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CURRENT EVENTS

May 26 10:08

Louisiana oil spill in photos

May 26 09:07

Surkis pleads guilty in child-porn case

Bill Surkis, a respected member of Montreal's Jewish community, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possessing child porn and one count of accessing it on the Internet.

A third charge of distribution, which was added today, was stayed.

Sentencing arguments for Surkis, the former regional director of B'nai Brith in Quebec and the academic dean of John Abbott College for 22 years, will be heard Sept. 27.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for those who claim I only pick on the Catholics.

May 26 08:26

Tribesmen In Yemen Commit To Temporary Ceasefire

Tribesmen who live in Yemen’s Maarib territory had offered a ceasefire after a failed air attack which killed a local government official.

May 26 08:20

ALAN HART: BREAKS SILENCE ABOUT 9/11 ON THE KEVIN BARRETT SHOW

Senior BBC Mideast Correspondent: “Here’s what may have REALLY happened on 9/11?!

Breaking his self-imposed rule against talking about 9/11, former Senior BBC Mideast Correspondent and author Alan Hart described what he thinks may have really happened on that fateful day on yesterday’s Kevin Barrett show.

Hart, who got to know Yasser Arafat and Golda Meir while serving as a Security Council-briefed Mideast peace negotiator, said that he has been assured by a top-level demolitions/engineering expert who wishes to remain anonymous that the three World Trade Center skyscrapers were destroyed by controlled demolitions, not plane crashes and fires. (For the names of more than 1000 experts willing to go on the record with the same opinion, see http://www.ae911truth.org).

May 26 08:01

GULF OIL SPILL COULD HAVE BEEN SEALED IN 8 HOURS?

The DEEPWATER HORIZON sinking caused twisted 21 inch riser piping to start leaking in three places at 5,000 feet in the Gulf Seabed. Sadly the proven methods to STOP THE LEAK still have not been used since 042010 until today at 052010 for reasons unknown. BP, Governor of Florida and Governor of LA were all given, along with the President, the Counter Pressure Plug information from a UK inventor Branko R. Babic as he invented same in 1991 for Kuwait Oil Fires above the ground and they will work underwater with ROV welding special thick steel tubes with washers to be welded to the interior while the tubes allow full flow of gas, oil, water through tubes into the gulf.

May 26 07:49

BP Oil Spill: “Top Kill” Remains Uncertain

While the method has a good track record on land, it has never before been attempted offshore at a depth of 5,000 feet. Engineers are still trying to determine how the extreme water pressure at that depth will affect the process.

In the pre-dawn hours, BP was still conducting tests on the failed Blowout Preventer (BOP) on top of the well to determine whether the company could successfully execute a top kill.

May 25 22:38

Iran renews offer to help on US oil spill

Iran renews offer to help on US oil spill
Sun, 23 May 2010 16:16:25 GMT
The National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC) has renewed its offer to assist the US in reining in an ecologically disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mehran Alinejad, the head of special drilling operations at NIDC, pointed to the experience gained by Iranian experts in containing huge oil leaks during the eight-year Iraqi-imposed war in the 1980s, and said, "Iranian technical teams have had major achievements in oil well capping and the Gulf of Mexico oil rig is not a great feat in comparison."
BP officials say that the ruptured undersea well is spewing some 5,000 barrels of crude oil a day. However, analysts believe that at least 70,000 barrels of oil is spewed every day.

May 25 20:14

Israel’s Growing Insanity

By Avigail Abarbanel

I wrote this on 9th February 2009, the day before Israel’s election, after seeing an interview with Benjamin Netanyahu’s father on Israeli TV. Benjamin Netanyahu’s father—described as “sharp as a razor” at the ripe old age of 99—gave a rare interview to Amit Segel of Israel’s Channel 2 to support his son’s election campaign (Channel 2 website. 7 Feb. 2009).

At some point in the interview Professor Ben-Zion Netanyahu said, “Today we are facing plain and simple, a danger of annihilation. This is not only the ongoing existential danger to Israel, but a real danger of complete annihilation. People think that the Shoah (Holocaust) is over — but it is not, it is continuing all the time” (My translation from the Hebrew).

May 25 20:09

GORDON DUFF: THE ARMS CIRCUS, ISRAEL KEEPING THE WORLD IN TURMOIL

THE ART OF KEEPING AMERICA AT RISK FOR FUN AND PROFIT

This week, newspapers around the world received reports and signed documents from South Africa. The reports said that, in 1975, Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons. South Africa then released an arms agreement signed by current Israeli President Shimon Peres. This is the document “heard round the world.”

May 25 19:10

Dolton Teens Sold Teen Girls Into Sex Slavery: Cops

A pair of twin brothers from Dolton have been arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including trafficking in persons for forced labor services and involuntary sexual servitude of a minor, for forcing girls to have sex with strangers.

May 25 19:05

Winfield Cop Busted Buying Cocaine; Claims He Was Replacing Damaged Police Evidence

Winfield police officer Bud Chrum was arrested Friday on charges of purchasing $160 worth of cocaine. As the Post-Dispatch reports today, Chrum told narcotics officers that he was buying the drugs to substitute for police evidence he inadvertently damaged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure.

May 25 18:37

BP Stikes Again!

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline, partly owned by BP, shut down on Tuesday after spilling several thousand barrels of crude oil, drastically cutting supply out of Alaska's oilfields...

May 25 16:04

BP had 3 indications of trouble in hour before blast

BP had three indications of trouble aboard the doomed drill rig Deepwater Horizon in the hour before the April 20 explosion that sank the offshore platform, congressional investigators reported Tuesday.

May 25 15:42

Even picnics in Israel are political

Neve Gordon describes the growing criminalization in Israel of civil disobedience and the restriction of peaceful resistance to extremely passive modes of protest, such as “standing on the side of the road with some kind of placard”.

May 25 13:43

BP's "top kill" on leaking well could be delayed

BP Plc (BP.L) will begin a process to plug a leaking undersea oil well on Wednesday at the earliest, but it could be delayed or even abandoned if tests show it would not work, a company executive said on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the US Government's Chernobyl.

May 25 10:56

U.S. declares fisheries disaster in oily Gulf

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Monday declared a fishery disaster in the Gulf of Mexico because of the economic impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fisheries in the region.

May 25 10:28

Now it’s ‘Everybody Deny the Holocaust Day’

This is how you payback the unbelievers. Some Muslims, furious at the “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day”, are retaliating with an “Everybody Draw the Holocaust Day”.

May 25 10:03

Oil inspectors let companies fill in own audits, while one admitted getting high on meth, report says

The agency in charge of overseeing the United States' oil reserves was plagued with gross mismanagement that in at least one case allowed the companies being inspected to fill in their own audit reports, an Inspector General's report will reportedly reveal this week.

Regulators overseeing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico reportedly allowed oil company officials to fill in their own inspection reports. According to the internal probe being released this week, oil officials sketched out their answers in pencil and turned them over to federal oversight officials, who then traced their answers in pen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Students in school are having to pass urine tests, and the guys watching the oil wells are high as a kite on the job!

May 25 09:29

Commercial fishing industry threatened by oil spill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hear tell that BP is planning a huge half billion dollar media blitz to put a positive face on this disaster. I suggest a cookbook full of tasty and nutritious recipes inspired by the disaster; recipes with names like "Crabs Valdez", "Tuna Methane Surprise", "Cajun REALLY blackened fish", "Deep(water) Fried Chicken" and "Oil Worker Flambe’"

Suggestions for more recipes welcome!

May 25 07:38

Lord Monckton wins global warming debate at Oxford Union

Army of Light and Truth 135, Forces of Darkness 110

For what is believed to be the first time ever in England, an audience of university undergraduates has decisively rejected the notion that “global warming” is or could become a global crisis. The only previous defeat for climate extremism among an undergraduate audience was at St. Andrew’s University, Scotland, in the spring of 2009, when the climate extremists were defeated by three votes.

May 25 07:05

Musing on the Times as Lord Apocalypse Appears

The debris from the torpedo that sank the South Korean sub was made in Germany. You don’t have to be an Oxford scholar to figure out who is slipping through the Suez Canal with German torpedoes or who has the world record for false flag activity.

The Duchess of York got bagged trying to sell introductions to her ex-husband who is a pillar of righteousness, to hear the media spin it in their usual, unbelievable fashion. You got to love The Apocalypse.

May 25 06:41

Oil reaches Louisiana shores

Over one month after the initial explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, crude oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico, and oil slicks have slowly reached as far as 12 miles into Louisiana's marshes. According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, more than 65 miles of Louisiana's shoreline has now been oiled. (39 photos total)

May 24 22:44

Obama administration defends BP response to oil spill disaster

Amid growing popular anger over BP’s disastrous response to the gulf coast oil spill, the Obama administration came to the company’s defense on Monday, while again rejecting any federal takeover of the response.

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen defended BP’s actions at a White House press conference on Monday, calling them “rational.” Allen said that he could not see any reason why the federal government should take over the response to the oil spill.

May 24 22:30

Cheosan Links - not found on MSM

incredibly comprehensive S Korean Miitary Analysis reposted, translated, with pics available. Also: Who else has German Subs (hint - you-know-who fo' sho' - but not only). Other relevant links.

May 24 15:05

Georgian President Orders Private Jet With Presidential Ejector Seat

The Georgian opposition accused President Mikhail Saakashvili of squandering state funds for purchasing a private jet equipped with "one-seat catapult".

The president was frightened with what happened to late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and decided to have a catapult in his plane.

"from the American People"

May 24 14:53

LATEST SATELLITE IMAGE OF OIL SPILL

May 24 14:52

BP launches PR fightback over oil spill

Under-fire oil giant BP launched a public relations fightback on Monday over the Gulf of Mexico rig spill, pledging up to 500 million dollars to study the impact and taking out major newspaper ads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and trying to get this article deleted from the net as a huge PR gaffe!

May 24 12:22

The Next Bailout: $165B for Unions

A Democratic senator is introducing legislation for a bailout of troubled union pension funds. If passed, the bill could put another $165 billion in liabilities on the shoulders of American taxpayers.

