CJE Friday News Briefs
WS – OMG!!! This new virus makes french people look asian.
The French Health Ministry has announced the ‘first and only confirmed case’ in France of a new virus similar to the one that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that a 65-year-old man who had returned to France from the United Arab Emirates had been diagnosed with the fatal coronavirus, and that he was in the hospital in the northern city of Douai.
The patient, whose name has not been made public, was on a holiday in Dubai from April 9 to 17.
The French Health Ministry said the 65-year-old was the “first and only confirmed case in France to date.”
However, health officials in the Nord/Pas-de-Calais region announced on Thursday that two more people were undergoing tests after showing symptoms of the virus. The two cases include a man who was in the same room with the patient in hospital, and a doctor who treated him.
The patient is said to have been placed in an isolated intensive care unit at hospital while respiratory assistance and blood transfusions have been given to him. More…
Today is “Leveling The Playing Field Day” – Open enrollment for the Flat Earth Society all day.
WS – What about cat food for seniors? Or the shit Corporate Media feeds us each day?
Last week, the European Commission voted to place a two-year moratorium on most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides, on the suspicion that they’re contributing to the global crisis in honeybee health (a topic I’ve touched on here, here, here, and here). Since then, several people have asked me whether Europe’s move might inspire the US Environmental Protection Agency to make a similar move—currently, neonics are widely used in several of our most prevalent crops, including corn, soy, cotton, and wheat.
The answer is no. As I reported recently, an agency press officer told me the EU move will have no bearing on the EPA’s own reviews of the pesticides, which aren’t scheduled for release until 2016 at the earliest.
All of which got me thinking about other food-related substances and practices that are banned in Europe but green-lighted here. Turns out there are lots. Aren’t you glad you don’t live under the Old World regulatory jackboot, where the authorities deny people’s freedom to quaff atrazine-laced drinking water, etc., etc.? Let me know in comments if I’m missing any.
Why it’s a problem: A “potent endocrine disruptor,” Syngenta’s popular corn herbicide has been linked to a range of reproductive problems at extremely low doses in both amphibians and humans, and it commonly leaches out of farm fields and into people’s drinking water.
What Europe did: Banned it in 2003.
US status: EPA: “Atrazine will begin registration review, EPA’s periodic reevaluation program for existing pesticides, in mid-2013.” More…
Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen
WS – Technically there has to be some violations of the Patriot Act going on here. For now, I,m eating at the Big Brother Buffet.
Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The food is served out of a take-out style storefront that rotates identities every six months to highlight another country.
Each iteration of the project is augmented by events, performances, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus country. These events have included live international Skype dinner parties between citizens of Pittsburgh and young professionals in Tehran, Iran; documentary filmmakers in Kabul, Afghanistan; and community radio activists in Caracas, Venezuela.
WS – Watch out for chemtrails…
An international protest planned for later this month against biotechnology company Monsanto is slated to span six continents and include demonstrations in dozens of countries around the globe.
Amid growing concerns over St. Louis, Missouri-based Monsanto and the impact the company is having on agriculture, activists have planned rallies for later this month in 36 countries.
Monsanto, a titan of the emerging biotech industry, has come under attack from environmentalists, agriculturalists and average consumers over the company’s conduct in the realm of genetically-modified organisms and genetically-engineered foods. Despite research on the effects of GMO crops being largely considered inconclusive, Monsanto has lobbied hard in Washington and around the globe to be able to continue manufacturing lab-made foods without the oversight that many have demanded.
In March, Congress passed a biotech rider dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by its critics that essentially allows that company and others that use GMOs to plant and sell genetically-altered products without gaining federal permission. More…
Facebook in talks to buy Israel’s Waze for up to $1 billion: report
Facebook Inc is in advanced talks to acquire Israeli mobile satellite navigation start-up Waze for $800 million to $1 billion, business daily Calcalist reported on Thursday.
The deal, which would be Facebook’s largest acquisition, would give the social networking company a mapping service and allow it to better compete with Google Inc and Apple Inc.
Maps and navigation services have become a key asset for technology companies as consumers increasingly adopt smartphones and other mobile devices.
Waze uses satellite signals from members’ smartphones to generate maps and traffic data, which it then shares with other users, offering real-time traffic info. More…
WS – Do the Republicans know about this orgy?
The so-called ‘Cicada Attack’ is just around the corner, entomologists claim. Billions of cicadas are gearing up to attack the East Coast of the United States after 17 years of staying hidden underground.
Cicadas Swarming Back In
Around the size of a quarter, these flying bugs thrive on plant roots after they bury themselves in the soil and finally emerge from the ground to mate, sometimes in quantities that can cross billions.
Once these cicadas emerge from the ground with the intention of mating, the male cicadas make a buzzing sound, after which, they reproduce, live for a month, and then die. The offspring then burrows back into the ground, feeds on tree roots, and completes a similar life cycle.
Of the different species of cicadas, Brood II, a periodic cicada that hatches out every 17 years, will be invading the U.S. east coast soon.
“These bugs will have dark-colored bodies, bright red eyes and wing veins, It’ll be noisy. There’s no getting around the noise,” Craig Gibbs, an entomologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, told CBS news. More…
WS – You cannot kill the climate. Humans on the other hand…
It should come as no surprise that politicians use accounting tricks to make us think their paltry efforts are worth a damn. A widespread and well established trick is to dilute on paper the annual impact of climate pollution by spreading it over 100 years.
The likely next Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, has supported but is now undecided about liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals to export fracked gas. But it’s no secret that this administration has supported gas. The State Department’s ‘Global Shale Gas Initiative‘ is an example of efforts by this government to promote US shale gas globally. The administration often justifies its promotion of gas as a climate benefit — doublespeak in effect. They can do this only because they use the 100-year accounting trick to assess the impact of methane on climate.
Scientists like Dr. Drew Shindell of NASA promote the 20 year time horizon. The lifetime of emitted methane in the atmosphere is about eight years. It is contagion to reference the 100-year calculation provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1995. But the IPCC also provided a reference for the 20-year time horizon, which has been largely ignored. This a horrible mistake for three big reasons. More…
Federal judge postpones trial against former BP executive
WS – I once tried to get a postponement in traffic court. I was told by the Judge, ” Courts do not operate at your convenience Sir”. Obviously, lying Scum Bag Executives like David Rainey are special people.
A federal judge has agreed to push back the trial date for a former BP executive charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil leaking from the company’s Macondo well in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
David Rainey, a former BP vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, pleaded not guilty in November to charges of making false statements and obstruction of Congress for allegedly providing bogus estimates of how quickly oil was spilling from BP’s runaway well in the days after the deadly catastrophe.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt agreed Thursday to postpone the trial from Sept. 23 until Oct. 14. Rainey had requested the delay, citing “personal scheduling reasons.” More…
10 Banned Music Videos
WS – Rolling Stone is such a Corporate Tool. The “Stone” deliberately leaves ‘Is it for freedom?’ by Sarah Thompson off their list. During the Bush regime Rolling Stone Mag. said nothing about the censorship of activists.
David Bowie controversy is just the latest in a storied history of music video bans
When YouTube banned David Bowie’s music video for “The Next Day,” it seemed ironic, since the site is normally the best place to see once-banned videos. But YouTube says it’s cool with Bowie now – that banning his racy, bloody, religious-themed video was a mistake. While the video has been reinstated, the flap reminds us of other music videos that were initially banned. Here are some of our favorites: Watch…