In America, On the Brooklyn Bridge, the NYPD asserts itself with approx. 700 arrests of peaceful protestors.

And did this make YOUR evening NEWS? If not, ask why not.

It did get prompt headline coverage by the BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera.

Where have all the oysters gone? Ask the Maine Worms. Oh, and apparently Ireland exports more than great beer.

Love those little beasties on the half shell? How about shrimp on the barbie? –No, not that Barbie–though that’s an interesting thought. Could plastic Barbie be used to fuel a grill? Not unless you love the smell of plastic melting with your seafood.  Yeah, so much for the free association word play and back to some of the fundamental life forms formerly flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico prior to the BP Oil Spill.  While wandering through Al Jazeera News I dipped into the features section to find, to my great dismay, a piece posted today by Dahr Jamail titled “No end in sight for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Fresh oil seepages raise questions about further problems with BP’s damaged oil well.” I’ll be right up front–reading this piece will NOT make your day brighter or cheer you up. But–it does provide a certain look at how ecosystems operate and how complex and interconnected Earth’s entire environment system is. Think about worms from Maine and sponges from Ireland destroying oyster populations in the gulf.  Invasive species knocking off the oysters is no small matter for the ecosystem or the oystermen/women who depended on the oysters being fruitful and multiplying for their livelihoods.   And the local oyster extinction issue is just the tip of this article’s oil spill iceberg.  Oil sheens are manifesting and whence are they coming from is another big question–Deep Horizon? The Mancondo well site? Or the seafloor itself due to the disruption of the natural order of things? Wherever it’s coming from it’s way too much for  anyone’s comfort. Even BP is out there doing “research.”

Now about that Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline …..

PS–It’s National Gasland No Fracking Call Obama Day—  202-456-1111  or 202-456-1413    Very nice Volunteers staff the phones so be nice, polite–and brief so that more people can get through the system. Numbers count because by now they know the information drill.  Let them know who you are, where you’re from and that you oppose Fracking.   Go for it. Make it an Earth Day.


Autumn in Kashmir

Heard the news about Arundhati Roy’s home being attacked by right wingers protesting her speaking out about the state of affairs in  Kashmir and wondering what all the fuss is about? Well Kashmir’s story is an old one that has been simmering and boiling between India and Pakistan for years and years to the detriment of the local people who have quite a long list of  “disappeared” men.  Click the photograph to read an article about the new film, Autumn in Kashmir, on Al Jazeera English.  The film premiered in  Toronto and in the US in New York today–November 1.  Oh and if you’re looking for darn good journalism all around, well Al Jazeera English is well worth discovering for news from around the world.  It’s a wonderful antidote to the knee jerking teleprompter readers on the idiot box drowning in their own ignorance.  It’s got to be tough trying to even begin comprehending the rest of the world when all they’ve ever bothered to care about is their own continental lily pad.  But I think there are plenty of intelligent, well informed, concerned and interested young people–and older former investigative newspaper reporters in search of employment–who could do a much more respectable duty of presenting world events than the all the bleached blonde giggling Barbies of all the prime time news networks combined. Seriously, how can anyone respect any journalist who fails to comprehend the importance of documents revealing a terrible depth of torture, kidnapping, and murder running amok around the world? Call me an idealist but in my ethics context paradigm murder and torture are crimes that trump truth-telling about them. Isn’t the Truth what any decent Justice system is supposed to pursue?  I may be very very wrong about this though.


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