The Evening Blues - Labor Day 2015

The Evening Blues - Labor Day 2015

Hey! Good Evening!

This evening's music features songs in the theme of working, workers and labor. Enjoy!

Maddy Prior - Honest Work

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“Please do not look only at the dark side

All the newspapers in the free world explain why you return their readers understand how you feel

You have the sympathy of millions

As a tribute to your sorrow we resolve to spend more money on nuclear weapons there is always a bright side

If this were only a movie a boat would be available have you ever seen our movies they end happily

You would lean at the rail with 'him' the sun would set on China kiss and fade

You would marry one of the kind authorities

In our movies there is no law higher than love in real life duty is higher

You would not want the authorities to neglect duty

How do you like the image of the free world sorry you cannot stay

This is the first and last time we will see you in our papers

When you are back home remember us we will be having a good time.”

-― Thomas Merton


News and Opinion

This is an excellent essay, well worth reading in full.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Will Transform Middle East Politics

By the time the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 ended, Israeli forces had expelled about 700,000 Palestinian Arabs from their homes. Their plight led to the overthrow of Arab regimes as well as civil wars in Jordan in 1970 and in Lebanon from 1975 to 1990. Israel bombed refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Gaza. Radicalized Palestinians staged hijackings, airport massacres and suicide bombings that captured headlines around the world and more than once led to dangerous American-Soviet confrontations.

The legacy of Syria’s refugee disaster awaits. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Gutteres, has just declared that 4 million Syrians are now refugees in neighboring countries. That is almost six times greater than the number who fled Palestine. Another 7.6 million Syrians, he says, have also lost their homes but remain destitute within Syria. Gutteres said, “This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation.”

Before the war began in 2011, Syria fed itself and provided almost all of its medicines from flourishing pharmaceutical industries. Now it is dependent on foreign charity that is anything but adequate. ... The U.N. has had to cut food supplies to 1.6 million refugees. John Owen reported on Voice of America that the monthly food allowance for refugees in Lebanon has been reduced from $27 last January to $13.50. Try feeding yourself on $13.50 a month to understand the reasons behind the desire of some Syrians to escape the region to feed their children. ...

To imagine that the long-term plight of millions of Syrian refugees in the Middle East and Europe will have no consequences is folly on a greater scale than predicting the Palestinian refugee problem would disappear after 1948. This is a political more than a humanitarian issue. For the refugee exodus to stop, the war must end.

Day of chaos hits Hungary as migrants march to Austria

Migrants Seeking 'German Life' Are Not Refugees, Says Hungary PM

The large numbers of people now seeking sanctuary in Europe should be seen as immigrants, not as refugees, because they are seeking a "German life" and refuse to stay in the first safe country they reach, Hungary's prime minister said on Monday, as he also rejected planned migrant quotas.

Viktor Orban, a right-wing populist whose robust handling of the migrant crisis has drawn both condemnation and praise, said the European Union (EU) should consider providing financial support to countries such as Turkey which are near to the conflict zones so that migrants stay there and do not move on.

Syrians, Iraqis and others entering Greece, Macedonia, Serbia or Hungary are safe in those countries and, in line with EU rules, should have their asylum applications processed there, Orban told a gathering of Hungarian diplomats in Budapest. ...

Left unchecked, this inflow will place an impossible financial burden on the EU, Orban said, endangering what he called Europe's "Christian welfare states." He has previously said the arrival of large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants posed a threat to Europe's Christian culture and values.

We asked all 22 presidential candidates to define a US refugee policy. Few had clear answers

Last week, the Guardian contacted the campaigns of every candidate for the White House – 17 Republicans and five Democrats – to ask two questions. Should the US be accepting more refugees? And, as president, how would each candidate define US policy toward those seeking asylum from war-torn and impoverished countries?

But even as presidential candidates offer foreign policy pitches through a lens of moral leadership, just one of 22 contenders – former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley – said unequivocally that the US should take in more refugees and put forward a specific number. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Democrat called on the government to accept 65,000 refugees from Syria over the next year.

“If Germany – a country with one-fourth our population – can accept 800,000 refugees this year, certainly we – the nation of immigrants and refugees – can do more,” O’Malley said in a statement. ...

Several campaigns, including those of top contenders such as Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and her closest challenger, Bernie Sanders, and Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, did not respond to repeated requests for comment on the specific question of whether the US should accept more refugees.

France considers Isis strikes as Hollande calls for engagement on refugee crisis

France will begin reconnaissance flights over Syria with a view to carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State, President François Hollande has said.

He blamed the group for the refugee crisis in Europe as well as a number of terrorist attacks carried out in France and other countries. However, the French leader ruled out sending ground troops to Syria and said nothing should be done that could strengthen the country’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, or help him remain in power. “In the end, Assad must go,” Hollande said.

During a press conference at the Elysée Palace, his sixth since coming to power in 2012, Hollande also addressed the refugee crisis in Europe. He said France and Germany would ask the European commission to introduce an “obligatory and permanent” system to deal with those fleeing warzones and force member countries to take their share of asylum seekers.

He called on Britain to not shirk its duty. “Every country must engage,” he said. “The important word is ‘obligatory’ … and permanent, meaning continuing for some time.”

