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Watch Crude Justice and hold BP accountable

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  • I am honored to serve as the narrator for this important film and I hope that you will join me and get involved by signing the petition,  watching Crude Justice online, or volunteering to organize a screening of the film in your city. The people we interviewed asked us to carry a message back to the rest of the country that they don’t want to be forgotten. Help us make sure that message is heard.
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  • Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill
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  • BP and Administration: Lies, Deceit, and Coverup in the Gulf
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Ed Begley, Jr., Alliance for Justice

I am proud to announce the release of Alliance for Justice's 2010 First Monday Film, Crude Justice, which chronicles the difficult path to justice and fair compensation for the thousands of victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

Like many of you, I watched in horror as the BP gusher devastated the Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to Florida. Now that the well is capped, fewer people are paying attention to the effects of the spill, but the disaster is far from over. The full damage to the environment, communities, and peoples’ lives may not be known for years.

Shot on location in Louisiana, Crude Justice highlights the difficulties everyday people face in finding fair compensation and a secure future for their families, as well as the extraordinarily tough choices they must make about whether to pursue their case in the courts or accept the payment being offered by BP through its $20 billion compensation fund.

Crude Justice tells the story of damaged lives, but also of the fighting spirit and resilience of people who understand that what's threatened is not just justice for the victims of the spill, but the integrity of the American judicial system itself.

This 17-minute film is only one part of our larger campaign to monitor the courts and BP’s compensation fund to ensure that people’s lives are made whole long after the spill is no longer front-page news. Join us in holding elected officials, corporations, and the compensation fund accountable.

Watch Crude Justice Online.

I am honored to serve as the narrator for this important film and I hope that you will join me and get involved by signing the petitionwatching Crude Justice online, or volunteering to organize a screening of the film in your city. The people we interviewed asked us to carry a message back to the rest of the country that they don’t want to be forgotten. Help us make sure that message is heard.

Thanks.

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Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill, Dina Cappiello, Associated Press/MSNBC

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  • BP's lead investigator acknowledged that the company's probe had limitations.
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  • Regret, apology not part of BP's oil spill report
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BP and Administration: Lies, Deceit, and Coverup in the Gulf, Stephen Lendman, The World Can't Wait

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  • This goes way beyond BP and its decades of criminal negligence. It's a regulatory problem for lack of it; a government one for no oversight, public or environmental concern; and a long-term systemic one giving business free reign to plunder and pollute without limit, then when caught call it an accident, paper it over, and repeat again because complicit government officials allow it.
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  • The Spill, The Scandal and the President
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  • BP Oil Spill Is Not a Disaster. It's a Crime.
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  • Gulf Oil Emergency Summit: Extraordinary Crisis Demands Extraordinary Response
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Summary | Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disaster: Week of October 3

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  • 'Heck Of A Job' Still Left
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  • Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Joel Pett

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Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill, Dina Cappiello, Associated Press/MSNBC

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  • BP's lead investigator acknowledged that the company's probe had limitations.
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  • Regret, apology not part of BP's oil spill report
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'Heck Of A Job' Still Left, Institute for Southern Studies (ISS)
The Institute for Southern Studies (ISS) has a new report about the key failures yet to be addressed by the federal government, including a failure to properly inspect and secure new levees.

BP oil spill: US scientist retracts assurances over success of cleanup, Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian | UK/Axis of Logic
National Oceanic and Atmospherioc Administration's (NOAA's) Bill Lehr says three-quarters of the oil that gushed from the Deepwater Horizon rig is still in sea while scientists identify 22-mile plume in ocean depths.

Passenger Trains: Our Hope for a More Sustainable Future

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  • President Obama's proposal to spend $50 billion on transportation infrastructure—including 4,000 miles of rail lines—couldn't be a better expenditure of our federal tax dollars.
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  • American-made streetcars: Portland company rebuilds lost industry
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Olga Bonfiglio, Common Dreams

President Obama's proposal to spend $50 billion on transportation infrastructure—including 4,000 miles of rail lines—couldn't be a better expenditure of our federal tax dollars.

