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Tests reveal toxic cocktail as media covers up CA. oil spill's root cause - by Dan Bacher
While Governor Brown, other state officlals and the mainstream media continue to falsely portray California as a "green" state, the devastation of the oil spill shows the fragility of California's ocean waters - and exposes the failure of state and federal officials to stop a disaster like this, due to the capture of the state's regulatory apparatus by Big Oil. Photo and meme courtesy of Stop Fooling California.
Posted: Wed Jul 1, 2015 8:28AM
New Tests Find Toxic Cocktail in Santa Barbara Spill - by via Food & Water Watch
SANTA BARBARA, CA – Numerous toxic chemicals known to pose severe threats to human health and marine life contaminated the Pacific Ocean and beaches when more than 100,000 gallons of oil spilled from a ruptured pipeline in Santa Barbara County, according to independent test results released today by Water Defense. The non-profit organization’s testing of spilled oil deposited on the beach and water samples collected from the May 19 Refugio State Beach oil spill confirmed the presence of s...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:09PM
Costco members, fishermen, environmental, labor groups demand Costco say no to GE salmon - by via Center for Food Safety
ISSAQUAH, Wash. — A coalition including Community Alliance for Global Justice, fishermen, members of UFCW Local 21 and concerned Costco customers rallied in front of the Costco next door to store headquarters and presented more than 300,000 petition signatures demanding that Costco Wholesale (COST) publicly commit to not sell genetically engineered (GE) salmon.
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:15PM
Nuclear Shutdown News June 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline the decline and fall of nuclear power
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:22PM
Protesters urge state officials to halt Santa Barbara offshore drilling expansion - by Dan Bacher
“The last thing this oil-drenched area needs is more drilling,” said Michelle Bednash, a resident of Goleta. “The State Lands Commission should safeguard our public lands and focus on decommissioning offshore oil wells and promoting sustainable energy." Photo of Wednesday's rally in Goleta courtesy of the Center for Biological Diversity.
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:34AM
Interview with Lydia Y. Nichols on upcoming documentary Katrina Babies (audio/mpeg 75.1MB) - by WTUL News & Views
Gahiji Barrow interviews Lydia Y. Nichols about the upcoming documentary Katrina Babies that looks at the experience of children who survived the storm. This conversation includes discussion about trauma, racism and what it means to be young black and from New Orleans and have lived through Katrina and how those lasting impacts are being felt.
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:38AM
The Relationship of Social Philosophy to Social Policy - by Gil Villagran, MSW
Today, our nation of 350 million is governed “officially” by the democratic ideals eloquently prescribed in our Constitution, but in reality we are governed by the same ideology of “survival of the fittest,” who are the wealthiest, the 1% billionaire owned politicians who are served by the most clever at propaganda, mass marketing advertising, public manipulation which determines elections so that “the people” in “we the people…” vote against their own best interests, such a...
Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:46PM
California Nurses, Teachers Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project - by via California Nurses Association
The 120,000-member California Federation of Teachers voted to add their voice to the growing community of nurses and teachers opposed to the Phillips 66 oil train project.
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:08PM
EPA Report Finds Fracking Water Pollution, Despite Oil Industry's Refusal to Provide Data - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A long-delayed report released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds that fracking has polluted drinking water. But a lack of cooperation from the oil and gas industry limited the study’s ability to draw wider conclusions. “The limited amount of data collected before and during hydraulic fracturing activities reduces the ability to determine whether hydraulic fracturing affected drinking water resources in cases of alleged contamination,” the study notes.
Posted: Thu Jun 4, 2015 2:19PM
Oppose SB277 - - by Lauren Krause
SB 277 impacts children in private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center. SB 277 would eliminate a parent's right to exempt their children from one, some, or all vaccines, a risk-laden medical procedure. Only a medical exemption would remain, which is usually only issued after a catastrophic adverse vaccine reaction has occurred, and often times, not even then.
Posted: Wed Jun 3, 2015 7:39PM
California Congressional Leaders Urge Gov. Brown, Legislative Leaders To Boost Denti-Cal - by By Steven Maviglio
State Budget Fails to Fix Federal-State Program After California State Auditor Finds State's Low-Income Families Have Little Access to Dental Care
Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 11:06AM
Corporate Trade Agenda Attacks Americans’ Right to Know - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry that went into effect in the United States in 2013 are not compliant with global trade standards. The WTO continued to find that the goal of providing information to consumers was compliant with international trade rules, but it decided narrowly that the implementation of the rules for COOL labels negatively impacted livestock imports from Canada and Mex...
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 5:13PM
Video Shows Dying Moments of African-American Soldier in Texas Jail (video/x-ms-wmv 22.9MB) - by DemocracyNow! (repost)
The police state snuffed the life of Sgt. James Brown in the El Paso Jail.
Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 9:31AM
Martha Huckabuy from St Rose Community One Voice on the need for fenceline air monitoring (audio/mpeg 10.9MB) - by wtulnews
Martha Huckabuy of St Rose Community One Voice describes her experiences living next to the Shell / IMTT oil transport facility, which has doubled in size in the past year, as the United States exports more and more oil to other nations. Martha and st Rose was disturbed by noxious odors from the Shell / IMTT facility and testifies to the Natural Resources committee of the Louisiana house of Representatives on the need for fenceline monitoring
Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 9:26AM
Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Weak Tank Car Standards - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In the wake of a spate of fiery derailments and toxic spills involving trains hauling volatile crude oil, a coalition of conservation organizations and citizen groups are challenging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s weak safety standards for oil trains. Less than a week after the DOT released its final tank car safety rule on May 1, a train carrying crude oil exploded outside of Heimdal, N.D. Under the current standards, the tank cars involved in the accident would n...
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 7:02PM
Nurses Join Teachers, Parents and Students to Voice Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses will join with parents and students for three days of events opposing the Phillips 66 Oil Train Project, which starts this Thursday by urging the Templeton School Board to oppose the controversial Phillips 66 proposal to add five additional rail shipments a week of dirty tar sands crude oil through the center of San Luis Obispo County to Phillips’ Santa Maria refinery. Photo: 2014 oil train derailment in Seattle, Washington. Photo Credit: Flicker user, EcologyWA
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 9:03AM
Dr. Carl Hart at Drug Policy Alliance Conference in NOLA (audio/mpeg 19.3MB) - by WTUL News & Views
A Human Rights based approach to drug policy
Posted: Wed May 6, 2015 8:15AM
Bratton Report Glosses over Impact Broken Windows Policing Has on NY Communities of Color - by American Civil Liberties Union
NEW YORK - In response to a report (see PDF) released today by the NYPD and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in defense of Broken Windows policing, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:51PM
CDC Lies Calling Cigarettes Number 1 Cause Of Preventable Death - by AVFN
Since its founding in 1946, the CDC has by censorship, distortion and falsehood hidden the cause of the majority of deaths in the US which is consumption of animal and fish cadavers as well as eggs and dairy products.
Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:41PM
Stacy Drury study on telomeres and stress in New Orleans children (audio/mpeg 3.3MB) - by Jesse Rafert, WTUL
Public Health Professor Stacy Drury discusses the "global stress indicator" that is the telomere, and how stressed out New Orleans children are
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:58PM