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Chevron Ordered to Pay Billions for Pollution in the Amazon

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

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Chevron was ordered to pay $8.6 billion to plaintiffs suing them for polluting the Amazon area while exploring for energy. $10 billion more could follow. Both sums would be used to pay for cleanup and health care for Ecuadorians. Chevron also must apologize publicly within 15 days or $8.6 billion more will be added to the sum.

Actually Chevron was not the perpetrator. Not really. They “inherited” the lawsuit when they purchased Texaco in 2001.

Chevron does not, in fact, operate in Ecuador today; the American company acquired the lawsuit when it bought Texaco in 2001. Texaco started oil exploration activities with Ecuador’s state oil company Petroecuador back in 1964, and for the next three decades, the 47 plaintiffs say, the company contributed to dumping billions of gallons of waste oil in the region, causing loss of livelihood, widespread health problems and up to 1400 deaths. [TIME]

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Texaco paid $40 million in damages and then left Ecuador in the early 1990s. $40 million was not enough for the natives however (and rightly so).

Chevron knew about the lawsuit going in though and fought it saying that it was Petroecuador that caused most of the damage.

Chevron says they won’t pay and is trying to block enforcement of the judgement and counter-sued. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Also as Chevron doesn’t operate in the area anymore, the plaintiffs don’t have leverage any longer. Ecuador is planning to pursue legal options in other countries.

Advisers to the plaintiffs said Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela would be obvious candidates to pursue Chevron assets, but they acknowledged it would not be easy. Venezuela, for instance, is a close Ecuadorean ally and its president, Hugo Chávez, is a frequent critic of the United States. But Chevron has extensive operations in Venezuela and enjoys warmer ties with Mr. Chávez’s government than just about any other American company. [The New York Times]

Chevron’s value is almost $200 billion value (which is triple the amount of the Ecuador economy) so there’s more funds to keep stalling and fighting.

(via DiscoverMagazine,Chevron image, Texaco image)

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Kathy Freston, Oprah and Veganism: the Food

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Further to previously reported story:

Kathy Freston’s new book, Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World, inspired Oprah to take a one-week vegan challenge.

Following a diet of veganism involves eating nothing derived from an animal including meat, fish, milk, and eggs. There are, however, substitutes such as vegan cheese, meat substitute and of course, vegetables and whole grains. Freston’s book says that she get her protein from legumes and whole grains. As for snacks, Daiya is a cheese substitute made from tapioca and arrow root flours

For more information, please visit Oprah.com.

Oprah’s One Week Vegan Challenge. Kathy Freston’s New Book Inspires

February 2, 2011 1 comment

Oprah and 378 staff members agreed to a one-week vegan challenge after special guests, Michael Pollan and Kathy Freston, shared a few facts about some foods, and Lisa Ling explained what happens in a beef processing plant.

In 2008, after reading Kathy Freston’s book Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness, Oprah similarly went on a 21-day vegan cleanse.

Preston’s new book Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World was her inspiration this time around.

(Information and image via HuffingtonPost)

Dr. Oz: 28-Day Holistic Health Overhaul and Detox Diet

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Dr. Oz’s show today has everyone abuzz with the details of the 28-day Holistic Health Overhaul and Detox Diet.

Week one involves helping your body detox from junk food and eating whole foods. He suggests drinking warm water and chamomile, which helps ease cravings, when you wake up.

Week two requires increasing your energy. Week three is all about decreasing stress.

In the last week, it’s suggested you use ginger, Tulsi tea and Ayurveda, a traditional Indian medicine, to reduce any pain.

Dr. Mehmet Oz has many books, most notably, You:The Owner’s Manual.

For more details and videos, please visit DoctorOz.com.

78-Year Old Doctor Runs Donations-Only Clinic in Iowa Since 2000

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

78-Year Old Doctor Keith Swanson had a dream of helping people, no strings attached. His wife Bernice convinced him to open a clinic run on donations instead of heading overseas. In order to make ends meet at the clinic, they created a shoebox for contributions. On average, each patient donates approximately $10. Swanson has about 150 patients every week.

In the face of the health care reform bill, Swanson wishes others would follow suit.

“The fun of life is giving, and most people miss the fun of life,” Swanson said. “Money is the least important thing. If people would forget about money, and provide service, it would be a wonderful world.”

More information, pictures and video at KETV.

Human-Shaped Chinese Fleeceflower Roots, Very Interesting

January 27, 2011 2 comments

Fleeceflowers are used to promote kidney healthy, hair restoration, strong bones and are used as a mild laxative. For more details, please go to theXODirectory.

The Chinese Fleeceflower also makes the cut in Pcketburgers.com Top 10 Creepy Plants blog (NSFW).

Bread is Good For You – What is Resistant Starch?

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Bread has been lonely the last few years. With diets left and right showing how carbs are bad for you. Well, try again.

Wholegrain bread is full of “resistant starch”, which helps keep you feeling full and is harder to digest.

Be sure to choose more nutrient, mineral and vitamin full varieties but don’t give bread the evil eye any longer.

Check out more details at DailyMail.co.uk.