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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
Gulf Oil Disaster may reach North Carolina's Outer Banks and Miami Beach ~ link ~ While the clowns in the White House and Congress do nothing but mouth hot air.
Crude from the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill could eventually slosh ashore on Miami Beach or North Carolina's barrier islands, if it connects with a powerful sea current, an oceanographer said Tuesday.
Robert Weisberg, a physical oceanographer at the University of South Florida, told a conference call the so-called Loop Current that sweeps around the Gulf was poised to connect with the spreading oil slick.
Once "entrainment'' occurs, he said, the oil would be pulled quickly south along Florida's Gulf coast and out into the Florida Straits, between the United States and Cuba.
"Exactly when the oil will enter the Loop Current at the surface is unknown but it appears to be imminent,'' Weisberg said, referring to the prevailing current in the Gulf.
"It could be days or it could be longer but it looks like it's going to happen, and it looks like it's going to happen now sooner than later,'' he said.Worry that Gulf oil spreading into major ocean current - The Loop Current ~ link ~ BP said Monday it was siphoning more than one-fifth of the oil that has been spewing into the Gulf for almost a month, as worries escalated that the ooze may reach a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast.
BP PLC chief operating officer Doug Suttles said Monday on NBC's "Today" that a mile-long tube was funneling a little more than 1,000 barrels — 42,000 gallons — of crude a day from a blown well into a tanker ship. The company and the U.S. Coast Guard have estimated about 5,000 barrels — 210,000 gallons — have been spewing out each day. Engineers finally got the contraption working on Sunday after weeks of failed solutions — however, millions of gallons of oil are already in the Gulf of Mexico.
This means that the "one-fifth of the oil" that BP claims is being picked up by the 'contraption'/tube is really only a tiny tiny percentage of the true undersea 'volcano' which is really gushing in the 3.4 million gallons per day range! This is major news! It shows just how totally full of crap that BP and the Obama White House are!
This startling revelation comes just as Obama prepares to get really angry in public about the spill – just in time to cover up his administration’s collusion with BP to hide the true extent of the massive disaster in the Gulf.
The release of even the 30 second video clip showing the oil spewing uninhibited into the ocean immediately led outside observers to conclude the disaster was far worse than the 210,000 gallon estimate of the NOAA and Coast Guard. One scientist predicted to NPR that the rate is more in the range of almost 3 million gallons a day based on an analysis of the video released by BP.
The revelation that the White House and BP kept the true extent of the oil disaster from the public coincides nicely with last night’s news that Obama plans to get "angry" in front of the White House press corps tomorrow about BP’s role in the disaster and its clean up. Don’t be fooled, though. The evidence is mounting that the White House is working in concert with industry to hide the truth about the extent and cause of the spill.
Dispersing Is NOT Cleaning Up: Congress Must Investigate Oil Spill-Dispersing Chemicals ~ link ~ As of Friday, May 14, 517,000 gallons of chemical dispersant have been applied to the BP oil spill in the Gulf. The chemical, Corexit--also known as deodorized kerosene--is used to break up oil into tiny drops, which then sink underwater. The oil may sink, but it does not "go away." Toxicology expert Dr.William Sawyer notes, "With respect to marine toxicity and potential human health risks, studies of kerosene exposures strongly indicate potential health risks to volunteers, workers, sea turtles, dolphins, breathing reptiles and all species which need to surface for air exchanges, as well as birds and all other mammals." While the dispersants contain toxic elements, no one really knows their full potential effects. Mother Jones reports that the toxicity statements filed by Corexit's maker acknowledge: "No toxicity studies have been conducted on this product."
What is in Corexit? We don't get to know. The exact ingredients are a protected trade secret under U.S. law as it currently stands.
The New York Times notes that other dispersants may be as effective while being significantly less toxic. The Corexit advantage is that it is a child of the oil industry, manufactured by Nalco, which "was once part of Exxon Mobil Corp. and whose current leadership includes executives at both BP and Exxon." If the company will not voluntarily reveal what it is dumping into open waters, it is time to force it to do so.
