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Kids in prison - "Juvenile in Justice" photo project captures kids behind bars




North Carolina NAACP President Rev Dr William Barber on Fight for Voting, Civil Rights in NC

Posted by limpyhobbler | Tue Sep 4, 2012, 11:36 PM (4 replies)

U.S. Trade Rep Confident About Trans-Pacific Partnership

SINGAPORE–The top U.S. trade negotiator said he doesn’t see plans for an Asia-only trade pact that would bind China and Japan to other economies throughout the region as a threat to U.S. economic interests.

Instead, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said he wants to accelerate efforts to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which includes a handful of Southeast Asian countries but excludes China and Japan, at least for now.

“I am reasonably confident we’ll get the TPP finished before the [Asia-wide free trade zone] comes into being” Mr. Kirk said in a telephone interview Sunday, even though discussions about a free trade area across Asia have gathered momentum recently.

Mr. Kirk spoke from Hanoi, where he met with Vietnamese officials after taking part in a meeting of economic chiefs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia.

And another good read from the Democratic Party platform:
TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade agreement makes it into the Democratic Party Platform

It's official.
Posted by limpyhobbler | Tue Sep 4, 2012, 02:00 PM (5 replies)

TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade agreement makes it into the Democratic Party Platform

Celebrate "free trade" fans!

...Free and Fair Trade. We have also sought to promote free and fair trade. Because of the economic dynamism of the Asia-Pacific region, which is already home to more than half the global economy, expanding trade with that region is critical to creating jobs and opportunities for the American people. Building on the free trade agreement with South Korea that President Obama signed, we are working with our partners in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum to create a seamless regional economy, promote green growth, and coordinate regulatory reform. Alongside Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, we are on track to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a historic high-standard agreement that will address new and emerging trade issues, lower barriers to the free flow of trade and investment, increase exports, and create more American jobs. Exploring opportunities to shape the multilateral trading system to reflect the role and responsibility of major emerging markets in the global economy is a critical part of the President’s trade agenda...


Martin Luther King Jr. Speech at 1199 SEIU

Posted by limpyhobbler | Tue Sep 4, 2012, 12:05 AM (0 replies)

Children in the Fields

On this Labor Day, here's a reminder of some the gains and losses we've faced this past year, when it comes to protecting America's child laborers.

via http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002617732

Posted by limpyhobbler | Mon Sep 3, 2012, 11:42 PM (1 replies)

Barbara Ehrenreich - Smile or Die: How Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Undermined America

J Mascis w/ Mike Watt, George Berz

(J Mascis + The Fog)
Posted by limpyhobbler | Sun Sep 2, 2012, 10:01 PM (1 replies)

Fracking in New York Will Lead to More Wastewater Injection Wells in Ohio


Dear Governor Cuomo:

We, the undersigned Ohioans, are writing to request that you oppose shale gas extraction via fracking in all areas of New York, including the Southern tier. Such development would be irresponsible not only for the reasons outlined below, but also due to the lack of infrastructure for proper disposal of fracking waste products within your state.

Because neighboring New Jersey will not accept out of state fracking waste, Ohio becomes a likely target for the disposal of the fluid by-products of fracking. Ohio relies on class II injection wells for disposal of such fluids. In recent years we’ve experienced increasing numbers and magnitudes of earthquakes as a result of this process. A moratorium was issued by our state due to the severity of the issue. Thus, Ohio’s current injection well space is at or over capacity. Should we be expected to receive New York waste, our citizens will be forced to endure many more injection wells in their communities.

We, the undersigned Ohioans join the many other Ohioans opposed to more injection wells in our state. As recently as this month the city of Cincinnati voted unanimously to ban waste injection wells and the NRDC and others submitted comments detailing that the proposed regulations of Ohio injection wells do not meet minimum standards.

We also endorse the following:

1. Letter from eleven national environmental groups collectively representing millions of members nationwide.

2. Coalition letter with more than 22,000 signatories which requests that Governor Cuomo withdraw the Revised Draft SGEIS until 17 documented concerns have been fully resolved.

3. Coalition letter with more than 2,700 signatories that opposes any fracking “Demonstration Project” in the Southern Tier and requests strict enforcement of Executive Order No. 41

Posted by limpyhobbler | Sun Sep 2, 2012, 04:01 PM (3 replies)

Do you support these new drilling permits for Shell to drill off the Alaskan coast?

Seems pretty stupid to me.




Posted by limpyhobbler | Sun Sep 2, 2012, 11:45 AM (9 replies)
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