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May 2, 2010

May 02 21:33

Albuquerque banks hit by brazen vandals

The message says:

"we the working class are tired of being slaves to the credit system and financial institutions... we must take direct action against the institutions that have failed us... through peaceful acts of civil disobedience, our first action has been to target these same financial institutions that have robbed the people blind.

May 02 21:32

The Oil Spill, How Bad?

Independent scientists estimate that the renegade wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf could be spewing up to 25,000 barrels a day. If chokeholds on the riser pipe break down further, up to 50,000 barrels a day could be released, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration memo obtained by the Mobile, Ala., Press-Register.

CNN quotes the lead government official responding to the spill - the commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allen - as stating:

If we lost a total well head, it could be 100,000 barrels or more a day.

May 02 21:29

Global warming hits Silver City, New Mexico, United States

May 02 21:27

GORDON DUFF: TIMES SQUARE BOMB HOAX, ISRAELI INTEL GROUP SHOWS IT’S HAND

Who would have believed it? Only days after a warning of an Israeli “false flag” bombing against the US “in the works” a massive car bomb is discovered in Time Square! Better yet, though no intelligence organization in the world could discover anyone claiming responsibility for this embarrassing failure, SITE Intelligence, a group rumored as the “voice of the Mossad” has placed the blame on the Pakistani Taliban.

This is the same group that has come up with numerous bin Laden “audio” tapes, seemingly, though tiny and nearly totally unstaffed, whenever it is convenient for Israel to point a finger at someone, magically Site Intelligence, run by former IDF soldier Rita Katz, whose father was executed as a spy by Saddam Hussein, makes another “unbelievable” intelligence find.



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Finco Bayano
May 02 21:26

Expert Views on the Deepwater Horizon Incident and Aftermath

The leading hypothesis is that the cement plugs failed.

May 02 19:44

The 800 LB Gorilla in the Financial Reform Bill

Financial Services reform was written many months ago by insiders who will give it the appearance of reform, but it will do nothing by put a regulatory noose around those few financial institutions that remain in this country–who were not part of the problem.

May 02 19:35

The GM Bailout

The reality of their claim is that they are actually giving money back to the government using government money in order to get even more government money. So I made a cartoon mocking his.

May 02 17:54

America - The Grim Truth

I am not writing this to scare you. I write this to you as a friend. If you are able to read and understand what I've written here, then you are a member of a small minority in the United States. You are a minority in a country that has no place for you.

So what should you do?

You should leave the United States of America.


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Mgid
May 02 16:09

The Constitution is not a suicide pact

NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS.

May 02 14:30

In Israel's pockets: the shame of Britain's political parties

As British voters head for the ballot box to elect the government that will run them for the next five years, one key question is conspicuous by its absence from the election campaign and the party leaders' televised debates: to what extent are the two main parties, the Conservative Party and the incumbent Labour Party, answerable to their members and to the British people, rather than to a foreign power, the State of Israel?

May 02 11:52

MAY DAY IN NEW YORK …. AGAINST RACISM IN ARIZONA AND PALESTINE

Tens of thousands of people rallied, chanted and rocked to Hip Hop performers and other artists and orators for more than three hours in Union Square today before marching two miles to the federal buildings in downtown Manhattan. This year’s May Day action focused on combating the recently passed Arizona anti-immigrant law and demanding legalization of all undocumented workers in the U.S. and their families.

May 02 11:51

Pakistani Taliban claims Times Square car bomb

But Mehsud also reportedly said his men were behind a mass shooting in March 2009 at the American Civic Association in Binghamton in April 2009. That claim turned out to be false.


May 02 11:50

Will the US try to blame terrorists for the BP oil disaster?

YES
69% (1389 votes)
NO
31% (636 votes)
Total votes: 2025
May 02 11:43

Pakistani Taliban claims NYC car bomb attempt

The video was uncovered Sunday by the U.S.-based SITE intelligence Group, which monitors militant websites.

May 02 11:38

Iran violating key nuclear treaty'

Iran is in clear violation of a treaty designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday.

The UN is holding a conference this coming week on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is expected to address delegates ahead of Clinton on Monday.

Clinton told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Ahmadinejad's trip is an effort to divert attention and confuse people about Iran's violation of the treaty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has US Secretary of State Clinton gone utterly barking mad, to make such a statement?!?

According to all the reports of the IAEA, no nuclear materials in Iran's program have gone missing, nor is the uranium being used for fuel a power station being enriched beyond the level necessary to fuel that power station.

So, Secretary Clinton, where, precisely, is the evidence for this claim?!?

In a word, at this point: non-existent!!

May 02 11:32

US Jewish Groups Call for UN Walkout on Ahmadinejad

American Jewish organizations have called on United Nations representatives from around the world to walk out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next week. Ahmadinejad plans to take the podium during the UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

The World Jewish Congress asked its members around the world to pressure their respective governments' representatives to take part in the walkout.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the WJC has "...asked its members around the world to pressure their respective governments' representatives to take part in the walkout.?!?!?

What could Ahmadinejad possibly say to get their collective knickers in a twist?!?

It couldn't possibly be a mention that although Israel has nuclear weapons, it refuses to be a signatory to the NNPT, or have its nuclear sites inspected by the IAEA, as Iran (which doesn't possess nuclear weapons) does?!?!?


