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Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War

November 18th, 2014  |  Source: Daily Beast

The American campaign against the Islamic State is being largely fought from the sky. And even that aerial effort is being shortchanged, military insiders tell The Daily Beast.


‘Fixed Fortunes’: Corporate Donors Spent $5.8B on Political Influence, Received $4.4T in Financial Benefits

November 17th, 2014  |  Source: Sunlight Foundation

The Sunlight Foundation is releasing “Fixed Fortunes,” a groundbreaking analysis and dataset of the money the biggest corporate political donors put into campaigns and lobbying and what they get in return. 


Google develops site to help combat illegal fishing

November 13th, 2014  |  Source: FT

Google has waded into one of the most politically fraught environmental issues with a free tool that gives anyone with an internet connection the power to track down illegal fishing boats that experts say are causing up to $23bn in economic losses each year.


Congress to vote on Keystone pipeline in high-stakes challenge to Obama

November 13th, 2014  |  Source: The Guardian

Senate and House of Representatives schedule votes to support controversial pipeline, hours after president announced historic emissions deal with China

Both chambers of the US Congress will vote on a bill to approve the controversialKeystone XL pipeline in the coming days, in what could amount to an immediate challenge to Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce global carbon emissions.


The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

November 6th, 2014  |  Source: Rolling Stone

VNN is very happy to see Matt Taibbi  return to his regular beat @rollingstone

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How Guy Fawkes became the face of post-modern protest

November 5th, 2014  |  Source: The Economist

ON NOVEMBER 5TH Britons up and down the country will light bonfires and set off fireworks to mark the execution of Guy Fawkes, a 17th-century Roman Catholic terrorist. More recently activists have appropriated the day as one of mass protest.

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Baghdad Mansions Sell for $1 Million With Islamic State at Gates

November 3rd, 2014  |  Source: Bloomberg

Islamic State militants may be at the approaches to Baghdad yet members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim elite are offering cash for $1 million homes in the capital’s sought-after Zayouna neighborhood.

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Why Private Donations Aren't Helping America's Poor

October 13th, 2014  |  Source: Business Week

Of late, the comparatively good news on the U.S. economy suggests the worst of the recession is behind us. Nonetheless, millions remain out of work; federal food and nutrition assistance outlays – one measure of the number of people struggling to get by—were at an all time high in 2013.


1955: Why the US Chose Nuclear Energy Over Solar

October 8th, 2014  |  Source: Sustainablebusiness.com

This amazing excerpt from the book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy, provides fascinating context to energy choices the US made in the 1950s. It was a pivotal moment for the advent of solar energy, but the US supported nuclear instead. 

 




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