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Mexico, September 16 2007

Posted by Charles II on September 16, 2007

Following sabotage that damaged the 48″ Cactus-Fernando pipeline, Pemex says service will be back up late Monday morning.

Vacuum protest. Despite heavy police presence, the PRDists were out in force to challenge the presidential Grito (Affirmation of Independence). As soon as their alternative Grito was done, they left, leaving the Zocalo (central plaza) all but empty. It’s an innovative kind of protest: fill an area with your people until the opposition’s event, then decamp.  El Universal called it a war of sounds (via SenderodelPeje).

More vacation news. From PorEsto!,  (registration required) via SdP: Over 200 residents of Sotuta in the Yucatan, angered at the maladministration of PANist Mayor Ernesto Díaz Castillo and his daughter Mayra Ivonne Díaz Martín, attempted to storm the municipal palace. Two ambulances were trashed, and another 9 vehicles damaged. In addition, 197,000 pesos (roughly $20,000) vanished. The incident that may have precipitated the riot occurred during the fair in honor of the Virgin of the Nativity, in which Mayra emerged from the municipal palace and menaced people with a pistol.

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The Invisible Hand

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 16, 2007

If you subscribe to TruthOut’s e-mail notification service, you may noticed that your e-mails from them haven’t been arriving lately.

That is no accident — it’s deliberate censorship on the part of your e-mail carrier:

AOL/Microsoft-Hotmail Preventing Delivery of Truthout Communications

Thursday 13 September 2007

Currently, AOL- and Microsoft-related email providers, including Hotmail, are preventing delivery of a range of Truthout communications to thousands of our subscribers. Such communications include Truthout’s regular newsletters and notifications to our subscribers from individual workstations of Truthout administrators informing those subscribers that they are affected.

For the most part, all other ISPs appear to be delivering Truthout communications normally.

While AOL has been largely evasive and silent about their reasons for blocking communications, our server logs and complaints from subscribers illustrate a clear pattern of interference. Microsoft-Hotmail, while not being forthcoming about their actions to the subscribers involved, have stated to our administrators that they are in fact “throttling” and “blocking” our communications. Further, the Microsoft-Hotmail administrators inform us that they are blocking our communications to Truthout subscribers on their systems due to what they describe as our “reputation.”

We believe that you – not your Internet Service Provider – should decide what you will read. In an effort to restore service and send a clear message to the ISPs involved, we ask you to do the following:

1.) Keep us informed. Let us know if your newsletters suddenly stop arriving. We have set up a special email address for those complaints.

2.) It is critically important if it does become clear that you are still on our list, and we are sending to you, that you demand your rights. The only rights you have are the ones you exercise.

We are deeply sorry to all of you affected. But we are confident that this problem can be addressed working hand-in-hand.

Good luck,

Marc Ash, Executive Director – t r u t h o u t

Yahoo is also one of the culprits.

Interestingly enough, persons who subscribe to conservative e-mail lists via Yahoo, AOL or Microsoft’s Hotmail have no problems at all with blocked e-mails. Hmmmmm.

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The devil in the details: The Scaife divorce

Posted by Charles II on September 16, 2007

Avedon breezed past this one with the label “white trash with too much money.”  It’s a great find, and one that deserves some close reading. Dennis Roddy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (emphases added).

There’s making contributions to political campaigns in violation of the intent of campaign finance laws:

The case could also affect the fortunes of Mr. Scaife’s publishing enterprise, notably the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which, records filed with the divorce papers show, he has subsidized with more than $140 million — Mrs. Scaife’s lawyers contend the figure is $244 million — from one of his trust funds over the past 15 years, and which has lost between $20 million and $30 million yearly since it was started in 1992.

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Over A Million

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 16, 2007

Yet another statistics outfit has done the math and states what has been clear would occur since the Lancet/Johns Hopkins study that ended in July of 2006:

September 2007 – More than 1,000,000 Iraqis murdered

In the week in which General Patraeus reports back to US Congress on the impact the recent ‘surge’ is having in Iraq, a new poll reveals that more than 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have been murdered since the invasion took place in 2003.

Previous estimates, most noticeably the one published in the Lancet in October 2006, suggested almost half this number (654,965 deaths).
These findings come from a poll released today by O.R.B., the British polling agency that have been tracking public opinion in Iraq since 2005. In conjunction with their Iraqi fieldwork agency a representative sample of 1,461 adults aged 18+ answered the following question:-

QHow many members of your household, if any, have died as a result of the conflict in Iraq since 2003 (ie as a result of violence rather than a natural death such as old age)? Please note that I mean those who were actually living under your roof.

None 78%
One 16%
Two 5%
Three 1%
Four or more 0.002%

Given that from the 2005 census there are a total of 4,050,597 households this data suggests a total of 1,220,580 deaths since the invasion in 2003.

Detailed analysis (which is available on our website) indicates that almost one in two households in Baghdad have lost a family member, significantly higher than in any other area of the country. The governorates of Diyala (42%) and Ninewa (35%) were next.


The opinion poll was conducted by O.R.B. and the survey details are as follows:

•Results are based face-to-face interviews amongst a nationally representative sample of 1720 adults aged 18+ throughout Iraq.
•The standard margin of error on the sample size is +2.4%
•The methodology uses multi-stage random probability sampling and covers fifteen of the eighteen governorates within Iraq. For security reasons Karbala and Al Anbar were not included. Irbil was excluded as the authorities refused our field team a permit.
•Interviews conducted August 12th – 19th 2007.
•Full results and data tabulations are available at
•O.R.B. are full members of the British Polling Council and abide by its rules



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