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Chinese Navy Jin Class Nuclear Submarine Fired Missile Off So Cal

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November 11, 2010: Wayne Madsen / Wayne Madsen Report via – November 10, 2010

As usual, the MSM dropped the ball on this one with vertical flying planes and ‘optical illusions’ dominating their spin! – SJH

China flexed its military muscle Monday evening in the skies west of Los Angeles when a Chinese Navy Jin class ballistic missile nuclear submarine, deployed secretly from its underground home base on the south coast of Hainan Island, launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from international waters off the southern California coast.

WMR’s intelligence sources within Asia, including in Japan, say the belief by the military commands throughout Asia and their intelligence services is that the Chinese decided to demonstrate to the United States its capabilities on the eve of the G-20 Summit in Seoul and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Tokyo, where President Obama is scheduled to attend during his ten-day trip to Asia. The reported Chinese missile test off Los Angeles came as a double blow to Obama.

The day after the missile [off So Cal], China’s leading credit rating agency — Dagong Global Credit Rating — downgraded the sovereign debt rating of the United States to A-plus from AA. The missile demonstration coupled with the downgrading of the United States financial grade represents a military and financial show of force by Beijing to Washington.

The Pentagon spin machine, backed by the media reporters who regularly cover the Defense Department, as well as officials of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and the U.S. Northern Command, is now spinning various conspiracy theories, including describing the missile plume videotaped by KCBS news helicopter cameraman Gil Leyvas at around 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time, during the height of evening rush hour, as the condensation trail from a jet aircraft. Other Pentagon-inspired cover stories are that the missile was actually an amateur rocket or an optical illusion.

There are no records of a plane in the area having taken off from Los Angeles International Airport or from other airports in the region. The Navy and Air Force have said that they were not conducting any missile tests from submarines, ships, or Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Navy has also ruled out an accidental firing from one of its own submarines.

Missile experts, including those from Jane’s in London, say the plume was definitely from a missile, possibly launched from a submarine. WMR has learned that the missile was likely a  JL-2 ICBM, which has a range of 7,000 miles, and was fired in a northwesterly direction over the Pacific and away from U.S. territory from a Jin class submarine. The Jin class can carry up to twelve such missiles.

Navy sources have revealed that the missile may have impacted on Chinese territory and that the National Security Agency (NSA) likely posseses intercepts of Chinese telemtry signals during the missile firing and subsequent testing operations.

Asian intelligence sources believe the submarine transited from its base on Hainan through South Pacific waters, where U.S. anti-submarine warfare detection capabilities are not as effective as they are in the northern and mid-Pacific, and then transited north to waters off of Los Angeles. The Pentagon, which has spent billions on ballistic missile defense systems, a pet project of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, is clearly embarrassed over the Chinese show of strength.

The White House also wants to downplay the missile story before President Obama meets with his Chinese counterpart in Seoul and Tokyo. According to Japanese intelligence sources, Beijing has been angry over United States and allied naval exercises in the South China and Yellow Seas, in what China considers its sphere of influence, and the missile firing within the view of people in Southern California was a demonstration that China’s Navy can also play in waters off the American coast.

For the U.S. Navy, the Chinese show of force is a huge embarassment, especially for the Navy’s Pacific Command in Pearl Harbor, where Japan’s December 7, 1941 attack on the fleet at Pearl Harbor remains a sore subject.

In 2002, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice reportedly scolded visiting Chinese General Xiong Guankai, the deputy chief of staff for intelligence of the People’s Liberation Army, for remarks he allegedly made in 1995 that China would use nuclear weapons on Los Angeles. Xiong denied he made any such comments but the “spin” on the story helped convince Congress to sink billions of additional dollars into  ballistic missile defense, sometimes referred to as “Star Wars II.”

RT: Mystery Missile Launch Off California Coast From Submarine

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is without a doubt the most reasonable explaination for the obvious submarine missile launch off the coast of So Cal, as the Pentagon and MSM will never tell you the truth! – SJH 

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New Evidence Links BP To Health Crisis Around Gulf Coast Region!

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November 11, 2010: Brad Jacobson / Alternet – November 5, 2010

BP’s stock has already bounced back. The media has mostly moved on. But the long-term health impacts on Gulf Coast residents from the catastrophic oil spill are only beginning.

Exhibit A, says chemist Wilma Subra of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, is a recent evaluation she performed of blood sample analyses from eight BP cleanup workers and residents in Alabama and Florida.

Originally collected on four separate dates throughout August, all the blood samples — from three females, age 44, 46 and 51, and five males, age 30, 46, 48, 51 and 59 — contained dangerously high levels of volatile organic chemicals found in BP crude oil, including Ethylbenzene, mp-Xylene and Hexane, Subra explained during a wide-ranging interview with Alternet.

She clarified that the subjects whose blood was analyzed had been exposed to the oil for at least three full months before samples were collected on August 2, 3, 12 and 18. Testing for the same chemical markers, Subra hunted down BP’s crude fingerprints out in the field all along the coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s panhandle.

“I’ve found there’s still huge amounts of BP crude oil on the sediment soils, in the wetlands, on the vegetation, and in the tissue in the oysters, crabs and mussels.” The acute health impacts of these chemicals include severe headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, burning eyes and throat, earache and chest pains.

Subra, who is also a microbiologist and the recipient of a 1999 MacArthur Fellows “genius grant” for her environmental work, pointed out that coastal residents have already entered an early phase of long-term exposure, where they’re experiencing chronic effects such as liver, kidney and central nervous system damage, decreased lung function and heart disease. “A whole host of different kinds of cancers” can follow, she added, including cancer of the lungs, liver, kidneys and blood.

