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Moving right along… 13 June 2010

Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, Pakistan, Riyadh, Turkey, WAR!.
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A diver feeds a turtle at an aquarium in Hefei, Anhui province, China

A diver feeds a turtle at an aquarium in Hefei, Anhui province, China [REUTERS]

An Iranian relief convoy is getting closer to leaving for Gaza:

Iran aid ships for Gaza awaiting ministry nod
(AFP) – 3 hours ago

 TEHRAN — An Iranian Red Crescent official said in a report on Sunday that two aid ships organised by the humanitarian group were ready and awaiting foreign ministry approval to leave for Gaza.

 “We are ready but are awaiting permission from the foreign ministry given the political, military and security conditions in the region,” Mojtaba Majd, a senior Red Crescent official, was quoted as telling Mehr news agency.

 Separately the Red Crescent said that of the two ships, the one carrying foodstuffs and medicines was expected to leave this week.

Majd said more than 100,000 Iranians have registered to go to Gaza as volunteers on the second ship, but added only those “who have some expertise” would be sent to the Palestinian territory.  snip

And the CSM helpfully tells us why

[A]nalysts say that Iran’s reaction – including Ahmadinejad’s repeated reminders that the Islamic Republic has championed the Palestinian cause since the 1979 Islamic revolution – is designed to recapture from Turkey part of its self-declared role as the regional bastion of militant resistance that fights for the oppressed.

“The Iranians are trying to say, ‘We can still talk the talk,’ ” says Meir Javedanfar, an Iran specialist in Israel. “This is Iran trying to say that it’s still in charge of the Palestinian issue, to milk the international backlash against Israel after the flotilla incident.”
snip

And, so the article says, too many children in Gaza being named for Tayyip Erdogan… too few for Mahmoud A.

This from the previous thead…

TimesOnline

Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.

In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.

To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences will return to full alert.

“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” said a US defence source in the area. “They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.”

Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one. ….

I guess we will know when the sabre rattling ends and the shooting war begins…

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1. marisacat - 13 June 2010

Exxon Valdez veterans say Gulf Oil Spill is off to a bad start. (Gee no shit) Fortunately it seems there is communication btween the two groups, EV and the BP mess.

[R]iki Ott, a biologist who was working for Cordova fishermen before and during the Exxon Valdez spill and has since written two books on the event, has set up a “base camp” in bayou country where she’s been organizing community responses and trying to promote safety precautions among spill workers.

Her message? BP’s pledge to make communities whole really means “We’ll see you in court.” The lesson from Cordova is don’t wait for BP. “We wasted time waiting for Exxon to make us whole,” she said.

“Here’s the scary thing — who really learned the lesson? I think it was the oil industry, and what they learned was, take very aggressive measures to control the images,” Ott said, referring to the difficulties that news media and environmental groups have had in getting to spill sites, including restrictions imposed by the Coast Guard and the FAA.

“No cameras, no evidence, no problem. They are like a house afire here, trying to capture one agency after another and use these agencies to shield themselves from liability, from the public, from the media. Exxon didn’t have it down quite this good,” Ott said.

One EV vet quoted in the article said in ’89 NOAA was a big help… but so clearly not now. Utterly subsumed and it is very obvious.

Read more: LINK to McClatchy

2. marisacat - 13 June 2010

Greg Palast on BP

[H]ow does BP get away with it? The same way the Godfather got away with it: bad things happen to folks who blow the whistle. BP has a habit of hunting down and destroying the careers of those who warn of pipeline problems. [BP operates as “Alyeska” up on the pipeline in Alaska — Mcat]

In one case, BP’s CEO of Alaskan operations hired a former CIA expert to break into the home of a whistleblower, Chuck Hamel, who had complained of conditions at the pipe’s tanker facility. BP tapped his phone calls with a US congressman and ran a surveillance and smear campaign against him. When caught, a US federal judge said BP’s acts were “reminiscent of Nazi Germany.”

This was not an isolated case. Captain James Woodle, once in charge of the pipe’s Valdez terminus, was blackmailed into resigning the post when he complained of disastrous conditions there. The weapon used on Woodle was a file of faked evidence of marital infidelity. Nice guys, eh?
snip

3. marisacat - 13 June 2010

He speaks:

Obama to Address Nation Tuesday Night on Gulf Oil Spill

FOXNews – ‎34 minutes ago‎

President Obama will address the nation Tuesday night to talk about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The 8 pm ET speech will take place from the White House shortly after the president returns from a trip to the Gulf.

The good news, only about 15 mins.

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 June 2010

wow, and only two months after the crime! Way to jump on it, Barry.

He’s probably going to tell us there’s nothing they can really do … don’t want to hurt the shareholders etc.

marisacat - 13 June 2010

I think hsi big “announce” is he TOO is asking for an escrow account. Yes siree… he can too take a page from the AG of FLorida and somebody or other in La… and AL.

