Powerful prayer to St. Michael the Archangel - video ~ link
Lord Stirling's news blog EUROPE
Containment chamber nears Gulf seabed oil leak - with photos ~ link ~ The four-story structure, BP's only short-term hope of controlling the spewing crude, is designed to fit over the biggest of two leaks nearly one mile below the water and funnel the escaping oil to a surface tanker.
But the technique has never been tried at that depth, where engineers guiding remotely operated vehicles battle darkness, currents and intense undersea pressure. BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward warned there was no certainty of success.
"The pressures and temperatures are very different here, so we cannot be confident that it will work," Hayward told CNN.
He said the dome was being lowered "very carefully" on to the leak, and the next three to four days would be spent making the connections to try to pump crude to the surface.
Gulf of Mexico oil disaster: Amount of oil gushing from will 'could increase 12 fold' ~ link ~ The well is currently spewing 5,000 barrels a day, or about 210,000 gallons, but that figure could reach 60,000 barrels a day, equivalent to 2.5 million gallons a day, if efforts to stop the leaks fail.
The figure was given in a briefing by executives from BP and Transocean, which owned the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig, to the Congress House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Russian newspaper: Why not just nuke the Gulf oil geyser ~ link ~ This is what I said, the other day, that must be considered as a back up plan.
As British Petroleum scrambles to affix a four-story, 70-ton dome over the massive oil geyser venting toxic sludge into the Gulf of Mexico, people everywhere are wondering what else can be done to stem the deadly tide.
Komsomoloskaya Pravda, Russia's best-selling daily publication, has an idea: Why not just nuke it?
During the Soviet years, Russia's communists had to deal with numerous oil disasters and on five different occasions they employed controlled, underground nuclear blasts to quickly solve the problem.
[The] underground explosion moves the rock, presses on it, and, in essence, squeezes the well’s channel," Pracda reported.Oil leak in Gulf of Mexico can be stopped with nuclear explosion ~ link ~ This is a translated article, but it is readable. The Soviets/Russians have used nukes five times to stop gas/oil ruptures.
First underground nuclear explosion was used to extinguish burning gas wells in "Urt-Bulak (80 km from Bukhara) 30 September 1966. Мощность заряда составила 30 килотонн. Power charge was 30 kilotons. Для сравнения в Хиросиме взорвалась бомба примерно в 20 килотонн. For comparison, the Hiroshima bomb exploded about 20 kilotons. Но на высоте 600 метров. But at a height of 600 meters. А под Бухарой - на глубине полтора километра. A near Bukhara - at a depth of six kilometers.
Идея метода проста: подземный взрыв сдвигает породу, прессует ее и по сути сдавливает русло скважины. The idea of the method is simple: an underground explosion pushes the rock, presses it and actually squeezes the channel well.How the oil spill containment dome works ~ link ~ Good overview.
Florida has most to lose from oil slick ~ link ~ If this goes on for several months and in fact increases many fold, the planet itself will be at danger (or at least most life on the planet).
Transocean faces court cases over oil spill ~ link
David Cameron opens talks with Liberal Democrats after election ends with hung parliament ~ link ~ From the sound of it, the Tories are holding back on their offer to the LibDems. They are likely to increase their offer as they really want to take over the government in the next couple of days. On the public surface, the talk is all about election reform and other LibDem manifesto issues. In private, you can be sure that issues like the number and specific nature of Cabinet seats and the position for Nick Clegg and his most senior people are key. If the LibDems form a coalition government with the Conservatives it will have a clear and strong majority and could last for years. If they chose to form a coalition with Labour, they will still need some minor party support to govern and such a weak government is not apt to last past a year or so.
Nick Clegg's options with the Tories ~ link ~ Nick Clegg has three paths to choose from. One is a full coalition, led by David Cameron but with Lib Dem ministers in his Cabinet, implementing a joint policy programme over a set time-frame.
The second, which Mr Cameron also highlighted and which may be his preferred option, is a looser deal under which he governed alone but secured from the Lid Dems a pledge not to vote down his Budgets or throw him out in any Commons vote of no confidence. He would offer concessions on policy in return. But why would Nick Clegg agree to this? He would be accused by Labour of dancing to the Conservatives’ tune, with very little to show for it.
The third option for the Lib Dems is opposition: allowing David Cameron to form a minority Government and supporting or opposing policy and legislation on a case-by-case basis. This would be a high-wire act — Nick Clegg would have to show that his party could act responsibly and let the new administration get on with tackling the deficit, but would need to score victories with his own policy agenda. And hanging over him would be the threat of a second election, called at a time of David Cameron’s choosing.
The fourth option is to form a coalition government with Labour under Gordon Brown.
The administration withdrew its objections to the proposal Thursday, saying it was satisfied that the audit would not interfere with the Fed's authority to set monetary policy.
American oil spill to benefit Russia ~ link ~ The explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has already been dubbed "Big Oil's Chernobyl," although it is still difficult to estimate the true scale of the disaster or the impact it will have on the local environment and the global economy.
Medvedev to make landmark visit to Syria on May 10-11 ~ link ~ A Kremlin spokesman said Medvedev's two-day trip would be the first ever visit to the country by any Russian or Soviet head of state.
The visit to Damascus will include talks with the country's President Bashar al-Assad and possibly the signing of an economic agreement, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Syria said.
