March 7th, 2008

Chris Keeley

The images, posted online at earthobservatory.nasa.gov, show fresh clear-cutting in an area that hel

The images, posted online at earthobservatory.nasa.gov, show fresh clear-cutting in an area that held large butterfly colonies last year, as seen in aerial surveys, said Daniel Slayback, a geographer based at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., who has been tracking the butterfly wintering grounds with Dr. Brower. 

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March 7, 2008

Loggers Invaded Butterfly Haven, Photos Show

Illegal loggers have chopped their way deep into unique forest reserves in a mountain range in central Mexico where millions of monarch butterflies from eastern North America roost for the winter, according to researchers who posted satellite photographs of the area on a NASA Web site Wednesday evening.

Forests of oyamel fir trees in Michoacán and Mexico States have for thousands of years been a winter haven for the resplendent orange and black butterflies, the most famous “charismatic megafauna” of the insect world, said Lincoln P. Brower, a professor emeritus of biology at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, who has studied the butterflies and their shrinking winter habitat for decades.

The images, posted online at earthobservatory.nasa.gov, show fresh clear-cutting in an area that held large butterfly colonies last year, as seen in aerial surveys, said Daniel Slayback, a geographer based at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., who has been tracking the butterfly wintering grounds with Dr. Brower. The images were taken by the commercial Ikonos satellite for the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation, a group with which

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Chris Keeley

War Contractor KBR Dodges Taxes

War Contractor KBR Dodges Taxes

The Boston Globe reports the nation’s top Iraq war contractor— Kellogg Brown & Root – has avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicare and Social Security taxes by hiring workers through shell companies based in the Cayman Islands. More than 21,000 people working for KBR in Iraq–including over 10,000 Americans–are listed as employees of two shell companies in the Cayman Islands.
Despite cheating the government of the tax money, KBR has received $16 billion in contracts in Iraq. Up until last year KBR was a subsidiary of Halliburton.

Chris Keeley

Thoughts on the Attempted Murder of Palestine

Thoughts on the Attempted Murder of Palestine

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
 
In the context of both the VANITY FAIR investigative report which I recently circulated and the recent Israeli surge in its slaughtering of Palestinians, I am retransmitting below an article by Kathy Christison which I circulated last July.
 
It is well worth reading -- and well worth reading again.

 
Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2007 5:06 PM
Subject: Kathy Christison: "Thoughts on the Attempted Murder of Palestine" (COUNTERPUNCH)

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
 
Transmitted below is a magnificent analysis by the equally magnificent Kathy Christison. While it is lengthy (printing out at 11 pages), I consider it a "must" read and strongly urge you to take the time to read it.
 
At least former CIA analysts
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