For Nuclear Power This Summer, It’s Too Darn Hot

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 3:50 pm

Nuclear power was already understood to be dirty, dangerous and absurdly expensive, even without the pressures of climate change. Far from being the answer to growing greenhouse gas emissions, the lifecycle of nuclear power–from mining and milling to transport and disposal–has turned out to be a significant contributor to the problem. And now, the global weirding brought on by that problem has made nuclear even more precarious–more perilous and more pricy–and so an even more pernicious bet.

 

FDL Movie Night: How to Start a Revolution

By: Monday April 30, 2012 5:00 pm

Noble Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp is a kindly, orchid-growing octogenarian who literally wrote the book on non-violent overthrow of dictatorships. Jailed for nine months in 1953 for protesting the Korean War draft, Sharp went on to write The Politics of Nonviolent Action and twelve other books, including the seminal From Dictatorship to Democracy, a 93-page document that lays out 198 steps to toppling dictators. Available for free download in 40 languages, From Dictatorship to Democracy was written in 1993 to aid the Burmese freedom movement.

How to Start a Revolution delves into Sharp’s influence, from Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Burma, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan through Egypt and Syria.

Dayen’s Roundup from April 8, 2012

By: Monday April 9, 2012 6:15 am

Dayen’s news roundup from April 8, 2012, including stories about Iran’s nuclear program, economic recovery, John Derbyshire, Syria, Span, Aghanistan, Greece, ICE, Georgia, RIP Mike Wallace, immigration law and more.

Anti-Choice Medical Malpractice Shields Threaten to Permanently Alter Medical Care for Women

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 7:52 am

Written by Jessica Mason Pieklo for RH Reality Check. Among the new restrictions appearing in anti-abortion bills nationwide, it is the medical malpractice liability shields that have the potential to alter, perhaps permanently, women’s relationship with the civil justice system. Both Kansas and Arizona are advancing measures that exempt doctors from medical malpractice suits should [...]

Schneiderman Reaches Another Settlement on Foreclosure Fraud, This Time With Defunct Steven J. Baum Law Firm

By: Friday March 23, 2012 3:25 pm

Stephen J. Baum, the New York-based foreclosure mill law firm which drew attention last year after photos cropped up from a Halloween party featuring its employees dressed as homeless people, reached a settlement with the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over the filing of unverified, unsubstantiated and outright fabricated documents with state courts. Under the settlement, Steven J. Baum will pay a $4 million fine and its top two attorneys, Baum and Brian Kumiega, may not handle foreclosure cases for lenders or servicers in New York state courts for two years. This is on top of a $2 million fine Baum paid to the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York last October. Baum will share the fine with Pillar Processing, the document processor it used on the vast majority of cases.

Once again, Baum will not have to admit or deny wrongdoing in the case, and while this is the largest fine of a foreclosure mill law firm in the history of this foreclosure fraud saga, that’s not saying much.

Georgia Joins Other States in Diverting Foreclosure Fund Settlement Money for Non-Housing Purposes

By: Monday March 12, 2012 4:17 pm

When last I looked in on it, I counted $80.35 million in foreclosure fraud settlement funds earmarked for the states actually headed to purposes other than helping homeowners, its ostensible aim. This includes portions from Missouri, Wisconsin, Maine, Maryland and Vermont. Now we can probably add Georgia to the mix.

Super Tuesday – Live Blog Part Two – Update: Santorum Wins North Dakota, Romney Wins Idaho

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 6:27 pm

It is Super Tuesday with 10 states voting: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. You can find my primer for tonight here and find part one of the live blog here. Real time results can be found at Politico or Google. To recap: So far Newt Gingrich won Georgia. [...]

Super Tuesday – Live Blog – Update: Gingrich Wins Georgia – Romney Wins Massachusetts, Virginia and Vermont – Santorum Wins Tennessee and Oklahoma

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 3:59 pm

It is Super Tuesday in the Republican presidential primary. This is the single biggest day in the primary with roughly 20 percent of the delegates at stake. People are voting in ten states today: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. You can find my primer for tonight here.

Super Tuesday Primary Primer

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 11:00 am

Today is the all important Super Tuesday. Ten states with nearly 20 percent of the total delegates are voting in the Republican presidential primary: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. Here’s a summary of what to expect in each of these states and what the polls are saying.

Newt Gingrich Holds Massive Lead in Georgia

By: Monday March 5, 2012 7:40 am

On Super Tuesday tomorrow, Newt Gingrich is at least assured one victory in his home state of Georgia, where his support is about double that of Romney. But a big Gingrich win here may actually help Romney by keeping his foes divided.

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