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How Small Forests Can Help Save the Planet

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[An excellent idea! Local people who own wood lots and rent them out to industry as carbon sinks. *RON*]

By Erica Goode, New York Times, 26 September 2016

BIRKENFELD, Ore. — Eve Lonnquist’s family has owned a forest in the mountains of northwest Oregon since her grandmother bought the land in 1919. Her 95-year-old father still lives on the 157-acre property. And she and her wife often drive up from their home just outside Portland.

But lately, Ms. Lonnquist, 59 and recently retired, has been thinking about the future of her family’s land. Like many small-forest owners, they draw some income from logging and would like to keep doing so. But they would also like to see the forest, with its stands of Douglas fir, alder and cherry, protected from clear-cutting or being sold off to developers.

“For us, the property is our family’s history,” she said.

More than half of the 751 million acres of forestland in the United States are privately owned, most by p…

Canada Accused of Complicity in Mining Companies' Abuse of Women and Girls

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[New report calls on Canada to stop financing and supporting companies that abuse and discriminate against Indigenous women living near mines abroad. Outside of a few alternative sources like rabble.ca, this kid of story is NEVER reported by the mainstream press in Canada, and the Canadian government negotiates endlessly on behalf of mining companies. *RON*]

By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams, 4 October 2016

The Canadian government is failing to protect women against human rights abuses by supporting and financing mining companies that are involved in discrimination, rape, and violence abroad, according to a new report submitted to the United Nations on Monday.

The report (pdf), written by EarthRights International (ERI), MiningWatch Canada, and the Human Rights Research and Education Center Human Rights Clinic at the University of Ottawa, states that the Canadian government continues to support these corporations instead of holding them to account, …

‘Two Million Felonies’: Will The Wells Fargo Scandal Finally Change Wall Street?

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[US politics and the impunity of plutocrats. On "our nation’s crippling epidemic of bank fraud" and the public paying "the price for the greed and the crimes of a powerful, unaccountable, and conscienceless few." *RON*]

Richard (RJ) Eskow, Huffington Post, 3 October 2016


William K. Black Jr. speaks with Richard Eskow on “The Zero Hour.”

Big-bank CEOs have presided over a cornucopia of criminality in recent years. Their misdeeds are so varied and numerous that Wall Street begins to loom in the mind like some Hieronymus Bosch landscape, a scene whose occupants stun the imagination with the scope of their diversity and perversity.

And yet these top executives have managed to avoid being held accountable - legally, financially, and even socially - for their actions. Is that finally about to change? The Wells Fargo scandal may be remembered as the moment when top bankers finally began to pay a price for their actions.

Paying the price.

Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia

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[What they say may be true - that the Pentagon is run by provocateur war-hawks running out of the control of the White House - but the situation is no better in Russia. How can one side improve their position while the other does this? Large-scale All-Russian civil defense drill to take place from 4 to 7 October. *RON*]

Defend Democracy Press, 4 October 2016

A group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials is warning President Obama to defuse growing tensions with Russia over Syria by reining in the demonization of President Putin and asserting White House civilian control over the Pentagon.

ALERT MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

SUBJECT: PREVENTING STILL WORSE IN SYRIA

We write to alert you, as we did President George W. Bush, six weeks before the attack on Iraq, that the consequences of limiting your circle of advisers to a small, relatively inexperienced coterie with a dubious record for wisdom can prove di…

Why a Controversial Palestinian History Class at Berkeley was Canceled, Then Reinstated

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[Another indicator of the strength of the Israel lobby in the United States. Oldies but a goodies: Mearsheimer & Walt (2007) The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, and Fisk (1990) Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon. *RON*]
By Alexander Nazarayan, Newsweek, 5 October 2016
For a Palestinian insurgent supposedly determined to see Israel destroyed, Paul Hadweh looks remarkably like his fellow students at the University of California, Berkeley. I met the 22-year-old senior on the rooftop of a campus building, overlooking the expanse of San Francisco Bay, which glimmered in the pure light of late afternoon. He wore gray Converse sneakers, stylish jeans and a teal T-shirt. On the table beside him lay an iPhone, earbuds coiled, and a packet of loose tobacco. He could have been just another kid, except a nervous energy radiated from him like steam. This was understandable, for in the last month, Hadweh has been depicted as an enemy of Israel, …

Hey California, Why Are You Allowing the Use of Oil Wastewater To Irrigate Our Food?

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["Would you water your garden with the wastewater from an oil field?" Amazing. *RON*]
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog, 5 October 2016
There are times when science is obvious. This is one of those times.

A new report by researchers at PSE Healthy Energy, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of the Pacific sheds light on a very troubling practice in the field of Big Ag — the use of oil industry wastewater for irrigating food crops.

Would you water your garden with the wastewater from an oil field? No. So why does California allow this practice in industrial agriculture?