Tale of Kentucky’s ‘King of Pot’ hits Greenpoint

By Will Bredderman

Talk about Southern comfort.

The true story of a cartel of Kentucky-fried marijuana growers who fell prey to the largest weed bust in American history — a story that took author James Higdon from his adopted home in Williamsburg back to the hills of his native state — will hit WORD bookstore for a reading on May 30.

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At the heart of “Cornbread Mafia” is Johnny Boone, who used his skills as a tobacco farmer and moonshiner to become the reputed “King of Pot” — until he was caught with an estimated 182 tons of marijuana in 1987.

Also arrested in the sting were the parents of several of the author’s second-grade classmates.

“Suddenly the parents of kids I went to school with were going to jail, and I didn’t understand why,” Higdon said.

Almost 20 years later Higdon met Boone — released from prison in 2002 — who was initially unwilling to talk.

“It took 14 months to get him to come on the record,” Higdon said.

And the triumph was short-lived.

In 2008, Boone was caught growing marijuana again and, looking at a life in prison without parole, fled from justice. Higdon, meanwhile, was left staring at a federal subpoena and a potential 18 months in jail for refusing to testify about a location where he had met with the backwoods druglord.

“I was ready to go through with it and do the time for contempt of court,” Higdon said.

The author’s attorney eventually got him off the hook — but investigators are still searching for Boone.

“He could be in some international locale with no extradition treaty with America, or he could be 15 miles from home,” said Higdon, noting that the ex-con had plenty of time to make connections during his decade and a half in prison.

James Higdon, “Cornbread Mafia,” at WORD [126 Franklin St. at the corner of Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096, www.wordbrooklyn.com]. May 30 at 7 pm. Free. RSVP first.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

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Kentucky Power pulls plug on costly plant upgrade

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Power Co. is withdrawing its bid to spend nearly $1 billion on environmental upgrades to continue burning coal at an aging eastern Kentucky power plant.

 

Kentucky Power, a unit of American Electric Power Co., filed a motion with the state’s Public Service Commission Wednesday to withdraw a $940 million plan for upgrades at its 800-megawatt Big Sandy No. 2 plant near Louisa. It had planned to build a scrubber system by 2016 in order to meet federal environmental guidelines. The system removes sulfur dioxide and other pollutants from plant emissions.

The utility told ratepayers that the scrubber upgrade, which had to be approved by the PSC, would have increased the average electric bill by about $31 a month.

“We feel it’s in the best interest of all involved, including our customers … to reevaluate all options as it relates to meeting our environmental obligations and also the cost for customers,” Kentucky Power communications manager Ronn Robinson said Wednesday. Robinson said the No. 2 unit at Big Sandy can operate without upgrades through 2015.

He said the options could still include installing a scrubber, buying power on the open market or building or retrofitting a facility powered by natural gas.

After the utility applied to install the scrubber in December, environmental groups, including Earth Justice and the Sierra Club, argued that there were cheaper alternatives to installing expensive coal pollution controls, including burning natural gas.

The groups said Wednesday that the best option would be to close the Big Sandy plant, which was built in the early 1960s.

“Burdening Kentuckians with a billion-dollar retrofit of an outdated coal plant would be a bad decision, and we are glad that (the utility) has realized that,” Wallace McMullen, a Sierra Club member from Kentucky, said in a statement Wednesday.

When Kentucky Power announced plans for the scrubber last year, President Greg Pauley said it was the “least cost option” and a way to “retain local jobs.”

But Robinson said Wednesday that the utility had since learned that there should be more electric capacity available on the market in 2015 and 2016 than it originally expected. He added that in the six months since the application for the scrubber was sent to the Public Service Commission, natural gas prices have flattened.

Kentucky Power has 173,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties.

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Beshear Signs Synthetic Drug Bill

Posted: May 31, 2012 3:32 PM

Saying the law would help Kentucky stay one step ahead of backyard chemists who constantly change the formulas of banned drugs to keep them legal, Governor Steve Beshear on Wednesday ceremonially signed House Bill 481, which bans whole classes of synthetic drugs.

The new law, which was passed by lawmakers in this year’s legislative session, targets substances that are often sold as bath salts and potpourri but which have harmful and hallucinogenic effects.

“This measure will curtail underground chemists from tweaking a formula to get around a ban on a specific chemical substance and will go a long way toward protecting our communities and our families,” Gov. Beshear said. “I applaud Rep. John Tilley for his leadership in the passage of the bill.”

The law closes legal loopholes by banning classes, not just compounds, of synthetic drugs. It also extends seizure and forfeiture laws to retailers who sell the items, makes sales a felony for a second or subsequent offense, and makes simple possession a misdemeanor. In addition, HB 481 allows a fine to be imposed that’s equal to double the gain the offender would have made.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the number of calls related to bath salt exposure received by poison control centers across the country increased by more than 20 times in 2011 alone, up from 304 in 2010 to 6,138.

“The sale and use of synthetic drugs had become an epidemic, so I’m proud to have crafted a law in HB 481 that will put a stop to this scourge, a plague that was threatening the very lifeblood of our Commonwealth,” said Rep. John Tilley of Hopkinsville, who sponsored the legislation.

Van Ingram, executive director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, applauded Rep. Tilley’s leadership in sponsoring the legislation.
“Synthetic drugs are often marketed as harmless household products, and this law allows us to combat this threat and educate people about the tremendous health risk posed by these substances,” Ingram said.

The bill is one of several laws enacted this year to curb drug abuse in the Commonwealth.

In late March, lawmakers approved and Gov. Beshear later signed Senate Bill 3, which limited the amount of cold or allergy medication containing pseudoephedrine – a key ingredient in methamphetamine that consumers can buy without a prescription.

In April, legislators passed and Gov. Beshear signed House Bill 1, a measure aimed at tackling prescription drug abuse by requiring pain management clinics to be owned by a licensed medical practitioner and mandating participation in KASPER, Kentucky’s electronic prescription monitoring program.

These new laws come in the wake of numerous other initiatives Gov. Beshear’s administration has taken to assist law enforcement and communities in dealing with substance abuse, including:

• Participating in a national prescription drug abuse summit in Florida in April. During that meeting, Gov. Beshear called for states and the federal government to develop aggressive shared tactics to thwart the devastating effects of prescription drug abuse;

• Joining the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s Prescription Monitoring Program InterConnect (PMP InterConnect), which links participating states’ programs to provide a more effective means of combating drug diversion and drug abuse nationwide;

• Creating an Interstate Prescription Drug Task Force with officials from Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia to better identify those who exploit state borders in order to abuse, misuse or divert prescription drugs; and

• Continuing to invest resources in substance abuse treatment to curb the cycle of abuse and incarceration that is driving up corrections costs and siphoning dollars away from other critical areas such as public safety, health and education.

