A good dose of today’s news is as follows:
More people want to secede from the Union after Obama is elected (any surprise?)
A Covert Affair: Petraeus Caught in the Honeypot?
Juan Cole: Real Petraeus Failure Was Counterinsurgency in Iraq, Afghanistan
Exposé: Veterans Administration Battles Backlog of Claims for Wounded Soldiers
RIAA Celebrates 15 Year Jail Sentence For Movie and Music Pirate (FUCK YOU<—- DIRECTED TO THE RI DOUBLE-A)
Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class
Gabon gives into U.S. pressure, but maybe not New Zealand? Kim Dotcom gets a new domain for his Mega (successor to Megaupload) project
Relief Is Not Enough: Nov 14–20th Climate Solidarity Actions
An ironic picture I took from OccupyWallst.org’s site…Occupy feeds FEMA workers! Who’s in control now?
The New Political Map of the Middle East
The Threat of ‘Anti-Access’ and Public Delusions About Security
An oldie in terms of time it was said, but still good: John Paul Stevens dissent in 2010 Monsanto Case (especially read the last paragraph, my favorite part)
“…[Monsanto’s] RRA [Roundup Ready Alfalfa] poses a serious threat to the environment and to American business, and…limits on RRA deregulation might not be followed or enforced—and….even if they were, the newly engineered gene might nevertheless spread to other crops. Confronted with those disconcerting submissions, with APHIS’s [the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the USDA’s] unlawful deregulation decision, with a group of farmers who had staked their livelihoods on APHIS’s decision, and with a federal statute that prizes informed decision making on matters that seriously affect the environment, the [District] court did the best it could [when it banned the use of RRA across America]. In my view, the District Court was well within its discretion to order the remedy that the Court now reverses. Accordingly, I respectfully dissent.
(if you really want to read the whole thing, go ahead…
Crony Currency Club Cartel Controls Captives
Hurricane Sandy: Proof of Climate Change?
In Baltimore: Fixing the Future
Election Coverage: Shit My Friends Say
What was wrong with the “Affirmative Opportunity” rally against the youth jail?
Demonoid Is Back, BitTorrent Tracker is Now Online
A German court has ruled against assisting the US govt in the Megaupload case. Reason: They can’t see anything illegal.
Kim Dotcom: “a realization emerged that the U.S. indictment contained very scant evidence of criminal wrongdoing.”
DDoS Attacks Take Down What.cd, BTN and More BitTorrent Trackers: BitTorrent trackers are no strangers to DDoS a…
This is very true, which why one must support a vibrant independent media and criticize the corporate media.
The new NPT cycle opening on April 30th 2012 in Vienna is approaching fast and we are developing exciting ideas to make it a success. In order to build the pressure we need to act now and build the case for nuclear disarmament so that your governments come to the NPT Prep Com under pressure to support negotiations for a total ban going beyond the NPT’s agenda.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
ENGAGE YOUR GOVERNMENT
Ask your governments to state clearly what they plan to do and to identify the demands and steps they will pursue individually, through alliances and collectively and multilaterally to engage others not only to ‘undertake further efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate all types of nuclear weapons’ but – more importantly to START A CONCRETE PROCESS to ‘achieve and maintain a world without nuclear weapons’ as specified in the 2010 final NPT document. Here are some suggestions:
1. Set a meeting with your Foreign Minister or other relevant government officials. Use ICAN’s report: http://www.icanw.org/files/TowardsTreatyBanningNuclearWeapons.pdf as well as the recent Reaching Critical Will report (on state’s upholding, or not, their obligations under 2010 NPT final document), asking how the ministry plans on changing their country’s‘score’ for the better. Share your government’s response with friendly parliamentarians for them to ask additional follow-up questions and to the press, raising awareness on the fact that civil society is closely monitoring the actions or inactions of the government and it’s a key responsibility of non nuclear weapons states to take the lead in this process (on how to engage journalists, check our Campaign Kit on www.icanw.org).
