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State of the Union Aftermath Day 2

- The climate crisis we are experiencing can’t be solved through Obama’s poor energy policy as more aggressive changes are needed.

- Hey remember when President Obama said women should get equal pay? Yeah, that’s been said over the past 50 years.

International Developments

Overall

- Pew: Asian countries mostly view the elderly as a “major problem” with 82 percent of Japanese topping the list. The U.S. is at 26 percent.

- The U.S. is saying Russia might have violated a nuclear arms treaty, but is reviewing. Still, they warn NATO allies to be cautious.

- Iran is saying Obama’s point at SOTU on how sanctions led the country to the table was “delusional.

Middle East

- The U.S. and the U.K. are both questioning why the Syrian process to remove chemical weapons is taking too long.

- After a new report showed that U.S. aid has been heavily misused in Afghanistan, the U.S. government responds that it’s all untrue.

- Kerry and his team will return to Israel in order to have one final push for peace.

- In Iraq, suicide bombers killed at least 24 in the Minister of Transportation.

- A leader of a Sunni Arab tribe has called for the government to stop its bombings in Falluja as civilians were being killed, rather than militants.

- Leaked documents by the Bureau show all 330 drone strikes, the location of the strike and how many died

Africa

- On Feb. 20, an assembly will be elected in Libya to start forming a constitution. Not sure if it’s stable enough to do that.

- In Egypt, 11 Islamists who posted anti-police calls for violence on Facebook were arrested.

Europe

- Turmoil faces the Danish government after one party has backed away from the coalition government, whom have made a deal with Goldman Sachs to get more control of a state-run company.

- It’s the 42nd anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Derry where 14 people marching for civil rights were shot by the British. This article gives a history of it and things the British have withheld that need to be released.

Surveillance Planet

- Snowden document: The N.S.A. was snooping during Copenhagen 2009 during the U.N. climate talks for the U.S. to gain advantages. Utterly disgusting.

- David Cameron believes U.K. public doesn’t care too much on NSA leaks and have moved on. What?

- Emptywheel: “Adel Daoud Wins Review of FISA Application

Financial Matters

- The Federal Reserve is increasing its interest rate. Why? It’s just helps banks, rather than us.

- Here’s a great question. If JPMorgan is a part of so much scandal-ridden events, then why does anyone do business with it?

- CEPR has more on the fourth quarter report released that shows GDP rising at 3.2 percent. Consumption makes up 70.9 percent of that and health care spending slows down.

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Here’s an article talking on a few places to eat that respect their workers for a living wage and might be near your area.

- Staples tries to take away Postal Service jobs by offering non-union private sector jobs that do the same as the USPS. Thankfully, protests are being made to counter this

Politics US

Washington USA

- The RNC has decided to boycott MSNBC until its President apologizes for a tweet stating they wouldn’t support biracial families in Cheerios ads

- Pew: 52 percent of Americans see Iraq War as a failure mostly. The same percentage cite Afghanistan War as well.

- House Republicans make a document to allow undocumented immigrants to stay here, but wouldn’t give them a path to citizenship

- Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) has decided not to seek another term, ending his 40-year career.

- Calls continue to increase for Obama to take executive action to stop deportations as he is the President with the most deportations.

- Pew: 47 percent of uninsured Americans view ACA as negative, 24 percent see it positive and 28 percent are unsure.

- The U.S. government is going ahead with its push to seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

- Justice Dept. will be expanding its use of clemency for drug offenders in the U.S.

Anytown USA

- Gallup: 56 percent of uninsured Americans will get their health insurance through government, while 22 percent are unsure.

- If you’re black, the most dangerous city to be is in Omaha, Nebraska as the most homicides for blacks occurred there with 34.43 per 100,000.

- Pew: Asian Americans are unsure as to whether immigration system requires any reform with around half saying yes or no.

- Joe McCarthy had some help in his anti-communist hysteria: big business.

- Bill de Blasio, NYC mayor, seeks to stop appeal to reverse decision on stop-and-frisk. Good news.

- States with the death penalty are having those on death row endure longer and more painful deaths with new methods

- Yahoo! now was under attack by hackers and ordered affected accounts to change their passwords.

We Don’t Need No Education

- In Salt Lake City, Utah, kids who are in debt had their lunches seized because apparently that’s effective in someone’s tiny world.

Top Gun (Stories)

- Gallup: 55 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with current gun laws and wish for more strict regulations for weapons

-  A federal judge upheld Connecticut’s law to ban large-capacity magazines and some weapons.

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

Scientific American has called for the U.S. government to allow cannabis, MDMA and LSD research to be done and remove them from Schedule I list of drugs.

The Second Sex

- The continuation of attacks on the rights of pregnant women in the U.S. is growing at a disturbing rate.

- A dangerous proposal in Indiana will release public names of the doctors who treat abortion complications.

Planet Earth

- Neil Young has lent his support to First Nation in their struggle against hydrofracking.

- Angry Birds was hacked by “friends” of the Syrian Electronic Army after NSA revelations that their “leaky” apps was open to surveillance

- Ireland is ultimately deciding to cut its turf or peat by allowing people to cut it in certain areas. This isn’t good news for the climate.

- To monitor radiation levels in Fukushima, Japan will be using drones to fly overhead for safety reasons.

- Out of the University of Washington, a troubling story found another casualty of climate change: baby penguins that can’t survive in their environment and dying as a result.

- 17 companies have divested from fossil fuel companies, which is $1.8 billion for those interested.

- Something not talked about in India is the coal industry and how people’s health are at jeopardy for profits.

- Obama has overturned bans on allowing shark fin soup in a few states, leading to some to criticizing him for doing so.

- In Atlanta, nine people died as a result of the weather and a whole lot of questions are being asked against politicians.

Mixed Bag

- Amy Goodman remembers Pete Seeger and the impact he has had throughout his life.

- A new, breaking study has found that bones are “cool.

Break Time

- Everybody’s Changing