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June 11, 2010

Jun 11 12:02


Jun 11 12:01

BP Oil Disaster Could Hit Europe Via the Powerful Gulf Stream Current

A cursory look at a map of the Gulf Stream shows that the oil is not just going to cover the beaches in the Gulf, it will spread to the Atlantic coasts up through North Carolina then on to the North Sea and Iceland. And beyond the damage to the beaches, sea life and water supplies, the Gulf stream has a very distinct chemistry, composition (marine organisms), density, temperature. What happens if the oil and the dispersants and all the toxic compounds they create actually change the nature of the Gulf Stream? No one can rule out potential changes including changes in the path of the Gulf Stream, and even small changes could have huge impacts. Europe, including England, is not an icy wasteland due to the warming from the Gulf Stream.

Jun 11 12:00

IDF-hired driver: 'Why did they kill so few?'

Patriotism, or very bad taste? Civilians driving on the Trans-Israel Highway 6 on Friday could not ignore a sign posted on a bus driving on the road, which conveyed a controversial message to the commandos who took park in the interception of the Gaza-bound flotilla: "Shayetet 13, shame on you. Why did you kill so few?"

Even more surprising is that the bus itself was hired by the Israel Defense Forces and was driving soldiers home for the weekend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the way in which this allegedly took place creates distance from both the Israeli government and military, the message was clearly engineered more for international consumption, rather than domestic.

That message is that the world can expect more vicious, murderous violence from Israel for anyone daring to attempt to bring humanitarian goods of any kind into Gaza by sea.

Jun 11 11:58


Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered at the All Souls Unitarian Church in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night. They gathered to hear a first hand report from Ann Wright, a retired US Army Colonel who was a passenger on the ship that was hijacked by the Israeli Navy.

Jun 11 11:58


As the Anti-Privatization Forum of South Africa has written, “Our government has managed, in a fairly short period of time, to deliver ‘world class’ facilities and infrastructure that the majority of South Africans will never benefit from or be able to enjoy. The APF feels that those who have been so denied, need to show all South Africans as well as the rest of the world who will be tuning into the World Cup, that all is not well in this country, that a month long sporting event cannot and will not be the panacea for our problems. This World Cup is not for the poor – it is the soccer elites of FIFA, the elites of domestic and international corporate capital and the political elites who are making billions and who will be benefiting at the expense of the poor.”

Jun 11 11:55

Hypocrisy Reigns

Things internationally are so dispiriting there's nothing left to do but fantasize. I picture Turkey, as a member of NATO, demanding that the alliance come to its defense after being attacked by Israel. Under Article 5 of the NATO charter an armed attack on one member is deemed to constitute an armed attack on all members. That is the ostensible reason NATO is fighting in Afghanistan — the attack against the United States on September 11, 2001 is regarded as an attack on all NATO members (disregarding the awkward fact that Afghanistan as a country had nothing to do with the attack). The Israeli attack on a Turkish-flagged ship, operated by a Turkish humanitarian organization, killing nine Turkish nationals and wounding many more can certainly constitute an attack upon a NATO member.

Jun 11 11:53

US reaction to flotilla attack is unacceptable

Obama should have called for legal action to be taken against those who committed the piracy. He should have called for the humanitarian goods to be delivered, without hindrance, to the people of Gaza. Instead, in a bizarre interview with Larry King, Obama managed to infuriate the Arab world by saying that there had been "missiles raining down on Israeli cities along the Israel/Gaza border", which never happened. It is true that a few missiles were fired over civilian targets, which was wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those few rockets fired into Israel, hardly more than fireworks that usually seem to hit empty fields, are home-built and untraceable. Given Israel's long history of false-flag attacks, and the fact that these rockets fly when Israel most needs them to, one cannot rule out the possibility that these rockets are in fact Israeli propaganda tools.

Jun 11 11:40

Torture Of Palestinian Child Prisoners "Widespread And Institutionalised"

Each year around 700 Palestinian children are arrested, interrogated and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. From 100 testimonies, from different age groups and locations, DCI found that 69% were beaten or kicked and 81% made forced confessions during interrogations, which would commonly take place with the prisoner blindfolded and handcuffed. 32% signed confessions in Hebrew.

DCI also submitted 50 cases of children suffering extreme abuse. These include ’M.S’, 16, who was "arrested at 2am, threatened with rape, beaten with a chair, then signed a confession in Hebrew". ’Muhammad H.’, also 16, "breaks leg during arrest, hit with helmet and iron rod, nose broken".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, torturing kids is part of the "brave" behaviour against Palestinian children from "the only democracy in the Middle East"?

Torturing anyone is morally reprehensible; but the torture of children is particularly vile, and yet that is what has become institutionalized in the Israeli penal system.

Jun 11 11:39

Gaza flotilla attack: activist releases new footage

New footage has emerged of the Israeli assault on a convoy of aid ships headed to Gaza in which nine activists were killed.

The high-quality film was reportedly recorded by New York-based documentary maker Iara Lee aboard the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship that bore the brunt of the Israeli attacks.

Israel attempted to confiscate all footage recorded by participants in the Gaza Freedom flotilla – including taking away mobile phones – but Lee managed to smuggle one hour of video out of the country by hiding it in her underwear, it was reported.

Jun 11 11:37

Obama Goes with Neocon Flow on Iran

Whether wittingly or witlessly, President Barack Obama is pursuing a neocon-charted path on Iran that parallels the one that George W. Bush took to war with Iraq – ratcheting up sanctions against the “enemy,” refusing to tolerate more peaceful options, and swaggering along with the propagandistic tough-guy-ism of the major U.S. news media.

