PEACE WILL PREVAIL ON EARTH


February 11, 2008

Rising Phoenix Series #43: Hope and Revelations Aplenty

Hello everysoul!

Another hefty 44,000+ words compilation for your review. I was wondering what possible comment I could offer to enlighten some of the crucial elements of this snapshot of fast evolving events on the train of our civilization careening towards an uncertain future.

Just as I was about to send this out, this came to my attention. Please take 4 minutes to watch this gripping, empowering video...

The Battle For America Has Begun - "We do the dirty work of democracy" http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19314.htm

Back in touch soon through the new Meditation Focus coming your way next Saturday... but always in touch through the magick of Oneness radiating from our hearts...

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

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THE QUOTES

"I have been a long-term reader of your newsletters and wish to thank you for the splendid work you do in answering folks and compiling the lists. I have some photos that may interest you on my site of possible faeries, sylphs and devas - also some terrific orbs or spheres of light. As the world quickens - and as we feel that some people's imaginations may need a positive boost - we have also have provided a vision for a new earth and an article on multidimensional unity. So, may I say, In Unity!"

- Cedar (cedar@celticgardens.com.au) -- Taken from the ERN guestbook


"We who can read these words are civilized people who have been mentally conditioned by the culture of civilization and the industrial society from birth. We have precepts loaded into our subconscious minds which cause us to see reality in a certain way. To a native Maya person in the State of Chiapas, Mexico, the earth speaks through them. They live integrated with the earth in their everyday energy systems and in their mental attitudes. To them the fact that the earthlife has manifest these living things around us, and us, means that we are children of the Mother Earth and we speak as one of the voices of the earth. To the Maya this is obvious on a deep level. To us it is an interesting intellectual proposition only, because we have been conditioned by a cultural upbringing that filters out this deep understanding and we do not mentally link our life with the life of the living earth. To the Maya security is the earth and its care. The Maya live with the earth and feed from its natural bounty. Historically for a million years our species has been very successful. We have been adapted to the earth life. We lived within the ecological web and energy flows of the earth."

- William H. Kötke -- Taken from The Revolution That Is Arising From THE EARTH below - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as it offers many examples of ways to survive in a sustainable manner the coming onslaught of environmental destructions and civilization disintegration.


"One month from now is the Ohio primary and I'm running for re-election to the House of Representatives. I'm also being outspent 5 to 1. Corporate interests are converging on Cleveland in an effort to try to knock me out of Congress. I need your help to make sure that there continues to remain in the United States Congress a voice of truth, a voice of courage, a voice of integrity. I want to continue to serve in Congress to stand up for my constituents and their economic rights: the right to a job, to health care for all, to retirement security, for the education of their children. I need your help in order to do that. These interests groups have enabled television ads to be run against me for 2 weeks running and I haven't had the resources to be able to go back on television and to respond to them. But with your contribution I'll be able to do that. So please go to our website right now at http://kucinich.us/contribute.html and give us the resources that we need to beat back this corporate challenge. I'm confident that with your help I'll be able to continue to be the voice in the United States Congress that you count on to be heard in times of crisis. We need to regain our country. We need to sweep aside the fear that has engulfed this country. We need to set back the greed that is undermining this country. I'm prepared to do that and I'm prepared to do that with your help."

- Dennis Kucinich (4 Feb 2008) -- Make sure to read Is Dennis Kucinich Getting McKinney'd below!


"The 0.5 million global US-NATO-linked opiate drug-related deaths plus 6.6 million post-invasion Afghan excess deaths bring an upper estimate of the carnage due to the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan to 7.1 million deaths. If we include excess deaths associated with UK-US actions against Iraq in the period 1990-2008 (about 4 million) then the gruesome carnage of the Bush I plus Bush II Asian Wars now totals about 11 million excess deaths (and this ignores the impact of the Bush Wars through oil price rises and other factors on Third World avoidable deaths). Occupied Afghanistan is the New Auschwitz of the US and its complicit allies."

- Dr Gideon Polya -- Taken from Top US Lawyer And UNICEF Data Reveal Afghan Genocide



CONTENT

1. Correspondence with Joe and the Recorder
2. Message from Atmos
3. Call of the Dolphins for Peace On Earth
4. The Revolution That Is Arising From THE EARTH
5. A Book Review of Vladimir Megre's book "Anastasia"
6. AWAKENING THE DREAMER, CHANGING THE DREAM
7. About Star Kids and why they're here now
8. Open Letter To the UFO Community and Other Concerned Citizens
9. Is Dennis Kucinich Getting McKinney'd
10. High-Quality Loose Change Final Cut on Google Video
11. Rain forests fall at 'alarming' rate
12. Pictures reveal truth about Japan's 'scientific' whaling
13. U.S. doctor links radio waves from cell phone towers to cancer, Alzheimer’s, senility, dementia, Parkinson’s and Autism
14. ttp://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2008/020408_shoot_americans.htm">U.S. Troops Asked If They Would Shoot American Citizens
15. The Strangulation of Gaza
16. New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans at the End of World War Two
17. ttp://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7998">Fragile Dollar Hegemony: Iran's Oil Bourse could Topple the Dollar



WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION

A New Dream - The Story of the Pachamama Alliance (12 min 10 sec video) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=443237131434838449&hl=en
Note from Jean: I highly recommend watching this video and getting involved with the Pachamama Alliance. This is a powerful means to mobilize ultimately millions of people in the global effort now underway to save our planet from ecoblivion in the very near future.

Amazing pictures of cloaked spaceships in the sky
http://www.greatdreams.com/donut.htm
Just scroll to view the various pics. The last one at the bottom is fantastic!

Huge rise in British UFO sightings (8/02/2008)
http://tinyurl.com/yvnnch
Clusters of up to 100 mysterious objects, bright white lights and strange, triangular shaped objects are just some of a huge surge in UFO sightings reported to the Ministry of Defence last year.

MAJOR RESEARCH PAPER AVAILABLE ONLINE ON UFO PHOTOGRAPHS IN NORWAY
http://forgetomori.com/2008/ufos/norway-in-ufo-photos/
We are happy to announce the release of the complete, expanded version of our joint paper “Norway in UFO Photographs: The First Catalogue“, a 206-page report that includes, in addition to an amazing number of pictures, a catalogue of case summaries, a statistical analysis of data, and a bibliography, as well as the full catalogue spreadsheet. The report is written in English and it can be found in the following link: http://www.divshare.com/download/3676380-e4

World meditation on March 21th
http://www.kachina.net/%7Ealunajoy/solarwave2008.html

THE FINAL EMPIRE: THE COLLAPSE OF CIVILIZATION AND THE SEED OF THE FUTURE
http://www.rainbowbody.net/Finalempire/
There is a link to the first chapter of this book which sheds a lot of light on this subject.  After reading the book, as I see it, we are all part of an enormous Ponzi scheme (the book draws parallels with cancer), which started some 10,000 years ago when "civilization" got its start, in which, basically, the cat called "unrestrained greed" was let out of the bag. Humans of "advanced" societies have been ruining their living environment ever since, and when one place will no longer support them, or when one form of commerce can no longer be continued, they move on and conquer some other place or find a new destructive activity. Natives practicing sustainable lifestyles are displaced, killed or enslaved. It is amazing this could be kept up for so long, but the whole scheme may be reaching its ultimate conclusion in our lifetimes. There is not much any of us can do about it. Generally speaking, you either work for it, or you are being victimized by it. The book offers some hope by suggesting ways to return to a sustainable lifestyle when civilization can no longer support us.  Awareness may be the only hope.

Satire: BUSH's REAL STATE OF THE UNION
http://globalresearch.ca/audiovideo/presaddress.mov

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE “STATE OF THE UNION”
http://www.heartcom.org/NewWorldGame.htm
A look at the new World Game defining, refining, and shining a more enlightned "Net reality" (all-connected conscience) (...) The U.S. now spends more for defense each year than ALL other countries of the world combined. Endless war policies are required to sustain this military-industrial monopoly. Peace policies are publicly promoted but privately suppressed by monopoly forces intent on sustaining a climate of terror and war that justifies war powers of martial law, suspending Constitutional law in the process. A “health care” monopoly likewise sustains an equally predatory medical-industrial complex that profits form mass degenerative disease. Prevention policies and holistic healing breakthroughs are suppressed as an enemy to monopoly medicine’s profit from drugs for whatever ails you. CLIP Recommended by Chris Rudy (chrisrudy@wispwest.net)

US Election: not another Bush
Yesterday, the leading candidates for the next President of the United States became clear. They are Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, and the winner will decide whether the nightmare of the Bush foreign policy is reversed or continued for another 4 years. US citizens will choose their president, but global public opinion matters to them--they know that US respect in the world has plummeted under Bush, and they want a President who can deliver change. In the next few days, our uniquely global community has a real chance to influence the finalist candidates as they develop their campaign strategy. Click below to read and endorse our letter to the candidates. We'll publish it in US newspapers and deliver it personally to the Clinton, Obama and McCain campaigns--we need at least 100,000 people to sign it this week – so please sign and forward this email to friends right away: http://www.avaaz.org/en/us_change_course/8.php The message of the letter is simple: we are all in this together. The world is ready to partner with the US, but we need to see a real change of course from the Bush years. The letter is based on a poll of the Avaaz community, which found that our top 3 requests for change in US policy are: 1. Help the world stop global warming 2. Respect universal human rights 3. Use diplomacy to prevent war and resolve conflict - There is a real chance that the candidates could adopt this simple agenda for change, but every day brings more risk that they will commit to another direction.

21 Things You Didn't Know You Can Recycle
http://www.coopamerica.org/pubs/caq/articles/21Things.cfm
Garbage... Americans produce more and more of it every year, when we need to be producing less. Even the most waste-conscious among us can feel overwhelmed by the amount of household waste that goes beyond what municipal recyclers and compost bins can handle. That’s why our editors spent the summer of 2007 investigating the state of waste management in our country, putting this list togther for you, explaining how we can get serious about the three R’s – reducing, reusing, and recycling — and divert more waste away from landfills. (To download the entire recycling issue of the Quarterly, visit our archives page.)

Unintentionally Hilarious Signs to Brighten Your Day
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/2/5/unintentionally-hilarious-signs-to-brighten-your-day.aspx

Frozen Grand Central - TOTALLY COOL!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwMj3PJDxuo&eurl=http://7.gmodules.com/
Recommended by Richard & Sandra (srkeber@msn.com) who wrote: "This is so beautiful and fun – my heart leaps to watch it - but the reactions of the uninvolved people are really familiar. Years ago, when we were in our late 20’s, early 30’s we traveled around Europe in a big English Bedford bus with a street theater group called The Human Family – we did “events” like this in cities and towns and at “arts festivals” all over the continent during the social-upheaval/insanity year of 1968 – I haven’t heard of it happening at all during the 40 years since until now."

Changing the world - one loan at a time
http://www.kiva.org
Recommended by Jamara Janine Gruber (aramaj@gmx.ch) who wrote: "I just made a loan to someone in the developing world using a revolutionary new website called Kiva. You can go to Kiva's website and lend to someone in the developing world who needs a loan for their business - like raising goats, selling vegetables at market or making bricks. Each loan has a picture of the entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use the loan so you know exactly how your money is being spent - and you get updates letting you know how the entrepreneur is going. The best part is, when the entrepreneur pays back their loan you get your money back - and Kiva's loans are managed by microfinance institutions on the ground who have a lot of experience doing this, so you can trust that your money is being handled responsibly. (...) It's finally easy to actually do something about poverty - using Kiva I know exactly who my money is loaned to and what they're using it for. And most of all, I know that I'm helping them build a sustainable business that will provide income to feed, clothe, house and educate their family long after my loan is paid back. Join me in changing the world - one loan at a time." What others are saying about www.Kiva.org: 'Revolutionising how donors and lenders in the US are connecting with small entrepreneurs in developing countries.' -- BBC 'If you've got 25 bucks, a PC and a PayPal account, you've now got the wherewithal to be an international financier.' -- CNN Money'Smaller investors can make loans of as little as $25 to specific individual entrepreneurs through a service launched last fall by Kiva.org.' -- The Wall Street Journal 'An inexpensive feel-good investment opportunity... All loaned funds go directly to the applicants, and most loans are repaid in full.' -- Entrepreneur Magazine

New Internationalist DU Special Now Available Online
http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/a/160.html
I'll have more on this in my next compilation...

U.S. Soldiers Are Sick of It (08.12.06)
http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2006/08/71585





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Obama, Romney lead in California on Super Tuesday (Feb 5, 2008) VOTE FRAUD AGAIN?? OBAMA HAD THERE A 13% LEAD IN THE LAST POLL BEFORE THE VOTE, YET HILLARY WON BY A WHOPPING 10% LEAD... FISHY!!
http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN0345866120080205
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama surged to a big lead over Hillary Clinton in California hours before "Super Tuesday" voting began in 24 states, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Tuesday. (...) On a sprawling day of coast-to-coast voting, the biggest ever in a U.S. primary race, the U.S. presidential contenders in both parties were fighting to win a huge cache of delegates to this summer's nominating conventions. In California, which alone provides more than one-fifth of the Democratic delegates needed for the nomination, Obama led Clinton by 49 percent to 36 percent, the poll found. The margin of error was 3.3 percentage points. Clinton pulled into a 5-point lead in New Jersey, 46 percent to 41 percent, after being tied on Monday. Obama held a 45 percent to 42 percent edge on Clinton in Missouri. Both polls had a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points. Obama had a 20-point edge in Georgia, aided by a more than 3-to-1 lead among black voters. CLIP

Hundreds of Thousands of Non-Partisan Voter Ballots May Not be Counted in California's Open Democratic Primary Election (2/6/2008)
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5659
Alright, we've got a bona fide mess here in Los Angeles County. We covered this a bit earlier tonight, but have been speaking with various precinct captains and trying to figure out exactly what's going on. As mentioned it's a confusing mess, and could indeed be shaping up as "California's Butterfly Ballot" as far as we can tell. (...) Here’s the trouble: In the voting booth, voters must then mark a bubble on the ballot that confirms the voter is indeed voting on a Democratic ballot. If they fail to mark, their ballots go uncounted. And further, if a voter neglects to fill in this bubble, a voting machine will not return the ballot because the vote is counted as an under-vote. In Los Angeles County alone, 776,000 voters are susceptible to double bubble trouble. CLIP

How Clinton Won California
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020708L.shtml

Hillary Clinton: A Bilderberg Presidency - European elite back Democratic frontrunner
http://www.oldthinkernews.com/Articles/oldthinker%20news/hillary_clinton.htm
(...) When asked by Grove if Clinton will be "good for business," Rothschild replies,"First of all, Hillary will be good for America. And so if we care about our country —which all of my fellow capitalists do —we'll be very pleased that she's president."Writing in the Council on Foreign Relations publication Foreign Affairs, Hillary Clinton outlines her agenda if elected president. Iran is in Clinton's sights, along with regional government, and likely support of the North American Union - and possibly a Pan-American union - with a "policy of vigorous engagement" with Latin America. Regarding Iran, Clinton echoes the rhetoric coming from President Bush and the Neo-cons CLIP

Hillary's List (Feb 8)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8036
Republican strategies to guarantee that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination - "Clinton will be the Democrat, and I don't know who the Republican will be, but the election will be about the war on terror and the Republican will win." - Karl Rove, Fox News, December 2007 - Many astute Republicans believe that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the salvation of their party. On Super Tuesday, it is time that the American people take a serious look at why the opposition party favors the nomination of the former First Lady. (...) The important point in Wehner's thesis echoes the opinions of Karl Rove and Dick Morris: Clinton would be easy prey, while Obama would be extremely difficult to defeat because of his message of change - and his formidable political and rhetorical gifts. CLIP

Does The Brownshirt Party Have Aces Up Its Sleeve? (08/02/08)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19308.htm
The Brownshirt Party has chosen John “hundred year war” McCain as its presidential candidate. Except for Cheney, Norman Podhoretz, and billy kristol, McCain is America’s greatest warmonger. In a McCain Regime, Cheney will be back in office with another stint as Secretary of War. Norman “Bomb-bomb-bomb-Iran” Podhoretz will be Undersecretary for Nuclear War with General John “Nuke them” Shalikashvili as his deputy. Rudy Giuliani will be the Minister of Interior in charge of Halliburton’s detention centers into which will be herded all critics of war and the police state. billy kristol will be chief White House spokesliar. The whole gang will be back--Wolfowitz, Perle, Wurmster, Feith, Libby, Bolton. America will have a second chance to bomb the world into submission.With the majority of voters sick of war, sick of lies, sick of fraud from the Federal Reserve and Wall Street, and sick of stagnant and falling incomes, McCain is poised to capture 20% of the vote--the Christian Zionists, the rapture evangelicals, and the diehard macho flag-waving thugs who believe America is done for unless “Islamofacists” are exterminated. (...)_ On the other hand maybe the Brownshirts have a plan. What could the plan be?They can steal the election with the Diebold electronic voting machines and proprietary software that no one is allowed to check. There are now enough elections on record with significant divergences between exit polls and vote tallies that a stolen election can be explained away. The Democrats have been house trained to acquiesce to stolen elections. The voters, whose votes are stolen, dismiss the evidence as “conspiracy theories.”Or what about a well-timed orchestrated “terrorist attack” to drive fearful Americans to the war candidate. False flag events are stock-in-trade. Hitler used the Reichstag fire to turn German democracy into a dictatorship overnight. CLIP

Obama Campaign Projects Deadlocked Race After Primaries Finish (Feb. 6)
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aHVRn9HAldqg&refer=us
(Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama's campaign is forecasting that the Democratic presidential race will remain deadlocked after the primaries end, and the outcome may depend on a fight over whether delegations from Florida and Michigan are counted.By the time the last primary is held June 7, Obama's advisers project he will have 1,806 delegates to 1,789 for New York Senator Hillary Clinton, according to a document outlining the scenario that was inadvertently attached to a release on delegate counts from yesterday's Super Tuesday primaries. The forecast doesn't include Florida and Michigan, which were stripped of delegates by the Democratic National Committee for holding primaries ahead of the schedule set out by the party. Clinton, who won uncontested primaries in both states, is vowing a fight to have those delegates -- slated to be 366 in total -- seated at the nominating convention. "This is only one of an infinite number of scenarios,'' Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, adding that the release of the information was unintended. Another issue is the so-called super delegates, 796 Democratic officials and officeholders who aren't bound by the results of primaries and caucuses. Obama's campaign projects about half will be pledged to either the Illinois senator or Clinton, and the rest could swing the nomination. CLIP

Clinton has lead with party insiders (Feb 10) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080210/ap_on_el_pr/superdelegates;_ylt=Av9mnP7DeiBEAoq195oSXdqs0NUE
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton retains her lead among suddenly critical Democratic Party insiders even as Barack Obama builds up his delegate margin with primary and caucus victories across the country, according to a survey by The Associated Press. Of the 796 lawmakers, governors and party officials who are Democratic superdelegates, Clinton had 243 and Obama had 156. That edge was responsible for Clinton's overall advantage in the pursuit of delegates to secure the party's nomination for president. According to the AP's latest tally, Clinton has 1,125 total delegates and Obama has 1,087. A candidate must get 2,205 delegates to capture the nomination. The numbers illustrate not only the remarkable proximity between the two candidates, but also the extraordinary influence superdelegates could wield in determining who becomes the nominee. Both campaigns are aggressively pursuing superdelegates, trumpeting their endorsements the moment they are secured. CLIP

The Winter of Our Discontent (February 6, 2008)
http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Find-Freedom.htm?At=029823&From=News
The same fate awaits the Democrats: it looks like the pledged delegates – that is, delegates won fair and square in a primary – are going in their majority to Obama, while the "super-delegates" – party bigwigs appointed by the Powers-That-Be – could give the nomination to Hillary. This could set up a situation where the party Establishment defies the apparent will of the voters and crowns Hillary in a super-delegate "coup." One can almost feel the resentment, disappointment, and building anger that will rise up and smite the Democrats if and when this occurs. The whole process then becomes a metaphor for the cause of widespread voter alienation – the rise of a permanently-entrenched political class in America, similar to that which once wielded power in the former Soviet Union. CLIP

Current Electioneering of Net reality…
http://www.heartcom.org/ElectionCircus.htm
Looks like the election circus "Fix” is in! According to some insider reports, Hillary is already appointed to win via power elite superdelegates, perhaps with Obama as Vice-Pres. What a dream ticket for manipulating the populist vote on the basis of gender preference, racial bias, and political contempt for Republican policies. This dog and pony show is merely an attempt to legitimize a corrupt election process co-opted by Wall Street vested interests in corporate power without Constitutional principle. CLIP

Barack Obama and the Euphoria of Madness (Feb. 7, 2008)
http://www.blackcommentator.com/263/263_cover_1_keeping_it_real_obama_euphoria.html
(...) Never mind that Barack Obama, contrary to corporate myth, was never in reality a so-called grassroots, political, "community activist," but was in fact a financially paid, funded, and comfortable opportunist who did not lay his life on the line in any serious manner for disenfranchised people. (...) Never mind that Barack Obama has indicated both verbally and in writing that he favors "unilateral" US military actions against other nations, which is both dangerously absurd and in direct contravention and flagrant violation of international law. (...) Those who ignore reality and the lessons of history do so at their own peril. Ignoring reality, whether in a state of euphoria or not, is nonetheless a sure recipe for disaster.

The Bush Financial Bust of 2008: "It's All Downhill From Here, Folks" (February 8, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8033
(...) America's place in the world has been guaranteed not by what it produces but by what it consumes. The American consumer has been the locomotive that drives the global economy. Now that engine has been derailed by the reckless monetary policies of the Fed and by shortsighted financial innovation. When equity bubbles collapse; everybody pays. Demand for goods and services diminishes, unemployment soars, banks fold, and the economy stalls. That's when governments have to step in and provide programs and resources that keep people working and sustain business activity. Otherwise there will be anarchy. Middle class people are ill-suited for life under a freeway overpass. They need a helping hand from government. Big government. Good-bye, Reagan. Hello, F.D.R.The Bush stimulus plan is a drop in the bucket. It'll take much, much more. And, we're not holding our breath for a New Deal from George Walker Bush.

Bush's $3 trillion budget (February 5, 2008)
http://www.capitolhillblue.com/cont/node/4442
President Bush is sending Congress a $3 trillion spending blueprint that would provide a big boost to defense and protect his signature tax cuts.It seeks sizable savings in government health care programs and puts the squeeze on much of the rest of government, but it would still generate near-record budget deficits over the next two years. Even before receiving the document Monday, Democrats were attacking it for slashing programs to help the poor while protecting tax cuts for the wealthy. (...) Democrats say Bush's budget is built on flawed math. Beyond 2009, the budget plan does not include any money to keep the alternative minimum tax, which was aimed at the wealthy, from ensnaring millions of middle-income people. It also includes only $70 billion to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009, just a fraction of the $200 billion those wars are expected to cost this year. CLIP

Pentagon Seeks Record Level in 2009 Budget
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020408K.shtml
Thom Shanker, of The New York Times, writes: "As Congress and the public focus on more than $600 billion already approved in supplemental budgets to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for counterterrorism operations, the Bush administration has with little notice reached a landmark in military spending. When the Pentagon on Monday unveils its proposed 2009 budget of $515.4 billion, annual military spending, when adjusted for inflation, will have reached its highest level since World War II."

