by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on US judge hits ‘pause’ on federal fracking rules
A federal judge in Wyoming has put a stay on new rules governing hydraulic fracturing on public lands, just before they were about to come into effect Wednesday. Four states and two industry groups have sued to block the rules as too restrictive.
US District Judge Scott Skavdahl placed a temporary hold on the rules’ implementation until July 22, giving the government a month to better articulate its case. Skavdahl stopped short of issuing an injunction sought by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and the Western Energy Alliance, who were joined by Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and Utah in seeking to block the rules from taking effect.
“We’re obviously very pleased. The judge is being very careful,” Kathleen Sgamma of the Western Energy Alliance told the Casper Star Tribune.
“While the matter is being resolved, the BLM will follow the court’s order and will continue to process applications for permit to drill and inspect well sites under its pre-existing regulations,” said Department of the Interior spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw, referring to the Bureau of Land Management, an agency governing the use of federally owned land.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on Buckingham Palace maintenance to cost £150 million – DISGUSTING
The Queen may be forced to move from Buckingham Palace to make way for maintenance that could cost the British taxpayers around £150 million.
During a time of austerity and massive cuts to public services, particularly welfare, the British public are being asked to help with the multi million pound bill. This comes against the backdroup of the increasing annual expenditure from Buckingham Palace which has risen 11% in five years.
A Buckingham Palace source said that the building might have to be vacated for maintenance work.
“One option is for the palace to be vacated. The initial estimate for the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace looks like £150m…that depends on how you go about refurbishment, whether you do it in parts or the whole thing at once,” British media reported the unnamed source as saying.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on Legalising war crimes: USA has gone too far
The US Department of Defense has released a book of instructions on the rules of war, detailing acceptable ways of killing the enemy and says that journalists also can be terrorists.
The “Department of Defense Law of War Manual” explains that shooting, exploding, bombing, stabbing, or cutting the enemy are acceptable ways of killing your enemy, but the use of poison or asphyxiating gases is not allowed.
Surprise attacks and killing retreating troops are also permitted in the Pentagon manual.
The 1,176-page book states that journalists can be labeled “unprivileged belligerents,” an obscure term that replaced “unlawful enemy combatant” that was first used during the administration of President George W. Bush.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on Government To Ditch Or Amend Child Poverty Act To Create ‘Better Measure’ Of Poor Families
The Government is to change the definition of child poverty by either repealing or amending legislation brought in by Labour, Whitehall sources have told The Huffington Post UK.
The two options being considered for the Child Poverty Act, introduced in the dying days of the last Labour government, come after David Cameron signalled in a speech on Monday the measure of how many children are deemed to be poor is distorts the true picture.
Work on changing the definition comes ahead of new figures to be published tomorrow that are likely to show the first increase in the number of children living in poor households in a decade.
A Whitehall source today said the Act could be ditched and replaced with a new law, or adjusted, to resolve the problem as the Conservatives see it, which was discussed at Cabinet yesterday.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on People choose to be poor and disabled – this is the logic behind the Tories’ £12bn of welfare cuts
It’s now been revealed that £12bn worth of welfare cuts will be included in next month’s budget, with even more rolled out in the autumn spending review.
Such cuts are based on nothing more than the Tory myth that poverty is a choice which people can be scared or starved out of. Osborne’s logic appears to be that if the Tories make life for poor people insufferable, they will simply choose to be well-off. As such, poverty is a lifestyle choice or a moral failing.
Nor does anyone “choose” to be disabled. Or to belong to a social class, gender or ethnic group which has been economically oppressed for centuries by the establishment.
Nor do unemployed people choose to not be in jobs which simply do not exist.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on BBC Explains ‘Not ‘Newsworthy’
A spokesperson from the BBC explained to Sputnik why certain portions of its Yanukovych interview, such as dealing with his personal zoo were aired while those dealing with political issues such as Crimea were not.
The BBC spokesperson told Sputnik on Tuesday that it did not include ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s views on Crimea’s 2014 reunification with Russia because they were not considered “most newsworthy.”
The BBC instead featured remarks by Yanukovych on ostriches he maintained in his residence’s zoo in his first ever interview to the Western media since the coup which ousted him.
A search on the BBC news website for “Crimea” does not bring up the interview in question, in order to find it one has to search for the word “ostriches.”