news links, winter 2010: so you can avoid your family for the holiday by telling them you’re catching up on world events
Creative Loafing: Are Gulf Coast residents consuming more oil spill-related toxins, and how safe is dispersant for consumption? ( … the latter being a question tantamount to: “How much gasoline is safe to mix into my oatmeal?”)
NOLA.com: Vietnamese-American fishers fight for oil spill claim approval (“Of the 16,858 claimants who have applied for loss of subsistence, only one so far has been accepted, according to Gulf Coast Claims Facility statistics. That claimant received $3,000.” … and they used to haul in at least $3,000 worth of shrimp a week … if you were in that situation, how would you live? What would you eat? … can we call this a ‘slow genocide’ yet?)
HuffPo: Gov’t sues BP for Gulf oil spill: US Justice Dept files lawsuit against nine companies involved in disaster (finally! … but Halliburton isn’t mentioned as one of the companies … hmmm …)
OilSpillAction: A guide to the many inquiries into the BP oil spill (AUDIO) (pretty dang comprehensive)
Jerry Cope: The Crime of the Century – What BP and the US government don’t want you to know, part I (this is from August but it’s scary how much things have not changed since then)
WWLTV: Almost no oil recovered from sand berms (another idea brought to you by Grabby Jindal, the self-promoting oyster-killer)
USA Today: Oil-spill panel calls Jindal’s sand berms a $220M waste (We coulda used some of that money deploying hair boom for Matter of Trust to the ladies in the bayous who wanted them to protect their own oyster beds…)
Humid Beings: Our Own Worst Enemy (real estate systems crash in NOLA – who did it? – stalling the economy further. a million little papercuts…)
“this tax deal, frankly and unequivocally, is the result of a relatively small group of already-filthy rich people successfully lobbying an even smaller group of morally spineless politicians to shift an ever-bigger share of society’s burdens to the lower and (what’s left of the) middle classes. This is people who already have lots of shit just demanding more shit, for the sheer rotten sake of it.”
Wait, what? Did you say $12.3 TRILLION tax dollars were thrown around in secrecy by unelected bankers… and Congress didn’t know any of the details?
Yes. The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves. The original copy of the Constitution spontaneously burst into flames. The ghost of Tom Paine went running, stark raving mad screaming through the halls of Congress.
The Federal Reserve was secretly throwing around our money in unprecedented fashion, and it wasn’t just to the usual suspects like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citigroup, Bank of America, etc.; it was to the entire Global Banking Cartel. To central banks throughout the world: Australia, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, England… To the Fed’s foreign primary dealers like Credit Suisse (Switzerland), Deutsche Bank (Germany), Royal Bank of Scotland (U.K.), Barclays (U.K.), BNP Paribas (France)… All their Ponzi players were “gifted.” All the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations got their cut.
Talk about the ransacking and burning of Rome! Sayonara American middle class … This was a hostile world takeover orchestrated through economic attacks by a very small group of unelected global bankers. They paralyzed the system, then were given the power to recreate it according to their own desires. No free market, no democracy of any kind. All done in secrecy. In the process, they gave themselves all-time record-breaking bonuses and impoverished tens of millions of people – they have put into motion a system that will inevitably collapse again and utterly destroy the very existence of what is left of an economic middle class.
That is not hyperbole. That is what happened.
The state of civil liberties and national security in the United States is alarming.
In the American Empire, the former are routinely crippled or lacerated in the false name of the latter. Trust in government plunges. Dangers are magnified manifold to wound constitutionally venerated freedoms. International terrorist suspects who have never attempted to kill an American are treated as existential threats to U.S sovereignty. Predator drones employed off the battlefield in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Yemen are spawning more enemies than are killed. Habeas corpus is suspended. Military commissions denuded of due process and which combine judge, jury, and prosecutor in a single branch of government are substituted for independent civilian courts. Time-honored privacy rights are trampled. Torture or first cousin enhanced interrogation techniques are endorsed. Congressman Peter King (R. N.Y.), slated for the chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee, insists that prosecutions of alleged international terrorists in civilian courts are intolerable because guilty verdicts are not guaranteed. The worst violations are dared by few, willed by more, but tolerated by virtually all.
The nation needs a new birth of freedom dedicated to the proposition that the life of a vassal or serf — even in absolute safety — is not worth living.
NWF.org: Are red crabs the latest victims of the Gulf oil disaster? (“they’re not defending their turf” … “Just 12 miles from the Deepwater Horizon well head, red crabs are being displaced by a deepwater, grey shelled giant isopod called Bathynomus giganteus.“)
Lightningnews – gulfoilspill.blogspot.com – another links collector
Joanne Doroshow: Why I care about BP’s legal accountability (interesting parallels with Bhopal and Three Mile Island)
Perhaps the most audacious appeal for funds revealed in the cables is from Saudi Arabia, the world’s second biggest oil producer and one of the 25 richest countries in the world. A secret cable sent on 12 February records a meeting between US embassy officials and lead climate change negotiator Mohammad al-Sabban. “The kingdom will need time to diversify its economy away from petroleum, [Sabban] said, noting a US commitment to help Saudi Arabia with its economic diversification efforts would ‘take the pressure off climate change negotiations’.”
Intercontinental cry: Gunshot wounds and evictions – taking advantage of the WikiLeaks whiteout (yeesh, take a look at all the real-life Avatar battles taking place all over the planet)
Bush told me the best way to revitalize the economy is war. And that the United States had grown stronger with war. Those were his exact words. – Nestor Kirchner, ex-President of Argentina
PNJ: Editorial – Drilling risk getting worse (the risk of catastrophic failure is one in 43. ONE IN FORTY THREE.)
Express.co.uk: Weather – 35,000 deaths fear in new Arctic blizzards (“Experts predict a dramatic increase in cold-related fatalities as we suffer the bitterest winter in a century, causing 12 deaths every hour.”)
“Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.” - Luke 12:33
Science’s breakthrough of the year: The first quantum machine (!!!) *(NOTE: Not a DeLorean)