MAY UNITY PREVAIL ON EARTH


October 10, 2008

The Moment of Truth Series #15: The Turning Point is Now!

Hello everysoul!

I have something rather unique and special for you today.

On October 8, I got a phone call from Ariel Ky in China who had some pretty interesting suggestions about us all Light workers coordinating together to offer some much needed guidance to anyone interested to look for a new direction in the times of turmoil and rapid changes ahead. Sort of a "what we came here to do" thing... Made much sense and I suggested that she puts all that in writing so I may network it to get the ball rolling and see where it goes.

Here is her brilliant letter on this. She has a most interesting suggestion as you'll see...

Something big and wonderful is about to happen. I was just visited by an agent from the future in a dream -- WE are going to make it happen. It is time for all people who want a peaceful, wonderful future for our planet to make it happen. The responsible young adults all over the world are going to carry it out, not the hotheads. We, the change agents, the visionaries, the stewards, the friends of Gaia, her true sons and daughters, will support this big event so that it happens. This is a possible future. We are at a juncture now where we can have a number of possible futures.

Many people are being contacted in their dreams, being quickened in spirit by Spirit. It's time to move, time to act. We've been preparing for this moment all of our lives, healing ourselves, remembering who we are, networking with others, gaining clarity of vision.

If you've been feeling under attack by old energies, personal demons, things from the past that you thought were over and done with, antagonistic behavior from people who are stuck in the past, so that you have begun to doubt yourself and everything you have been struggling for, if you feel challenged because you are having money problems, there is a reason for all of this. Lightworkers have been under attack, tremendous attack, to keep us from uniting and bringing in an enlightened age of reason, truth, and caring for each other and our planet, with all its teeming life in the seas and on the land.

The old systems are collapsing. Everyone can see that you can't trust the banks or financiers. An economic system is always based on trust, no matter how exploitive. The bankers don't even trust each other anymore. This is the stage where the desperate thieves start double-crossing and murdering each other... the stage just before they are apprehended.

I am impelled to rally lightworkers together to move into action. Many of us have already crossed paths repeatedly on the Internet and in person, even if we haven't always stayed in touch with each other. Believe it or not, most of us have already been in contact with our soul pods, or are just about to coalesce with others in our soul pod. The biggest secret of our time, which is not a secret at all to some of us, is that we truly are not alone, but are here right now with a number of other people who have agreed to carry out the same mission. Each person is playing their own part, just as the management team of a business has their own duties and responsibilities.

We must help each other, inspire each other, work with each other and support each other to visualize what has to be done in this transition stage to move from the old systems that are collapsing to the new earth way of doing things where everyone thrives, everyone succeeds and has their basic needs met, everyone is free and feels loved.

Our first biggest challenge is to remove the exploiters from power (both those we can see and the people who stay largely behind the scenes), and figure out an enlightened way to treat with them, so that on a soul level their basic needs are also met.

We have to remember that our soul pod does not just include people living in our own country, but that we have deliberately come into many different countries, either through birth or as spirit has led us, so that we build bridges between the people and nations of the world to come together. Our soul pod also includes our spirit guides and teachers, angels, guardians, and enlightened beings that we have affiliated with.

We are also joined in spirit by the benevolent star beings who have been in telepathic contact with many of us and who are very openly coming into our lives more and more this month, joining forces with us energetically to strengthen us in our tasks. These star beings have offered to work with any person who invites their help.

What we are doing transcends the old concepts of separate countries or nations. These tribal divisions served us at one time in our development, but have become an impediment to our development, just as protective defenses in a person's psyche allow them to keep themselves on track, more or less, but at a certain point in their evolution must be shed in order for them to fully realize who they are and experience their own greatness.

So let's take down the fences and enjoy a block party. What is this big event on the horizon? I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I do know that we who are here in physicality are the ones who will make it happen. I believe the big event will come about from the quickening of our resolve to spring into action. We're going to make this tremendous big event happen that wraps our planet in waves of loving energy. I can only guess, but I think it may have to do with music or harmonics or collective acts of courage and sharing... this big event will happen through our ability to imagine it. That's our power.

Whether they are yet fully aware on a conscious level or not, the responsible young people of the world, the leaders of our future, are planning a coordinated effort to alleviate suffering in the world, to make sure that everyone is housed and fed, given opportunities for work, training, and an education, have their health needs met, and are well cared for in their communities. These young people also care deeply for the earth and are working out ways for us to live in harmony with all life on the planet.

Their altruism is outstanding.

We lightworkers need to write a book together quickly, in the same spirit as the photographers who are challenged to capture a day in the life of a place. We need to provide a blueprint for the young people of the beautiful future we envision (and how to get from here to there), a vision that differs dramatically from that of the prison planet of endless war, poverty, suffering and oppression that we now face unless something different is put into place immediately.


This is a challenge of creating. We do not have to engage in struggle with the dark side, our mentality needs to transcend that of the resistance in Star Wars, even if we are under attack. We need to remember that it takes two to fight. Fighting is the old way to get what you want. We need to stand firm in our light and do what we know works to keep ourselves in balance. We have to find other ways to create what we want because fighting will not get us there.

This may be the single biggest lesson that most of us must learn, if we have not already learned it. The minute that we begin fighting with others and judging them, our vibrational level drops dramatically, and we are off mission. Just be aware of this and remember when you start to get angry and fight or get judgmental, stop yourself and remind yourself to stay on mission -- and that means keeping your vibrational level loving, pure and high, especially towards yourself.

Right now is the time to move into action. Having clarity of purpose and vision is imperative. That is why I am going to personally contact lightworkers who I have been in contact with in the past to invite them to help write our book, to be completed in the next few months. Time is on our side, as more and more of us learn to enter and operate in the time of no time. It is one of the secrets the Tibetan Buddhists have safeguarded through these millennia of darkness on this planet.

Take heart, dear lightworker family. We have all the wisdom we need. We are prepared and we are ready to carry out our mission. Let's move forward to create the world of our dreams, to shift the energy on this planet to enlightenment and love. If you feel moved to join us in writing this book, this call to action, please contact me at mailto:libertyferall@gmail.com">libertyferall@gmail.com.

How can we undertake writing the book as a group?

I am offering to compile the material that is submitted and coordinate writing of the book, as well as finding a publisher. Jean Hudon has suggested that there be an editorial committee of three to five people who will review submissions for inclusion and edit material, which makes good sense to me.

Jean has also offered some other excellent suggestions on how to proceed. He said first to ask each person who wants to join this book project and is willing to commit to meeting a deadline, to submit a one-page synopsis of the topic and ideas that they wish to develop. This sounds prudent to me, so I am setting a deadline of October 31st to submit your synopsis of a topic.

Then Jean suggested that after I had made sense of all the ideas that have been submitted, that I'd get back to this group of co-writers with a first proposal of how each segment offered would fit within the frame of the overall blueprint that this book will provide, each placed in what seems the proper order (with bridging sentences that I will write to connect the submissions together.) That way everyone will be able to see the big picture and have a sense of where and how their part will fit into it. The editorial committee would also be involved in this process.

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So there you have it. Now the ball is in your court. Will you take up her challenge and contribute your thoughts and visions for what could soon be known as the Visionary Blueprint For Our Common Future? I can already feel the magical momentum building up as contributions from around the world are soon pouring in and coalesce into a Spiritual Platform for the World We Want. I can also envision that a publisher will be found to spread this far and wide and that a co-creative forum will be set up on the Web and that young and older people alike will be drawn to this beacon of visionary hope like iron by a magnet and that videos will be produced and go viral on the web to disseminate the results from this process in a way that makes it all feel like the best way ahead.

But first I suggest you read again what Ariel wrote and then meditate on this and then, as she did, put down in writing what your soul will bring to your mind as the vital contribution you can make to this collective project. Of course, the idea here is not to speak from our limited human perspective but from our unlimited God perspective as Who We really Are. Just as I do when I open myself to my soul's inspiration when "receiving" each Meditation Focus summary statement, we can each tune into our soul's thought-waves and channel our Higher Self for the Highest Good of All.

The Time is Now for a new beginning and We are the Ones we have been waiting for...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com

P.S. You will find below the usual snap shot reviews of some of what came to my attention since I sent you my last compilation on October 3. Much of it can be disturbing and may elicit reactions of fear and uncertainty as to our ability to master the challenges at hand. But please do not let yourself be distracted by any and all of this, to instead focus on the amazing opportunity this offers us all to do the unexpected (from the standpoint of those who pull the strings of deception and would try to take advantage of the chaos they have contributed creating to further their own dark agendas) and pull a golden dove from our hat, free ourselves forever from the shackles of fear, spread our spiritual wings, and rise up to the growth-inducing challenges we have set for ourselves to master, like the embodied sparks of Source we are.

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THE QUOTES

"YEA!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Jean, it's time to focus on the solution. The more energy we give our attention to positive upliftment, the more we visualize the answers, the solutions, and then the faster we implement this new vision into a new reality! Thank you, Peace."

- Nathan Stevens (nathancstevens2@yahoo.com) commenting on The Perfect Storm Series #18: Time to Take a Whole New Direction


"I am in awe of your Work. Thank you again. A phrase that keeps coming to me for the next act of this play is "Altruistic Harmony."

- Magi Pym (magi@sunwave.net) commenting on the Meditation Focus #191: Blessing All With Love


"It really does feel like the entire "house of cards" is collapsing, and all that keeps me from falling into fear and panic is the vision that, with the collapse, hearts will open and the abundance that is the birthright of all will spread around the globe..."

- Bonnie Mandell-Rice (velsubus@yahoo.com)


"It is usually during times where we face the greatest challenges in life that we also create the most beautiful opportunities. These are the moments where we often initially feel the intense sense of helplessness or hopelessness, fear and doubt. Yet, when we are fortunate to be aware of the present now moment, remember to take a deep breath, release our attachment to the challenge and the outcome, and allow unconditional love as our perspective – we experience grace. When challenges loom large and threatening, our first response is typically one of a reactive role towards some outer condition, person or thing. We look at the screen of life and assume it as our true reality wholly forgetting our inner presence and creative potential in the moment. If we continue to remain in this narrow point of view, we take on the energy and become victims of circumstance. These moments are the reminder that we can go within and realize what is really happening: we are facing our limited thoughts and feelings that at some point we allowed to become a part of our consciousness. Because we allowed these fractional notions in, they are adding to our limited view of life instead of understanding the bigger picture… and there is always a bigger picture. Unconditional love is this grander reality. When we fully embrace and accept our selves and our choices, know our infinite ability to imagine something new, and give our heart a chance to express the wisdom of the ages, we invite the grace that is always present to be a part of our experience. We are more than our material surroundings, things, beliefs, titles, relationships and communities. We are vast, creative multidimensional beings with enormous potential, deep compassion, and incredible courage and strength. Thinking with our heart, we bring hope, help, caring, knowing, unity and solutions. Sharing this journey with each other, we reveal a new potential that includes the best for all. This is the grace of unconditional love. Embrace and celebrate the moments of challenge for they simply point the way to our heart, where a brighter future filled with unlimited possibility awaits."

- Harold W. Becker -- Taken from his October 6 message The Grace of Unconditional Love - Watch the Love Foundation videos and check also this most enlightening interview with Harold (it starts at 13 min 30 sec into this video and lasts for about 18 minutes and continues at 41 minutes into the video) -- And then, if you are in the mood, I highly recommend you watch/listen to I CHOOSE LOVE - A choice for humanity, Love or Fear. What do you choose?


"We wish to be very clear that it does not matter whether this or that legislation is passed or not, the economic crisis has been anticipated for a long time and is presently being engineered to rapidly concentrate the greatest amount of global wealth in all forms into the hands of a global elite in the shortest period of time possible. This is not the first such engineered financial crash, but it is likely the last. (...) Engineered as it may be, it also marks the unraveling of traditionally what has been the matrix control system. More importantly it is coming at a time when the powers that be are preparing for levels of change in existence that they can barely fathom, even with all their power and technology. These involve changes to the planetary and space environment that have little or nothing to do with human carbon emissions, etc. These changes also involve the vibrational state of reality. (...) It is my sense that those who can move on in their spiritual growth and evolution must do so. If you choose this, there is nothing and no one to wait for, and one cannot look back. To look back is to become frozen in place. The ripple effect of the forward movement will be of great service as it will free many more who will “take flight” and enter new states of spiritual awareness that can also inform one's day-to-day existence. The multiplying effects of the awakening of some, then more, will have a powerful influence upon even more. It is what could be called approaching “escape velocity”. This is the awakening.

- Alex Kochkin (ask@pfcn.net) -- Taken from http://newearthsummit.org/forum/index.php?topic=845.0
Alex added (in part) the following in a private email to me: "There are few voices out there that are speaking to the growing crisis in a meaningful way. Hence I volunteered myself to say what I could. I say this not to be self-promoting (as you know I do this freely and with no expectation of anything in return). I have decided to maintain a perspective of focusing on those who are more aware and looking to a “new earth” and “new humanity” that emanates from their spiritual nature." If you are inspired by his thoughts and vision, you may want to read the rest of his letter quoted above and entitled A Spiritual Response and you may also want to explore the Public Online Forum for New Earth & New Community he has set up at http://newearthsummit.org/ as well as join the conversation there if you are so inspired ;-)


"Oxfam attacked the “lack of urgency” in dealing with the food crisis that is affecting nearly 1 billion people—a sixth of the world population. A press release stated, “Oxfam calculations reveal that so far close to US$13 billion has been pledged for 2008 to help poor countries cope with the increases in food prices but only a fraction has been disbursed. The UN estimates that US$25-40 billion per year in additional funding is required to resolve the global food crisis.”Barbara Stocking, the director of the British arm of Oxfam, said, “A crisis is unravelling in front of our eyes in the Horn of Africa where over 17 million are facing starvation due to drought and high food prices. Yet aid agencies have not closed a $700 million gap to deal with the crisis. That is one-thousandth of just the latest commitments proposed for the financial crisis.”

- Taken from Ethiopian famine significantly worsens as Western powers fail to respond (11 October 2008)



CONTENTS

1. Thoughts and background on the financial shifts taking place
2. Capitalism is an abject failure
3. Russia and Brazil crumble as commodity prices crash
4. A crisis made in the Oval Office
5. Bailout, or Blowout? Financial “Rescue” Plan Turns into Mad Spending Spree
6. Bush Illegally Turns Army Inwards
7. The COUP must be stopped!!!!!
8. 30 Years of Being Aware
9. Bailout bill loops in green tech, IRS snooping
10. Betrayed by the Bailout: The Death of Democracy
11. International Action Day "Freedom not fear - Stop the surveillance mania!" on 11 October 2008
12. David Ray Griffin and 9-11 Truth Nominated for The Nobel Peace Prize 2008
13. Did Stephen Harper Have Prior Knowledge of Financial Crisis?
14. Without a Trace: The Smokeless Gun of Flagrant Election Fixing
15. The possibility of Miracles
16. Message from SaLuSa
17. Urgent request from Kuthumi and Sananda
18. ET Intervention
19. China grows 'Super Vegetables' with Seeds from Outer Space



WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION

Interview - Naomi Wolf - Give Me Liberty (27 min 52 sec) OVER 260,000 views in less than one week!!
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_XgkeTanCGI
American are facing a coup - Millions of people need to rise up - MUST WATCH and MUST RECOMMEND!
More through http://www.myamericaproject.org andhttp://www.endofamericamovie.com/
Naomi recommends to view Rep. Brad Sherman on Martial Law - Recommended by Lori Walsh (seeds2plant@yahoo.com) who wrote: "Naomi Wolf is a scholar and a patriot. I beg you to please check out her latest YouTube video." SHE IS AMAZINGLY OUTSPOKEN AND BRAZENLY COURAGEOUS AND SHE IS RIGHT ABOUT THE GROWING STATE OF OPPRESSION IN THE US... Check also Step 9: Recast Criticism as Espionage and Dissent as Treason at http://www.endofamericamovie.com/video.php

The Battle Plan by Naomi Wolf (September 16, 2008)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/naomi-wolf/the-battle-plan_b_126856.html<BR> The following is the introduction to Naomi Wolf's new book, Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries. The summer before last, I traveled across the country talking about threats to our liberty. I spoke and listened to groups of Americans from all walks of life. They told me new and always harsher stories of state coercion.What I had called a "fascist shift" in the United States, projections I had warned about as worst-case scenarios, was now surpassing my imagination: in 2008, thousands of terrified, shackled illegal immigrants were rounded up in the mass arrests which always characterize a closing society; news emerged that the 9/11 report had been based on evidence derived from the testimonies of prisoners who had been tortured -- and the tapes that documented their torture were missing -- leading the commissioners of the report publicly to disavow their own findings; the Associated Press reported that the torture of prisoners in U.S.-held facilities had not been the work of "a few bad apples" but had been directed out of the White House; the TSA "watch list," which had contained 45,000 names when I wrote my last book, ballooned to 755,000 names and 20,000 were being added every month; Scott McClellan confirmed that the drive to war in Iraq had been based on administration lies; HR 1955, legislation that would criminalize certain kinds of political thought and speech, passed the House and made it to the Senate; Blackwater, a violent paramilitary force not answerable to the people, established presences in Illinois and North Carolina and sought to get into border patrol activity in San Diego. The White House has established, no matter who leads the nation in the future, U.S. government spying on the emails and phone calls of Americans -- a permanent violation of the Constitution's Fourth Amendment. The last step of the ten steps to a closed society is the subversion of the rule of law. That is happening now. What critics have called a "paper coup" has already taken place. Yes, the situation is dire. But history shows that when an army of citizens, supported by even a vestige of civil society, believes in liberty -- in the psychological space that is "America" -- no power on earth can ultimately suppress them. (...) Our "America," our Constitution, our dream, when properly felt within us, does more than "defend freedom." It clears space to build the society that allows for the highest possible development of who we ourselves personally were meant to be. We have to rise up in self-defense and legitimate rebellion. We need more drastic action than e-mails to Congress. We need the next revolution.

Riz Khan - Naomi Wolf - 16 Sep 08 - Part 1 from AlJazeera English (17 September 2008 - 11 min 46 sec)
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0LhaAZjQAoc&NR=1
Is US democracy under threat from within? Riz Khan asks controversial author, activist and feminist Naomi Wolf about the future of America and whether or not its everyday citizens can make a difference. Wolf argues that Americans should become democratic commandos. MOST interesting!!! Watch Part 2 HERE and Part 3 HERE. And then, as a complement, watch the other Naomi... Naomi Klein - I've watched and recommended several of her videos in the related section of item #1 below. Those 2 Naomis are the most amazing, dedicated and brilliant leaders America has right now!

Hal Turner Shows New AMERO Currency - ANOTHER HOAX PERPETUATED OR IS IT CUNNING DISINFORMATION
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ge2J2lNusJs
"New currency being secretly minted at Denver Mint, to replace US Dollar, Canadian Dollar and Mexican Peso." Hal shows an "actual" Amero from the shipment of $800 billion of Ameros that have allegedly just been sent to China. NOTE from Jean: Check Wikipedia'a entry for Hal Turner at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Turner "...is an American white nationalist and white supremacist (who) has often made news for his extreme right-wing views. He promotes antisemitism (including rounding up and killing Jews) and opposes the existence of the state of Israel." Check the debunking Snopes.com entry on this: Amero Uproar http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/amero.asp and the collectible coins minted by Design Computed http://www.designscomputed.com/coins/amero.html - On this issue Ariel Ky (libertyferall@gmail.com) suggested: "Even though the U.S. has not joined the International World Court, it is a member of the ICSID, which is the proper forum to address concerns such as the amero currency. I also consider that developing country and investors worldwide might want to file a class action suit against Lehman Bros., the Carlyle Group (for billions of dollars of losses in their bankruptcy last March, Bank of America and CitiBank (for selling fraudulent investment properties). How useful it would be to use an agency of the World Bank to provide justice is questionable. However, it might baffle and slow down these guys enough for us to pivot the energy in a different direction. Hoist upon their own petard, that sort of thing."

Tobin Tax initiative
http://ceedweb.org/iirp/
Tobin Taxes are excise taxes on cross-border currency transactions. They can be enacted by national legislatures, followed by multilateral cooperation for effective enforcement. The revenue should go to global priorities: basic environmental and human needs. Such taxes will help tame currency market volatility and restore national economic sovereignty. (The name Tobin Tax and the original concept derives from James Tobin, a Ph.D. Nobel-laureate economist at Yale University.) -- Recommended by Da Vid (globalpeace999@aol.com) founder of the Light Party who wrote: "Tobin Taxes can be enacted domestically by national legislatures, which will require multilateral cooperation to be effectively enforced. The Tobin tax was originally designed to prevent potential financial crises! The Tobin Tax is a A small levy of 1.0% would have virtually no effect on global capital flow and will generate $3 trillion annually or more! The Tobin Tax Will Serve To : A) Stabilize the Global Financial Markets... B) Generate New Wealth For America and The Global Community as well as... C) Providing tremendous amounts of new capital for vital global humanitarian and ecological challenges! We are urging all people, governments and Multinational Corporations to seriously consider the extraordinary benefits for the immediate implementation of the Tobin Tax..." NOTE from Jean: On this proposal, I received the following comment from David Creighton (dcr8on@sympatico.ca) :"Regarding the Tobin Tax Jean, the Halifax Initiative reports that on 23 March, 1999 the Parliament of Canada passed Motion M-239: "That, in the opinion of this House, the government should enact a tax on financial transactions in concert with the international community".
See http://www.halifaxinitiative.org/index.php/Issues_TobinTax_Parl/Tobin_Tax_Motion__Vo for the list of those voting in favour, and further discussion on the money speculators. So, Canada has supported the Tobin Tax concept for nearly a decade! The vulnerability of such a policy is that it must be enacted "in concert with the international community" which, until recently, has been dominated exactly by the money speculators and their minions. Perhaps once the smoke has cleared from the Great Wall Street Grab, electors will be ready for some real oversights such as this, amongst others.

Dueling puppets (9 Oct 2008)
http://www.brasschecktv.com:80/page/439.html
Who's in charge? I was under the impression that Canada and Australia were sovereign countries. I guess not. This video shows the heads of both these states reading the same exact statement - word for word - supporting the invasion of Iraq. Who wrote this thing? Who distributed it? Who compelled these obvious puppets to read it? The Queen? The CIA? Who runs these people. Note: Canada's Harper was not yet Prime Minister when he made this speech selling out his country for god knows who - but he has been for the past 3 years and may no longer be prime minister after the coming Oct 14 elections in Canada.

Beautiful Pictures of the Earth From Above
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/10/earth_from_above_comes_to_nyc.html

Election trains
http://images.dailykos.com/images/user/3/electiontrains.jpg

I have a Dream
http://www.wavelengthclothing.com/impeach_bush.html

New Government Seal: Official Announcement
http://danielac.tumblr.com/post/25107027/the-new-york-nerd-new-government-seal-official
The federal government today announced that it is changing its emblem from an Eagle to a CONDOM because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance.. A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually being screwed!



ALSO RECOMMENDED

What next? The economy stares into the abyss as the global meltdown worsens (11 October 2008)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/what-next-the-economy-stares-into-the-abyss-as-the-global-meltdown-worsens-957870.html
*Bush appeals for calm fails to steady markets *FTSE falls another 9% *250bn wiped off value of UK's top companies in a week *Pound drops to five-year low against dollar *Shares plummet across Europe *Tokyo shares down 24% *Stock exchange suspended in Russia -- It has been a destruction of wealth unprecedented in human history: Some $25 trillion – $25 million million – wiped from the value of the world's stock markets so far this year, and $4.6trn (£2.7trn) of that in the past week alone.In Washington the comings and goings at the IMF conference of the world's finance ministers and central bankers seemed curiously irrelevant against such a tsunami of fear. So far this week, their actions – bank rescue plans, an internationally co-ordinated cut in interest rates and a pledge of billions of dollars in assistance from the IMF for distressed economies – have been met with a raspberry from the markets. The money markets remain seized; the stock markets heading for meltdown, the price of oil down below the $80 mark, and sterling under pressure again, below $1.70 for the first time in five years. Although the 1929 and 1987 stock market crashes were more rapid and dramatic, the cumulative scale of loses seen recently at least bears comparison. The Dow Jones index of leading shares has lost almost 40 per cent of its value since its peak almost exactly a year ago, and 20 per cent in a week – one of the fastest bear markets in history. Europe's stock markets lost a fifth of their value last week, while London's FTSE 100 index fell by 8.9 per cent yesterday, ending its worst week since Black Monday in 1987, and its lowest close in more than five years.The breezy confidence born of the longest period of growth in modern times has given way to despair.The global economy stands with one foot over the precipice, on the brink of a catastrophe – the biggest slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The West's banks are so weak that they will not even lend to each other for one day; that is the scale of the crisis of confidence. (...) What are the prospects? The problems in the banking system have a direct impact on families' ability to buy homes and consumer goods, on farms, factories and offices buying equipment. At worst, share prices could fall by 50 per cent from their peaks last year and house prices by another 20 per cent. Such a devastation of wealth makes us less liable to go out and spend, dragging economies down further. What else can go bust? Countries. Sovereign states, such as Iceland and some emerging economies, could default on their debts, causing more instability. Big companies too; the likes of General Motors has seen its shares crash by almost 50 per cent in a few days.What could the endgame be?If all else fails, governments will have to nationalise their banking systems, but only if they and their currencies are strong enough. We've seen runs on some of the word's biggest banks and insurers and some smaller economies; could a run on the US itself, and a complete collapse of the dollar be ruled out?

