BP announces ‘top kill’ has failed to stop Gulf oil leak + Mike Papantonio: Centrist Syndrome & Corporate Death Penalty

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By Erika Bolstad
McClatchy Newspapers
May 29, 2010

BP has abandoned its most recent “top kill” effort to contain its runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, a company official announced Saturday evening.

“After three full days, we have been unable to overcome the flow,” said the company’s chief operating officer, Doug Suttles at a news conference in Robert, La. “. . . This scares everybody, the fact that we can’t make this well stop flowing, or the fact that we haven’t succeeded so far.”

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The GOP’s Rand Paul Problem by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
May 29, 2010

In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited one of the first post-Abolitionism, post Civil War, post-Reconstruction African-Americans, Booker T. Washington, to visit him in the White House. To southern whites this was going too far. One editor wrote: “With our long-matured views on the subject of social intercourse between blacks and whites, the least we can say now is that we deplore the President’s taste, and we distrust his wisdom.”  By the bye, Mr. Washington, born a slave, had a white father.

By the way, if President Obama is a “socialist” according to Savagely Beckoning Le-vinitating O’RHannibaugh, I wonder how they would have contemporaneously characterized the Republican Theodore Roosevelt.  After all he was the first President to reach out to the African-American community.  It was more than 30 years before another one did.  Woodrow Wilson was a racist from Virginia (it was he who, for example, instituted segregation in the modern American military) and the post-TR Republicans had already forgotten about their roots as the Party of Lincoln.  The next President to start trying to deal with discrimination and segregation was TR’s cousin, Franklin.

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Beyond Theism and On with Evolution: Part One by Eileen Fleming

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29 May, 2010

Christians cannot love their enemies and kill them, too
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Theism: belief in the existence of a god or gods; specifically a belief in the existence of one God viewed as the creative source of the human race and the world who transcends yet is immanent in the world. -Merriam Webster

“Any god who can be killed ought to be killed.”- Clifford Stanley, Episcopal Priest and Professor of Theology

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Poland: U.S. Moves First Missiles, Troops Near Russian Border by Rick Rozoff

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May 29, 2010

On May 26 Polish news media announced that the first American Patriot interceptor missile battery and 100 U.S. troops were officially welcomed by Defense Minister Bogdan Klich, U.S. Ambassador Lee Feinstein and Brigadier General Mark Bellini of U.S. Army Europe at a ceremony in Poland.

American troops, it was further reported, had arrived over the previous weekend from a base in Germany to unload over 37 railway cars and assemble the Patriots in the Polish town of Morag, only 60 kilometers from Russia’s northwestern border in the Kaliningrad district. Details concerning the Patriot deployment and the stationing of as many as 150 U.S. servicemen were finalized in a supplemental Status of Forces Agreement between Washington and Warsaw in February.

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Convention USA: Confronting Unconstitutional Inaction by Congress by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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May 29, 2010

Wake up patriots.  Voting is not the answer.  Not in our corrupt system.  But there is something else for US citizens.  First they must understand the importance of the provision in Article V of their Constitution for a convention of state delegates that can propose constitutional amendments just like Congress.  Then they must also learn that Congress has long refused to obey the Constitution and convene the first convention.  Sounds a little nuts, but Congress has gotten away with it.  Not that you need even more reason to have no confidence in Congress.

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Naomi Klein: Why is BP still in charge?

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May 28, 2010 — Frustration is growing among residents of the US Gulf of Mexico coast over the pace of efforts to combat the growing oil spill in the region.

Author and activist Naomi Klein has been visiting the state of Louisiana.

She told Al Jazeera that patience is running very thin.

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Time for OTA by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
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May 28, 2010

When the Republican Gingrich devolution took over Congress in 1995, it stripped the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of all its funding and left it a shell with no experts to advise committees and members of Congress.

Whereupon Congress was plunged into a dark age regarding decisions about trillions of national security, offshore oil drilling, transportation, energy, health, computer, biotech, nanotechnology and many other executive branch programs in science and technology.

