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May 21, 2010

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 15:16

Truth, Non-Violence and the Palestinian Hills

For generations, Palestinians have adopted in their daily lives a culture of non-violent “Sumud”, an Arabic word that means to be "steadfast" and to "persevere”. Through Sumud, Palestinians have been able to protect their identity and to refuse not to exist. After all, since its inception, the Zionist project denied Palestinians their existence. Who can forget the false claim that Palestine was “a land without a people”?

May 21 15:03

US vows punishment for North Korea over ship sinking

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't that South Korea's call to make? After all, it was their ship, supposedly.

May 21 14:18

L.A. Loses Deep-Fryer, 45 Percent of Items Purchased With Taxpayer Funds

Some of the items not placed into service included 9 microwaves, 1 deep fryer and 2 television sets by the Recreation and Parks Department and various computer equipment by ITA.



May 21 14:02

Iran to hand uranium swap deal letter to IAEA on Monday

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Istanbul on Friday he hoped the deal would open the way to a negotiated settlement of Iran's row with the West over its nuclear program.

May 21 12:49

Rand Paul Strikes Back At Mainstream Media Smear Machine

Would be Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has hit back at a desperate and sustained mainstream media attempt to smear him as a racist extremist following his historic primary victory earlier this week.

May 21 12:48

Official Says Pakistani Taliban Plotting to Strike US

A U.S. intelligence official said Thursday new information gathered this week indicates the Pakistani Taliban is actively planning to strike the United States, CNN reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your daily dose of BOOGA BOOGA!

May 21 12:42

"Brave" U.S. Soldiers Murder Unarmed Old Iraqi Man

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The video goes back up on YouTube. Let us see if it stays!

UPDATE: Download a copy of the video HERE



May 21 12:09

32 States Have Borrowed from the Treasury to Make Unemployment Payments; California Has Borrowed $7 Billion

EconomicPolicyJournal.com has learned that 32 states have run out funds to make unemployment payments and that the U.S Treasury has been supplying these states with funds so that they can make their payments to the unemployed. In some cases, states have borrowed billions. In total as of May 20, the total balance outstanding by 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) amounts to $37.8 billion.

The state of California has borrowed $6.9 billion. Michigan has borrowed $3.9 billion, Illinois $2.2 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yank a cork from one hole, pound it into the next hole. Problem not solved!

May 21 11:12

States Gearing Up to Follow Arizona's Lead on Immigration

While Arizona faces the scorn of the White House and local governments across the country for its immigration law, lawmakers in several states are looking to follow the Grand Canyon State's lead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The global government movement, founded on a foundation of lies (Global Warming, Global Pandemic, Global Economic Crash), starts to crumble!

May 21 11:10

Top Official Says Feds May Not Process Illegals Referred From Arizona

A top Department of Homeland Security official reportedly said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We are too busy bitch-slapping the Canadians!"

May 21 11:04

The Heresy Of The Greeks Offers Hope

As Britain’s political class pretends that its arranged marriage of Tweedledee to Tweedledum is democracy, the inspiration for the rest of us is Greece. It is hardly surprising that Greece is presented not as a beacon but as a “junk country” getting its comeuppance for its “bloated public sector” and “culture of cutting corners” (the Observer). The heresy of Greece is that the uprising of its ordinary people provides an authentic hope unlike that lavished upon the warlord in the White House.



May 21 11:04

AMERICAN AIR FORCE JETS BOMB GAZA

OMG!!!! Did I say American Air Force jets? I Meant Israeli ones…… BUT…. America paid for them!

May 21 10:49

FLASHBACK - Israel: North Korea supplying weapons to six Mideast states

Israel's IAEA envoy: North Korea has become source of proliferation of dangerous weapons of mass destruction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A reminder who is "cheerleading" the new push for war with North Korea.

May 21 10:44

FLASHBACK - Israel Minister: Iran, Syria, And North Korea Are New 'Axis Of Evil'

Israel's foreign minister on Wednesday declared North Korea, Syria and Iran the new "axis of evil," claiming that North Korean weapons seized in Bangkok in December were bound for Middle Eastern militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just in case you wondered why there was a sudden surge of interest in North Korea.

May 21 10:41

HAMAS LAWMAKER RELEASED FROM PRISON, ARRESTED AND DEPORTED

Israeli authorities issued recently-released Hamas lawmaker Mohammad Abu Teir with a deportation notice on Thursday, giving him until 19 June to leave Jerusalem.

Ma’an’s correspondent said the deportation order was issued on the basis that Abu Teir had lost his residency rights after participating in the Palestinian general elections in January 2006.



May 21 10:40

Pentagon Plan to Beef Up Afghan Base Near Iran May Rile Regime

A U.S. plan to upgrade its airbase in southwestern Afghanistan just 20 miles from Iran’s border will likely rile the Islamic regime, bolstering suspicions the West is trying to pressure it with military might, analysts say.

May 21 10:39

THE TWO FACES OF NOAM CHOMSKY

Could somebody please explain why Noam Chomsky now appears to be supporting the dictatorial and corrupt Palestinian Authority when only a short while ago he rightly called the body fundamentally corrupt and complicit in selling out the rights of Palestinians?

May 21 10:39

Jewish groups welcome sanctions but want more

U.S. Jewish groups welcomed the announcement of the unified front by major world powers on Iran sanctions.

But they want to know the details -- and they’re still pressing for unilateral sanctions by the U.S. Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The policy seems to be to keep pushing at Iran until Iran pushes back, then blame Iran for the resulting bloodbath.

