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May 28, 2010

May 28 07:26

Senate Approves $60 Billion For War, While House Cuts $24 Billion For Unemployed Workers And State Aid

The Senate easily passed an almost $60 billion war funding bill Thursday, but anxiety over out-of-control budget deficits led House leaders to drop tens of billions of dollars in spending from a separate catchall bill anchored by an extension of jobless benefits.

May 28 07:24

Scientists: Newly discovered Gulf oil plume is 22-miles long, six-miles wide

Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama.

The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science's Weatherbird II vessel is the second significant undersea plume recorded since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The scope and breadth of this spill, coupled with an absolutely catastrophic lack of oversight and adherence to standard safety procedures, means that this disaster is going to be with us for a long, long time.

May 28 07:17

New BP logo

May 28 07:12

The Western Snowpack is 137% of normal

Experts tell us that spring snowcover has seen rapid declines in the Northern Hemisphere over the last 20 years. As of today, western US snowpack averaged by state is 137 percent of normal.

According to USDA Snotel measurements, Arizona is 446% of normal. California is 131% of normal. New Mexico is 184% of normal. Nevada is 126% of normal. Montana is 104% of normal.



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Finco Bayano
May 28 07:07

Study: Occupied Baghdad is least livable city on planet

The Iraq war is still being touted by Washington and the Pentagon as a war for progress and stability in the region. A study released May 26, however, reveals a radically different reality.

The Mercer Quality of Living survey ranked Baghdad last in a list of "most livable cities." The study took into account political, economic, ecological, social and cultural factors.

The result is not surprising considering the devastation brought on by the U.S.-led invasion. Sewage treatment plants, factories, schools, hospitals, and museums have been destroyed. As a result, Iraqi citizens now have scarce access to water and electricity.

May 28 06:58

Scientists: Newly discovered Gulf oil plume is 22-miles long, six-miles wide

Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama.

The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science's Weatherbird II vessel is the second significant undersea plume recorded since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20.

The thick plume was detected just beneath the surface down to about 3,300 feet (1,000 meters), and is more than 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) wide, said David Hollander, associate professor of chemical oceanography at the school.

May 28 06:53

"Top Kill" Has FAILED In the Attempt to Plug the Oil Leak Using Mud ... Now BP Will Try to Add Some "Junk" to the Mix to Try to Seal the Holes

Here's the scoop: BP's attempt to stop the oil spill using the "Top Kill" method has failed.

How do I know?

Well, as the New York Times notes:

BP officials, who along with government officials created the impression early in the day that the strategy was working, disclosed later that they had stopped pumping the night before when engineers saw that too much of the drilling fluid was escaping along with the oil.

Indeed, BP stopped pumping "mud" for more than 16 hours (the material gushing out of the leaking riser didn't stop during that time).

Basically, BP has failed in trying to drive enough "mud" down the well to provide enough weight to tamp down the oil gushing out. It didn't work.

May 28 05:23

Ron Paul: Inside Sources Told Me Fed Is Panicking At Mass Awakening-Part 1

Alex talks with Ron Paul, a physician and Republican Congressman for the 14th congressional district of Texas. Paul is the founder of the advocacy group Campaign for Liberty and his ideas have been expressed in numerous published articles and books, including End The Fed and The Revolution: A Manifesto. Ron Paul has the most Constitution friendly voting record of any member of Congress since 1937.


May 27, 2010

May 27 23:35

Beijing suspects false flag attack on South Korean corvette

WMR's intelligence sources in Asia suspect that the March attack on the South Korean Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, the Cheonan, was a false flag attack designed to appear as coming from North Korea.

One of the main purposes for increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula was to apply pressure on Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to reverse course on moving the U.S. Marine Corps base off Okinawa.

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May 27 22:02

Gulf oil gusher conspiracy cover-up

Here's a video I shot this evening showing the supposed "live" feed by BP, yet for nearly eight hours now, it has been the same short (less than 15 seconds) loop playing over and over, even as the clock continues to roll as if its live. What are they doing that they don't want us to see?

May 27 22:02

Amnesty activist politician rear ended by drunk illegal alien

Michael Moran of Brighton is a staunch supporter of the "sanctuary" approach to illegal immigration we have here in Massachusetts. He voted against the Perry amendment that would require applicants for state benefits to prove they're here legally. Moran voted for subsidized college tuition for illegals, too.

It's safe to say that no Massachusetts politician has done more to make illegal immigrants feel welcome. Illegal immigrants like 27-year-old Isaias Naranjo, who (ahem) "met" Moran on the streets of Brighton last week.

According to Fox 25, Naranjo was driving 60 mph when he slammed his car into Moran’s. Naranjo was also drunk, driving without a license and – in an only-in-Massachusetts twist – was wearing a "Mexican costume" at the time.


