Tuesday, December 23, 2014

There could up to or somewhat more than 4000 worker deaths by the time the World Cup comes around again.

A Qatari official poses with the World Cup trophy during a tour last year. (Getty Images)

June 1, 2014
By Greg Doyel

...Workers (click here) are dying over there, more than 200 from Nepal alone in 2013, with more than 4,000 migrant workers projected to die in Qatar by the time the football cathedrals and palaces are in place....

If Qatar wanted to host the world games I am sure they would have taken into account the heat that would accompany such an event. I am also fairly sure Qatar can afford indoor air conditioned stadiums powered by solar and/or wind. So, this may be quite a wonderful event for the World Cup, but, they need oversight to the project because the workers constructing the venues are in peril.

US House Speaker Boner doesn't have to do a thing about Congressman Grimm.

As a matter of fact Speaker Boner should feel proud of Congressman Grimm. Why only a month ago, a week ago the Congressman was voting on things like the US Budget. Today, Congressman Grimm has done the right thing, he plead guilty. So, with the Congressman finally giving up on telling fairy tales to the law and threatening death to a member of the press there is every reason for Speaker Boner to swell with pride in Grimm becoming a more wholesome citizen.

It isn't as though he killed the media person or anything like that even though threatening the man with death is an ethics violation and a crime that can be prosecuted.

December 23, 2014
By Tom Hayes

NEW YORK (AP) — People (click here) familiar with plea negotiations say U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City plans to plead guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial next month.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. The Staten Island Republican is expected to enter the plea in a case stemming from an investigation of his campaign financing....
It isn't even like Grimm knew he was committing crimes so much as believing he was privileged as a member of Congress and basically untouchable.

It is a shame poor Grimm's Christmas is tainted with such drudgery and menial issues.

The Fourth Circuit does it again. It is the only anyone within North Carolina can move outside the corrupted courts.

These right wing legislators are horrible. They don't care about the US Constitution at all. 

December 22, 2014

...Informed consent (click here) frequently consists of a fully-clothed conversation between the patient and physician, often in the physician’s office. It is driven by the “patient’s particular needs and circumstances” …  so that the patient receives the information he or she wants in a setting that promotes an informed and thoughtful choice. This provision, however, finds the patient half-naked or disrobed on her back on an examination table, with an ultrasound probe either on her belly or inserted into her vagina. … Informed consent has not generally been thought to require a patient to view images from his or her own body much less in a setting in which personal judgment may be altered or impaired. Yet this provision requires that she do so or “avert her eyes.” Rather than engaging in a conversation calculated to inform, the physician must continue talking regardless of whether the patient is listening. … The information is provided irrespective of the needs or wants of the patient, in direct contravention of medical ethics and the principle of patient autonomy. Forcing this experience on a patient over her objections in this manner interferes with the decision of a patient not to receive information that could make an indescribably difficult decision even more traumatic and could “actually cause harm to the patient.” … And it is intended to convey not the risks and benefits of the medical procedure to the patient’s own health, but rather the full weight of the state’s moral condemnation.

In July 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Woman’s Right to Know Act over then-Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto. Doctors and abortion providers filed suit, asking that the act be enjoined. One provision of the law, the “Display of Real-Time View Requirement,” forces doctors or technicians to perform an ultrasound on any woman seeking an abortion at least four but not more than 72 hours before the abortion is to take place....

North Carolina pig farms are aerosoling raw waste particles and vapors into the air.

Smithfield Foods farms in N. Carolina (Still from Youtube video, SpeciesismTheMovie)

December 22, 2014

Thousands of huge pig farms (click here) in N. Carolina are spraying untreated animal waste into the air and contaminating neighboring communities, Mark Devries, who shot a shocking aerial video with a spy drone, told RT.
This environmental problem “has for some reason received very little attention in the American press,”says documentary filmmaker and activist Mark Devries, whose drone captured footage of cesspools at over 2,000 industrial pork factory farms in the US state.
“These pools are near people’s homes, people’s schools, people’s neighborhoods,” Devries said in an interview Monday to RT. “And in order to get rid of these giant open-air cesspools, the manure is actually sprayed into the air with giant spraying devices, which causes it to turn into a fine mist.”...

Thank you.

December 22, 2014
By Joel Connelly 
The New York Times (click here) has called for a “full and independent investigation” into torture of terrorism suspects, arguing that “any credible investigation” should include possible commission of crimes by former Vice President Dick Cheney and ex-C.I.A. director George Tenet.
The 534-page executive summery of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s exhaustive investigation “erases any lingering doubt” about the “depravity and illegality” of “sadistic tactics like ‘rectal feeding’” as well as water boarding and hanging suspects by their wrists, the newspaper argued Monday in an editorial.
The Times’ editorial came as two groups, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union, called on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor.
“The question everyone will want answered, of course is: Who should be held accountable?” The Times said. “That will depend on what an investigation finds, and as hard as it is to imagine Mr. Obama having the political courage to order a new investigation, it is harder to imagine a criminal probe of the actions of a former president.
“But any credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A. Director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos.”...