Sunday, April 6, 2008
KEXP MAR. 29 2008
Feds cite PortoS for overdredging near T 30 (Harbor I) & T 91 (Magnolia)
T 91 to accommodate cruise ships
Clintons earned $109 mil between 2000-07; released as a FAND
551 mil came from Bill's speeches - and HRC says words don't matter!
# wanting unemployment benefits rises to 2-yr high
& late consumer loan payments at 16-yr high; credit card delinquencies now up
GAO rpt: $295 bil in cost overruns for mil weapons projects, yrs behind schedule
Out of 1.6 in 95 projects, 2 yrs late on average
"In addition, none of the systems that the GAO looked at had met all of the standards for best management practices during their development stages."
Post-9-11 memo justifying torture also exempted GWOT from 4th Amendment (!)
Torture OK cuz 5th & 8th Amendments don't apply to aliens held "abroad"
Also suspended Posse Comitatus
ACLU: mil using FBI to spy on Internet to skirt laws
Remember Monica Goodling? DoJ investigates whether she fired staffer because
of rumors staffer was a lesbian; first removed child abuse from job
Bush adm waives environmental laws to finish SW border fence
CBS/NYT poll: 81% believe US "headed on wrong track"
900 killed or wounded in Basra; more than 1000 desert
Maliki continues attacks after al-Sadr standdown, pledges more attacks
al-Sadr calls for march against Ams in Najaf Apr 9, 5th anniv of Bag fall
Petraeus, Crocker to testify before Congress on same day
NYT, WaPo repeat Bush adm disinfo that they had nothing to do w/offensive
It's all about (Southern Iraqi) oil
Mugabe raiding opposition after results not announced from last Sat's pres elec
Opposition claims 50/43% win in parliamentary elections
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Guests will include TJ Johnson and Geov Parrish
* OlyBlog City Council Report: New fire station and new fire stuff on the ballot in August?, Emmett O'Connell via Olyblog.net
* Residents urge vote on rezoning Maytown site; change would prevent industrial use of property, Olympian
* Olympia council to vote on cleanup, Olympian
* Scientists: Puget Sound species in decline as pollution increases, Olympian/John Dodge
* Countrywide CEO to get $10M, AP
* Gap in Life Expectancy Widens for the Nation, New York Times
* Dems Consider Mini-Convention to Pick Nominee, McClatchy Newspapers via TJ
* US Air Base Tied to Colombian Raid on FARC Camp, InterPress Service
* Watchdog Group Names Top Corporate Abusers, OneWorld.Net
* Dick Cheney (channeling Abe Lincoln) doesn't care what you think and other disturbing bits, Washington Post via TJ
* Iraq Implodes As Shia Fights Shia; another tragedy as the Shia majority turn on each other, Independent/UK
* Pakistan’s New Leaders Tell US: We Are No Longer Your Killing Field, Guardian/UK
* Giant Antarctic Ice Shelf Breaks Into The Sea, Guardian/UK
Sunday, March 23, 2008
* Residents wary of proposals to raise skyline height limits, Olympian
About 130 people, including some who hissed and booed when shown newly unveiled images of how downtown's skyline could change, gathered at a meeting Saturday about a proposal that could allow for taller buildings on the narrow strip of land between Capitol Lake and Budd Inlet.
Angela Ruiz of Olympia asked, "Why does the city think we would have changed our minds?" Ruiz was referring to a meeting nearly six years ago in which an overwhelming number of residents voiced their opposition to a City Council plan to raise building heights.
* Military shipment earns at least $400,000 for port; job was nearly 40 percent of revenue made by marine terminal in ’07, Olympian
* Money cleared for City Hall art, Olympian
* Council OKs raise in parks impact fee, Olympian
* Dalai Lama: ‘I am prepared to face China. I will go to Beijing’, Independent/UK
“As a Buddhist monk, it does not matter what they call me,” he said with a chuckle. “The outside world doesn’t believe that I am [a] devil,” the Dalai Lama.