Top US Lawyer And UNICEF Data Reveal Afghan Genocide (8 February, 2008)
http://www.countercurrents.org/polya080208.htm
The United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 with the ostensible excuse of the Afghan Government’s “protection” of the asserted Al Qaeda culprits of the 9/11 atrocity that killed 3,000 people. In the light of as many as 6.6 million post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Afghanistan as of February 2008 (see below), it is important to consider the major problems with this Bush-ite and neo-Bush-ite version of events as summarized below: (...) What is happening in Afghanistan is an Afghan Holocaust. One sees that post-invasion under-5 infant deaths in Occupied Afghanistan (2.3 million) vastly exceeds the number of Jewish children murdered by the Nazis in World War 2 (1.5 million). The upper estimate of post-invasion violent and non-violent excess deaths in Occupied Afghanistan (6.6 million out of an average 2001-2008 Afghan population of about 25 million) exceeds the number of Jews murdered by the Nazis in World War 2 ( 5.6 million out of 8.2 million Jews in German-occupied Europe in the period 1941-1945) CLIP

The Coming Collapse of Globalization (February 8, 2008)
http://www.satyacenter.com/center-newsletters-coming-collapse-of-globalization
(...) Meanwhile, US taxpayers are being set up to bail out the extremely rich institutions and individuals who have profited the most by creating the present debacle. This is an unacceptable, immoral, and undemocratic outcome, to say the least.It is time to have a full-throated public discussion about the necessary re-structuring of our financial system so it will benefit everyone, and not just the elites who gamble with our world’s financial future in their members-only digital casinos, secure in the knowledge that they will get to keep all their winnings, and that in the event they lose their shirts, Uncle Sam will be happy to buy them a new tuxedo in time for them to appear at the next glittering virtual financial soiree.It is hardly surprising that the Presidential candidates in America have no stomach for such a discussion. This crisis is a bi-partisan crisis. It is a crisis created by the last twenty-five years of consensus governance, and implicates all of Washington and Wall Street. Unfortunately, just bleeding American taxpayers for a trillion dollars or so will not be enough to avoid a global recession, and perhaps a global loss of confidence in the Federal Reserve, the stock exchanges, and the banking system. Nor will a Gargantuan bailout necessarily guarantee that we can avoid a lengthy recession, perhaps to be followed by a long-lasting global depression. Reregulation of the American financial system is necessary to avoid a repetition of this Mother of all Financial Collapses. This crisis is partly caused by the immense concentration of wealth in fewer and fewer hands, which means that wealthy institutions and individuals have vast pools of “hot money” available to them, and they are chasing high yield in risky financial instruments fabricated from risky real estate deals, investment fads and risky corporate restructurings that are sold around the world in various stock exchanges. This hot money chases high yield and as it flows into various types of investments, bubbles are created. Thus we have a bubble economy. CLIP

John F. Kennedy vs The Federal Reserve
http://www.john-f-kennedy.net/thefederalreserve.htm
On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the United States Federal Government at interest. With the stroke of a pen, President Kennedy declared that the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business. The Christian Law Fellowship has exhaustively researched this matter through the Federal Register and Library of Congress. We can now safely conclude that this Executive Order has never been repealed, amended, or superceded by any subsequent Executive Order. In simple terms, it is still valid. (...) President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 and the United States Notes he had issued were immediately taken out of circulation. (...) Perhaps the assassination of JFK was a warning to all future presidents not to interfere with the private Federal Reserve's control over the creation of money. It seems very apparent that President Kennedy challenged the "powers that exist behind U.S. and world finance". With true patriotic courage, JFK boldly faced the two most successful vehicles that have ever been used to drive up debt: 1) war (Viet Nam); and, 2) the creation of money by a privately owned central bank. His efforts to have all U.S. troops out of Vietnam by 1965 combined with Executive Order 11110 would have destroyed the profits and control of the private Federal Reserve Bank. CLIP

Big Media and The New World Order - The Murdoch Empire by Stephen Lendman (February 7, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8024
(...) Today's media barons control the world as opinion makers. Like in Orwell's world, they're our national thought control police gatekeepers sanitizing news so only the cleansed residue portion gets through with everything people want most left out - the full truth all the time. They manipulate our minds and beliefs, program our thoughts, divert our attention, and effectively destroy the free marketplace of ideas essential to a healthy democracy they won't tolerate.None more ruthlessly than Murdoch and the info-entertainment empire he controls. Its flagship US operation is Fox News that Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) calls "the most biased name in news....with its extraordinary right-wing tilt." (...) Murdoch and the rest of the dominant media fail the test. Their concentrated power blunt democracy by destroying its essential free marketplace of ideas. Today, social control substitutes for diversity, free expression, and an informed electorate; pro-business ideology trumps the greater good; and the single-minded pursuit of profit triumphs over beneficial social change. Combating it means confronting the media barons who are as determined as Murdoch to squash us. Organizations like Free Press are doing it. It's a "national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates." It aims to "generate policies that will produce a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector" promoting greater diversity. The more democratic our media, the more accountable government will be to public concerns. Free Press focuses on four broad areas to help: "media ownership" for greater competition and diversity; "independent and public media" free from the single-minded pursuit of profit; "internet freedom" from corporate control; and "media reform" of a corrupted system aided by government that must end. To happen, public participation is essential, and for that organizations like Free Press are crucial. Corporate media control is the core issue of our time along with overall corporate dominance with governments as their handmaiden. Democracy and a free society are impossible unless that changes. It's we the people vs. the Murdochs of the world, and we've only just begun fighting back.

Clarity Sought on Electronics Searches - U.S. Agents Seize Travelers' Devices (February 7, 08) ORWELLIAN!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/06/AR2008020604763_pf.html
Nabila Mango, a therapist and a U.S. citizen who has lived in the country since 1965, had just flown in from Jordan last December when, she said, she was detained at customs and her cellphone was taken from her purse. Her daughter, waiting outside San Francisco International Airport, tried repeatedly to call her during the hour and a half she was questioned. But after her phone was returned, Mango saw that records of her daughter's calls had been erased.A few months earlier in the same airport, a tech engineer returning from a business trip to London objected when a federal agent asked him to type his password into his laptop computer. "This laptop doesn't belong to me," he remembers protesting. "It belongs to my company." Eventually, he agreed to log on and stood by as the officer copied the Web sites he had visited, said the engineer, a U.S. citizen who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of calling attention to himself.Maria Udy, a marketing executive with a global travel management firm in Bethesda, said her company laptop was seized by a federal agent as she was flying from Dulles International Airport to London in December 2006. Udy, a British citizen, said the agent told her he had "a security concern" with her. "I was basically given the option of handing over my laptop or not getting on that flight," she said.The seizure of electronics at U.S. borders has prompted protests from travelers who say they now weigh the risk of traveling with sensitive or personal information on their laptops, cameras or cellphones. In some cases, companies have altered their policies to require employees to safeguard corporate secrets by clearing laptop hard drives before international travel. (...) At least two major global corporations, one American and one Dutch, have told their executives not to carry confidential business material on laptops on overseas trips, Gurley said. In Canada, one law firm has instructed its lawyers to travel to the United States with "blank laptops" whose hard drives contain no data. CLIP

AP Confirms Secret Camp Inside Guantanamo
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020708J.shtml
Andrew O. Selsky, of The Associated Press, reports: "Somewhere amid the cactus-studded hills on this sprawling Navy base, separate from the cells where hundreds of men suspected of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have been locked up for years, is a place even more closely guarded - a jailhouse so protected that its very location is top secret. For the first time, the top commander of detention operations at Guantanamo has confirmed the existence of the mysterious Camp 7. In an interview with The Associated Press, Rear Adm. Mark Buzby also provided a few details about the maximum-security lockup."

The Truth About Canada
http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780771041655
Some important, Some Astonishing, and Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country -- Renowned as a passionate Canadian, best-selling author Mel Hurtig has combed through world statistics to see how Canada really measures up – and the results are astonishing, and often shocking. This book is about how Canada has changed, very much for the worse, in the last twenty years. As a result of these profound (often hidden) changes, we are no longer the people we think we are. To take one example, the Canadian media usually leaves us with the impression that Canadians are really heavily taxed. Yes, compared to the U.S.A., the usual point of comparison. No, compared to other countries with our standard of living, other OECD countries, for example; there we come in 23rd on the high-tax scale. The shocks in this book build up, chapter by chapter. How do we rank in the world in voter turnout? Try 109th. Number of physicians per 100,000 population: Try 54th. Our rank in reducing pollution? 126th out of 146 countries. Some of the statistics are internal, comparing Canada then and now. They back up two of the book’s most powerful themes; the failure of Canadian big business to turn record profits into ongoing investment in our country, and (no coincidence) the sellout of our assets at a rate that no other country would allow. This statistics-based book ranges across all areas of our lives – including health, wages, productivity, culture, the media (“the most concentrated in the world”), and much else. Mel Hurtig’s message is that we can’t do anything to fix the direction we’re drifting in unless we recognize it – and recognize The Truth About Canada.

Judge: Navy not exempt from sonar ruling (Feb 5, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080205/ap_on_re_us/navy_sonar;_ylt=ArBhjBpHkGOKs8qcsu1JU42s0NUE
LOS ANGELES - The Navy must follow environmental laws placing strict limits on sonar training that may harm whales, despite President Bush's decision to exempt it, a federal judge ruled Monday. The Navy is not "exempted from compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act" and a court injunction creating a 12 nautical-mile no-sonar zone off Southern California, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper wrote in a 36-page decision. (...) Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Cindy Moore did not say what the military's next legal move may be.Government attorneys can appeal Cooper's decision to the 9th Circuit or could ask the appeals court to allow sonar exercises until the appeal is resolved.Scientists have said that loud sonar can damage the brains and ears of marine mammals, and that it may mask the echoes some whales and dolphins listen for when they use their own natural sonar to locate food. CLIP

Kenya: In Diplomatic Intensive Care (Feb 4, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/kenyaindiplomaticintensivecare;_ylt=AtxJYjXrxlkqowqSJBDC7wSs0NUE
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon jetted into Kenya on Friday for a round of talks aimed at easing Kenya's post-election crisis, traveling what has been a path well-trodden by high-profile diplomats as the world tries to keep the chaos here from mutating into all-out ethnic war. Already in Kenya was Ban's predecessor, Kofi Annan, who is mediating negotiations between President Mwai Kibaki's government and the opposition Orange Democratic Movement of Raila Odinga, who claims that Kibaki's associates stole the vote through massive vote rigging. Nelson Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, who is a U.N. expert on humanitarian issues as well as a former First Lady of Mozambique, has flown in to help bring the parties together. Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mpaka is here, Ghana's President John Kufuor came and went, and South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa, a businessman who helped negotiate an end to apartheid, is expected to arrive shortly. The steady flow is a stark contrast to other crises in Africa. Last week, for example, the International Rescue Committee issued a report saying that 45,000 continue to die every month as a result of Congo's civil war. Zimbabwe's economy is still deteriorating fast - well beyond the international spotlight. And Amnesty International said Friday that conflict between the army and armed groups in Chad is only getting worse.Analysts say there are many reasons for Kenya to get so more attention: It is an economic hub whose port delivers supplies to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and South Sudan; and it is an important U.S. ally in the War on Terror. And the potential for even greater mayhem in Kenya remains high. Both Annan and former U.S. President Bill Clinton have acknowledged their failure to prevent or stop the Rwanda genocide. And while western pundits may dismiss the comparison, for Kenyans, the fear of a second Rwanda is very real. "I can see the beginnings of an ethnic conflict, I really can," says Mwalimu Mati, a local political activist. "Everyday, you've got more deaths, and these are in slums; they say Kibaki supporters were attacked or Odinga supporters were attacked, that's just code for Kikuyu and Luo [the respective tribes of the president and his rival]." (...) So far, about 850 people have been killed in Kenya's crisis, and at least 250,000 displaced. CLIP

Kenya: Media Not Innocent
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020308F.shtml
Inter Press Service's Kwamboka Oyaro says, "The media was partly blamed for the Rwandan genocide 14 years ago which left nearly one million people dead in 100 days. 'Kill the Inkotanyi [cockroaches]!' a local radio station urged its listeners at the time." A recent self-audit, "'30 Days in Words and Pictures: Media Response in Kenya During the Election Crisis' ... of the role local media played in the post-election violence revealed that media - especially vernacular radio stations - might be partly to blame for the on-going violence sparked off by the announcement of Mwai Kibaki as winner of the December 27 elections."

Kenya Death Toll Surpasses 1,000
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020508H.shtml

Kenya rivals ready to discuss power-sharing (Feb 10)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/kenya_crisis_dc;_ylt=AkhExko4bDtAGXCVpZSM0MROs6YB
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's rival parties geared up on Sunday to thrash out a power-sharing agreement to end a deadly crisis over President Mwai Kibaki's

Full Coverage: Kenya
http://news.yahoo.com/fc/World/Kenya;_ylt=AqZAyIUM7oELH3sp1ATzQxG9F4l4

Medicinal plants 'facing threat' (19 January 2008)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7196702.stm
Hundreds of medicinal plants are at risk of extinction, threatening the discovery of future cures for disease, according to experts.Over 50% of prescription drugs are derived from chemicals first identified in plants.But the Botanic Gardens Conservation International said many were at risk from over-collection and deforestation.Researchers warned the cures for things such as cancer and HIV may become "extinct before they are ever found".The group, which represents botanic gardens across 120 countries, surveyed over 600 of its members as well as leading university experts. They identified 400 plants that were at risk of extinction. These included yew trees, the bark of which forms the basis for one of the world's most widely used cancer drugs, paclitaxel. (...) But the report said as well as future breakthroughs being put at risk, the situation was likely to have a consequence in the developing world.It said five billion people still rely on traditional plant-based medicine as their primary form of health care. Report author Belinda Hawkins said: "The loss of the world's medicinal plants may not always be at the forefront of the public consciousness."However, it is not an overstatement to say that if the precipitous decline of these species is not halted, it could destabilise the future of global healthcare."And Richard Ley, of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, added: "Nature has provided us with many of our medicines."Scientists are always interested in what they can provide and so it is a worry that such plants may be at risk."

CLIMATE CHANGE: Africa, South Asia Could Face Famines (Feb 1, 2008)
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=41041
BROOKLIN, Canada (IPS) - Climate change will cause major disruptions in the global food system, and adaptation to those changes needs to begin immediately, experts say.Otherwise one-fifth of the world's population could starve and millions of others become climate refugees, forced by heat and drought to abandon their lands and hunt for food elsewhere in the coming decades. To prevent this nightmarish future, researcher David Lobell says the world community should focus its efforts where climate threats are likely to make the greatest impacts. "We used historical data to determine what food-producing regions of the world were most sensitive to changes in temperature and rainfall," said Lobell, author of the study published in the journal Science today. "Impoverished regions of Southern Africa and South Asia will be hit first and hardest by climate change," Lobell told IPS from his office at Stanford University's Programme on Food Security and the Environment. Other climate risk hot spots include Central America and Brazil. The analysis compared 20 climate change models for those areas and determined that average temperatures would rise one-degree Celsius in most areas by 2030. (...) Around the world, soils are in decline, largely because of the focus on increasing crop yields. Agriculture depends on using solar energy from the sun to recycle nutrients from the soils into crops that we eat. However, if the nutrients removed from the soils are not replaced, soils become depleted. Recent research has found that chemical fertilisers do not replace these nutrients but rather mask declining soil quality. Equally important is the problem of soil erosion. As reported by IPS last September, 100,000 square kilometres of land becomes degraded or turns into desert every year. However, climate change is expected to boost agriculture output in some countries such as Canada and Russia, which would have longer growing seasons. That raises equity issues and requires a rethinking of global grain stocks, and whether these should remain largely in private hands and where they should be physically stored, says Tansey. "What is clear is that there are serious flaws in a (current) food system that globally leaves more than 850 million people undernourished and over one billion overweight (300 million of them obese)," he wrote.

Why a World-Wide Famine is Coming:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/money/2008/02/07/cnoil107.xml
Vulnerable regions of the world face the risk of famine over the next three years as rising energy costs spill over into a food crunch, according to US investment bank Goldman Sachs. CLIP

Rising CO2 levels: A double whammy for the food supply (February 04, 2008) http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/020408EC.shtml
(...) Daniel Taub, Brian Miller and Holly Allen analysed more than 220 experiments in which plants were exposed to levels of carbon dioxide that ranged from the present ambient level to about double the existing level. They discovered that as the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere goes up, the protein in wheat, barley, rice, potatoes and soy beans diminishes, in some cases quite sharply.Barley lost 15.3 per cent of its protein, potatoes lost 14 per cent, rice and wheat lost almost 10 per cent. Soy beans fared better, but even they lost 1.4 per cent of protein. As these plants absorb more carbon dioxide into their tissues, the researchers found, they do so at the expense of other compounds, including those which are essential parts of proteins. This may all seem rather esoteric, but a 10- to 15-per-cent shortfall in the protein available to 40 per cent of the world's population should make everyone sit up and take notice because the effects would be felt pretty quickly by the other 60 per cent, too. CLIP

Obesity Becoming World Crisis
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/020408HA.shtml
"Projected to be a bigger threat to life than AIDS and malaria combined, obesity is quickly becoming the world's most severe health-care crisis. As waistlines grow alarmingly, so do concerns over the impact an unhealthy population could have on everything from medicine to the economy."

Scientists warn of looming water supply crisis (Jan 31)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080131/ts_afp/usclimateresearchwater_080131203429
They argue that radical water cycle changes will be widespread and that past trends can no longer be relied upon when planning future water management. "Our best current estimates are that water availability will increase substantially in northern Eurasia, Alaska, Canada and some tropical regions, and decrease substantially in southern Europe, the Middle East, southern Africa and southwestern North America," said lead author Christopher Milly, a research hydrologist with the US Geological Survey. More frequent droughts can also be expected in drying areas, he added. "Even with aggressive mitigation, continued warming is very likely given the residence time of atmospheric carbon dioxide and the thermal inertia of the Earth system," the authors concluded. The article says that new models must be used to prepare for floods or droughts, determine the size of water reservoirs and decide how to allocate for residential, industrial and agricultural uses. This is a massive undertaking seeing as annual global investment in water infrastructure is more than 500 billion dollars a year and these are made under outdated assumptions that the water cycle will fluctuate within a relatively narrow historical band. "Historically, looking back at past observations has been a good way to estimate future conditions," Milly said." But climate change magnifies the possibility that the future will bring droughts or floods you never saw in your old measurements. "Climate change has already resulted in changes to rainfall patterns and river flows and created a greater risk of flooding in some areas, the authors wrote. Rising sea levels will "heighten risk of contamination of coastal freshwater supplies" while a "poleward expansion of the subtropic dry zone" is reducing water runoff levels. CLIP

Ban Ki-moon warns that water shortages are increasingly driving conflicts (6 February 2008)
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=25527
Many of today’s conflicts around the world are being fuelled or exacerbated by water shortages and climate change is only making the situation worse, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly today.Briefing an informal Assembly session on the crises in Kenya, Darfur and Chad, as well as his recent trip to Europe and Africa, Mr. Ban noted that he told the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month that “increasingly, fights are erupting over such basic human needs as water or arable land.“I find this trend deeply worrying, especially because such shortages are only projected to grow in coming years,” he said, adding that water also underpins many of the world’s key development challenges – food, the environment, health and economic well-being.“Water shortages are at the core of many of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), one of which is to reduce by half the number of people without safe access to water by 2015. When you consider the health and development challenges facing the poorest of the world’s population – diseases like malaria or TB [tuberculosis], rising food prices, environmental degradation – the common denominator often seems to be water.”

The World's Rubbish Dump: A Garbage Tip That Stretches From Hawaii to Japan (5 February 2008)
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/020608EB.shtml
A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said. The vast expanse of debris - in effect the world's largest rubbish dump - is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting "soup" stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan. Charles Moore, an American oceanographer who discovered the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" or "trash vortex", believes that about 100 million tons of flotsam are circulating in the region. Marcus Eriksen, a research director of the US-based Algalita Marine Research Foundation, which Mr Moore founded, said yesterday: "The original idea that people had was that it was an island of plastic garbage that you could almost walk on. It is not quite like that. It is almost like a plastic soup. It is endless for an area that is maybe twice the size as continental United States." (...) Historically, rubbish that ends up in oceanic gyres has biodegraded. But modern plastics are so durable that objects half-a-century old have been found in the north Pacific dump. "Every little piece of plastic manufactured in the past 50 years that made it into the ocean is still out there somewhere," said Tony Andrady, a chemist with the US-based Research Triangle Institute. Mr Moore said that because the sea of rubbish is translucent and lies just below the water's surface, it is not detectable in satellite photographs. "You only see it from the bows of ships," he said. According to the UN Environment Programme, plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals. Syringes, cigarette lighters and toothbrushes have been found inside the stomachs of dead seabirds, which mistake them for food. Plastic is believed to constitute 90 per cent of all rubbish floating in the oceans. The UN Environment Programme estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. Dr Eriksen said the slowly rotating mass of rubbish-laden water poses a risk to human health, too. Hundreds of millions of tiny plastic pellets, or nurdles - the raw materials for the plastic industry - are lost or spilled every year, working their way into the sea. These pollutants act as chemical sponges attracting man-made chemicals such as hydrocarbons and the pesticide DDT. They then enter the food chain. "What goes into the ocean goes into these animals and onto your dinner plate. It's that simple," said Dr Eriksen.

Scientists Identify "Tipping Points" of Climate Change
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/020508EA.shtml
Reporting for The Independent UK, Steve Connor says that "Nine ways in which the Earth could be tipped into a potentially dangerous state that could last for many centuries have been identified by scientists investigating how quickly global warming could run out of control." A major international investigation by dozens of leading climate scientists has found that the "tipping points" for all nine scenarios - such as the melting of the Arctic sea ice or the disappearance of the Amazon rainforest - could occur within the next 100 years. The scientists warn that climate change is likely to result in sudden and dramatic changes to some of the major geophysical elements of the Earth if global average temperatures continue to rise as a result of the predicted increase in emissions of man-made greenhouse gases. Most and probably all of the nine scenarios are likely to be irreversible on a human timescale once they pass a certain threshold of change, and the widespread effects of the transition to the new state will be felt for generations to come, the scientists said. "Society may be lulled into a false sense of security by smooth projections of global change. Our synthesis of present knowledge suggests that a variety of tipping elements could reach their critical point within this century under anthropogenic [man-made] climate change," they report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (...) Irreversible Changes: - Arctic sea ice: some scientists believe that the tipping point for the total loss of summer sea ice is imminent. - Greenland ice sheet: total melting could take 300 years or more but the tipping point that could see irreversible change might occur within 50 years. - West Antarctic ice sheet: scientists believe it could unexpectedly collapse if it slips into the sea at its warming edges. - Gulf Stream: few scientists believe it could be switched off completely this century but its collapse is a possibility. - El Niño: the southern Pacific current may be affected by warmer seas, resulting in far-reaching climate change. - Indian monsoon: relies on temperature difference between land and sea, which could be tipped off-balance by pollutants that cause localised cooling. - West African monsoon: in the past it has changed, causing the greening of the Sahara, but in the future it could cause droughts. - Amazon rainforest: a warmer world and further deforestation may cause a collapse of the rain supporting this ecosystem. - Boreal forests: cold-adapted trees of Siberia and Canada are dying as temperatures rise.

End In Sight For Deadly Mammograms (2-9-8)
http://www.rense.com/general80/spit.htm
What your spit can tell you about breast cancerDear Friend,Scientists have discovered a new way of testing for breast cancer that could make the mammogram a thing of the past-and it's about time. The test could potentially be far more accurate than the old-school mammograms-not to mention much safer. If this catches hold in the medical community, women can say goodbye to those breast- smashing vise grips. Now, all they'll have to do is open wide and say, "Ahh."U.S. scientists are developing a breast cancer screening test that checks a woman's saliva for evidence of the disease. They say they've identified 49 proteins in saliva that can actually distinguish healthy women from those with benign breast tumors and those with malignant breast tumors. CLIP

How Vaccines Can Damage Your Brain (February 08, 2008)
Mercury and Aluminum Accumulate In The Brain With Every Flu Vaccination
http://v.mercola.com/blogs/public_blog/How-Vaccines-Can-Damage-Your-Brain-49839.aspx
Vaccines, Depression and Neurodegeneration After Age 50: Another Reason to Avoid the Recommended Vaccines. It has been estimated that 14.8 million Americans suffer from major depressive disorder and of this number 6 million are elderly. If we include anxiety disorders, which commonly accompany depression, the number jumps to 40 million adults. At a cost of $44 billon dollars a year just for care of the seniors, this impacts the national budget as well. Depression later in life tends to last longer and be more severe than at younger ages. It is also associated with a high rate of suicide. (...) We have also seen that in many cases a person will be injected with several vaccines during a single office visit and that this means their body is exposed to a very large dose of immune adjuvant. Compelling studies, using many animal species as well as humans, have shown that this overactivates brain inflammatory mechanism that can last for years. In addition, several additives to vaccines, such as mercury and aluminum, are powerful brain toxins that are known to accumulate in the brain over years and can trigger brain inflammatory/excitotoxic mechanisms. Vaccine contaminants, such as bacteria, mycoplasma and viral fragments can also produce prolonged brain inflammation and neurodegeneration. Because the elderly already have high levels of inflammatory cytokines, they are at a special risk. The very young (babies and small children) are at a high risk because their brains are undergoing the most rapid development at the very time they receive the greatest number of vaccinations -- the first two years of life. In fact, they receive 22 vaccines during the first year of life, one of which contains a full pediatric dose of mercury. Like adults, they receive many inoculations (up to 9 inoculations) in one office visit. This is insane and in my estimation, criminal. CLIP

EMF-Omega-News 9. February 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/4691084/

Omega-News Collection 9. February 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/4691090/




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I BELIEVE MANY OF YOU WILL BE INTERESTED TO REVIEW THIS RECENT CORRESPONDENCE

Dear Jean,

It has been awhile since I last tried to contact you. I am still a reader of your compilations, and I am happy that you have included a reference to the website for the Letters from Christ from time to time. As you are probably aware, the book "Christ Returns -- Speaks His Truth" has now been published in book form, both in English and Spanish. The website http://www.christsway.co.za has been redesigned, and it now contains a link for readers to purchase the book directly from the publisher. My only interest is in helping the Recorder to make people aware of the book and website. Thank you for your continued friendship.

