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Monday, March 21, 2011


MFS - The Other News

                        Afternoon Posting.

  • Live broadcast info from Japan directly ! Here.

  • Libya Live Blog - March 20. Here .(AlJazeera)And here (BBC). Latest here.

  • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world ,lots of seismic activity globally today! More info here.

  • Updated : The wind directions over Japan. Here.

  • Latest official Situation Update No.52.On 21.03.2011 at 12:45 GMT+2.
      Efforts to restore electricity for the cooling systems of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant continued Monday as power at the No. 5 reactor was restored, while firefighters continued spraying tons of water to cool the spent fuel rod pools at reactors No. 3 and No. 4. But gray smoke rose from reactor No. 3 at around 3:55 p.m. Monday, prompting Tepco workers to temporarily evacuate the site as a precaution. The amount of smoke had decreased by around 5 p.m. and Tepco was trying to determine its cause. The focus of the on-site work is to restart the separate cooling systems at each reactor to keep their cores and spent fuel rod pools from melting down. The entire plant lost power after it was doused by the tsunami on March 11. Tokyo Electric Power Co. has been checking out the electrical system at the No. 2 reactor, which was the first of the six to be re-connected to the power center Sunday from cables Tepco laid outside the plant.

      According to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, power to the air conditioning and monitoring equipment at reactor No. 2 may be recovered by the end of Monday. The power cables have already been connected to reactor No. 4. Workers were busy checking whether cooling pumps and other key safety equipment were damaged by the quake and tsunami. After the gray smoke spewed from reactor No. 3, NISA said no particular change was observed in radiation levels at the compound on Monday afternoon, and that the temperature and pressure within the reactor also remained unchanged. The cause of the smoke was not immediately known. The spent fuel pool at No. 3 contains highly dangerous MOX, earlier reports said. On Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said slow but steady progress was being made to contain the crisis at the plant. "Thanks to the desperate efforts of related parties, progress is being made, although the pace is slow," Kan told the emergency headquarters at the prime minister's office. "Now we have started seeing some hope of getting out of this crisis situation," he said.

      Two 74-type tanks from the Ground Self-Defense Force arrived at the plant shortly after 6 a.m. Monday tasked with clearing away contaminated debris blocking access to key installations. The tanks' heavy armor can block some radiation. NISA also said one worker at the plant had been exposed to more than 150 millisieverts of radiation in total but was not in need of medical attention.Source .

    • Japan: WHO warns of 'serious' food radiation.World Health organization says detection of radiation in food more serious problem than expected. Israeli clinic likely to be set up in quake-stricken country.China and South Korea announced on Monday they will toughen checks of Japanese food for radioactivity, hours after the World Health Organization said the detection of radiation in some food in Japan was a more serious problem than it had expected.China will monitor food imported from Japan for signs of radiation, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing the national quality watchdog, while South Korea will widen radiation inspections to dried agricultural and processed food from fresh agricultural produce. The WHO said it had no evidence of contaminated food spreading internationally, but officials in Japan's Ibaraki and Fukushima prefectures, the areas closest to the earthquake-damaged Daiichi nuclear plant, found higher than usual levels of iodine in samples of spinach and milk. "Quite clearly it's a serious situation," Peter Cordingley, Manila-based spokesman for WHO's regional office for the Western Pacific, told Reuters in a telephone interview on Monday."It's a lot more serious than anybody thought in the early days when we thought that this kind of problem can be limited to 20 to 30 kilometers," he said.Meanwhile, Israeli doctors sent by the Foreign Ministry and Home Front Command have reached the city of Kurihara where some of the Tsunami victims are concentrated. The doctors came to review the situation in order to decide how many doctors and medical equipment should be sent.It is estimated that an Israeli clinic will be set up in Japan in the coming week.Read the full story here.

    • US Army 'kill team' in Afghanistan posed for photos of murdered civilians.Commanders brace for backlash of anti-US sentiment that could be more damaging than after the Abu Ghraib scandal.Commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for possible riots and public fury triggered by the publication of "trophy" photographs of US soldiers posing with the dead bodies of defenceless Afghan civilians they killed.Senior officials at Nato's International Security Assistance Force in Kabul have compared the pictures published by the German news weekly Der Spiegel to the images of US soldiers abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq which sparked waves of anti-US protests around the world.They fear that the pictures could be even more damaging as they show the aftermath of the deliberate murders of Afghan civilians by a rogue US Stryker tank unit that operated in the southern province of Kandahar last year.Some of the activities of the self-styled "kill team" are already public, with 12 men currently on trial in Seattle for their role in the killing of three civilians.Five of the soldiers are on trial for pre-meditated murder, after they staged killings to make it look like they were defending themselves from Taliban attacks.Other charges include the mutilation of corpses, the possession of images of human casualties and drug abuse.All of the soldiers have denied the charges. They face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted.The case has already created shock around the world, particularly with the revelations that the men cut "trophies" from the bodies of the people they killed.An investigation by Der Spiegel has unearthed approximately 4,000 photos and videos taken by the men.The magazine, which is planning to publish only three images, said that in addition to the crimes the men were on trial for there are "also entire collections of pictures of other victims that some of the defendants were keeping".The US military has strived to keep the pictures out of the public domain fearing it could inflame feelings at a time when anti-Americanism in Afghanistan is already running high.In a statement, the army said it apologised for the distress caused by photographs "depicting actions repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States".The lengthy Spiegel article that accompanies the photographs contains new details about the sadistic behaviour of the men.Hmmmmm.......Wonder what the Vacationer-in-chief will say about this 'human rights' abuse?Read the full story here.The 'Kill Team' Images here (Der Spiegel).

    • You can't blame it on Rio.Japan is still reeling from the effects of a monster earthquake, a giant tsunami and the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant; over the weekend, America attacked Libya, firing cruise missiles at the armed forces of strongman Moammar Khadafy. And where was the president? Why, in Rio, of course, with his wife, two children, their godmother and his mother-in-law in tow, to take in the sights and deliver -- what else? -- a speech. Having filled out his March Madness brackets on ESPN and, on the way back to the White House from a St. Patrick's Day lunch at the Capitol, signed the condolence book at the Japanese Embassy ("My heart goes out to the people of Japan during this enormous tragedy"), it was time for spring break. The comic-opera presidency of Barack Obama continues apace. Alas, it's no laughing matter. The double standard for assessing presidents may be old news, but this is a new low. Had this been George Bush -- just finishing his 61st round of golf; enmeshed in not one, not two, but three wars in Muslim countries, and clearly more comfortable being the nation's toastmaster general than the commander in chief -- the media would be howling for his head. Yet Obama continues to receive the kind of fawning press coverage that only kings and potentates enjoy.Not drill for our own oil, in the Gulf or in Alaska. Not extract it, via a method called "fracking" from the Bakken shale fields in the upper Midwest, which hold an estimated 3.65 billion barrels of oil -- one of the reasons the economy of North Dakota is booming while the rest of the country continues to suffer. Obama's partisans often praise what they call his "restraint" and "caution," especially when dealing with foreign affairs. But one man's caution is another man's passivity and inaction, especially when the political calculus of making the wrong decision is factored in. Having stamped his foot weeks ago and demanded that Khadafy step down, Obama did absolutely nothing to back up his ultimatum, instead waiting for a UN resolution authorizing air strikes and then piggybacking on the British and the French.Unfortunately, neither America nor the world can afford a "President Present" -- a man who, it seems, would rather be on the beach at Ipanema as a grand tourist than in the Oval Office as the leader of the free world.Hmmmm...... "We can feel your pain,Japan's pain and the libyan people their pain,while partying in south America."Read the full story here.

    • Koran verdict : guilty as charged.Koran burnt in Florida church.Gainesville, Florida — A controversial US evangelical preacher oversaw the burning of a copy of the Koran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book "guilty" of crimes.The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September drew sweeping condemnation over his plan to ignite a pile of Korans on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks.Sunday's event was presented as a trial of the book in which the Koran was found "guilty" and "executed."The jury deliberated for about eight minutes. The book, which had been soaking for an hour in kerosene, was put in a metal tray in the center of the church, and Sapp started the fire with a barbecue lighter.The book burned for around 10 minutes while some onlookers posed for photos.Jones had drawn trenchant condemnation from many people, including US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, over his plan to burn the Muslim holy book in September.He did not carry out his plan then and vowed he never would, saying he had made his point.But this time, he said he had been "trying to give the Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book," but did not receive any answer.He said he felt that he couldn't have a real trial without a real punishment.The event was open to the public, but fewer than 30 people attended.Jones said he considered this event a success."This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience," he said.Hmmmm...........Read the full story here.Video report of the trial here.

    • Turkey the NATO member that is not a part of the team!Turkey irked by strikes, seeks clarification.Turkey on Monday criticised the Western-led coalition air strikes on Libya and said it was awaiting clarification on a possible role for Nato in the operation. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, whose country is Nato's sole Muslim-majority member, criticised the way the coalition force that began bombing Libya at the weekend was formed following the UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire and authorising a no-fly zone. "There is a certain procedure under international law for the formation of such coalitions. We do not believe that this procedure was sufficiently observed," he told reporters. He stressed the international community's objective in Libya should be "not to launch of a large-scale war" similar to those in Afghanistan and Iraq but "to provide humanitarian aid, stop the escalation of fighting through an arms embargo and prevent clashes through a no-fly zone." At a meeting in Brussels Sunday, Turkey effectively delayed a Natto decision on possible action in Libya as it called for a review of existing plans and stressed that civilians must be protected.The minister stressed that any contribution that Turkey might offer would be aimed "at laying the ground for peace, stability (in Libya) and lasting Turkish-Libyan friendship." Earlier, Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul said Ankara was perplexed by France's leadership in the air strikes, Anatolia news agency reported. "It does not seem quite possible for us to understand France's being so much at the forefront in this action. "Military intervention by NATO in Libya or any other country would be totally counterproductive," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to the Anatolia news agency on Monday. "In addition to being counterproductive, such an operation could have dangerous consequences." Turkey appears to be concerned about its standing in the Muslim world. We have difficulties in understanding (its action) as if it is the implementer of the UN resolution," Gonul was quoted as saying. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to discuss the situation with US President Barack Obama in a telephone call later Monday when he returns from a visit to Saudi Arabia, Davutoglu said. Erdogan has voiced hope the ongoing military operations will be over "as quickly as possible".Hmmmm.....Once again it seems that Turkey's role in NATO is limited to behind the scenes phone calls Obama and Erdogan,GET Turkey out of NATO NOW!Turkey has become a rogue player in NATO!Read the full story here. More here.

