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What a Veteran Newscaster Said About BP That Got Him Fired

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Today’s videos range from what a newscaster said about the BP oil spill that got him fired to a simplified explanation of how banks make money and the  lives of billions of people.

This first video in the unedited newscast that got a veteran reporter fired. His family had been been journalists for three generations.

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Next up:  Independent lab tests reveal toxic dispersant in Gulf waters.

Until everyone understands how banks create money they will transfer all wealth from us to them creating Depressions, Inflation and bankruptcies for us.

This man explains it all in 5 minutes.

I have a friend who wants America to withdraw from the Mideast based upon the constitutional doctrine of the separation of Synagogue and State.

This last video could be entitled Jewish law comes to America.

All of these videos have just been posted at my new blog.

http://vidrebel.wordpress.com/
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BEDBUGS INVADE GOOGLE!

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Bedbugs are invading Google’s New York office!A Googler in marketing JUST tweeted, “jeepers i am not immune from the bedbug epidemic. bedbugs have been found at work.”

bedbugs invade Google

Gross!

Earlier this summer, New York’s bedbug invasion shut down Time Warner, a Hollister store, and Hachette Filipacchi’s Elle Magazine..

Don’t panic!

Click here to learn how to identify and destroy bed bugs >

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Enbridge oil pipeline leaking in Illinois

September 12, 2010 1 comment

Company said it was stopped

BY TINA LAM and TODD SPANGLER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

A second spill in a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Partners, this time in Illinois, was leaking 200-600 barrels of oil an hour late Friday, despite the company’s insistence earlier that the leak had been halted. The Environmental Protection Agency ordered the company to stop the leak by noon Monday.

Enbridge already is under fire for the biggest oil pipeline spill in the Midwest after its pipeline burst in July near Marshall, leaking at least 820,000 barrels of oil into the Kalamazoo River.

The leak near Romeoville, Ill., on the company’s 34-inch 6A pipeline, was noticed Thursday shortly after noon. Oil splashed onto a road and then flowed into a nearby retention pond. The company said the pipeline was shut down minutes after the discovery, and the leak was contained.

But the EPA said Friday that was not true. The agency said oil was flowing from storm and sanitary sewers to the retention pond, which was nearly full. The EPA ordered the pond to be pumped so it didn’t overflow.

In a conference call, EPA officials told congressional staff that although the pipe had been closed off at either end, oil still was flowing and no one knew exactly where the leak was located.

Pipeline 6A is Enbridge’s largest and runs from Superior, Wis., to Griffith, Ind. Because of its shutdown, oil futures spiked Friday. The pipeline delivers oil to midwestern refineries.

Pipeline 6B runs from Griffith through Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario. That line has been shut down since Enbridge’s July spill near Marshall, and there’s no certainty if or when it will reopen.

Enbridge has been under fire from federal regulators for the maintenance and flaws in its 1,900-mile Lakehead pipeline system, which delivers oil from western Canada to the U.S.

Reports reviewed by the Free Press show that as long as eight years ago, the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which inspects pipelines, noted problems with maintenance and repairs on the system. In February, Enbridge officials were summoned to Washington, D.C., to meet with regulators about correcting those problems.

U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek has been critical of Enbridge’s history of spills. “This most recent spill by Enbridge left me stunned, but not entirely surprised,” he said.

Congress plans hearings on Enbridge’s conduct Wednesday.

Contact TINA LAM: 313-222-6421 or tlam@freepress.com

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BP Begins to Remove Drilling Pipe

August 22, 2010 Leave a comment

By ANGEL GONZALEZ

HOUSTON — BP PLC said Saturday that it has begun an attempt to remove the drilling pipe from the ruptured well that unleashed the Deepwater Horizon spill.

The attempt, which began Saturday morning, follows the successful completion of a 48-hour ambient pressure test, in which the company determined that if the sealing cap and the blowout preventer that sit atop of the well are removed, no oil or gas will come out. BP aims to remove 3,500 feet of drilling pipe before it can proceed to remove the blowout preventer and replace it with a new one.

The head of the federal oil spill response effort, retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, ordered BP to produce a plan to fish out the blowout preventer. In a letter released Saturday, Allen said that BP must by Sunday let the U.S. government know how it can remove the sealing cap and blowout preventer while keeping them sufficiently intact for investigators trying to assess the cause of the explosion that killed 11 and unleashed the worst offshore oil spill ever. U.S. officials “will take custody” of all equipment, Adm. Allen said.

The replacement of the blowout preventer is necessary, U.S. officials said, because there are concerns that the operation that is designed to permanently kill the well could endanger a cement plug that has capped the well since early August. The operation, known as the “bottom kill,” would inject mud and drilling cement in the area between the drilling pipe and the surrounding rock formation, known as the annulus. If pressure in the annulus increases rapidly, it could make oil trapped within blow through the cement plug at the top of the well.

Once BP places the new blowout preventer atop the well, the company will proceed to drill a relief well that will intersect the damaged well near its bottom. From there, it will inject the mud and cement, marking the official end of the Deepwater Horizon spill. However, clean-up operations around the Gulf Coast, as well as environmental controversy about the ultimate effects of the release of about 4 million barrels of crude into the ocean, are likely to last for months.

