Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 08 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: What To Do With The Ones Who Did Nothing? The Waning Days Of Guantanamo Concentration Camp

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Cabale News ServiceMarch 08 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: What To Do With The Ones Who Did Nothing? The Waning Days Of Guantanamo Concentration Camp

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[After the commentary, Boz Scaggs notes a simple reality... 'Some things change for the better... some don't' But either way, "Some Change". Courtesy of the respective artists and KPIG Radio Freedom California Earth.]

» The civil war in Libya continues to fester as Muammar al-Gadaffi's forces re-take Zawiyah, a major oil facility and on of the few places with a major road going to it (or anywhere) from Tripoli which is 30 miles away. It appears the Libyan government is not falling so far and some of the tribal groups have reconsidered their support for the rebelling forces in favor of the regime.

al-Gadffi is allowing more access to areas under government control and has invited a UN mission to investigate his claim that al-Qaeda has given Libyan youths drugs and instigated the revolt. Meanwhile, in the UN, the West continues to prepare a resolution to push for a 'no fly zone' and potentially a UN sanctioned ground incursion, which Russia and China are opposed to. NATO is also meeting on the crisis. I'll bet you didn't know Libya was in the North Atlantic...

There's a large version of the inset map with North African petro-facilities available by clicking the thumbnail... The map key is here.

We should become familiar with that map as there is the very real possibility that "The United States (and it's allies) Will Take Libya’s Oil and Gas by Force". So while you're perusing that map of the region it would be worth noting that every inch of it would be hostile to invaders, especially of the Christian Crusader Invader persuasion.
The fact is that production costs here are no higher than two dollars per barrel of oil. In addition, Libyan oil commands particularly high prices on the world market because of its special qualities. Annual oil production in Libya is 77 million tonnes. In 2009, total revenues came to $31.5 billion. With the price per barrel now double what it was in 2009, the revenues from operation of Libyan oil fields have become simply fantastic.

Let’s take a look at how the Libyan oil that leaves the country is proportioned out. According to 2009 data, Italy bought almost a third of all Libyan oil (32%). Germany came in second (13.4%); France and China tied for third place (10% each); and Spain brought up fourth place (8.6%). Other European countries got 13% (Serbia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Sweden and the Czech Republic).

The Americans received only 6% of Libya’s oil... [In Full @ Oriental Review]

» The Obama administration may loot the National Strategic Oil Reserve to maintain pump prices and what's left of Obama's tattered legacy (See: "Skyrocketing oil prices creating political risks for Obama") among US voters as the sun slowly sets on the American Empire.

It's notable those reserves, the last time checked, contained toxic and contaminated waste oil from car crankcases, PCB bearing transformer oils, nuclear waste oils and other non-usable slippery substances... at least as slippery as the companies who added them to the reserve.

But anyway... there's a reason WHY it's called a 'strategic reserve' and it's NOT because...

Well, I'll let James Kunstler elaborate:
President Obama's top aide, Bill Daley, floated out the notion that we might draw down America's Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) so that the imprudent folk who traded-in clunkers for new Ford F110s and Cadillac Escalades won't feel any pain from four-dollar gasoline.

Harken, now - a reminder to the rest of you out there who do not have tubeworms boring tunnels through your brain-pans: there's a reason the petroleum reserve is called "strategic."

We didn't stockpile that oil to pretend to be the world's "swing producer" for a month and a half, just to knock the price down twenty-seven cents a gallon so that soccer moms could feel more comfortable bidding for an Auslini Veneto crocodile leather handbag on The Shopping Channel.

Strategic was meant to imply when something really really bad happens, like a national emergency, say, with military overtones. [More @ ClusterFuck Nation]

» Secretary of Defense Gates is on his farewell tour of Afghanistan and has said... I'll let WorldCantWait tell it:
Secretary of War Gates announces extended U.S. occupation in Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of War Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan on Monday March 7th for a two day unannounced visit. He immediately stated that the U.S. and its puppet Afghan government have agreed to extend U.S. military involvement beyond the previously announced plan to end U.S. combat operations in 2014.

This should come as no surprise to any of our readers... [More @ TheWorldCantWait]
Meanwhile, the Afghani population (and a good part of the rest of the world) is enraged at the deaths by US air strike of nine children sent by their family to retrieve firewood. "On Feb. 18, 64 civilians were killed during a similar strike in Ghaziabad district of the province. Afghan investigators said the dead included 20 women and 29 children." More at Rawa (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan).

Afghanistan's 'president' Hamid Karzai, as usual rejected the US apology but has not joined the counterinsurgency.

» Speaking of revolution, and women... In Egypt, a million woman march did not garner it's namesaked number of attendees and was closer to a "A protest by hundreds of Egyptian women..." in Tahrir Square and turned into shoving aand shouting match between the women who did attend and male hecklers. One protester said: "They said that our role was to stay home and raise presidents, not to run for president,". Some things change at an evolutionary pace.

In OTHER News:

» Don't fuck with the BLM:
Timothy DeChristopher Found Guilty for Climate Civil Disobedience
Faces a sentence of up to 10 years

7 March 2011
by Jamie Henn

published at the Huffington Post

On Thursday, a jury in Salt Lake City declared climate activist Tim DeChristopher guilty for his interference with an oil and gas auction held at the end of the Bush administration ( DeChristopher knowingly bid on parcels without intent to actually purchase them causing a delay and disruption in the sale of the land to oil drillers).

He faces a sentence of up to 10 years, to be determined by a judge.

The following is a transcript and video of Tim’s speech outside of the courthouse after the guilty verdict was handed down.

Tim’s words are reminiscent of the heroes of other social movements that used civil disobedience to achieve their ends. And they’re a challenge to all of us working to solve the climate crisis to consider our own willingness to go to jail for our beliefs (in fact, a website, Climate Direct Action, has been set up for people to sign up to learn more about how to take part in civil disobedience for the climate). [Here is Tim’s speech...] H/t: EarthFirst!
That's right... DeChristopher could get ten years in prison for what was essentially a non-destructive, non-threatening prank.


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