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CURRENT EVENTS

Jun 01 22:03

Responsibility of Deepwater Horizon Disaster is Pinned to BP & MMS

After reading the following article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424... that covers testimony from Transocean Ltd., Halliburton and BP, regarding the Deepwater Horizon Exploratory Rig Disaster, fault and responsibility is placed upon the decision of BP and MMS to deviate from established, proven, cementing, curing and plugging procedures.

...According to this worker, BP asked permission from the federal Minerals Management Service to displace the mud before the final plugging operation had begun. The mud in the well weighed 14.3 pounds per gallon; it was displaced by seawater that weighed nearly 50% less. Like BP, the MMS declined to comment on this account.

Jun 01 20:00

Oil Spill Hearings In Congress: Companies Blame Each Other, Refuse Responsibility

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama grew frustrated grilling the executives on why engineers replaced a heavy "mud" compound in the well with much lighter sea water – thereby reducing downward pressure on the oil – when they were temporarily capping the site for future exploitation. He quoted an oil rig worker saying, "That's when the well came at us, basically."

"I'm not familiar with the individual procedure on that well," BP's McKay said.

Steven Newman, Transocean's president and CEO, and Halliburton executive Tim Probert repeatedly told Sessions they did not know how often sea water instead of the compound was used to seal Gulf wells.

Jun 01 19:46

Deepwater Horizon oil spill -- Wikipedia

Just hours before the explosion, a BP representative overruled Transocean employees and insisted on displacing protective drilling mud with seawater.[233] One of the BP representative on board responsible for making the final decision, Robert Kaluza, refused to testify on the Fifth Amendment grounds that he might incriminate himself; Donald Vidrine, another BP representative, cited medical reasons for his inability to testify, as did James Mansfield, Transocean's assistant marine engineer on board. [234][235][236]

Jun 01 19:20

The madness of arrogance: Israel's attack on the Gaza aid flotilla

Alan Sabrosky argues that Israel may have overreached itself by murdering international aid workers bound for beleaguered Gaza, and that this act of wanton savagery provides the civilized world with an opportunity to rein in the rogue Jewish state once and for all.

Jun 01 19:20

After Removing Mud Before Accident, BP’s “Top Kill” Injects Mud to Stop Oil

In a hearing on Wednesday, the chief mechanic on Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon rig testified that a BP representative, in an argument that lasted for hours [9], “overruled drillers from rig owner Transocean and insisted on displacing protective drilling mud [10] from the riser that connected the rig to the oil well,” according to The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.

When Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes” asked Bob Bea, a UC Berkeley engineering professor, why BP would ask for the removal of the mud [13], Bea responded: “It expedites the subsequent steps.”

Jun 01 19:18

Letter to UK Minister Henry Bellingham: the rogue state of Israel’s foulest crime

Stuart Littlewood has emailed his UK Member of Parliament, Henry Bellingham, a newly appointed Foreign Office minister in the coalition government, asking him to spell out the actions the British governments intends to take in response to Israel’s murder on the high seas of Gaza-bound international aid workers.

Jun 01 19:17

Punish North Korea! Who sank the Cheonan?

Christopher King suggests that the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan on 26 March was an American false flag operation aimed at creating a dispute with China to use as a pretext to raise barriers to Chinese imports, suspend interest payments on US debt held by the Chinese and force Beijing to revalue the renminbi to reduce China’s trading advantages.

Jun 01 17:26

If Iran had attacked the Gaza aid ships instead of Israel, can you imagine US corporate media spin?

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In violation of international law, Israel boarded and fired upon civilians in international waters attempting to deliver medical supplies and life-necessary materials to Gaza.

Ironically, Gaza is the world's largest concentration camp; collectively, unlawfully, and lethally punished by Israel.

Kourosh Ziabari wrote a brilliant factual article and analysis asking this question: What if Iran Had Carried Out the Gaza Carnage? I’ll reprint his article below.

For my comprehensive resources that includes US/Israel lies to foment war with Iran, click here.

Jun 01 17:22

Eyewitness accounts demolish Israeli lies

Eyewitness accounts demolish Israeli lies: Commandos opened fire before boarding Gaza flotilla, then shot and tortured people at will
Dorian Jones & Helena Smith
The Guardian
Tue, 01 Jun 2010 11:52 EDT

Jun 01 17:19

Is BP trying to cap well, or siphoning oil to sell

Is BP trying to cap the Gulf oil well, or keep it flowing?
Mike Adams
Natural News
Mon, 31 May 2010 10:49 EDT
I spoke to several people who have a work history with BP, and two of them told me they are certain that British Petroleum is NOT trying to stop the oil coming out of the well. What they are trying to do, I was told, is SAVE the oil well so that they can capture the oil and sell it. This claim stands in direct contradiction to what BP says. The company insists it's trying to stop the flow of oil from the well. But if you look at BP's actions, what they're really trying to do is siphon off the gushing oil where it can be pumped to a tanker ship and sold as crude.

Jun 01 15:22

BP Cites Broken Disk in 'Top Kill' Failure

The ruptured disk may have allowed much of the heavy drilling mud being injected into the well last week to escape into the rock formation outside of the wellbore, people familiar with BP's findings said.

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If that is true, then far more oil and gas are escaping from the well than we see at the well head.

