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Saturday, June 23, 2012

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Dozens of cancer victims settle tainted groundwater suit in Florida.
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.
Corbett Report Radio 161 – Rio+20 Wrap-up
The Rio+20 conference on “sustainable development” has come and gone…and so far it appears to have been a wash-out. Tonight on the program we examine the underlying philosophy of conferences like this, and what we can expect from the “regulating class” in the future. Works Cited: Interview 519 – Against Communitarianism with Julie Beal Christ Turns ‘Green’ at U.N. Earth Summit — Literally Alabama


Macabre: Public officials in Maine and Miami think ‘zombie apocalypse’ drill is “lighthearted”
 Editor’s Note: In light of recent events, I don’t agree. By David Ferguson Raw Story Friday, June 22, 2012 15:13 EDT   In Bangor, Maine, a coalition of first responders and emergency workers from eight eastern Maine communities came together on Thursday to prepare for the “zombie apocalypse,” reports Bangor’s NBC affiliate station WLBZ, Channel 2. Firefighters, police and health care workers took
15 million people displaced by natural disasters in 2011
Terra Daily June 20, 2012 – WORLD – Floods, storms, earthquakes and a tsunami displaced 14.9 million people last year, 89 percent of them in Asia, according to an estimate by two Norwegian-backed agencies issued here Tuesday. “The 10 largest disasters in terms of the amount of people displaced all took place in Asia, including multiple events in China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Japan,” said E
Biological and Chemical Warfare News
Study finds deadly bird flu is five steps away from being a pandemic SF Gate June 22, 2012 – HEALTH – Five genetic tweaks made a deadly strain of bird flu that can infect humans spread more easily, according to a study that the U.S. government had first sought to censor on concerns it could be used by bioterrorists. The genetic changes made the H5N1 virus airborne among ferrets, the mammals whose
Well, Rand Paul’s Just NOT Good At Making Friends, Is He?
Dissing Rockefeller, yeah….but Larry Flynt and Scottie Pippen? Hey Rand, if you want to be useful in the world of agriculture, how about working on getting done what the people have wanted done (GMO labeling legislation formally railroaded these past couple of days) instead of what your new pimps want (slashing food stamp benefits for people trained to live in the welfare state while running off w




Romney’s Bain Capital Invested In Companies That Moved Jobs Overseas
Washington Post By Tom Hamburger, Thursday, June 21, 7:53 PM Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India. During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies tha
Romney Campaign Said to Ask Scott to Downplay Job Gains
Bloomberg By Michael C. Bender -  Jun 21, 2012 1:46 PM MT Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter. Scott, a Republican
Follow the Dark Money
The down and dirty history of secret spending, PACs gone wild, and the epic four-decade fight over the only kind of political capital that matters. Mother Jones  —By Andy Kroll | July/August 2012 Issue “There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money and I can’t remember what the second one is.“—Mark Hanna, 19th-century mining tycoon and GOP fundraiser I.NIXONLAND Bill L

Re-Reading Silent Spring
Fifty Years after its Publication, Rachel Carson’s Book Remains All-Too-Relevant
As Host to Rio+20, Brazil Faces Own Environmental Struggles
Economic Powerhouse Is Using Up Its Natural Resources Faster than Ever
Stuck Inside of Rio with the Climate Blues Again
Summit Tests the Idea of Whether Green Capitalism Can Save the Environment
Greenwashing +20
To an Unsuspecting Public, it Looks Like Big Business Cares About the Planet and is Demanding Action


