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June 11, 2010

Jun 11 23:52

Alison Weir: As Israel Kills and Maims, Outrage is Directed at Helen Thomas

Whenever Israel commits yet another atrocity, its defenders are quick to redirect public attention away from the grisly crime scene.

Currently, there are headlines about allegedly anti-Semitic comments made by senior White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Pundits across the land evince outrage at her off-the-cuff 25-second statement made to a man who appears to be holding a camera right in her face.

Thomas issued a public apology for her words, but this was insufficient to assuage the wounded feelings of powerful antagonists, and she has now retired from a long and distinguished career.

Before we examine her comments and evaluate their possible validity, let’s look at other recent events having to do with Israel.

Jun 11 18:10

Gulf Oil Reaching Atlantic Coast, Ocean By June 20 If Uncontained

A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer.

Jun 11 18:04

Is Chuck Schumer on a Mission From God to Protect Israel?

Near the end of the interview, this is how Schumer reiterated his devotion to the cause of Israel:

"You know, my name .... comes from the word shomer, guardian, watcher. My ancestors were guardians of the ghetto wall in Chortkov. And I believe Hashem actually gave me that name. One of my roles, very important in the United States senate, is to be a shomer — to be a or the shomer Yisrael. And I will continue to be that with every bone in my body ... "

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that the people of New York will decide that Chuck Schumer is so intent on protecting Israel that he is unable to protect New Yorkers, as demonstrated by his failure to protect 19-year old native New Yorker Furkan Dogan from being gunned down in cold blood by Israeli troops, four bullets to the head, in international waters. If Schumer is so devoted to Israel, we should give him a plane ticket and insist he go there.

Jun 11 17:56

Chuck Schumer On Gaza: 'Strangle' Them Economically, 'They Don't Believe In The Torah'



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Jun 11 17:53

Israeli propaganda video removed from YouTube

Jun 11 17:51

Pensacola closes marina as oil breaches bay

Oiled seaweed, sheen and large, orange blobs of oil have been spotted inside Pensacola Bay.

Jun 11 17:44

Under Attack: Mavi Marmara Attacked - Flotilla footage mirrors

Jun 11 17:08

Clinton Catalyzed Gulf Oil Drilling Boom

All three Administrations - Clinton, Bush, and Obama - bear the blame for this abject failure. None took the danger of a massive spill seriously or sought to hold up the massive expansion of off shore drilling until failsafe measures could be developed.

But, as with the subprime crisis, policy initiatives taken during the Clinton years - with the best of motives - were implemented without adequate regulation and without due consideration of the dangers involved. We are now suffering mightily for this failure of foresight and planning.



Jun 11 17:04

Under Scrutiny, IDF Retracts Claims About Flotilla’s Al Qaeda Links

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's online whores are still trying to peddle the lie that the aid flotilla were terrorists, even after Israel has officially retracted the claim. Please post this link everywhere you see the lie promoted.

This is a street brawl for the truth and the first one that quits, loses!

Jun 11 16:32

EXTENDING THE BOYCOTT AGAINST ISRAEL

Israel has made it known publicly that the Boycott is hurting them. There is presently a proposed Bill in the Knesset which, if passed, will virtually outlaw it within the country.

It is time for the world to make it known publicly that they do not support Genocide, Occupation, Piracy and Apartheid.

THE OCCUPATION IS KILLING BOTH ISRAEL AND PALESTINE … HELP US ALL PUT AN END TO IT NOW!

Jun 11 16:31

Schumer Says It ‘Makes Sense’ To ‘Strangle [Gaza] Economically’ Until It Votes The Way Israel Wants

Jun 11 16:26

Truth amid lies, PRES. OBAMA collaborated with Israel on flotilla attack

Report: Obama Nixed Anti-Riot Gear on Flotilla
by Maayana Miskin 06/11/10, 9:25 AM
Israeli troops avoided the use of non-lethal riot gear against passengers on last week's Gaza-bound flotilla in order to appease United States President Barack Obama, according to the World Tribune. Quoting “diplomatic sources,” the paper said Obama nixed the use of equipment such as tear gas to stop the flotilla and demanded that Israel “exercise extreme caution and restraint.”



Jun 11 16:04

Video shows FBI visit to the home of a Palestine solidarity activist

Proof the FBI is a Zionist Agency:

Jun 11 16:02

Houston FBI Special Agent in Charge Speaks to ADL Board

Powers, who was introduced by ADL Board Chair Jay Harberg, spoke at ADL's March Board Meeting, and focused on the FBI's work in the region, especially in regard to hate crimes, civil rights issues, and domestic and foreign terrorism. Powers said the FBI valued its relationship with ADL deeply, and would continue to work with ADL to fight against hatred and for civil rights.

Jun 11 15:59

ISRAEL AND THE WORLD CUP

Of course, Palestine like all other nations, loves football and has always tried to build a national team that can compete and reach global tournaments. But how can this dream come true if we know that Israel misses no opportunity to shatter these dreams in ways such as denying players from travel or even killing them.

A couple of years ago, Palestinians expressed their national pride through a football team that decided to make history with its first ever international home game. Although Palestine has been a FIFA member since 1998 it has been denied a home ground and it has been forced to train and play overseas due to Israeli occupation.

Jun 11 15:17

Israel's Gaza blockade: letting the chips fall where they may

Alan Sabrosky argues that Israel's withholding of food items such as potato chips from Gaza indicates that its strategy is “designed to hurt Palestinians and not to protect Israelis", and that although the Palestinians are now the victims of Israel's "affinity for dominance and inflicting deaths of a thousand cuts", others’ turn will come unless the rogue Jewish state is reined in.

”Too many of us – myself once included – for too long have viewed Israelis as just a particularly nasty variant of a type often seen in the world, something like semi-Semitic Prussians or an apartheid-era South Africa of the Middle East. They are not. They are much worse, and much more dangerous to all of us…”




Jun 11 15:15

Open letter to the Israeli Jewish Public: support the Gaza Flotilla!

Jeff Halper exhorts Israelis to shun the “victim” mentality that blinds them to Palestinian suffering. In an open letter specifically to the Israeli Jewish public before the attack on the Freedom Flotilla, published in Hebrew on the popular website "Ha'oketz", he says Israelis must embrace the campaign to end the Gaza siege – for the sake of humanity and their own self-interest.

Jun 11 14:46

FBI investigate peace activist

At a recent protest in San Francisco, Zionists hurled insults at peace activists and also issued threats such as this:

You’re all being identified, every last one of you…we will find out where you live. We’re going to make your lives difficult..we will disrupt your families…

It would appear that there are Zionists in Austin, Texas, who share the same sentiment and have decided to enlist the services of the FBI in order to pursue their political agenda.

What other plausible explanation can there be as to why the FBI came to question the mother of five shown in this video? She is a part-time registered nurse and part-time peace activist whose only form of “suspicious” behavior is that she has participated in protests calling for justice in Palestine.

Jun 11 14:44

Pope: While Church focused on goods of priesthood, Satan tried to tarnish priests

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"So remember, when your child complains about how sore his hutt is, THAT'S SATAN TALKING TO YOU!!!!" -- Pope Benny the Rat

Jun 11 14:41

Pope sees the Devil behind timing of sex abuse crisis

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This is Pope Benny the Rat's "The Devil Made Me Do it" moment!

Apparently, butt-fucking the little kiddies is cool; but if you call attention to it, you are in league with Satan. Well, hell, it wouldn't be the first time the (Un)Holy Inquisition was rude to the Rivero family!



Jun 11 14:36

From the Ground: BP Censoring Media, Destroying Evidence

While President Obama insists that the federal government is firmly in control of the response to BP's spill in the Gulf, people in coastal communities where I visited last week in Louisiana and Alabama know an inconvenient truth: BP -- not our president -- controls the response. In fact, people on the ground say things are out of control in the gulf.

Even worse, as my latest week of adventures illustrate, BP is using federal agencies to shield itself from public accountability.

Jun 11 14:34

Russia says in talks with Iran on new nuclear plants

Jun 11 14:33

Turkey is Media’s Latest Target for Alleged ‘Terror’ Ties

The Israeli raid on the Gaza flotilla that resulted in the deaths of eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American has led Israel and its supporters to argue that the Turkish government and a prominent Turkish humanitarian organization are “terrorist” sympathizers with ill intentions toward Israel and the United States. In a series of articles, the U.S. corporate press has joined in.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Terrorist: Anyone who complains when Israel guns down their civilians in international waters

Jun 11 14:22

Critics of Israel carry the fight for truth to Israel's facebook page.



Jun 11 13:48

BP Spill Response Plans Severely Flawed

Among the glaring errors in the report: A professor is listed in BP's 2009 response plan for a Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a national wildlife expert. He died in 2005.

The plan lists cold-water marine mammals including walruses, sea otters, sea lions and seals as "sensitive biological resources." None of those animals live anywhere near the Gulf.

Also, names and phone numbers of several Texas A&M University marine life specialists are wrong. So are the numbers for marine mammal stranding network offices in Louisiana and Florida, which are disconnected.

Jun 11 12:23

Israel’s Embargo is about Economic Warfare, Not Security

Despite the fact that spokespersons for the Israeli government and military continue to claim that the economic blockade of Gaza is meant to be measures to protect Israel’s “security,” documents obtained from a McClatchy newspaper investigative reporter indicate that the real motive behind the blockade is something else: economic warfare on the people of Gaza.

McClatchy obtained the government’s written statement from Gisha, the Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, which sued the government for information about the blockade. The Israeli high court upheld the suit, and the government delivered its statement earlier this year.

Jun 11 12:03

Obama proclaims Friday Kamehameha Day

Obama's proclamation says King Kamehameha's legacy is preserved in Ke Kanawai Mamalahoe, or "the Law of the Splintered Paddle."

It says the law protects civilians in times of war and is enshrined in Hawaii's constitution as a "unique and living symbol" of the state's concern for public safety.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless those civilians are on an aid flotilla in international waters being attacked by Israel, of course!

My email to the new combined Star Advertiser...

President Obama has declared today as Kamehameha day at the national level and while we may celebrate the recognition of Kamehameha at the White House, I take issue with Obama’s comment regarding the Law of the Splintered Paddle protecting civilians in time of war.

Where was Obama’s concern for civilians when Israel attacked a humanitarian aid flotilla in international waters and kidnapped 12 American citizens earlier this month, including Honolulu’s own Ann Wright? Why is it that the families of the 11 oil workers from the destroyed oil platform, at best an industrial accident, get feted at the White House while a 19-year old born in New York dies with four bullets to the brain virtually without comment?

The US Government stands alone among all civilized nations in defending the nation that attacked American aid workers on the open ocean. Such treason makes a mockery of Obama’s proclamation of King Kamehameha Day.

Jun 11 11:32

FAA Closes down Gulf of Mexico Air Traffic

All aircraft operations are prohibited except those flights authorized by ATC, routine flights supporting offshore oil operations; federal, state, local and military flight operations supporting oil spill recovery and reconstitution efforts; and air medical and law enforcement operations.



Jun 11 11:28

Who Voted to Limit the Liability of Oil Companies?

In 1990 Congress adopted the Oil Pollution Act. This act set liability limitations to $75 million for oil spills like the one we are witnessing in the Gulf Coast today. Setting a liability limit on damages created by oil drilling can only encourage the lowering and neglect of safety standards and procedures, ultimately causing more oil spills.

Jun 11 11:20

Nazi Germany or Apartheid Israel? You Make the Call!

1. Which country, Nazi Germany or Apartheid Israel, repeatedly told/tells its people that they were/are a type of 'Master Race,' CHOSEN above all to be above all?

