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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Arizona Immigration Law came from Nazis; The MASSIVE Oil Spill; Honey Bees Vanishing Faster; Afghan Civilians Murdered by USA (posted 05/03/10)

- Arizona Racism: It Gets Worse Arizona's purging of brown-skinned residents continues apace with two new moves: It has decided to remove any teachers whose spoken English is heavily accented or ungrammatical - almost half the teachers in some school districts are native Spanish speakers - and to curb a popular ethnic studies program in Tucson by banning  any courses advocating ethnic solidarity.

- Fear and Loathing in Prime Time Media Matters Action Network undertook this study in order to document the rhetoric surrounding immigration that is heard on cable news. When it comes to this issue, cable news overflows not just with vitriol, but also with a series of myths that feed viewers' resentment and fears, seemingly geared toward creating anti-immigrant hysteria.

- Afghan Civilian Deaths Are Rising, Government Says Civilian casualties are rising in Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO reinforcements stream into the country as part of a military buildup to combat the resurgent Taliban, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.
There have been 173 civilian deaths in violence in Afghanistan from March 21 to April 21, marking a 33 percent increase over the same time period last year, the ministry said. A recent quarterly report by the U.S. office overseeing Afghanistan's rebuilding confirmed an increase in civilian deaths.

- Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Conservationists Warn of 'True Catastrophe' for Wildlife The Exxon Valdez oil spill provided a mass of scientific data on how oil affects marine life, ecosystems, coastal communities, fisheries and subsistence economies – the effects extend far beyond the inevitable photographs of seabirds, marine mammals and fish covered in oil.

- Mother of all gushers could kill Earth's oceans ? Imagine a pipe 5 feet wide spewing crude oil like a fire hose from what could be the planets' largest, high-pressure oil and gas reserve.  With the best technology available to man, the Deepwater Horizon rig popped a hole into that reserve and was overwhelmed.  If this isn't contained, it could poison all the oceans of the world.

- Oil Spill May Be Five Times Bigger Than Previously Thought Oil from the wrecked Deepwater Horizon rig is feared to be gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at five times the latest estimate of the US Coastguard, according to satellite imagery studied by industry experts.
- In Ironic Twist, BP Finalist for Pollution Prevention Award BP, now under federal scrutiny because of its role in the deadly Gulf of Mexico explosion and oil spill, is one of three finalists for a federal award honoring offshore oil companies for "outstanding safety and pollution prevention."

- Pay Baby Pay Former republican half-term governor and outspoken oil drilling advocate Sarah Palin is relying on prayers and industry good will to fix the disastrous Gulf Coast oil spill, but money seems more relevant. Go here to tell her to help relief efforts by donating a dollar - of her obscene $12 million made this year - for every gallon of oil spilled, or here to urge her to go help clean it up herself.

- Fears for Crops as Shock Figures From America Show Scale of Bee Catastrophe The world may be on the brink of biological disaster after news that a third of US bee colonies did not survive the winter... It is estimated that a third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee pollination...

AZ’s New Anti-Immigration Law is Steeped in White Supremacy Connections
From the Randi Rhodes' show blog from April 28th:

Kris Kobach is claiming victory in Arizona – he helped write the law. Kobach is currently running for Secretary of State in Kansas and he is a lawyer for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). As chair of the Kansas GOP, Kobach was quite proud of illegally caging voters,

FAIR founder and current board member John Tanton has a long history of hate.

And then there’s Republican State Senator Russell Pearce, the freak that introduced the bill.  Before last week, Pearce was known primarily for circulating a neo-Nazi article from the National Alliance (the people that brought you the Turner Diaries) and hanging out with another well-known neo-Nazi, J.T. Ready.

Meanwhile, an ICE audit showed that more than half of Arizona’s businesses had undocumented workers on their payrolls, the state is now asking the feds to help train its law enforcement to enforce the new racial profiling law – good luck with that, Jeb Bush, Karl Rove and Meghan McCain join the join the ranks of Republicans speaking out against the AZ law, Mexico just happens to be Arizona’s #1 trade partner – whoops, and from cutting healthcare to poor children to moving a pro-birther bill through its House, has Arizona’s government simply gone nuts?