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During WWII, Thousands of US Troops Were Used as 'Guinea Pigs' by US Military, Then Discarded
Jessica Huseman: During World War II, the government subjected thousands of troops to mustard gas tests — and kept it a secret. More than 60 years later, an NPR reporter and researcher helped the men get justice. ... For years, veterans were sworn to secrecy about the tests, prohibited from even discussing them with doctors. ... In testing to see how different races would react to the poison, the military used Japanese-American soldiers as stand-ins for enemy soldiers — something Dickerson said struck her. “Some of them were recruited out of internment camps,” she said, only to be used “as guinea pigs on the frontlines of a chemical war.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2017, 11:22am

Environment
Fukushima Darkness, Part Two
Robert Hunziker: ... it is believed that official reports of Fukushima radiation-induced sicknesses and deaths are horribly underreported and/or intentionally manipulated to show few, if any, cases. Based upon numerous testimonials obtained by independent journalists and researchers in Japan and U.S, attorneys, there is considerable evidence of radiation-induced deaths and sicknesses. ... Radiation exposure shows up years later as one of several illnesses. This gives the nuclear industry an advantage of time lapses in its position statements about the safety of nuclear energy. ... the Abe administration keeps a tight lid on the reality and the potency of Fukushima Daiichi radiation. And, when faced with the prospect of not knowing what to do, bring on the Olympics!... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2017, 10:59am

Environment
Fukushima Darkness (Part 1)
Robert Hunziker: The radiation effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant triple meltdowns are felt worldwide, whether lodged in sea life or in humans, it cumulates over time. ... The impact is now slowly grinding away only to show its true colors at some unpredictable date in the future. That’s how radiation works, slow but assuredly destructive, which serves to identify its risks, meaning, one nuke meltdown has the impact, over decades, of a 1,000 regular industrial accidents, maybe more ... In short, nothing much has changed in nearly seven years at the plant facilities... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2017, 10:37am

Commentary
What Price Humanity? ... Systemic Injustice, Human Suffering
Graham Peebles: Based on an outdated, corrupt ideology, the socio-economic systems that govern people’s lives are broken totally and need to be radically overhauled. Inherently unjust they punish the most vulnerable, reward the privileged and wealthy and promote divisive, unhealthy values that have penetrated into all areas of life. Throughout the world we see evidence that the old order is in a state of terminal decay, and yet corporate politicians, lacking vision and unable to respond to widespread cries for change, cling to the doctrine of the past... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2017, 10:28am

Environment
New Study: "Natural Gas" Has No Climate Benefit, Will Make Things Worse
I've seen this report referenced several times, but none of those mentions is getting traction. So time to repeat. The idea that methane, so-called "clean natural gas" or "clean energy," is a bridge fuel that can make our climate problem better — is a lie. ... If you want to eliminate all carbon emissions from burning fossil fuel, you don't start burning a different fossil fuel. You stop burning all fossil fuels, including methane. ... That's just common sense. It makes even more sense when you consider that the Big Oil barons who own the oil companies also own many of the methane companies... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2017, 4:57pm

Blogosphere
World’s Cheapest Solar Power in Mexico a Coal-Killer
Juan Cole: Not only is the sheer amount of solar power generation increasing at blinding speed but the cost is plummeting in unrigged markets, as well. Mexico just accepted bids of 1.77 cents per kilowatt hour. ... In most states in the US it would now cost you 8 cents to 22 cents, if the electricity were generated by coal and natural gas. ... Moreover, in Mexico the cost of a kilowatt hour from solar is expected to fall yet again by 2019 to only 1 cent a KWh. Coal is generally estimated to generate electricity for 5 cents a kilowatt hour ... Nuclear costs 12 cents a kilowatt hour. Of course those prices don’t count externalities. If you count the damage coal does to the environment... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2017, 4:53pm

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Car Repair and Car Parts Scams in Our Technological Age.
johndamos: I have been dealing with car repair burdens during the past two weeks, and even I am shocked at the tricks that car repair centers and parts warehouses and tire stores are pulling over on people, and even car makers designs that make repairs costly. It seems that everywhere I look in the automotive world I see scams going on. ... My old pickup needed a new fuel pump. So I went to my local parts store and bought an AirTech pump for $75. ... I drove the pickup two days and the pump failed. When I returned it, the kid informed me that all Chinese Air Tech electric fuel pumps fail. Now, remember that had I hired this job done, it would have cost me $500 parts and labor.... the public is increasingly ignorant of basic mechanical things. So the auto repair scammers are having a heyday... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2017, 4:32pm

Meditations
Psychological Separation Is Fragmentation
Martin LeFevre: Apparently a brain capable of conscious thought, whose basic principles are separation and manipulation, is a prerequisite for awakened consciousness. But that very evolutionary development initiates the ongoing existential mistake ("original sin," in Christian lingo) of psychological division. The arrogance of human domination and technology precludes the full awakening of insight essential to end the fragmentation of the earth and ourselves. ...
Nov 20, 2017, 5:34pm

