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British Iraq war probe quizzes Bremer, Crocker on US trip

British Iraq war probe quizzes Bremer, Crocker on US trip 28 May 2010 Britain's Iraq war inquiry questioned US diplomats Paul Bremer and Ryan Crocker among other officials during a visit to the United States last week, it said Friday. Members of the five-strong panel, which is investigating the March 2003 invasion and subsequent operations until Britain's pull-out last year, also met with the current French and Australian ambassadors in Washington. [Scr*w 'quizzing' them - arrest Bremer and Crocker-of-sh*t and charge them with war crimes. --LRP]

U.S. Senate Approves $60 Billion War-funding Bill

U.S. Senate Approves $60 Billion War-funding Bill --War Bill Approved as Afghan Conflict Tops Iraq in Cost, Troops 28 May 2010 The U.S. Senate approved a $60 billion war-funding bill last night as the conflict in Afghanistan has exceeded the Iraq war in annual cost and number of troops. Senators voted 67-28 for the measure, which goes to the House for consideration next month. Opposing the legislation were 26 Republicans and two Democrats. The vote came after lawmakers rejected a proposal to require President Barack Obama to submit a non-binding report outlining when he plans to end U.S. involvement in the almost nine-year-old Afghan conflict.

US Senate passes $349 million economic stimulus for Pakistan

US Senate passes $349 million economic stimulus for Pakistan 29 May 2010 The US Senate has passed $349 million in economic and security aid for Pakistan, as part of a $60 billion war supplemental bill to fund Afghan operations and some other projects requested by the Obama administration. The summary of the measure, passed on Thursday, said that of the $349 million assistance for Pakistan, $259 million was for social and economic support programmes and activities, including $10 million for the Pakistan Civilian Assistance Programme [instead of funding such projects in the US]. The Obama administration had requested the money in economic, law enforcement, and military assistance for Pakistan. [See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit By Lori Price.]

CITGO Refineries Recognized with 7 Meritorious Safety and Environmental Awards

CITGO Refineries Recognized with 7 Meritorious Safety and Environmental Awards 27 May 2010 CITGO Petroleum Corporation refineries were recognized by the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) with seven awards for their safe operations during 2009. The awards were presented at the 18th Annual Safety Awards Banquet recently held in the San Antonio, Texas area as part of NPRA’s National Safety Conference. The awards included one Gold Award, three Meritorious Safety Performance Awards and three Achievement Awards. "These awards are yet another demonstration of our commitment to safety and environmental stewardship in alignment with principles endorsed by our shareholder, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, to promote environmental protection and improve the quality of life of people," said CITGO President and CEO Alejandro Granado. [Yeah, we don't get that with the BP tarballs and dirt-bags.]

Navy's Drone Death Ray Takes Out Targets at Sea

Navy's Drone Death Ray Takes Out Targets at Sea By Nathan Hodge 28 May 2010 For years, the U.S. Navy has been pursuing a workable ray gun that could provide a leap ahead in ship self-defenses. Now, with a series of tests of a system called the Laser Weapon System, or LaWS), it may be one step closer to that goal. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the service’s technology development arm, announced today that LaWS had "successfully tracked, engaged, and destroyed" a drone in flight, during an over-the-water engagement at San Nicholas Island, Calif.

IDF to intercept Gaza-headed flotilla

IDF to intercept Gaza-headed flotilla 27 May 2010 Navy commandos will board the nine international aid ships sailing toward Gaza City if they don’t turn back, and the commandos will be armed in case terrorists [?!?] are hiding aboard, defense officials said on Thursday. The ships are scheduled to try to break the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip on Saturday. They are carrying around 750 activists, including diplomats and journalists, as well as about 10,000 tons of supplies.

Gulf oil spill is public health risk, environmental scientists warn

Gulf oil spill is public health risk, environmental scientists warn --Pollution could do lasting damage to locals' health 28 May 2010 Prolonged exposure to crude oil and chemical dispersants is a public health danger, environmental scientists warned today as BP spent a third day trying to initiate a "top kill" operation to cap the ruptured well on the sea bed. The oil firm moved to a second stage of the procedure by injecting material such as golf balls, shredded tyres and rope into the well. But John Pack, a spokesman for BP, said it would not be clear until Sunday if it would work.