2. Engage with humanitarian organizations like the Red Cross/Red Crescent and aid and development NGOs. If possible organise a joint meeting for a delegation of high-level humanitarian representatives with your Foreign Minister or other senior government representatives. Present information and arguments highlighting “the catastrophic humanitarian consequences” of the use of nuclear weapons (referenced in NPT 2010). Make sure they understand that allowing nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence policies to carry on in the 21st century is incompatible with their duty as governments to protect their citizens from such catastrophic consequences. If they offer ‘civil defence’ responses based on managing and surviving nuclear threats be ready with arguments to demonstrate the naivety of such programmes. Inform the media of the information and government responses, be critical and demand that the government stops deceiving people with nuclear reassurances and starts taking positive action to avoid such consequences by negotiating a total ban on nuclear weapons.
3. Meet with the parliamentarians of all parties, give them the information and discuss constructive strategies between civil society and elected representatives to achieve the nuclear disarmament objective; ask them to raise questions and demand national and governmental action in support of a ban on nuclear weapons!
To help everyone out, I put together this list of alternative media sources (the ones that I use the most are at the top). I know there are many more sources, but this is just a start. You don’t have to go to all of them, you can just go to a few:
utne.com and altwire.utne.com
‘The job of the President is to set the agenda and the job of the press is to follow the agenda that the leadership sets.’– Lawrence Grossman, longtime head of PBS and NBC News ( http://www.historyisaweapon.com/hiawbooklist.html)
The Department of Defense has begun pondering the details of a proposed visa waiver program for Chinese visitors to Guam, Gov. Eddie Calvo said yesterday, but a military official confirmed that “government-wide discussion” on the issue has not begun.– Guam Pacific News reports on a proposed Chinese waiver program
Given a choice between a pro-war GOP or a pro-war Dem?
Yes. To punish the GOP.
I would do the opposite. I would vote independent in spite. Both parties can not really be trusted.
UKRAINE PROTEST Supporters of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister of Ukraine, demonstrate outside a Kiev court which today (8 August) rejected her request to be released from police custody. Tymoshenko was placed under arrest on Friday during her ongoing trial on charges of abuse of office.
(Photograph by Reuters.)
This reminds how there was fights in Ukraine’s legislature years ago, back in 2008, related to this. I was writing an article at this time about this called ‘Ukrainian Parliament goes bananas!’:
“ You thought the U.S. Congress was bad? Look at the Ukrainian Parliament. Earlier this week, members of the Ukrainian parliament began throwing eggs at the head of the Ukrainian Parliament. They also detonated smoke bombs in the chamber afterwards. As a result, fighting broke out. The ones throwing the eggs and detonating the smoke bombs was opposed to a Russian naval base staying in Crimea, for another 33 years…Recently a pro-Russian president was elected in Ukraine and he did not want Ukraine to join NATO, a western based military alliance and instead to join Russia and its counterpart, the CSTO.”
This reminds me of that. Also, I found this in my search:
“[Ms. Tymoshenko and others] wanted to position themselves as pro-West allies in the beginning, but when it came down to Gas and neighboring Economic positioning, they had no choice but to cave in and improve their ties with Russia. Putin is obviously endorsing her after all this time when Ukraine agreed to pay the gas prices that Russia set up for them…Ukraine still maintains close ties with US, but at the same time they understand that making enemies with Russia will cause more economic despair to their country. Therefore, they are running back and forth between the two trying to [survive]” (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmLNOa_7Fu1WHl5c8on3DWsjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20091211113959AAG87oi).
Getting back to this, a year ago, someone answered: “Yulia Tymoshenko is being charged with miss appropriating funds set aside for environmental spending to help firm up the pension plan in Ukraine during the economic crisis.” So, I would believe that she is still on court for that issue, something that wouldn’t even be prosecuted in the United States, a country ruled by and for the rich, sadly for the Americans would are suffering.