08 October 2015

Elizabeth Warren wins another battle in war on Wall Street 30SEP15

LOOK at this picture, +Senator Elizabeth Warren  is walking with +Senator Bernie Sanders , not any of the other Democratic presidential candidates. Yes, this photo is from this Spring, but Sanders was  weighing his options about running even then. Sen Sanders is committed to taking on the bank-financial cabal when he is elected President, and Sen Warren will be a strong ally in the Senate. Check out this article from +The Washington Post on her latest victory against wall street for the American people, and take note this time she took on the Democratic Party establishment, proving she is working for the American people, not her political party and not for the 1%....

Elizabeth Warren wins another battle in war on Wall Street

— Robert Litan has joined a growing fraternity of powerful Democrats who lost jobs because of Elizabeth Warren. 
Just a few hours after The Daily 202 broke the news that the Massachusetts senator was taking on the Brookings Institution over industry-financed research produced by Litan, the think tank sought and received his resignation. The veteran of the Clinton administration, who directed Brookings’ Economic Studies Program before becoming a non-resident senior fellow, is listed on the think tank’s web site this morning as a “Former Expert.”
Earlier this year, Warren blocked investment banker Antonio Weiss from becoming the third-ranking official at the Treasury Department. In 2013, Warren’s opposition helped torpedo Larry Summers’ lifelong dream of becoming Federal Reserve chairman—despite the fact he was reportedly promised the job by the White House.
Wall Street types call Warren a lot of nasty things, but demagogue is the most printable.
This episode will only embolden the liberal firebrand, who continues to demand answers about the way that financial services companies peddle their influence by paying think tanks and scholars for research papers that support lobbying goals.
And it could have a chilling effect on scholars who have been perfectly fine letting companies that finance their research review it before publication.
Brookings is as much a pillar of the Democratic establishment as any institution in Washington. That President Strobe Talbott moved so quickly to oust Litan underscores just how terrified D.C. elites from both parties are right now about the rise of pitchfork populism.
And for good reason. This week’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that 56 percent of likely Democratic primary voters said they “feel angry because our political system seems to only be working for the insiders with money and power, like those on Wall Street or in Washington, rather than it working to help everyday people get ahead.” That’s 19 percent higher than among Republicans.
Big picture, Warren has more power in the Senate than as a presidential candidate. While beloved by progressives, she’s actually not very talented at retail politicking. She had a tough time beating Scott Brown in Massachusetts in a presidential year. If she had run for president, maybe she’d be Bernie Sanders right now. But maybe Warren would have fizzled, and she certainly would have faced a blizzard of rough opposition research dumps from Clinton World. The senator is much more effective as a crusader for the liberal conscience in Washington. It’s not clear what her long game is. She’s 66. But, right now, Warren’s got as much juice as ever.

TAKE ACTION: Ban a widely used neurotoxic pesticide (chlorpyrifos) now! 8OKT15

FROM +Earthjustice , a petition to ban a pesticide that is a serious threat, not only to the farm workers and their children but to the communities throughout farm country, and to via the food on our tables. The massive petition campaigns by Earthjustice and many other organizations to ban  the toxic pesticide killing off bees was successful, and we can win this fight too. Hope you will sign and share.....Earthjustice

TAKE ACTION! Ban a widely used neurotoxic pesticide now

Farmerworker Maria Aguilera with a child on a field in Santa Maria, CA (Dave Getzschman for Earthjustice)
Speak up to protect farmworkers, their children, and agricultural communities.

Let’s ban chlorpyrifos once and for all.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pulling a toxic pesticide harmful to bees off the market, following a recent court order. Now a separate court order could lead to a ban of a widely used pesticide that’s incredibly harmful to people.
The EPA has a court-ordered deadline of October 31 to respond to our request to ban chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide that poisons farmworkers and communities at alarming rates and causes serious brain and neurodevelopmental impairments in children.
The agency has already found that extensive scientific evidence links chlorpyrifos to serious harm to children’s brains, including reduced IQ, loss of working memory, delayed development, and attention disorders.
What’s worse is just how widely the pesticide is used—on everything from cotton and corn to almonds and fruit trees, including oranges and apples.
After multiple Earthjustice lawsuits in recent years and letters from more than 150,000 individuals like you, the agency has finally started the process to ban this dangerous chemical.

