Killing Our Children In The Night

By: Friday October 17, 2014 5:20 pm

In the last ten minutes of his life Vonderrit Myers walked “into a night every parent in America cannot begin to imagine. A night every black person in America knows is coming and that the next one coming could be them–might as well be them–every time they imagine the high caliber bullet shattering his cheek bone, eye socket, aorta . . .”

 

Coal CEO Robert Murray Unearths Lease From Aubrey McClendon’s New Fracking Company

By: Friday October 17, 2014 3:59 pm

DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of a sample hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) lease distributed to Ohio landowners by embattled former CEO and founder of Chesapeake Energy, Aubrey McClendon, now CEO of American Energy Partners.

Elisabeth Radow, a New York-based attorney who examined a copy of the lease, told DeSmogBlog she believes the lease “has the effect of granting American Energy Partners the right to use the surface and subsurface to such a great extent that it takes away substantially all of the rights attributable to homeownership.”

Hating the Other Party Really Drives Turnout

By: Friday October 17, 2014 2:47 pm

If we had election rules designed to encourage as high a turnout as possible through policies like automatic voter registration, making election day a holiday, or even mandatory voting; the incentive to increase animosity to drive turnout will be greatly reduced.

Google Now Giving More Political Contributions Than Goldman Sachs

By: Friday October 17, 2014 1:31 pm

At the very least it is time for Americans to stop idealizing Silicon Valley as made up of dreamers and rebels and understand that the technology sector is pursuing its economic interests – which are considerable – in much the same way other major industries are. Given that reality, the same kind of skepticism should be applied to their motives and regulations applied to their activities as other parts of the corporate sector.

The Washington-Oregon Marijuana Tax Inversion Point

By: Friday October 17, 2014 12:16 pm

There is a tax inversion point between the two states at roughly $115. If you are paying that amount per ounce after taxes, the tax rate is basically the same on both sides of the border. If the final price is much more than that, Oregon has the tax advantage; but if it is lower than that, Washington would.

Seeing how one or both these states adjusts their rules and tax rates to deal with this dynamic could set a precedent for many other states going forward.

Obama Appoints Ebola Czar, Third Health Care Worker Isolated

By: Friday October 17, 2014 11:10 am

Some hysteria over Ebola was inevitable given how both lethal the disease is and how ignorant most people are about it, but the CDC’s incompetent statements and behavior have exacerbated the public’s natural trepidation. Not that the mainstream media aren’t also doing their best to foment panic. Hopefully the new Ebola czar will at least be able to tamp down fear about Ebola, if not actually institute and enforce the protocols for treating Ebola that the CDC failed to do.

Obama Orders Airstrikes on Ebola (Satire)

By: Friday October 17, 2014 10:06 am

“The time has come to act,” said President Obama today after previously asserting robustly that it was previously not the time to act. “And so, I have ordered airstrikes commencing immediately on ebola. We won’t stop until we have degraded, some other d-word I forgot and ultimately destroyed ebola.”

People of Kentucky Apparently Just Realized They’ve Been Voting Republican for Decades

By: Friday October 17, 2014 9:06 am

This chart shows why the DSCC’s decision to pull out of the Kentucky Senate race was inevitable for months.

St. Louis Police Officer Who Called Activist’s Boss About Her Tweets Now Under Investigation by Internal Affairs

By: Friday October 17, 2014 7:50 am

A St. Louis police officer, who called an activist’s boss and warned her boss about alleged “inciteful” tweets, is reportedly under investigation after the activist posted a video of her calling this officer to confront him.

Leigh Maibes, who has participated in protests since Mike Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, obtained the phone number for Keith Novara from her boss. She called him on October 15 just after 7 pm.

Novara, an outreach officer in Maibes’ neighborhood, admitted that he had called the real estate broker, where she works as an independent contractor, to warn him that the phones might be “blowing up” with people upset by Maibes’ tweets.

Vice President Biden’s Son Was Discharged From Navy Reserves For Cocaine, Now Is Ukraine Energy Executive

By: Friday October 17, 2014 6:45 am

Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, was discharged from the US Navy Reserves for testing positive for cocaine according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Hunter received two waivers to enter the Naval Reserves – one for being older than a typical applicant at 43 and one for a previous drug related “incident.”

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