“It took place in one of those countries currently going through upheaval. Agents of the government followed parents as they took their children to school. As parents left the school, the agents approached them , detained them, and in full view of the school, two of the parents were hustled away in unmarked vans. Inside, other parents were terrified to leave, fearing they would share the same fate. Stuck in the lobby, they made frantic cell phone calls, and peering out the windows, worried for those unlucky enough to be outside. All day long the school received calls, parents asking anxiously if it was safe to retrieve their children. Finally, after hours of this terror, the agents were convinced to leave, all the while insisting they had every right to be there and do as they pleased. Can you imagine this? Imagine the anguish those parents must have felt, torn between protecting their children and protecting themselves from persecution. Can you imagine the toll, the pain inflicted? Can you imagine your own children, yourself in that situation, and what you would do or hope to do? I know when I read stories like these, I think of my own children, and thank God we live in a country where this could never happen. I thank God we live in America. Ahh, but here is the most horrible part of all. You see, it was this country. It was America. Everything I described happened last week in Detroit. ICE was the agency, and the Hope of Detroit Academy the school. The crime of the parents was not having legal documents, and for that two of them were made to disappear.”—
First Deepwater Oil Exploration Project Approved Since BP Spill
The U.S. Department of Interior has approved Shell’s plan for deepwater oil and natural gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, the first such exploration plan since the BP oil spill. Shell is planning to drill three exploratory wells in nearly 3,000 feet of water about 130 miles off the Louisiana coastline. There are 13 other deepwater oil and natural gas exploration plans pending approval. Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the source of another large oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Times Picayune reports that emulsified oil and tar balls have been washing up along a 30-mile stretch of beach in Louisiana.
Ivory Coast: Thousands Offer To Join Army As Fears Of Civil War Grow
Fears of impending civil war in the Ivory Coast intensified Monday as thousands of young men and a few women gathered at the army’s headquarters offering to enlist in an effort to defend incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo. On Saturday, pro-Gbagbo leader, Charles Blé Goudé, called on some 10,000 Ivorians to “liberate” the country. Blé Goudé has been under international sanctions since 2006 for inciting violence, extrajudicial killings, rape and pillage in the Ivory Coast and promoting attacks against U.N. peacekeepers. The Ivory Coast has been in political turmoil since presidential elections in November determined that Alassane Ouattara had defeated Gbagbo. Last week, forces loyal to Gbagbo shelled a market in the economic capital city of Abidjan, killing at least 25 people.
Israel Launches Attacks On Gaza Injuring 20, Including 7 Children
An attack by Israeli warplanes and tanks on the Gaza Strip have injured at least 20 people, including at least seven children. Almost all of the injuries occurred when Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza City. Earlier today, Israeli tanks opened fire on eastern areas of the Gaza Strip wounding one young man as military vehicles moved into Gaza City. According to an Israeli military spokesman, a total of six targets were attacked in the air raids in response to rocket-fire from Gaza into Israel that occurred over the weekend.
U.N. Investigator Accuses Israel of “Ethnic Cleansing”
A top United Nations investigator has called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate Israel’s continued expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk described Israel’s actions as a form of ethnic cleansing.
Richard Falk: “As the report illustrates the continued pattern of settlement expansion in East Jerusalem, combined with forceful eviction of long-residing Palestinians, are creating an intolerable situation that can only be described in its cumulative impact, as a form of ethnic cleansing.”
[news from libya] first as tragedy, then as tragedy
and again as tragedy. today’s DN! headlines from this front in the reckoning. sometimes you’re working on other stuff and can’t get to the headlines until the afternoon, shit.
U.S. Warplane Goes Down in Libya as Air Campaign Enters Fourth Day
The U.S. and allied air strikes on Libya have entered their fourth day as part of an international effort to enforce a no-fly zone. An U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet has crashed after apparent mechanical failure in northeast Libya. Libyan rebels rescued the pilot after he ejected from the warplane, which came down near the eastern city of Benghazi. While the United States is denying it is attempting to assassinate Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi, allied forces bombed his compound for the second night in a row.
International Community Divided on Libya Intervention, Obama Defends Use of Force
There appears to be a growing split within the international community over the air strikes in Libya by the U.S. and allied forces. Brazil, India and China have called for the attacks to stop. Italy is calling for the military operation to continue, but under the control of NATO. Meanwhile, there appears to be growing confusion between the United States, Britain and France over the mission. During his trip to Chile, President Obama defended his decision to use force.
Four Children Killed as Pro-Gaddafi Forces Continue Attacks
Despite the allied forces’ air strikes to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, forces loyal to Col. Muammar Gaddafi are continuing to carry out ground attacks on rebel fighters. Four children reportedly died when Gaddafi’s forces shelled the city of Misurata.
