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Do You Really Want to Save the Earth? After the Climate March, Flood Wall Street!

Wall StreetWall Street is, in a very real sense, the epicenter of our environmental crisis. To ignore that fact is to risk dooming our other climate efforts to failure, or to use them merely as palliatives for troubled consciences. There's no other way to say this: Capitalism, as practiced on Wall Street today, is an existential threat to humanity.

To make that statement is not necessarily to issue a jeremiad against capitalism in all its forms. The danger comes not from commerce itself, but from the extraordinary concentration of wealth and power that has accrued in recent decades to corporations and their Wall Street investors. This has led in turn to an ideological shift that has entirely captured the GOP and has seized large portions of the Democratic Party as well.

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Large Protests In Hundreds Of Cities Vent Ire Over Climate Change

global climate change marchStreets in New York City and other towns are being taken over by marchers Sunday in what organizers hope will be the largest climate change protest in history. The People's Climate March is timed to draw the notice of world leaders gathering for this week's U.N. Climate Summit.

As the New York march prepared to get underway at its official start time of 11:30 a.m. ET, protesters elsewhere were already celebrating large turnouts. A Twitter feed at the march's website showed crowds of demonstrators marching in Perth and Melbourne, in London and Dublin, and in Johannesburg and Tanzania.

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GOP Rejects Obama’s ‘Creative’ Iran Nuclear Compromises

rouhaniThe Obama administration is frantically searching for “creative solutions” to get to a nuclear deal with Iran, but according to 31 Republican senators, the administration is getting way too lenient while trying to entice Tehran to get to yes.

Late Friday night, senior administration officials confirmed to The New York Times rumors that they are offering Iran a deal that would allow them to “disconnect” some of their 19,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges instead of actually dismantling them, as part of a comprehensive agreement between Iran and the P5+1 countries over Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program.

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Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

Feds arm policeA Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry.

That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the aftermath of the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Sierra Leone burial team attacked despite lockdown

Sierra Leone burial teamA team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone's capital on Saturday, a member of parliament said, as a small group defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record.

In one of the most extreme measures since the epidemic began, Sierra Leone has ordered its population of 6 million to stay indoors as volunteers circulate to educate residents about the disease as well as isolate the sick and remove the dead.

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Florida fires 32 prison guards after spate of inmate deaths

Florida prison systemThe secretary of Florida's prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of the recent scrutiny given to inmate deaths across the state over the past few years, the Miami Herald newspaper reported.

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews dismissed 32 guards on Friday, according to the newspaper. All of them had been accused of criminal misconduct or wrongdoing stemming from inmate deaths at four different prisons, the report said.

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GM recalls 221,000 Cadillacs and Impalas

Impala recalledGeneral Motors is recalling 221,000 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala cars after a problem with the electronic parking brake arm was discovered. The recall includes 205,000 vehicles within the United States.

The car manufacturer said the parking brake's piston actuation arm may not fully retract when released and may partially engage with the rotor. This could cause excessive heat and poor performance.

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Polly Bergen, first screen woman president and Sopranos star, dies aged 84

Polly BergenEmmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorised wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died on Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, surrounded by family and close friends, publicist Judy Katz said. She had battled emphysema and other ailments in the late 1990s, a result of 50 years of smoking.

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De Blasio Orders a Greener City, Setting Goals for Energy Efficiency of Buildings

De BlasioIn a sweeping effort to reduce its environmental impact, New York City is planning to overhaul the energy-efficiency standards of all its public buildings and to pressure private landlords to make similar improvements.

The initiative is part of a pledge, to be announced before the start of the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday, to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels. The United Nations has pointed to that rate of decrease as a desired target for developed countries to mitigate the effects of climate change.

New York would become the largest city in the world to make the commitment, according to the city’s leaders.

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