Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April 19 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Last Analog In A Digital World - They USED TO SAY 'Real Radios Glow In The Dark'

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Cabale News ServiceApril 19 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Last Analog In A Digital World - They USED TO SAY 'Real Radios Glow In The Dark'

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» In our war on Libya government forces are making inroads into Misrata's outskirts meaning NATO airstrikes can't protect the remaining civilians. Report say Misrata has enough food and water for two months.

The Libyan government forces are ALLEGEDLY using cluster munitions, but almost all of these weapons, "Banned by most nations", are distributed by ONE MAJOR WORLDWIDE WEAPONS SUPPLIER, the U S A, with Israel also using them. Semantically it's a GREAT WAY to turn 'liberals' into warhawks though. HORRORS! The LIBYANS are using cluster munitions (barring the distinct possibility they were planted by Western Special Operators and CIA ops running all around the Libyan desert right now, or allied aircraft).

Analysis of the CIA fronted Libyan rebel's chances of winning the day seem to show:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Too little is known about Libya's rebels and they remain too fragmented for the United States to get seriously involved in organizing or training them, let alone arming them, U.S. and European officials say.

U.S. and allied intelligence agencies believe NATO's no-fly zone and air strikes will be effective in stopping Muammar Gaddafi's forces from killing civilians and dislodging rebels from strongholds like Benghazi, the officials say.

But the more the intelligence agencies learn about rebel forces, the more they appear to be hopelessly disorganized and incapable of coalescing in the foreseeable future... [More]
» Even as Syrian troops open fire on demonstrators WikiLeaks papers have revealed the US embassy in Damascus Syria is supporting anti-government forces and running a radio station out of Southern California, rebroadcast through London, in support of the opposition.

More on the in-country turmoil From Foreign Policy magazine:
Syrian security forces opened fire on a crowd of protesters in the central square of Homs, the country's third largest city. The government is now warning activists that further gatherings will face harsh measures under Syria's Emergency Law.

The activists had gathered to mourn the killing of 14 demonstrators on Sunday. The funeral procession transformed into a political demonstration throughout the day, with the activists occupying the square and vowing not to leave until President Bashar al-Assad steps down.

The demonstration amounted to a rejection of a televised speech by Assad, in which he promised a number of reforms including the lifting of the emergency law. As many as 200 people may have been killed in the unrest so far. [In Full]
» All the recent presidents have said this... President Obama will be holding an "Immigration Summit" at the White House today. He wants to refocus immigration enforcement on employers of illegal immigrants.

Meanwhile, in Razer's locality, rich in Chicano culture. The employers ARE NOT being investigated, but the immigrant community is being threatened by so-called "Secure Communities" programs of the federal government:
Santa Cruz County rollout of Secure Communities meets with controversy

Under a new federal program known as Secure Communities, a van belonging to the federal government regularly pulls up to Santa Cruz County Jail on Water Street to pick up illegal immigrants.

If you know who the immigrants are, you can find out where they were taken. But in a move that alarms some advocates, the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement won't share that information, and local jail officials say they have no way of tracking that data.

"One of our biggest grievances about Secure Communities is the lack of transparency, both at the local level and the national level," said Tomas Alejo of the Immigrant Action Network.

Started in 2007 and pitched as a way to get dangerous offenders off the street, Secure Communities has met with controversy since its inception.

Concerning to rights groups is that 45 of the deportees were listed as "non-criminals," or 52 percent of those deported, much higher than the statewide average of 30 percent.

The 52 percent rate is among the highest in the state, and the highest in the Monterey Bay area, though Monterey County's rate follows closely at 48 percent.

So far, 35,000 people have been deported from California through the program. But without names, tracking the nearly 10,000 "non-criminals" deportees -- what they were arrested for, what happened with their cases, where they are or what country they were returned to -- is difficult... [In Full]
» Arizona governor Jan Brewer has vetoed two bills. One of which would have allowed guns to be carried on some parts of public universities and community colleges and would have required federally valid ID or proof of America citizenship to run for government office. Another provision would require anyone stopped in "The Public Way" for infractions to produce identification. There WAS some dispute about exactly what "The Public Way" actually means.

In OTHER News:

» The citizens of Britain get the word from the Independent. The War on Iraq IS ABOUT OIL:
Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq

By Paul Bignell

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Plans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show.

The papers, revealed here for the first time, raise new questions over Britain's involvement in the war, which had divided Tony Blair's cabinet and was voted through only after his claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

The minutes of a series of meetings between ministers and senior oil executives are at odds with the public denials of self-interest from oil companies and Western governments at the time.

The documents were not offered as evidence in the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry into the UK's involvement in the Iraq war. In March 2003, just before Britain went to war, Shell denounced reports that it had held talks with Downing Street about Iraqi oil as "highly inaccurate". BP denied that it had any "strategic interest" in Iraq, while Tony Blair described "the oil conspiracy theory" as "the most absurd".

But documents from October and November the previous year paint a very different picture... [In Full]
» In the meantime (in-between time) America's war costs are ruining it's credit. It will now cost more for the US to borrow more money on it's already unpayable debts
S&P warning: Fix deficit or risk credit rating

Ben Bernanke WASHINGTON – A key credit agency issued an unprecedented warning to the United States government Monday, urging Washington to get a grip on its finances or risk losing the nation's sterling credit rating.

For the first time, Standard & Poor's lowered its long-term outlook for the federal government's fiscal health from "stable" to "negative," and warned of serious consequences if lawmakers fail to reach a deal to control the massive federal deficit.

An impasse could prompt the agency to strip the government of its top investment rating in the next two years, S&P said. A loss of the triple-A rating would ripple through the American economy, making loans more expensive and credit more difficult to obtain... [In Full]
» The cost of gasoline is beginning to destroy American citizen's ability to travel:
Gas prices nearing the point where Americans cut back

Gas prices hit a national average of $3.83 a gallon on Monday, according to AAA. Six states now have prices above $4 a gallon.

By Ron Scherer, Staff writer

April 18, 2011

New York

With about six weeks to go until the summer driving season begins, the price of a gallon of gasoline is just 18 cents away from the record price of $4.11, which was set in the summer of 2008.

The prices at the pump hit a national average of $3.83 a gallon on Monday, according to AAA. That’s close to the point where consumers say they will have to start cut back to pay their fuel expenses. This could adversely affect restaurants, malls, and entertainment venues that count on people driving to get there... [MORE]

» In OTHER Santa Cruz News:
Smoke-Out-MeterUC Santa Cruz plans increased security for unsanctioned pot party
(due to threats-of-violence graffiti...)

April 18 2011

SANTA CRUZ - Adding to UCSC's logistical headache in dealing with the thousands of people expected to flood campus for the annual 4/20 cannabis-culture festivities Wednesday, graffiti found on campus in March threatened violence on the same day.

UCSC Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Felicia McGinty sent a letter to students last week saying the 4/20 gathering is an "unwelcome event" that "diminishes UCSC's reputation and brings unwanted negative attention to the campus."

(Meanwhile, the students have other thoughts on the subject:) "Last year on 4/20 there were a ton of cops around everywhere, so I don't know how much safer it could get," UCSC sophomore Julian Rifkin said. [Read More]
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