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March 4, 2008

Veracity Series #20: Disquieting Trends and Encouraging Signs of Hope

Hello everysoul!

I wish I had more time to dedicate to this information gathering and dissemination process as there is so much going on - as usual! Another hefty dose of reading material gathered over the course of the past 12 days, and shedding light over a whole range of issues.

Hoping you still generally enjoy the "ride" ;-)

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

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THE QUOTES

"You do such great work in informing the world and helping wake us up to the crying need for our cooperation in bringing in the peaceful and humane world that most of us desperately want."

- Ann Emerson (aemerson@wavecable.com)


"We have come a long way in our understanding of the physical world around us. But as far as our understanding of the worlds within are concerned, we have not progressed very far at all. We still know very little about how we think, about why we feel the way we do, or about how our attitudes and beliefs affect our perception and hence our reality. Today we have reached a point where we can no longer afford to ignore this inner world. It is human actions and human decisions that lie behind so many of the world's problems. Likewise it is human failings that often lie behind our sluggish (or sometimes non-existent) attempts to remedy them. The decisions we make are in turn guided by our values and our sense of what is important. If we believe that sustained material growth is the root to salvation, that money can buy us peace of mind, or that the survival of our egos is more important than the survival of the planet, then it is little surprise that our behaviour is so crazy. Our global crisis is, at its root, a crisis of consciousness. Global warming, the destruction of the rainforests, the wide-scale extinction of species, acid rain, soil erosion, the depletion of the ozone layer, pollution, toxic waste, atomic waste, the energy crisis, the North-South crisis, the economic crisis, the food crisis, the water crisis, the housing crisis, the sanitation crisis, and the many other crises that humanity faces are all symptoms of a deeper psychological crisis.The writing is on the wall. If we are to navigate our way safely through these critical times we have to mature inwardly. Why do we feel so insecure? Why do we want to feel we are in control of things? We must discover how to move beyond this egocentric phase in our development. And fast."

- Peter Russell - Taken from A Crisis of Consciousness


"My life is about bringing Joy, making miracles and creating joyously. I want to live genuinely, love purely and share abundantly. I also aspire to be a visionary creative, holistic healer & engaged mystic, manifested as an integral futurist, innovative artivist & pronoic uplifter ? I envision being fully alive, aware and present, aligning my body, mind and spirit in a harmonious state of being. I anticipate living and expressing my skills and talents in a way that makes our bodies dance, our hearts rejoice and our souls soar. I expect to grow in consciousness, learn from pain and pleasure and recreate myself constantly as I venture on the road from fear to love, from the self to the selfless on this amazing and wonderful journey. I want to explore the essence of the timeless, the heart of the infinite and the beauty of it ALL. I want to achieve my heart’s desires as I keep dancing with my soul. I want to share, inspire and empower many others to also make their dreams come true. I want to remember that it is about the beauty, mystery and majesty of the all-encompassing ocean of love that we have come from and to which we will return. I want to express our radiant, vibrant and eternal nature in ways unimagined and unexperienced before. I want to be the seed of change and the catalyst of positive transformation physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. I want to seek and find, learn and grow, express and experience, know and transcend while living fully and enjoying every moment of this magical adventure called life. "

- Darina Stoyanova (darinajoy@gmail.com) -- Taken from http://www.joybringer.gaia.com/ where there is MUCH MORE dazzling expressions of divine creativity to be found...

1ST STEP: Keep your eye on the “ball” – how you are consciously aware.
Realize that your sphere of “BELIEF” focuses your lens of consciousness.
This belief focuses the currency of consciousness on your "holodeck",
your platform for growth as a consciously aware soul... evolving
your conscience – HOW you are conscious -- as you are
tested on Spaceship Earth’s belief matrix holodeck.
As you become more aware of HOW you/we
all consciously process our programming
according to the Prime Directive for
optimal evolutionary ascent,
you and all souls become
aware of soulutions
that empower the
wisdom of
LOVE.

- Christopher Rudy (chrisrudy@wispwest.net)
-- Taken from Four Steps to Open Up a Society that is Closing Down



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CONTENTS

1. Cruelty to animals
2. Feedback on my reply to the person who doubted Mike Quinsey
3. Coast to Coast ET Invasion
4. Oprah and Eckhart Tolle
5. Unicorn Energy
6. Matthew's Feb 24 message
7. Former Congressman Warns Of Martial Law Camps In America
8. Impeachment is essential for cleansing the national soul
9. Does this represent you?
10. Peace Has No Borders
11. RALPH NADER FOR PRESIDENT: Right Man, Wrong Job
12. "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
13. Seafood
14. The World's Growing Food-Price Crisis
15. Johann Hari: We'll save the planet only if we're forced to
16. AMAZING TECHNOLOGY FROM JAPAN "MAY MAKE YOU SICK"
17. Singing starlings and why thousands of babies who should have been boys are being born as girls

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WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION

Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling (February 26, 2008)
http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Worldwide+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm
Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming - Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on.No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.A compiled list of all the sources can be seen here. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year's time. For all four sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.Scientists quoted in a past DailyTech article link the cooling to reduced solar activity which they claim is a much larger driver of climate change than man-made greenhouse gases. The dramatic cooling seen in just 12 months time seems to bear that out. While the data doesn't itself disprove that carbon dioxide is acting to warm the planet, it does demonstrate clearly that more powerful factors are now cooling it.Let's hope those factors stop fast. Cold is more damaging than heat. The mean temperature of the planet is about 54 degrees. Humans -- and most of the crops and animals we depend on -- prefer a temperature closer to 70. Historically, the warm periods such as the Medieval Climate Optimum were beneficial for civilization. Corresponding cooling events such as the Little Ice Age, though, were uniformly bad news.

Global Cooling comes back in a big way (February 9, 2008)
http://www.dailytech.com/Solar+Activity+Diminishes+Researchers+Predict+Another+Ice+Age/article10630.htm
Dr. Kenneth Tapping is worried about the sun. Solar activity comes in regular cycles, but the latest one is refusing to start. Sunspots have all but vanished, and activity is suspiciously quiet. The last time this happened was 400 years ago -- and it signaled a solar event known as a "Maunder Minimum," along with the start of what we now call the "Little Ice Age."Tapping, a solar researcher and project director for Canada's National Research Council, says it may be happening again. Overseeing a giant radio telescope he calls a "stethoscope for the sun," Tapping says, if the pattern doesn't change quickly, the earth is in for some very chilly weather.During the Little Ice Age, global temperatures dropped sharply. New York Harbor froze hard enough to allow people to walk from Manhattan to Staten Island, and in Britain, people reported sighting eskimos paddling canoes off the coast. Glaciers in Norway grew up to 100 meters a year, destroying farms and villages.But will it happen again? In 2005, Russian astronomer Khabibullo Abdusamatov predicted the sun would soon peak, triggering a rapid decline in world temperatures. Only last month, the view was echoed by Dr. Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. who advised the world to "stock up on fur coats." Sorokhtin, who calls man's contribution to climate change "a drop in the bucket," predicts the solar minimum to occur by the year 2040, with icy weather lasting till 2100 or beyond. CLIP

From Me to WE & Beyond
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quYpMMrV0wU
This inspirational movie is the co-created story of the evolution of me to WE & beyond. It is the synthesis of visionary art, amazing photography, passionate music & creative spirit inspired by the Pangea Day idea & vision. Feel free & invited to enjoy & share widely & wildly. It is dedicated to YOU, WE, y/our Loved ones & the future of Gaia, the infinite Universal Now & the beauty, goodness, wisdom & humor of ALL. We are truly really always already ONE & WE are The Ones WE have been waiting for. So Let US Be WE! :) Co-created by You, me, WE & produced by the Surprise Foundation, genuine gratitude & countless credits go to the many creators, artists, photographers, musicians, friends & creative souls who have inspired & contributed generously with your amazing art, work & beings to the film creation. So Thank YOU deeply!

The Truth (3 min 15 sec) MUST WATCH!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsPBVNecOMo
Even if it seems like a downer at first, stick with it to the end. BRILLIANT!!!

One - The Movie
http://www.onetheproject.com

UFO snapped over Thames (28 Feb 2008)
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article857527.ece

WHAT IS THE "STARCHILD SKULL"?
http://www.starchildproject.com/WhatisSC.html
The "Starchild" is a real, true bone skull independently dated by Carbon-14 to be 900 years old (+/- 40 years). Research indicates is unlike any human skull ever before recorded. The name "Starchild" is the result of early X-rays taken of the skull and maxilla fragment found with it, which showed unerupted teeth that, combined with the smaller-than-normal-adult size of the skull, indicated a child of age 5 or 6. A second skull was found with the Starchild, a normal, adult female of small stature, also C-14 dated to 900 years ago (± 40), and biochemically shown to have lived in the same general area as the Starchild. This second skull is often used for comparison to the Starchild. From its extremely shallow eye sockets to the total lack of frontal sinuses, the Starchild skull's morphology cannot be accounted for by any known combination of deformities. The bone is half as thick, weighs half as much, and is substantially more durable than normal human bone --unlike anything currently in the scientific record. Furthermore, inside that unusual bone are microscopic fibers and a reddish residue that so far defy any explanation.s

Revealing News: Saudis Threaten Terror in UK, Release of JFK Evidence, USDA Lapses, More
http://www.WantToKnow.info/008/080224saudisthreatenterrorjfkevidenceusdalapses

April 5th weekend - The Moses Code Release -- April 6th - Peace Vigil (9 - 10 am Pacific time)
http://www.themosescode.com/
For the first time a major spiritual film release is being combined with a worldwide prayer vigil focused on shifting the planetary consciousness. Join millions of people from every corner of the globe in learning the most powerful manifestation tool in the history of the world. Then on one momentous day we'll use the code to promote peace and compassion for all beings through over 1000 gatherings worldwide. This is the chance for humanity to use the Law of Attraction to create peace on the deepest level.Please join us for an experience that will change the world.

Baby Boomers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF9ikOfNzxw

Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait (Stunning composite art pictures, a MUST SEE!)
http://www.chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php?id=7
This series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 410,000 paper cups used every fifteen minutes. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. The underlying desire is to emphasize the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming. --- "The reason why I do this is that we aren't feeling enough, and part of the reason is because the information we have to work with is made of gigantic numbers, and these are numbers that our brains have difficulty in understanding and processing. That's why I try to translate these numbers into visual messages that can be felt, in the hope that they help each of us to face the big question: how do we change, as a culture, and how do we each, individually, take responsibility for our own behaviour. I'm not blaming anyone. This is just who we are right now". Check also his "Intolerable Beauty" collection. Recommended by Darina Stoyanova (darinajoy@gmail.com)

Ashes and Snow- Feather to Fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSX444hQ5Vo
Gregory Colbert has used both still and movie cameras to explore extraordinary interactions between humans and animals. - More through http://www.ashesandsnow.org/ - Take the enhanced version of the tour and give yourself 10 minutes and grace in a transcending experience you'll forever remember... Watch also this Ashes and Snow tributed and if you are really too much in a hurry right now to explore this stunning art at least watch this short video summary of Gregory Colbert's work - Recommended by Pierre Cloutier (ameast@total.net)

At Altitude - Chemtrails Up Close - Pics taken from a flying airbus.
http://www.rense.com/general80/closeup.htm
(...) The "Chemplanes" appeared to be flying at the same general altitude as our own flight - zipping past us multi-directionally like angry hornets-- some so close, I actually flinched (scared the $%^@ out of me!) a few times as they shot by and I found myself astonished that no one else seemed to notice this.  Wide-eyed, like a kid, I marveled at how just how MANY there were ... from what I could see, the chemplanes were clearly executing a colossal grid pattern of some kind, extending as far I could see to the horizon; CLIP

HOW IS THE FEDERAL BUDGET LIKE A PILE OF OREO COOKIES? (Must watch)
http://www.truemajorityaction.org/oreos/index_oca.php
Watch this short entertaining video by our allies at True Majority to see how the federal government is spending our tax money. Tax policies may seem abstract, but not when you visualize them in terms of cookies.

Corporate 'swift-boating' targets Kucinich. Please help.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us1GQI70h7U

Here's an example of their distortions.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiN4aTid7Fs

Establish International "World Unity Day"
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/establish-international-world-unity-day.html
For humanity to move forward successfully in the 21st century, a spirit of unity must be cultivated within the hearts of all nations and people. A foundation must be laid that will allow each nation to grow and prosper individually, but also collectively within the context of an interdependent global community. A successful future for all nations and people depends upon strengthening the bonds of our commonality as human beings, while honoring our differences. To create a healthy global environment for all nations to overcome the struggles they face, we must recognize that all have erred, all have faults and none are perfect, yet each has cultural gifts to share. Let us recognize and value those gifts. Let us celebrate the wealth of our diversity and strive to learn from each other and help one another in a spirit of openness, trust and respect. Petition:We, the people of earth, members of one global family, declare our unity and seek to honor it by establishing an internationally recognized “World Unity Day” - a day to celebrate the diversity of the human family. Goal: Deliver 1,000,000 signatures to the U.N. with every nation represented! Sign the petition

Lubbock Infant Can Read at 17 Months Old (Feb 28, 2008) STUNNING!
http://www.kcbd.com/global/story.asp?s=7937573

Incredible 11-Year-Old Yodeller (!!!)
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/178160/incredible_11_year_old_yodeller/

Get Service (we all need a pair of these)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfeXxkbgCVE
Recommended by Len Satov (len_satov@shaw.ca) who wrote: "This is powerful - I was deeply moved by it." INDEED!

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results of 2008 Election Early
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/diebold_accidentally_leaks

As Obese Population Rises, More Candidates Courting The Fat Vote
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/as_obese_population_rises_more

Richard Boylan: "Major announcement: The Altimarians Have Landed!
http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message512060/pg1
It is my pleasure and joy to announce that the 12 environmental scientists from the planet Altimar have now arrived on Earth!Their mission is to work on remedying the environmental damage which has occurred in so many of our ecosystems. They also look forward to eventually working with select top Human environmental scientists in a collaborative effort towards environmental clean-up and restoration of Earth. They will teach our scientists, and show them the advanced technology which they use to help clean up Earth faster than we can do it on our own without such advanced environmental knowledge and equipment. CLIP

World Clock
http://www.peterrussell.com/Odds/WorldClock.php

The Trials of Henry Kissinger - The Making Of A War Criminal (Video: 1hr 19 min)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6623.htm
"A fascinating, bombshell documentary that should shame Americans, regardless of whether or not ultimate blame finally lies with Kissinger. Should be required viewing for civics classes and would-be public servants alike." -- Brent Simon, Entertainment Today

WAKE UP! - "101" ON THE FOREIGN DARK CABAL'S EXPLOITATION AND CONTROL OF AMERICA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiHOP2P_NTA
Jordan Maxwell discussing who really runs the United States of America, Illuminati, business and family ties among the elite, International Maritime Admiralty Law and more exposing the reign of British royalty over the American citizens of the USA including the English-speaking world in general. To view PART one go at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhwKURm1_sA

9/11 Truth in BRUSSELS, European Parliament, 26th February 2008.
http://www.911blogger.com/node/14103
On Tuesday 26th February, Europarlementarian Guilietto Chiesa invited his colleagues and the press to attend the screening and debate of the Italian-produced documentary named "ZERO, an investigation into the events of 9/11." Object of the screening was to create political awareness of the faulty official investigation into the events by the 9/11 Commission. (...) Question: ‘Why did you make this film?’ Chiesa: ‘It is obvious that we are now cast in an infinite war, based on lies. And as long as there is no new and independent investigation, we will never have security. There are too many lies for the official narrative to be true. Our film is an instrument to request the re-opening of the 9/11 investigation.’ CLIP

'Incompetent' Criticism: 9/11, Phillip Shenon and the Biggest Lie in History
http://www.911blogger.com/node/14140

Vid: Cynthia McKinney Is Not Afraid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUhG9W2NuZM
"The 9/11 truth movement is as critical to the future course of our country and global politics as it is important for us to know what happened in November of 1963 and again in '65 and again in '68..."

'9/11 attacks made up, ' says French best actress Oscar-winner (March 3, 2008)
http://tinyurl.com/2ugxup'9/11
Actress Marion Cotillard sparked a political row yesterday after accusing America of fabricating the 9/11 attacks. The 32-year-old French actress, who received an Oscar last month for her performance as singer Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose, openly questioned the truth behind the terrorist atrocity in an interview broadcast on a French website. "I think we're lied to about a number of things," Cotillard said, singling out the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center as an example of the US making up horror stories for political ends.Referring to the two passenger jets being flown into the Twin Towers, Cotillard said:"We see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes. Are they burned? They [sic] was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, which burnt for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there [in New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed."She added that the towers, planned in the early Sixties, were an outdated "money-sucker" that would have cost more to modernise than to rebuild altogether, which is why they were destroyed. CLIP

STOP THE DANGEROUS AND INVASIVE MOTHERS ACT http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-the-dangerous-and-invasive-mothers-act
The MOTHERS ACT is a bill before the Senate, already passed by the House with only 3 "no" votes, which sets up a nation-wide screening and "education" campaign to encourage "antidepressant" drugs and other psychiatric drugs to pregnant and new moms. If this passes, we could see similar drugging rates to that of the non-mandated Teen Screen program, which results in prescriptions for 90% of people who take the screening test.The FDA Confirms that "antidepressant" drugs double the risk of suicide (at minimum) while numerous medical studies suggest the risk of suicide and violence against others is astronomically high on an antidepressant. Antidepressants have also been proven to be no more effective than placebo. Additionally they pose a serious threat to babies whose mothers take them during pregnancy and nursing, with pregnancy exposure behind many cases of spontaneous abortion, preterm birth, stillbirth, and serious birth defects and SIDS.The full press release follows.After you sign this petition, please read and distribute the press release which is found at http://uniteforlife.org/MOTHERpress.htm and go copy the contact information for the 21 senators on the HELP Committee (which still needs to examine the bill before it can be considered by the full Senate). http://uniteforlife.org/mothersactupdate.htm#contact CLIP

Revealing News: EPA Scientist Fired for "Bias", US Imprisonment World's Highest, Government Secrecy, More
http://www.WantToKnow.info/008/080303epascientistfiredbiasusimprisonmentgovernmentsecrecy

The following is recommended by Larry Stell (lstell@glasgow-ky.com) who wrote: "I have had this information for a week now. I have listened to the video, researched the material as best as I could and now I send it out for you to discern, investigate and research. I am unable to disprove anything that Dr. Deagle says."

Dr Deagle: The Grenada Forum
http://uncensored.co.nz/2007/09/27/dr-deagle-the-grenada-forum/
What you are about to see, will SHOCK you.This makes Zeitgeist look like a day of fun entertainment.

http://video.Google.com/videoplay?docid=-2221852945040630461

Now that you know what is at stake; here’s the good news from Dr. D:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2585664107547943684

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-452228146235353070

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2014494460891596371

Dr Deagle is a whistleblower who possesses possibly one of the greatest minds of our time. He had intended going into Nuclear physics at MIT but chose instead to go into bio-chemistry, then medicine all by age 20. He has done advanced training in technology. In his exposures, he has been in underground cities, he was a Doctor for the US Special Ops Command, Strategic Defence, The Echelon Project and the World Identification Program.Just so you know, the database containing everyone’s dial tone and identification information on every citizen in every westernised nation on the planet: information that is vital to the final implementation of the National ID implantable chip project, has been in existent for 26 years! They began collecting and storing this data three decades ago! This brilliant narrative describes everything from underground cities and military bases to genetically modified and weaponised Baboons, to the 911 agenda, to the AVIAN Influenza Pandemic, to Nanotechnology/Weaponry, to the National ID project, to off world facilities and fleets of spaced based aircraft and other advanced technologies, to micro nukes in cities, to dangerous pathogens for release into the water supplies, to the Moon Base and Mars colony, to Super soldiers and on and on. This is 2.5 hours of the most SHOCKING information to come across my desk to date.It would be easy to dismiss this as alarmist nonsense and yes, there are the usual sites in cyber space debunking Dr Deagle: none of it fact based I notice. What really got my attention was: this movie of Dr Deagle’s was filmed in December 2006 during which time he pointed out to his audience that his high level contacts had warned him of the upcoming sub prime mortgage market collapse which is unfolding before us right now.This either makes him a prophet or he has some very high level contacts it would seem.I am convinced we are entering into the most DANGEROUS era in the history of this planet.Please take the time to view these videos and then pass this information on to everyone so that they too might take action. This network needs to grow and grow quickly, to the proportion that we become an unstoppable force that will hopefully thwart their attempts to make us subservient to their evil plans. The word is now getting out, but we need to spread this information far and wide and as quickly as possible as it appears we have only 12 months left in which to take action. We ignore this warning at our own peril. PLEASE watch this and you be the judge.