Syria: Israel would never go to war without US permission ~ link
Probe concludes: Torpedo sank South Korean warship 'Cheonan' ~ link ~ The attack on the Cheonan is one of several events, that have taken place since last Fall. Events that could indicate a level of pre-war or early-war just below the perception of the world's public. Since we do not know for sure who attacked the Cheonan, just as we do not know who is responsible for the decapitation/plane crash of the Polish leadership, we cannot be sure who is doing what. That the residue from the torpedo is likely German, it could be any number of nations that are behind the attack. It is becoming more and more clear, however, that we are moving towards a global war and that some powerful interest group/s desire such a war.
The team of South Korean and foreign investigators found traces of explosives used in torpedoes on several parts of the sunken ship as well as pieces of composite metal used in such weapons, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said quoting a senior government official. South Korean officials have not officially accused the North but made little secret of their belief Pyongyang deliberately torpedoed the 1,200-tonne corvette Cheonan in March near their disputed border in retaliation of a naval firefight last year. The metallic debris and chemical residue appear to be consistent with a type of torpedo made in Germany, indicating the North may have been trying to disguise its involvement by avoiding arms made by allies China and Russia, Yonhap quoted the official as saying. Kim tells China's Hu: North Korea ready for nuclear talks ~ link ~ North Korean leader Kim Jong Il told China’s President Hu Jintao his country is ready to return to stalled international talks on dismantling its nuclear weapons program, Yonhap News reported. South Korea: No nuclear talks till warship sinking probe ends ~ link ~ Efforts to restart talks on North Korea's nuclear disarmament must wait until South Korea finds out who sank its warship near their disputed border, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday.
South Korean officials have not officially accused the North but made little secret of their belief Pyongyang deliberately torpedoed the 1,200-tonne corvette Cheonan in March near their disputed border in retaliation of a naval firefight last year.
The metallic debris and chemical residue appear to be consistent with a type of torpedo made in Germany, indicating the North may have been trying to disguise its involvement by avoiding arms made by allies China and Russia, Yonhap quoted the official as saying.
Kim tells China's Hu: North Korea ready for nuclear talks ~ link ~ North Korean leader Kim Jong Il told China’s President Hu Jintao his country is ready to return to stalled international talks on dismantling its nuclear weapons program, Yonhap News reported.
South Korea: No nuclear talks till warship sinking probe ends ~ link ~ Efforts to restart talks on North Korea's nuclear disarmament must wait until South Korea finds out who sank its warship near their disputed border, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday.
Spokesman Kim Young-Sun said the United States and China, which hosts the nuclear forum, also agreed that any fresh six-party talks must await the outcome of an investigation into the naval tragedy.
President Lee Myung-Bak hinted Tuesday that North Korea was involved in the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, which cost 46 lives. He promised a "resolute" response when the cause is established following a multinational probe.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il reportedly expressed readiness to return to the nuclear talks when he met China's President Hu Jintao in Beijing Wednesday, according to Yonhap news agency.
The North in April 2009 quit the forum, which groups the two Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and the United States. Analysts say it may resume dialogue in return for badly needed Chinese aid.
World Stocks slide on Dow collapse and EU debt crisis ~ link ~ The "recovery' that this article speaks of is mostly based on the stock market and government figures that are "cooked to the max".
A strong set of U.S. jobs data Friday failed to shore up confidence in world markets as stocks plunged again amid mounting fears that Europe's debt crisis could spread and derail the global economic recovery.
In Britain, where investors were also grappling with uncertain general election results, the FTSE 100 index slid 137.97 points, or 2.6 percent, at 5,123.02, while the pound oscillated wildly.
Greek bailout: Athens burns - And crisis strikes at the heart of the EU ~ link ~ "All of us are angry, very, very angry," bellowed Stella Stamou, a civil servant standing on a street corner, screaming herself hoarse, a block away from where the bank had been set alight.
"You write that – angry, angry, angry, angry," she said, after participating in one of the biggest ever rallies to rock the capital since the return of democracy in 1974. "Angry with our own politicians, angry with the IMF, angry with the EU, angry that we have lost income, angry that we have never been told the truth."
Across Athens today the signs of that anger were everywhere: in the central boulevards and squares that resembled a war zone, the burning cars, the burning hotels, the burning government buildings and rubbish bins and shattered windows and pavements.
German chancellor Merkel blasts 'treacherous' banks in Greek crisis ~ link ~ "First the banks failed, forcing states to carry out rescue operations. They plunged the global economy over the precipice and we had to initiate recovery packages. Because of these packages, we have become indebted and now, they are speculating against these debts -- that is really very treacherous," she said.
"Governments must regain their supremacy over the markets, which they no longer have, and for that we need much stricter global rules," she added, at a debate on Europe organised by a public broadcaster.
"Biggest check in history" from Germany to "save" debt-swamped Greece ~ link ~ But no criminal charges against the banksters or the bought-and-paid-for political class....just massive bills for the public to pay!
Merkel: Crisis in Greece leaves EU future in balance ~ link ~ Much of this is simply a puppet theater play. The global banking families, especially the Rothschilds, set up the EU, control the banks, own the politicians, organized the crisis and the on-going Global Depression and it is their 'play script' that the puppets are dancing to. However, the citizens may be writing their own script. Also see: Crisis Deepens: Chaos Grips Greece ~ link ~ World shares tumble on Portugal downgrade fears ~ link ~ German MPs rage at Merhel's bailout plan ~ link ~ Moody's warns of Sovereign Debt Contagion ~ link ~ Stocks/Euro slides on European Debt concern ~ link