The Roundup for July 28th, 2015

Almost the end of the month. Keep those suggestions coming, folks.

International Politics

Overall

– Israel hopes to use the Syrian Civil War to bolster its energy independence

– Russian President Vladimir Putin: I think Sepp Blatter should get the Nobel Peace Prize; *Spits out drink*

– The United Nations suspended its health programs in Iraq because of lack of funding

– Both the U.S. and Turkey pledged to kick out the Islamic State from northern Syria; Easier said than done

Middle East

– Even the Jewish community in Iran find Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as ridiculous when it comes to the agreement with Iran

– Chris Hedges: “Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

– A Saudi official criticized Iran’s “aggressive statements” on Bahrain, an ally of Saudi Arabia

Asia and Oceania

– Tim Shurrock: “Could Japan Become America’s New Proxy Army?

– Despite Malaysia’s issues with child labor, the Obama administration insists on making them a TPP member

Africa

– Why doesn’t President Barack Obama call for the release of journalists jailed by the Ethiopian government?

So much for the Yemeni ceasefire as Saudi-led airstrikes and clashes continued in the country

– Libya is running out of foreign reserves, so it is scrambling to get Moammar Qaddafi’s billions stored overseas

Europe 

– Dr. Panagiotis Sotiris, a member of Antarsya, talks to The Real News about current failures with Syriza and a possible future for the Greek left

– Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek financial minister, admitted there was a plan to create a parallel currency in Greece

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Attorney Michael Ratner joins The Real News to talk about the new chapter in U.S.-Cuban relations and what is needed next

– In Mexico, searching for the 43 missing students led authorities to find 129 bodies

– Haitians in the Dominican Republic are still under attack in spite of the major press coverage given on them

– Chilean President Michelle Bachelet: Chileans must not be silent over crimes committed by those working under the Pinochet dictatorship

– The State Department removed Cuba from a list of countries failing to stop human trafficking

Surveillance Planet

– The Obama administration said the NSA would destroy the millions of calls it collected of Americans

Financial Matters

– Michael Roberts: “Grexit, De Long and the wages of Sinn

A new report found very rich millionaires prefer going to the United Kingdom as a safe haven

– Another new study found rich families in the UK create a glass ceiling to ensure their children succeed over poorer ones

Part two of two with economist James Weeks about Greece and the difficulties it faces in the world in having a stable economy

– The International Monetary Fund warned the eurozone faces “negative shocks” should the status quo be upheld

– Richard Wolff: “What do Angela Merkel and Mitt Romney have in common?“; Like Roberts, Wolff is one of my favorite Marxist economists and, again like Roberts, a darn good one

– Foreign direct investment in all Arab states, overall, fell by 8 percent last year

– Economist Gerald Epstein joins The Real News to discuss a report he co-authored on banking five years after passage of the Dodd-Frank law; Much more needs to be done to stop irrational bankers

– Dean Baker: “Social Security Trustees’ Report Lacks the Usual Panic

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Economist Robert Pollin joins The Real News to explain the Fight for 15 movement and why economists should support it; Sign me up

– France’s economy minister said all legislation pertaining to taxis must adapt to Uber; This is a country historically seen as left

– Michelle Chen: “Zero Waste Remains a Dirty Business

– A union representing teaching assistants and student workers at the University of California called for the AFL-CIO to end its association with the police

Politics US

Washington USA

– President Obama: The Republicans lack “seriousness, decorum and honesty”

– Actually, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is out-of-touch with the Cuban community as his policies are not popular among them

– Good news as a new poll finds Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., beating major GOP candidates

– Jason Leopold: “The CIA Paid This Contractor $40 Million to Review Torture Documents“; The contractor is Centra, a favorite among the U.S. establishment

– Evan Kohlmann is a terrorism expert on major news networks. Evan Kohlmann also is also paid by the government

– A Super PAC tied to Rick Santorum released the first negative campaign ad

– Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, called for the head of the Internal Revenue Service to be removed

Anytown USA

– Wait, Scientologists successfully lobbied Texas Governor Greg Abbott from stopping a bill allowing hospitals to detain dangerous people with mental health issues?