Jun 01 14:56

It's Official - Another BP Failure - Efforts To End Flow From BP Well Are Over, Coast Guard Says

BP Plc has given up trying to plug its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico any sooner than August, laying out a series of steps to pipe the oil to the surface and ship it ashore for refining, said Thad Allen, the U.S. government’s national commander for the incident.

Jun 01 14:39

The Enemies of Humanity Expose Themselves Again

The Enemies of Humanity Expose Themselves Again
By Doug Steil | Aletho News | June 1, 2010
The recent storming by Israeli state terrorists of a Turkish humanitarian aid ship Mavi Marmara in international waters, killing of twenty people during the illegal seizure, and subsequent kidnapping of nearly seven hundred passengers, is yet another of numerous Israeli operations that have highlighted the essence of Zionism and its utter disregard for humanity.

Jun 01 13:26

BP Shares Plunge 20% in one day

I was waiting for this, But I actually thought it might fall even farther. Ah well the week isn't over yet.

Jun 01 12:55

'It has the smell of death': Experts warn BP could fall after another £12bn is wiped off shares

Such is the damage to its reputation, experts fear it may not survive and with its share price in a downward spiral, it is increasingly likely it could be taken over.

Deliberate sabotage? Read another article that a "BP company man" ordered Transocean to REMOVE the protective mud layer. http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/05/hearings_rigs_blowout_prevente.html

Jun 01 12:22

Cowen: Israel faces 'serious consequences' if Irish are harmed

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"We are studying the situation." -- Obama

Jun 01 11:15

Al and Tipper Gore decide to separate

Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper said Tuesday that they have decided to separate.

Jun 01 10:29

Scientists warn of unseen deepwater oil disaster

Researchers have said they have found at least two massive underwater plumes of what appears to be oil, each hundreds of feet deep and stretching for miles. Yet the chief executive of BP PLC — which has for weeks downplayed everything from the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf to the environmental impact — said there is "no evidence" that huge amounts of oil are suspended undersea.

Jun 01 10:27

Goldman Sachs Reveals it Shorted Gulf of Mexico

"One oil rig goes down and we're going to be rolling in dough," Mr. Tourre wrote in one email. "Suck it, fishies and birdies!"

Jun 01 10:01

BP hit by avalanche of compensation claims over US oil spill

While work continues to try to staunch the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, an avalanche of class action lawsuits is descending upon BP in courthouses from Texas to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

The suits include claims for loss of earnings, loss of enjoyment or property, or for bereavement suffered by families of the 11 workers killed when BP's Deepwater Horizon rig caught fire and sank on 30 April.

BP has pledged to meet all "legitimate claims". But after the failure of the company's attempted "top kill" fix at the weekend, financial analysts fear the cost could become astronomical if oil continues to flow into the Gulf for weeks to come.

Jun 01 09:59

Attack Timeline: How Gaza Freedom Flotilla was raided by Israeli commandos

Strong condemnation is growing around the world after the Israeli military attacked a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Reports say up to 20 peace activists were killed and dozens injured as commandos stormed the flotilla in international waters. Some of the ships have now arrived in the Israeli port city of Ashdod

Source: Russia Today

Video at link.

Jun 01 09:30

Glenn Greenwald: Murder and the Hunger Blockade

It hardly seemed possible for Israel – after its brutal devastation of Gaza and its ongoing blockade – to engage in more heinous and repugnant crimes. But by attacking a flotilla in international waters carrying humanitarian aid, and slaughtering at least 10 people, Israel has managed to do exactly that. If Israel's goal were to provoke as much disgust and contempt for it as possible, it's hard to imagine how it could be doing a better job.

Jun 01 09:05

'It has the smell of death': Experts warn BP could fall after shares tumble another 16%

Analysts today warned BP could collapse as its shares tumbled yet further after the latest bid to plug the oil well leak in the Gulf of Mexico failed.

More than £15billion was wiped off the British oil giant's market value, with its share price down by as much as 16 per cent on the FTSE-100 index.

The company has so far spent almost £690million trying to cap the well. It could also be hit with huge fines from the U.S. government as well as costly legal action.

Such is the damage to its reputation, experts fear it may not survive and with its share price in a downward spiral, it is increasingly likely it could be taken over.

Jun 01 06:16

Is BP trying to cap the Gulf oil well, or keep it flowing?

Interestingly, it turns out that a lot of the people living on the Gulf Coast have a history of working with oil companies -- and even on oil rigs. I spoke to several people who have a work history with BP, and two of them told me they are certain that British Petroleum is NOT trying to stop the oil coming out of the well. What they are trying to do, I was told, is SAVE the oil well so that they can capture the oil and sell it.

Jun 01 04:28

One Dies in Gali Shooting (Abkhazia-Georgia border)

One Abkhaz customs officer was killed and two others wounded when their car came under fire.

Chief of Abkhazia's customs office said "It was a subversive act carried out by the Georgian special services".

Georgian officials claimed that the shootout occurred between the Russian servicemen and Abkhaz customs officers.

