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May 3, 2010

May 03 08:27

Big Momma

And we think that once we’ve left that childhood world of childish behavior that it is all over, and not without good reason. After all, the normal process of things is that people grow up, realize that the world does not revolve around only them and begin acting their age. They get educated, then married, have kids and then learn to live cooperatively with neighbors and do their part in building societies, nations and civilizations.

May 03 08:25

Palin promotes offshore drilling in the middle of oil spill

As an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico grows larger by the hour, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to stick to "drill, baby, drill."

May 03 08:24

Mother of all gushers could kill Earth's oceans

Imagine a pipe 5 feet wide spewing crude oil like a fire hose from what could be the planets' largest, high-pressure oil and gas reserve. With the best technology available to man, the Deepwater Horizon rig popped a hole into that reserve and was overwhelmed. If this isn't contained, it could poison all the oceans of the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Big Oil's Chernobyl disaster. Maybe now we can get free of the oil lobby and see some serious research into alternative energy sources like hydrogen, fusion (hot and cold), and distributed solar.

May 03 08:20

Catholics abandon church after abuse scandal

The Catholic Church in Denmark typically experiences a few dozen people leaving its ranks annually. But in the last six weeks, between 80 and 90 church members have left the organisation following the uncovering of several abuse cases.

‘Members have opted out because they are upset by the current situation and don’t wish to be identified with it,’ said church spokesman Niels Engelbrecht to Berlingske Tidende newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Quick! Someone fake another Noah's Ark so we can lure the suckers ... I mean the faithful, back in here!" -- Pope Benny the Rat



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 03 08:17

Afghan Govt Reports Surge in Civilian Deaths

The usually conservative figures on civilian deaths coming from the Afghan government showed 173 civilians died in the most recent month, a 33% rise year over year from 2009.

Another significant portion of those deaths, though one not explicitly included in the Afghan government’s news conference, was civilians killed by NATO troops. Though there were not any of the major air strikes in the past month, several high profile shootings have left NATO’s reputation in the nation in serious disrepair.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghani people do not "hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are murdering their husbands, wives, children, family and friends, all in the name of ultimate private profit.

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan has absolutely no relationship to US or world security; it has everything to do with the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and the control of the drug trade from which so many profit so wonderfully well.

Remember; as late as August 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taleban government over the fees for the installation of those pipelines, but deemed those fees "too high".

Apparently, the cost in blood and money of such an invasion and occupation was thought to be "cheaper" for both the current administration and the previous administration.

Of course, it would never be their kids who would get blown to bits or maimed for life in this war for private profit.

May 03 08:10

In Defense of Salt

What happens when a politician doesn't know what he's talking about? He advocates things like banning salt in restaurants. According to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, "salt and asbestos are not good for you." He said, "modern medicine thinks you shouldn't be smoking if you want to live longer. Modern medicine thinks you shouldn't be eating salt, or sodium."

Apparently Mayor Bloomberg is not familiar with the fact that the National Academy of Sciences recommends that Americans consume a minimum of 500 mg/day of sodium to maintain good health. In fact, sodium chloride is one of the 12 daily essential minerals. As far as I am aware, there is no minimum recommendation for asbestos consumption.

May 03 08:00

FDIC Shuts Seven More Banks at a Cost of Over $7 Billion

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation closed seven more banks on Apr. 30, bringing the total to 64 for the year. The day was particularly expensive, costing the agency just over $7 billion.

May 03 07:58

THE SOUTH PARK FRAUD!

The Radical "Muslim" Group That Threatened South Park Creators Was Founded and Run by Joseph Cohen, a Former Israeli Radical Who Used to Live in a Settlement in the West Bank. Fundamentalist Jews who pretend to be Radical Muslims, a growing problem...


May 03 07:58

CMKM/CMKX $3.87 TRILLION LAWSUIT GOES 'MAINSTREAM'

S.E.C. COMMISSIONERS AT RECEIVING END OF WORLD'S BIGGEST-EVER LAWSUIT

May 03 07:57

US and Russia to propose ban on WMD in Middle East

The proposal – involving the appointment of a special coordinator to conduct exploratory talks with Israel, Iran and the Arab states, followed by a regional conference – will be a central issue at a conference beginning tomorrow in New York aimed at preventing the further spread of nuclear weapons around the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great thought; but the US and Russia will never get Israel to agree to give up their nuclear arsenal.

May 03 07:57

BP warned of rig fault ten years ago

BP faces fresh questions over the cause of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill after it emerged that problems with the type of equipment that led to the disaster were first reported a decade ago.

In June 2000, the oil giant issued a "notice of default" to Transocean, the operator of the rig that blew up last month. The dispute was over problems with a blowout preventer, a set of iron slabs that should close out-of-control wells. It failed on the Gulf of Mexico rig, triggering the explosion and oil spill.

