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June 20, 2010

Jun 20 10:41

Bank failure is 83rd in '10; pace more than double last year's

Regulators on Friday shut down a Nevada bank, raising to 83 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.

The 83 closures so far this year is more than double the pace set in all of 2009, which was itself a brisk year for shutdowns. By this time last year, regulators had closed 40 banks. The pace has accelerated as banks' losses mount on loans made for commercial property and development.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And you've got Biden and Obama touting this as the "Recovery Summer"?!?

Are these men barking mad?!?!?

Jun 20 10:36

Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism

Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security, the nation's homeland security chief said Friday.

As terrorists increasingly recruit U.S. citizens, the government needs to constantly balance Americans' civil rights and privacy with the need to keep people safe, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Homeland Security Chief Napolitano: what you are proposing has nothing to do with the security of this country, and you know it.

The best possible approach to the security of the US is to not be mucking about in other people's countries in order to obtain, by force, resources and/or access to those resources, the US government somehow claims as their own. Of course, not doing that would be...logical.

What this "monitoring" is ultimately going to devolve into is the absolute suppression of any logical, reasonable difference of opinion with that of the government on its domestic or foreign policies.

Jun 20 10:34

China forex move could thwart U.S. hopes - Roubini

China's decision to move away from its currency peg might mean the yuan weakens against the dollar instead of strengthens as Washington wants, Nouriel Roubini, one of Wall Street's most closely followed economists, said on Saturday.

Jun 20 10:33

Operation Plumbat

In 1968 Israel managed to obtain 200 tonnes of yellowcake shipped out of Antwerp to Genoa for a European front company by transferring the ore to another vessel at sea. This Mossad covert operation violated Euratom controls of nuclear materials.[1][2]

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jun 20 10:31

Aussie scientist's body found in Canadian river

"I still find it hard to believe that he was going for a walk at 11:30 at night when he had to work the next morning," he said.

Jun 20 10:30

WeAreChangeLA sends Karl Rove and his B.S. packing

Jun 20 10:29

Body in Ottawa River likely scientist's: friend

Cranswick's role as a scientist at the Chalk River facility led to speculation and international attention after he disappeared, but police said there was no evidence suggesting foul play.

But the disappearance was strange: Cranswick vanished after taking out the garbage not long after finishing work on Jan. 18. His car was still in his garage and his wallet and personal belongings were in his unlocked house.

Jun 20 10:28

US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran

Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza. Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships with thousands of soldiers, according to the British-based Arabic language newspaper Al Quds al-Arabi.

One day prior to the report on Saturday, Voice of Israel government radio reported that the Egyptian government denied an Israeli request not to allow the Iranian flotilla to use the Suez Canal to reach Gaza, in violation of the Israeli sea embargo on the Hamas-controlled area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This Iranian flagged, Red Crescent aid ship will probably be used as the pretext for starting a US/Israeli military attack against Iran. And if such an attack happens on a Iranian-flagged humanitarian aid ship, Iran has the high moral ground here; not the US and Israel.

Take a look at the map:


Having transited the Suez Canal, that puts this very formidable military force into the Gulf of Aden. From there, they will travel northeast, until they reach the Persian Gulf.

No matter where the Iranian aid ships are coming from, when the US and Israeli ships get to the Persian Gulf, watch for a confrontation.

Tel Aviv and Washington desperately need a distraction right now; for the Israeli government, it is away from the flotilla massacre, and for Washington, it is the away from the BP catastrophe, two failed wars, and an economic meltdown.

Jun 20 10:27

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 10:16

May foreclosures in state double

The state’s foreclosure crisis continued in May as the number of homeowners who lost their properties more than doubled compared with the same month a year ago, according to data released yesterday.

Jun 20 10:16

US cautions Pakistan over pipeline deal with Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pakistan said it was a done deal with Iran when signed the agreement.
Now Holbrooke is in Pakistan to twist arms..because the agreement signed between Pakistan and Iran is in conflict with US sanctions approach..!!

Jun 20 10:12

Three Gates Blocked to Israeli Ship NOW @ Oakland Docks; Live Webcam Updates

This could be history; a first in the United States; joining actions in many countries.

Just left the Oakland Docks where 300 people are blocking the entrances to two gates into the berth where the Israeli Zim cargo ship is to be unloaded. The action started this morning at 5:30am PST. The longshore workers are scheduled to start their shift at 7:00 and 8:00 am this morning.

