicates allies of the United States like Turkey and Israel. The U.S. is also facing increasing criticism for its failure to target the terrorist group’s oil infrastructure in a serious...

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Dec 10
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Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood’s Hand In Repairing Israel’s Broken Image

Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood’s Hand In Repairing Israel’s Broken Image

The WikiLeaks archive reveals how some of Hollywood’s top players want to combat the negative publicity of last summer’s brutal war on Gaza and link the pro-Palestine movement to anti-Semitism.CULVER CITY, California — A MintPress News analysis of emails contained in reveals how Hollywood executives are working to repair Israel’s public image in the wake of the savage death toll from last summer’s Operation Protective Edge offensive against Gaza. This includes a proposed documentary which would attempt to tie support for Palestine to anti-semitic violence in Europe and the United States.A...

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Kit OConnell
May 2
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How Should Teachers Handle Violent Students? (Reader Response)

How Should Teachers Handle Violent Students? (Reader Response)

 to The Dissenter’s coverage of a new ACLU lawsuit which alleges :Forgetting about the thug sheriff for a moment — there is a real issue here when children with disabilities in school become violent. My little cousin was victimized constantly by a little girl with disabilities who spat at her and punched her in the face in public. The school said they had no resources to constantly monitor the girl — the only alternative was to home school, My cousin changed schools.Here is an NEA document.I don’t know what the right answer is.Helen shared this document with us:Kevin :It is a very tough...

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VIDEO: Empires & Justice In The Middle East With Viggo Mortensen

VIDEO: Empires & Justice In The Middle East With Viggo Mortensen

The empire continues to crumble, but like most empires, if not all of them, when they go down they don’t go down gracefully. – Viggo MortensenIn of , Laura talks with talented actor and author Viggo Mortenson:This week, Laura and Viggo Mortensen discuss heroes, outlaws, empires and justice in the Middle East.Academy Award-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen has appeared in scores of movies, including The Lord of The Rings, one of the highest grossing film series of all time. What you may not know is he’s also a poet, photographer, musician and painter. He speaks four languages, and he is the...

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Kit OConnell
Jan 28
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DeRay McKesson Archives - Shadowproof

DeRay McKesson Archives - Shadowproof

Three Ferguson protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement recently unveiled Campaign Zero, a set of 10 demands for police reform. Shadowproof readers discussed the possibilities on social media, and while many supported the ideas in the plan, others argued that it doesn’t go nearly far enough.DeRay McKesson: “The movement began one year ago as Brown’s body lay in the street of Canfield Drive here in Ferguson, Missouri, for four and a half hours. It began as the people of St Louis came out of their homes to mourn and to question, as the people were greeted by armed and aggressive...

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Kit OConnell
Jan 12
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nuclear Archives - Shadowproof

nuclear Archives - Shadowproof

Published in partnership with MintPress News. MINNEAPOLIS — MintPress News is proud to host “Lied to Death,” a 13-part audio conversation between famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and social justice activist Arn Menconi. Menconi wrote that these interviews are a “mixture of historical, political science and Dan’s sixty-year scholarly analysis asIndigenous singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie sings, “And me I watched it grow: corporate greed & a lust for gold & coal & oil and, hey, now uranium.”The airwaves are clogged with media pundits and politicians repeat special interest talking...

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Kit OConnell
Jan 11
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Quakers Archives - Shadowproof

Quakers Archives - Shadowproof

The American Friends Service Committee asked young activists, “What would police look like in your community?” What does real peace look like to you?It’s been one year since Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown outside his apartment complex in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Despite superficial changes in the political landscape, people are still being shot by police and community members and activists are still struggling for justice.

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Jan 11
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Richard Nixon Archives - Shadowproof

Richard Nixon Archives - Shadowproof

‘There was pressure to make the war larger’ and ‘nuclear targets were picked’ by the Nixon administration, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower revealed.

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Kit OConnell
Jan 9
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Greg Grandin Archives - Shadowproof

Greg Grandin Archives - Shadowproof

Given that Henry Kissinger has endorsed Hillary Clinton, what does that say about her candidacy and American liberal politics in general?

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Kit OConnell
Jan 9
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Thursday Watercooler

Thursday Watercooler

 Courts and collectors grapple with what makes a "real" Warhol artwork.Hi, y’all. And a special greeting to any government employees monitoring our website. Sorry about your job.Sometimes you have to laugh so that you don’t go insane. Here’s They Might Be Giants “NSA ringtone,” which you can . I also recommend TMBG’s phone app, which is cleverly designed and a nice daily pick-me-up, especially if you remember calling into their old Dial-A-Song hotline (the motto: “Free If You Call From Work!”).If you like Breaking Bad, you might enjoy watching . Though Bryan Cranston did it better, but its...

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Kit OConnell
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Cartoon Friday Watercooler

Cartoon Friday Watercooler

 Are you pondering what I’m pondering? No Pinky, it’s Cartoon Friday, again!Brainy Smurf meets the Brain. Remains of Gargamel discovered by police later that night.Tonight’s selection is “A Pinky and the Brain Christmas” from Pinky and the Brain. This Christmas special aired on December 13, 1995. This episode won a Primetime Emmy award in 1996 for “Ourstanding Animated Program.”Pinky and the Brain began as a supporting feature to The Animaniacs, who we should really visit with someday here on Cartoon Friday. The title characters are a pair of lab mice in Acme Labs who have been given human...

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Kit OConnell
Dec 14
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Thursday Watercooler

Thursday Watercooler

Tonight’s musical selection is the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Thanks to MyFDL’s cmaukonen for suggesting this video.. From Slate’s XX Factor:Virginia Johnson, a trailblazing sex researcher whose study of human sexuality spanned five decades, died Wednesday at age 88. In 1957, Johnson was a twice-divorced mother of two with no college degree. Then, St. Louis OB-GYN William Masters plucked her from his hospital’s secretarial pool and asked her to provide a female perspective to his pioneering studies of the human body during sex. Johnson initially...

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Kit OConnell
Jul 26
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Tuesday Watercooler

Tuesday Watercooler

 Tonight’s musical selection is “Long Island Iced Tea, Neat” from The Coup, on their album Sorry to Bother You.Coming soon to a big box store near you.Social media is buzzing because  Slate reports:For that angsty high schooler in your life, Walmart is now . Most ironically, one print is titled, ‘…Apparently, a third-party vendor sold the prints to Walmart, which in turn thought nothing of selling ripped off versions of the most famous anti-consumer street artist in the world. LAist  from a Walmart rep:‘These items are sold through our Marketplace third-party sellers Wayfair and PlumStruck....

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Kit OConnell
Dec 4
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