“Dirty Water, Dirty Money: Coal Ash and the Attack on North Carolina’s Courts”
*Worldwide. It’s now 3 minutes ’til Doomsday, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Due to human-caused climate change.
*Worldwide. Ocean warming is accelerating rapidly as “more than 90 percent of human induced planetary warming goes into the oceans. Alarming charts and other info at the link. Update: Auklets are dying in unprecedented numbers from AK to CA. Update: Ice “disappearing at a truly astonishing rate in Austfonna”, Norway—very far north. Update: Melting glaciers predicted to contribute 48 million metric tons of organic carbon into the oceans by 2050, and nobody’s sure of the impact (see “Australia” below).
The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling — after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower.
Sterling’s indictment four years ago received fleeting news coverage that recited the government’s charges. From the outset, the Justice Department portrayed him as bitter and vengeful — with the classic trash-the-whistleblower word “disgruntled” thrown in — all of which the mainline media dutifully recounted without any other perspective.
How did this happen? How did actions considered morally repugnant and war crimes in World War II, become acceptable now? And by Christians, goddamnit! Who made this happen, who let this happen, who helped it happen? And finally, is there a way to change this opinion?
Murder at Camp Delta is a new book by Joseph Hickman, a former guard at Guantanamo. It’s neither fiction nor speculation. When President Obama says “We tortured some folks,” Hickman provides at least three cases — in addition to many others we know about from secret sites around the world — in which the statement needs to be modified to “We murdered some folks.” Of course, murder is supposed to be acceptable in war (and in whatever you call what Obama does with drones) while torture is supposed to be, or used to be, a scandal. But what about tortures to death? What about deadly human experimentation? Does that have a Nazi enough ring to disturb anyone?
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A U.S. federal court has ordered a halt in proceedings until May in a case centering around oil-by-rail tankers pitting the Sierra Club and ForestEthics against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). As a result, potentially explosive DOT-111 oil tank cars, dubbed “bomb trains” by activists, can continue to roll through towns and cities across the U.S. indefinitely.
First I’d like to offer sincere props to the brave and committed anti-police brutality activists who have risked so much with their relentless pressure by way of civil disobedience in order to stop the killings by APD cops and change the culture of the most lethal cops by far in the nation. Without their dedication and superior strategies, almost nothing would be known by the public, and certainly nothing would have changed for the better. And yet, the APD went without killing anyone for six months until the most recent three last week. The nation is watching now, and we have them to thank. The City PTB must be uncomfortable as hell with the public now knowing how much money they’ve had to pay out in wrongful death claims and for the implementation of the DoJ’s consent decree after being forced into the initial investigations due to rampant citizen complaints. Well done, all of you!
What the U.S. government does openly is many times worse than anything it can be doing secretly, and yet the secrets fascinate us.
Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.