The Obama administration is celebrating its victory in getting the UN Security Council on Wednesday to approve a fourth round of economic sanctions against Iran. Obama also is expected to sign on to even more draconian penalties that should soon sail through Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We know why Obama is pushing for a war with Iran (or anyone). Absent a new war, this November's elections will be about the economy, the oil disaster, ]the already bogged down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and of course the attack by Israel on Americans in international waters and the US Government's treasonous defense of the Israelis.

Jun 11 11:35

License to Kill: Obama blurs the line between warfare and summary execution.

Nearly a decade after the September 11 attacks, we still have not settled the question of how to deal with terrorism suspects. Should they be in military or civilian custody? Should they receive trials, and if so what kind? After years of acrimonious debate, President Obama is offering a way to settle this argument once and for all: Why not just kill them?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how soon Obama will be "importing" this tactic to right here in the US, to be used against anyone with a legitimate disagreement with the US Government's domestic or foreign policies?!?

And if you think for one moment such a thing couldn't happen here in the US, you haven't been paying attention.

Senators Lieberman and McCain, who collectively never met a section of the Constitution or Bill of Rights they didn't despise, have introduced "the Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act", which would empower the U.S. military to arrest anyone, U.S. citizen or otherwise, who is suspected of terrorist associations and detain them indefinitely, without right to a trial.

How's that for "gulag-think"?!? And what mechanism is there of this provision to prevent such people from simply "disappearing" in custody? NONE.

Jun 11 11:29

Shocking Testimonials from the Mavi Marmara survivors. And one Israeli fembot by Lauren Booth

One of the most striking trends following the flotilla attack has been how quickly Israeli hasbara is being exposed by internet journalists. The doctored IOF audio clips, where amateurs with mock Arab accents hiss ‘Go back to Aushwitz’ to Israeli naval officers. Well they didn’t take long to pull apart did they? Then there are the (so-pathetic-they’re-almost-funny claims the flotilla was linked to Al Quaeda. I laughed out loud to read in an Israeli paper that humanitarian activist (and former US marine) Ken O’Keefe was going to Gaza to; ‘train a commando unit in Hamas.’ I know Ken fairly well. Quite frankly I’m not sure who should be more insulted by this stupidity him or Hamas?

Jun 11 11:27

The Banality of Occupation

While the world has been rightfully focused on the Gaza Flotilla, the banality of occupation goes on. In this video (originally posted on Coteret), a twelve year old boy is arrested in Bil’in. An international activist and the boy’s mother plead with the soldiers to release him, but the soldiers ignore them completely, with the complete power of the occupier. The child was apparently working in his olive groves with his family. As the boy is taken away, you can see, not far away at all, the buildings of the nearest settlement. Just another day in Palestine.

Jun 11 11:25

Rachel Corrie and Furkan Dogan: Murdered American Heroes

“You [Israel] killed 19-year-old Furkan Dogan brutally. Which faith, which holy book can be an excuse for killing him? ... The sixth commandment says, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ Did you not understand? I'll say again. I say in English, ‘You shall not kill.’ Did you still not understand? So I'll say to you in your own language. I say in Hebrew, ‘Lo Tirtzakh.’” – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 4 June 2010

In the past seven years, two Americans were unjustly, maliciously and violently killed by the Israel “Defense” Forces (IDF). Both had unwittingly given their lives for Gaza, and in the aftermath of their murders, their government forsook them.

Jun 11 11:24

Boehner : Taxpayers–Should Help Pay For Oil Spill

Congressional Democrats and the White House are toying with different ways to force BP to cover the costs of damages from the Gulf oil spill. But they face stiff opposition from industry...and it seems leading Republicans. In response to a question from TPMDC, House Minority Leader John Boehner said he believes taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The essential nature of a fascist economy is that profits are kept private, but losses are socialized across the general population. Now We The People did not blow up that well. And the US Government is supposed, via the MMS, to oversee the safety of the drilling process. But even though the MMS was already plagued with corruption and incompetency scandals when Obama took office, Obama was too busy taking care of Israel to bother with the American people; a triage he maintains to this very day.

So why should We The People pay for BP's screwup and the US Government's failure to keep watch on this nation's infrastructure? Of course, we know that one way or the other the people get stuck with the bills, either through taxes or increased prices for oil products, but the kowtowing to the oil company in an election year is rather reckless, don't you think?

Jun 11 11:22

Hypocrisy Reigns. "The World has been taken over by Lying, Hypocritical, Mass-murdering Madmen"

Things internationally are so dispiriting there's nothing left to do but fantasize. I picture Turkey, as a member of NATO, demanding that the alliance come to its defense after being attacked by Israel. Under Article 5 of the NATO charter an armed attack on one member is deemed to constitute an armed attack on all members. That is the ostensible reason NATO is fighting in Afghanistan — the attack against the United States on September 11, 2001 is regarded as an attack on all NATO members (disregarding the awkward fact that Afghanistan as a country had nothing to do with the attack). The Israeli attack on a Turkish-flagged ship, operated by a Turkish humanitarian organization, killing nine Turkish nationals and wounding many more can certainly constitute an attack upon a NATO member.

Jun 11 11:19


Consider first of all Israel’s defense of its blockade of Gaza as something that is essential for its security, with the accompanying embargo on products that it allows to enter Gaza officially being intended to deprive Hamas of anything that might strengthen its position there, and allow it to strike Israel anywhere with anything. This is the theme reiterated by Israeli officials when they halt land convoys and intercept sea-going ones, and applauded by its cheerleaders in the US Congress and the mainstream media in the US and elsewhere.

Jun 11 11:16

Joe Biden: In Israel’s Service

Israel appears to be in more serious trouble diplomatically than at any time in its history following the botched attack by an “elite” commando squad on the Mavi Marmara that left at least nine dead and scores wounded. Thanks to Al-Jazeera and Iran’s PressTV, whose reporters were aboard the ship, much of the world was able to watch the attack unfold on its TV and computer screens and the result has been an avalanche of outrage and ongoing protests against the Jewish state. Within Israel this has led to finger-pointing and calls for resignations while its hasbara machinery has gone rapidly into damage-control and disinformation mode.

