Category Archives: Environment

Russia Again Against International Law

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30 Greenpeace activist were held at gunpoint by Russian security officers who stormed the group’s ship in the Arctic. The Greenpeace members tried to board a Russian oil platform to prevent it from drilling.

A Russian coastguard ship fired shots across a Greenpeace ship

A Russian coastguard ship fired shots across a Greenpeace ship

Russia, this is against International Law.

An armed coastguard points a gun at an activist aboard a Greenpeace boat

n armed coastguard points a gun at an activist aboard a Greenpeace boat

To Russia and all the other irresponsible acting greedy countries:

Stop drilling in the Arctic!

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Long live Greenpeace – let the activist free!

Greenpeace also said its vessel was boarded in international waters and called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release the crew immediately.

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The Mean-Spirited

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(Otherwise Known As My Shit List) (Not a Complete List) (Not In Any Order)

-The Taliban who kill women for educating themselves and who destroy world heritage sites and historic artifacts if they are not Islamic.
-The Westboro Baptist Church disrupting military funerals as part of their anti-gay agenda.
-The NRA which cynically warns Americans Obama is coming to take their guns so they will go out and buy more guns to hoard.
-The Tea Party continually denying the legitimacy of Obama’s Presidency.
-The Republican Party in nearly everything they do: gerrymandering voting districts, attacking women’s rights, restricting voter access, gridlocking the federal government with the Congressional filibuster just to make the Obama presidency fail, busting unions, voting for corporate welfare while denying it to people… the list is endless.
-The Koch brothers who fund covert political operations to control and subvert democracy.
-Dick Cheney exempting the frakking industry from all environmental regulation to enrich his friends at Halliburton and Big Oil.
-The North Korean government… pick a reason. Any reason.
-Ted Nugent for being a dick.
-Boy Scouts of America for denying membership to gays.
-The Catholic Church for sexually-molesting children and covering it up.
-Zionist settlers on the West Bank who deliberately make any efforts at Middle East peace an impossibility.
-Terrorists of any persuasion who believe their goals are more important than innocent people’s lives.
-Deniers of global warming.
-College frat hazing, especially at Dartmouth.
-The KKK
-Ayn Rand
-The Steubenville, Ohio police department and prosecuters.
-Driver’s license photographers
-Sheriff Joe Arpaio
-My twin sister
-Ann Coulter for calling me a whiny liberal bitch at her lecture at Denison University when I asked her a simple question.

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The Daily Horror: Aleppo’s River of the Dead

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Syria – another country torn apart by politics. People suffer and people die because of self-interested parties. Dictator Assad, Russia and aggressive neighbours like Israel and Iran are not interested in peace nor are they interested into the people. They simply search for power.

The men from the collection point for the nameless dead always come during the morning. They descend from a major intersection in the Bustan al-Qasr district to the small Quweiq River and bring the bodies that have washed up overnight to a courtyard, where they are wrapped in white sheets and photographed before being left there for a day. This is the place where people looking for missing relatives come to find them.
River of Death Alleppo
Last week, dozens of corpses were found on the shore of the Quweiq River in Aleppo, Syria. Many appear to have been students at a nearby university who were murdered by the regime after travelling to the city for exams.

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Giant Dam violates Brazilian Rainforest

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The construction of a giant dam in the Amazon region of Brazil is threatening parts of the world’s largest rainforest. But the indigenous tribes living here are keeping quiet in return for millions of dollars in promises.

The dam is Brazil’s most controversial project. Everyone in the country has an opinion about Belo Monte, especially after it was criticized by a few actors in the serial TV dramas known as telenovelas that are so popular among Brazilians.

Giant Dam

This picture was taken by Greenpeace

On the surface, it appears to be a relatively straightforward situation. On the one side of the controversy are the Norte Energia construction consortium, corrupt government officials and the Energy Ministry, and on the other side are the indigenous people, the rainforest and hundreds of thousands of turtles. It’s an age-old conflict, pitting good against evil, like the one depicted in director James Cameron’s film “Avatar,” in which native people shoot arrows at the bulldozers of big corporations.

Altamira’s population is expected to reach 300,000 soon, up from only 100,000 not too long ago. The developers call the dam Belo Monte, or “beautiful mountain,” while the dam’s opponents call it Belo Monte de Merde, or “beautiful mountain of shit.” The dam attracts workers, causing the city and its garbage dumps to grow, which in turn attracts black vultures from the jungle.

It will become the biggest construction site in the largest rainforest on earth. The first of 24 turbines is expected to be up and running in 2015. Starting in 2019, the dam will have as much generating capacity as 11 nuclear power plants. To achieve this, 18,000 workers are moving as much earth as was moved to build the Panama Canal. They are creating a reservoir larger than Lake Constance to build the world’s third-largest dam, which is also expected to become a symbol of Brazil’s motto “Ordem e Progresso,” or “Order and Progress.”

It sucks!

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Returns to Commodities Speculation

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Don’t play with food, my mom always said – but specs do.

Many financial institutions and multinational organizations view speculating on food commodities as a dangerous game and a contributor to global hunger. Despite its bruised reputation, is leaping back into the business.

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This is precisely the business that organizations such as Foodwatch and Oxfam, and even United Nations institutions such as the Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), hold partially responsible for hunger in the world.

The fact is that, in recent years, an enormous market has developed for financial products used to speculate on fluctuations in food prices. Critics say that these deals drive up the prices of corn, rice, wheat and other commodities, making food unaffordable for many in the Third World.

Its’ a shame!

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