Feb 102011

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Blue Gold – World Water Wars 1/9

Feb 102011

…Claims He Clerked on Roe v. Wade

Louis Armstrong, Oops I did it again, this is the ORIGINAL version of the song from way back in the day =) NO Brittney did NOT write this song!

Feb 102011

— News you WANT to read…Digital media & images- All in one spot!

February 10-2011

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Mubarak IS Stepping Down…

–Reuters (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’s ability to receive new leaks has been crippled after a disaffected programer unplugged a component which guaranteed anonymity to would-be leakers, activists and journalists who have worked with the site say.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Donnie W. Ray
Southern District of Ohio
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Suspect in Brutal Attack of Elderly Homeless Man

Cincinnati, OH – United States Marshal Cathy J. Jones announces the arrest of Michael Hesson. In the evening hours of February 08, 2011, the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) arrested 25 year-old Michael Hesson in Hamilton, Ohio. Hesson is accused of stomping the head of John Johnson, an elderly homeless man, in early January of 2010.

— CFP Ronald Reagan from a black prospective

In 1985, I was asked to sing at a Ronald Reagan Inaugural Ball. I was a young black kid formerly from the east Baltimore projects, clueless about politics. However, I could not help noticing the tone of their questions and odd stares I received from reporters who interviewed me. “So, you “like” Reagan?” Naive about the liberal media, with a big smile, I boldly replied, “Yes, I like Reagan. Every time I hear this man speak I feel good about myself and my country.” I later learned that as a black person, I was suppose to hate Reagan. Everyone said all of his conservative talk was “code” for racism.

— FOX Intel Chief Sees Al Qaeda as Top Threat, Officials Say…Amid criticism that intelligence services missed the signs of Arab revolt in Tunisia and Egypt, the nation’s top intelligence official will tell Congress that the threat from Al Qaeda and its affiliates remains his No. 1 priority, U.S. officials said.

Issa Invites Business Leaders to Vent on Government Regulations…On issues ranging from the air we breathe to the noise factories make, business leaders want the government to stay out of their way. And the Republicans, looking toward the 2012 elections, are listening.

— Heritage Bernanke Helps Defuse “Default”

Our federal government is currently $14.1 trillion in debt. The vast majority of the American people believe this number is far too high and on track to go far higher. Fortunately, Congress created a mechanism to force itself to reexamine its spending habits when budget deficits got out of control: the debt ceiling. Once total outstanding federal debt reaches the limit, the Treasury Department is no longer authorized to issue new debt. Like the states and family budgets, the federal government would then be forced to make do with tax receipts. The current debt limit is $14.294 trillion.

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper now “border partner” with Obama

Is Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper importing a President Barack Obama style of immigration for Canada? Has nice-guy Harper been agreeing to the groundwork of mega Canadian border control out of sight of Parliament behind closed door meetings in Washington, DC?

— [Chicago Breaking News] Jennifer Hudson: Still trying to make mom proud…Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson tells Oprah she’s still trying to make her mother proud, and that’s what’s kept her going since her mother and two other family members were murdered in Chicago.

Obama promotes plans for wireless expansion (AP)- President Barack Obama wants nearly all Americans to have access to speedy wireless services. He’s promoting that plan in a small city in Michigan that’s becoming a model for how the Internet can bring prosperity to far-flung places.

The Muslim Brotherhood should have no place in Egypt’s government, and the Obama administration has been remarkably absent on this issue, Governor Palin said at the conclusion of her TV interview with Sean Hannity last night. The former Alaska Governor and 2012 Presidential hopeful spoke about Obama’s unsound economic policies during the first two segments. Both Hannity and Gov. Palin agree that the Muslim Brotherhood has the expressly stated goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate based on Shariah law. The Brotherhood beheads and assassinates those who don’t buy into its seventh-century views which violate the most basic of womens’ rights, human rights, freedom and democratic processes.
Palin Productions Gov. Palin: No Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Rips Santorum

— NYT Lawmakers Hear of Threat by Domestic Terrorists WASHINGTON — The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday opened a wide-ranging review of terrorist threats facing the United States as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches.

— WaPo Teen suicide bomber kills army recruits in Pakistan PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A teenage suicide bomber wearing a school uniform killed at least 27 soldiers at a military training center in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, police and intelligence officials said.

— Jihad Watch Netanyahu on Egypt: “In a situation of chaos, an organized Islamist body can seize control of a country. It happened in Iran.”

“Egyptians can choose a state with secular reforms. However, there is also another possibility that the Islamists will exploit the situation in order to gain governance over the country and lead it backward.” The Muslim Brotherhood is certainly trying its best to do just that in Egypt.

I saved this for last. For those of you who like Newt, from Warner Huston this is the address given by former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich to the gathered Republicans at the Illinois Republican Party’s Ronald Reagan 100th Birthday Dinner held on Feb. 5, 2011. The even was held at the Chicago Hilton, downtown Chicago.