Pakistan seeks $10bn bailout from US, UK to avoid bankruptcy (10 Oct 2008)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Business/Intl_Business/Pakistan_seeks_10bn_bailout_from_US_UK_to_avoid_bankruptcy/articleshow/3581189.cms
LONDON: Facing imminent bankruptcy, terror-stricken Pakistan has dispatched its top finance officials to Washington, London and other friendly world capitals seeking a lifeline of over USD 10 billion in emergency aid. The mission to secure a six billion pound (USD 10.18 billion) bailout package is led by Shaukat Tareen, Pakistan prime minister's finance adviser and Shamshad Akhtar, the governor of Pakistan's central bank, Daily Telegraph reported. The Pakistani delegation is seeking an American and British-backed lifeline to tide over the current crisis. Oil-rich Gulf states have also been tapped to match Western funds with extra billions to ensure that Pakistan, which until recently touted itself as the 'next Asian Tiger', avoids a balance of payments crisis, the report said. Tareen, a suave former banker, was appointed this week to spearhead the last ditch bid to avert the possible bankruptcy after it was revealed that state reserves had halved since democratic elections were held in March this year and a coalition government led by the Pakistan People's Party was formed. CLIP

Fed slashes interest rates, but stocks lose again (October 9, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081009/ap_on_bi_ge/financial_meltdown;_ylt=ArUNy3JrxQmLEFSAFgGTGpes0NUE
WASHINGTON - Even an orchestrated round of rate cuts by the world's central banks was not enough to stem the bleeding on Wall Street. The Federal Reserve, desperately trying to jump-start the lending that keeps the U.S. economy moving, on Wednesday dropped its closely watched federal funds rate to 1.5 percent. The cut from 2 percent took the rate to its lowest level in more than four years.In an unprecedented coordinated move, central banks in England, China, Canada, Sweden and Switzerland and the European Central Bank also cut rates after a series of high-stakes phone calls over several days between Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his counterparts. On Thursday, rates in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan were also trimmed and Asian markets appeared to find their feet after a brutal round of selling Wednesday. (...) The Dow Jones industrial average lost 189 points, or 2 percent, to close at 9,258. It was the sixth straight day of losses for the Dow. The index has shed more than a third of its value, nearly 5,000 points, since its all-time high, set one year ago Thursday. (...) Even the coordinated action may not break the panicky mindset that has gripped investors across the world as jobs evaporate and retirement savings dry up. Banks may still be inclined to hoard cash, and until they decide to lend again the crisis is not likely to let up. If anyone needed evidence, major American retailers turned in dismal sales figures for the third quarter - further proof that consumer spending, the lifeblood of the economy, is sputtering. CLIP

Retirement account losses near $2 trillion(Oct. 7, 2008)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27073061/
Financial crisis forcing workers to delay their golden years -- WASHINGTON - Americans' retirement plans have lost as much as $2 trillion - or about 20 percent overall - in the past 15 months, Congress' top budget analyst estimated Tuesday. The upheaval that has engulfed the financial industry and sent the stock market plummeting is devastating workers' savings, forcing people to hold off on major purchases and consider delaying their retirement, said Peter Orszag, the head of the Congressional Budget Office.As Congress investigates the causes and effects of the financial meltdown, the House Education and Labor Committee was hearing from retirement savings and budget analysts on how the housing, credit and other financial troubles have battered pensions and other retirement funds, which are among the most common forms of savings in the United States. CLIP

Jim Cramer: Time to get out of the stock market (Oct. 6, 2008)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27045699/
Bullish investors should turn into shrinking violets as the stock market continues its shocking downward spiral, CNBC's "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer told Ann Curry on TODAY Monday. In what Curry called a "dramatic statement," Cramer emphatically urged any investor who has money they may need in the next five years tied to stocks to pull their dough out."I thought about this all weekend," Cramer told Curry. "I do not want to say these things on TV. "Whatever money you may need for the next five years, please take it out of the stock market right now, this week. I do not believe that you should risk those assets in the stock market right now."While the animated Cramer is known for telling investors the best prospects for earning money on the stock market, he's now saying retreat is the best position in the face of some of the worst financial news in decades. The bank lending default crisis that put financial firms around the country on the brink of collapse could bring "as much as a 20 percent decrease in the stock market," Cramer predicted. CLIP

United States Dragging the World into a Great Depression (Oct 09, 2008)
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article6710.html
According to Bloomberg News: "The Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of England, Bank of Canada and Sweden's Riksbank cut interest rates in an emergency coordinated bid to ease the economic effects of the financial crisis." The move by the Fed's Open Market Committee (FOMC) brings the Fed's Fund rate down to 1.5 percent, 500 basis points below the current rate of inflation. Following yesterday's 508 point bloodbath, President George Bush tried to calm jittery investors about the turmoil in the markets. He said, "I know that the days are dim right now for a lot of folks. But I firmly believe tomorrow is going to be brighter." Just hang in there. The present crisis, which has its roots in the unsupervised expansion of credit in the United States, has spread from subprime mortgages and toxic securities, to the entire global financial system, where it has roiled equities markets and is now threatening to do incalculable damage to the US and European banking systems. (...) "Incoming economic data suggest that the pace of economic activity has slowed markedly in recent months. Moreover, the intensification of financial market turmoil is likely to exert additional restraint on spending, partly by further reducing the ability of households and businesses to obtain credit. Inflation has been high, but the Committee believes that the decline in energy and other commodity prices and the weaker prospects for economic activity have reduced the upside risks to inflation." The United States is headed into another Great Depression and has probably dragged the rest of the world along with it. The global financial system will look very different by the time we reach the other end of the tunnel.

Lessons from the 1929 stock market crash (9 October 2008)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7656949.stm
In October 1929 shares on Wall Street fell sharply following a speculative boom during the "Roaring Twenties". In two days the Dow Jones industrial average fell by 25% (ending on Black Tuesday, 29 October). The volume of stocks traded set a record that was not broken for 40 years. When it finally reached its record low in July 1932, the Dow Jones had fallen 89%, and it did not recover to 1929 levels until 1954. (...) The Wall Street crash corresponded to a sharp decline in US economic output, which eventually spread around the world.The US economy shrank by a third, and unemployment reached 25%, with many more workers on short hours.In addition, the US banking system had seized up completely, and the first act of the new Roosevelt administration when it came to power was to close all banks for two weeks while Federal inspectors examined their books. With no unemployment benefits or government help, the sharp fall in workers' income had a big effect on consumption and led to a negative spiral of more factory closures. Most observers believe that economic policy-makers made the economic downturn worse by adopting tight money policy and balanced budgets as the crisis worsened. International trade also shrank as the US went off the gold standard and erected high tariff barriers to prevent foreign imports. CLIP

USA 2008: The Great Depression (1 April 2008)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/usa-2008-the-great-depression-803095.html
Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US. In the era of the credit crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive – a sure sign the world's richest country faces economic crisis -- We knew things were bad on Wall Street, but on Main Street it may be worse. Startling official statistics show that as a new economic recession stalks the United States, a record number of Americans will shortly be depending on food stamps just to feed themselves and their families. Dismal projections by the Congressional Budget Office in Washington suggest that in the fiscal year starting in October, 28 million people in the US will be using government food stamps to buy essential groceries, the highest level since the food assistance programme was introduced in the 1960s. The increase – from 26.5 million in 2007 – is due partly to recent efforts to increase public awareness of the programme and also a switch from paper coupons to electronic debit cards. But above all it is the pressures being exerted on ordinary Americans by an economy that is suddenly beset by troubles. Housing foreclosures, accelerating jobs losses and fast-rising prices all add to the squeeze. CLIP

Is the Federal Reserve Engaged in Acts of Economic Warfare Against America (October 8, 2008)
http://www.naturalnews.com/024427.html
In 1942, German intelligence officers rounded up skilled Jewish prisoners and launched Operation Bernhardt, a clever scheme designed to counterfeit hundreds of millions of dollars worth of British Pounds and destroy the British economy by flooding it with counterfeit money. Located in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Operation Bernhardt was, even by modern standards, a runaway success that resulted in the creation of forged bank notes worth 132 million British Pounds. This "economic warfare" operation resulted in a devastating economic effect on the British economy. (...) Today, the Federal Reserve is engaged in an eerily similar operation, counterfeiting trillions of dollars in U.S. bank notes and flooding the U.S. money supply with money created from nothing. The result, of course, is the same as was intended by Operation Bernhardt in 1942: The economic destruction of the target nation. Only this time, the target is the United States of America.Hilariously, the Fed claims it's doing this to save the economy. Yet the laws of economics tell us that flooding the money supply with trillions of dollars in new money actually harms the economy. And the Fed has been hard at work causing this harm: $250+ billion two weeks ago, $600+ billion last week and $900 billion earlier this week! It's beginning to crank up the printing presses to the tune of a trillion dollars a week, and by doing so, it's contributing to the destruction of the U.S. economy at a pace the Third Reich could have barely imagined. CLIP

Socialism for Bankers, Savage Capitalism for Everyone Else? (September 22, 2008)
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20081006/henry
Ladies and gentlemen: pardon my intemperance, but it is time for some moral outrage and perhaps a little good old-fashioned class warfare as well--in the sense of a return to seriously progressive taxation and equity returns for public investments. After all, as this week's proposed record-setting Wall Street bailout with taxpayer money demonstrates once again, those in charge of running this country have no problem whatsoever waging "class warfare" against the rest of us--the middle classes, workers and the poor--whenever it suits their interests.At a time when millions of Americans are facing bankruptcy and the risk of losing their homes without any help whatsoever from Washington, DC; the CEOs and speculators who created this mess; and the top 1 percent of households that owns at least 34 percent of financial stocks, along with the next 9 percent that owns 51 percent of them, have teamed up with their "bipartisan" cronies in Congress, the US Treasury and the White House to stick us with this huge bill for this bailout, plus all of the risk, plus none of the upside. Upon close inspection, the Treasury's proposal appears to be nothing more than a bum's rush for unlimited power over hundreds of billions, to be distributed at Secretary Paulson's discretion behind closed doors and without adequate Congressional oversight. CLIP

We're on "the edge of the abyss” (06/10/08)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20954.htm
Years from today, when the current financial crisis is over, historians are likely to agree that it would have been far better if the Bush administration had declared a state of emergency earlier in the process so that the necessary steps could have taken to avoid a complete financial meltdown. The media could have been used to bring the American people up to date on market-related developments and educated in the bizarre language of structured finance. Knowledge is power; and power can prevent panic. Now we're in a terrible fix. People are scared and removing their money from the banks and money markets which is intensifying the freeze in the credit markets and driving stocks into the ground like a tent stake. Meanwhile, our leaders are "caught in the headlights", still believing they can "finesse" their way through the biggest economic cataclysm since the Great Depression. It's madness. If something is not done to increase the flow of credit immediately, the stock market will tumble, unemployment will spike, and many businesses will grind to a standstill. We could be just days away from a severe shock to the system. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson's $700 billion bailout does not focus on the fundamental problems and is likely to fail. At best, it puts off the day of reckoning for a few weeks or months. Contingency plans should be put in place so the country does not have to undergo post-Katrina bedlam. Does Congress have any idea of the mess they've made by passing the Bailout bill? Do they even read the papers or are they so isolated in their Capital Hill bubble-world that they're entirely clueless? Did any Senator or congressman even notice, that while they were busy mortgaging off America's future, the stock market was plummeting to new lows? Between the time the ballots were cast on Paulson's bailout, and the announcement of the final tally (which was approved by a generous margin) the market went from a 310 point gain to a 157 point loss; a whopping 467 plunge in less than two hours. Thus spake the Market: "Paulson's bill is a fraud!" Listen up, Congress: This massive trillion dollar deleveraging process cannot be stopped. The system is purging credit excesses which are unsustainable. The levies you're building with this $700 billion bill may plug a few holes, but it won't stop the flood. Economist Ludwig von Mises put it like this: "There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought on by credit expansion. The question is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved." The best course of action is to soften the blow as much as possible for underwater homeowners and let the market correct as it should. Otherwise the dollar will be torn to shreds. CLIP

Rock Out With Your Bailout (October 7, 2008)
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/1007083aig1.html
After government rescue, insurance firm AIG partied at swank resort -- Days after federal officials agreed to an $85 billion bailout of American International Group, the insurance firm spent more than $440,000 for a corporate retreat at a swanky California resort. An invoice from the week-long getaway, a copy of which you'll find below, was obtained by the congressional panel that has been holding hearings this week about Wall Street collapses and executive excess. The late-September AIG gathering at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach cost $443,343, according to the invoice. The six-figure sum covered hotel rooms, banquets, golf fees, and spa services at the resort south of Los Angeles. However, company funds apparently were not spent on exploding cakes or urinating ice statues.

Wall Street panic rolling over consumers worldwide (Oct 8, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081009/ts_nm/us_financial_mainstreet_global
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A London businessman may have to put off his wedding. A Hong Kong housewife is too worried to make investments. A student in Slovenia sees an automobile loan fall out of reach. And a real estate agent in Chicago says she's just plain scared. The worst financial crisis since the 1930s was stark reality for millions on Wednesday as retirement savings evaporated, jobs disappeared, stock market values slipped again and a dramatic international cut in interest rates by central banks did little to stem three weeks of near panic. The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank another 2 percent on Wednesday, closing 189 points lower at 9,258. Over the past 12 months, more than $12.4 trillion of global stock market wealth has been wiped out, as measured by the MSCI main world equity index. More than a third of that loss -- about $4.6 trillion -- has come in just the past three weeks as credit market turmoil deepened after the bankruptcy of giant U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers. What the International Monetary Fund termed a major downturn for the world economy was already evident to many. "I'm scared, really scared," said Chicago real estate agent Cathy Ivcich, 45. "People have stopped buying houses. I've got a lot of buyers who have secure jobs or who have money, and I'm sure I could get them a loan. But they're just scared. Their feet are stuck." She's stopped going out to dinner and "all those canned goods in the pantry, we're trying to find a way to use them." CLIP

House prices fall at record rate (9 October 2008)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/house-prices-fall-at-record-rate-955774.html
House prices plunged at a new record rate during the year to the end of September - losing 13.2 per cent of their value, Britain's biggest mortgage lender said today.The fall was the biggest ever recorded by the Halifax house price index, which posted a year-on-year decline of 12.7 per cent in August. CLIP

Poverty still plagues U.S. cities: survey (Oct 6, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081006/ts_nm/us_usa_economy_poverty_1;_ylt=ArcB57vCm23ei8q4BrJYrYFv24cA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most U.S. mayors and city officials say poverty is a growing problem, with many families unable to get by, according to a survey released on Monday. Some 90 percent of city officials in the National League of Cities survey of mayors and leaders of towns of 30,000 people or more say that during the last decade poverty rates have either increased or stayed the same in their towns.About a third of those participating consider poverty "a severe or serious problem" in their cities."More than four decades after the United States government declared 'war' on poverty, the 'official' 2008 poverty rate is 12.3 percent, not even 2 percent less than the 1967 figure of 14.2 per cent," the report said, adding:"The federal poverty threshold, on which the national poverty rate is determined, however, is viewed as outdated by many, used since the 1960s and based on economic data from the 1950s based on food consumption being one third of one's annual expenses."Most respondents said the federal government's poverty income threshold is significantly lower than what it takes to survive in their cities. While the federal government considers a family of three with an income below $17,170 impoverished, 30 percent of those surveyed said a family needs at least an income of $30,000 to get by in their cities.Single-parent families, low-wage workers and senior citizens are most likely to be poor, and one-third of survey participants said that poverty is geographically dispersed throughout their cities. CLIP

Sheriff in Ill. county won't evict in foreclosures (Oct 8, 2008)
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20081008/D93MFL900.html
CHICAGO (AP) - Residents of foreclosed properties in Chicago and other parts of Cook County don't have to worry about deputies forcing them out. Sheriff Tom Dart says that starting Thursday his office won't take part in evictions. Dart says he's concerned that many of the people being evicted are renters who were unaware that their landlords have been failing to pay their mortgages. He says his deputies have no way of knowing whether they're removing someone who has defaulted on a loan or someone who has been faithfully paying rent. Dart says he thinks he's the first sheriff in a major metropolitan area to stop such evictions during the ongoing foreclosure crisis. Dart says the number of mortgage foreclosures in Cook County has skyrocketed and will probably keep rising.

Pentagon Hands Iraq Oil Deal to Shell (October 2, 2008)
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/101012/pentagon_hands_iraq_oil_deal_to_shell/
The U.S. government secretly facilitated dealings between Shell and the Iraqi Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts. (...) In reality, there had long been ample evidence of deep involvement between the Bush administration, foreign firms and Iraq's Oil Ministry. The Times and other major media outlets also failed to expose the major financial ties between the military occupation in Iraq and the same oil giants. In fact, each of the oil giants named in the original New York Times piece -- Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total, BP, and Chevron -- regularly shows up on the Pentagon's payroll. In fact, last year, the five firms took home more than $4.1 billion from the Pentagon -- with Shell leading the way with $2.1 billion. (...) On September 22nd, the government of Iraq and Royal Dutch Shell officially signed a $4 billion deal "to establish a joint venture with [Iraq's] South Gas Company in the Basra district of southern Iraq to process and market natural gas." A day later, the Times reported that Shell had "established an office in Baghdad." From a "news conference in Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone," the Times quoted Linda Cook, the executive director of the Shell's gas and power unit, as saying, "We are ready to establish a presence."While the Times didn't report it, Cook went on to say, "I am delighted that the Iraqi Government including the Ministry of Oil have supported Shell as the partner for joint venture with the South Gas Company. We look forward to moving jointly to implement the JV and begin investing in the energy infrastructure in Iraq." What the Times (and other major media outlets) also failed to mention was that guarantor of that "Green Zone" from which Cook spoke, just days before, had the inked its own huge energy deal with Shell. On September 17th, Shell was awarded a $338 million contract for aviation fuel by the Pentagon. In fact, even before this contract, Shell had already awarded over $1 billion from the Pentagon during this fiscal year. If history is any guide, it will receive billions more before fiscal 2009 starts. The Pentagon's Shell deal came during one DoD's periodic petroleum benders -- massive multi-day spending sprees where hundreds of millions or billions of taxpayer dollars are paid out to oil companies. This one, on September 17th and 18th, netted Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and seven other oil companies a grand total of over $1.5 billion. The fact that the U.S. government secretly facilitated dealings between Shell and the Iraqi Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts; that the U.S. military -- the primary occupation force in Iraq -- regularly pays Shell billions of dollars each year; that on the heals of a contract worth hundred of millions of dollars with the U.S. military, Shell just inked a deal with the with occupied Iraq and set up an office in the U.S. military's secure "Green Zone" should raise myriad questions about the tangled relationship between the major players in Iraq. These complex issues go ignored because they are viewed as so routine as not to be worth mentioning, but in any other context the confluence of guns, oil and billions of dollars would certainly raise eyebrows.

Revealed: "Secret" Executions Being Carried Out in Saddam's Old Intelligence Headquarters By Robert Fisk (October 8, 2008)
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/101952/revealed%3A_%22secret%22_executions_being_carried_out_in_saddam%27s_old_intelligence_headquarters/
Like all wars, the dark, untold stories of the Iraqi conflict drain from its shattered landscape like the filthy waters of the Tigris. And still the revelations come. The Independent has learned that secret executions are being carried out in the prisons run by Nouri al-Maliki's "democratic" government. The hangings are carried out regularly -- from a wooden gallows in a small, cramped cell -- in Saddam Hussein's old intelligence headquarters at Kazimiyah. There is no public record of these killings in what is now called Baghdad's "high-security detention facility" but most of the victims -- there have been hundreds since America introduced "democracy" to Iraq -- are said to be insurgents, given the same summary justice they mete out to their own captives. The secrets of Iraq's death chambers lie mostly hidden from foreign eyes but a few brave Western souls have come forward to tell of this prison horror. The accounts provide only a glimpse into the Iraqi story, at times tantalizingly cut short, at others gloomily predictable. Those who tell it are as depressed as they are filled with hopelessness. "Most of the executions are of supposed insurgents of one kind or another," a Westerner who has seen the execution chamber at Kazimiyah told me. "But hanging isn't easy." As always, the devil is in the detail. CLIP

Surveillance Program to Begin Despite Privacy Concerns (October 6, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10472
Controversial Homeland Security satellite-surveillance program -- Washington - The Department of Homeland Security will proceed with the first phase of a controversial satellite-surveillance program, even though an independent review found the department hasn't yet ensured the program will comply with privacy laws. Congress provided partial funding for the program in a little-debated $634 billion spending measure that will fund the government until early March. For the past year, the Bush administration had been fighting Democratic lawmakers over the spy program, known as the National Applications Office. The program is designed to provide federal, state and local officials with extensive access to spy-satellite imagery -- but no eavesdropping -- to assist with emergency response and other domestic-security needs, such as identifying where ports or border areas are vulnerable to terrorism. Since the department proposed the program a year ago, several Democratic lawmakers have said that turning the spy lens on America could violate Americans' privacy and civil liberties unless adequate safeguards were required. CLIP

Secret Bush Administration Plan to Suspend US Constitution (October 6, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10473
"Continuity of Government" (COG) Provisions activated in 2001 -- Ten months before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld approved an updated version of the U.S. Army's secret operational Continuity of Government (COG) plans. A draft document published by the whistleblowing website Wikileaks entitled, "Army Regulation 500-3, Emergency Employment of Army and Other Resources. Army Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program," dated 19 January 2001, spells out changes in Army doctrine. Issued by Headquarters, Department of the Army and signed off by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the Secretary of the Army, the document is affixed with a warning: "Destruction Notice: Destroy by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or reconstruction of the document." The restricted document as published by Wikileaks states: (...) With the stunning revelations published by Wikileaks, it is abundantly clear that top Bush administration officials were busily revising Continuity of Government plans, including "civil disturbance" contingencies for suspending the Constitution and imposing martial law, long before the 9/11 attacks.Since that fatal and tragic day seven long years ago, we have been told repeatedly by the government and their media sycophants that 9/11 was the day "when everything changed."We now know thanks to Wikileaks, that as with the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the unprecedented and lawless surveillance of Americans, the illegal detention and torture of prisoners of war, that Bush administration assertions are no more than a pack of murderous lies.One fact is abundantly clear from the mass of conflicting evidence and assertions made by proponents of various theories surrounding the 9/11 events: AR 500-3 demonstrates that from the very first moments after being installed in office, the Bush regime was involved in a "controlled demolition" of the U.S. Constitution.

US election: Obama makes strong showing in Tennessee debate (October 08 2008)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/08/uselections2008.johnmccain1
Barack Obama delivered his strongest ever debate performance on Tuesday night to deny John McCain a comeback in his faltering presidential campaign. McCain, losing ground in the polls as the Republicans bear the brunt of public anger at the economic crisis, needed a game changing moment in the debate. It did not materialise. Instead, Obama did better than expected, delivering crisper and less academic answers than he did in his earlier encounters against Hillary Clinton during the primary campaign. He also made more of an effort to connect emotionally with the experience of ordinary Americans. The town hall debate at Nashville's Belmont University offered a mix of questions from the studio audience and the internet. It produced a more substantive airing of the candidate's views on the economic meltdown and healthcare reform than the first encounter nearly two weeks ago. The format initially was thought to favour McCain's relaxed and humourous style.But the Republican seemed uncomfortable, jumping up from his high chair to march towards the audience, and rambling in his answers. At one point, he referred to Obama as "that one" - a reference that caused some women in the audience to wince. The age gap between the two men - McCain is 72 and Obama is 47 - has seldom been as obvious. The Republican, asked how the economic crisis would affect the three top priorities of his administration, appeared unable to remember what they were and jotted down a note. That was a gift to Democrats in the spin room who variously described McCain's performance as "confused", "agitated" and "odd" - all digs at his age. CLIP

Who Won The Debate? Clean Sweep For Obama (October 7, 2008)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/07/who-won-the-debate-insta_n_132827.html
The insta-polls, which provide viewers with a somewhat skewed but important insight into how each candidate fared say, by and large, that Obama scored a victory in the second debate.NBC's focus group of undecided Pennsylvania voters had the Illinois Democrat winning by roughly a 60-40 split. Frank Luntz's focus group, over at Fox, showed undecided voters leaning towards Obama because of his position on health care. CBS's focus group of independents had the Democratic nominee winning the debate at 39 percent to McCain's 27 percent, with 35 percent of the respondents saying it was a tie. Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a Democratic polling firm, had a focus group of undecideds leaning to Obama by a margin of 42 percent to 24 percent. Meanwhile, Survey USA interviewed 741 debate watchers in the state of Washington, 54 percent of whom thought Obama was the "clear winner" compared with McCain's 29 percent. That same polling firm had the first debate as a tie. In tonight's survey: 42 percent of respondents said McCain was too forceful. And the CNN focus group of undecided voters in Ohio had the margin at an even wider spread: Obama 54 percent to McCain's 30. CLIP - NOTE from Jean: With such a large lead in the polls, it will be very hard for the pro-McPain cabal to engineer a fake electoral victory... Still, as indicated earlier it remains to be seen whether Obama will actually turn out to be a less Cabal-controlled and more enlightened leader once elected as some spiritual sources allege. If he begins dismantling the fascist legislative apparatus of Bush presidential decrees and various laws enabling the US president to become a de facto dictator, then I'll begin to believe in such a positive-outcome scenario...

