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Porter Ranch gas leak a catastrophe not seen since the BP oil spill

SoCal Edison employees work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility, which is upwind of Porter Ranch. A poisonous gas leak has been contaminating the Los Angeles suburb for some time. Photo: Dean Musgrove/L.A. Daily News

"After only a week of visiting families in Porter Ranch, I am already experiencing the headaches, nausea and congestion that have plagued this community living at the center of one of the most significant environmental disasters in recent history."

This article by Erin Brockovich links to MSNBC.com

More than 300 endangered whales mysteriously wash up dead on beach in 'apocalyptic sight'

AP

From the article: By the time the scientific expedition first reached the whales in June they soon found 305 bodies and 32 skeletons of the sei whales - a protected species. The whales were found without any wounds, suggesting it may have been an invisible killer, such as a devastating virus. The Chilean government has already ordered an investigation in the mass beaching. This article links to The Express (UK).

Lesvos struggles to manage flow of refugees from Syria

Ekathimerini

From the article: On Wednesday, UNHCR transferred 17 busloads of soaked and exhausted people to the hotspot after they had survived the three-hour boat journey from Turkey and arrived on beaches south of the island between midnight and 10 a.m. That was a fraction of the numbers arriving on days in the summer.

This article links to Ekathimerini.com. See also the Reuters story on the recue effort and volunteer groups. If you can, please donate online to the Starfish Foundation and Lifeguard Hellas.

What are They Spraying in The Sky?

The City Edition
Chemtrail or contrail? Either way, it's just another dry day over Northern California.

According to two documentary films, What in the World are They Spraying? and Why in the World are They Spraying?, chemtrails are part of an undisclosed mission of the U.S. Air Force to create drought in some states, flooding and powerful storms in others. Here's the inside story behind the aluminum oxide aerosol sprayings, including an explanation about why they're so prevalent over California. Note: The City Edition will publish a new website, ChemtrailSafety.com, on October 15th.

Most of state's fracking waste left in unlined pits, study finds

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Due to toxic contaminants in fracking wastewater, disposal ponds should be lined like the one in this photo.

This article by David R. Baker links to SFGate.com.

Wastewater from fracking operations may contaminate aquifers used for drinking and irrigation, according to the study. Over 900 such pits dot the oil fields of the San Joaquin Valley, some above usable aquifers. For more background on this subject, check out the website at CA Frack Facts.

National Park Service offers Yosemite contract to Aramark, not DNC

This article by Mark Grossi links to FresnoBee.com.

The National Park Service has picked Philadelphia-based Aramark to run hotels, stores, restaurants and other services in Yosemite National Park, offering the company a 15-year contract worth nearly $2 billion. The Park Service did not extend the contract to the current concessionaire, Delaware North Companies, Yosemite’s main concession operator for the last 22 years.

US archbishop resigns after archdiocese charged with coverup, while Vatican ambassador awaits trial in separate sexual abuse case

This article by Nicole Winfield links to SacBee.com.

From the article: Prosecutors charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as a corporation of having “turned a blind eye” to repeated reports of inappropriate behavior by a priest who was later convicted of molesting two boys. No individual was named in the complaint. The resignations came on the same day that the Vatican announced it was putting its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, on trial in a Vatican court on charges he sexually abused boys in the Caribbean country and possessed child pornography

Greece Is a Crime Scene, and Vulture Funds Are to Blame - An Interview with Greg Palast

This article by Michael Nevradakis links to TruthOut.org.

Investigative reporter and bestselling author Greg Palast discusses the results of his investigation into the actions of so-called vulture funds and their role in the destruction of the Greek economy. According to Palast, "I've been investigating the causes of Greece's collapse; it's a crime scene; it's not something that was a matter of Greeks living beyond their means or being lazy, olive pit-spewing slackers, as the Germans would have it. In fact, I actually looked it up: The average Greek worker works 400 hours more a year than the average German worker."

NIAID
Filaments of ebola attached to a cell.

Ebola 'Secret Serum': Small Biopharma, The Army, And Big Tobacco

This article links to Forbes.com

The experimental Ebola drug ZMapp is the product of a "convoluted convergence of U.S. and Canadian federal agencies and industrial partners that's typical for treatments of potential value against biowarfare and bioterrorism," according to this 8/5/14 article in Forbes. "The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has been a critical driver of much of this work as they maintain biosafety level-4 facilities in Frederick, Maryland, and have extensive expertise with non-human primates as a model for human infectious diseases." The research and development of ZMapp and related drugs described here calls to mind Leonard Horowitz's 1996 book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola - Nature, Accident or Intentional. (A video broadcast with Dr. Horowitz took place in August.) For more background, see also The City Edition's 2006 article about Liberia and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, "Sometimes You Win."

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