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As recently as 30 minutes ago, Facebook has removed the main "Boycott BP" from it's page. With it, it leave almost 800,000 fans hanging.
This group was created with the intent of sending a clear and strong message to BP and to Washington that what has happened in the Gulf has to stop everywhere.
People from all over the world shared video clips, pictures, and frustration over what has been seen incredibly slow process to an ever growing economic and environmental disaster.
Boycott BP and it's creator, Lee Perkins, have been focused in several interviews recently, one of which was done with Diane Sawyer. To say he has made a large impact in a short amount of time is an understatement.
The question is: Why did Facebook suddenly take down the site? Read more.
ScienceDaily (June 28, 2010) — Radical cuts to social welfare spending to reduce budget deficits could cause not just economic pain but cost lives, warn experts in a study published online in the British Medical Journal.
While there is a major debate under way about the potential economic impacts of radical budget cuts in Europe, David Stuckler from the University of Oxford and his colleagues dissect the effect of public spending on people's health.
Their analysis shows that levels of social spending in Europe are "strongly associated" with risks of death, especially from diseases relating to social circumstances, such as heart attacks and alcohol-induced illness.
As such, they argue that, although governments may feel they are protecting health by safeguarding healthcare budgets, social welfare spending is as important, if not moreso, for population health.
A telling sign of the now 'Higher Education' Industry Mills cranking out those pieces of papers saying intelligence with bodies attached, many of those bodies shouldn't be and give those who actually sought the same professional name recognition as they deserved that and much more and not just they but us!
Established in 1999, G20 finance ministers, central bank governors, and, at times, heads of state meet semi-annually to "discuss key issues in the global economy," the initial 1999 meeting in Berlin, hosted by German and Canadian finance ministers.
G20.org calls its itself "the premier forum for our international economic development that promotes open and constructive discussion between industrial and emerging-market countries on key issues related to global economic stability," saying it "support(s) growth and development across the globe," or does it?
The reality suggests otherwise about a political power elite gathering to review past achievements, challenges, and prospects for greater exploitation of world markets, resources, and people everywhere. In other words, to support power and privilege over beneficial social change, a consideration not addressed, discussed, or thought about, except with regard to instituting policies leading to the disintegration and elimination of social democracies, replacing them with the worst elements of developing world harshness, tolerating no opposition.
What economist Michael Hudson suggested in his recent article titled, "Europe's Fiscal Dystopia: The 'New Austerity' Road to Financial Serfdom," saying:
The Afghanistan they gave the people of as well as the rest of the World but especially Us, the US under the previous administration!!
June 29, 2010 Top officials in the Afghan government have repeatedly derailed corruption investigations into politically connected people, say US officials who have provided Afghan authorities with wiretapping technology and other assistance in efforts to crack down on endemic graft.
In recent months, Afghan prosecutors and investigators have been ordered to remove names from case files, prevent senior officials from being arrested, and disregard evidence against executives of a big financial firm suspected of helping the nation's elite move millions of dollars overseas, the US officials said.
BLOWOUT PREVENTERS: Rig workers had reported cheating.
Even though the Alaskan spill was from an Exxon Ship since that, and many other spills, the now huge oil companies have not invested in technology and crews to take care of any possible accidents nor in the needed cleanup technology for devastating accidents. If we in the construction industry cut common sense corners in building anything, especially as lessons came from past engineering mistakes or just better understanding, there'd be buildings and more collapsing all over the place or when mother nature or mother earth hits with force more deaths! Alaska's present, after 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, might be Gulf Coast's future
Walking in Granny D's Footsteps: Introducing Laird & Robin Monahan
By David Keeler
Two brothers from Minnesota, Laird and Robin Monahan, share an abiding interest in our nation's heritage, especially Constitutional rights. Laird had spent much time, writing legislators, signing petitions, advocating for the society he and his brother had served, when called upon, those many years before in their youth. Yet, for all his time and actions, it seemed to have no effect.
Rights of the People -- the responsibilities of government granted by the People and other freedoms expressed in our founding documents -- continued to be eroded by self-interested politicians. They saw a politically serving judiciary and corporate money buying legislator loyalty to corporations rather than the people to whom they are supposed to represent. With financial resources far beyond that of the People, this lobbying transformed our society and government from serving people to serving business.
The January Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v FEC, which established the right of corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on campaign advertising, further enraged Laird. It was the last straw -- corporations are not people. With added zeal and much "dinner table grumbling," he continued with his letter writing and petition signing, as he grappled with the question of what could be done to save our democracy.