Cameron bows to pressure as Britain set to let in more Syrian refugees

Israel Building Wall to Keep Syrian Refugees Out

Amid a growing humanitarian crisis in Europe and the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday refused calls to admit non-Jewish refugees from Syria and announced plans to build a "security fence" to shut out people fleeing war—directly referencing concerns that admittance would skew demographics.

"Israel is a small country, and we do not have the geographic and demographic depths [to absorb them]," Netanyahu's office declared in an English language statement released Sunday. "We will not allow Israel to be flooded with illegal migrants and terrorists."

"Today, we are starting to build a fence on our eastern border. In the first stage, we will build it from Timna to Eilat in order to protect the airport being built there, and we will continue the fence up to the Golan Heights, where we have already built a strong security fence," the statement continued.

However, as Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man pointed out in +972 Magazine, the Hebrew version of the statement released from Netanyahu's office struck a different chord—referring to the Syrian refugees as "infiltrators." ...

The prime minister's statement came a day after Isaac Herzon, opposition leader, called on Israel to allow entry to Syrian refugees.

UN agencies 'broke and failing' in face of ever-growing refugee crisis

The UN’s humanitarian agencies are on the verge of bankruptcy and unable to meet the basic needs of millions of people because of the size of the refugee crisis in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, senior figures within the UN have told the Guardian.

The deteriorating conditions in Lebanon and Jordan, particularly the lack of food and healthcare, have become intolerable for many of the 4 million people who have fled Syria, driving fresh waves of refugees north-west towards Europe and aggravating the current crisis. ...

Speaking to the Guardian, the UN high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, said: “If you look at those displaced by conflict per day, in 2010 it was 11,000; last year there were 42,000. ...

Recent months have seen severe cuts to food rations for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan as well as for Somali and Sudanese refugees in Kenya. Darfuris living in camps in Chad have been warned that their rations may end completely at the end of the year. UN-run healthcare services have also been closed across a large part of Iraq, leaving millions of internally displaced people without access to healthcare.

Guterres warned that the damage being done by these cuts would be impossible to reverse. “We know that we are not doing enough, we are failing the basic needs of people.

Empire Files with Abby Martin Launches First Show

Druze Kill Syrian Troops After Bombings Kill Dozens, Including Top Cleric

Throughout the Syrian Civil War, there had been relative calm in the al-Suwayda Province, the primary home of the nation’s Druze minority. The Druze are largely seen as pro-government, and elsewhere in the country have been attacked by rebels as a consequence.

Suwayda is exploding in the past few days, however, after Friday saw a pair of car bombings killing 33 Druze civilians, including top religious leader Sheikh Wahid al-Balous. There was no claim of responsibility, but Balous was an outspoken opponent of the government, and had urged Druze to stop joining the military, which led to suspicion that he was killed by government forces.

Unrest is growing province-wide, and six Syrian troops were killed by Druze militant attacks late Saturday. ... An outright revolt against the government is bad news for the government, but may also be dangerous for the Druze, as they have few natural allies in the ever-splintering nation.

US tried to block Russian aid planes for Syria from Greek airspace

Kerry Confronts Russia Over Media Reports of Syria ‘Buildup’

Days after Russia had already denied media reports of a military buildup in Syria, aimed at helping in the fight against ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry confronted Russian officials on the matter, expressing “concern” that Russia might be increasing involvement in the war. ...

Bizarrely, Secretary Kerry warned Russia that, if the rumors are true, they risk a “confrontation” with America’s anti-ISIS coalition, even though all the reports suggested Russia’s entire motive was to fight ISIS as well.

Russia has been an ally of the Syrian government for decades, and is keen to ensure that they remain an ally, as they host Russia’s lone naval base in the Mediterranean. The US interest in Syria, while at least in part also anti-ISIS, comes with an understanding that they want a regime change, and are very much keen on the new regime being pro-US, likely meaning they’d expel Russia.

Another Weapons Deal Inked as Saudis Strike Yemen with US Bombs

NAIMAN: Well first of all, you know, the word 'destabilizing' is a very funny word. Regardless of what you think of Iranian policy in Syria or the Russian policy in Syria, to call it destabilizing is quite odd. Regardless of what one thinks of the Assad government, it is the internationally recognized government. It does hold a seat at the United Nations. So it's strange to call Iran and Russia destabilizing when they're supporting the internationally recognized government. Again, that's different from whether you like the government or not. Its legal status is clear, and of course the Saudis and also the U.S. to some degree, at least until recently, supporting armed opposition groups attacking the Syrian government. Which you know, again, if the word 'terrorism' has any objective meaning surely apples to armed groups fighting the Syrian government. In fact, some of these groups are classified as terrorists by the U.S. government, like Al-Qaeda, like ISIS, like Al-Nusra, which is the Al-Qaeda affiliate.

Saudi-led Airstrikes Reportedly Hit a Wake and a Children’s Hospital in Yemen

Fighter jets from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) bombed multiple sites in Yemen on Sunday in a series of airstrikes that came after dozens of soldiers from the Saudi-led coalition were killed by a rebel missile attack on Friday.

