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Hole in the World

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.thenation.com/article/36608/hole-world

Now Everyone gathered for the town hall meeting had been repeatedly instructed to show civility to the gentlemen from BP and the federal government. These fine folks had made time in their busy schedules to come to a school gymnasium on a Tuesday night in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, one of many coastal communities where brown poison was slithering through the marshes, part of what has come to be described as the largest environmental disaster in US history.

Flotilla organizers: We'll take Israel to The Hague

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=294219

Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Free Gaza Movement says it will take the State of Israel to the International Criminal Court over last month's raid on an aid ship that left nine civilians dead. Twelve lawyers from countries whose citizens took part in the voyage are collecting evidence and testimonies from passengers, human rights lawyer Audrey Bomse told Ma’an.

Report: Toxins Found in Whales Bode Ill for Humans

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/24-10

Sperm whales feeding even in the most remote reaches of Earth's oceans have built up stunningly high levels of toxic and heavy metals, according to American scientists who say the findings spell danger not only for marine life but for the millions of humans who depend on seafood.

Peru's tribal groups chide president for vetoing rainforest law

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/24/peru-president-blocks-conservation-law

Indigenous groups in Peru responded with fury after the country's president, Alan Garcia, blocked a law which would have helped them stop oil, gas and mining projects on tribal land. Amazon tribes and other groups said the intervention would hinder efforts to protect their way of life and to control the multibillion dollar rush for natural resources in the rainforest.

Biologist: Ocean pollution ‘threatening the human food supply’

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0624/biologist-ocean-pollution-threatening-human-food-supply/

Sperm whales feeding even in the most remote reaches of Earth's oceans have built up stunningly high levels of toxic and heavy metals, according to American scientists who say the findings spell danger not only for marine life but for the millions of humans who depend on seafood.

Senator introduces legislation to shift tax burden back to billionaires

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

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0624/senator-reintroduces-legislation-shift-tax-burden-billionaires/

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is sick of the super-rich avoiding estate taxes. On Thursday, he made good on his word: he today introduced legislation to restore the estate tax on the wealthiest Americans, which he says would bring in at least $264 billion in the next ten years to help reduce the national debt.

Half Past Human March 2010 Predictions Of Oil Disaster

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.rense.com/general91/pred.htm

Report by Clif High of www.halfpasthuman.com "The oceans are described as being not as before." "oceanic nightmare." "many areas of costal habitat are forecast to be effectively forbidden for use." "Destruction of life support systems." "humans and other life directly impacted by large clouds of drifting complex methane..." "Substantial changes within our planetary environment under ocean" "The un-natural disasters are showing as being a particular problem over July through August"

Militarizing the Gulf Oil Crisis

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Police State

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/mcclintock06242010.html

In the Gulf, the forever spill has become the forever war. A calamity of untold magnitude is unfolding and, alongside it, a strange militarization has emerged, as the language for managing the crisis becomes the language of war. War-talk is firing from the mouths of local officials, TV pundits, the Coast Guard and journalists. Campaigning frantically to protect Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal urges the TV cameras: “We need to see that this is a war….a war to save Louisiana…a war to protect our way of life.”

The Feckless President: Paralyzed in the Face of Crisis

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article19949

Call me a conspiracy theorist. I have speculated since the assassination of John Kennedy in 1963 that the true source of power in this country is neither the people nor those we elect to public office. It is neither the governors nor the congress nor the regal senators nor the president of the United States that call the shots on national policy. It is rather the corporate aristocracy that is neither elected nor American by any standard.

Petraeus Expected to Tone Down Attempts to Avoid Civilian Deaths

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/06/24/petraeus-expected-to-tone-down-attempts-to-avoid-civilian-deaths/

Though the replacement of Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus as the commander in Afghanistan isn’t expected to have any major positive effects, like ending the war or at least slowing the escalation, it seems that it is having some negative effects.

Australian prime minister Rudd ousted in political coup

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/rudd-j24.shtml

In extraordinary events over the past 24 hours, Rudd was removed through a campaign orchestrated by multi-national mining companies, the Murdoch media and other corporate interests and implemented through a series of backroom manoeuvres by right-wing factional warlords and union bureaucrats.

Israelis Keep the Trigger Tight

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m67345&hd=&size=1&l=e

June 24, 2010 - "Where is my daddy? Why is he not coming home? I want my daddy," sobs seven- year-old Yasmin, her big blue eyes filling with tears. She wakes up crying every night. "My life only began when I met him. I will never meet such a wonderful man again," Yasmin's mother Moira Julani tells IPS. While it is just another statistic for the Israelis, another Palestinian family has been torn apart. U.S. citizens, 17-year-old Hannah, 15-year-old Mirage and seven-year-old Yasmin are now fatherless. Former Texan Moira, nee Reynolds, who left the U.S. 17 years ago to start a new life with her husband in Jerusalem, has lost her soul mate...

