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Private pay shrinks to historic lows

May 25th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/income/2010-05-24-income-shifts-from-private-sector_N.htm

Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds. At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.

U.S. support for Israeli apartheid

May 25th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://socialistworker.org/blog/critical-reading/2010/05/25/us-support-israeli-apartheid

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is helping Israel to construct an apartheid road infrastructure in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by financing nearly a quarter of the segregated road system primarily for the benefit of Israeli settlers.

Settlement Policy Wrong Say European Jews

May 25th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51571

Prominent Jewish intellectuals living in Europe have begun denouncing the Israeli policy of allowing settlements to come up on Palestinian territories as "morally and politically wrong.’’ In a collective declaration, presented in the Belgian capital Brussels on May 3, hundreds of prominent European Jews also said that the main danger to the state of Israel ‘’lies in the occupation and the continuing pursuit of settlements in the West Bank and in the Arab districts of East Jerusalem."

Chomsky at the Gate

May 25th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery05252010.html

A LOCAL TV station told us this week about a group of Israelis who adhere to conspiracy theories. They believe that George W. Bush planned the destruction of the Twin Towers in order to further his wicked aims. They believe that the big pharmaceutical corporations spread the swine flue virus in order to sell their worthless vaccines. They believe that Barack Obama is a secret agent of the military-industrial complex. They believe that fluoride is put into drinking water to sterilize men, in order to reduce mankind by exactly two billion. And so on. I wonder that they have not yet uncovered the most nefarious conspiracy of all: the one perpetrated by the gang of anti-Semites who have taken control of the government of Israel and are using it to destroy the Jewish State.

Kim Jong Il Orders Military to Combat, Group Says

May 25th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Economic

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601116&sid=akba261E_8m0

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il told the military to be combat-ready in a message that coincided with South Korea’s announcement that it blamed his regime for the sinking of a warship, a dissident group said.

Birgunj: Nepal's 'drug capital' - Video

May 25th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/05/2010525101847265629.html

Drug Drugs, corruption and increasing violence are threatening Nepal's future. In the lawless south of the country, farmers are growing opium and cannabis instead of traditional crops with local police and politicians allegedly cashing in on the trade. But there are victims too. Hamish Macdonald gained rare access to both the producers and users, in what’s fast becoming Nepal's 'drug capital' - the town of Birgunj.

Egypt welcomes Gaza’s fleet of “Freedom”

May 25th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/palestine/gaza-strip/6151-egypt-welcomes-gazas-fleet-of-freedom

The Egyptian government announced today that it’s ready to receive the fleet of freedom’s ship that are sailing to Gaza if blockaded by Israel.

The Sunday Afternoon 1:20pmCDT Event...

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://monkeyfister.blogspot.com/

I have a friend, who is Bat Shit Crazy. No. Really. He's brilliant-- never mind that-- just looky here. Fortunately for you and me, and ironically enough, BP decided to run a repeat of the afternoon eruption i the late night, when they figured no one would notice. Our absolutely brilliant friend (did I mention he's a Mac User?), who is Bat Shit Crazy had it in him to record, and make a screengrab contact sheet of the event. http://www.doomers.us/forum2/index.php/topic,68178.msg1051389.html#msg1051389

U.S. Base Reversal Draws Public Ire on Okinawa

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51568

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced on Monday that he would renege on his campaign promise to renegotiate the move of a controversial U.S. airbase off the island of Okinawa. Hatoyama's announcement was greeted with outrage on Okinawa, as residents met his arrival on the island on Sunday with angry protests and signs denouncing the decision to go through with the rebasing plan which he had promised to renegotiate. Prior to taking office in September 2009, Hatoyama's election platform included a call for reexamining Japan's ties with the U.S. with a particular focus on the 50,000 U.S. military personnel based in Japan.

At the head of society - What is Ethical Science?

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Science

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article19838

At the head of society - what is ethical science? A modern, international organisation of ethical intellectuals Tomorrow’s world has to have its scientific pursuits evolve in ethical standards. Our scientists and researchers need to acknowledge the full effects of today’s technological progress. We are playing around with science like an ignorant child in a pharmacy playing around with all of the different medicines, some of which could cause great harm. The Ethic Party neither advocates the communist idea that every person is the same nor the Hindu-idea of a caste-system with birth-right. http://www.ethicparty.org/index2.html

U.S. backs South Korea in punishing North

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2008/09/27/p29076

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea won U.S. support Monday for slashing trade to North Korea and vowed to haul its communist neighbor before the U.N. Security Council for a torpedo attack that sank a South Korean warship and killed 46 sailors. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he expects the Security Council to take action against North Korea, calling the evidence that the North was responsible "overwhelming and deeply troubling." The U.S. and South Korea are planning two major military exercises off the Korean Peninsula in a display of force intended "to deter future aggression" by North Korea, the White House said. ►The start of WWIII. The war will begin in November of 2010 and will end in October of 2014. Will start as a normal war, then will include usage of nuclear and chemical weapons. Vanga

