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US oil spill spreads to new coasts

US oil spill spreads to new coasts 15 May 2010 The oil spill gushing in the Gulf of Mexico has reached new locations, as renewed efforts to contain or even slow the giant leak failed to yield results again. The US Coast Guard announced on Saturday that the oil leaking from a rig in the Gulf of Mexico has spread to two new locations -- Whiskey Island, Louisiana, and Long Beach, Mississippi, AFP reported.

Fighter jets escort plane over 'potential threat'

Fighter jets escort plane over 'potential threat' 15 May 2010 Two CF-18 Hornets were scrambled from a Canadian military base Saturday to escort a Cathay Pacific Airways flight into Vancouver's airport, according to an official with the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The action was taken in response to a "potential threat" to the flight, Maj. Holly Apostoliuk of NORAD told CNN. The plane was escorted to the airport and directed to a restricted area.

Suggestion for Prepandemic Vaccine Ignites Debate

Suggestion for Prepandemic Vaccine Ignites Debate 14 May 2010 An influenza specialist who previously led the World Health Organization's (WHO's) flu program and now works for Novartis, has recommended that developing a prepandemic vaccination to get a grip on foment the next flu endemic, a thought that other experts are welcoming with concern or cynicism. Dr. Klaus Stohr, ex-Director of the WHO's Global Influenza Programme, suggests developing a vaccine including a "cocktail" of flu strains considered apt to cause the next epidemic, together with an adjuvant (immune-system stimulant). [We'll take your shot after you take ours.]

NY Judge: Torture no grounds to dismiss indictment

NY Judge: Torture no grounds to dismiss indictment 11 May 2010 A Guantanamo Bay detainee prisoner brought to the United States for trial on charges he helped the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa while he was an aide to Osama bin Laden cannot use allegations of torture by the CIA to dismiss the indictment, a judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan made the ruling in Manhattan after months of consideration of documents, much of their contents redacted, that were submitted by attorneys for Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and the government.

Proposal Would Extend Pre-hearing Detention, Withhold Miranda Warnings in Terror Cases

It's the Obusha 'Friday Night Extra-constitutional Bad News Dump' -- so big, the dumping actually crossed into Saturday morning! Proposal Would Extend Pre-hearing Detention, Withhold Miranda Warnings in Terror Cases 14 Mar 2010 President Obama’s legal advisers are considering asking Congress to allow the government to detain terrorism suspects longer after their arrests before presenting them to a judge for an initial hearing, according to administration officials familiar with the discussions. If approved, the idea to delay hearings would be attached to broader legislation to allow interrogators to withhold Miranda warnings from terrorism suspects for lengthy periods, as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. proposed last week. It is not clear how long of a delay the administration is considering seeking...  Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, assailed the Obama administration for considering such ideas. He noted that the administration of President [sic] George W. Bush, which was heavily criticized by civil-liberties groups, never proposed such modifications to criminal procedures.

Lisa Murkowski Received $400,000 from Oil and Gas in 8 Years

Lisa Murkowski Received $400,000 from Oil and Gas in 8 Years 14 May 2010 On Thursday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) blocked a bill that would have raised oil companies' "responsibility cap" -- the maximum amount in damages companies must pay for their accidents -- from $75 million to $10 billion. On Friday, Murkowski's office was rebutting critics who were asking whether her opposition to the measure had anything to do with the fact she is a major supporter of offshore drilling who has received $426,989 in campaign donations from the oil and gas industry over her eight-year Senate career. Murkowski is the top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Murkowski blocks oil liability bill

Murkowski blocks oil liability bill 13 May 2010 Alaska's senior senator blocked legislation Thursday that would have dramatically increased liability caps on oil companies, in the wake of one of the industry’s biggest disasters. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) objected to a voice vote request by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on the bill, which would have spiked the maximum liability for oil companies after an oil spill from $75 million to $10 billion.

U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits

U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits 13 May 2010 The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species -- and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf. Those approvals, federal records show, include one for the well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and resulting in thousands of barrels of oil spilling into the gulf each day.

'Obama funding Israel for new war'

'Obama funding Israel for new war' 14 May 2010 US President Barak Obama has asked Congress to pay $205 million for Israel's latest missile system, called the 'Iron dome'. Tel Aviv completed tests in January on its short-range anti-missile system which is designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells. President Obama argues that Israel must have such a system.

Bomb attacks at Iraqi stadium kill 25

Bomb attacks at Iraqi stadium kill 25 14 May 2010 Two consecutive explosions during a football match at a crowded stadium in the northern Iraq kill 25 people and wound some 100 others. The blasts occurred in the town of Tal Afar, west of the violence-hit city of Mosul on Friday, AFP reported. Witnesses said some 250 people were attending the event, with no security personnel guarding the stadium.