    • Report: Obama Regime Considering Reaching out to Hezbollah.The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is considering reaching out to the political elements in Hezbollah, the Washington Post reported on Friday, stressing that the at this stage it was an intelligence effort, not a policymaking one.In an opinion piece appearing on the newspaper’s online edition, columnist David Ignatius indicated that Washington was considering an effort similar to the one the U.K, implemented “during the 1990s with Sinn Fein, the legal political wing of the terrorist Irish Republican Army.”“That outreach led to breakthrough peace talks and settlement of a conflict that had been raging for more than a century,” Ignatius wrote, adding that several U.S. officials were expected to endorse dialogue with political elements of both Hezbollah and the Taliban in an upcoming intelligence report.Writing of the effect recent Mideast turmoil may have had on Obama’s decision to accept these recommendations, the Washington Post writer said that the “political time bomb ticking away in the [intelligence report] is the question of whether the United States should seek some kind of direct or indirect engagement with Hezbollah — at least with its political wing.”“Officials who support this course argue that the organization is like the IRA or the PLO — with nonmilitary components that can be drawn into a dialogue,” Ignatius added.Ignatius quotes in his article one intelligence official, John Brennan, known for supporting a move toward dialogue with the Lebanese militant group, as saying that while “Hezbollah started out as purely a terrorist organization back in the early ’80s,” it has “evolved significantly over time.”Hmmmm..."They don't trust me because of my middle name"?The most Anti-Israel leader, not counting  Ahmadinejad and Erdogan?Read the full story here.

    • Obama 'administration' Promises U.N. America Will Improve Its Human Rights Record.The United States on Friday disavowed torture and pledged to treat terror suspects humanely, but set aside calls to drop the death penalty, as the United Nations carried out its first review of Washington’s human rights record.As part a groundbreaking commitment to improvement under the Obama administration, the U.S. joined the 47-nation Human Rights Council in 2009. And in doing so, submitted to more international scrutiny.He said the U.S. would agree to improvements in areas ranging from civil rights to national security to immigration, including intolerance of torture and the humane treatment of suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.Hmmmm.......Now we know why they received last week POW status from Hussein.Read the full story here.

    • UN Does Nothing to Stop Vile Anti-Semitic Propaganda From Being Distributed at UNHRC Meeting.The Council is poised to adopt six resolutions this week condemning just Israel – the highest number of resolutions dedicated to bashing the Jewish state at a single session. The meeting on Monday at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva helps explain how it is possible for the horrifying murder of the Fogel family by Palestinian terrorists on March 11 to have been so easily minimized by the “civilized” world. Slashing the throat of a three-month old baby and stabbing a three-year old twice in the heart has sickened and anguished Jews everywhere, but the steady pounding of anti-Semitism at the United Nations has not skipped a beat.At this session of the Human Rights Council a UN-accredited NGO distributed a publication containing the following picture:The demonic Jew, with the swastika substituted for the star of David on the Israeli flag, is depicted as an octopus strangling freedom-loving innocents.The Jews as a vile life-threatening octopus was also a feature of Nazi propaganda. Today, it is how the Turkish NGO, the International Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), is permitted to portray its attempt last May to defy a legal Israeli naval blockade.An appeal made to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, to take action against the IHH and to object to the distribution of this material on the UN “designated NGO tables outside the plenary room” was ignored.The UN-accredited IHH “humanitarians” also delivered a statement at this Council’s session in which they said: “we consider the unlawful activities of Israel to be the most serious threat, one that is even more dangerous than that of a nuclear attack.”Being fanatical hatemongers is evidently no barrier to being UN-accredited.Furthermore, the flotilla resolution is just one of many. There is another resolution on settlements. It condemns only Israel, references the Road Map only to allege Israeli violations, and demands Israel end “all settlement activity, including “natural growth.”This is not just verbiage. Such UN settlement resolutions intimate that the three young Fogel children, while living and breathing, were criminals.And still it does not end. Incredibly, at this Council session there will be a total of six resolutions adopted condemning Israel alone – on the flotilla, settlements, the Goldstone Report and its successors, the “Syrian Golan,” other “grave human rights violations by Israel,” and Palestinian self-determination.Consider the absurdity of the resolution entitled “human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan.” The Council claims to be “deeply concerned at the suffering of Syrian citizens” and then demands that Israel “desist from…practices that obstruct the enjoyment of their fundamental rights.” There is no mention whatsoever of the Syrian government, its murderous rampages at this very moment in time, and its “obstruction” of the fundamental right of Syrians to live.On the contrary, Syria is currently running for a seat on the Council and is widely expected to be elected in May.In sum, the Council is poised to adopt this week six resolutions condemning just Israel, one resolution for each of four other countries, and nothing for the other 187 UN member states. This is the highest number of resolutions dedicated to the demonization of Israel at a single session of the Council since it began in 2006 as the crown jewel of Kofi Annan’s UN reform.A great many in the Western world believe either that discrimination against the Jewish people is an acceptable price to pay for progress on other fronts, or that the United Nations serves at worst as an incompetent but necessary escape valve for hot air and play-acting by weak countries with inferiority complexes. The atrocity committed against the Fogel family puts the lie to this reprehensible and deadly exploitation. The world should have learned long ago that demonizing Jews is not a human right.Hmmmm.........We're back to square one ,how long before the UN members  start building the Gas chambers for the 'final solution'?Read the full story here

    • Federal Director of Regulating Offshore Drilling ‘Not Thoroughly Familiar’ with Billions in Lost Royalties from Offshore Drilling.At an appropriations hearing to consider a $358.4 million budget request for the Department of Interior’s newly created Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), Director Michael Bromwich could not directly answer questions posed by Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) about billions of dollars of lost revenue from offshore gas and natural gas wells that are not paying royalties to the federal government for operating in U.S. waters.“I am not thoroughly familiar with these issues, but hearing you describe it and hearing the magnitude of the dollars, it’s a serious problem, and I will learn more about it and get back to you with fuller answers,” Bromwich said at the March 17 hearing.The report estimated that the error could cost the government $10 billion in lost revenues, but Gould put the estimate at $15.21 billion, a figure he said his staff reached “working closely” with Bromwich.“The estimate that we’re getting – working closely with Director Bromwich and his staff – we have estimates of $15.21 billion,” Gould said, adding that there was “no legal mechanism” at present to change those 1998-99 lease contracts.“So this is going to continue,” Moran said, adding that because oil prices are now over $100 a barrel, taxpayers and not oil companies should reap the benefits.Shortly thereafter, Moran turned to Bromwich, saying, “All right, earn your pay, such as it is, Mr. Bromwich,” and asked him about the royalties. As noted, Bromwich said he was “not thoroughly familiar with these issues.”The amount of unpaid oil and gas lease royalties stemmed from what the CRS report described as an “error” by the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service – the agency that was replaced by BOEMRE and which President Barack Obama appointed Bromwich to direct.Moran called that $15.2 billion error “an expensive mistake.”Hmmmm.....If you wanted to destroy America would you do anything different?Read the full story here.

    • Iranian Website Signs Up Volunteer Suicide Bombers For Dispatch To Bahrain.An Iranian website has been set up to register volunteer suicide bombers who are willing to go to Bahrain to join the protests against the Gulf forces that are helping the Bahrain authorities. The registrants warn the leaders of the Gulf countries that their aid to Bahrain will undermine their own regimes and will hasten the coming of the Hidden Iman, who will destroy them. As of this writing, 1,949 volunteers have registered.Hmmm......The Iranian  People that Obama just congratulated"Happy Nowruz".Source.

    • Israeli students leave their mark on UN.Nine Ramat Gan high school students succeed where best of Israel's diplomats have failed – conquering General Assembly. Short film on world in 2030 wins Model UN competition.No world hunger, peace in the Middle East, Africa no longer part of the third world and cars flying in the sky. This is the utopian vision that awarded seniors from the Ohel Shem high school in Ramat Gan first place in the UN's futuristic project.Around 3,000 teens from around the world took part in the Model UN conference in New York – an annual project which sees teens taking part in a special UN Assembly meeting where they learn about diplomacy, international relations and the UN's activity. It took the nine participating Israeli students four months to prepare for the special occasion: They ran debate simulations, memorized information about other participating countries, researched and wrote position papers on various current events. Incidentally, during the event's main simulation the Israelis took on the role of the Algerian delegation.The crown prince of Norway presented the Israeli high school students with the award for the clip to the sounds of applause from the Assembly.Read the full story here.

    • HT:CreepingSharia.Turkish Islamist charter schools in US being investigated by FBI.Fethullah Gulen is a major Islamic political figure in Turkey, but he lives in self-imposed exile in a Poconos enclave and gained his green card by convincing a federal judge in Philadelphia that he was an influential educational figure in the United States.As evidence, his lawyer pointed to the charter schools, now more than 120 in 25 states, that his followers – Turkish scientists, engineers, and businessmen – have opened, including Truebright Science Academy in North Philadelphia and another charter in State College, Pa.The schools are funded with millions of taxpayer dollars. Truebright alone receives more than $3 million from the Philadelphia School District for its 348 pupils. Tansu Cidav, the acting chief executive officer, described it as a regular public school.“Charter schools are public schools,” he said. “We follow the state curriculum.”But federal agencies – including the FBI and the Departments of Labor and Education – are investigating whether some charter school employees are kicking back part of their salaries to a Muslim movement founded by Gulen known as Hizmet, or Service, according to knowledgeable sources.Unlike in Turkey, where Gulen’s followers have been accused of pushing for an authoritarian Islamic state, there is no indication the American charter network has a religious agenda in the classroom.Religious scholars consider the Gulen strain of Islam moderate, and the investigation has no link to terrorism. Rather, it is focused on whether hundreds of Turkish teachers, administrators, and other staffers employed under the H1B visa program are misusing taxpayer money.Another aim of the Gulen schools, a federal official said, is fostering goodwill toward Turkey, which is led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the pro-Islamic prime minister, whose government recently detained journalists after they alleged that Gulen followers were infiltrating security agencies.Gulen schools are among the nation’s largest users of the H1B visas. In 2009, the schools received government approvals for 684 visas – more than Google Inc. (440) but fewer than a technology powerhouse such as Intel Corp. (1,203).The visas are used to attract foreign workers with math, science, and technology skills to jobs for which there are shortages of qualified American workers. Officials at some of the charter schools, which specialize in math and science, have said they needed to fill teaching spots with Turks, according to parents and former staffers.Ruth Hocker, former president of the parents’ group at the Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School in State College, began asking questions when popular, certified American teachers were replaced by uncertified Turkish men who often spoke limited English and were paid higher salaries. Most were placed in math and science classes.“They would tell us they couldn’t find qualified American teachers,” Hocker said.That made no sense in Pennsylvania State University’s hometown, she said: “They graduate here every year."State auditors in Ohio found that a number of schools had “illegally expended” public funding to pay legal, immigration, and air-travel fees for nonemployees and retained teachers who lacked proper licenses. Audited records from the Horizon Science Academy in Cincinnati in May 2009 also say that “for the period of time under audit, 47 percent (nine of 19) of the school’s teachers were not properly licensed.”The same records show that the founder of Horizon Cincinnati was listed as the CEO of the school’s management firm and as president of the school’s property owner.Hmmmm......Reminds me of Is Turkey training a religious teachers ‘army’ to indoctrinate European Muslims even at ‘kindergarten’ level?Read the full story here.