Jun 20 10:08


Israeli occupation forces today in Beit Jala engaged in beatings, burning of fields, and attacking peaceful demonstrators, bystanders, and reporters. Two young Palestinians: Mohammed Masalma and Thaer Mahmoud were injured after severe beatings with hands and clubs (they were both near their homes and not participating in the demonstration). Several demonstrators were also roughed-up. Occupation enforcers also attacked six reporters and prevented them from doing their job of covering the event

Jun 20 10:02

4,171 on Oahu have no homes

The number of homeless on Oahu is up by about 15 percent -- or 533 people -- from 2009, according to a new "point-in-time" count that providers say highlights the need for continued attention to one of the biggest social crises in the state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All we need to do is tell the TSA to stop treating our tourists like they are concentration camp inmates and we can get the state back on track!

Jun 20 09:59

Stop the bullets! A call to end the use of live ammunition against unarmed civilians in the Gaza ‘buffer zone’

The catastrophic Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which left 9 dead, has rightly horrified the international community. However, lethal force by the Israeli military is nothing new to Palestinians. In the Gaza 'buffer zone’, live ammunition is routinely used against unarmed demonstrators and farmers.

Farmers attempting to cultivate land in the 'buffer zone’ are routinely met with barrages of live ammunition and occasional artillery shells. Exacerbating widespread poverty and malnutrition, farmers cannot access one third of their land without facing extreme danger.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to "normal" for Gazan Palestinians.

Jun 20 09:58

French cinema chain pulls Israeli film in protest

A small French cinema chain has made waves by postponing this month’s showing of an Israeli comedy to protest the country’s deadly May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

The Utopia cinema chain replaced “Five Hours from Paris” with the documentary “Rachel,” about Rachel Corrie, an American student crushed to death by a bulldozer in 2003 while protesting Israeli house demolitions in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

French theater owners have more balls than President Obama!

Jun 20 09:56

Slide in shipping shows global recovery running out of steam

Europe’s woes are showing early signs of stalling the recovery of global trade. The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of global shipping that is followed closely by economists, is suddenly raising red flags over the pace of the economic rebound.

Jun 20 09:56

Act would be disastrous in light of our country's economic situation

Clearly, our economy is still in bad shape. Unemployment and the state of the real estate market, key indicators of economic strength, are still suffering.

Despite this, Congress might pass the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. This bill raises taxes on investment partnerships in real estate and other ventures by more than 150 percent and will stifle economic activity. Rep. Zack Space joined his Democrat colleagues in voting "yes," and the U.S. Senate might vote on the legislation soon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any increase in any tax will doom the economy. The only chance in hell there is to save the present system is to cut all taxes by 50%, which is easy to do if we stop wasting trillions of dollars killing Israel's enemies aro9und the world!

Jun 20 09:55

Central Command chief reassures Senate on July 2011 “withdrawal” date: No US military exit from Afghanistan

In congressional testimony this week, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of American forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, made clear that the July 2011 timeline announced last December by President Obama to begin withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan could be extended.

He further stressed that the date did not imply either a rapid drawdown of troops or an early end to the nearly 9-year war. On the contrary, Petraeus and other top officials, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, used congressional hearings to underscore Washington’s commitment to the indefinite military occupation of Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise.

Jun 20 09:54

Foreclosures Still Piling Up

Let's check in on San Diego foreclosure activity. This indicator is only marginally useful because, as discussed many times previously, much of San Diego's foreclosed inventory has been kept off the market. When new homes go into foreclosure, they may increase the backlog of "shadow inventory" but they don't necessarily have any immediate effect on supply. Still, it's worth looking at how fast that backlog is building.

Jun 20 09:50


‘Sometimes the Israeli government does not make it easy for its friends to explain why it behaves the way it does,’ says aid minister Dirk Niebel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stop being a friend!

Jun 20 09:49


Israel’s separation wall, twice the height of the former Berlin Wall and more than 750km-long, is a much hated barrier in the Palestinian West Bank.

Now, a restaurant owner in the occupied Palestinian West Bank has come up with unique way to please World Cup fans: he has been showing every match of the tournament on a section of the wall, transforming it into a giant screen.

Jun 20 09:49

Unrest in Pakistan: Moving Beyond "the U.S. National Interest"

“The military is the muscle that protects the ruling elite from the wrath of the people,” says Pakistani political analyst Dr. Mubashir Hassan. “Right now, people are out on the street; blocking roads, attacking railway stations, etc. If you read the papers, it seems as though a general uprising has started all over Pakistan.”

Dr. Hassan says that sporadic outbursts of anger in Pakistan won’t coalesce into a people’s revolution anytime soon. The demonstrators are too disorganized. But, the sheer volume of daily protests shows that many sectors of Pakistani society have pressing needs and priorities that do not include enlistment as foot soldiers in a proxy force for the United States’ War on Terror.

Jun 20 09:48


An Israeli that goes abroad and stays there for a period of two to six years can return to Israel with the full ‘rights’ of a new immigrant. This includes the tax free purchases of home essentials, an automobile, and a good rate on a mortgage.

