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May 9, 2010

May 09 08:28

Workers tell of night their oil rig exploded

May 09 08:27

'Smart dust' aims to monitor everything

In the 1990s, a researcher named Kris Pister dreamed up a wild future in which people would sprinkle the Earth with countless tiny sensors, no larger than grains of rice.

These "smart dust" particles, as he called them, would monitor everything, acting like electronic nerve endings for the planet. Fitted with computing power, sensing equipment, wireless radios and long battery life, the smart dust would make observations and relay mountains of real-time data about people, cities and the natural environment.

Now, a version of Pister's smart dust fantasy is starting to become reality.

May 09 08:24

Voyager 2 stops making sense

Voyager 2, which has been traveling through the solar system since the late '70s, has suffered a data formatting glitch that is preventing NASA from interpreting the content of its scientific data transmissions. Control and diagnostic transmissions are unaffected, which should enable the engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to troubleshoot the problem, provided they're patient—it currently takes nearly 13 hours for transmissions from Earth to catch up with the probe.

May 09 08:24

Tricky Politics Sabotages “Audit The Fed” Bill

Ziopuppet Barry Soetoro (AKA Obama) opposed Ron Paul’s bill (some “change,” huh?), at least until this last minute redo. The language of the Senate version would give the Fed the ability to whitewash any audit by allowing them to appoint specific people — like insider pals, cryptos and other outright Jews. This is exactly like how they handled the 9/11 Commission, resulting in perhaps the biggest whitewash in all history, spitting in the faces of the dead and real American citizens (not the embedded Khazar/Israeli agents commonly called “Jews”). WTF don’t you get, White Rabbits? Read on.

May 09 08:10

The Downward Slope of Empire - Talking With Chalmers Johnson

One of my four “sorrows of empire” at the end of the book is bankruptcy. The military is not productive. They do provide certain kinds of jobs, as you discover in the United States whenever you try and close a military base—no matter how con servative or liberal your congressional representatives are, they will go mad to try and keep it open, keep it functioning. And the military-industrial complex is very clever in making sure that the building of a B-2 bomber is spread around the country; it is not all located at Northrop in El Segundo, California.

I have grave difficulty believing that that any president can bring under control the Pentagon, the secret intelligence agencies, the military-industrial complex. The Department of Defense is not, today, a department of defense. It’s an alternative seat of government on the south bank of the Potomac River. And, typical of militarism, it’s expanding into many, many other areas in our life that we have, in our traditional political philosophy, reserved for civilians. [For example,] domestic policing: they’re slowly expanding into that.

May 09 08:06

New Film ‘Machete’ evokes race war

Racial strife is often exacerbated unnecessarily by globalists forces who, though seeking to integrate North America regionally, divide & conquer the population by playing upon ethnic tensions. For a violent film to use such a backdrop to glorify and potentially incite violent attacks on white Americans over the immigration issue is very dangerous, and Alex urges the film’s director to carefully consider the impact such an extreme statement could have. Though the movie screen is an escapist dimension where sex & violence are commonplace, ‘Machete‘ ties it into a racially motivated issue spurned by anti-illegal immigration rhetoric– and that may be taking things a bit too far.

May 09 07:58

Big oil controlling Obama

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is uncovering some dirty details, plans are underway to try and cap the spill. There are new allegations surfacing that say President Barack Obama and oil company British Petroleum are masking the severity of the oil spill. Wayne Madsen says that President Barack Obama is just helping out the same people that contributed to his campaign in 2008.

May 8, 2010

May 08 21:59

Bugs will give us free power while cleaning our sewage

Michael Wagner, a microbiologist at the University of Vienna in Austria, points out that anammox bacteria were discovered only 20 years ago and hold great promise for a new generation of sustainable waste water treatment plants. "The anammox story shows how fundamental discoveries by microbiologists can revolutionise waste water treatment," he says.

May 08 19:38

British taxpayers ordered to bail out euro

Britain faces paying out billions of pounds under a European Union deal intended to prevent another financial crisis like the one in Greece.

All 27 EU finance ministers have been summoned to Brussels on Sunday to sign up to a “European stabilisation mechanism. Britain will be unable to veto this as it will be put through under the “qualified majority voting” system.

The deal, effectively to shore up the euro, was denounced as a “stitch-up” last night after it emerged Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, had devised it behind closed doors and were attempting to push it through at a time when there is no clear government in Britain.

May 08 19:36

“The decrease in upper ocean heat content from March to April was 1C – largest since 1979?

