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Kerry compares climate change deniers to ‘Flat Earth Society’

Via: MSNBC

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Secretary of State John Kerry injected some stridency into the Obama administration’s environmental advocacy on Sunday when he delivered a speech on the need for a coordinated, international response to climate change.

“The science is unequivocal. And those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand,” he said in Jakarta, Indonesia. “Now, President Obama and I believe very deeply that we do not have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”

The White House has been signalling a major push on climate change policy for months, but rarely have administration officials rejected denialism in such strongly worded terms. Nor have they discussed the potential effects of global warming with such specificity and urgency. Kerry, who described climate change as “the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction,” dedicated much of his 45-minute speech to detailing the anticipated humanitarian and economic consequences.

Scientists now predict that by the end of the century, the sea could rise by a full meter,” Kerry said.Now, I know that to some people a meter may not sound like a lot, but I’ll tell you this: it’s enough to put half of Jakarta underwater. Just one meter would displace hundreds of millions of people worldwide and threaten billions of dollars in economic activity. It would put countries into jeopardy. It would put countless – I mean, come to the local level – it would put countless homes and schools and parks, entire cities at risk.”

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/kerry-slams-climate-change-deniers?cid=sm_facebook

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‘Photo of the Day’

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Muslim woman covers the yellow star of her Jewish neighbor with her veil in the streets of Sarajevo in 1941.

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Another day, another kid killed by a “responsible” gun owner.

Via: Raw Story

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An Arkansas man is facing first degree murder charges after he allegedly shot a 15-year-old girl to death over the weekend because she was participating in a prank on his 16-year-old son.

Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, Little Rock Police responded to the Kum & Go gas station after a call about a shooting, according to KARK. Officers found a white Hyundai Sonata with bullet holes, broken glass, and four teens between the ages of 14 and 18.

A 15-year-old girl who was inside the car was identified as Adrian Broadway. She later died from a gunshot wound after being taken to nearby hospital. The car’s 18-year-old driver, Dshone Nelson, suffered minor injuries from broken glass.

The surviving teen victims reportedly told police that they had attempted to prank 48-year-old Willie Noble’s son by covering his car in eggs and leaves, KTHV reported.

Apparently Mr. Noble’s teenage son had done a prank on some of the kids that were inside the vehicle on Halloween Night,” Lieutenant Sidney Allen explained. “As a result they were doing a retaliation prank and it ultimately had deadly results.”

After the shooting, the driver attempted to flee the scene to get help.

“It was a joke. We was friends, we was gonna come over there and clean it up,” 16-year-old Kortazha Williams, who was in the car, told KTHV. “It was supposed to be a prank; we were supposed to get up right now, and we were supposed to laugh.”

Adrian Broadway’s family and friends gathered at for a candlelight vigil on Sunday night at Benny Craig Park.

Noble was charged first degree murder, committing a terrorist act, and five counts of aggravated assault. (‘Stand Your Ground’ – I suspect he’ll walk, again)

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/17/arkansas-man-guns-down-15-year-old-girl-for-egging-sons-car-as-a-prank/

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