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August 10, 2010

Aug 10 09:52

Disappearing Oil and Gulf Seafood: Passing the Sniff Test

The Feds now say, as reported by the NYT, that 76% of the mess has either been picked up on the beaches, skimmed from the surface, captured by the containment process or burned off. (I suppose breathing this stuff in the air as particulates is “perfectly safe.”)

At the risk of seeming a “Chicken Little” I’d like to point out that even if the reports of this “great disappearing” are true what is left is something on the order of 50 million gallons of crud in the Gulf or about the same as 5 Exxon Valdez spills.

So, while BP, the Government and our happy-go-lucky news media are fighting for places on the “where did all the oil go” bandwagon I see no cause for celebration.

Aug 10 09:51

Afghan Blogger Films Survivors of Massacre, Contradicts NATO Denial

In an experiment in citizen journalism, Greenwald, of RethinkAfghanistan, has trained dozens of intrepid local Afghan interns in film reporting and armed them with simple camcorders. One of these brave souls entered the area and and has released footage of interviews with the survivors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The video is linked further down

Aug 10 09:50

A massive crime compounded by a massive cover-up

The administration is promoting claims that most of the oil erupting from the leak has either been contained or evaporated, with only a quarter posing a continued threat to the region.

The claim, advanced in a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and promoted by the National Incident Command in the Gulf, is simply the latest in a long record of lies and falsifications. From the beginning, the policy of both BP and the Obama administration has been to cover up the true size and scope of the oil spill. It was NOAA which provided the claim in the days immediately following the April 20 blowout that only 5,000 barrels per day were spilling into the Gulf, and continued to drastically underestimate the size of the spill throughout the crisis.

Aug 10 09:49

GOVERNMENT ASSISTED BP IN COVERING UP EFFECTS OF SPILL

Another disturbing twist in the Gulf Oil Crisis saga is the media blackout which occurred in late May/early June. BP set up clean-up camps along the gulf coast to remove oil and tar from beaches. During this period reporters were forbidden to talk to cleanup workers--either on or off the clock--or suffer a possible $40,000 fine or Class B felony charge. I started to see videos crop up in alternative news outlets showing Blackwater-type guards forcing news reporters away from the area. I was shocked (mainly because it was allowed) to see mainstream media regular Anderson Cooper discussing the 65 feet distance required between the media and the cleanup response areas (including beaches and vessels) without permission from the Port of New Orleans.



Aug 10 09:45

CNN - Deed fish washing up on Massachussetts shores!

Experts say a lack of oxygen may be to blame for killing scores of fish off the Massachusetts coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently these fish had been dead for days... locals say they have never seen anything like it. The "Experts" (same ones who told you that you were to blame for global warming) claiming lack of oxygen 'might' be to blame. Given the dead fish in Biloxi, and the fact that this has never happened before, I think the gulf oil disaster is a likely factor.

Aug 10 09:41

illegal to mail cigarettes to the troops

Sick from DU, guarding opium plants for profit and flooding the U.S. with heroin, suicide rates spike, now the soldiers are going thru nicotine withdrawal. no wonder the suicide rates are going up.

Aug 10 09:26

Bras and Breast Cancer

n essence, what Singer and Grismaijer found was that the odds of getting breast cancer dramatically increased with bra-wearing over 12 hours per day.

* Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer (in their study, n=2056 for the cancer group and n=2674 for the standard group).
* Women who wore bras more than 12 hour per day but not to bed had a 1 out of 7 risk.
* Women who wore their bras less than 12 hours per day had a 1 out of 152 risk.
* Women who wore bras rarely or never had a 1 out of 168 chance of getting breast cancer. The overall difference between 24 hour wearing and not at all was a 125-fold difference.

Aug 10 09:25

9/11 MOSQUE CONTROVERSY CONTINUES

Here’s an old joke that has been in circulation for years…. WASPs leave and never say good-bye. Jews say good-bye and never leave.

So it is with political issues…. some Jews just never let up. Case in point is the controversy surrounding the construction of an Islamic Centre in the vicinity of Ground Zero…. it has been approved….. it will be built….. but the issue is being kept alive by the Jewish community in New York.




Aug 10 09:24

DID WE START A TREND BY PORTRAYING LIEBERMAN AS A NAZI?

When I was posting at Daily Kos I published an image of Lieberman with a Hitler face (shown above)… I was asked how I could compare a Jew to a nazi…. my response was “How could a Jew act like one?”

The furor that followed at DK resulted in myself and many other pro Palestinian bloggers having their rights revoked… we were banned!

BUT…. if you read the following you can see that our efforts were not in vain, it looks like we started a trend.

Aug 10 09:23

THE PARANORMAL STATE WE KNOW AS ISRAEL

Why would I refer to Israel as a paranormal state? Let’s look at the FACTS….

Since it’s creation Israel has ignored every resolution passed by various bodies of the United Nations …. the following video covers only those violated from 1968 to 2002…. there are more, many more…..

Aug 10 09:05

PM to quit UN panel if soldiers probed

Israel threatened Monday to pull out of a UN inquiry into a raid on a Turkish flotilla heading for Gaza, after the UN chief said there is no agreement that the panel will refrain from calling Israeli soldiers to testify.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The White Star Line threatened Monday to pull out of an inquiry into the sinking of the RMS Titanic heading for New York, after the chief investigator said there is no agreement that the panel will refrain from calling the surviving ship's crew to testify.

Aug 10 09:02

5 killed in Alaska plane crash; ex-NASA chief on board

It appears that five people were killed and four survived the Alaska crash of a small plane that was carrying former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and may have included former Senator Ted Stevens, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

Ted Lopatkiewicz, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, told The Associated Press in Washington that reports from Alaska authorities were that nine people were aboard the aircraft and that "it appears that there are five fatalities."



Aug 10 09:02

Afghanistan Civilian Casualties, Injuries Rising Sharply

The number of civilians killed in the Afghan conflict in the first six months of the year rose 25 percent compared with the same period a year ago, with insurgents responsible for the spike, the United Nations said in a report Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the US is responsible for all the civilian casualties, because there would be no civilian casualties if the US had not invaded in the first place.

Aug 10 09:00

Landmark Gitmo trial puts White House in tight spot

The sharp criticism from the U.N. official created yet another public relations dilemma for Pentagon officials as they prepare to try Khadr, a Canadian citizen who has spent nearly a third of his life at Guantanamo, in the first military commission trial during Barack Obama's presidency.

Aug 10 08:59

The Horror Show

Government workers were walking the plank from coast to coast. About 143,000 temporary Census workers were let go, and another 48,000 government employees at the budget-strapped state and local levels lost their jobs. But the worst news, with the most ominous long-term implications, was that the reason the unemployment rate was not higher was because 181,000 workers left the labor force.

With many of them beaten down by the worst jobs situation since the Great Depression, they just stopped looking for work. And given the Alice-in-Wonderland way in which we compile our official jobless statistics, they are no longer counted as unemployed.

Aug 10 08:58

Israel Won’t Allow UN Panel to Question Soldiers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel wouldn’t cooperate with a United Nations probe into its May 31 naval raid on a Gaza aid flotilla if the UN tries to question soldiers who took part in the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Just take our word for it! Those aid workers committed suicide!"



