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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.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July 11 - Environmental Awareness

Unemployment Timebomb, Quietly Ticking

The shocker last week was not just that the US lost 467,000 jobs in May, but also that time worked fell 6.9pc from a year earlier, dropping to 33 hours a week. "At no time in the 1990 or 2001 recessions did we ever come close to seeing such a detonating jobs figure," said David Rosenberg from Glukin Sheff. "We have lost a record nine million full-time jobs this cycle."

Tent Cities Aren't New; They Never Went Away

In The Nation, Barbara Ehrenreich shows that the growing number and size of tent cities around the country are less a manifestation of the foreclosure crisis and the recession than a newly-visible symptom of our structural economic dysfunction.

An Independent Texas Would Be A Third-World Country

Percentage of Uninsured Children 

Income Inequality Between the Rich and the Poor  

Percentage of Population without Health Insurance  

NSW Govt bans bottled water

Local businesses in the town of 2,500 people are proposing to replace the bottles with reusables and then offer directions to filtered water fountains that will be installed on the main street. 

The 'Bundy on tap' campaign was suggested by Bundanoon businessman, Huw Kingston, after a company applied to pump water out of a local aquifer to supply the bottled market.

Bottled Water Bans and Meat-Free Days

UNESCO: Invasion seriously harmed historic Babylon

Iraq's U.S.-led invaders inflicted serious damage on Babylon, driving heavy machinery over sacred paths, bulldozing hilltops and digging trenches through one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. The use of Babylon as a military base was a grave encroachment on this internationally known archaeological site.

After 30 Months, US Grudgingly Frees Iranian Officials in Iraq

On January 11, 2007 US forces attacked an Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, seizing computers and files and capturing five Iranian officials, which it claimed were secretly terrorists. The Iraqi government insisted that the consulate had been operating legally for years, and seemed baffled by the US raid.

The captive officials have been held ever since as “security detainees,” never formally charged with any crimes and held with virtually no official comment regarding their detention. That silent detention ended today when the Iraqi government requested the detainees be handed over to them. 

Secret Program Fuels CIA-Congress Dispute

Four months after he was sworn in, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta learned of an intelligence program that had been hidden from Congress since 2001, a revelation that prompted him to immediately cancel the initiative and schedule a pair of closed-door meetings on Capitol Hill. 

The next day, June 24, Panetta informed the House and Senate intelligence committees of the program and the action he had taken, according to Democratic and Republican members of the panels.

Arizona Solar and Renewable Industries Program

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law landmark legislation that will allow the state to attract solar and renewable energy companies.

The Quality Jobs Through Renewable Industries program aims to stimulate new investment in solar and renewable manufacturing and headquarter operations through corporate income tax credit and real and personal property tax reduction

The Nightowl Newswrap

Canada summons Iran's Charge d'Affaires and demands the release of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker who has been imprisoned in Iran as part of the crackdown on dissent. Ahmadinejad is scared to death - almost to the point of obsession - with the idea of a 'Velvet Revolution.'
( But a Canadian held for years in conditions known to violate any consideration of 'normalcy' or conformation to domestic or international 'norms' - alleged child soldier Arar- does not merit so much as recognition that this is so. The last post included notes on US-UK efforts to use media to upset Iran's government BTW )

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