At least 20 people were reported killed during a wake in northern Yemen after Saudi jets hit the area, local tribesmen told Reuters. The wake was reportedly for a man killed by Houthi rebels, and the strike was believed to be accidental. ...

Several buildings in the capital reportedly crumbled after being hit. One of the buildings affected by the strikes was the al-Sabeen Maternity and Children's Hospital, which reportedly asked for help from international aid organizations to evacuate patients. Two deaths were reported in Sanaa after the airstrikes.

Turkey Bombs Kurdish Targets in Retaliation for PKK Attack Killing 15 Soldiers

Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets overnight after the militants staged what appeared to be their deadliest attack since the collapse of a two-year-old ceasefire in July, killing as many as 16 soldiers.

The PKK said it had killed 15 members of the armed forces in Sunday's attack on a convoy in the mountainous Daglica area of Hakkari province, near the Iraqi border. A security source told Reuters 16 soldiers had been killed, which would be the highest military death toll in a single attack for years.

The surge in violence has torn apart a peace process which President Tayyip Erdogan launched with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in late 2012 in a bid to end an insurgency that has killed more than 40,000 people.

Turkish Authorities Arrest Dutch Journalist for the Second Time This Year

Turkish authorities arrested a veteran Dutch reporter for the second time this year on Sunday, detaining journalist Fréderike Geerdink in southeastern Turkey while she covered the People's Democratic Party (HDP), a Kurdish opposition group.

Geerdink said on Twitter she was arrested in the Turkish town of Yuksekova and was waiting to be questioned by a prosecutor. Geerdink said she was with a group called Human Shield, and that they had all been arrested. ...

Geerdink was arrested earlier this year in Turkey and briefly held on charges that she had engaged in propaganda on behalf of Kurdish rebels. She faced spending five years in prison on the charges before she was acquitted.

Geerdink has reported on Kurdish issues for years as a freelance journalist, and said she was shocked by the fact that her reporting has seemingly made her a target for the government. ...

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Turkey was one of the top 10 jailers of journalists in 2014.

Massive Protest Held in Moldova Over $1 Billion That Mysteriously Vanished

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied on Sunday in the capital of Moldova to demand the resignation of the president and early elections after $1 billion disappeared from the country's banking system and rapidly depreciated the Eastern European country's currency. ...

Police put their numbers at between 35,000 and 40,000 — bigger even than mass anti-communist protests of April 2009 — though the organizers estimated the turnout as nearly three times that many.

The protesters called for the resignation of President Nicolae Timofti, who has presided over a pro-European Union leadership since early 2012. ... The fraud has caused a rapid depreciation in the national currency, the leu, stoking inflation and hurting living standards.

It has also tarnished the image of the pro-Europe ruling class for ordinary Moldovans, many of whom struggle by on a family income of about $300 a month.


Report: Abbas Tells Arab States He Plans to Retire Soon

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has informed the leaders of several major Arab nations of his intention to carry out a series of resignations from all of his posts, and to soon retire from politics outright. He took these leadership positions in 2004 and 2005, in the wake of Yasser Arafat’s death. ...

It’s unclear who Abbas envisions as his successor, and there is no obvious leader-in-waiting. The timing, in that regard, is a bit of a surprise, but at 80-years-old and with a stalled peace process, Abbas appears not to be interested in staying in politics for its own sake.

Israeli analysts are seeing this entirely as a plot by Abbas to embarrass the Netanyahu government.

Jeremy Corbyn: Let taxpayers opt out of funding the Army

British taxpayers should be allowed to opt out of funding the Army, Jeremy Corbyn once proposed in an idea former generals have called "stark-starring bonkers".

The Labour leadership front-runner suggested voters should be able to act with their "conscience" and order the Treasury not spend their tax money on soldiers.

Britain's leading former generals warned the "corrosive" idea could undermine public support for soldiers and was "absolutely ludicrous".

It has emerged after Mr Corbyn triggered a backlash by saying he “couldn’t think” of a situation in which he would deploy troops.

Asked in what circumstances he would back deploying British troops, Mr Corbyn said: “I'm sure there are some. But I can't think of them at the moment."

Veterans Used In Secret Experiments Sue Military For Answers

American service members used in chemical and biological testing have some questions: What exactly were they exposed to? And how is it affecting their health?

Tens of thousands of troops were used in testing conducted by the U.S. military between 1922 and 1975. As one Army scientist explained, the military wanted to learn how to induce symptoms such as "fear, panic, hysteria, and hallucinations" in enemy soldiers. Recruitment was done on a volunteer basis, but the details of the testing and associated risks were often withheld from those who signed up.

Many of the veterans who served as test subjects have since died. But today, those who are still alive are part of a class action lawsuit against the Army. If they're successful, the Army will have to explain to anyone who was used in testing exactly what substances they were given and any known risks. The Army would also have to provide those veterans with health care for any illnesses that result, in whole or in part, from the testing.

U.S. Rejects Recommendations Aimed at Ending Systematic Human Rights Abuses

On September 1, the United States government rejected several recommendations from countries which suggested how the U.S. could better uphold human rights. Rejected recommendations included abolishing the death penalty, ending spying on private communications of people of the world, and allowing foreign aid to assist rape victims in war zones who need access to safe abortions.

