Obama administration blocked efforts to stop BP oil drilling before explosion

Obama administration blocked efforts to stop BP oil drilling before explosion By Joe Kishore 10 May 2010 In 2009, the Obama administration intervened to support the reversal of a court order that would have halted offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who has long had close ties to the industry, specifically cited BP’s Deepwater Horizon operation as one that should be allowed to go forward, according to a group involved in the court case. A Washington DC Appeals Court ruled in April 2009 that the Bush administration’s five-year plan for offshore oil and gas drilling (covering 2007 to 2012) was not based on a proper review of the environmental impact of the drilling. Only days before the ruling, the Obama administration had granted BP a "categorical exclusion," exempting it from an environmental impact study for the Deepwater Horizon project.

Save Sea Turtles and Polar Bears from Big Oil’s Double-Barreled Threat

Quick action! Save Sea Turtles and Polar Bears from Big Oil's Double-Barreled Threat (Defenders of Wildlife) 10 May 2010 Even in the wake of the ongoing offshore oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, Big Oil's high-paid lobbyists are pushing for more dirty, dangerous offshore drilling and less action to address climate change and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. If they win, it means big trouble for imperiled polar bears and sea turtles, which are threatened by climate change and dirty offshore drilling. Send a message to senators now and urge them to say "Yes!" to comprehensive legislation to address climate change and "No!" to more dangerous offshore drilling.

Markets rally on EU bail-out

Markets rally on EU bail-out 10 May 2010 The European Central Bank overrode internal misgivings and intervened to buy eurozone government bonds Monday as part of a massive financial support scheme that eased pressure on the area’s most indebted countries. Investors welcomed the move, bidding up Global shares, especially financial stocks, as well as Irish and Portuguese bond prices.

Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record

Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record 07 May 2010 Nearly 40 million Americans received food stamps -- the latest in an ever-higher string of record enrollment that dates from December 2008 and the U.S. recession, according to a government update. Food stamps are the primary federal anti-hunger program, helping poor people buy food. Enrollment is highest during times of economic distress. The jobless rate was 9.9 percent, the government said on Friday. The Agriculture Department said 39.68 million people, or 1 in 8 Americans, were enrolled for food stamps during February, an increase of 260,000 from January. USDA updated its figures on Wednesday.

Australia: Flu vaccination ban goes national after fever, convulsions in children

Flu vaccination ban goes national after fever, convulsions in children 23 Apr 2010 Seasonal flu vaccinations across Australia for children under five have been suspended after 23 children in Western Australia were admitted to hospital with convulsions following their injections. One child, aged 1, remains in a coma in a Perth hospital. More than 60 children around the state may have had adverse reactions to the vaccine, including fevers, vomiting and febrile convulsions - a type of fit brought on by a high fever.

In Iraq's bloodiest day of 2010, attacks kill 100

In Iraq's bloodiest day of 2010, attacks kill 100 10 May 2010 A man with explosives strapped to his body blew himself up in a crowd, bombers struck a southern city and gunmen sprayed fire on security checkpoints in attacks Monday that killed at least 100 people in Iraq's deadliest day this year. Officials were quick to blame insurgents linked to al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq for the shootings in the capital, saying the militants were redoubling efforts to destabilize the country at a time of political uncertainty over who will control the next government.

Kagan May Mean a More Conservative Court

Kagan May Mean a More Conservative Court By Stuart Taylor Jr. 10 May 2010 One irony of President Obama's nomination today of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court is that the effect of a Democratic president filling the seat of Republican-appointed Justice John Paul Stevens will likely be to make the Court more conservative... Kagan's record suggests that she probably falls to the right of Stevens -- arguably the most liberal current justice -- at least on the presidential-power and war-on-terror issues that may be more important than any others that come before the justices in our times.