Supreme Court Will Hear Hank Skinner Case

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.aclu.org/blog/capital-punishment/supreme-court-will-hear-hank-skinner-case

In March, we told you about the case of Henry "Hank" Skinner, who was convicted of the 1993 murder of his girlfriend and her two adult sons. Skinner came within 24 hours of being executed before the Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay so it could decide if it would review his case. Today, the high court agreed to hear his case. The DNA evidence found at the crime scene could prove Skinner's innocence, which he has maintained all along. Skinner has been asking for this evidence to be tested for the past 10 years, but the courts have denied these requests. They assert the tests should have been done at his original trial.

Secret US spaceplane spotted in orbit by hobbyists

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Science

Link: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/24/x37b_spotted_in_orbit/

Amateur astronomers believe they have located the X-37B US military unmanned spaceplane, which was launched into orbit on a classified mission a month ago. We now know where, but not why or what. According to the authoritative skygazers' site Heavens-Above, the X-37B is in an orbit angled up 40 degrees from the Equator, meaning that it passes regularly over all nations between southern Europe and South Africa and corresponding portions of south Asia, Australia, Latin America and much of the USA. The little spaceplane is at a height of approximately 400km above Earth.

Anger mounts over US oil spill - Video

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/2010523181049226923.html

Anger is mounting along the Gulf Coast of the United States as a massive oil slick washes into fragile wetlands in the southern state of Louisiana. The US government has blamed the spill on energy giant BP, warning on Sunday that it will push the company out of the operation to contain the leak if it decides the firm is not responding well enough.

Pentagon Contractor Profits Rise ---Along With Casualties

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m66325&hd=&size=1&l=e

The fighting in Afghanistan this week has resulted in the deaths of Canadian Colonel Geoff Parker, 42, of Oakville, Ontario, and U.S. Colonel John McHugh, 46, of W. Caldwell, New Jersey. It also claimed the lives of Lieutenant Colonels Paul Bartz, 43, of Waterloo, Wis., and Thomas Belkofer, 44, of Perrysburg, Ohio. Other fatalities were Staff Sgt. Richard Tieman, 28, of Waynesboro, Pa., and Specialist Joshua Tomlinson, 24, of Dubberly, La.

Wall Street Reform Turns Out Great for Wall Street

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/146990/wall_street_reform_turns_out_great_for_wall_street_--_why_aren%27t_the_big_banks_being_punished/

I was among those initially raving about the passage of the financial reform bill. And now I am just raving. “Unbelievable,” said one advocate who hoped for the best but expected the worst. He was amazed it even passed. The wise men in the media immediately began making comparisons with the New Deal. The pundits praised the president and the fact that a handful of Republicans did not just say no this time.

Canadian Government Pays Organization To Troll Political Chat Forums Harper administration monitors online political discussion

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.propagandamatrix.com/articles/may2010/052410_troll_forums.htm

The next time you struggle to comprehend how someone could spend their time trolling the Internet in order to defend and downplay whatever government cover-up or abuse is in the news this week, consider the fact that they may be on a government payroll. The Canadian government has been caught paying a media group to monitor online political discussion and respond to "misinformation," in order words to spread state-sanctioned propaganda, in the latest scandal to hit the Harper administration.

Coast Guard Commandant: Government Must Stick with BP

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Coast-Guard-Commandant-Government-Must-Stick-with-BP--94788724.html

The U.S. Coast Guard commandant says there is no alternative at this point but to allow BP to continue with the steps it is taking to stop the deep sea oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama administration faced more sharp questions on Monday about BP's response to the disaster, and how the government is overseeing operations.

Major Change Down Below...

May 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://monkeyfister.blogspot.com/2010/05/major-change-down-below.html

I've put everything back into proper chronological order, and have begun adding images and video for documentary purposes. I've been watching the live Spillcam, and discussing it with folks, here all day long. About 5pm last night, we all started taking note of gas bubbling out of the seabed floor. It started earlier than that, actually-- see pic a few posts down. About 1am this morning, the eruptions began to increase in spew volume.

Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons

May 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/23/israel-south-africa-nuclear-weapons

Exclusive: Secret apartheid-era papers give first official evidence of Israeli nuclear weapons. The secret military agreement signed by Shimon Peres, now president of Israel, and P W Botha of South Africa. Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state's possession of nuclear weapons.

