A man washed soot from his face Tuesday in Lagos, Nigeria, after a gas pipeline ruptured by thieves exploded. At least 260 people were killed in the blast, which spewed fire and black smoke. It was the latest oil-industry disaster in Nigeria, Africa’s largest petroleum producer.
King George III of England tried to mollify a dysfunctional royal family
It is natural enough to think of the American War of Independence not as a revolution but as a family quarrel. The colonists, like restive adolescents ready to leave home, resisted parental control. The British, having paid for room and board, reacted with predictable outrage, and George III, to an unusual degree, tended to see all political strife as a family drama. In “A Royal Affair,” a portrait gallery of the king and his many siblings, Stella Tillyard argues that the domestic troubles of the royal family during George’s first 20 years goes a long way toward explaining his inept handling of the American crisis.
A certified superstar operatic diva carries a lot of baggage. Not only are there the sundry suitcases, steamer trunks and Vuitton bags that are, by tradition, necessary to transport her various costumes for on and off the stage. There is also a whole freight of expectations, prejudices, comparisons with the past and, in the case of Anna Netrebko, the 35-year-old Russian soprano who is on her way to becoming opera’s biggest megastar since Luciano Pavarotti, relentless media hype.
Investigative Journalist Robert Parry on Gerald Ford's Legacy and the Bush Administration's Roots in the Ford White House
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/27/1645231
Journalist Robert Parry talks about Gerald Ford’s role in ending the Watergate era, his moves to limit Congressional and media oversight on executive power, and the roots of Bush administration in the Ford White House. [rush transcript included]
Gerald Ford granted Richard Nixon a full and absolute pardon for all federal crimes that he committed when he was in the White House – including for crimes connected to the Watergate scandal. The decision stunned the country. Ford surrounded himself by advisers who would later play key roles in the current Bush administration and in shaping Bush’s Iraq war policy. Donald Rumsfeld served first as his chief of staff and then as Secretary of Defense. Dick Cheney also served as Ford’s chief of staff. Paul Wolfowitz served in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
- Robert Parry. Veteran Investigative Journalist; author,"Secrecy & Privilege".
AMY GOODMAN: : As we turn now to the issue of Vietnam and Watergate. Yes, President Ford is dead at the age of 93. And President Ford died last night. He became president in 1974 following the resignation of Richard Nixon.
Did Gerald Ford Agree to Nixon Pardon Before Taking Office? The Nation's Victor Navasky on Ford's Memoirs and the Lawsuit that Followed
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/27/1647206
In the late 1970s, the Nation magazine published excerpts of Gerald Ford’s memoirs in which he revealed the idea of pardoning Richard Nixon was raised with him before Ford replaced Nixon in the White House. The Nation magazine publisher emeritus Victor Navasky talks about Ford’s account and the landmark lawsuit that ensued. [rush transcript included]
In the late 1970s, the Nation magazine published excerpts of Gerald Ford’s memoirs in which he revealed the idea of pardoning Richard Nixon was raised with him before Ford replaced Nixon in the White House.
- Victor Navasky. Publisher Emeritus of the Nation Magazine and chairman of the Columbia University Journalism review.
AMY GOODMAN: The war and peace report, I'm Amy Goodman. President Ford is dead at the age of 93. We are talking to a number of people about his legacy. There's an interesting piece in the Associated Press today, an article that says that President Nixon and Watergate were not the only time President Ford wrestled with the issue of impeachment. The AP says that in April of 1970, at the request of White House aide, John Ehrlichman, Ford led an effort by more than 100 house members to impeach Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglass. The efforts stem from the Senate’s rejection of two Nixon nominees to the court, Clement Haynesworth Jr. and G. Harold Carswell. In a now famous speech on the house floor, Ford told his colleagues that “an impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”
He offered 55 varieties of raw weed, purchased on consignment from patients who grew more than they needed. Shark Shock, Ogre, Queen Kong, Hindu Kush — an information sheet listed taste, ailments assuaged, type of high (including "muscle relaxer," "great mind drift" and "couch lock"). A pastry chef concocted marijuana-laced peanut brittle, cannabis cookies with Ghirardelli chocolate chips, pot peanut butter.By Eric Bailey
Vendor's reefer sadness
Times Staff Writer
December 27, 2006
San Francisco — Kevin Reed launched his medical marijuana business two years ago, armed with big dreams and an Excel spreadsheet.
Happy customers at his Green Cross cannabis club were greeted by "bud tenders" and glass jars brimming with high-quality weed at red-tag prices. They hailed the slender, gentle Southerner as a ganja good Samaritan. Though Reed set out to run it like a Walgreens, his tiny storefront shop ended up buzzing with jazzy joie de vivre. Turnover was Starbucks-style: On a good day, $30,000 in business would walk through the black, steel-gated front door.
Today, the 32-year-old cannabis capitalist is looking for a job, his business undone by its own success and unexpected opposition in one of America's most proudly tolerant places. Critics in nearby Victorian homes called Reed a neighborhood nuisance. Although four of five San Francisco voters support medical marijuana, the realities of dispensing the contentious medicine have proved far more controversial.
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