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Response to: “Iran admits sanctions ‘may slow down’ nuclear work”

From our frequent contributor, William Perry;

Working toward a world free of nuclear weapons demands we not only critique the reactionary wing of the U.S. power structure and the example set by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, we must critique the US moderate wing, Obama, Biden and Clinton. The former group is psychotic, while the latter is merely cynical. After eight years of reckless reactionary psychotics, it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security by reasonable moderate cynics, but we should remember they are all cut from the same paranoid cloth.

Don’t misunderstand me – It isn’t because the Americans are like drunken frat-boys…drunk on power we hive them – It is because their on again/off again bevahiour within how they see themselves in the world that is scary. As one of many who is waiting to see what, if anything, the Nobel peace prize recipient will do, I get nervous when the tough words against Iran and North Korea, and if not for a different face, sounds just like the smirking Texan.

 Obama’s policy includes a commitment to nuclear weapons, conventional missile defense, and modernization of the nuclear complex. That’s why Obama is increasing expenditures on nuclear weapons, now over $50 billion a year, for modernization. Gulp!!!

 I dare say that Iran’s development of nuclear capabilities is likely about defense, as they have seen what happened to Iraq with the USA invasion looking for the WMD. I see Iran doing it for economic benefit. The development of nuclear will likely secure a place in the United Nations for Iran, and eventually achieve a similar status to that of Russia. That poses a bigger problem for the US than actual missiles being fired.

 How about Canada? The United States is more patient with us, content with the slow, gradual occupation, securing businesses, residents, and controlling resources.

 Former Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau, addressing the Washington, D.C., Press Club in 1969. said “Living next to you [the U.S.] is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.” So is that a bad thing? It is if they roll over in their sleep and squash us. Best to sleep with one eye open.

 William Perry

Two Months Later the Oil Continues to Flow

In the can-you-believe-it-file, it has already been two months that oil has been flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. From the Boston dot com website;

62 days have passed since the initial explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the crude oil and natural gas continue to gush from the seafloor. Re-revised estimates now place the flow rate at up to 60,000 barrels a day – a figure just shy of a worst-case estimate of 100,000 barrels a day made by BP in an internal document recently released by a congressional panel. Louisiana’s state treasurer has estimated environmental and economic damages from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could range from $40 billion to $100 billion.

That is $40- $100 billion and yet they have set aside a comparatively measly $20 billion. The rip-off continues. And will continue. To see the pictures that go along with this horrific situation, visit the Boston.com. Be prepared to be shocked, sickened, angered and disgusted.

Niger Delta Faces Exxon Valdez Sized Oil Spill EVERY Year

The following article from the New York Times popped up on our Twitter feed. The damage caused by ongoing oil spills, damage that has been going on in Niger, for DECADES is breathtaking in its proportions. And nobody seems to care. What the hell? An Exxon Valdez-sized spill every year for the last fifty years and nobody in the west has noticed?

BODO, Nigeria – Big oil spills are no longer news in this vast, tropical land. The Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface, has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are long since lifeless.

Perhaps no place on earth has been as battered by oil, experts say, leaving residents here astonished at the nonstop attention paid to the gusher half a world away in the Gulf of Mexico. It was only a few weeks ago, they say, that a burst pipe belonging to Royal Dutch Shell in the mangroves was finally shut after flowing for two months: now nothing living moves in a black-and-brown world once teeming with shrimp and crab.

If you are interested in reading the rest of this article, visit the New York Times at this link.

An American View of Mexican Immigrants

We came across the following information sort of by happenstance and accident. I actually feel quite torn about reprinting it because I have no idea if any of the financial information or if any of the claims are correct. My rationale for reprinting it here was to demonstrate how some people in the USA think. The bottom line in the email encouraged the recipients to forward to as many people as you can and most importantly to remember this information in November when the elections are being held.

Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News wrote a column titled, “Mexican visitor’s lament” — 

She interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, “They (illegal aliens) pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes…what happens to your country’s economy if 20 million people go away?”

That’s a good question – it deserves an answer. Over 80 percent of Americans demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America? The answers may surprise you!

In California, if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupted hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominate language again.

In Colorado, 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grand-kids – would move back “home,” mostly to Mexico. That would save Coloradans an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 BIL) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone.

Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.

Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67 percent drop out/flunk out rate via thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages. At least 200,000 vehicles would vanish from our gridlocked cities in Colorado. Denver ‘s four percent unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.

In Florida, 1.5 million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America , the rule of law and English.

In Chicago, Illinois, 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.

