Thursday, February 28, 2013

World agriculture suffers from lack of wild bees | The Raw Story

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Climate scientists: Carbon dioxide rose along with temperatures that ended the Ice Age | The Raw Story

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/28/climate-scientists-carbon-dioxide-rose-along-with-temperatures-that-ended-the-ice-age/

Radical Reading: The Progressive Dr. Seuss

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Scalia Legislates From the Bench, Contemptuously Dismisses Congress on Passage of Voting Rights Act

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Antonin Scalia finally came out of the closet and admitted that he legislates from the bench. In oral arguments about the Voting Rights Act, he asserted that he could clairvoyantly assert that Congress was wrong in overwhelmingly passing it.

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Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty to Leaking Secret Government Documents, Will Serve 20 Years in Prison

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Conservatives Regret Taking Woodward's "Threat" Story Seriously

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Sotomayor, Kagan Face Down Scalia

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The Separation of Profit and State

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Returning Servicewomen are Fastest Growing Segment of Homeless Population

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Congressional Inquiry Into Prosecution of Adam Swartz Widens

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The Tower That Toppled a Terrible Technology

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Radical Reading: The Progressive Dr. Seuss

Peter Dreier, Truthout: Generations of progressive activists may not trace their political views to their early exposure to Dr. Seuss, but without doubt this shy, brilliant genius played a role in sensitizing them to abuses of power.

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Secret Service Refuses Truthout's Request for Documents on Aaron Swartz

Jason Leopold, Truthout: The Secret Service refused to release documents to Truthout on the deceased internet activist, Aaron Swartz. The agency cited the "open" investigation, but then backtracked this week and said it will now reopen our FOIA case.

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In Victory for Obama, House Backs Domestic Violence Law

Ashley Parker, The New York Times News Service: In a vote of 286 to 138, the House passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday.

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It's 1948 Again - Wake Up!

Thom Hartmann, The Daily Take: Today, the battle lines are drawn in a similar way as they were in 1948 and 1932: Millions of Americans are struggling to survive and to get a proper education.

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Boots on Campus: Yale Flap Highlights Militarization of Academia

Kelley B. Vlahos, AntiWar.com: Yale is being accused of inviting military intelligence to campus to hone their wartime interrogation techniques on the local non-white population.

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North Korea and the United States: Will the Real Aggressor Please Stand Down?

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Truthout: "Without the context of history and current events, the actions of North Korea look insane, but when put in context we find that the United States is pushing North Korea on this path."

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Justice Antonin Scalia Describes Key Provision in Voting Rights Act as a "Perpetuation of Racial Entitlement," and More

By Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Show: In today's On the News segment: During oral arguments about Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Justice Antonin Scalia described the key provision as a "perpetuation of racial entitlement"; Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said our national unemployment rate won't be coming down any time soon; Royal Dutch Shell has announced they're suspending their drilling operations in Alaskan waters for the remainder of 2013; and More.

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Paul Krugman | I Became an Orthodoxy, All on My Own

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Paul Krugman calls for a temporarily relaxed attitude toward deficits as long as the economy remains depressed and monetary policy is up against the zero lower bound.

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"Homeland Security": The Trillion-Dollar Concept That No One Can Define

Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer, TomDispatch: If you hear the phrase "homeland security," watch out: Your long-term safety may be at risk.

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Resistance Fighter St├ęphane Hessel Has Died

Lina Sankari, l'Humanite: Resistance fighter, deportee, diplomat and co-author of the Declaration of Human Rights St├ęphane Hessel died during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday at the age of 95 years.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

York Township Elections

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Henry A. Giroux | The Politics of Disimagination and the Pathologies of Power

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BuzzFlash

Blacks Decimated by Wall Street Subprime Mortgage Scam: Income Disparity With Whites Triples

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Despite the re-election of a black president, the gap in economic assets between African-Americans and whites continues to grow.

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Bloomberg: US Subsidy to Wall Street = the Amount of Sequester Cuts ($83 Billion in 2013)

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Matt Taibbi | Sequestration Cuts Crisis Makes Me Want to Strangle Both Sides

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Rahm on the Ropes

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Argo: What the CIA Doesn't Want You to Know

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Dozens of Big US Companies to Back Gay Marriage

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Medicaid Coverage for Abortion Care Elusive Even in States Where It Is Legal

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Henry A. Giroux | The Politics of Disimagination and the Pathologies of Power

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: A look at the images, institutions, discourses and other entities which undermine our capacity for historical memory, ethical action, agency and collective resistance.

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GM Seeds and the Militarization of Food - and Everything Else

Jon Letman, Truthout: Indian physicist and philosopher, activist and ecofeminist pioneer Vandana Shiva talks about GMOs, the militarization of agriculture, the politics of occupation and the primacy of biodiversity.

