Month: May 2015

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Today on Phi In The Sky
•    the week that was: what the mainstream neglected to inform you
•    a studio joins us for a look at the War on Drugs via a book review of “Chasing The Scream” by Johann Hari
•    zen master alan watts: your face is a mask
•    stormcloudsgathering: Ukraine crisis – what you are not being told
•    snordster: I’m a Weirdo
•    james corbett revisits the Oklahoma City Bombing by looking into what we know of the “lone bomber” Timothy McVeigh and his “sheep-dipping” from the military to black ops

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US official ‘misspoke’ about sending B-1 bombers to Australia amid S. China Sea dispute — RT USA

A U.S. B-1 bomber.(Reuters / Cedric H.
Amid rising tensions with Beijing in the South China Sea, the US plans to station “B-1 bombers and surveillance aircraft” in Australia, a Pentagon official told Senate committee. However, the DoD assured Australia that their representative “misspoke.”

In addition to moving Marine and Army units around the region, Washington will be “placing additional Air Force assets in Australia as well, including B-1 bombers and surveillance aircraft,” the US Defense Department’s Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, David Shear, said during testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) on Wednesday, as quoted by Foreign Policy.

Australian Defense ministry however denied the claim, announcing that their US colleagues assured them Shear “misspoke” during his testimony.

“We are aware of the comments made by a US official in Congressional testimony overnight. The US government has contacted us to advise that the official misspoke,” the Australian defence spokesman said as cited by Reuters.

The notion of sending bombers to Australia is not an entirely new idea; it was floated in 2013 by the then-commander of the Pacific Air Forces, Gen. Herbert ‘Hawk’ Carlisle, though it never transpired.

Shear stated that US military movements will also be taking place in other countries in the region, including the “deployment of Global Hawks and F-35s in Japan.” He also said that Washington will be adding to the stock of V-22s in the country.

In addition, he stated that the US will have four Littoral Combat Ships in Singapore by 2020.

“We’re deploying high-speed vessels to Singapore and Guam. We’re putting a new Virginia class submarine in Guam as well, so we’ll have no shortage of capabilities and assets throughout the region to back our diplomacy…”

The US Department of Defence (DoD) is thus “ensuring that US interests in the South China Sea are adequately protected,” Shear said according to DoD press release.

The US is increasing military presence in the region, amid what it perceives as Beijing’s highly assertive presence there. It follows China’s recent island and airstrip construction in the disputed waters.

“We claim the right of innocent passage in such areas, and we exercise that right regularly, both in the South China Sea and globally,” Shear said, accusing China of aggression.

China began reclaiming territory in the South China in 2014. The waters are also claimed by other countries in the region – Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines – which are trying to bolster their position there.

Shear stressed that all of the claimants except Brunei have developed outposts in the South China Sea’s Spratley Islands. Of those countries, Vietnam leads the pack with 48 outposts. The Philippines and China are tied with eight outposts, while Malaysia has five and Taiwan has one.

According to him, China’s reclamation of 2,000 acres since 2014 “dwarfs the efforts of all other claimants.”

“China’s actions could pose a range of military implications… such as developing long-range radars and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to berthing deeper-draft ships and developing a diversion airfield for carrier-based aircraft,” says a DoD press release, citing Shear’s words.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday it was “deeply concerned” by reports about the US sending ships to the South China Sea and demanded a clarification.

READ MORE: ‘Ditch Cold War mentality’: China hits back at US DoD

“Freedom of navigation certainly does not mean that foreign military ships and aircraft can enter another country’s territorial waters or airspace at will,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

China’s Foreign Ministry argues that the country is entitled to national defense building, which is for the “sole purpose of safeguarding national independence, sovereignty, and national integrity.”

Beijing has called on Washington to “abandon its Cold War mentality” and stop “doing or saying anything that jeopardizes bilateral relations and military-to-military mutual trust.”

via US official ‘misspoke’ about sending B-1 bombers to Australia amid S. China Sea dispute — RT USA.

British troops could be deployed on the ground in Libya | Daily Mail Online

Royal Marines helped the migrants to safety after spotting the vessels in distress in the Med
British troops could be deployed in Libya in a military offensive to stop the flow of migrants headed for Europe.

Leaked EU papers yesterday revealed plans for an air and naval blitz on the people-smuggling networks responsible for putting migrants on boats making perilous journeys across the Mediterranean.

But the document also suggests ground operations might be needed to destroy the smugglers’ vessels and assets, such as fuel dumps.

via British troops could be deployed on the ground in Libya | Daily Mail Online.

Impressive Tomb of Celtic Prince Found in France : Discovery News

An Iron Age Celtic prince lay buried with his chariot at the center of a huge mound in the Champagne region of France, according to the country’s National Archaeological Research Institute (Inrap).

Standing near the small village of Lavau, in northwestern France, the mound, 130 feet across, has been dated to the 5th century BC. The 2,500-year-old tomb has at its center a 150-square-foot burial chamber, housing the deceased and his chariot.