Iran Uranium Deal a Serious Blow to War Party ~ link ~ Don't count old Bibi Netanyahu out just yet. He still intends to have a war with Iran and soon.
In a move that will likely drive a stake into the heart of the near-term prospects for the US-backed “crippling sanctions” against Iran, Turkey and Brazil have managed to come up with a compromise deal that provides everything the Western nations claimed to have wanted from the third-party enrichment deal in the first place.
The deal was announced last night but details were only made available this morning. According to the announcement, Iran will ship 1,200 kg of its 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey, exactly the amount sought in the P5+1 enrichment deal, and will receive fuel rods for its medical reactor one year later, again the amount of time given in the P5+1 deal.
Though the inclusion of Turkey is a new rub, everything else about the deal seems to be designed to be verbatim to the P5+1 deal in October, which the Obama Administration has repeatedly demanded Iran sign.
Iran’s problem with the initial deal with the use of France as an intermediary, as France has previously reneged on nuclear deals with Iran and was not trusted by many in the government, who thought they might simply make off with Iran’s stockpile.
Turkey on the other hand is an incredibly inconvenient intermediary for the war party, because they are simultaneously a key US-NATO ally in good standing and have trustworthy relations with Iran. Turkey would be obligated to return Iran’s uranium if the West fails to provide the fuel rods, and could likely be trusted to do so.
As Iran has now accepted the deal, President Obama will struggle to back out of it without doing serious damage both to his international reputation and to US-Turkey relations.
Iran throws the ball into West's court ~ link ~ Iran's atomic energy chief says the nuclear fuel swap deal with Turkey and Brazil leaves no excuse for world powers to impose pressure on Tehran.
The deal will see Iran ship around 12 hundred kilograms of its low-grade fuel to Turkey as part of an earlier plan to exchange it with higher enrichment uranium for use at the Tehran research reactor, which produces medicine.
Commenting on the deal, the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali-Akbar Salehi said he hoped this time, the US and its allies would act “with wisdom” instead of trying to block the swap from taking place.
“We have reached an agreement with Turkey and Brazil. Among the principal agreements… is the recognition of Iran's enrichment, to conduct enrichment".
“It is the right of Iran anyway, but now it has been explicitly expressed by Brazil and Turkey which are two major countries and they are in the Security Council,” he said.
Under the nuclear swap deal Iran has signed with Turkey and Brazil, Ankara is to hold Iran's LEU and return it if Tehran does not receive the higher enriched uranium from either France or Russia in a specific time-period.
Other than nuclear talks, the high-ranking Turkish and Brazilian officials were in Tehran for the 14th summit of the Group of 15 developing countries, which opened right after their meeting with the Iranian president.
Uranium offer by Iran may hinder sanctions efforts ~ link ~ And why shouldn't it?!! This is a clever move by Iran, supported by Turkey and Brazil. Iran is doing what the West demands, and that should be the end of it. But of course, it will not because the "nuclear issue" was always just a smoke screen for opposing Iran as a key part of the drive by tiny Israel to rule over the entire Middle East and to break apart and/or weaken the larger nations (such as Iraq and Iran) using American and NATO power/arms/blood/money.
Iran seals deal to ship nuclear fuel to Turkey ~ link ~ link ~ This deal, promoted by Brazil and Turkey to avoid another war in the Middle East makes good sense and should end the need for sanctions against Iran. However, this is not really about the Iranian "nuclear program". It is about Iran having the balls to stand up to Israel and the strategy to impose a Greater Israel and Israeli dominance upon the entire Middle East. So the drive for war against Iran will go on by Israel and its puppets. Additionally, the global banking families continue to want a new world war to implement their New World Order/global high-tech police/slave state and they will continue to drive towards war with Iran.
Iran and Brazil aim for change in world order ~ link ~ Do not expect the hidden powers-that-be to take this lying down. They will extract a powerful revenge, count on it!
