Lawlessness / Ruined – part 54

“Piracy on High Seas… US and British Aim to Sink Iran Nuclear Deal” by Finian Cunningham (Strategic Culture Foundation)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The seizure of two million barrels of Iranian crude oil by British commandoes is a blatant act of piracy aimed at provoking Iran into war. Also, confiscation of the supertanker in Britain’s Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar seems aimed at sinking the last chances for the international nuclear accord being upheld.

Iran has already warned it will suspend parts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by increasing stockpiles of enriched uranium, particularly because Tehran has rebuked the European Union for not doing enough to implement the 2015 accord and normalize trade with Iran, circumventing US sanctions.

Following the G20 summit in Japan at the end of last month, the Europeans appeared to stiffen their resolve to finally set up a trading mechanism with Iran (known as Instex) which would avoid US sanctions.

The timing of the latest capture of Iranian crude oil at sea by British special forces – and the indication they were colluding with American intelligence – will serve to sabotage any trust in Tehran that the Europeans can deliver on promises, thereby prompting Iran to crash out of the nuclear accord.

On the other hand, an interview on RT News with James Jatras included James’s informing the audience that Instex was not really going to help here because it does not deal with oil. For the life of me, I can’t find that RT video interview.

“Satellite Imagery Confirms Factory Farm Growth Is Major Cause of Lake Erie Algae Blooms” by Eric Sandy (Earth Island Journal)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Lake Erie is ill. The Ohio EPA designated the lake as an “impaired” body of water in 2018, which means, in regulatory terms, that the chemical pollution filtering in through local tributaries is getting much worse. Michigan declared its portion of the lake impaired two years prior.

This spring, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) jointly published an interactive map to help shed light on the root of the problem. The map, which focuses on the Maumee River watershed, showed a dramatic increase in the number of animal feeding operations — also known as AFOs, or factory farms — and the attendant uptick in phosphorus runoff derived from livestock manure and commercial fertilizer. Dissolved phosphorus in the water table has been linked to the explosive development of harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, which produce microcystin toxins and create dead zones in the water. More phosphorus, bigger and badder algae blooms.
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I’ve dipped into Earth Island’s offerings on and off for many years now. I see, though, that they promote the Sunrise Movement. (I left a comment on the website complaining and I see it there, but I don’t know whether it has been ghosted. Ghost banning is one way the Corporatocracy’s gatekeepers keep information from the people. That’s where a commenter sees his or her comment but no one else can see it. I’m there, but invisible, like a ghost.) It is part of a huge, successful, operation by the Corporatocracy to push the entire world into accepting the corporate-inspired and -led New Green Deal. See Cory Morningstar’s expose of that.

I think that I’m not going to find many orgs like Earth Island Journal to be pure. I can’t keep track of everything. And if I could, I suspect that pretty soon, if I ignored the fakers, I’d be out of material for my series. In any case, fakers like EIJ (and Grist et al) will crank out factual reports, I’m sure, on environmental problems. Where the fakery comes in, mostly, is when we examine who they join forces with in addressing those problems, something that doesn’t necessarily make the reported problems fake.

“Add-On Label Identifies Real Organic Food” by ? (The Cornucopia Institute)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The USDA’s National Organic Program has failed consumers and true organic farmers by refusing to enforce pasture requirements for organic livestock and by allowing hydroponic produce to bear the organic label. As such, add-on labels are emerging to help consumers differentiate between industrial and authentic organic. Cornucopia supports the efforts of the Real Organic Project to verify ethical farming practices.

Source: Flickr, UGA CAES/Extension

“GMO Companies May Soon Regulate Themselves: Comment by August 6” by ? (Cornucopia Institute)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The USDA has recently proposed a set of rules that would allow chemical companies such as Dow and Bayer/Monsanto to determine the safety of their own products. The proposed rules, now open for public comment, would further deregulate an untrustworthy industry.

If the rules are enacted, manufacturers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will decide for themselves whether or not to report experimental testing of their genetically engineered (GE) crops to the USDA. This move will sanction a glaring conflict of interest and allow GMOs to go directly from the lab to the market for consumption.

detail of bee or honeybee in Latin Apis Mellifera, european or western honey bee sitting on the violet or blue flower

“Trump Stings Honeybees While They’re Down” by Tom Philpott (Mother Jones)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Bees are in a world of trouble right now. A few years ago, the US Environmental Protection Agency took some steps to protect the insects by limiting the use of an insecticide called sulfoxaflor. Made by Corteva, the agricultural arm of DowDupont, sulfoxaflor is “highly toxic to bees and other pollinating insects,” and it also appears to harm wild pollinators like bumblebees at low doses. In 2016, under pressure from a lawsuit by environmental groups and a federal court order, the agency severely limited use of the insecticide.

