Friday, October 14, 2011

via JMG: Rights Groups Jointly Demand That Canada Arrest George W. Bush For War Crimes


Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have issued to a joint call for Canadian authorities to arrest former president George W. Bush on war crimes charges. Duyba is scheduled to visit a British Colombia economic summit next week.
There is overwhelming evidence that Bush and other senior administration officials authorized and implemented a regime of torture and ill-treatment of hundreds of detainees in US custody,including at least two Canadian citizens. Under the Convention against Torture, Canada is obligated to prosecute individuals suspected of committing torture found in its territory if other countries have failed to do so. The Obama administration has failed to investigate allegations of involvement in torture by Bush or other senior administration officials, and none are expected.
The Vancouver Sun reports that Canada plans to ignore the demands.
"Amnesty International cherrypicks cases to publicize based on ideology. This kind of stunt helps explain why so many respected human rights advocates have abandoned Amnesty International," Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said. Kenney noted in an email that in the past, Amnesty had not asked for Canada to bar former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, even though the rights organization itself said he had presided over "arbitrary arrests, detention, and criminal prosecution."

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

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World Net Daily continues their assault on Mormonism today by promoting a book that mocks Mitt Romney for his faith.
"Mormonism teaches we pre-existed on God the Father's planet as spirit children before we were planted in our mother's wombs," Erickson told WND. "And the reason why we're here according to Mormonism, is so that we can work out our own progression to godhood and our own planets themselves." The author, who herself was married in a Mormon temple at age 19 but now considers herself a non-denominational Christian, says there's a secret agenda Mormon officials don't like to talk about publicly.

"A complete takeover of the government," she said. "They have more people in the CIA, the FBI. They have an employment office for Mormons in D.C. to be able to infiltrate them into the government." "They've been trying since the beginning to get someone in the presidency, because they believe they have to establish their authority so when Jesus comes to Earth, the Mormon Church will take control of the government and the Mormons will be the government of God on Earth," she continued.

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Via JMG: Herman Cain Leads New NBC Poll


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Via Climate Progress: Al Gore: “Count Me Among Those Supporting and Cheering on the Occupy Wall Street Movement”

Former Vice President Al Gore in his home office in Nashville, TN. (Time magazine) 


The Nobel-Prize winning former Vice President writes on his blog:
From the economy to the climate crisis our leaders have pursued solutions that are not solving our problems, instead they propose policies that accomplish little. With democracy in crisis a true grassroots movement pointing out the flaws in our system is the first step in the right direction. Count me among those supporting and cheering on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
You can support the protests by clicking here.
Here’s more from his post:

For the past several weeks I have watched and read news about the Occupy Wall Street protests with both interest and admiration. I thought The New York Times hit the nail on the head in an editorial Sunday:
“The message — and the solutions — should be obvious to anyone who has been paying attention since the economy went into a recession that continues to sock the middle class while the rich have recovered and prospered. The problem is that no one in Washington has been listening.”
“At this point, protest is the message: income inequality is grinding down that middle class, increasing the ranks of the poor, and threatening to create a permanent underclass of able, willing but jobless people. On one level, the protesters, most of them young, are giving voice to a generation of lost opportunity.”
Precisely.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Occupy Wall Street as a fight for "real democracy"

Via CNN: Occupy Wall Street as a fight for "real democracy"

Editor's Note: Michael Hardt is Professor of Literature at Duke University. Antonio Negri is former Professor of Political Science at the University of Padua and the University of Paris 8. They are the authors of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth.

By Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Foreign Affairs

Demonstrations under the banner of Occupy Wall Street resonate with so many people not only because they give voice to a widespread sense of economic injustice but also, and perhaps more important, because they express political grievances and aspirations.

As protests have spread from Lower Manhattan to cities and towns across the country, they have made clear that indignation against corporate greed and economic inequality is real and deep. But at least equally important is the protest against the lack - or failure - of political representation.

It is not so much a question of whether this or that politician, or this or that party, is ineffective or corrupt (although that, too, is true) but whether the representational political system more generally is inadequate. This protest movement could, and perhaps must, transform into a genuine, democratic constituent process.


The political face of the Occupy Wall Street protests comes into view when we situate it alongside the other "encampments" of the past year. Together, they form an emerging cycle of struggles. In many cases, the lines of influence are explicit. Occupy Wall Street takes inspiration from the encampments of central squares in Spain, which began on May 15 and followed the occupation of Cairo's Tahrir Square earlier last spring.