    Obama Wishes Iran "Happy Nowruz," Snubs Israel/Jewish Holiday of "Purim."

    HT:BarracudaBrigade.Video - Obama Wishes Iran "Happy Nowruz," Snubs Israel/Jewish Holiday of "Purim."Hmmmm.....If Israel did not know yet who's their enemy now they know for sure!"They don't trust me because of my middle name"The most anti Jewish President ever!Source .

    MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

    • Live broadcast info from Japan directly ! Here.

    • Libya Live Blog - March 20. Here .(AlJazeera)And here (BBC). Latest here.

    • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world ,lots of seismic activity globally today! More info here.

    • Updated : The wind directions over Japan. Here.

    • Latest official Situation Update No. 51.On 21.03.2011 at 09:52 GMT+2

      Grayish smoke was seen billowing from a building that houses the No. 3 reactor of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station on Monday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. After the smoke was spotted at the southeast of the building around 3:55 p.m., TEPCO said it had temporarily evacuated its workers from the site as it assessed the situation. The amount of smoke later decreased, TEPCO added. Following a magnitude 9.0 quake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, cooling functions of the No. 3 reactor were lost and its core is believed to have partially melted. At present, coolant water is pumped into the reactor and a pool for spent nuclear fuel. The roof and upper walls of the building that houses the No. 3 reactor were blown off by a hydrogen explosion last week. On Sunday, pressure in the No. 3 reactor's containment vessel temporarily rose, but it later stabilized.

      Situation Update No. 50. On 21.03.2011 at 07:00 GMT+2

      The pressure in reactor three of the Japanese Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is going up and experts are debating releasing it by opening the valves. Opening the valves, however, would lead to increased radiation. Reactor three sustained the worst damage from the devastating 9 point on the Richter scale earthquake and 10-meter tsunami that hit Japan on March 11. Meanwhile, power was restored to the least damaged reactors five and six and they are stable. Before that the two reactors were powered by emergency diesel generators. Engineers are also fighting to cool the overheating reactor two and restart its temperature and pressure control functions along with the system of air filtration which will stop radioactive materials from reaching the control room and will improve the work environment inside. Experts further say the water that soaked in the dirt during attempts to cool the reactors in not that much to make it radioactive. Thousands of tons of water were poured on reactors three and four during the cooling effort.

      Situation Update No. 49. On 20.03.2011 at 17:44 GMT+2

      The No. 5 and No. 6 reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant went into stable condition on Sunday, after a successful cold shutdown, reported on Sunday. The reactors at the power plant, whose nuclear reactor buildings were crippled after being hit by the catastrophic quake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, went into cold shutdown following restoration of cooling functions late Saturday.Source.

    • HT: Paul Langley's Nuclear History Blog.Japan - What is in the cloud?We see then that Strontium 89, with a known rate of radioactivity – 27,800 curies per gram (Glassone and US ADTSR) is released into the biosphere if the noble gas krypton 89 is permitted at any time to vent from a nuclear reactor. And we know this occurs because US NCR monitoring data of emissions from US nuclear reactors operating normally confirm its presence. In amounts officially treated as “trace amounts.” We have seen the Englishman Dr Grimes respond to a direct question from Tony Jones on ABC Lateline. What is in the Fukushma plume? Grimes lists 2 fission products. To state what is in cloud requires an explanation as to how the contents lifted.One cannot determine the cloud contents without accounting for the modes of release and modes of lift. So, though I believe a full range of fuel and fission products from the reactor fuel rods (operational and stored) to be present as hot particle flecks in the cloud, I need to proof with which to contradict Grimes. We know that there were fires among the fuel rods. But the reactors generate krypton only during fission. They have been shut down for days. However, as I have previously reported, Canadian TV has reported the presence of Iodine, Krypton and Xenon in a reactor. Pressure release was postponed to prevent radioactive release. It is not too late to calcium boost the diets in the affected areas as a protective measure. There has been over a week of delay. Obviously the use of contaminated milk, the big mistake of the atomic weapons test era, is out. Use imported milk, milk powder or calcium tablets. That is my opinion. For what it is worth. That’s all I wanted to say. I strongly believe that Dr Grimes is incorrect in his assertion that only Iodine and Cesium are present in the Fukushima cloud.Not medical doctors. Dr Grimes was simply asked what the composition of the Fukushima plume was in respect to radioactive content. There are over 250 radioactive substances in fuel rods subjected to fission. Dr Grimes came up with a list of 2. He might be right and over a series of posts I have submitted that there might be more than that.Where’s Alice Stewart when she’s needed? Long passed. She lives on in her papers and books, which undermine the currently taught positions on radiological safety.“Dr Alice Mary Stewart (née Naish) (4 October 1906–3 June 2002) was a physician and epidemiologist specialising in social medicine and the effects of radiation on health. Her study of radiation-induced illness among workers at the Hanford plutonium production plant, Washington, is frequently cited by those who seek to demonstrate that even very low doses of radiation cause substantial hazard.”1 gram strontium 89 = 27,800 curies. How much is in the cloud?The radio ecology course at Imperial sounds interesting.Hmmmm......Chernobyl revisited?Read the full story here.

    • Workers Removed From Japanese Nuclear Plant As Smoke Rises.Fukushima, Japan (AP) - Plant operators evacuated workers from Japan's tsunami-stricken nuclear complex Monday after gray smoke rose from one of its reactor units, the latest of persistent troubles in stabilizing the complex after it was damaged in a quake and tsunami.Smoke rising from the spent fuel storage pool of the plant's Unit 3 prompted the evacuation, Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Hiroshi Aizawa said. The problem-plagued Unit 3 also alarmed plant officials over the weekend with a sudden surge of pressure in its reactor core.The toll of Japan's triple disaster came into clearer focus Monday after police estimates showed more than 18,000 people died in the quake and tsunami, and the World Bank said rebuilding may cost $235 billion.The safety of food and water was of particular concern. The government halted shipments of spinach from one area and raw milk from another near the nuclear plant after tests found iodine exceeded safety limits. But the contamination spread to spinach in three other prefectures and to more vegetables -- canola and chrysanthemum greens. Tokyo's tap water, where iodine turned up Friday, now has cesium. Rain and dust are also tainted.The disasters have displaced another 452,000, who are living in shelters.Read the full story here.

    • “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”— Senator Barack Hussein Obama, December 20, 2007.The constitutional law professor has had a convenient change of mind.
    Barack Obama’s QA

    1. Does the president have inherent powers under the Constitution to conduct surveillance for national security purposes without judicial warrants, regardless of federal statutes?
    The Supreme Court has never held that the president has such powers. As president, I will follow existing law, and when it comes to U.S. citizens and residents, I will only authorize surveillance for national security purposes consistent with FISA and other federal statutes.

    2.In what circumstances, if any, would the president have constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking a use-of-force authorization from Congress? (Specifically, what about the strategic bombing of suspected nuclear sites — a situation that does not involve stopping an IMMINENT threat?)

    The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

    As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.

    As for the specific question about bombing suspected nuclear sites, I recently introduced S.J. Res. 23, which states in part that “any offensive military action taken by the United States against Iran must be explicitly authorized by Congress.” The recent NIE tells us that Iran in 2003 halted its effort to design a nuclear weapon. While this does not mean that Iran is no longer a threat to the United States or its allies, it does give us time to conduct aggressive and principled personal diplomacy aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

    3.Does the Constitution empower the president to disregard a congressional statute limiting the deployment of troops — either by capping the number of troops that may be deployed to a particular country or by setting minimum home-stays between deployments? In other words, is that level of deployment management beyond the constitutional power of Congress to regulate?
    No, the President does not have that power. To date, several Congresses have imposed limitations on the number of US troops deployed in a given situation. As President, I will not assert a constitutional authority to deploy troops in a manner contrary to an express limit imposed by Congress and adopted into law.

    4.Under what circumstances, if any, would you sign a bill into law but also issue a signing statement reserving a constitutional right to bypass the law?
    Signing statements have been used by presidents of both parties, dating back to Andrew Jackson. While it is legitimate for a president to issue a signing statement to clarify his understanding of ambiguous provisions of statutes and to explain his view of how he intends to faithfully execute the law, it is a clear abuse of power to use such statements as a license to evade laws that the president does not like or as an end-run around provisions designed to foster accountability.

    I will not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law. The problem with this administration is that it has attached signing statements to legislation in an effort to change the meaning of the legislation, to avoid enforcing certain provisions of the legislation that the President does not like, and to raise implausible or dubious constitutional objections to the legislation. The fact that President Bush has issued signing statements to challenge over 1100 laws — more than any president in history — is a clear abuse of this prerogative. No one doubts that it is appropriate to use signing statements to protect a president’s constitutional prerogatives; unfortunately, the Bush Administration has gone much further than that.Hmmm......Dictatorship or Democracy?Can we start the impeachment procedure now?Read the full story here.

    • NATO approves plan to enforce Libya arms embargo. NATO's top decision-making body approved late Sunday a military plan to implement the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, but failed to agree on a plan for the alliance to enforce the no-fly zone over this north African country,after NATO traitor Turkey vetoed No fly zone!NATO's top decision-making body approved late Sunday a military plan to implement the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, but failed to agree on a plan for the alliance to enforce the no-fly zone over this north African country.Diplomats said Turkey's opposition to any NATO intervention in Libya stalled the approval of plans to launch aerial patrols over Libya to prevent the government air force from attacking civilian targets, which were drawn up by NATO's military staff.Both actions will require a separate "execute directive" by the North Atlantic Council, which requires the consensus of all 28 alliance members. Diplomats said this could be issued on Tuesday at the earliest.NATO members France, Britain and the United States have been carrying out strikes on Libyan targets since Saturday. But they have acted as individual nations rather than members of the alliance.Hmmmm.....One more proof that NATO can't count on Turkey GET TURKEY OUT OF NATO NOW! Their allegiance is to the Koran!Read the full story here.