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Justices Turn Back Challenge to Broader US Eavesdropping

Adam Liptak, The New York Times News Service: Yesterday, the Supreme Court turned back a challenge to a federal law that broadened the government's power to eavesdrop on international phone calls and emails.

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Our Food Is Being Hijacked by Monopolizing Corporations

Mark Karlin, Truthout: If you are opposed to the corporatization of the food supply, Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, presents a meticulously researched argument for a massive restructuring of a system which allows a few companies to determine what we eat.

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Warren vs. Bernanke: Too Big to Fail?

Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program: One way or another, the rampant corruption on Wall Street needs to stop. That's where Sen. Elizabeth Warren comes in. It's time to stop propping up the banks, and end "too big to fail."

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On Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death, ALEC-Backed Stand Your Ground Laws Remain on Books

Brendan Fischer, PRWatch: One year after the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin, ALEC-backed "Stand Your Ground" gun laws continue to do harm.

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Paul Krugman | The Perils of Hoarding Cash

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Corporations are taking a much bigger slice of total income and are showing little inclination to invest it. They're accumulating piles of cash.

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Will the US Continue to Obstruct Justice for Duvalier's Victims in Haiti?

Dan Beeton, Alexander Main and Jake Johnston, Truthout: The Center for Economic and Policy Research calls on the US to press for the prosecution of "Baby Doc" Duvalier on human rights charges and to stop creating roadblocks to justice.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Chicago Voters Said "No" to the NRA in a Special Primary Election Yesterday, and More

In today's On the News segment: Chicago voters said "no" to the NRA in a special primary election yesterday; as Obama dedicated a new statue honoring civil rights icon Rosa Parks in Washington, the fight for civil rights continues; Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was blatantly dishonest about the cost of Obama's health care plan, and more.

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Former Insiders Criticize Iran Policy as US Hegemony

Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: A new analysis of US-Iran relations, "Going to Tehran," arguably represents the most important work on the subject to be published thus far.

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Finding North...

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Last night on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart interviewed Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson, two filmmakers who have created a documentary on how bad hunger is in the US. The film is called Finding North. Their interview alone was powerful enough to make me want to go see this documentary. The film is coming out in theaters and on-demand at the same time this Friday. Thought you all might be interested. Tried looking for it in the Chicago area, but nothing yet. CD, given Chatt, probably on-demand would be your option.

Links to the Daily Show interview and info on the movie:

Documentarians Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson argue that hunger in America is a solvable problem http://www.thedailyshow.com/

Sundance 2012: 'Finding North' looks at hunger in America http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2012/01/sundance-2012-finding-north-looks-at-hunger-in-america.html

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120066/finding_north

NAW: EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Grassley To Fight For Wind Energy In Tax Debate

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Exclusive: Sen. Grassley Seeks Fairness For Wind Energy In Tax Debate
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Whether he was working to amend the production tax credit's (PTC) definition or speaking out in favor of wind energy during the U.S. presidential campaign, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has repeatedly found himself in the middle of efforts to extend the wind energy industry's biggest legislative priority. After all, Grassley [read more]
Salazar: Looming Sequestration Threatens Offshore Wind Energy Development
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The progress that offshore wind energy has made thus far in the U.S. could be stymied by cuts made under sequestration, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar said at the Offshore Wind Power USA conference, which is being held in Boston this week. "We have made impressive [read more]
China Maintains Lead In Renewable Energy Attractiveness Index
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China continues to lead the world in Ernst & Young's renewable energy attractiveness indices, which scores 40 countries on the attractiveness of their national renewable energy markets, energy infrastructure and suitability for individual technologies. China's top spot can be attributed to its ambitious capacity targets for this year and an [read more]
Iberdrola Sells Off Polish Wind Energy Assets
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Iberdrola says it has reached an agreement to sell all of its wind power assets in Poland to Polish energy companies Energa Hydro (a subsidiary of Energa) and Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) for approximately 203 million euros. The sale comes just a week after Denmark-based DONG Energy sold its Polish [read more]

