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CURRENT EVENTS

Jun 24 10:41

Veteran NYPD cop busted in Albany for stalking 11-year-old girl on way to school

A veteran NYPD detective was arrested in Albany for stalking an 11-year-old girl on her way to school and asking her three times if she wanted to make money, police said.

Jun 24 10:38

BP Has Built An Artificial Island To Get Around Offshore Drilling Ban In Alaska

The offshore drilling moratorium that is falling apart in court already contains one major loophole -- and there's little surprise which company is threading the needle.

BP plans to begin drilling two miles under the sea just miles away from a delicate wildlife reserve in Alaska. The company will get around the deep-water moratorium by constructing an artificial island -- 31 acres of gravel -- and registering as an onshore rig.

Don't expect the White House to crack down on the loophole. Just the opposite: Ken Salazar said yesterday he would issue a new version of the moratorium that could include provisions to allow drilling in areas where reserves and risks are known.

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Unflipping believable.

Jun 24 09:30

America Can't Solve Crises Because It's a Company-Owned Town

The United States can no longer engage effectively in "nation-building" in the one place on Earth it has a right and duty to do so: at home. These are the lessons of the 2010 Gulf oil catastrophe, the 2008 financial meltdown and the 2005 Katrina horror - disasters that history will rightfully conflate as symptomatic of the fundamental crisis of the rule of Capital. The U.S. has become a company town of speculative and extraction enterprises whose social and physical geography the rulers relentlessly appropriate, monetize and despoil - all with obscene abandon.

Jun 24 08:29

Connecting the Zionist Dots by Gilad Atzmon

“The Jewish population in the UK is 280,000 or 0.46 per cent. There are 650 seats in the House of Commons so, as a proportion, Jewish entitlement is only three seats. The conclusion is pretty obvious. With 24 seats, Jews are eight times over-represented. Which means, of course, that other groups must be under-represented, including Muslims…If Muslims, for instance, were over-represented to the same extent as the Jews (i.e. eight times) they’d have 200 seats. All hell would break loose.”

Jun 24 08:06

GORDON DUFF: THE AFGHANISTAN CIRCUS, McCHRYSTAL LEAVES THE CENTER RING

DID PAT TILLMAN REACH OUT FROM THE GRAVE?

Why would a general want to leave a command, especially one as challenging as Afghanistan? Think of it, no more meetings with President Karzai. Picture yourself, sitting in Kabul. Still in Kabul, looking south at failure. Long ago, when Paul Wolfowitz and Karl Rove, called “Dog Boy and Turd Blossom” by President Bush, were selecting the worst possible weaklings and con men to act as American puppets, the new governments of, first Afghanistan and then Iraq, the names Hamed Karzai and Ahjmed Chalibi were, not just the short list, they were the only list.

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Jun 24 07:40

Life inside the G20 ‘security zone'

In the wood-panelled confines of Walter Beauchamp Tailors, the only thing resembling a customer was a stern-faced cop, letting his eyes take a walk over a table full of neckties.

Perhaps he was dreaming of a return to normal life after the G20, of a saner time when his Toronto police uniform will no longer include a riot helmet, when he won't have to look sideways at regular people going about their lives.

If so, the burly sergeant was in good company on Tuesday, as downtown Toronto denizens, typically an imperturbable lot, felt the clamp tighten that much more around Canada's urban heart in advance of this weekend's gathering of world leaders.

Jun 24 06:37

BP boss retreats as stand-in faces spill protest

Beleaguered BP Plc boss Tony Hayward retreated from daily management of the oil spill crisis on Tuesday and dodged a conference appearance where his stand-in was heckled by angry environmentalists.

Hayward's move, after a series of PR gaffes by the CEO and a failure to quickly stem the leak, came ahead of a U.S. court decision over whether to uphold a post-spill ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ban is being contested by oil drilling companies but has support among environmentalists and in other quarters after more fishing areas were closed on Tuesday in response to the worst spill in U.S. history.

Jun 24 00:50

GORDON DUFF: ISRAELI AMBASSADOR ADMITS ROGUE OPERATIONS, SPYING AND WORSE

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES, MICHAEL OREN “WE DON’T SPY ON AMERICA, ROGUE ISRAELI GROUPS DID IT”

“…we’re talking about an event that was run by a rogue organization in the Israeli intelligence community” (Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on the Jonathan Pollard spy case)

Jun 24 00:39

A World United for the Freedom of Humanity….Freedom of Palestine

By Dr. Mohamed Khodr – My Catbird Seat

A Petition:

[Author’s Note: I urge all worldwide citizens who read this petition to please consider signing it to provide a voice for the voiceless Palestinians and to disseminate it as widely as possible urging others to do the same. Thank you for your humanity.]

This Petition will be presented to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon, Members of the U.N. Security Council and Governments and Organizations in respective nations of Signers.

PLEASE SIGN PETITION AT:

http://www.petitiononline.com/pal0610/petition.html

Jun 23 21:11

3-dozen US Navy oil-skimmers NOT being used to save gulf coast

Free skimmers for gulf help: Bureaucracy keeping many in American ports.
By The Palm Beach Post
Posted: 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A bigger problem is that the administration hasn't been using all the oil skimmers in this country - in some cases only a day away from the gulf.... This week, Sen. Nelson's office supplied an inventory obtained from the Navy showing that roughly three dozen other Navy-owned skimmers - about 30 feet long and in good operating condition - could be mobilized. Sen. Nelson said in a statement. "We need as many of these boats as we can to skim the oil before it gets into the wetlands."

