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June 27, 2010

Jun 27 07:22

Senate Democrats poised to start energy bill

With the gulf oil spill creating political opportunity, Senate Democrats will begin crafting a sweeping energy bill this week that could include a first-ever, though more modest, cap on global-warming pollution, believing they must act now despite differences within their ranks and political jitters in an election year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the problem. The Federal Government had all kinds of regulations and agencies to keep an eye on the gulf drilling, and they dropped the ball. Why would any Americans trust these same bozos with more control over our energy? The very idea of a carbon tax is nor ludicrous. We The People are not responsible for the gulf disaster yet the first response by Congress is to hit us with more taxes?

Jun 27 07:18

Biden Calls Manager Who Told Him To Lower Taxes A "Smartass"

Joe Biden calls a custard store manager a "smartass" after he asks the Vice President to lower taxes.

Jun 27 07:02

Leader of Death Squads Wins Colombian Election

The fact that the mass-media have so enthusiastically embraced a regime with the worst human rights record since the fall of the military dictators of the 1970’s - 1980’s (La Jornada 6/17/2010) is indicative of the right turn under the Obama Wall Street regime.

Jun 27 06:29

Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate

A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack.

Senator Joe Lieberman and other bill sponsors have refuted the charges that the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act gives the president an Internet "kill switch."...



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Jun 27 06:04

Arlington Cemetery Officials Were Aware of Discarded Tombstones Found in Stream

The tombstones were set up to support the bank, and officials apparently did not want to remove them out of fear of damaging the stream, said Dave Foster, an Army spokesman.

Jun 27 05:39

Recognizing Badness (Zionists)

What I learned about the state of Israel is that it is an amoral criminal state. The history of Zionist terrorism indicates that it always has been, even prior to the establishment of the state of Israel. When I lived among Israelis I remember that they often used the word "pragmatic", which I found rather odd. I now know why they used this word so often. It was part of their education and defines their worldview. Zionist children are taught to be pragmatic. Questions of morality are not to interfere with their actions - and they don't. Zionists are not immoral; they are amoral.

Chris Bollyn

Jun 27 05:36

BP Screwing People In Claims Process



Jun 27 05:14

THE GAME THAT GOES ON AND ON: A SWISS BANK, A PRESIDENT, AND THE PERMANENT GOVERNMENT

UBS is very much a part of that permanent government. Though not a household name in the United States, UBS is a major player in the Beltway game. During the 2008 campaign, while Robert Wolf was courting Democratic hopeful Obama, his UBS cohort, former Senator Phil Gramm, was working the other side of the street. As chairman of the Senate Banking Committee in the 1990s, Gramm, a corporate-friendly Texas Republican, played a key role in the deregulation of the banking industry, an act so central to the nation’s financial collapse. Since 2002, Gramm has been UBS Americas’ vice chairman. In 2008, he was the leading economics adviser for Obama’s opponent, John McCain—and even touted as a possible treasury secretary in a McCain administration.

Jun 27 01:15

Is Toxic Corexit Rain Killing Crops in Mississippi?

Yobie Benjamin, writing for The San Francisco Chronicle, is reporting what nobody else in the corporate media is reporting — a mysterious disease has stricken crops in Mississippi and it may be connected to the BP oil gusher.

“It seems like damage brought by the oil gusher has spread way beyond the ocean, coastal areas and beaches. Collateral damage now appears to include agricultural damage way inland Mississippi,” writes Benjamin. The disease has caused widespread damage to plants from weeds to farmed organic and conventionally grown crops.

Jun 27 01:03

FBI/DHS Attempt to Seize Colorado Indymedia Server and Silence Our Users

As of this date, we do not have a copy of the court order if it even exists. It's likely that this was just a bluff as it's well-established that cops, the FBI, and other law enforcement can lie in order to elicit consent and lying about court orders is no exception.

June 26, 2010

Jun 26 22:31

Israeli Foreign Minister Wants Palestinians Stripped of Citizenship and Relocated

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s far-right foreign minister, set out this week what he called a “blueprint for a resolution to the conflict” with the Palestinians that demands most of the country’s large Palestinian minority be stripped of citizenship and relocated outside Israel’s future borders.

Jun 26 20:13

Florida contractor hiring ONLY former convicts for oil cleanup; Worker says soon he’ll be able to “live comfortable”

Gay said there are requirements for whom the organization can train and hire.

First, only ex-offenders who have been released from prison within the last 2 1/2 years -- from January 2008 or later -- can apply.

The organization can't hire anyone who has a violent record or any arrests involving sex crimes.

The work is physical, so the nonprofit is looking for people between 18 and 45 years old.

Finally, they must be a U.S. Citizen, and they must pass a drug test and consent to random drug tests.




Jun 26 20:08

Exxon Valdez foreman: ‘Oil is 1,000 times more toxic than we thought’

Many of the thousands of Exxon Valdez cleanup workers have died or have become seriously ill from inhaling the toxic mist and handling dispersants that contained benzene and other chemicals.

One cleanup chemical, 2-Butoxyethanol, can be absorbed through the skin and cause blood and kidney damage resulting in headaches, respiratory problems and even death, according to the material safety data sheet for the dispersant, INIPOL, which was used in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez spill.

Jun 26 20:03

20 million people are “to have to evacuate the gulf states” says prominent oil-industry insider

A tropical wave has formed in the Caribbean and could conceivably blow through the gulf.

“We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states,” said Matt Simmons, founder of Simmons and Co., an oil investment firm and, since the April 20 blowout, the unflagging source of end-of-the-world predictions. “Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people? . . . This story is 80 times worse than I thought.” …

Jun 26 18:10

American’s Need to Pay Attention and Get Some Skin in the Game

MFSO says “Seize the Moment” – Veterans Today

The reverberations from General McChrystal’s interview in Rolling Stone are just beginning. It will likely gain more attention as the 24-hour news outlets dig in to cover it from every conceivable angle. The circumstances that have been revealed by General McChrystal’s lapse in judgment reflects more than an out-of-control general in Afghanistan. It’s about a failed strategy that puts young men and women – our family members – at risk.

This is an opportunity to get our voices included in the discussion. As military family members who have loved ones who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, our perspective has impact!

Jun 26 17:28

UK paper requires free Web accounts; traffic plunges



Jun 26 17:28

Here Comes The Recession

If the economy is growing at less than 2% by the end of the year, then a tax increase of more than 1% of GDP could and probably would be the tipping point. Add in an almost equal amount of state and local tax increases (and spending cuts) and you have the recipe for a full-blown recession - at least the way I see it.

Jun 26 17:25

La. Police Doing BP's Dirty Work

Is the Gulf Coast a British Colony? Does BP blackmailing the feckless Homo-bama?

Jun 26 17:24

FANTASTIC POSTS THAT ARE MUST READS ~~ VOLUME 7

Jun 26 17:23

Message to Tony Rezko has Obama's name all over it

Chicago hasn't changed much. More Americans are shot in Chicago than in Iraq. The politicians keep getting rich. And you know about Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial.

What's up with that subpoena thing anyway? What was Rod thinking?



Jun 26 17:22

THE ZIONIST’S NIGHTMARE

Western zionists are waking up in the middle of the night screaming, rattled by the same bad dream…. a dream called Israel. They are worried that their ‘little Democratic entity’ in the Middle East is being threatened by world opinion.

Jun 26 17:20

Gaza's only remaining power station shut down Saturday; causing widespread blackout

With the besieged population of the Gaza Strip facing severe electricity shortages, the one operational power station that was not bombed by Israeli forces last year shut down early Saturday morning due to a lack of fuel.

Jun 26 17:20

Calm voice amid the bloodshed

Haneen Zoubi, an Arab member of Israel’s Knesset, was on board the Mavi Marmara when it was stormed by Israeli commandos four weeks ago. She tells Rachel Shabi about those terrifying hours and how she is coping with the fallout – death threats and political isolation.

Jun 26 17:19

Exposing Israel (MUST SEE!)



Jun 26 17:17

Gaza Starves More Slowly

As Israel this week declared the “easing” of the four-year blockade of Gaza, an official explained the new guiding principle: “Civilian goods for civilian people.” The severe and apparently arbitrary restrictions on foodstuffs entering the enclave – coriander bad, cinnamon good – will finally end, we are told. Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants will have all the coriander they want.

Jun 26 17:17

NYT describes Jewish terrorism as ‘romantic’

Jun 26 17:06

G8 leaders focus on Iran, North Korea threats

Leaders of the industrial world turned their sights on Iran, Afghanistan and North Korea on Saturday, as security threats and nuclear proliferation took center stage at the G8 summit.

"The session ... is going to focus on peace and security, Iran and North Korea will be discussed" a senior US official told reporters at the Group of Eight summit being held north of the Canadian city of Toronto.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When any G8 official, sourced or not, starts spouting off about "...peace and security...", you can almost bet on the diametric opposite being real agenda here.

Jun 26 17:01

BP oil spill Corexit dispersants suspected in widespread crop damage

Last May 24, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson promised, "We will conduct our own tests to determine the least toxic, most effective dispersant available in the volumes necessary for a crisis of this magnitude... I am not satisfied that BP has done an extensive enough analysis of other dispersant options."

As of today, those tests have not been completed, according to the EPA. In the meantime, BP has dumped 1.4 million gallons of Corexit on the gulf.

t seems like damage brought by the oil gusher has spread way beyond the ocean, coastal areas and beaches. Collateral damage now appears to include agricultural damage way inland Mississippi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The damage to the US food chain here may be more horrendous than any one originally thought, particularly if Corexit has damaged crops in inland Mississippi.



Jun 26 15:21

Torontánamo - G20 Police State News Round-Up 06-25-10

Top tweets and more from Thursday and Friday

Jun 26 15:04

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Jun 26 13:55

David Ray Griffin: Afghanistan War obviously illegal; 9/11 “justifications” all lies. 2 of 2

*hyperlinks live at source*

Dr. David Ray Griffin walks readers through the “emperor has no clothes” obvious facts that US war in Afghanistan is illegal. In addition, Dr. Griffin explains, documents, and proves that all 9/11-related “reasons” are also all lies. The first part of Dr. Griffin’s lecture on this topic concludes the part one article. Additional parts are here on Dr. Griffin's website.