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Wind Turbines To Power Nestle Factory In California
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Nestle says it has installed two utility-scale wind turbines on the site of its Nestle Waters North America (NWNA) bottling plant in Cabazon, Calif. The two GE 1.6 MW turbines provide approximately 30% of the electricity needed to power the facility, which produces the company's Arrowhead and Nestle Pure Life [read more]
Alstom Awarded Contract For Massive Offshore Transmission Project
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Transmission system operator TenneT has awarded a contract to Alstom for the DolWin3 offshore transmission project, which connects several North Sea wind farms to the mainland electric grid and has an investment volume of more than 1 billion euros. As the general contractor for TenneT, Alstom will supply and construct [read more]
Miami Hotel Offsets Energy Usage With Wind Power
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The InterContinental Miami Hotel says it is partnering with Greenlight Energy to purchase 16.064 GWh of wind energy this year - enough to offset 100% of the hotel's estimated energy usage for the year. Representatives from the InterContinental say the hotel is the largest green power purchaser in the state [read more]
HHI Wins South Korea's Largest Domestic Wind Turbine Order
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Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HHI) says it will supply 20 of its 2 MW wind turbines for the Yeongam Wind Farm in Jeollanam-do Province, South Korea. HHI will also provide the installation and commissioning, as well as a long-term maintenance agreement. The turbines are scheduled for delivery this July. [read more]

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Availon Nets Maintenance Deal For Three Wind Farms
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Availon says it has signed a 10-year maintenance contract with NIBC European Infrastructure Fund (NEIF) for three wind farms in Germany. The projects - which are located in Schnellin (Sachsen-Anhalt), Helmstedt (Niedersachsen) and Buddenstedt (Niedersachsen), Germany - consist of 19 Vestas V80 2 MW wind turbines, for a total installed [read more]
Strategic Marine Delivers Offshore Installation Vessel
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Strategic Marine, a shipbuilder operating in Singapore and Vietnam, has delivered the Njord Curlew - a crew transfer and service vessel - to Njord Offshore, a U.K. fleet operator that specializes in supply services for the offshore wind energy sector. This is the third of eight vessels that will be [read more]
Bridgewell Resources Forms Renewable Energy Division
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Bridgewell Resources - a wholesale distributor, sales organization and supply-chain manager - has launched a new renewable resources division that will offer wind, solar, biomass and energy-efficiency products. In addition, the division will offer project management, in-house logistics and compliance expertise, flexible financing terms, rebate and incentive administration, and return-on-investment [read more]
Siemens Restaffing Wind Turbine Manufacturing Facilities In Iowa, Kansas
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After the uncertain fate of the production tax credit (PTC) led Siemens to lay off approximately 37% of its U.S. wind energy workforce last year, the company is now in the process of restaffing its operations in Fort Madison, Iowa, and Hutchinson, Kan., company spokesperson Monika Wood confirmed to NAW. [read more]
Brookfield Nets C$450M In Financing For Ontario Wind Farm
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Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners says it has completed a C$450 million financing round for the 166 MW Comber Wind Facility, located in Essex County, Ontario. The project entered commercial operation in fall 2011 and has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority. The senior bonds bear an [read more]
Goldwind Turbines Certified For North American Wind Energy Market
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Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. Ltd. says several of its permanent magnet direct-drive (PMDD) wind turbines have received ETL certification by Intertek. The ETL designation demonstrates compliance with the requirements of widely accepted product safety standards, as determined through independent testing and periodic follow-up inspections by Intertek. Goldwind received [read more]
First Wind To Sponsor Science Competition, Award Scholarships
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Boston-based wind energy developer First Wind will sponsor scholarships and school awards for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) 21st annual Science Bowl. First Wind owns and operates the two phases of the Milford Wind Corridor projects that deliver renewable energy to Los Angeles and several nearby [read more]
Minnesota Utility Issues RFP For 200 MW Of Wind Power
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Northern States Power Co., a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 200 MW of wind energy inside the territory of the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO). The utility says it will accept project proposals for power purchase agreements or for ownership. [read more]
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners Scoops Up Western Wind Energy
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Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners says it has bought up enough outstanding shares to acquire a controlling interest in Western Wind Energy Corp., bringing to an end repeated takeover attempts for the embattled developer. In a $92 million transaction, Brookfield acquired 35.4 million shares of Western Wind through WWE Equity Holdings [read more]
AWEA: Lower-Priced Wind Power Attractive To U.S. Utilities
by NAW Staff, Feb. 22, 2013 email the content item print the content item
U.S. electric utilities are locking in fixed-price contracts for wind power, now more cost-competitive than ever, illustrating the success of the federal production tax credit (PTC) policy in holding down rates for consumers, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). AWEA notes 66 U.S. utilities bought or owned wind [read more]
SgurrEnergy Acts As Technical Adviser For German Offshore Wind Farm
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Renewable energy engineering consultancy SgurrEnergy has completed its technical advisory on wpd's German Butendiek offshore wind farm development, located in the North Sea. SgurrEnergy says its scope of work included assessing construction risk, key financial model parameters, project agreements, interface risk, technology risk and long-term operational issues. The construction phase [read more]

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