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June 25, 2010

Jun 25 10:15

To neutralize

Unlike in the case of their Jewish counterparts, when it comes to offending Arab drivers, the Israeli Border Police would rather kill than arrest.

Jun 25 10:12

Women prepare for Gaza sail: We won't fight Israel

One of hundreds of female volunteers planning to sail to Hamas-ruled territory with diapers, milk, medical supplies and clothes says, 'Our only weapons are faith in the Virgin Mary and in humanity'

"Be sure we will never give Israel such a gift as to fight them or to have Hezbollah with us or to have any political party with us,' the spokeswoman for the organizers of an aid flotilla from Lebanon to Gaza told The Times in an interview published Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, we may well expect this unarmed humanitarian flotilla to Gaza to be sunk by the Israeli Navy, as the "justification" to go to war with Lebanon again.

And why?

As reported today at:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3910587,00.html

"Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Friday that his country plans to approve an oil law, which would maintain Lebanon's gas rights in the Mediterranean. He was speaking in response to remarks made by Israel's National Infrastructure Minister, who threatened to use force to defend the offshore gas reserves."

"According to Berri, the gas reserves found in drillings off Israel's coast are located within Lebanon's territorial waters as well."

"Israel is ignoring the fact that, according to the maps, this field is included within Lebanon's territorial waters," he said.

So Israel is not only after Lebanon's Litani River, because it's desperate for the water; it is also after Lebanon's offshore gas reserves.

Jun 25 10:11

Losing It at the Airport Checkpoint

If you are planning to fly over the 4th of July holiday, be aware of your rights at airport security checkpoints.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has mandated that passengers can opt out of going through a whole body scanning machine in favor of a physical pat down. Unfortunately, opting for the pat down requires passengers to be assertive since TSA screeners do not tell travelers about their right to refuse a scan. Harried passengers must spot the TSA signs posted at hectic security checkpoints to inform themselves of their rights before they move to a body scanning security line.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nobody looks at my wife naked except me. Anybody looking at my wife naked gets a trip to the hospital. Or the morgue if they want to really be assholes about it.

Jun 25 09:45

How many Americans are targeted for assassination?

Nobody -- or at least not me -- disputes the right of the U.S. or any other country to kill someone on an actual battlefield during war without due process. That's just obvious, but that's not remotely what Brennan is talking about, and it's not remotely what this assassination program is about. Indeed, Brennan explicitly identified two indistinguishable groups of American citizens who "will face the full brunt of a U.S. response": (1) those "on the battlefield in Afghanistan or Iraq"; and (2) those "in a Yemen or in a Pakistan or in Somalia or another place." In other words, the entire world is a "battlefield" -- countries where there is a war and countries where there isn't -- and the President's "battlefield" powers, which are unlimited, extend everywhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Extrajudicial assassination has apparently been institutionalized by the US government, even against its own citizens.

The employment of extrajudicial assassination as a US domestic policy means that the whole notion of "due process" in this country has just been thrown under the proverbial bus.



Taboola
Jun 25 09:39

Kyrgyzstan: Picking Up the Pieces

Kyrgyzstan joined the rank of failed states this month: its central government lacks legitimacy and depends heavily on external aid, with the US base looming large, while the people are largely destitute, harassed by local thugs and drug barons, and looking to Moscow for a way out.

The issues at stake are the referendum next Sunday to legitimise the interim government, and the drug trade, which Bakiyev’s clan still controls and is loathe to give up. Heroin comes from Afghanistan via Tajikistan and is repackaged in Osh before being transported west to Uzbekistan and north to Kazakhstan and Russia, according to the UN. The killing two weeks ago of Aibek Mirsidikov, one of the drug kingpins in the area, threatened the Bakiyev clan’s control. The rest is history.

Jun 25 09:33

Gas War: Israel Threatens to Use Force; Lebanon to Respond

A new kind of war seems to loom in the horizon: the gas war.

While the war of freedom flotillas remains at the top of the headlines as the Israeli enemy is seeking to prevent Lebanese flotillas seeking to break the inhumane siege of Gaza of setting sail, the gas war seems to be, without doubt, the "upcoming war" in the region.

Jun 25 09:29

U.S. State Department pays Blackwater company thugs millions in Afghanistan while Afghan teachers starve

This contract is disappointing news for people who hoped that the U.S. administration and Pentagon were serious about supporting Afghan society’s great needs beyond wildly expensive military actions. Billions flow to American war profiteers—both over-paid State employees and civilian contractors— and a woefully inadequate amount goes for Afghan healthcare, utilities, education, transportation, and judicial system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO invasion and occupation has never been about bettering the lives of Afghan citizens; it has always been about the potential for private profit from drugs, oil, and minerals.

Jun 25 09:06

Former Oil Worker Says Cleanup Just For Show

Former oil clean-up worker Candi Warren says she signed up to make a difference, but soon found out the work of cleaning the beaches was all cosmetic. That's what she was told, she says.

Warren says she knew that when crews worked during the day, the tide and surf buried oil overnight. But they were forbidden to dig it up. She quit in disgust three weeks ago despite the $18 per hour pay.

She said she was told to only clean the surface of the sand, that this is all cosmetic. She was on a crew at Gulf State Park where tourists go. She says it has priority so as to make it look like the beaches are clean.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jun 25 08:58

Is Petraeus McChrystal’s Replacement or Obama’s

Don’t get me wrong. McChrystal is a militarist, and I am pleased to see him gone.

