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Hostility Greets Katrina Recovery Plan. Residents Assail Eminent Domain and Other Facets of New Orleans Proposal
By : Manuel Roig-Franzia - Saturday January 14, 2006
By Manuel Roig-Franzia NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 11 — Angry homeowners screamed and City Council members seethed Wednesday as this city’s recovery commission recommended imposing a four-month building moratorium on most of New Orleans and creating a powerful new authority that could use eminent domain to seize homes in neighborhoods that will not be rebuilt. Hundreds of residents packed into a hotel ballroom interrupted the presentation of the long-awaited proposal with shouts and (...)
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We Will Educate Our Colleagues, the Policy Community, the Media, and Our Patients
By : Andy Coates - Saturday January 14, 2006
Physicians for a National Health Program Meet in Philadelphia by Andy Coates Physicians for a National Health Program held its annual meeting on December 10, 2005. Originally planned for New Orleans, it was relocated to Philadelphia after Hurricane Katrina. Founded in 1987, the organization has over 14,000 members nationally. PNHP advocates and educates for a single national health insurance plan: in the words of PNHP National Coordinator Quentin Young, MD, "everybody in, nobody out." (...)
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Detained, Not Rescued: Katrina Survivors Testimony to Congress (AUDIO)
By : New Orleans Residents - Wednesday January 11, 2006
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Katrina Survivors to Congress 128k mp3s: rt-click -> save as 1. Why all the M-16s? 2. Concentration Camps 3. They Blew it 4. Show Us The Levee 5. Martial Law or or Stream 64k or 128k (except #5) or even more options at archive.org On Dec 6, 2005 several Katrina Survivors testified before Congress- their testimony should have been headline news across America... You can still watch the testimony at C-span (12/6/05), but if you don’t have 4 (...)
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Coal mine blast gives industry black eye
By : Steve James - Monday January 9, 2006
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By Steve James NEW YORK (Reuters) - The blast that killed 12 miners in a West Virginia mine has given coal mining a black eye just as the long-stagnant industry had begun turning a profit after decades of red ink. Analysts and industry experts said on Wednesday that the disaster, in which the 12 missing men were at first mistakenly reported alive, could have a negative impact on recruitment at a time when the industry is short of skilled workers. However, they did not believe the (...)
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The Coming Meltdown (A Review)
By : Bill McKibben - Tuesday December 27, 2005
By Bill McKibben The year 2005 has been the hottest year on record for the planet, hotter than 1998, 2002, 2004, and 2003. More importantly, perhaps, this has been the autumn when the planet has shown more clearly than before just what that extra heat means. Consider just a few of the findings published in the major scientific journals during the last three months: Arctic sea ice is melting fast. There was 20 percent less of it than normal this summer, and as Dr. Mark Serreze, one of the (...)
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50 indicted for stealing hundreds thousands of dollars from Red Cross Fund for Katrina Victims
By : Jacqueline L. Salmon - Tuesday December 27, 2005
Fraud Alleged at Red Cross Call Centers Contract Workers in Calif. Stole From Katrina Aid Program, Indictments Say By Jacqueline L. Salmon Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, December 27, 2005; A02 Nearly 50 people have been indicted in connection with a scheme that bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Red Cross program to put cash into the hands of Hurricane Katrina victims, according to federal authorities. Seventeen of the accused worked at the Red Cross claim center in (...)
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Arlo, Katrina and a musical trail to New Orleans
By : Andrew Buncombe - Thursday December 22, 2005
The son of Woody Guthrie knew exactly how to revive the musical heritage of the Big Easy. He took a train ride from Chicago all the way down south. By Andrew Buncombe But all the towns and people seem to fade into a bad dream, And the steel rail still ’ain’t heard the news. The conductor sings his song again, The passengers will please refrain: This train has got the disappearin’ railroad blues. More than 30 years ago Arlo Guthrie, son of the late folk legend Woody, sat (...)
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Beyond Relief and Recovery
By : Emmett D. Carson - Thursday December 22, 2005
Philanthropy’s biggest challenge in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is to move past just doing the familiar. by Emmett D. Carson man handing over FEMA envelope. Every so often, an event occurs that changes how a society views itself. Ideas and beliefs that were universally accepted before the event are sharply questioned afterward. Hurricane Katrina is likely to be such an event. The hurricane affected a 90,000-square mile land mass (the size of England), taking the lives of (...)
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Katrina Survivors Tell Congress Levees Were Blown On Purpose
By : Eunice Moscoso - Tuesday December 13, 2005
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Victim’s anger: Dyan French, who stayed in New Orleans during the hurricane and its aftermath, gives evidence to the congressional committee. She claimed the city’s levees were purposely bombed. By Eunice Moscoso, Washington December 8, 2005 VICTIMS of hurricane Katrina have told a US congressional bipartisan select committee that they were held at gunpoint, treated like criminals and left to sleep next to dead bodies. They said the Government at all levels failed to protect (...)
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Flashback: Two Earthquakes on Christmas Day, EXACTLY one year apart- to the hour
By : St. Nick - Monday December 12, 2005
Incredible Coincidence: A massive earthquake in Asia unleashed tsunamis killing thousands, exactly one year to the hour after the Bam, Iran earthquake killed 26,000. What are the odds of two of the most destructive earthquakes in decades occuring exactly one year apart- almost to the minute! December 26, 2003 - Bam, Iran, only 6.6 on the richter scale, but quake is centered directly under the city- 26,000 dead. December 26, 2004 - Centered off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the massive (...)
