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June 4, 2010

Jun 04 11:22

How Israeli propaganda shaped U.S. media coverage of the flotilla attack

This campaign of suppression and propaganda worked to shape American media coverage (as state propaganda campaigns virtually always work on the gullible, authority-revering American media). The edited IDF video was shown over and over on American television without question or challenge. Israeli officials and Israel-devoted commentators appeared all over television — almost always unaccompanied by any Turkish, Palestinian or Muslim critics of the raid — to spout the Israeli version without opposition. Israel-centric pundits in America claimed, based on the edited IDF video, that anyone was lying who even reported on the statements of the passengers that Israeli fired first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But less than 10% of Americans are watching ABCNNBBCBS news and our numbers have doubled this last week. Israel's slaves have revealed themselves for the world to see and mock this last week.

Jun 04 11:20

Gaza returnees share horror stories from Israel

Activists who were on the flotilla bringing aid supplies to Gaza that was attacked on Monday continued to recount the horror of the attack and its aftermath on Thursday. Many of them speak of a wounded Turkish citizen being shot in the head by an Israeli soldier.

Ali Buhamd, deported from Israel along with 18 other activists, was on the Mavi Marmara, a passenger ship in the flotilla that was attacked by Israeli naval forces in international waters on Monday. There are at least nine dead because of the attack according to Israeli officials, but witnesses, such as Humanitarian Aid Foundation (?HH) President Bülent Y?ld?r?m, say more people were killed and their bodies dumped into the sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Israeli government thought, for one second, that these murders could stop a growing, furious understanding of what the siege of Gaza has done to the Gazan people - and stopping those have the courage to attempt to provide desperately needed humanitarian aid to them, even if those attempts result in more murders - they were and are profoundly mistaken.

Jun 04 11:16

Contractor: BP Is Trying To Hide Dead Animals, Since The Ocean Will Eventually Wash Away The Evidence

In recent weeks, reporters and photographers for major news organizations around the country have been speaking out about the attempts by BP to prevent them from getting a first-hand look at the Gulf Coast oil spill. A CBS News crew was threatened with arrest when it tried to photograph the spill, and a BP representative in Louisiana told a Mother Jones reporter that she couldn’t visit the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge without a BP escort.

Jun 04 11:15

Zionism’s un-Christian Bible

“Sustained by a dubious exegesis of selective biblical texts,” Stephen Sizer concludes, “Christian Zionism’s particular reading of history and contemporary events . . . sets Israel and the Jewish people apart from other peoples in the Middle East . . . it justifies the endemic racism intrinsic to Zionism, exacerbates tensions between Jews and Palestinians and undermines attempts to find a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, all because ‘the Bible tells them so.’”

Jun 04 11:13

Autopsies reveal 9 men on Gaza aid boat shot, 5 in head

Autopsy results by forensics experts in Istanbul revealed that all nine of the men killed by Israeli commandoes aboard the humanitarian convoy that had planned to dock in Gaza died of gunshot wounds.

The autopsy results give clues about how the violence unfolded after Israeli commandoes stormed the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in the pre-dawn hours on Monday.

Five of the men died with bullet wounds to the head, said Dr. Haluk Ince, the director of Istanbul's Medical Examination Institute, said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These actions on the part of the Israeli commandos can only be characterized as cold blooded murder.

Jun 04 11:10

BREAKING: CONTACT WITH RACHEL CORRIE LOST. ISRAELI INTERFERENCE SUSPECTED.

Jun 04 11:07

BREAKING NEWS: 'Rachel Corrie': We intend to arrive in Gaza in 24 hours

Audrey Bomse of the Free Gaza Movement said: “The situation is we lost all contact with the boat.

“We assume this was sabotage by the Israelis."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Israel succeeds in cutting all communications between the Rachel Corrie and the world, then they will move in for the kill and make up any story they want after the fact. Had the Aj Jazeera reporter not been able to transit his video off of the Turkish Passenger ship before the Israelis succeeded in jamming communications, the world would see Only Israel's version of what happened. "Gee, we are sorry but just as we arrived the passengers decided to commit mass suicide and destroyed their own ships. There are no survivors!"

Jun 04 11:03

Still Deep In The Hole, States Are Likely To Raise Taxes Further

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which will drag what is left of our commerce to a total standstill. How does stupidity like this attain high office?

Jun 04 11:02

U.S. expects Security Council vote on Iran next week

"We've seen sanctions introduced in the U.N. Security Council that we believe will be voted on next week and approved by the U.N. Security Council," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Western diplomats at the United Nations said they expected the vote to come at the end of next week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless these sanctions have been watered down to the point of absolutely nothing except symbolic, I would be very surprised to find both Russia and China coming on board for this.

Jun 04 10:58

Pennsylvania: Tax Revenue Falls Short

Tax revenue for the state was $125 million short of projections for May, leaving the state with a $1.2 billion shortfall for the budget year ending June 30, the State Department of Revenue said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Know why all these states are coming up short on tax revenue? Because they are relying on the official US Government unemployment figures for their forecasts, and the official US Government unemployment figures are being fudged for political purposes.

Jun 04 10:56

Al Jazeera Reporter: Israel Fired On Gaza-Bound Ship Before Boarding (VIDEO)

A reporter and producer for the Arabic news organization Al Jazeera who was on board the Gaza-bound aid flotilla during Monday's deadly raid gave a firsthand account of the grisly scene aboard the ship to the network Thursday.

According to Jamal ElShayyal's account of the raid, the Israeli military had fired on the Mavi Marmara before boarding the ship. "It was evident there was definitely fire from the air, because one of the people who was killed was clearly shot from above -- he was shot, the bullet targeted him at the top of his head," ElShayyal said. "There was also fire coming from the sea as well." This account differs from the one given by the Israeli military.