“This exceptional tomb contains unique funerary artifacts, which are fitting for one of the highest elite of the end of the first Iron Age,” Inrap, who has been excavating the site since October last year, said in a statement.

The major find so far has been a large bronze-decorated wine cauldron, most likely made by Greek or Etruscan craftsmen.

The cauldron measures about 3.2 feet in diameter and has four circular handles which are decorated with bronze heads that depict the Greek god Acheloos. The river deity is represented horned, bearded, with ears of a bull and a triple mustache.

More decorations are found around the edge of the cauldron. These include eight lioness heads.

Inside the cauldron, the archaeologists found a ceramic wine vessel, called oniochoe, decorated with black figures. Decorations include the god Dionysus, lying under a vine and facing a woman.

“It’s likely a banqueting scene, which is a recurring theme in Greek iconography,” Inrap said.

The Greco-Latin wine set, the northernmost found so far, is typical of an aristocratic Celtic banquet.

The wine cauldron not only represents the deceased’s wealth and power — it also reflects the growing interaction between the Celtic elites and the Mediterranean world, Inrap said.

Between the end of the 6th century and the beginning of the 5th century BC, Greek and Etruscan city-states, in particularly Marseille, experienced strong economic growth.

Mediterranean traders, seeking slaves, metals and other precious goods such as amber, came into contact with continental Celts who controlled the main communication routes along the Seine, Rhône, Saône, Rhine and Danube.

The Celts greatly benefited from the exchanges.Some of their prestigious objects of Greek and Etruscan origin have been found in other monumental mounds in Heuneburg and Hochdorf, in Germany, and in Bourges and Vix, France.

Excavation at the site is expected to finish at the end of the month.

via Impressive Tomb of Celtic Prince Found in France : Discovery News.

Is this one of the oldest pieces of artwork ever found in North America? 12,300-year-old bone pendant is unearthed in Alaska | Daily Mail Online

The bone pendant (pictured) was found on the Mead site in Alaska by researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It is described as having 'delicate crosshatching' along the edge and the 12,300-year-old jewellery is said to be oldest artwork in northern North America

The bone pendant (pictured) was found on the Mead site in Alaska by researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It is described as having ‘delicate crosshatching’ along the edge and the 12,300-year-old jewellery is said to be oldest artwork in northern North America

Among animal remains and primitive tools uncovered in Alaska, researchers have discovered what they believe is the region’s oldest artwork.

While digging in an area once thought to contain a settlement with ‘tents’ covered in animal hide, the archaeologists unearthed a pendant made from bone.

And along the edge of this 12,300-year-old piece of jewellery is a series of delicate ‘crosshatching.’

The find is by no means the oldest example of artwork in the world. This title is believed to belong to a series of paintings in Nerja Caves, 35 miles (56km) east of Malaga, said to be 42,000 years old.

The bone pendant was found on the Mead site at the Tanana Basin, Delta Junction in Alaska by researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Mead is what’s known as a ‘multicomponent site’ made up of at least four areas of archaeological interest ranging from 14,000 to 1,400 years ago.

It is said to be one of the oldest sites in the Western Hemisphere and excavations have previously found lithic and organic tools, and animal remains.

The dig is being led by Dr Ben Potter.

He said during a recent lecture at the university: ‘It made my heart stop when I saw [the pendant].’

‘Art serves as a way to fix social boundaries. These could be a way to communicate.

‘They could be the first evidence we have for social boundary maintenance in high-latitude North America.’

The pendant was found within tent outlines, suggesting a group used the area as a ‘base camp’, and its presence suggests women may have lived on the site.

via Is this one of the oldest pieces of artwork ever found in North America? 12,300-year-old bone pendant is unearthed in Alaska | Daily Mail Online.

White House authorizes Shell to resume drilling in the Arctic – World Socialist Web Site

By Thomas Gaist

13 May 2015

The Obama White House and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced Monday that Royal Dutch Shell has received US government authorization to resume its drilling operations in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea, near Alaska.

Drilling in the area was halted three years ago, after Shell’s activities produced near-disasters, including the running aground of a drilling rig and malfunctions of important safety-related machinery.

Renewed drilling could begin as early as June. The oil transnational is planning to drill half a dozen new “exploratory” sites while spending more than $1 billion on its Arctic venture this year.

Shell has already dispatched a vessel, the “Polar Pioneer,” to begin initial preparations. Reports Tuesday indicated that environmentalist groups planned to confront the vessel as it entered port in Seattle, Washington.

Environmental activist groups are being presented in the corporate media as the main voices of opposition to the latest move to open the Arctic to unrestrained economic and military development.

Shell’s proposals themselves are “risky and ill-conceived,” an executive at environmental group Oceana told the Wall Street Journal. US government approval for resumed drilling was “based on a rushed and incomplete environmental and safety review,” according to research conducted by Earthjustice.

via White House authorizes Shell to resume drilling in the Arctic – World Socialist Web Site.

PressTV-Vatican recognizes ‘Palestinian state’

The Vatican has officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty.

According to the treaty, which was finalized on Wednesday, the Holy See switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the state of Palestine.

