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The Canadian Progressive: FBI “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”?

The FBI hatched a “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”? It’d seem so, according to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and civil liberties activists. Information obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund via a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that the FBI: a) “collaborated with other federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland READ MORE

Drive-by Planet: Tom Morello: ‘jackass’ Ryan embodiment of the machine RATM’s music has been raging against

What’s with Paul Ryan’s Rage Against the Machine appreciation? The Tea Party poster boy listed Rage as one of his fave bands. There is nothing about Ryan’s right-wing politics and certainly not personal style/attitude that announces “RATM fan.”

This week in a Hollywood Reporter interview, Rage guitarist Tom Morello said “[Rage] is a band that casts the nets really wide, and that’s part of the strength of the band… People are drawn to it by the music, the aggression, the rockingness of it, and then they’re exposed to different ideas. Paul Ryan was a jackass before he listened

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Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Rolling Stone: Inside The FBI Plot Against Occupy

On this one year anniversary of the Occupy Canada movement, here’s a magnificent piece of reporting by Rolling Stone‘s Sabrina Rubin Erdely, on how the United States government “turned five stoner misfits into the world’s most hapless terrorist cell.” Five Occupy Cleveland activists “who had grown disenchanted with the Occupy movement, which they considered too conservative” decided to “make [...]

earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio August 9, 2012: Burning down the house!

Download: earthgaugeradio-podcast-aug9-2012.mp3

On Earthgauge Radio this week, we continue with our summer programming schedule with a special guest episode from our friend Alex Taylor and Radio Ecoshock in Vancouver. Today’s episode is called Burning Down The House and it was produced during the recent devastating Colorado forest fires of late June, which have been described as being among the worst ever seen. Click the audio player above or right click here to download the podcast.

Hundreds of new U.S. counties were declared disaster areas in July amidst the country’s worst drought in decades. June broke or tied 3,215

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Canadian Progressive World: WTF? Justin Bieber says Aboriginal peoples get free gas in Canada

That’s what the 18-year-old Canadian pop star has told Rolling Stone magazine. The trouble is: our over-produced, over-exposed, man-made spoiled brat claims to have Aboriginal roots.

But you know who’s to blame for Bieber’s ignorance? Girls. That’s right. Rolling Stone believes Bieber is “ready to be a grown-up superstar, if only those millions of screaming girls would let him think.” Seriously?

Betty Ann Lavallée, national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, was quick to set the record straight:

These kinds of remarks are another example of what Aboriginal peoples in Canada struggle with every day. It promotes the

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DeSmogBlog: A "War on Shale Gas"?

Since late 2009, there’s been a slowly-growing wave of attacks from the unconventional oil and gas industry on media outlets that cover the controversies surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other shale gas practices. Reporters who write for publications ranging from Rolling Stone to Reuters to the New York Times have had their professional bona fides called into question after unearthing documents and facts that challenge claims that fracked shale gas is cheap, abundant, and clean.

These industry attacks on media occur against the backdrop of a larger campaign to establish unconventional oil and gas at the forefront of the nation’s energy

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Watching David Carr in Page One is like watching Minnie Mouse defend Belladonna

If I ever go into battle, please supply me with one (1) David Carr. Hunter S. Thompson might have been the penultimate literary motherfucker but David Carr pisses all over that cake.

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Al Gore Roasts Obama Over Climate Position

GORE2.jpg In a scorching, 7000-word article in the coming issue of Rolling Stone, Al Gore savages mainstream media for its incompetent reporting of climate change and roasts President Barack Obam… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Al Gore Roasts Obama Over Climate Position

Matt Taibbi gathers intelligence on Michele Bachmann’s Holy War

Though not as colourful as his takedown of Paul Ryan nor as revelatory as his expose of modern journalists, Matt Taibbi still provides plenty of juice on god-heavy presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. A must read.A taste.Bachmann’s story, to hear her… . . . → Read More: Matt Taibbi gathers intelligence on Michele Bachmann’s Holy War

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany – schools, Pink Floyd and a moron in a bad suit…

The Ontario government announced the other day that 4 new schools will be built in Ottawa and a 6 room addition will be tacked onto an existing school. On Wednesday morning, Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky visited Ecole Laurier-Carrière, a French Catholic elementary school in Nepean, to announce it will receive a six-classroom addition [...] . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany – schools, Pink Floyd and a moron in a bad suit…

Generally Speaking – About Afghanistan

There’s obviously no need to rehash what was written about General Stanley McChrystal and his aids in the now infamous Rolling Stone article that shook DC more than the very real earthquake that rattled Ontario and Quebec today.

McChrystal is out. A political no-brainer for Obama.

The other shoe that dropped, however, is that Petraeus is in.

And what did candidate Obama have to say about the man he just nominated to head the ISAF surge?

Obama Gives Petraeus Remarks Low Marks

By ELI LAKE, Staff Reporter of the Sun | September 11, 2007

WASHINGTON — Senator Obama, the Democrat (Read more…)

bastard.logic: Obligatory WFT McChrystal?! Post

by matttbastard Cole drops an Apocalypse Now reference, while The Artist Formerly Known as Tacitus thinks shitcanning is imperative if the republic is to survive the impact of McChrystal’s insta-infamous still-unpublished Rolling Stone interview [h/t Ben Smith]. Perhaps. Laura Rozen usually has sound instincts and excellent sources: One early … Continue reading . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Obligatory WFT McChrystal?! Post