– So far, this year, there have been 206 mass shootings in the U.S., which is insanely a lot

– Democrats and Republicans sure were eager in giving the Milwaukee Bucks tax breaks

– The city of Boston will drop its bid to host the 2024 Olympics

– A group of independent attorneys said they would investigate the death of Sandra Bland

– A judge ruled Citizens United, the group, must disclose its donors if it wants to get money in New York

We Don’t Need No Education

– Teachers in Chile ended their seven-week strike over a potential bill tying pay to performance. Now, their union will negotiate with the government

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Gallup: Less Americans are avoiding salt and fat in their diets; I wonder why…

– Dahr Jamail: “Sounds of War: Navy Warplanes Producing Deadly Noise Around US Bases

– Around 100,000 beekeepers in Germany called for a ban on cultivating genetically modified crops

– Sure, DDT is banned, but we still have Monsanto’s Roundup

The Second Sex

– Planned Parenthood said hackers are attempting to take data of its employees

Planet Earth

– Hillary Clinton pledged to install half a billion solar panels to combat climate change; All for show

– In the future, a major earthquake with strike the Northwest of the U.S., which would hold catastrophic consequences. Scientists already know the Cascadia fault shifts, although are unsure when it will to cause such a quake

A new study found coastal cities around the U.S. will be affected by flooding more than initially expected

– Companies like Google and Goldman Sachs pledged, all together, $140 billion to curb climate change’s effects

– Norway wants to be the “green battery of Europe” and engineers are planning projects to make it a reality; Sounds like a very ambitious plan

Mixed Bag

– The Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on admitting leaders who are gay

– Gallup: The higher one’s income, the more likely they are to drink

– How can one not forget rebels in the South who defected from the Confederacy?

Break Time

The Perfect Crime [Faith No More]

Over Easy: Thunder Storms

Florida Lightning Nathan Gates Flickr creative commons

I was talking the other day with my sister and the subject of thunder storms came up. We have them up here in Ohio but not like the kind we had in Florida. Not by a long shot. From mid June or so until around the end of September, sometimes later, we had nearly every day in the afternoon local thunderstorms generated by by the sea breeze from the gulf and Atlantic.

I mean these suckers could be very intense. With frequent lightning and very heavy rain and some winds approaching tropical storm strength, at times. Getting off of work it could be a challenge to make it to my car at times without getting struck. Dodging the lightning bolts and down pours.  It was not unusual for roads and parking lots to become flooded and at least once it rained so hard and long that the water backed up at the University and caused some damage to one of the class room buildings. Causing it to be lifted out of the ground about six inches.

Most people think of Florida with Hurricanes and tropical storms but just our local storms can cause havoc at times. With them lowering the viability to just a few feet, if that.  Then just like that they would be gone.

It was not uncommon for houses and apartment to be struck by lightning and the one I lived in was hit a number of times, causing the whole building to shake. It could sound like artillery fire, it was so loud.

I oft times think the people up here in Ohio don’t know what a “Real thunderstorm” is like.

 

Late Night FDL: Life’s Been Good

Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good

Joe Walsh just keeps on going…

Joe Walsh won’t be home for long after the Eagles finish their summer tour.

Walsh has announced a run of solo tour dates that will keep him on the road for at least a month this fall, starting with a Sept. 18 performance in Warren, Ohio, and continuing through Oct. 17 in Boston. Fans who turn out can reportedly expect a career-spanning set that will include favorites from Walsh’s solo records as well as his outings with the James Gang, Barnstorm and the Eagles.

