Palestine's Norwegians →
fuckyeahmarxismleninism: By VIJAY PRASHAD My I-Phone pinged, and news came of the bombing in Oslo and the massacre on Utøya Island. The dead at the latter were from the Workers’ Youth League (AUF), linked to the Norwegian Labour Party, but with roots in the Communist and Socialist movements of the 1920s. The current Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, was once leader of the AUF. … On...
Attack of the Deadly Slime
Vacationers in northwest France are being warned to stay away from beaches, which are growing a bumper crop of a seaweed that releases a potentially toxic gas. The culprit: Up-stream releases of manure from intensive farming that overload the near-shore waters with nitrates. Farm Effluent Ruins French Beaches | Wired Science | Wired.com also dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico
rebgarof: “What’s your life worth, in dollars? That question routinely bedevils federal bean counters. Though calculating the “value of a statistical life” (VSL) may sound callous or morbid, it can lead to stronger safety and environmental regulations. For example, auto safety rules that would cost $100 million to implement but might protect $500 million worth of lives (say, 100 people at $5...
Ivins and anthrax
“the government lawyers also said that producing the volume of anthrax in the letters would have required 2.8 to 53 liters of the solution used to grow the spores or 463 to 1,250 Petri dishes. Colleagues of Ivins at the lab have asserted that he couldn’t have grown all that anthrax without their noticing it.” Justice Department Filing Casts Doubt on Guilt of Bruce Ivins, Accused in...
CIA and DNA
“The sickest confirmation of this point was the recent revelation that the CIA ran an operation to verify Osama bin Laden’s location by gathering DNA samples through a false-flag hepatitis B vaccination programme. As James Fallows notes, American officials are defending this operation, not denying it. This is despicable and stupid.” and To counter both religious resistance and...
The Hand That Feeds You
by Nicole Pasulka Raw fermentation produces excellent intestinal flora! Dandelion greens are great for PMS! Granola causes inflammation! When I worked at the farmers’ market, people who shopped there seemed to believe we were just the folks to talk to about their chronic fatigue syndrome, anemia, or lactose intolerance. Nearly every customer wants you to pamper their conscience and, in many...
Vaccines and War on Terror
The CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in the town where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in an elaborate attempt to obtain DNA from the fugitive al-Qaida leader’s family, a Guardian investigation has found. See more. A good over of the background to this story here. Along with links to those who are outraged.
EU slams US credit rating 'oligopoly' - Europe -... →
"Taking a look around us today, it would be easy...
Why do these folks still get space? Food prices aren’t “natural”. Ironically, the roots of our food crisis lie in what is otherwise a great leap forward for humanity: the alleviation of poverty in the developing world. Then poverty is good? bah. Read more evil: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,2083276,00.html#ixzz1SBNiYvkE
Game Changer | This American Life →
A professor in Pennsylvania makes a calculation, to discover that his state is sitting atop a massive reserve of natural gas—enough to revolutionize how America gets its energy. But another professor in Pennsylvania does a different calculation and reaches a troubling conclusion: that getting natural gas out of the ground poses a risk to public health. Two men, two calculations, and two very...
From the worm’s-eye perspective which most of us inhabit, the general feeling...– LRB · John Lanchester · Once Greece goes… [also via]
appliqué: abandoned xi. →
via rebgarof: (sethclark) You hear conversation of plans for shrinking cities, and the necessary “block-by-block” strategic approach where grant money turns results. There aren’t any homes left on that block. Sitting in her parent’s house, she kept talking steamengine style. Chugging through twenty years of stories, anxiously drawing breath to maintain momentum. I sat. Cement and open...
Border Haunt (by Ian Alan Paul)
Tropic of Chaos?
CHRISTIAN PARENTI: Well, it refers to the space between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, the countries where you see the most extreme effects of climate change kicking in, but where you find vulnerable populations, people who live close to the land or the sea and have a minimal margin of error when bad weather strikes. But also these are countries and economies that have been...