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The American Bison Captures An Ailing US

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There are many examples around lately of inverse logic and intellectual disconnect but few capture it as well as what is going on with the mighty American Bison. On the one hand we can herald the US Senate for backing the American Bison as our national mammal. No animal is more worthy, more connected to our early heritage. There were originally 6 species of bison globally, and now there are only two, the American Bison and the Steppe Bison, and many of these have been interbred with cattle. By the 1800s, the number of American Bison had declined to ...

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Anti Net Neutrality Lobbyists Will Stop At Nothing

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Why Phone and Cable Companies Want to Kill the Internet's Most Democratic Right Lobbyists representing phone and cable companies have now reorganized and doubled down on disinformation campaigns. They are crying censorship against advocates who want to preserve the built-in democracy of the Internet that guarantees everyone a voice. After all, corporations are people, folks. Therefore, net neutrality advocates are interfering with these large companies free speech rights. Industry-funded think tanks have argued that any enforceable effort to protect the open Internet denies phone and cable companies their First Amendment right "by compelling them to convey content providers' messages with which ...

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Edelman’s Lisa Manley, Climate Change Activist

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Lisa Manley is a Corporate Social Responsibility Executive with Edelman, one of the largest Public Relations firms. She has 20 years of experience in global sustainability strategy and engagement, and recently offered "Five Observations from UN Climate Week." It gives us a bird-eye view of the outcomes from a business point of view. Manley was inspired by all the events that took place over a week ago, including the People's Climate March that drew more than 300,000 environmental activists. She acknowledges how lackluster the outlook has been since 2009's disappointing climate conference in ...

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Stop, hey, what’s that sound?

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Stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody look. What's goin' down? ("What It's Worth" chorus, 1966, lyrics or listen)

This song was written in 1966 by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Sills, & Nash fame. They recorded it and performed it thousands of times although it was first performed by Buffalo Springfield that year. The song quickly became an anthem for all those working on numerous fronts of the global struggle for human rights (in the 60s that meant the end of war and environmental protection). This song is still ranked #63 on Rolling Stone's list of the The 500 Greatest ...

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McDonald’s Corporation on the hook

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McDonald's NLRB joint employer ruling Yesterday's ruling gives litigants and activists alike a bigger target, and a big boost for fast-food workers' rights everywhere.  We like to catalog progress when we see it. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finally came to its senses by ruling that McDonald's Corporation could no longer avoid complaints from its workers by asserting that they were not responsible for what goes on in their franchised stores, the vast majority of its 14,000 restaurants. This single ruling gives renewed hope and power to dozens of court cases to end unfair labor practices, and to ...

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Supreme Court: Don’t F#ck it up

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Congressional Clarity: Americans United, Allies Deliver Briefing on Hobby Lobby Suit

"Should the Supreme Court rule in favor of Hobby Lobby, employers would be able to privilege their religious convictions over their employees’ – something we consider to be an egregious distortion of the principle of religious liberty" -- Litigation Counsel, Greg Lipper, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

A robust national debate has been going on leading up to the soon-to-be ruling from this session of the Supreme Court regarding the standing of a corporation's religious liberty, (in this case, Hobby Lobby) with respect ...

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