Hoopmov | August 02, 2010
Filmed July 29 2010.
Note: replaced article Aug. 6, 2010
by Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t
GULFPORT, Louisiana, Aug 5, 2010
Contrary to recent media reports of a quick recovery in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists and biologists are “deeply concerned” about impacts that will likely span “several decades”.”
While the devastating ecological impacts of BP’s oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are obvious, the less visible but also long-lasting psychological, community and personal impacts could be worse, according to social scientists, psychologists and psychiatrists.
The BP oil corporation announced today that according to their scientists, engineers, and researchers — who apparently are smoking whatever their erstwhile “fearless” leader Hayward was imbibing — that fishies and birdies, and, indeed, all of God’s creepy, crawly sea creations can make do and subsist quite nicely soaking, bathing, and going about their daily, day-to-day routines and activities in water thoroughly contaminated with oil. Though oil has been known exclusively, before the present, to be at least as harmful to wildlife as the toxic dispersant Corexit, which BP sprayed willy-nilly all throughout the sensitive region of the Gulf; BP told the media at a press conference/media event that they held earlier this morning, that their research was showing them some rather altogether different results. They said they had come to this, previously never before considered, and extraordinarily nebulous conclusion, by observing sea creatures in a simulated oceanic environment at their research facilities in the U.K.
“[H]istory didn’t start at 2001,” said General James Mattis, the latest to be tapped as head of US Central Command, during his confirmation hearing.
He was being questioned by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) before the Senate Armed Services Committee about his impression of the 91,000 documents WikiLeaks posted online and how they would affect the relationships and conflicts in that nearly nine-year old war, as reported in an interview by Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Transparent Government Tends to Produce Just Government. What a great thought!
By Stephen Foley
NZ Herald News
Aug 2, 2010
A senior volunteer for Wikileaks in the US has been detained, questioned and had his phones seized when he returned to the country from Europe, as the FBI steps up its investigation into the leak of thousands of Afghanistan war secrets to the whistleblower website.
Jacob Appelbaum, who has stood in for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange since he was advised not to travel to the US, spent three hours at a New York airport while customs officers photocopied receipts and searched his laptop, and he was again approached and questioned by FBI officers at a computer hackers conference in Las Vegas.
by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Aug 2, 2010
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the leading opponent to the war in Iraq in the House of Representatives, today made the following statement after President Obama confirmed that America’s combat mission in Iraq will end on August 31, 2010. The plan, however, leaves 50,000 troops in Iraq in ‘non-combat’ roles until 2011:
“The wars since 2001 have cost more than $1 trillion, thousands of American servicemen and women have been killed or wounded, and more than a million innocent Iraqis have lost their lives. Even as our emphasis has shifted to the war in Afghanistan, civilian casualties are still higher in Iraq.
Dear Mr. President:
The spill of nearly one million gallons of oil from Enbridge Energy Partners’ pipeline into Talmadge Creek in Michigan on July 26 further demonstrates the necessity for you and Secretary LaHood to pay immediate attention to the hapless, industry-indentured Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), which has been, like the Minerals Management Service, in a long fraternal relationship with its industry.
Following a pipeline explosion in 1965 at Natchitoches, Louisiana, which took 17 lives, engineer Fred Lang and I pressed Congress to pass the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968. Almost immediately, the pipeline industry—both gas and oil—moved to capture it and its advisory committee. The history of OPS has been largely one of self-regulation with standards essentially written by the industry below the needs of safety and the availability of practical technological capabilities.
I thought it would be good to talk about the FBI because they talk about us. They don’t like to be talked about. They don’t even like the fact that you’re listening to them being talked about. They are very sensitive people. If you look into the history of the FBI and Martin Luther King—which now has become notorious in that totally notorious history of the FBI—the FBI attempted to neutralize, perhaps kill him, perhaps get him to commit suicide, certainly to destroy him as a leader of black people in the United States. And if you follow the progression of that treatment of King, it starts, not even with the Montgomery Bus Boycott; it starts when King begins to criticize the FBI. You see, then suddenly Hoover’s ears, all four of them, perk up. And he says, okay, we have to start working on King.
AlJazeeraEnglish | July 28, 2010
A new breed has emerged; they set the global agenda, ride on Gulfstreams and manage the credit crunch in their spare time. They are anything but elected; they are entrepreneurs and entertainers, media moguls and former politicians – the self-made super rich who are using their money to lay down a new set of global rules. So where did this new global aristocracy come from and who is keeping them in check? Is the world suffering from a global governance gap?