My explanation, documentation, and proof that current US wars are as close to lawful as a baseball pitch ten feet over everyone’s head is close to a strike is in this academic paper:

Open proposal to higher education

My citizen appeal with comprehensive aspects of unlawful wars and unconstitutional policies:

Government by dicts

Jun 26 13:01

Chain the Exit Doors, the Party is about to Begin

My read is that TPTB are going to be a ‘chicken dancing on a hot griddle’ and they will be torn between trying to hold on to what power they think they have as it slips away or (most likely) opt out for their survival instincts but… wait a minute, their survival instincts tell them to hold on to the power but… but… it can’t get bad enough for them to suit me, all my compassion and mercy is operating in support of the dolphins and other creatures as well as the indigenous people and that small core of sensitive people scattered on the wide material prairies of a fucked up culture, filled up with violent dreamers trying to protect their toaster ovens.



Jun 26 11:48

U.S. government panel now pushing "vaccinations for all!" No exceptions…

An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that every person be vaccinated for the seasonal flu yearly, except in a few cases where the vaccine is known to be unsafe.

Jun 26 11:46

'Don't taze my granny!' American police accused of using a Taser on an 86-year-old, bed-ridden grandmother

American police have been accused of tasering an 86-year-old bed-ridden grandmother.

Lonnie Tinsley called the emergency services to his home in El Reno, Oklahoma, when he became concerned that his grandma Lona Vernon had failed to take her medication.

But instead of a medical technician, he claims at least a dozen armed police officers answered his call.

When Mrs Vernon ordered the police from her house, officer Thomas Duran allegedly decided she was being 'aggressive' and gave the order: 'Taser her.'

Jun 26 11:25

Freedom FLOTILLA Song – Doc Jazz [VIDEO]

This music video is dedicated to all the brave people who set sail to break the siege of Gaza, and to the nine martyrs of the Mavi Marmara, who were brutally murdered by the Israeli navy. Hopefully this song helps to inspire more and more flotillas! Free Palestine, Free Gaza !

Jun 26 11:20

Demolishing Israel's lies about Gaza Freedom Flotilla: interview with ex-US Marine Kenneth O'Keefe

Please spare a few minutes to watch the following three-part video – a recording of an interview with former US Marine Kenneth O'Keefe, to be broadcast on the BBC's "HARDtalk" programme on Monday 28 June 2010.

Kenneth O'Keefe (http://www.worldcitizen.uk.net/) was one of the peace activists abroad the Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship, Mavi Marmara, when it was attacked by Israeli commandos who murdered nine peace activists on the ship.

In the interview, Mr O'Keefe eloquently, politely and calmly demolishes all the Israeli lies and justifications for the murder of the peace activists.

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3



Jun 26 10:39

The Coming Gulf Coast Firestorm: How the BP oil catastrophe could destroy a major U.S. city

How the fire happens
So let's say the oil blowout continues, and the Gulf of Mexico is carrying millions of gallons of crude oil as a massive hurricane approaches. It's a hot July day in the Gulf of Mexico, with temperatures soaring towards 110 degrees, accelerating the evaporation of volatile oils which get mixed in with hurricane-force winds.

The hurricane makes landfall in New Orleans, let's say, dumping potentially hundreds of thousands of gallons of what is essentially "volatile fuel" on the city of New Orleans. Now, at first it's just a wet, slippery toxic mess that kills trees and grass. But what happens after the storm when the sun dries out the city?

Jun 26 10:31

Trail of 'targeted killings,' repeated threats stir suspicions of Israeli hand in Arafat's death

Yasser Arafat's removal was a triumph for Israel. It fulfilled demands for the election of anti-Intifada Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and his associates who "work well with Israel and America," and whose commitment to disarm the Palestinians will enable Israeli land theft for settlements to continue without resistance or reprisal from undefended Palestinians.

Jun 26 10:18

Dolphins Beached on Gulf Shores

Jun 26 09:59

Jon Voight to Obama: You are harming Israel and promoting anti-Semitism

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't it embarrassing when aging has-been actors will say or do anything at all no matter how absurd to grab one more inch of tabloid news space?



Jun 26 09:42

Militarism and Democracy: More on the McChrystal Affair

First, let’s begin with the video that the Pentagon might have wanted to make this past Wednesday, 23 June, 2010, regarding President Barack Obama replacing General Stanley McChrystal after the comments the latter made to Rolling Stone.

This video reflects the preferred order of events among militarists, and among those who–not so quietly anymore–wish for a transfer of political power to the military. It is also a blunter statement of the nature of U.S. power around the world.

Jun 26 09:40

Congresswoman: Hezbollah joining Mexican drug cartels

North Carolina Congresswoman Sue Myrick warned Friday that Hezbollah may be colluding with drug cartels on the US-Mexican border, and called on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to investigate the matter.

Fox News reported Myrick is arguing that the Lebanese militia would soon begin threatening the US as it does Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sue Myrick is a card-carrying Israel-Firster, and a signatory to the "Hoyer-Cantor Letter reaffirming the US-Israel Alliance",as confirmed at the following AIPAC website:

http://www.aipac.org/Publications/SourceMaterialsCongressionalAction/Signatories_to_Hoyer-Cantor_Letter.pdf

Note that she is also prominently displayed at the AIPAC website with a link to her own official website as follows:

http://aipac.capwiz.com/bio/id/449

Notice also that Ms. Myrick presents absolutely no proof of this allegation; she simply has made this allegation against Hezbollah per se.

One has to wonder if this accusation is the ramp-up an Israeli "false flag" against a US target, to be blamed on either Hezbullah or Iran.

But the most ludicrously hysterical portion of this article is the following bit:

"The congresswoman, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said members of drug cartels imprisoned in South America have been spotted lately tattooing Persian writing on their bodies, evidence of Iranian involvement."

According to:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080110053911AAyhen5

Tattoos are strictly forbidden under Islam because they are perceived as mutilating the body.

That this woman actually sits on the House Intelligence Committee is truly frightening.

Jun 26 09:33

Petraeus May “Ease Restrictive” War Rules In Afghanistan

The new appointed US commander in Afghanistan General David Petraeus faces complaints over so-called “restrictive policies” which place the occupation troops’ lives “at risk” in the war-torn country.

These policies were laid down by Petraeus’s predecessor General Stanley McChrystal, and are seen as stressing to “save civilian lives and leave US occupation forces at greater risk.”c

Jun 26 09:21

US Fear Factory Kills Free Speech

The Salem-style witch hunts have returned, but the new villains are no longer communists. The Red Scare has been replaced by those who shout Viva Palestina!

From the very highest law-makers right down to ordinary John Doe there is an irrational fear so great that it holds many of them hostage in their homes, workplaces and schools.



Jun 26 09:10

US: Turkey must show commitment

The United States is warning Turkey that it is alienating US supporters and needs to demonstrate its commitment to partnership with the West.

"We think Turkey remains committed to NATO, Europe and the United States, but that needs to be demonstrated," Gordon told The Associated Press in an interview. "There are people asking questions about it in a way that is new, and that in itself is a bad thing that makes it harder for the United States to support some of the things that Turkey would like to see us support."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has Philip Gordon gone barking mad here?!?

Turkey's Edrogan, working with Brazil's Lula, attempted to get a nuclear swap deal going with Iran, which would have alleviated a great deal of geopolitical stress, had the US, the UK, and Israel accepted it. Of course, the lessening of geopolitical stress was the absolute converse of what these countries wanted.

Turkey then voted against sanctions against Iran at the UN, which was the only reasonable thing they could have done, given the circumstances.

I suppose in Mr. Gordon's world, it is perfectly acceptable for Israel to hijack a Turkish-flagged ship in international waters and assassinate a number of it's passengers, as long as it is Israel doing the hijacking.

I suppose, also, in Mr. Gordon's world, it is perfectly acceptable for Israel to maintain the immoral and illegal blockade against Gaza, which has caused, according to UNICEF figures, a rate of 14% of Gazan kids who are malnourished as a result of the blockade.

Turkey's recent actions should not be questioned here; it is what is perfectly acceptable from Israel, apparently according to Mr. Gordon, which needs to be questioned.

Jun 26 08:56

Hayek's Road to Serfdom: Despotism Then and Now

The court historians in academe were not concerned about Hayek's age-old warnings about the dangers that centralized political power posed to liberty and prosperity, for they intended to be beneficiaries of that power as well-paid advisers to the state. Millions of average citizens were not as enthusiastic, especially Americans who, during the war, had experienced oppressive and confiscatory taxation, the slavery of military conscription, government-imposed product rationing, pervasive shortages of basic staples, and endless bureaucratic bungling.

Jun 26 08:54

Canada's brewing 'insurgency'

The local and federal governments have resorted to significant measures: barricading the downtown core behind a massive galvanised perimeter fence, erecting checkpoints with x-rays, uprooting trees that police say could be used by demonstrators, and converting a sound stage into a massive temporary detention facility in preparation for mass arrests of protesters.

But with Canadian soldiers, snipers, commandos and police tactical units representing the sharp end of a security budget that is poised to top $1bn, the most significant threat to business as usual for the summit may turn out to be far-flung rural blockades enacted by Canada's long suffering native communities.

Jun 26 08:47

Iran says Gaza aid delegation to go on Lebanon ship

Iranian lawmakers protesting at Israel's blockade of Gaza are planning to travel on an aid ship that is to leave from Lebanon..

Lebanon said last week it would allow a Gaza-bound ship called the Julia to sail, via Cyprus, despite warnings from Israel that it reserved the right to use all necessary means to stop ships that tried to sail from Lebanon to Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel may well use this as the "justification" to start a shooting war against Lebanon and Iran.



Jun 26 08:42

BP Welcomes You to the Apocalypse

Please do not worry. Please do not fret about that one thing you always fret about, or that other thing, or even that third thing that might have something to do with erupting oil, dead pelicans and that sickening feeling in your gut that Something is Very Wrong Indeed.

I come bearing fabulous news. There is no longer any need to concern yourself with pesky trifles like love, a mortgage, child rearing, planting a garden, dreams, money, shoes, wristwatches, parking spaces, mysterious rashes, foreign policy, baseball, bridge tolls or generally caring about much of anything in particular.

I am delighted to report it will all be over soon. If not sooner. It's true.

Jun 26 08:40

G20 summit: Rifts in Toronto as US warns EU of double-dip recession risk

Obama said that he wanted to see the G20 recognise that the world economy was inextricably linked, and that the task was to promote growth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President (never had to make payroll in his life) Obama: the way you create growth is to cut taxes, and stop spending on these immoral and illegal wars without end to which you and Congress seem so perpetually addicted.

