The cruise industry markets its ocean voyages as a chance for vacationers to “return to the sea” and forget their troubles onshore.
But keeping 5,000 people afloat, fat, and happy comes with hidden environmental costs.
The 16 major cruise lines plying the waters today generated more than 1 billion gallons of sewage in 2014. Thanks to lax laws, ships can dump that sewage straight into international waters—polluting the pristine ocean near cruise destination hot spots.
This year, the industry is expecting a record 23 million passengers to hit the high seas—meaning the problem isn’t going away anytime soon.
video here: http://www.takepart.com/video/2015/04/23/cruise-info-graphic
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Louis Farrakhan, who has been banned from Britain since 1986: Predicted (during a 1990 appearance on ‘Donahue’) the racial divide seen in the 1995 OJ Simpson & 2013 Trayvon Martin verdicts (1:26:42); Predicted (during a 1995 appearance on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live’) the election of a Black president in 2008 (1:37:34); Predicted (during a 1996 sermon in Chicago) an extinction-level UFO event set to take place in America (1:40:12); Predicted (during a 2002 appearance on CNN’s ‘Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer’) the overthrow of Libya’s Gaddafi in 2011, the ongoing efforts to topple Syria’s Assad and the coming ‘Caribbean Spring’ to oust the Castro regime in Cuba (55:13).
In this film Farrakhan also:
Challenges GOP & Democrats (21:49); Warns UN ambassador Bill Richardson (31:01); Exposes forces behind British ban (35:13); Unmasks Abraham Foxman and ADL (37:14); Defends Winnie Mandela and slaps PW Botha (42:44); Rips Mike Wallace on Nigeria (45:53); Rebuts charges of anti-Semitism (46:45); Dismantles lies over Lockerbie (47:39); Defends self against hate charges (51:07); Exposes big business lobbies in US congress (54:09); Refuses to apologize for truth-telling (55:55); Rebuts ‘Judaism is a gutter religion’ claim (59:03); Offers Jewish community dialogue (1:02:00); Defends Gaddafi and rips UN press corps (1:04:01); Discloses Elijah Muhammad’s secret prophecy (1:09:23); Discusses 1995 Million Man March (1:11:37); Chides orthodox Muslims (1:15:44); Blasts enemy control of Black America (1:17:00); Muses about his white fans (1:19:03); Challenges Peter King to showdown (1:21:06); Warns America against his assassination (1:23:22); Admonishes America for abandoning Gold Standard (1:25:36); Denounces gangsta rappers for spreading filth (1:28:32); Responds to President Clinton’s attacks (1:34:10); Defended by white fans Joe Lieberman (10:10), Jude Wanniski (9:26) and Michael Pfleger (12:57); Again warns America against his assassination (1:41:22); Details meetings with world leaders (1:43:42); Discusses $1 BILLION cash gift from Gaddafi (1:45:10); Addresses prostate cancer battle (1:48:58); Challenges media on Sudan slavery (1:50:15); Proposes solution to Mideast conflict (1:52:54); Charges US government with genocide (1:54:10); Praises Jewish violin maestro Jascha Heifetz (1:58:23); Offers to broker Mideast peace (2:02:01); Reaches out to Jewish detractors (2:08:07); Discusses his Sudan peace efforts (2:09:36); Exposes secret ADL memo (2:22:20); Calls for Slavery reparations (2:29:51).
Posted in economics, foreign policy, government, history, media, military, politics | Tagged America, black America, Black president in 2008, Gaddafi, Louis Farrakhan, Mike Wallace, OJ Simpson | 1 Comment »
- New report says 41 million metric tonnes of electronic waste worth a staggering £34billion was discarded in 2014
- Countries illegally export ‘millions of tonnes’ of e-waste annually to African nations like Ghana, campaigners say
- Shocking photographs from its capital Accra show thousands of discarded appliances in huge, filthy landfill sites
- Some contain toxic materials like lead and mercury which damage environment and people sifting through them
Harrowing images reveal one of west-Africa’s vast electronic graveyards where ‘millions of tonnes’ of discarded appliances from all over the world – including the UK – are being dumped every year.
Thousands of broken televisions, computers, microwaves and refrigerators are being illegally exported to African countries and dumped gigantic landfills like Agbogbloshie in Ghana because it costs less than recycling them in their countries of origin, campaigners claim.
41 million tonnes of ‘e-waste’ worth over £34billion were discarded globally in 2014, according to shocking report by United Nations University who claim only 6 million tonnes of that was recycled properly.