May 27 21:19

Old News same as the New News: VIDEO: TWA Flight 800 Shot Down by Surface-to-Air Missile

Maybe my dreams tonight will come true - and our media in America will once again perform its duty as the watchdogs, owls and ultimate truthseekers they are supposed to be.

May 27 20:24

The Front Fell Off

May as well get a few laughs in at the oil industry while we contemplate the Deepwater catastrophe.

May 27 18:43

Herbert plans to sign Utah immigration reform if passed

Gov. Gary Herbert says immigration tops his list of priorities. He told reporters Thursday he's willing to sign an immigration law like Arizona's if the Utah Legislature passes one next year.

As anger, frustration and pressure about immigration reform builds, Herbert made a bold prediction Thursday.

"I expect we'll have a Utah immigration reform bill introduced and passed in the 2011 Legislative Session," Herbert said during his monthly KUED news conference.

May 27 18:01

More theft of America by the Private Federal Reserve and Record 70B Profit !

Federal Reserve's MBS Purchases Could Lead to Record Earnings of $70B

Over the past several years, the nation has experienced its most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. A report released this week by the

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) describes actions taken by policymakers to stabilize financial markets during the downturn as “extraordinary.”

Through its efforts, the U.S. Federal Reserve more than doubled the size of its asset portfolio to over $2 trillion and assumed far more risk than is considered “normal” for the central bank, according to the CBO study. The majority of


May 27 17:45

Hundreds of EMTs, paramedics said to be working with fake credentials

More than 200 emergency medical technicians and paramedics in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have been practicing without legitimate certification, having paid certificate mills for fake credentials without taking any medical training, an investigation by Massachusetts public health officials has found.

May 27 17:42

BO's Un-Armed 1,200 N.Guard border troops not for illegals

Confirmed: Unarmed National Guard Troops Won’t Be Used to Stop Illegal Immigrants
Posted by Jim Hoft, May 26, 2010
Mexican President Calderon was right.
The AFP reported:
"President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized the deployment of up to 1,200 additional troops to border areas but State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters, “It’s not about immigration.”"
"He said the extra troops would be used to free up civilians engaged in support functions so that law enforcement personnel can be increased along the 2,000-mile-long (3,200 kilometer) border."
Oh… And, the National Guard troops will not be armed.

May 27 17:28

An open letter to Australian Minister Stephen Smith

Congratulations!

By Paul Balles

To the best of my knowledge, you are the second Western government official with the courage to take action against Israeli passport fraudsters.

In March, the UK expelled an unnamed Israeli diplomat, but waffled on the identification of Mossad as the culprit. Reported in the Guardian, “Without mentioning the Mossad by name, he [Milibrand] added “the government judges it is highly likely that the forgeries were made by a state intelligence service.”


May 27 17:17

Obama Hosts Christian Community To Honor Christian American Heritage Month (Kidding...it's Jews)

Obama talks some trash: “we never waver in pursuing peace between Israelis, Palestinians, and Arabs, our bond with Israel is unbreakable.”

May 27 16:53

BP oil spill: words flow in Louisiana, but communication is blocked

The mood in Louisiana over the Deep Horizon oil catastrophe has matured from shock, to bafflement, to anger and has now slipped into the surreal. Stanton had come, along with a senior representative of BP, to address the people of Phoenix, a small community on the east bank of the Mississippi.

In the end, the head of the coastguard adopted a more conciliatory tone. "There's nothing I can say that will comfort you," he said to the crowd whose livelihoods – some believe their entire way of life – are in the balance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But there is one thing absolutely bankable, in the face of this disaster; expect lies, more lies, political finger-pointing, and more attempts to pass the buck on culpability here.

May 27 16:49

John Fitzgerald for Congress

May 27 16:44

Bankruptcy talk spreads among Calif. muni officials

Orange County Treasurer Chriss Street would not be surprised if more local governments across the Golden State sound a similar alarm.

Street expects more talk of municipal bankruptcy across California because local government finances are in such dire shape -- a situation underscored on Wednesday when a top finance officer for Sacramento County projected a worse-than-expected shortfall for the county of $181 million, which could force more than 1,000 layoffs from the county's payroll.

"You don't have the easy out of increasing revenue and you have a lot more call on services because of the economy," Street said. "There's no such thing as entertaining bankruptcy; there's ending denial."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You're going to start seeing more of this from more cities and counties all over the US.


May 27 16:33

IMF calls for gradual rise in Japan sales tax

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Take from the people to give to the bankers. Take from the people to give to the bankers. Take from the people to give to the bankers. Take from the people to give to the bankers. Take from the people to give to the bankers. Take from the people to give to the bankers. "

May 27 16:31

100,000 teachers nationwide face layoffs

Senior congressional Democrats and the Obama administration scrambled Wednesday to line up support for $23 billion in federal aid to avert an estimated 100,000 or more school layoffs in a brutal year for education budgets coast to coast.