Jun 11 11:16

BP oil leak aftermath: Slow-motion tragedy unfolds for marine life

According to marine biologist Rick Steiner, my companion on a boat ride through the slick, this is the most volatile and toxic form of crude oil in the waters and lapping on to the beaches of Grand Isle, the area at the heart of the slowly unfolding environmental apocalypse that has engulfed Louisiana, and is now moving eastwards, threatening Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

Fifty-three days after BP's ruptured well began spewing crude oil from 5,000ft below the sea, the wholesale slaughter of dolphins, pelicans, hermit crab and other marine life is only now becoming readily visible to humans.

Jun 11 11:15

Good News For Arizona! Hispanics abandon Arizona, fleeing economy, immigration law

Jun 11 11:09

Israel plans to send bill to Palestinians over boycotts

Embattled and increasingly isolated, a group of politicians are now proposing a bill that would outlaw boycotts against the Jewish State, both homegrown and international.

The Land of Israel, a right-wing parliamentary lobby group committed to Jewish settlement of the West Bank, submitted the bill with the support of 25 politicians from right wing and centrist parties. If approved, it could theoretically force the Palestinian Authority (PA) to pay thousands of dollars in compensation to Jewish businesses affected by the Fayyad-led boycott campaign, a scenario that would likely spark furious reaction from Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This bill, if passed, will only make Israel look more vindictively petty and foolish than it already does to the rest of the thinking world.And note the arrogance in Israel saying they will pass a law that makes INTERNATIONAL boycotts illegal!! Under what jurisdiction?

Jun 11 11:03

It's Official: There was No Humanitarian Aid on Mavi Marmara

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed Israel's representatives the world over that there were never any humanitarian supplies or equipment aboard the Mavi Marmara

The equipment includes:

1. 300 wheelchairs
2. 300 new mobility scooters
3. 100 special mobility scooters for the disabled
4. Hundreds of crutches
5. 250 hospital beds
6. 50 sofas
7. Four tons of medicine
8. 20 tons of clothing, carpets, school bags, cloth and shoes
9. Various hospital equipment - closets and cabinets, operating theater equipment, etc.
10. Playground equipment
11. Mattresses

The equipment does not constitute humanitarian aid in the accepted sense (basic foodstuffs, new and functional equipment, fresh medicines).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, the Israeli government has now confirmed, officially and undeniably, that it is utterly, collectively, barking mad.

To not characterize these items as "humanitarian aid" completely, and totally insane.

Jun 11 11:03

Debt Facade Cracking in U.K. as Sovereign Contagion Spreads

I said the implosion in Greece’s stock and interest rate markets — stemming from concerns about that country’s massive debt and deficit problems — were a huge red flag. They foretold a collapse in other sovereign debt markets, with collateral damage in currencies and equities.

Lo and behold, markets are now weakening worldwide. And this week, the contagion spread to the U.K. The British pound got hammered, while the FTSE 100 Index rolled over, amid concern the U.K. would be the next domino to fall!

Jun 11 11:02

Obama adminn left Israel hanging out to dry three separate times - John Bolton

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Bolton.

The job of the President of the United States is not to take care of Israel but to take care of the United States.

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

While Obama and Congress take care of Israel, our roads crumble, our bridges fall, our flood control fails, our economy crashes, our mines cave-in, and our oil wells explode. Clearly, until our problems here at home are resolved, caring for Israel even as it attacks Americans in international waters is a luxury this nation cannot afford.

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

Jun 11 10:58

For the US in Afghanistan, the News Is Bad

While U.S. officials insist they are making progress in reversing the momentum built up by the Taliban insurgency over the last several years, the latest news from Afghanistan suggests the opposite may be closer to the truth.

Even senior military officials are conceding privately that their much-touted new counterinsurgency strategy of "clear, hold and build" in contested areas of the Pashtun southern and eastern parts of the country are not working out as planned despite the "surge" of some 20,000 additional U.S. troops over the past six months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO are seen as occupiers by the Afghan people, and have installed a puppet government so collectively crooked and corrupt that they have to screw their socks on in the morning.

The Afghan people "do not hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are indiscriminately murdering their sons, daughters, wives, cousins, and friends. They want they country back, and one can hardly blame them for this

The US and NATO invaded, and continues to occupy this country, to achieve two outcomes.

The first was the "pacification" of the country to the degree where oil pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.

We are absolutely no closer to achieving that outcome than we were almost 9 years ago when this immoral and illegal war began.

The second outcome, about which one can well say, "mission accomplished", is the control of the lucrative drug trade, which the Taliban had almost completely eradicated under their watch.

So our and NATO'S military, our and their young men and women, are fighting, getting maimed, and dying for oil and drugs.

As late as August of 2001, the Bush Administration was negotiating with the Taliban for the pipeline rights, but considered the cost asked by the Taliban as "too high".

Apparently, they didn't believe that the cost of war, in blood and money, was at all "too high" a price for the citizens of this country to pay.

And this is where the situation stands today.

An intelligent, enlightened US government leadership would understand that even if President Incompetent were to invoke a draft, it would be too little, too late to stem the tide here.

However, Obama has made a colossal blunder in embracing this war as his own, somehow having bought in to the "magical thinking" of the Pentagon that this war could possibly be won, in a military context.

One would hope that the US military had absorbed the lessons of Viet Nam by now, but tragically, this hasn't happened.

We need to leave, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing regarding the rights to the oil pipelines.

But of course, that... would be logical.

Jun 11 10:47

5 Reasons To Give Helen Thomas A Break Already

Jun 11 10:44

American Base In Israel.