And so on.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 June 2010

Elizabeth Warren Wants To End Exploding Mortgages

“Consumer financial contracts don’t work like contracts are supposed to work. The way they work is by pretending something is one price and then giving you another. They work on incomprehensible fees and fine print. In a normal contract you see what you’re getting. I see what I’m getting. That’s the antithesis of what goes on in consumer financial products. The invisible hand of the market is withering an dying in this area. We need to shrink the legalese, make and make consumer financial products comprehensible and comparable to one another.”

marisacat - 13 June 2010

I think there are waves and waves of RE trouble yet to come. Legalese or not……

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 June 2010

Contractors raking in mad cash in wake of BP disaster

America may be losing the race to evolve technology, and alternative fuels, but at least we still lead the way in creating horrible catastrophes that our unemployed masses can then toil to clean up.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 June 2010
catnip - 13 June 2010

Exactly. When my daughter’s father passed away 2 years ago of cancer, one of the regrets he had was that he had worked in the oil industry – having found an appreciation for the environment too late in life. I thought that was a rather humbling admission from someone who truly believed that money makes the world go around – his world, at least.

7. diane - 13 June 2010

Speaking of Chevron (BooHooHooMan, last thread): Chevron in the news. Richmond, California (for those unfamiliar, just a few miles from San Francisco, and Berkeley), with its majority African American population, must be breathing a sigh of relief that this US Chevron news, wasn’t in the vicinity of their kids playgrounds:

Chevron in the news:

Official: Oil spill hasn’t reached Great Salt Lake
Jun 13, 2:35 PM EDT

By BROCK VERGAKIS
Associated Press Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Emergency workers believe they have stopped a 21,000 gallon oil leak from reaching the environmentally sensitive Great Salt Lake, one of the West’s most important inland water bodies for migratory birds that use it as a place to rest, eat and breed.

An underground pipeline in the mountains near the University of Utah broke Friday night, sending oil into a creek that flows through neighborhoods, into a popular Salt Lake City park and ultimately the Jordan River. The pipeline wasn’t shut off until Saturday morning.

Spokesman Jason Olsen said Sunday that emergency workers believe they have contained the spill in the Jordan River, which flows into the Great Salt Lake.

But the spill still took its toll on birds on Red Butte Creek and a pond at Liberty Park. More than 100 birds were coated in oil, and a few have died, Olsen said.

Most of the birds were Canada geese, although some ducks were also covered.

Most of Liberty Park reopened on Sunday. The pond remained closed and Olsen urged those who live near affected waterways to stay away from them.

diane - 13 June 2010

sorry, the italics in the first paragraph were only meant for the word Chevron

And I forget to include the snip whippety note at the end.

diane - 13 June 2010

Speakin of darker skinned persons without ‘connections,’ coming to all US Metro Areas soon:

U.S. soldiers fight crime in Puerto Rico

diane - 13 June 2010

yup,

movin right along there……..

diane - 13 June 2010

On a side note, re Chevron and kos, ….doin the devil’s advocate thang re kos: could it have been because the San Francisco; don’t count, Richmond & Oakland; and Berkeley area’s (in which he presumeably resides) public TV Network, KQED was sponsored, for so very long (still? …don’t know, as I turned it off for the most part quite awhile ago, along with NPR) by CHEVRON?

(No I don’t believe that’s his reason either, just welcoming some even more powerful assholes into the fray……)

diane - 13 June 2010

yeah ……..KQED, with way too frequent appearances of Charlotte Maillard Swig, whatever the fuck other sir name ‘our’ Texan belle latched onto, now Mrs. Tiger Ass, Hoover Institute George Schultz, of Iran Contra Infamy…………

(known as the woman who almost collapsed the Golden Gate Bridge, with her ginormous sense of do goodery, and social protocol….)

marisacat - 13 June 2010

Chevron still advertises on KQED. their motto is PEOPLE POWER!!!!!!!!!!!

diane - 13 June 2010

figures….

8. diane - 13 June 2010

The creepy ownership of UPI by Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church (since 2000, POST Helen Thomas’ employment there), aside, there are at least seven (some with duplicate pics) interesting collections of Gulf Spill pictures on UPI’s website (some appear to have possibly been taken by Government members: ex. caption = UPI/Coast Guard/HO ), including these:

Timeline (to June 4, at least currently, this page includes links to the other six photo collections)

Effects of Gulf oil spill on wildlife

BP Officials testify before Senate committee

President Obama tours beaches

(of course some of the captions might have to be taken with a grain of salt.)

diane - 13 June 2010

Haven’t looked through them all yet, but there are a few interesting shots in this collection also:

Fenced-in-a-photo-montage (Features a shot of two future terrerist busboys for some swank Orange County, California Restaurant)

like:

http://www.upi.com/News_Photos/Features/Fenced-in-a-photo-montage/3413/6/ ( a young, armed terrerist …look closely at the deadly device in his right hand)

and

http://www.upi.com/News_Photos/Features/Fenced-in-a-photo-montage/3413/10/ (young, fingered terrerists)

marisacat - 13 June 2010

the photographs tho (just starting on them) are wonderful. I understand what you mean, but there are decades of photography at the border… however propagandistic it is or may be in the ultimate use…

diane - 13 June 2010

yeah, they are good photos, I’ll have to check out UPI’s photo collections more often, some of their articles are very interesting also, caught one a while back that was hilarious, featuring Al Gore in Saudi Arabia, discussing all the money to be made from $Green Tech.

marisacat - 13 June 2010

I’ve never minded UPI no matter who owned it.. always a bit off center. Uusual angles avoided by the mass media.

diane - 13 June 2010

Unusual angles avoided by the mass media.

yeppers …………………..

diane - 13 June 2010

say hon, on your local circuit, is that Bronstein in the leather jacket, pre lizard moment?

marisacat - 13 June 2010

Bronstein? Do ou mean the editor of the SF Chronicle? That one?

diane - 13 June 2010

none other.

diane - 13 June 2010

oopser doopsers,

pre lizard moment linksy

diane - 13 June 2010

another interesting shot from 2001, captioned:

Protesters demolished a fence line and blocked a perimeter road at the U.S. Naval installation Camp Garcia, after,/b> the U.S. Navy resumed practice bombing in the area on April 27, 2001 on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. US Navy Photo/Johnny Bivera

diane - 13 June 2010

…………….a stunning, shot

on so many levels

….

marisacat - 13 June 2010

Just starting on them, the photos from the Gufl are wonderful (horrible but wonderful)

diane - 13 June 2010

I liked a lot of the shots that showed little peeps cleaning the birds, it helped stomach some of the others.

marisacat - 13 June 2010

I caught an interesting line in a report, think it was CBS, on cleaning up oil covered turtles… For now, they are not flying them anywhere for release, which earlier on they had been doing. And the reason? Not sure where is ”safe” to release them. The further reason was unstated, but I took it to mean, where the hell will the oil NOT go.

They have been releasing the pelicans and others to te Eastern side of FL… but i wonder how long that will go on… NC is working to raise their cap on liability for oil spill damage.. so I am guessing they want to be safer than sorrier.

diane - 13 June 2010

I’d been wondering if it was feasible, at least for the pelicans, to relocate some to Cali, since there are Brown Pelicans on the western seaboard.

marisacat - 13 June 2010

I on’t know.. no idea about migratory patterns.

Earlier on I saw a wonderful clip, weeks ago, of a larger turtle (took 4 to carry him) who had been cleaned up, and was being loaded to be taken somewehre for release… he had these wonderful rosy flushes on his under arms… and he was unusual… something about him. He kept moving his front arms back against the two holding up his front, he wanted to get walking… You could almost see him thinking…

Thank guys.. really! for the mayonnaise wipe down, the Dawn washes…the eye flushing!… the fish meal… I’ve checked my poop, I have flushed the oil out, things are going great! Can ya just let me go now? It was nice to meet you all, but enough is enough!

diane - 13 June 2010

keep that wit up hon, if ya can

(jeesh if not for my own self centered reasons …blushy emoticon)

and yeah it would seem that birds, can move much quicker and may be prone, like ladybugs …to ….…fly away Home, … even though,…. their …………

home has been ……….BURNT DOWN

diane - 13 June 2010

shit, sorry for throwing the margin out to the left.

marisacat - 13 June 2010

I noticed some pics were taken at the bird rescue at Theodore AL… I noticed Ob is going there, to Theodore I mean, on his two-day-very-serious-over-night drop in.

Special Promo: 2 days, 1 night, Marvels to be Seen! To be Believed! Feast your eyes! A culture and way of life is passing! Catch it now!!

So prepare for Obby to use rescued birds as props.

I suggest he b photographed at the “Bird Morgue” out back.

Etc.

diane - 13 June 2010

sounz like a reel MONSTER event ……..

9. marisacat - 13 June 2010

America’s less than excellent adventure in the Gulf… and continuing:

AP

[“T]he plan on file mirrors what they were likely asked to do by MMS to get the approval — it’s a pretty voluminous document that doesn’t have a lot of meat on it,” said Eric Smith, associate director of the Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute. “It’s a bunch of people pushed for time, but then they’ve got pages of material about possible Co2 emissions, animals and archaeology. There’s really no details about the relief wells.”

Some oil company executives told the AP that submitting a “template procedure” with scant details is often necessary because the plans can change often depending on the type of relief well needed.

