Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

That’s because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping.

It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.

via Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record | The Miami Herald.

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Rich People Want You to Work for Free

Remember when people volunteered to help the poor? Nowadays the poor volunteer to help the wealthy.

In recent weeks, the Ritz-Carlton hotel company, the NFL, and the Smithsonian Institution have all made news by asking people to do work for free. Such practices are hardly surprising in themselves—working for nothing seems to be a key building block of the new economy. But the fact that these requests come from such huge organizations with deep pockets raises troubling questions.

via Rich People Want You to Work for Free – The Daily Beast.

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Eugene Robinson: We Need Elizabeth Warren to run for President

Robinson is a conscientious columnist. And he refuses to go along with the (Clinton) crowd. He thinks we need Elizabeth Warren to run for President. And he makes a great case for her running :

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.

The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by—to use a word Jimmy Carter never uttered—malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to present: a message.

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AP: Stop Freaking out over Suspected Ebola Cases

With the U.S. on high alert for the appearance of ebola, the news has pulled over to the side of the road every time someone shows up at the emergency room with ebola-like symptoms.

But given that only Thomas Eric Duncan and the two health care workers he infected have thus far actually tested positive for the virus, the Associated Press is being cautious with how it reports suspected cases of ebola, lest the coverage distort the actual spread of the virus.

via AP: Stop Freaking out over Suspected Ebola Cases | Mediaite.

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