Aug 10 08:57

Barak contradicts Netanyahu's testimony on flotilla

Defense minister testifies before committee probing deadly IDF raid on Gaza-bound flotilla, says seven-minister forum dealt with both military, media aspects of operation. 'I take full responsibility for the orders given,' he adds, says government did not discuss possibility of violent resistance onboard Marmara

Aug 10 08:56

Israel Cannot be Both Jewish and Democratic

Israel continues to lurch and stagger in the darkened bog of tribal chauvinism. The Jewish state's further descent into the bellicose murk is being felt by the country's minorities. Home destructions and deportations are portentous of a bleaker future for non-Jews in Israel.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have lived under an Israeli apartheid regime for decades now. Over the years, Israel has demolished homes, kidnapped thousands of political prisoners, transferred 500,000 settler-colonists onto the West Bank, conducted massive military operations in civilian areas, hoarded the vast majority of Palestinian water, and committed a host of other crimes under the apartheid banner.

Aug 10 08:53

The Crime of the Century: What BP and US Government Don’t Want You to Know

Environmental activist Jerry Cope has spent the last few weeks traveling along the Gulf Coast and experiencing firsthand the contamination in the air and water. In an article published on Huffington Post, Cope argues that instead of celebrating the allegedly vanishing oil, we should be concerned about the disappearance of marine life in the Gulf. He describes the Gulf as a “kill zone” and looks into where the marine animals have gone, given that BP has reported a relatively low number of dead animals from the spill.

Aug 10 08:49

Bell, Calif. city manager who was making $800k a year was actually making $1.5 million



Aug 10 08:46

Peter Schiff: "We're in the Early Stages of a Depression"

As outlandish as he may have sounded at the time, he was right. Four years and the worst recession since the Great Depression later, Schiff stands alone again with a bleaker diagnosis for the economy: an inflationary depression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the blog-o-sphere was warning this was a depression 2 years ago.

Aug 10 08:39

TOXIC OIL RAIN IN IOWA ? - More plant damage

Aug 10 08:36

Toxic Rain In Miami From Gulf Oil Leak Plants Trees Dying

Aug 10 08:35

BP Oil Spill Is Corexit Having an Effect on Plants and Wildlife



Aug 10 08:34

BP Oil Spill: Is Corexit Having an Effect on Plants and Wildlife?

Aug 10 08:32

Unknown disease killing off Florida’s state tree

An unknown but growing number of sabal palms in the Tampa Bay area have died from a mysterious disease that researchers are struggling to identify. Even after scientists pinpoint the disease — and that could take years — they will have to learn what insect spreads it. The disease will be tough to stop.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yeah, yeah... sure, sure... a disease. yeah, that's it; a disease! Sure, sure. Pay no attention to those oil and Corexit contaminants that have been raining down out of the sky across Florida for the last three months. Your future funding depends on your looking for a disease to explain why everything is dying off. Disease, disease, disease!"

Aug 10 08:26

Afghan resistance statement Response of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan regarding a picture published by Time magazine

Time magazine has recently published a picture of an Afghan women Aisha, and described her horrifying story which is connected to the Taliban under the title 'Afghan women and the return of the Taliban’.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rejects this fabrication by the Americans, who are publishing these lies to divert attention of the people from their clear and disgraceful defeat.

This desperate propaganda by Time magazine has shown the whole world to the lengths which the world media will go to please America, even at the cost of their Journalistic integrity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, well, we kinda already knew that about the presstitutes anyway.

Aug 10 08:24

Israel Won’t Allow UN Panel to Question Soldiers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is like investigating the sinking of the Titanic but not being allowed to ask the crew any questions.



Aug 10 08:23

US warship visits former foe Vietnam, China warns US to stay out of Yellow Sea

An American warship docked Tuesday in central Vietnam where the former foes planned to conduct naval training in a sign of growing military ties amid new warnings from China
for the U.S. to stay out of its backyard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, relax; we're getting kicked out of the Afghanistan opium fields and just need to see if any of Kuhn Sa's stash is still floating around for sale!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 10 08:20

Sarah Palin's Homer Moment-D'Oh!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Caribou Barbie gets OWNED by Alaska teacher.

Aug 10 08:15

The Obama presidency increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime: extravagant and out of touch with the American people

It is the kind of impunity that has been highlighted on the world stage this week by Michelle Obama’s hugely costly trip to Spain, which has prompted a New York Post columnist Andrea Tantaros to dub the First Lady a contemporary Marie Antoinette. As The Telegraph reports, while the Obamas are covering their own vacation expenses such as accommodation, the trip may cost US taxpayers as much as $375,000 in terms of secret service security and flight costs on Air Force Two.

Aug 10 08:13

The 'Blood Diamond' Hoax, Liberia as a Parlor Game and You

In this faux-morality play, everyone has an assigned role:

•Cover-seeking panjandrums of the diamond industry—egged on by the canny PR spinners at DeBeers. The latter's main interest is in eliminating independent diamond production.



Aug 10 08:12

The Elders of Anti-Zion

The initiatives of small local groups in various countries are not what they appear to be. Far from it! They are part of a world-wide, organized and coordinated conspiracy, which uses every means to achieve their nefarious aim. Unlike the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, the forged document that was produced a hundred years ago, this is a genuine plot, something like the “Protocols of the Elders of Anti-Zion”.

Only one detail was missing in the disclosure: where is the secret headquarters of this international conspiracy?

Happily, I am in a position to provide the missing information. Shocking as it may sound, the headquarters of the Elders of Anti-Zion is located in Jerusalem.

Aug 10 07:56

How Brilliant Computer Scientists Solved the Bermuda Triangle Mystery

The methane—normally frozen at great pressure as gas hydrates embedded within subterranean rock—can become dislodged and transform into gaseous bubbles expanding geometrically as they explode upwards. When these bubbles reach the surface of the water they soar into the air, still expanding upwards and outwards.

Any ships caught within the methane mega-bubble immediately lose all buoyancy and sink to the bottom of the ocean. If the bubbles are big enough and possess a high enough density they can also knock aircraft out of the sky with little or no warning. Aircraft falling victim to these methane bubbles will lose their engines-perhaps igniting the methane surrounding them-and immediately lose their lift as well, ending their flights by diving into the ocean and swiftly plummeting

Aug 10 07:53

Khadr confessions admissable, judge rules

The judge presiding over Omar Khadr's war-crimes case has ruled that his confessions are admissible at trial.

Col. Patrick Parrish rejected defence arguments that Khadr's statements were the product of torture and could not be used against him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US now accepts confessions extracted under torture in trials. How far we have fallen.

Aug 10 07:52

'Afghanistan to expel US security firms'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is set to call on Washington and its allies to shut down their private security companies in the violence-stricken country.

President Karzai will announce the details of his demand late Saturday during a press conference in Kabul, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Informed sources in the presidential office said the Afghan leader was set to impose a ban on Western-backed security firms and announce his new policy on the fight against corruption.

President Karzai had earlier accused foreign security contractors in the country of operating as militias, saying that these firms are only worsening the security situation in Afghanistan.