“I’m going back in the catalog to dig out some songs that I haven’t ever played live, but everything everyone’s coming to hear will also be in the show,” says Walsh in a press release. “I’ve got a great band and I’m excited to play with my old friend Joe Vitale again. I also love being able to go into smaller venues. I’ve missed it. … The interaction with the audience is much better, everybody has a good seat and it reminds me of the old days. I think I play my best in a small venue when the bass drums are kicking me in the pants. I’m really looking forward to it all.”

Along with Vitale, Walsh will be touring with new guitarist Gannin Arnold, as well as bassist Tommy Sims and Foo Fighters percussionist Drew Hester on drums. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public starting July 31, after Joe Walsh Fan Club members get first dibs via a pre-sale that’s set to begin on July 28. For information on how to join Walsh’s fan club and additional tour details, visit his official site.

What’s on your mind tonite…?

US rejects criticism over Turkey’s strikes on Kurdish groups

Of fighting Isil by Marian Kemensky (7/26/2015 Mehrnews)

‘It looks like Washington gave Turkey a green light to drop bombs on PKK,’ analyst tells MEE, though US denies this

By James Reinl

NEW YORK – The United States faced criticism on Monday over claims that it condoned Turkish strikes on Kurdish militants as a quid pro quo for Ankara’s boosted support against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said it was a “coincidence” that Turkey had launched strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets at the same time that Ankara increased its role in the US-led military coalition against IS.

“There’s no connection between what they [Turkey] did against PKK and to what we’re going to try to do together against ISIL,” Kirby told reporters in Washington, using an alternate acronym for the Sunni fighters.

He said Ankara had acted in “self-defence” against the PKK, which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state partly from bases in northern Iraq and is listed as a “terrorist” group by Turkey, the US and the European Union.

American officials say that the US and Turkey are working on military plans to clear IS from stretches of northern Syria and carve out an “IS-free zone” that would bring more stability to the Turkey-Syria border.

Under an agreement that is reportedly being agreed between the NATO allies, IS would be expelled from a 109km stretch west of the Euphrates River, according to the Washington Post newspaper.

The discussions follow a big shift in Ankara’s approach to IS over recent days in which Turkey – which was previously reluctant to intervene in Syria – has launched raids against IS and permitted US warplanes to use a Turkish military base.

The Turkish strikes have raised tensions with Kurdish militia forces fighting IS in northern Syria and, on Monday, Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said Turkish tanks had shelled their forces near the border town of Kobane. Turkey said it was investigating the claim.

At the same time, Turkey has struck PKK militants in northern Iraq. It follows a week which saw a bomb attack blamed on IS kill 32 people in Suruc, Turkey, and the PKK reportedly kill two Turkish police officers in retaliation for the blast and what it sees as Turkey’s collaboration with IS.

Police have detained more than 1,000 people across Turkey in nationwide raids against militants since last week, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. He did not say how many were suspected PKK fighters and how many are accused of belonging to IS.

According to Edmund Ghareeb, author of The Kurdish Question in Iraq, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken advantage of a crisis following his Justice and Development (AKP) party’s poor showing in last month’s parliamentary elections.

“By changing his strategy, Erdogan is doing several things at the same time. He wants to placate Turkey’s army, which eyes him with suspicion, and to prevent the unification or expansion of the two Kurdish cantons within Syria,” Ghareeb told Middle East Eye.

“He’s mobilising nationalist forces in Turkey, particularly as there could be new elections on the horizon, he’s attacking the PKK in Iraq, which he sees as his biggest threat, and getting Obama and the West back on side by fully participating in the war against IS.”

According to Kani Xulam, director of the American Kurdish Information Network, US support for Turkey is risky because it sets Washington against the PKK and the YPG, two linked Kurdish groups that have been useful allies against IS.

“It looks like Washington gave Turkey a green light to drop bombs on PKK Kurds in Iraq so the US can work with Turkey to eliminate IS in Syria. But this conflicts with another US interest: working with the YPG and PKK, which have been their most effective boots on the ground against IS,” he told MEE.

And, according to Xulam, US President Barack Obama may have chosen the wrong partner.

