Chevron Refuses to Pay $8.6 Billion for Amazon Pollution, US Judge Protects Them

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 in Global & National News

Source: Russia Today

An Ecuadorian court has ordered Chevron to pay $8.6 billion in reparations to the victims of oil pollution in a remote rainforest. Chevron refuses to pay and New York has preemptively blocked any financial judgment against the company.

UPDATE: March 7th, 2011

In a New York courtroom today, oil giant Chevron Corp. won a halt to enforcement of an $18 billion judgment for oil pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon imposed by a court in Ecuador. Granting Chevron’s request for a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled in Manhattan that Chevron faced “imminent” and “irreparable” harm to its reputation and business relationships.

The legal dispute has gone on for 17-years. Amazonian villagers and Chevron have been at odds in the Ecuadorian courts, only to be blocked by Judge Lewis Kaplan in the United States.

The US judge has ordered that no financial judgment against Chevron may collect Chevron’s assets because it might interfere with the company’s daily workflow and impact the global economy.

Hayden’s Note:

Wha?!  That’s the risk of doing business!  We now have oil companies that are “too big to fail?”

Ecuadorian courts acting on their jurisdiction in Ecuador regarding an even that took place within their own rainforests have ordered Chevron to pay $8.6 billion anyway....

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Wis. Gov. Tells WhiteHouse to Mind it’s Own Business, Protesting Teachers Make $100k

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Political Issues

Source: The Hill (in part)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says his party has been emboldened by massive protests against his controversial budget plan.  Walker said demonstrators who filled the state capitol building in Madison and the boycott by state Senate Democrats — some of whom fled the state in protest — have steeled the resolve of members of his party.

“If anything, I think it’s made the Republicans in the Assembly and the Senate stronger,” he told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren in an interview Thursday night. “They’re not going to be bullied. They’re not going to be intimidated.” 

Walker also fired back at President Obama, who sided with the public employees, saying on Fox News Friday, “We are focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the government and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budgets, which they are a long way off from doing.”

Public-sector workers are upset with the plan, which calls on them to pay to receive pension and health benefits and removes collective bargaining rights for some.

Hayden’s Note:

I thought cutting budgets, getting the deficit in check and doing what needs to be done to save the state and country was a good thing…? ...

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US Slammed for Violating Afghan Human Rights, Civilian Deaths – Hayden’s Note

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Police, Military, & War

Source: Press TV

A senior Afghan official says the US-led forces have long been violating basic human rights by conducting night raids and killing civilians in the war-ravaged country. Atta Mohammad Noor, the Governor of Balkh Province, says the foreign forces frequently enter residents’ homes and arrest people. “These actions by foreign forces are inhumane and illegal under the Afghan law,” he told reporters in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh Province on Thursday.

Hayden’s Note:

I’m sure they still “hate us for our freedoms…”   Right?  Give me a break.  With Hillary recently espousing her rhetoric in support of the protesting Egyptians yet brutalizing and arresting a former CIA worker who dared to stand during her speech in defiance, and the State Dept. trying to stir the pot in other middle eastern countries via Twitter, it amazes me that we wake up each day and allow this un-American tragedy to continue.  What if a foreign military was in Dallas, going house to house arresting Americans and using drones to flatten neighborhoods? 

Better yet, why can we not abide by the rules and laws that we helped Afghanistan set up in their constitution? ...

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German Report Exposes Horrors of Toxic GMO Soy

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News – Ethan A. Huff

Widespread environmental pollution; poisoning and contamination of agriculture; countless injuries, deformities, and deaths in humans — these and many other horrific events are a result of cultivating genetically-modified (GM) crops, and GM soy in particular. A recent news documentary short that aired on German television exposes the massive destruction being caused by GM soy cultivation, and warns consumers that the food chain is more loaded with GM materials than they might think.

In Germany and throughout the European Union (EU), food products that contain GMOs must be properly labeled as such. As a result, there are few GM products on store shelves because, when made aware of their presence, consumers almost unanimously reject them. But what many people fail to realize, both in Europe and in the U.S., is that conventional livestock is often fed GM soy and corn, which ultimately ends up on store shelves in the form of conventional meat, milk, and eggs.

But the German documentary goes further, though, highlighting the other damage being cause by GM soy, including several cases of poisonings that have taken place in areas where GM soy is cultivated....

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Ongoing Dollar Devastation Sends Silver Above $31

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 in Economic News

Source: Zero Hedge

Zero Hedge is one of my most trusted economic sources.  They provide such a variety of topics when it comes to your money, you should definitely bookmark them! – Hayden

It is good to see that things are back to normal. The now irrelevant, and very soon to be former reserve currency is getting pummeled as stocks go up on 410,000 initial jobless claims nearly 2 years after the “end of the recession” (and $3 trillion pumped into this hollow scam of an economy), and a guaranteed plunge in margins, but more importantly the Precious Metal complex is back to being a high beta alternative to stocks. Silver just passed $31.10 and is set to close at its post Hunt-Brother highs. In the meantime, the highest intraday price since the early 80’s is $31.2375 from January 3: we are less than two dimes away.

