Censor.net Reports Ukrainian Military Drops Leaflets

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The leaflets advise people on how to prepare for a Russian occupation. They basically recommend against participating in protests.

http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/04/26/instructions-for-surviving-under-russian-terrorist-occupation-distributed-in-sloviansk/

http://censor.net.ua/news/282540/nad_kramatorskom_i_slavyanskom_razbrosali_listovki_s_instruktsieyi_po_vyjivaniyu_na_territoriyah_gde

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Scary and sad: There are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S.

This is a re-blog. Many of America’s bridges “structurally deficient.”

The Fifth Column

Interstate 35 bridge collapse | attribution: Kevin Rofidal, United States Coast Guard

Daily Kos

Then ask yourself: How is this not seen as a national scandal? After all, even though “structurally deficient” doesn’t necessarily mean “likely to collapse tomorrow,” we have seen some major bridge collapses in recent years, and 63,000 is a lot of bridges. Collectively, these bridges are crossed 250 million times a day. So again, why is this not something the government is aggressively working to fix? Oh, wait:

With an ample boost in federal money, $100.2 billion was spent by governments on all levels in 2010 on capital improvements for the nation’s 604,493 bridges and 4.1 million miles of roads.That sort of spending brought progress in the first decade of the 21st century, leading to a slight decline…

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There’s A Hidden Timebomb In The Senate Rules That Will Go Off If A Supreme Court Justice Retires

The Fifth Column

Obama and SCOTUS | CREDIT: (AP PHOTO/COLLECTION OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, STEVE PETTEWAY)

With the possibility of Justices Ginsberg or Stevens retiring during President Obama’s term, this piece is quite relevant…

Think Progress

As Jonathan Chait notes, only five Republican senators voted to confirm Justice Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, and three of those senators — Judd Gregg, Richard Lugar and Olympia Snowe — are no longer in the Senate. If Republicans take the Senate this November, there is a very real possibility that no one President Obama nominates to a Supreme Court vacancy, no matter what their record or qualifications, could be confirmed to the Court.

We made a similar point in 2012, when Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock defeated Lugar in a Republican Senate primary after he attacked Lugar for his support of Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. As we wrote then…

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Shocking Video of Homeless Guy Getting Shot in Albuquerque, NM

Here’s a video of a homeless man in Albuquerque, NM, getting shot by police on March 16th.

What do you think ?

http://wellthisiswhatithink.com/2014/04/03/united-states-is-cruel-inhuman-and-degrading-to-poor-un-report-charges-warning-violent-video/#comment-14444

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-set-to-release-report-on-albuquerque-police-shootings/

http://www.vice.com/read/albequerque-shooting-james-boyd

Sources Claim Keystone XL Pipeline Delayed

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It looks like a win for landowners and those concerned with the environment (and actually a win for everyone).  The State Department and White House decided to delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

The State Department said it needs more time to prepare its recommendation to the president because the pipeline route is mired in uncertainty.  A legal dispute is underway in Nebraska over the route and it is unlikely to be resolved before next year.

The project has caused problems for landowners due to Transcanada’s confrontational, bullying tactics.  They have been attempting to take the land under eminent domain even before the project has been approved by the government. They have tried to impose terms landowners don’t like.

Other issues include the fact that the pipeline would cross a huge, major underground water supply in Nebraska and that the production of this type of tar sands oil makes a large quantity of greenhouse gasses.

President Obama has said he would approve the project only if it could be proven not to worsen emissions of greenhouse gases that lead to global warming.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-administration-keystone-xl-pipeline-delay-20140418,0,6905254.story#axzz2zHgovBdH

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2014/04/18/obama-keystone-xl-pipeline-congress-canada/7874199/

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/04/18/keystone-xl-pipeline-will-not-be-completed-this-year-sources-say/

U.N. Report: United States Is Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading to Homeless

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On March 27th, The U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva condemned the United States for criminalizing homelessness, calling it “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” that violates international human rights treaty obligations.

It also called upon the U.S. government to take corrective action, following a two-day review of U.S. government compliance with a human rights treaty ratified in 1992.

“I’m just simply baffled by the idea that people can be without shelter in a country, and then be treated as criminals for being without shelter,” said Sir Nigel Rodley, chairman of the committee.   “The idea of criminalizing people who don’t have shelter is something that I think many of my colleagues might find as difficult as I do to even begin to comprehend.”

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty states:  “While the U.S. government should be commended for recognizing that the imposition of criminal penalties on homeless people is counterproductive public policy…criminalization of homelessness at the state and local levels continues to cause significant rights violations.” So, the criminalization of homelessness is mostly occurring at the state and local level.

The U.N. committee called on the U.S. to abolish these laws and policies found at the state and local level.

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty claims there is an estimated 3.5 million homeless people in the United States.

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/un-human-rights-committee-united-states-cruel-inhuman-and-degrading-poor?paging=off%C2%A4t_page=1#bookmark

http://wellthisiswhatithink.com/2014/04/03/united-states-is-cruel-inhuman-and-degrading-to-poor-un-report-charges-warning-violent-video/#comment-14444

http://news.streetroots.org/2014/04/16/cruel-inhuman-and-degrading-us-policies-homelessness-called-out-un

http://www.nlchp.org/Cruel_Inhuman_and_Degrading

Military Urges President to Deny New Russian Spy Planes Access to American Skies

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The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and ratified in 2002.  It was adopted by 34 nations and allows the safe passage of planes equipped with advanced cameras and sensors in order to assess compliance with arms control treaties and troop movements.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military, American intelligence agencies, and two members of the House Armed Services Committee have been urging the President to deny certification for a new Russian spy plane to fly over the U.S.  

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/18/pentagon-moves-to-block-russian-spy-plane-in-american-skies.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_Open_Skies