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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.

Friday, March 30, 2012

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HypocrisyCover of Hypocrisy

A controversial proposal for a joint Australian-US military air base in the Indian Ocean could lead to the launch of drone spy flights across the region, according to officials quoted in Washington.
Gunmen blow up a pipeline, halting operations, hours after drone strike killed five suspected al-Qaeda fighters.

Press reports and comments by top intelligence officials suggest that Mohamed Merah, the alleged gunman who killed seven people including three Jewish schoolchildren in a nine-day shooting spree in Toulouse, was a French intelligence asset. These reve...
A World Overwhelmed by Western Hypocrisy

If wanting better futures and imperial wars stopped aren't worth fighting for, what is? If not now, when? If not us, who? If that's not important enough, what is? -- Mathaba Analyst Stephen Lendman more...
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to forge ahead with tough sanctions on Iran, saying there was enough oil in the world market - including emergency stockpiles - to allow countries to cut Iranian imports.
As the two allies hold high-level meetings after months of strained ties we ask what is at stake for both.

Opinion: "In 2009 President Obama was pursuing a diplomatic approach toward Iran, while today he relies almost exclusively on sanctions and threats of war," writes MJ Rosenberg: http://aje.me/GZY1lk

In 2009, Obama pursued a diplomatic approach toward Iran, while today he relies on sanctions and threats of war.

There are far too many of these stories. Maybe now, thanks to the Trayvon Martin case, internal affairs investigators will actually do their jobs and reporters won't be quite so eager to accept the official version of events. This case in …

Both the actual situation at the No. 2 Fukushima reactor and the news of the massive coverup that went with it? It just keeps getting worse: TOKYO (AP) — One of Japan's crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and …

‎'Despite a recent study showing that mountaintop removal coal mining - in which coal companies literally remove the tops of mountains, dump the tons of debris into nearby streams and then strip mine the underlying coal -

causes children born nearby to suffer higher rates of birth defects, a federal district judge last week held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could not revoke a permit for one such large project.' Matt Bewig, AllGov

RT shared a link.

NBC appears to have edited an excerpt of a phone call made by Trayvon Martin’s killer to portray him as a racist. The edited George Zimmerman says he thinks Martin is ‘up to no good’ just because he was black – but that’s not what he really said.
Earlier this month, Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, complained that House...
Benteler Workers on Strike In Kaluga Russia

Members of the ITUA went on strike after repeated attempts to negotiate with the company failed. VW workers at a neighbouring plant pledge solidarity.

‎'The National Employment Law Project today welcomed the introduction of federal legislation to raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $9.80 over the next two-and-a-half years,

which would restore the wage to a fair level and provide greater economic security for millions of struggling families.' Christine Owens, National Employment Law Project

Rangers stand guard next to a burnt out car that was set on fire after a shooting incident, which killed Awami National Party (ANP) activist in Karachi.
TALK ABOUT A GREAT DETOX SOUP.. this will knock your socks off!
Fresh Beet and Apple Soup:
•2 tablespoons olive oil
•1 cup onion, chopped
•1/2 cup carrots, diced
•1/2 cup celery, chopped
•2 cloves garlic, chopped
•2 granny smith apples, chopped
•1 teaspoon ground ginger
•1 cup white wine
•1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
•1/2 teaspoon coriander
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon white pepper
•3 cups beets, peeled and chopped
•6 cups vegetable stock
Roasted Acorn Squash:
•4 small acorn squash
•a little bit of olive oil
For Serving:
•a little coconut milk
•toasted walnuts

To Make Fresh Beet and Apple Soup:
1.In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onions, carrots and celery; saute 5 minutes over medium low heat.
2.Add garlic, apple and ginger. Then add wine and spices. Saute for 3 minutes.
3.Add cubed beets and stock. Stir well and bring to low simmer for 30 minutes.
4.Turn heat down and let sit for 20 minutes before pureeing in the blender.
To Make Roasted Acorn Squash:
5.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
6.Cut tops off of acorn squash and scoop out seeds and stringy insides.
7.Brush surfaces of top and bottom with a little olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt. Roast top side up for approximately 45 minutes until squash is tender (roasting time will vary depending on how large your squash is).
To Serve:
8.Just before serving, swirl in some coconut milk and top with toasted walnuts, if desired.

By Ms. Samm Simpson When a lie becomes the truth, then the truth becomes a lie. That’s the GMO play book; starting with the 1992 Monsanto led FDA policy of substantial equivalence.
On Wednesday, March 29th, ten dedicated advocates of GMO labeling from the Right To Know CT advocacy campaign descended on Hartford to distribute 200 packets of information to every legislator in Connecticut in an effort to gain support for CT HB 5117, the bill that would mandate GMO labeling in CT. The legislators and their staff provided the advocates with positive feedback and indicated that the bill has a great deal of support amongst the legislators. However, there is still a great deal of work to be done. Please contact Tara Cook-Littman at 917-602-0855 or taracook.littman@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting a GMO educational workshop in your area, if you would like to form a NON GMO group, or if you have any ideas to assist in the Right To Know CT advocacy campaign.

