The Moment of Truth Series #13: Tottering on the Edge of Apocalypse
After a 16 day lull in preparing compilations, I spent the whole day and evening working feverishly on completing the following 108 page compilation for you, with some of the most salient, vital information I felt needed to be brought to your attention.
As you will discover there is much to be said about Barack Obama's meteoric rise to the top of the Democratic ticket. Chiefly, I'm much concerned that despite his lofty rhetoric, he might be unable - or unprepared - to deliver the kind of changes people around the world hope he will bring about. The key element here is whether people will get lulled into a sense of false security, believing that he can be counted on to take care of the mighty cleaning up business left after the most despicable presidency in all US history, like some kind of mythical savior, of if they will finally understand that his role is to be the lightning rod and citizen activation spark plug that will ignite a new people-driven and heart-centered revolution that will really change things around, set the world onto a real sustainable, nature-centered path and make sure that never again any soul-destroying and Earth-killing war is launched from the desk of the Oval Office.
There is no doubt in my mind that, if the Cabal-controlled Bush/Cheney sickening team don't manage to trigger the demise of American democracy through orchestrating with Israel a nuclear attack against Iran and openly imposing the military/corporate government already pulling the strings in the darkness of black projects and vile abominations against all life, then Barack Hussein Obama, will be elected the next President of the United States. What I'm not so sure about is whether this will be a good news or a bad news...
Upon the present choices we make and stands we take depends the future of this amazing experiment in free will called Life on Planet Earth...
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Live Vote - LET'S GIVE SOME TRACTION TO THE LIAR/STEALER/MASS KILLER IN CHIEF TRIAL! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10562904
Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment? * 685104 responses
Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading to war and more, there is plenty to justify putting him on trial.
No, like any president, he has made a few missteps, but nothing approaching "high crimes and misdemeanors."
No, the man has done absolutely nothing wrong. Impeachment would just be a political lynching.
I don't know.
And as you read this compilation, keep the following bit of information in mind... 2.224 Trillion dollars - This is the combined revenue of the 1,130 CEOs surveyed in the 2008 Global CEO Study as indicated in an IBM ad on the back of the June 9, 2008 Time Magazine... Astounding isn't it? This amounts to an average of nearly $2 billions in revenue for each of these insanely greedy human beings. Or to give you more perspective on this...
The politics of greed (June 3, 2008) http://www.ianchadwick.com/forum/index.php?autocom=blog&blogid=1&showentry=515
2.224 trillion dollars. That is - according to IBM's recent study - the combined revenue of 1,130 corporate CEOs surveyed in the study. That's more than the GDP of many nations with a much larger population than eleven hundred. It's higher than the 2007 GDP of all but six of the world's nations. Eleven hundred people earned more than what the entire nations of Canada and Brazil combined produced for GDP in 2007. In fact, according to the CIA Factbook, the purchasing power of the entire planet is $65 trillion (2007), which is reduced to $56 trillion based on levelling the exchange rates. The GDP of the entire continent of Africa in 2004 was only $2.087 trillion for a population of 8.721 million. Scary stuff, eh? According to Forbes Magazine: QUOTE "The chief executives of America's 500 biggest companies got a collective 38% pay raise last year, to $7.5 billion. That's an average $15.2 million apiece. Exercised stock options again account for the main component of pay, 48%. The average stock gain was $7.3 million." A $15.2 million dollar RAISE. That's not just their salary. It's the extra they got. Your taxes are going up, your food costs rising, gas prices are skyrocketing, rent, user fees, service charges, insurance, wood - almost everything around you is going up in price. Is it because of supply and demand? Or corporate greed? What kind of price hike do you need to keep pouring cash into the CEOs' trough? You think you can keep low prices when snouts like these are in the trough? Who paid for those salaries? You, the consumer, you the taxpayer. And this list doesn't even include the oil sheiks who control OPEC and suck the money from your pocket with exorbitant oil prices to pay for their next fleet of Rolls Royces. That's a lot of money to pay a small group of people whose contributions to the welfare of the world are generally negligible - and in fact may contribute a lot more harm than good. I'd guess on a percentage basis annually, it's likely lot less that the percentage the average Canadian gives to charity. How much poverty could $2.224 trillion alleviate? How many schools and hospitals could it build and staff? How much research into AIDs or cancer or maleria could it fund? Could it help develop sustainable communities, build industries in developing nations to raise them above the subsistence level? Could it help solve our climate problems? Or is it better lining the pockets of 1,130 people? Corporate greed. It's what's wrong with the world today.
And as there is yet more evidence of a planned nuclear attack against Iran outilined in this compilation, check also this first!
Don't Bomb Iran! (May 14, 2008) MUST WATCH 3 min VIDEO! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXl4vMRocHk
The drumbeat to war with Iran is getting louder. With only a few months left in the Bush Presidency, it's tempting to sit back and wait until November. But belligerent rhetoric and fear mongering about Iran is on the rise. With piles of evidence pointing towards the same sort of fabrication that preceded the Iraq debacle and a thoroughly discredited administration at the helm, kids in the military forced to fight in wars of choice at the behest of powerful corporate interests and economic problems at home, it's time to tell Washington "enough."
"Impeachment is not a political question. Impeachment is a constitutional duty. It is the one power and highest duty the Constitution rests in the Congress to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States when the President, Vice President, and other civil officers of the United States commit treason, bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors. George Bush has deliberately, falsely and systematically mislead the Congress and the American people concerning the most criminal, costly and harmful acts of his administration, leading us to war, tragic loss of human life, the devastation of Iraq, military expenses reaching trillions of dollars, disruption of the economy that will take decades to overcome, a contemptuous assault on the Bill of Rights, an international humanitarian disaster, deliberate antagonism and provocation of nations and people, most once friendly, and an enlarging assault on the earth's environment. On June 5, 2008, a long delayed five year U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence study and 170-page report unanimously found President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other top officers had made false charges and systematically presented a more dire picture about Iraq than justified by intelligence provided only to them. The Committee included both Democrats and Republicans. Today President Bush is exerting all his power and influence to repeatedly urge Europe, Israel and others to support an attack on Iran which he intends to commence in the remaining months of the presidency. Iran is larger than Iraq and Afghanistan, has millions of people, richer by a multiple, unimpaired by recent war and will fight fiercely if attacked. He is negotiating a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq placing the U.S. on Iran's border. The next several Presidents of the United States will spend their time in office miserably fighting wars started by Bush, as our economy is consumed in military spending. Impeachment, a Constitutional duty, is the only way to prevent George W. Bush and his cabal from vastly enlarging the disastrous wars he has already inflicted on the world and the American people. The House of Representatives must quickly consider Bills of Impeachment long overdue, and the Senate must prepare to sit in judgment of President Bush, Vice President Cheney other officers who are implicated. In a brilliant and courageous speech on the House floor, Congressman Kucinich continued to show his integrity and stance in defense of our constitution. On Monday night he introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush. Each article was elucidated with stunning evidence of it's validity."
"Once again Rep. Dennis Kucinich has exposed the Democratic Party as a bunch of neofascist collaborators. Pres. Clinton, a Democrat mind you, was impeached for what? Now for Pres. Bush to escape impeachment is just too much to fathom. Goddess forgive America."
"We are the ones to make things right on this planet, with assistance from very powerful friends from the beyond and from abroad, but the buck has got to stop with us. This is our world and we can't let it be messed up complete."
- Guess who?
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11. I'm Going To Be A Happy Idiot
12. Declaration for Citizen Contact Councils announced at Earth Transformation Conference
13. Microsoft vs General Motors....
WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION
Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world (17 min 44 sec) FASCINATING! MUST WATCH!!! http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/258
Mycologist Paul Stamets studies mycelium and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world. Cleaning polluted soil, creating new insecticides, treating smallpox and maybe even the flu ... in 18 minutes, he doesn't get all the way through his list, but he has plenty of time to blow your mind.
Mycologist Paul Stamets believes that mushrooms could an intergalactic colonizing species. Well, almost. He believes that fungi, and particularly the mycelium (the vegetative part of mushrooms) contains solutions for some of the Earth's environmental and health-related problems. For instant, fungi produce strong antibiotics; they can be used against flu viruses; mycelium can be used to naturally "clean up" petroleum-saturated soils; revamp pesticides; and generating ethanol (he has patented many of these mushroom-related technologies). Preserving the genome of fungis is absolutely crucial for human health.
Celestial glyph near Barbury Castle http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2008/barbury/barbury2008a.html
The formation is 285ft in diameter, and is in barley. It appeared on the 1st of June 2008. At first glance this design is reminiscent of part of the famous crop circle in 1991 which also appeared close to Barbury Castle. Early indications are that the design has the diatonic musical ratio encoded in its geometry. Diatonic musical ratio is a way of showing the musical scale geometrically. (...) Thought you'd like to know that the recent crop circle at Barbury Castle represents our solar system and the planet positions with emphasis on Earth given by the three connected circles on the outer edge. Using the free orbital calculator at SkyViewCafe.com, I determined the date of this planetary alignment to be August 9, 2014, 1700 GMT. Hope this info is useful to you. Steve Vivaqua - The number pi is encoded in the lengths of arc in the various segments of the ratchet spiral, going outwards, measured in units of 36 degrees: 3.141592654, with the decimal point the small solid circle after the first segment. Check also this other one http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2008/westkennett/westkennett2008.html representing a partial eclipse to occur next August 1. and this one in France... http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/inter2008/france/metz/metz2008.html
Pure Driving: The Revolutionary Compressed Air Vehicle http://zeropollutionmotors.us/
If you can, imagine a vehicle that runs on air, achieves over 100 gas-equivalent mpg and over 90 mph, has zero to low C02 emissions, seats six, has plenty of space for luggage, cuts no safety corners, and costs no more than an average economy to mid-size vehicle. This is the expected performance of the revolutionary compressed air vehicle that Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) is introducing to North America. The vehicle is powered by the Compressed Air Engine (CAE) developed by Motor Development International (MDI), a 15-year old company based in Nice, France, and headed by inventor and Formula One race car engineer, Guy Negre. ZPM is the exclusive representative for MDI in the United States. CLIP
John F. Kennedy's son died in a plane crash... Right before George Bush Jr. was elevated to the status of a *serious* presidential candidate. This is worth taking a look at. Interestingly, the Air Force and FAA behaved very strangely the day his plane disappeared... à la 9/11... Worth watching in its entirety. http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/182.html
Financial Times Covers 9/11 Truth - The Truth is Out There & What Happened to Building 7? (June 7 2008) http://people.bakersfield.com/home/Blog/Infowar/28073
(...) There is some evidence that the truthers are swaying the rest of us. A New York Times/CBS News poll in 2006 revealed that only 16 per cent of Americans polled believed the Bush administration was telling the truth about 9/11. More than half thought it was hiding something. This is not the same as believing the government actually launched the attacks, but a Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll the same year found that more than a third of those questioned suspected that federal officials assisted in the attacks or took no action to stop them so that the US could go to war. The truthers certainly believe that they are on a roll. CLIP Recommended by Fred Burks (email@example.com) who wrote: "the Financial Times just came out with an amazingly balanced article on the 9/11 movement."
HAARP Technology http://tinyurl.com/6pex4j
Very clear explanations as to the extreme dangers posed by these dimwit apprentice sorcerers!!
HAARP: Nature Modification Weapon - More hair-raising potentially disastrous consequences! http://tinyurl.com/5tux8s
Supposed Weather modification, communication disruption and mind control Weapon. Extended Star Wars Defense Initiative (SDI)weapon of the US military.HAARP has the ability of modifying the World's electro-magnetic field.
HAARP is a Space-Based Weapon of Mass Destruction and must be banned by Treaty! http://peaceinspace.blogs.com/peaceinspaceorg/2008/05/haarp-is-a-spac.html
VANCOUVER, B.C. - HAARP is an exotic weapons system that is part of the weaponization of space, using "scalar wave interferometry" - a technology first discovered by scientist Nicola Tesla in the early 1900's. Two or more longitudinal, ultra-low frequency waves are aimed at an intersecting point, at which time they interact in a very unique way, tapping into the limitless plenum of energy surrounding the planet, and weaponizing this scalar energy. HAARP Weather & Tectonic Warfare attacks by the evidence most probably caused the Myanmar Cyclone (May 3, 2008) and the China Earthquake (May 12, 2008).
FULFORD VS. HAARP (May 28, 2008) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InV0cVH6KZc
"Journalist & Best-selling author Benjamin Fulford reports from Tokyo on a mysterious plasma weapon seen prior to the Niigata earthquake in July, 2007 and red, white and blue lights seen prior to the recent earthquake in China. Both quakes targeted nuclear facilities... coincidence?" More related Fulford videos: http://tinyurl.com/3g4rd5 - THIS SOUNDS FARFETCHED TO YOU? CHECK THE FOLLOWING ONE BELOW...
Secret OSS plans to trigger earthquakes & Tsunamis in Japan/Declassified documents http://www.vialls.com/cia/oss_earthquakes.html
Back in 1945 the OSS (forerunner of the present-day CIA) planned to bring the "unbridled brutality of Japanese troops" under control by use of artificially triggered earthquakes. "If we could could get (an atom) bomb within a mile of a point on a fault line (trench) destined to break within 90 years we might set it off ..." Since this secret paper was written, the modern-day CIA has had sixty years to get its nuclear numbers right - just in time for the shattering war crime against South and South-East Asia which murdered more than 300,000 people on December 26, 2004.
Leuren Moret: HAARP - as a space-based weapon of mass destruction - and Environmental War - PART I http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics_radio/2008/05/coopradioorg-le.html
A conversation with Independent Scientist Leuren Moret on HAARP - as a space-based weapon of mass destruction - and Environmental War. This is a substantive, scientific discussion of the empirical evidence for the following events as HAARP-induced acts of Environmental/Scalar Warfare
Turning Point of the Sacred Circle - 2008~2012 GoldRing (9 min 54 sec) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_n1ObJNXhY
The acceleration has reach a turning point of energy where each spirit has the opportunity to move quickly with the wave of energy that is guiding them on their path. --- Really powerful montage mixing celestial glyphs (crop circles) with geometric video imagery set on an inspiring music. Click on the small square to get it full screen, focus on the center, don't let your mental interfere and let your soul soar!...
Rumsfeld: "Why Not another 911" http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9002
When DeLong complained about a "lack of sympathetic ears" in Congress, and a lack of interest among the general American public, Rumsfeld responded, "What's to be done? The correction for that, I suppose, is another attack."
9/11 Connection to DC Madam Murder http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/may2008/050508_conspiracy_connection.htm
(...) The connection to 9/11 is tantalizing and provides a key motive for why numerous power brokers would have wanted Palfrey to be shut up for good before she had the opportunity to release information in court that her call girls picked up about 9/11 pointing to foreknowledge and government complicity in the attacks.
Petition for Canadian 9/11 Investigation to Be Read into Canadian Parliament JUNE 10th http://www.marchonottawa2008.org/index.php?option=com_docman&Itemid=31
A few months ago various 9/11 Truth activists across Canada got together to compose a Parliamentary Petition demanding an investigation into 9/11. The first 500 signatures were submitted last week, verified, and accepted. This petition will be read into Parliament on Tuesday June the 10th, at approx 10 am EST, by East Vancouver member of Parliament Libby Davies. To date, the United States of America has yet to convict a single person in a court of law for the crimes of September 11th. Both official US reports, The 9/11 Commission Report and the NIST Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster created more questions than answers, and cannot be credited as final accounts. Thus, in absence of our whitepaper or any other credible report, Canada must now take it upon itself to investigate the crimes of September 11th, not only for the sake of those in Canada who lost their loved ones, but also to justify our war efforts in Afghanistan, or to bring a cause for an immediate withdrawal. (...) Although this petition has already been submitted, we still wish to collect as many signatures as we can to show our true numbers. These yet to be collected signatures will then be added to our current tally, and a total will be read outside of Parliament on September 11th 2008 in support of bringing our demands to fruition. This rally on Parliament Hill, will succeed a March on Ottawa, that will start in Montreal QC, 5 day's earlier This March on Ottawa will be the first nationally organized 9/11 Truth event here in Canada and we are anticipating on having thousands of marchers and participants rally with us in Ottawa: www.marchonottawa2008.org
European Alliance of Initiatives for Applied Anthroposophy Campaign http://www.eliant.eu/new/lang/en/
1 million signatures needed for the ELIANT Campaign - I hereby state my support for the ELIANT alliance and its charter to secure legal safeguards for anthroposophic medicine, biodynamic (Demeter) foods, Waldorf education and other initiatives for applied anthroposophy.
Codex Global Control of our Food by Governments and the Transnationals http://tinyurl.com/3ssrb7
(...) Are you prepared to hand over your right to wholesome, natural food to faceless governments and corporations? Are you content that more and more food is subject to patents? Are you willing to lose the ability to manage your own health using nutrients? Are you prepared to accept irradiation and genetic manipulation of your food, as well as pesticide-contaminated food? Will you allow continued dilution of organic food standards so they suit the mass-market agri-business operators? CLIP
Trailer: HBO's Recount (2000 Coup d'etat in FL) http://www.hbo.com/films/recount/
"The 2000 election was a coup d'etat, a systemic corruption of our voting system, devised by Karl Rove."
International Institute For Global Leadership http://www.global-leadership.com/
IIGL is a tuition-free, internet-based education program which provides a curriculum in consciousness designed to prepare students to become personally empowered, consciously aware, high-integrity and heart-centered leaders in their communities and the world. The study program is open to participants of any age and from anywhere in the world. Recommended by Nahla Rifai (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "We currently have over 100 students from 32 countries. Last year our students read more than 500 books related to personal empowerment, consciousness and planetary transformation, and then wrote assessments on the ways these books have transformed their thinking and their lives. Would you join me as a contributor to this project? Your support is a concrete, life-affirming way to promote planetary transformation at a grassroots level."
ISP's confirm '2012: The Year The Internet Ends' http://ipower.ning.com/netneutrality2
Bell Canada and TELUS (formerly owned by Verizon) employees officially confirm that by 2012 ISP's all over the globe will reduce Internet access to a TV-like subscription model, only offering access to a small standard amount of commercial sites and require extra fees for every other site you visit. These 'other' sites would then lose all their exposure and eventually shut down, resulting in what could be seen as the end of the Internet. Dylan Pattyn *, who is currently writing an article for Time Magazine on the issue, has official confirmation from sources within Bell Canada and is interviewing a marketing representative from TELUS who confirms the story and states that TELUS has already started blocking all websites that aren't in the subscription package for mobile Internet access. They could not confirm whether it would happen in 2012 because both stated it may actually happen sooner (as early as 2010). Interviews with these sources, more confirmation from other sources and more in-depth information on the issue is set to be published in Time Magazine soon. What can we do?The reason why we're releasing this information is because we believe we can stop it. CLIP
Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Articles Against Bush http://www.truthout.org/article/kucinich-introduces-impeachment-articles-against-bush
Christopher Kuttruff of Truthout reports, "Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush late on Monday during a speech on the House floor." Kucinich, a former contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, pointed to "high crimes and misdemeanors" committed by the Bush administration, including misrepresenting intelligence in the lead-up to the war, violating domestic and international laws against torture, illegally spying on American citizens, obstructing justice and governmental oversight, and dozens of other violations. The impeachment resolution came four days after a June 5 Senate Select Intelligence Committee report that vigorously challenged statements made by the Bush administration regarding military intelligence in the runup to the invasion of Iraq. Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee John D. Rockefeller said in a press release, "Before taking the country to war, this Administration owed it to the American people to give them a 100 percent accurate picture of the threat we faced. Unfortunately, our Committee has concluded that the Administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence." "It is my belief that the Bush Administration was fixated on Iraq, and used the 9/11 attacks by al Qa'ida as justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein" Rockefeller noted. CLIP
Read the whole impeachment resolution at http://www.democrats.com/files/amomentoftruth.pdf and note this email from Kucinich: "Under circumstances that can best be described as "suspicious," the www.kucinich.us website was crippled early this morning a few hours after Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 extensively documented Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush."
THE HOUSE VOTE ON IMPEACHMENT! (6/11/08)
I'm pleased to see that the U. S. House of Representatives just voted at 3:08 EDT (12:08 PDT) today on House Resolution 1258, calling for the impeachment of President Bush. Roll Call 401 indicated Ayes, 251 (including Kucinich and 226 other Democratic plus 24 Republican); Noes, 166 (all Republican). The result of the vote is that H. Res. 1258 has been sent to the Judiciary Committe, where it will likely languish indefinitely. However, contacting Representatives to request support of the resolution may make a difference!
If you would like to help Kucinich, please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and demand a hearing on the articles of impeachment - Committee Email: http://judiciary.house.gov/contact.aspx
- Committee Phone: 202-225-3951 http://rawstory.com/news08/2008/06/11/kucinich-judiciary-committee-must-begin-review-of-impeachment-articles/
(...) "It is now imperative that the Judiciary Committee begin a review of the 35 articles," said Kucinich. "I will be providing supporting documentation to the committee so that it can proceed in an orderly manner. "The weight of evidence contained in the Articles makes it clear that President Bush violated the Constitution and the US Code as well as international law," said the Ohio lawmaker, whose efforts to impeach Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have been largely ignored by the mainstream media. CLIP
The Truth "Gagged" and Treason Hidden (June 10, 2008) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larisa-alexandrovna/the-truth-gagged-and-trea_b_106421.html
My God, we have lost our country completely. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) stood ALONE on the House floor last night for nearly five hours reading 35 Articles of Impeachment against George W. Bush. Yet this has not been mentioned once on the US news (with the exception on MSNBC's Countdown). Why do you suppose that is? CLIP
Michael Moore and the Impeachment of George W. Bush (Jun 11, 2008) http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272620998.shtml
There are those that still want President George W. Bush impeached despite the fact that he will be out of office next January. Filmmaker Michael Moore is one of those cheering on the thirty-five articles of impeachment introduced against President Bush by Democratic congressman Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio. (...) A report from the Washington Post notes that a parliamentary maneuver that will probably force a vote on Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler is hawking his new book so he is looking for publicity and he signed on to Articles of Impeachment for President Bush on Monday. He called it "a sworn duty" of Congress to act against the president.Kucinich insisted on reading the resolution into the Congressional Record, a process that took nearly five hours. The wild-eyed left wing types like Moore cheered, yet mainstream Democrats yawned. According to the Post, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) "suggested yesterday that engaging in a lengthy debate over impeaching Bush in the waning days of his administration is not a productive use of the House's time."
