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CURRENT EVENTS

May 27 07:54

Alaska spill site was fire scene 3 years ago

A storage tank that spilled crude oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline Tuesday, shutting down the line, was the site of a fire three years ago for which Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. faces fines of $506,000.

Alyeska continues to contest the proposed fines for safety violations connected to the fire at Pump Station 9 near Fort Greely, about 100 miles south of Fairbanks.

Up to several thousand barrels of crude spilled from the pipeline Tuesday into a 2.3 million-gallon storage tank, which overflowed into a containment area. The containment area, a yard lined with an impermeable barrier and surrounded by a berm, apparently captured all the oil.

May 27 07:43

Underwater Images From BP's 'Top Kill' Procedure

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Last night they were claiming that Top Kill worked. This morning, they seem less certain.

May 27 07:33

Vampire Bankers, Mr. Heinz Ketchup, John Kerry and the Payback Machine

Money is retracting, like a Kung Fu master pulling in his testicles before a serious fight. (Accidental rhyming alert) did the money take off on its own, for parts unknown? Did the money disintegrate due to a lack of substance based on substance? Did the money change its name and go into the witless protection act? Actually, it’s none of the above. The bankers, who printed the money out of thin air, have taken the money out of circulation, except to shuttle it back and forth between each other and to conceal a large portion in order to buy compliance from the soon to be rampaging mobs looking to perform a Vlad the Impaler on their sorry, flaccid asses.

May 27 01:02

‘Friendship is a Two-Way Street’ Australian Foreign Minister tells Israel

Tim King Salem-News.com

Many with ties to Australia are taking the time to voice support of recent decisions.

(MELBOURNE / SALEM) – Australia’s principled decision to expel an Israeli diplomat has been highly regarded throughout the world, not just for their stand against Israel’s abuse of Australia’s Passport system but especially because of their abuse of a long standing friendship..

The Aussies are shocked and saddened by the news as it breaks all across the country.

Listen to the Foreign Minister’ Stephen Smith’s speech:

Friendship runs both ways, Smith tells Israel (ABC News)

Video: Israeli diplomat expelled over fake passports (The Midday Report)

Audio: Israeli diplomat expelled over doctored passports (The World Today)

May 26 20:49

Amnesty's report condemns 'politicisation of justice'

Amnesty International has criticised the "politicisation of international justice" in its annual report, which documents torture in 111 countries.

The human rights group accuses powerful governments of subordinating justice to political self-interest and of shielding allies from scrutiny.

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May 26 18:55

John Kerry Says Voter Anger at Washington Is Hypocritical

"I think there's a comprehension gap," said Kerry. His point: While people may not be feeling the benefits of the bailouts and healthcare reform yet, Congress has been working with Obama to right the economic ship. Still, he sounded sympathetic to those kicked around by the economy. "There's a sense of some things unraveling" to them, said Kerry.

But he said that the D.C.-directed attacks are hypocritical, since many of those attacking Washington spending presumably want to keep their Social Security and Medicare and want Washington to play a big role in the Gulf Oil cleanup. "There's a huge contradiction on a daily basis," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Senator Kerry: I have rarely seen such a completely out-of-touch, mischaracterization of the current sentiment in this country.

Taxation without representation were the watchwords of the American Revolution.

But what we are seeing happen in Congress, in terms of most Congressional representatives having become "acquisitions" of the major corporations (particularly concerning the large defense companies), is just that circumstance happening again.

The only perspective of most Congressional members toward the citizens they allegedly represent appears to be as a (theoretically unending) supply of tax money, to be tapped cavalierly without ever having to balance the Federal government, or rein in government spending in any meaningful way.

Without these insane and immoral wars without end and their costs, which thinking US citizens do not support (plus the 3 billion the US government coughs up - illegally - for Israel every year), there would be money left for the social security and medicare for which American workers have theoretically paid their entire working lives, but will not be getting, because this government is broke.

