Day 73, Aerial View Of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Barataria Bay

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AmericanBirding | July 11, 2010

Drew Wheelan tags along with the Lower Mississippi River and Achafalaya Basin Keepers on a flight provided by South Wings Aviation over the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Barataria Bay, Louisiana Just after Hurricane Alex passed through the region. The flight goes over several colonies of birds, including Pelicans, Gulls, Herons and Terns that are being hit hard by the oil and mother nature.

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Webster Tarpley: The Collapse of Europe As the Second Phase In Two World Depressions

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Interview with Webster Tarpley
Bonnie Faulkner
Guns and Butter
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June 23, 2010

Comparison of the three waves of the depression of the 1930s with the progression of the current depression: the October 1929 New York Stock Market crash; the summer 1931 banking panic and collapse of Europe, including the destruction of the world monetary system which depended on the British pound; and the subsequent banking panic and closure of the banks in the United States.

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Hell Has Come to South Louisiana by Dahr Jamail

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[Note: please view the many photographs on his website for this piece.]

by Dahr Jamail
Dahr Jamail Dispatches
July 11, 2010

Clint Guidry is a shrimper from Lafitte, Louisiana. As we sit together, he shows me a picture of his house with 18 inches of water in it as a result of Hurricane Ike in 2008.

In his deep voice, he looks me in the eye and says, “My fear is repeating this situation, but with this water with oil on top of it.” Continue reading

The NY Times is Waiting For Gandhi: Here They Are by Eileen Fleming

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July 5, 2010

On July 9, 2010, Nicholas D. Kristoff wrote from the West Bank agricultural village of Bilin “Waiting for Gandhi” which was published in the New York Times:

“Despite being stoned and tear-gassed on this trip, I find a reed of hope here. It’s that some Palestinians are dabbling in a strategy of nonviolent resistance that just might be a game-changer…But then a group of Palestinian youths began to throw rocks at Israeli troops…Soon after, the Israeli forces fired volleys of tear gas at us, and then charged.

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The Curious Case of the Curious Spy Case by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
July 11, 2010

Oh, those Russian, or is it “Russian,” spies.  I am channeling my inner John Le Carre.  And so may have certain operatives in certain sections of the FBI and the CIA.  However, none of us are the master spy thriller writer, so the possible plot becomes something not out of Le Carre, but out of, the FBI?  The CIA?  The we-ain’t-dead-yet neocons of “the Cold War ain’t over” and “boy do we need Permanent War” genre?

When I first saw the story, it somehow didn’t make sense.  Russia plants not moles, because they are found within agencies of the opposing government, preferably in security or foreign policy.  Rather they are “sleepers,” plants planted some time ago, to awaken when the time is ripe, at the command of their “control.”  But something seemed rather odd from the beginning about these “sleepers.”  First of all, they slept in beds that made them seem like ordinary folks, you know with kids, and schools, and Little Leagues, and barbeques and such.  Second of all, they weren’t arrested for and charged with actually spying.  No, it was “conspiracy ” and “illegal entry” (boy, just think what might happen to them in Arizona, except, I forgot, with one or two exceptions they weren’t Latinos), and “taking on false identities.”

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So, where’s Helen: A review of Gaither Stewart’s The Trojan Spy

By Case Wagenvoord
Review of Gaither Stewart’s book, The Trojan Spy
Dandelion Salad
11 July, 2010

There is no line that separates good and evil, no threshold over which one steps.  Rather a long tunnel connects the two, a tunnel that moves from the brightly-lit chamber of the good towards the black abyss of the evil, a tunnel in which shadows deepen as we move closer to the abyss.  We all spend time in these shadows, but most of us are equipped with a moral gyroscope that is constantly pulling us back towards the light.  For some the pull is not strong enough and they plunge into the darkness of madness, criminality.  Or they become CEOs.

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