This weekend we offer articles on the impacts of climate change, questions for CIA director nominee John Brennan, one person’s regrets over carrying a concealed weapon, the impacts of $4.3 billion in mental health budget cuts, and how to ensure that the wealthy pay more of their fair share of taxes. (More)

climate change

The Scary Truth About How Much Climate Change is Costing You – an in-depth look at how much our climate is changing, the economic impacts such change is already having on us, and what the future holds for us if we don’t take significant action to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

13 Questions for John O. Brennan – The mixed record on civil liberties and human rights of President Obama’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, and a series of questions that should be answered before his nomination moves forward

Proceedings on the State Budget Crisis and the Behavioral Health Treatment Gap – a report on the impacts of the nearly $4.3 billion in cuts to state funding of mental health services from 2009 to 2012.

Strapped – an author recounts why he regrets having carried a concealed handgun for eight years and how, rather than a sense of security, it made him even more stressed and fearful of life around him

Working Paper on Tax Reform Options – Citizens for Tax Justice presents a series of policy proposals for closing corporate tax loopholes, ending tax shelters, and otherwise helping to ensure that billionaires and big corporations pay their fair share