Obama Criticized For Failing to Consult Congress on Libya Attacks
President Obama is coming under criticism from several Democratic and Republican lawmakers for failing to consult Congress before Obama sent U.S. warplanes to attack Libya. Obama did not officially notify Congress until Monday—two days after the attack began. Jim Webb, the Democratic Senator from Virginia and former U.S. Navy Secretary, told MSNBC that Obama’s actions were the way that the system is supposed to work.
yeah once you get that ball rolling…
Over a Dozen Journalists Unaccounted For in Libya
The Committee to Protect Journalists is reporting 13 journalists are either missing or reported to be in Libyan government custody. The list includes four journalists from Al Jazeera, two from Agence France-Presse, one from Getty Images and six Libyan journalists. On Monday, the Libyan government released four New York Times journalists, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid. Since Libya’s revolt began in February, the Committee to Protect Journalists has documented more than 50 attacks on the press, including two fatalities.
Earthquake-Prone Chile Signs Nuclear Plant Agreement With U.S.
The United States and Chile have a signed a nuclear power cooperation agreement in which the United States will help Chile build a number of new nuclear power stations, even though Chile is located in an earthquake-prone region. Last year, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake caused widespread destruction in Chile. In 1960, a 9.5-magnitude earthquake hit the country—it was the most powerful quake of the 20th century. The deal was announced on Friday ahead of President Obama’s visit to the country. On Sunday, more than 2,000 Chilean anti-nuclear activists marched through Santiago to protest the nuclear deal.
Paola Navarro, anti-nuclear protester: “I don’t like it [nuclear power plants in Chile]. There are other alternatives and the government has to study them. It also has to do with our health, for all the people, not just Chileans but South Americans and, well, the world.”
NRC Extends Vermont Nuclear Plant License By 20 Years
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has officially issued a new 20-year operating license to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station, despite opposition from Vermont’s congressional delegation. The NRC voted on the license just before the Japanese nuclear crisis, but the commission delayed issuing the license until Monday. Last week, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont criticized the NRC’s decision.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “The idea that we would have a plant of the same design, which in 20 years will be 60 years old, I think is a frightening thought to many people in Vermont.”
The final decision on the future of the Vermont Yankee power plant rests with the state legislature.
When the zirconium is melted and the uranium settles at the bottom, there is a potential for "re-criticality," where basically that material becomes critical, and you could have gamma radiation coming off of that, and that is an issue of concern. If you have that level of gamma radiation, it would make it very difficult if not impossible to get near the reactor.
Next week, the price shoots up to $1,500 a dose, meaning the total cost during a pregnancy could be as much as $30,000.
That’s because the drug, a form of progesterone given as a weekly shot, has been made cheaply for years, mixed in special pharmacies that custom-compound treatments that are not federally approved.
But recently, KV Pharmaceutical of suburban St.Louis won government approval to exclusively sell the drug, known as Makena (Mah-KEE’-Nah). The March of Dimes and many obstetricians supported that because it means quality will be more consistent and it will be easier to get.
None of them anticipated the dramatic price hike, though - especially since most of the cost for development and research was shouldered by others in the past.
“That’s a huge increase for something that can’t be costing them that much to make. For crying out loud, this is about making money,” said Dr. Roger Snow, deputy medical director for Massachusetts’ Medicaid program.
“I’ve never seen anything as outrageous as this,” said Dr. Arnold Cohen, an obstetrician at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
“I’m breathless,” said Dr. Joanne Armstrong, the head of women’s health for Aetna, the Hartford-based national health insurer.
Doctors say the price hike may deter low-income women from getting the drug, leading to more premature births. And it will certainly be a huge financial burden for health insurance companies and government programs that have been paying for it.
The cost is justified to avoid the mental and physical disabilities that can come with very premature births, said KV Pharmaceutical chief executive Gregory J. Divis Jr. The cost of care for a preemie is estimated at $51,000 in the first year alone.
“Makena can help offset some of those costs,” Divis told The Associated Press. “These moms deserve the opportunity to have the benefits of an FDA-approved Makena.” (bold emphasis mine)
You’ve got to love the argument in favor of this price hike. It boils down to: “Pay us $30,000 or risk having one of those awful disabled kids who will cost you SO SO MUCH MORE MONEY, PARENTS.”
It boils down to putting a price tag on increasing one’s odds of not having a disabled child. The company is banking on people viewing disability as the ultimate negative outcome of a birth. In other words, if, as a society, we didn’t view disability as the ultimate negative outcome of a birth (or of life in general), this particular pharmaceutical company, in this specific context, would fail to justify the price increase they are proposing.
Unless our attitude towards disability as a society changes, nothing about our system of health “care” will change, and nothing about the cost of care will change in this country.
Well, Unit 3 is burning what they call plutonium oxide. They like to call it MOX as an acronym rather than POX, but in fact it’s plutonium oxide. This fuel has a lower melting point, for one, and it’s just loaded with plutonium, which is highly toxic at micro levels.
The containment, which is a Mark I General Electric boiling water reactor—we have 23 of these reactors in the United States, dead ringers for Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 through 6—it’s right now in this state of—it’s ruptured. Unit 2 has also compromised its containment. These have all been documented. So, you know, the walls of defense are falling, with the melting of the cores, the collapsing of the—we’re expecting the collapsing of the vessels. And then, with these damaged containments, these are all open windows to the atmosphere.