Greg Palast on Vote Rigging and Suppression Ahead of the 2008 Election (October 09, 2008)
http://prisonerofstarvation.blogspot.com/2008/07/who-owns-obama.html
Show me whose hand you eat from, and I'll show you whose song you sing. That's the proverb that comes to mind when looking at Barack Obama's recent and not-as-recent flip-flops on everything from publicly financed elections to the recent FISA bill legalizing warantless wiretapping and email snooping by the government. The bill also gives companies like Verizon cooperated with the Bush administration's illegal wiretapping after 9/11 immunity from lawsuits. In Obama's announcement that he would opt out of the system of public financing, he claimed that the system "is broken" because of loopholes that McCain has exploited to raise money from lobbyists and special interest groups. (...) Of course, that's not counting the money Obama has raised by exploiting the very same loophole in campaign finance laws that he blasted McCain for. He got $28,500 donations recently by dining with rich couples in Hollywood for a grand total of $5 million in one event. (That money goes to the party, circumventing the $2,300 legal limit on individual donations to candidates, which is a joke since Obama now controls the Democratic Party). Forget "change we can believe in." I've got a better slogan for the Obama campaign: "hypocrisy made flesh."Here's the picture when individual donors are broken down by industry: Lawyers have donated about $18 million to Obama, the telecom industry has given about $10 million (thereby purchasing his flip-flop on FISA legislation), employees of securities and investment firms have given about $8 million, university administrators and employees have given roughly $7 million, real estate professionals have contributed $5 million, medical professionals have donated $7 million, bankers have given $1.6 million, and hedge fund and private equity managers have given about $1.6 million. CLIP

Arnold Schwarzenegger: California needs $7 billion loan to fend off credit crisis
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/3130508/Arnold-Schwarzenegger-California-needs-7-billion-loan-to-fend-off-credit-crisis.html
Arnold Schwarzenegger has warned that California may need an emergency loan of up to $7 billion (£3.9 billion) from the federal government within weeks because of the credit crisis. In a letter sent on Thursday to Henry Paulson, the US Treasury Secretary, Mr Schwarzenegger, California's governor, made clear that his state was running out of money because its usual borrowing channels had suddenly closed. He made clear there would be grave consequences for the ability of American states to keep providing basic services if the $700 billion Wall Street bailout plan is not passed by the US House of Representatives. That even America's richest and most populous state should face such severe financial problems illustrates the extent to which credit markets have seized up in the two weeks since the failure of the investment bank Lehman Brothers. (...) Mr Schwarzenegger wrote: "The economic fallout from this national credit crisis continues to drain state tax coffers, making it even more difficult to weather the continuation of frozen credit markets for any length of time."On Wednesday, Bill Lockyer, California's treasurer, said its cash reserves may run dry by the end of October, leading to the suspension of payments to schools and other state-financed services.

Government will spy on every call and e-mail (October 5, 2008)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4882600.ece
inisters are considering spending up to £12 billion on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain. GCHQ, the government’s eavesdropping centre, has already been given up to £1 billion to finance the first stage of the project. Hundreds of clandestine probes will be installed to monitor customers live on two of the country’s biggest internet and mobile phone providers - thought to be BT and Vodafone. BT has nearly 5m internet customers. Ministers are braced for a backlash similar to the one caused by their ID cards programme. Dominic Grieve, the shadow home secretary, said: “Any suggestion of the government using existing powers to intercept communications data without public discussion is going to sound extremely sinister.” CLIP
Tension rises as North Korea nuclear deal unravels (9 October 2008)
http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/tension-rises-as-north-korea-nuclear-deal-unravels-956269.html
North Korea banned UN weapons inspectors from its main nuclear complex today amid reports that it was also preparing for a mass testing of missiles at a disputed sea border.The decision to stop the monitors throughout the Yongbyon centre is seen by analysts as a significant step towards jettisoning a deal to dismantle its atomic bomb programme. At the same time, Pyongyang accused South Korea of encroaching on its territory and warned that "decisive action" would be taken to counter the move. Today's developments prompted the US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to say that Washington was "reviewing the situation". According to reports, an American surveillance satellite has detected preparations for the launch of up to ten missiles at the Chodo naval base. Pyongyang has already barred UN inspectors from the plutonium-producing section of Yongbyon but continued allowing them to check on the shutdown status of other parts of the plant.The North Koreans had carried out their first nuclear weapons test two years ago leading to international concern and an eventual disarmament pact between the country and the US, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan. Pyongyang has been claiming, however, that the Americans had reneged on a promise to remove North Korea from a blacklist of states which are 'sponsors of terrorism'. Washington has countered that this could not be done until a system was properly in place to verify North Korean assurances that it was indeed dismantling its nuclear arms programme. CLIP

When Particles Are So Small That They Seep Right Through Skin (September 30, 2008)
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/pr/news/story.cfm?id=2138
Scientists are finding that particles that are barely there – tiny objects known as nanoparticles that have found a home in electronics, food containers, sunscreens, and a variety of applications – can breach our most personal protective barrier: The skin. The particles under scrutiny by Lisa DeLouise, Ph.D., are almost unfathomably tiny. The particles are less than one five-thousandth the width of a human hair. If the width of that strand of hair were equivalent to the length of a football field, a typical nanoparticle wouldn’t even belly up to the one-inch line.In the September issue of the journal Nano Letters, a team led by DeLouise at the University of Rochester Medical Center published a paper showing that nanoparticles pass through the skin of a living organism, a type of mouse commonly used as a model to study the damaging effects of sunlight.It’s the strongest evidence yet indicating that some nanoparticles are so small that they can actually seep through skin, especially when the skin has been damaged. The health implications of nanoparticles in the body are uncertain, said DeLouise, an assistant professor of Dermatology and Biomedical Engineering and an expert on the properties of nanoparticles. Other scientists have found that the particles can accumulate in the lymph system, the liver, the nervous system, and in other areas of the body. In her study, she found that the particles accumulate around the hair follicles and in tiny skin folds. CLIP

Justices Hear Dispute Over Effects of Naval Sonar on Marine Mammals (October 08, 2008)
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,434686,00.html
WASHINGTON - It's a shame that Shamu and Flipper weren't available to offer their thoughts to the Supreme Court Wednesday, as the justices were presented with starkly conflicting views over the impact of sonar technology on marine life. The U.S. Navy says its use of mid-range frequency sonar during training exercises has minimal impact on whales and dolphins. The Natural Resources Defense Council, which successfully blocked the Navy from using the sonar, says it causes great harm. NRDC attorney Richard Kendall was quite dramatic when he likened the sound of the underwater sonar to the noise that would be created by 2,000 jet engines roaring in the courtroom. Kendall described the specific impact on beaked whales, who try to surface when hit with the sonar waves. "[S]ince they dive down for so long, if they come up too fast they get the bends," he told the Court. "When they do the necropsies of these beaked whales, they find hemorrhaging, the embolisms in various parts of the bloodstream and many, many deaths." (...) The two sides were unable to reach agreement on how far from a sonar testing ship mammals like whales and dolphins had to be for them to be safe. This failure to reach an accord drew some exasperated comments from Justice Stephen Breyer: "[W]hy couldn't you work this thing out?" Breyer went on to wonder why "you are asking us who know nothing about whales and less about the military to start reading all these documents to try to figure out who's right in the case where the other side says the other side is totally unreasonable." CLIP

The Pachamama Alliance and Our Work in Ecuador
http://www.soulofmoney.org/about/lynne-twist-letter/the_pachamama_alliance
(...) The dynamic young President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, and the Ecuadorian people are engaged in a bold undertaking of completely rewriting their constitution. In a voter’s referendum early this year, President Correa received the support of 82% of the population in drafting a new constitution, which will root out the inherent colonialism and exploitation of the current document. President Correa speaks fluent Quechua, the main indigenous language, and the indigenous people of the country have a real political voice under his leadership. One of the boldest and most historic conversations taking place in the process of drafting the new constitution is the intention to include THE RIGHTS OF THE EARTH AND ALL SPECIES in fundamental constitutional law. This would be an enormous global legal precedent, and to even consider it is unprecedented, igniting a new conversation worldwide. We are honored to have a small role in bringing selected global experts to Ecuador to advise and contribute to this important process and dialogue.It is our honor and joy to be working in Ecuador during this seminal year of 2008. Please see The Pachamama Alliance website (www.pachamama.org) regarding how you can get involved. We invite you to become an investor in the airplane project, the Kapawi Lodge project, our role in the Ecuadorian constitutional process, or to join one of our transformative trips to experience for yourself this most amazing global treasure.

Charles targets GM crop giants in fiercest attack yet (5 October 2008)
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/charles-targets-gm-crop-giants-in-fiercest-attack-yet-951808.html
In a provocative address to an Indian audience, the Prince echoes Gandhi with a stinging attack on 'commerce without morality'. Geoffrey Lean reports -- It is less than two months since Prince Charles was on the receiving end of a fusillade of scientific, political and commentariat criticism for voicing, yet again, his concerns about GM crops and foods. He was widely accused of "ignorance" and "Luddism"; of being too rich to care about the hungry, and even of trying to increase sales of his own organic produce. It was put about that Gordon Brown was angered by his intervention. Yet the Prince has responded by stepping up his campaign, making his most anti-GM speech yet, in delivering – by video – the Sir Albert Howard Memorial Lecture to the Indian pressure group Navdanya last Thursday. And he made it clear that he was going to continue. "The reason I keep sticking my 60-year-old head above an increasingly dangerous parapet is not because it is good for my health," he said " but precisely because I believe fundamentally that unless we work with nature, we will fail to restore the equilibrium we need in order to survive on this planet." (...) But Prince Charles did not stop there. Broadening his offensive, he said that "any GM crop will inevitably contaminate neighbouring fields", making it impossible to maintain the integrity of organic and conventional crops. For the first time in history this would lead to "one man's system of farming effectively destroying the choice of another man's" and "turn the whole issue into a global moral question." He quoted Mahatma Gandhi who condemned "commerce without morality" and "science without humanity". He added: "One must surely ask the question whether – if only from a precautionary point of view – it might be wise to keep some areas of the world free from GM-based agriculture." The Prince attacked the contention that "GM food is now essential to feed the world", saying that the evidence showed that modified crops' yields were "generally lower than their conventional counterparts". He called them "a wrong turning on the route to feeding the world in a sustainable or durable manner" and "a risky and expensive distraction, diverting attention and resources away from those real, long-term solutions such as crop varieties which respond well to low input systems that, in turn, do not rely on fossil fuels." There was substantial evidence "to show that a growing world population can be fed most successfully in the long term by agricultural systems that manage the land within environmental limits".Recent research had shown, he added, that organic farming techniques had increased yields in Brazil by 250 per cent and in Ethiopia were up fivefold, while the world's biggest international agricultural study – headed by Professor Bob Watson, now chief scientist at Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs – had backed organic farming, rather than GM to tackle word hunger.Kirtana Chandrasekaran of Friends of the Earth said: "Prince Charles is right that GM crops and industrial farming are profiting big businesses, not feeding the world's poorest."

Global Warming: Beyond the Tipping Point (October, 2008)
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=global-warming-beyond-the-co2
The world's most outspoken climatologist argues that today's carbon dioxide levels are already dangerously too high. What can we do if he is right?(...) It is also no surprise, given his track record as something of a climate change agitator, that James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has been circulating a preprint of a journal paper saying that the outcome is likely to turn out worse than most people think. The most recent major report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 projects a temperature rise of three degrees Celsius, plus or minus 1.5 degrees—enough to trigger serious impacts on human life from rising sea level, widespread drought, changes in weather patterns, and the like. But according to Hansen and his nine co-authors, who have submitted their paper to Open Atmospheric Science Journal, the correct figure is closer to six degrees C. “That’s the equilibrium level,” he says. “We won’t get there for a while. But that’s where we’re aiming.” And although the full impact of this temperature increase will not be felt until the end of this century or even later, Hansen says, the point at which major climate disruption is inevitable is already upon us. “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted,” the paper states, “CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm [parts per million] to at most 350 ppm.” The situation, he says, “is much more sensitive than we had implicitly been assuming.” CLIP

MMS - No Miracle - Just wonderful Chemistry (3rd March 2008)
http://www.healthsalon.org/415/adam-abraham-on-mms-no-miracle-just-wonderful-chemistry/
MMS De-Mystified - For the past couple of weeks I’ve been learning about, and experiencing something wonderful; that has implications for every one of us. It is a procedure that involves precipitating a chemical solvent, chlorine dioxide, in quantities small enough to be safely ingested, and large enough to kill pathogens that are presently living in our body, robbing it of energy, and poisoning it with waste material, and making it more vulnerable to disease. If this is not your situation, it is certainly the situation of someone you know and love. The product is called, “MMS,” which stands for miracle mineral supplement. Caution flags rise immediately when the term “miracle” is used to describe anything that amazes us, or when we don’t understand how it does what it does. In this case, it is indeed amazing. However, an explanation of why MMS is so effective as a pathogen destroyer is possible. It’s not the MMS that destroys pathogens; the chlorine dioxide does that. But when you understand the chemistry, you’ll see that it’s not a miracle… it just seems like one.Humble OriginsThe MMS protocol was developed by Jim Humble, a gold miner and metallurgist, on an expedition into the jungles of Central America, looking for gold. It was a response to a need to help a member of his expedition who came down with malaria, more than two days away, through heavy jungle, from the next mine. After many years of experience, Humble always carried stabilized oxygen with him on such expeditions, to make local water potable. Facing the possibility of a quick loss of life, he gave it to the stricken man. To everyone’s amazement, he was well within a few hours. That sure seemed like a miracle, but Humble wanted to better understand what had just happened.Over the course of several years, Jim Humble figured out that what made stabilized oxygen so effective in some malaria cases, was not the oxygen at all, but the trace amounts of chlorine dioxide. Further research led him to come up with a way to produce hundreds, if not thousands more units of chlorine dioxide than what is found in stabilized oxygen. This is through using a higher concentrate of sodium chlorite (28% vs. 3% for stabilized oxygen), in conjunction with the activator. The proof of the efficacy of this simple protocol was in successfully helping over 75,000 people in several African nations – including Uganda and Malawi – rid themselves, primarily of malaria, but also hepatitis, cancer, and AIDS. CLIP - MUCH MORE and many links through the URL above. Check also http://mms-central.com/ This product was first recommended by Benedick Howard (benedickhoward@dreamweaving.com) who wrote: "Have you heard about MMS it kills all pathogens for cents and cures Malaria in 24 hours and just about everything I (one) can throw at it! I have personally seen MMS remove severe systemic infections, clear up major skin diseases, dramatically reduce colon and prostate cancer from PSA of 9.8 to .02 in 4 days, clear up toe fungus, long term wounds heal etc. It works both topically and internally."

Rocket Man's UFO encounter (30 Sep 2008)
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/ufos/article1750516.ece
The shiny “cigar-shaped” object was spotted as the Swiss daredevil became the first man to fly from France to Dover with a jet wing.Yves, 49, was filmed from the air as he made the record bid – but the footage also revealed a UFO. (...) Expert Nick Pope – who investigated UFOs for the Ministry of Defence – said the mystery craft was too defined to be a cloud yet does not resemble a plane.Nick believes Friday’s sighting was “significant”. He called on the MoD to use its state-of-the-art equipment to investigate the sighting. And he suggested that Yves’ flying stunt may have attracted a UFO – studying what was another milestone for the human race. (...) Rossy, an airline captain and ex-warplane pilot, leaped from a plane 8,200ft over Calais with his 8ft wide, homemade wing strapped to his back, the four jets already ignited. Then he used his head and body to steer at nearly 125mph across the 22-mile wide stretch of sea in nine minutes. As he reached England he was greeted by the soar away Sun, with an enormous airborne banner hung from a plane reading: The Sun welcomes Rocket Man. The adventurer, who calls himself Fusionman, touched down close to South Foreland lighthouse after completing a figure of eight manoeuvre during a further four minutes in the air. His flight came 99 years after pioneer Louis Bleriot became the first person to cross the Channel by aircraft — then a 37-minute triumph.

Zeitgeist Addendum 123 minutes
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7065205277695921912

EMF-Omega-News 4. October 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/5234153/




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From: "Alex Kochkin - PFCN" (ask@pfcn.net)
Date: 5 Oct 2008
Subject: Thoughts and background on the financial shifts taking place

From: http://newearthsummit.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=ab557736e8789449a5fc9449c1a42869&topic=321.msg3384#msg3384

A few thoughts on the financial shifts that are unfolding presently:

I wish to be very clear that it does not matter whether this or that legislation is passed or not, the economic crisis has been anticipated for a long time and is presently being engineered to rapidly concentrate the greatest amount of global wealth in all forms into the hands of a global elite. This is not the first such engineered financial crash, but it is likely the last. 

We are about to see a major re-shuffling and further concentration of power and wealth. This will come at the immediate and near-term expense of people all over the world, especially those most closely tied to the Anglo-USA-Euro power groups. When all is done, the secret of ownership behind the world wealth will be a little more obvious to some, and at the same time more obscured at the deeper levels. 

What will be obscured will be the truth of the powers that be who are the very top of the global elite. Most of these people are not publicly known and rarely make their presence known outside of their immediate upper tier circles. Remember that nations really never had national sovereignty and that presidents, monarchs and parliaments do not really call the shots. They never have.

From time to time, evidence may surface indicating factions among the global elite. At times this may appear as one national position versus another or one multi-trillion corporation dickering with another over control of other large corporations. There is no reason to cheer for any of them.

The merging of corporate and state instruments of control is one of the hallmarks of fascism as a form of social control.

As already mentioned, this is likely the last such economic crisis. Engineered as it may be, it also marks the unraveling of traditionally what has been the matrix control system. 

More importantly it is coming at a time when the powers that be are preparing for levels of change in existence that they can barely fathom, with all their power and technology.

As we look ahead to the end of the rule by the identifiable global elite, there is still the matter of the memes and energetics of their system as well as the deeper influences of the non-corporeal dark forces.

This latter concern will quickly become an issue of discernment as humans seek new ways to be with one another and this planet. Will humans reify the old ways of the power of capital and private property? Or will humans find new modes of cooperation with one another and their planet? To what extent will humans reach in to their deeper nature as spiritual beings connected to original Source?

-ASK

4 articles here of interest for those who are looking at the larger patterns of the shifts in global financial situations.
http://newearthsummit.org/forum/index.php?topic=321.msg3387#msg3387

NOTE from Jean: Alex also recommended to read “A Spiritual Response” at
http://newearthsummit.org/forum/index.php?topic=814.msg3359#msg3359 and regarding the Hal Turner video (recommended above) he wrote: "The Amero material has been acknowledged to be disinfo at worst, a hoax at best."




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Date: 9 Oct 2008
From: Dan Stafford (aquarianm@gmail.com)
Subject: Capitalism is an abject failure

Jean,

What they're trying now with these bailouts won't work. It fails to address the underlying cause of the problem, which is consumerism. In order for consumerism to work, there must be a large and well-paid middle class. The problem is that prices for everything have gone up drastically, and so have fees and taxes and insurance rates, yet wages have fallen or remained flat.

When you look at American income levels, you must also remember that at least one third is taken out in direct income, medicare, and social security taxes. Also, in the past five years, health insurance premiums have doubled. Personally, I take home less than half of what I earn on paper. Now that money is subjected to endless fees and taxes, such as banking fees, sales taxes, forced "insurance" payments for auto and housing, etc. Property taxes are particularly high, having gone from $200.00 per month to almost $900.00 per month in the past three years on my home, which is a third of the mortgage payment I am expected to pay.

When my wife and I moved into our home, food was a third lower, gasoline was half what it is now, health insurance was half what it is now, property taxes were one-third of what they are now, home heating and electric were both half what they are now. At the same time, I have seen a total of 6% in wage increase in the same period. I am speaking of just the last three years.

In effect, I have seen nearly a 100% increase in basic expenses, and a six percent increase in gross pay before taxes and other deductions. My take home pay has effectively risen by at best $100.00 per month, rather than the two thousand or so dollars my expenses have gone up.

Multiply this across the entire U.S. economy, and it is easy to see why people have stopped buying. They can no longer afford much, except by buying on credit cards if they have any remaining balance available. There is a huge bubble of credit card debt waiting to burst behind the housing price bubble, and it is very close to exploding. People are buying necessities on credit cards, such as fuel, heat, electric, and food.

Additionally, all those who used to work in factories making goods thirty years ago, where those factories have been moved out of the U. S., have been forced into jobs that generally pay a third of what the factory jobs did. That probably affects at least 50 million people over the twenty years it has been going on.

Such price increases in the face of flat or drastically reduced wages is obviously unsustainable. This doesn't even begin to address the level of consumerism's long-term sustainability in its current form from an environmental standpoint.

Capitalism as currently conceived is an abject failure as a means of maintaining long-term social and environmental well-being of the general populace. Now, it is even failing as a means of enriching the greedy who have artificially propped it up.

What is needed is an entirely new concept that takes into account environmental concerns and basic human needs across the globe in a perpetually sustainable fashion, and attempts at best only very moderate growth in volume.

Additionally, if human population is to continue expanding, we must begin to colonize and terraform the rest of the solar system in order to have the resources and room for that to happen. It is either that or another far more tragic bubble will burst; the Earth's ability to sustain us. That bubble also is near the breaking point.

We are seeing the convergence of the failures of childish ways of thinking in the global leadership, and we have only decades to address the worst, and months to address the least - which is the economic woes currently in our faces.

The solutions are obvious: Aggressive pursuit of renewable and non-polluting energy sources, a re-thinking of consumerism in a much more sustainable fashion, and full-blown pursuit of off-planet colonization efforts.

Either we get busy, or we get cut back like weeds. Nature will see to the consequences of our choices being enforced.

Dan

AND MY REPLY WAS:

Dear Dan

Thanks a LOT for sharing these most important views with me. I admire your foresight and boldness in stating what we individually and collectively ought to do to avoid reaping the consequences of years of global economic and environmental folly.

I've included your letter and hope this will help start a dialogue as to what can be the contribution of the Earth Rainbow Network's participants to steering the planet onto a more sustainable path towards a better future for all Life.

The only aspect that seems much premature to discuss at this point is the notion that a species that is in the process of destroying the very Web of Life upon which its survival depends has the needed wisdom to go terra-forming other planets to further expand its cancerous encroachment beyond this beleaguered world.

With assistance and guidance from other more advanced, spiritually motivated civilizations we shall first bring back harmony and balance in our own sphere of Life before looking to such scifi projects. And besides, terra-forming takes forever to accomplish and we cannot wait a million years for such an unrealistic solution to our current shortsightedness.

Jean

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe




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From: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/3148364/Russia-and-Brazil-crumble-as-commodity-prices-crash.html

Russia and Brazil crumble as commodity prices crash

The entire complex of commodities and emerging market stocks, bonds, and currencies is now in free-fall as the economic crisis spreads like brushfire, threatening to draw every corner of the globe into the vortex of recession.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard -- 07 Oct 2008

Oil, grains, and industrial metals all crumbled as the week began despite the passage of the Paulson bail-out plan in Washington and dramatic moves by European governments to shore up their banking systems, compounding the steepest commodity crash in over half a century.

The big exception yesterday was gold, which surged $34 to $864 an ounce on safe-haven buying as the markets came face to face with the unsettling reality that the euro is no healthier than the dollar, and perhaps sicker.

The euro's dramatic slide over the past two weeks has for the first time exposed the instability of the twin-pillar system holding up global finance.

Hans Redeker, currency chief at BNP Paribas, said investors fear that no one is in charge of Europe's monetary union. "Who is Mr Europe? What is his telephone number? There is no such thing. We have a cancer eating at the system because even healthy companies cannot roll over their debts, yet the politicians still don't understand the risk," he said.

The sudden shift in commodity sentiment has led to a massive withdrawal of funds from frontier markets, triggering stock market routs across Latin America, Asia, and Eastern Europe. The MSCI index of emerging markets fell 11pc yesterday in its worst day ever.

Russia suspended trading after Moscow's Micex index crashed 19pc in its biggest one-day drop since the 1998 default. The state-controlled VTB bank fell 25pc.

"Traders are just sitting there staring at the screens and going, 'Wow'," said Ron Smith, a strategist at Alfa Bank.

Brazil shut the Sao Paulo exchange after the Bovespa index crashed 15pc in panic trading, led by flight from the resource giants Vale and Petroleo Brasileiro. Mexico's Bolsa was off 7pc; India's Sensex was off 6pc.

The Goldman Sachs Commodity Index has tumbled a third since May. Chartists say it is now perched precariously on its seven-year line, threatening to challenge the "supercycle" thesis that became so fashionable at the top of the bubble.

"The boom was fuelled by massive speculation," said Charles Dumas, chief strategist at Lombard Street Research.

"Commodity derivatives in the spring had a face of $10 trillion, so it doesn't take many bulls to sell and send prices crashing. Remember all those clever bankers saying this was the new investment medium, 'uncorrelated' with either assets? Well, it's correlated now - downwards," he said.

The Australian dollar, the beacon of commodity sentiment, went into near-meltdown yesterday, dropping 9.7pc against the yen in the largest one-day drop on record as Japanese investors dumped their Uridashi bonds and scrambled to close bets on high-yield economies - known as the carry trade.

Brent crude oil fell to $85 a barrel, down over 40pc since the July spike. It is a casualty of the synchronised recession engulfing the entire G7 bloc of leading powers.

Japan and the eurozone are already contracting: the Anglo-Saxon economies are close behind. The new twist is an abrupt downturn in China, until now the dominant force in the oil and metals boom.

Albert Edwards, global strategist at Société Generale, said China depends on exports to US and Europe for its lifeblood, and could face banking problems of its own.

"I think China is going into recession as well. This is going to catch investors off-guard."

Stephen Jen, currency chief at Morgan Stanley, said the "glowing reputation" enjoyed by emerging markets during the global boom was a deception caused by the easy-money largesse of the credit bubble. Strip that away, and the picture looks very different.

"They are very vulnerable to a U-turn in capital flows," he said.

The oil slide has reached the point where it is setting off a powerful chain reaction through the nexus of global markets. It may soon be unprofitable to divert much of the US crop harvest to biofuels, so futures contracts are rapidly scaling back assumptions. Corn fell 6.4pc yesterday, while soya beans were off 5.4pc.

There are fears that Russia could slip into a downward spiral if oil drops to $50 a barrel, which is now the lower end of Merrill Lynch's forecast.

Moscow has become addicted to the oil bonanza, ratcheting up spending so quickly that it may now need prices to stay above $90 to fund spending plans. Veteran analysts say they have seen this movie before.

