USDA to Buy Up to $13M in Canned Pink Salmon

While the government is only buying a portion of what the governor requested, it’s still significant, said Bruce Schactler, food aid program coordinator for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. He estimated it at well over 300,000 cases, which will help the industry and provide stock to food banks.

Schactler said Wednesday that the purchase won’t wipe out the glut, but Parnell’s request would not have done it either. There was enough canned product at the end of 2013 to last for three years, he said.

via USDA to Buy Up to $13M in Canned Pink Salmon.

BP’s reckless conduct caused Deepwater Horizon oil spill, judge rules | Environment | The Guardian

BP bears the majority of responsibility among the companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a federal judge ruled Thursday, citing the energy giant’s reckless conduct over the disaster in a ruling that exposes it to billions of dollars in penalties.

via BP’s reckless conduct caused Deepwater Horizon oil spill, judge rules | Environment | The Guardian.

Shellshocked Ukrainians Flee to a New Life in Russia – NYTimes.com

She traced with her index finger an imaginary railroad into the Russian heartland, through the black earth of southern Russia, across the Volga River and into the industrial towns that dot the Ural Mountains a thousand miles away.

She was searching, with difficulty, for her new home.

“Young man,” she asked, “where is Perm?”

{2,352 km from the Ukraine is what Russia is offering Ukrainians falling for offers of housing, job, pensions, and possible citizenship. Not a good bargain.}

More than a million Ukrainians have been displaced because of the war, the United Nations said in a recent report, and hundreds of thousands of them have found their way into Russia. Faced with that influx, Russia is promoting a huge resettlement program and encouraging refugees to put down roots in far-flung cities across the country.

via Shellshocked Ukrainians Flee to a New Life in Russia – NYTimes.com.

Nine Lebanese Civil Society Organizations condemn expulsion of children of migrant workers

Does no one know how to be humane and a good host anymore – is it just money first and being humane – lol?

Hummus For Thought

Image from the Adlieh Detention Center (Source: CLDH) Image from the Adlieh Detention Center (Source: CLDH)

The following is the press release by 9 Civil Society Organizations on the General Security’s decision not to renew residency permits for children of Migrant Workers.


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What Lebanese Christians Need Above All Right Now

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Spotted in Achrafieh Spotted in Achrafieh

“We came to slaughter you, Cross worshipers,” is the sentence that made headline news in Lebanon a couple of days ago, as the people of the Northern city Al-Mina woke up to find it branded on one of their Churches. It came a day after Crosses were burned in Ain el Helwe and “the Islamic State is coming” was drawn up on other Churches in the country.

As a natural consequence to such exciting development, the news cycle will now go as follows:

1) Insert priest from Church in question spewing hate,
2) Insert local Christian lamenting about being threatened and being afraid,
3) Insert Muslim figure saying they do not support the graffiti,
4) Insert some high ranking figure saying they’re opening an investigation,
5) Insert pictures of personnel wiping the graffiti away, followed by political analysts salivating over the golden goose: the start of Christian…

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IRIN Asia | Concern over Bangladesh move to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar | Bangladesh | Myanmar | Conflict | Governance | Human Rights

How would you feel if no state wanted you to live there in peace and would rather you just disappear? This is between Burma and Bangladesh but could just as easily be Serbia, USA, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Syria, Lebanon…

However, the 30-year-old said, choking back tears: “Our biggest concern is if we will be safe back in Burma? We don’t have any rights in Burma. We don’t have any dignity as human beings there. We are not entitled to our identity. Our properties and religious institutions are damaged. How we can be assured that we would be safe out there?”

via IRIN Asia | Concern over Bangladesh move to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar | Bangladesh | Myanmar | Conflict | Governance | Human Rights.

Stock price promo – Johnson & Johnson to Quicken Development of Ebola Virus Vaccine – WSJ

Will do nothing for this outbreak but they are hoping it will up their stock prices – profiting from a virus that most in advanced economies had ignored since 1970’s with first outbreak.

“Johnson & Johnson said the vaccine program is being accelerated to allow for clinical trials in humans in early 2015, after promising results in preclinical studies. The company previously had planned to conduct human trials nearly a year later in 2016. The company said the collaboration between Crucell and Bavarian Nordic would enable faster production of the doses necessary to start larger clinical trials.”

via Johnson & Johnson to Quicken Development of Ebola Virus Vaccine – WSJ.