Jun 01 00:59

China urges "quick" Security Council response to Israeli attack

China urges "quick" Security Council response to Israeli attack on aid convoy
08:04, June 01, 2010
"China is shocked by Israel's attack on a multinational convoy carrying international aid to Gaza which resulted in heavy casualties," said Yang Tao, a counsellor of the Chinese permanent mission to the United Nations, at the 15-nation council's emergency meeting.
"We condemn Israel's actions targeting humanitarian workers and civilians," he said. "We support a quick response by the Security Council and take necessary actions."
Yang also expressed serious concern about the "grim" humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, especially the Gaza Strip.

May 31 23:04

JAMES PETRAS : Israeli’s Nuclear Policy: From South Africa to Iran

On May 24, 2010, the Guardian (U.K.) published a highly confidential document released by the South African government. The 1975 document reveals a secret military agreement signed by Shimon Peres, Israel’s Foreign Minister at the time (and today Israel’s President) and South Africa’s Defense Minister P. W. Botha. Israel offered to sell the apartheid regime, weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical and conventional weaponry to destroy and defeat the million person African resistance movement.

May 31 22:25

NATO's counter-piracy operational fleet, Horn of Africa

May 28, 2010
Somalia:NATO Commanders Meet Puntland Officials Off Bossaso
Officials from Somalia's Puntland state got opportunity to interact and discuss with the Commander of the NATO Task Force, Commodore Steve Chick and his team who are patrolling the waters off Somalia as part of NATO's counter-piracy operation, code-named Ocean Shield.
"NATO, which has fleets in Somalia's coastlines has established a working relationship with Puntland in an attempt to uproot piracy off the Horn of Africa.
Somali pirates have carried out more than 300 attempted attacks on foreign vessel since the beginning of 2009, a record high compared to 2008."

May 31 19:20

Turkish Sources - Israeli Advance Target Assassination List Found on Flotilla

Picture of the assassination list lost in the fray by an Israeli soldier

"Turkish sources and media revealed a document which shows that a death list had been prepared in advance by the Israelis, showing names and pictures of people on board of the ships to be murdered, who, according to Israel, were “involved in the International humanitarian aid for Gaza”. According to the Turkish sources, hundreds of Israeli soldiers stormed the blue Turkish ship “Marmara” flotilla and they had copies of the death list. The list included the names of civilians on the fleet who should be killed”. The document was apparently recovered after one of the Israeli soldiers lost it during the piracy act."

May 31 18:56

CYNTHIA MCKINNEY : End Israeli Impunity Now

Cynthia McKinney Mourns the Dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza: People of the U.S. and the world must end Israeli impunity now!

I am calling on the people of the United States to change course now.

On this Memorial Day 2010, I am stunned and outraged beyond belief while mourning the dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.

May 31 18:23

Israeli butchery at sea

Gilad Atzmon argues that Israel’s murder in international waters of aid workers bound for Gaza was a premeditated act of savagery and that the international community, foremost NATO and the European Union, must respond decisively by cutting all relations with the rogue Jewish state.

May 31 18:22

Criminal pirate Israel makes a fool of the OECD only days after it clasped the viper to its bosom

Stuart Littlewood argues that the West, which has traditionally rewarded Israel for its crimes against Palestinians, most recently by admitting it as a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, must be held directly responsible for the latest Israeli outrage – the murder in international waters of aid workers bound for Gaza.

May 31 18:20

The concentration camp that is Gaza: only a one-state Palestine is possible

Christopher King looks beyond Israel’s latest crime against humanity, its murder in international waters of aid workers bound for Gaza. He argues that it is high time to accept the fact that Israel is a fundamentally illegitimate entity and that the only chance for peace lies in a one-state Palestine shared among Palestinian Arabs and Jews.

May 31 18:16

Israel Will Once Again Get Away With Murder

Not sure if they will get away with it as this article states - I think the tides are turning and USrael has not realized they've gone to far in their serialized sociopathy. But then again, that's just me thinking.

"Israel will not suffer meaningful consequence for its brutal attack on a flotilla of ships headed for Gaza earlier today. It is reported the attack killed 20 humanitarian activists. The military commando raid set off a storm of international protest and drew condemnations from leaders of Spain, Sweden, France, Germany, the U.N., the European Union and Arab League.

Not that it matters. Israel is basically allowed to kill anybody who opposes its annexation of Arab land and the wanton murder of Palestinians..."

May 31 18:08

‘Israel is a Lunatic State’ – Finkelstein on Gaza Flotilla Attack

Interview with Zaman in January 2009

Professor Norman Finkelstein has heavily criticized Israel over its operation in Gaza. A son of Holocaust survivors, Finkelstein has been barred from Israel for 10 years and was denied tenure at DePaul University in Chicago because of his critical stance on Israeli policies.

May 31 18:03

GORDON DUFF: ISRAEL SCAMS U.S., “GAZA CONVOY CARRYING STOLEN NUKES”

“STOLEN NUKES,” MISSING WMD’S THAT CAUSED IRAQ WAR IN ISRAEL ALL ALONG

ISRAELI “ROGUE NUKES” USED TO JUSTFY GLOBAL “CRIME SPREE”

In a long secret “lost nuke” scenario dating back to 1991 and involving Israel, South Africa, Britain, Oman and the U.S., Israel claims “self defense” in attacking ships in international waters today, killing 16. Israel informed the US and Britain that the convoy was ferrying stolen nuclear weapons that would be used for a terrorist attack on Israel. The “stolen nukes” have been in Israel for 18 years while the US has spent billions of dollars and thousands of lives looking for them. Today 16 more died.

