“Tell science book publishers not to cave to Texas Board of Education

To all textbook publishers:
Science textbooks should provide our children with the best and most broadly accepted science information. It is unacceptable to cave to right-wing politicians and include religious pseudoscience in your publications.”

PLEASE SIGN - Help Save Endangered Belugas!

The Apache Alaska Corporation has launched a deafening airgun assault as it explores for oil and gas in Cook Inlet, Alaska—home to a struggling population of 312 endangered beluga whales. At close range, the intense noise from airguns can cause injury, hearing loss and even death. Tell the Obama Administration to withdraw its approval for this devastating onslaught before it pushes the last Cook Inlet belugas one tragic step closer to extinction.

Telecommunications is the name of the beast,
That’s eating the world from the West to the East.

The movies, the tabloids,. TV and magazines,
They tell us what to think and do
And make our hopes and dreams.

All this information makes America fat,
But if the company’s out of the country,
How American is that?

We got Americans with families
Can’t even buy a meal.
Ask a brother who’s been
Downsized, if he’s gettn’ any deal.

Or a white boy bustin’ ass,
Till they put him in his grave.
He ain’t gotta be no black boy
To be livin’ like a slave.

Rich people’ve stayed on top, dividing white people from colored people. But white people’ve got more in Common with colored people than rich people. We’re just gonna have to eliminate ‘em.

White people.
Black People, too.
Brown people,
Yellow people.
Get rid of ‘em all.

We need a voluntary, free Spirited,
compatible, open ended program of
procreative racial deconstruction.

Everybody just got to keep fucking everybody
till we’re all the same color.

In New York City, it’s getting harder and harder for innocent people to avoid being stopped and humiliated by police, especially if they’re black or Latino. In 2011 alone, New York police officers stopped, questioned, and often frisked New York City residents and visitors a record 685,724 times, reaching seven times the total of 2002, when Mayor Bloomberg first took office. Between 2002 and 2011, black and Latino residents made up close to 90 percent of the people stopped. About 88 percent of stops—more than 3.8 million—were of innocent New Yorkers. The evidence that New York police officers are racially profiling is piling up, which is why the City Council approved two bills to rein in the stop-and-frisk program. Bloomberg has the opportunity to end his term as mayor on the side of justice, but he continues to defend the woefully misguided, ineffective, and racist program, saying he’ll veto the bills and use his personal fortune to lobby against them. He even suggested that the NYPD doesn’t profile enough, telling a local radio host “I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.” As more and more innocent New Yorkers are stopped by police and as the City Council votes to end the racism of stop-and-frisk, it’s clear that the tide is turning against the program. But if Mayor Bloomberg continues to defend the program, it could prove expensive for the city as lawsuits continue to mount and unjust to the hundreds of thousands of innocent people of color who are stopped. If enough of us demand Bloomberg end the racist stop-and-frisk program and expose it as the failure it has been, we can ensure he understands the choice he makes about his legacy. He can stand on the side of discrimination and prejudice like those who defended segregation in its twilight years, or he can stand on the side of justice and the rule of law. Join me and stand for equality and justice in New York by signing my petition calling for Mayor Bloomberg to end stop-and frisk now. REFERENCES: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-hall-candidates-cite-news-stop-and-frisk-analysis-evidence-bloomberg-faulty-logic-article-1.1389703 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/opinion/reining-in-stop-and-frisk.html?_r=0 http://www.thenation.com/article/175025/end-stop-and-frisk# http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/moment-curb-stop-and-frisk-article-1.1379454 http://www.nyclu.org/node/1598 (PHOTO CREDIT: Flickr user williamaveryhudson)

Nationwide, thousands of homebound seniors will not get a hot meal tonight because Congress has cut funding for Meals on Wheels as part of the sequester.  

These funds are vital because for millions of seniors, Social Security isn’t enough to lift them out of poverty and hunger.  In fact, in the last decade alone there was a 78 percent increase in senior hunger.

Use the form below to send a message to Congress today.

How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link.