As early as Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee expects to take up a bill that couples the school funding with spending for the Afghanistan war -- a measure that has bipartisan support. But a parallel push in the Senate stalled this week after a leading proponent concluded that he couldn't muster enough votes to surmount Republican opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the public money has been diverted to wars and more wars and weapons.

We may be seeing the beginning of the end of public education, and its complete privatization in the not too distant future.

May 27 16:19

Is the U.S. Government Planning War to Quell the Tide of Economic Unrest?

United States wars are virtually all wars of aggression, so it is quite evident that U.S. wars are “fought” for reasons other than self-defense. That means there are ulterior motives involved that are not related to moral behavior, but instead to nefarious intent. This is a disturbing revelation, and one little understood by the American masses. It is one however, that if more understood, could literally blow the lid off the notion that the purposeful buildup of the military–industrial complex is for the defense of this nation! This thought scares the life out of those in power who need to keep the populace scared to death at all times in order to propagate their crimes.

May 27 16:16

Is the Consumer Protection Bill Just One Huge Governmental Subversion of Privacy Ploy?

If anyone has been curious why the Fed, banks and politicians have all been pushing for the "consumer protection" portion of the Financial Regulation bill, it appears we may have the answer. As CNSNews.com reports, the bill "would create the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and empower it to “gather information and activities of persons operating in consumer financial markets,” including the names and addresses of account holders, ATM and other transaction records, and the amount of money kept in each customer’s account.


May 27 15:04

Alleged Ponzi Schemer Kenneth Starr Targeted Stars

The SEC and the U.S. Attorney's office today charged Kenneth Starr, a Manhattan attorney and money manager whose clients include Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone, Jacob the Jeweler, Steve Brill, Annie Leibovitz, and at least 25 other "socialites and luminaries in the entertainment and business worlds," according to the complaint, with running a Ponzi scheme in which he used clients' money to, among other things, purchase a "luxury $7.6 million Manhattan apartment" containing "a recreation room with a wet bar, a 32-foot granite lap pool, and a 1,500 square foot garden."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kenneth Starr?!?!? Are we talking about the Kenneth Starr who was assistant to William French Smith when the CIA was granted their license to smuggle? Are we talking about the Kenneth Starr who hijacked the Whitewater investigation and distracted the public away from dead lawyers and government-sanctioned drug running with Monica Lewinsky and her stained blue dress?

Naaaaah; it just COULDN'T be!

UPDATE: It wasn't.

May 27 14:31

The Gun is Civilization

The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

May 27 14:27

Prominent Oil Industry Insider: "Theres Another Leak, Much Bigger, 5 to 6 Miles Away"

There is another possibility.

It is well-known that BP had previous accident at the Deepwater Horizon rig. It is therefore possible that there has been another ongoing leak which BP has tried to cover up.

May 27 13:46

Setback Delays ‘Top Kill’ Effort to Seal Leaking Oil Well in Gulf

BP had to halt its ambitious effort to plug its stricken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday afternoon when engineers saw that too much of the drilling fluid they were injecting into the well was escaping along with the leaking crude oil.



Lockerdome
May 27 13:41

CLIMATEGATE - Where Has the Magic Gone?

Imagine popular children's fables retold by Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal: Anguished weavers gathered to ponder the sudden shift in fashion by subjects who only recently thought the emperor was wearing a splendid suit of clothes. If the boy still says there is a wolf, why have so many farmers turned away from the idea that the sheep are in danger?

May 27 13:39

U.S. Media Censors U.S. Support of Iran Fuel Swap

If you were paying close attention, you might know that the deal is quite similar to one proposed a few months ago by the United States. An initial AP story on the Washington Post's website last Monday - which I cited at the time - said the agreement was "nearly identical" to the deal the U.S. was pressing for, although by the end of the day the AP article on the Post's website had been revised to downgrade this comparison to "mirrors." [The original AP story is still visible here.] U.S. officials have dismissed the deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey, even though the deal is "nearly identical" to the one proposed by the U.S. Indeed, according to the Washington Post, U.S. officials are "thoroughly irritated" with Turkey for its role in mediating the agreement.

May 27 13:10

Scientists find evidence of large underwater oil plume in gulf

Scientists have found evidence of a large underwater "plume" of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, adding to fears that much of the BP oil spill's impact is hidden beneath the surface.

The scientists, aboard a University of South Florida research vessel, were testing the water in sites east and northeast of the leak's source. The university said they detected traces of dissolved oil as deep as 1,300 feet below the surface.

May 27 13:08

U.S. Has 'Very Serious' Disagreement With Brazil Over Iran, Clinton Says

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States has a "very serious" disagreement with Brazil over its approach to curbing Iran's nuclear program.