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Related articles:

Panic grips global financial markets (October 7, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10479
The financial crisis, used to justify the $700 billion Wall Street bailout approved by Congress and signed into law by President Bush on Friday, deepened dramatically Monday, as stock markets around the world registered massive losses in panic selling.It was the biggest global stock market crash since "Black Monday," October 19, 1987, when exchanges around the world collapsed and the Dow Jones Industrial Average registered a loss of 22.6 percent, its largest ever single-day decline in percentage terms. (...) All of the financial indices on Monday pointed to a general collapse of confidence in the world credit system, which is increasingly undermining the broader economy. Oil prices continued to fall sharply, gold futures soared, yields on US government bonds fell to nearly zero and inter-bank lending rates rose even higher. The Conference Board in the US reported that its employment trends index fell 0.8 percent in September, leaving it almost 10 percent below the level a year ago. Many economists are now predicting that unemployment in the US will rise sharply, exceeding 7 percent in early 2009. The investment bank Morgan Stanley warned: "The recession now threatens to go global, with industrial economies on the brink, and trade and financial shocks threatening the developing world."

US stocks plunge amid mounting signs of global recession (8 October 2008)
http://wsws.org/articles/2008/oct2008/wall-o08.shtml
US stock indexes plummeted on Tuesday despite new moves by the government to prop up Wall Street with billions more in taxpayer funds.Ahead of the opening of the trading day, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Fed, backed by Treasury funds, would begin to buy commercial paper directly from banks, businesses and local governments that are unable to sell the short-term IOUs on the market due to a credit crisis that has assumed global dimensions.The unprecedented action was aimed at averting a chain reaction of defaults and failures of a wide range of businesses that rely on the commercial paper market to meet immediate expenses. The cost of the program could well run into hundreds of billions of dollars, eclipsing the $700 billion bailout of the banks proposed by Treasury Henry Paulson and passed by the Democratic Congress on Friday.US stock markets initially rebounded from the panic selling on Monday that had left the Dow Jones Industrial Average below the 10,000 mark for the first time in four years. By the time Bernanke delivered an afternoon speech in New York, however, all three major indexes had turned negative, and his grim prognosis for the US economy only accelerated the slide. (...) Already the financial crisis, the result of speculation in pursuit of high profits, is having a cruel impact on working people. The government reported Tuesday that more than $2 trillion in retirement savings has been wiped out over the past 13 months. The Associated Press released a survey showing that the number of Americans whose electricity or gas has been shut off for non-payment of bills rose sharply through August of this year. Shut-offs have been running 17 percent higher in New York state and 22 percent higher in Michigan, according to the report, and they are up in dozens of other states. No emergency action is being proposed to address the social crisis engulfing the working class, which is compounded by rising unemployment and an epidemic of home foreclosures. There are other indications that the economic crisis is intensifying. The International Monetary Fund's latest Global Financial Stability Report concludes that world economic growth is headed for a "major downturn" in 2009. "The global economy is entering a major downturn," the fund states, adding, "Many advanced economies are now close to recession, while emerging economies are also slowing rapidly." In its report, the IMF raises its estimate of the total cost of write-downs to financial institutions with exposure to the US mortgage market to $1.4 trillion, up from its April estimate of $945 billion. Another indication of deepening recession is a report from the Federal Reserve showing that borrowing by US consumers fell in August by the most on record, as banks shut off access to loans. According to the Fed, consumer credit fell by $7.9 billion, the sharpest drop recorded since such statistics began in 1943. Economists had forecast an increase of $5 billion. Fueling the ongoing sell-off on US markets is a growing recognition that Paulson's bailout program will not solve the financial crisis and concerns over the lack of any coordinated policy by US, European and Japanese central banks and governments. There is also a sense that not only the markets, but also the US government is in disarray. CLIP

Berlusconi Says Leaders May Close World's Markets (Oct. 10)
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aP5mpMUORBWM
(Bloomberg) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said political leaders are discussing the idea of closing the world's financial markets while they ``rewrite the rules of international finance.''``The idea of suspending the markets for the time it takes to rewrite the rules is being discussed,'' Berlusconi said today after a Cabinet meeting in Naples, Italy. A solution to the financial crisis ``can't just be for one country, or even just for Europe, but global.'' CLIP

U.S. Has No Plan to Close Its Financial Markets ...WHICH MEANS THEY HAVE SUCH PLANS
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aeyZU6z6eZkI
Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. has no plans to close its financial markets, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said. "There are absolutely no plans or discussions to interfere with the functioning of markets in the United States,'' Fratto said in an e-mailed response to a question. Fratto was responding to comments today from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who said that governments may shut financial markets as the credit freeze pummels stocks and threatens a global recession. Berlusconi later today reversed the comments he made earlier in Naples, saying world leaders are not considering market closures.

Iceland teeters on the brink of bankruptcy (October 7, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081008/ap_on_re_eu/eu_iceland_meltdown;_ylt=AnKc3Ee2Jqr8izmMAu_0YDus0NUE
REYKJAVIK, Iceland - This volcanic island near the Arctic Circle is on the brink of becoming the first "national bankruptcy" of the global financial meltdown. Home to just 320,000 people on a territory the size of Kentucky, Iceland has formidable international reach because of an outsized banking sector that set out with Viking confidence to conquer swaths of the British economy - from fashion retailers to top soccer teams. The strategy gave Icelanders one of the world's highest per capita incomes. But now they are watching helplessly as their economy implodes - their currency losing almost half its value, and their heavily exposed banks collapsing under the weight of debts incurred by lending in the boom times. "Everything is closed. We couldn't sell our stock or take money from the bank," said Johann Sigurdsson as he left a branch of Landsbanki in downtown Reykjavik. The government had earlier announced it had nationalized the bank under emergency laws enacted to deal with the crisis."We have been forced to take decisive action to save the country," Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde said of those sweeping new powers that allow the government to take over companies, limit the authority of boards, and call shareholder meetings. A full-blown collapse of Iceland's financial system would send shock waves across Europe, given the heavy investment by Icelandic banks and companies across the continent. CLIP

Iceland is all but officially bankrupt (October 9, 2008)
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/10/09/business/icebank.php
REYKJAVIK: People go bankrupt all the time. Companies do, too. But countries?Iceland was on the verge of doing exactly that on Thursday as the government shut down the stock market and seized control of its last major independent bank. That brought trading in the country's currency to a halt, with foreign banks no longer willing to take Icelandic krona, even at fire-sale rates. As the meltdown in the Icelandic financial system quickened, with the government seemingly powerless to do anything about it, analysts said there was probably only one realistic option left: for Iceland to be bailed out by the International Monetary Fund."Iceland is bankrupt," said Arsaell Valfells, a professor at the University of Iceland. "The Icelandic krona is history. The IMF has to come and rescue us."Prime Minister Geir Haarde, who had warned this week of the threat of "national bankruptcy," said Thursday that Iceland's finance minister, Arni Mathiesen, would be in Washington this weekend for the autumn IMF/World Bank meetings. He declined to say whether Iceland was seeking a rescue package from the international lender. (...) Events have moved so fast that the full import of national bankruptcy has yet to sink in here. It's happened before, of course, but in places like Argentina and Thailand, not a country that likes to think of itself as close to Europe.And on an island raked by icy North Atlantic winds and dotted with volcanoes and geysers, where people live with the threat of earthquakes and maritime disasters, few residents seem to be losing their cool over the financial crisis - yet. But some have suffered deep losses, and others are simply bewildered at how things could have gone so wrong so quickly."There is a lot of fear in society and there are people who are losing everything," Bubbi Morthens, an Icelandic rock favorite, said Wednesday after singing at an impromptu midday concert in central Reykjavik intended to lift people's spirits. CLIP

Who's Got the Biggest Derivatives Exposure? (OCTOBER 8, 2008) http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/10/whos-got-biggest-derivatives-exposure.html
For years, I've heard rumors about which banks and Wall Street investment firms hold what amount of derivatives. Well, I've found the official numbers.Specifically, the following table shows the top 25 American commercial bank and trust company holders by notional value of all derivatives: CLIP Check also Derivatives Bloodbath




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From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2008/oct/03/us.bush.financial.crisis/print

A crisis made in the Oval Office

A financial panic provoked by President Bush was designed to stampede Congress into passing the bail-out for Wall Street

Dean Bakerg -- October 03 2008

This is the first time in the history of the United States that the president has sought to provoke a financial panic to get legislation passed through Congress. While this has proven to be a successful political strategy - after the House of Representatives finally passed the bank bail-out plan today - it marks yet another low point in American politics.

It was incredibly irresponsible for George Bush to tell the American people on national television that the country could be facing another Great Depression. By contrast, when we actually were in the Great Depression, President Roosevelt said: "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself."

It was even more irresponsible for President Bush to seize on the decline in the stock market five days later as evidence that his bailout was needed for the economy. President Bush must surely understand, as all economists know, that the daily swings in the stock market are driven by mass psychology and have almost nothing to do with the underlying strength in the economy.

The scare tactics of President Bush, Henry Paulson, the Treasury secretary, and Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, created sufficient panic, so that by the time of the first vote on the emergency package in Congress, much of the public believed that the defeat of the bail-out may actually have had serious consequences for the economy. Millions of people have changed their behaviour because of this fear, with many pulling money out of bank and money market accounts, and adjusting their financial plans in other ways.

This effort to promote panic is especially striking since the country's dire economic situation is almost entirely the result of the Bush administration's policy failures. First and foremost, the decision of Paulson and Bernanke (and previously Alan Greenspan) to ignore the housing bubble, allowed for the growth of an $8tn bubble, which is now collapsing.

It is the collapse of this bubble - which has already destroyed more than $4tn in housing wealth, and is likely to destroy another $4tn over the next year - that is at the root of the economy's problems. While competent economists were warning of the bubble and the dire consequences of its collapse, the top officials in the Bush administration were celebrating the rise in homeownership rates.

The Bush administration made the crisis even worse by deregulating Wall Street. This led to the huge over-leveraging of financial institutions, which has vastly complicated the country's economic policies. It is especially disturbing that Secretary Paulson personally profited from these policies, earning millions of dollars in compensation from Goldman Sachs during his years there as its chief executive.

The collapse of the housing bubble, while falling short of the magnitude of the Great Depression, is likely to lead to the worst recession since the second world war. Repairing the damage caused by this bubble will be a long and difficult process. Cleaning up the damage to the political system from President Bush's unprecedented fear campaign may prove to be even more difficult.

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Related articles:

Did John Negroponte Help Create the Economic Crisis? (OCTOBER 8, 2008)
http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/10/did-john-negroponte-help-create.html
John McCain said that head of the SEC should be fired for his bungling of oversight of corporate securities. Indeed, the head of the SEC himself admitted that oversight flaws fueled the economic collapse. However, trying to blame the lack of oversight solely on a "rogue" SEC is like trying to blame the White House torture policy on "a couple of bad apples". Why? Obviously, this administration has exerted tremendous control over all of its agencies. More importantly, as Business Week wrote on May 23, 2006: "President George W. Bush has bestowed on his intelligence czar, John Negroponte, broad authority, in the name of national security, to excuse publicly traded companies from their usual accounting and securities-disclosure obligations."Negroponte was a key figure in the illegal Iran-Contra scheme. Yet he and his successors - in the name of "national security" - could tell companies such as AIG, Lehman, Bear Stearns, Washington Mutual, Wachovia, etc. that they could use phony accounting and keep the SEC in the dark. How many times did Mr. Negroponte and the next intelligence czar nod and wink in this way? Which companies did they give a pass to? And what "national security" crisis prompted them to exercise these extraordinary powers? And who in the White House and Congress ordered, signed off on, or who knew of, their actions? CLIP

Dennis Kucinich on the Democrats’ Bailout Betrayal By Chris Hedges (Oct 5, 2008)
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20081006_dennis_kucinich_on_the_democrats_bailout_betrayal/
The passing of the $850-billion bailout pulled the plug on the New Deal. The Great Society is now gasping for air, mortally wounded, coughing up blood. It will not recover. It was murdered by the Democratic Party.We are on our own. And don’t expect any help from Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who lobbied hard for the bill and voted for it. Ignore their rhetoric. Look coldly at the ballots they cast against us. We, as citizens, have only a handful of representatives left in Washington, most of whom were left sputtering in rage and frustration on the House floor. The sad irony is that some of them were Republican. “This was the largest single act of class warfare in the modern history of this country,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, who led the fight in the House against the bailout, told me by phone from Cleveland. “It is a direct attack on the American people’s ability to be able to stabilize their homes and their neighborhoods. This single vote will define the careers of everyone. We are back to taxation without representation, to markets that are openly rigged.” “We buried the New Deal,” he said of the vote. “Instead of Democrats going back to classic New Deal economics where we prime the pump of the economy and start money circulating among the population through saving homes, creating jobs and building a new infrastructure, our leaders chose to accelerate the wealth of the nation upwards. They did so in a way that was destructive of free-market principles. They ripped away all the familiar moorings. We are in an uncharted sea where the traditional roles of the political parties are being switched. The Democrats have unfortunately become so enamored and beholden to Wall Street that we are not functioning to defend the economic interest of the broad base of the American people. It was up to the Republicans to protect not just a so-called free market but the American taxpayer and attempt to block this. This is an outrage. This was democracy’s Black Friday.”Obama arrived on the Senate floor Brutus-like to thrust a knife into the back of the working and middle class. He lobbied hard for the bill. He did so, according to some who met with him on Capitol Hill, because he feared that if he opposed the bailout and it triggered a market collapse it could cost him the election. Better to placate the thieves on Wall Street than stand up for the masses of enraged and swindled citizens. CLIP

Bill H Says its Over….any Questions ? (October 8, 2008)
http://goldtent.com/wp_gold/2008/10/08/bill-h-says-its-overany-questions/
It’s Over - To all; it’s over. The European banking system is unraveling after a bank failure in Iceland of all places was the chain link that broke. The EU countries met today to form some sort of bailout plan for the banks and when all was said and done, it is now every country for themselves, no agreement was reached between Germany and the Latin countries. Russia’s market was down more than 40% over the last 2 days and closed down 1% today after P.M. Medvedev pledged another $36 Billion to the banking system. The British P.M. and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are meeting on a bailout for the British banks. British credit cards are being declined for use in Europe proper. The Fed is now paying interest on funds deposits to put a floor in on rates so they can literally pump unlimited $s into the system without pushing rates to 0. The Fed also announced that they will backstop the commercial paper market with liquidity. Libor rates went higher again today, and the Treasury announced yesterday that they can make direct investments in any corporation. The best of all is the margin call by JP Morgan to Lehman Bros. [bankrupt] and Merrill Lynch [now part of Bank America who went to market today for $10 Billion in new capital that was undersubscribed]. I wonder if they’ll be paid?We are witnessing panic on the part of governments worldwide, they are fiddling while Rome burns. They might as well fiddle as there is no solution, the banking system missed the ditch and is going off the cliff. The news cycle is jamming up because more and more “solutions” are announced on a daily basis as the world turns and markets open [or try to]. The banking system worldwide is in a spiral stage that even if panic is stemmed, it will rear it’s ugly head again a day, 3, or 7 later. Panic is the absolute outcome here, this has gone too far, too wide, and the infection is too deep to be reversed. Nothing goes straight down, and this is no different, but we are witnessing the end of the banking system. I don’t think there are any band aids left that can last more than 3-5 days at a time. Gold and Silver [and the shares] will catch a bid that has never been seen before. Couple this bid with virtually no supply and the results will be a move to the upside in an asset class as has never been seen nor imagined before. I spoke over the weekend with a liaison to several European banks and he advised me that a waiting period of at least 3-4 weeks for Gold delivery is now the norm. He has never seen anything like this in his thirty years. As the banking system unravels, whatever little physical supply that is left will disappear. The jig is up, either you are out of the paper system or you go down with it. There will be NO paper survivors, either you are a charter member of the next banking system or you will be leapfrogged and left behind.The Price of Gold will be beyond the reach of the common man. This has got to be the plan, the only way to recapitalize the banks is to revalue Gold up 10 fold, 100 or even 1000 fold. This is no joke, currencies will devalue and approach zero in many many cases. This is not 1929, it is WORSE for several reasons. The biggest being our currencies are bad. Back then the world had a hard and real currency, Gold. The level of debt back then looks highly conservative when compared with today’s circus. The world went to sleep and woke up with more debt and more risk than all the previous asset bubbles combined. This IS the biggest financial BUST of all time, by multiples. This is it, it is over. Bill Holter




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From: http://www.naturalnews.com/024390.html

Bailout, or Blowout? Financial “Rescue” Plan Turns into Mad Spending Spree

Mike Adams

October 3, 2008

As the United States of America stands on the verge of irrecoverable bankruptcy, U.S. Senators have decided to orchestrate a final “blowout” spending spree by dressing up the financial bailout plan with so much bloated pork that no lawmaker can resist its lure. The so-called “rescue plan” (renamed from “bailout plan” by Washington language police) has now ballooned into a 450-page overstuffed pork sandwich, featuring layer upon layer of outlandish expenditures tied to the bill like too must ballast on a sinking ship:

• Tax breaks for NASCAR race tracks

• Big handouts to Virgin Island rum makers

• Yet more tax breaks for Hollywood film producers

• Gifts to companies researching wool

• Huge tax breaks for companies like Microsoft and GE

… and many other handouts yet to be discovered in its 450 pages of pork.

What began as a financial bailout bill to save the future of America’s economy has become a free-for-all financial blowout that will only accelerate its demise. What’s astonishing here is that even on the verge of financial collapse, Washington lawmakers are incapable of coming to their senses. They offer the same solution to every problem: Spend more!

“This is how Washington works,” said Keith Ashdown, chief investigator at Taxpayers for Common Sense. “A big pot of pork is their recipe for final passage.”

A big pot of pork

A big pot of pork, unfortunately, is exactly what Washington doesn’t need right now. With the jackals of hyperinflation already nipping at their heels, Washington policymakers need to be slashing spending with great expediency. To restore confidence to the U.S. dollar and prevent a cascading sell-off of U.S. debt by foreign nations (which would lead to the abrupt ruin of the U.S. government), lawmakers need to be reeling in wasteful spending, balancing their books and opposing the kind of free-for-all blowout spending practices that got us into this position in the first place.

Wasn’t it a Bohemian financial policy of unbridled spending and endless debt that brought us to the precipice of global financial collapse in the first place? And yet, standing right on the edge of the cliff, with nothing but nothing but disaster beneath them and the sand eroding from under their feet, all these Senators can think of is how to spend more money!

It’s like a heroin addict who decides to get clean, and then suggests the best way to accomplish that is to start shooting up. “I’ll get clean,” he promises you, “right after this next hit.”

An Empire of Debt: $488 billion more for war

U.S. lawmakers are addicted to spending in the worst way. Just like heroin addicts, they will get their fix at all costs, regardless of the harm caused to their family, friends or countrymen. They will spend away all the money in the world, mindlessly, recklessly, without a second thought, as long as it keeps them in office for just one more term. Just one more hit…

Last night, the U.S. Senate quietly passed a $600+ billion spending bill, which earmarked $448 billion in Pentagon funds (war money). This was all done under the cover of the much larger $700 billion financial bailout bill, which managed to keep people distracted from the $448 military spending bill.

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve quietly, and without any vote, magically created another $620 billion in money and flooded it into the banking system. There was no debate. No vote. No public announcement at all. Just endless, silent money creation at every turn, seemingly conducted without any awareness or concern of the consequences.

And there was certainly no warning of how this would erode the savings accounts and retirement funds of taxpayers. In fact, nothing resembling the truth ever makes it out of Washington these days. This $700 billion pork-barreled bailout scheme is being sold to the American people as a taxpayer benefit! The government is doing us all a favor, didn’t you know? And we should feel so fortunate that they’re doing it with our money, too.

The Government vs. the People

It’s often said that the first casualty of war is the truth. Right now, the U.S. Government is in a financial war, and amid all the propaganda, deception and manipulations of the mainstream media, there’s simply no room for something as big as “the truth.”

But what is the truth, really?

The truth is that you’re watching the boldest, most outrageous swindle that’s ever been conducted in the history of the world.

The truth is that you’re a witness to the last, sad chapter of a military empire that’s fast headed towards financial self-destruction.

The truth is that U.S. debt spending has now entered an escalating geometric progression from which no nation has ever returned in one piece.

Two weeks ago, it was a few hundred billion dollars in fake money and debt spending. This week, it’s been nearly a trillion dollars already. Next week, it may be another trillion. With each passing week, the crooks in Washington will tack on another trillion dollars (or more) to the national debt, like heaving two-ton cars onto the back of a cripple who can barely walk to begin with.

It took the United States of America 230 years to accumulate roughly $5 trillion in debt. Washington has now doubled that in less than 30 days. We now stand at $9.8 trillion in national debt.


With the passage of this financial bailout bill, we will be facing — at minimum — $10.5 trillion in debt. And just to make sure we’re properly drowned in it, Senators are throwing out tens of billions of dollars more to companies that made really bad financial decisions, like Ford Motors, which is one of the recipients in a $25 billion automaker bailout just announced yesterday.

And don’t forget this juicy fact: These financial bailouts aren’t limited to U.S. companies, either! If the bailout bill passed, Treasury Secretary Paulson will have full authority to dish out hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out FOREIGN banks, too!

$10 trillion in debt quickly becomes $12 trillion. Then $15 trillion, then $25 trillion. At some point, it all becomes too absurd to track, because there is no nation in the world that will keep pumping useless dollars down the U.S. government financial tar pit. And that means the U.S. will soon run out of willing lenders, just like the heroin addict who can’t get any more “emergency” loans to go out and buy more drugs.

Even though I know most consumers simply cannot fathom what’s about to happen to them (and their money), I cannot overemphasize this point: The United States government is now on a track to financial annihilation. You are witnessing its suicide march into debtors’ demise. Sure, it may be able to string itself along for a while longer, perhaps by terrorizing other nations and extorting money from them to prop up the empire (read the history of the Roman Empire, folks), but in the end, there is no way out of $10 trillion in debt other than to either declare bankruptcy (at which point nobody will loan you money anymore) or hyperinflate the currency to bail yourself out (at which point the currency becomes worthless and the taxpayers are wiped out).

Take a guess which one your esteemed leaders in Washington are pushing for? It’s the hyperinflation, of course. Because in the end, they’d much rather lose YOUR money than THEIR power.

I think even the Senators secretly realize this now. Behind closed doors, they know the game’s up. This blowout spending spree is their last, desperate chance to bring home a few hundred million dollars to their home states before the federal government becomes completely insolvent. It’s really a financial looting of Washington, and the vultures have moved in now in an attempt to scurry away with all the scraps of U.S. dollars they can carry.

Either way, the U.S. dollar is headed towards rapid devaluation. International investors are either laughing their heads off or shaking them in disbelief, wondering what kind of madness has gripped U.S. lawmakers today, and whether their own nations will be safe from the aftershocks of U.S. fiscal failures.

What to expect in the days ahead

The financial bailout bill will be approved by Congress, then signed by the President. For the subsequent 24 hours or so, the stock market will surge upwards as part of a false rally based on the passage of the bailout bill. During this surge, gold will plummet in value, along with gold mining stocks and other precious metals companies.

After the false high in the markets, investors will come to their senses, and we’ll see the beginning of a long, slow decline in the value of stocks, coupled with an accelerating inflation of the U.S. dollar (which will sap spending power from those holding dollars in savings or retirement accounts). The price inflation of real goods (food, fuel, etc.) will rise at an alarming pace over the next two years, dampening economic activity.

The early months of 2009 will see a wave of post-Christmas bankruptcies by retailers who suffered a terrible Christmas season. (When consumers can’t take unlimited cash out of their homes like they were ATM machines, they tend to spend less on Christmas gifts.)

In any case, the economic outlook of the United States of America won’t be pretty. Burdened with endless debt, unbridled spending and a cascading implosion of financial institutions, the U.S. is almost certain to endure, at the very least, many hard years of a bona-fide economic depression coupled with runaway currency inflation. That’s actually a best-case scenario. I won’t describe the worst-case scenario because it makes people uncomfortable to even fathom such possibilities.

This is what the banking bailout measure will deliver: A decade (or more) of economic struggle, an erosion of the value of the U.S. dollar, and the decline of America as an economic superpower in the world.

The beginning of the end of the American Empire is now upon us. From here, it’s simply a matter of how long its demise can be stalled, and how broke the People will end up before Washington legislators spend every last dollar they can scrounge up and ferret away.

When the music stops, don’t be the one left holding U.S. dollars.

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Related videos and articles:

Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (1 hr 33 min) MUST WATCH!
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4231109320246838401
Award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author, Naomi Klein, talks about her latest book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism".

The Shock Doctrine by Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein (6 min 47 sec)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7915161497288617849

Bill Maher Interviews Naomi Klein (5 min 44 sec)
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ENGvjLZYAAA

Naomi Klein on the privatization of the state (10 min)
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=wj5x2FoVKaM

Goldman Sachs Bribed Senate to Pass Bailout
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek7zc0lJxbM
How much bribe money does it take to transfer $700 Billion taxpayer dollars to Wall Street's elite?
GOLDMAN SACHS CONTRIBUTIONS:
Obama, Barack (D-IL) $691,930
Clinton, Hillary (D-NY) $468,200
Romney, Mitt (R) $229,675
McCain, John (R-AZ) $208,395
Himes, Jim (D-CT) $114,748
Giuliani, Rudolph W (R) $111,750
Dodd, Christopher J (D-CT) $105,400
Edwards, John (D) $66,450
Specter, Arlen (R-PA) $47,600
Emanuel, Rahm (D-IL) $32,950
Reed, Jack (D-RI) $30,100
How much money did your Representative get from Big Bankers to look the other way and pass a bill that the American people clearly do not want?