May 31 14:17

TROPICAL STORM HEADING INTO GULF OF MEXICO

May 31 13:24

The U.S., Brazil and Turkey: how to lose friends and estrange allies

But where are the tough sanctions of yester-week? Where’s Hillary, the iron-brained lady, for whose sake Barack, I ween, Lost his principles and went all shady?(Apud François Villon’s “Ballade des femmes des temps jadis”)

May 31 13:15

RAW FOOTAGE : ISRAELI NAVY MASSACRE FLOTILLA ACTIVISTS

EDITORS NOTE: ISRAEL IS A CRIMINAL AND OUTLAW STATE. IT KNOWS NO BOUNDS, HAS REPEATEDLY SHOWN TOTAL DISREGARD FOR HUMAN DECENCY AND INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS.

WORLD CONDEMNATION OF ISRAEL’S CRIMES HAS TO BE SWIFT, DECISIVE AND MASSIVE.

CONTINUE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/raw-footage-israeli-navy-massacre-flo...

May 31 13:11

RICHARD FALK - Gaza aid convoy killings: “Those responsible must be held criminally accountable”

Richard Falk (UN Rapporteur for Palestine)

This incident should serve as a wakeup call for a complicit international community. There are three political imperatives that need to emerge with a sense of urgency: condemnation of the Israeli attack and an accompanying demand for the immediate end of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, appropriately by a decision in the UN Security Council; an authoritative launching of an investigation of war crimes allegations against Israel by the International Criminal Court; the widest possible endorsement and strengthening of the already growing worldwide boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign directed at Israel’s occupation policies in Palestinian Territories.
GENEVA – The UN Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian

May 31 12:57

Rally today at 3:00 at Israel Embassy and at 5:00 at White House for locals here in District of Criminals

From my email group. Show up if you can:

Israeli criminal navy attacks humanitarian ships in international waters. Reports of 10-16 humanitarian activists killed and 50-60 injured. Ships taken to Haifa to avoid press at Ashdod.

"By now you have probably heard of this atrocity. CodePink, WIAMEP, DCMetroBDS, ANSWER, ISM, and others are asking all who can to assemble at the Israeli Embassy, 3514 International Drive NW (VAN NESS METRO STOP) at 3pm TODAY, moving to the White House at 5pm. If you can join either of both of these protests, please assemble with us.

May 31 11:06

Scientists warn of unseen deepwater oil disaster

Gee Ya Think?

May 31 10:27

Eye Witnesses: Israeli Troops Killed Several People As They Lay Asleep

As news Sunday reached the world that “participants in the international flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip held a memorial service at sea to commemorate the 34 Americans killed and 174 injured in Israel’s 1967 attack on the U.S.S. Liberty,” the Israeli navy hours later this morning attacked the six-ship convey, killing at least 16 unarmed people in international waters and injuring 30 as Americans celebrated Memorial Day weekend honoring fallen American troops and Marines.

Israeli troops reportedly killed several people as they lay asleep aboard the Turkish-registered Mavi Marmara, according to eye witnesses.

May 31 10:23

Barack Obama: Liar, Warlord and Corporate Shill

It shouldn't surprise because no one gets the top job or any government position of power unless they're safe, yet, naively, most people thought Obama was different. Many still do.

He promised peace and delivered war; real health and financial reform, not same old, same old; help for millions losing jobs, homes, hope and futures, not handouts to Wall Street and other industry favorites; regulatory oversight, not the usual incestuous government-industry ties, making disasters like in the Gulf possible, and when they happen conspiring with offenders in coverup, distortion, lies, and a total disregard for the environment, wildlife, and way of life for thousands - let alone permanent damage to a vital ecosystem.

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Obama has proven himself, and his administration, a disaster to both this country and the world.

His alleged "hope and change" morphed into shock and awe faster than the speed of light.

May 31 07:33

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 5 of 13

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David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

May 31 07:27

Sad milestone: Cost of US wars ‘passes $1 trillion’

The cost of the United States' wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost taxpayers more than one trillion dollars, a Massachusetts nonprofit said Sunday, marking a grim milestone on the eve of the Memorial Day holiday.

The group, National Priorities Project, conveyed the size of US war spending by highlighting other things that could have been bought with the money. For example, for the price of America's two wars, the US could give $5,500 in Pell grants to all of America's 19 million college students for the next nine years. One trillion would also pay the entire healthcare bill for 294 million people, or 440 million children, the group says.

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All the money possible to fund these immoral and illegal wars without end, and no real money for either education or meaningful healthcare.

Citizens of the United States: you're on your own; your only purpose for being, according to this Congress, is to be an endless revenue stream, even if that good paying job which supported your family, and the and the quality of your life, has been outsourced, and you're working two minimum wage jobs 18 hours a day just to not be homeless.

May 31 01:54

BREAKING NEWS: ISRAEL ATTACKS HUMANITARIAN AID FLOTILLA TO GAZA

Editors Note: Adam Shapiro Director of ISM and member of

Free Gaza.Org Confirmed 20 killed, with over 60 injured.

We will keep updating as we receive news.

