The Weight of Thought

This week:
1. North Pole Freakout
2. Global Warming Greening the Planet
3. Obama’s strip tease
4. Dick Branson’s Plan B
5. Steward Brant’s Mutant Future
6. Tepco nukes the Pacific
7. Frack Off!
8. Stink bombs for miners
9. You can’t drink money
10. Di Nigunim
11. The Endgame of the Tar Sands

Pop champagne: Racism is over. 

"There is an old disease, and that disease is cured," Bert Rein, the attorney leading the legal challenge to the Voting Rights Act—the landmark law intended to ensure all Americans can vote—told to the Supreme Court on Tuesday. "That problem is solved."

Rein represents Shelby County, Alabama, one of the jurisdictions covered by a key section of the Voting Rights Act called Section 5. Under Section 5, parts of the country with histories of discriminatory election practices have to ask for permission—or “preclearance,” in legal terms—from the Justice Department before making any changes to their voting rules. But the South, where most of the covered jurisdictions are, has changed, Rein said, and the law, although once justified, is now unfair and unconstitutional. The five conservative justices on the Supreme Court seemed to agree. “The Marshall Plan was very good too,” argued Justice Anthony Kennedy, ”but times change.”

NFL player and former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is set to appear as a featured speaker at First Baptist Church of Dallas, home to anti-LGBT, antisemitic Pastor Robert Jeffress, who once called President Barack Obama a servant of “the Antichrist.” According to the Daily Mail, Tebow is slated to appear before the church’s 11,000 congregants on April 28.

Tebow has been vocal about his faith, worshipping both on and off the field. In the past year, he has spoken to congregations at mega-churches in Texas and Arizona.

Pastor Jeffress, however, has become notorious for his strident remarks about homosexuality and religions other than his own. In the lead-up to the 2012 election, Jeffress declared that he would not be endorsing former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) because of the candidate’s Mormon faith, which Jeffress deemed a cult. (He later changed his views and threw in his lot with the Republican candidate.)


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RNC Attendee Allegedly Threw Nuts At Black CNN Camerawoman, Said ‘This Is How We Feed Animals’

This is the party whose nominee has 0% support among Black Americans.

A United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination.

James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said no member of the US Congress would meet him as he investigated the part played by the government in the considerable difficulties faced by Indian tribes.

Anaya said that in nearly two weeks of visiting Indian reservations, indigenous communities in Alaska and Hawaii, and Native Americans now living in cities, he encountered people who suffered a history of dispossession of their lands and resources, the breakdown of their societies and “numerous instances of outright brutality, all grounded on racial discrimination”.

"It’s a racial discrimination that they feel is both systemic and also specific instances of ongoing discrimination that is felt at the individual level," he said.
Anaya said racism extended from the broad relationship between federal or state governments and tribes down to local issues such as education.

Neo-Nazi group is a Civil rights group says Fox News


"My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me." And that’s just what they did.

In the early hours of Saturday 19 November, 2011, US marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr accidentally hit his LifeAid medical-alert pendant, presumably while sleeping. The 68-year-old retired corrections officer had a heart condition, but wasn’t in need of help that dawn. Within two hours, the White Plains, NY, police department had broken down his apartment door and shot him dead. Chamberlain Sr was African-American. As with Trayvon Martin, the black teenager recently killed in Florida, there are recordings of the events which include a racial slur directed at the victim.

The opening quote, above, was related to us by Kenneth Chamberlain Jr, when he appeared on the “Democracy Now!" news hour talking about the police killing of his father. Chamberlain Jr was holding on to the LifeAid pendant that his father wore around his neck in case of a medical emergency. Perhaps unbeknown to the White Plains police who arrived at Chamberlain Sr’s door that morning, the LifeAid system includes a box in the home that, when activated, transmits audio to the LifeAid company, where it is recorded. Chamberlain Jr and his lawyers heard the recording in a meeting at the office of the Westchester county district attorney, Janet DiFiore.

New York City has the dubious — and well-earned — reputation as the world’s marijuana arrest capital, with more than 50,000 people being arrested for pot possession there last year alone at an estimated cost of $75 million. It also has a mayor, Michael Bloomberg, who has famously said he smoked marijuana and enjoyed it, yet who presides over a police force that has run roughshod over the state’s marijuana decriminalization law in order to make those arrests, almost all of which are of members of the city’s black and brown minority communities.

Conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan has been fired from left-leaning news network MSNBC after more than four months of suspension, the longtime contributor revealed Thursday night.

In a lengthy screed published to his personal website, Buchanan tore into his former employer of 10 years for what he called “an undeniable victory for the blacklisters,” in which the former Nixon aide calls out MSNBC for caving to organizations like the African-American advocacy group Color of Change, LGBT advocates with Human Rights Campaign, Jewish advocates at The Anti-Defamation League and progressive media watchdog Media Matters for America.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said recently that Buchanan’s suspension came after the publication of his latest book, “Suicide of a Superpower,” which contains a chapter called, “The End of White America.” Griffin said last month that he did not think the book belonged in the public discourse and Buchanan has been off the air since October, but news of his suspension did not break until January. At the time, MSNBC said there was no decision yet on his potential future with the network.

New Yorkers outraged at police violence on black youths