Friday, May 14, 2010

News, Links of the Day, Coming Third World War, BioWar, Global Depression

Powerful prayer to St. Michael the Archangel - video ~ link

Lord Stirling's news blog EUROPE

Lord Stirling calls for a nuclear device to be used to quickly stop the undersea 'volcano' gushing massive amounts of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico - video ~ link

Another day ~ Another One Million Gallons of Crude Oil Gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Still the Obama Administration sits on its hands doing nothing. This event, has become the greatest man-made disaster in human history. The Russians have used nukes on five occasions to stop out-of-control gushers, what are we waiting for?

How Big Is The Oil Disaster? ~ link ~
BP initially asserted that 1,000 barrels of oil per day (42,000 gallons) were gushing forth from the broken pipeline. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration soon upped the estimate to 5,000 barrels per day (210,000 gallons). Then experts stated the gusher is more likely on the order of 25,000 barrels per day (1,050,000 gallons). That would mean the amount spilled already exceeds the 10.8 million gallons spilled by the Exxon Valdez, making it the worst oil spill in American history. On May 4, BP officials reported that the oil spill could grow at 12 times the initial estimate, releasing 2.5 million gallons of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico. If the wellhead fails completely — which hasn’t happened yet — the spill rate could increase to 6.8 million gallons of oil per day.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster Photos ~ link

Obama sending experts to fix BP Oil Disaster ~ link ~ This includes an expert on nuclear weapons. About time!

Chemical Contamination in Gulf of Mexico - 'Unprecedented' Use of Subsea Dispersant to Combat BP Oil Disaster ~ link ~

On May 12, the Deepwater Horizon Incident Unified Command held a media advisory regarding the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which began on April 20th. Officials advised that subsea dispersants, the effects of which are widely unknown, are being used for the first time.

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA, opened the call with brief statements focused on the use of dispersants, chemical agents used to break up the oil.

Surface and subsea dispersants, chemical agents used to break up the oil, are being used. The use of “subsea dispersants is unprecedented,” reported Lisa Jackson.

As the Deepwater Horizon oil platform is located 48 miles offshore, most of the dispersants that have been used are no closer than 30 miles to the shoreline. The subsea dispersants are used at 10 meters and deeper.

US Senate Begins Oil Disaster Cover-Up ~ link

Russia offers to mediate between the Dalai Lama and China ~ link ~ In a possible major policy shift, Russia said Thursday it was ready to mediate between China and the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama who left his country following the Chinese invasion to resolve the long-unresolved issue of Tibet.

Turkey positions missiles to repulse Israeli aerial incursions ~ link ~ According to the newspaper, the missile batteries were set up in the village of Kiel, located in the province of Iskandaron near the Syrian border in southern Turkey.

The newspaper quoted a Turkish military source, who preferred to remain anonymous, as saying that the purpose of the missiles were to protect and defend Turkish airspace against all aerial incursions in addition to repulsing American and Israeli penetrations in the event that they should launch attacks against Syria or Iran.

Russia to sell Syria warplanes, air defense systems ~ link ~ Not too impressive of a sale really. If they had sold the Su-27/37 family of aircraft instead of the MiG-29s and the S-300, that would have been impressive. This will increase Syria's defensive power but not do too much.

Obama seeks $205 million in aid for Israeli 'Iron Dome' rocket shield ~ link ~ The trouble with such systems is that is is always possible to overwhelm them, and usually at a much lower cost than the defense system.

The New Lebanon Battlefield ~ link ~ Nobody knows whether a war will break out in Lebanon this summer. Yet what is completely clear is that a war in the north – if and when such war breaks out – will not be like the war that took place there in 2006. Hezbollah is growing stronger every day, in terms of the number of fighters, quantity of missiles, and capabilities. And what’s even more significant: The way this military power will be utilized will be vitally different.

Defense officials and academic experts see a very clear picture of the new battlefield in Lebanon, but the average citizen, who will be a full party to the fighting in the next war, has no idea. Nobody tells him anything.

Let’s start from the fact that the M-600 is not a rocket, but rather, a much more accurate and effective weapon with strategic capabilities in Mideastern terms. Theoretically, Hezbollah would be able to hit the IDF headquarters in central Tel Aviv in the next war should it wish to do so. In 2006, it did not possess this ability.