The Climate Prediction Center recently released its equatorial upper ocean heat content for April 2010. One of the primary areas that they focus on is the equatorial heat content averaged over the area from 180-100W. The decrease in upper ocean heat content from March to April was 1C, which is the largest decrease in equatorial upper ocean heat content in this area since the CPC began keeping records of this in 1979.

May 08 19:29

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Transocean-BP rig had safety valve problem in UK

UK regulators issued a safety warning over a North Sea oil rig operated by Transocean and leased by BP five years ago.

The worries concerned the same key safety device – a blowout preventer – currently being blamed for 11 deaths and the growing oil slick off the US.

May 08 19:24

Voters tell Gordon Brown to quit as David Cameron races to secure deal

DAVID CAMERON, the Conservative leader, was last night preparing to raise his offer to the Liberal Democrats on voting reform in an attempt to secure a swift coalition deal and create a stable government.

At the same time a Sunday Times/YouGov poll, taken yesterday and on Friday, showed that the vast majority of the electorate want Gordon Brown to quit No 10 now. Only 28% want him to remain as prime minister.

Brown was also being urged by some senior ministers to quit and allow Labour to go into opposition with the prospect of a fresh election within a year.

May 08 18:34

Pope Benedict accepts bishop’s resignation for beating kids, pedophilia probe underway

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday accepted the resignation of a German bishop who admitted he beat children in a Catholic orphanage and also faces a pedophilia probe, the Vatican said.

Walter Mixa, 69, had tendered his resignation as bishop of Augsburg and military bishop on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not about "occasional aberrations": this is about seriously enshrined institutional abuse of kids from an organization no longer worthy of the support of its faithful.

May 08 16:07

Church to Celebrate Mass to Fight Human Trafficking

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does swapping around the really hot altar boys count?

May 08 15:22

Effort to place dome over oil well dealt setback, BP says

The effort to place a containment dome over a gushing wellhead was dealt a setback when a large volume of hydrates - crystals formed when gas combines with water - accumulated inside of the vessel, BP's chief operating officer said Saturday.

The dome was moved off to the side of the wellhead and is resting on the seabed while crews work to overcome the challenge, Doug Settles said.

May 08 15:20

Look Out, Obama Seems to Be Planning for a Lot More War

Judging by the Barack Obama administration's reports, pronouncements and actions in recent months point to even greater war-making across the planet.

May 08 15:18

BP Chamber Clogged, Removed From Leaking Gulf Well

BP Plc said gas hydrates like ice crystals formed inside the steel chamber it’s trying to use to capture leaking oil from a Gulf of Mexico well, forcing the company to move the structure aside while working on ways to stanch the flow of crude.

The hydrates clogged the 40-foot-tall containment system, which was designed to funnel oil to an overhead drillship, Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer for exploration and production, said today at a press conference in Robert, Louisiana. He said BP placed the chamber on the seafloor, about 200 meters (656 feet) away from the well’s biggest leak, and will evaluate ways to prevent hydrate slushes from forming.

May 08 15:17


May 08 12:18

KBR to Get No-Bid Army Work as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks

KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, the Army said.

The Army announced its decision yesterday only hours after the Justice Department said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work. The Army also awarded the work to KBR over objections from members of Congress, who have pushed the Pentagon to seek bids for further logistics contracts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

May 08 12:13

Global Governance Called for by European Central Bank

May 08 12:10

Muslims Destroy Synagogues; Burn Jewish Holy Books

On Tuesday May 4th a group of Muslim fundamentalists ignited a synagogue in a village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
The Muslim settlers attacked the synagogue early in the morning, rounded up several copies of the Torah in one place and set them ablaze.

May 08 12:08

Humanitarian Disaster: Famine, Homelessness and Disease in Haiti's Earthquake Zone

"We are living in the mud. We are wet and we are hungry. Those in charge have left us without hope. If they have a plan we do not know it. We are asking about the future. And we want our voices to be heard, " Suzette Janvier a resident of St. Martin (a neighborhood of central Port-au-Prince) - April 24, 2010

May 08 11:08

Is Sovereign Debt Crisis Contained to Subprime?

As Americans observe the chaos in Greece, most assume that the strength of our currency, the credit worthiness of our government, and the vast expanse of two oceans, will prevent a similar scene from playing out in our streets. I believe these protections to be illusory.

May 08 11:06

Militarized SWAT Drug Raids on the Rise

The drug war is a travesty. It has nothing to do with preventing the consumption of illegal drugs, however, as the government and the corporate media tell us. It is about making a tidy profit for the CIA (so they can run their covert ops off the books) and Wall Street. It is also an excuse to militarize the cops and expand the for-profit prison industry.

