Rachel Maddow on two major oil fires on either side of the country.
*Big News: President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline bill.
*Worldwide. Sand is disappearing around the world, through legal and illegal means. It’s becoming yet more natural resources we are consuming far too fast. Preview from PBS’ up-coming full-length feature on Sand Wars.
*Worldwide. Ocean acidification (OA) satellite mapping reveals the Arctic and Antarctic “are particularly sensitive to OA”, the Greater Caribbean Reef is under attack by human impact, and the “Amazon plume” “is the largest freshwater discharge source in the world.”
*Worldwide. A rolling one-day Lenten fast is planned “to raise awareness of climate change.”
A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata, the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences — casting doubt on the credibility of claims by the U.S. government that Iran has developed a nuclear weapons program.
With negotiations between Iran and the United States at a pivotal stage, fallout from the trial’s revelations about the CIA’s Operation Merlin is likely to cause the International Atomic Energy Agency to re-examine U.S. assertions that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons…
I’ve been a strong opponent of the Global War OF Terror that is being waged by the United States of Imperialism since the false flag attack on 9/11/01. I believe the War OF Terror is based on a giant lie and treasonous crime (9/11) and it is being used as a guise to implement what the neocons call “the New American Century”, an insane plan for global hegemony. The neocons of course are not the only ones in on the plan as seen by our current Imperialist Warmonger President Obama and the similarly imperialist warmonger organization called the Democratic Party. .
“Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession” is the title of a new paper by Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras of the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. Its thesis: the U.S. Army is full of liars who habitually lie as part of a lying culture that has internalized and
Extra Extra! Read all about climate denial scientist Willie Soon’s dirty money from petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch, coal utility Southern Company, oil giant ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies to deny the science of climate change!
The last time I bumped into Willie Soon, I asked him if there was any explanation for some of the information in our latest round of documents indicating that his employer was eager to take money from ExxonMobil
Exquisitely relevant to the issue is Bassem Masri’s editorial for HandsUpUnited: ‘The Pine Lawn Police Department is the Worst’, in which he describes the massive corruption and criminality of the force and the city’s mayor, Sylvester Caldwell (an expansion of ‘Negro Farming’ (racist rent extraction), and brings these numbers (and yes, I found the source was the WaPo,):
‘In 2013, Pine Lawn had 23,457 outstanding warrants in a town of 3,275 people. That’s not counting warrants that were paid off. That is a total of 7 warrants per person. While the mayor eats extravagantly, his constituents are being extorted. Not only extorted but the police try and fear monger the population into obedience. A tactic that has angered and frustrated residents has forced many into poverty.’
He describes one woman’s hideous experiences in the jail, and lists non-negotiable demands for Pine Lawn Judge Dean Plocher to put into immediate effect.
Back in the 1970s I was going to a community college up here in Cleveland and acquired a student assistant position in the Physics and Chemistry department there. If you said computer to me, I would – like everyone else at the time, I think – get this picture of an IBM card sorter and big tape drives spinning. In other words, I knew nothing of such creatures.
Rachel Madow on Pipelines and Absence of Pipeline Inspectors
*Worldwide. Continuous counting widget shows how much heat, measured in “Hiroshima atomic bombs” equivalences, is being generated. Downloadable.
*USA. Off the coast of New England, sea surface temperatures “are flashing red, sowing an extreme warm anomaly.” That’s a direct, immediate link to the recent record snowfall in Boston. Expect more.
Mark Bittman published a very important article last week in the New York Times, entitled, “What is the Purpose of Society?”. Important, because in just a few words he gets to the very heart of political action.
Recently I’d bumped into this documentary produced by Javed Khan Dawlatzai, featuring commentary by former ACLU attorney Amrit Singh, now a human rights lawyer for the National Security and Counterterrorism program at the Open Society Justice Initiative. It includes (at the time) new photos and short videos of torture inside Abu Ghraib prison. The web page that featured it included articles by one of my all-time favorite journalists, Seymour Hersh. More on that later.
For now, I’ll simply invite you to spend thirty-two hideous minutes watching more of what is often said to be: “in our names”, and then you might see more clearly why I’ll present a brief thesis about those ‘satirical cartoons’.