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July 1, 2010

Jul 01 13:46

BP SPILL: IS THE BORE HOLE ERODING?

I am looking at cameras 8 and 9 in this display and it seems pretty obvious that the amount of oil leaking out from the top of the blowout preventer is increasing.

We now know that both the drill pipes and the well casing were destroyed in the original "kick", and debris from the drill pipe blown up into the BOP is what kept the pincher system from working. We knew that the well casing was breached from the failure of the top kill and the seepage coming up from cracks in the surrounding sea floor.

So, it appears that the oil is blasting up through the drilled bore hole without the protection of the drill pipe or the well casing. Inevitably the flow has to be eroding the sides of the bore. Which means the hole is enlarging, slowly, but still enlarging.

Jul 01 13:42

The Corruptive Influence of Power

Whatever the original ideology might have been, what it boils down to in the end is this:
Too much power in the hands of too few will inevitably lead to terrible suffering for far too many.

Jul 01 13:39

IMF chief rules out double-dip global recession

The “recovery will go on without a double dip,” the IMF managing director said to a question at a forum hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So spend, spend, spend, you sheep you, because if you don't buy a lot of jewelry on credit, the terrorists will have won!!!"

Jul 01 13:36

Millions of vaccine doses to be burned

About a quarter of the swine flu vaccine produced for the U.S. public has expired — meaning that a whopping 40 million doses worth about $260 million are being written off as trash.

"It's a lot, by historical standards," said Jerry Weir, who oversees vaccine research and review for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But heck, the big pharma boys got their money and that's what really counts!



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Jul 01 13:34

Dollar Plunges After UN Call To Ditch Greenback

The dollar plunged today following a United Nations report which called for the greenback to be replaced as the global reserve currency by the International Monetary Fund’s special drawing rights (SDRs).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What they are talking about are US Federal Reserve Notes. "Greenbacks" are actually the value-based notes issued by Abraham Lincoln to finance the Civil War without shackling the Americans to the private bankers. They worked so well that Lincoln intended to keep them in circulation after the war. But following Lincoln's assassination, Congress ordered the Greenbacks out of circulation. The term "greenback" was then co-opted to mean any US currency to obscure the difference between Lincoln's notes and the bank notes.

Jul 01 13:29

Oil Spills, Coal Disasters, Immigration Hysteria: Unlearned Lessons from 1924

Here are the news headlines in 1924: Oil spills, coal mining disasters and immigration hysteria.

Jul 01 13:26

Europe approves US mass data grab

Europe has signed a deal to hand over all bank transaction data to the US in order to help the ongoing war on terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bull biscuits! This is about a desperate clutching dying grasp for that one last tax dollar before the total collapse!

Jul 01 13:19

Foul play revealed in death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly

In Britain, dramatic new testimony has emerged in the death of UN weapons inspector Dr David Kelly. A female colleague says Kelly couldn’t possibly have committed suicide, because Kelly had a hand and arm injury and was too weak to have cut his own wrist.



Jul 01 13:18

Turkey: Secret meeting unsuccessful

Despite a secret meeting between Turkey and Israel, Turkey's demands remain unchanged, according to a Reuters report Thursday.

The meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Trade and Industry Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer took place in Brussels on Wednesday.

Turkey wants Israel to apologize for the Flotilla raid, agree to UN inquiry into the incident, pay compensation, and end the blockade of the Gaza Strip in order to mend relations between the two countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess screaming "Anti-Semite", "Jew hater", and "You PUTZ!" didn't win over the Turks this time! :)

Jul 01 13:05

A FOURTH OF JULY SIGN OF THE TIMES

Not much enthusiasm for the red, white, and blue!

Jul 01 13:03

'Not Enough Money' for BP Oil Spill Claims

An estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil a day has been gushing out of the ruptured well since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank on April 22 some 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

Some 423 miles (681 kilometers) of US shorelines have now been oiled as crude gushes into the sea at an alarming rate, 10 weeks into the worst environmental disaster in US history.

Feinberg, who Obama named to administer the 20-billion-dollar claims fund, insisted that BP will "pay every eligible claim," but cautioned that many perceived damages may not qualify.

"I use that famous example of a restaurant in Boston that says, 'I can't get shrimp from Louisiana, and my menu suffers and my business is off,'" Feinberg told the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business on Wednesday.

Jul 01 13:01

US takes stock of 'withering' Afghanization

The system designed to track the success of Afghan police training is deeply flawed, says a report by the United States Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Some 67 out of 101 Afghan National Police (ANP) units rated capable of working independently had regressed within a year, said the report published on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was the same with "Vietnamization", too.



Jul 01 12:49

ABCBSNBC Lost One Million Viewers Last Quarter

The big three nightly news broadcasts, NBC Nightly, CBS Evening and ABC World, lost a combined one million viewers in the second quarter of 2010, according to TVNewser.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our readership and listenership is up!

See "I am blogger, hear me roar!"

Jul 01 12:44

Lawmakers Want State Money To Ship Out Homeless

“I think that's a drop in the bucket to send them back home and have their family and friends happier. It's the most effective means. And it's not like we're dumping people back there. They have to be people eager and willing to go back like Gregory,” Cabanilla said.

Rep. John Mizuno said he's chipping in $100 of his own money to buy Gregory a ticket, and said it would make sense to use state funds to send others home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UPDATE: A private benefactor stepped forward to pay for Gregory Reese' ticket back home, and in the long run, it costs Hawaii less to buy tickets for those who wish to return to their families on the mainland than to support them here on the islands.

In the long run, however, the economy needs to come back so that people have jobs and do not need to be homeless, and to accomplish that we need to get rid of TSA, which has ruined our tourism industry.

Jul 01 12:40

Audit-the-Fed Goes Down, 229-198

This is no surprise. Neither party wants to audit the counterfeiting enterprise that is at the dark heart of the regime. The Republicans voted for it only for partisan reasons. When they are in power, the bill will never even come up. But here is the victory: through this device Ron Paul has added many more people to the vast numbers he has educated on the true nature of the central bank. The only victory that matters is in the hearts and minds of the people; good will never come from the top down. Ron Paul has advanced the cause of truth by a huge margin, where it counts, educationally. We are being ripped off through inflation, business cycles, and redistribution, and through the corporatism and wars the Fed makes possible. That is Ron Paul’s lesson, and the reason we must End the Fed.

Jul 01 12:24

Enough With the Empty Words

Nothing irks me more than politicians who blow off serious situations with hollow phrases on the outrageous assumption that people will actually believe them. Living in Palestine with a career revolved around words, you can imagine how many times I am irked in a day. Today is no different.

The US, the UN, Europe and Israel use empty words to satisfy the press, offer up some limp semblance of concern and avoid any real responsibility towards an issue that requires decisive action.




Jul 01 12:03

UN Forces in Southern Lebanon Quit Controversial Maneuver

The UN forces in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) have stopped a unilateral maneuver in the wake of mounting protests from the people in the region. Angry Lebanese on Tuesday blocked roads to UNIFIL troops and their armored vehicles in southern Lebanon in protest to the peacekeeping forces' drills in their villages, a Press TV correspondent reported.

An article in the Lebanese paper al-Safir also said the UNIFIL was holding maneuvers in the region with the aim of protecting the Israeli regime from possible missile attacks from southern Lebanon.

Jul 01 11:43

DM: Inspection of Iranian Cargo Ships Imperils Regional Security

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi warned about the dire consequences of a UN Security Council mandate for the inspection of Iranian vessels, stressing that any such move would endanger security in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason the inspections of Iranian ships was incorporated into the UN sanctions was to create an excuse for creating an "initiating event conflict", the moment any Iranian-flagged vessel refuses to allow its cargo to be inspected.

And if Iran shuts down the port of Hormuz, in retaliation for such a boarding, that in itself will be used by Israel and the US a "justification" for a military attack.

Jul 01 11:40

America’s Credibility Gap

It is going to be increasingly difficult for the Obama team to turn a blind eye to the way Israel treats its Palestinian citizens — treatment Israel is also beginning to extend to Jewish human rights defenders. The 1.2 million Palestinians, whose community has faced discrimination under the law since Israel was established in 1948, have been committing the worst possible crime: demanding equality in the state of Israel.

Jul 01 11:32

Ayalon: Gazans are provided for

Ayalon told the ambassadors, among them Egypt, the EU, and the Mideast Quartet, that Israel was making every effort to make sure Gazans lack nothing. He accused Hamas of being the only obstacle in the residents' way.

"The only humanitarian incident in Gaza is the imprisonment of Gilad Shalit in inhumane conditions for over four years, without even being allowed a visit by the Red Cross," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon: if "...Gazans lack nothing", how do you explain, as reported today at:

http://uruknet.com/?p=m67509&hd=&size=1&l=e

" 52% of the children in Gaza suffer from anaemia, and severe deficiency in phosphor, calcium and zinc, while a significant number of children suffer from infections in their respiratory systems."

Sir, do you ever get tired of lying to the people of the world about the conditions on the ground in Gaza, particularly when it comes to infants and children?



Jul 01 11:26

Turkey reiterates demands for amends by Israel

Turkey told Israel at face-to-face talks in Brussels this week what it should do to mend ties damaged when Israeli commandos stormed a Gaza-bound ship more than a month ago, Turkish officials said on Thursday.

Confirming that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Trade and Industry Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer met on Wednesday, a Turkish official said, without giving details, that Ankara's demands for Israel to make amends remained the same.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Turkey!

Jul 01 11:24

PIRACY IS NOT A GAME

Rummikub, the Israeli game made popular worldwide, has become the recent victim of the trend to boycott Israeli goods throughout the world.

Following Israel Navy’s raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, a chain of toy stores in Spain decided to remove the Israeli product from its shelves and replace it with a Chinese imitation, a report in the Spanish newspaper al-Pais revealed.

Jul 01 11:23

FLASHBACK - Strange Inconsistencies in the $134.5 Billion Bearer Bond Mystery

“Italy’s financial police (Guardia italiana di Finanza) has seized US bonds worth US 134.5 billion from two Japanese nationals at Chiasso (40 km from Milan) on the border between Italy and Switzerland. They include 249 US Federal Reserve bonds worth US$ 500 million each, plus ten Kennedy bonds and other US government securities worth a billion dollars each. Italian authorities have not yet determined whether they are real or fake, but if they are real the attempt to take them into Switzerland would be the largest financial smuggling operation in history; if they are fake, the matter would be even more mind-boggling because the quality of the counterfeit work is such that the fake bonds are undistinguishable from the real ones.”