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KY: largest psychedelic mushroom growing operation seen here in the last 30 years

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:02 pm | Updated: 1:24 pm, Thu May 31, 2012.

By CHUCK MASON, The Daily News, [email protected]/783-3262 | 0 comments

Narcotics officers Wednesday busted the largest psychedelic mushroom growing operation seen here in the last 30 years.

 

Mushroom Bust

Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force investigators seized about $38,000 worth of psychedelic mushrooms that were intended for Tennessee distribution, said Tommy Loving, task force director. The street value is an approximate figure that may be revised as the investigation continues.

“We think they were heading to Bonnaroo with these items,” Tennessee 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force Director Jesse Reynolds said in a release. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival scheduled for June 7-10 is a popular annual event on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. It draws about 80,000 people from all over the country who camp out on the farm for the four-day music festival.

The search warrant executed at 317 Cedar Ridge Road at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday – just three blocks from W.R. McNeill Elementary School and Western Kentucky University’s main campus – netted more finished psychedelic mushrooms than Loving said he has

seen in the 15 years the drug task force has been operating and his experience prior to that with the Kentucky State Police.

In a related search, Tennessee drug investigators with the 19th Judicial Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on a home in Clarksville, Tenn., where they recovered mushrooms individually packaged for resale. Agents found 109 packages of mushrooms in a hollowed out spare tire, more mushrooms in a hallway and 900 to 1,000 Bonnaroo theme T-shirts with a mushroom design on them inside the home, Reynolds said during a telephone interview this morning.

The Clarksville bust was one of the largest mushroom busts in the past eight years there. The last big seizure of mushrooms there was also Bonnaroo bound, according to the Tennessee task force release.

The Bowling Green Police Department assisted the task force here. The Cedar Ridge Road house is rental property, investigators said.

Bowling Green task force Detective Matt Travis estimated the street value of the mushrooms could be between $80 and $240 an ounce. The mastermind behind the Bowling Green operation boasted that he could produce 10 pounds of finished psychedelic mushrooms in 40 days, task force Detective John Williams said.

The grower produced the mushrooms from spores, using heat and water to germinate his crop. Many of the containers were near windows in the house to benefit from sunlight during the growing process, Williams said.

Task force members carted away many tubs of small Mason jars and several trays filled with the finished product piling lids and jars on the Cedar Ridge Road lawn.

Investigators with the task force in Tennessee arrested Robert D. Robinson, 38, of 317 Cedar Ridge Road, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Loving said. Robinson is charged with trafficking in psychedelic mushrooms in Tennessee.

Jeremy Bennett, 32, of Clarksville, was also arrested and charged with trafficking in psychedelic mushrooms, Reynolds said. Reynolds expects to seek additional charges against both men, he said.

Those arrests in Tennessee led the local drug task force to research information and then execute the search warrant here at the cream-colored, ranch-style home.

Investigators will consult with Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron to determine criminal charges in Warren County, Loving said.

Drug task force personnel wore Tyvek hazardous material suits as they took items out of the house Wednesday evening.

“The mold alone can cause respiratory problems,” Loving said.

Robinson’s arrest in Tennessee could shut down what Loving called “a major player” in the distribution of the psychedelic mushrooms. “This is an ongoing investigation,” he said.

The indoor mushroom growing operation is the third that the task force has uncovered here this year, and it is by far the largest one, Loving said.

“Three in a year is a troubling trend,” Loving said.

Ky. to change execution method from 3 drugs

By BRETT BARROUQUERE
Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May. 31, 2012 – 12:29 pm

Kentucky will change the way it executes prisoners after a judge ordered it to rethink the current injection process that involves three drugs. The move could open the door to a switch to a single-drug execution.

The Kentucky Justice Cabinet filed notice Thursday in Franklin Circuit Court that it would propose new regulations by July 24. The single-page motion does not say what changes will be made.

Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin declined to comment.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd in April gave Kentucky 90 days to make changes or face a trial to defend the three-drug method. Shepherd ruled that if Kentucky moves to a one-drug execution, any cruel and unusual punishment arguments raised by death row inmates in a lawsuit would be moot.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/31/4529089/ky-to-change-execution-method.html#storylink=cpy

Laying the Foundations for Preemptive Nuclear War Against Iran

Laying the Foundations for Preemptive Nuclear War Against Iran
By Nile Bowie
Global Research, May 27, 2012

As prospects for a preemptive strike on Iran remain ever present, the recent round of talks between the P5+1 and Iran in Baghdad on May 23rd, 2012 have resulted in a familiar stalemate. As a precondition for any deal to stop higher-grade uranium enrichment, Tehran requested immediate relief from economic sanctions as a show of reciprocity [1].

Iranian chief negotiator Saeed Jalili emphasized Tehran’s right to develop peaceful nuclear energy as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, while the P5+1 refused to scale back economic sanctions, insisting Iran suspend its 20% uranium enrichment program [2].

As leaders in Tel Aviv assert that Israel may conduct military strikes against Iran before the US Presidential elections in November [2], Major General Hassan Firouzabadi of the Iranian Armed Forces reiterated Iran’s commitment to the full annihilation of the Zionist regime and the continual support of Palestinian autonomy [3]. Even if Tehran reaches an agreement with the IAEA, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak refused to rule out a military strike against Iranian facilities, demanding that Iran dismantle its uranium enrichment sites and use only imported fuel [4].


Although the recent conference in Baghdad failed to meet the expectations of its participants, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have agreed to hold another round of talks in Moscow on June 18th [5]. As a further indication of division between P5+1 participants, Germany has pledged to work toward a political and diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear energy issues by providing Tehran with technical assistance in developing a peaceful nuclear program [6], while the US Senate recently approved a new round of sanctions against Iran aimed at any country or company that provides technology or resources to develop Tehran’s oil and uranium resources [7]. The new legislation targets Iran’s national oil and tanker firms and widens sanctions on Iran’s energy sector to any international joint venture where Tehran is a substantial partner or investor. As the US continually pressures Beijing to join its oil embargo, the Chinese Foreign Ministry remains vocally opposed to the new package of economic sanctions against Iran [8].


Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich blasted the US for imposing new unilateral sanctions against Iran, describing the move as an irrational measure intended to the harm pace of negotiations [9]. India has remained adamant against expanding sanctions on Iran [10], as New Delhi and Tehran agree to increase annual bilateral trade two thirds to $25 billion by 2015, confirming their intent to bypass US sanctions by making payments for a significant portion of its oil purchases from Iran in rupees [11]. As further cooperation between the US and the Persian Gulf monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) remains evident through their unanimous support of Syria’s armed opposition, Saudi Arabia remains a major beneficiary under the continued imposition of sanctions on Tehran from Washington. Japan and South Korea once accounted for 26% of Iran’s oil exports [12], now both Seoul [13] and Tokyo [14] have sought stable supplies of crude oil from Saudi Arabia. As South Africa turns to Saudi Arabia after halting business with Iran [15], the kingdom’s crude output is at a thirty-year high [16], as shipments to the United States quietly rise to 25% [17].


As a result of sanctions on Iran, Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund predicts that oil prices could spike as much as 30% and hover around $160 per barrel if Iran’s crude oil exports fell sharply [18]. As Iranian production hits a ten-year low as of March 2012, industry-wide fears of a recession-fueled fall in demand have prompted the reduction of total world oil production through the imposition of embargoes on Iranian oil; higher prices triggered by a supply squeeze from the sanctions work to further benefit international oil companies and producers like Saudi Arabia [19]. In March 2012, the US granted Japan and 10 EU nations a six-month reprieve to gradually cut their imports of Iranian oil, lest they be subjected to their own financial sanctions and cut off from the US financial system [20]. Under the 2012 US National Defense Authorization Act, Barack Obama can impose financial sanctions on foreign banks that carry out financial transactions with Iran’s central bank “for the purchase of petroleum or petroleum products from Iran” [21].


Given the fragile state of the European economy, the further implementation of financial sanctions on nations who fail to comply with the oil embargo on Iran is thoroughly unreasonable, with entirely negative implications for the European Union. Any further escalation of tensions with Iran would likely trigger inflated oil prices, which could further cripple the unstable economies of Greece and Portugal and potentially lead to those nations leaving the European Union. Despite Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi downplaying the negative effects of sanctions [22], inflation is soaring within Iran as the cost of food increases between 25% to 125%, with 60% of the population relying on cash subsidies handed out by Tehran [23]. Iran’s budget deficit for the 2011/2012 fiscal year is expected to be between $30 to $50 billion, as the Iranian rial continues to plunge after the imposition of the oil embargo, causing widespread panic buying of gold among the Iranian public [24].


As commodity prices in Iran continue to skyrocket, former Mossad director Efraim Halevy remarked, “The rial is going down, it’s gone down by over 50 percent. It’s almost impossible to describe the damage done,” while former Israeli foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami forewarns, “When a national currency loses 50% of its value in a matter of weeks, economic collapse is at hand.” [25][26]. As Iran struggled to replace it’s client base following the imposition of US-led economic sanctions, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz spoke before the Israeli cabinet predicting the collapse of the Iranian economy [27]. Haaretz reports the remarks of an unnamed senior official in the Israeli Foreign Ministry, “These aren’t sanctions against Iran. Instead, they are sanctions imposed by the West to curb Israel’s attack plans, had Israel not spoken out about its intention to attack, none of this would be happening. The Iranians are frightened. You have to understand what’s going on there in stores; citizens grab food off the shelves because they are worried about an impending attack. Inflation is soaring and the currency has lost half its value. All this attests to fear.” [28]


As the black market in Iran expands amid an increasing lack of public confidence in the rial, the role of the state is indirectly strengthened because smuggling imports requires strong connections within the regime, leaving the poor and lower middle class susceptible to poverty while the officials being targeted by sanctions themselves benefit from the embargo [29]. The fact that Obama administration chose to preemptively impose sanctions on Iran before the P5+1 meeting in Baghdad even took place indicates that the objective of US-Israeli policy toward Iran seeks not mutual agreement and reconciliation, but the further perpetuation of conflict to ensure that the question of Iran’s nuclear energy issue remains unsolved. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the scope for sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program had been exhausted and any additional measures were intended to provoke discontent in the Iranian population [30].


As the United States and its allies offer unflinching support to armed opposition groups under cover of “democratic activism” in non-acquiescent countries in the region, any popular revolution in Iran would unquestionably be supported and used to pressure the government from within, even using the opportunity to launch an armed opposition insurrection. An articled published in The New Yorker by Seymour M. Hersh entitled, “Our Men in Iran?,” documents how members of Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian dissident group and US State Department-listed terrorist organization, were trained in communications, cryptography, small-unit tactics and weaponry by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at a base in Nevada starting in 2005 [31]. JSOC instructed MEK operatives on how to penetrate major Iranian communications systems, allowing the group to intercept telephone calls and text messages inside Iran for the purpose of sharing them with American intelligence. The group has been implicated in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists [32] and the planting of the Stuxnet malware that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear facility in Natanz [33].


MEK was founded in 1965 as a Marxist Islamic mass political movement aimed at agitating the monarchy of the US-backed Iranian Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The group initially sided with revolutionary clerics led by Ayatollah Khomeini following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but eventually turned away from the regime during a power struggle that resulted in the group waging urban guerilla warfare against Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in 1981. The organization was later given refuge by Saddam Hussein and mounted attacks on Iran from within Iraqi territory, killing an estimated 17,000 Iranian nationals in the process [34]. MEK exists as the main component of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a “coalition of democratic Iranian organizations, groups and personalities,” calling itself a “parliament-in-exile” seeking to “establish a democratic, secular and coalition government” in Iran [35]. Following the toppling of Saddam Hussein, UN special representative in Iraq Martin Kobler organized efforts to relocate MEK insurgents to a former US military base near the Baghdad airport, with the full support of the US Embassy in Iraq and the State Department to avoid violent clashes between the MEK and the Shiite-led Iraqi government [36].


MEK has long received material assistance from Israel, who assisted the organization with broadcasting into Iran from their political base in Paris, while the MEK and NCRI have reportedly provided the United States with intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program. Despite the documented cases of atrocities committed by MEK forces, elder statesmen such as former NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley K. Clark, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former 9/11 Commission Chairman Lee Hamilton were paid $20,000 to $30,000 per engagement to endorse the removal of the Mujahideen-e Khalq from the US State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations [37]. NBC News reports that Israel provided financing, training and arms to Mujahideen-e Khalq, who are responsible for killing five Iranian nuclear scientists since 2007 using motorcycle-borne assailants often attaching small magnetic bombs to the exterior of the victims’ cars [38]. A recent investigation by the US Treasury Department has indicated that Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization is financially sponsored by the Israeli regime and Saudi Arabia [39].