2. Which country, Nazi Germany or Apartheid Israel, was/is ruled by paranoid psychos who, thinking the world was/is out to get them, armed themselves with all the latest weapons?

3. Which country, Nazi Germany or Apartheid Israel, was/is helped in securing all of those weapons by factions in the US government and Wall Street?

Jun 11 11:18

Uncle Sam's scam

The Regency age dandy, Beau Brummell, who is credited with having invented trousers, also invented an economic model which could be called a debt spiral. When his tailor would present an unpaid bill, Brummell would order another three outfits, also on credit. Eventually, the dandy owed his tailor so much money that he became the tailor's most valuable customer, whom the tailor couldn't afford to offend in the slightest way for fear of forfeiting all of Brummell's IOUs.

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Indians waking up to the scam

Jun 11 11:17

Japanese PM Naoto Kan warns of Greece-level 'collapse' under debt pile

New Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, seeking to lay the groundwork for a future sales tax rise, warned on Friday that the country risked defaulting on its borrowing if it failed to rein in its massive public debt.



Jun 11 11:15

Edward Peck: Israel "smearing" the opposition

Here's the thing. I just got off a radio interview. One of the things that distresses me is the extent to which Israel has been successful in, for example, getting Americans to ask questions as to why the passengers on that big Turkish ship attacked the Israeli soldiers.

Jun 11 11:12

Madrid gay pride march bans Israelis over Gaza flotilla raids

Jun 11 11:10

In the Summer of 2010

Are you ready for interesting times and an exodus from the United States? A possibly apocryphal ancient Chinese curse goes "May you live in interesting times." Those words may derive from an authentic Chinese proverb: "It is better to be a dog in a peaceful time than be a man in chaos."

Most economic, political and military events are just business as usual for financial elites and the industries beholden to them. They take advantage of real or contrived economic crises, military operations and foreign conflicts the way stockbrokers churn stocks to generate commissions. The collateral damage, causalities, wealth transfers, confiscation and mass hardship are just tricks of the trade.

Jun 11 11:06

US ‘desperately’ trying to keep Wikileaks from publishing US communications about Arab states

Philip Shenon, a former New York Times reporter now writing for Tina Brown's The Daily Beast, alleged late Thursday that the Pentagon is "desperately" searching for the founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks, out of concern he is about to publish classified US State Department cables.

Curiously, the piece cites an American diplomat as saying their chief concern is the leak of communications "prepared by diplomats and State Department officials throughout the Middle East, regarding the workings of Arab governments and their leaders."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The rumor is that these cables further document that Israel is controlling the US Government and its war machine.



Jun 11 11:02

TIMELYTOON ~~ THE SILENCE OF THE SIEGE

Jun 11 11:01

BP Oil Disaster Could Hit Europe Via the Powerful Gulf Stream Current

A cursory look at a map of the Gulf Stream shows that the oil is not just going to cover the beaches in the Gulf, it will spread to the Atlantic coasts up through North Carolina then on to the North Sea and Iceland. And beyond the damage to the beaches, sea life and water supplies, the Gulf stream has a very distinct chemistry, composition (marine organisms), density, temperature. What happens if the oil and the dispersants and all the toxic compounds they create actually change the nature of the Gulf Stream? No one can rule out potential changes including changes in the path of the Gulf Stream, and even small changes could have huge impacts. Europe, including England, is not an icy wasteland due to the warming from the Gulf Stream.

Jun 11 11:00

IDF-hired driver: 'Why did they kill so few?'

Patriotism, or very bad taste? Civilians driving on the Trans-Israel Highway 6 on Friday could not ignore a sign posted on a bus driving on the road, which conveyed a controversial message to the commandos who took park in the interception of the Gaza-bound flotilla: "Shayetet 13, shame on you. Why did you kill so few?"

Even more surprising is that the bus itself was hired by the Israel Defense Forces and was driving soldiers home for the weekend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the way in which this allegedly took place creates distance from both the Israeli government and military, the message was clearly engineered more for international consumption, rather than domestic.

That message is that the world can expect more vicious, murderous violence from Israel for anyone daring to attempt to bring humanitarian goods of any kind into Gaza by sea.

Jun 11 10:58

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ MOMENT OF SILENCE RESOUNDS IN NEW YORK FOR VICTIMS OF THE FLOTILLA MASSACRE

Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered at the All Souls Unitarian Church in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night. They gathered to hear a first hand report from Ann Wright, a retired US Army Colonel who was a passenger on the ship that was hijacked by the Israeli Navy.



Jun 11 10:58

THE WORLD CUP AND APARTHEID

As the Anti-Privatization Forum of South Africa has written, “Our government has managed, in a fairly short period of time, to deliver ‘world class’ facilities and infrastructure that the majority of South Africans will never benefit from or be able to enjoy. The APF feels that those who have been so denied, need to show all South Africans as well as the rest of the world who will be tuning into the World Cup, that all is not well in this country, that a month long sporting event cannot and will not be the panacea for our problems. This World Cup is not for the poor – it is the soccer elites of FIFA, the elites of domestic and international corporate capital and the political elites who are making billions and who will be benefiting at the expense of the poor.”

Jun 11 10:55

Hypocrisy Reigns

Things internationally are so dispiriting there's nothing left to do but fantasize. I picture Turkey, as a member of NATO, demanding that the alliance come to its defense after being attacked by Israel. Under Article 5 of the NATO charter an armed attack on one member is deemed to constitute an armed attack on all members. That is the ostensible reason NATO is fighting in Afghanistan — the attack against the United States on September 11, 2001 is regarded as an attack on all NATO members (disregarding the awkward fact that Afghanistan as a country had nothing to do with the attack). The Israeli attack on a Turkish-flagged ship, operated by a Turkish humanitarian organization, killing nine Turkish nationals and wounding many more can certainly constitute an attack upon a NATO member.

Jun 11 10:53

US reaction to flotilla attack is unacceptable

Obama should have called for legal action to be taken against those who committed the piracy. He should have called for the humanitarian goods to be delivered, without hindrance, to the people of Gaza. Instead, in a bizarre interview with Larry King, Obama managed to infuriate the Arab world by saying that there had been "missiles raining down on Israeli cities along the Israel/Gaza border", which never happened. It is true that a few missiles were fired over civilian targets, which was wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those few rockets fired into Israel, hardly more than fireworks that usually seem to hit empty fields, are home-built and untraceable. Given Israel's long history of false-flag attacks, and the fact that these rockets fly when Israel most needs them to, one cannot rule out the possibility that these rockets are in fact Israeli propaganda tools.

Jun 11 10:40

Torture Of Palestinian Child Prisoners "Widespread And Institutionalised"

Each year around 700 Palestinian children are arrested, interrogated and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. From 100 testimonies, from different age groups and locations, DCI found that 69% were beaten or kicked and 81% made forced confessions during interrogations, which would commonly take place with the prisoner blindfolded and handcuffed. 32% signed confessions in Hebrew.

DCI also submitted 50 cases of children suffering extreme abuse. These include ’M.S’, 16, who was "arrested at 2am, threatened with rape, beaten with a chair, then signed a confession in Hebrew". ’Muhammad H.’, also 16, "breaks leg during arrest, hit with helmet and iron rod, nose broken".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, torturing kids is part of the "brave" behaviour against Palestinian children from "the only democracy in the Middle East"?

Torturing anyone is morally reprehensible; but the torture of children is particularly vile, and yet that is what has become institutionalized in the Israeli penal system.



Jun 11 10:39

Gaza flotilla attack: activist releases new footage

New footage has emerged of the Israeli assault on a convoy of aid ships headed to Gaza in which nine activists were killed.

The high-quality film was reportedly recorded by New York-based documentary maker Iara Lee aboard the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship that bore the brunt of the Israeli attacks.

Israel attempted to confiscate all footage recorded by participants in the Gaza Freedom flotilla – including taking away mobile phones – but Lee managed to smuggle one hour of video out of the country by hiding it in her underwear, it was reported.

Jun 11 10:37

Obama Goes with Neocon Flow on Iran

Whether wittingly or witlessly, President Barack Obama is pursuing a neocon-charted path on Iran that parallels the one that George W. Bush took to war with Iraq – ratcheting up sanctions against the “enemy,” refusing to tolerate more peaceful options, and swaggering along with the propagandistic tough-guy-ism of the major U.S. news media.

The Obama administration is celebrating its victory in getting the UN Security Council on Wednesday to approve a fourth round of economic sanctions against Iran. Obama also is expected to sign on to even more draconian penalties that should soon sail through Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We know why Obama is pushing for a war with Iran (or anyone). Absent a new war, this November's elections will be about the economy, the oil disaster, ]the already bogged down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and of course the attack by Israel on Americans in international waters and the US Government's treasonous defense of the Israelis.

Jun 11 10:35

License to Kill: Obama blurs the line between warfare and summary execution.

Nearly a decade after the September 11 attacks, we still have not settled the question of how to deal with terrorism suspects. Should they be in military or civilian custody? Should they receive trials, and if so what kind? After years of acrimonious debate, President Obama is offering a way to settle this argument once and for all: Why not just kill them?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how soon Obama will be "importing" this tactic to right here in the US, to be used against anyone with a legitimate disagreement with the US Government's domestic or foreign policies?!?

And if you think for one moment such a thing couldn't happen here in the US, you haven't been paying attention.

Senators Lieberman and McCain, who collectively never met a section of the Constitution or Bill of Rights they didn't despise, have introduced "the Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act", which would empower the U.S. military to arrest anyone, U.S. citizen or otherwise, who is suspected of terrorist associations and detain them indefinitely, without right to a trial.

How's that for "gulag-think"?!? And what mechanism is there of this provision to prevent such people from simply "disappearing" in custody? NONE.

Jun 11 10:29

Shocking Testimonials from the Mavi Marmara survivors. And one Israeli fembot by Lauren Booth

One of the most striking trends following the flotilla attack has been how quickly Israeli hasbara is being exposed by internet journalists. The doctored IOF audio clips, where amateurs with mock Arab accents hiss ‘Go back to Aushwitz’ to Israeli naval officers. Well they didn’t take long to pull apart did they? Then there are the (so-pathetic-they’re-almost-funny claims the flotilla was linked to Al Quaeda. I laughed out loud to read in an Israeli paper that humanitarian activist (and former US marine) Ken O’Keefe was going to Gaza to; ‘train a commando unit in Hamas.’ I know Ken fairly well. Quite frankly I’m not sure who should be more insulted by this stupidity him or Hamas?



Jun 11 10:27

The Banality of Occupation

While the world has been rightfully focused on the Gaza Flotilla, the banality of occupation goes on. In this video (originally posted on Coteret), a twelve year old boy is arrested in Bil’in. An international activist and the boy’s mother plead with the soldiers to release him, but the soldiers ignore them completely, with the complete power of the occupier. The child was apparently working in his olive groves with his family. As the boy is taken away, you can see, not far away at all, the buildings of the nearest settlement. Just another day in Palestine.

Jun 11 10:25

Rachel Corrie and Furkan Dogan: Murdered American Heroes

“You [Israel] killed 19-year-old Furkan Dogan brutally. Which faith, which holy book can be an excuse for killing him? ... The sixth commandment says, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ Did you not understand? I'll say again. I say in English, ‘You shall not kill.’ Did you still not understand? So I'll say to you in your own language. I say in Hebrew, ‘Lo Tirtzakh.’” – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 4 June 2010

In the past seven years, two Americans were unjustly, maliciously and violently killed by the Israel “Defense” Forces (IDF). Both had unwittingly given their lives for Gaza, and in the aftermath of their murders, their government forsook them.

