I became aware of the Qatar news organization Al Jazeera during the revolutions in Egypt, when people I knew went to them for far better information than the American media could produce. Everyone praised their excellent reporting and impartiality, which seemed to surpass anything homegrown. It would seem, though, that the reach of American media corruption goes far. A new WikiLeaks cable recently exposed that Wadah Khanfar, the network's director, was successfully pressured by the US to reign in negative coverage of the Iraq war.
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But this does not exist in a void.
The dirt is on our faces, because it turns out that they might have been right.
A new study from scientists in America shows that the MMR vaccine could indeed be linked to giving kids autism. The study also seems to confirm the study completed by Dr. Wakefield back in 1998 that got parents upset in the first place—and that so many scientists and doctors brushed off as inconclusive.
There’s also simply the existence of our government’s vaccine compensation fund. If these links did not exist, why would such a fund even exist in the first place?
That’s what the White House seems to believe these days, anyway. Recently the Obama Administration pulled a behind the scenes, hush-hush tactic that we came to expect from the Bush II Administration—they put a halt on the Environmental Protection Agency’s review of the toxic chemical TCE. TCE is a hazardous, cancer-causing agent that is most commonly found in Superfund sites all across America, and it has the potential of affecting the health of its local communities. It’s even been known to give children leukemia in affected areas.
The collapse of Solyndra and the subsequent
The average cost, according to a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab report, of solar panels and installation fell 17% in 2010, and as of June this year, has fallen another 11%. In addition, solar energy manufacturer's created a $1.9 billion trade surplus domestically, meaning the money created by solar manufacturing and installation in this country was sold overseas, creating a profit for solar manufacturers in this country. Compare that to oil, where we sport the highest trade deficit in three years with $50.2 billion losses each year from importing foreign oil. Solar energy, at least at this point, is a much smaller industry (clearly) than petroleum, but at least solar is American jobs creating American wealth. Furthermore, the solar industry's growth has not slowed in ten years despite the economic recession. In fact, if anything, it's quickened. Having grown, on average, 25% each year for the past ten years; including 102% in 2010 and an estimated 66% just in the first half of 2011. What the solar industry represents in this country is a growing demand, and an expanding industry to meet the it... both factors of a healthy economy.
The United States has not stopped efforts to deport illegal immigrants. A recent report released by a task force discusses the negative consequences of Secure Communities, which is the government’s effort to deport illegal immigrants by allowing state and federal agencies to share fingerprints.
The gay community (and really anybody who isn’t a complete idiot) is up-in-arms about blogger Stacy Trasanco’s recent post titled “Can’t Even Go to the Park.” In it, the self-proclaimed scientist-turned-Catholic bemoans the sad state of affairs in her home state of Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal, in that she can’t leave the house for fear of seeing immoral sodomy on display. At the park. With two parents and a baby. Yikes. The word coming out of the hubbub surrounding the piece is “agorahomophobia,” which translates, I suppose, to a fear of leaving the house because you know you’ll see gay people.
Hey there, Mr. President. My name's Lloyd Thompson. I'm a lifelong Ohioan, an electrician by trade and chairman of the South Cincinnati Welcome Committee. I just gotta say right off the bat how excited we all are that you'll be coming to town next week to talk about your jobs bill. Some of us agree with you, some may need some convincing and others are waiting to hear what you have to say before they sit on one side or t'other, but I'm not really here to talk politics. Truth is, we gotta have a little chat about the proposed location of your address. There's no gentle way to put this, so I'll just come right out with it: The Brent Spence Bridge is a very bad idea.