Jun 23 16:12

Major cracks atop massive Kentucky dam

Posted: 2:50 PM Jun 23, 2010
Corps Monitoring Cracks On Highway Atop Dam
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it is evaluating the significance of widening cracks on a highway that stretches across a massive dam in south-central Kentucky.
"The nearly mile-long structure impounds Lake Cumberland. Federal officials announced the repair project in 2007, noting that if Wolf Creek Dam fails, it could flood towns and cities down the Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee."

Jun 23 14:19

Knesset comes to Westminster: UK Conservatives talk same bollox as Israel’s Regev

Stuart Littlewood demonstrates the depth to which Israel’s stooges in the British parliament, the Conservative Friends of Israel, are prepared to stoop while whoring for Israel. He quotes extracts of their speeches in a recent parliamentary “debate” in which the Zionist fifth columnists defend Israel’s murder of peace activists on board the Freedom Flotilla and its criminal siege of Gaza.

Jun 23 13:41

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”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has issued health warnings...

...While they suggest there is no threat, the CDC simultaneously advised “everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid spill-affected areas...

Jun 23 12:15

Oil and Gas Storming Out of the Well Unrestricted

...Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, at a mid-day briefing in Washington, said a remote-controlled submersible operating a mile beneath the surface had most likely bumped a vent and compromised the system. Live video from the seafloor showed oil and gas storming out of the well unrestricted...

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Jun 23 11:42

2007: Obama Energy Secretary said BP was going to save the world

At the time the video was filmed, BP had just given $500 million to establish a bio-science research lab in coordination with the Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory.

"This is a great opportunity," Chu remarked. "There's been a lot of excitement that's been growing over the last several years. Now, we've partnered with BP -- we'll have the resources we need to carry out some of the things we want to do in order to help save the world."

"Well, we're going to save the world in part by doing something about the energy problem," Chu continued, after a question about how BP would help save the world.

Jun 23 10:41

Times Square Bomber: We will be attacking the US

Yesterday the “Times Square Bomber”, Faisal Shahzad, a 30 year-old Pakistani American, plead guilty to all 10 charges facing him and admitted and described in detail why and how he committed the crime. I have not discussed this story in the past and it really did not seem like anything unique or different from any of the other so called “homegrown terrorist” cases we have seen in recent time. We have said over and over that these cases inevitably reflect the foreign policies of our government and it is We the People that will pay!. The “Times Square Bomber” introduced nothing new on that front...

Jun 23 10:38

Representative Grayson: 85% of Congress funding endless US wars during US economic crisis

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The following 8-minute video by Dylan Ratigan of Congressman Alan Grayson is a brilliant discussion contrasting US “investment” of taxpayer money on endless and unlawful wars versus the dire condition requiring policy in the US economy.

The good news is the structural solutions are known for full employment, ending the national debt, and monetary reform to conservatively deliver over a trillion dollars of benefits to the public that are currently parasitized by the banking/finance cartel.

Jun 23 10:05

Absolutly no shame at all protecting Rubashkin!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not even a trace of shame or remorse in this defense of a convicted criminal.

Jun 23 09:15

Obama vows to end homelessness in 10 years

The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan that aspires to end homelessness among some of society's most vulnerable groups within the next decade.

"Opening Doors," a "Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness," calls for ending child and family homelessness in 10 years while wiping out chronic homelessness and homelessness among veterans in five years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President (never had to make a payroll) Obama: the only way to end homelessness is to bring back the jobs your and the preceding administrations allowed to be offshored.

And with the Federal deficit (largely fueled by borrowing to continue these endless immoral and illegal wars), how the sam hill do you expect for the government to pay for it?!?

Jun 23 01:47

GORDON DUFF: MID-EAST SITREP: TIME TO WALK AWAY AND CLEAN OUR OWN HOUSE

CAN ANYONE PROVE KARZAI IS BETTER THAN THE TALIBAN?

Do we actually call what we are doing in Afghanistan a war? Recent estimates are that 88% of the people support what we call “the enemy.” The German’s were much more popular than us during their occupation of France during World War 2. What does that say about our friends? Even Petain and Laval, the French Vichy traitors, had more public support that Karzai has in Afghanistan.

Jun 23 00:54

It's raining oil in Louisiana

Jun 23 00:14

Is it called poetic justice?

Rex Williams and Earl Aiman

“What can we do to stop them from hating us?”

Simple! Stop acting like a tyrant.

“The new American Tyranny,” … nothing new, actually!

Prior to 1776 the British Colonies of the New world practiced British tyranny against the native American and the French colonists of North America. Post 1776, the practiced the “New American” tyranny against what remained of the Native American, and the Spanish Colonial in North America. And when they were all subdued or brought to heel, went on to export it overseas, product which they have continued to export ever since, in an ever greater degree.

We have become the tyrant which we overcame to escape, and we have assumed his mantle and the hatred of our own victims of tyranny.

Jun 23 00:09

GORDON DUFF: GENERAL McCHRYSTAL “WOUNDED” IN AMBUSH….BY ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

IS GENERAL STANLEY McCHRYSTAL THE NEXT “HELEN THOMAS?”

General Stanley McChrystal, top US commander in Afghanistan has been summoned home for a “briefing,” read “waterboarding session” after news of an upcoming article in this week’s Rolling Stone magazine hit the White House. His crime? General McChrystal is guilty of honesty, discernment, good judgement and communicating his sanity in private with the kind of candor we lived without during the Bush years, much to our sorrow. It is obvious that General McChrystal was targeted, not unlike White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Why? Who or what did General McChrystal threaten?

Jun 22 21:10

Obama won't waive Jones Act , vows, "Let my BP's oil flow"

Murdock: Jones Act another problem in fixing Gulf spill
Posted: Sunday, June 20, 2010
By DEROY MURDOCK Scripps Howard News Service
As a self-proclaimed "citizen of the world," President Obama should have welcomed rather than spurned international assistance to prevent BP's underwater oil geyser from wrecking the Gulf Coast. But spurn, he did. Obama's failure to waive the Jones Act still maintains a sea wall that blocks potentially helpful foreign ships from this tear-inducing mess.
""If there is the need for any type of waiver, that would obviously be granted," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs promised on June 10. "But, we've not had that problem thus far in the Gulf.""