Obama chooses Kagan for high court, stresses her 'restraint'

Obama chooses Kagan for high court, stresses her 'restraint' 10 May 2010 Calling her a "trailblazing lady," President Obama announced his nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court in a ceremony Monday morning in the White House. ...Kagan once hosted a celebratory dinner for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia when he marked his 20th anniversary on the high court, and another time she drew a standing ovation from members of the Federalist Society during a national convention on campus. In part because of that track record, some liberal activists had come to consider Kagan one of the more conservative people on Obama's working list of potential nominees.

Brown to quit as Labour leader

Breaking: Brown to quit as Labour leader 10 May 2010 Gordon Brown has sensationally revealed his intention to quit as Labour leader. In a speech on the steps of 10 Downing Street, the PM said his party will elect a new leader by the time of its next conference in September. But he will not stand or back any particular candidates. He added Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has approached Labour about entering "formal negotiations" on forming a coalition government.
Full text of Gordon Brown's statement today 10 May 2010

Europe approves massive bailout package

Europe approves massive bailout package 10 May 2010 European Union finance ministers have agreed on a rescue deal worth more than 500 billion euros ($717 billion) to stop the financial crisis in Greece from spreading to other fragile EU economies. In an emergency meeting, EU finance ministers pledged to do "whatever it takes" to underpin the sinking euro currency and to prevent a second phase of the global financial crisis. The enormity of the combined guarantee mechanism is reminiscent of the global emergency leading up to the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

Obama Picks Kagan, Backer of Indefinite Detention Without Trial, for High Court

President Barack Obama to pick U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan as U.S. Supreme Court nominee (CLG compilation) 09 May 2010 You know you're in trouble when Faux News is calling her 'a brilliant woman.'
During her hearings to be confirmed as Solicitor General, the New York Times paraphrases Kagan as saying "that someone suspected of helping finance Al Qaeda should be subject to battlefield law -- indefinite detention without a trial -- even if he were captured in a place like the Philippines rather than a physical battle zone." --Charlie Savage, Obama's War on Terror May Resemble Bush's in Some Areas, The New York Times, 17 Feb 2009. (Wikipedia)

Oakland's Braden is perfect against Rays

Oakland's Braden is perfect against Rays 09 May 2010 Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history, shutting down the majors' hottest team and leading the Oakland Athletics to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to shortstop for the final out. Braden pitched the A's first perfect game since Hall of Famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter's gem on May 8, 1968, against the Minnesota Twins.

Pakistan Taliban were 'behind NY bomb plot'

Pakistan Taliban were 'behind NY bomb plot' 09 May 2010 Senior White House officials said today that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the failed Times Square car bombing. The attempt marks the first time the group has been able to launch an attack on US soil. While US officials have downplayed the threat - citing the bomb's lack of sophistication - some feared the incident in Times Square and the Christmas Day airline bomb attempt indicated growing strength by overseas terrorist groups linked to al-Qa'ida [al-CIAduh].

Chicken quip grounds high-flying Senate candidate

Chicken quip grounds high-flying Senate candidate 07 May 2010 Right wing, left wing, chicken wing. Suddenly Nevada politics is all about chickens -- bad news for the Republican Senate front-runner but a ray of hope for struggling Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. Sue Lowden recently suggested bartering with doctors for medical care -- "our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor." The line from the millionaire casino executive and former beauty queen immediately became a late-night joke and YouTube sensation, and upended a GOP race that had been hers to lose.

Holder: Administration to seek rights limits for terror suspects, including US citizens

Holder: Administration to seek rights limits for terror suspects, including US citizens 09 May 2010 In the wake of the Times Square bombing plot, the Obama administration said on Sunday it wants to work with Congress on possible limitations of the constitutional rights afforded terrorism suspects -- even for American citizens. Attorney General Eric Holder said changes may be needed to allow law enforcement more time to question suspected terrorists before they are told about their Miranda rights to a lawyer and to remain silent under interrogation. [See: Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into [is] a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against... Note: This essay was written in 2003, under the Bush regime. But since Obama is out-Bushing-Bush, it needs a fresh look. --LRP]

Tea Party ousts veteran Republican Bob Bennett in Utah

Tea Party ousts veteran Republican Bob Bennett in Utah 09 May 2010 The conservative grassroots Freedumb Works-backed Tea Party movement claimed its first major scalp in the US political establishment yesterday as the veteran Republican senator Bob Bennett was deselected by delegates in his home state of Utah for being too moderate. Bennett, 76, has been in office since 1992 and is an ally of the Republican senate leader, Mitch McConnell. His defeat at the hands of two political newcomers was partly due to anger over his support for the White House's $700bn bailout of the banking system at the height of the global financial crisis.