However, in the next war, and in addition to the barrages we know, Hezbollah will have the option of firing dozens of accurate missiles simultaneously from dozens of launch sites across Lebanon – while directing them at one specific target.

The accurate missiles possessed by Hezbollah are meant to destroy strategic targets in central Israel. Such missiles are already deployed in southern Lebanon, with Hezbollah apparently intending to fire dozens of missiles daily for many days. At the same time, the group plans to fire thousands of other rockets, and through this combined attack destroy national infrastructure and various facilities.

Not only will the damage caused by these missiles be much more accurate and graver, it’s much more complicated to spot and destroy dozens of single missiles that will appear simultaneously at different sites.

Trilateral Commission Wants War with Iran ~ link

Israel's Red Line: Real Democracy ~ link ~ But the detention of Amir Makhoul and Omar Sayid is seen differently -- as the gathering storm clouds in a political climate already fiercely hostile to its Palestinian citizens.

Mohammed Zeidan, the head of the Human Rights Association in Nazareth, said: “We are used to our political leaders being persecuted but now the Shin Bet is turning its sights on the leaders of Palestinian civil society in Israel, and that’s a dangerous development.”

Turkey tries to find a diplomatic solution to issue of Iran ~ link ~ Also see: Erdogan to arrive in Tehran soon ~ link ~ Also see: US tries to head off joint Turkish-Brazilian effort ~ link ~ Russia supports Turkey and Brazil on Iran ~ link ~ Summit is Iran's 'last chance' ~ link

The New World Order Currency Crisis - with Congressman Ron Paul - video ~ link

How to Stop the Economic War Sweeping the World? Can We Challenge the Crimes of Our Times? - Will the Wall Street Banksters Ever Be Held Accountable? ~ link ~ We are all still stuck in the “big Muddy.” No, not the wars of old or even the oil disaster. The mud I am referring to is more like quicksand and it sucks anyone who wants to look at what happened in the financial crisis deeper and deeper into it.

Soon, you are buried in shifting sea of so-called “exotic financial instruments,” and tranches, derivatives, credit default swaps, naked short-selling, etc and so forth, ad fin item. It’s murkier in there than in the oil-infested waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Stop, my head hurts.

A far simpler explanation, pervasive fraud and financial crime, has been ignored by most of our economic geniuses. As I made my film Plunder The Crime of Our Time offering a “crime narrative,” I ran up against the denial that greeted my 2006 film In Debt We Trust warning of a meltdown. Then I was called, a “doom and gloomer.” Now I have just been ignored or considered simplistic.

Why is that? There are cultural and ideological reasons. The world of finance is dominated by the elite of the elite, up-right citizens all, including many philanthropists and patrons of the arts. How could such important “big men” ever be accused of slimy crimes?

James K. Galbraith, an economist and the son of John Kenneth Galbraith, the late and great economist who argued that “corporate larceny” was behind the crash of ’29, (I honor hin in the DVD of my film) believes that the economics profession, the “experts” who set the terms of the debate are partly responsible.

Even as the banks push back against financial reform, watering down legislation against derivatives, too big to fail banks and even a full audit of the Federal Reserve Bank, the crisis lurches out of control. The NY Times reports that many jobs are not coming back, and debt is on the rise to historic levels. The next crash will be worst.

The Banksters need to be stopped, but only the people can do that—our media and politicians, right center and progressive, are not up to the task. What we need is more than exposes but a major effort to organize like This is the only way to fight back against a one-sided war.

Gerald Celente: Banks Robbing the People. Turmoil in Greece May Be Spreading Worldwide - with video ~ link ~ The turmoil that has stricken Greece has spread to Romania and Ireland. This crisis may be spreading worldwide as the debt crisis continues, there have been reports that it may spread to Japan, one of the biggest economies in the world. Gerald Celente says that this is the greatest bank robbery in history and it is the banks that are doing the stealing.

The Second Debt Storm - Who will bail out the Countries that bailed out the Banks? - with video ~ link ~ The debt mountain that brought down some of the world's biggest banks and dragged the international financial system to the brink of disaster has simply shifted to governments. Now, it's threatening countries around the globe and if left unchecked could rip the very fabric of Europe's economic system and wreck economic recoveries in the U.S., China and Latin America.

The impact on markets has been severe. The euro has slumped more than 12% against the dollar since the sovereign debt crisis flared in southern Europe. Gold has marched to new highs as investors seek a safe haven and, perhaps most alarming, it is now more expensive to buy insurance against national default than it is to insure against corporate failure.