Aug 10 07:52

Ambassador: Iran ready to help Lebanon’s army

Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi stated that Iran is ready to help the Lebanese armed forces, IRNA reported.

Roknabadi made the remarks in his meeting with Commander of the Armed Forces of Lebanon General Jean Kahwagi.

Aug 10 07:52

Agent Orange victims get raw deal

Doctors, scientists, lawyers, and AO victims attended the seminar, Agent Orange - Message from the Heart, held ahead of the 49th anniversary of the day the US began a 10-year campaign to spray 80 million litres of the deadly dioxin on Viet Nam.

They discussed the responsibilities of the US government and chemical companies that produced the AO that was used.

Aug 10 07:50

Odierno: Troops staying in Iraq to prevent foreign interference

U.S. forces are staying in Iraq to prevent foreign powers from meddling with the new government, Gen. Ray Odierno said Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You mean like the US already did?

Aug 10 07:48

BP Won't Fully Fund Escrow Account Until End Of 2013

BP and the Justice Department announced today that BP has made its first contribution into the $20 billion escrow fund which will pay claims related to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

BP's first payment was $3 billion.



Aug 10 07:47

Study: Age that girls hit puberty keeps dropping

The age at which girls hit puberty continues to drop, new research from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center shows.

Researchers led by Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children's, found that the number of 7- and 8-year-old girls with breast development was higher than found in studies conducted 10 to 30 years earlier.

Once breast development begins, menstruation typically follows within two to three years. Girls who menstruate earlier are at greater risk for breast cancer later in life.

Other health risks, including endometrial cancer, eating disorders and depression, are associated with earlier puberty and maturation. Behavioral issues, including earlier sexual activity, have also been noted.

Aug 10 07:44

Operation Opera II - Israeli Attack on Iran

The worse kept secret is the joint plans of Israel and their American stooges for a sneak attack on Iran. Succumbing to the militaristic legacy of imperial Japan, the joint chiefs of staff are ready to facilitate or even lead a stealth charge against purported WMD targets. So what is their rationale? Since the deadly weapon facilities could not be found in Iraq, maybe they will be found in Iran? If Iran was ready to develop nuclear weapons, how is that any different from Israel already deploying 200 plus warheads? Especially since the Zionist belligerent is poised to strike Iran in a repeat of their “Operation Opera” against the Iraqi Osirak reactor in 1981.

Aug 10 07:42

Economists Herald New Great Depression

The world is currently experiencing the modern day equivalent of the Great Depression, according to a prominent economist who has added his voice to scores of others now forecasting ongoing economic doom on a scale not seen since the 1930s.

Robin Griffiths, a technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC Monday that he sees the stock market bottoming out in October as the world has entered significant financial depression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There they finally said it. We've known it for the last two years. Now, they admit it. We are in a depression.

Aug 10 07:40

AID WORKERS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN KILLED BY TALIBAN AFTER ALL!

The Taliban claimed responsibility and said the group had been trying to convert people to Christianity. Another Islamist group also said it had carried out the killings.

But Dirk Frans, IAM executive director told a news conference in Kabul that local police suggested bandits had committed the murders. The group's valuables had also been stolen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or, US/Israeli agents carried out the killings to try to justify a continued US occupation of Afghanistan in the face of growing opposition to the wars.



Aug 10 07:38

WHO downgrades H1N1, declares flu pandemic over

The H1N1 flu virus has run its course and the pandemic is over, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

"We are now moving into the post-pandemic period," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told a teleconference, saying the H1N1 virus "has largely run its course."

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What pandemic? Is this some sort of sick joke?

Aug 10 07:33

Battle to contain India oil spill

Aug 10 07:32

The Charade Begins: Netanyahu`s Flotilla Massacre Probe Testimony

On August 9, Israel's self-appointed Turkel Commission, its planned whitewash, began hearings into the Freedom Flotilla massacre, a humanitarian mission delivering essential aid to besieged Gazans, Israeli officials blaming the victims, not themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claiming that the Israelis were only defending themselves at the aid flotilla is like claiming the Japanese were only defending themselves at Pearl Harbor!



Aug 10 07:31

Transcript of interviews with the airstrike survivors

Aug 10 07:31

First picture of the Sun erupting in 'solar tsunami' which sparked incredible Northern Lights displays

Erupting in dazzling whorls of fire, this is the spectacular first image of the sun in the middle of a solar storm.

An ultraviolet camera was able to capture the intergalatic display - which sparked incredible skies around the world this week - in all its glory.

Aug 10 07:25

Civilian victims of Afghan war 'rises by 31% in six months'

The report said that 386, or 12%, of the Afghan casualties were due to US, Nato and other pro-government forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There would not be ANY civilian casualties if the US had minded its own business and stayed out of there! So, in a very real sense, 100% of those casualties are due to the US invasion.



Aug 10 07:17

The Government is Dealing with the Oil Spill Like the Soviets Dealt with Chernobyl

The bottom line is that the government's entire response to the oil spill is to try to cover it up, just as the Soviets tried to do with Chernobyl, and just as the U.S. government has done with the financial crisis, torture, 9/11, the anthrax attack, and every other crisis.

Aug 10 07:15

Israel threatens pullout from UN probe

Israel has threatened to pull out of a UN investigation into its May 31 attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy as the international probe seeks to question Israeli soldiers.

Despite Israeli efforts to appease the global enrage over the death of nine Turkish activists onboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, the United Nations named its own panel in August to look into the deadly incident.

Israel agreed to participate in the UN probe but has opposed to have its military forces involved in the fatal onslaught grilled over the attack which was carried out in international waters.

Tel Aviv insisted that Israel's agreement was conditional on the panel relying on reports from Israel's own military inquiry, not testimony from soldiers.

Aug 10 07:08

The Occasional Posting from Transmission Central.

This is not just the passing of one age and the beginning of another. This is also the completion and genesis of a much larger cycle and provides an opportunity for an enormous personal advance, for those who have prepared themselves and who will be able to see a dimensional opening, which they can pass through into a new order of being. This aperture may appear everywhere for a certain time or it might require some travel to a launching point. You will know in either case or you won’t see it at all.

Aug 10 07:00

South Korea Police Raid Google Office

The South Korean police raided the offices of Google Korea on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether the company illegally collected and stored personal wireless data.

Aug 10 06:58

British breast cancer rates 'four times higher than eastern Africa', says report

World Cancer Research Fund survey cites lifestyle as reason for difference.

This article makes no mention of vitamin D

Aug 10 06:53

Biofuels emit 400 percent more CO2 than regular fuels

A recent report issued by the European Union has revealed that biofuels, or fuel made from living, renewable sources, is not really all that beneficial to the environment. Rather than reduce the net carbon footprint as intended, biofuels can produce four times more carbon dioxide pollution than conventional fossil fuels do.

Aug 10 06:52

Vitaminwater revealed as non-healthy beverage by Coca-Cola's own lawyers

Do you ever wonder things like "Who is actually gullible enough to think that Vitaminwater is healthy?" Although that question may seem demeaning or even arrogant, it turns out that the Coca-Cola company (which owns the Vitaminwater brand) is essentially asking that exact question.