May 21 10:38

OBAMA AND THE JEWS

A look at why some Jews love him and some don't trust him; and at the key role Chicago Jews played in getting him to where he is



May 21 10:37

US Begins Massive Military Build Up Around Iran, Sending Up To 4 New Carrier Groups In Region

As if uncontrollable economic contagion was not enough for the administration, Obama is now willing to add geopolitical risk to the current extremely precarious economic and financial situation. Over at Debkafile we read that the president has decided to "boost US military strength in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf regions in the short term with an extra air and naval strike forces and 6,000 Marine and sea combatants." With just one aircraft carrier in proximity to Iran, the Nobel peace prize winner has decided to send a clear message that peace will no longer be tolerated, and has decided to increase the US aircraft carrier presence in the region by a 400-500%

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is it a World War yet?

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 10:32

The Israeli Role in the Plundering of Iceland

The looting of much of the wealth of Iceland is one such mega-crime in which we find Israelis involved at the highest level. The First Lady of Iceland, Dorrit Moussaieff, is an Israeli Jew, which adds a significant wrinkle to the whole plot.

The Israeli Dorrit Moussaieff is the "fabulously wealthy socialite wife of the President of Iceland." So why did a "fabulously wealthy" Israeli Jew marry the president of a small Nordic nation in the North Atlantic?

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 10:31

Germany Acts Alone to Protect the Euro and Big Banks Against Speculators

If Germany’s efforts to rein in speculation in European markets were meant to surprise investors, they succeeded — just not quite in the way officials in Berlin might have intended.
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Axel Weber, right, president of Germany's central bank, and Jochen Sanio, head of BaFin, which regulates its financial markets. BaFin banned the naked short-selling of some stocks and bonds.

On Wednesday, the government’s partial ban on so-called naked short-selling took effect, as part of Berlin’s effort to protect its biggest financial institutions and the euro currency from investors who have been betting against them.

May 21 10:26

Presidents In Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones

President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, the largest contributor of illegal aliens now living and working in America in the vicinity of 12 to 15 million, threw several nasty verbal rocks at Arizona for passing SB 1070. His illegal Mexican citizens residing in the United States contribute $24 billion back to his financial coffers annually in cash transfers. At the same time, their lawlessness costs American taxpayers $346 billion yearly across 15 U.S. federal agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every cent it costs the US for deporting every illegal alien should be deducted from their country of origin's foreign aid: that would go a long way toward solving the problem.

May 21 10:25

Goldman Sachs Hands Clients Losses in ‘Top Trades’

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. racked up trading profits for itself every day last quarter. Clients who followed the firm’s investment advice fared far worse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One crooked trick brokers will do is buy blocks of stocks and just hold them during the day, then as the market heads to a close put the winning stocks into the accounts of favored clients and dump the losers on the suckers. This was the secret behind Hillary Clinton's "miraculous" Cattle Futures trades back in Arkansas. And it appears that GS may be playing the same games inside their computers.

May 21 10:23

Bloodbath

The correction, soon to be crash, is here: the market had a bigger relative open to close move today than it did on May 6. We closed at the day's lows on massive volume, despite definitive central bank intervention, regardless whether it was the SNB, the ECB, or the Fed. The central planners have lost control of the market, and all thanks to the inevitable collapse of hyper capitalist Keynesianism coming out of the formerly most communist country in the world. A day of ironies. And it's not over. Futures are already down another 4 handles. The correction is coming, and it will be a bloodbath. The Fed can not push rates lower. It will print. It is inevitable. It is our destiny.



May 21 10:22

Woman’s Home Confiscated Over Small Water Bill

One raw day in early February, Vicki Valentine stood by helplessly as real estate investors snatched her West Baltimore home over what began with an unpaid city water bill of $362.

As snow threatened to fall, she watched a work crew hired by the new owners punch out the lock on her front door. A sheriff’s deputy was on the scene while Valentine and her teenage son piled whatever they could into a borrowed car.

Running out of time, Valentine scrambled to pack up clothing and mementos. The home had been her family’s for nearly three decades, and her father had paid off the mortgage in 1984. “It’s hard to say goodbye to this house,” she said. “It’s like someone forcing you out of something that belongs to you. I don’t get it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to Ameristan!

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 10:21

Bluefin tuna has been fished to the brink of extinction

Two weeks ago a single bluefin tuna sold in Japan for a surreal £111,000. The price of this fish, which ends up in the best sushi restaurants, will carry on rocketing so long as the tuna population keeps plummeting.

The Mediterranean tuna industry, which has taken tens of millions of euros in subsidies, has fished the bluefin to the brink — stocks are within three years of total collapse.

May 21 10:20

Britain's biggest insurer imposes 'ash tax' on travellers

Britain's biggest insurer is to impose an 'ash tax' on travellers who fear their holidays may be cancelled.

Just a week before thousands of families jet off on breaks during the school half-term, Aviva has become the first firm to impose the levy.

Other big insurance companies are set to follow suit.



May 21 10:19

New Peer-Research Finds Alaskan/Canadian Glaciers Melting Significantly Less Than Previous EstimatesCLIMATEGATE -

May 21 10:17

With Flu Season Over, Canada Shows Flu Shot To Be Worse Than Worthless

Last September, a large study by Canadian scientists Danuta Skowronski and Gaston De Serres threw Canada into an uproar with their findings showing people who had prior "seasonal flu" shots were much more likely to come down with newly appeared H1N1 (Swine) flu illness.

May 21 10:17

U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Drinking Unsafe Water

Every year there are new reports of abuses being heaped on American troops in the field. They were provided with cheap and unnecessarily heavy body armor instead of lightweight titanium layered Kevlar. They were issued canvas-covered Humvees. There were unconscionable delays in deploying armored Humvees and in ordering 1970’s vintage MRAPs. They have to fight with jam-prone M-4s and live on bases blanketed by toxic burn pit smoke.

