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March 5, 2014
14:42 // 5 months ago
March 4, 2014

Judge rules Chevron doesn’t have to pay billions in Ecuadorian ruling

  • $9.5B in damages won’t have to be paid to Ecuadorian villagers, as part of a ruling against Chevron that approved by Ecuador’s Supreme Court, according to a trial judge in Manhattan. According to U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, there was clear evidence of corruption in the original ruling, leading Kaplan to refuse to enforce the fine in the United States. Chevron has already pulled the bulk of its resources out of Ecuador, forcing those who filed the suit to try and reclaim damages in other countries where Chevron still has a significant presence. Attorneys representing the Ecuadorian villagers say they will appeal the ruling in the U.S., and will also continue to seek enforcement in other countries as well. source
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February 27, 2014
15:44 // 6 months ago

More on the situation in Ukraine

  • Asylum Russia has confirmed it will offer asylum to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country after months of anti-government demonstrations followed his decision to accept a financial bailout from Russia instead of the European Union.
  • Arrest Ukraine is still calling for Yanukovych’s arrest, and has called for prosecution from the International Criminal Court  but far more pressing matters now face the interim government in Kiev. Gunmen stormed the regional parliament building in Crimea on Thursday, demanding a vote on secession from Ukraine. A vote on a referendum to “expand” Crimea’s autonomy has since been scheduled for May 25. source
15:14 // 6 months ago
We’re going to have to sell more weed.
Pueblo County Budget and Finance Director Cal Hamler • During a county finance meeting earlier this week, during which Hamler and his colleagues joked about the massive amount of revenue that recreational marijuana sales have already generated for Pueblo County. If the rest of the year’s sales match January’s pace, Pueblo will raise just over $11 million in tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana, about seven percent of the county’s total 2014 budget. (h/t The Smoking Section) source
14:43 // 6 months ago

Two major Hollywood actors spoke on Capitol Hill yesterday, Ben Affleck and Seth Rogen, but it’s Rogen’s testimony on the ongoing struggles of those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease that’s making the rounds on Thursday morning. As with most things Rogen does, the speech is sure to make you laugh, but also draws important attention to the daily difficulties faced by those with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. Sadly, it seems most of the Senate commitee that asked Rogen to testify didn’t feel the need to stick around for his remarks. source

14:07 // 6 months ago
February 26, 2014
According to a new poll from CBS News and the New York Times, eight out of ten Democratic voters would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016, nearly double the enthusiasm shown for any other candidate from either of the United States’ two primary political parties. Several potential candidates found support among just over 40 percent of their party, including Vice President Joe Biden and former Florida governor Jeb Bush; however, none of the figures in the poll came close to matching the approval of the former Secretary of State. (Photo courtesy of Angela Radulescu) source

According to a new poll from CBS News and the New York Times, eight out of ten Democratic voters would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016, nearly double the enthusiasm shown for any other candidate from either of the United States’ two primary political parties. Several potential candidates found support among just over 40 percent of their party, including Vice President Joe Biden and former Florida governor Jeb Bush; however, none of the figures in the poll came close to matching the approval of the former Secretary of State. (Photo courtesy of Angela Radulescu) source

16:15 // 6 months ago
This guy’s got the perfect foreign policy for the Victorian era. We’ve tried hiding behind two big oceans in the past. That doesn’t do you a lick of good in the fiber optic era. We live in a globalized world. International trade powers our economy. You either keep America out in front, or you don’t.
Anonymous GOP Staffer • In response to recent comments from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul — specifically, his assertion that U.S. politicians “stuck in the Cold War era" like to provoke Russian President Vladimir Putin — which several analysts and commentators have suggested is just the latest proof that Paul is unfit to pursue the Oval Office in 2016. Though regularly discussed as a possible GOP nominee in 2016, many conservatives apparently believe Paul’s strict isolationist policies will be what prevents him from ever carrying a majority of the party’s support. source
15:45 // 6 months ago