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March 16, 2012

Israel to Demolish Solar Energy panels for Palestinians

Israel to Demolish Solar Energy panels for Palestinians | Informed Comment
The Israeli Occupation authorities are planning to demolish renewable energy installations in Palestinian villages in the Occupied West Bank. The projects were installed by an Israeli NGO, ME Comet, and paid for by German aid. Although the Israeli government of PM Binyamin Netanyahu says the projects must be torn down because they have no permit, one shouldn’t have to have a permit to have electricity. Moreover, the government deliberately does not give Palestinians building permits, because it wants them to emigrate. The Guardian writes: “According to figures from the civil administration quoted by the pressure group Peace Now, 91 permits were issued for Palestinian construction in Area C between 2001 and 2007. In the same period, more than 10,000 Israeli settlement units were built and1,663 Palestinian structures demolished.” Many of the world’s poorest people, 1.6 billion, are are turning to solar to power batteries that recharge cell phones and power lights at night, and this path is cheaper for them than paying for kerosene/ paraffin. Palestinians, who are kept as stateless chattel by Israelis that hope to drive them out of their homes, deserve simple amenities like electricity. As long as the Occupation continues, however, they won’t get treated like human beings. They will be treated like pests and rodents, with faceless bureaucrats exemplifying Arendt’s ‘banality of evil,’ and plotting out ways to expel them and steal their land and water.

Trump's sons kill leopards, elephants

I have no problem with hunting for food. But killing an elephant just so you can chop off its tail? Killing a leopard just for the hell of it? It's nothing less than entitled nihilism. DavidMixner.com - Live From Hell's Kitchen
For years, conservationists all over Africa has been fighting the poaching of wildlife. Locals desperate to feed their families and survive have succumbed to poaching and selling the byproducts of the animals to wealthy people around the world. An Elephants Ivory tusk could yield for the poachers an entire annual income for their families. With massive conservation efforts to convince locals of the urgency to protect their most valuable resource - wildlife, the international recession has made it even more difficult. Elephants are disappearing at the rate of 38,000 a year. They could be gone in just 15 years. The world is scrambling, including many powerful nations, to protect wildlife and provide alternative means of income for the poachers. Along come Eric and Donald Trump Jr on a wildlife hunting trip to the Matetsi area of Zimbabwe near Victoria Falls. The game reserve was private and they broke no laws. However the message is powerful that if you are rich you can kill wildlife at you leisure while it is forbidden to everyone else. The rules don't apply in Africa to white rich trophy hunters. The Trump boys killed a leopard, an elephant and cut off its tail for a trophy, a massive cape buffalo, etc. How anyone could aim a gun at the beautiful leopard and pull the trigger is just beyond comprehension.. Was it a male leopard or a female leopard that might have had cubs somewhere? The sickening poses of their kills are unbearable to witness but we must not turn our heads because this is what the Trumps are doing as everyone else is attempting to stop the killing. No one can make the argument that leopards are too plentiful. No one can justify the callousness and disgusting cutting off the magnificent elephants tail for a trophy after killing it.

March 08, 2012

Pink Slime being served at schools across the country

The slime is the parts of the cow previously thought inedible yet now rendered technically edible by liberally mixing them with ammonia. Many doctors and scientists are recommending no one eat this stuff, but their voices aren't being heard. Students Eating "Pink Slime" for Lunch? Fast Foods Have Ditched the "Meat" But Schools Are Still Stuck With It | | AlterNet
A recent story in the Daily paints a gruesome picture about just what's going into kids' "meat"-based hot lunches. Though "Lean Beef Trimmings" from the Orwellian-titled "Beef Products, Inc," is made from animal flesh, experts maintain it wouldn't exactly qualify as meat. Instead, they have their own names for it: pink slime or soylent pink. "Pink Slime" is made with a novel food-creating process that the New York Times reported about back in 2009 (highlights mine): Eight years ago, federal officials were struggling to remove potentially deadly E. coli from hamburgers when an entrepreneurial company from South Dakota came up with a novel idea: injecting beef with ammonia. The company, Beef Products Inc., had been looking to expand into the hamburger business with a product made from beef that included fatty trimmings the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil. The trimmings were particularly susceptible to contamination, but a study commissioned by the company showed that the ammonia process would kill E. coli as well as salmonella. . . .