Now the method used to "purify" our troops’ drinking water is being severely criticized by organizations no less than the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this article documents is how completely expendable our men and women in uniform are to this government.

May 21 10:16

Grotesque Global Financial System: Greece. Economic Theft on an Unprecedented Scale

As Britain's political class pretends that its arranged marriage of Tweedledee to Tweedledum is democracy, the inspiration for the rest of us is Greece. It is hardly surprising that Greece is presented not as a beacon, but as a "junk country" getting its comeuppance for its "bloated public sector" and "culture of cutting corners" (Observer). The heresy of Greece is that the uprising of its ordinary people provides an authentic hope unlike that lavished upon the warlord in the White House.

May 21 10:16

Police hunt cult leaders

Australian police were on Thursday hunting for three leaders of a Christian sect after finding a stockpile of guns, explosives and ammunition in Adelaide.

May 21 10:15

Church of Scientology faces new abuse claims

More accusations against the Church of Scientology have emerged, with new allegations they were involved in covering up the repeated sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 21 10:14

Dr. Cass Sunstein wants to turn off your light!

Paul Joseph Watson, a writer at Prison Planet whom I greatly respect, reminded us Monday that Obama Czar Wants Mandatory Government Propaganda On Political Websites. The czar is also a Harvard professor currently dishing up the pabulum for Obama’s White House that “conspiracy theories” should be banned from the Internet. So much for Harvard, Czar-Dr. Cass Sunstein and intellectual freedom.

May 21 10:07

US Sanctions Push Puts Iran Nuclear Deal at Risk

Though US officials have continued to express hopes that the new UN Security Council sanctions being pursued against Iran “might work” in some shape or form, the immediate effect seems to be that it will ruin the third party enrichment deal reached earlier this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is precisely the design intent of pushing for sanctions after Iran agreed to a compromise deal which should have (if the intention wasn't a war against Iran) made everybody happy.

May 21 10:07

Clinton: NKorea must face consequences for attack

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says North Korea must face international consequences for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government is desperate for another war with which to distract the sheeple from the crashing economy, corruption, oil spills, and the already lost wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The entire case for restarting the war with North Korea lies in a piece of metal with a number stamped on it which matches a number in a catalog of North Korean weapons sold around the world. Torpedo tubes are standard sized to facilitate this "commerce" around the world, so even if the piece of metal with a number stamped on it did come from a North Korean torpedo, that is far from conclusive proof that a North Korean submarine fired it. A US sub could have fired it. For that matter, some of the Israeli Dolphins are known to have exited the Mediterranean months ago, and providing there are surface ships to act as tenders, could easily have reached the Pacific.

Stop and think; why would North Korea do such a thing? If they truly wanted a resumption of the war would not their first strike be against a target with more strategic importance than a single ship?

May 21 10:01

Grim milestone: 1,000 Americans dead

On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two. A resurgent Taliban active in almost every province, a weak central government incapable of protecting its people and a larger number of American troops in harms way all contributed to the accelerating pace of death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question thinking Americans have to ask themselves, 9 years on, is why are we in Afghanistan?

1. Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the security of the United States. It is a broken, dysfunctional country with a puppet government, propped up by US military might, steeped in corruption with complete and callous disregard for the welfare of its own people.

2. There were two outcomes to be accomplished through the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, both for private profit. The first was control of the drug trade (mission accomplished here), and the second was to "pacify" Afghanistan to the point where pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil (not remotely close on this one).

As you will recall, as late of August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating pipeline rights with the Taliban, but considered the price "too high". Then, conveniently, came 9/11, and we were off and running to "punish" Afghanistan with our invasion and occupation.

It should be mandatory that the parents, friends,and loved ones of every soldier who has died or been maimed for life in this immoral and illegal military misadventure, should be informed by their Congressional Representatives as follows:

"Your loved one died (or was maimed) to insure control of the drug trade, which has pretty well been accomplished, and to pacify the Afghan people enough to be able to install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, which we have not accomplished. Therefore, American kids are going to keep fighting, getting maimed, and dying until the latter outcome is achieved."

One wonders if that would finally wake the American people up, and what, upon that awakening, and moment of complete clarity, they would do with the rage they would be feeling upon understanding the real reason American kids are fighting, getting maimed, and dying in Afghanistan.

May 21 09:49

Senate Passes Wall Street Permanent Bailout Bill,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the stock market is up today. The US Government just officially transformed this Republic into a fascist economy, in which corporations will keep their profits, but be allowed to always dump their losses on the American people.

This is like having a casino where the gamblers keep what they win, but when they lose, the cocktail waitresses and bellhops are forced to dig into their own pockets to cover the losses.

May 21 09:45

House votes to expand national DNA arrest database

Millions of Americans arrested for but not convicted of crimes will likely have their DNA forcibly extracted and added to a national database, according to a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

By a 357 to 32 vote, the House approved legislation that will pay state governments to require DNA samples, which could mean drawing blood with a needle, from adults "arrested for" certain serious crimes. Not one Democrat voted against the database measure, which would hand out about $75 million to states that agree to make such testing mandatory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this draconian and anti-American legislation be passed by the Senate, I want DNA samples taken of all members of congress, as they among the most criminal elements in this country!

May 21 09:44

Goldman's White House connections raise eyebrows

While Goldman Sachs' lawyers negotiated with the Securities and Exchange Commission over potentially explosive civil fraud charges, Goldman's chief executive visited the White House at least four times.