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"You're ... you're ... you're ... just ruining ... everything!!!!" -- Hillarity


May 27 13:05

WHEN BEAUTY IS UGLY

The international boycott will continue to grow. When someone purchases an Ahava product they are buying stolen merchandise. EuroPalestine is bringing a suit against Sephora in France for carrying Ahava products and negotiations continue with stores carrying the brand in the U.S. Justice will prevail.

May 27 13:04

Folly Central: Obama Considers Another Stimulus

Another stimulus. That's right. You read correctly. The U.K.'s Telegraph reports that dour President Obama and his cadre of thick-headed left-wing ideologues are weighing additional borrowing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. Can we invoke the 25th Amendment now?

May 27 13:01

Zionists Can't Stop Freedom Flotilla

The decision to be a part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was not a difficult one to make. For many years, Friends of Al Aqsa has campaigned to bring peace to Palestinians and despite our successes in raising awareness and lobbying in the UK, Israel has continued to breach international law with impunity. The situation in Gaza is unbearable and reminiscent of the Second World War, when hundreds of thousands of people were herded together like cattle. The only difference here is that we have formulated dozens of international treaties to ensure that this situation never again arises, and yet here we are facing it once more.

May 27 12:57

Another Sham Stimulus Bill

Given the choice between retaining power in the short term or doing what's right for America, which would you choose? Most Americans, I believe, would be willing to sacrifice a great deal for their country, and this willingness to sacrifice has always been the great pillar of American democracy. Unfortunately, there is no fondness for sacrifice in Washington these days, especially among the Democratic leadership and its supporters.

May 27 12:49

Gird Your Loins: IRS 'Wealth Squads' Are on the Way

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We rob from the rich ... because the poor don't have anything left!"

May 27 12:35

Satellite Collision Could Destroy Earth Communications

While this is true, Is it a setup for something big to go down? Communications go down and then Blam, Something Big Happens.

Im also seeming to recall a rogue satellite that was supposed to out American TV. That event didnt happen and was never talked about again. Funny right about that time the X37B was spotted by an amateur.

May 27 12:29

Tribute To The People Of Gaza

I never cease to be amazed at the power of the human spirit to survive. During my last visit to Gaza in October 2008 I was amazed and deeply moved by the power of the people I witnessed. In a triumph of hope over adversity and tremendous suffering, love still abides.


May 27 12:11

Halliburton to Buy Boots & Coots for $232 Million

Oil giant Halliburton (HAL: 26.66, 0.8, 3.09%) announced late Friday that it will purchase emergency response oil control company Boots & Coots (WEL: 2.95, 0.01, 0.34%) in a deal valued at around $232 million.
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Pretty nice how that worked out for Halliburton, huh? Buying an oil clean-up company a week before a rig disaster...

May 27 12:05

Why Man-Made Global Warming is a load of cobblers

Just been reading Climate: The Counter Consensus (Stacey International) the new book by Bob Carter – that’s New Zealand’s Professor Robert M Carter to you, mate: he’s one of the world’s leading palaeoclimatologists – and it’s a cracker. By the end, you’re left feeling rather as I did after the Heartland Conference, that the scientific case against AGW is so overwhelming that you wonder how anyone can still speak up for so discredited a theory without dying of embarrassment.

All the same, it’s good to be reminded now and again why the “consensus” thinking on AGW simply doesn’t stand up. There are so many excellent examples from Prof Carter’s book, I might be forced to spread them out over several blogs.

May 27 12:03

Rapist had been deported 9 times!

May 27 11:54

Doug Casey on the Decline of the American Empire


May 27 11:37

REAL TIME UPDATES FROM THE GAZA AID FLOTILLA!

May 27 11:35

Israeli commandos to block Gaza activists

Israel on Thursday unveiled a massive makeshift detention center in the country's main southern port and announced the end of days of intense naval maneuvers, vowing to stop a flotilla of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists trying to break a 3-year blockade of the Gaza Strip this weekend.

Military authorities said that masked naval commandos would greet the eight ships deep out at sea, escort the vessels to port and give each of the activists a stark choice: leave the country or go to jail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, once more, Israel will hijack the passengers on the aid ships and forcibly take them to Israel, where they did not want to go in the first place, then charge them with illegally being in Israel, where they did not want to go in the first place, then toss them in jail if they refuse to Israel, where they did not want to go in the first place!

May 27 11:30

FLASHBACK: Iran, Democracy, the CIA and... British Petroleum

Reposted from Wikipedia

"For many Iranians, the coup demonstrated duplicity by the United States, which presented itself as a defender of freedom but did not hesitate to use underhanded methods to overthrow a democratically elected government to suit its own economic and strategic interests"...In 1951 with near unanimous support of Iran's parliament, Mosaddegh nationalized the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC)....widely regarded as exploitative and an infringement on Iran's sovereignty. Iran's oil was the British government's single largest overseas investment....

