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June 30, 2010

Jun 30 11:57

We Can’t Afford War

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

Jun 30 11:53

Responding To Avigdor Lieberman

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

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

Jun 30 11:48

Israeli Government 'Master Plan' Includes Expulsion Of Arabs

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

Jun 30 11:34

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



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Jun 30 11:33

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 30 11:23

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Jun 30 11:19

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MOVE THERE!

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

Jun 30 11:11

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

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

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

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



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jun 30 10:32

Oahu Homeless Camp Visible From Space!

Jun 30 10:21

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 30 09:57

War Propagandists trying to revive the Saddam-Al Qaeda link

Jun 30 09:55

Senator Carl Levin Fiddling With War While Detroit Burns

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

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


Jun 30 09:53

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

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

Jun 30 09:52

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

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

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

Jun 30 09:49

Spying Suspects Seemed Short on Secrets

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 30 09:45

Azeri-US bilateral defense consultations due

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 30 09:35

Australian 60 Minutes BP Oil Spill

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

Jun 30 09:34

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 30 09:32

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

Jun 30 09:29

Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?

Using the McChrystal Moment to Raise a Forbidden Question

By Prof. David Ray Griffin

Global Research, June 25, 2010

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


Jun 30 09:29

15-year-old son of deputy shoots burglary suspect

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 30 09:28

Granny shocked by police stun gun in bed sues

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 30 09:27

FM Dismisses Reports on Obama's Letter to Iran

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for an offer new talks by the US.

Jun 30 09:25

Who Will Pay - Wall Street Or Main Street?

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

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Jun 30 09:23

Store Owner Fights Back

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good!

Jun 30 09:20

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 30 09:20

Oren: Iran may unleash wave of terrorist violence

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 30 09:18

Ahmadinejad orders ban on Israeli goods

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

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


Jun 30 09:16

Hezbollah vows to 'defend Lebanese gas'

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 30 09:16

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 30 09:14

Goldman admits it had bigger role in AIG deals

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

Jun 30 09:13

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

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


Jun 30 09:08

Pollard Phone-In Campaign Kicks Off

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 30 09:08

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

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

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

Jun 30 09:04

Run along and play now

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

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

Jun 30 09:01

Russia media slams 'unconvincing' spy scandal

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who benefits?

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


Jun 30 08:58

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

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

Jun 30 08:57

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

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Jun 30 08:51

LATUFF’S TOON MAKING HEADLINE NEWS IN THE ZIOPRESS

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

Jun 30 08:50

Twenty thousand Palestinians are threatened with expulsion from the West Bank

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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Jun 30 08:47

Responding to Avigdor Lieberman

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


Jun 30 08:47

BILL CHRISTISON ~~ IN MEMORIAM

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

Jun 30 08:46

THE CONTINUING NAKBA ~~ PALESTINIANS BARRED FROM RETURNING HOME

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

Jun 30 08:45

Khudari: IOA still banning entry of 3500 commodities into Gaza

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 30 08:43

Toronto G20 – Man run down by police horse

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


Jun 30 08:43

Attack on Gaza Flotilla: Brute force of Zionism

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

Jun 30 08:42

Bring Them Home Now Endless Occupation?

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

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

Jun 30 08:41

Palestinian land vandalized by Israeli settlers

Jun 30 08:38

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

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


Jun 30 08:36

Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UNFLIPPING BELIEVABLE!!!

And this admission came about only because they got caught.

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

Jun 30 08:30

Stimulus or Austerity: The People vs. the Banks

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

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

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

Jun 30 08:29

Israel: A Suicidal, Apartheid State By John Mearsheimer

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

Jun 30 08:24

Hardship Continues for Gazans Despite Easing of Israeli Blockade

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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


Jun 30 08:19

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

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

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

Jun 30 08:17

‘Weapons’ seized in G20 arrests not what they seem

Chief Bill Blair, who told reporters the items were evidence of the protesters’ intent, singled out arrows covered in sports socks, which he said were designed to be dipped in a flammable liquid and set ablaze.

However, the arrows belong to Brian Barrett, a 25-year-old landscaper who was heading to a role-playing fantasy game when he was stopped at Union Station on Saturday morning. Police took his jousting gear but let Mr. Barrett go, saying it was a case of bad timing.