Kari Birdseye
Advocacy Communications Manager
Protect all communities from the toxic risks of chlorpyrifos
Dear Administrator McCarthy,

I urge the EPA to ban all uses of the neurotoxic insecticide chlorpyrifos, based on extensive evidence that it causes brain damage in children and poisons workers and their families when it's sprayed in the fields. The EPA banned household uses of chlorpyrifos in 2001 and now has a Halloween deadline to respond to a petition to ban all remaining uses.

After years of delay, the EPA has finally acknowledged the extensive evidence that exposure to chlorpyrifos damages development of children's brains. It's time to act to protect children from reduced IQ, delayed development, and attention disorders associated with this dangerous pesticide.

Despite acknowledging the brain impairments to children at low levels of exposure, the EPA is still considering allowing continued use of this pesticide, based on studies conducted by Dow Agrosciences, the company that manufactures chlorpyrifos. Dow has a serious conflict of interest and bases its studies on intentionally dosing people, despite serious ethical and scientific flaws in the studies pointed out in the EPA's peer reviews.

The EPA should take immediate steps to ban chlorpyrifos in order to:

* Protect children from learning and memory impairments
* Protect communities from pesticide poisonings when chlorpyrifos drifts off crops and into nearby neighborhoods and schools
* Prevent contamination of drinking water sources with chlorpyrifos
* Prevent worker poisonings

Action on this toxic chemical is long overdue. I urge you to ensure that your agency moves quickly to ban chlorpyrifos now.
Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.

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Home Depot customer with a concealed handgun opened fire on shoplifting suspect & DAILY KOS RECOMMENDED 7OKT15

Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 08:19 AM PDT

Home Depot customer with a concealed handgun opened fire on shoplifting suspect

Back view of woman holding gun isolated on white background
Back view of woman holding a gun.
Apparently a Michigan woman with a conceal-carry permit and a loaded handgun thought it was her duty to step in and help a Home Depot employee stop a suspected shoplifter. Did she follow their car? Nope. She opened fired on the suspected shoplifter's SUV as they drove out of the parking lot:
A 47- year-old Clarkston woman in the parking lot witnessed one of the store’s loss prevention officers trying to stop a shoplifting suspect getting into a dark colored SUV. The customer — identified as a concealed pistol license holder — reportedly fired shots at the dark-colored SUV as it sped out of the lot. It’s unknown how many rounds were fired from her 9mm handgun, but police believe she hit and flattened one of the vehicle’s rear tires as it sped off in the direction of Brown Road.
It was not known if anyone was injured in the incident. The customer remained on the scene and was cooperating with police. A report is to be turned over to the county prosecutor for review of possible charges, if any, on the woman.
Possible charges? I'd say so. An conceal-carry permit does not make one deputized. Even if she were deputized, shoplifting does not warrant a death penalty. Not to mention the fact that other customers and innocent people merely passing by could've been injured or killed with her reckless behavior.

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Nightmare! Glass pane on world's longest glass walkway shattered, sent panicked tourists scrambling 7OKT15

WHAT do you expect? Made in china should come with a warning label "made in china". Pollution, poison, cruelty, corruption, shoddy material and workmanship all contribute to catastrophic product and infrastructure failures. From +Daily Kos+PBS NewsHour  .....
Wed Oct 07, 2015 at 01:24 PM PDT

Glass pane on world's longest glass walkway shattered, sent panicked tourists scrambling

Yuntai Mountain walkway in China’s Henan province.
Warning: May cause sweaty palms and heart palpitations
For those of us who already have a fear of heights (or a fear of falling from a great height) this is the kind of story that will give you nightmares. Tourists on the Yuntai Mountain walkway in China heard (and saw) one of the glass panels shatter:
Witnesses said the 68-centimetre-wide glass pane shattered when they walked over it, and panic caused a mini stampede towards the end of the path. Lee Dong Hai, who was on the walkway at the time, shared his moment of terror on the social media site Weibo.
“My foot shook a little. I looked down and I saw that there was a crack in the floor,” he wrote.
“A lot of people started to scream. I screamed out, ‘It cracked! It really cracked!’ and then I pushed the people in front of me so that we could run out of the way.”
Officials say a tourist dropped a steel mug on the glass, causing it to shatter. When it opened, officials said it was extremely safe:
Despite its terror-inducing appearance, its creators say the bridge in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park is perfectly safe. Each of the glass panes is 24 millimeters thick and 25 times stronger than normal glass.
“The bridge we build will stand firm even if tourists are jumping on it,” a worker who constructed the bridge told the state-owned China News Service.
The walkway was completed in September 2015. It's a beautiful, if terrifying, tourist attraction. Get a better look at the massive glass walkway in this video from +PBS NewsHour 

