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DOG DAYS OF CLIMATE CHANGE At True we find that the New York Times openly admits mainstream media stories are scripted by the White House Can you believe it? The Gray Lady? The "Paper of Record"? (NaturalNews) Millions of Americans have long suspected that the so-called “mainstream media” is big-time controlled, whether selectively or institutionally. A recent New York Times story not only substantiates that belief, it proves just how controlled the messages are that are coming from those who mean to rule over us. What’s more, the story demonstrates that most major media sources are complicit in the packaging of information the public is “allowed” to hear. The revelations may not necessarily be groundbreaking news to many Americans who already suspected they weren’t getting unfiltered and unbiased reporting, though the extent of control over the information reaching the public from the major campaigns may surprise many. But the revelations should certainly be disturbing to voters who are trying to make choices based on altered or incomplete information. Of course, that’s the point. Full disclosure would mean giving a rival something to campaign for (or against), so it’s understandable for a candidate to want to carefully control his or her message. Where it becomes shameful is when the media willingly goes along. . . . If quotes are sanitized, what other information is being cherry-picked, or worse, being left out completely by a mainstream media that is supposed to be the protector of liberties and freedom, not a facilitator for the powers that be? We may never know what we never know. And that’s the real danger..... Of course we've long been skeptical of the Beltway Bubalas and their army of stenographers, which is not to say there are not many hard-working honest reporters at the NYT, just that The Editor seems to get in the way in favor of not embarrassing the politicians. From our own Maddy your daily Charlie....The Things Bill Keller Doesn't Have to Worry About By Charles P. Pierce Those of us — like me and Newt Gingrich — who thought the SuperCommittee was a stupid idea, and who also recall that the now-fetishized Simpson-Bowles "plan" couldn't even muster enough support within the S-B commission to be presented to the Congress, still live in dread that a Grand Bargain is out there, growing big and strong in the mist-shrouded terrarium in which our political elites do their business. On Monday, Bill Keller, who never will have to worry for a moment how much that MRI will cost that his doctor says he really needs, wrote a truly loathsome column in which he advised "greedy" baby-boomers like me to abandon our mooching ways and cast off the freedom-stifling shackles of our minimal social safety net, for the good of the country, y'unnerstan'? Quoth the old boss:
    The Republican plan espoused by Mitt Romney and his fiscal lodestar Paul Ryan would cut the cost of entitlements largely by moving toward privatization: personal investment accounts for Social Security, vouchers for Medicare. And it's not at all clear the Republicans would assign any of the savings to investing in our future. At least the Republicans have a plan. The Democrats generally recoil from the subject of entitlements. Centrists like those at Third Way and the bipartisan authors of the Simpson-Bowles report endorse a menu of incremental cuts and reforms that would bring down costs without hitting the needy or snatching away the security blanket from those nearing retirement.
This is a man speaking fluent terrarium right there. I defy Bill Keller to last a week living only on those benefits available to the greedy boomers, especially after the Simpson-Bowles cargo cult — to say nothing of the zombie-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan himself — are through with them. I defy him to make it for a day. The "we" sprinkled throughout this bag of pus is probably the most noxious thing about it. Look around, Bill. You and Mitt Romney have far more in common than do you and the overwhelming majority of your "fellow" boomers. One catastrophic illness, and many of our families die on the vine. This is not hyperbole. This is how it works in the world. And, to the surprise of absolutely nobody, Keller signs on with the clowns at Third Way, who assure us that the real problem is that the elderly moochers are the ones keeping us from building new bridges, or flying to the moons of Neptune. Jesus H. Christ on a Lipizzaner, we've had forty years of demonized government, and 40 years of quack economics, and tax-cuts until hell won't have them, and the reason our infrastructure is falling apart is because some retired ironworker gets $1200 a month? How much of a courtier do you have to be before the taste of caviar makes you nauseous? If we want to invest in infrastructure, which we desperately need to do, then we should just borrow money at the current historically low rates and fix the damn infrastructure. Put people to work. Give them money to spend because, as we know, the only sensible reaction to foolishness like this is Fk The Deficit. People Got No Jobs. People Got No Money. Bill Keller never will have to worry about the last two, so I think he should shut up about the first.
One of our favorites Glenn Greenwald is moving to The Guardian UK
Home news After five-and-a-half highly fulfilling years at Salon, I will be leaving to join The Guardian beginning on August 20. My last day writing on a daily basis for Salon will be August 15. Politico‘s Dylan Byers has an article about the move here. I will write daily at the U.S. edition of The Guardian, which is based in New York, and will do so exactly the same way as I have here: with full editorial independence and the same type of readership involvement and support upon which I’ve long relied, including a vibrant comment section. In addition to the daily writing, I’ll also write a more traditional once-a-week column there.
