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Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Dozens of cancer victims settle tainted groundwater suit in Florida.
6 More than three dozen former factory workers have settled their multimillion-dollar five-year legal battle against Siemens Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. over trichloroethene and other toxic chemicals they allege the companies carelessly dumped into drinking water, causing them to develop cancer.
Qatari Leader: Send Arab Troops Into Syria
The leader of Qatar has said Arab troops should be sent to Syria to stop the regime's violent crackdown on protesters.Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani's comments, made to CBS, are the first by an Arab leader calling for the deployment of troops inside Syria.They come amid growing claims that a team of Arab League observers dispatched to the country to curb the bloodshed has failed in its mis




Bill Moyers to return to PBS
Is This Land Made for You and Me – or for the Super-Rich? truth-out Thursday 12 January 2012 by: Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Co. | Op-Ed The traveling medicine show known as the race for the Republican presidential nomination has moved on from Iowa and New Hampshire, and all eyes are now on South Carolina. Well, not exactly all. At the moment, our eyes are fixed on some big
Christmas Is No Time to Talk About War and Peace
Christmas Is No Time to Talk About War and Peace truthout Sunday 25 December 2011 by: , When I heard the president speak to returning troops last week, my mind flashed back to an article I once wrote for our local newspaper. Each week, a different member of the local clergy would write a column, and I had been asked to write the piece for Christmas. That year, all I could hear was the drumbeat l
Newt Gingrich Calls For Moving U.S. Embasy in Israel to Jerusalem
Well, it’s anther Christmas in Hooland and “The Grinch” just can’t stand it. With copious amounts of unpremeditated gall, he re-affirms his alliance with AIPAC, and CUFI “Christians United for Israel, Reverand John Hagee’s religious empire that has heavy ties with the occupation of Jerusalem. The old Grinch has decided to go sledding again, and we better be ready for him…G% OpEdNews December 22,
The Dictator
The Great Dictator is a comedy film by Charlie Chaplin released in October 1940. Like most Chaplin films, he wrote, produced, and directed, in addition to starring as the lead. Having been the only Hollywood film maker to continue to make silent films well into the period of sound films, this was Chaplin’s first true talking picture as well as his most commercially successful film.[1] More import


Corbett Report Radio 049 – Spotlight: Iran
Tonight on “Friday Night Highlights” we go through the corbettreport.com archives for articles, videos and interviews detailing the history and consequences of the build up to war with Iran. Works Cited: Interview with Michel Chossudovsky on Regional War Destabilization 2.0: Soros, the CIA, Mossad and the new media destabilization of Iran War With Iran? – Paul Craig Roberts on The Corbett Report
Corbett Report Radio 048 – Pissing on Corpses and Food World Order
Tonight we spend the first half of the broadcast going over news and headlines from around the world, including the faux-outrage of the warmongers over video of Marines urinating on corpses, the other legislative threats to internet freedoms, and a debunking of the “14000 US deaths from Fukushima” study. On the second half of the broadcast we talk to James Evan Pilato of FoodWorldOrder.com to go o
New World Next Week – 2012/01/12
Welcome back to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: Ron Paul Is The Only Candidate With The Momentum to Challenge Romney http://ur1.ca/7fkv9 Ron Paul Says It’s Two-Man Race Now http://ur1.ca/7fkvd Why Paul Won’t Make Third Party Bid http://ur1
Interview 449 – New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato
Welcome back to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: Ron Paul Is The Only Candidate With The Momentum to Challenge Romney http://ur1.ca/7fkv9 Ron Paul Says It’s Two-Man Race Now http://ur1.ca/7fkvd Why Paul Won’t Make Third Party Bid http://ur
Corbett Report Radio 047 – Geopolitics with Madison Ruppert
Madison Ruppert of EndTheLie.com is our guest tonight on the program as we go over the latest news and geopolitical updates from around the world, including the recent car bomb assassination of yet another Iranian nuclear scientist, the growing tensions between NATO and Russia, China’s place on the chessboard, and more. Works Cited: Was Israel behind yet another assassination of a nuclear scientis
Interview 448 – Carlos Miller on Filming the Police
Carlos Miller of the “Photography is Not a Crime” blog joins us to discuss his multiple arrests for photographing police officers in public, and how he managed to get the cases thrown out of court. We discuss the laws for filming in public in the US and how a digital camera-armed citizen media movement is turning the balance of power in the infowar away from the establishment.