"The sovereign debt crisis spun out of control in the past week, and we see no easy way to resolve it," said Madeline Schnapp, director of macroeconomic research at TrimTabs Investment Research.

Some investors and analysts are increasingly concerned that governments may be no more capable of repaying their debts than the banks and insurance companies they saved. And, they warn, if a major country comes close to default, it could trigger a financial meltdown that would eclipse the panic that followed the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008.

"The problem of the western world is that we have too much debt," said Daniel Arbess, who manages the Xerion investment strategy at Perella Weinberg Partners. "Rather than reducing our debt, we've been moving it from one balance sheet to another."

"All we're doing is shifting chairs on the deck of the Titanic," he added.

Spaniards plan to follow Greeks in demonstrations ~ link ~

Spain's government admitted that the deep cuts in the budget needed to pay for ever growing "interest payments" to banks would kill economic growth just as it was starting to take off after two years of recession, and so plunge Spain into a downward debt spiral.

The government had predicted annual gross domestic product growth of 1.8 per cent in 2011, but GDP could well shrink this year after deep cuts imposed under pressure from the IMF, EU and US because so much capital will be sucked out of the economy.

Trade union leaders say the Spanish government is acting under the influence of the "machinations of foreign capitalists and the financial markets", according to the Financial Times.

"The government has decided to sacrifice the purchasing power of public sector workers and pensioners to the dictates of the financial markets," Cándido Méndez, UGT official told El País newspaper. "And it's very likely that it will be a pointless sacrifice."

Mervyn King (Governor of the Bank of England): USA faces same problems as Greece ~ link ~ This is a created 'problem'. Created by the global banking families/cartel as a key part of their End Game Strategy to bring about the New World Order/global slave state. It really is an ECONOMIC GLOBAL WAR against the people of Earth.

Putin: Global crisis not over yet ~ link ~ No kidding.

NATO In Afghanistan: World War In One Country ~ link ~ Since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization took control of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in 2003 the amount of troops serving under that command has grown from 5,000 to over 100,000.

There are currently 134,000 foreign troops in the nation counting U.S. soldiers serving separately with Operation Enduring Freedom, although the aggregate number is to reach 150,000 by the summer and most American troops not now under NATO command will soon be. There are 47,000 troops from NATO member and partner countries in the nation.

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan will soon outnumber those in Iraq.

Over 1,600 U.S., NATO and allied troops have been killed in the war theater, with 520 of those killed last year. U.S. deaths more than doubled from 2008 to 2009, from 155 to 318.

Afghanistan has, whether by convenience, design or some combination of the two, been transformed into a vast training ground for the consolidation of a fifty-nation military structure that has already been extended into Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, the Horn of Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East.

It is also a testing range for new 21st century weapons and combat systems intended for future use around the world.

The rise and rise of SuperClegg ~ link ~ As the man who mows my lawn was saying during his coffee break this week: "David Cameron claimed during the campaign that if we voted Lib Dem, we'd get Gordon Brown. Gordon Brown claimed that if we voted Lib Dem, we'd get David Cameron. But what neither told us was that, actually, we'd get Nick Clegg."

Clegg's Prize May Be New Voting System ~ link

Cameron defends coalition as dissent grows ~ link

Britain: Labour Brings Tory-Lib Dem Coalition to Power ~ link

David Cameron gets use to new title ~ link

Nick and Dave's Big Adventure ~ link

Prime Minister David Cameron (right) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during the "Nick and Dave Show" on Wednesday.

US Approval of Killing of Cleric Causes Unease ~ link ~ The Obama administration’s decision to authorize the killing by the Central Intelligence Agency of a terrorism suspect who is an American citizen has set off a debate over the legal and political limits of drone missile strikes, a mainstay of the campaign against terrorism.

The notion that the government can, in effect, execute one of its own citizens far from a combat zone, with no judicial process and based on secret intelligence, makes some legal authorities deeply uneasy.

To eavesdrop on the terrorism suspect who was added to the target list, the American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is hiding in Yemen, intelligence agencies would have to get a court warrant. But designating him for death, as C.I.A. officials did early this year with the National Security Council’s approval, required no judicial review.