And Andy Borowitz is now at The New Yorker SHOCKER: The New Yorker Acquires the Borowitz Report Posted by Andy Borowitz After eleven years of writing nothing but fake news at the Borowitz Report, I have to tell you something that actually happened. I’m excited to announce that The New Yorker has acquired the Borowitz Report. Starting today, the column will be moving to its new home at Longtime Borowitz Report readers might ask: how will moving to The New Yorker, known for its excruciating fact-checking, change the Borowitz Report, which is composed entirely of lies? The answer: not at all. The Borowitz Report will be as inaccurate as always, and if I ever write something that turns out to be true you have my deepest apology and my promise that it won’t happen again. Supporting GLBT-hater Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy with last Wednesday's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" Mike Hucklebee wants everybody to "eat mor chikin" because "Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we're considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant." Get the heart attack special: Fried chicken and waffle fries! With a side of Hate Sauce! Chick-fil-A Introduces New Hate Sauce NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Customers across the nation who turned out for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day were in for a surprise, as the chicken restaurant chose today to launch a new product, Hate Sauce. Delighted customers mobbed the restaurants to try the zesty new sauce, with many chicken fanciers ordering their sandwiches with extra hate. “It’s so spicy it makes your mouth feel like it’s on fire—like a gay couple in hell,” said Harland Dorrinson, who sampled the sauce at a Chick-fil-A in Orlando. But even as Chick-fil-A prepared to call its new hate sauce an instant hit, it faced a challenge from an upstart rival, Wing-n-nuts. The rival chain, based in Falls Church, Virginia, chose today to introduce a new product targeting Chick-fil-A patrons, the Chicken Bacon Bigotwich. “We think we’re going to take a big bite out of Chick-fil-A’s customer base,” said Wing-n-nuts corporate spokesperson Carol Foyler. “Their founder is anti-gay. But ours is anti-gay, anti-immigrant, and anti-woman. When word gets out about that, there’ll be lines around the block.” For more on this see Lila Shapiro at HuffPo Chick-fil-A Anti-Gay Controversy: Gay Employees Speak Out and Kim Basin at Business Insider A Bunch Of Wendy's Restaurants Put Up Signs That Say 'We Stand With Chick-Fil-A' A quick perusal of Wendy's at shows their PACs and lobbying money going nearly exclusively to Republicans!
Speaking of "Christian traditional values" like homophobia, fundamentalism, hate-mongering, and intolerance let's add child pornography. In KANSAS CITY Bill Draper reports for HuffPoAOL Shawn Ratigan, Kansas City Priest, To Plead Guilty To Federal Charges Of Child Pornography .... The Rev. Shawn Ratigan, 46, was charged last August with six counts of production of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and five counts of attempted production of child pornography. He also faces three child pornography counts in Clay County, where he was charged in May 2011 after officials with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph turned over images taken from Ratigan's computer to police. .... A technician working on the priest's computer found hundreds of "troubling images" on the laptop in December 2010 and reported them to the diocese, which confronted Ratigan. The next day, Ratigan failed to show up for 8:30 a.m. Mass and was found in his garage, his motorcycle running and a suicide note nearby apologizing for any harm he had caused. Instead of reporting suspected child abuse to the state, as required by law, Bishop Robert Finn sent the priest out of state for psychological evaluation. Upon his return to Missouri, Ratigan was sent to live at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist, where he would be away from children and would say Mass for the sisters. The diocese turned over a flash drive from Ratigan's computer – which had been given to relatives of the priest and destroyed – after Finn learned the priest had violated orders to stay away from children. With Ratigan behind bars, attention turned to how Finn and the diocese handled the case, especially in light of a $10 million settlement of lawsuits filed by 47 people who said they had been molested by clergy. Jackson County prosecutors charged Finn and the diocese last October with one count each of failing to report suspected child abuse to the state. Both have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled for trial in September. In November, Finn entered into an agreement with the Clay County prosecutor's office that gives the prosecutor authority for five years to review how the diocese handles future allegations of child abuse. Under that deal, which was in return for the county not filing charges against Finn, the bishop must report directly to the prosecutor each month to provide updates on any reports of abuse.