I Am a Protester, Not a Terrorist

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/24-2

The cops were on all sides —on foot, on bikes or motorcycles, in paddy wagons or unmarked minivans. The protest was boisterous and peaceful. People danced and sang and talked to strangers — which is the greatest thing about protests. Still, it’s hard not to feel anxious when you are surrounded by guns.

Methane and Martial Law in the Gulf of Mexico

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://my.auburnjournal.com/detail/153055.html

Earlier this week Reuters reported on a massive amount of methane discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler said methane gas levels in some areas are “astonishingly high.” Kessler recently returned from a 10-day research expedition near the BP oil gusher. Kessler’s team measured both surface and deep water within a 5-mile (8 kilometer) radius of BP’s destroyed wellhead. “There is an incredible amount of methane in there,” Kessler told reporters. He said the level may be as much as one million times the normal level.

Oil Industry Insider and CFR Member Predicts Gulf Evacuation

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://revolutionradio.org/?p=2244

Buried in an article on Gulf of Mexico scenarios and predictions, Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post quotes Matthew Simmons, founder and chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International. In response to a tropical storm brewing in the Caribbean, Simmons says: “We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states. Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people?… This story is 80 times worse than I thought.”

Supreme Court weakens key anti-corruption law

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0624/part-enron-bosss-conviction-quashed-supreme-court/

Two high-profile prosecutions criticized; Conrad Black's fraud conviction vacated; Part of Enron boss’s conviction vacated

Kagan Calls Israeli Judge Dredd “My Judicial Hero”

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://www.infowars.com/kagan-calls-israeli-judge-dredd-my-judicial-hero/

New video has emerged on the eve of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings which shows Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan praising an Israeli activist judge as “my judicial hero,” underscoring Kagan’s alarming hostility to the Constitution and her views on empowering appointed judges with political agendas. Under Kagan’s definition of the government’s role in policing free speech, the state would also have a remit to censor things like newspaper editorials, as well as the political opinions of radio talk show hosts or television reporters.

Too much government? Paul stands alone against spill subpoena power

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0624/government-ron-paul-stands-oil-spill-subpoena-power/

When the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to grant subpoena powers to a presidential commission formed to investigate the BP oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, the sole "no" vote was cast by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). A Paul spokeswoman declined to comment on the vote, but the Texas libertarian is well known as a supporter of offshore drilling.

WikiLeaks Founder Drops 'Mass Spying' Hint

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25806.htm

In an interview with the ABC's Foreign Correspondent, Mr Assange said cryptically of WikiLeaks' current project: "I can give an analogy. If there had been mass spying that had affected many, many people and organisations and the details of that mass spying were released then that is something that would reveal that the interests of many people had been abused."

Things Have Never Been Worse for Israel, Ignoring the Tsunami

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25801.htm

The superpower under whose patronage we shelter is becoming increasingly weak and increasingly distant, and the Middle East is becoming unstable.

WHO IS BEHIND THE TERRORISTS? ….. ONE GUESS!

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/who-is-behind-the-terrorists-one-guess/

Just for a moment, I want you to consider the possibility that maybe 99% of the terrorists in the world are manufactured fakes, a bloody theater to serve the interests not of fringe groups, but of entire nation-states?

Innocent Until Proven Indigent

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/innocent-until-proven-indigent

The numbers are staggering: 90 percent of all criminal defendants fall below the poverty line; incarceration rates have increased 800 percent in the last 30 years; and the statistics continue to pile up as the disparity between resources for public defense and prosecution widen. The ability for indigent defenders to find a state-provided defense, with the time and money to offer a thorough representation, has become increasingly rare.

U.S. Congress Approves Strong Unilateral Sanctions on Iran

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Iran

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51946

Escalating Washington's growing confrontation with Iran, both houses of Congress Thursday approved a sweeping unilateral sanctions package designed to pressure Tehran into curbing its nuclear programme.

Anti-Iran Bill in House Makes Claims With No Basis in Fact

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Iran

Link: http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/06/anti-iran-bill-in-house-makes-claims-with-no-basis-in-fact/

Representative Jim Costa (CA) sponsored a bill introduced into the U.S. Congress on Tuesday “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the one-year anniversary of the Government of Iran’s fraudulent manipulation of Iranian elections, the Government of Iran’s continued denial of human rights and democracy to the people of Iran, and the Government of Iran’s continued pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.”

The zionist Undercover Hasbara !!!

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/diaries/85-diaries/6500-the-zionist-undercover-hasbara-

In their endeavor to beautify occupation and killing the children, to legitimize the Gaza siege and starving a whole people of ethnically cleansed refugees, the zionists are inventive in recruiting a huge army of undercover internet “surfers” to clean the mess and wash the blood shed by the zionist occupiers !!!

Beyond BP

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

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/pers-j23.shtml

More than two months have passed since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico set off what has become the worst environmental disaster in the history of the United States. The amount of oil that has spewed into the Gulf, poisoning one of the most important ecological and economic regions of the country, is still unknown, but has to be figured in the tens of millions of gallons at least.