The reporter also describes being mistreated by officials alongside other civilians before his Thursday release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli spin machine version (dutifully parroted by Us Corporate media) is imploding faster than the speed of light.

Jun 04 10:56

Texas Business tax revenue below projections

The state's business tax is coming in short of budgeted projections.

New revenue figures from the Texas comptroller's office show $3.6 billion has been collected from the business tax as of the mid-May payment deadline. The Austin American-Statesman reported the figures in its online edition Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the tax death spiral. As tax revenues drop, taxes are raised and spending slashed.

But as taxes increase business activity is suppressed or forced to move elsewhere, so tax revenues drop. As the state slashes jobs, those people go on unemployment, so their tax revenue contributions vanish.

There is only one solution this side of revolution. Tell the Federal Reserve to get stuffed and start using currency issued by the state for the people to use interest free.

Jun 04 10:53

S.Korea refers ship sinking to UN Security Council

South Korea has referred the alleged sinking of one of its warships by a North Korean torpedo to the UN Security Council, President Lee Myung-Bak said Friday.

"Today, the Republic of Korea government referred the matter of North Korea's attack against the Cheonan to the United Nations Security Council," Lee said in a speech to an annual security forum in Singapore.

"If we think that after a while North Korea's action will be condoned and that stability on the Korean Peninsula will somehow be maintained, then we would be fooling ourselves because North Korea would once again resort back to attacking others," he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that the UN security council does not blame North Korea for an act it may very well not have committed; this looks and smells completely like a false flag, intended to draw North and South Korean into military conflict.

Also, China will veto any kind of retaliatory action South Korea may want to see happen.

Jun 04 10:53

Oregon faces $563M budget shortfall

Oregon lawmakers need to trim $563 million from the state budget in the next year, according to a state revenue forecast released Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people must make do with less, so that the bankers may have more.

The people must make do with less, so that the bankers may have more.

The people must make do with less, so that the bankers may have more.

Jun 04 10:51

NATO chopper downed in Afghanistan

The chopper landed in Baghlan province, according to the officials, due to technical problems and was then destroyed by NATO fighter jets out of fear of falling into the hands of Taliban militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Technical problems." Right. Sure. Three more and that pilot will be an enemy ace!

Jun 04 10:51

A Plague Upon The World: The USA is a "Failed State"

Question: Dr. Roberts, the United States is regarded as the most successful state in the world today. What is responsible for American success?

Dr. Roberts: Propaganda. If truth be known, the US is a failed state. More about that later. The US owes its image of success to: (1) the vast lands and mineral resources that the US “liberated” with violence from the native inhabitants, (2) Europe’s, especially Great Britain’s, self-destruction in World War I and World War II, and (3) the economic destruction of Russia and most of Asia by communism or socialism...

Jun 04 10:49

Nobel laureate: ‘We will sit down,’ if Israeli forces board aid ship

An Irish aid boat steaming towards Gaza still plans to break the Israeli blockade, a Nobel Peace Prize winners who is on board vowed today, saying its passengers and crew "are not afraid".

However, "Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Máiread Corrigan-Maguire, who was on the ship with other activists, said they were determined to press on but would offer no resistance if Israeli forces came aboard," the Associated Press reports.

"We will sit down," she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from the ship. "They will probably arrest us ... But there will be no resistance."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, offering "no resistance" is utterly no guarantee that Israeli commandos will not shoot these people in cold blood.

Jun 04 10:45

US-South Korea exercises may wait for UN diplomacy: Gates

Joint US-South Korean military exercises may be put off to allow time for Seoul to secure diplomatic support at the UN Security Council against North Korea, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Friday.

"I think there's a sequencing involved in this and it may be there's a desire first to see what can be accomplished at the UN and then think about next steps beyond that," Gates told reporters at a security conference in Singapore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US is backing away from confrontation with North Korea because the current South Korean government got its clocks cleaned in the recent elections there; the US will have to wait to see how this shakes out.

Jun 04 10:44

New liberal fans: Meet Anthony Weiner, ultra-hawkish backer of Israel

Will the liberals who only know Weiner from his feisty MSNBC appearances and his staunch support of the president’s domestic initiatives be put off when they hear him taking the “Israel can do no wrong” side in the debate over Israel’s botched raid, in international waters, of a humanitarian aid flotilla?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No government can serve two masters and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people.A politicians who proclaims themselves a friend of Israel thus in the same breath proclaims himself an enemy of America.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

That is the only issue this election.

Jun 04 10:41

Defiant activist ship steams on towards Gaza

The Rachel Corrie activist ship kept its course for a Saturday arrival in Gaza -- or confrontation -- as world anger simmered over Israel's deadly raid on an earlier blockade-busting bid.

We started out to deliver this cargo to the people of Gaza and to break the siege of Gaza, that is what we want to do," the 66-year-old said as the vessel steamed towards the impoverished Palestinian enclave.

The MV Rachel Corrie was just hours from Gaza but the 15 aboard -- Irish and Malaysian activists, four Indonesian crew and a Scottish captain -- did not intend to leave international waters and run the Israeli gauntlet until after daybreak Saturday, organisers said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Israeli government: the flotilla massacre backfired.

What you have managed to do with this is focus world attention on the siege of Gaza, the cavalier inhumanity of what is being done to the Gazan people, and the apparent Israeli "final solution" for them.

Killing or wounding anyone on the Rachel Corrie is going to be met with an international fury you will not be able to contain, even with the US blocking for you at the UN.

The question is, what shape that fury will take.

Jun 04 10:38

MV Rachel Corrie due to reach Gaza within hours. “The world is watching”

The MV Rachel Corrie, a cargo ship in the Freedom Flotilla whose passage from Ireland was delayed by mechanical difficulties, is now hours away from its destination.