Jun 30 08:15

Blagojevich trial: Judge halts questioning on Obama

Sheldon Sorosky, one of Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers, has been trying to drag President Barack Obama into the fray this afternoon, asking union official Tom Balanoff whether the FBI asked him about campaign money going to Obama.

Prosecutors objected, as they have so often during cross-examinations, and U.S. District Judge James Zagel said Sorosky should only ask in general what the FBI had said to Balanoff.

Sorosky tried the question again, using Zagel’s recommended wording. “I know that won’t be objected to,” Sorosky said, causing the nearby Blagojevich to laugh.

But Balanoff didn’t get to give an answer, and Zagel wouldn’t let the line of questioning go on after a private sidebar discussion among the lawyers.

Jun 30 08:15

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

Video at link.


Jun 30 08:14

Dozens of U.S. Citizens on Assassination List, White House Adviser Hints

When it was confirmed last winter by then-Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair that the Obama administration had authorized the assassination of American citizens working with terrorist groups overseas, it appeared that no more than three Americans were being targeted in this manner.

In an interview last week with the Washington Times, however, Deputy White House National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John O. Brennan suggested the number might actually amount to "dozens."

Jun 30 08:14

Indian Kashmir on the boil again

Indian Kashmir is on the boil again: this time over the killing of eight young Kashmiris in less than three weeks allegedly at the hands of Indian security forces.

The deaths have brought thousands of war-weary residents out onto the streets chanting "Blood for Blood!" and "Freedom for Kashmir!". Authorities have responded with bullets, tear gas, curfews and arrests.

The latest wave of unrest started on June 11 when a 17-year old student died after being hit by a teargas shell fired by police during an anti-India demonstration in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's summer capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the adults in the room in New Delhi and Islamabad: it is high time that the Kashmiris be allowed to control their own destiny by way of a referendum.

The issue of Kashmir has been a flashpoint for far too long, and these people deserve the opportunity to chart their own destiny.

Jun 30 08:12

A Thought Experiment: Iran

So perhaps a thought experiment is in order—for once, let’s try looking at the world from the Iranians’ point of view:

Jun 30 08:08

Activist Arrested On Bogus Charge To Cover For Illegal Conduct Of Toronto Police

Activist Charlie Veitch has been arrested for the second time by Canadian authorities for “impersonating a police officer” on a bogus charge designed purely to cover for the fact that Veitch’s original arrest on June 24 for refusing to show ID was based on a law that didn’t exist and one that Toronto’s Chief of Police lied about to media outlets before the G20 summit.



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Jun 30 08:06

RBS: Equity Investors Are The "Worst Cult In History," Prepare For The "Cliff Edge"

I’ve read some alarming research in recent weeks and months, but this one takes the cake. RBS is sounding the alarm on risk assets with a call that markets are at risk of falling off the edge of the cliff. They refer to equity investors as the “worst cult in history….which has no basis in fact, or history, but yet seems universally accepted.” (There’s actually a strange truth in that comment). They believe the current downturn could very well “destroy” this “cult”:

Jun 30 08:05

US Futures Shoot Lower After Horrible ADP Report

US futures are now clearly in the red, with about an hour to go until the market opens.

The weak ADP jobs report punched the market in the gut. Tomorrow we get initial claims, and then Friday is the big jobs report.

Jun 30 08:05

A New Capture of a Mossad Agent in Lebanon

Lebanese security arrested a newly uncovered Mossad agent who had a sensitive post at “Alpha”, the Lebanese telecommunications sector company. The Lebanese authorities described the capture of the new Mossad agent as a big catch saying that we are in the vanguard of uncovering a very precious treasure in terms of the services and information which was provided during the past 14 years to the Israelis and the Mossad, including information that helped the Israeli army to identify their targets during the criminal war of 2006.

Jun 30 08:02

Kangaroos being poisoned by fluoride

(NaturalNews) Hundreds of kangaroos have been euthanized due to acute fluoride poisoning in the Australian state of Victoria, the country's Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has announced.


Jun 30 07:59

Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling

You read that headline correctly. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is financing oil exploration off Brazil.

