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.
|By: Lisa Derrick 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.
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: RH Reality Check 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 [...]
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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. [...]
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.