Jul 01 11:21

Jerusalem master plan: Expansion of Jewish enclaves across the city

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee is set to approve an unprecedented master plan that calls for the expansion of Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, a move largely based on construction on privately owned Arab property.



Jul 01 11:18

US Senator Lieberman wants to kill the internet – for Israel!

Maidhc Ó Cathail views US Senator Joseph Lieberman’s efforts to undermine American civil liberties, in particular his current attempt to destroy the internet, perhaps in order “to protect his treasonous cronies from the American people”.

“If the United States looks increasingly like a police state Senator Lieberman has to take much of the credit for it.”

Jul 01 11:16

Can Russia offer freedom and security to Europe?

Christopher King argues that Russia under the leadership of President Dmitriy Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has enormous potential for setting a course toward a positive future with Europe.

Jul 01 11:15

Pyjama photo forces Netanyahu into U-turn on Gaza flotilla inquiry

Israel is expected to broaden the powers of an internal inquiry into the botched raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in May in the wake of a barrage of claims that its investigation lacks any credibility. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, appeared to cave in to domestic pressure after the committee was mocked in the Israeli media as a whitewash designed to defend the assault on 31 May that resulted in the death of nine Turkish nationals. A photograph of one 93-year-old panellist in his pyjamas looking at documents drew particular derision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even Israeli nationals understand that this will be a whitewash!

Jul 01 11:09

Obama tries to put Republicans on immigration hot seat

On the hottest flash point in the debate, Arizona's new law targeting illegal immigrants, Mr. Obama said the rules are "unenforceable" for local police. But he didn't give any indication when the administration will file an expected lawsuit seeking to block the new law, which takes effect at the end of this month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Obama: these new Arizona laws will be enforced, and you are going to see illegal immigration (and the costs related to it) start to recede in Arizona, and other states about to pass similar legislation.

Illegal immigration is a crime in this country, sir, just in case you were not aware.



Jul 01 11:09

American Teenager Killed on the Gaza Flotilla for Holding a Camera

The second point is that the Israeli Shayetet 13 Naval Special Forces commandos killed eight Turks during the takeover of the Mavi Marmaris, not nine. The ninth victim was an American teenager, 19-year-old Furkan Dogan. Dogan has usually been described in the media as either a Turk or a dual Turkish-American citizen, but in fact carried only an American passport with a Turkish residency stamp. Furkan’s father, Professor Ahmet Dogan, believes that the press is portraying his son as either a dual national or a Turkish citizen in an effort to “cover up” the reality of his son’s death.

Jul 01 11:06

NJ Town Suing Homeless Squatters

One New Jersey shore town has tried pleading, threatening and reasoning with a group of homeless squatters camping in the woods.

Now the township of Lakewood is suing them.

A lawsuit filed Monday against dozens of squatters aims to force them to move from their encampment into temporary housing the township says it is pursuing for them.

The lawsuit calls the homeless "trespassers" who have done "irreparable harm" to public property.

It also seeks payment of attorney and other fees, although how those fees could be collected from the indigent squatters was unclear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The criminalization of homelessness in this country continues apace.

And what is going to happen to these people in New Jersey if housing cannot be found for them, imprisonment?

Will we see the start of new "debtor's prisons" thrive as the new, ultracheap manufacturing centers for the US?!?

Jul 01 11:04

DETAILED REPORT ON ISRAEL'S ATTACK ON THE MAVI MARMARI

Jul 01 10:58

Where have all the Peaceniks Gone?

The Overseas Contingency Operation (formerly known as George's War OF Terror) has become even more of a quagmire under the new regime; healthcare was not so much reformed or overhauled as it was a handout to the health insurance companies; the oppressive police state is increasing; no accountability for war criminals (few people will prosecute themselves); torture continues; financial industry reform looks like it is guaranteed for further rich v. poor conquest; and this administration has proven to be as good a friend to Big Oil as the last one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many of the people who supported Obama cannot bear to look at the dark, festering reality behind all those promises of "hope and change" from his campaign, which had absolutely no basis in reality.

At the end of the day, Obama got the job because he was able to assure the rich and privileged (his real power base) that they would prosper, even as the rest of this country absolutely went to hell economically.



Jul 01 10:58

Feds: Broward cops, FBI agent in mortgage fraud ring

A new mortgage fraud indictment stands out because it accuses seven current and former police officers and an FBI agent -- along with lawyers and brokers -- of conspiring to obtain millions in illegal loans.

Jul 01 10:54

Milford Hooter's waitress accused of padding tips

Police arrested a Hooter’s waitress who allegedly padded her tips at the expense of customers by illegally adding to the gratuity line of credit card payments made at the Boston Post Road restaurant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I go to a Hooter's, I expect to see nice, healthy, natural tips, not padded ones!

Jul 01 10:50

PMRS: “52% of Gaza Children Suffer From Malnutrition”

A study conducted by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) revealed that 52% of the children in Gaza suffer from anaemia, and severe deficiency in phosphor, calcium and zinc, while a significant number of children suffer from infections in their respiratory systems.

The study revealed that the sharp increase of unemployment in the Gaza Strip led to an increase in the number of children who had to do different types of work in order to help their families.

It also stated that the ongoing Israeli invasions, bombardment and attacks, especially in border areas, has a direct impact on the health and psychological conditions of Gazan children

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Malnutrition of Gazan Palestinian children has been one of the desired Israeli government outcomes from the siege of Gaza.

Jul 01 10:50

GAZA FREEDOM GRAFFITI IN THE WARSAW GHETTO

Yesterday, Israeli and Polish activists met in the ruins of Warsaw’s old Jewish Ghetto.

The activists sprayed ‘Liberate All Ghettos’ in Hebrew, followed by ‘Free Gaza and Palestine’ in English on a wall of an original block in the ghetto. The block is across the street from the last fragment of the remaining perimeter wall of the Ghetto. They also hung Palestinian flags from the wall.

This was first time such an action took place in the ghetto.



Jul 01 10:48

School of Terror

Much was made of al-Qaeda’s training camps in Afghanistan, the target of American bombers. But these were kindergartens compared with the world’s leading university of terrorism at Fort Benning in Georgia. Known until recently as the School of the Americas, it trained some 60,000 Latin American soldiers, policemen, paramilitaries and intelligence agents. Forty per cent of the Cabinet ministers who served in the genocidal regimes of Lucas Garcia, Rios Montt and Mejia Victores in Guatemala are graduates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By continuing to provide this training, the US is attempting to insure that the ruling thugocracies in South America continue to protect US interests, even at the cost the the betterment of the lives of their own citizens.

Jul 01 10:41

An Israeli military base in Saudi Arabia?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some doubts have been expressed over this story, but in fact there is a military air field in Tabuk, although we cannot know who is using it at the moment.

Jul 01 10:40

The Cancer of Democracy

As a signatory of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights the United States is obligated by international law to provide a mechanism for remedy for victims of miscarriages of justice.

Yet the Obama administration continues to hide behind the state secrets privilege to block attempts at litigation. The essence of the government’s position is that US national security would be jeopardized by holding the government’s actions up to public scrutiny.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We cannot, as a nation, talk about democracy, human rights, and human dignity with a straight face when we institutionalize torture, which is precisely what the US government has done.

Jul 01 10:37

Summer in Iraq

Two years. Think about that. Americans will be voting in another presidential election before the Iraqi people can even begin to hope for more than a few hours of reliable electricity a day, and they've been dealing with this situation for a very long time already. Under the best of circumstances, a lack of basic electricity and water service for seven years would be an unbelievable burden on the people, but these are not the best of circumstances by any stretch of the imagination, because it's summer over there. Iraq in summertime is one of the hotter places on the planet; the average daily temperature during this season is 104 degrees, and on many days tops out at nearly 120 degrees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In its invasion and occupation of Iraq, the US systematically and deliberately destroyed the infrastructure, including the electricity and water systems, leaving Iraqi citizens in desperate straights for even the most basic of services, which have yet to be restored.



Jul 01 10:33

Living on a dying delta

In case anyone wasn’t clear about the priorities of the US government, included in Biden’s entourage are BP’s chief operating officer Doug Suttles, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. It was Jindal who, on June 2nd, sent an urgent letter to President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar regarding his grave concerns at the time of the administration’s decision to place a moratorium on deepwater drilling.

The lead paragraph in that letter made it very clear how Jindal’s concern is not with the ongoing catastrophic loss of ecosystems, or even the fisherpersons of his state, but with placating big oil

Jul 01 10:27

Mortgage Horror Stories: The U.S. Housing Industry Will Never Recover If Qualified People Can’t Get A Home Loan

Severely burned by the subprime mortgage crash, mortgage lending institutions have been seriously tightening their lending standards. As a result, in 2010 it is extremely difficult to get a home loan or a mortgage modification. In their determination not to get burned again, mortgage lenders have completely overreacted and now a lot of highly qualified people can’t get a home loan.

Jul 01 10:25

Pending home sales 'fell off a cliff'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This might be a good time to point out how the government and the corporate media always seem to talk about the recession in the past tense, like it is all over and we should just get used to things as they are, yet the above news, coupled with the new unemployment numbers, the Baltic Dry Index, and numerous other indicators, suggests that not only is the recession most assuredly not over, but it is getting worse.

In short, the government and the corporate media have been blowing smoke up your ass all along!

Jul 01 10:24

Guns of August in the Middle East?

Crazy talk about the Middle East seems to be escalating, backed up by some pretty ominous military deployments.

The rhetoric is getting steamy, the weapons are moving into position, and it is beginning to feel like “The Guns of August” in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, because Obama desperately needs "the mother of all distractions" because his domestic and foreign policies are in the tank, and because Netanyahu desperately needs the same kind of thing to divert attention from the flotilla massacre, this war may well be on, and may have, at some levels, already started.



Jul 01 10:14

Guess Who Wants to Kill the Internet?

