Let me begin with this quote: Conditions are increasingly dire in the shelters; there is no water for hygiene, very few showers and latrines are totally inadequate. Disease outbreak is beginning, with skin infections, scabies and others. There are thousands of pregnant women in our
This has just been reported a few hours ago, no details have been released besides what is in this from a link to the report from Reuters: Five members of a family, including three children, were found shot dead at their southern Maine home on
The Southern Illinoisan has a long running competition with the Belleville News-Democrat over which Illinois newspaper has the strongest bias in favor of the coal industry. So I was pleasantly surprised last year when I saw the Southern Illinoisan doing good reporting on the fracking
I accept that there will be terrible things happen in any war. Mistakes are made. Some warriors care nothing for the civilians they target. Some commanders flush their ethics in the name of victory. Nations make every attempt to dehumanize the people they are fighting.
Thomas Frank has an interesting column in Salon that typifies the cynical view of Obama by speculating what his Presidential library might look like. Republicans in Congress want to make sure President Obama takes the blame for their obstruction. Thomas Frank helps them out by
In what may be the most shameless in a long line of dishonest appeals, the Illinois oil industry is now asking us to start fracking for the children. The oil industry propaganda website, Energy In Depth (or Energy in Deception as it's often called), is
Well, unless the Obama administration screws the pooch on its followup. Okay, there are about a million diaries here about how this is reinforcing the War on Women, how its institutionalized discrimination, how the sky is falling. It's worse elsewhere online. In my opinion, the
The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. Tutu's admirers see him as a man who since the demise of apartheid in South Africa
Charter Schools are a scourge on this country, and no state suffers from this pestilence more than Michigan. Chris Savage of Eclectablog has done an excellent job exposing the horror known as the Education Achievement Authority, but they're not the only ones ripping off taxpayers
There have been at least 70 in the last three decades—and most of the killers got their guns legally. That's how MJ opens this piece – with that staggering statistic. Thirty-three of these mass shootings have occurred since 2006. Seven of them took place in
Fracking has begun in Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn's Department of Natural Resources issued a permit for a test well at a site where oil fracking is planned. The well isn't subject to Illinois fracking rules due to loopholes in the law passed last year. By utilizing
This is going to be a short one because I can't say it any better than the man who hosts The Young Turks. He's got a thing going, and you can be a part of it. We can all be a part of it.
Illinois is facing an extraction crisis. Expanded coal mining and the looming threat of fracking will create an unprecedented two-pronged threat to southern and central Illinois. Grassroots groups on the front lines of the extraction crisis raised the alarm in a letter to the Illinois
In the first two episodes of the reboot of Cosmos Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has done an excellent job laying down the basics of time, space, and how life developed on Earth. Because Cosmos is a show about science, Tyson clearly explains in the same
Over 5,000 people signed a CREDO mobile petition in just a few days asking Attorney General Lisa Madigan to halt logging and review the permit for a Peabody Strip Mine near Equality, Illinois. The petitions asks: Due to the extraordinary number of unaddressed issues and
And the Republicans can't understand why so many Americans are signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The Chris Cline coal campaign contribution scandal has grown bigger than I ever expected. CoalGate is getting wide press coverage and resulted in a second acting director of Mines & Minerals being removed for the same actions as Tony Mayville. Here's a rundown of the
The three Democrats running in Illinois' 13th Congressional district primary recently answered my questions about climate change and energy issues. It's one of the hottest Congressional races in the nation since freshman incumbent Republican Rodney Davis narrowly won with merely 46.5% of the vote in
Cupid delivered a Valentine's Day message about fracking to Governor Pat Quinn. Rising Tide Chicago posted video and pictures of Cupid's visit to Quinn's office with the message that the relationship between fracking and Illinois is a “bad romance.” It partly reads, “The Hydraulic Fracturing
Tony Mayville is a candidate for State Representative in southern Illinois and Chairman of the Washington County Democratic Party. He has also supervised the Mine Safety division and served as acting director of Mines & Minerals at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Over several years, including