Corbett Report Radio 160 – The Good News and Food World Order
Tonight James talks about the concept of “good news” and why it is important to highlight positive stories of people solving problems instead of constantly dwelling on the next potential threat. Also, James Evan Pilato joins us in the second half of the broadcast for our weekly FoodWorldOrder.com update. Works Cited: Father donates kidney to another couple’s child Volunteers brave heat to build co
Interview 519 – Against Communitarianism with Julie Beal
Julie Beal of GetMindSmart.com joins us on the occasion of the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development in Brazil to discuss Agenda 21, corporate social responsibility, social capital, and the economy of the future.
Interview 518 – Political Philosophy with Tom Secker
Tom Secker of InvestigatingTheTerror.com joins us for a wide-ranging conversation on political philosophy. We discuss disagreements with and reservations about alternative political movements from UKIP to the Ron Paul phenomenon before talking about a stateless society and the possibilities of anarcho-socialism.
New World Next Week – 2012/06/21
Welcome 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: House Panel Votes To Cite Holder For Contempt Of Congress http://ur1.ca/9jf6k Obama Claims Executive Privilege In Gun Case http://ur1.ca/9jf6l Vote to Sanction Holder Escalates Gun-Probe Fight htt
Interview 517 – New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato
Welcome 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: House Panel Votes To Cite Holder For Contempt Of Congress http://ur1.ca/9jf6k Obama Claims Executive Privilege In Gun Case http://ur1.ca/9jf6l Vote to Sanction Holder Escalates Gun-Probe Fight ht
Corbett Report Radio 159 – The Spirtual United Nations with Aaron Franz
The origins and history of the United Nations are well known by now, as is the way the UN fits into the greater globalist agenda. But there’s another side to the UN entirely, promoting a New Age religion that believes in global consciousness and the coming of an Ascendent Master, a hierarchy of enlightened beings, and the supermundane world of the rest of us. Tonight we talk to Aaron Franz of TheA



Prometheus: explained?
As an addendum to my review of Prometheus, here's one person's interpretation of all the various symbolism in the film. I can't say I agree with all of it, and if he is right, it would in fact make me think less of the film as I'd much rather everything wasn't there to be found if you look hard enough. Might just be me though.
Michael Gove is a tit.
You'd have thought that David Cameron would be used to the whole media strategy thing by now. Something you simply don't do is pass comment on individual tax cases, or if you find yourself having to then you don't then describe that individual's affairs as being "morally repugnant". This is the equivalent of declaring that it's open season on anyone with questionable tax arrangements, which unsu
Too early to tell.
I was going to start this post off by quoting Zhou Enlai, who when asked about the effects of the French revolution purportedly said that it was too soon to say. Only, as such witticisms often are, it all seems to have been a misunderstanding based on translation. Enlai wasn't referring to the revolution of 1789, but to the student rising of May '68, some three years previous. Still a fair whil
To kill a rational peasant.
In light of the fact there's a football game starting very shortly, here's Adam Curtis's latest post, this time on the origins of counter-insurgency and its connection with the special forces conman Jack Idema.

Documents: Neo-Nazi Murderer J.T. Ready Detained Immigrants in Desert
J.T. Ready, the neo-Nazi border vigilante who killed himself and four others in a domestic dispute in May, was twice caught forcibly detaining immigrants in the Arizona desert last year, but federal prosecutors declined to bring charges against him, according to newly released documents. The documents were posted online today by Talking Points Memo, which obtained [...]
Hate Group Leader to Serve as California State Judge
Gary Kreep, a longtime antigovernment activist, “birther” and hate group leader who uses anti-Obama rhetoric as a proxy for anti-Muslim hate, has emerged victorious in a tight race for a seat on San Diego’s Superior Court, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Kreep, who received the San Diego County Bar Association’s lowest rating of “lacking qualifications,” beat [...]
Former Congressman Tancredo to Address White Supremacists
Editor’s Note: On Wednesday — a day after failing to respond to Hatewatch’s request for comment — former congressman Tom Tancredo’s Team America PAC wrote Hatewatch to say, “Tom Tancredo is not speaking at the Council of Conservative Citizens” (CCC). The unsigned email did not say if Tancredo had withdrawn from [...]
YWC Leaders Stay Active, Despite Recent Events
It’s been a few months since Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) president Kevin DeAnna stepped down in February from the far-right campus organization that has some problematic associations with white nationalists. Since then, and since the group’s appearance at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) in February, YWC has appeared to go into a hibernation [...]