Please join the leaders of RIght To Know CT, the Wakeman Town Farm, The Westport Farmers Market, and state and federal legislators this Sunday, April 1st, for a panel discussion entitled "Don't be Fooled By GMOs". Please see details below.


This is the current official word on the Just Label it petition.

Tuesday marked the deadline for the Food and Drug Administration to respond to the "Just Label It" petition, urging the agency to label genetically modified foods for American consumers.The...
- Fiji Philippines SINKING: / Parts of Luzon, Visayas still under water. Rains continue to pour on some parts of Luzon and the Visayas. This report tells us that parts of Oriental Mindoro remain under water while a tornado hits Bacolod. -- On The Scene, ANC, March 30, 2012 / / Massive flooding in the province of Capiz has left 5 people dead, according to the Capiz Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council...

A Mexican-American family is forced to split up along a fault line of US politics.

A Mexican-American family is forced to split up along a fault line of US politics.
Controversy over NDAA centres on loose definition of key words, such as who are 'associated forces' of named terrorist groups. By Paul Harris
In 2008, the City of Fresno and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) paid a hefty settlement of $2.3 million for seizing and destroying homeless residents’ personal property and signed an agreement on how to deal with homeless encampments in the future.
The Government Accountability Board in Wisconsin voted unanimously to recall Governor Scott Walker following the submission of a petition with 900,000 signatures. (Only 540,208 signatures were required.) Walker was targeted for recall after he pushed through a law last year that effectively ended...
America is clearly stuck in an economic funk thanks to poor economic policies, which have led to a nationwide malaise and gloom that have affected the entire country. However, such a gloom is understandable thanks to all the problems facing the economy right now. These include high oil prices, defla...
In an earlier article, EU’s selective Lessons from Greece, we saw that EU Parliament’s investigation of the financial crisis (CRIS), and the hearing Lessons from Greece (ECON/7/02578), lacked the resolve to address the Greece/Goldman secret loan that was allegedly improper and exacerbated Greece’s i...
The House quietly passed two bills that would strip away some of the rules in the recent financial-reform law.
Follow Max Keiser on Twitter: http://twitter.com/maxkeiser Watch the full Keiser Report 269 on Saturday. In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbe...

MANHATTAN (CN) - Faced with an "extremely skeptical" federal judge, opponents of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act - which allows the military to indefinitely detain anyone it suspects "substantially supported" al-Qaida, the Taliban or "associated forces" - appear to have made some he...


With markets demanding sustainable seafood catches, the next logical step was to create a management plan to minimize impact on fish habitat, he said. "It was important for us to be proactive in development of management measures that meet market needs."

Environmentalists and the ground-fish bottom trawl industry this week announced a landmark agreement on ways to limit the effect of trawl nets on sensitive corals, sponges, and deepsea habitats on the B.C. coast.

Degraded lands hold promise in feeding 9 billion, while preserving forests


Making productive use of degraded lands and boosting productivity of small-holder farmers are key to meeting surging global consumption of agricultural products while preserving critical wildlife habitats, said an agricultural expert on the sidelines of the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford.

Speaking ahead of a panel on "Transforming Markets to Save Forests", Jason Clay, Senior Vice President of Market Transformation at WWF, told mongabay.com that there are an estimated 800 million to 1.6 billion hectares of degraded land worldwide that could be suitable for agricultural production. Cultivating these lands could reduce pressure on critical ecosystems including rainforests, peat swamps, and high-biodiversity savannas.

A view of just how much is at stake if huge tracts of the Amazon Rainforest continue to disappear.
For those who somehow thought we dodged a bullet – that somehow 200 million gallons of oil and 2 million gallons of toxic dispersant weren’t going to inflict long-term damage on the Gulf of Mexico, think again folks. The impact of the deep-sea “dead zone,” some 7 miles from the blownout Macondo Well, could be far reaching. Coral is a critical part of the delicate Gulf ecosystem. The destruction of one link of the chain ripples through the entire web.

The post-spill recovery of the Gulf of Mexico took a couple of big hits this week – revelations that indicate a full recovery may take years to

As BP reaps billions in profits from rising gasoline prices, the Gulf of Mexico is dying from its uncleaned pollution. “After months of laboratory work, scientists say they can definitively finger oil from BP’s blown-out well as the culprit for the slow death of a once brightly colored deep-sea coral community in the Gulf of Mexico that is now brown and dull,” the AP reports.