Joe Beckett
joe489@earthlink.net

AND MY REPLY WAS

Dear Joe

Nice to hear from you. Thanks for your appreciation.

I'm certainly aware that the book we had been waiting for so long is now available and I've ordered 3 copies recently, one for me, one for the owner of the French publishing company from Montreal that will hopefully publish the French version I intend to create thanks to the financial support of Pierre Cloutier - the 3rd copy is for him - a generous spiritual healer from Quebec who is covering the translation cost of the Matthew book (the 2nd one) I'm currently translating and who will most likely agree to similarly cover the translation cost of "Christ Returns -- Speaks His Truth" when I'll be ready to undertake this task sometimes next October - the publisher wants me to translate a small book on shamanism after the 2nd book from Suzy and Matthew.

Incidentally, in case you missed this, here is what I have included last December 9, 2007 in the Meditation Focus #179: Standing Tall networked to nearly 5000 email recipients:

From: http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus179.htm

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Message from the Recorder

I have been profoundly moved by the tremendous response to Christ's Call for people to dedicate themselves to his membership with the prime intention of overcoming the ego and helping to build the Era of Love and Peace on Earth. I felt passionately that Members should feel a sense of momentous occasion, an awareness of the presence of Christ, and a feeling that this is indeed a powerful unshakeable link between each Member and Christ. I had a vision of a Holy Page, a true sanctuary in consciousness dedicated to Christ, thus drawing his consciousness into the Holy Page - making it Christ's Page. You will be able to go to http://christsway.co.za/. If ordered right away, and if they print and ship as they advertise, the book(s) should be in YOUR hands in time for Christmas. Following is the link to the publisher and to the book: http://www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/ItemDetail~bookid~47023.aspx

I want to express my enormous gratitude to the dear people who were so very generous in making donations to have both the English and Spanish books printed, when so many readers are affirming they have found Christ's Letters at exactly the right time in their lives.

With abundant love and joy in Christ

Recorder

Note: Details about all the related Spanish material can be found through http://www.caminodecristo.com/

I felt this was the best context to make this announcement.

And in case you are not aware of this, I've also reformatted and offered to all on the ERN list the latest message received from Christ through The Recorder - as you can review at http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/pdf/NewMessageA4.pdf (and http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/pdf/NewMessageUS.pdf for the US format of paper for those in North America who would like to print it as we don't have A4 format paper here as you know - it is the same as what is available at http://christsway.co.za/members/membership.pdf only slightly better formatted (IMHO)

Of course, The Recorder had reviewed it entirely and approved it.

Do you have any idea if many people have ordered the English version of the book so far? I'm each time surprised and disappointed to notice that the web counter at http://christsway.co.za/ is showing that so very few people visit this site - now it shows 27,278 - merely 3000 more than a year ago... (Or is there some problem with this web counter?)

I'd like to hear what are you doing or planning to do to help improve the exposure this vital book is getting?

Is there anything else you'd like me to do in this regard as I suppose this was the purpose of your email to me?

Light and blessings to you ;-)

Jean

AND THE RECORDER TO WHOM I'D EMAILED A Cc OF THIS CORRESPONDENCE REPLIED:

Dear Jean

Thank you so very much for all the tremendous and invaluable assistance you have given the New Message.

I wrote some time back to ask whether you knew of a website designer who would help me finalise the Sanctuary. However, no one was needed. Step by step, all our difficulties have been finally ironed out spiritually, and on the reading, below, my email to Members of Christway before Christmas (details of which I had completely forgotten) I am deeply moved to see that the vision I described at that time has exactly and fully been brought into being on the website. This Membership has truly caught the attention of sincere people and over 50 people have dedicated their hearts, time and energies to creating the Era of Peace and Love on Earth.

Heartfelt thanks for all the re-formatting you have done for the New Message. Many new names have come into the website in the form of Dedications and they must have come via your publications.

I see you have expressed concern about the meagre number of people visiting the website. Until you did such wonderful promotional work for Christ's way, there were only an average of 250 hits each month, with your help, they increased to about 1000 a month. Valerie is experiencing a big increase in visitors and the Spanish people are expressing great joy in finding Christ's Letters, because these people have left the Catholic Church but retained their love of Christ.

This, of course, is the truly sensational part of the entire history of Christ's Letters. I never dreamt that I was being disciplined and educated to give Christ a means to return to de-bunk church dogma and to comfort people who had always felt a deep kinship with Him. The BIG NEWS is that Christ has returned to clean up Jesus' original work on Earth and carry it a stage further with scientific explanations. I would never have dared to even think of such a possibility when channelling Christ's Letters. My only thought then was my absolute joy in being able to present to the world the knowledge which had enabled me to pull through all my tremendous difficulties successfully.

Dearest Jean, I know you must be horrified when you read the BOOK and see that the original formatting was adopted. You will have read the Foreword giving my reasons why this was done. Truly, Christ urges readers to ponder rather than read the Letters. However, I know how deeply you care about language and formatting.

And so, for you, to make your work easier upon your nerves, I will give you permission to do your own re-formatting. Again, I thank you that you are planning to do the translation in October.

I am so glad Joe opened the door for me to be able to write you again. I have been praying in this regard.

With sincere love and gratitude

The Recorder

AND MY REPLY WAS:

Dearest Recorder

Thank you for your wonderfully appreciative comments above. It is always with an immense pleasure that I read your thoughts as expressed in human wording - meaning, I love to connect with your soul energy through the words that you use to express your feelings and thoughts, as it is in connecting through our spiritual essence that we can best approach and sense our common divine nature.

Of all the people with whom I've exchanged correspondence, you are undoubtedly the one who has stirred the most my own inner divine feelings and offered me the best opportunities to express in words some of the nuggets of golden wisdom that each awakening soul can unearth through turning one's attention to the repository of higher consciousness lying dormant, most of the time, in all of us. The more we direct our sentient feelings towards our Universal Creator always vibrantly radiant in us, under all the slumber-inducing blankets of self-forgetfulness we wrapped ourselves into, the more we can walk in the company of our oh! so beloved Common Source of All That We Truly Are - beneath all the layers of illusion and ego projections we have created over aeons of universal wanderings.

I'd like to share a moment of Grace with you as this is what now comes to mind. Two days ago, as I was country-skiing on the vast frozen Saguenay river here, alone and enthralled by the magnificent wilderness surrounding me, I came at some point to a stop and, while contemplating the sun piercing through the clouds, I realized how sublime this instant of awareness was in the grand universal scheme of All That is, reminding myself the vast stretches of time it took for the universe to bring to existence the exact conditions I was observing at that moment, the billions of exploding novas it took to cook up the very chemical elements forming my body and the paradise of experimental living our planet had become after over 400 millions years of unrelenting creative drive to experiment with and design ever more intricately complex life forms, quickly reviewing in fast-forward motion all that had led my sentient awareness to be able at that point in the infinite time continuum to connect in awed adoration with the One Creator of It All observing through my consciousness and lavishly participating in the very thoughts and feelings He/I/We were experimenting...

Such fleeting moments of intense Oneness, such soul-blowing "aha!" experiences always dissipate too quickly, soon to recede in the rear-view mirror of our ever rebounding and attention grabbing lifetimes' experiences... and we somehow forget these bliss-filled, tear-welling moments of Grace...

I felt I had to share this, soul to soul with you, to both help me briefly recapture the gist of what I felt and as a gift of appreciation for the jewels of Christ's wisdom you've managed to let flow through you in your own Quest for blissful Oneness with All That Is.

Coming back to your letter above, I'm very happy to read that your vision of the Christ Sanctuary on the Web has taken shape with the growing number of committed Christ Servers now joining in and that you are pleased with the current number of visits to the Christ's Way website. If one is to recall how small and slowly growing was the number of Christ followers and initiates at first, then, all things considered, it is a fitting appreciation of things to consider that with such a highly, soul-refined path now offered through Christ's new ministration for our times, it would be following such a similar incremental progression in this outer world of manifestation... and it thus bodes well for the future evolution of this rekindling of the original universal wisdom on Earth through one of the many expressions of the Christic field of consciousness in the multidimensional universe.

However, with your permission, and as means to further the good cause, I'd like to share in my next compilation this correspondence between Joe, me and you, so as to offer an insider view to other spiritual seekers on this list on how things are evolving within the fledging movement you have created, as you've been guided to do from Within. This would also offer a renewed opportunity, for those who may have overlooked up to this point the existence of Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, to avail themselves of this important knowledge and first-hand account of the many important messages and perspectives Christ now offers to humanity.

Light, Love and blessings to you

Jean




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Forwarded by Ricardo (ricardos@auroville.org.in)

From: http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/mike_quinsey/channeled%20messages/February%202008/02.04.08Atmos.htm

Atmos - 4 February 2008

It will not be too long before the realisation will hit you that the long awaited changes are becoming evident. We see a public outcry over corruption that will move certain people to take action. There are many of you waiting for an opportunity to join the ranks of those who are prepared to come out openly as witnesses. There is a continual loosening of the hold the last cabal have over you, and they are experiencing their own demise and know it to be so. We continue to monitor their plans, and it is our intention to limit the extent of their power. It is the covert actions that mainly attract our attention, and we will not allow an escalation of the war in the Middle East.

It is our presence that is your assurance of a total victory over the dark forces. The wheels that were set in motion a long time ago have traveled slowly, but it has been a steady progress resulting in your increased levels of consciousness. This in turn has upped the Light quotient upon Earth, and it is reaching out to more souls than ever. The Light is creating an intricate web all around you that spreads far and wide, and is connecting with the higher grids and bringing them to Earth. There is absolutely no way that the dark can prevent the full manifestation of it, and they will certainly be prevented from carrying out any ideas of reversing the process through mass destruction.

If you can but stand aside and enjoy the signs of change, it is an exciting time to be upon Earth. You are privileged to see and experience a breaking free from the control of the darkness, that has held you down for eons of time. The Creator has decreed that you shall now move on, and although you encounter resistance there is an air of belief that is lifting you up. There is no need to feed the energy of fear, as it cannot touch you unless you allow it. It has no place in the Light that creates balance and harmony, because it is the vibration of Love.

You are going through a period of change that enables you to learn much about the people around you. The dark challenges each of you to concede to its demands, but you must stand up to them and make way for a new dispensation that will return your freedom. It is your determination to establish by right through the Laws of the Universe, a pathway that will release you from the dark energies. One and will be bathed in the Light and the promise of Ascension. Your time in the lower vibrations is almost over, and for many of you its lessons have already been well learnt. There is a certain sadness that not everyone has reached that point, but since there is in reality no time and your lives are infinite, it follows that every soul will eventually rise up again.

Do not worry about the future where your loved ones and friends are concerned. Each chooses their own path to illumination and freedom from the dark. There is no time limit to achieve it, and no coercing of anyone to follow any one particular path as opposed to another. It is as we often emphasise your choice entirely, although if desired you will receive guidance from Higher Beings who fully understand the meaning and purpose of life. The Creator has given you absolute freedom to experience as you choose, and no one of the higher dimensions would interfere with your freewill choice. It follows that your choice will be honored, even if it should take you into the realms of the dark.

For those of you who are trying hard to cut your ties with the dark energies, there are Beings quite close to you who understand your desires. They will with your approval, direct your life in such a way that you can find a path forward. Sometimes in your quieter moments when you are at peace and one with everything, they are able to come near to you and impress their thoughts upon you. They can guide you by putting ideas into your mind, but that it no way represents any form of mind control. It does exist and is practiced by the dark forces, but you will first have to be susceptible to those particular vibrations. Stay in your Light, be calm and dispel any fear, and you will have your protection in place.

The dark play a dirty game but that is part of the challenge that you have to overcome. They will tempt you with promises of material success, but often those who move to their side become prisoners of their own desires. Forget your earthly troubles as they will soon be overcome. Keep your eyes on the Promised Land, that in your case is a new Earth that has been completely restored to its original pristine beauty. Live in your uplifted consciousness and the Light and Love that has no ending and reaches into All That Is.

See what is happening around you, and understand it as part of the necessary cleansing that will allow the Light to continue manifesting. As the truth of your manipulation and abuse by the dark forces becomes known, be as calm as you can as any falling back into anger or hatred will only add to the negative energies. Man is an emotional Being, and that is played upon by those who seek to keep you in a state of chaos and fear. Accept that if you try, you can keep your negative emotions in check, and you will feel so much better for it. You do not yet fully realize what an important part they play where your health and well being is concerned.

So many of you now sense that major changes are afoot, and it is becoming obvious that Man cannot continue on his present path to destruction. The dark can no longer hide their true intentions, and as they now find resistance to their plans they become careless and reckless for all to see. You the people are the key to all that is now occurring, and we count you as our allies upon Earth. You have power beyond your realisation, and what you now envision will carry the energies of change. We of the Galactic Federation are ready to join forces with you, but first we look to you to do your part in bringing the last cabal down. We do not mean that you are alone in this action, as we are always working with you. However, as you are on Earth you have certain advantages over us.

I am Atmos from Sirius, and we are not just your friends but also your family. It follows that we love you dearly, and would wish for you a total success in your endeavors to bring change to Earth, and we are with you all of the way.

Thank you Atmos.

Mike Quinsey




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From: "B. Wise Productions" (bewise@souledout.org)

Hello Jean,

We received the following email and are spreading the word! You might want to include the Dolphin meditation email in your newsletter.

We liked the meditation so much we added it to our Delphinus (Dolphin) constellation page: http://www.souledout.org/cosmology/highlights/delphinushighlights/delphinushighlights.html#call
Receiving this email has been a serendipitous occurrence since we are featuring Delphinus on our meditation calendar for Feb. 7, the very daythe email arrived! In addition the Dolphin constellation is impressing us with serendipity as the new lunar cycle begins.

February 7 calendar entries can be found here:
http://www.souledout.org/calendar/index.html

MagicAll!
Susan and Kate at B.Wise Productions
http://souledout.org/

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From: Kap Parra (oceanmaiden@cox.net)
Subject: Call of the Dolphins for Peace On Earth
Date: 7 Feb 2008

This message is shared with you freely with the desire and divine intention to share Global Peace. It is a call for unity from the dolphins, the only thing they ask is that you share it with one other person even if that person is to be yourself, if you have access to a website, e-mail list, online magazine/hard copy magazine, my space, hold workshops (print out and share). The intention is to share, holding the vibration energy of healing the planet with harmonious and unconditional love.

If you feel you would like to connect with me, I would love to hear from you.

Peace, Love, and Illumination

Kathy

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From: http://www.childrenofthenewearth.com/free.php?page=articles_free/parra_kathy/article1

Call of the Dolphins for Peace On Earth…

Begin by taking three breaths, breathing in through your nose and exhaling through the mouth (like dolphins do through their blowholes) with each breath you see yourself bathed with rainbow light..

Now imagine a stairway in which you wind down, you very gently step down each step one by one and with each step you feel a warm fresh ocean breeze.

The staircase leads you to the oceans sand; when you step onto the sand; it feels warm, soft and clean.

You look out into the distance where you see bright purple amethyst crystals coming up out of the water and dolphins swimming around them.

The dolphins begin swimming in closer to you; they invite you to come out into the ocean with them. You gently put your feet into the water, you are not afraid, as the dolphins carry you to the shallow waters to where the amethyst crystals are.

They set you on one of the crystals and beautiful purple light showers you, healing any fears, stress or worries you have, again you feel safe knowing the dolphins are Master healers and will always take care of you.

The dolphins ask you to hold out your hands, in it they place “The Earth” It is not heavy, but light and buoyant like a beach ball.

You cradle it with your loving arms, like a newborn child. They with you begin to chant the words

“Heal Mother Earth” “So it is; so it shall be”

“Heal Mother Earth” So it is; so it shall be”

“Heal Mother Earth” So it is; so it shall be”

White and purple light illuminate the Earth; you feel the healing instantly. Staying with this for a few minutes, you then return the Earth to the Dolphins; they gently place the Earth on the amethyst crystals, where it will embrace the light and love in which you nurtured and nourished it with..

The dolphins take you back to the sandy shores where you feel refreshed, re-energized and your hands illuminate rainbow light from them, they ask you to carry this light to all you encounter with the message

“We are One” --- “We are One” --- “We are One”

You thank the dolphins, and they thank you for your healing energy, YOU are a Master healer and Creator is your source.

You begin walking back up the stairway with a calmness and peace knowing that Mother Earth is happy, healthy, healed and full of radiant light, love and joyful abundance, resonating

“Peace on Earth” --- “Peace on Earth” --- “Peace on Earth”

And may peace be with you my beloved...




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From: http://www.rainbowbody.net/Finalempire/earth_speaks.htm

The Revolution That Is Arising From THE EARTH

by William H. Kötke

The planetary elite are compelled to continue on their path of growth leading toward planetary domination. The international bankers through their control of the industrial world’s privately owned central banks maintain a tether on the money system through their control of the U.S. dollar as the currency of international trade. One important mechanism that allows this is that the largest item in international trade - oil - is sold in dollars. In order to insure the continuance of the dollar economy, they must be able to choose which currency oil is sold for or control the oil - or both. The center of the empire, the U.S., is maintained by debt as the petrodollars and other dollars come into the U.S. at the rate of at least two and a half billion per day (purchasing U.S. government bonds) in order to continue the cycle, which keeps the empire and its military power expanding As the elite carry out their strategies of domination they are racing against time. The monster trends of Peak Oil and energy exhaustion, climate change which will severely disrupt the seasons of growth in the food supply system, the weakness of the dollar and ecological collapse are pursuing them. An exponentially growing world population with growing material consumption based on dwindling resources and a dying planet won’t work, but they have no other option to maintain their power and profit.

Seeds of Change

As the industrial system spins toward exhaustion, seeds of change are sprouting at the base. The people at the base are not revolting in order to take the power that the elite have but are revolting to take power over their own lives. In Argentina, after the Neoliberal apparatchniks collapsed the economy and devastated the middle class leaving massive unemployment, the workers began to take over the factories and run them themselves, with all employees receiving the same wage. The great documentary, The Take, details the story of one factory take-over by the employees against a background of over two hundred factory take-overs. Earlier, the people at the base had begun to move when the courageous “The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo” began to organize and demonstrate. These were women who had family members disappeared and were demonstrating in the face of a vicious fascist military dictatorship which is estimated to have murdered at least thirty thousand people. The courage of the mothers was an important factor in bringing down the fascists and spreading courage and inspiration to the working people.

The economy had crashed under the military dictatorship and then after electoral politics was reorganized, the economy revived to some extent and then it crashed again under the auspices of the Neolibs in the IMF and World Bank. President Carlos Menem who had acquiesced to them was tagged as the culprit.

In the final scenes of the documentary, The Take, Menem had gone down in disgrace and a new election was being prepared. Suddenly, the new factory worker/owners saw that the political class had gone down to central casting and thrown up a slate of the same tired old political characters. Even Menem ran again, though Nestor Kirchner won.

When the film makers questioned the worker/owners about this they symbolically shrugged their shoulders. The machinations of electoral politics preformed by the political/financial class had become only marginally relevant to them. They had taken power in their neighborhoods, on the factory floor and in the head office.

The Mondragon Cooperatives

The Basque people exist in Northern Spain, centered in the Pyrenees mountains. Their culture and population exist partly in France and partly in Spain. They are an ancient people and one of only several peoples of Europe who have a language that is not Indo-European, the grain eating patriarch herders who invaded Europe from Central Asia thousands of years ago. The Basque culture, centered in the mountains, is land - based in small, fertile, productive farms and hamlets. Though cities and towns have grown up in some areas, the cultural roots exist in a system in which each small farm was inherited within the family and the surname of each member of the family was the same as the ancient name of the farm. This and the manner of farming and interaction were inherited from the ancient past.

In addition to the land - based culture, the Basque in the Twentieth Century had become significant industrialists with their iron mines, industries and international trade. This was mixed with the chaos of the Spanish Civil War and the establishment of Francisco Franco as the head of the Spanish fascist state. The economic environment was not welcoming to innovation during the Franco regime as the fascist state was lead by financiers and politicians who had a foot in both realms much like in the present United States. Nonetheless the Mondragon cooperative movement grew out of this soil. As described in the classic study, We Build The Road As W e Travel, by Roy Morrison, eleven young people purchased a small bankrupt factory that produced paraffin cooking stoves. The year was 1954. Since that time the Mondragon cooperative movement has grown to tens of thousands of workers and dozens of enterprises networked together and anchored by their own bank the Caja Lboral Popular, owned by the enterprises.

Growing out of this context, the individuals are not simply farm cooperative workers, industrial workers or even bank workers but the movement has a wider and deeper reach. One of the guiding principles of the movement is equilibrio. Morrison says,

“The Mondragon cooperative system is informed by an essentially ecological consciousness. Ecology, conventionally defined as the relationship of living things to their environment, is understood here to encompass social as well as biological reality and their interaction. Today, Mondragon’s ecological consciousness is manifested not primarily through environmentalism, but through the practice of a social ecology: the pursuit of equilibrio is fundamentally connected to the basic ecological principle of diversity and unity, or, in social terms, freedom and community. Its promise is basic change that will harmonize both social life and the relationship between the social and natural worlds.”

Writer Steven Curtis Jackobs says,

“Basque leadership styles are unauthoritarian, involve consensual processes, and are aimed at harmonizing the group’s feeling for collective ends with possible suspicion and lack of trust. A neighborhood’s elected representative does not simply wield power, but builds consensus for group projects. This process often encounters problems of suspicion arising from individual and class differences. These are reflected in the relative difficulty of establishing agricultural cooperatives and point to the nonutopian nature of the Basque situation.”

Ten percent of the cash flow of the network is invested in the communities and in charitable institutions, while another principle is to maintain as little spread between the bottom wage and the top as possible. In this amazing movement from the base, coming out from under a fascist political/financial class as it did, the Mondragon cooperatives show a way to build resilient community social institutions. This social health will be valuable as we head into the future of the exhaustion of industrial society and its fragmentation.

These areas are only a portion of the movement of people at the base who are acting to protect and enhance their communities even under the trampling impact of raw industrial capitalism. India especially, has a number of home - grown movements attempting to protect and strengthen their local social fabric. One would be remiss not to mention the cooperatives of the state of Kerala in India and of the many grassroots movements that the amazing eco/feminist Vandana Shiva was been associated with and has publicized.

Beyond Oil

In 2003, Richard Heinberg published his seminal book, The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies. His study concerns the observation that the production of crude oil will peak and then begin to decline to its end. At this point most of the oil producing countries of the world have declining production. Heinberg, who is a faculty member at New College of California, Santa Rosa campus, projects that we are now at the peak of world production of crude oil. This, as he suggests, will have immeasurable impact on the exponentially exploding world population living on oil. He also suggests that this will collapse the capitalist economies which must have growth in order to survive.

Following the publication of his book, he and others who were also following these trends have swung into action to notify the world’s populations of the impending apocalypse. Many are now involved. The flagship organization of this effort is the Post Carbon Institute, http://www.postcarbon.org led by Julian Darley. Under the umbrella of this organization a Relocalization network has been organized, http://www.relocalize.net . The effort of these local groups is to examine and take action concerning the local community life support systems with the obvious view that soon the outside energy supports will decrease or stop.

With amazing speed this network has mushroomed. There are now one hundred and thirty eight community groups in twelve countries. The relocalization group in Willits, California, http://www.willitseconomiclocalization.org is one of the cutting edge points. Their project teams are assessing and taking action on all points of the community’s survival support areas. Their teams are focused on eight areas; business, culture/education, energy, food, health, shelter, transportation and water.

Each of their project team’s focus is quite comprehensive. For example the Business project team’s focus is,

"...a Sustainable Mix of Businesses in our area, Business Financing, Small Business Incubation, Finding productive uses of Waste Streams from Business (preferably as raw material for another businesses), Employment, Vocational Training, Local Market Structures, Local Currency, and Bartering Systems."

Their Food project team at this point has three areas that they work on, the Mainstreet Community Garden, the Gleaners and Brookside Farm http://www.energyfarms.net/willits">http://www.energyfarms.net/willits . This year the Gleaners have collected tons of food from the local area and donated it to local charities and food banks. Their Brookside farm is in full production and a salient point there is the installation of a micro-hydro system.

We all know the numbers of the percentage of the population in the old days who were agrarian and produced food and the small percentage now who produce the food for industrial citizens. We are members of the industrial society. We purchase our survival systems with money. We do not go out to the back forty and cut some wood for our wood cookstove and heater. We are a population who’s survival systems are huge organizations that stretch to ethereal heights which we cannot see and only vaguely understand and over which we have little control. But the base is moving to protect itself and the relocalization effort offers great encouragement.

