Powerful prayer to St. Michael the Archangel - video ~ link
Requiem for the Gulf - powerful video ~ link
'Top Kill' has FAILED in the attempt to plug the oil 'leak' using mud - Now BP will try to add some 'junk' to the mix to try to seal the holes ~ link ~ Here's the scoop: BP's attempt to stop the oil spill using the "Top Kill" method has failed.
How do I know?
Well, as the New York Times notes:
BP officials, who along with government officials created the impression early in the day that the strategy was working, disclosed later that they had stopped pumping the night before when engineers saw that too much of the drilling fluid was escaping along with the oil.Indeed, BP stopped pumping "mud" for more than 16 hours (the material gushing out of the leaking riser didn't stop during that time).
Basically, BP has failed in trying to drive enough "mud" down the well to provide enough weight to tamp down the oil gushing out. It didn't work.
Indeed, BP's "re-starting" Top Kill really means that Top Kill Version 1.0 was tried and failed, and now BP will try Top Kill Version 2.0 - adding "junk" to the mix.
Unless BP can get very lucky and plug the holes with miscellaneous junk, Top Kill 2.0 won't be any more effective than Operation Sombrero.BP Using 30 Year-Old Playbook in Responding to Oil Disaster ~ link ~
- The precursor to the same company operating the Deepwater Horizon drilling well - Transocean - operated the Ixtoc rig
- The cause of both oil spills was the same: a malfunctioning blowout preventer
- The location of the spill was the same: the Gulf
- The sizes of both spills were massive
- A "top hat" operation was attempted unsuccessfully. During the Ixtoc spill, it was named "Operation Sombrero"
- Chemical dispersants derived from kerosene were used to try to hide the extent of both spills
- A "junk shot" was tried in 1979, using steel balls (it didn't work)
In other words, as Maddow points out, the technology for drilling deeper has progressed, but the technology for stopping oil gushers hasn't really improved one bit, because all of the funding has gone into drilling deeper, and none of the funding has gone into increasing safety.
Prominent Oil Industry Insider: "There's Another Leak, Much Bigger, 5 to 6 Miles Away" - with video ~ link ~ I have held off, a few hours, posting this. Maybe it is I simply don't want it to be this bad. I sure hope this story is wrong.
What BP does not want you to see - with video ~ link ~ Watch this!
ABC News went underwater in the Gulf with Philippe Cousteau Jr., grandson of famous explorer Jacques Cousteau, and he described what he saw as "one of the most horrible things I’ve ever seen underwater."
Check out what BP does not want you to see. And please share this widely -- every American should see what's happening under the surface in the Gulf.
New Gulf oil plume is 22-miles long and 6-miles wide ~ link
BP has never shown us the main leak until now - with videos ~ link
BP used cheaper casing on oil well to save money ~ link
Deepwater Horizon: This Is What The End Of The Oil Age Looks Like ~ link
Rumor: Secretary of the Navy wants to sink a battleship on top of the oil wellhead ~ link
NOAA hurricane forecast alarming ~ link ~ The hurricane forecast this year is the most ominous the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has ever issued — "an active to extremely active" season:
• 14 to 23 storms big enough to be named.
• Eight to 14 hurricanes — storms with winds of 74 mph or greater.
• Three to seven major hurricanes — those with winds exceeding 111 mph.
That is the most named storms NOAA has forecast since it began issuing the outlook in 1998. Only 2005 had more actual named storms: 28, including 15 hurricanes. One of them was Katrina.False Findings Intent Upon Triggering Confrontation Between North and South Korea ~ link ~
Failure to refer to the German explosives found at the wreckage of the corvette despite an initial announcement. The Korea Times reported on May 7, "The multinational investigation team is also closely looking into the possibility that a North Korean submarine fired a German-made torpedo used both by the South Korean and American navies in an attempt to dodge its responsibility."
The Blue House (presidential house) was dismayed at the multinational investigators' May 7 announcement that they had detected German RDX in the wreckage and pressured the Defense Ministry not to accept the findings, as Yonhap reported two days later.
Failure to explain the failure to find and retrieve two harpoon anti-ship missiles and a torpedo tube lost when the corvette sank, while succeeding in recovering the motor and propeller of the spent torpedo.
The investigation team produced what it termed "conclusive evidence": the eye-catching hand-written Korean markings "ilbon" or "No 1" in English found on the propulsion section of the used torpedo allegedly recovered from the sea bed.
This turns out to be most inconclusive and counter-productive, calling into serious question the credibility of the findings. The use of "ilbon" in Korean script - not in Chinese characters - may look like North Korean writing, which is distinctly different from what is written in
But native North Koreans use "ilho" for the English "No 1". "Ilbon" is what South Koreans would use, although
North Korea holds first Press Briefing on Cheonan sinking ~ link
China will not protect South Korean warship attackers ~ link ~
China "will not protect" whoever sank a South Korean warship in March, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has said.
