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Archive for June 2nd, 2010

The Items Israel Blocks — Plus Gaza and the Civil Rights Struggle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2010 4:40 am by HL

The Items Israel Blocks — Plus Gaza and the Civil Rights Struggle
CHECK THIS OUT: The Economist reveals what Israel allows into Gaza and what it doesn’t. Amazing. Punitive, without rhyme or reason. America needs to demand an end to the blockade now. **** Has anyone else noticed? Israeli spokespersons are obviously…


Israel Defense Forces - Middle East - Israel - Lynching - Emmett Till

Are Israel’s Friends Going To Destroy It?
The timing of the flotilla massacre could not have been worse for the United States government. Apparently (press reports in Israel and the United States are consistent on this) the administration had decided to kiss-and-makeup with Prime Minister Netanyahu. There…



Israel - United States - Middle East - White House - Prime minister

Representative Jason Altmire: Job Killing Deficit Hawk
Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was the object of considerable ridicule for his support of the infamous $400 million “Bridge to Nowhere.” This played a big role in his defeat in the last election. It is appropriate that members of…


Jason Altmire - Ted Stevens - United States - Washington Post - Economic


Limbaugh Is Right: The Gulf Spill Is ?Not Unique?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Limbaugh Is Right: The Gulf Spill Is ?Not Unique?
Since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh has launched an incessant campaign to wish away the spill with outrageous rhetoric, claiming it’s “not a disaster,” explaining there’s no need to clean up the spill because “[t]he ocean will take care of this on its own.” But Limbaugh actually […]

Ixtoc Since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh has launched an incessant campaign to wish away the spill with outrageous rhetoric, claiming it’s “not a disaster,” explaining there’s no need to clean up the spill because “[t]he ocean will take care of this on its own.” But Limbaugh actually got something right about the disaster on his radio show today, noting that the BP spill is “not unique” nor “exceptional”:

Oil is as much a part of nature as air is. Oil is as much a part of nature as water is. … If we didn’t do anything, it would recover. It might take a lot of years, but it would recover. The Earth is an amazing thing. Now, I’m not suggesting anything other than trying to present you a fact. More oil [is] spilled every year in Africa, in Nigeria, than so far in the Gulf. So it’s not unique, it is not exceptional, it is not the largest. Mexico had a spill that is larger than this. Nobody talks about it except apparently me. Ixtoc I, it went on for nine months.

Listen here:

Indeed, as the Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson noted, “like the rest of the oil industry, BP has a long record of tragic, extraordinary environmental disasters, stretching from Alaska to Nigeria.” Limbaugh correctly noted that more oil is spilled in Nigeria’s terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the BP spill thus far. And in the Gulf, there have been dozens of oil well blowouts in recent years, including 39 since 2007 alone. The Ixtoc I spill, which Limbaugh mentioned, released an estimated 3.5 million barrels into the Gulf before the well was contained nine months later, making it the largest accidental offshore spill in history.

However, Limbaugh is very wrong when he repeatedly claims that the spill will take care of itself. “[The] Exxon Valdez spill is cleaned up and everything is back to normal,” Limbaugh claimed last week. In fact, numerous studies have found that “oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill is still being ingested by wildlife more than 20 years after the disaster.” “It just smells like a gas station,” Prince William Sound Science Center’s Kate Alexander told CBS News last month of the remnants of the spill. Moreover, the BP spill is especially pernicious due to its location in the fertile and fragile ecosystem of the northern Gulf.

Moreover, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow observed that despite the intervening 30 years, the techniques used to clean up the Ixtoc I spill were very similar to those used in the Gulf today (Ixtoc I’s cofferdam effort was called a “sombrero,” while BP’s was dubbed a “top hat”). The fact that this spill is not unique underscores what a growing number of Americans are realizing — that we need to curb our reliance on offshore drilling and our dependence on fossil fuel more generally.


Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigns

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigns
SEOUL — Having squandered a historic electoral mandate in less than a year, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned Wednesday, leaving his Democratic Party of Japan without a leader before a pivotal July election.


Japan - Yukio Hatoyama - Prime minister - Prime Minister of Japan - United States

Obama meets with leaders of new oil spill commission
President Obama vowed a “full and vigorous accounting” of the causes of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, telling the leaders of a new commission that they should pursue the trail of blame without limits.


Barack Obama - Oil spill - President - Environment - United States

Segregated clubs in Kentucky raise issues for private business, civil rights law
LOUISVILLE — The push to integrate Kentucky’s private social clubs, whose members clung to old notions of Southern white privilege for decades after the end of Jim Crow, began in the early 1990s with a lone, quiet protest: At lunchtime on days when the weather was nice, a black preacher and civil…


Civil and political rights - Kentucky - United States - Rand Paul - Law


Political Ads a Tough Sell for Image-Conscious Corporations

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2010 4:32 am by HL

Political Ads a Tough Sell for Image-Conscious Corporations

Damage From Spill Can Be Deceiving
Bonnie Berkowitz, Washington Post
 GRAND ISLE, LA. — I guess I expected the oil spill to be laid out like a museum: blackened beach, first floor. Goop-covered marshes upstairs. Smelly blanket of crude in the lobby. All I'd have to do was show up to see it.Instead, when I arrived in Louisiana on Wednesday to report on the cleanup, I found that much of the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico is in the water rather than on it — always moving, rarely showing up where you expect it. 

Where is DC’s Urgency on Unemployment?
Brad DeLong, The Week
U.S. Treasury bond prices leaped again in May. By the third week of the month, the 30-year Treasury bond sold for ten percent more than it had at the start of the month, a mark of the growing excess demand for safe, liquid, high-quality financial assets. As economist John Stuart Mill pointed out in the early 19th Century, excess demand for such assets inevitably means excess supply of something else — “something else,” in this case, being the goods and services provided by workers. We have seen this dynamic at work since early fall, 2007, with growing …

Fiasco on the High Seas
Ari Shavit, Haaretz
Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and Moshe Ya'alon are supposed to know history. They are supposed to know there was no greater mistake than that of the British with regard to the illegal immigrant ship Exodus in the summer of 1947. The brutality employed by the British Mandate against a ferry loaded with Jewish refugees turned the regime into an object of revile. It lost what is now called international legitimacy. British rule over the country ended just 10 months after the Exodus fiasco,The Turkish ship Mavi Marmara was no Exodus. It carried not Holocaust survivors but provocateurs,…



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