Jun 22 19:18

Flashback (or forward ): Gen. McChrystal, Seven Days In May (June)?

Seven Days In May - Trailer,1964
...a Pentagon insider, United States Marine Corps Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey, becomes aware of a conspiracy among the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) led by his own superior officer, the charismatic Air Force General James Mattoon Scott. He uncovers a shocking secret: Scott and his JCS cohorts, Colonel Broderick, Colonel Murdock and Gen. Hardesty, along with allies in the United States Congress led by Sen. Frederick Prentice and influential media personality Harold McPherson, are plotting to stage a coup d'etat to remove President Lyman and his cabinet seven days hence.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Days_in_May

Jun 22 14:18

CSTARS Director expects oil to “wash ashore near Clearwater, Sarasota, and farther south”; “Oil is slowly creeping along the coast”

Hans Graber, a professor at the University of Miami, said Sunday that he expects the oil to eventually wash ashore near Clearwater, Sarasota and farther south. …

Jun 22 13:45

Why they hate America: "The kin of the dead can’t forget why they hate America"

Paul J. Balles says the reason why so many people in the Arab and Muslim worlds hate the United States is not envy of American wealth or power but injustice and greed. And the solution is simple: "Stop occupying their countries. Stop controlling others' land, populations, governments and resources."

Jun 22 13:19

Mexican Gangs Maintain Permanent Lookout Bases in Hills of Arizona

Mexican drug cartels have set up shop on American soil, maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona from which their scouts can monitor every move made by law enforcement officials, federal agents tell Fox News.

The scouts are supplied by drivers who bring them food, water, batteries for radios -- all the items they need to stay in the wilderness for a long time.

“Every night we’re getting beaten like a pinata at a birthday party by drug, alien smugglers," a second federal agent told Fox News by e-mail. "The danger is out there, with all the weapons being found coming northbound…. someone needs to know about this!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no will from the Federal government to fix this, so it will not be fixed, which begs the question: who on the US side of the border is profiting so greatly from the drug trade that the Federal government is looking the other way?!?

Jun 22 12:59

Voters Say Hillary More Qualified To Be President Than Obama, Romney, Gingrich, Palin

U.S. voters think Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be president than Barack Obama, but most believe that both Democrats are more fit for the White House than three top Republicans interested in the job.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 57% of voters feel Clinton is qualified to be president, but 34% disagree and say she is not.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder precisely what target demographic Rasmussen Reports was polling to get this result.

Knowing where you are polling, and the congregate fundamentals of the areas you are polling, can skew an outcome of such a poll in a lot of different directions.

The Israeli government is profoundly unhappy with Obama, and believes that he has not done enough for them, even though it has 11 naval warships positioned in the Persian Gulf for an upcoming attack against Iran.

It may well be that this is their opening salvo in the campaign to replace Obama with Clinton in the 2012 elections.

Jun 22 11:18

Judge to sentence Rubashkin to 27 years in prison

A former manager of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse will be sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $31 million restitution when he's sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

A jury found Rubashkin guilty on 86 federal financial fraud charges last fall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a good time to look back at all those US Attorneys who were trying to get Rubashkin off of the hook, and ask yourself were they working for the American people or if they are more of Israel's subversives in the US Government.

Jun 22 10:46

Snake Dancing like Sleepwalkers into Childhood's End

The toxins from the oil spill are traveling in the air and causing spontaneous diarrhea outbreaks which (according to witnesses), are causing whole communities to stink; giving witness to how pervasive it is. Those on land and sea are also experiencing a variety of reactions to the poison that is filling the breathing spaces with all sorts of terrible anti-body chemicals. There’s word of a huge gas bubble that might explode and send tsunamis, hundreds of feet high in all directions. Meanwhile, the alien and satanic driven, crime syndicate nation of Israel is motoring into the Persian Gulf to attack Iran with their American bitch, done up in leather restraints and gag-reflex ping pong balls, like some zombie nation that got born in that basement in Pulp Fiction.

Jun 22 10:40

BP (Logo Redesign Contest) Logo Design Contest

I cant tell you how frustrated and upset we are about BP and how they are handling this oil disaster. Before this eruption of oil they had 17 violations.
It's obvious this could have been prevented.

This is the biggest environmental disaster we have ever faced in this country.

I think the (6000) creative logo designers at LogoMyWay should update the BP logo with a more suitable design and brand.

The design community and the general public will vote on the winner of the redesign of the NEW BP LOGO.

Jun 22 10:16

Remorseless Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad warns: 'We will be attacking the U.S.'

A self-proclaimed "Muslim soldier" who bungled a plot to bomb Times Square promised Monday that others will succeed where he failed.

A remorseless Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty to the frightening scheme to blow up the Crossroads of the World on a busy Saturday night, when it was packed with New Yorkers and tourists.

"It's a war," Shahzad, 30, said in a hateful screed to Manhattan Federal Judge Miriam Cedarbaum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This so reeks of "setup", particularly in light of the fact that the bomb was so badly fabricated that it couldn't have possibly detonated. For one thing, he bought the wrong type of fertilizer, leading to his nickname the "Bandini bomber".

One has to wonder if the timing of this hearing was engineered to scare Americans right in advance of some other huge "false flag" event, perhaps on or around some very significantly American holiday, like the 4th of July. Like his predecessors the shoe bomber and the crotch bomber, the Bandini bomber is a staged propaganda piece, to make sure the public blames the correct designated target when the big bang to launch the invasion of Iran happens! The PR runup we are seeing today mirrors almost exactly the one seen in August of 2001.