"An array of new discoveries in psychology and neuroscience has further demonstrated how our preexisting beliefs, far more than any new facts, can skew our thoughts and even color what we consider our most dispassionate and logical conclusions. This tendency toward so-called "motivated reasoning" helps explain why we find groups so polarized over matters where the evidence is so unequivocal: climate change, vaccines, "death panels," the birthplace and religion of the president (PDF), and much else. It would seem that expecting people to be convinced by the facts flies in the face of, you know, the facts.

Consider a person who has heard about a scientific discovery that deeply challenges her belief in divine creation—a new hominid, say, that confirms our evolutionary origins. What happens next, explains political scientist Charles Taber of Stony Brook University, is a subconscious negative response to the new information—and that response, in turn, guides the type of memories and associations formed in the conscious mind. “They retrieve thoughts that are consistent with their previous beliefs,” says Taber, “and that will lead them to build an argument and challenge what they’re hearing.”

In other words, when we think we’re reasoning, we may instead be rationalizing.”

By signing this petition, I’m urging you to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which raises the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and provides the first increase to tipped employees in more than 20 years. It also indexes the minimum wage to the cost of living.

Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the paychecks of over 30 million workers in the U.S. And the benefits of the increase will reverberate across the economy. According to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will generate $30 billion in economic activity and create 140,000 new jobs over three years.

"Right now, Congress is considering sending heavy weapons to rebels in Syria — and some are even calling for U.S. military intervention in another Middle Eastern conflict.

These weapons could one day be turned against the U.S. and our allies. Instead, we should focus on humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people and diplomatic efforts to end this horrific civil war.”

NYC Job & Training Opportunities for 16+ yrs old

Please circulate these jobs possibilities

Subject: Career Blast - Many listings of various types of job and training opportunities

Check deadlines carefully.


Training Programs


Central Queens YM & YWHA

Who: High School graduates Ages 17-21

What The Central Queens Y located in Forest Hills, Queens is currently interviewing Participants for our Fall 2013 E.V.E. (Educational and Vocational Excellence) Program Cycle of FREE Medical Trainings and Certification, paid summer internships, GED classes if applicable, and onsite work readiness training.



Nurses Aid/Assistant


Phlebotomy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Patient Care Technician

Medical Billing

Where: Central Queens YM & YWHA @ 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375

When: Orientation Starts Date is 9/10/2013


For more information and eligibility requirements please contact :

Brynn McCormick, bmccormick@cqy.org(718) 268-5011 ext. 161

Danielle DeAngelis, DDeangelis@cqy.org (718) 268-5011 ext. 164


Carpenters Recruit Apprentices

Who: Ages 17+

What The New York City District Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Committee will conduct recruitment from August 19, 2013 through August 30, 2013 for openings in the following trades: linoleum, resilient, tile and carpet layer; dock builder/pile driver; carpenter apprentices.

Where: The New York City District Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Committee 395 Hudson Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

· Must be at least 17 years of age at time of application.

· Must have achieved a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (G.E.D.) (original or stamped and sealed) at time of application.

· Must have proof of United States Citizenship or have the legal right to work in the United States at time of application.

· Must be physically able to perform the work as determined by a physical examination. Within thirty (30) days of entrance into the Apprenticeship program all persons may be required to take a physical examination paid for by the JATC.

· Must report to a collection site designated by the JATC for a substance abuse screening within forty-eight (48) hours after a conditional offer has been extended for admission into the Apprenticeship program, paid for by the JATC.

Apply: To obtain an application, individuals must complete a NYCDCC of Carpenters lottery card with their name, address and Social Security Number. Application lottery cards will be availableMonday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the New York City District Council of Carpenters JATC–Labor Technical College at 395 Hudson Street, New York, NY, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. Only the applicant will be allowed to complete an application lottery card. All applicants must provide government issued picture identification.

Note: Completed applications must be filed at 395 Hudson Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014 at the completion of the initial orientation. All applications must be completed in person only. Proof of age, education, and Social Security Card (original) must be presented at time of application.

For more information: Applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or may contact the JATC at 212.727.2224 or check these websites: http://www.labor.ny.gov/http://www.nycdistrictcouncil.com/


The Chinese-American Planning Council - Training in Hospitality

Who: Ages 18+

What The Chinese-American Planning Council, Workforce Development Division, provides a free training program in hospitality careers. The curriculum for this program is from the American Hotel and Lodging Association which is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, students and faculty members, and industry suppliers.

