Humanity's Environmental Blind Spot

Blind Spot
by Amanda Zackem
Here is what Howard Zinn said about the film: "BLIND SPOT is a fascinating documentary it draws on some of the most impressive scientific minds to educate us about our role in saving the earth, the water, the air and the lives of our children. I was transfixed by it.”

Dictators weren't the only people in the crosshairs of Woodstock's socially relevant entries. "Blind Spot," an intellectually dense, but utterly gorgeous, look at mankind's dangerous obsession with fossil fuel, blames the whole world for its wastefulness. Although at times overbearingly verbose, Adolfo Doring's astute, thoughtful portrait has enough sweeping visuals to offset the barrage of scientific talking heads. In other words, it makes "An Inconvenient Truth" look like a sitcom.

- Indiewire Oct 2008          
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Gaza Convoy: Across the Desert to Egypt

CONVOY OPT FOR DESERT ROUTE - Convoy Update 11.30 (GMT) Tuesday 23rd March 2009
by Yvonne Ridley
After enjoyiong the hospitality of Ras Lanouf, it was felt that the call of Gaza was getting louder and louder and that the aid has to get there as soon as possible.

Consultations took place between our convoy leaders and their Libyan counterparts and it was decided that the route will be amended to take the convoy through the desert road to the crossing point of AMSA'AD. This means that they will not go through Benghazi and Bayda where rallies and accomodation had been prepared for them to the disappointment of thousands of Libyans.

After setting off at 08.00am local time, they have just stopped in AJDABIYAH after a 200km trek, for fuel and refreshments. What awaits them is No Man's Land for another 400km (240 miles). They will be stopping when needed for rest,prayers and food.
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Market Capitalism Possible Without Accountability?

Is Free Market Capitalism Possible Without Accountability?
by Mike Whitney
Yves Smith is one of the Team Members at the popular economics website She is a Management Consultant/Corporate Finance Advisor in New York City. She has been working in the financial services industry since 1980 and has had over 40 articles published in such venues as the New york times, Institutional Investor, The Daily Deal, U.S. Banker, The Conference Board Magazine and Boss Magazine.

MW--Will Barack Obama's mortgage recovery plan help to slow the rise of foreclosures and stabilize the housing market or is it just another public relations fiasco like Henry Paulson's Hope Now? Nouriel Roubini says this week that, "while reducing monthly payments is positive", the face value of mortgages will have to be reduced by "20, 30, or 40 percent" to have a meaningful impact on housing. Is Roubini being too pessimistic?

Yves Smith--No, Roubini is right, at least as far as the $75 billion "Homeowner Stability Initiative" is concerned. The results of previous efforts, such as Bush's Hope Now Alliance and other efforts by servicers to modify mortgages, shows that when mere reductions in payments are made, the failure rate is high. 50% to 60% mortgage modifications redefault in six months.

Why the lousy outcome?
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My Kingdom for a Parachute

by Danny Schechter (Author of Plunder)
Pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger has been given his own Facebook page which may be the equivalent these days to being inducted in some heroes hall of fame. He became the rescuer who knew where he was, saw where he was going, and touched his huge plane down into what he calculated correctly would be a safe landing on the Hudson River.

Will President Obama be able to rescue us from the ongoing economic collapse that has put the country and his plans at risk?  Is he flying blind or does he know how to achieve a safe landing even in the absence of flight controllers and people who know what is going on. Is he going far enough?

Does anyone even know how bad the economy is, or how much worse it will get?  Can anyone see the “bottom” the way Sully saw the water rushing up at him in the cockpit of his distressed aircraft?  He handled his crash; can we handle ours?
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Your Line, My Land: Call for Investigation from Akwesasne

by MNN
On June 14, 2008, Kahentinetha and Katenies, two Mohawk women, were viciously attacked at the Cornwall Ontario border by a special squad of about twelve barking Canadian Border Services Agents CBSA dressed for combat.  One woman was put into a torture stress situation meant to kill her.  She suffered a trauma induced heart attack and is still recovering.  The other was severely beaten and held incommunicado without access to medical attention or outside help.  She is still recovering from her injuries.

Kahentinetha and Katenies live in the Mohawk communities of Akwesasne and Kahnawake.  They think that everyone should be able to pass the illegal colonial border without being assaulted or killed.  

