Stories from around the country…
June 21, 2007, 5:40 pm
Filed under: interesting, random, Uncategorized

What the Mainstream Media can learn from the Daily Show (American Journalism Review)

Pew Survey finds most knowledgeable people watch Daily Show and Colbert Report (Editor and Publisher.com)

Project Censored 2007

The United Nations headquarters in New York is infested with rats, mice, worms and even salt-water eels, according to staff members. The crumbling 40-acre complex on Manhattan’s East River, built in the 1950s, is due to undergo a $1 billion five-year refurbishment starting next year – a renovation, it seems, that cannot come soon enough. Staff have complained to Aramark, which provides food to the thousands of delegates and assistants who work there, that some lunches served in the canteen have been nibbled by rodents (Telegraph, UK)

The country’s infrastructure is falling apart! Among other things, underground storage tanks have fallen into disrepair and the Bush administration is now trying to withhold billions in federal funds needed to fix them, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today. There are over 100,000 known leaks that could contaminate U.S. drinking water (Buzzflash)

Two policemen plead guilty to murdering 92 year old woman and planting marijuana at the scene. It happens thousands of times a year (Yahoo)

Another reason why Texas is a good place to be from not in: Texans will be able to use deadly force to defend themselves in their homes, cars and workplaces under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Rick Perry. The bill states that a person has no duty to retreat from an intruder before using deadly force. The building or vehicle must be occupied at the time for the deadly force provision to apply, and the person using force cannot provoke the attacker or be involved in criminal activity (AP)

States compete to host deadly disease lab (Yahoo)

The 11th person has been convicted in connection with the Abramoff scandal, this time a congressional aide for republican congressman Don Young from Alaska (AP)

Houston air quality (Houston Chronicle)

Smells like money!

EXCERPTS: “The Houston Chronicle tested the air in public parks, playgrounds and neighborhoods bordering some of the state’s largest industrial plants and found the air in the Manchester area so laden with toxic chemicals that it was dangerous to breathe.”

· Levels of the human carcinogen benzene were so high in Manchester and Port Neches that one scientist said living there would be like “sitting in traffic 24-7.”

· Eighty-four readings measured by the Chronicle were high enough that they would trigger a full-scale federal investigation if these communities were hazardous waste sites.

· Some compounds detected by the Chronicle, such as the rubber ingredient 1,3-butadiene found at four homes in the Allendale area near Manchester, if inhaled over a lifetime at the concentrations found, could increase a person’s chances of contracting cancer, according to federally determined risk levels. Concentrations here were as much as 20 times higher than federal guidelines used for toxic waste dumps.

Such levels attract little attention in Texas and especially in Houston, which for more than half a century has been home to one of the nation’s largest industrial complexes and some of the most powerful petrochemical and oil companies.”

Bush’s “health care plan” is really a $333 Billion tax increase and guess who’s payin’? (TaxProf Blog)

Pressures on guard concern Governors (Washington Post)

LA police admit riot “mistakes” (BBC)

Former White House Communications Deputy turned US Attorney in Arkansas, resigns after evidence emerges linking him to vote suppression. (Pensito Review)

Do you want to buy the Brooklyn Bridge? The US government is selling America’s highways, bridges, tollways and airports to private corporations at an astonishing speed. (Crimes and Corruptions of the New World Order blog)

So, let’s be clear here… taxpayers fund and build this infrastructure. Then it is sold off at a loss. Then corporations raise usage fees, disproportionately affecting low-income families, while making enormous profit. There’s a really distinct pattern going on here – socialization of costs, privatization of profit.

US food imports rarely inspected (MSNBC)

Cancer and Cosmetics (Globe and Mail, UK)


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