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MISCELLANEOUS UNDER-REPORTED US NEWS
December 9, 2008, 9:16 am
Filed under: business, domestic news, empire, Miscellaneous, news, politics, Uncategorized

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009 – ProjectCensored.org

Video: Miles of trash remain after Ike – Raw Story 12/3/08

Over 3 months after Hurricane Ike hit, 30 miles of trash still lines the Texas coastline.

‘World should hear’ of Galveston conditions – Raw Story 10/30/08 

Bio Lab in Galveston Raises Concerns – NYTimes 10/28/08

Scientists plan to study viruses like Ebola and Marburg in this Texas island where hurricanes regularly wreak havoc.

Michael Rivero on the right to keep and Bear Arms – WhatReallyHappened.com

Jeb Bush: GOP should form ‘shadow government’ – Raw Story 12/4/08

31.5 Million Americans On Food Stamps – Survival Acres 12/4/08

Washington, DC expected to finally get vote in Congress – Raw STory 12/1/08

Exclusive: Treasury and Justice Department probing Bush US Attorney for leaking tax returns – Raw Story 12/1/08

Bush Aides Rush to Enact Rules Obama Opposes – NYTimes 11/29/08

The Labor Department is racing to complete a new rule, strenuously opposed by President-elect Barack Obama, that would make it much harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the job…The Labor Department proposal is one of about 20 highly contentious rules the Bush administration is planning to issue in its final weeks. The rules deal with issues as diverse as abortion, auto safety and the environment.  One rule would make it easier to build power plants near national parks and wilderness areas. Another would reduce the role of federal wildlife scientists in deciding whether dams, highways and other projects pose a threat to endangered species….“This [Labor Department] rule is being pushed through by an administration that, for the last seven and a half years, has failed to set any new OSHA health rules to protect workers, except for one issued pursuant to a court order,” said Margaret M. Seminario, director of occupational safety and health for the A.F.L.-C.I.O.  Now, Ms. Seminario said, “the administration is rushing to lock in place requirements that would make it more difficult for the next administration to protect workers.”  She said the proposal could add two years to a rule-making process that often took eight years or more.

Watchdog: ‘Small, weak’ agency can’t protect government whistleblowers  – Raw Story 11/26/08

Exclusive: Abramoff had ‘agreement’ withRove aide a month after Bush took office – Raw Story 11/17/08

Another Ex-Member of Team Abramoff Charged — And One More Could Be Next – TPMuckraker 11/24/08

Top Wal-Mart lobbyist to be charged in Abramoff case – Raw Story 11/24/08

Former News Radio Staffer Spills the Beans on How Shock Jocks Inspire Hatred and Anger – Alternet 11/7/08

The Top Ten Power Brokers of the Religious Right – Alternet 11/10/08

Bill Moyers Interviews former US Army Col. Andrew Bacevich – PBS 9/26/08

Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? Bill Moyers sits down with history and international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life

The Lee Atwater Story: Meet the Man Responsible for Karl Rove and the GOP’s Hate-Driven Politics – Alternet 10/16/08

A New Bretton Woods – Global Research 10/30/08

Most Presidents Ignore the Constitution – Wall Street Journal 10/29/08

Nuke missile silo fire went undetected – Raw Story 10/31/08

$1m damage to unmanned underground launch site, Air Force not aware for 5 days.

How to hold CIA operatives hostage for profit – DailyKos 9/30/08

VA claims found in piles to be shredded – Raw Story 10/17/08

JUDGE: BUSH ADM. CAN WITHHOLD TORTURE DOCS – Raw Story 10/29/08

Mag: ‘Last secrets’ of Bush administration – Raw Story 11/24/08

FEMA’s Nightmare: A Big Midwest Shaker – Miller McCune 11/21/08

NYC Churches Ordered Not To Shelter Homeless – WCBS NY 11/22/08

 

THE US PRISON INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM

Incarceration Nation: The Rise of a Prison-Industrial Complex – Dissident Voice 11/8/08

Sexual-abuse case against former TYC jailer stalls – Houston Chronicle 11/20/08

The state’s sexual abuse case against a former youth prison administrator has stalled since his attorney was arrested and stopped appearing at hearings, court records show. 

In Stunning Ruling, D.C. Judge Orders Release of Five Gitmo Prisoners – Alternet 11/20/08

Rape, Torture and Humiliation in Women’s Prisons: A Global State of Crisis – Alternet 9/23/08

Families of the Victims Tortured by Chicago Detectives Rejoice at First Arrest – Alternet 10/27/08

A 25-year fight to bring Jon Burge and detectives who tortured at least 150 black men into confession to justice reaches a crucial stage.

NRA to settle suit over Katrina gun seizures – AP/Yahoo 10/8/08

Chicago police torture probe widens – Raw Story 10/25/08

The War on Pot Is a War on Young People – Alternet 10/17/08

America: The World’s Worst Prison State – Statistics – LibertyForLife

Taser creates crowd control weapon – BlogTown 10/7/08

Sheriff begins taking away concealed weapons permits – Orange County (CA) Register 10/9/08

 

POISONING US LAND, AIR & WATER

Cities, States Questioning Wisdom of Adding Fluoride Chemicals to Public Water Supplies – Natural News 11/9/08

New York’s Water Threatened by Natural Gas Drilling? – Alternet 12/3/08

For months public concern has been growing that upstate mining may be threatening the water supply for New York City’s 9 million people.

