spill disaster: The guilty parties
You would not think it possible for a major environmental disaster to
take on the tone of a football match, but such is the case this weekend
with the Gulf oil spill.
Pushes $50B More In “Emergency” Funds
President Obama urged reluctant lawmakers Saturday to quickly approve
nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments,
saying the money is needed to avoid “massive layoffs of teachers,
police and firefighters” and to support the still-fragile economic
Seeks Chaos In Kyrgyzstan? Kyrgyzstan is an important hub for distribution
of Afghan heroin to Eurasian markets, “a business that had
multiplied in times under the NATO guardianship in Afghanistan.”
Pakistan ISI backs Taliban A new report has suggested that Pakistan’s
intelligence agency is supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan, providing
them with funds and training.
Ellsberg fears a US hit on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Daniel Ellsberg, who gained fame when he leaked the Pentagon Papers
in 1971 in hopes of ending the Vietnam War, told MSNBC’s Dylan
Ratigan on Friday that he not only sees a parallel between himself
and the person who recently leaked a video of an assault by US forces
on Iraqi civilians but also fears for the safety of Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange, who published the video.
Really Want Government Drilling for Oil?
You’ve got to hand it to the people who really dislike free
markets. They see them everywhere (under every bed?) and especially
wherever any serious problem arises. That no free market exists
within a thousand miles makes no difference whatsoever.
Crist vetoes abortion bill
Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have
required women seeking a first-trimester abortion to pay for an
ultrasound exam and, with few exceptions, view the image or have
it described to them by their doctor.
limits DHS laptop border searches
A federal judge has ruled that border agents cannot seize a traveler’s
laptop, keep it locked up for months, and examine it for contraband
files without a warrant half a year later.