'Made in China' doesn't have to mean 'dangerous'

Shares of Lumber Liquidators have been plummeting following "60 Minutes" allegations that some of its flooring violates health standards—the latest in a long series of American companies to get into trouble over safety problems with products made in China.
Lumber Liquidators has said that it stands by "every single plank" of its flooring and that it's the victim of reports "driven by a small group of short-selling investors who are working together for the sole purpose of making money by lowering our stock price."
Read MoreSenator urges US to probe Lumber Liquidators

Experts told CNBC that many U.S. manufacturers aren't doing what they could to ensure product quality and safety—or to protect themselves when things go wrong.
A welder at a factory in China.
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A welder at a factory in China.
"Probably 98 percent of the time when there is a product problem in China, a lot of the blame lies with the American company," said Dan Harris an attorney who edits the China Law Blog.
Harris said he receives about five requests each week from Western companies asking for legal help on problems with Chinese suppliers. But his firm always turns down those requests because "they are usually not in a very good position to get compensated."
Read MoreLumber Liquidators fires back after 25% drop

The only way for companies to protect themselves, he said, is to ensure that they have written the right kinds of contracts beforehand.

"If they have a really good contract with their supplier, then they should be in pretty good shape," he said. "If not, then they could have a problem."
The key to contracts, he said, is that they should "scare the heck out of a Chinese company" with very specific details about quality expectations, as well as minutia concerning subcontracts and repayment for bad products.
"They start cutting corners as soon as production begins. Any company can demand a low price, and then the Chinese manufacturer kind of does what they want." -Rosemary Coates, author, "42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China"
Chinese manufacturers have a reputation for cutting corners.

Speaking with CNBC's "Fast Money: Halftime Report" on Monday, Kase Capital's Whitney Tilson (who brought the Lumber Liquidators story to "60 Minutes") said he did not know "whether they're just stunningly naive and incompetent, going to China and hitting the low bid. You do that on any product in China, and you will get tainted products."

Tilson's opinion is shared by others.
Read MoreMcDonald's to boost China supplier audits after scandal

"[American companies need to] understand that the contract is viewed differently in Asia than in the U.S. We sign that and think that's the end, but in China the view is completely opposite," said Rosemary Coates, a consultant about Chinese manufacturing and author of "42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China."
"They start cutting corners as soon as production begins," she said, explaining that Chinese suppliers can often be negotiated down to their break-even price, after which they will need to find post-contract strategies to increase their margins. "Any company can demand a low price, and then the Chinese manufacturer kind of does what they want."
Because of that trend in China and some other developing countries, Coates recommends that her clients—which she said included Lumber Liquidators in 2013—adopt a "trust but verify" strategy. In other words, companies should hire local auditors, make regular site visits, and conduct independent lab testing on Chinese-made projects.

<p>Tilson: LL poisoning customers</p> <p>Whitney Tilson, Kase Capital managing director, responds to Jim Chanos' comments on potential conflicts of interest with short-selling. </p>
Although the number of incidents is difficult to ascertain precisely, news stories about dangerous or defective Chinese products have seemed to decrease since 2007, when Mattel recalled lead-tainted Chinese-made toys, and China's top drug regulator was executed for taking bribes that the Beijing government claimed had led to unsafe pet food, toothpaste and antibiotics.