Jun 11 10:24

Boehner : Taxpayers–Should Help Pay For Oil Spill

Congressional Democrats and the White House are toying with different ways to force BP to cover the costs of damages from the Gulf oil spill. But they face stiff opposition from industry...and it seems leading Republicans. In response to a question from TPMDC, House Minority Leader John Boehner said he believes taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The essential nature of a fascist economy is that profits are kept private, but losses are socialized across the general population. Now We The People did not blow up that well. And the US Government is supposed, via the MMS, to oversee the safety of the drilling process. But even though the MMS was already plagued with corruption and incompetency scandals when Obama took office, Obama was too busy taking care of Israel to bother with the American people; a triage he maintains to this very day.

So why should We The People pay for BP's screwup and the US Government's failure to keep watch on this nation's infrastructure? Of course, we know that one way or the other the people get stuck with the bills, either through taxes or increased prices for oil products, but the kowtowing to the oil company in an election year is rather reckless, don't you think?

Jun 11 10:22

Hypocrisy Reigns. "The World has been taken over by Lying, Hypocritical, Mass-murdering Madmen"

Things internationally are so dispiriting there's nothing left to do but fantasize. I picture Turkey, as a member of NATO, demanding that the alliance come to its defense after being attacked by Israel. Under Article 5 of the NATO charter an armed attack on one member is deemed to constitute an armed attack on all members. That is the ostensible reason NATO is fighting in Afghanistan — the attack against the United States on September 11, 2001 is regarded as an attack on all NATO members (disregarding the awkward fact that Afghanistan as a country had nothing to do with the attack). The Israeli attack on a Turkish-flagged ship, operated by a Turkish humanitarian organization, killing nine Turkish nationals and wounding many more can certainly constitute an attack upon a NATO member.


Thanks to those who just chipped in. We are good until July 1!!


Jun 11 10:19

ISRAEL’S GAZA BLOCKADE

Consider first of all Israel’s defense of its blockade of Gaza as something that is essential for its security, with the accompanying embargo on products that it allows to enter Gaza officially being intended to deprive Hamas of anything that might strengthen its position there, and allow it to strike Israel anywhere with anything. This is the theme reiterated by Israeli officials when they halt land convoys and intercept sea-going ones, and applauded by its cheerleaders in the US Congress and the mainstream media in the US and elsewhere.

Jun 11 10:16

Joe Biden: In Israel’s Service

Israel appears to be in more serious trouble diplomatically than at any time in its history following the botched attack by an “elite” commando squad on the Mavi Marmara that left at least nine dead and scores wounded. Thanks to Al-Jazeera and Iran’s PressTV, whose reporters were aboard the ship, much of the world was able to watch the attack unfold on its TV and computer screens and the result has been an avalanche of outrage and ongoing protests against the Jewish state. Within Israel this has led to finger-pointing and calls for resignations while its hasbara machinery has gone rapidly into damage-control and disinformation mode.

Jun 11 10:16

BP oil leak aftermath: Slow-motion tragedy unfolds for marine life

According to marine biologist Rick Steiner, my companion on a boat ride through the slick, this is the most volatile and toxic form of crude oil in the waters and lapping on to the beaches of Grand Isle, the area at the heart of the slowly unfolding environmental apocalypse that has engulfed Louisiana, and is now moving eastwards, threatening Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

Fifty-three days after BP's ruptured well began spewing crude oil from 5,000ft below the sea, the wholesale slaughter of dolphins, pelicans, hermit crab and other marine life is only now becoming readily visible to humans.

Jun 11 10:15

Good News For Arizona! Hispanics abandon Arizona, fleeing economy, immigration law



Jun 11 10:09

Israel plans to send bill to Palestinians over boycotts

Embattled and increasingly isolated, a group of politicians are now proposing a bill that would outlaw boycotts against the Jewish State, both homegrown and international.

The Land of Israel, a right-wing parliamentary lobby group committed to Jewish settlement of the West Bank, submitted the bill with the support of 25 politicians from right wing and centrist parties. If approved, it could theoretically force the Palestinian Authority (PA) to pay thousands of dollars in compensation to Jewish businesses affected by the Fayyad-led boycott campaign, a scenario that would likely spark furious reaction from Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This bill, if passed, will only make Israel look more vindictively petty and foolish than it already does to the rest of the thinking world.And note the arrogance in Israel saying they will pass a law that makes INTERNATIONAL boycotts illegal!! Under what jurisdiction?

Jun 11 10:03

It's Official: There was No Humanitarian Aid on Mavi Marmara

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed Israel's representatives the world over that there were never any humanitarian supplies or equipment aboard the Mavi Marmara

The equipment includes:

1. 300 wheelchairs
2. 300 new mobility scooters
3. 100 special mobility scooters for the disabled
4. Hundreds of crutches
5. 250 hospital beds
6. 50 sofas
7. Four tons of medicine
8. 20 tons of clothing, carpets, school bags, cloth and shoes
9. Various hospital equipment - closets and cabinets, operating theater equipment, etc.
10. Playground equipment
11. Mattresses

The equipment does not constitute humanitarian aid in the accepted sense (basic foodstuffs, new and functional equipment, fresh medicines).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, the Israeli government has now confirmed, officially and undeniably, that it is utterly, collectively, barking mad.

To not characterize these items as "humanitarian aid" completely, and totally insane.

Jun 11 10:03

Debt Facade Cracking in U.K. as Sovereign Contagion Spreads

I said the implosion in Greece’s stock and interest rate markets — stemming from concerns about that country’s massive debt and deficit problems — were a huge red flag. They foretold a collapse in other sovereign debt markets, with collateral damage in currencies and equities.

Lo and behold, markets are now weakening worldwide. And this week, the contagion spread to the U.K. The British pound got hammered, while the FTSE 100 Index rolled over, amid concern the U.K. would be the next domino to fall!

Jun 11 10:02

Obama adminn left Israel hanging out to dry three separate times - John Bolton

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Bolton.

The job of the President of the United States is not to take care of Israel but to take care of the United States.

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.

While Obama and Congress take care of Israel, our roads crumble, our bridges fall, our flood control fails, our economy crashes, our mines cave-in, and our oil wells explode. Clearly, until our problems here at home are resolved, caring for Israel even as it attacks Americans in international waters is a luxury this nation cannot afford.

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

Jun 11 09:58

For the US in Afghanistan, the News Is Bad

While U.S. officials insist they are making progress in reversing the momentum built up by the Taliban insurgency over the last several years, the latest news from Afghanistan suggests the opposite may be closer to the truth.

Even senior military officials are conceding privately that their much-touted new counterinsurgency strategy of "clear, hold and build" in contested areas of the Pashtun southern and eastern parts of the country are not working out as planned despite the "surge" of some 20,000 additional U.S. troops over the past six months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO are seen as occupiers by the Afghan people, and have installed a puppet government so collectively crooked and corrupt that they have to screw their socks on in the morning.

The Afghan people "do not hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are indiscriminately murdering their sons, daughters, wives, cousins, and friends. They want they country back, and one can hardly blame them for this

The US and NATO invaded, and continues to occupy this country, to achieve two outcomes.

The first was the "pacification" of the country to the degree where oil pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.

We are absolutely no closer to achieving that outcome than we were almost 9 years ago when this immoral and illegal war began.

The second outcome, about which one can well say, "mission accomplished", is the control of the lucrative drug trade, which the Taliban had almost completely eradicated under their watch.

So our and NATO'S military, our and their young men and women, are fighting, getting maimed, and dying for oil and drugs.

As late as August of 2001, the Bush Administration was negotiating with the Taliban for the pipeline rights, but considered the cost asked by the Taliban as "too high".

Apparently, they didn't believe that the cost of war, in blood and money, was at all "too high" a price for the citizens of this country to pay.

And this is where the situation stands today.

An intelligent, enlightened US government leadership would understand that even if President Incompetent were to invoke a draft, it would be too little, too late to stem the tide here.

However, Obama has made a colossal blunder in embracing this war as his own, somehow having bought in to the "magical thinking" of the Pentagon that this war could possibly be won, in a military context.

One would hope that the US military had absorbed the lessons of Viet Nam by now, but tragically, this hasn't happened.

We need to leave, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing regarding the rights to the oil pipelines.

But of course, that... would be logical.

Jun 11 09:47

5 Reasons To Give Helen Thomas A Break Already

Jun 11 09:44

American Base In Israel.

Many have written asking me about the Barry Chamish Report of the American Base here in Israel. Barry and I went there today and I can tell you that it is there. In fact, it isn’t even being hidden, but how would they hide such a thing anyway. What they are doing is saying it is a storage facility and the US is building it for Israel. But let me tell you that makes absolutely no sense. I don’t know how many buildings are already constructed or what they are for but we can make some good guesses.

Jun 11 09:44

The Day When Obama Took Off His Mask

On May 18, the Obama Administration introduced a draft into the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programs. This was the US official answer to an agreement brokered by Brazil and Turkey on May 17 to revive last year’s arrangement for Iran to exchange much of its low-enriched uranium for fuel rods for its research reactor in Tehran. With this decision, the US has shown its contempt not only to Iran, Brazil and Turkey but also to the whole world that has welcomed the Tehran Declaration and supports a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

Jun 11 09:42

Reporters Without Borders: 15 journalists still missing

Reporters Without Borders is urging the Israeli authorities to release a list of the journalists who were arrested during Monday's raid on the humanitarian flotilla and to say where they are being held.

There were at least 15 foreign journalists travelling with the flotilla who still cannot be reached directly, the Paris-based media watchdog said.

Jun 11 09:42

IHH head says Zionists brazenly lie. He confirms Jews threw corpses into sea

Bulent Yildirim, head of the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), promised to continue to send ships to the Gaza Strip until lifting of the siege, despite the fact that the Jews staged a bloody massacre on the Mavi Marmara ferry.

He confirmed that the Jews threw the bodies of killed activists into sea. It is to be mentioned that, according to activists of the humanitarian mission, the bodies of at least 10 people killed by Jews were thrown into the sea and drowned, and the Jews declared them missing.

Jun 11 09:41

British Firm Cuts Ties with Israeli Company after Flotilla Raid

British company RedRat announced to Israeli company Disk-In Pro that despite years of cooperation, it would no longer work with the Israeli company because of Israel's policy in the Gaza Strip.

"A few days ago we received an email from RedRat which said they would not continue to work with us because of the flotilla events," Dana Levinger, marketing manager at Disk-In Pro, told Ynet. "We are a planning company which also sets up visitors centers. RedRat sells us external cards that enable control of televisions and projectors, and we have worked with them for seven years."

Jun 11 09:40

Our tax dollars at work: GAZA Freedom Flotilla - Israelis threw bodies overboard?

"The soldiers shot a doctor who surrendered and they threw dead bodies into the sea. We still don't know what happened to them"

“Kevin Ovenden of Britain said a man who had pointed a camera at the soldiers was shot directly through the forehead with live ammunition, with the exit wound blowing away the back of his skull.”

Jun 11 09:37

Russia Moves Forward on Defense Missiles, Nuclear Plants for Iran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced today that they are in new talks with Iran on construction of additional nuclear power plants in the nation, and that they may still deliver the S-300 Missile Defense System to Iran, though no date was given for this delivery.

The S-300 systems are purely defensive in nature, but would make a prospective Israeli attack against Iran considerably more difficult.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia's intended delivery of this system strongly suggests that Russia and Iran are working together to deter any invasion, and the passage of the UN Security Council Sanctions has little actual effect on Iran, but forces Israel and the US to wait even longer before they can justify an attack.