However, McChrystal didn’t restart America’s aggression against Afghanistan. The Obama moron did.

People elected Obama, because they were tired of Bush’s wars based on lies. So Obama gave us a new war in Pakistan and reignited the Afghan war. No one knows what these wars are about or why the bankrupt US government is wasting vast sums of money, which it has to borrow from foreigners, in order to murder the citizenry in two countries that have never done anything to us.

Jun 25 08:58

Rahm Emanuel’s BP Connection

Imagine if Bush were president right now, and it was revealed that his chief of staff had lived rent-free in the home of one of BP’s consultants. Yeah, that might be something the MSM would report on. Andrew Malcom on the Rahm Emanuel’s BP bennies:

Jun 25 08:56

Blockade ‘eased’ as Gaza starves more slowly

This “adjustment”, as the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu termed it, is aimed solely at damage limitation. With Israel responsible for killing nine civilians aboard a Gaza-bound aid flotilla three weeks ago, the world has finally begun to wonder what purpose the siege serves. Did those nine really need to die to stop coriander, chocolate and children’s toys from reaching Gaza? And, as Israel awaits other flotillas, will more need to be executed to enforce the policy?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The flotillas must continue to Gaza until the siege is broken, period, end of discussion.

Jun 25 08:53

Tehran declares State of Alert on its Western Border: Iran-US-Israel Drama goes into Act II

Iran has declared a state of alert on June 22, on its northwestern borders alleging that US and Israeli forces have concentrated in Azerbaijan ready to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iranian sources claim that Israel has secretly transferred a large number of bomber jets to bases in Azerbaijan, via Georgia, and that American Special Forces are also concentrated in Azerbaijan in preparation for a strike.

US sources indicated that senior Al Qaeda operatives such as Saif al-Adel, living in Iran had been allowed to leave the country through Syria to orchestrate terrorist attacks on American targets. These reports seem aimed at further tarnishing the Iranian regime and portraying it as a supporter of international terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder about this alleged "state of Alert" the Iranian government has put into place.

There is absolutely no mention of it in the semi-official Iranian FARS website in English, nor is it mentioned in any of the Azerbaijan English web outlets I could find.

But one thing is certain: the drumbeats for this war are beating more loudly and viciously and quickly than they have been at any time in the last year.

The Obama administration currently finds itself in mess after mess after mess, with both their domestic and foreign policies, and desperately needs a truly dramatic distraction away from the messes they have created, and been unable to fix.

The Israeli government has been very impatient about getting this war started, and from their perspective, the sooner, the better.

When Netanyahu arrives in Washington on 6 July, I would almost be willing to bet that the final details of such a strike on Iran will be finalized.


Jun 25 08:40

A Libertarian in the Big City; Dave Barry visits Manhattan.

"Here the world-famous New York Times, with so many other things to worry about, has gone to all this trouble to try to find out whether Miami can save itself. Wouldn't they be thrilled if we did the same thing for them?" And so it was that we decided to send a crack investigative team consisting of me and Chuck, who is a trained photographer, up there for a couple of days to see what the situation was. We took along comfortable walking shoes and plenty of major credit cards, in case it turned out that we needed to rent a helicopter, which it turned out we did. Here is our report:

Jun 25 08:39

Whirlpool producing last refrigerators in Evansville, Ind., as production shifts to Mexico

The Whirlpool Corp. plant in Evansville that has been the site of protests over its closure is producing its final refrigerators.

Jun 25 08:38

Netanyahu Plays the Vuvuzela

Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal has systematically exposed this and other lies promulgated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) following the raid. After being questioned by Blumenthal and colleague, the Israeli Army admitted there was “no evidence” that al-Qaeda members were on board or had any links to the convey. As a result, the IDF retracted the claim and changed their press release. Those “al-Qaeda mercenaries” suddenly became persons “without identification papers.”

The activists were also portrayed as “anti-Semites” after an audio clip released allegedly had them telling an intercepting Israeli vessel to “go back to Auschwitz.”

As you might have guessed, the IDF doctored the recording. They were forced to issue a “clarification” once the sham was uncovered.

Jun 25 08:34

US-South Korea Military Drills: China seriously concerned over U.S. aircraft carrier reports: FM spokesman

The United States and the ROK reportedly decided to hold a military drill and the U.S. side was considering sending an aircraft carrier to join the exercise in the Yellow Sea off the ROK's western coast, according to media reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported today at:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-24/north-korea-declares-no-sail-zone-off-western-coast-joongang-ilbo-says.html

"North Korea declared a sailing ban in an area off its western coast, prompting South Korea to be on watch for possible military moves by the communist nation, a South Korean military official said.

South Korea hasn’t detected any abnormal military activities in North Korea and is closely monitoring the area, said an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul, without giving further details. He declined to be named when reached by telephone today, citing regulations."

The ban is set to expire this Sunday, 27 June, but a US/ROK joint military exercise so shortly on the heels of this ban is not going to to anything toward calming tensions here.


Jun 25 08:34

Parents of young NJ man accused of trying to join terrorists argue he was steered by FBI

The parents of a New Jersey man accused of trying to join a terrorist group say they believe the FBI fueled the behavior that led to his arrest.

Mahmood and Nadia Alessa told The Record newspaper their 20-year-old son, Mohamed, had been monitored by the FBI since age 16 and was encouraged by an undercover agent to act like a terrorist.