May 02 11:27

Obama Takes Direct Aim at Anti-Government Rhetoric

In a blunt caution to political friend and foe, President Barack Obama said Saturday that partisan rants and name-calling under the guise of legitimate discourse pose a serious danger to America's democracy, and may incite "extreme elements" to violence.

The comments, in a graduation speech at the University of Michigan's huge football stadium, were Obama's most direct take about the angry politics that have engulfed his young presidency after long clashes over health care, taxes and the role of government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama. If you don't want to incite "extreme elements" to violence, then stopping pissing us all off with higher taxes, lower standards of living, wars based on lies, and a total sell-out to Wall Street and Israel.

We The People have reached the end of our patience with this cluster-fuck of a government. You know it, or you would not have spent so much time in that speech trying to convince everyone that civilized behavior consists of meekly accepting whatever the government does.

Anti-government speech is protected by the First Amendment. Indeed anti-Government speech is the prime reason we have the First Amendment.

May 02 11:26

Unconditional support for Israel 'is dangerous', say leading European Jews

More than 3,000 European Jews, including prominent intellectuals, have signed a petition speaking out against Israeli settlement policies and warning that systematic support for the Israeli government is dangerous.

The petition's signatories include French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Greens leader in the European Parliament.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very courageous stand for this group to take, understanding the very real - and probably very public - personal and professional destruction these people will probably experience at the hands of the current Israeli regime.

But at the end of the day, as the world is generally terrified to criticize any policy of the Israeli government, we will see a very quickened pace of annexation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, followed by a forced expulsion of any Palestinian left standing to Gaza.

May 02 11:19

Hezbollah Has The Right To Possess Any Weapon

Concerning the Israeli threats and US-Israeli claims about Scud missiles, the Hezbollah Secretary General said that “the Israeli and U.S. remarks about transferring Scud missiles to Hezbollah aim at pressuring the resistance forces and the defiance nations and at waging an intimidation campaign, not more,” ruling out “the eruption of a war in the region in the current period because there are no political objectives to be achieved (by Israel) through war.”

May 02 11:18

Tel Aviv Fears UN May Recognize PA State

While Israel and the Palestinian Authority are finally expected to begin US-mediated indirect “proximity” talks in the very near future, concern is growing among some in the Israeli government that the PA is planning to marginalize the diplomatic process and instead unilaterally seek UN recognition for a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 lines.

There is a rising conviction among some in the Netanyahu government, The Jerusalem Post has learned, that the PA is aiming to secure a new UN Security Council Resolution, updating 1967’s Resolution 242, providing for the establishment of Palestine and fudging the refugee issue.


May 02 11:12

Preparing Haiti for Exploitation and Plunder

Over 15 weeks post-quake, Haiti’s imperial takeover is proceeding. It began straightaway after the calamity, Haitians victimized by denied aid, appalling repression, and now dispossession of their land, homes, and communities. More on that below.

Haiti lacked sovereignty throughout its history. Post-quake, it has even less, its people more than ever in jeopardy with imperial plans to gravely harm them, perhaps exterminate hundreds of thousands through neglect or other means.

May 02 11:09

The Revenant: Brief Glimpses of Empire's Reality

But why is it so vital to keep the ex-CIA hireling deep-sixed?

Noriega was a thug. But for many years, he was America's thug – until he turned on his mentors.

In this capacity, Noriega would have heard a great deal of interesting material, as the Reagan-Bush team aided and abetted horrific atrocities carried out by their right-wing proxies in the region, depredations that killed thousands of innocent people – more than 200,000 in Guatemala alone.

Noriega's case reminds us of the cynical and brutal nature of the American empire's actual operations.

May 02 11:04

Sic semper tyrannis: Is the Use of Violence ever justifiable when our rights are threatened by tyrants?

Swords and Spears are symbols of violence.

May 02 11:02

Gulf oil spill: The Halliburton connection

According to experts cited in Friday's Wall St. Journal, the timing of last week's cement job in relation to the explosion -- only 20 hours beforehand, and the history of cement problems in other blowouts "point to it as a possible culprit." Robert MacKenzie, managing director of energy and natural resources at FBR Capital Markets and a former cementing engineer, told the Journal, "The initial likely cause of gas coming to the surface had something to do with the cement."


May 02 11:02

Wikileaked Video: Relatives of Dead Respond to Soldiers' Apology

Partal summary of new information, Ethan McCord's experience leading to his co-authoring the letter of apology (original post), and details about the response of certain Iraqis, relatives of those slain (repost).

May 02 10:58

Video: Palestinian youth demonstrating against “death zones” in Gaza dies after being shot by Israeli security forces

Using live fire "for distancing" is illegal. The footage clearly shows that the demonstrators posed no threat to residents of Israel or to security forces. B’Tselem has documented many events in which Israeli security forces have used lethal means against stone-throwers and unarmed demonstrators in the West Bank. Since May 2008, at least eight Palestinians have been killed by security forces during demonstrations. Some of them were shot with live ammunition, while others were killed by rubber-coated metal bullets and gas canisters fired directly at them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what your hard-earned tax dollars support in Israel.

May 02 10:54

Pakistani Taliban claim failed New York bomb attack

"The Pakistani Taliban announced its responsibility for the New York attack in revenge for the two leaders al-Baghdadi and al-Mahajer and Muslim martyrs," said a statement on a website commonly used by Islamists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that SITE Intelligence, which claims to have found the video, won't say WHICH website was used so that we can verify whether or not it is another one of the phony sites created by Adam (Pearlman) Gadahn or Youssef (Joseph Cohen) Al-Khattab.

