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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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

24 January - iGoogle

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Yemen: Unlawful immunity, says Human Rights Watch

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Charged in Information Leak

The Justice Department on Monday charged a former Central Intelligence Agency officer with disclosing classified information to journalists about the capture and brutal interrogation of a suspected member of Al Qaeda, Abu Zubaydah  

In a criminal complaint filed on Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused John Kiriakou, the former C.I.A. officer, of disclosing the identity of a C.I.A. analyst who worked on a 2002 operation that located and interrogated Abu Zubaydah. The journalists included a New York Times reporter

At the same time, the department on Monday cleared of wrongdoing a legal defense team for inmates at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for its efforts to identify officials involved in the coercive interrogations of “high value” suspects. The effort was a project by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to bolster the representation of detainees facing death sentences in military commissions.
Mr. Kiriakou, who was released on a $250,000 bond after appearing in federal court in Alexandria, Va., on Monday, was a leader of the team that captured Abu Zubaydah, and he came to public attention in late 2007 when he gave an interview to ABC News portraying the suffocation technique called waterboarding as torture, but calling it necessary. *(It later emerged that he significantly understated the C.I.A.’s use of the technique.)
The prosecution of Mr. Kiriakou is the sixth criminal case brought under President Obama against current or former government officials accused of providing classified information to the media, more such cases than all previous presidents combined. 
*It was 'necessary'. Since torture initiates false confessions and fantasies designed to pacify professional sadists, all sorts of nonsense about al-CIA-da from Dick Cheney's office became 'intelligence' and 'necessary'- including invading a nation uninvolved in the 9-11 scenario : where the official story cataloging actors presumably destroyed with all evidence was speedily released without the unnecessary expense of the standard FAA crash reporting ( mandatory) and the debris removed without examination or access to investigating authority...supposing such could be identified aside from hapless First Responders sent in without protective gear ( Same as the Deepwater Horizon blowout 'cleanup' crews....or even Exxon Valdez cleanup : Dr. Riki Ott : website 
Riki has written a teaching guide for educators who want to show the film Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez to their students. The Black Wave teaching guide is suitable for high school and college Students. Download the free study guide and student handout by clicking here.


Dr. Michael Harbut has provided up-to-date information for physicians. Michael R. Harbut, M.D., M.P.H. is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University, Director of the Karmanos Cancer Institute's Environmental Cancer Program & Past Chair of the Occupational & Environmental Medicine section of the American College of Chest Physicians.  He is Chief at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, P.C. and has treated many patients with solvents and petroleum exposures.  Click here to read Dr. Harbut's recommendations.
Individual copies of Riki's books can be ordered through Chelsea Green. Order the film Black Wave through Bull Frog Films.

Bin Laden was not identified by the FBI as involved at all. That would help explain why there were no extradition proceedings with the Taleban to rendition a Saudi prince; intimate and financier of the Bush empire and CIA operations in Afghanistan.
Taguba Report - Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Structural Racism in the United States - PDF
Strategy for Forcing Political Change Through Orchestrated Crisis

Report: White House Pressured Scientists to Underestimate BP Spill Size

Three of the 13 Plume Team experts used a technique called Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to estimate a leak rate in the range of 25,000 bpd. But three other experts on the Plume Team reported that PIV was underestimating the size of the leak by more than 50%. Those three experts used a different technology to correctly peg the leak rate at 50,000 to 60,000 bpd.

Yet Lehr did not tell the public or key decision makers that there was a deep split on the Plume Team. In the Plume Team’s Final Report, the body of which Lehr wrote, he reported that "most of the Plume Team used PIV" which produced “consistent and accurate” estimates. These underestimates were repeated to the public and media.

Magnetic soap could help in oil spill clean-ups

Drop of magnetic soap solution and a magnet A droplet containing the soap is attracted to the magnet at left

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Fracking's "Little Revolution": How a People-Powered Movement Fights Big Business for Clean Water

Arctic Ocean freshwater bulge detected

'Peak timber' concerns in tropics

Current tropical timber harvesting practices are not sustainable and nations should consider the implications of "peak timber"
Though National School Choice Week has some liberal support, its primary backers are deeply conservative activists whose goal is to dissolve public education in the US.

 Access to opportunity is replaced with demands for universal “excellence” and “achievement,” in which teachers are punished for student “failure.”A 2009 Stanford study found that only 17% of charter schools provided better education than regular public schools.