But fear not: the January 1980 high was $49.45. We have only $18.45 to go in nominal terms before this is taken out. At the current rate of dollar devastation we give it a few months....

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Wisconsin Democrats Flee State to Avoid Voting on Anti-Union Bill and Emergency Budget

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 in Political Issues

Source: Zero Hedge & AP

Hayden’s Note at end

The farce over the Wisconsin anti-union vote has just passed into the surreal. According to the AP, democrat lawmakers, who are firmly opposed to voting on the bill which is said to already have majority support, and who have been boycotting the vote by being absent from the state capitol, have now escalated and patriotically left the state. The reason is that while the vote can not take place without at least one Democrat being present, the police had been sent out earlier, with orders to sequester the democrats.

The democrat response: run away. As the AP reports: “Senate Republicans can’t vote on the bill unless at least one Democrat is present.  Police could be dispatched to retrieve them, but it was unclear if they would have the authority to cross state lines.

So to all who were expecting the latest iteration of members of the executive class to run away (with or without gold) to come from Africa or the Middle East, will be disappointed: it was in America’s very own back yard....

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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Arrested and Beaten at Hillary Clinton’s Lecture About Free Speech

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 in Political Issues - Kevin Hayden

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lectured about freedom to the rest of the world at George Washington University and condemed governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was seized from the audience right in front of her by police and an unknown official in plain clothes.  He was brutalized and left bleeding in jail.  And yet Hillary never even paused; didn’t skip a beat in her speech. 

When Secretary Clinton began her lecture to the world, Ray McGovern was standing silently in the audience and turned his back to her.  Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army Officer who also worked for the CIA for 27 years, was wearing a “Veterans for Peace” t-shirt.

McGovern discussed his protest and subsequent arrest at Secretary Clinton’s “Freedom Speech” in an interview with blogger Rob Kall.

“I turned my back to her and stood [silently]. When she came in, I not only remained standing but I turned my back to her… I didn’t think that would get me roughed up and arrested for disorderly conduct.” 

He was suddenly grabbed by security officers and police. ...

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Giant X Class Solar Flare Headed for Earth

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 in - Physics & the Universe

Source: Wired

The biggest solar blast in four years erupted late Monday, and it’s sending jets of charged particles right at Earth. The spray will spark bright auroras when it hits the magnetosphere in the next 24 to 48 hours.

A cluster of sunspots called Active Region 1158 unleashed the flare at 8:50 p.m. EST, Feb. 14 [1:50 a.m. UT, Feb. 15]. It was categorized as class X2.2, meaning it’s the most powerful flare since December 2006. The sunspots have continued to let loose smaller flares and may still be active now.

As notes, the sunspots didn’t even exist one week ago, and now cover a swatch of sun wider than Jupiter.

NOAA forecasters estimate a 45 percent chance of geomagnetic activity on Thursday, Feb. 17, when the bulk of the radiation hits Earth’s magnetic field. The December 2006 storm was powerful enough to disrupt GPS systems

Should the new storm prove as powerful, it could be a preview of what’s expected this year and in 2012, as the sun reaches an expected maximum in its natural cycle of activity....

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Random Social Showcase – Irish Linen Pillow with Hand-Printed Phoenix

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 in Social Networking – Kevin Hayden

I’ve decided to do something a bit different with my Social Networking category.  I had done away with it for the most part, but decided to revive it in a new form.  Instead of focusing on news and politics as it relates to social networking sites, I’ve decided to use it as the name implies – networking.  When social networking really debuted, it was intended to connect people with similar networks – or circles.  It was designed to help people move up in the world or put others in touch with someone that could help.  It connected photographers with models, technicians to people with problems and managers to employees.

I am going to pick random people, projects and events to showcase and hopefully help their cause or product.  As cliche as it sounds, I got into police work due to my passion for helping others.  Maybe this will help some people out in this tough economy!

Today’s Showcased ‘Person, Place or Thing’

Irish Linen Pillow with Hand-printed Phoenix

Today’s item comes from seller Bamilla....

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Food Prices at Dangerous Levels – Hayden’s Note on Corn, Health and Ethanol

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Associated Press

Editorial by – Kevin Hayden

Global food prices have hit “dangerous levels” that could contribute to political instability, push millions of people into poverty and raise the cost of groceries, according to a new report from the World Bank.

