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The Gulf Oil Spill, February 8, 2015

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  • After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment
  • Part 1: 10 million 'missing' gallons of crude oil from BP's 2010 oil spill has been found.
  • Part 2: BP Gets A Pass On Billions Of Dollars In Fines For Gulf Oil Spill

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: 10 million 'missing' gallons of crude oil from BP's 2010 oil spill has been found.

Having "eluded" both the BP cleanup crews and our government for 5 years, 10 million gallons of crude oil has finally shown up.

 

Walter Einenkel <>, Daily Kos

 

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Feb 05, 2015 | Having "eluded" both the BP cleanup crews and our government for 5 years, 10 million gallons of crude oil has finally shown up.

 

Up to 10 million gallons (38 million liters) of crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has settled at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, where it is threatening wildlife and marine ecosystems, according to a new study.

 

This study supports one that came out a year ago that projected a little more oil on the bottom of the Gulf. In the end, both projections remind of us of the long term impacts of environmental negligence.

 

Walter Einenkel is a contributor to Daily Kos

 

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Part 2: BP Gets A Pass On Billions Of Dollars In Fines For Gulf Oil Spill

In his ruling on Thursday, United States federal judge Carl Barbier said BP's response to the disaster was not grossly negligent, but stuck to his earlier opinion that it had been grossly negligent leading up to the Macondo well blowout.

 

Reuters / Huffington Post

 

01/16/2015 | BP Plc (BP.L) will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion under the Clean Water Act for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, several billion dollars less than feared, after a judge ruled that it was smaller than the U.S. government claimed.

 

That was well below the government's estimate of 4.09 million barrels, which could have led to penalties of up to $17.6 billion.

 

Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency.

 

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Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

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  • How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border
  • A once-peaceful region has been transformed into a low-intensity war zone. Here's how it went so bad.

Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone, TomDispatch.com

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January 25, 2015 | It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates the Gaza Strip from Israel clicked onscreen. “We have learned lots from Gaza,” he told the audience. “It’s a great laboratory.”

Elkabetz was speaking at a border technology conference and fair surrounded by a dazzling display of technology — the components of his boundary-building lab. There were surveillance balloons with high-powered cameras floating over a desert-camouflaged armored vehicle made by Lockheed Martin. There were seismic sensor systems used to detect the movement of people and other wonders of the modern border-policing world. Around Elkabetz, you could see vivid examples of where the future of such policing was heading, as imagined not by a dystopian science fiction writer but by some of the top corporate techno-innovators on the planet.

Todd Miller, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Homeland Security. He has written on border and immigration issues for the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, and NACLA Report on the Americas and its blog Border Wars, among other places.

Gabriel M. Schivone, a writer from Tucson, has worked as a humanitarian volunteer in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands for more than six years., TomDispatch.com

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Blowing the Whistle on Government Recklessness Is a Public Service, Not a Crime

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Please sign this petition urging the U.S. Department of Justice to drop all charges against Jeffrey Sterling.

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January 08, 2015 | Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is set to go on trial soon for allegedly giving classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen -- about a CIA operation that provided flawed nuclear weapon blueprints to Iran in 2000. Along with CMD, the Nation, the Progressive and Roots Action, you took action in support of Risen, now is the time to come to the aid of whistleblower Sterling.  

 

A federal indictment accuses former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling of giving classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen -- about a CIA operation that provided flawed nuclear weapon blueprints to Iran in 2000.

The charges in that indictment are unproven, and a trial is set for January, 2015. But no one disputes that Sterling told Senate Intelligence Committee staffers about that CIA action, which was dubbed Operation Merlin. 

As Risen documented in his book State of War, Operation Merlin was ill-conceived and dangerous.

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Woman sees images of black males as sniper targets; one is her brother.

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  • A woman was devastated to see her brother and other black men as targets, NBC6 reports
  • Police say they also use groups of white men, Hispanic men and white women.
  • Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are

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150117000354-north-miami-beach-police-targets-super-169.jpgSat January 17, 2015 | You go for some target practice, look down the firing range and see at the other end that one of the targets is -- your brother, an old photo of him.

National Guardswoman Valerie Deant was devastated to see her brother Woody's image pierced by police sniper bullets, she told NBC6 in an exclusive report.

But his photo wasn't the only one of an African-American being used for target practice last November. There were six bullet-riddled mugshots of black males at the range.

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Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are, Redditt Hudson, Washington (DC) Post 

There’s only one fix.

Mall of America (MOA) to Charge Activists for "Lost Revenue" After a Peaceful Gathering?!

  • Peaceful gathering at Mall of America (MOA) met with riot police.
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Nick Espinosa, Sum of Us

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January 8, 2015 | Early next week, I expect charges to be filed against me and other young organizers of color for supporting the peaceful #‎BlackLivesMatter gathering at the Mall of America. So today we launched this petition to 2 million US members of SumOfUs demanding the mall call off these outrageous charges.

I'm so grateful to work for an employer that has the backs of young people of color standing up for an end to racist systems of oppression in this historic moment.

Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgSign the petition to the Mall of America. Tell Them to stop their intimidation tactics now.

Please share far and wide. They done kicked the beehive.

Nick Espinosa: Campaign Manager at SumOfUs 

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