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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

25 April - My Feedly

Time to Enact a Dairy Program That WorksTime to Enact a Dairy Program That Works (Photo credit: National Milk Producers Federation)
Jeff Harry explains student loan reformsJeff Harry explains student loan reforms (Photo credit: Obama For America - California)

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Published on Apr 25, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom Are you in? https://my.barackobama.com/studentloantt5vid Romney’s budget plan cuts Pell Grants and locks in higher student loan rates. His advice for students? “The best thing I can do for you is tell you to shop around.” Reality: College would be more expensive under Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney’s Fantasy World
The American Prospect Jamelle Bouie April 25, 2012 In his victory speech last night, the former Massachusetts governor offered a startlingly dishonest take on the last three and a half years of the Obama presidency. In a sane world, Mitt Romney would be laughed out of politics for the speech he gave celebrating his final wins (Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York) in the Re
Farm Bill Will be a Fight Over Food Democracy
An excerpt from the new book, Food Fight

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PART 2: BP Covered Up Blow-out Prior to Deepwater Horizon
Evidence Now Implicates Top BP Execs As Well As Its Partners Chevron and Exxon and the Bush Administration
BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill
Eyewitness Gives Devastating New Information About 2008 Caspian Sea Oil-Rig Explosion

Has Mitt Romney met Mitt Romney?
The Maddow Blog By Steve Benen - Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:00 AM EDT As expected, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney cruised to easy wins in five GOP primaries yesterday — his remaining competitors aren’t really trying — and he capped the night with a big speech in New Hampshire, where he rolled out a new campaign message: “A Better America Begins Tonight.” If you missed it, we feat
Russell Pearce: I ‘Absolutely’ Believe Romney Called SB 1070 A ‘Model’
Huffington Post By- Elise Foley Posted: 04/24/2012 12:57 pm Updated: 04/24/2012 3:50 pm WASHINGTON — Former Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican behind the state’s contested immigration law, SB 1070, said on Tuesday he “absolutely” believed Mitt Romney had endorsed the law as a model for the country. “The folks that he’s said [are] his advisers on this, I have worked with for years and
Romney’s Insult To Women On Equal Pay
Will Mitt Romney support equal pay for women? Lilly Ledbetter says his silence on the issue is disconcerting. CNN Opinion By Lilly Ledbetter, Special to CNN updated 7:35 AM EDT, Tue April 24, 2012 Editor’s note: Lilly Ledbetter is the co-author of “Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond” (Crown Archetype). She has campaigned and raised funds for President Ba
CHART: How Obama And Romney Compare On Energy Issues
Think Progress By Rebecca Leber  on Apr 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm Mitt Romney’s campaign has benefited from Big Oil and Big Coal’s backing, which have poured more than $16 million into ads attacking President Barack Obama’s energy policies. As a favor, Romney says he plans to open public lands and water to drilling while undoing safety and environmental protections. Below, we take a side-by-side look at

Interview 503 – The International Forecaster with Bob Chapman
This week on The International Forecaster with Bob Chapman: We delve into the latest twists and turns in the slow-motion collapse of the Euro, look at the gold and silver markets and rampant manipulation, and dip into the mailbag for questions from listeners.
Corbett Report Radio 118 – Behaviourism and History with Michael Vail
Joining James on the broadcast tonight is Michael Vail of StratRisks.com. The conversation starts off discussing the latest news about Russia on the geopolitical chessboard, and then there is an in-depth discussion of behaviourism and its use in shaping our modern, urbanized, wired, sensory-overload society.  
Interview 502 – Dr. Frederic Whitehurst on the FBI Crime Lab
A former Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI Crime Lab, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst joins us to discuss a startling new report on how the Justice Department has failed to report shoddy FBI crime lab work to the defense counsel of those who have been convicted based on that faulty evidence. We talk about Dr. Whitehurst’s time in the FBI crime lab and discuss his experience blowing the whistle on lies,
Interview 501 – Joseph Trento on the Secret US-Japanese Plutonium Program
Investigative journalist Joseph Trento joins us to discuss his latest article, “United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium.” The end result of a decades-long investigation, the article reveals a secret program through which the US helped Japan amass a stockpile of plutonium which the Japanese government could use to jump-start a nuclear weapons program.
Spotlight Baluchistan: Minerals, Pipelines and Terrorists in the Imperial Great Game
[CLICK HERE to continue watching the report on Boiling Frogs Post.] by James Corbett BoilingFrogsPost.com April 24, 2012 To the residents of Baluchistan it must be puzzling that this remote, sparsely populated region in Pakistan’s southwest is increasingly gaining the attention of far-flung corners of the globe, from Beijing to Moscow to Tel Aviv to Washington. A rugged, arid region dominated by t
Food World Order 017 – Fluoride, Hugs and Drugs
Audio/Notes: http://ur1.ca/92fet On Thursday nights, Media Monarchy joins Corbett Report Radio live on Republic Broadcasting to go over all the latest stories from the world of food, environment and health. This week’s menu features Fluoride, Hugs and Drugs and more… Thanks as always to Morgan Lesko of WikiWorldOrder for posting this video on his YouTube account.