Could the Chinese kidnap him and detain him while he is on his visit? I suppose that's probably not likely, considering that would look really bad before the Olympic games start.
* Global Warming Rushes Timing of Spring, AP
* Spring's sprung earlier, warmer; climate change puts the greening season ahead of schedule for many species in the Northwest, Seattle PI
* Grain Farmer Claims Moral Victory in Seed Battle Against Monsanto, The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Saturday, March 15, 2008
* E-mails, then apology from Port of Tacoma; document request reveals private criticism of Olympia port, Olympian via TJ
* Lacey council stalls on rules for tent city, Olympian
* Camp Quixote to return to familiar territory this month, Olympian
* Complaints persist at Cooper Crest, Olympian
* Port to pay city $70,000 for protection, Olympian
* Old Griswold's Bldg: Structural work planned on burned-out building; future remains hazy for downtown Olympia structure, Olympian
* Bear Stearns Closes in on Deal To Sell Itself to J.P. Morgan, Wall Street Journal
On Friday, Bear sought and received emergency funding backed by the federal government. Both the Fed and J.P Morgan stepped in to keep Bear afloat following a severe cash crunch as investors moved to pull assets from the firm.
In stepping in, the Fed was trying to move aggressively to prevent Bear's crisis from spreading to the broader economy. The lifeline gave Bear access to cash for an initial period of 28 days -- but it was widely believed Bear would be sold within days to stop it from going under.
* Wall Street fears for next Great Depression, Independent/UK
Wall Street is bracing itself for another week of roller-coaster trading after more than $300bn (£150bn) was wiped off the US equity markets on Friday following the emergency funding package put together by the Federal Reserve and JPMorgan Chase to rescue Bear Stearns.
One UK economist warned that the world is now close to a 1930s-like Great Depression, while New York traders said they had never experienced such fear. The Fed's emergency funding procedure was first used in the Depression and has rarely been used since.
* US West Coast Braced For Ban on Salmon Fishing As Stocks Collapse, Independent/UK
* Collapse of Salmon Stocks Endangers Pacific Fishery, NY Times
“This is the largest collapse of salmon stocks in 40 years.”
* Winter Soldier: former soldiers, Marines share their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, broadcast live on KAOS, 89.3 FM, kaosradio.org
* President Weakens Espionage Oversight, Boston Globe via TJ
* New analysis finds alarming increase in expected growth of China CO2 emissions, UC Berkeley News via TJ
* It’s the ‘Oh Shit!’ Moment on Iran, Dave Lindorff via TJ
* British Teachers Told to Rewrite History of Iraq War; MoD accused of sending propaganda to schools, The Independent/UK via TJ
* US Public Losing Interest in Iraq As News Coverage Wanes: Report, APF via TJ
* Bush Intervened For Weaker Smog Rule, AP via Common Dreams
* Chinese Forces Say They’ve Secured Tibet’s Capital, NY Times
* Violence in Tibet as Monks Clash With the Police, NY Times
* China clamps down on unrest as riots spread across Tibet; 80 deaths reported in the capital, Lhasa, during major anti-Chinese protests. Buddhist monks take leading role in pro-independence demonstrations, Independent/UK
* Free Tibet Campaign New and Pictures
* China to take Olympic torch to peak of Mt. Everest (in Chinese-occupied Tibetan territory) as an Olympic stunt., video on YouTube by Free Tibet Campaign
* The Gormo-Lhasa Railway Project - one example of how China tries to tighten it's group of Tibet and the Tibetan people, Free Tibet Campaign
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Put these all together and what do you get?
A pretty damn fun night! Thanks to KBill, JD and beer for their selfless support of No Talking Heads - these are the best engineers you could ever want to get your back; listen to them every Sunday at 6am on KAOS, 89.3FM for "Out on a Limb" - the best in alt-country.
And thanks to Gavin for being a media-active inspiration to us all!
Monday, March 3, 2008
New Works in Progress OUT - March 2008 Issue!