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Pour les abonné-e-s en France, une émission sur ARTE à ne pas rater
Le monde selon Monsanto Diffusion le mardi 11 mars à 21h00
Le documentaire événement de Marie-Monique Robin
http://www.arte.tv/fr/connaissance-decouverte/LemondeselonMonsanto/1912794.html
Du continent américain à l’Inde en passant par l’Europe, une enquête magistrale et alarmante sur la multinationale américaine qui commercialise 90 % des OGM dans le monde. Détails sur le site ci-dessus.
Watch the revealing trailer, it's in English with French subtitles.

Éthanol, la fièvre verte(28 février 2008) Pour les abonné-e-s québécois - EXCELLENT REPORTAGE
DISPONIBLE SUR LE SITE CI-DESSOUS
http://www.radio-canada.ca/actualite/v2/enquete/
Le Québec s’est joint à la course mondiale aux biocarburants avec l'ouverture, cet été, à Varennes, d'une usine d'éthanol. Produit à partir du maïs, ce carburant est appelé à jouer un rôle grandissant dans le marché énergétique nord-américain, au moment où les États-Unis cherchent à réduire leur dépendance au pétrole importé. Mais cette course a un prix: le bouleversement de l'équilibre alimentaire mondial. L'éthanol est-il aussi vert qu'on le dit? Quelles sont ses conséquences sur l'environnement, sur notre porte-feuille et sur les plus pauvres de la planète?

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URGENT ACTION SUGGESTED

GAZA CONFLICT - CEASEFIRE NOW!
http://www.avaaz.org/en/gaza_ceasefire_now/1.php
Israel and Gaza are on the brink of war. A ground assault has left many dead, and the rain of rockets only spreads. Israel is now considering a full-scale invasion of Gaza, which has never worked before. The only answer is a ceasefire deal, already suggested by Hamas and supported by 64% of Israelis and some senior cabinet ministers. With international help, this could make civilians on both sides safer.Peace itself is at stake in the coming days, as are thousands of lives. But both sides know they are in a battle for global legitimacy, and international opinion matters. We need to raise a massive worldwide outcry for a Gaza ceasefire now - sign the emergency petition below, we will deliver it to senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders and in a billboard campaign: We call for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to stop the bloodshed and agree to an immediate ceasefire, and for the international community to engage constructively and help broker a fair deal for the safety of civilians on both sides.

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Abbas: Gaza Attacks 'A Holocaust' (01/03/08)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19446.htm
"Al Jazeera" -- - The Palestinian president has accused Israel of "international terrorism", saying its assault on Gaza constitutes "more than a holocaust". Mahmoud Abbas's comments on Saturday came as more Israeli air raids brought the total death toll over four days to 86 people, at least a third of which have been children, according to medical sources. Fifty-two people were killed during Saturday's raids alone. "It's very regrettable that what is happening is more than a holocaust," Abbas told reporters in Ramallah."Children who are barely five-months old are being bombed by the Israeli army." "We tell the world to see with its own eyes and judge for itself what is happening and who is carrying out international terrorism."Khaled Meshaal, the exiled Hamas leader living in Syria, also denounced the Israeli attacks against Gaza's civilians as "the real holocaust".Abbas later requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Palestinian leader said. Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst, said that "at best" Abbas could hope to get a Security Council resolution condemning the Israeli action."And as we know, Israel has ignored tens of UN Security Council resolutions over the last 40 years, and hundreds of UN assembly resolutions - so this is going to be more talk and probably not much will come out of it in the end," he said. Rana el-Hindi from Save the Children, speaking from inside the Gaza Strip, told Al Jazeera children were suffering greatly from the Israeli bombardment. "In the last three days at least 19 children have been killed ... it's a real concern for all organisations here," she said. "Most of the time, when we go into the field and talk to the children about their fears and concerns, they are always afraid of a new [Israeli] invasion to the Gaza Strip - and obviously the current situation is just ... what they fear." She said the number of children being hospitalised was increasing "day after day".Eissam Younis, director of the Al Mizan Centre for Human Rights in Gaza, told Al Jazeera that the Israeli army was "intentionally and systematically targeting civilians" and criticised world powers for their muted response."Israel puts itself above the law because the international community is always silent," he said. CLIP - Check the over 100 comments to this news at the URL above...

Shell-shocked Gazans emerge from rubble of Israel blitz (03/03/2008)
TRY TO IMAGINE LIVING THROUGH SUCH A SLAUGHTERING HELL... THE ISRAELI THUGS ARE ITCHING FOR AN EXCUSE TO FLATTEN GAZA AS THEY DID IN LEBANON in 2006
http://www.africasia.com/services/news/newsitem.php?area=mideast&item=080303152423.n11so3j3.php
As the last Israeli tanks rumbled out of the Gaza Strip the territory's shell-shocked residents crept out from the rubble where many of them had cowered for more than two days.The extended Abid Rabah family, all 67 of them, were confined by soldiers to a single room for most of the Saturday-Sunday incursion after an Israeli missile destroyed half of their house, including the kitchen. "They would not even let us eat or drink," said Hanan Abid Rabah, 34. "I asked the soldiers to let me fetch some milk for my son from the kitchen next door but they prevented me. We were trapped for two long nights." During those nights hundreds of Israeli troops backed by dozens of tanks trudged through the streets of the crowded Jabaliya town and refugee camp, clashing with Palestinian militants as warplanes pounded dozens of houses to rubble.As the explosions and gunfire thundered outside the Abid Rabah home, the interior was a scene of blood and chaos, with cries of hunger, tired children and the moaning of two young men wounded in the fighting. By the time ambulances were able to evacuate them, Rami, 23, and Mahmud Salih, 21, were both in critical condition after bleeding for more than a day.Troops withdrew from Gaza on Monday after killing at least 116 Palestinians, including dozens of women and children, in a devastating five-day escalation of violence including a string of air strikes in and around the territory.Most of those who died were killed in the massive assault on Jabaliya, north of Gaza City. On Monday, mourning tents stood on nearly every cratered street.

Amnesty rips IDF for 'reckless disregard of life' in Gaza
http://tinyurl.com/285qge
The London-based human rights organization Amnesty International has condemned Israel's attacks on Gaza, claiming they are "being carried out with reckless disregard for civilian life."

Anti-Zionist Jews condemn Gaza massacres (03/03/08)
http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2008/03/03/p23790
A worldwide organization representing anti-Zionist Jews has strongly condemned the ongoing mass killing and maiming by the Israeli occupation army of hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.In an “urgent statement” released Sunday, the Neturei Karta organization called on the world community to “stop the wild beast of the Zionist state from destroying the Palestinian people.” “We Orthodox Jews condemn the murderous terrorism and gangsterism of the Zionist murder machine,” read the statement, reacting to the killing of as many as a hundred Palestinians, mostly innocent civilians, including some 20 children, during the past 72 hours. The statement went only saying that “for sixty years the Zionist butchers have been expelling, occupying, ghettoizing, terrorizing and killing Palestinians who simply want their rights restored in their homeland of historic Palestine. “We call on all peace-loving nations to take every measure to stop the madness unleashed by the Zionists and to restore the rights of the Palestinians, thereby ending all suffering and bloodshed of all people in historic Palestine.”The statement affirmed that the Israeli state didn’t represent the Jewish people and religion.“They may call themselves Jews, but they are not following the Jewish religion. They are barbarians and butchers. They defile and desecrate the holiness of our religion, of our Torah.”The statement offered “deepest condolences and sympathy” to the entire Palestinian people who must constantly face the effects of Zionist terrorism.Neturei Karta, which means “Guardians of the City,” is an international organization of Orthodox Jews dedicated to the propagation and clarification of Torah Judaism. The organization is firmly opposed to Zionism on theological and moral basis. The organization often accuses Israel of generating anti-Semitism by acting and behaving in ways inconsistent with Jewish morality and ethics, including the Ten Commandments.

Gazans fearful of further attacks
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B1067402-9C91-4844-A0E2-525A1B898FEF.htm
Gaza's residents remain wary of further Israeli attacks, with air raids continuing even as Israeli troops withdrew after a campaign that killed 120 Palestinians over six days. The last Israeli tanks pulled out of Gaza on Monday, ahead of a two-day visit by Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, who is promoting US-backed peace talks.Rice's stated mission is to revive peace talks that were re-launched with great fanfare at a conference in Annapolis, Maryland, in November. A senior Israeli official said there would be a "two-day interval" for Rice's visit, though northern Gaza was hit by two air raids late on Monday.Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Gaza, said Rice's regular but inconclusive visits were starting to lose weight with Palestinian citizens. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, said on Sunday he was suspending contact with Israel in light of the aggression against the Gaza Strip. But by Monday he appeared willing to mediate a deal between Israel and his political rivals in Hamas, which control the strip. A statement from his office on Monday said the Fatah leader was "willing to work for the conclusion of a total truce with the Israeli side to spare our people more victims and suffering". A Hamas leader in Gaza confirmed to Al Jazeera that the group had received approaches from Fatah, but said Hamas "has not reached a decision yet and no direct talks with Abu Mazen [Abbas] have yet ensued". Despite calling an end to the operation Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, said Israel would be taking further action in Gaza unless cross-border rocket fire was cut significantly. "We are not willing to show tolerance, period. We will respond," Olmert said. Rowland also reported that Gazans were "very anxious indeed". "They are hearing the talk in Israel about this being merely the first stage of the operation and they are wondering: if this was the first stage, what on earth can they be likely to face during any second phase."Speaking after the pullout, Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian negotiator, said the US-backed peace talks, which Washington hopes can result in a statehood deal this year, would remain frozen for now. CLIP

Israeli Protests: End Gaza war crimes
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3513953,00.html
Hundreds of Israeli "leftist" activists join calls made by Arab states, EU; Tel Aviv protestor says 'child-killing government has no moral right to exist'.

Israeli terror continues to stalk Gaza
http://www.gulfnews.com/opinion/editorial_opinion/region/10194295.html
The artillery shelling never ends. The airstrikes never stop. The bloodbath never comes to a conclusion. For the Palestinians in Gaza, daily living is defined by the body count, the number of coffins being hurried to the cemeteries, the crammed hospital corridors and the overflowing of intensive care units.

Tens of thousands of Syrians, Arabs march to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/03/africa/ME-GEN-Syria-Israel-Arabs.php
Tens of thousands of Syrians filled the central square of Damascus Monday to protest ongoing Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip that have killed more than 100 Palestinians, while elsewhere in the region thousands others also demonstrated.

Egypt opens border with Gaza to move wounded Palestinians to hospitals
http://tinyurl.com/299vlv
Egypt sent 27 ambulances to the Rafah crossing to transfer 150-200 wounded Palestinians to hospitals in the Sinai Peninsula and other cities on the mainland.

Al Jazeera Video Report From Gaza:
http://tinyurl.com/2gqw4n
Anger explodes in West Bank over Israeli raids

Israeli force in Gaza is 'excessive'
http://tinyurl.com/yruqsn
U.N.'s Ban: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday condemned what he called Israel's "disproportionate and excessive" use of force in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza Protesters Form Human Chain (25 February 2008)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/022508P.shtml
BBC News reports: "Thousands of Palestinians are forming a 'human chain' in Gaza in protest at Israel's blockade of the territory. The protest's organisers say they expect up to 50,000 women and children to join the 40km (25-mile) chain, which is to link Rafah and Beit Hanoun."

Venezuela, Ecuador Mass Troops at Colombian Border
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030308O.shtml
Juan Forero reports for The Washington Post: "Calling a Colombian military strike that killed a guerrilla commander 'a cowardly assassination,' Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday closed his country's embassy in Colombia and ordered tanks, planes and thousands of troops to the 1,300-mile border the two countries share. Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, ejected Colombia's ambassador and also mobilized troops in response to the assault just inside Ecuador on Saturday that killed 17 guerrillas."

Uribe's Illegal Cross-Border Raid - Colombian Deaths in Ecuador
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19454.htm
By all accounts, the midnight attack on the camp of the Farc leaders, a mile inside Ecuadorean territory in the jungle region south of the Putumayo river, was a political decision taken by the Colombian president Alvaro Uribe to put an end to the peace process orchestrated by Chávez.

Generals to quit if US strikes Iran (26 Feb 2008)
http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=44700&sectionid=351020101
Some senior US military commanders are prepared to resign if President Bush orders a military strike against Iran, a new report says. "There are four or five generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran," The Sunday Times quoted Monday a source with close ties to British intelligence. "There is simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of people question whether such an attack would be effective or even possible," the source added. If proven true a revolt on such a scale would be unprecedented because "American generals usually stay and fight until they get fired," said a Pentagon source. Robert Gates, the defense secretary, has repeatedly warned against striking Iran and is believed to represent the view of his senior commanders. Iran has announced that in face of any aggression it will respond like a 'tsunami'.

Don't be fooled by the myth of John McCain (January 23, 2008)
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/348434_mccainonline24.html
(...) But the truth is that McCain is the candidate we should most fear. Not only is he to the right of Bush on a whole range of subjects, he is also the Republican candidate most likely to dispense with Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.McCain is third-generation Navy royalty, raised from a young age to be a senior figure in the armed forces, like his father and grandfather before him. He was sent to one of the most elite boarding schools in America, then to a naval academy where he ranked 894th of 899 students in ability. He used nepotism to get ahead: When he was rejected by the National War College, he used his father's contacts with the Secretary of the Navy to make them reconsider. He later married the heiress to a multi-million dollar fortune. Right up to his twenties, he remained a strikingly violent man, "ready to fight at the drop of a hat," according to his biographer Robert Timberg. (...) But McCain has distinguished himself most as an über-hawk on foreign policy.To give a brief smorgasbord of his views: at a recent rally, he sang "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran," to the tune of the Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann." He says North Korea should be threatened with "extinction."McCain has mostly opposed using U.S. power for humanitarian goals, jeering at proposals to intervene in Rwanda or Bosnia -- but he is very keen to use it for great power imperialism. He learned this philosophy from his father and his granddad Slew, who fought in the Philippine wars at the turn of the 20th century, where he was part of a mission to crush the local resistance to the U.S. invasion. They did it by forcing the entire population from their homes at gunpoint into "protection zones," and gunning down anybody over the age of 10 who was found outside them. Today, McCain dreamily describes this as "an exotic adventure" which his grandfather "generally enjoyed." CLIP

The Obama Craze - Count Me Out (February 29, 2008)
http://www.counterpunch.org/gonzalez02292008.html
Part of me shares the enthusiasm for Barack Obama. After all, how could someone calling themself a progressive not sense the importance of what it means to have an African-American so close to the presidency? But as his campaign has unfolded, and I heard that we are not red states or blue states for the 6th or 7th time, I realized I knew virtually nothing about him.Like most, I know he gave a stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. I know he defeated Alan Keyes in the Illinois Senate race; although it wasn't much of a contest (Keyes was living in Maryland when he announced). Recently, I started looking into Obama's voting record, and I'm afraid to say I'm not just uninspired: I'm downright fearful. Here's why:This is a candidate who says he's going to usher in change; that he is a different kind of politician who has the skills to get things done. He reminds us again and again that he had the foresight to oppose the war in Iraq. And he seems to have a genuine interest in lifting up the poor. But his record suggests that he is incapable of ushering in any kind of change I'd like to see. It is one of accommodation and concession to the very political powers that we need to reign in and oppose if we are to make truly lasting advances. (...) On energy policy, it turns out Obama is a big supporter of corn-based ethanol which is well known for being an energy-intensive crop to grow. It is estimated that seven barrels of oil are required to produce eight barrels of corn ethanol, according to research by the Cato Institute. Ethanol's impact on climate change is nominal and isn't "green" according to Alisa Gravitz, Co-op America executive director. "It simply isn't a major improvement over gasoline when it comes to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions." A 2006 University of Minnesota study by Jason Hill and David Tilman, and an earlier study published in BioScience in 2005, concur. (There's even concern that a reliance on corn-based ethanol would lead to higher food prices.) So why would Obama be touting this as a solution to our oil dependency? Could it have something to do with the fact that the first presidential primary is located in Iowa, corn capitol of the country? In legislative terms this means Obama voted in favor of $8 billion worth of corn subsidies in 2006 alone, when most of that money should have been committed to alternative energy sources such as solar, tidal and wind. (...) On March 2, 2007 Obama gave a speech at AIPAC, America's pro-Israeli government lobby, wherein he disavowed his previous support for the plight of the Palestinians. In what appears to be a troubling pattern, Obama told his audience what they wanted to hear. He recounted a one-sided history of the region and called for continued military support for Israel, rather than taking the opportunity to promote the various peace movements in and outside of Israel. Why should we believe Obama has courage to bring about change? CLIP
Also some info on the book "Obama's Money Cartel" at the URL above: Pam Martens exposes the slimy underside of the campaign for "hope" and "change". Obama says lobbyists "haven't funded my campaign". A lie, Martens writes in this explosive issue of CounterPunch. Five top contributors to Obama are registered lobbyists and he fronts for the most vicious players on Wall Street. Read how he helped pass the law for which Big Business had been scheming for a decade.

Meet Obama’s Foreign Policy Brain: Zbigniew Brzezinski (February 20, 2008)
http://www.jonesreport.com/article/02_08/200208_obama_brzezinski.html

Obama foreign policy advisor sanctioned creation and support of militant Islam tied to al-Qaeda
A "threat" to pull out of NAFTA? (Mar. 1, 2008)
http://www.unknownnews.org/080301-sdSat-CD.html
I read in the newspaper the other day that both Clinton and Obama swore to dissolve NAFTA... and intended it as a threat to Canada and Mexico. (...) If you believe that bullshit about NAFTA being a mutually beneficial trilateral agreement to lower tariffs and facilitate fair competition with equal terms to all three countries, then you're sorely mistaken. (...) All this sounds like a real sweetheart deal if you happen to be in bed with big business. As politicians, both Clinton and Obama signed their souls away in the prenuptials with Corporate America. With that in mind it strikes me as remarkably stupid that they would ever consider dissolving it, especially when threatening to do so in an attempt to leverage even more economic concessions. I'm serious. They're demanding we bend over and take it even harder than we already do or else they will dissolve their grossly one-sided legally binding arrangement thus preventing themselves from making such demands ever again. CLIP

The Meet the Press Transcript - Why I'm Running
http://www.counterpunch.com/nader02252008.html
The following is a transcript of Ralph Nader's appearance on Meet the Press on Feb. 24, 2008.

"Taxi to the Dark Side" Wins Oscar
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/022508O.shtml
Cynthia Fuchs reviews the Oscar-winning documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side" for PopMatters: "In December 2002, a 22-year-old Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar was picked up and delivered to the Bagram Air Force Base prison. Five days later, he was dead. Sgt. Thomas Curtis, one of the Military Police at Bagram, remembers, 'There was definitely a sense of concern because he was the second one. You wonder, was it something we did?' As detailed in Alex Gibney's devastating documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, Dilawar's demise was officially termed a homicide, like the first detainee to die at Bagram, Habibullah."

