Powerful prayer to St. Michael the Archangel - video ~ link
Lord Stirling's news blog EUROPE
BP pursues at least five ways to stop oil spill ~ link ~ BP says it is working on at least five possible approaches for halting the spew of oil from a damaged well deep in the Gulf of Mexico that is feeding one of the worst spills in U.S. history.
The company says all of the plans are moving forward simultaneously, even though some may turn out to be unnecessary or unsuccessful. But several of the ideas, once considered backup solutions, have begun to figure more prominently into the sweeping effort, including work on a subsea collection system for leaking oil and the drilling of a relief well to stop the flow from the damaged one.
As a last-ditch effort, BP began Monday afternoon drilling a relief well into the damaged well with the hope of permanently sealing it, though that process could take 60 to 90 days, company officials said.Oil Apocalypse ~ link ~ According to the Associated Press, to solve the British Petroleum (BP) undersea oil disaster "depends on a low-tech strategy that has never been attempted before in deep water. The scheme: lower 74-ton, concrete-and-metal boxes into the gulf to capture the oil and siphon it to a barge waiting at the surface. Whether that will work for a leak 5,000 feet below the surface is anyone's guess; the method has previously worked only in shallower waters. If it doesn't, and efforts to activate a shutoff mechanism called a blowout preventer continue to prove fruitless, the oil probably will keep gushing for months until a second well can be dug to cut off the first."
The media and the US government are being very low key about this. Even Greenpeace and the Sierra Club are merely talking about political action of the "E-mail President Obama" type. It is almost as if a very high level directive has been issued ordering the media not to panic the population of the western hemisphere. However, if the oil continues to flow undersea, the ocean will begin to die.
This catastrophe is far beyond the capability of BP corporation. It is astonishing that international resources are not being brought into mobilization immediately. President Obama assures us that "BP will pay." That's not the point, Mr. President. BP is likely to be bankrupt if and when this catastrophe concludes. The point is not even the economic livelihood of America's southern Gulf Coast, as much as we pity all of the folks who will suffer economic deprivation because of man playing God. The point is the health of the oceans of planet earth, upon which all life is dependent.
First fact, the original estimate was about 5,000 gallons of oil a day spilling into the ocean. Now they're saying 200,000 gallons a day. That's over a million gallons of crude oil a week! I'm an engineer with 25 years of experience. I've worked on some big projects with big machines...First, the BP platform was drilling for what they call deep oil. They go out where the ocean is about 5,000 feet deep and drill another 30,000 feet into the crust of the earth. This it right on the edge of what human technology can do. They hit a pocket of oil at such high pressure that it burst all of their safety valves all the way up to the drilling rig and then caused the rig to explode and sink. The pressure behind this oil is so high that it destroyed the maximum effort of human science to contain it. When the rig sank it flipped over and landed on top of the drill hole. Now they've got a hole in the ocean floor.
They have to get the oil rig off the hole to get at it, in order to try to cap it. Do you know the level of effort it will take to move that wrecked oil rig, sitting under 5,000 feet of water? Then, how do you cap the hole in the ocean floor?
If we can't cap that hole, then oil is going to destroy the oceans of the world. It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife. Are you starting to get the magnitude of this?
We're so accustomed to our politicians creating false crises to forward their criminal agendas that we aren't recognizing that we're staring straight into possibly the greatest disaster mankind will ever see. Imagine what happens if that oil keeps flowing until it destroys all life in the oceans of this planet. Who knows how big a reservoir of oil is down there? Oceans are critical to maintaining oxygen in the atmosphere.
Climate Change in the Gulf of Mexico from the oil slick; Oil Slick could cause a drought across the Southern USA ~ link ~ The oil slick from the sunken Transocean owned Deep Water Horizon Rig and BP well is sealing the Gulf of Mexico's sea water and preventing evaporation and clouds from forming.
Gulf spill could hit your wallet ~ link ~ If they don't stop this bastard from gushing millions of gallons of crude oil soon, this will become a global economic and health problem of a truly massive nature.
Goldman Sachs Reveals It Shorted Gulf of Mexico one day before the sinking of an oil rig in that body of water.~ link ~ The new revelations came to light after government investigators turned up new emails from Goldman employee Fabrice "Fabulous Fab" Tourre in which he bragged to a girlfriend that the firm was taking a "big short" position on the Gulf.