May 21 09:39

Clinton: North Korea Must Face Consequences For Attack On South Korea Warship

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says North Korea must face international consequences for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Speaking in the Japanese capital, Clinton said Friday that the U.S., Japan, South Korea and China are consulting on an appropriate reaction to an international investigation that blamed North Korea for the incident. She says the report proves a North Korean sub fired a torpedo that sank the ship and that it could no longer be "business as usual" in dealing with the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Secretary of State Clinton: all the bloviating in the world will mean absolutely nothing unless China comes on board for whatever you might be conjuring.

And the options here are profoundly limited.

Just as South Korea has a defense pact with the US, North Korea has a defense pact with China. So any military involvement would be a big, fat, hairy no-no.

And in light of the fact that China is North Korea's number one trading partner (and absolute salvation in terms of aid, without which North Korea would collapse), economic sanctions are also a non-starter.

What would probably be the logical thing would be to encourage China to get North Korea back to the negotiating table in terms of creating a comprehensive peace treaty to replace the armistice which was signed in 1953, which never technically resolved the state of war between North and South Korea.

That would go a long way to ratchet down tensions in the region, if that in fact is the outcome desired.

May 21 09:30

"Well, we can't seem to get a war going with Iran; what say we distract the idiots from the economy by attacking North Korea?"

May 21 09:29

Federal Appeals Court Bars Bagram Detainees From Civilian Trials

Detainees at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan cannot use U.S. courts to challenge their imprisonment the way detainees in Guantanamo Bay have, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The United States is holding the detainees at the military prison on Afghan territory through a cooperative arrangement with Afghanistan, three appeals court judges said in a unanimous decision turning aside the request of a Tunisian and two Yemeni prisoners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if these men will receive a trial at all, either via US Military tribunal, or Afghani military tribunal, or if the ultimate outcome will be having them rot in indefinite detention.

May 21 09:28

Rand Paul Stirs New Ire by Going After Obama

Paul came under fire this week after he insinuated in multiple interviews that the landmark civil rights legislation may have gone too far by forcing private businesses to follow federal anti-discrimination laws. But he says the uproar is about politics, not racism.

"I'm in favor of everything with regards to ending institutional racism," he told NPR's Robert Siegel earlier this week. Paul continued to insist that he finds racism abhorrent, but he refused to answer questions about whether he would have voted for the legislation had he been alive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Starting to feel like a media witch-hunt against Paul.

May 21 09:26

Why the U.S. and Israel are such good friends

Why? Because the U.S. and Israel have so much in common. Who in the U.S. doesn’t love knishes or latkes? The U.S. and Israel are two peas in a pod.

Both nations worship the AIPAC (America Israel Public Affairs Committee), which functions as a heavenly messenger between two very good friends. Israel tells the AIPAC exactly what it wants and the AIPAC tells members of Congress to grant it unquestioned (if they’d like to keep their jobs).

Both nations obviously share the same deep moral values. For example, both agree on the moral way to take out a terrorist cleric in a wheelchair (TOW missile launched from an Apache helicopter, duh!). It wouldn’t be right to walk up and shoot a cripple in the head (sincere apologies to those within 50 feet of the wheelchair).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Personally, I think the "Special Relationship" lies more along the lines of Colson's Law. For those who do not remember, Chuck Colson was part of the Watergate scandal, and had a sign hanging in his office at the White House that read, "When you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow."

I think Israel helped the US stage 9-11, then turned around and blackmailed the US Government with it.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 21 09:21

Message to HP Support

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know EXACTLY how he feels about HP!

May 21 09:19

Tom McClintock Gives A GREAT Response To Mexican President Felipe Caldron And His Standing Ovation!

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 08:49

WELL, THE PPT IS UP T THEIR OLD TRICKS!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After days of declines, Europe's defaults, the oil spill, the DOW opens in the 9000s, then skyrockets upwards today solely on the financial "reform" bill, which reforms nothing (compared to Germany) and makes the bailout mechanism permanent.

May 21 08:34

Senate Passes Faux Financial "Reform" Bill

The Senate passed a financial "reform" bill today by a 59-39 vote which won't fix any of the core problems in the financial system, and won't prevent the next financial crisis.

The bill doesn't include the Volcker Rule (it wasn't even debated), doesn't break up or even substantially rein in the too big to fails, and doesn't force transparency in the derivatives market.

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 08:27

Report: Facebook caught sharing secret data with advertisers

The privacy issues that have been hounding Facebook may be coming to a head. A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that the Facebook, along with MySpace, Digg, and a handful of other social-networking sites, have been sharing users' personal data with advertisers without users' knowledge or consent.

The data shared includes names, user IDs, and other information sufficient to enable ad companies such as the Google-owned DoubleClick to identify distinct user profiles.

May 21 08:24

The Gulf oil slick from space – NOT

May 21 08:17

The Real World: Tehran

As the drums beat against the backdrop of a U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf, war with Iran seems more inevitable than it does likely. But does Iran pose a real threat to our national security or are they being used as a convenient scapegoat to divert the American people’s attention away from an impending financial collapse here at home?

May 21 08:15

Russia: We'll sell advanced missile system to Iran

Harsher sanctions on Iran will not prevent Russia from fulfilling its obligation and selling the S-300 missile system to Tehran, a senior Russian parliamentarian said Friday.

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov said the latest sanctions proposal does not pertain to agreements signed with Iran in the past.

May 21 08:11

Iran sanctions won't stop missiles: Russian senator

The head of a parliamentary foreign affairs committee was quoted on Friday as saying that sanctions on Iran being discussed by world powers would not stop Russia from delivering S-300 surface to air missiles to Tehran.

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 07:03

Broccoli may help fight breast cancer

A broccoli compound may help prevent or treat breast cancer by targeting cancer stem cells, according to a new study.
Stem cells are the small number of cells that fuel a tumour’s growth.
The study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center tested sulforaphane, a component of broccoli and broccoli sprouts, in both mice and cell cultures.
Researchers found sulforaphane targeted and killed the cancer stem cells and prevented new tumours from growing.

