Campaign To Win Gay Marriage In Maine Secures Sufficient Signatures

From On Top Magazine:

By Carlos Santoscoy
Published: November 09, 2011

A campaign to legalize gay marriage in Maine has gathered sufficient signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot.

Equality Maine, the state’s largest gay rights group, announced on Wednesday that it had collected the signatures of more than 35,000 registered voters on Election Day. The group had earlier announced plans to gather 75,000 signatures, about 18,000 more than needed to qualify. The buffer is a hedge against invalid signatures.

The campaign said it had surpassed its goal and now had almost 100,000 signatures.

“Yesterday, as volunteers gathered signatures for marriage, folks statewide reported enthusiasm and changed minds – a volunteer in a small town kept calling to ask if she could stay longer because she was so excited how many people were singing,” the group said in an email to supporters.

“A man in a northern, rural town told us he wouldn’t have signed two years ago, and when we asked what changed his mind he said simply, ‘My daughter.’”

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Mississippi Rejects Bill to Grant Embryos “Personhood,” Outlaw Fertility Aid, Birth Control

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Stop pretending it’s not climate change

Corporations exist to enrich the all ready rich beyond all levels of reason, oligarchs.  They do not exist to serve humanity.

They lie to us at every turn in order to exploit out labor and sell us crap no matter how shoddy and even dangerous the crap is.

They have their stables of lying whore scientists, the same lying whore scientists who denied the harmful effects of tobacco busy cranking out lies about how there is no climate change, even when we can see the effects of this climate change happening before our very eyes.

Five articles:


2011 is further proof that a new era of extreme weather is dawning — and it’s about to get much, much worse

By Heidi Cullen
November 9, 2011

“All I know is this didn’t happen when we were kids.”

That’s how Brian Williams tagged a recent NBC Nightly News report on this year’s extreme weather. Floods, droughts, wildfires and tornadoes dominated the news many nights in 2011. Even this week, weather forecasters are keeping tabs on reports from coastal villages in Alaska, like Kivalina, which is under a coastal flood warning from “one of the most severe storms on record” packing hurricane-force winds while it pushes up the Northwest Alaska coast. Lack of protective Arctic sea ice – which is disappearing because of climate change – is making the surge from storms like this more dangerous. Kivalina’s very existence is threatened due to flooding and erosion fueled by climate change, and the Native Alaskan community struggles to relocate. It’s no wonder the Inuit have a word for the changing weather — “uggianaqtuq” — which roughly translates into “stranger.” As in “the weather has become a stranger.”

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Environmental News Service:

Irreversible Climate Change Looms Within Five Years

LONDON, UK, November 9, 2011 (ENS) – Unless there is a “bold change of policy direction,” the world will lock itself into an insecure, inefficient and high-carbon energy system, the International Energy Agency warned at the launch of its 2011 World Energy Outlook today in London.

The report says there is still time to act, but despite steps in the right direction the door of opportunity is closing.

The agency’s warning comes at a critical time in international climate change negotiations, as governments prepare for the annual UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa, from November 28.

“If we do not have an international agreement whose effect is put in place by 2017, then the door will be closed forever,” IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol warned today.

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Guardian UK:

World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns

If fossil fuel infrastructure is not rapidly changed, the world will ‘lose for ever’ the chance to avoid dangerous climate change

, environment correspondent, Wednesday 9 November 2011

The world is likely to build so many fossil-fuelled power stations, energy-guzzling factories and inefficient buildings in the next five years that it will become impossible to hold global warming to safe levels, and the last chance of combating dangerous climate change will be “lost for ever”, according to the most thorough analysis yet of world energy infrastructure.

Anything built from now on that produces carbon will do so for decades, and this “lock-in” effect will be the single factor most likely to produce irreversible climate change, the world’s foremost authority on energy economics has found. If this is not rapidly changed within the next five years, the results are likely to be disastrous.

“The door is closing,” Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, said. “I am very worried – if we don’t change direction now on how we use energy, we will end up beyond what scientists tell us is the minimum [for safety]. The door will be closed forever.”

If the world is to stay below 2C of warming, which scientists regard as the limit of safety, then emissions must be held to no more than 450 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; the level is currently around 390ppm. But the world’s existing infrastructure is already producing 80% of that “carbon budget”, according to the IEA’s analysis, published on Wednesday. This gives an ever-narrowing gap in which to reform the global economy on to a low-carbon footing.

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Huffington Post:

Nome, Alaska Hit With Bering Sea Storm As Unusual Weather Slams State


Unusual weather has hit Nome, Alaska, slamming the state’s western region with strong winds and high seas.

According to the Associated Press, the area experienced blizzard conditions on Tuesday night, with wind gusts up to 80 mph. Meteorologist Scott Berg at the National Weather Service’s Fairbanks office told AP that they have heard reports of buildings losing roofs, and water hitting the base of buildings in Nome, Alaska.

A National Weather Service update for Nome, Alaska from 8:53 a.m (AKST) on Wednesday said that a coastal flood warning is in effect until 6 a.m. (AKST) on Thursday, and a winter storm warning is in effect until 9 p.m. (AKST) this evening.