"One oil rig goes down and we're going to be rolling in dough," Mr. Tourre wrote in one email. "Suck it, fishies and birdies!"Hopi Prophecy ~ link ~ "This is the Seventh Sign: You will hear of the sea turning black, and many living things dying because of it."
US Secretary of Defense Gates: Iran moves to challenge US in Mideast ~ link ~ Gates has been the pro-war Defense Secretary for both Bush and Obama. He has us in two wars in the Middle East now and soon will have us in a third. This man is very bad news! He is also full of crap! Iran has the ability to use doomsday Advanced Biological warfare weapons against Israel, North America and Europe but its classical conventional weaponry are a joke compared to what we can use against them.
Ahmedinejad accuses US and Israel of planning nuclear attack on Iran ~ link ~ Sad to say, but it will likely come to that.
Arab state spotlight Israel at nuclear meeting at UN ~ link
Rabbi Lerner's Home Attacked by Right-Wing Zionists ~ link ~ I like the good Rabbi and have run several articles by him. He is a reasonable man of peace. That some nuts would attack his home shows how crazy some people really are.
The attackers used a powerful form of glue to attach posters to his door and around the property of his home attacking Lerner personally, and attacking liberals and progressives as being supporters of terrorism and "Islamo-fascism." They posted a printed bumper sticker saying "fight terror--support Israel" next to a carcature of Judge Goldstone whose UN report on Israel's human rights violations in its attack on Gaza last year has been denounced as anti-Semitic and pro-terror by right wingers in Israel and the U.S.. The caricature has Goldstone talking about his being kept from his grandson's bar mitzvah, and the caricature of Rabbi Lerner responds by saying "any enemy of Israel is a friend of mine." This attack and vandalism follows on a week filled with Lerner and Tikkun staff receiving hate mail, prompted apparently by Tikkun's announcement that in case the South African Zionists had succeeded in preventing Judge Goldstone from attending his grandson's bar mitzvah, as they threatened several weeks ago, that Rabbi Lerner would gladly hold the bar mitzvah in the SF Bay Area instead, and following Tikkun's announcement that in light of Goldstone's courageous willingness to stand up for human rights in Israel (his report called on the Israeli government to do its own independent, pulbic and credibly objective investigation, punish those responsible for the crimes or show that they didn't happen, and thereby show that these actions were not government policy but the mistakes or evil choices by people in the IDF who were acting as rogue elements and not as a manifestation of the people of Israel) that Tikkun will award our prestigious Tikkun Award to Judge Goldstone in 2011 at the event celebrating our 25th anniversary! This story, which was prominent in Ha'aretz and many other Jewish magazines and websites, has intensified anger against Lerner and Tikkun among those who seek to perpetuate the Occupation, and great support among those who realize that the Occupation is really hurtful both to Israel and to the Jewish people world-wide
British party leaders make final tour of UK for votes ~ link ~ Prime Minister Gordon Brown hinted that he could step aside if his Labor Party fails to win a fourth consecutive election Thursday, as most polls suggest.
Recent surveys have indicated that David Cameron, hoping to end his center-right Conservative Party's 13 years in opposition, would either win a slim majority in parliament or fall just short of it.
But a new poll showed the race tightening again.Nick Clegg accuses Tories over education plans ~ link ~ Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said analysis by the influential think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies revealed the Tories would have to cut departmental spending by 21.7% by the end of the next parliament.
Mr Clegg said this would mean £28.8 billion being cut from the Department of Children, Schools and Families' budget over the next five years.Clegg: "Vote with your heart and make the difference" ~ link
Cameron's confidence ahead of British election puts off some ~ link
Brown unleashes 'seaside czar' and promises North Sea Riviera ~ link ~ Gordon Brown is showing himself to be almost as full of crap as Phony Tony Blair.
Gordon Brown unleashed his secret weapon, his last-minute electoral game-changer, yesterday: he appointed Duncan Bannatyne to be his “seaside czar”.
Seemingly oblivious to the possibility that he might be ousted from Downing Street by the end of the week, the “delighted” Prime Minister announced that the Dragons’ Den star had agreed to “lead a review into the economic and tourism potential of seaside towns up and down the country”.The Criminalization of Wall Street: Will Any Exec at Goldman Sachs Go To Jail? ~ link ~ For the last two years, I have felt lonely and isolated with my calls for a jail-out, and insistence that theft, fraud and crime are at the heart of the economic disaster that has befallen us. I have written two books documenting my contention and just released the film Plunder The Crime of Our Time treating the economy as crime scene.
