Paul M. Barrett talked about his book, Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win.
He spoke in the C-SPAN 2/BookTV tent at the 2014 Texas Book Festival. The festival was held from October 25-26 at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds in Austin.
THE MAIN PROTAGONIST FOR BETTER OR WORSE IS CHARISMATIC, ENERGETIC. HE STARTED AS THE MOST JUNIOR LAWYER IN 1993, AND ROSE TO BE THE PREDOMINANT LAWYER, HE WAS A GRADUATE OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, A CLASSMATE OF A GENTLEMAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA.
HE HAD WORKED FOR SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE LAW SCHOOL AS A JOURNALIST IN NICARAGUA COVERING THE NICARAGUAN CIVIL WAR. HE HAD TREMENDOUS PERSONAL INTEREST IN LATIN AMERICA, STILL SPANISH AND WHEN THIS TOOK SHAPE IN 1993 HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE ORIGINAL LAWYER WHO BROUGHT IN BY ANOTHER LAW SCHOOL CLASSMATE WHO WAS THE SON OF THE ORIGINAL PLAINTIFFS’S LAWYER AND HE FOUND THE CAUSE HE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR.
HE WAS IDEALISTIC, AMBITIOUS, SELF INVOLVED AND THIS CASE CAME TO CAPTURE HIS IMAGINATION. ON THE OTHER SIDE WAS FIRST TEXACO AND NOW CHEVRON, MASSIVE OIL COMPANY, CHEVRON IS THE SECOND-BIGGEST OIL COMPANY IN THIS COUNTRY REPRESENTED BY A FAILING EXECUTIVE AND LAWYERS AND THIS WAS EXACTLY THE CONFRONTATION HE WANTED TO HAVE. THE PROBLEM WAS IN TRYING TO ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW HE UNDERMINED THE RULE OF LAW.
Why Prophet T.B. Joshua Lost the Power To Raise The Dead -Dr. Damages Show 155(introduction is in French, but the rest is in English. @13:35 T.B. Joshua raises the dead )Propaganda, prophecy and prosperity Con artists thriving within African Churches at the expense of the poor needy souls. Criminals getting away with murder in the name of Jesus! It’s high time African governments stepped in and did their duty of protecting the citizens from these greedy criminal elements across Africa!
It is their potential, after all, which will decide our continent’s future. Let’s not waste it. “Africa must ask itself why our continent appears so frightened of giving the younger generation a chance.”Mo Ibrahim African leaders prize unclaimed againThe $5m (£3.2m) prize is supposed to be awarded each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.This is the fourth time in five years there has been no winner.Nigerian soldier says army that would face Boko Haram is ill-equipped, underpaidPublished May 19, 2014 FoxNews.com
“They give us just AK47s to go into the bush to fight Boko Haram,” the soldier said. “Our equipment doesn’t work and they give us just two magazines to go into the bush.” Two magazines contain approximately 60 bullets. The soldier said that many in the Nigerian army have also been discontented by delays in receiving their salaries, sometimes waiting weeks or months to be paid.“We feel so bad because we … are trying, the soldiers are trying our best,” the soldier told Sky, “but the civilians don’t realize what the Nigerian army is issued with, what they are given to go and fight the Boko Haram.”Goodluck Jonathan gives out customised 24ct Gold iPhones:customised-24ct gold i-phonePresident Goodluck Jonathan’s first Child, Faith married her boo, Godswill Osim Edward today in at the Abuja Ecumenical Centre.The ceremony was broadcast live on NTA, where many state governors and other dignitaries were in attendance.Guests at the wedding received customised i-phones ( Each cost £3995.00 or over US $6,620.00 per i-phone,- Goldstriker) designed by Actress Tonto Dikeh’s.The phones were packed in white packs with a golden ‘thank you’ for coming note’
EFF takes on Zuma in Parliament- “We Want Our Money”
Mzwakhe Mbuli at Madiba’s send-off at Waterkloof:
Interview: A Hormonal Seesaw: The Atrazine and AI Connection
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
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March on DC @50 - Forum - Pros and cons of foreign direct investment Why Uganda Parliament Should wait to pass a GMO Bill - Ugandan Priest Suspended for Suggesting Catholic Priests to Marry - Investment or Land Grab Disguised? - Policy Considerations - ARE YOU WHAT YOU EAT / DRINK?(The Big Cover up) - -GM debate forum records -Biotechnology -GM debate -The Anglican Church at cross-roads -The divided land ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PUBLICATIONS 2012 -At Crossroads -(Rerun; it's time of the year) Vitamin D deficiency -Open letter to ASARECA Board of Directors -Links -Do you recite the Lord’s prayer, if so, which version? -Gold at last, once again! -Do you know Dengue Fever? -Putting Fun into Sportsmanship (Usain Bolt gets the Last Laugh) -Olympics -Boarding Schools -Austerity bites Britain -To nature or nurture your child -Sadistic Examiners -What a 'first' love! -Malaria and poverty +
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Marching On Washington: A Photographer, A Minister, A Student, A Ranger
But what if there’s something even worse than trans fat? And it’s not some unique fat that is rare in the American Diet. In fact, it’s often where trans fat often comes from…hydrogenated soybean oil… This time, though it’s not just the hydrogenated part we’re concerned with, however. It’s the soybean oil itself. And while you may not use soybean oil regularly to cook with, trust me, it permeates our food supply.
