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Friday, November 27, 2015

You may not have heard of Baotou, but the mines and factories here help to keep our modern lives ticking. It is one of the world's biggest suppliers of "rare earth" minerals. These elements can be found in everything from magnets in wind turbines and electric car motors, to the electronic guts of smartphones and flatscreen TVs. In 2009 China produced 95% of the world's supply of these elements, and it's estimated that the Bayan Obo mines just north of Baotou contain 70% of the world's reserves. But, as we would discover, at what cost? read more

Friday, October 30, 2015

Bernie Sanders stood by his long-standing opposition to the death penalty on Thursday, calling for an end to the policy during a Senate speech on criminal justice. "I believe it is time for the United States of America to join almost every other Western, industrialized country on Earth in saying no to the death penalty," Sanders said. "We are all shocked and disgusted by some of the horrific murders that we see in this country, seemingly every week. And that is precisely why we should abolish the death penalty. At a time of rampant violence and murder, the state should not be part of that process." Hillary Clinton supports the death penalty. "I do not favor abolishing it, however, because I do think there are certain egregious cases that still deserve the consideration of the death penalty, but I'd like to see those be very limited and rare, as opposed to what we've seen in most states," Clinton said.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Cops said the family pet - a boxer-terrier mix named Patches, charged at the officer. The cop fired his gun, and the bullet hit Andrea's four-year-old daughter, Ava, in the leg, shattering the bone. read more

Thursday, October 08, 2015

An influential progressive writer published a blunt assessment of Hillary Clinton this week, declaring her unusually willing to transgress against civic and legal standards.

"From her adventures in cattle trading to chairing a policymaking committee in her husband's White House to running for Senate in a state she'd never lived in to her effort to use superdelegates to overturn 2008 primary results to her email servers," Matthew Yglesias declared at Vox.com, "Clinton is clearly more comfortable than the average person with violating norms and operating in legal gray areas." read more

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Why the new NBC/WSJ poll contains rough news for the GOP

Why the NBC/WSJ poll contains some rough news for Hillary, too


We can be smarter in how we choose to treat Muslims already within our communities and nations who're simply trying to live their lives in public spaces just like everyone else. That's all.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2015-11-27 05:20 PM

I agree, though I also believe it's rational to mistrust fundamentalist Islam and its followers. When the publishing of a cartoon causes mass protests all over the world, it's not hard to be concerned there will be difficulty sharing a community with a significant number of Muslims, unless they are moderates of course. For that example and many other reasons, Islam deserves criticism. Granted, I believe the same regarding Christianity, and am not suggesting any of the examples of attacks or berating in the article are justified.

Regarding the poll of whether people would support a Muslim for president, that doesn't just boil down to "anti-Muslim" sentiment or a phobia. I want to know what a would be Muslim president believes exactly, and would be highly suspicious of their intentions until satisfied that they are a moderate. But again, I apply that same reasoning to a would be Christian president, and intentionally do not vote for fundamentalist Christians as I don't believe their values are compatible with mine.

Without question, but individuals can do little about decades of foreign policy decisions.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2015-11-27 05:20 PM

We could vote smarter. Currently Dems are largely choosing more of the same for their nominee. And the only Repub who wants to change it is getting less than 1% of his party's support if I remember correctly.

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