SEE Latest Press TV VIDEOS.
AP publishes Israeli spin on attack on aid flotilla

The Associated Press has finally corrected its earlier report, which claimed that only 2 people had been killed. It now reports that 10 have been killed, although other news reports say that at least 16 to 20 were killed.

Moreover, AP neglects to tell readers that the attack consisted of an assault by Israeli gunships, helicopters, and commanders.

May 31 00:08

Some Palestinian News Sites Are Down Under Obvious Denial of Service Attacks

Just form a cursory glance at this hour, sites such as these are coming up as "server not found" which is typical cyber MO when USrael is committing atrocities and war crimes - Gazacide.

I'm sure there are many DOS attacks going on right now.

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/en/default.aspx

May 31 00:00

Will Israel Murder or Jail Humanitarian Peace Activists?

30.05.2010
PRAVDA.Ru Lisa KARPOVA
Shine the Light on Israel: Will Israel Murder or Jail Humanitarian Peace Activists?
Israel has vowed to stop the Freedom Flotilla at all costs. At all costs? Why? Is it because they have the hand of Washington protecting them in everything they do? There is no crime they can commit that Washington will not protect them from the consequences of.
According to international law, Israel has no authority over Gaza’s waters. So perhaps they should worry only about their own border. However, at this point, they haven't decided where that border ends. What's theirs is theirs and what's yours is theirs too. Right to exist? That is only for Israel and Israelis.

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May 30 18:44

Safety fluid was removed before oil rig exploded in Gulf

There was, however, a simpler protection against the disaster: mud. An attorney representing a witness says oil giant BP and the owner of the drilling platform, Switzerland-based Transocean Ltd., started to remove a mud barrier before a final cement plug was installed, a move industry experts say weakens control of the well in an emergency.

This article is an earlier article written May 6, 2010.

May 30 17:39

Obama administration blocked efforts to stop BP oil drilling before explosion

"In 2009, the Obama administration intervened to support the reversal of a court order that would have halted offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who has long had close ties to the industry, specifically cited BP’s Deepwater Horizon operation as one that should be allowed to go forward, according to a group involved in the court case.

A Washington DC Appeals Court ruled in April 2009 that the Bush administration’s five-year plan for offshore oil and gas drilling (covering 2007 to 2012) was not based on a proper review of the environmental impact of the drilling. Only days before the ruling, the Obama administration had granted BP a “categorical exclusion,” exempting it from an environmental impact study for the Deepwater Horizon project."

May 30 17:09

Islamophobia and hate crimes

Paul J. Balles views the correlation between bilge put out by extremist provokers of hate crimes like Daniel Pipes and other Islamophobic peddlers of hate speech and the growth of violence and discrimination against Muslims in the US.

May 30 17:07

Security Keep Haitians in Tent City Slums Out of Unused Camp Across Street with New Tents, Glistening Showers and Spotless Toilets

A little boy plays near four unused portable toilets at the Ancien Aeroport Militaire. Some 49,000 people are packed into what's become a bustling slum. Across the street, security guards keep the masses away from brand new tents, spotless toilets and glistening showers at an unused camp.

May 30 16:57

Florida's rampant political crimes being investigated

Politics at heart of criminal investigations swirling across Florida
By Lucy Morgan and Adam C. Smith, Times Staff Writers
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Amid the most tumultuous and unpredictable election year Florida has seen in decades, the names of at least a dozen political figures have popped up in five major federal investigations probing the pay-to-play culture of corruption in Florida:

May 30 16:54

Presidential Proclamation--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 28, 2010
Presidential Proclamation--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

May 30 15:03

Renowned Marine Biologist Carl Safina on the BP Oil Spill’s Ecological Impact on the Gulf Coast and Worldwide

CARL SAFINA: Well, that this is not just a regional disaster, although it certainly is, but that the Gulf of Mexico is a tremendous engine of life and also a tremendous concentration zone, where animals from the whole open Atlantic Ocean funnel into the Gulf for breeding and millions of animals cross the Gulf and concentrate there on their northward migration and then fan out to populate much of North America and the Canadian Arctic, the East Coast, the Canadian Maritimes. So it’s a real hotspot, and it’s a terrible place to foul.

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We are FUCKED!

May 30 14:40

Hearings: Rig's blowout preventer last inspected in 2005

"...The chief mechanic on the Deepwater Horizon testified Wednesday that he was at a planning meeting 11 hours before the rig exploded at which the BP company man overruled drillers from rig owner Transocean and insisted on displacing protective drilling mud from the riser that connected the rig to the oil well.

"..."I recall a skirmish between the company man, the OIM (offshore installation manager), the tool-pusher and the driller," said Doug Brown, one of 115 rig workers who survived the April 20 disaster. "The driller was outlining what would be taking place, whereupon the company man stood up and said, 'No, we'll be having some changes to that.' It had to do with displacing the riser for later on. The OIM, tool-pusher and driller disagreed with that, but the company man said, 'Well, this is how it's gonna be,' and the tool-pusher, driller and OIM reluctantly agreed."

"...The implication was that the Transocean employees expected they might have to take emergency action because of BP's push to remove the drilling mud.

"...Before Brown came to the witness stand at the hearings in Kenner, a ship captain with 15 years of drilling experience told the joint investigative panel that he doesn't know why a rig would displace the protective column of heavy mud with light seawater before closing off a well.