How so? In response to a recent lawsuit against Coca-Cola filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Coke's attorneys replied in court briefings that, "...no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitaminwater was a healthy beverage."

Except, of course, millions of consumers were misled into believing precisely that.

Aug 10 06:51

USF Says Government Pushed Them To Hide Their Oil Plume Findings From The Public

A month after the Deepwater Horizon disaster began, scientists from the University of South Florida made a startling announcement. They had found signs that the oil spewing from the well had formed a 6-mile-wide plume snaking along in the deepest recesses of the gulf...

Aug 10 06:48

Congressman Markey suggests “global warming deniers to start their own country”

It is probably the most ugly statement I’ve ever seen from a politician regarding a group of people with ideas that disagree with the politician’s own view. If it were a race or class issue, he’d be vilified. He apparently has lost touch with what it means to be an American.

Aug 10 06:43

Brazil seeks origin of oil slick lapping at beach

Brazilian officials are trying to determine the origin of an oil slick that is washing onto white-sand beaches east of Rio de Janeiro.

A statement from Brazil's navy Sunday night says inspectors are being sent to investigate. A lab analysis of the oil could determine if it came from a ship or from an offshore oil platform.

State-run oil company Petrobras says its offshore fields are not responsible for the slick.

Aerial footage on Globo television shows a black tide hitting the shore in a resort area about 110 miles (180 kilometers) east of Rio.

Aug 10 05:55

Rethinking Iran-Contra

Carter’s potential second term presented unacceptable dangers to some powerful interests at home and overseas. The CIA Old Boys (whom legendary CIA officer Miles Copeland deemed “the CIA within the CIA”) thought they understood the true national interests even if the lazy-minded public and weak-kneed politicians didn’t.

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his Likud Party believed in a “Greater Israel” and were determined not to trade any more land conquered in the Six-Day War of 1967 for promises of peace with Palestinians and other Arabs. In 1980, Begin was still fuming over Carter’s Camp David pressure on him to surrender the Sinai in exchange for a peace deal with Egypt.

Aug 10 03:16

Hurrah for Hugo Chavez

Chavez's policies have reduced ignorance, poverty, and injustice. The list goes on and on. Venezuelans are more engaged in the political process than anytime in the nation's history. That scares Washington. US elites don't want well-informed, empowered people participating in the political process. They believe that task should be left to the venal politicians chosen by corporate bosses and top-hat banksters. That's why Chavez has to go. He's given people hope for a better life.

August 9, 2010

Aug 09 23:35

Judge Andrew Napolitano: "The government is the servant, not the master!"

"We fought a Cold War for FORTY YEARS against governments in eastern Europe, who's agents monitored their people's every move, in private and in public, and now we have that here."

Aug 09 23:17

CBS - Grade Obama's First Year in Office

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to vote to see the result. (Hint: It's pretty much what you expect it to be!)

Aug 09 23:13

Are US-Israel intelligence agencies blocking Palestinian civil rights to weaken Hezbollah?

By Dr. Franklin Lamb

Part X of a series on securing Civil Rights for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

The State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (NIR) is part of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s panoply of 16 agencies, which comprise the US Intelligence Community (IC). According to Congressional sources consulted below, NIR and Israel have been working longer hours than most members of Lebanon’s Parliament, carefully analyzing the language of the main draft proposals concerning elementary civil rights for Palestinian Refugees. The proposals are currently scheduled for an August 17, 2010 Parliamentary vote and the US-Israel plan is to allow nothing to be enacted into law that would actually benefit Lebanon’s Palestinian refugees.

Aug 09 23:13

Israel, the bomb, and openness

Israel needs to drop the fiction that it is not a nuclear power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the Los Angeles Times?!?!?

Aug 09 23:10

Mullah Omar orders Taliban to attack civilians, Afghan women

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is like saying George Washington ordered the army to shoot American colonial women. Does it make any sense?

Aug 09 23:09

One-State, Two-State and the American Task Force on Palestine

By Antoine Raffoul

Until recently, we had never heard of the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP). After some research on the subject of the One-State vs the Two-State solution, we discovered a long Study published by the ATFP in 2009 entitled “What’s Wrong With The One-State Agenda“. It made for interesting reading and shed some light on the people behind the ATFP which claim “to promote an end to the conflict in the Middle East through a negotiated agreement that provides for two states – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security”.

Aug 09 23:08

Aid group plays down Taliban link to doctors deaths

A Christian aid group has cast doubt on Taliban claims it had shot dead ten members of a medical team in northeastern Afghanistan and insisted he did not try to convert Muslims to Christianity.

The 10 team members — six Americans, two Afghans, one Briton and a German — were shot on Thursday by gunmen after finishing a two-week mission providing medical care to impoverished villagers in remote Nuristan province.

Aug 09 23:07

Magnitude 7.5 - VANUATU

Aug 09 23:07

Chris Hedges: The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears

CHRIS HEDGES: The boat to Gaza will be named “The Audacity of Hope.” But these are not Barack Obama’s words. These are the words of my friend the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. They are borrowed words. And Jerry Wright is not afraid to speak the truth, not afraid to tell us to stop confusing God with America. “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands [killed] in New York and the Pentagon

Aug 09 23:02

ISRAEL’S PILLARS OF SAMSON: NOT QUITE ARMAGEDDON, BUT….

By Dr. Alan Sabrosky* for My Catbird Seat

As the US edges toward an unprovoked and utterly needless war with Iran, some remarks by an eminent and experienced observer of that part of the world caught my attention. First, he noted that Israel and the US realize that the next war will burn much of the Middle East and may well spell the end of Israel.

Second, he remarked that Every week Israel becomes weaker vis a vis the “resistance axis” and at what point does Israel decide to bring down the house and start again if it can survive with enough military power (backed by the US) to remake the region.

Continue reading:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/israel%e2%80%99s-pillars-of-samson-no...

Aug 09 21:20

Israel to Drag U.S. into War Against Iran [VIDEO]

Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern
The following important warning from former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern. The United States could be drawn into yet another unwinnable war if Israel attacks Iran

Aug 09 20:14

Predatory Capitalism: When Corporations Go Unregulated

Unregulated profit-seeking corporations cannot be trusted to protect the Public, because their main objective is to make profits, not to be a do-gooder for the Public. Whenever profit-making conflicts with the Public interest, profit-making wins! Thus they become Predators on the Public, not Protectors of the Public.

This is not a radical idea, but an obvious fact, if you think about it. Profit-seeking corporations exist to make a profit, and the more profit, the better. Anything which increases profits is good for them; and anything which decreases profits is bad. So they try to do whatever is necessary to make profits. This is the essence of Laissez-faire Capitalism: that profit-seeking corporations should be left alone to do whatever they choose to do in order to make profits.

Aug 09 19:14

Nuclear Carriers on the Move

Mr. President, whether it wouldn’t be wise for you to give the American people, the United Nations, and the rest of the world a reasoned statement of the need for such an oceanic display of America’s naval, air, soldierly, and electronic might at a time when the United States seems bent on continuing to act as a global policeman in the four corners of the world.

Aug 09 19:04

Palestinian? Where are you?

