Politics and Such

VIDEO: Lift-off for new US 'space taxis'

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:35
Nasa chooses two private companies to build a new generation of spacecraft that will take their astronauts to the International Space Station.
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Bangladesh death sentence commuted

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:25
Bangladesh's Supreme Court commutes Islamist leader Delwar Sayeedi's death sentence for crimes in the 1971 independence war to life imprisonment.
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China 'injects $81bn' into top banks

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:17
China's central bank is said to be injecting 500bn yuan ($81bn; £50bn) into the five biggest state-owned banks to counter slowing growth.
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15% of tobacco sold 'is illegal'

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:17
Almost half of smokers in Wales have been offered illegal tobacco some of which contain droppings and dirt.
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Ebola vaccine trial begins

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:04
A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus is to begin in Oxford.
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Breitbart Asks: Have They Cut Chelsea Manning's Penis Off Yet?

Media Matters - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:04

A Breitbart.com columnist launched a transphobic attack on transgender former Army Private Chelsea Manning, calling her a "traitorous transsexual" and asking if the government had "cut it off yet."

In a September 16 column for Breitbart London, columnist Milo Yiannopoulos attacked Manning - who was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks - for publishing an op-ed in The Guardian about the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). Yiannopoulos repeatedly misgendered Manning, asking if the government had "cut it off yet" - referring to Manning's genitalia:

Have they cut it off yet? The penis attached to traitorous transsexual Chelsea Manning, I mean. How else to explain the level of feverish disturbance necessary for the former Private Bradley to pen an op-ed saying we should "let ISIS succeed" in its mission to destroy half the Middle East, murdering, raping and torturing anyone in its way.

[...]

Manning, is of course, suffering from a lamentable psychiatric disorder. Normally, we help people like that by giving them access to doctors and drugs.

[...]

I don't believe everything the government tells me, and I know it snoops on me more than it should, but do I trust the NSA more than I trust a loopy alleged rapist, Putin's bitch or a psychologically fragile, gender-bending convicted traitor? You bet I do. [emphasis added]

Yiannopoulos also linked to a personal blog post in which he called "transgenderism" a "disease" and suggested that some transgender women are just "marginalised, lonely" gay men crying for help.

It goes without saying that Yiannopoulos' transphobic screed contradicts expert consensus, which has acknowledged transgender identities as "part of the human condition." He relies on the discredited work of former Johns Hopkins Hospital psychiatrist Paul McHugh, ignoring current professional medical recommendations about the transgender community.

Pseudoscience aside, though, Yiannopoulos' column is a stark example of the kind of gratuitous hate speech Breitbart.com is willing to publish. Manning's Guardian op-ed had nothing to do with being transgender, but Breitbart couldn't pass up another opportunity to depict transgender people as unstable or deviant. 

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Conservatives Find A Way To Attack Obama For Fighting Ebola

Media Matters - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:58

Right-wing media are using President Obama's plan to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as another opportunity to attack him. Conservatives are calling the president a "hypocrite" because he's sending "more soldiers to fight Ebola than we are sending to fight ISIS"; labeling the plan "arrogant" because of problems with HealthCare.gov; and accusing him of trying to "change the subject" by "fighting a really bad flu bug."

The White House announced on September 16 that the United States would send 3,000 troops to Africa to help combat the Ebola threat. The U.S. military and broader uniformed services effort will "entail command and control, logistics expertise, training, and engineering support."

President Obama said in a speech that "[m]ore than 2,400 men, women and children are known to have died -- and we strongly suspect that the actual death toll is higher than that ... In West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic of the likes that we have not seen before. It's spiraling out of control. It is getting worse. It's spreading faster and exponentially. Today, thousands of people in West Africa are infected. That number could rapidly grow to tens of thousands. And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected, with profound political and economic." 