Militarized cops that have cut their teeth on harmless drug users will be soon be used on the American people as they turn out in the streets in response to the Greatest Depression now unfolding.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever notice that when the US declares a "war" on anything, that issue gets worse, rather than better?!?

May 08 10:58

Israel News Israel Opinion Israel Business Israel Culture Jewish Israel Travel Israel Activism Shop Photo Exhibit Photo: Gili Sofer Sea of Galilee (archives) Photo: Gili Sofer US photo exhibit: Israel blocks Palestinian access to water

Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles Jacob Dayan sent a complaint letter to the owners of the Annenberg Space for Photography, saying the venue is being used as a political tool to spread lies about Israel's part in the global effort to provide clean and fresh drinking water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Consul General Dayan: this exhibit simply demonstrates the truth about Israeli water policy.

If you don't like it, get someone in the Israeli government to change it!

May 08 10:52

North Korea and Israel: A Lot in Common

Neither is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and both employ their nuclear weapons in elaborate games of peek-a-boo with the international community. Israel and North Korea are equally paranoid about outsiders conspiring to destroy their states, and this paranoia isn’t without some justification. Partly as a result of these suspicions, both countries engage in reckless and destabilizing foreign policies. In recent years, Israel has launched preemptive strikes and invaded other countries, while North Korea has abducted foreign citizens and blown up South Korean targets (including, possibly, a South Korean ship in late March in the Yellow Sea).

May 08 10:49

Hijacking the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

We begin with a fundamental principle, one that even the Post implicitly acknowledges: Terrorism is, in fact, a federal criminal offense. Let me repeat that: Terrorism is a crime under U.S. law.

Thus, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that suspected terrorists have always been subject to the rules, guarantees, and protections that relate to the federal criminal-justice system. Grand-jury indictments, jury trials in federal court, criminal-defense attorneys, the presumption of innocence, the exclusion of incompetent and irrelevant evidence, the right to confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses, the right to remain silent, the right to call favorable witnesses, and so forth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This country is rapidly morphing into a country governed by the rule of men, and not the rule of law, which is a truly terrifying process to watch.

There are several very nasty pieces of legislation, floating in various congressional committees right now which will, if passed, absolutely destroy presumption of innocence and legal due process in this country.

May 08 10:37

Petraeus: Times Square bomber likely acted alone

The Times Square bombing suspect apparently operated as a "lone wolf" who did not work with other terrorists, according to the general who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But investigators believe he had some bomb-making training in Pakistan, a second senior military official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who is this "secondary senior military official", making the claim that Shahzad had bomb-making training in Pakistan, and why is he not sourced?!?

This is because the US government is trying to use this alleged, unsourced "link" as a justification for increased attacks against Pakistani targets, which has already been approved earlier this week.

May 08 10:30

US takes the war into Pakistan

The approval given to the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by the administration of President Barack Obama to expand drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions is on face value a declaration of war by the US inside Pakistan. The move comes at a time when Pakistan is trying to win some breathing space to delay an all-out operation in North Waziristan, home to powerful militant groups and an al-Qaeda headquarters.

The CIA was given authority on Wednesday to expand strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against low-level combatants, even if their identities are not known. Obama had previously said drone
strikes were necessary to "take out high-level terrorist targets".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How many countries does the US have to invade before it's a world war?!?!?

And please remember: US extrajudicial assassinations simply fuels Pakistanis' smoldering hatred against the US and Pakistani governments, causing retaliation against Pakistani and US targets.

That, in turn, fuels more US extrajudicial assassinations, and the cycle starts all over again.

Whatever outcome here the US wants cannot possibly be characterized as either stability, or economic progress for the Pakistani people.

May 08 10:17

U.N. on target for Iran sanctions by mid-June-sources

A new round of U.N. sanctions against Iran will be ready by mid-June, European diplomatic sources said on Friday, but it remained uncertain how soon a draft proposal will be put to the Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that these alleged "sources" are not sourced.

Were I a betting person, I would not bet that this next round of sanctions will be passed by the Security Council.

As recently as this last Thursday, as reported in:


Russia's Lavrov has just gone on record as having said that the Iranian nuclear issue has to be resolved geopolitically, and not through military conflict. As reported in the article:

'In a meeting with ambassadors from Arab states on Wednesday, Lavrov reaffirmed Moscow's support for diplomatically engaging Tehran and warned against the “disastrous” consequences of taking military action.'

Russia most probably will not be on board regarding a new round of sanctions against Iran.

