Daily Archives: July 14, 2014

Feds’ Investigation Reveals Even More Safety Lapses At Anthrax Lab – 14 July 2014

RT logoYet another federal investigation has concluded that major safety lapses were evident when more than 80 lab workers with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were exposed to live anthrax bacteria last month.

On Monday this week, Reuters reported that a second probe — this one conducted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) — found serious flaws with the way germs that carry anthrax, a potentially fatal disease, were handled by CDC workers.

Last month, RT reported that as many as 84 scientists work at an Atlanta, Georgia DC facility may have been exposed to anthrax bacteria due to the absence of proper safety procedures. At the time, the CDC announced on its own that these lapses may have allowed dozens of employees to possibly be exposed while working in what was supposed to be a high-level bio-security lab.

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Web Giants Make Last-Minute Plea With FCC To Preserve Net Neutrality – 14 July 2014

RT logoThe 120-day window established by the Federal Communication Commission earlier this year to hear comments from the public concerning its open internet proposal is about to close, and web giants are making a last minute plea to protect net neutrality.

On Monday this week, a trade group representing the interests of Google, Twitter, Netflix and others filed with the United States FCC a 25-page statement asking federal regulators to consider the consequences of implementing plans that, according to opponents, would crush the concept of net neutrality.

In January, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals remanded portions of the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Order, in turn eliminating all legally enforceable rules ensuring internet openness. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler responded with a proposal in early February, Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, but it contains language that critics say would, if approved, allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) the power to preferentially treat some web content over another as long as it could be considered “commercially reasonable.”

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Yellowstone Supervolcano ‘Turned The Asphalt Into Soup’ Shutting Down Natl. Park’s Roads – 14 July 2014

RT logoExtreme heat from a massive supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park is melting a major roadway at the popular summertime tourist attraction. Park officials have closed the area to visitors.

Firehole Lake Drive, a 3-mile-plus offshoot of the park’s Grand Loop that connects the Old Faithful geyser and the Madison Junction, is currently off limits. Park operators say the danger of stepping on seemingly solid soil into severely hot water is “high.”

“It basically turned the asphalt into soup. It turned the gravel road into oatmeal,” Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle said.

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The ‘Border Children’ Controversy: Fascism In Central America & USA – 14 July 2014

RT logoAuthor: Caleb Maupin is a political analyst from New York City and is an activist with the International Action Center and Workers World Party. He has worked against police brutality and mass incarceration.

The recent controversy regarding the “border children” in the United States needs to be placed in a proper global context.

In response to the influx of children from Central America, who are fleeing the US backed devastation in Honduras and Guatemala; fascists in the United States have revealed themselves once again.

In Murieta, California, bands of right-wing extremists blocked buses filled with children from Central America. The police stood aside, and allowed these right-wingers to terrorize and threaten a group of child and young refugees who were being transported by the US Border Patrol.

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2,000 Bombs A Year? Japan’s Plan To Reopen Nuclear Reprocessing Plant Stirs Concern – 14 July 2014

RT logoReactivating a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant could provide Japan with enough plutonium to produce up to 2,000 atomic bombs a year, a US expert has warned. The “reckless” move could destabilize the region, as Japan’s neighbors rush to compete.

Henry Sokolski, executive director at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, urged the House Foreign Affairs committee to hinder the reopening of the nuclear reprocessing facility in Rokkasho, North Japan.

The plant itself was supposed to begin operations in October 2013, but its reactivation was delayed by new safety regulations. The operators of the facility, which, according to the IAEA, has an annual capacity of 800 tons of uranium, or 8 tons of plutonium, say it should be up and running by this October.

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‘World Is Still Livable Due To BRICS Counterbalancing West’ – 14 July 2014

RT logoAuthor: Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina.

The West is now starting to move to its final decay, with the Russia-China alliance becoming stronger, offering Latin America and other regions a multipolar model of the world, author and international consultant Adrian Salbuchi told RT.

RT: The BRICS nations are gathering for a sixth time, a lot of deals are coming out of this. How important are these agreements?

Adrian Salbuchi: They are indeed very important because not only should we look at them from the point of view of economic deals, which are very important for this part of the world, especially with the ongoing financial crisis in the Western world. But I think we should not lose sight of the fact that BRICS, although it is shown as an economic agreement, has turned into a geopolitical agreement. And if anything today the world is still livable it is because Russia and China are mainly offering a counterbalance to American, European, British, Israeli imperialism throughout the whole world, and that includes Latin America.

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GCHQ Tribunal Hears Civil Liberties Legal Challenge – 14 July 2014

RT logoCivil liberties groups are making a legal challenge against the alleged use of mass surveillance by UK intelligence services.

The tribunal follows revelations about UK and US surveillance practices by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. The groups involved intend to challenge the legality of alleged “interception, collection and use of communications” by GCHQ.

UK government intercepted Google, Facebook and Twitter communications.

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