A Palestinian from Jerusalem that goes abroad for purposes of education or work CANNOT RETURN TO HIS HOME…

Jun 20 09:48

Israel screws up? Time to wag the fake Al Qaeda!

American-Born Militant Spokesman Says Obama Must Withdraw Troops, Stop Backing Israel and Leave Muslims Alone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Long time readers will recall, that Adam Gadahn is actually Adam Pearlman, the grandson of a member of the board of the ADL. Like the other "American Al Qaeda" Youssef Al-Khatabb (real name Joseph Cohen) of Brooklyn, these guys are fakes, used by the media to keep you scared of those mean ol' Muslims we all gotta go kill for Israel!

Jun 20 09:46

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 09:39

Report: Delay in launch of Lebanon Gaza-bound flotilla

Earlier Sunday, Israel informed the United Nations and - through diplomatic channels - the Lebanese government that it reserves the right to use all means necessary to stop ships seeking to breach the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a big pressure put on Lebanese government to stop the flotilla from sailing by many countries including USA.

Israel is going crazy over this flotilla because it is carrying nuns.
Israel is in touch with the Vatican seeking help in disallowing the sailing of this flotilla.

Because Israel cannot attack nuns,and claim self defence, now the Israelis linking this flotilla to Hizbollah..and that's the sell now..in most US media.

Israel has committed an act of war, attacking a US-flagged ship and Americans in international waters; the same crime and for the same reason that Japan attacked US-flagged ships and Americans in 1941. The present government's pathetic roll-over to the attacking nation should end any doubts that Ariel Sharon was not kidding when he stated "We the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it!"

Jun 20 09:35

Flotilla Check: Facts and Israeli Lies

Flouting international demands for an independent investigation of its deadly attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla in international waters, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formed an internal commission composed of three Israelis and two, non-voting international observers. The commission chair, retired Israeli Supreme Court justice Jacob Turkel, expressed his hope that the panel would finish its work as "quickly" as possible. And Netanyahu has promised that the "Gaza flotilla probe will show the world Israel acted lawfully." Both comments leave many observers wondering how seriously the findings of a quick, internal investigation with a seemingly pre-determined outcome can be taken.

Jun 20 09:33

The Red Cross and Israeli MPs prevented from knowing location of secret prison

It now seems clear that the Red Cross and, indeed, members of Israel's parliament, are being stopped by Israeli intelligence services from finding out the location of what has been called a "secret prison". The MP for the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, Dr. Dov Hanin, has filed an enquiry to the Israeli Internal Security Minister, Yitzhak Aheronovic, regarding an unidentified prisoner at Ayalon Prison, Department 15. The prisoner, whose details were referred to on the Ynet website, and then quickly removed, has been held in total isolation and prevented from having visits or giving any information about himself to the officers who guard him. Nobody claims any knowledge of the reasons for the said prisoner to be in this situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In contrast, the Red Cross was allowed access to all the German slave labor camps, and kept permanent offices and staffs in many of them.

Jun 20 09:29

Turkish Doctor Describes Treating Israeli Commandos During Raid on Mavi Marmara

With my broken English I tried to tell them that I was a doctor and there was no need to be afraid and that nobody was going to hurt them. They relaxed after a while and watched us running around, jumping from one patient to another in tears, faced with our friends bathed in blood. I also asked our assistants to keep an eye on them so that they would not be threatened.

We could have as well left them to their fate, but this is not the humanity that we act with. We asked photographers not to film in the medical center and I have no idea how and when that picture was taken but God never leaves good deeds unheard. That picture shows the difference between the Israelis and us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the real account of what happened on the Mavi Marmara.

Jun 20 09:28

Israel Planned Iran Attack From Caucasus Base

A week ago, Israel leaked to the press that they had permission from Saudi Arabia to use their air space to attack Iran. The Saudi’s quickly denied this. The effort on Israel’s part was a ruse to cover their real plans, to attack from the Republic of Georgia, close to Iran’s northern border. However, the breakdown in relations with Turkey after miscalculating the response to their Flotilla raid on a Turkish ship in international waters may have ended this operation.

Israel, whose arms agreements with Turkey mounted to nearly $5 billion dollars over a period of years, had been training pilots in Turkey for bombing attacks on Iran. During these training missions, Israel was smuggling aircraft through Turkish airspace.

Jun 20 09:23

Former Marine Had Hands Raised When Shot

The unarmed former Marine fatally shot by an off-duty Baltimore police officer outside a Mount Vernon bar early Saturday had his hands in the air when the officer fired 13 rounds, striking him nine times in the chest and groin, according to department sources.

