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THE FACTNET BLOG: Public Interest News & Dialog

The Factnet Blog: Public Interest News & Dialog

  

TED NUGENT CALLS PRESDENT OBAMA “NOT JUST A CHIMPANZEE, BUT A SUBHUMAN MONGREL”

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:30

Fox News 21 FEB 2014 by Howard Kurtz

Ted Nugent, Wendy Davis and CNN: The politics of inflammatory speech

There’s no shortage of manufactured outrage in the political world, but sometimes the outrage is utterly warranted.

What Ted Nugent said about President Obama is so far beyond the pale that it needs to be called out. The more interesting question is whether a candidate who allies himself with Nugent should be held responsible for the incendiary language.

U.S. BILLIONAIRE TO POUR $100 MILLION INTO CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:16

Reuters 20 FEB 2014 by Valerie Volcovici

A California hedge fund investor has pledged $100 million in contributions to pro-environmentalist congressional campaigns, bolstering the battle against climate change.

Billionaire Tom Steyer on Wednesday night hosted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and six other Democratic lawmakers for a fundraiser at his San Francisco home and is planning an ad campaign for candidates who support tough action on climate change.

JOHN KERRY: Climate Change As Big A Threat As Terrorism, Poverty, WMDs

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 21:07

CNN 17 FEB 2014 by Steve Almasy

Saying that climate change ranks among the world's most serious problems -- such as disease outbreaks, poverty, terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on all nations to respond to "the greatest challenge of our generation."

Kerry, speaking before college students in Jakarta, Indonesia, also criticized climate-change deniers, saying "a few loud interest groups" shouldn't be given the chance to misdirect the conversation.

KANSAS’ ANTI-GAY BILL: Another Attempt to Force Warped Christianity on Others

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 22:06

The Guardian 17 FEB 2014 by Jill Filipovic

Last week, the Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill that would have broadly legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians. Luckily, after national outrage, the bill was halted. But the fight isn't over: the bill's reliance on religious freedom to justify discrimination is a sign of right-wing efforts to come.

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FAULTED FOR HALTING ABUSE STUDY

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 02/16/2014 - 21:03

New York Times 11 FEB 2014 by RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑAFEB

GREENVILLE, S.C. — For decades, students at Bob Jones University who sought counseling for sexual abuse were told not to report it because turning in an abuser from a fundamentalist Christian community would damage Jesus Christ. Administrators called victims liars and sinners.

Couple guilty of murder. Followed Christian child raising manual...

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 02/16/2014 - 15:05

Two parents in Washington state have been found guilty of murder after allegedly following the abusive parenting techniques advocated in the parenting book "To Train Up a Child" by Michael and Debi Pearl.

Larry and Carri Williams received the maximum prison sentences allowable under the law after being found guilty of beating and starving their adopted daughter Hana to death. The methods they used to "discipline" their daughter were advocated in the controversial Christian book.

UNITED STATES AND CHINA PLEDGE COOPERATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 02/15/2014 - 11:08

The Washington Post 15 FEB 2014 by Simon Denyer

BEIJING — The United States and China said Saturday they have agreed to intensify efforts to address climate change and to work together to seek a common platform ahead of a global summit on the issue at the end of next year.

The agreement was announced during a visit by Secretary of State John F. Kerry, as some of the worst air pollution in almost a year brought visibility down to two or three blocks in Beijing.

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