FDA admits mercury fillings have neurotoxic effects on children – PrisonPlanet 12/3/08

“Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses,” reads a statement that has been added to the agency’s Web site. “Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure, including individuals with existing high levels of mercury bioburden, should not avoid seeking dental care, but should discuss options with their health practitioner.”

Tranquilizer Detox Withdrawal Can Last Years – ABC 12/1/08

FDA, Patients Say Quitting ‘Benzos’ Abruptly Can Lead to Horrific Side Effects

States Taking Pharma to Court for Risky Antipsychotic-Prescribing Spree – Alternet 10/19/08

Texas Attorney General Sues Pharmaceutical Companies for Overcharging State Medicaid– Natural News 11/24/08

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A “SINGLE VOICE PROJECT” is the official name of the petition sponsored by: The National Public Service Council To Abolish Private Prisons (NPSCTAPP)

THIS PETITION SEEKS TO ABOLISH ALL PRIVATE PRISONS IN THE UNITED STATES, (or any place subject to its jurisdiction)

The National Public Service Council To Abolish Private Prisons (NPSCTAPP) is a grass roots organization driven by a single objective. We want the United States government to reclaim sole authority for state and federal prisons on US soil.
We want the United States Congress to immediately rescind all state and federal contracts that permit private prisons “for profit” to exist in the United States, or any place subject to its jurisdiction. We understand that the problems that currently plague our government, its criminal justice system and in particular, the state & federal bureau of prisons (and most correctional and rehabilitation facilities) are massive. However, it is our solemn belief that the solutions for prison reform will remain unattainable and virtually impossible as long as private prisons for profit are permitted to operate in America.

Prior to the past month, and the fiasco of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Lehman Brothers, and now the “Big Three” American Automobile manufacturers, the NPSCTAPP has always felt compelled to highlight the “moral Bottom line” when it comes to corrections and privatization. Although, we remain confounded by the reality that our government has allowed our justice system to be operated by private interests. The NPSCTAPP philosophy has always been “justice” should not be for sale at any price. It is our belief that the inherent and most fundamental responsibility of the criminal justice system should not be shirked, or “jobbed-out.” This is not the same as privatizing the post office or some trash pick up service in the community. There has to be a loss of meaning and purpose when an inmate looks at a guard’s uniform and instead of seeing an emblem that reads State Department of Corrections or Federal Bureau of Prisons, he sees one that says: “Atlas Prison Corporation.”

Let’s assume that the real danger of privatization is not some innate inhumanity on the part of its practitioners but rather the added financial incentives that reward inhumanity. The same logic that motivates companies to operate prisons more efficiently also encourages them to cut corners at the expense of workers, prisoners and the public. Every penny they do not spend on food, medical care or training for guards is a dime they can pocket. What happens when the pennies pocketed are not enough for the shareholders? Who will bailout the private prison industry when they hold the government and the American people hostage with the threat of financial failure…“bankruptcy?” What was unimaginable a month ago merits serious consideration today. State and Federal prison programs originate from government design, and therefore, need to be maintained by the government. It’s time to restore the principles and the vacated promise of our judicial system.

John F. Kennedy said, “The time to repair the roof is while the sun is shinning”. Well the sun may not be shinning but, it’s not a bad time to begin repair on a dangerous roof that is certain to fall…. because, “Incarcerating people for profit is, in a word WRONG”

There is an urgent need for the good people of this country to emerge from the shadows of cynicism, indifference, apathy and those other dark places that we migrate to when we are overwhelmed by frustration and the loss of hope.
It is our hope that you will support the NPSCTAPP with a show of solidarity by signing our petition. We intend to assemble a collection of one million signatures, which will subsequently be attached to a proposition for consideration. This proposition will be presented to both, the Speaker Of The House Of Representatives (Nancy Pelosi) and the United States Congress.

Please Help Us. We Need Your Support. Help Us Spread The Word About This Monumental And Courageous Challenge To Create Positive Change. Place The Link To The Petition On Your Website! Pass It On!

The SINGLE VOICE PETITION and the effort to abolish private “for profit” prisons is the sole intent of NPSCTAPP. Our project does not contain any additional agendas. We have no solutions or suggestions regarding prison reform. However, we are unyielding in our belief that the answers to the many problems which currently plague this nation’s criminal justice system and its penal system in particular, cannot and will not be found within or assisted by the private “for profit” prison business. The private “for profit” prison business has a strangle hold on our criminal justice system. Its vice like grip continues to choke the possibility of justice, fairness, and responsibility from both state and federal systems.
These new slave plantations are not the answer!

For more information please call 415.420.3891 or visit: http://www.npsctapp.blogsppot.com or email: williamthomas@exconciliation.com
To sign the petition please visit: http://www.petitiononline.com/gufree2/petition

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

William Thomas
National Community Outreach Facilitator
The National Public Service Council To Abolish Private Prisons
P.O. Box 156423
San Francisco, California 94115

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