Upon launching a war against Iran, aggressor nations would likely utilize MEK forces as opposition insurgents and could even recognize the touted “parliament-in-exile”, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, as Iran’s legitimate representative, much like how the Friends of Syria group has recognized the opposition Syrian National Council [40]. From her political base in Paris, exiled NCRI leader Maryam Rajavi is a strong candidate for Western support in contrast to internal opposition figures such as Mir-Hossein Mousavi, former Iranian Prime Minister turned political reformist and figurehead of the Green Movement demonstrations in 2009 following the victory of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in elections widely perceived as a fraudulent [41]. Although Mousavi has advocated greater personal freedoms in Iran and the disbanding of religious police enforcers, he is a strong advocate of Iran’s nuclear energy program and would likely never yield the kind of acquiescence to Western policy that exiled figures such as Maryam Rajavi would uphold in exchange for political support and material assistance [42]. It is widely believed that Mousavi is currently held under house arrest without an arrest warrant, charge or trial [43].


While figures such as Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi publically renounce nuclear weapons [44], Iranian scientists claim to be enriching uranium to 20% to develop radiopharmaceuticals and industrial isotopes under the supervision of the IAEA inspectors [45]. On October 1, 2010, the IAEA proposed a deal according to which Iran would send 3.5% enriched uranium abroad and receive 20% enriched uranium from potential suppliers in return, namely France and the United States, who Tehran accused of stalling negotiations from the start [46]. Tehran was offered a deal at a time when its supplies of 20% enriched uranium were nearly depleted, however Iranian lawmakers rejected the deal after technical studies showed that it would only take two to three months for any country to further enrich the nuclear stockpile and turn it into metal nuclear plates for the Tehran Research Reactor, while suppliers had announced that they would not return fuel to Iran in any time less than seven months [47].


Iran has made efforts to ensure the transparency of its nuclear program by allowing IAEA probes to inspect Iranian sites such as the Parchin military complex where the agency has reported suspicious activities in the past [48]. The IAEA’s recent discovery of traces of uranium enriched up to 27% at Iran’s Fordo enrichment plant sparked controversy, although the enrichment figure is still substantially below the 90% level needed to make the fissile core required in nuclear arms; officials conceded that the likely explanation for the increased level of enrichment was attributed to centrifuges initially over-enriching at the start as technicians adjusted their output [49]. It should be noted that former chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Hans Blix has challenged the IAEA’s own reports on Iran’s nuclear activities, accusing the agency of relying on unverified intelligence from the US and Israel [50]; the IAEA’s most recent report cited Tehran’s progress toward enrichment technology with complete cooperation with the agency and confirms the non-weaponized status of Iranian nuclear activities [51].


Clinton Bastin, former director of US nuclear weapons production programs, has sent an open letter to President Obama regarding the status of Iran’s capacity to produce nuclear weapons [52]. Bastin reiterates, “The ultimate product of Iran’s gas centrifuge facilities would be highly enriched uranium hexafluoride, a gas that cannot be used to make a weapon. Converting the gas to metal, fabricating components and assembling them with high explosives using dangerous and difficult technology that has never been used in Iran would take many years after a diversion of three tons of low enriched uranium gas from fully safeguarded inventories. The resulting weapon, if intended for delivery by missile, would have a yield equivalent to that of a kiloton of conventional high explosives” [53]. The US-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) has recently released claims that Iran’s total production of enriched uranium over the past five years would be enough for at least five nuclear weapons stating, “This total amount of 3.5 percent low enriched uranium hexafluoride, if further enriched to weapon grade, is enough to make over five nuclear weapons.” [54]


Bastin’s assessment of Iran’s nuclear program further emphasizes the impracticality of weaponizing the hexafluoride product of Tehran’s gas-centrifuges, as the resulting deterrent would yield the equivalent explosive capacity equal to a kiloton of conventional explosives, producing a highly inefficient nuclear weapon. If Iran chose to produce nuclear weapons in this way, it would take several years to reach the 90% enrichment levels needed for a nuclear deterrent; Iran has complied with the IAEA and the United Nations on this issue and there is no substantial evidence indicating that Tehran has any intention of enriching uranium to 90% for the purpose of creating nuclear weapons. On March 23rd, 2012, Reuters released a special report entitled, “Intel shows Iran nuclear threat not imminent”, concluding that the United States, its European allies and even Israel agree that Tehran does not have a bomb, it has not decided to build one, and it is years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead [55]. As the West continually implements an unyielding regime of sanctions against Iran when they themselves acknowledge the civilian nature of the Iranian nuclear program, the overwhelming motive behind their actions to pressure Iran into full-scale war on an unprecedented scale is self-evident.


The United States has produced more than 70,000 nuclear weapons between 1951 and 1998 [56], while Israel possess a nuclear weapons stockpile ranging from 75 to 400 warheads [57]. While the hazardous ramifications of Iran’s nuclear development pervade public consciousness, the fact that US legal doctrine has worked to further blur the line between conventional and nuclear warfare remains rarely acknowledged. The March 2005 Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations released by the Joint Chiefs of Staff envisages “contingency plans” for an offensive first strike use of nuclear weapons against both Iran and North Korea, providing the legal mandate to carry out pre-emptive nuclear war, both in terms of military planning as well as defense procurement and production [58] The 2002 adoption of the Pentagon’s 2001 Nuclear Posture Review by the US Congress marked the cease of prohibition on low yield nuclear weapons and provided funding allocations to pursue the development of tactical nuclear weapons, such as bunker buster (earth penetrator) mini-nukes [59].


The revised Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations (March 2005) envisaged five scenarios where “the use of nuclear weapons might be requested,” namely, “to attack adversary installations including weapons of mass destruction, deep, hardened bunkers containing chemical or biological weapons, or the command and control infrastructure required for the adversary to execute a WMD attack against the United States or its friends and allies” and “to counter potentially overwhelming adversary conventional forces”. The doctrine further cites, “Responsible security planning requires preparation for threats that are possible, though perhaps unlikely today. The lessons of military history remain clear: unpredictable, irrational conflicts occur. Military forces must prepare to counter weapons and capabilities that exist in the near term even if no immediate likely scenarios for war are at hand. To maximize deterrence of WMD use, it is essential US forces prepare to use nuclear weapons effectively and that US forces are determined to employ nuclear weapons if necessary to prevent or retaliate against WMD use” [60].