“I commend this courageous action of brave international civilians who are carrying essential medical, education and construction materials denied by Israeli suffocating and illegal siege on Gaza. It is vital that they have maximum support by the international community!” a Palestinian political leader, Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, told Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire today. She and other activists on board the cargo ship carrying humanitarian aid from the Republic of Ireland to Gaza, said they hope to reach their destination by Saturday morning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Turkey, now is a good time for those warships of yours to show up.

Jun 04 10:34

Lift the Siege of Gaza

In June 1948, our wartime ally imposed a blockade on Berlin, cutting off and condemning to death or Stalinist domination 2 million Germans, most of whom, not long before, had cheered Adolf Hitler.

Harry Truman responded with the Berlin airlift, in perhaps the most magnanimous act of the Cold War.

For nine months, U.S. pilots flew into Tempelhof, carrying everything from candy to coal, saving a city and earning the eternal gratitude of the people of Berlin, and admiration everywhere that moral courage is admired.

That was an America that lived its values.

Jun 04 10:25

BP, Coast Guard withheld video showing massive scope of oil spill

Inside the unified command center, where BP and federal agencies were orchestrating the spill response, video monitors had already displayed hours of footage they did not make public," ABC News' veteran investigative reporter Brian Ross reports. "The images showed a far more dire situation unfolding underwater. The footage filmed by submarines showed three separate leaks, including one that was unleashing a torrent of oil into the Gulf."

BP told the network they'd turned the video over to the Feds, and the decision to release the video was on the Feds alone

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither BP nor the Federal government wanted the public to see the horrendous extent of the damage they knew was happening.

Jun 04 10:24

"We were kidnapped," Swedish author says of Gaza flotilla raid

'It was an act of piracy. We were actually kidnapped,' he said in Berlin, speaking publicly about his ordeal for the first time since being deported from Israel following the incident.

Jun 04 10:22

CEO: BP will make good on $10 billion in profit payouts to shareholders, despite spill

BP's shareholders may receive more this year from the company's coffers than those affected by the spill in the Gulf of Mexico will receive in their lifetime.

BP CEO Tony Hayward has indicated that he will go ahead with massive dividend payouts to shareholders in the aftermath of the worst oil spill in US history. $10 billion in payouts are scheduled for this year. The cost of the spill has been estimated in the tens of billions, but ExxonMobil only ended up paying a $507 million settlement for the 1994 Exxon Valdez spill after 20 years of appeals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported this morning at:

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0604/expert-3-times-amount-oil-cap-work/

"If the cap doesn't work, we're going to have three times the amount of oil in the Gulf of Mexico," conservationist Rick Steiner told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann Thursday.

As much as 46 million gallons have already leaked into the Gulf. If the "cut and cap" operation fails there could be more than 138 million gallons of oil spilled before a relief well is finished in August."

That BP is allowed to cavalierly "cap" their losses on this catastrophe while paying out this kind of dividend is criminal.

Jun 04 10:21

Hamas and Al-Qaeda and Iran!...oh my

At one point he stated that Iran would smuggle weapons into Gaza via these "supposed" relief craft,and would set up an "Iranian port on the Mediterranean", if israhell were to lift the blockade. Perhaps he should ask his doctor if Hemlock is right for him. This man should be in a home somewhere.

Jun 04 10:20

hursday, Jun 3, 2010 17:55 ET Captured and detained by Israel, an American tells his story

"I have never struck anyone in more than 20 years," he said. "I was beaten. There is black and blue all over my body. They inflicted pain on me on a frequent basis because I did not recognize their authority."

Everyone on all of the ships was completely unarmed, he said. However, on the Turkish ship -- where the civilian fatalities occurred -- some passengers clashed with the soldiers and tried to beat them up as they descended on the ship. (Larudee was on a different vessel.) "But that is akin to what the passengers on the hijacked 9/11 did to hijackers who had taken the aircraft," he said. "In other words, they resisted someone who was invading their ship."

Jun 04 10:16

Interior Minister seeks to strip Israeli Arab MK of citizenship

Interior Minister Eli Yishai petitioned Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to help him revoke the Israeli citizenship of Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zuabi, who took part in efforts to break Israel's blockade of Gaza on a flotilla of aid ships earlier this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Freedom of speech is a foundation of Democracy. If Israel punishes a member of the Knesset for a different opinion with revocation of citizenship, then Israel does not have freedom of speech and hence cannot be a Democracy.

Cease all financial aid to Israel immediately. They are not a democracy, they are not our friends, revealed as nuclear-armed they do not need our weapons (and in any event last weekend used those weapons against Americans). Revealed as nuclear-armed and with Israel's attempted sale to South Africa, it is illegal for the US Government to send your tax dollars to Israel under the 1976 Symington Amendment to9 the 1961 Foreign Appropriations act and the Glenn Act.

Jun 04 10:08

Prayers, tear gas and terror

The Israeli attack was timed for dawn prayers – when a good number of the men aboard the Mavi Marmara were praying on the aft deck of the big Turkish passenger ferry, as it motored steadily through international waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Jun 04 10:02

ADL Rewrites New Testament

What happened is really not debatable. But it is unacceptable to speak. Anti-Christian Jews can be blamed for nothing. Their leaders must be portrayed as always wise, balanced, good and moderate. As a people, they were never xenophobic or legalistic. And they had nothing, nothing, to do with Jesus' death. The nails went through His hands and feet as if by magic. There was no murder.

Isn't it interesting? Jewish leaders allow others no such exoneration.

In Germany, there is no such convenient bleaching of history. A radically different situation prevails. There, no one can be free from their ancestral guilt. No reparations can be enough....