On November 29, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state” despite strong opposition from Israel and the US.

The Vatican welcomed the 193-member assembly’s decision at the time. However, the recent treaty, which still needs to be signed, constitutes an official recognition of the Palestinian state by the Vatican.

“Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists,” said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.

The move comes as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to meet with Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, at the Vatican on May 16.

On December 2 last year, French lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a motion to recognize Palestine as an independent state. The motion, urging the government to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, was backed by a majority of 339 lawmakers while 151 members voted against.

On November 18, 2014, Spanish lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution on recognizing a Palestinian state. Britain and Ireland also passed similar non-binding motions.

Sweden went a step further On October 30, 2014, and officially recognized the state of Palestine, drawing stringent criticism from Israel and the United States.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank including East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.


via PressTV-Vatican recognizes ‘Palestinian state’.

Fukushima plant springs another radioactive leak; radiation 600 times higher than ‘safe’ levels –

(NaturalNews) On May 1, a worker at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant discovered a storage tank leaking radioactive water, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced the following day.

In March 2011, a major earthquake and tsunami triggered three separate meltdowns at the Fukushima plant. Large quantities of water have been rendered radioactive from being used to cool the crippled reactors. In addition, groundwater has been leaking into the basements of the reactors, mixing with contaminated water there and also becoming radioactive. TEPCO has been frantically pumping this water out and concentrating it into onsite storage tanks in an effort to minimize how much radioactive water spreads beyond the plant as groundwater.

The leak was found on the same day that TEPCO resumed tests for its beleaguered plans to construct a nearly mile-long “ice wall” of frozen soil to prevent more groundwater from infiltrating into the plant.

Second leak in weeks

The leaking tank was discovered when the worker noticed a wet patch just three inches wide next to it. The ground at that spot tested at 70 microsieverts per hour of beta-ray-emitting radioactivity; this is more than 600 times the 0.11 microsieverts per hour of maximum recommended exposure.

Workers piled sandbags around the tank to keep the leak from spreading, TEPCO said.

The leak was the second one reported in the last few weeks. In late April, a still-unexplained power outage caused water transfer pumps at the plant to shut down. The pumps were being used to move radioactive water from one drainage channel into another after it was revealed that water had been spilling from the first channel directly into the Pacific Ocean. When the power to the plants shut down, radioactive water resumed flowing into the sea. Approximately 100 tons of contaminated water — also exceeding the legal limit — are estimated to have escaped before power was re-established.

via Fukushima plant springs another radioactive leak; radiation 600 times higher than ‘safe’ levels –

Australia to begin implementing global-elitist economic system by directly confiscating citizens’ savings –

(NaturalNews) The globalists’ war on cash is continuing as Australia is set to actually begin taxing physical monetary holdings – in other words, savings.

According to Martin Armstrong of financial advisory firm Armstrong Economics, the compulsory savings tax to be implemented by the continent Down Under is part of what he and others have described as the “new age of Economic Totalitarianism.”

“Australia will be the first to introduce a compulsory tax on savings. This is the ultimate Marxist state, for now anyone with spare cash is the enemy of the conservative Tony Abbott government,” Armstrong wrote.

He said that it was high time more people began to spread the word to get behind plans to change the game while there is still time. He said that the Australian compulsory tax, which will be part of the nation’s 2015 budget, is part and parcel of a larger global scheme to confiscate and control all wealth as a means of staving off financial ruin:

All we do is perpetually borrow year after year with ZERO intention of reducing debt no less actually pay it off. We could not possibly pay off our debts because taxes would have to exceed 100%. There is no way to pay off the debts without eliminating all our freedoms and turn back to a communistic state which just then owns everything.

Get out of the banks, Australians

What needs to happen, he said, is to break the cycle of perpetual government borrowing and taxing to finance its over-spending. If not, it “will lead to the total destruction of Western culture, for we are plagued by insane power-hungry politicians who cannot see past their nose.”

The idea behind the Australian measure is that a tax will be placed on anyone who has any savings (ostensibly in banks, which can be identified, tracked and then taxed). Armstrong said the Australian tax is essentially a test bed for Europe and North America, where politicians are likely to watch with interest how things play out in Australia.

“If there is no massive resistance of Australian savers, the rest of the world should expect this outright confiscation very rapidly,” he writes.

Although Abbott is ostensibly politically conservative, says Armstrong, he’s actually “proven to be a real Marxist” in his policies. He added that the country is headed down a path to an economic abyss from which there may be no return, at least not without massive war and bloodshed.

“Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the new tax is all about relieving families and small businesses,” writes Armstrong. “The problem is clear: there will be no reduction in taxes for these people. Instead, it will only be more money in the pockets of the corrupt and seriously deranged politicians who are destroying Western civilization in the blink of an eye.”

He also wrote that Abbott says there are hard decisions ahead regarding the Australian budget and that taxing savings really was inevitable. He adds that the banks will view the new policy as a good move.

via Australia to begin implementing global-elitist economic system by directly confiscating citizens’ savings –