The possibility of nuclear strikes against Iran pose staggeringly frightening implications for the human family, as the very nations crying foul about the danger of nuclear weapons have prepared the legal infrastructure to use them against others, preemptively. While trust towards the Iranian regime remains questionable among segments of the Iranian population and the international community, Tehran has complied with the IAEA and no evidence exists to implicate Iran with constructing a nuclear weapon. While the fiery rhetoric of Iranian and Israeli officials remains entirely counterproductive, Tel Aviv has shown the least initiative to constructively partake in diplomacy with Iran, as top Israeli officials refuse to even meet with US envoy to the P5+1, Wendy Sherman, who reportedly was sent to Tel Aviv to “reaffirm our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security” [61]. As Israel aggressively employs an apartheid policy domestically, nuclear-armed Tel Aviv boasts its right to strike Iran without consent from any other nation [62]. As our species approaches the increasingly dangerous crossroads of the 21st Century, nations such as Germany, Russia, India and China must utilize their collective influence and technology to mediate this impending security crisis in the Middle East.


Although Iran has asserted its right to develop peaceful nuclear technology as a signatory to the nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty, its uranium-based fuel has wrought negative and inaccurate accusations regarding Tehran’s intentions to weaponize. To ensure the further deflection of erroneous accusations, Iran can truly make an example of itself by phasing out uranium-based nuclear technology and shifting to a liquid fuel based on molten-fluoride salts used in Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) nuclear technology powered by thorium, an obscure, mildly radioactive metal produced as a waste product from the mining of rare earth minerals. Thorium is plentiful, easily accessible and energy dense, a metric ton produces as much energy as 200 tons of uranium, or 3,500,000 ton of coal [63]. Thorium-based reactors consume their own hazardous waste and would serve Iran’s internal needs far more effectively than its current technology. As a nuclear fuel, thorium is both cleaner and safer than uranium and produces benign alpha radiation, unable to even penetrate skin [64].


The governments of China [65] and India [66] have expressed great interest in further developing thorium molten-salt reactor technology. Iran holds 9% of the world’s oil reserves and 17% of its natural gas reserves; the abundant supply of fossil fuel resources has indirectly discouraged the pursuit of alternative renewable energy sources [67]. Iran has enormous potential as a producer of geothermal energy, particularly in the provinces of Azerbaijan and Tehran [68]. There is no shortage of solutions to the current problems faced by the international community in its efforts to oversee peaceful energy technology in Iran. China, Germany and India could share their growing technical expertise with Iran to develop energy solutions that can never be used as a pretext for external military strikes. No credible basis exists to warrant the implementation of economic sanctions against Iran, which are ostensibly in place to coax social unrest and collapse the Iranian economy.


For all the belligerence exuded by the current Iranian regime, the unwavering aggressive it receives from outside forces does nothing to offer the people of Iran any tangible solutions to better themselves and their standard of living. Although the further application of sanctions will inevitably have damaging effects on Tehran, inflated oil price fluctuations have the potential to fracture the fledging austerity-states of the European Union. The failure of emerging markets to adhere to full embargoes on Iran once they come into effect would send a strong message to the architects of such disastrous policy. As nations such as China and Russia acknowledge the imbalanced nature of power in the Security Council and the aggressive stance of the United States and Israel, these nations can best utilize their power by offering technological and diplomatic solutions to avert the detrimental social, economic and spiritual consequences of war.

Nile Bowie is an independent writer and photojournalist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Notes

[1] Iran accuses world powers of creating ‘difficult atmosphere’ in nuclear talks, Haaretz, May 24, 2012


[2] Iran claims ‘undeniable right’ to enrich Uranium: new talks, same deadlock, Russia Today, May 25, 2012


[3] Israel takes back promise to Obama not to attack Iran before the election, Russia Today, May 24, 2012


[4] Top Commander Reiterates Iran’s Commitment to Full Annihilation of Israel, FARS, May 20, 2012


[5] Deal or no deal, Iran may be bombed – Israeli minister, Russia Today, May 23, 2012


[6] Germany Ready to Find Diplomatic Solution to Iran’s N. Issue, FARS, May 25, 2012


[7] US Senate approves sanctions against Iran, New Straits Times, May 22, 2012


[8] China slams new US sanctions against Iran, PressTV, May 23, 2012


[9] Moscow Raps US New Sanctions against Iran as Irrational Move, FARS, May 25, 2012


[10] India against more sanctions on Iran, The Hindu, February 11, 2012


[11] India, Iran look at $25 billion trade by 2015, The Economic Times, March 12, 2012


[12] Japan to reduce oil imports, BBC, January 12, 2012


[13] Saudi oil minister pledges Seoul stable crude supply, The Korea Herald, February 3, 2012


[14] Japan to seek stable oil supply from Saudi Arabia, Reuters, May 7, 2012


[15] South Africa Engen buys Saudi crude to replace Iranian supplies, Al Arabiya, May 9, 2012


[16] Saudi Arabia says kingdom pumping 10 million bpd, the most in 5 months, Al Arabiya, May 8, 2012


[17] Exclusive: Iran sanctions seen spurring more Saudi oil sales to U.S. Reuters, March 16, 2012


[18] Iran: Meetings with IAEA Head Paves Way for Negotiations with 5+1, FARS, May 24, 2012


[19] Turkey cuts 20% of oil purchases from Iran, Financial Times, March 30, 2012


[20] U.S. exempts 11 states from Iran sanctions; China, India exposed, Reuters, March 21, 2012


[21] Ibid


[22] Iranian Minister Blames EU Sanctions for Hike in Oil Prices, FARS, March 25, 2012


[23] No One Can Afford Another Round of Iran Sanctions, OilPrice, May 21, 2012


[24] Iran raises interest rate on bank deposits, Financial Times, January 27, 2012


[25] Warning Iran, and lacerating Mitt Romney, a former Mossad chief steps out of the shadows, The Times of Israel, March 28, 2012


[26] Iran’s Nuclear Grass Eaters, Project Syndicate, April 4, 2012


[27] Steinitz: SWIFT sanctions may lead to Iran’s economic collapse, YNET News, March 18, 2012


[28] Israeli threats of attack sparked new wave of Iran sanctions, officials say, Haaretz, March 16, 2012


[29] Iran’s Middle Class on Edge as World Presses In, The New York Times, February 6, 2012