Jun 04 09:38

American, 19, Among Gaza Flotilla Dead

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Furkan Dogan, who was born in New York, Was Shot Five Times, Including Four Times in Head. That is not self defense, that is execution.

Obama is studying the situation.

McCain thinks we are not doing enough to support Israel in this crisis.

Biden wonders what all the fuss is about.

All these politicians, including the hundreds who take campaign money from AIPAC which represents the nation that just hijacked a US flagged ship in international waters, kidnapped 12 Americans, and murdered one, all hope they can convince you that immigration and gay marriage are the issues this election year.

I disagree

The issue is Israel.

No government can serve two masters and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people.A politicians who proclaims themselves a friend of Israel thus in the same breath proclaims himself an enemy of America.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

That is the only issue this election.

Jun 04 09:27

Gaza flotilla attack: Turks killed by Israeli soldiers given heroes' funeral

Turkey's president, Abdullah Gul, said his country's once close ties with Israel would never be the same again.

In Tel Aviv, Israelis later demonstrated outside Turkey's embassy, throwing stones and calling its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a "terrorist".

Jun 04 09:08

Maine Filmmaker Caught in Israeli Raid Returning to Maine

While most of the violence was aboard the Turkish-flagged ship, Hamann suffered a minor injury when a grenade, intended to shock, not kill, landed near his foot.

Moe Hamann told the paper he talked with his son yesterday. Scott Hamann told his father he has a ticket to fly to New York's JFK airport tomorrow, then onto Maine. Hamann's film and computer equipment are being held by Israel, the paper reports.

Jun 04 09:04

Report: WHO overstated H1N1 threat

A joint report into the handling of the H1N1 outbreak has found that some scientists who advised governments to stockpile drugs, had previously been on the payroll of big drug companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oooooh, now there's a big shockeroonie!

Jun 04 08:02

Lawyers Claim Google Wi-Fi Sniffing ‘Is Not an Accident’

Lawyers suing Google claimed Thursday they have discovered evidence in a patent application that Google deliberately programmed its Street View cars to collect private data from open Wi-Fi networks, despite claims to the contrary.

Jun 04 07:54

21 Miles Off The Coast of Palestine

Here is a strange echo from history.

It is a documentary made by the BBC in 1973 about the story of the ship, the Exodus.

It was the ship full of Jewish refugees - many of them survivors of the Holocaust - that tried to break the British blockade of Palestine in 1947. The participants from both sides appear and describe in detail how British soldiers boarded the ship 21 miles off the coast of Palestine killing 3 of the refugees and wounding others.

It caused an international scandal and was a PR disaster for the British government. It is seen in Israel today as one of the most significant events that led to the founding of the modern Israeli state.

Jun 04 07:51

Caught in the oil

AP Photographer Charlie Riedel just filed the following images of seabirds caught in the oil slick on a beach on Louisiana's East Grand Terre Island.

Jun 04 07:44

Report condemns swine flu experts’ ties to big pharma

Scientists who drew up the key World Health Organisation guidelines advising governments to stockpile drugs in the event of a flu pandemic had previously been paid by drug companies which stood to profit, according to a report out today.

An investigation by the British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the not-for-profit reporting unit, shows that WHO guidance issued in 2004 was authored by three scientists who had previously received payment for other work from Roche, which makes Tamiflu, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), manufacturer of Relenza.

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Jun 04 07:15

BP wrestles cap over leak as Obama heads back to Gulf

BP engineers capped a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico but failed to stop it gushing more oil Friday, as a "furious" President Barack Obama prepared to head back to the stricken coast.

After the cap, the next chance to halt the flow of oil would not come until mid-August, when two relief wells are due to be completed.

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Let's not forget that hurricane season is beginning. We may not see this resolved until December. And by then, the Gulf of Mexico will have to be renamed to the Gulf of Petrolium.

Jun 04 06:52

McDonald's pulls Shrek glasses in U.S.

McDonald's in the U.S. is recalling 12 million "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses because of cadmium in the painted design.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned consumers early Friday to immediately stop using the glasses. It was not yet clear if the recall extended to McDonald's in Canada.

The 16-ounce glasses being sold as part of a promotional campaign for the movie "Shrek Forever After," were available in four designs depicting the characters Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots and Donkey.

Jun 04 06:05

Why did Israel attack civilians in the Mediterranean?

Israel weighed in advance the consequences of its attack against a humanitarian convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip. What were its objectives in triggering a world diplomatic crisis, and why did it defy its Turkish ally as well as its U.S. protector?

The attack launched by three Israeli Saar missile patrol boats on 31 May 2010 against the "Freedom" flotilla in international Mediterranean waters denotes a headlong rush on the part of Tel Aviv.

The "Freedom" flotilla stems from an initiative by human rights activists [1] [2], supported by the Turkish government. Its aim was to take humanitarian aid to Gaza and, in so doing, to break the blockade illegally enforced by the Israeli army against more than 1.5 million Gazans.

Jun 04 06:01

Gaza flotilla: Israel accused of ‘sabotaging’ Irish aid ship Rachel Corrie

Israel has been accused of sabotaging communication systems on the Irish registered aid ship MV Rachel Corrie which is bound for Gaza.

Pro-Palestinian campaigners behind the latest seaborne attempt to break the blockade on the Hamas-controlled enclave said that they had lost all contact with the vessel.

The Free Gaza Movement said that it assumed Israel must have sabotaged systems on board the ship, whose passengers include a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a former UN assistant secretary-general.

As a result they plan to pull it back to port and pack it with celebrities and journalists, in a direct challenge to Israel.