Two top police commanders said Thursday that four witnesses -- two friends of victim Tyrone Brown and two bystanders -- corroborated that version of events in taped interviews with homicide detectives and prosecutors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time to take the guns away from the cops and give them back to the people.

Jun 20 09:22

Getting Out of Palestine?

Although the Israel lobby expressed particular outrage at Helen Thomas’ suggestion that Israelis go back to Germany and Poland, many Israelis have done precisely that. In his book, The Seventh Million, Tom Segev writes that many thousands of Israelis have “requested and received German passports.” According to the Jewish Virtual Library, there were 118,000 Jews living in Germany in 2006. Another 49,700 lived in Hungary and 3,200 in Poland.

Jun 20 09:20

Iran, Pakistan sign gas export deal

Jun 20 09:17

Future looks bleak for Gulf: Alaska STILL hasn't recovered from Exxon Valdez disaster 21 years later

"There it is. That's oil coming out. I can smell the hydrocarbons," he said as gumball-sized tar balls bubbled up. "It's just poison soup is what that really amounts to."

Kopchak, a fisherman for 36 years, wasn't standing on a contaminated beach in Louisiana or Florida.

His rubber boots were planted on Prince William Sound in Alaska, where the Exxon Valdez hit a reef and dumped 11 million gallons of crude in March 1989 - far less than the estimated 73.5 million to 126 million gall

Jun 20 09:09

Abuse at the Hands of the Most Moral Army in the World

Jun 20 09:08

Thousands of Israelis flock back to Germany

Unsurprisingly, once World War II was over and the new state of Israel came into being in 1948, the few Jews who had miraculously survived were loath to stay in Germany, in the "Land der Taeter" ("country of the perpetrators").

But today, decades later, with an ever-dwindling number of Holocaust survivors still around, the scars are slowly healing and Germany is becoming an attractive place to live for many Israelis.

A steady trickle has been returning to make use of a law allowing descendants to claim German citizenship.

Jun 20 09:07

American Military Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan Now Exceed 500,000

Since 2001, the Pentagon has sought to downplay overall U.S. military losses by artfully redefining what is a combat-related “casualty.” It has published and then changed the rules several times regarding the reporting of casualties. Currently the Pentagon uses DoD Instruction 1300.18 to arbitrarily separate out “wounded in action” from non-battle injuries. Wounded in action is narrowly defined to essentially be an injury directly caused by an adversary. So called “friendly fire” injuries and deaths would apparently not be counted. The emphasis is on acute injuries caused by enemy munitions which pierce or penetrate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Every single one of our Vets returning home from service deserves the same level of medical care Dick Cheney gets: they have earned it.

Unfortunately, they have earned this care for service which had nothing to do with the safety of the US, but everything to do with potential private profit in oil, minerals, and drugs.

Jun 20 09:07

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 09:03

Limbaugh Represents a Deep and Serious Pathology in our Society

Limbaugh is paid to divert the frustration, anger and confusion of whites – who have been shafted by the Reagan Revolution's elevation of America's relative tiny super wealthy population and predatory global corporations – toward scapegoats, usually of the swarthy, female, or gay side, not to mention the all-encompassing target of “liberals.” To whites who are economically dispossessed by the Reagan redistribution of income to the wealthy, “liberals” are to blame for taking their now reduced income – if they are lucky enough to have a job – and, according to Rush, redistributing it to the poor (of course, his bilious innuendo is pointed squarely at minorities, even though most people on welfare and unemployment are white, but we're dealing with propaganda fiction here.)

Jun 20 08:57

Report: Lebanon forbids launch of Gaza-bound flotilla

Earlier Sunday, Haaretz reported that Israel had initiated diplomatic efforts designed to prevent the departure of at least one vessel, carrying 50 to 70 Lebanese women and food aid. Israel has been in touch with the UN, United States, France, Spain and Germany. It has also been speaking with the Vatican because the ship is expected to include several dozen Catholic nuns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shame on Lebanon's government. And they wonder why the people are turning to Hezbollah!

Jun 20 08:56

Tel-Aviv school principal to face Knesset Committee over his outspoken views against the occupation

On Monday, June 21, I am to appear before the Knesset Education Committee and the Minister of Education, Mr. Gideon Saar, following my unequivocal words to my students, condemning the 43 year-old occupation and rule over the life of the Palestinian people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Supporting a state when it is wrong is not the duty of a citizen; it is the duty of a slave.

Jun 20 08:52

Today's attack by Israeli forces and more

Jun 20 08:51

Turkish troops enter Iraq after Kurd rebel attacks

Turkish forces pushed into northern Iraq on Sunday, killing four people, including a 15-year-old girl, as they hit back against hideouts of Kurdish rebels who killed 12 soldiers in the deadliest spell of violence in two years.