Jun 11 09:34

Israel killed more than 9, threw wounded into sea, witnesses say

Planes carrying 520 aid volunteers and nine dead bodies of activists killed by Israeli security forces on Monday returned home on Thursday, with many claiming mistreatment at the hands of Israeli military officers and other officials and additional allegations that not everyone has returned.

Jun 11 09:31

Israel keeping Gaza aid seized

Tons of humanitarian aid remains confiscated by Israel which seized the cargos in a bloody assault on the international convoy bearing them.

The relief supplies amount to 10,000 tons of construction material, medical equipment and school supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's propagandists are trying to claim that HAMAS will not allow the aid to pass through to Gaza. Now it appears that Israel is simply keeping it, and trying once again to shift the blame into others.

Jun 11 09:31

Kyrgyzstan imposes emergency as clashes kill 37

Kyrgyzstan's interim government declared a state of emergency and slapped a curfew on southern parts of the country on Friday as ethnic clashes left at least 37 people dead and more than 500 wounded.

Interim President Roza Otunbayeva, whose government has struggled to assert its rule over the ex-Soviet Central Asian state since taking power amid unrest in April, backed off earlier statements that authorities had regained control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very dicey very quickly. The real question is, to whom is the military loyal at this point, President Otunbayeva, or her predecessor?

Jun 11 09:27

T-Shirt Critical of Hitler and Gun Control Banned by eBay

A T-shirt that warns against how dictators like Hitler used gun control to disarm their victims has been sensationally banned by eBay after the online auction giant labeled the garment “Nazi propaganda” despite the fact that it carries an anti-Nazi message.

Jun 11 09:26

Gulf Oil Spill ‘Could Go Years’ If Not Dealt With

What the enormoity of the oil spill does is to also further discredit clearly the oil companies’ myth of “peak oil” which claims that the world is at or near the “peak” of economical oil extraction. That myth, which has been propagated in recent years by circles close to former oilman and Bush Vice President, Dick Cheney, has been effectively used by the giant oil majors to justify far higher oil prices than would be politically possible otherwise, by claiming a non-existent petroleum scarcity crisis.

Jun 11 09:25

Chamber President Says His Group Will Find Way to Get Government to Share Cost of Gulf Coast Clean-Up

The head of the United States Chamber of Commerce said Friday that his group is not yet lobbying against legislative efforts to raise BP’s liability cap, viewing the issue as not yet "ripe."

He signaled, however, that his group would figure out a way to get the government to share in the cost of cleaning up the Gulf Coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Tom Donahue: BP is the culprit here, not We the People, who are already, just in case you haven't noticed it,taxed to death. You are also dealing with a government which is totally broke, to the tune of 13 trillion in the red.

You talk about "the government" sharing the cost of cleaning up the Gulf Coast, as though it has absolutely no relationship to how much more the taxpayers are going to have to pay to get this handled.

This is BP's mess: BP should bear full responsibility for cleaning it up.

Jun 11 09:24

Germany retires more than half of its subs

The German navy surprisingly decommissioned more than half of its submarines, a move observers say is part of a larger effort to cut costs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not giving Israel any more freebie subs could save Germany a bundle!

Jun 11 09:20

Germany and Italy demands participation of Quartet in Investigations

Germany and Italy announced that they want the international Quartet of mediators in the Middle East to participate to achieve "a transparent and impartial" investigation in the Israeli raid on an aid convoy which was heading to Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bibi's reply : " There is no need for Germans or Italians in any investigation,
'cause we have very capable people overhere..and if you want to know what happened, I'll give you Mark Regev's telephone!"

Jun 11 09:18

Class Struggles Heat Up in Greece

Workers in Greece today stand in the forefront of the converging European class struggles against big capital's attempt to make working people pay the costs of its crisis.

Jun 11 09:18

Human rights group: BP discouraging crews from using respirators

BP's logic seems to be that if the oil cleanup doesn't look dangerous then it must not be. The oil company has told workers not to wear respirators because it's bad for public relations, according to one human rights group.

"In all three states that I've visited, fishermen said when they went out to work on the cleanup, that if they tried to bring respirators they were told it was unnecessary equipment and would only spread hysteria," Kennedy told Fox News Friday.

"When I went out with eleven people, we had respirators on and within half an hour, all of our eyes were burning and our throats were closing and we all had headaches," she explained.

Kennedy was also concerned that BP was refusing to release information about the contents of the dispersant being used.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember right after 9/11, and rescue workers were told that the air was completely safe to breathe?

Unflipping believable.

Jun 11 09:17

Another Helen Thomas poll! Should Helen Thomas’ Nameplate Be Removed From Her Press Seat?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please share. The Megaphonies are already working to skew this one!

Jun 11 09:06

Obama wants more money for Afghanistan war. Will Congress grant it?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban had all but eradicated the opium growers before the US invasion. So why is cheap Afghani heroin flooding into the United States?

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In Afghan fields the poppies grow.

Between the crosses.

Row on row.

Jun 11 08:58

Ami Ayalon speaking about the Gaza Flotilla, the importance of a two-state solution to Israel's security, and why bold leadership is needed now to achieve peace for Israel.

Ami Ayalon speaking about the Gaza Flotilla, the importance of a two-state solution to Israel's security, and why bold leadership is needed now to achieve peace for Israel.

Jun 11 08:56

My Take: The flotilla’s lessons for Mideast peace advocates

“Winning” for Israel should mean achieving a safe, Jewish and democratic Israel. Perpetuating the occupation and relying only on force and power against Hamas is a losing strategy.

Jun 11 08:56

Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) paper

It calls Israel's armed forces a "500-pound gorilla in Israel. Well armed and trained. Operates in both Gaza and the West Bank. Known to disregard international law to accomplish mission. Very unlikely to fire on American forces. Fratricide a concern especially in air space management."

Of the MOSSAD, the Israeli intelligence service, the SAMS officers say: "Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act."

Jun 11 08:53

Birther facing gun charges .. Georgia militiaman said he wanted to seize Sweetwater

there are so many things seriously "wrong" with this story im not even going to go into it!
I'll let you figure it all out!

For your reading pleasure and daily dose of Propaganda!
I bring you
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/jun/11/birther-facing-gun-charges/

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Jun 11 08:50

Debt Can Never Be Repaid, By Bankster Design

The creation of the Federal Reserve will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest tragedies in American history. After all, the government handed over the right to print the nation’s currency AND charge interest to a private, for-profit corporation with foreign stockholders. The Federal Reserve was given the right to simply print massive sums of money out of thin air and then charge the American taxpayer interest on that money.

Jun 11 08:49

A New and Controversial Book by a Firearms Expert May Finally Reveal the Definitive Truth in Kennedy's Assassination

In his conclusions, as a result of a three-year study of the president's shooting, Mr. Martin attests that the evidence shows that the first gunman took one shot, with the second and third gunmen taking two shots each. He has also discovered that different caliber rifles were used for the first, third and fifth and final shot. The book also exposes the many contradictions and fallacies contained in the Warren Report, regarding the shooting of our president. Additionally, it also explains why it can be concluded that the "magic bullet" found in Parkland Memorial Hospital was evidence planted after the fact, to directly incriminate Oswald in the murder of the president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not much controversy from where I sit. This guy seems to have pretty much nailed it!

Jun 11 08:43

An Appeal to Parliamentarians Worldwide for MK Haneen Zoubi

MK Haneen Zoubi (BALAD) faces death threats as the Israeli Knesset House Committee votes to revoke her Parliamentary privileges for participating in the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid Flotilla and protesting against the blockade.

Jun 11 08:41

Averting Another Gaza

The whole world was shocked by the tragic consequences of the Israeli military operation conducted in international waters against the “Peace Flotilla” convoy of ships. The human cost is unacceptable. Nothing can justify the use of such violence, and our countries immediately condemned it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My letter to the New York Times (Feel free to copy and use)

Re:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/opinion/11iht-edkouchner.html

While I share the world’s revulsion at Israel’s attack on an unarmed aid flotilla in international waters I take strong exception to the comment made by the authors of this piece in the third paragraph. HAMAS did not stage a coup d’état against the Palestinian authority. HAMAS won the elections, and it was FATAH that tried to forcibly remove HAMAS, but failed. An official Israel government documented reported by McClatchy news only yesterday confirms that the purpose of the blockade is not Israel’s defense, but to force the Gazans to surrender their elected government and accept Israeli rule via their proxy Fatah. That the list of items banned by Israel in Gaza included potato chips, shaving cream, candy and cookies demonstrates that defense is not the issue here.

Israel’s attempt to coerce acceptance of al alternate government in Gaza is a mirror of the attempt by the USSR in 1948 and 1949 to blockade West Berlin in order to starve that city into accepting Soviet rule via their proxy East Germany. The world reacted quite differently back then, mounting the Berlin airlift, flying 13,000 tons of food and necessities into West Berlin daily on the principle that no government has a right to starve another people into changing their political system.

Instead of such heroism, today we see the US Government, at a time when our economy is collapsing, our bridges falling, mines caving in, and oil wells exploding, marching along in perfect goose-step to defend Israel for their attack on a US-flagged ship in the flotilla, the Challenger 1 and the kidnapping of 12 Americans in international waters, with the shooting death of a 19 year old boy from New York. Quite a far cry from the days when President Teddy Roosevelt sent a fleet of battleships to the Mideast with orders to destroy Morocco if businessman Ion Perdecaris was not immediately returned (he was). And as I recall, the US Sixth Fleet is even now killing Somalians for the exact same actions of hijacking and kidnapping in international waters that Israel has just committed against the US. Turkey, and Greece!

Before we can solve the problems in the Mideast, why have to solve the problems here in this country, and ask ourselves why the US Government, so ready to invade Iran and Iraq over non-existent nuclear weapons, turn a blind eye to an attack on Americans while defending the attacker!

Jun 11 08:11

Democratic Party Defends Israeli Attack

Tens of thousands of Israelis protested in the streets of Tel Aviv last weekend against their right-wing government's attack on an unarmed humanitarian aid flotilla sailing in international waters. International condemnation of the raids continued in foreign capitals. Meanwhile, in Washington, Democratic congressional leaders were lining up alongside their Republican colleagues to defend the Israeli assault.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's slaves polish their chains!

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.

Memorize this list of Israel's whores in the US Government and vote them out of office before it is your children being murdered by Israel! There is no more important issue this election!

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

Jun 11 08:02

It's Not a "Defense" Department

The U.S. military budget, and the add-on war budget, and the total of the two have all been headed upwards for years and have been headed upwards for the past year and a half. Yes, I know, all you hear about is the one airplane that the so-called Secretary of Defense doesn't want but that Congress insists on giving him anyway. But he and the President have twice asked for a larger overall budget and twice been given it. And almost none of it has anything to do with defense.

Jun 11 07:58

IRS Made Untimely or Inappropriate Lien Determinations of $1.4 Billion

The IRS made untimely or inappropriate lien determinations for more than $1.4 billion in delinquent taxes, according to a new report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

Jun 11 07:57

Man shot dead at East Jerusalem checkpoint

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like the Rabbis walking into Al Aqsa, or the bulldozing of Palestinian homes in the Jordan Valley, Israel seems bent on a campaign of provocations to try to trigger a violent response by the Palestinians that Israel can use to reclaim its illusion of victimhood with which to deflect criticism of their war crimes.