May 21 07:02

Want to live to see 100? Then be nice to friends and family

Having a close network of family and friends could be your passport to a long and healthy life.

A study of centenarians has revealed that developing close friendships and family ties is key if you want to live to 100.

The researchers quizzed 188 centenarians on the secrets of their staying power. They found that most classed themselves as sociable, open-minded and optimistic.

Only two of the men and women studied were smokers, although 28 per cent were former smokers. Almost all drank alcohol, although only in moderation.

May 21 06:18

Dow to Break 10,000; Test of Crucial Support is Near

After dropping 376 points yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is set to open down 95 points which would put it below the psychologically important 10,000 level. In my previous post, I mentioned that the ‘flash trade’ prices were real and we were heading for a retest of those lows. Currently, the major averages are now trading in oversold territory. That’s the good news. The bad news is that if the February lows are breached, it raises the odds for steeper losses.

May 21 06:08

Facebook users targeted in 'sexiest video ever' malware scam

Facebook users have been warned about a scam which encourages you to click on a link leading to the 'sexiest video ever', but in fact installs malware on the computer.

Thousands of users on the social networking site have been targeted by the new scam which posts a link to a video on a user's newsfeed, addressing the user by name, and then leads to an installation program.

The link reads: 'This is without doubt the sexiest video ever! :P :P :P' and is accompanied by a video entitled 'Candid Camera Prank [HQ]', featuring shots of a busty woman in a bikini and short skirt.

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 03:39

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 21 01:01

Creeping Terror: The New American Way of War

The American way of war is a marvelously ingenious thing. And thoroughly modern too. No more of that "don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes" jazz; your modern "warfighter" (they aren't called "soldiers" anymore, you know) prefers to view his targets through, say, a computer screen safely ensconced back in the Homeland or thousands of feet in the sky, or else through the unearthly greenish glow of night-vision scopes. And open combat? Forget it. The new American way is the sneak attack on civilian homes in the dead of night. You creep up, you break in, you cap a few ragheads, then you run away. What glory! What magnificent valor!

May 20, 2010

May 20 22:48

In 410-4 Vote, House Approves Millions in Extra Funding for Israel’s Missile Defense

Despite moving at a snail’s pace on most policy decisions, the Obama Administration was still able to muster surprising alacrity when it came down to providing Israel with additional money.

The first phase of development, test runs, and manufacture of the system is expected to cost NIS 800 million, meaning the US funding will pay for materially all of this phase. The $205 million is above and beyond the roughly $3 billion in military aid the US sends to Israel annually.

May 20 22:44

A Ship Too Far

There were many heroes on board that ship that dreadful afternoon. What I Saw That Day is a first-hand account by one of them that is dedicated to Tourney’s shipmates, most especially the thirty four who were killed as a result of two hours of relentless assault by the air and naval forces of the state of Israel. Tourney, like virtually all of the crew, firmly believes that this assault was not only deliberate but that it was premeditated, conducted with malice of forethought. Read this gripping first-hand account and you will learn why.

May 20 22:30

Take the Deal, Mr. President

If Barack Obama is sincere in his policy of "no nukes in Iran — no war with Iran," he will halt this rude dismissal of the offer Tehran just made to ship half its stockpile of uranium to Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The policy towards Iran is War, period, end of discussion.

May 20 22:07

Is the War on Drugs a Failure?

The War on Drugs is essentially welfare for law enforcement and puritanical zealots.

May 20 21:50

US soldiers murder unarmed, shouting Iraqi man

Yet another war atrocity by the "brave American soldiers" captured on video - How many more are still out there?
Imad Khadduri
Free Iraq, May 20, 2010
This is yet another video of "Brave American" war criminals surrounding then shooting to death an unarmed old man (video 5 minutes).
Notice their fear as they circle around him and hear their filthy shouts to shoot him down even though he is unarmed.

May 20 19:58

Suppressing the Cognitive Dissonance of a Bogus Recovery

A massive outbreak of economic cognitive dissonance is being suppressed with wave after wave of manufactured "good news." Every visibly negative bit of data is run through a media and Central State assembly line to refashion it as "good news" and "evidence" that the "nascent recovery is taking hold." Whatever cannot be rejiggered is simply buried or suppressed.

May 20 19:38

Scientist Craig Venter creates life for first time in laboratory sparking debate about 'playing god'

Dr Craig Venter, a multi-millionaire pioneer in genetics, and his team have managed to make a completely new "synthetic" life form from a mix of chemicals.

They manufactured a new chromosome from artificial DNA in a test tube, then transferred it into an empty cell and watched it multiply – the very definition of being alive.

The man-made single cell "creature", which is a modified version of one of the simplest bacteria on earth, proves that the technology works.

Now Dr Venter believes organism, nicknamed Synthia, will pave the way for more complex creatures that can transform environmental waste into clean fuel, vaccinate against disease and soak up pollution.

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 19:08

Australian Gyms Dumping Pop Music After Massive Increase In Royalty Rates

from the backfiring... dept

May 20 19:06

Nice Work ASCAP: Convinces Yet Another Coffee Shop To Stop Promoting Local Bands

We see nearly identical stories every six months or so, but Chris Curvey has sent in the latest involving the various US collection societies -- ASCAP, BMI and SESAC threatening a little coffee shop into canceling all live music, after demanding a performance license, despite the fact that the coffee shop only has local, unsigned bands playing, with a promise that they won't play any cover songs.

May 20 18:36

US leads warnings to N.Korea, China seeks restraint

"This was a serious provocation. There will be definitely be consequences," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

The United States did not specify its counter-measures. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, asked repeatedly at a news briefing about the US response, said only that "a lot of things" were on the table.