In BOSTON Brian R. Ballou and John R. Ellement Boston Globe Staff writers report Prosecutor: South Boston priest downloading child porn when he was arrested The computer at the South Boston rectory where the Rev. Andrew J. Urbaniak lives was downloading child pornography when Boston police detectives entered the building on Monday, a prosecutor said at Urbaniak’s arraignment today on child porn charges. Urbaniak, 39, mostly kept his head down during his arraignment in South Boston Municipal Court where he pleaded not guilty to charges of possession and dissemination of child pornography. Judge Michael Bolden set bail at $10,000 cash. ..... In court today, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Kate Clayman summarized the case against Urbaniak, saying that a specialized State Police unit that tracks child pornography on the Web had discovered that the priest was accessing a site known as a source of child pornography. The case was handed over to Boston police detectives who finished their investigation by obtaining a search warrant of the South Boston rectory and Urbaniak’s computer. Clayman said that when police checked his computer, it was actively downloading child porn. Clayman also said that Urbaniak confessed to detectives that he had child pornography on his computer and that he had images of children around the ages of 8 and 9 years old on his computer. And in INDIANA Raw Story Eric W. Dolan reports Megachurch pastor investigated over sex with teen girl The former pastor of an Indiana megachurch is under investigation for having sex with a member of the church when she was only 16, according to USA Today. Jack Schaap, 54, was dismissed as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond after he admitted having a relationship with the teenage girl, who is now 17. He had been employed by the fundamentalist church for nearly 30 years. Some "family values", eh? In other food news, Alisa Millins reports for PETA Meatless Monday Raises Sen.'s Blood Pressure Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is apparently anxious to show his campaign contributors that he will fight to the death (literally, perhaps) over Americans' right to be sick and fat. Sen. Grassley has attacked the conservative Meatless Monday program, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was promoting as a way to encourage its staffers to eat healthier and protect the environment. But the USDA has withdrawn the initiative, opting instead to prove that it is the servant of agribusiness and let its employees pay the price. PETA has hit back with a "Meat-Free Mondays Through Sundays" campaign. The USDA inadvertently set off a firestorm of controversy earlier this week when it promoted the Paul McCartney–endorsed Meatless Monday program on its website. But the move was publicly blasted by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, after which the department yanked the promo, mumbling something about not receiving the proper "clearance," as if encouraging good health and environmental protection were a covert spy mission or something. Apparently not content with that backpedal, Sen. Grassley, a legislator from a beef-belt state, vowed to "eat more meat on Monday" in an attempt to singlehandedly (forkedly?) make up for the meat that conscientious USDA workers might be planning to forgo on the first day of the workweek. We're taking bets (place yours in the comments section below) on how long it will take Sen. Grassley to succumb to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or some other meat-related disease. Haha! Corn-fed Grassley! Who will be EIGHTY next year! And it's good to see Fab Paul in the story too! Paul and Linda were vegans way back! Tune in Paul on Breakfast With The Beatles every Sunday here and here plus DISHTV 6021 & Sirius/XM21 at 9 am & Midnight et! Good item!
Here's a JPM story we missed. Jonathan Russell, Assistant City Editor at The Telegraph UK reports Six guilty in JP Morgan and UBS print room case The individuals made more than £732,000 trading on information taken from the high-security print rooms of international investment banks. Brothers Ersin and Ali Mustafa, working within the printing rooms of JP Morgan Cazenove and UBS respectively, passed the information to the co-conspirators who traded on the tips. The criminals traded on companies including Biffa, Reuters, Premier Oil, Vega and Enodis. The trades were made through a complex web of spreadbetting accounts. All preceded takeover bids or major announcements. Other individuals found guilty were Pardip Saini, Paresh Shah, Neten Shah, Bijal Shah, and Truptesh Patel. Ersin Mustafa did not stand trial. It is understood he is no longer in the UK. A further defendant, Mitesh Shah, was acquitted. Tracey McDermott, acting director of enforcement and financial crime at the FSA, said: “The defendants were involved in a long-running, sophisticated and very profitable scheme. Indeed, several of the defendants derived the majority of their income from the scheme. They took a number of steps to reduce the likelihood of detection and continued, throughout the trial, to deny wrongdoing.” The Mustafas never traded on the information they took from the banks’ printing rooms, preferring to pass it to a close network of conspirators, either friends or family. There is no suggestion JP Morgan or UBS were involved in any wrongdoing.