The Earth Speaks

We who can read these words are civilized people who have been mentally conditioned by the culture of civilization and the industrial society from birth. We have precepts loaded into our subconscious minds which cause us to see reality in a certain way. To a native Maya person in the State of Chiapas, Mexico, the earth speaks through them. They live integrated with the earth in their everyday energy systems and in their mental attitudes. To them the fact that the earthlife has manifest these living things around us, and us, means that we are children of the Mother Earth and we speak as one of the voices of the earth. To the Maya this is obvious on a deep level. To us it is an interesting intellectual proposition only, because we have been conditioned by a cultural upbringing that filters out this deep understanding and we do not mentally link our life with the life of the living earth.

To the Maya security is the earth and its care. The Maya live with the earth and feed from its natural bounty. Historically for a million years our species has been very successful. We have been adapted to the earth life. We lived within the ecological web and energy flows of the earth. Our traditional migratory patterns carried us over our gathering areas. In the season when the game were fat in one place we went there, when the berries were ripe in another we went there. Our success was adaptation to the life of the earth. We also had a culture that respected the earth and living things. The proposition is simple. We are alive, we live because of the other living things which feed us, we are obligated to respect and encourage those other living things so that we too can live.

Though this simple logic escapes civilization, it is obvious that we must begin to fashion a culture that has these values at the center, if our species is to survive. Our culture teaches us that wealth is the central value of human life and that wealth is our security. When we left our forager/hunter life and began agriculture, civilization and empire, we began a way of life that was not integrated with the life around us but ran a net ecological deficit of the earth’s fertility. The earth’s flesh; the topsoils, the forests, the fish stocks and the other species began to decline and recede. Thousands of years ago the effects of this culture were displayed in the early empires of Sumeria and Babylon in the Tigris-Euphrates valley. With irrigated agriculture they managed to exhaust and salinize the soils to the extent that today one third of the possible arable land in Iraq still cannot be used because of salinization caused by the early empires. With agriculture, overgrazing and deforestation, they so destroyed the land that the river borne erosion material has filled in the gulf for one hundred and eighty five miles!

Now the mouth of the river enters the ocean that far from where it did before the culture of civilization began.

The culture of the Maya of Chiapas is not like that of civilization. They are survival remnants of a culture impacted by imperial colonization. In order to protect themselves, their culture and their living world, they have risen up in resistance. In many parts of the Southern Hemisphere the indigenous at the base are arising but the EZLN, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, were the lead. The Zapatistas are anti-capitalist but no propagandist could get away with calling a Native American an industrial communist. They are more properly termed anti-civilization, Against civilization in its present form.

Chiapas is one of the richest states in Mexico in terms of industrial resources and has the poorest people. The Maya know well the effects of “civilization” - empire, war, colonization and exploitation by the elites. Against this backdrop they have begun to change some of the forms of governance of their own communities such as the role of women and the position of the elders. Women are now occupying positions of authority and the elders authority is being relegated to the sphere of traditions and culture rather than clan power in all the aspects of life.

They are creating a new kind of culture out from under the burden of colonialism http://www.ezln.org . They have a culture of sharing, cooperation and care of the earth. This is being made the cultural basis of governance. They scorn the political class along with the electoral politics which is their control mechanism. The Zapatistas control from the base through community meetings. Theirs is a culture of human community rather than social isolates in mass industrial society who vote periodically for a list of names. They have power over the way of life of their community rather than voting on someone in a far-off parliament.

In their areas they have created parallel governments quite unlike the colonial government they are shouldering aside. One of the strong moves has been to take back the power to educate their youth. In mass industrial society the education of the youth is conducted by educational institutions governed by the elites who make sure that this is tailored to the needs of those elites and the industrial society that they control. By having control of the minds of the youth they are able to inculcate the reality view of industrial society with all it purposes, values and meanings. Nearly all of the artifacts of industrial culture are purchased from industry. The transportation, housing, food, water, and then the cultural world view provided electronically provides a near seamless reality that has little to do with life and living things but with power, profit and violence. The violence of three killings per hour on television is reflected in the violence to the earth and the violence of imperial wars of conquest to feed the maw of the machine that runs a net deficit of the earths’ fertility in order to insure its survival.

To the Zapatistas, transferring to the young the tremendously valuable fund of information that the species has amassed is certainly possible without also placing it in the context of the values of industrial civilization. They even have plans for a Zapatista university. But the manner of teaching is different. In their view the teacher comes to class to learn just like the students. It is a combined inquiry and the contribution of each participant is valuable. An important ingredient in their culture is respect; respect for the elders, respect for the earth and respect for each other. Life is valuable. They do not perpetuate a hierarchical command system.

Eco Villages and the New Aborigines

The immediate world problem is the net deficit of the earths’ fertility. This is solved by self-sufficient communities. The eco villages which are being formed around the world are pointed toward self-sufficiency. Eco villages grew, in part, out of the intentional community movement that began to swell in the late nineteen sixties. As the global recognition of the plight of the earth’s life grew, so did the eco village movement.

The “live in balance with nature” phrase does not necessarily mean adopting a loin cloth and eating roots and berries. The fact is that there are far too few roots and berries left. We can although, create ways of living that are self-sufficient and that do pay obeisance to the successful million year history of our species.

Of course there are many “eco villages” in various cultures around the world that are still near self-sufficiency but the new eco village movement within the machine of industrial society is significant. We in industrial civilization are culturally conditioned to associate power with wealth. In reality, from top to bottom, our daily lives are governed by huge mass institutions over which we have little or no control. All our survival systems are controlled by mass institutions. We have little fundamental control of our lives. Our picture of “freedom” is to have enough money to do “whatever we want”. But this is not real power on the planet earth. Being able to create one’s habitation, feed oneself through one’s own efforts and live in a real human community that serves the developmental needs of each individual and the community is real power.

The eco village movement is a follow-on to the resources developed by the “alternative community” activists. These resources are many. They involve alternative medicine as an alternative to industrial medicine. Herbalism, aromatherapy, chiropractic, body work ,which is often called energy medicine, acupuncture, nutrition and many others are resources that are popular. Gender equality is a very strong theme. Grassroots, consensus government is seen as real democracy. In the realm of habitation local materials such as straw bale, cob, adobe and other alternatives to industrial construction are emphasized. This is usually combined with passive or active solar advantages in addition to water harvesting systems. Various alternative energy systems have been perfected.

The pleasure of providing one’s food has gone beyond the European row crop system to the far more sophisticated Permaculture http://www.permacultureactivist.net . The practice of permacultue has spread world-wide. In some aspects Permaculture is a way of designing (or planting) one’s area and watershed with a high diversity of human and ecologically useful species that all fit together into plant communities. It is based in perennial plants, does not turn the soil on the broadscale and through its diversity provides a healthy, balanced diet. Permaculture can restore soil fertility while providing more food per acre than can industrial agriculture. This comparison is somewhat unfair to the industrial system which grows monocrops on vast areas with the purpose of sucking up soil fertility by the use of annual plants for profit. Its purpose is not to feed people, but to force surpluses from the earth for profit. Permaculture on the other hand does not produce massive surpluses of monocrops, its purpose is to feed people. It can although, produce specialty crops for the local famers markets or village barter centers.

People leaving the disintegrating human culture of industrial society have experimented with many social forms. Celibacy, monogamy and group marriage are possibilities. Ritual and the creation of traditions are important. The content of our daily lives are important. How we relate to each other and how we relate to the youth are important. In community there are mentors for the youth, uncles, aunts, elders. In the impoverished human culture of industrial society the young are deposited in front of a television and then when they are a little older they are stuffed into a mass educational institution preparing them to become another industrial cipher.

In traditional cultures of our species, the youth were taught how to be human. This is artfully shown in the book, Seven Arrows, by Hyemeyohsts Storm from the Cheyenne culture of the North American Great Plains. An African couple, both who came from a small, traditional village in Ghana have been valuable resources for the intentional community movement. Sobonfu E. Some http://www.sobonfu.com and her husband Malidoma Patrice Some http://www.malidoma.com help us understand what life-centered, human village life is like.

People are returning to the land and community in many forms. The direction is set and there are many paths. One unique path is a method using traditional capitalist techniques to reach that goal. Globalecovillage (http://www.amarillo.globalecovillage.com/GEV-VHD.htm) led by Biosphere II architect Phil Hawes has created a stock company listed on Wall Street to reach that goal of designed ecovillages.

The elephant in the room is the Global Ecovillage Network http://gen.ecovillage.org/ that involves tens of thousands of villages. This is a world-wide network of ecovillages that shows that rather than having to adopt a loin cloth, the ancient human values of our species can be established at the next higher turn of the spiral with eco villages all over the world connected and communicating over the internet like a global mind. A small solar panel or a micro hydro, a telephone connected to a satellite and there you have it. The eco village is not a retreat backwards into some kind of insignificance.

The burgeoning movement is shown by a statement from the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). “Network members include large networks like Sarvodaya (11,000 sustainable villages in Sri Lanka); EcoYoff and Colufifa (350 villages in Senegal); the Ladakh project on the Tibetian plateau; ecotowns like Auroville in South India, the Federation of Damanhur in Italy and Nimbin in Australia; small rural ecovillages like Gaia Asociación in Argentina and Huehuecoyotl, Mexico; urban rejuvenation projects like Los Angeles EcoVillage and Christiania in Copenhagen; permaculture design sites such as Crystal Waters, Australia, Cochabamba, Bolivia and Barus, Brazil; and educational centres such as Findhorn in Scotland, Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, Earthlands in Massachusetts, and many more.” In the U.S. there are presently eighty-three villages affiliated with the network. One can imagine the creative ideas that flow between all of these villages!

GEN is divided into three areas: GEN - Europe and Africa http://www.gen-europe.org , GEN - Oceania and Asia http://genoa.ecovillage.org/ , and the Eco Village Network of the Americas http://gen.ecovillage.org .

The worm has turned. In former decades revolutionaries vied to grab the industrial power of the elites in order to redistribute wealth. Now we have seen what the “wealth” of the industrialist/banker has done to the earth and our future. Now we in the culturally poor but “wealthy” societies are looking to the “richness” of a new kind of human culture that cannot be directed but can only grow out of the base.

The base is in motion. The earth is speaking. Those involvedwith infinite demands upon finite resources will not survive but the earth will survive along with those children embedded within her.


By William H. Kötke, author of Garden Planet: The Present Phase Change of the Human Species, available at http://www.gardenplanetbook.com Amazon, Barnes and Noble and retail bookstores. He is also the author of the newly reprinted underground classic, The Final Empire: The Collapse of Civilization and the Seed of the Future, which may be seen at http://www.thefinalempirebook.com


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In discussion one often hears the refrain, “Oh, we can’t kill the earth. The earth will survive us,” as if that dispels the massive destruction of the planet’s life. Well maybe the ants and cockroaches will survive but the morality of we humans destroying the life of the earth back to the cockroaches must be addressed. These types of comments are made by civilized people, members of industrial society who have little relationship to the life of the earth. Because of the life that we are forced to lead due to the structure of industrial society, we do not have familiarity with the larger life that supports us. (...) The great power of humans is not petroleum, it is creativity and adaptation. We can create the future world. Humans need food, shelter and love. With Permaculture we can restore ecosystems, build soil and produce more food per acre than the industrial system. These projects exist now. One can go look at them. Shelter exists. Examples of “alternative” houses can be viewed that heat and cool themselves without outside energy inputs. Intentional communities exist which focus on positive vibrations of cooperation, mutuality and love. How much more do we need to know?We would not be trying to save the world as we know it, we would be looking at the future world and working toward it. There will be a massive apocalypse. “Civilization” has overshot its life support systems so far that it is irretrievable. Traditional agriculture drains the fertility of the soil unless large amounts of organic material are fed to the soil community to replace it. In our culture we have a tradition of “farmed out” lands. The industrial system has boosted food production by injecting artificial fertilizers into exhausted soils. Now, more than half the world’s population eats because of the added production caused by fossil fuel derived fertilizers. Now, we reach the peak of fossil fuel production while the population continues to explode. This is only one of the factors of the general overshoot phenomenon. The Plan is to establish self-sufficient, population- stable, seed communities, wherever possible with the expectation that some or most of them would survive the apocalypse. These then become the seed of the future human species. Most species devote much energy to raise and prepare a future for their young. For our species to endure, we civilized humans must come up to that level of maturity. CLIP

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? A Review of William H. Kotke's: The Final Empire -- by Dan Armstrong
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There is a very substantial volume of highly credible writing, for anyone that wants to see it, that warns us that humankind has only a few decades left in which to ‘get it right’. We face demographic challenges and global ecological disruptions on scales like nothing that people have seen before. This is no longer news; the information is out there. In spite of this, most people in North America are still ‘sleepwalking’ into the future. Part of the quandary we face is that the more complex and long range the issues are, the less suited our political system is to meet them, and the less inclined people are to think about them. For the politician, discussion of mega-environmental issues and the politics involved does not attract votes for the next election. Indeed, thinking beyond the next election does not fit the agenda in our power-obsessed political system. For much of the public, discussion of impending crises is apt to lead only to dismissal – ‘doomsday talk; now lets see who is winning the hockey game’. It is a societal failure that, at a time when we need political people to share responsibility as we face rough seas ahead, there is neither leadership nor vision. There is no one at the wheel. (...) The convergence of ecological crises demands that we go further than trying to deal singly with climate change, or depletion of oil, or some other issue. It demands that we move to ‘steady state’ economies and populations, not those growing like mad. It demands, also, human behavior in which we are part of the system, not an increasingly dominant element within it. Politically and socio-economically, we will have to make a quantum shift. The challenge of doing so, and having a vision-driven role on the earth, beyond growth and profit, may be one of the most difficult that we have faced, or will have to face, as a species. CLIP

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Tuesday, February 12th – San Francisco, CA: Join us for a special evening with Allison Quaid, Executive Director of the Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Communities. What does a sustainable future look like? Who is compelling us to shapeshift into a more sustainable Bay Area and beyond, and how are they doing it? Allison will map out some of the cultural and technological shifts that she sees happening, including smart growth, clean tech, climate change policies, eco-arts, local food, green collar jobs, green affordable housing, etc. She will also highlight some exciting ways in which we all can participate in this timely transformation.




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From: http://www.rainbowbody.net/Finalempire/anastasia.htm

A Book Review of Vladimir Megre's book "Anastasia"

by William H. Kötke

Anastasia by Vladimir Megre
Published in the USA by Ringing Cedars Press
http://www.ringingcedars.com

In 1977 I lived nearly the whole year in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. I had a sleeping bag, a campfire and a couple large jars of beans and rice. My camp was in a small valley among the pines and firs with wild flowers covering the valley floor. I made my camp by a small stream that wended its way down through it. Occasionally I would hitch hike on logging trucks or with tourists a hundred miles to Silver City for more rice and beans and to mail in my unemployment form.

As a wandering hippie I had discovered that one can live on public land forever if one simply camps miles from any road. Nowadays there aren’t any Americans that are going to get out of their pick up truck and walk to check on you.

In late June I heard from the workers in a tree thinning camp in that area of the forest about a huge gang of hippies that were making a camp over on the East Fork of the Gila River. I and a fellow long hair from the thinning camp decided to walk the forty miles over there.

I had carried picket signs from the Civil Rights days to Haight-Ashbury but somehow I had never heard of this family of hippies. We were astounded! We had stumbled onto the annual Healing Gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light. Here were thousands of naked hippies far out in the wilds. It was the Summer of Love all over again. People called each other brother and sister, hugged a lot, and repeatedly called out across the camp, “We love you!.”

The tenderness and consideration for all the living things around us were palpable. Brothers and sisters had put up small stick barriers around many of the significant plants so they would not be harmed. When we did sweats by the river, we didn’t jump in afterward but poured water on ourselves on the bank so that our toxins wouldn’t get in the water. In the main kitchen the salads were always made up of wild greens from the land. In the main meadow near the tipi circle was the Council Fire were camp decisions were made by the assembled people. It was my first time being with that many people with no hierarchy in charge. In this family, the Council was in charge.

Thousands of us dreamed the Rainbow dream around those campfires. We could live this way forever in this beauty. We could do it! Somehow we must find a way to live this way, hugging and loving and living in this beauty. Natural, nature, life, love, authenticity and cooperation - we knew somehow the whole world could live this way.

Many years later and just the other day I spotted a book title in my garden seed catalogue. I ordered Anastasia along with my seeds to see what it was about. When the seeds arrived I looked at the book and started reading the introduction to see what it was. A number of hours later I turned to the last page, anguishing that there was no more to read. This was my first Rainbow Gathering in spades! I had stumbled onto a document of pure magic.

The author, a Russian business man, had encountered a young blond, blue eyed woman who was a descendant of the original tribes of the Siberian wilderness. She told him of her dream for the species, she exhibited amazing metaphysical powers, which we all possess in latency. After reading the book, I concluded that this was it. This Anastasia is the pathfinder to a whole new natural state of consciousness on the planet.

Please hear me, this is real stuff. The author, after spending sometime with Anastasia was directed by her to go back to civilization and write a book. As serious transformations are wont to do, the author found his life crumbling and he ended up homeless on the streets of Moscow. A long series of “coincidences” began to occur. A small printer offered to print two thousand copies of the new book. The author began to stand on street corners and sell them. Readers began to come and help him sell them on other street corners. Now the book has sold more than TEN MILLION copies in Russia - with no advertising! There are Anastasia groups organized now in many Russian cities. There are community schools organized which Anastasia helps guide telepathically. There are circles of scientists studying her teachings. There are many other events motivated by her energy which you will discover in the books.

This is the return of the Goddess of Nature. Get the Book! This is our future!




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From: http://www.awakeningthedreamer.org/

AWAKENING THE DREAMER, CHANGING THE DREAM

Click here for a list of upcoming Symposiums
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Global Gathering of Facilitators and Friends

The Global Facilitators Gathering of 2007 was an invitation to our Facilitators around the world who deliver the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium out into their communities. Every one of these volunteers devotes time and energy to our vision, bringing forth an environmental sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. When the event started on 15th June 130 people had made the trip to Oakland, California to meet, share and learn before taking our message back out into the world with fresh insight and renewed vigour. Click here to read more... http://www.awakeningthedreamer.org/content/view/69/87/
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The most critical issue and greatest opportunity of our time and what you can do about it

According to a majority of the world's experts, there is now overwhelming evidence that our modern society is headed for a catastrophe. Leading scientists are telling us that the impact of our industrial system, and the sudden expansion of humanity's ability to harvest the common bounty of our planet for short-term gain, may actually be upsetting the balance of our highly complex and fragile web of life.

There is always a chance of course, as some point out, that the experts are wrong, and that human ingenuity will come up with some kind of technological fix that will avert a global disaster. But with a downside risk so overwhelming, the potential cost so great, it is grossly irresponsible to keep doing what we are doing, and not to give this issue the serious attention it deserves. And yet, it rarely gets a mention in the daily news cycle, and was never even brought up during our last presidential election.

It is as if we are living inside of a dream, sleepwalking toward oblivion, while self-serving, shortsighted interests encourage our slumber with managed news, celebrity culture and other weapons of mass distraction.

It has become clear that our political and commercial institutions are unable to effectively address this crisis, primarily because they don't realize that they are looking at an interconnected world through a fragmented lens. The villain here is not Big Business, the corporate media, the military-industrial complex, or even those who for personal profit seek to clearcut our forests, overfish our oceans, pollute our atmosphere or drain our aquifers. The villain is an outmoded worldview - a way of seeing the world in which such unthinkable acts appear reasonable, sensible, and even intelligent.

Indigenous people of South America, who still live in their traditional Earth-honoring ways, refer to our modern worldview as our "dream" and have urged us, for the sake of all life, to "change the dream of the North." Well, it appears that changing this collective dream of ours will be a do-it-yourself-together project. It will be accomplished by committed individuals working in concert with one another, tens of millions of us, each willing to think and act in a whole new way.

This is one of the generating principles behind the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium. The Symposium explores the link between three of humanity's most critical concerns: environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. Using video clips from some of the world's most respected thinkers, along with inspiring short films, leading edge information and dynamic group interactions, the Symposium allows participants to gain a new insight into the very nature of our time, and the opportunity we have to shape and impact the direction of our world with our everyday choices and action.

The aim of the Symposium is not merely to learn more about the world, but to grapple and come to grips with the very assumptions that underlie the way we ourselves see the world and our place in it, and with what each of us can do - both individually and cooperatively - to move the world in this new direction.

If you are ready to be disturbed, inspired and moved to action, if you are ready to be introduced to a thriving community of like-hearted, deeply committed cohorts who are actively engaged in awakening from and changing the dream of our modern industrial culture, we invite you to come to the next Symposium.

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A New Dream - The Story of the Pachamama Alliance (12 min 10 sec video) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=443237131434838449&hl=en
An introduction to the work of The Pachamama Alliance, and their work with the Achuar, in the Amazonian Rainforest, in Ecuador, as well as their work in Changing the Dream of the modern world. -- This is where this Pachamama Alliance all started - very moving!

The Pachamama Alliance 2006 November 15th Fundraising Luncheon (1 hr 25 min 25 sec - Nov 18, 2006)
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From: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/DrRichBoylanReports/message/2164

About Star Kids and why they're here now

Jan 4, 2008

Friends,

In July I was interviewed on a radio program in Tennessee about Star Kids and Star Seed adults. A member of UFOFacts (Richard Randall) was able to transcribe part of the 1-1/2 hour broadcast and has graciously agreed to share his partial transcription, which you can read below.
   
Richard Boylan, Ph.D.

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The Tony Pratt Radio Show called Para-normality July 27, 2007.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard Boylan

Pratt: Richard Boylan is a Ph. D., Behavioral Scientist, Anthropologist, University Associate Professor Emeritus, Certified Clinical Hypno-Theripist, Consultant and Researcher. Doctor Boylan is a consultant to Star Kids and Star Seeds, seeking to understand their origin, identity, and mission so as to obtain optimal awareness and clarity of identity, integral spiritual development and future path.

Welcome to the program, Doctor Boylan.

Boylan: Certainly, my pleasure to be here.

Pratt: Well it is a great honor to have you sir. Since you are calling in from California, we can not take any callers on the program. But we have several questions that some listeners have submitted. We will start off with some questions that listeners have submitted. I'll warn you, some of these questions are pretty wild. The first questioner is anonymous. He asks " What the Blank are Star Kids? Sounds like a science fiction subject!" What exactly is the origin of the terminology: Star Kids, Star Seeds, Star Visitors and Star Nations?

Boylan: Well, I have to be the first to admit that for a person coming up cold against this whole phenomenon, to say the Star Kids and adult Star Seeds aspect of it sounds like science fiction would be putting it gently. It isn't science fiction of course, but the jump from our conventional culture, what they serve you up on your TV every night is so large, that you would think it is science fiction. This is in my view, the largest unreported story in the history of journalism. What we have is a situation where there is a giant transition in the nature of the human race going on right before our eyes and the media are not reporting it and the government sure as hell is not reporting it. And aside from a few astute people on Star Visitor and the more developed metaphysical sites is generally not being commented on. However, I'll take one exception to that. ABC did the special with Diane Sawyer on these here new fangled new kids coming out these days. They didn't call them Star Kids but that was what they were talking about. Aside from that one little pop to the general public, the so called official media has been painfully silent on this. So let me get down to this gentleman's question. What are Star Kids? What are Star Seeds?

Star Kids and Star Seeds are the new version of human kind. When I say that, what I am talking about, is that human kind has now gone through three versions. I am not talking of evolutions. That is exactly what they are not. To fully answer the question I need to back up in time about 325 thousand years. What I am about to give you is the basic and fast history of the human species, so basic and fast, you might get a nose bleed. This is not the version you learned in grade school, but it includes the elements you need to know, to understand the answer to the question.

Up to about 325 thousand years ago, we had various kinds of high grade primates [hominids] lumbering across the savannas and river gorges of Africa basically dragging their knuckles on the ground as they went. All of a sudden, in a way that no anthropologist or archeologist can adequately explain, bang, up appears homo-sapiens, human kind, with no intervening closely related relative. This has been called the missing link problem in archeology and anthropology. And missing link, it is indeed, because there is no link. There is a discontinuity, and the discontinuity is this: (my apology to any members of the bible belt, who may lose their lower dentures when I say this) God does use intermediaries to get his work done. People sometimes think, piously, well this would be angels or maybe the apostles or somebody. I would be remiss not to point out that God also uses Star visitors, extraterrestrials, as some people call them. And that Star visitors watched human kind and indeed fostered human kind's antecedent's species development. They noticed the hominid form "Lucy" in the river gorges of Africa offered some primate upgrade promise. They realized that this might not be a bad animal model to graft some intelligence and dexterity on to, and "create" an intelligent species the way we like to think of an intelligent species today. So about 325 thousand years ago they did a little gene splicing on a promising primate house specimen, and lo and behold, emerged homo-sapiens, human kind. This occurred, according to mitochondrial genetic research, tracing back all ancestors to a common ancestor, to a common female living in Africa about 325 thousand years ago.

