“It is long past time for the federal government to stop forcing American taxpayers to spend billions of dollars to prop up a now-mature energy source,” said Congressman Jones. “Combined with my concerns about the effects of wind turbines on the military installations and residents of Eastern North Carolina, I fully support the expiration of the PTC at the end of this year.”
Yeah right, this doesn't have a damn thing to do with Cherry Point, it's simply another push by the Koch Brothers to snuff out alternative energy sources, and Walter Jones is scrambling to please them before they Primary his ass into oblivion. Not to mention the rest of the usual suspects:
“I would prefer that we reduce some of the programs that are providing funds for people not working,” he says. “There’s an awful lot of that going on. I would rather spend money educating people rather than continuously feeding them.”
So there you have it. A multi-billionaire who would rather not "continuously feed" people who are hungry ... and who sees schools as nothing more than farms for his workers. Good luck educating all those dead people, Mr. Goodnight. You're really going to need it.
The number of homeless students in North Carolina schools has skyrocketed recently, jumping 53 percent just from the 2010-11 to 2011-12 school years, according to a new report from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) based at UNC-Greensboro.
North Carolina was one of just 10 states nationwide to increase by at least 20 percent — let alone 50 — in that time, and it was the only state in the south to do so.
NC's safety net already had far too many holes in it before Republicans took over, but those holes have stretched into gaping chasms under their stern paternalistic hands. Federal unemployment extensions have been missing for going on five months, as have tens of thousands in weekly state benefits due to massive cuts. We can expect a lot more homeless students in future reports. As to the ones who have a home:
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 8:03pm
Well, I have to admit that I missed a real doozy of a blog post/op-ed penned by one of our esteemed state Senators, Bill Cook back in August. Cook serves in the First District, which includes Beaufort. The Beaufort Observer has the op-ed online and a link to the full original on Cook's blog.
Submitted by robertingastonia on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 5:51pm
Anyone who attended the US House oversight committee hearing in Gastonia and sat in on it today, certainly was treated to a one-sided, political dog and pony show. I entered the hearings in silence and left in mourning.
Yes, I am in mourning. Mourning for a Country that continues to use PR and marketing tools to jockey for political position while the citizens they profess to be working for are screwed over and left on the side of the road with yesterday’s trash. The hearing had nothing to do with solutions, building communities, reaching out to others or attempting to gather information to make affordable healthcare a reality.
As the Republican committee members asked the rehearsed questions and made their one line zingers, the rest of us sat in silence as the all too predictable drama unfolded. The witnesses regurgitated fox news talking points as the room divided between those who nodded in agreement and those who shook their head in disgust.
Submitted by Envirograham on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 5:27pm
As states up and down the east coast move forward with plans to develop wind farms off their shores, North Carolina continues to lag behind according to a new report released today by Environment North Carolina. While North Carolina has more offshore wind potential than any other Atlantic state, the state is falling behind in taking advantage of this clean, homegrown energy source.
“North Carolina actually has the potential to power our entire state using offshore wind,” said Graham Givens of Environment North Carolina. “If we were to develop just a fraction of the wind energy resources off North Carolina’s coast, we could easily meet 20% of the state’s energy needs.”
Submitted by robert_childs on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 1:13pm
Transgender Day of Remembrance
by Loftin Wilson
On November 20th, 2013, as night falls, people all over the world will gather by candlelight and read a list of names. The people on this list lived all over the world, from Istanbul to Brazil to Florida to Wisconsin. They were of all ages, some as young as thirteen. Their lives were all very different, but they are all on this list for one reason -- sometime during the last year, each of them lost their life because of anti-transgender hate violence.
People who are transgender -- people whose gender identity or gender presentation is different from or more complex than the sex they were assigned at birth -- live all over the world, in every culture and every country. We exist in every community and every walk of life. And even though data about the lives of transgender people is consistently under- and mis-reported, it is clear that people who are transgender or gender-nonconforming (and people who are perceived to be) experience violence at disproportionate, disturbing rates. One recent analysis concluded that “the majority of transgender people will experience violence in their lifetimes, and that risk for violence starts at an early age.”
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