Deliberate sabotage the reason for the Gulf oil disaster?

May 30 14:16

Energy Expert: Nuking Oil Leak Only Thing we Can Do

Youve Got to be Kidding me!!!

May 30 13:59

Oilpocalypse Now Take I

"The best expert estimates I have seen are that minimally we have 2.9 MILLION GALLONS of Oil escaping into the Gulf each day. The volume of methane is about treble that. BP, in an effort to camouflage its true scale is pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of even more toxic oil dispersant into the volcano. To get an idea of the scale think of the largest stadium you know, fill it with oil every day, dump it on the surrounding landscape, and then refill it TWICE each day. Then you begin to get an approximation of the volume of oil escaping."

"So, why the lecture on the ocean ecosystem? Because the Gulf produces as much or more oxygen than the entire Amazon Rain Forest."

May 30 12:36

Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina

In light of what's happening in the Gulf of Mexico, this is the response we should expect from this administration.

May 30 12:36

US soldier beaten for whistleblowing to superiors

Army investigating deaths that may hurt U.S. efforts in Kandahar
Fri May 28
Army investigating deaths that may hurt U.S. efforts in Kandahar
According to AFP and National Public Radio, at least 10 soldiers from the Army's 5th Stryker Brigade are under criminal military investigation in the deaths of three Afghan civilians, as well as for alleged illegal drug use. One of them has been detained.
The allegations came to light when one of the Stryker Brigade soldiers told his superiors of drug use in the brigade and subsequently was "beaten within an inch of his life" by his comrades, according to an AFP source. While recovering in the hospital, the soldier told authorities of the alleged murders as well.

May 30 11:49

Limits on access to oiled waters, coast frustrates journalists

When a photographer from The Times-Picayune earlier this week tried to hire a plane to fly over Grand Isle, the charter plane company was told that the flight could not descend below 3,000 feet.

Southern Seaplane owner Rhonda Panepinto said her husband called the BP Command Center on Tuesday for permission to fly photographer Ted Jackson over Grand Isle, so that he could take pictures of the impact of the spreading oil from the Deepwater Horizon well. But the plane company was told by a BP contractor that media flights weren't allowed in the restricted air space established by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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America's Chernobyl

I just sent the following to my local papers. You should do the same.

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Some observers have claimed that the BP Gulf Oil Disaster is Obama’s “Katrina.” Sadly, this is far worse. The Gulf Oil Disaster and scandal has reached the point of being America’s Chernobyl.

It was known from a similar disaster in 1979 (involving many of the same players) that gulf blowouts were possible. Yet the US Government issued waivers for environmental impact studies for gulf drillers to free those drillers from the costs. Acoustic Preventers, mandated in every other oil-producing nation, are optional in the US, and as they cost a half million each, rarely used. Then we have the Mineral Management Service, the official US Government agency that collects oil lease revenues and is supposed to exercise oversight on the drilling of oil in the United States, recently exposed as allowing the oil companies to fill out the inspection and audit reports while the officials themselves wallowed in online porn, drugs, and hookers supplied by the oil companies. This is a scandal that matches the revelation that during the 12 years that Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot was scamming his investors, the Securities & Exchange Commission “investigators” were also spending their time watching online porn on their taxpayer-funded computers.

Like Titanic, like the Hindenburg, like Challenger, Columbia, Chernobyl, and yes, also Katrina, everyone knew before hand that shortcuts were being taken, risks ignored, safety systems ignored, regulations bypassed, and obvious warnings disregarded.

The fact is that we do not pay the government to come in after a disaster and look stern and Presidential while setting up commissions to find the blame. We pay the government to keep a watchful eye out to keep these disasters from occurring in the first place. We pay the government to take care of the United States, and every oil spill, caved-in coal mine, collapsed bridge, crumbling road, shuttered school, flooded town represents a total failure of the US Government, in their eagerness to start wars and support Israel, to do the job they are supposed to do.

We should not reward failure any longer.

The USSR, already humiliated from Afghanistan, tried to bluff their way through the Chernobyl disaster and conceal from the world the scale of the environmental damage caused.

The USA, already humiliated from Afghanistan, is repeating that classic mistake; trying to bluff their way through the BP disaster and conceal from the world the scale of the environmental damage caused.

History repeats?

May 30 11:45

Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Under the Gulf

Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.

May 30 11:22

Obama’s Katrina? Maybe Worse

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the US Government Chernobyl.

May 30 11:03

BP says end point for stopping Gulf oil leak is relief well due in August

A BP executive says a relief well is the "end point" of efforts to stop the Gulf oil spill — which suggests there's little chance of plugging the leak until the new well is completed in August.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the US Government's Chernobyl!

May 30 10:48

A disgrace of historic proportions

The real disgrace here is that the U.S. Congress, in 2006, enacted the Military Commissions Act, which explicitly denied all Guantanamo detainees any rights to habeas review. The widely loved Lindsey Graham -- along with the profoundly noble Joe Lieberman and John McCain -- were the prime sponsors of that provision. Think about what that means, what the people who voted for that (including 12 Democratic Senators) tried to do: had the Supreme Court not struck down that provision by a 5-4 vote in Boumediene, all of these innocent people would continue to be denied any rights of judicial review, and would unjustly languish in prison indefinitely.