SITE, like MEMRI, is a known Israeli intelligence propaganda operation.

May 02 10:50

THE UNITED STATES OF SHODDY

We are already a third-world country in terms of what we make and what our stores sell to us. Our computers fail, our software crashes, flashlights don't work when you need them, Apple Blue tooth headsets fail after a week, Avatar Blu-Ray disks won't play at all right out of the box, bridges collapse, levees fail, coal mines collapse, and oil rigs explode. GM proclaims that it paid back its TARP loans, but they had to borrow more TARP money to do it. Nobody wants to buy a GM car, as they still lag way behind their Asian and European counterparts.



Owl 1
May 02 10:49

Riot breaks out in downtown Santa Cruz; windows broken on dozens of businesses, porch of cafe set on fire

A group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker's and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Windows were left shattered and graffiti including anarchy signs were tagged onto buildings. The Rittenhouse Building, Urban Outfitters, Jamba Juice and Velvet Underground all had windows broken, according to Capt. Steve Clark.

May 02 10:48

Latvian vicar arrested on sex abuse allegations

A former Catholic priest who converted to Protestantism and two other men have been arrested in Latvia for allegedly sexually abusing children, police said Thursday.

May 02 10:48

Biological Warfare: Priority to Bioweapons Research over Public Health

The priorities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the area of bacteriology have been “catastrophically re-ordered” by emphasizing bioweapons research over non-bioweapons research, a prominent authority states.

Giving priority to bioweapons research at NIH, started under the Bush Administration and continuing under President Obama, “diverts resources from critical public-health and scientific objectives,” says Richard Ebright, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable!

It appears that our National Institutes of Health have been morphed into the National Institutes of War, courtesy of both the previous, and present, administrations!

May 02 10:48

The False Teachings of Church Christianity

"Christ told his people to repent and forsake their sinful ways (Mat 9:13). He did not command them to form a religion in his name or to build a multi-million dollar church while the poor slept on the stoop."


May 02 10:46

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ ACTIONS CONTINUE IN OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM

Demonstration in Shiekh Jarrah against the eviction of Palestinian families

May 02 10:46

Should a Stock Market Decline Stop the Goldman Prosecutions?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No!

May 02 10:45

FANTASTIC POSTS THAT ARE MUST READS

My dear Brother Haitham Sabbah prepared the following report of recent posts that appeared on his Blog…. they are all MUST READS.

May 02 10:44

ISRAEL TO DESECRATE THE MEMORY OF CORETTA SCOTT KING

One cannot help but be disturbed by the bitter irony in this appropriation of the life and legacy of Coretta Scott King. How would she, a woman who opposed discrimination and apartheid, feel if she knew that her name was being used by an organization that deliberately discriminates against Palestinians simply because they are not Jewish?


May 02 10:43

MARATHON FOR PEACE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE

Interfaith race held Sunday from Church of Nativity to Davidson Center in Jerusalem with objective of promoting peace between people

May 02 10:43

Iraq: Bloody Policies and Criminal Authorities: Arrests, Assassinations, Deportation of Millions, Torture

This repression, coupled with corruption and a policy of disinformation and lies and the fomentation of civil strife, is a hell of blood and fear in which Iraqis live. Iraqis know this well. They know that the American withdrawal from cities is in reality handing the dirty job to their local puppets. Maliki is the proconsul of this repression. It is his electoral platform and his way to remain prime minister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So... this is what "freedom, democracy and progress" look like in Iraq, courtesy of the US invasion and occupation!

May 02 10:39

A Tradition of Dehumanizing: The CIA's Psycho-War and Torture Schemes in The Philippines

A recent survey by Canadian scholar Priscilla Lefebvre summed up the whole Arroyo tenure as a sustained “war against the people through State violence” (2010). Short of a revolutionary mass upheaval, it appears that the CIA KUBARK torture techniques and its legitimization by the policing and jurisprudence system in the Philippines still have a long way to be “tweaked” and streamlined before its final scrapping.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks!!!

Doesn't it make you feel proud?!?!?

But there is a point, with every oppressed society, that people say, "Enough!"

Even though that hasn't happened yet in the Phillipines, just as certainly as it happened in the old Soviet Union, in the Shah's Iran, in Batista's Cuba and in Chaucehscu's Romania... it will happen.

May 02 10:35

US issues Iran delegates late visas

The last-minute issuance came on Saturday, after officials in Tehran condemned Washington’s delay in conferring visas to several members of Iran’s delegation. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had warned the US administration against taking the Unites Nations hostage.



Lockerdome
May 02 10:31

Animation: Gulf of Mexico oil spill growth and movement

This animation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was created using actual overflight information and forecast models from the NOAA and Unified Command.

The red dot is the location of the Deepwater Horizon oil well, which exploded on April 20, releasing oil into the Gulf near the Louisiana coast that has yet to be contained. Eleven rig workers are missing and are presumed to have died in the explosion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Setting aside the obvious nonsense about North Korean mini-subs, there is a lot of conflicting information, complicated by finger-pointing.

But what seems to have happened is ...