Where: The Chinese-American Planning Council @ 165 Eldridge Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10002

When: This is an 8-week training program, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

· 18 years old and up

· 8th grade reading level

· U.S. work authorized

· High School diploma/GED preferred

Apply: In order to apply, you must attend an orientation which is held every Monday at 9:30 a.m.
165 Eldridge Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10002
Travel directions: Take B/D train to Grand Street or F train to Delancy Street.
No one will be admitted to enter after the time.

For more information:

Chinese-American Planning Council
Workforce Development Division


NPower Free Training

Who: Ages 18-25

What NPower Technology Service Corps is now taking applications for a free Technology Training and Career Development Program! The program offers intensive IT training, a five week internship and Microsoft Office Specialist and/or A+ certifications.

Where: NPower @ 4 MetroTech Center,Ground Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

When: ASAP

Note: Applicants must be between 18 and 25 and have a GED or high school diploma.

Learn More: visit TSC on the web at http://www.npowerny.org/ or email to admissions@npowerny.org


Per Scholas

Who: Ages 18+

What Are you interested in FREE Information Technology Workforce Training. We offer a 15-week training (Bronx & Brooklyn) in troubleshooting and fixing computer operating systems, industry certification (CompTIA A+ and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist), job placement in career-track IT jobs, and 24-month case management and follow-up. Basic qualifications include: age 18 or older, high school graduate, legal NYC resident, genuine interest in working in the IT field, and able to attend classes 9am-4pm Monday-Friday for 15 weeks.

Where: 804 East 138 Street 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY

When: ASAP

Note: Attend orientation in person! No appointment needed. Visit Per Scholas Monday- Thursday @ 9am

Learn More: http://www.perscholas.org/


Job Opportunities


* New Jobs Added Every Week *


New York Career Fair

Who: Ages 18+

What: Career Fairs provide the opportunity to connect face–to-face with recruiters who make hiring decisions and can help you network for other positions within a company. National Career Fairs will present New York Career Fair to give you this valuable opportunity!

When: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

Where: Holiday Inn Midtown @ 440 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019

Note: Attendance is free. Register online and attend the event with several copies of your resume.

For more information: For more information about this career fair, please visit www.ncfairs.com/New_York or call (702) 614-9537


U.S. Census Bureau Field Representatives

Who: Ages 18+

WhatField Representatives. This fall the U.S. Census Bureau will hire over 500 temporary Field Representatives to conduct the New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYC-HVS). This survey is conducted every three years to comply with the City’s rent regulation laws. The Census Bureau has conducted the survey for the City since 1965. Applicants who wish to take the Census test for the NYC-HVS must reside within Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan or the Bronx.

The pay rate for Field Representatives in these areas is $16.92 per hour.

Employment will last about four to six months. Training is paid and employees are reimbursed for travel expenses.


· Over the age of 18

· Pass a background check

· Be a U.S. Citizen

· Pass a written test and two interviews

· All applicants outside of Manhattan are required to have a valid driver’s license and regular access to an insured vehicle.

Where: All five borough

For more information: To learn more about job requirements and qualifications call toll free at 1.800.991.2520 (select option 2 for recruiting) or send an e-mail with your complete address and phone number to: new.york.recruit@census.gov.


Forever 21 Job Fair

Who: Ages 18+

WhatSales Associate and Visual Merchandisers


Wed Aug 14th @ 9am – 4pm

Wed Sept 18th @ 9am – 4pm

Where: Forever 21 @ 49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Note: Apply in person with your resume.

Link: www.forever21.com/careers


Burger King

Who: Ages 18+

WhatTeam member. Burger King sells the best fire-grilled hamburgers in the world. We are looking for Team members who are motivated, team oriented, friendly, dependable and driven to providing excellent guest service!

