Daily News Digest August 8, 2016

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Daily News Digest August 8, 2016

I am now 75!

Images of the Day:

The Human Costs of the 1%’s Wars and Mendacities ImageoftheDay0pngProof Positive There Has Been No RecoveryImageoftheDayVideo of the Day:

 Jeremy Corbyn — 10 Pledges to rebuild and transform Britain


Boston Globe: The media are misleading the public on Syria Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why.For three years, violent militants have run Aleppo. Their rule began with a wave of repression. They posted notices warning residents: “Don’t send your children to school. If you do, we will get the backpack and you will get the coffin.” Then they destroyed factories, hoping that unemployed workers would have no recourse other than to become fighters. They trucked looted machinery to Turkey and sold it By Stephen KinzerBostonGlobe“Liar in Chief” Obama Supports the Terrorists, Wants War with Russia and China, Still Intends to Overthrow Syrian Government: Behold, a Pale Horse and its Rider’s Name Was Death and Hell Followed Him I just listened to Obama give Washington’s account of the situation with ISIL in Iraq and Syria. In Obama’s account, Washington is defeating ISIL in Iraq, but Russia and Assad are defeating the Syrian people in Syria.  Obama denounced Russia and the Syrian government — but not ISIL — as barbaric.  The message was clear: Washington still intends to overthrow Assad and turn Syria into another Libya and another Iraq, formerly stable and prosperous countries where war now rages continually. It sickens me to hear the President of the United States lie and construct a false reality, so I turned off the broadcast.  I believe it was a press conference, and I am confident that no meaningful questions were asked. By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts PaulCraigRobertsObama has always treated us like mushrooms. His ‘spin’ keeps us in the dark as he feeds us bullshit!:   Why the GMO Labeling Bill Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham—and a National embarrassment The discriminatory bill exempts Big Food from putting GMO labels on food packages and keeps consumers in the dark. By Andrew KimbrellGMOLabling Puerto Rico is a Colony, No Matter How Else You Dress it Up The island called Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States. This fact means that the rights US citizens assume to be theirs do not necessarily apply to Puerto Ricans living on the island. The history of Puerto Rico since the United States military invaded it in 1898 makes this very clear. Whether one is taking a look at the economic relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico, the political relationship, or the military relationship, the blatant nature of the colonial relationship is foremost. by Ron JacobsPiertoRico Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is ‘Five-Alarm Threat’ to Food and Farms: Legal Experts White paper from two former Justice Department officials warns merger would violate antitrust laws and lessen competition by Deirdre Fulton BayorMonsantoEnvironment:

 Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters:

As the Oil Keeps Leaking:  Louisiana Parish Hit by Third Oil Spill in Ten Days As Pressure Grows To Hold Oil and Gas Industry Accountable for Coastal Damage Yesterday, an estimated 4,200 gallons of crude oil was discharged from a well owned by the Texas Petroleum Investment Company into the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard and other state agencies are now responding to the third oil spill in two weeks.  Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish coast was also hit with two oil spills last week. An estimated 4,200 gallons of crude oil attributed to oil and gas extraction company Hilcorp spilled in the marsh near Lake Grande Ecaille, part of Barataria Bay, on July 25. Three days later, 850 gallons were discharged by a Texas Petroleum Management flowline into marshland in the Southwest Pass. By Julie DermanskyLouisiana’LeekWhistleblower Retaliation Alive and Well at Hanford It’s getting real out at Hanford in eastern Washington, the site of the most expensive (and likely dangerous) environmental clean-up in the worla. On July 21, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, along with watchdog group Hanford Challenge and UA Local Union 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters, filed an emergency legal motion asking US Judge Thomas Rice to intervene and force the US Department of Energy and federal contractor Washington River Protection Solutions to protect their workers from toxic vapor exposure at the site. By Josha FrankHanford Black Liberation/Civil Rights:



