VERMONT BANS FRACKING! I hope this is contagious!
2:52 pm: Ban on fracking passes Senate 27-1!
2:53 pm: Clean Energy Associate Leah Marsters floods AT&T phone lines across the state with exclamation marks.
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Two more public interest victories just in...
The House proclaims that "corporations are NOT people" and "money is NOT speech" by passing JRS11 - asking Congress to amend the Constitution.
And, we can celebrate the Midwives Bill again! A fix to the insurance company loophole passed. Women, not their insurers, will at last get to choose who delivers their babies!
Argentina Nationalizes Oil, Ousts Big Oil Corporation
President sees 'the recovery of sovereignty' in take-back of natural resources from corporations:
*Note: This is exactly the opposite of what's currently happening in our own country!
**Note: Remembering history... the exact same reason that the Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the CIA and British intelligence in 1953 - nationalizing the oil industry. More power to the Argentinians this time..
EPA sued over dispersants used in BP oil spill Two years after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, research into the environmental effects is turning up evidence of sick fish. Video from Al Jazeera shows fish sickened by the gulf spill. Now, three environmental groups are filing a lawsuit demanding more study into this.
Center for Biological Diversity, the Surfrider Foundation, and Pacific Environment are suing the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard. The three environmental groups complain the government doesn't know enough about the effects of chemical dispersants used to break up big oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon.
Two years ago this Friday, the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank. In the months that followed nearly five million barrels of oil gushed into the gulf. Back then a lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity filed notice of intent to sue the EPA and the Coast Guard over the impact of chemical dispersants used in the cleanup.
This week, almost two years to the day of the spill, the suit was filed.
The Autism Epidemic and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator? On a recent front page of The Salt Lake Tribune, a frightening, oversized headline read, "Highest rate in the nation, 1 in 32 Utah boys has autism." Less well publicized, another national story ran the same day: "New pesticides linked to bee population collapse." If you eat food and hope to do so a few years from now, this should be equally frightening. A common denominator may underlie both stories. A recent Stanford University study, examining 192 pairs of twins, where one twin was autistic and one was not, found that genetics account for 38 percent of the risk of autism and environmental factors account for 62 percent.
For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.
Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, http://www.dcwg.org , that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.
Short Sales to Speed Up: Following a recent settlement with the state attorneys general, new short sale requirements are to be adopted by the largest five mortgage servicers in the US, in the expectation that these will speed up what has become quite a lengthy process.
As part of the new requirements, servicers will be required to make a decision on a borrower’s request for a short sale within 30 days of receiving that request, reported Housing Wire. While this alone should help to reduce the processing time of short sales, a number of other requirements will help address key hold-ups in the process.