Jun 25 08:32

IN MEMORIAM; JULY 4th, 1776

July 4th should be a day of celebration… a day of joy. Today, it is merely another day on the calendar. The United States is no longer the proud independent country it was meant to be. Even worse, it has become the country that has been instrumental in the denial of independence to other nations, just to name a few….
Palestine
Afghanistan
Iraq
There are more….. many more.

Jun 25 08:31

BP OIL SPILL ~~ ONLY ONE PERSON WILLING TO TALK ABOUT IT

It’s been made clear to them that their
only hope of economic salvation – now
that the fishery that provides 30% of
the US seafood has been destroyed -
is clean up work.

And that work is controlled by BP.

“Talk and your lifeline is cut.”

Jun 25 08:30

ISRAELI SUPPORT FOR BOYCOTT IS GROWING

Boycott from Within is a group of Israeli citizens that supports the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). The AIC sat down with Israeli activist Ofer Neiman to discuss the Boycott from Within movement, its goals and what impact he thinks it will have on ending the Israeli occupation.


Jun 25 08:30

A POEM FOR THE FUTURE FLOTILLAS TO GAZA

We are coming Israel, boat by boat, ship by ship, country by country, human being by human being and we will not stop!

We will come by land and by sea.

Jun 25 08:28

Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster U.S.A 2010

Jun 25 08:27

Militarism and Democracy: the Implications of the McChrystal Affair

What such commentaries begin to reveal is the emergence in the United States of a distinct military caste, virulently hostile to democracy, civilian control and any form of popular opposition to American imperialism.

The firing of McChrystal and his replacement by Petraeus represents, not a blow against this trend, but the means by which Obama and the Democratic Party adapt themselves to the demands of the military brass. McChrystal’s only crime—his “error in judgment”, in Obama’s parlance—was to express in too blunt and unguarded a fashion the sentiments of broad sections of the US officer corps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent, when you look at Pentagon budget requests, that the US is being prepared for wars without end for the foreseeable future.

Jun 25 08:22

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

Brzezinski explains that this foreign policy, which has inflamed anti-Americanism around the world, specifically in the Muslim world, which was the principle target population of ‘terrorist’ rhetoric, has in fact further inflamed the ‘global political awakening’. Brzezinski writes that:

[T]he central challenge of our time is posed not by global terrorism, but rather by the intensifying turbulence caused by the phenomenon of global political awakening. That awakening is socially massive and politically radicalizing.[6]


Jun 25 08:22

Ahmadinejad heralds age of light

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed optimism about the future of the world, saying the arrogant powers' dominance over other nations is fading away.

"A long and black chapter in the history of humanity is coming to a close and an age of enlightenment is about to start," ILNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying on Friday.

"The arrogant powers have stood against the divine force throughout history and today the arrogant regime in the United States is the biggest obstacle against the cause of the prophets," he added.

Jun 25 08:20

Geographically challenged County Supervisor

Democrat County Supervisor Peggy West of Milwaukee is proud to be the "first Latino/Hispanic American to be elected to the Milwaukee County Board". During the debate on a measure boycotting the state of Arizona she asserts an uneasy knowledge of US geography.

Jun 25 08:19

Knoxville-based amputee group questions TSA

The Knoxville-based Amputee Coalition of America says amputees are being mistreated at airport security checkpoints across the nation.

One example, they say, is Peggy Chenoweth, of Gainesville, Virginia, who lost her left leg below the knee in 2003 after an accident.

"I always make sure that I wear shorts so then it's visible. They took me to the little Plexiglas waiting area which I'm very accustomed to. My son came through security, came over and sat right next to me and took my hand. He was immediately yelled at," Chenoweth said. "He started to cry. I wasn't allowed to comfort him. I wasn't allowed to give him a hug because I hadn't been cleared."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

TSA is not about increasing security at our airports; it's about having American citizens who fly absolutely cowed and compliant with complete governmental authority over their lives.

Jun 25 08:14

BBC HARDTALK with Kenneth O’Keefe on the Israeli Attack on FLOTILLA to Gaza [VIDEO]

An articulate and angry Kenneth O’Keefe, in a pretty intense interview, with BBC. He was on the MV Mavi Marmara ship carrying aid to Gaza, when Israeli commandos raided the ship, killing nine peace activists onboard and wounding several. Kenneth claims he helped disarm the Israeli commandos. He starts of at the very outset by stating, “Palestinians are killed everyday by Israelis and we never hear about it in the Media.” A classic BBC HARDTALK, every bit worth watching.

PLEASE click here to WATCH :

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/video-bbc-hardtalk-with-kenneth-o%e2%...


Jun 25 08:13

“Don’t Taze My Granny!”

Lonnie Tinsley of El Reno, Oklahoma made a nearly fatal mistake last December 22 when he went to check on his grandma, Lona Vernon.

Concerned that Lona hadn’t taken her medications, Lonnie called 911 in the expectation that an emergency medical technician would be dispatched to the apartment to evaluate the bedridden 86-year-old woman.

Instead, that call for help was answered by nearly a dozen armed tax-feeders employed by the El Reno Police Department.

Jun 25 08:12

War bill could clear next week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday said she would try to pass the Afghanistan war spending bill before the July recess, a piece of legislation that may be split into two to ease passage.

“The president is the commander in chief, and we all stand by him in the decision that he made in terms of who would be in command in Afghanistan,” she said. “So we’ve trusted him before, we trust him now; its just a question of where people stand on our involvement in Afghanistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The warmongers in Congress will undoubtedly pass this funding bill.

Demonstrating himself to be the antithesis of the "change" upon which he campaigned so adroitly, President Obama has absolutely become the US's Warmonger-in-Chief.

