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By Robert C. Koehler
Remember that awkward silence that fell across the nation back in ’94 when Bill Clinton’s surgeon general used the M-word?
Jocelyn Elders, speaking at an AIDS conference at the U.N. about reducing the risk of sexually transmitted disease, said that masturbation “is part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught.”
Clinton, rather than defend frank, honest talk about sexuality at the national level and condemn its opposite, caved under the weight of the gasps and titters and fired Elders, explaining that the outspoken surgeon general’s comments reflected “differences with Administration policy and my own convictions.” Differences on masturbation? A couple years later, the Monica scandal erupted and things were a little clearer — oh yeah, this is how we talk about sex in America.
Drs. Gerard Lambert, Margaret Haydon and Shiv Chopra of Health Canada
In a long-running whistleblowing saga, two of three scientists fired by Health Canada (akin to the US Food & Drug Administration) have lost a bid to get their jobs back, though they protected food safety.
In the U.S., however, after a six-year legal battle, the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to a former top contracting official who charged that she was demoted after she objected to a $7 billion no-bid contract granted to a Halliburton subsidiary to repair oil fields in Iraq.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Labor, Military, Region: Middle East, Region: North America, War and Peace, Whistleblowers
Tagged Army Corps of Engineers, Bunnatine H. Greenhouse, Food Safety, Gerard Lambert, halliburton, health canada, iraq, Margaret Haydon, military contracts, Monsanto, Rbst, shiv chopra
By Ethan A. Huff
The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit against BP and eight other firms involved in Gulf oil drilling for allegedly violating safety regulations. The massive oil spill that took place earlier this year has been dubbed the most heinous environmental disaster in history, and U.S. officials are saying that BP and the other companies involved be held completely responsible for all costs associated with clean-up and restoration.
By Jesse Freeston and Malak Behrouznami
The Real News Network (15 min. video)
On the day after the midterm elections, when Republican Tom Corbett won the governorship, the outline of Pennsylvania’s next battleground was clearly drawn. Pittsburgh hosted the largest conference of companies interested in the massive Marcellus Shale gas deposit, thought to hold enough gas to power the entire US for anywhere from two to 30 years. Drilling communities around the country report serious environmental and public health concerns. Pittsburgh itself already has gas development surrounding it, and hundreds marched to the conference to show their objection.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Energy, Environment, Land Grab, Obama and Company, Resistance
Tagged bad energy, corporate war on earth, dick cheney, drilling, fracking, gasland, halliburton, hydraulic fracturing, josh fox, karl rove, PA Marcellus Shale, pollution, tom corbett
By Robert M. Young and Edward James Olmos
OlmosProductions; Save our Gulf
10 June 2010 — Shot by Robert M. Young and Edward James Olmos on a trip to the heart of the oil spill in the Gulf. Edited by Stephen Cohen. Robert Young and I jumped on a plane and went to the Gulf of Mexico just to lend our support by documenting what we saw…
By Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg, San Francisco Chronicle
Image at Rense.com
“The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.” – Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943
Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of “an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs.” What new programs?
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, NWO, Prisons
Tagged dan hamburg, endgame, fascism, gulag, halliburton, kbr, lewis seiler, militarism, news, NWO, peter dale scott, police state, politics, prison cars, prison train, Prisons, rule by fear or rule by law