German Media Slams Mitt Romney’s Tour Abroad – SPIEGEL ONLINE

German Media Slams Mitt Romney’s Tour Abroad – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Center-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes:

“Travel educates. As a result one should assume that Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger of Barack Obama, wants to learn something during his visit to Israel. Wrong! Almost everything that the candidate organized in Jerusalem fuels the impression that he doesn’t want to try understanding how complicated the Middle East situation is. Instead, Romney paints the crisis region in black and white: Israel is good and the rest — the Palestinians and the mullahs in Iran — are lumped together.”

“This one-sided world view is less dumb than it is coldly calculated. Romney is soliciting campaign donations in Jerusalem (the minimum price for two plates at breakfast is $50,000.) And he is ensnaring Jewish voters at home.”

“The trip to Israel may help Romney in the short-term. But in the long-term the Republican has done damage. The Middle East needs the US as a mediator. As such, the presidential hopeful has already disqualified himself.”

— Renuka Rayasam

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Mountaintop-removal mining contaminated up to 22% of streams in southern West Va.

Disgusting what greed does to our home…

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Here’s an absolutely stunning look at the impact of mountaintop-removal mining on a section of southern West Virginia:

Decades of mountaintop-removal mining may have harmed aquatic life along more than 1,700 miles of streams in southern West Virginia, according to new research. Mining companies have converted 5% of the region to mountaintop mines. The resulting water pollution has caused so many sensitive species to vanish that 22% of streams may qualify as impaired under state criteria, the researchers report. …

Using satellite images taken by NASA between 1976 and 2005, [lead author Emily] Bernhardt and her coauthors created maps of mountaintop mining in a 12,000-square-mile region of southern West Virginia. They found that companies had converted 5% of the land to mines during this period. …

Bernhardt’s group found that salinity and mineral levels in the region’s streams increased with the total area of mountaintop mines. The researchers also found…

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JFK #1 U.S. Airport For Diseases Looking To Go Viral, Says Science: Gothamist

JFK #1 U.S. Airport For Diseases Looking To Go Viral, Says Science: Gothamist.

To come to their conclusions, researchers looked at each airport’s location, its links to other airports and how many passengers fly through it, combined with their overall travel patterns. Other major factors included how well-connected locations connecting airports were and how long travelers stayed in a place. You can see the full paper here.

Nations agree to impose UN sanctions against 7 countries over lax wildlife trade rules, data

Nations agree to impose UN sanctions against 7 countries over lax wildlife trade rules, data.

Seven nations may lose their ability to legally trade tens of thousands of wildlife species after U.N. conservation delegates agreed Thursday to penalize them for lacking tough regulations or failing to report on their wildlife trade.

The suspensions against the seven nations — Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Paraguay, Nepal, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Syria — were approved by consensus among the delegates and would take effect Oct. 1.

They would prevent the countries from legally trading in any of the 35,000 species regulated by the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, said Juan Carlos Vasquez, a spokesman for the U.N. office that administers the treaty.

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Shame on Taliban

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Shame on Taliban.

I am virtuous!

You raped me with force
And called me a prostitute

Newspapers declared
Prostitute Woman Dead

People simply believe it

You raped me, don’t forget!
You are a prostitute, Talib!

I don’t want the people to know me
Who I was, where I was born
What I wanted in my life

I don’t want you to put a stone on my grave
You killed me with stones

I don’t want you to put flowers on my grave
I don’t want you to call me brave—

But if you must, then write this on the stone:

Talib tore my body into pieces
Talib enjoyed watching me killed in public
Talib believed in ignorance as its religion

Write:

I am a victim
Shame on the Taliban
Shame on the Taliban

Remember to write:

I am a virgin!

By Norwan

Editor’s note:  Norwan’s second poem written in the aftermath of the execution of an Afghan woman before a cheering crowd of men in Parwan province north of Kabul on July 7, 2012. My Soul Is Alive was the first.

Sandy Weill says banks should split up – SFGate

Sandy Weill says banks should split up – SFGate.

Speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” the 79-year-old Weill appeared to shock the show’s anchors when he said that consumer banking units should be split from riskier investment banking units. That would mean dismembering Citigroup as well as other big U.S. banks, like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America.

National Gardening Association and AmpleHarvest.org

National Gardening Association and AmpleHarvest.org.


Excess produce from your garden can be donated to a local food pantry

More than 40 million gardeners across America grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and nuts in backyard, terrace, kitchen and community gardens. Some even have orchards or small farms. Many end up growing more than they can use, preserve or give to friends.

THE DAILY STAR :: News :: International :: Malis anti-putsch front demands prime minister resign

BAMAKO: A grouping of Malis main political parties formed after a March coup, on Tuesday demanded the resignation of the interim prime minister whom they accused of “incompetence and amateurishness”.”Three months after its formation, the transition government led by Cheick Modibo Diarra has only become bogged down in incompetence and amateurishness and Mali is only sinking deeper,” the United Front for the Defence of the Republic and Democracy said in a statement.The FDR called for Diarra to “resign in order to facilitate consultations to put in place a new prime minister and a government of national union”.The grouping unites some 40 political parties and about 100 civil society organisations.

via THE DAILY STAR :: News :: International :: Malis anti-putsch front demands prime minister resign.

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