* Local Sidewalk Discussion, OlyBlog.Net
* Tumwater Council OKs warehouse limits, Olympian
* Lawmakers' message to Air Force: 'Our national security is at risk now', Olympian
* Many unhappy with cluster subdivisions, Seattle PI
* Waters guilty of arson in UW case; accused lookout facing 5 to 20 years in prison, Seattle PI
* Street of Dreams homes burned, eco-terrorists suspected, Seattle PI
* Hunt is on: Who torched the Street of Dreams?, Seattle Times
Monday's fires, reported about 4 a.m., had reverberations hours later at the Tacoma trial of Briana Waters, 32, who testified last week that she had nothing to do with the UW arson. Her attorneys asked the judge for a mistrial, arguing that news of the fires could influence the jury. If convicted she faces 35 years in prison. Jurors were called in as a group by U.S. District Judge Franklin Burgess and told there was a news story that could potentially influence their deliberations in the case. They were asked whether anyone felt they could no longer continue as jurors. No one spoke up, and Burgess denied the defense request.
* Olympia Port Militarization Resistance meeting attended by local pro-military supporter, Jeff Brigham; Jeff then posts his notes of meeting on OlyBlog.Net, interesting discussion takes place
- there are a lot of comments on this one but the discussion gets interesting in some spots.
* Report: Utah, Virginia and Washington tops in state government effectiveness
- The Pew Center on the States ranked the states based on how well they manage their budgets, staffs, infrastructure and information. The states with the highest scores have made accountability and innovation a priority, the report said . . . Washington, for example, holds public meetings led by the governor to monitor how its programs are working . . ."
* Lacey needs to pass law on homeless camps, Olympian Editorial
- Very suprising coming from the Daily Zero; I'm inquiring as to who at the Olympian wrote this since I'm very dubious if this came from Mike Oakland.
* Unitarians (OUUC) to host Camp Quixote for 2nd time
* Foreign Policy Increasingly Flows Through Pentagon, InterPress Service
* Bush explains veto of waterboarding bill, Boston Globe
We know Bush likes torture but what about Congress? Why isn't there a large enough group of Senators and House Reps to turn the veto around? The House vote was 222-199 and the Senate's was 51-45 . . .the president has rejected the Army Field Manual, which recognizes that harsh interrogation tactics elicit unreliable information . . .
* War profiteering by tax dodge, Boston Globe
* Top Iraq Contractor Skirts US Taxes Offshore; Shell companies in Cayman Islands allow KBR to avoid Medicare, Social Security deductions, Boston Globe via Common Dreams
* MIT expands financial aid, Boston Globe
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Guests: TJ Johnson, Geov Parrish
** The geek in me says, "Go listen to the last episode of TWiT - a group interview with Jonathan Coulton - brilliant!"
** Microsoft: Windows XP faster than Vista SP1 in some cases, ComputerWorld
- this is lovely; I'm a Vista user since last summer and am still waiting for something in it to be better than XP.
* Microsoft chops Vista retail prices, C|Net News
* Caffeine: A User's Guide to Getting Optimally Wired, Developing Intelligence
* Fee increase plan outrages some in Thurston County; approval would recoup costs in permit process, Olympian via TJ
* War critic to run for Congress, Olympian via TJ
* Lacey rules written permission must be given to panhandle, Olympian via TJ
* Feed The World? We Are Fighting a Losing Battle, UN Admits, Common Dreams via The Guardian/UK via TJ
* Nobel Laureate Estimates Wars’ Cost at More Than $3 Trillion, Common Dreams via McClatchy via TJ
* Comcast Admits Paying Attendees at FCC Hearing, Common Dreams via The Philadelphia Inquirer via TJ
* Outspoken Scientist Dismissed From Panel on Chemical Safety, Common Dreams via the LA Times via TJ
* 1 in 100 Adults Now in Prison; 2,319,258 Americans Behind Bars in 2008, Most of Any Nation, Common Dreams via the Baltimore Sun via TJ (I heard this one on NPR)
* Vets Break Silence on War Crimes, by Aaron Glantz, Common Dreams via InterPress Service via TJ
Monday, February 18, 2008
Guests: TJ Johnson, Geov Parrish
* Lacey council struggles with tent city proposal, Olympian
* Police riot at Evergreen
- footage released by Geoduck Student Union, part one and part two.