Without these wars, there would be money to mend infrastructure, highways, bridges, schools, and hospitals

It is obvious that this is a man who has never in his life had to make payroll, keep employees employed during tough times, had his credit line pulled by a a bank through no fault of his own (just because the bank reserves were thin), or found his good-paying job outsourced, leaving him with no way to support a family or pay his mortgage.

Those issues, coupled with the fact that we are dealing with a Federal government which has spent itself nearly into bankruptcy, are the reasons why Americans are legitimately angry at this government. The anger here is not hypocritical; it is completely logical, and Senator Kerry understands, at some level, that these concerns are true.

May 26 17:45

Israeli Nuclear Espionage: The Art of Keeping America at Risk for Fun and Profit

By Maidhc Ó Cathail

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

Meetings are being held in New York to set up a conference for 2012 to guarantee that the Middle East is nuclear free. Israel has been informed that it will not be able to hide behind denials and that the nuclear arsenal put on the sale block by Israel in 1975, and nobody knows how many times since, has to go. When Israel was finally caught, it changed at least one part of a game, but the game will go on.

May 26 17:40

JEFF GATES: Watching Israel Delegitimize the United States of America

What’s behind the sudden crisis in Korea? Who benefits?
Which nation’s nuclear arsenal is problematic?

The U.S.-Israeli relationship has long been America’s Achilles heel. Our first president warned against “entangled alliances” particularly when, as here, there’s a “passionate attachment.”

Our “special relationship” with this rogue state has placed the U.S. outside the same system of international law that we now seek to impose on others, including Iran.

Our handling of the current crisis on the Korean peninsula could restore our tattered reputation.

What’s the first issue that needs to be addressed?

May 26 14:50

Sunbather run over by cops SUV on Long Island

A sunbather was run over by a police officer driving on the beach to respond to a reported water rescue in Long Beach this afternoon.

May 26 14:29

Zionist settler pollution devastates Palestinian farmlands

Quarry pollution affecting the Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen started in the winter of 2009 as a result of construction in the adjacent illegal Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit . The pollution takes the form of slurry, which settles on village farmlands, forming a layer of concrete and preventing air and water from penetrating the soil.

May 26 13:59

Poll: Majority give Obama, feds failing grade on oil spill response

The oil spill off the Gulf Coast is staining more than Louisiana's beaches.

The response to the disaster by energy giant BP, President Obama and the federal government all get terrible grades from Americans in a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the failure was in failing to be prepared for this in the first place, granting all kinds of waivers and exemptions to BP, handing a "Safety award" to the Deepwater Horizon as a PR stunt, and having the government inspectors in charge of oi platform safety spending their time high on meth, watching porn on their government computers while letting the oil companies fill out the inspection and audit reports!

This is the Federal Governments' Chernobyl disaster and just as that avoidable catastrophe destroyed the credibility of the USSR so too is the BP disaster and its aftermath destroying the already-strained credibility of the US Federal Government.

May 26 13:56

Public opinion turning against Obama on oil spill

The American public is losing its patience with President Obama over his handling of the Gulf Coast oil spill.

In the five weeks since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig sent hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, Obama had largely escaped political fallout. But as BP attempts yet again to seal the leak, a new USA Today/Gallup Poll finds a majority of Americans unhappy with Obama's handling of the spill. According to the poll, 53 percent rate Obama's handling "poor" or "very poor"; 43 percent believe Obama is doing a good job.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If "TOP KILL" fails to stop the Gulf Oil volcano, I think we can count on attacking, well, anybody next week as a distraction.

And while Obama bears a share of the blame for his handing out of waivers and exemptions to BP, the fact is that the entire government has failed in their role of caring for the national infrastructure, which is what WE THE PEOPLE pay them to do. The Federal Government is so totally subverted by Israeli dual nationals that they spend all their time screaming about who is a better friend to Israel, and shoveling money and weapons to Israel as hard as they ca. Meanwhile, our roads are crumbling our coal mines caving in, our bridges are collapsing, and of course, the Deepwater Horizon wreck is gushing oil onto the Gulf States harder than DC gushes red ink!