Bush impeachment to be shelved: Hoyer (June 10, 2008) http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/06/bush_impeachment_to_be_shelved.html
The Democratic House leadership is preparing to stick the articles of impeachment raised by Rep. Dennis Kucinich Monday night against President Bush on the same shelf that they stuck a similar effort the Ohio Democrat filed last year against Vice President Dick Cheney. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters today that the 35-count indictment of Bush, which took Kucinich more than four hours to read on the House floor, would be forwarded to the House Judiciary Committee. The Democratic leadership has opposed impeachment as an unhelpful distraction; the Judiciary Committee is unlikely to pursue further action.Kucinich, using arguments similar to those he employed last year against Cheney, says Bush misled Congress and the American people into war with tales of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.House leaders were caught off-guard last year when Republicans voted to take up the Cheney impeachment in order to force a debate that could have proved awkward for Democrats. They avoided that debate by sending it to the Judiciary Committee. Hoyer said today that Kucinich had "an absolute right" to raise the issue. But he questioned whether it made sense to spend time on it during what he called "the waning months" of the Bush administration. Hoyer said the administration has one of the worst records of any administration in his lifetime, or maybe ever. He said Congress has conducted wide-ranging oversight since Democrats took over last year.
USA Military Officers Challenge Official Account of September 11 (22 May 2008) http://www.daily.pk:80/world/americas/99-americas/3865-usa-military-officers-challenge-official-account-of-september-11.html
Twenty-five former U.S. military officers have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and called for a new investigation. They include former commander of U.S. Army Intelligence, Major General Albert Stubblebine, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Col. Ronald D. Ray, two former staff members of the Director of the National Security Agency; Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, PhD, and Major John M. Newman, PhD, and many others. They are among the rapidly growing number of military and intelligence service veterans, scientists, engineers, and architects challenging the government's story. The officers statements appear below, listed alphabetically. Lt. Col. Robert Bowman, PhD "A lot of these pieces of information, taken together, prove that the official story, the official conspiracy theory of 9/11 is a bunch of hogwash. It's impossible," said Lt. Col. Robert Bowman, PhD, U.S. Air Force (ret). With doctoral degrees in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering, Col. Bowman served as Director of Advanced Space Programs Development under Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. "There's a second group of facts having to do with the cover up," continued Col. Bowman. "Taken together these things prove that high levels of our government don't want us to know what happened and who's responsible. Who gained from 9/11? Who covered up crucial information about 9/11? And who put out the patently false stories about 9/11 in the first place? When you take those three things together, I think the case is pretty clear that it's highly placed individuals in the administration with all roads passing through Dick Cheney."
Bush Claims More Powers than King George III (May 29, 2008) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9119
The Bush administration has arrogated powers to itself that the British people even refused to grant King George III at the time of the Revolutionary War, an eminent political scientist says. (...) In these last eight years, Adler said, we have seen presidential powers soar beyond the confines of the Constitution. We have understood that his presidency bears no resemblance to the Office created by the Framers This is the time for us to demand a return to the constitutional presidency. If we dont, we will have only ourselves to blame as we go marching into the next war as we witness even greater claims of presidential power.
War Spending Furthers al-Qaeda Goal of Undermining US Economy http://www.truthout.org/article/war-spending-furthers-al-qaeda-goal-undermining-us-economy
For the Billings Gazette, Robert Weiner and John Larmett write, "As the Congress takes up the latest Bush administration 'supplemental' appropriation of another $160 billion for the war in Iraq, the impact of the war on families has been enormous. Montana now has the highest number per capita of killed or wounded in the country - 26.09 per 100,000 population - and a total of 250 deaths or injuries as of May 10. In fact, the Congress should consider whether the funding - almost a trillion dollars to date - helps al-Qaida more than us."
Iraq - What Happened To The $23 Billion? The Greatest Heist In History - Must Watch BBC - Video http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20071.htm
There are contracts for caterers, tanker drivers, security guards and even interrogators, many of them through companies with links to the White House. Now more than 70 whistleblower cases threaten to reveal the scandals behind billions of dollars worth of waste, theft and corruption during the Iraq war. The US justice department has imposed gagging orders which prevent the real scale of the problem emerging. But Panorama's Jane Corbin has spoken to some of those involved - with astonishing stories to tell of who got rich and who got burned. She hears allegations of mismanagement, fraud and waste; tales of contractors chosen for their US government connections without a competitive bidding process; contractors inflating their costs and double counting to increase their profits and billions supposed to be used to rebuild the Iraqi military allegedly ending up in the pockets of some Iraqi government officials. Even the contract to oversee the expenditure went to a company with no relevant qualification in accounting. "They are the quintessential war profiteers," said a witness to one of the most notorious companies involved. "They made money out of chaos."
Trailer: War, Inc. (19 May 2008) http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/85726/
John Cusack's new film, War, Inc., is set in a fictionalized Iraq. It's a funny film. It might have been tough to watch if it weren't, given the level of destruction that five years of occupation have wrought on the real country. Cusack, along with co-writers Mark Leyner and Jeremy Pikser, offer up a dystopian vision of the future of privatized warfare set in "Turaqistan," a presumably oil-rich country that, if it really existed, would surely be somewhere that most Americans couldn't find on a map. The film's humor rests on very real and demonstrably disastrous trends in neoconservative foreign policy of recent years -- a lethal war of choice and profit, the dismantling of states and plundering of their resources, a profound cultural insensitivity, lack of accountability and reckless disregard for easily-predicted consequences -- which are then pushed to the absurd.
Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/revealed-secret-plan-to-keep-iraq-under-us-control-840512.html
Bush wants 50 military bases, control of Iraqi airspace and legal immunity for all American soldiers and contractors 05 Jun 2008 A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November. The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq's position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country.
IRAQ: Death Toll 'Above Highest Estimates' (June 2, 2008) http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=42618
The real number of the dead is far higher than even the highest declared in death tolls, many Iraqis say. A study by doctors from the Johns Hopkins School of Health in conjunction with Iraqi doctors from al-Mustanceriya University in Baghdad, published in the British medical journal The Lancet in October 2006, estimated the number of excess deaths as a result of the occupation at above 655,000. Just Foreign Policy, an independent organisation "dedicated to reforming U.S. foreign policy" offered an updated total of 1,213,716 at the time of this writing. On Sep. 14, 2007, Opinion Research Business (ORB), an independent polling agency located in London, produced a figure of 1,220,580 deaths as a result of the invasion. These estimates are above any official figures from Iraq, but they do consider the reported official figures. CLIP
Afghan war to drag on for 10 years: Australian military chief http://paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?201404
The war in Afghanistan is likely to last at least another decade and 10,000 more foreign troops are needed there now, Australian military and political leaders said Wednesday.
A Tattered Afghanistan Reflects on Past Six Years http://www.truthout.org/article/fear-disillusion-and-despair-notes-from-a-divided-land-peace-slips-away
The Guardian UK: "Six years after the fall of the Taliban, Nato claims the war is being won. But as Peter Beaumont discovered in his journey across the country, the West is in danger of losing the peace as millions suffer the fallout from social and economic collapse. Afghanistan's problems spring from 'lies and promises that were not kept. There is no security. Everything is in disorder. And the poor are no better off than they were before. They have to take out loans that they cannot return.'"
"Enough Is Enough, It's Time to Get Out": Veterans http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/03/9378/
Dozens of veterans from the U.S. occupation of Iraq converged in this west coast city over the weekend to share stories of atrocities being committed daily in Iraq, in a continuation of the "Winter Soldier" hearings held in Silver Spring, Maryland in March.
111 Nations, But Not US, Adopt Cluster Bomb Treaty http://www.truthout.org/article/111-nations-but-not-us-adopt-cluster-bomb-treaty
Shawn Pogatchnik, for The Associated Press, reports from Dublin, Ireland: "Chief negotiators of a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs predicted Friday that the United States will never again use the weapons, a critical component of American air and artillery power. The treaty formally adopted Friday by 111 nations, including many of America's major NATO partners, would outlaw all current designs of cluster munitions and require destruction of stockpiles within eight years. It also opens the possibility that European allies could order US bases located in their countries to remove cluster bombs from their stocks."
Immigration Agency to Reveal Some Death Data (5 June 2008) http://www.truthout.org/article/deaths-us-immigration-detention-facilities
DHS bureau will report the number of people who die awaiting deportation. (...) The articles, based on thousands of pages of internal documents, found that 83 detainees had died since ICE was created five years ago and that many more sick and mentally ill people have been denied the treatment to which they are entitled. The Post found medical staff shortages, treatment delays, sloppy record-keeping, poor administrative practices and cover-ups by employees aware of the poor care. CLIP
Prisons for Profit http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/051308U.shtml
"Corporations are running many US prisons, but are they putting profits before prisoners? America passed a grim milestone this year: One in every one hundred Americans is now behind bars. This week, NOW on PBS investigates the government's trend to outsource prisons and prisoners to the private sector and examines the controversy it's causing."
US Planning Big New Prison in Afghanistan http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/051708B.shtml
Eric Schmitt and Tim Golden of The New York Times report: "The Pentagon is moving forward with plans to build a new, 40-acre detention complex on the main American military base in Afghanistan, officials said, in a stark acknowledgment that the United States is likely to continue to hold prisoners overseas for years to come."
Human Rights Group Charges: US Continues Renditions and Operates a Floating Gulag (3 June 2008) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/jun2008/pris-j03.shtml
In a new report, the human rights organization Reprieve (UK) alleges that the US government has continued its program of rendition and secret imprisonment despite a claim by George W. Bush in 2006 that the illegal practices had been stopped and also that it holds an unknown number of ghost detainees aboard US navy vessels. The report has not been issued, but Reprieve made a press release available Monday and the Guardian in Britain carried a story the same day providing some of the studys details.According to the Guardian, the rights group claims there have been more than 200 new cases of rendition [handing prisoners over to regimes likely to torture them] since 2006. (...) In its press release, Reprieve cites the comment of its director, Clive Stafford Smith: By its own admission, the US government is currently detaining at least 26,000 people without trial in secret prisons, and information suggests up to 80,000 have been through the system since 2001. The US government must show a commitment to rights and basic humanity by immediately revealing who these people are, where they are, and what has been done to them. As for the detainees held on US ships, Reprieve alleges in its statement that as many as 17 ships have been employed as floating prisons since 2001, and that the prisoners have been interrogated under torturous conditions before being rendered to other, often undisclosed locations. CLIP
US accused of holding terror suspects on prison ships (June 2, 2008) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/02/usa.humanrights/
The United States is operating "floating prisons" to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees. CLIP
An ominous warning that the rapid rise in oil prices has only just begun (11 June 2008) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/an-ominous-warning-that-the-rapid-rise-in-oil-prices-has-only-just-begun-844217.html
The chief executive of the world's largest energy company has issued the most dire warning yet about the soaring the price of oil, predicting that it will hit $250 per barrel "in the foreseeable future". The forecast from Alexey Miller, the head of the Kremlin-owned gas giant Gazprom, would herald the arrival of £2-per-litre petrol and send shockwaves through the economy. His comments were the most stark to be expressed by an industry executive and come just days after the oil price registered its largest-ever single-day spike, hitting $139.12 per barrel last week amid fears that the world's faltering supply will be unable to keep up with demand.Mr Miller's prediction is well beyond even the most heady market forecasts, the most extreme of which fall between $150 and $200 per barrel, and was explained only by vague references to demand from the developing world. It nonetheless stoked an already febrile atmosphere of growing public anger across Europe over a soaring fuel cost that is wreaking havoc at nearly every level of the economy. The British Government was urging motorists yesterday not to panic-buy petrol in anticipation of a strike on Friday by lorry drivers who deliver petrol to forecourts for Royal Dutch Shell, assuring motorists that contingency plans would ensure sufficient supplies.In Spain, the regional government of Catalonia enacted an emergency action plan to bring in fresh food and fuel supplies after nearly half of its forecourts ran dry and supermarkets shelves were left bare. The situation was the result of the second day of an "indefinite" nationwide strike staged by lorry drivers in Spain seeking their government's help to contain the effects of expensive petrol. Scattered protests by drivers and fisherman in France and Portugal also continued yesterday. CLIP
Oil Crisis Rage Spreads http://www.truthout.org/article/oil-crisis-rage-spreads
According to Agence France-Presse, "British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned Wednesday that the world faced an era-defining oil 'shock' that required urgent action, as European leaders argued how best to contain protests over soaring fuel prices."
Oil prices: George Soros warns that speculators could trigger stock market crash http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/jun/03/commodities
He believes that the doubling in the price over the last year is partly due to investment institutions, such as pension funds, who are pumping money into indexes that track the cost of crude.
Fuel suppliers demand airlines pay cash in advance http://tinyurl.com/6amc24
Airlines are being forced to pay cash in advance for jet fuel as the major oil companies tighten the screws on an industry that is being crushed by an extraordinary surge in the price of crude oil.
The Peak Oil Crisis: The Half-Life For Air Travel (01 May 2008) http://www.fcnp.com/national_commentary/the_peak_oil_crisis_the_half-life_for_air_travel_20080501.html
In recent weeks, airlines around the world have been reporting substantial losses, declaring bankruptcy or completely shutting down. So far the losses have been mostly of small airlines, but many of the large ones have started to thrash around for merger partners. At $3.71 a gallon, jet fuel is now the single largest expense an airline faces. In 2000, the airlines fuel bill was $14 billion. It is now pushing $60 billion and climbing. Southwest, the most profitable carrier, recently announced that this years fuel bill will be $500 million more than last year and equal to 2007 profits. During the first quarter of 2008 American airlines lost $328 million; Delta lost $274 million; United lost $537 million; Continental $80 million; Northwest $191 million; and US Airways $236 million. Only Southwest Airlines, which did a better job of hedging its fuel than the others, made a profit. It is clear we are going to see major changes in air travel shortly. For some time now, airlines have been eliminating frills, raising prices, filling the planes and effecting whatever other economies come to mind. After the summer flying season ends next September, many airlines are planning to retire 5-10 percent of their least efficient aircraft, thereby reducing their flight schedules by a similar amount. Knowledgeable observers are expressing doubts these moves will be enough. People are starting to talk about $200 oil which implies that airline fuel costs will double again. CLIP
The Great Oil Swindle - How much did the Fed really know? By Mike Whitney http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20011.htm
The great oil crunch is another fabricated crisis; another "smoke and mirrors" fiasco; another Enron-type shell-game engineered by banksters and hedge fund managers. Once again, the bloody footprints can be traced right back to the front door of the Federal Reserve.
Oil Exporters Are Unable To Keep Up With Demand (May 29, 2008) http://online.wsj.com/public/article_print/SB121200725158327151.html
The world's top oil producers are proving unable to put more barrels on thirsty world markets despite sky-high prices, a shift that defies traditional market logic and looks set to continue.Fresh data from the U.S. Department of Energy show the amount of petroleum products shipped by the world's top oil exporters fell 2.5% last year, despite a 57% increase in prices, a trend that appears to be holding true this year as well. There are several reasons behind the net-export decline. Soaring profits from high-price crude have fueled a boom in oil demand in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East, leaving less oil for export. At the same time, aging fields and sluggish investments have caused exports to drop significantly in Mexico, Norway and, most recently, Russia. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries also cut production early last year and didn't move to boost supplies again until last fall. In all, according to the Energy Department figures, net exports by the world's top 15 suppliers, which account for 45% of all production, fell by nearly a million barrels to 38.7 million barrels a day last year. The drop would have been steeper if not for heightened output in less-developed countries such as Angola and Libya, whose economies have yet to become big energy consumers.For all the attention paid to China's increasing energy thirst, rising energy demand in the Middle East may pose the greater challenge. Last year, the region's six largest petroleum exporters -- Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar -- curbed their output by 544,000 barrels a day. At the same time, their domestic demand increased by 318,000 barrels a day, leading to a loss in net exports of 862,000 barrels a day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Demand in the Middle East is a major factor right now, said Adam Robinson, an oil analyst at Lehman Brothers in New York. Mr. Robinson predicts the region will constitute more than 40% of increased demand next year. Saudi Arabia in particular has become a major energy consumer as the country pushes to put its oil riches to greater use. The kingdom is in the middle of a major investment campaign to become a world player in petrochemicals, aluminum and fertilizers, all of which will require huge amounts of oil and natural gas.Since 2004, Saudi oil consumption has increased nearly 23%, to 2.3 million barrels a day last year. Jeffrey Brown, a Dallas-based petroleum geologist who studies net export numbers, said that at its current growth rate, Saudi Arabia could be consuming 4.6 million barrels a day by 2020. CLIP
Mechanics, police say gas theft changing with times http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080527/ap_on_bi_ge/punctured_gas_tanks
Dale Fortin is getting a new kind of customer at his Detroit auto repair shop, customers who have not just been in a fender-bender or had a windshield smashed by a rock.The soaring price of crude oil has turned gas tanks into a cache of valuable booty, and Fortin has replaced several tanks punctured or drilled by thieves thirsting for the nearly $4-a-gallon fuel inside.'That's the new fad,' said the co-owner of Dearborn Auto Tech in Detroit. 'I'd never seen it before gas got up this high.'While gas station drive-offs and siphoning are far more common methods of stealing gas, reports of tank and line puncturing are starting to trickle into police departments and repair shops across the country. Some veteran mechanics and law enforcement officers say it's an unwelcome return of a crime they first saw during the Middle East oil embargo of the early 1970s. (...) The cost of replacing a metal tank on passenger vehicles is between $300 and $400, and the plastic tank common on newer vehicles would be at least $500. CLIP
Nanowire "Paper Towel" Designed to Clean Up Oil Spills (30 May 2008) http://tinyurl.com/6ndezq
A mat of nanowires with the touch and feel of paper could be an important new tool in the cleanup of oil and other organic pollutants, scientists announced today. MIT researchers and colleagues say they have created a membrane that can absorb up to 20 times its weight in oil, and can be recycled many times for future use. The oil itself can also be recovered.Some 200,000 tons of oil have already been spilled at sea since the start of the decade. "What we found is that we can make 'paper' from an interwoven mesh of nanowires that is able to selectively absorb hydrophobic liquids - oil-like liquids - from water," said Francesco Stellacci, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and leader of the work. CLIP
How to Resurrect a Dying Dollar: A Reboot Manifesto http://www.heartcom.org/reboot.htm
It's not rocket science folks. The economy is in shambles for a simple reason. It is no accident that the Bush Administration has piled on more public debt than all predecessors combined; globalist empire mania at it's worst. The paper money printing presses have been running 24/7 to create more money, diluting the value. Since 2003, the dollar has lost more than one-third of its value compared to other major world currencies. But the price of oil and food has not risen in Europe. The value of the Euro has risen as the dollar plummets at an accelerated rate. It's far worse then we are told with official policy now suppressing key economic data like the real casualty numbers for Gulf War Veterans.The dollar is dying by plan and intent. The privately owned FED has an agenda. Bring the U.S. down and China up, and where they meet is a New World Order with the banksters in control. That may sound simplistic if not "crazy" but it follows a pattern since the FED hijacked the Constitution and began to privatize all our social institutions with a fraction of the action on "easy money" (debt) for the banksters. What is certifiably insane is how the fiscal responsibility demanded for every household in America is denied by our own government. CLIP
Over 60% of People Do Not Trust the Government http://tinyurl.com/6kkzbd
A poll conducted by the World Public Opinion (WPO) has found that over 60% of the population of Great Britain and the United States do not trust their governments. The poll showed that 67% of Brits have low levels of trust in the Labour Government while 60% of Americans feel the same way about the Bush Administration.
