1) Japan whistleblowers face crackdown under proposed state secrets law
2) Japan state secrets bill on track to become law despite protests
3) Secrets bill clears panel by force
4) Japanese (And American) Governments Go to Extreme Lengths to Cover Up Fukushima and Other Disasters
5) Top Official: Protesting secrecy law is act of terrorism — Japan gov’t promotes idea that you’re racist if avoiding Fukushima produce — Bloomberg: “The entire process has echoes of George Orwell” — Nuclear activists to be constantly spied on?
6) Japan Official: “This is the way the reign of terror begins!” — Lawmaker is “physically restrained”; Outrage as secrets bill rammed through — Final passage expected within hours
7) Japan enacts state secrets law late Friday night amid revolt — “It criminalizes investigative journalism” — Terrorism defined as “imposing one’s opinions on others”
Release American jailed in Dubai for posting a comedy video to YouTube
Why this is important
Shezanne Cassim, 29, is an American citizen who has spent the past 7 months in a UAE prison for posting a comedy video to YouTube about youth culture in Dubai. He has been charged with endangering national security by violating the cyber crimes law. A date is yet to be set for his trial and he has been denied bail 3 times without a reason being given.Shezanne has committed no crime and in no way endangered national security. The video is still available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUk5CB9kaBY and it’s content is clearly playful and not dangerous in any way.
Please support Shezanne and sign this petition to call on the President of the UAE to release him and his friends who made the film with him.
Sent: Saturday, December 7, 2013 9:00 AM
Subject: ★ Please sign Elizabeth Warren’s petition to stop “fast track” of TPP ★ IMPORTANT TPP IS PETITION TO SIGN!!!
For three years, a group of some 600 multinational corporations and trade associations have been quietly negotiating a trade pact IN SECRET that could void American laws that protect workers, jobs, health, and the environment. During negotiations here last summer, news leaked of some of the provisions U.S. trade officials were prepared to approve, and a public outcry derailed the talks. Trade Representative Ron Kirk resigned. Now that Michael Froman has been confirmed as the new U.S. Trade Representative he is pushing to renew “fast track” authority so President Obama can sign the agreement first, and then force a quick vote in Congress without any public scrutiny, floor debate, or revisions.
“The White House and the U.S. Trade Representative are urging Congress to abdicate some of its power over approval of trade agreements by renewing “fast track” authority. Fast track would allow the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership to leapfrog customary legislative protocol and be put to a rapid “up or down” vote without a public hearing, floor debate, or amendments. Forcing Congress to vote on an agreement this complex without adequate time for open hearings, review, and public scrutiny, sets a dangerous precedent. Congress, we urge you: just say NO to fast track!”
Hundreds Tear Down Fences, Break into Chevron Site in Romania
Hundreds of protesters have broken into a Chevron site after the US oil giant resumed its search for shale gas in northeast Romania. RT’s Lucy Kafanov reports from the scene, where clashes ensued as riot police started streaming in.
Some 400 people gathered on Saturday in the village of Pungesti, according to local media.
RT’s Lucy Kafanov reports that the demonstration kicked off quite peacefully with the protesters chanting “Chevron go home.”
“The situation then escalated. Some people had run across the road towards the Chevron property, there was a bit of a commotion, and we saw the protesters run into the property; the surrounding perimeter fences were taken down,” Kafanov reports. Local media said people were able to tear down fences to 20 acres of land owned by the company.
Researchers Link Earthquakes In Texas To Fracking Process
By Katie Valentine on December 6, 2013 at 9:45 am
Researchers at Southern Methodist University have linked a string of 2009 and 2010 earthquakes in Texas to the injection of fracking wastewater into the ground, according to a new study.
The researchers examined the group of more than 50 earthquakes that hit the area of Cleburne, Texas in 2009 and 2010, and found that they could have happened because of wastewater injection wells associated with fracking operations. Before 2008, the Fort Worth Basin of Texas had never experienced an earthquake.
“Because there were no known previous earthquakes, and the located events were close to the two injection wells and near the injection depth, the possibility exists that earthquakes may be related to fluid injection,” the authors write in their report.
Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Common Dreams
Humanity Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate Impacts, Warns Report
‘The pace of change is orders of magnitude higher than what species have experienced in the last tens of millions of years.’
- Jon Queally, staff writer
Hang on. Get Ready.
Those are at least two of the takeaways from a new report released by scientists in the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday which says the sudden impacts of climate change this century and beyond are inevitable but warn that far too little has been done to prepare for them.
“If you think about gradual change, you can see where the road is and where you’re going. With abrupt changes and effects, the road suddenly drops out from under you.” –Prof. Tony Barnosky
The report, Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change, looks at the issue of abrupt changes in climate, weather patterns, and the impacts that can occur in a matter of years or decades, not the lengthier scenarios that climate scientists sometimes focus on. (The full report can be read online here).
Published on Friday, December 6, 2013 by Common Dreams
Radioactive Fukushima Water Headed for US West Coast
As nuclear industry and allies in government play down risk, scientists warn there is no such thing as safe radiation
- Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Radioactive water contaminated by Japan’s ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant will soon reach the west coast of the United States, according to Chairwoman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Allison Macfarlane, Bloomberg reports.
As the nuclear industry and its allies in government attempt to play down the danger of the contaminated ocean waters, scientists warn there is no such thing as safe radiation.
“The highest amount of radiation that will reach the U.S. is two orders of magnitude — 100 times — less than the drinking water standard,” Macfarlane told Bloomberg. “So, if you could drink the salt water, which you won’t be able to do, it’s still fairly low.”
Monsanto – one of the most influential corporations among members of Congress – has hired former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln’s lobbying firm, the Lincoln Policy Group, to do its bidding in Washington, D.C.
Cashing in on her public service by helping massive corporations like Monsanto gut food safety, public health and transparency laws is just wrong. That’s why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to former Senator Blanche Lincoln, says the following:
Cashing in on public service by lobbying for unethical corporations is offensive to the American people. Senator Lincoln: Stop lobbying for Monsanto.
Earlier this month, Monsanto helped defeat an initiative that would have required genetically modified foods sold in my home state of Washington to be labeled. The company dumped millions of dollars into misleading TV ads to confuse Washington state residents and keep us in the dark about what we’re eating.
Lincoln’s lobbying firm has also hired her former staffer Robert Holifield — who served as her staff director on the Senate Agriculture Committee when she was the committee chair — as a partner at her lobbying firm. This shows that Lincoln is going beyond using her own connections she developed as a senator to cash in – she’s actively recruiting former congressional staff to boost her efforts to influence leaders on Capitol Hill.
Monsanto is clearly already far too influential in the halls of Congress, as evidenced by the “Monsanto Protection Act.” This legislation, which was anonymously added to a must-pass budget bill in March, allowed Monsanto to ignore food safety laws and disregard court opinions.
Lincoln has also done lobbying work for telecommunications company Nokia and major credit reporting bureau Experian — and she’s continuing to seek new clients as she grows her firm. By shining a public spotlight on Lincoln’s lobbying for Monsanto we can damage her firm’s reputation with other potential clients and send a strong message to elected officials that cashing in on public service by lobbying for unethical corporations is unacceptable.
Thank you for your support.
Clear Channel to Remove L.A. and San Francisco’s Only Commercial Progressive Talk Radio Stations, Replace Them with More Rightwing Talk
Non-RW listeners in largest and most progressive media markets to be almost completely unserved over our publicly-owned airwaves…
The largest media market in the world is about to lose its only non-Rightwing commercial talk radio station. Los Angeles’ KTLK 1150am will be flipped to a far Rightwing station featuring hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and other rightwing talkers. The same is to happen to San Francisco’s KNEW 960am, in the most progressive city in the nation. Both stations will reportedly flip to Rightwing stations — added to numerous others in the same cities — on the first broadcast day of 2014.
Both stations are owned by Clear Channel, the nation’s largest station owner, and the Rightwing hosts mentioned above are syndicated by Premiere Networks, the largest syndicator in the nation. After the flip, both cities will be left without a single commercial progressive talk radio station on the public airwaves…
FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10413
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