The ground incursion into Iraq -- only the second in more than two years -- came after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to fight the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) "to the end" in response to what he called the "cowardly" assault by its fighters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: neither the Iraqi nor the US military have any control on the ground at the Turkish-Northern Iraqi border!

Jun 20 08:48

BP’s plan: Raise $50 billion, sue business partners

BP is trying to raise 50 billion dollars to cover the cost of the Gulf of Mexico spill and is preparing to sue its partners in the oil field, British newspapers said on Sunday.

The Sunday Telegraph said BP is readying to take legal action against US firm Anadarko, its main partner in the field, for its share of the clean-up costs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

50 billion won't even begin to pay for the clean up of this catastrophe.

Watch Congress and the White House figure out some way to make taxpayers pay the lion's share of cleanup costs.

Jun 20 08:46

Israel Preparing To Repeat The “Marmara” Scenario, Lebanon to Respond

Lebanon is preparing to explain its position at the UN Security Council in response to Israeli threats to prevent ships that could sail from Lebanese ports in an attempt to break the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip, Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Sunday.

Jun 20 08:41

Because it can never be repeated enough: 9/11 Experiments: Collapse vs. Demolition

Any theory that does not match experiment is wrong. It doesn't matter what the computer models predict, how much funding is behind it, what the experts say, or what everyone "thinks". Nothing can fool the laws of physics.

2 videos at link.

Jun 20 08:18

The One State Solution Sounds Like a Good Idea, But …

Solving the problem of Israel/Palestine isn’t rocket science: the solution is obvious. We just have to get serious about it.

It is becoming clear even to very slow learners that a European settler-colonialist society based on ethnocentric identity, established in the middle of the 20th Century no less, in the midst of people with whom they have little or nothing in common, aggressively alienating their new neighbors through the establishment of an Apartheid state based on blatant racism, and carving out ever more territory for itself through ethnic cleansing and remorseless genocide, never really had much of a future.

Jun 20 08:09

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 07:49

Chevron (CVX) in the Amazon – Oil Rights or Human Rights? Texaco's legacy, Chevron's responsibility

"Our health has been damaged seriously by the contamination caused by Texaco. Many people in our community now have red stains on their skin and others have been vomiting and fainting. Some little children have died because their parents did not know they should not drink the river water."

Jun 20 07:37

Ron Paul Calls Out Neoconservatives By Name

Jun 20 07:26

Sorry, Trillions in Unmined Mineral Wealth Is Not a Reason to Keep Occupying Afghanistan

Our leaders are now boldly selling wars as commendable instruments of such profit-focused imperialism.

Jun 20 07:25

Louisiana lawmakers propose prayer to stop oil disaster

Next up: a plea for Superman to save the day

Jun 20 07:11

The St. Petersburg Times’ Poor Excuse For A Blog

Over the last several years we’ve seen an explosion of blogs. These websites have become increasingly popular and pose a serious threat to the influence of conventional media outlets...

Jun 20 07:06

Armada of U.S. and Israeli Warships Head for Iran

June 20, 2010
More than twelve U.S. and Israeli warships, including an aircraft carrier, passed through the Suez Canal on Friday and are headed for the Red Sea. “According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years,” reported the London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi on Saturday.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Egyptian opposition members criticized the government for cooperating with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allowing the passage of the ships through Egyptian territorial waters. The Red Sea is the most direct route to the Persian Gulf from the Mediterranean.

Jun 20 06:56

Large oil spills are old news in the Niger Delta

BIG oil spills are no longer news in the Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface. This once-verdant area has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are lifeless.

Perhaps no place on earth has been as battered by oil, experts say, leaving residents here astonished at the non-stop attention paid to the gusher half a world away in the Gulf of Mexico. It was only a few weeks ago, they say, that a burst pipe, belonging to Shell, was finally shut after flowing for two months. Now nothing living moves in a black-and-brown world once teeming with shrimp and crab.

Jun 20 06:17

A note of appreciation from the Elite

Let's be honest: you'll never win the lottery.

On the other hand, the chances are pretty good that you'll slave away at some miserable job the rest of your life. That's because you were in all likelihood born into the wrong social class. Let's face it — you're a member of the working caste. Sorry!

As a result, you don't have the education, upbringing, connections, manners, appearance, and good taste to ever become one of us. In fact, you'd probably need a book the size of the yellow pages to list all the unfair advantages we have over you. That's why we're so relieved to know that you still continue to believe all those silly fairy tales about "justice" and "equal opportunity" in America.