Montana Takes on Citizens United

The Montana Supreme Court rejected misguided reasoning and upheld a part of a state anticorruption law banning corporations from making political expenditures from general treasuries.

  :)  'misguided'  or Bought and Paid For ?

Demand USDA NOT Approve Dow's 2,4-D-Resistant GE Corn


Tell Canada to Clean Up Toronto's Air-Rail Transit

( These 3 are from an email. About the last I have nagging concerns about strategic infrastructure degradation/vulnerability. An unrelated thought :truck diesel emission regs have given us less but more toxic emissions coupled with declining fuel efficiency. Now those are captured : and filter disposal is likely another nasty problem )

Climate News Recap


3 Ds 

Mark Collins - Looking at the North
Mark Collins - Obama Nixes Keystone XL Pipeline: Major US Press Coverage


 All Things Considered - NPR

EU Squeezes Iran With New Oil Sanctions
Stanford Takes Online Schooling To The Next Academic Level

American Water Intelligence

Carlton Water Treatment Facility, FL


Global economy 'in danger zone'
The International Monetary Fund says the world's economy is "deeply into the danger zone", with the eurozone crisis requiring urgent action.
Scorsese's Hugo up for 11 Oscars

Blog of Rights - ACLU

Supreme Court Decision on GPS Tracking: A Spur to Action for Congress
The Long Path Ahead: People of African Descent and the Realization of Human Rights


Google swerves, allows nicknames on Google+

In a big swerve in policy, Google has decided to allow people to sign up using nicknames or other pseudonyms on its growing social network, Google+.
Romney does some damage


It's raining protons

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Hard at work on our 2012 Alternative Provincial Budget

Carbon Farmers of Australia

Cap and Trade in India 

Circle of Blue - Water News

The Stream, January 24: Boosting Food Production
Ned Breslin: Lessons From Polio


Coincidence: what are the chances of it happening?
Nicolas Bratza: Britain should be defending European justice, not attacking it

Common Dreams

Ron Paul Action Figure! Comes Fully Equipped With the U.S. Constitution!
No Grace Under Pressure Here: Mitt Gets Mean(er)

Daily Bell

Stop Internet Censorship
VIDEO: Irish Bulldog Vincent Browne Pounds EU's Klaus Masuch Over the Irish Bank Bailout

Daily News -Egypt

Rights group demands investigation into Al-Qeddesine bombing

 Democracy Now!


iBook Author App Overturning Textbooks
Apple's new app allows anyone to build interactive ebooks for the iPad for a low price and light load.
Suds Ahoy! Bubble Boats Better Fuel Efficiency

EPA Radiation News

EPA and U.S. Department of Energy to Develop Renewable Energy on Previously Contaminated Sites; Two Sites in Buffalo Area Among Those to be Assessed for Renewable Energy Projects 

EPA water science news

Notice of Final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan; Re-Opening Public Comment Period
Water Quality Criteria for Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution

 Food Consumer

New Evidence Refutes Fraud Findings in Dr. Wakefield Case

Force Change

Protect the Wildlife Living at Lake Conroe From Texas Authorities

 FreakOut Nation

Anonymous releases first Stratfor Emails on Occupy Movement
Meet ACTA; It’s SOPA and PIPA on steroids, the Global Edition


SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress today
Obama: Veto SOPA

Guardian UK
Iran oil sanctions spark war of words between Tehran and Washington
Iran threatens to close strait of Hormuz after EU escalates sanctions, but US warns force could be used to keep it openTehran on Monday escalated...
Turkey warns France over Armenian genocide law

Global economy 'in danger zone'
The International Monetary Fund says the world's economy is "deeply into the danger zone", with the eurozone crisis requiring urgent action.


Dick Armey: We’re Gonna Have A Brokered GOP Convention This Year


Honor and Emotion
The Role of Honor and Culture in Group-Based Humiliation, Anger and Shame

Inside Facebook

Open Graph apps: what’s there, what’s next
Facebook expands Questions API


Use a Piggy Bank as a Password Escrow Account for Sharing Your Children's Passwords [Parenting Hacks]
Facebook Timeline Heading to All Profiles [Video]


Bill Keller on the Bomb Iran Debate
Iran Hawk Watch


NPR - news

Julian Assange Announces The Launch Of New TV Show
Top Stories: Oil Salvage Begins In Italy Liner Crash; Paterno Is Mourned

New Scientist - online news

Erectile function restored with stem cells

News 24

Malema hearing over, verdict in 'due course'

The ANC appeal committee has wrapped up ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's appeal hearing and said a decision would be made in "due course".
Muslims demand halaal answers

Obama Conspiracy Theories

Thursday’s hearing

Oddly Enough

The last huzzah?