Jun 26 08:39

Obama's Bad Job Growth Numbers A Permanent Legacy

Here in America, 15 million unemployed is the official number, but each week scores of jobless drop off the unemployment rolls because their benefits run out and they are no longer counted. The actual number, far higher than what the weekly stats tell us, is on the way to becoming a permanent feature of the new economy. And while governments scrambled to save banks, there’s no comparable urgency about creating jobs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will take 11 million new jobs to get back to where we were before the Great Recession, and absorb new workers coming into the labor force. If we create 200,000 jobs a month, it will take 12 years; at 350,000 jobs a month, four years. In May, the private sector generated 41,000 new jobs.

Jun 26 08:37

PROFILES IN COURAGE , HUWAIDA ARRAF AND ADAM SHAPIRO

The growth of this wonderful young couple is directly tied to the growth of the International Solidarity Movement. They met in Jerusalem while volunteering for an organisation called Seeds of Peace. He, Adam Shapiro, a ‘nice Jewish boy’ from Brooklyn, she, Huwaida Arraf, A Palestinian-American from Detroit. They were wed shortly afterwards and have been busy raising their ‘child’ over the past few years, The International Solidarity Movement.



Jun 26 08:32

UK regulator: net neutrality rules bad for consumers

Britain's telecommunications regulator says its "preliminary view" is that "there is currently insufficient evidence to justify regulation to prohibit certain forms of traffic management." In other words, Ofcom sees no need for open Internet rules, given the agency's view that nothing has happened in United Kingdom cyberspace to merit them.

Jun 26 08:31

"Learned Helplessness." In Dire Straits, Americans Whimper Instead

The decrease in learning ability caused by unavoidable punishment leads to a condition called "learned helplessness."

Which brings us to the midterm elections.

Battered and bruised, with no apparent way out, the American electorate has plunged into a political state of learned helplessness. They've voted Democratic to punish rapacious Republicans. They've voted Republican to get rid of do-nothing Democrats. They've tried staying home on Election Day. Nothing they do helps their condition. They're flailing....

Jun 26 08:30

Obama internet 'kill switch' bill approved

The US senators pushing a controversial new bill that some fear would give President Barack Obama the powers to seize control of and even shut down the internet have rejected claims it would give Obama a net "kill switch".

The bill, titled Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, has been unanimously approved by the US Homeland Security committee and will be put to a vote on the Senate floor shortly.

Jun 26 08:21

BP Makes Largest Political Contribution in U.S. History

The fund is a desperate maneuver by BP. Any corporation would look at Obama’s history regarding corporations in crisis and try to preempt the ‘a**-kicking’ effect.

Though too late for BP, there is still a broader hope. Feinberg is encouraging claimants to avoid the civil process and work directly with the BP Escrow Fund. He wants voters to eat out of their hands (sounds familiar), not pursue restitution through the legal process. What can you do? Don’t take their money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some Gulf families and businesses absolutely do not have the time it would take to pursue their claims through the court systemwithout getting totally ruined financially, if they are not already there at this point.

What the US government should have done was to have had the inspections and "best safe practices" in place to have prevented this disaster, and in this respect, have failed the people who have been effected miserably.

Jun 26 08:19

Hamas: American Officials Request Contacts Remain Secret 'so as not to rouse Jewish lobby'

A senior Hamas figure said Friday that official and unofficial US sources have asked the Islamist group to refrain from making any statements regarding contacts with Washington, this following reports that a senior American official is due to arrive in an Arab country in the coming days to relay a telegram from the Obama Administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After all the taxes we paid, after all the millions of Americans who died defending this nation; to see the present government grovel and abase itself for thirty pieces of silver from a foreign power is shameful.

Jun 26 08:17

Gulf oil disaster: Pensacola Beach (22 pics)

"We Need to Keep Drilling" - Sarah Palin

Jun 26 08:12

Here Comes The Recession

I am on record as saying I think there is a 50-50 chance we slip back into recession in 2011, as I think the economy will soften in the latter half of the year and a large tax increase in 2011 (from the expiring Bush tax cuts) will tip us into recession.

If the economy is growing at less than 2% by the end of the year, then a tax increase of more than 1% of GDP could and probably would be the tipping point. Add in an almost equal amount of state and local tax increases (and spending cuts) and you have the recipe for a full-blown recession - at least the way I see it.

Jun 26 08:12

Judge in oil spill case sells energy stocks

The Louisiana federal judge who struck down a six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling has sold many of his energy investments, a financial disclosure report released Friday reveals.

Jun 26 08:09

MOH: Israel prevents delivery of oxygen to hospitals

Seven oxygen machines donated to the Palestinain Authority by a Norwegian development agency were seized by Israeli officials en route to hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza, the Ramallah-based health ministry said.

The machines, the ministry said in a Thursday statement, were confiscated by Israeli officials who claimed that the generators attached "came under the category of possible use for non-medical purposes" if they were delivered to the southern Gaza governorates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just when I think Israel's rapacious cruelty against sick Palestinians can't possibly get worse, they surprise me yet again by sinking to new depths of deliberate, out there where the world can see it, meanness.

Jun 26 08:06

UC Irvine's message: Criticize Israel, get suspended

After a 4-month-long investigation, UC Irvine's administration last week announced an unprecedented recommendation to suspend for one year the Muslim Student Union (MSU), a registered campus organization, for its alleged involvement in disrupting a Feb. 8 speech by Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Eleven students were arrested and may face criminal charges as well as disciplinary action by the university. A June 17 Times editorial called the recommendation "an apt punishment for what was clearly an inappropriate protest"; on the contrary, the administration's draconian response will unquestionably have a chilling effect on student activism at UC Irvine and across the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

One has to wonder, if the speaker had been an Iranian diplomat or a Cuban diplomat whose speech hand been interrupted, would the outcome here have been the same?!?

Jun 26 08:05

Iraq’s Ancient Ruins Face New Looting

The looting of Iraq’s ancient ruins is thriving again. This time it is not a result of the “stuff happens” chaos that followed the American invasion in 2003, but rather the bureaucratic indifference of Iraq’s newly sovereign government.

Thousands of archaeological sites — containing some of the oldest treasures of civilization — have been left unprotected, allowing what officials of Iraq’s antiquities board say is a resumption of brazenly illegal excavations, especially here in southern Iraq.

Jun 26 08:03

The First OILCANE Will Be Worse Than Anything We've Seen

The gulf oil spill is bad but it could become much, much worse and soon. The threat is a hurricane moving over the spill. If a hurricane’s violent winds track over the spill, we could witness a natural and economic calamity that history has never recorded anywhere or anytime. We will literally be in oil-soaked waters. We will have witnessed the first oilicane.

...

Water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean are now running as warm or warmer than they did during the record setting season of 2005. This is significant.

Jun 26 07:59

Occupied Palestine: Good News and Bad

Now the bad - a litany of Israeli crimes, some recent ones explained below.

On June 10, Palestine Think Tank.com contributor Kawther Salam headlined, "107 Israeli Crimes Against Palestinian Journalists," saying:

Since January 2010, Israeli attacks included beatings, "breaking their cameras, preventing them from covering events, shooting at them deliberately, arresting and jailing them, fabricating serious charges, fining them, imposing high financial fines before releasing them from detention," denying them access to East Jerusalem and other areas, and let "dozens of armed extremist settlers assault them and damage their cameras."

This is how a police state operates when not waging all out war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A government, when afraid of the truth, will always do its utmost to punish the truth tellers as horrendously as it thinks it can get away with doing.

Jun 26 07:53

Why the Taliban is winning in Afghanistan

After the jirga was over, one of the tribal elders came over and we chatted for a while over a glass of green tea. "Last month," he said, "some American officers called us to a hotel in Jalalabad for a meeting. One of them asked me, 'Why do you hate us?' I replied, 'Because you blow down our doors, enter our houses, pull our women by the hair and kick our children. We cannot accept this. We will fight back, and we will break your teeth, and when your teeth are broken you will leave, just as the British left before you. It is just a matter of time.'"

What did he say to that? "He turned to his friend and said, 'If the old men are like this, what will the younger ones be like?' In truth, all the Americans here know that their game is over. It is just their politicians who deny this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.

This is precisely what is unfolding for US and NATO troops in Afghanistan right now.

Jun 26 07:50

HOW THEY FUCK YOU!

Jun 26 07:45

ISRAEL 'PLOTS TEHRAN RAID'

Israel is massing warplanes in the Caucasus for an attack on Iran, it was revealed yesterday.

Preparations are underway to launch the military attack from Azerbaijan and Georgia, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej, quoting military sources.

Israel was, in fact, training pilots in Turkey to launch the strike and was smuggling planes into Georgia using Turkish airspace, they said.

However, Turkey was unaware of Israel's intention of transferring the planes to Georgia, the sources said.

Jun 26 07:45

A Widow Mourns, An Army Lies

Last week Palestine Monitor reported that Israeli police shot and killed Shu’fat resident 39-year-old Ziad Jilani in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi Joz. Now his widow, a U.S. citizen, reflects on her husband’s life and death, and the journey he’s taken her on. Reporting from Kara Newhouse.

Moira Jilani remembers her experience vividly, “I felt happy that day. We were going to go out and celebrate, because the children finished exams the day before,” she tells me from her brother-in-law’s house, where she’s spent her days since Ziad’s death on June 11. “We were cleaning, getting rid of the winter clothes. We had the music loud, the girls were dancing. We were ready to leave.”

Jun 26 07:44

VIDEO: The BP "Gulf Syndrome": Benzene and Corexit Poisoning

BP is gassing Gulf Coast residents with poisonous Benzene and Corexit dispersants at dangerously high levels in the largest U.S. domestic military operation to date. The military and FEMA are engaged in Emergency Plans for 36 urban areas from Texas to Florida due to the unstoppable Gulf oil volcano the size of Mt. Everest, as WMR reports, indicating evacuations. Some people are advised to relocate now.

Satellite imagery that Obama's administration withheld shows "under the gaping chasm spewing oil at an ever-alarming rate is a cavern estimated to be around the size of Mount Everest. This information has been given an almost national security-level classification to keep it from the public," writes Wayne Madsen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BP and the Federal government don't care about the horrendous damage this catastrophe has wreaked on the Gulf's people and its shorelines: they only care about how it looks, and how to keep BP as prosperous as possible in the aftermath.