Transocean acknowledged at the time that the preventer did "not work exactly right". The rig in question, the Discover Enterprise, was unable to operate for extended periods while the problem was fixed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See my comments about the quality of American-made products HERE

May 03 07:55

Another week at least of unabated Gulf oil geyser

Another week of oil pouring from the seafloor. That is the best-case scenario for the Gulf Coast, where dead sea turtles washed ashore and a massive rust-colored slick continued to swell from an uncontrolled gusher spewing into the water.

BP PLC was preparing a system never tried before at such depths to siphon away the geyser of crude from a blown-out well a mile under Gulf of Mexico waters. However, the plan to lower 74-ton, concrete-and-metal boxes being built to capture the oil and siphon it to a barge waiting at the surface will need at least another six to eight days to get it in place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It wasn't that PB was ill-prepared for such a catastrophe: it was absolutely, spectacularly unprepared.


May 03 07:53

Why Arizona Drew The Line

Arizona is the ground zero of illegal immigration. Phoenix is the hub of human smuggling and the kidnapping capital of America, with more than 240 incidents reported in 2008. It's no surprise that Arizona's police associations favored the bill, along with 70 percent of Arizonans.

May 03 07:51

Clinton, Ahmadinejad Face Off At UN Nuclear Conference

Departing Tehran on Sunday, the Iranian leader made clear he would assail U.S.-led efforts to impose a new round of U.N. sanctions on his country for refusing to stop its enrichment program, which Washington and others contend is meant to produce the nuclear fuel for bombs in violation of Iran's NPT obligations.

He is also expected to counter with a denunciation of the United States and other nuclear-armed nations for their slow movement toward disarmament. "The atomic bomb has become a tool for bullying, domination and expansionism," he said Sunday.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, following Ahmadinejad to the U.N. stage later Monday, suggested over the weekend he was coming to New York "to divert attention and confuse the issue."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how quick Clinton is to accuse Iran of "failure to comply" with the rules of the NNPT, while not offering a single shred of evidence on the alleged non-compliance!

And let's remember; Israel, which has nuclear weapons, refuses to sign the NNPT and therefore refuses to allow their nuclear sites to be inspected, unlike Iran.

May 03 07:46

Video May Hold Clues in Times Square Bomb Scare

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly dismissed a militant group's claim of responsibility for the averted car bombing in Times Square and said law enforcement officials are concentrating on sifting through surveillance video that captures the vehicle at the scene and a man spotted nearby acting "furtively."

"Although a Taliban bomb maker has claimed on the Internet that the car bomb was placed in Times Square to avenge the deaths of mujahedeen fighters, we have no evidence to support this claim," Kelly said at a news conference today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, SITE Intelligence, founded by the daughter of a Mossad spy, is exposed once again as a fraud, yet next time SITE declares "Al Qaeda" is a danger, ABCNNBBCBS will report it as news.

May 03 07:43

Housing market will implode, warns Edward Chancellor

AUSTRALIA is in the midst of an unsustainable housing bubble that could burst at any time, warns the man who predicted the global credit bust of 2007.


May 03 07:42

Couple Arrested For Asking For Directions

"What she said was 'You found your own way in here, you can find your own way out.'" Kelly said.

Collins said the couple spotted another police vehicle and flagged that officer down for directions. But Officer Natalie Preston, a six-year veteran of the force, intervened.

"That really threw us for a loop when she stepped in between our cars," Kelly said. "(She) said my partner is not going to step in front of me and tell you directions if I'm not."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for "To protect and serve."

May 03 07:39

A Disgusting Little Email Making the Rounds on Wall Street

his hideous little piece of class warfare is supposedly making the rounds on Wall Street today. Its Us-Vs-Them theme is sickening. The lobbies of JPMorgan and several other banks were flooded with protesters downtown yesterday, I'm guessing that this was written by a frustrated Wall Streeter in response to the populist uprising.

May 03 07:37

VANUNU'S PHOTOS OF DIMONA - 1985

Acting on his conscience, he carefully took about 60 photos of the top-secret labs and unique production processes involved. When some of these photos were originally published in the London Sunday Times' exposé, they confirmed his eyewitness testimony about the extent of Israel's nuclear weapons program and revealed Israel to be one of the world's top nuclear powers. To this day, the Israeli government refuses international inspection of Dimona and continues to deny the existence of its nuclear arsenal.

May 03 07:35

Iranian leader flies into nuclear storm

Delegates from 189 countries today are opening a new bid at the United Nations to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, at a contentious meeting set to be dominated by Iran's presumed efforts to build a bomb, and fierce argument over the undeclared nuclear arsenal of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's nuclear arsenal goes mainstream!


May 03 07:22

American Atrocities Against The Filipinos

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the waterboarding in Photo 4

May 03 07:21

British Petroleum says it will pay for Gulf oil spill's cleanup

British Petroleum PLC said Monday that it will pay for all the cleanup costs from a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that could continue spewing crude for at least another week.

Meanwhile, chief executive Tony Hayward said Monday that chemical dispersants have worked to some degree to keep oil from flowing to the surface, though he did not elaborate. He said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that the new approach seemed to be having a significant impact.