So, what do we hear from the White House? That Obama will invite Benjamin Netanyahu to a meeting next week to discuss Israel's security! This hard on the heels of the documentary proof that Israel is in fact a nuclear state and has so many nuclear weapons they have been trying to sell them off to countries like South Africa!

Far from being just Obama's Katrina, the oil disaster is the Federal Government's Chernobyl. We are finding out that the government inspectors in charge of oil drilling safety were spending their taxpayer-funded time watching porn on their taxpayer-funded computers while allowing the oil companies to fill out the inspection and audit reports!

If you are not angry, there is something seriously wrong with you.

May 26 13:44

Israel’s bomb out of the shadows: nuclear offer to apartheid regime blows diplomatic cover

Israel faces unprecedented pressure to abandon its official policy of “ambiguity” on its possession of nuclear weapons as the international community meets at the United Nations in New York this week to consider banning such arsenals from the Middle East.

May 26 13:41

Israeli nuclear espionage: the art of keeping America at risk for fun and profit

Gordon Duff views how Israel and its US spies have been stealing, reverse-engineering and peddling American military secrets and technology.

May 26 13:38

Framing Pakistan: how the pro-Israel media enables India’s surrogate warfare

Maidhc Ó Cathail views the media component of India's alliance with Israel. He argues that this affords India a powerful weapon to wage surrogate warfare against Pakistan and enables both Tel Aviv and Delhi to pursue their common objective of destabilizing the nuclear-armed Muslim nation.

May 26 13:03

Government by dicts: my comprehensive resources to prove US fascism, rigged-casino economics

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Fellow Americans: literally for the love of God, it’s time.

It’s time to recognize the overwhelming evidence of unlawful and lie-based US Wars of Aggression, rigged-casino economics, and a complicit corporate media that echoes propaganda for our lying sacks of spin “leaders” who operate above and in contempt of US law.

It’s time to recognize “leadership” of both parties are the Left and Right arms of one oligarchic political body. The proper academic label for this government, not even close to a constitutional repubulic, is fascism.

The US government is run by dicts, as in dictatorship; doing whatever they dictate and unlimited by rule of law.

May 26 12:35

ABC SHOWING ALL ROV "TOP KILL" VIDEO FEEDS AT ONCE

May 26 12:26

In Defense of Bigots

I wonder what Comrade Maddow would think if the Department of Fairness determined that she was spending too much of her money at white-owned businesses, and commanded her to change her evil ways. Would she suddenly recognize the principle involved here? How about if the Fairness Fascists told Black Entertainment Television (BET), or the NAACP, that they were required to hire more whites, and were commanded to stop trying to target their services towards one particular racial group?

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May 26 10:08

Louisiana oil spill in photos

May 26 09:07

Surkis pleads guilty in child-porn case

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 26 08:26

Tribesmen In Yemen Commit To Temporary Ceasefire

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

May 26 08:20

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

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

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

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

May 26 08:01

GULF OIL SPILL COULD HAVE BEEN SEALED IN 8 HOURS?

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

May 26 07:49

BP Oil Spill: “Top Kill” Remains Uncertain

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

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

May 25 22:38

Iran renews offer to help on US oil spill

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

May 25 20:14

Israel’s Growing Insanity

By Avigail Abarbanel

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

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

May 25 20:09

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

THE ART OF KEEPING AMERICA AT RISK FOR FUN AND PROFIT

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

May 25 19:10

Dolton Teens Sold Teen Girls Into Sex Slavery: Cops

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

May 25 19:05

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure.

May 25 18:37

BP Stikes Again!

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

May 25 16:04

BP had 3 indications of trouble in hour before blast

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

May 25 15:42

Even picnics in Israel are political

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

May 25 13:43

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the US Government's Chernobyl.

May 25 10:56

U.S. declares fisheries disaster in oily Gulf

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

May 25 10:28

Now it’s ‘Everybody Deny the Holocaust Day’

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

May 25 10:03

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 25 09:29

Commercial fishing industry threatened by oil spill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Suggestions for more recipes welcome!