When: ASAP

Where: Burger King @ 6007 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471

Note: Apply online. AND visit the store with your resume

Link: BKcareers.com


Michaels Art & Crafts

Who: 18+

What: Sales Associate and Cashier. Michaels, the nation’s largest retailer of arts and crafts materials is seeking Cashiers to perform all cash register operations and related customers service duties. You will monitor activities in the front of the store and secure Michaels assets including cash, checks, media and merchandise. The Sales Associate assists the Sales Specialists in the efficient operation of the entire store through product knowledge, and one-on-one interaction with customers.

Where: Michaels Art & Crafts @ 700 Exterior St, Bronx, NY 10451

              Michaels Art & Crafts @ 808 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025

              Michaels Art & Crafts @ 30 Barrett Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302

              Michaels Art & Crafts @ 2795 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314

When: ASAP

Note: Apply online. AND visit the store with your resume.

Link: https://michaels.hua.hrsmart.com/hrsmart/ats/JobSearch/index



Who: 16+

What: Crew. Wendy’s knows that people are its greatest asset; therefore, we strive to maintain a RESPECTFUL work environment. We are constantly working to provide you with a challenging but rewarding work experience and hope that you will come and talk to us. We are proud to provide competitive benefits and pay.


Wendy’s @ 6420 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10309

Wendy’s @ 1761 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303

Wendy’s @ 141 East Service Road, Staten Island, NY 10314

When: ASAP

Note: Apply online. AND visit the store with your resume

Link: http://jobs.wendys.com/s/jobs/Restaurant-and-Food-Service/Xgsp-cl289476-jf40


Steak n Shake

Who: 16+

What: Grill Associates and Cash/Counter Server. The Steak n Shake concept is proven, successful, and poised for remarkable growth - the kind of growth that can accelerate your career like nothing else. We currently have over 500 locations in 21 states and our plan is to grow nationwide - imagine what that kind of growth can mean to your career. If you’re ready to make your mark you’re ready for Steak n Shake

Where: Steak n Shake @ 1695 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

Note: Apply in person with your resume.


The Home Depot

Who: 17+

What: Lot Associate, Cashier, Freight Team Associates and Sales Associate. One of the many values our employees share is genuine respect for one another. Our employees are encouraged to express themselves as individuals and apply their own experiences to better serve our customers. There’s nothing quite like using your skills and expertise to help someone bring their vision to life. Do you have what it takes to wear the orange apron?


The Home Depot @ 980 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10025

The Home Depot @ 124-04 31st Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354

The Home Depot @ 1806 E Gunhill Road, Bronx, NY 10469

The Home Depot @ 5700 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11234

The Home Depot @ 2970 Cropsey Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214

The Home Depot @ 579 Gateway Drive, Brooklyn, NY 11239

The Home Depot @ 550 Hamilton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

The Home Depot @ 131-35 Avery Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355

The Home Depot @ 40 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

The Home Depot @ 600 Exterior Street, Bronx, NY 10451

The Home Depot @ 2501 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10303

The Home Depot @ 545 Targee Street, Staten Island, NY 10304

The Home Depot @ 2560 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, NY 10465

The Home Depot @ 585 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

The Home Depot @ 92-30 168th Street, Jamaica, NY 11433

The Home Depot @ 13220 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434

The Home Depot @ 2750 Veterans Road West, Staten Island, NY

When: ASAP

Note: Apply online. AND visit the store with your resume

Link: http://careers.homedepot.com/find-your-fit/retail.html


Citi Bike 
Who: 17+
What: Become a part of the Citi Bike team!
Apply: Please see the list of available positions below. Job descriptions and instructions on how to apply can be found via the website: http://citibikenyc.com/jobs
If you are interested in the Outreach and Events Ambassadors role, apply TODAY! Interviews for these positions begin next week.


Civil Service Job Announcement


* Most Civil Service jobs require you to take an exam!!! And pay an application fee*


School Safety Agent 
Filing Period: 8/1 – 8/31
What: School Safety Agents patrol designated areas of school buildings and surrounding areas; identify and prevent infiltration of unlawful or prohibited items through scanning; give routine information to visitors and direct them to the proper personnel and offices; request identification of, and remove from the premises, any unauthorized persons; aid sick and injured persons and call for medical, police or fire assistance, when needed; notify supervisors of all emergency incidents and complete any related documentation; respond to altercations between students and other persons, and attempt to separate the involved persons and resolve conflicts; maintain records of persons entering and leaving buildings; monitor security camera systems to ensure facility entrances are secure; identify persons violating Department of Education Rules and Regulations; apprehend persons violating the Penal Law and notify the proper administrative personnel; prepare reports and testify in regard to these violations at Superintendent’s or Principal’s hearings and/or in court; monitor and use radios to request assistance from co-workers; may operate motor vehicles; and  perform related work.

