Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BP Cousin - Chevron Has Protesting Proxie Holders - Ejected and Arrested

Big Oil needs to remember that people can change brands and make them pay for their mistakes and killing of planet and people (including its own employees) just because they think they are above the law!

HOUSTON: Chevron arrests Truthtellers

Chevron denies access to shareholder representatives in bid to silence truth about its human right and environmental impacts
The air was thick with contempt in front of Chevron's Houston headquarters as these individuals were escorted out by smirking security officials after being informed that their papers did not meet the company's qualifications for entry. My thought, watching these community leaders exit the building in compliance, was that Chevron had just made a major strategic miscalculation.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Inside the "Arizona Anglo's" Mind and Their "Anti-Illegal" Law

Roberto Rodriguez: Arizona: A Critical Resistance Boycott
Arizona: A Critical Resistance Boycott
Special Double-Length Column
By Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez

On the surface, it is about migration issues. Yet if we probe a little deeper, it’s about power and the future demographic (voter rolls) makeup of the state. Translated: The Browning of Arizona.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Afghan Woman Asks: Why Am I Alone?

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Hey, Humans!

Who are we?
I can’t describe us.
I see faces
behind faces, behind more faces.
Humans, who are we?
We have become bored with one another,
forgotten love and kindness,
broken hearts.
You have left me alone
in my time of need.
You are weary; I am broken.
I step lightly,
afraid to crack boulders
with my small steps,
but when I look at us,
I wonder why we humans
break hearts.
where are you?

By Roya

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5 million Congolese have died to make your cell phone work

Conflict minerals - read minerals to make your cell phone work. So all of us are providing the profit motive (greed) to drive the conflict. Got any idea on what to do about your/my responsibility for these deaths? Speak up, ask our government to take action that will save lives, instead of subsidizing drone makers and silent rocket assassins in Afghanistan.
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Ending the Conflict Minerals Trade
Posted by Robert D. Hormats on May 21, 2010 - 03:26 PM
Miners dig for diamonds in Marange, Zimbabwe, Nov. 1, 2006. [AP File Photo]
the world's deadliest conflict since World War II is still occurring -- in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is estimated that over the last 11 years this conflict has claimed more than five million lives. Secretary Clinton, who visited the region last year, has charged her team with doing whatever we can to help stop this conflict.
armed groups and military units in some parts of the region have killed, raped, tortured, and abducted numerous civilians and burned and looted their villages in mineral rich areas, particularly near mines. They have also forced civilians, including children, to mine (or forced civilians to provide them with funding derived from the sale of) tin, tungsten, tantalum -- metals that are found in cell phones, laptops, digital cameras, and other popular electronics
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Walmart and GE Coffee Makers: Fire Up Your Morning Coffee and Kitchen?

"Save Money. Live Better?" Buyer Beware - Buyer Beware - Buyer Beware - Cheap Prices may mean too little concern for your and your family's safety. just like BP means Big Profit BEFORE PLANET/ BEFORE PEOPLE!
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Walmart Recalls General Electric® Coffee Makers Due to Fire Hazard

Units: About 900,000

Hazard: The coffee maker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Walmart has received 83 reports of overheating, smoking, melting, burning and fire, including three reports of minor burn injuries to consumer�s hands, feet and torso. Reports of property damage include a significant kitchen fire and damage to countertops, cabinets and a wall.
Click For Larger Image of Recalled Black Digital Coffee Maker
Click For Larger Image of Recalled Black Digital Coffee Maker
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rand Paul Learns Hokey Pokey Talk

You put your right wing in, you pull your right wing out, then you shake it all about - that's what the hokey pokey is all about - grin

REVERSAL: Paul Now Backs Ban On Discrimination By Businesses

In the space of a few hours today, Rand Paul first hedged, then reversed, then, finally, repudiated his previously stated opposition to a key section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What we are for, what we love, what we do matters!

If we see beauty, we can live in it - can't we?
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Maybe if we are Surrounded in Beauty, Someday we Will Become What we See (287/365)

Maybe if we are Surrounded in Beauty, Someday we Will Become What we See (287/365) by carrie120505.
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Bike 2 Work? Un-American and Anti-Big Oil?