The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil's Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama shuts down our oil and caps our production -- and now signs exec order for US loan of $2 billion for offshore drilling in Brazil in operation that will supply China exclusively

U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a "preliminary
commitment" letter

Obama executive order to underwrite offshore drilling to the tune of $2 billion ... in Brazil . (Have we seen that kind of money in the Gulf?)

President Obama is stopping off shore drilling for our country, yet he has now signed an executive order to loan 2 Billion of our taxpayers dollars underwriting a Brazilian Oil Exploration Company (which is the 8th largest company in the entire world) to drill for oil off the coast of Brazil ! The oil that comes from this operation is for the sole purpose and use of China and NOT THE USA ! Now here's the real clincher...the Chinese government is under contract to purchase all the oil that this oil field will produce, which is hundreds of millions of barrels of oil"..

And that is how a slave president of a slave country works off the
debt of its debt slavery. Yet this debt payment does not show up on the books -- it does not pay down our debt.

We have absolutely no gain from this transaction whatsoever!

Wait, it gets more interesting.

Guess who is the largest individual stockholder of this Brazilian Oil Company and who would benefit most from this? It is American
BILLIONAIRE, George Soros, who was one of President Obama's most
generous financial supporter during his campaign.

Jun 30 07:56

Sinking Ship

Israel’s botched raid against the Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla on May 31 is the latest sign that Israel is on a disastrous course that it seems incapable of reversing. The attack also highlights the extent to which Israel has become a strategic liability for the United States. This situation is likely to get worse over time, which will cause major problems for Americans who have a deep attachment to the Jewish state.

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

Jun 30 07:56

Low vitamin D levels linked to poor blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), almost 11 percent of Americans age 20 or older have diabetes. And the most common form of this disease, type 2 diabetes, has reached epidemic proportions. Now scientists have found a link between vitamin D deficiency and the inability of many patients with this kind of diabetes to keep their blood sugar under control. What's more, this raises the strong possibility that, along with being overweight and sedentary, a lack of vitamin D could be a major factor in triggering type 2 diabetes in the first place.

Jun 30 07:55

Nearly 1 in 3 first-quarter home sales a foreclosure

Nearly one out of every three U.S. home sales in the first quarter was a foreclosure property as steep price discounts boosted demand for distressed real estate, RealtyTrac said in a new report on Wednesday.



Xmas w/o borders
Jun 30 07:54

Cold snap set to stay

"It's definitely quite unusual to see such widespread cold weather in June, it would be more typical in July and August," he said.

"So people are complaining about the cold for a good reason."

Mr Creed says most areas across the south-east are experiencing temperatures well below average.

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Sydney recorded its coldest June morning today since 1949, with temperatures diving to 4.3 degrees just before 6:00am (AEST).

Jun 30 07:53

With federal stimulus funds running out, economic worries grow

Much of the $787-billion stimulus has been spent, creating jobs and extending jobless benefits. But with lawmakers reluctant to approve more funding, concerns are rising about staving off another recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They didn't bring back the manufacturing!

They didn't bring back the manufacturing!

They didn't bring back the manufacturing!

Jun 30 07:53

Lavrov: US, Russia Offer Fuel Talks with Iran

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the US and Russian governments have made an offer to hold additional talks with Iran over the possible provision of nuclear fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR), a US-build reactor which produces Iran’s isotopes for nuclear medicine.

The fact that the US has just finished turning down materially the same offer it had previously proposed will likely make Iran more than a little suspicious of the prospect of further diplomacy. Exactly what terms would be changed are not clear at this point.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is perfectly within its rights to be creating these nuclear isotopes for medical use.

This will be just another case of the US slamming Iran for not doing precisely what the US wants it to do, when it wants Iran to do it, which is to completely surrender its nuclear program.

Jun 30 07:52

The “Hitler” option in Afghanistan

There is every indication that the change in command is the result of growing dissatisfaction with McChrystal’s counterinsurgency methods, which have failed to dislodge the Taliban-led guerrilla forces that control the bulk of southern and eastern Afghanistan. It presages a drastic increase in the level of US military violence, and especially the scale of civilian casualties among the Afghan population. Their "crime" is to sympathize with and support the anti-US insurgency.