Jun 26 07:44

DAILY MAIL: BLACKWATER, US MILITARY WORKING FOR TALIBAN DRUG LORDS

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been briefed by the Pakistani Military High Command that they are being overwhelmed by highly trained and extremely well armed militants in the border regions and terrorists operating across the country. We have been told by the highest sources that Blackwater/Xe and other US based mercenary groups have been actively attacking police, military and intelligence organizations in Pakistan as part of operations under employment of the Government of India and their allies in Afghanistan, the drug lords, whose followers make up the key components of the Afghan army.

Jun 26 07:43

Taliban switch to long-range fire in fight against UK troops

Royal Marines deployed in Sangin in southern Afghanistan, where British troops have suffered a high rate of casualties in recent weeks, are facing a growing threat from long-range rifle fire as Taliban fighters change their tactics, a senior British officer revealed today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sir, are they allowed to do that????"

Jun 26 07:41

Protest against alleged abusive priest

Sex abuse victims came to Buffalo Friday demanding that the diocese remove a man they call a pedophile priest.

Activists tracked down a Catholic priest to western New York that they suspect has sexually molested children in the past, and demanded action by the Diocese of Buffalo to expose him.

Jun 26 07:40

Priest pleads no contest to sex charge

A Catholic priest arrested for trying to pay for sex pleaded no contest in court on Thursday and agreed to pay a $500 fine.

The Rev. William Ventura, 31, of 115 Middlesex St., Chelmsford, Mass., was one of eight men arrested by Nashua Police in April and charged with soliciting an adult for sex via Craigslist.

Jun 26 07:32

McChrystal Past, Present and Future?

n diplomatic language, we find that the U.S. Ambassador believed as early as November 2009 (and probably much earlier) that Afghanistan had been cooked down by the Bush and Obama regimes into a bubbling fetid pit of American despair. Our Afghanistan recipe exceeds the Vietnam Conflict in terms of time and money, is a cesspool of waste and wasted lives, ours and theirs, and Al Qaeda doesn’t even live there anymore. Karzai is a puppet and a crook, rivaled in corruption only by his drug-dealing brother. As Hastings puts it, "Spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the fifth-poorest country on earth has failed to win over the civilian population, whose attitude toward U.S. troops ranges from intensely wary to openly hostile."

Jun 26 07:30

Report: Israel seizes oxygen machines donated to PA

Israel confiscated seven oxygen machines en route to hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza based on the claim that there was a chance the generators attached to the machines would not be used for medical purposes, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported Saturday.

Jun 26 07:28

Hawaii Residents Face Higher Taxes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WE DON'T HAVE IT! AND MAKING TRAVEL TO HAWAII MORE EXPENSIVE FOR TOURISTS IS GOING TO DRIVE TOURISM FURTHER DOWN THAN THE TSA DID!

Jun 26 07:28

Flotilla Fallout Continues for Israel…and the U.S.

We knew all along that the blockade on civilian goods was designed as a form of collective punishment on Gaza’s civilian population. We knew that it served no legitimate purpose. And we knew that those who protested it as punitive were right.

Netanyahu himself has now admitted it.

The starvation of the Gaza Strip’s 1.5 million residents was a sham, based on now-known fallacies.

Jun 26 07:25

Awash With Fictional ‘Success,’ Deployment Sets Petraeus Up for a Big Fall

It is not lost on many people that the war in Afghanistan is a very different war than the one in Iraq, but the reality is that the Obama Administration has been trying to shoe-horn the Iraq strategy onto Afghanistan since the president took office, escalating the war over and over and watching with endless optimism as the conflict continues to get worse.

But having gone from the failing general in Iraq to a modern day savior of the endless warfare state, the myth of the general’s competence has landed him into the most unenviable position possible, the commander of the Afghan War, which is steadily spiraling out of control.

Jun 26 07:18

Israel Draws Up Plans for Next Gaza Invasion

According to the Jerusalem Post, the Israeli military is drawing up new plans for how it will conduct its next invasion of the tiny, besieged Gaza Strip. The new plans seem designed to minimize the number of civilians put in harms way by the invading troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's what Israel said last time!

Jun 26 07:18

CLOSING GUANTANAMO NO LONGER A PRIORITY

Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantánamo prison, making it unlikely that President Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just one in an unending line of broken campaign promises by President Bushbama.

Jun 26 07:01

American Jews Who Reject Zionism Say Events Aid Cause

One day nearly 20 years ago, Stephen Naman was preparing to help the rabbi of his Reform Jewish temple in South Carolina move the congregation into a new building. Mr. Naman had just one request: Could the rabbi stop placing the flag of Israel on the altar?

“We don’t go to synagogue to pray to a flag,” Mr. Naman, 63, recalled having said in a recent telephone interview.

Jun 26 06:57

Kellogg recalls 28 million boxes of cereal

Only boxes with the letters "KN" following the "better if used before" date are included in the recall. Products with "KM" are not being recalled, nor are any products in Canada.

Jun 26 06:57

The public is dumb and therefore the public pays

If Benjamin Netanyahu believes he can tell Israelis for years that the blockade of the Gaza Strip is a security need, an Israeli interest, and then on one ordinary day he can simply claim the exact, but the exact, opposite - that lifting the blockade is in Israel's interest, a means of weakening Hamas and a recipe for securing the release of Gilad Shalit - then he clearly thinks the public is dumb. (Even if his bureau now contends he had spoken out against the blockade, he of course never did a thing to lift it. )

Jun 26 06:54

ISRAELI SOLDIERS CREATE NEW DANCE ~~ SICKER THAN SICK

Jun 26 06:49

Kenneth O’Keefe Says it All. Must See Video

In the following videos you can watch a BBC presenter going out of her way to justify the Israeli hasbara murderous narrative. She is no doubt the devil's advocate but she fails. Sentence by sentence, Ken O’Keefe manages to teach her and us what kindness and humanity are all about.

Jun 26 06:48

Praying To Gods To Save Us From Our Own Oil Disasters

The Southern right wing GOP politicians want us to pray to a god to save us from our own oil follies. This mess was caused 100% by human greed and rampant stupidity at the very top of the human control pyramid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Alternative theory: God(s) wanted to take away America's ability to make war on Israel's victims.

Jun 26 06:44

BP Gives Unlimited Behind-the-Scenes Access to One Woman, Who Says BP's Response is Fake: Clean-Up Equipment Taken Away as Soon as Officials Leave

* BP is given advanced warning when an official is going to show up to any place where there is oil. All assets are deployed. As soon as the official leaves, 75-80% of the assets are removed. BP calls it a "pony and balloons" show.

* "We are expendable to these people. We do not matter."

* They're not cleaning it up, they're covering it up.

* BP is making it impossible for clean-up workers to wear respirators.

* She saw hundreds of thousands of fish dying, so disoriented by the oil that they crashed into her boat.

* There is a media blackout.

* If the country does not stand up and say "no more", this will go global. All of the world's oceans are connected. If not stopped, it will destroy one-third of the world's water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jun 26 06:42

VIDEO FROM G20 PEACEFUL PROTEST

Jun 26 06:40

VIDEO FROM THE G20 PROTEST - LOOKS PEACEFUL TO ME!

Jun 26 06:39

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom, Part 1
by Andrew Gavin Marshall at Globalresearch.ca.

There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:

For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination.[1]

Jun 26 06:38

BP buys Google, Yahoo search words:Is it to keep people from real news on Gulf oil spill disaster?

Jun 26 06:38

BP accused of killing endangered sea turtles in cleanup operation

Endangered sea turtles and other marine creatures are being corralled into 500 square-mile "burn fields" and burnt alive in operations intended to contain oil from BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration confirmed today.

The killing of the turtles – which once teetered on the brink of extinction – has outraged environmentalists and could put BP into even deeper legal jeopardy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BP and the US Government are already trying to claim that the shrimp boats killed those turtles.

Jun 26 06:37

Romanian court: Some budget cuts unconstitutional

A top Romanian court ruled Friday that some of the austerity measures proposed by the government were unconstitutional — a move that will likely delay a crucial multibillion loan from the International Monetary Fund.

Jun 26 06:36

Vatican astonished at Belgian police raid

The Vatican said Friday it was astonished and outraged that Belgian police investigating priestly sex abuse had conducted raids that also targeted the graves of two archbishops.

The Vatican summoned the Belgian ambassador to the Holy See to convey its anger over the raids, which also included the home and offices of the retired archbishop of Belgium. The ambassador was called in for a meeting with the Vatican's foreign minister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now if Pope Benny the Rat had shown that kind of anger towards the priests who are diddling the little kiddies, maybe the church would not be in such a mess. No9te how Benny is clearly not afraid of God or the Devil, but he is afraid of the cops! Maybe because Benny knows the cops are real!

Jun 26 06:34

Ariz. gov: Most illegal immigrants smuggling drugs

Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday that most illegal immigrants entering Arizona are being used to transport drugs across the border, an assertion that critics painted as exaggerated and racist.

Brewer said the motivation of "a lot" of the illegal immigrants is to enter the United States to look for work, but that drug rings press them into duty as drug "mules."

"I believe today, under the circumstances that we're facing, that the majority of the illegal trespassers that are coming into the state of Arizona are under the direction and control of organized drug cartels and they are bringing drugs in," Brewer said.

Jun 26 06:22

The Big Picture, Part II: Following the Worst Crisis Since the Great Depression

There were three memorable currency crises in the 1990s, all of which included a fixed exchange rate system that was under attack. But regardless of the type of currency policy (fixed or free-floating or a monetary union), a currency crisis is broadly defined as a loss of confidence in a country’s currency. Something we’ve seen very clearly in recent months with the euro.

Jun 26 06:18

The Crumbling of America

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the trailer for the show I mentioned earlier in the week. The US Government has failed its primary constitutional duty which is to take care of the United States.

Jun 26 05:27

Israelis, Turkish Jews, and Kurdish Jews Behind Insurgency in Turkey

Operation Cage: a case study in Israeli false flag tactics
By Wayne Madsen — Online Journal Contributing Writer

WMR) – Top Turkish government and intelligence sources told WMR in Ankara and Istanbul that Turkish intelligence has obtained evidence that Israeli intelligence is squarely behind repeated Ergenekon “deep state” plots aimed at overthrowing the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including Operations Sledgehammer and Cage.

Jun 26 05:21

Israeli MOSSAD accused of attempting to assassinate Erdogan

The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has failed in an attempt to assassinate Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Jordanian weekly says.