US drone attack kills 11 in Pakistan

The Obusha strategy: Fund them while killing them. US drone attack kills 11 in Pakistan 28 May 2010 A fresh US drone strike has left at least 11 people dead and several others wounded in the troubled northwestern Pakistan, intelligence officials say. A US drone fired missiles into a suspected militant hideout in North Waziristan on Friday, DPA reported. "The drone attack completely destroyed" its target, an intelligence official said on condition of anonymity.

7 Gulf oil spill cleanup workers hospitalized

7 Gulf oil spill cleanup workers hospitalized 28 May 2010 Seven workers helping to clean up the Gulf oil spill remain hospitalized after they reported dizziness, headaches and nausea while working on boats off the Louisiana coast. West Jefferson Medical Center spokeswoman Taslin Alfonso said Thursday that doctors believe the likely cause is chemical irritation and dehydration from long hours working in the heat. Alfonso said the workers told doctors they believe chemicals used to break up the oil made them sick.

Analysts question Korea torpedo incident

Analysts question Korea torpedo incident 27 May 2010 How is it that a submarine of a fifth-rate power was able to penetrate a U.S.-South Korean naval exercise and sink a ship that was designed for anti-submarine warfare? Such questions are being fueled by suggestions in the South Korean and Japanese media that the naval exercise was intended to provoke the North to attack. The resulting public outcry in the South, according to this analysis, would bolster support for a conservative government in Seoul that is opposed to reconciliation efforts. As fanciful as it may sound to Western ears, the case that Operation Foal Eagle was designed to provoke the North has been underscored by constant references in regional media to charts showing the location where the ship was sunk -- in waters close to, and claimed by, North Korea.

Lies and evasions in defense of BP

Obama press conference: Lies and evasions in defense of BP By Patrick Martin 28 May 2010 The White House press conference Thursday, the first held by President Barack Obama in nearly ten months, was devoted to presenting his administration as an active crisis manager in the Gulf oil catastrophe, rather than a handmaiden for BP, the giant oil company whose profit drive is responsible for the worst ecological disaster in US history... With the government’s passive and virtually nonexistent response now so obvious that it has become the subject of criticism from within the president’s own party, Obama focused his remarks on the claim that the federal government, not BP, was in charge of the operation to plug the Deepwater Horizon well and of the efforts to defend hundreds of miles of vulnerable coast line, now being hit by a surge of toxic crude oil.

22-mile oil plume found under Gulf surface

22-mile oil plume found under Gulf surface 28 May 2010 Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles from the leaking BP wellhead northeast toward an underwater canyon whose currents feed sealife in the waters off Florida. The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science's Weatherbird II vessel is the second significant undersea plume reported since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20.

Obama bans new drilling in deep coastal waters

Obama bans new drilling in deep coastal waters 28 May 2010 Describing the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a "wake-up call," President Barack Obama on Thursday banned new drilling in deep coastal waters and ordered floating rigs to quickly stop work on 33 exploratory wells. He also blocked planned drilling in Arctic waters this summer and canceled the long-planned sale of leases in the western Gulf of Mexico and a tract 50 miles off Virginia's coast.

House Votes to Allow Repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don't Tell' Law

House Votes to Allow Repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don't Tell' Law 27 May 2010 The House voted Thursday to let the Defense Department repeal the ban on gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military, a major step toward dismantling the 1993 law widely known as "don’t ask, don’t tell." The provision would allow military commanders to repeal the ban. The House vote was 234 to 194, with 229 Democrats and 5 Republicans in favor. Opposed were 168 Republicans and 26 Democrats.

Two Norfolk teachers put on leave over material about police

Two Norfolk teachers put on leave over material about police 27 May 2010 (VA) Two Norview High School teachers were placed on paid administrative leave this week after a parent complained that they distributed classroom materials that gave advice on how to deal with police if stopped. The materials - a one-page handout and a video distributed and aired in a 12th-grade government class - are sponsored by two organizations, one a nonprofit that supports legalization of marijuana and one that calls itself a "decentralized anarchist collective." The last paragraph of the flier, titled "When Dealing with Police" [accurately] states, "Remember You have legal rights, but many police will not respect your rights. Be careful - Be Street Smart."