Senate passes good Farm Bill!
After three rapid-fire days with votes on 73 amendments and big budget cuts, the Senate passed what is probably the best Farm Bill we could have hoped for. Huge thanks for all the calls, letters and meetings with elected officials delivered by a large and diverse number of individuals and groups across the country, including the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). PAN stands with th
Monsanto's dirty soil = diabetes?!
Anniston, Alabama: another case where a chemical corporation ran above the law, and left tragic consequences for generations to come. The families of West Anniston live with the legacy of a Monsanto plant, and the toxic soil Monsanto left behind. Now the science shows that residents have diabetes from exposure to chemicals (PCBs, in particular) in that soil. Those with diabetes are mostly African
Senate Farm Bill voting underway — call now!
The Senate has one more day to vote on key Farm Bill amendments. Yesterday, Day 1 of the complex voting process, was generally a good day — thanks to the hard work of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and many groups and individuals across the country. Let’s aim for more good news today! Today’s vote includes the Chamblish amendment on conservation compliance. This amendment (#


The People's School for Public Education @ Lakeview Elementary
UPDATE: From an article written by Ryan Phillips of Oakland North: The entrance to Lakeview on Grand Avenue was guarded by Occupy Oakland protesters on Thursday, who tried to limit who came and went from the school to only parents and students. Inside the campus, elementary-school aged children worked in the garden and then inside the classroom of longtime Lakeview teacher Pamela Chinn-Scoffern on
Film Notes: Andrew Sarris
UPDATE: Sarris was known for considering film directors to be auteurs, engaged in a creative process when they made a movie analoguous to a painter or a novelist. It is a dubious concept for several reasons, such as, for example, the perpetually evolving economics of the film industry and the large, variegated, talented group of people required to make a movie on both sides of the camera. Fassbin
Botched Paramilitary Police Raids
An extraordinary graphic representation of police violence in the US courtesy of the Cato Institute, with detailed background information about each incident.
firedoglake on Life Support
UPDATE 2: The implosion of firedoglake continues. TBogg, known for calling a critic of his support for drone strikes a fucking retard and telling that person to blow me without consequences, is now complaining that the conduct of others is driving people away from the site: I’d like FDL to have a much bigger readership, but it is hard to do that when the same people keep showing with the same ti

Rebels Massacre 25 “Shabiha;” An Assad Taken; High Level Military to Defect; Turkish Fighter Shot Down
According to reports from people who recently left Syria, moral among even high Syrian officials is down. They openly criticize Assad and talk about his mistakes and being unable to help someone who cannot help himself. CBS News: Syrian gov’t: Rebels massacre dozens of “shabiha” – CBS News 2012-06-22 (CBS/AP) BEIRUT – A video emerged Friday showing more than a dozen bloodied corpses in Syria, some
Will the Syria Opposition Unify? Does it Need to?
The New York Times is reporting that the C.I.A. is Steering Arms to members of the Syrian Opposition. The CIA has a major challenge in trying to unify the Syrian militias, teach them to fight, get them advanced weapons, and supply them with enough intelligence so that they will know how to avoid the Syrian army where it is strong and attack it where it is weak. But even if the Syrian militias, whi
UN in Catch 22 in Syria
Everyone is taking pot shots at the UN for their ambiguous stand on Syria. It is unfair. The international community has placed the UN in a classic catch 22. They are damned if they stay in Syria and damned if they leave. If they stay, they are accused of accomplishing nothing. They haven’t stopped the fighting. They haven’t gotten the two sides to sit down at the negotiating table. The death rate


