News from around the US

 New Orleans turns to international aid (AP via Raw Story)

 Hugh Makes a List: because there are just too many scandals to remember. A partial list of Bush “scandals”, currently 211. (NetRootsMass.net)

Media Benjamin of CodePink gets pied by Bakers Without Borders and Co-optation

“In particular, we hold Medea Benjamin accountable for:

– Publicly siding with the police and municipal authorities against direct actions performed at the World Trade Organization protests of 1999.

– Administrative authority in an organization that hordes funds raised for community organizations in Guatemala

– Administrative authority in an organization that solicited the economic dependency of residents in Cuba and then abandoned the project, pushing the Cuban participants deeper into poverty.

– Acting as self-appointed spokesperson of the “American Left”. One egregious example is publicly refusing to endorse a call by hundreds of Lebanese citizens for Israel to unconditionally withdraw from Southern Lebanon in the 2006 war, claiming that the American Left would not swallow such a demand.

– Exploiting and dominating movement space, resources, and publicity in the global justice and associated movements.”

Medea Benjamin “To those who threw a pie in my face…” (indyBay.org)

Great comments section debate

Bill Gates was pied in the face ten years ago. It’s still fun to watch. (YouTube)

Former republican senator Santorum suggests new terror attacks within 2007 will change American public’s view of the war (Propaganda Matrix)

Attorney General Gonzales knew about FBI lawbreaking (Wired)

Sicko converts a Texas cowboy (Cinema Blend)

Oregon school’s toilet water cleaner than drinking fountain’s (local TV station)

Agent Orange group brings its case to the US (Agence France Presse via Raw Story)

EXCERPT: “…US forces sprayed up to 80 million litres (21 million US gallons) [of Agent Orange] over southern Vietnam between 1961 and 1971…Their case against the companies, including giants Dow Chemical and Monsanto, was thrown out in 2005, but on June 18 the plaintiffs will launch their appeal at a federal court in New York.

Vietnam says around 4.8 million Vietnamese have been exposed to dioxin with more than three million people eventually becoming victims of Agent Orange… The association has the support of veterans’ groups from the United States, Australia, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand, some of whom have already won legal victories or been compensated in out-of-court settlements… US war veterans have received 180 million dollars in a settlement with chemical companies, and last year a South Korean court ordered Dow Chemical and Mosanto to compensate 6,800 South Korean victims.

UPDATE: Nguyen Van Quy, 52, witness for the case, passed away on July 9, 2007 from stomach and liver cancer. (VietnamNews)

I haven’t found news on what happened with the appeal.

85 Questions on police shooting (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Probably no one can know which of the 85 rounds police fired on Sunday was the one that finally made everything go black for Steve Miller. Miller was shot and killed by police after refusing to drop the semiautomatic handgun he had been waving around and pointing at police; his gun was not fired.”

Google rated as “hostile” to privacy concerns (BBC)


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Unless companies like Dow & Monsanto are held responsible for their actions, we cannot expect them to act responsibly.

While we are at it, GMO-based foods should be labeled as such. Polls indicate that 80-90% of Americans want it, so we should have it: a clear case of simple social responsibility.

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