The bill, which would put the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation behind struggling pensions for union workers, is being introduced by Senator Bob Casey, (D-Pa.), who says it will save jobs and help people.

As FOX Business Network’s Gerri Willis reported Monday, these pensions are in bad shape; as of 2006, well before the market dropped and recession began, only 6% of these funds were doing well.

Although right now taxpayers could possibly be on the hook for $165 billion, the liability could essentially be unlimited because these pensions have to be paid out until the workers die.

May 24 12:16

THE US GOVERNMENT'S CHERNOBYL

May 24 12:05

24 Miles Of Louisiana Is Destroyed: “Everything In It Is Dead”

May 24 10:13

Tube siphons less oil from Gulf of Mexico spill for 2nd day, BP says

The amount of oil siphoned by the mile-long tube inserted into the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico has fallen again.

May 24 10:00

OILZILLA - Major Change Down Below... Live Blogging...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rumors are flying, still unconfirmed, that the well pipe has eroded from gravel and debris in the oil and the vent hole for the oil flow has widened.

May 24 09:33

Deepwater "Situation" Map

May 24 09:31

Cuts to Child Care Subsidy Thwart More Job Seekers

Able-bodied, outgoing and accustomed to working, Alexandria Wallace wants to earn a paycheck. But that requires someone to look after her 3-year-old daughter, and Ms. Wallace, a 22-year-old single mother, cannot afford child care.

Last month, she lost her job as a hair stylist after her improvised network of baby sitters frequently failed her, forcing her to miss shifts. She qualifies for a state-run subsidized child care program. But like many other states, Arizona has slashed that program over the last year, relegating Ms. Wallace’s daughter, Alaya, to a waiting list of nearly 11,000 eligible children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Children in this society have become expendable, as this single mom has so clearly been made to realize.

If there is no family willing to assist, probably the only alternatives this mom would have would be to give her daughter up for adoption, or place her in a foster home of some kind.

May 24 09:18

POTENTIAL TROPICAL SYSTEM FORMING EAST OF BAHAMAS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just add oil ...

May 24 09:13

Frustration mounting over BP delays, lack of progress

On a Sunday of expanding coastal destruction from the Gulf oil disaster and little progress in containing it, frustrations bubbled to the surface from local and state leaders in Venice to federal officials in Houston and Washington, D.C.

Parish leaders and Gov. Bobby Jindal emerged from an afternoon strategy session at a Venice fishing harbor to complain about a lack of urgency from federal agencies and BP to address the oil washing into coastal marshes day after day.

Jindal said he supported a decision by local and Jefferson Parish leaders on Grand Isle on Saturday to commandeer about 30 fishing vessels that BP had commissioned but hadn't deployed to lay down protective boom as the oil came ashore.

May 24 09:09

Wetlands cleanup may be impossible

Also on Saturday, BP told federal regulators it plans to stick with the main chemical dispersant it's been spraying in the open Gulf to break up oil before it reaches the surface. The Environmental Protection Agency had directed the company to look for less toxic alternatives. But BP said in a letter to the EPA that Corexit 9500, one of the chief agents used, "remains the best option for subsea application."

May 24 08:56

Supreme Court to review case of Texas death row inmate who wants DNA testing

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a Texas death row inmate should have access to evidence for DNA testing that he says could clear him of three murders.

The justices said Monday they will use the case of Hank Skinner to decide whether prison inmates may use a federal civil rights law to do DNA testing that was not performed prior to their conviction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The circumstantial evidence in this case appears to be very strong against the convicted defendant.

However, that being said,DNA testing should be used in all murder trials, to avoid the possibility of false conviction, imprisonment and execution.

The number of people exonerated by DNA evidence should be a colossal embarrassment for both state and federal justice systems, and the use of such testing should be a standard procedure in all murder cases.

May 24 08:48

CAFR: UC budget fully funded with one-fifth of one percent of state of CA “investments”

*hyperlinks and radio interview with Walter Burien live at source*

The UC system had a budget deficit for this ending school year of $0.65 billion. The policy response was to deny 2,300 students enrollment, lay-off over 2,000 faculty and staff, furlough teaching days and cut 10% salaries, and raise tuition by 32%. For less than one-fifth of one percent of the investment total of California, UC would have been fully-funded and those reductions eliminated.

May 24 07:14

JEFF GATES : Is the “Times Square Terrorist” an Asset of Organized Crime?

When waging modern warfare, often the loudest sound is the one you don’t hear.

Why is no one reporting that “Faisal the Fizzler” is tied to Israeli-American Leon Black and Israel-dominated organized crime syndicates dating back to the 1920s? Why is no one reporting the ties to junk bond king and Israeli-American Michael Milken? How can Americans make informed choices without access to the real facts?

Faisal Sharzad—AKA The Times Square Fizzler—reportedly was trained by the “Pakistan Taliban” for a deadly deed that went horribly wrong.

Not only did he lock his keys in the car, including his apartment key, his Rube Goldberg contraption of alarm clocks, Walmart propane tanks and firecrackers failed to explode.

May 23 23:17

Turkish Vessel ‘Mavi Marmara’ Joins the ‘Freedom Flotilla’ on Way to Gaza

Turkish Aid Convoy, Sails Away today…

Turkish aid ships set sail for Gaza, thousands of well wishers turned up to bid the activists farewell

MICHAEL JANSEN – Jerusalem reports [http://www.irishtimes.com/]

TRIPLE-DECK Turkish ferry received a grand send-off on Saturday as it left Istanbul to join the Freedom Flotilla of passenger and cargo vessels seeking to break Israel’s four-year-old blockade of Gaza. Thousands of Turks cheered as white doves of peace fluttered overhead. The ferry is carrying 600 activists as well as tonnes of cement, medical equipment and school supplies for Gaza.

May 23 23:09

BREAKING NEWS : Australia Expels Israeli Diplomat Over Fake Passport Affair

By political correspondent Emma Rodgers : abc.net.au, news

The Federal Government is expelling an Israeli diplomat after it found Israel faked Australian passports that were used in a hit on a top Hamas leader in Dubai.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith today condemned the fraud as “not the act of a friend” and a clear affront to Australia that cannot be tolerated.

“This is not what we expect from a nation with whom we have had such a close, friendly and supportive relationship,” he said.

In February several forged Australian passports were used in the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

Mr Smith confirmed investigations by Australian Federal Police, ASIO and ASIS showed Israel fabricated the passports of four Australians who also had Israeli nationality.

May 23 19:22

The Illusion of America’s Adversiarial Political System and Liberal and Conservative Movements

I was talking to a co-worker yesterday, who was listening to the President of Mexico denounce the United States over Arizona’s new immigration law over the radio, and I just couldn’t resist the temptation to test the racial waters by engaging him in conversation about politics...

May 23 18:30

CBS Threatened With Arrest For Taping The Oil Blowout

Seems Kind of odd to me. Why?

May 23 18:17

JAMES PETRAS : Latin America’s New Middle Class Rulers: Stabilization, Growth and Inequality

The revival of popular revolutionary movements begins by rejecting complicity with the new middle class rulers presiding over the new phase of state-private capitalist expansion.

Latin America’s current relations with the US as well as its present political and economic configuration can best be understood in the context of large scale changes over the past twenty years and the relative stability of the past five years.

May 23 17:55

Israelis asked to visit passport plant here before Dubai killing

By Sam Smyth

Three fraudulent Australian passports, four French, 12 British, one German and eight Irish passports were used in the killing.

ISRAELI officials asked to inspect the Dublin plant where security-enhanced passports are made — just a month before a Middle East assassination by agents using forged Irish documents.

A serious diplomatic incident was looming last night after a top-level report concluded that an Israeli intelligence agency forged the Irish passports used in the murder of a Hamas operative in Dubai in January.

The Department of Foreign Affairs believes that an Israeli state agency provided the eight forged Irish passports used by agents involved in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

May 23 17:26

Sarah Ferguson shamelessly plots to sell access to Prince Andrew for £500,000

The Duchess of York is "devastated" and "regretful" after newspaper claims she offered to sell access to ex-husband Prince Andrew

May 23 15:53

GOP Blocks Oil Spill Liability Bill

Republicans for the second time blocked legislation that would increase oil companies' liability for oil spill damages, setting off criticism from Democrats seeking to make BP pay for the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Tuesday blocked a bill Democrats have put forward to raise the liability cap from $75 million to $10 billion.

May 23 13:54

Sinking of South Korean ship was a false flag operation

So a South Korean warship gets hit with a German torpedo and sinks. Conveniently North Korea gets blamed, even though they deny it and are being refused access to the “evidence”.

Well wouldn’t ya know it? As a result of the Korean “incident”, Hatoyama has suddenly decided to allow the U.S. to keep a key military base in Japan despite getting elected on a promise to force its closure.

May 23 13:36

Die hard evil.

The White House continues to avoid discussing details on whether Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak was offered a job if he skipped the Pennsylvania Senate primary but spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday that lawyers reviewed conversations and found "nothing inappropriate."

May 23 09:50

requiem for the gulf

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This disaster has gone way beyond Obama's Katrina. This is America's Chernobyl; a disaster that could have been avoided were it not for the corruption and connivance of the US Federal Government which allowed BP to bypass safety regulations, then attempted to cover-up the scale of the disaster.

The US Federal Government, trapped by its own mendacity of decades past, is unable to ever admit error, and too arrogant to even consider apologizing. They will, as was the case with the USSR and Chernobyl, continue to try to brazen out this disaster until all options to find a scapegoat and shift the financial liability onto the people are exhausted.

If all else fails, we can count on this government to stage a distraction, most likely a new major war, to shift the attention away from the Deepwater Horizon.

Memo to North Korea: Heads up, you are next on the list of "nations the US government has to slaughter to keep looking good in a mirror."

May 23 09:49

BP won't change dispersant used in oil spill -- for now

BP plans to continue using a controversial subsea dispersant to break up a plume of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, saying that the leading alternative could pose a risk over the long term, the EPA indicated Saturday.