On Friday, the EPA undid many of those restrictions, expanding the bug killer’s potential domain to corn, soybeans, cotton, alfalfa, millet, oats, pineapple, sorghum, tree plantations, citrus, squash, and strawberries. These crops cover a massive amount of land and represent a huge prospective market. In a typical year, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and cotton are planted on about 190 million acres—a combined land mass equal to nearly two Californias. So the decision marks a vast expansion of territory on which bees could encounter sulfoxaflor.

I don’t think that this is a pic of the actual victim, but I don’t know.

“Mother, Who Should Not Have Been in Jail, Forced to Give Birth While Shackled” by Matt Agorist (The Free Thought Project)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

A pregnant woman who was arrested over an alleged dispute with her ex, went into labor while being processed and forced to give birth in chains.

New York, NY — A young mother was just awarded $610,000 in taxpayer dollars after a lawsuit revealed how the New York Police Department forced her to give birth in chains. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit was pregnant and went into labor hours after she was unnecessarily arrested on February 7, 2018.

After multiple horrifying events exposed the disturbing policy, in 2009, the state of New York banned the practice of shackling pregnant woman. Then in 2015, the law was updated to banning the use of any restraint on pregnant women.

Despite this law, however, reports like this one continue to surface.

“Detroit’s facial recognition surveillance system exposed” by Kevin Reed (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners decided on June 29 to postpone a vote on the expansion of its use of camera and facial recognition technology amid growing public outrage over the system that has been in place since 2016.

The decision to delay the vote followed a report the previous day in the Detroit Metro Times that the core surveillance technology—which is scanning and recording the activity of everyone in the city within sight of its extensive camera network at all times—was purchased for $1 million and installed without any public review or discussion let alone a vote of the Detroit City Council or the Police Commission.
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Julian Assange

“UK government holds “media freedom” conference while imprisoning Assange” by Oscar Grenfell (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Assange’s only “crime” is exposing war crimes, subversion and corruption by the US and British governments. Chelsea Manning, the courageous whistleblower who leaked the information to WikiLeaks, has been sent back to jail for refusing to give false testimony against Assange before a US grand jury.

Assange’s jailing by the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, at the behest of the United States, has been followed by a near-total media blackout, including the burying of a United Nations statement calling his treatment a form of torture.

It was against the backdrop of this grim milestone that the British government convened a two-day “Global Conference for Media Freedom” in London this week. The 1,000 carefully vetted attendees, including political dignitaries, representatives of the corporate press and professional “civil liberties” activists, gathered to proclaim their commitment to unfettered freedom of the press and their unyielding defence of persecuted journalists.

The conference will be remembered only as a grotesque example of the boundless cynicism of the British ruling elite. It was held some seven miles from Belmarsh Prison, where the world’s most famous persecuted journalist is being held in a maximum-security facility designed for murderers and terrorists.

When you self-modify, which we are all free to do, then you acquire twisted desires and values. ‘Riches For The Strongest’, expressed honestly by fascist Benjamin Netanyahu, becomes your chosen value and goal. It’s a free universe. We are all free to self-modify, to become neoconservatives who believe in violence, deceit and inequality. But no one can escape consequences, even if it seems that you can. Indeed, In this dark world, often crime pays. Take a good look at the above crowd, spitting on all that is decent. They do so, partly, because they have modified themselves into being monsters but also because, having self-modified, they have the moral support of all those – and they are many – who have similarly self-modified, jettisoning their basic goodness (which includes the sane golden rule of ‘love others as you would be loved’). They are ‘enjoying’ themselves, clearly. The way they are enjoying themselves, via the perverted gathering described in the above article, is also called ‘attitude’. But, You can be happy being happy, or you can be happy being miserable. It is my contention that when you sell your soul, you then introduce conflict into your soul (and cognitive dissonance in which the positive self-image now conflicts with your actual words and deeds). When you can’t show the humility sufficient to acknowledge your errors (which those who have sold their souls can’t manage, obviously), then you will rationalize (make appear good) your evil deeds and justify your overall (new) course, which your evil associates will approve (justify), making that sort of self-justification into self/world justification. Your inner disturbance then becomes outer trouble-making as you then attempt, in all that you do, to prove to others, but mainly to yourself, that The Lie is the truth. And part of that Lie is the idea that we are God, with all that that implies. Since that Lie can’t be proved, the trouble-makers’ trouble-making is endless and, in fact, increases in severity over time.

