Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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Director of the Greenpeace campaign, Paulo Adario, explains that the policy is not designed for “sustainable” logging. It takes at least 45 years for some of the species to regenerate and the 30 year lease that has been granted gives not incentives for companies to act responsibly.
They have already found a new sawmill that just opened a few months ago that already has cut down their "fair share" for the year in two months and more is on the way. But the President of Brazil, that campaigned on environmental preservation is annoyed now because he says that the environmentalist get in the way and Brazil's economy needs to grow at 5% every year.
How priorities change once you are in power.
And little by little, those who stand up for the commonwealth, the common good, are killed or grow weary of fighting.
Thanks to GW Bush and the neocons we can now thank for putting a stop to such frivilious lawsuits as:
1. Corporations knowingly making paint with led, even though it causes birth defects and mental retardation. The most they can be fined is $5,000.... Chump change for a multinational corporation that makes billions a year.
2. Pharmaceutical companies that make drugs they knowingly can kill people.
3. Gun makers who want immunity for products that kill and maim people.
4. Citizens who have been knowingly poisoned by their employer.
Lawsuits use to be a deterrent to faulty products. Corporation would calculate the costs of the lawsuits into their bottom line. The larger the penalty the more motive they had to avoid a "bad or hurtful" design.
Not any more. Nope, thanks to the Right-wing Think Tanks, the ignorant right-wing fanatics, corrupt politicians and the neocons that have stacked the courts with judiciary idealogs, we don't have to worry about consumer protection, or workers' rights. Nope, not to worry, those things have all been swept under the rug.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Prof. Edward Felton, a computer science professor at Princeton, conducted a study recently that found that it would not be at all difficult to hack into a Diebold machine that is the most commonly used electronic voting machine in the country.
Professor Felton’s two main findings were:
(1) Malicious software on a voting machine can “steal votes with little if any risk of detection.” It can also “modify all of the records, audit logs and counters kept by the voting machine, so that even careful forensic examination of these records will find nothing amiss.”
(2) “Anyone who has physical access to a voting machine, or to a memory card that will later be inserted into a machine, can install” malicious software in as little as one minute.
Prof. Aviel D. Rubin of Johns Hopkins University reached much the same conclusion. In a classroom exercise in 2004, he created a malicious code that was able to change the outcome of an election and then disappear without a trace.
These scenarios of intentional vote theft are the most alarming, but there is a lot that can go wrong simply by accident or with poor handling of the machines.
Voters using electronic machines have often reported that when they tried to cast a ballot, the machine “flipped” their votes from the candidate they selected to an opponent. In last November’s elections, reports of “vote flipping” were widespread, and in some cases they were confirmed by election officials. In Broward County, Fla., a spokeswoman for the Board of Elections told The Miami Herald that it is not uncommon for their electronic machines to get out of sync when they are used heavily, and to register votes incorrectly. When voters call the glitches to poll workers’ attention, she said, the machines can be recalibrated on the spot.
November's election brought reports of other problems with electronic voting last November, ranging from software glitches that caused votes to be counted twice to a faulty memory cartridge that caused votes to be added to races in which they were not cast. VotersUnite.org kept a log of problems reported in the media.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
President Bush has said it.
A lot of government scientists have said it.
But until yesterday, it appeared that no news release on annual climate trends out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the Bush White House had said unequivocally that a buildup of greenhouse gases was helping warm the climate....
See article By ANDREW C. REVKIN
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
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Simultaneously, many of these same people engineered the noose hanging of Saddam Hussein four days later. This act was enabled by United States leaders who deceitfully invaded Iraq three and a half years ago. Hussein’s death was surrounded by actions emanating from President Bush’s administration. I do not question Hussein’s villainous acts but I do question our leaders who have allowed Iraq to be on the verge of collapsing into a devastating hopeless crater.
The media presented gross pictures of a death we did not need stamped on our minds. Deaths of two very different world leaders happening in the same week are astounding and absurd. One was natural and the other was certain when his statute was destroyed in 2003..
Saturday evening I wept as I watched on television the funeral hearse and caravan of mourners slowly move through Washington to the Capitol for a state funeral to be held for President Ford. I wept for what happened to bring him to the Presidency. I wept for what our country has lost. I wept for the people of deceit who speak lies and for the people of honesty who speak truth. I wept for the people who have governed our country for the good of the people not of their political well being.
I wept for the life of Hussein who became a world villain and for the truth that more people died from our invasion of Iraq than were killed by his tyrannical acts. His death was revenge for his disregard of human life. This act will probably escalate the rage with the deaths of more Iraqis and our military. Increased killing does not assure peace.
Now my eyes are dry but my heart aches as I pray the peoples’ voice will be heard. I pray leaders who care more about the foundation of our country than their political future and how history will depict them will garner the strength to emulate the wisdom and prudence Mr. Ford portrayed for our country in crisis in 1974.
May decency, honesty, integrity, truth and fairness again be the hallmarks of our domestic and foreign policies. It is a tall order; however, I believe we the people have the will and power to support United States’ leaders who value these qualities. May every concerned person become active in restoring these essential values of our democracy throughout 2007.
Mary Elizabeth McIlvane
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