The EPA issued a directive on Thursday, ordering BP to find, within 24 hours, a less toxic but equally effective chemical than its current product, Corexit 9500 -- and one that is available in sufficient quantities. The directive also gave the company 72 hours to stop applying it to the undersea gusher.

Corexit has been rated more toxic and less effective than many others on the list of 18 EPA-approved dispersants, according to testimony at a congressional hearing Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PB had and has no plans to deal with the disasters it creates by ignoring proven standards and practices with impunity.

While a British corporation, it should be banned from any offshore drilling and/or exploration anywhere near the US.

May 23 09:33

Benzene the killer! Plans in place to evacuate The Gulf Population

Plans to evacuate the Gulf are BEGINING TO FLY AROUND THE NET.

Benzene, incredible amounts of Benzene are being released into the atmosphere and is a clear and present danger not only for the old and people with respiratory problems but the general Gulf population as a whole.

May 23 09:25

Cleaning oil-soaked wetlands may be impossible

The gooey oil washing into the maze of marshes along the Gulf Coast could prove impossible to remove, leaving a toxic stew lethal to fish and wildlife, government officials and independent scientists said.

Officials are considering some drastic and risky solutions: They could set the wetlands on fire or flood areas in hopes of floating out the oil.

They warn an aggressive cleanup could ruin the marshes and do more harm than good. The only viable option for many impacted areas is to do nothing and let nature break down the spill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

This is precisely what deregulation in this industry has ultimately created: ecological havoc.

May 23 09:22

Lawyers say no criminal charges for AIG

The Justice Department has decided not to file criminal charges against the former head of a division at American International Group Inc. whose dealings in mortgage-related securities nearly bankrupted the company and led to a controversial government bailout, according to lawyers involved in the cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise; AIG's "investment in/ acquisition of" certain key people has really paid off for them.

May 23 09:04

Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement

Last year the Obama administration granted oil giant BP a special exemption from a legal requirement that it produce a detailed environmental impact study on the possible effects of its Deepwater Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico, an article Wednesday in the Washington Post reveals.

Federal documents show that the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP a "categorical exclusion" on April 6, 2009 to commence drilling with Deepwater Horizon even though it had not produced the impact study required by a law known as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The report would have included probable ecological consequences in the event of a spill.

May 23 09:01

JP officials commandeer BP's hired boats in Grand Isle

He said more than 40 boats were sitting idle while he watched the oil rush into the passes.

At around 5:30 p.m., Jefferson Councilman Chris Roberts confirmed the boats have been commandeered by JP emergency managers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Jefferson Parish learned their lesson about relying on the Federal Government back during Katrina. They won;t make that mistake again!

May 23 06:30

Justice Department and Congress should investigate whether BP committed perjury

The Department of Justice and congressional committees should open a preliminary inquiry about whether BP committed perjury in testimony before Congress. All video of the spill should be released publicly. Subpoenas should be issued for any information from within BP about its private estimates of the size of the spill and the dangers of the dispersants. Key BP personnel should be formally interviewed by investigators.

May 23 00:48

Gordon Duff : Flintstone Weapons and Custer Tactics Rake in Billions for Profiteers

How the Dimmest and Dumbest Give us their Worst
Losing Wars and Promoting Chaos for Profit

May 23 00:43

Alan Hart – Speech at Nakba Remembrance [VIDEO]

The Speech delivered by Alan Hart at Nakba Remembrance in Dearborn, Michigan on May 15, 2010. “Nakba” is the Arabic word for Catasrophe, the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people,de population of Palestine of its native inhabitants which took place around the emergence of the state of Israel from 1947-1949. It is a day Palestinians mark their suffering. Alan Hart will be speaking in the U.S. and Canada from Mid May to Mid June.

Continue reading:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/05/alan-hart-%E2%80%93-speech-at-nakba-r...

May 23 00:38

Members of Swedish Parliament demand security for Ship to Gaza

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt,

Swedish Parliament.

Minister Bildt:

Swedish nationals, and Swedish interests are being threatened with an act of piracy at sea which could endanger their lives, and the sovereign right of Swedish nationals and ships to pursue free and open passage on the high seas.

Sweden, always a mighty sea-going nation of men and women, which has always led the European family of nations in the pursuit of human rights and interests, ought to send an escort with this Humanitarian flotilla to ensure their safety, and protect Swedish national rights to free and open passage on the high seas.

May 23 00:33

Boycott Targets Stars From Elvis to Elton

By Nathan Guttman

“In reaction, a music industry insider confirmed that the winds could be shifting. The music executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity in light of his ongoing business ties with artists, said that in recent months he had approached more than 15 performing artists with proposals to give concerts in Israel. None had agreed. The contracts offered high levels of compensation. He called them ‘extreme, big numbers that could match any other gig.’”

Washington — It was a feather in the cap of pro-boycott activists, but for Israelis, a major setback.

With battle lines drawn across concert halls and stadiums hosting rock bands, the decision by mega-star Elvis Costello to cancel his planned concerts in Israel is being viewed as a game changer.
Continue reading:

May 22 20:09

CAFR: US agencies have billions, trillions in investments while crying budget deficits

*hyperlinks and video live at article*

Gerald Klatt and Walter Burien are unrecognized heroes. These individuals are national leaders who have communicated how government agencies conceal American taxpayers’ money in surplus accounts that collectively total trillions of our dollars. The data is found in government agencies’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs).

May 22 16:09

Time for Barack Obama to choose paranoia or sanity

Paul J. Balles views the various doctrines that have guided US foreign policy since World War II, from the Truman to the Bush doctrine. He says that President Obama will have to decide to keep or scrap the Bush doctrine, which “Israel and its supporters in America desperately want it misused against Iran”.

May 22 13:28

Paul Krugman: Think Exactly Like Me, or You Are a Racist

Keep in mind that Paul has not used racially-inflammatory language during his campaign or even brought up race at all. However, if he does not worship at the feet of the feds, then he is by definition a racist, or at least that is what they claim at the NYT.

May 22 10:03

EPA May Not Force BP to Change Dispersants

A day after the Environmental Protection Agency gave BP 72 hours to start using a "less toxic" dispersant to help control the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the agency told ABC News today it may allow BP to keep using the same chemicals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the CO2 bubbles in your cola drink are a dangerous toxic pollutant requiring taxation.

May 22 09:44

What Investors are Learning From the BP Oil Spill

In the wake of our latest financial meltdown, shippers, shrimpers and tourism officials brace for the severe the economic impact resulting from an environmental crisis. Some analysts have already estimated that the spill could cost up to $3 billion and overtake the scale of Alaska’s Exxon Valdez disaster within two months. BP, the UK oil giant which owns the drilling rights for Deepwater, has seen billions of dollars wiped from its market value since the blast.

It is no wonder then that shareholders have reacted swiftly and unsympathetically. This week, BP’s investors were the latest plaintiffs to go to court over the spill, alleging the company had long put profits ahead of safety and now faces potentially billions in losses because of the ongoing disaster.

May 22 09:13

Happy friday to you too sunshine

Our government officials are complaining that BP lied. They MISLED the American people. So Obama's people sent a letter! That will show those goons at BP. I'm sure their hands will shake as they read it. And our corporate media talking heads are acting all stricken about the true scope of the disaster. Robin at Good Morning America had the about-to-cry face going, and Matt looked really disgusted.

That's our cue to cry and be disgusted now. Just follow Robin and Matt. It was important to wait over a month so that you can really cry and be really disgusted. Because now the mess is of biblical proportions. Of course had the government and Robin and Matt and friends decided to do their jobs a month ago...

May 22 08:52

We Are Witnessing A Marine Life Mass-Murder

Massive underwater oil plumes = no oxygen.
No oxygen in the water = dead fish and dead mammals.
2+2 = 4.
And any Liberal/Progressive group saying Obama ‘inherited’ this, or is somehow exempt from any type of criticism: TAKE A HIKE!
And any Conservative/Republican group saying the oil companies ‘aren’t to blame’ — or trying to lessen the worth of animal life or downplay the importance of our ecosystems: TAKE A HIKE!
MY HIKE REQUESTS ARE BIPARTISAN!!!!!!!!!!

And they have no clue how to stop this thing, slow down this thing, they have not a single effing clue!

May 22 08:32

First Endangered Turtles Found Slathered in Oil

An endangered baby Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was discovered lathered in oil on Tuesday, May 18. This is the first rescued sea turtle known to be affected by the gargantuan oil spill in the gulf of Mexico.

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle has been on the the Louisiana endangered species list since 1989. “In recent years, the Kemp’s population has slowly started to recover, so we hope to mitigate any decline in this species due to the oil spill,” reported Secretary Robert Barham from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

May 22 08:30

Has the Gulf oil spill hit NJ? Oil is washing up in the Barnegat Bay.

I know it may sound crazy… But when I went outside this morning the lagoon in my back yard was filled with OIL!!!!! (PHOTOS BELOW)

May 22 08:24

U.N. body probes North Korea's possible truce violation

Pyongyang said on Saturday it wanted to send its own investigators across the border, repeating that it would like to make its own assessment of the South Korean investigation.

South Korea's Defense Ministry officials said the government would reject the request.

May 22 08:14

Florida Braces for Oil Spill, Impact on Tourism Industry

Floridians breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday when the Coast Guard confirmed that the dozens of tar balls found washed up near Key West this week were not from the massive BP oil spill out in the Gulf of Mexico. But it was the briefest of respites. Almost simultaneously, the Coast Guard said tendrils of the BP spill had entered the Gulf's Loop Current, which could carry it not only toward Florida's west coast but down to the Florida Keys, and perhaps on to Miami's beaches, beginning as early as next week. Said Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft: "It would take an act of God" to avoid that scenario.

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My suggested slogan for Hawaii tourism, "Come to Hawaii; our beaches are SUPPOSED to be black!"

May 22 08:14

17 States Now Filing Versions of Arizona's Immigration Bill

www.alipac.us

One of America's national organizations fighting against illegal immigration is announcing that 17 states are now filing versions of Arizona's SB 1070 law which is designed to help local police enforce America's existing immigration laws.