And the follow-up Six jailed over insider trading in JP Morgan and UBS print room case By Emma Rowley After a £5m prosecution by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the six men involved in the ring were yesterday sentenced at London’s Southwark Crown Court to prison terms ranging from 18 months up to three and a half years. ... The offences related to trading around six companies’ shares, including Biffa Group and Premier Oil, between 2006 and 2008, which brought the ring more than £700,000. However, the court heard that to keep the complex trial becoming too unwieldy, the FSA was asked not to pursue charges around other companies’ shares which took the total potential gains to £2.25m.
Philip Bump writes for Grist TransCanada gets final OK for last leg of Keystone pipeline down middle of U.S. Hey, guess what? TransCanada just got final approval to build its pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta all the way to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Done and done. I know, I know: The Keystone XL pipeline has been held up. You protested at the White House to stop it. That’s cool. But what you may not know is that Keystone XL would augment a section of pipeline that already brings tar-sands oil from Canada to Nebraska. On Friday, the Army Corps of Engineers signed off on the last permits TransCanada needed for a still-empty stretch from there to the Gulf Coast. Which means that the company will soon have a complete shunt traversing the entire height of the United States. Here’s what TransCanada’s grand, oily vision for North America looks like, via Inside Climate News.
(Image courtesy of Inside Climate News.)
    President Barack Obama encouraged TransCanada to move ahead with the segment that will run from a refinery in Cushing, Okla. to Texas after he rejected the broader [Keystone XL] plan, saying the pipeline needed to be rerouted around Nebraska’s sensitive Sand Hills region. For that project, TransCanada needs presidential approval because it crosses an international border. The shorter portion only requires permits from state and federal agencies. TransCanada said the final of three permits it needed from the Army Corps of Engineers had been approved. … The line from Cushing will help relieve a bottleneck at the Oklahoma refinery, but doesn’t fulfill TransCanada’s broader goal of transporting more Canadian crude to U.S. refineries.
....... The New York Times ran an editorial this morning, suggesting that Keystone XL — now a policy zombie groaning its way through the Capitol — be killed once and for all. [.....] All true! There are a ton of reasons to stop the Keystone pipeline! But from TransCanada’s end, the main thing a delay on Keystone XL means is that they’re shipping less tar-sands oil than they want, and it’s taking longer. It’s like giving a getaway driver a Honda Civic instead of a Porsche. He’d really rather be going faster, but rest assured — he’s still going to get away.

At The Nation Allison Kilkenny reports on a Vermont protest Burlington Riot Police Fire Pepper Spray, Projectiles at Protesters A weekend protest in Burlington turned violent when police shot protesters with pepper spray and rubber bullets. Hundreds of activists demonstrating against a proposed tar sands oil pipeline that would extend across northern New England gathered in front of a Hilton housing attendees for the thirty-sixth annual New England Governors conference. Just before 5 pm, the demonstrators attempted to block buses transporting the conference attendees to dinner, prompting police dressed in riot gear to fire on the crowd. “The police and Burlington PD responded forcefully, kinda got the butt end of that,” said Marnie Salerno, a recent college graduate who works in a coffee shop and sustained minor injuries during the clash. “Shot with pepper spray coated rubber bullets—then some other people were shot with just rubber bullets and other people were pepper-sprayed. I was pushed into the middle of college street and I had officers pushing me back and one with a gun on me most of the time that had these bullets, yeah.” In a press release, the Burlington police department said the maneuver was defensive after officers were “physically confronted by the crowd.” Additionally, the department claims that while police did fire pepper balls and stingball pellets at activists, they did not fire or carry rubber bullets. The difference between “stingball pellets” and rubber bullets appears to be largely semantic, since both are weaponry consisting of small rubber projectiles fired at individuals with the intent to suppress crowds. Despite claiming protesters physically confronted officers, no activists were arrested, and police report two officers sustained minor injuries, while claiming no protesters were injured, a report that contradicts statements from activists like Salerno and tweets from other observers: ...... Some on Twitter expressed surprise that police in Burlington would be equipped with high-tech riot gear, but the armed-to-the-teeth accessories make sense given the Burlington Join Terrorism Task Force operates as a satellite of the Albany JTTF, an entity that brings together local, state and federal resources for “special events” such as the gathering of New England governors, Canadian Premiers, ambassadors and, yes, business leaders. Hence, lots and lots of protest-crushing gear. The VT Digger reminds its readers that since 2005, the FBI has listed “ecoterrorism” as the top domestic terror threat, and a 2009 FBI press released placed “highly destructive ecoterrorists” above “hate-filled white supremacists,” “violence-prone anti-government extremists” and “radical separatist groups.”
