Journalist, author, film maker John Pilger speaks in Chicago at Socialism 2007: Socialism for the 21st Century.
In the face of disturbing questions about Gonzalez’s competence to head the Justice Department and honesty during congressional testimony, President Bush has maintained his support for the embattled attorney general. New questions about the firings arose after testimony by Monica Goodling, an assistant to Alberto Gonzalez when she spoke about the involvement of Arkansas U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin in an illegal scheme to challenge African American voters during the 2004 election, known as “voter caging.”
Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Greg Palast, about the confidential emails he obtained from the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign outlining the GOP voter challenge program, and the evidence of a larger scandal that prompted Griffin to resign.
Canada’s role in supplying specially-bred animals for laboratory testing both in Canada and abroad remains a tightly-knit secret. Recently, an article in The Gazette appeared and exposed how passengers on a flight to Paris became aware of a shipment of beagles on their Air Canada jet when they heard the dogs screaming from the belly of the plane. Canada does laboratory testing on up to 2 million animals each year. It also supplies an unspecified amount of animals to Europe for this same purpose.
“We were shocked to hear some flight attendants say this goes on regularly – dogs get shipped to Paris for experiments.” Because Quebec’s animal protection law is vague and weakly enforced, the province provides a steady source of dogs for laboratories both here and abroad, animal rights activists said.
Liz White, a Director at the Animal Alliance of Canada, joined Joe Broadhurst of CKUT Radio in Montreal to discuss some of the issues surrounding this practice and the efforts of animal activist groups to learn the truth. (11:30)
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BECK Strange Apparition (The Information)
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Court: Menu Foods harassed pet owners
The pet food company that recalled 60 million cans of contaminated dog and cat food repeatedly made harassing phone calls to pet owners who had lawyers and said they didn’t want to talk, even after a judge ordered the firm to leave them alone, court records show.
Lawyers from six firms representing clients who claim their pets were harmed by Menu’s pet food asked a federal judge in New Jersey Wednesday to stop Menu from “bullying” people who had called the company since the recall was announced March 16, according to their court filing.
U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman in Camden, N.J., agreed with the plaintiffs, describing the calls as “aggressive,” according to a transcript of the hearing obtained by USA TODAY.
“It’s one thing for two people to sit down at the table and voluntarily agree to settle their case. It’s another thing to harass people on weekends through automated phone calls,” Hillman said to Edward Ruff of Pretzel & Stouffer, Menu’s lawyer.
Hillman ordered Menu Foods to have no contact with anyone who believes their animal was injured by its product unless a lawyer representing them is involved.
Ontario, Canada-based Menu Foods has hired Crawford & Co., an insurance adjustor in Atlanta, to contact pet owners who called the company to report animal illnesses or deaths, according to the hearing transcript.
At a previous hearing on Friday, May 18, the judge had cautioned Menu and Crawford that they should not contact people who had joined one of the lawsuits against the company. Legally, Menu cannot contact those plaintiffs directly but must go through their lawyers.
But in affidavits presented in court Wednesday, pet owners said they received calls that weekend from Crawford representatives who pressed them to answer questions even after being told the owners had hired lawyers. In some cases, the pet owners also received multiple calls from Crawford’s computerized phone banks after telling representatives they were represented by attorneys, according to the affidavits.
“Menu’s representatives asked owners to sign releases which waived their right to get advice from a lawyer,” said attorney Jay Edelson in an interview.
His Chicago-based firm Blim & Edelson represents more than 600 pet owners.
“It appears that the company was engaging in a cynical strategy, designed to settle some of the strongest claims cheaply and induce pet owners to give up information it might be able to use to defend against others,” Blim & Edelson said in a letter Friday that was sent to clients and posted on Internet blogs for pet owners.
The Bush Administration has adopted regulations that will dramatically roll back Americans’ right to know about chemical hazards in their neighborhoods, allowing California industries to handle almost 600,000 pounds of toxic chemicals a year without telling the public, according to an investigation of federal data by Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Bill Walker is Vice President at the Environmental Working Group and he joined Joe Broadhurst of CKUT Radio to discuss the effects this dicision will have on local communities’ right-to-know what Industry is doing.
Illegal immigration and human trafficking have been the subject of many political debates in the past few years. The US State Dept created the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (http://www.state.gov/g/tip/) and creates a yearly report on this subject.
David Phinney, journalist and broadcaster, and Rory Mayberry, ex-Kellogg, Brown & Root employee, joined Joe Broadhurst of CKUT Radio to detail facts surrounding human trafficking at the construction site of the new US Embassy in Baghdad. Planeloads of South Asian persons have been basically kidnapped and forced to work in dangerous and fatal conditions to build the new 104 acre complex.