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‘Some Say the World Will End in Fire:’ Climate Panel Paints Mad Max World of Famine, Fire, War

It is fire, i.e., massive global warming, that threatens the world as we know it.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Ending the Fire Zone Subsidy

As the Denver Post previously reported, between 1990 and 2000, more than a third of all homes built in America were built in the so-called Wildland-Urban Interface—aka the fire red zones.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



Silus Grok (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Temperature Rise Will Fan Forest Flames

As firefighters in California and other states in the West continue to battle forest fires, the latest research indicates that devastating conflagrations will grow in intensity as temperatures rise.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE


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Eric Holder Should Resign Over Spying, Editor of The Progressive Says

On “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday, Matt Rothschild reiterated his call for the attorney general to resign or be fired in the wake of recent revelations that the government was spying on the press and on Occupy protesters.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Farmworkers Fired After Fleeing Blaze

Fifteen agricultural workers in Oxnard, Calif., lost their jobs after they sought shelter to escape the ash and smoke-filled air from a raging wildfire last week. The strawberry pickers said they left because the smoke interfered with their ability to breathe.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE


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U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock

Climate Change: ‘This Is Just the Beginning’

Evidence supporting the existence of climate change is pummeling the United States this summer, from the mountain wildfires of Colorado to the recent “derecho” storm that left at least 23 dead and 1.4 million people without power from Illinois to Virginia.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Colorado Wildfire: Taste of Things to Come

The wildfire that raged through Colorado’s Waldo Canyon, just one of the many that lit up the state in recent weeks, consumed 346 homes and claimed at least one life. The event is consistent with predictions made by the world’s top climate scientists.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Fernando Antonio

Prison Fire Kills More Than 300 in Honduras

One inmate’s reported death wish led to the immolation of more than 300 people at a Honduran prison after the apparent instigator set fire to his mattress on Wednesday in the town of Comayagua, where some 356 others were still missing after the blaze, according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

The Age of Thirst in the American West

Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / GalgenTX (CC-BY)

Raging Texas Fires Destroy More Than 1,000 Homes

Wildfires continue to rage in Texas, and by Tuesday the estimated 85 fires had destroyed more than 7,500 acres and more than 1,000 homes.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hans-Maximo Musielik

Mourning in Mexico

Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Friday declared three days of mourning for his country after 52 people were killed in a Monterrey casino fire set by gunmen thought to be members of a drug cartel.

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 READ MORE



Dan Bennett (CC-BY)

McCain Blames Wildfires on Immigrant Smoke Signals (Video)

While five wildfires burn up Arizona, Sen. John McCain has decided now is the perfect time for demagoguery. (more)

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



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In a Tea Party World, Firemen Let Your House Burn Down

Last week a Tennessee family lost its home, worldly possessions, three dogs and a cat when firefighters refused to put out a blaze. In that corner of America, they don’t believe in taxing and spending on things like firefighting. Rather, it’s a service for which one pays—or, in this case, forgets to pay—a $75 annual fee.

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AP / IgorYakunin

Moscow Is Melting

The Russian capital has suffered nearly 50 fires as Muscovites cope with the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the city. The BBC reports that it got up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday. Guess they won’t be needing those funny hats.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Lightning Strikes BP Vessel, Fire Halts Oil Capture

Apparently Zeus is as displeased with BP as everybody else. A bolt of lightning struck the ship working to capture oil in the Gulf, causing a fire and shutting down the containment effort for the time being.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Australia PM Calls Fires ‘Mass Murder’

Wildfires sweeping across southern Australia have killed more than 170 people, a number that is expected to rise. With news that arson could be to blame for some of the fires, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said, “There are no words to describe it other than mass murder.”

Posted on Feb 8, 2009 READ MORE



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California in Flames

If we’re blogging with any added urgency this week, it could be because Truthdig’s home base is surrounded by fires, one of which city officials called the worst in nearly 50 years. Firefighters caught a break in the weather Monday, but they’re not taking anything for granted.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


Uganda School Fire Kills 21

Foul play may have caused a fire Monday night or Tuesday morning in a dormitory building in Uganda that killed 19 girls and two adults. The doors to the dorm were reportedly locked from the outside.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Duck and Cover

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Bush and Brown
altamodernista.wordpress.com

Brownie’s Looking to Do Heck of a Job in Calif.