Coates attributed the apparent decrease to international companies taking a more active role in regulating their supply chains.
In fact, she said she was surprised to learn of the "60 Minutes" allegations against Lumber Liquidators because the company had a "very good" quality assurance team that regularly conducted site visits. For its part, Lumber Liquidators said Monday that it has documentation to support each step of its production process.
Read MoreChinese milk scandal—this time with Western culprit

That assertion was backed up by Wall Street analysts researching the company.
"The 60 Minutes segment highlighted claims of unsound sourcing practices. This part was surprising to us, given the amount of investment that has taken place in LL's supply chain over the past year," Nomura retail analyst Jessica Schoen Mace wrote in a note Tuesday. She added that the company "conducts random tests and unannounced audits."
<p>Will a growth target of 7% be bad for China?</p> <p>Wei Yao, China economist at Societe Generale and Paul Bloxham, chief economist, Australia & New Zealand at HSBC, discuss whether a 7 percent growth target contradicts with China's reform efforts.</p>
Even the right protections can still mean embarrassment if bad products make it to market, and the reputation damage can be just as problematic as the costs of a recall. When that happens, Western firms have a few options for attempting to recoup some of their losses, according to international arbitration attorney B. Ted Howes.

Generally speaking, litigation in Chinese or U.S. courts is ineffective, Howes said. Chinese firms enjoy an advantage in their home-country courts. And any judgment in the United States is "essentially a worthless piece of paper" unless the manufacturer has American assets or has holdings in a third country that shares the right treaties with the United States.
Read More The rise of 'Made by China' in America

Instead, Howes said, the most successful way for American firms to seek an award from a Chinese supplier is to enter into international arbitration—a process that requires the right provisions in a contract before any dispute arises. China has agreed to conventions that legally obligate its firms to make payments awarded by a legitimate international arbitration.
But Howes cautioned that even those awards are often only a "small percentage" of the damages suffered from importing and selling bad products.
Under the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and similar laws, U.S. companies stung by problems in Asian factories will usually be forced to recall dangerous products (even if only a small number of units are found to be defective), contact stores and resellers to stop sales, work to secure the products, notify the public, set up call centers and often even refund customers, Howes said.
Given the liability, some companies have explored another option: manufacturing in the United States.
Read MoreSome shrug at 'Made in USA'—but that could change
Coates, who also runs the Reshoring Institute at the University of San Diego, said that Western firms are constantly weighing the benefits of China's lower wages with product quality issues "that can devastate a company."
Lumber Liquidators was even moving away from Asia-made products before the "60 Minutes" story broke, according to Nomura's Mace, who wrote this week that the company had increased its North American sourcing in 2014, and that it would likely decrease its proportion of Asian goods this year.

Everett RosenfeldStaff Writer

10 Times Bernie Sanders and Pope Francis Sounded Alike 22SEP15

From +ABC News . I'm not saying Sen Sanders is a saint, but his politics, past and present, have generally reflected the teachings of Christ and the Holy Catholic (includes Catholic and Protestant) Church. Very interesting the mainstream media recognizes this while Christian leadership ignores it while also ignoring the un-Christian politics of most of the republican candidates for their party's presidential nominee. I'd like to see the same kind of comparison to all the other candidates for the Democratic and republican presidential nominee......

10 Times Bernie Sanders and Pope Francis Sounded Alike

PHOTO: Pope Francis holds a Mass in the Plaza de la Revolution, Sept. 21, 2015 in Holguin, Cuba. Bernie Sanders talks on stage, Sept. 19, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. Getty Images
Pope Francis holds a Mass in the Plaza de la Revolution, Sept. 21, 2015 in Holguin, Cuba.
 Bernie Sanders talks on stage, Sept. 19, 2015, in Manchester, N.H.