U.S. Department of Interior spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said the MMS “approved the relief wells in accordance with our regulations and requirements.” She added that the agency has applied rigorous inspections and oversight of the entire relief well process, including having an inspector and engineer on site when BP conducted tests on the blowout preventers in the two wells. [oh, that is such a comfort!! — Mcat]

“We applied additional testing and safety requirements to the drilling of the relief wells because the situation demanded both urgency but also precision and the highest level of oversight and safety. We weren’t willing to let BP move forward with the relief wells without raising the bar for safety on those wells,” she said. [more comfort!! – Mcat]

Ira Leifer, a University of California, Santa Barbara researcher who is on the government team measuring the amount of oil spewing from the well, has raised questions about the safety of BP’s efforts to stop and contain the leak, including the relief well.

He said the many unknowns about the flow rate and pressure and quantity of oil coming from the well make it difficult to “design and engineer safe oil recovery systems, such as the `cap,’ nor design and engineer ultimate solutions safely such as the relief wells.” …snip…

We seem to be back to the Rumsfeldian “known unkowns”. So blessed are we. I doubt anyone is surprised, at least among those watching…

marisacat - 13 June 2010

oh I forgot to add, all of this is a frantic hurry up effort, as there were no plans on file, nor did BP have any developed, for a relief well, much less 2…. so other than frantic busyness nothing really got going for about 2 weeks.

I heard last night, Greg Palast on KGO… apparently oil has been found off Thailand and Cambodia and those countries are requiring relief wells be drilled at the same time as the actual well.

diane - 13 June 2010

requiring relief wells be drilled at the same time as the actual well.

that of course requires a bit too much forethought ….consideration ….not the way things are done with in the US with the CorpsGuv.

marisacat - 13 June 2010

yes the AP article says that Canada requires plans be filed for relief wells… but I have read that Canada also requires that a relief well be drilled at the same time as the actual well…

Poor America. Slit her own throat.

diane - 13 June 2010

and still slitting,

at least in the US portion of the Americas ….

:0(

10. diane - 13 June 2010

Washington, DC junk yard, March 23, 2004

we’ve cum a long way babee………………

11. ts - 13 June 2010

From the weh-heh-hell whuddayaknow? department.

US identifies vast riches of minerals in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and Blackberries.

The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.

So it’s not just for the pipeline, I guess.

diane - 13 June 2010

FUCKING MONSTERS ……..

………………………

at

work

marisacat - 13 June 2010

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

Pretty stunning, almost 10 years later. I just heard the other night, 850 children die every day in Afhanistan from hunger and malnutrition. The number is so high I wonder if that includes new borns who are born compromised and fail to thrive.

Somehow I don’t see that changing with all the mineral wealth. Extraction to the fullest, I would assume.

matie - 13 June 2010

I wonder how many more will die from depleted uranium.

diane - 13 June 2010

…”Saudi Arabia of lithium,” …

can we say Big Pharma too …………….(along with kidney destruction, in human tampered, PSYCHE MED DOSES, (must put on a happy face, when one has every single reason to feeeeeeel pretty fuckin bleak!) …..ooopsy, along with OBESITY, in the form of water weight………………)

diane - 13 June 2010

lithium

seen it first hand, along with the “doctors” who long since, lost their voactions, and pumped it into

sad peepsies……

diane - 13 June 2010

misspell, in the “morally upright,” English Language:

vocations

diane - 13 June 2010

indeed

the sane, are insane

and the insane

are sane.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 June 2010

There can be no transformative leader in a paralyzed government

The results of triangulation have been exactly what anyone with even the smallest degree of intelligence would expect. The presidency (and other facets of the government, especially the Supreme Court) have grown more conservative. A huge injection of corporate money into politics has also motivated presidents to act sympathetically toward Big Business, which tends to favor conservative ideas (deregulation) over classic liberal ideologies (like workers’ rights).

The idea of a transformative leader, who will ride down upon his steed from Mt. Olympus to sweep everyone — Maureen Dowd, Peggy Noonan, Matt Bai — off their feet, is pure fantasy. Real change cannot possibly come from The Leader because he stands atop the pyramid of the paralyzed government, and is merely the sum of the system’s broken parts.

The endless hours spent pouring over Obama’s demeanor, his past promises, and his “brilliant strategies” that are just rehashed bullshit from the Clinton era, (which by the way, totally didn’t work – unions are dying, corporations shipped jobs overseas, the minimum wage is stagnant, etc.) are a waste of valuable time. The Leader will never bring real change on his/her own. Even FDR needed a huge public mandate for the New Deal, which he got because people were starving and desperate. Without Martin Luther King Jr. and his supporters there would have been no civil rights movement.

13. marisacat - 13 June 2010

Gnu

LINK

……………….. 8O

******************

Madman, I moved your last comment, the snip from Kilkenny, forward to the new thread…


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