There are a few other voices out there making a similar claim---Bill Black, the former Bank regulator,
Most say finance professionals considered the "smartest men in the room" only made "mistakes" because of economic trends no one could have anticipated.
Never mind the 1000 plus bankers who went to prison after the S&L crisis. That was then, and this is now, nearly ten years after the financial services industry pulled off a costly legislative coup through lobbying and campaign contributions to erode regulations and decriminalize the playing field. With a major PR campaign in a complicit media, they packaged their agendas in the language of modernization and innovation.
Bernanke's Biggest Bailout ~ link ~ The right-wing think-tank, the American Enterprise Institute, is helping the Federal Reserve to develop a strategy to transfer $1.25 trillion in toxic mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and non performing loans onto the public's balance sheet. Although it's unknown whether Fed chair Ben Bernanke will act on the AEI's recommendations, it does show that the Fed's Quantitative Easing program (QE)--which moved the bulk of garbage assets from the banks to the Fed's balance sheet--poses long-term problems that will need to be addressed. Bernanke never intended to keep these assets any longer than necessary. Now he is actively exploring options for getting rid of them.
It's a shame that congress can't figure this stuff out. Bernanke is merely acting as one would expect. He's bent-over-backwards to save the banks from nationalization and to keep their political and financial power intact. He's also usurped congress's power over the purse-strings by initiating fiscal policy (in the purchasing of the toxic assets) which is well-beyond the Fed's mandate. Now he's putting the finishing touches on another giant bailout so he can clear the Fed's books and resume the arduous task of bubblemaking.
Is it really that hard for congress to figure out what's going on?
War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning - with video ~ link ~ A Force from Hell!
The vanquished know war. They see through the empty jingoism of those who use the abstract words of glory, honor, and patriotism to mask the cries of the wounded, the senseless killing, war profiteering, and chest-pounding grief. They know the lies the victors often do not acknowledge, the lies covered up in stately war memorials and mythic war narratives, filled with stories of courage and comradeship. They know the lies that permeate the thick, self-important memoirs by amoral statesmen who make wars but do not know war. The vanquished know the essence of war—death. They grasp that war is necrophilia. They see that war is a state of almost pure sin with its goals of hatred and destruction. They know how war fosters alienation, leads inevitably to nihilism, and is a turning away from the sanctity and preservation of life. All other narratives about war too easily fall prey to the allure and seductiveness of violence, as well as the attraction of the godlike power that comes with the license to kill with impunity.
But the words of the vanquished come later, sometimes long after the war, when grown men and women unpack the suffering they endured as children, what it was like to see their mother or father killed or taken away, or what it was like to lose their homes, their community, their security, and be discarded as human refuse. But by then few listen. The truth about war comes out, but usually too late. We are assured by the war-makers that these stories have no bearing on the glorious violent enterprise the nation is about to inaugurate. And, lapping up the myth of war and its sense of empowerment, we prefer not to look.Thailand 'Red Shirt' protest leaders welcome PM's offer but want details ~ link ~ Protest leaders said they agreed in principle Tuesday with a government-proposed compromise to end Thailand's deadly political crisis, but refused to leave their camp in Bangkok's streets until details can be worked out.
Pressure on both sides to end the 8-week-old stalemate has grown in recent days, with the government fending off calls for a crackdown on the paralyzing protest and the anti-government "Red Shirts" attempting to recover from a public relations debacle caused by their raid of a hospital.Katyn 2 ~ link ~ I have my doubts about this site and story but since I do not have all the information on the Polish presidential plane crash, I remain open to various theories and possibilities. I do, however, think it is unlikely that "Russia did it".
The video made several minutes after the crash of Polish president's plane near Smolensk, Russia is true, Military Prosecutor's Office of Poland said, the Azerbaijani news agency APAreports quoting CNN Turk.
The video shows three moving silhouettes, arms, person jumping from the plane, laughter and the pilot's voice calling for help are heard.
The author of the video is reportedly Andrey Menderey. He was stabbed shortly after the video was released on the internet. Andrey Menderey was unplugged from the artificial respirator by an unidentified person.
Poland was the only country in the EU that refused to strengthen its currency, as its Zloty being weak was a benefit to the Polish economy in exports, employment and tax revenues. The national bank governor had said he would not take loans from the IMF…they had even been so bold as to offer to loan the IMF money! But after the governor’s untimely death the IMF loans have started against his plans.
