Friday, October 07, 2005

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How Rotten Are These Guys?
"A gangland killing in Florida is the latest scandal implicating business associates of powerhouse Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- and embarrassing the GOP hierarchy in Washington. The murder also is a reminder of the Bush family's long association with underworld characters who have plied the murky world between organized crime and power politics." - (published October 5, 2005) Robert Parry | Consortium News

The Cancer Agents of the FBI | The Great Green Scare
"With nothing much better to do and an unlimited budget to burn, the FBI is turning its mighty inquisitorial arsenal on environmental groups across the country. Even now the feds are scouring green outfits from Moscow, Idaho to Cancer Alley Parish, Louisiana, looking to round up bands of eco-terrorists, the Osama Bin Ladens of the American outback." - (published Oct. 03, 2005) Jeffery St. Claire | Counterpunch

[Thursday, Oct 6, 2005]
11 Hurt in Plastics Plant Explosion | Cause of accident at Formosa facility in South Texas is unknown
Diane Wilson, an activist and local shrimper who has protested against the company — a campaign that culminated in August 2002, when she chained herself to one of the plant's towers — said a serious incident was bound to happen.

"When Formosa was building this plant we had so much evidence about the shoddy way it was put together and the poor quality of the work," said Wilson, who was in New York City promoting her first book An Unreasonable Woman, about her fight against large petrochemical companies. "I'm not surprised at all." - (by Dina Cappiello and Eric Hanson | Houston Chronicle via Common Dreams)

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Far out on the desert to the north dustspouts rose wobbling and augered the earth and some said they'd heard of pilgrims borne aloft like dervishes in those mindless coils to be dropped broken and bleeding upon the desert again and there perhaps to watch the thing that had destroyed them lurch onward like some drunken djinn and resolve itself once more into the elements from which it sprang. Out of that whirlwind no voice spoke and the pilgrim lying in his broken bones may cry out and in his anguish he may rage, but rage at what? And if the dried and blackened shell of him is found among the sands by travelers to come yet who can discover the engine of his ruin? ~ Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian

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