After the death of Granny D Laird hit upon an idea. He would combine his political activism with his passion for hiking, and follow the example of Granny D, who hiked cross-across country to advocate for campaign finance reform (directly challenging corporate influence) in 1999-2000, with his own hike to advocate for abolishing corporate 'personhood' with a Constitutional amendment. His wife Nina, who had been expecting perhaps a little more yard work, from her retired husband, was surprised. Still she grew as excited as Laird, with his new 'project' and assisted in the planning.
Hiking cross-country appeared to be a daunting task, yet the example of Granny D who began her trek at the age of 88 continued to inspire Laird. Robin, a fellow veteran and his slightly younger brother, recognized Laird's determination and the magnitude of a solo trek. Robin decided to join Laird in this effort to raise awareness and Abolish Corporate Personhood.
We Need A Change Of Policy, Not A Change Of Generals
An Ordinary, non-Expert Grandmother's Take on the War in Afghanistan
By Joan Wile
I have no expertise about politics, military matters, diplomacy, and all the other things that go into making informed decisions about war and peace. But, it really doesn't take a nuclear physicist to see that we are committing a huge blunder by continuing to fight in Afghanistan.
I am quite disappointed in President Obama -- I was a very enthusiastic supporter of his campaign for the Presidency and continued to believe in him for a long time after he took office. It was a struggle, let me tell you, because he kept making decisions that I thought were not good ones. But, still I clung to my faith in him.
Looks good on those fast disappeared magnetic ribbons and satisfies the false meme's of the huge majority that refuse to serve, but Why do the Veterans of have to continually seek Private Donations and Funding for the Obvious! Why? because the Nation Won't Fund the Results of War as they have ne problem funding the ever increasing Defense Budgets no questions asked!!
June 24, 2010 Getting the right care for America's wounded warriors - that's the goal of the newest addition to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
The National Intrepid Center of Excellence was conceived and built to address what is often called the 'signature injuries' of current conflicts: traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.
Maybe we can get one of those many look-a-likes, we've never found, who will rise out of the ashes for us to once again throw our full support to, we liked the first one so, for years, even helped him into power!
June 24, 2010 Attorney General Richard Cordray wants emergency court orders to prevent Ohioans' contributions from being collected by a Florida-based "veterans" charity being investigated by several states.
He adds that the man who appears to have orchestrated this sham charity made hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions to candidates throughout the United States and in Ohio.
Applications for a temporary restraining order against the U.S. Navy Veterans Association and its officers were filed this week in Hamilton and Fairfield counties. They target UPS mail drops rented by the U. S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA) in those counties. The Attorney General wants permission to hold contributions that arrive while the investigation continues.
This has been another, drag it out for as long as one can so the Country doesn't pony up or even admit their culpability, ongoing and information now growing, long term Military and Veteran's of issues that finally is seeing the light of day, Way to Late for Many who've already passed on, soldiers and their family members!
June 24, 2010 Federal scientists studying the history of water contamination at Camp Lejeune, N.C., have learned of another source of leaking fuel — this one less than a football field away from a drinking well that once served thousands of Marines and their families.
The well was closed in December 1984 after benzene was found in the water.
Some call him Stanley the Fixer, Catherine Austin Fitts for one, a former high level government and Wall Street insider, now editor of Solari.com and running Solari, Inc., an ethical online investment firm specializing in preserving family wealth. Besides on her own firm and a wealth of information on important topics, her site provides extensive coverage of Sporkin, including unanswered questions about him.
On September 5, 2006, the Wall Street Journal reported that BP hired him as ombudsman "to hear worker complaints from Alaska and elsewhere in the US," a move to quiet criticism about company operations, given its history of safety and environmental violations, and long record as a serial scofflaw, making daily headlines for the past two months and sure for much longer, keeping Sporkin hyperactive on the job.
"I'll report them as I see them," he said when appointed. "My mandate is to do whatever is necessary to ascertain the facts about and identify solutions for problems that exist today as well as those likely to become issues in the future."
According to Kim Eisler in his Washingtonian.com July 16, 2007 article headlined, "Stanley Sporkin Does Things His Way:"
Sporkin "landed a very big client, BP America, and has been seen around town with (its then) president Bob Malone in tow....attempting to guide (him) through a maze of Capital Hill hearings and state inquests (concerning investigation(s about the company) over everything from Alaska pipeline failures to refinery fires and lost....worldwide CEO in a scandal."
Sporkin calls his job troubleshooting, "leading a team of investigators through the charges and countercharges," using his longtime fixer influence. While his compensation isn't known, "it's said to be substantial - more than (he) ever made during his years as a judge or at the CIA and SEC."
