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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Monday, June 28, 2010

29 June - Late Links

162 cases of illness linked to oil spill reported in Louisiana


 128 involved workers on oil rigs or individuals involved in the oil spill cleanup efforts

US Supreme Court deals pedophilia blow for Vatican


The US Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by the Vatican in a landmark case that opens the way for priests in the United States to stand trial for pedophilia.
Allowing a federal appeals court ruling to stand, the decision means Vatican officials including theoretically Pope Benedict XVI could face questioning under oath related to a litany of child sex abuse cases.
The Supreme Court effectively confirmed the decision of an appellate court to lift the Vatican's immunity in the case of an alleged pedophile priest in the northwestern state of Oregon.

Death By Arsenic: An Increasing Problem In Bangladesh
One in five deaths in Bangladesh can be attributed to arsenic poisoning, according to an unsettling new study in the medical journal The Lancet
The report’s saddening statistics establish a clear connection between various illnesses, including lung, skin, bladder and kidney cancers, and arsenic poisoning, as well as highlight the severity of arsenic poisoning.
In the 1970s aid and development organizations installed some 10 million hand-pumped wells in Bangladesh in an effort to curb an epidemic of waterborne illness.
The effort successfully decreased cholera and similar diseases, but a new problem rose to take their place: the well water was contaminated with arsenic.
The situation has since bloomed into what the World Health Organization in 2000 called “the largest mass poisoning in history.”

Justice Department Arrests Ten on Charges of Spying for Russia


Alleged Russian agents used high-tech tricks


The court papers made public on Monday (PDF and PDF) include details of 21st century spycraft more high-tech than anything Jason Bourne knew about: defendant Anna Chapman allegedly brought her laptop to a coffee shop on 47th Street in Manhattan in January and transferred data with a Russian government official who drove by in a minivan but never entered the store. 

3 US Soldiers Speak Out on McChrystal’s Firing, Petraeus as Replacement, and the Unending War in Afghanistan


When I talk about counterinsurgency with my fellow soldiers, they talk about not being willing to put their own lives on the line in order to save civilians. It’s not something that the regular soldier, I think, is willing to do. And there are several other paradoxes with counterinsurgency. But also what you’re trying to do is you’re trying to legitimize and support a government in Afghanistan that I believe is irreversibly corrupt, whose foundations is based on drug lords and warlords.

Journalist Describes Being Beaten, Arrested by Canadian Police While Covering G20 Protest


Naomi Klein: The Real Crime Scene Was Inside the G20 Summit


"What actually happened at the summit is that the global elites just stuck the bill for their drunken binge with the world’s poor, with the people that are most vulnerable,"

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