Deep Horizon was, as the name implied, seeking a deep oil field. The well head is 5000 feet down in the Gulf of Mexico. The well itself drilled down another 30,000 feet, for a total depth of almost 7 miles. That is the current limit of drilling and pumping technology.

The drill appears to have hit a very high pressure deposit of oil and gas. It's like the old joke of a mosquito that hits an artery and explodes. In the case of Deepwater Horizon, it appears that high pressure natural gas flowed back up the drill pipe, and being gas rather than oil, arrived back at the well head at high pressure, more than was expected, and blew out the control valves. Gas escaped above the oil rig and the first spark set it off. Attempts to close the "pinchers" have failed so far, and yesterday a classified NOAA report was leaked reporting that there are three distinct points of leakage, suggesting that the cement well cover built by Halliburton may have failed.

Already there are indications of inadequate safety precautions. Records are missing.

Estimates of how much oil is leaking vary wildly from the media reports of 5000 barrels a day up to 200,000 barrels a day. From the above animation it appears that the rate of flow is increasing.

The situation 5000 feet down at the well head is that of ruptured pipes, cracked concrete well cover, and the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon sitting on top of it all, making access to the wellhead all but impossible.

Frankly, I doubt even a nuclear bomb could close off this vent, and we may be on our way to seeing the oil underneath the Gulf of Mexico, become the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil companies are facing their own Chernobyl disaster. But they will never admit responsibility, nor will the US politicians who shirked their duty to take care of the US infrastructure, especially in an election year. The race is on to find someone to blame for it all. Hence the stories about North Korean mini-subs, and sooner or later, "Al Qaeda!" The oil companies and the US Government are off the hook if they can claim this was a terrorist attack.

May 02 10:27

Media Coverup on the Corporate Pillage and Destruction of sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda is not unique-- despite the attempts to wrap it in its very own "war crimes tribunal" (ICTR). In fact the proper comparison for Rwanda is Indonesia (1965) where a million odd were murdered at the insistence of US and UK corporate interests represented by their governments overtly and covertly. The US and its international harem of corporate-driven states used the same tactics in Rwanda that they did when they gave Suharto the green light to annihilate anyone who might be capable of continuing support for the post-colonial nationalism of Sukarno.

May 02 10:19

No US visas for Iran press

An Iranian press delegation slated to accompany President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his upcoming visit to New York have been denied US visas.

The US government has refused to issue visas for the Iranian press delegation that was scheduled to cover the president's trip to New York and his participation in a nuclear conference, Mehr News Agency reported on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How churlishly petty of the US government!

What are they afraid of, except the very real possibility that they might report Ahmadinejad mentioning the fact that although Israel has nuclear weapons, it refuses to sign the NNPT?!?

May 02 10:01

Jordan king talks of 'explosion' in ME

Jordan warns that Israel is pushing the Middle East to the brink of an "explosion" as it continues to build settlements in the occupied East Jerusalem (al-Quds).

"I am afraid the tension could develop into an explosion with all parties paying the price," Jordan's King Abdullah II said, addressing the annual conference of the Jordanian ambassadors, DPA reported on Thursday.

He added that Tel Aviv was "playing with fire" by continuing to act unilaterally in East al-Quds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to King Abdullah II: thinking people in this world understand that what you are saying is entirely correct.

The question with Israel, as always, is what, precisely, is the world prepared to do to stop this genocide?

Unfortunately, the answer with Israel, as always, is... absolutely nothing, because Israel will always scream "anti-semite" to any country which even in the mildest way, might criticize its national policy.

What we are going to see here will be a brisk, aggressive annexation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, with any Palestinians left standing herded in to the besieged ghetto that is Gaza.

The possibilities of these Palestinians, evicted from their homes, of having the opportunity to immigrate to anywhere else in the Middle East (very much including Jordan) are limited in the extreme.


May 02 10:01

U.S. States Consider Starting Their Own Banks

At least eight U.S. states are considering proposals to start state-run banks in the wake of an economic crisis where many private banks ceased or greatly decreased their lending, literally shrinking the money pool available in state economies.

May 02 09:48

Iran to propose reforms at US nuclear talks

Ahmadinejad is expected to defend Iran's right as a signatory to the NPT to master the nuclear fuel cycle, including uranium enrichment.

He is also expected to urge other NPT signatories to pressure Israel to sign the treaty, at a time when Washington is pressing world powers to impose a fourth round of UN sanctions against Tehran for defiantly enriching uranium.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's do this one more time:

1. Iran is a signatory to the NNPT.

2. As a signatory to the NNPT, Iran allows for inspection of its nuclear power program.

3. To date, as a result of these IAEA inspections, there has been no nuclear materials which have gone "walkabout", nor has there been any enrichment beyond that necessary to fuel a power plant.

4. Israel, which has nuclear weapons (as first revealed to the world by Mordechai Vannunu in the late 80s, and confirmed by both former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and former US President Carter) refuses to sign the NNPT, or allow for inspections of its nuclear facilities.

5. Under the Symington Amendment, it is illegal for the US to give any financial aid to countries which have nuclear weapons but refuse to sign the NNPT.

6. So under our own US law, every single penny of the 3 billion dollars squeezed out of the US taxpayer annually for Israel is illegal, but administration after administration keeps doing it.

Any questions?!?!?

May 02 09:38

Children’s Tylenol and Other Drugs Recalled

A unit of Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily begun a recall of certain children’s over-the-counter liquid medicines because of manufacturing deficiencies, the Food and Drug Administration said on Saturday.