Petraeus is already, according to one media report, preparing to modify the rules of engagement to allow for greater use of force.

Jun 30 07:46

Light fantastic: Stunning pictures show Northern Lights over erupting Icelandic volcano

The Northern Lights are effortlessly one of Earth's most visually striking natural spectacles.

But when they shine over an eruption at the Icelandic volcano which caused ash cloud flight chaos across Europe, the results are stunning, as these pictures show.

Jun 30 07:43

Oops! Reporters caught on tape mocking Sarah Palin speech

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can anyone point out where the reporters were actually incorrect?

Jun 30 07:41

Islamic finance moves into mainstream as investors seek ethical alternatives

The global Islamic finance market is growing at 15 per cent a year and is expected to be worth $1,000 billion by 2010. In the UK it has grown to more than £500 million. A recent Mintel report said that 400,000 Muslims in Britain held Islamic products.

Moreover, although the official estimate of the Muslim population in the UK is two million, it is likely to be closer to three million, which means that there is a huge potential market.

Non Muslim Britons are getting a taste for Sharia-compliant products. Steven Amos, head of marketing at the Islamic Bank of Britain, said: “We’ve got nonMuslim customers, including some really famous names, because they like the ethical standpoint we take.”

Jun 30 07:40

Sex-abuse victims oppose cardinal's promotion

Canada's highest-ranking Catholic doesn't deserve a rumoured promotion to the Vatican because of the way he's handled the church sex-abuse scandal, a victims' group said Monday.

France Bédard, the group's founder, said Cardinal Marc Ouellet repeatedly refused to apologize for crimes committed within the church, and for the hundreds of lives destroyed.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/06/21/marc-cardinal-ouell...

Jun 30 07:39

Economist to bloggers: Shut up, fools

Athreya's basic argument appears to be that only professional research economists should be allowed to discuss economics because, well, economics is really hard, and nobody else has a chance of understanding it or appreciating all the complexity of the discipline. "When a professional research economist thinks or talks about social insurance, unemployment, taxes, budget deficits, or sovereign debt, among other things, they almost always have a very precisely articulated model that has been vetted repeatedly for internal coherence," he writes. Everybody else, not so much.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This seems to be a return to the mindset of the middle ages where only the clergy were allowed to read and interpret the bible and the laity were presumed incapable of comprehending the intricacies and subtle nuances of the faith.

and indeed there is a great deal of similarity between economics and religion in that both depend on the unquestioning faith of the masses that those pretty printed pieces of paper represent something real, albeit invisible.

But the advent of the printing press led people to take a closer look at the actual content of religion and it has been revealed not as a complex and sophisticated system but as a mish-mash of half-baked myths and legends often in contradiction with itself and used to enrich the church and conceal their sexual crimes against children.

The same is true of eocnomics. the advent of the blog has led people to take a closer look at the actual content of economics and it has been revealed not as a complex and sophisticated system but as a mish-mash of half-baked theories and math often in contradiction with itself and used to enrich the bankers and conceal their fraud against the public. Athreya is reacting to the blogs the way priests reacted to Gutenberg's Printing Press. The fraud and danger of the Federal Reserve system of banking stands exposed to the public eye, sans the "benefit" of correct interpretation by the self-appointed priests of Mammon. The public now understands that when a private bank issues the public currency at interest, debt will always exceed the available money supply. The public now understands that the Federal Reserve is no more Federal than Federal Express. The public now understands that the Federal Reserve is a legalized counterfeiting operation, that creates the money they loan out out of thin air! The public now understands that the Federal Reserve system of banking, since its creation in 1913, has reduced the value of a dollar down to about four cents! The public now understands that the Federal Reserve system is a pyramid scam that only works when ever larger populations of borrowers can be found, and that once an entire nation or planet has borrowed to the max, the system must crash (which is what is happening now).

Just as the priests, stripped of the arcane scriptures and rituals, stand exposed as a bunch of dirty old men screwing the altar boys, so too the economists, stripped of their arcane equations and theories, stand exposed as a bunch of greedy bastards screwing the public.

Pope Benny the Rat doesn't like that fact that the public sees the church for what it really is.