Beijing is under pressure to take a strong stance against North Korea but so far has not accepted the findings of an independent investigation.
In a rare news conference on Friday, North Korea again accused the South of "fabricating" evidence, and warned an "extremely serious situation is being created in the Korean peninsula in which a war may break out at any moment".
Beijing suspects false flag attack on South Korean corvette ~ link ~ WMR's intelligence sources in Asia suspect that the March attack on the South Korean Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, the Cheonan, was a false flag attack designed to appear as coming from North Korea.
Russia wants 100% proof that North Korea sank the South Korean warship ~ link ~ Considering the contradictory information coming from the international review team, and the nature of the 'beast' (the global banking families who are running the West), I don't blame them.
War Preparations - Israeli Air Force War Game Rehearses "Iran Attack" ~ link ~
The war game codenamed "MINOAS 2010", is carried out at a Greek air base in
During the exercise, the Israeli Air Force tested 10 planes including five F-15I Rams and five F16I Sufas. The planes are designed for long-range attacks.
Israeli CH-53 helicopters were also used in the exercise, practicing rescue missions for pilots, while an IAF Boeing took part in aerial refueling.
The Arms Circus: Israel Keeping The World In Turmoil ~ link
FM Lieberman: Gaza flotilla 'violent' ~ link ~ This man is a violent racist nut!
Humanitarian Flotilla Vs Evil Navy ~ link ~ Haaretz reports today that Israel will attempt to block the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla heading toward Gaza. However, according to the Israeli paper, the humanitarian cargo would then be unloaded, inspected and sent to Gaza overland via the United Nations.
Typical for Israel, it tries to win a lost battle. On the one hand, by stopping the flotilla Israel attempts to maintain its regional status as an omnipotent super power that controls the land, the air and the sea. On the other hand, the Jewish state pathetically also wants to evoke sympathy for being ‘sensitive’ to humanitarian issues and the Palestinian plight.
The Israeli government fails to gather that the tide has changed. We see through them. We all know what the Jewish state stands for. We all know about the devastation in Gaza, we know about the siege, the destruction and the crimes against humanity. We all watch the Israeli separation wall cutting through Palestinian family's houses and olive orchards. We also follow the racist ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem. The Israelis better save us from their spins and manipulations.
In case the Israelis still fail to see it, they are dealing this time with an international flotilla that is sailing under Turkish and Greek flags, a fleet that carries 800 enthusiast activists from all over the world. The Israelis are dealing with peace lovers who are determined to break through the siege and deliver medical aid, cement, paper and food. On the deck we have 35 European parliamentarians who must have decided to say NO to Zionist fund raisers. This flotilla is a clear signal to Israel that the game is over. Israel is now all but officially isolated. All that is left for Israel is to come to terms with its true nature: a shameless racist, murderous and terrorist state.Kyrgystan's "Rose Revolution": Washington, Moscow, Beijing and the Geopolitics of Central Asia - Part II ~ link ~
The Cult of Subprime Central Bankers ~ link ~ The world is suffering from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The crisis has left tens of millions unemployed in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. The huge baby boomer generation in the United States, now on the edge of retirement, has seen much of its wealth destroyed with the collapse of the housing bubble.
It would be difficult to imagine a worse economic disaster. Prior periods of bad performance, like the inflation ridden seventies, look like mild flurries compared to the blizzard of bad economic news in which we are now enmeshed.
None of this is new. People don't need economists to tell them that times are bad. However, what the public may not recognize is that the same people who caused this disaster are still calling the shots. Specifically, there has been little change in personnel and no acknowledgment of error at the central banks whose incompetence was responsible for the crisis.Credit Crisis Indicators Going Bonkers Again! Batten Down the Hatches! ~ link ~ Heads up people. Something very big is happening in the global credit markets — something you darn well better pay attention to.
The very same “Credit Crisis” indicators that were flashing red before the stock market meltdown of 2007-2008 — the ones Martin and I used to get our subscribers out of almost all stocks, and “short” the market via inverse ETFs — are flashing red again.Wall Street Criminals Are Given The "Green Light": Obama's Financial Reforms Are Watered Down ~ link ~
We now know that it was the Obama Administration led by the President himself who used techniques well understood and denounced decades earlier by none other than Mao TseTung.
Mao had no use for those who talked left to move right.
In several high profile speeches, Obama lashed out at Wall Street for its greed and mendacity, proposing financial reforms that appeared to be hard hitting if only because of the way the lobbyists for the financial services industry squealed about them.