A blatant and absolute fraud! What Is The Cause Of The Word-Wide Rise In Oil And Food Prices? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20058.htm
What is in store for the billions of poor people around the world who live on $1 a day? What is in store for the relatively rich populations of America and Europe when fuel prices have greater and greater impact on already rising food prices, driven up by these same speculators? Give it another month and when the prophesy of $150 a barrel sinks into the collective consciousness of all the truckers, fishermen, farmers who use fuel and pesticides and fertilizers, not to mention the ordinary motorist trying to get to work, expect the proverbial 'doodoo' to hit the revolving air machine. There have been many articles alluding to the fact that America is already bankrupt, having spent billions on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the burgeoning U.S. Department of Homeland Security, all in hock to China, Japan and Asian countries. The dollar is steadily tanking and today the New York Times sent me a news alert, which said, 'The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell about 400 points, driven by economic concerns and by oil prices that soared to near $140 a barrel." In 2008, for example, it took $21.57 to buy what $1 bought in 1913. (...) Do you see the similarities to the 1920's Great Depression? Almost all the factors are in place now that were contributing to the situation then, except that now, the situation is global. (...) It would seem that millions of people worldwide will die of starvation in the next few years as the world economy collapses. Now the real question is, is just the result of bad money management and greed or is it planned? And if so what is the objective?(...) And when you think about it in the round, so to speak, these people will be responsible for the deaths of starving millions because of the high food and oil prices, brought about by their casino gambling and deliberate talking up stocks into a bubble in order to make a quick profit, before the little investor gets left holding the dead baby.It is time. It is time to put a stop to this fraud, this blatant manipulation of the money supply and abolish the Federal Reserve. Once America 'comes to its senses' the other Central banks will quake in fear that it will happen to them. When the starving striking fishermen and truckers really get to know who is causing all this, then the 'global economic fraud' will end. CLIP
Zimbabwe ruled by 'military junta' (June 10, 2008) http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/623A12E3-FC69-4D17-ADE1-0C2A0B638137.htm
Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's opposition leader, has said that the country is being run by a military junta ahead of the run-off presidential election later this month. He told a news conference in the capital Harare on Tuesday that he would contest the vote against Robert Mugabe, the president, despite reports of a rising level of violence."This country is effectively now run by a military junta," he said. "As a people we have been exposed to state-sponsored brutality."Tsvangirai said that 66 supporters of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had been killed since the first round of voting on March 29.He also said that 3000 people have been hospitalised and another 200 are missing."Despite the conditions on the ground, the MDC is focused on the run-off and has developed counter-strategies of campaigning," he said."I have been encouraged by people's desire to finish what we have started." CLIP
Fears of new civil war as Sudanese town razed (27 May 2008) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/fears-of-new-civil-war-as-sudanese-town-razed-834597.html
Abyei, in the heart of Sudan, was a town of more than 30,000 people. It had a school and a hospital, a marketplace and a bar.It doesn't exist any more. Almost everything has been burnt to the ground. What remains is devastation. (...) A peace deal signed in 2005 brought an end to Sudan's 20-year civil war a conflict between the Khartoum government and rebels in the south, which claimed the lives of two million people. Regional analysts now fear that the razing of Abyei by according to witnesses forces allied to Sudan's President, Omar al-Bashir, will cause the peace agreement to unravel. Analysts warn of a new civil war across Sudan that would destroy chances of peace in Darfur and suck in many of Sudan's nine neighbours to the conflict.Abyei had been one of the most contested regions in the war, an area which both sides claimed as their own. In the past two years, the majority of Abyei's population had returned. They lived under the protection of the United Nations. More than 300 troops are based here, with tanks, guns, and a mandate to monitor the peace deal between north and south. But President Bashir's ruling party, with more than one eye on the large oil reserves in the region around Abyei, has refused to accept the decision of an independent commission giving the area's residents the option of joining the south. The UN's top official in Sudan, Ashraf Qazi, warned of an escalation of violence in other disputed regions across central Sudan. "This could easily spread to other areas and threaten the peace deal," he said. CLIP
Burma: Thousands of Children Orphaned by Cyclone Nargis http://www.truthout.org/article/burma-thousands-children-orphaned-cyclone-nargis
Moe Yu May writes for InterPressService in Rangoon, Burma: "Ko Ko Aung remembers the moment when he thought he had lost his older brother, Wai Yan Soe, to the powerful waters that tore through their house on the night Cyclone Nargis struck, one month ago ... Today, Ko Ko Aung and his elder brother are among 30 children orphaned by the cyclone that have found refuge in a Rangoon monastery."
Famine-hit Ethiopia ups army budget (June 11, 2008) http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/09572FAB-885F-49CB-9504-4B7BBB7B86E7.htm
The Ethiopian government has announced plans to increase its military budget by $50m to $400m, just one week after it appealed for international help to tackle its worst famine in 25 years. The announcement came after the US and Britain on Tuesday pledged a combined $90m in famine relief to the African country. Sufian Ahmed, Ethiopia's finance minister, said "we can only sustain economic development when there is stability in our region". "We believe that this amount is proportional." The draft budget is expected to be approved later this month. The move to increase military spending came a week after Ethiopia appealed for international help as it faces its worst famine since more than a million people starved to death in 1984 and 1985. Amid drought conditions and soaring global food prices, the UN estimates four million people are now at risk of starvation. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to send about 95,000 tonnes of food to the Horn of Africa nation next month. Ethiopia will also receive an additional $10m in medical supplies, water services and other non-food aid, USAID said in a statement. Ethiopia is involved in a border row with Eritrea that has remained unresolved despite the signing of a peace deal that ended their two-year war in 2000. CLIP
UN: Apathy worsening food crisis http://tinyurl.com/6qskrp
Billions of dollars are being wasted on feeding obese people in the West while millions starve around the world, Jacques Diouf, the United Nations food agency chief, has told world leaders at a summit on food security in Rome.
The Rich Get Hungrier http://www.truthout.org/article/the-rich-get-hungrier
Amartya Sen writes for The New York Times, "The recent rise in food prices has largely been caused by temporary problems like drought in Australia, Ukraine and elsewhere. Though the need for huge rescue operations is urgent, the present acute crisis will eventually end. But underlying it is a basic problem that will only intensify unless we recognize it and try to remedy it."
World Bank unveils $1.2bn food plan (MAY 30, 2008) MERELY SPARE CHANGE FOR THE FILTHY RICHEST PEOPLE ON EARTH... http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C9341A2D-FB20-4C35-A884-62D9E3EF03D1.htm
The World Bank has announced a $1.2bn programme to respond to the current global food crisis. The "fast track facility" will include $200m in grants to those most at risk from malnutrition or starvation in poor nations, the organisation said on Thursday.The bank says it aims to increase support for agriculture and food to $6bn, up from $4bn in 2008. Rising prices of vital foodstuffs such as wheat and rice have led to violent protests in dozens of countries across the world in recent months.In videoThe World Bank's Ngozi Okonjo Iweala on Al JazeeraRobert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, said in a statement: "These initiatives will help address the immediate danger of hunger and malnutrition for the two billion people struggling to survive in the face of rising food prices." Zoellick also urged governments of developed nations not to impose export restrictions or tariffs on food that could be funnelled to relief agencies or countries facing severe food shortages. He said such taxes and bans were "exacerbating the problem". Critics say the World Bank's free trade and free market policies have hindered the ability of poor countries to protect their food supplies and prevent higher prices. They have also meant that subsidised US goods can flood markets. CLIP
Cuba's Urban Agrarians Flourish http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/06/04/world/main4154650.shtml
Seventy percent of the vegetables and herbs grown in Cuba are organic and can be found in urban gardens. "Buy local. Eat seasonal. Eat organic." All now commonplace admonitions in the United States. But while none of these slogans are household words in Cuba, 70 percent of the vegetables and herbs grown on the island today are organic and the urban gardens where they are raised are usually within walking distance of those who will consume them. So in one blow Cuba reduced the use of fossil fuels in the production and transportation of food. And they began doing this nearly 20 years ago. The island nation's move to organic and sustainable farming did not arise from its environmental consciousness, although there was an element of that also. The main reason was the beginning of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, Cuba's only source of petroleum and main trading partner at that time. CLIP
Organic vs. GMO: Cracking the Produce Codes http://community.livejournal.com/naturalliving/4372446.html
Have you ever looked at two bins of apples, one labeled 'organic,' and the other 'conventional,' and wondered if the apples might not be the same? I have. And since discovering a little secret of the produce industry, I've found that you really have to be a detective in the aisles these days.The secret is the price look-up (PLU) codes. They're an international numbering standard that identifies each type of produce, so that computerized cash registers can ring up the cost of fruits and vegetables automatically. They're also a powerhouse of information for savvy shoppers. The code indicates whether the item is a conventional, organic or genetically modified (GM) crop. The codes are based on four-digit numbers for conventional produce, to which an extra digit is added to indicate organic or GM status. If the number is five digits beginning with a 9, then the item is organic. If the item is five digits beginning in 8, then it is a genetically modified crop. For example, the PLU code for bananas is 4011. If the PLU sticker on the banana bunch reads 94011, then they are organic bananas. If the PLU sticker reads 84011, then the bananas are a genetically modified variety. There are PLU code stickers on virtually every piece of fruit, banded around every head of lettuce or bunch of spinach, and stamped onto the bag of every bag of organic salad greens. But that doesn't prevent certain confused grocers from mislabeling them. I've discovered conventional Fuji apples (4129) in the 'organic Fuji apples' (94129) bin many times. It's strange that I've never found organic apples in the conventional bin. In any case, knowing the codes will ensure that you get what you intended to get every time you shop.
Teen Finds How to Decompose Plastic Bags (May 22, 2008) http://news.therecord.com/article/354044#=rss
WCI student isolates microbe that lunches on plastic bags - Getting ordinary plastic bags to rot away like banana peels would be an environmental dream come true.After all, we produce 500 billion a year worldwide and they take up to 1,000 years to decompose. They take up space in landfills, litter our streets and parks, pollute the oceans and kill the animals that eat them. Now a Waterloo teenager has found a way to make plastic bags degrade faster -- in three months, he figures. Daniel Burd's project won the top prize at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa. He came back with a long list of awards, including a $10,000 prize, a $20,000 scholarship, and recognition that he has found a practical way to help the environment. CLIP
Navy Held Firing Tests Near Dolphin Stranding http://www.planetark.org/avantgo/dailynewsstory.cfm?newsid=48742
LONDON - The Royal Navy carried out live-firing exercises off Cornwall just hours before 25 dolphins died by stranding themselves in a nearby river, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday. As initial autopsies suggested the dolphins might have been scared or disorientated, MoD officials said training exercises with a submarine and survey ship using sonar had also been held in Falmouth Bay. MoD officials said the exercises were "highly unlikely" to have been the cause of the deaths, Britain's biggest mass stranding for nearly 30 years. Campaigners called for an urgent inquiry into any possible connection.The dolphins died after swimming up the Percuil River near Falmouth on Monday morning despite marine experts, wildlife volunteers and vets battling all day to save them. While seven were saved and led back out to sea, one rescuer described the scene as a "sea of carnage". A Royal Navy spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday there had been no training or official activity in the area since last Thursday.But on Wednesday, the MoD issued a statement confirming there were "routine" live firing exercises 60 nautical miles from Falmouth on Friday.Marine experts said this was considered close in terms of possible effects on dolphins. Officials also said a survey vessel had been using "short-range side-scan sonar" for sea-bed mapping trials at the time of the incident. CLIP
US plan to protect right whale from shipping blocked by Cheney (2 May 2008) http://tinyurl.com/5yd6k3
Efforts to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale from being killed by ships are being blocked by Vice President Dick Cheney according to leaked documents.A behind the scenes struggle is raging between the White House and US government scientists who want to force ships to slow down near the calving grounds of the almost extinct right whale. The right whale controversy is the latest example of the Bush Administration sidestepping the advice of its on scientists which are aimed at protecting endangered species or threats to the environment. On Monday, a judge had to order the administration to release its much-delayed decision aimed at protecting the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. Only 350 of the whales remain in Atlantic waters off America's eastern seaboard and they are considered one of the most endangered species on Earth. Government scientists warn that the loss of just one more pregnant female is enough to doom the species, which was almost hunted to extinction in the 19th century. Every year around three right whales are either injured or killed in collisions with ocean-going vessels like containerized cargo ships even though they are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Right whales frequently wash up on shore bearing deep scars from being struck by ships propellers. To reduce ship strikes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) decided that ships should restrict their speed to 10 knots or less near whale feeding and calving grounds during parts of the year. But Mr Cheney's office, which tends to operate in secrecy, sent letters repeatedly questioning whether the rule was needed according to leaked documents. Flatly contradicting the scientific research Mr Cheney's staff argued, "that we have no evidence that lowering the speeds of 'large ships' will actually make a difference."A critique of the scientists analysis by the administration led to a strongly worded reply in which they said: "The basic facts remain that there is a direct relationship" between a vessel's speed and the likelihood of death or serious injury to the whale, and "at vessel speeds at or below 10 knots, the probability of death/serious injury is greatly reduced." CLIP
US Consumers Rank Last in World Survey of Green Habits http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/050708EA.shtml
"Americans rank last in a new National Geographic-sponsored survey released Wednesday that compares environmental consumption habits in 14 countries."
Apocalypse in the Oceans (May 30, 2008) http://www.alternet.org/environment/86789
With 150 dead zones in our oceans, some the size of Ireland, author Taras Grescoe argues that there's been a massive die out of sea life. (...) With the cod gone, stocks of lobsters and other low-in-the-food-chain species exploded." By wiping out predator species, the fishing industry screws up ecosystems. As sea creatures high on the food chain disappear, their populations more than decimated in the last half-century, a lobster boom "may just be a tiny blip on a slippery slope to oceans filled with jellyfish, bacteria, and slime."Meanwhile, overfishing has created some 150 "dead zones" -- oxygen-free patches of ocean that can sustain no life -- around the world: Some of these patches, Grescoe tells us forebodingly, "are now as large as Ireland." In search of seafloor-dwelling species such as the trendy monkfish -- long ignored, then popularized singlehandedly by Julia Child in 1979 -- bottom-trawls weighing more than 26,000 pounds each rake and flatten wildlife-rich undersea peaks, leaving a paved-looking flatness in their wake. Oh, and a large percentage of coral reefs worldwide are dying or already dead. Oh, and those bluefin tuna and halibut steaks you like? Say it with me: Mercury. Those jumbo fried shrimp battened on pesticides and antibiotics in bacteria-riddled Chinese farms, their decomposing flesh treated with borax? How's your health insurance? (...) And we learn about "finning," the practice of slicing off just-caught sharks' pectoral and dorsal fins -- destined for soup -- with hot metal blades. "Kicked back into the ocean, alive and bleeding," it can take the sharks days to die. Nearly forty million are killed this way annually. Seventeen countries, including the US and Canada, now ban finning, but China and the EU are among the world's remaining avid finners; Grescoe identifies Spain as the most avid of all. Although shark hunting is technically forbidden in Galapagos National Park, a vast marine reserve, some 300,000 sharks are caught there every year. CLIP
Oxygen-Poor Ocean Zones Are Growing http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/050208EB.shtml
Kenneth R. Weiss, The Los Angeles Times, says: "Oxygen-starved waters are expanding in the Pacific and Atlantic as ocean temperatures increase with global warming, threatening fisheries and other marine life, a study published today concludes."
Trouble in paradise: Warming a greater danger to tropical species (22.05.2008) http://www.sonnenseite.com/index.php?pageID=80&news:oid=n10070&template=news_detail.html&flash=true
Polar bears fighting for survival in the face of a rapid decline of polar ice have made the Arctic a poster child for the negative effects of climate change. But new research shows that species living in the tropics likely face the greatest peril in a warmer world. (...) "Many tropical species can only tolerate a narrow range of temperatures because the climate they experience is pretty constant throughout the year," said Curtis Deutsch, an assistant professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Our calculations show that they will be harmed by rising temperatures more than would species in cold climates. "Unfortunately, the tropics also hold the large majority of species on the planet," he said. CLIP
China tries to curb addiction to plastic bags (June 1, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080601/sc_afp/chinaenvironmentpollution
BEIJING (AFP) - China joined a small group of nations Sunday in restricting the use of plastic bags, but there are doubts the rule would be effective in a country that consumes one trillion of them a year. Supermarkets and other shops began charging for plastic bags as a government crackdown on the environmentally damaging items creaked into action. The production, sale and use of ultra-thin plastic shopping bags was also banned in an attempt to rid the country of the "white pollution" that clogs its waterways, farms and fields.Only a few other countries, ranging from Ireland to Bangladesh, have already taken similar measures.But environmental organisations questioned whether the ban on free plastic shopping bags could be effectively implemented in the entire country. CLIP
Global Warming Africanizing Spain http://www.truthout.org/article/global-warming-africanizing-spain
Elisabeth Rosenthal, of The New York Times: "Southern Spain has long been plagued by cyclical drought, but the current crisis, scientists say, probably reflects a more permanent climate change brought on by global warming. And it is a harbinger of a new kind of conflict."
World CO2 Levels At Record High, Scientists Warn (May 12, 2008) http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/05/12/8897/
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a record high, according to new figures that renew fears that climate change could begin to slide out of control. Scientists at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii say that CO2 levels in the atmosphere now stand at 387 parts per million (ppm), up almost 40% since the industrial revolution and the highest for at least the last 650,000 years.The figures, published by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on its website, also confirm that carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, is accumulating in the atmosphere faster than expected. The annual mean growth rate for 2007 was 2.14ppm - the fourth year in the past six to see an annual rise greater than 2ppm. From 1970 to 2000, the concentration rose by about 1.5ppm each year, but since 2000 the annual rise has leapt to an average 2.1ppm. CLIP
The Defining Moment for Climate Change (May 11, 2008) http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174930
Already climate change -- in the form of a changing pattern of global rainfall -- seems to be affecting the planet in significant ways. Take the massive, almost decade-long drought in Australia's wheat-growing heartland, which has been a significant factor in sending flour prices, and so bread prices, soaring globally, leading to desperation and food riots across the planet. (...) Two weeks ago came the news that atmospheric carbon dioxide had jumped 2.4 parts per million last year -- two decades ago, it was going up barely half that fast.And suddenly, the news arrives that the amount of methane, another potent greenhouse gas, accumulating in the atmosphere, has unexpectedly begun to soar as well. Apparently, we've managed to warm the far north enough to start melting huge patches of permafrost and massive quantities of methane trapped beneath it have begun to bubble forth.And don't forget: China is building more power plants; India is pioneering the $2,500 car, and Americans are converting to TVs the size of windshields which suck juice ever faster.Here's the thing. Hansen didn't just say that, if we didn't act, there was trouble coming; or, if we didn't yet know what was best for us, we'd certainly be better off below 350 ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. His phrase was: " if we wish to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed." A planet with billions of people living near those oh-so-floodable coastlines. A planet with ever more vulnerable forests. CLIP
Climate Destruction Will Produce Millions of "Envirogees" (27 May 2008) http://www.truthout.org/article/climate-destruction-will-produce-millions-envirogees
The rise of environmental disasters from climate change and destruction of ecosystems will create a surge of refugees across the planet. Chew on this word, jargon lovers. Envirogee. It carries more 21st century buzz than its semi-official designation climate refugee, which is a displaced individual who has been forced to migrate because of environmental devastation. Maybe the buzzword will catch on faster and shed some much-needed light on what will become a serious problem, probably by the end of this or the next decade. That light is crucial, because so far envirogees haven't been fully recognized by those who certify the civil liberties of Earth's various populations, whether that is the United Nations or local and national governments whose people are increasingly on the move for a whole new set of devastating reasons. CLIP
An epidemic of extinctions: Decimation of life on earth (16 May 2008) http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/an-epidemic-of-extinctions-decimation-of-life-on-earth-829325.html
Species are dying out at a rate not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs, according to a report published today and human behaviour is to blame. Emily Dugan counts the cost -- The world's species are declining at a rate "unprecedented since the extinction of the dinosaurs", a census of the animal kingdom has revealed. The Living Planet Index out today shows the devastating impact of humanity as biodiversity has plummeted by almost a third in the 35 years to 2005.The report, produced by WWF, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Global Footprint Network, says land species have declined by 25 per cent, marine life by 28 per cent, and freshwater species by 29 per cent.Jonathan Loh, editor of the report, said that such a sharp fall was "completely unprecedented in terms of human history". "You'd have to go back to the extinction of the dinosaurs to see a decline as rapid as this," he added. "In terms of human lifespan we may be seeing things change relatively slowly, but in terms of the world's history this is very rapid."And "rapid" is putting it mildly. Scientists say the current extinction rate is now up to 10,000 times faster than what has historically been recorded as normal.As nations meet for the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, these alarming figures will cast a shadow over government pledges to make a "significant" reduction in biodiversity loss by 2010. In fact, the report's authors say that global inaction has already made such a goal totally unattainable. CLIP
How the world's oceans are running out of fish (May 11 2008) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/may/11/fishing.food
The future of our seas has never been more precarious. Ninety years of industrial-scale overfishing has brought us to the brink of an ecological catastrophe and deprived millions of their livelihoods. As scientific guidelines are ignored and catches become ever bigger, Alex Renton tells why the international community has failed to act. CLIP
Unilever Threatens Côte d'Ivoire's Primary Rainforests, Showing Promises of "Sustainable" Palm Oil Meaningless http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=ivory_coast_oil_palm
Leading global consumer products company poised to destroy Ivory Coast's rainforests as both investor and customer, just after its commitment to rainforest protection and certified oil palm was much heralded by some -- One of Côte d'Ivoire's most important primary rainforests is to be cleared by global consumer product company Unilever and others, despite Unilever's recent promises to buy only "sustainable" palm oil from lands not cleared of rainforests for their production. Tanoé Swamps Forest in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is one of the last remaining old growth forests in the country and the last refuge for three highly endangered primates -- the Miss Waldron Colobus, the Geoffroy's colobus and the Diana roloway -- as well as home to many endangered plant species. Despite international protests, palm oil company PALM-CI has just begun destroying this 6,000 hectare forest to convert it to oil palm plantations. Unilever is one of the main companies behind PALM-CI and the destruction of the Tanoé Swamps Forest. After sending the first protest email to Unilever, you will be forwarded to a second protest email asking the government of Côte d'Ivoire to ensure that the forest and the communities that depend on it are fully protected.
