Archive for September, 2012

‘In the Shadow of Hermes’ – A Documentary by Jüri Lina

September 30, 2012

Even today in 2012, ardent socialists and middle class activists continue romanticize about past revolutions and communist exploits.

As revealed in Jüri Lina’s seminal documentary, and contrary to popular myth, many of the so-called ‘socialist’ revolutions and wars of independence were not organic, grass-roots movements at all. Historical evidence suggests that both the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and the United States Revolution were Masonic-led, employing American, European and Swiss banker-financed plots to consolidate power, planting the seeds for a New World Order in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

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Henningsen: “Iran neighbors arming-up, Bahrain a ‘good customer’ of US”

September 29, 2012

Bahrain’s Shia opposition says a teenage protester has been killed in violent clashes with police in the capital Manama. Police fired tear-gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators, who were throwing stones and petrol bombs. The West will always turn a blind eye to real repression in Bahrain. They have been demanding equal rights from the Sunni monarchy for over a year now. RT talks to Patrick Henningsen, who is a geopolitical analyst for the “UK Column”, a current affairs newspaper and website.
http://www.ukcolumn.org

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Our “Independent” Dependence: Why Romney’s Plan Doesn’t Add Up

September 29, 2012

Editor’s Note: The energy policy debate is always front and centre in the run-up to any US Presidential election. Indeed, Mitt Romney will pander to Big Oil as patronage for their promise to help put him in power. But it’s clear in 2012 that fossil fuel strategies still shape US foreign policy, but now need to take a back seat to a multitude of alternative solutions now emerging in the 21st century. No real progress can be made however, until Washington is released from the stranglehold of industrial and petroleum lobbyists – and that’s why the debate is likely end in another stalemate. The technology for automobiles to achieve up to 100mpg has been available for the best part of 100 years, but it has been suppressed, as has more rapid developments in other technologies, thus allowing the oil cartel to fix prices and consumption numbers for maximum profit and environmental damage and in partnership with the government who seeks to maximise tax revenues on all fuels. Here’s a bigger problem: more than a decade on from the ‘Enron revolution’, rising energy costs are presently killing American household budgets, yet, the technology exists today for every home to be at least half self-sufficient and independent of a central energy distribution grid (currently eating up a large portion of low to mid income earners’ living costs) – at a fraction of the cost. The ruling system needs a re-think its planned obsolescence and political operating procedure first, if real reform and benefits can be realized for the next generation. We can, and should do better.

Kristina M. Johnson
Huffington Post

The Energy Information Administration’s 2012 Annual Energy Outlook forecasts on page 170-171 that North America can produce 3 million barrels per day of liquid fuel from unconventional sources such as energy crops, coal, natural gas and bitumen (oil sands). This will add another 1.1 billion barrels per year of production, still leaving the USA and its territories .6 billion barrels short of projected demand (7 billion barrels) in 2020.

That means, even if the USA consumes all the oil produced in North America in 2020 from conventional and unconventional sources, we would still need to import .6 billion barrels from overseas.

If Mexico and Canada’s consumption is included (roughly 1.7 billion barrels), then we would need to import 2.3 billion barrels, or 33% of our oil from overseas.

That’s why a fossil-fuel only energy strategy doesn’t add up.

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In Governor Romney’s nomination acceptance speech, he referred to a five-point plan for America. The first point calls for making the U.S. “energy independent” by 2020. I’ve read the “Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class: Energy Independence.” It just doesn’t add up.

The Romney plan would still have the U.S. relying on imported oil — from Mexico and Canada — to meet our projected oil needs in 2020. However, according to the Energy Information Administration 2012 Annual Energy Outlook, the total U.S., Mexico and Canada combined annual oil production from conventional sources (roughly 5.3 billion barrels) is still 1.7 billion barrels short of estimated U.S. projected consumption in 2020 (roughly 7 billion barrels). Furthermore, the Annual Energy Outlook projects that the total petroleum production from conventional and unconventional (energy crops, coal, natural gas and oil sands) sources will total 6.4 billion barrels per year in 2020. This is still .5 billion barrels short of the total demand of the U.S. and .6 billion barrels short of the U.S. and it’s territories. If the oil consumption of Mexico and Canada is to be met with North American production, we would be 2.3 billion barrels short, requiring us to import 33 percent of our oil from overseas. Not exactly energy independence.

If that bad math doesn’t disqualify the Romney “energy independence” plan, its simplistic “bet-the-farm” reliance on fossil fuels surely does. Oil takes hundreds of thousands of years to form. But with his plan, it won’t take very long at all to burn up our children’s and grandchildren’s natural resource inheritance. Future generations probably won’t be better off with fossilized, business as usual policies.

President Obama’s plan — not just proposed but underway as we speak — emphasizes energy efficiency and conservation. It utilizes natural gas as a potentially good bridge to alternatives including nuclear and renewable energy. Whereas Romney’s plan reads like a potpourri of delicious treats for the Big Oil lobby, President Obama is actually working with industry to make progress with his “all of the above” energy strategy. Just last week the administration and automakers established a new fuel economy standard for 2025 of 54.5 mpg. And the much-maligned Obama “stimulus” program for energy is laying the foundation for lightweight, hybrid and electric vehicles. These policy and technology innovations allow cars to go farther on a gallon of gasoline, helping to close the gap between North American oil production and consumption, thus making our energy use sustainable. So how can Mitt Romney blame President Obama for high gas prices and do it with a straight face?