The bank released a report Tuesday that said global food prices have jumped 29 percent in the past year, and are just 3 percent below the all-time peak hit in 2008. Bank President Robert Zoellick said the rising prices have hit people hardest in the developing world because they spend as much as half their income on food.

“Food prices are the key and major challenge facing many developing countries today,” Zoellick said. The World Bank estimates higher prices for corn, wheat and oil have pushed 44 million people into extreme poverty since last June.

The World Bank’s food price index rose by 15 percent between October and January alone. The increase has been driven by volatile global trading in wheat, corn and soybeans. Global corn futures more than doubled since this summer, from $3.50 to $7 a bushel, in part because of higher demand from developing countries and a growing biofuels industry....

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CBS News Reporter Sexually Assaulted and Beaten Amid Protest Crowd in Egypt

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 in Global & National News

Source: CBS

On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy. 

In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.


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JP Morgan Has Perfect Trading Half of 2010, Only Lost Money on 8 Days

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 in Economic News

Source: Zero Hedge

For those wondering why nobody wants to trade ever again on what are now purely legalized fraud markets (and thank god Ze Germans are dumb enough to buy them at any price), here is the reason:


In other words, of 260 trading days in 2010, the firm lost money on 8, or 3.1%. In yet other words, the firm made money 96.9% of the time. We’ll repeat that: JPM made money 96.9% of the time.

Hayden’s Note:

Add in their well-documented silver price manipulation and you can start seeing JP Morgan for what they truly are: market manipulating fraudsters of the highest order.  They are also one of the largest shareholders of the Federal Reserve.

See some of the related articles below for more on JP Morgan’s silver price scheme....

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Thinc Home – Micro Living Space

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Source: Tiny House Blog

It is really neat to see the large home builders looking at making small and tiny homes. Thinc Home is one that has stepped up to the plate and offering several options. At Thinc Home, my philosophy was to provide the most unique, well constructed dwellings for all. The ultra energy efficiency is the standard and your personal style is the option.  Our building system, which consists of a steel sub-frame, gives our structures the ability to last a century. 

This unit as you see it with the bathroom is a 12×16. It has the loft and a bathroom with toilet and shower. The retail price for it is $32,000. 

Our micro living space was designed to be an ultra energy efficient way to get away for a weekend or an extended holiday without the hassles of a “2000 square foot cottage”. You can actually go and enjoy the lake or woods or just relax. You don’t have to worry about a lot of cleaning and preparation. Our micro living space makes you live simply and enjoy the things you love. ...

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Wisconsin National Guard Preps for Worker Unrest After Governor Unveils Emergency Budget

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Police, Military, & War

Source: Business Insider

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, unveiled an emergency budget proposal Friday to deal with the state’s growing budget woes. Wisconsin has a $137 million deficit this year, and faces a projected $2.9 billion budget shortfall for 2012 and 2013.

Under Walker’s plan, public employees would lose all of their collective bargain rights, except a limited negotiation of wages. State workers would also have to contribute more to their pension and health care benefit plans.

Unions erupted in outrage as they learned about Walker’s proposal. The Governor told Milwaukee Public Radio that he has briefed the Wisconsin National Guard to prepare them for any worker unrest today.

Hayden’s Note:

I don’t really have any sympathy for union workers.  While there is a fine, fine balance between the benefits of the free-market and from the union-idea, I find that the free market wins.  If the unions would be a bit more reasonable in their prices, I would support them, but they seem to cause more trouble than solution in my opinion.  Comments?...

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US State Dept Tweets to Iran, Tries to Stir Up Protests

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Social Networking

Source: Activist Post

The US State Department has begun sending Twitter messages to Iranians, alluding to the “historic role” social media have played in mass protests against Iran’s 2009 disputed presidential polls.

The Twitter feeds began Sunday as US officials accused Iran of hypocrisy by supporting the anti-government revolt in Egypt but seeking to prevent anti-government demonstrations in Iran.

Hayden’s Note:

Gee, imagine that.  The State Department is trying to stir up problems and create drama in Iran.  Pretty bold of them to do it so openly on Twitter.  But, that’s a sign of the times we’re in.  The intelligence and defense community can openly taunt other countries, on social media and get away with it.  This is a blatant attempt to create another “color-coded revolution.”

On the Twitter account, USAdarFarsi, the State Department said it “recognizes historic role of social media among Iranians We want to join in your conversations.”

In another Tweet, the State Department said: “Iran has shown that the activities it praised Egyptians for it sees as illegal, illegitimate for its own people.”

In a third Tweet, it said “US calls on Iran to allow people to enjoy same universal rights to peacefully assemble, demonstrate as in Cairo.”

In Tehran, riot police on Monday fired tear gas and shot paintballs at protesters who turned what they said was a Tehran rally in support of Arab revolts into an anti-government demonstration, witnesses said....

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