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May 27 11:23

Dubya : The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Bush, Cheney and Halliburton: The making of a disaster

He gave us the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, an economic collapse, tax cuts for the wealthy that bankrupted the treasury, and, now, we can credit him with giving us the greatest man-made ecological disaster in history.

But how can we lay the blame for the Gulf oil disaster at Bush's door? In 1998, when Clinton was President, Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton. He arranged a sale of stock whereby Dresser Industries, owned by the Bush family, bought controlling interest in Halliburton.

Bush didn't stop owning Halliburton when he became President in 2000 and Dick Cheney didn't really stop being CEO -- they just took advantage of greater opportunities to make lots more money...

May 27 11:22

TARP Investments Lead to Huge Losses for U.S. Treasury

As struggling banks get acquired or fail, the U.S. Treasury is shouldering a growing burden: Its investments in TARP are turning out to be a bust, leading to huge losses. And there are signs of more trouble ahead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And guess who will be expected to come up with the cash.

May 27 11:10

TSUNAMI BULLETIN - VANUATU QUAKE

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

VANUATU / SOLOMON IS. / NEW CALEDONIA

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR
INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UPDATE: TSUNAMI WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELED.

May 27 11:10

Obama halts drilling at deep-water Gulf rigs

Obama announces a halt to drilling operations at all 33 deep-water rigs in the Gulf of Mexico for 6 months or until a presidential commission completes its work. Some of the rigs are already drilling and will have to stop. Others were preparing to drill and will have to stop those preparations until the commission finishes.



Pixfuture
May 27 10:59

Witness: Secret Iraq prison for women and children

he witness, who is known to be credible, says he risked speaking to a Western publication because he and some colleagues were sickened by seeing women and children detained. He insisted on anonymity.

In some cases, the women were being interrogated as possible suspects, but in others they were being used to try to extract confessions from their husbands. Using threats against women to elicit confessions from male relatives is a practice well-documented by rights groups.

"Four days ago when one of the men wouldn't confess they said, 'Bring in his wife.' They put her in a separate room nearby and beat her so he could hear her screaming," says the witness. "They went back to the man and said, 'We will rape her if you don't confess.' "

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the "New Iraq", courtesy of the US invasion and occupation; doesn't it just make you feel proud to have supported and paid for it?!?!?

May 27 10:56

Break the Israeli siege of Gaza or attack at sea, detention camps and deportation

As our 8 ship flotilla prepares to depart Greece and Turkey to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza, the Israeli military is preparing a detention camp for the flotilla's 700 delegates from 20 countries who are passengers on four of the ships.

Those passengers include Hedy Epstein, an 85 year old holocaust survivor, Parliamentarians from Germany and Ireland, two former diplomats from the United States, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, authors, journalists, activists, businesspersons and clergy.

The Israeli government has extensive experience in warehousing dissent, as over 10,000 Palestinians are in Israeli jails and prisons, including juveniles who are arrested regularly in nighttime raids in villages of the West Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The governments representing every single citizen on these boats need to quietly pull their ambassadors from Israel into a closed door meeting, and let them know precisely what will happen if one single person on this flotilla gets harmed, or if these humanitarian supplies do not reach Gaza.

May 27 10:44

Open Letter to Baroness Catherine Ashton

The EU is, according to Liberal Democrat Leader and now Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, speaking recently at Chatham House (Institute of International Affairs) Israel's largest trading partner. I note you are working on a diplomatic bridge, between nations. Could you be kind enough, in the interests of humanity, to remind Israel of this and of the laws of the seas and of their obligations to let the Gaza flotilla through unhindered. You have expressed your deep concern regarding piracy on the high seas, this is potential piracy - and worse - which can be prevented.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Israeli government; making martyrs out of any of the people on this flotilla of aid ships to Gaza will be one one of the most geopolitically idiotic choices you could make.

May 27 10:40

The Worst Money Supply Plunge Since The Depression Means A Double Dip Is Now A ‘Virtual Certainty’

The stock of U.S. money as measured by ‘M3? money supply fell to $13.9 trillion from $14.2 trillion during the three months ending in April.

“It’s frightening,” said Professor Tim Congdon from International Monetary Research. “The plunge in M3 has no precedent since the Great Depression. The dominant reason for this is that regulators across the world are pressing banks to raise capital asset ratios and to shrink their risk assets. This is why the US is not recovering properly,” he said.


May 27 10:37

South Korea South Korean navy starts military exercises

South Korea fired artillery and dropped bombs in military exercises off the west coast of the divided peninsula today, with tensions running high in the area.