It would be hard to think of anyone who has done more to undermine American freedoms than Joseph Lieberman.

Since 9/11, the Independent senator from Connecticut has introduced a raft of legislation in the name of the “global war on terror” which has steadily eroded constitutional rights. If the United States looks increasingly like a police state, Senator Lieberman has to take much of the credit for it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is because the net gives people access to information and alternative viewpoints that makes it so terrifying to those in power.

However, should the "kill switch" be thrown, the "silicon curtain" will probably be not much more effective than has been the "great firewall of China", because enterprising and intelligent users will always find a way around it.

Jul 01 10:09

"Deficit Terrorism" and Economic Warfare

The federal government and Federal Reserve have advanced literally trillions of dollars to save the big Wall Street players, to the point where the government’s own credit rating is in jeopardy; but Wall Street has not had to pay for the cleanup. Instead, the states and the citizens have been left to pick up the tab. On June 17, Time featured an article by David von Drehle titled “Inside the Dire Financial State of the States,” reporting that most states are now facing persistent budget shortfalls of a sort not seen since the 1930s. Unlike the Wall Street banks, which can borrow at the phenomenally low fed funds rate of .2% and plow that money back into speculation, states don’t have ready access to credit lines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are seeing a rapid rise of what can only be characterized as a fascist economy, where debts are dumped on to the taxpayers, but profits are privatized.

The question is, at what point will the American people wake up and realize they've been had?!?

And upon making that realization, what form will Americans' fury and outrage take?!?

Jul 01 10:02

PROPAGANDA ALERT: Al Qaeda's First English Language Magazine Is Here

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you believe this "Al Qaeda" magazine is real, I have some of Saddam's "nookular" bombs to sell you!

The fact that it claims to have an article by Osama Bin Laden, who has actually been dead since 2001, tells you this is a fake.



Jul 01 09:57

Pope launches team to 're-evangelise' the West

Jul 01 09:57

U.S. has not developed a plan to keep bomb materials from crossing border

Five years after Department of Homeland Security officials vowed to block the importation of radioactive materials that could be used to make a bomb, they still have not closed security gaps at U.S. borders, according to government auditors and researchers.

The failure to develop a strategic plan has delayed the creation of a "global nuclear detection architecture" that would guide a variety of federal agencies that share responsibility for preventing terrorists from detonating a nuclear bomb in the United States, the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, has found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Department of Homeland Security: the best thing the US can do to keep itself safe is by not mucking about in other people's countries to obtain, or get access to, resources which do not belong to the US!

If the Federal Government had spent the money we have spent on conducting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on R&D for alternative energy, we would have had something that could power a jet fighter or a tank by now, making wars for resources unnecessary.

Jul 01 09:55

Blair to receive US peace medal

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to receive a prestigious US medal and $100,000 (£67,000) prize for his work in conflict resolution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like the "dodgy dossier!"

Jul 01 09:52

Greek protesters demonstrate against austerity measures

Ships remain in ports and protesters clash with riot police guarding Athens parliament.



Jul 01 09:51

Obama’s Moral Bankruptcy Regarding Torture

Saturday was the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, established twelve years ago to mark the day, in 1987, when the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Punishment or Treatment came into force, but you wouldn’t have found out about it through the mainstream U.S. media.

Instead, two mainstream newspaper articles revealed the extent to which President Obama has, over the last 17 months, conspired with senior officials and with Congress to maintain the bitter fruits of the Bush administration’s torture program — and its closely related themes of arbitrary detention and hyperbole about the perceived threat of terrorism.

Jul 01 09:48

BP spill nears a somber record as Gulf's biggest

BP's massive oil spill will become the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday based on the highest of the federal government's estimates, an ominous record that underscores the oil giant's dire need to halt the gusher.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember just a few weeks ago when BP's PR yakyak was that this spill wasn't really so big compared to other spills around the world?

Jul 01 09:46

Thousands in welfare cash tapped at California strip clubs

California welfare recipients have been able to get taxpayer cash -- meant to feed and clothe needy families -- from ATM machines at strip clubs across the state, including some well-known gentlemen’s cabarets in Los Angeles.

Jul 01 09:44

US Official: Irresponsible Not to Try to Assassinate US-Born Cleric

Speaking today at the Aspen Security Forum, National Counterterrorism Center chief Michael Leiter defended the attempted assassinations of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, claiming he had a “direct role” in the failed Christmas Day underwear bomber attack.

"I think it would be wholly irresponsible for individuals like me, or Leon Panetta, for Secretary Gates and ultimately the president, not to at least think about and potentially direct all elements of national power” against him, Leiter insisted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to National Counterterrorism Center chief Michael Leiter:

The assassination of an American citizen, no matter how heinous the crime they are alleged to have committed, is extrajudicial and denies due process, under which this man is entitled under the Constitution of the United States, a document with which I would hope you have more than a nodding acquaintance.

The precedent of the institutionalization and normalization of preemptive, extrajudicial assassinations against American citizens puts this country, allegedly a country of laws and not of men, on a very slippery moral slope, and throws the entire concept of American jurisprudence under the proverbial bus.



Jul 01 09:43

The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa

Jul 01 09:40

Climate Craziness of the Week: The AGU peddles a mammoth climate change theory

Yes, our forebears started global warming by hunting the woolly mammoth. Right. Must be the mammoth albedo effect, much like the sheep albedo effect. Oh, wait, no it’s birch trees albedo calculated via pollen proxy. The mammoths stopped eating birch trees, that’s wot did it. And those hunters used cooking fires too.

Jul 01 09:37

Pressure on Iran ‘over Palestinian issue’

Speaking in a meeting with Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal late Tuesday, Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani dismissed the ongoing pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program as politically motivated.

He went on to explain that based on information disclosed by a foreign minister from a country which is a permanent UN Security Council member, if Iran makes a compromise with the West over the Palestinian issue, all pressure will be eliminated.

Jul 01 09:37

West Bank poverty ‘worse than Gaza’

Children living in the poorest parts of the West Bank face significantly worse conditions than their counterparts in Gaza, a study conducted by an international youth charity has found.

The report by Save the Children UK, due to be released on Wednesday, says that families forced from their homes in the West Bank are suffering the effects of grinding poverty, often lacking food, medicine and humanitarian assistance.

Jul 01 09:36

One million protest against Italy's austerity cuts

Italians marched through cities and towns yesterday in a general strike protesting an austerity budget they say bleeds workers but spares the rich.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Italians! They make Americans look like pussies!

Jul 01 09:35

Lieberman Slams Netanyahu Over Secret Turkey Meeting

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman openly blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, following reports that a top Netanyahu aide was dispatched on a secret diplomatic mission to Turkey without consulting with him.

Indeed, Netanyahu dispatched his Industry Minister to Turkey to talk with Ahmet Davutoglu because in all likelihood Lieberman would have refused to do so, as his foreign ministry has been at odds with Turkey for months and has been trying to portray them as a new enemy since Israeli soldiers attacked a Turkish aid ship bound for the Gaza Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: changing the face of the person representing Israel in no way changes the policy of Israel.

Everyone in the Turkish government understands this.

Jul 01 09:33

Toronto Police Chief Lies Again To Frame Protesters

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has been caught lying again in an effort to justify the brutal police response metered out against G20 protesters and journalists this past weekend, after it emerged that weapons he presented to the media as evidence of criminals planning to wreak havoc on the city were in fact toys seized from a man who was on his way to a fantasy role-playing game and had nothing to do with the G20 summit.

Jul 01 09:30

National debt soars to highest level since WWII

The federal debt will represent 62% of the nation's economy by the end of this year, the highest percentage since just after World War II, according to a long-term budget outlook released today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

"The driver of this debt is spending," said New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. "Our existing debt will be worsened by the president's new health care entitlement programs…as well as an explosion in existing health care and retirement entitlement spending as the Baby Boomers retire."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, AIPAC member Senator Gregg

http://aipac.capwiz.com/bio/id/375)

is very comfortable blasting "...health care and retirement entitlement spending ...", but says not a word on the continued funding for these immoral and illegal wars with out end in Iraq, Afghanistan, and (soon) Iran.

Jul 01 09:29

Why are so many Israelis arrested over illegal arms deals worldwide?

At least seven Israeli arms dealers are currently in jail in four countries - the United States, Russia, France and Britain - on charges of illegal arms dealing. Some of them are also suspected of crimes such as forgery, bribery, money laundering and violating UN Security Council embargoes. Such arrests are briefly covered in Israel and then forgotten. But they have a cumulative effect that is very damaging to Israel's image, or what remains of it.

Jul 01 09:27

Nine Movie Sites Busted in Pirating Crackdown

In an ongoing fight against intellectual piracy, federal authorities seized the domain names of nine websites accused of letting users watch on-demand versions of first-run movies.

Referring to the sites as "among the most popular" websites for distributing illegal copies of movies, the government highlighted copies of films currently in theaters, such as "Toy Story 3" and "The A-Team," for evidence to obtain the warrant.

Jul 01 09:26

First nation makes broadband access a legal right

Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right for all citizens.

Jul 01 09:25

VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is your government managed health care!

Jul 01 09:24

To end the occupation, cripple Israeli banks

The international banking sanctions campaign in New York against apartheid South Africa during the 1980s is regarded as the most effective strategy in bringing about a nonviolent end to the country’s apartheid system. The campaign culminated in President FW de Klerk’s announcement in February 1990, releasing Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners, and the beginning of constitutional negotiations towards a non-racial and democratic society.

Jul 01 09:20

Cowardice, American Style

Jul 01 09:18

Unemployment benefits for thousands in Idaho run out

Unemployment benefits for thousands of North Idaho workers have expired.
A federal stimulus law that allowed for an extension ended at in May and now Department of Labor officials are seeing an influx of people.

That "stimulus" sure worked well didn't it? For a few minutes... but now what? Where's this "recovery" we keep hearing about? I'll tell you where... in the minds of the the media. Even the government doesn't believe it, it's just propaganda to keep the useless eaters paying their taxes to the offshore banks.

Jul 01 09:16

Bernanke, Geithner Put Taxpayers On The Hook For Junk Bonds, Told Congress They Were 'Investment Grade'

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and then-New York Fed President Timothy Geithner told senators on April 3, 2008, that the tens of billions of dollars in “assets” the government agreed to purchase in the rescue of Bear Stearns Cos. were “investment-grade.” They didn’t share everything the Fed knew about the money.