Many Restaurants Fake it as Demand for Organic Food Rises
Complicated Certification Regulations Mean Violations can Sometimes be Unintentional
Where Did the Phrase “Tree-Hugger” Come From?
Indian Roots of the Term Speak of a History of Non-Violent Resistance
EPA Releases List of Worst Greenhouse Gas Emitters
Emissions Data from Large Industrial Facilities Now Available via Interactive Map
New York Should Extend Moratorium on Fracking
We Simply Don't Know Enough About Fracking Impacts to Frame Regulations that Would Protect the Environment and Us
Mapping Movements in Sustainable Living
The City Atlas Project in NYC Harnesses Our Most Important Resource: Creative, Willing, and Forward-Thinking People
EPA Analysis of Toxic Releases Highlights Need for Stronger Federal Oversight on Industries
Legal Loopholes Still Allow Mining and Oil & Gas Industries to Hide Hazardous Chemical Releases


The Tebow Phenomenon
The Tebow Phenomenon isn’t really a phenomenon at all, if you understand the dynamics of his upbringing. Here’s an enlightening and insightful article by sports columnist Jason Whitlock from December 11, 2011: If this works, if Tim Tebow  keeps winning games, keeps getting better, keeps forcing John Elway and John Fox to consider an alternative quarterback route to the Super Bowl, it won’t be some
“What a year that 2011 was!” by Nkwazi Mhango
December is a time when writers, editors, analysts and all who make news what it is, are busy researching on what to write to wind up the year. Likewise, all media houses and outlets are busy hunting for a sound summary of the year. This is what this article is all about today. Truly, the year 2011 was a year that empowered hoi polloi against hoit toity in many countries, especially in Africa. Tim

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The multitude of vista problems that is included in the house windows landscape structured home pc will be embarassing in order to
Been looking to get a Windows Vis repair? Can’t bring your personal computer to the go shopping for expensive fixes and updates? People really plunk lower thousands with the idea to fix their computers or even buy a new when they start getting Windows problem messages. Nevertheless, you can maintenance Vista complications a much better way.There will probably be a number of things built wrong so a
Smoking Marijuana Won’t Hurt Your Lungs: New Medical Report
One more anti-marijuana scare tactic takes a hit with a report out of all places, the University of Alabama that taking bong hits isn’t going to harm lung functions. In fact the researchers found that multiple measures of lung function actually improved slightly at least up to a couple thousand lifetime joints. The new data come from a long-term study of more than 5,000 young adults in Oakland, C
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The 8GB Samsung Mp3Either mp3 players are evolving in storage space or style and functionality. The 8Gb Samsung Mp3 takes a turn by incorporating a large 3 inch widescreen (16×9) display that doubles as a touchscreen for navigating through the interface and choosing songs. This display makes it great for watching movies in their full vibrant colors or checking out some HD quality photos. The touch
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Pickled Politics is coming to an end
I think I’m merely stating what has become obvious now. For the last few months, I’ve been working on my new project – Rippla – and my blogging energy went into writing for Liberal Conspiracy or editing it (which takes up a lot of time too). Rumbold has a new job that makes it difficult for him to find the time too. Only Jai has had the time to blog properly. We wanted to host a new conversation
Happy New Year
Pickled Politics wishes all its readers a happy New Year. Good luck for 2012.
Merry Christmas
Pickled Politics would like to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas. I think we’d all agree that 2011 turned out to be not only surprisingly eventful but also very unpredictable. A great deal has happened around the world during the past year, and it makes one wonder what is in store for the human race in 2012. Regardless of whether you regard Jesus as the messianic son of God, a prophet, a sa


