Nine Circles of Hell!: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Nine Circles of Hell!


Time for today’s Nine Circles of Hell! – all the news that gives you fits in print – the nine most hellish news stories now in an all-new format, including two bonus oil stories, for Thursday, March 29, 2012.

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It’s everywhere! Gender pay discrimination for CEOs at the top DC lobbying groups averages over $1 million a year in salary. For women who are in government, there still may be ways you can make up for that pay gap. One way you can make money in DC is to get into the oil industry. The “Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies” bill failed in the Senate, despite a majority of Senators voting for the bill. But those jobs in the oil industry are hard to come by. Instead, you could use your government-provided training in a more imaginative way. The US DEA has busted former and current US soldiers attempting to work as hit men for Mexico’s Zetas drug cartel. Things aren’t just bad here in the States. They’re getting worse overseas, too. It’s getting so rotten in fact that in Italy economic woes have led to two self-immolations in the last couple of days. Meanwhile, fears of a strike have led Brits to hoard gasoline and spread wild conspiracy theories about the real reason behind the inevitable fuel shortage. (Long lines form at UK gas stations while Indonesians riot over a fuel price hike. In other oil news, after what many saw as a minor oil spill in Brazil, Chevron and Transocean stand accused of planting a “contamination time bomb with long-term effects.”) A strike of another kind is finally bringing some much-needed attention to a decades-old plight. Hundreds of Bangladesh-Indians are 10 days into a fast-unto-death as they demand their ‘release from a permanent state of limbo as “adverse possessions” – a collection of Indian and Bangladeshi villages home to 51,000 people, where for generations, citizens have been stuck on the wrong side of the border … They are stateless and virtually prisoners in their homes, cut off from public services such as electricity, schools, and hospitals.’ A fast can be an admirable way to bring attention to a just cause. Unfortunately, food can also become a weapon of war. Sudan is blocking food aid to South Sudan as the two countries are now fighting. In combination with increased bombing of farms in the South, a cut-off of aid could mean mass starvation. Finally, the war everyone is trying to avoid may be closer than we think. Four senior diplomats and military intelligence officers say the US has concluded that Israel now has access to airbases on Iran’s northern border in Azerbaijan.

That’s today’s Nine Circles Of Hell!

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