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Earth'd be greener with less mind, less money on hate: Obama ends Bush-Era torture, "no prosecution of officials"

Obama Administration: No prosecution of officials for Bush-Era torture policy

With less global hostility, less conflict, there would be more money to work on the fast climate change... In addition, putting aside the notion of Geneva Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, who would believe confession under torture? (see movie Goya's Ghosts)

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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said during our exclusive interview on "This Week" that President Barack Obama will not pursue the prosecution of Bush-era officials who devised torture policy against detainees, as laid out in memos the Obama administration released this week.

Earlier in the interview, I asked Emanuel about a series of officials, including former CIA director Michael Hayden and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who have criticized the Obama administration's decision to release the Bush-era memos outlining torture techniques of detainees. "First of all, we banned these techniques and practices. Banned them because we didn't think they were consistent with American security and its values," Emanuel said on "This Week." "Second is, we've enhanced America's image abroad. These were tools used to by terrorists, propaganda tools, to recruit new terrorists. And the fact is having changed America's image, does have an impact on our security and safety to make us stronger.  read more »

Earth must be happy to see world's first heavy traffic road bridge made of wood, non-toxic, sequesters carbon

world’s first heavy traffic road bridge made from Accoya wood

first wooden bridge in the world that can support the heaviest load class of 60 tons

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On Saturday November 29th, the successful transportation and installation of the world’s first heavy traffic road bridge made from Accoya wood took place. The bridge, located in Sneek in the Netherlands, is the first wooden bridge in the world that can support the heaviest load class of 60 tons. Spanning 105 feet and rising more than 50 feet in the air, the structure will serve as a grand entrance to the city of Sneek.

at the end of November 2008, a 360 tonne wooden bridge was positioned over the A7 national trunk road near Akkerwinde in Sneek (the Netherlands), completing the first phase of a unique project  read more »

Conscience: Time to be at peace with itself, France to compensate victims sickened by nuclear tests

French Defence Minister Hervé Morin said Tuesday that France will compensate people who suffered health problems as a result of its massive nuclear test program

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French Defence Minister Hervé Morin said, "It's time for our country to be at peace with itself". The French government offered for the 1st time Tuesday to compensate victims of nuclear tests in Algeria and the South Pacific. Victims cautiously welcomed the move, nearly 50 years after France conducted its first atomic tests. But some victims say the offer is still too stingy, and is only a first step toward healing wounds left by explosions that sent blinding white flashes cascading over French Polynesia and the Sahara Desert. A total of 150,000 people, including civilian and military personnel, were on site for the 210 tests France carried out from 1960-1996, both in the atmosphere and underground, in the Sahara Desert and the South Pacific.

a mushroom cloud rises above Mururoa Atoll, French Polynesia, after a French nuclear test there in 1970  read more »

"Hat off to these women..very brave indeed! Women of Afghanistan, Canada supports yr fight for freedom, equality!"

Top: About 300 Afghan Shiite women march in Kabul in protest of a new marriage law. Middle: Afghan female police officers link their arms to create a barrier for Shiite counter protesters during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The group of some 1,000 Afghans swarmed a demonstration by 300 women Wednesday protesting against a new marriage law. Some counter protesters pelted the women with small stones as police struggled to keep the two groups apart. Bottom: Afghan police officers stop the Shiite counter protesters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan women protest restrictive law

The young women stepped off the bus and moved toward the protest march just beginning on the other side of the street when they were spotted by a mob of men.
"Get out of here, you whores!" the men shouted. "Get out!"
The women scattered as the men moved in.
"We want our rights!" one of the women shouted, turning to face them. "We want equality!"
The women ran to the bus and dove inside as it rumbled away, with the men smashing the taillights and banging on the sides. "Whores!"  read more »

PG&E to put solar panels in orbit to capture sun's rays 24/7 & wirelessly beam energy down to Earth by 2016

an artist's impression of the planned solar array which will be launched into space on a rocket and will transmit solar power back to Earth in radio waves

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Pacific Gas and Electric, which serves San Francisco and northern California, is to seek approval to buy 200 megawatts of energy from solar power firm Solaren. Within seven years, Solaren plans to send a satellite equipped with solar panels around 22,000 miles into space on board a conventional rocket.

Satellite solar cells would capture the sun’s rays 24 hours a day, without fear of cloudy mornings or dark nights. The orbiters then convert this solar power to radio-frequencies that transmit to ground stations in Fresno County, Calif. Once received, the radio energy would change into electricity and flow into the grid.

PG&E wants to put solar cells above the clouds, where they don't need to worry about anything blocking their view of the sun

Sunlight in space is at least ten times more powerful than that on Earth, making orbiting solar panels far more efficient than those which are land-based. Solaren believes the technology could provide enough clean electricity to power at least 150,000 Californian homes.

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Images courtesy of Mafic Studios and Newscom  read more »

Disturbing: War thirsts for blood. Soldiers in demand. Pressure on recruiters: 17 died by their own hand since '01

Forced to work long hours at a task he didn't want, Henderson hanged himself in a shed behind his house in September, 2008

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Amanda Henderson's husband Patrick worked as a recruiter at the army's recruitment station in Longview, Texas. A veteran of the Iraq war, Sgt. 1st Class Henderson struggled with the pressures placed on recruiters, who until recently were ordered to enlist at least two new soldiers each month. Forced to work long hours at a task he didn't want, Henderson hanged himself in a shed behind his house in September, 2008.

Sgt. Henderson's situation was not atypical. The Hendersons met at recruiting school and were married in January 2008. She worked at a recruiting station in Nagadoches, Texas, 70 miles away from the station in Longview where Patrick was assigned. Henderson was forced into a second recruiting assignment he didn't want after he returned from a combat tour in Iraq.

Nils Aron Andersson served two tours in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne. Awarded the Bronze Star for helping some buddies pinned down in a firefight, Andersson, photographed here with his mother Charlotte Porter, also worked in the Houston area as a recruiter  read more »

Thomas Jefferson (born Apr. 13, 1743) - very few things he asked others to do that he wasn't willing to do himself

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, 3rd president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson: "A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

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Thomas Jefferson, (Born April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia; died July 4, 1826, Monticello), author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia, considered as “the first cultured President” of the United States.

Despite his family’s status, Thomas Jefferson was grounded. History Empire writes, ‘There were very few things he asked others to do that he wasn’t willing to do himself.’ His curiosity and diligence inspired hands-on learning in many fields, including archeology before it was a science.  read more »

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