Dear White Women Who Think You Mean Well,
I’m about to get in my feelings as a black mother about this bullshit unsolicited advice to Blue Ivy Carter. I freely admit that I do not give even a tiny bit of a fuck about whatever literary conceits are about to be defended as part of justifying it. Because this letter was not written in a vacuum. This letter was not written out f any genuine concern for her health or safety. This letter was l
Republicans Across The U.S. Are Trying To Disenfranchise Voters – What Are You Going To Do About It?
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Republicans in some state legislatures have been trying valiantly to make it harder for people to vote by chipping away at long-standing policies that have traditionally made it easier to vote and sneaking in policies that the Federal government thought they abolished long ago. The introduction of ID requirements, shortening early voting windows, taking


Years of Living Dangerously
Happy New Year! There have been five particularly horrific years of living dangerously in the nuclear age. The first was, most jarringly, 1945 when the Bomb made its spectacular appearance. No advance in the history of warfare was more jarring than a city-killing weapon that could be delivered by surprise for which there was no defense. The second period of maximum danger was 1949-1950, when
Lyric Contest Results
The contest to pick the best lyric about the Bomb and best adapted lyric about the Bomb generated so many superb entries that our distinguished panel of judges had great difficulty selecting winners. Truth be told, in both categories we have split decisions. In the best lyric category, Josh Pollack’s strong preference was “Crawl Out Through The Fallout” by Sheldon Allman (1960), but nobody submit
Iran’s Quest for the F6 in its UF6
In the old days before the first Gulf War, most nuclear export controls were pretty cut-and-dried: Exporters checked for items on a short ”trigger list” that could be used for making nuclear bomb fuel. But after they learned what Iraq had secretly been up to for about a decade before 1991, the Nuclear Suppliers Group came up with a second list, Infcirc/254/Part 2, and it got into the tricky busine
Broken Arrows
Consider this long post a crude proselytizing effort in this holiday season for those who doubt the existence of God, angels, guardians, guides, benevolent spirits, or deities of any kind or persuasion. One way to get religion is to have two near-death experiences and three surgeries in a year. I do not recommend this. Another is to read about US nuclear weapon-related aircraft accidents that coul

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Haplogroup U – Are We More United And Similar Than We Think? – By EHSANI
The Syrian crisis was always going to be different than what we all witnessed in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen thus far.  Every country has its own nuances that render it a unique case.  One of the glaring characteristics of the current Syrian conflict is to do with its sectarian fault lines. Syrians like me have always been apprehensive about discussing our sectarian and religious differences.  Indeed
“When is the Financial Crisis Coming?” by Ehsani
I will be traveling to the Middle East for a week and will be unable to post or moderate. Joshua. Ehsani Writes: The Syrian economy will soon suffer from what I will call a “financial crisis”. This will occur as credit write offs mount. The banking system will soon be hit with a wave of defaults at both the corporate and retail levels. The former will come about as the larger companies decide not
Opposition Fails to Unify; More Calls for Intervention; The Arab League; First Political Defections
The Syrian Opposition tried to further unify its ranks this past week, but failed. Instead the various factions of Syrian National Council – the main opposition front that has met most frequently with Western government officials – fell into recriminations. The problems started with the announcement of an agreement to unify both the NCB [sometimes call NCC] – National Coordination Body for Democr
Arab League Enters Syria as Violence Rises. Syria’s Deficit Spending Explodes but Government Hangs On
Arab League monitors are visiting a number of restive Syrian towns and cities, including Hama, Idleb, and Deraa. Though Syria has made some concessions to the monitors since they began work Tuesday, government forces have at the same time been pressing ahead with attempts to put down peaceful protests in Hama, Homs and other parts of the country. Activists said at least 39 people have been killed