The 1%’s  Profits are über alles!:  World Bank’s New Rules Condemned for Disregarding People and Planet New policies threaten human rights and the environment, groups say Lending further support to the United Nation’s characterization of the World Bank as a “human rights-free zone,” the notorious lender is expected to approve new policies Thursday that have been widely condemned by rights advocates for endangering human rights and the environment. by Nika KnightWorldBank WallStreetOnParadeA Realistic Look at July’s Nonfarm Payrolls  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its nonfarm payroll data this morning, showing that 255,000 jobs were created in July. The unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent. May data was revised up from the eyebrow-raising low number of 11,000 jobs to 24,000 jobs while June was also revised upward from 287,000 jobs to 292,000. That brought the monthly average to 190,000 jobs over the past three months. Unfortunately, drilling down into the more granular details, a far less rosy picture emerges; a picture which is far more consistent with an economy feeling the continued weight of unprecedented wealth and income inequality; a picture that is far more correlated to an economy where “58 percent of all new income since the Wall Street crash has gone to the top 1 percent,” to quote Senator Bernie Sanders. By Pam Martens and Russ MartensMartensWorld:

 Dangerous Liaisons: ChemChina’s Bid for Syngenta ChemChina wants to acquire the makers of atrazine, bee pesticides and Golden Rice Switzerland-based Syngenta AG is best known for its top-selling herbicide, atrazine; for trying to fool the world into thinking its genetically engineered Golden Rice will save the world; and for taking out pollinators with its neonicotinoid pesticides. by Martha Rosenberg and Ronnie CumminsDangerousLiaisonsHealth, Science, Education, and Welfare:

The Critical Link Between Poverty and Health Concern for the health of the poor is one of the critical issues in development. Poverty and health are closely linked. Poverty cannot be defined solely in terms of low or no income. No access to health services, lack of access to safe water and adequate nutrition, and illiteracy or low educational level are also essential components of poverty. Poverty is one of the most influential factors in ill health, and ill health—in a vicious cycle—can lead to poverty. by Cesar Chelala PovertyandHealth

Environmental Racism at the Oil Refineries And the Lack of Action by the Green Party: When The Green Party Held Political Office  in Richman California.  I sent the following information right after Gayle McLaughlin of the Green Party was elected mayor. Nothing happened.

From my Essay, “Trade Secrets” Cancer and the Environment  (What the Bill Moyers Program “Trade Secrets” Revealed):

Richmon Refinery
One of the Killing Fields of Richmond, Contra Costa Ca The Air in Richmond

An example of this fact is the population living “downwind” from the many oil refineries in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area. People living near these refineries have very high rates of cancer. In EPA terms, this is called a “cancer cluster.” The EPA, in its corporate manner, determined that the high rates of cancer was caused by high rates of smoking in the area and not from the refineries’ carcinogenic pollutions!  However, under the rules of Proposition 65 in California and after several years of litigation, the Gasoline Refining Industry had to post this warning in the February 24, 1999, issue of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Text of Actual WARNING:

Chemicals known to the State to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are found in gasoline, crude oil, and many other petroleum products and their vapors, or result from their use. Read and follow label directions and use care when handling or using all petroleum products.

Chemicals known to the State to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are found in and around gasoline stations, refineries, chemical plants, and other facilities that produce, handle, transport, store, or sell crude oil and petroleum and chemical products.

Other facilities covered by this warning include, for example, oil and gas wells, oil and gas treating plants, petroleum and chemical storage tanks, pipeline systems, marine vessels and barges, tank trucks and tank cars loading and unloading facilities, and refueling facilities.

The foregoing warning is provided pursuant to Proposition 65. This law requires the Governor of California to publish a list of chemicals “known to the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.” This list is compiled in accordance with a procedure established by the Proposition, and can be obtained from the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Proposition 65 requires that a clear and reasonable warning be given to persons exposed to the listed chemicals in certain situations.

(Signed by) Aera Energy LCC; Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. SFPP, LP., Operating Partnership; ARCO Atlantic Richfield Company, its affiliates and subsidiaries; Texaco Inc., its affiliates and subsidiaries; Chevron Corporation and its subsidiaries; Time Oil Co.; Equilon Enterprises, LLC (under the trademarks Shell and Texaco); Tosco Corporation, its divisions and subsidiaries (and under the trademarks 76, BP and Circle K); Exxon Mobil Corporation; Ultramar Diamond Shamrock; the Valvoline Company, a division of Ashland Inc.; and Jackpot Convenience Stores Inc.

For more information, please call: (1-800) 523-3157.