If 20 million illegal aliens returned “home,” the U.S. economy would return to the rule of law. Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn’t be working off the books. That would result in a n additional $401 billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local state and city coffers.

No more push ‘1’ for Spanish or ‘2’ for English. No more confusion in American schools that now must content with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.

We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country. In cities like L.A, 20,000 members of the ” 18th Street Gang” would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters!

Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!

Drain on America ‘s economy; taxpayers harmed, employers get rich: over $80 billion annually wouldn’t return to their home countries by cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America ‘s economy – which currently suffers an $8.7 trillion debt.

At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California, Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupted out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA  Act. Americans wouldn’t suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country-brought in by illegals unscreened at our borders.

Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put the “progressives” on the horns of a dilemma; illegal aliens and their families cause 11 percent of our greenhouse gases.

Over one million of Mexico ‘s poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville , Texas to  San Diego, California  in what the New York Times called, “colonias” or new neighbourhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse. They live without sewage, clean water, streets, electricity, roads or any kind of sanitation. The New York Times reported them to be America ‘s new ” Third World ” inside our own country. Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonias. (I’ve seen them personally in Texas and Arizona; it’s sickening beyond anything you can imagine.) By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them back to Mexico.

High integrity, ethical invitation: we invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix their own countries and/or make
a better life in Mexico . We invite a million people into our country legally more than all other countries combined annually. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation.

It’s time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life.

Rachel Maddow on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Our intrepid East-side Investigative reporter came up with some sad news today; essentially, what is old is new again. If you think you the uncontained (and seemingly uncontainable) Gulf of Mexico oil spill is all new, watch the following video of Rachel Maddow titled, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” 

However, just in case you do not have the patience to watch to the end of the seven minute video, the clincher for me was when she says that the only technology that has changed in the oil drilling business is the oil companies ability to drill at deeper ocean depths and of course earn more money.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Continues to Flow

The following information came to us from the Avaaz community. I encourage you to read and act.

Imagine, everyday there is another 2,500,000 gallons of crude oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

Before the spill, U.S. President Obama and Congressional leaders were planning to ramp up offshore drilling. Now, with the spill, the politics have shifted — and an opportunity has opened for the world’s biggest historical climate polluter to shift away from oil and towards climate-safe energy sources.

At a moment like this, when leaders are making up their minds, the world’s voices can help tip the balance. There is a movement afoot to tip that balance away from allowing the destruction of more of land and water. There is a petition circulating that urges the U.S. to stop offshore drilling and to instead invest in clean renewable energy. Once that petition reaches 500,000 it will be delivered to the White House in Washington DC.

To add your name to that petition visit;

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_offshore_drilling_3/?vl

This disaster is expected to be catastrophic for the land and people in the gulf. The oil has already reached land, contaminating wildlife sanctuaries. Authorities are so concerned about the impacts of more oil reaching land that they are prefer to set the gulf on fire, burning as much of the oil as possible.

Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry is raking in windfall profits. BP, which operated the sunken rig, more than doubled its first quarter profits in 2010 to $5.65 billion.

For years, the world has waited for the U.S. to step up on climate. But with the carbon lobby’s strangle-hold on Washington, we’ve had more drilling in place of stronger investment in cleaner, safer energy sources. It’s time to for a change — Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has already introduced legislation to repeal plans to expand offshore drilling. Let’s back him up with an outpouring of global public outrage. Sign the petition calling on President Obama and Congress to end offshore drilling, and take the US and the world to clean energy future:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_offshore_drilling_3/?vl

Pat Robertson on the earthquake in Haiti

In order to give a warm fuzzy Christian reach-out to the long-suffering people of Haiti, Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and host of The 700 Club, said on his show that a “pact to the devil” dating back to the 18th century when Haitian slaves sought freedom from the French — is to blame for Haiti’s misfortune. 

“They said we will serve you if you get us free from the French. True story,” Robertson said. “Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

In Robertson’s defence, the Christian Broadcasting Network stated that Pat Robertson did not say that the earthquake was God’s wrath. They say that Robertson has compassion for the people of Haiti and he has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year.

Obama’s Afghanistan Troop Surge

President Obama has decided to have a troop surge into Afghanistan. He is talking about sending an additional 30,000 American soldiers to Afghanistan to do…well…that really is a good question…to do what? And then the 30,000 troops will be withdrawn within approximately 18 months. Does anybody stop and ask why or what are thay hoping to accomplish while there? What will Afghanistan look like in 18 months when the Americans and Canadian forces pull out? Does anybody else get the funny feeling of deja vu about this conflict? Visions of another completely unwinnable Vietnam-style conflict?