Polluted: ‘Millions of tonnes’ of the world’s e-waste ends up in Africa where it is dumped in landfills like Agbogbloshie (pictured) in Ghana’s capital Accra
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‘President Barack Obama held up the shrinking Florida Everglades today as proof positive that climate change is real and is threatening America’s ‘national treasures,’ as well as the economies of their surrounding towns, which rely heavily on tourist dollars.
‘Climate change can no longer be denied. It can’t be edited out,’ he said this afternoon in a speech at Everglades National Park commemorating Earth Day. ‘It can’t be omitted from the conversation. And action can no longer be delayed.’
‘That’s why I’ve committed the United States to lead the world in combatting this threat,’ he said, throwing a spotlight on his administration’s efforts to reduce the rate of global warming through the reduction of carbon emissions.
The day trip to South Florida, on which Obama was accompanied by Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy,’ also highlighted the massive amount of fuel it takes to power Air Force One, however, 9,000 gallons, round trip.’
Read more: President Obama spends Earth Day in the Everglades (after he burned 9,000 gallons of gas on Air Force One, then got on Marine One to get there … and brought his motorcade too)
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Rand Paul’s son cited for DUI after car crash in Kentucky
| 22 April 2015 | A son of Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has been cited for driving under the influence of alcohol in Kentucky. Police in Lexington say William H. Paul was driving a 2006 Honda Ridgeline at 11:24 a.m. on Sunday when he crashed into the back of an unoccupied parked car. Some people nearby heard the crash and alerted authorities.
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These extraordinary images show how an enormous jumbo jet has been converted into a luxury home for a mystery billionaire – complete with bedrooms, multiple lounges and an onboard restaurant.
The custom-built Boeing 747 is believed to have cost its ultra-wealthy owner £400million after it was customised to fit his specifications exactly over a three-year period.
The jumbo jet would normally carry as many as 600 passengers – but this version was built for just a single tycoon, although he will be able to fit dozens of guests.
It contains a large dining room where travellers can enjoy meals cooked in an adjoining kitchen, with a lounge and ‘state room’ at the back of the plane.
More sleeping space is provided in the ‘aeroloft’ on the top deck of the vessel, with eight full beds for passengers who prefer to get some shut-eye on flights.
Luxury: This is the lounge on board a custom-built Boeing 747-8, as depicted in an artist’s impression by Greenpoint Technologies
Shuteye: The master bedroom of the £400million plane has a huge bed as well as an armchair and sofa for when the owner needs to relax
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“A government which will turn its tanks upon its people, for any reason, is a government with a taste of blood and a thirst for power and must either be smartly rebuked, or blindly obeyed in deadly fear.”—John Salter
We have entered into a particularly dismal chapter in the American narrative, one that shifts us from a swashbuckling tale of adventure into a bone-chilling horror story.
As I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, “we the people” have now come full circle, from being held captive by the British police state to being held captive by the American police state. In between, we have charted a course from revolutionaries fighting for our independence and a free people establishing a new nation to pioneers and explorers, braving the wilderness and expanding into new territories.
Where we went wrong, however, was in allowing ourselves to become enthralled with and then held hostage by a military empire in bondage to a corporate state (the very definition of fascism). No longer would America hold the moral high ground as a champion of freedom and human rights. Instead, in the pursuit of profit, our overlords succumbed to greed, took pleasure in inflicting pain, exported torture, and imported the machinery of war, transforming the American landscape into a battlefield, complete with military personnel, tactics and weaponry.
To our dismay, we now find ourselves scrambling for a foothold as our once rock-solid constitutional foundation crumbles beneath us. And no longer can we rely on the president, Congress, the courts, or the police to protect us from wrongdoing.
Indeed, they have come to embody all that is wrong with America.
more At: https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/battlefield_america_the_war_on_the_american_people
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‘The “Body Count” report notes that its numbers are a conservative estimate, and that the total number of people killed in the three countries “could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.”
A recently published report has revealed that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq was responsible for the deaths of approximately 1 million Iraqis, which is 5 percent of the total population of the country. The report also tallies hundreds of thousands of casualties in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Authors of the report, titled “Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the ‘War on Terror,’” have told Truthout that other casualty reports, like the often-quoted Iraq Body Count (IBC), which has a high-end estimate at the time of this writing of 154,563, are far too low in their estimates, and that the real numbers reach “genocidal dimensions.”’
Read more: Report Shows US Invasion, Occupation of Iraq Left One Million Dead
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‘Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company. Its purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time.
On March 31st at the Wayne Country Treasurer’s Office, that Victorian-era invention was accomplishing neither objective. Then again, no door in the history of architecture — rotating or otherwise — could have accommodated the latest perversity Detroit officials were inflicting on city residents: the potential eviction of tens of thousands, possibly as many as 100,000 people, all at precisely the same time.’