The deficiencies may affect the potency, purity or quality of the products, the agency said in a statement. It said it was investigating the plant where the products were made to make sure there were no other problems.

May 02 09:32

Drone Pilots Could Be Tried for "War Crimes," Law Prof Says

Drone attacks haven't just become the primary weapon in the American bid to wipe out Al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist networks. "Very frankly, it's the only game in town in terms of confronting or trying to disrupt the al Qaeda leadership," CIA director Leon Panetta said.

But that "embrace of the Predator program has occurred with remarkably little public discussion, given that it represents a radical new and geographically unbounded use of state-sanctioned lethal force," The New Yorker's Jane Mayer recently observed. Before 9/11, the American government regularly condemned Israel for taking out individual terrorists. "Seven years later, there is no longer any doubt that targeted killing has become official U.S. policy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This use of extrajudicial assassination by the US government has caused it to become the true "rogue nation" of the 21st century, reviled by people around the world.


May 02 09:24

'Boil-water' order issued for nearly 2 million in Mass.

A major pipe bringing water to the Boston area has sprung a "catastrophic" leak and is dumping eight million gallons of water per hour into the Charles River. Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and issued a "boil-water" order for Boston and dozens of other communities.

"The water is not suitable for drinking. ... All residents in impacted communities should boil drinking water before consuming it," he said at a news conference this afternoon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US infrastructure is falling apart at the seams... but the Federal Government, in its infinite absence of wisdom, still funds its illegal and immoral wars without end, and coughs up 3 billion dollars annually to Israel!

May 02 09:02

Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free

The U.S. monetary system is based on a combination of fraud and sleight of hand that allows private debt (i.e., debt created by private banks) to masquerade as public money. This has permitted a shadowy, parasitical, malign elite she [Ellen Brown] calls "the banking spiker" to enrich itself while dominating the global economy and, more often than not, politics. Brown, an admirer of the econmic views of 19th-century economist Henry Carey, wants the power to create money be returned to the hands of the people (specifically, to Congress).

This book is a must read -- in understanding our current economic and political crisis and how to fix it.

May 02 08:48

Transocean Deepwater Horizon Explosion-A Discussion of What Actually Happened?

Deep-water drilling is a high-stakes game. It's not exactly a "casino," in that there's a heck of a lot of settled science, engineering and technology involved. But we're sure finding out the hard way what all the risks are. And it's becoming more and more clear how the totality of risk is a moving target. There's geologic risk, technical risk, engineering risk, environmental risk, capital risk and market risk.

With each deep well, these risks all come together over one very tiny spot at the bottom of the ocean.

May 02 08:25

Oil hits Louisiana coast, could reach Florida by Sunday

Pundit Rush Limbaugh, who has a home on Florida's Palm Beach, suggested that the explosion could have resulted from Earth Day eco-sabotage by one of the rig workers. Limbaugh also said a cleanup was unnecessary.

"The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there," Limbaugh said. "It's natural. It's as natural as the ocean water is."

Unbelievable


May 02 08:12

Gulf Oil Rig Fiasco: It’s About Scarcity and World Government

Obama said on Thursday he was dispatching SWAT teams to inspect oil rigs in the Gulf, a response that struck many observers as odd.

This is a public relations stunt designed to make Americans think the federal government is responding to the disaster. In fact, the government has no intention of doing anything significant. Obama’s response if purely cosmetic and for public consumption.

Levin and many Republicans think Obama is a Marxist and wants a Soviet-like centralized economy. Obama, however, is not surrounded by textbook Marxists who want a revolution in the name of the proles. He is surrounded by bankers and monopoly men. The Obama administration is a creature of the CFR, Trilateral Commission, the Federal Reserve, and Wall Street banks, not the Comintern.

May 02 06:57

Oil spill disaster is now 'out of control'

The British oil giant faces questions over how much it knew about previous problems with “blowout preventers”, the giant underwater valves designed to shut down oil flow in the event of accidents.

The valves on the rig failed to work after it exploded on April 20. BP technicians have been unable to activate them even though they appear to be undamaged by the blast.

BP has calculated that it might take up to three months to sink a new well that could cut off the flow of the Deepwater Horizon’s oil.

The worst oil spill affecting US waters was caused by a 1979 blowout aboard the Ixtoc, a Mexican rig that discharged at least 130 million gallons, 600 miles south of the Texas coast. It took nine months to plug the leak.

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May 02 06:48

Rheumatoid arthritis linked to vitamin D deficiency, researchers find

A new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) environmental health expert came up with an unexpected conclusion. The researchers were investigating why women living in the northeastern United States are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and they suspected they would find an association with air pollution. Instead, their research has raised the strong possibility that RA results from vitamin D deficiency due to not getting enough exposure to one of nature's most powerful healers -- sunlight.

May 02 06:46

Gulf of Mexico oil spill shows disastrous legacy of Halliburton and the real cost of the oil era

Nearly 50% of the seafood consumed by Americans comes from the Gulf of Mexico, by the way. That explains why seafood contains such an alarmingly high concentration of mercury as well as industrial chemicals -- because the Gulf of Mexico is America's toilet where every toxic chemical, heavy metal and pharmaceutical that's flushed down the drain ends up getting dumped. No wonder the Gulf of Mexico is home to one of the planet's largest ocean "dead zones" -- over 6,000 square miles of dead water where fish can't even survive.