The recommendations were made during a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process for signatories of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Signatories of the treaty are supposed to undertake measures to ensure the rights in the treaty are protected in their countries. The U.S. ratified the treaty in 1992, and the government has an obligation to comply with the treaty, as it would any other domestic law. ...

In a submitted document, the U.S. government indicated which recommendations it outright rejected.

Farmers clash with police in Brussels during milk and meat prices protest

Farmers have clashed with police in Brussels during protests about falling dairy and meat prices in Europe.

An estimated 4,000 farmers, including some from Britain, gathered in the Belgian capital on Monday as European farming ministers hold an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in the agriculture industry. ...

European farmers have suffered a sharp decline in demand for their products as Russia blocks western imports of food and China tries to bolster domestic production rather than buying milk from Europe. One banner held up by protesters in Brussels claimed that “Europe is drowning in milk”. ...

British farmers blame supermarkets for the slide in milk prices. They claim milk has been used as a weapon in the industry price war and that retailers are not doing enough to promote British-sourced products. In protest they have blockaded distribution centres and herded two cows through an Asda store in Stafford.

Students' return to school is marred by renewed segregation across US

Millions of students around the US have started autumn with familiar rituals: waiting for absent teachers, flipping through outdated books and watching their peers fall behind in strained, segregated schools that experts warn represent a slow-burning crisis neglected by leaders.

Little has changed since a 2014 report concluded that 60 years after the supreme court declared segregation unconstitutional, major regions of the US have turned away from integration toward deeper inequality, said Gary Orfield, a UCLA professor and co-author of that paper.

The “substantial majority” of black and Latino students are in schools segregated by race and poverty, Orfield said. Such students are being primed by struggling schools for “a downward spiral” in a society that increasingly demands college diplomas. ...

According to the report, black people are most segregated in the north-eastern US, especially in New York, where 65% of black students go to school almost exclusively without white peers.

In the western US, Latinos still largely lack access to mostly white schools, the report adds. In California, where white people are a minority, the average Latino student in a public school has only one to two white classmates.

In the south, where courts and officials worked hardest to desegregate schools and dismantle unconstitutional policies, integration has best endured.

In 'Win for Public Schools,' Wash. Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools Unconstitutional

Public education advocates are welcoming the Washington State Supreme Court's ruling late Friday that the state's charter school law is unconstitutional.

The Seattle Times reports that

The ruling — believed to be one of the first of its kind in the country — overturns the law [I-1240] voters narrowly approved in 2012 allowing publicly funded, but privately operated, schools.

Teacher and author Mercedes Schneider offers more on the Act: 

As is true of charter schools nationwide, the charters in Washington State (up to the current ruling) were eligible for public funding diverted from traditional public schools. Charter schools were approved via a November 2012 ballot initiative (I-1240, the Charter Schools Act) in which charters were declared to be “common schools” despite their not being subject to local control and local accountability. And also like America’s charters in general, Washington’s charters are not under the authority of elected school boards.

Thus, Washington voters had approved to give public money to private entities—a one-way street that provided no means for such funds to overseen by the public.

The new ruling (pdf) states that charters, "devoid of local control from their inception to their daily operation," cannot be classified as "common schools," nor have "access to restricted common school funding."

Education policy analyst Diane Ravitch writes that the 6-3 decision "is a big win for parents and public schools," and that it "gives hope to parents all across America, who see charter schools draining funding from their public schools, favoring the privileges of the few over the rights of the many."

California police killings database reveals 'clear racial disparities'

Black men have been killed by police in California at eight times the rate of other residents over the past decade, according to records released under the first in a series of new state initiatives to disclose data on the use of deadly force by law enforcement.

Statistics published by California attorney general Kamala Harris stated that about 19% of almost 1,000 homicides by law enforcement recorded between 2005 and 2014 were against African American men, who made up only about 3% of the state’s population.

Harris said last week that “clear racial disparities” had emerged from the figures, which also showed African Americans were arrested and died in custody at disproportionately high rates.



the horse race



Pledge to Get Big Money Out of Politics Gains Momentum in Democratic Primary

Last Sunday at a campaign event in Iowa, former Maryland governor and Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley responded to a request from a University of Iowa student and signed a pledge supporting publicly financed elections and getting big money out of politics. The pledge is the creation of Democracy Matters, a national student organization founded by former NBA center Adonal Foyle, and has already been signed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

The action by O’Malley, whose polling numbers have recently ranged between 1 and 4 percent, leaves Hillary Clinton more isolated among top declared Democratic presidential candidates in not signing the pledge. Clinton was questioned in July by the same student, Mason Buonadonna, at an event at the Iowa City Public Library, on how she would combat big money in politics, and gave a general statement with few specifics. Her website is similarly vague, vowing to make “Revitalizing Our Democracy” one of the “Four Fights” of her presidential campaign, while making few specific commitments.

Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire by nine points – poll

Senator Bernie Sanders has opened a nine-point lead over fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton among party supporters in New Hampshire, according to an NBC News/Marist Poll released on Sunday.

