In our news wrap Thursday, the European Central Bank announced a plan to buy up $1.2 billion of bonds to stabilize Europe’s economy, a program similar to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing. Also, at least 13 people died in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk when mortar rounds hit a bus stop.
The last time we exposed the Koch Brothers’ dealings to the world we here at Brave New Films wound up in their crosshairs. They produced online ad campaigns attacking us, but, it takes more than a banner ad to slow us down.
We’ve reissued Koch Brothers Exposed in an updated version, Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition, to shine a light on them. We’ve delved even deeper into where their money is going, who their money is hurting, and how much they are making during this whole process leading up to the 2014 Elections.
Two years ago when we made this film very few people knew who the Koch Brothers were or what the Koch Brothers were doing. But now, we so strongly believe that everyone should know what is happening that with your help and donations we are able to offer the film for free. We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to see the truth.
(5:11) How the Koch Brothers use Citizens United to corrupt democracy
(7:11) The Koch plan to re-segregate public schools
(34:54) The Koch plan to dismantle Social Security
(38:20) Kochs & The Environment
(40:52) How the Koch Brothers Cause Cancer by dumping their toxic waste everywhere
(50:08) FIGHTING BACK
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Dimensions to be addressed:
– Using and sharing personal data
– Customizing service through smart algorithms
– Offering on-ramps for internet access.”
The official website for House Republicans has posted on YouTube a version of President Obama’s State of the Union address which cuts out comments where the President was critical of Republican rhetoric on climate change, ThinkProgress has learned.
In the website’s “enhanced webcast” of the State of the Union speech, President Obama’s comments criticizing Republicans for saying they are “not scientists” when it comes to climate change are erased.
At the 43:25 minute mark, President Obama is supposed to say “I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what — I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe.”
Instead, the entire section is skipped. Obama’s comments resume with “The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.”
You can watch the gop.gov version of the video here.
FYI, according to Climate Progress, “Boehner’s Press Secretary Michael Steel told ThinkProgress Wednesday afternoon that the video edits were not intentionally made. “It was inadvertent.” Steel said via e-mail. “We are working with YouTube to figure out what happened.”
Well, I’m not a scientist, but I am a videographer, and a YouTuber. When I screw up a video, I don’t “work with YouTube” – I take it down and put up the correct version.
The Marx Brothers could not have staged this better.
…the entire passage is missing, with a painfully obvious skip in the words, and picks up only with Obama saying, “The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.” Maybe they left that part in since it sounded like we could start bombing the climate if it refuses to comply with our demands.
Conventional and unconventional fossil fuel reserves; current CO2 emissions and cumulative CO 2 emissions; improved energy usage and efficiency; Carbon fee and dividend;
American Meteorological Society
“It is clear from extensive scientific evidence that the dominant cause of the rapid change in climate of the past half century is human-induced increases in the amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), chlorofluorocarbons, methane, and nitrous oxide.” (2012)7
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