Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Truthout 7/14

Investigation Confirms Pennsylvania Fracking Well Blowout Was Easily Preventable, Potentially Catastrophic
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: "Pennsylvanians are wondering if their state could become the next environmental ground zero after officials confirmed Tuesday that irresponsible drilling practices and a failed 'blowout preventer' caused the June 3 blowout of a gas well in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania."
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George Lakoff | Save, Baby, Save
George Lakoff, Truthout: "The Death Gusher in the Gulf should tell us to end offshore drilling forever. The reason is simple: Systemic risk! Better regulations won't end what went wrong: Corporate greed, cutting corners to save money, lack of coordination among subcontractors, unforeseen factors, and just plain incompetence in private industry."
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Taliban Attacks Kill Eight US Soldiers Within 24 Hours
Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor: "Taliban attacks on Tuesday night and Wednesday killed eight US soldiers within a 24-hour period, highlighting the intensifying insurgency waged by the Taliban, which this year is carrying out more attacks than ever in the nearly nine-year-long war."
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Jim Hightower | Jobless "Recovery" Requires Us to Rebuild America
Jim Hightower, Truthout: "The good news is that America's economy continues to grow. The bad news is that most people's personal economies continue to shrivel. The June report on jobs glows with the happy news that America's unemployment rate has fallen to 9.5 percent - the best we've had in a year! 'We are headed in the right direction,' trumpeted President Obama."
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Robert Scheer | There's Just No Pleasing Some Robber Barons
Robert Scheer, Truthout: "The flight from reason that now marks American public discourse came home for me last Friday, when I found myself on public radio debating whether Barack Obama is anti-business. The 'news hook' for KCRW's 'Left, Right & Center' show, which I have co-hosted for 15 years, was an absurd spate of charges from Obama's former big-business allies that he had become their enemy. If only it were so."
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Senate May Extend Federal Jobless Benefits Next Week
David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers: "It's been about six weeks since funding for extended jobless benefits expired, and by the end of this week, an estimated 2.5 million people will have lost federal aid. Although Congress returned Tuesday from a 10-day Independence Day break, those jobless workers will have to wait at least a few more days before they get help."
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News in Brief: Test of Containment Cap of BP Well Delayed, and More ...
On Wednesday, BP postponed the testing of a new containment cap and the drilling of relief wells; new document reveals Obama administration intends to reduce the US nuclear arms cache; New York federal appeals court strikes down the FCC's rules on indecent speech; UN plans to underwrite 20 new coal-fired plants to replace older ones in India and China.
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How Climate Change in South America Affects the Entire Planet
Joshua Frank, Truthout: "Nikolas Kozloff is the author of 'Hugo Chavez: Oil, Politics, and the Challenge to the US and Revolution,' a Financial Times Best Book in 2008. An expert on South America, Kozloff is a former fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, DC. He recently spoke to Joshua Frank about his new book, 'No Rain in the Amazon.' His writings can be found on the web."
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What's Killing The New York Times?
The Editors, n+1: "Pick up a newspaper or magazine these days and you find yourself judging its health by the quantity of advertising. Harper's, the Nation, the New Republic - they are pitifully bare of ads. 'Page' (online, of course) through an old copy of the New Yorker, look up Edmund Wilson's essays on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and feel the self-confidence of another age: almost three pages of ads for every column of text."
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The Religious Right vs. Birth Control
Lindsay Beyerstein, The Media Consortium: "Does health care reform's promise of preventive care extend to free birth control? Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services have 18 months to decide whether to require insurers to provide oral contraceptives, IUDs, and other prescription birth control with no co-pay. With pro-choice Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the helm, HHS is expected to say yes."
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Tom Tomorrow | This Modern World
Award-winning political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow features General Petraeus explaining the chances of success for the US in Afghanistan.
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Rachel Maddow: Holder Brings Charges Against New Orleans' Police Officers in Danzinger Bridge Killings (Video/Transcript)
The Rachel Maddow Show: "We begin tonight though with major developments in what had been one of the biggest scandals to rock the Gulf Coast region before the BP oil disaster came along. Less than a week after Hurricane Katrina struck the city of New Orleans, an NBC News camera crew was filming on a bridge over the Industrial Canal when they heard a commotion coming from the next bridge over. Here's what NBC`s cameras caught that day."
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Anarchism and Nonviolence: Time for a "Complementarity of Tactics"
Randall Amster, Waging Non-Violence: "With the conclusion of the G20 protests in Canada, the inevitable post-mortem dissection has begun in earnest. Activists prepare to file lawsuits, organizers vow to do things differently next time, police pledge to investigate further, the media highlight the purported 'destruction' before moving on to the next big story, and world leaders promise to continue their efforts unhampered by the misguided protesters."
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