The survey showed that 41% of Democratic voters would back Sanders while 32% would cast a vote for Clinton if the poll were held today – and Vice-President Joe Biden were on the ballot.

Support for Biden, who has yet to decide whether to run after the death of his son Beau in May, was at 16%.

In July, in the same poll, Sanders had 32% support while Clinton had 42%.

NBC also reported that its polling showed Clinton with a lead in Iowa, another state with an early voice in the nomination process, though her margin over Sanders had shrunk to 11% from 24% in July.

"I'm In": Lawrence Lessig Confirms White House Run

Campaign finance reform advocate Lawrence Lessig on Sunday confirmed that he would run for U.S. president in 2016, announcing that the exploratory committee he formed in August had hit its $1 million fundraising target by its Labor Day deadline.

Lessig made his statement on ABC's This Week during an interview with host George Stephanopoulos. ...

As he explained in August, Lessig will run on a platform that targets campaign finance—and, if elected, would step down as soon as Congress passed a package of pro-democracy reforms.




The Evening Greens



The Climate Warning Coming From Three Wolves on a Michigan Island

There are just three wolves remaining on Isle Royale, a Michigan island in Lake Superior, and that's a problem for the ecosystem, as the moose population is surging and their grazing is threatening the islands vegetation. But it's also a sign of the climate change-related impacts the nation is set to face.

The number has been on a steady decline. Michigan Tech professors John Vucetich and Rolf Peterson, who lead the study, write in their report (pdf):

These changes are part of a longer trend. Since 2009 the wolf population has dropped by nearly 90%. As a result of very low wolf abundance, each of the past four years has seen unprecedented low rates of predation. In response, the moose population has been growing at a mean rate of 22% per year for each of the past four years.

But why plummeting numbers on Isle Royale?

As Peterson previously stated: "The human imprint is written all over the dynamics of this wolf population in recent decades." And the National Parks Conservation Association explains

that the route that brought wolves to the island – naturally occurring ice bridges that form in winter from the mainland – do not form as often because of the warming climate. When ice bridges do form, it is hard to predict whether wolves will use the bridge to arrive and stay on the island or to leave; both scenarios occurred the last two winters. Coupled with a period of disease and other factors, the wolves on the island are now inbred, which negatively impacts the health of the pack and their ability to breed.

The "frequency of ice bridges is expected to continue to decline because of climate warming," Vucetich said.

After Canadian Court Ruling, Has Law 'Finally Caught Up With Chevron'?

In a unanimous ruling hailed as "a major victory for human rights and corporate accountability," the Canadian Supreme Court declared on Friday that a group of Ecuadorian villagers can pursue a multi-billion pollution lawsuit against oil giant Chevron in the province of Ontario.

"The law has finally caught up with Chevron," the nonprofit Amazon Watch said in a press statement.

As a result of the ruling, the Ecuadorian villagers may now continue with a 2012 lawsuit they launched against Chevron's Canadian subsidiary in Ontario. They claim Chevron's activities have caused "horrific contamination"—and an Ecuadorian court agreed, ruling in 2011 that Chevron should pay $9.5 billion for the destruction it caused. 

"This decision is the beginning of the end of Chevron's abusive and obstructionist litigation strategy to avoid paying for the clean-up of the company's extensive toxic contamination of our ancestral lands in Ecuador," said Humberto Piaguaje, executive coordinator of the Union of Persons Affected by Texaco/Chevron, the local organization in Ecuador representing the communities suing Chevron.

Oil Slurry Spill on Mississippi River Illustrates Need to Move Beyond Fossil Fuel Economy

The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday that up to 250,000 gallons of oil slurry could have been spilled into the Mississippi River following a towboat collision near Columbus, Kentucky.

The Coast Guard says the spill occurred at roughly 8 PM Wednesday when a boat crash caused a cargo tank on a barge to rupture and spill some of the refinery byproduct it was carrying into the river.

A section of the river is now closed, and the Coast Guard stated that an aerial assessment spotted "a five-mile discoloration" starting at the site of the accident.


Look for the Hellraiser's Journal tomorrow which will feature a round-up of news accounts of Labor Day Celebrations from across the nation.


Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

When Black Lives Didn’t Matter in New Orleans

Rising Up Against Police Violence, From the Black Panthers to #BlackLivesMatter

One woman's mission to photograph every Native American tribe in the US

'Archaeology on steroids': huge ritual arena discovered near Stonehenge

Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.

CIA Cover-Up Thwarted FBI’s Nuclear Diversion Investigations

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the ‘Do Something’ Lie

Bernie Sanders: Labor Day 2015, Stand Together and Fight Back


A Little Night Music

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Pick a Bale of Cotton

Paul Black and the Flip Kings- Factory Girl

Woodie Guthrie - Workin Hard Blues

Hazel Dickens + Alice Gerrard - Working Girl Blues

Doyle Lawson - Poor Boy Working Blues

Phil Ochs - The Ballad of Joe Hill

Jerry Garcia + John Kahn - Spike Driver Blues

Merle Travis - Sixteen Tons

Red Army Choir - Sixteen Tons

Jim Croce - Working at the Car Wash Blues

Jimmy Reed - Big Boss Man

Solomon Burke - Maggie's Farm

Creedence Clearwater Revival - The Working Man

Joe Louis Walker - Workin' Blues

James Burton - Working Man Blues

James McMurtry - We Can't Make It Here Anymore

Bob Dylan - Working Mans Blues

Dropkick Murphys - Which Side Are You On

The Clash - Career Opportunities

Dropkick Murphys - Workers Song

Billy Bragg - There Is Power In A Union



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MarilynW's picture

Great to see you here and Happy Labor Day!

