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Oklahoma, Pennsylvania recovering after weekend major oil spills

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An oil spill in Oklahoma forced the shutdown of a major, 850,000-barrel per day pipeline system that supplies crude oil to Texas refineries. The incident follows another pipeline rupture in Pennsylvania, where 55,000 gallons of gasoline poured into a river.

As of Monday, the Seaway Crude Pipeline Co. has resumed pumping at its 450,000-barrel-a-day (bpd) Loop (twin) pipeline, which was shut down "as a safety precaution" following the spill at a parallel pipeline.

"Vacuum trucks are being used to recover the crude oil and return it to storage tanks onsite," the company said in a statement Monday, as clean-up operations continued.

Comment: See also: EPA delayed intervention in Flint water crisis by seven months despite knowledge of disaster

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DNC head privately admits 'people are in despair' about the economy while publicly tweeting about economic recovery

Donna Brazile
While readers may be used to tin-foil-hat-wearing digitial dickweeds and alt-right bloggers seeing through the veil of ignorance and media hype that hides a considerably uglier economic reality than The White House (and the stock market) might suggest, many Democrats may be shocked to discover that none other than now-acting chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile agrees...

In an email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta from February 2016, released Friday by WikiLeaks...


Explosion rocks near Chamber of Commerce building in Antalya, Turkey

© Ulusal Kanal / YouTube
An explosion has rocked the Turkish resort city of Antalya outside the Chamber of Commerce building, local media reported. The blast ripped through a parking lot.


Deteriorating security situation responsible for 10% leap in Afghanistan's opium cultivation, or USA's greed?

Afghan farmers harvest opium sap from a poppy field in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar Province in April 19.
Afghanistan's cultivation of opium poppy has risen by 10 percent in 2016, according to a new report released by the United Nations.

According to the key findings of its annual Afghanistan opium survey, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the total area of land devoted to poppy cultivation had risen 10 percent in 2016 to 201,000 hectares.

The jump in cultivation is due to the favorable weather, the government's loosening grip on security, and a drop in international support for counter-narcotics operation, the UN report said.

"The survey shows a worrying reversal in efforts to combat the persistent problem of illicit drugs and their impact on development, health and security," UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said in a statement.

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Fukushima radiation has contaminated the entire Pacific Ocean - and it's only getting worse

The nuclear disaster has contaminated the world's largest ocean in only five years and it's still leaking 300 tons of radioactive waste every day.

What was the most dangerous nuclear disaster in world history? Most people would say the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, but they'd be wrong. In 2011, an earthquake, believed to be an aftershock of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, created a tsunami that caused a meltdown at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Three nuclear reactors melted down and what happened next was the largest release of radiation into the water in the history of the world. Over the next three months, radioactive chemicals, some in even greater quantities than Chernobyl, leaked into the Pacific Ocean. However, the numbers may actually be much higher as Japanese official estimates have been proven by several scientists to be flawed in recent years.

If that weren't bad enough, Fukushima continues to leak an astounding 300 tons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean every day. It will continue do so indefinitely as the source of the leak cannot be sealed as it is inaccessible to both humans and robots due to extremely high temperatures.

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Newsweek and the Dark, Dark Media Wonderland

Newsweek protected sources, alleged Kremlin tampering, threats and big-mouth romping and stomping by a Newsweek "operative".

All this and more illuminates the darkest alleyways of controlled western media.

A nasty backlash from Vanity Fair/Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald, over a Sputnik author's innocent mistake heralds a media circus act gone bad.

My report today is first and foremost, an effort to let new readers in on the kinds of mudslinging that goes on at Newsweek.

By way of background, when a young journalist named Bill Moran was duped into making use of a doctored WikiLeaks cable, Newsweek and Kurt Eichenwald leaped into action capitalizing on the mistake. Moran used a misattributed Sidney Blumenthal note, in order to refute clearly manipulative western mainstream rhetoric, and his mistake backfired loudly. The crap-storm that ensued began with the Newsweek piece; 'Dear Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin: I Am Not Sidney Blumenthal', and was fueled by sheer meanness, arrogance, and buffoonery. Moran's over-enthusiasm led to a media maelstrom, but it also cost him his job. What ensued is right out of a carnival freak show. It's a story of a young writer caught in between a holy or unholy rock and a hard place, and the darkest media wonderland you ever imagined.


