Human Rights

Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids

Common Dreams - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 13:46
Patrick Lee, ProPublica

Almost 20 years ago, the U.S. Energy Information Administration had an idea: Make an educational website for children about energy sources and the science behind them.

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Onetime Rival Endorses Ellison for DNC Chair

Common Dreams - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 11:28
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Dropping out of the race to lead the Democratic National Committee (DNC), New Hampshire party chair Ray Buckley threw his support behind progressive rival Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

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Stepping Away from Microscopes, Thousands Protest War on Science

Common Dreams - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 10:42
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Responding to the troubling suppression of science under the Trump administration, thousands of scientists, allies, and frontline communities are holding a rally in Boston's Copley Square on Sunday.

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Science Isn't Just for Scientists—We Can All Take Part

Common Dreams - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 09:12
Madeline Ostrander

After he moved to London in his early 20s, Luke Howard became obsessed with the weather. Howard had a day job running a pharmacy business in the 1790s and early 1800s, but he spent a lot of his spare time staring at the sky. He collected a set of makeshift weather instruments—glass thermometers; a hygrometer (to measure moisture in the air) cobbled together from a wire spring and a strip of whalebone; and a barometer attached to an old astronomical clock that he bought secondhand and repaired himself.

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Protesters, True Patriots

Common Dreams - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 08:36
Pierre Tristam

One of the most noble protests in the history of protest was that of Thick Quand Duc, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk who doused himself in fuel and lit himself on fire on a Saigon Street in 1963 to protest Buddhists’ treatment at the hands of the corrupt American-backed regime, and by extension, to protest American involvement in his country. He never flinched until he collapsed, consumed by the flames. And he started a trend, as other monks followed.

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Why Trumponomics Fails

Common Dreams - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 08:07
Robert Reich

When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina – unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner” – he congratulated Boeing for building the plane “right here” in South Carolina.

It’s pure fantasy. I’ll let you know why in a moment.

Trump also used the occasion to tout his “America First” economics, stating “our goal as a nation must be to rely less on imports and more on products made here in the U.S.A.” and “we want products made by our workers in our factories stamped by those four magnificent words, ‘Made in the U.S.A.’”

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John Kasich is a Nitwit

Common Dreams - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 07:59
Diane Ravitch

During the Republican primaries last year, many friends of mine considered John Kasich the adult in the GIP field. When I explained his demonstrated hostility to public education, they thought I must be exaggerating.

But now the proof is there for all who are willing to learn about it.

Kasich wants all teachers to spend some time visiting businesses so they know how to prepare their students.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports:

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The Stakes in the Race for Democratic National Committee Chair

Common Dreams - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:13
Tom Gallagher

One leading candidate for Democratic National Committee Chair recently said, "We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged and it was. And you've got to be honest about it. That's why we need a chair who is transparent."

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Wild Cats Grab Back

Common Dreams - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:07
Rev. Billy Talen

The big wild cats are dying. The leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, lions, pumas, snow leopards, and tigers…

Each of these cats leaps from the top of their own ecosystem, and yet we humans are above the cats and we’re killing them all.  We are the apex predator in the era we’ve named after ourselves, the Anthropocene.  

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Scrutiny for Supreme Court Pick Fails to Focus on Rights of Disabled

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 15:51
Janine Jackson

Since Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court, media have coalesced around a few themes: One is about whether any Trump appointment should be blocked as payback to Republicans, as expressed in a New York Times headline (2/13/17): “Democrats’ Quandary on Gorsuch: Appease the Base or Honor the Process.” Spoiler: The paper thinks the real strain is on “those in the middle.”

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Thousands in the Streets Nationwide as Weekend of Action Kicks Off

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 15:14
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The resistance is taking many forms this weekend, with some constituents showing up to lawmakers' town hall events to demand accountability and others taking to the streets to protest the Trump administration and its draconian policies. 

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Lawmakers Feel the Heat as Resistance Shows Up in Droves to Town Halls

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 13:30
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

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Hundreds Form 'Human Wall' in Mexico to Protest Trump

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Hundreds of people in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico formed a "human wall" at the edge of the Rio Grande on Friday to protest President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

The demonstrators held up flowers and colored flags reading the word "Peace" and waved to residents of the neighboring town of El Paso, Texas.

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With Mulvaney in Place, Budget Office Preps 'Hit List' on Public Programs

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 10:26
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

With Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) confirmed to lead the White House budget office, the Trump administration is getting ready to follow through on plans to slash major domestic programs, the New York Times reported Friday.

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The Same Republicans Who Pushed For Invasive Surveillance Are Complaining About It Now

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 01:58
Elizabeth Goitein

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, is not particularly concerned by the fact that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn discussed sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador during the transition.

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When Women Speak Out for All

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 01:52
Susan Quinn, Joyce Antler, et al.

As scholars of women’s history, we are aware of times in our past when advocates for women’s rights and advocates for black rights competed against one another. But not this time. We need look no further than Elizabeth Warren’s historic silencing on the floor of the Senate last week.

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This Isn’t Just Trump. This Is Who the Republicans Are.

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 01:42
Dave Johnson

So far President Donald Trump has signed very few bills. One lets coal companies dump waste into streams. Another lets oil companies bribe foreign dictators in secret. Now he is moving to block a Labor Department “fiduciary rule” that requires financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients when advising on retirement accounts.

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Trump, Tillerson, and Elliott Abrams

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 01:29
Christopher Brauchli

Adopt the character of the twisting octopus, which takes on the appearance of the nearby rock. Now follow in this direction, now turn a different hue. —Therognis, Elegies

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Where Protests Flourish, Anti-Protest Bills Follow

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 01:23
Lee Rowland, Vera Eidelman

Over the past year, a historic level of activism and protest has spilled out into our nation’s parks, streets, and sidewalks — places where our First Amendment rights are at their height. The January 21 Women’s March, anchored in D.C. with echoes across the nation, was likely the single largest day of protest in American history.

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Why Donald Trump and the GOP Can’t Repeal Obamacare

Common Dreams - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 01:07
Sonali Kolhatkar

After Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with “something terrific,” his administration has just released a set of tweaks to the health care law—and those tweaks all favor the insurance industry over ordinary Americans.

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