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Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week

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[From last month but still pertinent. *RON*]

Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 5 July 2018

(This article, originally published Tuesday, was updated Wednesday to add all-time heat records at Mount Washington, N.H., and Tbilisi, Georgia set since Monday. On Thursday, the story was updated to include information on heat-related deaths in Canada and extraordinary heat in Siberia. On Friday, it was updated to add the likely all-time heat record in Africa and Southern California.)

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week.

Large areas of heat pressure or heat domes scattered around the hemisphere led to the sweltering temperatures. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports the heat is to blame for at least 54 deaths in southern Quebec, mostly in and near Montre…

What Happens When a Pipeline Runs Afoul of Government Rules? Authorities Change the Rules.

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[The corporatocracy hard at work with tax dollars and regulatory capture. Federal authorities halted work on the massive Mountain Valley Pipeline this month after an appeals court ruled that federal agencies neglected to follow environmental protections. *RON*]

Kate Mishkin & Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette-Mail, and Beena Raghavendran, ProPublica, 10 August 2018


Update, August 10, 9 p.m.: On Friday evening, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order halting all work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. FERC cited an appeals court ruling that found the National Park Service and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service skirted environment rules when approving the $5.5 billion, 600-mile project.

A week ago, the federal government halted work on a massive pipeline project that runs from Northern West Virginia through Southern Virginia.

The government said it had no choice but to order work on the multibillion-dollar Mountain Valley Pipelin…

Clinton Foundation Tax Return Shows It's A Scam

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[Quite something. You can click over to the originals within the posting. *RON*]

Chana Roberts, Information Clearing House
These figures are from an official copy of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation for the tax year 2014.

The copy of the tax return is from the National Center for Charitable Statistics website!

You can get the latest tax return on any charitable organization! (link below)

Total revenue (line 12) ……………….$177,804,612.00

Total grants to charity (line 13) ………..$5,160,385.00 (that’s less than 3%)

Total expenses of………………………… $91,281,145.00

expenses include: salaries (line 15)….$34,838,106.00
fund raising fees (line 16a) ……….$850,803.00
other expenses (line 17) …..$50,431,851.00

They list 486 employees (line 5)!

It took 486 people who are paid $34.8 million and $91.3 million in fees and expenses, to give away $5.1 MILLION WHICH IS LESS THAN 3% OF TOTAL REVENUES!

Line 22 shows ending year net assets/fund balances of $332,471,…

Tens of thousands protest in Tel Aviv against 'nation-state law'

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[Jews and Arabs rally together to protest controversial law that affirms Israel's Jewish character. See also: Report details deadly drone attack on four Palestinian children, and Israel's 'nation-state law' parallels the Nazi Nuremberg Laws. *RON*]
Al Jazeera, 12 Aug 2018


Palestinian citizens of Israel have led a mass protest in Tel Aviv against the controversial "Jewish state law".

Passed last month, the new state-nation law officially affirms Israel's Jewish character, but critics say it turns non-Jewish citizens of the country into second-class citizens, further marginalising some 1.8 million Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and other minorities.

The tens of thousands of protesters, including Jews, marched through the streets of the city on Saturday night calling for the law's cancellation.

"This is amazing. This is the first time I remember Jews and Palestinians fighting together for something. This is …

Bankruptcy is increasingly a rite of passage for America's seniors. It doesn't have to be this way.

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[The wealthiest country in the world should be able to keep older people living in security and dignity. We just have to choose to do it. *RON*]

Lynn Stuart Parramore, NBC News, 9 August 2018

There is no reason that, in the world’s wealthiest country, so many older people face such daunting odds of making ends meet. But alarming new research shows that Americans 65 and older — when they should be enjoying their golden years in peace — are filing for bankruptcy at a rate three times higher than they did in 1991.

It’s not as if Baby Boomers are retiring earlier: Studies show that more and more people over 65 and even over 70 are remaining in the labor market, and many of them are saving more than previous generations (especially women, according to a Pew report). But older Americans increasingly face stark economic conditions over which they have little control, like skyrocketing medical costs, disappearing pensions and debts that used to be exceedin…