The Star visitors watched this new species develop and propagate over the next hundred thousand years or so, and noticed that it was still a little too aggressive, a little too territorial, too dominance oriented. So they went back in and worked with the reproductive material of some of the homo-sapiens and gene-spliced in a bit more of the Star visitor genetics for intelligence and higher intellectual functions like spirituality, compassion and reasoning and out emerged homo-sapiens-sapiens, modern humans. This modern species has now developed and propagated over all the earth for the last 125,000 years or so. They developed many grand civilizations and many societies in every corner of the earth over that time.

Now we fast forward to 1945. The Star visitors were watching as mushroom clouds emerged from Hiroshima and then Nagasaki and saw that this species was developing technology at a blinding pace and was now incinerating whole cities of their fellow human kind. They considered something must be out of balance here with their spiritual and moral development. There is no way, based on their laws of theology, to justify annihilating whole cities of their fellow human kind. This was considered to be a case of technology gone out of control. The homo-sapiens-sapiens genetic recipe needed to be upgraded a bit more. The homo-sapiens-sapiens experiment had reached very far along, but humans had spiritually and morally not kept pace with their technical and material development. They saw two nations, the U.S. and Soviet Union, pointing nuclear tipped missiles at each other, as their civilizations were making vast progress in technology.

Gradually, at first, then faster and faster, the next gene splicing effort toward what I call, homo-sapiens-sapiens 3.0, was implemented. The children that evolved were called by various names, including Indigo children, but they were actually a new species of human kind and eventually came to be called the Star kids. Around the late nineteen-eighties they came in an avalanche. Over the last three decades the percentage of Star kids being born, according to my research, rapidly passed 96 %.

The immediate goal of the Star visitors was now to prepare Human kind both technically and spiritually for near-future expanded contact and co-operation with the Star visitors on an equal basis to join with them in interstellar exploration of our universe. Star Kids are about to meet their destiny.

You also need to know a basic element that Jesus tried to teach Human kind. Life, as a spiritual being, continues, without end. Re-incarnation is a basic part of God's design. As Jesus tried to teach, "you will be born again." Star Kids now arrive in two different ways, spiritually. As humans on earth pass away by old age, disease or accident, they re-incarnate in the bodies of babies currently being born. Most of the spiritual beings, incarnating from Earth beings, choose to incarnate in bodies of earth-born babies. But because the Star visitors are also volunteering in increasing numbers to incarnate in earth-born babies, some of the Star Kids incarnate from previous lives from thousands of different locations outside of this solar system. These extraterrestrial Star Kids bring enough of the intelligence and energy from their previous incarnation perspective to tend to operate at a higher level than the average earthling Star Kids, and will be instrumental in helping to lead and assist the earthling Star Kids in their future missions in interstellar space explorations.

Basically, what with all the previous adult Star seeds and the new generation of Star kids, we now have a revolution going on in the operations of human kind. Having given all of that background information of "How" the new species of human kind was created, let's talk a little about the "What".

Pratt: How did you do your quantitative research on what was happening with percentages of the Star Kids? You said, "more than 96% of new births are Star Kids."

Boylan: Yes, based on the sampling that I have done at three types of locations: playgrounds in low income areas; at public parks and different States.
Pratt: How did you determine that they were Star Kids?

Boylan: I could have done it several ways. I could have stopped kids at random and interviewed them. I could recognize them as being very bright, having advanced thinking patterns, having a cosmic viewpoint or displaying psychic gifts. I could have looked at their auras shimmering around them, stretching out an inch or two at various distances from their heads and shoulders. On Star kids and Star seeds, that energy field extends out farther than on regular humans of the old model. But I chose a third way that uses very simple clear and crisp determinations with simple basic dowsing rods that do a very good job of measuring the energy fields around Star Kids and adult Star Seeds. I found from hundreds of experiments that the energy fields around regular humans extends out about a foot or so, whereas the energy fields around Star Kids and adult Star Seeds extends out several yards. I could sit unobtrusively around Shopping malls or playgrounds as people and kids go by and I would position myself far enough away that regular humans would not affect the dowsing rods but the Star kids and adult Star seeds would clearly create a response. Since I would be about 9 feet or so from those that passed by, I would simply look for mechanical motion of the rods to detect those that were Star kids or adult Star seeds. I ran the numbers up into the hundreds in the various locations and areas to get a good sampling of the ratios of each type at each area. I sampled such varied areas as Disneyland to low income inner city recreation centers in several states and got sufficient statistical patterns to determine the measurements were independent of ethnic or economic parameters for many regions of the country and virtually every region of the world. I hooked up with colleagues, therapists and researchers all over the world and they were reporting the same things.

Pratt: I can vouch for what you are saying. It really does work. I have seen you do it and I have made my own dowsing rods and done that from directions you gave me for making and holding the dowsing rods. As you approach the energy field of a person the rods clearly respond, at distances that range from a little over one foot to more than ten or twelve feet depending on the energy field of that individual.

Boylan: Yes, you can even dowse yourself using a full length mirror, if you don't have anyone else handy. The nature of the energy field we have around us is such that it has some of the properties of light as well as electricity and magnetism. That's my explanation, because otherwise mirrors are not known to bounce electromagnetism, but they are known to bounce light. And the fact that this energy field that you and every living thing puts out, does seem to bounce off the mirror as you walk up toward the mirror. Just remember that the total distance for the response to your own field includes the distance from your head and shoulders to the mirror and back to the dowsing rods. The reflecting properties of the mirror may not give exactly the same total response distance as you would get if someone else was walking up directly toward you with dowsing rods.

The phenomenon is real. It deals with energy fields that will move solid steel rods. There is a significant and persistent difference in the response distance for the new Star kids and that of most of the individuals born in the 1950's or earlier. The magnitude of this energy field seems to be very much greater for the new Star Kids.

Pratt: Doesn't your research indicate that not only the energy field is bigger and stronger for the new Star Kids, but also both the size and the shape of their heads is larger with respect to their body size? Based on what I've read, many Star kids have such big brains that they tend to require more C-section births instead of regular births. Doesn't this seem to indicate maybe their brains are bigger and radiate more energy in particular areas of their brains?

Boylan: Yes, the general rule seems to be, the larger the head and forehead, the larger the brain and the greater the intellect tends to be. And the enlarged frontal areas seem to be where psychic abilities are processed. The area behind the top of the head and forehead seems to be where the higher levels of thinking take place.

Pratt: You are also considered to be an expert in the alien abduction phenomena. How do abductees relate or figure into Star kid phenomena?

Boylan: I like to use a cleaned up vocabulary when dealing with encounters with Star visitors. The people that invented the UFO cover-up are trying to frighten people into staying away from the subject by using negative front loaded terms like alien abductions and similar terms. Pardon me if I use a different vocabulary. In many cases, people who become experiencers or are experiencing close encounters with the Star visitors are transformed by their encounter. By that I mean, that being in the presence of these Star beings, who almost always communicate with them by mental telepathy, awakens in the human, the realization that, "Gee, I can do this mental telepathy too. Because I just heard the Star being talking to me in my head and I heard it clearly." So they try it, and instead of talking out loud, just think what they want to say. And soon enough, they cognate that, apparently, they can not only receive telepathic communication, but, somehow, they apparently can also transmit telepathically to those Star beings.

Later, in this presentation, I'll give you detailed information about the various inter-stellar intelligent life forms, called the Star Nations. We are now in close communication with these Star Nations.

The opportunity for that communication has always been there, for the asking, through prayer and meditation. But many powerful wealthy people that run earthly banking and military industrial operations and associated facilities, use bribes and fear to control virtually all major leaders of earthly governments. These groups that use money, power and fear to control human kind, also are actually in total mortal fear that any obvious presence of Star Visitors on or near planet Earth, will make human kind become aware of the unrighteous control that blocks human kind from reaching their true spiritual destiny.

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Related video:

Star Knowledge Conference with Dr. Boylan (9 min)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=LITfLYMFduY
Dr. Boylan on Star Kids, Star Nations, the Cabal's ostracization

It continues at http://youtube.com/watch?v=PoO2tEZuJFs




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PLEASE USE YOUR OWN BEST DISCERNMENT REGARDING THE CLAIMS MADE BELOW.

From: http://www.drboylan.com/openltr2ufocomm.html

Open Letter To the UFO Community and Other Concerned Citizens

January 28, 2008

Fellow citizens of Earth,

In sharing with you this critically important letter, I am reminded of the opening words of Charles Dickens's classic A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

This letter brings you news of great hope for Earth. Yet it also contains sobering and disquieting revelations. Both the good news and the bad news are important for you to have.

This Open Letter will address five subjects: 1) Star Nations and the Councillor of Earth; 2) the Mission of the12 Scientists From Altimar Coming To Earth This Year; 3) the Cabal's (global cartel of the ultra-rich and powerful) Plans To Demonize Visiting Star Persons; 4) the Cabal's Secret Antigravity Fleet And Star Wars Weaponry; and 5) the monograph Freefall To Fascism's Revelations About Cabal Plans For Global Martial Law.

Because all of the events described here are expected to occur in 2008, you need this information now as a responsible citizen equipped to take part in shaping your future.

CLIP - Read the missing part at http://www.drboylan.com/openltr2ufocomm.html

The Cabal's (Shadow Government/NWO) Plans To Demonize Visiting Star Persons

At a press conference given in Washington, DC at the National Press Club May 9, 2001, Dr. Carol Rosin, who had been the first woman corporate manager of an aerospace company (Fairchild Industries), told the assembled press about a warning given her by her boss, Dr. Wernher von Braun in 1974.

Von Braun revealed that dark powerful forces controlling world wealth and political power had over a third of a century ago planned to create a future fake "extraterrestrial invasion" to acquire total global control. (Meanwhile this global plutocratic cartel has maintained the UFO Cover-Up as a cover, while they prepare for their "Great Day".)

Dr. Rosin said, "What was most interesting to me was a repetitive sentence that he said to me over and over again during the approximately four years that I had the opportunity to work with him. He said the strategy that was being used to educate the public and decision makers was to use scare tactics. That was how we identify an enemy. The strategy that Wernher Von Braun taught me was that first the Russians are going to be considered to be the enemy. In fact, in 1974, they were the enemy, the identified enemy. We were told that they had "killer satellites". We were told that they were coming to get us and control us - that they were "Commies."

"Then terrorists would be identified, and that was soon to follow. We heard a lot about terrorism. Then we were going to identify third-world country "crazies." We now call them Nations of Concern. But he said that would be the third enemy against whom we would build space-based weapons. The next enemy was asteroids. Now, at this point he kind of chuckled the first time he said it. Asteroids- against asteroids we are going to build space-based weapons.

"And the funniest one of all was what he called aliens, extraterrestrials. That would be the final scare. And over and over and over during the four years that I knew him and was giving speeches for him, he would bring up that last card. "And remember Carol, the last card is the alien card. We are going to have to build space-based weapons against aliens, and all of it is a lie."

"I think I was too naVve at that time to know the seriousness of the nature of the spin that was being put on the system. And now, the pieces are starting to fall into place. We are building a space-based weapons system on a premise that is a lie, a spin. Wernher Von Braun was trying to hint that to me back in the early 70's and right up until the moment when he died in 1977.

"What he told me was that there is an accelerated effort in place. He didn't mention a time-line but he said that it was going to be speeding up faster than anybody could possibly imagine. That the effort to put weapons into space was not only based on a lie, but would accelerate past the point of people even understanding it until it was already up there and too late." (Testimony of Dr. Carol Rosin, NEXUS Magazine, (Dec., 2000).


The Cabal is that shadowy global plutocratic cartel bent on world domination. Its leadership is not stupid. They plan carefully. In the present context of increasingly abundant open flights of Star Visitor craft over populated areas, the Cabal have devised special measures that they believe will sell the public on the "reality" of the "alien invasion" the Cabal have planned.

One element is the Cabal's secret development of antigravity craft back-engineered from Star Visitor craft that Cabal military stooges had shot down. (More about those craft in the next section.) This high-performance advanced-technology fleet is expected to fool the viewing public into thinking that they are extraterrestrial UFOs. (For instance, the huge "UFO" seen January 8 this year over Stephenville, Texas and chased by F-16 fighters, as reported on CNN, Fox News, Larry King, and other media, was actually a Cabal antigravity craft, warming up the public for the false "alien invasion" which the Cabal plan to stage later this year.)

Furthermore, these Cabal craft have technology aboard their craft which can project 3-D, solid-seeming holographic images in the sky to create realistic sky-battle scenes. In order to further terrify people, the Cabal plan to use the advanced Star-Wars-program energy weapons these false "UFOs" carry on board in order to shoot at Humans on the ground, killing thousands, and convincing people that "aliens are bad, and are on the attack."

CLIP - Read the missing part at http://www.drboylan.com/openltr2ufocomm.html

First, Cabal-controlled scientists and/or government officials would proclaim "alarming new evidence" of an imminent Alien Invasion. Greer would react on cue to this "new information" and "admit" that he has "been wrong all along about the aliens being good," and now "realizes" they are evil. Salla, who has said all along that "there are aliens who are evil" would say essentially, "I told you so." Moulton-Howe, who specialized earlier in her UFO career generating reports attributing cattle mutilations to "aliens", would declare that she is "not surprised" that the aliens would kill Humans next.

The Cabal would launch fake "alien" attacks, featuring Cabal antigravity craft designed to look like classic UFOs, and armed with Star-Wars energy weapons. These would annihilate swaths of the population, mostly in areas of the Third World, thus achieving the Cabal desire to thin "undesirable" (to the Cabal elite) populations, but with token attacks in the developed countries as well, to maintain "global-attack" credibility. The Cabal-controlled world governments would declare global martial law, and the creation of a global authority to address the "menace".

The Cabal-controlled "world leadership" would then unveil antigravity fighter craft (held in secret for such an eventuality) and order counter-attacks, using their antigravity craft to engage in shooting the "Enemy Invaders" out of the sky. Since the real Star Nations ships would not be a party to this madness, the Cabal would simply have sent up drone antigravity craft to dart about and project convincing 3-D "solid" holographic images of sky warfare featuring these "Alien Invaders", which would dutifully begin to get shot down. A grateful world would meanwhile accept the Cabal-controlled government leaders' demand for a unified global government, and to allow them to assume unlimited power in order to fight "the alien invaders".

The accuracy of Fran's remote-viewing of the above planning has been confirmed by Star Nations representatives.

CLIP - Read the missing part at http://www.drboylan.com/openltr2ufocomm.html

The Cabal's Secret Antigravity Fleet And Star Wars Weaponry

The Cabal have acquired extremely-advanced extraterrestrial science and technology information by back-engineering it from UFOs they have shot down, by stealing such benign information from legitimate governments to whom Star Nations had entrusted it, and by torturing Star Visitors they captured into disclosing such information. The Cabal have then weaponized this basically benign, neutral science and technology information by having their scientists and engineers turn it into such tools as swift antigravity fighter craft and Star Wars weapons.

The Cabal's antigravity fleet consists of at least the following. (For more details and sources, go to: : http://www.drboylan.com/xplanes2.html)

1) The B-2 Stealth bomber secretly has electrogravitic systems on board, eliminating most weight when turned on, and enabling it to fly great distances with little fuel consumption. While the B-2's existence is public knowledge, the fact that it secretly has antigravity properties is not.

2) The Aurora is a moderate-sized spacefaring vehicle that can operate on both conventional fuel and antigravity field-propulsion systems. The Aurora can travel to the Moon. It operates out of Area 51, (Groom Dry Lake Air Force Station), at the northeast corner of the Nellis AFB Range, north of Las Vegas, Nevada.

3) The Lockheed-Martin X-33A VentureStar military space plane is a military version of its acknowledged civilian aerospace vehicle, the National Space Plane, in off-and-on development. The military X-33A has an electrogravitics system on board.

4) The Lockheed X-22A is a two-man antigravity disc fighter. The late Colonel Steve Wilson, USAF (ret.), stated that military astronauts who fly it trained at a secret aerospace academy separate from the regular Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO. These military astronauts then operate out of such bases as Beale and Vandenberg Air Force Bases, Northern California. From those bases, these military astronauts regularly fly trans-atmospherically and out into space. An ex-NSA employee said that the X-22A is equipped with Neutral Particle Beam directed-energy weapons, that it is capable of effecting optical as well as radar invisibility, and that it is deployable for worldwide military operations

5) The Nautilus is another space-faring military spacecraft, which operates by magnetic pulsing It is manufactured jointly by Boeing's Phantom Works near Seattle and EU's Airbus Industries Anglo-French consortium. It makes twice-a-week trips up to a secret military-intelligence space station, which has been in deep space for the past thirty years. The Nautilus has the ability to strike a ground target, hurtling down from space, a direction from which attacks are not usually expected.

6) The TR3-A 'Pumpkinseed' is a super-fast aerospace vehicle with a thin oval airframe shaped like a pumpkinseed. It has been identified as using pulse-detonation technology for propulsion in a sub-hypersonic regime, and also uses antigravity technology for mass-reduction and complementary field propulsion at higher speed levels.

7) The TR3-B 'Astra" is a large triangular anti-gravity craft within the U.S. fleet. It was reportedly secretly deployed in the Gulf War's early hours, using electromagnetic-pulse/laser cannons. It literally sat in mid-air, firing at long-, medium-, and short-range targets to take them out.

8) A Northrop antigravity disc is manufactured by Northrop Aircraft Corporation. I have seen and dubbed it the 'Great Pumpkin' , from its intensely-brilliant ruddy golden-orangish glow, resultant from strong ambient ionization. This points to electrogravitics as its method of field propulsion.

9) The XH-75D or XH Shark antigravity helicopter is manufactured by Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical Corporation of San Diego (now part of Northrop-Grumman). USAF Colonel Steve Wilson reported that many of these XH-75Ds were assigned to the Delta/National Reconnaissance Organization Division which retrieves downed UFOs. That Division is also implicated in mutilating cattle as a psychological warfare program on the American public, to try to get citizens to fear and hate Star Visitors through assuming that "the aliens" are the ones cutting up the cattle. The antigravity Shark helo is also capable of operating invisibly.

10) The TAW-50 is a hypersonic, antigravity, space-capable fighter-bomber jointly developed by the Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works and Northrop. The TAW-50 is capable of moving considerably faster than 38,000 mph. The TAW-50 has a SCRAM (supersonic ramjet) propulsion system for passing through the upper atmosphere. The TAW-50 also utilizes electrogravitics to maintain its own artificial gravity while in weightless space, as well as to nullify the vehicle's mass during operations. The TAW-50 is armed with its own Kill Laser system. In addition, the TAW-50 is armed with micro-superexplosive HyperDart missiles. These are just a little larger than ordinary aircraft cannon ammunition, but travel at hypersonic speed for up to three minutes, and have enormous explosive capability. One HyperDart can blow apart a MiG fighter anywhere within 20 feet of the HyperDart. The TAW-50 carries several hundred HyperDarts. The performance of the TAW-50 makes it virtually impossible to defend against. It can hide in orbit many hundreds of miles into space, orbiting at times at 22,000 mph. Then, without warning, it can dive straight down through the atmosphere at over 38,000 miles per hour on an 80-degree attack vector, reverse direction within 150 feet of the ground with very little loss of motion and without a glide turn, and almost instantly go vertically straight up at over 38,000 mph until long after it leaves the atmosphere and resumes orbiting in space. The TAW-50's electrogravitics allow it to change its mass to almost nothing in a moment, and reverse direction in a second, then increase its acceleration to many times Earth's gravity, yet is able to virtually nullify the inertial and G-force effect on the pilots. As of 2002, the U.S. has 20 TAW-50s in its arsenal. But, as a contractor who helped build it commented, 'You could take out an entire nation in under 10 days with only 10 of these, doing three attacks a day. One can wipe out an entire city the size of suburban Cleveland in a single attack without having to use any nukes at all."

11) The Northrop Quantum Teleportation Disc is the result of advances beyond "mere" antigravity field propulsion. Northrop engineers have incorporated quantum physics principles, and have harnessed quantum entanglement to achieve quantum teleportation as the means by which this craft "ceases to exist" in one location and suddenly reappears over a distant target.

Where are these craft kept? While not all locations are known, some of these advanced-technology craft operate out of: Nellis Air Force Base's Area 51, Rachel, Nevada; Vandenberg AFB (Lompoc) and Beale AFB (Marysville), California; Michael Army Auxiliary Air Field at Dugway Proving Grounds, Tooele, Utah; Space City at White Sands Missile Range, Las Cruces, New Mexico; Whiteman AFB, Sedalia, Missouri; and undoubtedly at additional locations.

Are large numbers of Humans therefore doomed under an onslaught from these seemingly-invincible Cabal advanced antigravity craft masquerading as "alien invaders"? Not so.

Star Nations spokesperson, Councillor For the Watchers stated on November 5, 2007 (personal communication) that the staged "alien invasion" and resultant bloodbath, reportedly to be fronted by Greer, Salla and Howe, will not happen. The Councillor says, "We would never let countless Humans die in such an event because we love them too much to allow that. We do intervene in Human affairs when the stakes are high - a false-flag "invasion" meets that criterion."

The Monograph Freefall To Fascism? - Revelations About Cabal Plans For Global Martial Law

This Open Letter has touched on several very important areas: the links between Star Nations and Earth that have now begun with the appointment of an official representative; one star race's decision to send a dozen "Peace Corps" environmental scientists to Earth in 2008; the Cabal's plans to thwart any Star Visitors public presence by staging a preemptive fake "alien invasion"; and the secret advanced antigravity craft and weapons which the Cabal has available to accomplish their simulated "alien invasion" Star Wars sky battles and ground attacks.

Now there is a need to address the Cabal's overall agenda and strategy for total global domination. Rather than go into that at length here, I refer you to an acquaintance's new monograph, which masterfully covers the New World Order subject.

Political Science expert Dr. Judith H. Young has written Freefall to Fascism?: Taking Back Our Planet From the Rich and Powerful. In it, Dr. Young discusses the NWO/Cabal's various techniques, including control of information, and staging successive crises, to lay the groundwork for global martial law and consolidation of authority and power under one centralized instrumentality. While Dr. Young does not directly discuss the false-flag "alien invasion crisis" in her monograph, such a false terrorizing operation clearly falls within the profile of the kind of manipulative crises which the Cabal manufactures.

Freefall to Fascism? is forthcoming as a monograph which is planned to be published in hard-copy form, as well as having excerpts published on the Internet during 2008. I strongly encourage you to read it.

While awaiting the appearance of Freefall to Fascism?, if you want more information on the Cabal, you can read two articles of mine on the subject at: http://www.drboylan.com/cabal.html">ttp://www.drboylan.com/cabal.html , and at: http://www.drboylan.com/shadgovt2.html .

Forgive my Open Letter's length. The matters discussed are so vital that they needed to be laid out adequately, because you need to be aware of every one.

Informed citizens can take back their country, and world, from the self-appointed Cabal controllers currently running things. It is time for us to get busy doing precisely that.

in the light,

Richard Boylan, Ph.D.
Councillor of/for Earth

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Related webpage and pics:

Part 1: Mysterious Symbols Projected in Night Sky by Aerial Disc Near Stephenville, Texas, Local Airport
By Linda Moulton Howe...
http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1384&category=Environment




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YET MORE REASONS TO BRING IN MUCH NEEDED ASSISTANCE TO OUR BROTHER AND LONG-TIME ERN SUBSCRIBER DENNIS KUCINICH. Note from Jean: if you are a US citizen and planned to send me a donation, please send it instead to Dennis in his hour of greatest need.

Forwarded by Kathy Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)

From: http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_kevin_ze_080208_is_dennis_kucinich_g.htm

Is Dennis Kucinich Getting McKinney'd

by Kevin Zeese

Former Presidential Candidate Who Advocated Peace and Impeachment Facing Well-Financed Challenge at Home 

On the Hill some call it being McKinney’d – the treatment Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney received when she was in Congress. Twice, rather than protecting the incumbent, the Democrats put up well funded challengers against her. Now, it looks like Dennis Kucinich may be facing the same treatment in Cleveland.

There is a report circulating the web that before the Nevada primary Kucinich was visited by representatives of Nancy Pelosi and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the right wing Israeli lobby. They told him that if he would drop his campaigns to impeach Cheney and Bush, they would guarantee his re-election to the House of Representatives. Kucinich threw them out of his office. See...

