Under threat of a federal felony, National Incident Commander Thad Allen has banned all media access to oil clean up sites in or around the Gulf of Mexico. This order effectively bans all media – print, television, radio and Internet bloggers from talking to to any clean-up worker or to even come close to take pictures or videos of booms, clean-up workers, oil soaked birds, dead dolphins, dead marine life, burned and dead endangered sea turtles.
According to PBS, BP’s chief of Gulf Coast restoration Bob Dudley says that the company and the U.S. government are exploring “at least two options to divert the flow” of oil in the event that relief wells being drilled become the latest failures to kill the blown-out Gulf well.
BP’s costs for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill climbed nearly half a billion dollars in the past week, to $3.12 billion, for cleanup, containment, relief well drilling and damage claims.
Many are now asking if it will take a nuclear explosion to fix the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil is starting to wash up on beaches near Galveston, Texas.
Scientists have spotted the first indications that oil is entering the Gulf seafood chain — in crab larvae — and one expert warns the effect on fisheries could last “years, probably not a matter of months” and affect many species.
A sobering new report is warning that the oceans of the world face a “fundamental and irreversible ecological transformation” that may be irreversible.
Would the collapse of BP set off mass panic in financial markets across the globe?
Respected financial columnist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says that this “really is starting to feel like 1932”.
If unemployment continues to remain high, will the Federal Reserve keep interest rates near zero indefinitely?
Commodity professionals have been caught off guard by a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showing 1 million fewer acres of corn were planted this year than earlier projected.
China’s new generation of workers is not quite as eager to accept slave labor conditions.
According to one new study, the private sector in the U.S. has lost 10.5 million jobs since 2007.
The state of Illinois is not paying its bills and yet the flood of red ink continues to get even worse.
USA Today is giving us instructions for how to respond when an economic depression hits.
Democrats have introduced a bill that would rewrite the ground rules for Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the option for many Americans to shop over the Internet without paying state sales taxes.
Nouriel Roubini is warning that Europe’s economy could stop growing as soon as this year.
According to a confidential report by Merrill Lynch, Spain’s debt crisis may force the country to tap the EU-IMF rescue fund over the next two to three months and set off a political storm.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday that Israel must present Barack Obama with a clear peace initiative that includes a proposed border between Israel and a future Palestinian state.
The London-based Arabic newspaper, Al Hayat, reported this weekend that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had proposed the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with a possible land swap of 2.3 percent of the West Bank to ensure a fair solution for Israeli settlement blocs. Al Hayat reported that the Palestinians agreed to leave settlement blocs including Gush Etzion, Pisgat Ze’ev and Modi’in Ilit, along with a swath of land overlooking Ben-Gurion International Airport, in Israeli hands.
Turkey is warning that it will sever diplomatic ties with Israel unless it apologizes for what happened during the “Gaza aid flotilla” incident.
There are new reports that the Obama administration is pushing Israel to formally declare its nuclear weapons program by signing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
The Transportation Security Administration has announced plans to block all websites that contain “controversial opinions” from its federal computers.
A report from the RAC Foundation says that it is “inevitable” that U.K. motorists will be charged for every mile they travel in order to avoid gridlock on the roads.
Many British families are being torn apart by social workers who remove children over very minor domestic issues.
Thailand is fighting to reduce the massive flow of child sex tourists that are regularly visiting that nation.
It is being reported that the Obama administration has not ruled out turning sick people away from an insurance program created by the new healthcare law to provide coverage for the uninsured.
The evidence that putting fluoride into our water is very harmful to our health is really starting to pile up.
One new study says that all pregnant women should be given vitamin D supplements to safeguard the health of their babies.
Most people do not realize the horrific conditions that many “mega-farm” animals are forced to endure.
Huge power outages hit several parts of Toronto on Monday afternoon during the hottest day of the year so far.
Publishers of Christian material have begun producing iPhone applications that can cough up quick comebacks and rhetorical strategies for believers who want to fight back against what they view as a new strain of strident atheism.
Are America’s teens being taught about sex by vampire movies?
Yet another indication of how far America has fallen is the fact that there is a new free phone app which lets gay men instantly pinpoint each other using GPS technology.
A 4th of July fireworks show disturbed a hive and angry bees swarmed a crowd of spectators at the Alameda County Fair on Friday night. About 100 people were stung by the bees.
Hundreds of thousands of hectares of new crops have been devoured across South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia in the worst mouse plague since 1993.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted northern Japan early on Monday.
Russian scientists say that two active volcanoes on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula are currently spewing plumes of ash at a height of up to 5 miles.
The European Space Agency is drawing up plans for a “Doomsday ark” on the moon.
Lastly, as you celebrate America’s Independence Day, you might want to read the following article which reflects on just how much America has changed: “50 Random Facts That Make You Wonder What In The World Has Happened To America”.