Powerful prayer to St. Michael the Archangel - video ~ link
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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
As the Times of London reports:
[Mike Williams, the chief electronics technician on the Deepwater Horizon, and one of the last workers to leave the doomed rig] claimed that the blowout preventer was then damaged when a crewman accidentally moved a joystick, applying hundreds of thousands of pounds of force. Pieces of rubber were found in the drilling fluid, which he said implied damage to a crucial seal. But a supervisor declared the find to be “not a big deal”, Mr Williams alleged.
UC Berkeley engineering professor Bob Bea told 60 Minutes that a damaged blowout preventer not only may lead to a catastrophic accident like the Gulf oil spill, but leads to inaccurate pressure readings, so that the well operator doesn't know the real situation, and cannot keep the rig safe.
Bea also said that - despite the damage - BP ordered the rig operator to ignore an even more critical safety measure. Specifically, BP ordered the rig operator to remove the "drilling mud" - a heavy liquid used to keep oil and gas from escaping - before the well was sealed.According to Bea, the accident would not have occurred had drilling mud been used.
A citizens indictment of co-conspirators BP and BO (Barack Obama) ~ link ~ A great article, take the time to read it all if you can.
What’s the point here? The point is that there are gushers big and small that blow under water just like the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Goes on all the time, except most are not nearly this big. However they do happen just like this, and it may take a day, or a week, to get it under control. In the meantime a whole lot of oil has just spilled into the oceans of the world. These kinds of incidents are very difficult to identify since there is so much drilling and extracting going on around the world, especially with a very lax regulatory regime in place to monitor them. Essentially, it is anything goes, anytime, anywhere in the world. And so it does.
It truly is a miracle that, with the number of oil and gas platforms operating just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, this was the one of the first to really blow on top of the water, and blow big with raging fire, smoke plume and all. Just look at the photo below of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Platform in its moment of sinking to get a sense of just how apocalyptic this event really was. We’re talking the end of an era here. The termination point for an energy paradigm defined by oil and natural gas. A very fitting time indeed for the planet to transition away from hydrocarbon fuels, forever. And toward a truly green and clean energy platform, sustainable and renewable source, and environmentally friendly and ecologically sound method of production, dissemination and utilization.
KATRINA a million times over for the BO Administration
Back to BP and BO and their complicity in the worst environmental catastrophe of the modern age. Here we have a foreign national corporation dictating to the US Government how an ongoing undersea “ginormous oil volcano” will be dealt with. The permitting authority is the US Government (out to lunch). The regulatory body is the US Government (AWOL). And the legal jurisdiction is the US Government (nobody home). Meanwhile, the Mother of all Gushers is letting loose as much as 2 & 1/2 million gallons of oil a day into the Gulf which is home to so much life and culture and local economy of the USA.
BP and the 'Little Eichmanns' ~ link ~ Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, cannibalize themselves until they die. They ruthlessly exploit the natural world and the members of their society in the name of progress until exhaustion or collapse, blind to the fury of their own self-destruction. The oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, estimated to be perhaps as much as 100,000 barrels a day, is part of our foolish death march. It is one more blow delivered by the corporate state, the trade of life for gold. But this time collapse, when it comes, will not be confined to the geography of a decayed civilization. It will be global.
Those who carry out this global genocide-men like BP's Chief Executive Tony Hayward, who assures us that "The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume''-are, to steal a line from Ward Churchill, "little Eichmanns." They serve Thanatos, the forces of death, the dark instinct Sigmund Freud identified within human beings that propels us to annihilate all living things, including ourselves. These deformed individuals lack the capacity for empathy. They are at once banal and dangerous. They possess the peculiar ability to organize vast, destructive bureaucracies and yet remain blind to the ramifications. The death they dispense, whether in the pollutants and carcinogens that have made cancer an epidemic, the dead zone rapidly being created in the Gulf of Mexico, the melting polar ice caps or the deaths last year of 45,000 Americans who could not afford proper medical care, is part of the cold and rational exchange of life for money.
The corporations, and those who run them, consume, pollute, oppress and kill. The little Eichmanns who manage them reside in a parallel universe of staggering wealth, luxury and splendid isolation that rivals that of the closed court of Versailles. The elite, sheltered and enriched, continue to prosper even as the rest of us and the natural world start to die. They are numb. They will drain the last drop of profit from us until there is nothing left. And our business schools and elite universities churn out tens of thousands of these deaf, dumb and blind systems managers who are endowed with sophisticated skills of management and the incapacity for common sense, compassion or remorse. These technocrats mistake the art of manipulation with knowledge.
Our ruling class of technocrats, as John Ralston Saul points out, is effectively illiterate. "One of the reasons that he is unable to recognize the necessary relationship between power and morality is that moral traditions are the product of civilization and he has little knowledge of his own civilization," Saul writes of the technocrat. Saul calls these technocrats "hedonists of power," and warns that their "obsession with structures and their inability or unwillingness to link these to the public good make this power an abstract force-a force that works, more often than not, at cross-purposes to the real needs of a painfully real world."
The Responses to the Gulf Oil Disaster and to the Financial Crisis are remarkably similar - And have made both crisis much worse ~ link ~ The problem is that there are way too many evil sociopaths at the top of government, finance, and industry.