And Matt Pearce reports for the LA Times Wisconsin oil spill is Canadian firm's worst since 2010 disaster ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Enbridge, a beleaguered Canadian oil pipeline company, has spilled more than 50,000 gallons of light crude oil in rural Wisconsin -- shortly after the company said it had implemented safety reforms after a massive 2010 spill in Michigan. .... The incident is another black mark for an ambitious energy company ridiculed earlier this month by U.S. safety officials, who likened Enbridge workers to the Keystone Kops. The comparison came after an investigation of a broken pipeline that released more than 800,000 gallons of heavy crude near Marshall, Mich. -- one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history and certainly the most expensive. The new spill, in sparsely populated Adams County, Wis., forced the evacuation of two homes. It is the company’s worst spill since the 2010 disaster, and it drew the ire of U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee. "Enbridge is fast becoming to the Midwest what BP was to the Gulf of Mexico, posing troubling risks to the environment," Markey said in a statement. "The company must be forthcoming about this entire incident, and deserves a top-to-bottom review of their safety culture, procedures and standards.” According to Enbridge company data collected by the Polaris Institute, a Canadian think tank, Enbridge pipelines have spilled 804 times since 1999 and leaked 6.8 million gallons of oil. In response to a U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigation blasting the company for its actions during the Michigan spill, the company said it had made “numerous enhancements” to safety procedures. In a related story at the Chicago Tribune Chicago-area gas-price spike caused by 'cluster of bad luck' Gasoline prices nationwide have drifted up a few cents over the past week, but prices in the Chicago area have spiked 24 cents per gallon. That's due in part to a ruptured pipeline that spilled 1,000 barrels of crude oil onto a Wisconsin field before shutting down and cutting off a key supply of oil to the region. The blame also lies with several Midwestern oil refineries that ratcheted back production because of temporary and unrelated problems at those plants, experts say. The confluence of mishaps in recent days restricted the supply of gasoline to the Chicago region and other parts of the Midwest, which raised Chicago-area prices for regular gas from $3.75 a week ago to $3.99 on Thursday, with city prices averaging $4.13, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. U.S. prices during the past week rose an average of only 4 cents.... Yep we got hit pretty hard in CLE OH too with prices jumping to around $3.90/gal. Yikes! MORE OILY NEWS Greg Palast told us all about Chevron in Ecuador for instance Chevron Runs from Judgment
in Ecuador
Now this from Reuters UPDATE 1-Brazil court orders suspension of Chevron, Transocean operations A Brazilian court has ordered Chevron Corp and Transocean Ltd to suspend all oil production and transport operations in Brazil while prosecutors investigate a November (Stuttgart: A0Z24E - news) oil spill, a decision that could halt nearly 10 percent of all offshore drilling operations in South America. In addition to preventing Chevron from restarting production at its Frade field that leaked crude off the coast of Brazil, the injunction could force state oil company Petrobras (Madrid: XPBR.MC - news) , BP Plc , and U.S. independent oil company Vanco to suspend drilling operations in nine other Brazilian fields that use Transocean rigs. The injunction issued on Tuesday is part of controversial efforts by Brazilian independent prosecutors to get Chevron and Transocean to pay as much as $20 billion for the spill at Frade of 3,700 barrels of crude, or according to Chevron, only 2,400 barrels. Both estimates are about 1,000 times smaller than the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. .... Failure to comply with the injunction within 30 days carries penalties of up to 500 million reais ($245 million) a day, Brazilian prosecutors and Brazil's Federal Court said. If upheld, Transocean stands to lose $3.5 million a day in lease fees from its 10 Brazilian rigs, according to the company's July 19 Fleet Status Report. That revenue balloons to $106 million a month and $1.27 billion a year. Transocean reported total revenue of $8.38 billion in 2011. ..... The injunction, issued by the Specialized Bench of Brazil's 2nd Region Federal Court, was based on a request by the public prosecutor's office in the wake of a November oil spill in Chevron's offshore Frade Field northeast of Rio de Janeiro. In addition to record Brazilian environmental damages being sought from Chevron and Transocean in several lawsuits over the Frade spill. Prosecutors are also pursuing criminal charges against the companies and 17 of their employees and executives, with jail terms of up to 31 years. The decision came on appeal. Judges of the same federal court rejected the injunction request in April. Chevron, the No. 2 U.S. oil company, said in a emailed statement that it plans to appeal the ruling. Transocean, the world's largest offshore oil-rig operator, said it has a strong case and will use "every legal means necessary to prove it." The company added it is evaluating the ruling and continues to operate in Brazil. ..... The ANP said Chevron could resume oil drilling and production work at Frade if it can address safety concerns and improve its procedures. It did not hold Transocean responsible for the problem.....