Coffee with Dr. Fermi
I cannot live without good coffee, and that means fresh beans ground right before brewing, and either manual drip or French press extraction. Every morning after publishing Centauri Dreams I make a couple of cups and go out on the deck to rest my eyes and ponder the state of things before hitting the books for background research in the afternoon. Various thoughts about what to write next always c
100 Year Starship Site Launches
You’ll want to bookmark the 100 Year Starship Initiative‘s new site, which just came online. From the mission statement: 100 Year Starship will pursue national and global initiatives, and galvanize public and private leadership and grassroots support, to assure that human travel beyond our solar system and to another star can be a reality within the next century. 100 Year Starship will unreserved
The Proxima Centauri Planet Hunt
Although we haven’t yet found any planets around Proxima Centauri, it would be a tremendous spur to our dreams of future exploration if one turned up in the habitable zone there. That would give us three potential targets within 4.3 light years, with Centauri A and B conceivably the home to interesting worlds of their own. And the issue we started to look at yesterday — whether Proxima Centauri is

Another SHAM ICT Funding Project
There are two main things that are currently causing out growth in ICT to stall. One is the lack of original ideas, so most of the entrepreneurs either copy what is already around internationally or locally (same ideas of online shopping, online bidding) we still have not hit the jackpot with someone creating some thing like instagram or drawsomething and being acquired by one of the big names.

Sustainable Energy For All: Action, not just an agenda
London, UK- WWF welcomes the launch of the Global Action Agenda under the Sustainable Energy for All (SEFA) Initiative by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. But WWF urges participants in the initiative to work towards an Action Agenda that focuses much more on achieving energy access through sustainable energy sources and by implementing nationally binding targets through a multi stakeholder proces
WWF calls for legal action in Indonesia forest clearing
Banda Aceh – WWF is calling on Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and police to investigate and take strict legal action against the perpetrator of the recent clearing of land known to house around 200 critically endangered orangutan in Aceh’s Tripa peat swamp. Initial findings from the task force investigting the violations indicate several laws have been broken by the land owner, including th
Repeated delays plague landmark rhino poaching case
The case against suspected rhino poaching kingpin Dawie Groenewald, his wife and their alleged co-conspirators has suffered yet another lengthy delay. The defendants appeared in a South African court yesterday where their request for an additional postponement was approved. The eleven suspects are expected to be charged with hundreds, or even thousands of criminal counts, including illegal hunti
Virunga activists receive death threats
WWF has learned that two community activists opposing planned oil development in and near Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park have received threatening telephone calls. The men both report having been called by unidentified individuals who told them, “If you continue your advocacy against SOCO, you will die.” SOCO, a British oil company, recently announced plans to begin exp

Guest Blog: Remembering what works on World Malaria Day
Today, on April 25th, we celebrate World Malaria Day. It’s an opportunity to reflect on a serious disease that still affects far too many of the world’s poor. For Africans like myself, it is also an opportunity to highlight an on-the-ground perspective of how best to control malaria. We've seen that the most effective strategies don't rely on chemical solutions, but on a comprehensive
Prize-winning mom brings Monsanto battle to White House
Last week was a busy one for Sofía Gatica. On Monday, she won the global Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to protect her children and neighbors from pesticides. On Wednesday, she asked President Obama to investigate Monsanto’s “pesticide poisonings and livelihood harms” in her community and beyond. It makes perfect sense. After all, both the genetically engineered soy beans that