After spending two days on the Empire Builder, the long-haul Amtrak line from Chicago to Seattle/Portland, I quickly realized that our investment in trains should be readily and heartily embraced.  And, if more Americans were to take such trips, I’m sure they, too, would choose trains as an alternative mode of travel.

Amtrak staff was courteous and responsive to passengers, a bit quirky as train people can be, but absolutely delightful while we all traveled the miles and hours together across the country. Riding the train, especially on an overnight, was romantic and adventurous and we kept to our schedule despite the numerous times we had to yield to freight trains.

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American-made streetcars: Portland company rebuilds lost industry, Jacob Wheeler, People's World

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  • More than 65 U.S. cities are currently looking into implementing streetcars. Portland, though, is leading the way in public transportation.
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  • Minneapolis City Council keeps streetcars on track
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Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill

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  • BP's lead investigator acknowledged that the company's probe had limitations.
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  • Regret, apology not part of BP's oil spill report
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Dina Cappiello, Associated Press/MSNBC

Engineering experts probing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill exposed holes in BP's internal investigation as the company was questioned Sunday for the first time in public about its findings.

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BP's lead investigator acknowledged that the company's probe had limitations.

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Mark Bly, head of safety and operations for BP PLC, told a National Academy of Engineering committee that a lack of physical evidence and interviews with employees from other companies limited BP's study.

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The internal team only looked at the immediate cause of the April disaster, which killed 11 workers and unleashed 206 million gallons of oil into the Gulf.

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"It is clear that you could go further into the analysis," said Bly, who said the investigation was geared to discovering things that BP could address in the short term. "This does not represent a complete penetration into potentially deeper issues."

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Regret, apology not part of BP's oil spill report, Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

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  • But it does provide an early look at the company's probable legal strategy — spreading the blame among itself, rig owner Transocean, and cement contractor Halliburton — as it deals with hundreds of lawsuits, billions of dollars in claims and possible criminal charges in the coming months and years.
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  • Regulatory Capture Of Oil Drilling Agency Exposed In Report
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Health Care: The Disquieting Truth

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  • Tracking Medicine: A Researcher’s Quest to Understand Health Care 
by John E. Wennberg
Oxford University Press, 319 pp., $29.95
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  • Health Insurance costs going up, and reformers won’t admit it
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Arnold Relman, New York Review of Books

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira

Joely Richardson and Dylan Walsh in the television series Nip/Tuck Warner Bros. Television/Everett Collection

Most experts agree that the central problem with the US health care system is its high cost. We can’t afford universal coverage unless there is much better control of medical expenditures, which are now reaching over $2.5 trillion per year. What’s more, without effective control of health costs the federal budget deficit and the national debt will continue to increase.

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Nevertheless, our political leaders have decided to expand and improve insurance coverage first, while deferring any serious attention to costs. Moreover, as I will discuss in the second part of this review, the book by John E. Wennberg demonstrates that in many parts of the US, costs are driven up by an excessive supply of medical services.

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In March, after more than a year of bitterly partisan congressional debate, a narrow majority of exclusively Democratic lawmakers passed the most extensive health care reform since Medicare and Medicaid were enacted forty-five years ago. As described by Jonathan Oberlander and Theodore Marmor in these pages, the main thrust of this extensive legislation is to provide federal aid for mandatory expansion of coverage by Medicaid and by private insurance plans, and to expand benefits under Medicare. It has also been promoted by its sponsors as a measure to control costs, but it is not. Oberlander and Marmor make very clear that there is little reason to expect it will do much in the near future to control the relentless rise in health expenditures—a task that must wait for future reforms.

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Health Insurance costs going up, and reformers won’t admit it, E. Thomas McClanahan, Kansas City Star | KS

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  • Threat from Sebelius defies economic reality
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  • Steep rate hikes on way for individual health insurance
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