In sign the United States was not expecting tensions to abruptly escalate, the head of the US military, Admiral Mike Mullen, said US troops had not been put on a state of alert, despite Pyongyang's threats of "all-out war" in response to any effort to punish it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our options here are monumentally limited.

China and North Korea have a mutual defense pact, as does the US with South Korea.

The fact that there has been no uptick in military alert in the region indicates that the US understands that military intervention is not the answer.

The most reasonable thing the US could do, as I believe Secretary of State Clinton may be doing, is to have a number of high-level, closed door negotiations with China and develop some kind of a plan to coax North Korea back to the bargaining table on a number of issues, including the signing of an actual peace treaty to replace the armistice which has prevailed between the two Koreas since 1953.

May 20 17:38

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Sets Longevity Record

Today the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, which landed on Mars on Jan. 25, 2004, becomes the longest-lasting earthly visitor ever to the Martian surface. It is still going after 2,247 "sols," or Martian days. It was designed to last for 90.

May 20 17:31

Statins: The side effects 'are worse than feared'

The side effects of statins can be far worse than previously thought, a study suggests.

For the first time, the level of harm posed by the cholesterol-lowering drugs has been quantified by researchers.

They found some users are much more likely to suffer liver dysfunction, acute kidney failure, cataracts and muscle damage known as myopathy.

For some patients, the risk is eight times higher than among those not taking statins. Overall, the risk of myopathy - which may be irreversible - is six times higher for men on statins and three times higher for women.

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 16:18

Pagan altar unearthed at building site in Israel

Israeli archaeologists say workers have uncovered an ancient pagan altar while clearing ground for construction of a hotly disputed hospital emergency room.

They say the discovery proves an ancient cemetery at the site that has been at the center of protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews does not contain the graves of Jews.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet opposition to desecrating the cemetery vanishes.

Left unsaid is that this pagan altar confirms that Israel was not a land solely of the Jewish people in ancient times.

May 20 15:28

“What I Saw That Day…Israel’s June 8th, 1967 Holocaust of US Servicemen Aboard the USS LIBERTY and its Aftermath”

At long last, the book co-authored by Mark Glenn and USS LIBERTY survivor Phil Tourney is now available for sale at Amazon.com. Besides the hardcopy version, there is also an audio version available as well.

Thank you to all who contributed to this great effort.

May 20 15:17

Intelligence director to resign

Blair's tenure as the overseer of the nation's intelligence agencies was marked by turf battles with CIA Director Leon Panetta and controversial public comments in the wake of the Christmas Day airliner bombing attempt.

May 20 14:50

Nightmare scene as oil smothers Louisiana wetlands

"The day that we have all been fearing is upon us today," Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said Wednesday after seeing thick oil washing into the state's coastal marshlands.

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 14:07

Washington burns its bridges with Iran

The agreement on draft United Nations Security Council resolution sanctions against Iran has grabbed the headlines on the Barack Obama administration's response to Iran's nuclear swap proposal brokered by Turkey and Brazil. But the more consequential response is the acknowledgement by the US State Department on Monday that the administration is not willing to hold talks with Iran unless it agrees to a complete halt in uranium enrichment.

That announcement was accompanied by the revelation that the objective of the original swap proposal last autumn was to get Iran to agree to eventually suspend its enrichment program.

May 20 14:02

FDIC next government trillion dollar bailout? Since January of 2000 to October of 2007 we had 27 bank failures. From January 2008 to May 2010 the FDIC has closed down 237 banks. Why 1,000 bank failures will occur before the Great Recession is over.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will be the next billion and possibly trillion dollar government bailout. We have the FDIC that insures over 8,000 banks with an insurance fund that is in the negative.

May 20 14:01

Our SIXTH Warning: Dow in Danger!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Iceburg, right ahead!"

May 20 13:32

U.S. companies lobby Congress on derivatives-WSJ

At least 42 nonfinancial companies and trade associations are lobbying the U.S. Congress to push back on proposals that regulate the over-the-counter derivatives market, the Wall Street Journal said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"PLEEZE, Oh please please please keep the Casino OPEN a little while longer. Don't be like those NAZIs in Germany just shut down the naked shorts and spoiled all thew fun!"

Kind of makes you wonder just how much of our economic system is being propped up with derivatives' looting?

May 20 13:28

Wealth gap spurs revolts across Asia

Peasants left out of region's economic miracle are rising up against their rulers, creating widespread security threats

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May 20 13:27

Brazil-Turkey Deal with Iran Undermines Big Power Politics

When Brazil and Turkey clinched a deal with Iran over its disputed nuclear program last weekend, the two non-permanent members of the Security Council not only challenged the unbridled political power exercised by the five big powers but also jeopardized U.S. plans for a unanimous resolution imposing sanctions against Tehran.

May 20 13:26

CIA domestic ops go far beyond Shahzad probe

People upset about the CIA’s involvement in domestic interrogations might be surprised to learn that the spy agency’s most explosive growth in recent years has been right here in the USA -- not in the back alleys of Karachi or in the mountains of Afghanistan.

May 20 13:08

The Greek People are the Victims of a Carefully Engineered Financial Extortion Racket

What is happening in Greece concerns all of us. The people are paying for a crisis and a debt that are not their own. Today it is the Greeks, tomorrow it will be others, for the same causes will produce the same effects if we allow it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Eventually it will hit here in the US. Why? Because the reserve system of banking is a pyramid scheme!

Every note put into circulation by a reserve bank, whether Federal or Euro, represents a loan at interest to the people. The moment that first note goes into circulation, more money is owed to the banks than actually exists. The loan can never ever be fully paid back.