    • ContentionsTurkey Vetoes NATO No-Fly Over Libya.While not in the English-language press yet, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s prime minister, has announced that under no circumstance would Turkey allow NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Erdoğan has traditionally been a fan of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi and just a few months ago accepted the Qaddafi International Prize for Human Rights. Erdoğan’s actions now suggest that his selection was $250,000 well spent by the Libyan strongman.Given Turkey’s secret war games with China, its nuclear defense of Iran, the fact that perhaps as many Turks are fighting against us in Afghanistan as are fighting for us, and now Erdoğan’s funny business with Qaddafi, it may be time to cast aside the increasingly surreal discussion about whether Turkey belongs in the European Union and focus instead on whether Turkey belongs in NATO.Hmmm....I've been saying this for the last 11 months!Read the full treason story here.

    • [ANALYSIS] US military takes lead on Libya but for how long? WASHINGTON -- A wary US military, stretched thin by almost a decade of war, hardly wanted to be the face of another coalition strike on another Arab nation. But just hours after US warships and submarines launched a massive volley of Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libya, the big question at the Pentagon was not whether the United States was effectively in the lead but when it might hand over the reins to an ally.Yes, French warplanes made the first, initial strikes in Libya. Indeed, British forces also were involved and a British submarine joined the United States in launching cruise missiles at the Libyan coast. But the Pentagon acknowledged the strike on Libya -- the biggest military intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 invasion of Iraq -- was being spearheaded initially by the United States.”We are on the leading edge of coalition operations, where the United States, under Gen. [Carter] Ham in Africa Command, is in charge. He’s in command of this at this point,” said Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, director of the US military’s Joint Staff. But Gortney cautioned that “in the coming days we intend to transition it to a coalition command.” So far the coalition also includes Britain, Italy, France and Canada. Qatar said it will participate and other Arab allies are expected to join.Mission creep in Libya is not an option for the United States. It faces a tough fight in Afghanistan, is still winding down in Iraq and is engaged in a massive relief mission in earthquake-hit Japan. Arab nations in North Africa and the Gulf face unprecedented unrest.Some of the Tomahawk missiles used in Saturday’s strike were far more advanced than necessary to evade Gadaffi’s defenses, including the ability to “loiter” in the air before being instructed to their final target. That capability was not utilized in the strike on Libya. “In this particular mission we used [the new missiles]just as one of the older Tomahawks,” Gortney said. Soon the US military aims to send in advanced drone aircraft -- the Global Hawk -- to provide some of the battlefield imaging commanders are accustomed to. Retired Army Lieutenant General James Dubik, a former top US commander in Iraq, is skeptical of the mission but acknowledged the United States had some abilities crucial for the fight.“We have some unique [surveillance and intelligence-gathering] capabilities and some unique anti-radar capabilities and of course we are the lead nation in the world with respect to Tomahawk missiles,” he said. Still, Dubik asked whether a no-fly zone would be sufficient to really protect civilians. What about Gaddafi’s militias -- a question asked by many in Washington.“I understand the moral desire, the moral legitimacy, but I’m unconvinced at this point that the strategic aim can be actually achieved with the means selected [a no-fly zone],” he said.Hmmmm.......Especially with this 'vacationer-in-chief in command.Read the full story here.HT:WZ.

    • HT:BigPeace.The Gaddafi Precedent.There are many reasons to be worried about the bridge-leap the Obama Administration has just undertaken in its war with Muamar Gaddafi. How it will all end is just one of them.What I find particularly concerning is the prospect that what we might call the Qaddafi Precedent will be used in the not-to-distant future to justify and threaten the use of U.S. military forces against an American ally: Israel.Here’s how such a seemingly impossible scenario might eventuate:
    It begins with the Palestinian Authority seeking a UN Security Council resolution that would recognize its unilateral declaration of statehood. The U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, one of the prime-movers behind the resolution that authorized the use of force against Gaddafi and a vehement critic of Israel, urges that the United States abstain, rather than veto the Palestinians’ gambit. She is joined in that recommendation by a kindred spirit at the Obama National Security Council, Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs Samantha Power, and by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose unalloyed sympathy for the Palestinian cause dates back at least to her days as First Lady.

    This resolution enjoys the support of the other four veto-wielding Security Council members – Russia, China, Britain and France – as well as the all of the other non-permanent members except India, which joins the United States in abstaining. As a result, it is adopted with overwhelming support from what is known as the “international community.”

    Suddenly, substantial numbers of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli citizens are on the wrong side of internationally recognized borders. The Palestinian Authority (PA) insists on its longstanding position: Its state must be (to use Hitler’s term for ethnic cleansing) judenrein – requiring the removal of all Jews from the sovereign territory of Palestine. And, thanks to the international affirmation of the so-called 1967 borders, the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas and Company need no longer accede to one of the anticipated solutions of the “peace process,” i.e., the relinquishing by Israel of territory in the Negev, so as to accommodate the permanent presence of Jewish communities (a.k.a. “settlements”) on land claimed by the Palestinians.

    For its part, Israel refuses to evacuate the oft-condemned “settlements” on Palestinian land or to remove the IDF personnel, checkpoints and facilities it rightly sees as vital to protecting their inhabitants and, for that matter, the Jewish State itself.Turkey, which is technically still a NATO ally despite its ever-more-aggressive embrace of Islamism, joins forces with Britain and France, applaud this initiative in the interest of promoting “peace.” They call on the UN Security Council to authorize such steps as might be necessary to enforce the Arab League’s bidding.

    Once again, Team Obama’s leading ladies – Mesdames Clinton, Power and Rice – align to support the “will of the international community.” They exemplify, and are prepared to enforce, the President’s willingness to subordinate U.S. sovereignty to the dictates of transnationalism and his hostility towards Israel. They appeal to his sense of history and his oft-expressed sympathy for the Palestinian right to a homeland to trump his political advisors’ concerns about alienating Jewish voters on the eve of the 2012 election.Accordingly, hard as it may be to believe given the United States’ longstanding role as Israel’s principal ally and protector, Mr. Obama acts, in accordance with the Gaddafi Precedent. He warns Israel that it must immediately take steps to dismantle its presence inside the internationally recognized State of Palestine lest it face U.S.-enabled “coalition” military measures aimed at neutralizing IDF forces on the West Bank – and beyond, if necessary – in order to fulfill the will of the international community.For one thing, the mere fact that the United States is no longer seen as guaranteeing Israel’s security would probably prove a sufficient inducement to war for those like Iran, Syria, Hezbollah’s Lebanon and Hamas’ Gaza itching to finish the job of eliminating the hated “Zionist entity” in their midst. The same might well prove to be the case for other states in the region if, as seems likely, the Muslim Brotherhood fills yawning vacuums of power in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen and possibly Saudi Arabia and Libya.

    How much more irresistible would such temptation be if the United States were actually raining down cruise missiles on Israeli targets in the West Bank, as it has done on Libyan ones at the behest of the Arab League and UN Security Council? Suffice it to say, Israel’s back would surely be against the wall in short order, facing the sort of existential threat it has not known since 1973 and that most Israelis only expected to eventuate when the Iranian mullahs at last got the Bomb. Under such circumstances, we must expect that Israel would employ its own nuclear forces, with devastating and unknowable consequences.

    Needless to say, I hope the Gaddafi Precedent 1.0 will work out better than seems likely to be the case in Libya. Even more importantly, I am praying that Barack Obama and his anti-Israel troika of female advisors will not take us all down a road that seems ripe for another, ominous application of this precedent, with truly horrific repercussions – for Israel, for the United States and for freedom-loving people elsewhere. A Congress that was effectively sidelined by Team Obama in the current crisis had better engage fully, decisively and quickly if it is to head off such a disastrous reprise.Hmmmm........Every day a step closer to Hitler's dictatorship, history repeats itself unless you learn from it!Read the full story here.

    • HT:NewZeal.Biden to Union Socialists: You Keep "Barbarians from the Gate".If you have any doubt at all that the Obama Administration is siding with the labor unions, listen to Vice President Joe Biden on an AFL-CIO phone call March 16, 2011.Hmmmmm..........Hitler's 1934?Read the full story here.

    • Nation of Islam fundraising: Selective enforcement or protected speech?Eighteen-year Las Vegas police officer Laurie Bisch keeps running for sheriff against her boss, Doug Gillespie. She says her independent attitude sometimes makes her feel "like a woman without a country" when she goes to work -- though officers have been known to approach her in private and thank her for raising issues others fear to confront.A few weeks ago, she responded to a call: A driver had complained some men were out in the street at the corner of Rancho Drive and Charleston Boulevard, aggressively soliciting funds from motorists and blocking traffic when the light changed.She drove there, asked the three men whether they had a permit to be in the street aggressively selling their Nation of Islam newspapers to motorists stopped at the red light, determined they had no permit and wrote them citations for violating NRS 484B.297, which specifies: "A person shall not stand in a highway to solicit ... any business from the driver or any occupant of a vehicle. A person shall not, without a permit ... solicit any contribution from the driver or any occupant of a vehicle."While Bisch was writing her citations, the three men did not seem chagrined, she reports. They were laughing. Indeed, while she was there, her cell phone rang. It was an officer from her station house, informing her "there's a deal" under which members of the Nation of Islam are not cited for selling their newspapers, nor for soliciting and collecting funds from vehicles stopped in the streets at red lights.Bisch issued the tickets anyway.Later, she says, "I was told 'This is political. We don't mess with them,' and 'When it comes to the Nation of Islam guys, we have a hands-off policy.' " Bisch says one of her superiors explained that when there are crimes in predominantly black West Las Vegas, members of the Nation of Islam step in and help police solve them.Bisch says she asked for an example, but her superior could not immediately provide one.In addition, Bisch says she was told there was no sense issuing the tickets to members of the Nation of Islam because Las Vegas City Attorney Brad Jerbic wouldn't prosecute them.She called that office, identified herself and asked if all this were true. She says Assistant City Attorney Ben Little told her if she were the only officer ticketing these aggressive panhandlers, who appear to all be black men, her actions might be interpreted as racist.Hmmmm.....Why does this remind me of the new black panters case?Read the full story here.