BP plans to park oil box, unload new equipment

BP plans to park oil box, unload new equipment 09 May 2010 Crews planned Sunday to park the giant oil containment box on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, and offload equipment that could be used in a new attempt to stem the flow of gushing into the sea. The equipment to be offloaded from another vessel would use a tube to shoot mud and concrete directly into the well's blowout preventer, a process that could take two to three weeks. But BP PLC spokesman Mark Proegler told AP that no decisions have been made on what step the company will take next. The company was considering several options, including the technique known as a "top kill," Proegler said. [I think they've already implemented that technique. --LRP]

Rig firm's $270m profit from deadly spill

Rig firm's $270m profit from deadly spill --Transocean has already received a cash payment of $401m with the rest due in the next few weeks. 09 May 2010 The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and causing a giant slick, has made a $270m (£182m) profit from insurance payouts for the disaster. The revelation by Transocean, the world’s biggest offshore driller, will add to the political storm over the disaster. The company was hired by BP to drill the well. The "accounting gain" arose because the $560m insurance policy Transocean took out on its Deepwater Horizon rig was greater than the value of the rig itself. [WHY are the Transocean executive offices still standing? We need the Athens protesters to 'find' them.]

North Pole rainfall 'bizarre': climatologist

North Pole rainfall 'bizarre': climatologist 29 Apr 2010 Spring showers are next to non-existent in the High Arctic, so Environment Canada's senior climatologist says he's baffled to hear that it rained near the North Pole this week. A group of British scientists working off Ellef Ringnes Island, near the North Pole, reported being hit with a three-minute rain shower over the weekend. The group reported the rain on Tuesday. Rain in the High Arctic in April is nothing short of bizarre, said David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada. Phillips said 50 to 60 years of historical weather data show no signs of rainfall ever occurring in April in the High Arctic. "For the end of April, it is really bizarre," he said.

'Consequences' if Pakistan car bomb link - Hillary Clinton

'Consequences' if Pakistan car bomb link - Hillary Clinton 08 May 2010 Pakistan faces "very severe consequences" if a terror plot like the failed Times Square bombing was traced to that country, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said... "We've made it very clear that if -- heaven-forbid -- an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences," Mrs Clinton told 60 Minutes, according to excerpts released by the CBS TV network.

BP oil dome found not to work

BP oil dome found not to work 09 May 2010 The BP oil dome that was to have contained oil from the Gulf of Mexico disaster has not been working as well as first hoped. The potential for environmental damage has become worse since it was found that crystals had been building up in the dome, making it more buoyant and clogging up the pipes that were meant to suck up the oil from the damaged pipe. The 100-tonne steel-and-concrete dome, while initially working well, has been closed down temporarily while crews decide how to solve the problem.

Number of Soldiers Seeking Opiate Abuse Treatment Skyrockets

Number of Soldiers Seeking Opiate Abuse Treatment Skyrockets 06 May 2010 The number of American soldiers seeking treatment for opiate abuse has skyrocketed over the past five years, at a time when the U.S. military has been surging forces into the heart of the world's leading opium producer. Pentagon statistics obtained by FoxNews.com show that the number of Army soldiers enrolled in Substance Abuse Program counseling for opiates has soared nearly 500 percent -- from 89 in 2004 to 529 last year. The number showed a steady increase almost every year in that time frame -- but it leaped 50 percent last year when the U.S. began surging troops into Afghanistan.