Jun 22 08:41

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

And keep in mind the fact that there is no end in sight.

And realize that the US government wants a war with Iran.

Jun 22 07:29

Egypt oil spill threatens Red Sea marine life

The spill was caused by leakage from an offshore oil platform north of Hurghada and has polluted protected areas and showed up on tourist beach resorts.

Jun 22 02:45

Why they hate America

By Paul Balles

Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, tells of a polite Oklahoman who held a copy of his latest novel, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” and examined the face on its cover, comparing it to Hamid’s.

The Oklahoman then said to the Muslim writer, nodding once as if to dip the brim of an imaginary hat: “So tell me, sir. Why do they hate us?”

Hamid then goes on to voice the propaganda he’d been fed, attributing it to envy, adding, “The richest, most powerful country in the world attracts the jealousy of others in much the same way that the richest, most powerful man in a small town attracts the jealousy of others.”

Of course, the Washington Post who published Hamid’s article devoured his explanation as if he was serving them and the country a lesson in deserved pride.

Jun 22 02:36

TIM KING : Wall Street Journal Launches Special Tel Aviv Operation

The WSJ defends Israel’s deadly apartheid politics, but then what would you expect?
(SALEM, Ore.) – Who should be surprised that the media group named for the biggest curse in America is decidedly pro-Israeli? Why would anyone fall over in shock that the Wall Street Journal laments the role of the killer, while demonizing those who simply seek world peace?

Their newest article, ‘Israel and the Surrender of the West’ tears into the notion of “world opinion” as if a global view is some kind of liability. I guess it is for Israel after the deadly flotilla incident[1].

WSJ writer, Shelby Steele, seems to really wrinkle her nose over the bigger picture:

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Jun 21 15:19

Flotilla Cover-up by the New York Times for Israel

Are executives at the New York Times using their power to cover-up what really happened in Israel's Gaza Flotilla attack? Is it a conspiracy or blatantly sloppy journalism? Judge for yourself! http://usmediaandisrael.com/?p=419

Jun 21 13:36

Rare, weird tornado hits Billings, Montana

Amazing videos of a rare debris filled tornado moving through Billings, Montana Sunday afternoon
June 21, 3:28 AMJackson Weather ExaminerJohnny Kelly
One place you do not hear much about tornadoes is Montana but on Sunday, that all changed after a damaging tornado struck the city of Billings.
"According to Keith Meier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Billings, this was the first significant tornado to strike Yellowstone County, Montana since July 2, 1958. Meier estimated that this tornado was as strong as an EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with winds estimated at more than 100 mph."

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Jun 21 12:36

Egypt confirms oil leak from rig off Red Sea coast

I just thought this was interesting as the US/Isreal have ships that have just crossed through here. But now another Oil leak in the Ocean? WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jun 21 09:13

SSGN Force Reaches Historic Milestone

The Submarine Force announced it has achieved another first with all four guided-missile submarines (SSGN) deployed for the first time simultaneously June 10.

Although the West Coast SSGNs, USS Ohio (SSGN 726) and USS Michigan (SSGN 727), and East Coast SSGNs, USS Florida (SSGN 728) and USS Georgia (SSGN 729), have previously been underway at the same time, this milestone marks the first time all four SSGNs have been forward deployed away from their homeports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are the so-called "Arsenal Ships", nuclear ballistic missile submarines removed from ballistic missile duty due to treaty restrictions. The Trident missiles have been removed and each launch tube can now carry ten vertical launch tubes which can handle Standard Missiles or Tomahawk cruise missiles including nuclear armed).

These subs part of the networked littoral combat system known as Aegis-CEC, the system that was being tested near New York when TWA flight 800 was accidentally shot down. In principle, any Aegis radar in the system, including the airborne adjuncts, detect a threat (like an Iranian passenger jet) and the Aegis computers automatically deploy the nearest available counter-measure to destroy the threat.

The elegance of the system is that the platform detecting the threat, the platform running the computers, and the platform deploying the counter-measure can all be different, running on the Aegis-CEC network. In the case of the arsenal ships, they communicate with a laser system that detects bursts of laser light flashed on the ocean surface by overhead aircraft or satellites. Laser flashes beamed upward by the sub itself can be detected by the same aircraft and spacecraft for a high-speed two-way link.

So these subs, if they are not launching land attack Tomahawks, can act as partners to the Arleigh Burke and Ticonderoga guided missile destroyers, operating "outside the picket" and positioned to add their Standard missiles to the overall theater protection system.

The advantage is that from the point of view of an incoming target, the use of Aegis-CEDC means that the attacking Standard missile may not be coming from the same direction as the tracking radar beam, complicating their defensive requirements.

With 10 VLS to a missile tube, 24 missile tubes per sub and four subs, that is almost 1000 missiles, most of which are probably Standards.

Jun 21 08:41

BP – Beyond Petroleum = Big Trouble

The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits, said John Kessler, a Texas A&M University oceanographer who is studying the impact of methane from the spill.

That means huge quantities of methane have entered the Gulf, scientists say, potentially suffocating marine life and creating "dead zones" where oxygen is so depleted that nothing lives.

"This is the most vigorous methane eruption in modern human history," Kessler said.

As bad as an environmental dead zone would be, the impending danger from an explosion is unthinkable.

