WINDSOR, Ontario — Assumption Park gives residents of this city lovely views of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit skyline. Lately they’ve been treated to another sight: a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block on the other side of the Detroit River.
Detroit’s ever-growing black mountain is the unloved, unwanted and long overlooked byproduct of Canada’s oil sands boom.
And no one knows quite what to do about it, except Koch Carbon, which owns it.
The company is controlled by Charles and David Koch, wealthy industrialists who back a number of conservative and libertarian causes including activist groups that challenge the science behind climate change. The company sells the high-sulfur, high-carbon waste, usually overseas, where it is burned as fuel.
The coke comes from a refinery alongside the river owned by Marathon Petroleum, which has been there since 1930. But it began refining exports from the Canadian oil sands — and producing the waste that is sold to Koch — only in November.
“What is really, really disturbing to me is how some companies treat the city of Detroit as a dumping ground,” said Rashida Tlaib, the Michigan state representative for that part of Detroit. “Nobody knew this was going to happen.” Almost 56 percent of Canada’s oil production is from the petroleum-soaked oil sands of northern Alberta, more than 2,000 miles north.
73 years later is still relevant and powerful as ever.
It’s also because of this movie that Charlie Chaplin was labelled a “premature anti-fascist.”
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Iranian photographer Ebrahim Noruzi has won two awards at the World Photo Press 2013. The winners of the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest were announced on Friday. Noruzi won the first prize of the Observed Portraits Section for his photo collection “Victims of Forced Love”.
Pete Santilli is the kind of person we normally wouldn’t cover here – an unhinged Internet ranter who exists somewhere to the crazier side of Alex Jones. Santilli’s broadcast – on which he details conspiracy theories on everything from 9/11 to Sandy Hook — doesn’t even have Jones’ audience: he describes himself as “a radio talkshow host ready to take my show to national syndication; that is, of course, if the FCC regulated AM/FM radio stations can handle my truth & honesty.”
John Rosenow is a fifth-generation dairy farmer, but times have changed since his Norwegian ancestors began farming in Cochrane, Wis. And Rosenow has changed with the times. Much of his workforce is now from Mexico, and Rosenow travels regularly to their village in southern Mexico to meet their families.
Rosenow’s business has grown. He and his workers now milk 550 cows, three times a day. Eight out of 20 hired laborers are from Mexico. Family and neighbors make up the rest.
“I’ve been called slave trader,” Rosenow said. “I’ve been called someone that runs an underground railroad and probably a whole lot of worse things behind my back. What I basically am is I’m a dairy farmer trying to make a living in a difficult industry.”
Since Rosenow has gone down, 150 other Wisconsin dairy farmers have followed.
“The employers realize that they owe these guys a lot more than just a paycheck,” Duvall said. “And so they become interested in their welfare and in their family’s welfare. And they are extremely marginalized in these communities. They’re some of the poorest places in all of Mexico.”
“It was quite a powerful experience to visit those people that are back there getting checks from their husband usually working up here,” Rosenow said.
Read the whole thing here: Dairy Farmers, Workers Help Each Other Survive There’s also an audio clip and more photos at the link.
Not many employers think they owe more than a paycheck to their employees. I agree with Erasmo; Rosenow es buena gente.
MANHATTAN (CN) - “Topless paparazzo” Holly Van Voast claims in court that New York City police repeatedly arrested and institutionalized her for legally baring her breasts while wearing a Marilyn Monroe wig and Don Juan mustache.
Van Voast aka Harvey Van Toast sued New York City, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and dozens of police officers in Federal Court. The 46-year-old performance artist calls going topless part of her commitment to “personal, artistic and gender freedom,” inspired a “broad artistic community of punk drag” performers such as Little Kimchi, Misty Meaner and Mary Jo Cameltoe, according to the complaint.
Van Voast says the law has been on her side since 1992, when the New York State Court of Appeals dismissed an indecent exposure violation against Rochester woman Ramona Santorelli.
Baked Gefilte Fish
Broiled Rainbow Trout
Redskin Potato Salad
Chicken Noodle Soup
Wine: Herzog Zinfandel
Dessert: Frozen Strawberry Daquiri
Wine: Herzog Orange Muscat
Dessert: Frozen Margaritas
Middle East Fried Chicken Recipe
1 broiler chicken, cut into 8ths
1/4 c. unbleached flour
1/2 c. Panko breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp. Za’atar seasoning
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Preheat oven to 425. Put 1 Tbsp oil in a Pyrex 9x13 baking dish and place in the oven.
While oven is heating, put flour, bread crumbs, and za’atar into a gallon plastic bag. Add chicken pieces 2 at a time and shake until well coated. Carefully with oven gloves, remove the preheated baking dish and place the chicken pieces skin side down. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn pieces over and bake for 15 minutes or until brown and crispy.
Can serve hot or cold!
Redskin Potato Salad
6 Redskin potatoes
1/2 c. frozen peas & carrots
1 small red pepper
1 small red onion
1 sour pickle
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. Henri’s dressing
1 Tbsp. Dijon or coarse brown mustard
Microwave the potatoes for 6 minutes, turn over and micro for 6 more minutes. Let cool. Peel the potatoes (or you can leave the skins on if you like) and cut into cubes. Microwave the peas & carrots for 4 minutes, drain and add to potatoes. Chop the onion, pickle & red pepper.
Mix dressing and pour over salad and toss until well coated.
No one complained when preventive coverage started first for kids and adults in 2010. But when it was time to offer preventive coverage specifically for women’s health, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and conservative politicians realized that prevention also means contraception— and they tried to stop health reform in its tracks. The Obama administration stood strong, however, and the women’s coverage has started to take effect.
All insurers now have to cover well-woman exams (thanks to the lobbying efforts of women senators such as Barbara Mikulski), contraception and breastfeeding (even the expensive stuff such as IUDs and breast pumps), cancer screening such as mammograms and Pap smears, domestic-violence screening and STI counseling. If you’re working for Catholic Charities or a religiously affiliated hospital, however, don’t bother asking your HR department about any of this: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a work-around so that the bishops don’t have anything to do with your contraceptive coverage. According to Mayra Alvarez, director of public policy in the Office of Health Reform at HHS, “We’ve really worked hard to find the best compromise between respecting religious concerns and women’s access to contraceptive services. …The important compromise is that the religious employer itself is not going to be connected to the policy but the woman will continue to receive the information and the benefit directly from the insurer.”
In other words, every insured woman’s contraceptive needs will be covered—at no extra cost to her.
More: Ms. Magazine
There are two videos at the link as well.
Gali was using her laptop in the hotel’s staff bar when her drink was spiked. She awoke to a nightmare beyond belief: she had been savagely raped by three of her colleagues. Alone and frightened, she took herself to hospital. What Alicia didn’t know is that under the UAE’s strict sharia laws, if the perpetrator does not confess, a rape cannot be convicted without four adult Muslim male witnesses. She was charged with having illicit sex outside marriage, and thrown in a filthy jail cell for eight months.