Many have written asking me about the Barry Chamish Report of the American Base here in Israel. Barry and I went there today and I can tell you that it is there. In fact, it isn’t even being hidden, but how would they hide such a thing anyway. What they are doing is saying it is a storage facility and the US is building it for Israel. But let me tell you that makes absolutely no sense. I don’t know how many buildings are already constructed or what they are for but we can make some good guesses.

Jun 11 10:44

The Day When Obama Took Off His Mask

On May 18, the Obama Administration introduced a draft into the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programs. This was the US official answer to an agreement brokered by Brazil and Turkey on May 17 to revive last year’s arrangement for Iran to exchange much of its low-enriched uranium for fuel rods for its research reactor in Tehran. With this decision, the US has shown its contempt not only to Iran, Brazil and Turkey but also to the whole world that has welcomed the Tehran Declaration and supports a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

Jun 11 10:42

Reporters Without Borders: 15 journalists still missing

Reporters Without Borders is urging the Israeli authorities to release a list of the journalists who were arrested during Monday's raid on the humanitarian flotilla and to say where they are being held.

There were at least 15 foreign journalists travelling with the flotilla who still cannot be reached directly, the Paris-based media watchdog said.

Jun 11 10:42

IHH head says Zionists brazenly lie. He confirms Jews threw corpses into sea

Bulent Yildirim, head of the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), promised to continue to send ships to the Gaza Strip until lifting of the siege, despite the fact that the Jews staged a bloody massacre on the Mavi Marmara ferry.

He confirmed that the Jews threw the bodies of killed activists into sea. It is to be mentioned that, according to activists of the humanitarian mission, the bodies of at least 10 people killed by Jews were thrown into the sea and drowned, and the Jews declared them missing.

Jun 11 10:41

British Firm Cuts Ties with Israeli Company after Flotilla Raid

British company RedRat announced to Israeli company Disk-In Pro that despite years of cooperation, it would no longer work with the Israeli company because of Israel's policy in the Gaza Strip.

"A few days ago we received an email from RedRat which said they would not continue to work with us because of the flotilla events," Dana Levinger, marketing manager at Disk-In Pro, told Ynet. "We are a planning company which also sets up visitors centers. RedRat sells us external cards that enable control of televisions and projectors, and we have worked with them for seven years."

Jun 11 10:40

Our tax dollars at work: GAZA Freedom Flotilla - Israelis threw bodies overboard?

"The soldiers shot a doctor who surrendered and they threw dead bodies into the sea. We still don't know what happened to them"

“Kevin Ovenden of Britain said a man who had pointed a camera at the soldiers was shot directly through the forehead with live ammunition, with the exit wound blowing away the back of his skull.”

Jun 11 10:37

Russia Moves Forward on Defense Missiles, Nuclear Plants for Iran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced today that they are in new talks with Iran on construction of additional nuclear power plants in the nation, and that they may still deliver the S-300 Missile Defense System to Iran, though no date was given for this delivery.

The S-300 systems are purely defensive in nature, but would make a prospective Israeli attack against Iran considerably more difficult.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia's intended delivery of this system strongly suggests that Russia and Iran are working together to deter any invasion, and the passage of the UN Security Council Sanctions has little actual effect on Iran, but forces Israel and the US to wait even longer before they can justify an attack.

Jun 11 10:34

Israel killed more than 9, threw wounded into sea, witnesses say

Planes carrying 520 aid volunteers and nine dead bodies of activists killed by Israeli security forces on Monday returned home on Thursday, with many claiming mistreatment at the hands of Israeli military officers and other officials and additional allegations that not everyone has returned.

Jun 11 10:31

Israel keeping Gaza aid seized

Tons of humanitarian aid remains confiscated by Israel which seized the cargos in a bloody assault on the international convoy bearing them.

The relief supplies amount to 10,000 tons of construction material, medical equipment and school supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's propagandists are trying to claim that HAMAS will not allow the aid to pass through to Gaza. Now it appears that Israel is simply keeping it, and trying once again to shift the blame into others.

Jun 11 10:31

Kyrgyzstan imposes emergency as clashes kill 37

Kyrgyzstan's interim government declared a state of emergency and slapped a curfew on southern parts of the country on Friday as ethnic clashes left at least 37 people dead and more than 500 wounded.

Interim President Roza Otunbayeva, whose government has struggled to assert its rule over the ex-Soviet Central Asian state since taking power amid unrest in April, backed off earlier statements that authorities had regained control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very dicey very quickly. The real question is, to whom is the military loyal at this point, President Otunbayeva, or her predecessor?

Jun 11 10:27

T-Shirt Critical of Hitler and Gun Control Banned by eBay

A T-shirt that warns against how dictators like Hitler used gun control to disarm their victims has been sensationally banned by eBay after the online auction giant labeled the garment “Nazi propaganda” despite the fact that it carries an anti-Nazi message.

Jun 11 10:26

Gulf Oil Spill ‘Could Go Years’ If Not Dealt With

What the enormoity of the oil spill does is to also further discredit clearly the oil companies’ myth of “peak oil” which claims that the world is at or near the “peak” of economical oil extraction. That myth, which has been propagated in recent years by circles close to former oilman and Bush Vice President, Dick Cheney, has been effectively used by the giant oil majors to justify far higher oil prices than would be politically possible otherwise, by claiming a non-existent petroleum scarcity crisis.

Jun 11 10:25

Chamber President Says His Group Will Find Way to Get Government to Share Cost of Gulf Coast Clean-Up

The head of the United States Chamber of Commerce said Friday that his group is not yet lobbying against legislative efforts to raise BP’s liability cap, viewing the issue as not yet "ripe."

He signaled, however, that his group would figure out a way to get the government to share in the cost of cleaning up the Gulf Coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Tom Donahue: BP is the culprit here, not We the People, who are already, just in case you haven't noticed it,taxed to death. You are also dealing with a government which is totally broke, to the tune of 13 trillion in the red.