The system "kites" along only if new borrowers are found to allow creation of new money which circulates through the economy and ultimately is used to pay the interest on the old money.

But since the new money is also created out of thin air as debt to the reserve banks, the debt still goes up, and still exceeds all the available cash, and still remains unpaid and unpayable.

As long as ever larger pools of new borrowers can be lured into borrowing (the "growth" of the economy), the system ticks along with the accumulating total debt being passed forward generation after generation. But the money to pay that debt does not exist and it never did. That is the tool of enslavement of the reserve system of banking and why the Founding Fathers avoided the creation of a private central bank in the young United States.

But if a larger pool of borrowers cannot be found, then the cash flow needed to prop the pyramid up collapses taking the pyramid with it. This is what is happening even now. The governments and financial wizards can play with all the pretty graphs they want, but the main fact remains, unspoken, that the money to pay that debt does not exist and it never did.

The world's reserve economy is a boat with ten holes in the bottom and only five corks, and all the government and financial leaders know how to do is yank a cork from one hole and pound it into another in full view of the press cameras while shouting, "I am doing something about the problem!"

May 20 13:00

Financing The Revolution, What effect does money have on the fight against Money?

At this time I feel I must address the elephant in the room. How is money affecting the new revolution and what role does it play in waking people up to the fact that money is the tool being used to enslave us?

May 20 12:58

FULL MOVIE - Don't Tread On Me: Rise of the Republic

http://DontTreadOnMeMovie.com | Support the film makers, please purchase an offical copy with DVD extras and bonus material.

May 20 12:48

The Injustice in Palestine

This week, Palestinians marked the 62nd anniversary of the Nakba - their expulsion from their homeland by the Zionist movement in order to create Israel.

May 20 12:44

What the Europe Debt Bomb Looks Like

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A map of the holes in the bottom of the boat, a map of the corks, and a map of who is doing the pulling and pounding.

May 20 12:43

Financial reform fraud

Likewise, Financial Services reform was written many months ago by insiders who will give it the appearance of reform, but it will do nothing by put a regulatory noose around those few financial institutions that remain in this country–who were not part of the problem.

May 20 12:43

Pan-European Bank Run Is Now On: Capital Flight From UK To Switzerland, As GBPCHF Intervention Strikes Next

Yesterday we disclosed that the reason for numerous SNB interventions in the EURCHF was due to billions in deposits rushing out of Germany and seeking the relative stability of Swiss neutrality.

A quick look at the trading pattern of the GBPCHF shows that it is now UK depositors who are panicking and shifting their money to unnamed (not so much anymore) Zurich bank vaults.

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 12:41

Live Feed From Athens As 100,000 Greeks Go On Strike, Consider Storming Parliament Again

The last time Greeks were shown to be storming their parliament on live TV, we got a 1,000 point drop on the Dow Jones. Today, another 100,000 protesters of austerity are expected to hit the streets as the entire country is essentially shut down. From the BBC: “Much of Greece’s transport network has been immobilised, as trade unions stage another 24-hour general strike against austerity measures. Ferries are tied up in port, railway stations shut, and the Labour Ministry occupied by communist protesters. Organisers are hoping that up to 100,000 people will join protests on the streets later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on the Greeks!

May 20 12:38

Obama tells Erdogan he will pursue sanctions against Iran

In telephone conversation with Turkish prime minister, US president makes it clear that international community is still worried about Iran's nuclear program. He emphasizes that Tehran's recent actions 'don't build confidence'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama just told Turkey to go screw itself; which may explain why today Turkey resumed bombing of Kurdish targets inside Iraq.

May 20 12:36

Calderon blasts Arizona immigration law, seeks assault weapons ban

Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed two of America's most contentious political issues during a speech to the U.S. Congress Thursday, asking for a return of the assault weapons ban and blasting Arizona's controversial new immigration law as a "terrible" endorsement of racial profiling.


NWO are really scared to death obviously...

May 20 12:25

Frequently Asked Chernobyl Questions

An area spanning 30 kilometres around the plant is considered the “exclusion zone” and is essentially uninhabited.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By this measure of affected area, the Deepwater Horizon is a larger disaster affecting a far greater area of Earth's surface ... with no end yet in sight.

May 20 12:23

CRIME REPORT: Memphis police officer accused of rape

Since 2003, at least 37 officers and civilian employees of the department have been indicted on a variety of corruption charges, including robbery, prostitution, extortion and drug conspiracy.

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 12:20

2 West Memphis police officers, 2 suspects dead after traffic stop on 1-40; sheriff, top aide wounded

The van later was cornered in a Walmart parking lot in West Memphis where a shootout occurred.

May 20 12:19

Israel Obstructs Entry Of Medicine, Medical Equipment To Gaza

Despite Israeli guarantees to the International Community, the Israeli Authorities are still obstructing the entry of medicine and medical equipment to the besieged Gaza Strip. The last time medicine was allowed into Gaza was mid October 2009.

May 20 12:18

Program to Spot Terrorists a $200 Million Sham

Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad was arrested after boarding a plane for Dubai, even though the government is spending $200 million a year on a program that's supposed to spot terrorists before they reach the gate.

May 20 12:18

Oklahoma Attorney General Nominee Vows to Sue U.S. Over Illegal Immigration

Former state Sen. Scott Pruitt -- a candidate for Oklahoma attorney general -- plans to announce on Thursday that, if elected, he will sue the federal government for all expenses his state incurs as a result of illegal immigration, Fox News has learned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

California needs to do the same.

May 20 12:17

US Has Told BP "It Can Do Whatever It Wants and Won’t Be Held Accountable"

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 11:50

Turkey bombs Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq

Turkish warplanes on Thursday bombed dozens of Kurdish rebel targets in neighbouring northern Iraq, in one of the biggest raids in recent years, Turkish and Kurdish media reports said.