And China?!? In the immortal words of Tony Soprano, "fuggetaboutit!"

China is Iran's number-one trading partner, particularly in the area of energy. Is China about to publicly bite the hand that is feeding its voracious appetite for energy with which to fuel its growth? This is hardly likely.

So what we will have, when the sanctions are defeated at the UN, will be the unilateral and multilateral sanctions put into place by the EU, the UK, and the US, which will most probably be a prelude to war which will almost inevitably follow.

May 08 10:05

CLIMATEGATE - Fake photo used in Science article

ABC recently reported on a letter signed by 250 scientists published in the journal Science.
The letter is accompanied by a photo of a lone Polar Bear on an ice berg credited to ISTOCKPHOTO.COM. The photo is a fake with the following note in the photo caption at Istockphoto: "This images is a photoshop design. Polarbear, ice floe, ocean and sky are real, they were just not together in the way they are now."

May 08 10:04

'Flotilla' to bring aid to Gaza by sea

International pro-Palestinian bodies have organized a massive relief convoy to break the Israeli siege of Gaza under the banner of "Freedom Flotilla."

The convoy is consisted of five passenger boats and three aid-laden ships, the first of which would set sail for the Gaza Strip from Greece next week, the International Middle East Media Center reported on Thursday.

The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG), one of the international bodies involved in organizing the relief convoy, said the ships were "loaded with reconstruction, medical and educational supplies."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Egyptian and Israeli governments: making martyrs out of any of these people would be the most geopolitically counterproductive things you could possibly do.

May 08 09:51

Netanyahu To “Legalize” Illegal Outposts

Responding to a request from the Israeli High Court regarding two illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli government stated that it intends to “legalize” Hersha and Givat Hayovel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignoring the little detail that these outposts are illegal under INTERNATIONAL law.

May 08 09:49

'Severe consequences' for Pakistan over terror plots:US

Pakistan faces "very severe consequences" if a terror plot like the failed Times Square bombing was traced to that country, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in remarks made public on Saturday.

"We've made it very clear that if -- heaven-forbid-- an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences," Clinton told CBS's "60 Minutes" program, according to excerpts released by the TV network.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: watch for a major escalation of military confrontation in Pakistan.

And about this alleged "link" between Shahzad's family and Pakistani militants; in Pakistan, due to this country's grinding poverty coupled with government corruption, it is pretty darn hard not to know someone who is in the Taliban, or at least sympathetic to them in some way.

The lethal combination of those two elements in any society can make insurgency appear attractive.

May 08 09:48

Israeli official in LA denounces National Geographic water exhibit

Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles Jacob Dayan reportedly sent a letter of complaint to the venue hosting a National Geographic photo exhibition highlighting Israel’s unequal water policy, Israeli media reported on Friday.

The Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit, coinciding with the magazine’s special issue Water: Our Thirsty World, features the works of award-winning photographers looking at water from environmental, social, political and cultural perspectives.

May 08 09:47

Big Pharma Pushes 'Miracle Cure' For Holocaust Denial Syndrome

Shares in Israel-based Goy & Goy Pharmaceuticals Incorporated rocketed to 89 US dollars following the long-awaited announcement of a miracle cure for Holocaust Denial Syndrome (HDS).

Soon to be marketed and sold under the name Holozac, the drug works by closing down the brain's center of intellectual inquiry. It also blocks the re-uptake of politically incorrect neurotransmitters involved in critical thought processes, making it more difficult to distinguish between truth and lies.

May 08 09:41

Israelis Murder Two More Little Girls

Emad Fakha had taken three of his four children to help in the fields after school, something they enjoyed, a treat. The children had climbed into the “basket” on the ground at the rear of the tractor, ready to be lifted up. Emad was preparing to start the motor when an Israeli military jeep swerved off the road, at speed, and rammed into the tractor from behind.

With the body of one sister draped obscenely over its front bumper, the jeep reversed for five or six metres and then rammed once again into the tractor. What might have been a tragic accident is thus revealed for what it was – a cold-blooded murder.

May 08 09:27

The Original Anti-War Mother's Day

The original Mother’s Day Proclamation from poet and suffragette Julia Ward Howe was a protest against the evils of war, a call to mothers to act to prevent future wars that would exact horrific tolls on their sons and the sons of others

May 08 09:23

Experts: Obama Admin Pioneering Robust Use Of Miranda Exception In Terrorism Cases

The Obama Administration is applying an old exception to the Miranda rule in a new way in order to interrogate terrorism suspects before reading them their rights, several experts tell TPMmuckraker, finding what one law professor calls a "middle ground" between those who want suspects put through the criminal justice system and those who believe they should be classified as "enemy combatants."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are careening down very a slippery slope, if this administration decides that the Miranda rule should only be used intermittently.