Any Day Now
The five great blue heron chicks in the televised nest at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology should be fledging. The nest is about fifty feet above the water in a dead oak tree. The parents are bringing less food to motivate the chicks. Check it out.
Slaughter Takes The Next Feminist Step
Anne-Marie Slaughter has an important article in the new Atlantic. And kudos to The Atlantic for making it available online.This summarizes it:If women are ever to achieve real equality as leaders, then we have to stop accepting male behavior and male choices as the default and the ideal. It's been clear to some of us for a very long time that male behavior and society's evaluation of it have to
Excuses, Excuses!
Jonah Lehrer just got a new job, and that caused a bit more scrutiny than usual to be focused on his writings, which turned out to be seriously repetitive. He recycled large chunks of his writing from one article to another, to his books. It's possible he even recycled other people's writing, which is called plagiarism. A summary here of the affair so far, with many links.It's quite amazing how ma
Bits and Pieces - June 19, 2012
Nuclear Diner's email is again working, the first step toward recovering from the hack. On the confusion of economics with morality.Now that the US is pumping lots of natural gas and petroleum, is energy independence within reach? No.Why the Scientist Stereotype Is Bad for Everyone, Especially Kids.Lots of links about radiation. I haven't checked them all out, but they look pretty good and this li

Celestial Spectacle: Planets in Tight Orbits
I’ve always had an interest in old travel books. A great part of the pleasure of these journals of exploration lies in their illustrations, sketches or photographs of landscapes well out of the reader’s experience, like Victoria Falls or Ayers Rock or the upper reaches of the Amazon. Maybe someday we’ll have a travel literature for exoplanets, but until that seemingly remote future, we’ll have to
Robotics: Anticipating Asimov
My friend David Warlick and I were having a conversation yesterday about what educators should be doing to anticipate the technological changes ahead. Dave is a specialist in using technology in the classroom and lectures all over the world on the subject. I found myself saying that as we moved into a time of increasingly intelligent robotics, we should be emphasizing many of the same things we’d
Revising Our Starship Assumptions
We all carry our assumptions with us no matter where we go, dubious extra baggage that can confuse not just our scientific views but our lives in general. That’s why it’s so refreshing when those assumptions are challenged in an insightful way. Think, for example, of the starship as envisioned by Hollywood. In our times it looks like something produced by the joint efforts of NASA, ESA and other


Kate Upton’s assets exposed
Renowned bikini models in the world, Kate Upton, who came out of nowhere and is fast becoming one due to her massive assets, is seen doing her best all-American girl impression, while wearing as little as possible in a sensational Terry Richardson shoot. While, often slammed for her best choice of clothing, Upton told GQ exactly why she likes to flaunt her assets, saying, “I grew up in Florida rid
Pakistan & Emerging Geo-political Scenario
By Sajjad Shaukat We are living in a world where shift occurs in international politics from time to time, depending on the relationship of big countries. Now, new geo-political scenario is emerging rapidly in the world, focusing on Afghanistan, while Pakistan has become special arena of the major countiries’ rivalries. Although leaders of all the concerned countries expressed cooperation among th
UN Report Exposes Israeli Atrocities in Gaza
Lt Col Zaheerul Hassan (R) A report of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has exposed atrocities of the Israeli forces which killed nearly 2,300 Palestinians and injured 7,700 in Gaza over the last five years. Even US President Obama has failed to stop Israeli brutalities perpetrated on the innocent Palestinian people. Violations of human rights by Israel forces in Gaza, ha
British royal Prince Harry stopped by police
British royal Prince Harry was reportedly stopped by police on his motorbike while on a date. He is said to have been taking a mystery blonde woman on his Ducati 848 across Putney Bridge in South West London when he was pulled over, according to The Sun. The police officers soon apologised after they realised who he was, especially as he had reportedly not committed any offence. “It must have been