Those interested in justice for the Palestinian cause would be wise to notice who the lone voices are here in America - disinterested voices - secular voices - voices only interested in assuring a republic "of the people, by the people, for the people" without favor toward ANY religion. Yours, theirs, mine, or anybody's.

Aug 09 18:10

A Guide to the G20 Protests for the Not-Yet-Radical

And I want to reiterate my sincere belief that the rights which we do have came about from long social struggles, of which gathering and protesting was an important part. The right to assemble isn’t about the right to get together for picnics or parties (though I like those as much as the next person), it’s about the right to assemble exactly when the government or another authority doesn’t want you to. And a moment when the police say “don’t come downtown, you might get caught in a mass arrest.” Is the exact moment when I think it’s important to assert my right to assemble. The crucial moments to assert your rights are always when they are threatened.

To conclude this section on repression, let me just ask one more time for you to review the accounts of events I’ve written about - combined with the other stories that you have heard or heard about - and judge them against the normal narrative of how this stuff happens: that a protest turned violent and the police responded in order to stop the violence. Then try to think about it in the light of the government and the police trying to discourage protest and demobilize people. Which one makes more sense?

Aug 09 17:11

US lawmakers block money for Lebanon's army (...on behalf of Israelis)

If you want American money - apply for statehood - otherwise - we're outa' cash for your religious conflicts.

Aug 09 15:44

U.S. and EU fail to isolate Iran

China, Russia, India and Turkey move into the lucrative void left by U.S. and EU sanctions that aim to halt Iran's [non existent] nuclear program.

Aug 09 14:51

Matt Simmons Has Died: BP critic and oil expert Matt Simmons dies a Mysterious Death.

BP critic and oil expert Matt Simmons dies of heart attack. Simmons was proponent of peak oil. Another report states Simmons drowned at home, which will skew autopsy tests for poisons

Aug 09 14:18

U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

New York's Staten Island was broiling under a life-threatening heat wave and borough President James Molinaro was seriously concerned about the area's Little League baseball players...

Aug 09 14:08

Breaking Gulf news: Land Surveyor proves Simmons right. TV well sham.

In a series of four short videos (below), the unidentified land surveyor presents official BP public documents that he downloaded, compared to "live coverage" revealing the TV illusion. He explains in layman's terms what has transpired using BP surveyor maps and documents.

According to the public documents, not only are there the two wells Matt Simmons has insisted exist. The documents also reveal that the plan since the beginning of the operation has been to abandon both wells.

Simmons stated in July, "There is no way BP would not know they were misleading everyone," and, "They would have to be deaf, dumb, and blind and they're not. These are smart guys."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"WELL-GATE" GOES VIRAL!

Aug 09 14:03

It's a Killing Machine Economic Boom

Do you wonder how the government slips in those supposedly bullish data points about the economy, when everywhere you go you hear average people talking about how bad things are?

Answer: The American military is in a major growth mode.

Aug 09 13:42

BP Disaster = Catastrophic Climate Change?

The entire 'river of warm water' that flows from the Caribbean to the edges of Western Europe is dying due to the Corexit that the Obama Administration allowed BP to use to hide the scale of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster.

The approximately two million gallons of Corexit, plus several million gallons of other dispersants, have caused the over two hundred million gallons of crude oil to mostly sink to the bottom of the ocean. This has hidden much of the oil, with the hopes that BP can seriously reduce the mandated federal fines from the oil disaster.

Aug 09 13:12

Mom plans to sue Tavares for arrest following wet T-shirt at children's park

When Janet Lovett took her 7-year-old son to the city's Splash Park this spring, she never thought police would slap handcuffs on her and haul her off to the Lake County Jail after her T-shirt and bra became wet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Soooooooooo, lemme get this right. We don't have police to deal with burglaries and robberies, but we have cops ready to arrest women whose bra shows through her shirt when she gets wet at the "Splash Park?"

Aug 09 13:03

living example of the phrase "you can't fix stupid"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In point of fact Hitler was a Catholic.

Aug 09 13:00

Intentional land management, Mapping Africa’s Bush Fires

Mapping Africa’s Bush Fires
Posted on Sep 12 2009 by Bill Zimmerman
From NASA’s Earth Observatory website:
Season after season, year after year, people set fire to African landscapes to create and maintain farmland and grazing areas. People use fire to keep less desirable plants from invading crop or rangeland, to drive grazing animals away from areas more desirable for farming, to remove crop stubble and return nutrients to the soil, and to convert natural ecosystems to agricultural land. The burning area shifts from north to south over the course of the year, in step with the coming and going of Africa’s rainy and dry seasons.

Aug 09 12:50

Eyes on the skies over Iran's reactor

Iranian and Russian nuclear scientists and officials have announced Bushehr's reactor will soon be receiving its first shipment of nuclear fuel 36 years after construction first began on the project.

This claim may be quietly fueling speculation that a military strike on Iran by Israel - or the United States - may be imminent.

....

An aerial assault on Bushehr would have to take place before any nuclear fuel arrives at the site. Beyond that point, an attack on the reactor would release deadly radioactive fallout into the entire Persian Gulf region and beyond. Besides the catastrophic human and environmental toll of such an attack, the sea lanes through which much of the world's oil supplies pass would be endangered.

Aug 09 12:25

Murder of Aid Workers in Afghanistan A Convenient War Psyops?

Monday, August 9, 2010
Murder of Aid Workers in Afghanistan A Convenient War Psyops?
The tragic murder of 10 medical workers in northern Afghanistan could very well have been done by thugs and thieves or is there a military/CIA/Mossad psyops at work?
But on the other hand, when this incident is looked at through the concept of 'war by deception,' it's not too far-fetched to speculate that the intelligence agencies and their paid proxies working in the area may have actually committed the war crime. Killing western civilians doing humanitarian work is a deceitful way to stir public opinion for a war going downhill fast in the minds of many Americans.

Aug 09 12:20

Israel releases nuclear whistleblower


Israeli whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, imprisoned 18 years for exposing Tel Aviv's nuclear weapons, has been released after serving an extra three months in jail.

Aug 09 12:16

Congress halts aid to Lebanese army


A senior US Congresswoman is blocking funding to the Lebanese military following its attack on Israeli soldiers last week.

Aug 09 11:53

MIDDLE EAST SUNDOWN REVEALS A DAWN OF RENEWED HOPE

For the second year in a row two of the Holiest months will begin at the same moment; the month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar and the month of Ramadan on the Islamic one. Both will be ushered in with the setting of the sun this evening …. hopefully followed by a dawn of renewed hope for both peoples in the region.

Aug 09 11:44

FLASHBACK - Matt Simmons - They are Still Lying About Oil Disaster

Aug 09 11:39

'Not enough evidence to convict suspected Jewish terrorist Pearlman'

A Petah Tikva judge on Monday refused a police request to extend by eight days the remand of Chaim Pearlman, a settler suspected of having murdered four Palestinians and wounded several more, on the grounds that "I haven't seen any substantial evidence that could serve to convict Pearlman."

Pearlman, a 29-year-old resident of Givat Washington and father of three, was arrested on suspicion of having committed a string of stabbings in the 1990s. Weapons charges have also been filed against him.