[30] Q&A: Iran sanctions, BBC, February 6, 2012


[31] Our Men in Iran? The New Yorker, April 6, 2012


[32] Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran’s nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News, MSNBC, February 9, 2012


[33] Stuxnet Loaded by Iran Double Agents, ISSSource, April 11, 2012


[34] Moqtada Sadr Reiterates Iraqis’ Demand for Expulsion of MKO Terrorists, Fars News Agency, September 19, 2011


[35] About the National Council of Resistance of Iran, The National Council of Resistance of Iran, 2010


[36] Are the MEK’s U.S. friends its worst enemies? Foreign Policy, March 8, 2012


[37] Mujahideen-e Khalq: Former U.S. Officials Make Millions Advocating For Terrorist Organization,/A> Huffington Post, August 8, 2011


[38] Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran’s nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News, MSNBC, February 9, 2012


[39] Israel funds terrorist MKO: Investigation, PressTV, May 24, 2012


[40] Friends of Syria recognize SNC as ‘legitimate representative’, Russia Today, April 1, 2012


[41] Iran’s supreme leader orders investigation into claims of vote fraud, Xinhua, June 15, 2009


[42] Iran’s presidential candidates, BBC, June 12, 2009


[43] Iran: Further information: Opposition leaders arbitrarily held, Amnesty International, 2011


[44] Iran: We do not want nuclear weapons, The Washington Post, April 13, 2012


[45] Iranian Experts Place Fuel Plates into Heart of Tehran Research Reactor, FARS, May 23, 2012


[46] Ibid


[47] Ibid


[48] UN nuclear chief: Deal reached on Iran probe, Russia Today, May 22, 2012


[49] Traces of uranium enriched to higher than previous levels found at Iran site, Haaretz, May 25, 2012


[50] Blix: US, Israel source most of IAEA allegations, PressTV, March 25, 2012


[51] Envoy: UN Atomic Report Endorses Peaceful Nature of Iran’s N. Activities, FARS, May 26, 2012


[52] Iran has a Nuclear Power, Not a Weapons Program, 21st Century & Technology, December 2, 2011


[53] Top US Nuclear Expert Tells Obama: There Is No Weapons Threat From Iran, LaRouche Pac, February 25, 2012


[54] ‘Iran has enough enriched uranium for 5 nuclear bombs’ The Times of India, May 26, 2012


[55] SPECIAL REPORT-Intel shows Iran nuclear threat not imminent, Reuters, March 23, 2012


[56] 50 Facts About U.S. Nuclear Weapons, Brookings Institute, August 1998


[57] Nuclear Weapons – Israel, Federation of American Scientists, January 8, 2007


[58] Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations, Joint Chiefs of Staff, March 2005


[59] Ibid


[60] Ibid


[61] U.S. sends senior envoy to Israel to brief government on Iran nuclear talks, Haaretz, May 25, 2012


[62] Bad news unwelcome: Israel refuses to listen to US envoy’s report on Iran, Russia Today, May 26, 2012


[63] How Iran can have nuclear power and the world can have peace, Russia Today, May 07, 2012


[64] Thorium: How to save Europe’s nuclear revival, Centre for European Reform, June 2011


[65] India plans ‘safer’ nuclear plant powered by thorium, The Guardian, November 1, 2011


[67] Renewable energy in Iran: Challenges and opportunities for sustainable development, International Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, Spring 2004


[68] Status of Geothermal Energy in Iran, 19th World Energy Congress, September 2004 


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Attorney General Conway and Colleagues Urge Congress to Change For-Profit School Funding Rule

Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway and Colleagues Urge Congress to Change For-Profit School Funding Rule

Press Release Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Contact Information: Allison Gardner Martin
Communications Director
502-696-5651 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway and 21 of his colleagues from other states today sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to close a loophole in the Higher Education Act that is harming American veterans and their families. The attorneys general are asking Congress to require that GI Bill and Veteran’s Assistance educational benefits be subject to the 90/10 rule, which prohibits for-profit colleges from deriving more than 90 percent of their revenue from Department of Education (Title IV) funding sources.

Currently, for-profit schools can derive 90 percent of their funding from public sources (Title IV funds) and then the remaining 10 percent from government veterans’ programs, rather than obtaining at least 10% of their revenue from private sources as the law intended.

“In essence, this creates a system where for-profit colleges can derive 100 percent of their funding from the federal government and taxpayers,” General Conway said. “The loophole is creating high-pressured enrollment tactics that are directly targeting our veterans who are returning from battle and their families. This is unacceptable and unconscionable.”

Federal lawmakers enacted the original 90/10 rule in 1998 following Congressional investigations of for-profit colleges. Congress designed the rule to instill more accountability in the industry. At the time, veterans’ benefits were not a substantial source of potential income for proprietary colleges.

“Allowing Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) benefits to not count toward the 90 percent government-funding limit violates the intent of the law and harms taxpayers,” said General Conway. “The loophole has created a feeding frenzy for proprietary colleges looking to get their hands on veterans’ benefits. Many of our bases are being overrun with for-profit recruiters who are more interested in getting their hands on these benefits than they are in educating our service members.”

In 2008, Congress enacted the Post 9/11 GI Bill making billions of dollars in educational benefits available for veterans and their families. According to a February 2011 General Accounting Office report, $9 billion in educational benefits were provided to service members and veterans in Fiscal Year 2010. Of 20 for-profit colleges analyzed by the U.S. Senate HELP Committee, total military educational benefits increased from $66.6 million in 2006 to a projected $521.2 million in 2010. That is an increase of 683 percent.

“This gives for-profit colleges an incentive to see service members as nothing more than dollar signs in uniform, and to use aggressive marketing to draw them in and take out private loans, which students often need because the federal grants are insufficient to cover the full cost of tuition and related expenses,” said Holly Petraeus, assistant director for service member affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in a September 2011 New York Times oped. “As long as military education funds are on the 10 percent side of the 90-10 rule, service members will be a lucrative target for exploitation.”

It is well-documented that the economic downturn resulted in an exodus of private lenders from the subprime student loan market, which was also suffering from very high student-loan default rates. For-profit colleges largely depended on these private loans to obtain their 10 percent in non-federal funds. This exodus of lenders and the veterans’ loophole created a strong incentive to recruit military members. Schools are also using the military benefits to leverage even more Title IV funds, since each one dollar they obtain from DoD or VA sources allows them to obtain an additional nine dollars in Title IV funds.