And by the way, in US law, there is no such thing as an "enemy combatant" or (as found in the wording of the monstrous Lieberman/McCain Bill, now in committee,"hostile belligerent"); there are simply citizens who break the law, or foreigners who break the law, and that same law is applicable to both.

May 08 09:19

Special Report: Rapid growth of militias feeds off politics

Lackomar is an independent contractor for a private parcel company. If you live northwest of this battered city and you recently purchased something from a home shopping network, there's a good chance the 36-year-old handled your package.

But there is one small item that never leaves his truck: a green nylon satchel Lackomar jokingly calls "the football," a reference to the briefcase with codes for a nuclear strike kept close to the U.S. president. Inside, along with a pocket knife and a small first aid kit, is a sealed envelope containing codes, rallying points and detailed plans that Lackomar would use to mobilize his squad of armed citizen-soldiers in an emergency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, please be very careful joining a militia. A lot of these are being set up by the FBI for the express purpose of causing trouble in order to justify declaring all militias a terrorist threat. The other side plays dirty. Be careful!

May 08 09:13

Times Square bomb suspect had ties to key Pakistani militants

The senior official said, if the Taliban has widened its focus to carry out attacks on the United States, then "it would change the game." He added that it could force the U.S. to reassess the threat it faces from Pakistan and how best to respond.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that right after this incident (almost as though on cue), Obama has approved stepped up drone attacks in Pakistan.

The Pakistani government and military are being well compensated by the US to wage a war of attrition against its own people, and look the other way when the US contributes to the carnage through these drone strikes.

May 08 09:12

Oil spill may endanger human health, officials say

With a huge and unpredictable oil slick drifting in the Gulf of Mexico, state and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the toxic mess washes ashore.

May 08 09:11

Jump You F*#kers (A Song For Wall Street)

I thought this video appropriate in view of the current attempt by the banksters to hold the whole nation hostage.
May 08 09:11

BP working hard to keep the damage hidden

Rick says that the fact that this spill emanates from the bottom of the gulf (5,000 feet down), where the water temperature is approximately 1 degree Centigrade (and the oil is hot) means that by the time the oil reaches the surface, it has thoroughly mixed with water and therefore does not appear to be the kind of gruesome slick that is so famous from previous disasters.

It's a PR boon to BP that this is so, because it means that the oil spill remains hidden from public view. It does not, however, mean there is not a tremendous environmental tragedy unfolding. As we speak about this, we need to make that point clear. It's not just about what we can see from shore and that BP has been proactively taking steps to keep the damage hidden.

May 08 09:08

Since spill, feds have given 27 waivers to oil companies in gulf

Since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded on April 20, the Obama administration has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico.

The waivers were granted despite President Barack Obama’s vow that his administration would launch a “relentless response effort” to stop the leak and prevent more damage to the gulf. One of them was dated Friday — the day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he was temporarily halting offshore drilling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

May 08 09:05

Expert Recommends Killing Oil-Soaked Birds

A German biologist says that efforts to clean oil-drenched birds in the Gulf of Mexico are in vain. For the birds' sake, it would be faster and less painful if animal-rescue workers put them under, she says.

May 08 09:03

Huge National Debts Could Push Euro Zone into Bankruptcy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One more time; when a private central bank issues the public currency at interest, the system is a pyramid that lasts only as long as ever-larger pools of new borrowers can be found to allow the creation of new money with which to pay the interest on the old money. When new borrowers cannot be found, the pyramid collapses. When everyone in the nation (or planet) is already in debt and cannot be persuaded to borrow any more, collapse is inevitable because it is designed into the system from its inception.

Do you get it yet? The bankers designed a system that would eventually place all the wealth into their hands, but never planned what to do when they actually succeeded and society stopped operating.

And these same greedy bastard bozos want to run the world?

May 08 08:59

U.S. should prepare for a cyber attack that will ruin the country in just 15 MINUTES, expert warns

The U.S. should prepare for a cyber attack that could cause destruction on the scale of 9/11 in less than 15 minutes, a leading anti-terrorism expert has warned.

Richard Clarke, a former adviser to both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, suggests that the lack of security in place against such an attack could lead to an 'electronic Pearl Harbor'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With both 9-11 and Pearl Harbor appearing to be war-starting hoaxes, I wish to point out that the only party benefiting from a "terrorist" attack that shuts down the internet are those government and corporate interests terrified of blogs like WRH.