Jun 21 07:29

US/Israel to attack Iran? All "reasons" for war are obvious lies; beware false flag attack

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Do you have the intellectual integrity and moral courage to employ middle school-level verification of factual claims on our nation’s most important issues? This involves no belief; only verification of the following objective facts essential to your citizenry:

Jun 21 02:18

History Made June 20th in San Francisco–Dockworkers Refuse to Cross Picket Line to Unload Israeli Cargo ship in Oakland

Message from the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions(PGFTU)

To our respected sisters, brothers and comrades in the trade unions, labor councils and workers’ organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Since the beginning of the workers’ struggles in your country – the United States of America – international solidarity has been a constant part of workers’ organizing and struggle in solidarity with workers and people facing injustice everywhere in the world. We, the workers and the people of Palestine are suffering under oppression of the Israeli occupation of our land and people. This occupation began long ago, the longest-lasting occupation of the modern era.

CONTINUE SEE VIDEO:

Jun 21 01:23

Cutting Through the Confusion about Israel/Palestine

This is long but worth a read...

By Richard Forer

[A letter I wrote to a college student who had written the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel asking the group to remove a billboard that said "Tell Congress. Stop Killing Children. No More Military Aid to Israel." The billboard was erected in Albuquerque in the Spring of 2009 after the Gaza catastrophe. I was the spokesperson.]

Hi J,

Jun 20 23:43

How to Win a War When Losing? Dialogue with Taliban…

By Debbie Menon

No, dialogue is NOT a solution! It is merely another, quite common, much overused, abused, and never quite successful method of attempting, or pretending to attempt, to find or describe a solution; and it is usually compromised by bad faith on the part of one, two or all parties. Furthermore, it takes the bad faith of but one participant to thoroughly compromise it, and turn it into a strategic tool for forestalling the search for a solution, perpetuating the status quo, or worse.

History has demonstrated this.

Jun 20 15:11

Cutting through the confusion about Israel/Palestine

Richard Forer, a former member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), exposes the deceitful and dishonest foundations on which support for Israel is built. In a detailed letter, he outlines a path which those interested in justice and genuine peace in the Middle East can take to reach a true understanding of the Palestine-Israel conflict.

Jun 20 11:27

BP Document Estimates Spill At 100,000 Barrels Per Day

An internal BP Plc document released on Sunday by a senior congressional Democrat shows that the company estimates that the rate for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be about 100,000 barrels of oil per day...

Jun 20 10:46

What do BP and the Banks Have In Common? The Era of Corporate Anarchy

President Obama missed what the BP oil spill disaster is really about. Though unquestionably an environmental disaster, the BP oil spill is much much more.

The BP oil spill is part of the same problem as the financial crisis: The BP oil spill and the banking crisis are two examples of the era we are living in, the era of corporate anarchy.

In a nutshell, in this era of corporate anarchy, corporations do not have to abide by any rules—none at all. Legal, moral, ethical, even financial rules are irrelevant. They have all been rescinded in the pursuit of profit—literally nothing else matters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Corporations are entities which have no conscience.

Therefore, it is critical to the economic health of a country that appropriate government regulation protect its people from corporate abuse.

However, with most of the US Congress and Administration having become "acquired" by these very same corporations, there is utterly no protection for individuals against corporate abuse, no matter what that form of abuse may take.

The BP catastrophe may well destroy the Gulf of Mexico, and the the US's Eastern seaboard, for decades to come. It may also potentially collapse the food chain around the planet to a very severe degree.

Jun 20 10:07

A note of appreciation from the Elite

Always remember that if everyone like you were economically secure and socially privileged like us, there would be no one left to fill all those boring, dangerous, low-paid jobs in our economy. And no one to fight our wars for us, or blindly follow orders in our totalitarian corporate institutions. And certainly no one to meekly go to their grave without having lived a full and creative life. So please, keep up the good work!

Jun 20 09:09

The Strange and Consequential Case of Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and WikiLeaks

...exactly what the U.S. Government wanted to happen in order to destroy WikiLeaks has happened here: news reports that a key WikiLeaks source has been identified and arrested, followed by announcements from anonymous government officials that there is now a worldwide "manhunt" for its Editor-in-Chief. Even though WikiLeaks did absolutely nothing (either in this case or ever) to compromise the identity of its source, isn't it easy to see how these screeching media reports -- WikiLeaks source arrested; worldwide manhunt for WikiLeaks; major national security threat -- would cause a prospective leaker to WikiLeaks to think twice, at least: exactly as the Pentagon Report sought to achieve? And that Pentagon Report was from 2008, before the Apache Video was released...

Jun 20 01:19

Australian Unions act to isolate Israel

The movement for Australian union action against Israel is gaining strength after the apartheid state’s latest murderous attack on the unarmed aid flotilla to Gaza.

The South Coast Labour Council (SCLC) and the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory branches of the Australian Services Union have joined the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union in committing to the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against the aggressive Israeli state.

Australian unions and peak bodies have also called on members to attend the many protest actions.

Jun 19 23:44

Gulf Coast residents brace for more oil

Residents of the Gulf Coast braced for more oil from a ruptured BP Plc well to hit their beaches on Sunday as oil washed ashore at Panama City, a popular Florida tourist destination.

The city's beaches remained open after clean-up crews removed the tar balls from shore, authorities said. Even so, the sight is a worry for a state with an annual tourism industry worth $60 billion.

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They say their beaches are OK. But, it's what you don't see that's going to harm your health some time down the road. Give the situation a year or so and then see how people exposed to it have fared. Then you'll be glad you stayed away.

And, if rumors about the methane bubble are real, you really don't want to be anywhere in low lying Florida!!!!!!

Jun 19 21:49

US Marine Austin Moody: US military never learns US Constitution and are incapable to defend it

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Austin Moody served four years as infantry in the US Marines. He gave me permission to reprint his e-mail and letter below describing the Orwellian condition of active-duty military men and women conditioned to follow orders without ever being educated about the US Constitution. All orders must be within the US Constitution; ignorant soldiers are therefore incapable of honoring their Oath of Enlistment to support and defend the US Constitution.