Aug 09 11:34

NUCLEAR FEAR AS RUSSIAN BLAZES HIT CHERNOBYL

Fires sweeping Russia could unleash deadly nuclear pollution from the Chernobyl disaster of 25 years ago. The Kremlin was also taking emergency action to move missiles and other munitions at risk from hundreds of blazes that have prompted a mass evacuation of Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A reminder that these major environmental disasters do not just go away overnight, despite what BP says.

Aug 09 11:32

Crabs provide evidence oil tainting Gulf food web

The government said last week that three-quarters of the spilled oil has been removed or naturally dissipated from the water. But the crab larvae discovery was an ominous sign that crude had already infiltrated the Gulf's vast food web — and could affect it for years to come.

"It would suggest the oil has reached a position where it can start moving up the food chain instead of just hanging in the water," said Bob Thomas, a biologist at Loyola University in New Orleans. "Something likely will eat those oiled larvae ... and then that animal will be eaten by something bigger and so on."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, you think?
Biloxi, Aug/3/10

Aug 09 11:11

'Iran let to export gas to Syria via Iraq'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for the sanctions!

Aug 09 11:10

BP's Insidious Coverup and Propaganda Campaign: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

A campaign that peaked this week with the US government, clearly acting in BP’s best interests, itself announcing, via outlets willing to allow themselves to be used to transfer the propaganda, like the New York Times, this message: “The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated — and that much of the rest is so diluted that it does not seem to pose much additional risk of harm.”

This message was disseminated far and wide, via other mainstream media outlets like the AP and Reuters, effectively announcing to the masses that despite the Gulf of Mexico suffering the largest marine oil disaster in US history, most of the oil was simply “gone.”

Aug 09 11:09

Fannie, Freddie, FHA REO Inventory Increases 13% in Q2 from Q1 2010

The combined REO (Real Estate Owned) inventory for Fannie, Freddie and the FHA increased by 13% in Q2 2010 from Q1 2010. The REO inventory (lender Real Estate Owned) increased 74% compared to Q2 2009 (year-over-year comparison).

Aug 09 11:09

RIP Matt Simmons

Aug 09 11:09

Freddie Mac says needs $1.8 billion from taxpayers

Mortgage finance giant Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB) on Monday said it would need another $1.8 billion in aid from taxpayers, bringing its total request since it was taken over by the government two years ago to more than $64 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last official act of any government is to loot the nation.

Aug 09 11:08

Netanyahu accuses Turkey of ignoring Gaza flotilla warnings

Israel's prime minister tells inquiry that raid on aid convoy in which nine activists died was conducted in self-defence

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claiming that the Israelis were defending themselves at the aid flotilla are like claiming that the Japanese were defending themselves at Pearl Harbor.

Aug 09 11:06

FLASHBACK - BP caps DIFFERENT WELL MORE LIES ?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This bears further checking, but the gist of the story is that BP drilled two wells (confirmed) abandoned the first one when it got into trouble (also confirmed), then drilled the second well which exploded. The theory put forward on this video is that the media stunt of capping the well was done to the remains of the first well, not the major leak at the Deepwater Horizon site.

WELL #A
Latitude 28.738132500000003
Longitude -88.36592777777777

WELL #B
Latitude 28.73778527777778
Longitude -88.36682805555554

check this out
Use the above decimal mapping coordinates on the live marine traffic map linked below (as you move the map around, the coordinates change). You will see where the ROVS are in relationship to the TWO well blowouts:

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?level0=100

It appears the SKANDI NEPTUNE, which has been showing images of the "new cap for the BOP" is at the location of the FIRST well that blew, and NOT the second well (that destroyed the rig).

Note: The marinetraffic website does not have a mechanism for saving the map coordinates in the URL, so after you reach the page, use the pull down menu at left labeled "Go to Vessel" and select SKANDI NEPTUME which will center the ROV ship as well as show a recent track.

UPDATE

These are screen captures from July 22nd.

In this first screencap, the location of the BOA DEEP C is noted. This is the location of the Deepwater Horizon drilling site; the well seen gushing oil and gas into the Gulf following the explosion of the drilling rig last April.

In this second screencap, the location of the SKANDI NEPTUNE is indicated. This is the ROV control ship currently displaying what we are told is the successfully capped wellhead.

The problem is that as of July 22nd when these screencaps were taken, the SKANDI NEPTUNE and its ROV appear to be some distance from the Deepwater Horizon, at the location of the first attempted well.

Aug 09 11:06

U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

Experts on the nation's electricity system point to a frighteningly steep increase in non-disaster-related outages affecting at least 50,000 consumers.

During the past two decades, such blackouts have increased 124 percent -- up from 41 blackouts between 1991 and 1995, to 92 between 2001 and 2005, according to research at the University of Minnesota.

Aug 09 11:04

BP OIL - NO BS !! - 2 WELLS DRILLED ABANDONED

Webmaster's Commentary: 
This is very long because it goes into fine detail, but what it documents, using official BP and MMS documents, plus the live feed from the ROV cameras, is that the well we have been seeing on TV since the "capping" on July 16th is not the destroyed Deepwater Horizon wellhead that has been gushing oil since last April, but the first attempted well which was abandoned.
Aug 09 11:03

FORGET BP AND GOVERNMENT CLAIMS; OIL STILL LURKING BENEATH SURFACE OF SAND ALONG THE GULF COAST!

On a second trip to the island with a Fox 8 News crew, Hahn brought a shovel and struck oil, turning up thick, black oil that had not been heavily weathered and did not appear to have been dispersed.

"I would have never thought that this oil would be this deep underground," Hahn said.

Aug 09 11:02

LET'S CALL THIS "WELL-GATE!"

The Skandi ROV #1, one of the pair that were parked in front of the oil gusher all those weeks, was moved after the tropical storm came through the Gulf. It is now parked in front of "Well A," the one that BP first attempted, then capped and abandoned after problems developed. They then drilled "Well B" which is the one that blew Deepwater Horizon out of the water and was and still is gushing oil.

BP claim that they are showing you video of a capped Well B, which is a lie.

Aug 09 11:01

FEDS SAY THEY CANNOT FIND THE OIL? HERE IT IS!

Aug 09 10:58

BP's oil now oozing out from Beach sand in Louisiana

That's why they didn't allow photographers...they were just BURYING the oil. I've seen other videos like this...pristine-looking beaches, where all BP did was bring in acres of sand and bulldoze it over the oil. They didn't "clean up" a damned thing, they just buried it.

Aug 09 10:57

OBAMA SAYS OIL DISASTER IS OVER WHILE DEAD FISH WASH UP IN BILOXI!

Aug 09 10:56

Feds Can’t Find Oil But Satellite Photos Show BP Gulf Oil Spill Covering 12,000 Square Miles

Speculation: winds from Bonnie obliterated most of the thin sheen throughout the area; but since then, sheen has had time to “reassemble” into observable layers that noticeably affect the sunglint on MODIS images, and the backscatter on radar, but may not look like much to folks out in the Gulf on vessels or in low-flying aircraft. That’s our theory at this point.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shake a bottle of oil and vinegar salad dressing and sure enough, very little oil will be seen at the top. That is what happened during Bonnie. But let that same salad dressing sit still for a while and the oil eventually separates and floats back to the top. That is what is happening now!