And that was before the oil spill.

May 02 06:36

Hurricane Season and the BP Oil Rig Disaster

Why does this matter? Because any attempt to use booms or chemicals keep the oil away from the Gulf Coast would be completely impossible in the event of a major storm entering the Gulf. The combination of high winds, storm surges and high waves would push the oil slick way inland up the bayous and onto the shelter islands that protect 40 percent of America’s wetlands. (Even a moderate wind and a chop on the water near shore was defeating the booms put in place on Friday, and rendering any attempt to burn off the oil impossible.)

May 02 06:29

Times Square bomb: terrorism or PR?

Some details are immediately suspect. Why would the terrorists use a false license plate instead of renting a legitimate car? How did they get hold of a license plate which the owner had sent for scrapping? Why use an SUV instead of a roomy mini-van – a standard car for bombings, and less conspicuous for parking? Not the least, technical failures are extremely uncommon in car bombs which are carefully assembled in suitable conditions.



Owl 2
May 02 06:23

Window of opportunity for solar heating fraudsters

Following an undercover investigation in the May edition of Which? magazine, claiming that 10 out of 14 solar thermal installers exaggerated the technology's potential energy savings, experts are questioning the UK government's attempts to regulate the industry before a feed in tariff for renewable heat comes into place next year.

Consumer watchdog Which? asked 14 companies earlier this year to quote for the installation of a solar thermal system at a property in south-east England. The investigation revealed that a number of solar heating installers, such as Everest and Ideal Solar Energy, used high-pressure sales tactics and hugely over-stated the potential benefits of installing a solar thermal system.

May 02 06:19

Oil spill threatens to spread to East Coast

Satellite images show the surface area of the gulf oil spill has nearly tripled in size in just a day.

May 02 05:58

Distrust Rising

Whether the 'event' was actually an accident where all the 'fail safe' measures failed or something more, the suspicions of some seem to me to be an example of the growing distrust of government and corporations among the population.

Even if the rig disaster was an accident, the Hegelian Dialectic of problem ... reaction ... solution is coming into play. As Rahm Emanuel would say "You never let a serious crisis go to waste."

May 02 05:38

How Rev. Moon's 'Snakes' Infested US

As an investigative journalist, I’m not much for catchy political metaphors, but the revelation that snakes and rodents are infesting the Washington Times building as the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s newspaper sinks into a financial swamp does have some poetic justice about it.

After all, for 28 years, the right-wing Washington Times has sent disinformation slithering through the U.S. political system while creating a nest for propagandists who have befouled American democracy with irrationality and dirty tricks.

Indeed, one could say that Moon's newspaper pioneered the modern style of deceptive “journalism” that is the daily fare on Fox News, angry talk radio and right-wing blogs.


May 02 05:27

LIVING IN THE U.X.A.

At the height of the Great Depression, a group of unemployed Oakland workers decided to take matters into their own hands. The system wasn’t working, so they set up their own system. Money was nearly worthless, so they decided to live by barter. They called themselves the Unemployed Exchange Association and they soon went on to write a remarkable chapter in American economic history. This is their story.

May 02 04:28

From My Lai to Khataba: Tangled Webs

It was widely suspected that US Special Forces had committed murder in the village of Khataba in eastern Afghanistan in February 2010, but there were two months of dodging and weaving and downright deliberate dishonesty before the truth had to be admitted.

US soldiers killed pregnant women and then lied about their atrocity. Their lies were endorsed by senior officers. And the war crime would never have been uncovered had not the London Times pursued the matter.

May 02 03:50

Obama Targets LewRockwell.com

Who actually, in Obama’s phrase, thinks “all of government is inherently bad”? Just Rothbardian anarcho-capitalists, who are “anti-war, anti-state, pro-market,” in the LRC phrase. The state, as Obama implies, feels itself weakened by the reaction to its mass murder, mass looting, mass redistribution, and mass counterfeiting and subsequent economic depression. There has never been a state so big and so rapacious as the US, and the more people who begin to see through its propaganda, the more silly speeches to government audiences the government leader will try to give. The supremely rich taxing-killing machine is “us”? What blithering nonsense.

May 02 00:07

Wikileaks Video Video Roundup

Updates in video form. Includes interview with Ethan McCord, one of the soldiers in the leaaked Wikileaks video of the 2007 incident in Baghdad and co-author of the "Open Letter of Reconciliation and Responsibility to the People of Iraq" (which I hope everyone has signed).



Pixfuture

May 1, 2010

May 01 21:54

It wasn’t just GS. The Fed, Govt. Banks, GSEs are all complicit.

The Fed made it possible to back the GSEs and the Govt allows the Fed to operate in the secret fashion they do. GS knew the flaws in the system and exploited them without thinking it will bite them in the a$$!.

May 01 21:43

Treasuries, Deficits, and Damn Lies

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the United States will have to ration healthcare to reconcile the rising federal debt problem and future entitlement obligations.

"Maybe the thing to do is change the word ['ration'] so it becomes politically acceptable," he said.

May 01 20:07

UC Berkley Vote: A travesty of the “Democratic” process

Large amounts of grant money which supports the University, most of which comes from AIPAC, ADL and American-Jewish controlled foundations in America, is important, but students and American student satisfaction are ESSENTIAL to its survival!