Fungi Could Help Clean Up DU (7 May 2008) http://tinyurl.com/6on82h
Humble fungi found in most back gardens could help clean up battlefields contaminated with depleted uranium. At present, sites can be partial decontaminated by physically collecting and disposing of fragments from shells. However, radioactive particles and dust from explosions remain in the soil, preventing full reclamation. Now, a research team in Scotland has established that common fungi can grow on and chemically lock away the offending uranium. As their hyphal filaments sprawled across fragments of depleted uranium, the tubules gradually became coated in a yellowy mineral. This, it turned out, locked the uranium into a chemical form inaccessible to biological organisms, and unlikely to dissolve into surface waters. At twice the density of lead, depleted uranium is added to weapons to give them extra force to penetrate targets. But the complete fallout from exploding missiles is impossible to collect physically. This means that hazardous radioactive uranium-235 in the material, which can cause kidney toxicity and has been linked with nerve damage and lung cancer, can persist in the environment for decades. CLIP
Tim Lott: My LSD trip down memory lane (4 May 2008) http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/tim-lott-my-lsd-trip-down-memory-lane-820706.html
Acid hasn't been fashionable since the Sixties and Seventies. Today, there are few politicians who wouldn't benefit from a tab -- Dr Albert Hofmann, who died last week, was the inventor of LSD. But he was not merely a chemist. He was a revolutionary. Hofmann changed the way a whole generation looked at the world. This is the sort of statement that is customarily made about thinkers and scientists of the stature of, say, Marx or Einstein. But it is more directly and vividly true of Hofmann than any of these otherwise much more formidable intellectual titans. Freud theorised about the existence of the unconscious, but LSD made it an experiential reality, as tangible as touching stone or seeing light. Hofmanns discovery is still widely misunderstood. But those who have known its glory - and its agony - will also know that no one really comes back from the altered state of consciousness that LSD induces quite the same person that they were before. Like no other experience imaginable, it rips to pieces your understanding of what it is to be alive. When you return from the unimaginable shore to which LSD takes you, putting those pieces back together can be a lifelong task. It can make you mad. But it can also make you understand that your life is not what you thought it was - that it is bigger, richer and, above all, stranger. This epiphany-in-a-pill is an idea that makes us deeply uncomfortable for a raft of reasons - the lack of spiritual or moral effort involved in attaining the experience, the impossibility of explaining its effects to non-users, and the moral panic over its distribution and use in the 1960s and 1970s. Nowadays, LSD has been quietly consigned to the medicine cabinet of history. It is no longer fashionable, nor widely available, nor especially potent. It has lost ground to gentler drugs such as MDMA or more violent narcotics such a crack, crystal meth and heroin. But it is in a different category from all these mind-altering substances, and ill deserves its lumping into the category of recreational drugs: bad/harmful/dangerous. This isnt to say it isnt bad, harmful or dangerous. LSD can certainly be all those things. But LSD - like its natural counterparts mescaline or peyote - is not quite in the same category as any other mind-altering narcotic. It is potentially, I think, the only truly creative drug - that is, a drug which enables the mind to shake off the shackles of habit and conditioning and arrive at the heart of - for want of a better word - the human soul. And it is the only recreational drug that has a real element of intellectual and cultural respectability, with thinkers and writers such as Aldous Huxley, Ken Kesey and Allen Ginsberg all affirming its uses, while the remarkable phenomenon we call the Sixties would not have happened at all without this psychoactive shamanic medicine. CLIP
Mercury Fillings Shattered! FDA, ADA Conspiracy to Poison Children with Toxic Mercury Fillings Exposed in Groundbreaking Lawsuit (June 05, 2008) http://www.naturalnews.com/023367.html
The FDA has, for decades, ridiculously insisted that mercury fillings pose no health threat whatsoever to children. While dismissing hundreds of studies showing a clear link between mercury amalgam fillings ("silver fillings") and disastrous neurological effects in the human body, the FDA denied the truth about mercury and effectively protected the mercury filling racket that has brought so much harm to so many people. For over a hundred years, a cabal of "mercury mongers" made up of the American Dental Association, mercury filling manufacturers and indignant dentists have reaped windfall profits by implanting toxic fillings into the mouths of children, all while insisting that mercury -- one of the most toxic heavy metals known to modern science -- posed no health threat whatsoever.Today, that reign of toxicity is about to end. Thanks to the tireless, multi-year efforts of people like Charles Brown, National Counsel for Consumers for Dental Choice (http://www.ToxicTeeth.org), the FDA has now been forced to acknowledge a fact so fundamental that, by any measure of honest science, it should have adopted the position decades ago. What position is that? Simply that mercury is toxic to humans. CLIP
10 airports install body scanners http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20080606/a_bodyscan06.art.htm
(...) The scanners bounce harmless "millimeter waves" off passengers who are selected to stand inside a portal with arms raised after clearing the metal detector. A TSA screener in a nearby room views the black-and-white image and looks for objects on a screen that are shaded differently from the body. Finding a suspicious object, a screener radios a colleague at the checkpoint to search the passenger. The TSA says it protects privacy by blurring passengers' faces and deleting images right after viewing. Yet the images are detailed, clearly showing a person's gender. "You can actually see the sweat on someone's back," Schear said.The scanners aim to strengthen airport security by spotting plastic and ceramic weapons and explosives that evade metal detectors and are the biggest threat to aviation. Government audits have found that screeners miss a large number of weapons, bombs and bomb parts such as wires and timers that agents sneak through checkpoints. (...) Passengers can decline to go through a scanner, but they will face a pat-down.Schear, the Baltimore security director, said only 4% of passengers decline.In Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where scanners have been tested since last year as an alternative to pat-downs, 90% of passengers choose to be scanned, the TSA says. "Most passengers don't think it's any big deal," Schear said. "They think it's a piece of security they're willing to do."
Taser Loses 1st Product-Liability Suit; Jury Awards $6 Million http://tinyurl.com/3fexoc
Taser International Inc., the largest stun-gun maker, lost a $6.2 million jury verdict over the death of a California man who died after police shot him multiple times with the weapon. The defeat is the first for Taser in a product- liability claim.A San Jose, California, jury yesterday said Taser had failed to warn police in Salinas, California, that prolonged exposure to electric shock from the device could cause a risk of cardiac arrest. The jury awarded $1 million in compensatory damages and $5.2 million in punitive damages to the estate of Robert Heston, 40, and his parents. The jury cleared the police officers of any liability.Taser previously won two trials, one over claims by a police officer injured in a training accident and the other involving a death in custody. Taser has settled at least 10 cases involving injuries to police officers during training, company lawyer Doug Klint told Bloomberg News last year. Taser said it will appeal the verdict. CLIP
Cordless phones at least as dangerous as mobile phones http://www.i-sis.org.uk/cordlessPhonesBrainTumours.php
Cancer researchers in Sweden found strong links between malignant brain tumours and using cordless phones, which are comparable to those for using mobile phones [1, 2].The cancer research team led by Lennart Hardell at the University of Orebro showed that people who have used mobile phones or cordless phones for more than 2 000 h are all at greatly increased risks of getting malignant brain tumours. The odds of getting malignant brain tumours compared with those who have never used these phones - expressed as odds ratio, OR was 5.9 times for analogue mobile phones (older type of mobile phones), 3.7 tines for digital mobile phones and 2.3 times for cordless phones. (OR of 1 indicates no increased risk compared to non-users; OR1 indicates decreased risk; and OR">1 indicates increased risk.) CLIP
Japan urges limiting kids' cell phones (May 27) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080527/ap_on_bi_ge/japan_no_cell_phones
TOKYO - Japanese youngsters are getting so addicted to Internet-linking cell phones that the government is starting a program warning parents and schools to limit their use among children. The government is worried about how elementary and junior high school students are getting sucked into cyberspace crimes, spending long hours exchanging mobile e-mail and suffering other negative effects of cell phone overuse, Masaharu Kuba, a government official overseeing the initiative, said Tuesday."Japanese parents are giving cell phones to their children without giving it enough thought," he said. "In Japan, cell phones have become an expensive toy." CLIP
Spiritual wise ones say: This sure ain't no ordinary politician. You buying it?
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
June 6, 2008
I find I'm having this discussion, this weird little debate, more and more, with colleagues, with readers, with liberals and moderates and miserable, deeply depressed Republicans and spiritually amped persons of all shapes and stripes and I'm having it in particular with those who seem confused, angry, unsure, thoroughly nonplussed, as they all ask me the same thing: What the hell's the big deal about Obama?
I, of course, have an answer. Sort of.
Warning: If you are a rigid pragmatist/literalist, itchingly evangelical, a scowler, a doubter, a burned-out former '60s radical with no hope left, or are otherwise unable or unwilling to parse alternative New Age speak, click away right now, because you ain't gonna like this one little bit.
Ready? It goes likes this:
Barack Obama isn't really one of us. Not in the normal way, anyway.
This is what I find myself offering up more and more in response to the whiners and the frowners and to those with broken or sadly dysfunctional karmic antennae - or no antennae at all - to all those who just don't understand and maybe even actively recoil against all this chatter about Obama's aura and feel and MLK/JFK-like vibe.
To them I say all right, you want to know what it is? The appeal, the draw, the ethereal and thing that keeps drawing millions of people in from all over the world, that keeps opening up and firing into new channels of the culture normally completely unaffected by politics?
No, it's not merely youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric. It is not fresh ideas or cool charisma or the fact that a black president will be historic and revolutionary in about a thousand different ways. It is something more. Even Bill Clinton, with all his effortless, winking charm, didn't have what Obama has, which is a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high-vibration integrity.
Dismiss it all you like, but I've heard from far too many enormously smart, wise, spiritually attuned people who've been intuitively blown away by Obama's presence - not speeches, not policies, but sheer presence - to say it's just a clever marketing ploy, a slick gambit carefully orchestrated by hotshot campaign organizers who, once Obama gets into office, will suddenly turn from perky optimists to vile soul-sucking lobbyist whores, with Obama as their suddenly evil, cackling overlord.
Here's where it gets gooey. Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.
The unusual thing is, true Lightworkers almost never appear on such a brutal, spiritually empty stage as national politics. This is why Obama is so rare. And this why he is so often compared to Kennedy and Martin Luther King, to those leaders in our culture whose stirring vibrations still resonate throughout our short history.
Are you rolling your eyes and scoffing? Fine by me. But you gotta wonder, why has, say, the JFK legacy lasted so long, is so vital to our national identity? Yes, the assassination canonized his legend. The Kennedy family is our version of royalty. But there's something more. Those attuned to energies beyond the literal meanings of things, these people say JFK wasn't assassinated for any typical reason you can name. It's because he was just this kind of high-vibration being, a peacemaker, at odds with the war machine, the CIA, the dark side. And it killed him.
Now, Obama. The next step. Another try. And perhaps, as Bush laid waste to the land and embarrassed the country and pummeled our national spirit into disenchanted pulp and yet ironically, in so doing has helped set the stage for an even larger and more fascinating evolutionary burp, we are finally truly ready for another Lightworker to step up.
Let me be completely clear: I'm not arguing some sort of utopian revolution, a big global group hug with Obama as some sort of happy hippie camp counselor. I'm not saying the man's going to swoop in like a superhero messiah and stop all wars and make the flowers grow and birds sing and solve world hunger and bring puppies to schoolchildren.
Please. I'm also certainly not saying he's perfect, that his presidency will be free of compromise, or slimy insiders, or great heaps of politics-as-usual. While Obama's certainly an entire universe away from George W. Bush in terms of quality, integrity, intelligence and overall inspirational energy, well, so is your dog. Hell, it isn't hard to stand far above and beyond the worst president in American history.
But there simply is no denying that extra kick. As one reader put it to me, in a way, it's not even about Obama, per se. There's a vast amount of positive energy swirling about that's been held back by the armies of BushCo darkness, and this energy has now found a conduit, a lightning rod, is now effortlessly self-organizing around Obama's candidacy. People and emotions and ideas of high and positive vibration are automatically draw to him. It's exactly like how Bush was a magnet for the low vibrational energies of fear and war and oppression and aggression, but, you know, completely reversed. And different. And far, far better.
Don't buy any of it? Think that's all a bunch of tofu-sucking New Agey bulls-- and Obama is really a dangerously elitist political salesman whose inexperience will lead us further into darkness because, when you're talking national politics, nothing, really, ever changes? I understand. I get it. I often believe it myself.
HERE IS AN INTERESTING COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE FROM LONG-TIME ERN SUBSCRIBER DAN STAFFORD
Date: 08 Jun 2008
From: Daniel Stafford (email@example.com)
Subject: Re: Is Obama an Enlightened One?
Interesting take, Jean.
I'm thinking maybe this is right. I come by that in a 'roundabout way.
First, as horrible as Bush has been, he's exposed the rottenness of the government-corporate marriage bed to the core, the energy industry's dark side, the war on the global middle class, all of it. You couldn't dream up a bigger flashlight than the murderous idiot-clown we've had in office for 7.5 years. As an old American saying goes, if Bush had a brain, he'd be dangerous - because he'd be able to bury all his excrement instead of shoving it at people's noses in a bumbling, arrogant way.
It's like astrology, one perceived negative aspect sets the stage for the healing aspect to follow.
Jagged, bitter pill that George Bush has been, what would be on America's mind now if he hadn't hollowed out the economy, civil rights, science, infrastructure, etc? What would be the awareness of global warming if it weren't for sustained high gas prices? Bush has managed quite well to keep most Iraqi oil OFF the market, along with his father & Bill Clinton, for what, fifteen years or more? He's made it quite clear what completely un-fettered corporations will do, in a very in-your-face way. He's blown the lid off the falsehood of completely un-regulated markets. He has made it obvious that not even the USA can be the world's police man, nor can they afford a true global empire. Not to mention exposing the hate-spewing of false Christians claiming to be God's messenger boys. Mix government and religion? Didn't ol' GW use that trick to very ill effect?
So, the stage has been set. If the human race is to survive to move out and populate the local regions of this universe, we need a healer and leader who can give us a better way of being. If the universe were teaching it's children how to drive, a good scare might make them more cautious and aware, and therefore safer.
Obama has all the potential. Of substance we have yet to see.
Obama seeks to soothe pro-Israel lobby http://news.bbc.co..uk/2/hi/americas/7437060.stm
(...)"Let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally, Israel. Do not be confused." (...)"I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, everything."
It's a Mitzvah http://tinyurl.com/66luf6
Barack Obama promised $30 billion in military assistance for Israel. He declared that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force has "rightly been labeled a terrorist organization." He used terms such as "false prophets of extremism" and "corrupt" while discussing Palestinians. And he promised that "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided."
ALL OF THE ABOVE SOUNDS WONDERFUL BUT SADLY IT LOOKS LIKE THIS IS JUST ANOTHER SMOKE SCREEN
Campaign spokespeople refuse to disclose location of meeting, but reports admit Democratic candidates convened at "an event in Northern Virginia"
Paul Joseph Watson
June 6, 2008
According to news reports, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went out of their way to hold their long-awaited private meeting in a very specific location - not at Hillary's mansion in Washington - but in Northern Virginia, which also just happens to be the scene of the 2008 Bilderberg meeting.
Obama's spokesman Robert Gibbs told the media that Obama and Clinton held a private meeting last night but he refused to disclose where it taken place, except that it was not at Clinton's home in Washington, as had been widely reported. Hillary campaign managers also refused to disclose the location of the rendezvous.
"Reporters traveling with Obama sensed something might be happening between the pair when they arrived at Dulles International Airport after an event in Northern Virginia and Obama was not aboard the airplane," reports the Associated Press.
Dulles just happens to be walking distance from the Westfields Marriott hotel in Chantilly where Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller and the rest of the Bilderberg globalists are convening.
"Asked at the time about the Illinois senator's whereabouts, Gibbs smiled and declined to comment," the reports adds.
What is the only political "event" taking place in Northern Virginia at the moment? The Bilderberg Group meeting of course. Rather than taking the easier option of meeting at Clinton's Washington mansion, Obama and Hillary went out of their way to grace the Bilderberg elitists with their presence.
The neo-liberal website Wonkette, which had previously ridiculed "conspiracy theorists" for ascribing power to Bilderberg, seemed to take a somewhat different tone when it made the connection between Obama and Hillary's meeting and the Bilderberg Group.
"Guess who had a very private talky-talk in (maybe) romantic Northern Virginia tonight, probably at the Bilderberg Group meeting in Chantilly? Your Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton!," states the blog. "They really met and talked, in private, Thursday night. And really, it sounds like they did this at that creepy Bilderberg Group meeting, which is happening now, and which is so secret that nobody will admit theyre going, even though everybody who is anybody goes to Bilderberg."
To have the potential future President and Vice-President of America attend a conference that debunkers have dismissed as a mere talking shop for old white men once again underscores the real influence that Bilderberg enjoys.
Not one U.S. corporate media outlet has made the connection between the location of the Bilderberg Group conference this year and Obama and Hillary's decision to venture out to Chantilly for their confidential "tet a tet".
Not one U.S. corporate media outlet has yet uttered one word about 125 of the world's most influential power brokers meeting behind closed doors to discuss the future of the planet on U.S. soil - while being met by the probable future President of the United States.
Both Hillary and Obama have deep rooted connections to the Bilderberg elitists.
Bill Clinton attended the 1991 meeting in Germany shortly before becoming President and he attended again in 1999 when the conference was held in Sintra, Portugal (despite Clinton's lie that he had not attended in 15 years).
Hillary herself was rumored to have attended the 2006 meeting in Ottawa, Canada.
As we reported last month, Bilderberg luminary and top corporate elitist James A. Johnson will select Democratic candidate Barack Obama's running mate for the 2008 election and in turn potentially act as kingmaker for America's future President.
Johnson also selected John Kerry's running mate John Edwards in 2004 after Edwards had impressed Bilderberg elitists Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller with a speech he gave at the globalist confab in Italy that year.
Johnson, who attended last year's Bilderberg meeting in Turkey, is a representative for Friends of Bilderberg, an offshoot group that organizes Bilderberg's annual meeting.
Hillary and Obama's attendance of the 2008 Bilderberg meeting, and the complete failure of the mainstream media to report on the fact, once again betrays the super-secretive nature and influential reputation that the 54-year-old organization still maintains.
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Obama and the Bilderbergers - PROOF! http://www.chuckbaldwinforum.com/obama-and-the-bildebergers-proof-t-211.html
The main stream media is never going to tell you what you're about to read here. Please read this with an open mind and visit the link I've provided at the bottom of this post. James A. Johnson is the person selected by Obama to head his Vice-Presidential Search Committee. The main stream media hasn't told you much about Johnson other than the fact that he lead John Kerry's VP search committee. But why? Because James A. Johnson is a Vice-Chairman of a multi-billion dollar hedge fund and merchant bank, and a business partner of George Soros. Johnson also was the chairman of investment house Lehman Brothers. Johnson is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. So if a powerful man like Johnson is Vice-Chairman of this investment fund, then who is the Chairman? (...) And now we can understand why the main stream media has been obsessed with Obama's associations with Rev. Wrigth and William Ayers, and has been silent on Obama's association with James Johnson and Frank Pearl. Rev. Wright and William Ayers, and the "Michelle tape" that's been rumored are designed distractions to keep the public from focusing on Obama's associations with groups like the Trilateral Commission, the CFR, and the Bilderberg group. (...) So for everybody who has fallen in love with Obama and who has bought into his speeches about changing the culture in Washington, know that you are supporting the candidate hand-picked by the most elite, powerful men in the world, who literally are members of the Bildeberg group. Are you sure you want these people in the White House? Do you think the masses who show up and cheer Obama have any idea of these connections? Go Here to Discover Who is Backing Obama : http://www.perseusllc.com/bios.htm
Oops! Head of Obama's veep search team has to resign (June 11, 2008) http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/12374
Sen. Barack Obama, moving to quell a growing furor, accepted the resignation of the head of his vice presidential search team, James A. Johnson, on Wednesday after days of questions about Mr. Johnsons tenure as head of Fannie Mae and other business associations.... Johnson, who also directed Sen. John Kerrys vice presidential search when he was the Democratic nominee in 2004, had come under fierce scrutiny in recent days after disclosures that he had received mortgage loans on favorable terms from Countrywide Financial, the beleaguered mortgage lender. His large paychecks and bonuses while president of Fannie Mae, the quasi-public government mortgage agency, also drew heavy Republican criticism.
Obama's Office Won't Deny Senator Attended Bilderberg (June 6, 2008) http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/june2008/060608_wont_deny.htm
Tight security around Westfields Marriott suggests Illinois Senator and Hillary Clinton met at elite confab - Senator Barack Obama's office has refused to deny that the Democratic nominee attended Bilderberg last night following reports that he and Hillary Clinton were present at "an event in Northern Virginia."As we reported earlier today, Obama's press entourage were not informed of his secret meeting with Hillary Clinton in Northern Virginia until they were literally locked inside a plane that was taxiing down the runway on its way to Chicago.Reporters were duped into believing that they were getting on a plane back to the campaign headquarters in Chicago with the presumptive nominee, while in reality Obama's motorcade instead sped off in secrecy to Northern Virginia, which is also the scene of this week's Bilderberg conference. The plane was stationed at Dulles International, which is less than a 20 minute drive from Chantilly Virginia as is shown below.View Larger Map Bilderberg sleuth Jim Tucker called Obama's office today to ask if he had attended Bilderberg. A campaign spokeswoman refused to discuss the matter but would not deny that Obama had attended Bilderberg. According to Alex Jones, security is so tight around Bilderberg that it does befit the visit of a potential future President.Armored cars, men in suits hanging out of vehicles with guns and what looked like Marines have all been spotted in the vicinity of the Westfields Marriott. Despite the controversy of Obama and Hillary's secret meeting and its obvious link to the ongoing Bilderberg conference, not one U.S. corporate media outlet, or any mainstream media outlet, has reported on over a hundred of the world's most powerful people meeting in secret on U.S. soil. There was one reporter from the Fairfax Times who showed up today but they were not completely confident that any such report would make it to print.
They Rule the World (May 25, 2008) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/22/AR2008052203380.html
David Rothkopf's Superclass [can be viewed] as a map of how the world really works. Rothkopf, a former managing director of Kissinger Associates and an international trade official in the Clinton Administration, has identified roughly 6,000 individuals who have "the ability to regularly influence the lives of millions of people in multiple countries worldwide" ... with a growing allegiance ... to each other rather than to any particular nation. Rothkopf [cites] the Pareto principle of distribution, or the "80/20 rule," whereby 20 percent of the causes of anything are responsible for 80 percent of the consequences. That means 20 percent of the money-makers make 80 percent of the money and 20 percent of the politicians make 80 percent of the important decisions. That 20 percent belongs to the superclass. Superclass ... is as much about who is not part of the superclass as who is. As I read Rothkopf's chronicles of elite gatherings -- Davos, Bilderberg, the Bohemian Grove (all male), Fathers and Sons (all male) -- I was repeatedly struck by the near absence of women. When Rothkopf summarizes "how to become a member of the superclass," his first rule is "be born a man." Only 6 percent of the superclass is female. Superclass is written in part as a consciousness-raising exercise for members of the superclass themselves. Rothkopf worries that "the world they are making" is deeply unequal and ultimately unstable. But it's likely to take more than exhortation. In the words of former Navy Secretary John Lehman, "Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat." Why would the superclass want to give it up? - Check also http://www.theyrule.net/2004/tr2.php This website allows you to trace the connections between individuals who serve on the boards of top corporations, universities, think thanks, foundations and other elite institutions.