Complete CONTRIBUTION LIST:
http://www.washingtonyourefired.com/goldman_sachs_2008_contributions.html

HELP SPREAD THE WORD...
http://www.WashingtonYoureFired.com

Credit Crisis Government Manipulation- Shocking Answers
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article6597.html
Three Questions The Government Doesn't Want You To Ask About the Financial Crisis And 3 Shocking Answers! (...) Here are 3 questions excerpted from the free report: 1. Didn't Congress create the Federal Housing Authority, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae and the Federal Home Loan Banks for the purpose of helping the public buy homes?You're kidding, right? What happened is that clever businessmen schemed with members of Congress to create privileged lending institutions so they could get rich off the public's labor. In return, members of Congress got big campaign contributions from the privileged corporations and, as a bonus, even more votes. The public's welfare had nothing to do with it. (...) 2. Who cares if a bank goes under? Won't the FDIC protect depositors?The FDIC is not funded well enough to bail out even a handful of the biggest banks in America. It has enough money to pay depositors of about three big banks. After that, it's broke. But here is the real irony: The FDIC, as history will ultimately demonstrate, causes banks to fail. The FDIC creates destruction three ways. First, its very existence encourages banks to take lending risks that they would never otherwise contemplate, while it simultaneously removes depositors' incentives to keep their bankers prudent. This double influence produces an unsound banking system. We have reached that point today. CLIP

Mark Mitchell, Deep Capture: The Naked Short Selling That Toppled Wall Street (October 2nd, 2008)
THIS (rather technical) ARTICLE EXPLAINS HOW THE CABAL MANUFACTURED THIS CRISIS - Must read!
http://www.deepcapture.com/the-naked-short-selling-that-toppled-wall-street/
The Wall Street Journal stated in a lead editorial last week that the SEC was “reasonable” to “clamp down” on naked short selling. Well, that was progress of sorts, though one wonders how it could have taken all these years for the nation’s most important newspaper to suggest that it might be “reasonable” to put an end to criminal activity that has eviscerated hundreds of companies and destroyed countless lives.And now that this criminal activity has been implicated in the Humpty Dumptying of our financial system, one grows wistful for the golden age of journalism when editorialists (people working for famous newspapers, not just cyber weirdos) would express a little outrage, demand that heads roll – muster something better than “reasonable” to describe the limpid “clamp down” of an SEC that bows in oily servitude to the very short-sellers who manhandled our markets. Alas, The Wall Street Journal is not angry about the scandal of naked short selling. To the contrary, it devotes most of its editorial to tut-tutting the SEC for taking the mild step of requiring hedge funds to disclose their short positions. This, the Journal laments, means the government wants to “slap a scarlet letter on short sellers.” And (shed a tear) hedge funds will now have to “worry that their strategies will be put on display for the world to see.”Might the world like to see which hedge funds are employing the strategy of illegal naked short selling – offloading huge chunks of stock that they do not possess – phantom stock – in order to drive down prices? No, nothing to see there, says the Journal. Having thoroughly investigated the matter, the editorialist reports that there is “no evidence of widespread naked shorting of financial stocks in this panic.” Indeed, the Journal assures us that there is no evidence that short sellers have engaged in any market manipulation whatsoever.That is a mighty bold claim. As the Wall Street Journal itself reported, the SEC has ordered two dozen hedge funds to turn over trading records as part of its investigation into possible short-seller manipulation of six big financial institutions — American International Group, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Washington Mutual, and Merrill Lynch.The SEC has never in history prosecuted a major case against a short seller, and there is no reason to believe that it is actually going to nail someone now. But it is not difficult to see why the SEC feels that is has no choice but to investigate.It must investigate, or at least appear to investigate, because the data scream, “Investigate!”Take the case of Washington Mutual, which met its demise on the same day that the Journal published its editorial. While the SEC has not yet released data covering the last couple weeks of turmoil, the data through June show that at one point that month “failures to deliver” of Washington Mutual’s stock reached an astounding 9 million shares. From June 5 to June 19 there were, on any given day, at least 1 million WaMu shares that had “failed to deliver.”In other words, hedge funds and brokers sold as many as 9 million shares that they did not possess (which is why they “failed to deliver” them), and they kept the market saturated with at least 1 million phantom shares for more than two weeks. WaMu’s stock price dropped by more than 30% during this period. Similar attacks, with similar effects, occurred one after another in the months leading up to June.That is very good evidence of illegal market manipulation. Aside from Washington Mutual, Bank of America, Fannie Mae, MBIA, Ambac, and close to 50 smaller financial firms – not to mention a couple hundred non-financial companies – have appeared on the SEC-mandated “threshold” list of companies whose stock has “failed to deliver” in excessive quantities.That, too, is very good evidence of illegal market manipulation. A number of the big banks never appeared on the SEC’s “threshold” list. Perhaps that explains the Journal’s claim that there is “no evidence” that naked short selling contributed to our financial crisis. If so, the Journal does not understand the methods that naked short sellers use to manipulate the markets. The Journal also does not understand how powerful financial elites manipulate the government (and the media). CLIP

Naked Shorts Frolic While Financial System Fries (October 10th, 2008)
MORE EVIDENCE THAT THIS IS AN ENGINEERED FINANCIAL MAELSTROM
http://www.deepcapture.com/naked-shorts-frolic-while-financial-system-fries/
“Morgan Stanley shares have been under extraordinary pressure as of late, for no apparent fundamental reason, as we estimate liquidity, the balance sheet, and long-term earnings, prospects are sound.”- Fox-Pitt analyst David Trone in a research note, todayHere we go again. A giant bank has some weaknesses, but it is, in all respects, a going concern — except that short sellers are peddling rumors and phantom stock, so the share price is plummeting. With the share price in peril, the rating agencies (perhaps over vigilant after taking so much criticism from short sellers and the media) put the bank’s debt ratings on review for a downgrade. Meanwhile, short sellers corner the market for the bank’s credit default swaps, and point to the value of the CDS as evidence that the bank is doomed. They feed the media with analyses and bogus indexes that mark the bank’s assets to nothing. They spread the news that the bank’s counterparties and trading partners could bail. The clients and partners stay with the bank. Up until now they have no reason not to. But then, there’s more naked short selling, the hedge funds flooding the market with stock they do not possess – phantom stock. Maybe the hedge funds send a fax to CNBC with one last rumor. Over the course of a day or two, the stock price is slashed in half.Then, suddenly, the stock is in the single digits. As a result of the low stock price – not as result of the balance sheet – the bank’s partners and clients freak out. This time, they really do pull their money. End of bank. And if there are one or two more like this — end of story. The financial system will be fried. We’ve seen precisely the same scenario with Bear Stearns, Lehman, Merrill Lynch, Washington Mutual, and IndyMac. A variant of this scenario took down AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and perhaps 200 other companies before them. Morgan Stanley could be gone by next week. We have new data for September that shows that there was plenty of short selling of Morgan Stanley (and other companies) even during the SEC’s ban on short selling, which ended Wednesday at midnight. Some hedge funds ignored the ban, and the SEC did nothing. CLIP

THE NEW WORLD DISORDER: Analysts: Dollar collapse would result in 'amero' (December 13, 2006)
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53350
Two analysts who have reconstructed money supply data after the Fed stopped publishing it argue a coming dollar collapse will set the stage for creating the amero as a North American currency to replace the dollar. (...) How severe will the coming dollar collapse be? "People in the U.S. are going to be hit hard," Chapman warned. "In the severe recession we are entering now, Bush will argue that we have to form a North American Union to compete with the Euro.""Creating the amero," Chapman explained, "will be presented to the American public as the administration's solution for dollar recovery. In the process of creating the amero, the Bush administration just abandons the dollar." PERHAPS THIS IS "THEIR" END GOAL?

U.S. Ships 800 Billion "AMEROS" to China; prepares to De-Monetize U.S. Dollar (October 1, 2008)
http://dprogram.net/2008/10/04/us-ships-800-billion-“ameros”-to-china-prepares-to-de-monetize-us-dollar
The US Secretary of the Treasury has informed the China Development Bank that the US has shipped $800 Billion of a new currency called the Amero, which is to be based upon the merging of the economies of The United States, Mexico and Canada into what is termed as The North American Union. The current American debt obligation to China, currently based on the US Dollar, is now estimated to be the staggering sum of $2.5 Trillion,and which this new Amero will be exchanged for $400 Billion of this debt as the current American currency is set to be devalued by 50 percent before the end of the year. Virtually unknown to the American people is that their current leader of the US Department of Treasury, Henry M. Paulson, Jr., has been tasked by President Bush to lead the efforts to join the economies of the US, Canada and Mexico and is also the head of the North American Development Bank, the bi-national financial institution established by the United States and Mexico to further the merging of their economies, and the leader of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), the organization created by the governments of the United States and Mexico to further the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). CLIP

The Amero - North American Currency
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hiPrsc9g98
NOTE from Jean: See my note on the Amero in the Worthy of your attention section above.

Democratic Congressman: Representatives Were Threatened With Martial Law In America Over Bailout Bill (Oct 3, 2008)
http://www.prisonplanet.com/democratic-congressman-representatives-were-threatened-with-martial-law-in-america-over-bailout-bill.html
A Democratic Congressman has warned that a panic atmosphere is being intentionally created in order to get the financial bailout billed passed, further stating that several members of Congress were told before Monday’s vote that martial law will be instigated in America if the legislation fails.Congressman Brad Sherman of California’s 27th congressional district told the House in a speech yesterday evening that he personally knew of several Congressional representatives who have said they were threatened with the prospect of all out martial law should they vote in opposition to the $700 billion bailout. Sherman essentially intimated that powerful forces who want the bill passed have attempted to blackmail elected representatives.“The only way they can pass this bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere. That atmosphere is not justified.” Sherman stated. “Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill on Monday that the sky would fall, the market would drop two or three thousand points the first day, another couple of thousand the second day, and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no.” The Congressman continued.“That’s what I call fear mongering. Unjustified. Proven wrong. We’ve got a week, we’ve got two weeks to write a good bill. The only way to pass a bad bill is to keep the panic pressure on.” Sherman urged. (Watch Rep. Sherman speaking in the House yesterday) On the Eve of a second Congressional vote on the legislation, these revelations show that freedom in America is under direct attack. The Congress should instigate an immediate investigation into these serious allegations to uncover which private individuals and administration officials, if any, are involved with directly threatening a military takeover of the workings of the U.S. government. CLIP

As America Collapses US Government Secret Plans Revealed (May 21, 2008) PLEASE NOTE THE DATE THIS WAS PUBLISHED!
http://dprogram.net/2008/05/21/as-america-collapses-us-government-secret-plans-revealed/
On March 13th 2008 there was a secret closed door meeting of The United States House Of Representatives in Washington. In the history of The United States this is only the fourth time a secret meeting was held by the house. Even though Representatives are sworn to secrecy by House Rules XVII, some of the members were so shocked, horrified, furious, and concerned about the future of America by what was revealed to them inside the secret meeting, that they have started to leak this secret information to independent news agencies around the world. The mass media said almost nothing about the secret meeting of the House, mentioning only one of the items being discussed. (The new surveillance techniques that are going to be used by the U.S. Government to watch all American citizens). The story was first released in a newspaper out of Brisbane, Australia revealing the contents of the secret U.S. Government meeting and plans for America including all of it’s citizens. Shortly there after, David J. Meyer from Last Trumpet Ministries found it and made it more available for the world to see. Here is what was revealed:
- The imminent collapse of the U.S. Economy to occur sometime in late 2008
- The imminent collapse of the U.S. Government finances sometime in mid 2009
- The possibility of Civil War inside the United States as a result of the collapse
- The advance round-ups of “insurgent U.S. Citizens” likely to move against the government
- The detention of those rounded up at The REX 84 Camps constructed throughout the United States
- The possibility of public retaliation against members of Congress for the collapses
- The location of safe facilities for members of Congress and their families to reside during massive civil unrest
- The necessary and unavoidable merger of The U.S. with Canada and Mexico establishing The North American Union
- The issuance of a new currency called the AMERO for all three nations as an economic solution.
CLIP

Roadblock Revelations
https://www.checkpointusa.org/blog/
Exposing The Police State One Checkpoint At A Time

U.S. Terror Watch List Surpasses 900,000 Names, ACLU Estimates (February 27, 2008)
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/02/us-terror-watch.html
The government's centralized terrorist watch list passed the 900,000 name mark this month, according to the ACLU, which estimated the new total by relying on Congressional testimony from the fall that the sprawling list was growing by 20,000 names a month. The report the ACLU relied on to create its Watch List Counter included the following chart demonstrating the clear growth trajectory of the nation's centralized watch lists over the last several years. CLIP It is now at over ONE MILLION PEOPLE - check the ACLU page on this at http://www.aclu.org/privacy/spying/watchlistcounter.html




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Forwarded by Judith Iam (brightlightbeing@comcast.net) on Oct 3

Bush Illegally Turns Army Inwards

Dear friends

What would you do if you learned that President Bush was preparing - in violation of federal law - to use the U.S. military to maintain order within our borders? I hope you would at least take one minute to help us raise awareness about the situation.

For more than 200 years, federal laws have protected the American people against the use of military forces on our own soil. Strengthened in 1878 by the Posse Comitatus Act, these laws have guaranteed that the federal government could not use the military for domestic law enforcement purposes.*

Without such protection, the federal government could use the might of our army to violate state and individual rights. Moreover, minor incursions by the military into domestic law enforcement activity could lay the foundation for the imposition of martial law at a moment's notice. This is one slippery slope we don't want to start sliding down.

That is why we should all be deeply disturbed by the news that President Bush has assigned the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team to be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army component of Northern Command (NorthCom). According to an article in Army Times, the soldiers could be called upon for a variety of tasks, including quelling "civil unrest."  They are apparently engaged in training with shields and batons, beanbag bullets, and Tasers.

We need to raise awareness about this threat to our liberty immediately. The American Freedom Campaign believes the best method available at the moment is to send an email to the moderators of the next two presidential debates, urging them to ask the candidates whether they would fully enforce the Posse Comitatus Act.

Please join us in the effort by clicking on the following link:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2165/t/1027/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=26045

In just one minute, you can share your feelings with both Tom Brokaw at NBC and Bob Schieffer at CBS. After you do so, please spread the word by forwarding this alert widely to friends and family or by using the Tell-A-Friend option that will appear on our site after you send your email.

Thanks so much for taking action on this important campaign.

Best,
Steve

Steve Fox
Campaign Director
American Freedom Campaign Action Fund

* In 2006, Congress weakened the Posse Comitatus Act by expanding the list of activities for which military involvement on domestic soil would be permitted. This expansion was largely repealed a little more than one year later, but President Bush issued a signing statement signaling his intention to ignore the repeal.




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Date: 7 Oct 2008
Subject: FWD - The COUP must be stopped!!!!!
From: Nattanya (nattanya@telus.net)

Added Comment (from an undisclosed source): Most people are in SHOCK because they just couldn't conceive of minds this evil - however the reality that is unfolding and unraveling before our eyes, like houses built of a pack of cards, bares witness to the reality that the people who have hijacked the highest offices of governance actually constitute the world's largest and most powerful CRIME SYNDICATE. They have engineered this fiasco so that WE - the citizens - will bear the entire cost of their criminality. Documented records indicate clearly that they have carefully orchestrate this SCAM for impoverishment and enslavement.

We must Immediately convene a citizen's court - since the judicial system is also controlled by these gangsters - place these criminals on trial, and call them to account. They should not only be permanently jailed, but be forced to return ALL of their stashed-away fortunes, that they have stolen over decades, if not centuries..

You will find the following article very interesting and insightful. Connect the dots, and zero in on the truth - regardless how difficult it is to admit that "we have been taken BIG TIME. "History continues to teach us that we continue to fail to learn from history".

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From: http://rense.com/general83/feddds.htm

Tomorrow The Coup?

Jim Kirwan

10-6-8

Tomorrow, October 7, will mark the end of our first week into the Coup that officially began on the first day of this month. This coup actually slipped out from behind the curtain way back in September of 2002 when Congress officially gave this 'License to Kill' to the president of the United States!

"Since this man came to office the congress of the United States has failed in its duties to the public you are sworn to serve and to the Constitution you have sworn to uphold.

In instance after instance you have entertained and passed a steady stream of un-American laws and resolutions that are squarely aimed at undermining the Constitutional provisions of the Bill of Rights and many of the Amendments to the Constitution, which are matters of existing law." (1)

What has happened since has shattered any and all ideas of what the United States may have once been, as well as what options might remain, "going forward;" because under the terms of this Coup "illegality" has been made legal. What this has done is to include the citizens of theUnited States in those 'states or nations' (above) that could be seen as enemies of this Coup!

Naomi Wolf has a thirty minute video, just out today, that summarizes much of what has happened, as well as what we can do to begin to turn all this around. She says in part: 'military law suspends civilian law, so we must get our local city councils to reject the Homeland Security money that is being offered to train local police to make war against US citizens ? Homeland Security is funneling money to communities in advance, to pay off the lawsuits that will come from the actions of these coup agents. (This happened in both cities where recent conventions were held). This was made possible by the 2007 Defense Authorization Act which made it legal for the president to direct troops to make war against American citizens.' It was one thing for soldiers to disobey illegal orders in his wars, but this action makes the illegal orders of this president 'legal'!

'Those in government that are complicit in this Coup must be held responsible and their leaders arrested. There are District Attorney's (Vincent Bugliosi & others) that want to do this now.'

'Before the Revolutionary War, George the Third, the English King sent mercenary troops to occupy and police American streets; doing the same thing that Bush just created by authorizing three to four thousand troops to police the actions of American citizens, (in America).'

'We must stand against tyranny and oppression, because our right to freedom is a universal right: "When a tyrant looms, the structures of tyranny loom," and we have to do everything to oppose that tyranny! You are not "entitled" to speak freely; you are obliged to speak freely! You have to act as an American and Speak Freely! We must see this Coup for what it is and rise up against it.'

When the War on Terror began, the first casualty was the designed loss of our inner-freedoms. This is what was really attacked on 911, and it is something that has continued to lose ground ever since that black day. 'We were free because of our practice of the rule of law.' Now that Rule of Law has been perverted and on many occasions shattered; we must rise up now and take back 'the laws' that were part of our former Republic.

Naomi Wolf continues: "America has no established god" and this is so important because these people are (now) seizing power in the name of Theocracy. They are using (religious) faith as a mobilizing tool, Sarah Palin would extend this. {The tax-exempt status of the churches needs to be re-examined, because that status is granted only if those churches are not political} The founders wanted to insure that ours was a country of religious freedom, where people were free in their conscience (to decide for themselves about their beliefs), because they knew what happens when religious minorities are prosecuted by the state.' So, (according to the first Amendment), Americaestablishes 'No god.'

'The idea of America is that freedom is a universal human right ? so we must divest ourselves from this empire and become a Republic once again.'
All of this begins psychologically (as a thought-form) that we must take into our hearts-and each of us is called upon to stand up for freedom!'

'The good news is that historically when millions of people have risen up in time, they can together move aggressively to arrest those responsible and most of the Cabal. You have to get warrants, get their computers, and you have to declare what has taken place. Once these people are charged they will back-off and begin to turn on one-another. The time to act is now!' (2)

However there is another entire dimension to this takeover, which is the very public yet still very secret, seizure of financial and monetary powers of the nation and by extension the world. In case you missed it we have surrendered our control over the purse strings of this country to a bunch of self-interested and self- appointed members of the Cabal. Without control over the printing of our own money, which we lost with the establishment of the Federal Reserve Bank: we are little more than vassals to the owners of the twelve privately owned Central Banks. To that criminal act we must now add the surrender of control over how this fiat money of ours shall be spent-by whom and for what-without knowing how much this will cost, or even IF this process will even begin to solve the problems created by the same people that are now administering the law that was passed last Friday!

To probe these various financial and fascistic shadows behind this latest outrage: Naomi Klein has an extensive interview today on Democracy Now.
"NAOMI KLEIN: When Milton Friedman turned ninety, the Bush White House held a birthday party for him to honor him, to honor his legacy, in 2002, and everyone made speeches, including George Bush, but there was a really good speech that was given by Donald Rumsfeld. I have it on my website. My favorite quote in that speech from Rumsfeld is this: he said, "Milton is the embodiment of the truth that ideas have consequences."

So, what I want to argue here is that, among other things, the economic chaos that we're seeing right now on Wall Street and on Main Street and in Washington stems from many factors, of course, but among them are the ideas of Milton Friedman and many of his colleagues and students from this school. Ideas have consequences." (3)

This Coup that is only six days old is a very through entrapment by traitors that was designed to so completely crush America and Americans in order to prevent us from ever taking back this nation. This is so important to them; because they know that America is the one nation that actually had the capacity to shut them down and lock-them-up.

Last night on 60 minutes, the real cause behind the most recent collapse was also unveiled, in a story called "Wall Street's Shadow Market" This is the story of a $60 TRILLION dollar fiasco that sought to make gold-plated investments our of those totally bogus mortgages; which the Slush-Fund was passed to bailout. This failure is described as 'A full blown financial storm'
in the 60 minutes story: but how far do you think $850 Billion will go toward solving the reality of a $60 Trillion dollar problem! (4)

This Coup was created to take-back everything that Americans once stopped the ancestors of this Coup from obtaining, back in 1933, when FDR stopped them from profiting by the first version of this obscenity! If we could take back the power of printing and controlling our own money (like every other self-respecting nation has tried to do): then most of this could never have happened in the first place. We need to come out from under our beds and get this together people ? or we really will be nothing but slaves to these tyrants and traitors that dreamed this nightmare into existence - on the backs of every one of us - who is not one of them! It's way past-time, but if we get serious it might still not be too late!

kirwanstudios@sbcglobal.net

1) Open letter to Congress ? September 2002
http://www.kirwanesque.com/politics/articles/2002/art0.htm

2) Interview Naomi Wolf ? Give Me Liberty 30 min. video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XgkeTanCGI

Rep. Brad Sherman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFstmclOQG8

The Warrior Creed ? Robert Fisk 3 minute Video
http://www.tewahanui.info/wordpress2/?p=761

3) Naomi Klein ? Democracy Now
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/6/naomi_klein

4) Wall Street's Shadow Market
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4502673n




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Forwarded by Linda Evans (evanl@q.com) on 10 Oct 2008

30 Years of Being Aware

Greetings!

Back in the mid ‘70’s my younger brother opened my eyes to information that changed my view of the world. At first I thought he was nuts but then I read a book he gave me which had too many facts and footnotes in it… Once that door was opened there was no turning back.

Over the years I and millions of others have been “aware” of a long-term plan of the super wealthy international bankers to control the masses and set the course of our future. I’ve had fascinating discussions in parties, and with groups of people. Sometimes those discussions opened the door with others who were aware but were afraid to say anything. Other times I had the typical reaction from those so far inside the box they couldn’t see out of the box, who thought I was nuts, one of those “conspiracy nuts”, and in some cases those individuals avoided me like the plague.

Over the past years many of those who have been “aware” have been warning of the potential of what happened last week. Possibly the good news is the so called “bailout” woke up many of those who have been “in the box” and refusing to listen to friends who were trying to tell them what was happening behind the scenes. Some are now waking up to a new reality that this bailout is not going to go to help bad mortgages but rather overseas to pay off derivatives of foreign countries we owe huge amounts of money to. 

We’ve all seen this part of the equation but no one took out their calculator to do basic math: We shop at the Wal-Marts of the world where most of the products are manufactured in China, India, etc. Our local small businesses can no longer survive. Thus, for years, more money has been leaving our country than staying in our local towns. While some put signs on their cars: “buy American” they can’t stop the lines at the Big Box stores because people are driven by the huge discounts while blinded to the fact they were voting with their dollars against their neighborhood artisans and small businesses!

In addition, the large corporations moved their manufacturing out of our country shutting down the plants which grew out of the industrial revolution. Now towns and cities across America are filled with large empty buildings. Maybe you can relate to this as you have a good friend or you’ve been personally affected.

We’re not talking about cover ups of UFOs or women and children killed at Waco or no plane or body parts found in that “big hole” in PA as part of the 9/11 questions… We’re talking about what’s been going on over many years towards a goal of total control of our once great country by criminal actions from the corporate elite! Constitution? What Constitution!

So now we all have actual proof that our government voted last week for an action which the majority of America did not want. A “representative government” is just that: One that represents the will of the people!

This is no longer a rumor or a nut conspiracy theory – it’s now FACT. Hopefully it was a wake up call that shook even the non-believers out of their box enough to final be open and listen to the next factor of where “they” are about to go with their game plan! Because if you don’t listen, and organize together with other groups to unify towards stopping their next action we’re ALL going to be in a huge mess over the next few months!!!

Doing nothing will only bring us closer to the day when we all regret our lack of actions and those “aware” will regret we didn’t speak up louder against those who laughed at us since the 70’s!

Here's to your health, wealth and happiness!

Bo Tomlyn

Turning Dreams into Reality!…

The greatest exercise for the heart is reaching down and lifting people up. The power to change tomorrow is held in the decision we make today to head down a different path.




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From: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10057618-38.html?tag=nl.e433

Bailout bill loops in green tech, IRS snooping

Posted by Declan McCullagh -- October 3, 2008

Bailout type Cost to taxpayers (Source: Reuters) Financial bailout package approved this week up to or more than $700 billion Bear Stearns financing $29 billion Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac nationalization $200 billion AIG loan and nationalization $85 billion Federal Housing Administration housing rescue bill $300 billion Mortgage community grants $4 billion JPMorgan Chase repayments $87 billion Loans to banks via Fed's Term Auction Facility $200 billion+ Loans from Depression-era Exchange Stabilization Fund $50 billion Purchases of mortgage securities by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac $144 billion POSSIBLE TOTAL $1.8 trillion+ NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS PER U.S. CENSUS 105,480,101 POSSIBLE COST PER HOUSEHOLD $17,064+

Last week, the Bush administration proposed a three-page bill to bail out Wall Street to the tune of $700 billion. It died in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week.