Informed sources in Turkey say that the Mossad plot has been foiled by the country’s security forces, al-Manar quoted a report in the most recent edition of the Al-Majd weekly as saying.

There are also reports that Israel has been trying to incite violence inside Turkey by lending support to the militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Earlier in June, Sedat Laciner, the head of the International Strategic Research Organization — a Turkish think tank — said Mossad agents and Israeli military retirees had been sighted providing training to PKK militants in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Jun 26 05:14

62 years on, the battle for Palestinian civil rights in Lebanon is joined

Druze leader Walid Jumblatt opens the Parliamentary debate

Franklin Lamb,
LLM,PhD Director, Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace, Wash.DC-BeirutBoard Member, The Sabra Shatila Foundation and the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign,
Shatila Camp, Beirut

Months before his mysterious death on 11 November 2004, PLO founder and Chairman, Yassir Arafat arranged a secret telephone conference call with his shrinking cache of political allies, who remained in Lebanon following the 1982 catastrophes and the 1985-88 “camp wars”.

Jun 26 04:00

"We mean nothing to BP or the government"

This Venice LA local has been granted full security clearance... has seen the disaster from every possible angle and is NOT impressed.

Hear the horrors of the front lines and behind scenes workings of the BP Gulf Oil Spill Catastrophe.

Jun 26 03:02

Think Like a King: VIDEO: Oil Dispersants and Thoughts of Liberty

As you read this please first imagine that you are the Queen. Oh, if you are a guy like me, you'll have to imagine that you are a King.

Jun 26 01:56

USF scientists find long line of oil 6 inches under the sand at Pensacola Beach

PENSACOLA BEACH — The sugar-sand beach here appeared cleaner Thursday, after workers picked up tar balls overnight with shovels and nets. By noon they had collected 44,955 pounds of tar balls and oil material, according to the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center.

But a University of South Florida geologist made a grim discovery Thursday morning, 24 hours after the worst oil onslaught in Florida so far.

Ping Wang, 43, who has studied beaches for 20 years, dug a narrow trench perpendicular to the shoreline, about a foot deep and 5 feet long. A dark, contiguous vein of oil ran horizontally along the walls of the trench, about 6 inches beneath the surface of the sand.

Jun 26 01:42

THE COMING JEWISH LOCK-DOWN OF THE INTERNET

A JEWISH-LED SENATE COMMITTEE approved legislation that would “fundamentally reshape” the way the government ‘protects’ public AND private sector cyber networks.

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led by Chairman Joe Lieberman, a freedom-hating, Talmudic Jew, is the sponsor of this bill which would create a Cyberspace Policy Office within the White House.

The bill, Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, maliciously crafted by Lieberman, would also create a new center within Homeland Security, (Talmudic Jew Lieberman at the head), which would implement cyber-security policies.

This new agency within the Department of Homeland Security will be named, The National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC).

June 25, 2010

Jun 25 22:43

NH woman on oxygen dies after power cut to home

But taxes they paid their whole lives went to ISRAEL!

Jun 25 22:22

Australia joins 10 nations in war games

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, they are very noisy!

Jun 25 22:05

David Ray Griffin: Afghanistan War not even close to legal; 9/11 “justifications” all lies. 1 of 2

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Dr. David Ray Griffin walks readers through the “emperor has no clothes” obvious facts that US war in Afghanistan is illegal. In addition, Dr. Griffin explains, documents, and proves that all 9/11-related “reasons” are also all lies. The first part of Dr. Griffin’s lecture on this topic concludes the article. Additional parts are here on Dr. Griffin's website.

My explanation, documentation, and proof that current US wars are as close to lawful as a baseball pitch ten feet over everyone’s head is close to a strike is in this academic paper:

Open proposal to higher education

My citizen appeal with comprehensive aspects of unlawful wars and unconstitutional policies:

Government by dicts

Jun 25 21:27

New York Times Puff Piece: How Much Has Spilled, and How Far? Seeking Answers as Questions Mount

It took 13 reporters to contribute to a watered down version of the Gulf Disaster. Given that they use the word "spill" and defend the use of dispersants, you know this is Operation Mockingbird keeping the population dumbed down. Quite frankly, it's an embarrassment given the information available on the internet. Hopefully, it will add to their decline in credibility.

Jun 25 21:14

VIDEO: Worker Quits, Says BP Cleanup Just Cosmetic

Video at link. Interview. Footage shows oil, buried overnight, that workers are instructed not to clean up.

Jun 25 20:45

US overhaul could push some trading overseas

Will the U.S. financial overhaul push big firms to transfer business to Europe? Some say no: Europe is also working on efforts to tighten up on risk-taking, though Asia and non-EU member Switzerland still remain more loosely regulated.

Now that the bill aimed at cracking down on the abuses that caused the 2008 financial crisis has been agreed on by U.S. House and Senate negotiators, analysts are scrambling to calculate whether the new changes for regulatory regimes will disfavour lucrative activities and create an incentive to move trading desks.

Banking institutions have come to the conclusion that "it is only prudent management to shift some of what you are doing outside the United States," Bove said.

Jun 25 19:18

Condoms With Teeth Fight Rape In South Africa

Over 30,000 Rape-Axe condoms are being handed out free at South Africa's World Cup. While they won't stop rape, the condoms (worn by women) have jagged-teeth inside to tear penises up, and can only be removed by doctors.

Jun 25 17:22

Devouring al-Quds (Jerusalem) in Broad Daylight

The recent decision by the Israeli government to banish four Palestinian lawmakers from Jerusalem to areas in the West Bank run by the Palestinian Authority (PA) is another repugnant expression of the Israeli policy of ethnic cleansing in the city, holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews.

Jun 25 16:57

Blockade “eased” as Gaza starves more slowly

Jonathan Cook explains why Israel’s recent “easing” of the siege of Gaza – hailed by Israeli agent of influence and former British Prime Minister Anthony Blair as a sensible path to peace – is a ruse that will change virtually nothing for the ordinary people of Gaza.

Jun 25 16:55

Cultural roots of Zionist domination of Britain and the United States

Gilad Atzmon views the historical and cultural roots of Zionist domination of Western politics, especially in Britain and the United States, tracing the Israel stooges’ tools of choice – political donations, think tanks and media control – to the tales of the Book of Esther and Purim.

”If our media outlets want us to believe in their “impartiality”, they had better identify the enemy within. How many Iraqis will need to die before the penny drops? How many peace activist should die on the high seas before we all say NO MORE? How many British workers will need to lose their jobs, homes and hopes before we can allow ourselves to say NO to Zionist wars and to their advocates in our midst?”

Jun 25 15:28

US warns NKorea not to 'aggravate tensions'

The United States warned North Korea Friday to refrain from "actions that aggravate tensions," amid concerns that Pyongyang may be preparing for a new round of missile tests.

A State Department spokesman said Washington was aware of a North Korean notification that it was declaring a 9-day "no sail" zone off its western coast, which in the past has signalled the onset of missile tests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported today in:

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19909

"China was seriously concerned over reports that a U.S. aircraft carrier might join a military exercise with the Republic of Korea (ROK), Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Tuesday."

The United States and the ROK reportedly decided to hold a military drill and the U.S. side was considering sending an aircraft carrier to join the exercise in the Yellow Sea off the ROK's western coast, according to media reports."

Forgive me here, but it appears that the US is out to 'aggravate tensions' here.

The ban is set to expire this Sunday, 27 June, but a US/ROK joint military exercise so shortly on the heels of this ban is not going to to anything toward calming tensions here.

Jun 25 15:13

Russia plans second military base in Kyrgyzstan

The Kremlin tried and failed to win approval for the base in the south of the country last year but saw its chances evaporate when the man it was close to making a deal with, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was deposed in a coup earlier this year.

However, as the interim government that succeeded him struggles to maintain order after an outbreak of ethnic violence in the south of the country that left more than 200 people dead, the Kremlin has quietly revived the controversial plan.

The base, to be located in either Osh or Jalalabad, would extend Russia's geopolitical influence deep into Central Asia and bolster its position with both China and the United States.

Jun 25 15:11

Ben Bernanke needs fresh monetary blitz as US recovery falters

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is waging an epochal battle behind the scenes for control of US monetary policy, struggling to overcome resistance from regional Fed hawks for further possible stimulus to prevent a deflationary spiral.

Key members of the five-man Board are quietly mulling a fresh burst of asset purchases, if necessary by pushing the Fed's balance sheet from $2.4 trillion (£1.6 trillion) to uncharted levels of $5 trillion. But they are certain to face intense scepticism from regional hardliners. The dispute has echoes of the early 1930s when the Chicago Fed stymied

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Giving Bernanke and the Fed the power over US monetary policy is much like giving a pyromaniac a big box of matches, and telling them to have a good time.

Jun 25 14:55

CRAZY Editor calls for "Stormin " Norman Schwarzkopf to Lead BP oil Cleanup

Call in the General

If Obama wants to turn things around – for the gulf and himself -- what he should do is put in charge someone who is unquestionably a capable, forceful and effective leader.

Someone like, say ... retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf.

Think about it.

Anyone old enough will well remember Stormin' Norman's riveting briefings during the first Gulf War. He made the war make sense, and you took comfort knowing that he was doing everything in his power to win it. And that he knew what he was doing.

Schwarzkopf became a celebrity as a result of those war briefings. The National Enquirer called him "America's sexiest man" and there was talk after the war of recruiting him for a presidential run.

Jun 25 14:41

Who Owns the World?

No one owns the world, yet we all do, along with other non-speaking species. This is a reality which has very real consequences. Each one of us has the potential to impact the lives of everyone else in this world for better or worse. After all, it is up to individuals to make all the final decisions and act upon them whether towards enhancing the quality of our lives or destructing it altogether. It takes individual human beings to make decisions, even though it may take some machines to act upon them. It takes one pilot to press the button and one man to fly an airplane into a skyscraper; even the unmanned military aircraft do have some men remotely controlling them. But it is not as simple as that.

Jun 25 14:34

Police State:TORONTO 2010 "LOVE POLICE"

G20 Toronto -- Charlie Veitch Arrested and Luke Rudkowski Denied Entry into Canada Part 1 of 2

Jun 25 14:15

Campaigners plan new Gaza flotilla in July

Currently thousands of products -- some as banal as toilet paper and ginger -- are listed by Israel as constituting a “security” risk and prevented from reaching Gaza.

Jun 25 14:13

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY… AND THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES

Jun 25 14:11

Iran urges Islamic states' aid to Gaza

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The story claiming that Iran canceled the ships appears to have been a hoax!