    • Public Megillah reading held at Iranian mission to the UN.By: Fern Sidman."Ahmadinejad: Remember What Happened to Haman" was one of the many signs held aloft on Sunday afternoon, March 20th, as close to 500 Jews gathered on Purim day for a public reading of Megillat Esther (the Book of Esther) that was held outside the Iranian mission to the United Nations on Manhattan's east side. Organized by Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI), Amcha - the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, Z Street and the Jewish Political Education Council, the reading was held as a symbolic representation of the indefatigable nature of the Jewish people and G-d's intervention in their survival throughout the millenium."Purim is a day that we celebrate the survival of the Jewish people against evil rulers who sought our complete annihilation in the city of Shushan in Persia. In every generation the names of our oppressors and their countries of origin may change, but they are driven by one common denominator and that is visceral hatred of the Jew", intoned Larry Domnitch, a freelance writer and designated reader of the megillah."Today we will read about the plans for mass extermination of the Jewish people designed by the prototypes of evil, namely Achashveirosh and Haman. We are gathered here today to remind the modern day Haman who resides in Iran named Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that we will not be silent while he creates his plans to "wipe Israel off the map". As in the days of Queen Esther, we will raise our voices to G-d, seeking His divine intervention and we will boldly speak out against a regime that is not only a nemesis to Israel but to the entire free world," he added.Glenn Richter, long time Jewish activist and former leader of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, introduced the leaders of the sponsoring organizations as the crowd held specially made Purim groggers with the face of Ahmadinejad and a red line cancelling it out, along with other signs and Israeli flags. "The Obama administration is willfully deluding itself by touting the line that the source of all the problems in the Middle East is due to Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria", he declared. "It is clear that the source of anti-Western and anti-Israel terrorism today emanates from Iran; the very same government that sought to destroy us centuries ago", he added.Sending a strong message to President Obama, Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale declared, "When you weaken Israel, you weaken the United States. When the United States ambassador to the United Nations states that Jewish settlements are illegal you create an atmosphere in which the gruesome murders of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar can take place", he intoned.Hmmm.....The source of the world wide hatred towards the Jews right now is the Obama speech in Cairo and his frequent "Islam is a great relgion" declarations.Why do you think Obama doesn't speak up to Iran,if he were pro Israel?Read the full story here.

    • HT:DaledAmos.Obama Adviser Publicly Applauds CAIR.The four pieces of evidence the government relies on, as discussed below, do create at least a prima facie case as to CAIR’s involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas; however, even if the proverbial “cat was let out of the bag” at trial, there is an ongoing injury that will persist as long as the public has ready access to the Government’s list of unindicted co-conspirators.U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis, July 1, 2009Not if Valerie Jarrett has anything to say about it!The Daily Caller writes that senior advisor and assistant to Obama, Valerie Jarrett, thanked CAIR publicly for doing such a great job:White House officials have applauded advocacy efforts by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, even though top FBI managers refuse to meet its leaders, the council has been judged by courts to have been associated with the Islamic terror group Hamas, and several of its employees and members have been jailed or expelled for jihadi-related terrorist offenses since 2001.CAIR was publicly applauded at a Mar. 10 White House event by Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, for its work with MTV to counter “bullying.” “Bullying can be prevented if we all take action,” said Jarrett, as she cited the MTV project, and named CAIR as a partner.Apparently, Jarret thinks that one way of handling bullying is to associate with the bullies--“There’s no controversy,” said Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s press secretary. To advance CAIR’s causes, including “cyber-bullying,” he said, “we do what we think is necessary…what other people do is up to them.” [emphasis added]Very reassuring.CAIR is connected with Hamas through its director, Nihad Awad, who was a co-founder in 1994 of the Islamic Association for Palestine. Documents subsequently presented in court by the federal government showed the IAP was the U.S. propaganda and advocacy arm of Hamas, according to data provided by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, founded by journalist Steve Emerson. In turn, the IAP was one element of a larger circle of organizations founded by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.You can view a copy of Judge Solis's ruling here.All this of course is meaningless to the Obama administration.Apparently with all the unrest in the Middle East, the Obama administration is finished kowtowing to Muslim dictators there and is now concentrating on honoring the local variety.Hmmmm....."They don't trust me because of my middle name?"Read the full treason story here.

    • Petrobras told it can use deep-water vessel in Gulf.Petrobras has received final approval to operate the Gulf of Mexico's first floating production, storage and offloading vessel, clearing the way for the Brazilian oil giant to start pumping oil from two deep-water fields, federal regulators said Thursday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement took the "final regulatory step" in green-lighting the project, with the approval of a production safety system permit and a supplemental deep-water operating plan, the bureau said in a statement.The floating production, storage and offloading vessel, or FPSO, has a daily production capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil and 16 million cubic feet of natural gas. The ocean energy bureau said with the latest approvals, production at the Cascade and Chinook deep-water fields is expected to begin soon. The fields are in more than 8,000 feet of water about 165 miles off Louisiana, in an area called Walker Ridge.After missing previous targets, Petrobras officials said in January that production at Cascade-Chinook was set to begin by the end of March. A spokesman in the company's Houston office said Thursday he was still studying the government approval and could not yet say how it may affect the project's timeline.Hmmm.....If he wanted to destroy the American industry would he do anything different?Read the full story here.

    • Sarah Palin visits Western Wall.Controversial Republican politician lands in Israel, tours Jerusalem area, plans dinner with PM. Meanwhile Ynet learns Obama may also visit this summer.The 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee and former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, landed in Ben-Gurion airport on Sunday afternoon for her first ever visit to Israel."As the world confronts sweeping changes and new realities, I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the key issues facing his country, our ally Israel," Palin said in a statement.Meanwhile Ynet has learned that US President Barack Obama may be planning a visit to Israel as well, this summer.The visit may be scheduled to coincide with the Israeli Presidential Conference, which is set to take place June 20-23, with the participation of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. No official confirmation has been given for the report.Rabinovitch mentioned that Palin shared her views on United States-Israel relations, saying she believes there are no disagreements between the two countries. She also voiced her "absolute" support of Israel. "We're happy to accommodate Jews and non-Jews visiting the Western Wall. You could feel Palin's love towards the people of Israel and her great interest in the story of Purim," said Rabinovitch. Palin has come here for a shot visit in preparation for a longer official visit planned for later in the year. She is expected to tour the Jerusalem area, have dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and meet politicians from the Likud Party and the right-wing as well as officials in the Christian community.Hmmmmm....Obama ....visiting Israel....but is Israel ready for this,cause wherever he go's revolution and unrest follows.Read the full story here.

    • IDF to track foreign anti-Israel groups.New section in Military Intelligence Directorate to collect data, passively probe groups from overseas, Gaza, West Bank aiming to delegitimize Israel.Israel's Military Intelligence has launched a new section that will be responsible of tracking foreign organizations located overseas, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which aim to delegitimize the State of Israel.The IDF was planning to form the new section, inside the Research Department, headed by an officer in the rank of a major, prior to the Gaza-bound flotilla last may, with the intention of collecting information on the Turkish group that organized the sail.The new section will not track Israeli leftist organizations such as Breaking the Silence and Machsom Watch, which regularly criticize the IDF and government policies, and will not engage in active investigations or summon interrogees to Israel.Instead, the division will be responsible for collecting information and continuously supervising the organizations, while conducting passive investigations.Read the full story here.

    • Journalists in Turkey march again for colleagues' freedom.Journalists’ associations in Turkey have again taken to the streets of the capital amid growing concerns about the deterioration of press freedom.Approximately 2,000 journalists assembled in downtown Ankara and marched to Kızılay Square to protest the detention of their colleagues and call on the government to uphold its promises for more democracy.With 68 journalists currently in prison, Turkey has one of the worst press freedom records in the world, İpekçi said, calling on officials not to see reporters as potential criminals.Freedom of the press will totally be abolished if journalists are counted as members of a terrorist organization because of their journalistic activities,” he said, demanding that the arrested journalists be released pending trial.“Release them in the name of law, of universal principles and values, of reason and of conscience,” İpekçi said.In simultaneous public statements in Ankara, Istanbul and İzmir on Friday, four professional organizations criticized the oppressive policies of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP.With the motto “Now is not the time to remain silent but to speak louder,” the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions, or KESK, the Confederation of Revolutionary Workers' Unions, or DISK, the Turkish Engineers' and Architects' Chambers, or TMMOB, and the Turkish Doctors Union, or TTB, also criticized the recent arrests of journalists in a common public statement in Sakarya, Ankara, Taksim Square in Istanbul and in Konak, İzmir.Hmmmm.....Turkey 'the worst human rights violator'and Obama's best friend.Read the full story here.

    • Turkey searches second Syrian-bound Iranian plane within days.An Iranian cargo plane en route to Syria was forced to land in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Airport for an inspection, several news reports said on Sunday. The plane, a civilian Ilyushin, landed on Saturday night on the orders of Turkish authorities, and military fighter planes were on standby in case the plane refused to comply, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported, citing security forces. Diplomatic sources at the Foreign Ministry in Ankara did not confirm or deny the reports when approached by Today’s Zaman on Sunday afternoon.An inspection of the plane is ongoing to check whether the aircraft has any illicit or military material on board, security sources added, according to AFP.A UN Security Council resolution bans the supply, trade or transfer of any arms and related material from Iran to all states. Any transfer and procurement of weapons from Iran is a breach of international obligations under a UN resolution.The search at Diyarbakır Airport came only days after a cargo plane from Iran was required to land in Turkey so its shipment could be searched. Officials said it was a standard procedure that has nothing to do with UN Security Council sanctions on the neighboring country. The Iranian plane, which was heading from Tehran to Aleppo, Syria, landed at Diyarbakır Airport on Tuesday night. The Chemical, Biological, Radiologic and Nuclear (KBRN) team of the Diyarbakır Civil Defense, Search and Rescue Directorate also joined the search on Wednesday. The plane was allowed to continue its flight after it was determined there was “no extraordinary situation,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Selçuk Ünal said on Wednesday. In the past, Turkey has conducted similar searches of Iranian planes. Two of those incidents took place consecutively in July and August 2006, when the Turkish Foreign Ministry forced two Syria-bound Iranian planes to land at Diyarbakır Airport and to submit to a search for rockets and other military equipment during the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. At the time, a Turkish official had said those were not the only planes that were forced to land.Hmmmm.....Two checked one hundred unchecked?Read the full story here.

    • Iran launches fighter jet squadron: report.TEHRAN, March 19 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian commander said Saturday that Iran's Air Force has launched a squadron of domestically- built Saeqheh (Thunderbolt) fighter jets, the English language satellite Press TV reported."The production of this kind of aircraft has been developing at high speed, and a squadron of these fighter jets has been launched, " Deputy Commander for Operations of Iran's Air Force General Mohammad Alavi was quoted as saying.The experts have managed to mass-produce the fighter jets which were outfitted with revamped equipment and well prepared to defend the skies of the country, Alavi said according to the report.He said that the Islamic Republic has also produced ultra-heavy bombs with huge tonnage and high destructive capabilities, said the report.These bombs are also capable of pinpointing objects, he added.On Saturday, Iran announced that several types of Iranian Air Force fighter jets will take part in an aerial parade in the next two weeks but it did not specify where the parade would be held.Source.