By using its balance sheet to protect an investment bank against failure, the Fed took on the most credit risk in its 96- year history and increased the chance that Americans would be on the hook for billions of dollars as the central bank began insuring Wall Street firms against collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are these men not rotting in jail for what they have done to American taxpayers?!?!?

Jul 01 09:16

Stephen Kinzer on the History of BP/British Petroleum and Its Role in the 1953 Iran Coup

Stephen Kinzer, author of All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, looks at the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company’s role in the 1953 CIA coup against Iran’s popular progressive prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh.

Jul 01 09:13

US jobless claims surge more than expected

Initial claims for jobless benefits rose to 472,000 in the week ending June 26, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 459,000, the Labor Department said.

The weekly claims data came on the eve of the department's key June jobs report, widely expected to show worsening conditions.

Jul 01 09:12

New Study Documents Media's Servitude to Government

A newly released study from students at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government provides the latest evidence of how thoroughly devoted the American establishment media is to amplifying and serving (rather than checking) government officials. This new study examines how waterboarding has been discussed by America's four largest newspapers over the past 100 years, and finds that the technique, almost invariably, was unequivocally referred to as "torture" -- until the U.S. Government began openly using it and insisting that it was not torture, at which time these newspapers obediently ceased describing it that way:

Jul 01 09:10

Taliban rule out negotiations with Nato

"We do not want to talk to anyone - not to [President Hamid] Karzai, nor to any foreigners - till the foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan.

"We are certain that we are winning. Why should we talk if we have the upper hand, and the foreign troops are considering withdrawal, and there are differences in the ranks of our enemies?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From its inception, and now, nearly 9 years on, this war is unwinnable from a military perspective.

Iraq is not Afghanistan, and I rather doubt that Petraeus will actually be able to "...change the widespread perception that the war..." here is unwinnable.

One has to ask oneself, after all the blood and money spent, how the US and NATO will ultimately measure "victory" here.

Jul 01 09:09

CIA Officer Explains New World Order's Demise

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note his comment "1950s mindset." :)

Jul 01 09:04

Petraeus: Withdrawal timeline does not mean "switching off the lights"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When is a withdrawal not really a withdrawal?

Jul 01 09:03

Jury clears activists who broke into Brighton arms factory

Five activists who caused £180,000 damage to an arms factory were acquitted after they argued they were seeking to prevent Israeli war crimes.

Jul 01 09:02

China Becoming Target of Credit Default Swaps

Not shown on the table, but certainly in need of noting, was our very own state of California, which with 377 million in net derisking, was the 3rd most shorted entity of all. Is the last bastion of "all is well" propaganda about to fall?

Jul 01 09:01

New jobless claims rise in sign of weak job market

Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose last week for the second time in three weeks. At the same time, more than a million people have lost benefits and more could be cut off now that Congress has failed to extend federal jobless aid.

New claims for benefits jumped by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the Labor Department said Thursday The four-week average, which smooths fluctuations, rose to 466,500, its highest level since March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration!" -- Official White Horse Souse

"Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson!!!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Jul 01 09:01

Clinton to calm US allies on eastern Europe, Caucasus trip

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to eastern Europe and the troubled Caucasus region Thursday on a mission to allay the concerns of regional allies over newly invigorated US-Russian ties.

A top item on Clinton's agenda will be to explain warmer relations between Washington and Moscow to countries in the region which once chafed under Soviet control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This trip has very little to do with explaining the current status of US/Russian ties to our allies.

This weekend, Secretary of State Clinton will be in Baku, Azerbaijan, a central Asian republic bordering Iran's northwest border at the Caspian sea.

She will be talking to the leadership there about what they are prepared to do if their neighbor, Iran is attacked, by a US/Israeli strike force.

Also, mid-July, there will be another delegation from the US to Baku to discuss military cooperation between Azerbaijan and the US.

The timing of these meetings, two weeks apart, is no accident.

Jul 01 08:59

Sneaky, bullying, self-pitying Climategate scientists write to Sir Muir Russell inquiry begging: 'Make it a whitewash hat trick!'

Here is a summary of what they urge in the letter, which you can read in full at Bishop Hill. (Hat tip: Nick Mabbs)

1. There should be a cosy arrangement where corrupt, parti-pris scientists should be free to carry on behaving as badly as they like without any risk of their skulduggery being exposed by awkward public investigations. Private emails in which, say, they gloat about the deaths of climate sceptics, fantasise about physical violence against sceptics, plot how to misuse public funds, plot how to discredit scientists who legitimately disagree with them, plot how to shut down journals which don’t act as their amen corner, etc, should remain private.

2. The Muir Russell inquiry should continue to promulgate the great Climate Change lie.

Jul 01 08:57

MSNBC’s Ratigan: Stock market an ‘obviously corrupt’ fraud

On his afternoon show Tuesday, MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan explained why he believes the usual explanations given in the media for why the stock market went up or down on a given day are nonsense.

"Seventy percent of the volume [of trades on the stock market] is computers that are run by the banks playing ping pong with stocks for 10 seconds at at time," Ratigan said.

"The stock market at this point, which used to be a reflection of the future value of actual businesses in this country, has been turned by our government and our banks into little more than a paper shredding facility [about which] we can make up reasons why it goes up and down," Ratigan said. "But when the computers ... at the banks are controlling the action, most everything else is kind of silly."

Jul 01 08:57

Ministers 'wasted millions on stockpile of swine flu drugs for epidemic that never arrived'

Ministers wasted millions of pounds on a vast stockpile of medicine for a swine flu pandemic which never materialised, it emerged today.

The massive overspend could have been avoided if the Government had insisted on break clauses in a key contract with the manufacturer.

Instead, the taxpayer was saddled with a staggering £1.2billion bill - the vast majority of which went on vaccine, antibiotics and anti-virals.

Jul 01 08:54

Study finds body's potential universal flu defense

The human body makes rare antibodies effective against all flu viruses and these might be boosted to design a better universal flu treatment, researchers reported on Monday.

Jul 01 08:54

US manufacturing growth slows: ISM

"The manufacturing sector continued to grow during June; however, the rate of growth... slowed when compared to May," said Norbert Or of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM).

The firm's manufacturing index, also known as the purchasing managers index, stood at 56.2 percent, down from 59.7 percent seen in May.

The reading -- which compiles managers' reports on everything from new orders to stock inventories -- was well below market expectations of 59 percent.

The ISM's Or said the slowdown was to be expected after months of robust growth.

"The sector appears to be solidly entrenched in the recovery," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Mr. Norbert Or: for whom, precisely, has this been a period of ""robust growth", other than possibly the defense industries, and what manufacturers actually believe that "..."The sector appears to be solidly entrenched in the recovery"

I am finding this very difficult to believe.

Jul 01 08:52

Dr Kelly 'couldn't have slit his wrist as he was too weak'

Dramatic new testimony has heaped pressure on ministers to reopen the investigation into the death of Dr David Kelly.

A female colleague claims that the UN weapons inspector could not have committed suicide as claimed, as he was too weak to cut his own wrist.

Mai Pedersen, a U.S. Air Force officer who served with Dr Kelly's inspection team in Iraq, said a hand and arm injury meant that the 59-year-old even 'had difficulty cutting his own steak'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1291019/Dr-Kelly-slit-wrist-we...

Jul 01 08:52

BP Oil Disaster Solution: 'Just Blow It Up'?

Despite Controversy, Some Continue to Favor Using Explosives to Plug BP Oil Well

Jul 01 08:51

New Zealand’s Prime Minister: Climate Change a “load of rubbish” and “hoax”

Via Andrew Bolt in email, some surprising revelations about New Zealand’s Prime minister and his previous opinion of the ETS. It appears he has done a complete about face from his very strong opinions of 2005.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, has just introduced the world’s first Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) today for new Zealand. It is not going over well with voters.

This is the same man who, when in opposition, described anthropogenic climate change as a hoax on the 10th may, 2005.

Jul 01 08:50

The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa (Book Review)

The Unspoken Alliance is an important work that uses declassified government documents to confirm what many had always suspected. There is little in this book which comes as a shock to those who had long presumed deep ties between Israel and South Africa, but the level of detail, precision and documentation is first-class and unique.

Jul 01 08:49

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA ! – BONNE FÊTE CANADA !

Jul 01 08:49

Climate Craziness of the Week: The AGU peddles a mammoth climate change theory

Yes, our forebears started global warming by hunting the woolly mammoth. Right. Must be the mammoth albedo effect, much like the sheep albedo effect. Oh, wait, no it’s birch trees albedo calculated via pollen proxy. The mammoths stopped eating birch trees, that’s wot did it. And those hunters used cooking fires too. Gosh. I wish I had more time to refute this, travel beckons, but I’m sure readers can lend a hand in comments.

UPDATE: Carl Bussjaeger points out in comments that;

Just last month, USA Today told us that Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque discovered that…

Mammoth extinction triggered climate COOLING

Jul 01 08:47

ISRAEL: THE ETERNAL VICTIM

Appearances are deceiving because understanding Israel’s eternal victimhood requires the proper mindset. First, The New Republic lets us know, the incident involved “a ship of terrorists” attempting “to open an arms importation route to Gaza” (6/9/10). With that fact established, the Atlantic Monthly’s Jeffrey Goldberg, who has been hanging “around a lot of Israeli generals lately,” kindly advises us that there should be “no particular pain felt for the dead on the boat.”

Jul 01 08:45

Baltic Dry plunges

The Baltic Dry Index (BDI), a basket of shipping rates closely watched as a leading indicator of economic growth, has lost over 40 per cent since late May. While the BDI is infamously volatile, the parallel with 2008, when late May turned out to be the peak before a 95 per cent decline that presaged the September banking crisis, is unsettling. Should investors be worried?

Jul 01 08:44

UK export slowdown sparks concerns

A sharp slowdown in British export orders has sparked concerns that the recovery in manufacturing could run out of steam. The fall suggests that a stronger pound, coupled with the European debt crisis and signs of a slowdown in China, are starting to damage British sales overseas.