- Professor to students: 'We need to deal with this among ourselves', Olympian
* Bill orders firm steps to make state 'greener', Seattle PI
- It targets miles driven, gases emitted, boosts earth-friendly jobs
* US Supreme Court Throws Out Wire-Tapping Case, Common Dreams via TJ
* Children Are Forty Percent of Cluster Bomb Casualties, Common Dreams via TJ
* Musharraf Urged To Go as Rivals Win Pakistan Poll, Common Dreams via TJ
* Rigged Trials at Gitmo, Common Dreams via TJ
* Nader announces run for president, Olympian
He ruled out the possibility that he would prevent a Democratic victory in 2008. “Not a chance,” he said. “If the Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just pack up, close down, and re-emerge in a different form.”
* The Candidates on Nader, NY Times
* Michael Moore says insurance industry would love Clinton’s healthcare plan, The Hill.com
* Police concerned about order to stop weapons screening at Obama rally, Fort-Worth Star-Telegram
- geez, is Obama about to become another Bobby Kennedy? Does someone in the secret service have it in for him? Makes one recall the Eddie Murphy routine of the first black president ducking as he's giving a speech.
* Secret Service defends security at Obama rally in Dallas, Fort-Worth Star Telegram
* Philip Giraldi: What FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds found in translation; why is her story being covered up?, Dallas Morning News
* Castro Steps Down, Rejects Idea of Political Change, AP
* Raul Castro becomes Cuba's leader, Olympian
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I've lost my voice, so I'll be talking as little as possible. Thanks to Robin Carneen who does great work.
Here's a summary of the show:
This segment of NAMAPAHH First People's Radio is an underwater environmental focus involving a team
effort by NW Tribes working alongside multiple agencies and each other, in compliance with Washington State Govenor Christine Gregoire's Puget Sound Imitative, which has made it a priority to clean up, restore protect and enhance sites that are in found in need of such actions by the year 2020.
In the Fall of 2007, after the Samish Indian Nation, located in Anacortes, WA was awarded $160,000 from the Washington State Department of Ecology.With part of the funds the Samish Tribe contracted the Nisqually Aquatic Technologies, Inc. (NAT) and Ridolfi Inc. These experts started conducting studies in October '07 along the Tommy Thompson Trail. The NAT team is made up of Nisqually, Squaxin and Puyallup divers whose specialty is collecting samples, conducting underwater filming; examination of structures and marine life, and providing data to tribes and agencies that contract with them.
This trail, which belongs to the City of Anacortes, is partially made up of a rock causeway and a train trestle.
It is a very popular public walking and biking trail unique to Skagit County, extending from Fidalgo Bay Resort and RV Park (owned and operated by the Samish) across the 40 acres of tide lands, reaching the shores of the functioning Anacortes Refinery which sits on March's Point across the Fidalgo Bay.
According to the Samish Indian Nation, tidal flow is possibly being impeded by the trestle and they would like to possibly build a "greenway" to replace it. There is also a concern of creosote possibly leaking from the old pilings into Fidalgo Bay. This threat could be creating a toxic environment for the food chain and other life force above and below the surface. The Samish tribe has been studying and monitoring Fidalgo Bay but needed to dive deeper to collect more justification for clean up efforts and build the proposed new trail that would be more environmentally compatible.
The Puget Sound is a gem to many Native Americans and others in Washington State. It has historically been a source of food for many of the Salish people and they are familiar with the conditions of this valuable, irreplaceable resource. They are natural
stewards when it comes to protecting, studying it and problem solving around the many layers of concerns that may be lurking beneath the surface, that are being investigated by those that are involved.