You talk about "the government" sharing the cost of cleaning up the Gulf Coast, as though it has absolutely no relationship to how much more the taxpayers are going to have to pay to get this handled.

This is BP's mess: BP should bear full responsibility for cleaning it up.

Jun 11 10:24

Germany retires more than half of its subs

The German navy surprisingly decommissioned more than half of its submarines, a move observers say is part of a larger effort to cut costs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not giving Israel any more freebie subs could save Germany a bundle!

Jun 11 10:20

Germany and Italy demands participation of Quartet in Investigations

Germany and Italy announced that they want the international Quartet of mediators in the Middle East to participate to achieve "a transparent and impartial" investigation in the Israeli raid on an aid convoy which was heading to Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bibi's reply : " There is no need for Germans or Italians in any investigation,
'cause we have very capable people overhere..and if you want to know what happened, I'll give you Mark Regev's telephone!"

Jun 11 10:18

Class Struggles Heat Up in Greece

Workers in Greece today stand in the forefront of the converging European class struggles against big capital's attempt to make working people pay the costs of its crisis.

Jun 11 10:18

Human rights group: BP discouraging crews from using respirators

BP's logic seems to be that if the oil cleanup doesn't look dangerous then it must not be. The oil company has told workers not to wear respirators because it's bad for public relations, according to one human rights group.

"In all three states that I've visited, fishermen said when they went out to work on the cleanup, that if they tried to bring respirators they were told it was unnecessary equipment and would only spread hysteria," Kennedy told Fox News Friday.

"When I went out with eleven people, we had respirators on and within half an hour, all of our eyes were burning and our throats were closing and we all had headaches," she explained.

Kennedy was also concerned that BP was refusing to release information about the contents of the dispersant being used.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember right after 9/11, and rescue workers were told that the air was completely safe to breathe?

Unflipping believable.

Jun 11 10:17

Another Helen Thomas poll! Should Helen Thomas’ Nameplate Be Removed From Her Press Seat?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please share. The Megaphonies are already working to skew this one!

Jun 11 10:06

Obama wants more money for Afghanistan war. Will Congress grant it?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban had all but eradicated the opium growers before the US invasion. So why is cheap Afghani heroin flooding into the United States?



In Afghan fields the poppies grow.

Between the crosses.

Row on row.

Jun 11 09:58

Ami Ayalon speaking about the Gaza Flotilla, the importance of a two-state solution to Israel's security, and why bold leadership is needed now to achieve peace for Israel.

Ami Ayalon speaking about the Gaza Flotilla, the importance of a two-state solution to Israel's security, and why bold leadership is needed now to achieve peace for Israel.

Jun 11 09:56

My Take: The flotilla’s lessons for Mideast peace advocates

“Winning” for Israel should mean achieving a safe, Jewish and democratic Israel. Perpetuating the occupation and relying only on force and power against Hamas is a losing strategy.

Jun 11 09:56

Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) paper

It calls Israel's armed forces a "500-pound gorilla in Israel. Well armed and trained. Operates in both Gaza and the West Bank. Known to disregard international law to accomplish mission. Very unlikely to fire on American forces. Fratricide a concern especially in air space management."

Of the MOSSAD, the Israeli intelligence service, the SAMS officers say: "Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act."

Jun 11 09:53

Birther facing gun charges .. Georgia militiaman said he wanted to seize Sweetwater

there are so many things seriously "wrong" with this story im not even going to go into it!
I'll let you figure it all out!

For your reading pleasure and daily dose of Propaganda!
I bring you


Jun 11 09:50

Debt Can Never Be Repaid, By Bankster Design

The creation of the Federal Reserve will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest tragedies in American history. After all, the government handed over the right to print the nation’s currency AND charge interest to a private, for-profit corporation with foreign stockholders. The Federal Reserve was given the right to simply print massive sums of money out of thin air and then charge the American taxpayer interest on that money.

Jun 11 09:49

A New and Controversial Book by a Firearms Expert May Finally Reveal the Definitive Truth in Kennedy's Assassination

In his conclusions, as a result of a three-year study of the president's shooting, Mr. Martin attests that the evidence shows that the first gunman took one shot, with the second and third gunmen taking two shots each. He has also discovered that different caliber rifles were used for the first, third and fifth and final shot. The book also exposes the many contradictions and fallacies contained in the Warren Report, regarding the shooting of our president. Additionally, it also explains why it can be concluded that the "magic bullet" found in Parkland Memorial Hospital was evidence planted after the fact, to directly incriminate Oswald in the murder of the president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not much controversy from where I sit. This guy seems to have pretty much nailed it!

Jun 11 09:43

An Appeal to Parliamentarians Worldwide for MK Haneen Zoubi

MK Haneen Zoubi (BALAD) faces death threats as the Israeli Knesset House Committee votes to revoke her Parliamentary privileges for participating in the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid Flotilla and protesting against the blockade.

Jun 11 09:41

Averting Another Gaza

The whole world was shocked by the tragic consequences of the Israeli military operation conducted in international waters against the “Peace Flotilla” convoy of ships. The human cost is unacceptable. Nothing can justify the use of such violence, and our countries immediately condemned it.

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My letter to the New York Times (Feel free to copy and use)


While I share the world’s revulsion at Israel’s attack on an unarmed aid flotilla in international waters I take strong exception to the comment made by the authors of this piece in the third paragraph. HAMAS did not stage a coup d’état against the Palestinian authority. HAMAS won the elections, and it was FATAH that tried to forcibly remove HAMAS, but failed. An official Israel government documented reported by McClatchy news only yesterday confirms that the purpose of the blockade is not Israel’s defense, but to force the Gazans to surrender their elected government and accept Israeli rule via their proxy Fatah. That the list of items banned by Israel in Gaza included potato chips, shaving cream, candy and cookies demonstrates that defense is not the issue here.