The Potential Upside of Captivity
With states looking to raise taxes on oil and gas production and better regulate the most controversial drilling practices, we can expect industry to soon trot out its tried and true argument against such moves. As they did here in Colorado a few years back when our governor proposed a hike in severance levies, oil and gas companies will promise to leave any place where taxes or regulation increas
A Dreamer, Deferred
Most mornings, Oscar Contreras Carrillo takes two trains and a rickety bus, called a pesero, across Mexico City to manage a food truck. He gets one day off each week. Otherwise, he's working 11- and 13-hour shifts, serving sandwiches, tacos and glasses of horchata, a sweet rice drink. His monthly income hovers at $430. Nothing about this situation resembles his life three years ago. Contreras, n
Rage Within the Machine
Chuck D of the rap group Public Enemy famously remarked that hip hop is "the black CNN." While that wouldn't come across as a compliment these days, it didn't do justice to Public Enemy, whose scathing broadsides were closer to a Malcolm X speech than a sleepy Wolf Blitzer interview. It's little wonder that older hip hop fans attracted to the genre's intricate sample collages and inventively polit
AFSCME Searches For New Leader In Heated Election
After the loss in Wisconsin, many union members are debating what needs to be done to counteract corporate money and politicians bent on destroying public-sector unions. The latest flashpoint for this debate comes Thursday, when the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) elect a new president. Vying for the position are current AFSCME Secretary Treasurer Lee Saunder


Declaration for oceans to help reduce poverty at Rio+20
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: WWF joins over 80 countries, civil society groups, private companies and international organizations in declaring support for the new Global Partnership for Oceans, signalling a commitment to work together to restore the world’s oceans. Among those throwing their public support behind a Declaration for Healthy and Productive Oceans to Help Reduce Poverty at the Rio+20 conf
WWF Rio+20 closing statement
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (21 June 2012) - With negotiations at an end, WWF Director General Jim Leape today issued the following closing statement about the Rio+20 summit: “This was a conference about life: about future generations; about the forests, oceans, rivers and lakes that we all depend on for our food, water and energy. It was a conference to address the pressing challenge of building a fu
Governments urged to combat illegal fishing in the Coral Triangle by enacting traceability measures
 Suva, Fiji – The Coral Triangle Fishers Forum concluded today with specific calls to action for varied fisheries stakeholders in the region to help address the urgent and critical problem of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. The forum called for national governments to recognize IUU fishing as a threat to sustainable fisheries, food security, and livelihoods in the region and to
Record poaching drives African elephants into decline
Killing of elephants driven by the illegal ivory trade has reached crisis levels in Africa, new information released today says. Across Africa elephants are being driven into decline due to poaching for their tusks, according to a report issued under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Data from the report shows increased poaching across t
Rio+20: WWF and African Development Bank rally leaders to invest in Africa’s Natural Capital
Rio de Janeiro - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) released a joint report on the state of environment in Africa, and are calling world leaders to invest in Africa’s natural capital. The report is intended to catalyze decision-makers to invest in Africa’s sustainable development and is being presented at Rio+20 at an event organized by the AfDB and WW

Friday Shakespeare open thread
by liberal japonicus I got to the Bard a bit late. The high school English teachers taught Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet more out of duty than love (my senior year English teacher had a love for Victorian novels, which was good) and my university classics was the Greek and Latin kind. One of the problems was that it wasn't really possible to see the plays staged, and being able to see performanc
A Restaurant for Food, not Math
by Doctor Science I'm almost done with the massive project of helping my mother put together a book of family history -- or at least the part of our history that's taken place in America. Publishing is *hard*, yo, with all the fiddly steps -- never let it be said that I don't respect people who do the actual work of editing, proofreading, fact-checking, and making sure the pictures co

Iran-Venezuela Explosives Cooperation
Yesterday, I blogged about a pair of Spanish-language news stories that provide new details about Iran’s export of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to Venezuela.  One of the minor details relates to cooperation between the two countries as it relates to explosives. ABC.es reported that Iran had set up an explosives factory with the assistance of a company that made fuel for Iran’s rocket program. I
Venezuela-Iran UAVs
Remember how I had that massive series of Venezuela-Iran posts all queued up? Well, this is convenient. There are two separate stories in Spanish-language media based on leaks from the United States providing lots of gory details about Iran-Venezuela cooperation on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Here is what happened: Conservative Spanish news outlet ABC.es (not to be confused with the America
ICBM Basing Modes
Stan Norris sent along an old Center For Defense Information publication (Defense Monitor 6:10, 1981) that includes what appears to be a Defense Department comparison of 30 different basing modes for US ICBMs. Thirty! Three-zero.  On the land, under water, in space! Yes, in space. Images after the jump.