On Monday, I watched a woman, put two trash cans in the back of her pick-up truck and drive them 50 feet down her driveway. Behavior and habits are hard to break until you have to. During the 1990s and early 2000s use of cars in Netherlands increased as salaries increased. Same thing in Belgium and other parts of EU. They are not biking saints - they will show off with SUVs and Landcruisers that never get "off-road". We all need to change or kill ourselves and the planet!
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What if everyone biked to work?

This video, of morning rush hour in Utrecht, Netherlands is a glimpse into what a city could look like if 33% of all trips happened by bike. Pretty incredible.

In the last year, I finally conquered my fear of biking (mostly from never really learning properly) and consider myself a seasonal bike commuter. It's incredible to imagine what our city streets could look like if bikes ruled the road.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

OMG! Hoards of Canadian Terrorists Gathering to Invade USA!

Spend $8 million to "modernize" border crossing? Why not just hire 4 people for $200,000 a year to search every vehicle 24 hours a day and give them a cell phone to call in on - grin. When agencies run wild with tax money, it's because we do not hold our elected representatives responsible for managing the efforts of the agencies that work for us.
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Vt. farmer draws a line at US bid to bolster border

Homeland Security threatens to seize 4.9 acres

Clement Rainville (right) and his family at Morses Line, part of Franklin, Vt. They say they need to keep the land to grow hay for their farm’s dairy herd.
This is the Morses Line border crossing, a point of entry into the United States where more than three cars an hour constitute heavy traffic.
The government is planning an estimated $8 million renovation here as part of a nationwide effort to secure border crossings.
It intends to acquire 4.9 acres of border land on a dairy farm owned for three generations by the Rainville family.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill Getting Worse? Seems So

And there could well be another leak nearby that had not been reported earlier. Likelihood that it can be "cleaned up" is next to nil - sad to say. Fishing industry in that part of the Gulf will be shut down for years. What will the impact be on migratory species - could be a deathblow for many. In short, BP has - by if sloppiness in pursuit of greed may well have killed the Gulf.

Don't know how they could really pay for what they have done and how much will we owe ourselves for allowing it to happen with out past votes and thrist for SUVs?
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BP / Gulf Oil Spill - Slick Getting Bigger?

The COSMO-SkyMed radar image taken yesterday is somewhat ominous - it shows nearly all of the slick from the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and at 4,922 square miles (12,748 km2) it's significantly larger than it appeared on May 13:
And we think we've discovered an unrelated leak from a nearby platform that was installed back in 1984. The MMS ID# for this platform is 23051 (look it up here). A small, dark slick appears next to this platform on radar satellite images from April 26, May 8, and May 13 as well as this May 14 image.

It's not a major leak but it may indicate a chronic problem. Somebody should check that out to make sure it doesn't get any worse.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

OMG! American Eagle Was Dissing On Worker Style Using Anti-Gay Bias

Well not any more - Good on you New York!
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American Eagle Outfitters Anti-Trans Policy Changed
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After discovering American Eagle Outfitters had an anti-LGBT policy on "personal appearance" for their employees requiring folks to wear gender-specific clothing, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and workers' rights group Make the Road have pushed the store to include trans-friendly policies at the chain -- and have won. Now not only will the 2,000 employees in the 61 stores across New York be allowed to wear whatever they damn well please, but will also be given trainings on transgender issues.

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China-GM Cotton Fuels Insect Infestation of Adjacent Fieldsp

Oops - those darn unintended consequences again! 10 year study in China shows GM cotton crops require less pesticides but that fuels growth of pesticides in adjacent fields - especially among smaller farms.
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Scientists call for GM review after surge in pests around cotton farms in China

Workers unload bags of picked cotton, Xinjiang, China

Scientists are calling for the long-term risks of GM crops to be reassessed after field studies revealed an explosion in pest numbers around farms growing modified strains of cotton.

Millions of hectares of farmland in northern China have been struck by infestations of bugs following the widespread adoption of Bt cotton, an engineered variety made by the US biotech giant, Monsanto.