The CommonDreams staff tell us Scientists Tell Senate Panel: Climate Change Is Here and Disaster Costs Will Be Huge Climate scientists who appeared Wednesday morning before a Senate committee hearing on climate change and extreme weather impacts had stark warnings for the lawmakers: climate change is here, climate change is man-made, and climate change is going to cost us big time. Dr. James McCarthy, professor at Harvard University and lead author of several climate impact studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other international papers, told the committee that there is "widespread agreement among specialists who devote their careers" to monitoring key indicators of global warming. ..... "In the future," he said, as greenhouse gases continue to increase, natural events like El Nino cycles, "Will wreak even more havoc as they break old records for warm and wet conditions across much of the globe, because they will be occurring upon a higher baseline of warming." His IPCC colleague and climate scientist at Stanford University Dr. Christopher Fields, said that these events will have an increasingly strong impact on communities. "Understanding the role of climate change in the risk of extremes is one of the most active areas of climate science," he said. "As a result of rapid progress over the last few years, it is now feasible to quantify the way that climate change alters the risk of certain events or series of events." ...... "There is no doubt that climate has changed," Fields said. "There is also no doubt that a changing climate changes the risks of extremes, including extremes that can lead to disaster." Despite the evidence presented, however, Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma was unwavering in his denial of the scientific communities findings. In his prepared opening remarks, Inhofe said: "The global warming movement has completely collapsed." .... Also in attendance, however, was Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who earlier this week gave Senator Inhofe a scathing rebuke from the Senate floor on his climate science denialism. "The bottom line," Sanders said on Monday, "is that when Senator Inhofe says global warming is a hoax, he is just dead wrong, according to the vast majority of climate scientists." “For better or worse, when Sen. Inhofe speaks, the Republican Party follows," Sanders declared. "And when the Republican Party follows, it is impossible to get real work done in the Congress."
Bill McGibbon of was on Democracy Now on Thursday: Bill McKibben of Even Industry-Funded Climate Change Deniers Can’t Ignore Planet’s Warming right after Climate Skeptic, Koch-Funded Scientist Richard Muller Admits Global Warming Real & Humans The Cause
Climate Guest Blogger George Black via OnEarth explains The Hidden Epidemic Of Murder: Environmentalists Are Being Killed In Record Numbers Around The World ....And so it went on, case after case, country after country, a veritable worldwide epidemic of killing. Most of it is provoked by opposition to the competitive stampede by powerful corporations making multi-billion-dollar investments to dig up, cut down, and ship out the world’s remaining natural resources, a disproportionate amount of which lie beneath the soil of developing countries and more often than not (as in Peru) in the territory of indigenous peoples. These are frequently places with feeble judicial systems, limited or non-existent environmental laws, and a culture of collusion between governments and foreign corporations who promise that at least a little of the wealth from their gold and copper mines, their logging operations, their oil and natural gas plays, or their giant soybean or palm oil plantations will trickle down to the impoverished locals. A report [pdf] last month by a London- and Washington, D.C.-based group called Global Witness, timed to coincide with the Rio+20 conference, summarizes some of the known facts. I’ve been a fan of Global Witness since they started off in the 1990s, making their name with a campaign against the “conflict diamonds” or “blood diamonds” that were fueling ruinous wars throughout Central and West Africa. Their new report says that 106 environmental activists were killed in 2011, the highest number ever recorded, up from 96 the previous year; 711 deaths have been documented in the last decade, in 34 different countries. Many of these were targeted assassinations; others occurred in the violent suppression of protests like those we experienced in Peru. In all, 592 of the recorded killings were in Latin America, 108 in Asia (almost half of them in the Philippines), and 11 in Africa. Brazil alone accounts for 365 deaths, more than half the world total. Peru comes in second, with 123. .....I chose the phrase known facts deliberately, because it implies more facts that are unknown. The striking regional disparity among those numbers needs some explanation. Are disputes over natural resources more widespread in Latin America than in Africa or Asia? No. Are Latin American security forces more murderous than others? Probably not. The main reason for the egregious number of killings in Brazil and Peru is that those countries have relatively more developed institutions and more sophisticated ways of tracking human rights violations — an ombudsman’s office, the Defensoria del Pueblo, in the case of Peru, and the Catholic land Commission in Brazil. There are few equivalents in Africa. And in Asia, little or no data are available from Myanmar, the Central Asian republics, or the Indonesian province of West Papua. In all of these countries, there is runaway natural resource extraction, but human rights reporting is banned or severely restricted. Just as the phrase known facts is suggestive, so is the title of the Global Witness report: “A Hidden Crisis?” Frankly, I don’t know why they needed the question mark. ... — the killing of environmental activists opposing large-scale extractive industries is happening out of sight and out of mind. READ ON!
