Petri dish art by Klari Reis [Love the pale greens Klari uses. See her site for lots more!]
Fukushima: where have the birds gone? Catastrophobic that I am, I watch the Fukushima webcam all day long because when that reactor #4 goes sky-high, I want to be the first dude on the west coast to start heading east. It is a gloomy, spooky place, even on sunny days, and a part of the reason for that is there are no birds. Like ever. It sits directly on the coast, but there are no gulls. And so this report caught my eye: the number of sooty shearwaters migrating from the Fukushima area back to New Zealand last summer are down by a third, and those that did migrate were “in poor shape.” 33% decrease is huge. An here is what a radioactive Japanese bush warbler looks like when you use it to expose photographic film. In Tokyo mutated dandelions are sprouting by the thousands. Meanwhile, in the city of Minamisoma, near the Diaichi reactor, people are finding a black ooze that is so hot, it must be handled only by government personnel.
Please: boycott Caterpillar, Motorolla, H-P. Here’s why: Here is the text of the proposal to divest from companies supporting Israeli apartheid now under consideration by the Methodists’ General Conference in Tampa. If you are interested in BDS, this article is very well written and the text and reasoning of the proposal seem to me to be impeccable. Do your part to end the Israeli destruction of Palestine — boycott these companies.
Sottish Trade Union Congress representing .5 million workers votes unanimously to support Palestine. More bad news for the Israeli apartheid-machine. When you piss off the Scotts, it ain’t good. One of the main issues here is the Jewish National Fund which is a racist organization that grabs land in Israel and then sells it or leases it only to Jews. The JNF has branches in countries all over the world, sucking in money for Israel like a vacuum cleaner. The JNF in the UK has all sorts of allegations of fraud and various Jewish groups claiming to be JNF are fighting among themselves. The UK is sick of them all.
Where is America? Is America Washington, D.C.? Or is it the cities, towns, villages, and homes? I cannot ever remember the towns and states facing off against a president like this but state and local governments are taking on Obama and Congress over indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act. The Virginia General Assembly, for instance, has just passed a bill prohibiting the Virginia state government or its local governments of cooperating with the kidnapping provisions of Obama’s NDAA.
Obama’s flying robots slaughter 2800 civilians While Karzi fumes and mutters about the US drone attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in the “Salala incident” recently, no seems to take issue with the mounting civilian death toll caused by Obama’s flying robots. What’s the thing here? Innocent civilians are just “collateral damage” while military troops are an asset? Is that what’s going on? Here is some video of the results of the Salala incident, in case you missed it.
Why science is failing us. People often ask me why I left science after working so hard for 7 years to get a PhD in neuropharmacology. One of the reasons is that it’s a rigged, dishonest game and as long as I’m going to have to compete with crooks, I’d rather be a lawyer; at least then I know the type of people I’m dealing with. Here is a recent NYT article that makes my point very clearly: there are a lot of crooked scientists and the system encourages dishonesty in order to survive.
Ridenhour Awards If you have never heard of the Ridenhour awards, you need to take notice. These awards go to courageous American whistle-blowers who risk a lot, sometimes their lives, to do the right thing. Here is the complete 2012 Ridenhour awards presentation — absolutely riveting. Here’s Nader’s piece on why we should praise whistle blowers. Ron Ridenhour, now deceased, was an Army soldier who blew the My Lai whistle 40 years ago. All of us in VN heard rumors about atrocities that were going on, but he is the only brave soul I know of who actually tracked the rumors down, confirmed them, and went to Congress to let them know what was going on. As a result of his efforts the names Calley and Medina have become synonymous with “total freakish, ghouls.”
Jews raise Israeli flag on Palestinian holy site. Have you been wondering what the Israeli Jews have been doing to fuck with the Palestinians lately? Well, for one thing, the are trying to incite violence by raising the Israeli flag over the 4th holiest Islamic site, the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. And settlers backed up by IDF attacked school-boys near Nablus. And, oh, yea, the settlers regularly set their boars loose on Palestinian lands to try and destroy the land but in this case the boars badly injured a Palestinian farmer. No doubt the prick Jew settlers had a good laugh over that one.