Gunmen kill four policemen in Pakistan

Gunmen kill four policemen in Pakistan 28 May 2010 At least four Pakistani policemen have been killed by unidentified gunmen in the southwestern part of the country. According to officials, the officers were killed on Friday in Satellite Town, a neighborhood of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province. "A police station house officer, two constables and the driver were killed on the spot," local police official Mohammad Amin told AFP. Currently, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. [Sounds like Blackwater, to me.]

Acres of land burnt by Israeli war games

Acres of land burnt by Israeli war games 28 May 2010 Military exercises conducted by the Israeli army have set fire to thousands of acres of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, destroying plant life in the region. Firefighting teams put out the fire on more than 17,000 acres, Israeli news outlet Ynet reported on Thursday. The five-day-long military maneuvers, dubbed Turning Point 4, began Sunday and were conducted in 68 cities and towns.

US base in Bahrain to double size

US base in Bahrain to double size 28 May 2010 Amid regional turmoil, a US naval base in the Gulf is set for major expansion. Ground has been broken at the American naval base in Bahrain, home to the US Fifth Fleet, for a $580 million expansion that is estimated to take five years to complete, the US Navy said in a press statement on Wednesday. "Naval Support Activity Bahrain continues to grow to better support ongoing operations around the region," said Capt. Enrique Sadsad, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

Iran Navy detects US nuke sub in PG

Iran Navy detects US nuke sub in PG 27 May 2010 Iranian naval forces have detected a US nuclear submarine in the Persian Gulf waters, amid growing concerns over the safety of one of the most important energy routes in the world. An Iranian patrol on Thursday spotted the nuclear-armed and -powered submarine in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, which allows the passage of 90 percent of the oil produced by Persian Gulf states to Asia, the US and Western Europe. There are currently 48 logistic and 18 combat US vessels in the Persian Gulf waters, among them the USS-Eisenhower aircraft carrier.

Witness: Secret Iraq prison for women and children

Witness: Secret Iraq prison for women and children --Iraq's Muthanna Army base has women and children in a secret prison, says an Iraqi eyewitness. He says some are family members of Al Qaeda suspect and are used to extract confessions. 26 May 2010 There aren't supposed to be any prisons at the Muthanna Iraqi Army base, let alone ones with children in them. But a member of the Iraqi security services says that as late as mid-May, he saw children playing in a makeshift detention center here... The Muthanna facility appears to be operating weeks after a separate undisclosed prison on the base, where more than 400 suspects were held and dozens tortured, was closed.

BP's Photo Blockade of the Gulf Oil Spill

BP's Photo Blockade of the Gulf Oil Spill --Photographers say BP and government officials are preventing them from documenting the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. 27 May 2010 News photographers are complaining that their efforts to document the slow-motion disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are being thwarted by local and federal officials--working with BP--who are blocking access to the sites where the effects of the spill are most visible. More than a month into the disaster, a host of anecdotal evidence is emerging from reporters, photographers, and TV crews in which BP and Coast Guard officials explicitly target members of the media, restricting and denying them access to oil-covered beaches, staging areas for clean-up efforts, and even flyovers. Last week, a CBS TV crew was threatened with arrest when attempting to film an oil-covered beach.

Louisiana Biologists Rescue an Oiled Pelican

Oil Spill Photo Gallery: Louisiana Biologists Rescue an Oiled Pelican By Kim Hubbard 26 May 2010 (Gretna, LA) Yesterday we rode along with the Lousiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in their search for oiled birds. They discovered and rescued a Brown Pelican on a small, unnamed island in the Barataria Bay.

Oil spill: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer

Oil spill: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer 12 May 2010 In the days after an oil well spun out of control in the Gulf of Mexico, BP engineers tried to activate a huge piece of underwater safety equipment but failed because the device had been so altered that diagrams BP got from the equipment's owner didn't match the supposedly failsafe device's configuration, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The oil well also failed at least one critical pressure test on the day that gas surged up the drill pipe and set the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig aflame, killing 11 and setting off [a large oil spill]  according to BP documents provided to congressional investigators.