Jun 20 05:37

Yet Another Reason Why Cops Should Not Have Guns

here are two Fascist Fuzz killing a dog which was chained to the back of a truck. Why they were even bothering this dog (Where was the owner?) is beyond me. Why wasn’t the local ASPCA called in—or at least someone who knew how to handle this situation?

Jun 20 04:39

The Israeli Role in the Plundering of Iceland-Part 1

May 22, 2010
By:Chris Bollyn
Part One


The discovery of large amounts of Super-Thermite in the dust of the World Trade Center is solid scientific proof that the government and media version of 9-11 is nothing but a pack of treasonous lies. The evidence indicates that the Twin Towers were exploded using sophisticated nano-composite forms of Thermite and cutter charges. Thanks to the Internet, the truth about 9-11 is out and understood by millions of people across America and around the world.

Jun 20 03:51

Will currency float help U.S.-China relations?

China’s surprise announcement that it will continue floating its currency after a nearly two-year hiatus is catching the financial world by surprise.

After Chinese leaders denied for months they would cave to international pressure, the Saturday announcement by China’s central bank is widely seen as a way to defuse the issue from being raised at next week’s G-20 summit in Toronto, especially since China’s May exports shot up nearly 50 percent year-on-year. But is that the whole story?

Jun 20 01:30

The NRA's Deal with the Devil

Disappointment does not come from opponents; it comes from friends.

Earlier this week, the NRA issued a statement when it was becoming known that Democrats had cut a deal exempting the NRA from coverage under the DISCLOSE Act, which is the Nancy Pelosi-Chuck Schumer response to the Citizens United First Amendment decision by the Supreme Court that targets free speech.

The NRA's initial statement of justification reflected the logical inconsistency of the NRA's position, to wit:

Jun 20 00:55

New York Times Planted Story on Afghan Mineral Wealth Designed to Prolong US Occupation, Spur Neocon-Backed Petraeus Presidential Candidacy

To provide a new and spurious economic looting argument for making the US occupation of Afghanistan virtually endless, and to advance the candidacy of General David Petraeus as the principal neocon warmonger candidate for president on the Republican ticket in 2012 – these are the purposes of the story planted in the June 13, 2010 New York Times under the byline of James Risen, who is acting as stenographer for the neocons in the great tradition of his predecessor Judith Miller. In retrospect, this article may well be seen as the opening gun of an overt push to place General Petraeus in the White House in 2012 as the new Field Marshal von Hindenburg.

Jun 20 00:19

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.

June 19, 2010

Jun 19 22:44

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.


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 20:49

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

*hyperlinks live at source*

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 20:21

Oil spill: BP to sue partner in Gulf oil well

BP is preparing to sue its main partner in the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil field for its share of clean-up costs after the company, Anadarko, said BP's behaviour revealed "gross negligence" and that the ­accident was preventable.

Jun 19 20:20

BSkyB fears 'Foxisation' by Murdoch

The BSkyB board is to demand assurances from News Corporation that it will not allow what has been described as a "Foxisation" of its successful services before it recommends any deal with Rupert Murdoch for a full takeover of the broadcaster.

Jun 19 20:17

Incredible sharp images of galaxy 26,000 light years away taken by telescope that beats Hubble

A ground-based telescope has taken the sharpest images ever seen of deep space.

The new system, installed on the $120 million Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on Mount Graham in Arizona, has delivered images three times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope.
The telescope captured this clean, sharp image of a galaxy known as the M92 cluster which is around 26,000 light years away.

The telescope's extraordinary success is down to a technology known as adaptive optics

Jun 19 18:33

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 18:25


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.



Jun 19 17:03

Oil Cleanup Workers Not Paid On Time

The WDSU newsroom has fielded dozens of calls from people who say they're helping to clean up the oil but aren't getting paid for their work.

A group of response workers in Metairie said they waited on checks that never came this week. The person who hired them said it's all a mix-up.

The workers said they have been coming to work for weeks, but come payday, the checks never came.

"It has been hot. We have been promised stuff, and they lied to us," a worker said. "They're taking money, keeping money from us. Everything they tell us is a lie."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The owners of Tamarah, the BP contractor, had better get their act together, or they may find a horde of furious workers pounding on their doors come Monday.

Jun 19 16:55

Pentagon revives Rumsfeld-era domestic spying unit

The Defense Intelligence Agency filed notice this week that it plans to create a new section called Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation Records, whose purpose will be to "document intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism and counternarcotic operations relating to the protection of national security."

But while the unit's name refers to "foreign intelligence," civil liberties advocates and the Pentagon's own description of the program suggest that Americans will likely be included in the new database.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like this is intended to be the US's version version the old Soviet Union's KGB.

Jun 19 15:10

Money for aid - read this carefully


The State Department confirmed that nearly every offer of equipment or expertise from a foreign government since the April 20 oil rig explosion would require the U.S. to reimburse that country.