Aug 09 10:56

What they're hiding: Explosive SEEPS evident in side-by-side comparison of ENHANCED video

Aug 09 10:56

Spokesman Calls US Biggest Sponsor of Terrorism in Decades

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast condemned the US for sponsoring and conducting terrorist operations across the globe while accusing other countries of state-sponsored terrorism under false pretexts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I beg to differ. That drone attack that blew up 37 women and children was not terror! It was a 'transitional stability operation'!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 09 10:55

BP Has Two Different Oil Wells Spewing Underwater

So there it is in black and white next to living color. BP are lying. Ms. Williams either lied or was given false information to send me in order to attempt to throw me off track. Two wells, two distinct locations, twin wellheads and all the other equipment. And still the video from the Skandi subs are showing Well A on your network and cable news, but you clearly see a well at location B also spewing oil in the Youtube video.

Aug 09 10:54

US report on BP spill censured

Residents of US states along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico are angry at a government report suggesting that %75 of the oil leaked from the ruptured BP well is gone.

The affected Americans in the Gulf coastal states maintain that the rosy report presented by the US government is going to keep BP's disastrous spill out of the limelight.

"There is no way anyone can tell me that is it over with. I have proof. I know where it is at," shouted a Gulf resident angrily, holding up a contaminated water sample from the Gulf, Sky News reported on Monday.

Aug 09 10:53

Retired NYPD cops probed for 'faking' mental illness to get benefits

Up to 24 retired NYPD cops, some already getting tax-free disability pensions, are being investigated for allegedly feigning mental illness to add Social Security benefits to their juicy incomes -- even as they declared themselves sane enough to pack a pistol, The Post has learned.

The insane mixed messages have set off a corruption probe at 1 Police Plaza and prompted the feds to target the retirees, as well as their lawyers and psychiatrists, sources said.

Aug 09 10:51

What BP and US Gov't Don’t Want You to Know--With photos

The Crime of the Century: What BP and US Government Don’t Want You to Know--With photos
Posted by Alexander Higgins - August 7, 2010 at 2:16 am
To judge from most media coverage, the beaches are open, the fishing restrictions being lifted and the Gulf resorts open for business in a healthy, safe environment. We, along with Pierre LeBlanc, spent the last few weeks along the Gulf coast from Louisiana to Florida, and the reality is distinctly different. The coastal communities of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida have been inundated by the oil and toxic dispersant Corexit 9500, and the entire region is contaminated. The once pristine white beaches that have been subject to intense cleaning operations now contain the oil/dispersant contamination to an unknown depth.

Aug 09 10:24

US funds Israel’s 'apartheid' roads plan

The construction of sections of a controversial segregated road network in the West Bank planned by Israel for Palestinians -- leaving the main roads for exclusive use by settlers -- is being financed by a US government aid agency, a map prepared by Palestinian researchers has revealed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the USA, rural roads are being allowed to deteriorate back to gravel and dirt, because there is no money for paving. But for some reason, the US Government has plenty of money to build new paved roads for Israel!

Aug 09 10:23

The Economy in Pictures

By Jake Towne

"Truth persists and illuminates, even if there is no one to utter it." Government is not the solution; rather, it is causing the problems. The below slides highlight the economic situation, updated from a May presentation.

Aug 09 10:19

THE GULF IS STILL LEAKING - DID BP SWITCH THE WELL SEEN ON TV?

Aug 09 10:18

Fury Over Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Report

Gulf Coast residents and business owners have reacted with alarm to claims that around 75% of the oil that leaked from the BP Deepwater Horizon rig has gone.

They fear the report by US government scientists will cause political and media attention to fade and that they will be abandoned as they struggle to cope with incomes and livelihoods devastated by the leak.

Aug 09 10:17

Lebanon - Gaza Aid Flotilla Sets Sail From Lebanon With all-women Crew

She said that once news of the flotilla was out organisers were inundated with requests to join the voyage, with more than 400 from the US alone. At least 10 Americans will be on board.

The boat has been stocked with medical instruments and medicines to take to the Palestinians.

In preparation for the voyage the participants gathered at a hotel in Beirut to discuss their plans. The logistics are many: minimal grooming, strict food rationing, and limited water supply.

“There will be no showers, no skirts and no makeup,” al-Haj told the group.

The participants are aware of the dangers, having followed the fate of another flotilla carrying aid for Gaza that was attacked by Israel in May.

Aug 09 10:13

Fate of several Hawaii schools in hands of BOE members

Earlier this year, the BOE voted to close the school.

Board members will also take public testimony about consolidating Kohala Schools on the Big Island and Maunaloa Elementary with Kaunakakai Elementary School on Molokai.

Aug 09 10:09

America Goes Dark

The lights are going out all over America - literally. Colorado Springs has made headlines with its desperate attempt to save money by turning off a third of its streetlights, but similar things are either happening or being contemplated across the nation, from Philadelphia to Fresno.

Meanwhile, a country that once amazed the world with its visionary investments in transportation, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, is now in the process of unpaving itself: in a number of states, local governments are breaking up roads they can no longer afford to maintain, and returning them to gravel.

Aug 09 10:06

POLICE ABUSE

Aug 09 10:01

The Climate Bill is Officially Dead. Now for Plan B.

Bummed about the Senate dragging its feet on climate? There's a new report out from the Presidential Climate Action Partnership that outlines five big things the Obama administration can do on climate before the next big United Nations climate meeting in Cancun this November.

1. "Work with states and local governments to create a national roadmap to the clean energy economy."

2. "Declare a war on energy waste."

3. "Begin reinventing national transportation policy."

4. "Eliminate fossil energy subsidies under the Administration's control."

5. "Establish ecosystem restoration as a climate action strategy."

Aug 09 09:51

Report finds drug industry funded studies almost always yield good results

A recent study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine has revealed that industry-funded clinical trials -- that is, drug trials funded by pharmaceutical companies -- almost always show positive results for the drugs they test. In contrast, only about half of government-funded studies show the same drugs to be safe and effective.

The results of the study may not come as much of a surprise to many who already recognize the corruption inherent in drug company-funded clinical trials. But they do broadcast this reality to a much larger audience than ever before.

Aug 09 09:38

Report: BP audit detailed rig's flaws before spill

A newspaper says it has obtained an internal audit conducted by BP PLC on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that details severe safety flaws months before the Gulf of Mexico spill.

The Sunday Times said in its report that the audit details how the drilling rig, owned by contractor Transocean, did not fully comply with BP's standards.

The report says that seven months ahead of the April explosion, auditors found 390 maintenance tasks that were more than a month overdue on the rig. These included maintenance work on parts of the blowout preventer, the safety device atop the well that failed to trigger on the day of the accident.

BP and Transocean, which could both face heavy penalties, have disagreed on who should take responsibility for the spill.

---Additional---

For government lawyers preparing a case against BP, this number could help calculate the maximum civil penalty BP might face for the spill. If BP is not found to have acted with negligence, the penalty would be $1,100 per barrel. About 4.1 million barrels escaped into the gulf, according to the new estimate, so that fine would come to $4.5 billion. If BP is found to have acted with "gross negligence" in the lead-up to the spill, the maximum penalty would be $4,300 a barrel, which would work out to $17.6 billion.