Jul 01 08:43

US jobless claims surge more than expected

New claims for US unemployment benefits jumped more than expected last week, official data showed Thursday on the eve of the key June jobs report.

Initial claims for jobless benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 472,000 in the week ending June 26, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's upwardly revised level of 459,000, the Labor Department said.

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Just wait until the full impact of the Gulf of Toxico comes in. The whole gulf region will become very unstable.

Jul 01 08:43

Commodity Shipping Has Worst Streak in Five Years on Surplus

Commodity shipping costs measured by the Baltic Dry Index extended their longest losing streak in almost five years as an expanding fleet overwhelmed weakening demand for grain, coal and ore carriers.

Jul 01 08:42

State Terror, Israeli Style

Ongoing since its May 14, 1948 "Declaration of Independence," Israel systematically reigned terror against Palestinians and neighboring states, always claiming self-defense - bogus then, bogus now, historian Ilan Pappe describing Israel as a "settler Prussian state: a combination of colonialist policies....manifested in the dominance of the army over political, cultural and economic life," then adding:

Jul 01 08:40

HST about to hit home in Ontario, B.C.

In Ontario, they seem to be taking it in stride, but normally laid-back British Columbians appear ready for revolt.

The culprit: the much-maligned harmonized sales tax, which takes effect in both provinces on July 1. In Ontario, the tax will combine the provincial sales tax and the federal Goods and Services Tax into a 13 per cent levy and in B.C., 12 per cent.

But the HST could cost a lot more for B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and his three-term Liberal government.

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HST (Higher Sales Tax) has replaced the GST (Gouge and Screw Tax).

Jul 01 08:38

Iran Arms Syria With Radar

Though officials say the transaction took place about a year ago, Israel and the U.S. haven't publicized it, a departure from years past when Israeli officials were often eager to trumpet Iranian arms transfers to Syria and Hezbollah as violations of Security Council resolutions.

Some analysts say Israel believes Iran wants to escalate tensions on Israel's northern border with Lebanon and Syria to divert attention from its nuclear program. Israel has shied away from publicizing the transfer, these people say, to avoid playing into Iran's hands by increasing domestic pressure on Israel's government to take military action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given Israel's pathological belligerence in the region, who can blame Syria's leadership from wanting the most sophisticated level of weaponry it can possibly get?

And by the way, please remember: any radar is a defensive, not offensive, piece of weaponry.

This article appears to come from the perspective that Syria should have no no defenses whatsoever against a preemptive Israeli military attack!

Jul 01 08:32

Study: US media redefined torture after US started practicing it

The US news media radically changed how it reported on the issue of waterboarding after it emerged that US forces had used the practice, says a new study from Harvard University.

The study also found a double standard when defining waterboarding, with news sources commonly referring to waterboarding as "torture" when talking about foreign countries using the practice, but declining to do so when it's being carried out by the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) shock!

Jul 01 08:30

Obama: ‘Civilian expeditionary force’ can aid wearied troops

Department of Defense Directive 1404.10, dated January 23, 2009, set up a "Civilian Expeditionary Workforce" that would "be organized, trained, cleared, equipped, and ready to deploy in support of combat operations by the military; contingencies; emergency operations; humanitarian missions; disaster relief; restoration of order; drug interdiction; and stability operations."

While Defense Secretary Robert Gates praised this as positive utilization of "soft power," others viewed a powerful civilian national security apparatus as a potential cause for concern.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will this ‘Civilian expeditionary force’ be paid, or is this a fancy label for a draft?!?

One does have to wonder, if Obama appears to be ready to use such forces domestically as well as internationally, if this is his administration's way of getting around the "Posse Comitatus" provision.

As noted in:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act

"The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385

) passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (today the Army, Navy, Air Force, and State National Guard forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order" on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) within the United States.

The statute generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. The Coast Guard is exempt from the Act."

Jul 01 06:43

The Cancer of Democracy

As far as human rights groups were concerned the Obama administration got off to a flying start with the executive orders pledging to close Guantanamo and restricting all US personnel to using interrogation techniques delineated in the 2006 Army Field Manual on Interrogations.

Unfortunately this was high point and it has been downhill all the way ever since. While the Executive Order put an apparent end to waterboarding and CIA black sites the 2006 Interrogations Field Manual is itself far from unproblematic.

There is nothing in the manual to prevent the reintroduction of the so-called "frequent flyer" technique of constantly waking and rewaking an individual after only a few minutes sleep so that no effective rest is gained at all.

Jul 01 05:09

War With Iran? - Paul Craig Roberts on The Corbett Repor

Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Treasury Secretary and Wall Street Journal editor joins us to break down the recent US sanctions on Iran and the likelihood of a strike on Iran by the US and/or Israel.

Jul 01 04:36

The Coming American Revolution

June 25, 2010

By: Chris Bollyn

Where the election is a fiction, the representation is a fiction also. Like will always produce like.
- Thomas Paine to the Citizens of the United States, January 29, 1803

A revolution is brewing in the United States of America. The public discontent surrounding the costly and disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the firing of General Stanley A. McChrystal, and the BP oil spill in the Gulf are all indications that a revolution is nearing. There are, of course, many other grievances, such as the trillion dollar bail-out and taxes, but there is one issue that makes a revolution inevitable: the government lies and cover-up about what really happened on 9-11.

Jul 01 04:18

Senate Panel Moves to Lift Cap on Oil Spill Damages

June 30 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc would have unlimited financial liability for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill under a measure approved today by a Senate panel to scrap a $75 million limit under a 20-year-old law.

The amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 would force offshore oil drillers responsible for spills to pay “the full cost” of damages. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the measure by voice vote and sent it to the full Senate.

June 30, 2010

Jun 30 23:55

Propaganda alert: "The Toilet" to launch online English newspaper (LMAO)

NEW YORK (AP) — al-Qaeda is preparing to launch its first online propaganda newspaper in English, a move that could help the terror group recruit inside the U.S. and Europe.
The group has begun promoting the paper, called Inspire, with animated online graphics promising "special gift to the Islamic nation." Counterterrorism officials and terror analysts say it will be run by al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, which has been linked to the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt of a U.S.-bound airliner.

Jun 30 23:36

Obama Calls for ‘Civilian Force’ (aka Brownshirts) as Large as the Military

Speaking today at a town hall meeting, President Obama declared that the military was “overburdened’ by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, say that is among the reasons for his record military budgets as he contends with growing deficits.

Of course, the president’s solution to this is not to scale down those wars. Rather, he is proposing to build a “civilian expeditionary force” that is as large as the military and can be deployed abroad for nation-building duties.

Jun 30 23:01

Methodists Launch Boycott over West Bank

The Methodist Church today voted to boycott all products from Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories becoming the first major Christian denomination in Britain to officially adopt such a policy.

Jun 30 20:52

Israeli Mossad is Active On European Territory for President Uribe and Colombian Paramilitaries

Israeli Mossad is Active On European Territory for President Uribe and Colombian Paramilitaries
Lisa KARPOVA 28.06.2010
Organisations of cooperation and of human rights call on EU institutions for a commission of inquiry on Operation Europe of the Colombian secret services.
UD will say that this has nothing to do with the Mossad, and it is true, the article makes no mention of the Israelis because otherwise the author would be branded as anti-Semitic and sentenced to jail by powerful Jewish lobby groups (that is punishable in Germany) but looking on the Internet this one was found published on February 12, 2010:
Panama: Martinelli and the relationship with the Mossad and Israeli mercenaries

Jun 30 18:09

GORDON DUFF: CIA HINTS, BIN LADEN DEAD SINCE “EARLY 2000?s”

CIA TRIES TO PREPARE AMERICAN PUBLIC FOR TRUTH ABOUT BUSH/BIN LADEN DECEPTION

Jun 30 17:34

Top BP exec faces the YouTube firing squad tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. PT

Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. PT, Bob Dudley, CEO of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, will answer questions from the public about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and what it plans to do now, via an internet broadcast hosted by Google, YouTube and the PBS NewsHour. Viewers are invited to submit questions for Dudley, who has quickly become one of the most despised executives in the world.

Jun 30 17:23

A Governor Seals Oil-Spill Records

For more than two months, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, has made it clear that he considers the federal government and BP’s response to the gulf oil leak a failure on many fronts.

But elected officials in Louisiana and members of the public seeking details on how Mr. Jindal and his administration fared in their own response to the disaster are out of luck: late last week the governor vetoed an amendment to a state bill that would have made public all records from his office related to the oil spill.

Jun 30 17:21

BP Spill Plan Prepared for Hurricane? Nope

"The BP plan had walruses in the Gulf, but no hurricanes," said Rep. Markey...."Walruses haven't been in the Gulf in a few million years, while a hurricane is just a few hundred miles from the spill site right now. This is yet another example of BP serial complacency."

Jun 30 17:17

Manager of BP oil fund says not all claimants will be paid

The prominent US lawyer managing BP's 20-billion-dollar oil disaster fund said Wednesday not all claimants will be paid, especially some of those seeking compensation for falling houses prices.

Jun 30 17:14

Nintendo, Samsung, and Digit warn you about the dangers of 3D video

The fact of the matter is, the hazardous effect that the viewing of 3D video has on the human eye is well noted, and the information has existed since the early 1990s, when Sega perfected and then ditched its VR headset, after being alerted to its harmful possibilities by the Stanford Research Institute, who said: “You can’t give this to kids”.

Jun 30 17:09

Global markets on 'cliff edge' amid fears over European banks

Fears that government austerity packages will hinder global growth have combined with fresh anxiety about the health of European banks to hammer investor confidence.

Shares on both sides of the Atlantic dropped heavily amid warnings that markets were on a "cliff edge".

In jittery trading ahead of a crucial repayment by Europe's banks of a €442bn (£362bn) European Central Bank loan on Thursday the rates at which banks lend to each other in euros rose to their highest levels in eight months as rumours swirled that some banks were finding it difficult to raise funds in the money markets.

Jun 30 17:08

Vultures circle BP over fears its days are numbered in US

In the past an almost double-digit percentage increase in the BP share price would have signalled a spectacular oil strike. It is a measure of the decline in the company's fortunes that such a surge was triggered by hopes of a takeover or break-up.