Numerous national and local polls indicated that 60-81% of Americans support local police enforcing immigration laws.

May 22 08:02

British Petroleum Accused Of Lies Over Oil Geyser

Mounting frustration and accusations of lying are forcing BP to begin coming clean on what it knows about the severity of the oil geyser which it created. Yesterday the company claimed it was doing everything it could to contain the month-old well leak which is spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico...

May 22 07:35

Hurricane season may make spill worse

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Gee, ya think????

May 22 06:49

Soviet nuclear solution could be part of tactics to halt oil spill off US coast

The Gulf's wildlife is already critically damaged by the leak. A nuclear explosion, however small, may add to the ecological disaster rather than prevent it.

Dealing with the devastation of the oil spill is one thing, but fingers of blame are also being pointed over the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. RT spoke to investigative journalist Webster Tarpley over whether lawmakers have been putting profits before people.

May 21 23:10

WikiLeaks:Keeper of secrets, Julian Assange

Keeper of secrets
NIKKI BARROWCLOUGH
May 22, 2010
N A VERY short time, Julian Assange has become one of the most intriguing people in the world. The mysterious Australian founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks is as elusive as the public servants, spooks and - he assures me - cabinet ministers who regularly drop their bombshells from the anonymity of his cyberspace bolt-hole.
Far more tantalising, however, is what he says are some very, very big leaks to come - apparently within weeks. ''Right now we are sitting on history-making stuff,'' he says.

May 21 21:18

The Gathering Darkness and it's Inescapable Destiny

Here’s how it has to be and how it damn well better be. B.P. needs to be seized by The World Court or some body of influence and all of its assets commandeered. Its executives must be arrested and charged with crimes against humanity. Its stockholders must be placed last in line for financial satisfaction of any claims they may have. The intentionally criminal behavior which caused this massive environmental disaster is only one of the reasons.

May 21 20:58

Why They Hate an Arab Miss USA

Yes, that is correct - our new Miss USA Rima Fakih is Arab-American! A great day for Arab-Americans - at least it should be until a group of ultra right wing haters begin their concerted attack upon her.

Now a week later comes a great uplifting event for our community with Rima winning Miss USA - but because she is Arab, some people truly don't like it. Why? Is it not possible for an Arab-American to beat out the other 49 contestants - does she lack the genetic make up to be worthy of such an accomplishment? Or can it be because a beautiful Arab woman scares the people on the far right because it humanizes Arabs and undermines the negative image of Arabs they want to perpetuate to further their political goals?

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To be quite honest, she could sit on my knee any time!

May 21 20:25

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 284

BILL TITLE: To authorize assistance to Israel for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system

---- YEAS 410 ---

---- NAYS 4 ---

Cost to American taxpayer: $205 million.

May 21 18:36

Mark Glenn : The Ugly Truth Interview with Antoine Raffoul

Mark Glenn true to his style, lays out for his listeners, at the very outset, in no uncertain terms, the price in dollars that Americans have been paying for the misdeeds of their “bestest ally” Israel, for the past 60 years and more. For those who find Mark’s commentary harsh, it rings of truth and that is all that matters today.

What Americans need to know and find out, first, is where their dollars are going; second, what those dollars are doing; third, if that is what they really want their dollars to do for their country. Nothing more. Nothing less. If they are able to link their dollars in Israel to American deaths/involvement in distant lands, perhaps when the time comes to vote, they will simply tick the right voting box. It is as simple and powerful as that.

May 21 18:06

Gordon Duff: The Karzai Rebirth

TRIBAL LEADERS SEEING MATURITY AND CHANGE IN KARZAI

US DRUG POLICY, SPENDING AND CORRUPTION STILL MAJOR FAILURES

“Gordon, Karzai finally quit smoking.” This was the call from Kabul last night, a town filled with journalists, intelligence analysts and the “best and brightest” of our government, military and civilian. “Gordon, the man has changed, it may be too late, but he is reaching out to the Pashtuns, and sounding like someone worthy of trust, not like the Karzai we have known for so many years.”

May 21 16:20

Live video link from the ROV monitoring the damaged riser

May 21 15:17

Israeli public sector's door closed to Arab workers

Jonathan Cook looks at how the discriminatory hiring policies of the apartheid state of Israel have left thousands of Israeli Arab graduates jobless, despite the fact that the government promised affirmative action a decade ago.

May 21 10:35

U.S. And NATO Accelerate Military Build-Up In Black Sea Region

The establishment of U.S. and NATO naval, air and infantry bases and interceptor missile installations in Black Sea nations is the prototype for expansive and permanent military build-ups in Eastern Europe and into former Soviet space, which is being replicated in the Baltic Sea region. An imaginary Iranian threat is the subterfuge employed to justify the presence of U.S. and NATO warplanes, warships, troops, mechanized and airborne units, missile batteries, training centers and radar facilities in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea regions.

Iran does not border either of the two seas and has neither the ability nor any reason to threaten nations that do.

May 21 10:31

Obama is Boxed In From the Gulf to Afghanistan

Afghanistan and the BP oil spill are uncannily identical in reality and reaction. Boxing himself in on both, each crisis quickly surpassed "the experts" and Obama's worst expectations. The White House’s subsequent cover-ups mirror and at times exceed its actual attempts to halt the flow of Taliban and oil.

May 21 10:21

Senators press for National Guard troops on border

Homeland Security and Pentagon officials are at loggerheads over a plan to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, even as President Barack Obama is pledging to bolster security there.

The Guard stalemate has festered for nearly a year, and frustrated lawmakers are demanding action to stem the spread of violence and drug trafficking that has spilled across the border into their states. The inaction raises questions about whether the White House is convinced the federally funded deployment is necessary, or whether border states will be forced to bear the costs of dispatching the Guard troops on their own.

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This most probably will not happen; neither the Federal Government, nor the states, have the funds to make this a reality, and the Federal government doesn't really care what is happening to the southern border states due to crime or illegal immigration.

May 21 09:22

Watchdog groups file FOIA requests to learn true extent of oil spill

Former EPA investigator charges, ""What the government has done over the past several years is taught BP that it can do whatever it wants and will not be held accountable"

As the current Gulf oil spill crisis intensifies, previous incidents involving BP have begun coming under renewed scrutiny, intensifying suspicions that the company may be concealing the true extent of the spill.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Greenpeace have now filed four Freedom of Information Act requests seeking documents and video feeds.

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It appears, under Obama's watch, that the US government has been the primary enabler of BP's professional malfeasance.

May 21 09:18

CASPER OPINON: MAY 20, 2010

For weeks all the news said 5000 barrels a day leaking into the gulf. This morning BP says 5000 barrels a day being 'captured'. Tuesday I met with an engineer who had just returned from the well site Sunday. He said 'the word' on site is that as much as 70,000 barrels a day have been spewing into the gulf. The oil has been suppressed below surface level using toxic chemicals provided by a BP affiliate. The engineer said the suppressed oil now covers an area the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Obama, his HLS management on site and BP are intentionally suppressing from public view the enormity of the disaster.

May 21 08:30

Fishermen Report Illness From BP Chemicals

More and more stories about sick fishermen are beginning to surface after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The fishermen are working out in the Gulf -- many of them all day, every day -- to clean up the spill. They said they blame their ailments on the chemicals that BP is using.

One fisherman said he felt like he was going to die over the weekend.

"I've been coughing up stuff," Gary Burris said. "Your lungs fill up."

May 21 08:29

"Kill Them All, For God Will Know His Own"

The truly sickening thing about the death of Aiyana Jones is that the decision to carry out a SRT raid was almost certainly dictated by the media ambitions of Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans, who -- in the words of Detroit News columnist Charlie LeDuff -- is positioning himself as a "reality TV" star.

"Television executives around the country have been shown what is known in television parlance as the `sizzle reel' of Chief Evans himself, a video compilation of Detroit's top cop trying to take back the streets," writes LeDuff, who saw that footage several weeks ago. "It is part of a pitch for a full-blown television series."

May 21 08:07

Juan Cole : Iran Threatens to Pull out of Nuclear Deal over new UN Sanctions

Turkey and Brazil, with full backing from Washington DC and in close cooperation with the Obama administration, had apparently succeeded by Monday morning in negotiating a deal whereby Iran would send over half of its low enriched uranium to Turkey, which would then send it on to (presumably) France and Russia for enrichment to 19.75 percent for use in Iran’s medical reactor for the production of medical isotopes. The deal was nearly identical to the one sought last October in Geneva by the Obama administration. Iran had agreed to something like this arrangement, but then reneged.

May 21 05:36

US Bunker-Busters Being Shipped to Diego Garcia 'Prep for Possible Strike on Iran'?

Original article at Ha'Aretz.

The United States is transporting 387 "bunker-buster" bombs to... Diego Garcia... as part of preparations for a possible strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, according to a report in Scotland's Sunday Herald.... The shipment includes... types of bombs [that] could be used against reinforced or underground facilities...

See also PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: EXPECT FALSE FLAG ATTACK TERROR ATTACK TO PRECEDE INVASION OF IRAN

May 21 03:44

Austerity regime in Europe

May 21 03:39

Remarks by the President on Wall Street Reform

Rose Garden

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I want to say a few words about the vote on financial reform in the Senate today.

I’ve said many times that the recession we’re emerging from

(*OK , I've seen enough)

May 21 03:26

Immigration crackdown for Illinois Feds to step up enforcement

In the midst of an outcry over illegal immigration and Arizona's new crackdown, a top Department of Homeland Security official visiting Chicago on Wednesday said his agency intended to step up enforcement in places such as Illinois.

May 20 19:36

$200m 'behaviour detection' officers fail to spot a single terrorist at airports

The specially-trained officers patrol terminals monitoring passengers for suspicious body language and facial expressions.

Since 2006, the officers have been stationed at more than 160 airports across the US in order to provide a hidden measure of security.

But 16 people accused of being part of terrorist plots have passed through US airports undetected a total of 23 times since 2004 - a number of them since the scheme was started - according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office.