General sees no winner in Afghan war

General sees no winner in Afghan war [That's code for 'the war has been lost, but we don't want to leave so we can still fund Blackwater and DynCorp.'] 14 May 2010 The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, says neither coalition forces nor the Taliban are winning the war in the country. "I'd be prepared to say nobody is winning at this point," General McChrystal said in an interview with PBS radio in Washington on Thursday. In a blunt assessment of the war, General McChrystal admitted that after last year, the militants were ahead in the nine-year war.

3 NATO soldiers fall in Afghanistan

3 NATO soldiers fall in Afghanistan 14 May 2010  The war in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of three foreign soldiers amid an upsurge in attacks against the US-led troops in the country. NATO said in a statement on Friday that troops were killed in separate attacks over the past 24 hours. A Canadian trooper died in a blast while on a foot patrol in the southern province of Kandahar.

US let BP drill in Gulf without permits

US let BP drill in Gulf without permits 14 May 2010 New information on the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has come to light indicating that the US government allowed BP to drill in the area without proper permits. Federal records show that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP the green light for drilling, in violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, which filed a complaint Friday to sue the MMS over its non-compliance with the laws, the Department of the Interior also has approved over 300 drilling operations, three large lease sales, and over 100 seismic surveys without the required permits. 

Dead bird in BP oil spill

Obama wants $80 bln to upgrade nuclear arms complex

Obama wants $80 bln to upgrade nuclear arms complex 13 May 2010 U.S. President Barack Obama sent a landmark arms-reduction treaty with Russia to the Senate on Thursday for ratification and called for $80 billion in nuclear funding, which could help win opposition support. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the funds, which would be spent over a decade, were needed to "rebuild and sustain America's aging nuclear stockpile."

Palin Warns "Mama Grizzlies" Will Take Back Country

Palin Warns "Mama Grizzlies" Will Take Back Country [That's right. They can start by devouring Sarah Palin, the polar bear- and wolf-killing terrorist.] 14 May 2010 Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says "mama grizzles" will punish Washington in November's midterm elections. [Mama polar bears - and their cubs - need to learn to *shoot first.*]

Size of Oil Spill Underestimated, Scientists Say

Size of Oil Spill Underestimated, Scientists Say 13 May 2010 Two weeks ago, the government put out a round estimate of the size of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 5,000 barrels a day. Repeated endlessly in news reports, it has become conventional wisdom. But scientists and environmental groups are raising sharp questions about that estimate, declaring that the leak must be far larger... Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University who is an expert in the analysis of oil slicks, said he had made his own rough calculations using satellite imagery. They suggested that the leak could "easily be four or five times" the government estimate, he said.

Fungus hits Afghan opium poppies

Fungus hits Afghan opium poppies [Oh dear. The CIA must be *devastated.*] 13 May 2010 A serious disease is affecting opium poppies in Afghanistan, Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said. Mr Costa told the BBC that this year's opium production could be reduced by a quarter, compared with last year. He said the disease - a fungus - is thought to have infected about half of the country's poppy crop. Afghanistan produces 92% of the world's opium. Mr Costa said opium prices had gone up by around 50% in the region. [Oh, OK, lol. Maybe not so much.]

Unlimited Talk, Only $679 Million: Inside the No-Bid Deal for Afghan Interpreters

Unlimited Talk, Only $679 Million: Inside the No-Bid Deal for Afghan Interpreters By Noah Shactman 12 May 2010 Earlier this week, the U.S. Army handed the Columbus, Ohio, company [Mission Essential Personnel] a one-year, no-bid $679 million extension of its current contract to field a small city’s worth of translators to help out American forces in Afghanistan. Not bad for a company that’s been accused of everything from abandoning wounded employees to sending out-of-shape interpreters to the front lines. MEP vigorously rejects the charges. ...[W]ith this new "indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity with cost-plus-award fee" contract extension, MEP is guaranteed another year as the dominant player in the translation market there.

Judge Baltasar Garzón suspended over Franco investigation

Judge Baltasar Garzón suspended over Franco investigation --Move against Spanish magistrate, who pursued Pinochet over human rights abuses, seen as politically motivated 14 May 2010 The stellar career of the crusading Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón may have come to an abrupt end today after he was suspended from his post as an investigating magistrate at Madrid's national court. The higher council of judicial power, which oversees Spain's judges, temporarily suspended Garzón while the supreme court tries him on charges of distorting the law by opening an investigation into crimes against humanity carried out by the Franco regime.

Feds tell court they can decide what you eat

Udderly Ridiculous: Feds tell court they can decide what you eat --'Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish' By Bob Unruh 14 May 2010 Attorneys for the federal government have argued in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Iowa that individuals have no "fundamental right" to obtain what food they choose. The brief was filed April 26 in support of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ban on the interstate sale of raw milk.