New targets of rights erosions: US citizens ~ link ~ A primary reason Bush and Cheney succeeded in their radical erosion of core liberties is because they focused their assault on non-citizens with foreign-sounding names, casting the appearance that none of what they were doing would ever affect the average American. There were several exceptions to that tactic -- the due-process-free imprisonment of Americans Yaser Hamdi and Jose Padilla, the abuse of the "material witness" statute to detain American Muslims, the eavesdropping on Americans' communications without warrants -- but the vast bulk of the abuses were aimed at non-citizens. That is now clearly changing.

The most recent liberty-abridging, Terrorism-justified controversies have focused on diluting the legal rights of American citizens (in part because the rights of non-citizens are largely gone already and there are none left to attack). A bipartisan group from Congress sponsors legislation to strip Americans of their citizenship based on Terrorism accusations. Barack Obama claims the right to assassinate Americans far from any battlefield and with no due process of any kind. The Obama administration begins covertly abandoning long-standing Miranda protections for American suspects by vastly expanding what had long been a very narrow "public safety" exception, and now Eric Holder explicitly advocates legislation to codify that erosion. John McCain and Joe Lieberman introduce legislation to bar all Terrorism suspects, including Americans arrested on U.S. soil, from being tried in civilian courts, and former Bush officials Bill Burck and Dana Perino -- while noting (correctly) that Holder's Miranda proposal constitutes a concession to the right-wing claim that Miranda is too restrictive -- today demand that U.S. citizens accused of Terrorism and arrested on U.S. soil be treated as enemy combatants and thus denied even the most basic legal protections (including the right to be charged and have access to a lawyer).

The U.S. already has one of the most pro-government criminal justice systems in the world. That (along with our indescribably insane drug laws) is why we have the world's largest prison population and the highest percentage of our citizenry incarcerated of any country in the Western world. It is hard to imagine a worse fate than being a defendant in the American justice system accused of Terrorism-related crimes. Conviction and a very long prison sentence are virtual certainties. Particularly in the wake of 9/11 and the Patriot Act era, the rules have been repeatedly rewritten to provide the Government with every conceivable advantage. The very idea that the Government is hamstrung in its ability to prosecute and imprison Terrorists is absurd on its face. Decades of pro-government laws in general, and post-9/11 changes in particular, have created a justice system that strangles the rights of those accused of Terrorism. Despite that, every new incident becomes a pretext for a fresh wave of fear-mongering and still new ways to erode core Constitutional protections even further.

Could marijuana save California ~ link ~ California and most states are getting very desperate for tax revenue. I expect to see more and more state legalize and tax (key word is TAX) marijuana.

USSR planned nuclear attack on China in 1969 ~ link ~ America saved the day, back then.

Pedophiles and Popes: Doing the Vatican Shuffle, Protecting the Perpetrators ~ link ~ There are many more like Cardinal Law and Cardinal Castrillón in the hierarchy, aging men who have no life experience with children and show not the slightest regard or empathy for them. They claim it their duty to protect the “unborn child” but offer no protection to the children in their schools and parishes.

They themselves are called “Father” but they father no one. They do not reside in households or families. They live in an old-boys network, jockeying for power and position, dedicated to the Holy Mother Church that feeds, houses, and adorns them throughout their lives.

From their heady heights, popes and bishops cannot hear the cries of children. In any case, the church belongs not to little children but to the bedecked oligarchs.

The damage done to sexual victims continues to go unnoticed: the ensuing years of depression, drug addiction, alcoholism, panic attacks, sexual dysfunction, and even mental breakdown and suicide—all these terrible aftereffects of child rape seem to leave popes and bishops more or less unruffled.

In the midst of all this, some courageous clergy do speak out. At a Sunday mass in a Catholic church outside Springfield, Massachusetts, the Rev. James Scahill delivered a telling sermon to his congregation (New York Times, 4/12/10): “We must personally and collectively declare that we very much doubt the veracity of the pope and those of church authority who are defending him. It is beginning to become evident that for decades, if not centuries, church leadership covered up the abuse of children and minors to protect its institutional image and the image of priesthood”

The abusive priests, Scahill went on, were “felons.” He had “severe doubt” about the Vatican’s claims of innocent ignorance. “If by any slimmest of chance the pope and all his bishops didn’t know-–they all should resign on the basis of sheer and complete ignorance, incompetence, and irresponsibility.”

How did Father Scahill’s suburban Catholic parishioners receive his scorching remarks? One or two walked out. The rest gave him a standing ovation.

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