“Jingoistic Military Fetishization Is As American As Bald Eagle McNuggets” by Caitlin Johnstone (Caitlin Johnstone)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

“Putin’s America,” tweeted Anand Giridharadas, a pundit who was genetically engineered in a Monsanto laboratory to appeal to NPR listeners on every possible level.

Giridharadas used these words yesterday to caption a short video clip of two tanks being carted through the streets of DC in preparation for their appearance in a parade for Independence Day, a holiday in which Americans gather to eat hot dogs and drink Mountain Dew in celebration of the anniversary of their lateral transfer from monarchy to corporatist oligarchy.

The military hardware parade is taking place at the behest of President Bolton’s social media assistant Donald Trump, and critics have been vocally decrying it as alien and un-American…

All of these people are of course being ridiculous. There’s nothing alien or un-American about Trump’s parade at all. Jingoistic fetishization of the military is as American as a deep-fried trademark symbol.

U.S. Ambassador to the OAS Carlos Trujillo (left) led the Jun. 19 OAS delegation to Haiti, which was concocted in cahoots with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro (right).

“The OAS Trampled Legality in Bringing the PHTK to Power. It’s Doing So Again Trying to Save It.” by Kim Ives (Haïti Liberté)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Eight years ago, the Organization of American States (OAS) helped orchestrate an illegal election which brought President Michel Martelly to power, thereby introducing an era of unprecedented corruption under his Haitian Bald Headed Party (PHTK).

As that era now draws to a chaotic close, the OAS (sometimes dubbed “Washington’s Ministry of Colonial Affairs”) is again trampling legality and protocol in a last-ditch effort to shore up Martelly’s PHTK protégé and successor, President Jovenel Moïse…

Last week, the OAS outraged the Haitian people once again by scrambling a make-shift delegation to Haiti to propose that Moïse dialogue with representatives of the tens of thousands of Haitians weekly demanding his resignation. Unfortunately for the OAS and Moïse, there is no sector or organization willing to sit down with the embattled president, all saying that he has lost all credibility.

Sir Ronald Sanders, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the United States and the OAS, lambasted the Jun. 19 OAS delegation to Haiti as part of an increasing “pattern of ignoring established procedures and authority” because it was sent “without any discussion or mandate by the Permanent Council, the organ responsible for making and overseeing policy between General Assemblies,” he wrote in an article for the Caribbean News Service.

“Instead of action being taken on the authority of the Permanent Council after due deliberation and decision, the visit of a delegation to Haiti seems to have been organized between the Ambassador of the United States, Carlos Trujillo, and the Secretary-General, Luis Almagro in response to a letter of invitation from the Government of Haiti that, most unusually, was not distributed to OAS member states as is the norm,” Sanders wrote. “It is most unlikely, having not discussed, authorized, or mandated the delegation to Haiti and having never been made privy to the Haitian letter, that the entire Permanent Council of the OAS can embrace it, particularly as, according to media reports, the OAS was vilified by protestors.”

Note: That’s actually the name of that political Party!

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel

“‘Lies, Slander’: Cuba Rejects US Trafficking Blacklist” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Cuba denounced a decision by the United States to blacklist the island nation for allegedly contributing to human trafficking as based on “lies and slander.”

The U.S. State Department’s annual report on human trafficking released Thursday added Cuba and Saudi Arabia to the list of countries allegedly “not doing enugh” to prevent human trafficking and warned sanctions could follow. To add insult to injury, the U.S. also accused Cuba of using its overseas medical program for trafficking…

Cuba’s international medical program Operation Miracle travels the world offering free medical treatment to impoverished and needy communities. They have been praised by numerous international organizations for their selfless dedication to their patients and their rapid response to areas struck by disaster.

To discredit the program by accusing it of aiding human traffickers would also, by association, discredit the hundreds of surgeons who have worked to care for Mozambique’s cyclone victims, Bolivia’s most remote villagers, Puerto Rican hurricane victims, Ecuadorean earthquake survivors, and Chernobyl’s cancer patients.

[Cuban President Miguel] Diaz-Canel denounced it as a ploy to increase sanctions against the Caribbean country​​​​​​​. The United Nations has denounced the compounding number of sanctions imposed by the United States as a violation of human rights and international law.


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