Monday, July 12, 2010

July 12 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Why I'm Not 'Stimulated' - Those 'Shovel Ready Jobs' Didn't Have Any 'Shovels'

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 12 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Why I'm Not 'Stimulated' - Those 'Shovel Ready Jobs' Didn't Have Any 'Shovels' And The State/Local Governments Are Responsible

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(A note from Razer on the commentary... The town I live in, Santa Cruz California, used their stimulus money to repave their downtown shopping district's street... of which, only 20% needed re-paving. However, it DID keep a small number of highly paid construction union employees who work for a locally based INTERNATIONAL construction company (Granite Construction) on the payroll for just a while longer)

The "Gusher In The Gulf" is gushing again as BP attempts to install a new cap... Unfortunately reports say the pipe itself has fractured below the surface of the sea bed and there are numerous 'smaller' leaks.

An aside from Razer: Last week Razer mentioned British Petroleum's search for deep-pocketed stakeholders as their corporate bottom line slowly sinks in the petro-muck of the Deepwater Horizon disaster's international legal implications.

Firedoglake quotes the New York Times on the distinct possibility that BP will go bankrupt
, and in Razer's opinion, for the most part, unaccountable for the long term effects of the disaster they created (but NEVER FORGET, that disaster happened, in part, because of the end consumer's own hypocrisy)
Big Petroleum - We Care[NYT] With pockets as deep as BP’s — its assets are worth more than $260 billion — the possibility that it might be forced to seek bankruptcy protection because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is considered remote by many industry experts.

But what if the company’s plan to contain the spill in the next several days does not work, and other efforts to stop the gushing oil also fail?

If that were to occur, the worst-case projections of some experts, if they came to pass, would strain the ability of any company to pay, said Robin K. Craig, associate dean for environmental programs at the Florida State University College of Law.

Professor Craig said that if the oil hit the Gulf Stream and was carried by currents to East Coast states, Cuba and other Caribbean nations, and possibly even Britain, lawsuits could quickly mount to levels even BP could not handle.

“My bet is that BP will finally go bankrupt from the tort liability and the environmental liability,” she said. “Hypothetically, a bluefin tuna farmer in the Mediterranean could end up with a claim against BP.” [In Full]

Afghanistan... we lost six troops in individual incidents over the weekend. That's an indication the Talib and allies are bringing the battle to us. There is significant discussion now about whether we can win the war at all, even as the funding for the war is stalled in congress with three weeks left before summer recess and a number of contentious issues to hammer out. More.

Roman Polanski, convicted of having sex with a 13 year old groupie (now 46) has been freed after Switzerland refuses to extradite him.

Short clips: Libya is sending an aid ship to Gaza... and Fidel Castro, apparently recovering nicely from an unspecified illness is going to be on a live TV talk show in Havana Cuba today.

In Other News

Firedoglake with an interesting note on American Politics:
"The Wall" (or some reasons why Americans can't seem to change their political system)

The election of Barack Obama in 2008 seemed to many of us to herald a new era. But it has only served as proof of something many of us have written about for years: our political practices — the absolutely corrupting influence of money, the dependency upon an out-of-touch political elite, barriers to voting and political participation — are structurally biased against progressive achievement. More @ Firedoglake

In relation to American immigration policy (and in light of Arizona's illegal immigration law), the Cabale News Service post from January 26 2010 has been updated with a new map from showing emergency beacons, watering stations, and migrant death locations (1138 0f them) from 2000-2007:

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For an exhaustive talk on exactly WHY the South is moving North, watch this video featuring Noam Chomsky speaking at Brown University about the racist immigration law in Arizona and a history of the economics of U.S. immigration policy. (Note that this video is 49 minutes long. Use the pop-out player for convenience.)

Noam Chomsky On U.S. Immigration Policy

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A little more about the concern showed for life on earth and the environment by the energy industry worldwide... In this case, Canada:
Syncrude Guilty in Duck Deaths

25 June 2010

Syncrude was convicted today of provincial and federal charges for the deaths of 1,600 ducks that got sucked into the slime in the company's tar sands tailing pond in April 2008.

The company is now liable to fines of up to $800,000 and company officers face jail time, but a date for sentencing has yet to be set and no one believes that either level of government will throw the book at Canadian oil executives.

Syncrude had argued that it was operating its toxic waste dump with provincial and federal permits and that any conviction would render a continuation of the tar sands industry impossible. The judge wasn't buying. He noted that Syncrude has crews dedicated to deterring birds from landing in its oily sludge, but observed that the crews only work Monday to Thursday.

Apparently, the judge took as unreasonable Syncrude's apparent optimism that migratory birds would take the weekend off. [In Full]

Finally... A historic example of how much the US government is concerned with the health and well-being of it's citizens... 1962 edition, from NPR:
Atomic Rainbow Over HonoluluBack in the summer of 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb in outer space, some 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean. It was a weapons test, but one that created a man-made light show that has never been equaled — and hopefully never will. Here it is... [In Full]


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