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Daily Archives: January 14, 2014
West Virginia Water Crisis: Behind Chemical Spill, Gaping Holes in State and Federal Regulation | Democracy Now!
Thank you for posting this. I can’t understand why the laws we have are so rarely enforced and in so many cases we don’t even have laws to protect the most fundamental needs like water. Yet many are out agitating for more laws to control things that harm no one like banning gay marriage or cause minimal
isolated harm as in abortions or people who smoke marijuana:-/
The Freedom Industries site behind the West Virginia chemical spill is just a mile upriver from the state’s largest water treatment plant, owned by American Water. But despite the obvious dangers to the source of 16 percent of West Virginia residents’ water supply, the spill has exposed major holes in how the state regulates the dangerous chemicals used coal mining and processing, its leading industry. The chemical, 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol crude MCHM, does not receive close federal or state oversight. Environmental inspectors have not visited the Freedom Industries facility since 1991. Under West Virginia law, chemicals storage facilities are not even subject to inspections. The plant also had no groundwater protection plan in place. We speak with Mike Elk, a labor reporter for In These Times magazine who has extensively covered chemical regulation in the United States, including at the West, Texas, fertilizer plant where 15 people died in an explosion last…
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17,000 Being Starved to Death in Damascus and No One Cares
Thank you for posting this. I had no idea this was going on. I hope everyone will read and share this widely. If amnesty international or Avaaz could intervene perhaps these people could be released soon?
17,000 Palestinian Refugees in the Yarmouk Camp in Damascus are being starved to death by Al Qaeda Terrorists who will not let them leave to buy food.
This has been going on for months now and the world is turning a blind eye to their plight. Instead the west are supporting the very terrorists who are using these people as human shields.
There are babies in the camp who have already died. One mother managed to escape to get some food so that she could make milk to breastfeed her baby. The terrorists prevented her returning and the baby died.
We have spoken about this horrific situation for months now and nobody seems to care about it. Stories keep emerging, saying that the people have been rescued, but this is untrue. A source with family trapped inside the camp says they will all be dead soon if they are not…
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Truthout Daily Digest January 14,2014
Henry A. Giroux | Reclaiming the Radical Imagination: Challenging Casino Capitalism’s Punishing Factories
Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: American politics and culture have been handed over to the rich and now function largely to produce a state that offers the ultrawealthy and powerful all of the benefits, regardless of the massive inequality in wealth, income and suffering such policies produce, says Giroux.
Maya Schenwar | Journalism Is Action
Maya Schenwar, Praxis Center: Stories are acts, and acts have impacts, and when we report on something or opine on something or analyze something, we are putting both the existence of that something and our perspective on it out into the universe.
Steve Lipsky Responds to Report Clearing EPA of Wrongdoing in Fracking Water Contamination Study
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General recently released its report concluding the EPA was justified in intervening to protect Steven Lipsky’s drinking water from hydraulic fracturing in Weatherford, Texas. But does Mr. Lipsky feel vindicated? No, he does not.
Dean Baker | Medical Travel: If Bill Gates Wanted to Do Something Good for the World
Dean Baker, Truthout: Suppose Bill Gates established an insurance company that gave people the option of getting some of their healthcare in other countries. The potential savings would be enormous.
“Ruthless Dictator” Harry Reid Represses GOP Warmongers
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Republican warmongers are calling US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a dictator for not allowing a vote on an Iran sanctions bill that will blow up ongoing negotiations, but John Boehner gets no such moniker for refusing to call a House vote on immigration reform.
You Can’t Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked
Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch: Former State Department whistleblower Peter Van Buren takes us through the labyrinth of NSA defenses, point by point, showing just what our favorite Constitution-shredders have to say and why it doesn’t hold water.
Is Congress Guilty of Torture?
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Despite the unconstitutional horrors and atrocities that have taken place at Guantanamo Bay since it first began taking in prisoners 12 years ago, the prison doors are still open, and the horrors are continuing.
The NSA’s Preference for Metadata
Kirk Wiebe, Consortium News: The hidden ball in the debate over the NSA’s collection of phone and e-mail metadata (vs. tapping into actual conversations with a court order) is that the NSA actually prefers the metadata approach because it strips away privacy more efficiently, says ex-NSA analyst Kirk Wiebe.
New Federal Guidelines Aimed at Stopping Explosion in Harsh School Discipline
Susan Ferriss, The Center for Public Integrity: Winning praise from civil rights advocates, the US Department of Education released new federal guidelines Wednesday aimed at stopping an explosion in student suspensions, expulsions and referrals to the criminal justice system.
On the News With Thom Hartmann: West Virginians Facing Fifth Day of Chemical Spill Disaster, and More
In today‘s On the News segment: More than 300,000 West Virginia residents are facing their fifth day of dealing with a massive chemical spill; in 2012, the total cost of all college tuition was about $62 billion; the “Moral Mondays” movement is spreading throughout the South; and more.