Feb 102011

Months after top New York City officials expressed intense behind-the-scenes frustration at the security vulnerabilities at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, the U.N. is now planning to spend $100 million — donated by the U.S. — on the upgrade.

That has created a new controversy: critics want to know why the U.S. is footing the entire bill, and why that money is not being credited against U.S. dues for the following year.

“If the U.S. overpays the U.N., those funds should be returned in full to the U.S. Treasury,” declared Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “To allow the U.N. to redirect those U.S. taxpayer dollars for unrelated projects is unjustifiable.” Moreover, she says, “by allowing the U.N. to reap the U.S. surplus as a slush fund for construction, the State Department wants to stick U.S. taxpayers with 100 percent of the cost, instead of the 22 percent that the U.S. would be responsible for under normal procedures.”

Ros-Lehtinen is leading a charge in the House of Representatives Wednesday, with a bill that demands the U.N. refund not only the $100 million but the entire $179 million overpayment collected from the U.S. for the United Nations Tax Equalization Fund (TEF), an obscure financial device used to reimburse U.S. citizens who work for the U.N. for U.S. income taxes they pay. (The U.S. is the only major country to levy income taxes on U.N. salaries.)

Ros-Lehtinen calls the refund demand “a small step toward restoring sanity to our U.N. policy and government spending.”

Few expected the bill, which required two-thirds approval, to pass — and it didn’t, failing 259-169. But it is an early salvo in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s online YouCut campaign to get public backing behind the Republican push to cut the mammoth U.S. deficit. Voters pushed the measure to the head of the queue in an online poll used to set YouCut’s weekly priorities.

There was at least one additional problem with the proposed measure: the $100 million in security money is no longer in the TEF, a senior State Department official told Fox News. It has already been moved by the U.N. into a separate security account. The remainder of the TEF balance will apparently be spent as U.N. financial rules say it should be, as a credit against U.S. dues for U.N. membership next year. According to the U.N., a previous U.S. overpayment was used exactly in this fashion, in 1997.

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Feb 102011

The page, titled ‘Honor Revolution’, was created anonymously and urges Gazans to take to the streets to topple Hamas’ rule over the strip. –By DPA haaretz

IMPORTANT: I did a search on Facebook. I’m here to tell you the government obviously deleted it or stymied internet access…There are three news stories on it but page is gone.

Keeping an eye on Gaza TOMORROW!… ~JP

~ Raw Video of Beatings…WARNING: Graphic

A Facebook page created by anonymous people is calling on Palestinians to take part in mass protest against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

* NOTE: As of yet has not happened. Mubarak stepping down and Tunisia may accelerate this…~JP

The page, titled Honor Revolution (Thauret al-Karama in Arabic), urges Gazans to take to the street after Muslim Friday prayers to topple the de-facto government of the Islamist movement.

“The young people of the beloved Gaza Strip will carry out a grand act that will change the face of history,” a message posted on the page reads.

“We derived our inspiration from the revolutions in green Tunisia and Egypt of the pharaohs, which joined the struggle for freedom,” it says.

By Wednesday afternoon, 2,338 people had joined it by clicking “like.”

The group’s stated aim is to end the split between Gaza and the West Bank, which came about when Hamas seized sole control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007. Eighteen months prior to that Hamas won parliamentary elections, which sparked a fierce power struggle with President Mahmoud Abbas and his secular Fatah party.

The Facebook page, in Arabic only, appealed to the Hamas security forces not to use violence against the demonstrators.

“We will go out to end the split and gain back our national unity in a peaceful way. Our message to you: Don’t cover your hands with our pure blood,” the page said. “Don’t obey your masters, the owners of the villas, the apartments, the lands, the cars and the jeeps.”

The group said the protests throughout Gaza would be a “pure popular revolution” of all political affiliations.

“It is the revolution of the mosques, the churches, the factories, the universities, the schools, the unemployed and the internet cafes,” it declared, although Fatah supporters were said to be among the internet users who launched the initiative.

Observers in Gaza and the West Bank said they were unsure whether the Facebook call would be able to mobilize huge numbers of protesters.

They said Gazans were afraid of Hamas’ security apparatus, which has acted harshly against critics.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said Hamas authorities in Gaza quashed a solidarity demonstration with Egypt last week. The international watchdog said police arbitrarily arrested six women and threatened to arrest another 20 people as soon as they arrived at the Park of the Unknown Soldier in Gaza City.

HRW said Abbas’ Palestinian Authority police also used violence against peaceful demonstrators in the central West Bank city of Ramallah last week, by punching, kicking and detaining participants, as well as at least two journalists and a HRW research assistant.


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Hamas worried upheaval in Arab world will spill into Gaza –Gaza police disperse rally showing solidarity with Egyptian protesters; several thousand join Facebook group calling for a protest against Hamas rule in the Strip.

Feb 102011

A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic production of crude.

Companies are investing billions of dollars to get at oil deposits scattered across North Dakota, Colorado, Texas and California. By 2015, oil executives and analysts say, the new fields could yield as much as 2 million barrels of oil a day — more than the entire Gulf of Mexico produces now.

