Showing posts from June 13, 2016

Portland unnerved by discovery of high lead levels in school drinking water

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[It's everywhere. Notice that it was up to the PTA to uncover this ("They knew about the lead. They did nothing.") Are they going to test the micro-brews? *RON*]

Rick Anderson, LA Times, 13 June 2016
Communities across the U.S. have been testing their water in the wake of a lead contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., and for the most part, the results have seemed reassuring, with many cities declaring their water safe to drink.

One exception has been a city that has always prided itself on its natural stream-fed drinking water: Portland, Ore., recently discovered high levels of lead in its school drinking water, and the agonizing drip-drip-drip of additional revelations that has ensued has left the Rose City with a toxic hangover.

Public records, including newly released emails, have revealed that school officials not only knew the water was unsafe, but allowed students and teachers to drink it while officials decided on a course of ac…

Here's What the NRA Has to Say About the Orlando Shooting

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[Thanks, NRA. See also: Conservatives Try To Scapegoat Islam To Avoid Responsibility For Perpetuating Anti-LGBT Violence, and The Discredited Nonsense That Gave America The ‘More Guns, Less Crime’ Myth. *RON*]

P. R. Lockhart, 13 June 2016


The National Rifle Association's Twitter account has been silent since last Friday, when it tweeted 11 times. The organization has yet to release a statement about Sunday morning's Orlando shooting spree that killed 50 people and injured 53 in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Although the NRA has yet to issue any statement, others are taking the organization to task for its silence. The New York Daily News kept things short and sweet on Monday's front page.

A look at tomorrow's front page...

50 dead in Orlando club massacre,
THANKS, @NRA:— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 13, 2016

What Will The Democratic Party Stand for in 2016?

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[The effort is being made to include more progressive voices in the process - something that is totally attributable to 'the Bernie Effect.' But will they actually be heard and will they shape policy? A committee appointed by Clinton, Sanders and DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz will decide. *RON*]

By John Light, Moyers and Company, 13 June 2016

Last week made clear that Bernie Sanders won’t be the Democratic nominee. But a meeting of the Democratic Platform Committee in Washington also made it clear that the Vermont senator will wield considerable influence over the party’s future.

The primary season developed into a fight for the future of the Democratic Party, with Sanders channeling the concerns of many younger, liberal voters, and Hillary Clinton often associated, rightly or wrongly, with her husband’s policies and those of the Democratic establishment.

But as the primaries and caucuses have wound down, the mechanisms that will determ…

Donald Trump says he was ‘right on radical Islamic terrorism’ after Orlando attack: ‘I called it’

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[It took him all of five minutes to begin preening and attempting to use these deaths for political advantage. See also: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Call Each Other Unfit for Presidency. Turns out - they're both right! *RON*]

By Laurie Kellman, Associated Press / The Province, 12 June 2016

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton adjusted their presidential politicking Sunday, first offering prayers and support to the victims of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. But they both infused their sympathy with statements that favor their presidential aspirations, and the presidential race rolled on.

The presumptive candidates made statements hours after a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. Another 53 were hospitalized, most in critical condition. Officials identified the shoot…

Westboro Baptist Church Celebrates Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando: 'God Sent the Shooter'

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[Each side is as bad as the other, and both are the cause of the horror. *RON*]

Danny Cox,, 12 Jun 2016

The largest mass shooting in the history of the United States took place overnight, and it is now known that gunman Omar Mateen is responsible for at least 50 deaths and some 53 others wounded at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. As the world sympathizes with the victims and mourns this tragic situation while trying to fully understand it, there is one group that isn’t as upset about it. The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has taken to social media to celebrate the shooting and say that “God sent the shooter.”

Around 2 a.m., entered the Pulse nightclub in downtown Orlando and proceeded to hold many people hostage. Upon the time that SWAT and other law enforcement officials entered the building and killed him, the gunman had already opened fired and killed so many people.

Laid-Off Americans, Required to Zip Lips on Way Out, Grow Bolder

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[The corporatocrats and a return volley in the class wars. *RON*]

By Julia Preston, New York Times, 11 June 2016

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — American corporations are under new scrutiny from federal lawmakers after well-publicized episodes in which the companies laid off American workers and gave the jobs to foreigners on temporary visas.

But while corporate executives have been outspoken in defending their labor practices before Congress and the public, the American workers who lost jobs to global outsourcing companies have been largely silent.

Until recently. Now some of the workers who were displaced are starting to speak out, despite severance agreements prohibiting them from criticizing their former employers.