Jun 25 13:46

ShoreBank bailout probe kicked out of Wall Street reform bill

ShoreBank Corp. won a reprieve from a potentially crippling federal investigation of alleged Obama administration pressure on some of the nation’s biggest banks to invest in the ailing South Side financial institution.

Before finishing the massive Wall Street reform bill early this morning, Senate negotiators killed a provision that would have required the inspector general of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to examine all bank bailout deals since January 2009 for political pressure by the executive branch.

Jun 25 13:45

Deadly Israeli air raid on Gaza

Officials in Gaza have retrieved the bodies of two Palestinians killed in Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip, the Associated Press news agency has reported.

Jun 25 13:14

Obama Strategy for G-20 in Ottawa: Push Euro Down, Drive Renminbi Up, Attack Germany, and Keep Toxic Derivatives in Charge of the World Economy


With Obama’s letter to the G-20 countries released at the end of last week, the US strategy for the upcoming Ottawa summit is clear: Obama will attempt to sabotage the meeting with a two-pronged attack designed to knock China and Germany off balance, and to prevent any urgent measures from being discussed which might roll back the exorbitant proliferation of derivatives, impose a Tobin tax on speculators, or regulate and restrain the hedge fund hyenas whose activities are ravaging the globe.

Jun 25 13:05

The Arab Flotilla To Gaza, Now Scheduled For Wednesday, June 30

Yasser Kashlak, a Syrian of Palestinian decent, businessman, and chairman of Lebanese Institute of International Studies heads the international group Free Palestine Movement that is organizing the trip. American delegation to join international humanitarian effort to break the siege of Gaza

Twenty-two American citizens will be among the more than two hundred persons who will be sailing aboard the Arab flotilla to Gaza, now scheduled for Wednesday, June 30. The flotilla of Arab ships are hoping to break the blockade on Gaza, despite the harsh Israeli reaction to an earlier flotilla from Turkey and other Mediterranean states killing nine peace activists, causing an international incident.

Jun 25 12:49

Can You Pass The Hamas Quiz?

The degree of mainstream media repression, obfuscation and nonsense concerning Hamas is endemic in the US and Canada . In my local newspaper, The Montreal Gazette, one searches in vain for meaningful coverage of the respected Goldstone Report yet reference to Barak's mythical “Generous Offer” persists and ahistorical reporting on Hamas rockets dominates.

While one cannot entirely absolve Palestinians for their dire situation, three categorical truths should always be borne in mind to ensure that there is no confusion between victim and victimizer

Jun 25 11:31

ECRI Leading Economic Index Plunges At -6.9% Rate, Back To December 2007 Levels When Recession Officially Started

The ECRI is now at December 2007 levels, the time when the last recession officially started.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Depression is returning in full force. The Stimulus created a brief "eye in the storm " effect. Absent massive government borrowing, the GDP would be contracting at rate of -15%. When the US goes into default, interest rates will go through the roof and a depression of incalculable force will destroy America. A revolution will commence.

Jun 25 11:22

States of Crisis for 46 Governments Facing Greek-Style Deficits

Californians don’t see much evidence that the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression is coming to an end.

Jun 25 11:12

Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?

This question has thus far been considered off-limits, not to be raised in polite company, and certainly not in the mainstream media. It has been permissible, to be sure, to ask whether the war during the past several years has been justified by those attacks so many years ago. But one has not been allowed to ask whether the original invasion was justified by the 9/11 attacks.

Jun 25 11:09

Is Israel right to complain that Hamas has denied Red Cross visits to Gilad Shalit?

The latest Israeli hasbara tactic to combat growing international opposition to Israel's criminal blockade of the occupied Gaza Strip is to complain that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been prevented from visiting the Israeli soldier captured by the Palestinian resistance organization Hamas in 2006 while he was enforcing the military occupation and siege of the Gaza Strip.

Jun 25 11:07

Apple's Al Gore Problem

Now Apple is in the situation of having on its Board of Directors, Al Gore, who has been accused of sexual assault. Not only has he been accused of the assault, but the accuser alleges that Gore asked her to enter the bedroom of his hotel room to listen to a song on an iPod, while he bragged about his affiliation with Apple.

Jun 25 11:02

FLASHBACK - The Gaza Bombshell

After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, the author reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.

Jun 25 10:58

Italians strike over Berlusconi's austerity budget

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Italian cities on Friday during a general strike by Italy's largest union to protest at cuts by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Italians!

Jun 25 10:57

Fake calls to "ease" the Gaza siege

Ever since Israel's murderous attack on the Freedom Flotilla on 31 May, there have been increasing calls from many parties on Israel to end its siege of Gaza. This is strange as well as deceitful, for the siege is not Israel's alone.

Many of those who now talk about ending the blockade have strongly supported it all along and continue to support it. Their empty calls are primarily intended to absolve themselves of blame for the harm the cruel, illegal and unjustifiable siege has caused to the Palestinian population in Gaza Strip.

Jun 25 10:56

Occupied Palestine: Good News and Bad

Jun 25 10:38

Israel holds over 370 Palestinian children captive

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's paid shills are screaming about the release of Gilad Shalit, but the reality is that he is just one prisoner of war while Israel continues to hold hundreds of Palestinians in prison, many of them children.

Jun 25 10:29

Truly detached from war

Right now, in what still remains largely a post-Cold War arms race of one, the US is racing to produce ever-more advanced drones to fight our wars, with few competitors in sight. In the process, we're also obliterating classic ideas of national sovereignty, and of who can be killed by whom under what circumstances. In the process, we may not just be obliterating enemies, but creating them wherever our drones buzz overhead and our missiles strike.

Jun 25 10:22

Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

President Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the floor.

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which is being pushed hard by Senator Joe Lieberman, would hand absolute power to the federal government to close down networks, and block incoming Internet traffic from certain countries under a declared national emergency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "Silicon Curtain" is being pulled across America

Jun 25 10:20

World must deny legitimacy to Israel

The world worked together to help bring apartheid to an end, writes Kader Asmal. So why allow it to live on in Israel/Palestine?

Jun 25 10:16

The United States of Nigeria

The proud country of America has been turned into the United States of Nigeria.

While there are no paramilitary death squads in America (although such squads are used by the U.S. government against American citizens abroad - and see this), there are many other similarities.

BP is destroying the Gulf, because the government has supported BP without regulating it in any meaningful way.

Jun 25 10:15

To neutralize

Unlike in the case of their Jewish counterparts, when it comes to offending Arab drivers, the Israeli Border Police would rather kill than arrest.

Jun 25 10:12

Women prepare for Gaza sail: We won't fight Israel

One of hundreds of female volunteers planning to sail to Hamas-ruled territory with diapers, milk, medical supplies and clothes says, 'Our only weapons are faith in the Virgin Mary and in humanity'

"Be sure we will never give Israel such a gift as to fight them or to have Hezbollah with us or to have any political party with us,' the spokeswoman for the organizers of an aid flotilla from Lebanon to Gaza told The Times in an interview published Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, we may well expect this unarmed humanitarian flotilla to Gaza to be sunk by the Israeli Navy, as the "justification" to go to war with Lebanon again.

And why?

As reported today at:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3910587,00.html

"Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Friday that his country plans to approve an oil law, which would maintain Lebanon's gas rights in the Mediterranean. He was speaking in response to remarks made by Israel's National Infrastructure Minister, who threatened to use force to defend the offshore gas reserves."

"According to Berri, the gas reserves found in drillings off Israel's coast are located within Lebanon's territorial waters as well."

"Israel is ignoring the fact that, according to the maps, this field is included within Lebanon's territorial waters," he said.

So Israel is not only after Lebanon's Litani River, because it's desperate for the water; it is also after Lebanon's offshore gas reserves.

Jun 25 10:11

Losing It at the Airport Checkpoint

If you are planning to fly over the 4th of July holiday, be aware of your rights at airport security checkpoints.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has mandated that passengers can opt out of going through a whole body scanning machine in favor of a physical pat down. Unfortunately, opting for the pat down requires passengers to be assertive since TSA screeners do not tell travelers about their right to refuse a scan. Harried passengers must spot the TSA signs posted at hectic security checkpoints to inform themselves of their rights before they move to a body scanning security line.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nobody looks at my wife naked except me. Anybody looking at my wife naked gets a trip to the hospital. Or the morgue if they want to really be assholes about it.

Jun 25 09:45

How many Americans are targeted for assassination?

Nobody -- or at least not me -- disputes the right of the U.S. or any other country to kill someone on an actual battlefield during war without due process. That's just obvious, but that's not remotely what Brennan is talking about, and it's not remotely what this assassination program is about. Indeed, Brennan explicitly identified two indistinguishable groups of American citizens who "will face the full brunt of a U.S. response": (1) those "on the battlefield in Afghanistan or Iraq"; and (2) those "in a Yemen or in a Pakistan or in Somalia or another place." In other words, the entire world is a "battlefield" -- countries where there is a war and countries where there isn't -- and the President's "battlefield" powers, which are unlimited, extend everywhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Extrajudicial assassination has apparently been institutionalized by the US government, even against its own citizens.

The employment of extrajudicial assassination as a US domestic policy means that the whole notion of "due process" in this country has just been thrown under the proverbial bus.

Jun 25 09:39

Kyrgyzstan: Picking Up the Pieces

Kyrgyzstan joined the rank of failed states this month: its central government lacks legitimacy and depends heavily on external aid, with the US base looming large, while the people are largely destitute, harassed by local thugs and drug barons, and looking to Moscow for a way out.

The issues at stake are the referendum next Sunday to legitimise the interim government, and the drug trade, which Bakiyev’s clan still controls and is loathe to give up. Heroin comes from Afghanistan via Tajikistan and is repackaged in Osh before being transported west to Uzbekistan and north to Kazakhstan and Russia, according to the UN. The killing two weeks ago of Aibek Mirsidikov, one of the drug kingpins in the area, threatened the Bakiyev clan’s control. The rest is history.

Jun 25 09:33

Gas War: Israel Threatens to Use Force; Lebanon to Respond

A new kind of war seems to loom in the horizon: the gas war.

While the war of freedom flotillas remains at the top of the headlines as the Israeli enemy is seeking to prevent Lebanese flotillas seeking to break the inhumane siege of Gaza of setting sail, the gas war seems to be, without doubt, the "upcoming war" in the region.