On Friday, though, the House approved a far bigger, broader, and beefier version of the bill--which has ballooned to a remarkable 442 pages. The vote was 263 to 171, with the bulk of the opposition coming from Republicans. Because the Senate already approved the measure, it immediately went to President Bush, who signed it into law.

On the theory that this would be a way to convince previously skeptical Democrats to approve the measure, one large chunk of the bailout bill is devoted to renewable energy, energy-efficient appliances, and so on (the "Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008"). The authors lured Republicans with protections from the alternative minimum tax (via the "Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008").

That includes, as the New York Post pointed out, millions in tax breaks and related pork for kids' wooden arrows, Puerto Rican rum producers, auto race tracks, and corporations operating in American Samoa. (The likely explanation for the latter: StarKist has a large tuna-canning operation in American Samoa. And StarKist's parent company happens to be located in the district of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.)

The bill has become, in other words, something almost unrelated to the business of bailing out Wall Street. The Beltway term for this is a "Christmas tree bill," meaning everyone gets to hang their favorite spending projects on it--though by the time Congress gets it through, it more closely resembles a slop bucket.

"We will not Christmas-tree this bill," Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat promised a few days ago. "The times are too urgent. Everyone has their own desires and needs. It's going to have to wait."

So much for that idea.

Here's a look a some of the green-tech measures:

- One-year extension for wind and refined coal energy tax credits. A production credit for electricity produced from renewable marine energy sources (meaning through wave power and river power, or by exploiting the differences in ocean temperature). Energy credits for "small wind properties," geothermal heat pump systems, and energy-efficient residential properties.

- New renewable-energy bonds. Up to $800 billion in energy bonds may be offered to the public, with a third from "public power providers," a third from governments, and the remainder from "cooperative electric companies."

- Tax credits for "cellulosic biofuels" and for "carbon dioxide sequestration." An extension of an alternative fuel credit. Tax credits for "new qualified plug-in electric-drive motor vehicles." Bicycle commuters get a nod, as do regulations aimed at "residential top-loading clothes washers."

IRS undercover operations: Privacy invasion?

The bailout bill also gives the Internal Revenue Service new authority to conduct undercover operations. It would immunize the IRS from a passel of federal laws, including permitting IRS agents to run businesses for an extended sting operation, to open their own personal bank accounts with U.S. tax dollars, and so on. (Think IRS agents posing as accountants or tax preparers and saying, "I'm not sure if that deduction is entirely legal, but it'll save you $1,000. Want to take it?") That section had expired as of January 1, 2008, and would now be renewed.

Starting with the so-called Anti-Drug Abuse Act in 1988, the IRS has possessed this authority temporarily, with occasional multiple-year lapses. A 1999 internal report said the IRS had 126 "trained undercover agents" working in field offices at the time. This is the first time that such undercover authority would be made permanent.

Sens. Max Baucus (D) and Chuck Grassley (R) have been pushing to make it permanent for a while, claiming (PDF) in April that: "Undercover operations are an integral part of IRS efforts to detect and prove noncompliance. The temporary status of this provision creates uncertainty, as the IRS plans its undercover efforts from year to year."

There's another section of the bailout bill worth noting. It lets the IRS give information from individual tax returns to any federal law enforcement agency investigating suspected "terrorist" activity, which can, in turn, share it with local and state police. Intelligence agencies such as the CIA and the National Security Agency can also receive that information.

The information that can be shared includes "a taxpayer's identity, the nature, source, or amount of his income, payments, receipts, deductions, exemptions, credits, assets, liabilities, net worth, tax liability, tax withheld, deficiencies, overassessments, or tax payments, whether the taxpayer's return was, is being, or will be examined or subject to other investigation or processing, or any other data received by, recorded by, prepared by, furnished to, or collected by the Secretary with respect to a return."

That provision had already existed in federal law and automatically expired on January 1, 2008.

What's a little odd is that there's been little to no discussion of the IRS sections of the bailout bill, even though they raise privacy concerns. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said this week: "I will continue to work with congressional leaders to find a way forward to pass a comprehensive plan to stabilize our financial system and protect the American people by limiting the prospects of further deterioration in our economy." He never mentioned the necessity of additional IRS undercover operations.

The bailout: Details, controversy, and loopholes

As my colleagues over at CBSNews.com reported on Friday, the law authorizes the Treasury Department to create a so-called Troubled Assets Relief Program, or TARP, as well as a separate insurance fund.

The TARP program permits the Treasury to purchase mortgage-backed bonds or any other "troubled assets" from financial institutions. The idea is that because banks have become so hesitant to lend to each other, this law will help unstick the gears of the modern financial economy.

Some loopholes exist. It's possible for a bank to buy $100 billion of bad debt--perhaps in the form of subprime mortgages that are becoming quickly worthless-- declare bankruptcy, and sell it to the Treasury Department for $120 billion, or $200 billion. In other words, although the Treasury Department is supposed to look out for the best interests of taxpayers, there's no law forbidding such profits in the case of firms involved in bankruptcy, receivership, or mergers.

The Treasury Department is authorized to "guarantee" home mortgages, essentially becoming a kind of co-signer, to reduce the number of foreclosures. If the home owner stops paying his or her mortgage, taxpayers would be on the hook. The Treasury Department can also eliminate a "reasonable" amount of a home owner's mortgage debt, under section 109 of the new law, which would likely delay the process of house prices falling.

In response to grassroots pressure from Americans upset about Wall Street executives cashing in, Section 111 is titled "Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance."

It does not include, however, any statutory dollar limit on how high executive salaries of TARP bailout recipients can be. Instead, it lets Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, come up with "appropriate standards." In addition, only the top five executives will have their golden parachutes limited; all the rest will remain untouched, even if their second-tier salaries and bonuses happen to be in the millions or tens of millions of dollars.

Bear Stearns CEO James Cayne made $61.3 million from selling his shares a day after the JP Morgan bailout. Daniel Mudd, CEO of Fannie Mae, was replaced last month; he made $11.6 million in 2007. Richard Syron was chairman and CEO of Freddie Mac from 2003 until last month. He made $19.8 million last year. Martin Sullivan was ousted as president and CEO of AIG this summer, and was paid a $47 million severance package.

While salaries of failed executives will have no statutory limit, TARP-participating companies will lose a tax deduction if they pay their top executives more than $500,000 a year. The $500,000 limit only kicks in if the company offloads over $300 million in assets through TARP.

Section 115 of the law says that the administration can, after notifying Congress and waiting 15 days, purchase and hold $700 billion of assets "at any one time." (It can buy and hold $350 billion without waiting.)

This, too, is a potential loophole. It permits the Treasury Department to buy up, say, $700 billion in 2008, sell those assets off gradually over the next year at a (probable) loss, and repeat the same process in 2009. Losses to taxpayers, in other words, could exceed $700 billion. Although the Treasury Department is instructed to try to avoid losses, the text of the law does not forbid that scenario.

If the TARP ends up costing taxpayers money, the president may ask Congress to consider enacting a law to recoup "from the financial industry an amount equal to the shortfall," presumably through higher taxes. But Congress is under no obligation to do anything; a mechanism to cover the shortfall does not exist in this law.

Even though FDIC coverage will be boosted from $100,000 to $250,000 per account through December 2009, premiums to banks may not take "into account" the higher account coverage. In other words, premiums can't increase for that reason.

Also:

- This may be just the beginning of bailouts. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday that the state may need a $7 billion loan from the U.S. Treasury, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. That's because the state has spent more than it takes in through tax revenue, with an annual budget deficit of $14 billion or more, even though its individual income tax rate is arguably the highest in the nation.

- CBS News' John Bentley reports from Arizona that Republican presidential candidate John McCain is taking some credit for the bailout's passage: "I'm glad I suspended my campaign and went back to Washington to bring, and help bring, House Republicans to the table," he said on Friday. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama described the law as "absolutely necessary to prevent an economic catastrophe."

- Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who correctly predicted in 2003 that taxpayers would be "forced to bail out investors," said in a speech on the House floor that the legislation would "only further harm the economy" and was actually worse than the previous version. In a CNN interview, the former Republican presidential candidate said his colleagues are refusing to deal with the underlying problems and spending more tax dollars even though "this country's bankrupt."

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Related article:

States That Can't Pay for Themselves (October 8, 2008)
http://finance.yahoo.com/loans/article/105909/States-That-Can%27t-Pay-for-Themselves
The Golden State, which recently scrambled to fill a $15 billion budget gap, still may not be able to meet its payroll without help. California is going to Washington, D.C., to ask for $7 billion to cover its budget shortfall. Otherwise it won't be able to pay for its teachers, cops, firemen, and other essential services. Unfortunately, California won't be alone. A number of other states are experiencing a huge dive in tax revenue and could be going cap in hand to Uncle Sam alarmingly soon. How bad could it get? The potential cost for all the 31 states facing both major and minor shortfalls could be as much as $53.4 billion. CLIP




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Forwarded by Nattanya (nattanya@telus.net_

From: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10433

Betrayed by the Bailout: The Death of Democracy

by William Cox

Global Research, October 3, 2008

On this date, October 3, 2008, the American people were betrayed by those whom they had elected to represent them. The members of Congress who voted for the Wall Street "bailout" violated their oath of office to "support and defend the Constitution" ... "that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same" ... "and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: ..."

Without holding any meaningful hearings or public discussions and listening only to those most responsible for the economic disaster, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Congress abdicated its responsibility to the American people.

Locking out most members from all discussions, the congressional "leadership" emerged from their backrooms with legislation that grants Secretary Paulson the ability to spend at least $700 billion to "take such actions as [he] deems necessary" ... " to promote financial market stability."

Entrusting tremendous political and financial power (and a ton of borrowed money that taxpayers will have to repay with interest) into Paulson’s sole discretion, members of Congress must have been aware that, prior to his cabinet appointment in 2006, Paulson worked for 32 years at Goldman Sachs, one of the Wall Street firms that stands to benefit greatly from his "actions."

Paulson, who cashed out his Goldman stock valued at $575 million to become the Secretary of Treasury (without having to pay any taxes on the sale), earned more than $53 million in pocket change during just his last two years at Goldman Sachs for innovations such as a new line of "Mortgage Backed Securities." Gambling more than a trillion dollars on risky subprime second mortgages, Paulson cleverly converted them into AAA-rated "secure" investments by purchasing guarantees from the American International Group.

AIG, coincidentally, was just "bailed out" two weeks ago by Secretary Paulson for $85 billion (of borrowed money that taxpayers will have to repay with interest), averting a devastating loss by Goldman Sachs, who was holding more than $20 billion in otherwise worthless second mortgages.

Is it surprising that Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman’s current CEO, was present with Paulson when the decision was made to bailout AIG?

The bailout’s $700 billion price tag is only an arbitrary guess by Paulson and is most likely just the first installment of many more to come. Other economists, with more successful track records, believe the total will be much greater, perhaps $5 trillion, as concealed losses are uncovered and foreign companies dump their toxic investment waste into their American offices.

In passing the "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008," Congress ignored the "great concern" expressed by almost two hundred of the nation’s leading economists who pleaded with Congress "not to rush, to hold appropriate hearings, and to carefully consider the right course of action,..." In addition to its ambiguity and long-term effects, the economists believed the bailout plan to be "a subsidy to investors at taxpayers’ expense" and to be "desperately short-sighted." Ultimately, more than 400 top economists, including two Nobel Prize winners, voiced opposition to the bailout.

The economists were not alone in being ignored by the politicians. It is widely reported that calls and emails to Congress from constituents were running as high as 300 to one against the bailout. Mike Whitney reports one analyst saying that "the calls to Congress are 50 percent ‘No’ and 50 percent ‘Hell, No’." The percentages adjusted as the stock market tumbled, but public opposition to the bailout remains strong.

An AP poll only identified 30 percent of the public in favor of the bailout, and a CNN Money opinion poll found 77 percent of the people believing the bailout would benefit those most responsible for the economic downturn.

Who Benefits?

The Latin adage, Cui bono, asks "to whose death are you going?" Law enforcement investigators quickly learn that the guilty party can usually be found among those who stand to gain from a murder or other crime.

There is no doubt the bailout will most benefit some of the richest and highest paid individuals in the American economy. But, why did the politicians betray the wishes of those who elected them in favor of the criminals who committed the fraud? Perhaps the answer can be found in another Latin phrase, quid pro quo, meaning "what for what; something for something."

Individuals working for Wall Street finance, insurance and real estate companies and the companies’ political action committees have contributed more than $47 million to the campaigns of Senator Obama (three of top five sources) and Senator McCain (top five sources), both of whom voted for the bailout.

More to the point, Wall Street has contributed more than $1.1 billion dollars to congressional candidates since 2002. Nine of the top ten House recipients of Wall Street largesse, who each received an average of $1.5 million, are on the financial oversight and taxation committees.

Even more telling, the bipartisan Congressional "leaders" most responsible for pushing the bailout through Congress, Senators Dodd and Gregg and Representatives Frank and Blunt have taken almost $20 million from Wall Street sources during the last 20 years. Dodd recently received $6 million in contributions during his presidential primary campaign, and Frank has collected $720,000 this year.

Other key players also have been well compensated this year: Congressman Kanjorski received $755,000 and Congressman Bachus banked $704,000.

Who Loses?

The ordinary, hard-working voters, who were opposed to the bailout, and their children and grandchildren, will be the ones who will ultimately have to repay, with compound interest, the money that will have to be borrowed to give away to Wall Street bankers.

The bailout was "sweetened" in the Senate by another $110 billion in tax relief and renewable energy incentives to get enough House votes for passage; however, only the temporary one-year slowdown of the Alternative Minimum Tax offered any succor to the middle-class workers affected by it.

The bailout raises the debt ceiling to $11.3 trillion, or about $37,524 for each man, woman and child in the United States. How is this burden ever going to be repaid? Workers already know their wages are falling, their jobs are at risk, their health care, food and fuel costs are skyrocketing, and they are being kicked out of their apartments and homes because they can’t pay the rents and mortgages.

Didn’t each member of Congress have a sworn duty to rescue the millions of Americans suffering from the reckless gambling of Wall Street moguls, rather than to reward an obscene excess of greed?

Foreclosure Rescue

At least six million homeowners will probably default on their mortgages this year and next, and millions more will have their equity wiped out by declining property values. More than 770,000 homes have been seized by lenders since 2007, and 91,000 families were just kicked out of their homes in August.

These American homeowners were betrayed by their elected representatives!

The only provision in the bailout legislation to remotely "benefit" homeowners whose homes are being foreclosed upon only "encourages" mortgage service companies to modify mortgages. Paulson is required to "maximize assistance for homeowners ... and minimize foreclosures"; however, he also has to ensure that the government doesn’t incur any additional costs. Thus, there’s little or no hope of any meaningful benefit to distressed homeowners resulting from the bailout.

The legislation could have required the government to directly purchase the defaulting mortgages and to adjust them to the reduced value of the property, as was done in the Great Depression. Instead, Paulson is authorized to purchase the complex derivatives (Wall Street’s gambling debts) piled on top of the original mortgages. The difference is whether homeowners or Wall Street receives the benefit of the bailout.

Bankruptcy Rescue

More than 4,476 Americans filed for bankruptcy every day during August, the highest number since changes in the law in 2005 made it much more difficult, and even impossible in many cases, to obtain debt relief. More than a million, increasingly elderly, people will petition for bankruptcy this year.

These destitute Americans were betrayed by their elected representatives!

Under the current law, bankruptcy judges do not have the power to modify mortgages of a petitioner’s primary residence, irrespective of how the mortgages have been sliced, diced and repackaged. The bailout could have provided judges with the authority, in appropriate cases, to adjust the amount secured by the mortgage to the value of the property and to adjust the interest rate to a reasonable percentage.

Unemployment Rescue

New claims for unemployment benefits rose to 493,000 last week, the highest level in seven years. The economy has already lost 605,000 jobs thus far this year, and it dumped 159,000 payroll jobs just during September, the greatest drop in five years.

These unemployed Americans were betrayed by their elected representatives!

Although the House of Representatives passed an economic stimulus bill that would fund job creation and extent jobless benefits for long-term unemployed workers on September 26th, the Senate failed to pass its own stimulus bill on the same day. President Bush has promised to veto the legislation if passed.

The bailout legislation could have provided for an extension of jobless benefits, but it didn’t.

Homeless Rescue

More than 750,000 and as many as a million Americans are homeless today, and the numbers are increasing dramatically. The National Coalition for the Homeless reports that homelessness is growing because of foreclosures, loss of jobs, and the rising price of fuel and food.

These homeless Americans were betrayed by their elected representatives!

Homeless sites are appearing all across the country as people with no place to stay are pitching tents and huddling together for support and protection. Their plight did not receive any consideration by the Congressional leadership that rammed the bailout through Congress.

Hunger Rescue

The most recent report by the Department of Agriculture found that in 2006, 35.5 million Americans lived in households with insecure food supplies and the numbers were increasing. At risk children numbered more than 12.6 million, and African Americans and Hispanic Americans suffered at higher rates than the national average.

In 2006, 9.6 million Americans had to frequently skip meals or eat too little, and often had to go without food for a whole day. Today, as members of Congress voted to reward the richest and most greedy members of our society, they ignored those without the most basic necessity for survival. This morning, they rewarded the most powerful and best-fed members of our society, and gave no thought to the helpless children who will go to bed hungry tonight.

Food banks who serve as the last resort for the hungry are running out of food. They are having to reduce rations and to dip into emergency supplies of staple items. There are reports of a 40 percent increase in requests for food assistance and a 30 percent drop in supplies.

These hungry Americans were betrayed by their elected representatives!

The bailout could have increased the amount of federal assistance for food banks in the Emergency Food Assistance Program, but it didn’t.

The Consequences

The real estate bubble that has been driving the United States economy has now popped, and there is no replacement engine to transport America’s consumer society down the highway to happiness. Americans are facing the mother of all depressions; it will be hard and it will last a long time. What are all of these homeless, hopeless, and hungry people going to do?

Many have already exercised their First Amendment right to petition their government for the redress of grievances. A majority of the members of Congress, the two presidential candidates, and the President paid no attention to the economic experts and the thousands and thousands of voters who protested the bailout and who begged them to rescue the people rather than the rich and powerful.

The people can always take to the streets in protest, and they probably will do so in growing numbers as the economic circumstances become more harsh.

The U.S. government is already planning for the eventuality – not with the helping hand of supplemental legislation to help with mortgages, jobs, shelter or food, but with the mailed fist of military suppression. The Army Times reports the current deployment within the United States "homeland" of an "on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies or disasters, including terrorist attacks." The Army acknowledges that the Northern Command may call upon the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team to help with "civil unrest and crowd control."

With almost a trillion dollars picked from their pockets to reimburse reckless Wall Street gamblers, many Americans righteously feel betrayed tonight. A majority will elect a new president one month from tomorrow, and most will wait to see who it will be, and what if anything he can or will do to alleviate their suffering.

There are others, undoubtedly, who agree with the Supreme Court’s recent decision that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is individually held, and who believe that the use of their personal weapons is justified to overthrow a government that betrays them and which destroys their very means of existence. The right of legitimate self defense is recognized by every criminal law in America.

Perhaps democracy in the United States is not dead; if not, it’s on its deathbed. Resuscitation in the form of responsible representation is possible, but time is growing short.




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From: http://www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/content/view/242/1/lang,en/

International Action Day "Freedom not fear - Stop the surveillance mania!" on 11 October 2008

A broad movement of campaigners and organizations is calling on everybody to join action against excessive surveillance by governments and businesses. On 11 October 2008, concerned people in many countries will take to the streets, the motto being "Freedom not fear 2008". Peaceful and creative action, from protest marches to parties, will take place in many capital cities.

Surveillance mania is spreading. Governments and businesses register, monitor and control our behaviour ever more thoroughly. No matter what we do, who we phone and talk to, where we go, whom we are friends with, what our interests are, which groups we participate in - "big brother" government and "little brothers" in business know it more and more thoroughly. The resulting lack of privacy and confidentiality is putting at risk the freedom of confession, the freedom of speech as well as the work of doctors, helplines, lawyers and journalists.

The manifold agenda of security sector reform encompasses the convergence of police, intelligence agencies and the military, threatening to melt down the division and balance of powers. Using methods of mass surveillance, the borderless cooperation of the military, intelligence services and police authorities is leading towards the construction of "Fortresses" in Europe and on other continents, directed against refugees and different-looking people but also affecting, for example, political activists, the poor and under-priviledged, and sports fans.

People who constantly feel watched and under surveillance cannot freely and courageously stand up for their rights and for a just society. Mass surveillance is thereby threatening the fabric of a democratic and open society. Mass surveillance is also endangering the work and commitment of civil society organizations.

Surveillance, distrust and fear are gradually transforming our society into one of uncritical consumers who have "nothing to hide" and - in a vain attempt to achieve total security - are prepared to give up their freedoms. We do not want to live in such a society!

We believe the respect for our privacy to be an important part of our human dignity. A free and open society cannot exist without unconditionally private spaces and communications.

The increasing electronic registration and surveillance of the entire population does not make us any safer from crime, costs millions of Euros and puts the privacy of innocent citizens at risk. Under the reign of fear and blind actionism, targeted and sustained security measures fall by the wayside, as well as tackling peoples' actual daily problems such as unemployment and poverty.

In order to protest against security mania and excessive surveillance we will take to the streets in capital cities in many countries on 11 October 2008. We call on everybody to join our peaceful protest. Politicians are to see that we are willing to take to the streets for the protection of our liberties!

You can find the latest information on the protest marches and the list of participating cities at our website: http://wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/Freedom_Not_Fear_2008.

Our demands:

1. Cutback on surveillance
• no blanket registration of all air travellers (PNR data)
• no information exchange with the US and other states lacking effective data protection
• no secret searches of private computer systems, neither online nor offline
• no blanket surveillance and filtering of internet communications (EU Telecoms-Package)
• abolish the blanket logging of our communications and locations (data retention)
• abolish the blanket collection of our biometric data as well as RFID passports
• abolish the blanket collection of genetic data
• abolish permanent CCTV camera surveillance and automatic detection techniques
• scrap funding for the development of new surveillance techniques

2. Evaluation of existing surveillance powers
We call for an independent review of all existing surveillance powers as to their effectiveness and harmful side-effects.

3. Moratorium for new surveillance powers
After the homeland armament of the past few years we demand an immediate hold to new homeland security laws that further restrict civil liberties.

4. Guaranteeing freedom of expression, dialogue and information on the Internet
• Ban the installation of filtering infrastructure on ISP networks.
• Only independent and impartial judges may request the removal of Internet content.
• Create a full right to quote multimedia, today indispensable to public debate in democracies.
• Protect common internet places of expression (participatory sites, forums, comments on blogs) today threatened by inadequate laws encouraging self-censorship (chilling effect)
More information
In our wiki you can find information on
• Participating countries and events planned:
• Overview and contacts
• Athens (Greece)
• Belgrade (Serbia)
• Berlin (Germany)
• Bratislava (Slovakia)
• Brussels (Belgium)
• Bucharest (Romania)
• Budapest (Hungary)
• Buenos Aires (Argentina)
• Copenhagen (Denmark)
• Dublin (Ireland)
• Helsinki (Finland)
• Lisbon (Portugal)
• Ljubljana (Slovenia)
• London (England)
• Luxembourg (Luxemburg)
• Madrid (Spain)
• Manta (Ecuador)
• Nicosia (Cyprus)
• Paris (France)
• Prague (Czech Republic)
• Riga (Latvia)
• Rome (Italy)
• Skopje (Macedonia)
• Sofia (Bulgaria)
• Stockholm (Sweden)
• Tallin (Estonia)
• The Hague (Netherlands)
• Valletta (Malta)
• Vienna (Austria)
• Vilnius (Lithuania)
• Warsaw (Poland)
• Washington (United States)
• Supporting organizations

Direct link to this page
http://www.freedom-not-fear.eu




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From: Kathy Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)
Subject: David Ray Griffin and 9-11 Truth Nominated for The Nobel Peace Prize 2008
Date: 7 Oct 2008

Nobel Prize Announcements

9/11 Truth Norge

9 / 11 Truth nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2008

Nobel Prize Announcements

The announcement of the Nobel Laureates for the year is made on the same day that the Nobel Prize-Awarding Institutions choose from among the names recommended by the respective Nobel Committees. Immediately after the vote, a press conference is held by the concerned Nobel Prize Awarder. Peace - Friday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. CET

Nobelprize.org

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Reason for the nomination of David Ray Griffin and the 9/11 Truth Movement to the Nobel Peace Prize 2008

Supported by 10 professors, or current or former MPs

The wars of the 21st century -- what the U.S. President has called 'The global war on terror' - are justified with a tragic event: the attacks against New York and Washington 11 September 2001. This event would come to justify pre-emptive war on enemies who seemed to be everywhere and nowhere. ">From 2001 terrorism was presented as the biggest threat to Western society, and the foremost evidence of this threat, we were told, were the events of 11 September.

In recent years, however, the 9/11 Truth Movement and their outstanding academic David Ray Griffin presented strong evidence that the attacks of 11 September were not carried out by Islamist terrorists, as we have been told, but by a U.S. 'war lite' as an excuse to go to war against Afghanistan and Iraq (wars that were already approved). David Ray Griffin and the 9/11 Truth Movement have presented convincing evidence showing that this 'war elite' carried out these attacks to establish a new enemy after the Cold War, and to start wars in line with their economic and political interests. We believe the most important contribution to peace in the 21st century is the disclosure of these elite political games and the removal of the false reasons for its aggressive wars. This Griffin and the 9/11 Truth Movement have done in an excellent way. If the attack on 11 September was a U.S. 'false flag operation' to justify wars in the Middle East, the disclosure of that fact should be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. We therefore nominate this David Ray Griffin and the 9/11 Truth Movement to share the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008.

