Toxic Oil Spill Rains Warned Could Destroy North America

Toxic Oil Spill Rains Warned Could Destroy North America 24 May 2010 A dire report prepared for President Medvedev by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources is warning today that the British Petroleum (BP) oil and gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico is about to become the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history threatening the entire eastern half of the North American continent with "total destruction". Russian scientists are basing their apocalyptic destruction assessment due to BP’s use of millions of gallons of the chemical dispersal agent known as Corexit 9500 which is being pumped directly into the leak of this wellhead over a mile under the Gulf of Mexico waters and designed, this report says, to keep hidden from the American public the full, and tragic, extent of this leak that is now estimated to be over 2.9 million gallons a day.

Israelis open fire on Gaza workers

Israelis open fire on Gaza workers 26 May 2010 Hours after 16 people were wounded by Israeli warplanes; Israeli soldiers have opened fire on Palestinians, wounding three workers in the Gaza Strip. The incident happened in the northern parts of the coastal strip on Wednesday, a Press TV correspondent reported. The Palestinians were collecting scrap metal when Israeli forces opened fire from their check point on the Gaza border.

Signs of trouble evident hour before oil rig explosion

Signs of trouble evident hour before oil rig explosion 25 May 2010 Oil company BP had three indications of trouble aboard the doomed drill rig Deepwater Horizon in the hour before the April 20 explosion that sank the offshore platform, congressional investigators reported Tuesday. Witnesses reported the well was spurting liquid and pressure tests indicated "a very large abnormality" was occurring aboard the rig, according to a memo released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday afternoon... The well unexpectedly spouted fluid three times in the 51 minutes before the explosion and pressure on the drill pipe "unexpectedly increased" before the blast, the memo states.

Obama administration defends BP response to oil spill disaster

Obama administration defends BP response to oil spill disaster By Andre Damon 25 May 2010 Amid growing popular anger over BP’s disastrous response to the gulf coast oil spill, the Obama administration came to the company’s defense on Monday, while again rejecting any federal takeover of the response. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen defended BP’s actions at a White House press conference on Monday, calling them "rational." Allen said that he could not see any reason why the federal government should take over the response to the oil spill. Allen said that he was "satisfied with the coordination that is going on," and that BP is "exhausting every technical response" to the leak. He added that "There’s no reason to make a change" to the official response to the oil spill. When asked to clarify whether BP or the US government was in charge of the cleanup, Allen said that the two were working in "partnership."

Baghdad gold market raids leaves 15 dead

Blackwater is a busy little bee! Baghdad gold market raids leaves 15 dead --Jewellery shops' staff, bystanders and a robber killed as gunmen target gold stores with assault rifles, bombs and RPGs 25 May 2010 At least 15 people have been killed after masked men armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles opened fire in a mass raid on a busy jewellery market in Baghdad today. About 10 gunmen rampaged through a street lined with gold shops in the Bayaa district, south-west of the capital. They launched grenades and made off with gold and money after firing at shopkeepers.

Polar Bears Face "Tipping Point"

Polar Bears Face "Tipping Point" By Kieran Mulvaney 25 May 2010 Polar bear populations are unlikely to decrease steadily and predictably as their sea ice habitat shrinks and thins due to climate change, says a new study by Canadian scientists. Rather, numbers are likely to decline gradually and then suddenly fall off a cliff as the bears reach a "tipping point" in relation to their deteriorating environment. The reason polar bears have frequently been held up as the iconic species of climate change is that their survival is intimately and inextricably linked to sea ice. As Arctic sea ice declines in extent and thickness, the species' ongoing viability, at least in some areas of its range, is a cause for concern.

Israel planes raid Gaza, hover

Israel planes raid Gaza, hover 25 May 2010 Israeli warplanes carry out multiple raids on the southern parts of the Gaza Strip, raising the prospects of more airstrikes as they hover over the coastal sliver. The Tuesday attacks targeted tunnels near a disused airport in the city of Rafah, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Hamas calls Flotilla threats terrorism

Hamas calls Flotilla threats terrorism 25 May 2010 The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has condemned Israeli threats against a multinational Gaza-bound aid convoy, Freedom Flotilla. The fleet, consisting of nine vessels from Turkey, Ireland, Britain and Greece, is on its way to break the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip. It carries around 10,000 tons of construction material, medical equipment and school supplies, as well as around 750 activists. Israeli authorities have vowed to throttle the relief. Israeli media have also warned that the activists were to be put under arrest.

Proposal to lift ban on gays in military in doubt

Proposal to lift ban on gays in military in doubt 25 May 2010 A lukewarm endorsement from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and opposition among some lawmakers cast doubt Tuesday on whether Congress this week would lift a 17-year-old ban on gays serving openly in the military. Gay rights' groups predicted that the bill might pass the House but face a tough road in the Senate.

