Monday, December 20, 2010

WikiLeaks and the Secrets that Deceive

By Danny Schechter
December 20, 2010

In the days of Stalin’s Russia, not only would dissidents “disappear” but images of officials at the May Day reviewing stands would be erased from photographs when their political stars fell.

Read on.


henry said...

Meanwhile, in Nairobi, some 200 ethnic Oromos from Ethiopia complained of police harassment at a protest rally on 23 December.

"The police come to our houses in the middle of the night, abusing women, ripping up our refugee documents," Tsegaye Gudeta, spokesman for the Oromo Refugee Community Welfare Association, told IRIN.

"Besides detention, some of us are facing daily disappearances and abuse. We were afraid for our lives, have no other place to go and we couldn't wait any more," he added.

The protest was held outside the UN Refugee Agency, which Gudeta said should work with Kenyan police to increase awareness of refugees' rights.

henry said...

OK, the agency has failed to address any of the concerns about the Bayer study -- including those raised by its own scientists in the leaked document (PDF). Staff scientists Joseph DeCant and Michael Barrett stated clearly that "deficiencies" in the study had caused them to downgrade its status from "accepted" to "supplemental."

If the agency wants to reestablish itself itself as a protector of the environment -- and not a guardian of corporate interest at the expense of the environment -- it needs to explain precisely what those deficiencies were; why the study's status was downgraded; and, given that its status was downgraded, on what basis the agency is still allowing Bayer to sell clothianidin.

henry said...

does one need to be demented to see our realty. What is with you people ? I think I really want to get as far away from you as possible.

henry said...

Reality what a concept

henry said...

We cannot escape but shortly speak about Apophis. This asteroid is named after the greek Good of Chaos and owes its name to his orbit that will bring it to come very close to the Earth in 2029 to then modify its orbit and return to our planet in 2036 at a distance that is hardly predictable and whose estimate has been subject of quite some discussion (see here). The Advanced Concepts Team studied the possible delfection options for this asteroid already when it was called 2004 MN4, that is from the very early days of the warning. Fortunately, Apophis (with a very small chance) would need to be deflected of a very small amount (1km roughly) and launch windows exist to perform such a deflection as late as 2026 (three years before its 2029 close encounter) with a 700kg spacecraft. After this date the task of deflecting the asteroid would become much larger and numbers would look a bit like those in the example above. Apophis is a good study case for the international community as it represents an as-real-as-it-gets scenario to challenge us in developing our technologies in case a real threat one day would come.

henry said...

Ontology (from the Greek ὄν, genitive ὄντος: "of being" (neuter participle of εἶναι: "to be") and -λογία, -logia: science, study, theory) is the philosophical study of the nature of being, existence or reality as such, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences.