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Archive for June 22nd, 2010

Apocalyptic Floods in NE Brazil Kill Dozens, Hundreds Missing

Posted by feww on June 22, 2010

Not Even Halfway through the Year!

Apocalyptic floods, massive  landslides in NE Brazil kill at least 31 people, with hundreds more missing and leave tens of thousands homeless

At least 31 people are dead and more than 1,000 others are missing after 3 days of  heavy rain in north-eastern Brazil triggered deadly floods, and caused massive landslides, reports quoting officials say.

The town of Quebrangulo in the state of Alagoas is almost entirely submerged, forcing tens of thousands of panic-stricken residents to flee to higher ground, as up to 2,000 km of roads are washed away, hampering rescue efforts and delivery of aid.

Images of the Day:

Images are framegrabs from an AP news video posted on Youtube.


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What’s the Point of Having the Supreme Court, If…

Posted by feww on June 22, 2010

… If Its Corporate-Friendly Judges Didn’t Side with Big Business?

US Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Monsanto GM Seed

The US Supreme Court has ruled that Monsanto can sell genetically modified seeds without having to worry about  safety tests.

The ban on Monsanto GM seed was imposed by a lower court which had previously ruled that the sale of the modified alfalfa seeds may NOT proceed until an environmental impact study had been carried out.

Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller has caused an explosion of resistant “superweeds” infesting millions of hectares (acres) of land in the United States.

However, the Supreme Court’s “Magnificent Seven,” that’s 7 of the nine Justices most accommodating to corporate interests than public safety,  decided that the ruling was unconstitutional, and reversed the decision.

Alfalfa is the fourth most valuable crop grown in the U.S., the world’s largest producer of the  grass-like plant used as animal feeds, and the Monsanto modification is meant to make the seed resistant to the company’s own brand of weedkiller—killing two birds, as it were, with one Monsanto stone!

Environmentalists are worried about the real risk of cross-pollination between the Monsanto’s genetically modified plants and crops grown nearby, as well as the danger of polluting the ground water as a result of the overuse of the company’s weedkiller Roundup,  which could also result in rapid growth of resistant “superweeds.”

Monsanto claims its products are no danger [sic]  to the environment and any claims against them are “bad science fiction with no support on the record.”

At least 10 resistant “superweeds”  in more than 22 states are infesting millions of acres, a report said.

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Gulf of Mexico Worth More Dead Than Alive: Oil Industry

Posted by feww on June 22, 2010

A Dead GOM: Major Asset for Oil Industry

Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico Grows Like Malignant Cancer

Oil Cancer Growing in the Gulf of Mexico. Heavier concentrations of the oil spreads as gray tentacles as seen in this photo-like  image acquired by (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on June 19, 2010. “The location of the leaking well is marked with a white dot. North of the well, a spot of black may be smoke” rising from controlled fires. Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (10 MB, JPEG).

Gulf of Mexico: Alive, a Major liability; dead, a valuable asset for the oil industry!

Gulf of Mexico is now a major liability for not just BP, partners in crime and the oil industry at large. However, this situation can be turned around, if the Gulf were to die. It would become a major asset but for the oil industry. It’s worth more to them dead than alive.

What to do?

Instruct  the least ethical lawyers in the country and reverse the moratorium on deep water oil and gas exploration in the Gulf.

Nature Didn’t Train Fish to Thrive, Even Swim in Oil!

Poggy fish lie dead stuck in oil in Bay Jimmy near Port Sulpher, Louisiana June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner. Image may be subject to copyright.  For more images click link below

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