Friday, June 10, 2005

Freya's day

A couple quick items for you.

Guardian report I was made aware of via The Randi Rhodes Show states that Rumsfeld sold North Korea nuclear reactors before he was the DOD head.
Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons. Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $200m (£125m) contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. The current defence secretary sat on the board from 1990 to 2001, earning $190,000 a year. He left to join the Bush administration. The reactor deal was part of President Bill Clinton's policy of persuading the North Korean regime to positively engage with the west.

Why would Clinton have done this?
The Clinton package sought to defuse tensions on the Ko rean peninsula by offering supplies of oil and new light water nuclear reactors in return for access by inspectors to Pyongyang's atomic facilities and a dismantling of its heavy water reactors which produce weapons grade plutonium. Light water reactors are known as "proliferation-resistant" but, in the words of one expert, they are not "proliferation-proof".
DKos has a great story on how the GOP is fillibustering a Bush ambassador nominee because she is pro choice. Make sure that you tell everyone about this. Make sure you mention up or down votes.
Andym at Funcentral puts together another well researched piece, (can't wait till I am done writing so I can write a couple longer pieces) this time on a cancer patient taken into custody over a refusal of therapy. The issue, she is a minor. Texas will force the therapy on her, against her parent's and her own wishes.

This is another incidence of Texas knowing better than the patient and family. Remeber baby Sun? The young girl who wanted an abortion, but the state said she was mature enough to be a mom, but not enough to make the decision on an abortion?

I need to read over the issues of this case as I am unsure of the importance of continued therapy for the girl. My first thought is that her family should be able to make this decision and that the state is wrong in this case.
Props to Air America's Rachel Maddow for a good showing on CNN's Gimme a Minute. Rachel, you kick ass.

by Robster @ 6/10/2005 08:28:00 AM PERMALink