May 08 08:55

Did Goldman Sachs Really Short The Gulf Of Mexico?

H/T to Third Eye Child at Myspace for this link.

It turns out that Goldman Sachs really did place shorts on TransOcean stock days before the explosions rocked the rig in the Gulf of Mexico sending stocks plunging while GS profits soared -- benefitting once again from a huge disaster, having done the same with airline stocks prior to 911 then again with the housing bubble.

by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News

May 08 08:55

Slick of Oil Industry Cash Gummed up Regulatory Works

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is worse than anyone thought, and the crisis will likely go on for months. British Petroleum (BP) is tripping over itself to say it’ll cover the costs of the clean-up, yet before the spill, the company spent its time and money pushing back against government regulation and safety measures.

May 08 08:52

Chevron wins access to film-maker's Amazon pollution footage

The 105-minute film sympathises with the victims of an environmental catastrophe in Ecuador's oil-producing Amazon region, but Chevron hopes unused segments will help it to fend off potential damages of $27.3bn (£17.9bn).

May 08 08:51

Pentagon bans 4 Gitmo reporters for naming witness

The Pentagon on Thursday barred four journalists from military commissions at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told not to.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So remember that all reporting coming out of these military commissions is only what the government approves of!

May 08 08:49

Shell: Shut Down 150,000 B/D Trans-Niger Pipeline Due To Fire

May 08 08:49

A generals' revolt against Zionist domination of US policy?

Next week's radio guest Gordon Duff, suggests that the source of this generals' revolt is the rapidly spreading knowledge among the US military elite that 9/11 was a Zionist false-flag operation. Duff, editor of Veterans' Today and self-styled key source for leaks from high-level US military figures, told me last week that more and more US officers are aware of and unhappy about Israel's 9/11 false-flag attack on America and continuing Mossad sponsorship of such follow-up false-flag events as the underwear bombing escapade.

May 08 08:47

Mystery Disease Linked to Missing Israeli Scientist

The same microbiologist, who declined to speak on the record and who recounted extensive fungus work at Fort Detrick, also stated that researchers at Israel's Institute for Biological Research, located in Ness-Ziona about 20 km from Tel Aviv, have worked with the Cryptococcus gatti fungus. They also report that mysterious Israeli-American scientist Joseph Moshe, 56 years old, may have conducted covert studies with the fungus while he was recently living in California. This report concerning Moshe is especially interesting because Moshe was briefly in the international spotlight in 2009 when he was the subject of a spectacular chase and arrest by the LA police department and SWAT team, assisted by the FBI, Secret Service, CIA, US Army and several other unidentified federal officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe somebody really did drop a test tube!

May 08 08:45

Jolly Rancher lands Fort Bend County third-grader in detention for a week

A third-grader at Brazos Elementary was given a week’s detention for possessing a Jolly Rancher.

School officials in western Fort Bend County are defending the seemingly harsh sentence. The school’s principal and superintendent said they were simply complying with a state law that limits junk food in schools.

But the girl’s parents say it’s a huge overreaction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The so-called "educators" are snatching the candy, watching out for potential terrorists and even spying on kids in their own homes through school-issued laptops and in all the confusion actually teaching our kids something useful, the reason they collect our taxes in the first place, seems to have gotten lost!

May 08 08:37

Obama pal part of fed probe

E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker -- one of President Obama's best friends -- have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The investigation involves "faith-based initiatives" and health-awareness campaigns funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health when Whitaker ran the agency for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to copies of subpoenas obtained under the state's Freedom of Information Act.

May 08 08:37

'Greece being forced to buy arms'

A leading European parliamentarian has accused France and Germany of forcing Greece to buy billions.

May 08 08:36

Thomas Jefferson on Money and Banking

"We are now taught to believe that legerdemain tricks upon paper can produce as solid wealth as hard labor in the earth. It is vain for common sense to urge that nothing can produce but nothing; that it is an idle dream to believe in a philosopher's stone which is to turn everything into gold, and to redeem man from the original sentence of his Maker, 'in the sweat of his brow shall he eat his bread.'" --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:381

May 08 08:34

"Takin' Back Our Country" Joyce Shaffer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to be our national song for the next few elections !!!