Fort Hood military base shooting

In one of those bizarre, what should society do under the circumstances, the shooter in the Fort Hood military base multiple-murder was initially kept alive by keeping him on a ventilator. He received and continues to receive medical attention to keep him alive. The medical people kept him alive because that is what society does.

Now he will face 13 charges of premeditated murder in a military court proceeding. One can easily imagine that he will face the death penalty. So he is kept him alive in order to be later executed?

Hockey southwest style, Ah reckon!

From our New Mexico correspondent;

Hockey Night in Amarillo, Texas

Last Friday night I took in a Central Hockey League game in Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo is the home of the Gorillas who have been in business since the 2003/04 season and play in the Cal Farley Coliseum which seats 4.987 souls. It is right downtown and quite close to the largest landmark in the city which is the old Santa Fe Railroad building. I have been coming to games two or three times a year since I moved to the southwest. The Central Hockey League is similar to baseballs Double-A in terms of skill level. The players on the team are mostly Canadian and American with a Fin thrown in as the starting goalie.

Cal Farley Coliseum reminds me of Sungod Arena in Delta in many ways due to its size and sightlines. I arrive about 30 minutes early in order to watch the pregame skate. I know that there will be little trouble procuring a ticket even on a Friday night when the team has been on a modest winning streak. The cost for a front row $24 and all other seats are $16 while all children under 15 cost only $8. I opt for a seat about 8 rows up at centre ice. In the concourse I notice that almost every fan is wearing a version of the Gorillas jersey. Of note, there have literally been over 30 jerseys so far in Gorillas history – eclipsing the number of different Canuck jerseys they have sported since their inception in 1970. The Gorillas produce jerseys for special theme nights about 8 times a year including ones for Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Armed Services Day, and NASCAR. On this night they are wearing their regular jerseys which are emblazoned with a crest of a large gorilla surrounded by trampled leaves holding a bashed up hockey stick. There are, of course, no gorillas in this part of the world. I have discovered that Amarillo likes to name their sports teams in ways that rhyme. For example, their independent pro baseball team is called the Dillas.

On this night they are playing the Odessa Jackalopes. Odessa is quite the town. I was down there a few summers back and it smells of a combination of oil and despair. The Jackalopes are hungry on this night and start the game in a flurry netting two goals before ten minutes were up. The crowd – about two thousand I reckon – boos enthusiastically on these scores. A fight about a minute after gets them to their feet in excitement as a Jackalope mercilessly pummels a Gorilla. On the next faceoff another fight breaks out like it was a staged WWE match. This time, the Gorilla player wins easily and the man next to me yells “Welcome to the Panhandle!” During the first period intermission fans threw plastic bananas onto the ice in an attempt to hit a target for cash. As well, there were contest winners who helmed the poor Zamboni up and down the ice creating less than straight lines.

There were 7 power-plays for each team and this resulted in a whole lot of scoring. The outcome was 9-4 for the visiting Jackalopes. The fans were into it. As a Canadian it does my soul good to smell an ice rink and hear the romantic sounds of blades cutting through ice and pucks slapping sticks rhythmically. I found similar comfort 9 years ago when I was working in Japan. Visiting the beautiful shrine city of Nikko for a vacation I came upon a small rink where I watched the Nikko Icebucks play. I have had the opportunity to see games all over the southwest ranging from the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League to the Phoenix Coyotes (in the National Hockey League, of course, but are they really?). It always reminds me of home.

After the game, fans so inclined are allowed to skate on the ice and meet the players – win or lose. I did not have my skates but I did talk to one of the players on the team – Austin Sutter of the famous Sutter clan. He was a pretty friendly guy who is trying to make a go of being a pro after going the collegiate route. I also talked with an acquaintance of mine who works security at the venue. He is not a big fan of hockey, but he does appreciate the fighting. Later that night, when I watched the local eleven o’clock news, the only highlight they showed from the game was the first period fight showing that Americans do rather like the pugilistic nature of our game – unlike what Gary Bettman would like us to believe.  

Seeing our game played in such strange surroundings is certainly fascinating. The public address announcer often explained various rules such as icing. As well, each penalty kill or power-play is sponsored by a local company which was kind of clever. The boards and ice surface are entirely covered with advertisements. These revenue streams are necessary, I understand, as the team is in danger of shutting down after this season. That is the nature of the CHL as my own home state’s team – the New Mexico Scorpions – had to shut down two years ago as did the Lubbock Cotton Kings which were the Gorillas local rivals. One hopes that the Gorillas hang around for a while as the fans that they do have are passionate ones. The sound of them yelling “GO RILLAS!” is still ringing in my ears.