Watch the Video and Read the Transcript
Fashion Backward: Cambodian Government Silences Garment Workers
Michelle Tolson, IPS News: Mass protests broke out in the Cambodian capital as garment workers took to the streets Dec. 24 until their demonstrations were brutally quashed by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s private military the first weekend in January, resulting in five fatalities and over 30 serious injuries.
Founder of WV Chemical Spill Company Is a Twice-Convicted Felon
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: According to the West VirginiaCharleston Gazette, the company responsible for a massive toxic chemical spill in the Elk River has a sordid past. Its founder was convicted of, among other things, not paying employee payroll taxes to the government.
Abolish the Corporate Income Tax? Four Reasons Why It Should Be Doubled
Chris Christie Being Investigated for Allegedly Diverting Millions in Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds to Pay for TV Ads Starring Himself
Elizabeth Warren’s New Bill Could Save Taxpayers Billions
Read the Article at Mother Jones
David Sirota | Reefer Sanity Takes Hold in Colorado
Report Suggests NSA Surveillance Has Not Stopped Terrorism
Read the Article at The Washington Post
Wall Street Predicts Banks Will Have to Cough Up $50 Billion for Their Role in the 2008 US Mortgage Crisis
Read the Article at The New York Times
Noam Chomsky: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Neoliberal Assault to Further Corporate Domination
The manuscript of survival – part 386
Thank you Aisha!
As you have perhaps already noticed, the ebb and flow of these brand new energies works in very different ways than before, and rightly so. For you have not only reached a brand new plateau in this ongoing process of reconnecting and remembering the different aspects that compose the true you, you have also managed to wrestle yourself away from the influence of the old and outdated modes and frequencies.
Let us explain. As many of you are already aware of, this process entails an ever changing sequence of frequencies being beamed into your body through different means, and as we have told you before, this must be done in increments, in order to accommodate your physical vehicle. For without the assistance of this much-maligned physical vehicle, you would not even be able to be here in the first place, going through this monumental change. And when we say much…
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The Oracle Report Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Gibbous Moon Phase: trust, analyze, prepare, digest, magic
Ruling Mahavidya: Kali
Our companions on our journey this month, the band of brothers Mercury, Mars, Uranus, and Pluto, rejoin us in Venus’ grove today, but Venus is nowhere to be seen. Pluto eyes us carefully. He recognizes the telltale signs of the Transformer Flame’s work. He bows his head slightly in acknowledgment.
Kali tells us that it is time to continue on. One more day’s journey through the underland of the Black Moon and we will reach the border.
WIth that, the sky darkens and a swift wind stirs. The oaks rustle and from behind a giant trunk, a wolf appears followed closely by a long-haired beauty with a bow. It’s Diana, the Huntress, Goddess of the Moon.
Diana tells us she was sent by her father, Jupiter, the old sage we encountered earlier in our quest. She has come to accompany us through the remainder of the Black Moon’s domain, the most treacherous territory. We have reached this point on the eve of the Full Moon, she tells us. The underworld of the Black Moon comes most alive under this Moon. Fears morph into emotional storms. One brews now.
Branches lash like tentacles and whirlwinds whip all around. Diana raises her bow, arrow poised. “Focus your intent and shoot anything that tries to overtake you, ” she yells over the roar of the wind. “Whatever you do, don’t stop. Keep going. The fear winds will take you off into the shadows of this world and you will be lost in your illusions. Don’t be taken off course.”
Today the Sun reaches opposition with the Black Moon, a once-a-year event. The Moon, for its own purposes, moves into opposition with Pluto then conjuncts Jupiter and moves on toward the Black Moon. So this is a dynamically charged day. Fears are expanded, but the underlying energy is the main theme for this whole lunar month – transformation.
Everyone’s core fear is activated to some degree today. Events brew into a whirlwind if we let them. As wise owls, we make friends with our core fear and integrate the power trapped there. If you haven’t read about your core fear as identified by your own Black Moon, refer to the appendix in my book on the Black Moon and then read about the corresponding sign. New readers will find the e-book available for free download.
Today’s energy builds on itself. So issues that start out small can snowball rapidly. We want nip things in the bud by “shooting” them quickly as they emerge. We are tempted to be drawn off the path of our highest and best, our hopes and dreams, our wishes and intentions. The mission today is to remain focused and unwavering – not distracted and pliable. Stay true to yourself and stay true to the instruction as a student of nature.
Kali reminds us that after this storm, we are clear to head toward the mark she has already indicated – a rainbow.
Wesley Chapel, Florida, The Grove 16 Theater: Two Shot Over Noise Texting Dispute In Theater
Thank you Jueseppi! I live not too far from this and it was all over the news in the doctor’s waiting room today. Florida-where going out of your house (or sometimes even staying home!) is risking bullet wounds.
I understand some people feel the need for weapons for self defense but there has got to be a better way to ensure that without allowing our entire country to become a war zone for toddlers throwing temper tantrums with hand cannons.
People who annoy us are not paper targets:-/ they have families, friends and lives beyond our momentary irritation.I can’t believe that even needs to be stated!