May 08 08:31

US Senator Barbara Boxer: Wellstone assassination was "a warning"

As Four Arrows recounted on today's edition of The Kevin Barrett Show (beginning somewhere around the 20 minute mark): a trusted friend of his, during a conversation with Sen. Boxer, was surprised when the Senator asked "are you a friend of Four Arrows?" The friend said yes. Boxer said "tell him he doesn't know how right he is. (The Wellstone assassination) was meant as a warning to all of us." Sen. Boxer went on to say that if asked, she would deny the statement.

May 08 08:30

BP Insider: Massive Dead Zone Could Be Produced by Gulf BP-Congress Catastrophe

May 08 08:30


Several Palestinians have set up a protest tent in no-man’s land in the northern Gaza Strip, near the Erez border crossing into Israel, as they protest their deportation from the Israeli occupied West Bank into Gaza where Hamas authorities have refused them entry.

May 08 08:29


I am writing this letter to you because of the devastation that is caused by your government in our lands, and because of the immanent threat to world peace that I see your government pushing for, again.

May 08 08:29


At a time when the Obama administration is hailing the imminent resumption of indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a “notable achievement”, very few observers in the region think that the upcoming talks will lead to any breakthrough or tangible progress.

May 08 08:28


A poll reveals that a majority of Israeli’s are willing to see the banning of human rights organization in the ‘Jewish state’ and a bill was introduced in the Knesset to outlaw any Israeli human rights organization which exposes Israeli war crimes.

May 08 08:27

St. Catharines congregation wonders why Bishop James Wingle vanished

With the Roman Catholic Church embroiled in a growing sex scandal, Wingle announced his departure on April 7 with a vaguely-worded letter that referred to unspecified “shortcomings.” He said he was going on a sabbatical, “centered on prayer and personal renewal.”

His exit has baffled and worried people he worked closely with. Only days earlier, Wingle was handing out Easter candies to nuns, attending meetings and making plans. And then — gone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A study in refusing to see the obvious.

May 08 08:24

TIGTA Identifies Widespread Noncompliance With IRA Rules

The Federal Government is losing millions of dollars each year due to increasing taxpayer noncompliance with IRA requirements.

May 08 08:24

Israel threatens to bomb Aid ships heading to Gaza

Foreign threatened to "Israel" bombed a convoy consisting of 8 Navy ships its forthcoming Assembly human rights and freedom for Turkish humanitarian aid to Gaza from Istanbul on May 15.

May 08 08:15

Merkel urged to put struggling Germans first

Mrs Merkel has reasons to fear voters' anger. A deeply unpopular rescue package for Greece, which critics say she tried to delay until after the vote, is being rushed through parliament this week.

Meanwhile, cities like Wuppertal in NRW are on the brink of bankruptcy.

May 08 08:06

Greg Palast Tells How The IMF Set-Up Iceland & Greece on Alex Jones Tv

May 08 07:04

Unmasking the Fed

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson understood "The Monster". But to most Americans today, Federal Reserve is just a name on the dollar bill. They have no idea of what the central bank does to the economy, or to their own economic lives; of how and why it was founded and operates; or of the sound money and banking that could end the statism, inflation, and business cycles that the Fed generates. Dedicated to Murray N. Rothbard, steeped in American history and Austrian economics, and featuring Ron Paul, Joseph Salerno, Hans Hoppe, and Lew Rockwell, this extraordinary new film is the clearest, most compelling explanation ever offered of the Fed, and why curbing it must be our first priority. Alan Greenspan is not, we're told, happy about this 42-minute blockbuster.

May 08 05:52

Meet the New Frontline Bloggers: Security Contractors

The frontline soldier blogs have largely come and gone — victims of the military’s confusing, often contradictory, approach to social media. But you can still get unfiltered reports, straight from Afghanistan’s war zones. Private security contractors are now writing the new must-read online diaries from the battlefield.

May 08 05:47

US takes the war into Pakistan

The CIA was given authority on Wednesday to expand strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against low-level combatants, even if their identities are not known. Obama had previously said drone
strikes were necessary to "take out high-level terrorist targets".

May 08 05:44

Pentagon: More Money for Weapons, Less for Troops

A decade of massive annual increases in military spending have given the Pentagon record budgets, but officials are warning that, as financial problems make more hikes unlikely, the pay raises and benefits packages Congress has given to troops are “unsustainable.”

Instead the Pentagon is pushing Congress to decrease the amount of money set aside for troop pay and benefits, and increase the amount it spends on weapons and operations.