"Taxi to the Dark Side" trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX0MPcN08Zc

"Taxi to the Darkside" Screening - Alex Gibney on Torture
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boWR6UZLoJM&feature=related

Watch The Hour's George Stromboulopoulos interviewing Alex Gibney, director of 'Taxi to the Dark Side'
http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=2006

US economy a '$3 trillion' casualty of war in Iraq (March 04, 2008)
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=359&objectid=10495927
NEW YORK - The Iraq war has contributed to the US economic slowdown and is impeding an economic recovery, Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says.Meanwhile, the US Government is severely underestimating the cost of the war, Stiglitz and co-author Linda Bilmes write in their book, The Three Trillion Dollar War, due to be published in the US this week.The nearly five-year-old war, once billed as virtually paying for itself through increased Iraqi oil exports, has cost the US Treasury US$845 billion ($1064 billion) directly. "It used to be thought that wars were good for the economy. No economist really believes that anymore," Stiglitz said. Stiglitz and Bilmes argue the true cost is at least US$3 trillion, under what they call an ultraconservative estimate. They say it could surpass the cost of World War II, which they put at US$5 trillion, adjusted for inflation. The direct costs exclude interest on the debt raised to fund the war, health-care costs for veterans coming home, and replacing the destroyed hardware and degraded operational capacity caused by the war In addition, there are costs not accounted for in the budget, like rising oil prices and social and macro-economic costs. CLIP

I Was Kidnapped by the CIA (March/April 2008 Issue)
http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2008/03/exclusive-i-was-kidnapped-by-the-cia.html
Inside the CIA's extraordinary rendition program and the bungled abduction of would-be terrorists. Map of CIA Rendition Flights -- For hours, the words come pouring out of Abu Omar as he describes his years of torture at the hands of Egypt's security services. Spreading his arms in a crucifixion position, he demonstrates how he was tied to a metal door as shocks were administered to his nipples and genitals. His legs tremble as he describes how he was twice raped. He mentions, almost casually, the hearing loss in his left ear from the beatings, and how he still wakes up at night screaming, takes tranquilizers, finds it hard to concentrate, and has unspecified "problems with my wife at home." He is, in short, a broken man. There is nothing particularly unusual about Abu Omar's story. Torture is a standard investigative technique of Egypt's intelligence services and police, as the State Department and human rights organizations have documented myriad times over the years. What is somewhat unusual is that Abu Omar ended up inside Egypt's torture chambers courtesy of the United States, via an "extraordinary rendition" - in this case, a spectacular daylight kidnapping by the Central Intelligence Agency on the streets of Milan, Italy. First introduced during the Clinton administration, extraordinary renditions - in which suspected terrorists are turned over to countries known to use torture, usually for the purpose of extracting information from them - have been one of the cia's most controversial tools in the war on terror. According to legal experts, the practice has no justification in United States law and flagrantly violates the Convention Against Torture, an international treaty that Congress ratified in 1994. Nonetheless, Congress and the American courts have essentially ignored the practice, and the Bush administration has insisted that it has never knowingly sent anyone to a place where he will be tortured. But Abu Omar's case is unique: Unlike any other rendition case, it has prompted a massive criminal investigation - though not in the United States. An Italian prosecutor has launched a probe of the kidnapping, resulting in the indictment of 26 American officials, almost all of them suspected cia agents. It has also generated a treasure trove of documents on the secretive rendition program, including thousands of pages of court filings that detail how it actually works. Late last year, I traveled to Milan to review those documents and to Egypt, where Abu Omar now lives. What I found was a remarkable tale of cia overreach and its consequences - a tale that could represent the beginning of a global legal backlash against the war on terror. CLIP

Philip Giraldi: What FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds found in translation - Why is her story being covered up? (February 17, 2008) http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/points/stories/DN-sibeledmonds_17edi.ART.State.Edition1.45b446a.html
Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator turned whistle-blower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington's highest levels – sale of nuclear secrets, shielding of terrorist suspects, illegal arms transfers, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, espionage. She may be a first-rate fabulist, but Ms. Edmonds' account is full of dates, places and names. And if she is to be believed, a treasonous plot to embed moles in American military and nuclear installations and pass sensitive intelligence to Israeli, Pakistani and Turkish sources was facilitated by figures in the upper echelons of the State and Defense Departments. Her charges could be easily confirmed or dismissed if classified government documents were made available to investigators.But Congress has refused to act, and the Justice Department has shrouded Ms. Edmonds' case in the state-secrets privilege, a rarely used measure so sweeping that it precludes even a closed hearing attended only by officials with top-secret security clearances. According to the Department of Justice, such an investigation "could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the foreign policy and national security of the United States."After five years of thwarted legal challenges and fruitless attempts to launch a congressional investigation, Sibel Edmonds is telling her story, though her defiance could land her in jail. After reading its November piece about Louai al-Sakka, an al-Qaeda terrorist who trained 9/11 hijackers in Turkey, Ms. Edmonds approached the Sunday Times of London. On Jan. 6, the Times, a Rupert Murdoch-owned paper that does not normally encourage exposés damaging to the Bush administration, featured a long article. The news quickly spread around the world – but not in the United States. (...) Still, Sibel Edmonds makes a number of accusations about specific criminal behavior that appear to be extraordinary but are credible enough to warrant official investigation. Her allegations are documentable; an existing FBI file should determine whether they are accurate.It's true that she probably knows only part of the story, but if that part is correct, Congress and the Justice Department should have no higher priority. Nothing deserves more attention than the possibility of ongoing national-security failures and the proliferation of nuclear weapons with the connivance of corrupt senior government officials.
Note: The author of this article, Philip Giraldi, is a retired career CIA officer. For further powerful details of Sibel Edmonds' revelations, click here.

9/11 Aircraft 'Black Box' Serial Numbers Mysteriously Absent (02/26/2008)
http://www.911blogger.com/node/14081
(...) Of all major U.S. airline crashes within the U.S. investigated and published by the National Transportation Safety Board during the past 20 years, the 9/11 'black boxes' are virtually the only ones without listed serial numbers. (...) The United States government alleges that 4 registered Boeing commercial passenger aircraft were used in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, yet has failed to produce any physical evidence collected from the 3 9/11 crash scenes positively tied to these federally registered United and American airlines aircraft. Despite the release of abundant information regarding the 9/11 flights and the aircraft reportedly used, specific information that would confirm official allegations regarding the identity of these aircraft has been mysteriously withheld or denied upon request. CLIP

9/11: The Unraveling of the Official Story Continues (February 22, 2008)
http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=8096
Today in America we are witness to a great unraveling, the likes of which we have never seen before. There are no historical precedents. For many months now the official narrative about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America has been coming apart, and I mean: at the seams. The official story about that terrible day is disintegrating. The trend shows no sign of abating and in recent weeks it even appears to have accelerated. At the present rate, soon there will be nothing left of the official version of events but a discordant echo and a series of extremely rude after shocks. Is our nation prepared to face those rude shocks? CLIP

The Pentagon's Ray Gun - A Non-Lethal Weapon Straight Out Of Buck Rogers http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/29/60minutes/main3891865.shtml
NOTE: The Pentagon is trying to sell us (by making it sounds innocuous) one of its latest mass torture "non lethal" weapon which, once deployed across the world, will forever change the outcome of any type of protest action. Their "Active Denial System" will in fact be used to actively deny ("crowd control" as they call it) any form of democratic protest deemed unacceptable by the powers that be, not to mention the fact it is a perfect tool to endlessly torture innocent people by inflicting them repeated searing pain. Imagine what will happen when they'll reduce the size of this evil gizmo to the size of a taser handgun...

Record-high ratio of Americans in prison (Feb 28, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080228/ap_on_re_us/prison_population
NEW YORK - For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population and urging states to rein in corrections costs with alternative sentencing programs. The report, released Thursday by the Pew Center on the States, said the 50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections last year, up from less than $11 billion 20 years earlier. The rate of increase for prison costs was six times greater than for higher education spending, the report said.Using updated state-by-state data, the report said 2,319,258 adults were held in U.S. prisons or jails at the start of 2008 — one out of every 99.1 adults, and more than any other country in the world. The steadily growing inmate population "is saddling cash-strapped states with soaring costs they can ill afford and failing to have a clear impact either on recidivism or overall crime," said the report.Susan Urahn, managing director of the Pew Center on the States, said budget woes are prompting officials in many states to consider new, cost-saving corrections policies that might have been shunned in the recent past for fear of appearing soft in crime. (...) The report said prison growth and higher incarceration rates do not reflect a parallel increase in crime or in the nation's overall population. Instead, it said, more people are behind bars mainly because of tough sentencing measures, such as "three-strikes" laws, that result in longer prison stays. "For some groups, the incarceration numbers are especially startling," the report said. "While one in 30 men between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, for black males in that age group the figure is one in nine." The nationwide figures, as of Jan. 1, include 1,596,127 people in state and federal prisons and 723,131 in local jails — a total 2,319,258 out of almost 230 million American adults. The report said the United States is the world's incarceration leader, far ahead of more populous China with 1.5 million people behind bars. It said the U.S. also is the leader in inmates per capita (750 per 100,000 people), ahead of Russia (628 per 100,000) and other former Soviet bloc nations which make up the rest of the Top 10.

UNCOUNTED - TRAILER - MUST WATCH!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nJz09T0HME
Trailer for the explosive new political documentary UNCOUNTED. This controversial film by Emmy award-winning director David Earnhardt shows how the election fraud that changed the outcome of the 2004 election led to even greater fraud in 2006 -- and now looms as an unbridled threat to the outcome of the 2008 election!

Kremlin accused of fixing presidential poll (March 1 2008)
The Banana Republic of Russia following in the footsteps of the fixed US Elections, but with cruder means...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/01/russia
State workers ordered to vote for Putin's protege - Ballot boxes 'to be stuffed' after polls close tomorrow - The Kremlin is planning to falsify the results of tomorrow's presidential election by compelling millions of public-sector workers to vote and by fraudulently boosting the official turnout, the Guardian has been told by independent sources. Governors, regional officials and even headteachers have been instructed to deliver a landslide majority for Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's first deputy prime minister, whom President Vladimir Putin has endorsed as his successor. Officials have been told they need to secure a 68-70% turnout in this weekend's poll, with about 72% voting for Medvedev. Independent analysts believe the real turnout will be much lower, with 25-50% of the electorate taking part.The Kremlin is planning to bridge the gap through widespread fraud, diplomats and other independent sources have told the Guardian. Local election officials are preparing to stuff ballot boxes once polls have closed, they believe, with regional officials giving inflated tallies to Russia's central election commission. Additionally, public-sector workers including teachers, students and doctors have been told to vote tomorrow or risk serious consequences. Parents have even been warned that if they fail to turn up their children might suffer at school. Marina Dashenkova, of the Golos independent poll monitoring organisation, said complaints to its hotline were following a similar pattern to those made during the parliamentary poll in December. Forced use of absentee ballots, pressure on state workers and the illegal use of state resources to promote Medvedev were the most common complaints, she said.Renat Suleymanov, secretary of the Communist party in Novosibirsk region, said state workers in schools, libraries, nurseries and doctors' clinics as well as employees of private companies were "coming under intense pressure" to vote in tightly controlled conditions at their place of work using absentee ballots. CLIP

Police crush Moscow protest
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5B0630C9-7AB5-41DD-8E8E-B2D406911EBD.htm
At least 17 opposition protesters have been arrested as riot police put down a banned rally in Turgenevskaya Square in central Moscow. The protesters from the Other Russia coalition of opposition parties - who were heavily outnumbered by the hundreds of police - were grabbed and forced on to buses to cries of "No police power".The police, some wearing helmets and carrying riot shields, surrounded a park and the entrance to a metro station seizing people from the crowd. (...) Other Russia said it was organising the protests to allow ordinary Russians to express their thoughts about the political climate in Russia. Adel Naidenovich, a member of Limonov's National Bolshevik party, asked where the other opposition parties were."No Zyuganov here, where is Zhirinovsky," she asked, referring to two of the defeated presidential candidates who have complained about the conduct of the vote."We have eight parties not allowed to take part in elections, where are they? There is nobody here because they know that it is fascism, they are afraid of being beaten."

Iran, Iraq sign seven pacts
http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=164350
BAGHDAD - Tehran and Baghdad signed seven cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding on Monday in Baghdad during Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's visit to Iraq.The Iranian president started a landmark two-day visit to Iraq on Sunday which ended on Monday. Iran and Iraq signed pacts on a number of issues, including cooperation in education, customs affairs, insurance, and transportation; the establishment of industrial towns; supervision of imports; and the implementation of joint industrial projects."We have discussed 20 programs over the course of the visit, and these meetings have been held in a positive atmosphere. We have signed seven agreements today," AFP quoted Ahmadinejad as saying at a press conference on Monday. The two countries also plan to sign agreements on the transfer of Iranian electricity to Iraq, facilitating the activities of Iranian and Iraqi businessmen, eliminating double taxation, encouraging investment, cooperation between banks, the construction of the Abadan-Basra oil pipeline, and the construction of power plants in Baghdad, Najaf, and Al Amarah by Iranian companies with funding from the Iraqi government.

Renewed energy (February 26, 2008)
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/jeremy_leggett/2008/02/renewed_energy.html
A recent German experiment shows that renewable energy, harnessed on a national scale, can indeed replace fossil fuels and nuclear power - One of the loudest arguments of those who profess that traditional energy is needed even if renewables markets grow large is that modern nations cannot be powered properly without it. In particular, they say, renewables cannot meet baseload demand. Late last year, a German economics ministry experiment showed that distributed power can indeed produce reliable baseload in a secure and reliable manner. Thirty-six decentralised renewable plants - a mix of biogas, wind, solar (photovoltaics, or PV) and hydropower - were linked by three companies and a university in a nationwide network controlled by a central computer. Schmack Biogas AG, Enercon GmbH, SolarWorld AG and the Institute for Solar Energy Supply Systems at the University of Kassel conceived and ran the experiment with 13 other partners, aiming to show in miniature via a "combined power plant" what could be done, if the will can be summoned on a national scale, to replace both fossil fuels and nuclear power. The experimental network, capable of producing about 50 megawatt hours of electricity a year - 61% from wind (12.6MW of peak power), 25% from biogas (4MW peak), and 14% for PV (5.5MW peak) - was scaled to meet 1/10,000th of the electricity demand in Germany. It was equivalent to a small town with around 12,000 households. The system met both continuous baseload and peakloads round the clock and regardless of weather conditions. During the day of the press conference to announce the results, there was no wind at all in Germany and the country was covered by cloud. Such intermittency of solar and wind, of course, means that bioenergy has to play an important role. Four biogas plants were used along with three wind parks and 20 PV installations. The current cost of generating electricity from the combined power plant is currently 13 eurocents per kWh, twice as expensive as conventional electricity. But then the price of conventional polluting electricity is rising fast in Germany, as everywhere else. If peak oil hits us in a few years, and if rising concern about climate change forces governments to avoid a dash for coal-to-liquids and coal use without carbon capture, the question then becomes how quickly renewables can rise from their current low level of global electricity production - alongside maximal energy efficiency - to meet the challenge. There, sadly, the news is not good. We have been held back for too long after all the years of the great addiction. We can grow far faster than nuclear, but there would still be a sizeable gap, otherwise known as the third energy crisis.

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?February 27, 2008)
http://www2.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/200802/tows_past_20080227.jhtml
When Lisa Ling visits The Oprah Show, you're likely to go someplace you've never been before. She has given viewers rare looks inside places as remote as North Korea and Uganda and as close as secretive polygamous communities in America.But it's likely you've never seen anything like "freegans." This growing grassroots subculture is made of people who have decided to live outside consumer society. Freegans say our culture's emphasis on buying the newest products -- and throwing away perfectly fine older things -- is a waste of the world's resources. Instead, they focus on buying less and use only what they need. One of the main ways freegans do this is by salvaging food and other goods from the trash.Three years ago, Madeline was an executive living in New York City earning a six-figure salary. After a six-month period of conversion, she says she became a freegan who gets almost all her food from what other people throwaway. "I started thinking about what I was consuming," she says. "I started looking at how much I was consuming and how consumerism is really driven by corporations who make lots and lots of money by getting us to buy things."Madeline's lessons in freeganism included a "trash tour" of New York. These tours show interested people just how much perfectly safe, edible food can be found that has been thrown away. "I thought, 'Well, why not?' I just wanted to see what's there." Now Madeline routinely takes people in New York City on trash tours. (...) Obviously, most people aren't ready or willing to set out on late-night searches through bags of garbage, but there are other ways to cut down on how much you consume. "Part of it is also just the practice of saying, 'Do I really need to go out and buy new clothes? New electronics? Do I really need an SUV to get around? Or could I go by bicycle?'" Madeline says.One way to cut down on consumption in your community, she says, is by checking out websites like freecycle.org. "You can find your own town and find people who want to give stuff and get stuff absolutely for free. So if you've got that pair of shoes you never wear anymore, put it onfreecycle.org." CLIP

CLONED MEAT NOW IN U.S. FOOD SUPPLY
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_10496.cfm
Although the USDA only recently removed a voluntary market sale moratorium on foods from cloned animals, a Kansas cattleman claims these products are already in the U.S. food supply. "I have sold offspring of cloned animals into feedlots, and they are in the food chain," said Donald Coover, a cattleman and veterinarian. Coover says he has sold semen from clones to many US meat producers in the past few years, and that others have been doing the same. Despite strong public opposition, the FDA has announced that these foods do not need to be labeled as such, so consumers buying meat dairy and eggs don't know if the product came from a cloned animal. Fortunately, the USDA has clarified that foods labeled as "organic" cannot come from cloned animals.

The war for seeds: military agricultural complex (March 01, 2008)
http://another-green-world.blogspot.com/2008/03/war-for-seeds-military-agricultural.html
(...) While mass extinctions are taking place in natural ecosystems, the same has taken place in domesticated seeds. Today there are only half a dozen apple types grown in the UK, down from 2,000 a century ago. Over 90% of crop types listed in the US have been lost in 80 years, and China now grows fifty types of rice, down from 8,000 just twenty years ago. The whole human population is supported by just 30 main crop varieties - a recipe for disaster. CLIP

Cancer in EU at 'epidemic' levels
http://www.theparliament.com/EN/News/200801/c1eab98c-a31d-46ce-a38d-cd49d734b961.htm
Cancer is at epidemic levels with a million people dying of the disease across the EU every year, according to British MEP John Bowis.

Now is the Time to End Homelessness in America (19 February 2008)
http://newbroomcoalition.org/content/now-time-end-homelessness-america
According to a recent point in time survey by the National Alliance to End Homeless, there are an estimated 740,000 people experiencing homelessness at any given time in America. In addition to this, an estimated 3.5 million people will experience temporary homeless at some point in a given year, including some 1.35 million children according to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. As America slides into a recession many victims of the mortgage crisis will find themselves homeless, hidden victims of the subprime loan fallout. The fact is that homeless can happen to anyone, children,working adults, veterans and even entire families.I believe that we as Americans have the collective will to end homelessness in America by strengthening the social safety net and making sure that no one falls through the cracks. At the federal level there are many proposals available that would provide a seamless web to catch those who have fallen on hard times and insure that in the future no one is found sleeping under a bridge or frozen to death in the middle of the winter for lack of adequate housing. CLIP - Much more on this through http://newbroomcoalition.org

EMF-Omega-News 23. February 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/4728860/

Omega-News Collection 23. February 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/4728862/

EMF-Omega-News 1. March 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/4748671/

Omega-News Collection 1. March 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/4748675/




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From: MICHAEL DEAN (michael8dean@mac.com)
Subject: Cruelty to animals
Date: 22 Feb 2008

Jean,

Today's piece on our worldwide cruelty to animals begs a very large question indeed - one that we should put to the Planetary Council if and when the opportunity arises:

"The Earth is said to be one of the highest expressions of creative intelligence in the physical Universe - and yet every species - human, animal, bird, marine, reptile, insect - seems to be hunting [or husbanding] and eating every other species, in an endless chain of slaughter. With the greatest possible respect, how can such a situation be part of a so-called spiritual/physical world?"

Thanks yet again for all the incoming material - much of it inspiring, and much of it very dismaying indeed. . .

Michael Dean
London

AND MY REPLY WAS:

Hi Michael!

Good to hear from you!

That is a very "meaty" (substantive...) question indeed. THANKS for offering me an opportunity to comment on this.

Not that I want to be nitpicking but I'd question first the premise of your statement above.

To me the Earth is one amongst billions and billions and billions of high expressions of creative intelligence in the physical Universe. It is a very anthropocentric view to forget that Creator manifested countless zillions of expressions of Its creative intelligence in this and the 6 other physical universes currently in existence - according to Matthew.

Then using a VERY loaded word like "slaughter" is skewing the perception of the reader in just one direction.

You could also envision this process of each inferior (on the scale of complexity) life form nourishing all the other ones above as a wonderful example of the intricate interdependency of everything that exists - ecology as a science is all about understanding the tightly woven interactions between the millions of components of the Web of Life necessary for its continued existence - and a reminder of the fact that none of us exists on an isolate island as an independent entity apart from everything else. All living beings form a vast interwoven family and such "philosophical" considerations as the ones you raised above partly miss this vital point.

I'd say it also reflect a romantic view of spirituality and a rather partial grasp of a fundamental Divine design embedded in All That is.

It is said that when a prey dies at the claws of one of its natural predators, the animal experiences no exceptional undue stress as this is a perfectly natural end of its life that is woven into its instinctual understanding of reality. The sacrifice of one's life to allow another one to prosper and the entire Web of life to sustain itself is done without any hesitation because it falls within the natural parameters genetically ingrained into all life forms over millions of years of evolution. There is no cruelty involved in the taking of an impala's life by a lion - or, for that matter, of a mice by a cat - just the natural unfoldment of a perfectly natural process.

On the other hand, when greed and for profit only considerations enter into play, as when presumably highly evolved and brilliantly intelligent beings such as us, humans, disregard the minimal conditions for the well-being of animals raised for their meat completely out of any natural cycle in infect industrial feedlots and with a complete lack of compassion for the sufferings of these sentient and often highly intelligent animal beings, then this is an altogether unnatural thing that happens to these animals.

This is completely out of the genetically-bred sense of normality and is definitely experienced as an harrowing torture (especially at the time they are shipped to slaughterhouses in horrific conditions and sometimes bled alive in front of all the other animals) whose vibrational imprints remains embedded into the very flesh humans eat afterwards... I should also mention the cancer-inducing chemical residues from the highly contaminated and toxic food many animals ingest, all the antibiotics force-fed to them to prevent the industrial farmer's "investments" to die in the horrendous conditions they must endure for their entire short miserable lives, and even the karmic consequences of directly participating, with a full knowledge of these facts, in supporting an industry that systematically denies our evolutionary kins their fundamental rights to a minimum of well-being and comfort, all in the name of sacrosanct profit! Moreover, this multi billion dollars industry directly contributes to both the malnutrition of over a billion human beings priced out of a healthy diet by the competition on grains by feedlot operators wasting on average 9 vegetal proteins to produce only one animal protein, and to the wholesale destruction of our sole planetary life support system because of sprawling cattle ranches in the Amazon rainforest, for instance, and the incommensurable amount of resources (water, oil, cereals) and natural assets dilapidated, mostly because too many people eating way too much meat raised in such an unsustainable manner.