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Memorial “Daze”: Nightmares of Empire by Philip A. Farruggio

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by Philip A. Farruggio
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28 May, 2010

Hitler’s German army invaded and occupied Poland. Many soldiers were killed. The Japanese invaded and occupied Nanking and Shanghai. They had many soldiers killed. The same for the British when they occupied India and Palestine. The local populations did not wish to be occupied by foreigners, especially ones with loaded guns pointed at their faces. The Indians of the plains did not take well to our Calvary and forts. Many of our young troops were slaughtered at Little Big Horn, because they were seen as invaders. The people of Germany, Japan, Britain, America mourned those soldiers killed while occupying foreign soil, and rightly so. Yet, to honor them does an injustice to the victims of their occupation. Why? Well, in all the above instances, those nations illegally occupied the countries mentioned. So, to honor a soldier that is used for such heinous acts is an injustice to both the memory of him and the memory of the victims of such assaults.

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Memorial Day 2010: Milestones Of Mourning by Ed Ciaccio

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May 28, 2010

Recently, it was announced that the 1,000th U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan.  By Memorial Day, 2010, U.S. taxpayers will have spent $1 TRILLION on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  More than one million Iraqis have been killed in our illegal, unnecessary war of lies and aggression on Iraq, and uncounted tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Afghanis and Pakistanis have been killed in the Bush-Obama Af-Pak Wars of choice and Empire in those devastated, poor lands.

In addition, more than 300,000 U.S. and NATO soldiers, and millions of Iraqis, Afghanis, and Pakistanis have been maimed in these wars.  Nearly five million Iraqis, and hundreds of thousands of Afghanis and Pakistanis, have been displaced by these U.S.-NATO wars.

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Gaza flotilla show down + Radio contact with Cyprus Police + FreeGaza Update

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RussiaToday — May 28, 2010 — Gaza could be set for its latest humanitarian, and possibly military, confrontation. An international flotilla carrying aid is heading there, in defiance of a blockade imposed by Israel. Tel Aviv is preparing to block the effort at all costs.

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Michel Chossudovsky: The Homeland Security State and the Economic Crisis

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Guns and Butter
KPFA
May 26, 2010

The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the Twenty-First Century” with economist and author, Michel Chossudovsky.

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Smart Pig: BP’s OTHER Spill this Week by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
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www.gregpalast.com
for Buzzflash.com
28 May, 2010

With the Gulf Coast dying of oil poisoning, there’s no space in the press for British Petroleum’s latest spill, just this week: over 100,000 gallons, at its Alaska pipeline operation.  A hundred thousand used to be a lot.  Still is.

On Tuesday, Pump Station 9, at Delta Junction on the 800-mile pipeline, busted.  Thousands of barrels began spewing an explosive cocktail after “procedures weren’t properly implemented” by BP operators. “Procedures weren’t properly implemented” is, it seems, BP’s company motto.

Few Americans know that BP owns the controlling stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline; but, unlike with the Deepwater Horizon, BP keeps its Limey name off the Big Pipe.

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Mr. President: Any Moneyback Refunds – on Cash or Hope? By Robert S. Becker

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May 28, 2010

I’m all in favor of knowingly jousting at windmills, so good luck to Cenk Uygur for arm-twisting Goldman Sachs to repay (only) $12.9 billion via loans guaranteed by our “reform” government.  Problem is, where’s the public leverage – corporate largesse forced by street marches?  Consumer outrage or feisty editorials?  Targeted, ex post facto penalty taxes?  With this corporate Supreme Court doing the review?

The best protests identify achievable game plans, and Uygur’s tactic withers without endorsement by a business-friendly president, Congress, and Supreme Court.  That row of windmills makes this less a protest than dream quest.  There’s an infinitely simpler, more far-ranging protest, requiring no indirection, Congressional maneuvers or suspect legalisms.  Ask the president to return your campaign contributions – and not for his “pragmatic,” bait-and-policy switches, but simple non-performance, in fact, inept management style reminiscent of Bush-Cheney’s crisis-management.

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“Government Doesn’t Have The Resources To Stop It” by Dave Johnson

Crossposted from Campaign for America’s Future with permission from the author; thanks, Dave.

by Dave Johnson
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Campaign for America’s Future
May 27, 2010

People want the President to exert leadership to turn things around.

The oil leak. Unemployment. Credit card scams. Foreclosures. Predatory corporations. Environmental destruction. Global warming. Roads and bridges crumbling. Incomes stagnant. Schools getting worse. Companies moving overseas. Problem after problem.

People want to know, “Why doesn’t the government push BP aside and take over?” The answer is, “Government doesn’t have the resources to stop it.”

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Israel holds a joint military exercise in Greece to rehearse an attack on Iran

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Propaganda Alert

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Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
27 May 2010



1) Israel holds a joint military exercise in Greece to rehearse an attack on Iran (27 May 2010)
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