Thinking Americans understand that this alleged "war on terror" is, at the end of the day, a war on people cursed to live over resources, or access to those resources, that the US government deems as theirs.

Jun 25 08:08

William Cook : The Golden Rings of Betrayal

The Golden Rings of Betrayal

Jun 25 08:08

Moonbat + Amazongate = Prize Pillock

There’s only one thing more satisfying than being right. That’s when a shrill buffoon you utterly despise dedicates an entire column in a newspaper you loathe to accusing you of being wrong, working himself up into an almost masturbatory lather of slobbering indignation, macheting himself to ever greater heights of ecstatic fervour like some Shi’ite penitent during Ashura, giggling at his jokes, crowing at his own cleverness, earning all sorts of smarmy plaudits from his coterie of sorry eco-fascist brown-nosers – and it turns out, after all that, you’re still entirely right and the buffoon – let’s call him Moonbat – has emerged looking an even bigger prat than ever.


Jun 25 08:05

Israelis Keep the Trigger Tight

While it is just another statistic for the Israelis, another Palestinian family has been torn apart. U.S. citizens, 17-year-old Hannah, 15-year-old Mirage and seven-year-old Yasmin are now fatherless. Former Texan Moira, nee Reynolds, who left the U.S. 17 years ago to start a new life with her husband in Jerusalem, has lost her soul mate.

Two weeks ago 41-year-old Ziad Julani from East Jerusalem was shot a number of times at close range in the head and abdomen by Israeli special forces as he lay wounded on his stomach on the ground. An ambulance took the critically injured man to hospital but he died shortly afterwards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to "normal" for Palestinians!

Jun 25 08:02

Korean War Turns 60

The war could have ended earlier this year, in fact, as North Korea openly offered a formal peace treaty ending the war. The US State Department angrily rejected the offer, saying it would never allow normal relations with North Korea unless they abandon all nuclear technology and make dramatic changes on human rights. And so the war continues, three fifths of a century later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the US has given North Korea and the world a brilliant object lesson as to what happens to any country which absolutely does not have a nuclear deterrent with the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Jun 25 07:56

Likud committee votes in favor of resuming settlement construction

Netanyahu did not participate in the Likud Central Committee meeting, where right-leaning sections of the party called for a vote on a proposal to bolster settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've got to love the timing on this; the vote happens barely two weeks before Netanyahu is scheduled to meet Obama on 6 July at the White House.

But hey, Obama was never going to really do anything regarding the settlement issue anyway.

In Obama's eyes, Israel can always do precisely what it wants in the region, and the US government will enable it, including the hijacking of American-flagged vessels, and the assassination of American citizens on the high seas.

Oh, and that other little issue Israel wants the US to take care of for it, which Obama will unquestioningly greenlight for Netanyahu on the 6th?

That will be the "neutralizing" of Iran, an alleged "existential enemy" of Israel, by way of a war which is apt to go regional, and perhaps global.

And I'm sure that Obama is just fine with this, reassuring his Israeli colleague that it will be American kids who will do the fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying to accomplish this Israeli agenda.

Jun 25 07:51

ISRAEL ATTACKING GAZA AGAIN


Jun 25 07:45

McChrystal’s Ouster May Embolden Pakistan’s Diplomatic Efforts

Afghan officials say that General Parvez Kayani has personally offered to broker a deal between Karzai and the Taliban’s leadership, the Quetta Shura, while Pakistani intelligence officials underscore the growing belief that the US military cannot win in Afghanistan.

US officials are expressing concerns about this, saying it “creates a bigger breach between us and Karzai,” but this sort of double-dealing is nothing new in the politics of the region, and with the US openly losing faith in Karzai it is perhaps only natural that he is warming up to other potential backers: it is quite obvious he would not survive in his position long without somebody propping him up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, with the war going so catastrophically badly, and Karzai realizing he's in a grand fight for his political life, if the US isn't planning some kind of gung-ho, "isn't war grand!" replacement of Karzai in the not to distant future.

Hamid, if I were you, I would keep that Kevlar body suit handy at all times right now.

Such a rapprochement between the Taliban and the Karzai government is absolutely the last thing the US and NATO want to see right now, because the Taliban wants the US and NATO forces out of Afghanistan immediately.

In light of the fact that a military "victory" in Afghanistan is impossible, the US and NATO should declare victory, bring the troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is still standing for the oil pipeline rights with which to control Eurasian oil.

Of course, that would be logical.

Jun 25 07:42

Shell Oil ex-CEO: “Whole casing system is deteriorating”, “We’re just getting a gusher”

Jun 25 07:40

NYT Pays only $75 for Op-Ed Piece

To all my fellow ink-stained wretches, a heads up. I got my check from the New York Times for an op-ed that was published a few weeks ago. It was for $75.

Jun 25 07:38

Petraeus Expected to Tone Down Attempts to Avoid Civilian Deaths

Gen. Petraeus is going to review the policy Gen. McChrystal called “courageous restraint,” a euphemism for a collection of orders deigned to reduce the number of civilians killed by US soldiers.

But Gen. Petraeus’ “review” of the policies is nothing resembling an effort to make the restraint more effective. Rather, officials say he is looking to remove some of those restrictions, how many remains to be seen. In effect, he will making policy changes explicitly to put more Afghan civilians’ lives in jeopardy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more civilians the US and NATO butcher in this war, the more those who are left standing will embrace the Taliban insurgency.