Jun 04 04:57

US Media's pro-Israeli Bias: Response to the Freedom Flotilla Slaughter

In America, "any sort of debate back and forth, any sort of incisive editorial comment in the major newspapers, is almost completely absent....There are no significant countervailing voices" to deter Israel from getting away with murder, an illegal blockade, aggressive wars, and the most extreme crimes against humanity; its latest, of course, the massacre of peace activists taking aid to besieged Gazans.

Besides coming from officials and their spokespersons, Israel's propaganda arm, Israel Politik, said "Israel had no choice but to stop the flotilla from breaking the blockade....While Israel was forced to take action in international waters, its actions are supported by international maritime law."

Jun 04 04:37

The Legal Framework of International Law The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla by Israeli Navy Commandos on May 31, 2010

By Lynda Bray

Crimes against Peace and
Crimes against Humanity

During the pre-dawn hours of May 31, 2010, the Israeli Navy attacked the six civilian vessels of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. The attack took place in international waters against ships flying under national flags of countries with which Israel is not at war, namely Turkey, Greece and the United States. The ships were carrying civilians from more than sixteen countries.

Salient points:

Since no state of war existed at the time, the attack on these vessels constitutes an act of war against those governments under whose flags the vessels were sailing. [...]

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Jun 04 04:31

Justin Raimondo : This Says It All

Israelis kill American – Joe Biden says: “What’s the big deal?”

What is US foreign policy in the Middle East all about – and for whose benefit is it being conducted? In two short paragraphs, this news story says it all:

“The U.S. confirmed that an American citizen, identified as 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, was killed by multiple gunshots during the Israeli raid on a flotilla carrying activists attempting to run a blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said the U.S. has made no decision on a response to Dogan’s death.”

Apparently official Washington is torn between issuing a mild protest, and thanking them. [...]

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http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/justin-raimondo-this-says-it-all/

Jun 04 04:27

Erdogan: Israel in danger of losing its “best friend” in the Region NATO HQ Seething

By Juan Cole

As funerals were held in Turkey on Thursday for 7 Turks and 1 US citizen, a new wave of anger swept over Turkey at Israel. The popular emotions have potential implications for Turkey and NATO in the Middle East, and therefore for the United States and the Obama administration.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara on Thursday that Israel must review its policies lest it lose its best friend in the region, i.e. Turkey. [...]

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http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/erdogan-israel-in-danger-of-losing-it...

Jun 04 04:21

Review of Zionism, Militarism And The Decline Of US Power by James Petras

December 2009 issue of Culture Wars magazine – Ken Freeland

The hegemonic influence of Zionist-Israeli forces over America’s foreign policy, particularly Middle East policy, is a phenomenon without historical precedent. While right-wing radicals, with their focus on patriotism and constitutional values, set off early alarms about this perceived foreign domination,the Left pretty much slept through its insidious ascent to power. [...]
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http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/review-of-zionism-militarism-and-the-...

Jun 04 03:20

URGENT CHILD HEALTH RISK - McDonald's recalls Shrek glasses 'tainted with cadmium'

Fast food chain McDonald's has recalled 12 million drinking glasses promoting the new Shrek movie because painted designs on them contain the toxic metal cadmium.

Cadmium can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and brain. In the case of the Shrek glasses, there are concerns about long-term exposure to low levels.

The metal, it says, could leach from the paint onto a child's hands, and then enter the body if the child put an unwashed hand to his or her mouth.

"We believe the Shrek glassware is safe for consumer use," said McDonald's USA spokesman Bill Whitman.

I believe McDonald's USA spokesman Shill Whitman should shut the f*** up.

Please spread this around. Even big oil stopped using cadmium plated nuts & bolts many years ago.

Jun 04 01:01

United States of Zionist America- 2010 Will Be the Summer of Rage

So why am I so angry?

I heard today - in addition to the rest of the murders commited by the scum-Israelis that they shot an American 19-year-old three times in the head. I consider that an execution.

Jun 04 00:34

BP's Top Two Officials On Rig Are No-Shows At Crucial Hearing

Donald Vidrine, BP's "company man," overruled the rig's chief mechanic and driller and pushed to speed up the process by remove the drilling mud faster to save BP money on the day of the tragic explosion, according to testimony from rig owner Transocean's Doug Brown on Wednesday.

Vidrine did not testify as scheduled on Wednesday, citing an unspecified medical condition.

The other top BP official on the rig, Robert Kaluza, also declined to testify, invoking his 5th Amendment right not to incriminate himself.

Note the highlighted text above. It is an obvious grammatically incorrect edit -- a hurried typo to spin the "to save time" mantra? I don't believe the current media mantra that removing the mud was done "to save time." From what I can gather, I believe that removing the mud was extremely non-standard.

June 3, 2010

Jun 03 23:24

Israeli Flotilla Attack Creates Chaos in the Knesset

All parliamentary decorum was lost in the Israeli Knesset as Haneen Zoabi strode to the podium to address the membership. Zoabi had been on the Mavi Marmara when elite Israeli commandos landed on the flotilla flagship from helicopers. In an earlier press conference in Nazareth following her release, Zoabi intimated that the Israeli government wanted to cause casualties during their interception of the humanitarian aid convoy: “Israel had days to plan this military operation…They wanted many deaths to terrorize us and to send a message that no future convoys should try to break the siege of Gaza.” (quoted by Jonathan Cook, Global Research, June 3, 2010)
Knesset Response to Zoabi’s Statements

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"We can't see you and we can't hear you and you can't make us, NYAH NYAH NYAH!!"

Jun 03 23:22

Elderly activist shot and 'let bleed to death'

An elderly man was shot and then left to bleed to death after Israeli commandos stormed the Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza.

Released activists who had been on board the 'MV Mavi Marmara' claimed yesterday that the commandos waited more than an hour before treating the wounded.