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/02/371899.shtml

Kucinich has aggressively challenged the Democratic Party leadership in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail on the issues of war, civil liberties, impeachment and big business control of government. He’s even refused to pledge to endorse the party’s presidential nominee. 

The Democratic leadership has insisted that impeachment was off the table since taking control of the House in 2006. Congressman Conyers, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, has even refused to investigate whether President Bush and Vice President Cheney have violated the law. But Kucinich pushed the issue. He introduced articles of impeachment against Cheney, then against Bush and he brought the issue up on the House floor.  He pushed and pushed to try to make sure the president and vice president were not above the law.

On the campaign trail he didn’t let Senator Clinton or Obama get away with campaign peace rhetoric in the Democratic primary while they voted war funding with no strings attached in the senate. He pointed out that their rhetoric was not consistent with their actions. He pushed the issue of all troops being removed; while Obama and Clinton parse their words carefully making it clear they will withdraw only some of the troops and neither promising a complete troop withdrawal even by 2012.  

And he pierced the veil of campaign rhetoric of Democrats who call for “universal health care” but put forward plans that will enrich their donors in the private health insurance industry.  

On issue after issue Kucinich pushed against the Democratic Party leadership – now, it seems he is paying a price.

In Cleveland, Kucinich is being challenged by several candidates. The one that is getting the most attention and funding is City Councilman Joe Cimperman. He’s served on the council for ten years and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from real estate interests to challenge Kucinich. He’s been saying that Kucinich focuses too much on campaigning for president and not on the district. The Mayor of Cleveland and the Cleveland Plain Dealer has endorsed Cimperman. 

Kucinich, who has been focused on the presidential campaign, has very little money in the bank (reportedly only about $30,000).

No doubt if Kucinch had kow-towed to Nancy Pelosi, been less aggressive in his comments in the presidential debates and agreed to endorse the Democratic presidential nominee, the Democratic Party would be discouraging opponents and coming to the aid of an incumbent who has been in the House since 1996.

But elected officials like McKinney and Kucinch who challenge the Democratic Party line – who think for themselves and feel a responsibility to fight for their constituents and challenge corporate power – are a hindrance to the party leadership. They get in the way and let the public know what is really going on. So, they must be either tamed or made an example of.

If Kucinich gets McKinney’d you can be sure the message will be received. Those, like Congressman Conyers, who’ve been around for awhile (Conyers has been in the House since 1965) know better than to step too far out of line. So, Conyers has remained silent on Bush’s law breaking – protecting his committee chairmanship by being afraid to use it. Conyers has been tamed but Kucinich hasn’t. So, Kucinich needs to be taught a lesson that other members will learn from. The growing revolt of the “Out of Iraq Caucus” needs to be kept impotent. Knocking out Kucinich will prevent others from too loudly disobeying leadership.

Kucinich has faced tough battles in Cleveland before. When he was mayor he stood up to corporate interests that wanted to take over Cleveland’s public utility and survived a recall election. And, Cimperman is not the only challenger, there are several, so the anti-Kucinich vote may be sufficiently divided for the congressman to retain his seat.

If he doesn’t Kucinich may find new political opportunities that give him a bigger platform. Perhaps he will leave the Democratic Party with whom he has had so much disagreement and join Cynthia McKinney in the Green Party (see http://www.runcynthiarun.org/) – a party whose platform is consistent with his. If so a McKinney-Kucinich ticket could be an interesting development in the 2008 election year. The Democrats may regret their punishment of both McKinney and Kucinich.

Help keep Dennis Kucinich in Congress!
Contribute at http://kucinich.us/contribute.html

If you want a member on Congress that:

*1. Organized 125 Congressmen to vote against the 2002 resolution to authorize force in Iraq *

*2. voted against the Patriot Act*

*3. supports withdrawing from NAFTA and the WTO *

*4. has called for impeachment of the Vice President AND the President. *

*5. stands for a NOT FOR PROFIT health care system, Medicare for All.*

In Congress, Dennis presented the privileged resolution on the impeachment of Dick Cheney. He voted against the war and against a bill that enables Bush to attack Iran.

Most of Cimperman's $228,000 in contributions came from lawyers, developers, bankers and business associates. Forest City Enterprises Ratner family contributed $11,000 and the Ohio Savings Bank-affiliated Goldberg family gave $13,800.

About 40 people gave Cimperman the maximum amount of $2,300, including Scott Wolstein, head of Developers Diversified Realty Corp. and lead developer of the Flats East Bank neighborhood, Legacy Village developer Mitch Schneider, event promoter Mike Belkin and Republican investor Jeff Jacobs.

Help keep Dennis Kucinich in Congress so we have someone working for the people!
Contribute at http://kucinich.us/contribute.html">ttp://kucinich.us/contribute.html

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Related article:

Why Has Ron Paul All But Suspended His Presidential Campaign? (February 9th, 2008) http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2008/020908_ron_paul.htm
Congressman makes a shrewd decision to safeguard amazing progress made by retaining Congressional seat. (...) Paul's Texas District 14 congressional seat is being challenged by pro-war Neo-Con Chris Peden, who deceived the Congressman by going back on his word that he wouldn't run against Paul during the presidential race. The Paul campaign have evaluated the circumstances and the consequences of losing the Congressional seat and have responded accordingly. In shifting the focus of his campaign, Paul will still be able to use the millions raised in his name to hold his district and he will still appear in national debates to educate people about the real power structure that seeks to control and dominate us. (...) The Ron Paul Revolution was the first major salvo in a battle for our freedom that will never end. What we are fighting is a war of ideas, an information war and a game of brinkmanship. The fact that Ron Paul's message resonated with and woke up millions of people is a victory in itself and provides us a niche with which to continue our efforts.The focus now shifts to the Congressional race and if we can help Ron Paul retain his seat then the power of our message will be amplified in Congress, especially if and when Hillary Clinton is anointed in the White House and continues the same policies we saw under Bush.It is essential and shrewd to maintain a positive attitude and consider how far along the path we have traveled in the pursuit of restoring liberty. A powerful message has been broadcast to those who would attempt to enslave us that there will be a reaction and that our numbers and influence will only continue to grow, presidential race or no presidential race. CLIP




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Forwarded by Kathy Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)

High-Quality Loose Change Final Cut on Google Video - 8 Feb 2008

Dear Loose Change Supporter,

We here at Louder Than Words and Alex Jones productions are proud to officially release "Loose Change Final Cut" on Google Video in the highest quality possible. Encouraging people to copy these films and hand them out, as well as hold screenings in Coffee Houses and Churches was a good start, but has not been enough in the past. Our success in spreading awareness about the truth behind September 11th, 2001 is in large part with our ability to share our films freely through internet. We are hoping that all of you who have not seen the Final Cut will not only watch it, but email it to everyone you know, embed it on your Myspace or personal website, blog it, and post it on forums worldwide.

With The former Italian President saying it is well known within the intelligence community that 9/11 was a CIA and Mossad Op, and the Prime Minister of Japan and his cabinet being questioned about Insider Trading and the implosion of World Trade Center 7 by the opposition party, global interest in 9/11 truth is exploding. If you decide today to share this information with everyone, family members may finally recieve answers to their many questions, and those who were criminally complicit may be tried and exposed. Its as easy as sending a link folks. Loose Change Final Cut puts the official government fable of 9/11 to rest, it truly is the nail in the coffin if you decide to be the hand that holds the hammer.

Watch Loose Change Final Cut here: http://loosechange911.com/finalcut and spread the word!

-The LC Team

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Related articles:

Dam Breaks, ABC News Covers Willie Nelson 9/11 Story (Feb 5)
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2008/020508_dam_breaks.htm
May force other mainstream outlets to pick up icon's comments - The dam has broken on mainstream media coverage of Willie Nelson's comments yesterday about the implosion of the WTC twin towers with ABC. News picking up the story on their front page this afternoon. http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4244526

Willie Nelson Fears Election Could Be Cancelled (February 4th, 2008)
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2008/020408_election_cancelled.htm
"We could have George in there ten years longer," says country music star - Country music legend Willie Nelson fears the 2008 presidential election could be cancelled due to a national state of emergency and that George W. Bush could occupy the White House for another decade.(...) During the same explosive interview, Nelson went public with his doubts about the official 9/11 story, saying that he thought the twin towers were deliberately imploded. Click here to listen to the MP3 audio of the interview.

Willie Nelson: Twin Towers Were Imploded On 9/11
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2008/020408_towers_imploded.htm
Straight talking American icon Willie Nelson today told a national radio show that he thought the twin towers were imploded like condemned Las Vegas casino buildings, as the country music superstar forcefully voiced his doubts about the official 9/11 story.




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From: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080202/ap_on_re_af/60_acres_a_minute_i;_ylt=Aqs_2nHHHvjoRSr.E6FVj_as0NUE

Also from: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020308G.shtml

Rain forests fall at 'alarming' rate

By EDWARD HARRIS, Associated Press Writer

Feb 2, 2008

ABO EBAM, Nigeria - In the gloomy shade deep in Africa's rain forest, the noontime silence was pierced by the whine of a far-off chain saw. It was the sound of destruction, echoed from wood to wood, continent to continent, in the tropical belt that circles the globe.

From Brazil to central Africa to once-lush islands in Asia's archipelagos, human encroachment is shrinking the world's rain forests.

The alarm was sounded decades ago by environmentalists — and was little heeded. The picture, meanwhile, has changed: Africa is now a leader in destructiveness. The numbers have changed: U.N. specialists estimate 60 acres of tropical forest are felled worldwide every minute, up from 50 a generation back. And the fears have changed.

Experts still warn of extinction of animal and plant life, of the loss of forest peoples' livelihoods, of soil erosion and other damage. But scientists today worry urgently about something else: the fateful feedback link of trees and climate.

Global warming is expected to dry up and kill off vast tracts of rain forest, and dying forests will feed global warming.

"If we lose forests, we lose the fight against climate change," declared more than 300 scientists, conservation groups, religious leaders and others in an appeal for action at December's climate conference in Bali, Indonesia.

The burning or rotting of trees that comes with deforestation — at the hands of ranchers, farmers, timbermen — sends more heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than all the world's planes, trains, trucks and automobiles. Forest destruction accounts for about 20 percent of manmade emissions, second only to burning of fossil fuels for electricity and heat. Conversely, healthy forests absorb carbon dioxide and store carbon.

"The stakes are so dire that if we don't start turning this around in the next 10 years, the extinction crisis and the climate crisis will begin to spiral out of control," said Roman Paul Czebiniak, a forest expert with Greenpeace International. "It's a very big deal."

The December U.N. session in Bali may have been a turning point, endorsing negotiations in which nations may fashion the first global financial plan for compensating developing countries for preserving their forests.

The latest data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) helped spur delegates to action.

"Deforestation continues at an alarming rate of about 13 million hectares (32 million acres) a year," the U.N. body said in its latest "State of the World's Forests" report.

Because northern forests remain essentially stable, that means 50,000 square miles of tropical forest are being cleared every 12 months — equivalent to one Mississippi or more than half a Britain. The lumber and fuelwood removed in the tropics alone would fill more than 1,000 Empire State Buildings, FAO figures show.

Although South America loses slightly more acreage than Africa, the rate of loss is higher here — almost 1 percent of African forests gone each year. In 2000-2005, the continent lost 10 million acres a year, including big chunks of forest in Sudan, Zambia and Tanzania, up from 9 million a decade earlier, the FAO reports.

Across the tropics the causes can be starkly different.

The Amazon and other South American forests are usually burned for cattle grazing or industrial-scale soybean farming. In Indonesia and elsewhere in southeast Asia, island forests are being cut or burned to make way for giant plantations of palm, whose oil is used in food processing, cosmetics and other products.

In Africa, by contrast, it's individuals hacking out plots for small-scale farming.

Here in Nigeria's southeastern Cross Rivers State, home to one of the largest remaining tropical forests in Africa, people from surrounding villages of huts and cement-block homes go to the forest each day to work their pineapple and cocoa farms. They see no other way of earning money to feed their families.

"The developed countries want us to keep the forests, since the air we breathe is for all of us, rich countries and poor countries," said Ogar Assam Effa, 54, a tree plantation director and member of the state conservation board.

"But we breathe the air, and our bellies are empty. Can air give you protein? Can air give you carbohydrates?" he asked. "It would be easy to convince people to stop clearing the forest if there was an alternative."

The state, which long ago banned industrial logging, is trying to offer alternatives.

Working with communities like Abo Ebam, near Nigeria's border with Cameroon, the Cross Rivers government seeks to help would-be farmers learn other trades, such as beekeeping or raising fist-sized land snails, a regional delicacy.

The state also has imposed a new licensing system. Anyone who wants to cut down one of the forest's massive, valuable mahogany trees or other hardwoods must obtain a license and negotiate which tree to fell with the nearby community, which shares in the income. The logs can't be taken away whole, but must be cut into planks in the forest, by people like David Anfor.

He's a 35-year-old father of one who earns the equivalent of 75 U.S. cents per board he cuts with a whizzing chain saw. "The forest is our natural resource. We're trying to conserve," he said. "But I'm also working for my daily eating."

A community benefiting from such small-scale forestry is likely to keep out those engaged in illegal, uncontrolled logging. But enforcement is difficult in a state with about 3,500 square miles of pristine rain forest — and few forest rangers.

On one recent day deep in the forest, where the luxuriant green canopy allows only rare shards of sunlight to reach the floor, the trilling of a hornbill bird and the distant chain saw were the only sounds heard. As forestry officials rushed to investigate, the saw operator fled deeper into the forest, sign of an illegal operation.

Environmentalists say such a conservation approach may work for rural, agrarian people in Nigeria, which lost an estimated 15 million acres between 1990 and 2005, or about one-third of its entire forest area, and has one of the world's highest deforestation rates — more than 3 percent per year.

But lessons learned in one place aren't necessarily applicable elsewhere, they say. A global strategy is needed, mobilizing all rain-forest governments.

That's the goal of the post-Bali talks, looking for ways to integrate forest preservation into the world's emerging "carbon trading" system. A government earning carbon credits for "avoided deforestation" could then sell them to a European power plant, for example, to meet its emission-reduction quota.

"These forests are the greatest global public utility," Britain's conservationist Prince Charles said in the lead-up to Bali. "As a matter of urgency we have to find ways to make them more valuable alive than dead."

Observed the World Wildlife Fund's Duncan Pollard, "Suddenly you have the whole world looking at deforestation."

But in many ways rain forests are still a world of unknowns, a place with more scientific questions than answers.

How much carbon dioxide are forests absorbing? How much carbon is stored there? How might the death of the Amazon forest affect the climate in, say, the American Midwest? Hundreds of researchers are putting in thousands of hours of work to try to answer such questions before it is too late.

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Global warming crisis; Amazon deforestation could cause droughts as far afield as the U.S. grain belt (Feb 5, 2008)
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=888842
A generation back, conservationists warned of a "well-hidden time bomb" in the destruction of rain forests. Today, even more trees fall. This is the second in a three-part series on deforestation, its threat to climate, and what may be done about it. (...) Some computer simulations suggest deforestation could cause droughts as far afield as the U.S. grain belt, apparently because chain reactions in the atmosphere would shift the Polar Jet Stream and the precipitation it brings. These questions take on new urgency as global warming's effects become ever more apparent and as forests fall at a nonstop pace. In one sign of growing concern, Brazil's national leadership met in emergency session Jan. 24 to deal with a sudden surge in deforestation after a three-year slowdown.New studies suggest the Amazon may be approaching a tipping point, at which the drier conditions caused by deforestation will reduce rainfall enough to transform the humid tropical forest into a giant savanna. If preserving the 80 per cent of the Amazon still standing would help offset some greenhouse emissions, destroying it would almost certainly accelerate global warming, by releasing perhaps 100 billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere - equal to some 10 years' worth of total global emissions. (...) The experiment has already yielded troubling conclusions, Wickland said. Refined satellite surveillance, for example, finds that selective logging affects about as much area as clear-cutting, adding significantly to carbon dioxide emissions and casting doubt on whether managed forestry can save the Amazon.Brazilian physicist Paulo Artaxo, a veteran Amazon researcher, said it's essential that Brazil, home to almost 70 per cent of the rain forest, sharply slow the destruction of its woodlands. "There is no cheaper way to reduce emissions than by controlling deforestation," he said.Scientists estimate it would cost about $1 billion a year in lost income for Brazil to end the clearing of forests by loggers, ranchers and farmers, largely giant soybean-growing conglomerates.At the Bali conference, the world's nations decided to explore possible plans for compensating rain-forest nations for rolling back their rates of deforestation. CLIP

To Save a Forest: World Eyes Grand Plan of Payoffs to Preserve Trees, Protect Climate (4 February 2008)
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/020608EC.shtml
EDITOR'S NOTE - December's Bali climate talks cleared the way for a last-ditch effort to preserve the world's rain forests, by turning trees into tradable securities. This is the last in a three-part series on the tropics' disappearing forests. Bali, Indonesia - For decades, a flood of aid and an army of conservationists couldn't save Indonesia's rain forests from illegal loggers, land-hungry peasants and the spread of giant plantations. Now the world is looking at a simpler approach: up-front cash. Whether it was arming forest police or backing schemes to certify legal logs, no tactic could silence the chain saws or douse the intentional fires that each day destroy 20 more square miles (50 more square kilometers) of Indonesia's rain forests, and an estimated 110 square miles (285 square kilometers) elsewhere in the world's tropics. The problem was pure economics: Neither local authorities nor the rural poor, in Indonesia and elsewhere, have a material incentive to keep their forests intact. That could now change because of a decision at December's U.N. climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, to negotiate a deal, as part of the next international climate agreement, under which countries would be rewarded for reducing their galloping rates of deforestation, a big contributor to global warming. The cash might come directly from a fund financed by richer northern nations, or through "carbon credits" granted per unit of forest saved. The credits could be traded on the world carbon market, where a northern industry can buy such allowances to help meet its own required reductions in emissions of global-warming gases. Indonesia and other tropical countries backing the "avoided deforestation" concept hope this carbon price will outpace what landowners could get from logging the forests or clearing them for palm oil, rubber, soybean or other plantations. (...) The British government's Stern Review of climate economics argued that targeting deforestation is among the cheapest ways to reduce greenhouses gases. It estimated halting 70 percent of rain-forest destruction would cost $5 billion a year in compensation. Some rain-forest nations, on the other hand, calculate REDD could generate as much as $23 billion a year. (...) Two months earlier, visiting the Amazon, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon learned how dying rain forests will feed global warming, and he went on to Bali to urge the world's nations to act. "It is time to wake up," he said. Cutting through the political tangle to produce the grand plan called REDD ? money for doing nothing to forests ? will itself prove a challenge. "There is a hell of a lot to negotiate and many controversial issues," said Christoph Thies, a Greenpeace forest campaigner who observed the Bali talks. "It's a long and difficult road ahead. To be honest, there is quite a good chance of failure."




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From: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/pictures-reveal-truth-about-japans-scientific-whaling-779802.html

Also from: http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/02/08/6940/

Pictures reveal truth about Japan's 'scientific' whaling

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

8 February 2008

New pictures expose the gory reality of Japan's so-called "scientific" whale hunt in the Southern Ocean, with a slaughtered adult minke whale and calf being hauled on board a Japanese factory ship.

The release of the photos marks a significant shift in whaling politics, for they were taken not by the environmental activists who spent much of January harassing the whalers on their Antarctic hunt but by officials working for the Australian government.

They were put into the public domain by the eco-friendly administration of the new Labor premier, Kevin Rudd, accompanied by withering comments from Australian ministers.

For a government to become so strongly involved raises the stakes considerably in a dispute in which most of the international community is ranged against Japan.

It provoked anger in Tokyo and a warning to Australia from a Japanese official that this was "dangerous emotional propaganda that could cause serious damage to the relationship between our two countries".

But there was as much, if not more fury, at the pictures in Australia. Peter Garrett, the Environment Minister, and a former member of the rock group Midnight Oil, said: "It is explicitly clear from these images that this is the indiscriminate killing of whales, where you have a whale and its calf killed in this way." He said he felt "sick and sad" looking at them and added: "To claim that this is in any way scientific is to continue the charade that has surrounded this issue from day one."

The images include footage of a harpoon being shot into a whale, which is then hauled on to the ship. One photo shows two whales – one far smaller than the other – being dragged by ropes up a ramp.

The row comes as the Humane Society International urges the Australian government to launch a case against Japanese whalers in the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea. Japan has defied the international moratorium on commercial whaling which has been in place since 1986 by claiming that its whale hunts are carried out for scientific purposes. This season it is seeking to kill up to 935 minke whales and 50 larger fin whales.

Last month activists from two anti-whaling groups, Greenpeace and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, spent weeks trying to disrupt the hunt with their vessels Esperanza and Steve Irwin. Many of their pictures were flashed around the world. But perhaps of more long-term significance was the fact that this time Australia sent a fisheries and customs patrol ship, Oceanic Viking to the Southern Ocean to gather photographic and video evidence about Japan's hunt, for use in a possible legal challenge.

The resulting pictures caused a strong reaction in Tokyo yesterday.

Hideki Moronuki, chief of the Japanese Fishing Agency's whaling section, denied that the photograph depicted a baby whale, and accused Australian officials of coming dangerously close to the whaling ships to take the images.

"The fleet is engaged in random sampling, which means they are taking both large and small whales," he said. "This is not a parent and calf."




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From: http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2008/02/07/02204.html

U.S. doctor links radio waves from cell phone towers to cancer, Alzheimer’s, senility, dementia, Parkinson’s and Autism

by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Famous Canadian actor William Shatner (right) and John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, (left) Rogers Wireless, makes the first officially recorded mobile video call in North America.

Unless you live in some unbelievably remote location, the odds are high that you’re being bombarded with information-carrying radio waves that can wreak havoc on your body.

These radio waves have increased dramatically and exponentially over the last few years -- especially from cell phones, but also from WiFi, WiMax, BlueTooth, and other wireless devices. For most people, the damage from this 24-7 exposure will take years or even decades to surface since there is a lag time of five to 20 years for the health effects to become clinically apparent.

For those unfortunate people in London, England, who were living directly below a major cell phone mast, the damage became apparent, sometime between the mast’s construction in 1994 and the beginning of the resident’s campaign to have the mast removed in 2002.

You may not realize that you are likely living closer to a cell phone tower than you think. Cell “sites” can look like antennas or huge towers, but they can also be quite camouflaged. They exist on many schools, churches, firehouses, cemeteries and even in national parks. If you’re wondering why a school or park would want a cell site on their grounds, it’s because the cell phone companies pay to have them there, with fees that can range upwards of $2,000 a month.

While there are already more than 175,000 cell towers in the United States (there is approximately 8,000 cell phone towers in Canada), this number is expected to increase by 48 percent to 260,000 by 2010, according to CTIA (the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry).

If you want to know just how close you are to a cell phone tower or antenna, simply type your location into AntennaSearch.com. It will tell you all of the towers (existing and future) and antennas that are within about ten kilometres of your address!

Why are Increasing Cell Phone Towers so Concerning?

What most people, including experts, fail to understand is that the danger from land-based portable phones, cell phones and WiFi routers is not from the magnetic radiation or the microwave carrier wave from which typical SAR ratings are given on phones. Unless you have massive exposures like you might expect in a microwave oven, these thermal effects are insignificant.

Nearly all the biological damage comes from the modulated signals that are carried ON the carrier microwave. These modulated information-carrying radio waves resonate in biological frequencies of a few to a few hundred cycles per second, and can stimulate your vibrational cellular receptors causing a whole cascade of pathological consequences that can culminate in fatigue, anxiety and ultimately cancers.

Again, this is a very serious concern because, unless you live in an isolated rural setting, you are probably being exposed to these radio-waves day-in and day-out -- whether or not you even own or use a cell phone.

Numerous studies have linked exposure to information-carrying radio waves to health problems, but you may not realize that your symptoms are related to these radio frequencies because they could easily be attributed to other causes as well.

Aside from cancer and brain tumours, cells phones and other radio frequencies can cause:

-- Alzheimer’s, senility and dementia
-- Parkinson’s
-- Autism
-- Headaches
-- Sleep disruptions and fatigue
-- Altered memory function, poor concentration and spatial awareness

Can You Hear Me Now? The Truth the Cell Phone Industry Doesn’t Want You to Hear

One of the world’s undisputed experts in cell phone safety is Dr. George Carlo, and I had the privilege of spending two full days with him in October 2007.

I was so compelled with the information I heard that my next book, slated for release in 2009, will detail the reasons why I believe using cell phones is far more dangerous than smoking cigarettes ever was.

In the 1990s, Dr. Carlo was given a $28-million grant from the cell phone industry to put an end to the talk that cell phones were hazardous to your health. Unfortunately, what he found was not what he’d been paid to find. Instead, he discovered that they DO, in fact, cause damage.

