Mar 27, 2013

Democracy Now! Headlines March 27, 2013 - CIA, Oklahoma, EPA etc.

Headlines March 27, 2013...

Former CIA Head Petraeus Apologizes for Extramarital Affair      
Former CIA director David Petraeus has apologized publicly for the extramarital affair that forced him to resign last November. His speech Tuesday to military veterans and ROTC students at the University of Southern California is seen as a possible step by Petraeus toward a new career in the private sector. Before leading the CIA, Petraeus directed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He apologized for the affair he had with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
David Petraeus: "I join you keenly aware that I am regarded in a different light now than I was a year ago. I’m also keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing. So please allow me to begin my remarks for this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters."

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BRICS Countries Plan New Development Bank in Challenge to U.S.-Dominated World Bank, IMF

A group of five countries says they have reached a deal to challenge the U.S.-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund by creating their own development bank. Leaders from the so-called BRICScountries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — are gathered in Durban, South Africa, for a two-day summit. Together the countries account for 25 percent of global GDP and 40 percent of the world’s population.

EPA: Most U.S. Rivers, Streams Are in Poor Condition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says more than half of rivers and streams in the United States are in such unhealthy shape they cannot adequately support aquatic life. EPA sampling found more than 55 percent of waterways tested were in poor condition, compared to just 21 percent in good health. The most widespread cause was pollution fueled by human activity, with high levels of phosphorus — a component of fertilizers, pesticides and detergents — found in 40 percent of rivers and streams.

Related Video: In the following video you will see evidence of a factory polluting a stream and the extremely high incidence of cancer (including lung cancer in individuals who don't smoke) in the town nearby. Koch industries is supporting legislation to keep the EPA out (i.e. under the guise of 'government reduction'). By the way, note how many of the people supporting anti-people legislation (or anti-epa/government legislation) are getting money from the Kochs.

Study: Major Oklahoma Quake Likely Caused by Oil Drilling Waste         

New research says oil drilling was likely behind a major earthquake that struck Oklahoma in 2011. A study published Tuesday in the journal Geology says the 5.6-magnitude quake was caused by oil waste being pumped deep underground. The quake injured two people, damaged homes and was felt across 14 states. It was the largest earthquake to hit the central United States in decades and the largest ever recorded in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma: Oil, Coal, Fracking, Earthquakes, Tsunami's, & More

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