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Brazilian counterpart have vowed to boost relations in a bid to make reforms in the current "world structures."
President Ahmadinejad said strong relations between Tehran and Brasilia could set an example for all independent nations to change the current "unfair world order."
"The truth is some countries which dominate the world's media as well as economic and political centers do not want other countries to progress. But together we can overcome these unfair conditions and make changes," IRNA quoted him as saying.
Lula, for his part, said there were "many people" who are not happy about Iran-Brazil relations. He stressed that the two countries should be careful about those who are plotting to hamper bilateral relations.
Arab League hails Iran nuclear declaration ~ link ~
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa
Iran announced a nuclear declaration on Monday following trilateral talks with non-permanent UN Security Council members Turkey and Brazil -- under which Iran agrees to swap its low-enriched uranium for reactor fuel in Turkey.
Moussa said he hoped the move would "solve the current problem regarding the Iranian nuclear file," DPA reported.
The AL chief also hailed efforts by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a fierce advocate of diplomacy in ending the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.
Israel's Intimidation Tactics Won't Stop Us: First Ship Sails for Gaza ~ link ~ There is no acceptable excuse for the way that Israel treats the men, women, and children of the Occupied Territories. The Israels are behaving criminally and they know it.
At 22:45 local time tonight, the MV Rachel Corrie, a 1200-ton cargo ship, part of the eight-vessel Freedom Flotilla, set sail from Ireland on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. There, ships from Turkey and Greece will join her, then sail to Gaza.
This past week reports from Israel have indicated that the Israeli authorities will not allow the Freedom Flotilla to reach Gaza with its cargo of much-needed reconstruction material, medical equipment, and school supplies. According to Israeli news sources, clear orders have been issued to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza, even if this necessitates military violence.
The Free Gaza Movement, which has launched eight other sea missions to Gaza, confirms that Israel has tried these kinds of threats and intimidation tactics before in order to try to stop the missions before they start. “They have not deterred us before and will not deter us now,” said one of the organizers.
Ship to Gaza -- Sweden, a Freedom Flotilla coalition partner, together with parliamentarian Mehmet Kaplan (Green Party) yesterday asked for an audience with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Carl Bildt, to discuss what measures the Swedish government and the European Union will take to protect the Freedom Flotilla’s peaceful, humanitarian voyage. Earlier this week during a meeting with the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza – another coalition partner, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyib Erdogan expressed his support for “breaking the oppressive siege on the Gaza Strip...which is at the top of Turkey’s list of priorities.“
Coalition partners, Ship to Gaza – Greece and the Turkish relief organization IHH, stressed that the ships, passengers, and cargo will be checked at each port of departure, making it clear that we constitute no security threat to Israel.
Israel’s threats to attack unarmed civilians aboard vessels carrying reconstruction aid are outrageous and indicative of the cruel and violent nature of Israel’s policies towards Gaza. The Freedom Flotilla is acting in line with universal principals of human rights and justice in defying a blockade identified as illegal by the UN and other humanitarian organizations. Palestinians in Gaza have a right to the thousands of basic supplies that Israel bans from entering, including cement and schoolbooks, as well as a right to access the outside world. The Freedom Flotilla coalition calls on all signatories to the Fourth Geneva Conventions to pressure Israel to adhere to its obligations under international humanitarian law, to end the lethal blockade on Gaza, and to refrain from attacking this peaceful convoy.
Prime Minister Cameron: Second home owners deserve higher taxes ~ link~ He defended the change in policy, which is expected to see capital gains tax (CGT) for second-home owners and shareholders rise from 18 per cent towards 40 or even 50 per cent. It is designed to pay for a Lib Dem plan to reduce income tax for the low paid.