    • UN Women’s Rights Commission Singles Out Israel for Condemnation, Ignores Iran.This is reaching the level of self-caricature. No sooner does Iran get a seat on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women than it uses it with tragicomic predictability:[The] U.N. policy-making body dedicated to “gender equality and the advancement of women” adopted a resolution accusing Israel of holding back the advancement of Palestinian women, but it took no action on the emergency in Libya or the legally enshrined discrimination faced by women in Iran. The only country-specific resolution passed by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at its recent session in New York was one condemning Israel over the Palestinian issue.Iranian prison guards rape female dissidents before executing them, lest their victims go to heaven as virgins. Iranian men get to avail themselves of temporary marriages, de facto legalizing the institutionalized slavery and rape of prepubescent girls. Iranian women are consigned to the backs of buses, have to shroud their bodies from head to toe, and can’t wear anything bright or shiny.That’s just what’s happening in a single CSW member state.The greater hypocrisy is what was ignored globally so that the Commission could spend time demonizing Israel. It’s not necessary to belabor the second-class status that women are consigned to throughout the Muslim world, except maybe to note two things that diverge from the quotidian misery.Hmmmm......The UN has become the perfect example of the inmates running the asylum ,with Iran on board on the women rights commission nothing else could be expected.Read the full story here.

    • Saudi had one divorce every 30 minutes in 2010.Nearly a fifth of the marriages in Saudi Arabia last year ended up in divorce, an average of one divorce case every half an hour, official data showed Monday.Total marriages in the world’s dominant oil supplier stood at 90,983 in 2010 of which 18,765 ended up in divorce, showed the figures by the marriage court in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah.“This means that there was one divorce case every half an hour in the Kingdom last year,” said Sheikh Saad Al Gamdi, an adviser at the court.“It is time for authorities to force any couple seeking marriage to undergo a training course before marriage…this system has been enforced in some countries and it has contributed to a large decline in divorce cases…the high divorce rate in Saudi Arabia illustrates a large gap in the concept of marriage and divorce,” he said, quoted by the Saudi daily Sabq.Sheikh Gamdi also called for deducting children allowances from the father’s monthly salary in case of a divorce and transferring them to a special account allocated for those children to ease the burden on divorced mothers.Hmmmm.......Read the full story here.

    • HT:BigPeace.Russian Ground Forces Commander: Our Weapons Suck.General Alexander Postnikov, who is commander of the Russian ground forces, announced in Pravda that Russia weapons are inferior to both US weapons and those made by China. ”The combat vehicle arsenal, artillery systems and small arms produced by the domestic defense industry fall behind NATO and even Chinese arms,” he said.He said the Russian T-90 tank was awful, and was “a 17th modification of the Soviet T-72 tank produced since 1973.” He would rather purchase German Leopard tanks from Germany, Postnikov said.This won’t go down well with the Kremlin. More than 80 countries around the world buy Russian arms, noted Pravda. Not what you would call a great endorsement.Hmmmm.....One one way ticket to Siberia coming up.Read the full story here

    • HT:SheikYermami.Belgium: the Will of Allah & the Dirty Tricks of the Islamic Community Organizers.Belgium’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the official Flemish Community schools network has the right to decide for itself whether the Moslem headscarf or other religious symbols may be worn in their schools.Read the full story here.

    Sunday, March 20, 2011

    How will liberal women fare under sharia law?

    MFS - The Other News

                            Afternoon Posting.

    • Live broadcast info from Japan directly ! Here.

    • Ht :The Big picture . Japan: One week later see it  here and here.

    • HT:NuclearHistory.Suffering of radiation workers, food supply information.Fukushima prefecture Empty streets in Tamura in the Fukushima prefecture where residents are staying indoors due to the radiation risk caused by the failure of the Fukushima nuclear plant.Six workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have been exposed to radiation levels beyond the usual legal limit while carrying out emergency operations to make the complex safe.The news came amid reports that radiation from the stricken plant had found its way into the food supply, raising anxiety in a country already struggling to deal with the aftermath of the worst crisis in its postwar history.The facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said it would have to vent radioactive gas from reactor 3, but later called off the risky procedure after pressure inside stabilised, albeit at a relatively high level.The Kyodo news agency reported that Tepco said six staff members had been exposed to more than 100 milliSieverts of radiation, but had been assigned to other tasks and were continuing to work because they had not shown any abnormal signs since being exposed.The government earlier increased to 250 mSv the limit for those working in the emergency operation.Japan’s fire and disaster management agency said readings of up to 27 mSv were detected on 50 firefighters. They were decontaminated after a 13-hour operation to spray water into the spent fuel pool at reactor 3 ended in the early hours of the morning.On Sunday morning, workers doused a pool at reactor 4, also a cause of concern, for the first time.“I think the situation is improving step by step,” the deputy chief cabinet secretary, Tetsuro Fukuyama, told a news conference.Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), heralded a “strengthening” of work.But Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy-general at Japan’s Nuclear Safety Agency, cautioned: “We are making progress … [but] we shouldn’t be too optimistic.”Japan is considering a temporary ban on sales of food products from the Fukushima region after levels of radiation exceeding government limits were found in milk and spinach.The contaminated food and water pose no threat to human health, Edano said, adding that the tainted milk and spinach had not found its way on to the market.“These levels do not pose an immediate threat to your health. Please stay calm.”Iodine-131 was present in milk at a farm 20 miles away from the crippled nuclear plant and in spinach grown at farms more than 60 miles away in neighbouring Ibaraki.Tiny amounts of radioactive iodine have been found in tap water in and around Tokyo, about 150 miles away from the atomic plant, and five prefectures near Fukushima.The education and science ministry said traces of another radioactive material, caesium-137, had been identified in tap water in nearby Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, but posed no danger to people even if ingested.The government is to provide daily counts of radioactive materials in tap water from all of the affected areas, as well as levels in atmospheric fallout such as rain and dust.Radiation was also detected on fava beans exported to Taiwan.An official from Taiwan’s department of health said a shipment of beans from Japan’s south-western Kyushu island had shown slightly higher radiation than naturally occurring trace levels.The department said the radiation, detected only on the surface of the beans, was well below Taiwan’s legal limit and not harmful to human health.Radioactive dust and particles were recorded in the greater Tokyo area but posed no risk to health, the government said on Sunday.Edano said someone who drank the tainted milk for a year would receive the same amount of radiation as in a single CT health scan; eating the spinach would be the equivalent of one-fifth.The government said radioactive iodine-131 present in spinach tested on Wednesday was three to seven times above acceptable government standards.Levels in drinking water from Fukushima were slightly over the limit on Thursday but had decreased significantly by the weekend, the health ministry said.Drinking one litre (1.76 pints) of water with the iodine at Thursday’s levels is the equivalent of receiving one 88th of the radiation from a chest x-ray, said Kazuma Yokota, a spokesman for the prefecture’s disaster response headquarters.Iodine-131 decays within a matter of weeks, but can pose a short-term risk to health, the IAEA said.“There is a short-term risk to human health if radioactive iodine food is absorbed into the human body,” the agency said. “If ingested, it can accumulate in and cause damage to the thyroid. Children and young people are particularly at risk.”A potentially greater concern is caesium-137, which caused widespread damage to the food supply in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster. The substance affects cells in the entire body and can increase the chances of developing cancer.You know, really, caesium 137 and Iodine 131 are not the only biologically active fission products. Even the ones the body does not use to build cells with do have some uptake, and some residence time. Inhalation is the most likely intake route for many substances. These doses do deserve some mention in my view. In an educated population this widely known information, isnt going to be a surprise. The omission of it rather simply furrows the eyebrows. Agriculture and nuclear reactors don’t mix. Especially when things like this happen.Hmmmm.......perhaps they should read this?Read the full story here.

    • HT:Paul Langley's Nuclear History Blog.Boiling points of relevant elements.
    Cesium Melting point 26.44 deg C Boiling point 671 deg C
    Strontium Melting point 769 deg C Boiling point 1384 deg C

    Therefore : The Fukushima Plumes will consist of the fission inventory originally present in the fuel rods displaced in fractions according to their thermal characteristics as these relate to the temperatures which have been applied to the fuel rods. (the fuel rods have been cooking for over a week, situation easing). Periodic explosions, caused by hydrogen, have disturbed a proportion of the fuel rods. The presence of radioactive dust in plumes is therefore not limited to Cesium and Iodine. The condition of the fuel rods and the condition of the fuel rod contents would determine the moblity of the elements of concern. Explosive, thermal and other forces may drive “dust” from fuel rod to emitted plume. The temperature of the fuel rods is not the only factor which mobilises the contents of damaged fuel rods.Mechanical force and thermal peaks applied by hydrogen explosions to the fuel rods also liberates fuel rod contents. The composition of the Fukushima plume may vary from day to day. There is likely to be a greater abundance of Cesium in the plumes than was originally present in the fuel rod. Published results of plume and ground sampling will describe the actual plume and fallout contents. We have seen the use of alpha monitoring devices and the results of positive readings (selection of people for care). If the fuel is present in the plume, the presence of many fission products is likely also. I still disagree with the British scientist. The delay in any official attempt to define the plume contents did not engender trust. It is an issue to be resolved by sample analysis. The melting and boiling points of fuel rod uranium (a ceramic oxide) is high. Alpha survey of individuals (to my eye at least) is continuing. If uranium oxide dust is present in the cloud, no other fuel content is precluded. There is indication that alpha emitters (ie fuel) are present in the area of plume deposition.Hmmmm......In other words we're being deliberatly kept in the dark about the cloud composition?Read the full story here.

    • Libya Live Blog - March 20. Here .(AlJazeera)And here (BBC)

    • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world ,lots of seismic activity globally today! More info here.

    • Updated : The wind directions over Japan. Here.

