Former Pakistan ISI Chief says Obama Is Part of Wikileak Plot Against Pakistan

The irrepressibly wingnut former head of Pakistan’s infamous intelligence service, Lt. General Hamid Gul, claims the Wikileak.org document dump is all a plot orchestrated by President Obama as part of an effort to deflect blame for America’s coming rout in the Afghan/Pakistan War.

Gul has long supported the most extreme Islamic elements in Pakistan including Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Gul, 74, also played a major role in the AQ Khan nuclear network for Pakistan. To read more on his views on President Obama as the international chess player click here.

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Grist: Latest podcast: How cancer-causing methyl iodide snuck past the EPA and onto farm fields

Ignoring strong warnings from independent scientists, the EPA approved use of a pesticide so carcinogenic that scientists had previously used it to induce cancer in tissue samples. The chemical, a fumigant called methyl iodide, swiftly went into use.

California, a key strawberry-growing state, held out and subjected methyl iodide to a separate review process. The review is over and now, and the state stands on the verge of approving methyl iodide, shocking the scientists whose opinions it had solicited. The public comment period closed on June 29.

In this week’s Victual Reality, Tom Philpott’s podcast series about food politics on Grist, he talks to Susan Kegley, organic chemist and long-time science guru for the California-based Pesticide Action Network of North America, which has just issued a brand-new report showing that drift from fumigants such as methyl iodide routinely shows up at alarming rates in air of nearby communities

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NY Times: Drone Strikes Pound West Pakistan

In a particularly severe drone attack in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, American drone aircraft fired 18 missiles on militants.

Located on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Taliban and Al Qaeda use the region to train militants for operations against NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The severity of the drone attacks, a continuation of the Central Intelligence Agency’s attempt to break down the capabilities of Al Qaeda and the Taliban, has forced militants to keep on the move and use temporary shelters.

A resident of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, said the militants killed in the attack belonged to Sadiq Noor, a commander loyal to the Haqqani network.

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Stream Gauges Threatened by Budget Cuts

Budget pressures are forcing the federal, state and local governments to reduce funding for the nation’s stream monitoring network, despite its importance to flood warning, environmental protection, infrastructure planning and water management. The April 11 New York Times article Experts See Peril in Reduced Monitoring of Nation’s Streams and Rivers” reveals the many uses for the data collected at gauges within the network and the repurcussions of funding cuts. NRNS developed the idea and provided the experts to John Schwartz of the Times. The story prompted this letter of thanks to NRNS from U.S. Geological Survey.
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