Social change in 2012: After the revolution
The temperatures plummeted to sub-zero in Anchorage, Alaska, in November 2011, but that did not deter the protesters who had gathered to occupy Town Square. They stayed, rotating shifts to ensure that their encampment was never left unoccupied. In the city of Fairbanks, members of the Occupy movement who stayed stalwart even as temperatures dipped to minus 40 insisted that they had to remain to sh
Year in review: The top ten good news stories of 2011
2 Sometimes it seems Muslims can’t get a break, and 2011 was no exception. The "creeping sharia" paranoia in the US continued unabated (despite any evidence that there is any real threat of sharia law supplanting the Constitution) with the passage and/or introduction of anti-sharia legislation in over 20 states, and alleged threats posed by Muslim Americans were brought up at nearly every Republica
Muslims & Christmas: Santa Claus is coming to town - not
When I was a kid, I - like millions of other children across America - ardently believed in Santa Claus. The problem? That persnickety detail that I'm Muslim. Oh, and that I happened to be living in Saudi Arabia at the time. There I was, in a desert nation, mere miles from Mecca, the birthplace of Islam, captivated by mistletoe, turtledoves, Christmas lights, and outlandish accounts of reindeer wi
"All-American Muslim" controversy: A litmus test
Talk to anyone in the Muslim-American community, and they are bound to give you a different take on TLC’s new, and now controversial show “All-American Muslim.” Some say that the show hits the nail right on the head in its portrayal of the entire spectrum of Muslims – from ultra-liberal, to moderate to orthodox. Conversely, many criticize the show as not being representative of the American Musl


Second Pakistan Blog Awards by CIO Faces severe criticism
CIO Pakistan started blog awards last year. Its is a good sign when some one takes initiative and starts some thing new. However its also difficult to introduce this into an already budding field of new media in Pakistan. Last years (or two years back now since its 2012)  Awards were initiated so as it is expected it faced initial growing up pains. It always takes time for such thing to wins the
Do We Vote : A great statistical tool by PakReport.org
Pakreport.org a tool which was instrumental in gathering statistics during the massive flooding in Pakistan, has created another study/stats gathering tool for our electoral activities. Interestingly its called do we vote With political scene in Pakistan heating up it provides very valuable information to party supporters and their leaders.  A quick look at it shows the all known facts that peopl

Occupy Wells Fargo Live
UPDATE 3 (2:03PM PST): There have been 5 arrests. The police have gotten out of the alley, and taken the arrestees to the nearby police station. Protesters are now in front of the station and demanding their release.UPDATE 2 (1:55PM PST): Protesters have blocked the police paddy wagon trying to take away the arrestees in an alley. UPDATE 1 (1:43 PM PST): Several cops have climbed up a fire truc
Occupy and the Urgency of Inclusion
As noted here last month, Pham Binh posted an insightful examination of Occupy as a social movement, acknowledging its achievements while identifying potential weaknesses. For example, consider the following observation: One of the most important elements that makes Occupy an uprising and not merely a mass movement is its alleged leaderlessness. Of course as Marxists we know that every struggle r
Occupy Oakland and the American Licorice Strike
On Tuesday, participants in Occupy Oakland joined workers from Baker's Workers Union 125 on the picket line at American Licorice, the manufacturer of Red Vines, in Union City. They had been striking for about 36 days over American Licorice's new contract proposal to increase the share of the employee heath care contribution for the coverage of their families in 2013 and 2014. According to OakFoS
Who Will You Believe This Time?
Despite his anachronistic social and economic perspectives, Ron Paul has performed a great public service by exposing the lies by which those in the military, the government and the media are using to try to persuade the public to support an attack upon Iran. To date, I haven't noticed any progressive organization, such as, for example, MoveON.org or Rebuild the Dream, say anything at all about it
The Birth Defects of Fallujah
As I discussed in a post from July 2010, this is one of those successes of the US invasion and occupation that you don't hear publicized here very much. A doctor in Fallujah believes that a proliferation of children born with shocking birth defects is related to the use of white phosphorus and depleted uranium weapons in Fallujah in 2004:Dr Samira Alani, a paediatric specialist at Fallujah Gener
Death of Gordon Hirabayashi
2 Like Fred Korematsu, Hirabayashi refused to compy with President Roosevelt's internment order: Mr. Hirabayashi, a son of Japanese immigrants, was a senior at the University of Washington when the United States entered World War II. He adhered to the pacifist principles of his parents, who had once belonged to a Japanese religious sect similar to the Quakers.When the West Coast curfew was imposed,