• Be twenty-one years of age or older,

• A citizen of the United States,

• A resident of New York City,

• have no record of convictions for any felony or for any serious offense against public safety (as defined in the New York State Penal Law),

• If discharged from military service, the discharge must not have been dishonorable, and

• be of good moral character

• High School Diploma

Exam Announcement: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/noes/201404307000.pdf


Motor Vehicle Operator 
Filing Period: 8/1/13 – 6/30/14
What: Motor Vehicle Operators, under supervision, operate motor vehicles such as passenger cars, ambulettes, vans, hearses, trucks, wreckers, forklifts, tractor-trailer trucks and sign-erecting trucks. In a small garage, they may dispatch personnel, motor vehicles and equipment. Motor Vehicle Operators may drive a truck carrying employees and material to and from work locations or act as a chauffeur for an official. Motor Vehicle Operators check the tires, oil and fuel of the vehicle, replenish fluids as needed, and check to see that the lights, horn and brakes appear to be operating properly. They change tires or wheels; assist in the loading and unloading of materials, equipment and passengers; transport collectors and cases of coin boxes to and from collection areas; operate motorized equipment that is mounted on, or transported by, the vehicle; are responsible for tools, supplies, materials and equipment carried in or on the assigned vehicle; prepare trip reports; and perform related work. In the Police Department, they may operate vehicles which transport inmates to and from detention facilities, police stations and court locations. In the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, they may transport physicians, medicolegal investigators or other passengers to and from death scenes. Employees in this title may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

• A resident of New York City

• NYS Driver License

Exam Announcement: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/noes/201404305000.PDF



For more information on all Civil Services jobs: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/work.shtml


College Info


Antioch College Full tuition scholarship for all four years!! 
Who: Seniors
What: Antioch College is offering full tuition for four full years for eligible students entering the school in fall 2014. They are similar to CAS in that students get to design their own curriculum and spend time away from campus learning via apprenticeships.

Where: 1 Morgan Pl Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Apply: If you are interested please contact Ummi, Jon or Jay


6th Annual Latino College Fair

Who: High School Students

What: Please save the date for the 6thAnnual Latino College Fair on Saturday, November 23, 2013!On that day, a free “Planning and Paying for College Workshop” and College Fair will be held at Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus in Bronx, New York. The event will feature an afternoon full of college information important to the Hispanic community and more, including:


·          “Planning and Paying for College” workshop with a panel of financial aid experts;

·         College Fair with 50+ private (not-for-profit) colleges and universities in New York represented;

·         Ask the Financial Aid Experts” available during the Fair


The “Planning and Paying for College” workshop will help your students and their families understand the financial aid process and programs. It will cover college affordability, including explanations of grants and scholarships plus financial aid forms, terms and deadlines.  There will be a number of college financial aid professionals available to answer questions during a panel session following the presentation. Spanish translation will be provided.


The College Fair will allow students to speak with college admission representatives from a wide variety of independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities in the state.

Where:  Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus in Bronx, New York

When: November 23, 2013

Note: If you have questions, please call Sabra-Joi Dingman at 518-436-4781


Special Interest Activities


Who:  Age 25 or younger 
What: DoSomething.org
 gives out Seed Grants of $500 once a week to youth ages 25 and under working on a community action project or program. We are one of the only organizations that puts money directly into the hands of young people, our community action grants help turn dream projects into a reality and take existing projects to the next level. Past grantees have used the money to create a community-run organic farm, publish a youth-written literary magazine for women of color, and even create an organization that teaches sick kids how to fly. The Do Something Grants program isn’t just about giving money though. Through our monthly alumni calls, newsletters, Boot Camps and online content we provide our grant winners with the skills to grow and sustain their projects.
When: Since grants are given out once a week, there is no deadline to apply; youth will be notified whether or not they have won within 2-3 months after submission.

