There is so much news that's being ignored. You really can't listen to Pacifica or go to The Nation or The Progressive because they're obsessed with one story. Today was the anniversary of Gutanamo but that wasn't the obsession -- though it would have made sense since it is the anniversary. Here's a story that may fall by the wayside, Dan Vergano and Wendy Koch (USA Today) report:
"Drilling offshore is inherently risky, and we will never reduce the risk to zero," said former Florida senator Bob Graham, co-chairman of the presidential oil spill commission. "If dramatic steps are not taken, at some point another failure will occur."
In its final report to President Obama, the panel blamed BP, Halliburton and Transocean — the three firms that collaborated on the doomed Macondo well — as well as industrywide failures and lax federal oversight, for the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, which killed 11 workers and released more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf.That's important. I wonder how it will play out tomorrow or if it will even get attention? It seems like the environment is the "woman" of the issues and always has to wait. (I'm referring to how issues that primarily effect women repeatedly get ignored by the press. Over and over.) Another issue that's all but forgotten is Haiti. I did hear NPR talking about it today and how the bulk of the money donated has not gone to the victims yet -- it remains in holding and the volunteers on the ground in Haiti are very frustrated (as they should be). Tracy Wilkinson (Los Angeles Times) reports:
Gray ribbons of fresh concrete streak the side of Clarisse Brisson's broken home, where she and her family are slowly making repairs. Inside, she reads Bible verses to sustain her. Next door, the neighbor's home is a heap of crumbled stone and rusted iron bars.
"We are just living on a daily basis, watching and waiting," Brisson said, sighing and leaning her head against a bent metal doorjamb."For a year."
A year ago, one of modern times' worst natural disasters struck one of modern times' poorest nations. In seconds, roughly 10% of this capital's population was killed or mortally wounded in a massive earthquake at 4:53 p.m. on Jan. 12.And Haiti will be ignored too, like Guantanamo. I have no idea why Pacifica and the left rags cannot handle more than one story at a time but they've become as bad as cable. And, like cable 'news,' completely useless. There's so much we're missing right now and I'm really afraid that the privatization of Social Security is going to slide right through with no one even noticing.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"