Study on effect of all human intervention on water supplies finds water security and biodiversity severely damaged
by Adam Vaughan
September 29, 2010 / The Guardian/UK
Nearly 80% of the world's rivers are so badly affected by humanity's footprint that the water security of almost 5 billion people, and the survival of thousands of aquatic species, are threatened, scientists warned today.
The global study put together by institutions across the globe is the… Continue
Rational risk management successively involves (a) getting the facts, (b) scientific analysis (the critical testing of potentially falsifiable hypotheses) and (c) systemic change. However Spaceship Earth is dominated by a violent and irrational US Establishment that secures hegemony through (1) lies and propaganda, (2) anti-science spin (use of asserted “facts” to support a partisan position) and (3) blame and shame, with the typical… Continue
Here's a fact that even drug policy reform advocates can acknowledge: California's 2010 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana does, indeed, pose a real threat, as conservative culture warriors insist. But not to public health, as those conservatives claim.
According to most physicians, pot is less toxic -- and has more medicinal applications -- than a legal and more pervasive drug like alcohol. Whereas alcohol causes… Continue
The following update was just sent out by Jefferson County Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions:
Following the intervention of the Israeli Consulate and a national lobbying group, the Port Townsend Food Coop Board of Directors decided to reject a proposal to boycott Israeli products on Tuesday night.
A similar proposal had been passed at the Olympia Food Co-op on July 16, the first of its kind to pass in the country. “This… Continue
A small group of faculty members convinced Le Moyne College officials to permit Norman Finkelstein to lecture at their school, despite an organized campaign to persuade Le Moyne to cancel the event. The week before Finkelstein was scheduled to appear, a number of local Rabbis, a high ranking member of the New York State Catholic hierarchy, and other prominent community members contacted the school to request that the event be called… Continue
Four years ago the leveroni winery in Sonoma Valley, California halted an ambitious hospital board, who wanted to build an expensive new hospital as well as exercise Eminent Domain on their property, by enlisting engaged community members, including myself, who proved that bottom up change can indeed happen.
Every time I drive by the vast pristine Leveroni pasture on 5th Street West, I smile to myself ~ for if a small group of… Continue
The Israeli Knesset is debating a bill proposed by David Rotem of the extreme right Yisrael Beiteinu party that would require all Israeli citizens to swear loyalty to Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state." This bill is targeted at increasing pressure on the twenty percent of Israelis who are Palestinian citizens while forcing the ultra Orthodox Jewish minority who reject the legitimacy of any state not based on Jewish… Continue
WASHINGTON - The withering recession pushed the number of Americans who are living in poverty to a 51-year high in 2009 and left a record 50.7 million people without health insurance last year, the Census Bureau announced Thursday.
The 43.6 million Americans who were poor in 2009 - up from 39.8 million the year before - was the most since poverty estimates were first published in 1959. The national poverty… Continue
Sometimes a story is so troubling that it takes some time to digest, and the ruling delivered last Wednesday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (PDF), in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of five men subjected to “extraordinary rendition” and torture, is one such story. The men — Binyam Mohamed, Ahmed Agiza, Abou Elkassim Britel, Mohamed Farag Ahmad Bashmilah and Bisher al-Rawi — claim, with some justification, and with copious… Continue
Ellsberg, CIA Analyst, Army Colonel and US Diplomat Kick Off US Campaign to Free Manning in Oakland on Sept. 16
Michael Moore to Broadcast Event Live
Nationwide - September 14 - Daniel Ellsberg helped end the war in Vietnam when he leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1970. Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged “whistleblower” accused of releasing documents and combat video showing the gunning down of Iraqi civilians and Reuters journalists to Wikileaks. Manning was not born… Continue
There came a moment for Jonathan Briley, as he clung to those windows high above the streets of New York, with the unbearable heat and smoke drawing near ~ that he chose to jump, versus burn to death or suffocate , and in moment of complete surrender he became a graceful sacred angel returning to source . His image captured by Richard Drew continues to shock and demand justice for those who perpetrated or allowed this crime : Allen L Roland
WASHINGTON - September 9 - Protests in Europe against austerity measures are expected throughout September.
Hill (who travels to Europe on Monday for an extensive speaking tour and research trip) is author of the new book "Europe's Promise: Why The European Way Is The Best Hope In An Insecure Age" (http://www.EuropesPromise.org). In observing the rash of labor actions in Europe, he said today: "Many have an attitude of 'Oh,… Continue
Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret "kill team" that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.
Andrew Holmes, Michael Wagnon, Jeremy Morlock and Adam Winfield are four of the five Stryker soldiers who face murder charges. (Photograph: Public Domain)Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for… Continue
just the past week, a friend lost his cellphone, and another was robbed. One fell asleep in the bathtub, and another visited her old elementary school. A number had interesting fare for dinner. Some liked the weather, others lamented it. One notable presence in particular diligently posted her whereabouts at all times. Pretty typical stuff actually, and almost none of it interesting in the least.This isn't the Information Age - it's… Continue
More than 150 American actors, writers, directors and other artists signed a letter of support for the Israeli actors who declared they would not perform in the West Bank.
The American signatories include Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda on "Sex and the City"; Mandy Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya in "The Princess Bride"; and character actor and writer Wallace Shawn, who played the principal in "Clueless." . .… Continue
Monday is Labor Day. Today the unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent. The U6 rate, which includes those accepting part-time work instead of full-time work and those who have stopped looking for work, rose to 16.7 percent.
SARAH ANDERSON, via Tamar Abrams, email@example.comAnderson is global economy project director at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of the just-released report "Executive Excess 2010: CEO Pay and the Great Recession… Continue