Where: NYC

Apply: http://www.dosomething.org/thumbwars

For more information: http://www.dosomething.org/grants/faq


New 42 Apprentice Program

Who: Must be enrolled in school

What: The New 42 Apprentice Program gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the business of running a nonprofit performing arts organization that presents theater, dance, puppetry, circus, opera, and music from all over the globe and close to home. In addition to providing hands-on involvement in the business of running a nonprofit performing arts organization, these paid employment opportunities also include weekly seminars and workshops on such topics as professionalism, interview skills and resume writing.


Fall Term (College): September 24 - December 13, 2013

The program operates for 12-week terms during the fall, spring and summer. Work schedules are flexible between the hours of 10am and 6pm, Monday through Friday; Apprentices are paid for 18-20 hours of work per week.

Where: 229 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Apply: Download applications https://secure.newvictory.org/education/apprentice_app_col.aspx

For more information: Contact us at ApprenticeProgram@New42.org or 646.223.3096

Deadline: August 28th


Don’t Let Hungary go the way of Nazi Germany! Demand EU Action today!

Blink and you’ve missed it: Hungary is no longer a democracy.

President János Áder has just signed away the rights of all that was left of Hungary’s opposition parties after years of gutting legislative powers, crippling the free press, and eliminating all mention of a “republic” in the country’s constitution.

If this trend doesn’t sound familiar, here’s something to jog your memory: along with criminalization of the homeless and attacks on women and the LGBT community, Hungary’s seen ahorrific spike in state-sanctioned antisemitism and racism, including the decoration of three men known for their connection to the pro-Nazi Arrow Cross Party.

We’ve seen the steps Áder’s taken before. We know these signs. And while the European Union continues to stay silent, the situation for women, ethnic minorities and religious groups in Hungary becomes deadlier by the second.

Please, join us in calling on the member states to act on Article VII of the EU Treaty, which demands they intervene to prevent any state from being robbed of its democratic freedoms. We still have time to stop Áder’s men from stripping Hungary’s people of more rights and protections —but we cannot afford to stay silent for long!

Meet Art Robinson.

“Robinson, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry, has marketed himself for the last three decades as an expert on everything from nuclear fallout to AIDS to climate science.

On nuclear waste: “All we need do with nuclear waste is dilute it to a low radiation level and sprinkle it over the ocean.

On climate change: “[T]here is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”

On public schools: “Public education (tax-financed socialism) has become the most widespread and devastating form of child abuse and racism in the United States.

On diversity: The white-male imbalance at his alma mater, Cal Tech, Robinson argued, was due to the fact that “its applicants are weighted toward those who seek severe, difficult, total-immersion training in science—an experience few women and blacks desire.”

"Bill Mahr was saying last night - if you’re wondering how North Carolina a state that was trending blue and voted for Obama in 2008 could pass the most restrictive, conservative laws in the country you can thank Citizen United for allowing mega-rich men like Art Pope ("he’s a koch brother from another mother") to donate unlimited amounts of cash to push this kind of fascist legislation through.  

Pope and his influential political machine first got national attention in 2010. That was the year that Pope, who for years had poured millions into funding conservative causes and backing GOP candidates, added a third piece to his state political empire: outside spending groups.

As Facing South reported, three Pope-backed organizations accounted for 75 percent of the outside money that flooded into North Carolina’s legislative races, helping propel Republicans to a historic takeover of the General Assembly.”

The Billionaires Tea Party - The Tea Party movement has taken American politics by storm. But is this truly a populist uprising or one of the greatest feats of propaganda ever seen?

Seeking to find out, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham embeds himself in the Tea Party uprising. From men sporting tri-corner hats in Louisville Kentucky (the movement takes name from a key event in the American revolution) to 100,000 placard waving patriots in Washington D.C. ‘taking our country back’ from Obama’s ‘communist’ regime. But who are generals of this army?

