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Do Corporate Leaders Pay Attention to Their Bottom Line: Their Profits?

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Oct 10, 2016. 2 Replies

Customer protests have moved a few companies to quit ALEC (the most extreme of the many conservative lobbying organizations).Will customer protests move companies to reconsider their use of our…Continue

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Blasphemy in Indonesia: a jail sentence

Started by Michel. Last reply by Neal Jun 15, 2012. 1 Reply

This, from Atheist Alliance International:Dear AAI Members and SupportersAlexander Aan, the Indonesian atheist who was attacked and arrested after posting 'God does not exist' on Facebook, has been…Continue

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It's Time to GET MONEY OUT of politics - PETITION

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Chris Apr 15, 2012. 7 Replies

 Bailouts. War. Unemployment. Our government is bought, and we’re angry. Now, we’re turning our anger into positive action. By signing this petition, you are joining our campaign to get money out of…Continue

Will Monsanto's RoundUp ever be Banned?

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I started reading about the reduction of butterflies because of round up and found the links more interesting. Here are a couple of them:A …Continue

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Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 7:49am

They along with other media outlets should stop calling the Affordable Care Act "Obama Care"

http://fair.org/home/action-alert-tell-cnn-to-stop-using-trump-prop...

CNN is uncritically adopting the Donald Trump administration’s preferred label for Muslim nations caught under its arbitrary ban: “terror-prone countries.”

On at least three occasions since the executive order was signed, CNN has used the term without scare quotes or explicit reference to the Trump administration talking points, instead using the demonstrably incorrect and pejorative phrase as an objective descriptor of the nations targeted by Trump’s order:

Trump Eyes Temporary Ban on Refugees (1/25/17)A senior White House official made it clear that Trump will not sign executive orders Thursday targeting the refugee program or immigration from terror-prone countries.
Trump Signs Executive Order to Keep Out ‘Radical Islamic Terrorists’ (1/28/17)The order bars all persons from certain terror-prone countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until it is reinstated “only for nationals of countries for whom” members of Trump’s cabinet deem can be properly vetted.
What to Know About Trump’s Visa and Refugee Restrictions (1/28/17)An executive order signed by Trump on Friday bans all people from certain terrorism-prone countries from entering the United States for 90 days.

In these reports, CNN is reflexively adopting a Trump talking point without any qualification or explanation. What’s more, it’s factually untrue.

As several outlets have noted (e.g., Intercept, 1/28/17; NPR, 1/27/17; Huffington Post, 1/28/17), since at least 1975, nationals from the countries Trump is banning entry from have killed zero Americans in terror attacks. Whereas countries that have had some of their citizens involved in US political violence (and sometimes even fund designated terror organizations), such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE, are entirely omitted from the administration’s list.

If stopping immigrants from “terror-prone” countries was the objective, the list Trump provided would make no sense. By adopting the Trump administration’s framing, however, CNN is treating it as a rational response to a realistic danger.

Smearing entire countries as “terror-prone,” of course, puts immigrants from these countries at risk at a time when xenophobic hate crimes are on the rise. Responsible news outlets should be discouraging scapegoating, not fueling it with lazy and malicious generalizations.

Given that no one, in or outside the administration, has shown how these countries’ nationals are more “terror-prone” than other immigrants, CNN’s adoption of the label is little more than mindless—and dangerous—stenography. CNN should only use the term in direct quotations from the Trump administration.

ACTION:

Please contact CNN and tell the network to stop adopting the Trump administration’s “terror-prone” label as its own description of the countries targeted by Trump’s immigration order.

Comment by Chris on January 9, 2014 at 11:13pm
Comment by Chris on June 24, 2013 at 2:09am

I sent them the following quick letter: Does Joe Klein often include gaffs about the secular community in his articles, or does his religious bias only see secularists as a enemy to disparage when he gets a good opportunity?   Obviously it's perfectly acceptable to Time's editorial staff for Klein to insult a large percentage of the American public. I thought Time was at its lowest point with the excessive coverage of the OJ Simpson trial, not I see it's reached a new low.

During the OJ trial I had subscriptions to several news weekly magazines like Time and didn't renew them because of their excessive coverage. I wonder if the success of the coverage of that show helped networks decision to produce reality tv programs and the flood of real murder tv shows.