“Obama thinks he can contain the situation with Turkey’s help, but that’s like mopping up with a dirty cloth. Turkey has its own agenda. The daily bomb attacks that we see in Iraq and Syria we will start seeing weekly in Turkey,” he told MEE.

“The demographics of Iraq and Syria are really not so different from Turkey, and this is propelling the country ever-further into a perfect storm.”

Other analysts agree that Turkey and the US make convenient bedfellows but have divergent agendas. Hussein Ibish, a scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, said Ankara is more interested in defeating the PKK than IS.

“Turkey has pledged to establish a safe zone in northern Syria, under the rubric of its intervention against IS. But one of its primary aims will be to deny the YPG control of a large, contiguous area across the soft Turkish underbelly near its own restive Kurdish areas,” he told MEE.

“In effect, Turkey had relied on IS to deny this to the PKK by holding the territory. Not only is IS attacking inside Turkey now, perhaps even more significantly it is failing to prevent the PKK, Ankara’s main enemy, from expanding into that area.

“Turkey is therefore preparing to push IS aside and do the job itself.”

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© 2015 Middle East Eye

Brain-eating amoeba is eating Republican brains

Mike Huckabee told Breitbart News that President Obama is “naive” and that by doing the deal with Iran, “he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Politico reports,

The Anti-Defamation League, which monitors anti-Semitism, immediately denounced Huckabee’s language.

“Whatever one’s views of the nuclear agreement with Iran — and we have been critical of it, noting that there are serious unanswered questions that need to be addressed — comments such as those by Mike Huckabee suggesting the president is leading Israel to another Holocaust are completely out of line and unacceptable,” ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “To hear Mr. Huckabee invoke the Holocaust when America is Israel’s greatest ally and when Israel is a strong nation capable of defending itself is disheartening.”

Huckabee refuses to back down from his insanely stupid and offensive statement.

Then along comes Jeb Bush: After criticizing US workers for not working hard enough, even though their productivity has increased as their incomes have fallen while the rich, including Bush, have gotten richer without working, he stepped in it again saying he wants to get rid of Medicare and replace it with vouchers, a remarkably bad idea pushed by Paul Ryan. A Bush spokesperson tried to clean up his mess by saying Bush only meant to say he wanted to raise the age of eligibility. Paul Krugman figuratively slammed him up against a wall today by noting,

There are two things to say about this claim. First, it’s clearly false: in context, Mr. Bush was obviously talking about converting Medicare into a voucher system, along the lines proposed by Paul Ryan.

And second, while raising the Medicare age has long been a favorite idea of Washington’s Very Serious People, a couple of years ago the Congressional Budget Office did a careful study and discovered that it would hardly save any money. That is, at this point raising the Medicare age is a zombie idea, which should have been killed by analysis and evidence, but is still out there eating some people’s brains.

The Washington Post reports today,

On July 9, just a few days after swimming in Minnesota’s Lake Minnewaska, 14-year-old Hunter Boutain was dead. Doctors believe the culprit was the water-dwelling amoeba Naegleria fowleri. Some people know it by another name: the brain-eating amoeba.

It’s the stuff of horror films: The tiny amoeba crawls up the nose to the brain, where it wreaks havoc, killing 97 percent of its victims. But while the amoeba is certainly devastating for the small number of people it infects, calling it a brain-eater may not be quite right. The immune system’s response to infection — not the amoeba itself — is the real killer, some scientists suspect.

Regardless, the damn thing has been detected in the public water supply in Louisiana.

My sources on the street tell me that both men have been seen in Louisiana recently. Therefore, I can confidently report that Naegleria fowleri is eating silly widdle Republican brains.

Death Of Paul Castaway Highlights Denver’s Overlooked Police Brutality Problem

Killer Cops on the Loose

Originally published at MintPress News.