Who then is Sporkin, and what about his dark side? More on the latter below.
If you're wondering why BP "agreed" to the $20 billion escrow fund, wonder no more....
In the end, one aim of the fund—and a prime reason BP agreed to it—will be to minimize lawsuits against the company. To do that, Mr. Feinberg will offer big lump-sum payments to workers and businesses as an enticement to stay out of court.
"At some point, I will have to make an offer—'You take this amount in full satisfaction of your claim, but only if you waive your right to future litigation,'" Mr. Feinberg said. "And if I package it right, people will see that it makes no sense to fight it out in court."
Ding ding ding ding.
Now there's the reason for it folks.
There was never a reason for BP to agree to this fund unless they got something in return. Now we know what it was - a means to cap off liability claims against the company, which could otherwise bankrupt them.
If you remember, on the 15th BP's head said he had "no intention" of establishing an escrow account - under oath in Congressional testimony.
So what "changed his mind?" Read more.
Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the US Supply Chain in Afghanistan
Report of the Majority Staff | Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs | Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
U.S. House of Representatives | June 2010
The principal contract supporting the U.S. supply chain in Afghanistan is called Host Nation Trucking, a $2.16 billion contract split among eight Afghan, American, and Middle Eastern companies. Although there are other supply chain contracts, the HNT contract provides trucking for over 70 percent of the total goods and materiel distributed to U.S. troops in the field, roughly 6,000 to 8,000 truck missions per month. The trucks carry food, supplies, fuel, ammunition, and even Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs).
The private security companies that protect the convoys are frequently involved in armed conflict with alleged insurgents, rival security providers, and other criminal elements. The security providers report having lost hundreds of men over the course of the last year alone, though the veracity of these reports is difficult to judge. Many of the firefights purportedly last for hours and involve significant firepower and frequent civilian casualties. Indeed, in an interview with the Subcommittee staff, the leading convoy security commander in Afghanistan said that he spent $1.5 million on ammunition per month....
The Department of Defense has been largely blind to the potential strategic consequences of its supply chain contingency contracting. U.S. military logisticians have little visibility into what happens to their trucks on the road and virtually no understanding of how security is actually provided. When HNT contractors self-reported to the military that they were being extorted by warlords for protection payments for safe passage and that these payments were “funding the insurgency,” they were largely met with indifference and inaction.
Specifically, the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs Majority staff makes the following findings (bolding mine):
1.) Security for the U.S. Supply Chain Is Principally Provided by Warlords
2.) The Highway Warlords Run a Protection Racket
3.) Protection Payments for Safe Passage Are a Significant Potential Source of Funding for the Taliban
4.) Unaccountable Supply Chain Security Contractors Fuel Corruption
5.) Unaccountable Supply Chain Security Contractors Undermine U.S. Counterinsurgency Strategy
6.) The Department of Defense Lacks Effective Oversight of Its Supply Chain and Private Security Contractors in Afghanistan
7.) HNT Contractors Warned the Department of Defense About Protection Payments for Safe Passage to No Avail Read the House report.
by Linda Milazzo
Sometimes you just know when something's not right. You see it, or hear it, and you know instinctively there's something missing. You sense a faint beat where there should be a strong heart. You see a short phrase where there should be a full story. That happened to me just over a year ago in the early afternoon of April 24, 2009, when I saw the Los Angeles screening of THE SOLOIST, helmed by British director Joe Wright. The film just wasn't right.
Hoyer today outlined the type of entitlement reforms the deficit commission could recommend.
"On the spending side, we could and should consider a higher retirement age, or one pegged to lifespan," he said, "more progressive Social Security and Medicare benefits; and a stronger safety net for the Americans who need it most."
Swanson, meanwhile, said that the commission should start by "dropping the pretense that Social Security is broken already and dropping the pretense that the public wants to cut back Social Security."
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said today that Congress will not pass a traditional budget resolution this year because long-term deficit questions are better left to President Obama's bipartisan deficit commission, an 18-member panel charged with creating a plan to bring down the deficit to 3 percent of the economy by 2015.
"It isn't possible to debate and pass a realistic, long-term budget until we've considered the bipartisan commission's deficit-reduction plan, which is expected in December," he said. "I believe that Congress must take up and vote on that plan."
To the Democratic Party's liberal base, however, the majority leader's full-throated endorsement of the deficit commission is simply confirmation that the president and Congress are seeking to scale back Social Security and Medicare -- and avoid accountability by ceding responsibility to an unelected group.