May 20 19:36

Rand Paul supports cozy relationship with Israel

Friday, April 23, 2010
Rand Paul distancing himself from his father on Israel
Rand Paul, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the Senate from Kentucky, has issued a statement entitled The United States Special Relationship with Israel, in which he takes positions on Israel that are far from those advocated by his father, Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
Israel and the United States have a special relationship. With our shared history and common values, the American and Israeli people have formed a bond that unites us across the many thousands of miles between our countries and calls us to work together towards peace and prosperity for our countries.

May 20 17:19

Ray McGovern : US, Israel Challenged on Iran

The times may be a-changin’ — at least a bit — with the United States and Israel no longer able to dictate to the rest of the world how crises in the Middle East must be handled, though the new reality has been slow to dawn on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her neocon friends in Congress and the U.S. media.

They may think they are still in control, still the smart ones looking down at upstarts like the leaders of Turkey and Brazil who had the audacity to ignore U.S. warnings and press ahead with diplomacy to head off a possible new war, this one over Iran.

May 20 17:15

PHILIP GIRALDI : Shaping the Story on Iran

There have been recent reports that Iran has enabled the travel of al-Qaeda leaders to Afghanistan and Pakistan where they will be able to confront and kill American soldiers. If you think you have heard the story before, you have, in another context. In the earlier rendition it was Saddam Hussein who was hand-in-glove with al-Qaeda, helping the group in its nefarious planning to attack the United States and kill Americans. Saddam, who was in reality only a threat to his own people, was on the receiving end of a barrage of fabricated information claiming that he was secretly developing weapons of mass destruction and clandestinely dealing with the terrorists who were responsible for 9/11. Or so the story goes.

May 20 17:06

Jeff Gates : Who Wants this American Dead?

Why kill Anwar al-Awlaki, an American who inspired the Times Square Fizzler and advised the Crotch Bomb Sizzler?

This Islamic preacher is “out there.” No doubt about it. So is Christian preacher John Hagee.

Hagee promises his flock a Rapture that will beam them up to Heaven. But not just yet. First God’s Chosen People must recover Jerusalem.

Remind me: isn’t the status of Jerusalem THE most contentious and volatile issue in the entire Middle East?

Hagee is much loved by the Likud Party wing nuts that have never shown any desire for peace with an indigenous population that has been ethnically cleansed, imprisoned and provoked with impunity for six-plus decades.

May 20 16:20

New BP Insertion Tube Isn't Working

BP's new insertion tube inside the leaking oil pipe - unfortunately - isn't doing very much.

Specifically, the Miami Herald points out that - according to the Coast Guard - the spill is getting worse in spite of the insertion tube:

May 20 16:06

Jews are eight times over-represented in UK parliament

Stuart Littlewood considers the phenomenal over-representation of Jews and non-Jewish Zionists in the UK parliament which, in terms of support for Israel, is magnified even further when viewed alongside the Conservative and Labour party leaders’ umbilical ties to the Israel lobby.

May 20 14:12

Deepwater Horizon Event: Crash Course & Video Roundup

A good resource: not what the MSM is telling us... .

Updates as necessary.

May 20 12:52

Hemp History Week, Charlottesville, Va.

Please join Mayor Dave Norris and the citizens of Charlottesville for celebration of the history of hemp in Charlottesville and the surrounding region and for a public call for the cessation of prohibition on the most useful plant on Earth.

May 20 12:42

Just Like 9/11? Oil Spill Responders Are Getting Sick … But Are Being Told They Don’t Need Any Safety Gear

The U.S. government suppressed health information after 9/11.

Because the government lied about the health risks involved, many heroic first responders didn’t use any real precautions, and so have gotten sick and died.

The same thing appears to be happening in connection with the Gulf oil spill.

May 20 12:23

BP Smoking Gun? Oil Giant Skipped Critical Testing Hours Before Explosion

New revelations about BP's operations on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on the day of the explosion are being described as the smoking gun that proves the oil giant's culpability in the disaster.

May 20 12:22

Gulf oil spill leak now pegged at 95,000 barrels a day

May 20 12:21

BP: More oil than estimated in spill

BP conceded today that more oil than it estimated is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico as heavy crude washed into Louisiana's wetlands for the first time, feeding worries and uncertainty about the massive monthlong spill.

May 20 12:15

Track the BP oil spill on live webcams as it hits the Gulf Coast

May 20 12:13

Israel’s rebranding strategy focuses on delegitimizing critics and opponents

Neve Gordon argues that personal smears and character assassinations of critics of Israeli policy are a central plank in Israel’s rebranding strategy, which also targets local and international NGOs and their donors, particularly the European Union, the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund.

May 20 12:11

Coalition: another example of Britain’s sham democracy

Tim Coles considers how Britain’s fundamentally undemocratic government is continuing with its predecessors’ policies of sucking up to the United States and buying into Washington-inspired foreign policies, such as hostility towards Iran, that have little to do with the national interest.

May 20 11:53

White House Covers Up Menacing Oil "Blob"

In an exclusive for Oilprice.com, the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) has learned from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sources that U.S. Navy submarines deployed to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast have detected what amounts to a frozen oil blob from the oil geyser at the destroyed Deep Horizon off-shore oil rig south of Louisiana. The Navy submarines have trained video cameras on the moving blob, which remains frozen at depths of between 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Because the oil blob is heavier than water, it remains frozen at current depths.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Following the defeat in Afghanistan, the USSR tried to cover-up and bluster their way through the environmental disaster from the destroyed reactor at Chernobyl and in the end brought down their own government.

In the midst of defeat in Afghanistan, the US is trying to cover-up and bluster their way through the environmental disaster from the destroyed Deepwater Horizon and in the end may well bring down their own government.

May 20 11:47

BP, Coast Guard Officers Block Journalists From Filming Oil-Covered Beach (VIDEO)

Emerging reports are raising the question of just how much of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill journalists are able to document.

When CBS tried to film a beach with heavy oil on the shore in South Pass, Louisiana, a boat of BP contractors, and two Coast Guard officers, told them to turn around, or be arrested.

May 20 11:22

White House Covers Up Menacing Oil "Blob"

In an exclusive for Oilprice.com, the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) has learned from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sources that U.S. Navy submarines deployed to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast have detected what amounts to a frozen oil blob from the oil geyser at the destroyed Deep Horizon off-shore oil rig south of Louisiana. The Navy submarines have trained video cameras on the moving blob, which remains frozen at depths of between 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Because the oil blob is heavier than water, it remains frozen at current depths.

May 20 11:04

Victim lawyers: billionaire sex offender owes $2M

Epstein, a New Yorker who owns a Palm Beach mansion, a Paris apartment, a 70-acre Caribbean island and a 7,500-acre New Mexico ranch, could ultimately face federal prosecution stemming from his alleged assaults on mostly teenage girls if he continues to refuse to pay the fees, the victims' attorneys said Tuesday.

"Put simply, Epstein believes he is above the law," said attorneys Steve Marks and Peter Prieto of the Podhurst Orseck law firm in a statement.

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Posted for those who claim I only pick on the Catholic molesters.

May 20 10:49

Florida State scientist: NOAA ignores spill findings

A prominent oceanographer, who was among the first to say official estimates understated the volume of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, charged Tuesday that a federal agency is punishing scientists whose findings disagree with government figures.

Ian MacDonald, an oceanographer with Florida State University, who more than two weeks ago said the oil spill was likely five times as large as the 5,000 barrel-a-day estimate from the National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration, said the agency is attacking scientists who challenged government estimates, while itself doing little to glean new information about the spill size.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is very likely to wind up the US's Chernobyl.

May 20 10:22

As Oil Begins Clogging Marshes, BP Admits Leak Bigger Than It Said

BP conceded today that more oil than it estimated is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico as heavy crude washed into Louisiana's wetlands for the first time, feeding worries and uncertainty about the massive monthlong spill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Following the defeat in Afghanistan, the USSR tried to cover-up and bluster their way through the environmental disaster from the destroyed reactor at Chernobyl and in the end brought down their own government.

In the midst of defeat in Afghanistan, the US is trying to cover-up and bluster their way through the environmental disaster from the destroyed Deepwater Horizon and in the end may well bring down their own government.

May 20 10:19

LATEST SATELLITE IMAGE OF OIL SPILL

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This would be a naked-eye object as seen from the Moon ... if we could still get to the Moon, that is.

May 20 10:18

BP bows to demands from Congress and scientists for live feed of oil leak

One month after the fiery collapse of the Deepwater Horizon, BP bowed to demands from scientists and members of Congress yesterday and said it would post a live video feed of the gusher of oil on the ocean floor.

The decision came only hours after a hearing in Congress in which BP was accused of withholding data from the ocean floor, and blocking efforts by independent scientists to come up with estimates for the amount of crude spewing into the Gulf each day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This should have happened the day the oil rig exploded.

May 20 10:14

Coast Guard and BP threaten journalists with arrest for documenting oil spill

I never thought I would say this, but for once I actually agree with Rush Limbaugh. The right-wing radio host is attributed with calling the Gulf Oil Spill "Obama's Katrina." It was an odd statement at the time, but now nearly four weeks later, Limbaugh's brash statement is not at all off the mark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are past "Obama's Katrina." This disaster is the US's Chernobyl.

May 20 10:04

It is raining oil in florida??????

May 20 10:02

Gulf Oil Spill: Government Remains Blind To Underwater Oil Hazard

The Obama administration is actively trying to dismiss media reports that vast plumes of oil lurk beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, unmeasured and uncharted.

But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose job it is to assess and track the damage being caused by the BP oil spill that began four weeks ago, is only monitoring what's visible -- the slick on the Gulf's surface -- and currently does not have a single research vessel taking measurements below.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once the damage is completely assessed, there will be only one word with which to characterize it: catastrophic.

May 20 09:48

The 5 Most Popular Safety Laws (That Don't Work)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The first one is confirmed by similar research in Europe which proved that the fewer road signs there are for drivers to read, the lower the accident rate.

May 20 09:46

Ray McGovern : US, Israel Challenged on Iran

The times may be a-changin’ — at least a bit — with the United States and Israel no longer able to dictate to the rest of the world how crises in the Middle East must be handled, though the new reality has been slow to dawn on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her neocon friends in Congress and the U.S. media.