DENVER — The death of a Rosebud Sioux man in Denver earlier this month is a painful reminder that police shootings are not limited to any one part of the United States, and certainly not just to places that received mainstream media attention after recent killings.

Paul Castaway, left, a citizen of the Lakota Nation, was shot and killed by police on July 12. Photo courtesy Facebook.com
Paul Castaway, left, a citizen of the Lakota Nation, was shot and killed by police on July 12. Photo courtesy Facebook.com

On July 12, Lynn Eagle Feather called police for help with her schizophrenic son, Paul Castaway. Witnesses and police give conflicting accounts of an incident that quickly spiraled out of control. Officers shot Castaway multiple times while he held a knife to his own neck. He died the following day at an area hospital. Police say they shot in self-defense, but witnesses and Castaway’s family disagree.

As his family struggles for justice, a diverse coalition of protesters from the American Indian Movement to local groups like Denver Community Defense Committee are working with the families of the victims of Denver police brutality. They’re hoping to draw attention to a largely overlooked epidemic of police violence that rivals other cities like Baltimore or New York City for its ability to destroy lives. Now, police are targeting activists and journalists who support them with arrests and even violence.

 

‘What’s wrong with you guys?’: The death of Paul Castaway

In a conversation with MintPress News last week, Lynn Eagle Feather told MintPress that she wanted police to force her son to calm down and rethink his actions. She says she never intended to risk his life.

“Usually I can control him, and talk him down,” Eagle Feather said by phone last week. That night was different, though. Paul Castaway seemed especially haunted. Eagle Feather snuck out of her house and called 911, because, she said, “I thought if I filed charges, he’d understand that he can’t act like this.”

Not only did she inform the officers and 911 of his mental illness, but Eagle Feather also added that police in her district had encountered him before and should have been familiar with his condition. She also denied police claims that Castaway stabbed her. She said officers saw her neck that night, which didn’t require medical care and shows no sign of injury today.

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Cleveland Transit Cop Recklessly Pepper-Sprayed Crowd at Bus Stop After Movement for Black Lives Gathering

A transit police officer in Cleveland pepper-sprayed a group of people on July 26 at a bus stop across the street from Cleveland State University. It was about an hour after the Movement for Black Lives gathering concluded.

Video captured by Twitter user @KentaviousPrime shows the white officer in the street rushing into a crowd. He sprays the canister at everyone nearby until it is empty.

The Cleveland transit police apparently believed a 14-year-old black boy was “intoxicated to the point where he was unable to care for himself.” Officers slammed the boy to the ground, detained him, and angered the crowd, which included activists leaving the gathering. The boy was put into a police car, which the crowd surrounded to stop police from taking him.

According to activists at the scene, the boy had a Snapple drink. This was probably the open container the police seized upon as justification for making an arrest.

None of the witnesses at the scene corroborated the police claim that the boy was drunk.

A statement from the transit police declared, “A transit police officer used a general burst of pepper spray in an attempt to push back the crowd, to no avail.”

Shooting a stream of pepper-spray, especially about an hour after a major conference of freedom fighters, could never be reasonably expected to contain or control a crowd. The one officer spraying is terribly reckless in his attempt to drive people away from the scene, and, as transit police seem to admit, the pepper-spray only inflamed the situation more.

As the local NBC affiliate, WKYC, reported:

 “I was told the police are pepper spraying people down the street, and I’m seeing people run for milk so they can be protected from pepper spray all because people are asking what happening to a young man,” said Rhonda Y. Williams, history professor at Case Western Reserve and member of the Cleveland Eight. “When we have an officer who comes out of nowhere and is pushing people and then takes out and just starts spraying with his pepper spray, that’s not deescalation.”

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The Roundup for July 26-27th, 2015

Folks, any criticisms of the Roundup or suggestions to improve it? It’s been a while since I asked that so I’m open to hearing your input.

