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Deval Patrick Signs Overhaul Of Massachusetts Gun Laws

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed an extensive package of gun control measures on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
The legislation allows police chiefs to ask courts to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy guns to individuals they feel are unfit to obtain them, toughens penalties for some gun-based crimes, creates an online portal [...]

Massive Red Tide Off Florida Coast Is 90 Miles Long And Totally Gross


A huge stretch of ocean near Florida has been taken over by Karenia brevis, a microscopic algae that can kill fish and marine mammals, contaminate seafood and turn the water a dark, brown-red color.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported elevated levels of the algae over last week, and said their tipline received multiple [...]

Facing Historic Drought, California Lawmakers Vote To Place $7.5 Billion Water Plan On The Ballot

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Driven to action by the state’s historic drought, California lawmakers on Wednesday voted to place a $7.5 billion water plan before voters in November.
The measure marks the largest investment in decades in the state’s water infrastructure and is designed to build reservoirs, clean up contaminated groundwater and promote water-saving technologies.
It replaces an existing water bond [...]

How The Koch Brothers Are Organizing Against Your Local Zoo, Transit And School Board


Though the network of conservative groups funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch are better known for spending millions on top-tier Senate and gubernatorial races, they may be having a more durable impact at the local level.
A report released Thursday by the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund compiles example after example of how [...]

The Real Reason Facebook Is Forcing You To Download Messenger

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A little over a year ago, Facebook launched Facebook Home, software designed to take over some smartphones completely. It was a huge flop, but the message was clear: Facebook was on a mission to dominate the time you spend on your phone.
The company’s recent controversial move to force iPhone and Android owners who want to [...]

The Beauty of Mangrove Forests on Vimeo


A very short film about the beauty and importance of Mangrove Forests.
This film is shot entirely in north Bimini, Bahamas. Every piece of footage was shot in an area that is currently threatened.
The people of the island are working very hard to have the area turned into a marine protected area. The mangroves of north [...]

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story


The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. [...]

Florida Lawmakers Debate Changes To Congressional Districts


The Florida Legislature reconvened in a special session on Monday to debate changes to seven U.S. congressional districts after a judge earlier found the state’s redistricting map was unconstitutional.
Republican legislative leaders have rapidly advanced a plan to fix the district maps, developed in private and hurried through legislative committees, and may vote on the reshaped [...]

The Libertarian Fantasy


In the latest Times Magazine, Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians — roughly speaking, people who combine free-market economics with permissive social views — and asked whether we might be heading for a “libertarian moment.” Well, probably not. Polling suggests that young Americans tend, if anything, to be more supportive of the case for a bigger [...]

Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country


Bottled-water drinkers, we have a problem: There’s a good chance that your water comes from California, a state experiencing the third-driest year on record.
The details of where and how bottling companies get their water are often quite murky, but generally speaking, bottled water falls into two categories. The first is “spring water,” or groundwater that’s [...]

Read the Emails in the Hilarious Monsanto/Mo Rocca/Condé Nast Meltdown


Last week, Gawker uncovered a hapless tie-up between genetically modified seed/pesticide giant Monsanto and Condé Nast Media—publisher of The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, GQ, Self, Details, and other magazines—to produce “an exciting video series” on the “topics of food, food chains and sustainability.”
Since then, I’ve learned that Condé Nast’s Strategic Partnerships division dangled cash before [...]

Sharyl Attkisson Says Journalists Have ‘Gone Backwards’ Since Watergate Scandal


How would the media respond if the Watergate scandal occurred today?
Sharyl Attkisson thinks there wouldn’t be much of a response at all. The former CBS News reporter argued Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week” that journalists today seem to have far less authority than they did 40 years ago.
“I think that we’ve gone backwards since [...]

The War Photo No One Would Publish


The Iraqi soldier died attempting to pull himself up over the dashboard of his truck. The flames engulfed his vehicle and incinerated his body, turning him to dusty ash and blackened bone. In a photograph taken soon afterward, the soldier’s hand reaches out of the shattered windshield, which frames his face and chest. The colors [...]

Corrupt Executives Sent To Prison For Pumping Toxic Leaded Fuel Overseas


On Nov. 22, 2006, Paul Jennings received an email from a fellow executive at his chemical company. “As you are aware, Indonesia was planning to go lead free in 2000,” the note read. “This obviously did not happen for a number of reasons and since 1st January 2000 until the present, we have supplied 28,390 [...]

Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Takes Aim at One of the “Dirtiest” GMOs, Asks His Fans to Boycott.


Neil Young, a popular classic rock artist and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Fame (he was in inducted in 1995), has long been a critic of corporate America and an advocate for environmental causes.
His recent anti-tar sands tour was criticized by Canadian federal officials, after he called a major operation outside of Ft. [...]