The offers reveal a hard truth about the United States' international friendships: With the U.S. widely regarded as the world's wealthiest nation, there is a double standard regarding foreign aid after a crisis, especially with offers from relatively poor countries.

U.S. disaster aid is almost always free of charge; other nations expect the U.S. to pay for help.

At least the story mentions Israel....

Jun 19 13:21

Arab-Israeli Parliamentarian Fights Death Threats

"I stopped counting after I had received 50 death threats. I told my secretary not to tell me about them any more," Arab-Israeli Knesset (parliament) member, Haneen Zoabi told IPS.

"As a result of the death threats I’ve been given personal body guards both within the Knesset and outside," adds Zoabi.

Zoabi, a member of the Arab-Israeli political party Balad, was on board the ‘Mavi Marmara’, part of the Free Gaza (FG) flotilla, when it was attacked by Israeli commandos in international waters as it tried to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza several weeks ago.

Jun 19 12:52

Erdogan: We Will Not Remain Silent after Flotilla Raid

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan said Friday that his country would continue to deal with Israel's deadly attack on Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla convoy and would never stay passive towards what happened.

Anatolia news agency quoted Erdogan as saying that some people expected Turkey to remain silent and forget Israel's piracy, but this would not happen.

Jun 19 12:50

Israel wants Turkish PM out of office

An Israeli minister has called for the removal of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has condemned the deadly Israeli attack on an aid flotilla, from office.

"The Turkish people aren't the enemy, but Erdogan is Israel's enemy," Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov was quoted by the Israeli daily, Ha'aretz as saying on Saturday.

Jun 19 12:49

Capitalism’s Legacy, the Auschwitz of Palestine, and the Attack on the Free Gaza Flotilla

Israel’s government claims its military was defending Israel against “terrorists” aboard the Freedom Flotilla that was bound for Gaza with humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees in Gaza. The coalition of international human rights volunteers had no guns. The IDF was heavily armed.

Jun 19 12:46

Let’s Chant: Free, Free Palestine

What we witnessed in the Freedom Flotilla carnage was not something totally unexpected. The Israeli regime, since its establishment, has engaged in killing, denials of any wrongdoing, and then killing again. The peace activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla came from 44 countries; the least thing these countries can do is to sever ties with the Israeli regime, a criminal entity that does not understand the language of peace. However, the man who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 simply offered his “deep condolences” and called for a “credible, impartial and transparent investigation” into the issue. It seems that news is possibly being obstructed en route to Mr. Obama. Perhaps he is waiting for an investigative group to tell him what has happened.

Jun 19 11:19

FLASHBACK - Obama: troops just air raiding villages and killing civilians

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Bad when Bush did it, apparently okay now that Obama is the boss.

Jun 19 11:16

Attack on Iran to keep Israel "sole nuclear power in region."

Retired Egyptian General Amin Radi, chairman of the national security affairs committee, told the paper that "the decision to declare war on Iran is not easy, and Israel, due to its wild nature, may start a war just to remain the sole nuclear power in the region.

Jun 19 10:46

Armada of U.S. and Israeli Warships Head for Iran

More than twelve U.S. and Israeli warships, including an aircraft carrier, passed through the Suez Canal on Friday and are headed for the Red Sea. “According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years,” reported the London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel attacks Americans in international waters and the US does nothing. Iran has not invaded another country in 200 years and the armada is on the way!

Jun 19 10:43

Israel's new propaganda: OK to kill Turks because Ottoman Empire trying to come back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Israel, which justifies its theft of Palestine lands with the claim that the Jews were there first (they weren't; the Hittites were there before both of them) ansd thayt Israel has a right to "reclaim" their lost kingdom of Eratz Israel, now screams that Turkey must be the bad guy because they might be trying to "reclaim" their lost Ottoman Empire.

Jun 19 10:36

Woman is arrested for recording deputy

St. Mary's State's Attorney Richard D. Fritz (R) said Tuesday that "one may not surreptitiously record another person,"

I suppose the answer here is to post a sign in your neighborhood stating that police will be recorded by audio and video - then it's not surreptitious

Jun 19 10:35

Watch Small Business for Employment Forecasts

There simply are no signs of life in the startup sector–not surprising given that the US government is sucking up all the financial sources of the economy along with all the available balance sheet of the US and global banking system to finance its deficit.

Until this changes employment is going to remain dead in the water. The manufacturing boomlet simply has no impact on employment.