Since 2001, the major mass media - the major newspapers, TV channels and news agencies - have been instruments of war propaganda. While more and more academics, military officers and intelligence analysts presented a growing amount of evidence that 9/11-angrepene against New York and Washington were carried out by people inside the United States system, not mainstream media reported this information. Despite the fact that almost 50% of the U.S. population is skeptical of the official version of 11 September, the mass media has not presented the background for this skepticism. The regular mass media's inability to safeguard their democratic responsibilities have forced the 9/11 Truth Movement to put their information on the Internet. Despite the corruption in the regular mass media David Ray Griffin and the 9/11 Truth Movement have been able to present significant information that could have turned war to peace. This, as we understand it made them the most worthy candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The 9/11 Truth Movement began as a marginal group of activists and academics who questioned the official version of the 11 September events. Today, this movement includes about 100 professors, over 200 architects and engineers, 100 former military officers and intelligence analysts, over 60 pilots and 200 survivors or etterlatte after 11 September (see below). The 9/11 Truth Movement also includes former European government members. It includes a former CIA division chief, a former national Etterretningsoffiser and director of the CIAs Office of Regional and Political Analysis, a former Chairman of the National Intelligence Estimates, a former head of the president's daily update (PDB), a former intelligence leader at the Pentagon, a former the leader of the Star Wars program, a former sjefsøkonom for President George W. Bush and a former Deputy Finance Minister and Chief of Wall Street Journal. Many of these people have praised David Ray Griffin's books. The 9/11 Truth Movement has evolved into a larger movement of dissidents who are trying to change the world.

Today we have a peace movement with hundreds of thousands of activists who have turned against the lies, like 'global war on terror'. A significant part of this movement of students, professors, intelligence analysts and military officers protest not only against the war. They have also shown that the United States 'war elite' has stood for acts of terrorism as an excuse for their own wars. It is about an old tactic of 'false flag operations' that have been used as long as wars have demanded reasons for initiation: It allows a secret military force or terrorist attack force one's own military forces or one's own people for an attack war to work as a 'response'. Historically speaking, false flag operations have been used by the British, Germans, Americans, Israelis and even the Swedes. USA started the Spanish-American War in 1898 by attacking their own warships USS Maine in Cuba. In 1962, the U.S. military leadership in a secret document to implement a similar attack against its own warships at Guantanamo in Cuba, as well as to bomb their own marinebase, which would look like a Cuban attack. The document suggested the U.S. terrorist attacks with bombs that explode in American cities and Cuban forged documents to put the blame on Cuba and justify a war against Cuba. President John F. Kennedy approved the plan and was not considered to be unacceptable for the 'war elite'. Two years later, however, was a counterfeit North Vietnamese bomb attack against the U.S. Destroyer USS Maddox in the Tonkin Bay justify war against North Vietnam. A year ago, former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski spoke in the Senate, and he said that the United States Government through adopting a 'provocation in Iraq or a terrorist attack in the United States attributed to Iran' may attempt to justify a U.S. military attack against Iran. Justification of war is particularly necessary in more or less democratic countries, and false flag operations are the standard technique to justify aggressive attack. All new evidence of what happened on 11 September shows that this attack was a false flag operation. When David Ray Griffin published the book The New Pearl Harbor - Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 in 2003-2004, he could point out precisely this fact. Soon the 9/11 Truth Movement was born, and it was a global phenomenon. In book after book, video after video and on site by site, the U.S. 'war elite' has been undressed and revealed by Griffin and his colleagues.

The 9/11 Truth Movement has pointed to the U.S. official statements that the administration was taken by surprise on 11 September, while a large amount of evidence shows that the Egyptian, Jordanian, Israeli, German, French, British, Russian and U.S. intelligence services in advance informed the U.S. lead on an imminent attack on U.S. soil. Some of these were specific about the airlines intervened in September against U.S. landmarks as the World Trade Center. Senior Agents from the FBI and CIA informed their superiors about the impending attack, but to his great surprise was the top management is not interested in more information. U.S. officers said no one could imagine that terrorists could fly passenger airliners into buildings in such a large scale, while the evidence now point to the fact that U.S. Air Force and other U.S. agencies had trained for such attacks for months. In the months that led up to 11 Sept. they conducted several military exercises with the aircraft that crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The official story is not credible.

The 9/11 Truth Movement has also been able to show that the World Trade Center towers were removed with explosives of military type, and bombs planted in buildings. The 47-stories tall Building 7 was removed without it being hit by any aircraft. Over 100 firefighters are talking about explosives in the buildings. Many witnesses are talking about huge explosions in the building's basement. Garage floor in the basement of the North Tower disappeared in an explosion already when the first plane hit the building. Firefighters talked about 'rivers of molten steel'. When the towers were collapsing, the 'volcanoes' of molten steel,' as lava ', under the destroyed towers, and the melting steel was not cold until months later. Experts have said that 'it even burned fires and cream melted steel 21 days after the attack'. Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that the underground fires 'lasted one hundred days'. For several months cream large amounts of molten steel at Zero point on the World Trade Center, suggesting much higher temperatures than the actual melting point (1,560 ° C). Regular fires carbon and oxygen poor carbon fires, as we clearly saw the TV pictures from the World Trade Center towers, will not be near these temperatures. The fact that the molten steel whipped around in the months can only be explained by the massive use of explosives by the military type, or non-conventional weapons. Video and photographs showing massive explosions and molten steel. Specialists point out that steel evaporated. A typical carbon fire can not reach temperatures of over 1000 ° C. To evaporate steel need temperatures above 3000 ° C. The 9/11 Truth Movement has given a great contribution through collecting the evidence. They know now that the attack on 11 September was a mission conducted by a professional military, and the disclosure of this fact is probably the absolute most important contribution to peace in the 21st century, and the most important motivation for giving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 to David Ray Griffin and the 9/11 Truth Movement.

Certain groups in the West has not only been skeptical, but also dismay of the fact that the United States' war elite'could be able to sacrifice thousands of American lives in Washington and New York to create the pretext for wars in the Middle East, and to replace the Soviet enemy with a new enemy after the Cold War. Why would the United States 'war elite' sacrifice American lives, they ask. These groups in the West, said no U.S. elite could be as cynical and cunning. But to replace the Cold War order with a global war on terror has been considered essential for these people. Today we also know that thousands of rescue workers after the World Trade Center towers' collapse has breathed the toxic dust, which has tragic consequences. Far more people actually die of the toxic dust than by the fires and collapse. We know also that the White House instructed EPA pollution audit to give people misleading information - they told the New Yorkers that the air was safe to breathe, even though they knew the air was toxic. The White House offered with the knowledge and the willingness of thousands of New Yorkers by forcing the EPA to present inaccurate information.

The disclosure of the 11 September events as an 'inside job' interferes not only with the justification of the U.S. aggressive war in the oil-rich Middle East and Central Asia, it is also a damper Islamists for the justification of terrorist attacks against Western targets, as Griffin and the 9/11 Truth movement's disclosure of the U.S. 'inside job' can force the Islamist activists or insurgents to understand their own role as pieces in the game of the U.S. authorities. These Islamists will understand that they have been used as useful idiots of the United States 'war elite', which needed these terrorist acts to justify their wars. The contribution from David Ray Griffin and the 9/11 Truth Movement is not only a blow to America's aggressive wars, these contributions are also a very important blow against an Islamist terrorism that has provoked forward or been used to justify the U.S. war against Muslim countries.

In that era the U.S. administration called 'The global war on terror' David Ray Griffin and the 9/11 Truth Movement have provided the most significant contribution to peace, and for this they should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008.

[For more info - contact 9/11 Truth Norway at the address 'press at 911truth.no'.]
[PS: The final decision of the Norwegian Nobel Institute is announced on October 10th.]

Nobel Peace Prize 2008: Nominations & Speculations - PRIO
http://www.prio.no/News/NewsItem/?oid=25612928




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From: Alfred Lambremont Webre (peace@peaceinspace.org)
Subject: Did Stephen Harper Have Prior Knowledge of Financial Crisis?
Date: 6 Oct 2008

To All CAP Members: Stephen Harper may be emerging as a prime operative of the New World Order on this planet. If what this article speculates on is true, the election of Stephen Harper to a majority will be a catastrophe for Canada, and will result in the functional end of Canada either through the SPP and NAU or an arrangement with the European Union.

Please read this article carefully and distribute it if you think it pertinent to all of your riding networks.

It is imperative that Stephen Harper be denied a majority, and that we at CAP focus on our agenda - which is to preserve Canada at all costs with our platform of a strong, citizen controlled Bank of Canada and an enforced Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Thank you for your attention.

Alfred Lambremont Webre
Vancouver, BC Oct. 6, 2008

From: http://realitycheck.typepad.com/commentary_news/2008/09/stephen-harper-ignores-vital-issues-in-election-campaign.html

Also from: http://www.vivelecanada.ca/article/235930362-did-stephen-harper-have-prior-knowledge-of-financial-crisis

Did Stephen Harper Have Prior Knowledge Of Financial Crisis? Posted on Monday, September 29 at 13:51 by Kevin Parkinson

Stephen Harper's Conservative party continues to hoodwink the unsuspecting public as the current election campaign mirrors the party's well known, secretive modus operandi.

The campaign so far, is conspicuous not by what Stephen Harper says, but by what he doesn't say.

It's a coincidence that Harper called the election just before the U.S. financial meltdown, because the adverse affects have already started percolating down. The inevitable decline of the American dollar will take our Canadian currency into the Global basement with it, and our buying power in Canada will diminish. Already Canadians with investments are feeling the pinch and confidence in the market is on the decline.

Perhaps someone made a phone call to Stephen Harper in early September to warn him what was coming, and if he wanted to call an election he had better do it quickly, so the Conservatives could avoid the public backlash, which will begin soon.  But thankfully for Harper, he will likely have another four-year mandate from the unsuspecting public by then.

The media pundits are still scratching their heads about the election call; there must have been a compelling reason for Harper to break a promise to only call an election on a fixed date. Ironically, he had made this change to create "transparency" in government. Oh well, we can't expect "transparency" all the time, can we? Especially when it doesn't suit the government.

The fact is that Harper has downplayed the economy, and as a sitting prime minister, is ingenuous in his refusal to initiate and talk about an economic plan that Canada will need over the next 2 to 3 years or longer, in responding to what the media and news websites are saying is the "greatest financial crisis in the United States since the Great Depression." But our Prime Minister says that we in Canada have a modest surplus, and not to worry?

Related to the above issue and one that has also been secretly advanced under the radar is the SPP, or the Security and Prosperity Partnership well into its fourth year of planning. Readers might remember the big conference in Montebello, Quebec last year when Bush and Calderon met with Harper.

There was typical "Conservative" secrecy at the conference and no media were allowed to participate. When interviewed, Prime Minister Harper said the conference was all about "the export rules for jellybeans" and condemned people like myself for asking tough questions. Basically, Harper laughed in the face of all Canadians when he made this remark!

I can tell you what the SPP is all about because I have written about it on my website, http://www.realitycheck.typepad.com/, and refer to it as the upcoming North American Union, which is what it is designed to become.

It will mean that Canada will be part of the North American Union by 2010, similar to the European Union, and that our resources and agricultural, health and environment issues, to name a few, will be controlled not by Canada, but by the government of the North American Union, likely to be housed in the United States.

I believe absolutely that the North American Union will bring about the greatest challenges that we have experienced so far in our life times here in Canada, and it is deplorable that there has been absolutely no public discussion on the issue. The NDP have made token attempts to mention it in committee, but have taken the cowardly way out and refused to make it an election issue.

If our citizenry allows the North American Union to come into existence, then our way of life will change drastically. With privatization of our resources, increased foreign ownership, and a Canadian government in name only, we will become 'North Americans' and our sovereignty will be forever lost. You don't think that will happen?

The new North American currency has already been designed and is ready to go. It's called the "Amero" and is the brainchild of the Council on Foreign Relations in the U.S.

As the financial crisis deepens in the U.S. people will cry out for a government solution, and lo and behold, one will appear- the NAU and a new currency to get North America on its feet again!

In the meantime we're wasting a lot of taxpayers' money to run an unnecessary and irrelevant election so the Conservatives can batten down the hatches for the next 4 years and tell us that they knew nothing about the imminent changes facing Canada.

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Cost of Afghan war will reach $20.7-billion, group says (October 9, 2008)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081009.wafghanreport09sb/BNStory/politics/home
OTTAWA - The real cost of the Afghan war will reach $20.7-billion before Canadian troops leave in 2011, according to an Ottawa-based foreign affairs organization, the Rideau Institute. That tally includes not only the direct costs of deploying Canadian soldiers and equipment to Afghanistan, but the broader costs of health care, disability payments and the salaries of soldiers. The left-leaning group's estimate was released on the eve of a formal reporting on the cost of the mission to be issued by Canada's new parliamentary budget officer, Kevin Page - a report that could throw an unexpected twist into the election campaign. If Mr. Page finds the cost of the mission is significantly higher than the $8.1-billion so far identified in government estimates, it is likely to fuel charges that the mission is too expensive, and that Canadians have been kept in the dark about the true price tag. CLIP

'Not just dressing it up with a sweater' (October 6, 2008)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081006.welxnsong1006/BNStory/politics/home?cid=al_gam_mostemail
A group of Canadian artists have tracked a new song they're calling the “Stop Harper” anthem, designed to inspire voters to turn away from the Conservatives on election day.The song called You Have a Choice was recorded by several musicians including K-OS, Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies, Jason Collett and Sarah Harmer, plus musicians from Billy Talent and Three Days Grace.The artists hope to draw attention to an online campaign (www.avaaz.ca) aimed at convincing Canadians to help the environment by voting for the candidate in their riding that is most likely to defeat the Conservatives. (...) The song includes lyrics that encourage Canadians to get to the polls Oct. 14, suggesting every vote against the Tories will make a difference for the environment. One line also pokes fun at Conservative Leader Stephen Harper for trying to project a warm and fuzzy image in TV commercials by wearing a blue sweater. “The spark for this people-powered movement, more than anything else, seems to be Prime Minister Harper's shockingly irresponsible record on climate change,” says Ricken Patel, the co-founder of Avaaz Canada.“We've seen under this prime minister's leadership a dismantling of Canada's finest traditions of good global citizenship.” The song includes lyrics that encourage people to go to the polls Oct. 14, suggesting every vote against the Tories will make a difference for the environment. One line in the lyrics also pokes fun at Mr. Harper's campaign image, telling listeners “We can change things for the better, not just dressing it up with a sweater” — a reference to the blue sweater vest Mr. Harper wore in some of the Conservative TV ads aired in the early days of campaigning. CLIP




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Forwarded by Kathy Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)

From: http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/3/1625-without-a-trace-the-smokeless-gun-of-flagrant-election-fixing.html

Without a Trace: The Smokeless Gun of Flagrant Election Fixing

Chris Floyd

The idea of "victimless crimes" has been around for a long time, but the ultra-modern 21st century has given us a bold new concept: perpetratorless crimes.

This is by now a familiar dynamic: Outright, undeniable crimes are committed, often very heinous ones -- mass murder, military aggression, torture, vast financial corruption and fraud, warrantless spying, egregious violations of the Constitution -- but somehow, no one is actually responsible for them. They just sort of, you know, happened, all by themselves.

The most we can possibly do about these crimes is to conduct a non-binding "investigation" -- preferably by a committee of "serious" Establishment figures -- who will then offer suggestions on how to avoid such unseemly situations in the future. Of course, most of the time it would be too "divisive," too "partisan," to do even that much. But in any case, you certainly can't prosecute anyone for these crimes.

(This innovative concept only covers crimes in which powerful people might be involved, of course. Any ordinary person remains subject to the full weight of the increasingly draconian law -- although, if said ordinary person was commiting crimes at the behest of powerful people, the application of the law can suddenly become miraculously light, or even non-existent.)

The New York Times points us to yet another of these perpetratorless crimes. In fact, the venerable Gray Goose -- sorry, Gray Lady -- of American journalism acts as close accomplice of a crime wave that seems to strike nationwide every two to four years: the deliberate and illegal disenfranchisement of millions of citizens, almost all of them the poorest and most marginalized in American society.

After eight years of a veritable Ossa of evidence of gamed, thrown, fixed and finagled elections, this week the NY Times bestirred itself to notice that something might possibly be amiss in the nation's electoral process. A headline writer topped the story with weakest possible statement of the undeniable truth: "States' Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal." And you can bet your bottom dollar (as it falls through the bottomless pit of the Beltway bailout banditry) that if the New York Times deigns to acknowledge even the "appearance" of some mischance in the divinely ordained machinery of the Establishment, the actual rot is very far gone indeed.

Thus the thoroughgoing disenfranchisement of eligible voters -- as many as three million in 2004, as Greg Palast has noted -- has finally spilled into the paper's sacred precincts. The first paragraph puts in plainly:

Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times.

Hard to put it more plainly than that: voters in key states are being disenfranchised in violation of federal law. In other words, a very serious crime is being committed, a bloody shiv job to the heart of the democratic process.

Wow! Wonder who could be behind such a brazen and dastardly crime -- a crime that benefits very powerful people seeking even greater power? Why, no one, of course! Here's the very next paragraph of the story:

The actions do not seem to be coordinated by one party or the other, nor do they appear to be the result of election officials intentionally breaking rules, but are apparently the result of mistakes in the handling of the registrations and voter files as the states tried to comply with a 2002 federal law, intended to overhaul the way elections are run.

You see? It just sort of, you know, happened. And even though these open violations of federal law -- i.e., crimes -- are affecting likely Democratic voters "disproportionately," the Times says, they are not being directed by anyone toward any particular aim. Nope. It's just some kind of strange repeat of this really weird thing that happened back in 2004 and 2000, when the same kind of people were tossed from the voting rolls by the multitude.

The paper traces the crimes to the "Help America Vote Act" of 2002. The Times, along with the rest of the corporate media, continues to treat this bill as if it were a serious attempt to address the ludicrously inept and decrepit U.S. electoral process, instead of what it transparently was: an attempt to codify into law the vote-suppression machinery that threw the bollixed 2000 Florida vote into the hands of the partisan extremist faction on the Supreme Court, two of whom had family members pocketing wads of cash from the Bush campaign. HAVA was meant to spread this deliberate chaos throughout the entire country -- and it has done so.

But the tender eyes of Times readers must be shielded from such ugly truth. Instead, we get yards and yards of carefully hedged, bled-dry prose, obscurely outlining a pattern of systematic vote suppression in key states but ensuring that, once again, no one can possibly blamed for it -- and certainly no one can possibly be charged for it. It's just some kind of rare and unpleasant natural phenomenon, like, say, a boll weevil infestation. Or the war crime in Iraq. Or the American torture program. Or the destruction of the American economy. And so on.

At the moment, with the McCain campaign cratering like a merchant bank, the disenfranchisement crime wave will probably not be enough to skew the election. Even with a few million voters blocked from the polls, the widespread revulsion toward the ruling party will probably swamp the polls and put the Democrats back in the White House. Whether this result will be an unmitigated joy and genuine change in the nation's headlong degradation is another matter, one which we'll be taking up in a later column. The merits, or lack of same, of the contending candidates are not the issue here. The point is that millions of the poorest, most marginalized Americans are being denied their right to vote for whomever they please. This is, as even the New York Times acknowledges, a federal crime. But it is not, however much the Times tries to obsfuscate the issue, a perpetratorless one.

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Report: Voter purges in 6 states may violate law (October 9, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081009/ap_on_el_ge/voter_purges;_ylt=Alpg_bHJhB.R_dGaHzWZVdCs0NUE
NEW YORK - Tens of thousands of eligible voters have been removed from rolls or blocked from registering in at least six swing states, and the voters' exclusion appears to violate federal law, according to a published report. The New York Times based its findings on reviews of state records and Social Security data. The Times said voters appear to have been purged by mistake and not because of any intentional violations by election officials or coordinated efforts by any party. States have been trying to follow the Help America Vote Act of 2002 by removing the names of voters who should no longer be listed. But for every voter added to the rolls in the past two months in some states, election officials have removed two, a review of the records shows. The newspaper said it identified apparent problems in Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina. It says some states are improperly using Social Security data to verify new voters' registration applications, and others may have broken rules that govern removing voters from the rolls within 90 days of a federal election. Democrats have been more aggressive at registering new voters this year, according to state election officials, so any closer screening of new applications may affect their party's supporters disproportionately, the Times said. The result is that on Election Day, voters who have been removed from the rolls could show up and be challenged by political party officials or election workers. The six states seem to have violated federal law in two ways. Some are removing voters from the rolls within 90 days of a federal election, which is not allowed except when voters die, notify the authorities that they have moved out of state, or have been declared unfit to vote. And some of the states are improperly using Social Security data to verify registration applications for new voters, the newspaper reported. "Just as voting machines were the major issue that came out of the 2000 presidential election and provisional ballots were the big issue from 2004, voter registration and these statewide lists will be the top concern this year," said Daniel P. Tokaji, a law professor at Ohio State University.

Issue of the Week: Voting Shenanigans (September 17,2008)
http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/article-3702-issue-of-the-week-voting-shenanigans.html
Oopsie! Republican presidential nominee John McCain is sending erroneous absentee ballot applications to voters in Wisconsin, “hundreds of thousands” of them, according to the head of the state’s Republican Party. The applications look legit, but many will ultimately be sent to the wrong municipal clerk. Then the clerks will be burdened with these misdirected forms. Worse yet, McCain’s campaign is also sending incorrect absentee ballot applications in Virginia and Ohio, two other swing states that will be critical this fall. Should we chalk this up to good old incompetence or something much more sinister? Either way, the McCain campaign has done a huge disservice to well-intentioned voters around the state. So, consider yourself warned. If you want to vote with an absentee ballot this fall, and you’re registered to vote at your current address, contact your local municipal clerk or download the application at the state Government Accountability Board’s Web site (elections.state.wi.us; click on “voter information” and “voters’ frequently asked questions”). If you’re not registered to vote at your current address, it’s best to do so before Election Day. You can do so in person at your local municipal clerk’s office or download form EB131 under “voters’ frequently asked questions” at elections.state.wi.us. Don’t fall for political shenanigans that look like they’re intended to throw the results of the election in doubt.

Joel McNally: Don't give in to GOP vote shenanigans (9/27/2008)
http://www.madison.com/tct/opinion/column/mcnally/306692
From the history of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, we know vote fraud has been a very successful issue for the Republican Party. The more vote fraud they commit, the more successful they are. That's why it was no surprise when Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, co-chairman of the John McCain campaign in Wisconsin, filed a lawsuit to try to prevent thousands of state voters from casting their ballots. Republicans used similar tactics in Florida in 2000 and in Ohio in 2004 to remove thousands of voters from the rolls based on confusion over names, addresses and clerical records.The cover story this time is that Van Hollen claims to be concerned because the names or addresses of many new voters who have registered since 2006 don't match state driver license records or other bureaucratic sources.There are many innocent explanations for such discrepancies. Sometimes numbers are transposed by clerical error or names are recorded differently because of nicknames or middle initials. Differences in addresses are particularly common among low-income voters who move frequently. Republicans have made exaggerated claims in recent years about vote fraud to try to justify requiring photo IDs for voting, a roadblock that disproportionately affects low-income, minority and elderly voters, who are less likely to have a driver's license and more likely to vote Democratic. The good news for anyone truly concerned about vote fraud as a result of the Republicans' repeated claims is that every time legitimate law enforcement investigates, it finds almost no vote fraud. CLIP

The 2004 US Elections: The Mother of all Vote Frauds
http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/2004votefraud.html
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing, those who count the votes decide everything." - Joseph Stalin

20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA
http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/usa_vote_facts.html
- 1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
- 2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.
- 3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
- 4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
- 5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
- 6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.
- 7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice-presidential candidates.
- 8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.
- 9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.
- 10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.
- 11. Diebold is based in Ohio.
- 12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as consultants and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states
- 13. Jeff Dean was Senior Vice-President of Global Election Systems when it was bought by Diebold. Even though he had been convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree, Jeff Dean was retained as a consultant by Diebold and was largely responsible for programming the optical scanning software now used in most of the United States.
- 14. Diebold consultant Jeff Dean was convicted of planting back doors in his software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection over a period of 2 years.
- 15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.
- 16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it! (See the movie here: http://blackboxvoting.org/baxter/baxterVPR.mov.)
- 17. 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines with no paper trail.
- 18. All -- not some -- but all the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.
- 19. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the President's brother.
- 20. Serious voting anomalies in Florida -- again always favoring Bush -- have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending further investigation.

Vote-scam fliers target black neighborhoods (Oct. 2, 2008)
http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20081002_Vote-scam_fliers_target_black_neighborhoods.html
With just weeks to go before the presidential election, voter intimidation has reared its ugly head. An anonymous flier circulating in African-American neighborhoods in North and West Philadelphia states that voters who are facing outstanding arrest warrants or who have unpaid traffic tickets may be arrested at the polls on Election Day. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison, who learned of the flier last week, said that the message is completely false. "The only thing that police officers are going to do that we'll be encouraging that day is that they'll be exercising their own individual right to vote," Gillison said. CLIP

ACORN Is Not the Nut Here (2008-10-10)
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/36749
ACORN has been through some scandals of its own making, but it is currently all over the news because of a pair of absolutely fraudulent and nationally coordinated attacks.One of these attacks involves accusations of voter fraud. But, of course, "voter fraud" almost doesn't exist, and federal prosecutors have lost their jobs because they couldn't find evidence of its existence to satisfy the Bush White House. In fact, the accusations against ACORN are not about voting, but about voter registration. Now, if some kid fills out bogus forms in order to make more money from ACORN for supposedly registering voters, ACORN is supposed to try to catch that stuff and not turn in those forms. On the whole, ACORN has registered huge numbers of people with only a tiny percentage of problems. But the more important point is that the kid trying to scam extra bucks has no intention of trying to vote multiple times, risking imprisonment, and no intention of bringing in corpses to have them vote, as CNN seems to imagine. There's no money in fraudulent voting, only enormous risk. But there is money and power in vote suppression and vote miscounting, the major stories that this one is meant to distract from. CLIP

Video the Count: What to do on Election Night (03 October 2008)
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=I3_xFb1sWKUExactly
what to look for and video on Election Night to protect the count. While most people are out watching the VOTING, not nearly enough people are watching the COUNTING. Your patriotic services are badly needed. This video shows what happens to the vote data on its journey before results are reported. IF YOUR WANT TO HELP SECURE A TRUE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND HONEST ACCOUNTING OF THE VOTE GO AT http://blackboxvoting.org/ TO SEE WHO YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.