Poland is the only country that is not in recession in Europe, it’s actually grown 2.75% this year, and 1.7% last year, and growth projections are even higher for next year. Its debt is quite low compared to other countries at around 50% of its GDP. We can expect Poland to be absorbed into the Eurozone and increasing the size of its debts as its Central Bank governor was taken in the crash.
North Dakota is the only of the 50 US states to grow, and they have a state bank. As the state of North Dakota illustrates, economies can grow in spite of a general decline surrounding it, and Poland is another shining example of growth against the surrounding trends. Poland’s economy is indeed no joke.
After a licensed Novartis bird flu vaccine killed 21 homeless people in Poland in the summer of 2008, Poland refused the Swine flu vaccination, and was the only country in Europe to do so.
Poland and Italy were the only two countries in the EU to threaten to veto EU climate change plans.
Two weeks before the horrible plane crash involving the Polish Government and its finance head, the IMF visited Poland. They remarked that Poland was the only prosperous country in the EU, and also the last member signing into the European Union. They were wanting the Polish government to embrace the Euro as the sole unit of money, even though the polish Zloty has grown in value against the sinking Euro. And now a nation’s military heads and government have been deposed at one fell swoop.
Cui Bono: Who Stands To Gain?
Prime Minister Tusk is an EU-friendly politician in contrast to the leaders who died in the plane crash, and appears to be talented at doublespeak – much like Obama, showing support for policies that the public supports, in contrast to what he actually stands for and represents. Before the crash, Polish politicians were becoming more nationalistic and preferred Polish self-determination over international government and corporate cooperation.
Tusk’s party is predicted to win the next presidential election. The only two other presidential candidates died in the crash, publicly accepted and popular but now cast aside due to tragedy. The date of the presidential election has been moved up from October to June, giving Tusk’s party the advantage. His party’s victory will cement the dominance of the European Union over Poland, and quite conveniently just in time for Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley to move in to dominate and corrupt their financial system.
The European Union stands to gain the most. Certainly, Russia doesn’t benefit from this affair, except perhaps in the form of military dominance. But those aggressions have long since past, and Poland is not a big threat to Russia. The EU wants Poland to step into line with their program, so that they can go on to the next stage of global governance. With the last piece of their puzzle being put into place, the EU is now being fully united in a corporate body.
What is the message that this oddly-timed regime change has brought to the people of the free world, countries and leaders who wish to resist the globalist empire? Oppose us and die! Greece, Italy, Ireland and other states within the EU have shown their desire to stand apart from complete EU governance and the domination of the Euro, and now Poland has been made an example of. Dare oppose the IMF, the Eurozone, EU-mandated vaccinations and the global powers-that-be, and you will be dealt with most severely.
Over 50 Ukrainian journalists chain themselves to train to protest restrictions on the independent media ~ link ~ This is linked to the Russia vs. NATO struggle going on in Eastern Europe in general and in the Ukraine in specific.
EU plans to boost GM crop cultivation ~ link ~ GM crops are high on the list of likely causes for the die off the a large part of the bee population. Without the bees, humans will also die off.
EU Jews take stand against Israel ~ link ~ Thousands of European Jews, including a number of EU parliament members, have signed a petition warning against systematic support for Israeli policies.
The petition, which was slated to be delivered to the European Parliament on Sunday, is signed by more than 3,000 European Jews, including renown French philosophers Bernard-Henri Levy and Alain Finkielkraut.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Greens leader in the European Parliament, was also among the signatories of the petition, the Associated Press reported.
Supporters of the group, dubbed Jcall, take issue with Israel's domestic and foreign policies, most notably the regime's settlement project on occupied Palestinian land in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
"These policies are morally and politically wrong and feed the unacceptable delegitimization process that Israel currently faces abroad," reads the petition.
It adds that Israel faces a threat in the "occupation and the continuing pursuit of settlements in the West Bank and in the Arab districts of East Jerusalem."
Drawing much of their inspiration from J Street, a liberal Jewish lobbying group in the Unite States, Jcall concludes that "systematic support of Israeli government policy is dangerous and does not serve the true interests of" Israel.
South Korean President Lee: Sinking of SK warship Cheonan was "no simple accident" ~ link ~ The likelihood of a Korean Theater to the coming Third World War is now very high. The evil and nutty North Korean leader has been trying everything to secure a peace treaty with America (both for strong economic benefits and also to stay out of the coming global war) but this stunt was way overboard and appears to be backfiring dramatically.