Oil reaches Louisiana shores

Oil reaches Louisiana shores 24 May 2010 Over one month after the initial explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, crude oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico, and oil slicks have slowly reached as far as 12 miles into Louisiana's marshes. (Photos)

Deepwater Horizon survivors allege they were kept in seclusion after rig explosion, coerced into signing legal waivers

Deepwater Horizon survivors allege they were kept in seclusion after rig explosion, coerced into signing legal waivers 21 May 2010 According to two surviving crew members of the Deepwater Horizon, oil workers from the rig were held in seclusion on the open water for up to two days after the April 20 explosion, while attorneys attempted to convince them to sign legal documents stating that they were unharmed by the incident. The men claim that they were forbidden from having any contact with concerned loved ones during that time, and were told they would not be able to go home until they signed the documents with which they were presented.

Obama to inspect Gulf Coast oil spill Friday

Useless is as useless does: Obama to inspect Gulf Coast oil spill Friday 25 May 2010 President Obama will travel to Louisiana's Gulf Coast on Friday to inspect damage from the oil spill gusher. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirms that Obama will take a break from a Memorial Day weekend holiday trip to Chicago to make the trip. This will be Obama's second visit to the region since last month's explosion and sinking of oil giant BP's Deepwater Horizon rig.

Obama set to send 1,200 troops to US-Mexico border

Obama set to send 1,200 troops to US-Mexico border 25 May 2010 President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border, an administration official and an Arizona congresswoman said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment. Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities, they said. The National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, analysis and training, and support efforts blocking fomenting drug trafficking.

IG report: Meth, porn use by drilling agency staff

IG report: Meth, porn use by drilling agency staff 25 May 2010 Staff members at an agency that oversees offshore drilling accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies and used government computers to view pornography, according to an Interior Department report alleging a culture of cronyism between 'regulators' and the industry. In at least one case, an inspector for the Minerals Management Service admitted using crystal methamphetamine and said he might have been under the influence of the drug the next day at work, according to the report by the acting inspector general of the Interior Department.

North Korea tells military to prepare for war

North Korea tells military to prepare for war --North Korea cuts all ties with the South 25 May 2010 North Korea today hit back at Seoul by announcing it would sever all links, escalating the standoff over accusations that the North sank a South's warship. North Korea's state news agency KCNA also reported that Pyongyang would expel all South Koreans from a joint-industrial zone in Kaesong, near the border. The announcement came as a monitoring group in Seoul reported that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, last week ordered his military to prepare for war in case the South attacks.

BP will continue live video feed during 'top kill' attempt

BP will continue live video feed during 'top kill' attempt 25 May 2010 BP says it will continue to provide a live video feed of the ruptured pipe gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico during Wednesday's planned top kill procedure to seal the well. Earlier Tuesday, there had been some consternation on Capitol Hill when it wasn't certain BP would maintain the live feed. Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts expressed concern Tuesday that BP might terminate the images during the top kill attempt. "It is outrageous that BP would kill the video feed for the top kill," said Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts before BP's announcement to continue the live video.

FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers

FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers 25 May 2010 "I voted for you," the caller said in a voice mail to Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler’s district office. "If you vote for that stimulus package, I’m gonna kill you. Simple as that." The FBI says the caller was a 70-year-old resident of Shuler’s North Carolina district with a history of mental illness and a cache of guns... The threat against Shuler is one of several detailed in 2009 FBI documents provided to POLITICO pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request.

US to expand secret operations

US to expand secret operations 25 May 2010 The United States is planning to expand its secret military operations across the Middle East, central Asia and east Africa, a newly-released report says. The secret activities are apparently designed to "penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy" terror cells such as al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh], the New York Times said on Monday, citing a military document. The directive was approved in September by US General David Petraeus.

Inspector General's Inquiry Faults Regulators

Inspector General's Inquiry Faults Regulators --24 May 2010 Federal 'regulators' responsible for oversight of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico allowed industry officials several years ago under Bush to fill in their own inspection reports in pencil -- and then turned them over to the regulators, who traced over them in pen before submitting the reports to the agency, according to an inspector general’s report to be released this week. The report, which describes inappropriate behavior by the staff at the Minerals Management Service from 2005 to 2007, also found that inspectors had accepted meals, tickets to sporting events and gifts from at least one oil company while they were overseeing the industry.

CIA Had Plan to Portray Saddam Hussein as Pedophile

CIA Had Plan to Portray Saddam Hussein as Pedophile [In psychology, they call that *projection.*] 25 May 2010 The CIA had a bag of dirty tricks ready for Saddam Hussein in preparation of the 2003 American invasion of Iraq that included making him look like a pedophile. It also had something similar planned for Osama bin Laden. The Washington Post blog Spy Talk, citing former CIA officials, said one devious tactic involved creating a video showing the Iraqi strongman purportedly having sex with a teenage boy. "It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera," one ex-CIA official told Spy Talk's Jeff Stein. "Very grainy, like it was a secret videotaping of a sex session." The ex-CIA officials said the idea was then to "flood Iraq with the videos."

Seven arrested for Kabul attack on Nato convoy

Seven arrested for Kabul attack on Nato convoy 25 May 2010 Afghan authorities say they have arrested seven people in connection with last week's attack in the capital, Kabul, which killed six Nato soldiers. Four colonels -- three of them American and one Canadian - died in the car bombing which killed 18 people. At least 52 people were injured in the deadliest attack this year on foreign troops in the Afghan capital.