At Truth-Out Noam Chomsky reflects on In Hiroshima's Shadow August 6, the anniversary of Hiroshima, should be a day of somber reflection, not only on the terrible events of that day in 1945, but also on what they revealed: that humans, in their dedicated quest to extend their capacities for destruction, had finally found a way to approach the ultimate limit. This year‚ August 6 memorials have special significance. They take place shortly before the 50th anniversary of "the most dangerous moment in human history," in the words of the historian and John F. Kennedy adviser Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., referring to the Cuban missile crisis. .... Disaster was perilously close in 1962, and there has been no shortage of dangerous moments since. In 1973, in the last days of the Arab-Israeli war, Henry Kissinger called a high-level nuclear alert. India and Pakistan have come close to nuclear war. There have been innumerable cases when human intervention aborted nuclear attack only moments before launch after false reports by automated systems. There is much to think about on August 6. Allison joins many others in regarding Iran's nuclear programs as the most severe current crisis, "an even more complex challenge for American policymakers than the Cuban missile crisis" because of the threat of Israeli bombing. The war against Iran is already well underway, including assassinations of scientists and economic pressures that have reached the level of "undeclared war," in the judgment of the Iran specialist Gary Sick. ...... The current escalation of the "undeclared war" against Iran increases the threat of accidental large-scale war. Some of the dangers were illustrated last month when a U.S. naval vessel, part of the huge deployment in the Gulf, fired on a small fishing boat, killing one Indian crew member and wounding at least three others. It would not take much to set off a major war. One sensible way to avoid such dread consequences is to pursue, "the goal of establishing in the Middle East a zone free from weapons of mass destruction and all missiles for their delivery and the objective of a global ban on chemical weapons," the wording of Security Council resolution 687 of April 1991, which the U.S. and U.K. invoked in their effort to provide a thin legal cover for their invasion of Iraq 12 years later. The goal has been an Arab-Iranian objective since 1974, regularly re-endorsed, and by now it has near-unanimous global support, at least formally. An international conference to consider ways to implement such a treaty may take place in December. Progress is unlikely unless there is mass public support in the West. Failure to grasp the opportunity will, once again, lengthen the grim shadow that has darkened the world since that fateful August 6. Read all of this! And in a related nuclear issue RT reports Anti-atom Japanese rally in thousands (PHOTOS, VIDEO) Thousands of activists have shown up for a protest around Japan’s parliament, demanding that the government not restart the nuclear power plants, which have been put on hold after last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. Many of the protesters came to Japan's parliament complex wearing gas masks. They chanted anti-nuclear slogans and were beating on yellow oil-drums. They also voiced their anger at the restart of two plants earlier this month. Organizers put the number of those who came at 200,000 people, though police estimated the lower figure of 17,000. The information about details of the planned protest was actively being spread via Twitter and social networks. The main aim was to attract ordinary people’s attention to the problem. In comparison, the first rally in a string of peaceful events fueled by fears over the safety of nuclear power on March 29 gathered only 300 people. Protesters have grown increasingly frustrated with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s order to restart two reactors – No. 3 and nearby No. 4 – in June. The public fears over the risks of nuclear power are at decades high after the meltdown at the Fukushima Daichi power plant, which happened after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Several probes into the accident revealed the poor state of both industry safety standards and governmental regulation of the nuclear power industry. Go see all the pictures of this HUGE RALLY! We can expect more and bigger rallies on August 6th and 9th the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that together killed nearly a quarter million people in an instant in 1945. For more info always check for more Breaking Nuke News.