Sometimes Your Name Really Is Mud
In the ancient past, the Seine spread throughout the entire bowl-shaped valley that now forms the Paris region, and at one time, it split into two arms. To the south, the slightly wider branch roughly followed the river’s present-day path. To the north, an arc of water swept across what is now the Right Bank, through Bastille, Menilmontant, parts of Belleville, and lower Montmartre. It reached all
The Secret Life Of Plants
During the Great Madness of 2010, when the lords and ladies of teabaggery did loudly drag their knuckles across the land, we were treated to the spectacle of one Sharron Angle, a homo moronicus so deeply de-evolved she was unable even to correctly spell her first name. From out of the desert, she did come, to warn the people that fluoridation would sap their precious bodily fluids. She wished to g
Perplexidus Albion
William examined the cloth, then said, “Now everything is clear.” “Where is Berengar?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he answered. Aymaro heard him and raised his eyes to heaven, murmuring to Peter of Sant’Albano, “Typically English.” —Umberto Eco, The Name Of The Rose Filed under: Wyrds
I Had A Dream I Stood Beneath An Orange Sky
(Last year’s Memorial Day piece. This year’s, too. (for and from ala) ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ Please do not forget anything that you take with you.                                                               —automated announcement, Beijing taxicab One of the key indicators that I do indeed too often dwell in what William Burroughs identified as “an annex of Hell” is the local radio newsperson. He labor


2012 Fourth Of July Events For Houston, Galveston, Fort Bend & College Station—Fourth Of July Reading List
There are many events planned to mark Independence Day for 2012 in the Houston area. The Fourth falls on a Wednesday this year. (Above—Fireworks over Houston.) In addition to the events listed in this post, there ways you can observe the Fourth in a patriotic fashion on your own. We don’t have to wait for somebody to put on a fireworks show. We can express patriotism by treating each other kindly
Everyday Life Is Where Self-Respect And Respect For Others Begins—Shovels At The Met And On Houston’s Streets
Above is a photo of a 19th-century shovel that can be found in gallery 774 of the American Wing of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are a number of shovels of various kinds in the collection of this museum. There is a lot to be said for the fact that a common tool of a working person is on display in a world-famous museum. Everyday life has great value. Everyday life, everyday relat
In Addition To The Grass At San Jacinto Park, Should 1836 Borders Also Be Restored?
Above is a picture I took a few weeks back at the San Jacinto Battlefield State Historic Park that is just outside Houston. This is the place where the battle that won Texas independence was fought in 1836. It is great that the grass is being restored to how it looked in 1836. I’m sure that will be some very tall grass. Here is a report about this grass from Houston public radio station KUHF. Loo
Why Does It Get Hot In The Summer—What Can We Learn From The Fact That It Gets Hot In The Summer?
Today is the first day of summer. (Above–Summer. Photo by Kwanesum)  Why does it get hot in the summer and cold in the winter? Here is why from the Library of Congress— “It is all about the tilt of the Earth’s axis. Many people believe that the temperature changes because the Earth is closer to the sun in summer and farther from the sun in winter. In fact, the Earth is farthest from the sun in Ju
Big Orange Construction Spool That Mirrors Art—Objects Have Many Functions And Purposes At The Same Time
One of these orange things I took a picture of in Houston’s Memorial Park a few days ago is public art. The other orange thing is part of a construction project. Though the giant orange spool does not seem far away from also being art of a kind. Below is a picture of a marine propeller that I took in Galveston back in March. This propeller is now as fully functional for its revised purpose as it
Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls On June 15—Facts And Links Pertaining To This Great Stunt
(Blogger’s Note–This is a post I first ran in February.  The tightrope walk across the falls has been scheduled for Friday, June 15 . Here are a few details from the Canadian Broadcasting Company—Niagara Falls is bracing for record crowds descending on the city this week to watch tightrope walker Nik Wallenda cross the falls on Friday. Hotel rooms are almost sold out… As many as 120,000 people ar

