Nine Circles of Hell!: Friday, April 20, 2012
Time for the Nine Circles of Hell! – all the news that gives you fits in print – the nine most hellish news stories for Friday, April 20, 2012.
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Tonight’s national network TV news here in the States will likely ignore the second anniversary of the BP oil spill as they have been bought off by BP through advertising during broadcasts. Let’s hope that statement is proven wrong. If they do cover the Gulf spill, it will probably be ‘balanced’ with BP propaganda showing all the hard work they’ve done to fix the Gulf. What you won’t see is, as past guest Dahr Jamail reports, Gulf of Mexico ‘fishermen seeing their way of life threatened with extinction – both from lack of an adequate legal settlement with BP and collapsing fisheries. Nor will you hear voices like oyster fisherman Greg Perez saying, “Since the (BP Gulf) spill, business has been bad. Sales and productivity are down, our state oyster grounds are gone, and we are investing personal money to rebuild oyster reefs, but so far it’s not working.” You definitely won’t hear Nicholas Harris, a fourth-generation oyster fisherman in eastern Louisiana, remarking, “They said they’d make things right and they never did. Business has been shitty, and BP kept low-balling us with how much money they said they’d give us for compensation, so we got our attorneys involved.” It’s also the twentieth anniversary of the south Los Angeles violence sparked by the beating of Rodney King. At the scene of the deadly 1992 violence, one passer-by tells Reuters, “If they let that guy who killed Trayvon Martin get off (the 1992 Los Angeles violence) could happen here again.” Yasser Aman, director of the local UMMA Community Clinic which opened in the wake of the 199 violence says, “The level of poverty, the disillusionment hasn’t changed.” Unemployment is still rampant at around 20 percent. The local elementary school ranks among the state’s worst academic performers with one-in-four high school students dropping out.Recently, homicides have “ticked upward,” said LAPD Captain Dennis Kato. You can also expect more violence on Spain’s streets as well. Spain’s latest austerity measures are targeting education and healthcare. The Associated Press says that despite Spain’s spending cuts, Spain could ‘follow Greece, Ireland and Portugal into asking for a bailout.’ Street violence is already exploding elsewhere. As predicted, Bahraini protesters still fighting their ‘Arab Spring’ are in violent skirmishes with security forces leading up to this weekend’s Formula One race. SkyNews quotes activist Sayed Yousif al-Muhafda saying, “police are firing tear gas and sound bombs. I can see hundreds, they are still fighting.” Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, who has made a litany of idiotic statements on the subject, actually believes the race gives protesters a platform to voice their political concerns. Ecclestone said, “I don’t want to be rude at all, but I think the Prince has been a little bit silly putting the race on because he’s given the protesters the incredible platform for all you guys to talk to them. This is the same guy who, in defending the decision to hold the race despite security concerns, said, “I know people who live there, and it’s all very quiet and peaceful.” You can also expect street violence to happen any day now in the United Arab Emirates. Having fought off attempts at an ‘Arab Spring,’ the UAE is now cracking down on Islamists. Mohammed al-Siddiq, one of six members of Islamist group al-Islah (Reform) who lost their citizenship in December for committing “acts threatening the national security of the UAE,” is quoted by Reuters saying, “They say we represent the Muslim Brotherhood and we’ll do what they did in Egypt, that we want to take power and grab seats and rule. That’s not true”. In fact, in the UAE nobody is openly questioning the UAE rulers’ right to rule. Likely, the US national TV network news will not be reporting on the continued squashing of the ‘Arab Spring’ by Bahrain – or any chance of a new ‘Arab Spring’ in the UAE. What they will cover is the violence in Syria. According to reports from opposition groups, 43 Syrian civilians were killed in protests across the country. As CNN reports, ‘The violence came as world leaders sought tough UN measures against the regime over its failure to implement fully a peace plan imposed last week.’ Louder calls for intervention in Syria are complicated by the West’s recent history in neighboring Iraq. The new government in Iraq is turning on long-time US ally Turkey. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says Turkey is becoming a “hostile state … The latest statements of (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip) Erdogan are another return to the process of interfering in Iraqi internal affairs and it confirms that Mr Erdogan is still living the illusion of regional hegemony. It is regrettable that his statements have a sectarian dimension which he used to deny before but which have become clear, and are rejected by all Iraqis. Insisting on continuing these internal and regional policies will damage Turkey’s interests and makes it a hostile state for all,” he said. However, when it comes to blowback from the Iraq war, the US national TV network news – and all the cable outlets, too – are silent. Just like they’re silent when it comes to positive developments as far as avoiding war with Iran. Yet another influential Iranian cleric has praised recent nuclear talks between Iran and world powers. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, secretary of the powerful Guardian Council, sees “success and progress” in the talks but said imposing sanctions while negotiating could undermine negotiations. Yes, war with Iran is avoidable. There’s another more obvious danger that’s far easier to avoid. ‘Hordes of storm chasers’ egged on by TV news outlets are causing major problems for law enforcement. In Kansas, Dickinson County Administrator Brad Homman, said he recently tells the Wichita Eagle he saw “bumper-to-bumper traffic from the Interstate Highway 70 interchange at Solomon Road to the north, and 60 to 70 percent of the cars bore out-of-state tags. It was outrageously stupid. People were driving crazy. It was dangerous. I’ve never seen anything like it in my 27 years of working in emergency service.” Thanks to the Discovery Channel’s ‘Storm Chasers,’ the TV news outlets and possibly the worst movie ever, ‘Twister,’ we’re certain Mr. Homman will see a lot more “outrageously stupid’ episodes like this either in person or on TV.
That’s today’s Nine Circles Of Hell!
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