Standing before a crowd of mostly evangelical Christian students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, last week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders admitted, “I am not a theologian, I am not an expert on the Bible, nor am I a Catholic.”
Still, the presidential candidate wanted to quote Pope Francis: “I agree with Pope Francis when he says, and I quote, ‘The current financial crisis originated in a profound human crisis, the denial of the primacy of the human person,’” Sanders said. “Now those are pretty profound words, which I hope we will all think about.”
The moment was an exception. Sanders, an independent, arguably talks about faith on the campaign trail less than any other 2016 candidate; which is to say, he almost never talks about it. And when he does, he says a candidate’s religion should not be a factor for voters.
But the teachings of Pope Francis, 78, and campaign messages from the Brooklyn-born Sanders, 74, have a lot in common. Both men share a deep frustration about the status quo and, speaking on a range issues from climate change to wealth inequality, their words echo each other:
1. Pope Francis: “I ask you to be builders of the world, to work for a better world. Dear young people, please, don’t be observers of life, but get involved." (July 27, 2013)
Bernie Sanders: “We have to be engaged. We have to get involved... And millions of our friends and neighbors who don’t vote, who have given up on the political process, they have got to get involved.” (Seabrook, N.H., Sept. 20, 2015)
2. Pope Francis: “We must say, ‘We want a just system! A system that enables everyone to get on.’ We must say: ‘We don’t want this globalized economic system which does us so much harm!’” (Sept. 22, 2013)
Bernie Sanders: “The American people are saying, "Enough is enough. We need to create an economy that works for all of us and not just a handful of billionaires.” (Cochran, New Hampshire on ABC News’ ‘This Week,’ June 28, 2015)
3. Pope Francis: “A just wage enables them to have adequate access to all the other goods, which are destined for our common use.” (Nov. 24, 2013)
Bernie Sanders: “The federal minimum wage, it's a starvation wage. You do the arithmetic. People can’t live on it. We have got to raise the minimum wage over a period of years to a living wage.” (Johnston, Iowa, Sept. 3, 2015)
4. Pope Francis: “Over and over again we see that family bonds are essential for the stability of relationships in society, for the work of education and for integral human development.” (June 20, 2013)
Bernie Sanders: “What is most important is the need for mothers and fathers to bond with the baby they have brought to life. What kind of family value is it when you tell a woman who has just had a baby that she can’t spend time with that child, but that she has to go back to work?” (Washington, D.C., June 11, 2015)
5. Pope Francis: “The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old.” (Oct. 1, 2013)
Bernie Sanders: “In my view there is no justice in our country when youth unemployment exists at tragically high levels.” (Liberty University, Sept. 14, 2015)
6. Pope Francis: “We want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.” (Sept. 1, 2013)
Bernie Sanders: “It is my firm belief that the test of a great nation with the most powerful military on earth is not how many wars it can engage in, but how it can use our strength and our capabilities to resolve international conflicts in a peaceful way.” (Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2015)
7. Pope Francis: “The vocation of being a ‘protector,’ however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world… It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live." (March 19, 2013)
Bernie Sanders: "When we talk about our responsibilities as human beings and as parents, there is nothing more important than leaving our planet healthy and habitable for our kids and our grandkids." (Los Angeles, Aug. 10, 2015)
8. Pope Francis: “It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and health care.” (Nov. 24, 2013)
Bernie Sanders: "Health care is a right of all people, not a privilege. Most Americans do believe that all of us should have health care coverage, and that nobody should be left out of the system." (Op-ed, Huffington Post, July 9, 2009)
9. Pope Francis: “It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation.” (June 20, 2013)
Bernie Sanders: “Despite exploding technology and increased worker productivity, median family income is almost $5,000 less than it was in 1999.” (Twitter, June 15, 2015)
10. Pope Francis: “While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few.” (Nov. 24, 2013)
Bernie Sanders: "There is something profoundly wrong when we are seeing a proliferation of billionaires at the same time as millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages and we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country." (Portland, Maine, July 6, 2015)
Quotations from Pope Francis according to U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development

Fact-checking a comparison of gun deaths and terrorism deaths 5OKT15

GRIM statistics for a "developed, First world, civilized" country, don't you think? All these gun deaths brought to you by the nra and the people stupid enough to keep electing politicians who are bought off by them. From +PolitiFact .....


Fact-checking a comparison of gun deaths and terrorism deaths

A viral image compares the number of gun-related deaths and terrorism-caused deaths in the United States in the past decade. (Photo from NowThis)