This is a massive lie of omission from US military “leadership.”

Jun 19 19:33

Mohamed Khodr : The Final Turkel Commission Report

July 4, 2010

Submitted To:

The Most Honorable Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu

In response to the world’s outrage (except the U.S.) against Israel’s May 31st murderous attack on peace activists aboard the “Free Gaza Flotilla” delivering humanitarian aid to besieged Gaza, Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet on Monday, June 14, 2010 voted in favor of creating an internal commission called the “Independent Public Commission” that includes three Israelis and two foreign observers to investigate the legality and circumstances of the IDF’s raid on the Flotilla that led to the death of nine Turkish peace activists.

Jun 19 19:25

INTIFADA – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – With Richard Falk

Richard Falk: The Shock Resulting from Flotilla Attack have Reinforced the Campaign to de-Legitimize Israel.

He recently gave this exclusive and revealing interview to Intifada Palestine’s Elias F. Harb .

EH: Professor Falk, what is the legality of the Israeli blockade in Gaza in accordance with the San Remo Manual on International Law applicable to armed conflicts at Sea?

RF: The San Remo Manual was drafted by a series of experts and former diplomats over a period between 1987 and 1994 to provide guidance as to the use of force on the oceans and other international waters.

CONTINUE READING:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/intifada-%e2%80%93-exclusive-intervie...

Jun 19 11:11

Darrell Issa has eye on subpoena team

Issa frequently reminds reporters that he has bashed Republicans too. He pushed legislation to restrict fundraising mailers that look like the census after the Republican National Committee used the tactic. And he proudly told the crowd that he resisted pressure from the Bush White House to drop his California recall push on grounds that an unpopular incumbent Democrat could help a Republican’s electoral chances.

So now the dems and GOP will drawing your attention away from what they're really doing by chasing each other with subpoenas. I guess they need something to fall back on after the American public gets tired of the gulf oil spill.

Jun 19 10:57

Obama's liberal critics find their voice

He's not only tone deaf but also growing hostile to public criticism. Indeed, Obama goes after whistleblowers with more punishing venom than ever did George W Bush who whined about leaks but did not indict. In Obama's 17 months in office he has outdone all his Oval Office predecessors in going after anyone in government who dares spill the beans to the media.

Jun 19 10:42

Oval Office Duplicity: Cover for Corporate Criminality

Since taking office, Obama proved himself a machine politician, not a man of the people, an earlier article explaining it this way:

He promised peace and delivered war; real health and financial reform, not same old, same old; help for millions losing jobs, homes, hope and futures, not handouts to Wall Street and other industry favorites; regulatory oversight, not the usual incestuous government-industry ties, making disasters like in the Gulf possible, and when they happen conspiring with offenders in coverup, distortion, lies, and a total disregard for the environment, wildlife, and way of life for thousands - let alone permanent damage to a vital ecosystem.

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With this President, "hope and change" morphed into "shock and awe" faster than the speed of light.

Jun 19 09:50

Blackwater Firm Gets $120 Million U.S. Government Contract

The State Department has awarded a part of what was formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide a contract worth more than $120 million for providing security services in Afghanistan.

Private security firm U.S. Training Center, a business unit of the Moyock, N.C.-based Blackwater, now called Xe Services, was awarded the contract Friday, a State Department spokeswoman said Friday night.

The awarding of the contract comes just more than four months after the government of Iraq ordered hundreds of Blackwater-linked security guards to leave the country within seven days or face possible arrest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that the announcement was made yesterday evening, which is when elements of the Federal Government love to dump possibly unsavory information, so that by Monday, things like this become "old news."

One has to wonder just how incestuous the relationship still is between the State Department and XE SERVICES, and if the other two companies bidding this contract ever really had a chance.

Jun 19 09:37

THE TIME OF TESTING IS HERE

I cannot stress just how important it is for you to take the time out to read the following piece. To put it succinctly, Richard Cook covers everything that is happening in the world in to day in terms I don’t think many of us have heard before. I feel blessed to be able to offer such light to you all. For indeed, as dour as the things we face may be, through this piece, we will UNDERSTAND and KNOW what is happening to a great degree. And just those gifts of light through the darkness strengthen and arm us to do the best we possibly can. And that is why this is The Time of Testing.

Jun 19 09:03

The Gulf Gusher & the NWO Agenda

None of this can be chalked up to accident. The geological properties of the area, and the nature of the deep oil system, were well known to the experts. The Gulf is one of the oldest and most studied drilling areas in the world. Any legitimate attempt to tap into that deep oil system would have called for better-than- usual safety measures, not systematically shoddy safety measures. Deep Water Horizon was an accident meant to happen, and the witnesses have been scared into silence.

Jun 19 04:23

ALAN HART: Zionism’s Colonial Enterprise Is Doomed, but…

Ronen Bergman, a senior military and political analyst for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, recently wrote what I consider to be one of the most important articles for decades on the subject of the mindset of the Zionist state’s military and political leaders. It was reproduced in the Wall Street Journal under the headline Siege Fatigue and the Flotilla Mistake.

Getting to the main thrust of his analysis, Bergman wrote this (my emphasis added):

Jun 18 21:16

Who Died And Made BP The King Of The Gulf Of Mexico?

Who Died And Made BP The King Of The Gulf Of Mexico?
Michael Snyder | Jun. 18, 2010, 8:12 AM |
In recent weeks, BP has almost seemed more interested in keeping the American people away from the oil spill than in actually cleaning it up.
Journalists are being pushed around and denied access, disaster workers are being intimidated and abused and now BP has even go so far as to hire an army of private mercenaries to enforce their will along the Gulf coast. Are we suddenly living in occupied Iraq? How in the world did a foreign oil company get the right to start pointing guns at the American people? The last time I checked, BP did not own the Gulf of Mexico and did not have the right to tell the American people where they can and cannot go.