The company's stock soared 9% to 331p at one point as a growing list of companies from China to Russia were linked with potential mega-mergers that could see the end of independence for what was once Britain's biggest firm.

Jun 30 16:43

UNITED WE STRIKE

Jun 30 16:31

Passionate attachment to Israel

Is there any criminal act that Israel can do without being protected from criticism from the United States? If there is I haven't seen it. And I haven't seen it from the Bush Administration or from the Clinton Administration or from any administration before them. But when you consider the influence of Israel's lobby and its political action committees and the more than $41 million they've given to Congress and the White House, is it any wonder Israel is shielded from any shame?

Jun 30 16:18

CHRISTIAN NON ZIONISTS LAUNCH BOYCOTT OF SETTLEMENT PRODUCTS

“This decision has not been taken lightly, but after months of research, careful consideration and finally, today’s debate at the Conference. The goal of the boycott is to put an end to the existing injustice. It reflects the challenge that settlements present to a lasting peace in the region”.

Jun 30 16:16

RANDY CREDICO RUNNING AGAINST CHARLES SCHUMER

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people. A friend to Israel is no friend of America.

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

Jun 30 16:16

Guess Who Wants to Kill the Internet?

By Maidhc Ó Cathail

It would be hard to think of anyone who has done more to undermine American freedoms than Joseph Lieberman.

Since 9/11, the Independent senator from Connecticut has introduced a raft of legislation in the name of the “global war on terror” which has steadily eroded constitutional rights. If the United States looks increasingly like a police state, Senator Lieberman has to take much of the credit for it.

Jun 30 15:41

Israel-US relations rocked by 'tectonic rift'

Netanyahu and Obama are due to meet in Washington on 6 July after earlier talks were postponed following Israel's lethal assault on the flotilla of ships attempting to break the blockade of Gaza.

Jun 30 14:55

Gargantuan move against Internet freedom accelerates into high gear

Under the guise of “cybersecurity,” the government is moving to discredit and shut down the existing Internet infrastructure in the pursuit of a new, centralized, regulated world wide web.

Jun 30 14:29

Israel Restricts the Access of Gaza Patients to Urgent Medical Treatment

A new position paper by three human rights organizations, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-IL), Al-Mezan and Adalah, reviews Israel's exit policy at the Erez Crossing regarding Gaza patients seeking medical treatment unavailable in Gaza.

The paper argues that there is a consistent Israeli policy of distinguishing between life-threatening cases and cases that affect quality of life, as a basis to deny their exit from the Strip for medical treatment, which violates the principles of medical ethics and international law.

Jun 30 14:26

Now THAT'S a TAXI !!!

Jun 30 14:14

Dutch police to undergo mandatory circumcision and will expose their traumatized “members” in public

Dutch may use 'decoy Jews' to fight racism

AMSTERDAM – A hidden-camera video showing Jews being harassed on the street in a Moroccan neighborhood of Amsterdam has led Dutch authorities to consider combating hate crimes with “decoy Jews” — undercover police officers wearing yarmulkes.

Enthusiasm for the unusual idea is a sign of the ongoing tension between the Muslim minority and the rest of the Dutch population over issues of immigration and crime.

The idea of using “decoy Jews” to detect and arrest bigots has been embraced by both a prominent Moroccan politician and by Amsterdam’s acting mayor, who is Jewish. Law enforcement officials say the idea is feasible but would only be of limited practical use due to entrapment concerns.

Jun 30 14:00

New study documents media's servitude to government

A newly released study from students at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government provides the latest evidence of how thoroughly devoted the American establishment media is to amplifying and serving (rather than checking) government officials. This new study examines how waterboarding has been discussed by America's four largest newspapers over the past 100 years, and finds that the technique, almost invariably, was unequivocally referred to as "torture" -- until the U.S. Government began openly using it and insisting that it was not torture, at which time these newspapers obediently ceased describing it that way:

Jun 30 13:47

Israel Ignored but Supermodel Naomi Campbell called to War crimes court

A war crimes court has ruled that model Naomi Campbell can be called to testify in a case against former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

Jun 30 13:21

When the Police Have an Illegal Headquarters

Talks aimed at reaching an intelligence-sharing agreement between the European Union and Israel have skirted around the location of Israel’s national police headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem.

Jun 30 13:15

Elena Kagan thought experiment

"The state of Iran has meant a lot to me and my family." -Elena Kagan

Jun 30 13:11

FIVE FUNDAMENTAL ERRORS IN MODERN ECONOMIC THEORY , OR WHY KARTHIK ATHREYA AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS FULL OF SHIT!

Jun 30 13:10

Palestinians in Lebanon demonstrate for their rights

As cars plastered with the flags of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and other favorite World Cup teams drove across Beirut on Sunday, Palestinian refugees and their supporters carried Palestinian and Lebanese flags as they marched through the capital. They called for their human rights in Lebanon, where they have lived without them for more than six decades.

Jun 30 12:59

Masked Men Attack UN Gaza Kids Camp

HMMMM Masked Men? Methinks Somehow the Masked Men Might be Israelies.

Jun 30 12:58

Methodists launch boycott over West Bank

The Methodist Church today voted to boycott all products from Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories becoming the first major Christian denomination in Britain to officially adopt such a policy.

The decision was made at the church’s Conference in Portsmouth, an annual gathering which decides Methodist policy. The official stance of the church, the fourth largest Christian denomination in Britain, will be to boycott any products made on Jewish settlements on the West Bank. Lay Methodists will also be encouraged to follow the church’s lead.

Jun 30 12:55

Bush admits that Iraq Had Nothing To Do With 9/11

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... as we get the propaganda run-up for war with Iran...

Jun 30 12:46

The CEPR Deficit Calculator

This calculator allows users to see how various policies will affect the debt burden in 2020. These options have appeared in public debates (or should) and would have a substantial impact on the deficit. The calculator allows users to select whatever target they consider appropriate given the various reference points shown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bottom line, no matter what the government does, there is still a collapse in our future. The government has dug itself in too deep to get out, even if we did not have a massive unemployment crisis and loss of manufacturing.

Maybe that's why they are trying so hard to start a new World War, since that worked to save the USA economically twice before!

Jun 30 12:40

Did the Fed Economist Slam Bloggers for the Same Reason that Fundamentalist Priests Slammed the Printing Press?

As Upton Sinclair said:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

Jun 30 12:30

The Mavi Marmara Report

Jun 30 11:57

We Can’t Afford War

“General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts,” began the MoveOn.org attack ad against Gen. David Petraeus back in 2007, after he had delivered a report to Congress on the status of the war in Iraq. George W. Bush was president, and MoveOn was accusing Petraeus of “cooking the books for the White House.” The campaign asked “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?” on a full-page ad in The Washington Post. MoveOn took tremendous heat for the campaign, but stood its ground.

Jun 30 11:53

Responding To Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman writes: "While many claim that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is territorial, the facts suggest otherwise. Israel had no citizens, settlers or military in the West Bank until 1967, but did not enjoy one moment’s peace from our neighbors and the terrorists that they supported" ("My blueprint for a resolution," Jerusalem Post, 23 June 2010).

Don Emmerich responds: Geez, do you think this had anything to do with the fact that 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes in 1948 and never allowed to return?

Jun 30 11:48

Israeli Government 'Master Plan' Includes Expulsion Of Arabs

Expanding on the Jerusalem master plans of 2006 and 2008, the Jerusalem Planning Committee of the Israeli Ministry of the Interior has released the text of a new 'master plan' which they are scheduled to approve in the coming weeks.

Jun 30 11:34

BP ROV cameras. Look at 9 and 10. Spillage increasing?

Jun 30 11:33

Lord Goldsmith's warning to Tony Blair that Iraq war would be illegal

Former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith warned Tony Blair three months before the Iraq war that an invasion would be illegal, secret memos showed today.

The Cabinet Office published Lord Goldsmith's first draft of his legal advice and confirmed that he had serious doubts about the legality of the conflict without a fresh UN mandate.

The memo, released under the orders of Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell, was written on January 14, 2003.

It stated: “My opinion is that resolution 1441 does not revive the authorisation to use of force... in the absence of a further decision of the Security Council.”

Jun 30 11:23

PROPAGANDA ALART: Head of Israel fleet raid probe threatens to resign

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is pure political theater. Israel knows that the world does not believe the Israeli panel will do anything more than rubber-stamp the Israeli version of the flotilla attack. Netenyaho has stated flat out that the "investigation" will prove Israel acted "legally". One panel member has a history of violent acts of terror against Palestinians. Another has a past history of covering up Israeli massacres in the West Bank.

DSo, nobody trusts the "By Way of Deception" people.

In order to try to bolster the image that this is a real investigation whose pre-ordained conclusions should be trusted by all right-thinking people, Israel is staging this little bit of political theater to demonstrate that the panel really in independent of government influence after all.

And if you believe that, I have some of Saddam's 'nookular' bombs to sell you!

Jun 30 11:19

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan: Israel means a lot to me

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MOVE THERE!

We need American judges on the US Supreme Court, not a traitor who stands with the nation that attacked Americans in international waters!

Jun 30 11:11

Department of Energy: Oil Well Drill Pipe Was Violently Ejected Upwards Into the Blowout Preventer

A team of scientists from the Energy Department discovered a new twist: Their sophisticated imaging equipment detected not one but two drill pipes, side by side, inside the wreckage of the well's blowout preventer on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

BP officials said it was impossible. The Deepwater Horizon rig, which drilled the well, used a single pipe, connected in segments, to bore 13,000 feet below the ocean floor. But when workers cut into the wreckage to install a containment cap this month, sure enough, they found two pipes.

The discovery suggested that the force of the erupting petroleum from BP's well on April 20 was so violent that it sent pipe segments hurtling into the blowout preventer, like derailing freight cars.

Jun 30 10:32

Oahu Homeless Camp Visible From Space!

