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Saturday, January 23, 2010

[Fwd: Google Alert - asarco] Dust making People Sick - Asarco suddenly volunteering to clean up INDOOR DUST

With recent (7/09) UTEP research showing how dangerous-dust is being "stirred up" in El Paso, and with the common knowledge in the Paso del Norte region that we all get sick after wind-events (tired, headaches, muscle aches) that cause the high-arsenic-ladened-dusts to float around us more, again ---

El Pasoans, N.M. and old Anapra SHOULD BE GETTING SOME HELP HERE to install effective windows, refrigerated air, electrostatic furnace filters, air-tight-wind-seals, clean-up of indoor dust -- and, even buy-out of homes by those folks who want to move away from the ASARCO El Paso smelter site.

Google News Alert for: asarco
Asarco helps in dust cleanup
Green Valley News [AZ]
By Philip Franchine, Asarco officials said they will pay for some cleanup of homes hit by recent dust storms from the mine tailings as they ...
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The mine’s cleanup coordinator, Karen Pickett, an Asarco project manager from the Seattle area, told residents she has begun calling contractors to help in the cleanup of homes.... Resident Cindy Swan, 55, a music teacher at Sahuarita Intermediate School, said she has suffered through five migraine headaches since returning from a visit to New York during winter vacation.  “I am a healthy person. Something is wrong. I want to know what I am being poisoned with,” Swan said....Belove said an analysis of the contents of the dust could have been provided shortly after the three recent dust incidents in November and December.

"US Calls Off Asarco Criminal Enviro Probe" WHY!?!?!?!

Something stinks bad about the Supreme Court re-opening the Enron "honest services provision" case; the US Federal Prosecutors dropping the ASARCO RCRA E. Helena investigation; and the existence of an "import/export ASARCO A.G. SWISS BANK" run by an international gambler-- that no one can explain... ALL ACTIONS in effect PROTECTING GRUPO MEXICO who owns over 1/2 the Freight Rail right-of-way in Mexico, is 20% owned by the Carlyle Group -- the Carlyle Group who controls the CSX railroad that feeds the entire Eastern USA seaboard.   The guy who runs Carlyle's USA Realty group used to report to the land-developer who started the San Jeronimo-Santa Teresa First Planned International Community here within 10 miles of the Asarco disaster.

Isn't ANYONE in our Federal Government in a position to do anything about this - or have we (and the Rio Grande) all been sacrificed (ARE being sacrificed) to lives poisoned by the still illegal/secret military/industrial haz-wastes that the EPA/DOJ let us know were burned here (and in E. Helena) for nearly ten years? 

Isn't E. Helena angry about this?????????

"US Calls Off Asarco Criminal Enviro Probe

Law360, New York (January 22, 2010) -- Federal prosecutors have dropped their criminal investigation into whether Asarco LLC violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by storing hazardous materials without the proper environmental permits at a former facility in East Helena, Mont.

William W. Mercer, the U.S. attorney for the District of Montana, wrote in a letter dated Wednesday that the government had decided not to indict the company on criminal charges,..."

Friday, January 22, 2010

Jan. 2010 : "Supreme Court Decision Marks the End of Democracy"

May God help us all preserve our nation when the Federal DOJ will not act to prevent the Asarco Bankruptcy Fraud, our health/welfare is sold down the river to line the pockets of large attorney firms feasting off the fraudulent proceedings, and the Supreme Court not only meets to hear about possibly demolishing the honest services provision of the mail and wire fraud act - but, has marked the end of democracy by allowing corporations like Asarco, Grupo Mexico and Carlye Group to fully fund ANY candidates, without a monetary limit. 

"Supreme Court Decision Marks the End of Democracy-A Special Newsletter from the Texas Climate Emergency Campaign"

I hope we shall... crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and to bid defiance to the laws of our country." ~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Logan. November 12, 1816


The words above were written by Thomas Jefferson, one of the distinguished founding fathers of this nation. Clearly, neither he nor any of the other signers of the declaration of independence thought they were declaring freedom for big corporations, and yet that's what happened in the Supreme Court yesterday. Many are calling it the End of Democracy, for we have now sold our souls down the river of corporate greed.  As one pundit put it, we are looking at our last President and our last Congress which will not fully be funded by corporate giants. It is a sad day for issue advocacy, it is a sad day for all of us as Americans..."