Featured Speakers/guests: Seth Preston- Communications Manager with Washington Department of Ecology Toxins Clean Up and Air Quality Program and originally from Skagit County; Leslie Eastwood- Samish Tribal Member and General Manager of the Samish Tribe; Christine Woodward- Natural Resource director for the Samish tribe;
Dennis Lucia- Nisqually Tribal Member and head of the Nisqually Aquatics Technologies dive team;
Sandra Caldwell-project lead for the Washington department of Ecology's toxins clean up program;
Monty Season- one of the six man NAT dive team and a Nisqually tribal member; Colin Wagner(CEO Ridolphi, Inc-project manager of Samish Feasibility Study), Sherry Duncan (fish biologist), Hazel Delacruz (documentation)-Ridolfi Inc.
* Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia attempts to defend "so-called" torture tactics by U.S. government; derides European view of the death penalty
- rare interview given to BBC Radio 4 programme "Law in Action". So far, no mention of this at all in U.S. press.
- I am simply amazed at this and so angered that this man can sit on our highest, most esteemed court.
* Exxon Mobil cut off from Venezuela's oil, CNN
* Russia, China Propose New Treaty to Ban Arms in Space, Agency France Press via Common Dreams
(. . . the bad news is that the Bush Administration, predictably, disagrees . . .)
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
We take a slight twist from our usual format as I welcome on my brother, my dad and my daughter! We'll talk about news and play music. The news won't always be political news, so you'll have to excuse my indulgence into news topics that may, to some, seem trivial.
Jim Rosenfeld (aka, S. James Rosenfeld, esq., my dad, seen to the left with Obama) is a true political wonk and I would throw him in with the yellow-dog Democrats, as far as his political persuasion goes. Jim is currently the Director of Continuing Legal Education at Seattle University. He also possesses a curious mutant gene that enables him to pretty much always find the best parking spot anywhere he goes.
Seth Rosenfeld (my brother) is a producer in the video game industry and a former (and sometimes) illustrator of exceptional skill. He also is known to formely DJ in clubs in New York City and currently, in his living room. Seth is an avid gamer, science fiction afficianado and always on the cutting edge of pop culture, whether it be movies, books, games or trends. If you want to know what is interesting or cool or what will be interesting or cool, Seth is your man.
Zoe McPherson (my daughter) is . . . well . . . Zoe. I'll leave it at that and let you tune in the hear the wackiness. And if we're lucky, maybe Zoe will sing for us.
Here are some stories I'm currently following:
* CIA Director Acknowledges Waterboarding Use, BBC News via Digg
- Congress has been debating banning the use of waterboarding by the CIA - President Bush has threatened to veto such a bill - waterboarding is condemned as torture by rights groups and many governments.
* Waterboarding is legal, White House says, LA Times
* Veterans not entitled to mental health care, U.S. lawyers argue, San Francisco Chronicle via Hofgren
* Karl Rove Joins Fox News, The Trail, Washington Post Election Blog
* New Book Alleges 9/11 Commissioner Philip Zelikow Minimized Scrutiny of Bush Admin Failure to Prevent al-Qaeda Attack, Democracy Now!
- link to New York Times reporter Phillip Shenon speaking with Amy Goodman to talk about his new book, "The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation".
* Mississippi Law: "No fat people allowed in restaurants", Itola Tech News
* Romney calls it quits; what was interesting wasn't THAT he left but what he said as he left:
"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."
Nice attempt at fearmongering and likening the Democratic candidates to terrorists.
* Millions Without a Voice, Amy Goodman on disenfranchised former felons who have their right to vote taken away, Common Dreams
* David Suzuki: Jail politicians who ignore climate science, National Post (Canadian)
- NOW you're talkin!
* 95 Journalists Killed Worldwide in 2007, World Association of Newspapers (WAN) via journalism.org
* Some Quotes from People Much Smarter Than I . . ., Current Era Blog
“Democracy is not about trust; it is about distrust. It is about accountability, exposure, open debate, critical challenge, and popular input and feedback from the citizenry. It is about responsible government. We have to get our fellow Americans to trust their leaders less and themselves more, trust their own questions and suspicions, and their own desire to know what is going on.”