Jun 11 07:55

Analyst to Money Managers: Take Your Cell Phones with You on Vacation; Greece Could Default in August

Jun 11 07:52

3-minute video: comedians Clarke and Dawe explain the European/American debt crisis

*hyperlinks and brilliant video at source*

The following video artfully shows the ridiculous “modern” monetary system of nations creating national “debt supplies” rather than “money supplies.” To understand the mechanics of this problem and the obvious solutions, read,

“Either pay the national debt with monetary reform or kiss your assets goodbye.”

For my academic explanation of our oligarchic economic condition:

“Open proposal to US higher education: end oligarchy economics, save trillions with education.”

For my citizen appeal to end unlawful US wars and Orwellian destruction of the US Constitution the same way Nazi Germany destroyed their constitution in step-by-step fashion:

Jun 11 07:36

Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Linked in reply to the US tantrum at the IAEA today.

Once again the USA shows that its definition of a nuclear free middle east is that Israel be the only nuclear power, even though it has never signed the NNPT or allows IAEA inspections. Once again the US Government proves that it serves not the American people, but Israel!

Jun 11 07:35

How BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil find was originally reported in September 2009

Below are a few media reports from September 2009 discussing the BP Gulf of Mexico Tiber Oil Field find when it originally hit the newswires. This was the deepest oil and gas well in human history, going to a depth of 35,000 feet. Exploratory drilling began in March 2009. Deepwater Horizon did not commence until September 2009. Only the second story from Bloomberg hints at the "volatility" related to the find and the need for "caution."

Read more: http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2010/05/how-bps-deepwater-horizon-oil-...

Jun 11 06:50

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 11 of 13

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

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

Jun 11 06:37

Israelis reflect on flotilla raid

Gen Uzi Dayan, a former deputy chief of staff, said if Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to try to come to Gaza by ship, the Israeli navy should "sink it" and see it as "an act of war".

Jun 11 06:31

That solar sinking feeling

When I last wrote about the solar activity situation, things were (as Jack Horkheimer used to say) “looking up”. Now, well, the news is a downer. From the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) all solar indices are down, across the board.

Jun 11 06:28

Toxic Corexit dispersant chemicals remained secret as feds colluded with Big Business

After weeks of silence on the issue, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally decided to go public with the list of ingredients used to manufacture Corexit, the chemical dispersant used by BP in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. There are two things about this announcement that deserve our attention: First, the ingredients that have been disclosed are extremely toxic, and second, why did the EPA protect the oil industry's "trade secrets" for so long by refusing to disclose these ingredients until now?

Jun 11 06:19

Doomed Labour's £1.3 TRILLION last spending spree revealed: As the economy nosedived, your millions were wasted on grandiose schemes

The extraordinary extent of Labour's final spending spree - which cost the public purse £1.3trillion even as the economy was sinking - was laid bare for the first time last night.

Bills included £50million to promote ballet and music, £5.6million for pensions for the Royal Household and £38.4million for gipsy encampments.

Details of the spending - which saw public expenditure rise by 15 per cent over two years - are contained in a vast Treasury database which the Coalition has made public.

Jun 11 05:24

A Short Review of Official 9-11 Conspiracy Theory

Eight years later, the American people continue to live in the aftermath of 9/11 and deal with its ongoing repercussions. Is this just another machination of power on the timeline of history? If so, the real question is what happens next? Or better yet, what can we do to prevent another 9/11?
Jun 11 04:50

The World Cup as Maximum Weapon of Social Control

John Ross
Counterpunch
Thursday, June 10, 2010If the national team wins or acquits itself well, success will strengthen the government in charge no matter how poorly it has served the country. Likewise, a shoddy performance can topple rulers. In Mexico, increasingly unpopular president Felipe Calderon who won high office in fraud-marred elections three years ago is banking on the national selection’s triumphs in the opening round to invigorate his deteriorating image. Calderon’s bet is hardly a sure thing.

Jun 11 02:43

US Slams Mention of Israeli Nukes at IAEA Meeting

US officials reacted angrily today at the inclusion of Israel’s nuclear arsenal as a topic of discussion for the IAEA meeting, insisting that it was “untimely and uncalled for.”

Jun 11 01:40

Governor of Louisiana: National Guard staging for “effort to evacuate” communities impacted by oil spill

"Currently, our Soldiers and Airmen are staging for and are engaged in the planning of the effort to evacuate and provide security and clean up for the coastal communities expected to be impacted by the oil spill. They are engaged in the protection of vital infrastructure to include medical facilities, fuel distribution, interstate highways, water-ice distribution and power facilities which are all vital to the recovery of coastal Louisiana."

June 10, 2010

Jun 10 22:54

What does Schlumberger know about the Deep Water Horizon Accident?

On May 19th Reuters ran a story about employees of Shlumberger leaving the rig of the Deepwater Horizon the very same day of the catastrophe...

...BP contracted Schlumberger (SLB) to run the Cement Bond Log (CBL) test that was the final test on the plug that was skipped. The people testifying have been very coy about mentioning this, and you'll see why.

SLB is an extremely highly regarded (and incredibly expensive) service company. They place a high standard on safety and train their workers to shut down unsafe operations.

Jun 10 22:44

Italian flotilla journalist: My credit card was used after IDF confiscated it

An Italian journalist who was detained by the Israel Defense Forces following the raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla says his credit card was used to purchase items after it was confiscated by the Israeli authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now that is just sooooooooooooooo tacky!

Jun 10 22:19

The primary enemy to the health and well-being of the American republic is (drum roll, please)…corporate hegemony.

"When a part of society is said to have hegemony, it means that sector has the influence to make the larger society see things their way.

Their point of view becomes the accepted norm; their way of thinking becomes the conventional wisdom.

Such a situation exists with corporations in 21st century America."

Jun 10 22:17

Silencing Gaza flotilla activists in the United States

The Israeli government, with the aid of its many proxies- especially in the Jewish institutional world, is working overtime after the Mavi Mavera massacre to paint the Gaza flotilla participants as terrorists.

Apparently–jamming satellite communications, absconding with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment, confiscating every photo and video they could find, and releasing pathetically doctored “evidence” (thank you Ali Abunimah and Max Blumenthal and others) is not enough. Now groups are working to keep flotilla human rights activists out of the country.

Jun 10 22:16

Warmist can't take the heat

HMM. So how has Alarmist of the Year Tim Flannery got away with it for so long?

Answer: because he seems nice.

Oh, and because journalists just won't hold our leading global warming spruiker to account for his litany of dud predictions, exaggerations, falsehoods and bizarre conflicts of interest.

Jun 10 21:17

Fear, pain and propaganda: an activist’s story

Fear, pain and propaganda: an activist’s story
Theresa McDermott to David Pratt
6 Jun 2010
"I was on Challenger 1"
"I was told later by those on board the Marmara that the first two soldiers who abseiled down from the helicopter were overpowered and taken and searched by some of the Turkish activists. On the commandos they found plasticised detailed maps of the layout of every boat and pictures of people on board including MPs, bishops and other VIPs. Maybe these were the people the Israelis were trying to avoid harming. I was told there were those on board who really wanted to have a go at the Israeli soldiers who were being detained, but were held back by others."

Jun 10 20:10

Video Shows Israeli Commando Executing American

Original posting:

The Israeli military attempted to confiscate and erase the photographic and video evidence of its brutal asault on the Mavi Marmara aid ship on Memorial Day. But it turns out that digital images can often be recovered after erasure, and can be put on small memory sticks that can be hidden in nooks and crannies of luggage. So some images are in fact surfacing.

The most damaging is a film of an Israeli soldier kicking an American citizen while the latter is on the ground,and then executing him. This film completely refutes the rightwing Israeli government’s narrative of besieged lightly armed troops haplessly fending off naked aggression on the part of the aid workers. The video, which has not been confirmed, is now at Youtube:

Continue:

Jun 10 19:18

Russia says air-defence missile deal will be unaffected by Iran sanctions

RUSSIA said yesterday that the new UN sanctions did not forbid the delivery of S-300 air-defence missiles to Iran.

Israel and the United States have urged Russia not to supply the missile systems, which would substantially increase Iran's defence capability. Russia agreed to sell the missiles in 2007, but has not yet delivered them.

Russian foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said the UN resolution did not apply to air-defence systems, with the exception of shoulder-fired missiles.

Mikhail Dmitriyev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Co-operation, which oversees arms trade, also said the new UN resolution would not affect the S-300 deal.

Jun 10 19:10

Israel, U.S. agree on nature of Gaza flotilla probe

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We have agreed to drop all the blame on Turkey!

Jun 10 18:04

BBC - Israel Mossad did 911 and Iran does not want Nukes

Jun 10 18:00

Ethanol dream evaporates

Corn farmers in the area chipped in $5,000 to $300,000 each -- some even mortgaged their farms -- to form the Central Illinois Energy Cooperative. They broke ground on the refinery in 2006, hoping that ethanol would bring higher prices for their corn and more jobs for Canton, which has been hurting since International Harvester closed its plow factory in 1983.

But the ethanol plant was a poor replacement. Central Illinois Energy, the corporation that built the plant, went bankrupt in December 2007 without producing a drop of fuel, hurt by construction delays and $40 million in cost overruns. The 260 farmers in the co-op lost every dime.

Jun 10 17:54

Two Million Gallons of Oil Could be Flowing a Day, Researchers Say

Jun 10 17:51

Some Thoughts to Consider on Helen Thomas & the Penalty for Criticising Israel

Actually, lemme back up a sec, cause that’s the latest spin. The initial spin was when the Israeli commandos boarded the ship they were facing an ‘armed militia’ which caused them to shoot. The only problem was no weapons were found. This led to Israel changing up again. This time they said they switched the story and said the folks on the ship came at them with metal pipes, rushed them and made them fearful for their lives hence 11 people had to be killed including an American citizen..

Jun 10 17:33

The American People are Under Occupation

In response to yesterday’s worldwide condemnation of the Gaza Flotilla Massacre, our US government has decided NOT to stand for justice and has again chosen a path outlined and led by a Global Elite Political Movement that is willing to put the interests of their agenda far ahead of interest of the American people and even the lives of American servicemen and women.

So far and blatant is their arrogance and contempt for our people, that when it’s clear that an injustice is at play, they continue on as if nothing has happened and ignore it until the next news cycle.

Jun 10 17:21

"BP notes the fall in its share price in US trading last night. The company is not aware of any reason which justifies this share price movement."

"BP will continue to keep the market fully informed of further developments in the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, in compliance with its listing obligations."

How nice of them.

Jun 10 17:10

IAEA board focuses on Israeli 'nukes'

Arab nations have censured Israel at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board meeting, for preventing the Middle East from becoming a nuclear-free region.

In the IAEA board session on Thursday, which addressed Israel's nuclear issue for the first time since 1991, Arab states called on the regime to come clean about its nuclear capabilities and allow international investigations, DPA reported.

Jun 10 17:09

Israeli Navy Attacks Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Webmaster's Commentary: 

in the video you can see the ship being targeted with gunsight lasers by the troops on the chopper.

Jun 10 16:45

Jose Can You See - What Really Happened To The Michael Rivero Interview

Lost visual effects producer Michael Rivero gave an interview to
Lostpedia.com on July 4th, 2008.
The interview has never been published.
What really happened to the Rivero interview, and why the long delay?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I kinda wondered about that myself. :(

Jun 10 16:32

The Spill, The Scandal and the President

It's tempting to believe that the Gulf spill, like so many disasters inherited by Obama, was the fault of the Texas oilman who preceded him in office. But, though George W. Bush paved the way for the catastrophe, it was Obama who gave BP the green light to drill. "Bush owns eight years of the mess," says Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California. "But after more than a year on the job, Salazar owns it too."