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NEW ORLEANIANS PLAN RALLY IN WASHINGTON DC Wednesday, December 14
By : nola.com - Monday December 12, 2005
Frustrated by the slow pace of the federal government’s response, Shawna Doremus and Judith Kaufman, both New Orleanians displaced in Pittsburgh, have planned a rally in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, December 14, 2005. ”New Orleans is one of America’s most unique cities, and it is heartbreaking to see the city struggling to get back on it’s feet,” said Doremus. “We are Americans, we are taxpayers, and Judy and I both personally represent small (...)
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Goodbye, New Orleans
By : Mike Tidwell - Saturday December 10, 2005
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by Mike Tidwell AS WE REACH THE 90-DAY mark since Katrina hit, it’s time we ended our national state of denial. Turns out House Speaker Dennis Hastert had it right all along, though his reasons were flawed. We should call it quits in New Orleans not because the city can’t be made relatively safe from hurricanes. It can be. And not because to do so is more trouble than it’s worth. It’s not. But because the Bush Administration has already given New Orleans a quiet (...)
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Wisconsin Should Hold Oil Executives Accountable
By : Robert Miranda - Thursday November 24, 2005
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By Robert Miranda Wisconsin Governor Doyle’s administration will be holding a public hearing in Milwaukee on December 1st to ask corporate oil executives questions about record profits their companies amassed in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Under the authority of Wisconsin’s trade and consumer protection law, the Governor has subpoenaed oil company executives to appear in Wisconsin for this public hearing. Those served with subpoenas are: David O’Reilly, (...)
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USING ILLEGAL LABOR TO CLEAN UP AFTER KATRINA
By : Roberto Lovato - Friday November 18, 2005
By Roberto Lovato Halliburton and its subcontractors hired hundreds of undocumented Latino workers to clean up after Katrina — only to mistreat them and throw them out without pay. Arnulfo Martinez recalls seeing lots of hombres del ejercito standing at attention. Though he was living on the Belle Chasse Naval Base near New Orleans when President Bush spoke there on Oct. 11, he didn’t understand anything the ruddy man in the rolled-up sleeves was saying to the troops. (...)
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ePluribus Media Introduces Searchable Timelines
By : ePluribus Media - Wednesday November 16, 2005
Did you get confused or lost in the hurricane of bits of information during the time of Katrina? Have you made up your mind about what FEMA did or did not do and trust your information? Are you trying to write about Katrina/FEMA/Rita and finding the research overwhelming? For dramatic, far reaching stories, such as the Katrina and Rita hurricanes, the new ePluribus Media Timelines let you go behind the blockbuster headlines to connect the dots between the minor stories that led to (...)
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’Bird Flu’: From psyOP and population control to "WW4"
By : ewing2001 - Thursday November 10, 2005
’Bird Flu’: From psyOP and population control to "WW4" Notes compiled by ewing2001 October 22, 2005 During 2004, on my old blog at 911skeptics.blogspot.com and in many online e-mail correspondences, i pointed out on the possibility, how to stage the easiest bogus pretext for "WW4" (WW4 is a definition labelled by neocons Eliot Cohen, Norman Podhoretz and James Woolsey. They personally skipped "WW3", which was in their mind already the Cold War): ...A fake Al-Quaeda terror (...)
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Stop the eviction of the ’Welcome Home’ Kitchen in New Orleans
By : New Orleans Survivors - Wednesday November 9, 2005
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The only kitchen serving fresh, nutritious meals to the people of New Orleans east of Canal St. is being threatened with closure by city officials. The loose-knit coalition of groups known as ’the Rainbow Family of Living Light’, best known for their yearly 4th of July Rainbow Gatherings at rotating locations throughout the country, have been instrumental in the relief effort following Hurricane Katrina. The mobile kitchen they founded in Waveland, Mississippi, the area (...)
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’I’m a fashion god’ - what FEMA boss e-mailed as hurricane Katrina raged
By : RHIANNON EDWARD - Monday November 7, 2005
by RHIANNON EDWARD AS HURRICANE Katrina battered New Orleans, the man in charge of the US government’s response was sending e-mails to colleagues about his fashion sense and how he looked on television. On 29 August, the day Katrina struck the United States, Michael Brown, then director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), wrote to a fellow official: "I am a fashion god." The correspondence emerged as a congressional panel released 23 pages of internal e-mails (...)
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Immigrants often unpaid for Katrina work
By : JUSTIN PRITCHARD - Sunday November 6, 2005
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GULFPORT, Miss. — A pattern is emerging as the cleanup of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast morphs into its multibillion-dollar reconstruction: Come payday, untold numbers of Hispanic immigrant laborers are being stiffed. Sometimes, the boss simply vanishes. Other workers wait on promises that soon, someone in a complex hierarchy of contractors will provide the funds to pay them. Nonpayment of wages is a violation of federal labor law, but these workers - thousands of them, channeled (...)
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Moral Dilemma
By : Jeb - Tuesday November 1, 2005
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Tricky one... So where do you stand morally? This test only has one question, but it’s a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous. Please scroll down slowly and give due consideration to each line. THE SITUATION You are in New Orleans to be specific. There is (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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