May 20 11:49

Rachel Maddow vs Rand Paul

Although Maddow thinks she is taking the high road, she fails to address that many minority groups are NOT covered by the Civil Rights Act. I guess only those that the state, and Maddow, deems worthy are those that may receive “equal rights”.

May 20 11:49

Turkish warplanes launch air raids in Iraq

Turkish warplanes launched a series of cross-border air raids against suspected Kurdish separatist fighters in northern Iraq on Thursday, Turkey's semi-official Anatolian News Agency reported.

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 11:39

URGENT: While we're all watching the gulf: Hillary signs UN Small Arms Treaty

...That is certainly NOT what our founding fathers intended and it is our duty as a vigilant nation to stop this before it gets out of hand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was the attempt to seize the weapons of the colonials that triggered the battles of Lexington and Concord, and started the American revolution.

May 20 11:34

Apple iPad: The five biggest annoyances

May 20 11:32

Mexican Presidente Blames Mexico's Problems on United States' Bill of Rights

Yes I know our "protectors" are ignoring it right now - but we'll fix that. Our Bill of Rights is the only thing we have left at this point - factories and jobs gone, respect in the world gone, moral standing gone... So what does the President of Mexico propose we do? Throw it away!

May 20 11:30

Priest Guilty Of Forcible Touching

The Rev. James J. McDevitt, 64, who most recently served as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Margaretville, was arrested last year and accused of sexually abusing six Delaware County males ranging in age from 11 to 19.

May 20 11:28

Mass. bankruptcy filings rose nearly 30%

Bankruptcy filings rose 27 percent nationwide and nearly 30 percent in Massachusetts in the past 12 months ending March 31, according to the Administrative Office of the US Courts.

May 20 11:27

Fox News: Ocean Can Handle Oil Spill

May 20 11:26

Texas leaders announce $1.2 billion in state cuts

State leaders facing a budget shortfall announced $1.2 billion in cuts Tuesday, trimming such expenditures as Medicaid reimbursement rates for doctors but sparing areas including state psychiatric hospitals and most of the prison budget.

May 20 11:25

The Establishment Is In Full Blown Panic Over Rand Paul

The establishment is in full blown panic over the runaway success of Kentucky primary winner Rand Paul and has set about attacking the son of Congressman Ron Paul from every conceivable angle in an attempt to undermine his support base and ensure his defeat by a Democratic opponent in November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The online shills are out in full force trying to find any means possible to sever Rand Paul from his support base. You probably saw some of them here screaming that Rand Paul has not come out for 9-11 truth (no running candidate has; it is a moot point). But the sense of panic and the smell of fear is very real. And for an off-year election, this one will get very dirty.

May 20 11:22

FLASHBACK - Bush Jokes about WMD

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Still not laughing, Dubya.

May 20 11:19

NYSE expects all U.S. stocks to have circuit breakers

The circuit breakers, a mechanism to halt trading in a stock for five minutes if it falls more than 10 percent within five minutes, will initially apply to stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500 index under a proposal by the Securities and Exchange Commission as regulators try to avoid a repeat of the mysterious May 6 market slide that quickly spiralled out of control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ratchets have been tried before, but they only increase the sense of panic when activated.

May 20 11:10

Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, May 20 2010

May 20 11:08

Dow; S&P Break 200-day MA. ‘Flash’ Lows Were Real

Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index are trading below their 200-day moving average. NASDAQ bucked the trend bouncing back above it 200-day MA.

Many analysts in the technical community were unsure if the ‘flash trade’ lows were actual prices which should be included in their analysis, or merely a ‘machine’ blip which can be ignored. As the days have progressed, however, it’s become increasingly clear that the flash trade lows registered in the major averages were indeed real prices and are close to being retested.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 20 11:00

Craig Venter creates synthetic life form

Craig Venter and his team have built the genome of a bacterium from scratch and incorporated it into a cell to make what they call the world's first synthetic life form.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Latest update; it multiplies amazingly fast and is sent into a feeding frenzy by white laboratory coats! :)

May 20 10:58

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ON THE WEB

I am often fascinated by the number of Dummies on the Web, they must have read the book pictured at the left and memorised it. I am specifically speaking about people on the Web whose sole purpose is to ‘dig up dirt’ on others. If some of these folks had but half a brain they would be considered harmful. One site I am referring to is operated by the ‘Jewish Task Force’. They are an extreme right wing group, most of whom are followers of kahane. After almost five years of blogging as DesertPeace, these idiots just happened to ‘just stumble upon my Blog’. All they would have had to do was go to the zionist search engine itself, ‘Google’, and search for anti zionist Blogs. They would have come up with 864,000 results.

May 20 10:56

COMEDY CENTRAL vs. THE JEWS

Once again, assuming the role of spokesman for the Jewish community, Abe Foxman lashed out at what he sees as anti Semitism. As in the past, his whining and tirades will only serve as free advertising for the game in question.

I just took a quick look at the Website in question, I found it to be rude and obnoxious, but NOT anti Semitic. Again the FACT emerges that anti zionism is NOT anti Semitism.

May 20 10:55

NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM

My grandmother used to tell us about pogroms she lived through in Czarist Russia. The attackers used to ride into the Jewish shtetl and randomly kill or maim the residents. It was Jews that were targeted in those days, defensless and innocent of all charges against them.

Many of these shtetl residents eventually gave up, packed their few belongings and found their way to the New World…. where those things were not supposed to happen…

BUT….. decendents of these very victims found their way to Israel from Brooklyn and continue with the tradition of the pogrom….. this time against Palestinians ….. this time right here in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

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