Jun 19 10:32

Bhopal, BP and karma

Watching Hayward being mauled in front of congress on Thursday, the thoughts in the back of my mind related not so much to sympathy for the American point of view but rather for the CEO. Instead of agreeing with the generally held opinion that BP is to blame for all the problems in the Gulf of Mexico - a view that has been cemented by an apparent history of cost-cutting that led to the mishap - my feelings are now tending towards the Karmic perspective, that is, that what BP is doing to America is pretty much what American companies have done and are doing to the rest of the world.

Jun 19 10:28

Delegitimization delegation

The delegitimization campaign may reflect another passing of the baton, this time to civilian NGOs. There was no point in looking for smuggled missiles aboard the Mavi Marmara. The most effective weapons on the ship were the cameras and the resulting images that were broadcast to the Muslim world and to Europe. This is a new form of struggle, and Israel still hardly knows how to cope with it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the author of this article: Israel has needed absolutely zero assistance in creating its own delegitimization, courtesy of the brisk, ongoing annexation of Jerusalem and the West Bank, coupled with the ongoing immoral and illegal siege of Gaza.

Jun 19 10:20

Israel to UN: We reserve the right to stop Lebanon Gaza-bound flotilla

Israel's UN ambassador on Friday urged the government of Lebanon and the international community to prevent a small group of ships from trying to break the blockade of Gaza, warning that Israel reserves the right to use all necessary means to stop the vessels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel may well use the Lebanese flotilla's attempt to bring aid to Gaza as their justification for reinvading Lebanon.

I wouldn't put it past Israel to sink the flotilla, the passenger list of which is comprised primarily of Christian Lebanese women.

That's the reason the primary aid ship is named "Miriam", in honor of the mother of Jesus in the biblical account.

Jun 19 10:18

Israel threatens to arrest and try passengers of international ships bound for Gaza

Jun 19 10:14

Report: Germany rejects Israeli call to halt probe into Mossad role in Dubai killing

The German government has said it will not intervene to stop an investigation into a suspected Mossad spy linked to the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai, despite pressure from Israel, a German newspaper reported on Saturday.

A German official told Der Spiegel his ministry was united in the belief that any investigation into Uri Brodsky should be "dealt with according to purely judicial considerations".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for Germany!

Jun 19 10:12

Emergency Department Visits Involving Nonmedical Use of Selected Prescription Drugs --- United States, 2004--2008

DAWN is a public health information system that tracks the impact of drug use, misuse, and abuse in the United States by monitoring drug-related hospital ED visits. In a manner similar to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System,* DAWN uses a sample of EDs to estimate national ED visit rates (2). DAWN collects data from a stratified, simple random sample of approximately 220 nonfederal, short-stay, general hospitals that operate 24-hour EDs in the United States.

Jun 19 10:11

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 10:08

Report: UNIFIL will enforce Resolution 1701, stop flotilla if needed

Diplomatic elements in New York said that UNIFIL headquarters in the city have warned Lebanon that UN naval forces will not allow any violation of resolution 1701 and will prevent any such violation, the Lebanese newspaper as-Safir reported Saturday.

The newspaper nevertheless noted that the UNIFIL HQ in south Lebanon did not confirm the report. A senior source told as-Safir that "the naval unit's mission is to assist the Lebanese government in preventing any unauthorized transfer of weapons into Lebanon via the sea, at its request."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As very frequently happens with "reports" from Israeli on-line resources, please note that this "report" is not at all sourced.

Just who the sam hill are these "Diplomatic elements" making this claim?!?

If the report were true, these "diplomatic elements" would be named.

Jun 19 09:57

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 09:50

BP Oil Spill: As Pay Czar Promises Money, Workers Turned Away From BP Claims Center

Millions of dollars worth of claims have been filed by businesses and people who've lost their livelihoods because of the BP oil spill, but 60 days into the crisis, lawmakers say the company has paid only 12 percent of them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Jun 19 09:42

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 09:40

Gaza's humanitarian catastrophe

According to a report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 50 per cent of the children in Gaza suffer from anemia and malnutrition. Also, one million Palestinians depend on humanitarian relief for sustenance; 80 per cent of Gaza residents live below the poverty line; and employment has reached 65 per cent, especially among the youth and university graduates. Average income per day per person is only $2.

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The billions of US taxpayer dollars which goes to Israel annually helps topay for the continuation of this catastrophic, immoral and illegal siege.

Jun 19 09:35

Obama, the Supreme Court and Maher Arar: No Accountability for Torture

I am one of Arar’s lawyers, along with others at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. In twenty-five years as a civil rights and human rights lawyer, I have never handled a case of more egregious abuse. US officials not only delivered Arar to Syrian security forces that they regularly accuse of systematic torture, but did everything in their power to ensure that Arar could not get to a court to challenge their actions while he was in their custody.

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Your tax dollars at work, folks: doesn't it make you feel proud?!?