Americans consume more than 28 billion pounds of edible oils annually, and soybean oil accounts for about 65 percent of it. About half of it is hydrogenated, as soybean oil is too unstable otherwise to be used in food manufacturing. One of the primary reasons for hydrogenating oil is to prolong its shelf life. Raw butter, for example, is likely to go rancid far quicker than margarine.
Durbin, University of Illinois announce $25 million federal grant to increase Africa’s food supply through soybean researchPublished November 1, 2013
The people living in the poverty band in the lower latitudes of Africa struggle with low-productivity crops, isolation from markets, and access to low-cost sources of protein and oil,” said Goldsmith. “There has also been a research void in soy production among developing countries. We’ve already seen soy as an economic engine creating agro-industrial growth in developing countries. That’s the beauty of a highly productive commercial crop such as soybean.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oil is no longer generally recognized as safe for use in food. Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg said in a statement that further reduction would prevent more than 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 new cases of coronary heart disease each year.
The agency’s decision will significantly impact the vegetable oil market, including the soybean oil market. The agency has made a tentative determination to rescind the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), including partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (PHVO). The process of partially hydrogenating vegetable oils to make them more stable for certain baking, frying, or food applications has taken place since the 1930s, a process that results in the formation of some trans fats. Due to indications that increased consumption of trans fats may negatively affect coronary health, the FDA started requiring in 2006 that food nutrition panels identify the amount of trans fat in food products.WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MD
March 7, 2008 — Trans fats have long been the bane of dietitians because they raise levels of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and lower “good” HDL cholesterol levels — which increase the risk of heart disease. Yet two new studies show that not all trans fats are created equal, and natural trans fats don’t appear as harmful to cholesterol levels as artificial trans fats. Trans fats, or “trans fatty acids,” come in two forms:
- Industrial trans fats are artificially created by manufacturers by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils; these are called “partially hydrogenated oils.” This makes the oils more solid to give foods like cookies, pies, and french fries a rich, crispy texture.
- Natural trans fats are found in meat (cow, sheep, goat) and dairy products. These trans fats are made naturally in the stomach of these animals.
Most trans fats from the diet are industrial trans fat. Studies have shown that industrial trans fats contribute to heart disease by raising bad LDL cholesterol — the kind that can lead to hardening of the arteries — and by lowering good HDL cholesterol — the kind that can reduce heart disease risk.
The book follows the individual struggles of these three people over many years, culminating with GlaxoSmithKline finally agreeing in 2004 to settle charges of consumer fraud for $2.5 million (a tiny fraction of the more than $2.7 billion in yearly Paxil sales about that time). Antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor.10 They found that on average, placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs. The difference between drug and placebo was so small that it was unlikely to be of any clinical significance. We are now in the midst of an apparent epidemic of bipolar disease in children (which seems to be replacing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as the most publicized condition in childhood), with a forty-fold increase in the diagnosis between 1994 and 2003.
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