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Greg Palast: Lobbyists benefit from BP oil spill + Gulf Coast, grab your gas masks!

with Greg Palast
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30 June, 2010

RTAmerica | June 30, 2010

BP is claiming it’s willing to pay back people who suffered from the Gulf oil spill. But the legal road ahead remains arduous. As with the Valdez, experts say litigation could take up to 20 years and many analysts have said BP will be paying billions more until it is all cleaned up. The big question is whether actual victims of the disaster are going to get this money or the largest bulk of it will go to pockets of lawyers?

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Dennis Kucinich Introduces Cell Phone Research, Warning Label Bill

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Washington, Jun 30, 2010

Today Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) announced his intent to introduce a bill to create a new national research program to study cell phones and health, require an update of the decades-old Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), and grant a consumer’s right-to-know by providing for warning labels on cell phones.

“Consumers have a right to know whether they are buying the phone with the lowest – or the highest – level of exposure to cell phone radiation. They also deserve to have up to date standards, which are now decades old,” said Kucinich.

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The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom Part 2: Revolution and Repression in America by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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June 30, 2010

This is Part 2 of the series, The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom

Part 1: The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

Introduction

As outlined in Part 1 of this series, “The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom,” there are two major geopolitical realities in the world today, both largely brought about as a result of the “Technological Revolution” in which technology and electronics have come to define and shape our society.

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Living on a dying delta by Dahr Jamail

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June 30, 2010

Our first full day in Louisiana finds us venturing south from New Orleans to Houma, a town about an hours drive to the southwest. It is from here we are to take a flight over the marsh to inspect the damage, thus far, caused by the ongoing BP oil catastrophe.

Walking into the office of Butler Aviation Services at the airport, the downtrodden mood, and accompanying anger, are palpable. Of course this is not assisted by the fact that Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Louisiana today.

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Naomi Klein to police: Don’t play public relations, do your goddamned job! + Judy Rebick: We won’t shut the F*ck up!

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rabbletv | June 28, 2010

After the widely condemned police brutality during the G20 Summit in Toronto, crowds gathered for a protest in front of Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, June 28, 2010. There, Naomi Klein tore into the Toronto Police for choosing to “play public relations” instead of doing their job.

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Who Will Pay, Wall Street or Main Street – The Tobin Tax or The Vat? by Dr. Ellen Brown

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June 29, 2010

Wall Street banks have been saved from bankruptcy by governments that are now going bankrupt themselves; but the banks are not returning the favor. Instead, they are engaged in a class war, insisting that the squeezed middle class be even further squeezed to balance over-stressed government budgets. All the perks are going to Wall Street, while Main Street slips into debt slavery. Wall Street needs to be made to pay its fair share, but how?

The financial reform bill agreed to on June 25 may have carved out some protections for consumers, but for Goldman Sachs and the derivatives lobby, the bill was a clear win, leaving the Wall Street gambling business intact. In a June 25 Newsweek article titled “Financial Reform Makes Biggest Banks Stronger,” Michael Hirsh wrote that the bill “effectively anoints the existing banking elite. The bill makes it likely that they will be the future giants of banking as well.”

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Inheritance Lost: Must Baby Turtles Die for Oil Rigs To Live? By Robert S. Becker

by Robert S. Becker
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June 29, 2010

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South Padre Island, Texas:

Sidestepping this week’s oncoming hurricane, my wife and I just returned from the south Texas coast where we observed 116 soup spoon-sized hatchling sea turtles marching boldly into the Gulf.  It was a heartrending turtle release full of beauty, promise and dread, an emblem of the fierce battle between life and death on the Gulf.  Today’s scorecard favors the grim reaper as spreading oil pollution menaces both our largest shrimp-turtle-fish nursery and up to one-third of the world’s oceans.

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