http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/04/gulf_oil_spill_hidden_2004.html One of thousands of daily environmental catastrophes that the public over the last few decades has got used to and accepted as the new normal.
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/for_buddhist_leader_religion_and_the_environment_are_one/2866/ Everything seems right in this text, and yet, the interviewer is from Yale University and the interviewee is a Buddhist aristocrat. Be aware of their limited imaginations.
http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2015/0315maine.html In short: environmental sustainability is not greatly desired, short term profitability is. No need to fight global warming, building greenhouses and using GM-crops will do the trick. And, of course, less regulations (what would one expect in the “land of the free”?).
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/22/us/pacific-ocean-blob/ For CNN, warming sea waters are “still a mystery.”
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/04/23/living-soil-lies-solution-climate-change Nothing new, but it is good to be reminded about the fundamental wisdom of the elders — and the fundamental folly of Western technophilia.
http://www.bidmc.org/News/In-Medicine/2015/April/WilkerStroke.aspx Air pollution makes you dump too.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/30/one-in-six-of-worlds-species-faces-extinction-due-to-climate-change-study As long as we do not belong to the 17 percent which face extinction — full speed ahead, caution and empathy are for losers.
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30449-experts-warn-of-cataclysmic-changes-as-planetary-temperatures-rise# Another apocalyptic climate change warning, side by side with and overshadowed by reviews of the new Apple Watch. Yawn.
http://robertreich.org/post/116924386855 Brave new world of US super productive super capitalism, with its “flexible labor market” being the envy of business leaders and policy makers the world over (shining light on the hill for elites everywhere).
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/04/27/insanity-grips-western-world-paul-craig-roberts/ US dissidents become more outspoken, but they are ignored and not even ridiculed anymore.
Imperial conquest news:
http://slavyangrad.org/2015/04/18/statement-by-elena-bondarenko-peoples-deputy-of-verkhovna-rada-of-ukraine/ Western style democracy.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-blocks-10000-websites-confiscates-a-newspaper/5442084 It will take a little time, till Ukrainian journalists lear, what “free speech” really means.
http://slavyangrad.org/2015/04/17/murder-of-oles-buzina-an-act-of-intimidation-by-nato/ Western human rights standards.
http://slavyangrad.org/2015/04/17/extracts-from-buzinas-last-interview-my-position-is-inconvenient-to-the-current-government/ Last words of a brave man.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-may-2nd-odessa-massacre-why-obamas-coup-regime-still-runs-ukraine/5446593 Must read.
http://thesaker.is/what-does-putin-want-a-major-analysis-by-rostislav-ishchenko-must-read/ I only partly agree with this analysis but the author makes a few important points: Peace and compromise are no options for the USA, because the US-system is characterized by internal contradictions as well as an inefficient use of resources, meaning that without continuous expansion and the pillaging of newly conquered territory the system would collapse. To extend the life of the empire for a few more years a complete victory against Russia is needed. Russia on the other hand cannot evade a confrontation and retreat, regroup, and wait for the collapse of the US -empire, because while Western elites, shielded by subservient media and tightly controlled state institutions, can disregard public opinion and do whatever they want, in Russia public opinion matters (Ishchenko calls it aptly an “authoritative, rather than authoritarian” system), and therefore nationalist fervor and pride influence all strategic decisions. The Ukrainians are only pawns in this tragic game, their future is decided in Washington and Moscow.
http://www.bne.eu/content/story/ukraines-economy-bad-worse What else will it take for the Ukrainian public to wake up from the dream of a splendid Western consumer existence?
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175988/tomgram%3A_andrew_cockburn%2C_how_assassination_sold_drugs_and_promoted_terrorism Murder is merely the continuation of policy by other means (not Clausewitz, but Obama).
http://rt.com/op-edge/253481-al-qaeda-syria-takeover-assad/ Bad news indeed. Will Syria follow Libya?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/assads-regime-at-increasing-risk-amid-a-surge-of-rebel-advances/2015/04/26/c2742e22-ec32-11e4-8050-839e9234b303_story.html One cannot simply dismiss this as a Western propaganda piece, because the recent victories of Jabhat al-Nusra and allied Islamic terrorist groups against the Syrian army are undeniable. Will Al-Qaeda do the trick where Islamic State and the FSA failed? And no Western media channel, no government, and no international organization finds it objectionable, that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and Israel openly support terror organizations.
https://consortiumnews.com/2015/04/29/the-day-after-damascus-falls/ A useful compilation and comparison of US destabilization (= regime change) efforts, but the analysis has one week point: It assumes, that chaos is not the outright and deliberate aim of US policy. Beside that: Would Syria under IS or Jabhat al-Nusra really be much worse than Saudi Arabia, which is after all a reliable US-ally?
https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/02/climbing-into-bed-with-al-qaeda/ Most articles written by the few US media workers, which still deserve to be called journalists, are, while well intended, nevertheless apologetical. They are based on the wrong premise that US leaders act in good faith and carnage and mayhem are not the desired outcome. The movers and shakers in Washington are not naive, they know exactly what they are doing. Just look at the balance sheets of Boing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, L-3, and others. These US leaders know how to get the business going and keep the money flowing.
http://aranews.net/2015/05/isis-militants-execute-600-yezidis-northern-iraq/ Don’t forget: IS = US.
http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2015/04/httpnews786inarticlephpidmtu4ote3d.html Saudi Arabia paper tiger?
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/defence-contractor-run-by-colonel-tim-collins-obe-under-investigation-for-fraud-in-afghanistan-10208271.html War profiteers.
Everything else news:
http://petras.lahaine.org/?p=2032 Argentine in the crosshairs
http://www.mintpressnews.com/land-seizures-speeding-up-leaving-africans-homeless-and-landless/204152/ Neocolonialism by corruption. Foreign companies are bribing the countries political elite to acquire land. Every man has his price. This is how the world works — even in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417679/malice-toward-nun-nina-shea Has the USA an issue with Catholic nuns?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/un-aid-worker-suspended-leaking-report-child-abuse-french-troops-car? French peacekeepers teaching Western values to the indigenous population of a former colony.
Thats it, because time is in short supply. Greetings to all my friends and apologies for the unanswered emails. Slugs, snails, weeds keep me busy. The cats are fine, enjoying spring (like we all should do) and waiting for the momentarily downpouring rain to stop.