Almost 9 years in, the US and NATO have managed, brilliantly, to do the almost unimaginable; taken a broken, dysfunctional tribal country, saddled it with a corrupt puppet government, and made things even worse for the country's people than they ever were before the invasion and occupation.



Lockerdome
Jun 25 07:32

Tinker, tailor, soldier, journalist

Nearly 25 years later, readers of the Sunday Telegraph were regaled with with the dramatic story of the son of Libya's Colonel Gadafy and his alleged connection to a currency counterfeiting plan. The story was written by Con Coughlin, the paper's chief foreign correspondent and it was falsely attributed to a "British banking official". In fact, it had been given to him by officers of MI6, who, it transpired, had been supplying Coughlin with material for years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jun 25 07:29

Obama Disavows July 2011 Afghan Drawdown Date

The date was little but an excuse to convince opponents of the surge to withhold judgement on the war at any rate, but its new role as the “beginning of a transition phase” has downgraded it to complete irrelevance, as officials have been claiming for years that they have been encouraging the Afghan government to take “more and more responsibility” to no real effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is never leaving Afghanistan.

Jun 25 07:24

US says Gaza flotillas 'irresponsible'

The US State Department on Thursday released a statement against additional flotillas to the Gaza Strip, calling them "irresponsible."

The statement said: "Mechanisms exist for the transfer of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by member states and groups that want to do so. Direct delivery by sea is neither appropriate nor responsible, and certainly not effective, under the circumstances."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the US State Department: what is irresponsible is your pathologically impotent lack of capability in defending US-flagged vessels and US citizens from hijacking and assassination of Israeli forces on the high seas!

""Mechanisms exist for the transfer of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by member states and groups that want to do so".

Oh, really?!?

If that statement is correct, can you please explain to me why UNICEF figures indicate that 14% of all Gazan kids suffer from malnutrition?

Jun 25 07:22

Canadian officials under sway: Spy chief

In the interview, he expressed his concerns over close relationships that have been established between some political figures of a few provinces — including British Colombia — and foreign countries.

Fadden said that these officials who are also in critical positions make decisions that do not serve the interest of Canada and but are based on priorities of other nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how carefully they avoid naming that foreign country. I think we can assume that were that foreign nation Arab, they would not hesitate to mention it by name.


Jun 25 07:20

Senator LeMieux on BP spill

Jun 25 07:17

Apple Collecting iPhone, iPad, Mac User Locations in Real Time, Passing On Info to Unknown 3rd Parties

Apple Inc. has changed a clause in it’s privacy policy agreement that allows the Californian based giant to determine the “precise” and “real-time geographic location” of iPhone, iPad and other Apple gadget users, set to create a firestorm of controversy.

In print buried deep in the” Apple Customer Privacy Policy”, Apple will now be able to pass off real time location data of users to unspecified “partners and licensees” for unknown use.

Apple users are forced to agree with the new terms of privacy whenever apps are downloaded from the Apple iTunes store. Users cannot download any new media for their various devices until they agree with the highly contentious privacy changes.

Jun 25 07:16

CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”

“It’s completely scientifically dishonest to pooh-pooh the potential here when you are talking about some of the most toxic chemicals that we know,” said Kramer, who is founder and president of consulting firm Epidemiology International in Hunt Valley, Maryland. She isn’t involved with the Institute panels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet BP is still forbidding clean-up crews to wear respirators?!?!?

Jun 25 07:16

I blush.


Jun 25 07:15

Turkey cancels water sales to Israel

Following the attacks on the Freedom Flotilla in which 9 Turkish citizens were killed, Turkey has decided to continue severing ties with Israel by canceling the agreement it signed in 2000 to supply Israel with water for a 20 year period.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for Israel to fabricate an excuse to re-invade Lebanon and gain access to the Litani River.

Jun 25 07:13

G20 law gives police sweeping powers to arrest people

The province has secretly passed an unprecedented regulation that empowers police to arrest anyone near the G20 security zone who refuses to identify themselves or agree to a police search.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is in CANADA!!!!!

Jun 25 07:12

Israel To Expel Hamas Politicians From Jerusalem, Could Set Off New Crisis

f Israel goes through with the expulsions, it will almost certainly complicate U.S. attempts to restart direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. For now, a U.S. envoy is shuttling between the two sides, but Abbas insists he won't resume direct talks until Israel freezes all settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories it captured in the 1967 Mideast War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that these men themselves are not accused of any violence. They were simply captured and held in prison for being in "the wrong party" when an overwhelming number of Palestinians voted in Hamas as their leadership, rather than Fatah.

What we are seeing here is the beginning of a brisk Israeli annexation of Jerusalem and the West Bank, most probably followed by forcible expulsions of Palestinians, perhaps reducing their status to stateless refugees who cannot be absorbed by neighboring countries.

And notice this happens about one and half weeks before Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Obama at the White House on 6 July!

Netanyahu never wastes an opportunity to spit in Obama's face and tell him it's raining; as long as your taxpayer dollars keep coming to Israeli.

Jun 25 07:11

THE COMING IRAN WAR.

At the same time as Iran is being attacked, Israel, using the excuse of pre-empting retaliation for attacking Iran, will attack both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza and then move to occupy south Lebanon up the Litani River and the Gaza Strip. Israel will also likely fully occupy the West Bank.


Jun 25 07:10

PA suspends Al-Jazeera in West Bank

On Tuesday, Farouk Qaddumi --head of PLO's political department-- claimed that the acting head of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and the group's former security chief, Mohammed Dahlan, were involved in an Israeli plot to kill the former head of the PLO Yasser Arafat.