OBAMA AND CLINTON BOTH ATTEND BILDERBERG 2008 !!! https://secure.gn.apc.org/members/www.bilderberg.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2718&sid=16e1ec245c1901e28d16239353fe1827
The following article (Hillary & Obama In Secret Bilderberg Rendezvous) confirms 2000% the fact that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are both part of the New World Order, SINCE THEY TAKE PART TO THIS YEAR'S BILDERBERG MEETING ! I already had given you confirmation that Obama, Clinton, Mc Cain and Huckabee were ALL sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, another high instance of the New World Order. WELL, TODAY, IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT OBAMA AND CLINTON ARE ALSO BILDERBERGERS !!! NOW, THE BIG QUESTION IS : DOES MC CAIN ALSO TAKE PART TO THIS INFAMOUS MEETING ? Let's hope that Alex Jones won't forget to check this out... One thing is for sure : NO MATTER WHO IS ELECTED IN THE USA IN NOVEMBER, DEMOCRACY WON'T BE THE WINNER ! It's like Alien vs. Predator : no matter who wins, we lose ! Please note, once again, the SHAMEFUL SILENCE of the new world order's corporate and prostituted mass medias... The article, below... Vic. P.S. : all of this invites us to wonder more about the meaning of the presence of U.S. presidency candidates. What are the issues that will be addressed at this year's meeting the beginning of the attacks in war against Iran ? The implementation of martial law in the USA ? The spread of "bird" flu ? The mandatory chipping of the US citizens ? The dollar collapse and worldwide economic crisis that will result ? The North American Union ? The rise of one north american currency ("amero") ? The worldwide rise of the prices of food, oil and energy ? The sequel of the "war against terror" and the crush of individual liberties ? ALL OF THIS is possible, and even probable.
Barack Obama and the Iraq War (27/05/08) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19995.htm
As Barack Obamas anti-war rhetoric is blasted around the US in his attempt to seal the Democratic nomination, his real position on US militarism is being revealed discreetly to his political, military, and corporate colleagues. Two recent events have proved beyond any doubt that Obama is in total conformity with the US ruling class on the issue of maintaining or even expanding the role of the military in the Middle East. This of course is the complete opposite of what he tells those who fill stadiums to hear him speak. (...) If he is eventually elected President, the contradiction between Obamas public anti-war face and his real pro-war beliefs will produce incredible shock and disappointment in millions of people. The need for a political alternative to the two-parties of big-business will thrust itself onto the publics agenda once again. CLIP
Full Text: Obama speech at AIPAC "Policy" Conference http://tinyurl.com/59l27o
I want you to know that today I'll be speaking from my heart, and as a true friend of Israel.
After Bobby Kennedy By John Pilger (30/05/08) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20015.htm
(...) Kennedy's campaign is a model for Barack Obama. Like Obama, he was a senator with no achievements to his name. Like Obama, he raised the expectations of young people and minorities. Like Obama, he promised to end an unpopular war, not because he opposed the war's conquest of other people's land and resources, but because it was "unwinnable". Should Obama beat John McCain to the White House in November, it will be liberalism's last fling. In the United States and Britain, liberalism as a war-making, divisive ideology is once again being used to destroy liberalism as a reality. A great many people understand this, as the hatred of Blair and new Labour attest, but many are disoriented and eager for "leadership" and basic social democracy. In the US, where unrelenting propaganda about American democratic uniqueness disguises a corporate system based on extremes of wealth and privilege, liberalism as expressed through the Democratic Party has played a crucial, compliant role. CLIP
Obama's Money Cartel: How Barack Obama Fronted for the Most Vicious Predators on Wall Street (07 May 2008) http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=613&Itemid=1
The candidate that claims to be the only presidential contender who doesn't take money from lobbyists is in fact the biggest recipient of lobby-related contributions. Barack Obama rakes in millions from law firms serving the interests of Wall Street, including the financial institutions that gave us the subprime lending crisis. Lawyers that work for firms that earn hundreds of millions of dollars for lobbying may technically not be lobbyists, but they share in their colleagues' earnings as influencers of Congress - a legal loophole that allows Obama to claim his hands are clean of lobby loot. "The top contributors to the Obama campaign are the very Wall Street firms whose shady mortgage lenders buried the elderly and the poor and minority under predatory loans." (...) Seven of the Obama campaign's top 14 donors consisted of officers and employees of the same Wall Street firms charged time and again with looting the public and newly implicated in originating and/or bundling fraudulently made mortgages. These latest frauds have left thousands of children in some of our largest minority communities coming home from school to see eviction notices and foreclosure signs nailed to their front doors. Those scars will last a lifetime. (...) Far from keeping his distance from lobbyists, Senator Obama and his campaign seems to be brainstorming with them. The political publication, The Hill, reported on December 20, 2007, that three salaried aides on the Obama campaign were registered lobbyists for dozens of corporations. (The Obama campaign said they had stopped lobbying since joining the campaign.) Bob Bauer, counsel to the Obama campaign, is an attorney with Perkins Coie. That law firm is also a registered lobbyist.What might account for this persistent (but non-reality based) theme of distancing the Obama campaign from lobbyists? Odds are it traces back to one of the largest corporate lobbyist spending sprees in the history of Washington whose details would cast an unwholesome pall on the Obama campaign, unless our cognitive abilities are regularly bombarded with abstract vacuities of hope and change and sentimental homages to Dr. King and President Kennedy. (...) Should there be any doubt left as to who owns our government? The very same cast of characters making the Obama hit parade of campaign loot are the clever creators of the industry solutions to the wave of foreclosures gripping this nation's poor and middle class, effectively putting the solution in the hands of the robbers. The names of these programs (that have failed to make a dent in the problem) have the same vacuous ring: Hope Now; Project Lifeline. Senator Obama has become the inspiration and role model to millions of children and young people in this country. He has only two paths now: to be a dream maker or a dream killer. But be assured of one thing: this country will not countenance any more grand illusions.
Drug the Mothers Act: Obama Bids for Pharmaceutical Support (March 22, 2008) http://liveonearth.livejournal.com/277867.html
The Drug the Mothers Act is our congress' latest effort to medicate us all for something, (anything!) as long as it profits the big pharmaceutical corporations. Mercola has called a spade a spade--again, and offers tools to help us stop the financial hemorrhage of our tax dollars into corporate pockets while parading as "healthcare". Obama is one of the sponsors of this bogus bill! Is he too busy to notice who this bill profits? Let him know. I can't vote for a man who supports bills like this, much less sponsors them. This is one more sign that BARACK OBAMA IS NOT FOR CHANGE AT ALL, he is for more of the same, government by the corporations, for the corporations. It makes me sad to learn this. I want to believe in him but I don't. CLIP
World War III - Kissingers Final Chantilly Gambit
8 June 08
BRISTOL, UK. Quickly, before they leave, surround the Westfields Marriott. Arrest and question them all. Make it clear that justice will be done, that the people and authorities of Europe and North America have decided they will not get their World War.
Henry Kissinger feels more confident in DC than if this meeting had taken place in Europe. It's impossible now to pretend that Bilderberg is anything more or less than an expansion of the US sphere of influence agreed by Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt at Yalta. As boss of Kissinger Associates he is he brains behind the largest and most brazen protection racket the world has ever seen. And he has form. The man who ordered the assassination of democratically elected President Allende of Chile in 1975, leading to one of the most terrible chapters in the post Nazi annals of human rights abuses. Then there is his bloody coups in Indonesia, the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, his friends in Saudi Arabia. Wherever mass slaughter and civilisation on the run so Kissinger is there being treated as royalty.
But world respect for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has sunk to an all time low. Quite apart from their close association through AIPAC and other Israeli far right lobby groups with the apartheid and genocide now taking place in Palestine. They have ignored the post-Hitler UN Charter since 1967 with a promise that they must police the occupied territories to protect their homeland. Instead they have expanded settlements into these lands and are now looking further afield. They use the same chilling justification for breaking international law as Adolf Hitler did in 1938 and 1939 when he annexed Austria and Czechoslovakia.
The Mossad have their orders. They know that just one more carefully placed bomb will be enough to ignite the wider Middle East war that they so desire. With a few planted clues, and mentally degenerate patsies, made to look like an Al Quaeda attack, on the UK or in Ireland they may yet get their way. Such an psychopathic attack, they know, will serve as a false flag provocation which, through the compliant British print and broadcast media, will create a window of opportunity in the minds of the Western public and political classes for the expansion of Israel that they so desire and the wider war to justify the continued US presence in the Middle East.
These European invaders, with a twisted view of a Torah so many of them never read, want to break the back of the Arab spirit. They will fail and all that can proceed from this diseased and racist vision is death and destruction. Which fits in with a higher agenda, create chaos so we can step in as the saviours to provide the order.
Mossad are powerful in Britain because of a massive clandestine network of Royal Arch freemasonry. A secret society within a secret society with dark temples in which can be found two giant phalluses, plush red carpets covered with the Zionist originated Star of David and the flags of the twelve tribes of Israel. This extremist religious cult network provides the establishment cover within the police and armed forces for small cells of the IDF Engineer corps. These cells are highly trained in the use of electronics, video and computer equipment, detonators and explosives and their favourite cover is as art students in colleges and Universities across Britain. They have their orders.
In the next few hours Bilderberg participants including the European Royals will be departing Chantilly having agreed to where and when the final false flag attack will take place. Realistically the chance of surrounding and arresting these war criminals is minuscule. If they are not arrested then the Skull and Bones (please watch the excellent YouTube interview with Professor Antony Sutton on the subject) poison president George W. Bush and his hellish entourage will set off over the next week or so to take their deathly orders to the European Headquarters of the beguiled leaders and the agents of psychopathic Zionism.
It is doubtful whether the wider Middle East conflagration, intended to be the spark to ignite a much wider and open World War III, can be avoided. More importantly can Britains forces maintain a neutral stance and come out with peaceful, outspoken and strong leadership against the IDF and US Military expansionism.
The Bible does provide some guiding thoughts on the subject and is rather better than Nostradamus, so please see my Bilderberg websites printable guide to Revelation available by clicking on the picture of the four horsemen on the front page of http://www.bilderberg.org
Only if the British forces can rid themselves of Royal Arch and Zionist agents does Britain stand a hope of avoiding being dragged into this wider war. That will mean sacking Field Marshal The Duke of Kent, Field Marshall the Duke of Edinburgh and all their chivalric order Zionist sympathisers in the Garter, Knights of Malta etc. who desire economic renewal through a crash and a drastic reduction in the worlds population.
If we can purge such Quislings from our midst then we may be able, with Gods help, to avoid the disaster, which some so desire, where with every tick of the clock enough blood to fill a river is pouring from the torn arteries of innocent civilians and the flower of North America and Europes youth in the Middle East.
"Chantilly, Virginia, USA"
5-8 June 2008
NEW YORK - The George W Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months, an informed source tells Asia Times Online, echoing other reports that have surfaced in the media in the United States recently.
Two key US senators briefed on the attack planned to go public with their opposition to the move, according to the source, but their projected New York Times op-ed piece has yet to appear.
The source, a retired US career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community, speaking anonymously, said last week that that the US plans an air strike against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The air strike would target the headquarters of the IRGC's elite Quds force. With an estimated strength of up to 90,000 fighters, the Quds' stated mission is to spread Iran's revolution of 1979 throughout the region.
Targets could include IRGC garrisons in southern and southwestern Iran, near the border with Iraq. US officials have repeatedly claimed Iran is aiding Iraqi insurgents. In January 2007, US forces raided the Iranian consulate general in Erbil, Iraq, arresting five staff members, including two Iranian diplomats it held until November. Last September, the US Senate approved a resolution by a vote of 76-22 urging President George W Bush to declare the IRGC a terrorist organization. Following this non-binding "sense of the senate" resolution, the White House declared sanctions against the Quds Force as a terrorist group in October. The Bush administration has also accused Iran of pursuing a nuclear weapons program, though most intelligence analysts say the program has been abandoned.
An attack on Iraq would fit the Bush administration's declared policy on Iraq. Administration officials questioned directly about military action against Iran routinely assert that "all options remain on the table".
Rockin' and a-reelin'
Senators and the Bush administration denied the resolution and terrorist declaration were preludes to an attack on Iran. However, attacking Iran rarely seems far from some American leaders' minds. Arizona senator and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain recast the classic Beach Boys tune Barbara Ann as "Bomb Iran". Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton promised "total obliteration" for Iran if it attacked Israel.
The US and Iran have a long and troubled history, even without the proposed air strike. US and British intelligence were behind attempts to unseat prime minister Mohammed Mossadeq, who nationalized Britain's Anglo-Iranian Petroleum Company, and returned Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to power in 1953. President Jimmy Carter's pressure on the Shah to improve his dismal human-rights record and loosen political control helped the 1979 Islamic revolution unseat the Shah.
But the new government under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini condemned the US as "the Great Satan" for its decades of support for the Shah and its reluctant admission into the US of the fallen monarch for cancer treatment. Students occupied the US Embassy in Teheran, holding 52 diplomats hostage for 444 days. Eight American commandos died in a failed rescue mission in 1980. The US broke diplomatic relations with Iran during the hostage holding and has yet to restore them. Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's rhetoric often sounds lifted from the Khomeini era.
The source said the White House views the proposed air strike as a limited action to punish Iran for its involvement in Iraq. The source, an ambassador during the administration of president H W Bush, did not provide details on the types of weapons to be used in the attack, nor on the precise stage of planning at this time. It is not known whether the White House has already consulted with allies about the air strike, or if it plans to do so.
Sense in the senate
Details provided by the administration raised alarm bells on Capitol Hill, the source said. After receiving secret briefings on the planned air strike, Senator Diane Feinstein, Democrat of California, and Senator Richard Lugar, Republican of Indiana, said they would write a New York Times op-ed piece "within days", the source said last week, to express their opposition. Feinstein is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Lugar is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee.
Senate offices were closed for the US Memorial Day holiday, so Feinstein and Lugar were not available for comment.
Given their obligations to uphold the secrecy of classified information, it is unlikely the senators would reveal the Bush administration's plan or their knowledge of it. However, going public on the issue, even without specifics, would likely create a public groundswell of criticism that could induce the Bush administration reconsider its plan.
The proposed air strike on Iran would have huge implications for geopolitics and for the ongoing US presidential campaign. The biggest question, of course, is how would Iran respond?
Iran could flex its muscles in any number of ways. It could step up support for insurgents in Iraq and for its allies throughout the Middle East. Iran aids both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Israel's Occupied Territories. It is also widely suspected of assisting Taliban rebels in Afghanistan.
Iran could also choose direct confrontation with the US in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, with which Iran shares a long, porous border. Iran has a fighting force of more than 500,000. Iran is also believed to have missiles capable of reaching US allies in the Gulf region.
Iran could also declare a complete or selective oil embargo on US allies. Iran is the second-largest oil exporter in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and fourth-largest overall. About 70% of its oil exports go to Asia. The US has barred oil imports from Iran since 1995 and restricts US companies from investing there.
China is Iran's biggest customer for oil, and Iran buys weapons from China. Trade between the two countries hit US$20 billion last year and continues to expand. China's reaction to an attack on Iran is also a troubling unknown for the US.
Three for the money
The Islamic world could also react strongly against a US attack against a third predominantly Muslim nation. Pakistan, which also shares a border with Iran, could face additional pressure from Islamic parties to end its cooperation with the US to fight al-Qaeda and hunt for Osama bin Laden. Turkey, another key ally, could be pushed further off its secular base. American companies, diplomatic installations and other US interests could face retaliation from governments or mobs in Muslim-majority states from Indonesia to Morocco.
A US air strike on Iran would have seismic impact on the presidential race at home, but it's difficult to determine where the pieces would fall.
At first glance, a military attack against Iran would seem to favor McCain. The Arizona senator says the US is locked in battle across the globe with radical Islamic extremists, and he believes Iran is one of biggest instigators and supporters of the extremist tide. A strike on Iran could rally American voters to back the war effort and vote for McCain.
On the other hand, an air strike on Iran could heighten public disenchantment with Bush administration policy in the Middle East, leading to support for the Democratic candidate, whoever it is.
But an air strike will provoke reactions far beyond US voting booths. That would explain why two veteran senators, one Republican and one Democrat, were reportedly so horrified at the prospect.
Oil price soars as US woes mount (June 7, 2008) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7440536.stm
(...) Correspondents say oil prices were also pushed up by Israeli threats to strike on Iran over its nuclear programme. Despite widespread international concern over Iran's nuclear programme, Tehran insists it is developing its technology only for civilian purposes. Israeli transport minister Shaul Mofaz told the Yediot Aharonot newspaper an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities seemed inevitable. "If Iran continues its nuclear weapons program, we will attack it," he told the daily.
Officials say Iran attack "unavoidable" (June 6, 2008) http://uk.reuters.com/article/UKNews1/idUKL0625195820080606
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites looks "unavoidable" given the apparent failure of sanctions to deny Tehran technology with bomb-making potential, one of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's deputies said on Friday. "If Iran continues with its programme for developing nuclear weapons, we will attack it. The sanctions are ineffective," Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz told the mass-circulation Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper."Attacking Iran, in order to stop its nuclear plans, will be unavoidable," said the former army chief who has also been defence minister. It was the most explicit threat yet against Iran from a member of Olmert's government, which, like the Bush administration, has preferred to hint at force as a last resort should U.N. Security Council sanctions be deemed a dead end.Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, has defied Western pressure to abandon its uranium enrichment projects. The leadership in Tehran has also threatened to retaliate against Israel -- believed to have the Middle East's only atomic arsenal -- and U.S. targets in the Gulf for any attack on Iranian turf. Mofaz also said in the interview that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called for Israel to be wiped off the map, "would disappear before Israel does."Mofaz's remarks came as he and several other senior members of Olmert's Kadima Party prepare for a possible run for top office should a corruption scandal force the Israeli prime minister to step down. Iranian-born Mofaz has been a main party rival of the Israeli prime minister, particularly following the 2006 elections when Olmert was forced to hand the defence portfolio to Labour, his main coalition partner, at Mofaz's expense. Mofaz, who is also designated as a deputy prime minister, has remained privy to Israel's defence planning. He is a member of Olmert's security cabinet and leads regular strategic coordination talks with the U.S. State Department. Israel sent warplanes to destroy Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981. A similar Israeli sortie over Syria last September razed what the U.S. administration said was a nascent nuclear reactor built with North Korean help. Syria denied having any such facility. Independent analysts have questioned, however, whether Israel's armed forces can take on Iran alone, as its nuclear sites are numerous, distant and well-fortified.
U.S. to Attack Iran Within Two Months Former Diplomat (29 May 2008) http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4735&Itemid=220
(...) One thing is very clear whatever the pretext, whatever the justification, whatever international and/or domestic agencies and officials issue reports on the "Iranian threat" any U.S. attack of any military magnitude upon Iran would be utterly unjust, immoral, and illegal, would involve the deaths of countless people, most of them civilians, and must be met with mass opposition, before it happens, and if one actually occurs.The Bush Regime is driving the world into an even more dangerous and deadly place. War with Iran can be prevented, but our so-called national leaders will not stop it. You, and millions more like you, can do so through mass political resistance and opposition. What are you waiting for?
US sidesteps questions on Israeli threat against Iran (June 6, 2008) http://uk.reuters.com/article/UKNews1/idUKN0631361820080606
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday sidestepped questions about an Israeli threat to attack Iranian nuclear sites if it continues uranium enrichment, saying it was committed to dealing with Tehran through multilateral diplomacy. CLIP
Presstitute and war pimp alert: Iran in Secret Talks With al Qaeda, U.S. Officials Say http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/International/story?id=4954667&page=1
According to U.S. officials familiar with highly sensitive intelligence on this issue, the contacts are on the status of high-level al Qaeda operatives, including two of Osama Bin Laden's sons
US Declares War on Iran Summer 08, 'Illuminati' behind it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqlk3yHTJwY
This is real. This is serious. The future of humanity is at stake! You think I exaggerate? If you haven't seen this video clip yet I urge you to see it through to the end. It should be obvious, that by simply believing or denying that something does or doesn't exist, it doesn't have to mean that in reality it does or doesn't exist.
New agreement lets US strike any country from inside Iraq (3 June 2008) http://www.gulfnews.com/region/Iraq/10218150.html
US army is completing the building of military facilities and runways for permanent bases -- A proposed Iraqi-American security agreement will include permanent American bases in the country, and the right for the United States to strike, from within Iraqi territory, any country it considers a threat to its national security, Gulf News has learned. .
US Issues Threat to Iraq's $50 Billion Foreign Reserve http://www.truthout.org/article/us-issues-threat-iraqs-50-billion-foreign-reserve
Patrick Cockburn reports for The Independent UK: "The US is holding hostage some $50bn (£25bn) of Iraq's money in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to pressure the Iraqi government into signing an agreement seen by many Iraqis as prolonging the US occupation indefinitely, according to information leaked to The Independent."
Attack Iran? Cheney's Already Tried (June 10, 2008) http://www.alternet.org/story/87488/
WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials firmly opposed a proposal by Vice President Dick Cheney last summer for airstrikes against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) bases by insisting that the administration would have to make clear decisions about how far the United States would go in escalating the conflict with Iran, according to a former George W Bush administration official. (...) The option of attacking nuclear sites had been raised by Bush with the Joint Chiefs at a meeting in "the tank" at the Pentagon on December 13, 2006, and had been opposed by the Joint Chiefs, according to a report by Time magazine's Joe Klein last June. After he become head of the Central Command (Centcom) in March 2007, Admiral William Fallon also made his opposition to such a massive attack on Iran known to the White House, according Middle East specialist Hillary Mann, who had developed close working relationships with Pentagon officials when she worked on the National Security Council staff. It appeared in early 2007, therefore, that a strike at Iran's nuclear program and military power had been blocked by opposition from the Pentagon. (...) Petraeus was also a supporter of Cheney's proposal for striking IRGC targets in Iran, going so far as to hint in an interview with Fox News last September that he had passed on to the White House his desire to do something about alleged Iranian assistance to Shi'ites that would require US forces beyond his control. At that point, Fallon was in a position to deter any effort to go around DoD and military opposition to such a strike because he controlled all military access to the region as a whole. But Fallon's forced resignation in March and the subsequent promotion of Petraeus to become Centcom chief later this year gives Cheney a possible option to ignore the position of his opponents in Washington once more in the final months of the administration.
