Daily Archives: July 10, 2014

1 Mn Gallons Of Oil-Drilling Byproducts Leaked Into N. Dakota Drinking Water – 10 July 2014

RT logoA North Dakota pipeline has hemorrhaged about 1 million gallons of oil-drilling saltwater into the ground of a native Indian reservation, with some of the byproduct suspected to have leaked into a lake that provides drinking water.

The spill of a toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation was discovered on Tuesday.

The cleanup is expected to last for weeks, according to Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety at Crestwood Midstream Services Inc. A subsidiary of Crestwood – Aero Pipeline LLC – owns the underground pipeline.

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Cash For Data: Internet Companies To Profit From UK Emergency Legislation – 10 July 2014

Government Communications Headquarters (Image from wikipedia.org)

Government Communications Headquarters (Image from wikipedia.org)

Read more:UK to ‘fast track’ mass surveillance bill

The figures, published on Thursday by privacy rights campaign group Big Brother Watch, reveal the UK government has issued almost 65 million pounds in grants to multiple CSPs to log “communications data” generated over a period of six years.

The figures document state spending on grants to CSPs between 2007 and 2013. Tendered to UK authorities, Big Brother Watch’s FOI request unveils new facets of Britain’s surveillance landscape, highlighting a close relationship between the UK government and corporate sectors.
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Dumping Net Neutrality: ‘Fast’ Lane To Censorship & Obama’s Biggest Letdown – 10 July 2014

RT logoAuthor: Bryan MacDonald is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. He wrote for Irish Independent and Daily Mail. He has also frequently appeared on RTE and Newstalk in Ireland as well as RT.

A heavy blow to the heart of American innovation and an end to the quarter century of online liberty in the self-styled ‘land of the free’ – that’s what it would mean if US regulators go on with their proposal to reverse net neutrality.

A hackneyed mistaken belief, accepted as gospel by many, is that Germany invented the modern motorway system, or autobahn as they call it. As a matter of fact, the world’s first enclosed-highway was in Italy, running between Milan and Varese and forms part of the Italian road network to this day.

What is true, however, is that Germany was the first nation to build a dense, cross-country system of motorways in the 1930’s – for primarily military purposes – and that their efficient system was copied by copious other countries in the post-war period.

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UK To ‘Fast Track’ Mass Surveillance Bill – 10 July 2014

RT logoParliament plans to push through new laws requiring phone companies to keep records of customer calls and internet activity. Rights activists warn the bill sets a “dangerous precedent,” while the PM claims the consequences of not acting are “grave.”

Read more:UK to force telecom firms to spy on British citizens

Under the new legislation, called the Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill, phone companies would have to keep records on who their customers telephoned and the addresses of websites they visited for at least 12 months.

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Russia Pushes For BRICS Energy Association – 10 July 2014

RT logoRussia is to urge its BRICS counterparts to set up an energy association that will include a fuel reserve, as well as the institute for energy policy, according to Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov.

“Russia will propose a number of specific issues for consideration, including establishing a BRICS energy association aimed at ensuring the energy security of its member states, and to conduct integrated research and analysis of global hydrocarbon markets. It is suggested that a fuel reserve and an energy policy institute for the BRICS will be created within this association,” Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told journalists on Thursday.

On top of that, Russia will suggest a network to link the leading universities of Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa that will specialize in economics and technology, TASS reports.
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Up To 2 Mn Workers Stage Public Sector #J10 Strike – 10 July 2014

RT logoAn estimated 1.5 mn public sector workers have walked out forcing schools and offices to close during a massive coordinated strike against ‘poverty pay’. It is believed to be the biggest since the 1926 General Strike.

Thursday, July 10

14:06 GMT:

Thousands of protesters gathered in London to strike over ‘poverty pay’.

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TheIndependent – Controversial Former BBC Executive Treated To A ‘Permafrost’ Reception From Senior Colleagues – 10 July 2014

The Independent

Lord Birt is widely credited for having positioned the organisation to embrace digital media

By Ian Burrell

Quote: John Birt, one of the most controversial leaders of the BBC, has said that he was made “profoundly unwelcome” when he arrived at the organisation and was subjected to a “permafrost” reception from senior colleagues.

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