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Don't expect them to pay for the impact this has to the ecosystems it destroys. Many people will be out of work because of this.

May 03 07:09

TOLEDO ACTIVISTS OCCUPY FORECLOSED HOME

On Monday May 3rd, Keith Sadler a former UAW Autoworker (who lost his job) of Stony Ridge will be evicted from his home. But unlike many in a similar situation, Mr. Sadler intends to resist his foreclosure and stay in his home illegally.

"I am resisting this eviction through non-violent civil disobedience," states Sadler. "It's time to make a stand against this corrupt system."

Alongside Sadler stands a group of community members from the Toledo Foreclosure Defense League, a Northwest Ohio coalition of housing activists. TFDL is also joined by the national group Take Back the Land based out of Miami, Florida.

May 03 07:05

Al-Qaeda Terror Tape Proven Fraudulent Once Again

The announcement by New York authorities that there is no evidence to support an apparent claim of responsibility for Saturday’s attempted car bombing by a Pakistani based Taliban group underscores once again how Pentagon front groups are releasing fake and misleading “Al-Qaeda videotapes” in crass PR stunts to justify the expansion of the “war on terror” under Obama.

As soon as Fox News reported that “the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bomb plot,” we smelled a rat, especially as the so-called video claiming complicity was released by the Pentagon front group SITE, founded by the daughter of an Israeli Mossad spy.


n/a
May 03 05:51

The Khazarian Conspiracy, Part 1 of 12

At the First Zionist Congress which was held in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland, one of the goals set was to create a Jewish state in the land of Palestine. At that time, only a few Jews were living in Palestine and they were nearly all native Sephardic Jews who are blood-related to the Arabs. These Palestinian (Sephardic) Jews and the Palestinian Arabs were living in peace as they had for centuries.

After the Zionist Congress in 1897, European Ashkenazi Jews began migrating to Palestine and buying land wherever they could. Yet, by 1920 Jews owed only 2% of Palestine.

By 1948 when Israel declared itself a state, these invading Jews had increased their land ownership; but, it was still less than 6%.

May 03 04:20

The Revenant: Brief Glimpses of Empire's Reality

Obama is doing two things here, reaching out to two very different audiences, on different wavelengths. First, for the hoi polloi, he is simply pandering in the most shameless way imaginable, throwing out talismans for his TV-addled audience to comfort themselves with: "You like JFK? I'll be like him! You like Reagan? I'll be like him too! You like the first George Bush? Hey, I'll be just like him as well!" This is a PR tactic that goes all the way back to St. Paul the spinmeister, who boasted of his ability to massage his message and "become all things to all men." Obama has long proven himself a master of this particular kind of political whoredom -- much like Bill Clinton, in fact, another champion of "bipartisan foreign policy" who for some strange reason got left off Obama's list of role models.

But beyond all the rubes out there, Obama is also signaling to the real masters of the United States, the military-corporate complex, that he is a "safe pair of hands" -- a competent technocrat who won't upset the imperial applecart but will faithfully follow the 60-year post-war paradigm of leaving "all options on the table" and doing "whatever it takes" to keep the great game of geopolitical dominance going strong.

May 03 01:48

Times Square bomb hoax, Israeli intel group shows it’s hand Gordon Duff

ISRAELIS BLAME TALIBAN GROUP, ONE THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH FOR YEARS

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.


May 2, 2010

May 02 22:51

The Government Official In Charge of Responding to the Oil Spill Was the Official In Charge of Responding to Hurricane Katrina

As the New York Times reports:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that she was changing the federal leadership of the oil spill operations. Adm. Thad W. Allen, the commandant of the Coast Guard, is now directly overseeing the work of Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry, who had been in charge of the response. Admiral Allen was in charge of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

The same guy who oversaw the brilliant government response to Katrina is overseeing its response to the Gulf oil spill?

Well, that's confidence-inspiring ...

May 02 22:50

Rami Khouri : A light is cast upon pro-Israel groups

The pro-Israel lobby prefers to work quietly in the background to define the Middle East foreign policy debate in the US – but now finds itself part of that agenda that is being debated in public.

May 02 22:16

Why Is Obama’s Organization Raising Money In Other Countries?

Here’s another question, this one for the media: Why has the media shown zero curiosity about Candidate Barack Obama’s illegal, overseas fundraising efforts? The election happened and there were questions right away and about Obama’s fundraising and even now, a year and a half later zero investigative reporting.

May 02 22:16

3 Businessmen Testify of Armed Raids by I.R.S.

Three businessmen told the Senate Finance Committee today of Internal Revenue Service agents who, with guns drawn, broke down doors, terrified workers and forced teen-age girls to change clothes in front of male agents in raids at the men's homes and businesses that they said were unnecessary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...forced teen-age girls to change clothes in front of male agents ..."



Lockerdome
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.


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.


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."



Pixfuture
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.


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."



Taboola
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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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."

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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.

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).

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