May 30 10:45

Another Blow to Guantánamo Plan

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted to bar the construction of a military detention center in Thomson, Ill., in a further blow to the Obama administration’s fading hopes of shuttering the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The members of the the US Armed Services Committee don't want the US public, or the world, to see what has been done to these prisoners of war; it's just that horrific, in many cases, and most likely a violation of the Geneva Conventions regarding their treatment.

And of course because a state of "war" was never declared with the invasion and occupation of either Iraq or Afghanistan, a "declaration of peace" cannot be made in either case by the US government.

The real effect of this decision of the Committee will be that most of these men will be left rotting in prison indefinitely.

May 30 08:46

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 4 of 13

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

May 30 03:44

Freedom Flotilla : ‘A battle for the high seas. And the high ground’

If you’re hoping to see news about the extraordinary events taking place in the Med sea around Cyprus on either the BBC or Sky this weekend. Forget it. For now. Despite the fact that almost three dozen Brits are amongst the 700 brave souls heading to Gaza on a fleet of ships laden with essential aid. Or the incredible military and political manoeverings surrounding Israels response to the peaceful attempt, major news channels in the West remain silent. This despite the fact their news editors have the direct numbers of spokespeopleon board and access to the live news feed.

May 29 23:17

Third Giant Underwater Oil Plume Discovered

Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.

May 29 22:51

Food Stamp Tally Nears 40m, Higher Each Month Since Dec '08

Nearly 40 million Americans received food stamps - the latest in an ever-higher string of record enrollment that dates from December 2008 and the U.S. recession, according to a government update.

May 29 18:47

RICHARD FALK – REBALANCING THE WORLD

May 17th was the day that the Brazilian/Turkish initiative bore fruit in Tehran, with Iran agreeing to a ten-point arrangement designed to defuse the mounting confrontation with the United States and Israel with regard to its enrichment facilities.

May 29 18:42

Israel’s Most Illicit Affair

BY GLENN FRANKEL
New book reveals that Israel’s secret relationship with apartheid South Africa went far deeper than previously understood.

History is a great teacher, but sometimes it packs a nasty sense of irony. A case in point: South African Prime Minister John Vorster’s visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem in April 1976, where he laid a wreath to the victims of the German Reich he once extolled.

May 29 18:03

GULF-OIL DISASTER - Spring-loaded camming device

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It occurs to me that after they cut the ruins of the old riser away from the top of the Blowout Preventer, snugging that new riser down onto the pipe against that oil flow is going to be like trying to screw the nozzle into your garden hose while it is turned on full blast.

An oversized version of a rather common mountaineering device might provide a much-needed anchor to allow a winch down or downhaul line to pull the new pipe into position rather thjan attempt to push it against the oi flow with those ROVs.

Just a suggestion for any BP people checking this site out...

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May 29 17:54

Will Barack Obama face up to Israel lobby blackmail?

Uri Avnery considers how Israel, through its lobby in the USA, is blackmailing Barack Obama – so far successfully – and wonders whether the US president will finally summon the courage to stand up to it.

May 29 17:22

BP's Top Kill Effort Fails to Plug Gulf Oil Leak

BP has failed in its latest attempt to plug the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico with mud and cement.

BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said Saturday that the maneuver known as a top kill had failed. It was the latest setback for the company trying to stop the crude from further fouling waters, wildlife and marshland.

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"Oh, wow, look what I found!! Here's a patch of clean sand!!!"

May 29 16:37

Obama and Emanuel Members of Chicago Gay Man’s Club

"However, Man’s Country was not the only location for Obama’s predatory gay sex activities. The Chicago gay community is aware that Obama often made contacts with younger men at his famous “pick-up basketball” games. It was at these “pick up” matches where Obama first met Emanuel and a young Democratic campaign worker and senior bank vice president named Alexi Giannoulias. Currently running for Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Roland Burris, Giannoulias successfully ran for Illinois Treasurer in 2006 after being drafted for the run by Chicago’s Democratic machine."

May 29 12:33

Shotgun pulled on census worker

Another census visit turned ugly Thursday when a woman allegedly pointed a shotgun at a census worker.

The woman called the sheriff around 8:30 p.m. to complain the census worker would not leave her property on the 14000 block of Wayland Road, between Grass Valley and Colfax.

But she denied pointing the gun at him, Nevada County Undersheriff Richard Kimball said.

“It was a case of ‘he said, she said,'” Kimball said, so deputies took a report on the incident but are not moving forward with charges.

May 29 12:28

Are US TV Crews Killing Haitians?

"It's been frustrating then, to watch foreign, especially U.S., news crews pull up to Cite Soleil and start walking down the street with cameras and lights and audio booms. Of course, they would cause a stir. And then all it takes is one card handed out, one bottle of water given to a child in sympathy and it provokes a stampede of folks all under the misapprehension that there's some form of aid to be had. Jostling begins and suddenly, BREAKING NEWS THERE'S RIOTING IN HAITI!!! Personally, I have seen no real riots: after the tv crews sprint back to the vehicles the crowd disbands and everyone goes home"

May 29 11:46

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 3 of 13

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

May 29 11:04

LIVE ROV CAM FROM GULF OIL DISASTER NOW SEEMS TO BE SHOWING ONLY OIL POURING OUT OF THE REMAINS OF THE RISER.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like TOP KILL and JUNK SHOT have failed.