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Farmer's Market peppers

5:00 pm Pacific is a bad time for me. This is just right as I was just going to sign off and get some work done.

Did you know that the USA has actually been saved? no worries then.

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i just figured that i'd post as soon as i had the diary put to bed, people can read it whenever they like. some days it will undoubtedly be later than others, since, well sometimes life gets in the way. B)

those look like some tasty peppers there.

oh goodness, the messiah has come again?

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discussed in the diary link who has surely saved america from ruin. o holy night.

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but the diary was so awfully written I stopped after the first two paragraphs and didn't even get it.

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and I cannot believe how much time I spent rebutting with links and all. I will probably get HR'd for it too. What a waste of time on delusional people.

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"I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~ Dr. Cornel West

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

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God God, can that site get any worse?
Obama was elected to protect the criminals, war and bankers and to shut down the war protesters.
He's continued pnac's plan of overthrowing the Middle East, yet gets credit for ending two wars.
We're still in Afghanistan, back in Iraq, and he said he'd get us out of Iraq asap, but tried to stay there until the SOFA kicked us out.
Bombs 7 countries, goes to war in Libya and Syria, and has committed two coups. Honduras and Ukraine, yet I've seen one prominent blogger say that she sleeps better at night because he hasn't star any new wars.
And every time someone wrote the truth there was a pile on.
Greatest president ever, my ass.
And these are the people who think Hillary would make a great president, while trashing Bernie who is standing for the values most democrats say they believe in.
Delusional is the right word.

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"I will be the best, the best, you know, you know the thing!”
- Joe Biden

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. - Friedrich Nietzsche -

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now I feel protected when I make a big pile of pooh. I have someone, who tells me, it's no big deal. And I will learn from you, too.
Welcome, come again, don't be a stranger. Smile

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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i'm just going to start posting the evening blues when it gets full of news. somedays, depending on how much life interferes, it'll be later than others. usually, though i get the news put together no later than 5-6 (est).

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to see you here, Syd. Welcome! Biggrin

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fucking making them.

And it should be like it is when I go into a store, "you break it, you buy it".

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that's what i've been saying. apparently, the logic doesn't work on everybody, lots of idiots think that there are refugees because we didn't bomb enough people fast enough and "decapitate" the regime. worked great for iraq and libya, right?

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I remember arguing about Libya and Syria with Clay Claiborne 3-4 years ago when it was known then that the
U.S. was instigating the sectarian conflict and using terrorists and mercs to take down both countries.
Here we are now and the propaganda still has people thinking it's Assad. It's always the dictator and they fall
for it every time. Gaddafi, Hussein, Assad.
And again, no way would that be happening with a Republican president. No way. We'd have an antiwar movement
right now.

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from right wing PM Harper,
"aww, poor little boy. We really need more air strikes on his homeland" or words to that effect.
The equation doesn't enter their tiny little minds.

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Both the Euro zone and North America's wealth and most everyone else's lack there of.

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I am so glad to see Evening Blues move here in its full glory. Dirol

I thought that the Abby Martin clip was excellent. I am glad to see she is affiliated with the Real News.

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“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

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i'm not sure that she's affiliated with the real news. the show was produced by telesur a latin american media company, which is, i think, based in venezuela.

the real news has been carrying some things that were produced by telesur, notably chris hedges' recent programs. i hope that they will also carry abby martin.

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"But there is simply no rational explanation for why in this era he is so unappreciated. Wait-maybe there is! Maybe the fact that when this black Democrat showed some courage and took real stands on real issues and held real feet to fires his own party members ran for the hills had an effect. Maybe when the Alison Grimes of the world, the Natalie Tennants of the world, outright campaigned against him that created a problem.

Maybe an entire party owes a great leader a full apology-and it is NOT the Republicans."

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/07/1419161/-The-Man-Saved-This-Mot...

I should put this in a diary just to be "trolling". Obama is a war criminal, he should be put in prison for the rest of his life for
murder of the three year old boy on the beach and hundreds of thousands others.

But at Daily Kos, a blog that overwhelmingly support BERNIE SANDERS, this is at the top of the Rec list??!!

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Aylan Kurdi

Rest in peace little fella.

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joe shikspack's picture

on that planet. thank goodness that the mothership has called us home. B)

i did leave the denizens of the "reality based community" a flashlight and a clue, though.

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Secret

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It's one for the history books. I would impeach for the drone program alone.

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That dairy is over the top as they say. I commented couldn't stop myself as the thread was chockful of delusional rightwingers disguised as Democrat's. http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1419161/57534973. It was insane. The comments we're positively idiotic and rivaled the stupidest Republican Bush dead enders at the end of his regime.

