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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 01:21:03 AM EST
Rights group urges probe over Indonesian 'mud volcano' - Jakarta (AFP) May 28, 2008
Indonesia must step up efforts to investigate serious human rights abuses surrounding the eruption of a "mud volcano" which displaced 36,000 people, the national human rights commission said Wednesday.

The commission investigator said the state body had found "serious" rights violations relating to the disaster and called on the government to punish those responsible.

"A serious human rights violation has occurred," Kabul Supriyadhie told a forum of activists and journalists.

The mud volcano, dubbed "Lusi", erupted from a well being dug by Lapindo Brantas, an oil and gas company owned by billionaire welfare minister Aburizal Bakrie, in East Java two years ago on Thursday.

Thirteen people were killed in the initial eruption and 12 villages were inundated as the stinking, methane-filled mud spewed across 640 hectares (1,580 acres) of surrounding countryside, forcing thousands to flee their homes.


"This is a problem that we deem serious, where the state has failed to protect and guarantee basic rights of the victims of the incident and has no political will to pressure PT Lapindo Brantas to take their responsibility," Supriyadhie said.

He said the company had no legal authority to drill in the densely populated area and local residents had not been informed of its operations.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 01:37:37 AM EST
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Peons!  We've got a global oil crisis under way, and these peons can't put up with a bit of methane mud mixed with their mucky madrassas?  What about my air conditioner?

P.S.  (I ran this quote by the local Imam before posting, because i was unsure of whether i should introduce of completely different topic for sarkocasm in the response, namely using of the mellifluous word madrassa.  He said that The Profit had a long history of both self-deprecation and laughing, though he couldn't remember where he had read that.  He did say i shouldn't be personally worried at all, though it would be wise to post armed guards at my apt. and along my Saturday Shopping Route.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 05:14:44 AM EST
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Is it a sign of a collapsing society that trash becomes valuable? Or is it a sign of a collapsing society that valuable things become trash?

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 03:12:05 AM EST
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No, the sign of a collapsing society is when children stab each other over 'dirty looks'.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 04:21:41 AM EST
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Pretty much all the merkin green blogs I read were talking about the latest Wired issue the last few days (concern trolling writ large, IMO). Here's a bit from Alex Steffen:

WorldChanging: The Real Green Heretics

The magnitude of the crises we face, the speed with which they are unfolding (as we're just beginning to understand) and their interconnectedness and interpenetration into every aspect of human society mean that the solutions we need to embrace are not going to be the same sort of solutions we're used to thinking of now.

The discussions we see today -- whether we're talking energy sources, farming practices or fashion choices -- are not even the right kind of debate. Unable to mentally grapple with the idea that we need to be aiming for total sustainability right now, we talk to death the same series of inadequate baby steps. Faced with the need to reinvent the material basis of our civilization, we argue paper or plastic.


Our ideas of what's normal, or even what's possible, will not outlast the next decade. Unfortunately, Wired's list of heresies is a list of normal, contemporary approaches (nukes, tree plantations, factory farming, living in the Sunbelt suburbs) and current environmental commonplaces (cities are good, China can be green, carbon trading needs reform) packaged in a way designed to shock and titillate.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 04:57:47 AM EST
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Shocked! How the oil crisis has hit the world - Green Living, Environment - The Independent

British pensioners who cannot afford to heat their homes. European hauliers and fishermen whose livelihoods are under threat. Palestinians forced to fill up their cars with olive oil. Americans asked to go down to a four-day week.

All around the world, in a multitude of ways, the soaring price of oil is hurting rich and poor alike. For the lucky ones, it is simply a matter of changing their lifestyle. But those most vulnerable to the price of oil have been driven on to the streets in angry protests, which raise a fundamental question: what can we do to survive in a world where a barrel of oil costs $127 (£64)?

by Fran on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 05:17:27 AM EST
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