Well, you can tell Michael by this long rant that you touched a raw nerve in me with your question.

So, you can see through my reply that in the context of naturally occurring events, I don't feel that there is much cause for concern, whereas in the debased, unnatural context of humanity's exploitation of all other life forms for our sole benefit and with an absolute disregard for the sanctity of all Life, there is indeed much cause for concern, debate and action!

We each have a choice as consumers and as beings of higher conscience every time we are faced with the choice of buying products coming to us through the vagaries of such a exploitative system. The more we know, the more we have the opportunity to make enlightened choices, and as more and more people make such informed, environmentally sustainable and ethically sensible choices, more and more pressures are exerted towards the right changes for a brighter future for all sentient beings on Earth.

So not only must we vote and buy with our conscience, but it is also incumbent upon us, to pass the spiritual tests and learn the spiritual lessons we came here for, that we snap out of our mindlessly happy WalMart consumer attitude and challenge business-as-usual for what it is causing to us all, and strive to access the higher divine consciousness waiting a nano perceptual conscience away for our awakening and coming of age into a new era of Peace, Love and Harmony for all.

Jean

AND MICHAEL REPLIED:

Jean!

Thank you for your wonderfully clear explanation of a very sensitive subject to which it appears that I hadn't given enough calm and dispassionate thought. . . I know that I can always trust you to put me right whenever I climb on my high horse and gallop away in every direction!

Love from a chastened and enlightened

Michael




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Date: 25 Feb 2008
Subject: Re: your reply to the person who doubted Mike Quinsey
From: cedarflute@juno.com

Hello Jean,

To anyone who read the letter to ERN which doubted that one person, Mike Quinsey, could channel so many different "off-planet" sources, I would like to tell you of my personal experience.

I am retired and live in Tucson, Arizona. In May of 2001, in addition to contact by our own Spirit Guide, my wife and I began receiving messages from a second spiritual entity... whose name was known to us from other spiritual writings. A few weeks later, another entity came through to us with requests for particular meditations for the benefit of certain areas of the planet.

The energy forces of this individual was so strong, we both experienced extreme difficulty breathing and some dizziness. We were instructed to lay prone on the floor or bed with water containers on our chest to make the energy of the transmission tolerable. Within another two weeks... two more entities with this very strong energy began coming...making a total in all of 5 separate spiritual entities we were receiving, each of who came with different types of information.

Each had it's on distinct type of voice, a particular type of mission to accomplish, and particular degree of physical energy which could be felt... two of them very strongly. One of them told us he was sending the message from the Pleiades and it was difficult to lower his energy vibrations any lower for us.

They actually set up a daily time schedule for us to meditate which one or two of them would contact us.

We did not seek them out, nor ask them to come. They needed an outlet on this planet and asked for our help which we now believe was for a prelude to the 911 Twin Towers event. Shortly after September...each of them...one by one... ceased their appearance until December when our Spirit Guide thanked us with the admonition we would likely experience the balance of our Earth Life..."without Spirit in your pocket... so to speak."

I seriously doubt that simply an overactive imagination could have given two people the same simultaneously strong physical sensations that we experienced.

I do not know Mike Quinsey, but I will add a voice of confirmation... that one person can truly be a "telephone" to bring messages to this planet... which does not have very many open lines to the Spiritual Realm.

Regardless of the messenger... always consider the worthiness of the information within the message!

I appreciate your efforts Jean, and would like to have been in a position to have given you more support over the years.

Sincerely,

James S.
...dedicating my energy to helping the transition.

AND MY REPLY WAS:

Dear James

Thank you very much for sharing with me details on your most interesting experience with channeling various entities. I've included your letter - minus the first paragraph and your name as you requested.

I was wondering also if you'd have any recent channeled message that would be worth sharing as an example of the kind of information you receive.

Love, Light and blessings

Jean

AND JAMES' FASCINATING REPLY WAS:

Hi again Jean.

I wasn't necessarily expecting a reply...I'm sure you have far too many things that demand your attention. I will write randomly a bit...primarily for your information to help clarify what our interaction with the "off-planet team" was like. What you share or not share with others is your choice, although I doubt seriously if it is of much interest to anyone else.

In 2001 we received many messages about the planet's energy grid system...a couple of them were so technical it was a challenge to fully comprehend. When their communications first began, it was requested that we make a tape recording of every conversation, but we never received any requests to do anything with the recordings. We ended up with about 40 tapes...90 minutes long.

Many of the conversations were requests for us to meditate and visualize a specific location on the globe, and to visualize a geometric shape radiating a beam of light of a specific color on the area. They ask us to buy a world map in order to visualize the city or area in proper relationship to the country and the planet.

We received many messages requesting that we make a trip to some location. We were never told why in advance. The longest trip was 4 days within the state of Arizona. Most were one or two day trips. Sometimes after the trip was over, we were told what was accomplished. There was little or no information given at that time about the "coming events" of the transition. There was considerable information about the DNA strands, and the changing of cells from carbon to crystalline. We received many recommendations regarding ways to help ourselves stay healthy.

The last messages we received with a request for an action to help the planet was in 2004. I will describe those two incidents... to give you an example of the kinds of things we did.

One Friday evening we were requested to take a trip to Wilcox AZ the next day...about an hour and a half drive. We asked if we should plan on staying overnight and the answer was "NO". We were simply to drive to that town, and after we got there...they would tell us what to do. The next day on arriving in Wilcox, they asked us to drive to the wildlife sanctuary 15 or 20 miles south of town. We were to spend an hour there and then return home...which we did. The next day we were informed that due to changes in magnetic field of the planet...wild life was often misguided from where they went by instinct. There was a large flock of migrating birds coming to that sanctuary...and the "off-planet team" used our energy to help adjust the magnetic field to guide the birds in. Not the thrilling thing many people think of when following a spiritual request ...but it was rewarding to us to know we were of some help, and knowing that the spiritual realm was depending upon us in some manner. I don't remember refusing to do a single request.

The other incident was a request that we go for an overnite camping trip on Mt. Graham on the following Friday...about 2 hours away. We were concerned because of the seriousness of the forest fire there. We were told they would guide us where to park our camper trailer. The campground we were guided to was still open, but the fire was just above it a mile or so and there was lots of smoke. We had barely arrived, blocked up the trailer when it began to thunder and rain. The rain really poured down for some time. The next day before we left. we were informed that the reason for our trip there was so they could use our energy to attract the thunderstorm in order to have the rain control the fire.

Once again...not a thrilling adventure, but it was a worthwhile accomplishment.

It was obvious to me that the Off-Planet Team who was communicating with us had a priority of planetary assistance, more than relaying information for dissemination.

Our last channeled information was in 2005 when we were advised that Spirit would like for us to move out of the city into a rural area. They gave directions to a piece of property which had been prepared for us, and they were "pulling the strings" to keep it from selling until we came. We did find the property and bought it for about half the price of the surrounding property.

I was informed that in the same way we can be grateful to Spirit when we have a full stomach, but the test is when we can be grateful when we have an empty stomach... it is easy to trust and follow Spirit when we have constant communication but we need to show we are willing to trust Spirit without that communication. It is a procedure to help spiritual growth. I have had no verbal interaction with the spiritual realm since that time, but I see their hand in my life every day.

Ten people can go to a movie, and come out with ten different views of what they saw. Ten people can channel from the spiritual realm, and you will also get ten different interaction patterns. What I experienced may seem mundane to most people but I assure you no interaction with Spirit...is mundane.

Jean, I have not meant to bore you, but simply hoped to give you a clearer picture of what my interaction pattern with the friendly folks who are waiting to help us...was like.

Again I express my appreciation for the work you do with the ERN.

Cordially....

Jim S.

Note from Jean: The reason why I feel it can be very useful to pass Jim's description of their remarkable journey of service is that it shows the level of trust and dedication that can be achieved when one opens up and accepts to carry on whatever mission may be requested from us when we align ourselves with Spirit in a manner that is not self-serving but entirely selfless. The rewards of such an existence of service , whether it is through answering the telepathic calls from entities from other realms of existence or simply taking a positive, constructive stand—in the public arena or very discretely—as inspired from Within, that somehow benefits a single strand or a whole bunch of vital elements in the Web of Life can be both soul-uplifting and truly satisfying.




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Date: 1 Mar 2008
From: Lise Jacques (lisejacques@gmail.com)
Subject: Fwd: [ECETI News] Coast to Coast ET Invasion

James is giving a powerful message of hope instead of fear...

Let's share it

Lise

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It has been brought to my attention through a barrage of emails that on Coast to Coast Steve Quayle gave his rendition of what is happening in the heavens, or with the ongoing UFO activity. It was leading to the invasion is on and we have a lot to be afraid of which is not the case. The ones who have a lot to be afraid of are the ones who are out of alignment with universal law and working against the awakening and healing of humanity and the Earth. It is ludicrous to think we could win a war with beings millions if not billions of years ahead of us in technology and evolution. This is Independence Day mentality. Even with our back engineered craft we are no match for extra or ultra dimensional beings. It is another effort to promote fear, remove our freedom and create a new enemy to keep the war industries alive.

The low level contacts and intrusions have been going on for a very long time in full awareness of and in some cases in full alliance with our government. What is happening now is the end of their reign. The further one moves up the ladder in the political, corporate, religious or almost any institution it often gets darker and darker. The truth for those of faint heart is not something they really want to engage. There are unseen forces at the head of what is a hierarchical controlling and dominating pyramid. Some would call demonic at the top, beneath them is a small contingent of entities some of which are not of this world. Below them are the illuminati followed by major corporations who dictate to governmental leaders around the world. This has been the way for quite a long time and the way of tyranny is coming to an end.

The appearance of the ships which is escalating exponentially is signaling the end of the tyrants, the controllers which also have their ships and low level contacts. Most of the information coming out about ETs is coming from military intelligence. They have a way of seeing everything as a threat especially if it is unknown and they cannot overpower it. The desire for technology for use in the war industry to overpower others is what opened the door to low level contacts. Those with open minds, loving hearts and pure intent at the same time opened the door to benevolent contact. The consciousness in which you seek is the consciousness in which you connect. They are correct in their understanding but their understanding is extremely limited and does not include the higher benevolent beings that are coming in now to assist in the awakening and healing of humanity and the Earth.

The fear of an invasion is something that already occurred a long time ago and what they are seeing now is the solution to a very serious problem. For those who are not paying attention it is increasingly obvious we are governed by criminally insane scientists who care nothing for life human or otherwise as exemplified by their creations. They are advising the other criminally insane leaders who lust for power and wealth at any expense which are implementing their creations. Look at the military industry, the weapons of mass destruction, biological, chemical, atomic etc. as a testimony to this truth. Look at the condition of your environment and the toxic inventions of the mega corporations. If you took real stock in your life, you are lead by tyranny, have lost your freedom, have become enslaved through dependency, the environment is in critical condition, the economy is in the toilet and you are afraid of change or some other force taking over. Taking over what? There is no where to go but up.

Benevolent off world visitors are spiritually and technologically advanced far beyond any other off world threats that might appear on Earth. In the interest of National Security would it not be wise to befriend them? Especially if there is another race with ill intent superior to our feeble war technology, including the back engineered ET technology of which some are so proud. Maybe if we were not such an aggressive warring race bent on self destruction the benevolent beings would assist us. Maybe if we stopped reacting with fear, aggression, hostility and judgment, we just might get the help we need to get out of a self inflicted social and environmental collapse.

How are we going to unite with a variety of off world visitors whose ways are totally foreign to us when we can't even get along with the cultural and religious diversity on Earth? Before we brand everything in the heavens as a threat or evil, maybe it is time to look at the real threat on Earth. Those who are capitalizing on war, the destruction and polluting of the environment, perpetuating competition, separation, greed, etc. When those point at the heavens and say they are coming to conquer and eat us remember there are three fingers pointing back. By all means do not forget the mind in which you seek is the mind in which you connect, so let's focus on keeping an open mind, loving heart, pure intent and see what the universe mirrors back to us.

Now is the time to rise to the occasion, make our intent known and join the rest of the universe in peace.

Be well

James Gilliland
http://www.eceti.org
Pass it on.




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NOTE from Jean: Exceptionally I'm including - for those of you who understand French - the original French letter from Lise Jacques, a subscriber from Quebec, because she explains so well the significance of the AMAZING spiritually awakening work Oprah has been doing for so many years. I watched the recommended 10 minutes video (click on the + sign to have a larger size view) and was utterly stunned and happy to hear what she says and how she so deftly fosters greater spiritual awareness without freaking out her millions of viewers with any sense that she is discussing highly advanced spiritual concepts. Oprah is definitely a top-notch spiritual and miracle worker!

Date: 23 Feb 2008
From: Lise Jacques (lisejacques@gmail.com)
Subject: Fwd: Oprah and Eckhart Tolle

Bonjour

Je viens de recevoir ce courriel d'une femme qui est une "devotee" de Babaji.

Le court video est très intéressant, et en l'écoutant j'ai compris que certains groupes et gurus n'ont plus leur place aujourd'hui..., c'était le passé ...aujourd'hui le monde est rendu à autre chose.

J'ai acheté ce livre et me suis déjà inscrite au cours gratuit de Oprah avec Eckhart Tolle sur son site...mais je n'ai pas encore commencé à le lire...

Cette Oprah fait un travail extraordinaire d'ouverture de conscience en toute simplicité et elle ne se prend pas pour une gourou... Voilà ou nous en sommes rendus maintenant... Les temps changent et c'est très bon. De plus en plus de gens plus avancés spirituellement n'ont pas peur d'offrir des cours, des écrits, toutes sortes de choses gratuites pour aider les autres à s'ouvrir à leur essence divine.

Le nombre de gens qui s'éveillent augmente continuellement... parce que certains comme Oprah ont le bon langage pour parler aux gens...

Bonne journée

Lise

On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 9:11 PM, Marge DeVivo (margdevi@yahoo.com) wrote:

Om Namah Shivaya
Check this out!

Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth": Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

Take 10 minutes to watch this video:
http://www2.oprah.com/videochannel/videochannel_player.jhtml?video=1925&category=31

AFTER THE SHOW....

I am reading the book and it is truly an amazing experience!

The concepts are very profound, the kind of information many of us have been immersing ourselves in for many years!!! --and Oprah is bringing this to MILLIONS of people!
WOWIE ZOWIE!!!

Oprah's Intention: Inject a LEVEL OF SPIRITUALITY into people without people freaking out about it being 'spiritual.'

PARADIGM SHIFT, for sure!!!

Love,
Marge




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From: Kelley Elkins (elkins_delgado@yahoo.com)
Date: 23 Feb 2008
Subject: Unicorn Energy

Greetings Jean,

Got woken this am early with a start...among several other people I know or know of, you have the opportunity to be taking in unicorn energy Don't ask me what this is about... Are there unicorns? on some parallel plane/dimension somewhere there certainly are unicorns... and they have called on me to alert certain ones of us to the opportunity to grow omni dimensionally through their energy... So.. give them a moments thought now and then as it suits you... and breathe in their energy..."eat it" as it were.. and breathe it back out to them...Yikes! this feels good! ....magic is afoot...

And, something about Findhorn...you know, that place in Scotland...started by Peter Caddy, Eileen and family/company... It is a similar "stuff"... Like "Roc's" adventures written of in in the book, Findhorn Garden... written all those years ago it might be worth picking up one more time...

I am sure there are many others who are to entertain this energy as well as others who will pick up on even more elaborate or unique energies as these days unfold...

I trust you are well ...we are indeed, living in interesting times.

In Truth, Simplicity and Love

Kelley Elkins


In Truth, Simplicity and Love,
Young Kelley and Young Toni
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From: http://www.matthewbooks.com/mm/anmviewer.asp?a=85&z=2

February 24, 2008

Mother Earth; discernment, intuition; guidance for awakening souls, lightworkers; obvious changes; no Iran invasion; state of the economy; reasons for increased spacecraft sightings; no evacuation needed; Do Not Fear!


This is Matthew with loving greetings to all. This is a year of great foment and revelations—never before in Earth’s history has there been such profound activity in her energy field of potential! In some cases this fervor is obvious, but much more is going on than you can know in this moment, and with excited anticipation you await the ultimate resolution.

May I give you an analogy that comes to mind? It is not the best, I know, and most surely I do not mean to be patronizing, much less insulting, but in my great love for all animals, the images are very pleasing to me.

Imagine yourself witnessing the birth of piglets as the mother labors to bring forth new life. After all her infants have emerged, there is such wiggling about that you can only wonder what will come next. Sometimes you see a great deal of activity in this new little family; at other times, all is quiet, giving the impression that no developments are taking place. Ah, but there are! Vital unseen things are going on with the piglets—respiration, digestion, growth in physical strength and comprehension—and the exhausted mother is regaining her vitality. In your continued watching, you see that some piglets are not flourishing as much as others. However, because the diligent mother cares about all her children, she strives to give her littlest ones all the nourishment they need. In time, all the babies are scampering about, occasionally engaging in typical sibling squabbling, yet staying close to their mother, who continues her nurturing even as she lets each little one make its own way.

And so it is with Mother Earth. After long suffering, she is birthing the raised consciousness and spiritual renewal within her children and providing everything they need to thrive, yet in her understanding that each must choose its own way, allowing all to do so. And even as you witness this developing process, you cannot know every aspect of it or how every soul ultimately will respond.

There is not much time left for those who still are sleeping behind the veil, so to say, to waken from the conditioning that has kept them so long asleep and unaware of their god and goddess selves. They must become consciously aware so they can separate the wheat from the chaff in their lives, in your world, and become spiritually prepared to accompany Earth into the higher planes of energy. It is not Earth who decides which of her beloved children will make the trip with her—she wants ALL to go!—and it is not an arbitrary basis that determines who goes and who doesn’t; it is just plain physics. The light of raised consciousness and spiritual clarity—the knowing that all life in this universe is inseparably connected with God and all other souls, and living accordingly—carries a frequency that enables physical survival in the energy planes where Earth is heading. Those who ignore the urging of their souls and instead choose to stay oblivious to this universal truth, do not have that light; and without it, they remain in their lower frequency that prevents bodies from surviving in higher energy planes. Although once back in spirit life they can plan the next incarnation with the same circumstances and another opportunity to “see the light,” they will realize that they defaulted in their pre-birth choice to do that in this lifetime.

A part of “seeing the light” is honing discernment ability and trusting intuition, the messages from your soul, wherein the truth for each of you lies. Readers familiar with my messages may be thinking, “Oh, not again—why does he say the same old thing when he must know we want to hear what’s new?” I cannot cease telling you something as important as that, and since I have transmitted about 70 messages since the fourth book was published, it is difficult for me to think of something new that is essential for you to know in this unique time in Earth’s long history. Perhaps I need to say that the separation of wheat from chaff pertains to lightworkers too. Oh, most assuredly not to the extent that the newly-awakening ones do, but let me give you something to think about.

It is time to comfortably communicate with your soul and heed its messages, make the changes your inner guidance is urging and stop thinking “but what if….” Time to be a caring, compassionate observer and not an active part of others’ traumas and dramas. Time to cut out trivial and unproductive matters and rise above any frustrating aspects in your life. Time to focus only on the positive so you can manifest it, and feel more joy, less concern. Time to sweep away self-doubt, resentment, criticizing others, guilt, ego-centeredness, procrastination and regret, and fill those spaces with unconditional love of self and others, self-confidence, forgiveness of self and others, assisting wherever you see the need and viewing a situation from all perspectives. It is time to feel peaceful because you know you have the innate power to handle whatever challenges arise between now and the Golden Age, where all life flows in harmony with Nature.

Oh yes, I know you have heard that before too, but if you have not yet let this guidance leave your head, where there is no argument, and enter your heart, the seat of the soul, so it automatically becomes action and reaction, it is time for you to do that.

Now then, as I mentioned, this year in your calendar is one of foment and revelations, and so it shall be! You are seeing in news reports some of the reasons for the fervor in Earth’s energy field of potential, particularly changes in governments and the state of the economy, but even if those reports were complete and honest, most of what is unfolding still would be unknown to the vast majority of Earth’s peoples. Nevertheless, we do not advocate that anyone forego knowing what newspapers, TV and radio are supplying as news. We do not hold with the philosophy that ignorance is bliss—it is not! Hiding one’s head in the sand doesn’t protect the head, it leaves the entire being vulnerable. However, in addition to being only an observer and using discernment, we do advocate putting what is reported into this context: The collective awareness and abhorrence of violence, corruption and deception is what is bringing it to its knees.