“It’s no longer a secret that the worst actors in the for-profit college industry are aggressively targeting veterans in order to pad their company’s bottom line,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). “Senator Harkin and I have a bill – Protecting Our Students and Taxpayers (POST) Act – that would close the outrageous loophole that allows this to happen. We need Congress to act on it to protect students and veterans from aggressive recruiting practices and help ensure taxpayers are getting a return on their investment. The Attorneys General that signed on to today’s letter will be important partners in that effort.”

“I believe we have a moral imperative to ensure that those who have sacrificed for our country obtain the best education possible, one that will equip them with the skills they need to find a good job, repay their college loans, and go on to live productive lives,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE). “That’s why we must focus on how we can fix problems within the higher education system and encourage all schools to deliver a higher quality education to our military and veteran populations. We must also demand more from the schools that serve our service members and veterans so we can get better results from this taxpayer funded program. I thank this coalition of Attorneys General for its support in our efforts.”

The attorneys general who joined General Conway in asking Congress to close the 90/10 loophole include Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw, and the state of Hawaii’s Office of Consumer Protection.

General Conway is leading a group of 26 state attorneys general who are investigating the student-loan default rates, job-placement claims and deceptive marketing practices at some for-profit colleges.

General Conway also testified in front of Congress about the disproportionate number of students at for-profit schools who have private student loans and that those loans do not have the same consumer protections as federally backed loans and are almost impossible to discharge in personal bankruptcy.

Letter to Congressional leaders (300k PDF)

Swim Advisories to Continue at Specific Sites in Commonwealth

Division of Water
Swim Advisories to Continue at Specific Sites in Commonwealth

Press Release Date: Friday, May 25, 2012
Contact Information: Allison Fleck, Division of Water 502-564-3410
Gwenda Bond, Dept. for Public Health, 502-564-6786

With the approach of Memorial Day and the summer travel season, recreational swimming will play a large part in summer fun for many Kentuckians. To make this summer a healthy swimming experience, state water quality and public health officials are urging swimmers to adopt healthy swimming behaviors that will help prevent the spread of waterborne illness.

 

State officials are also reissuing swimming advisories for specific areas of Kentucky waterways.

 

“This information is provided to our citizens to help them make the best public health decisions about how and where they swim,” said Dr. Steve Davis, acting commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH). His department works with the Kentucky Division of Water in the Energy and Environment Cabinet to issue Kentucky’s swimming advisories.

 

Kathy Fowler, acting director of DPH’s Division of Public Health Protection and Safety, said safe swimming habits also are needed in public pools.

 

 “Thousands of Kentuckians visit our public pools throughout the season, there are some simple recommendations to follow will help ensure the water will remain clean and our citizens healthy,” Fowler said.

 

  1. 1.      Do not swallow pool water or get pool water in your mouth.
  2. 2.      Shower before swimming and have your children shower.
  3. 3.      Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
  4. 4.      Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often.
  5. 5.      Change children’s diapers in a bathroom, not at poolside.
  6. 6.      Do not swim when you have diarrhea.

To promote healthy swimming habits and prevent recreational water illness, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have proclaimed May 21-27 as National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week. Waterborne illnesses are caused by microorganisms such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E. coli and Shigella and are spread by accidentally swallowing water contaminated with fecal matter. Chlorine kills bacteria, but disinfection takes time.

 

Swimmers should also heed swimming advisories issued to protect the public from contaminants in some areas of Kentucky waterways. The Division of Water and the Division of Public Health Protection and Safety agree that advisories issued last summer will remain in effect due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria.

 

People should avoid swimming and other recreational contact with waters in the areas specified below, where bacteria that occurs in human and animal waste indicates the presence of untreated or inadequately treated sewage.

Upper Cumberland River

  • ·         The Cumberland River from Fourmile Bridge (Highway 2014) to Pineville at the Highway 66 Bridge and from Wallins Creek Bridge (Highway 219) to Harlan
  • ·         Martins Fork from Harlan to the Cawood Water Plant
  • ·         All of Catron Creek, all of Clover Fork and all of Straight Creek
  • ·         Poor Fork from Harlan to Looney Creek
  • ·         Looney Creek from the mouth to Lynch Water Plant Bridge

 

Illegal straight pipe discharges, failing septic systems and bypasses from sewage collection systems contribute to water quality problems in these areas.

Kentucky River

  • ·         North Fork of the Kentucky River upstreamof Chavies

Numerous illegal straight pipe discharges of sewage contribute to water quality problems along this section of the river.  However, water quality has continued to improve and is approaching an acceptable level for swimming in some stretches of the river.

 Licking River

  • ·         Banklick Creek to its confluence with the Ohio River

 

This swimming advisory includes all of Banklick Creek and Three Mile Creek. High fecal coliform pollution in this area is caused by combined sewer overflows and sanitary sewer overflows.

Residential and agricultural areas

The agencies also recommend against swimming or other full-body contact with surface waters immediately following heavy rain, especially in dense residential, urban and livestock production areas. This recommendation is due to the relationship between flooding and an increased potential for exposure to pollution from urban nonpoint source pollution, bypasses from sewage collection systems, combined sewer overflows and pollution from livestock waste.

New advisories will be issued if there are indications that any portions of the streams listed can be removed or any nonlisted streams need to be added. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services and local health department environmental health staff make sure all new septic system installations are installed properly, reducing bacterial pollution from these possible sources. Division of Water staff and wastewater plant operators monitor wastewater treatment plant compliance and ensure sewer overflows are minimized. Both agencies routinely address straight pipe issues and are gradually reducing the number of these discharges across the state.

For additional information about the safety of Kentucky’s rivers and streams for swimming, contact John Brumley at 502-564-3410 or [email protected].
 

