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WS – The invisible killer. I’m talking media and US government blackout of this in the name of global corporatism.
In her book titled “No Immediate Danger: Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth,” nuclear power/environmental health expert Rosalie Bertell (1929 – 2012) said:
“Should the public discover the true health cost(s) of nuclear pollution, a cry would rise from all parts of the world and people would refuse to cooperate passively with their own death.”
In her article titled “Radioactivity: No Immediate Danger,” she coined a new word. “Omnicide” describes the ultimate human rejection of life. It’s “difficult to comprehend,” but it’s happening, she said.
She called industrial radioactive pollution “cumulatively greater than Chernobyl. We are now in a no-win situation with radioactive materials, where (it’s) acceptable to have cancer deaths, deformed children and miscarriages.”
Industry propaganda falsely claims nuclear power is clean and green. The nuclear fuel cycle discharges significant amounts of greenhouse gases.
It’s also responsible for hundreds of thousands of curies of deadly radioactive gases and elements in the environment annually.
“Claiming nuclear production of energy is ‘clean,’ ” said Bertell, “is like dieting but stuffing yourself with food between meals.”
Separately, she said:
“There is no such thing as a radiation exposure that will not do damage. There is a hundred per cent possibility that there will be damage to cells. The next question is: which damage do you care about?”
All toxic hazards are serious, she explained. Nuclear radiation is worst of all. It threatens all human life. “Our present path is headed toward species death – whether fast with nuclear war or technological disaster, or slow, by poison.” More…
Today is “Kiss-Your-Mate Day” – It’s a Navy thing.
WS – The largest industry that politicians invest “their” money in is healthcare. Just say’in.
More than 100 cancer specialists issued a statement April 25 condemning the high price of cancer medications, which now can exceed $100,000 a year. “Advocating for lower drug prices is a necessity to save the lives of patients,” they wrote in Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology.
The researchers, from 15 countries, focused on the case of Gleevec, a very effective medication used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia. When Gleevec was first introduced in 2001, it was priced at a hefty $30,000 a year. Before Gleevec, the 10-year survival rate for CML was about 20 percent. While the 10-year survival rate has improved to 90 percent, Gleevec now costs over $92,000 a year.
According the commentary, only a minority of those with CML worldwide (as many as 1.5 million people) are receiving Gleevec or another one of the new, more-effective drugs. In developing countries, many doctors advocate for risky bone marrow transplants rather than drug treatment because the one-time transplant is more affordable than long-term medication. More…
WS – No… You cannot “blame Bush” for this. The “left” owns this one. Obama was re elected by Americans who knew he’s continuing the crimes against humanity.
A political analyst tells Press TV that the appalling conditions of the detainees at the US’s prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are only the tip of an iceberg, given Washington’s flagrant violation of human rights across the world.
“It [Guantanamo] is the tip of the iceberg because America runs so many other prisons around the world in various countries,” Stephen Lendman, a renowned author and Research Associate of the Center for Research on Globalization, said in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Saturday.
He added that Guantanamo is “America’s ugly public face.”
Lendman also criticized US President Barack Obama for failing to deliver on his pledge to close the prison.
The analyst noted that over half of the Guantanamo detainees have been cleared for release but the United States is not releasing them for reasons that “simply do not hold water.”
“These men have literally given up hope. They are willing to starve themselves to death. It’s a better fate than staying in Guantanamo forever,” Lendman commented. More…
North America’s largest powwow kicks off in New Mexico
Hundreds of Native American and indigenous dancers have gathered in Albuquerque in the US state of New Mexico to celebrate the 30th annual Gathering of Nations.
Over 1,500 competitive dancers and thousands of spectators from across the United States, parts of Canada and Mexico participated in North America’s largest powwow at the University of New Mexico Arena on Friday.
“It just brings the people together, just to reassure that we all need to stick together for the purpose and for the cause, that we can’t forget who we are,” said Larry Yazzie, one of the powwow’s masters of ceremonies.
Some participants said that the three-day ceremony gives them the opportunity to refresh their interest in culture. More…
WS – Right along with the health of thousands of people who live there.
BATON ROUGE – The day after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig – April 21, 2010 – Linda Hooper-Bui, an LSU AgCenter entomologist, had a graduate student sampling insect populations in the marshes of southeast Louisiana.
Hooper-Bui and her research assistants continued to sample the marshes using sweep nets and marsh grass cuttings throughout April and May of 2010.
The samples of healthy populations provided a benchmark she would use as she watched the number of insects living in the oiled marshes decline drastically.
“Where there were once chirps, snaps and buzzing, there is now silence in oiled areas,” she said.
Three years after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, Hooper-Bui suspects volatile aromatic compounds found in oil – naphthalene and methylnaphthalene – could be part of the reason insect populations are not rebounding.
The scientist first noted the decline in September of 2010, five months after the spill.
“We thought it would be certain groups of insects that would be reduced, but it was really dramatic,” she said. “We would sweep, and there would be barely anything in the net in the oiled areas.” More…
Pussy Riot member denied early release from prison
WS – FREE BRADLY MANNING!
Judge says Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has ‘not always followed the rules of behaviour’
Russian court has rejected a plea for early release from prison by a member of the punk band Pussy Riot, whose provocative songs and prosecution have made them a symbol of the country’s opposition movement.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has been in custody since her arrest last March, is serving a two-year sentence handed down after the band staged a protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral.
Judge Lidiya Yakovleva said evidence showed that Tolokonnikova did not deserve early release because she had “not always followed the rules of behaviour” while in custody.
Tolokonnikova’s lawyer Irina Khrunova was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying she would appeal on the grounds that the judge did not allow final statements by the defence team. More…
A predawn police raid that removed Occupy Buffalo from Niagara Square last year has led to a lawsuit accusing the city of using excessive force during the operation.
The local Occupy organization claims the city violated members’ civil liberties by using bulldozers and heavy equipment to remove the tents, tables, chairs and other personal items at its encampment in front of City Hall.
The group’s suit, filed in Buffalo federal court, is seeking a court-ordered judgment that the city violated people’s rights, as well as $15,000 in damages.
“This isn’t about money,” said Daire Brian Irwin, a lawyer for Occupy Buffalo. “We’re totally convinced that this was part of a national coordinated effort to discredit and destroy Occupy.”
Occupy Buffalo, like many Occupy organizations across the country, was formed around the “We are the 99 percent” message and the belief that economic inequality and corporate greed are ruining the country.
The local suit, one of many filed by Occupy groups across the country, is part of a larger campaign designed to prove that Occupy was targeted for elimination. More…
WS - Hypocrites make me sick. So do their corporate masters, literally.
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.
A source close to the talks says: “Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”
Yet if Capitol Hill leaders move forward with the plan, they risk being dubbed hypocrites by their political rivals and the American public. By removing themselves from a key Obamacare component, lawmakers and aides would be held to a different standard than the people who put them in office. More…
Kurdish men dress in drag to support gender equality
WS – Ya gotta love these guys! What a truly wonderful story.
On April 15, Iranian police paraded Saman Rasoulpour, a man found guilty in a domestic dispute, through the northwestern city of Marivan dressed in traditional Kurdish women’s clothing.
That walk was his punishment.
That’s upset women and men alike who’ve been offended by the heavy implication that a man made feminine should be ashamed of himself.
In the days that have followed, protesters have taken to the streets and to the internet tovoice their contempt for the outmoded concept behind the punishment.
Local feminist organization Marivan Women’s Community was among those who responded. They led a march of more than one hundred women in a civil resistance campaign for gender equality.