Israel’s attempt to coerce acceptance of al alternate government in Gaza is a mirror of the attempt by the USSR in 1948 and 1949 to blockade West Berlin in order to starve that city into accepting Soviet rule via their proxy East Germany. The world reacted quite differently back then, mounting the Berlin airlift, flying 13,000 tons of food and necessities into West Berlin daily on the principle that no government has a right to starve another people into changing their political system.

Instead of such heroism, today we see the US Government, at a time when our economy is collapsing, our bridges falling, mines caving in, and oil wells exploding, marching along in perfect goose-step to defend Israel for their attack on a US-flagged ship in the flotilla, the Challenger 1 and the kidnapping of 12 Americans in international waters, with the shooting death of a 19 year old boy from New York. Quite a far cry from the days when President Teddy Roosevelt sent a fleet of battleships to the Mideast with orders to destroy Morocco if businessman Ion Perdecaris was not immediately returned (he was). And as I recall, the US Sixth Fleet is even now killing Somalians for the exact same actions of hijacking and kidnapping in international waters that Israel has just committed against the US. Turkey, and Greece!

Before we can solve the problems in the Mideast, why have to solve the problems here in this country, and ask ourselves why the US Government, so ready to invade Iran and Iraq over non-existent nuclear weapons, turn a blind eye to an attack on Americans while defending the attacker!

Jun 11 09:11

Democratic Party Defends Israeli Attack

Tens of thousands of Israelis protested in the streets of Tel Aviv last weekend against their right-wing government's attack on an unarmed humanitarian aid flotilla sailing in international waters. International condemnation of the raids continued in foreign capitals. Meanwhile, in Washington, Democratic congressional leaders were lining up alongside their Republican colleagues to defend the Israeli assault.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's slaves polish their chains!

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

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

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

Jun 11 09:02

It's Not a "Defense" Department

The U.S. military budget, and the add-on war budget, and the total of the two have all been headed upwards for years and have been headed upwards for the past year and a half. Yes, I know, all you hear about is the one airplane that the so-called Secretary of Defense doesn't want but that Congress insists on giving him anyway. But he and the President have twice asked for a larger overall budget and twice been given it. And almost none of it has anything to do with defense.

Jun 11 08:58

IRS Made Untimely or Inappropriate Lien Determinations of $1.4 Billion

The IRS made untimely or inappropriate lien determinations for more than $1.4 billion in delinquent taxes, according to a new report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

Jun 11 08:57

Man shot dead at East Jerusalem checkpoint

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like the Rabbis walking into Al Aqsa, or the bulldozing of Palestinian homes in the Jordan Valley, Israel seems bent on a campaign of provocations to try to trigger a violent response by the Palestinians that Israel can use to reclaim its illusion of victimhood with which to deflect criticism of their war crimes.

Jun 11 08:55

Analyst to Money Managers: Take Your Cell Phones with You on Vacation; Greece Could Default in August

Jun 11 08:52

3-minute video: comedians Clarke and Dawe explain the European/American debt crisis

*hyperlinks and brilliant video at source*

The following video artfully shows the ridiculous “modern” monetary system of nations creating national “debt supplies” rather than “money supplies.” To understand the mechanics of this problem and the obvious solutions, read,

“Either pay the national debt with monetary reform or kiss your assets goodbye.”

For my academic explanation of our oligarchic economic condition:

“Open proposal to US higher education: end oligarchy economics, save trillions with education.”

For my citizen appeal to end unlawful US wars and Orwellian destruction of the US Constitution the same way Nazi Germany destroyed their constitution in step-by-step fashion:

Jun 11 08:36

Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Linked in reply to the US tantrum at the IAEA today.

Once again the USA shows that its definition of a nuclear free middle east is that Israel be the only nuclear power, even though it has never signed the NNPT or allows IAEA inspections. Once again the US Government proves that it serves not the American people, but Israel!

Jun 11 08:35

How BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil find was originally reported in September 2009

Below are a few media reports from September 2009 discussing the BP Gulf of Mexico Tiber Oil Field find when it originally hit the newswires. This was the deepest oil and gas well in human history, going to a depth of 35,000 feet. Exploratory drilling began in March 2009. Deepwater Horizon did not commence until September 2009. Only the second story from Bloomberg hints at the "volatility" related to the find and the need for "caution."

Read more: http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2010/05/how-bps-deepwater-horizon-oil-...

Jun 11 07:50

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 11 of 13

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

Jun 11 07:37

Israelis reflect on flotilla raid

Gen Uzi Dayan, a former deputy chief of staff, said if Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to try to come to Gaza by ship, the Israeli navy should "sink it" and see it as "an act of war".

Jun 11 07:31

That solar sinking feeling

When I last wrote about the solar activity situation, things were (as Jack Horkheimer used to say) “looking up”. Now, well, the news is a downer. From the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) all solar indices are down, across the board.

Jun 11 07:28

Toxic Corexit dispersant chemicals remained secret as feds colluded with Big Business

After weeks of silence on the issue, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally decided to go public with the list of ingredients used to manufacture Corexit, the chemical dispersant used by BP in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. There are two things about this announcement that deserve our attention: First, the ingredients that have been disclosed are extremely toxic, and second, why did the EPA protect the oil industry's "trade secrets" for so long by refusing to disclose these ingredients until now?

Jun 11 07:19

Doomed Labour's £1.3 TRILLION last spending spree revealed: As the economy nosedived, your millions were wasted on grandiose schemes

The extraordinary extent of Labour's final spending spree - which cost the public purse £1.3trillion even as the economy was sinking - was laid bare for the first time last night.

Bills included £50million to promote ballet and music, £5.6million for pensions for the Royal Household and £38.4million for gipsy encampments.