This new drilling is expected to raise U.S. production by at least 20 percent over the next five years. And within 10 years, it could help reduce oil imports by more than half, advancing a goal that has long eluded policymakers.

“That’s a significant contribution to energy security,” says Ed Morse, head of commodities research at Credit Suisse.

Oil engineers are applying what critics say is an environmentally questionable method developed in recent years to tap natural gas trapped in underground shale. They drill down and horizontally into the rock, then pump water, sand and chemicals into the hole to crack the shale and allow gas to flow up.

Because oil molecules are sticky and larger than gas molecules, engineers thought the process wouldn’t work to squeeze oil out fast enough to make it economical. But drillers learned how to increase the number of cracks in the rock and use different chemicals to free up oil at low cost. “We’ve completely transformed the natural gas industry, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we transform the oil business in the next few years too,” says Aubrey McClendon, chief executive of Chesapeake Energy, which is using the technique.

Petroleum engineers first used the method in 2007 to unlock oil from a 25,000-square-mile formation under North Dakota and Montana known as the Bakken. Production there rose 50 percent in just the past year, to 458,000 barrels a day, according to Bentek Energy, an energy analysis firm.

It was first thought that the Bakken was unique. Then drillers tapped oil in a shale formation under South Texas called the Eagle Ford. Drilling permits in the region grew 11-fold last year.

Now newer fields are showing promise, including the Niobrara, which stretches under Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas; the Leonard, in New Mexico and Texas; and the Monterey, in California.

“It’s only been fleshed out over the last 12 months just how consequential this can be,” says Mark Papa, chief executive of EOG Resources, the company that first used horizontal drilling to tap shale oil. “And there will be several additional plays that will come about in the next 12 to 18 months. We’re not done yet.”

Environmentalists fear that fluids or wastewater from the process, called hydraulic fracturing, could pollute drinking water supplies. The Environmental Protection Agency is now studying its safety in shale drilling. The agency studied use of the process in shallower drilling operations in 2004 and found that it was safe.

In the Bakken formation, production is rising so fast there is no space in pipelines to bring the oil to market. Instead, it is being transported to refineries by rail and truck. Drilling companies have had to erect camps to house workers.

Unemployment in North Dakota has fallen to the lowest level in the nation, 3.8 percent — less than half the national rate of 9 percent. The influx of mostly male workers to the region has left local men lamenting a lack of women. Convenience stores are struggling to keep shelves stocked with food.

The Bakken and the Eagle Ford are each expected to ultimately produce 4 billion barrels of oil. That would make them the fifth- and sixth-biggest oil fields ever discovered in the United States. The top four are Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, Spraberry Trend in West Texas, the East Texas Oilfield and the Kuparuk Field in Alaska.

The fields are attracting billions of dollars of investment from foreign oil giants like Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Norway’s Statoil, and also from the smaller U.S. drillers who developed the new techniques like Chesapeake, EOG Resources and Occidental Petroleum.

Last month China’s state-owned oil company CNOOC agreed to pay Chesapeake $570 million for a one-third stake in a drilling project in the Niobrara. This followed a $1 billion deal in October between the two companies on a project in the Eagle Ford.

With oil prices high and natural-gas prices low, profit margins from producing oil from shale are much higher than for gas. Also, drilling for shale oil is not dependent on high oil prices. Papa says this oil is cheaper to tap than the oil in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico or in Canada’s oil sands.

The country’s shale oil resources aren’t nearly as big as the country’s shale gas resources. Drillers have unlocked decades’ worth of natural gas, an abundance of supply that may keep prices low for years. U.S. shale oil on the other hand will only supply one to two percent of world consumption by 2015, not nearly enough to affect prices.

Still, a surge in production last year from the Bakken helped U.S. oil production grow for the second year in a row, after 23 years of decline. This during a year when drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the nation’s biggest oil-producing region, was halted after the BP oil spill.

U.S. oil production climbed steadily through most of the last century and reached a peak of 9.6 million barrels per day in 1970. The decline since was slowed by new production in Alaska in the 1980s and in the Gulf of Mexico more recently. But by 2008, production had fallen to 5 million barrels per day.

Within five years, analysts and executives predict, the newly unlocked fields are expected to produce 1 million to 2 million barrels of oil per day, enough to boost U.S. production 20 percent to 40 percent. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates production will grow a more modest 500,000 barrels per day.

By 2020, oil imports could be slashed by as much as 60 percent, according to Credit Suisse’s Morse, who is counting on Gulf oil production to rise and on U.S. gasoline demand to fall.

At today’s oil prices of roughly $90 per barrel, slashing imports that much would save the U.S. $175 billion a year. Last year, when oil averaged $78 per barrel, the U.S. sent $260 billion overseas for crude, accounting for nearly half the country’s $500 billion trade deficit.

“We have redefined how to look for oil and gas,” says Rehan Rashid, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. “The implications are major for the nation.”


Feb 102011