You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep (or, in the case of politicians, they’re kept by). If that’s true, it’s saying a whole lot of not very nice at all about the right wing loonies currently jockeying for the position of most powerful guy in the world.
It’s enough to make a person want to speak up! Except in Pennsylvania, where talking about fracking is verboten for the state’s docs. Outside of the US, Brazil is holding its polluters accountable, as in nab the dirty sob’s before they slink out of the country.
“Former” CIA agent pens a book claiming that Castro knew about the assassination of JFK. And to round it all out, a steaming pile of bird flu!
What’s stunning about this year’s crop of endorsers of Republican presidential candidates is the torrent of venom, mendacity and absurdity that spills from their mouths and pens — not to mention the fact that most of these endorsements have been warmly received, and none have been rejected. There’s also a peculiar dichotomy of styles represented: They either hail from the priggish, uptight wing of the party that loathes popular culture as coarse and sinful, or they represent that coarse and sex-laden culture. The thing they have in common? Hatred — of somebody who’s not like them.
[AlterNet/Adele M. Stan/18 Mar 2012]
Greenwell Springs Baptist Church pastor Dennis Terry introduced presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins tonight with a rousing speech railing against liberals and non-Christians and condemning abortion rights, “sexual perversion,” same-sex marriage and secular government. Terry said that America “was founded as a Christian nation” and those that disagree with him should “get out! We don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah!” Terry, who has a long history of attacks against the gay community, went on to criticize marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and said that the economy can only recover when we “put God back” in government.
[rightwingwatch/Brian Tashman/18 mar 2012]
A new Pennsylvania law endangers public health by forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The procedure is commonly known as fracking.
…The law is not only “unprecedented,” but will “complicate the ability of health department to collect information that would reveal trends that could help us to protect the public health,” says Dr. Jerome Paulson, director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
[dissidentvoice/Walter Brasch/17 Mar 2012]
Seventeen executives from Chevron and Transocean have been barred from leaving Brazil pending criminal charges related to a high-profile oil spill last November.
A federal judge in Rio de Janeiro state granted a request from prosecutors who are pressing for charges against both firms, a spokesman for prosecutor Eduardo Oliveira said in a phone interview. George Buck, who heads Chevron’s Brazil unit, and the other 16 executives must turn in their passports to the police within 24 hours, the spokesman said.
Charges are expected to be filed on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the prosecutors’ press office.
[Reuters/18 mar 2012]
MIAMI — Retired U.S. CIA analyst Brian Latell’s forthcoming book may cause a fuss, as it asserts Fidel Castro had prior knowledge of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Latell’s book, titled “Castro’s Secrets: The CIA and Cuba’s Intelligence Machine,” is meant to be a study of the intelligence operations of the Communist former president of Cuba.
[UPI/18 Mar 2012]
LIMBURG, Netherlands — Bird flu was detected among turkeys at a farm in the Dutch province of Limburg, officials said.
At midnight Saturday, the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority enforced a transport ban on poultry and eggs within a 1.8-mile radius after the flu was discovered. The region is home to about 25 poultry farms, Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported.
All of the farm’s 42,700 turkeys were slated to be destroyed, officials said.
Last year, there were several bird flu outbreaks across the Netherlands, mostly in Gelderland, Zeeland and Flevoland.
[upi/18 Mar 2012]