Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Times Warp:
"The United Nations has called for a freeze on Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes, dozens of aid agencies and the European Union have joined in the protest, and even the U.S. State Department has voiced its dismay. Yet, even as the outcry has become an international issue and reached the highest ranks of our own government, we find a resounding silence at The New York Times.

Times readers are unlikely to know that 31 international organizations recently called on Israel to stop the 'wanton destruction of Palestinian property,' including 'basic humanitarian necessities,' such as solar panels, animal pens, latrines and tents supplied by the European Union. The groups asked world leaders to take 'urgent action,' to hold Israel accountable for 'grave breaches' of international law, and to demand reparations for the destruction of their charitable gifts.

The statement came shortly after the United Nations and representatives of the European Union in separate actions called on Israel to freeze demolitions in the West Bank. ..."

-->The NYT can be viewed as Israel's "newspaper of record," much like our NY Senator who brags about being "Israel's Defender." In the end, newspapers as well as sellout Congressional representatives will bear the shame of supporting apartheid Israel. 

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Common Dreams:
"It’s New Orleans remembrance time; that time where, for the last ten years at the end of August, public attention returns for a bit to the city that abandoned its poorest. Mostly black, in a majority black city, democracy failed as spectacularly as the public safety system. Not only the levees, but also the social contract was breached. Poor people clinging to rooftops in the richest nation on earth. The pictures shocked the world and broke our hearts. ...

Ten years on, the Census reports that he region’s regained almost 94 of its pre-storm population. New Orleans is almost 80 percent as big as it was. More statistical successes are tallied in graduations rates from new private schools, people housed in new private homes, and patients cured in private hospitals. ...

The poor black residents who were losing homes and loved ones ten years ago are still losing them, now to gentrification. If you are rich, and like your property prices to rise, it’s good news that house prices are up fifty-eight percent since 2000. An employer? Wages are as low as they get and worker bargaining power has sunk lower than that. A whiter, wealthier city?  You’ve got it. Entire neighborhoods have flipped from black to white."

-->Mainstream media just doesn't tell this story of thousands of African American teachers and public workers laid off, an entire Black middle class eliminated. New Orleans got ethnically cleansed of much of its Black population by a particularly vicious form of Neoliberalism.

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Common Dreams:
"Pesticides that have been banned in Europe over bee safety concerns may pose an even greater risk to pollinators than previously thought, a new report by the European Union's food safety watchdog reveals.

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, pose high risks to bees when sprayed on plant leaves, according to data by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in its report, published Wednesday—which bolsters previous findings that neonics harm pollinators when used as seed treatments or granules.

The EFSA studied three pesticides in particular—clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam—all of which were banned by the EU in 2013 for a two-year period after scientific reports warned of their dangers. The latest findings, said Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director Marco Contiero, 'confirmed what has already been demonstrated by a wealth of scientific evidence: neonicotinoids are a serious threat to bees and to the future of farming.' "

-->Our mainstream media, including The NYT, has never shown much interest in stories like this. Our major media is much more concerned by the financial health of their corporate stockholders.

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