Jun 25 07:08

WHO MURDERED ARAFAT?

In an impromptu news conference in the Jordanian capital, Amman , on 12 July, Fatah Secretary-General Farouk Kaddumi revealed that Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas and former Gaza strong man Muhammed Dahlan conspired to murder Yasser Arafat in connivance with Israel and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Jun 25 07:07

PA Official admits role in Gaza chaos

The committee's report which explains the reasons for the fall of Gaza, has sharply criticized the security apparatus of the Palestinian self-governed authority and its high ranking officicals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mohammad Dahlan looks like an Israeli mole. given the story that he was involved with Arafat's assassination!

Jun 25 07:04

France official: Dahlan, Arafat attended the venom

France announced a security official for the presence of new information reached the French authorities regarding the circumstances of the death of former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at Percy Military Hospital in Clamart, in the western suburb of the French capital Paris.

He said the French official had been reached to know the pharmacist Egyptian peace Muhammad Dahlan in 2003 poison compound, which killed Arafat.


Jun 25 07:01

US first-quarter economic growth revised down to 2.7 percent

US economic growth in the first quarter was revised downward for the second time to 2.7 percent, weaker than previously estimated, the government said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once they are collected, the figures for US 2nd quarter economic growth are probably not going to be much better than that.

Jun 25 07:01

Congressman Rohrabacher: Almost All House Republicans Think Iraq War Illegal, Immoral

Judge Andrew Napolitano’s new Saturday show on the Fox Business Network is set to send shock waves through the political establishment this weekend when his guest – Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher – reveals that almost all House Republicans now believe that the invasion of Iraq was not only a mistake, but also illegal and immoral.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But it is okay with us for Israel to attack Americans in international waters!"

Jun 25 06:58

US to build troop training centre in Tajikistan: envoy

The United States plans to build a facility for training local troops in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state of Tajikistan, the US ambassador said here Friday.

"The plan... is almost 10 million dollars to build this national training centre for the Tajik armed forces," Ken Gross told journalists at a briefing in the capital, Dushanbe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great: we're ringing in Russia with military bases in Central Asia, while the infrastructure here at home is collapsing!

Jun 25 06:44

Is Petraeus McChrystal’s Replacement or Obama’s

Petraeus is an evolved form of general. He “won” in Iraq by paying protection money to the Sunnis who were effectively resisting the US occupation. Petraeus figured out that it was far cheaper and more efficient to put the Sunnis on the US military payroll and to pay them to stop fighting, which is how the war between the Sunnis and the Americans ended. To keep the Americans out of the ongoing large scale sectarian violence that continues to slaughter Iraqis, the US military was confined to remote bases.

If history is a guide, the Afghans will also accept Petraeus’ protection money, and Petraeus has just enough time to buy the Afghan war before the next presidential election.

The Afghans will, of course, take the money and wait us out, just as the Iraqis are doing.


Jun 25 06:43

‘Mossad hit men targeted Erdogan’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has failed in an attempt to assassinate Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Jordanian weekly says.

Informed sources in Turkey say that the Mossad plot has been foiled by the country’s security forces, al-Manar quoted a report in the most recent edition of the Al-Majd weekly as saying.

There are also reports that Israel has been trying to incite violence inside Turkey by lending support to the militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Jun 25 05:51

Oil spill: Beach's beauty only skin deep

Despite intensive efforts by more than 1,100 workers and heavy equipment to clean thick tar from Pensacola Beach overnight Wednesday, massive sheets of oil remained buried in the sand...

Jun 25 05:07

Tasmania’s Devil of a Weather Station

The point here is, it seems no matter where I go in the world, I seem to find siting issues with official weather stations used for climate monitoring. Stations that are long period records of historical importance suffer the most from such siting issues, because their record is valuable. Worse, when the data is adjusted, it seems to add to the warming.

Jun 25 04:56

Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist

As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.



Pixfuture
Jun 25 04:55

We all live in an oil slick now

Extracting oil from the ground has always been disastrous for the people who live nearby. The only thing that is unusual about this morphing of "Drill, Baby, Drill" into "Spill, Baby, Spill" is that, this time, the world noticed the victims. To pluck one random example, in Ecuador the petrol companies have to pump water into the Amazonian oil fields in order to extract it. This leaves behind a toxic soup of mercury, benzene and chromium 6. For decades, it was simply pumped into the local rivers – causing an epidemic of cancers and severely deformed babies. A US court calculated that the unpaid liabilities for destroying so many lives could total more than $27bn. Who has heard of it?

Jun 25 04:46

Concerns Grow Over Long-Term Health Effects of Oil Spill

More than two months after the April 20 BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, experts are still trying to determine what the health effects will be on the workers who are struggling to clean up the biggest oil spill in American history.

There are concerns that some workers could suffer lung, kidney and liver damage from exposure to the volatile organic compounds found in the oil.

Jun 25 00:08

Stalin Statue Removed from Gori

In an unannounced move, after midnight on June 25, the authorities removed the bronze statue of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin from the central square of his hometown of Gori.

It was reported that a local TV station's crew was physically assaulted by the police when they tried to film the process.

Saakashvili does it again - "his" people in Gori (Stalin's birthplace) are immensely proud of their statue. They will be furious about this. I hope they get it back before it gets smashed up.