Gaza children's camp destroyed

May 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/05/201052310367932926.html

Armed men attack and torched a UN-run summer camp for boys and girls of the Gaza Strip. Dozens of masked men have broken into a UN-run Gaza summer camp for children and set it on fire, after beating up the guard and destroying the plastic tents. The men blocked Gaza Strip's main coastal highway on Sunday before destroying the facility, one of the largest of several summer camps across the occupied Palestinian territory run by UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Battlefields contaminated with depleted uranium bred cancer plague - Video

May 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Iraq, Health

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m66260&hd=&size=1&l=e

Depleted uranium has been used for nearly 20 years as sub-ammunition of artillery shells in international conflicts like the two Iraq Wars and the NATO conflict with Serbia, but the long-term effects of it are unknown...In Iraq, many doctors believe that the radiation leaked from old weapons used by foreign forces in 1991 and 2003 are continuing to have a deadly impact. They fear that the remains of the substance are spreading cancer through the population and contaminating water. Seven years after the invasion of Iraq, people there are still dying from its after-effects. In cities and towns across the country, old munitions are leaking radiation, with horrific consequences. "The number of cancer cases among children increased by 227 per cent in the period from 2005 to 2007," stated Doctor K. Suleiman. "Experts at the University of Basra Research Center claim that toxic agents will continue having a harmful effect on human health for the next 50 years."...

Obama blames BP and orders probe - Video

May 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/20105231713717747.html

The US president has blamed the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on "a breakdown of responsibility" at energy giant BP as he unveiled a commission to investigate the disaster. "First and foremost, what led to this disaster was a breakdown of responsibility on the part of BP and perhaps others, including Transocean and Halliburton," Obama said in his toughest remarks yet on companies linked to the spill.

US Senate rubber-stamps the dictatorship of the big banks

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Police State

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/bank-m22.shtml

The US Senate’s passage of the Obama administration’s financial reform bill Thursday was hailed in the media and by official Washington as a landmark effort to curb the power of the big banks. But on Wall Street itself, the news was greeted with a mixture of dismissal and applause. Bank stocks soared on Friday, with the share price of JP Morgan Chase, one of the biggest finance houses, surging 5.9 percent and helping drive the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 125 points. Other bank stocks rose sharply: Bank of America up 4.7 percent, Goldman Sachs up 3.3 percent, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and Citigroup. The S&P financial sector index was up 3.6 percent overall.

US court rejects Afghan prison suit

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/201052215812788229.html

A US appeals court has refused to give prisoners at an American military base in Afghanistan the same legal right to challenge their imprisonment as detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. The three-judge panel on Friday sided with the Obama administration, ruling that US courts do not have jurisdiction over the legal petitions by the prisoners at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and ordered that their cases be dismissed.

Burden of Irish debt could yet eclipse that of Greece

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2010/0522/1224270888132.html

What will sink us, unfortunately but inevitably, are the huge costs of the September 2008 bank bailout, IT IS no longer a question of whether Ireland will go bust, but when. Unlike Greece, our woes do not stem from government debt, but instead from the government’s open-ended guarantee to cover the losses of the banking system out of its citizens’ wallets.

As oil blankets Gulf Coast, further evidence of BP’s criminality

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/gulf-m22.shtml

Each passing day brings two basic realities into starker and starker relief: the direct culpability of BP in the Gulf Coast oil spill, and its total incapacity or unwillingness to contain the oil blanketing the shoreline. Oil in the marshes of the Mississippi Delta – Photo: Plaquamines Parish GovernmentOn Wednesday, Schlumberger, the oilfield services company, which had been contracted to do testing on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, revealed that BP skipped a critical test of the cement seals of the drill well, which would have detected that the cementing job was not adequate.

Big Oil & Conflicts of Interest: Obama Owns This Mess

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/22-7

INTERIOR SECRETARY Ken Salazar and President Obama say they will split up the Minerals Management Service to separate the arm that inspects and investigates the oil industry from the arm that last year collected $13 billion in royalties and fees from the industry. Both Obama and Salazar say this will ensure "there is no conflict, real or perceived.''

Obama Fail: Month After Oil Gusher, Why is BP Still In Charge?

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/22

Days after the Gulf Coast oil spill, the Obama administration pledged to keep its "boot on the throat" of BP to make sure the company did all it could to cap the gushing leak and clean up the spill.

US Soldiers Face Probe Into Afghan Deaths; Civilian Casualties Still Rising

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.truthout.org/us-soldiers-face-probe-into-afghan-deaths-civilian-casualties-still-rising59744

Kabul, Afghanistan - The U.S. military is investigating allegations that a small group of American soldiers deliberately killed three Afghan civilians in a series of shootings earlier this year, Western officials familiar with the case said Friday.
Military officials have detained one soldier with the Army's 5th Stryker Brigade based in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, said the officials, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the case.

Great Depression 2.0. Bet on it!