Million gallons of oil a day gush into Gulf of Mexico

Million gallons of oil a day gush into Gulf of Mexico 09 May 2010 An extraordinary account of how the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred emerged yesterday in leaked interviews with surviving workers from the rig... Oil-covered birds caught by the outer edges of the 135-mile slick are now being found. Word also came yesterday that the oil spill may be five times worse than previously thought. Ian MacDonald, a biological oceanographer at Florida State University, said he believed, after studying Nasa data, that about one million gallons a day were leeching into the sea, and that the volume discharged may have already exceeded the 11 million gallons of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, widely regarded as the world's worst marine pollution incident.

Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Sq. Plot, Holder Says

Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Sq. Plot, Holder Says 09 May 2010 Attorney General Eric Holder says the Pakistani Taliban was "intimately involved" in the failed Times Square bombing. Holder says the Taliban in Pakistan "directed this plot." A U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, Faisal Shahzad is accused of spending five months in Pakistan before returning to the United States in February and preparing his attack. Holder says the Taliban also planned and perhaps financed the plot. [AND, guess who's funding THEM? See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit By Lori Price.]

Broke New York bomber collected cash from Pakistan

Broke New York bomber collected cash from Pakistan 09 May 2010 Almost a week after Faisal Shahzad’s arrest at John F Kennedy airport, Pakistani and US officials are still seeking fabricating evidence that links him to the Taliban and other terrorist groups. On Friday investigators in Karachi questioned four alleged Islamic militants believed to have been in contact with Shahzad. At the same time, senior US officials described Shahzad as a "lone wolf" who until his arrest was sleeping on an air mattress in a sparsely furnished flat in Connecticut, where he whiled away his evenings working on a wooden model of a mosque.

Bombs planted in home of policeman kill 3 in Iraq

Blackwater is a busy little bee! Bombs planted in home of policeman kill 3 in Iraq 08 May 2010  Bombs planted inside the home of a policeman in northern Iraq exploded Saturday, killing him, his mother and one other resident, a security official said. The bombing was one of several attacks around Iraq's north that killed at least 10 people over the weekend. The early morning attack took place on a home in the town of Amirli, just south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, and injured five other people.

Tsunami warning lifted after 7.4 quake in Indonesia

Tsunami warning lifted after 7.4 quake in Indonesia 09 May 2010 A local tsunami alert was issued and later lifted after an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck Sumatra, Indonesia, the country's quake agency and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Sunday. West Aceh police chief Djoko Widodo, told Reuters that the quake, which happened at 0559 GMT around 140 miles south of Banda Aceh, briefly caused panic.

Minister determined to toughen Palestinian prisoners' conditions

Minister determined to toughen Palestinian prisoners' conditions --Prime Minister Netanyahu removes his objection to new bill aimed at pressuring Hamas, but Israel Prison Service officials fear it will lead to revolt within jails. Internal Security Minister Aharonovitch says decision will not be influenced by possible riots 09 May 2010 Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch is determined to advance a new bill aimed at toughening the condition of Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel, despite the Israel Prison Service's objection. The new limitations are meant to pressure Hamas to advance the talks on a prisoner exchange deal with Israel, which will lead to the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

10 killed in US drone attack in Pakistan

10 killed in US drone attack in Pakistan 09 May 2010 At least ten people have been killed in the latest US missile strike in tribal regions in northwestern Pakistan, local security officials confirm. According to two Pakistani intelligence officials on Sunday, a US drone fired two missiles that hit the house of local tribesman Awal Gul in Enzer Kasa village of the Datta Khel area in North Waziristan, a tribal region near the Afghan border. A total of 300 people have so far lost their lives in 42 drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal belt this year. [Gee, why on earth would a person with family in Pakistan want to plant a bomb in the middle of Times Square?]

AP: Bubble of methane triggered rig blast

AP: Bubble of methane triggered rig blast 08 May 2010 The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before exploding, according to interviews with rig workers conducted during BP's internal investigation. While the cause of the explosion is still under investigation, the sequence of events described in the interviews provides the most detailed account of the April 20 blast that killed 11 workers and touched off the underwater gusher that has poured more than 3 million gallons of crude into the Gulf.


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