In the wake of the Oct. 1 shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, President Barack Obama tasked the media to put the number of gun violence-related deaths into perspective.
"Have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who've been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade and the number of Americans who've been killed by gun violence, and post those side by side on your news reports," he said in his address on the shooting. "We spend over a trillion dollars, and pass countless laws, and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so. And yet, we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths. How can that be?"
Obama's underlying point was to highlight the lack of resources and legislative action taken on gun violence. Some have questioned the merit of such a comparison -- for example, critics have pointed out that cigarettes kill more people than guns. We're not weighing in on that debate. Rather, we're looking just at the data.
Multiple outlets obliged (though each came up with slightly different numbers). Several readers asked us to check out one specific comparison widely shared on Facebook and Twitter. It was created by NowThis, a New York-based news company that produces content specifically for social media.
The image says that 24 Americans have been killed by terrorism in the last decade, while 280,024 Americans were killed by guns.
While NowThis’ numbers aren’t perfect, the overarching point is accurate. There have been far more deaths from gun violence than from terrorist attacks.
Walking through the math
Let’s start with the tally for terrorist-related deaths. NowThis senior editorial producer Versha Sharma told PolitiFact that the 24 figure refers to the number of U.S. citizens killed by terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, and does not include deaths abroad.
Sharma acknowledged that this could have been made clear in the graphic. But she maintained that it’s more apt to compare domestic gun deaths to domestic terrorism deaths. Counting terrorist attacks abroad, she said, would make it an apples to oranges comparison.
The number comes from the nonpartisan think tank the New America Foundation’s count of lethal jihadist attacks on U.S. soil from 2005 to 2015. It includes for example the four people killed during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the 13 deaths from the Fort Hood shooting in 2009.
To get to 280,024 gun deaths, NowThis compiled data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System and the Mass Shooting Tracker, a crowd-sourced project that tallies deaths and injuries in mass shootings.
According to the CDC, the number of violent gun deaths between 2005 and 2013 (the latest year on record) was 279,976. That includes suicides, homicides, and police-related shootings. Mass Shooting Tracker counts 389 mass shooting gun deaths in 2014 and 375 so far in 2015.
There are, however, a few issues with these numbers.
For starters, a spokesperson for New America told us it would have been more accurate to include lives lost to both jihadist and non-jihadist extreme violence (47 deaths from 2005 to 2015) for a total count of 71 deaths from terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
Secondly, Mass Shooting Tracker, as the name implies, only tracks deaths from mass shootings, defined by the group as when four more people are shot in an event. If we look at all gun-related deaths as the CDC does from the past two years, the numbers are much higher.
According the nonprofit project the Gun Violence Archive, there were 12,562 gun deaths in 2014 and 9,959 in 2015 thus far. That’s a grand total of 301,797 firearm-related deaths in the past decade, compared to 71 deaths from domestic acts of terrorism.

2015 Toll of Gun Violence

  • Total Number of Incidents 40,310
  • Number of Deaths1 10,161
  • Number of Injuries1 20,658
  • Number of Children (age 0-11) Killed/Injured1 560
  • Number of Teens (age 12-17) Killed/Injured1 2,025
  • Mass Shooting2 266
  • Officer Involved Shooting2 3,383
  • Home Invasion2 1,722
  • Defensive Use2 922
  • Accidental Shooting2 1,426
Gun violence incidents collected/validated from 1200+ sources daily – source links on each incident report.
1: Actual number of deaths and injuries
2: Number of INCIDENTS reported and verified
Numbers on this table reflect a subset of all information
collected and will not add to 100% of incidents.
Data Validated: October 08, 2015

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More charts and maps to come in 2015.

If we factor in terrorist attacks overseas, the comparison is still stark. From 2004 to 2014, 303 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks worldwide, according to State Department reports. During that same time frame, 320,523 Americans were killed because of gun violence. Here’s a breakdown:
Our ruling
A viral image says the number of Americans killed by terrorism in the last decade is 24, while the number of Americans killed by guns in the last decade is 280,024.
NowThis, the creators of the image, told us they only counted lives lost to domestic jihadist attacks, though the image doesn’t specify that. If we look at deaths due to all extremist attacks on U.S. soil, the number goes up to 71. A more accurate count for gun deaths between 2005 and 2015 is 301,797.
Though the image’s numbers are slightly off, that doesn’t undercut the point: guns have claimed many more lives than terrorist attacks. We rate the claim Mostly True.

About this statement:

Published: Monday, October 5th, 2015 at 11:55 a.m.
Researched by: Linda Qiu
Edited by: Angie Drobnic Holan
Subjects: Guns, Terrorism


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The New McCarthyism (with video), Mad Men, and more in Practical Progress 8OKT15

ALWAYS appreciate these weekly reports on progressive politics, they help keep our faith our Republic will survive alive! Thank you Agenda Project.....