Karthik Athreya doesn't like that fact that the public sees the Federal Reserve for what it really is.

Jun 30 07:38

UN Denies Bringing Heavy Weapons Into Korean DMZ

The United Nations command in Korea is denying Pyongyang's allegation that U.S. and South Korean forces introduced "heavy weapons" into the demilitarized zone last Saturday.

North Korea's army is threatening retaliation, if the unspecified weaponry is not removed from the DMZ. The allied forces say the allegation made by Pyongyang is not true.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One would like to hope that these accusations are not true.

If they are true, it might mean that South Korea and the US are looking to provoke the North into doing something stupid, and believing that the timing is right to do so, particularly if the following report is true:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/29/kim-jong-il-son-north-korea

"The youngest son of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, became a member of parliament last year, South Korean news reports said today.

The reports are another sign that Kim Jong-un is being groomed to succeed his father as the head of the communist regime.

It is widely believed that 68-year-old Kim plans to hand power to his third son at some point, although little is known about him. "

The US may believe that the time of transition might be the right time to look at starting some provocation. And this administration certainly needs "the mother of all distractions" right now, ahead of midterm elections in November.

But should war break out between North and South Korea, the US will find itself in a two-front war.

Jun 30 07:26

US & China play 'chicken' in the Yellow Sea

According to reports from Beijing on Monday, the Chinese People's Liberation Army plans to conduct live ammunition exercises during June 30 to July 5 in roughly the period when US and South Korea will be conducting their joint anti-submarine exercises.

Days before the summit, Obama had suggested that the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington might join the planned military exercises with South Korea later this week. The prospect of a rare American deployment of an aircraft carrier has angered Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A military confrontation with China over North Korea is the last thing we need right now.

I would like to hope that the adults in the room in DC (if there are any) and the adults in the room in Beijing will recognize that a ratcheting up of tensions here is counterproductive in the extreme.

Jun 30 07:20

Hamas: Don’t give in on Shalit

In Israel, it is difficult to find an adult Israeli male whose hands have not been stained with Palestinian blood. After all, Israel is a society of murderers and child-killers. It is a society whose members Zionism has transformed into racists, cannibals and Nazi-minded murderers and child killers.

Jun 30 07:16

NYC Cop Beats Iraq War Vet

A NYC Cop Officer David London, beat an Iraq War Veteran Walter Harvin, for not showing him his ID. Prosecutors have released potentially explosive evidence against an NYPD officer on trial for beating a man with his baton. The video taken from security cameras shows the 45-year-old housing cop beating an Iraq war veteran with is baton.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Video starts after the ad

Jun 30 07:15

U.S. Accepts International Assistance For Gulf Oil Spill

The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the State Department said Tuesday.

The State Department said in a news release that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that's been accepted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This assistance should have been accepted quickly from qualified companies with extensive experience in cleaning up these types of spills.

That neither the Federal government nor BP made this move immediately amounts of criminal negligence.

Jun 30 07:11

Taliban attack Nato base in Afghanistan

Insurgents have attacked Nato forces in eastern Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the use of the word "insurgents" to describe the Afghani; like they are not supposed to be there whereas the NATO forces, who are the foreign invaders, are "defending" themselves.

Jun 30 07:09

US Attorney General on surprise Afghanistan visit

US Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Kabul on Wednesday for meetings with Afghan and US officials to improve law enforcement ties and battle corruption, the US Justice Department announced.

"Fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Afghanistan are top priorities for this administration, and we will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled," Holder said in the statement datelined Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is only cosmetic, primarily for US domestic consumption, and will do absolutely nothing to stem the tide of cheap heroin coming from Afghanistan.

Jun 30 07:09

US accepts international assistance for Gulf spill

The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the State Department said Tuesday.

The State Department said in a news release that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that's been accepted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

72 days after the disaster...

Jun 30 07:04

Pope slams cardinal who exposed abuse cover-up

The Vatican on Monday issued an unprecedented rebuke of a top cardinal who had accused the retired Vatican No. 2 of blocking clerical sex abuse investigations, publicly dressing down a man who had been praised for his criticism of church abuse cover-ups.