Enter brothers Charles and David Koch. Oilmen, billionaires 20 times over and on a mission to create a privatized America. For three decades they’ve unwritten a propaganda war, funding fake grassroots groups (branded ‘astroturf’ by opponents) to dupe citizens into protesting on behalf of some of Americas most powerful people and corporations. As Taki infiltrates one such group, Americans For Prosperity, he captures David Koch beaming as operatives report running Tea Party events all over the country.

Weaving together commentary from propaganda experts and political insiders with unprecedented footage, The Billionaires’ Tea Party follows astroturf groups Americans For Prosperity and Freedomworks coopting the movement from day one. As the Koch’s extreme vision of free market capitalism is woven into that cherished American spirit of individual freedom, the patriotic Tea Partiers are guided to oppose key elements of the Obama agenda. Witness hysterical scenes as a proposed Health Care bill is reframed as Soviet style ‘socialised medicine’. Follow industry-funded spin doctors and scientists dismissing Obama’s climate bill a liberal conspiracy to control peoples lives and destroy the economy. See the cosy relationship between Koch operatives and Fox News. Come undercover as Tea Partiers are indoctrinated into equating their own interests with those of corporate America. Finally, see the stunning culmination at the 2010 elections as fully 1/3 of those elected are Tea Party endorsed candidates out to make Koch’s dream a reality.

With America now facing a new era of budget-slashing union-busting politics, The Billionaires’ Tea Party is both a journey through a unique moment in American history and chilling portent of the corporate takeover of democracy.

 STAND YOUR GROUND LAWS and how they influenced the Zimmerman jury. This defense was not implicitly used in the trial…because it is already the LAW IN FLORIDA. The judge reminded the jury of these laws before they deliberated the case. Do NOT be fooled into thinking otherwise! THIS LAW MUST BE REPEALED! IT IS A LICENSE TO KILL!


Each year endangered North Atlantic right whales are found dead along the East Coast showing the gruesome effects of ship strikes — crushed skulls, severed tails and deep, broad propeller wounds. With only 450 of these great creatures left in the world, killing just a few of them may threaten their chance for survival. Ship strikes are one of the biggest threats to right whales.


"ALEC Agenda Tips the Scales of Justice to Help Corporations Win - At least 71 bills introduced in 2013 that make it harder for average Americans to access the civil justice system resemble "models" from the American Legislative Exchange Council, or "ALEC," according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of ALECexposed.org."

"Just ahead of the July 4 holiday, the far-right North Carolina Senate cleared sweeping anti-abortion measures. The measures were added late last night, without alerting the public, to the anti-Sharia House Bill 695–dubbed the Family, Faith and Freedom Protection Act—which prohibited ‘foreign laws’ from being implemented in North Carolina. The bill passed today by a vote of 27 to 12 along party lines, as hundreds of assembled protestors shouted, “Shame! Shame!”

Modeled after the Texas anti-abortion legislation that Wendy Davis famously filibustered last week, the bill will force all but one of North Carolina’s 36 abortion clinics to close.”

We’re failing to provide the quality education that we could easily afford to make free for everyone.  The $1.1 trillion in current student debt is less than the $1.2 trillion the U.S. government spends on war and war preparation in a single year.

Doubling interest rates is a disgrace. The solution goes beyond undoing this latest damage. Take action at the link.


Congress’ inaction is doubling the interest rate on student debt.  Send them this message now:

Deric Lostutter, who helped bring to light the evidence of the horrific rape in Steubenville, is being charged for hacking that evidence, which could put him in jail for 10 years — longer than the two years the rapists are serving. This is a miscarriage of justice. Speak out now.


"This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. Tell the Department of Justice: Don’t prosecute Deric Lostutter. Click here to sign the petition automatically."

Who should be punished: rapists, or the people who bring their crimes to light?

When prosecutors in Steubenville, Ohio, were dragging their feet in the case of a horrific rape and cover-up, it was national outrage — fueled by the public release of photos and video showing high school football players carrying the victim in an intoxicated state, and laughing about the incident — that finally pushed them to action.

But now, the person who helped expose and publicize the pictures and video from that awful incident in Steubenville, and forced authorities to prosecute the rapists, could get 10 years in prison for his role in bringing this evidence to light. Shockingly, this is a longer sentence than will be served by the convicted rapists themselves.