As BP reaps billions in profits from rising gasoline prices, the Gulf of Mexico is dying from its uncleaned pollution. “After months of laboratory work, scientists say they can definitively finger oil from BP’s blown-out well as the culprit for the slow death of a once brightly colored deep-sea cora...
‎"There's contamination hanging on in the Gulf," McCallister replied. "And it's the deep stuff that will be a big problem, maybe for ten years or more; damage has been done to microscopic life forms at the very bottom. It's 'sleeping contamination,' - and it can be 'awakened' by major events - storms, shifts in the earth, for instance - causing pollutants to be reintroduced to areas previously thought to be cleaned up." As for how long it might take for the Gulf to be entirely pristine again? "Decades," he offered. "Maybe longer."

CHICAGO - "Capitalism is fundamentally incapable of dealing with climate change." These were the words of microbial ecologist Steve McCallister, when asked what the current political atmosphere meant for environmental concerns - and for the future in relation to global warming. What he had to say hi...
BP argues the government can't withhold more than 10,000 documents on flow-rate issues because they concern factual issues, not policy determinations. The government can't invoke the "deliberative process" privilege to protect those documents, the company argues.

BP PLC accuses the federal government of improperly withholding scientific documents that could show it overestimated the amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from the company's Macondo well.

After the oil spill, reporters uncovered documents that showed a pattern of coziness with regulators from the Minerals Management Service. In fact, these headline-grabbing events are the expected outcome of a corrosive cancer in the corporate culture.

For your Louisiana and New Orleans-based news, politics, sports with Saints, LSU info

“This report shows that ultra-deep oil drilling is not yet ultra-safe, especially in the environmentally sensitive Alaskan waters,” said Rep. Markey. “The Department of Interior needs to do more than accept industry’s assurances that blowout containment technology will be available, and I call on the Department to beef up its oversight and enforcement of these activities.”

Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Edward J. Markey released a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) evaluating the oil industry’s capabilities for containing subsea wells and the federal government’s o...

A new documentary titled "Payback" focuses some of its theme on the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The film is based on the book "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth" by Margaret Atwood.

The film is based on a book by Margaret Atwood in which the author examines the concept of debt and asks, "What if the debt is one that, by its very nature, cannot be repaid with money?"
‎(Reuters) - A Brazilian federal prosecutor plans to expand his investigation of a November offshore oil spill in a field run by Chevron (CVX.N) to areas operated by other companies in the country's main oil region. Other companies with exploration or production operations in the Campos Basin include Anglo-Dutch Shell (RDSa.N), Brazil's OGX Petroleo, Spain's Repsol YPF (REP.MC), Denmark's Maersk Oil (MAERSKb.CO) and UK-based BP (BP.L).

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian federal prosecutor plans to expand his investigation of a November offshore oil spill in a field run by Chevron to areas operated by other companies
LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Total repeatedly assured workers on its North Sea Elgin platform that a leak was impossible until just hours before evacuating them as potentially explosive gas spread, a senior
The Democratic National Committee traded blows with an oil industry advocacy group Thursday as each attacked the other on energy policy.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has given approval for two combined licenses for two nuclear reactors in South Carolina, only the second time in the last three decades that new nuclear plants have been approved in the nation.

Zero Hedge | Fukushima radiation plume contacted North America at California “with greatest exposure in central and southern California."
Last year's earthquake created an effect called liquefaction for the soils in this area, said Dave Doyle, chief surveyor for National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's National Geodetic Survey, who told WTOP that the earthquake only had "very, very minor" impacts on sinking.

WASHINGTON -- If you look at historic photos and maps of the nation's capital, you'll notice that the Potomac River came up to the grounds of the Washington Monument. The areas to the west and south, today part of the great monumental landscape that extend from the National Mall, were created from l...
Oh, look what the climate scientists have been saying for the last 30+ years. Episode CCCXII: WRONG! ....
"If you think that scientists, ETs, the tooth fairy, or running off to Hunza Valley are going to save you, think again. It’s up to you to find your own solutions, not wait to be saved by someone else. There are no longer safe places on Earth to run to, only safe people who create solutions for themselves"....

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‎'Here's the latest case in point. The airwaves belong to all of us, right? They're part of 'the commons' that in theory no private interest should be able to buy or control.

Nonetheless, government long ago allowed television and radio stations to use the airwaves for commercial purposes, and the advertising revenues have made those companies fabulously rich.' Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, BillMoyers.com
BREAKING: Federal court strikes down key parts of Governor Scott Walker's union-busting law Act 10.

A federal court on Friday struck down key parts of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining legislation, ruling that the
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