To comment briefly on the areas of most significant interest insofar as violent conflict and what will be transpiring—Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and Palestine— there will be no all-out wars, but localized hot spots will continue to flare up and die down until the last of ages-old karmic experiencing throughout the entire Mideast plays itself out. That includes Iran, of course, but the saber rattling of the US government towards that country will not lead to an invasion. Other countries in the entire region also are winding down third density karma. Where there is heavy oppression, especially regarding women’s rights, changes will lead to equality for all citizens; and in the countries where a few live in obscene opulence while the masses live in poverty, a leveling out of this disparity will begin. Please remember that reformation is a process, not abrupt endings or beginnings, and every instance of ungodly action further dissipates the ever-weakening energy of the dark tentacles.  

Even though media news is but the tip of the iceberg, in some countries there is ample evidence of government shake-ups in accordance with the citizens’ demands for reforms. In others, where tyrants are ruling, we can only assure you that strong undercurrents eventually will lead to their displacement too. Please dismiss any concerns about present and proposed unjust laws and policies; all will be eliminated as government leaders either “see the light” or are replaced by spiritually evolved souls who are experienced in wise governing.

Ample evidence exists as well in the other major field of change, the economy, and I must be frank about this so you will be prepared when the full truth no longer can be hidden. As bleak as some publicly reported facets of the economy are, the facts are more serious. Any positive “spin” on the situation that can be mustered is designed purely to serve the interests of banks and multinational corporations that need you to keep borrowing and spending; however, spending cautiously in these days is only common sense and so is having a cash reserve immediately available. I hasten to speak about the “silver lining” in the international economy as reallocation of the world’s wealth undergoes profound changes: The team of economists with integrity who will replace the corrupt ones have transition plans that will keep disruption to a minimum during the changeover process.

Although rarely reported in the United States, some other nations’ media are less timid about publicizing the marked increase in sightings of spacecraft in your skies. Your space brothers and sisters are making themselves more and more evident for sound reasons. They are sending the unmistakable message to governments, especially in the US, that it is futile to continue denying their presence and numbers. To people everywhere, they are showing that if their intentions were not peaceful, they could have landed en masse and taken over your planet. And for you who know that these soul family members are benevolent, it is their clear signal that the time is coming closer when, in safety, they can land and the beings from highly evolved civilizations who are living among you can introduce themselves; it is their reassurance that great changes are nigh and they are at the ready to assist in the world transformation you have been co-creating.

Other well-publicized happenings are the stepped-up geophysical occurrences, record-setting temperatures, drought of greater duration in some places and heavier than ever flooding in others—not only aberrant weather, but changing climates. What is not widely known is that governments’ weather manipulation is partially responsible for these numerous “natural disasters”; nevertheless, all these occurrences aid the planetary cleansing process—Earth’s means of releasing the negativity amassed over millennia. Nor is it widely known that destruction and death toll are being eased to the greatest possible extent by off-planet civilizations with advanced technologies.

We are aware of the false information the Internet offers along with the truth, and one example is channeled material claiming that extraterrestrial craft will evacuate the populace before Earth changes increase to the extent that no surface life can survive. There will be NO need for evacuation! The persons receiving those transmissions don’t realize that their sources are not the spiritually evolved beings they claim to be, but exactly the opposite, and that their purpose is to instill fear.

You may think it is superfluous for me to mention still again the critical need for using keen discernment about all information and trusting your intuition as to whether it is falsehood or truth. However, since my mother is still receiving emails from people who are alarmed about those reports of worldwide evacuation plans as well as various prophesied types of dire happenings like the imminent imposition of martial law, millions will be rounded up and put in concentration camps, belligerent ETs will invade your planet, and all-out nuclear wars brewing, I think there cannot be too much emphasis upon discernment and intuition. Furthermore, our repeated assurances that NONE of those will befall you seem to fly out the window each time a fear-filled report makes the Internet rounds. The light will not permit any such reversal in its ever-increasing intensity, and Earth did not endure many, many centuries of the tyranny and bloodshed that caused all the negativity, just to have her current beloved inhabitants experience more of it!    

With the challenges you will be encountering as foment leads to revelations, we feel that understanding why you must not fear is essential. Mother, this is well explained in a chapter in one of the books. Please find that and copy it.


DO NOT FEAR!

August 28, 2002

MATTHEW: Mother, regarding that “doomsday” letter swirling around the Internet, first I say: Fear NOT! That dire prediction of a massive earthquake and loss of billions of lives on September 7 is NOT going to happen!

Is this “message from God” via that person who is intending to alert the world to this imminent event not the same End-of-the-world idea that has been considered inevitable for centuries by doomsayers? It IS! The dark forces originated this concept so long ago that current Earth history has no record of its initiation into belief systems. It is not its origin in antiquity that DISempowers this concept, it is its origin within the darkness that literally dooms it!

Manifesting any date for planetary destruction so severe that Earth could not survive is no different from manifesting anything else at all—it is a matter only of sustained belief and intent that brings about happenings. This would be the manifesting capability of the soul at work co-creating with God, implementing that law of Creator that exists inseparably with free will. 

This works with one consciously-focused mind or with billions, and when the latter, the term “mass consciousness” comes into it. I reluctantly use that term because of its application to “ascension,” which is another term often improperly applied, as if bodies will be lifted off the planet into the heavens. Moving into the lighter density of the universe, which is by the opening of hearts and minds unto the light of love that enables Heaven on Earth, is ascension. 

So I ask that “mass consciousness” be understood as the majority of energetic interaction on Earth choosing to anchor and sustain the light on and within and throughout the planet. This is not the same as a specific number or a defined percentage of souls consciously sharing the same belief or focus, which is the prerequisite of a different interpretation of mass consciousness and is not the correct understanding of the actual physics operating.

Now then, there are two essential considerations about this “inevitable doomsday idea.” First, this could happen ONLY if this concept were to sweep over the world and mold more than half the mind power—NOT half of the souls, but half of the mind power—into the rigid belief form that Earth actually is hopelessly doomed. Please note that it is not “would” happen, but “could” happen, and that brings us to the second of the two overriding factors here. 

Even if that degree of doomsday conviction could be mustered, “doom” could affect only the energy embodied on the planet. With only physical life at stake, which in your current belief system is meant to be only short-term anyway, an arbitrary, identically-timed ending to everyone's eternal life really is ludicrous when you think about it. Just Zap!—totally discounting the stage of spiritual awareness and intelligence advancement and soul evolvement, not to mention the plans of God and Creator? I don't think so!

So then, “doomsday” is only an idea, a concept, a topic of discussion, a nonexistent event that got talked about way beyond the originating circle. So what is to be feared? To actually create that fearful-sounding scenario would require the power of focused minds without any great opposition in belief, in feelings, in intent of energy direction. And therein lies the doom of the doomsday idea!

There IS massive disbelief, disagreement and opposition to it! There IS a massive abundance of light firmly anchored on Earth that is in complete energetic opposition to the darkness, within which the doomsday concept was developed; and there IS massive soul-level knowingness and emerging conscious awareness of whence this doomsday fallacy came and why!

It came from the dark forces specifically to create fear. There is no issue of greater importance today than clearly understanding how the darkness uses fear as its ultimate weapon against individuals, nations, your whole world. Fear of an idea, of what might be, is as much a captive state of consciousness as the fear of what you consider concrete actuality.

When information about merely conceptual fearsome situations is passed on as foregone conclusion by sincerely well-meaning individuals, they may be doing so in concerned innocence, but the fear that's created nevertheless is as virulent as if the peak of darkness itself had pronounced it. This is what happens:

The energy of fear forms a barrier between the feared object or circumstances and the energy of light. Because of the barrier, the light in the souls of fear-full people cannot reach their consciousness to dispel the power of those fears over their lives, and the light being sent to them by light workers cannot penetrate. The barrier feels like a real wall, isolating the person with the consuming fear and leaving no way out. This energy blockage of the light intensifies the power of whatever is feared, thus enabling it to draw to itself more manifestations to be feared.

Fear is wildly contagious, and due to its magnification in power, fear sensation streamers have sticky edges that attract the kinds of energetic interactions that omit common sense, sound judgment, and wise decisions. Fear is so insidious that it can convince a person that the only way to escape is through portals leading deeper and deeper into darkness. Fear is the forebear of such actions or characteristics deemed prejudice, tyranny, greed, cruelty, belligerence, deception, dishonor and hatred, and even those seemingly senseless tortures or deaths of innocents arise through psyches that have been twisted and tormented by fears.

The light, in which love and universal knowledge and spiritual clarity abide, cannot reach those souls to let them know their spiritual powers are far stronger than anything the dark powers can conjure to frighten them. Nothing is stronger than the light, which is the gift to every soul of the love and power of God. 

Because the dark forces cannot create light or capture it and they cannot coexist with it, they can only try to create fear and try to capture souls through fear. The magnified energy of fear draws to the people like thought forms from the universal soup, and the power of natural laws then brings into reality the fearsome ideas manifested into form through sustained conscious belief in their existence. Then there is indeed something to fear – it's what fear itself created!

The viciousness of the cycle permits people to be held captive by the darkness whose stronghold is simple: It doesn't permit them to “see the light” because that light would reveal that what they have been told to fear is only an idea. Belief in the fear-filled idea's reality is what makes it so. Literally “seeing the light” exposes the fabric of lies and desperate measures of the dark forces and destroys their grasp on awakening minds. Now fearing for their own continuation, these forces are creating fear through any possible means, no matter how transparent or arrogant the falseness of their claims in their last gasp to maintain control of their darkly-inclined helpers on Earth.

What you are seeing in everything you may call evil—from kidnappings to killings by children to greed and corruption of global degree to hopelessness of entire nations to talk of deterring a nuclear invasion by preemptive war declaration—is born of fear within the darkness itself because it knows its power is cracking. Those forces that steadily have chosen to harm others rather than allow love to motivate them will not much longer be on your planet to create havoc and despair.

The light is increasing in abundance and power in consonance with Earth's own chosen pathway, and the bodies of people who continue treading in darkness simply would be destroyed if they were forced into the light, like crystal shattering at certain frequencies. The souls of these people will be transferred to a density station compatible with their energy registration, which is determined by the lifetime free will choices.

No, Mother, I don’t know if the promise of beauty and peace in Earth’s new world will persuade these souls to let the light fill their voids with love. We pray that they will desire this, but we cannot influence the free will courses they choose. And no, I don't know whether in body or only spirit they will experience their next opportunity to follow the light, nor do I know where they will go, because in this unique time universally, those dark souls cannot come here. There are placements in the universe where life starts in very primitive form and progresses as light guidance is given for remedial lessons. “In my father's house are many mansions” means that the universe contains many varieties of living arrangements so that all stages of souls' evolvement can be accommodated.

Let me return for a moment to the manifestation process, the effects of intent. Let us turn around that prediction of the end of the world through destruction into oblivion and let us intend that there be a world-ending to Earth's agonies, an ending to the violence, corruption, deception, injustices, diseases, starvation, brutality. Let us intend that there be an ending to the warring, killing, terror, to the destruction of bodies and land and hope.

Focusing on a replacement for all of that—focusing on love, peace, justness, decency and sharing in the world—can have mammoth uplifting effects on what already has been long in process, the return to the paradise your planet once was! The progress would have been much faster if more of you had affirmed that a kinder, more loving and more harmonious world already had risen out of the ashes of the futile last stand of the darkness. If not before, then now add your light to this!

When the struggle is over, there will be a return to the true Eden that once existed on Earth. There will be peace and harmony and respect between and among all life forms, the animals and the plants and the currently unrecognized Devic kingdom whose efforts are so essential to Earth’s preservation. So, let's not have a benediction because the world is ending—let's hear a clarion call for renewed awareness of the cosmic Oneness and the Christed spirit within every soul!

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Thank you, Mother. That chapter included a great deal more than reasons not to feel fearful, and that is fine—the information is as valid in this moment as it was those years ago. 

In farewell, and speaking on behalf of all souls at this station, you are being accompanied every step of the way into the Golden Age by myriad helpers and beloved by all light beings beyond your imagining.

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LOVE and PEACE
Suzanne Ward
http://www.matthewbooks.com

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THIS ISSUE WHICH I'VE BEEN TRACKING FOR YEARS IN MY COMPILATIONS IS NO CONSPIRACY FANTASY AS THIS RECENT ARTICLE REVEALS. KNOWING THAT WE KNOW THEIR PLANS, IT IS MORE LIKELY THEY'LL NEVER DARE GO AHEAD WITH THEM. ALSO OUR COLLECTIVE INTENT (the power of our collective spiritual intent is awesome) TO DENY THEM ANY LEGITIMACY NOR AUTHORITY TO MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION IS AN UNMOVABLE OBSTACLE TO ANY SUCH PROJECT. INFORMING OUR COLLECTIVE INTENT WITH CLEAR-HEADED KNOWLEDGE UNTINGED BY ANY FEAR WHATSOEVER (please review first Matthew's latest message above on fear) IS THEREFORE THE PROPER MEANS TO EMPOWER US - GOD'S LIGHT WARRIORS - IN CRUSHING THE DARK ONES' INTENTS... FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD OF ALL.

From: http://www.infowars.net/articles/february2008/210208Camps.htm

Former Congressman Warns Of Martial Law Camps In America

San Francisco Chronicle article outlines Homeland Security ENDGAME

Feb 21, 2008

An article co-written by a former Congressman and carried by the San Francisco Chronicle has gained much attention recently as it shines light on a coordinated federal government program to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States.

"Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs." write Lewis Seiler and former Congressman Dan Hamburg of the watchdog group Voice of the Environment, Inc.

Voice of the Environment's mission is to educate the public regarding the transfer of public trust assets into private, mostly corporate, hands.

Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.

According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists."

Seiler and Hamburg also warn of the alarming and numerous freedom killing pieces of legislation that have been passed recently, dovetailing with the build up of infrastructure of tyranny inside the US.

We have previously highlighted the shocking details behind this shining example of modern day corporate fascism.

The issue gained national attention two years ago when it was announced that Kellogg, Brown and Root had been awarded a $385 million dollar contract by Homeland Security to construct detention and processing facilities in the event of a national emergency.

The language of the preamble to the agreement veils the program with talk of temporary migrant holding centers, but it is made clear that the camps will also be used "as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency."

Following the story, first given wide attention by Prisonplanet.com, the Alternet website put together an alarming report that collated all the latest information on plans to initiate internment of political subversives and Muslims after the next major terror attack in the US.

The article highlighted the disturbing comments of Sen. Lindsey Graham, who encouraged torture supporting then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to target, "Fifth Columnists" Americans who show disloyalty and sympathize with "the enemy," whoever that enemy may be.

It is important to stress that the historical precedent mirrors exactly what the Halliburton camp deal outlines. Oliver North's Reagan era Rex 84 plan proposed rounding up 400,000 refugees, under FEMA, in the event of "uncontrolled population movements" over the Mexican border into the United States.

The real agenda, just as it is with Halliburton's gulags, was to use the cover of rounding up immigrants and illegal aliens as a smokescreen for targeting political dissidents. From 1967 to 1971 the FBI kept a list of persons to be rounded up as subversive, dubbed the "ADEX" list.

According to author Naomi Wolf, the National Counterterrorism Center today holds the names of roughly 775,000 "terror suspects" with the number increasing by 20,000 per month.

Discussions of federal concentration camps are no longer the rhetoric of paranoid Internet conspiracy theorists, they are mainstream news.

Halliburton, through their KBR subsidiary, is the same company that built most of the major new detention camps in Iraq and Afghanistan. KBR have been embroiled in a human sex slave trade that their representatives have lobbied to continue.

We have a company that has been handed a contract to build prison camps in America that is engaged in trafficking young girls and women. Can this horror movie get any more frightening? Sadly, yes.

A much discussed and circulated report, the Pentagon's Civilian Inmate Labor Program, has recently been updated and the revision details a "template for developing agreements" between the Army and corrections facilities for the use of civilian inmate labor on Army installations."

The plan is clearly to swallow up disenfranchised groups like prisoners, immigrants and Muslims at first and then extend the policy to include 'Fifth Columnists,' otherwise known as anyone who disagrees with the government or exercises their Constitutional rights.

Respected author Peter Dale Scott speculated that the "detention centers could be used to detain American citizens if the Bush administration were to declare martial law."

Daniel Ellsberg, former Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense, called the plan, "preparation for a roundup after the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters. They've already done this on a smaller scale, with the 'special registration' detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and with Guantanamo."

George Bush has declared himself to be dictator and to have supreme power over and above the limitations of the US Constitution. Bush administration officials like Alberto Gonzales have declared Bush to be "above the law." White House advisors are openly discussing the legality of crushing a child's testicles as part of the war on terror. Preparation for the internment of thousands of Americans who are 'disloyal' in times of emergency are afoot.

Under the enemy combatant designation anyone at the behest of the US government, even if they are a US citizen, can be kidnapped and placed in an internment facility forever without trial. Jose Padilla, an American citizen, spent over four years in a Navy brig before being brought to trial.

In 2002, FEMA sought bids from major real estate and engineering firms to construct giant internment facilities in the case of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack or a natural disaster.

Okanogan County Commissioner Dave Schulz went public three years ago with his contention that his county was set to be a location for one of the camps.

Furthermore, in May 2006, we exposed the existence of a nationwide FEMA program which is training Pastors and other religious representatives 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.

A whistleblower who was secretly enrolled into the program told us that the feds were clandestinely recruiting religious leaders to help implement Homeland Security directives in anticipation of a potential bio-terrorist attack, any natural disaster or a nationally declared emergency.

The first directive was for Pastors to preach to their congregations Romans 13, the often taken out of context bible passage that was used by Hitler to hoodwink Christians into supporting him, in order to teach them to "obey the government" when martial law is declared.

It was related to the Pastors that quarantines, martial law and forced relocation were a problem for state authorities when enforcing federal mandates due to the "cowboy mentality" of citizens standing up for their property and second amendment rights as well as farmers defending their crops and livestock from seizure.

It was stressed that the Pastors needed to preach subservience to the authorities ahead of time in preparation for the round-ups and to make it clear to the congregation that "this is for their own good."

Pastors were told that they would be backed up by law enforcement in controlling uncooperative individuals and that they would even lead SWAT teams in attempting to quell resistance.

Though some doubted the accuracy of this report at the time due to its fundamentally disturbing implications, the story was later confirmed by a KSLA 12 news report, in which participating clergy and officials admitted to the existence of the program.

Watch the 2 min video, Clergy Response Teams at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRIDNQNsUss

What could the government be contemplating that leads it to make contingency plans to detain without recourse millions of its own citizens? ask Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg in the conclusion to their article.

The answer clearly lies in the fact that over the past decade we have witnessed an extreme acceleration of the physical implementation of a framework and infrastructure ready to receive those who will not go along with a coordinated destruction of traditional American values and freedom.

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Related articles:

Bush Re-Authorizes Martial Law Provisions (May 23, 2007)
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/may2007/230507martiallaw.htm
Americans have officially been living under a dictatorship since at least 1933 - President George W. Bush has sparked much alarm by openly declaring himself to be a dictator in the event of a national emergency under new provisions that will effectively nullify the U.S. constitution, but such an infrastructure has been in place for over 70 years and this merely represents a re-authorization of the infrastructure of martial law.New legislation signed on May 9, 2007, declares that in the event of a "catastrophic event", the President can take total control over the government and the country, bypassing all other levels of government at the state, federal, local, territorial and tribal levels, and thus ensuring total unprecedented dictatorial power.The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive, which also places the Secretary of Homeland Security in charge of domestic "security", was signed earlier this month without the approval or oversight of Congress and seemingly supercedes the National Emergency Act which allows the president to declare a national emergency but also requires that Congress have the authority to "modify, rescind, or render dormant" such emergency authority if it believes the president has acted inappropriately. Journalist Jerome Corsi, who has studied the directive also states that it makes no reference to Congress and "its language appears to negate any requirement that the president submit to Congress a determination that a national emergency exists." In other words the new directive excludes Congress altogether from governance in a state of emergency. While alluding to the "enduring constitutional government", the directive actually ensures the end of constitutional government as each branch, the executive, legislative and judicial, are stripped of equal authority and must answer directly and solely to the President. The mainstream media has not reported on the directive and the White House has refused to comment. Earlier this month it was reported that a high-level group of government and military officials has been quietly preparing an emergency survival program named "The Day After," which would effectively end civil liberties and implement a system of martial law in the event of a catastrophic attack on a U.S. city. CLIP

Canada, U.S. agree to use each other's troops in civil emergencies (February 22, 2008)
http://www.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=403d90d6-7a61-41ac-8cef-902a1d14879d&k=14984
Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other's borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.The U.S. military's Northern Command, however, publicized the agreement with a statement outlining how its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart, and Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada Command, signed the plan, which allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency.The new agreement has been greeted with suspicion by the left wing in Canada and the right wing in the U.S.The left-leaning Council of Canadians, which is campaigning against what it calls the increasing integration of the U.S. and Canadian militaries, is raising concerns about the deal."It's kind of a trend when it comes to issues of Canada-U.S. relations and contentious issues like military integration. We see that this government is reluctant to disclose information to Canadians that is readily available on American and Mexican websites," said Stuart Trew, a researcher with the Council of Canadians.Trew said there is potential for the agreement to militarize civilian responses to emergency incidents. He noted that work is also underway for the two nations to put in place a joint plan to protect common infrastructure such as roadways and oil pipelines."Are we going to see (U.S.) troops on our soil for minor potential threats to a pipeline or a road?" he asked.Trew also noted the U.S. military does not allow its soldiers to operate under foreign command so there are questions about who controls American forces if they are requested for service in Canada. "We don't know the answers because the government doesn't want to even announce the plan," he said. CLIP




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NOTE from Jean: The following hard-hitting, courageous article is from longtime ERN subscriber and Light-hearted Way-shower Carol Wolman (cwolman@mcn.org) who wrote the following letter to me on March 1, 2008:

Dear Jean,

We are gearing up for an internet campaign on behalf of the Longhouse Coalition 2008. We'll be putting out our platform and a flyer in the next week or two, introducing our candidates and recruiting more. 