Earlier today I read another revolting dkos diary once again guilt tripping white liberals who don't take kindly to being abused by the creepy establishment end of #BLM on social media. I find it peculiar that many of the most nasty sanctimonious, self righteous, white liberal bashers who cry racist are in fact white people and are diehard supporters of the establishment Democratic status quo. They got all riled up about the chicken vs egg endless argument about how income disparity ( austerity economics) was a separate issue from the systemic racism of the shock troop killer pigs the powers that be have unleashed on black people. How does attacking liberals for their white privileged ignorance and lack of emotion or whatever, help rein in the killer cops and make black lives matter? Who do think empowers, arms and sics these rogue killer cops and then refuses to prosecute them when they murder Black people? Who implements racist policy and the farce of a judicial system, incarceration, education and social programs for privatized profit? They are so delusional it's scary. They really hate liberals and any real democratic governance.

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Good evening Joe, les bon tempes roule.

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great to see you, i hope everything is going well for you guys.

ltgtr!

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There's an interesting story with that song: the only tune the Dead ever dropped from their sets because the audience couldn't abide it.

Here's a "work" song a favorite of mine:

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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Congratulations, joe, Bluesters and Evening Blues on your new full time home.

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If you don't like the Mafia, why don't you join it and change it from the inside?

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thanks! it's great to be here in friendly territory.

thank you for joining in!

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not only on what's happening now but what's happened in the past. When I think of all the people the U.S. government has
killed, made into refugees, how many countries it has destroyed, etc., it makes me think why do we let this go on.
This type of stuff and worse is still happening.

U.S. Dropped Fleas with Bubonic Plague on North Korea

"It is well documented that the United States dropped on China and North Korea insects and feathers carrying anthrax, cholera, encephalitis, and bubonic plague. This was supposed to be a secret at the time, and the Chinese response of mass vaccinations and insect eradication probably contributed to the project’s general failure (hundreds were killed, but not millions). But members of the U.S. military taken prisoner by the Chinese confessed to what they had been a part of, and confessed publicly when they got back to the United States."

http://davidswanson.org/node/4901

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And it's not only for its support of Israel. It's for causing misery and destruction in almost every country on the planet.
From coups, illegal invasions, training other country's military to do their dirty work for them.
Destroying Vietnam with agent orange, napalming villages, shock and awe that destroyed so much of Iraqs infrastructure.
Now we're watching as over 6 million innocent civilians are being murdered in the Congo.

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"I will be the best, the best, you know, you know the thing!”
- Joe Biden

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it is said that Wu Zhi Li, Surgeon General of the People's Volunteer Army, stated, before he died, that the allegation of plague was false, and that he had been forced to fabricate evidence.

You know, it's really very interesting. That while people on the left these days hew so often so closely to the vision of Orwell's 1984, as inscribing a world that has happened—which it has—they so often fail so utterly to recall and retain that while the novel's main action is set in Oceania (UK and US), Orwell several times deliberately makes quite clear and explicit, within the world of the novel, the fact that conditions in the other two empires, Eurasia (Russia), and Eastasia (China), are, more or less, with inevitable cultural differences, exactly the same. People there in no way behave better, and are in no way better off. The foulness, the lies, the savagery, the greed, the grasping, the militarism, the propaganda, are all, in all three empires, pretty much exactly the same. So was that that he written. So is that that today is done.

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President Trump?

A new poll suggests that surprise Republican frontrunner Donald Trump would beat Hillary Clinton to become the nation's president if a vote was taken today.

Trump's announcement of his intention to join the presidential race was widely ridiculed back in June, but his poll numbers have been climbing steadily ever since. Political news website The Hill revealed that the latest SurveyUSA poll gave Trump 45 per cent of the vote to Clinton's 40 per cent.

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joe shikspack's picture

where donald trump can be considered not only a credible candidate for the highest executive office, but has a really good chance of getting elected?

these are dark times, man.

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They really are planning on blowing up the entire system via the Trump keg of dynamite! Shok

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Nice collection this evening! Thanks for your effort and I luv the new digs!

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joe shikspack's picture

thanks! yeah, the digs have a kind of mellow look to them, very homey.

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I have liked all your comments over there --->

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I registered just like you said and to my surprise they let me join! Great to see you and the crew here full time! Yoohoo!

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heh, they let me join, so they must be pretty permissive.

i'm glad to be here. it feels homey.

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Hitting one's head on the wall has to stop sometimes

Thanks for the excellent Abby martin video of the empire. So far outside the ability to understand of most Americans.

The powerful are so well entrenched that they will be hard to dislodge.

Will Bernie be enough?

Don't know, but no one else is going to even try

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good to see you here. empires are hard to dislodge, fortunately they seem to crumble on their own. with any luck the american empire has just about run its course.

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The ramifications are immense. And the bastards are only going to make it worse because they are going to escalate.

"The refugee crisis should be seen as the warning signal that the United States and its NATO allies – especially Britain and France – are bringing the world to a state of chaos that is going to keep spreading and that is approaching a point of no return. It is quick and easy to break things. Putting them back together may be impossible. Civilization itself may be more fragile than it seems."

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/09/07/turning-the-cradle-of-civilizatio...