Jun 18 21:11

USCG, Greedy BP reject oil stoppage solutions that locals want

Friday, June 18, 2010 By Bo McMullian
Clean Up Solutions Not Given Serious Consideration
British Petroleum and U.S. Coast Guard turn down hay and fiber cleanup solutions as oil approaches Panhandle beaches
By Bo McMullian
“If we don’t do something to prevent it,” Carpenter said, “oil could be on the beaches in Walton County this weekend, and Panama City next week.” He said the hay could be obtained in enough quantity because he has had sellers contact him from as far away as California. ...“The booms being used by BP and the Coast Guard have failed. It’s obvious they have. I have no idea how they’ll stop the oil,” Carpenter said.

Jun 18 17:24

GORDON DUFF: THE CARDBOARD LOTHARIOS

ANALYZING STAGED WORLD CONFLICT

In 2006, North Korea exploded a plutonium based nuclear weapon, an unsuccessful test of either a “found” nuke in poor repair, or something poorly designed. America had predicted that they were at least five years from this capability, we always hear the same story, everyone is five years from having nuclear weapons. On May 25th, 2009, North Korea exploded its second bomb, its first clearly identifiable nuclear weapon, a “Hiroshima sized” bomb, tiny by US standards. What we didn’t say is that the signature of this bomb had been seen before.

Jun 18 16:29

Viennese Jews facing harassment over flotilla

June 17, 2010
Viennese Jews facing harassment over flotilla
JTA
Jews in Vienna reportedly have been facing almost daily harassment since Israel’s deadly interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.
Ariel Muzicant, president of the Viennese Jewish community, told the Austrian national public broadcaster ORF that members of the Jewish community have been subjected to verbal abuse and spitting. He said the violence has been directed at those who are identifiable by their clothes as being Jewish and that there was no physical violence, according to the German news agency DPA, citing the ORF report.

Jun 18 15:50

How The Ultimate BP Gulf Disaster Could Kill Millions

...Death from the depths

With the emerging evidence of fissures, the quiet fear now is the methane bubble rupturing the seabed and exploding into the Gulf waters. If the bubble escapes, every ship, drilling rig and structure within the region of the bubble will instantaneously sink. All the workers, engineers, Coast Guard personnel and marine biologists measuring the oil plumes' advance will instantly perish...

Jun 18 14:26

Vietnamese Purchasing More Gold Than Any Other People On The Planet

Buying 500 Vietnamese taels of gold, a large but not exceptional purchase equivalent to a little under 19 kilogrammes, takes more than 2.5 times that weight in local bank notes...

...Per dollar of income, the Vietnamese consume more gold on average than anyone else on earth: in 2009, more than twice as much as Indians, 10 times as much as Chinese and 44 times as much as Americans, according to World Gold Council data...

Jun 18 12:40

Twenty-Two Reasons Why American Working People Hate the State

Why does the rightwing attack on “Big Government” increasingly resonate with working people?

Liberals claim wage and salaried workers are acting against their “self-interest”, citing government welfare programs like social security and unemployment payments. Progressives argue that workers hostile to the state are ‘racists”, “fundamentalists” and/or irrational, blinded by misplaced fears of threats to individual freedoms.

I will argue there are many sound, rational, material reasons for working people to be in revolt against the state.

Jun 18 11:28

In jail for being in debt

You committed no crime, but an officer is knocking on your door. More Minnesotans are surprised to find themselves being locked up over debts.

Consumer attorneys say such arrests are increasing in many states, including Arkansas, Arizona and Washington, driven by a bad economy, high consumer debt and a growing industry that buys bad debts and employs every means available to collect.

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Watch for a wave of these kinds of laws enabling these kinds of arrests to spread nationally.

Jun 18 08:48

Shooting and Sobbing by Gilad Atzmon

Hold your breath. This in not a joke, this is not a satire. It is real almost as much as it is pathetic. Israeli Ynet just reported that the images of captured Israeli commandos published in Turkish papers opened “...old wounds among those Israeli commandos involved in similar circumstances. Thus far, at least four combat soldiers have reported worsening of their (mental) condition”

Jun 18 08:28

BP's next challenge: Disposal of tainted sludge (BP saying waste is not toxic)

Oil giant BP is facing a huge new challenge in disposing of the millions of gallons of potentially toxic oil sludge its crews are collecting from the Gulf of Mexico, according to industry experts and veterans of past spills.

Crews so far have skimmed and sucked up 21.1 million gallons of oil mixed with water, according to the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command. Because the out-of-control well may continue spewing for months, that total almost certainly will surge.

BP's plan for handling the gooey mess, written in conjunction with the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana officials, calls for reclaiming or recycling as much as possible.

Jun 18 07:34

Libertarian Senate Candidate Snitker Crashes Press Event, Demands To Be Heard

When the Florida Press Association invited U.S. Senate candidates to speak to the media at the Ritz-Carlton on Thursday, there was one name absent from the list. Charlie Crist, Republican Marco Rubio, and Democrat Kendrick Meek all made the list. Even long-shot Democrat billionaire Jeff Greene was included...

Jun 18 05:02

Yo Adrian!

Apparently sources close to Gary Brooks Faulkner maintain he is not crazy, not a psychopath, and not a sociopath. Ok, admittedly with ‘Yo Adrian!’ I am mixing up my Hollywood metaphors but I could not think of anything noteworthy that Rambo ever said……..but Rocky has some quality one-liners...