The cell phone industry offered him a position for $1 million a year to silence him, but he refused, and started a non-profit institute called The Safe Wireless Initiative to inform the world of this danger instead. I highly recommend you check out his site as he has compiled excellent resources on interventions you can use to maximize your health and minimize your risks.

I also tried to spread the word about the dangers of cell phones via a Today Show interview I did last year. Well, they only aired four seconds of my 20-minute interview, completely censoring the supporting evidence that cell phones can cause damage.

Tips to Limit Your Damage from Information-Carrying Radio Waves

More than 200 people had met in Richmond Hill, Ontario in November 2007 to oppose plans to build a cellular tower there. City councils cam deliberate on such decisions, but Industry Canada has the final say. Photo credit, Dick Loek, Toronto Star.

There quite simply is no safe biological threshold for exposure to information-carrying radio waves, and there is, quite honestly, little you can do to avoid them 100 percent.

But you can reduce your, and your family’s, exposure by taking the following commonsense precautions:

Limit the amount of time you spend on a cell phone or cordless phone.

Use a wired headset to limit your exposure to the cell phone -- ideally, an air tube headset that conducts sound but prevents any radiation from traveling up the wire to your brain. Also make sure the wire is SHIELDED, which prevents the wire from acting as an antenna that could attract more information-carrying radio waves directly to your brain. Wireless BlueTooth headsets should be avoided.

Limit your exposure to WiFi routers. Find out where they are located in your work environment and stay away from them.

If you have any land-based (non-cellular) portable phones, do NOT use anything other than the 900 MHz phones as the Gigahertz phones stay on continuously, blasting you with information-carrying radio waves 24/7.

Use the speakerphone instead of putting the phone to your ear; this is probably one of the single most important steps you can take other than not using your cell phone.

Limit calls inside buildings.

Use the phone in open spaces as often as possible.

Limit use by children and preadolescents, or don’t let them use cell phones at all. Children’s developing nervous systems and thinner skulls are simply too vulnerable to cell phone damage.

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Related article:

FDA Calls For Re-Examination OF Cell Phone Health Risks (Jan 18, 2008)
http://tinyurl.com/2rfe5c
Long-term and low-intensity radio frequency exposure from mobile devices considered dangerous to pregnant women and kids. - With the proliferation of mobile devices and their extensive use, past studies on health risks related to cell phone radiation need to be re-examined, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which this week asked the National Research Council to identify further research that shows the effects of long-term exposure to these devices.The council identified the need for studies of potential health outcome resulting from multiple, long-term, and low-intensity radio frequency exposure from mobile devices. Most current studies have been conducted to evaluate the effects of short-term exposure of healthy adults to radio frequency, according to the council.More studies need to be conducted that measure the effects of extended mobile device use by teenagers, children, pregnant women, and fetuses, as well as exposure to cellular base station antennas. Although it's not yet known if children are more susceptible to radio frequency exposure, the research council and other medical and scientific institutions that make up the National Academies, believe children may be at increased risk because their organs are still developing. CLIP

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EMF-Omega-News 9. February 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/4691084/




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RESORTING EVER MORE CRUELLY TO THE MEDIEVAL TACTIC OF STARVING, THROUGH AN EVER TIGHTER BLOCKADE, THEIR LONG SUFFERING VICTIMS, ISRAELI POLITICIANS' ACTIONS ARE EVER MORE REMINISCENT OF WHAT NAZIS DID TO THEIR KINS IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS, WHICH IS WHAT GAZA HAS SLOWLY BECOME DURING THE PAST 40 YEARS. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AROUND THE WORLD WHO FAIL TO TAKE ACTION TO STOP THIS IGNOMINY ARE JUST AS CULPABLE AS ALL THOSE ISRAELI CITIZENS WHO CONSENT BY THEIR SILENCE TO THESE ONGOING ATROCITIES... CAN YOU IMAGINE THE KARMIC CONSEQUENCES BEING INCURRED?... PLEASE FOCUS AS MUCH LOVE AS YOU CAN TOWARDS THE SOULS OF OUR ISRAELI BROTHERS AND SISTERS SO THEY MAY FEEL AGAIN COMPASSION IN THEIR HEARTS, AMEND THEIRS WAYS, AND ASSIST THEIR PALESTINIAN SOUL KINS IN RESTORING THEIR HUMAN DIGNITY AND JOINING AGAIN, AS EQUALS, THE GLOBAL HUMAN FAMILY.

From: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8006

The Strangulation of Gaza

by Saree Makdisi

Global Research, February 5, 2008

"Gaza is on the threshold of becoming the first territory to be intentionally reduced to a state of abject destitution, with the knowledge, acquiescence and--some would say--encouragement of the international community," the commissioner-general of UNRWA warned recently.

The people of Gaza were able to enjoy a few days of freedom last week, after demolition charges brought down the iron wall separating the impoverished Palestinian territory from Egypt, allowing hundreds of thousands to burst out of the virtual prison into which Gaza has been transformed over the past few years--the terminal stage of four decades of Israeli occupation--and to shop for desperately needed supplies in Egyptian border towns.   

Gaza's doors are slowly closing again, however. Under mounting pressure from the United States and Israel, Egypt has dispatched additional border guards armed with water cannons and electric cattle prods to try to regain control. It has already cut off the flow of supplies crossing the Suez Canal to its own border towns. For now, in effect, Suez is the new border: even if Palestinians could get out of Gaza in search of new supplies, they would have to cross the desolate expanses of the Sinai Desert and cross the canal, on the other side of which they would find the regular Egyptian army (barred from most of Sinai as a condition of the 1979 Camp David treaty with Israel) waiting for them.

Now that Gaza's fleeting taste of freedom is beginning to fade, the grim reality facing the territory's 1.5 million people is once again looming large. "After feeling imprisoned for so long, it has been a psychological relief for Gazans to know that there is a way out," said John Ging, the local director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). "But it does not resolve their crisis by any stretch of the imagination."   

Indeed, all the frenzied shopping in Egyptian border towns brought into Gaza a mere fraction of the food that UN and other relief agencies have been blocked by Israel from delivering to the people who depend on them for their very survival. As long as the border with Egypt is even partially open, Israel refuses to open its own borders with Gaza to anything other than the bare minimum of industrial fuel to keep the territory's one power plant operating at a subsistence level, and a few trucks of other supplies a day.   

UNRWA has almost depleted the stocks of emergency food aid it had previously built up in Gaza. Only thirty-two truckloads of goods have been allowed to enter Gaza since Israel imposed its total closure on January 18; 250 trucks were entering every day before last June, and even that was insufficient to meet the population's needs.   

On January 30 UNRWA warned that unless something changes, the daily ration that it will distribute on the 31st to 860,000 destitute refugees in Gaza will lack a protein component: the canned meat that is the only source of protein in the food parcels--which even under the best of circumstances contributes less than two-thirds of minimum daily nourishment--is being held up by Israel, and the stock of those cans inside Gaza has been exhausted. The World Food Program, which feeds another 340,000 people in Gaza, has brought in nine trucks of food aid in the past two weeks; in the seven months before that, it had been bringing in fifteen trucks a day.

Gazans have been ground into poverty by years of methodical Israeli restrictions and closures; 80 percent of the population now depends on food aid for day-to-day subsistence. With the aid, they were receiving "enough to survive, not to live," as the International Red Cross put it. Without it, they will die.  

All this is supposed to be in response to Palestinian militant groups' firing of crude homemade rockets into Israel, which rarely cause any actual damage. There can be no excuse for firing rockets at civilian targets, but Israel was squeezing Gaza long before the first of those primitive projectiles was cobbled together. The first fatal rocket attack took place four years ago; Israel has been occupying Gaza for four decades.

The current squeeze on Gaza began in 1991. It was tightened with the institutionalization of the Israeli occupation enabled by the Oslo Accords of 1993. It was tightened further with the intensification of the occupation in response to the second intifada in 2000. It was tightened further still when Israel redeployed its settlers and troops from inside Gaza in 2005 and transformed the territory into what John Dugard, the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied territories, referred to as a prison, the key to which, Dugard said, Israel had "thrown away." It was tightened to the point of strangulation following the Hamas electoral victory in 2006, when Israel began restricting supplies of food and other resources into Gaza. It was tightened beyond the point of strangulation following the deposition of the Hamas-led government in June 2007. And now this.

When Israel limited commercial shipments of food--but not humanitarian relief--into Gaza in 2006, a senior government adviser, Dov Weisglass, explained that "the idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet but not to make them die of hunger."   

Israel's "diet" was taking its toll even before last week. The World Food Program warned last November that less than half of Gaza's food-import needs were being met. Basics including wheat grain, vegetable oil, dairy products and baby milk were in short supply. Few families can afford meat. Anemia rates rocketed to almost 80 percent. UNRWA noted at about the same time that "we are seeing evidence of the stunting of children, their growth is slowing, because our ration is only 61 percent of what people should have and that has to be supplemented."

By further restricting the supply of food to an already malnourished population, Israel has clearly decided to take its "diet" a step further. If the people of Gaza remain cut off from the food aid on which their survival now depends, they will face starvation.   

They are now essentially out of food; the water system is faltering (almost half the population now lacks access to safe water supplies); the sewage system has broken down and is discharging raw waste into streets and the sea; the power supply is intermittent at best; hospitals lack heat and spare parts for diagnostic machines, ventilators, incubators; dozens of lifesaving medicines are no longer available. Slowly but surely, Gaza is dying.   

Patients are dying unnecessarily: cancer patients cut off from chemotherapy regimens, kidney patients cut off from dialysis treatments, premature babies cut off from blood-clotting medications. In the past few weeks, many more Palestinian parents have watched the lives of their sick children ebb slowly, quietly and (as far as the global media are concerned) invisibly away in Gaza's besieged hospitals than Israelis have been hurt--let alone actually killed--by the erratic firing of primitive homemade rockets from Gaza, about which we have heard so much. (According to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, these rockets have killed thirteen Israelis in the past four years, while Israeli forces have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in the occupied territories in the past two years alone, almost half of them civilians, including some 200 children.)   

Israel's squeeze is expressly intended to punish the entire population for the firing of those rockets by militants, which ordinary civilians are powerless to stop. "We will not allow them to lead a pleasant life," said Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert when Israel cut off fuel supplies on January 18, thereby plunging Gaza into darkness. "As far as I am concerned, all of Gaza's residents can walk and have no fuel for their cars."

Olmert's views and, more important, his policies were reaffirmed and given the legal sanction of Israel's High Court. In what human rights organizations referred to as a "devastating" decision, on January 30 the court ruled in favor of the government's plan to further restrict supplies of fuel and electricity to Gaza. "The decision means that Israel may deliberately deprive civilians in Gaza of fuel and electricity supplies," pointed out Sari Bashi, of the Gisha human rights organization in Israel. "During wartime, the civilian population is the first and central victim of the fighting, even when efforts are made to minimize the damage," the court said. In other words, harm to the civilian population is an inevitable effect of war and therefore legally permissible.

That may be the view of Israel's highest legal authority, but it is not how the matter is viewed by international law, which strictly regulates the way civilian populations are to be treated in time of war. "The parties to a conflict must at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants in order to spare the civilian population and civilian property," the International Red Cross points out, invoking the Geneva Conventions and other founding documents of international humanitarian law. "Neither the civilian population as a whole nor individual civilians may be attacked."

Moreover, no matter what Israel's High Court says, what is happening in Gaza is not a war in the conventional sense: Gaza is not a state at war with the state of Israel. It is a territory militarily occupied by Israel. Even after its 2005 redeployment, Israel did not release its hold on Gaza; it continues to control all access to the territory, as well as its airspace, territorial waters and even its population registry. Over and above all the routine prohibitions on attacks on the civilian population and other forms of collective punishment that hold true in case of war, in other words, international law also holds Israel responsible for the welfare of the Gaza population. Article 55 of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949) specifically demands, for example, that, "to the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate."

Israel's methodical actions make it clear that it is systematically grinding down and now actually starving people for whose welfare it is legally accountable simply because it regards Gaza's 1.5 million men, women and children as a surplus population it would, quite simply, like to get rid of one way or the other: a sentiment made quite clear when Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi proposed, shortly after the current crisis began, that the entire Palestinian population of Gaza should just be removed and transferred to the Egyptian desert. "They will have a nice country, and we shall have our country and we shall live in peace," he said, without eliciting even a murmur of protest in Israel.   

The overwhelming majority of Gazans are refugees or the descendants of refugees who were expelled from their homes when Palestine was destroyed and Israel was created in 1948. Like all Palestinian refugees, those of Gaza have a moral and legal right to return to the homeland from which they were expelled. Israel blocks their return for the same reason it expelled them in the first place, because their presence would undermine its already tenuous claim to Jewishness (this is the nature of the so-called "demographic problem" about which Israeli politicians openly complain). As long as the refugees live, what Israel regards as the mortal threat of their right of return lives on. But if they would somehow just go away...   

"Gaza is on the threshold of becoming the first territory to be intentionally reduced to a state of abject destitution, with the knowledge, acquiescence and--some would say--encouragement of the international community," the commissioner-general of UNRWA warned recently.

The question now is whether the world will simply sit and watch, now that this unprecedented threshold is actually being crossed.   

Having taken matters into their hands and destroyed the wall cutting them off from the outside world, it is most unlikely that the people of Gaza will simply submit to that fate. A hermetic closure ultimately depends not merely on Israel's whims but on Egypt's willingness--or ability--to cut off the Palestinians of Gaza and watch them starve. For all the US and Israeli pressure on Egypt, and for all the steps Egypt is now taking, it seems most unlikely that it would let things go that far. Not intervening to save fellow Arabs from the Israeli occupation is one thing; actually participating in their repression is quite another. The Egyptian government would have to answer not only to the people of Palestine but to its own people, and indeed to all Arabs.

Working together, Hamas and the people of Gaza have forced Egypt's hand and made much more visible than ever before the role it had been playing all along in the Israeli occupation and strangulation of Gaza; now that its role in assisting Israel has been revealed, it will be difficult for Egypt to go back to the status quo. Gazans have thrown Israel's plans into disarray, because Israel's leaders could do little more than watch with pursed lips as the people of Gaza burst out of their prison. And they have placed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the government of Ramallah in a corner: they will have to choose between defending their people's rights and needs or confirming once and for all--as indeed they are doing--that the PA is there to serve Israel's interests, not those of the Palestinians. In which case they too will one day be called to account.


Saree Makdisi, professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA, is the author of Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation (Norton).

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Related articles:

The Lights Have Been Turned Off (04/02/2008)
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/950742.html
One after another, the final lights are being turned off, and a moral gloom is falling upon us as we stand at the edge of an abyss. Just last week, three more lights were turned off. The Winograd Report did not come out clearly against the fact that Israel embarked on a pointless war; the Supreme Court authorized collective punishment and the attorney general concluded that the killing of 12 Israeli citizens and someone from the territories by the police does not warrant a trial. The final keepers of order, the lighthouses of justice and law, are reconciling themselves with the most serious injustices of the institutions of authority and no one so much as utters a word about it. The upsetting and depressing crop of a single week has drawn the moral portrait of the country. (...) If all the residents of the Gaza Strip deserve to be punished because of the Qassam rockets, then maybe all Israelis deserve to be punished because of the occupation? CLIP

An update on the suffering of the Palestinian people under Israeli State Terrorism - Audio file (12 MB) (Feb 8)
http://www.iamthewitness.com/audio/Jenifer.Dixon/TFC.2008.02.08.Fri.Dixon.mp3
For anyone who thinks that the Palestinians are nothing but a bunch of irrational religious fanatical terrorists who are mindlessly bent on attacking Israelis, you need to listen to this first hand account of what it is like to live under Israeli occupation. Please left click and allow a minute for the file to load before it plays.

Voice of the White House (February 4. 2008)
http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a2814.htm
Washington , D.C. February 2, 2008 : “For some time, the Israeli government and Jewish activist groups in America have been strongly pressuring the Bush administration to attack Iran because they fear thet Iran is building, or may already have acquired, atomic weapons which they would use against Israel . Israel also insists on a long term presence of powerful American strike units stationed in Iraq to be able to respond at once in the event of any kind of a military attack on Israel .The Bush people are absolutely in agreement with these requests but now that it is obvious Bush has lost most of his power and his chronic threats against Iran have proven to be hollow, Israel has become increasingly frantic. It is obvious just by watching television that candidates for President are all determined to withdraw troops from Iraq so the idea of a permanent U.S. deterrent in the Middle East is a failed one. The Pentagon has been intercepting Israeli diplomatic and military traffic for the past two years and it is more than obvious that while Bush has fully agreed not to act against any Israeli aggression, he is no longer able to offer the full military response Israel feels it must have. Recent intercepted diplomatic communications indicate that Israel is frantic enough to “go it alone” in the matter of Iran and is planning to attack that country with atomic weaponry (they do not have the manpower for military ground actions and the United States cannot assist them) in the very near future.Their recent attempts to starve out Hamas in Palestine by shutting off electricity and food shipments were foiled when furious and desperate Palestinians broke through Egyptian barriers and flooded into that country for food and the necessities of life. The United States government immediately demanded that Egypt reseal their borders at once but as this would have meant taking drastic military action against masses of fellow Muslim civilians, Egypt demurred.When it was obvious that Murabek would not obey Washington , (no one obeys Washington anymore) Israel felt that the time had come for it to act unilaterally. One “dragged anchor” severing an underwater cables is entirely possible but the degree and extent of the damage is not any kind of an accident. The answer to the question as to who was responsible is: Que bono? (‘Who benefits/’) Only Israel benefits and no one else.”

Olmert Says Zionism Will Prevent Second Holocaust (January 29, 2008)
http://iraqwar.mirror-world.ru/article/155220
Jerusalem Post - Israel cannot stand on the sidelines and watch Iran attain offensive nuclear capabilities, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday, forging an implied link between the Iranian regime and the Third Reich during a special Knesset session to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day."The Jewish people will never again be homeless and powerless as they were during the Holocaust," the prime minister said. "But our ears are more attuned and our sensitivity is higher to threats of destruction than other nations. We do not allow ourselves to remain complacent when we hear voices calling for the annihilation of Israel , especially when behind those voicing the threats is a fanatical, murderous ideology; a despotic terror-supporting regime that strives inexhaustibly to achieve regional hegemony and a malicious nuclear weapons development program. As far as we are concerned, as far as the Holocaust-taught Jewish people are concerned, this is an intolerable situation.""On the International Holocaust Memorial Day we demand action from the international community," Olmert said. "We respect and value the governments and leaders that assume a decisive stance against this danger, and we call upon others whose stance is influenced by various interest-driven calculations to relinquish any foreign consideration and pose a unified determined front to remove the ominous peace- threatening shadow."

Obama's False Hope: Why I will not Vote for Obama (February 4, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7999
At what point does an individual stop supporting the lesser of two evils? The question became particularly important this primary race, as one man ascended to political stardom ostensibly breaking free from the evils of mainstream politics and creating a platform based on hope and change. This transcendent figure is presidential hopeful Barack Obama.Searching for substantive policy, I began to chip away at Obama's political posturing, and came to a daunting conclusion: there are a multitude of reasons one shouldn't vote for Barack Obama, especially those within the Arab-American community.Senator Obama is not anti-war, nor does he genuinely seek appropriate alternatives to militarism in the Middle East. Arab-Americans and putative leftists naively, and sometimes willfully, overlook the fact that he is an ardent supporter of the invasion, bombing, and ongoing occupation of Afghanistan. One also cannot dismiss that his views are consistent with the Democratic Party platform, which aspires to refocus on Afghanistan. Such views bode well with Obama's plan to deploy additional troops and increase funding, but as with the case in Iraq, it will only intensify the struggles of the civilian population of Afghanistan. Obama fully supported the Lebanon war (even as the Israeli military killed hundreds of Lebanese civilians and leveled civilian infrastructure with tens of thousands of US-shipped cluster bombs), and played up his pro-Israel rhetoric nearly as much as his current democratic opponent, Hilary Clinton. As with nearly every other candidate, Obama fully supports Israel's 40 year occupation of Palestinian land and dutifully endorsed the besiegement of Gaza. Surprisingly, this is a politician who once curried favor with prominent members of the Palestinian community, attending a community fundraiser in which Edward Said was the keynote speaker, dining with Rashid Khalidi in Chicago, and receiving praise from Ali Abuminah during his time as a state senator. Domestically, his shift to the right is glaringly apparent, reflecting weaker stances on undocumented residents, the patriot act, gay rights, and a host of other domestic issues.Obama may have voiced opposition to the Iraq war five years ago, but his "courage" came at a time when it minimally affected his political aspirations. Since entering the senate, he has voted in favor of nearly 300 billion dollars in war appropriations and will continue to appropriate billions more if elected president. Obama is already playing up his ability to be hawkish on foreign policy (e.g. his illustrious declaration that he'd bomb Pakistan on "actionable intelligence") and has tried to validate himself as a "tough when necessary" type of leader. CLIP




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I'VE REALLY HESITATED BEFORE DECIDING TO INCLUDE THESE GRUESOME REVELATIONS (TO ME) BELOW, BUT THEN, CONSIDERING WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN GAZA, WHICH IS SIMILAR IN SOME RESPECTS, I THOUGHT THAT TO HELP AVOID A REPETITION OF SUCH UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS, IN GAZA OR ELSEWHERE, IT WOULD BE BETTER TO CONTRIBUTE TO A GREATER AWARENESS OF SUCH HISTORICAL FACTS THAN TO KEEP THE LID ON THIS.

Forwarded by Nattanya (nattanya@telus.net) on 10 Feb 2008

From : http://www.ihr.org/other/afterthereich072007.html

New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans at the End of World War Two

By Mark Weber

Germany's defeat in May 1945, and the end of World War II in Europe, did not bring an end to death and suffering for the vanquished German people. Instead the victorious Allies ushered in a horrible new era that, in many ways, was worse than the destruction wrought by war.

In a sobering and courageous new book, After the Reich: The Brutal History of Allied Occupation, British historian Giles MacDonogh details how the ruined and prostrate Reich (including Austria) was systematically raped and robbed, and how many Germans who survived the war were either killed in cold blood or deliberately left to die of disease, cold, malnutrition or starvation.

Many people take the view that, given the wartime misdeeds of the Nazis, some degree of vengeful violence against the defeated Germans was inevitable and perhaps justified. A common response to reports of Allied atrocities is to say that the Germans "deserved what they got." But as MacDonogh establishes, the appalling cruelties inflicted on the totally prostrate German people went far beyond that.

His best estimate is that some three million Germans, military and civilians, died unnecessarily after the official end of hostilities.

A million of these were men who were being held as prisoners of war, most of whom died in Soviet captivity. (Of the 90,000 Germans who surrendered at Stalingrad, for example, only 5,000 ever returned to their homeland.) Less well known is the story of the many thousands of German prisoners who died in American and British captivity, most infamously in horrid holding camps along the Rhine river, with no shelter and very little food. Others, more fortunate, toiled as slave labor in Allied countries, often for years.

Most of the two million German civilians who perished after the end of the war were women, children and elderly -- victims of disease, cold, hunger, suicide, and mass murder.

Apart from the wide-scale rape of millions of German girls and woman in the Soviet occupation zones, perhaps the most shocking outrage recorded by MacDonogh is the slaughter of a quarter of a million Sudeten Germans by their vengeful Czech compatriots. The wretched survivors of this ethnic cleansing were pitched across the border, never to return to their homes. There were similar scenes of death and dispossession in Pomerania, Silesia and East Prussia as the age-old German communities of those provinces were likewise brutally expunged.

We are ceaselessly reminded of the Third Reich's wartime concentration camps. But few Americans are aware that such infamous camps as Dachau, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz stayed in business after the end of the war, only now packed with German captives, many of whom perished miserably.

The vengeful plan by US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau to turn defeated Germany into an impoverished "pastoral" country, stripped of modern industry, is recounted by MacDonogh, as well as other genocidal schemes to starve, sterilize or deport the population of what was left of the bombed-out cities.

It wasn't an awakening of humanitarian concern that prompted a change in American and British attitudes toward the defeated Germans. The shift in postwar policy was based on fear of Soviet Russian expansion, and prompted a calculated appeal to the German public to support the new anti-Soviet stance of the US and Britain.

MacDonogh's important book is an antidote to the simplistic but enduring propaganda portrait of World War II as a clash between Good and Evil, and debunks the widely accepted image of benevolent Allied treatment of defeated Germany.

This 615-page volume is much more than a gruesome chronicle of death and human suffering. Enhanced with moving anecdotes, it also provides historical context and perspective. It is probably the best work available in English on this shameful chapter of twentieth century history.

Verne Warwick wrote:

This is in line with what was revealed in the book "Other Losses" by Canadian author James Bacque. Good to have such confirmation. Does not 3 million German lives constitute a "Holocaust"? Or is this a term that is reserved only for "The Chosen"? And only if it is a monstrous lie?