Jun 10 16:31

Former Bush Official Josh Bolten Advising BP on How to "Defend Its Interests" and Restore Its Reputation

BP has embarked on an aggressive campaign to repair its public image in the wake of its disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has repeatedly run full-page ads in major newspapers, retained high-powered lobbying and public relations firms, and launched a series of television ads with CEO Tony Hayward looking apologetic. The company has even hired Anne Womack-Kolton, a former top aide to Vice President Cheney, to be its new spokesperson.

Now, joining Womack-Kolton in helping BP repair its image is former chief of staff to President Bush, Josh Bolten:

Jun 10 16:19

Both the Attack on the Flotilla and the Siege of Gaza are Illegal

Israel's deadly attack on the Gaza "Freedom Flotilla" was flagrantly illegal. The flotilla, carefully searched for arms before disembarkation, enjoyed the right of free navigation in international waters, and Israel had no legal justification to interrupt its peaceful mission.

Flotilla passengers were entitled to defend themselves against Israel's forcible boarding of the Mavi Marmara, whether or not Israeli commandos fired immediately on landing on the ship's deck, as the passengers maintain. Dropping 100 armed soldiers on a ship from the sky is not a peaceful maneuver. Nor can Israeli armed commandos claim self-defense, any more than a purse snatcher facing a victim who elects to fight back. Hence, Israel is culpable for the killings that followed.

Jun 10 16:05

The black art of news management

“The CIA,” he said, “loaded up a junk, a North Vietnamese junk, with communist weapons - the Agency maintains communist arsenals in the United States and around the world. They floated this junk off the coast of central Vietnam. Then they shot it up and made it look like a fire fight had taken place, and they brought in the American press. Based on this evidence, two Marine landing teams went into Danang and a week after that the American air force began regular bombing of North Vietnam.” An invasion that took three million lives was under way.

Jun 10 16:03

Birobidzhan - Maybe Helen Thomas should have suggested this?

Jun 10 15:45

Colonoscopy in U.S. $9,000; Costa Rica $350

Jun 10 15:29

Jews to send Gaza blockade-buster ship

A group of Jewish activists in Germany are preparing to send an aid ship to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli-imposed blockade for three years.

Jun 10 15:08

Some Big Lies of Science

“[T]he majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.” – Harold Pinter, Nobel Lecture (Literature), 2005

Jun 10 14:59

U.S. Military Relies on Civilians to stop Israeli Act of War-Videos

Although this man's group had complete control of several Israelis they didn't kill them. Contrast that with the treatment afforded the aid-bringers by the Israelis.

Jun 10 14:37

Gaza Flotilla Testimony

Jun 10 14:19

Spain seeks EU backing on plan to lift Israeli blockade of Gaza

Spain is drawing up new proposals for lifting Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip as the EU scrambles to forge an effective policy following international outrage over the killing of nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists in a "freedom flotilla".

Miguel Moratinos, the Spanish foreign minister, is to present Madrid's ideas to EU colleagues next Monday amid signs of disagreement between member states and demands for tougher action.

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Britain still sucking Tel Aviv dick here.

Jun 10 13:56

RED ALERT! MSM reports "DOOMSDAY scenario" about new Oil Spill developments

Jun 10 13:54

Why Apologize, Helen!?

Meanwhile, my only complaint about Helen's anti-Zionist truth-blurt is...why the bleep did she apologize? Why apologize to traitors who have taken over our media in service to a hostile foreign power? Why apologize to apologists for genocide? Why apologize for telling the truth?

Jun 10 13:47

To the Apartheid State

To the Apartheid State of the Twenty-First Century:

Your raid on the Freedom Flotilla outraged the international community. The people are outraged and rightly so, and their protests, marches, and blog posts reflect this. Who exactly is this international community though? Is it not the same one that stood by idly eighteen months ago when the Israeli army turned Gaza into an open air prison? After all, we've let you get away with violating the Geneva Convention every day for the past 60 years, and you maintain the abhorrent distinction of being the only country in the world that has legalized torture.

Jun 10 13:27

FLASHBACK - Israel Admits Hamas Did Not Break Cease Fire

Jun 10 13:26

Gaza Is in Our Hearts

Perhaps the greatest of all historical ironies — reflected in hypocrisy assuming gargantuan proportions — rests with how those who were so horribly victimized by the Holocaust essentially hold a Gestapo outlook toward Palestinians today.

Good and evil have traded places, an astonishing transition brought about by concretizing the “Never Again!” reaction to what European Jewry experienced under Hitler to such a dogmatic hard line, myopically advanced by an increasingly extremist Israeli leadership, that much of Israel’s population simply can’t recognize what’s plainly evident to most of the rest of the world.

Jun 10 13:24

Canada: Legitimizing Israeli Terrorism

Beyond making Canada the world’s most pro-Israel country, the Harper government has strongly backed Israel’s onslaught against the 1.5 million people living in Gaza. Canada has refused to criticize the blockade. For example, Canada was the only country at the UN Human Rights Council to vote against a January 2008 resolution that called for “urgent international action to put an immediate end to the siege of the occupied Gaza Strip”. The motion was adopted with 30 votes in favour and 15 abstentions.

Jun 10 13:04

The Crotch Salute Returns

Jun 10 12:54

Israeli Official Threatens to Kill Turkish PM

Uzi Dayan, former deputy Chief of General Staff in Israel, says the Jewish state should consider a possible Turkish military escort of Gaza aid ships an act of war. “If the Turkish prime minister joins such a flotilla,” Dayan told Israeli army radio, according to the Jerusalem Post, “we should make clear beforehand this would be an act of war, and we would not try to take over the ship he was on, but would sink it.”

It is unprecedented for a top level state official to threaten a head of another state with murder.

Jun 10 12:42

The moral failure of American liberals. A defence of Helen Thomas

Jonathan Cook argues that the overreaction of the US political and media elite to Helen Thomas’s unguarded comments that Jews ought to leave Palestine and return to the countries whence they came highlights the moral failure of American liberals and a blindness to the relations of power in the US, and contribute to the very intolerance they claim to be challenging.

Jun 10 12:38

Video: Israel Defense Force video of siege of ‘Mavi Marmara’ Hoaxed!

“I had a close look at web pics of the Mavi Marmara and the ship in the vid that shows the Turks attacking the IDF as they land. I do not believe it is the same ship. Compare them though, I’d like your opinion on it.”

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Jun 10 12:33

Global Warming Science: A Cross Examination

A cross examination of global warming science conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Law and Economics has concluded that virtually every claim advanced by global warming proponents fails to stand up to scrutiny.

Jun 10 12:30

What’s worse than doomsday? This is it.

These new leaks we are now facing, if confirmed, would mean that there is oil gushing up in multiple disparate places on the Gulf sea floor

Oil could begin leaking from any crack or crevice in the surrounding sea floor and the entire area could be leaking like a sponge.

Jun 10 12:10

Portugal Approves Tax Increases, Other Deficit-Cutting Measures

Portugal's parliament voted late Wednesday to approve a package of measures intended to slash the country's budget deficit.

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All these deficits were create3d to bail out the bankers from the derivatives fiasco, and now the people get stuck with the bills.

Jun 10 12:06

AN OPEN LETTER TO NEIL SEDAKA TO BOYCOTT APARTHEID

In our school we were taught that Democracy is sacred, that Freedom is sacred. Those are the values we live by today.

Unfortunately Israel, which has been my home for nearly 26 years, does not live by these values. Israel has been/is building a wall of Apartheid to separate Jews from Palestinians.
THIS IS NOT A VALUE WE GREW UP WITH!

Israel has illegally occupied all areas belonging to Palestine for the past 43 years, denying them a chance to live as a free people.
THIS IS NOT A VALUE WE GREW UP WITH!

For the past 63 years Israel has been involved in a Genocide against the civilians of Palestine, a genocide that continues without condemnation.
THIS IS NOT A VALUE WE GREW UP WITH!

Jun 10 12:04

Let the Palestinians Eat Potato Chips

At first glance, I thought I was reading a parody mocking the absurd list of the products that are banned from reaching Gaza. The Associated Press just published an article titled “Israel Eases Gaza Blockade on Some Banned Foods.” That seemed like a promising headline. It now appears that the Israelis will permit the Gazans to import soda, juice, jam, spices, shaving cream, potato chips, cookies and candy. That’s it. No steel – no cement – nothing that can be used for rebuilding the thousands of homes, hospitals, schools, sewage plants and mosques that were reduced to rubble in last year’s carpet bombing of Gaza. What the AP failed to report is the long list of food products that still remain on the black list.

Jun 10 12:01

Ax May Fall on Mortgage Interest Deduction

The popular tax break for mortgage interest, once considered untouchable, is falling under the scrutiny of policymakers and economic experts seeking ways to close huge deficits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

for the sake of a few more pennies now, the US Government is about to crush the real-estate market for future generations.

Jun 10 11:19

Coast Guard’s Expert: “There will be oil off the coast of Miami shortly, if it’s not already there. It’s happening”

“There will be oil off the coast of Miami shortly, if it’s not already there. It’s happening,” says Dr. Robert H. Weisberg, director of the University of South Florida Ocean Circulation Group in the school’s College of Marine Science. And Weisberg says he has the forecasts to prove it–four of them to be exact. The latest updates to those forecast has oil from the Gulf spill showing up in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Miami today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oil was being reported off the coast of Fort Lauderdale yesterday.

As a side note, just because water isn't black or brown does not mean it is safe. Methane, or natural gas, is colorless and odorless (the stinky smell is actually added to gas as a safety precaution by the gas company prior to piping it to your home) and dissolves in water the same as oxygen and carbon-dioxide so. Below 1500 feet, the methane and water form a white solid known as methane hydrate, but above 1500 feet, where the Deepwater Horizon wellhead is located, the methane and water remains a clear colorless solution that is not confined to the oil globules. Thus, the biohazard is not confined to the visible pollution areas.

Jun 10 11:12

Oil Spill Citizen Report Map

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font size=4> Since nobody trusts BP, the government, or the media, this website has been set up so that citizens who observe oil contamination in the gulf states can plot their observations. Not every dot is an oil spill, but still useful.

Jun 10 10:57

Senior White House Official: UN Sanctions Alone "Would Not Be Sufficient" to Change Iran's Behavior -- But Much More to Come

Senior White House officials acknowledged Wednesday afternoon that the new regime of UN Security Council sanctions against Iran “would not be sufficient” in and of itself to change the behavior of the Iranian government and convince its leaders to stop its nuclear weapons program.

But, they emphasized, these sanctions are just the beginning – the “1” of a “1,2,3 punch,” as one senior White House official put it.

The next step: on June 17 the European Council will meet and impose even stricter sanctions on Iran. Then Congress will pass additional tough sanctions, which the President will sign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that these alleged "officials" are not sourced: how Israeli media-like by ABC news!

And this article, by the way, simply obligingly regurgitates the essence of article which appeared in Haaretz today, with the same talking points.

Israel and the US are "grooming" the American public for a military confrontation with Iran, in spite of the UN Security Council sanctions.

The question is, what are Israel and the US going to use to "sell" the American people on the necessity for going to war against Iran?

Were I a betting person, I would not bet against some kind of "false flag" on or around the 4th of July, to be blamed on Iran as the justification for going into a shooting war against it.

Jun 10 10:55

Carbon Tax Bill May Be Dead After Shock Graham Reversal On Climate Change

The plan to impose a carbon tax on American citizens may be dead at least for the time being after Republican Senator Lindsey Graham shockingly reversed his views on climate change, telling a press conference that the science behind man-made global warming is in question and those pushing it are alarmists who have oversold the problem.