Bangladesh on the Green Brick Road
Women workers at a 'smokeless' brick factory. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPS Bangladesh, a country highly vulnerable to climate change, is doing its bit to reduce greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions and glacier-melting soot by switching to ‘smokeless’ brick-making technology.  Currently, brick-making is a cottage industry and owners fire them with anything from coal and wood to discarded tyres and plas
Biodiesel Brings Cleaner Air
For the past three months, a transport group in the Philippines has been making use of biodiesel processed from used cooking oil for their jeepneys. Jeepneys, public transport vehicles originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II, are one of the most popular means of transport in the country. Pasang Masda, a national association of jeepney drivers and operators, has partner
Mauritian Farmers Hooked on Fair Trade
In finding a way to survive a 36 percent cut in sugar prices, Mauritian farmers are not only exporting a variety of fruit and vegetables to the European Union, but they have also begun farming in a more environmentally sustainable way. This is because a large number of farmers here on this Indian Ocean island have become fair trade certified. Fair trade is a social movement that promotes just term
RIO+20: Reforestation Pledges Reach Only 12 Percent of Target
The world’s countries have committed themselves so far to restoring just 18 million hectares of forests by 2020, barely 12 percent of the goal of 150 million hectares agreed by the Bonn Challenge in 2011. Deforestation in Venezuela is reducing absorption of CO2. Credit: Fidel Márquez/IPS The announcement was made on Monday, Jun. 18 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or R
Environment in Trouble in Most Biodiverse African Country
Ranked fifth in the world in terms of animal and plant diversity, the Democratic Republic of Congo is considered to be a treasure chest of biodiversity and a vital regulator of global warming. DRC is the African country with the greatest variety of mammals and birds, and its plant life ranks third on the continent. Credit: Chrissy Olson/CC by 2.0 DRC is the African country with the greatest variet
Rio Outcome Bleak With No New Funding*
Amidst recrimination, anger and charges of “strong arm tactics”, negotiators eventually endorsed a global plan of action for sustainable development following marathon sessions lasting over six weary days. A proposal for a 30-billion-dollar global fund for sustainable development – initiated by developing countries – was shot down even before it could get off the ground. The United States and the

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    "My businesses lost a lot of business after the oil spill, not only that it took an emotional toll, loving the Gulf of Mexico and living there all my life," said Rauschkolb. Now more than two years later Rauschkolb is sitting on a panel, talking to a crowd about ending our dependency on oil to prevent this tragedy from happening again. The group came together at the old Amtrak station in Tallahassee to watch 'The Big Fix'. A documentary explaining how the oil spill has hurt the environment and the people on the coast. www.wctv.tv like
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    U.S. Oil & Refining Co. has been fined $28,500 by the state Department of Ecology for a diesel fuel spill on Tacoma's Blair Waterway in 2010. Ecology announced the fine Friday. The 75-gallon spill happened while the Tacoma-based refinery was testing a new 8-inch pipeline located between two of its fueling docks along the waterway on Nov. 30, 2010. U.S Oil & Refining fined $28,500 for Tacoma spill like
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    A multi-agency cleanup effort was under way Friday after a morning oil spill from Platform Houchin off the coast of Carpinteria. Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers said automatic safety shutdowns secured the platform’s pipelines, operated by Pacific Offshore Operators, and that about 1,000 gallons of oily water mixture had been recovered. Oil Spills From Platform Houchin Off Coast of Carpinteria like
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