Ever feel like a Lotus eater? After reading a few of these tidbits, you might.

Overfishing has driven the cod to virtually vanish from the North Sea, conservationists say.

BBC News

Perhaps the most important taboo is the longevity of the United States as both a terrorist state and a haven for terrorists. That the US is the only state on record to have been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism (in Nicaragua) and has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling on governments to observe international law, is unmentionable.

an extract from John Pilger

What’s not in dispute is that Sudan government officials forced Osama bin Laden to leave their country in 1996. Or that the Al Shifa factory had been purchased by a Sudanese businessman five months before the missile attack — a fact that was unknown to the U.S. at the time it targeted the plant.

Three years after the U.S. government may have killed and injured innocent people on foreign soil in a misguided “retaliation against terrorism,” media voices are again calling for a quick and forceful reprisal.

International Socialist Organization

Gosh, that’s all a little too heavy for me. Time for a dandelion break.

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