Dialogue With Dictators? A Conversation With Admiral William Fallon http://www.truthout.org/article/dialogue-with-dictators-a-conversation-with-admiral-william-fallon
"NOW's David Brancaccio talks with the former head of US Central Command, Admiral William J. Fallon, who resigned in March after a year of duty. Fallon had sharp disagreements with the Bush administration's Middle East policy toward Iranian President Ahmadinejad. The former commander of all US military forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, Fallon was portrayed in Esquire magazine as the man in the military preventing the administration from going to war with Iran."
POLITICS-US: Pentagon Targeted Iran for Regime Change after 9/11 http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=42241
WASHINGTON, May 5 (IPS) - Three weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks, former U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not only removing the Saddam Hussein regime by force but overturning the regime in Iran, as well as in Syria and four other countries in the Middle East, according to a document quoted extensively in then Undersecretary of Defence for Policy Douglas Feith's recently published account of the Iraq war decisions. Feith's account further indicates that this aggressive aim of remaking the map of the Middle East by military force and the threat of force was supported explicitly by the country's top military leaders.
Conyers Mounts Opposition to Iran Attack http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/051308A.shtml
House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers writes: "As we mark five years of war in Iraq, I have become increasingly concerned that the President may possibly take unilateral, preemptive military action against Iran. During the last seven years, the Bush Administration has exercised unprecedented assertions of Executive Branch power and shown an unparalleled aversion to the checks and balances put in place by the Constitution's framers."
Olmert says Israeli raid on Gaza looking more likely (June 6, 2008) http://uk.reuters.com/article/UKNews1/idUKL0655655520080606
BEN-GURION AIRPORT, Israel (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Friday a major military operation into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip was looking more likely.Hours after troops killed two Palestinian gunmen during an incursion into the Gaza Strip, the latest of many, Olmert said Israel might have to carry out a major action in the territory to counter cross-border militant rocket fire."At this moment the pendulum is swinging closer to military action in Gaza than anything else," Olmert said after returning from a three-day trip to the United States where he met President George W. Bush.Egypt has so far failed to broker a truce to curb rocket and mortar attacks by militants on Israel and Israeli raids in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Islamist Hamas. The group seized the territory from secular Fatah a year ago. (WOW! HAMAS WAS DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF GAZA!) The violence along the Gaza border has marred peace talks between Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who holds sway in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Hamas said in response to the comments that Olmert's comments were a sign that Israel had received U.S. permission to carry out actions in Gaza."Olmert's threats are proof that the U.S. has once again given ... a green light to launch a new round in the war against Gaza ... We take Olmert's threats seriously but they do not frighten us," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said. Olmert, who is enmeshed in a corruption scandal that could force him to step down, has faced mounting pressure at home to launch a large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip to stop the Palestinian militants' attacks.
Israel Suspends Gaza Invasion To Give Truce Efforts More Time (June 11, 2008) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121318527873964047.html
Israel decided on Wednesday to suspend plans to invade the Gaza Strip in order to give Egyptian-brokered truce efforts more time to succeed. The decision came despite a new spike in fighting with Palestinian militants. Hours earlier, an Israeli shell aimed at a group of Gaza militants slammed into a nearby house and killed a 6-year-old Palestinian girl. A 55-year-old Palestinian civilian and a militant were also killed in clashes across the territory, while two Israeli civilians were lightly wounded by Palestinian mortar fire. CLIP
Knesset votes to topple government next week (Jun 11, 2008) http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1212659699137&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government survived four separate no-confidence motions on Monday, but factions now numbering 74 MKs have expressed support for dissolving the Knesset. This includes Meretz's five MKs after the faction made a decision Tuesday to support Likud MK Silvan Shalom's bill to disperse the Knesset currently supported by Likud, Labor, Shas, Israel Beiteinu, United Torah Judaism and the National Union-National Religious Party.Likud MK Silvan Shalom Photo: Ariel JerozolimskiSLIDESHOW: Pictures of the weekDespite Meretz's previous preference for the formation of an alternative government and not an election, the group still agreed to support the bills slated to break up the government that will be voted on next week.Shalom said he expected the bill to pass by a large majority. He called upon Olmert to cooperate with the process of removing him and to leave office in a dignified manner."The Olmert government has reached the end of its path," Shalom told the Likud faction. "There should be a short and respectful process leading to elections in November. Olmert should act courageously and end his government in a proper way and not a shameful one."Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu added that "elections are necessary for the good of the country" and that "the burning issues facing the country cannot be held hostage by the foreign interests of our current leaders." CLIP
Israeli opposition to present motion for early elections http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iNdlBSp2VHyOugYPY-3rr7-GnV3Q
(...) Even members of Olmert's Kadima party have raised the possibility of early elections after billionaire US financier Morris Talansky testified before a Jerusalem court last month that he had given Olmert vast amounts of cash stuffed into envelopes.Talansky said he had given at least 150,000 dollars in the 14 years before he became prime minister in 2006, some of which might have been used to fund Olmert's taste for luxury goods.Olmert has denied any wrongdoing although he has acknowledged receiving campaign donations.But a recent opinion poll showed 70 percent of Israelis believed Olmert should step down, and 62 percent favoured early elections. Several surveys indicated a coalition led by Likud would win elections.
Israeli poll finds Netanyahu would win elections (May 30, 2008) http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/05/30/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-Politics.php
Hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu would win national elections if a new corruption probe topples Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, according to a poll published Friday. Netanyahu's opposition Likud Party would receive 29 seats in Israel's 120-seat parliament if new elections were held now, the poll showed. Netanyahu, a former prime minister, is known for his hawkish line toward Israel's Arab neighbors and his election would likely have repercussions for the country's current efforts to reach a final peace agreement with the Palestinians and resume negotiations with Syria. If the popular foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, replaces Olmert as head of the centrist Kadima Party, the party would come in second with 23 seats, the poll showed. Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Labor Party would be the third-largest faction with 15 seats.
Axis of Fanatics Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad http://www.antiwar.com/solomon/?articleid=8354
Netanyahu has repeatedly emphasized that he wants to launch a military strike on Iran. "This is the Israeli government's primary obligation," he said. "If it is not done by the current government, I plan to lead the next government to stop the Iranians." The specter of Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad fueling each other's madness as heads of state is frightening. In such a circumstance, the primary danger of conflagration would come from nuclear-armed Israel, not nuclear-unarmed Iran. Candidate Netanyahu is a standard bearer for nuclear insanity. He's also an implacable enemy of basic Palestinian human rights. Many Israelis understand that Netanyahu is an extremist CLIP
IF Netanyahu is elected, we could be in for a lot of trouble!...
The secret government of the US and EU has promised a major overhaul in the wake of the warning it got from the Chinese secret society, according to a senior Japanese public security police officer and Freemason who has been acting as an intermediary with the Chinese secret society. "Expect big changes this autumn," he said in comments confirmed by a member of the Japanese royal family. "What you will be seeing is the unwinding of George Bush senior's 50-year campaign to turn the U.S. into a fascist regime," the secret police agent says. "George Bush senior is now a broken man showing signs of senile dementia," he adds.
If the sources are to be believed, U.S. President George Bush's government will resign, before his term expires, and will be replaced by an interim regime headed by Al Gore. This will start a 2-3 year transition period during which suppressed technology, such as free energy, will be released and a new system for running the planet will be implemented, according to these two sources. "They [The illuminati] know their rule is ending but they do not want it to end in an ugly way," the security police source says.
The recent market turmoil, including the Chinese threat to sell dollars, was part of the bargaining towards major changes in the secret balance of power, we are told.
Certainly there are some encouraging signs. The tearful resignation of U.S. presidential "brain" Karl Rove removes a central lynchpin of Bush's regime. Since it follows six other resignations; it does look like rats abandoning a sinking ship.
In Japan, meanwhile, the victory of the opposition Democratic Party in the recent upper house elections could lead to the end of the Iraq and Afghan wars. Japan Democratic Party leader Ichiro Ozawa has promised to block renewal of an "anti-terrorist" bill that allows Japan's Self-Defense Forces to provide considerable logistical support to the U.S. sponsored wars in the region. Without that support, it is unlikely the U.S. will have enough money or military might to continue the wars.
Since this follows UK Prime Minister Brown's vow to remove British troops with or without U.S. approval, it will mean the Bush regime has lost its last big war allies. Brown also publicly rebuked Bush during a recent visit by doing such things as pointedly refusing to take home a souvenir he was given.
There are also signs the Japanese election was manipulated behind the scenes to promote a Democratic Party victory in Japan. Just before the election, the Japanese mainstream media suddenly began reporting heavily about a pension scandal the JDP has been talking -unreported- about for at least 5 years. This was crucial for their victory. We may see a general election as early as this fall, followed by the birth of a JDP government and an end to the post-war Japanese regime. It could be a sign of diminished Rockefeller influence in Japan. However, it is not a sign of diminished illuminati control of Japan since Ozawa is himself a Freemason.
Despite the positive developments, the biggest worry is all the public hints about a new "terrorist attack" on the U.S. to be used as an excuse to trigger martial law. However, such an attack at this time "would fool nobody," the sources said. Many U.S. citizens might be fooled but no other government in the world would believe it. "The secret government knows they cannot use their old tricks anymore," the sources said.
The Chinese secret societies meanwhile, are watching carefully for any sign of new attempts to spread disease or otherwise carry out genocidal attacks. They only give one warning and have now initiated a news blackout. I am not in the loop about what they would do if a new breach was found but, they did say whatever action they took would be "unpredictable and worse than expected."
At the same time, an anti-Rothschild alliance has been formed in Tokyo. They warn that the entire Bush regime was probably set up as a "bad cop" to scare people in the arms of the EU "good cop." They say there may be other surprises, possibly including a fake UFO invasion that Henry Kissinger hinted at during the 1991 Bilderberg meeting. "We will have to look at least four or five steps ahead in order to keep on top of these people," the alliance says.
So far, the EU only consists of governments that are controlled in secret by the Rothschilds etc. (Turkey is also a Rothschild fief). Their secret parliament, the Bilderbergers, have already shown they are racist by refusing to allow any Japanese to join. As a result, any effort to turn the EU into the base of a world government is doomed to fail.
The anti-Rothschild alliance, (with the discreet backing of the Chinese secret societies), will be contacting leaders of Russia, China, India, the Muslim countries, South America, Africa etc. to create a global alliance that will demand a new way of running the planet.
The UN Security Council will have to be replaced with a new grouping that more accurately represents the people of this planet. As it stands, 4 out of the 5 permanent Security Council members are representatives of Caucasian nations even though only 17% of the world's people are Caucasian. This global apartheid will have to end.
The world's financial system will also have to be replaced with a more transparent and equitable system that relies on more than simple human selfish greed as the main incentive for transactions.
Once this is done, a three-year campaign against the five curses of humanity: war, poverty, environmental destruction, ignorance and disease could be carried out. This could be a test case for replacing the Hegelian system of pitting opposite forces against each other in war with a system for people to compete towards agreed upon peaceful goals.
The industries and lobbies that have depended on war and turmoil will have to be given new goals and direction. One possibility would be a long-term campaign to terraform Mars.
People will have to be patient, however. These changes will happen over a period of years, not months. In the meantime, let us see if the autumn surprise appears as promised.
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The Dawn Of American And World Freedom Is Close - By Benjamin Fulford (5-31-8) http://www.rense.com/general82/dawn.htm
Recent trends in world events make it clear we are truly on the verge of a new dawn for civilization. We now have in our hands the chance to permanently end war, environmental destruction and poverty. We will also witness the release of long suppressed technology that will enable all humans to live like billionaires if they so wish. It will be, indeed, be a Golden Age. This is not wishful thinking. Events are unfolding as we speak that will create a change far bigger than the collapse of the Berlin wall. We have witnessed the arrival of an extraordinary global coalition uniting all countries of the planet in opposition to the secret governments of the US and Israel. These two countries have been under the secret control of a cabal of financiers led by David Rockefeller, George Bush Senior and their assorted allies and minions. Throughout the 20th century, they started wars, slaughtered hundreds of millions of people, spread diseases, murdered heads of state who tried to oppose them and systematically brainwashed the people of Israel and the United States. Their long term plan was to enslave the majority of humanity and carry out genocide in order to create paradise for a small, self-selected elite. (...) The Pentagon will be transformed from an instrument of terror and mass-murder into the greatest force for good in the history of the human race. The incredible secret technologies they possess will be made public and used to benefit the human race and the natural world of this planet.It will be possible to terra-form the planet Earth. New energy technology will make it possible to turn the Sahara, Australian and Gobi deserts into vast green paradises. The vast dead zones in the oceans will be seeded with nutrients, resulting in a 10-fold increase in the amount of fish. Arctic regions will become habitable thanks to the new energy technology.Furthermore, humanity will finally be free to head into space and truly explore the universe.Within a few decades all humans will be offered the choice of immortality and genetic enhancement. To start off this wonderful new era, a Marshall Plan for the planet earth will be required. The planet is seriously ill. The Oceans are being depleted of life at a far faster rate than they can they can replenish themselves, creatures are going extinct at a rate not seen since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago and billions of humans are either starving or being prevented from developing their full potential. We have the capability and the technology to permanently put an end to these horrors within 3 years. All we require is the political will. The coming months will be crucial to making sure the transformation is a smooth one. CLIP
By SIMON ELEGANT/BEIJING, WITH AUSTIN RAMZY/DUJIANGYAN
Zhang Xuede stands near what was once the city of Dujiangyan's Xinjian elementary school, surrounded by mud, debris, twisted metal and slabs of concrete. The 70-year-old has kept vigil for the better part of a day after the school was flattened by the May 12 earthquake. He's looking for his grandson but not really expecting to find him. "After the quake hit, I ran to the school and started removing rubble," Zhang says. "I uncovered several children. Some were dead, some still alive. But I couldn't find my grandson." Unlike many others waiting in the steady drizzle, Zhang seems to have accepted that his grandson probably won't make it out alive. When a neighbor asks about the boy, Zhang replies flatly, "He's dead."
That awful realization awaits hundreds of thousands of Chinese as time inexorably runs out for those trapped under the rubble of the 7.9-magnitude quake that rocked the densely populated Sichuan province. Two days after the first shock, the official death toll had risen to 15,000--and was certain to soar, making it the country's worst disaster since a 1976 quake in the northeastern town of Tangshan killed at least 240,000.
For most of China's long history, natural disasters have been viewed as both portents of change and tests of the government's "mandate of heaven." Many Chinese point out that Mao Zedong died only months after the Tangshan quake. The May 12 quake is being discussed in similar terms in Internet forums, restaurants and tea shops, often generating an inchoate anxiety about possible calamities to come or punishment for past wrongs. Some find a grim significance in the fact that it occurred at the boundary of China and Tibet--where military intervention in demonstrations against Beijing's rule resulted in bloodshed in March, sparking global protests that sullied China's image ahead of the Olympic Games. Others point to a string of recent calamities--a destructive snowstorm, an outbreak of disease that killed dozens of children, a fatal train accident--as evidence of some kind of heavenly displeasure.
China's Communist Party leaders now face another stern test: to show its citizens and the world that the government can cope with a horrific disaster. Keenly aware of the opprobrium heaped on Burma's rulers for their callous and incompetent handling of the killer cyclone earlier this month, Beijing will want to demonstrate that it has "the capability and readiness to handle an emergency like this," says Huang Jing, a China scholar at the National University of Singapore. Swift and transparent handling of the tragedy would also mark another step in Beijing's evolution from an unfeeling regime that suppressed bad news--as it tried to do with the SARS outbreak in 2003--to one more responsive to the needs of its people.
President Hu Jintao called for an "all-out" response, and the government rallied some 100,000 relief workers, including military, police and medical teams. Premier Wen Jiabao flew to Sichuan, and state-owned television showed him rallying rescue forces, even venturing into the ruins to urge victims still trapped in the rubble to "hold on a little longer." It's hard to know how much the tragedy will change China, but this much is certain: with the media allowed unprecedented freedom to report the humanitarian effort, the Chinese will be able to judge their leaders' performance as never before.
In Dujiangyan, where buildings are now just heaps of brick and concrete and corpses lie on the sidewalk, the rescue operation resembles an army assault. Military vehicles, ambulances and mobile kitchens are everywhere. Soldiers search for survivors in the debris and step in to control emotional crowds of victims' relatives. Through the night, loudspeaker-equipped trucks cruised the streets, appealing for calm: "The State Council, the Central Committee, the Sichuan, Chengdu and Dujiangyan governments are trying their best to help. Earthquakes are not something that mankind can avoid." But relief operations can still be bungled, and Beijing knows it can't afford that this time.
China working to prevent epidemics in disaster zone (June 2, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080602/ap_on_re_as/china_earthquake_509;_ylt=AtbtIXOvlvOEnQzPrTdA6hOve8UF
HANWANG, China - Workers in hazmat suits crisscrossed collapsed communities in trucks Monday, spraying disinfectant as part of a government campaign to prevent disease outbreaks among 5 million left homeless by last month's earthquake. Providing safe food, drinking water and temporary shelters were a priority after the May 12 earthquake that killed nearly 70,000 people, the Health Ministry said. Bodies found in the rubble were being cremated or buried."If we can do those four things properly, we have the confidence to guarantee there will be no epidemics after the disaster," Ministry spokesman Mao Qun'an said. He said there was no evidence of contagious disease in the quake zone, where survivors are crammed into tents and other temporary shelters.Any bodies that could not be cremated were being buried far from natural water sources, and more than 10,000 injured people were transferred to hospitals outside Sichuan province for treatment, Mao said in an interview posted on the central government's Web site. The smell of disinfectant lingered in Hanwang's silent streets, where police were also on patrol for thieves. CLIP
After China's quake, disarray for kids (June 2, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20080602/wl_csm/opostquake;_ylt=Avau.YGBFwjek6Omp2kjzb2s0NUE
(...) The plight of the quake's youngest victims has drawn attention because of the tragic way thousands of schoolchildren died at their desks. As the focus shifts to the survivors, the picture is one of disorganization and confusion: Nobody knows how many children are living in makeshift refugee camps, how many need treatment to help them overcome trauma, or how many orphans the earthquake left, officials say."There are a lot of things we don't know," says the spokesman for the Sichuan provincial education bureau, who identified himself only as Mr. Zeng. "It is difficult to do the statistics because we are still registering victims" of the earthquake, whose confirmed death toll is so far 69,000 people, with 19,000 missing.Compounding the confusion, say international relief workers, is a lack of organization now that the initial rescue and relief work is over. (...) The problem, explains Fan Juan, a child psychologist with the Shanghai Mental Health Center who is now in the Sichuan capital, Chengdu, training volunteers in the basics of counseling, is that there are still not enough people who do know what to do. "Most volunteers know nothing about psychology and things are chaotic. Some just keep asking children about their experiences, which is awful," she says. "The child psychology situation in general is not good. We lack resources." (...) This lack of coordination could continue to plague the authorities as they struggle to resettle millions of earthquake victims in the coming months, warns Mr. Wanli. "In emergencies you need horizontal coordination, but the government works according to orders coming from above," he points out. "Local government has done a good job so far, but its old system doesn't work in these circumstances, and they haven't set up a new one yet."
School Collapse Furor Gives Rise to Contrition (May 30, 2008) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/29/AR2008052902762.html
Official in China Withdraws From Olympic Relay After Admitting Lax Oversight on Construction - (...) Faced with mounting parent anger over their children's deaths, a government-organized team of building engineers has begun inspecting at least one of the devastated schools. At Fuxin No. 2 Primary School in Mianzhu city, investigators took photos of the ruins and samples of the tons of concrete and bricks that crushed to death 127 students, according to a parent who is monitoring the situation. Meanwhile, recovery efforts in Beichuan county, one of the hardest hit in the May 12 quake, faced new hardships. A stockpile of chemicals used to disinfect the rubble of thousands of buildings ignited, engulfing the area in heavy smoke and dangerous fumes, state television reported. At least 800 people in the area were evacuated and 61 soldiers were injured.Heavy rain complicated the government's race to prevent the most dangerous of 34 landslide-created lakes from bursting its banks. More than 158,000 people have been evacuated downstream of the Tangjiashan "quake lake" near Beichuan, and 5 million more who live in Mianyang city have been participating in evacuation drills in recent days as the lake's waters have continued to rise. (...) Even as they continue the grim task of totaling the rising toll of confirmed deaths -- 68,516 so far, expected to rise to at least 80,000 -- government officials are beginning to calculate the quake's economic impact. The State Information Center estimated that the earthquake caused economic losses of more than $86 billion, more than triple the impact of a severe snowstorm this past winter that paralyzed portions of the nation's transportation network. Spending for a massive rebuilding effort will likely offset some of that. Premier Wen Jiabao has said the government would allocate more than $10 billion this year to begin reconstruction. CLIP
Tibetan monks pray for China (MAY 31, 2008) http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9E8E0036-BE5E-4840-9B7B-C0302DB950EB.htm
As the residents of China's Sichuan province continue to come to terms with the effects of a devastating earthquake which has killed more than 62,000 people, they will find compassion expressed in some unlikely quarters. Ngawang Khunkyen, one of the many exiled Tibetan monks in India, shares in their sorrow. "The entire exile community is grieving," Ngawang, 30, told Al Jazeera. "We express our grief by praying. We gather at the temple to recite Tara mantras, praying for a speedy recovery of all those who suffer," he said from his home in Dharmasala CLIP
Sharon Stone Banned from Chinese Cinemas (28-May-2008) http://www.thecelebritycafe.com/features/16256.html
Sharon Stones comment was anything but appreciated by the Chinese film world. Sharon Stones suggestion that Chinas annihilative earthquake on May 12 may possibly have been due to bad karma may not have been the best publicity for her new films at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
AS THE OLYMPIC GAMES APPROACH, IT IS IMPORTANT ALSO TO KEEP IN MIND THAT DESPITE ITS IMPRESSIVE RECENT MATERIAL PROGRESS, CHINA IS STILL IN THE GRIP OF ONE OF THE MOST REPRESSIVE, CRUEL REGIME THIS WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. INCONTROVERTIBLE EVIDENCE POINTS TO MASSIVE PERSECUTION OF OVER 100 MILLION PRACTITIONERS OF FALUN GONG, A BENIGN SPIRITUAL GROUP. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT CABAL-CONTROLLED WORLD MEDIA REVEAL SO LITTLE OF THE ONGOING ATROCITIES PERPETRATED IN A COUNTRY ASPIRING TO WORLD RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION. IF YOU THOUGHT WHAT CHINESE AUTHORITIES DID IN TIBET IS BAD, WAIT TO SEE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AND ARE PROBABLY STILL DOING IN THEIR 36 SECRET CONCENTRATION AND SLAVE LABOR CAMPS... THERE IS A RELATED PETITION (see after this article) WHICH WE CAN SIGN TO DEMAND THE END OF SUCH HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES.
