today’s info

After Google Earth comes Google Ocean

1 hour ago PARIS (AFP) — The search engine Google launched a new service Monday to allow Internet users to explore the depths of the world’s oceans from the comfort of their homes on dry land.

The “Ocean in Google Earth” feature will allow users to “dive beneath the water surface, explore 3D underwater terrain and browse ocean-related content contributed by marine scientists,” a Google statement said.

from: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iEX7Hp8rGNYUSrjVSqBRl15RlAfA

Bonus boneheads:

Wall Street bankers continue to reward themselves for a job poorly done

Even as their firms took in billions of taxpayer bailout dollars last year, Wall Street financial executives continued to pocket and ladle out big bonuses as if blissfully unaware that the nation’s economy was contracting in a painful recession that’s already destroyed thousands of jobs and resulted in myriad home foreclosures.

from: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/6241600.html

Leonard Peltier Transferred Back to Prison in Lewisburg, PA

And the imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier has been moved back to prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, weeks after he was attacked shortly after being transferred to another prison in Pennsylvania. Friday will mark the thirty-third anniversary of his arrest. He was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Peltier has long maintained his innocence and is widely considered a political prisoner in the United States.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/2/headlines#22

Obama Releases $21 Million to Palestinians

Over the weekend, President Obama released $20 million from the US Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for use in the Palestinian region. Obama’s Middle East envoy George Mitchell announced the aid package during a stop in Jerusalem.

George Mitchell: “President Obama has expressed his deep concern about the recent loss of life and the substantial suffering in Gaza. I am pleased to announce that this week the President directed the use of another $20.3 million to provide emergency food and medical assistance to the wounded and displaced in Gaza.”

The $20 million in aid is a fraction of the over $3 billion the US sends annually in aid to Israel.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/2/2/headlines#22

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