Sott.net's Joe Quinn: "France ignoring cause of Calais 'jungle': Western military intervention in countries of origin"

The Calais 'Jungle' now has some 10,000 refugees/immigrants
Hundreds of refugees carrying their possessions are queuing outside a hangar with armed police fanning out around the shanty-town. Officials are planning to dismantle the controversial camp after relocating some 10-thousand occupants from there. Most refugees in the camp want to get into Britain, but Paris wants to send them to other centers across the country.

Last month, President François Hollande vowed to tear down the camp, populated with people fleeing conflict zones of Africa and the Middle East. The idea of relocation has angered many refugees who want to travel to Britain. The French government's preference is to let them go where they want to go - the UK - but the British government won't let them in.

We spoke with editor of Sott.net, Joe Quinn, about how Europe is struggling to deal with its biggest influx of asylum seekers since World War Two.


Man arrested for 'chemical incident' at London City Airport under terrorism laws

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A man has been arrested under terrorism laws after trying to unleash a "noxious substance" at London City Airport on Friday.

London police said they arrested a 25-year-old man on Saturday. He was suspected of using a chemical substance to cause serious damage, an offence under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act.


What's Monsanto up to in Vietnam? First Agent Orange, now Roundup

© Mick Grant
A keyboard player, blind from birth due to a genetic defect induced by Agent Orange, performing at the War Remnants Museum.
With the International Monsanto Tribunal beginning this week (14-16 October) in The Hague, MICK GRANT reports from Vietnam with this special investigation for The Ecologist five decades after the company's lethal herbicide Agent Orange first devastated the country - and discovers the agribusiness giant is sneaking its way back into Vietnam with modern herbicides and 'Roundup-Ready' GMO crops.

Flying into Saigon at night - after an absence of more than a decade - I am struck by the American corporate logos lighting up the landscape, especially those related to food and drink.

Golden Arches are sprinkled along the boulevards, and Starbucks mermaids flash their twin tails everywhere. A neon Colonel Sanders even takes on Ho Chi Minh portraits, sporting the same wispy white goatee.

As Vietnam embraces American culture, the US food gang is back in force - McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, Coca-Cola.

And Monsanto.

Well, Monsanto does not exactly advertise its presence because it is more on the Apocalypse Now side of things. Actually, when it comes to the food chain, Monsanto is more like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - War, Pestilence, Famine and Death.

As Monsanto rides roughshod over farmers, buys off politicians and pays off scientists, the Four Horsemen could easily be symbolic for the four GM crops they control: GM corn, cotton, soybeans and canola (rapeseed).


An uncensored inside look at a Donald Trump rally

I received a phone call from my good friend Steve (an ardent Trump supporter) Thursday morning exclaiming that Trump will be in Pennsylvania on Saturday and do I want to go. I quickly looked at the map to see where Johnstown, PA is and said I'm in.

Trump was scheduled to speak at 4:00 pm at the Cambria County War Memorial, home of the immortal ice hockey comedy Slapshot! We quickly downloaded our tickets and were advised to arrive early even though doors were opening at 1:00 pm. I woke up at 4:30 am Saturday morning to begin my trek West. As Steve said, "The Colonialists had it tougher.."

We decided on the Mohegan Sun Pocono as our meeting point and hit the road around 8:00 am. Weather forecasts called for heavy rain all day with 25 mph winds but we would not allow that to deny us. Although we hit a couple pockets of rain the storm never really materialized. (We hypothesized that the DNC had hacked the National Weather Bureau in an effort to deter attendees.) Rolling into Johnstown around noon we knew we were close when we saw a line snaking over the bridge and beyond.

Comment: You won't read about any of this in the MSM - wonder why? Or listen to: Trump is far from an ideal choice to be president. His popularity comes from the fact that much of the American middle class are disgruntled and grasping at anything that offers them hope or change. But is Donald the pied piper leading them to be drowned?