Jun 30 10:21

'I don't believe in God,' says Australia's first female PM

Australia’s new Prime Minister has revealed she does not believe in God.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so she isn't ALL bad! :)

Jun 30 09:57

War Propagandists trying to revive the Saddam-Al Qaeda link

Jun 30 09:55

Senator Carl Levin Fiddling With War While Detroit Burns

There was, however, one heated exchange the media missed because it happened just after the hearing ended. As Senator Levin was leaving the room, CODEPINK members, just back from the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, confronted the Senator from Michigan. “Senator, how can you spend $33 billion more for an unwinnable war when your hometown of Detroit is falling apart?” said CODEPINKer Tighe Barry, who is from Detroit. “Shame on you, Senator. We need jobs in Detroit, not more bombs in Afghanistan,” said Joan Stallard.

It was the only time the Senator lost his cool. Shaking his finger at the protesters, he yelled, “I live in Detroit. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Detroit’s problems have nothing to do with the war.”

Jun 30 09:53

FBI Indicts Ten as Alleged Russian Spies; Timing of Case and Nature of Charges are Highly Suspect

In the wake of the Medvedev-Obama hamburger summit, most normalized US-Russian parley of its kind in history, the FBI has launched indictments of 10 alleged Russian spies, who were not government officials and who had no access to US state secrets. There is no indication so far that the accused succeeded in reporting any valuable information. The FBI’s allegations concentrate rather on cat and mouse games between their agents and the defendants that could easily come out of the pages of Ian Fleming or John LeCarré. Skepticism based on this case is enhanced by the current media campaign around Sergei Tretyakov, supposedly a high-level defector from the Russian SVR foreign intelligence who claims that he was station chief in New York for five years.

Jun 30 09:52

Florida least affected as oil spill fishing closure now covers about 33% of the Gulf of Mexico

As July quickly approaches the latest fishing closure has expanded to encompass about 33% of the Gulf. The closed fishing area is reduced slightly from the high of 36.6 % that occurred on June 2. The first closure was issued on May 2, 2010 and covered only 2.8 % of the Gulf EEZ.

The press release explains that all vessels must comply with the federal closure but if state waters are not closed federally permitted vessels may fish in those waters. In this case, all state fishing laws must be adhered to.

Jun 30 09:49

Spying Suspects Seemed Short on Secrets

The suspected Russian spy ring rolled up by the F.B.I. this week had everything it needed for world-class espionage: excellent training, cutting-edge gadgetry, deep knowledge of American culture and meticulously constructed cover stories.

The only things missing in more than a decade of operation were actual secrets to send home to Moscow.

The assignments, described in secret instructions intercepted by the F.B.I., were to collect routine political gossip and policy talk that might have been more efficiently gathered by surfing the Web. And none of the 11 people accused in the case face charges of espionage, because in all those years they were never caught sending classified information back to Moscow, American officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's a set-up. Russia won;t play ball with Iran so this is USreal putting Russia on the defensive.

Jun 30 09:45

Azeri-US bilateral defense consultations due

Azerbaijan-US bilateral military consultations will be held in Baku on July 12-14.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary of State Clinton will be in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, this weekend.

http://www.thetravelalmanac.com/atlas/iran.htm

Azerbaijan borders Iran on the northeast, by the Caspian sea.

We've got two very high-level meetings going on here within a span of just about two weeks.

One has to wonder what the US will offer Azerbaijan to either sit passively while its neighbor Iran gets attacked, or what the inducement would be for Azerbaijan to offer some kind of active support of the invasion.

Jun 30 09:35

Australian 60 Minutes BP Oil Spill

How interesting it is, that BP DEMANDS that information MUST be removed relating to the massive screw up by BP. What is that old saying? Let's treat the masses like mushrooms, by keeping them in the dark and feeding them bullcrap? But meanwhile, BP is saying, we will show ourselves to be the "good guys" and try to convince the stupid U. S. masses to keep buying our products at the gas pumps. Below are two EXCELLENT video's that were demanded REMOVED by BP. Needless to say, you can watch them here and see as to WHY BP did not want you to see their contents. Enjoy!!

Jun 30 09:34

Israeli indicted in U.S. for smuggling arms to Somalia

Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry sources adamantly denied yesterday that they were in any way involved in arms shipments to Somalia.

Spokesmen for both ministries were responding to news of the arrest in the U.S. of Hanoch Miller, an Israeli arms merchant, for allegedly illegal arms sales to Somalia, forging documents, money laundering and violating the UN arms embargo on Somalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So, what's the big deal? You let us sell nuclear weapons to South Africa!"

Jun 30 09:32

President Obama's Secret: Only 100 al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan

Jun 30 09:29

Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?

Using the McChrystal Moment to Raise a Forbidden Question

By Prof. David Ray Griffin

Global Research, June 25, 2010

There are many questions to ask about the war in Afghanistan. One that has been widely asked is whether it will turn out to be “Obama’s Vietnam.”1 This question implies another: Is this war winnable, or is it destined to be a quagmire, like Vietnam? These questions are motivated in part by the widespread agreement that the Afghan government, under Hamid Karzai, is at least as corrupt and incompetent as the government the United States tried to prop up in South Vietnam for 20 years.

Jun 30 09:29

15-year-old son of deputy shoots burglary suspect

The teenager grabbed his father's assault rifle and knew what to do with it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The kid is doing better than the cops! (See story below about tasered grandmother).

Jun 30 09:28

Granny shocked by police stun gun in bed sues

An 87-year-old grandmother subdued by police with a stun gun while she was lying in bed hooked up to an oxygen machine is suing her Oklahoma hometown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Between this abuse and the G20, the police have cleared ceased to be of any use to the people.

Jun 30 09:27

FM Dismisses Reports on Obama's Letter to Iran

Asked about a recent report by the US daily New York Times that Obama has sent a letter to the Iranian officials, Mottaki said, "We have received no letter."

Mottaki's comments came as Iran's Envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh also dismissed a recent report that Iran is studying a new offer for the swap of nuclear fuel for the Tehran research reactor, saying Tehran has not received any such offer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for an offer new talks by the US.

Jun 30 09:25

Who Will Pay - Wall Street Or Main Street?

Wall Street banks have been saved from bankruptcy by governments that are now going bankrupt themselves; but the banks are not returning the favor. Instead, they are engaged in a class war, insisting that the squeezed middle class be even further squeezed to balance over-stressed government budgets. All the perks are going to Wall Street, while Main Street slips into debt slavery. Wall Street needs to be made to pay its fair share, but how?

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Jun 30 09:23

Store Owner Fights Back

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good!

Jun 30 09:20

Top scientist: Only one ship testing methane levels in Gulf, NOAA hiding results; Amount is “just startlingly high”

[UGA marine scientist Samantha Joye] notes “I have read the reports from NOAA and I have yet to see methane measurements.”

She says “the biggest hole [in research on the disaster] is the gas data.” …

Joye says the amount of methane that’s getting into the air is unknown because only one ship is actually doing any measuring of gases in the air.

“BP affirms that it [methane] has seeped into the atmosphere, as if it doesn’t matter,” says Joye. “But it’s a potent greenhouse gas. We don’t have enough data right now.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nobody is measuring the methane in the atmosphere because you cannot blame that on people and tax them for it. The focus (and measurements) remain on CO2 because the public can be tricked into accepting the blame for it, and paying a carbon tax.

Jun 30 09:20

Oren: Iran may unleash wave of terrorist violence

Israeli ambassador to US warns international community that Islamic Republic could respond to tough sanctions by using its connections to Hezbollah, Hamas to attack Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The Israeli government is so itchy to attack Iran that it might well orchestrate a false flag in its own territory as the justification for going to war against it!

Jun 30 09:18

Ahmadinejad orders ban on Israeli goods

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the implementation of a bill demanding major efforts to enforce a total boycott on goods with Israeli origin.

According to the website of the Iranian government, President Ahmadinejad ordered the implementation of the pro-Palestinian bill, which was ratified by the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) earlier in June.

Jun 30 09:16

Hezbollah vows to 'defend Lebanese gas'

Sources in the country estimated that the "oil bill," meant to organize the drilling and mining of natural resources in Lebanon, will soon be passed by the parliament in Beirut. The said bill was proposed as a response against the local political system after Israeli and international companies announced the discovery of gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea while Israel insists that the fields are well within the bound of its territorial waters.

Qassem also addressed the political situation, accusing Washington in an interview with AP of taking a one-sided, pro-Israeli approach to the Mideast conflict. "We have no need to dialogue with the Americans as long as they don't change their stance. They support the country that who plays the role of problem starter in the region."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel will make every move it thinks it can get away with to declare all of these finds theirs, and may use these finds as a catalyst to create the justification of reinvading Lebanon.

Jun 30 09:16

Russian 'spy ring' labelled nutty and feckless by former CIA agents

"It sounds preposterous to me," Mikhail Lyubimov, a writer and former member of the SVR, told the paper. "We've never used illegals like this," he said, referring to spies posing as ordinary citizens instead of diplomats. "And it's a comedy to have 10 of them connected."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This whole story sounds like a concocted attempt to derail Russian-US relations.

Jun 30 09:14

Goldman admits it had bigger role in AIG deals

Reversing its oft-repeated position that it was acting only on behalf of its clients in its exotic dealings with the American International Group, Goldman Sachs now says that it also used its own money to make secret wagers against the U.S. housing market.

Jun 30 09:13

UGA SCIENTIST: TOO LITTLE RESEARCH ON GASES AT OIL DISASTER SITE IN GULF

Too few research resources, rapidly depleting oxygen, high levels of gas and a looming future as the next Black Sea. Those are some of the highlights of a teleconference today about conditions in the area of the Deep Horizon oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jun 30 09:08

Pollard Phone-In Campaign Kicks Off

The Justice for Jonathan Pollard organization, refusing to let up on its drive for his freedom, has announced a call-the-White-House campaign, scheduled to end when PM Netanyahu visits Obama in Washington next week.

Organizers say that if Pollard is not freed by then, calls should continue daily until he is free.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the organizers of the "justice for Johnathan Pollard" committee: the man was a traitor to the US who sold the US out to the old Soviet Union for an increase in the number of Russian Jews allowed to immigrate to Israel.

Israel is very fortunate that the US didn't execute him for his crimes. The US government should never forget what he did.

Jun 30 09:08

In U.S. Bailout of A.I.G., Forgiveness for Big Banks

The documents, reviewed by The New York Times, provide the most comprehensive public record of how the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Treasury Department orchestrated one of the biggest corporate bailouts in history.