    • Japan's Efforts to Ease Nuclear Crisis Hit Setback as Reactors Face Unexpected Rise in Pressure.An unexpected rise in pressure inside a troubled reactor set back efforts to bring Japan's overheating, leaking nuclear complex under control Sunday as concerns grew that as-yet minor contamination of food and water is spreading.The pressure increase meant plant operators may need to deliberately release radioactive steam, prolonging a nuclear crisis that has consumed government attention even as it responded to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that savaged northeast Japan on March 11.In a rare rescue after so many days, a teenage boy's cries for help led police to rescue him and an 80-year-old woman at a wrecked house.Beyond the disaster area, an already shaken public grew uneasy with official reports that traces of radiation first detected in spinach and milk from farms near the nuclear plant are turning up farther away in tap water, rain and even dust. In all cases, the government said the radiation levels were too small to pose an immediate risk to health. Still, Taiwan seized a batch of fava beans from Japan found with faint -- and legal -- amounts of iodine and cesium.All six of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex's reactor units saw trouble after the disasters knocked out cooling systems. But officials reported headway this weekend in reconnecting two units to the electric grid and in pumping seawater to cool reactors and replenish bubbling or depleted pools for spent nuclear fuel.Temperatures in storage pools for Units 5 and 6 continued their several days of decline Sunday to a safe, cool level, the nuclear safety agency said.But the buildup in pressure inside the vessel holding Unit 3's reactor renewed the danger, forcing officials to consider venting. The tactic produced explosions during the early days of the crisis."Even if certain things go smoothly there would be twists and turns," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters. "At the moment, we are not so optimistic that there will be a breakthrough."Nuclear safety officials said one of the options could release a cloud dense with iodine as well as the radioactive elements krypton and xenon.Contamination of food and water compounds the government's difficulties, heightening the broader public's sense of dread about safety. Consumers in markets snapped up bottled water, shunned spinach from Ibaraki -- the prefecture where the tainted spinach was found -- and overall expressed concern about food safety.Experts have said the amounts of iodine detected in milk, spinach and water pose no discernible risks to public health unless consumed in enormous quantities over a long time. Iodine breaks down quickly, after eight days, minimizing its harmfulness, unlike other radioactive isotopes such as cesium-137 or uranium-238, which remain in the environment for decades or longer.Rain forecast for the Fukushima area also could further localize the contamination, bringing the radiation to the ground closer to the plant.The governor of Fukushima, where milk contaminated with iodine was found at one farm Friday, urged dairy farmers across the prefecture to halt all sales -- just short of a ban in consensus-driven, polite Japan.Edano, the government spokesman, tried to reassure the public for a second day running Sunday. "If you eat it once, or twice or even for several days, it's not just that it's not an immediate threat to health, it's that even in the future it is not a risk," Edano said. "Experts say there is no threat to human health."Hmmmmm......"Altogether, the number of Chernobyl related cases of thyroid cancer to be expected in Europe (outside the borders of the former Soviet Union) is between 10,000 and 20,000.In Belarus alone, over 10,000 people developed thyroid cancer since the catastrophe. According to a WHO prognosis, in the Belarussian region of Gomel alone, more than 50,000 children will develop thyroid cancer during their lives. If one adds together all age groups then about 100,000 cases of thyroid cancer have to be reckoned with, just in the Gomel region."The half life of Radioactive Iodine is EIGHT Days.Read the full story here.

    • Latest official Situation Update No. 48. Here.

    • Dennis Kucinich Hints at Impeachment of Obama Over Libya No-Fly Zone, Fellow Far-Left Dems Equally Outraged…A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.Kucinich, who wanted to bring impeachment articles against both former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over Iraq — only to be blocked by his own leadership — asked why the U.S. missile strikes aren’t impeachable offenses.Kucinich also questioned why Democratic leaders didn’t object when President Barack Obama told them of his plan for American participation in enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone during a White House Situation Room meeting on Friday, sources told POLITICO.And liberals fumed that Congress hadn’t been formally consulted before the attack and expressed concern that it would lead to a third U.S. war in the Muslim world.Hmmmm.........."Blasphemy"?Read the full story here.

    • Boehner says Obama must explain Libya mission.House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Sunday called on President Barack Obama to explain the U.S. mission in Libya and how his administration intends to achieve its goals."The president is the commander-in-chief. But the administration has a responsibility to define for the American people, the Congress and our troops, what the mission in Libya is," Boehner, a Republican, said in a statement."Before any further military commitments are made, the administration must do a better job of communicating to the American people and to Congress about our mission in Libya and how it will be achieved," he said.Hmmmm.....Perhaps after 'the commander-in-chief is back from his 'family holiday'on the taxpayers their tab?Read the full the full story here.

    • Libya: Newt Gingrich bashes Obama's lack of leadership 'We look weak and uncertain'.Thank goodness the French don't have March Madness: Gingrich bashes 'weak' Obama's leadership in Libya.Newt Gingrich has slammed Barack Obama for his lack of leadership over Libya as Western jets - led by France - bombed Muammar Gaddafi's forces today.The former House Speaker, who is considering a presidential run in 2012, mocked Mr Obama yesterday for publicising his Final Four pics as Libyan rebels battled for their country.He attacked the President for making America look 'weak and uncertain', and said former Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan would have been far more decisive.The world's leaders met in Paris today for a summit on the crisis.The group included British Prime Minister David Cameron, French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Canadian premier Stephen Harper, and leaders of several Arab states.U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is at the summit to represent America. But Mr Obama is thousands of miles away in Brasilia, where he has taken his family to help him promote U.S. trade links.When asked about the UN resolution authorising military intervention in Libya, Mr Gingrich blasted the President, who publicised his picks for the winner's of this year's March Madness college basketball tournament earlier this week. 'I was, frankly, very disappointed that [Nicolas] Sarkozy did not share with us his Final Four picks,' Mr Gingrich told reporters.'And i think it's his failure to understand the Final Four that allowed him to focus on Libya.He said it was 'ironic' that Mr Obama had called for Gaddafi to go on March 3 - but waited until now to back a no-fly zone. 'This is the opposite of Eisenhower and Reagan, neither of whom would have held a press conference and both of whom would have made sure he [Gaddafi] was gone,' Mr Gingrich said.'This idea that we posture, we talk, we have diplomatic meetings ... this is very weak," he said. "It makes us look weak and uncertain. It increases the danger in the Persian Gulf.'Mr Obama mentioned the Libya operation only briefly in Brazil today. He noted that U.S., European and other government officials met in Paris Saturday to discuss the way ahead in Libya.Mrs Clinton said 'unique' American military capabilities will be brought to bear in support of the coalition, and she reiterated Mr Obama's pledge on Friday that no U.S. ground forces would get involved.Hmmmm......Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln.Read the full story here.

    • RAF strikes against Gaddafi's forces branded 'a success' as bombed out tanks and cars litter the roads near Benghazi.Burnt out tanks and cars belonging to forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi today littered the road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah.The RAF proclaimed the start of hostilities a success just hours after British and American warships unleashed cruise missiles against Libya as the world finally lost patience with the dictator.Tornado jets, submarines and stealth bombers fired 112 Tomahawk missiles and dropped explosives on 20 coastal locations as Gaddafi's men tried to take control of rebel-held Benghazi.Stormshadow missiles were launched from GR4 fast jets which had flown 3,000 miles from RAF Marham in Norfolk and back - the longest range bombing since the Falklands.David Cameron today pronounced the action was 'legal and right'Read the full story here.

    • Turkey to serve as protecting power for US in Libya.Turkey will serve as a “protecting power” for the United States in Libya, senior State Department officials told CNN on Sunday.As a protecting power, Turkey will represent the United States in Libya, including acting as consular officers on behalf of U.S. citizens in Libya and looking after American diplomatic facilities in the country.Turkey can also pass messages between the United States and Libya, as what little communication remains between the two countries is likely to come to a grinding halt now that the United States is bombing Libyan targets as part of enforcement of a no-fly zone.Although the United States has not formally suspended ties with Libya, the U.S. State Department shuttered its embassy earlier this month and withdrew all of its diplomats from the country. The State Department also ordered the Libyan Embassy in Washington closed and ordered its diplomats to leave the country. It recognized Ali Aujali – the former ambassador who resigned from the regime in protest of its violence against citizens and joined the opposition – as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.Officials said Libya has not yet identified a protecting power for its interests in the United States.Hmmmm......Turkey the NATO member that is in the first place a representative of ISLAM?Why am i not suprised that Ahmadinajad's buddy Erdogan will be also Gadaffi's buddy.Read the full story here.

    • ContentionsTurkey Vetoes NATO No-Fly Over Libya.While not in the English-language press yet, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s prime minister, has announced that under no circumstance would Turkey allow NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Erdoğan has traditionally been a fan of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi and just a few months ago accepted the Qaddafi International Prize for Human Rights. Erdoğan’s actions now suggest that his selection was $250,000 well spent by the Libyan strongman.Given Turkey’s secret war games with China, its nuclear defense of Iran, the fact that perhaps as many Turks are fighting against us in Afghanistan as are fighting for us, and now Erdoğan’s funny business with Qaddafi, it may be time to cast aside the increasingly surreal discussion about whether Turkey belongs in the European Union and focus instead on whether Turkey belongs in NATO.Hmmm....I've been saying this for the last 11 months!Read the full treason story here.

    • Arab League: West bombing civilians.Amr Moussa says Arab League, which backed Libyan no-fly zone, wanted 'protection of civilians, not bombardment of more civilians'. Russia also calls for end to 'indiscriminate' strikes which have killed up to 64.Muammar Gaddafi's appeal for Arab solidarity in the face of foreign air strikes fell on deaf ears across the Middle East on Sunday, but support for his opponents was mixed with deep suspicion of Western motives. The head of the Arab League, which supported Libyan no-fly zone, said his organization had not endorsed attacks on ordinary Libyans."What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians," Amr Moussa said, announcing an emergency Arab League meeting to discuss Libya.Moussa's comments followed a demand by Russia to stop the "indiscriminate" use of force it said was killing civilians in Libya. The air strikes exceed the mandate of the UN Security Council resolution, which approved a no-fly zone and authorized all necessary measures to protect civilians, Russia Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.A few hours after the first missiles struck, Gaddafi called on "citizens of the Arab and Islamic nations" and other developing countries to "stand by the heroic Libyan people to confront this aggression". But Arabs from North Africa to the Gulf, many demanding political rights for the first time, dismissed the appeal from a leader whose four decades of authoritarian and capricious rule have exhausted any reserves of sympathy. "It is now clear and understandable that Arab people want to get rid of their leaders, so leaders should simply leave and not fight their people and force foreign nations to interfere," said Mohamed Abdel Motaleb, a bank employee in Cairo, where mass protests toppled veteran president Hosni Mubarak last month."I am very much against foreign troops fighting in Libya, but Arab leaders should not let that happen through their stubbornness and refusal to quit power"."There is fighting between the rebels and the Gaddafi forces. Their tanks are in the center of Misrata," Abdelbasset, a spokesman for the rebels, said by telephone from the city. "There are so many casualties that we cannot count them." "He (Gaddafi) is using a scorched earth strategy. Burning and destroying everything in his way," said Abdelbasset.Gaddafi's forces – including units of the 32nd brigade commanded by his son Khamis – have been laying siege to Misrata for days, residents have said, but until Sunday rebel fighters had kept them confined to the city's outskirts. Read the full story here.