Open Channel

Ex-CIA agent charged with leaking classified info on Gitmo case

Former CIA interrogator John Kiriakou describes waterboarding in an interview with Chris Matthews on "Hardballl." By Michael IsikoffNBC NewsA...
Interpol faces legal threat for helping oppressive regimes hunt dissidents

 Open Secrets

Looking Back at South Carolina Winner Newt Gingrich's Long Money-in-Politics Past
What to Do While Waiting for Presidential Campaign Reports


PEW Clean Energy Program

Harness Heat to Create New Jobs and Enhance Competitiveness

 Payvand Iran News

EU Ministers Adopt Iran Oil Embargo
International Body Should End Iran's Illegal Satellite Jamming

Pesticide Action Network

German biotech giant flees Europe

Philippines News

Cebu's digital forensic lab opens

Political MoJo | Mother Jones

Your Daily Newt: Thomas Jefferson Airplane
Chart: Is Obama Really the "Food Stamp" President?

Politics Security Secrecy

Court Says Review of Security Clearance Dispute is “Prohibited ...
Government Underground Secrecy | The DZ Nucleus

Psychology Today

Real Connection

Reef News and Issues

Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition: Updated Blueprint released
Seeking Your Input on the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan

Satellite News

2012 Research and Technology Studies Resume at JSC
NASA’s Research and Technology Studies (RATS) team will conduct its 2012 testing events in two phases. The first phase is further separated into...
What's Next For NASA?



Girl struck by car, injured while trying to get to school bus stop

Steve Munro

Stintz Supports LRT, Maybe (Update 3)
Metrolinx Plans a Fare Increase


Obama Sings! He Sings Al Green!
Anthony Prabhu Gonsalves (1927-2012), R.I.P.

 Scientific American

The Scientist: Jim Hansen Risks Handcuffs to Make His Research Clear
Eyes Have It: Gaze-Controlled PCs and Games Come Into View [Video]


Event innovations from TEDx events: We pick 5
Is there a real you? Julian Baggini on TED.com


The Internet Begins Discussing What To Do With Its New Found Powers

Ten Percent

They Want Us Dead
The Evil Argentinean Empire’s Threat To Brave Dave

This Week in Science

Tracking Reaction Surfaces


Azerbaijan’s ruling party: time frame for Minsk group should be determined
Time frame for the OSCE Minsk group should be determined, the ruling party of Azerbaijan said.
Georgia increases trade turnover with EU countries in 2011

USA Today

Unexplained Mysteries

Arctic Ocean freshwater bulge detected

Web MD

Drug for Enlarged Prostate May Slow Cancer Growth

Avodart, a drug widely used in the treatment of enlarged prostates, may slow cancer growth in men with very early prostate cancers.


Dog escapes elevator disaster after owner gets lead caught in lift

White House

President Obama Announces Another Key Administration Post


The Deaths of JFK, RFK—and the Silence of the Lambs
So Pa, So Good…But Must Activists Always Align With Corporations to Win?

 Zoe - It's our Nature

Snowy Owl Magic
Winter at Zion

 Daily Galaxy

What Would Earth Look Like to Alien Astronomers in the Age of Dinosaurs? --New Research Models History of Earth's ClimateWhat Would Earth Look Like to Alien Astronomers in the Age of Dinosaurs? --New Research Models History of Earth's Climate
EcoAlert: Massive Solar Radiation Hitting Earth NowEcoAlert: Massive Solar Radiation Hitting Earth Now
Galaxy Clusters & Great Walls (The Largest Structures in the Universe)Galaxy Clusters & Great Walls (The Largest Structures in the Universe)
Glowing Stellar Cluster Cloaks a Neutron StarGlowing Stellar Cluster Cloaks a Neutron Star
Titan's Dunes --Clues to Its Climate & GeologyTitan's Dunes --Clues to Its Climate & Geology

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