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FEATURE STORY: EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE NEW MCCARTHYISM - The Agenda Project Action Fund released their latest campaign titled “Welcome to the New McCarthyism.” The campaign has been causing quite a conversation as it calls for a House Ethics Committee investigation into House Leader Kevin McCarthy and the witch-hunt known as the Select Committee on Benghazi. The video racked up over 200,000 views in the first 2 days. In response to the widespread public reaction to this campaign, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) filed an ethics complaint against the chief architects of the committee, Representatives Kevin McCarthy and Trey Gowdy. Watch the Agenda Project’s ad HERE and sign the petition supporting an ethics investigation into the Select Committee on Benghazi HERE.

PUBLIC HEALTH VICTORY- Thanks to the tireless work being done by activists like Compassion & Choices, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a death with dignity bill into law this week. Read more about the bill that permits doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to their dying patients and the efforts of statewide advocates that got it passed HERE. PRESENTS - The nation’s largest online latino organizing group, has announced new leadership for their organization with the hiring of two co-directors, Oscar Chacon and Favianna Rodriguez. Read about the new leadership’s previous accomplishments and learn about what the future holds with them taking the helm at HERE.
ESSEX COUNTY’S FIGHT FOR $15 - Fight for $15 is celebrating a victory this week as Essex County became the first county in New Jersey to pass a resolution to call on state legislators to support a $15 an hour minimum wage bill. Read more about the advocacy of New Jerseyans on the minimum wage hike HERE.
#CUT50 CAMPAIGN - The Drug Policy Alliance has launched their latest campaign, #Cut50, with the aim of reducing the prison population and reforming our broken criminal justice system. The campaign teams up with 100 A-list celebrities to reduce the U.S incarcerated population by 50% over the next ten years. See what celebrities have joined the movement and how you can get involved HERE.
MAD MEN - The Bridge Project has released their latest report “Mad Mad Mad Mad Men: The U.S Chamber of Commerce” this week. The report takes a look at the largest lobbying group in the United States how they are not just neglecting, but actively working to destroy working families and small businesses. Read the report HERE.
COMBATING RACIAL PROFILING - ACLU of California is celebrating a victory this week as Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 953 into law. This measure requires law enforcement agencies to collect basic information on police stops in response to growing concerns about racial profiling and misconduct. Read the new law’s purpose HERE.
WEEKLY $1,000 WINNER - Democracy for All has announced their weekly winner! Watch this week's prize winner Mara Ditchfield in his video “An American Mailman’s Flight for Freedom“ HERE.
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION - The U.S Climate Action Network is putting on numerous events nationwide for the People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action on October 14, 2015. You can sign up to show your support and find an event to participate in near you HERE.
GO PURPLE - Pledge to go purple with GLADD on #SpiritDay2015. Wearing purple on this day, October 15th, shows LGBTQ youth that they are not alone in standing up against bullying. Take the pledge to stop bullying HERE.
ENDING THE IVORY TRADE - The Humane Society is celebrating their success in passing a bill that bans the sale of ivory in California. Read about the state’s fight to preserve wildlife HERE.
LANDMARK BILL FOR PAID FAMILY LEAVE - With the help of NARAL Pro-Choice America, members of the D.C City Council have introduced legislation to provide all district residents with access to paid family leave. Read the press release regarding the landmark bill HERE.
FAIR SHARE - National People's Action and IIRON have teamed up to advocate for a new bill in Cook County, IL that holds corporations who pay poverty wages accountable for things like child care, housing and healthcare for their workers. Sign their petition to hold these corporations accountable HERE.
… From the Wonk Wire …
Trump Tax Plan Proves Billionaire Populist Really Just a Billionaire - Patriotic Millionaires Chair and Top Wonk Morris Pearl analyzes Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s tax plan on The Hill. Read his analysis and suggestions for fair economic distribution HERE.
Sachs Says UN Development Goals Should Inspire Technologists -  Top Wonk Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and UN Advisor, talks about technology’s impact on universal access to quality education in developing countries. Read the article reflecting on his advice HERE.
Voter ID: What Oregon Gets Right and Alabama Gets Wrong - Justin Levitt, Professor at Loyola Law School and Top Wonk, is featured on for his comphrenseive study done on 14 years of voter fraud cases in the United States. Read the article and the study’s major findings HERE.

Study: Climate Strategy Focused on Local Impacts is Most Effective with Americans - Top Wonk and Harvard Professor Stephen Ansolabehere was featured this week in an article alongside the co-author of his 2014 award winning book for their study on global warming conversations. Read the article and the book’s summary HERE.
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