Comment by Neal on June 23, 2013 at 5:15pm

Time Magazine's cover article on "How Service Can Save Us" has this great paragraph:

… there was an occupying army of relief workers, led by local first responders, exhausted but still humping it a week after the storm, church groups from all over the country — funny how you don’t see organized groups of secular humanists giving out hot meals — and there in the middle of it all, with a purposeful military swagger, were the volunteers from Team Rubicon.

Nice. I don't have a subscription to Time, so caught up with the article at The Friendly Atheist.

I did as requested, and wrote a quick letter to the editor:

Why was there a seeming need for slamming the secular groups in the United States? Being an atheist who has given up his own cash to help those in need from natural disasters, I find it appalling that the article in question casts aspersions on those who helped in their own ways.

Joe Klein writes, "funny how you don’t see organized groups of secular humanists giving out hot meals."

Well Joe, it's funny to me how far your head is up your ass. I guess no good deed goes unpunished. Sorry we didn't stick up a big sign for you to ignore. I take it that all the theists who sat on their asses wasting the world's air with their useless prayers are to be commended for their stupidity. Screw Time Magazine.

An apology for your self-serving text should be issued. Are you guys really clueless about how large this community is? I hope you'll soon find out.

If you're so inclined, go fuck with the bastards.

Comment by Chris on September 8, 2012 at 1:18pm

A Massive Ray of Hope on Climate

By Avaaz.org

07 September 12

 

limate change is accelerating, but there’s a massive ray of hope: clean energy is booming, producing nearly 20% of the world's electricity! Incredibly, the US and EU are threatening to stifle this breakthrough - but together we can stop them.

In the last decade the Chinese government has invested billions in solar, sending panel prices plummeting and making clean green tech almost as cheap as dirty fossil fuels. But the US and EU, who give billions in taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil and Coal, are about to drive solar prices back up by putting tariffs on China, and now China is threatening to retaliate. A full on trade war is brewing that could kill the crucial green energy revolution.

The EU and US are deciding right now. Most of the solar industry is against tariffs - and now massive public support could tip the balance. Sign the urgent petition to save solar – if we build a 500,000 strong petition, Avaaz will make a formal submission to the US International Trade Commission and EU trade Commissioner calling for talks not tariffs:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/a_ray_of_hope_on_climate/?bYIwnbb&v=17644

China has a poor human rights and environmental record, and its strategy of flooding the global market with subsidised goods could be found to be too aggressive. But the right response to this is not tariffs, it is investment. While China, the EU, and the US all funnel billions into Big Coal and Oil to destroy our planet, China is also providing huge loans and subsidies to the solar industry. And that's exactly what other governments have failed to do.

Following the bankruptcy of a handful of US and EU solar manufacturers, some lobbyists are pushing politicians to blame China, instead of their own insufficient and inappropriate subsidies. Some claim that domestic jobs are threatened by low cost Chinese panels, but the truth is the opposite - experts predict that tariffs could cost 60,000 jobs in the US alone. The vast majority of jobs in the solar sector outside of China are in installing and servicing panels, not manufacturing them, so cheaper panels now means more work, and more jobs. And less climate change.

The EU trade Commissioner initiated the investigation into tariffs today and the US ITC proceedings are about to kick off. Written statements to both must be submitted in days to be considered. We're in a race against the clock to green our economies and prevent catastrophic climate change, and Chinese success in green tech could be the perfect catalyst for the rest of the world to scale up the technology and sustainably bring down prices. Let's make sure the EU and the US don't kill our ray of hope:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/a_ray_of_hope_on_climate/?bYIwnbb&v=17644

In the world most of us everywhere want, our governments would incentivise clean energy, and not hand out our tax money to polluters making record profits from dirtying our land, air and water and destroying our planet. Today, we can save solar, and take one step closer to that future.

Comment by Neal on July 6, 2012 at 7:20am

Cool.

Comment by Michel on July 3, 2012 at 12:49pm

Seen last night in San Francisco:

Comment by Neal on July 2, 2012 at 10:04am

As far as I can tell from the main media outlets, there are no protests going on anywhere worth covering. Nice photo.

Comment by doone on July 1, 2012 at 8:14pm
Comment by Chris on July 1, 2012 at 8:13pm

Great composite picture. Was America silent that week?

 
 
 

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