International Politics

Overall

– President Barack Obama told leaders of African countries to treat gay people and women as equals

– Turkey called for a special meeting with NATO over both the Islamic State and PKK Kurdish forces

Middle East

A new study found Jews around the world are more uncomfortable with Israel because of the latter’s policies toward Palestinians

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: I will admit we are suffering setbacks, but there are positive changes too

– Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said he would not cut pensions of Israeli soldiers despite overspending issues

– The cancellation of a documentary about Palestinians in the Gaza Strip suffering by right-wing Israelis shows how Israeli society truly does not care about them

– Rania Khalek: “Israel threw stun grenade at 11-year-old — Human Rights Watch

Africa

– Workers in South Africa are fighting to ensure their rights are respected in their country

– The Egyptian military government is fiercely repressing journalists working in the country

Europe 

– It is alleged Greek officials considered taking its central bank reserves to return to the drachma

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– In Colombia, politics is about security and fear, when it really should be about issues of life

– The government, meanwhile, suspended raids against FARC because of a new truce

– Paraguayans are suffering from decadence caused by the country’s elite and U.S. interest

– Folks in Honduras are still demonstrating against their corrupt government

– Cuban officials are toning down anti-American rhetoric because of the new chapter of relations with the U.S.

Financial Matters

– Economist James Henry joins The Real News to explain the loopholes the shipping industry in Greece took advantage of to profit

– In spite of a major debt, Puerto Rico still opts to give tax breaks to the wealthy

– Robert Reich: “Let’s Celebrate Medicare’s Birthday by Recognizing the Truth About the Program

Labor’s a-Brewing

– A former Google engineer said speaking up about discrimination did nothing

Politics US

Washington USA

– Donald Trump: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ruined his state’s economy

– Trump, meanwhile, is leading the GOP pack with growing Republican support. He is the perfect symbol, though, of the clownish democracy we have with a cartoon media

– Hillary Clinton said she was “confident” no classified information was sent through her emails

– Meanwhile, two aides tied to Wall Street joined Clinton’s campaign; “B-but she’s a Democrat! That means she is not the bad Republicans!”

– A U.S. district judge ruled the government cannot detain undocumented children

– Glen Ford: “Obama’s Takes His Prison Reform Con Game on the Road

– Mike Huckabee, lover of Holocaust exploitation, said President Obama is sending Israelis to “the door of the oven” because of the Iran deal

– Two billionaires tied to hydrofracking provided $15 million to a Super PAC tied to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

– The right-wing want to discreetly fund campaigns without us knowing

Anytown USA

– Henry Giroux: “America’s New Brutalism: the Death of Sandra Bland

– Meanwhile, folks still do not believe Bland committed suicide as it is too suspicious

– The death of Bland is not an isolated incident and shows how far the state will go in using repression

– What happened at Netroots Nation last week shows Black Lives Matter wanting to be a part of the Democratic machine

– Bree Newsome: “Now is the time for true courage

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– Homelessness is criminalized in Los Angeles, a city where more people are becoming homeless

The Second Sex

– Christa Big Canoe, of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Toronto, joins The Real News to talk about a United Nations report criticizing Canada for failing to protect Aboriginal women

– Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): I will force a vote to defund Planned Parenthood

– The head of Planned Parenthood said the group did nothing illegal with fetal organs

Planet Earth

– Irish President Michael Higgins called for a new economic framework to challenge climate change

– Some Senators in Congress are pleading to end all drilling in the Arctic

Mixed Bag

– Glenn Greenwald: “A Crucial Realization About Journalism is Learned by Being its Subject

Break Time

New Sensation [INXS]

Over Easy: Monday Science

NoahGreetings!

Another weekend gone, but it was a nice weekend. I bagged 20+ 40gal trash bags with cut grass and other lawn trash. You don’t realize how much is there until you have to pick it up!

Speaking of picking it up….

Fukushima Update:

The discussion of a Dead Pacific begins to get traction. I was initially hesitant about including things here that could be climate change related, but there’s no evidence of changing water temps in the area in question at all. The sea creatures have now had several generations of bathing in hot water and it looks like the response is no more breeding.