A State Assembly member from Hartford wants to introduce a bill that would require law enforcement to check on whether someone who’s arrested or charged with a crime is an illegal immigrant if they have “reasonable suspicion” that they are.
Hartford Republican Representative Don Pridemore told Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Wisconsin’s Morning News that it’s not the same as Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
“We started with the Arizona bill, and we modeled it to adjust to Wisconsin’s conditions,” said Pridemore about the bill proposal….
However, Milwaukee Democratic Representative JoCasta Zamarripa - who represents the heavily-Latino 8th District - told Newsradio 620 WTMJ that even with such a provision in the bill, “When it comes down to it, this is going to lead to racial profiling.”
“Right now, I would say no, (racial profiling is) not a big problem, but if it’s an Arizona-like law, an anti-Latino, an anti-immigrant law that’s implemented here in Wisconsin, I do foresee it becoming a problem.”
Pridemore believes his proposal doesn’t have a racial profiling element.
“We’ve actually gone further than Arizona has in order to prevent racial profiling. I don’t know what else we could do to the bill”….
Pridemore believes that Wisconsin and Arizona are in different places when it comes to immigration problems.
“Wisconsin is not in the same situation that Arizona is, and the crime that is occurring on the Arizona border is not what we’re seeing in Wisconsin.”
However, Pridemore said the state has “very above average entitlement programs that might attract some of these criminal types to Wisconsin.”
“I don’t want Wisconsin to be a magnet for people leaving Arizona, looking for another destination.”
Zamarripa believes that Wisconsin may not be such a magnet for immigrants with what Governor Scott Walker has planned with his 2011-13 budget and the new budget repair law.
I think the bolded part pinpoints just exactly how bigoted the intentions behind this bill are. There’s no point to introduce a bill that looks to regulate a non-issue. Only 5.3% of Wisconsin’s meager population consists of “Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin,” who these sorts of bills are clearly seeking to target. Wisconsin is rather accommodating to immigrants because it’s the decent thing to do, particularly in light of the rather startling anti-immigration movements in other areas of the country. Zamarripa’s comment that such a bill becomes increasingly unnecessary as Walker continues to push for stringent budget cuts (many of which have targeted social welfare programs) is pretty damning considering the circumstances. I’m not sure it’s necessary to kick already disadvantaged individuals (I say disadvantaged for simply being coined with an “illegal” status and being forced into non-legal inequality) while they’re down. I wouldn’t particularly consider such a policy measure to normally be “newsworthy” in Wisconsin, however, given what we’ve already seen from the new Republican House, Senate, and Governor, it’s a little startling to see such a backwards-looking bill being introduced into a once progressive state.
Should this bill come to pass, I’m sure the government can expect protests in Wisconsin just as was done in support of the opposition to Arizona’s bill - all of which I personally participated and can attest to. The people of Wisconsin are already mobilizing to fight off Walker’s ridiculous reforms - what’s another issue to tackle?
The earthquake happened while I was in Boston. By the time I came home, it was already huge news. The only thing that seemed to matter, that seemed at all meaningful, was footage of the catastrophes. When I had a spare moment, I’d watch it. Sometimes just the same video, on a loop, over and over. And I’d wonder what I was going to say.
The earthquake, the tsunami, the volcano, the maybe-meltdown. So many people have lost their homes; so many people have died; the danger is so far from being over. And, thanks to 24-hour news and amateur YouTube videos, nearly all of these events have been captured on film. Thanks to the Internet, nearly everyone has blogged about them. There’s something uncomfortable about watching that footage. It draws you in; it refuses to let you stop watching. You click “replay” compulsively, hoping that the next time you see it, you’ll comprehend it all. The shaky camera, the kitchen drawers falling open, the cloud of ash, the supermarket aisle covered in shattered glass and spilled wine: It seems almost ordinary, especially if you watch it (as many people do) on tiny, low-resolution YouTube windows. But you know that something beyond your experience, something massive and with unimaginably awful consequences, just occurred. You saw it. But you didn’t see it. You didn’t understand.
word. pinkgreenandblack over here read white noise in like december and this shit resonates:
"japan is pretty good for disaster footage," alfonse said. "india remains largely untapped. they have tremendous potential with their famines, monsoons, religious strife, train wrecks, boat sinkings, et cetera. but their disasters tend to go unrecorded.* three lines in the newspaper. no film footage, no satellite hookup. this is why california is so important. we not only enjoy seeing them punished for their relaxed life-style and progressive social ideas* but we know we’re not missing anything. the cameras are right there. they’re standing by. nothing terrible escapes their scrutiny.”
"you’re saying it’s more or less universal, to be fascinated by TV disasters."
"for most people there are only two places in the world. where they live and their tv set. if a thing happens on television we have every right to find it fascinating, whatever it is."**
"i don’t know whether to feel good or bad about learning that my experience is widely shared.”
"it’s obvious," lasher said. "we all feel bad. but we can enjoy it on that level."