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Humanitarian Crisis Report to UN Security Council

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

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From Reuters: Mass Murder in Maine

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

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Harry Truman, Obama and Thomas Frank's Disillusionment

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

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Oil Interests Want Illinois To Frack for the Children

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

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Desmond Tutu

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

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How Much Fracking Will Remain Unregulated in Illinois?

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

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Pat Quinn Gets Fracking Valentine

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