* Last Touch, via Digg.com
- courtesy of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney; may you both rot in hell.
* Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat, NY Times
* At Va. Campaign Rally, It's Establishment vs. Inspiration, Washignton Post
- insightful story about the popularity of Barack Obama and the difficulties that lie ahead for Hillary Clinton
* Obama Talks About Atheism, Digg.com
Sunday, January 27, 2008
* Building heigh limits in Olympia, Olympian
- group forms to oppose new development that would block view of Puget Sound from Capitol, Friends of the Waterfront.
* Educational levies: Districts seek to fill budget gaps, Olympian via TJ
* Logistics center meets opposition, Tacoma News Tribune
* Bush's State of the Union speech fails to impress panel of readers, Seattle PI
* House panels give glimpse of Democrats' budget plans, Olympian
* Ports look at 3 sites besides Maytown; 2 new possibilities for rail logistics center proposed in Thurston County, Olympian
National / International
* Ralph DiGia, 93, Pacifist Leader & Activist Is Dead, After Downing Street via Geov Parrish
- link to War Resisters League website.
* Iraq not using oil cash to rebuild, Washington Times
* Bush Issues Signing Statement On Defense Act, Waiving Ban On Permanent Bases In Iraq, Think Progress via Geov Parrish
* U.S. To Oppose Treaty Barring Space Weapons, Nukes of Hazzard via TJ
* Biowar Experiments HAVE BEGUN at Livermore Lab, SFGate.com via TJ
- link to Watchdog group based in the East Bay area - Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment (CARE)
"Considering the anthrax strain that killed postal workers and was mailed to the two top Democrats opposed to the Patriot Act had originated in a government laboratory, and considering after all these years the FBI hasn't been able to find who did it, I sure hope that they keep a close eye on the people working there."
* Bush Trying to Sidestep Congress on Permanent Bases Question, Guardian Unlimited UK via Truthout.org via TJ
* O'Reilly: Seattle Post-Intelligencer is the nation's worst newspaper; publisher is "beyond pinhead", BlatherWatch
* Arming the Middle East, Common Dreams via Foreign Policy in Focus via TJ
- "Excellent peiece on the US's primary export - weapons. - tj"
* Bush moves on Alaska as backs are turned, Joel Connelly, Seattle PI
* Polar Bears Threatened: Million Of Acres To Be Opened To Oil And Gas Activities, Science Daily
* In a Strategic Reversal, Dutch Embrace Floods, Joe Palca from NPR.org
- check out this cool site that shows how the Maeslant barrier works
* CSNY Speak Out and Listen In “Deja Vu”, Common Dreams via Reuters via TJ (confessed CSNY fan)
Sunday, January 20, 2008
* Cleanup fees overdue from 1 in 4 businesses; Olympia owed $34,900, threatens to send bills to collections, Olympian via TJ
* South Thurston County looks for bus service, Olympian via TJ
* Housing deal may cost city $223,000; money added by new estimate for cleanup, Olympian via TJ
* Lawmakers pushed to stop pharmaceutical 'data-mining'; drug makers buy information on prescriptions, Olympian via TJ
* Study: Bush Led US To War on ‘False Pretenses’, Common Dreams via TJ
* Stimulus rebates may come by mid-May, Olympian
So, the answer to the problems created by our fantasy economy is... more
fantasy? Borrow more money from the Chinese, give it to people so they can buy more
consumer crap (on credit cards) made in China. Everyone on Wall Street
lives happily ever after in their gated communities.
* FBI Denies File Exposing Nuclear Secrets Theft, The Times Online/UK via Common Dreams via TJ
Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator, says the FBI was investigating a Turkish and Israeli-run network that paid high-ranking American officials to steal nuclear weapons secrets. These were then sold on the international black market to countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
* Toyota and Ford plug in their hybrids, C|Net News Blog via TWiT
* LA Times editor fired in budget dispute, AP
* White House missing CIA, Iraq e-mails, AP
* Gazans Fear Crisis After Four Days of Blockade, Washington Post
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
For information about the series, visit From the Vault on the web.