Whiskey Fungus Lawsuit

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2012
Contacts         
William F. McMurry (502) 426-3832 or [email protected]
Douglas H. Morris (502) 426-3430 or [email protected]
Lea A. Player (502) 426-3430 or [email protected]
Joe Billy (502) 664-0256
Louisville Residents Sue Whiskey Companies for Property Damage Caused by Whiskey Fungus
LOUISVILLE—On Wednesday, May 30, William F. McMurry and Morris & Player PLLC filed a class action lawsuit for three Louisville residents against three large bourbon and whiskey producers for damage to their property. A fungus called “whiskey fungus” (Baudoinia compniacensis) is staining and damaging the residents’ homes and cars.
The three defendants are Diageo Americas Supply, the Brown-Forman Corporation, and Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. The defendants’ distilleries and warehouses release significant quantities of ethanol into Louisville’s air during the whiskey manufacturing process. It is this ethanol which causes a unique fungus to grow in surrounding neighborhoods, known as “Whiskey Fungus.”
Whiskey fungus is a tenacious, black fungus that stains gutters, downspouts, siding, and cars.
“Because the cellular structure of this particular fungus is black, even pressure washing your property will not completely remove the fungus,” said attorney William F. McMurry. “Taking your car to the car wash or pressure washing your porch and furniture only removes the top of the cell structure, leaving the bottom of the cell forever discoloring property.” 
The fungus’s effect on human health is not known. Currently, no studies have been performed, but the fungus is not thought to pose a health concern.
William F. McMurry and the law firm of Morris & Player PLLC filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court, Western Division of Kentucky, on behalf of Joe Billy, Nancy Billy, Gregg Murray and other residents living near Defendants’ ethanol-emitting facilities in Louisville and across the nation.
“There’s no question that the presence of whiskey fungus is permanently damaging property, including the market values of many homes in the neighborhoods near these distilleries and warehouses,” said attorney William F. McMurry. “Distilleries have the technology to eliminate this problem and we want to see property owners compensated. Homeowners have suffered enough decline in property values in this economy; they don’t need to suffer a further reduction due to the discharge of ethanol by whiskey manufacturers.”
The attorneys for the residents have created a website to provide information to other residents about whiskey fungus and the lawsuit: http://whiskeyfunguslawsuit.com. A .pdf of the Class Action Complaint is available on the website.
“We are working to determine how far the fungus has spread through Louisville,” said Douglas H. Morris. “The fungus needs ethanol to establish itself, but not much ethanol. If you can smell aging spirits, that’s enough to start the growth. If you suspect your property has whiskey fungus on it, please contact us.”
William F. McMurry and Morris & Player PLLC are hosting a press conference at the home of Joe and Nancy Billy on Wednesday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m. The Billys live at 1410 McCoy Avenue, Louisville, 40215. 
Defendant Diageo Americas Supply operates a distillery at 3680 Fitzgerald Avenue and stores aging liquor at a nearby warehouse. Diageo is the world’s largest maker of distilled spirits. Its brands include Bulleit Bourbon, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Jose Cuervo, and Captain Morgan’s.
Defendant Brown-Forman Corporation operates distilleries and warehouses at their corporate headquarters (850 Dixie Highway) and at 2921 Dixie Highway. Brown-Forman’s brands include Early Times, Woodford Reserve, and Old Forrester.
Defendant Heaven Hill Distilleries operates a distillery and warehouses at 1701 West Breckenridge Street. Its brands include Evan Williams, Fighting Cock, and Old Fitzgerald.
The offices of William F. McMurry and Morris & Player, PLLC are located at 1211 Herr Lane, Ste. 205, Louisville, Kentucky 40205. William F. McMurry, Douglas H. Morris, and Lea A. Player have successfully prosecuted a number of class actions.

 

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The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

Key Facts: The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2012
Public Information: 202-712-4810
www.usaid.gov


The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is a commitment by G-8 nations, African countries and private sector partners to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through inclusive and sustained agricultural growth. It responds to strong African commitments to promote and protect food security and nutrition – articulated in multiple settings since 2003 and validated by tremendous progress made in Africa since 2009. The New Alliance builds upon and will continue the progress made by G-8 nations since 2009 at the L’Aquila Summit, and offers a broad, inclusive and innovative path to strengthen food security and nutrition.

The New Alliance supports the accelerated implementation of the African-developed and led agricultural plans (known as CAADPs), through assistance and by catalyzing private sector investment in African agriculture. It embraces the commitments made a L’Aquila and combines assistance with effective policies driven by African governments, increased private sector investment, new tools to scale innovation, and a focus on managing risk.

Initially launching in Tanzania, Ghana, and Ethiopia at the G-8 Camp David Summit, the New Alliance will expand rapidly to other African countries, including Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and other African nations that are participating in the Grow Africa Partnership. Over time, the New Alliance will expand to all African countries prepared to join.

Specific commitments in the New Alliance are from:

  • African leaders to refine policies in order to improve investment opportunities and accelerate the implementation of their country-led plans on food security;
  • Private sector partners who have already committed more than $3 billion to increase investments; and,
  • G-8 members who will support Africa’s potential for rapid and sustained agricultural growth with assistance and other development tools, and ensure accountability for the New Alliance.

Photo credit: PhytoTrade Africa

THE NEW ALLIANCE IS ALREADY UNDERWAY

G-8 and African partners have designed country cooperation frameworks in Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania. More will follow across Africa. Over 45 multinational and African companies have committed to specific agricultural investments that total more than $3 billion and span all areas of the agricultural value chain, including irrigation, crop protection, financing and infrastructure.

G-8 members are following through on L’Aquila commitments and continuing to make a down-payment of over $3 billion to kick-start this new approach. G-8 members are also taking joint actions to bring agricultural innovations to scale, support effective finance, reduce risk for vulnerable communities and economies, improve nutrition and reduce child stunting—focusing, in particular on smallholder farmers especially women, including:

  • INNOVATION: G-8 members are supporting the launch of new partnerships to identify key productivity technologies, set 10-year adoption and yield improvement targets, and promote commercialization and adoption of key technologies, including improved seeds and post-harvest management systems.
  • FINANCE: G8 members are supporting the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), with a pledge target of $1.2 billion over three years in pledges from existing and new donors for the public and private sector windows. G-8 members are also and supporting the preparation and financing of bankable agricultural infrastructure projects including through a new Fast Track Facility for Agriculture Infrastructure.
  • RISK MANAGEMENT: G-8 members support national risk assessment to help African governments formulate strategies for managing risks to women and men smallholder farmers, such as drought.
  • NUTRITION: G-8 members will actively support the Scaling Up Nutrition movement and welcome the commitment of African partners to improve the nutritional well-being of their populations, especially during the critical 1,000 days window from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday.

LINK TO ARTICLE HERE

At the G8 Summit held two weeks ago at Camp David, President Obama met with private industry and African heads of state to launch the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a euphemism for monocultured, genetically modified crops and toxic agrochemicals aimed at making poor farmers debt slaves to corporations, while destroying the ecosphere for profit.

For being a good little spokesman for the globalist thieves, Bono gets another payoff that maybe could make him the richest musician on the planet.
Not much new here. Just another example of social engineering to get us to support the rape of Africa…..all for the children of course.

Bono is now shilling for Monsanto and friends and partners with Hillary and Obama. He works the crowd and shows us how selling out is profitable. 

Posted by theGIC.org on May 30, 2012 at 9:30am

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