June 24, 2010

Jun 24 22:58

GORDON DUFF: NO LIGHT, NO FREEDOM, THE GHOST OF 1967

WATCHING DARKNESS DESCEND IN THE INFORMATION AGE

Today the Israeli news service sent out an email broadcast, 87 US Senators affirmed unquestioning support for Israel in the wake of worldwide condemnation for Israeli actions against the Freedom Flotilla. In Australia, Prime Minister Rudd, after strongly admonishing Israel for counterfeiting Australian passports for use in political assassinations was removed from office, victim of a relentless media campaign orchestrated from Tel Aviv. How does this tell us we no longer live in democracies, the US, Australia, Britain, Germany and Canada?

Jun 24 22:45

ISRAEL SHAMIR: ISRAELI RECIPE FOR DEALING WITH THE WORLD: “IF FORCE DOES NOT WORK, USE MORE FORCE”

Turkey is the Key

Bombs go off in Turkey, a great spree of terrorist bombings and attacks. Practically every day Turkish soldiers and civilians are being killed. The killings are done ostensibly by the Kurd terrorists of PPK, but this is a new step in Israel’s warfare against Turkish independence. Encouraged by Israel, PKK extended its operations to the Aegean and the Black Sea resorts all the way to Izmir.

Jun 24 21:38

BP's toxic legacy for workers/coast residents, Lifetime sicknesses

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"BP's Other Toxic Legacy: 'Decades of Misery' for Gulf Health"
by Marty Beckerman
...As a cleanup worker in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez disaster, Savage says she breathed crude- and dispersant-laced mist for weeks. (This photograph speaks for itself.) She was healthy for age fifty — she looked healthy — but soon experienced crippling health problems that have lasted for two decades: coughing spells, violent diarrhea, pneumonia, obstructed blood vessels. Her liver cirrhosis onset baffled doctors. "We were all coughing and vomiting for months," says Savage, who had no prior history of drinking or smoking and did not wear a respirator during the cleanup. "We thought it was the flu. Exxon told us crude oil was non-toxic and we believed them."

Jun 24 21:15

Israeli propaganda crosses from "Desperate" into "Pathetic!"

my Lebanese sources tell me that senior Hizbollah officials have even discussed the notion of using explosives they captured from Israel during the 2006 war to blow up one of the ships while it is en route to Gaza, and blame the incident on Israeli recklessness.



Xmas w/o borders
Jun 24 19:52

Australian prime minister Rudd ousted in political coup

In extraordinary events over the past 24 hours, Rudd was removed through a campaign orchestrated by multi-national mining companies, the Murdoch media and other corporate interests and implemented through a series of backroom manoeuvres by right-wing factional warlords and union bureaucrats.

Jun 24 18:05

Reduced overtime stymies Border Patrol

he U.S. Border Patrol has quietly reduced its current force of available agents along the U.S.-Mexico border by cutting the overtime hours they can work even as the Obama administration is asking Congress for hundreds of millions of dollars to hire 1,000 new agents, and Congress and the public are clamoring for beefed-up border security.

Several rank-and-file and senior agents told The Washington Times that a new overtime directive issued at the agency's Washington headquarters will limit their ability to get their jobs done, reduce coverage during peak smuggling periods and allow more criminals to avoid apprehension.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes absolutely no sense if the Federal government really wants to cut crime and illegal immigration.

Of course, those large corporations which donate overtly and covertly to US politicians on both sides of the isle love how cheap, illegal labor cuts their costs.

Jun 24 16:17

BP's Blowout Preventer is Leaning and Might Fall Over

As I have previously noted, it is now clear that there is damage to BP's well beneath the sea floor.

Jun 24 14:56

Israel's supporters go totally whacko!

Jun 24 14:40

Pinellas to lay off 155 county workers

Pinellas County began handing out pink-slips Thursday to 155 employees who face layoffs under budget cuts proposed by County Administrator Bob LaSala...

Jun 24 14:36

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff finds job at kosher pizzeria in Baltimore

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff finds job at kosher pizzeria in Baltimore

Abramoff served more than three years for fraud and corruption and was released to a halfway house this month.

By Haaretz Service and The Associated Press

Disgraced Jewish American lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff, who served three and a half years for fraud and corruption and was released this month to a half way house, has found employment at a kosher pizzeria, the Baltimore Jewish Times reported this week.

In 2006, Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that required him to cooperate with investigators probing his relationships with members of Congress. The investigation into Abramoff led to the conviction of a congressman.

Jun 24 13:29

Flotilla organizers: We'll take Israel to The Hague

The Free Gaza Movement says it will take the State of Israel to the International Criminal Court over last month's raid on an aid ship that left nine civilians dead.

Jun 24 13:28

Pensacola Beach closed because of oil spill

Jun 24 13:25

Why Really The USS Liberty Was Attacked by Israel?

> In an interview published in Le Monde on 28 February 1968, Israeli Chief of Staff Rabin said: “I do not believe that Nasser wanted war. The two divisions which he sent into Sinai on 14 May would not have been enough to unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.”

> On 14 April 1971, a report in the Israeli newspaper Al-Hamishmar contained the following statement by Mordecai Bentov, a member of the wartime national government. “The entire story of the danger of extermination was invented in every detail and exaggerated a posteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab territory.”

Jun 24 13:22

It Begins… Plans to Evacuate Tampa Bay Are Put Into Place

As Barack Obama continues to golf, hit the ballpark, BBQ and party, the BP oil slick is now threatening Tampa Bay. Authorities have set up plans for evacuation.