Fliers who make 'pithy comments' may appear on TSA's radar

Fliers who make 'pithy comments' may appear on TSA's radar 25 May 2010 Airline passengers who get frustrated and kick a wall, throw a suitcase or make a pithy comment to a screener could find themselves in a little-known Homeland Security database. The Transportation Security Administration says it is keeping records of people who make its screeners feel threatened as part of an effort to prevent workplace violence [!?!]. Privacy advocates fear the database could feed government watch lists and subject innocent people to extra airport screening.

NOAA: Warmest April Global Temperature on Record

NOAA: Warmest April Global Temperature on Record --Warmest January-April 17 May 2010 The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for both April and for the period from January-April, according to NOAA. Additionally, last month’s average ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for any April, and the global land surface temperature was the third warmest on record. The monthly analysis from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center is based on records going back to 1880.

Oil spill brings 'death in the ocean from top to bottom'

Oil spill brings 'death in the ocean from top to bottom' By Frank Pope 24 May 2010 It has been an hour since our sport-fishing boat started streaking through the freshly oil-soaked marshes of Pass a Loutre, but we’re still only halfway through the slick. Eighteen miles out and the stink of oil is everywhere. Rashes of red-brown sludge are smeared across vast swaths, between them a swell rendered faintly psychedelic with rainbow-coloured swirls. Cutting the engines, we slide to a stop near Rig 313. We’re not supposed to be in the restricted zone [b*** me, BP], but other than the dispersant-spraying aircraft passing overhead there’s no one to see us. Despite the thick oil, we’ve seen only two clean-up boats out of the 1,150 that the response claims to have on site: one was broken down, the other was towing it.

U.S. Orders Expanded Use of Covert Action, Paves Way for Possible Iran Strikes

U.S. Is Said to Order Expanded Use of Covert Action in Middle East --'The precise operations that the directive authorizes are unclear.' 24 May 2010 The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats foment terrorism in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents. The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.

U.S. agency overseeing oil drilling ignored warnings of risks

U.S. agency overseeing oil drilling ignored warnings of risks 24 May 2010 The federal agency responsible for regulating offshore oil drilling repeatedly ignored warnings from government scientists about environmental risks in its push to approve energy exploration activities quickly, according to numerous documents and interviews. Minerals Management Service officials, who receive cash bonuses for meeting federal deadlines on leasing offshore oil and gas exploration, frequently altered their own documents and bypassed legal requirements aimed at ensuring drilling does not imperil the marine environment, the documents show. This has dramatically weakened the scientific checks on offshore drilling that were established under landmark laws such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, according to those who have worked with MMS, which is part of the Interior Department.

'Insurgents' at BP's HQ

'Insurgents' at BP's HQ 24 May 2010 BP-Halliburton has executed a large-scale act of terror on US land and sea. Where are the 'insurgents' when you need them? They obviously should be at BP's HQ until there is no more BP HQ. (Facebook group)
Dolphin in BP oil gusher
Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill 02 Jun 2010 Here's what President Obama didn't see when he visited the Gulf Coast: a dead dolphin rotting in the shore weeds. "When we found this dolphin it was filled with oil. Oil was just pouring out of it. It was the saddest darn thing to look at," said a BP contract worker who took the Daily News on a surreptitious tour of the wildlife disaster unfolding in Louisiana. His motive: simple outrage. "There is a lot of coverup for BP. They specifically informed us that they don't want these pictures of the dead animals. They know the ocean will wipe away most of the evidence. It's important to me that people know the truth about what's going on here," the contractor said.

BP Kept Using Toxic Chemical in Gulf After E.P.A. Deadline

BP Kept Using Toxic Chemical in Gulf After E.P.A. Deadline 24 May 2010 The effort to stanch the vast oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was mired by setbacks on Monday as state and federal officials feuded with BP over its failure to meet deadlines and its refusal to stop spraying a chemical dispersant. The oil company had indicated that it could stem the flow of oil on Tuesday by trying a procedure known as a top kill, in which heavy fluid would be pumped into the well. But on Monday morning the company’s chief operating officer said the procedure would be delayed until Wednesday.

US troops in Afghanistan outnumber those in Iraq

US troops in Afghanistan outnumber those in Iraq 24 May 2010 There are more US troops in Afghanistan than Iraq for the first time since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, officials say. New Pentagon figures show there are currently around 94,000 troops in Afghanistan compared to 92,000 in Iraq. Up to 50,000 are expected to remain there until the end of 2011 to help train and equip Iraqi forces. [Not to mention, thousands of mercenaries, terrorists, sociopaths, scumbags, druglords and other assorted nutjobs on the Pentagon's payroll. It's an open sewer. --LRP]

Israel favors 'crippling' Iran sanctions

Israel favors 'crippling' Iran sanctions 24 May 2010 Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor says Tel Aviv favors the imposition of more 'crippling' UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. "I do believe the regime of sanctions may work,…[although] it is not as comprehensive or as crippling as I would want it to be," Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor was quoted as saying by Reuters. [Why aren't sanctions invoked against Israel for *its* nuclear weapons programs?]


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