Jun 18 03:51

Stephen Lendman : End Gaza Siege

Resisting the Occupation and Siege
Millions worldwide demand it. So does the Arab League, according to an Al Jazeera June 13 report quoting Amr Moussa, Arab League secretary-general, saying:

“This blockade….must be lifted and must be broken and the Arab League decision is very clear in this regard.”

On June 13, Moussa commented after visiting Gaza for talks with Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, Haaretz reporting he’s the highest Arab official to do so since Hamas’ 2006 election, after which an Israeli/West embargo followed, then the June 2007 siege.

Moussa entered through Rafah after Egypt reopened it following the Freedom Flotilla massacre, saying it will continue indefinitely.

According to Haaretz:

Jun 18 03:46

Wiles : Rise People, Rise

By Rich Wiles

Through the recent murderous events in international waters Israel has once again shown its true colours and its total disregard for humanity. From the global reaction over the last week it seems that, for once, a huge majority of people around the world have seen these attacks in a clear light. Let us call a massacre a massacre. Whilst these atrocities have clearly appalled millions of people, the inhumanity of the Zionist regime should have come as no surprise, for this is nothing new.

Jun 18 03:40

Australian Parliament : Julia Irwin MP’s Adjournment debate speech and Minister Craig Emerson’s reply 16June10

MUST READ:

Editors Note: Mrs Julia Irwin’s MP adjournment debate speech on 16th June, 2010 in the Australian Parliament and the Government minister Dr Craig Emerson’s shameful disassociation on behalf of the government at the conclusion of the adjournment debate.

If Craig Emerson’s comment reflects the Labor Party’s policy on this matter as Israel and its merciless treatment of the whole nation of Palestine is clearly reprehensible, then sadly the compromised parliamentarians both in Australia and in the US Congress is an indication that Israel has captured and is dictating the foreign policies of both countries and whereas one could once have expected an independent stance on matters of importance from Australia, such as the Middle East, this appears not to be the case.

Jun 18 03:31

PRESS TV: Franklin Lamb ‘Israeli inquiry into aid attack doomed to fail’

On May 31, Israeli navy commandos launched a deadly attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters as the aid convoy was heading toward the besieged Gaza Strip, killing 20 people.

Defying repeated international calls for a transparent and credible probe into the incident, Israel’s cabinet approved the establishment of an “independent public commission” to probe the legal aspects of the deadly operation.

What follows is Press TV’s interview with Dr. Franklin Lamb, an international lawyer, about the investigation into the attack.

Press TV: Dr. Lamb, will the one-sided investigation by Israel be regarded as a legitimate one by the international community?

Jun 18 03:28

Alison Weir: The NYT and Israel’s Flotilla “Inquiry”

Israel’s Flotilla “Investigation” – Accused Murderer Chooses Own Jury; Court Reporter is Family Member

Isabel Kershner is the New York Times' correspondent in Israel, formerly of The Jerusalem Report and the wife of Hirsch Goodman.

The New York Times, whose regional bureau chief has a son in the Israeli military, reports that Israel has just appointed a panel charged with investigating its attack on an aid flotilla that killed nine aid volunteers, including a 19-year-old American.

Isabel Kershner, who is an Israeli citizen and has refused to answer questions about her possible family ties to the Israeli military, writes the report.

Jun 17 21:38

Obama vows to enrich himself by forcing carbon bill passage

After oil spill, Obama vows to find votes for energy bill
Wed Jun 2, 4:13 pm
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (AFP) – President Barack Obama Wednesday vowed to find the votes to pass a stalled energy bill, saying the Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe showed the need to "aggressively" seek a clean energy future.
"The only way the transition to clean energy will succeed is if the private sector is fully invested in this future -- if capital comes off the sidelines and the ingenuity of our entrepreneurs is unleashed," he said.
"The only way to do that is by finally putting a price on carbon pollution," Obama said, noting that the House of Representatives had already passed a climate change bill, which had become stalled in the Senate.

Jun 17 21:21

Flashback: Chicago Climate Exchange funded by Obama before he was POTUS

Obama’s involvement in Chicago Climate Exchange—the rest of the story
By Judi McLeod Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The same Chicago Climate Exchange promoting public rip-off was funded by Obama before he was POTUS.
Even as man-made global warming is being exposed as a money-generating hoax, Obama is working feverishly to push the controversial cap-and-trade carbon reduction scheme through Congress.
Obama was never the character he created for himself in the fairy-tale version in “Dreams of My Father”. He’s the agent of Change and Hope for cohorts making money down at the Chicago Climate Exchange.

Jun 17 21:17

Crime inc ~ RICO Investigation Needed NOW about Gulf, Energy & CCX

Crime inc ~ RICO Investigation Needed NOW about Gulf, Energy & CCX
2010 June 9
by Greg Hedgepath
The White House is right in the middle of the cover-up:
Contrary to early reports from the Obama Administration that it was not aware of the catastrophic nature of the Gulf oil spill, newly-released Coast Guard logs show that the government knew within hours that the spill would be devastating.
Reports indicate Obama is to use the Oil Spill Disaster to renew a push for Cap & Trade. This is made more suspicious by his apparent delay and even obstruction of solutions:

Jun 17 18:42

Alan Hart: Why Really Was The USS Liberty Attacked By Israel ?

The following is my keynote address to the annual re-union dinner of the Liberty Veterans’ Association – Long Island, 12 June 2010.

I want to begin by saying that though I covered wars wherever they were taking place on Planet Earth in my television reporting days – it was in Vietnam as a very young correspondent that I first started to ask myself questions about why things are as they are in the world – I am an Englishman and one who didn’t serve in his country’s armed forces. (Not because I was a draft dodger. Conscription had ended). So it is both an honour and a privilege for me to be with you this evening. And please believe me, I really mean it. I’m not a politician just saying it.

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