The critics may have been too hard on the Republicans when they said last week’s convention failed to produce clear messages about what the party wants to do and a clear portrait of its nominee. I think it’s clear. Whether it’s the Romney promise to “empower states to control on-shore energy development,” or letting the states decide if poor people get health care through what is now Medicaid or how to best compete with China and India, to mention two, in educating our young people, there’s a very simple way of explaining it. It’s just outsourcing by another name. But as President of the United States, you can’t outsource leadership. The person occupying the Oval Office must implement a comprehensive energy strategy that is focused on achieving energy security and a cleaner environment. This will require a stable, national energy policy.

Kristina M. Johnson is the former Under Secretary of Energy, United States Department of Energy and currently CEO of Enduring Hydro, a clean energy company focused on hydropower.

New Video: ‘WAR REPORT’ for artist BACKYARD BULLY

September 29, 2012

This is the debut music video ‘WAR REPORT’ from new artist Backyard Bully

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September 28, 2012

New TSA Twist for Music Video: ‘Happiness’ by SUPAFLY Inc

September 27, 2012

Check out the new single ‘Happiness’, from innovative UK-based dance act, SUPAFLY Inc, who have gone and put a very interesting and unique spin on the draconian TSA security detail – which is currently giving Americans who travel by air a routine nightmare whilst in transit. Brilliant turn of the tables on a situation which has delivered so much unhappiness to air passengers ever since the TSA was forced upon the public following the attacks of Sept 11, 2001. Enjoy…

http://www.supaflyinc.com

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Japan vs China: No compromise over East China Sea islands

September 27, 2012

Japan and China are in a war of words over who owns a chain of islands in the East China Sea, and leaders from both countries say they will not compromise. The territorial dispute has caused violent protests and confrontations in recent weeks. Steve Chao reports from Ishigaki, near the disputed islands…

Chinese drones, marine survey heat up island dispute with Japan

September 27, 2012

China plans to use unmanned drones to increase its presence around the islands that are at the center of a volatile dispute with Japan. They will conduct marine surveillance of the area. Three Chinese patrol vessels still remain very close to the uninhabited – but strategic – archipelago; and have briefly entered waters which Japan considers its territory. The conflict’s seen large-scale protests in both countries turn ugly. The row could be further complicated as Taiwanese boats are now heading to the islands to reassert their fishing rights in the area while all around, the US is increasing its military activity in the region. RT talks to James Corbett, editor of the Corbett Report website, from Japan…

 

Houston Police Shoots Kills 1 Arm, 1 Leg Mentally ill Wheelchair Man – Holding Just a Pen in Hand

September 27, 2012

A Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair Saturday inside a group home after police say the double amputee threatened the officer and aggressively waved a metal object that turned out to be… a pen.

Libyan who helped capture Gadhafi dies after torture, kidnapping

September 27, 2012

Mel Frykberg
McClatchy Newspapers
September 25,  2012

CAIRO — The Libyan man who purportedly discovered former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi hiding in a drainage pipe in his hometown died Tuesday after Gadhafi’s supporters kidnapped him.

Fears rose immediately that his death would fuel rising tensions between pro- and anti-Gadhafi forces.

Omran Shaban, a member of the Misratan brigades, died in a Paris hospital allegedly as a result of a bullet wound and torture he received after his kidnapping in July by militia members from the city of Bani Walid. They apparently were angered by the role Shaban had played in Gadhafi’s capture and subsequent death.

The city of Misrata led western Libya’s rebellion against Gadhafi, who died in October after being pulled out of a drainage pipe in his hometown of Sirte. In a new museum for the revolution set up in Misrata, video of Gadhafi pleading for his life that day play on a continuous loop.

The nearby city of Bani Walid remains one of the last strongholds of Gadhafi supporters, and many of its residents remain loyal to the late dictator.

Since his regime collapsed, militias from Bani Walid and Misrata have engaged in several standoffs that have involved the kidnapping of fighters as well as journalists.

Only last-minute intervention by government members and other negotiators prevented a final battle between the rebels and remnants of the regime.

Shaban, from Misrata, was critically injured in July after he was captured along with a colleague from Libya’s Shield Brigade military force. They had been dispatched to the city after the capture of two prominent Misratan journalists there four days earlier.

Shaban was shot in the neck and paralyzed. He was also believed to have been subjected to severe torture during his two-month captivity. Following his release several weeks ago, he had to be airlifted to Tripoli and then flown to Paris for medical treatment.

His release was a result of months of intensive negotiations led by National Congress President Mohammed Magarief. The exchange involved setting free militia members from Bani Walid who had been captured by Misratan fighters.

Shaban’s death has triggered anger in his hometown, especially among the city’s volatile brigades, as well as among members of the Libyan Parliament. Magarief has promised to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“I received with great sadness the news of the death of Omran Shaban,” Margarief said. “He was a martyr who suffered from kidnapping and torture which led, in the end, to his death. This is a punishable crime for which the perpetrators must be found and prosecuted.”

Shaban’s death comes amid the government’s struggles to disband the various militias in charge of security following the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as a result of a Sept. 11 militia attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

The government promised last weekend to disband the militias in 48 hours and bring security under the control of a nascent national army. While several militias agreed to hand in their weapons and step down, many others fled with their heavy weaponry.

The state’s inability to provide security was evident Tuesday at Tripoli’s parliamentary headquarters. Members of the national army and former militia members engaged in a firefight forcing the emergency evacuation of Parliament.

Nancy A. Youssef contributed to this report from Cairo.