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The Volokh Conspiracy

The Volokh Conspiracy
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Wallwritings Gasland: Dick Cheney Poisons Your Drinking Water Too Just in case you thought Dick Cheney’s culpability for environmental destruction was limited to offshore drilling and the Gulf oil spill, here is Watergate II. Only this time, it’s literally about water, specifically how Dick Cheney and Halliburton poisoned our drinking water. Dick Cheney’s American Water Gasland, a documentary about the hidden dangers of the Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, debuts tonight on HBO. Playwright and now documentarian Josh Fox and his family were offered 100,000 dollars plus royalties in exchange for the right to mine for natural gas on their land on the border of New York and Pennsylvania, on the Upper Delaware River Basin. Fox took his camera and started interviewing other people around the country who had leased their land for natural gas drilling, and the things he learned more than justified his reticence. What no one told Fox is that the U.S. Earthworks reports: “In 1997, the U.S. Oh, Dick.

The Institute for Social Ecology COINTELPRO The Naked Truth -In the Southwest, paid informers infiltrate the church services, Bible classes and support networks of clergy and lay workers giving sanctuary to refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala. -In Alabama, elderly Black people attempting for the first time to exercise their right to vote are interrogated by FBI agents and hauled before federal grand juries hundreds of miles from their homes. -In New England, a former CIA case officer cites examples from his own past work to warn college students of efforts by undercover operatives to misdirect and discredit protests against South African and US racism. -In the San Francisco Bay Area, activists planning anti-nuclear civil disobedience learn that their meetings have been infiltrated by the US Navy. -The FBI puts the same "terrorist" label on opponents of US intervention in El Salvador, but refuses to investigate the possibility of a political conspiracy behind nation-wide bombings of abortion clinics. 1. 2. 3. l. 2. 3. 4.

Unqualified Offerings The Truth Behind the Coming “Regime Change” in Syria After meeting again to decide Syria’s fate, the Arab League again decided to extend its “monitoring mission” in Syria. However, some Arab League nations under U.S. diplomatic control are clamoring for blood. These countries — virtual sock puppets of U.S. foreign policy — want to declare the Arab League monitoring mission “a failure,” so that military intervention — in the form of a no fly zone — can be used for regime change. The United States appears to be using a strategy in Syria that it has perfected over the years, having succeeded most recently in Libya: arming small paramilitary groups loyal to U.S. interests that claim to speak for the native population; these militants then attack the targeted government the U.S. would like to see overthrown —including terrorist bombings — and when the attacked government defends itself, the U.S. cries “genocide” or “mass murder,” while calling for foreign military intervention. “Mr.

Project Syndicate Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space DAVOS – The future of the global economy will depend greatly on whether President Barack Obama launches a comprehensive and coherent set of measures, and on how successfully he carries them out. How the Chinese, Europeans, and other major players respond will be almost as important. If there is good international cooperation, the world economy may start climbing out of a deep hole by the end of 2009. There is no way to reestablish economic equilibrium in one fell swoop. The Dollar The effort to pump the American economy full of money will run into difficulties on two fronts: the exchange rate and interest rates. The trend was temporarily reversed at the end of 2008 when the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to practically zero and embarked on quantitative easing. This should favor the euro as a store of value, but the internal tensions within Europe work in the opposite direction. Interest Rates China China has much to lose. Europe

White Privilege: Race & Gender I don't usually write about race/gender but after today's first hand experience with the very topic I will be discussing/presenting tomorrow, I felt the need to document the event. The issue I will be talking about is colorblindness and describing the opinions gathered from an array of surveys, personal interviews and focus groups from white people of diverse educational and occupational backgrounds. What links all of these people together is their shared notion of colorblindness; the idea we should live in a society where people are treated equally regardless of their skin color, or the belief that we are now in a society where race no longer shapes life chances. Colorblind ideology does not ignore race per se, but it does ignore racial hierarchy and privilege. This utopian idea continues to manifest itself with a certain set of rules. Under this view race is nothing more than a indication of the pigmentation of someone's skin. My experience today demonstrated that very thing.

Pajamas Media » More Government Does Not Equal ‘Reform’ We live in interesting times. The America of 2020 will be radically different than the America of 1920. Just as Europeans attempt to liberalize their markets, we, in the United States, endeavor to (further) socialize ours. The Increase the Size of the Federocracy Plan — a.k.a. the stimulus — imperils our ability to ever get out of debt while cap and tax seeks to punish citizens as a means to atone for environmental variation. Inadvertently, the carbon scheme will enable China to become the world’s dominant economic power and lead to an even greater loss of our nation’s manufacturing base. The latest assault on our institutions and freedoms comes from the Democratic Party’s health care initiative. No matter, the Democrats see another area of our lives to subject to their dreams of domination and have seized the day. Should the weaker elements on his side wobble, President Obama created a new website, “Organizing for Health Care,” to assist politicians in battles with their constituents.

Mumia Abu-Jamal Death Penalty Case Will Not Be Pursued! View Gallery In a stunning reversal, Mumia Abu-Jamal‘s death penalty case will not be pursued by the Philadelphia District Attorney. It seems that the change is due, in part, to Mr. As Reported By The Associated Press: The decision by District Attorney Seth Williams, made with the support of the officer’s widow and the city police commissioner, comes after nearly 30 years of legal battles over the racially charged case.Abu-Jamal was convicted of fatally shooting Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981.

Joe Bageant: Confessions of a lazy dumpster diver Hi Joe, I have only recently discovered your site and I wonder why it took two years of being connected to discover such wisdom and truth. I found you by linking to links that linked to links. I know that younger people call it surfing, but I think of it as panning for gold in a polluted river. Dip after dip into the Internet river, one finds the remains of a once towering mountain of freedom ground into pebbles and dirt under the relentless march of the glaciers of corpo-government. But back to my original bad analogy, imagine my surprise when I dipped into the river and found the gleaming gold nugget of your insight among the familiar clumps of waste. Not that I received a stimulus check. One other group that didn't get to play the Spend It for America game this time were those living (I use the term very loosely) on SSI. Not that I receive SSI. The bad news is that some people don't care for my idle lifestyle. I do more than just read. Jesus H. With admiration, Fred Fred, Joe - Boston, MA news, breaking news, sports, video Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind! Capitalism's New Era | Truthout 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Making GOP Nervous By Mike Glover The Associated Press Thursday 22 July 2004 Des Moines, Iowa - Republicans initially dismissed "Fahrenheit 9/11" as a cinematic screed that would play mostly to inveterate Bush bashers. Four weeks and $94 million later, the film is still pulling in moviegoers at 2,000 theaters around the country, making Republicans nervous as it settles into the American mainstream. "I'm not sure if it moves voters," GOP consultant Scott Reed said, "but if it moves 3 or 4 percent it's been a success." Two senior Republicans closely tied to the White House said the movie from director Michael Moore is seen as a political headache because it has reached beyond the Democratic base. "If you are a naive, uncommitted voter and wander into a theater, you aren't going to come away with a good impression of the president," Republican operative Joe Gaylord said. "You want to respect the president," Sheesley said. "I don't consider myself a Republican or a Democrat.