Daily Archives: January 17, 2017

The Antarctica Challenge, A Global Warning | Climate Change Documentary

Mind Expanding Documentaries

Published on Dec 24, 2016

The Super Greenhouse Effect Climate Change MiniDocumentary

Quynh Trang

Published on Jan 2, 2017

Prof Michael Mann on Climate Change What The Science Tells Us

Reason and Science

Published on Jan 5, 2017

Climate Change the Crisis

Reason and Science

Published on Jan 5, 2017

Part 2

eason and Science 103

Published on Jan 5, 2017

Bernie Sanders – Martin Luther King Day Speech (01/16/17)


Published on Jan 17, 2017

Bernie Sanders speaks at the 49th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church (where King was pastor and preached) in Atlanta.

Bernie Sanders Slams Dems For Lacking “Guts”

The Big Picture RT

Published on Jan 16, 2017

In tonight’s Progressive Roundtable, Thom talks to Larry Cohen of Our Revolution and Norman Solomon of Roots Action about Trump’s Obamacare replacement plan, Democratic resistance to Obamacare repeal, and how Bernie Sanders is once again taking on the Democratic establishment. Later on in the show, Thom talks to Larry Cohen about the future of the labor movement under Trump.

Ryan Zinke Battles Bernie Sanders at Interior Secretary Confirmation Hearing – 1/17/17


Published on Jan 17, 2017

Streamed live 6 hours ago
Watch Live: Rep. Ryan Zinke’s interior secretary confirmation hearing live

Interior nominee will review Obama limits on oil and gas drilling
Confirmation Hearing Rep. Ryan Zinke

Nominee for Interior Vows to Preserve, and Develop, Public Lands – The New York Times

The nominee for secretary of the interior was asked in a Senate hearing whether he supported Donald J. Trump’s views on climate change.

By REUTERS. Photo by Al Drago/The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »


WASHINGTON — Representative Ryan Zinke, Republican of Montana, pitched himself on Tuesday as a serious steward of federal resources in his confirmation hearing for interior secretary, frequently bucking conservative orthodoxy on ownership of public lands, federal funding for preservation and even, briefly, climate change.

But Mr. Zinke also emphasized his support for drilling, mining and logging on federal lands, activities strongly opposed by many environmental groups.

In wide-ranging testimony before a Senate panel that lasted for nearly three hours, Mr. Zinke, a former member of the Navy SEALs who just finished his first term in the House, tried to balance the importance of preservation with use of the nation’s public lands and waters.

He expressed admiration for Gifford Pinchot, the first United States Forest Service chief, who advocated planned use and renewal. Mr. Zinke also said he supported energy development on federal lands. Recreational activities and mining, for instance, are not mutually exclusive, he said.

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Eight Men Now Own the Same as the Poorest Half of the World – BillMoyers.com

Participants attend a meeting on the theme “Monetary Policy: Where Will Things Land?” on the opening day of the World Economic Forum, on January 17, 2017 in Davos. The global elite begin a week of earnest debate and Alpine partying in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Global inequality is growing.

By Duncan Green | January 17, 2017

This post originally appeared at Oxfam’s From Poverty to Power blog.

Just eight men have as much wealth as 3.6 billion poor men, women and children.

It’s Davos this week, which means it’s time for Oxfam’s latest global “killer fact” on extreme inequality. Since our first calculation in 2014, these have helped get inequality onto the agenda of the global leaders assembled in Switzerland. This year, the grabber of any headlines not devoted to the US presidential inauguration on Friday is that it’s worse than we thought. Last year it was 62 people who owned the same as the poorest half of the world. This year it is down to eight. Just eight men have as much wealth as 3.6 billion poor men, women and children. Think about that for a moment, before getting geeky and carrying on with the rest of this post.


Every year, there are also regular attempts at rubbishing the new stat. An admirably nerdy box in Oxfam’s new paper for Davos both explains the origins of the new number (better data) and addresses the expected counterarguments.

In January 2014, Oxfam calculated that just 85 people had the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of humanity. This was based on data on the net wealth of the richest individuals from Forbes and data on the global wealth distribution from Credit Suisse. For the past three years, we have been tracking these data sources to understand how the global wealth distribution is evolving. In the Credit Suisse report of October 2015, the richest one percent had the same amount of wealth as the other 99 percent.

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FRONTLINE | Divided States of America – Extended Preview | PBS


Published on Jan 9, 2017

How did the country’s intense polarization come to be? An epic, four-hour miniseries from FRONTLINE’s acclaimed political team.

Days before the inauguration of the 45th American president in January 2017, FRONTLINE will premiere “Divided States of America,” a four-hour, two-night documentary miniseries that looks back at events during the Obama presidency that have revealed deep divisions in our country, and examines the America that President-elect Donald Trump will inherit.

From veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team, “Divided States” will offer an in-depth view of the partisanship that has gridlocked Washington and charged the 2016 presidential campaign, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle, and the racial tensions that have erupted throughout the country.

“Divided States of America” premieres Tues. Jan. 17 and Wed. Jan. 18 from 9-11 p.m. EST / 8-10 p.m. CST on PBS and online: http://to.pbs.org/2eOfzLn


Published on Jan 16, 2017

“Obamacare” has expanded health insurance for millions