Texas Climate Emergency Campaign | 5th St | Austin | TX | 78704

Honest services law must go - - Epstein Becker & Green ( "New Jersey waterways and rivers in the northwestern portion of the state that have been contaminated with metals")

Honest services law must go
The Supreme Court should declare it unconstitutional rather than try to rewrite

Hervé Gouraige

January 18, 2010

"...In an unusual move, the U.S. Supreme Court has granted certiorari petitions in three separate honest services cases: U.S. v. Black, 530 F.3d 596 (7th Cir. 2008); U.S. v. Weyhrauch, 548 F.3d 1237 (9th Cir. 2008); and U.S. v. Skilling, 554 F.3d 529 (5th Cir. 2009). Two of those cases (Black and Weyhrauch) have been argued, and Skilling is to be argued in the spring. In the Skilling case, Jeffrey Skilling, the former president of Enron Corp., has clearly requested that the Court hold the statute unconstitutional because it is too vague to provide notice of what conduct is deemed potentially criminal."

Hervé Gouraige is a member in the Newark, N.J., and New York offices of Epstein Becker & Green and co-group leader of the firms' national litigation practice.

"Over the last several months, federal and state environmental regulatory agencies have devoted substantial regulatory attention to New Jersey waterways and rivers in the northwestern portion of the state that have been contaminated with metals, declaring some of them to be federal Superfund sites. In light of these events, the judicial determination that the metals contamination on the southern edge of the property was solely due to our adversaries’ prior disposal activity was timely. The Opinion is perhaps the first trial court decision to apply the apportionment principles articulated in the Supreme Court's May 2009 decision in Burlington Northern.   

20100122 Supreme Court removes limits on Corporate Campaign Spending

"In Landmark Campaign Finance Ruling, Supreme Court Removes Limits on Corporate Campaign Spending  In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court rules corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money to elect and defeat candidates. One lawmaker describes it as the worst Supreme Court decision since the Dred Scott case justifying slavery."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

ASARCO news: a SHELL-GAME?? Sterlite appealing court decision

Google Blogs Alert for: asarco
(AMM) Sterlite making Asarco play, appealing court decision ...
By zhabka
Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd. is gearing up for another courtroom battle over US.
Metalloprokat -

"NEW YORK 19 January 2010 20:58  Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd. is gearing up for another courtroom battle over U.S. copper miner Asarco LLC.

Since losing out on the chance to take over and reorganize Tucson, Ariz.-based Asarco out of bankruptcy last November, Sterlite has made quiet progress to appeal the decision that returned Asarco to its former parent, Mexico City-based Grupo Mexico SA de CV.

"That's what we'll be asking for?the complete reversal..." "

Google Alert - Rail yard move to Asarco site proposed

Rail yard move to Asarco site proposed
El Paso Inc
In December, Asarco concluded a massive bankruptcy case by settling its liabilities for $1.8 billion nationally; in El Paso, the agreement provided $52 ...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

"I have a dream" that one day we will have Environmental Justice for the children, the poor, the elderly, the ill and the disinfranchized...

Martin Luther King famous speech

(subtitles in Spanish)

Rap Video:

"I Have a Dream - Address at March on Washington
August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. [Applause]

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Democratic Party
"Over 40 years ago, I stood with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during the March on Washington. Tomorrow, our nation will commemorate his life and work.

I recorded a short video about what this day means to me and all Americans. Please watch it today.

Dr. King's words inspired me to join the civil rights movement and begin my own fight for a more just and equal nation.

Tomorrow is a day to honor his legacy and reflect on how far we've come.

But it's also a day to rededicate ourselves to building an America where all are treated equally and every eligible American can cast a ballot and have it counted.

Please watch and share today:

Thank you,

Representative John Lewis"