Conservatives responded to the plan by mocking the president and his policies:

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Man, 47, in court on murder charge

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:50
A 47-year-old man is charged with the murder a Flintshire woman who was found strangled and with head injuries.
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Alcohol abuse 'costs £900m a year'

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:24
Alcohol abuse in Northern Ireland costs taxpayers £900m a year and early intervention services are needed, charities claim.
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'Reds back where they once belonged'

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:20
After five years of "pain", five-time winners Liverpool relish a victorious return to the Champions League.
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'Nation divided against itself' - front pages

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:03
The increasingly fractious nature of campaigning in the Scottish independence referendum is captured by papers a day ahead of the vote.
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The Business Media Outliers Ignoring The Economics Of Climate Change

Media Matters - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:02

New Climate Economy

A flagship report found that acting on climate change and improving the economy go hand in hand, which was reported by business media outlets across the globe. But three prominent outliers left their audiences in the dark: CNBC, Fox Business, and The Wall Street Journal.*

On September 16, many major business media outlets from Fortune Magazine to BusinessWeek reported on a recent analysis finding that the next 15 years are essential for acting on climate change, and that it is possible to do so while simultaneously growing the global economy. The report, titled "The New Climate Economy" and carried out by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, refutes the "false dilemma" between economic growth and climate change mitigation -- an important finding for businesses that want to thrive in the decades ahead. From Reuters:

Investments to help fight climate change can also spur economic growth, rather than slow it as widely feared, but time is running short for a trillion-dollar shift to transform cities and energy use, an international report said on Tuesday.

Yet the report was ignored by three prominent business media outlets -- a disservice to their business audiences who deserve to know the economic risks of global warming. The outlets that ignored the findings of the "New Climate Economy" report may not come as a surprise: CNBC, Fox Business, and The Wall Street Journal all have a sordid history with reporting on climate change.

When the "Risky Business" report was released earlier this year -- another report detailing the economic costs of climate change inaction -- CNBC was caught soliciting a writer to talk about "global warming being a hoax" to rebut the report's findings. The network's on-air coverage of "Risky Business" featured Squawk Box co-host Joe Kernen criticizing the acceptance of global warming as "Orwellian groupthink." Media Matters analyses found that CNBC misled their audience on global warming in the majority of their reporting on the topic in 2013.

Fox Business also regularly offers demonstrably false reporting on global warming. Co-hosts have often claimed that global warming is over, or even that we are in a period of global cooling. When the Risky Business report was released, Fox Business mocked its findings of heat-related mortalities and dismissed the report entirely as using "scare tactics."

Similarly, Wall Street Journal dismissed the findings of the Risky Business report, with its editorial board calling one of its authors' suggestions for a carbon tax as economically harmful as the 2008 financial crisis. The Journal has downplayed and dismissed the impacts of climate change and other environmental threats for decades, and gives a frequent platform to "skeptics" that urge inaction on climate change and dismiss the basic science behind the consensus.

The New Climate Economy was heralded by political leaders around the world advocating a transformation in the global economy. By ignoring it, these outlets are showing that their priorities are at odds with businesses that want to prosper in a changing climate.

*Based on a search of internal video archives from September 15 to 12 p.m. September 17 for "climate" for Fox Business and CNBC, and a Factiva search for "climate" for Wall Street Journal.

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US man tried to 'swim to N Korea'

BBC News (Headlines) - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 22:29
South Korean authorities say they have detained an American man they believe was trying to swim to North Korea.
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VIDEO: Clashes in Brazil following eviction

BBC News (Headlines) - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 21:00
There have been clashes in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo following the eviction of 200 families occupying an old hotel in the city.
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US man charged with supporting IS

BBC News (Headlines) - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 20:32
A man from Rochester, New York has been charged with trying to recruit people to join Islamic State and to shoot people in the US, say prosecutors.
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Chin strap turns chewing into power

BBC News (Headlines) - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 20:27
Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces.
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'I loved/loathed my 1960s high-rise block'

BBC News (Headlines) - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:52
What was life like in the 'streets in the sky'?
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Is it time for a mental health waiting target?

BBC News (Headlines) - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:39
Is it time for a mental health wait target?
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VIDEO: The man behind Alibaba: Jack Ma

BBC News (Headlines) - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:36
Who is the man behind Alibaba, the e-commerce giant that is about to launch a record listing on the New York stock market?
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