Aug 09 09:20

Israel releases Mordechai Vanunu after three months in prison

Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli whistleblower who spent 18 years in jail for exposing Israel's nuclear capabilities was released today after completing a further three-month sentence.

Vanunu, 56, a former technician at a secret nuclear plant near the desert town of Dimona, was convicted after handing over details of Israel's nuclear arsenal to a British newspaper in 1986.

Speaking before his sentence in May and in English – Vanunu refuses to speak Hebrew in public – said: "Everyone knows that Israel has nuclear weapons but no one is talking about it. The world doesn't want nuclear weapons – not in Israel, not in the Middle East and not anywhere in the world."

---Comment---

“1976 Symington Amendment to the 1961 Foreign Appropriations Act and the Glenn Act forbids the US government from giving financial aid to any nation with nuclear weapons technology that has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) and allow IAEA inspections.” Aid to Israel is ILLEGAL by US law. -- kdtroxel

Aug 09 09:12

Research fraud: Dr. Reuben now claims he had "bipolar disorder" which caused him to fake clinical trials

Defense attorneys for the perpetrator of one of the largest research frauds in history have claimed that their client, Scott S. Reuben, MD, suffered from "serious, but undiagnosed" bipolar disorder that led him to fabricate data and otherwise falsify his research.

Reuben graduated from medical school in 1985, and soon became a widely published and cited pain researcher. By 2009, he had published at least 72 research studies, and his work had led to a major change in the way pain is treated. But a routine audit in 2008 at Baystate Medical Center, where Reuben had worked since 1991, uncovered discrepancies in Reuben's research. This led to allegations that Reuben had not actually conducted many (or even any) of the studies that his supposedly groundbreaking findings had been based on.

---Comment---

"There goes one of big pharmaceutical's cash cow researcher. Wonder how many people are living with pain every day, because of this man." -- kdtroxel

Aug 09 09:11

Unilever chief: US and European consumers set for five years of weakness

Unilever chief executive Paul Polman said he does not expect major growth in consumer spending in Europe and US until at least the middle of the decade, instead backing emerging markets to drive the company's sales.

Aug 09 09:08

Taliban Return To Northern Afghanistan

The province of Kunduz, in northeast Afghanistan bordering Tajikistan, isn't supposed to be Taliban territory. But at a police checkpoint in the Ali Abad district in southern Kunduz, only a winding river separates insurgents from government forces.

Zukrullah, a junior officer in the Afghan national police, says he's sure the Taliban are watching his men.

Aug 09 09:07

Caught in America's legal black hole

Guantanamo Bay has also been the scene of barbaric tortures, vehemently denied by the Bush administration and now openly confronted by Barack Obama. It was here that the CIA, with the blessing of the Bush administration, developed the particularly grisly interrogation practice called waterboarding, where suspects are subjected to simulated drowning.

Aug 09 09:06

New war in region would be extremely costly: Iran FM

“The imposition of war and the creation of conflicts in the region are no longer easy. The region has proven this over the past 10 years. This is no longer costless,” Mottaki said at a joint press conference with Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami in Tehran on Sunday.

Through the imposition of several wars over the past three decades, the West has been seeking to drive a wedge between regional countries and intensify animosity, the Iranian foreign minister stated.

Aug 09 09:05

Foreign mercs must leave, Afghan president says

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on the United States and its allies to stop supporting private security companies, saying the activities of these firms aggravate the country's problems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just now figured that out, eh?

Aug 09 09:04

AstraZeneca pays out million dollar damages

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals firm AstraZeneca has agreed to pay $198 million in damages to around 17,500 people in the USA in connection with the alleged side effects of its Seroquel drug.

Aug 09 09:03

New fee for travellers to the USA

The fee will be levied on citizens from countries within the so-called visa waiver system, which includes Sweden, and the Swedish EU commissioner Cecilia Malmström has expressed concern that the charge could be a hindrance to trans-Atlantic travel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So even if someone wants to visit America's tourist destinations, the government loots them of much of their spending cash before they even arrive!

Aug 09 08:58

Matt Simmons Has Died

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This story says heart attack where the earlier reports were that he drowned.

Aug 09 08:56

STANDING UP TO THE ENEMY …. AGAIN

My Associate, Mazin Qumsiyeh, had his day in court today….. again….
Just days before his appearance he called the ongoing harassment of himself and other activists a blatant attempt by Israeli authorities to stifle dissent, and to silence those who would dare to speak out publicly against Israeli policies in the West Bank.

Aug 09 08:56

WHY THE BOYCOTT?

It’s not just against Apartheid….. it’s in support of the Palestinian people’s very right to exist with dignity and freedom…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If we do not stop apartheid in Gaza, who will stop it here in the US?

Aug 09 08:54

PALESTINIAN YOUTH SHOOT BACK …. WITH CAMCORDERS

Aug 09 08:48

Matt Simmons apparently drowned at his home Sunday night

Aug 09 08:44

Targeting Iran: Is the US Administration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust?

The US and its allies are preparing to launch a nuclear war directed against Iran with devastating consequences.

This military adventure in the real sense of the word threatens the future of humanity.

While one can conceptualize the loss of life and destruction resulting from present-day wars including Iraq and Afghanistan, it is impossible to fully comprehend the devastation which might result from a Third World War, using "new technologies" and advanced weapons, until it occurs and becomes a reality.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War with Iran will have to go nuclear. The US lacks the economy and the manufacturing to sustain a prolonged ground campaign in central Asia. Looking around at the homelessness and joblessness, one can already see that this nation is losing the wars it is already in. A new war with Iran will go badly, and at some point, when it becomes clear to the US Government that the war cannot be won conventionally, the nukes will fly. %They may even fly right at the outset of the war, starting WW3 with the same weapons used to end WW2.

Aug 09 08:41

US Cuts Funding for Israeli Defense Systems

The 2011 budget approved by Congress for the Arrow 3 program totaled $108.8 million. This included a White House request for $50.8 million, combined with another $58 million tacked on by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

According to Aaron Keyak, spokesman for New Jersey Democratic Congressman Steve Rothman, the Fiscal Year 2010 U.S. appropriations for Arrow 3 and David’s Sling missile defense systems were $50,036,000 and $80,092,000.

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The funding for New York's rent voucher program has run out, and 10,000 New York families may soon lose their apartments, so will someone tell me why this @#$%ing government is sending any money at ALL to Israel for weapons, when all such funding is illegal under the 1976 Symington Amendment to the 1961 Foreign Appropriations act and the Glenn act?

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people. A friend to Israel is no friend of America, especially after the attack on American aid workers in international waters!

Memorize this list of Israel's whores in the US Government and vote them out of office before it is your children being murdered by Israel! There is no more important issue this election!

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

Aug 09 08:37

Afghanistan to expel US security firms

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is set to call on Washington and its allies to shut down their private security companies in the violence-stricken country.

President Karzai will announce the details of his demand late Saturday during a press conference in Kabul, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Informed sources in the presidential office said the Afghan leader was set to impose a ban on Western-backed security firms and announce his new policy on the fight against corruption.

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