The navy said 10 vessels, including a destroyer, fired guns and launched anti-submarine bombs south of the capital, Seoul, in a one-day exercise.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that this exercise is only one day in duration, not a week, not two weeks.

I would like to think that cooler heads in Pyongyang and Seoul are prevailing at this moment, allowing tensions to defuse.

Neither Korea wants a full-on war at this time.

May 27 10:35

Reading list for Rachel Maddow

May 27 10:33

Magnitude 7.6 - VANUATU

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Tsunami warning in effect.

May 27 10:31

GULF OIL DISASTER - Matt Simmons: "Theres another leak, much bigger, 5 to 6 miles away"



Taboola
May 27 10:28

ALBERT EINSTEIN ~~ THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE?

Jerusalem’s Hebrew University has filed a lawsuit against the American automotive giant General Motors over a magazine advertisement containing a likeness of Albert Einstein, the Motor Trend website reported on Thursday.

The university owns Einstein’s publicity rights, as willed by the late physicist following his death in 1955. The University argues that GM had not been cleared to legally use his image.

May 27 10:27

Virginia Tech professor uncovered truth about lead in D.C. water

Sometimes Don Quixote beats the windmill.

It happened for Marc Edwards, a lean, intense Virginia Tech environmental engineering professor. Drawing on what he called his own "world-class stubbornness," he mounted a six-year campaign that succeeded last week in forcing the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to admit that it had misled the public about the risk of lead in the District's drinking water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So THAT's what accounts for some of the absolutely bone-headed decisions we've seen coming from Congress, the White House, and the Pentagon in recent years!!

May 27 10:22

"Signs of Practical Preparations for a Possible US Military Operation against Iran"

Excerpt from The Jerusalem Post, which suggest that the US and Israel are preparing to attack Iran.

Reports that the Pentagon has okayed reconnaissance missions over Iran were seen in Jerusalem on Tuesday as the first public signs of practical preparations for a possible US military operation against Iran.

Although it is obvious that the Pentagon has contingency plans for all possible scenarios, one Israeli official said this was “the first time that the public is getting word of practical preparations of military activity.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is hardly "... “the first time that the public is getting word of practical preparations of military activity.”

The US public has been getting "groomed" for such an operation for years, by various bits and pieces of propaganda, coupled with disinformation.

This drive for war, orchestrated by Tel Aviv, in which American kids will fight, get killed, or maimed for life, has absolutely nothing to do with Iran's peaceful nuclear energy program.

Just as happened in Iraq, the US will be called to neutralize yet another non-existent "existential threat" to the Jewish state.

The bottom line here is, no country in the Middle East is safe until Israel is stopped from indulging in its consistent territorial aggressions.

Unfortunately, Israel's near-pathological national paranoia, fueled by hubristic delusions of religious supremacy and coupled with demands that it should always get everything it wants, may well create the conditions of its own demise.

Neither Russia, nor China (Iran's number one trading partner) will sit idly by and allow such an attack to happen against Iran without consequences.

It is simply a question of what form those consequences will take.

May 27 10:06

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 1 of 13

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

May 27 09:59

Two Norfolk teachers put on leave over material about police

Two Norview High School teachers were placed on paid administrative leave this week after a parent complained that they distributed classroom materials that gave advice on how to deal with police if stopped.

May 27 09:57

US NAVY BASE IN BAHRAIN TO DOUBLE IN SIZE

Mina Salman Port, Bahrain - Construction began Wednesday on doubling the size of the US Navy base in Bahrain, with digging beginning on a 70-acre site leased from the Bahraini government.

The four-phase, 580 million dollar project will massively increase the military capabilities of the US 5th Fleet based there, according to US officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More power projection in the Middle East...while homeless Veterans sleep in our streets.

May 27 09:47

Clinton Calls for ‘Retaliatory’ Acts Against North Korea

Tensions continued to rise on the Korean Peninsula today, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following up the latest North Korean threats of war with a pledge to see “retaliatory” acts taken against the reclusive nation.

Moreover, while Clinton insisted on an “international” response she has already failed to convince China to join in whatever UN Security Council measures the US plans, meaning the US retaliation will likely consist of several more speeches of increasing bellicosity, interspersed with North Korean responses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Clinton can do absolutely nothing without China on board, and was completely unable to get any movement from China regarding North Korea during her visit there.

Once again, Secretary of State Clinton has demonstrated that she has absolutely no grasp of international diplomacy whatsoever. Her near-pathological stridency attempts to mask the reality that she has been able to get very much of any real value accomplished for the US.

May 27 09:41

Feds Issue Terror Watch for the Texas/Mexico Border

The Department of Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells FOXNews.com.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this is a set-up in advance of some kind of "false flag" operation.