Essential Information on Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners in China
April 24, 2006
Falun Gong practitioners are being systematically killed for their organs in labor and concentration camps across China. This is the message that Dr. Wenyi Wang wanted the world to know when she broke protocol and stopped Hu Jintao's speech at the White House on April 20. While the world's media has focused on her act of civil disobedience, the accumulating evidence pointing towards atrocities, which led Wang to her desperate act, has thus far been largely ignored - with a few significant exceptions.
On March 9 The Epoch Times broke the story that at a provincial hospital in northeast China, doctors were harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit.
As shocking as the initial revelations were, subsequent research has shown that organ theft and murder of Falun Gong practitioners has been a widespread practice for several years.
The most recent evidence includes taped phone conversations with organ transplant doctors in China. These doctors have indicated that they have immediate sources of organs for prospective patients, suggesting a massive live organ bank-one which many of them have said will run out at the end of April. Some of these doctors have openly stated that the organs come from Falun Gong practitioners.
Links to the key articles that were used in the writing this report can be found below.
What We Know
Initially, two key sources came forward to reveal the existence of the Sujiatun Concentration Camp in Shenyang.
One of the sources, "Peter," is a Chinese investigative journalist who worked for a Japanese TV station. The second, "Annie," was a staff member at the hospital, whose neurosurgeon husband extracted the corneas of practitioners there for three years. When,tormented by guilt, he finally confessed his crimes to his wife, he said, "You have no idea of my agony. These Falun Gong practitioners were alive."
Both sources fled to the United States and are risking their lives to expose "a most tragic, inhumane crime."
After nearly three weeks of silence, the Chinese regime issued a statement. On March 28, it denied the existence of the Sujiatun camp. By this time, all remaining Falun Gong practitioners had been removed and the crimes covered up, said the two sources.
On March 31, a third witness came forward, identifying himself as a veteran military doctor. He confirmed the ghastly crimes in Sujitun, revealed 36 other concentration camps, and predicted that it would be "useless" to enter Sujiatun to investigate now "because it is easy to transfer several thousand people" to some of the other camps.
Accordingly, the U.S. government found nothing unusual when the CCP invited officials to tour the facilities on April 14.
The following day, The Epoch Times urgently called upon the U.S. government to go to China and "Dig Deeper and Demand Answers" to potentially save thousands of lives.
The need for haste is based on several important factors. The first is that Sujitun appears to not be an isolated case. As the military doctor stated that "Sujiatun is but one of 36 similar concentration camps all over China." The largest camp, he said, is in Jilin Province and it houses over 120,000 prisoners, large numbers of whom are Falun Gong practitioners.
In a press conference in Washington D.C. on April 20, "Annie" also called Sujiatun "the tip of the iceberg" and advised investigators to look for evidence in labor camps and police stations where Falun Gong practitioners are detained. If inspections are done properly, she said, it would be "impossible to not find evidence of such massive killing."
This investigation might also look into very obvious questions such as how it's possible that 3,000 liver transplants were conducted in China in 2003, when only 78 such operations were performed between 1991 and 1998.
The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) has found that hospitals across China are telling patients to come quickly to receive new organs because the current large supply of good organs will dry up by the end of April. In recorded telephone conversations with numerous hospitals, WOIPFG researchers and reporters from Sound of Hope Radio found staff openly admitting that the organs were from living people, including from Falun Gong practitioners.
It is unclear how the sudden expected drop in organ availability is related to the PRC Ministry of Health's new "Interim Regulation for Human Organ Transplant Practice," ostensibly designed restrict organ theft. The directive will take effect on July 1.
The sense of urgency being pushed by the doctors, coupled with the fact that the legislation was announced on March 27, just a day before the PRC's official denial of Sujiatun, has led some to ponder the unthinkable: That Falun Gong practitioners are now being slaughtered in a final push to make money while removing traces of associated crimes in the process. All of these lines of evidence point towards a terrible atrocity taking place in China today.
To genuinely investigate the situation, a special team of international investigators, called the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) was formed on April 18. Its mission is "to go to every Chinese labor camp, jail, detention center, and hospital where Falun Gong practitioners have been detained" and independently determine the veracity of the claims.
Persecution of Falun Gong (VERY COMPREHENSIVE WIKIPEDIA ENTRY) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Falun_Gong
On July 20, 1999, the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) banned Falun Gong and began a nationwide crackdown, except in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. This followed seven years of widespread popularity and rapid growth of the practice within mainland China On April 25, 1999, the 10,000-practitioner gathering at Zhongnanhai triggered the ban. Officially, the authorities banned Falun Gong for "jeopardising social stability" and "engaging in illegal activities." In late 1999 legislation was created to outlaw "heterodox religions," and applied to Falun Gong retroactively. Every aspect of society was mobilized against Falun Gong, including the media apparatus, police force, army, education system, families, and workplaces. An extra-constitutional body, the 6-10 Office was created to "oversee the terror campaign," driven by large-scale propaganda through television, newspaper, radio and internet.Families and workplaces were urged to actively assist in the campaign, and practitioners were subject to severe coercion to have them recant. There are acute concerns over reports of torture, illegal imprisonment, forced labour, and psychiatric abuses. Falun Gong practitioners comprise 66% of all reported torture cases in China, and at least half of the labour camp population. In July 2006, Canadian parliamentarians David Matas and David Kilgour presented their investigative report of systematic organ harvesting from living practitioners. (...) Falun Gong, independent human rights organisations and other NGOs monitoring the treatment of Falun Gong by the Chinese government have published allegations of torture or mistreatment. Falun Gong has documented 44,000 cases of alleged torture which have resulted in 2,804 deaths. Since 2000, the Special Rapporteur to the United Nations reported 314 cases of alleged torture, representing more than 1,160 individuals, to the Government of China. Falun Gong comprise 66% of all such reported torture cases, 8% occurring within Ankangs. The US State Department cites estimates that practitioners may account for half of the labour camp population." The cruelty and brutality of these alleged acts... defy description."-UN Special Rapporteur -- In its "United Nations Reports on China's Persecution of Falun Gong" (2004), Falun Gong alleges numerous cases of extreme torture, accompanied by testimonies, sometimes resulting in impaired mental, sensory, physiological and speech faculties, mental trauma, paralysis, or death. Over 100 forms of torture are purported used, including shocks, stress positions, branding, force-feeding, sexual abuse, with multiple variations on each type. The main purpose of the torture is ostensibly to have Falun Gong practitioners renounce or denounce the practice and the founder, Li Hongzhi. Kilgour and Matas also accused China of torturing prisoners to obtain their consent to have their organs removed for transplant. The Special Rapporteur refers to the torture scenarios as "harrowing" and writes that "The cruelty and brutality of these alleged acts... defy description."CLIP
Global Petition to End Persecution in China Gains Momentum (June 09, 2008) http://en.epochtimes.com/news/8-6-9/71622.html
A global petition to secure millions of signatures to support an end to the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China is to be presented to the International Olympics Committee in July, ahead of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.Organisers of the petition, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG), say the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has continually contravened human rights conventions in its ruthless suppression of freedom of belief, speech and media in China.The petition particularly focuses on the last nearly nine years of the CCP's chronic crimes against Falun Gong practitioners throughout mainland China, which include unwarranted arrests, forced detention in labour camps, torture and murder.A report from former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour and Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas "Bloody Harvest," , released in 2006 and further updated in 2007, has highlighted the extent of the crimes against Falun Gong practitioners. In the report, the two lawyers outline the systematic harvesting of organs for profit from living practitioners in China.The persecution of Falun Gong is the most severe human rights disaster in China today, CIPFG said in a statement.Organisers of the petition, which requires signatories to give their full names, address and contact details to further add weight to the support, report that 600,000 people had signed the petition by the end of May. CLIP
Please contact CIPFG through http://www.cipfg.org/en/ For information about how you can help.
Press release on the launching of this petition (January 1st, 2008) with links to download copies in several languages... http://cipfg.org/en/news/731.html
Deadline of the signature collection: July 20, 2008
An Investigative Report on the Persecution of Falun Gong in the name of Olympics (16 April 2008) http://www.zhuichaguoji.org/en/index2.php?option=content&task=view&id=179&pop=1&page=0
One year before the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese Communist regime has intensified its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Based on official documents from Chinese authorities and reports from persecuted victims, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) has gathered ample evidence to show that the Chinese Communist regime never intended to improve its human rights practices by hosting the 2008 Olympics. The regime has actually taken advantage of the Beijing Olympics and used it as a justification to further persecute Falun Gong. This report documents the evidence in detail below. CLIP
The Olympics, Dehumanization, and Organ Harvesting (April 24, 2008) http://cipfg.org/en/index.php?news=772
In 2001, when bidding to host the 2008 Olympic Games, the People's Republic of China pledged to improve human rights-and won the bid. Many Chinese people were excited, but not all.One of the most barbaric human rights violations of the 21st century had begun: Prisoners of conscience-Chinese people-were being used as living organ banks and their organs harvested for transplantation. They were being slaughtered like animals. Only in 2006 did the world learn of these atrocities after witnesses fled China in order to tell of them. A doctor's wife risked her life in early 2006 when she publicly stated that her husband-then a surgeon in China-had removed corneas from 2,000 Falun Gong practitioners. A journalist likewise risked his life to report of Falun Gong practitioners detained near a hospital, where they were held until used for organ harvesting. An investigative report by David Kilgour, the former Canadian secretary of state (Asia-Pacific) and David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, followed. That report estimated that over 40,000 adherents of the Falun Gong movement had been killed for their organs since 2001. Kilgour and Matas recorded phone conversations with surgeons in multiple hospitals in China with shocking results. CLIP
New Witness: There Are Dozens of Similar Concentration Camps http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2006/3/30/71382.html
After the first two witnesses exposed the Sujiatun atrocities, another witness who identified himself as "a veteran military doctor in the General Logistics Department of the Shenyang Military Region" stepped forward to point out that the Sujiatun Concentration Camp indeed exists, organ harvesting and cremation of bodies is done routinely there, and some are even cremated while still alive. He stated that the Sujiatun hospital is only one of 36 similar concentration camps. (...) According to this witness from the military system, the hospital in Sujiatun District is only one of 36 similar concentration camps across China. At present, the majority of detained Falun Gong practitioners are in prisons, forced labor camps and detention centers. They are transferred elsewhere on a large scale only when needed. This witness said that Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces imprison the largest number of Falun Gong practitioners. The concentration camp in Jiutai Area, Jilin Province is the 5th largest camp imprisoning Falun Gong practitioners in China. This camp alone detains over 14,000 Falun Gong practitioners. The veteran military doctor indicated, "From the information I have access to, the largest concentration camp is in Jilin Province. The concentration camp code named 672-S imprisons over 120,000 people. CLIP
Looking at "A Grotesque Form of Evil New to This Planet" http://cipfg.org/en/index.php?news=444
In its systematic, state-orchestrated crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), with its genocidal policies, has intimidated and lured with tremendous financial incentives the military, the police, the judiciary system, the medical community, and all levels of governmental entities, many intermediary agencies, and organ transplant patients and their families into taking part. During the process, the CCP not only brutally murders Falun Gong practitioners in a way that challenges the bottom line of mankind's morality, but it also devours conscience and human nature and fundamentally destroys people. This has been called a "grotesque form of evil new to this planet," and it will forever remain a lesson for humankind. CLIP
Taiwan: Thousands of Falun Gong Practitioners Form "Great Wall of Justice" to Protest the Jiang Faction's Persecution and Genocide http://www.clearharmony.net/articles/200501/24256.html
On January 8th, 2005, nearly 4,000 Falun Gong practitioners from all over Taiwan and overseas gathered at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial despite cold weather and drizzle. The practitioners held pictures, banners and posters showing evidence of the Jiang faction's brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. They formed a six-kilometer-long "Great Wall of Justice" in Taipei, to call for an end to the persecution. There were seven trucks with practitioners enacting torture methods moving along East Chonghsiao Road, which caught the attention of many residents along the roadside. (...) Based on Clearwisdom.net, from July 1999 to January 2, 2005, at least 1,247 practitioners have been tortured to death and there are 19 deaths on average each month. The average age of the practitioners killed is 46 years old. The number of deaths is still escalating and the actual numbers are far more than the verified death cases. Among the deaths, there were 643 women (51.56%) of which 27 sexually assaulted to death, with an average age of 47; 593 men (47.55%) with an average age of 45; and 11 people (0.88%) of unknown gender. The highest number of death cases occurred in Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong, Sichuan, and Hubei Provinces (listed in order of highest to lowest).Based on the estimation of the "World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong" (WOIPFG), the Chinese Communist regime embezzles a quarter of China's national income to persecute Falun Gong, including paying a large number of officials in the 610 Office, building labor camps and brainwashing bases throughout China, ordering police to monitor and arrest Falun Gong practitioners, ordering media to defame or slander Falun Gong, and dispatching spies and thugs to harass Falun Gong practitioners around the world. Mr. Chang Ching-his described the persecution as the worst in the 21st century. Since there were several dozens of millions of Falun Gong practitioners in China before the persecution, if one includes their family members and colleagues who are also affected, the number of people being persecuted may already be well over one hundred million. The torture means are extremely cruel, and the persecution is basically a "policy of genocide." (...) What made them so steadfast?It is Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong. It is a cultivation practice based on the universal principles of "Truth, Compassion, Tolerance." Since its spread in 1992, over one hundred million people have benefited in health and moral improvement. The practice has been spread to more than 60 countries around the world. Falun Gong has won more than 1,200 awards worldwide. However, it is being brutally persecuted in China. Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners formed the "Great Wall of Justice" to call on all people to help end the persecution. CLIP
LOOKING AT THE LARGER PICTURE ABOUT CHINA. BOYCOTTING THE OPENING GAMES CEREMONY AND ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO USE THE DAY OF THIS INFAMOUS BROADCAST TO PUBLICIZE THE PLIGHT OF THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE BRUTALLY REPRESSED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT WOULD SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA...
Boycott is the moral response to Olympics in China
By WILLIAM M. COX
June 8th, 2008
Let's say Saddam Hussein snared the 2000 Olympics from the ethically challenged International Olympic Committee. Eager to showcase his Baghdad regime to the world, he bulldozed vast Shiite neighborhoods to make way for the Olympic Village. Tens of thousands of dazed residents wander off into internal exile. The restive Kurds, still reeling from a poison gas attack, stage an uprising and are brutally suppressed. Saddam's army seals off Kurdistan so as not to spoil his show.
Sound familiar? It should!
Any doubt about a boycott of the Olympics? Shouldn't be!
The Zhiang Zemin / Hu Jintao CCP (Chinese Communist Party) dictatorship far surpasses Saddam in brutality. Estimates range into the hundreds of thousands of Beijing residents forcibly evicted to make way for Olympic Village -- some with as little as two weeks notice. The lucky few got temporary jobs demolishing their own homes and working Olympic Village construction. Beijing also plans to force out a million poor migrant laborers to "cleanse" the city for the influx of foreign visitors!
Persecuted, brutalized and marginalized for the last 50 years, Tibet recently exploded in a rage. Most understandable. The protests were violently suppressed and all Tibetan areas subsequently cordoned off from the outside world -- a violation of human rights as well as IOC agreements with China.
And let's eviscerate once and for all that Beijing fairy tale about Tibet being a part of China. Tibet is an occupied country! They just didn't have their paperwork in order when the Chinese Red Army invaded in 1949.
The day before my first private meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1992, I had a long talk with his private secretary. Speaking on behalf of his country, he expressed his regret that Tibet never established its credentials as an independent country to the satisfaction of the world community at the time.
It's not only Tibet. The Muslim Uighers of western China have long been repressed. And Christians. A vast bamboo gulag stretches across the far reaches of China filled with democracy activists, dissidents, government critics and human rights defenders of every kind.
The Falun Gong have been marked for extermination by whatever means. Tortures reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition await those on what is often a one-way trip to the dreaded and feared 610 Office in Beijing (the independent office charged with repression of the Falun Gong). Organ harvesting from live Falun Gong prisoners was widespread until exposed by Canadian investigators. Dr. Wang Wen-Yi, who shouted down Chinese President Hu Jintao on the south lawn of the White House 2 years ago, gave me a copy of the Canadian White Paper. Check it out at organharvestinvestigation.net.
Let's not forget that China bears a major, albeit indirect, responsibility for the ongoing genocide in Darfur. And only China would bestow an honorary degree on Zimbabwe's tyrannical dictator, Robert Mugabe.
Desperate and persecuted peoples will seek the most auspicious and highest profile venue to air their pleas before the world. And so will those who stand in solidarity with them. Nothing like the Olympics for doing that! Back when the IOC still had some ethical backbone, apartheid South Africa, ostracized by much of the world, was banned from the games.
The athletes need not be inconvenienced here. It is the opening ceremonies that are the Chinese Communist Party's coming-out party, its leap to legitimacy before the world community. (Back in Munich in 1972 I couldn't afford scalper's prices for tickets to the opening ceremony, but I did get in to some routine track-and-field events. They were so-so.)
Let it now be said, loud and clear, that no one with a moral conscience should be in attendance at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympiad in Beijing.
William M. Cox, M.D., is a radiologist practicing in Nome. He has been an advocate for human rights, freedom and democracy in China for many years.
Candle in my Window for Tibet - A global Display of Unity and Hope http://www.candle4tibet.org/
Take part in the Olympic Games. Light a candle for Tibet. One candle, in a hundred million of windows all over the world, is symbolizing the right of all human beings to self determination, freedom of speech, thought, conscience and religious belief. Our opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will start at sunset on Thursday 7/8/08, the night before the official ceremony in Beijing.
Thank you. My viewpoint is different from others because I'm actually in China and I see the hopes and dreams of my students first hand. The articles that you have included reflect the mainstream media bias against China (remember Western media is increasingly controlled by only five corporations and Murdoch has been increasingly tightening how the news is presented to people). How can you discuss the buildup of nuclear submarines by China without the context of how the U.S. has been upgrading its nuclear capability to invade other countries? (I sent you an article detailing this.) How can you represent China as a major polluter without the context of it being the price the Chinese were forced to pay to bring their country into the global arena? The U.S. and other western countries have outsourced much of their manufacturing capacity to China. It's difficult to find products in the U.S. today that were not "made in China." Just as affluent neighborhoods in Los Angeles forced the unincorporated neighborhood of East L.A. (populated by Mexicans who had emigrated) to harbor a prison and garbage dumps.
The poorest people in the world today are being forced to suffer the worst pollution. Don't you see that this is a zero sum game being forced onto developing countries? Yet, here in Qingdao where I live, most of the new buildings have solar panels on the roof and the Chinese are much more careful then most Westerners not to waste electricity or water. In just about every article that you've included, I see the warped perspective that portrays China negatively. This is not being imagined by the Chinese. There is definitely a campaign underway to discredit the Chinese.
Then I also forwarded to Ariel the following news clip which was included in my May 27 compilation:
China's All-Seeing Eye By Naomi Wolf http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/20797485/chinas_allseeing_eye
With the help of U.S. defense contractors, China is building the prototype for a high-tech police state. It is ready for export. "I can guarantee the bush administration has plans to implement these surveillance technologies at home," says an ex-intelligence officer.
TO WHICH ARIEL REPLIED ON MAY 26:
Oh gosh, I can't begin to respond to this right now. We have had this "police state" of extreme surveillance in the U.S. for decades now. Again, here is another article casting China in an extremely negative light, when it is basically projection by Americans.
If there are any Americans so naive to believe that they are not under the continual eye of cameras, perhaps this kind of propaganda might alarm them.
My experience in Santa Cruz last summer was that the U.S. is by far much more of a police state today than China is.
AND THEN LATER ON THAT SAME DAY SHE WROTE THIS LONG AND, IN MANY RESPECTS, QUITE CHALLENGING LETTER - MUCH FOOD FOR THOUGHT HERE!...
I have shifted my loyalties to China because of my experiences here, not because of psychotronic mind control -- which I believe is happening to nearly everyone in the U.S.
There is an article about Canadian mining in Latin America that I want to send to you (She sent it later: MADE IN CANADA VIOLENCE: MINING IN MEXICO - Here is a revealing excerpt: "The devastation and violence perpetrated by Canadian mining corporations has been documented clearly with links to human rights violations in Guatemala, Peru, Romania, the Philippines, Honduras, Ecuador, Bolivia, Ghana, Suriname, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, India, Indonesia, Zambia and Sudan. Though the criticism of Canadian mining corporations taking advantage of so-called weak human rights protection in the South is made often enough, significantly less is said about the role of the same corporations in the destruction and displacement of Indigenous communities within Canadian borders. (...) Canadian mining corporations in Oaxaca and Chiapas are not just witnesses to the violence that is occurring there but rely on that violence to protect their profits."). I am beginning to wonder why you rarely take on what is wrong with what Canada is doing. Why is it always the U.S., and now China?