Jun 25 09:29

U.S. State Department pays Blackwater company thugs millions in Afghanistan while Afghan teachers starve

This contract is disappointing news for people who hoped that the U.S. administration and Pentagon were serious about supporting Afghan society’s great needs beyond wildly expensive military actions. Billions flow to American war profiteers—both over-paid State employees and civilian contractors— and a woefully inadequate amount goes for Afghan healthcare, utilities, education, transportation, and judicial system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO invasion and occupation has never been about bettering the lives of Afghan citizens; it has always been about the potential for private profit from drugs, oil, and minerals.

Jun 25 09:06

Former Oil Worker Says Cleanup Just For Show

Former oil clean-up worker Candi Warren says she signed up to make a difference, but soon found out the work of cleaning the beaches was all cosmetic. That's what she was told, she says.

Warren says she knew that when crews worked during the day, the tide and surf buried oil overnight. But they were forbidden to dig it up. She quit in disgust three weeks ago despite the $18 per hour pay.

She said she was told to only clean the surface of the sand, that this is all cosmetic. She was on a crew at Gulf State Park where tourists go. She says it has priority so as to make it look like the beaches are clean.

Jun 25 08:58

Is Petraeus McChrystal’s Replacement or Obama’s

Don’t get me wrong. McChrystal is a militarist, and I am pleased to see him gone.

However, McChrystal didn’t restart America’s aggression against Afghanistan. The Obama moron did.

People elected Obama, because they were tired of Bush’s wars based on lies. So Obama gave us a new war in Pakistan and reignited the Afghan war. No one knows what these wars are about or why the bankrupt US government is wasting vast sums of money, which it has to borrow from foreigners, in order to murder the citizenry in two countries that have never done anything to us.

Jun 25 08:58

Rahm Emanuel’s BP Connection

Imagine if Bush were president right now, and it was revealed that his chief of staff had lived rent-free in the home of one of BP’s consultants. Yeah, that might be something the MSM would report on. Andrew Malcom on the Rahm Emanuel’s BP bennies:

Jun 25 08:56

Blockade ‘eased’ as Gaza starves more slowly

This “adjustment”, as the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu termed it, is aimed solely at damage limitation. With Israel responsible for killing nine civilians aboard a Gaza-bound aid flotilla three weeks ago, the world has finally begun to wonder what purpose the siege serves. Did those nine really need to die to stop coriander, chocolate and children’s toys from reaching Gaza? And, as Israel awaits other flotillas, will more need to be executed to enforce the policy?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The flotillas must continue to Gaza until the siege is broken, period, end of discussion.

Jun 25 08:53

Tehran declares State of Alert on its Western Border: Iran-US-Israel Drama goes into Act II

Iran has declared a state of alert on June 22, on its northwestern borders alleging that US and Israeli forces have concentrated in Azerbaijan ready to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iranian sources claim that Israel has secretly transferred a large number of bomber jets to bases in Azerbaijan, via Georgia, and that American Special Forces are also concentrated in Azerbaijan in preparation for a strike.

US sources indicated that senior Al Qaeda operatives such as Saif al-Adel, living in Iran had been allowed to leave the country through Syria to orchestrate terrorist attacks on American targets. These reports seem aimed at further tarnishing the Iranian regime and portraying it as a supporter of international terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder about this alleged "state of Alert" the Iranian government has put into place.

There is absolutely no mention of it in the semi-official Iranian FARS website in English, nor is it mentioned in any of the Azerbaijan English web outlets I could find.

But one thing is certain: the drumbeats for this war are beating more loudly and viciously and quickly than they have been at any time in the last year.

The Obama administration currently finds itself in mess after mess after mess, with both their domestic and foreign policies, and desperately needs a truly dramatic distraction away from the messes they have created, and been unable to fix.

The Israeli government has been very impatient about getting this war started, and from their perspective, the sooner, the better.

When Netanyahu arrives in Washington on 6 July, I would almost be willing to bet that the final details of such a strike on Iran will be finalized.

Jun 25 08:40

A Libertarian in the Big City; Dave Barry visits Manhattan.

"Here the world-famous New York Times, with so many other things to worry about, has gone to all this trouble to try to find out whether Miami can save itself. Wouldn't they be thrilled if we did the same thing for them?" And so it was that we decided to send a crack investigative team consisting of me and Chuck, who is a trained photographer, up there for a couple of days to see what the situation was. We took along comfortable walking shoes and plenty of major credit cards, in case it turned out that we needed to rent a helicopter, which it turned out we did. Here is our report:

Jun 25 08:39

Whirlpool producing last refrigerators in Evansville, Ind., as production shifts to Mexico

The Whirlpool Corp. plant in Evansville that has been the site of protests over its closure is producing its final refrigerators.

Jun 25 08:38

Netanyahu Plays the Vuvuzela

Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal has systematically exposed this and other lies promulgated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) following the raid. After being questioned by Blumenthal and colleague, the Israeli Army admitted there was “no evidence” that al-Qaeda members were on board or had any links to the convey. As a result, the IDF retracted the claim and changed their press release. Those “al-Qaeda mercenaries” suddenly became persons “without identification papers.”

The activists were also portrayed as “anti-Semites” after an audio clip released allegedly had them telling an intercepting Israeli vessel to “go back to Auschwitz.”

As you might have guessed, the IDF doctored the recording. They were forced to issue a “clarification” once the sham was uncovered.

Jun 25 08:34

US-South Korea Military Drills: China seriously concerned over U.S. aircraft carrier reports: FM spokesman

The United States and the ROK reportedly decided to hold a military drill and the U.S. side was considering sending an aircraft carrier to join the exercise in the Yellow Sea off the ROK's western coast, according to media reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported today at:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-24/north-korea-declares-no-sail-zone-off-western-coast-joongang-ilbo-says.html

"North Korea declared a sailing ban in an area off its western coast, prompting South Korea to be on watch for possible military moves by the communist nation, a South Korean military official said.

South Korea hasn’t detected any abnormal military activities in North Korea and is closely monitoring the area, said an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul, without giving further details. He declined to be named when reached by telephone today, citing regulations."

The ban is set to expire this Sunday, 27 June, but a US/ROK joint military exercise so shortly on the heels of this ban is not going to to anything toward calming tensions here.

Jun 25 08:34

Parents of young NJ man accused of trying to join terrorists argue he was steered by FBI

The parents of a New Jersey man accused of trying to join a terrorist group say they believe the FBI fueled the behavior that led to his arrest.

Mahmood and Nadia Alessa told The Record newspaper their 20-year-old son, Mohamed, had been monitored by the FBI since age 16 and was encouraged by an undercover agent to act like a terrorist.

Jun 25 08:32

IN MEMORIAM; JULY 4th, 1776

July 4th should be a day of celebration… a day of joy. Today, it is merely another day on the calendar. The United States is no longer the proud independent country it was meant to be. Even worse, it has become the country that has been instrumental in the denial of independence to other nations, just to name a few….
Palestine
Afghanistan
Iraq
There are more….. many more.

Jun 25 08:31

BP OIL SPILL ~~ ONLY ONE PERSON WILLING TO TALK ABOUT IT

It’s been made clear to them that their
only hope of economic salvation – now
that the fishery that provides 30% of
the US seafood has been destroyed -
is clean up work.

And that work is controlled by BP.

“Talk and your lifeline is cut.”

Jun 25 08:30

ISRAELI SUPPORT FOR BOYCOTT IS GROWING

Boycott from Within is a group of Israeli citizens that supports the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). The AIC sat down with Israeli activist Ofer Neiman to discuss the Boycott from Within movement, its goals and what impact he thinks it will have on ending the Israeli occupation.

Jun 25 08:30

A POEM FOR THE FUTURE FLOTILLAS TO GAZA

We are coming Israel, boat by boat, ship by ship, country by country, human being by human being and we will not stop!

We will come by land and by sea.

Jun 25 08:28

Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster U.S.A 2010

Jun 25 08:27

Militarism and Democracy: the Implications of the McChrystal Affair

What such commentaries begin to reveal is the emergence in the United States of a distinct military caste, virulently hostile to democracy, civilian control and any form of popular opposition to American imperialism.

The firing of McChrystal and his replacement by Petraeus represents, not a blow against this trend, but the means by which Obama and the Democratic Party adapt themselves to the demands of the military brass. McChrystal’s only crime—his “error in judgment”, in Obama’s parlance—was to express in too blunt and unguarded a fashion the sentiments of broad sections of the US officer corps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent, when you look at Pentagon budget requests, that the US is being prepared for wars without end for the foreseeable future.

Jun 25 08:22

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

Brzezinski explains that this foreign policy, which has inflamed anti-Americanism around the world, specifically in the Muslim world, which was the principle target population of ‘terrorist’ rhetoric, has in fact further inflamed the ‘global political awakening’. Brzezinski writes that:

[T]he central challenge of our time is posed not by global terrorism, but rather by the intensifying turbulence caused by the phenomenon of global political awakening. That awakening is socially massive and politically radicalizing.[6]

Jun 25 08:22

Ahmadinejad heralds age of light

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed optimism about the future of the world, saying the arrogant powers' dominance over other nations is fading away.

"A long and black chapter in the history of humanity is coming to a close and an age of enlightenment is about to start," ILNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying on Friday.

"The arrogant powers have stood against the divine force throughout history and today the arrogant regime in the United States is the biggest obstacle against the cause of the prophets," he added.

Jun 25 08:20

Geographically challenged County Supervisor

Democrat County Supervisor Peggy West of Milwaukee is proud to be the "first Latino/Hispanic American to be elected to the Milwaukee County Board". During the debate on a measure boycotting the state of Arizona she asserts an uneasy knowledge of US geography.

Jun 25 08:19

Knoxville-based amputee group questions TSA

The Knoxville-based Amputee Coalition of America says amputees are being mistreated at airport security checkpoints across the nation.

One example, they say, is Peggy Chenoweth, of Gainesville, Virginia, who lost her left leg below the knee in 2003 after an accident.

"I always make sure that I wear shorts so then it's visible. They took me to the little Plexiglas waiting area which I'm very accustomed to. My son came through security, came over and sat right next to me and took my hand. He was immediately yelled at," Chenoweth said. "He started to cry. I wasn't allowed to comfort him. I wasn't allowed to give him a hug because I hadn't been cleared."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

TSA is not about increasing security at our airports; it's about having American citizens who fly absolutely cowed and compliant with complete governmental authority over their lives.