May 08 03:38

Ethan McCord: A Soldier's Story

by Bill Van Auken, via CoyotePrime

May 08 01:40

A Timetable For War

Readers of my articles will know that I am extremely pessimistic about the prospects for peace in the Middle East. I do not believe for a second that the leaders of Israel actually consider Iran to be an "existential" threat but the fact that they have cried wolf so often has convinced the Israeli public that it is so. Worse still, Israel’s friends in the US have convinced the American public of the same thing even though Iran does not threaten the United States at all. Relying on a complaisant media that has fully embraced the fabricated narrative of fanatical Mullahs brandishing nuclear weapons shortly before handing them over to al-Qaeda, a majority of Americans now believes that Iran must be dealt with by force and that it already has a nuclear weapon.

May 08 01:16

Ellen Brown: Stock Market Collapse: More Goldman Market Rigging?

It is still possible, however, for the European Central Bank to snatch Greece from the fire and rout the shorts. It can do this with what has been called the nuclear option -- "monetizing" the debt of Greece and other debt-laden EU countries by effectively "printing money" (quantitative easing) and buying the debt itself at very low interest rates. This is called the "nuclear option" because it would blow up the hedge funds and electronic sharks operated by Goldman and other Wall Street heavies, which specialize in bringing down corporations and whole countries for strategic and exploitative ends.

May 7, 2010

May 07 23:25

TSA agent ridiculed by others due to Nake Body Scanners

May 07 22:50

A fast, inexpensive way to clean up the oil slick and it won't enrich Goldman Sachs

Dried hay. It's cheap, easy, and environmentally friendly. However, the petrochemical industry doesn't want you to know that.

May 07 18:10

Reasons Why It May Be Time To Quit Paying Taxes And Start Over

reposted because it can't disappear if its everywhere.

Is it time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying their taxes and start a new government?

——-I: The Ongoing Theft of Trillions
——-II: Off-the-Books, Off-the-Record
——-III: Osama bin Bank of America
——-IV: New Mafia World Order
——-V: The Goldman Sachs Obama Illusion
——-VI: American Heroes Speak Out on the Financial Reform Ruse
——-VII: Economic Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMDs)
——-VIII: Hank “Pentagon Sachs” Paulson
——-IX: $5.4 Trillion a Year Bullion Market Ponzi Scheme
——-X: Ponzi Nation: Welcome to America, Sucker
——-XI: Economic Shock and Awe
——-XII: Time for a Second American Revolution - The 99% Movement
——-XIII: How You Can Get Involved

...the torrent of devastating news and evidence is mounting by the minute. The staggering level of theft continues unabated. As I am watching this unfold, I am horrified thinking about the severe consequences that have only just begun to reap their toll. Our nation is being raped and pillaged. Our future is going up in flames and our government isn’t even making the slightest effort to put out the fire. In fact, they are purposely pouring gasoline all over it.

May 07 17:44

APNewsBreak: Nuclear agency set to focus on Israel

May 07 17:42

Iran missed chance to break nuclear deadlock: US

The Obama administration said Friday that Iran missed another opportunity to break the deadlock with the world community over its nuclear program during a surprise, high-profile UN dinner Thursday.

"Mottaki focused on the Iranian counterproposal to the Tehran research reactor, which deviates in significant ways from the balanced IAEA proposal that Iran agreed to and then walked away from last October," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran never agreed on the IAEA-proposed nuclear exchange; they simply stated that they would consider it, and have offered several counter proposals which have fallen on absolutely deaf ears in terms of US or IAEA acceptance.

May 07 17:37

Video shows Seattle police kicking suspect

A video showing Seattle police officers stomping on a man's head and body and using a racial epithet has prompted an internal investigation by authorities and disgust by the mayor.

Soon after, officers kick the man in the head, hand and leg.

It turned out the man was not the robbery suspect, and the officers let him go.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Guess this is what "to protect and serve" means in Seattle; moreover, the entire nation these days.

May 07 16:55

US bill to link 'terror' to citizenship

New bipartisan legislation introduced in US Congress says Americans involved in terrorist activities should be denied their right of citizenship.

If passed, the Terrorist Expatriation Act would strip any American that provides material support or resources to foreign terrorists from their citizenship.

May 07 16:09

Either way, Zionists win in Britain’s confused election

Stuart Littlewood argues that the emergence of the Conservative Party as the largest party in the UK parliament following the 6 May general election, in which Labour came second, will guarantee the continued stranglehold of Israel’s stooges over British politics and put British security at considerable risk.

May 07 15:40

For The First Time IAEA Set To Focus On Israel's Nuclear Program

Israel's secretive nuclear activities may undergo unprecedented scrutiny next month, with a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency tentatively set to focus on the topic for the first time, according to documents shared Friday with The Associated Press...