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Via ClimateProgress: Record Heat Causes Peanut Butter Prices to Skyrocket: “I Don’t Remember A Year” We Had “So Little Moisture”




The drought conditions should sure that have plagued farmers this growing season have taken a toll on the area’s peanut crop. Withered blooms, burned pods and few undeveloped peanuts define this year’s peanut crop for many area farmers.” (Photo/Jaine Treadwell)
First, we heard that climate change could decimate the chocolate industry. Now it’s peanut butter. Sending lovers of Reese’s Pieces into a panic, the recent spell of record-setting heat has caused “startling price increases,” according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal:
Wholesale prices for big-selling Jif are going up 30 percent starting in November, while Peter Pan will raise prices as much as 24 percent in a couple of weeks. Unilever would not comment on its pricing plans, but a spokesman for Wegmans Food Markets said wholesale prices for all brands it carries, including Skippy, are 30 percent to 35 percent higher than a year ago.
Kraft Foods Inc., which launched Planters peanut butter in June, is raising prices 40 percent on Oct. 31, a spokeswoman said.
The US Department of Agriculture estimates the current spot price for a ton of unprocessed Runner peanuts, commonly used in peanut butter, at about $1,150 a ton, which is up from about $450 a year ago. A pound of shelled peanuts, meanwhile, would fetch $1.20 currently, one broker said, up from 52 cents a year ago.
Chalk up peanut butter as yet another potential causality of climate change. With heat waves getting worse, and the historic Texas drought expected to last well into the decade, the quality of the peanut crop may continue to get worse:

Scorching heat, especially in Texas, singed many peanut plants as they developed, leaving more peanuts destined to be processed into oil, rather than the edible quality that is shelled and turned into peanut butter. Only 38 percent of the US peanut crop was rated good or excellent last month, down from about 60 percent a year ago.
As with any crop, the challenges facing peanut farmers begin and end with the weather. In Georgia, the leading US peanut producing state, the planting season was the driest in memory for John Harrell, 56, a sixth-generation peanut farmer.
“I don’t remember a year that you didn’t catch a shower or had so little moisture in the ground to get the seed up,” said Harrell.
The dismal peanut yields this mean consumers will soon be paying more for peanut butter products at the supermarket — adding to the list of gastro-delights like French wine, Italian pasta and German beer that are threatened by a changing climate.
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Via The Raw Story: Get a quick primer on the lies, and pass it on.

 
The President’s Jobs Bill doesn’t have a chance in Congress — and the Occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere can’t become a national movement for a more equitable society – unless more Americans know the truth about the economy.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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Via JMG: Ben & Jerry's Supports OWS


Those dirty hippies at Ben & Jerry's are expressing solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Our tipster wonders what the sure to be coming new flavor might be called.


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Via Climate Progress: Global Food Prices Expected to Climb, Get More Volatile




Food prices are stuck near levels not seen since the late 1970s.  And the United Nations expects that trend to worsen well into the future.

Those are the findings of a joint report of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2011” issued yesterday.

The report warns of continued food instability due to fossil energy constraints, climate change, local land pressures, and water availability:
There are also compelling arguments suggesting that, in addition to being higher, food commodity prices will also be more volatile in the future. If the frequency of extreme weather events increases, production shocks will be more frequent, which will tend to make prices more volatile. Furthermore, biofuel policies have created new linkages between the price of oil and the price of food commodities. When oil prices increase, demand for biofuels will increase, thus raising food prices, with the opposite happening when oil prices decrease. Because world oil prices have historically been more volatile.
These are all factors Climate Progress has been warning about for years (see links below).

Most of those impacts will be felt by smaller, import-dependent countries in Africa, according to the UN. Many of those countries have been hit particularly hard by a combination of rising prices and severe drought in the region exacerbated by a warming climate. In East Africa alone, more than 12 million people are facing inadequate food supplies, says Oxfam.

The chart below from the UN report illustrates how difficult the recovery has been for African countries compared with other regions:




Aside from extreme weather, one of the biggest problems in developing countries is the amount of food lost due to poor harvesting, transporting and storage practices. In a report released this summer, the UN Food and Agriculture estimated that yearly food losses in the production chain could feed more than 48 million people.

Finally, the threat of even higher price spikes driven in part by ever-worsening extreme weather caused by climate change is especially worrisome for the world’s poor, as they spend such a large fraction of their income on food:



Rich nations have a moral obligation not to let their energy and climate policies drive tens of millions more people into hunger and malnutrition.

NOTE ON TOP FIGURE:  “FAO Food Price Index, adjusted for inflation, 1961–2010, calculated using international prices for cereals, oilseeds, meats, and dairy and sugar products. The official FAO Food Price Index has been calculated since only 1990; in this figure it has been extended back to 1961 using proxy price information.”

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

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How the rich got around before cars... we'll let you guess as to why there were no wheels on these thignamajigs.

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