Liberal activist David Swanson, who runs the site Democrats.com,attended Hoyer's speech this morning to protest the prospect of seeing Social Security benefits cut while Congress continues to fund the Afghanistan war. He characterized Hoyer's statements this way: "We're going to wait for the guy [Mr. Obama] whose constitutional responsibility is to execute the will of the Congress to tell us what to do."
"And then we're going to do what his commission says," Swanson continued, "and everybody knows what his commission is going to say."
Opposition to Mr. Obama's deficit commission has reached a fever pitch among liberal activists, who have even adopted some of the most notorious rhetoric conservatives used during the health care debate to relay their concern. Two of Mr. Obama's own presidential campaign and transition team members last month penned an article entitled, "Has Obama Created a Social Security 'Death Panel'?" Read more.
Seymour Hersh says that Dick Cheney headed a secret assassination wing and the head of the wing has just been named as the new commander in Afghanistan.
In an interview with GulfNews, (the Persian Gulf's largest daily English language newspaper published from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates) on May 12, 2009 Pulitzer prize-winning American investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, said that there is a special unit called the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) that does high-value targeting of men that are known to be involved in anti-American activities, or are believed to be planning such activities....
Most of what General McChrystal has done over a 33-year career remains classified, including service between 2003 and 2008 as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, an elite unit so clandestine that the Pentagon for years refused to acknowledge its existence.
On July 22, 2006, Human Rights Watch issued a report titled "No blood, no foul" about American torture practices at three facilities in Iraq. One of them was Camp Nama, which was operated by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), under the direction of then Major General Stanley McChrystal. Read more.
By Dave Lindorff
As the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spew out ever more toxic oil and methane into the sea, floating toxic sludge, by the millions of gallons, starts destroying the wetlands across the American Southeast, the dead hand of President Ronald Reagan is at work, making sure nothing is done to prevent yet another such disaster from occurring.
The name of that dead hand is Martin Leach-Cross Feldman, a federal judge in Louisiana, a part of the notoriously right-wing Fifth Circuit.
U.S. President Barack Obama warned insurance firms on Tuesday not to use his healthcare overhaul as an opportunity to enact big rate increases and said the federal government would work with states to monitor them.
"Insurance companies ... shouldn't see it as an opportunity to enact unjustifiable rate increases," Obama said, after meeting with state officials and insurance company executives.
Obama said companies must publicly justify any rate increases on both the federal health Web site and their own sites, adding that there are "genuine cost drivers that are not caused by insurance companies." Read more.
While most people in the U.S. get health insurance through their employer, about 14 million people under age 65 have coverage through the non-group or individual market, which has faced scrutiny recently in news reports about some insurers’ steep rate increases and in the market reforms in the new health reform law that will take effect in 2014.
This survey provides insight into the current state of the non-group market and finds policyholders report that their insurers most recently requested premium increases averaging 20 percent. Most say they paid the increase, but some say they switched plans, either buying a less expensive policy from their current insurer or switching companies altogether.
The survey also provides national data on the average premiums and deductibles reported by people who buy their own coverage in the non-group market. It examines policyholders' views and experiences with non-group coverage and a focused look at the issues facing policyholders with pre-existing conditions.
The survey involved a nationally representative random sample of 1,038 people ages 18-64 who purchase their own health coverage, conducted between March 19 and April 2, 2010. Read the report.
June 21, 2010 4:13 PM
Katie Couric flies into the front line of the Gulf disaster to get a first-hand look at the complicated operation to recover and burn off millions of gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf every day.
The Reaganomics, working as forecast, not by supporters of!
Why isn't the economy moving, watch or read this clip report from last night. A simple explanation of how and who controls what, as the repub or conservative meme's coming from the top to their herds about how their ideology on capitalism and the economy will cause prosperity, especially the continuing saying it will help small businesses develop and grow, for everyone, 'Trickle Down'. There is very little private capital, their grease for the economic machine, being invested into small businesses as we talk and hear about billions between corporations and wall street and multi millions into the pockets of the corporate execs with ever growing tax write off corporate perks to go along with their huge tax cuts!
AIR DATE: June 21, 2010
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This first is a cut of one I just posted, elsewhere, to show at least a little of what has been going on. But as to this agency I have added just a few, and there's plenty more, links to how the previous administration as well as the republican controlled congresses nearly gutted OSHA, but it isn't only OSHA as we've seen as to regulations and the countries well being, they had eight plus years to nearly destroy everything about this once envied country and it's innovations, workforce and research etc.!