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11.20 Dead fish to power cruise ships [using dead fish to ultimately kill more fish, animals and plants but at a slower rate]
11.20 Importing gas to replace domestic supply could push emissions up 20%, AGL says [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.20 The arts have a leading role to play in tackling climate change [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.20 Indonesia: dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.21 With Statement Equal Parts 'Dangerous' and 'Imbecilic,' Trump Smears Khashoggi and Vows to Back Murderous Saudis [Keeping oil prices affordable prolongs its use, its burning and our dying]
11.20 New York City subway and bus services have entered 'death spiral', experts say [death spirals are the end-thing nowadays]
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.20 'He may not rewrite immigration laws': Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge [Has anyone thought about putting razor-wire around the White House?]
11.21 Saudi Arabia Accused of Torturing Jailed Women’s-Rights Activists [Trump's great friends...]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
International & Futurism
11.20 Trump administration hawks putting US on course for war with Iran, report warns [“Stupid is as stupid does.” –Forrest Gump]
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE?
Nine Obama Pardons Mock Equity and Justice
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Obama engaged in holiday season political grandstanding for people he neither knew of or cared about. Why not pardon innocent political prisoners? What are his principles?
After the annual Thanksgiving Day turkey "pardoning" travesty, Obama granted nine executive pardons, a December 3 White House press release announcing them by name, date of sentencing, and offense committed.
They date from Russell James Dixon's June 23, 1960 two years probation for a felony liquor law violation to Scoey Lathaniel Morris' May 21, 1999 three years probation and $1,200 restitution for passing counterfeit obligations or securities.
The others were for:
They involve gross criminal injustice, falsely imprisoning innocent people, some for murders they didn't commit, hundreds of others for political advantage, and two or more times involving human rights lawyers for defending unpopular clients too vigorously. Prominent examples are listed below.
On December 3, New York Times writer Charlie Savage headlined, "In a First for Obama, Nine Pardons Are Granted," saying:
White House spokesman Reid Cherlin said:
In fact, he engaged in holiday season political grandstanding for people he neither knew of or cared about, compared to responsible action not taken. Previously he denied hundreds of commutation petitions and dozens requesting pardons, many for deserving victims. Why these now are unrelated to justice, what this or most past executives never considered.
Dozens of previous articles addressed wrongfully imprisoned victims, mostly men, several women, and two human rights lawyers - Lynne Stewart and Paul Bergrin. Both defended unpopular clients too vigorously. As a result, they were targeted and railroaded for doing their job honorably, heroically, and effectively. Mumia Abu-Jamal was falsely sentenced to death for a 1981 murder he didn't commit. He remains on death row.
In 1977, Leonard Peltier, an innocent man, got two life sentences for the deaths of two FBI agents during a 1975 Pine Ridge Indian Reservation incident.
Sami Al-Arian, a prominent Muslim scholar/activist, was targeted for supporting equity and justice for oppressed Palestinians and other democratic value/social justice issues.
Ramsey Muniz, a prominent Latino activist, was framed on bogus drug charges, given life without parole in 1994.
Oscar Lopez Rivera was imprisoned for supporting Puerto Rican independence, sentenced to 70 years in 1981.
A memorable line from Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" explains much, saying:
In other words, guilty by accusation, jurors intimidated to convict, justice always denied.
Most false imprisonments targeted Muslims for their faith, ethnicity, prominence, political activism, and/or charity - for political advantage to incite fear, maintain war on terror hysteria, and enlist popular support for imperial adventurism, rampaging out-of-control globally and increasingly at home repressively against anyone challenging state policy.
Other false imprisonments victimized environmental, animal rights, Black, Latino, and other civil and human rights activists.
All are innocent. None guilty. None should be imprisoned. All should be unconditionally pardoned with public apologies and full restitution. Some deserve Presidential Medal of Freedom or other honors, not hard prison time, often involving long-term isolation and grotesque abuses, including torture, rape, and other forms of mistreatment.
In contrast, nearly always, undeserving notables get presidential honors, most recently on November 17. In a White House ceremony, 15 Medals of Freedom were awarded to:
Except for perhaps Mendez and Angelou, none deserve Medal of Freedom honoring, the nation's highest civilian award, recognizing individuals who've made:
Waging war, making billions, selling out workers, ill governing, dunking basketballs or hitting home runs hardly qualify, unlike a lifetime commitment to democratic values, universal equity and social justice.
US governments flaunt these principles at home and abroad, including wrongfully imprisoning innocent victims while, at the same time, honoring some of our worst and undeserving - a record of shame and disgrace, Obama perpetuating it, mocking justice by his December 3 pardons and Medal of Freedom awards.
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