They may think they are still in control, still the smart ones looking down at upstarts like the leaders of Turkey and Brazil who had the audacity to ignore U.S. warnings and press ahead with diplomacy to head off a possible new war, this one over Iran.

May 20 09:38

BREAKING NEWS: Former US Army Colonel and US Diplomat Joins Gaza Flotilla to Break the Israeli Siege/Blockade of Gaza

Colonel Ann Wright said “the Israeli siege of Gaza is illegal and a violation of international law. We demand that the Israeli, Egyptian, United States and European governments end this siege. If the governments will not stop the siege, it is up to the citizens of the world to break it—and that is what we will do!”.

Read nore:
http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/05/breaking-news-former-us-army-colonel-...

May 20 08:31

Nightmare scene as oil smothers Louisiana wetlands

Crude oil spread through fragile US marshlands Thursday, a month after a drilling rig blast released a devastating spill that now threatens Florida, Cuba and even beyond.

Oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico since the massive April 20 explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 and ruptured an underwater well pipe.

While British Petroleum said Thursday that a tube was now siphoning away 3,000 barrels of oil a day from the leak, a nightmare scene was unfolding in Louisiana wetlands.

May 20 07:42

Dress Rehearsal is Over. it's Time for Opening Night

Crank up the nausea machine. Activate the bad taste module. Put a quarter in the Rolfing Golem, lay down and hope it passes. Bristol Palin is going on the talk lecture tour. Apparently she’s going to talk about abstinence, instead of just abstaining from making a bigger fool of herself than she already is. She’s going to get $15,000 to $30,000 an appearance. Levi Johnston is said to be in Hollywood looking for a reality show which is newspeak for, “Get a life”, without the necessity of actually doing so. It’s an incredible disconnect to hear about TSA and border thugs manhandling the populace while banality has become the God of the people.

May 20 07:08

Wolf and his network, CNN, conveniently overlook white, "Christian" terrorism

Wolf Blitzer
CNN

Dear Mr. Blitzer,

Yesterday, you and CNN were all over the story about the conviction of Khalid Ouazzani, an American citizen who donated money to Al Qaeda. While watching, it occurred to me that you do an excellent job of defining what is terrorism and what isn't. Here was a brown guy, a Muslim, who donated $23,000 to Al Qaeda for use overseas. Obviously, he's a terrorist, and you took care to make that clear throughout your broadcast.

There was also a sentancing yesterday you didn't mention. The guilty man's name is Pastor Robert Joos. He's guilty, along with two others, of sending a mail bomb to The Scottsdale City Diversity Office. It was opened by the diversity officer, Don Logan, who sustained major injuries from the explosion. Additionally, one of Joos's congregants, Timothy Coombs, is wanted for the sniper slaying of the officer who arrested Joos--Coombs shot him, pro-life style, through the policeman's kitchen window while he was making a dish of ice cream.

May 20 07:01

RAND PAUL vs RACHEL MADDOW

Rachel Madow interviews Rand Paul about his views on civil rights and the Federal Governments involvement.

May 20 06:36

NASA HD picture of spill

May 20 05:56

Paul Jay of Real News Network blogs "On reality and bitter truths."

That's the problem with most news these days. Journalists know that people with power publicly say things that are in their interests, and often not what they really think or want. Journalists understand there is an economic and political elite and when they say "for the good of the nation", they mean themselves. That we live in a class society is a fact everyone knows but few journalists acknowledge in their work.

There are great economic and social pressures brought to bear on journalists to go along with the official narrative. We saw this in the extreme in American newsrooms after 9/11 and in coverage of the Iraq war. Dan Rather and Tom Fenton of CBS have both talked about the fear in US newsrooms of being called unpatriotic if they criticized the Bush administration.

May 20 04:22

The Financial REFORM As A Game Of Three Card Monte

We live in a three card monte world. Follow the money as it moves from one shell to another. Now guess where it is. Most of us don't know the hand can be quicker than the eye. That's why mostly everyone who has ever been suckered into playing ends up losing except those who are allowed to win to keep the hustle going. We miss the tricks of the trade even as we swear we know where the winning card or money or ball is.

May 20 04:04

How Bush's DOJ Killed a Criminal Probe Into BP That Threatened to Net Top Officials

West was the special agent-in-charge at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division who had been probing alleged crimes committed by BP and the company's senior officials in connection with a March 2006 pipeline rupture at the company's Prudhoe Bay operations in Alaska's North Slope that spilled 267,000 gallons of crude oil across two acres of frozen tundra - the second largest spill in Alaska's history - which went undetected for nearly a week.

West was confident that the thousands of hours he invested into the criminal investigation would result in felony charges against BP and the company's senior executives who received advanced warnings from dozens of employees who worked at its Prudhoe Bay facility that unless immediate steps were taken to repair the severely corroded pipeline, a disaster on par with that of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill was only a matter of time.

May 20 03:44

Jewish community takes on Comedy Central's 'anti-Semitic' stereotypes

A video game currently available on Comedy Central’s website, featuring a character named “Jew Producer” and a killer robot named “I.S.R.A.E.L.,” is raising protests in the Jewish community.

The game, “Drawn Together,” based on the network’s politically incorrect animated series of the same name, depicts “Jew Producer,” a character that has a speaker for a head and is taken to task for failing to kill certain animated characters. A robot called “the Intelligent Smart Robot Animation Eraser Lady” (I.S.R.A.E.L.) is then sent in to do the job, unleashing destruction and murdering children.

May 20 02:06

Kyrgyzstan ethnic clashes kill two

The interim government of Kyrgyzstan has declared a state of emergency in the southern city of Jalalabad after two people died in clashes.

Shots were fired as police tried to stop ethnic Kyrgyz protesters from storming an Uzbek university.

May 19 22:57

Florida State scientist: NOAA ignores spill findings

A prominent oceanographer, who was among the first to say official estimates understated the volume of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, charged Tuesday that a federal agency is punishing scientists whose findings disagree with government figures.

Ian MacDonald, an oceanographer with Florida State University, who more than two weeks ago said the oil spill was likely five times as large as the 5,000 barrel-a-day estimate from the National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration, said the agency is attacking scientists who challenged government estimates, while itself doing little to glean new information about the spill size.

May 19 22:56

Gulf oil spill may be 19 times bigger than originally thought

The latest glimpse of video footage of the oil spill deep under the Gulf of Mexico indicates that around 95,000 barrels, or 4 million gallons, a day of crude oil may be spewing from the leaking wellhead, 19 times the previous estimate, an engineering professor told Congress on Wednesday.

May 19 22:55

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Estimates that 4 Million Gallons of Oil are Leaking Every Day

As the Christian Science Monitor writes:

It's now likely that the actual amount of the oil spill dwarfs the Coast Guard's figure of 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, a day.

Independent scientists estimate that the renegade wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf could be spewing up to 25,000 barrels a day. If chokeholds on the riser pipe break down further, up to 50,000 barrels a day could be released, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration memo obtained by the Mobile, Ala., Press-Register.

May 19 21:21

Pics, Illegals' garbage dump highway outside Tucson, AZ

AZ Sonoran Desert, outside Tucson, AZ
This is on an 'illegal super - highway' from Mexico to the USA (Tucson) used by human smugglers.
This area is located in a wash, approximately 1.5 miles long, just south of Tucson, Arizona.
If a flood came, all this would be washed to the river and then onto the sea!
It is estimated over 5,000 discarded backpacks are in this wash. Countless water containers, food wrappers, clothing, feces, including thousands of soiled baby diapers. And as you can see in this picture, fresh footprints leading right into it.

May 19 19:33

Bangkok in flames as protesters refuse to back down

Rioters set fires at the stock exchange, electricity headquarters, banks and government offices. Siam Theatre, a much loved city institution, collapsed in flames. Hundreds of people had to be rescued from the burning headquarters of Channel 3 television. The death toll since fresh outbreaks of violence on Thursday now stands at 51.

The government issued "shoot on site" orders for a dawn raid as troops tried to disperse 2,000 Red Shirts who had been camped in Rajprasong, the capital's premier shopping and office district, for more than six weeks.

May 19 18:17

Heavy oil hits Louisiana shore, enters sea current

The first heavy oil from a giant Gulf of Mexico spill sloshed ashore in fragile Louisiana marshlands on Wednesday and part of the mess entered a powerful current that could carry it to Florida and beyond.

May 19 15:32

Don't Tread On Me: Rise of the Republic

Don't Tread On Me: Rise of the Republic exposes the commerce clause, defines Sovereignty, the proper role of government, a Constitutional Militia and much more. Don't Tread On Me offers sound solutions to take back rights stolen by our out-of-control, despotic federal government.

May 19 15:09

BANKERS TOLD TO RETURN BONUSES !

(*i beg your pardon , that was workers asked to return bonuses after 16 years)

May 19 13:47

U.S. Extends No Fishing Zone

Ok Im Crossing My fingers on this one

May 19 13:43

TSA Agent Accused of Stealing Cash from Wheelchair-Bound Woman

Leroy Ray allegedly went into the disabled woman's bag as it passed through the X-ray machine.

Ray was caught on surveillance video on February 3, 2010, reaching into the woman's bag to steal an envelope of cash, according to a criminal complaint.

May 19 09:34

Deepwater Horizon: Send us your ideas for capping the BP oil spill

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Shove that leaking pipe up their ass?

May 19 08:48

Louisiana warns BP: You're cleaning up any oil that gets near coastline

As evidence mounts of the dramatic effects of the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico 100 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana environmental officials issued a stern warning to BP executives: If large plumes of oil show up off the state's coastline, even below the surface, the company must clean them up.

May 19 08:04

Purposely Killing The Gulf?

The private, foreign International Monetary/Banking Cartel controls its puppets in Washington as it controls its oil company executives. And everything the Cartel does is anti-life, there are absolutely no exceptions; and their pretended Gulf oil clean-up is a glaring case in point.

