Monthly Archives: January 2011

Egyptian Government Shuts Down Internet, Cell Phone Access

The Egyptian government has taken the unprecedented action of shutting down nearly all Internet and cellular telephone access into an out of the country. Egypt did not just put up a firewall for its 80 million citizens. It has forced networks completely offline. The only Internet activity remaining is that of the Egyptian stock exchange…

Search Warrants Issued Across US for Cyber Attacks

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed more than 40 search warrants across the United States this week as part of an ongoing investigation into recent coordinated cyber attacks against U.S. companies and organizations. “The FBI is working closely with its international law enforcement partners and others to mitigate these threats,” an FBI spokesperson…

Health Study Reveals Human Health Effects From BP Oil Disaster

Elevated levels of dangerous chemicals found in the crude oil from the Deep Water Horizon is now being found in people’s blood. Wilma Subra has been testing water and soil samples in Acadiana four for decades and what she sees in this latest study concerns her. A blood study that was conducted on four males…

Olbermann Signs Off MSNBC for Good After Comcast-NBC Merger Approved

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy MSNBC said late Friday that the cable network and host Keith Olbermann “have ended their contract,” and that his show “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” will no longer appear on the network after the current broadcast. Obama FCC Approves Disastrous Takeover of NBC by…

Blackbird Die-Offs: Another Silent Spring?

Could the BP Oil Gusher in the Gulf Be to Blame? “The sedge is wither’d from the lake, and no birds sing.” – John Keats, “La Belle Dame sans Merci” The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson When natural history writer Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, she was violently assailed by threats of lawsuits…

GOP Budget Plan a Massive Transfer of Wealth to the Rich, Corporations

Millionaire Gain, Middle-Class Pain If new House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) gets everything on his budget-cutting wish list, it would be, says a new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute, “a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to wealthy Americans and corporations and a wholesale dismantling of the social programs…

Environmental Groups Take Rosa Coal Mine Fight to Court of Appeals

Glynn Wilson Two Alabama environmental groups are appealing an administrative law judge’s approval of a permit for a massive strip, auger and underground coal mine in Blount County, Alabama. The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Friends of the Locust Fork River, filed the necessary papers this week with…

New Alabama Governor Makes Embarrassing National News Again

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Alabama’s new Republican Governor, retired Tuscaloosa dermatologist Robert Bentley, stuck his foot in his bigoted mouth in the Rev. Martin Luther King’s former church in Montgomery about an hour after being sworn in on Monday. The story is still making the rounds of…

Will Glenn Beck Answer Jon Stewart’s Call to Appear?

Two Established Television Personalities Penetrate Each Other While People Watch? The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c The Daily Show on Facebook Jon Stewart attempts, again, to get Glenn Beck to appear on The Daily Show, this time with a five-pronged chalk holder.

More Snow on the Way South?

Weekend Weather Forecast Glynn Wilson The first snow feature photo of 2011 After fairly major snow event two weeks ago, central Alabama may get more snow overnight Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies Thursday and Thursday night, with a 40 percent chance of rain or snow overnight.…

Volunteers Needed for Whitewater Races in February, March

The 2011 Alabama Cup Whitewater Slalom Series is coming up in February and March, and the groups sponsoring the canoe and kayak races are looking for volunteers now. Volunteers are needed to help Alabama Cup Racing Association, Friends of the Locust Fork River, Mulberry Race Committee and numerous sponsors that put on the three race…

Union Leader Calls on President Obama for Action on Jobs

The debate about America’s future “begins and ends concretely with the question of jobs,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said this week in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Trumka urged President Obama to make next week’s State of the Union address “a call to action, a call to invest in our…

Alabama Makes List of Ten Least Tolerant US States

Congratulations to all you Christian brothers and sisters in Alabamaland. You have now made the bottom of another national list. The people of Alabama are such good Christians that The Daily Beast news site out of New York has ranked the state 40 out of 50 among the states of the union in a quantitative…

Obama FCC Approves Disastrous Takeover of NBC by Cable Giant Comcast

by Glynn Wilson The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to approve the takeover of the news network NBC by cable and Internet giant Comcast, the nation’s largest cable and home Internet service provider, in what critics are calling nothing less than a disaster for free and independent media in the United States. The Obama Justice…

President Obama’s Image Improves With Americans, While Sarah Palin’s Drops

by Glynn Wilson The opinion Americans hold toward President Barack Obama has improved since November, while the image of former Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin suffers from her lowest favorable rating since emerging from the wilds of Alaska as a well-known political figure after the 2008 Republican national convention, according to Gallup’s latest poll on…