The Fracking Industry’s Water Nightmare: Injection Wells Damage Production Wells, Rising Disposal Costs Will Increase Industry Losses

28 September 2018 — Naked Capitalism

[UK take note! WB]

By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has clearly documented the multiple risks — despite repeated dismissals from the oil and gas industry — that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) poses to drinking water supplies. However, the tables may be turning: Water itself now poses a risk to the already failing financial model of the American fracking industry, and that is something the industry won’t be able to ignore.

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The Foreign “Visible Hand” of the Market Exposed and Barred in Venezuela By Nino Pagliccia

28 September 2018 — Global Research
Since 2012 Venezuela has undergone an economic war directed mostly by and from the U.S. that has targeted market prices of goods and services, in part, by the impact of unilateral economic sanctions, but also in large part by the manipulation of the exchange rate in the illegal parallel market that determined the prices of goods and services in Venezuela. The aim has been to disarticulate the economic and political stability of the Venezuelan constitutional order, within a plan that aims for regime change. 

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S-300’s to Syria Sets the Stage for the Standoff to End By Tom Lungo

28 September 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

In the game of power politics, appeasement always ends in tears. Once you commit to a path you have no option but to see it through to its fullest end or fold when the stakes rise beyond an acceptable level.

Vladimir Putin responded to Israel’s betrayal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the only move he could make short of touching off World War III, crossing the US/Israeli red line of giving S-300 missile defense systems to Syria and upgrading their anti-missile technology and integration to the point of creating, what The Saker is calling, “a de facto no-fly zone” over Western Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean.

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S-300 for Syria: the United Kingdom, France and Israel will no longer be able to fly over Syrian territory

28 September 2018 — Voltaire Net

In two weeks time, the Russian Federation will hand over to Syria, S-300anti-air defense batteries, and modern systems for automated control for anti-air command posts. This equipment has until now only been available in the Russian military installations in Syria.

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British Intelligence Throws More Novi-Fog™ To Hide The Holes In Its Skripal File

27 September 2018 — Moon of Alabama

The UK/NATO propaganda group Bellingcat asserts that the man in the left picture is the same man as the person in the other two pictures.

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The man in the middle and right picture is supposed to be Ruslan Boshirov, one of the two Russians who say (vid) that they went to visit Stonehenge via Salisbury on March 3 and March 4 2018, but could not reach it because the roads were closed after recent snowstorms. (Stonehenge was indeed closed during those two days.)

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IRR News (13 – 26 September)

27 September 2018 — IRR

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

This week, Anya Edmond-Pettitt digs deep into the IRR’s Black History Collection, a unique archive of posters, newspaper cuttings, pamphlets and campaign materials from black community and grassroots groups from 1950s to 1980s. Read her article, ‘Empire Windrush, Notting hill and the importance of archives’ here.

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Skripal, the Russkies and Bellingcat

27 September 2018 — William Bowles

I smell a rat!

A quick comment about the two Russian alleged assassins, exposed, we are told by the ‘investigative’ Website, Bellingcat. Not mentioned by any of the major news media is the fact that Bellingcat is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (sic), renowned for its interference in foreign elections, funding terrorists and overthrowing governments the US doesn’t approve of.

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Labour: Why Jeremy Corbyn Still Struggles to Turn His Dream of a Social Movement into Reality By Steven FIELDING

27 September 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Labour: Why Jeremy Corbyn Still Struggles to Turn His Dream of a Social Movement into RealityDuring his 2016 leadership campaign Jeremy Corbyn spoke to a packed meeting of supporters. “We are a social movement,” he said.

Corbyn has certainly overseen a transformation of the Labour Party. From fewer than 200,000 members prior to the 2015 election, he is largely responsible for its rise to more than 550,000 by the end of 2017. By some distance, Labour is now the largest UK political party.

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The undemocratic tide in Britain is real – how Labour reacts is crucial By Nancy Platts

27 September 2018 — Open Democracy
For the first time, lack of faith in politics, politicians and government has become one of the top ten issues for Britain, polls show. How should politicians respond?

In his keynote conference address on Wednesday, Jeremy Corbyn pledged to honour the martyrs of the Peterloo massacre – those brave 15 killed fighting for democratic rights some 200 years ago – by “carrying forward the struggle to protect and extend democratic rights.”

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Washington’s Sanctions Machine By Philip M. GIRALDI

27 September 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Perhaps it is Donald Trump’s business background that leads him to believe that if you inflict enough economic pain on someone they will ultimately surrender and agree to do whatever you want. Though that approach might well work in New York real estate, it is not a certain path to success in international relations since countries are not as vulnerable to pressure as are individual investors or developers.

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Black Agenda Report Thursday September 27 2018: Maynard Jackson Netflix Movie Mangles Black History; We Don’t Need Cosby’s ‘Race Man’; World War Looms in Syria

27 September 2018 — Black Agenda Report

Maynard Jackson Netflix Movie Muddles Black Politics, Mangles Black History

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
Sam Pollard’s Maynard Jackson documentary currently on Netflix is lazy black history denuded of black politics in the service of black elites.

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Media Lens: To Do Or To Be? – The Sixth Filter

27 September 2018 — Media Lens

Part 1 – Turning Outside

Some 250,000 miles later, having spent 20 minutes waiting for the other guy to get down the ladder, Buzz Aldrin became the second person to walk on the moon, July 21, 1969.

Back on Earth, 600 million people looked up in wonder: how must it feel to be the first humans to set foot on another world? Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were viewed as the ultimate pioneers at the cutting edge of human experience; if anyone was really alive, ‘doing it’, they were. So how did it feel to be up there living life to the max? Aldrin recalled of his return to Earth:

‘I said to Neil, “We missed the whole thing.” We didn’t share the moment of exhilaration here on Earth. We were sort of out of town doing something else.’

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