...

I am sure that this vote cost someone a lot of money, power and promises, as well as a lot of arm-twisting!

May 01 20:05

'Hitler Youth' Shout Down Dissent To Green Fascism


May 01 19:47

Judge Won't Subpoena Obama to Testify in Blagojevich Trial

A federal judge in Chicago has refused to issue a subpoena for President Barack Obama to testify at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political-corruption trial.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel ruled Friday that lawyers for Mr. Blagojevich had not produced sufficient evidence that Mr. Obama would have anything material to say on the witness stand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Obama's political "Chicago machine" is doing a grand job of protecting one of its own.

May 01 19:38

BP using toxic chemicals to ‘disperse’ spilled oil

Even if the materials, called dispersants, are effective, BP has already bought up more than a third of the world’s supply. If the leak from 5,000 feet beneath the surface continues for weeks, or months, that stockpile could run out.

On Thursday BP began using the chemical compounds to dissolve the crude oil, both on the surface and deep below, deploying an estimated 100,000 gallons. Dispersing the oil is considered one of the best ways to protect birds and keep the slick from making landfall. But the dispersants contain harmful toxins of their own and can concentrate leftover oil toxins in the water, where they can kill fish and migrate great distances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just found an article on line regarding biomediation of oil slicks published in English by the Indian Coast Guard, written by one Dr. Pradeep Kumar, located at:

http://www.indiancoastguard.nic.in/indiancoastguard/NOSDCP/NOSDCP%202006/Bio_remed_Oil_spills.pdf

If India understands the critical importance of using bioremediation for oil spills, why doesn't BP and the US government?!?

That is more than a little scary, in terms of the long-term potential toxic effects of these dispersants.

May 01 18:40

Fears for crops as shock figures from America show scale of bee catastrophe

Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter.

May 01 18:34

BP documents show it did not plan for oil spill disaster at Gulf Coast rig

BP is facing a £3billion fine for the oil spill on America’s Gulf Coast which is threatening to become the worst ecological disaster in history - and is now under fire for not foreseeing the catastrophe.

Documents emerged yesterday showing BP had previously downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at the rig.

It suggested in a 2009 exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well that an accident leading to a giant oil spill – and damage to beaches, fish and animals – was unlikely or virtually impossible.



Owl 3
May 01 18:26

More than meets the eye in video, but U.S. still needs to apologize

McCord, interviewed on the CBC'sThe Current,said the soldier with him threw up when they discovered the wounded children in the van. He said he and Stieber now have more than 3,000 signatories to their letter.

Listening to pilots and those manning the guns as the video rolled on, I was taken aback by the callous comments, the blatant disregard for human life.

I couldn't understand why the helicopters would shoot up a van, a seemingly Good Samaritan simply stopping to assist a wounded man the Americans actually wanted to go for a weapon so they could take him out.

McCord says this is all part of the training, the desensitizing of any human instinct.

May 01 18:23

Louisiana oil spill may be five times bigger than previously thought

The view from space indicates that the oil may be leaking at a rate of 25,000 barrels a day, dwarfing the figure of 5,000 barrels that US officials and the British oil giant BP have used in recent days.

That would mean that some nine million gallons may already have escaped from the underwater well following the April 20 explosion that killed 11 rig workers. It suggests the disaster will almost certainly prove greater than the Exxon Valdez tanker spill off Alaska in 1989, which released 11 million gallons and was the worst previous spill at sea.

May 01 17:41

Canada: 9/11 Truth Storm in Mainstream Media

A recent bombshell in Quebec's newspaper “La Presse” talking about the World911Truth conference May 3rd in Montreal with Richard Gage, AIA and Dr. David Ray Griffin has created a coast to coast storm in the mainstream media. From major TV in Quebec, to mainstream radio, to the most popular newspaper in Canada, the Toronto Star, this 9/11 truth debate is being carried out this week-end and is not over.

May 01 14:24

World War



Taboola
May 01 14:24

PA Tax Amnesty TV ad "We Know Who You Are"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this doesn't convince you that government rules by terror, nothing will!

There is no freedom without the freedom to say "no!"

May 01 14:21

Cut the Partisan Crap ... BOTH the Private Sector and Government are to Blame for the Financial Crisis

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kill them all; let God sort them out!

May 01 14:20

American Meat Is Even Grosser Than You Thought

Microbial contaminants can be killed by cooking, but chemical residues aren't destroyed by heat. In fact, some of these residues break down into more dangerous substances when heated, according to the FSIS National Residue Program for Cattle, a recent report by the USDA's Office of the Inspector General.

The routes by which veterinary drugs make it into human food trace a disturbing portrait of how large dairy farms operate. Sick dairy cows are given medications to help them recover, but if it appears an animal will die, it's often sold to a slaughterhouse as quickly as possible, in time to kill it before it dies. That way, "[the dairy farmer] can recoup some of his investment in the animal," according to the report.

May 01 14:17

In another Wall Street misdeed, Morgan Stanley settles oil-trading flap

In another black eye for Wall Street, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission late Thursday announced a $14 million fine against Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. for allegedly hiding its complex oil trades.

May 01 14:16

Is the Cap and Trade Movement Much like the Nazis' Nature Protection Law?

In July 1935, Germany's Nazi regime headed by Adolf Hitler passed the Reich Nature Protection Law. It was one of the most progressive laws of its time. First of all, it was a federal law that applied to the whole country and not just a local ordinance, as had been customary in the past. It was also unprecedented in scope: The law protected nature and the environment in the name of the German people and for their sake, and prevented damage that might have been caused by economic development in undeveloped areas. Anyone whose actions were liable to harm nature or alter the landscape in any significant way, such as developers and building contractors, had to obtain permission from the Reich nature protection office.

May 01 14:02

CrossTalk on Goldman Sachs: Dog & Pony Show?

On this edition of Peter Lavelle's 'CrossTalk' he asks his guests whether the US Senate hearings humiliating Goldman Sachs are merely a show trial with the aim of watering down global financial reform.

May 01 13:13

Archbishop of Canterbury’s deafening silence over Israeli bullying

Stuart Littlewood considers Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’s feeble acceptance of, and silence over, Israel’s humiliation of him – and the Anglican Church which he leads – during his visit to Gaza.

May 01 13:12

The next 9/11 – made in Israel?

Maidhc Ó Cathail views the evidence indicating that dual loyalty officials in the US administration are funnelling American nuclear secrets not only to Israel, but also to terrorist organizations in order to facilitate a “nuclear 9/11” and a massive US attack against Iran or Pakistan.

”If, as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu admitted, 9/11 was ‘very good’ for Israel, a nuclear 9/11 might be even better. As the spellbinding effects of that traumatic event nine years ago have begun to wear off, and with Americans increasingly questioning the costs of a one-sided alliance [with Israel], it may even be considered necessary.”

May 01 13:09

UK politicians fail the Afghanistan, economics and banking tests

Christopher King argues that Britain’s leading politicians lack the courage to acknowledge the only moral conclusion to the Afghan fiasco – withdrawal – and lack the vision, integrity and competence to tackle the country’s economic and banking crises.

May 01 12:02

WHAT PALESTINE REALLY NEEDS

Day after day, it is becoming amply clear that the Palestinian Authority (PA) regime in Ramallah is implicated in the gradual implementation of conspiratorial designs devised by the U.S. and Israel and aimed at liquidating the Palestinian national cause.

May 01 11:21

Opposition Rallies in ‘Solidarity with Political Prisoners’

Protesters blocked on April 30 Tbilisi’s main thoroughfares, Rustaveli Avenue and Freedom Square, for more than an hour demanding release of, what the opposition calls, “political prisoners” and “illegally arrested persons”.

May 01 10:57

Tagliavini's Report Heard at PACE Debates

Georgia “triggered off the war” with heavy artillery attack on Tskhinvali in August, 2008, however, this attack was not an isolated event, but a culminating point of years of mounting tensions and all sides bear responsibility, Heidi Tagliavini, who led EU-funded fact-finding mission into causes of the war, said on April 28.

May 01 10:32

US: We stand by Israel at UN

The US says it would not withdraw its support for Israel at the UN, denying reports that it would let the body target the occupation of the Palestinian lands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Proud to be an obedient slave to Israel!" -- Every American Politician

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third!

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third!

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third!

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third!

May 01 10:20

Iran: We Also Worry About Nuclear Weapons in the Wrong Hands

Mehman-Parast added that all nations should worry about terrorist access to nuclear arms.

He expressed concern not only about terrorists, but about Western powers with nuclear weapons. He criticized the United States in particular, accusing the US of failing to disarm and of threatening nuclear attacks on other nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has only country to use nuclear weapons against its enemies.

Iran and its leadership have every legitimate reason to be worried.

May 01 10:16

Turmoil in Iraq threatens US withdrawal plans

Iraq continues to be embroiled in its messy post-election coalition-building process. It has become so messy that the US may well be rethinking its withdrawal plans, and particularly its withdrawal of all combat troops at the end of August.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the resurrection of the Mahdi army, we could well be seeing the return of civil war in Iraq.

May 01 10:09

Thirty dead in Somalia mosque bombings

At least 30 people have been killed after two bombs exploded at a mosque in the Somalian capital Mogadishu on Saturday.

A high-ranking member of Somalia's most powerful militia, who was inside the mosque during the blast, is believed to be the target of the attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This proxy war, where the "transitional government" is supported by the US and the UN, is all about who will ultimately get access to Somalia's oil.

May 01 09:57

Global Warfare: U.S. Consolidates Military Network In Asia-Pacific Region

U.S. fast strike and first strike global missile and space strategy and its expansion of military alliances and networks in the Asia-Pacific area are rightly seen as threats to China and Russia. And to international security and peace.

May 01 09:54

How Wars Are Born: China versus the U.S.

The fact that China is now declaring itself master of its own zones is intolerable for U.S. corporations, which will stop at nothing — including war — to maintain U.S. military dominance over the globe.

May 01 09:47

Is Obama A Congenital Liar & Sadistic Torturer?

Sir, you have nothing decent to celebrate. In a time of unprecedented debt (you helped to create), a time when Americans continue to lose their homes, cars, jobs, and savings, you should be thinking about some food fasts, to clean your body and soul.

Little boy Bush effectively assaulted our moral and ethical values under right-wing cover; and now, Mr. Obama is doing the same thing, but with left-wing pretenses; and that is essentially the change President Obama has thus far brought to the White House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With this President, "hope and change" morphed into "shock and awe" faster than the speed of light.

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