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I think it's a little too convenient. That's not how they work.

"George Osborne has given a strong signal that Britain will take part in military action in Syria as he warned that dealing with the escalating refugee crisis meant tackling President Bashar al-Assad’s “evil” regime.

The Chancellor’s hawkish comments coincided with reports that French President François Hollande is also considering military strikes in Syria and will announce further details in Paris this week."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/george-osborne-hints-at-mi...

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That's particularly worrisome.

The famous photo of little Aylan drowned in the Mediterranean is used very largely to make Europeans feel guilty. The leaders should indeed feel guilty – and not least the rich egomaniac Bernard-Henri Lévy, who prides himself on having talked the French government of Nicolas Sarkozy into starting war against Libya, where, he claimed, there were no Islamic extremists, but only pro-Westerners yearning for democracy. Thanks to NATO, Islamic extremists have since run roughshod over the whole country.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to take in eight hundred thousand Syrian refugees. This is admirable on humanitarian grounds. Germany is economically strong and demographically weak; with its gradually shrinking population, middle class Syrians, many of them terrified Christians, may seem to be a welcome addition to the population. But it deepens political divisions within Germany and in Europe.

This is particularly the case in the new EU countries of Eastern Europe. Starting with Hungary, their leaders are making it clear that those countries are above all concerned with their ethnic identity, and don’t want to take in a lot of people who don’t speak their language. Unlike countries of Western Europe, the Eastern European tier of ethnic states have no tradition of taking in immigrants and no ideological attachment to the Western human rights ideology. In Eastern Europe, “human rights” sounded good to use against Russia and the Soviet Union, but stops there.

The Greek crisis already put heavy strains on the unity of the European Union. For the first time, many people are questioning the whole idea. The crisis showed that there is no real sense of solidarity between the peoples of Europe; when it comes to the crunch, Germans are Germans and Greeks are Greeks, and “European” is an abstraction. The refugee crisis is showing new cracks in “European unity”.

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are quite convincing and a knock-out. Makes it a bit easier for me to listen to AL now. Thanks for that. Glad to be here and find stuff like that. Put together in that way, you really can't look away and ignore it. If I would read up on every event in history where the Empire took lands, made wars, organized coups etc. I won't make it through before I die.

Good Night.

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against the Empire.

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May I propose a celebratory group dance of joy!!!

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my Happy Feets are a tappin' right now! Good to see you, my friend!

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Thanks.

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And cry a little bit of these working man blues.
Evening everybody. I usually don't comment in EB on Mondays, too busy writing for the other site, I just wanted y'all to know I'm here, dual citizenship, or split personality, or whatever.
Hasta mañana, a las cinco.

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it's great to see you here. dual citizenship is fine - we're here to talk, think and organize amongst a group of similarly minded people without the baggage of a large site and that site's reputation. there are plenty of cool people at the other place worth hanging with.

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government and media to the refugee crisis because of their jumping into action for an attack plan
against Assad. It was too convenient for it to be unexpected.
Turns out, this was a manufactured event. They're playing with people's lives like they're fucking pawns.

"A sharp increase in the influx of migrants and refugees, mostly from Syria, into Greece is due in part to a shift in Turkey’s geopolitical tactics, according to diplomatic sources.

These officials link the wave of migrants into the eastern Aegean to political pressures in neighboring Turkey, which is bracing for snap elections in November, and to a recent decision by Ankara to join the US in bombing Islamic State targets in Syria. The analyses of several officials indicate that the influx from neighboring Turkey is taking place as Turkish officials look the other way or actively promote the exodus. According to one Greek official, security fears are a key reason for Turkey’s encouragement of migrant flows."

http://www.ekathimerini.com/201239/article/ekathimerini/news/refugee-flo...

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"While the Western media attempts to portray the sudden influx of refugees suddenly appearing out of no where at Europe’s gates, the reality is that for years they have been gathering in expansive, well-funded refugee camps in Turkey.

In fact, Turkey has brought in over 2 million refugees with a suspiciously eager “open door” policy and has spent upward to 6 billion USD on building and maintaining these immense camps. They have done so as part of a long-standing strategy to justify creating “safe havens” in northern Syria – essentially NATO invading and occupying Syrian territory, protecting their terrorist proxies within Syria’s borders so that they can strike deeper toward Damascus and finally topple the government of President Bashar Al Assad.

US plans to carve out a “safe haven” or “buffer zone” in northern Syria stretch back as far as 2012 – before a real crisis even existed."

http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/engineered-refugee-crisis-to-justify...

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"At the end of the day, the “refugee crisis” is yet another contrivance by the same special interests who first sought to intervene in Syria to back “freedom fighters,” then to stop the use of “WMDs,” and most recently to fight “ISIS.” Now with all three failing to justify what is otherwise naked military aggression openly pursuing regime change in Syria as a basis for wider confrontation with Iran, Russia, and even China, “refugees” are being used as human pawns to provoke fear and rage across Europe."

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Evening Blues just in time to wish you good morning. Ah well, better late than never. With your official move to c99 I now have one less reason to visit the quagmire that DK has become.

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to post some more of your wonderful photo diaries. Good Good Morning burnt out!

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