Michael D. Brown’s got cojones—either that, or a distressing lack of self-awareness on some fundamental level.  The former FEMA director, roundly roasted for his too-little-too-late leadership style during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, is now aiming to bring his disaster management skills to California’s fire-ravaged regions.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


California fires
news.bbc.co.uk

The World Watches California Burn

Truthdig’s hometown is surrounded by wildfires, and although we were closely observing the developing situation, we were surprised to see the world react with such intense interest. It seems everyone from Pravda to the BBC has tuned in to watch movie stars’ homes being threatened by the flames.

Posted on Oct 22, 2007 READ MORE


Bonfire McCartney
timesonline.typepad.com

Was It the Pope—or the Cute Beatle?

No offense to those Catholics who were heartened by the prospect of Pope John Paul II’s image appearing in a commemorative bonfire in Poland last April, but the UK’s Times Online has helpfully offered some other possibilities as to who else, besides the departed pontiff, may have materialized in that mystical blaze.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Statue and fire
AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris

Greek Firestorm Closes In on Olympia

Wildfires are threatening Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics and home to some of Greece’s most precious archaeological treasures, including relics from the Temple of Zeus. Authorities are battling fires throughout the country, and dozens of people have been killed.

Posted on Aug 26, 2007 READ MORE


Fire Good, Resignation Bad

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Car on fire
news.bbc.co.uk

Second Terror Plot in Two Days for UK

Two men have been detained for allegedly attempting to drive a flaming Jeep Cherokee into the main terminal at Glasgow Airport. Only a day before, two cars were found in London packed with explosives and nails. Britain’s national terrorism threat level remains “critical,” the highest possible.

Posted on Jun 30, 2007 READ MORE


Fatma Omar An-Najar
Hamas via AP

Grandmother Blows Herself Up in Gaza

It’s getting worse. The AP reports: “A 64-year-old Palestinian grandmother blew herself up near Israeli troops sweeping through northern Gaza on Thursday, and eight other Palestinians were killed in a day of clashes and rocket fire.”

Posted on Nov 24, 2006 READ MORE


Tucker Carlson and guests

Tucker Carlson Defends Lies to Tillman Family

Tucker Carlson says he understands the Pentagon’s lies to the Tillman family because, as he puts it: “Telling the truth is really hard.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Paul Conrad

Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire

Check out this documentary on legendary editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad, who won three Pulitzers, earned a spot on Nixon’s enemies list and tackled every major political issue in America over the span of his 50-year career.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Fired Colin Powell

Despite having some distaste for the administration and an inkling that he might step down as secretary of state, Colin Powell, it turns out, got the boot from Bush’s then-chief of staff, Andrew Card, who said simply: “The president would like to make a change.”
(h/t: Think Progress)

Posted on Sep 30, 2006 READ MORE


Woodward: Card Urged Bush to Toss Rumsfeld

More from Woodward’s book: President Bush’s then-chief of staff and Bush’s wife, Laura, pleaded with the president to fire Rumsfeld during 2004 and 2005. But Cheney and Rove convinced Bush that doing so would send the wrong message.

  • Also, there’s more evidence that Bush’s knowledge about the horrible state of affairs in Iraq was at incredible odds with his public statements.
  • Gen. John Abizaid, head of the Central Command, basically agreed with Rep. John Murtha about the hopeless situation in Iraq.

  • Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Laptop Fire
    SFGate.com/Cindy Brown

    Be Careful What You Type On

    The largest recall in consumer electronics history just got bigger, with both Toshiba and Lenovo (ThinkPad) announcing the recall of products containing a potentially explosive Sony-made battery.  With Dell, Apple and Sony recalls already underway, this latest announcement brings the total number of affected laptops to 7 million.

    Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Army Gen.: Rumsfeld Muzzled Postwar Plans

    Army Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, who retires in three weeks, said the Defense secretary threatened in 2003 to “fire the next person” who talked about the need for postwar planning for Iraq. Rumsfeld apparently knew such talk would create the perception that the U.S. would be there a long time.
    This is big: It’s a current Army general saying this—albeit one who’s about to retire. And it confirms what outsiders (like journalists) have been reporting for some time.

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Dousing the Mideast

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    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Jesus Camp

    God’s Army of 6-Year-Olds

    A prize-winning documentary called “Jesus Camp” chronicles the experiences of children as young as 6 who attend a summer camp to become the next Billy Graham. Truly sickening scene from the trailer: An adult pastor thunders at the children: “Had it been in the Old Testament, Harry Potter would have been put to death…. Warlocks are enemies of God.”

  • Unofficial trailer
  • American Prospect article on the phenomenon
  • Interview with the ‘Harry Potter’ pastor
  • Synopsis of the film

  • Posted on Jun 12, 2006 READ MORE


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