But even as he was feinting left, he and his main economic operative, Tim Geithner, were moving right to kill off amendments that the bankers hated like Senator Bernie Sanders’s proposal for a deep audit of the Federal Reserve Bank and the Brown-Kaufman Amendment that would have broken up the six biggest banks in
As John Heilman explained in New York Magazine, “Geithner’s team spent much of its time during the debate over the Senate bill helping Senate Banking Committee chair Chris Dodd kill off or modify amendments being offered by more-progressive Democrats.”
He used an old trick: embracing reform publicly while modifying its toughest provisions privately.
No wonder bank stocks went up when the bill passed.
Big Banks Trim Debt - Obscuring Risks ~ link
US Dollar Primed for Collapse by End of June ~ link
Eurozone Economic Crisis: Call For a European Mobilization Against the Dictatorship of the Creditors ~ link ~ Protests have been taking place regularly for months in
It is indeed the ‘financial markets’ (the banks, insurance companies, and pension funds) that are responsible for this financial crisis, which they created through their speculative activities in the interest of shareholders and the independently wealthy, and which have decided to take the public debt of European countries as their target.
What are the origins of this public debt?
It is principally the fruit of fiscal policies in favor of the wealthiest individuals and the major corporations. The drop in tax revenues brought about by the gift to the wealthy has led governments worldwide to finance a growing part of their national budgets through loans. The recent economic slowdown has brought about another decrease in tax revenues. Finally, bank bailout plans have further worsened public deficits, yet public authorities have failed to act decisively to take back control of the financial sector so as to change the practices there.
What has it financed?
National public debt has not been used to finance job creation, or improvements to public services and infrastructure. It has only been used to salvage the investments of the guilty parties and to make up for the budget deficits resulting from their irresponsible behavior.
Who is profiting from it?
The people and institutions that have already benefitted from tax decreases: the wealthiest households, banks, and major corporations, which at the same time have been speculating on public debt and pocketing the interest coming from National bonds. So it’s a double reward for the culprits.
Who is going to pay?
The same people, who are punished twice: The poor, and the men and women who work to simply survive, are once again being squeezed in order to save the very people who are earning money from public debt, with:
· A drop in salaries and retirement benefits,
· The destruction of the social protection system,
· The elimination of public services,
· The undermining of labor laws,
· An increase in taxes on every day purchases, via VAT.
These austerity plans will not solve anything in terms of the real causes of this crisis, and they are also going to plunge millions of human beings into misery and precariousness.
Spanish austerity plan scrapes through Parliament by one vote ~ link ~ The razor-thin majority piled pressure on Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who has been forced to ditch his party's traditional alliances in pushing through spending cuts and labor reforms as markets fret Spain could suffer a similar crisis to Greece but on a larger scale.
Unions met Thursday and warned that they would call a general strike if the government goes ahead with changes to labor market rules without their consent, saying there were still big differences with business on the reform.
Guatemala volcano forces international airport closure - kills one ~ link
Neocon Vampires Sink Their Fangs Into the Tea Parties ~ link ~The true tea party people are against the political class that has specialized in selling out America, this includes "conservative" Republicans and "liberal" Democrats who would sell their own mothers for money and power.
Their latest calling card is a headline in the Washington Post: “THE NEW CULTURE WAR,” with “CULTURE WAR” spelled out in blood red letters. The subhead: “On one side, the forces of free enterprise. On the other, an expanding and paternalistic government. It’s time to choose.”
It sounds like the Tea Party, alright; something you’d hear from Glenn Beck or Limbaugh. But in fact it was emblazoned across the top of the Post’s Sunday Outlook section, probably the most influential opinion page of all for the nation’s centrist inside-the-beltway political elite.
And the author is no Tea Party or FoxNews lunatic fringer. He is Arthur C. Brooks, president of the neoconservatives’ flagship institution, the widely-respected American Enterprise Institute. His WaPo article is a juicy free advertisement for his new book,The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future. And he’s got some fancy friends endorsing it.
“This is the playbook for the resurgence of the conservative movement,” says none other than Dick Cheney, on thebook jacket. It’s “a must-read for conservatives who want our movement to dominate,” exclaims a blurb from Karl Rove.
Like any good bureaucrat, Brooks is out to revive his organization and make it dominate again. He knows that the neocons have faced death by irrelevance several times in the past. So he’s doing what Ann Rice’s vampires do: resurrecting his movement by dressing it up to suit the times, so neocons can pass as ordinary Tea Party folks, just a tad more clever, witty, and charming than the rest.Unarmed National Guard Troops Won't Be Used To Stop Illegal Immigrants ~ link ~ It figures.
Jamaica clashes: Over 70 killed - with video ~ link ~ link
Jazz: 'Madame Toulouse' with Michael Brecker - video ~ link
Having a 'pot belly' in middle age raises the risk of Alzheimer's ~ link