May 27 09:38

US Gives Pakistan Ultimatum: Launch More Offensives Within Weeks

The Obama Administration has reportedly given Pakistan an ultimatum, demanding that they launch yet more military offensives against the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) “within weeks.”

Pakistan has committed hundreds of thousands of soldiers to assorted wars in its northern tribal areas, almost exclusively as a result of previous US demands to do so. The offensives have killed thousands and displaced millions of Pakistani civilians from their homes, fueling resentment of the US across the nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Pakistan doesn't comply with US demands, look for US boots on the ground in Pakistan in the not too distant future, under the guise of "advisors".

May 27 09:35

Ahmadinejad: No New Negotiations if Enrichment Deal Rejected

With US officials publicly condemning the third party enrichment deal they once endorsed, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today warned that if the West foils the exchange it will spell an end to all negotiation on their civilian nuclear program.

“If they reject the agreement and start playing new games, then they should know that the doors for negotiations and understandings will be closed,” Ahmadinejad cautioned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that the IAEA collectively has the horse-sense to approve the Turkey/Iran nuclear material swap.

The alternative will be some kind of a US/Israeli military strike against Iran, which could wind up starting the next world war.

May 27 09:30

Homegrown terrorist threat to be part of National Security Strategy

When the Obama administration unveils its National Security Strategy Thursday, it will be the first time a president explicitly recognizes the threat posed to the country by radicalized individuals at home.

"For the first time since 9/11, the NSS integrates homeland security and national security," according to highlights of the plan given to CNN by a senior administration official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: look for the total and complete evisceration and assassination of the Constitution and Bill of Rights under Obama's watch.

May 27 09:24

National Debt Soars Past $13 Trillion

The U.S. national debt has passed the $13 trillion mark, according to USDebtClock.org, an independent website that tracks the real-time growth of U.S. revenues and spending.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., wasted no time in sounding an alarm about the new debt milestone. In a statement released today, McConnell cited the debt in his criticism of what's called the tax extenders bill, which would extend unemployment benefits and the amount of time unemployed workers could stay on their group health plan through COBRA, as well as certain tax cuts. McConnell said the bill would cost $130 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Mitch McConnell: the 'fiscal recklessness' lies at the door of a Congress which has been spending taxpayer money on a succession of illegal and immoral wars, and enabling corporations to offshore the jobs which used to give Americans a decent standard of living.

THAT, sir, is recklessness of the highest order. And if you didn't expect things to start collapsing under the weight of Congress' really bad decisions, you and your colleagues were not thinking at all.

May 27 09:19

Two more Census workers blow the whistle

The worker, Naomi Cohn, told The Post that she was hired and fired a number of times by Census. Each time she was hired back, it seems, Census was able to report the creation of a new job to the Labor Department.

May 27 09:15

Update: Reutters says oil command can't confirm leak stopped

May 27 09:13

Rand Paul and the Civil Rights Act: Was he right?

Lunch counters throughout the South were integrating years – years! – before the civil rights bill was passed. It happened not out of the goodness of the racists’ hearts – they had to be dragged, metaphorically, kicking and screaming. It was the result of an effective nongovernment social movement.

May 27 09:12

"VICE-PRESIDENT GORE, your country needs you!"

May 27 09:10

"Civil Rights" and Total War

This is to say that the chief accomplishment of the civil rights movement was not the validation of the individual rights of those victimized by government-imposed discrimination, but rather the validation and enhancement of federal power.

May 27 09:09

U.S. Economic Rebound Slowed Last Quarter

The economic rebound last quarter turned out to be slower than first thought, one of the reasons unemployment is likely to stay stubbornly high this year.

May 27 09:08

New Weekly Jobless Claims Drop 14,000 to 460,000

The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits in the U.S. dropped last week but the level still remained higher than expected, indicating only modest improvements in the job market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no "improvement" if people are still losing jobs.

May 27 09:08

More on the ‘Climate Change’ Racket

According to the London Evening Standard, America’s favorite English Lapdog, Tony Blair, will receive 700,000 Pounds per year to be a “strategic adviser” to a California company seeking to “profit from technology that helps reduce global warming and carbon emissions.” Tony is quoted as saying: “Solving the climate crisis is more than just a political agenda item; it’s an urgent priority that requires innovation, creativity and ambition.” It is also a priority to Blair’s reported need for an income of 5,000,000 Pounds per year to maintain his lifestyle!

May 27 09:04

Gulf of Mexico oil spill called worst in U.S. history

The Gulf of Mexico undersea gusher has already spilled more oil than the Exxon Valdez disaster -- possibly more than twice as much, making it the largest oil spill in U.S. history -- government scientists said Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I expect that even this admission is a severe understatement.

May 27 09:02

Democrats Strike Down McCain Bid to Send 6,000 National Guard to Border

President Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate have repelled a move by presidential rival John McCain to send an additional 6,000 National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border.