Jun 10 10:54

Google accused of criminal intent over StreetView data

Google is "almost certain" to face prosecution for collecting data from unsecured wi-fi networks, according to Privacy International (PI).

Jun 10 10:48

Israeli "democracy" unmasked

Will the death threats be extended to all those who marched against the attack, in Israel and abroad, including Jews and Jewish Israelis? And will they all be stripped of their citizenship? Uniquely in the "only democracy in the Middle East", such wacky policies are being contemplated. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liebermann's "no citizenship without loyalty" policy is aimed at Israel's Arab citizens. Knowing full well that Israeli Arabs will not enlist in the Israeli army that is sent to kill their countrymen in the West Bank and Gaza, the racist Liebermann has made this test a hallmark of his party pledge to "denationalize" Israeli Arabs.

Jun 10 10:45

Is the Obama Administration Planning to Use Bagram Like Gitmo?

The Obama administration is reportedly considering a plan to use Bagram prison in Afghanistan as a Guantánamo-style prison to hold and interrogate "terrorism suspects" captured in countries other than Afghanistan, including Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan. Citing unnamed US officials, the Los Angeles Times reports that the United States is exploring a plan to "carve out a section of the prison for non-Afghan detainees who would remain under U.S. custody" even after Bagram is officially handed over to Afghan control, which the White House agreed to do last month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Bushbama Administration; US laws are firmly in place for these kinds of trials here in the US.

Extradite these men, try them in a court of law, and either the jury will convict, or not convict. It is just that simple.

The US institutionalization of torture as an element of interrogation is immoral, illegal, and a disgrace to this country and everything it is supposed to stand for, period, end of discussion.

Jun 10 10:41

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 10 of 13

*hyperlinks and PuppetGov video "The Uprising" live at source*

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

Jun 10 10:40

50 Ships To Join Second Freedom Flotilla

Yasser Qashlaq, the head of the Free Palestine Movement, announced Thursday that Freedom Flotilla 2 could include up to 50 ships.

Qashlaq said that a ship organized by Journalists Without Borders will depart from Lebanon to Gaza within a week. There will be journalists, members of the Free Palestine Movement, and other peace activists aboard the ship.

On Wednesday, organizers of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla announced that a Swiss ship will join the next convoy to Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported on 1 June, 2010 at:

http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-next-time-well-use-more-force.html

"Israel will use more aggressive force in the future to prevent ships from breaking the sea blockade on the Gaza Strip, a top Navy commander told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday."

I hope these volunteers have their Kevlar gear on for this run, in light of that statement.

Jun 10 10:35

State Terrorism

As the US Sixth Fleet patrols off Somalia to prevent piracy, Israel, compounded acts of breathtaking criminality, by boarding and diverting Ireland's MV Rachel Currie, in international waters, loaded with aid, just five days later.

Speaking at Istanbul airport, on return, Bulent Yildirim, chairman of the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), stated: "We were handed nine dead bodies, but we have a longer list of missing people."

Jun 10 10:33

The Images Israel Didn’t Want Seen: Video and Photographs from the Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

In the wake of the commando raid that left nine dead, the Israeli government confiscated every recording and communication device it could find–thus allowing the state to control what the world learned about the assault.

Democracy Now! has interviewed some of the reporters, filmmakers, and photographers who managed to smuggle out some of their images.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a look at what you see, and compare that with Israeli Secretary of Defense Ehud Barak's declaration that Israel has "the most moral military in the world!"

Jun 10 10:31

Israel Is Fueling Anti-Americanism Among U.S. Allies

Containing angry Arab reaction and adverse repercussions on Arab – U.S. relations was most likely on the agenda of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday. However Biden is the least qualified to allay Arab anger for being the most vocal among U.S. officials in “legitimizing” Israel’s blunder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our "special relationship" with Israel is costing the US internationally, big-time.

This is not even counting of the financial cost, which is about 3 billion dollar's worth of aid going to Israel annually (illegal, under the provisions of the Symington Amendment, by the way), while our infrastructure crumbles, and homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets.

Jun 10 10:26

Why Did The U.S. Refuse International Help on The Gulf Oil Spill?

U.S. Refused Help on Oil Spill

According to Foreign Policy, thirteen entities had offered the U.S. oil spill assistance within about two weeks of the Horizon rig explosion. They were the governments of Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations.

The U.S. response - Thank you, but no thank you, we've got it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

But perhaps not doing a "Jones Act Waiver" in this case had more to do with foreign nationals actually seeing the full extent of the devastation the BP disaster had created, and that info going public here in the US, rather than the "info flow" being managed by BP and the US government.

Jun 10 10:23

Israel’s “self-defense” narrative falls apart

On May 31, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the actions of IDF soldiers who had conducted the raid on the Mavi Marmara, killing at least nine of its passengers, as “a clear case of self-defense because as our soldiers were inspecting these ships, they were attacked – they were almost lynched. They were attacked with clubs, with knives, perhaps with live gunfire, and they had to defend themselves – they were going to be killed.”

That was before video emerged appearing to show two Israeli soldiers first pummeling with their boots and then shooting one of the victims as he lay at their feet. To stand above an injured man and then finish him off with rounds from an assault rifle can by no ones estimation be described as an act of self-defense.

Jun 10 10:21

Students rally in support of Israel in face of flotilla condemnation

About 150 university students rallied last Friday outside the Israeli Consulate in downtown Toronto to show their support for Israel in response to the condemnation the country has received from its detractors due to its defensive actions aboard the Mavi Marmara.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Canadian students rallying outside the Canadian Israeli Consulate in Toronto: assassinating unarmed aid workers, kidnapping, beating and killing American citizens cannot be characterized as "defensive actions"; these actions can rightly be characterized as an act of war.

Jun 10 10:13

Bernanke to Congress: Reduce the Deficit!

He said, "To avoid sharp, disruptive shifts in spending programs and tax policies in the future, and to retain the confidence of the public and the markets, we should be planning now how we will meet these looming budgetary challenges."

Strong words for a Fed Chief who has been responsible for the largest money supply increase in the history of the U.S.

So to hear him tell the Congress to cut the deficit is a bit like an arsonist telling firemen to extinguish fires.

Jun 10 10:10

Mother says daughter still loves Israel despite losing eye at protest

Emily Henochowicz returned on Saturday night to her home in Potomac, Maryland, where she is recovering after losing an eye at a protest at the Qalandiyah checkpoint - she was struck by a teargas grenade.

"Her mood ranges from optimistic to sad," Henochowicz's mother Shelly Kreitman told Haaretz. "We want to make clear that she has not stopped loving Israel because of what happened. She said that this should not be an excuse for people to be anti-Semitic or anti-Zionist."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what other press outlets, besides Haarez, has had access to Shelly Kreitman.

It is obvious that the Israeli government has given Ms. Kreitman her marching orders about what to say about her daughter's state of mind, having lost her eye to an attack by and IDF tear gas canister

And did I mention: Emily Henchowicz is (or at least was) a visual artist before this horrendous attack?!?

Jun 10 10:03

Protesters Dissed by Tennessee Congressman

Most Congressmen smiled, some waved, but all proceeded into the hotel for their gathering without engaging the protesters. That is until Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) arrived.

He turned to the mostly co-ed protesters and said "You're cute, but you're on the wrong side."

The civicly minded protesters were clearly deflated. Protester Lauren Atenco (Not a GW student) told me, "They tell us to become active and then they dismiss us and talk down to us when we show our concerns."

Most of the others seemed to hold the same view.

Jun 10 10:03

US Senator unveils pro-Israel resolution in flotilla feud

A top Republican US Senator on Wednesday unveiled a resolution fully supporting Israel's actions in its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound ship, while condemning the pro-Palestinian activists aboard.

Republican Senator John Cornyn's non-binding measure, if approved, would affirm the US Senate's belief "that Israel has an inherent and undeniable right to defend itself against any threat to the safety of its citizens."

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Memo to Senator Cornyn: by presenting this resolution in Senate, you have made it abundantly transparent regarding the interests for whom you are working, and it is absolutely not for the interests of We the People of the United States of American, but for a foreign country,Israel.

What about Americans' right not to be hijacked in international waters, beaten, and/ or being shot to death?!? Do American aid workers, bringing desperately needed supplies to Gaza, no longer have those rights, nor US protection against armed thugs, just because those armed thugs are Israelis?

Sir, you disgust me; please resign your Senate seat immediately, because I will guarantee you: thinking people in Texas will do a lot of "skull sweat" before voting you back into office, because of putting Israel's interests first, and not those of the Texan people you allegedly represent.

Jun 10 09:56

White House Allowed BP to Keep Video of Gushing Pipe from Public for Three Weeks

The White House allowed BP to hide its video feed of a gushing oil pipe in the Gulf of Mexico from the public for three weeks, all the while that same video played live in the White House Situation Room, ABC reports.

Jun 10 09:53

Tel Aviv On The Potomac

With very few exceptions, the current crop of Armani suited sycophants who occupy seats in both houses of Congress must go! Topping the list are those who pledge their allegiance to a certain foreign power in the Middle East. Israel and her supporters have proven to be nothing less than an embarrassment to our country and quite arguably our greatest liability.

Jun 10 09:52

Smoke Screens & Snake Oil

I think there's a striking smiliarity between the BP OIl plumes and the 'Smoke Monster' from the "Lost" tv series, here's a couple of pics, decide for yourself!

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Hey, our smoke monster had WAAAY more style!

(And we could turn it off when we wanted to.)

Jun 10 09:47

Afghan president 'has lost faith in US ability to defeat Taliban'

President Hamid Karzai has lost faith in the US strategy in Afghanistan and is increasingly looking to Pakistan to end the insurgency, according to those close to Afghanistan's former head of intelligence services.

Amrullah Saleh, who resigned last weekend, believes the president lost confidence some time ago in the ability of Nato forces to defeat the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After nearly nine years and still no decisive victory and/or stabilization of Afghanistan, who can blame Karzai if he's actually thinking this right now?!?

Obama has allowed Afghanistan to become his very own personal Viet Nam, a reprehensible and tragic consequence of some very bad choices on his part, upon which history will judge him most harshly.

We should leave the country, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing regarding the rights to the oil pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

Jun 10 09:40

Israeli document: Gaza blockade isn't about security

As Israel ordered a slight easing of its blockade of the Gaza Strip Wednesday, McClatchy obtained an Israeli government document that describes the blockade not as a security measure but as "economic warfare" against the Islamist group Hamas, which rules the Palestinian territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not "economic warfare" against Hamas; it is an horrifically slow, calculated genocide against every Palestinian Gazan.

As reported on 15 November, 2008 at:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/chronic-malnutrition-in-gaza-blamed-on-israel-1019521.html

"The Israeli blockade of Gaza has led to a steady rise in chronic malnutrition among the 1.5 million people living in the strip, according to a leaked report from the Red Cross.

It chronicles the "devastating" effect of the siege that Israel imposed after Hamas seized control in June 2007 and notes that the dramatic fall in living standards has triggered a shift in diet that will damage the long-term health of those living in Gaza and has led to alarming deficiencies in iron, vitamin A and vitamin D.

The 46-page report from the International Committee of the Red Cross – seen by The Independent – is the most authoritative yet on the impact that Israel's closure of crossings to commercial goods has had on Gazan families and their diets."
As reported earlier this year at:

http://www.welfareassociation.org.uk/news.html

"The number of children under five years of age suffering from acute malnutrition in Gaza almost doubled between 2006 and 2008 from 1.4 to 2.4% (UNICEF). The World Health Organisation (WHO) also noted rising indicators for stunting, wasting, low body weight and anaemia among children and pregnant women. The ongoing blockade of Gaza has limited the availability of healthy foods and fresh fruit and vegetables on the local market and children’s health has further suffered."