Jun 25 08:14

BBC HARDTALK with Kenneth O’Keefe on the Israeli Attack on FLOTILLA to Gaza [VIDEO]

An articulate and angry Kenneth O’Keefe, in a pretty intense interview, with BBC. He was on the MV Mavi Marmara ship carrying aid to Gaza, when Israeli commandos raided the ship, killing nine peace activists onboard and wounding several. Kenneth claims he helped disarm the Israeli commandos. He starts of at the very outset by stating, “Palestinians are killed everyday by Israelis and we never hear about it in the Media.” A classic BBC HARDTALK, every bit worth watching.

PLEASE click here to WATCH :

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/video-bbc-hardtalk-with-kenneth-o%e2%...

Jun 25 08:13

“Don’t Taze My Granny!”

Lonnie Tinsley of El Reno, Oklahoma made a nearly fatal mistake last December 22 when he went to check on his grandma, Lona Vernon.

Concerned that Lona hadn’t taken her medications, Lonnie called 911 in the expectation that an emergency medical technician would be dispatched to the apartment to evaluate the bedridden 86-year-old woman.

Instead, that call for help was answered by nearly a dozen armed tax-feeders employed by the El Reno Police Department.

Jun 25 08:12

War bill could clear next week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday said she would try to pass the Afghanistan war spending bill before the July recess, a piece of legislation that may be split into two to ease passage.

“The president is the commander in chief, and we all stand by him in the decision that he made in terms of who would be in command in Afghanistan,” she said. “So we’ve trusted him before, we trust him now; its just a question of where people stand on our involvement in Afghanistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The warmongers in Congress will undoubtedly pass this funding bill.

Demonstrating himself to be the antithesis of the "change" upon which he campaigned so adroitly, President Obama has absolutely become the US's Warmonger-in-Chief.

Thinking Americans understand that this alleged "war on terror" is, at the end of the day, a war on people cursed to live over resources, or access to those resources, that the US government deems as theirs.

Jun 25 08:08

William Cook : The Golden Rings of Betrayal

The Golden Rings of Betrayal

Jun 25 08:08

Moonbat + Amazongate = Prize Pillock

There’s only one thing more satisfying than being right. That’s when a shrill buffoon you utterly despise dedicates an entire column in a newspaper you loathe to accusing you of being wrong, working himself up into an almost masturbatory lather of slobbering indignation, macheting himself to ever greater heights of ecstatic fervour like some Shi’ite penitent during Ashura, giggling at his jokes, crowing at his own cleverness, earning all sorts of smarmy plaudits from his coterie of sorry eco-fascist brown-nosers – and it turns out, after all that, you’re still entirely right and the buffoon – let’s call him Moonbat – has emerged looking an even bigger prat than ever.

Jun 25 08:05

Israelis Keep the Trigger Tight

While it is just another statistic for the Israelis, another Palestinian family has been torn apart. U.S. citizens, 17-year-old Hannah, 15-year-old Mirage and seven-year-old Yasmin are now fatherless. Former Texan Moira, nee Reynolds, who left the U.S. 17 years ago to start a new life with her husband in Jerusalem, has lost her soul mate.

Two weeks ago 41-year-old Ziad Julani from East Jerusalem was shot a number of times at close range in the head and abdomen by Israeli special forces as he lay wounded on his stomach on the ground. An ambulance took the critically injured man to hospital but he died shortly afterwards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to "normal" for Palestinians!

Jun 25 08:02

Korean War Turns 60

The war could have ended earlier this year, in fact, as North Korea openly offered a formal peace treaty ending the war. The US State Department angrily rejected the offer, saying it would never allow normal relations with North Korea unless they abandon all nuclear technology and make dramatic changes on human rights. And so the war continues, three fifths of a century later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the US has given North Korea and the world a brilliant object lesson as to what happens to any country which absolutely does not have a nuclear deterrent with the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Jun 25 07:56

Likud committee votes in favor of resuming settlement construction

Netanyahu did not participate in the Likud Central Committee meeting, where right-leaning sections of the party called for a vote on a proposal to bolster settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've got to love the timing on this; the vote happens barely two weeks before Netanyahu is scheduled to meet Obama on 6 July at the White House.

But hey, Obama was never going to really do anything regarding the settlement issue anyway.

In Obama's eyes, Israel can always do precisely what it wants in the region, and the US government will enable it, including the hijacking of American-flagged vessels, and the assassination of American citizens on the high seas.

Oh, and that other little issue Israel wants the US to take care of for it, which Obama will unquestioningly greenlight for Netanyahu on the 6th?

That will be the "neutralizing" of Iran, an alleged "existential enemy" of Israel, by way of a war which is apt to go regional, and perhaps global.

And I'm sure that Obama is just fine with this, reassuring his Israeli colleague that it will be American kids who will do the fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying to accomplish this Israeli agenda.

Jun 25 07:51

ISRAEL ATTACKING GAZA AGAIN

Jun 25 07:45

McChrystal’s Ouster May Embolden Pakistan’s Diplomatic Efforts

Afghan officials say that General Parvez Kayani has personally offered to broker a deal between Karzai and the Taliban’s leadership, the Quetta Shura, while Pakistani intelligence officials underscore the growing belief that the US military cannot win in Afghanistan.

US officials are expressing concerns about this, saying it “creates a bigger breach between us and Karzai,” but this sort of double-dealing is nothing new in the politics of the region, and with the US openly losing faith in Karzai it is perhaps only natural that he is warming up to other potential backers: it is quite obvious he would not survive in his position long without somebody propping him up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, with the war going so catastrophically badly, and Karzai realizing he's in a grand fight for his political life, if the US isn't planning some kind of gung-ho, "isn't war grand!" replacement of Karzai in the not to distant future.

Hamid, if I were you, I would keep that Kevlar body suit handy at all times right now.

Such a rapprochement between the Taliban and the Karzai government is absolutely the last thing the US and NATO want to see right now, because the Taliban wants the US and NATO forces out of Afghanistan immediately.

In light of the fact that a military "victory" in Afghanistan is impossible, the US and NATO should declare victory, bring the troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is still standing for the oil pipeline rights with which to control Eurasian oil.

Of course, that would be logical.

Jun 25 07:42

Shell Oil ex-CEO: “Whole casing system is deteriorating”, “We’re just getting a gusher”

Jun 25 07:40

NYT Pays only $75 for Op-Ed Piece

To all my fellow ink-stained wretches, a heads up. I got my check from the New York Times for an op-ed that was published a few weeks ago. It was for $75.

Jun 25 07:38

Petraeus Expected to Tone Down Attempts to Avoid Civilian Deaths

Gen. Petraeus is going to review the policy Gen. McChrystal called “courageous restraint,” a euphemism for a collection of orders deigned to reduce the number of civilians killed by US soldiers.

But Gen. Petraeus’ “review” of the policies is nothing resembling an effort to make the restraint more effective. Rather, officials say he is looking to remove some of those restrictions, how many remains to be seen. In effect, he will making policy changes explicitly to put more Afghan civilians’ lives in jeopardy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more civilians the US and NATO butcher in this war, the more those who are left standing will embrace the Taliban insurgency.

Almost 9 years in, the US and NATO have managed, brilliantly, to do the almost unimaginable; taken a broken, dysfunctional tribal country, saddled it with a corrupt puppet government, and made things even worse for the country's people than they ever were before the invasion and occupation.

Jun 25 07:32

Tinker, tailor, soldier, journalist

Nearly 25 years later, readers of the Sunday Telegraph were regaled with with the dramatic story of the son of Libya's Colonel Gadafy and his alleged connection to a currency counterfeiting plan. The story was written by Con Coughlin, the paper's chief foreign correspondent and it was falsely attributed to a "British banking official". In fact, it had been given to him by officers of MI6, who, it transpired, had been supplying Coughlin with material for years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jun 25 07:29

Obama Disavows July 2011 Afghan Drawdown Date

The date was little but an excuse to convince opponents of the surge to withhold judgement on the war at any rate, but its new role as the “beginning of a transition phase” has downgraded it to complete irrelevance, as officials have been claiming for years that they have been encouraging the Afghan government to take “more and more responsibility” to no real effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is never leaving Afghanistan.

Jun 25 07:24

US says Gaza flotillas 'irresponsible'

The US State Department on Thursday released a statement against additional flotillas to the Gaza Strip, calling them "irresponsible."

The statement said: "Mechanisms exist for the transfer of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by member states and groups that want to do so. Direct delivery by sea is neither appropriate nor responsible, and certainly not effective, under the circumstances."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the US State Department: what is irresponsible is your pathologically impotent lack of capability in defending US-flagged vessels and US citizens from hijacking and assassination of Israeli forces on the high seas!

""Mechanisms exist for the transfer of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by member states and groups that want to do so".

Oh, really?!?

If that statement is correct, can you please explain to me why UNICEF figures indicate that 14% of all Gazan kids suffer from malnutrition?

Jun 25 07:22

Canadian officials under sway: Spy chief

In the interview, he expressed his concerns over close relationships that have been established between some political figures of a few provinces — including British Colombia — and foreign countries.

Fadden said that these officials who are also in critical positions make decisions that do not serve the interest of Canada and but are based on priorities of other nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how carefully they avoid naming that foreign country. I think we can assume that were that foreign nation Arab, they would not hesitate to mention it by name.

Jun 25 07:20

Senator LeMieux on BP spill

Jun 25 07:17

Apple Collecting iPhone, iPad, Mac User Locations in Real Time, Passing On Info to Unknown 3rd Parties

Apple Inc. has changed a clause in it’s privacy policy agreement that allows the Californian based giant to determine the “precise” and “real-time geographic location” of iPhone, iPad and other Apple gadget users, set to create a firestorm of controversy.

In print buried deep in the” Apple Customer Privacy Policy”, Apple will now be able to pass off real time location data of users to unspecified “partners and licensees” for unknown use.

Apple users are forced to agree with the new terms of privacy whenever apps are downloaded from the Apple iTunes store. Users cannot download any new media for their various devices until they agree with the highly contentious privacy changes.

Jun 25 07:16

CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”

“It’s completely scientifically dishonest to pooh-pooh the potential here when you are talking about some of the most toxic chemicals that we know,” said Kramer, who is founder and president of consulting firm Epidemiology International in Hunt Valley, Maryland. She isn’t involved with the Institute panels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet BP is still forbidding clean-up crews to wear respirators?!?!?

Jun 25 07:16

I blush.

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