Hans wrote:

Verne

I just read Mark Weber’s synopsis of Giles McDonogh’s book After the Reich. I haven’t read this book, but judging by Mark’s review McDonogh is way off with his statistics. He strikes me as another “devotee” of the truth who proceeds under this pretext to white wash the BIGGEST GENOCIDE IN WORLD HISTORY by drastically minimizing its extent.

First of all, it was Eisenhower (diligently assisted by the British, Canadians and French, drenched in white hot anti German hate propaganda) who did the most killing in Germany, from 1945 to 1948. The Soviets came in a close second. At war’s end it was open season on all Germans.

Eisenhower fenced in a huge area of the Rhein meadows near Remagen...with no shelter, no latrines, NO FOOD, no medical facilities in which he herded 1.1 million German soldiers (many were wounded or suffering from typhus and dysentery) who had surrendered and simply let them die, exposed to the elements (talk about an efficient [and cheap] genocide). In fact, GIs were warned NOT TO FEED THE PRISONERS or they would be SHOT ON THE SPOT. Thus, not just a few thousand POWs perished, as McDonogh alleges, but OVER A MILLION in less than 9 months. For public consumption Eisenhower explained that these prisoners were not POWs but DISARMED ENEMIES. For them there were no provisions of war in the Geneva Conventions. POWs had to be fed the same food as their captors and given adequate shelter and medical attention. For disarmed enemies no such provisions existed. Eisenhower was a Jew and known for his hatred of Germans.

http://www.erichufschmid.net/TFC/Eisenhower-death-camps.html (Revealing article and pictures!)

It seems to me that McDonogh whittled down the number of German victims of atrocities considerably. According to James Bacque’s book “Crimes and Mercies” a MINIMUM of 13 million and an estimated MAXIMUM of 17 Million Germans, including mostly old men, women and children, died of starvation in Germany and Austria (if that’s what McDonogh considers malnutrition) in the period from 1945 until the end of 1948.

Add to this 15 million ethnic Germans fleeing from their homelands in East Prussia, Silesia and the Sudetenland, before a berserk Red Army running amuck, who raped, pillaged and murdered in the most gruesome manner everything and everybody, 8 year old children to 89 year old octogenarians. Of those 15 million only 9 million arrived in Western occupied Germany alive...according to the official tally announced by the first West German chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, who had to accommodate the arrival of these refugees. The rest is missing and simply vanished into oblivion. This information came to me from Gerd Honsik in German language and I don’t think there exists an English translation of it, alas.

Gerd Honsik’s website has been obliterated by the thought police, I suppose, ever since he was extradited from Spain to Austria, where he now is incarcerated. What a loss and what a despicable injustice.

The most sadistic massacres of Germans, though, occurred in Poland and Czechoslovakia. And the hate lingers on in both countries, smouldering below the surface. Lech Walesa, Polish labour hero, after receiving his Nobel Peace Price, announced unabashedly that if the Germans should ever start to make trouble again he was all for eliminating them, because “now we have the technology to do so”. Did anybody express outrage over this remark? I don’t think so.

http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/archives/deathinpoland/dp00.html

http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/archives/whitebook/desg00.html

http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/archives/sginferno/sgi00.html

Particularly the accounts I have read by some survivors of the massacres committed on Germans 1945 in Prague, I tell you, it makes your stomach turn. The Czechs of Prague, including seemingly respectable middle class people, turned into a completely insane psychopathic and homogeneous mob of beasts. The words fail me to describe these monsters of yore adequately. Unfortunately, I can’t find these texts right now. If I come across them again I will mail them to you.

Hans




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Forwarded by Mark Graffis" (mgraffis@gmail.com)

From: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2008/020408_shoot_americans.htm

U.S. Troops Asked If They Would Shoot American Citizens

Iraq vet exposes how he was trained to round up Americans in martial law exercise, asked if he would kill his own friends and family

Paul Joseph Watson - Prison Planet - February 4th, 2008

U.S. troops are being trained to conduct round-ups, confiscate guns and shoot American citizens, including their own friends and family members, as part of a long-standing program to prepare for the declaration of martial law, according to a soldier who recently returned from Iraq.

We received an e mail from "Scott", a member of a pipefitters union that runs an apprenticeship program called Helmets To Hard Hats, which according to its website, "Is a national program that connects National Guard, Reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with quality career training and employment opportunities within the construction industry."

Scott writes that his company hired a soldier who had recently returned from Iraq, who told him that U.S. troops were being quizzed on whether or not they would be prepared to shoot their own friends and family members during a national state of emergency in America.

"I have become very close to this young man and have gained his respect and trust," writes Scott. "I want you to know that he informed me about one particular training exercise his superiors made them perform. It was concerning the rounding up of American citizens that disobey any type of martial law or in other words any type of infringement on our freedoms."

"He was asked if he could shoot his friends or family members if ordered to do so. At the time he said he could," writes Scott.

Scott says that the soldier later "had time to clear his head" and realize the truth, recanting his vow to kill his own countrymen if ordered to do so.

The issue of whether U.S. troops would be prepared to round-up, disarm and if necessary shoot Americans who disobeyed orders during a state of martial law is a question that military chiefs have been attempting to answer for at least 15 years.

Its known origins can be traced back to an October 1994 Marine questionnaire out of the Twentynine Palms Marine Base in California. Recruits were asked 46 questions, including whether they would kill U.S. citizens who refused to surrender their firearms.

Documentary film maker Alex Jones brought to light similar training programs that were taking place across the country in the late 90's which revolved around U.S. Marines being trained to arrest American citizens and take them to internment camps.

During one such program in Oakland California, dubbed "Operation Urban Warrior," Marines refused to answer if they would target American citizens for gun confiscation if ordered to do so.

During hurricane Katrina, National Guard units were ordered to confiscate guns belonging to New Orleans residents.

As we first exposed in May 2006, Clergy Response Teams are being trained by the federal government and FEMA to "quell dissent" and pacify citizens to obey the government in the event of a declaration of martial law.

Pastors and other religious representatives are being taught to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to "obey the government" in preparation for the implementation of martial law, property and firearm seizures, mass vaccination programs and forced relocation.

Many scoffed at our original story, which was based on the testimony of a whistleblower who was asked to participate in the program. Claims that the story was a conspiracy theory soon evaporated when a mainstream KSLA news report confirmed the existence of the program.

The experiences of U.S. troops in the worst areas of Iraq, where soldiers are ordered to go door to door and arrest all men of military age as well as confiscate their weapons, is a mere portend of what is being planned for America if these training programs ever come to fruition.

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Related articles:

The Tenacity of American Militarism
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020408I.shtml
William J. Astore, writing for TomDispatch.com, says: "Recent polls suggest that Americans trust the military roughly three times as much as the president and five times as much as their elected representatives in Congress. The tenacity of this trust is both striking and disturbing. It's striking because it comes despite widespread media coverage of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, the friendly-fire cover-up in the case of Pat Tillman's death, and alleged retribution killings by Marines at Haditha. It's disturbing because our country is founded on civilian control of the military."

Iraq pushes ahead with oil plans
http://snipurl.com/1z4ky
The Iraqi government is inviting major oil multinationals to participate for the first time in the development of the oil industry, without waiting for the passage of crucial but controversial hydrocarbons legislation.

US 'must remain in Iraq'
http://snipurl.com/1z4l1
Republican White House hopeful John McCain yesterday insisted the US must maintain a long-term presence in Iraq and accused Democratic rivals of caving in to the forces of "evil".

McCain: 100 years in Iraq "would be fine with me"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFknKVjuyNk
The United States military could stay in Iraq for "maybe a hundred years" and that "would be fine with me," John McCain told two hundred or so people at a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire.




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From: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7998

Fragile Dollar Hegemony: Iran's Oil Bourse could Topple the Dollar

by Mike Whitney

Global Research, February 4, 2008

Two weeks ago George Bush was sent on a mission to the Middle East to deliver a horse's head. We all remember the disturbing scene in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" where Lucca Brassi goes to Hollywood to convince a recalcitrant movie producer to use Don Corleone's nephew in his next film. The "Big shot" producer is finally persuaded to hire the young actor after he wakes up in bed next to the severed head of his prize thoroughbred. I expect that Bush made a similar "offer they could not refuse" to the various leaders of the Gulf States when he met with them earlier this month.

The media tried to portray Bush's trip to the Middle East as a "peace mission", but that just a smokescreen. In fact, three days after Bush left Jerusalem, Israel stepped-up its military operations in the occupied territories and resumed its merciless blockade of food, water, medicine and energy to the 1.5 million people of Gaza. Clearly, Bush had green-lighted the operations or Israel's aggression would have been seen as a slap in the face of the President of the United States.

So, what was the real purpose of Bush's trip? After all, he has no interest in peace or in honoring his commitment to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. So, why would he choose to visit the Middle East just as his second term as president is winding down and there is no chance of success?

Sometimes personal visits are important; especially when the nature of the information is so sensitive that the message has to be made face to face. In this case, Bush went to the trouble of traveling half-way around the world to tell the Saudis and their friends in the Gulf States that they were going to continue linking their oil to the dollar or they were going to "sleep with the fishes". For the last two months, various sheiks and finance ministers have been moaning and groaning about the falling dollar---threatening to break from the so-called "dollar-peg" and covert to a basket of currencies. Bush's trip appears to have rekindled the spirit of brotherly cooperation. The grumbling has ceased and everyone is back "on board". The regional leaders now seem considerably less bothered by the fact that inflation is gobbling up their economies and driving labor, food, energy and housing through the roof. Reuters summed it up like this:

"After a flurry of public disagreements over currency reform last year, Gulf central bankers are trying to close ranks, talking up the pegs as a source of stability and playing down the dollar's weakness as a temporary phenomenon."

Looks like Bush smoothed things over.

In the last two weeks, the Gulf leaders have watched nervously while the Federal Reserve has slashed rates by a whopping 125 basis points. The cuts are steadily eroding the $1 trillion of capital the sheiks have invested in US Treasuries and securities.

"Inflation is at 16-year highs in Saudi Arabia and Oman, a 19-year peak in the United Arab Emirates. Gulf policymakers are intervening directly in loans, property and commodity markets to offset rate cut." (Reuters)

Property values have skyrocketed. Commercial property in the UAE has doubled since the beginning of 2007. The inflation-bomb has forced other Gulf states to provide food subsidies for their people and a "70% wage rise for some Emirati federal government employees."

Disgruntled migrant workers rioted in Dubai recently, demanding to be fairly compensated for the sharp increase in prices. The Saudi riyal has climbed to a 21-year peak.

Currency traders expect another 8% rise in the dirham and riyal by April and they are predicting that interest rates will compel Central bankers throughout Gulf states to covert to either the euro or a basket of regional currencies. So far, however, the loyal Saudi princes have continued their support for the dollar.

Defending Dollar Hegemony

So, how important is it that oil continue to be denominated in dollars? Would the United States wage war to defend the dollar's status as the world's "reserve currency"?

The answer to this question could come as early as this week, since the long-awaited Iranian Oil Bourse is scheduled to open between February 1-11. According to Iran's Finance Minister Davoud Danesh-Jafari, "All preparations have been made to launch the bourse; it will open during the 10-day Dawn (the ceremonies marking the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran) The bourse is considered a direct threat to the continued global dominance of the dollar because it will require that Iranian "oil, petrochemicals and gas" be traded in "non-dollar currencies". (Press TV, Iran)

The petrodollar system is no different than the gold standard. Today's currency is simply underwritten by the one vital source of energy upon which every industrialized society depends---oil. If the dollar is de-linked from oil; it will no longer serve as the de-facto international currency and the US will be forced to reduce its massive trade deficits, rebuild its manufacturing capacity, and become an export nation again. The only alternative is to create a network of client regimes who repress the collective aspirations of their people so they can faithfully follow directives from Washington.

As to whether the Bush administration would start a war to defend dollar hegemony; that's a question that should be asked of Saddam Hussein. Iraq was invaded just six months after Saddam converted to the euro. The message is clear; the Empire will defend its currency.

Similarly, Iran switched from the dollar in 2007 and has insisted that Japan pay its enormous energy bills in yen. The "conversion" has infuriated the Bush administration and made Iran the target of US belligerence ever since. In fact, even though 16 US Intelligence agencies issued a report (NIE) saying that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons; and even though the UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, found that Iran was in compliance with its obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation (NPT) Treaty; a preemptive US-led attack on Iran still appears likely.

And, although the western media now minimizes the prospects of another war in the region; Israel is taking the precautions that suggest that the idea is not so far-fetched. "Israel calls for shelter rooms to be set up in a bid to prepare the public for yet another war, this time, one of raining missiles." (Press TV, Iran)

"The next war will see a massive use of ballistic weapons against the whole of Israeli territory," claimed retired general Udi Shani. (Global Research http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7982)

Russia also sees a growing probability of hostilities breaking out in the Gulf and has responded by sending a naval task force into the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic.

According to an article on the Global Research site:

"The flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, the Moskva guided missile cruiser, joined up with Russian naval warships in the Mediterranean on January 18 to participate in the current maneuvers....The current operation is the first large-scale Russian Navy exercise in the Atlantic in 15 years. All combat ships and aircraft involved carry full combat ammunition loads.

(Global Research, http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7983)

France is also planning military maneuvers in the Straits of Hormuz. Operation "Gulf Shield 01," will take place off the coast of Iran and will employ thousands of personnel in combined arms operations that will include simulated attacks on oil platforms."

Exercises are scheduled to take place from Feb. 23 to March 5, and will involve 1,500 French, 2,500 Emirate, and 1,300 Qatari personnel operating on land, at sea and in the air, the ministry said..."Around a half-dozen warships, 40 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles will be in the war games", Fusalba said.

http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=3346953&C=mideast

Additionally, within the last week, three of the main underwater cables which carry Internet traffic have been cut off in the Persian Gulf and three-quarters of the international communications between Europe and the Middle East have been lost. Large parts of the Middle East have been plunged into darkness.

Is this merely a coincidence or is something else going on just below the surface?

Ian Brockwell, of the American Chronicle said:

"On the assumption that the cables cut were no accident, we must ask ourselves who would do such a thing and why. Clearly Iran, who were most affected, would gain nothing from such an action and are perhaps the target of those responsible?...Maybe this is a prelude to an attack, or perhaps a test run for a future one?

Communication has always been an important factor in military action, and cutting these cables might affect Ira's ability to defend itself." (American Chronicle, http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/51085)

Despite the lack of media coverage, tensions are mounting in the Gulf and the probability of a US-led attack on Iran is still quite high. Bush is convinced that if he doesn't confront Iran, then no one will. He also believes that if he doesn't militarily defend the dollar, then America's days as "the world's only superpower" will soon be over. So, the real question is whether Bush will realize that America is already hopelessly bogged-down in two "unwinnable" conflicts or if he will "go with his gut" once again and lead us into a ruinous region-wide conflagration.

Mike Whitney is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by Mike Whitney

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5th cable cut fuels allegations of isolating Iran
http://snipurl.com/1ze7e
Conspiracy theories of deliberately cutting communication lines to West Asia, primarily Iran, gained ground in the media and blogs as reports of another undersea cable cut - the fifth successive one in just a week's time - started emerging in cyberspace.

Using the Internet as a weapon - Commentary: Internet interruption in the Middle East looks fishy
http://snipurl.com/1ze7g
BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) -- Nobody knows what caused the cut cables in the Mediterranean that interrupted Internet service to parts of the Middle East last week, but there are now conspiracy theories galore written by bloggers and pundits. Some say it will benefit terrorists and Iran somehow. In fact, the cut cables -- originally blamed on ships dragging anchors -- look more like a ploy by some intelligence agency to disrupt Iranian commerce, specifically an emerging oil bourse that the Iranians have been quietly establishing and hoped to roll out fully in the next 60 days. There has always been talk about disrupting commerce by screwing up the Internet. We've just seen a proof of concept, whether done on purpose or by accident.This concept seems a little farfetched until you look at the details which were provided to me by one of my readers, Martin Kuplens-Ewart who has been following the story from the outset. He notes: "there is a substantial event that has effectively been killed by the loss of connectivity: the launch of the Iranian Oil Bourse." A marketplace for oil, gas, and various petrochemicals, the Iranian Oil Bourse would trade exclusively in non-dollars and probably substantial negative impact to the U.S. economy and financial system. The bourse was scheduled for launch this week (between Feb. 1 and 11. With complete elimination of Internet connectivity to the country, this launch is now impossible and unlikely to be achievable before month's end (given the estimate 10-14 days for repairs to fiber-optic cables)."He cites various articles expressing the mystery behind the cut cables and describing the bourse and its overall threat to the U.S. economy, as well as how the thing could backfire, ruining the Iranian economy. CLIP

Chinese cut off from internet
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/1162550.stm
Damage to an undersea cable has cut millions of Chinese off from the internet, and the problem could take weeks to fix.

ARE UNDERSEA CABLE CUTS ESCALATING “U.S. ECONOMIC TERRORISM”?
http://willthomasonline.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/are-undersea-cable-cuts-escalating-“us-economic-terrorism”/
(...) The debt-ridden dollar remains at record lows against the euro and a basket of major currencies. It is the contention of this veteran investigative reporter, with personal experience in the U.S. Navy and the Middle East, that the recent furor over five cuts to four vital undersea fiber-optics cables in recent days could have been carried out by USS Jimmy Carter. A five-year, $1 billion refit at the Groton, Connecticut shipyard saw this purpose-built, fiber-optic cable spy sub outfitted with high-tech upgrades, including remotely operated robot submersibles, and a special detachable chamber for splicing into the deeply submerged fiber-optic cables that carry 95% of the world’s telephone and Internet traffic – including the Persian Gulf.Instead of attempting to intercept that data stream, the sub, working alone or in concert with divers from other submarines, could be sending a clear signal to Teheran and other Gulf countries to “think twice” before opening a long-awaited Oil Bourse on the luxury island of Kish. Set to open for trading by February 10, 2008 after repeated postponements in the face of U.S. threats, the innovative Iran Oil Bourse - or IOB – will allow oil buyers and sellers acting for their respective governments to bypass speculators and banks acting as costly “middlemen” to trade directly in oil - online. The Internet-dependent bourse is highly vulnerable to digital disruption. And Kish lies close to Dubai, where the most serious and unprecedented breaks occurred in two new cables. [Energy Bulletin Feb 3/08] While the possibility of U.S. interference with this vital communications network remains speculative, the non-coincidental nature of five fiber-optic cable breaks in close succession, as well as the timing of the breaks, suggests a possible link with an impending euro-based bourse that threatens to push aside a U.S. dollar totally dependent on oil being traded in that currency. CLIP

A Pre-election Attack on Iran Remains a Possibility
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19296.htm
President Bush still believes the Iranians are developing nuclear weapons - and so do the Israelis. So for journalists to assume that neither the U.S. nor Israel will attack Iran before the November election could constitute another failure of imagination. Cato's Leon Hadar suggests questions the press should ask the presidential candidates about what they think the American response should be to various scenarios in the region - including a Gulf-of-Tonkin-like alleged provocation.

U.S. Heading To War in Iran, Says Former Inspector
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19316.htm
The White House is using outright fabrications and exaggerations to persuade the American public that Iran has an active nuclear weapons program, Ritter and Peck claimed. The ultimate goal, they said, is overthrow of Iran's Islamic theocracy.

US Crashes Internet In Middle East After Saudi Threat, Russia Responds With Air Forces
http://www.iraq-war.ru/article/155314
Reports circulating in the Kremlin today are painting a grim picture of just how desperate US War Leaders have become as their economy continues its freefall towards total bankruptcy by their crashing of Global Internet access for the Middle East’s banking centers in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Iran, UAR, Turkey and Kuwait. These reports state that the Americans became ‘enraged’ this past week when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) rejected US demands for an immediate increase in oil production. Further angering the Americans this past week was Turkey’s rejection of US demands for them to sever banking ties with Iran's Bank Mellat, and which allows Iranian continued access to Global banking resources. But, these reports state, the greatest fears of the United States were raised this past week when Saudi Arabia ‘warned’ the United States to ‘back off’ of its threats against Iran or face the Saudi’s decoupling the US Dollar from its enormous World oil trade transactions. Though the American President pictured top left with Saudi King personally went to the Saudi Kingdom to lobby the US’s Middle East allies in agreeing for attacks against Iran for the Iranians decoupling of the US Dollar from its oil trade, Bush was quickly rebuffed. It should be noted that those Nations who have dared to decoupled the US Dollar from their oil trade, Iraq, Iran, Russia and Venezuela, have come under withering attacks from the Americans, and their Western Allies; none worse than the Iraqis who are reported to have suffered over 1 million deaths since being invaded by the US in 2003. But, as these reports state, the ‘worst nightmare’ of the Americans appeared to be coming true this past week when their Saudi Arabian allies were reported to have begun the decoupling of the US Dollar from their oil trade with the intention of replacing the rapidly declining American currency with the European Euro. American War Leaders, though, have had previous warnings of the Saudis growing fears of being the holders of trillions of declining US Dollars with Saudi Arabia, for the first time, refusing to drop their interest rates in ‘lock-step’ with the US Federal Reserve, and leading to fears of a ‘stampede’ by other Middle Eastern Nations out of US Dollar backed assets. Under such a threat, and with the Saudi King growing closer to Iran’s President Ahmadinejad, Russian Military Analysts state in these reports that the United States invoked one of their so called ‘nuclear options’ by severing the three major undersea cables connecting the Middle East’s major banking centers to their Western, and Global, counterparts. The significance to the severing of these cables is the Middle East Banking Centers being denied access to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), based in Brussels and which carries up to 12.7 million messages a day containing instructions on many of the International transfers of money between banks, lies in Saudi Arabia, or any other Middle East Nation, being unable to change their previously, before loss of communication, encoded currency instructions from being changed. CLIP

Ships did not cause Internet cable damage (3 February 2008)
http://tinyurl.com/2sl6f3
CAIRO - Damage to undersea Internet cables in the Mediterranean that hit business across the Middle East and South Asia was not caused by ships, Egypt's communications ministry said on Sunday, ruling out earlier reports. The transport ministry added that footage recorded by onshore video cameras of the location of the cables showed no maritime traffic in the area when the cables were damaged. The ministry's maritime transport committee reviewed footage covering the period of 12 hours before and 12 hours after the cables were cut and no ships sailed the area‚ a statement said. The area is also marked on maps as a no-go zone and it is therefore ruled out that the damage to the cables was caused by ships, the statement added. Two cables were damaged earlier this week in the Mediterranean sea and another off the coast of Dubai, causing widespread disruption to Internet and international telephone services in Egypt, Gulf Arab states and South Asia. A fourth cable linking Qatar to the United Arab Emirates was damaged on Sunday causing yet more disruptions, telecommunication provider Qtel said. Earlier reports said that the damage had been caused by ships that had been diverted off their usual route because of bad weather. Egypt's communication and information technology ministry said it would report its findings to the owners of the two damaged Mediterranean cables, FLAG Telecom and SEA-ME-WE4. A repair ship was expected to begin work to fix the two Mediterranean cables on Tuesday.

Connecting The Many Undersea Cut Cable Dots - 9 Or More
http://www.rense.com/general80/cable.htm
The last week has seen a spate of unexplained, cut, undersea communications cables that has severely disrupted communications in many countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. As I shall show, the total numbers of cut cables remain in question, but likely number as many as eight, and maybe nine or more. CLIP

Cutting Cables, Lighting Fuses
http://dailyscare.com/2955/cutting-cables-lighting-fuses
A third undersea cable has been cut, effectively eliminating the Internet in the Middle East. But according to CNN that cable outage does not extend to Israel, Lebanon and Iraq. Is it a coincidence that these three countries, who represent the next phase of the war on terrorism, were spared in the communications blackout that is affecting the rest of the Middle East? With the reemergence of the shadowy Fatah Al Islam organization, which has been linked to Saudi Prince Bandar, Saad Al-Hariri, the Mossad and neocon Elliot Abrams, it becomes clear that the pre-invasion of Lebanon scenario from last summer has nearly been reset. Bush laid claim to Lebanon with his recent executive order criminalizing criticism of US/Israeli actions in Lebanon, just as he did with the previous one on Iraq. These two orders claimed that the entire war of terror hinged on these sideshows, declaring that failure in either represents “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.” CLIP

The Greenback Is Losing Global Appeal
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020408D.shtml
Michelle Higgins, reporting for The New York Times, writes: "The dollar used to be the universal tourist currency, accepted almost anywhere, from the streets of Hanoi to the plains of Africa. But the continued slide of the dollar against other currencies has led the greenback to be shunned in unexpected places, creating new problems for American travelers and pushing prices higher."




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