After raising £30,000 to support an ad campaign exposing Shell’s damaging practices in the Niger Delta, Amnesty International and its supporters were sorely disappointed when the Financial Times took a last minute decision to pull their ad.
Tim Hancock, Amnesty International UK’s campaigns director, said: “The decision by the Financial Times is extremely disappointing. We gave them written reassurances that we would take full responsibility for the comments and opinions stated in the advertisement. Both The Metro and The Evening Standard had no problems with running the ad.
A whistleblower filed a lawsuit today to force the federal government to halt operations at another massive BP oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, alleging that BP never reviewed critical engineering designs for the operation and is therefore risking another catastrophic accident that could “dwarf” the company’s Deepwater Horizon spill.
The allegations about BP’s Atlantis platform were first made last year, but they were laid out in fresh detail in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Houston against Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the Minerals and Management Service, the agency responsible for regulating offshore drilling in the Gulf.
The whistleblower is Kenneth Abbott, a former project control supervisor contracted by BP who also gave an interview to “60 Minutes” on Sunday night. In a conversation last week with ProPublica, Abbott alleged that BP failed to review thousands of final design documents for systems and equipment on the Atlantis platform — meaning BP management never confirmed the systems were built as they were intended – and didn’t properly file the documentation that functions as an instruction manual for rig workers to shut down operations in the case of a blowout or other emergency.
“This was a cold and bracing meeting,” said an official in the room. Lyndon Johnson had never talked to Gen. William Westmoreland that way, or George H.W. Bush to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. Presidents Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton had all been played by the Pentagon at various points but hadn’t fought back as directly. Now Obama was sending an unmistakable message: don’t toy with me. Just because he was young, new, a Democrat, and had never been in uniform didn’t mean he was going to get backed into a corner.
Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, making it possible to skirt copyright fees and share music, film and computer game files using bit torrent technology, sufferd from downtime Monday after its bandwidth provider was stopped following legal pressure from Hollywood.
However, a Pirate Bay insider told the blog TorrentFreak that they were setting the backup process in motion that would bring the site back online. Midday Tuesday the file-sharing site was back up in the air.
The increased numbers of patients self-diagnosing online has led to more cases of what Dr. Prashant Deshpande calls “Google-itis” – when healthy people excessively type symptoms into the Google search engine.
Des hpande, of Southwest Pediatrics in Palos Park, says what this practice does best is increase paranoia. Search engines are better at pointing a patient toward rare diseases, when it’s more likely they’re suffering from something more commonplace, he said.
When Deshpande may see a patient with a swollen lymph gland in their neck, he first assumes it’s been caused by a virus or a strep infection.
“If you go online and type in ‘neck lymph swelling,’ there will also be sites that will tell you about lymphoma, leukemia,” the pediatrician said.
That can lead to patients demanding extra testing, as they worry of rare conditions they read about online but which their doctor has discounted in their particular health scenario, Deshpande said.
Google-itis is “inflammation or irritation of the google.”
A better word would be cyberchondria.
The Red Shirt political protest in Bangkok, Thailand has been active for nearly two months now, and has entered a new, deadly phase in the past week, with at least 36 of the total 60 deaths occurring in just the last few days. Anti-government protesters have barricaded themselves against government troops and the Thai army has declared certain protest areas to be “Live Fire Zones”. A state of emergency is in effect, covering 17 provinces in the country, as protesters have refused orders to leave, and news just emerged that a renegade general who supported the Red Shirts, Khattiya Sawatdithol, died today from a gunshot wound he suffered on May 13th. Collected here are photos of the recent turmoil in central Bangkok. (39 photos total)
Thai soldiers stand off with a crowd of Red Shirt protesters, Friday, May 14, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #
Some of them are full of black water. Others have become graveyards for old lawn furniture and rodent carcasses. They are shaped like jelly beans and manufactured by companies named Sunny Side and Champagne. Once upon a time, Fresno was the California Dream. Own a car. Own a house. Own a pool. Everyone wanted it and the wonderful world of credit made it all possible. But now, with the foreclosure monster running wild, the dream is dry. Thousands of pools are festering in the hot Central Valley sun. For most people this is tragic. But for some, it’s an opportunity.
An attorney for the family of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a police officer’s bullet during a weekend raid at their home said Monday that he saw video of the raid that contradicts the police department’s version of what happened.
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger said he watched three or four minutes of video that showed police fired into the home after lobbing a flash grenade through the window. He said this contradicts the police department’s story, which was that the officer’s gun discharged during a struggle or collision inside the home with the girl’s grandmother.
“There is no question about what happened because it’s in the videotape,” Fieger said. “It’s not an accident. It’s not a mistake. There was no altercation.
Chris Oynes, appointed during the Bush administration to oversee offshore energy oversight at the Mineral Management Service (MMS), has quit.
“After 35 years of service,” an MMS employee told AFP, Oynes plans to announce his retirement soon, leaving behind a career forever tarnished by a photo of him presenting Transocean, the Deepwater Horizon’s owners, with a safety award.
His agency is blamed for severely lax safety oversight and neglecting inspections in BP’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.