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Guardian UK:

Freak Alaska storm brings hurricane-force winds and floods

Forecasters say the unusual storm, which brought 80mph winds, is the strongest the state has seen in nearly 40 years

Associated Press, Wednesday 9 November 2011

A powerful Bering Sea storm hit western Alaska early Wednesday with high winds and surging seas.

The National Weather Service office in Fairbanks has received reports of some roofs blowing off in Nome where water reached the base of buildings.

Meteorologist Scott Berg says some homes close to ocean have been evacuated, but there are no reports of injuries. A storm surge could bring more severe flooding later Wednesday.

Blizzard conditions prevailed overnight in quite a few places with sustained winds of 60mph (96kph) and gusts to 80mph (128 kph).

Berg said big low-pressure systems hit Alaska often, but this one is different because of the track it took and because ice hasn’t formed yet to protect the shore.

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Hartmann: Why is Fox “So-Called” News Palling around with Terrorists?

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Poll: Americans favor protections for transgender people

There is s tectonic shift going on in America as people reject the hateful right wing extremist positions put forth by pseudo-Christian Dominionists.

People are tired of the rabid practices of Corporate Capitalism and the class war that has been waged by the rich upon the poor and hard working people of this country.

Many are tired of religious fanatics who call themselves Christian and use that as an excuse for the abuse of women and their rights as well as the denial of LGBT/T peoples rights.

Protecting LGBT/T people from blatant discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation is not giving a minority group some sort of special privileges no matter how the right wing tries pretend that society will suffer if pseudo-Christians and other assorted bigots are not allowed to abuse LGBT/T people and deny them the same sorts of access and respect that should be accorded all human beings.

Conservatives have always been racist and bigoted and finally they pushed it too far and people have started rejecting their ideology of bigotry along with their failed economic ideology.

An inclusive ENDA is just a start.

From Raw Story:

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, November 3, 2011

A recent survey found that approximately 9 out of 10 Americans, including strong majorities of all religious, believe that transgender people deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans.

The survey (PDF) of more than 2,000 adults was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in August and September.

“Three out of four Americans say Congress should pass employment nondiscrimination laws that protect transgender people,” said Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute. “This strong support is also broad, persisting across party lines and the religious spectrum.”

 There is currently no federal law that prohibits all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Seventy-four percent of Americans favor the Matthew Shepard Act, which expanded the 1969 United States federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Only 22 percent oppose it.

Support for the legislation was lowest among Republicans, at 56 percent, and highest among Democrats, at 84 percent.

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Occupy protesters plan 300-mile march from NYC to Washington

From The Guardian UK:

Protesters to set off from Wall Street to meet up with other Occupy movements on the way to DC, Tuesday 8 November 2011

A group of Occupy protesters plan to march nearly 300 miles from New York to Washington DC in a bid to end tax cuts which they say benefit the richest 1% of Americans.

The group will set off from Occupy Wall Street on Wednesday and walk 20 miles a day en route to the capital, their arrival planned to coincide with the Congressional deficit reduction super-committee meeting on 23 November.

Protesters will pass through other occupations during the course of the ‘Occupy the highway’ action, which they say will encourage people in rural communities to get involved in the movement.

“One of the people that is helping organise the march has wanted to do this since the first week,” said Jason Coniglione, who was present at Occupy Wall Street’s birth on 17 September.

“But at the first week we had no idea what [the occupation] was going to turn into. As time as gone by and the park has got more crowded, we’re looking more and more to take our action outwards into other parts of the country.”

Coniglione, 24, said “10 or 12” people are due to take part in the full journey from New York to Washington DC, but marchers expect more to leave from Zuccotti Park tomorrow for the first leg and anticipate many fellow protesters will join in for certain stretches of the march.

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Why the Occupy Movement is Good for Our Health

From Common Dreams:

by Julie Matthaei and Neil Wollman
Published on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 by

Recently, the Congressional Budget Office released a report on income inequality which found that the incomes of the top 1% nearly tripled between 1979 and 2007, whereas those of the middle class increased by less than forty percent. In his 2007 study, Jared Bernstein  found that the after-tax income of the top 1% was 21 times higher than that of middle income families in 2005, compared to “only” 8 times higher in 1979. Indeed, inequality has been on the increase.

The burgeoning Occupy Wall Street movement, and its slogan, “We are the 99%,” is drawing critical attention to the grossly unequal distribution of income and wealth in the U.S.  Critiques include the injustice of the high incomes (and lack of incarceration) of Wall Street executives, given that their illegal actions caused the unemployment and homelessness of millions; the corrupting influence on the democratic process of the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few; and the basic indecency of the top 1% having much more than they could ever spend, while millions of Americans lack housing, health care, even food.

But there any many other serious societal problems associated with inequality which are not so obvious, and which have received little attention from the Occupy movement or the media.  According to researchers Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, more equal societies outperformed less equal ones in fifteen key ways:

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