The infestations are potentially catastrophic for more than 10m small-scale farmers who cultivate 26m hectares of vulnerable crops in the region studied.

The findings mark the first confirmed report of mass infestations arising as an unintended consequence of farmers using less pesticide – a feature of Bt cotton that was supposed to save money and lessen the crops' environmental impact. The research, led by Kongming Wu at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, is published in the US journal, Science.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

BP Oil Oscenity Spreads

If anyone thinks, we will be able to clean up or repair the damage - when you dig a hole some 20 feet into the coastline where the Exxon Valdez fouled beaches 21 years ago, guess what comes up? Oil! Alaska Crude, Texas T, oil my friends! BP and the rest of the oil industry are counting on you and the press getting bored (sorry for the bad pun) with the story and they can go back to killing the planet while pretending that individually what they do will never harm them or their loved ones.
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BP / Gulf Oil Spill - MODIS Satellite Image - May 10, 2010

Yesterday's MODIS/Terra satellite image has some of the usual complications - clouds, haze, and turbidity again may be obscuring portions of the slick. Observable slick and sheen covers 4,683 square miles (12,129 km2). Thicker, fresh-looking oil is apparent in the vicinity of the leaking well, and still appears to be entrained in a counterclockwise gyre (a circular current):
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Overall - Flu vacccines were safe

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Vaccine Safety - Update of the EMA’s European Pharmacovigilance Report
On the 5th May 2010, the European medicines Agency (EMA) published the 17th edition of its European Pharmacovigilance Report. This report summarises the adverse drug reactions reported after the use of the four centrally authorised 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic vaccines - Arepanrix, Celvapan, Focetria and Pandemrix - and the antiviral Tamiflu.
This edition notes that again the vast majority of the adverse reactions that had been reported as of 25 April 2010 are considered to be non-serious, thus, the benefit-risk balance of the centrally authorised pandemic vaccines and antivirals for the current 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic continues to be positive.
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Earth to US Senate: Public wants Banks, Wall Street REGULATED!

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Public Strongly Backs Financial Regulation

by Ruy Teixeira

Ruy Teixeira

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll provides fresh evidence of the public’s views in this area. The poll found that the public, by an overwhelming 65-31 margin, supports stricter federal regulations on the way banks and other financial institutions conduct their business.

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Obama Reaction to Gulf Oil Disaster

What a difference a few years and a new tech-savvy administration makes. Having ready access to your government and news about what is happening, or not happening has changed dramatically. That alone is super cool. How effective it is - time will tell. The Exxon Valdez oil spill took place 21 years ago and there is still oil under the coastline and some fish never returned. As for the fish, I suspect that if the fouling of spawning grounds lasts long enough, the fish either go elsewhere and do not return, of that particular population dies off.

The Ongoing Administration-Wide Response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill

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The President Meets with Cabinet Members in the Situation Room

President Obama met with a number of Cabinet members and senior staff in the White House Situation Room to review BP’s efforts to stop the oil leak as well as to decide on next steps to ensure all is being done to contain the spread, mitigate the environmental impact and provide assistance to affected states, including individuals, businesses, and communities.

The President asked Secretary Chu to lead a team of top administration officials and government scientists to Houston this week for an extensive dialogue with BP officials to continue to aggressively pursue potential solutions.

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Hawking Explains Arizona Law: Combination of Mental Balckholes and Bodysnatching Space Aliens

What else could explain Arizona's strange behavior in putting a good part of its Hispanic and Native-American population at risk of being frisked and jailed if they did not carry ID while inadvertently littering by dropping a Big Mac on the street when they heard a nearby police car speaker yell freeze!
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Why We Don’t Need to Worry About Space Invaders


"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," he said on the Discovery Channel's "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking."

Hawking extrapolates from anthropology to point out that the inferior culture -- us in this case -- would get the short end of the stick in any such close encounter of the rude kind. Thirty-seven years ago Nobel laureate biologist George Wald expressed similar worries: "I can't conceive of a nightmare as terrifying as establishing communication with a so-called superior technology in outer space."

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