Lib Dems in hopeful mood as Clegg wins huge support ~ link ~ DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg won a double-standing ovation yesterday as Liberal Democrats gave their “overwhelming” support to his coalition with the Conservatives.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg plan to create new peers ~ link ~ I would urge them to see that many more women are brought into the House of Lords. Further, I would strongly recommend a new bill to allow for hereditary peerages dormant, since the ascension of Her Majesty, to be resettled upon the person/heirs of same who would have inherited the titles upon the death of the last peer had the rules then allowed for succession "to heirs general in birth rank order" and for all future succession in such resettled titles to be upon these terms; and further that any new hereditary peerages/baronetcies to be created, in the future, be done so without the rules of male primogeniture applying.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg are planning to create scores of new peers so the House of Lords reflects their parties’ share of the vote at the general election.
Some estimates suggest that the number of Tory and Lib Dem peers should rise by more than 100 to reflect their parties’ 65 per cent share of the vote.
Wilileaks founder Julian Assange has his passport confiscated by Australian officials ~ link ~ Some people, especially very evil people, simply cannot stand the truth and those that speak it.
Hundreds protest outside bankers houses in Washington, DC ~ link ~ Good!
Huge raucous crowds converged outside bank employees' houses on Sunday afternoon to demand banks stop lobbying against Wall Street reform.
"Bank of America: bad for America!" shouted community leaders outside the house of Bank of America deputy general counsel Gregory Baer.
The Chicago-based grassroots organization National People's Action, in coordination with the SEIU, bused more than 700 workers from 20 states to Baer's neighborhood, one of the wealthiest corners of Washington. The action kicks off several days of protests targeting K Street for lobbyists' role in financial reform.Potential cost of Kerry-Lieberman Cap & Tax is $69-$145 BILLION per year ~ link ~ Senators Kerry and Lieberman, two of the biggest political whores in Washington.
Obama's Slippery Slope: Ginning-Up the "Terror" Threat, Shredding the Constitution ~ link ~ Almost every day there are new examples of how the clowns in the Obama Administration are seeking to destroy the American Constitution and impose a fascist police state on us all do to the "terrorist threat".
Even before the smoke cleared in Times Square, congressional Democrats and Republicans were calling for a new round of repressive measures to "keep us safe."
Senators Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT) and former nude pin-up boy, Scott Brown (R-MA), introduced the Terrorist Expatriation Act that would allow the State Department to revoke the citizenship of people suspected of providing support to terrorist groups.
Pat Buchanan: Too Many Jews On The Supreme Court ~ link ~ Actually Sonia Sotomayer's ancestry is Jewish on both her mother's side and on her father's side. So the percent quoted by Pat is way low.
Indeed, of the last seven justices nominated by Democrats JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, one was black, Marshall; one was Puerto Rican, Sonia Sotomayor. The other five were Jews: Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.
If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats.
Is this the Democrats’ idea of diversity?Meltup - Coming US hyper-inflation - video ~ link
USA faces one of the biggest budget crunches in the world says IMF ~ link ~ All planned by the global banking cartel in their quest to establish their New World Order/global high-tech police/slave state.
Poor Thai 'red shirts' victims of the New World Order ~ link ~ I love Thailand. I lived there 14 years, doing volunteer work. I know Thailand’s problems. I have seen it change from a simple gentle society to what it is today. But what is happening now is very tragic. Thai people were always one, no matter what, but now they are sadly divided! And why? Because of a big fat lie!
As the proverbial red carrot, ‘democracy’ is held out by the World’s elite via the by-them-controlled mass media, as “the ideal system that will bring liberty and equality, and bla bla bla“, and it is all a total lie!
Just look at the United States itself, that great proponent of this big lie, its voting machines are rigged and its government is now fully hijacked by a financial power elite, driving away and marginalising their own normal people into “tea parties” because they want to “take back their country!” Well where did they lose it?