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://novakeo.com/?p=6910

Will Germany drag the world into another Great Depression? Deficits create demand. Demand generates spending. Spending generates economic activity. Economic activity generates growth. Growth generates jobs, increases government revenues, reduces deficits and ends recessions. Simple, right? When consumers have too much debt, they will not spend no matter how low interest rates are. This is not theory, this is fact. If the government cuts spending at the same time as consumers, then overall spending declines and the economy slips into recession. This is what the deficit hawks want–a return to recession. This is politics, not economics.

Rand Paul: "Principled Libertarian"? Not.

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.thenation.com/blog/rand-paul-principled-libertarian-not-0

Now I’m guessing Robert Scheer wrote his Truthout piece praising Rand Paul as "a principled libertarian in the mold of his father, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas ("we need more of that impulse in the Congress") before the media firestorm over Paul’s long-standing and not-exactly-secret opposition to the l964 Civil Rights Act, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. In case people haven’t figured it out yet this creep is a FASCIST!

Boycott Targets Stars From Elvis To Elton

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.politicaltheatrics.net/2010/05/boycott-targets-stars-from-elvis-to-elton/

“In reaction, a music industry insider confirmed that the winds could be shifting. The music executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity in light of his ongoing business ties with artists, said that in recent months he had approached more than 15 performing artists with proposals to give concerts in Israel. None had agreed. The contracts offered high levels of compensation. He called them ‘extreme, big numbers that could match any other gig.’”

US to help fund Israeli 'Iron Dome' project

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/us-to-help-fund-israeli-iron-dome-project-1979973.html

American lawmakers slaves have overwhelmingly backed a proposal to provide Israel with $205m (£142m) to speed up the deployment of a short-range anti-missile system. The US House of Representatives voted 401-4 in favour of President Barack Obama's plan to fund Israel's Iron Dome project, designed to protect the country from rocket and artillery shell attacks.

The trial of the man who tried to arrest George W. Bush - Videos

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, World, Politics

Link: http://www.voltairenet.org/article165482.html

On March 17, 2009, Mohawk activist Splitting the Sky (STS) attempted a citizens’ arrest on George W. Bush in Calgary (Canada), his first foreign visit as a private citizen without diplomatic immunity. Brutally arrested for his action, STS earned his "day in court" in March 2010 to highlight the hypocrisy of the Canadian Government for allowing Bush into Canada, in breach of its own laws. STS is a compelling example of the duty of citizens to act when our governments and their agents are derelict in their own duty.

BP switches on live video from oil leak

May 21st, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/20/deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-live-web-footage

Gush of oil from Deepwater Horizon oil spill now being broadcast live after BP accused of withholding information from ocean floor. One month after the fiery collapse of the Deepwater Horizon, BP bowed to demands from scientists and members of Congress this week and has posted a live video feed of the gusher of oil on the ocean floor. The decision came only hours after a hearing in Congress in which BP was accused of withholding data from the ocean floor, and blocking efforts by independent scientists to come up with estimates for the amount of crude spewing into the Gulf each day. Ed Markey, who presided over the hearing, said BP would post the footage on the website of his house subcommitte on energy independence and global warming as early as Wednesday night. It was delayed but is now live.

O'odham Nation Fights Toxic Waste Dump

May 21st, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51533

MEXICO CITY, - The Tohono O'odham indigenous people are counting the days to the October expiry date of the permit granted to a toxic waste management company for a landfill dump in their territory, in the northern Mexican state of Sonora.

Obama and Attention Deficit Democracy

May 21st, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/bovard05212010.html

In his commencement address at the University of Michigan on May 1, President Obama warned that public ignorance subverts self-government. Obama declared: “When we don’t pay close attention to the decisions made by our leaders, when we fail to educate ourselves about the major issues of the day... that’s when democracy breaks down. That’s when power is abused.”

"This. Is. Serious." Environmentalism is Dead

May 21st, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/vickery05212010.html

Another tragedy befalls the environment and we can count on those that were once environmentalists to capitalize, figuratively and literally. As you read, perhaps a 1000 or so organizations are happily signing (or being bribed to sign) yet another refined letter to President Obama, praising his efforts to date and encouraging 'change'. With stellar coordination, you witness the appeals via email from these faux-enviros that clearly state how you can save the sea turtles, or protect the shrimp, or rid us of our reliance on oil by donating today.

Another day, another rescue

May 21st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/europe/2010/05/21/another-day-another-rescue

EU finance ministers are meeting again in Brussels to stem the financial crisis, but chances are little will be achieved. It has been like trying to stem a flood in a dam. Every time they plug the leak in one place, the water starts gushing out of another. And now here we are in Brussels on what is another important day for the Euro and the European Union. This latest emergency meeting of the bloc’s 27 finance ministers is an attempt to show the world markets that Europe and the Eurozone in particular is getting its house in order. But what is agreed here isn’t just important financially – it has political implications for the whole European Union.

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