We're hoping you will help us disseminate this exciting development, as you did in 2006. As you can see, we're getting a much earlier start this election cycle, and have laid much more groundwork. Many listservers will be sending out the information simultaneously; yours is especially influential, and your help is much appreciated.

Peace, Carol Wolman, MD

Green Candidate for Congress, CA District 1
http://www.carolwolmanforcongress.com
Coordinator, New Broom Coalition
http://newbroomcoalition.org
Cochair, Impeach Bush-Cheney
http://www.opednews.com/author/author20.html
http://www.paracove.com/HighCrimes.html

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From: http://www.carolwolmanforcongress.com/?q=node/12

Impeachment is essential for cleansing the national soul

Posted February 8th, 2008 by Carol Wolman

Without impeachment, Bush and Cheney, the greatest criminals in American history will get away with it. They will walk away scot free, having wrecked the US Constitution, with the collusion of Congress. They will walk away with billions, perhaps trillions, of American taxpayer money funneled into their pockets, via their family corporations Carlyle and Halliburton, which have benefited enormously from the Iraq boondoggle. And We the People are allowing it to continue.

Unless there is impeachment, and with it repudiation of all the evil deeds of Bush and Cheney, repudiation of the lies, the torture, the "unitary executive" restoration of monarchy,- unless there is impeachment, the great American Republic will vanish into history. Our freedom and prosperity, perhaps our ability to survive on the planet, will be lost forever. And We the People are allowing it to happen. ">From being a shining beacon of freedom and opportunity, we have become a rogue, outlaw country, feared and hated by the rest of the world.

We the People know this at a deep level. We are in despair. We elected Democrats to Congress in '06, and they have betrayed us over and over, playing ball with Bush and Cheney, enabling the giant war/ripoff machine. Although we protest, we continue to tolerate them. The rest of the world holds the American people responsible for the crimes of our government. Unless we impeach the criminals in the White House, international hatred against We the People will mount.

Impeachment would shine the light of truth on the secrets and lies that currently rule Washington, DC. It would re-establish justice and the rule of law, proving that we are a nation governed by laws, not by the whims of corrupt politicians. Impeachment would enable us to withdraw from Iraq in a quick and orderly manner. We then could start making amends for the havoc our government has wreaked on the unfortunate Iraqis, whose only crime is that they sit on a huge reservoir of oil. It would enable us to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), so that Bush and Cheney and their network of supporters could be tried for war crimes, a la Nuremberg. Above all, impeachment would restore the morale, the spirit of righteousness of America, which has been so rudely flushed away.

The current presidential election drama is designed to distract We the People from the need to impeach. It is meant to ensure that the criminals in the White House will escape justice, and that the next president, whoever it is, will continue the corporate/militaristic takeover of America. Anyone who has made it thus far in the presidential race has to be beholden to the powers who profit from war and fascism. So are most current members of Congress.

We must not be distracted by the media circus around the staged presidential drama. We the People must keep our eye on the ball and take Congress. Congress is the impeaching body which can limit the power of the next president. Congress is the body that holds the power of the purse and can cut off war funding. If a new president is truly to change course, toward peace and a sustainable future, he/she will need a new Congress, with different values, priorities, loyalties than the incumbents have shown.

Under the US Constitution, which has not yet been suspended, (although the president can do so at will in case of "national emergency")- under the US Constitution, We the People are the ruling entity, the "governing authorities" referred to by Paul in Romans 13. I mention this because right wing Christians are fond of quoting Romans 13 to justify submission to Bush and his cronies. They forget that Bush is a public servant of We the People, as are all other officials of this Republic under the Constitution. We the People hire them at the polls, and We the People are supposed to be able to fire them via impeachment if they transgress, usurp power, use their high office for personal gain.

We the People have less than a year to redeem ourselves by impeaching Bush and Cheney while they are still in office. The pressure for impeachment is growing, though ignored by the MSM. The best way to pressure incumbents is by mounting election challenges to Representatives who won't sign on for impeachment. My opponent, D-Mike Thompson, just signed the Wexler letter to Conyers asking that hearings on Cheney start at once. This is the first time Mike Thompson has been willing to put his name on anything regarding impeachment, and he's one of the first 15! I would like to think is responding to pressure generated by my challenge to his seat.

Failing impeachment, we need to elect a Congress that is independent of the war machine. This excludes most incumbents. We need a Congress that will join the ICC and make sure that Bush and Cheney are tried for war crimes. We need a Congress that will open an independent investigation of 9-11, with a focus on whodunit, a Congress that will rescind the executive's power to maintain foreign occupations indefinitely, a Congress that will place peace above profits for the war industries, that will place the general welfare above benefits for the very wealthy and their corporations, that will place a viable planet above short-term expediency. We need a Congress willing to impeach criminals in the White House.

Keep focusing on impeachment. It's the only way We the People can get our country and our spirit back.

Peace, Carol Wolman, MD

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For more on Carol's wonderful efforts to bring some spiritual sanity and democratic legitimacy to the corrupted US political system, please visit http://www.carolwolmanforcongress.com




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Recommended by Lise Jacques (lisejacques@gmail.com)

From: http://rightoncanada.wordpress.com/?tr=y&auid=3388967

February 22, 2008

Does this represent you?

The Harper government, a minority government that received 36% support from voters in 2006, is weakening Canada's human rights commitments - without any mandate from Canadians to do so.

1) TORTURE: Canadians oppose torture, period. But our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maxime Bernier, has ordered that Department of Foreign Affairs training materials on torture awareness be re-written, not on the basis of objective evidence, but for political reasons.

He has signalled that locations such as Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. and Israel be removed from the list of places of possible torture and abuse, because they are our allies, even though the United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other credible sources have documented concerns about torture and abuse in each of these places.

In our name, the government is instituting a double standard on torture. (See letter from Amnesty International.)

2) DEATH PENALTY: Canada, along with two thirds of the countries in the world, has abolished the death penalty. Up till now, the Canadian government has sought clemency for any Canadian sentenced to death in the U.S. or another country.

No more. The Harper government has decided Canada "is not going to seek clemency in cases in democratic countries, like the United States, where there has been a fair trial."
This is a "dangerous and inhumane policy decision", says Alex Neve of Amnesty International, pointing out that "It is grossly incorrect to assume that everyone on death row in the United States received a fair trial."

So Canada now condones the execution of Canadian citizens in other countries, in violation of our commitment under international human rights law to abolish the death penalty. (See article below from Amnesty International.)

3) FAIR TRIAL: Every other Western country, except Canada, has intervened on behalf of their citizens held at Guantanamo Bay. This is because of concerns about the rule of law, torture and ill-treatment and fair trials.

Omar Khadr has been in Guantanamo Bay for more than five years without trial. He is accused of killing a U.S. soldier during a clash in Afghanistan in 2002, when he was 15 years old.

"At some point in the course of Omar Khadr's detention the Canadian government developed the suspicion he was being tortured and abused," says William Kuebler, Khadr's U.S. lawyer.

"Yet it has not acted to obtain his release from Guantanamo Bay and protect his rights, unlike every other Western country that has had its nationals detained in Guantanamo Bay."

ACTION

Human rights are fragile. They are being thrown aside by the Harper government without any democratic process or public discussion, but instead by unilateral fiat.

All of these changes move us closer to the values of the U.S. administration. They do not reflect my values. And I do not believe they reflect yours.

A number of respected human rights experts have written to Prime Minister Harper expressing their profound opposition to these serious erosions of human rights. Will you join with them and speak up too? 

Rights that are not defended are lost. Silence sends a message of consent and an invitation to worse abuse.

Please send the letter to Prime Minister Harper and other political leaders now. Your voice is needed! Thank you!

With solidarity, determination and gratitude to you,

Kathleen, Peggy, Pauline and Becky for RightOnCanada.ca

CLIP - more on this at http://rightoncanada.wordpress.com/?tr=y&auid=3388967




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Note from Jean: I received a couple days ago a letter in the mail from Ann Emerson (aemerson@wavecable.com), 93 years of age and possibly the eldest ERN subscriber, who had included a copy of an enlightening article written by her daughter Lynn along with this comment: "My daughter Lynn was asked as a dual Canadian-U.S. citizen presently living here to do a short article for the Edmonton, Alberta Plain Paper. They were particularly interested in her take on Kucinich who at that time was a Candidate for the Presidency of the U.S., but was being marginalized by the press so that Canadians didn't know about him and the things he stood for. I thought you might be interested in the article she wrote." I found it so revealingly hard-hitting that I asked Lynn to send me an electronic copy by email for inclusion in my next compilation. Here is what she replied:

Dear Jean

Your work is exemplary - so valuable and much needed at this time. We are in the midst of crucial moments affecting the peace and tranquility of our beautiful Planet Earth! Thank you so much for all that you do!!

I would be honored for you to use my article "Peace Has No Borders". It was originally written for Lynette at the Edmonton Small Press from the perspective of dual citizen, war & peace and alternatives.

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Peace Has No Borders

By Lynn E. Emerson-Walsh
Anacortes, WA
e-mail: anamcara@fidalgo.net

Born to a Canadian father and an American mother and raised on a private lake just north of Toronto, Ontario, my first conscious memories were of peace: the Great Gray Heron fishing in the dawn mist behind the fallen log and the ice crystals tinkling at the water's edge in early spring.

As a Canadian, I took peace for granted until living near Athens, Greece circa 1972 while in the shadows of night, an American car, just in front of my VW bus with Dutch plates, was bombed. Americans wore Canadian flags on their backpacks for protection from palpable anti-American sentiment. The Greeks wanted the damn Yankees out of their country!

Post 911, I became a caregiver to my aging mother in Washington State. We stood every Sunday for an hour in support of Women In Black, an international peace network started in 1988 by Israeli and Palestinian women standing together in silent protest holding signs "Not In My Name" and wearing black as a symbol of their sorrow for all victims of war, destruction of nature and the fabric of life. Vigils sprung up around the world in solidarity with our sisters in protest of war, torture, rape, ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses everywhere.

Men joined our vigil and it morphed into a time to exchange political ideas and information. Then a pro-war, pro-military, pro-Bush, flag-waving, loud, angry group bullied us off one of our four corners, stomping our signs, shouting insults, playing loud rah-rah American music and routinely using the police to protect their 'rights' whenever they felt threatened.

Like a torturous nightmare that would not stop, anguish sickened our hearts as we watched the invasion of Iraq, a proud people, and the destruction of the infrastructure of their country - once the birthplace of civilization.

Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, no ties to al-Quaeda or the Taliban or any part in 911. The U.S. invasion of Iraq became an illegal, unconstitutional and morally reprehensible war, making the Bush White House fully responsible for war crimes against humanity and other impeachable offences as they tried to steal thirty-two trillion dollars worth of Iraqi oil and build a oil pipeline through Afghanistan to bring oil from Chechnia to the Caspian Sea.

Just as despicable are the now known, indisputable facts: 911 was a controlled demolition of the Twin Towers and Building 7; Cheney's Halliburton and Enron benefited from huge military contracts; the Bush family financed the Nazis and helped 1200 Nazi's escape justice bringing Von Braun to the U.S. to carry on research to build nuclear weapons and found NASA; the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen by denying voters their right to vote and hacking into electronic voting machine with no paper trail to give Bush bogus votes.

In 1997 the intent of the military industrial complex was published in a document called “Contract for The New American Century.” It brazenly set out the intent to use Pre-emptive Strikes on Afghanistan, then Iraq, Iran, and Syria. Signed by Cheney, Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush, Wolfowitz, Libby and others, the clear intention was world domination by military force and the use of nuclear technology to stop resistance and benefit international corporate interests.

Our peace vigil became a microcosm of the macrocosm - conflict resolution, peace and unity vehemently resisted in a culture of violence, conflict and domination by fear, intimidation and propaganda. So, what is the path to peace?

The beyondwar.org folks explore three fundamental ideas to change our consciousness: war is obsolete; we are all connected on the planet; and the means are the ends in the making. They offer a study program to work in community to understand and resolve the deeper issue.

Dennis Kucinich, the 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidate who recently dropped out of the race due to gross non-representation, stood alone in his progressive agenda: single payer health care affordable to all; tax restructuring to provide full social security benefits at age 65; reversing the Patriot Act; withdrawal from NAFTA and WTO and fair trade with other countries; stopping the outsourcing of jobs to countries with cheap labour and known human rights violations; protecting women's right to choose and equity in the workplace; guaranteed quality education (pre-K through college); restoring rural communities and family farms; providing environmental renewal and clean energy; and through implementation of a Department of Peace creating a cabinet level agency dedicated to peacemaking not war as an instrument of political policy.

Kucinich—a progressive politician with 40 years experience under his belt—was deliberately shut out of major Presidential Debates by NBC, CNN, ABC and NBC, thereby ensuring that most Americans of voting age would have no idea that he even existed. The major media conglomerates won. This time.

Books like The Flip, The Shift, and Blessed Unrest (http://blessedunrest.com/video.html) describe an unprecedented non-ideological, grassroots, global movement arising spontaneously in every country, every culture, and every tribe on earth. Rooted in indigenous cultures, environmental issues and social justice, this unstoppable, unquenchable force is humanity's renewed response to resist and heal political disease, economic infection, and ecological corruption and focus on civil rights, human rights and democracy. Humankind knows what to do; the challenge now lies in inspiring people to question the status quo—the corporate media—,weigh what you hear against your own priorities, and act on your instinct.

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Also recommended:

The Edmonton Small Press Association website
http://www.edmontonsmallpress.org/
The Edmonton Small Press Association (ESPA) is a registered non-profit arts society with a socially-conscious mandate that is committed to fostering the awareness and development of independent small press ventures in Canada and beyond. The ESPA recognizes that the small press movement is a global phenomenon and we are proud to be a part of introducing small press initiatives to the masses.




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THE SWAMI IS ON TO AN EXCELLENT IDEA - A CITIZEN UNION - ONCE AGAIN!

Date: 28 Feb 2008
From: Steve Bhaerman (info@wakeuplaughing.com)
Subject: Notes From the Trail - Feb 28, 2008

RALPH NADER FOR PRESIDENT: Right Man, Wrong Job

February 28, 2008

"I would love to see Ralph Nader run ... in fact, I volunteer to lead the mob that chases him."

-- Swami Beyondananda, 2004

It's a sad story indeed. Ralph Nader, once celebrated as an All-American hero, is now disdained as an All-American jerk.

George Bush was "elected" President in 2000 for a number or reasons, not the least of which was a fraudulent vote in Florida, a shameless coup given the cover of law by a shameful Supreme Court decision. Nonetheless, Nader gets the bum rap. Now of course, he did say there was no difference between Bush and Gore. (On the other hand, as Swami pointed out, he may have been right. "Bush became President, and we got plenty of gore.")

Comedy aside, there is something tragic about Ralph Nader once again proclaiming himself as the spoiler. As if things aren't spoiled enough. If Obama is the Democratic nominee, we can expect the light of his candidacy to outshine Ralph Nader's sourpuss, making Nader a non-factor. But as a truth-teller and courageous crusader, Nader needs to be a factor, particularly in a campaign where all the candidates are skirting the most significant truth of all: That by acquiescing to a secret government some 60 years ago, we the people made a pact with the devil. Over the past seven years, the devil has extracted his due from America, leaving us weak despite our strength, and virtually bankrupt -- both financially and morally.

Ralph Nader is most definitely right for these times, no matter who is elected President. He just needs to find the right job. And that job would be...? That job would be front man for an American Citizens Union. Think of it this way. We the American people have been clearly disenfranchised from our own government. Even if elections aren't "fixed," they are "pre-fixed." In other words, we are given a very limited choice of candidates. Why is it the American consumer can choose from 40 different brands of toilet paper, but when it comes to candidates, it's usually tweedledweeb vs. tweedledumb?

Then there's the mainstream media constantly bombarding us with weapons of mass distraction, and making sure political discourse is safely inside the matrix. And for "bad measure" we have legislation bought and paid for by those with the money and influence, public be damned.

A Transpartisan "Authority" Above the Partisan Trance

So how and why would a Citizens Union make a difference? And how could Ralph Nader become American Hero #1 once again? Let's consider two models that already exist. First is Common Cause, an organization founded by John Gardner, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Lyndon Johnson. This organization was established in 1970 as a "citizens lobby." Currently, it has 300,000 members

The other model is the Consumers Union founded in 1936 to protect consumers from dangers in food, drugs and other products. Its magazine, Consumer Reports was designed to inform the public of both the best and worst in consumer products, and to provide an impeccably impartial voice above the fray of advertising hype.

With these two formidable organizations, why would a new Citizens Union be needed? First reason is, the world is a different place than it was in 1936, and even 1970. Corporate interests -- including the corporate media -- are far more powerful and sophisticated now. Never have "we the people" been so absent from government by the people. Over the past seven years, we have had an object lesson in how absolute power corrupts absolutely. Even the most hopeful candidate, Barack Obama, fails to confront this monstrous elephant (and for that matter, donkey) in the living room.

What is needed is an organization that reaches above and beyond political parties to bring awakening people on the left and the right "front and center" to identify and work for "common cause" -- in this case, a politically moral government that is truthful, transparent and ruled by the rule of law. At the same time, like Consumer Reports this organization must empower truthful information and open discourse, so that "consumers" of political programs and ideas can judge those objectively instead of falling for spin and "impropaganda."

Regardless of whether they identify with "conservative" or "progressive", all non-sociopathic Americans want the vote to be counted fully and fairly, and to know with certainty that the vote is absolutely impeccable. While some ideological purists would argue that "money" represents free speech, most Americans believe that those who have more money shouldn't necessarily monopolize the political conversation. Likewise, a vast majority of Americans would agree that it is immoral and illegal for our leaders to willfully lie to us.

The problem is, we have been conveniently divided into two political camps, and because they spend their energy fighting one another, the overwhelming moral authority representing the "heart core" values of 90% to 95% of the public never really gets to rule. Hence, we the people have tacitly agreed to torture, slaughter of civilians in places like Iraq, not to mention political assassination -- even of American Citizens (e.g., Martin Luther King).

The extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in demand extraordinary remedies. To paraphrase Tom Paine, these are soul-trying times. The good news is, we in America have a foundational legacy that offers the ultimate platform for collective will and focus: The Declaration of Independence. Those Ron Paul libertarians who want to go back to "strict" interpretation of the Constitution are on the right track. But we have to backtrack further than that, to our founding document that reminds us that each of us is a sovereign citizen, and our government exists to serve us. And that doesn't mean "serve us" up on a silver platter to corporate predators.

Could a Citizens Union Have Preempted Preemptive War?

So ... let us go back in time a little more than seven years, and imagine what might have been had there been a strong Citizens Union in place. After all, 30 months before "shock and awe" was released on the Iraqi people, it was pre-tested in America. Only instead of bombing, the shocking and awful assault came from the highest court in the land affirming a fraudulent election. What would have happened had there been a coherent, authoritative voice for "we the people?" Would there have been mass protests throughout the country, not to mention Washington, D.C.? Would a non-biased "Citizens Reports" type magazine have widely publicized evidence of wrongdoing in Florida? My guess is with a strong organization of this type, these shenanigans couldn't have been pulled off, and if they were, criminal charges would have followed immediately. We might not have had 911, and would not have had the Iraq war.

Put another way, what if Ralph Nader had spent the past 20 years building an organization behind him when he spoke? Not an organization about Ralph Nader, by the way, but an organization about "we the people." In an important sense, a line is being drawn dividing political leadership of the past, and political leadership for the future. Despite his progressive ideas, Ralph Nader's leadership model is strictly old paradigm. Instead of massively inspiring masses of people through an organization that is about "us," he has created a campaign about "him." Sorry, Ralph but it's not about you.

Here is where Obama represents the new paradigm, regardless of his current policy statements or future programs. Notice that where Hillary uses "I", Obama makes it "we." This is not political posturing or mere rhetoric, but a world view that understands that genuine change for the better rests upon an awakened, aware and activated populace. Neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party cares if we are awake, and in fact finds us more easily manipulated when we're not. Both the Greens and Libertarians have platforms and agendas, and are limited by being political parties. In America's dualistic political structure, being a third party is about as satisfying as being the third wheel on a sexy date. You know someone's gonna get some -- but it ain't you.