* Board can't tackle complaint, Olympian via TJ
- update on school board member resignation
* Plan could elevate Olympia's skyline, Olympian via TJ
- Jeannette Hawkins is at it again . . .
* Gregoire sets tone for session and campaign, Olympian via TJ
- let the campaign distortions begin!
* Quality of Nuclear Devices Questioned, AP
* Year of the Fat Cats, Common Dreams
The poster child for this new trend is Robert Nardelli. In five years as CEO at Home Depot, he lost shareholders 40 percent of the stock’s value, more than $25 billion. When he was eventually pushed out the door, he walked away with a compensation package worth more than $200 million. Call it “pay for nonperformance.”
* Ruling Quashes Kucinich’s Hope of Joining Lineup, NY Times via TJ
* US: Attacks by Iranian-Made Bombs Drop, AP
* Opium Fields Spread Across Iraq as Farmers Try to Make Ends Meet, Independent/UK via Common Dreams via Hofgren!
* Escalating Ice Loss Found in Antarctica, Washington Post
* Bush urges OPEC to pump more oil, AP via TJ
Friday, January 11, 2008
* Clear-cutting, nature blamed for landslides; Logging officials defend practices, Olympian
* Army won't pay Aberdeen for port security during protests, Olympian
* School board member resigns over conflict, Olympian
* Major allegations of vote fraud in New Hampshire are circulating after Hillary Clinton reversed a mammoth pre-polling deficit to defeat Barack Obama with the aid of Diebold electronic voting machines, Boston 911 Truth (thanks Jen!)
* Clear Evidence Of Widespread Vote Fraud In New Hampshire, Prison Planet
* Iraq/Afghan veterans have killed 121 after coming home, NY Times
* 80 Arrested Outside Supreme Court demanding closure of Guantanamo Bay; worldwide protests accompany action, CBS News via Digg
* Bush Urges Allies to Join U.S. Efforts to Confront Iran, Washington Post
Bush is trying to persuade Arab countries to join U.S. efforts to pressure Iran, though many have displayed ambivalence about the administration's campaign amid a new U.S. intelligence report that concluded Iran stopped a nuclear weapons program in 2003.
The president will travel Monday to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, viewed by many inside and out of the administration as the lynchpin of its efforts to develop an anti-Iran coalition. As part of an effort to show its commitment to Saudi Arabia, a senior administration official said the White House plans to notify Congress about a substantial package of arms sales for Saudi Arabia; it seemed likely to be on the order of $20 billion.
* Official Version of Naval Incident Starts to Unravel, InterPress Service via Common Dreams
- echoes of Tonkin?
* Declassified study puts Vietnam events in new light, Christian Science Monitor
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
* Port cancels dredging project due to lack of funds, Olympian
* Tumwater brewery a financial black hole, Olympian
* Ruling appealed in Tumwater Wal-Mart case, Olympian
* Report underscores dearth of social workers in Washington; study: CPS in need of 1,540 staffers, Olympian
* Seattle viaduct must go, says feisty Gregoire, AP via News Tribune
- I'm lovin' Gregoire's quotes in this article.
* Can You Count on Voting Machines?, NY Times Sunday Magazine, January 6th, 2008
* Legal voters thrown off rolls; database woes could be 'sleeper issue of 2008', USA Today
* Justice Department Opens Criminal Investigation Over C.I.A. Tapes, AP via NY Times
- Stonewalled by the C.I.A., Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton Op-ed in NY Times
* Video of Sleeping Guards Shakes Nuclear Industry, Sight of Guards Asleep Shakes Industry, Washington Post
* California Sues EPA Over Emissions Rules; 15 Other States Back Effort to Win Waiver to Allow the Setting of Tougher Standards, Washington Post
* Angry Bush will stonewall CIA probe - Orders White House aides to stall investigators, Capitol Hill Blue via Geov