Instead of cleaning up the unprecedented catastrophe created by the Cartel's mega-corporations (Halliburton, Transocean, and British Petroleum), these very same companies seem to be purposely killing our Gulf of Mexico, under the pretense of cleaning it up.

May 18 22:47

Google guilty of currency rate fixing???

Google's currency converter can't be trusted. I just checked the British Pound to the greenback and while Google says you get about 1.47 dollars to the pound, all the reputable sites say 1.43.

I'm glad someone spotted it and pointed it out to me before it got me into serious trouble.

It seems this is not an isolated case either.

Read the comments at the link above but DO NOT - UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES trust this gadget. It will likely appear on many sites which are run by Google's unwitting accomplices.

I suppose it would be pushing it a bit that Google's rates are deliberately fixed to dupe people to spend more money than they can afford to?

May 18 18:19

US Answer to Iran Nuclear Swap: Overnight Deal on Sanctions

Ahmet Davutoglu – Turkish Foreign Minister

“What they wanted us to do was give the confidence to Iran to do the swap. We have done our duty,” said Davutoglu, calling the deal an important step for regional and global peace. -Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu

In a swift answer to the Iran nuclear fuel deal secured Monday by Turkey and Brazil, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today that world powers had finalized a package of “strong” new sanctions against Iran.

After months of diplomatic efforts, the US secured support overnight from Russia and China, removing the possibility that the move would be vetoed by the United Nations Security Council. The draft would be circulated later Tuesday to the full council, she said.

May 18 14:34

Oil Spill to Shut Down 19% of Fishing

And it just keeps getting worse and worse. But No Dad Gum it!!! Well have that spill cleaned up in a jiffy!!! Sure they will, And Pigs Will fly.

May 18 13:57

Combat Operations in the Mexico Border Zone

Combat Operations in the Border Zone
May 18, 2010 by randyedye
By T.J. Woodard, May 17, 2010
Elites on the coasts don’t want to recognize what can be described only as combat operations conducted north of the U.S. – Mexican border.
This is war. Drug traffickers are using military tactics and techniques to get their products across the border. They carry automatic weapons and use vehicles with machine guns mounted on them. They are ready and willing to kill anybody who gets in their way. It’s time to close the southern border.
TJ Woodard is a retired Army officer who lives less than ten miles from the Mexican border. He carries a pistol even in his own house in order to be prepared to defend his family whenever necessary.

May 18 13:34

Arizona Getting A Bad Rap, Disinformation Propaganda included

Arizona Getting A Bad Rap…If this video does not connect the dots on illegal immigration and terrorism, nothing will.
May 18, 2010 by randyedye
[Youtube]
“We found illegals from Afghanistan, Egypt, iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen in custody.”

May 18 13:05

MELTUP ~ Must-watch documentary (54m:34s)

InflationUS — May 13, 2010 — The beginning of a U.S. currency crisis and hyperinflation.

May 18 12:02

Outspoken Professor Fired from Oil-Spill Team

Jonathan I. Katz, a physics professor at Washington University in St. Louis., said he was fired from the team of scientists chosen by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to help BP Plc control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Some of Professor Katz’s controversial writings have become a distraction from the critical work of addressing the oil spill,” Stephanie Mueller, a spokeswoman for the Energy Department, said in an e-mail today. “Professor Katz will no longer be involved in the department’s efforts.

May 18 08:45

Poor Thai ‘red shirts’ victims of the New World Order

As the proverbial red carrot, ‘democracy’ is held out by the World’s elite via the by-them-controlled mass media, as “the ideal system that will bring liberty and equality, and bla bla bla“, and it is all a total lie!
Just look at the United States itself, that great proponent of this big lie, its voting machines are rigged and its government is now fully hijacked by a financial power elite, driving away and marginalising their own normal people into “tea parties” because they want to “take back their country!”

May 18 08:43

A Bush brother collapses at meeting

The brother of former President George H.W. Bush collapsed during health insurer WellPoint Inc.'s annual meeting Tuesday morning.

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I doubt that will help their stock price!

May 18 08:40

GORDON DUFF: SLAVE AMERICA, HOLOCAUST BY DECEIT

In order to be slaves, we had to be conditioned to become slaves. This was done in increments, causing us to distrust each other, put our reliance on charismatic leaders, all of whom have turned out to be sociopaths, professional liars and thieves, mouthpieces for a very real conspiracy against the American people. Part of that conditioning was confusing Americans to the point where we would blame each other, one imaginary enemy after another, all blamed for our failures, our poverty, our decline while, when we weren’t looking, our economy drained into the foreign bank accounts of the few and our jobs flushed into Mexico, then China.

May 18 08:32

9/11 Truth Calling Out Israel May 18, 2010

May 18: 9-11 Truth Demonstration at Israeli Consulate in L.A. On May 18 there will be a public demonstration at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles by people who believe that Israel’s Mossad (along with Zionist Gentile and Jewish agents) carried out 9/11. The demonstration will take place in front of the Israeli Consulate at 6380 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles between 2 PM and 4PM on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010.

May 18 08:18

The Death of Aiyana Jones: "Showtime Syndrome" Claims a Child (UPDATED)

Conflict and danger, whether genuine or contrived, make for high-impact television; de-escalation and sober, careful police work do not. Thus embedding camera crews with the police -- only officially vetted personnel from State-aligned media are suitable; Mundanes with cameras are subject to summary arrest -- creates a perverse incentive for "peace" officers to choose an approach more likely to result in avoidable death, injury, and property destruction.

Aiyana Jones, the 7-year-old girl shot to death early Sunday (May 17) during a SWAT raid on her Detroit home, was almost certainly a victim of the "COPS Effect."

May 18 08:07

A Dangerous Precedent?

Few will argue that there are not sexually dangerous prisoners who should not see the light of day. Due to lax laws, lenient judges and a corrupt judicial system, all manner of criminals are let loose upon society after their sentences are over to continue their deviant ways.

But today's supreme court decision that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered "sexually dangerous" after their prison terms are complete could be setting the stage for 'indefinite detention' and 'preventive detention' of prisoners of all sorts, including political ones.

May 18 07:57

Floods in Europe: heavy rains cause flooding in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic

Floods in Europe: heavy rains cause flooding in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic

May 18 07:37

Planet Chomsky vs. Dershowitz’s Orbit by Gilad Atzmon

The Israeli Interior Ministry on Sunday denied entry to Jewish American linguist Prof. Noam Chomsky turning him back from the Allenby Bridge border crossing in the Jordan Valley. Seemingly, the moral ash cloud that is pouring out of the morbid Jewish ghetto known as Israel is not going to clear. It is there to stay.

May 18 07:04

Criminal Negligence: Despite Knowing It Had a Damaged Blowout Preventer, BP STILL Cut Corners By Removing the Single Most Important Safety Measure

Several weeks before the Gulf oil explosion, a key piece of safety equipment - the blowout preventer - was damaged.

As the Times of London reports:

"[Mike Williams, the chief electronics technician on the Deepwater Horizon, and one of the last workers to leave the doomed rig] claimed that the blowout preventer was then damaged when a crewman accidentally moved a joystick, applying hundreds of thousands of pounds of force. Pieces of rubber were found in the drilling fluid, which he said implied damage to a crucial seal. But a supervisor declared the find to be "not a big deal", Mr Williams alleged."

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One has to hazard a guess that because the managers and executives at PB thought they were untouchable for any liability, due to the company's significant political clout, they would make decisions like this, and ignore standards and practices which might have prevented this disaster from happening.

May 18 06:59

Oil Already in Loop Current, Headed for Florida Keys

Researchers have evidence that oil from the Deepwater Horizon well accident in the Gulf of Mexico is on its way to the Florida Keys, carried by currents.

That evidence comes from computer models, satellite images and an eyewitness observation on a University of South Florida research vessel.

That ship, the Weatherbird II, returned Monday after studying plankton levels at the oil spill site.

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We're going to see "dead zones" in a lot of the areas into which the oil has already spilled.

May 18 06:43

A solution for the oil spill. Can it be this simple?

Watch a simple video that shows one way of mopping up the oil on the surface.

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Sadly, this won't touch the very significant amount of oil that has been dispersed into the deep water. It will be there for decades to keep on killing.

May 18 06:39

Protesters Target BP, Oil Spill Cleanup Continues

Lots of pictures. Some might be rather upsetting. But please look.
This is what WE have done to the environment.

May 18 06:33

As oil spill approaches, dead animals wash up in Mississippi

Gus Holliman has spent the last two days riding the beaches in this coastal Mississippi town, hoping not to find dead animals.

On Saturday the sea turtles started washing up on shore. On Sunday, the turtles were joined by dead catfish, horseshoe crabs, and birds -- a duck, a pelican and a seagull.

Before the April 20 rig explosion and oil started pouring into the Gulf, the city might see a small turtle wash up every six months -- one that got caught in a net, or died from some natural cause, said Holliman, a City of Pass Christian patrol officer, who works the harbor.

May 18 06:31

Gulf Wildlife 'Dead Zone' Keeps Growing

An enormous wildlife "dead zone" in the Gulf continues to grow, and is expected to be even larger this summer.

Animal toxicology experts believe the Gulf dead zone is man-made.

Gulf wildlife continue to face other threats, ranging from agricultural run-off to pharmaceutical pollutants.

May 18 05:31

Tar Balls Found Off Key West

The U.S. Coast Guard says 20 tar balls have been found off Key West, Fla., but the agency stopped short of saying whether they came from a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Some 5 million gallons of crude has spewed into the Gulf and tar balls have been washing ashore in several states along the coast.

Scientists are worried that oil is getting caught in a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast.

May 18 05:20

Director of federal drilling safety oversight in Gulf calls it quits

Chris Oynes, appointed during the Bush administration to oversee offshore energy oversight at the Mineral Management Service (MMS), has quit.

"After 35 years of service," an MMS employee told AFP, Oynes plans to announce his retirement soon, leaving behind a career forever tarnished by a photo of him presenting Transocean, the Deepwater Horizon's owners, with a safety award.