Jun 03 23:21

Activists describe "bloodbath" on Gaza-bound ship

Freed after days held incommunicado in Israeli jail, survivors of Monday's storming of an aid ship described a "bloodbath," with people shot before their eyes and desperate efforts to treat the wounded.

Those aboard the flotilla returned home on Thursday after being held in Israeli jail since the raid, at last able to give their own accounts of the incident in which Israeli troops killed nine activists aboard the cruise liner Mavi Marmara.

Jun 03 23:21

Keiser Report ? 46: Social Fury builds up! Guillotines, Conspiracy Theories & Financial Terrorism

"They own these securities in their own accounts, Congresspeople, Senators and House of Representatives. That's why they aren't acting in the interest of the folks who don't own shares in the financial terrorism. If al Qaeda went public via Goldman Sachs on Wall Street and was trading for $140 a share on the New York Stock Exchange, nobody in America would be against al Qaeda, nobody in Washington would be against al Qaeda, because its shares are all listed on the exchange and they all own shares..."

Jun 03 22:52

Ocean currents likely to carry oil along Atlantic coast

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer. The modeling results are captured in a series of dramatic animations produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and collaborators.

Jun 03 22:46

Fu FDA- defeated in federal court over censorship of truthful health claims

This is "big deal" news: The FDA has just been defeated in federal court over its censorship of truthful health claims for a nutritional supplement that helps prevent cancer.

Health freedom attorney Jonathan Emord spearheaded the effort, along with the Alliance for Natural Health.

Health freedom has just been handed a significant victory by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, which ruled last week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated the First Amendment rights of a nutritional...

Jun 03 22:21

Gilad Atzmon's warning

Jun 03 22:18

BA says sorry for bin Laden boarding pass gaffe

British Airways apologised on Thursday after a photo of a boarding pass for passenger "bin Laden, Osama" appeared in an in-house magazine, touting the benefits of online check-in.

The photo -- including a Frequent Flyer programme number for the Al-Qaeda chief and a seat allocation near the front of the plane -- was published in LHR News, a publication for BA staff at London's Heathrow airport.

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Booga Booga - Be vewy vewy scared!!!!!

Jun 03 22:15

Obama brother refused entry to UK

Barack Obama's half-brother was denied entry to the UK after being accused of a serious crime on an earlier visit, the Home Office has confirmed.

Jun 03 22:01

US Navy LaWS raygun vapourises the target

US Navy brings down drone with LaWS raygun
* By Peter Farquhar, Technology Editor
* June 03, 2010
In normal operations, R2-D2 would support the Navy's Phalanx 20mm cannon, which automatically locks onto incoming missiles and blasts them out of the sky.[Pic]
Unfortunately for anyone in the impact zone, that ususally results in a shower of shrapnel or the 20mm shell itself if it fails to explode.
The LaWS system simply vapourises the target.
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[Remember those Iraq, US attack stories about targets being vaporized?]

Jun 03 21:59

The Root of the Housing Bubble Remains Unchanged

The fundamental root of the housing bubble--the collusion of the Central State and banks to extend home ownership to millions of citizens who did not qualify for that burden-- remains firmly in place.

Jun 03 21:30

Mavi Marmara account based on interviews with its activists

Suddenly, sound bombs and tear gas exploded
PAUL MCGEOUGH, ISTANBUL
04 Jun, 2010 09:56 AM
The following account of what happened on the decks of the Mavi Marmara is based on interviews with activists while they and the Fairfax news crew, which accompanied the flotilla as non-participating observers, were held in an Israeli prison for more than two days and, on Wednesday, on board one of three aircraft sent to Israel by the Turkish government to ferry all the near-700 captured activists to a rousing 4am reception by tens of thousands of cheering Turks at Istanbul's airport.

Jun 03 21:16

Execution of German Civilians in Prague. May 10, 1945

koelnerwutzmann — May 26, 2010 — Krieg ist grausam, es ist gut das ein Teil des Unrechts welches man Deutschen zugefügt hat hier einmal sehen kann. koelnerwutzmann — May 26, 2010 — Krieg ist grausam, es ist gut das ein Teil des Unrechts welches man Deutschen zugefügt hat hier einmal sehen kann.

Jun 03 21:13

BP boss expected to pay out £6.8b to shareholders

BP's chief executive, Tony Hayward, is today expected to defy calls from U.S. politicians to block over £6.8billion of payouts to shareholders this year.

According to sources he is prepared to risk further fury in America by promising to stick with the disgraced company's payout policy in an effort to placate shareholders.

Such a controversial move comes in spite of demands from American politicians that all dividends be halted until the total cost of the clean-up is known.

Jun 03 20:00

Israel: lies and more damn lies

More eye-witness accounts are coming into the public domain from activists on the flotilla. And it totally contradicts Israel’s version of the ‘truth’ (Israel spinning lies, damn lies and more damn lies… orchestrated by the likes of spin doctor extraordinaire, Mark Regev) about the storming of the flotilla.

Huwaida Arraf, one of the Free Gaza Movement organisers, claimed she was beaten when Israeli troops boarded her ship (she was on one of the smaller boats).

Jun 03 19:57

LIVE VIDEO - LMRP "CAP" BEiNG ATTEMPTED!

Jun 03 19:31

Israel killed more than 9, threw wounded into sea, witnesses say

Activists say some people who were initially on the flotilla are missing. They are also telling stories of horror, carnage and pure barbarism at the hands of Israeli officials. In a shocking account, Humanitarian Aid Foundation (?HH) President Bülent Y?ld?r?m, who returned on Thursday, said a photographer, whose first name was Cevdet, was shot in the forehead by a soldier one meter away from him. “Our Cevdet [K?l?çlar], he is a press member. He has become a martyr. All he was doing was taking pictures. They smashed his skull into pieces.