Long before Obama had his sloganeering of "Hope" and "Change" Derrick Jensen penned for Orion magazine in its May/June 2006 issue Beyond Hope you should read in full. Here's a snip The more I understand hope, the more I realize that all along it deserved to be in the box with the plagues, sorrow, and mischief; that it serves the needs of those in power as surely as belief in a distant heaven; that hope is really nothing more than a secular way of keeping us in line. Hope is, in fact, a curse, a bane. I say this not only because of the lovely Buddhist saying “Hope and fear chase each other’s tails,” not only because hope leads us away from the present, away from who and where we are right now and toward some imaginary future state. I say this because of what hope is. Read all of this! Our Last Word goes to Bridget Wolfe of Full Moon Harvest – Lughnasadh On a glorious full-moon summer night, thoughts of Autumn and harvest seem as strange as one-eyed gnomes or bunnies on rooftops. But it is August 1, the midway point between Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox. In the Celtic Wheel of the Year, this time marks the beginning of the harvest season and Lughnasadh (also Lammas) is the first of 3 harvest festivals. The Fairies tell us that in their realm, they mark this festival as the beginning of Autumn as well.
Traditionally, this is the time the grains have been harvested and the first bread is from the new crop is baked and offered to the Earth Mother, the Goddess, in gratitude for her bounty. This season of harvest is, in fact, all about gratitude. The seeds we kept safe through the winter, carefully tucked into fertile earth in the spring, nurtured, watered and weeded through the summer are now bearing fruit that will feed us through the winter to come.
The harvest season is also a time of letting go – recognizing which seeds failed to sprout or bear the fruit we had hoped and returning to the compost pile the dried stalks that remain after we harvest the fruit.
If all of this sounds like a metaphor for our lives – well, it is. Our ancestors, like the Fairies, knew their lives were connected to the cycles of the Earth. From whatever continent our lineage hails, our genetic memory carries the harmony and flow of the seasons. In our fast-paced “modern” world, our conscious minds often ignore these shifts, but our bodies and our spirits remember. When we take a moment to honor the ancient patterns that flow through us, it helps to balance all the worlds we walk in.
Take a moment to sway like a stalk of grain in the silver light of the full moon. Let your heart be a basket in which to gather what you have planted this year and brought to harvest and acknowledge those things still growing in your garden that have yet to bear fruit. Make an offering to the Earth Mother and the Fairies as thanks for their help in the growing and for keeping you tuned to the Wheel of Life. Tomorrow, revel in the warmth and the sun because this is only the first of the harvest festivals – the time of frost is still a long ways away.
Thanks Bridgette! We hope your garden is plentiful! The BTV Victory Garden is late but things are greening up despite the country-wide drought and our local critters looking for a bit to eat. We doubt any of the Talking Heads know about or are concerned about the Wheel of Life; more like the Wheel of Money! Leading off is WH limo rider DAVID AXELROD on FAKE SNOOZE and sharing the WH limo ride is BOB GIBBS on State of the Candy. Face the Bob goes with a Guvnor Cage match with TED STRICKLAND and ED RENDELL, both losers to teabaggers in 2010 while This Matthew goes with DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ and REINCE PROBOSCIS but look for VAN JONES throwing verbal bricks at MANN COULTER. NBC is too busy with their Big Shiny Object The OLIMPIX to bother with Meet the David despite Mitt Headroom's whirlwind trip there and his subsequent gaffes in Israel and Poland where LECH WALESA's own Solidarnosc union told Lech and Kaptain Kolob to piss off! Heh! How can NBC miss that? Oh yeah. Stenographers can't upset the apple cart! Spend some time at Democracy Now for interviews with WAYNE BARRETT on the Korporate Olimpix, BILL HARTUNG on the US dismissing a global arms trade pact, MICHAEL HASTINGS on US prisons run like Auschwitz and DENNIS on the USPS PLUS Peter B with an update on DON SEIGELMAN and the California Prop 37 to LABEL GMOs. Max has ALEX JONES and Sam gets NIEL BAROFSKY and ELLIOT SPITZER while Ring of Fire gets BILL MCGIBBON. Good stuff everywhere! Something for everyone! Click on ANYTHING and be instantly smarter! Lastly we say good-bye to long-time TPTB antagonist Gore Vidal. Here's a good anecdote from Bob Alexander: I Scared Gore Vidal Have a great week!

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    Pepe Escobar June 30, 2012: Globetrotting journalist Pepe Escobar discusses his article “Syria and Turkey’s Phantom War;” Turkey’s violation of Syrian airspace in a purposeful, measured provocation and test of Syria’s defenses; the near-invocation of NATO Article 5 and a wider war (an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all); looking for ways to bypass the UN on Syria, since China and Russia won’t let an interventionist resolution pass the Security Council; grand plans for NATO expansion in the official “Assured Security, Dynamic Engagement” plan; counterrevolutions in the Middle East and South America, as the US looks to rebuild its portfolio of client states; and how Qatar has become the new superpower in the Middle East, surpassing even Saudi Arabia.
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