Fracking-Affected Families Plead with President Obama: ‘We Need Help.’

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“It’s not too late to provide leadership on fracking as part of his lasting legacy for the history books.” Deirdre Fulton More than 100 families personally affected by the fracking industry have written to President Barack Obama demanding that he meet with them—as he often does with fossil fuel executives—ahead of the Democratic National Convention later this month. The letter, organized by the Pittsburgh-based, all-volunteer group Friends of the Harmed, asks Obama and ranking Environmental … MORE

Wow. Americans Really, Really Don’t Like Trump or Clinton

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New Gallup poll shows the two as among the worst rated presidential candidates since 1956. by Andrea Germanos Via a new Gallup poll, more evidence comes Friday that the nation’s electorate really doesn’t like this year’s leading presidential candidates. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has the dubious distinction of being the most unfavorably viewed of any candidate over the past seven decades—displacing 1964 Republican candidate Barry Goldwater from the bottom spot. The poll offers no … MORE

Wake Up Democrats, Warns Sanders, This Populist Unrest Cannot Be Ignored

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Brexit win has much to teach Democrats about Trump threat, warns senator, and elites ignore frustrations of workers and the poor at their own peril by Jon Queally   Cast in a New York Times op-ed published late Tuesday evening, Sen. Bernie Sanders issued a stark warning to the Democratic Party leadership that if they don’t wake up to the profound dissatisfaction of the poor and working classes in the United States, they may very well wake up … MORE

Solar Freakin’ Roadways Gets Test Run on Rt. 66

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Solar Roadways is working with the Missouri Department of Transportation to install a stretch of solar road that could generate enough energy to power a rest stop. By Lisa Suhay America’s iconic Route 66 is about to become part of a new solar system. The Idaho startup Solar Roadways, created by husband-and-wife team Scott and Julie Brusaw, is working with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to install a section of solar panels at a rest … MORE

Nestlé Just Suffered a Major Defeat as Community Blocks Water Privatization

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 Hydrogeologist and spokesperson for Nestlé Waters North America, Eric Andreus, announced at a monthly township meeting in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, last week that Nestlé had given up on its plans to pump 73 million gallons of water per year from the town’s local aquifer. Truth-out depicted the scene of the announcement: “The room erupted in cheers and for the first time since Nestlé began meeting with community members about the project, the company received a standing ovation.” Kunkletown, … MORE

How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it

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 If you buy products or services from any of the 50 companies listed below (and you likely do), you are supporting modern American slavery American slavery was technically abolished in 1865, but a loophole in the 13th Amendment has allowed it to continue “as a punishment for crimes” well into the 21st century. Not surprisingly, corporations have lobbied for a broader and broader definition of “crime” in the last 150 years. As a result, there … MORE

Is Leaked Cable Greasing Skids for Clinton’s Next Regime Change Disaster?

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Nobody is challenging Hillary Clinton enough on what her plan for a no-fly zone and military escalation in Syria will mean. And the slope is very, very slippery. by Jon Queally,  An internal cable signed by more than 50 State Department officials objecting to the Obama administration’s policy on Syria is particularly worrisome, according to experts, given Hillary Clinton’s hawkish foreign policy positions and her stated plan to escalate President Barack Obama’s war in Syria if … MORE

‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare

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‘President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,’ says Friends of the Earth by Deirdre Fulton Text released today confirms the TPP rolls back past public interest reforms to the U.S. trade model while expanding problematic provisions demanded by the hundreds of official U.S. corporate trade advisers who had a hand in the negotiations while citizens were left in the dark. (Image: File w/overlay) “Worse than anything we could’ve imagined.” “An … MORE

Intel Vets Urge Fast Report on Clinton’s Emails

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A group of U.S. intelligence veterans is calling on President Obama to expedite the FBI review of former Secretary of State Clinton’s alleged email security violations so the public can assess this issue in a timely fashion. by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Those “Damn Emails” – “Really a Concern” Introduction In May, Robert Gates, CIA Director under President Bush-41 … MORE

The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers are Starting an Economic Revolution

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Bren Smith Bren Smith is the owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and executive director of GreenWave. I’m a fisherman who dropped out of high school in 1986 at the age of 14. Over my lifetime, I’ve spent many nights in jail. I’m an epileptic. I’m asthmatic. I don’t even know how to swim. This is my story. It’s a story of ecological redemption. I was born and raised in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, a little … MORE