His agency is blamed for severely lax safety oversight and neglecting inspections in BP's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under Oynes' watch, there literally was no oversight, which lead this country to the catastrophe we see today in the Gulf.

This man does not deserve a retirement and a watch: he deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of Federal law for absolute dereliction of duty.

May 18 04:47

Officials Find Tarballs Along Key West Shores

Yesterday Coast Guard personnel discovered two dozen tarballs on Key West shores. They’re in the process of testing them to see if they came from the Gulf of Mexico’s growing oil disaster...

May 18 04:39

The Responses to the Gulf Oil Spill and to the Financial Crisis Are Remarkably Similar ... And Have Made Both Crises Much Worse

Indeed, the industry and government spokespeople have used the exact same word as each crisis - financial and environmental - unfolded. They said the problem was "contained".

In both cases, we the people are left holding the bag because the giant companies and their campaign-contribution-buddies in DC are trying to sweep the severity of the problem under the rug, to manage the crisis as p.r. campaigns to protect those who let it happen ... instead of actually taking steps necessary to solve the problems, and to make sure they won't happen again.

May 18 02:29

Saakashvili: Brazil, Turkey-brokered Iranian Deal is Breakthrough

President Saakashvili said on May 17 that an agreement, mediated by Brazil and Turkey, to send low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for receiving nuclear fuel for an Iranian nuclear reactor was "a diplomatic victory" and "a matter of survival" for the small countries of the region.

"This is a real diplomatic breakthrough and a great diplomatic victory for Iran, Europe, the United States and the world and for the entire region, for Turkey and of course for Georgia... This is peace for Iran and for the entire region and for Georgia as well," Saakashvili said.

Misha crosses over to the dark side! Thought I'd post this before he gets a call from Telavivington telling him to tone his enthusiasm down a bit.

May 17 23:48

Purposely Killing The Gulf?

The private, foreign International Monetary/Banking Cartel controls its puppets in Washington as it controls its oil company executives. And everything the Cartel does is anti-life, there are absolutely no exceptions; and their pretended Gulf oil clean-up is a glaring case in point.

Instead of cleaning up the unprecedented catastrophe created by the Cartel's mega-corporations (Halliburton, Transocean, and British Petroleum), these very same companies are purposely killing our Gulf of Mexico, under the pretense of cleaning it up.

Instead of using safe, non-toxic ways to gather up the rogue oil gushing from their incompetence, or planned cataclysm, the private Cartel is using an extremely toxic chemical dispersant, with the approval of the Obama administration.

May 17 22:22

Franklin Lamb : Why We Petition For Palestinian Civil Rights in Lebanon

“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change or resistance. Small acts, when multiplied by many people, can transform the world”

“If we remember those times and places–and there are so many–where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” Professor Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

May 17 22:09

Elvis Costello: Withdraws from two performances scheduled in Israel

It Is After Considerable Contemplation….

I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the two performances scheduled in Israel on the 30th of June and the 1st of July.

One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament.

Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.

May 17 19:53

May 18, 9-11 Truth Demonstration at L.A.Israeli Consulate

The 9-11 Truth Demonstration at Israeli Consulate in L.A. on May 18
Sunday, May 16
|May 18: 9-11 Truth Demonstration at Israeli Consulate in L.A. On May 18 there will be a public demonstration at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles by people who believe that Israel’s Mossad (along with Zionist Gentile and Jewish agents) carried out 9/11. The demonstration will take place in front of the Israeli Consulate at 6380 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles between 2 PM and 4PM on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010. We hope you will join us!
This article has been updated with photos of a Zionist Jew attacking Zan on a sidewalk in Los Angeles as he peacefully picketed with a sign that said "Israel - not Muslims - did 9-11".

May 17 17:46

Pelosi to Aspiring Musicians: Quit Your Job, Taxpayers Will Cover Your Health Care

Does silicone poising lead to retardation ?

May 17 14:43

Attorney: Video shows police fired into home

The girl's father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, told The Detroit News he had just gone to bed early Sunday after covering his daughter with her favorite Disney princess blanket when he heard a flash grenade followed by a gunshot. When he rushed into the living room, he said, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter's blood.

May 17 14:32

May 17-23: Happy Hemp History Week!

Today marks the start of the 1st Annual Hemp History Week, which is taking place between now and May 23, 2010. As a national grassroots education campaign, 185 events have been planned nationwide in 32 states with the goal of renewing strong support for hemp farming in the U.S. In addition to events across the country, organizers also plan to collect tens of thousands of hand-signed postcards addressed to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder asking them to end the ban on hemp farming and let farmers once again grow the versatile and profitable crop.

May 17 10:10

Jersey City Pizzeria Bomb Plot Foiled

Nalbach says police are focusing on a man who once rented the pizzeria and may have had a legal dispute with the building’s owner.Police and fire units had responded to the building for a report of a gas leak and found the would-be bomb set to go off if the front door was opened.

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"But since we can't blame Muslims for this, the story is not important!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 17 09:34

Margaret Atwood Cashes In

By Jennifer Matsui

Novelist Margaret Atwood’s decision to travel to Tel Aviv to share a literary prize worth a million dollars has ignited a controversy in which the septuagenarian author and vice-president of the literary human rights organization PEN International has come under fire by Palestinian rights activists. Ms Atwood’s acceptance of the Dan David Prize, whose previous laureates include Al Gore and Tony Blair, is viewed by Ms Atwood’s critics as a betrayal to the ideals she supposedly represents, and an unwitting endorsement of Israel’s race exclusive policies.

May 17 09:29

Gordon Duff: Can 1% Stop The Global Criminal Syndicate?

CAN A REAL GLOBALISM BASED ON TRUTH AND HONOR SAVE THE WORLD?

I was asked during an interview on Al Jazeera the question that every Muslim lives with every day, “How can a small country like Israel control America.” My answer was simple. Imagine a friend comes to you screaming, “Someone stole my house!” You ask him what happened. His response; “I put my house up for sale, I asked $200,000 dollars. A man came to the door and said he wanted my house. He gave me $200,000 bucks and now I have no home.”

May 17 09:28

Discovery of gasoline bomb forces evacuations in Jersey City

A 6 a.m. call about a potential gas leak to led to a major response by police and firefighters to a three-story building and the discovery of a gasoline can with an ignition device wired into it, this morning.

Officials arrived at 451 Palisade Avenue near Griffith Street to the report of gas fumes in a building. Firefighters found the source and PSE&G shut off the gas in the building, officials said.

Then officials found a gasoline can with an ignition device wired into it, causing Jersey City police to block off numerous roads and evacuate an entire city block, officials said.

May 17 09:25

“There is no ground left for more sanctions or pressure on Iran”

by Robert Naiman, Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy (source: Huffington Post)

If I were in Washington this morning, I would run down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to Congress with a big Brazilian flag, as the young Brazilians run down the Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo during the the “football” match, shouting “Gollllllll!”

Because with the news this morning that Iran has agreed to ship most of its enriched uranium to Turkey, in a nuclear fuel swap deal reached in talks with Brazil and Turkey that could “deflate a U.S.-led push” for new sanctions against Iran, the President of Brazil has scored a goal against the neocons in the West who want to gin up confrontation with Iran towards a future military conflict.

Continue reading:

May 17 09:21

Iran Announces Breakthrough Nuclear Exchange Deal

By Juan Cole

Veteran Iran observer Borzou Daragahi reports on the agreement just announced by Iran and Turkey on the disposition of Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium.

Under the deal, according to the Iranian spokesman, “After a final agreement is signed between Iran and the Vienna group, our fuel will be shipped to Turkey under the supervision of Iran and the IAEA . . .” “Then we will dispatch 1,200 kilograms [2,640 pounds] of 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey to be exchanged for 120 kilograms [264 pounds] of 20% enriched uranium from the Vienna group.” The Vienna group is the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

May 17 08:42

Gulf Oil Spill May Reach North Carolina Islands, Miami Beach

Crude from the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill could eventually slosh ashore on Miami Beach or North Carolina's barrier islands, if it connects with a powerful sea current, an oceanographer said Tuesday.

Robert Weisberg, a physical oceanographer at the University of South Florida, told a conference call the so-called Loop Current that sweeps around the Gulf was poised to connect with the spreading oil slick.

May 17 08:40

Now independent thinkers are considered diseased by psychiatry

(NaturalNews) Psychiatrists have been working on the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and, in it, they hope to add a whole slew of new psychiatric disorders. Unfortunately, many of these disorders are merely differences in personality and behavior among people.

The new edition may include "disorders" like "oppositional defiant disorder", which includes people who have a pattern of "negativistic, defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior toward authority figures."

May 17 08:33

Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP's Gulf of Mexico oil leak

The US has sent a team of nuclear physicists to help BP plug the "catastrophic" flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking Deepwater Horizon well, as the Obama administration becomes frustrated with the oil giant's inability to control the situation.

May 17 08:24

OIL SPILL CRISIS MAP.

May 17 07:40

Dispersants Might Be INCREASING Damage From Gulf Oil Spill

As the Christian Science Monitor notes today:

More relevant could be the dispersant that BP is applying to the oil at the source. BP officials have hailed the process as a success, noting diminishing oil at the surface. But the dispersant breaks the oil into smaller drops, which might instead be spreading throughout the water column, instead of rising to the surface.

It is not clear what this would mean environmentally, though past research indicates that oil can be trapped in the seabed for decades after oil on the surface is cleaned away.

Shouldn't the use of dispersants be stopped until scientists figure out whether they will make things better or worse?

May 17 03:40

Monstrous underwater oil plumes found in US Gulf Coast

Scientists have found vast underwater plumes of oil, one 10 miles (16km) long and a mile wide, in the Gulf of Mexico, following last month's rig disaster.

Researchers from the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology say they have detected several sprawling oil slicks lurking just beneath the surface of the sea and at depths of 4,000ft (1,200m).

The scientists said the chemical dispersants BP has been dumping underwater may be preventing the oil from rising to the top of the ocean.

The oil giant has said the chemicals, which it began deploying on Friday, have already resulted in less oil surfacing.

Were they just trying to sweep the oil under the carpet?

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