Daily Archives: May 4, 2018

BBC Weather: Scorching highs of 27C to ‘SMASH’ Bank Holiday weekend record – HOTTEST ever

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Former Volkswagen CEO Criminally Charged for Violating Clean Air Act

May 04, 2018

The U.S. Justice Department charged a former Volkswagen CEO with criminal conspiracy Thursday over his role in rigging diesel engines to circumvent air pollution standards. A federal grand jury indictment unsealed in Detroit says CEO Martin Winterkorn knew in 2014 that his company’s cars contained software that lowered carbon dioxide emissions under testing conditions, even though the cars’ emissions rose dramatically under real-world conditions. Volkswagen has admitted to rigging some 11 million vehicles worldwide. The automaker has already paid $26 billion in fines and civil damages, and faces a $10 billion lawsuit by shareholders.

Plowshares Activists Indicted over Protest at Kings Bay Naval Base

May 04, 2018

And in Georgia, a federal court has filed an indictment against seven Catholic Plowshares activists who were arrested for protesting last month at Kings Bay Naval Base—the largest nuclear submarine base in the world. The activists entered the base on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, April 4. They were armed with just hammers, crime tape and baby bottles containing their own blood. The activists said they were following the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares.” In a statement from Georgia’s Camden County Jail, Plowshares activist Clare Grady wrote, “We say, ‘the ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide,’ and yet, the explosive power of this weapon is only part of what we want to make visible. We see that nuclear weapons kill every day by their mere existence. We see the billions of dollars it takes to build and maintain the Trident system as stolen resources, which are desperately needed for human needs.”

India: Death Toll from Extreme Weather Rises to 127

May 04, 2018

In India, the death toll from heavy rainfall and a major dust storm has risen to 127, as officials blamed “heat wave” conditions for extreme weather that came weeks ahead of the normal monsoon season. The deaths came days after an unprecedented heat wave in neighboring Pakistan saw temperatures in parts of the country climb above 50 degrees Celsius Monday—or 122 degrees Fahrenheit—an all-time record for Pakistan in April. The extreme weather came as Oxfam reported that wealthy countries have contributed only about half of a $100 billion target pledged under the Paris climate accord to help poorer nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a warming planet.

Cambridge Analytica to Shut Down After Facebook Privacy Scandal

May 03, 2018

The voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica is closing and will begin insolvency proceedings. Cambridge Analytica gained international attention after Facebook revealed it acquired the personal information of up to 87 million people without their permission as part of an effort to sway voters to support President Donald Trump.

Harvard University Will Negotiate with Student Labor Union

May 03, 2018

In Massachusetts, Harvard President Drew Faust said Tuesday the university will recognize a newly formed union of graduate students and undergraduate teaching assistants, and will begin negotiations for a union contract. Faust’s announcement came a week after thousands of students voted in favor of forming the Harvard Graduate Students Union, a chapter of the United Automobile Workers, the UAW.

Noam Chomsky – “The point is that you have to work…” observations from the conclusion of – “Manufacturing Consent” (1992)


These are concluding moments of a film published in 1992 about Noam Chomsky and this thought, entitled, “Manufacturing Consent.”‘

The essence of Chomsky’s argument for needing a clear and informative media in order to make survival possible in an increasingly devastated world.