A Strong Voice "Outside the Matrix"

However, a Citizens Union has the power to speak for Americans beyond any political platform and agenda. It can sponsor national and local "wisdom councils" and conversations to air issues, and find wide agreement on breakthrough solutions that are outside the box of any political platform (including Green and Libertarian, by the way). More importantly, a large and diverse membership organization with an outside-the-matrix perspective can bring truth back into political discourse. Think of it this way. MoveOn.org, a partisan organization, boasts three million members. What if a Citizens Union with "just" a million members raised $10 from each member? Sure, $10 million isn't much, but it's enough to empower the beginnings of what Project Censored's Peter Phillips calls "an alternative mainstream media."

Being transpartisan, "truth" in media becomes much more than attacking "the usual suspects" and protecting allies. It can actually help us discern the "likelier stories" instead of the "babblum" (B.S. made easy to digest for the infantile mind) we've been spoon fed. There is another "truth" such a Citizens Union can cultivate, and in some ways it's a truth more important than what-really-happened-where. This truth represents the common values the vast majority of humanity shares -- virtues that my friend Richard Flyer, who founded the Conscious Community Network in Reno, Nevada define as "love, integrity, courage, service and respect."

These virtues provide a foundation in "secular spiritual values" that require no dogma or belief, but simply demonstrate their effectiveness in practice. This is why Barack Obama actually does represent this new paradigm. He has said and obviously understands that any changes he could possibly make are contingent on the "ground support" he gets from the grassroots. We are fortunate indeed to have a candidate right now who articulately expresses an emergent paradigm where we are indeed all in it together. "All in it together" doesn't mean -- as conservatives might protest -- taking care of deadbeats. Rather, it means encouraging participation, so that former deadbeats become "live beats" with a role in "re-growing our Garden."

So ... vote for Obama. At the same time, understand what he seems to understand, that it's not about him, it's about us. He is just one person, we are millions and millions. Consider this remarkable fact from Frances Moore Lappe's most recent book, Getting a Grip. A century ago, the native population of India outnumbered the British colonial overseers by a factor of 300,000 to one! It took Gandhi to "explain it" to the people, and seventeen years later India was free of British rule.

Now it's our turn. The field for a diverse and yet unified movement that represents the true heart and soul of who we are has been building. In birthing this movement, we need both Ralph Nader and Barack Obama. But make no mistake. The movement is more important than either of these individuals. May we move this field of functionality forward on all fronts.

Be a Part of Spontaneous Evolution

If you are a regular reader of BeyondaNews and Notes From the Trail, you already know that I've been writing a book with cellular biologist Bruce Lipton called Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future Now. It is our hope and intention that this book will provide the foundation for a new, healthy story for humanity to live into based on "new edge" science and ancient wisdom. If you would like to participate -- and benefit -- financially in the book's success, there is still an opportunity. Just respond to this email (at info@wakeuplaughing.com ) and put "Spontaneous Evolution" in the subject line.




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Note: Unfortunately, this article provides no proof about the alleged financing of this seed vault by Rockefeller, Gates & co, while according to this news article, the building cost has been entirely assumed by the government of Norway.

Forwarded by Nattanya (nattanya@telus.net)

From: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7529

"Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic

Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t

by F. William Engdahl

Global Research, December 4, 2007

One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth. He was already programming at 14, founded Microsoft at age 20 while still a student at Harvard. By 1995 he had been listed by Forbes as the world’s richest man from being the largest shareholder in his Microsoft, a company which his relentless drive built into a de facto monopoly in software systems for personal computers.
In 2006 when most people in such a situation might think of retiring to a quiet Pacific island, Bill Gates decided to devote his energies to his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest ‘transparent’ private foundation as it says, with a whopping $34.6 billion endowment and a legal necessity to spend $1.5 billion a year on charitable projects around the world to maintain its tax free charitable status. A gift from friend and business associate, mega-investor Warren Buffett in 2006, of some $30 billion worth of shares in Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway put the Gates’ foundation into the league where it spends almost the amount of the entire annual budget of the United Nations’ World Health Organization.
So when Bill Gates decides through the Gates Foundation to invest some $30 million of their hard earned money in a project, it is worth looking at.
No project is more interesting at the moment than a curious project in one of the world’s most remote spots, Svalbard. Bill Gates is investing millions in a seed bank on the Barents Sea near the Arctic Ocean, some 1,100 kilometers from the North Pole. Svalbard is a barren piece of rock claimed by Norway and ceded in 1925 by international treaty (see map).

On this God-forsaken island Bill Gates is investing tens of his millions along with the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto Corporation, Syngenta Foundation and the Government of Norway, among others, in what is called the ‘doomsday seed bank.’ Officially the project is named the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard island group.

Doomsday Seed Vault

The seed bank is being built inside a mountain on Spitsbergen Island near the small village of Longyearbyen. It’s almost ready for ‘business’ according to their releases. The bank will have dual blast-proof doors with motion sensors, two airlocks, and walls of steel-reinforced concrete one meter thick. It will contain up to three million different varieties of seeds from the entire world, ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future,’ according to the Norwegian government. Seeds will be specially wrapped to exclude moisture. There will be no full-time staff, but the vault's relative inaccessibility will facilitate monitoring any possible human activity.

Did we miss something here? Their press release stated, ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future.’ What future do the seed bank’s sponsors foresee, that would threaten the global availability of current seeds, almost all of which are already well protected in designated seed banks around the world?
Anytime Bill Gates, the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto and Syngenta get together on a common project, it’s worth digging a bit deeper behind the rocks on Spitsbergen. When we do we find some fascinating things.

CLIP - Read the missing parts at http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7529

Now is it simply philosophical sloppiness? What leads the Gates and Rockefeller foundations to at one and the same time to back proliferation of patented and soon-to-be Terminator patented seeds across Africa, a process which, as it has in every other place on earth, destroys the plant seed varieties as monoculture industrialized agribusiness is introduced? At the same time they invest tens of millions of dollars to preserve every seed variety known in a bomb-proof doomsday vault near the remote Arctic Circle ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future’ to restate their official release?

It is no accident that the Rockefeller and Gates foundations are teaming up to push a GMO-style Green Revolution in Africa at the same time they are quietly financing the ‘doomsday seed vault’ on Svalbard. The GMO agribusiness giants are up to their ears in the Svalbard project.

Indeed, the entire Svalbard enterprise and the people involved call up the worst catastrophe images of the Michael Crichton bestseller, Andromeda Strain, a sci-fi thriller where a deadly disease of extraterrestrial origin causes rapid, fatal clotting of the blood threatening the entire human species. In Svalbard, the future world’s most secure seed repository will be guarded by the policemen of the GMO Green Revolution--the Rockefeller and Gates Foundations, Syngenta, DuPont and CGIAR.

CLIP

GMO as a weapon of biowarfare?

Now we come to the heart of the danger and the potential for misuse inherent in the Svalbard project of Bill Gates and the Rockefeller foundation. Can the development of patented seeds for most of the world’s major sustenance crops such as rice, corn, wheat, and feed grains such as soybeans ultimately be used in a horrible form of biological warfare?

The explicit aim of the eugenics lobby funded by wealthy elite families such as Rockefeller, Carnegie, Harriman and others since the 1920’s, has embodied what they termed ‘negative eugenics,’ the systematic killing off of undesired bloodlines. Margaret Sanger, a rapid eugenicist, the founder of Planned Parenthood International and an intimate of the Rockefeller family, created something called The Negro Project in 1939, based in Harlem, which as she confided in a letter to a friend, was all about the fact that, as she put it, ‘we want to exterminate the Negro population.’

A small California biotech company, Epicyte, in 2001 announced the development of genetically engineered corn which contained a spermicide which made the semen of men who ate it sterile. At the time Epicyte had a joint venture agreement to spread its technology with DuPont and Syngenta, two of the sponsors of the Svalbard Doomsday Seed Vault. Epicyte was since acquired by a North Carolina biotech company. Astonishing to learn was that Epicyte had developed its spermicidal GMO corn with research funds from the US Department of Agriculture, the same USDA which, despite worldwide opposition, continued to finance the development of Terminator technology, now held by Monsanto.

In the 1990’s the UN’s World Health Organization launched a campaign to vaccinate millions of women in Nicaragua, Mexico and the Philippines between the ages of 15 and 45, allegedly against Tentanus, a sickness arising from such things as stepping on a rusty nail. The vaccine was not given to men or boys, despite the fact they are presumably equally liable to step on rusty nails as women.

Because of that curious anomaly, Comite Pro Vida de Mexico, a Roman Catholic lay organization became suspicious and had vaccine samples tested. The tests revealed that the Tetanus vaccine being spread by the WHO only to women of child-bearing age contained human Chorionic Gonadotrophin or hCG, a natural hormone which when combined with a tetanus toxoid carrier stimulated antibodies rendering a woman incapable of maintaining a pregnancy. None of the women vaccinated were told.

It later came out that the Rockefeller Foundation along with the Rockefeller’s Population Council, the World Bank (home to CGIAR), and the United States’ National Institutes of Health had been involved in a 20-year-long project begun in 1972 to develop the concealed abortion vaccine with a tetanus carrier for WHO. In addition, the Government of Norway, the host to the Svalbard Doomsday Seed Vault, donated $41 million to develop the special abortive Tetanus vaccine.

Is it a coincidence that these same organizations, from Norway to the Rockefeller Foundation to the World Bank are also involved in the Svalbard seed bank project? According to Prof. Francis Boyle who drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989 enacted by the US Congress, the Pentagon is ‘now gearing up to fight and win biological warfare’ as part of two Bush national strategy directives adopted, he notes, ‘without public knowledge and review’ in 2002. Boyle adds that in 2001-2004 alone the US Federal Government spent $14.5 billion for civilian bio-warfare-related work, a staggering sum.

Rutgers University biologist Richard Ebright estimates that over 300 scientific institutions and some 12,000 individuals in the USA today have access to pathogens suitable for biowarfare. Alone there are 497 US Government NIH grants for research into infectious diseases with biowarfare potential. Of course this is being justified under the rubric of defending against possible terror attack as so much is today.

Many of the US Government dollars spent on biowarfare research involve genetic engineering. MIT biology professor Jonathan King says that the ‘growing bio-terror programs represent a significant emerging danger to our own population.’ King adds, ‘while such programs are always called defensive, with biological weapons, defensive and offensive programs overlap almost completely.’

Time will tell whether, God Forbid, the Svalbard Doomsday Seed Bank of Bill Gates and the Rockefeller Foundation is part of another Final Solution, this involving the extinction of the Late, Great Planet Earth.

F. William Engdahl is the author of Seeds of Destruction, the Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation just released by Global Research. He also the author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, Pluto Press Ltd.

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Related news articles:

Svalbard's giant cold store (February 26 2008)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/feb/26/food.conservation
Today sees the opening of the global seed vault, built to preserve samples of nearly all the world's seed crops deep in an Arctic mountain - Hardly anything grows on Svalbard. In this Arctic archipelago, the permafrost is 1,000ft deep, the nearest tree grows 600 miles to the south, and the sun does not rise for four months of the year. But it is on this frozen, barren outpost that the future of mankind's food supply depends.Today sees the inauguration of the Svalbard global seed vault, a top-security repository that will house batches of seeds from nearly every variety of food crop on the planet, such as wheat, rice or maize. The aim is to protect them in case of a global catastrophe. "It is the last line of defence against the extinction of our agricultural diversity," says Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Diversity Crop Trust (GDCT), the brain behind the project. "People are aware of the extinction of the dinosaurs, but they don't know that we are currently experiencing a mass extinction of our crop diversity."According to Fowler, maintaining agricultural diversity is essential to protect our food supply. "We need [it] to help farmers and to help agriculture adapt to climate change, pests and diseases, droughts, and whatever demands we're going to have make of agriculture, including feeding more people." CLIP

Biodiversity 'doomsday vault' comes to life in Arctic (Feb 24, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080224/sc_afp/norwayarcticenvironmentwarmingcrops
LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (AFP) - Aimed at providing mankind with a Noah's Ark of food in the event of a global catastrophe, an Arctic "doomsday vault" filled with samples of the world's most important seeds will be inaugurated here Tuesday. (...) Norway has assumed the six million euro (8.9 million dollar) charge for building the vault in its Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, where ironically no crops grow. Secured behind an airlock door, the three airtight chambers have the capacity to house duplicates of samples from all the world's more than 1,400 existing seed banks. Many of the more vulnerable seed banks have begun contributing to the "doomsday vault" collection, but some of the world's biodiversity has already disappeared, with gene vaults in both Iraq and Afghanistan destroyed by war and a seed bank in the Philippines annihilated by a typhoon.
By the time of the inauguration on Tuesday, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault should hold some 250,000 samples, which will remain the property of their countries of origin. (...) The Norwegian archipelago, which is home to some 2,300 people, was selected not despite but because of its inhospitable climate, as well as its remote location far from civil strife. The seeds of wheat, maize, oats and other crops will be stored at a constant temperature of minus 18 degrees Celsius, and even if the freezer system fails the permafrost will ensure that temperatures never rise above 3.5 degrees Celsius below freezing." Svalbard really met all the criteria," Fowler said. Protected by high walls of fortified concrete, an armoured door, a sensor alarm and the native polar bears that roam the region, the "doomsday vault" has been built 130 metres (425 feet) above current sea level -- high enough that it would not flood if the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets melt entirely due to global warming. The concrete cocoon has also been built to withstand nuclear missile attacks or a plunging plane, something that could come in handy in light of the 6.4-scale tremor -- the biggest earthquake in Norway's history -- registered near the archipelago on Thursday.


Much more through http://news.google.com/news?ned=ca&hl=en&ned=ca&q=Svalbard&btnG=Search+News




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A SIMILAR STRATEGY WORKED WITH LARGE RETAILERS WHO NOW SELL ONLY CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLY HARVESTED WOOD PRODUCTS. IT IS HIGH TIMES SUPERMARKETS DO THE SAME AND SELL ONLY CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLY HARVESTED SEAFOOD. THE SURVIVAL OF ALL OCEAN LIFE DEPENDS ON THIS!

From: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/oceans/seafood">ttp://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/oceans/seafood

Seafood

In November 2006, the journal Science reported that global fisheries could collapse by the middle of this century. And, climate change and pollution are compounding the fishing threats affecting our oceans.

Destructive fishing practices and overfishing are among the most significant threats facing our oceans today. Fish caught by damaging methods make their way into our supermarkets and oceans pay the price.

Greenpeace is calling on U.S. supermarkets to help our oceans by making the seafood market sustainable.
Supermarkets have a powerful, unique role to play in turning around the crisis facing our oceans by ensuring their customers quality fish from sustainable fisheries for years to come. Sustainably harvested seafood can become the market norm. But, it needs to start at the seafood counter where the public buys their groceries.

The Greenpeace seafood campaign is all about helping the fish and ecosystems that are threatened the most. We are encouraging supermarkets to remove the worst products (our red list species (link)), including those species caught using illegal or highly destructive fishing methods such as pirate fishing, bottom trawling or contribute to high levels of bycatch.

We are also encouraging supermarkets to help customers make smart decisions when purchasing seafood. They can help customers by labeling all seafood with information such as country of origin, whether the seafood was wild-caught or farmed, and the type of fishing gear or farming technique used.

Supermarkets must have a sustainable seafood policy that ensures that all of the seafood they sell is sustainable and “green.”

In the last 50 years, 90% of top fish stock predators have been lost. Experts predict if current trends continue global fisheries could collapse in the next 50 years. Act now to stem the tide and set a new course for healthy oceans and sustainable seafood.

Ocean protection starts with all of us. We need to succeed because our oceans are in serious trouble and need our help to survive.

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Related articles:

Pirate Fishing
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/oceans/threats/pirate-fishing
Armed and masked, scouring the oceans, stealing food from hungry families – modern day pirates are a far cry from the glamor of Hollywood movies. But they are a multi billion-dollar reality for many communities that can least afford to be robbed.Pirate fishing – known by its less colorful name: illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing – is the scourge of the oceans. It leaves communities without much needed food and income and the marine environment smashed and empty. In 2001 Greenpeace estimated there were at least 1,300 industrial scale pirate fishing ships at sea. Stolen fish, stolen futures - From the islands of the South Pacific, to the coastal communities of West Africa, the pirate fishermen, who then claim their profits in European and Asian ports, are netting millions of dollars in much needed income which rightfully belongs to coastal communities. The United Nations estimates that Somalia loses $300 million a year to the pirates; Guinea loses $100 million. Globally more than $4 billion is lost each year. CLIP

Bottom trawling
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/oceans/threats/bottom-trawling
Ancient forests in danger ... deep under the ocean. Biologists estimate that somewhere between 500,000 and 5,000,000 marine species have yet to be discovered. Many of these species are in serious danger from the world's most destructive fishing practice - bottom trawling. The deep ocean floor has its own mountains called seamounts. They rise at least 1,000 meters above the surrounding seafloor. Amazingly, the Earth's longest mountain range is not on land but under the sea - the Mid-Oceanic ridge system, which winds around the globe from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic. It is four times longer than the Andes, Rockies, and Himalayas combined! Seamounts are uniquely rich areas of biodiversity. Think colorful forests of attached cold water corals, soft seapens, sponges and seawhips, sea spiders and lobster-like crustaceans. Many seamount-dwelling species are not found anywhere else, and it is believed that some are confined to only one or two individual seamounts. Unfortunately, the commercial fishing industry has gotten to know about the rich pickings that exist in deep waters. The industry has extended its unsustainable fishing practices into previously unexploited deep waters and seamounts using a technique called bottom trawling. Bottom trawling involves dragging huge, heavy nets along the sea floor. Large metal plates and rubber wheels attached to these nets move along the bottom and crush nearly everything in their path. All evidence indicates that deep water life forms are very slow to recover from such damage, taking decades to hundreds of years - to recover if they recover at all. If allowed to continue, the bottom trawlers of the high seas will destroy deep sea species before we have even discovered much of what is out there. Think of it as driving a huge bulldozer through an unexplored, lush and richly populated forest and being left with a flat, featureless desert.

Bycatch
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/oceans/threats/bycatch
When a fishing net or hook is tossed into the ocean – the catch that is hauled back out often contains much more than the fishermen intended. Collectively, all marine life unintentionally caught while fishing for other species is called bycatch. Sadly, many ocean creatures like sea turtles and dolphins are helpless victims of bycatch along with corals, sponges, and a variety of other marine plants and animals. Each year millions of ocean creatures are killed or injured as a result of bycatch. Recent estimates show that for every four pounds of fish caught worldwide, fishermen throw away more than a pound (bycatch) of other marine animals. In shrimp trawls the ratio is fatally worse: for every pound of shrimp, four or more pounds of unwanted creatures die. What happens to these unwanted animals once they are caught? They are usually tossed overboard either already dead or severely injured. Even fish of the target species that are an undesired sex, size or quality are often thrown overboard as bycatch. A staggering 100 million sharks and rays are caught and discarded each year. An estimated 300,000 cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) also die as bycatch each year, because they are unable to escape when caught in nets. Birds dive for the baited hooks on long fishing lines, swallow the bait (hook included) and are pulled underwater and drowned. Around 100,000 albatrosses are killed by longline fisheries every year and because of this, many species of albatross are facing extinction. Bycatch is a serious environmental problem because valuable living creatures are wasted, food webs are disrupted, populations of endangered species are put at further risk, stocks that are already heavily exploited are further impacted and ecosystem alterations impact our ocean health worldwide. CLIP




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HARBINGERS OF THINGS TO COME - WORLDWIDE! HIGHER OIL PRICES, MORE MEAT EATING, AND THE DIVERSION OF CORN TO PRODUCE ETHANOL ARE TO BLAME FOR THE FOOD PRICE HIKES WORLDWIDE

Forwarded by Mark Graffis (mgraffis@vitelcom.net)

From: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1717572,00.html

The World's Growing Food-Price Crisis

By Vivienne Walt/Paris -- Feb. 27, 2008

Add another item to the list of threats to world peace: Food.

Soaring prices of staples - which have risen about 75% since 2005, driven by growing demand, rising oil prices and the effects of global warming - have sparked riots in several countries, as people reel from sticker shock and governments scramble to feed their people. Crowds tore through three cities in the West African nation of Burkina Faso late last week, burning government buildings and looting stores; when officials tried to talk peace with one group of protesters, the enraged crowd hurled stones at them. The riots followed similar violent protests over food prices in Senegal and Mauritania earlier this year. And, last October, protesters in India burned hundreds of food-ration stores in West Bengal after stockpiles emptied, leaving thousands of people unfed.