The Port Huron Statement: Still Radical at 50
For five days in June 1962, members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) gathered at a UAW camp near Port Huron, Mich., for the group's first national convention. The result was The Port Huron Statement: a 25,700-word manifesto that articulated the fundamental problems of American society and laid out a radical vision for a better future. It marked a seminal moment in the development of the
Rock ‘n’ Roll Payola: Dick Clark and Alan Freed
Dick Clark's passing last week reminded me of a rock-and-roll "Christmas Jubilee" concert I saw at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater on Flatbush Avenue during Christmas break 1959. A $2.50 ticket (paid for out of Bar Mitzvah loot), got me in to see Jackie Wilson, Bobby Rydell, the Detroit Wheels, Bo Diddley, the Isley Brothers, Sam Taylor, Johnny Restivo and half a dozen other acts, plus "Hound Dog
Target: Tar Sands
While Washington lobbyists continue to push for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, activists have taken the fight to their backyards. In January, President Obama rejected Alberta-based TransCanada's proposal to build a pipeline from Canada's tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. But in February, the company announced that while it reapplied for a permit, it would go ahead with constr

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Syria’s Opposition Develops into a Real Insurgency as Assad Uses More Force. Obama Refuses to Jump In
The Candidates for Parliamentary Elections in Syria have been published – They reveal that Bashar al-Assad’s supposed reforms are the ruse that most thought they would be. The candidates from Latakia are sprinkled liberally with the names of well known crooks and Baathists of the region as well as their sons. There does not seem to be any potential reform going on in Latakia. The Baath may have be

The State Motto Of Texas Is Friendship—This Is So Despite the State-Mandated Rape Of The Forced Sonogram Law And The Millions Of Uninsured People
The state motto of Texas is “Friendship.” That one word is the entirety of the state motto of Texas. Above is picture of our state motto and a map of Texas that I took at a restaurant here in Houston. I like the simplicity of this a great deal. I like the thought it expresses a great deal. Regular readers of this blog will know that I value friendship a great deal. As for the fact that state-mand
The Choices We Are Given
Here is a picture I took on a Houston street a few days ago that seems metaphoric of many things in life. You are offered two options so long as you stop and realize that one of the options is a dead end. Often we are told we have a choice, but in practical terms we have no choice at all.
The Only Reason That Well-Qualified Incumbent Democratic Harris County Judge Steven Kirkland Has A Primary Opponent Is Because He Is Gay
The only reason that well-qualified incumbent Democratic Harris County 215th District Court Judge Steven Kirkland has a primary opponent is because he is gay. Above you see a yard sign for Judge Kirkland that I came across while out and about in Houston. Judge Kirkland’s opponent is black. The assumption is that black people will vote for Judge Kirkland’s opponent because she is black.  Or that s
Wanting A Quiet Place To Think, I Went To The Houston Astros Game—The Right Mix Of Factors To Get Some Thinking Done In A Public Place
Wanting a quiet place to think where I could have some space, I attended the Houston Astros game this past Monday evening. Above you see a picture I took in the second inning. With the roof open on a warm spring evening, the game was a nice and relaxing spot for contemplation. There was just the right mix of people around to look at and ponder, while at the same time enough room to have your dist
March To Oppose The War On Women In Texas And Across The Nation In Austin On April 28
Above you see the flier for the War on Women march to be held in Austin on April 28. Here is the website for this march. You see that the flier references the Texas forced sonogram law.  This law is state-mandated rape. Here is the text of a letter I co-wrote asking Amnesty International asking that organization to investigate the forced sonogram law. There is also a local event as part of the le


Hell hath no fury.
And so the vengeance of the Murdochs begins. For those who, like me, imagined that the Leveson session with Murdoch junior would just be a re-hash of his repeated denials that he was ever told anything about any aspect of his job as executive chairman of News International, then I think it's fair to say that we've pleasantly surprised. First though, the stuff we've already gone over umpteen time
I'm the Prince of Wales, and if all else fails...
It's Monday, it's late April 2012, the coalition's second Queen's speech is fast approaching and I'm freezing my nads off, so it must be time for another attempt at reforming the House of Lords. Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, reforming the second chamber of parliament was a simple matter of principle, about how even if we must have a hereditary figurehead, it's bordering on the obscene