Read more: A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt: the Continuing Depopulation of Detroit
Posted in economics, government, law | Tagged Detroit, industrial innovations, Revolving Door, Theophilus Van Kannel, Van Kannel Revolving Door Company, Wayne Country Treasurer’s Office | Leave a Comment »
‘Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes that the wealthiest 1 percent people in the United States must be “toppled” in order to strengthen the middle class and decrease the wealth gap between the rich and poor, a report says.
The Democrat presidential candidate also believes that the unending accumulation of massive wealth at the top of the spectrum is damaging the country and hampering its economy.
Clinton’s views on economy were revealed in her profile published by The New York Times on Tuesday. The article cited a number of Clinton confidants.’
Read more: Wealthiest one percent must be ‘toppled’ to save US economy: Clinton
The Ascent of Hillary, the $.2.5 Billion ‘People’s’ Candidate
‘The 48 percent of Americans that express an affinity with the Democratic Party have not yet chosen Clinton. There has been no primary election in any state. But, that does not matter because the selection process that counts occurs in the boardrooms and mansions and private clubs and getaways of the rich. Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill, have spent virtually their entire adult lives on the millionaires’ campaign circuit, the rich man’s primary. In the process of pleasing the rich, they have become rich, themselves.
Hillary hopes to spend two and a half billion dollars of – mostly – rich people’s money in the 2016 campaign. Wealthy people will be just as generous with the Republican candidate. The outcome on Election Day is absolutely certain: the rich man’s candidate will definitely win, and the people will lose – because they have no candidate in the major parties.’
Read more …
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‘The odd-couple relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel may have been sealed with more than a mutual desire to kiss-off Iran. According to an intelligence source, there was a dowry involved, too, with the Saudis reportedly giving Israel some $16 billion, writes Robert Parry.
For more than half a century, Saudi Arabia has tried to use its vast oil wealth to build a lobby in the United States that could rival the imposing Israel Lobby. At top dollar, the Saudis hired law firms and PR specialists – and exploited personal connections to powerful families like the Bushes – but the Saudis never could build the kind of grassroots political organization that has given Israel and its American backers such extraordinary clout.
Indeed, Americans who did take Saudi money – including academic institutions and non-governmental organizations – were often pilloried as tools of the Arabs, with the Israel Lobby and its propagandists raising the political cost of accepting Saudi largesse so high that many people and institutions shied away.’
Read more: Saudi Arabia Gives Israel 16 billion Dollars
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Imagine if a government disguised its operatives as members of some other organization — and then attacked itself. While this might sound crazy, several historians have argued that false flag attacks are more than just conspiracy theories.
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Americans’ Safety and Security Is Being Sacrificed On the Altar of Corruption By the Military-Industrial Complex
Overwhelming evidence shows that 9/11 was foreseeable. Indeed, Al Qaeda crashing planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was itself foreseeable. Even the chair of the 9/11 Commission said that the attack was preventable.
A top NSA whistleblower says that the NSA had all of the information it needed prior to 9/11 to stop the attacks. The only reason NSA didn’t share that information with other agencies is because of corruption … in an effort to consolidate power.
In reality, widespread spying by the U.S. government on Americans began before 9/11 (confirmed here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here). And the government tapped the 9/11 hijackers’ phones, and heard the 9/11 hijackers’ plans from their own mouths.
Why didn’t this stop the terror attacks?
Top security experts agree that mass surveillance is actually ineffective … and actually makes us more vulnerable to terrorism, because it distracts people and resources from tried-and-trued counter-terrorism efforts which are effective and actually work.
For example, the former head of global intelligence for the NSA – Bill Binney – says that the mass surveillance INTERFERES with the government’s ability to catch bad guys, and that the government failed to stop the Boston Bombing because it was overwhelmed with data from mass surveillance on Americans. And see this.
Binney says government officials and contractors actually don’t want to solve the terrorism problem … Because once they solve it, they don’t have the “problem” to use as a basic justification to get more money (note … the video clips below are very brief clips which are well worth watching):
More videos at: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/04/vulnerability-terrorism-corruption-issue.html
Posted in economics, foreign policy, government, law, media, military, politics | Tagged Al Qaeda, Bill Binney, corruption, mass surveillance, NSA, the World Trade Center | Leave a Comment »
Israel’s criminal regime exposed. Netanyahu’s lies exposed.
More and more people find the true about Israel and are against this terrorist state. They become angry. They oppose the tyranny. Shocking video.
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