I think that you are biased against China and that you are judging the entire country by the worst that happens here (while turning a blind eye to the worst of what Canada does). The Communist Party today is not the same as it was in the past. I see Westerners dissing China all the time because they have no idea what China is like today. All the news that the Western press reports is negative and extremely biased. There is another side to the Falun Gung story, and it isn't just hype, just as there is another side to the Tibet story which isn't all propaganda. I had already heard the other sides of the story before I came to China; have you? I heard it from Chinese friends in the U.S., but do you have any Chinese friends? I know it's not your fault because you live in such an isolated way there in Quebec, but even in your Global Visionary newsletters that I've been reading faithfully for years, there has never been anybody who lives in China who contributes to it... a pretty big population to have left out, actually, when you have such a global outreach.
There are far worse abuses in the prison system in the U.S. and a much greater number of people incarcerated. China does not have a farflung empire of military bases in over a 150 countries, each with its detention center where torture is carried out. It has not had an ongoing military history in the past 30 years of bombing people in other countries. There is a civility among people here at a much higher level than what I've seen in the U.S. I have not seen any of the disturbed or violent behavior so common in the West. When you see people drive here, you would be amazed at how kind they are to each other, and how little anger there is when people drive in unexpected ways.
No, I don't feel that I have to defend China, I truly did not have time to respond to your message this morning because I had to teach a class shortly that I was preparing for. Nevertheless, I do think that you are circulating articles about China that need to be challenged for the distortions that they are perpetrating.
We've been aligned with each other a long time, but I think our understanding of each other is being tested by China. I am changing. China is changing me. I feel there is more hope for the future here in China than anywhere in the Western world. It's not perfect, it's true, no place is, but I want to help it develop in a way that gives more ordinary people a better chance in life all over the world. I see no hope coming from the U.S. or any other Western country, for that matter. All I see is more goosestepping towards further war and outrageous exploitation of developing countries through global financial institutions, including banks, private equity, WTO, accounting firms, etc.
I understand China better than I ever have before, now that I see firsthand how Western policies have severely limited its choices to provide better living conditions for its people.
I'm not sure that we can even have a conversation any more, judging by the extreme distortions in articles that you send to me. Even though you are a socialist, an environmentalist, and a planetary visionary, you are still very Western in your orientation, and you still have the blinkers on that most people do who take for granted a lot of things that living in a developed country gives you at the expense of other countries in the world.
I think that there's a better chance that China as it grows and develops in awareness can provide stability and sustainability in the world than ETs coming to our assistance to get us out of this mess. This is a huge shift in my thinking. I no longer expect much help from ETs because I've seen a lot of promises and very little delivery. I think ETs have largely adopted a hands off policy and that there are not enough people on the planet who are receptive to their assistance.
I just ask you to consider how much of your attitude toward China is based in fear rather than love. My attitudes, which seem so wrong to you, come from loving acceptance rather than fear. It's true that I have to work hard to come from loving acceptance when it comes to the U.S., but I try. And I think what is happening in the U.S. today as it descends into more of a fascist, totalitarian state is the opposite direction that China is going in as it is opening up to more freedom.
My change of heart comes from how accepting, respectful, sweet and loving people have been to me here, in stark contrast with how judgmental, rejecting, harsh and dismissive people in the U.S. have often been to me. Having been poor much of my life, I have known firsthand the extreme arrogance and sense of superiority that people with more money and means have. So I totally relate to the Chinese who have brought themselves up from extreme poverty through hard work and cooperation. The Chinese know more about the power of cooperating with each other than any Westerner does.
How much have your readers ever really shown support or cooperation with the projects that you've tried to carry out? I know it's not much, and I've had pretty much the same results. Here in China people are far more supportive and cooperative. it is their great strength and it is why they succeed in whatever country they live in.
I have found in my heart that I am more Chinese than Western. Yes, it's because of the past lives that I'm starting to remember from an ancient past in which I lived in China far longer than any country in the West. My roots go deep here in China, and I didn't even know it until I came here. It also explains why I was always on the outside in my own country of birth.
I still have love for my own country and people, though, and for the ways I have developed myself through experiences only available to a woman living in the U.S. I hope that everyone in the world can appreciate each other, get to know each other better, and live in peace... that is my overriding motivating force in all that I do as a servant of our great Mother Earth.
AND MY REPLY WAS:
First I'm sorry for having been so slow to reply to your letter. As you know at this time of the year the time I can dedicate to processing emails is greatly curtailed by all the work I have to do to get my garden underway (now done, just lots of weeding to do!). But in addition I've been - and still am - under great pressure to finish a book translation (Suzy Ward's second book which has been a very demanding job to do) by mid-June. So I just quickly check my emails with very little follow up. But I did read you letter and was hoping to get a break to catch up with you on this.
I'd say I'm guilty as charged on most counts... It is correct I rarely expose stuff related to Canadian politics and issues, but it is mostly because it is so boring and is so insignificant as compared to other wrong-doings around the world. Also over 50% of the ERN subscribers are US citizens and much of what I receive and review on the web is related to the US - and now a bit more on China because of the global attention it is getting with the Olympics. So I think it is normal I've focused so little on Canada - the "most best country in the world" as Prime Minister Chrétien was fond on reminding everyone.
But the thing you sent me on the Canadian mining industry is really awful indeed and I've included an excerpt from it in the context of your letter which is now entirely included, along with your 2 previous shorter letters, in my next compilation which I hope to send out today.
See below how it will appear. But I'm not about to let up - as you'll see in this coming compilation - on exposing some of the past and current wrong-doings of the Chinese government (not its people of course!) because you feel I'm biased. The upcoming Olympics is a precious, not-to-be repeated opportunity to bring the spotlight on things this government has been doing which frankly I find utterly despicable and less than human. They would do themselves a great service if they would stop freaking out over Falun Gong, cancel their zero-tolerance policy against this group, apologize flatly (just like Stephen Harper did today for the abuses Canadian aboriginal people endured over a century ago) for what they have done and compensate the victims and the families of the victims for what they have unjustly endured. Imagine how the whole world would respond in front of such an act of humility and contrition and how much China's reputation would be enhanced by doing GOOD things rather than BAD ones... It may take years for some of those who suffered the most under this ill-advised policy to find a measure of solace on all of this, but I would be the first one to be ready to forgive all and every person involved in perpetrating the atrocities the Chinese government and its public servants have committed against innocent souls.
I, like you, envision an enlightened China, with everyone working and helping each other, in the spirit of their magnificent efforts in the wake of the recent earthquake, towards a brighter, healthier future in which all its citizens and its neighbors can live in peace, in decent living conditions. In fact, I envision the very same thing for this whole planet... And I know, deep in my heart, that we still can shift humanity's global awareness towards a New Era, a new age of Love, Peace and Harmony for all and with our living planet. This is where all our energies should be focused and I trust that soon the memories and anger about all the horrors we have allowed ourselves to be sucked into will fade away as our hearts will sing a new song of unconditional Love and true happiness in the knowledge of our divine origin and cosmic destiny.
This is the global vision I keep in mind every time I discover one more bit of past wrongdoing that needs reconciliation with our benevolent innate nature, and pass it along for greater collective awareness so it may enter the cauldron of our fear-and-hate melting heart to be transcended, sublimated and redeemed in the Light that shines through us All as One.
With Love and appreciation for your candid frankness and ongoing transformations
Leading Experts Once Again Raise Concerns About the Dangers of Cell Phones on CNNs Larry King Live Show last night.
Is there a link between Cell Phones and Cancer and Tumors? Are the growing number of children and teenagers using Cell Phones leading to a health epidemic?
All these things and more were discussed on the Larry King Live Show by a respected panel, a virtual whos who on the issue of Cell Phone Safety:
- Dr. Keith Black, the head of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles who treated Johnny Cochran, O.J. Simpson's attorney. Cochran died of a brain tumor in 2005.
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and CNN's chief medical correspondent
- Dr. Vini Khurana, an Australian neurosurgeon who recently made headlines with his extensive report on the health risk associated with Cell Phone use saying it is more deadly than smoking and asbestos.
- Louis Slesin, the Founding Editor of Microwave News.
You need to know what they had to say
CELL PHONES ARE MORE DANGEROUS THAN SMOKING AND ASBESTOS
Theres just over three billion users of cell phones worldwide And, the concern is not just brain tumors, but other health effects associated or reported to be associated with cell phones, including behaviorial disturbances, salivary gland tumors, male infertility and microwave sickness.
- Dr. Vini Khurana
I think the evidence that is accumulating is pointing towards an effect of mobile phones on tumors. I would not want to be a heavy user of a mobile phone. People might be shocked to hear that the evidence does seem to be coming more strongly in support of harmful effects.
- Dr. Vini Khurana
BRAIN TUMORS ARE THE NUMBER ONE CANCER KILLER AMONG CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE SECOND MOST COMMON FORM OF CANCER IN KIDS.
Teenagers and even younger will be using cell phones for 20 to 30 years, we do not have enough data now to say that it is a safe device.
- Dr. Keith Black
A microwave antenna is very similar to a microwave oven. So we dont know what long-term effects that will have on memory as our young adults age and other neurological problems.
- Dr. Keith Black
CELL PHONES HAVE BEEN LINKED TO CANCER
It is quite possible (that Cell Phone cause Brain Cancer) because were seeing these kinds of effects in a number of epidemiological studies .studies from northern Europe, from Israel especially from France, from Germany, all point to a risk of cell phone links to brain tumors and neuromas and grand tumors.
- Dr. Louis Slesin
For every major epidemic theres always been a point in time when the truth is too great to ignore.
Experts Revive Debate Over Cellphones and Cancer (June 3, 2008) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/03/health/03well.html
What do brain surgeons know about cellphone safety that the rest of us don't? Last week, three prominent neurosurgeons told the CNN interviewer Larry King that they did not hold cellphones next to their ears. "I think the safe practice," said Dr. Keith Black, a surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, "is to use an earpiece so you keep the microwave antenna away from your brain." Dr. Vini Khurana, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Australian National University who is an outspoken critic of cellphones, said: "I use it on the speaker-phone mode. I do not hold it to my ear." And CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital, said that like Dr. Black he used an earpiece. In recent studies that suggest a risk, ... tumors tend to occur on the same side of the head where the patient typically holds the phone. The most important of these studies is called Interphone, a vast research effort in 13 countries, including Canada, Israel and several in Europe. Some of the research suggests a link between cellphone use and three types of tumors: glioma; cancer of the parotid, a salivary gland near the ear; and acoustic neuroma, a tumor that essentially occurs where the ear meets the brain. Last year, The American Journal of Epidemiology published data from Israel finding a 58 percent higher risk of parotid gland tumors among heavy cellphone users. Also last year, a Swedish analysis of 16 studies in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine showed a doubling of risk for acoustic neuroma and glioma after 10 years of heavy cellphone use.
Warning: Using a mobile phone while pregnant can seriously damage your baby (18 May 2008) http://tinyurl.com/5owlmw
Women who use mobile phones when pregnant are more likely to give birth to children with behavioural problems, according to authoritative research. A giant study, which surveyed more than 13,000 children, found that using the handsets just two or three times a day was enough to raise the risk of their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions and relationships by the time they reached school age. And it adds that the likelihood is even greater if the children themselves used the phones before the age of seven. CLIP
Wi-fi and Wi-max - Why You Shouldn't Use Them - VERY COMPREHENSIVE!! http://ezinearticles.com/?Wi-Fi-and-Wi-Max---Whats-Wrong-With-That?&id=1083187
(...) The latest development in the world of digital communication is something called Wi-Max. Wi-Max is intended for use as a network for large metropolitan areas. Where Wi-Fi is limited to a range of about 100-300 feet, Wi-Max can provide broadband wireless access up to 30 miles from fixed base stations and 3-10 miles from mobile base stations. It's been described as Wi-Fi on steroids. It's used in much the same way as Wi-Fi and will soon become the standard for Internet access. Imagine the implications. Whole metropolitan cities blanketed with Wi-Max wireless coverage. How convenient and "connected" do we really need to be? (...) There are countless reports and studies raising caution signals about the effects on human health from exposure to cell phone radiation, cell phone towers, Wi-Fi, and wireless technology in general. The fact remains that wireless technology is a potential carcinogen. So was tobacco. So was asbestos. So were X-Rays. Like these other hazards, which were all at one time only "potential carcinogens," wireless technology needs further study before we decide to randomly subject ourselves and our children to the potential harmful effects it seems to cause. How long will we wait for these studies? Another 20 years or more? How many lives will be adversely affected or lost while we take the wait-and-see approach?What can you do? Don't let your children use a cell phone. Don't live near a cell phone tower. Don't use wireless Internet connections or cordless phones in your home. Provide good nutrition to your children in the form of lots of fruits and vegetables. Everyone needs lots of antioxidants to protect themselves from the free radicals being produced by these high levels of radiation. Good quality water is a must, too. CLIP
Something scary ... Where are our rights? (May 10, 2008) http://groups.google.com/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/msg/2a0b0d5417c6cf58
(...) Anyway, the idea is to cover whole metropolitan cities with a Wi-Max signal. The goal is to make the USA one great big hot spot. This means we're all going to get blanketed with wireless radiation whether we like it or not 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This giant network will have "open access" meaning anyone with a compatible device will be able to access it. Web applications like email and videos will also be supported. So it'll be very popular and no doubt will open up wireless access to a much larger segment of the population. The founding companies hope to have Wi-Max services available to half the U.S. population by 2010 and the whole USA shortly thereafter. Who's involved in this giant scheme besides Sprint and Clearwire? Well, Comcast is contributing $1.05 billion, Intel is contributing $1 billion, Time Warner Cable is throwing in $550 million and Google another $500 million. Google has already invested $600 million in Clearwire previously. So those are your major players in this massive electropollution- producing machine. You can figure out why they're kicking in so much money by what they do. They know this is going to be a massive market and they want to capitalize. We've got a lot of work to do to educate others. You know, it's 30 miles of Wi-Max today but it'll be 300 miles of something else in a year to two. That's just what technology does. Especially when there's no one around to look out for the safety of all those who will be blanketed by this giant Wi-Max cloud. Where are you, FDA?
Big Brother Is Watching You... http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19989.htm
The Government is planning to introduce a giant database that will hold the details of every phone call we have made, every e-mail we have sent and every webpage we have visited in the past 12 months. This is needed to fight crime and terrorism, the Government claims.
Implantable RFID Business 'Not Self-Sustainable' (May 20, 2008) VeriChip Biting the Dust? YEAH!!! http://www.rfidupdate.com/news/05202008.html
Human-implantable RFID microchips face an uncertain future in the wake of developments that the technology's developer, VeriChip, announced last week. The Delray Beach, Florida-based company announced it sold most of its assets to tool manufacturer Stanley Works for $45 million and that the rest of the company is for sale (see VeriChip Sells an RFID Business, More Change May Come). The remaining company essentially consists of the VeriMed Health Link business line, a patient identification service based on VeriChip's controversial, FDA-approved line of implantable RFID tags for lifetime human identification."That business is not self-sustainable," VeriChip vice president of corporate development Jay McKeage candidly told RFID Update. "It cannot stand on its own because of the cash burn involved in marketing to consumers." (...) VeriChip never attracted the patients or revenues to match the attention it gained after announcing human-injectable RFID technology. The company has been a lightning rod for criticism by RFID opponents and privacy advocates. VeriChip cited privacy concerns and negative media coverage as risks to the business in its 2007 10-K report. It also acknowledged that people may not be willing to be implanted and that physicians may be reluctant to recommend the procedure. The document warned that the VeriMed system may not gain enough acceptance to continue as a business, an analysis that may soon prove true.
After several years of not watching TV, I've decided to throw in the towel and go back to being programmed. Awakening to the fact that we live in a pretend world created by a criminally insane, global mafia takes too much of my time and no one wants to know about it anyway.
I want to be able to watch coliseum sports with my fellow Americans and find some meaning in who won and lost. I want to watch the Olympics this summer and not remember that it was started by the warring Greek Empire to show their superiority over weaker nations.
When another in my community is diagnosed with cancer, I want to feel sadness that they are the hapless victim of such an insidious disease. I want to appreciate the mutilating, poisoning and burning of cancer patients as modern medicine. I want to feel the hope that there are billions of dollars and brilliant minds working on a cure that is surely right around the corner. I want to purge from my mind that the Eskimos, the Hopis and the Navahos have no incidence of cancer when eating their indigenous diets, as do many other cultures around the world, yet are equally or more susceptible to cancer when eating a traditional American diet and submitting to the modern vaccination program. I want to feel with my fellow citizens that there is nothing I can do about it anyway, and if the big C takes me, that's just the way it is.
I want to believe that our monetary system is too complicated to understand and that there are people far smarter than I looking out for our best interest. I want to believe that recessions and depressions are just inevitable business cycles and ignore that the Federal Reserve is a multi-national privately owned corporation. I want to forget Barry Goldwater's statement; "Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States"
I want to believe that America was attacked on 9/11 by Islamists and that Israel is our friend. I want to forget the PNAC documents saying that "a global war on terrorism would be a tough sell to the American public without a catalyzing and catastrophic event, like a new Pearl Harbor."
I want to embrace the self-loathing of the human race; that there are too many people; that we are running out of oil, food and water; that the carbon footprint of man is causing global warming - and ignore the think tank documents calling for these ideas as strategies for controlling the global population thirty years ago.
I want to ignore that the media darling being presented to us for president has the names of Hussein and Obama, when the New World Order poster boys for the war on terrorism were Hussein and Osama.
I've want to just be an everyman and embrace the lyrics of Jackson Brown; "I'm going to be a happy idiot and struggle for the legal tender."
The only problem I'm having is how to put the damn genie back in the bottle.
Declaration for Citizen Contact Councils announced at Earth Transformation Conference
[Kona, Hawaii - May 24, 2008] A consortium of citizen organizations focusing on the study of extraterrestrial life has cooperated in the development of a Declaration that calls for the establishment of Citizen Contact Councils. The Councils will comprise private citizens meeting in small groups around the world that use "positive intention" and "telepathic communications" to achieve their goals. Disclosing the reality of extraterrestrial life and technology, and transforming Earth into a galactic society are two of the goals of the proposed councils. A further goal includes taking proactive steps to promote mutually respectful extraterrestrial contact. Finally, the Councils would pioneer "citizen governance" on issues concerning extraterrestrial life, including the diffusion of advanced technologies and exposing secret government policies.
The Declaration for Citizen Contact Councils was announced at the Big Island of Hawaii's annual Earth Transformation Conference that focused on the themes of New Science, Consciousness and Contact. Dr Michael Salla, a co-organizer of the conference & Founder of the Exopolitics Institute, announced the Declaration. He believes it will stimulate private citizens to become proactive in developing citizen governance concerning extraterrestrial life. In the concluding conference presentation, he cited a number of groups in Hawaii and around the planet where Citizen Contact Councils exist. Angelika Whitecliff, main organizer of the 2008 Earth Transformation Conference and convener of a Citizen Contact Council in Hawaii, emphasizes that "we can choose individually and collectively how mass extraterrestrial contact will take place. We can choose it to be with benevolent beings who honor human sovereignty, and should in fact settle for nothing less. Citizen Contact Councils have the power to realize this goal."
"The Institute for Cooperation in Space (ICIS)," according to Alfred Webre, J.D., its International Director, "supports the Declaration for Citizen Contact Councils. ICIS mission is to prevent the weaponization of space, and to promote cooperation amongst intelligent civilizations in the Universe." Another prominent citizen organization dedicated to the study of extraterrestrial life released the following statement: "Exopolitics Toronto supports the Declaration for Citizen Contact Councils as a terrestrial imperative that employs just and ethical means by citizens to coalesce global awareness and communal efforts to initiate viable diplomatic interspecies communication with extraterrestrial civilizations." Its Director, Victor Viggiani, further states that "Exopolitics Toronto also supports the just and ethical citizen governance required to expose government secrecy, the suppression of advanced technologies and to ultimately empower the human family to guide and represent itself as contact with off-world civilizations evolves."
For more information contact: Dr Michael Salla at firstname.lastname@example.org
Declaration for Citizen Contact Councils
We are an association of citizen organizations and private citizens dedicated to research, public education and political activism with regard to extraterrestrial life. We are convinced that citizen groups can network together in the use of "positive intention" and 'telepathic communications' to achieve 'citizen governance' and contact with extraterrestrial life. We consequently issue the following Declaration;
We recognize the reality of extraterrestrial life; and the existence of advanced technologies, scientific principles and universal knowledge extraterrestrials offer. We affirm that the diffusion of this knowledge and technology can significantly improve the human condition.
We declare our support for the establishment of "Citizen Contact Councils" that will share the following goals:
* disclosing the reality of extraterrestrial life and exposing government policies that were secretly implemented,
* sharing the knowledge and technology provided by extraterrestrials for the benefit of humanity and the biosphere,
* representing the interests of humanity and biosphere in communications and interactions with extraterrestrials,
* promoting Open Contact with extraterrestrial civilizations, and transforming Earth into a galactic society wherein human sovereignty is respected,
We declare our support for "Citizen Contact Councils" using the following five principles in their operations:
* using positive intention to transform the human condition,
* establishing telepathic communications with extraterrestrial civilizations,
* building positive relationships with advanced ethical extraterrestrial civilizations,
* cooperating with advanced ethical extraterrestrials in achieving common goals,
* using consensus and empathic communications to promote group cohesion and cooperation.
We subsequently support the formation of "Citizen Contact Councils" around the world where existing 'councils' on the Big Island of Hawaii and elsewhere provide examples for the above goals and principles.
We, the undersigned, do pledge to support the creation of Citizen Contact Councils to achieve its above stated chief purpose. We call upon members of the public to show their support by distributing and/or signing this Declaration
EarthTransformation.com, Exopolitics Institute, GalacticDiplomacy.com, Institute for Cooperation in Space, Exopolitics Radio, Exopolitics Toronto.
For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,
'If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.'
In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:
If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):
1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash......... Twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.
6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single 'This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation' warning light.
7. The airbag system would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying.
8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
10. You'd have to press the 'Start' button to turn the engine off.
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