Lee Myung-bak as Rat?
There is all sorts of wild talk, mostly around the possibility of a third DPRK nuclear test.  But that’s hardly the weirdest, most disturbing thing occurring on the Korean peninsula. The North Korean propaganda campaign against South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is in high dudgeon with all manner of ugliness.  Particularly unpleasant examples can be seen in a series of cartoons showing Lee as a
Endless Summer
The summer of love (at least in the San Francisco Bay Area) was in 1967. The summer of arms control was in 1960. Longstanding readers of these posts may recall my ten favorite books on arms control. Two of them – Schelling and Halperin’s Strategy and Arms Control and Arms Control, Disarmament, and National Security, edited by Donald G. Brennan — gestated in a 1960 summer study in Cambridge, Massa
More on DPRK TELs
We’ve had a lively discussion about the Chinese-manufactured WS51200 TEL that showed up in the DPRK’s April 15 military parade, carrying something very pointy.  I wanted to weigh in with a few observations about the Wanshan Special Vehicle Company, the WS51200 model, the MTCR and TELs in general. 1. First, let’s be clear about who makes the WS51200.  The Hubei Sanjiang Space Wanshan Special Vehic

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
by liberal japonicus The title is from Hunter Thompson, chosen because Dr. Science's recent post struck me in a bit of an oblique way, in that temps were raised because the doctor made the argument that some might summarize (mistakenly, I think) as "editors are no longer professional". The title is not to suggest that professional editors are weird, but to suggest that one of the fla
by Doctor Science Spring is here, and that means it's time to watch birds. The clearest view of any nestcam I know is Cornell's Red-Tailed Hawk cam. Mom "Big Red" and dad "Ezra" have three eggs this year. One got out of the egg yesterday: Who could resist that *faaaaaaaaaace*?!?! Screencapture from gumbercules. despite the fact that this is what the nest looked like Sunday night: Screencap by

Comment Policy
Today, I discovered that some of you may have had difficulty posting comments here, because of the new Blogger settings. Hopefully, I have fixed the problem. Anyone interested in posting comments here should be able to do so.
 ( Not so much. No reaction to hitting comments button. I was wondering if mine worked. I was going to ask for feedback...then realized all I needed to do was log out and try it myself. )
A Day at the Playground
Yesterday, I took my five year old son Daniel hiking in the East Bay hills just to the southeast of UC Berkeley, near Panoramic Way. It was the first time that we did it, because, until now, I wasn't confident that he had the strength, endurance and coordination to make his way along such a steep path. I needn't have worried, he made his way along the trial almost effortlessly, at least in compa

Two Charged in New Cases of Alleged ‘Sovereign’ House Theft in Georgia
Buying a home can cause big headaches and quickly empty your wallet. Just ask an estimated 20 buyers in Atlanta who purchased vacant homes from two antigovernment “sovereign citizens” who are now accused of selling residences they didn’t own. Edgar Lee Rodgers and Diana Rowe were arrested last week on charges of racketeering and theft-by-deception charges, [...]
Attacks May be Racially Motivated, Tied to Anger Over Trayvon Martin
Police in Mobile, Ala., are investigating the beating of a white man who is in critical condition after being attacked by a group of African Americans. The victim, Matthew Owens, had earlier argued with kids who were playing basketball in the street last Saturday night, police said. The youngsters left, but a group of adults returned [...]

Dancing Across The Water
Yee-haw. Space raiders. Fortunately, space is conscious. And knows these people for what they are. And so, they are not going out there. Not until they’ve changed. As it is written: the first one’s free you just get one  To get another, you first have to grow up. Filed under: Eternal Recurrence, La Musica, Outer Limits
Fruit Loopy
The Araxes is said by some to be bigger than the Danube, by others to be not so big. It is also said to have a number of islands in it as large as Lesbos, where men live during summer on various kinds of roots which they dig up, and for their winter supplies pick as it ripens and put into store any sort of tree-fruit which they have found to be suitable for food. They have also discovered another
America’s Last Stand
“I’ll tell you why the Capri is my favorite casino. You know, the Mafia hired an actor, George Raft, to front for the Capri. Raft acted a gangster so many times people thought he was. He thought he was. Comes the night of the Revolution crowds start looting casinos. One mob heads for the Capri. Who goes out on the steps but Raft himself and says in his gangster voice, ‘No punks are busting up my c

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