September 23, 2004

Clicking Around

First Draft on the Bush administration's EPA, and also with a post on how economic indicators fell for the 3rd straight month.

Narco News was passed a copy of the sealed court documents in the case of a DEA agent who's charged that the CIA interfered with his work in Burma. The case was closed this year under the rubric of national security, though much of the information appears to be simply embarrassing to the government. It's an intriguing story, with offices bugged, informants outed, and all kinds of great spy novel type twists. So please go read it, and try to figure out just how seriously our intelligence agencies take the War On Some Drugs.

Atrios points us to a link where we find a transcript of extreme wingnuttery as called in to a C-SPAN show. I read World Net Daily sometimes, so I thought I'd be prepared. But there is simply no effective preamble.

Go to Off The Kuff to find out everything you want to know about the DeLay fundraising investigation and local reaction to it. Kuffner has a thorough review of Texas media coverage, as well as a closing summary of the charges and timeline.

Iranian bloggers protest government news crackdowns. Now there's a group of people fighting the good fight.

From Talk Left, Alabama's attorney general convinced the parole board to reverse a parole grant for a prisoner whose prison record is clean, and is in jail for killing the husband who beat her and regularly sodomized her children.

Left Coaster: Parallels between Brazil and Iran regarding nuclear inspections, though no one is darkly hinting that Brazil should now be invaded. Contrary to what you might have been drilled on in government class, there is a fourth branch of Constitutional government.

Also thanks to the Left Coaster, a link to a post by Tristero on how closely (and I'm turning into a nutbar conspiracy theorist as I type this) the recent Republican agenda matches that of the John Birch society on five major points. I've got a nice, shiny apple for the first member of the press corps with the spine to ask a Bush flack about how closely involved he is with prominent Birchers.

Highest icefields will not last 100 years, study finds. Hint - Prepare your 'No Blood For Water' signs now, you'll have occasion to use them:

...After the most detailed study ever undertaken of China's glaciers, which are said to account for 15% of the planet's ice, researchers from the Academy of Science said that urgent measures were needed to prepare for the impact of climate change at high altitude.

..."Within 20 to 30 years, we will see the collapse of many of the smaller glaciers," [project leader Yao Tandong] said. "Within 60 years, we can predict a very significant reduction in the volume of high-altitude ice fields."

In the short term, he said, the water from the ice would fill reservoirs and lead to more flooding - as was already the case in Nepal and downstream areas of China.

...Once the mountain ice was gone, rivers would start to dry up and ocean levels would rise, threatening coastal cities. ...

Millions Blocked From Voting In U.S. Elections:

..."There are individuals and officials who are actively trying to stop people from voting who they think will vote against their party and that nearly always means stopping black people from voting Democratic," said Mary Frances Berry, head of the U.S. Commission on Human Rights.

Vicky Beasley, a field officer for People for the American Way, listed some of the ways voters have been "discouraged" from voting.

"In elections in Baltimore in 2002 and in Georgia last year, black voters were sent fliers saying anyone who hadn't paid utility bills or had outstanding parking tickets or were behind on their rent would be arrested at polling stations. It happens in every election cycle," she said. ...

Finally, go read today's Sideshow and keep reading down the archive until you come to a post you recognize. Avedon has great media deconstruction stories in her link collections as recently posted.

Posted by natasha at September 23, 2004 10:59 PM | Recommended Reading | Technorati links |

The water wars are here and close to home. I had a post on this in August; Water Wars, and you thought oil wars were bad!!!

Posted by: Ron In Portland at September 24, 2004 09:36 AM