How afraid is Karl Rove about Ohio 2004 election fraud evidence coming out? (October 10, 2008)
http://www.atlargely.com/2008/10/how-afraid-is-k.html
John McCain's tech guru is the same technician who helped fix the facts around the Ohio 2004 election results. Mike Connell has been a Rove tool for ages, and has even recently been subpoenaed to testify about his involvement in Ohio's vote rigging during the 2004 election cycle. Following in the steps of Rove, Connell has refused to honor the subpoena. Before we get to the latest Rove dirty trick, let's do a quick run-through of the allegations against Connell: CLIP

BREAKING: CNN Runs Extremely Misleading Obama Headline (October 08, 2008)
http://www.atlargely.com/2008/10/breaking-cnn-ru.html
The day after the second Presidential Debate, one of CNN's top online headlines was:Ticker: Obama actions called 'not presidential' Naturally, readers might think this refers to something Barack Obama did or said during last night's debate. That it's possibly a response from a cross-section of undecided voters in a new poll. Or readers might think, having nothing to do with the debate, the headline refers to something Obama has done in the past, or something he may have even done today.Whatever readers might think, they would have no idea -- unless or until they clicked on it -- that this egregiously misleading headline was actually referring to a new John McCain attack ad. Nice. CLIP

Who is the real Sarah Palin? Apparently a female version of Bush... (October 10, 2008) http://www.atlargely.com/2008/10/who-is-the-real.html
VP candidate Sarah Palin has spent the last few days asking her mob-like supporters to question who the real Barack Obama is. In the end, what Palin showed was who the real Sarah Palin is, Bush in drag. We can now also add racist to her already long list of disqualifiers (just like Bush, a useless and corrupt tool), and a politician who abused her power for a personal vendetta (just like Bush):Corrupt official? Check Member of a right-wing extremist group? Check A Christian fundamentalist? Check A hypocrite? Check An idiot? Check A liar? Check Racist? Check And this is who John McCain picked as VP, which should tell you just how ugly his ambition is. Palin is the 2008 version of Dan Quayle, only more corrupt. She was selected, IMHO, entirely for her good looks as a vote getter, without any regard to who she is or what she has done. For shame John McCain.Palin needs to step down and McCain needs to do right by the country and not put a female version of Bush into the VP seat, especially with the powers that Dick Cheney has added to it.

Playing with hate as a political strategy... (October 10, 2008)
http://www.atlargely.com/2008/10/playing-with-ha.html
McCain-Palin have been rather busy this week endorsing the view of some of their psychotic supporters who chanted "Obama is a traitor," among the other hate-filled rants. Well, DU blogger Heather located this document - a political ad that ran in Dallas the day before John F. Kennedy was assassinated - from the national archives: WANTED FOR TREASON (...) How far will McCain and Palin go to get what they want? Are they willing to incite violent behavior? The fringe of the right-wing does not need to be encouraged or supported. They simply need to be pushed to the outskirts of civilized society. Sure they can vote, but KKK members can vote too. Best not to pander to hate in a country where hate has already caused so much horror.

Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing (Oct 10, 2008)
http://www.newsweek.com/id/157704
Alaska legislative panel finds Palin abused her power in seeking the firing of ex-relative

Pulling Away - Obama opens a double-digit lead in new NEWSWEEK poll (Oct 10, 2008)
http://www.newsweek.com/id/163339
The global financial meltdown has caused a dramatic shift in the 2008 presidential race, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll. With four weeks left in the presidential campaign, Barack Obama now leads John McCain by double digits, 52 percent to 41 percent among registered voters—a marked shift from the last NEWSWEEK poll, conducted one month ago, when the two candidates were tied at 46 percent.Underlying Obama's surge in support: An historic boiling over of dissatisfaction with the status quo. An astounding 86 percent of voters now say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States, while a mere 10 percent say they are satisfied. That's the highest wrong track/right track ratio ever recorded in the NEWSWEEK poll.For context on just how toxic these numbers could be for the Republic party, consider that in October, 2006, weeks before the Democrats swept control of both houses of Congress, only 61 percent of voters expressed dissatisfaction. Twenty-five percent of voters say they approve of the job President Bush is doing in the White House, a record low for any president in the NEWSWEEK poll and close to the historic low-approval rating of 22 percent the Gallup poll recorded for President Truman, in 1952. Voters are crying out for change and, for now, believe that the Democratic presidential candidate has a greater likelihood of delivering it. Asked which ticket they thought was most likely to bring about change if elected, voters said Obama-Biden over McCain-Palin 52 percent to 37 percent. A month ago, Obama-Biden led by only five points, 47 percent to 42 percent.




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From: http://www.shantagabriel.com/

THE POSSIBILITY OF MIRACLES

A Message from Archangel Gabriel -- Through Shanta Gabriel -- October 9, 2008

Dear Ones,

There is so much joy to be experienced in this world. Focusing on the turmoil and uncertainty of future events in your economy is a prescription for pain. The creation of empowering thoughts of good news and benevolent outcomes are much more inclined to bring you the results you prefer to see manifest. Daily swimming in the bad news presented on TV will not assist your life in being happier. No one really KNOWS what will happen in your economic market. There are many probabilities, and yet it is truly in the great UNKNOWN at this time.

Fear of the unknown is so rampant that many consider it "normal." But it is the power of these growing fears that can tear down the hopes for your brighter future. Consider the possibility that this great Unknown can be likened to a blackboard on which can be written all that you would truly choose to experience. If you are dwelling in fear based reactions and worry, the blackboard will be filled with the traumatic results of the energy frequency you are radiating. You attract into your life what fills your consciousness.

When your field of thought radiates the light filled awareness of new possibility and of opportunity for new choices, the power of the Law of Attraction brings that energy into your life. You can change your life when you lift your head and see the beauty that still exists around you. Begin to give thanks for the small, ordinary blessings that occur in your life on a daily basis. Do not hesitate to bless the flowers, and the magnificent beauty of the trees, and the loveliness of nature surrounding you. See the wonder in a child's discovery of something new and exciting. It is Nature's beauty that can lift your spirits when they are low, and the small elegant daily blessings in life that will sustain your recognition of possibility and a bright future.

You may also notice when you are feeling the most anxious that you are taking very shallow breaths. Your body believing it is not receiving enough oxygen to live may cause part of the anxiousness. Consider stopping for a moment to take some deep breaths. As you breathe, pray for a greater awareness of the Divine Presence working in your life in order to compose your energy. Bring your focus of attention to God's Light and the life giving oxygen available all around you. Give thanks for the new possibilities opening in your life, even if you don't see them. Ask for Divine Guidance to fill you with every breath, and offer your fear to the Angels of Light. This small exercise will bring you great benefits.

As the airwaves are filled with dire possibilities, consider some equally possible scenarios. What if the person who lost their house was being called by God to live in another area, or in a more reduced, simplified way of living that actually made them happier? What if the soul of the person who lost their job was calling them to learn something new that would bless their life in ways they never imagined? What if a greater miracle was underlying the economic changes that would create a new way of living that might bring more harmony to the entire planet? What if this is the opportunity to serve God that you were praying for even though it may not look like you imagined it? Be the first one on your block to claim a miracle in your life and in the lives of your friends and neighbors. Be open to a way of service unfolding for you that is beyond what you imagined for yourself.

With great upheaval comes greater opportunities. This is the beginning of a new way of life. There is no question that the old ways no longer work. You are creating a new future every day. Create one that brings more happiness with the recognition of possibilities. Begin to take delight in imagining the sweetness of a life filled with wonder and gratitude. Embrace the qualities that make you happy, harmonious and free. Bring more joy into your life moment to moment so that these qualities permeate your world. You can do this. Set aside discouragement and call more Light into your being with your prayers and your heartfelt intention for benevolent outcomes.

Make your intentions clear to live in harmony and serve God by bringing more miracles into your life and your world with your breath, with your prayers, and with your thoughts. As you ground this new Light-filled energy through your being, you will start to see changes happen for the better around you. More and more people are beginning to find themselves attracted to a new way of thinking, of working and living that brings more happiness into their families and into their lives. This is a true miracle.

Know that these changes in your economy have a Benevolent Outcome. Let yourself become a Beacon of Light that serves God in a greater way than you ever imagined possible. Please remember that you are not alone in this. The shift in people's consciousness is worldwide. The Archangels are assisting these planetary changes and will fill your hearts with love and your minds with Peace when you turn to Divine Light. Their energy is very real, it is necessary and will carry you through these times of darkness with the feeling of being held in Wings of Pure Light.

Breathe deeply and be at peace. Open your mind to the possibility of miracles right now. And so it is.




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From: http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm

SaLuSa -- 06 October 2008

There is so much happening you find it difficult to keep up with it. It will continue to be a roller coaster ride for some time, but out of the tumultuous events you will see a direction being taken, that promises to set you in a different one. From hereon it will appear to be forming slowly and as you progress it will take you beyond the trials and tribulations you now experience. Out of it you will see a much more acceptable way of life, that will reflect a new approach that shows a love and caring for the welfare of all people. Until that time there will be many heartaches and sorrow, but it will be a passing phase so necessary if a thorough cleansing is to take place. Have no fear that you will be let down, as your needs are known and will be fully attended to within a relatively short time. For many years you have waited for this great step up in your evolution, and it has come upon you so suddenly,.

Soon the floodgates of truth will open and your true history and links to us will be revealed. We are here by divine order as although you are adaptable and resilient in the face of difficulties, the tasks ahead require our assistance. In the present climate and given man’s history of perpetual wars, you could not achieve the world cooperation that is necessary to establish permanent peace. There has to be trust, and forces such as ours are capable of ensuring that any agreements were honoured. We have the personnel and technology to carry it out and back it up, which is why we would be successful.

Your energy and resources need to be used to obtain the best results for the good of all. New methods of operation will move you on, and take you away from the wasteful and damaging processes you use in many industries. This will enable the cleansing of the Earth to proceed, without fear of repetition of the previous widespread pollution. The extent of the problem is far greater than you realise, and with the rapid decline that is taking place your Earth would have become totally poisoned. We mention these matters because it is important that you are aware of how urgent it is that we join you, and immediately tackle such massive worldwide problems.

Your welfare will be equally attended to and we have many different groupings within our fleets, all with great experience and expertise specialising in their own part of the program to lift you and the Earth back up. What is happening to you is like a nightmare or dream, according to how enlightened you are and well informed of the coming end times. There are many expectations according to your background and upbringing, your education and religious training. Within most is a knowing of some event that signals the completion of your time on Earth. As long as people expect and desire the outcome to be the best for all Mankind, the nature of your beliefs is not so important. However, it is essential that you have an awakened consciousness and recognise the Oneness of all life. Love is the energy that will carry you ever onwards, and must be freely given with compassion and understanding to those who still flounder in the dark.

You are not just linked together on Earth, but to all life beyond it and in the Universe. We are like you and seek the path that leads back to the Source, and there is a driving force that constantly urges all souls to rise up to ever higher realms. Your understanding of this quest varies according to your beliefs, but before the end of this cycle has been reached you will all have had the opportunity to find the answers. This will enable you to make an intelligent and informed choice as to whether you ascend, or stay within the lower vibrations for another cycle.

Our coming will accelerate your upliftment, whilst at the same time we also assist Mother Gaia to prepare for her Ascension. Beautiful times lay ahead and not that far forward, and most souls now present will experience these wonderful final years to the completion of this cycle. It is in your life plans and nothing you are experiencing now was not foreseen as part of your lifetime. It may seem that you are thrown around by random events, but you are directed and guided by many Beings who accompany you on your journey. Of course you have freewill, but that was exercised before you came to Earth and your challenge is to leave it with your plan fulfilled.

Dear Ones, you have come so far to reach this final period, and if you did but realise how important it is, you would not be distracted by the outer events around you. It is your future that is in the balance, and you will need every focus upon your vision of the future. Leave old problems and unfinished business behind you, as they are no longer of importance. Settle your differences with whomever you still have difficulties in forgiving for any misdeeds against you. You cannot take them into the higher realms with you, as it would not be befitting of an ascended soul. As you lift up your vibrations so these challenges become so much easier to handle, as you have a totally different outlook upon life. Gone is the judgemental approach and wounded pride that so often leads to problems. Instead there is a feeling of peaceful countenance and love that overcomes all obstacles, and sees all that is positive and godlike in all people.

Be your real selves as much as you can, and if you fall back do not be hard on yourselves. You are meant to have experiences from which to learn about physicality. If you were perfect you would not be on Earth, as your vibrations would draw you to the higher realms. With Ascension you will attain a state of awareness that will be so much more developed than at present. Also your creative powers will be such that you will be able to think into being anything that you desire. The differences to what you are now will be monumental, and it is difficult to convey in words how you will feel. You will have the freewill to choose your next experience, and freedom to journey anywhere in the Cosmos. You may join us or travel elsewhere in service to other souls who need the benefit of your experience, as it will be your choice.

I am SaLuSa from Sirius and privileged to come to you at such an important time. Be the loving souls that you really are and use your Love and Light where you see a need for upliftment, and also be joyful as you enter the final days of darkness. You will help much more than you could possibly know.

Thank you SaLuSa.

Mike Quinsey




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Forwarded by Len Satov (len_satov@shaw.ca)

Urgent request from Kuthumi and Sananda

Channeled by Marlene Swetlishoff

Dearest Lightworkers,

We come today with an urgent request.

In the days ahead, there will be great fears that will surface around the world. We tell you now, do not buy into this fear. We are speaking of the recording that is flying around the Internet today, speaking of imminent dangers to the people of Earth and especially the people of the United States of America.

This is a ploy by the powers that be to frighten and subjugate the people to once again, give up their power to the control of these powers that be. Do NOT sink into fear!

This recording was engineered by those who are desperately trying to hold on to their power for they can see the writing on the wall. Their days of control are numbered, for Humanity is awakening and questioning what they took for granted before.

The Lightwork that you have all been doing has created many openings for the Truth to take root and it is unstoppable now. These other fear generating Entities feel that creating fear within Humanity will help them regain their control.

Maintain your centers, stay calm and keep your Light radiant. This helps so much for we of the Higher Dimensions.

We, Kuthumi and Sananda, along with the other Elder brothers and sisters reassure you now that there will be no disastrous attacks upon your cities. There may be an unravelling of the economic system and you may all experience shortages of food and supplies. Prepare yourselves for this as best you can and continue to hold the Light in your hearts and Beings. Remain calm and peaceful. Hold in your minds the vision of a New Earth, beautiful and pristine, with Peace and Harmony permeating every form of Life upon her.

You must be strong in your resistance to this recorded message that is circulating, and others like it that will appear. This is a battle, Dear Ones, for the Souls upon this Earth. Hold the Light steady, so that your brothers and sisters will remain calm, will question these messages and see through them.

Spend time each day holding the Light within you. See your Light joining with the Light from others and see this Light glowing brightly on the Earth's grids. Use Pure White Light and also the Blue Light, the Light of Truth. Hold this focus firmly in your minds. If you feel yourselves beginning to doubt, then decree; the Great Invocation is very appropriate at this time and will serve as a reminder of why you are a Lightworker and it will also empower you and give you strength and focus.

You have all been told through many other channels, that the Creator has decreed that there shall be no more disasters like nuclear wars or 9-11. The Earth herself, has issued her intention to move beyond this patterning of the past.

If you apply common sense and logic upon hearing these messages of extreme disasters, and ask who has the most to gain, you then can see who it is this serves.

We take our leave now, Beloved Ones. Thank you for holding the Light, for being the Beacons of Light which Light up the world.

We are always with you. Call upon us at any time. We will come.

In Love and Gratitude,

Kuthumi and Sananda

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The Great Invocation

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.

From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men ˆ
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the centre which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.




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MOST EXCELLENT!

Forwarded by Kathy Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net) on 3 Oct 2008

ET Intervention

Many have asked several questions about our spiritually and technologically advanced off world visitors and how they will interact in the future. They have also asked about their take on the economy. As far as an economy most advanced civilizations have abandoned money a long time ago. They have transcended all material need or lack. They found money perpetuated greed and separation the height of which you are experiencing as we speak. It also allowed the few to control the masses eventually ending in an uneven dispersal of wealth and class separation. We can now see the end result of capitalism without consciousness.

Following the path of advanced civilizations cannot be done without a change in consciousness moving into unity consciousness and abandoning the me, mine, competition and control game, a game of separation. Nature is abundant. One ear of corn makes about 500 seeds. Plant them and you get 500 X 500 some with multiple stalks. It is exponential and the same goes with all other grains and vegetables. We have a mass surplus of food much of which is laying to waste due to transportation costs and price fixing due to government controls. Alcohol is being exported as we speak while gas is seemingly at a shortage. Whether or not this is manufactured lack and the misuse of supply and demand is another issue the fact of the matter is there is no lack. There are oil fields found and capped that would take care of the next 200 years and adding alcohol to the gas would end the shortage as a short term fix yet again this is not the issue - the issue is consciousness.

We have not needed the oil since the 30's and have had the technology to supply all our energy and transportation needs fuelessly courtesy of back engineering ET crashes and inspired individuals given the technology only to have them bought and shelved or the inventors harassed even killed. There are water technologies as well surfacing some of which are very efficient as a fuel. The masses, enslaved through dependency have been ignorant or willing participants in this often living in survival fearing change. They have become dependant on an enslaving program and they be-lie-ve their very survival depends on it. The leadership on the whole has not been serving the people and has chosen to perpetuate the enslavement through dependency serving the me, mine, controllers, the elite who are playing the separation game arrogantly forgetting a little universal law called KARMA.

The available land for living is abundant yet there are several factors making it unusable. The availability of fresh water for drinking and growing crops, power, etc all can be easily overcome. with fueless technologies and drilling a few wells. Water conservation and preservation, building energy efficient homes and living in harmony with the land also has to be taken into account.

The bottom line is until there is a change in consciousness and the leadership reflects that change, there will continue to be a downward spiral in evolution resulting in social, economic and environmental collapse. Your freedom as well will shift to total enslavement unless a shift in consciousness occurs. It is your God given right to live an abundant life in harmony with each other and your environment. The original plan for Earth was to be an Eden where people lived by universal principles necessary for a healthy society and environment. It was hijacked and it does not take a rocket scientist to see just who is responsible. It is also a no brainer to see who is behind it, who allowed it and is continuing to support it to one degree or another. A little impeccable integrity and brutal honesty, "Self Evaluation" is in order here.

Why should the ETs be responsibility to clean up the mess? Are they here to save us from our self-created realities, keep us from gaining the wisdom through experience? How dark, how ugly, how enslaving does it have to get before people decide to save themselves? When off-world visitors come here they are feared, greeted by the military, shot at with reverse engineered weapons all in an attempt to steal their technology and use it in the war industry. Some even want to make a religion out of them. Now you know why they don't land on the White House Lawn. Considering the current state of affairs, the condition of society, the economy, the environment and those who were entrusted to act in the highest and best good of humanity and the Earth who serve a different cause, it is obvious why our current leadership is not the avenue for contact. The simple people are a much better avenue for communication, those with pure intent, open minds and loving hearts. How pure is your intent, how open is your mind, how loving is your heart and is your life a reflection of it? Is the leadership a reflection of the people, truly serving the people?

If the leadership truly served the people you would have peace, the end to most diseases, poverty and homelessness would be no more. Face it: the war, disease, oil and banking profiteers are running things, the me, mine, elite with a lust for power and wealth that is insatiable. This will end in social, economic, environmental collapse and total enslavement if the masses don't wake up. Your divine right to live according to the basic principles necessary for a healthy society and environment has been severely undermined.

Universal Peace, Brother Sisterly Love, Individual Freedom and Abundance for all honoring the Sacred Circle of Life, The Omnipresent Creator within all Creation are principles and understandings advanced civilizations live by. We as a civilization, especially in the leadership have not risen to the occasion yet the masses are far beyond the leadership in this evolutionary process. In each individual, their heart of hearts they desire to live a thoroughly loving, joyous, abundant live in harmony with each other and the environment. It is time for this to come forward and what we are experiencing is the uncovering and eventual demise of all that which has stunted humanities evolution. There will be reactions to actions, an acceleration of karma, a grand awakening and healing on every level. It is time to get body, mind and spirit in order, flow and align with this awakening and healing process. It is destiny for humanity and the earth to take a quantum leap in evolution, heal the past, clean up the environment and join the rest of the universe in peace. We can be part of the problem or part of the solution. Take the upward spiral or the downward spiral it is all a matter of choice. Now is the time to choose with loving detachment the upward spiral. The age of tyranny is over and those aligned with the beast shall go the way of the beast.

Be well

James Gilliland
http://www.eceti.org

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ECETI - Enlightened Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence -
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Forwarded by Barry Snyder (barrymartin@cot.net)

From: http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/1986/56/

China grows 'Super Vegetables' with Seeds from Outer Space

While most governments are reacting to the global food shortage by growing more food, the Chinese have decided to grow the same amount of fruits and vegetables, but with A TWIST: giant versions of standard food staples: 210-pound pumpkins, 2-pound tomatoes, and cucumbers that are over 2-feet long -- that are currently feeding families in 22 of China's provinces, and governments in Europe, Japan and elsewhere are taking notice.

This weird, believe-it-or-not scenario becomes even more fantastic as it turns out that the reason these foods can grow so huge is because they've been sent to outer space. The seeds get blasted into outer space, and, after they return, transform into enormous eatables -- but no one knows why.

The China Academy of Sciences, working with the then Soviet Union, first started looking at the benefits of growing seeds in space in 1987. Then two years ago the Shijian-8, the first recoverable satellite designed solely to carry space seeds, was blasted into outer space on China's Long March rocket. On board were more than 2,000 seeds.

Scientists have yet to offer a definitive explanation of why space causes the seeds to mutate but they believe that cosmic radiation, micro-gravity and magnetic fields may play a part, but beyond that guesswork, there's seemingly no reason that space seeds should be a miracle food. Our MINA correspondent, a physicist, believes micro gravity plays a major role.

Once the seeds are returned from space they are cultivated and only fruit or vegetables that show improvements in size, taste or vitamin and mineral content are selected. The seeds from these plants are then bred over at least another three generations to ensure they remain stable.

The Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Science, 50 miles from Guangzhou, could be the taste of things to come as China struggles to feed its 1.3billion population. Vast farms are already being used to cultivate these crops as space fruit and vegetables are put on dinner tables across China. A total of 22 provinces are taking part in the programme, coordinated by the China Academy of Sciences.

Futuristic greenhouses in southern China give birth to 15-stone pumpkins - 10 times their normal size - 160lb Chinese winter melons, chilli plants the size of small trees with fiery 9in-long fruit which look more like exotic peppers. Alongside are 14lb aubergines, 2lb tomatoes and 2ft cucumbers.

Chinese scientists claim some space fruit and veg are better than the original. The Vitamin C content in some vegetables is nearly three times higher and there is a marked increase in trace elements such as zinc. Yields of space rice are also 25 per cent higher. Research also shows that certain space breeds use proportionately less water than their more traditional predecessors so they could be perfect for arid areas.
To date China has bred more than 50 new species of plants and has plans to produce more than 200 new species.

"A lot more space seed products are going to be coming on the market in the next two to three years, with sweet pepper, tomato and cucumber breeds on sale," said Chinese expert Lo Zhigang. "Some of China's space seed products are already exported to Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan. These include breeds of cucumber, sweet pepper, tomatoes and broccoli."

And that's exactly what worries environmentalists. In the same way that genetically modified foods may present an as-of-yet unknown danger to our health, some worry the same is true of food from space. I am also against modifying foods genetically. 'Experts' say, the seed is modified genetically so the worms don't eat it, hence we have 0% loss in our crops. My only question is, why would I eat food that worms wouldn't eat? All in all, with the Chinese way of growing crops, a 2 pound tomato and some feta cheese, would serve us well for a Macedonian salad.

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Related articles:

Lift-off for Chinese space potato (12 February 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6353403.stm
Entrepreneurs in Shanghai are pushing the city's latest food fad for Valentine's Day - a purple potato grown from seeds taken on a space mission.The sweet potato seeds were part of experiments on China's second manned space mission, Shenzhou VI, last year. (...) The Shenzhou VI space mission lasted five days in October.Experiments exposed seeds to radiation, different pressures and weightlessness.Officials from the space programme, which creates enormous national pride in China, say it has produced a number of mutated fruit and vegetables.

Super-plants from outer space (25 July 2006)
http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1695994.htm
China plans to blast seeds into space in a novel way of boosting the nation's food production, reports say. Scientists hope that exposure to cosmic radiation and microgravity will cause genetic mutations in the seeds that will improve crop yield back on Earth. CLIP

There are a couple pictures of giant pumpkins (as big as a car!) and large tomatoes at http://www.home-gardening-tips.com/2008/05/14/growing-super-sized-fruits-and-vegetables-with-space-germinated-seeds-a-new-dimension-in-cultivating-dynamics/
(...) We may therefore expect very soon such type of “space-germinated seeds” in markets around the world. As a gardener you may be growing this type of super sized fruits and vegetables in your yards in near future. Wouldn’t this be great to have solved your fruits and vegetable requirement for longer periods! You may not have to visit the supermarkets every week just to procure fruits and vegetables. The day is certainly not too distant now.


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