Malnutrition destroys future generations; the Israelis are quite well aware of this, and thus preventing of the foods coming into Gaza that would forestall malnutrition for these kids is official Israeli Government policy.

Jun 10 09:39

Headley reveals ISI role in 26/11: Report

Quoting sources, a news agency reported that the questioning of the Pakistani-American terrorist by the four-member team of National Investigative Agency (NIA) team is on and is expected to continue as the investigative officers try to grill out information regarding the LeT's plans regarding terror attacks in India.

Jun 10 09:34

It will be the next round of U.S. sanctions that really hurts Iran

Both Israel and the United States realize that the new sanctions won't bring Iran to its knees; the key to that is in complementary sanctions, imposed by the U.S. and like-minded nations.

Turkey is changing the rules of the regional game.

The vote against sanctions sets up Ankara as an ally of the radical axis led by Iran, and Turkey is also moving toward disputing Israel's very legitimacy, its right to self-defense and even its right to exist.

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So, the drumbeat for war against Iran continues, in spite of UN Security Council sanctions having been passed, coupled with the demonization of Turkey.

Unfortunately, Russia and China, having acquiesced to signing on to the sanctions, didn't take into account Israel's collective hubristic paranoia, particularly at the highest levels of its government.

These "complementary sanctions" are only a prelude to the military confrontation against Iran, which will almost inevitably follow.

Jun 10 09:33

Iran urges probe into Israeli nukes

Iran urges the IAEA to send a fact-finding mission to Israel to probe into its nuclear sites as Middle East nations demand Tel Aviv join a global anti-nuclear arms treaty.

Jun 10 09:30

Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage

The reception that Representative Frank Kratovil Jr., a Democrat, received here one night last week as he faced a small group of constituents was far more pleasant than his encounters during a Congressional recess last summer.

Then, he was hanged in effigy by protesters. This time, a round of applause was followed by a glass of chilled wine, a plate of crackers and crudités as he mingled with an invitation-only audience at the Point Breeze Credit Union, a vastly different scene than last year’s wide-open televised free-for-alls.

Jun 10 09:26

Only a fraction of those in need file for bankruptcy

Bankruptcy filings are nearing the record 2 million of 2005, when a new law took effect that was aimed at curbing abuse of the system. Filings could reach 1.7 million this year, says law professor Robert Lawless, but few experts believe that debtors are now gaming the system.

Instead, concern exists about a growing number of Americans who need bankruptcy protection but cannot get any benefit from it or simply cannot afford to file. As their financial problems worsen, that hurts everyone because it can hinder the economic turnaround.

Jun 10 09:25

Resurgent Taliban threaten U.S. win in Marja

Afghanistan - Residents of this onetime Taliban sanctuary see signs that the insurgents have regained momentum in recent weeks, despite early claims of success by U.S. Marines. The longer-than-expected effort to secure Marja is prompting alarm among top American commanders that they will not be able to change the course of the war in the time President Obama has given them.

Firefights between insurgents and security forces occur daily, resulting in more Marine fatalities and casualties over the past month than in the first month of the operation, which began in mid-February.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bottom line: the US is not winning, and cannot win a military victory here.

We have never had, nor ever will have, enough troops on the ground to win this, probably not even if Obama reinstitutes a draft, (which is something against which I wouldn't bet at this point.)

The US and NATO should declare victory, withdraw, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to the oil pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.

Of course, that would be logical; and logic and US foreign policy have not had any real long-standing relationship for some time now.

Jun 10 09:25

New Comet Visible in Early Morning Sky

A recently discovered comet is surprising skywatchers by becoming brighter than predictions had first suggested and can now be seen with the unaided eye during the next few weeks.

Jun 10 09:24

Our Covenant

Sadly, too many Americans still don’t understand that it is the U.S. Constitution, to which our soldiers make their oath to support and defend … with their lives if need be … against all enemies foreign and domestic, which provides for we the people to be the “deciders” and not the President or members of the military itself.

Jun 10 09:24

Afghan wedding party attack blamed on Taliban was actually a US strike

Jun 10 09:20

S Koreans slam visit by 'killer' Peres

The protesters shouted slogans against Israel and defaced an Israeli flag with palm prints stained in the color of blood. They also carried banners reading, "Shimon Peres the Killer," and urging, "Lift the siege on Gaza immediately."

Israeli media said Peres had to curtail his Asian tour in the wake of massive protests worldwide against Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, downgrading his trip as a "working" visit and pushing him to delay the second leg of his trip, to Vietnam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on the South Koreans!

Jun 10 09:20

GOP Senate candidates turn focus to Israel

The Republican U.S. Senate race focused Sunday on relations with Israel, with both Irvine Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina defending the actions of Israeli troops who killed nine people after boarding a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More traitors in our midst!

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 10 09:18

When False Flags Don't Fly

Jun 10 09:17

Obama pledges $400 million for Palestinians

Obama had planned the White House meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to talk mainly about Mideast peace. But after the aid flotilla assault, they ended up focusing on the blockade of Gaza.

President Obama pledged an infusion of $400 million in aid for housing, school construction and business development in the Palestinian territories Wednesday, saying after a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that the situation in Gaza is "inherently unstable."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Bushbama; pledging aid money for "...housing, school construction and business development" sounds great; but how are you going to get concrete into Gaza unless Egypt allows you to do it, because the Israelis sure as hell won't?!?!?

Jun 10 09:14

Pro-Obama Thug Viciously Attacks Anti-Bailout Protester

Yet another shocking example of a pro-Obama thug violently assaulting anti-Obama protesters has emerged right on the eve of an MSNBC hit piece hosted by Chris Matthews which smears anyone who questions the actions of international bankers or the federal government as a dangerous racist who wants to kill people.

Jun 10 09:14

U.S. Seeks to Punish Iran with New Sanctions Resolution

The United Nations Security Council yesterday passed a fourth sanctions resolution against Iran for its insistence on enriching its own uranium under its nuclear program and for what the resolution described as insufficient cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Experts criticized the U.S. policy of continually seeking tougher sanctions on Iran by pointing out how ineffective it is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Obama just walked into a trap.

By going along with the sanctions, Russia and China have removed the possibility of an attack by Israel and the US for the immediate future. The US has to give the new sanctions time to work, and the fact that we know these new sanctions won't have any more effect on Iran's non-existent nuclear arsenal than previous one. As this article points out, the new sanctions are watered down from previous sanctions. They cannot really have an effect. Worse, American businesses are coming forward to report that the new sanctions will harm American businesses more than they will harm Iran. But Israel must be obeyed, the sanctions were voted through, and now the US must be seen to give the new sanctions time to work. Now that the sanctions are a done deal, there is no more story! Iran is off the table as a media distraction for the next few months!

That means Obama and Israel have lost their largest smoke screen, and now the focus shifts back to...

1. Israel's possession of nuclear weapons and the attempted sale to South Africa.

2. Israel's attack on the aid flotilla in international waters.

3. The US Government's total abandonment of American citizens and a US-flagged ship in their haste to protect Israel from criticism.

4. The collapsing economy.

5. The Gulf Oil disaster.

By going along with the new sanctions, Russia and China have created a situation where Obama cannot justify an attack on Iran until AFTER the November elections, too late to use Iran as a campaign issue to keep Democrats in control of Congress.

Jun 10 09:13

Fed sees economy picking up all across U.S.

Metal producers in Chicago and St. Louis cranked out more steel. Makers of drugs and medical equipment in the Northeast did better business. And sales of summer clothes were strong in fashion-conscious New York.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice, in this article, that no hard numbers are actually cited here.

And the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is very likely to have far-reaching negative implications for the economy as a whole which are not yet reflected in whatever numbers the Feds may claim they have right now.

Also, for those whose jobs have been offshored, cannot find new jobs with which to replace their income, and have consequently lost their homes, the recession is still on, full-tilt boogie.

Jun 10 09:12

Israeli document: Gaza blockade isn't about security

Israel imposed severe restrictions on Gaza in June 2007, after Hamas won elections and took control of the coastal enclave after winning elections there the previous year, and the government has long said that the aim of the blockade is to stem the flow of weapons to militants in Gaza.

Last week, after Israeli commandos killed nine volunteers on a Turkish-organized Gaza aid flotilla, Israel again said its aim was to stop the flow of terrorist arms into Gaza.

However, in response to a lawsuit by Gisha, an Israeli human rights group, the Israeli government explained the blockade as an exercise of the right of economic warfare.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To put this in context, let us imagine that the government of Canada is buddy buddy with the Democrats here in the USA, but American voters, fed up with the Democrats' empty promises of hope and change, hand the government to the GOP.

Does this give Canada a legal right to blockade the USA until we vote their buddies back into power?

Jun 10 09:09

European Jewish Group to Launch Flotilla to Break Gaza Blockade

A Jewish European peace group is to launch a boat to break the blockade of Gaza in the coming months, organizers said, almost a week after nine activists were killed making the same trip.

European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP) - an umbrella organization of Jewish groups from 10 European countries against the occupation of Palestine - aim to deliver humanitarian aid such as school books and medicines to the Gaza Strip, and to draw attention to the blockade which they call "immoral."

"We want to show that not all Jews support Israel," said Edith Lutz, a German member of the EJJP. "We are calling for a just solution and for an end to the blockade."

Jun 10 09:06

Jews in Germany to send aid fleet to Gaza

Jews of Germany prepare a boat of humanitarian aid to Gaza, that it has predicted to leave at the end of the month of July, according to has indicated east Thursday a person in charge of the initiative in Berlin. " The list of the passengers still has not been made, but we have very many requests of all parts of mundo" , he has declared to the radio Deutschlandfunk, Edith Lutz, that is in charge of this project, organized by the German section of the network ' European Jews by a peace justa' in Near East. Between the interested people they appear " several israelíes" , aside from which they have received " numerous messages of support coming from Israel".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that we have to go to the foreign press to learn this.

Jun 10 09:05

'Iran sanctions won't stop arms deal'

Russia said Thursday that the new UN sanctions do not forbid the delivery of S-300 air-defense missiles to Iran.

Israel and the US have urged Russia not to supply the missile system, which would substantially increase Iran's defense capability. Russia agreed to sell the missiles in 2007, but has not yet delivered them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The delivery of the S-300 air defense system will happen when Moscow believes that it strategically the absolutely right time to make it happen.

The leadership of both Russia and Iran have one thing in common: they are chess players, which the leadership of the US can barely mount a decent game of checkers.

Jun 10 09:04

There Are too Many Bureaucrats and They Are Paid too Much

Jun 10 09:01

Gore effect strikes in the Philippines?

a weird afternoon on June 9, 2010. hard tidbits of ice fell from the sky. lots of thunder and lightning before these ice fell. Philippines? wow? new! a sign of global warming?

Jun 10 09:01

Hello Chinese exports, good-bye U.S. jobs

For millions of unemployed Americans, the news about China's surging export market isn't necessarily cause for celebration, even if it might be a harbinger for global recovery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as there is no real push to bring back those (used to be) high paying jobs which have been offshored, more and more people in the US will lose their jobs, their home, and their kid's chance for an education which will give them the opportunity to move forward in their lives.

This had better start bothering those in power in Washington, because the outrage at every level of government here in the US, at domestic, economic, and foreign policy blunders, is mounting, roiling, and will come to an absolute boiling point in the not too distant future.

The only question is, what shape that outrage will take.

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