Student protesters plan to take off graduation robes during Dimon's address

Commencement 2010: Student protesters plan to take off graduation robes during Dimon's address 12 May 2010 The Take Back Commencement movement has protested the choice of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon as the 2010 Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry commencement speaker. The students originally wanted the university to remove Dimon and choose another speaker. Realizing that wouldn't happen, they decided the best way to protest Dimon was by taking off their robes during his speech.

Suspicious Package Leads to Conn. Airport Evacuation

Suspicious Package Leads to Conn. Airport Evacuation 14 May 2010 (New Haven) Tweed Airport is now clear after being closed on Friday afternoon when a suspicious item was found. The suspicious item appears to be a home safe, Airport Manager Lori Hoffman.  It was found just outside the front door of the airport's terminal, she said. Two buildings were been evacuated and the airport was closed as bomb experts were brought in to help with the investigation.

Israel seeks to silence dissent

Israel seeks to silence dissent --Repressive practices long used in the West Bank and Gaza are now being used to limit civil liberties within Israel By Ben White 11 May 2010 Last Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, a Palestinian community leader's home was raided by Israeli security forces. In front of his family, the wanted man was hauled off to detention without access to a lawyer, while his home and offices were ransacked and property confiscated. While this sounds like an all-too typical occurrence in West Bank villages such as Bil'in and Beit Omar, in fact, the target in question this time was Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and head of internationally renowned NGO network Ittijah.

Bomb blast rocks Athens amid heightened tensions

Bomb blast rocks Athens amid heightened tensions 13 May 2010 A bomb has exploded outside one of Greece's highest security prisons, injuring two people and damaging homes and shops up to four blocks away, Athens police said Thursday. The bomb was placed inside a garbage container alongside a wall at the Korydallos prison. The explosion could be heard several kilometers away, a witness told news agency Reuters.

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan 14 May 2010 Two NATO soldiers fighting in Afghanistan to quell a Taliban-led insurgency were killed in attacks, the military said Friday. One was killed in an "insurgent attack" in the east of the country on Friday and the other died after a crude TalibanBlackwater-style bomb exploded in the south on Thursday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

U.S. Decision to Approve Killing of American Citizen Causes Unease

U.S. Decision to Approve Killing of American Citizen Causes Unease [It should cause the second American Revolution.] 13 May 2010 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.

Israel deliberately destroyed Gaza

Israel deliberately destroyed Gaza 13 May 2010 Human Rights Watch says it has proof Israeli soldiers deliberately destroyed Palestinian homes and buildings during the 2008-09 assault on Gaza. HRW, in its 116-page report, 'I Lost Everything': Israel's Unlawful Destruction of Property in the Gaza Conflict, says it has documented 12 separate cases of such during the 22-day "Operation Cast Lead". The report, released Thursday, said there is evidence that Israeli forces destroyed civilian property, including homes, factories, farms, and greenhouses, in areas under their control although there was no fighting in that area or the fighting had stopped.

81st Civil Support Team Conducts Exercise at Minot Air Force Base

81st Civil Support Team Conducts Exercise at Minot Air Force Base 07 May 2010 North Dakota's 81st Civil Support Team dispatched personnel and equipment though blustery winds to Minot Air Force Base May 5, to practice air load operations onto a C-17 Globemaster sent from McChord Air Force Base, Wash. While the CST is configured to assist local incident commanders in events known or suspected to involve weapons of mass destruction, it also responds regionally to augment other states. CSTs are divided into six different sectors throughout the country in order to supplement partner states should a chemical, biological or radiological event [is made to] occur.

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Obama to fund Israel's missile system

Obama to fund Israel's missile system 14 May 2010 US President Barack Obama wants Congress to pay Israel more than $200 million to fund a new missile system, the White House spokesman says. Obama has asked Congress to approve the aid so that Israel could deploy a controversial missile system called the "Iron Dome." White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said on Thursday that Washington recognizes the need [?!?] for Israel to have such a system. [So why the f*ck do *we* have to pay for it?]

Pakistan arrests man with militant ties who says he aided Times Square bomb suspect

Pakistan arrests man with militant ties who says he aided Times Square bomb suspect 14 May 2010 The Pakistani government has arrested a suspect with connections to a Pakistani militant group who said he acted as an accomplice to the man accused of trying to bomb Times Square, U.S. officials said. The suspect, whose arrest has not been previously disclosed, provided an "independent stream" of evidence that the Pakistani Taliban were behind the attempt and has admitted helping Faisal Shahzad, the main suspect, travel into Pakistan's tribal belt for bomb training.

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