No employee or official has shown any concern for the near fatal assault committed by the CBSA.  They filed formal complaints for a full investigation, appropriate charges to be made against the offenders and reasonable compensation for their arrest, assault and illegal jailing.  They sent requests to the Hon. Robert Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, the Mohawk Akwesasne Police and the CBSA.  They all refused to investigate. 
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Killing the Electric Car - CBC Television

Killing the Electric Car - CBC Television
by C. L. Cook
Tonight (Mar. 1, 2009) the Canadian Broadcast Corporation is airing the great documentary, 'Who Killed the Electric Car?' 
It's something especially considered as the murderers line up not for punishment but tax payer bailouts to carry on their stupid, and criminally negligent business practices.
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Sunday March 15th
from 1-3 pm
Vancouver Police Station
Main Street (between Hastings and Cordova)


All (including men) welcome! Significant street sweeps have been occurring in the DTES from increased
and aggressive ticketing for things like jaywalking to "illegal" vending. As verified by the VPD itself, a year-end performance report shows that officers issued 467 tickets for violations of the Safe Streets Act in 2008, compared to 202 tickets in 2007.
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Canadian Sovereignty? Canada's Passport Instructions

Canadian Sovereignty? Canada's Passport Instructions
by C. L. Cook
Making inquiries into current Canada-UK cross-passport rules recently, I discovered things have changed. It now appears, Canada is happy allowing the newly created 'North America Passport Production Centre' located in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. handle the case.
Check it out, write them yourself, and as they say; "Thank you for your email."
Passport and Visa Enquiries: From November 2008 all new passport applications made by British nationals in North America - including Canada - will be processed at the North America Passport Production Centre in Washington DC.

Please go to the following link at , for all of the information that you need. You will be able to download and print UK passport application forms from this website.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Pratap Chatterjee, Richard Boyce, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 2, 2009

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, Pratap Chatterjee of on his new book, 'Halliburton's Army: How a Well Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War'; Richard Boyce of Island Lens on the plunder of Vancouver Island's ecosystem by greed head private equity firm, Island Timberlands, now logging into the Nanaimo region watershed; and, Janine Bandcroft keeps us current on Victoria's ongoing shelter crisis.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site,
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Libya: Scores Join Gaza Caravan, Egypt Promises Passage

EGYPT WILL ALLOW CONVOY INTO GAZA: Convoy Update 11.30 (GMT) Sunday 1st March 2009
They are in their thousands in the Green Public square of Tripoli attending a big rally to welcome the Viva Palestina humanitarian Gaza convoy. This is the first of many planned in Libya.

Ambassadors, dignitaries, representatives from the Gadaffi Foundation as well as the children of Palestine have spoken of the horrors and the tragedy of Gaza. Gift bags containing caps, T-Shirts, books have been given to members of the convoy as a gesture of thanks and admiration for their efforts to get the aid to the destitute people of Gaza.

This morning, it was announced at the rally that Egypt has agreed to let the convoy through to Gaza to the cheers of all the people and to the relief of our convoy members. It will be one less matter to worry about and to only concentrate on the noble goal they set out to achieve when their vehicle rolled from the UK on the 14th February.
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Answering the Coming Crisis: "Food Not Lawns!"

Pawns with Lawns
by Mickey Z.
The single most irrigated crop in the United States is…(drum roll please) lawn. Yep, 40 million acres of lawn exist across the Land of Denial and Americans collectively spend about $40 billion on seed, sod, and chemicals each year.
And then there’s all that water.
If you include golf courses, lawns in America cover an area roughly the size of New York State and require 238 gallons of (usually drinking-quality) water per person, per day. According to the EPA, nearly a third of all residential water use in the US goes toward what is euphemistically known as “landscaping.”

We have become a nation of pawns with lawns. Food comes from the drive-thru, entertainment is televised, the concept of play exists on hand-held computers, democracy is a reality show every four years, and that tiny parcel of land we allegedly share with some bailed out bank is inevitably set aside to be a lawn.
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Olmert Fires Egyptian Envoy over "Insane" Remark

Officials Claim Unelected Former General “Running The Country”
by Jonathan Cook (in Nazareth)
It is not entirely surprising that Amos Gilad, an Israeli general who once sued his own government for “irreversible mental damage” caused by his role in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, has publicly courted controversy again.
Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert

On Monday, Ehud Olmert, Israel’s outgoing prime minister, suspended Mr Gilad as his envoy to Egypt, responsible for negotiating a ceasefire with Hamas, after Mr Gilad called the prime minister’s truce conditions “insane.”
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