The silencing of Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the archbishop of Vienna and long considered a papal contender, drew heated criticism from clerical abuse victims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pope Benedict just gave the world a magnificent demonstration of the Catholic church's deeply ingrained "shoot the messenger" attitude when there's a nasty, systemic problem within the organizational culture of the church itself which needs to be fixed.

Jun 30 06:57

At trial, Noriega claims Panama drug money a US-run ‘imaginary banking scheme’

Panama's ex-dictator Manuel Noriega on Tuesday dismissed charges of laundering drug money as an "imaginary banking scheme" concocted by the United States as he took the stand in a French court.

he 76-year-old general denied taking payments from Colombian drug lords in the 1980s and told a Paris courtroom that cash deposits transferred to French banks came from his legitimate businesses and the CIA.

His lawyers argue that the charges against Noriega, who was extradited to France two months ago, hinge on dodgy testimony from ex-drug traffickers who were paid and given protection by US authorities.

Jun 30 06:54

Flotilla Cover-up: The New York Times Accused

For the past month, the alternative media have sought concrete evidence that the mainstream U.S. media, including the New York Times, willfully aided Israel's cover-up of information about their Gaza flotilla attack. Here are the results of that research: http://usmediaandisrael.com/?p=437

Jun 30 06:53

COURT CASES ON GUN CONTROL AND STATE SOVEREIGNTY ARE POPPING UP EVERYWHERE. FREEDOM HANGS IN THE BALANCE

In a conversation with G. Edward Griffin, he said that there are two competing philosophies about the Bill of Rights

Jun 30 06:37

Guess Who Wants to Kill the Internet?

Senator Joseph Lieberman,claims that the Jewish state is their greatest ally, if they knew that Israeli agents planted firebombs in American installations in Egypt in 1954 in an attempt to undermine relations between Nasser and the United States; that Israel murdered 34 American servicemen in a deliberate attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967; that Israeli espionage, most notably Jonathan Pollard’s spying, has done tremendous damage to American interests; that five Mossad agents were filming and celebrating as the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001;

Jun 30 05:39

Hurricane Alex delays Gulf oil clean-up efforts

Hurricane Alex disrupted the BP oil spill clean-up effort in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday as the storm gathered strength and was expected to make landfall.

US President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Texas as Alex strengthened into the first Atlantic hurricane of the season late Tuesday.

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Gulf of Toxico getting its first oily "blow job".
(And this is only the beginning ...)

Jun 30 05:36

Vatican promotes controversial Quebec priest

The Vatican has promoted Canada's highest-ranking Catholic priest despite recent controversy over his response to the church sex-abuse scandal.

Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet has been named chief of the Vatican's powerful Congregations for Bishops, which vets bishop appointments around the world.

Sixty-six year old Ouellet is the Archbishop of Quebec and the Roman Catholic Primate of Canada, the church's top official in the country.

Earlier this month, a victims' group said Ouellet had refused to apologize for crimes committed within the church.

Jun 30 05:32

Family caught up in spy drama wants answers

An Ontario family caught up in a global espionage drama wants answers from the Canadian government amid fears they'll now have trouble traveling abroad — or might even get a late-night visit from Russian spies.

Brampton resident David Heathfield said Tuesday he'd like to hear from authorities in Ottawa after his dead brother's name turned up in U.S. court files about an alleged spy ring run from Moscow.

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The details sound like a script for a CSI Miami episode where everything is solved all too easily.
Is this really just another elaborate Russia bashing scheme?

Jun 30 05:28

Man impersonated officer at G20, police say

A man from England faces a charge of impersonating a peace officer at the G20 summit security fence in Toronto.

Police say a man filming the security fence area last Thursday was approached by a security officer and asked to provide identification.

Police say the man indicated that he was not carrying identification because he was a peace officer working undercover.

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Fake Cops. Fake Protestors. Fake Conference.

Jun 30 04:10

Facebook says it disabled "Boycott BP" page in error

"I don't think it's much of an explanation at all," said Greg Beck, a Public Citizen attorney. "They didn't explain why their system took it down, and just the fact that a community that large -- with more than 700,000 users -- could be taken down without explanation is problem. The automated system doesn't tell us that much."

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