Details of the spending - which saw public expenditure rise by 15 per cent over two years - are contained in a vast Treasury database which the Coalition has made public.

Jun 11 06:24

A Short Review of Official 9-11 Conspiracy Theory

Eight years later, the American people continue to live in the aftermath of 9/11 and deal with its ongoing repercussions. Is this just another machination of power on the timeline of history? If so, the real question is what happens next? Or better yet, what can we do to prevent another 9/11?
Jun 11 05:50

The World Cup as Maximum Weapon of Social Control

John Ross
Thursday, June 10, 2010If the national team wins or acquits itself well, success will strengthen the government in charge no matter how poorly it has served the country. Likewise, a shoddy performance can topple rulers. In Mexico, increasingly unpopular president Felipe Calderon who won high office in fraud-marred elections three years ago is banking on the national selection’s triumphs in the opening round to invigorate his deteriorating image. Calderon’s bet is hardly a sure thing.

Jun 11 03:43

US Slams Mention of Israeli Nukes at IAEA Meeting

US officials reacted angrily today at the inclusion of Israel’s nuclear arsenal as a topic of discussion for the IAEA meeting, insisting that it was “untimely and uncalled for.”

Jun 11 02:40

Governor of Louisiana: National Guard staging for “effort to evacuate” communities impacted by oil spill

"Currently, our Soldiers and Airmen are staging for and are engaged in the planning of the effort to evacuate and provide security and clean up for the coastal communities expected to be impacted by the oil spill. They are engaged in the protection of vital infrastructure to include medical facilities, fuel distribution, interstate highways, water-ice distribution and power facilities which are all vital to the recovery of coastal Louisiana."

June 10, 2010

Jun 10 23:54

What does Schlumberger know about the Deep Water Horizon Accident?

On May 19th Reuters ran a story about employees of Shlumberger leaving the rig of the Deepwater Horizon the very same day of the catastrophe...

...BP contracted Schlumberger (SLB) to run the Cement Bond Log (CBL) test that was the final test on the plug that was skipped. The people testifying have been very coy about mentioning this, and you'll see why.

SLB is an extremely highly regarded (and incredibly expensive) service company. They place a high standard on safety and train their workers to shut down unsafe operations.

Jun 10 23:44

Italian flotilla journalist: My credit card was used after IDF confiscated it

An Italian journalist who was detained by the Israel Defense Forces following the raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla says his credit card was used to purchase items after it was confiscated by the Israeli authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now that is just sooooooooooooooo tacky!

Jun 10 23:19

The primary enemy to the health and well-being of the American republic is (drum roll, please)…corporate hegemony.

"When a part of society is said to have hegemony, it means that sector has the influence to make the larger society see things their way.

Their point of view becomes the accepted norm; their way of thinking becomes the conventional wisdom.

Such a situation exists with corporations in 21st century America."

Jun 10 23:17

Silencing Gaza flotilla activists in the United States

The Israeli government, with the aid of its many proxies- especially in the Jewish institutional world, is working overtime after the Mavi Mavera massacre to paint the Gaza flotilla participants as terrorists.

Apparently–jamming satellite communications, absconding with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment, confiscating every photo and video they could find, and releasing pathetically doctored “evidence” (thank you Ali Abunimah and Max Blumenthal and others) is not enough. Now groups are working to keep flotilla human rights activists out of the country.

Jun 10 23:16

Warmist can't take the heat

HMM. So how has Alarmist of the Year Tim Flannery got away with it for so long?

Answer: because he seems nice.

Oh, and because journalists just won't hold our leading global warming spruiker to account for his litany of dud predictions, exaggerations, falsehoods and bizarre conflicts of interest.

Jun 10 22:17

Fear, pain and propaganda: an activist’s story

Fear, pain and propaganda: an activist’s story
Theresa McDermott to David Pratt
6 Jun 2010
"I was on Challenger 1"
"I was told later by those on board the Marmara that the first two soldiers who abseiled down from the helicopter were overpowered and taken and searched by some of the Turkish activists. On the commandos they found plasticised detailed maps of the layout of every boat and pictures of people on board including MPs, bishops and other VIPs. Maybe these were the people the Israelis were trying to avoid harming. I was told there were those on board who really wanted to have a go at the Israeli soldiers who were being detained, but were held back by others."

Jun 10 21:10

Video Shows Israeli Commando Executing American

Original posting:

The Israeli military attempted to confiscate and erase the photographic and video evidence of its brutal asault on the Mavi Marmara aid ship on Memorial Day. But it turns out that digital images can often be recovered after erasure, and can be put on small memory sticks that can be hidden in nooks and crannies of luggage. So some images are in fact surfacing.

The most damaging is a film of an Israeli soldier kicking an American citizen while the latter is on the ground,and then executing him. This film completely refutes the rightwing Israeli government’s narrative of besieged lightly armed troops haplessly fending off naked aggression on the part of the aid workers. The video, which has not been confirmed, is now at Youtube:


Jun 10 20:18

Russia says air-defence missile deal will be unaffected by Iran sanctions

RUSSIA said yesterday that the new UN sanctions did not forbid the delivery of S-300 air-defence missiles to Iran.

Israel and the United States have urged Russia not to supply the missile systems, which would substantially increase Iran's defence capability. Russia agreed to sell the missiles in 2007, but has not yet delivered them.

Russian foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said the UN resolution did not apply to air-defence systems, with the exception of shoulder-fired missiles.

Mikhail Dmitriyev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Co-operation, which oversees arms trade, also said the new UN resolution would not affect the S-300 deal.

Jun 10 20:10

Israel, U.S. agree on nature of Gaza flotilla probe

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We have agreed to drop all the blame on Turkey!