May 27 09:01

Global Warming Update: NASA Accused of 'Climategate' Stalling

The man battling NASA for access to potential "Climategate" e-mails says the agency is still withholding documents and that NASA may be trying to stall long enough to avoid hurting an upcoming Senate debate on global warming.

Nearly three years after his first Freedom of Information Act request, Christopher C. Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said he will file a lawsuit Thursday to force NASA to turn over documents the agency has promised but has never delivered.

May 27 09:00

CLIMATEGATE - Will Elites Ever Stop Pushing Global Warming Hype? Nope, The Desire To Enrich Themselves Is Too Great

Despite the complete failure of empirical evidence and the actual climate supporting the hypothesis of IPCC Climategate science and its climate models, the world's "elites" have a very personal, vested interest in maintaining the fear about climate change.

Why's that? Hey, comrade, the gig is good!

May 27 08:47

Gulf Spill Put at 25,000 Barrels A Day, Passing Exxon Valdez

The US government now estimates that up to 25,000 barrels of oil a day are spewing from BP's Gulf of Mexico well, meaning the spill has already far eclipsed the previous worst U.S. oil spill, the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster.

May 27 08:45

Ukraine drops NATO membership aim

Ukraine Thursday formally buried pursuit of NATO membership as an aim, its foreign minister declaring the issue had been taken off the policy agenda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

...because the vast majority of the population opposed it.

May 27 08:41

Jamaica Declares State of Emergency After Obama Demands Arrest of “Robin Hood” Drug Lord

“Jamaican Security forces searched a volatile Kingston slum for an alleged drug lord on Tuesday after at least seven people died in violence triggered by government orders to extradite him to the United States,” reports Reuters. “Heavily armed soldiers and police conducted went door-to-door in the hunt for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke in the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood of West Kingston.”

May 27 08:40

ACTIONS FOR GAZA AND MORE

Invitation: The Alternative Information Center and the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People invite you to attend two events in Beit Sahour happening in parallel to the Haifa conference on the Right of Return and One Secular Democratic State. Location of both events at the Alternative Information Center, downtown Beit Sahour.

May 27 08:40

ISRAEL ~~ WHERE CRIME IS LEGAL BUT HUMAN RIGHTS ARE OUTLAWED

“More than 20 MKs, including members of opposition party Kadima, proposed a new bill which will make it possible to outlaw important human rights groups in Israel. Among the organizations mentioned in the proposed bill are Doctors for Human rights, The Coalition of Woman for Peace, The Public Committee against Torture in Israel, and Adalah: the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights. All these organizations receive funds from the New Israeli Fund.

May 27 08:39

DON’T YOU WISH YOU LIVED IN THE ‘PARADISE’ CALLED GAZA?

Gaza is a paradise if Foreign Ministry statements are any indication.

Don’t you just wish you lived in Gaza? Don’t you just envy those people who get to raise their kids amid such abundance? Look at all the stuff they’ve got:

“Truckloads of meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, milk powder, baby food, wheat and other staples arrive in Gaza on a daily basis,” said the Foreign Ministry in advance of the “Freedom Flotilla,” due to either reach Gaza or get intercepted by the navy today.

May 27 08:36

f N.J. goes the way of Greece, where's the safety net?

May 27 08:36

Budget Clock Ticks Down For South Florida

The clock is ticking and there is no stopping the approach of more budget pain this year across South Florida. Battered property values and depleted government coffers will do that.

May 27 08:36

Germany: 205 claims of abuse at Jesuit schools

A special investigator says in her final report that at least 205 former students claim to have been sexually or otherwise abused in Jesuit schools in Germany.

May 27 08:29

MMS Director Fired

Director of MMS Fired. Elizabeth Birnbaum has been fired, MSNBC reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The official scapegoat has been found and ritually slaughtered on the altar before the TV cameras. but as much as she deserves to be fired, the failure was a failure of oversight. The administration's job is to administer, not let the situation get out of control then save its own face by firing people allowed to run rampant without supervision.

May 27 08:26

JEWISH CENSORSHIP FOR A BRAVE NEW WORLD

“DID HITLER WANT WAR?” asks the internationally renowned author and political analyst, Pat Buchanan, in his recent book, “Hitler And The Unnecessary War.”

Buchanan answers his own question with a definitive “No” — proving with documented facts that Hitler tried every means possible to avert war with Great Britain and her allies.

Although many reputable figures applaud Buchanan’s assessment of Hitler’s war policy by subtitling his latest literary effort: “Buchanan’s Necessary Book” - the Jews do not see it that way. The only “necessity” for them is to stuff a Jewish gag into the author’s honorable mouth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Germany was pushed into war by the bankers

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