The establishment has it all sown up.
It can't be said it's a surprise that no one at either MI5 or SIS will face charges over complicity in the torture of Binyam Mohamed. When the Crown Prosecution Service only decided after the Ian Tomlinson inquest that Simon Harwood should face manslaughter charges, having previously felt that a jury was unlikely to convict due to the inadequacy of the post-mortem performed by Freddy Patel, it wa
"It kept it on the front page."
It is incredibly easy to make fun of the Leveson inquiry. (It is though far more difficult to be funny when making fun of the Leveson inquiry, as yesterday's post showed.) Up until today this had been by far its least insightful week, partially down to those giving evidence and partially down to the interrogators having something of an off week. Dominic Mohan on Monday was allowed to get away w
It keeps rolling on...
There was consternation at the Leveson inquiry today as the Daily Mail's picture editor admitted he receives around 400 pictures of unsolicited arses every hour."This," sobbed Paul Silva, "is the new cold reality of working on a tabloid newspaper thanks to your inquiry. Where previously I would have expected to receive thousands of photographs of such A-list celebs as Imogen Thomas and Kim Kardas
Facing up to the same old reality.
There appears to be a quarterly cycle in how the media report the progress of Labour under Ed Miliband. With the exception, predictably, of the Graun and Mirror, Ed's conference speech was almost universally derided by the press. Business itself, ignoring the always open mouth of Digby "the biggest bore in the world" Jones, was strangely muted in response, perhaps realising that a change was in
It's no ordinary sale.
Dominic Mohan's witness statement to the Leveson inquiry doesn't just sell the Sun. He, in the style of an Osakan shop's promotions, fuckin' sells it:Put simply, The Sun connects with the values, broad interests and obsessions of millions of ordinary working men and women every day and in doing it serves a proper purpose in our democracy. It distills complex important issues of the day, including


Each Day Offers The Ability To Understand The World
The news of the world each day has relevance. (Though we don’t need 24 hour news.) But what often goes without sufficient thought is the meaning of the things that are around us all the time. We can interpret the world and come up with a coherent worldview by looking at everyday lives we lead, and by considering the course of our relationships and the lives of the people we know. There is a lot to
Good Jobs Great Houston March For Fair Corporate Taxation On Jan. 24
There will be a Good Jobs Great Houston march and protest against the failure of U.S. corporations to pay a fair share of the taxes in our great nation. From a Reuters story about a government study conducted during the administration of G.W. Bush– The Government Accountability Office said 72 percent of all foreign corporations and about 57 percent of U.S. companies doing business in the United S
Republicans Attack Romney For His Predatory Anti-Worker Business Practices—Everybody For Themselves In Every Respect
It is simply amazing how quickly Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have engaged in bashing the predatory business practices of Mitt Romney. (Above–Mitt Romney. Photo by Brian Rawson-Ketchum.) I can’t imagine that any of the loyal base of the Republican Party would be open to arguments based on that terrible evil of class warfare. Never would such good upright people succumb to such arguments. While Go
Socialist Government Snowplows Descend On Midland-Odessa
Above and below are Texas Department of Transportation photos of snowplows at work in the Midland-Odessa area. Here is the caption with photo you see above— “TxDot Odessa District crews plow the roads after receiving a record snowfall on January 9-10, 2012, and work tirelessly to clear roads and bridges.” Government at work even in very conservative parts of our Great State of Texas. The people o
When Is 2012 Martin Luther King Day Parade?—How About More Honor Roll Kids Marching And Less R.O.T.C.?
When is the 2012 Martin Luther King Day Parade in Houston? The Martin Luther King Grande Prade begins at 10 AM on Monday, January 16. Here is how the parade route is described—”Originate In Mid-Town @ San Jacinto St & Elgin Street N/B On San Jacinto To Webster St.” The website of the parade says that the parade route is 1 mile long and that it will last 2 hours. I go to this parade each year.
Occupy Houston Forum On Corporate Personhood
Below are details of an upcoming Occupy Houston event pertaining to corporate personhood in the United States. We say corporations have the same rights as do people in our nation, yet they don’t serve in our wars or get called for jury duty. Move to Amend is working for a constitutional amendment  to end corporate personhood. Here are some facts on corporate personhood and on the Move to Amend cam
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