02 Jan 2014

How Many Times Will Kerry Let Netanyahu Kick Him in the Nuts?

We don’t know yet. I.  Upon his return to do whatever he does in Israel and Palestine to push for some sort of a deal that both the Israelis and Palestinians can accommodate (an utterly impossible task), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was treated to this tirade by the

02 Jan 2014

Fukushima Reactor 3 Emitting Steam at an Increasing Rate

Fukushima’s wrecked Reactor 3 is the most worrisome, as its spent fuel pools contain 89 tons of MOX fuel, which contains plutonium. The reactor began steaming intermittently over a month ago, but the steam events are increasing and lengthening: The steam was first spotted on December 19 for a short

29 Dec 2013

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Roz Savage, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific

Few books have gotten me to take entirely new looks at how one might bring attention to the ongoing human-activity-induced extinctions and impending mass extinctions of so much around us as has this one. Why?

First, it is an adventure fraught with dangers. How many of us would welcome getting back alone into a 23-foot boat, to row it across yet another multi-thousand mile stretch of ocean, after having had several close encounters with death in that same vessel before? To bring attention to the masses – thousands of square miles! – of plastic trash accumulating in the great oceanic gyre points around the globe.

One in a thousand? One in 100,000? Maybe one in a billion.

27 Dec 2013

FDL Book Salon Preview: Stop Drifting, Start Rowing, by Roz Savage

I.  When I was a teenager, I read Frank Worsley’s Shackleton’s Boat Journey, about British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s desperate move in an open boat, to rescue his stranded crew from the Antarctic ice, in April and May, 1916.  At the time, I didn’t know much about the ocean, sailing or

19 Dec 2013

Former Ambassador Asks U.S. to Criminalize Support for Boycott Against Israel

From the Trinity Alps: More and more American and foreign academic organizations are looking closely at passing resolutions in support of Boycotting, Divesting from and Sanctioning (BDS) Israeli educational organizations and institutions, for their involvement in the illegal occupation of the West Bank, and for those institutions’ lack of concern

08 Dec 2013

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Doug Fine, Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution

Author and journalist Doug Fine’s three books constitute three looks at largely rural lifestyles, from three distinct viewpoints. They represent his progression into real sustainability, both in his own lifestyle and his understanding of others’ approaches to rural independence.

His third book, Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution, is his most important volume to date. He traces the 2011 life of a single cannabis plant from cloning to harvest to ingestion by a medical marijuana user, who benefits enormously from the herb’s benign effects. Around this central story, he describes many aspects of what was at the time of writing, the biggest chink in the teetering walls of the U.S. drug war infrastructure: the cannabis industry in California’s Emerald Triangle. And he comments on the overall American war on cannabis use, cultivation, research and development. Packed within the book’s 324 pages is the most effective marshaling of logical arguments against the criminalization of this plant that may exist.

06 Dec 2013

FDL Book Salon Preview: Too High to Fail Author Doug Fine Addresses London UK NORML Meeting

On Sunday, I’ll be hosting author and journalist Doug Fine at the Firedoglake Book Salon, as he fields your questions about the rapidly changing scene regarding cannabis legalization on the state level in the U.S.A. Since publication last summer of the paperback edition of his look at organic, outdoor medicinal

05 Dec 2013

VIDEO: Max Blumenthal Addresses the New America Foundation

On Tuesday, author, journalist and videographer Max Blumenthal addressed the New America Foundation, to a packed house, in the ballroom of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  The foundation, which had been subjected to enormous pressure from Zionist organizations to cancel the event, is still being attacked for having

02 Dec 2013

Israel’s Prawer Plan: A New Trail of Tears

The Israeli government and Netanyahu administration are going ahead with plans to ethnically cleanse between 30,000 and 70,000 Bedouin Israeli citizens from the area of their ancient homeland into new abodes. It is the so-called Prawer Plan (or Prawer-Begin Plan): The United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

23 Nov 2013

“We have reached agreement between E3+3 and Iran” – EU High Rep. Hugh Ashton

Editor’s Note: President Obama to speak on the deal shortly Watch here. This is breaking: DEAL RT @EUHighRepSpox: #EU High Rep #Ashton: "We have reached agreement between E3+3 and Iran." — Laura Rozen (@lrozen) November 24, 2013 @ Laura Rozen: Wow Ministers will sign Iran nuclear deal at the Palais