Governments might succeed in quashing the protests, but lowering food prices could be far tougher and will likely take years, according to analysts who track global food consumption. The Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute, or IFPRI, said last December that high prices are unlikely to fall soon, partly because world food stocks are being squeezed by soaring demand. The wild ride in agricultural markets has attracted intense speculation among investors, with billions of dollars being poured into commodities markets. On Monday, the price of wheat shot up about 25% on the Chicago Board of Trade, after officials in Khazakstan announced plans to restrict exports of their giant wheat crop in order to ensure the food supply to their own citizens. Russian officials have also said they are planning to restrict grain exports.

For the world's poorest people, the price rises are already proving devastating, since the speed at which prices have risen has wrought havoc on government relief programs. Earlier this month, a top official at the U.S. Agency for International Development admitted that in order to meet current targets, it had been forced to skim off funds from future food-aid programs, worth about $120 million.

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that millions more people who were previously earning enough to feed their families can now no longer afford the food in their local stores, and are now swelling the ranks of those expecting relief from aid organizations. "We are seeing a new face of hunger," the executive director of U.N.'s World Food Program, Josette Sheeran, told TIME on Tuesday. "People who were not in the urgent category are now moving into that category." The organization currently feeds about 73 million people, including millions who get by on just 50 cents a day. After hosting a series of emergency meetings with international organizations and food experts this month at WFP's Rome headquarters, Sheeran said the organization has concluded that food prices will remain high for years. She announced on Monday that the organization might have to cut its relief programs unless it raises an extra $500 million this year. "There is no way we can absorb a 25% price rise in one day and the volatility of the markets," Sheeran said.

One factor driving up the cost of food is the rocketing price of oil, which raises agricultural costs of everything from fertilizer to transport and shipping. Like the oil price, the cost of food is responding, in part, to the burgeoning demand in China and India, where rising incomes allow people to eat bigger meals, and to buy meat far more frequently. That, in turn, has helped to squeeze the world's supply of grain, since it takes about six pounds of animal feed to produce a pound of meat.

Then there is climate change: Harvests have been seriously disrupted by freak weather, including prolonged droughts in Australia and southern Africa, floods in West Africa, and deep frost in China and Europe. And the push to produce biofuels to replace hydrocarbons is also adding to the pressure on food supplies - generous U.S. subsidies for ethanol has gobbled up needed food acreage, as farmers switch from producing food. "The area used for biofuels is increasing each year," says Nik Bienkowski, head of research at ETF Securities, a commodities trading firm in London.

The food price rises are not bad news for everyone, says Bienkowski, who estimates that his company took in about $2 billion worth of investments last year. And millions of farmers whose income has languished through years of cheap food are now earning well.

"U.S. and British farmers are laughing all the way to the bank," says Simon Maxwell, director of the London-based Overseas Development Institute, an independent think tank. "And some poor people will get jobs on farms or in local communities." Yet those people will need to buy food, whose prices are rising far faster than wages. With relief agencies struggling to feed the hungry and the shelves in Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Senegal and many other countries in the developing world stocked with food many locals can no longer afford, the prospects for chaos are steadily growing.




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AN OPINION WORTH CONSIDERING... (continued at the end)

From: http://tinyurl.com/35l8k2

Johann Hari: We'll save the planet only if we're forced to

21 February 2008

Do you check every item you buy to make sure it is green and planet-friendly? Do you buy carbon offsets every time you fly? Stop. It is time to be honest: green consumerism is at best a draining distraction, and at worst a con. While the planet's fever gets worse by the week, we are guzzling down green-coloured placebos and calling it action. There is another way. Our reaction to global warming has gone in waves. First we were in blank denial: how can releasing an odourless, colourless gas change the climate so dramatically? Now we are in a phase of displacement: we assume we can shop our way out of global warming, by shovelling a few new lightbulbs and some carbon offsets into our shopping basket.

This is a self-harming delusion. It's hard to give a sense of the contrast today between the magnitude of our problem, and the weediness of our response so far. But the best way is offered by the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Crutzen.

He explains that until 10,000 years ago, the planet's climate would fluctuate violently: sometimes it would veer by 12 degrees centigrade in just a decade. This meant it was impossible to develop agriculture. Crops couldn't be cultivated in this climatic chaos, so human beings were stuck as a tiny smattering of hunter-gatherers.

But then the climate settled down into safe parameters – and humans could settle down too. This period is called the Holocene, and it meant that for the first time, we could develop farming and cities. Everything we know as human civilisation is thanks to this unprecedented period of climatic stability.

Today, we are bringing this era to an end. By pumping vast amounts of warming gases into the atmosphere, we are creating a new era: the Anthropocene, in which man makes the weather. There is an imminent danger of it bursting beyond these safe parameters, and bringing about a return to the violent, volatile variations that prevented our ancestors from progressing beyond spears and sticks.

Those are the stakes. Every week, there is greater evidence that we are nudging further from our safety zone. The hottest year of the 20th century – 1947 – is now merely the average for the 21st century.

And what are we doing? Many good, well-intentioned people are beginning to grasp this problem – and then assuming green consumerism is the only answer to hand. They shop around for items that have not been freighted thousands of miles to make it to their supermarket shelves. They change their lightbulbs. They turn down the thermostat a few degrees. They make sure they buy products that don't sit on electricty-burning standby all day. They buy the more energy-efficient cars, and scorn SUV drivers.

I don't want to attack these people. They are an absolutely essential part of any solution. But we have to be honest. This is not even the beginning of a solution – and by pouring so much energy into it, we may actually be forestalling the real solution. I know a huge number of people who are sincerely worried about global warming, but they assume they have Done Their Bit through these shifted consumption patterns. The truth is: you haven't.

In reality, dispersed consumer choices are not going to keep the climate this side of a disastrous temperature rise. The only way that can ever happen is by governments legislating to force us all – green and anti-green – to shift towards cleaner behaviour. Just as the government in the Second World War did not ask people to eat less voluntarily, governments today cannot ask us to burn fewer greenhouse gases voluntarily .

It is not enough for you to change your bulbs. Everyone has to change their bulbs. It is not enough for you to eat less meat. Everyone has to eat less meat. It is not enough for you to fly less. Everyone has to fly less. (And yes, I hate these facts as much as you do. But I will hate the reality of runaway global warming even more.)

The only way we will get to the situation where we are all required by law to burn fewer greenhouse gases is if enough people pressure the government, demanding it. Green consumer choices often drain away people's political energies to do this. You have a limited amount of time to spend on any political cause. If you have an hour a week to dedicate to acting on global warming, and you spend it scouring the supermarket shelves for the product shipped the shortest distance, that time and energy is gone; you feel you've done what you can. Part of you might also assume: I've made these choices; other people will too; in time, we'll all be persuaded. But we don't have time.

There is a much better way for you to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Every minute you would have spent shopping around for a greener choice, you should spend volunteering for Greenpeace, or Friends of the Earth, or Plane Stupid, or the Campaign Against Climate Change. Every hundred-pound premium you would spend to buy a greener product, donate it to them instead. Why? Because by becoming part of this collective action – rather than by clinging to dispersed personal choices – you will help to change the law, so everyone will have to be greener, not just nice people like you.

It works. Green campaigners from Australia to Canada to Japan have successfully banned the old lightbulbs, so only the energy-saving lightbulbs are on offer there now. Green campaigners have prompted the Mayor of London to force SUV drivers to pay a punitive £6,000-a-year premium to drive through our city, forcing many of them to shift to greener cars. These are the first tiny steps towards banning – or massively restricting – the other technologies that are unleashing Weather of Mass Destruction.

Of course, some sincere and well-intentioned people have libertarian concerns about this approach at first glance. Why should we force people to choose the green option? Isn't it better to rely on persuasion and voluntary choice? But even the most hardcore libertarians agree that your personal liberty ends where you actively harm the liberty of another person. Greenhouse gas emissions are undeniably harming tens of millions of people – and endangering the ground on which all human liberty rests: a stable and safe climate.

Just as no libertarian would argue you should have the right to buy and fire a nuclear weapon, no libertarian should argue you have the right to burn unlimited greenhouse gases. Once confronted with this argument, the only people who cling to a libertarian defence of fossil fuels are people who take money from the fossil fuel industry itself, like Spiked Online. They have to scrape together any old excuse.

So enough with the placebos. Enough with the fake-libertarian excuses. As the climate that sustains human life unravels around us, we are long past the moment when we need real medicine – and the only one we have is hard government legislation.

j.hari@independent.co.uk

... YET HIS SUGGESTED, LAST RESORT (because nothing else would work according to him) SOLUTION SOUNDS LIKE AN IMPOSSIBLE FEAT TO ACCOMPLISH CONSIDERING HOW CORRUPTED AND LITTLE RESPONSIVE TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE THE GOVERNMENTS GENERALLY ARE... which comes down to say there is nary any hope unless some miraculous massive change of heart and global awakening occurs to shift en masse our consumer behavior without any coercion... which is exactly what is gradually happening IMHO... A total global consciousness & paradigm shift is, I feel, the only sensible option.




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POSSIBLE THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME - OR TO BE FINALLY DISCLOSED! - FOR MUCH OF THE WORLD POPULATION NOW EXPOSED 24/365 TO MIND-BOGGLING (literally) ELECTROMAGNETIC POLLUTION

From: http://groups.google.com/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/browse_thread/thread/433e0d2682f77358

AMAZING TECHNOLOGY FROM JAPAN "MAY MAKE YOU SICK"

Posted by: Paul Doyon

Feb 28, 200

If you carry these Bluetooth Devices in your pockets, I think what you really need to really say is "goodbye testicles."

Japan is a now a complete mess - we have kids who lock themselves in their rooms for years without ever leaving. It's called *Futoukou* when they are in school and *Hikikomori* when they reach adult age. The rate of this problem has jumped from 10,000 in 1992 to 140,000 in 2004 - a 1,400% increase.

In the late 1980s when I first went to Japan, it was one of the safest countries in the world, and there was virtually no crime. Now, we have kids killing their parents, parents killing their two-year-old children, people committing bizarre sex crimes against children, suicides, and other crimes reported just about every day in the media.

While the city parks used to be places where people went to enjoy themselves, now they are swamped with homeless people living there in cardboard box huts. (And while we have these middle-aged to older people living in the parks, a good percentage of teenage girls with cell phones are prostituting themselves to older men with cell phones. Why? So they can buy the newest cell phone model or the latest Louis Vuitton bag.)

The number of kids with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) has skyrocketed - and though undiagnosed - at one of the universities I taught at, I would guess that the percentage there was approximately 99%. Autism and Alzheimer's is also following the same trend. There is also a phenomena called "Classroom Collapse" where the students don't (or can't) pay any attention to their teacher, and the class is hence completely disrupted by all the students.

The problem of lowering academic abilities (i.e. lower IQs) is also a major issue, and while blamed on more relaxed educational standards, there is another plausible explanation - the increase in ambient electromagnetic radiation (EMR) with exposure to cell phones, cell phone towers, WiFi (Wireless Internet), DECT (Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) phones and other electromagnetic devices is turning the student population into a bunch of zombies.

Cancers, strokes, and heart problems are rampant and continue to increase rapidly! Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) - also diagnosed as Autonomic Dysfunction Disorder - is also rampant and continues to increase rapidly. One in four children suffer from atopic dermatitis (eczema) while an increasing percentage of the population also suffers from a host of other allergic reactions like asthma, hay fever, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), so on. And while the cell-phone controlled Japanese media has a "no touch" policy on the subject, an increasing number of people in Japan are also suffering from what is known as electrosensitivity (ES) or electrohypersensitivity (EHS).

While there are certainly other factors to explain the above problems, the one overriding (but underlying) logical explanation to account for the majority of the above problems has been a drastic increase in EMR that the Japanese population is exposed to on a daily basis. Hence, Japan is probably the most electropolluted country in the world. I think I might start making and marketing t-shirts to former ex-pats which say, "I survived Japan." :)

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Related material:

Canadian Human Rights Commission on ES (Feb 28, 2008)
http://groups.google.com/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/browse_thread/thread/8f12fa450866b413
Policy on Environmental Sensitivities Individuals with environmental sensitivities experience a variety of adverse reactions to environmental agents at concentrations well below those that might affect the "average person". This medical condition is a disability and those living with environmental sensitivities are entitled to the protection of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. CLIP
The Medical Perspective on Environmental Sensitivities
Approximately 3% of Canadians have been diagnosed with environmental sensitivities, and many more are somewhat sensitive to traces of chemicals and/or electromagnetic phenomena in the environment. People experience neurological and numerous other symptoms, and avoidance of triggers is an essential step to regaining health. CLIP

Electromagnetic Smog Archives : Do You Have Microwave, Cell & WiFi Sickness?
http://askwaltstollmd.com/archives/energy/475706.html
Many people have a hard time fathoming that something that they cannot see, touch, smell, taste or hear - sense with the five senses - can harm them so much. But if people did really know the facts regarding the dangers of cell phones and WiFi and the masts that emit a pervasive level of microwave radiation, would they still be willing to use them? Would they still be willing to allow the antennas to be built in vicinity of their homes, work places, schools, and hospitals? Dr. George Carlo, who used to run a multi-million dollar research program for the cell phone industry and went public regarding the dangers posed by cell phones, uses the analogy of putting a frog in water. If you put a frog in boiling water, it will jump out. However, if you put a frog in cold water and gradually heat the water, you can cook the frog because the frog's body will adjust to the slight changes in temperature and it will not notice it is being cooked. Well, the same thing might be happening to an unsuspecting public - a public that has not been informed about the real dangers of microwave radiation from cell phones, WiFi and other high-frequency- radiation emitting devices and antennas.The truth of the matter, your cell phone and your WiFi might very well indeed be making you and those around you sick! Please read on!

1. Symptoms known to be caused by exposure to microwave radiation: insomnia and other sleep disturbances, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, hypoxia (lack of oxygen getting to your tissues), inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, dizziness, irritability, nausea, hyperactivity, fatigue, vision problems, dry eyes, eye inflammation, weakened immune system, allergies, frequent urination, night sweats, extreme thirst, etc. These symptoms very often suddenly appear in people who have had a cell phone tower installed nearby their home. (...)

22. There have been numerous confirmed cases of deformities in animals and plants near cell phone towers. Now, in heavily electropolluted Japan it is very common for women to have miscarriages in their last trimester of pregnancy. Usually, the fetus is deformed. Cell-phone use has also recently been shown to lower sperm count in men the longer they use the phone ( e.g. one hour as opposed to four hours).

The cell phone industry makes 100s of billions of dollars in profits every year. They have the money and the power to influence politicians, the media, and even the research. Unethical researchers receive mass funding from this industry and are pressured to tell you it's safe while the researchers who inform us of its dangers have consistently had their funding cut. Over 6000 German doctors have signed "The Friedburger Appeal" after recognizing a connection between many of the symptoms listed above and exposure to microwave radiation and other EMR and after the German government has failed to act to protect its citizenry. The only way the cell phone industry gets its power is because consumers pay them their money. They have created an imaginary need or addiction. But if you heed the information above, then you will realize that you do not need this "unnecessary evil" - or rather you need it like you need a brain tumor. As a consumer you have the power to affect change. Hence, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution! You can decide. You have a choice - that is - unless you are Unconscious!P.S. The cell phone industry has been buying up the patents on inventions that help protect cell phone users from the harmful radiation emitted by cell phones. Unfortunately, it is a catch-22 situation for them since if they use them, they are hence admitting what they have been denying all along - that cell phones are actually dangerous. This would open them up to a plethora of possible lawsuits. Either way, the consumer loses. CLIP


Forwarded by Phyllis Montague (phyllism5@juno.com) on March 3, 2008




17.

MORE BAD NEWS!

From: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=521535&in_page_id=1770

Singing starlings and why thousands of babies who should have been boys are being born as girls

By GEOFFREY LEAN

27th February 2008

Next time you hear a starling sing, stop and listen hard. It may well be warning of a peril that endangers the whole world of nature - and the very future of the human race itself.

For scientists have found that gender-bender chemicals - increasingly contaminating the environment, our food, our water and our bodies - are having a bizarre effect on common birds, causing the males to give voice to longer and more complex songs.

This is only the latest in a long series of increasingly urgent alarms being sounded by wildlife against an insidious but devastating danger that threatens our children.

But so far our leaders have steadfastly and scandalously turned a deaf ear to them - and, even more shamefully, ignored the first signs that the peril is already affecting birth patterns, causing thousands of babies who should have been boys to be born as girls instead.

Starlings and their diverse, complicated and mimicking - though not beautiful - songs have long fascinated humanity.

Mozart was entranced by a starling after it copied a tune that the great composer was whistling in a pet store.

Scientists have found that gender-bending chemicals have caused male Starlings to sing longer and more complex songs

Modern scientists have discovered that starlings' songs contain similar patterns to human speech.

But if we could, indeed, understand what they are communicating, we would be wise to take heed.

Scientists at Cardiff University have discovered that the brains of male starlings foraging for worms at a sewage treatment works in South-West England have been subtly changed by being contaminated by oestrogen from the contraceptive pill and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

The female hormones - present in women's urine, and passing through the sewage treatment unaffected - caused the part of the brain that controls their song to grow much bigger, causing them to sing at greater length and with even more virtuosity than usual.

The study confirms similar, if slightly differing, research on other birds, which scientists say is adding up to some of the first concrete proof of the effects of gender benders on the natural world.

Researchers at the University of California have found that feeding female finches with a hormone used in HRT has caused them to sing, something hitherto done only by their males.

And studies at the University of Alberta have found robins exposed to the pesticide DDT before birth suffered damage to the region of the brain that enables them to sing and protect their territory.

Dr David Crews of the University of Texas calls the research on birdsong "very significant", describing it as "the first step needed to demonstrate a causal link between specific pollutants and the effects on wildlife populations".

Researchers have calculated that 250,000 baby girls should have been born boys in the U.S. and Japan alone

Yet there have been strange warning signs for decades. Way back in the early 1970s, researchers found that female gulls had taken to nesting together all over the U.S., the males having apparently lost interest.

When the bashful males were caught and examined, they were found to have developed female egg-laying canals.

In the 1980s, researchers in Florida found that alligators were failing to reproduce because their males had mysteriously tiny penises; further investigations revealed that they had developed female hormone patterns - and that turtles in the same waters had developed into hermaphrodites.

Most alarming of all, repeated studies by Britain's own Environment Agency have shown that about a third of the male roach in rivers and streams right across the country have begun producing eggs, after developing female sex organs.

Again, the problem was traced to oestrogen passing through sewage works - in some areas, near particularly heavy inflows of treated water, all the males were found to be between sexes.

The findings have inevitably raised concern that people may also be affected, since one-third of the country's drinking water comes from rivers, much of it beneath sewage outfalls.

And, whether or not this is the cause, male sperm counts have been dropping precipitously both here and across the world.

Fertile

Studies in more than 20 countries have shown that average amounts have fallen by well over half in the past 50 years, from an average of more than 150 million per millilitre to 66 million.

The result is that men are now less than half as fertile as hamsters.

The counts are continuing to plunge by two per cent a year, and no end to the decline is in sight. At this rate, the average man will be unable to father children within decades.

Increasingly the sperm crisis is being blamed on a whole host of chemicals, not just synthetic oestrogen, but a wide variety of substances that have become ubiquitous in daily life.

They include the common plastic PVC; dioxins, the notorious pollutants found almost everywhere; PCBs, one-and-a-half million tons of which have been used in countless products from paints to plastics; and phthalates, universally used to make plastics more flexible.

Recent tests by WWF (formerly the World Wildlife Fund) on 14 basic foodstuffs taken from supermarket shelves found that every single one contained PCBs, and most were contaminated by phthalates.

Both substances have been shown to have deeply worrying effects on babies and children.

Scientists at Rotterdam's Erasmus University have found that boys born to mothers exposed to PCBs grew up wanting to play with dolls and tea-sets.

And research at the University of Rochester in New York State has shown that the male children of women exposed to phthalates have smaller penises and other signs of feminisation of their genitals.

Communities exposed to high levels of these and other gender-bender chemicals, from the Great Lakes of North America to the Russian Arctic, have been found to give birth to twice as many girls as boys.

This may offer a clue to the cause of a mysterious shift in the sex of babies worldwide.

Conflict

Normally 106 boys are born for every 100 girls, in what is thought to be nature's way of compensating for the fact that males were more likely to be killed hunting or in conflict.

But increasingly this ratio is slipping - it is calculated that 250,000 babies who would have been boys have been born girls in the U.S. and Japan alone.

You would think that all this accumulating evidence would long since have sparked alarm in governments worldwide.

Far from it. When the EU drew up its first comprehensive controls on chemicals two years ago, it largely exempted gender benders from them.

Britain, under Tony Blair's leadership, was largely responsible for this exemption, and confidential documents show that it obediently acted to water down the controls following direct representations from the Bush administration - almost unbelievably putting the interests of foreign firms above the health of British children.

Since then, as Dr Gwynne Lyons, director of the expert group, CHEM Trust puts it, there has been "regulatory inertia".

That needs to change, and fast. If ministers continue wilfully to refuse to heed the science, they should, at least, listen to the starlings.




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