    • The Middle East - To put it mildly it's starting to boil over.Al-Qaradhawi: The Shiites in Bahrain Are Carrying Out a Sectarian Revolution.In a Friday sermon on March 18, 2011, Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, said that the revolution in Bahrain is a sectarian revolution of the Shiites against the Sunnis, and not a revolution of the people against an oppressive tyrant, as in other Arab countries. He accused the Shiite demonstrators of attacking Sunnis, taking over their mosques, and using bullies, warned that the Shiites belonged to another country (i.e., Iran), and called for inter-sect dialogue in Bahrain. Al-Qaradhawi called to support changes in the Egyptian legislation, to abolish the ruling party, and to establish a civil regime as soon as possible. He also condemned Libyan President Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi for acting like God, and for killing his people with weapons bought out of the people's money, and called for Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh to leave power.Source.

    HT:Memri.Iranian Ayatollah to the Bahrainis: Martyrs or Victors.On March 18, 2011, senior Iranian regime official Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati advised the Bahrainis to choose one of two options: either to become martyrs or to become victors. In a Friday sermon delivered in Tehran, he cursed the US, which, he alleged, was behind the Saudi invasion of Bahrain, and said that he had always asked himself how the Libyans could support a madman (i.e., Al-Qadhafi).Source.

    HT:Memri.Nasrallah: The Arab Countries Must Protect the Demonstrators in Bahrain; The Uprising There Is Not Sectarian.In a speech delivered at a rally of solidarity with the Arab peoples' uprisings, held on March 19, 2011, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said that the uprising in Bahrain was not sectarian, and that the allegations that Iran was behind it were stupid. He said that Saudi Arabia should have mediated between the parties rather than send in its soldiers. Nasrallah called upon the Arab countries to intervene in order to protect the demonstrators in Bahrain. He criticized the Sunni Arab world and Turkish PM Erdogan for remaining silent in light of the violent suppression of the demonstrations, claiming that this silence enabled foreign intervention, which might lead to occupation and imperialism. With regard to Lebanon, Nasrallah said that the attack of the March 14 forces on the weapons of Hizbullah did not affect the resistance, which continued to conduct training, mobilize arms, and make preparations, adding that it was the resistance that would defend Lebanon when it decided to drill for oil and gas in the Mediterranean Sea.Source.

    • Drilling Unlikely to Lower Oil Prices, Energy Information Chief Says.Richard Newell, administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), said that while oil prices are likely to stay above average for the remainder of 2011, it is unlikely that an increase in domestic oil production would dramatically affect oil prices in either the short-term or the long-term.Newell, a political appointee, was tapped to head the EIA by President Barack Obama in mid-2009.In his testimony before the House Committee on Natural Resources on Thursday, Newell said that because oil is a global commodity dependent on global trends, domestic production would do little to ease prices at the pump in the near future.“Long term, we would not expect additional volumes of oil that could flow from resources of federal lands due to greater access to have a large impact on oil and gasoline prices,” said Newell.He also said that increased production in the United States could potentially cause OPEC to lower production, thus negating any impact of increased drilling in the United States.“Another key issue is how OPEC production would respond to any increase in non-OPEC supply, potentially offsetting any direct price impact of an increase in U.S. production,” Newell told committee members.When asked if Newell knew how much oil and natural gas was sitting untapped on land and offshore in the United States, Newell declined to answer.However, when asked if tapping those resources could lead to lower gas and energy prices in the long term, Newell said that it depended on a number of global factors.“One needs to think about this in a global context,” said Newell. “Currently, the U.S. liquid supply is about 11 percent of global liquid supply of about 88 million barrels per day. So if one thinks about incrementing that over some period of time, you know resource development tends to take at least several years.“We had seen offshore production increases over the last several years due to increased leasing and development offshore. We’ve yet to see a downward impact on offshore production in response to the Macondo well blowout and the subsequent moratorium and regulatory changes that took place,” Newell added.In his testimony to the House Committee, Newell predicted that because of recent events in the Middle East and North Africa, the price of a gallon of regular gasoline will average $3.70 this summer and $3.56 for the remainder of the year, which is about $.77 higher than last year’s average.According to the EIA, as of March 14 the national average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.56 per gallon. However, in some parts of the country, the price for gallon has already risen above $4.00.Hmmmm.....Bottom line if you're Brazilian you can drill in the Gulf of Mexico if you're American "Sorry no can do"?Won't that affect OPEC?Makes you wonder what's in it for the US to give Brazil these permits?Read the full scam story here.

    • Sarah Palin arrives in Israel, set to meet Netanyahu.JERUSALEM - Leading US Republican Sarah Palin began a private visit to Israel on Sunday, her first to the Jewish state, and planned to meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and tour holy sites.Palin, a 2008 vice presidential candidate, is a potential White House contender in 2012 and a leading light in the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement."As the world confronts sweeping changes and new realities, I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the key issues facing his country, our ally Israel," Palin, who flew in from India, said in a statement on her website.Israeli media described her trip as a bid to show support for Israel, whose standing is strong among US voters, and gain more experience in international affairs ahead of a possible presidential run.Palin, who is keeping her supporters guessing on whether she will run for the presidency, made no comment to reporters on arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport for the two-day visit.Palin was scheduled to have dinner with Netanyahu and his wife on Monday after visiting holy sites in Jerusalem, including the Western Wall.Hmmmm.....No problems with her middle name.Read the full story here.

    • HT:BigPeace.Saudi Arabia: Islam Is Against Democracy.Rattled by the unprecedented and contagious revolts befalling Arab despots around them, the Saudi monarchy has realized that bribery is not enough to placate their disenfranchised citizens. The notorious Saudi Minister of Interior, Prince Naif, issued a stern warning against any public demonstration by anyone at anytime in the repressive desert kingdom. As usual, his royal warning was immediately echoed by the top religious clerics including the Saudi Mufti, Al-Ashaikh. According to the Imam of Prophet Mohammed’s Mosque in Madinah, Al-Hudaifi, “Laws and regulations in the Kingdom totally prohibit all kinds of demonstrations, marches and sit-in protests as well as calling for them as they go against the principles of Shariah and Saudi customs and traditions… There is no place for chaotic demonstrations in this country of monotheism because Shariah is the dominant force in this country.” This is the first time the religious establishment has unequivocally asserted that Islam is against individual liberty and freedom of expression. This means that as long as the Quran is the country’s constitution and the Shariah is its law, there can be neither political participation nor personal freedom.Since the inception of the Saudi state in 1932, the US-Saudi relationship has produced mutual economic and strategic benefits at the expense of the Saudi people. However, relations have been severely scarred by recent developments, particularly by Saudi nationals’ vicious attack on the US on September 11, 2001. In addition, Saudi Arabia has been a major breeding ground for anti-American religious sentiments and an exporter of extremism. Furthermore, State Department documents publicized by Wikileaks suggest that Saudi Arabia has been a major financier of extremist groups worldwide.The Arab World, including countries bordering Saudi Arabia, is being swept by public revolts against oppressive regimes. What should the United States do when the Saudi people demand drastic political reforms or the overthrow of the ruling family altogether? Should America stand by the Saudi people as it stood with the Tunisians and Egyptians (and to a lesser degree with the Bahrainis, Libyans and Yemenis)? Should it send its uniformed men and women to defend the last absolute monarchy in the world? The prudent, pragmatic, and morally correct response is to stand by the Saudi people.To continue supporting an oppressive regime loathed not only by the Saudi people but by the international community, would be costly to Saudi people, American interests worldwide, the international economy, and established order.Read the full story here.

    • HT:BloggerBase.International Judge the Koran Day Update.Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 4p.m., the trial will start, lasting for four hours. I doubt that is sufficient time, but it is not up to me. Since Chowderhead backed out, Sheikh Imam Mohamed El Hassan has been recruited to defend the Koran. The prosecution team is loaded with apostates. Ahmed Abaza, the prosecutor, is a convert to Christianity. Mr. Ahmed Paul is an expert witness, another apostate. Sheikh Abdulla Al Sabah, another expert witness, also knows Islam from the inside, being an apostate. According to the press release, the poll is running 69% in favor of immolation. That should make for some fun, because Dr. Jones previously promised that he would not burn the Koran. How will he resolve that conflict? Is he secretly hoping for an acquittal? One of the charges could be difficult to prove: the Koran is accused of inciting murder, rape and terrorist activities. The Koran commands Muslims to engage in perpetual warfare but I am not convinced that meets the legal definition of murder. It does sanction sexual exploitation of slaves and commands terrorism. For those of us who can not travel to Gainsville, Florida for the event, it will be broadcast live on the internet at Read the full story here.

    • HT:CreepingSharia.Obama Counterterrorism Adviser won’t bring bin Laden to Gitmo if captured.President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, delivered the administration’s most forceful public call to date for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and the use of federal courts to try some detainees held there.Pointing the finger at Congress, he called legislative efforts to block prisoner transfers to the United States for trial or detention an “unprecedented encroachment” on Obama’s authorities to prosecute suspects.He said any “terrorists captured in the United States would be prosecuted exclusively through the criminal justice system,” and not by the military, as some members of Congress want.Brennan described the closure of Guantanamo as an “essential national security objective,” and noted that its continued use was “preventing other countries from handing over terrorism suspects to the United States.”“I believe in this,” he said later, at the conclusion of a speech at a national security symposium sponsored by The Atlantic Philanthropies and New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice.In his remarks, Brennan alluded to recent Congressional hearings led by New York Republican Rep. Peter King that focused on Muslim radicals in the United States. Brennan called it “un-American,” to single out individual groups based on ethnicity, political affiliation or religion.In a lengthy conversation afterward with reporters, Brennan said that if captured, Osama bin Laden would not be taken to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, categorically disputing a recent claim by CIA Director Leon Panetta.“All the steps we are taking are to decrease the population there, not increase it,” he said. He did not say where bin Laden would be held, just that there were other detention “options available if we find people overseas. Certainly, if they are charged with crimes in the United States, they will be detained and prosecuted in our courts,” he said.Hmmmm......Is this why Obama just gave the Guantanamo prisoners POW status?Read the full story here.
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