May 29 10:32

BP didn't test mud prior to critical pipeline procedure, driller testifies

BP decided not to perform a test on the mud at the bottom of the well before starting to place the final cement lining that may have been the source of gas that eventually blew out the well, according to testimony at investigative hearings in Kenner.

The top drilling supervisor on the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20, Offshore Installation Manager Jimmy Harrell, testified Thursday that BP decided to forego a "bottoms-up" test that would have examined the condition of drilling mud sitting in the zone where a casing shoe was about to be placed to protect the well from natural gas or oil pressing in against the hole.

May 29 09:58

Deficit Eclipses Jobs In Congress: 'Nickel-And-Diming The Most Fragile People'

On June 1, several programs, including extended unemployment benefits, will expire. By the end of the week, 19,400 people will prematurely stop receiving checks, according to data from the Department of Labor. By the end of the following week, the number of premature unemployment exhaustions will climb to 323,400. The week after that, 903,000. By the end of the month, 1.2 million.

"But the numbers really don't tell the story," said Marc Katz of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. "The states are going to get calls from very concerned claimants about what's going on, what's the outlook. That's the real story. And it puts claimants through real anguish. It's just terribly unfair to them."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the American people, particularly those who have lost their jobs, homes, and lives, courtesy of massive outsourcing; according to this Congress, you are completely expendable, and there is no specific value in even keeping you alive

All you are, if you have been reduced to working 3 minimum wage jobs 18 hours a day, is an allegedly endless source of tax revenue, to be drained to feed the endless, non-citizen supported immoral and illegal wars without end in which this government has gotten itself enmeshed.

And if you've been made homeless because of a confluence of these circumstances, Congress members think "good riddance"! because you can't vote them of office because you can't register to vote without a valid home address!

May 29 09:23

Oil spreading much farther than thought; Obama returns to Gulf Coast

New evidence emerged Friday that the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico was spreading more broadly than previously thought as BP continued its fitful efforts to stop the worst oil spill in U.S. history and President Obama returned to the Gulf Coast to assess the damage.

May 29 09:00

Is It Raining Oil In Florida? This Is Just The Beginning

Oil is semi-volatile, which means that it can evaporate into the air and create a heavy vapor that stays near the ground -- in the human breathing zone. When winds whip up oily sea water, the spray contains tiny droplets -- basically a fume -- of oil, which are small enough to be inhaled deep into the lungs. We know that's happening in the Gulf Coast, because people are reporting a heavy oily smell in the air. Already my colleagues in Louisiana are reporting that people in the coastal community of Venice, Louisiana are suffering from nausea, vomiting, headaches, and difficulty breathing.

The following eyewitness account came to our attention yesterday:

May 29 08:13

The American century is so over

Irrespective of their politics, flawed leaders share a common trait. They generally remain remarkably oblivious to the harm they do to the nation they lead. George W Bush is a salient recent example, as is former British prime minister Tony Blair. When it comes to foreign policy, we are now witnessing a similar phenomenon at the Barack Obama White House.

May 29 07:49

Monsanto's Poison Pills for Haiti

Monsanto's seeds will be distributed by the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) WINNER program. USAID is a tax-payer funded agency that promotes the United States' interests abroad. It is run by Dr. Rajiv Shah, an Obama appointee that the Organic Consumers Association opposed because of his work with the explicitly pro-GMO Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation works closely with Monsanto.

May 29 07:46

The more oil spills change, the more they stay the same.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Deja' vu!!! June 13th 1979

May 29 07:40

BP Persists on ‘Top Kill,’ Prepares Backup Plan to Stop Spill

BP Plc planned to continue working through the weekend to plug a leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico that has produced the largest spill in U.S. history.

Since Wednesday, BP has been starting and stopping high- horsepower pumps that ram mixtures of mud-like drilling fluid and rubber scrap into the oil and gas that’s been gushing from the well for more than five weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think BP is lying to us about the "progress" of TOP KILL, and the reason is simple.

The drilling mud is supposed to be far heavier than either water or oil in order to be able to hold down the oil and gas coming up the drill pipe, and yet the plumes being seen coming out of the riser float upward!

Clearly, those plumes are still composed primarily of oil.

May 29 06:45

BP Suspends "Top Kill" For Second Time After Trying Two Junk Shots. Less Than 10% of Injection Fluids are Staying Inside the Leaking Pipes

The New York Times is now reporting that the junk shot approach is not going well:

The company [again] suspended pumping operations at 2:30 a.m. Friday after two “junk shot” attempts, said the technician, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the efforts.

"The suspension of the effort was not announced, and appeared to again contradict statements by company and government officials that suggested the top kill procedure was progressing Friday."

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May 29 03:00

Petraeus Memo Widens scope of US Military Covert Operations in ME

By Juan Cole

The 7-page memo seen by the NYT and signed by CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus authorizes US troops to engage in clandestine intelligence-gathering in the greater Middle East. The article implies that the memo also authorizes more military teams to go into unconventional conflict situations in both unfriendly and friendly countries.

Critics worry that the order blurs the line between combat soldiers and spies and weakens the claim of all soldiers to humane treatment under the Geneva Conventions.

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