They lost it when America began to behave more like a damned “democracy” than the lawful republic it was ordained to be by its constitution that upholds the real values of freedom and opportunity for all. Most senators and congress men are now ultimately bought, bribed or blackmailed! In other words, the “democracy” is owned by the bankers and led by their media! Goodbye US “democracy!” Hello American “mediacracy!” The American government is now but a tool of the so-called “New World Order”, that collectivist communist tyranny of a coterie of International money changers and bankers.Thousands of Red Shirt protesters defy deadline to withdraw protest ~ link ~ The people are demanding the corrupt military government hold free and open elections and turn over power. The corrupt government has so far managed to kill, in cold blood, many citizens but the battle is far from over.
Thousands of protesters in the Thai capital defied a deadline to leave their fortified encampment Monday despite the threat of a crackdown after street clashes that left at least 35 people dead.
The escalating violence has turned parts of the city into no-go zones as troops use live ammunition against protesters, who have blocked streets with burning tyres and fought back, mainly with homemade weapons.
Protesters were ordered to leave by 3:00 pm (0800 GMT) Monday. Authorities dropped leaflets from a small plane flying overhead asking people to evacuate the area, which remained calm soon after the deadline passed.
Major-General Khattiya Sawasdipol, a key Red supporter known as Seh Daeng, died in hospital on Monday as the toll from three days of street violence hit 35 dead, excluding the general, and 244 injured, officials said.Massacre in Thailand and Obama's Foreign Policy Stance ~ link ~ When the White House is quiet as protestors are butchered in the streets of Bangkok Thailand, suspicions are raised. Silence often equals complicity. One can only imagine what the U.S.’ response would be to a Venezuelan government slaughter: the U.S. media and Obama would loudly condemn such an act, in contrast to the muted response to Thailand’s blood bath.
The history of U.S.-Thailand relations explains why. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. used Thailand as one of the main “anti-communist” bulwarks in an area that included China, Vietnam, Burma, and other countries that were challenging capitalism.
Thailand was thus transformed into a U.S. client state and given money, guns, and U.S. government intelligence to battle Thailand’s “communists.” This relationship has equaled numerous Thai dictatorships that have a very bloody history, including the shooting of untold numbers of protestors that the Thai government named “communists,” or their modern equivalent, “terrorists.”
The U.S.-Thailand relationship began to sour when the recently deposed President Thaksin Shinawatra formed a closer relationship with China that included economic and military deals. The Asian Times summarizes the consequences:
“Thaksin's willingness to promote defense ties with China came at the US's direct strategic expense and many observers believe that's one reasonWashington's reaction to the September 2006 military coup that ousted a democratically elected government was so muted.” (November 7, 2008).
The U.S. government often overthrows “unfriendly governments” by bribing sections of their military, a fact discussed at length in Tim Weiner’s history of the CIA, Legacy of Ashes. When a U.S.-backed coup happens, the U.S.government and corporate media give tacit approval; whereas a howl of fury erupts when a coup happens against a U.S. puppet government.
The Asian Times confirms:
“Many of the  coup-makers were known U.S. allies, including alleged masterminds and former CIA-trained spy chief Prasong Soonsiri and Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda. Prasong has openly acknowledged his role in the coup…”
Latest volcanic ash clouds flight restrictions easing ~ link
Ash grounds hundreds of European flights ~ link
North Korean aid request rejected by Chinese Premier Wen ~ link ~ China rejected North Korea’s request for aid at a meeting between Premier Wen Jiabao and Kim Jong Il, which may explain why Kim cut short his stay in Beijing, the Seoul-based JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported.
China can’t support North Korea beyond the framework of sanctions set by the United Nations Security Council, Wen told Kim at their meeting on May 6, the Korean-language daily said, citing an unnamed source in Beijing.
Further trouble in the Falkland Islands over oil and gas reserves ~ link
Half an hour of cell phone use a day 'increases brain cancer risk' ~ link ~ The World Health Organisation's Interphone report, to be published this week, will say that "heavy users" are more at risk of developing glioma tumours.
It concludes that there is no increased risk of developing the disease in other users.
However, the minimum amount of time which researchers designated at heavy use was just 30 minutes a day.In Indonesia, the People Who Live With Dragons - with video ~ link ~