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One Year Later: Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 Is Still Not Convicted or Released - Shadowproof

One Year Later: Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 Is Still Not Convicted or Released - Shadowproof

One year ago today, supporters of Albert Woodfox were elated when Judge Brady’s ruling on Albert’s criminal case was announced.  It was a THIRD overturning of his conviction!How is it possible that an innocent man, who now stands unconvicted in the eyes of the law, remains locked in a solitary cage while he waits for the State’s endless appeal efforts to play out?How can it be possible that an innocent man, who now stands unconvicted in the eyes of the law, remains locked in a solitary cage while he waits for the State’s endless appeal efforts to play out?  How many more appeals, how many...

September 6, 2019
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Late Night: Fire the Fire Chief? Welcome to Washington - Shadowproof

Late Night: Fire the Fire Chief? Welcome to Washington - Shadowproof

As of last fall I’ve lived in the Washington area fifty years, a bit less than half of them in the Maryland suburbs, then a bit more “in the District,” as we say here. I can attest that the infrastructure of the capital city of the most powerful nation in the history of the world has sufficiently serious problems that an intergalactic visitor might well wonder how the country ever attained that status.Chief EllerbeProbably the most well known of these problems is that the city, and thereby the federal government, shuts down if we get more than a few flakes of snow. (You might think the tea...

September 8, 2019
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What Obama Said - And What He Meant - About Climate Change, War and Civil Liberties - Shadowproof

What Obama Said - And What He Meant - About Climate Change, War and Civil Liberties - Shadowproof

Norman Solomon translates the State of the Union for us.The words in President Obama’s “State of the Union” speech were often lofty, spinning through the air with the greatest of ease and emitting dog whistles as they flew.Let’s decode the president’s smooth oratory in the realms of climate change, war and civil liberties.For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.We’ve done so little to combat climate change — we must do more.I urge this Congress to get together, pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change…Climate change is an...

September 10, 2019
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Francois Hollande to Drop Russian Sanctions. Says Putin “doesn’t want to annex eastern Ukraine.” - Shadowproof

Francois Hollande to Drop Russian Sanctions. Says Putin “doesn’t want to annex eastern Ukraine.” - Shadowproof

When did Hollande wake up and smell the espresso? Putin has been saying that from day one, interview after interview. He said that Ukraine was an economic basket case and Russia had already thrown $30 billion down Ukraine’s black hole over the past 24 months. What had been on the table was Ukraine joining the Russian Customs Union, but as for Ukraine becoming part of Russia, Putin said from the beginning that Russia was not in a position, economically, to absorb Ukraine. That message from Putin never changed. His only suggestion after the coup and ensuing civil unrest was that the largely...

September 10, 2019
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Democrats' Dark Money Group Holds Secretive Meeting With Fracking Industry - Shadowproof

Democrats' Dark Money Group Holds Secretive Meeting With Fracking Industry - Shadowproof

American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) is the lead lobby group for the fracking and shale industry.Last week in Washington DC, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s political dark money group met with corporate funders at the DC headquarters of the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). ANGA is the lead lobby group for the fracking and shale industry, with a budget of $69 million in 2012. is called newDEAL, which describes itself as a “national network searching the country for state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives to help them share their innovative ideas.”I found out...

September 10, 2019
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Executive Orders: A Fair Ranking of Presidents From Least Active to Most Active - Shadowproof

Executive Orders: A Fair Ranking of Presidents From Least Active to Most Active - Shadowproof

Lately, Republicans have been riding the hobby horse of charging the President with being a dictator. Well clearly he is not that, or he would have had them imprisoned, or worse, a long time ago. On the other hand, the President’s hands are far from clean when it comes to activities like illegal surveillance of Americans, drone strikes without due process, collusion of the Government with local authorities to repress Occupy exercising its rights of free speech and assembly, and failure to enforce the law with reference to torture of prisoners, and control frauds in the FIRE sector.Have I...

September 10, 2019
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Ten Reasons Why the Chained CPI Is Terrible Policy - Shadowproof

Ten Reasons Why the Chained CPI Is Terrible Policy - Shadowproof

Now that Christmas is over, President Obama and Speaker Boehner will soon resume talks to cut Social Security as part of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Here are ten reasons why the chained CPI–the Social Security cut they are considering–is terrible policy.I spoke about this with David Shuster on last Saturday’s Take Action News. Check out the video of our discussion . Then, subscribe to on YouTube. It’s free.1. Chained CPI is a significant benefit cut that compounds over time, hitting late old-age beneficiaries and the long-time disabled hardest. For a worker with average earnings...

September 18, 2019
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Bangladesh Garment Workers & the Fight for Social Security - Shadowproof

Bangladesh Garment Workers & the Fight for Social Security - Shadowproof

Are Americans willing to go as far to fight austerity?There is predictable bad news on Social Security, that despite opinion polls showing overwhelming opposition to them, and overwhelming support for adjusting the income cap (can you believe it, there’s a damn regressive taxation income cap!) if we need more revenue. But don’t forget the (related!) good news. Bangladeshi garment workers worked hard after the preventable fire/catastrophe that killed 1100 last April, worked angry, got in the streets and closed them down, shut down factories, and so they have achieved, so far, a :Bangladesh’s...

September 18, 2019
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Godspeed to Yellowstone Female Wolf 832F and Her Friend Wolf 754 - Shadowproof

Godspeed to Yellowstone Female Wolf 832F and Her Friend Wolf 754 - Shadowproof

“The wolf exerts a powerful influence on the human imagination. It takes your stare and turns it back on you.”~ Barry LopezFrom the New York :Yellowstone National Park’s best-known wolf, beloved by many tourists and valued by scientists who tracked its movements, was shot and killed on Thursday outside the park’s boundaries, Wyoming wildlife officials reported.The wolf that researchers called 832F, left, was shot on Thursday. The alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack, she wore a tracking collar. The wolf with her, known as 754, was killed last month.The wolf, known as 832F to researchers,...

September 18, 2019
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What is Socialism? Look No Further Than Your Public Library - Shadowproof

What is Socialism? Look No Further Than Your Public Library - Shadowproof

Warder Public Library, Springfield, OH (photo: Cindy Funk / flickr)My wife, Disgusted in Euclid, actually came up with this, not I. She was saying that a lot of people confuse socialism with things like Stalinism and Maoism because of about a century of propaganda broadcast not only by capitalists, but by the old Communists themselves. “You want to see socialism in action? Go to the public library,” she said.She’s right.The public library is funded by everyone in the community one way or the other. In Ohio, it’s a combination of local property, sales, or income taxes supplemented by the...

September 5, 2019
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