Jun 10 19:04

BBC - Israel Mossad did 911 and Iran does not want Nukes

Jun 10 19:00

Ethanol dream evaporates

Corn farmers in the area chipped in $5,000 to $300,000 each -- some even mortgaged their farms -- to form the Central Illinois Energy Cooperative. They broke ground on the refinery in 2006, hoping that ethanol would bring higher prices for their corn and more jobs for Canton, which has been hurting since International Harvester closed its plow factory in 1983.

But the ethanol plant was a poor replacement. Central Illinois Energy, the corporation that built the plant, went bankrupt in December 2007 without producing a drop of fuel, hurt by construction delays and $40 million in cost overruns. The 260 farmers in the co-op lost every dime.

Jun 10 18:54

Two Million Gallons of Oil Could be Flowing a Day, Researchers Say

Jun 10 18:51

Some Thoughts to Consider on Helen Thomas & the Penalty for Criticising Israel

Actually, lemme back up a sec, cause that’s the latest spin. The initial spin was when the Israeli commandos boarded the ship they were facing an ‘armed militia’ which caused them to shoot. The only problem was no weapons were found. This led to Israel changing up again. This time they said they switched the story and said the folks on the ship came at them with metal pipes, rushed them and made them fearful for their lives hence 11 people had to be killed including an American citizen..

Jun 10 18:33

The American People are Under Occupation

In response to yesterday’s worldwide condemnation of the Gaza Flotilla Massacre, our US government has decided NOT to stand for justice and has again chosen a path outlined and led by a Global Elite Political Movement that is willing to put the interests of their agenda far ahead of interest of the American people and even the lives of American servicemen and women.

So far and blatant is their arrogance and contempt for our people, that when it’s clear that an injustice is at play, they continue on as if nothing has happened and ignore it until the next news cycle.

Jun 10 18:21

"BP notes the fall in its share price in US trading last night. The company is not aware of any reason which justifies this share price movement."

"BP will continue to keep the market fully informed of further developments in the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, in compliance with its listing obligations."

How nice of them.

Jun 10 18:10

IAEA board focuses on Israeli 'nukes'

Arab nations have censured Israel at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board meeting, for preventing the Middle East from becoming a nuclear-free region.

In the IAEA board session on Thursday, which addressed Israel's nuclear issue for the first time since 1991, Arab states called on the regime to come clean about its nuclear capabilities and allow international investigations, DPA reported.

Jun 10 18:09

Israeli Navy Attacks Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Webmaster's Commentary: 

in the video you can see the ship being targeted with gunsight lasers by the troops on the chopper.

Jun 10 17:45

Jose Can You See - What Really Happened To The Michael Rivero Interview

Lost visual effects producer Michael Rivero gave an interview to
Lostpedia.com on July 4th, 2008.
The interview has never been published.
What really happened to the Rivero interview, and why the long delay?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I kinda wondered about that myself. :(

Jun 10 17:32

The Spill, The Scandal and the President

It's tempting to believe that the Gulf spill, like so many disasters inherited by Obama, was the fault of the Texas oilman who preceded him in office. But, though George W. Bush paved the way for the catastrophe, it was Obama who gave BP the green light to drill. "Bush owns eight years of the mess," says Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California. "But after more than a year on the job, Salazar owns it too."

Jun 10 17:31

Former Bush Official Josh Bolten Advising BP on How to "Defend Its Interests" and Restore Its Reputation

BP has embarked on an aggressive campaign to repair its public image in the wake of its disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has repeatedly run full-page ads in major newspapers, retained high-powered lobbying and public relations firms, and launched a series of television ads with CEO Tony Hayward looking apologetic. The company has even hired Anne Womack-Kolton, a former top aide to Vice President Cheney, to be its new spokesperson.

Now, joining Womack-Kolton in helping BP repair its image is former chief of staff to President Bush, Josh Bolten:

Jun 10 17:19

Both the Attack on the Flotilla and the Siege of Gaza are Illegal

Israel's deadly attack on the Gaza "Freedom Flotilla" was flagrantly illegal. The flotilla, carefully searched for arms before disembarkation, enjoyed the right of free navigation in international waters, and Israel had no legal justification to interrupt its peaceful mission.

Flotilla passengers were entitled to defend themselves against Israel's forcible boarding of the Mavi Marmara, whether or not Israeli commandos fired immediately on landing on the ship's deck, as the passengers maintain. Dropping 100 armed soldiers on a ship from the sky is not a peaceful maneuver. Nor can Israeli armed commandos claim self-defense, any more than a purse snatcher facing a victim who elects to fight back. Hence, Israel is culpable for the killings that followed.

Jun 10 17:05

The black art of news management

“The CIA,” he said, “loaded up a junk, a North Vietnamese junk, with communist weapons - the Agency maintains communist arsenals in the United States and around the world. They floated this junk off the coast of central Vietnam. Then they shot it up and made it look like a fire fight had taken place, and they brought in the American press. Based on this evidence, two Marine landing teams went into Danang and a week after that the American air force began regular bombing of North Vietnam.” An invasion that took three million lives was under way.

Jun 10 17:03

Birobidzhan - Maybe Helen Thomas should have suggested this?

Jun 10 16:45

Colonoscopy in U.S. $9,000; Costa Rica $350

Jun 10 16:29

Jews to send Gaza blockade-buster ship

A group of Jewish activists in Germany are preparing to send an aid ship to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli-imposed blockade for three years.

Jun 10 16:08

Some Big Lies of Science

“[T]he majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.” – Harold Pinter, Nobel Lecture (Literature), 2005

Jun 10 15:59

U.S. Military Relies on Civilians to stop Israeli Act of War-Videos

Although this man's group had complete control of several Israelis they didn't kill them. Contrast that with the treatment afforded the aid-bringers by the Israelis.

Jun 10 15:37

Gaza Flotilla Testimony