Per the Attorney representing US service members hit by the Fuku plume: 250 showing various illnesses, three dead, one baby basically born with cancer who died at age 2.

They’re ready to remove the fuel handling crane from the #3 SFP. Specially designed crane will be used. The likelihood of additional radiation releases from this activity is high, they’ve ordered all other work stopped while this is going on.

The JG/TEPCO (is there a difference anymore?) has selected Toru Ogawa to head up the research into how the heck they will actually decommission the site. /snark/ Not bad, only four years after the fact. And they are carefully NOT using the word decontaminate. Money quote:

He added that “we can’t carry out the decommissioning task” unless the center receives support and expertise from the United States

Here’s a new type of lawsuit for TEPCO to worry about: Loss of income from farmers and ranchers due to the disaster.

Interesting interview in RT. Takeaway: Partial estimate of current cost is 100 billion, 60% of which is compensation payments.

In order to reduce the compensation payments, the JG is lifting the Evac orders. They’re getting pushback and that pushback will only get worse.

The latest from Pluto. It seems like the ingredients for life are everywhere, it just needs the right conditions to start.

And the latest from Ceres. I don’t think anyone expected to find water.

Another study finds that climate change is making Calif’s wildfires worse and more frequent.

We’ve hit 90ghz in optical switching. Can a true optical computer be that far off?

Temple allocates 3.4 million to come up with a new version of creationism. Unh, you could ask the scientists.

Meanwhile, at an estimated cost of $90M, a replica of Noah’s Ark, intended to PROVE that two of every animal could have fit and thus prove the Story of Noah, Takes shape near the Creation Museum in Ky.

Boxturtle (Blessed be the censors, for they shall inhibit the earth!)

Late Night FDL: Daybreak

Micky Dolenz(Monkees) – Daybreak

The Beeb reported this bit of good cheer…

An album of “lost” songs by Monkees star Micky Dolenz has been released after fans tracked down the master tapes.

Recorded immediately after the band split up in 1970, the music contains collaborations with Harry Nilsson.

It was thought to have been discarded but TV presenter Iain Lee managed to track it down via an online campaign.

“It’s been a five-year project to make this happen,” he said. “And it’s finally here. It’s a proper record.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Lee explained the music had sunk without trace when it was originally released.

“A lot of this stuff came out as singles after the Monkees split up and they sold about seven copies,” he told Samira Ahmed.

The Monkees were one of the most successful groups of the 1960s, with singles including Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville and A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.

But they were stigmatised by their formation – having been put together for a TV show, and banned from playing on their early singles.

Although they fought against the manufactured image, it haunted them even after the group disbanded.

“The thing with the Monkees when they split up is they had no respect,” Lee explained.

“No-one knew how to categorise them. Even Micky Dolenz didn’t know what he was. Was he an actor? Was he a drummer?

“He auditioned for the part of the Fonz [in Happy Days] but came second because they thought, ‘well, he’s a drummer.’

“Frank Zappa wanted him to join his band and play drums, but the rest of the band said, ‘we don’t want an actor in there.'”

Even Dolenz did not know the whereabouts of his recordings, and many had presumed they were lost forever.

“For the last 20 years, people have been trying to make this compilation,” Lee said. “No-one’s been able to do it. {…}

It features a track, called Daybreak, which was written and produced by Harry Nilsson – famous for the hits Everybody’s Talkin’ and Without You.

Another track, called Easy On You, was recorded in Dolenz’s home studio and features one of the first ever Moog synthesizers.

“Dolenz owned the third ever Moog synthesizer,” Lee said. “It’s a really weird [song]. It’s not pop, it’s not rock. It’s kind of electronica before electronica.”

The Monkees star has given his blessing to the compilation, Lee added. {…}

He said he hoped to release more rare Monkees material in the future.

What’s on your mind tonite…?