Further for 2013-10-30

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
If A Tree Falls in the Forest: Another 'Oil Field Incident,' Again By Koch, Goes Mostly Unreported
Amidst revelations that some 750 pipeline spills, many in remote areas, have gone largely unreported in the last year comes news of Tuesday's spill of 17,000 gallons of crude from a Koch-owned pipeline in Texas. Alarmingly brief reports say the cleanup has begun, the cause is unknown, as is the timeline for fixing it, and Koch Pipeline Co. has "notified the appropriate federal and state regulators." So not to worry. Question: If a pipeline built by conscience-free, profit-driven mega-corporations starts oozing toxic oil in the boonies and nobody sees, hears or calls them on it, what will become of us?
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Banksy's Nazi-Infused Banality of the Banality of Evil Raises Alot of Money For A Good Cause
Nearing the end of his month-long residency on the streets of New York, street artist and showman Banksy bought a nondescript landscape from a thrift shop for Housing Works, which advocates for the homeless and those living with HIV/AIDS, for 50 bucks, added a Nazi and his signature to it, and returned it to the shop, which is now auctioning it off. Current bid on what he calls, straight-faced, "oil on oil on canvas," is $213,513.
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Lawyers Urge Canada to Arrest Cheney, World Wishes Them Well
Several international lawyers' groups have written a lengthy, scathing letter urging Toronto police to arrest Dick Cheney "as a person suspected on reasonable grounds of authorizing, counseling, aiding (and) abetting torture” when the Great Dick visits the 2013 Toronto Global Forum later this week. Lawyers Against the War cite numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity statutes in their demand that Cheney be "investigated and prosecuted for the indictable offence of torture" to prevent him from “escaping to the United States” - where, unconscionably and incomprehensibly, he still walks our nation's ignoble streets a free man. Update : Greenwald rips Cheney.
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They Are the Facts: Boston's MTA Restores (Briefly Pulled) Ads on Palestinian Land Losses
A day after Boston's Transit Authority pulled down 80 posters at subway stations showing the mind-boggling loss of Palestinian lands to Israel since its creation - evidently in response to pressure from the Anti-Defamation League - it is putting them back up. The MBTA cited "a breakdown in our established procedures for handling complaints," which presumably translates as, "We should not be in the business of political censorship, no matter how well-funded, of the harsh facts on the ground." Ad sponsor Henry Clifford on charges the maps and accompanying text noting the existence of 4.7 million Palestinian refugees are "inflammatory": "I don't see how maps that present historical and geographical facts can be called inflammatory or anti-Semitic...They are the facts."
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