May 25 07:38

Lord Monckton wins global warming debate at Oxford Union

Army of Light and Truth 135, Forces of Darkness 110

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

May 25 07:05

Musing on the Times as Lord Apocalypse Appears

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

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

May 25 06:41

Oil reaches Louisiana shores

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

May 24 22:44

Obama administration defends BP response to oil spill disaster

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

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

May 24 22:30

Cheosan Links - not found on MSM

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

May 24 15:05

Georgian President Orders Private Jet With Presidential Ejector Seat

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

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

"from the American People"

May 24 14:53

LATEST SATELLITE IMAGE OF OIL SPILL

May 24 14:52

BP launches PR fightback over oil spill

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 24 12:22

The Next Bailout: $165B for Unions

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

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

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

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

May 24 12:16

THE US GOVERNMENT'S CHERNOBYL

May 24 12:05

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

May 24 10:13

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

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

May 24 10:00

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 24 09:33

Deepwater "Situation" Map

May 24 09:31

Cuts to Child Care Subsidy Thwart More Job Seekers

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

May 24 09:18

POTENTIAL TROPICAL SYSTEM FORMING EAST OF BAHAMAS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just add oil ...

May 24 09:13

Frustration mounting over BP delays, lack of progress

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

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

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

May 24 09:09

Wetlands cleanup may be impossible

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

May 24 08:56

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

May 24 08:48

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

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

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

May 24 07:14

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

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

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

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

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

May 23 23:17

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

Turkish Aid Convoy, Sails Away today…

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

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

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

May 23 23:09

BREAKING NEWS : Australia Expels Israeli Diplomat Over Fake Passport Affair

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 23 19:22

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

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

May 23 18:30

CBS Threatened With Arrest For Taping The Oil Blowout

Seems Kind of odd to me. Why?

May 23 18:17

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

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

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

May 23 17:55

Israelis asked to visit passport plant here before Dubai killing

By Sam Smyth

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

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

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

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

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May 23 15:53

GOP Blocks Oil Spill Liability Bill

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

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

May 23 13:54

Sinking of South Korean ship was a false flag operation

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

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

May 23 13:36

Die hard evil.

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

May 23 09:50

requiem for the gulf

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

May 23 09:49

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

May 23 09:33

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

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

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

May 23 09:25

Cleaning oil-soaked wetlands may be impossible

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

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

May 23 09:22

Lawyers say no criminal charges for AIG

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 23 09:04

Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement

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

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

May 23 09:01

JP officials commandeer BP's hired boats in Grand Isle

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 23 06:30

Justice Department and Congress should investigate whether BP committed perjury

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

May 23 00:48

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

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

May 23 00:43

Alan Hart – Speech at Nakba Remembrance [VIDEO]

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

Continue reading:

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

May 23 00:38

Members of Swedish Parliament demand security for Ship to Gaza

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt,

Swedish Parliament.

Minister Bildt:

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

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

May 23 00:33

Boycott Targets Stars From Elvis to Elton

By Nathan Guttman

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

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

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

May 22 20:09

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

*hyperlinks and video live at article*

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

May 22 16:09

Time for Barack Obama to choose paranoia or sanity

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

May 22 13:28

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

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

May 22 10:03

EPA May Not Force BP to Change Dispersants

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 22 09:44

What Investors are Learning From the BP Oil Spill

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

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

May 22 09:13

Happy friday to you too sunshine

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

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

May 22 08:52

We Are Witnessing A Marine Life Mass-Murder

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

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

May 22 08:32

First Endangered Turtles Found Slathered in Oil

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

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

May 22 08:30

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

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

May 22 08:24

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

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

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

May 22 08:14

Florida Braces for Oil Spill, Impact on Tourism Industry

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 22 08:14

17 States Now Filing Versions of Arizona's Immigration Bill

www.alipac.us

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

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

May 22 08:02

British Petroleum Accused Of Lies Over Oil Geyser

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

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