Jun 24 13:21

UN chief says East Jerusalem demolition plan 'illegal'

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said the plan to demolish Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem to make way for a tourist park is illegal and unhelpful.

Jun 24 13:03

Right-wing self-delusion

National Review‘s Jay Nordlinger cites a truly repellent (and false) comment made this week by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak to Defense Secretary Robert Gates: “A million and a half people are living in Gaza, but only one of them is really in need of humanitarian aid,” Barak said. Nordlinger points out that Barak was referring to Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held hostage for years by Hamas, which refuses to permit the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Israel were all that worried about Shalit, then why did they bomb the crap out of Gaza during CAST LEAD, possibly killing him?

Jun 24 13:00

Netanyahu Issues Conflicting Statements on Gaza, UN Skeptical

According to a press release Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office issued in English, a decision was made Thursday to ease the blockade. "It was agreed to liberalize the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza [and] expand the inflow of materials for civilian projects that are under international supervision," the English statement said.

In the "translation" of the same statement in Hebrew, however, there is no such decision or agreement mentioned. And according to Israeli journalist Barak Ravid of the Haaretz daily, while the discussions spanned a total of six hours extended over two days, no decision was ever actually made.

Jun 24 12:58

JON VOIGHT TAKES JOB AS HEAD OF THE ADL

It appears that Abe Foxman is or will be stepping down soon from his position as head of the ADL…..

Jon Voight seems more than ready to fill his sandals.

Jun 24 12:53

ANOTHER CONGRESSIONAL WHORE FOR ISRAEL!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people. A friend to Israel is no friend of America.

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

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

Jun 24 12:46

WHO IS BEHIND THE TERRORISTS? ….. ONE GUESS!

WHAT IF ISRAEL IS BEHIND THE TERRORISTS?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! Deja' VU!!!!! :)

Jun 24 12:15

WORLD CUP!

Jun 24 11:46

Israelis Keep the Trigger Tight

While it is just another statistic for the Israelis, another Palestinian family has been torn apart. U.S. citizens, 17-year-old Hannah, 15-year-old Mirage and seven-year-old Yasmin are now fatherless. Former Texan Moira, nee Reynolds, who left the U.S. 17 years ago to start a new life with her husband in Jerusalem, has lost her soul mate.

Two weeks ago 41-year-old Ziad Julani from East Jerusalem was shot a number of times at close range in the head and abdomen by Israeli special forces as he lay wounded on his stomach on the ground. An ambulance took the critically injured man to hospital but he died shortly afterwards.

Jun 24 11:36

Israel faces new war crime headache

The indictment defines Israel's deliberate targeting of places known to hold civilians as well as attacks on plantations and water systems, among other things, as war crimes committed during the 22-day offensive that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and left thousands more injured.

Jun 24 11:29

Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Righting a Perpetual Wrong

Finally, a parliamentary debate in Lebanon over the human rights of Palestinian refugees. What is unfortunate though, is that granting basic civil rights to over 400,000 Palestinians - 62 years after their expulsion from their historic homeland and the issuing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – has been a topic of ‘debate’ in the first place. Equally regrettable is the fact that various ‘Christian’ Lebanese political forces are fiercely opposing granting Palestinians their rights.

Jun 24 11:24

“IAF Jets Unload Equipment Meant for Attacking a Muslim State at Saudi Airport"

Following last week’s reports by Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper and UK daily The Times in which they said that the Saudi Arabia has given the green light for the IAF to use its airspace in order to launch an attack against Iran, another news agency joined the chorus.

A semi-official Iranian news agency reported Wednesday that Israeli Air Force helicopters recently landed at a Saudi Arabia airport and unloaded equipment intended for attacking targets in a Muslim state.

Jun 24 11:23

Israeli Experts: Ofek 9 Will Detect Iranian Activity

The chairman of the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) says the new Ofek 9 spy satellite will be able to detect any material transferred by the Iranians.

Israeli experts explain that Israeli satellite, which was successfully launched Tuesday evening, will be able to broadcast images from around the world within days. Its abilities, they say, are much higher than what has been cleared for publication.

Jun 24 11:22

Senate Republicans Poised to Kill Jobless Aid Measure

Republicans in the Senate appear likely to kill legislation to provide continued unemployment checks to millions of people and provide states with billions of dollars to avert layoffs.

It would be a bitter defeat for President Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats, who have been trying to advance the measure for months as an insurance policy against a double-dip recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But these same congresscritters all agreed that it is okay for Israel to shoot at and kill Americans in international waters for taking cookies into Gaza, and moreover that the US taxpayers should continue to pay for the weapons used!

Jun 24 11:21

Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Righting a Perpetual Wrong

Finally, a parliamentary debate in Lebanon over the human rights of Palestinian refugees. What is unfortunate though, is that granting basic civil rights to over 400,000 Palestinians - 62 years after their expulsion from their historic homeland and the issuing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – has been a topic of ‘debate’ in the first place. Equally regrettable is the fact that various ‘Christian’ Lebanese political forces are fiercely opposing granting Palestinians their rights.

Jun 24 11:19

Republicans United Against Tax & Unemployment Benefits Bill

Republicans are poised to deliver a death blow to a package of tax incentives and jobless benefits on Thursday, this after months of tweaks by Democrats to try to gain at least two GOP 'yes' votes.

Jun 24 11:19

BP Oil Slick Now Threatens 60 Percent of America's Tidal Marshes

Jun 24 11:18

Aging has-been rock star will say anythjing to get a little media attention.

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