All Further Articles for 2013-12-17

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Where the Oil Goes, What It Does, How It Moves (ie: Dangerously)
Rail traffic is set to restart Wednesday in Quebec's Lac-Mégantic, five months after the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil killed 47 people, spilled six million liters of oil and destroyed the town. The restart comes amidst ongoing disturbing revelations: Investigators say more, and more explosive oil spilled than was thought, clean-up crews are still fighting "a toxic villain (that) is on the move," and critics note oil companies are increasingly using rail to move their dangerous freight. This year, North Dakota, a key producer, plans to move 90% of its million barrels of crude a day - more than Keystone - by rail. With a list of this year's other 44 fossil fuel disasters. Insane.
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No Kissing Helmets Or Other Lovey Peacey Stuff Please
The head of the Italian police officers' union is charging a 20-year-old art student with "sexual violence" and "causing offence to a public official" after she famously kissed a riot cop's helmet visor during a protest against a new bullet train. Really. Despite his ordeal, the hero officer stayed calm, explaining, “When I'm wearing my uniform I represent the police institution, and I have an obligation not to react to provocation." Critics of the charges argue he was just asking for it by being dressed like that.
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Monday, December 16, 2013
Don't Take Their Money: Catholics Argue Koch Money Is Immoral, University Defends It As “Principled Entre­pre­neur­ship," Everyone Falls Down Laughing
In an intriguing, heated proxy war between church conservatives and progressives, 50 Catholic leaders have written to protest the Catholic University of America accepting a $1 million donation for its business school from Charles Koch, arguing the Koch political agenda "directly contradicts Catholic teaching on a range of moral issues." The letter prompted a bellicose response from the university, which blasted it as a "presumptuous" effort to "manufacture controversy," "instruct (us) about Catholic social teaching," and redefine it "to suit (the authors') own political preferences" - something God knows they aren't doing when they assert the Kochs represent “principled entre­pre­neur­ship."
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