Turkey urges West to forget Iran sanctions ~ link ~ Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he saw no need for United Nations Security Council sanctions after Iran agreed to send some of its uranium abroad.
Iran signed an agreement late Sunday with mediators Brazil and Turkey for a nuclear fuel swap designed to allay international concern over the Islamic Republic's atomic ambitions and avert fresh sanctions on Tehran.
Iran Agrees To Uranium Swap ~ link
Israel plays wargame assuming Iran has nuclear bomb ~ link ~ They should be playing a wargame that assumes that Iran has spent almost 20 years and a massive amount of money to establish a world-class asymmetrical doomsday/mutually assured destruction weapons system based on Advanced Biological Warfare. Why, because this would reflect reality!
Israel has 122 Trillion cubic feet of natural gas offshore ~ link ~ A recently-released report by the U.S. Department of Interior indicates that Israel has massive reserves of natural gas and oil supplies just offshore, lying under the Mediterranean.
“The U.S. Geological Survey estimated a mean 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil and a mean of 122 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Levant Basin Province using a geology based assessment methodology,” stated the report’s executive summary.
Economic Crisis Spreads Unrest Globally - video ~ link
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons - with videos ~ link ~ They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-month investigation for BBC Channel 4 . It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying.
The prison guards stand over their captives with electric cattle prods, stun guns, and dogs. Many of the prisoners have been ordered to strip naked. The guards are yelling abuse at them, ordering them to lie on the ground and crawl. ‘Crawl, motherf*****s, crawl.’
If a prisoner doesn’t drop to the ground fast enough, a guard kicks him or stamps on his back. There’s a high-pitched scream from one man as a dog clamps its teeth onto his lower leg.
Another prisoner has a broken ankle. He can’t crawl fast enough so a guard jabs a stun gun onto his buttocks. The jolt of electricity zaps through his naked flesh and genitals. For hours afterwards his whole body shakes.
Lines of men are now slithering across the floor of the cellblock while the guards stand over them shouting, prodding and kicking.
Second by second, their humiliation is captured on a video camera by one of the guards.
The images of abuse and brutality he records are horrifyingly familiar. These were exactly the kind of pictures from inside Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad that shocked the world this time last year.
And they are similar, too, to the images of brutality against Iraqi prisoners that this week led to the conviction of three British soldiers.
But there is a difference. These prisoners are not caught up in a war zone. They are Americans, and the video comes from inside a prison in Texas
They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-month investigation for Channel 4 that will be broadcast next week.
Our findings were not based on rumour or suspicion. They were based on solid evidence, chiefly videotapes that we collected from all over the U.S.
In many American states, prison regulations demand that any ‘use of force operation’, such as searching cells for drugs, must be filmed by a guard.
The theory is that the tapes will show proper procedure was followed and that no excessive force was used. In fact, many of them record the exact opposite.
Overflowing prisons spur call for reform commission ~ link ~ The reason, says its sponsor, Senator Jim Webb, a Democrat from Virginia, is that "America's criminal justice system has deteriorated to the point that it is a national disgrace".
He added, "We are wasting billions of dollars and diminishing millions of lives. We need to fix the system. Doing so will require a major nationwide recalculation of who goes to prison and for how long and of how we address the long-term consequences of incarceration."
Protesters Swarm Wall Street Lobbyists' Homes in Chevy Chase near Washington ~ link ~ LOVE IT!
Italians say priests should marry as confidence in Pope falls ~ link ~ The Eastern Orthodox have about 90-95% married priest and sexual attacks on minors by their priests is almost totally non-existent.
The poll followed the conclusion at the weekend of a congress at Mariazell south of Vienna at which Austrian bishops called on the Vatican to discuss the issue of celibacy and whether to ordain married priests.
Bishop Alois Schwarz of the Carinthia diocese told the meeting: “We hear this question as bishops, and we are telling Rome that we have this problem.”
Last week the Bishop of Eisenstadt, Paul Iby, said in a newspaper interview: ‘It should be left up to every priest whether he wants to live a life of voluntary celibacy or in a family.”
“Rome is too timid in such questions,” Bishop Iby told the daily Die Presse, adding that priests should be allowed to choose whether they would like to marry to counteract the falling number of vocations. “But nothing is moving ahead in Rome,” he said.
Celibacy has been required of Catholic clergy since the early Middle Ages. However, it was not imposed in the early Church, and, according to Gospel accounts, St Peter was a married man.
Some senior Catholics, including Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, have linked paedophile priest scandals to the issue of celibacy. The Vatican has denied any such link, pointing out that in secular society paedophilia is often committed by married men.
'Red Shirt' leader offers ceasefire ~ link ~ The Thai government has said it will accept a ceasefire offer from a leader of the so-called red shirts movement if the protesters return to their camp in central Bangkok. Nattawut Saikuwa called Korbsak Sabhavasu, the government's chief negotiator, on Monday, the first direct contact between the two sides since bloody clashes that have left at least 37 people dead started on Thursday.
Nattawut Saikuwa called Korbsak Sabhavasu, the government's chief negotiator, on Monday, the first direct contact between the two sides since bloody clashes that have left at least 37 people dead started on Thursday.Korean - Chinese Relations: Kim in China - What implications for the West? ~ link