News in Brief: Judge With Oil Investments Blocks Drilling Moratorium, and More ...

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

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/news-brief-judge-with-oil-investments-blocks-drilling-moratorium-and-more60714

A US district judge with investments in affected energy firms blocked President Obama's six-month drilling moratorium Tuesday, The Washington Post reports. The judge's repeal allows BP and other companies to resume deepwater drilling in the wake of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

U.S. scores dead last again in healthcare study

June 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65M0SU20100623

Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system, according to a report released on Wednesday. The United States ranked last when compared to six other countries -- Britain, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, the Commonwealth Fund report found.

Senators Challenge Pres. Obama on Rumors of Amnesty Thorugh Executive Actions

June 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.numbersusa.com/content/news/june-21-2010/senators-challenge-pres-obama-rumors-executive-order-amnesty.html

Several Senators have learned of a possible plan by the Obama Administration that would provide a mass Amnesty for the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens. Led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), eight Senators addressed a letter to the President asking for answers to questions about a plan that would allow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide an amnesty if they can't secure enough votes for a bill in the Senate.

Reports: IAF Landed at Saudi Base, US Troops near Iran Border

June 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, War, Iran

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=12917

The Israeli Air Force recently unloaded military equipment at a Saudi Arabia base, a semi-official Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday, while a large American force has massed in Azerbaijan, which is on the northwest border of Iran. Both reports follow by less than a week the Pentagon’s confirmation that an unusually large American fleet sailed through the Suez Canal Saturday. Several reports stated that an Israeli ship joined the armada.

Media Disinformation: The Demonization of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez

June 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article19946

“We were always cautious about the triumph of President Obama. Early on, we began to take note of the truth, that the empire is here, alive and more threatening than ever.”- Hugo Chavez Frias. It is said when you can’t beat ‘em, that you might as well make common cause with them, but in the case of President Hugo Chavez and the government of Venezuela this doesn’t seem to be the logical choice of the U.S. State Department, and the corporate ‘mainstream’ media at all.

Witnessing Against Torture: Why We Must Act

June 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/kelly06232010.html

Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. U.S. Constitution Amendment I. An old cliché says that anyone who has herself for a lawyer has a fool for a client. Nevertheless, going to trial in Washington, D.C., this past June 14, I and twenty-three other defendants prepared a pro se defense. Acting as our own lawyers in court, we aimed to defend a population that finds little voice in our society at all, and to bring a sort of prosecution against their persecutors.

New home sales at record low as tax credit expires

June 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/New-home-sales-at-record-low-rb-1870401482.html?x=0

Sales of new homes dropped a record 32.7 percent in May to the lowest level in at least four decades as the boost from a popular tax credit faded, adding to worries over a slowing economic recovery.

Reports: IAF Landed at Saudi Base, US Troops near Iran Border

June 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/138231

The Israeli Air Force recently unloaded military equipment at a Saudi Arabia base, a semi-official Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday, while a large American force has massed in Azerbaijan, which is on the northwest border of Iran.

“The kin of the dead can’t forget why they hate America”

June 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.redress.cc:80/americas/pjballes20100623

Paul J. Balles says the reason why so many people in the Arab and Muslim worlds hate the United States is not envy of American wealth or power but injustice and greed. And the solution is simple: "Stop occupying their countries. Stop controlling others' land, populations, governments and resources." Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid tells of a polite Oklahoman who held a copy of his latest novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and examined the face on its cover, comparing it to Hamid’s.

Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist

June 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65L6IA20100622

As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday. Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler, just back from a 10-day research expedition near the BP Plc oil spill in the gulf, says methane gas levels in some areas are "astonishingly high."

Further evidence of criminal negligence by BP and US government in Gulf disaster

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

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/gulf-j22.shtml

Evidence of the criminal negligence of BP and the US government in the run-up to the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion continues to mount. BP’s decision to ignore important safety warnings for the sake of profit and repeated regulatory green lights from the Bush and Obama administrations made a disaster like that presently overtaking the Gulf of Mexico all but inevitable.

Supreme Court backs use of terrorism law against free speech

June 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/scus-j22.shtml

In the only “terrorism”-related case this term, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld 6-3 a provision of law making it a federal crime to “knowingly provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization,” even if the “support” consists only of “expert advice or assistance” for “lawful, non-violent purposes”—in other words, political speech.

Judge Blocks Gulf Offshore Drilling Moratorium

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

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/22-12

A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill. The White House said the administration would appeal. It had halted approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling at 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.

The American Way of War: The Dismal "War on Terror" from Bush to Obama

June 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/22-7

A year and a half into the presidency of Barack Obama, any hopes that he would usher in a dramatic rethinking of U.S. foreign policy have been more or less definitively dashed. Notwithstanding the wild-eyed warnings of right-wing hawks who see Obama as "the first post-American president", with a covert agenda that is part Saul Alinsky and part Frantz Fanon, the president has so far proven himself to be have little inclination to break with the past when it comes to foreign policy.

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