Who to blame for flu? Maybe the U.S., study finds

Who to blame for flu? Maybe the U.S., study finds --The first cases of H1N1 swine flu were diagnosed in the United States. Experts are still unsure where swine flu originated. [Yeah, it's a tough one.] 27 May 2010 U.S. researchers said on Thursday. A team at the University of Michigan, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Florida State University found that not all strains of flu circulating in North America die off at the end of influenza season... For example, aggressive use of antiviral drugs such as Roche AG's Tamiflu could promote drug resistance if flu strains never really die out in the United States. [See: Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004. Scientists have shown that tiny changes to modern flu viruses could render them as deadly as the 1918 strain which killed millions. A US team added two genes from a sample of the 1918 virus to a modern strain known to have no effect on mice. Animals exposed to this composite were dying within days of symptoms similar to those found in human victims of the 1918 pandemic.]

BP Well May Have Leaked More Than Twice Exxon Valdez

BP Well May Have Leaked More Than Twice Exxon Valdez 27 May 2010 BP Plc’s Gulf of Mexico oil well may have spilled more than twice the oil that the Exxon Valdez dumped, according to figures from a U.S. government panel. The BP well may have gushed 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day, more than the company has estimated, Marcia McNutt, director of the U.S. Geological Survey and science adviser to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, said today in a conference call.

US troops deployment irks Mexico

US troops deployment irks Mexico 27 May 2010 Mexico's President Felipe Calderon has expressed discontent with a US decision to deploy 1,200 soldiers along the two countries' shared border. Mexico does not object to US plans to station troops along the border between the two nations as long as the soldiers do not arrest Mexicans trying to get into the United States, President Felipe Calderon said on Thursday.

Senate panel votes end to 'don't ask, don't tell'

Senate panel votes end to 'don't ask, don't tell' --House Republicans were strongly against it 27 May 2010 The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to repeal the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell" and allow gays to serve openly in the military. The 16-12 vote endorses an end to the Clinton-era policy under which gays could serve in the military only if they don't disclose their sexual orientation. The full House planned to take an identical measure later Thursday or Friday.

100,000 teachers nationwide face layoffs

100,000 teachers nationwide face layoffs 27 May 2010 Senior congressional Democrats and the Obama administration scrambled Wednesday to line up support for $23 billion in federal aid to avert an estimated 100,000 or more school layoffs in a brutal year for education budgets coast to coast. As early as Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee expects to take up a bill that couples the school funding with spending for the Afghanistan war -- a measure that has bipartisan support. [Why not just cut the funding for the illegal, insane war on Afghanistan?]

Obama Defends Handling of Oil Spill

Obama Defends Handling of Oil Spill 27 May 2010 Saying that he is "angry and frustrated" over the oil spill gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama on Thursday ordered work to be suspended on exploratory drilling in the gulf and cancelled or deferred some future wells around the country, as the head of the agency regulating offshore drilling resigned under pressure. Addressing deepening public frustration and defending his handling of the five-week-old crisis, Mr. Obama acknowledged that his team had made several mistakes of judgment and approach, at one point even saying "I was wrong" to believe that oil companies were prepared for worst-case disasters as he moved forward with plans for expanded offshore drilling last month, before the disaster in the gulf.

"Hope-and-Change," A Hoax

"Hope-and-Change," A Hoax By Michael Rectenwald and Lori Price, 27 May 2010 In our encounters on various social networking sites and political blogs, we consistently encounter the faithful remnants of the "hope-and-change" believers. To combat the onslaught of evidence and opinion that leads one to the conclusion that Obama is a fraud at best and represents a hoax at worst, they point to lists of his accomplishments and the ways he has delivered on his campaign promises. Such lists, we believe, are generally misrepresentations and fail to rise to the level of credibility. They are misleading because they represent minor deeds that might very well have been accomplished otherwise... There are some notable changes, but are they commensurate with Obama’s euphuistic campaign rhetoric? We think not.


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