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19 October 2010 @ 11:49 am
Climate change, multiculturalism, and updating the fall season  
* New federal tactic: seeking the death penalty for violent gang members.
* German Chancellor Merkel says 'multiculturalism has failed.'
* How the Republicans could retake the Senate.
* "If there is an overarching theme of election 2010, it is the question of how big the government should be and how far it should reach into people's lives." (Not sure I agree on this.)
* Tea Party favorite O'Donnell asks "Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" Seriously.
* Using the next global assessment to explain how climate change will materially affect people's lives.
* Focusing on how nerve cells communicate to help find a cause behind epilepsy and chronic pain.
* The science behind optical illusions.
* Refining the search for extraterrestrial life.
* NBC renews The Event and a couple other shows. Bonus: updating the fall season, so far.

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PMMJ: Politicscheetahmaster on October 19th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
By the people, for the wealthy corporations
"California clean technology companies, national environmental groups and wealthy conservationists are pouring money into a campaign to defeat Proposition 23, a November ballot initiative that would suspend the state's global warming law. As of Thursday, opponents of Proposition 23 had raised $19.6 million, more than twice as much as supporters of the initiative, which is mainly funded by major oil refiners based in Texas, Kansas and Ohio."
Tarsustarsus4 on October 19th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Two NYT op-eds on trade w China
Major economic powers, realizing that they have an important stake in the international system, are normally very hesitant about resorting to economic warfare, even in the face of severe provocation — witness the way U.S. policy makers have agonized and temporized over what to do about China’s grossly protectionist exchange-rate policy. China, however, showed no hesitation at all about using its trade muscle to get its way in a political dispute, in clear — if denied — violation of international trade law.


In trying to get China to play fair, though, Washington has instead relied on rhetoric and moral suasion. It hasn’t worked. Only rigorous enforcement of trade rules by the Obama administration can reverse the harm caused by the permanent normal trade relations agreement.