The original analysis of these blood samples, which was performed by Metametrix Clinical Laboratory in Pensacola, Florida, wasn’t evaluated for chemicals found in the dispersants used by BP. But Subra said those dispersant chemicals have many similar acute and long-term impacts.

Contrary to rosy statements by BP and Obama administration officials about the Gulf’s swift restoration, her prognosis for those sickened by the oil spill is grim. “The people that are sick are going to be sick for the rest of their lives,” Subra said. “This isn’t just a short time that they’re sick and then they’ll get well. These issues are long-term chronic health impacts that will linger.”

She pointed out that 21 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, people in Alaska are still experiencing related health issues today. BP has seen all of Subra’s findings but hasn’t responded. “I’ve sent them the data,” she said, “but I didn’t really expect them to respond.”

How They Got Sick

In her meetings with coastal residents, cleanup workers and volunteer health care providers, Subra has seen firsthand the devastating effects of the mix of oil and dispersants on the health of vulnerable populations.

She explained that many people have become sick through contact with these chemicals while working to clean up the oil spill and blames BP directly for not only failing to provide proper protective gear, such as respirators, but also threatening to fire cleanup workers if they wore them. “The Louisiana Environmental Network [LEAN] actually provided protective gear and respirators,” said Subra. “But the fishing community was told, ‘If you wear the respirator, you’re fired.'”

The workers, many of whom were fishermen who had joined the cleanup to earn money after the waters were despoiled and closed by the spill, had to choose between supporting their families or protecting themselves from chemicals found in the oil and dispersants. But these fishermen also had another prime incentive to get those BP jobs.

“They desperately wanted those cleanup jobs to protect their natural resource, their estuaries and marshes,” Subra noted. “So they thought that if they got out there to put out enough booms and do enough skimming that they would protect it enough that the resource would be there.” As a consequence, they’ve been made ill but most are too frightened to speak out because they’re afraid to lose their jobs.

“Their wives spoke out early on and they were told if their wives continued to speak out they’d be fired, or if they spoke they’d be fired,” said Subra, adding that, for this reason, LEAN had stepped in to help voice the concerns of the fishing community. According to all the reports she’s received, she confirmed that BP officials and BP contractors, not federal officials, leveled these threats against cleanup workers attempting to wear adequate protective gear or speaking publicly about the related health effects.

While BP’s cleanup in the Gulf is winding down and many workers have already been laid off, a lot of them are still out there and this practice continues today, said Subra. “So right now, the ones that are continuing to work out there are provided gloves and bootie covers or feet covers and that’s it. No adequate protective gear, no respirators.”

She added, “And they’re just getting full of oil as they work. Routes of exposure are inhalation, ingestion and skin contact. And they’re exposed to that every single day, the whole time they’re out there.” But some coastal residents not involved in the cleanup have also been sickened by the oil and dispersants.

Even before the slick began moving inshore, Subra explained, many people were exposed to the aerosol formed when the crude was pushed up into the air by high winds and heavy seas. As the dispersants began being applied, they mixed into this aerosol as well, followed then by the toxic brew of the controlled burns of oil on the water, all of which drifted to populations along the coast.

“A huge number of people on the coast were exposed to this aerosol,” Subra said, adding that this issue has received even less attention than the health impact to the cleanup workers.

A Crisis Unfolds, Little Relief In Sight

Subra, who has worked on these types of issues for 40 years on behalf of communities and victims, is appalled at the lack of health care sickened cleanup workers and coastal residents have received so far. She noted the irony that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has begun a comprehensive health-tracking program that plans to monitor the related health impacts from the spill and cleanup of 75,000 workers and volunteers.

Aside from the fact that this study will take a very long time to complete and thus data will not be readily available, it does not address the immediate or even longer-term health needs of those who have been sickened. “The program itself is not going to provide medical care,” explained Subra. “It’s going to provide long-term monitoring of these people who are sick, but not ‘here’s a doctor you can go to deal with this situation.'”

What’s more, the study will not include the large swath of residents along the coast who were affected by the toxic aerosol but who weren’t involved in the cleanup. “That population will not be monitored at all by the NIEHS study,” she said.

Meanwhile, in addition to their health issues, many of the fishermen have lost their ability to earn a living. “They don’t know whether they’re going to have a job fishing or shrimping or crabbing in the next year or how many years they won’t have a livelihood,” Subra said. As a consequence, she is seeing a spike in depression developing in these communities, including a number of suicides, and more and more coastal residents under suicide watch.

What about BP’s $20 billion compensation fund? Subra finds it “inadequate,” pointing out that those who worked for BP during the cleanup are supposed to have their earnings subtracted from whatever compensation they wind up receiving. For that reason, she’s certain the money leftover won’t be nearly enough to address their lost wages and livelihood as well as their related health problems. Besides, Subra concluded, “No amount of money can make up for this.”

The Gulf Oil Spill: Part 1—The Economic Impact

The Gulf Oil Spill: Part 2—The Effect On Human Health

The Gulf Oil Spill: Part 3—The Social Impact

The Gulf Oil Spill: Part 4—The Environment

The Gulf Oil Spill: Part 5—Residents Respond To The Disaster

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: There is nothing but time, decades of time, that will ever restore the Gulf of Mexico back to the way it was before this environmental crime by BP and the Obama administration…

Washington’s Blog / BP Oil Slams Florida – November 11, 2010

Florida has been hit with huge amounts of oil from the BP oil spill:

In related news from the past 3 days:

Headlines courtesy of Florida Oil Spill Law…

While The Gulf Of Mexico Weeps

As I now live up here in Chicago, tears streaming down my face, watching the death of my beloved Gulf! – SJH

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