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Daily News Digest: September 4, 2014

 


You have slept for millions and millions of years,
Why not wake up this morning?

~Kabir~

 
 
 
Arctic News:  A State Of Extreme Emergency
 
PRESIDENT OBAMA MUST DECLARE A STATE OF EXTREME NATIONAL EMERGENCY AND CEASE ORCHESTRATING A WAR WITH RUSSIA. HE MUST RECALL HIS ENTIRE ARMY AND NAVY PERSONNEL TO THE UNITED STATES TO BEGIN A MASSIVE CONVERSION OF THE US ENERGY SYSTEM TO SOLAR AND WIND POWER. THIS CONVERSION MUST RESULT IN ALL 600 COAL POWER STATIONS AND NUCLEAR STATIONS BEING COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN IN THE NEXT 5 TO 10 YEARS. ALL SURFACE TRANSPORT BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC MUST BE ENTIRELY ELECTRIFIED AND AIR TRANSPORT CONVERTED TO METHANE OR HYDROGEN FUEL. IF THIS IS NOT DONE, HUMANITY WILL BE FACING TOTAL EXTINCTION IN AN ARCTIC METHANE FIRESTORM BETWEEN 2040 AND 2050.
 
My comment:  Much of the information in this article is outdated. It is way, way beyond TOO LATE.
 
LA Weekly:  Drug War Journalist Gary Webb Vindicated, Movie Being Made About His Life
 
My comment:  Somewhere, somehow, Mike Ruppert is smiling. Mike championed Gary’s monumental series in the San Jose Mercury News on US involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering which later became the book Dark Alliance. (Dark Alliance is a must-read) All of us who worked with Mike at From The Wilderness knew the validity and solid documentation of Gary’s work, and we knew that the powers that be were trying to ruin his life---which they did when he took it in 2004. The movie “Kill The Messenger” is currently being shot in Atlanta and is expected to vindicate everything Webb wrote---ten years and one dead journalist genius too late.
 
 
MORE REAL NEWS
 
 
Economic
 
Common Dreams:  The Nation’s Poor Remain Hungry As Wall St Feasts
 
Business Insider:  Economic Growth Has Put A Quarter Of The World’s Languages At Risk Of Extinction
 
My comment:  Species are not the only things going extinct.
 
Business Insider:  Billionaires Quietly Preparing For Stock Market To Plunge
 
CNN Money:  Help Wanted: College Degree Not Needed
 
46% Underemployment
 
Global Research:  Argentina’s Debt Crisis: In The Wall St Shadows Of The Vultures
 
 
Environmental/Energy
 
Global Research:  Fukushima Crisis Continues---Effects More Lingering Than Hiroshima Or Nagasaki
 
Nation Of ChangeExperts Warn Of Inevitable Fukushima Disaster In California
 
Desmog Blog:  Shale Oil Drillers Deliberately Wasted $1 Billion In Gas, Harming Climate
 
Common Dreams:  Worse Than Anything Seen In 2000 Years As Megadrought Threatens Western States
 
Al Jazeera:  US Household Food Security Fails To Improve
 
Salon:  The GMO Industry Is Ramping Up Its Efforts To Defeat Labeling
 
Mother Jones:  Map Shows Why People Are Freaking Out About Ebola’s Arrival In Senegal
 
Economic Collapse:  16 Apocalyptic Quotes From Global Health Officials About Ebola
 
OilPrice.Com:  Pay It Forward Diabolically: Halliburton To Pay $1.1 Billion To Avoid Future Claims
 
Halliburton Co. has reached a settlement in U.S. District Court in New Orleans to pay $1.1 billion to resolve most of the claims against it arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in a deal the company says could save it billions in future claims.
 
RT:  US Judge:  BP’s Reckless Conduct Led To Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill In 2010
 
Truthout:  Nestle Has Expanded Its Water Empire To Colorado To Suck It Up There
 
 
Geo-Political
 
Huff Po:  Middle East Time Bomb:  The Real Aim Of ISIS Is To Replace The Saud Family As The New Emirs Of Arabia
 
Its real potential for destruction lies elsewhere -- in the implosion of Saudi Arabia as a foundation stone of the modern Middle East. We should understand that there is really almost nothing that the West can now do about it but sit and watch.
 
Automatic Earth:  Time To Take Our Hands Off These Lying Bastards
 
After yesterday’s claim from Kiev that Russia had threatened multiple times to drop nukes on Ukraine, I had fully expected that today would start with the Ukraine government stating such a bomb had indeed been dropped, in the ‘hide a lie with a bigger one’ sense. But no. What did come was president Poroshenko announcing a ‘permanent ceasefire’, an agreement he said was the result of a phone conversation with Vladimir Putin.
 
Common Dreams:  The Whys Behind The Ukraine Crisis
 
Given the high stakes of a nuclear confrontation with Russia, some analysts wonder what’s the real motive for taking this extraordinary risk over Ukraine.
 
My comment:  It’s called a frantic demand for energy and the profits thereof. The 101 course for understanding this is Brzezinski’s “Grand Chessboard” book of 1997.
 
Counterpunch:  US Invades Iraq—Again, And Secretly
 
Information Clearinghouse:  Obama: Liar In A Tan Suit
 
On August 28th, president Obama delivered remarks in the White House press room. That is hardly newsworthy but on that day the president wore a tan suit, not the usual presidential dark blue uniform. This simple fashion choice exposed many things that are wrong with America, from shallow media reporting to popular obsession with trivialities. The substance of the president’s statements was lost in the repetition of nonsense and silly jokes. That is unfortunate because the president used this occasion to tell terribly dangerous lies about this country and the rest of the world.
 
 
Civil Liberties
 
Alternet:  The Police’s Latest Horrifying Anti-Protest Weapon
 
The Intercept:  America Without The Makeup (aka Ferguson)
 
The protests that followed captured the world’s attention, forcing the nation to confront a community grieving the loss of young man bound for college and highlighting the legal quicksand that has swallowed so many others like him. As the press descended on Ferguson, residents described a municipal court system that is bleeding vulnerable African-American communities in order to sustain itself, keeping thousands of black people caught in an inescapable cycle of poverty and jail stints. With 90 densely-packed and heavily segregated municipalities crammed into St. Louis County –81 of which have their own court systems and police departments–motorists can easily find themselves passing through a more than a half dozen municipal court systems on a four-mile stretch of road. For people who cannot afford to pay off mounting fines, but also cannot afford not to drive, daily travel becomes a legal and economic crap shoot. Artez, as I later learned, is one such person.
 
RT:  Watch Abby Martin’s Excellent Series On Guantanamo---On Location
 
 
Cultural
 
Huff Po:  Mental Health Care System Is Failing At Preventing Suicides
 
 
 
REAL OPTIONS
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