Jun 03 19:29

Israeli Palestinian MK Who Revealed IDF Fired Before Boarding Aid Ships Assaulted in Knesset

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Israeli Palestinian MK Chanin Zoabi joined the Gaza flotilla and testified that IDF commandos fired on her boat before landing on it and killing 9 other passengers including a Turkish-U.S. citizen. Today, she bravely returned to the Knesset and attempted unsuccessfully to exercise her right to address the political body of which she is a member.

In case you were wondering, this didn’t earn her any fans on the far right of the political spectrum. In fact there was a veritable cat fight and near fisticuffs, including an episode when one MK approached the rostrum and appeared to try to assault her, before being held back by security. She was called a spy and traitor and told (in very bad Arabic by one rightist) to go back to Gaza where she belonged.

Jun 03 19:21

At least 17 nations summon Israeli ambassadors

As international condemnation over the killing of at least 10 activists by Israeli forces as they raided an aid convoy en route to Gaza, a host of governments have summoned Israeli ambassadors to provide a full explanation on the assault.

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And the US, with a hijacked US-flagged ship, 12 kidnapped Americans, one of then dead with four bullets in his skull, rushes to the United Nations to protect Israel from criticism.

No government can serve two masters and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people. A friend of Israel is an enemy of America.

I am shocked and appalled at all these supposed American leaders stepping over the still-warm corpse of an American murdered by the Israelis in their rush to serve Tel Aviv. You should be too.

Already ABCNNBBCBS are trying to convince you that this years elections are about gay marriage or immigration or something else they think the parties can win votes with, but I will tell you the issue this election season and I urge you to share this with every voter you know...

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

Jun 03 19:05

Gilad Atzmon on Israeli collective madness (RT)

Jun 03 18:56

Can Americans be murdered by the Israeli government with impunity?

For several days, Israel has been able to contain some of the fallout from the flotilla massacre by withholding information about the dead and injured. The object of this exercise has clearly been to slow the flow of information in the hope that by the time the most damning facts become known, the international media’s attention will have turned elsewhere.

But the dead now have names and faces and one turns out to be a nineteen-year-old American: Furkan Dogan.

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My audience has about doubled this week as I covered the Israeli attack on the aid fleet. I'll bet that ABCNNBBCBS cannot make the same claim.

Jun 03 18:09

Has Israel declared war on the international community?

In the West, we have become accustomed to the propaganda machine of the Israeli government filling the global airwaves with fabrications, defamations and outright lies following each crime committed, each violation of international law. Like the Israeli military, the Israeli propaganda apparatus is highly sophisticated. Nevertheless, this latest act seems like a challenge to the world, and I am not sure whether propaganda can bury it.

Jun 03 17:59

Media Disinformation regarding Israel's Murderous Assault in International Waters

More newsspeak from the BBC, that having spent years helping to demonize (democratically elected) Hamas, is clearly worried that Israel’s actions threaten to undo all the ‘good work’ the BBC has done on behalf of it patron, Israel. Note too that the writer finally manages to mention the “ordinary people of Gaza”, not that he is worried about their plight, but that the Israeli attack puts them “firmly into the spotlight”, obviously the last thing the BBC wants to happen.

Jun 03 17:48

The Real Reason for the Blockade

Israel's policy was summed up by Dov Weisglass, an adviser to Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, earlier this year. 'The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger,' he said. The hunger pangs are supposed to encourage the Palestinians to force Hamas to change its attitude towards Israel or force Hamas out of government.

Jun 03 17:47

FLASHBACK - AMERICAN OFFICIALS MUST PASS PRO-ISRAEL SCREENING IN ORDER TO SERVE IN THE US GOVERNMENT.

Every appointee to the American government must endure a thorough background check by the American Jewish community.

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Jews represent only 2% of the US population.

Do officials have to pass a pro-Black screening to serve in the government?

Do officials have to pass a pro-German screening to serve in the government?

Do officials have to pass a pro-French screening to serve in the government?

Do officials have to pass a pro-China screening to serve in the government?

Do officials have to pass a pro-Swedish screening to serve in the government?

How did Israel get veto over the US Government?

Jun 03 17:31

Kiwi: "Israelis fired at will"

Nicola Enchmarch, who was with the aid organisation Viva Palestina, told the BBC the Israeli commandos were "very, very aggressive" and "didn't care who they were firing at".

Jun 03 17:26

Furkan Dogan Was Shot Five Times, Including Four Times in Head

A forensic report said he was shot at close range, with four bullets in his head and one in his chest, according to the Anatolian news agency.

Jun 03 17:23

The Lone Ship of the Freedom Flotilla: The Rachel Corrie MV Continues to Sail Towards Gaza in Defiance of Israeli Threats

In an act of tremendous courage, the Rachel Corrie MV is determined to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

At noon today, I received the following message from Christopher Chang and Ram Kardigasu, on behalf of the Malaysian and Irish peace activists, who are on board the Rachel Corrie:
MV Rachel Corrie is now the sole ship on the international freedom flotilla moving towards Gaza.

Jun 03 16:59

Sea blockade of Gaza was “temporary” – 15 years ago

Stuart Littlewood views a little-mentioned blockade of Gaza: an interim, five-year agreement signed by the Palestinian Authority in 1995 – probably under duress – but still in force, allowing the Israelis “to weave a tangled web of security zoning in Gaza's coastal waters” and leaving them in charge offshore, where there is a massive gas field.

Jun 03 16:54

Ron Paul Points Out That Israel Created Hamas

Ron Paul on the House floor admiting they created Bin Laden, Israel created Hamas

Jun 03 16:49

American Furkan Dogan Killed on Gaza Aid Flotilla

A U.S. citizen who lived in Turkey is among the nine people killed when Israeli commandos stormed a Turkish aid ship heading for the Gaza Strip , officials said today. The victim was identified as Furkan Dogan, 19, a Turkish-American. A forensic report said he was shot at close range, with four ...

