Nevada Rancher Versus The Feds Is A Tiresome Western Re-Run

CREDIT: AP Photo/Toby Brusseau In the West, we’ve seen this Cliven Bundy movie before. And with every re-run, the worn out story line of the heroic independent rancher standing up to the dictatorial federal government gets more tiresome. Bundy, for those who have been paying attention to more important news, is the southern Nevada rancher who, after two decades of refusing to pay the ridiculously modest fees for grazing his cattle on federal land, provoked an armed standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management when the agency’s employees came to confiscate Bundy’s cows. His stand attracted hundreds of self-described militiamen and other fringe-dwellers who couldn’t resist the siren call of what was portrayed as an honest-to-God western range war. The notion of a range war … [Read more...]

Someone Is Ordering Eastern Ukraine’s Jews To ‘Register’

The flyer allegedly handed out to Ukrainian Jewish community members CREDIT: The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism A flyer distributed in the eastern Ukrainian city Donestk is telling the city’s Jewish community that they need to “register” with the separatist government, but the head of the self-appointed new leadership in the region has denied involvement. In a set of flyers handed out to Jewish Ukrainians leaving synagogue on Monday, members of the community over the age of 16 were allegedly ordered to register at the government’s main building, which is currently being occupied by pro-Russian gunmen and protesters. Additionally, they would be forced to pay a registration fee of $50 and list all pieces of property, including real estate and … [Read more...]

Win the Senate? Not as easy as Republicans think

Mitch McConnell won't be Senate Majority Leader after November. And thanks to Alison Lundergan Grimes, he won't even be in the Senate. The media and Republicans are already claiming victory this November. The reality? With Republicans all-but-guaranteed pickups in West Virginia and South Dakota, the race will come down to the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. Some people have tried to make Virginia into something, but really, it's not. Neither is New Hampshire. Or Iowa. So to win back the majority, Republicans have to win those two seats in WV and SD, and four more from Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, and North Carolina. All the while, they must hold their two endangered seats in Kentucky … [Read more...]

Two Homeless People Freeze To Death Just Miles From The White House

A homeless man rests on a bench in Washington, D.C. CREDIT: Shawn Davis Just a couple miles from where lawmakers set the course on everything from taxes to the availability of housing vouchers for low-income Americans, two homeless people were found dead Wednesday morning, with hypothermia being cited as the likely cause. Washington D.C. had made an effort to try to protect its homeless residents from dangerous weather this year, with new innovations such as “warming buses,,” city buses that were parked across the city with the heat on for those in need. The buses were quite popular; hundreds of homeless people could be found on board when temperatures dropped, in part because shelters in D.C. have been overflowing. However, when temperatures turned unseasonably cold on … [Read more...]

Why Air Pollution Is A Racial Issue

CREDIT: Shutterstock A study produced by the University of Minnesota concluded that race is a determining factor in who is most affected by air pollution. Specifically, non-white people breathe air that is substantially more polluted than the air that white people breathe. According to Julian Marshall, who led the University’s research, race outweighed income in regards to who is most affected by poor air quality. When low-income white people were compared to high-income Hispanic people, the latter group experienced higher levels of nitrogen dioxide. Altogether, people of color in the U.S. breath air with 38 percent more nitrogen dioxide in it than their white counterparts, particularly due to power plants and exhaust from vehicles. “We were quite surprised to find such a … [Read more...]