The documents also indicate that regulators ignored recommendations from their own advisers to force the banks to accept losses on their A.I.G. deals and instead paid the banks in full for the contracts. That decision, say critics of the A.I.G. bailout, has cost taxpayers billions of extra dollars in payments to the banks. It also contrasts with the hard line the White House took in 2008 when it forced Chrysler’s lenders to take losses when the government bailed out the auto giant.

Jun 30 09:04

Run along and play now

The US Government...SO easy to work with!

No big U.S. bank -- Wells Fargo included -- has ever been indicted for violating the Bank Secrecy Act or any other federal law. Instead, the Justice Department settles criminal charges by using deferred-prosecution agreements, in which a bank pays a fine and promises not to break the law again.

Jun 30 09:01

Russia media slams 'unconvincing' spy scandal

Russian media on Wednesday disparaged US claims of a Russian spy ring, saying the scandal was an unconvincing sham aimed at derailing the reset in relations between Moscow and Washington.

"The highest-profile Russia spy scandal in the United States looks like the most unconvincing and most unnecessary," said the leading broadsheet daily Kommersant.

Several newspapers wrote that the scandal was directed against US President Barack Obama and his policy of resetting ties with Moscow after years of frigid relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who benefits?

Let me rephrase that; which nation has a history of sabotaging relations between the United States and every other country in order to claim being our "only friend?"

Jun 30 08:58

Future U.S.-Canada Joint Arctic Security and Control

The Arctic has been the subject of dispute between Canada, Denmark, the U.S., Russia and Norway with each country taking steps to expand their scientific research and military presence. Its vast untapped oil, natural gas and mineral resources represent a tremendous economic potential, but control of the region is also important from a strategic standpoint.

Jun 30 08:57

Israeli Soldier: "They are animals, we are humans!"

Jun 30 08:57

Wikileaks Update : 'Alex Jones Show w/ Birgitta Jonsdottir 06 29 10'

Alex welcomes back to the show Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament representing the Citizens' Movement, but now representing The Movement. Her district is the Reykjavík South Constituency. She is also a writer, artist, activist, web developer, designer, and a spokeswoman for the website Wikileaks.

Jun 30 08:52

U.K. The Mysterious Death of Dr David Kelly: Damning New Evidence Points to a Cover-up by Blair's Gov

The official story of Dr David Kelly is that he took his own life in an Oxfordshire wood by overdosing on painkillers and cutting his left wrist with a pruning knife.

Jun 30 08:51

LATUFF’S TOON MAKING HEADLINE NEWS IN THE ZIOPRESS

A newspaper with close links to Egypt’s government has been slammed by Israel for an “antisemitic” cartoon showing an Israeli flag with a Nazi swastika in the place of the Star of David.

Jun 30 08:50

Twenty thousand Palestinians are threatened with expulsion from the West Bank

Israeli sources have revealed that about 20,000 Palestinians in the West Bank are living in fear of expulsion because they hold residence papers issued in Gaza and the Israeli authorities refuse to allow them to update the documents, even though they have lived in the West Bank for many years. Concerns have been rising since the Israeli army described those living in the West Bank without residence documents as "intruders subject to imprisonment or deportation".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is yet one of the myriad methods Israel is using to implement its "Final Solution" on West Bank Palestinians.

Jun 30 08:50

Personal Story: How I Ended Up In A G20 Jail

I spent a considerable amount of time on Saturday breathlessly running alongside black bloc anarchists, documenting an unprecedented reign of destruction on the streets of Toronto.

... What I didn’t see Saturday were any arrests taking place while this violence was occurring.

Jun 30 08:47

Responding to Avigdor Lieberman

So two wrongs make a right? Because Jews were expelled from places like Egypt and Libya, it follows that Israel has the right to prevent the 1948 refugees from returning to their homes? Given this logic, it would follow that if, say, a Catholic punched me in the face, then I would have the right to go out and punch another, different Catholic in the face. Don’t you understand that people are individuals, that one person cannot be held responsible for the crimes of another person?

Jun 30 08:47

BILL CHRISTISON ~~ IN MEMORIAM

Separately and together, Bill and Kathy wrote a multitude of articles, they have appeared on numerous radio and television programs, traveled extensively to promote peace and the Palestinian cause and to expose the absolute failure of US Foreign Policy, most especially in the Middle East. Kathy has written two books and (Perceptions of Palestine and The Wound of Dispossession) she and Bill wrote one book together, Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on The Israeli Occupation. They have traveled many times to Palestine and Israel to speak and to help to rebuild Israeli bulldozed Palestinian homes. They walked their talk and they have been mentors to many people, including myself.

Jun 30 08:46

THE CONTINUING NAKBA ~~ PALESTINIANS BARRED FROM RETURNING HOME

Yet in 2008 the young Dr Abu-Khalaf became a statistic, one of a record 4,577 Palestinian residents to have their Israeli-conferred status as a resident of East Jerusalem revoked in that year and with it the right to live permanently or work in either Israel or the occupied Palestinian territories. It is this revocation which is being challenged in court on his behalf by the Israeli human rights lawyer Leah Tsemel today, and about which he says: “Losing my residency in my country is a source of pain to me… I feel I am being asked to choose between building my career and my homeland.”

Jun 30 08:45

Khudari: IOA still banning entry of 3500 commodities into Gaza

MP Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, has said that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) was still barring the entry of 3500 commodities into the Gaza Strip.

He said in a report published on Sunday that the IOA allowed only 10% of goods that were previously banned from entering Gaza, describing the IOA talk about easing the siege as mere propaganda and means to deceive the world and is contrary to what is happening on the ground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no true "easing" of the Israeli siege of Gaza: this characterization of what is going on right now in Gaza was for Western domestic consumption only, and had nothing to do with actual situations on the ground.

Jun 30 08:43

Toronto G20 – Man run down by police horse

The mounted officers were from the Toronto and Montreal police forces. After being knocked down, the man was nearly stepped on. He was able to get up and walk away, so hopefully he was not badly hurt.

Jun 30 08:43

Attack on Gaza Flotilla: Brute force of Zionism

The act of piracy committed by Israel against what is being called the 'Gaza Flotilla' has created more than a firestorm. It's dividing many countries. Besides the outrage and threats from countries like Turkey, sides are being drawn here in the U.S. Those who wish to see the killing stopped against the people of Gaza and the sanctions lifted and those who believe Israel has a right to attack ships some 80 miles out in international waters. Those who support Israel no matter what they do have become hysterical in their support while dismissing anyone trying help the people of Palestine as haters of Israel.

Jun 30 08:42

Bring Them Home Now Endless Occupation?

The idea that the U.S. government can turn Afghanistan into a unified, stable, liberal country is absurd. It has no such tradition, and it is situated in a region where its neighbors have their own agendas that coincide with some Afghan factions and conflict with others.

Of course, creating a unified, stable, liberal country is not the actual objective of the U.S. political and military planners, despite what they say for public consumption. Rather, the goal is to achieve dominant influence in the Middle East and Central Asia, whose resources and proximity to Russia and China make the area of paramount interest to those who insist that America has been anointed to lead the world.

Jun 30 08:41

Palestinian land vandalized by Israeli settlers

Jun 30 08:38

25 Signs That Almost Everyone Is Expecting An Economic Collapse In 2010

At times like these, it is hardly going out on a limb to say that we are headed for hard economic times. In fact, it seems like almost everyone in the financial world is either declaring that a recession is coming or is busy preparing for one. The truth is that bad economic signs are everywhere. Consumer confidence is plummeting, big banks are hoarding cash, top financial experts are issuing recession warnings and it seems like almost everyone is trying to accumulate as much gold as possible. Now that the G20 nations have all pledged to dramatically cut government spending in an effort to get debt under control, worries about a double-dip recession have reached a fever pitch.

Jun 30 08:36

Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal

The smugglers had bought the DC-9 with laundered funds they transferred through two of the biggest banks in the U.S.: Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp., Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its August 2010 issue.

This was no isolated incident. Wachovia, it turns out, had made a habit of helping move money for Mexican drug smugglers. Wells Fargo & Co., which bought Wachovia in 2008, has admitted in court that its unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers -- including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UNFLIPPING BELIEVABLE!!!

And this admission came about only because they got caught.

One has to wonder how many of these kinds of deals are still in play with large financial institutions.

Jun 30 08:30

Stimulus or Austerity: The People vs. the Banks

The most powerful nations in the world met recently at the G-20 in Toronto and managed to agree on only one thing of significance: the need to reduce deficits, “half by 2013.” Implied by the statement is the need to lower deficits via “austerity,” meaning eliminating or reducing social programs.

Why does every mainstream political pundit or corporate CEO fanatically agree that reducing deficits is the most important thing to do now? Let Obama explain:

“… if financial markets are skittish and don't have confidence in a country's fiscal soundness, that is also going to undermine our recovery."

Jun 30 08:29

Israel: A Suicidal, Apartheid State By John Mearsheimer

The bungled assault on the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in the flotilla, shows once again that Israel is addicted to using military force yet unable to do so effectively. One would think that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) would improve over time from all the practice. Instead, it has become the gang that cannot shoot straight.

Jun 30 08:24

Hardship Continues for Gazans Despite Easing of Israeli Blockade

Israel may have eased its blockade of the Gaza Strip in response to international pressure, but life for many of the Palestinians living there has so far changed little. Even hardliners in Israel are starting to recognize that the blockade only helps to strengthen Hamas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The alleged Israeli "easing" of the siege against Gaza has been primarily cosmetic, for Western domestic consumption.

The siege needs to be lifted, period, end of discussion. It has had the absolute opposite outcome from what the Israeli government had hoped it would have, and, due to the blockade - according to UNICEF figures, has left 14% of Gazan children malnourished.

Jun 30 08:19

Israel raid on Gaza flotilla was a premeditated 'terrorist attack', say Turkish organizers

As long as the people of Israel and the world public remain silent, they will be supporting the terrorist attack and the inhumane occupation policies of [the] Israeli government, which are complete against the international law," the IHH added.

The IHH said in its report that Israel's decision to block and raid the Gaza-bound flotilla meant that the "Israeli government has waged war on peace," adding that "those who wage war on peace are doomed to lose."

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