Jun 03 16:07

DOD Says F-35 JSF Program Could End Up Costing $382B----yet Americans are going hungry

Senior Pentagon officials on Tuesday announced the F-35 fighter and five other major weapon systems have surpassed a legal cost threshold, while also criticizing the review process that triggers the “Nunn-McCurdy breaches.”

The Defense Department told lawmakers the F-35 fighter program could cost as much as $382.4 billion, with each Lightning II model coming with a $92.4 million price tag, according to DoD budget documents.

Jun 03 15:40

Google ditches Windows on security concerns

Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.

Jun 03 15:40

The day the world became Gaza

Since Israel’s invasion and massacre of over 1,400 people in Gaza 18 months ago, dubbed Operation Cast Lead, global civil society movements have stepped up their campaigns for justice and solidarity with Palestinians.

Governments, by contrast, carried on with business as usual, maintaining a complicit silence.

Israel’s lethal attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza may change that, spurring governments to follow the lead of their people and take unprecedented action to check Israel’s growing lawlessness.

Jun 03 15:38

Macs under attack by high-risk spyware

All those employees at Google who reportedly feel a whole lot safer running Mac OS X instead of Windows might want to sit down for this: Security company Intego today announced that a high-risk spyware application called OSX/OpinionSpy is spreading via "a number of freely distributed Mac applications and screen savers found on a variety of Web sites."

Under the guise of a "market research program," the spyware -- a variant of malware that's existed for Windows since 2008 -- is designed to collect a wealth of data on accessible local and network volumes, then send it off to its servers for likely unsavory uses.

Jun 03 15:36

Keith Olbermann: Gaza Flotilla Fallout

Jun 03 15:32

Software layers BP oil spill over your home

Using freely available government data, a new Web site helps people quantify the BP oil spill in local terms.

IfItWasMyHome.com uses a combo of Google Maps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite tracking data to place the parameters of the BP oil spill--the result of the April 20 explosion of an oil rig--over any area in the world.

The spill can be moved to center on any location of one's choosing by simply entering location data (such as a city or postal code) as one would usually do for Google Maps.

Playing with the tool is devastating.

Jun 03 15:28

Goldman Sachs Dumps 44% of it's BP Stock Weeks before Oil Rig Disaster

Goldman Sachs (on March 31st) owned 6 million shares...after it sold 4.7 Million shares. WHAT DID THEY KNOW?

Jun 03 15:24

Facebook "clickjacking" spreads across site

Hundreds of thousands of Facebook users are falling victim to so-called "clickjacking" attacks, warn web security labs.

Facebook members see links to subjects such as "World Cup 2010 in HD" or "Justin Bieber's phone number" that their friends appear to have "liked".

Clicking the link tricks users into recommending the site on Facebook too.

Security experts say the scam currently has no malicious intent but could be adapted to deliver malware.

Jun 03 15:17

The RIAA? Amateurs. Here's how you sue 14,000+ P2P users

So why have P2P lawsuits against individuals spiked dramatically in 2010? It's all thanks to the US Copyright Group, a set of lawyers who have turned P2P prosecution into revenue generation in order to "SAVE CINEMA." The model couldn't be simpler: find an indie filmmaker; convince the production company to let you sue individual "John Does" for no charge; send out subpoenas to reveal each Doe's identity; demand that each person pay $1,500 to $2,500 to make the lawsuit go away; set up a website to accept checks and credit cards; split the revenue with the filmmaker.

Jun 03 15:13

Attack came in three phases

The Mavi Marmara tried to alter its course so that any further attack would occur during daylight, but the Israelis persisted and boarded the ship. They used paintball guns on passengers — the ammunition mixed with glass.

Jun 03 15:10

British survivor of Gaza flotilla raid: 'Israelis ignored SOS calls'

Colborne, 43, from London, insisted the activists on the boat were on a purely humanitarian mission and the passengers were aged between one and 89. She claimed:

• Unarmed activists were shot by Israelis using live ammunition;

• The death toll of nine is likely to rise, because some activists remain missing;

• The Israelis ignored calls over the Tannoy and on written signs calling for them stop firing and to evacuate the critically injured;

• The Israeli forces handcuffed members of the activists' medical team who were sent to help treat the injured.

Jun 03 15:09

humor in the midst of economy meltdown

humor involving the euro meltdown. I heard that the elite are concerned about the euro meltdown, was not in their plans, but with so much dis-info out there who knows. I didnt know whether to pick humor or economy for the category, both are true..We need a new catagory..humor/economy, cause it getting to the point if you dont laugh, you will go crazy

Jun 03 15:06

Glenn Greenwald Destroys MSNBC's Israeli lapdog Apologist

It is a Crime to attack a ship on International Waters. Israel Doesn't own it. Due to this blockade, 60% of the Children in Gaza have anemia, the entire Palestine Economy has collapsed.

Jun 03 15:03

Big Pharma blackmails Greece; halts medicine supply over cash demands

In order to cut costs during its severe debt crisis, Greece had announced it would pay drug companies 25 percent less for their products, but this loss of profit was enough to convince several pharmaceutical companies supplying key drugs to the country to initiate their own medical blockade where they simply refuse to deliver any more medicines.

In doing this, Big Pharma shows its true character. When the profits are flowing and the companies are raking in full-price profits, they're you're best friend. But when budgets get tight and everybody is asked to take a cut, Big Pharma betrays your country and its citizens, withholding medicines in a thinly-veiled blackmail attempt to force you to cough up more cash.

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