Commentary
The Pig That Burst The Keystone Pipeline
Greg Palast: Yesterday (November 16), the Keystone pipeline cracked and dumped 210,000 gallons of oil onto the South Dakota prairie. ... Here’s the reason the pipeline burst: the PIG didn’t squeal. The PIG, the Pipeline Inspection Gauge, is sent through the Keystone to check for evidence of any leak, failure, or corrosion that will cause it to burst. But the PIG didn’t squeal a warning. Why not? ... its software jacked and hacked by a company that provides PIGS. The software is deliberately set to reduce the warning signals and thereby cut costs of replacement and repair by billions of dollars on the Keystone and other pipes. ... No oil or gas pipeline should ever leak, burst or explode if the PIG is working as it should... Visit Website ]
Nov 20, 2017, 11:38am

Environment
The shipping industry needs to clean up its act. Here’s where it can start.
Maria Gallucci: What can the industry do to play its part in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels? ... To meet that target, all cargo ships will need to be “zero-emissions” by 2050. That requires ditching cheap, but noxious, bunker fuel and replacing it with promising — though still early-stage — alternatives such as battery storage, sustainable biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, and wind-sail technology. ... Cargo ships can instantly lower their fuel consumption — and thus their emissions — by simply slowing down. As a rule of thumb, a 10-percent drop in speed will reduce power demand by nearly 30 percent... Visit Website ]
Nov 20, 2017, 11:27am

Links
Military, CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes
Marjorie Cohn: On Nov. 3, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed the court’s Pre-Trial Chamber, “[T]here is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan.” ... In what Amnesty International’s Solomon Sacco called a “seminal moment for the ICC,” Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked the court for authorization to commence an investigation that would focus on U.S. military and CIA leaders, as well as Taliban and Afghan officials. ... In 2008, ABC News reported that Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet and John Ashcroft met in the White House and micromanaged the torture of terrorism suspects by approving specific torture techniques such as waterboarding... Visit Website ]
Nov 20, 2017, 10:57am

Commentary
The Design Flaw at the Core of Humanity's Malaise
Judith Schwartz: ... Our “operating system” is outdated and not suited to our current circumstances. I’m talking about the economy: the system that runs our society’s conceptual software. For the way that we produce, trade, value and distribute goods and wealth interferes with our ability to address the major trials of our time. We have come to accept the present framework as inevitable, but that’s far from the case. ... We can choose to tweak or outright transform this model. Among several options: ... incorporate the value of ecosystems ... If we place value on ecosystem function, we could turn around our environmental, social and economic problems and inequities right now... Visit Website ]
Nov 19, 2017, 5:03pm

Blogosphere
The Saudi-US war on Yemen is killing 130 Children a Day & Other Bleak Statistics
Juan Cole: The Saudi-led coalition is waging total war on Yemen in a bid to defeat the guerrilla group, the Houthis or the Helpers of God. The Houthis took power in Sanaa in fall of 2014 and consolidated it in early 2015. By March-April, Saudi Arabia’s Muhammad Bin Salman, now the crown prince, had ordered air strikes on the country that have continued to this day. These strikes have been indiscriminate, hitting schools, hospitals, apartment buildings and key civilian infrastructure like ports, bridges and roads. Any one of these strikes is a war crime ... In the aggregate they become crimes against humanity... Visit Website ]
Nov 19, 2017, 4:47pm

Commentary
How Prosecutors Turn a Protest Into a ‘Riot’
ELIZABETH ARIADNE LAGESSE: I became so disgusted by President-elect Donald Trump’s behavior that I felt it would have been negligent to remain a bystander. So I traveled from Baltimore to join hundreds of thousands of protesters at counterdemonstrations around Mr. Trump’s swearing-in. ... Little did I know that I would be swept up into a legal nightmare that demonstrates how prosecutors intimidate and manipulate defendants into giving up their rights. ... police officers used pepper spray, “sting-ball” grenades and flailing batons to sweep up an entire city block in a mass-arrest tactic known as “kettling.” I was among the more than 230 people confined at 12th and L Streets with no access to food, water or bathrooms for up to eight hours. ... the government has failed to provide most defendants in the case with evidence of their alleged individual wrongdoing... Visit Website ]
Nov 18, 2017, 11:25am

Health
Landmark study links (UK) Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths
Alex Matthews-King, UK: The Conservatives have been accused of “economic murder” for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths. ... Real terms funding for health and social care fell under the Conservative-led Coalition Government in 2010, and the researchers conclude this “may have produced” the substantial increase in deaths. ... The paper identified that mortality rates in the UK had declined steadily from 2001 to 2010, but this reversed sharply with the death rate growing again after austerity came in. ... "It is now very clear that austerity does not promote growth or reduce deficits - it is bad economics, but good class politics"... Visit Website ]
Nov 18, 2017, 11:14am


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