The oil flow has been shut in since mid-July, when BP installed the sealing cap atop of the well. In early August, it pushed the oil back into the reservoir by injecting mud and cement from the top.

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Will China’s Water Shortages Drive the Price of Canadian Farmland?

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

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Calgary, Alberta CANADA, August 19, 2010 /FSC/ – Enquirica Research Inc. (NQR – 0), recently published analysis of emerging market water demand reported that:

– China has only 8% of the world’s fresh water to meet the needs of 22% of the world’s people.
– In India, urban water demand is expected to double-and industrial demand to triple-by 2025.
–   To support the diets of the additional 1.7 billion people expected to join the human population by 2030 at today’s average water consumption would require 2,040 cubic kilometres of water per year-as much as the annual flow of 24 Nile Rivers.

Given growing overall demand combined with competition from domestic industry uses Enquirica concluded that “water issues in China and India will put greater demand on the world agriculture commodity markets, produce higher real commodity prices over time and create large demand for productive farmland in politically stable regions of the world with stable export capacity. Once such region which has all these characteristics is western Canada with its large farmland base, first world infrastructure, political stability and a huge exporting capacity.”

Enquirica Research is a Calgary based research firm focussing on independent analysis of alternative asset classes and investment opportunities, primarily in western Canada.   For full copy of the report register at http://www.enquirica.com.

DISCLAIMER:  The opinions, estimates, projections and other information which is contained herein and derived from or attributable to persons other than ENQUIRICA is neither endorsed nor adopted by ENQUIRICA – it is presented for informational purposes only.  Further, the opinions, estimates, projections and other information contained herein are not intended and are not to be construed as an offer to sell, or a solicitation to buy any securities, nor shall such opinions, estimates, projections and other information be considered as investment advice or as a recommendation to enter into any transaction.

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UN doubles estimate of homeless from Pakistan floods

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

18.08.2010

The United Nations has increased its estimate of the number of homeless from flooding in Pakistan as the European Union pledges more aid. The EU’s aid commissioner is to visit the country next week.

The United Nations has doubled its estimate of the number of people that have been left homeless by floods in Pakistan, bringing the total to 4 million. This comes as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon plans to meet with the UN General assembly Thursday in New York to discuss the international response to the floods.

At the meeting, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to increase the amount of aid coming from the United States, which is currently at $90 million.

The German foreign ministry announced on Thursday that it would also increase its financial aid to Pakistan, upping its pledge from 15 to 25 million euros ($32 million).

Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift:  Wulff called on Germans to send more aid to PakistanMeanwhile, German President Christian Wulff has called on German citizens to increase their contributions to flood relief funds.

“I believe in the willingness to help, the willingness to give that in Germany has always been very high,” Wulff said on German ARD television, “[…] possibly because in our history Germans have often been helped.”

EU increases commitment

The European Union pledged a further 30 million euros in emergency aid to flood-stricken Pakistan on Wednesday, bringing its total contribution to 70 million euros.

“We are facing a humanitarian disaster in Pakistan of massive proportions,” European Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva told reporters in Brussels. “This is money for immediate humanitarian aid.”

The bloc’s executive, the European Commission, had been criticized for its inaction in providing relief to Pakistan. International aid group Oxfam said that Brussels was “not doing enough.”

Georgieva hit back on Wednesday, saying the EU had acted to provide relief “from the very first day.” The EU originally pledged 40 million euros in emergency aid.

Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift:  Georgieva admits the EU needs to step up its disaster responseFlying to Pakistan

But the senior aid official also said she will present reform proposals in September as she looks to improve the bloc’s crisis response in the future. French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested in a letter to the European Commission on Sunday that the EU should establish a rapid reaction force to deal with natural disasters.

Georgieva announced on Wednesday that she will travel to the affected areas of Pakistan to help co-ordinate relief efforts. The EU’s aid commissioner will meet with local authorities, relief experts and flood victims from Monday.

Georgieva and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, have expressed their desire to hold an international donors conference aimed at setting up long-term assistance for Pakistan.

Around 2,000 people have been killed, and close to 20 million affected by the floods in Pakistan. The latest weather forecasts suggest that, after three weeks of torrential monsoon rainfall, authorities can finally expect a respite.

Author: Thomas Sheldrick, Matt Zuvela (AFP/dpa/Reuters)
Editor: Susan Houlton

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‘2011 Solar Storms Could Plunge US Into Great Depression’

August 17, 2010 1 comment

Terrence Aym Salem-News.com

The last massive cycle that occurred in 1859 brought catastrophe and caused telegraph lines around the US to burst into flames.

(CHICAGO) – With the US economy still tottering and the European economy in shambles, some economists are predicting a double-dip recession in early 2011.

Few economists, however, are predicting a collapse into another ‘Great Depression’ such as that experienced by the US during the late 19th Century and the 1930s.

One economist—Paul Krugman—does warn of an extended severe downturn, though, and paints a picture that is more than bleak.

Yet no economists have taken the sun into their economic forecasts.

The sun? Yes, the sun.

The activity of the sun not only drives the weather, but to a great extent also drives the world’s economy: Farming, fishing, horticulture, solar industries, even the chemical industry and animal husbandry depend on a quiet, predictable sun.

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