MAY LIGHT AND LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH


June 30, 2008

The Writing on the Wall Series #58: Doom and Gloom Aplenty!

Hello everysoul!

Among the numerous news articles and other info in this compilation there is one that stands out quite freakishly - if we are to believe its source. It appears that on June 20, we had a very close thermonuclear call as you'll see in At the Brink of Nuclear War-U.S. vs. Russia below...

As usual - sadly - there is much disturbing information and - thank God! - some bright shining glimmers of hope in this compilation.

What matters in the end though is to remember that it is all maya - an illusion! - and that the only reality which will endure and thrive, no matter what happens on this plane of existence, is the spiritual bedrock of our soul connection with All That Is. If you are more attracted to this line of thinking/feeling about your Self, then I recommend you read first Rise Up Powerful Human, Rise Up! at the very end of this compilation.

Rise and shine! A new era is coming... soon!

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

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THE QUOTES

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."

- Jimi Hendrix


"The possibility of a planetary-wide ascension, the dramatic evolution of the human species into higher dimensional beings, has long been a dream of true Creation. Until recently, this possibility was rapidly waning. There is now an energetic up-shift occurring, simply represented by the simple expression, “raising all boats”. This is occurring in the upper realms as well as in earth 3-d density and human physicality. As the entirety of the earth-human reality system is up-shifted, more people are afforded access to higher-self free-will choices, where before there was only a distorted and twisted parody of it at the personality level. A new wave of transformational energies is now incoming and further changes are anticipated for July this year. This is expected to have corresponding physical changes in terms of planetary and human changes – and non physical in terms of energy shifts and corresponding new awareness."

- Alex Kochkin and John Crawford -- Taken from Transformation and Ascension: As Above – As Below


"Life expectancy in Zimbabwe has gone from 64 to 27. We should care, we should not support or aid Mugabe. But what we can really do something about is the malignancy right here in the USA! The Constitution is in shreds with the collusion of both Dems and GOP. Citizen apathy is allowing our country to be plundered and our freedoms to be abandoned. We are well on our way to being voluntary peons, enslaved by a Corporate State."

- Claudia - One of the 20 comments posted in reaction to A Totally Lawless Regime included below


"To the United Nations Security Council and the Southern African Development Community:We cannot remain silent while the political violence gripping Zimbabwe continues to claim thousands of innocent victims. We urge you to do everything in your power to help put an end to the horrific bloodshed and to restore peace and the rule of law.The wave of political violence has taken a high human toll with over 200,000 people internally displaced, over 86 opposition supporters killed, 10,000 people injured and maimed, and about 500 women and girls sexually abused an raped. Zimbabwe's recent ban on international aid groups and NGOS in the country has left up to half a million Zimbabwean children without health care and food. The Mugabe regime is distributing food mostly to its supporters and if the situation continues, it could lead to massive starvation. We urge you to keep the pressure on the Zimbabwean government to hold free and fair elections and to immediately open the doors for international groups and non-profits providing aid.This man-made disaster will not stop unless the international community gets involved. The people of Zimbabwe need your help right now. Please do not wait any longer to help put an end to Mugabe's violent crackdown."

- Please go HERE sign this petition - More on this crisis through Full Coverage: Zimbabwe and in Save Zimbabwe from Mugabe


"The price for willful ignorance and "BS" (Belief Systems that deny Love) is death of conscience. Only the power of conscience will free us."

- Christopher Rudy (geonotes@mcn.net) -- Taken from Enlightened Choice and the Parable "Catching Wild Pigs


"While many eyes are focusing on the housing meltdown and its hugely negative effect on an economy clearly moving into recession, few are paying attention to the next bubble expected to burst: credit cards. Combined with the subprime losses, such a credit card nightmare has the potential, experts say, of bringing down the entire financial system and global economy. You and your credit card have become key players in the highly unstable financial crunch. (...) Financial analysts say that in the U.S. alone more than $850 billion in unpaid credit card balances is at stake and fast approaching $1 trillion, roughly the same amount as in the subprime market. (...) “Charging it” on yet another new credit card is for many the only option to meet their budgets or maintain their lifestyles, especially as gas prices rise. It’s become habit for many to spend more than they have. As a result, overall U.S. credit card debt grew by 435% from 2002 to year-end 2007, from $211 billion to approximately $915 billion."

- Danny Schechter -- Taken from House of Cards: You thought the housing crisis was bad? You ain’t seen nothing yet below



CONTENTS

1. A New Way to Approach an Old Problem
2. Feedback on the use of the word "arsenal"
3. Comment on China
4. How Iran would retaliate if it comes to war
5. A Totally Lawless Regime
6. Emergency Official Witnessed Dead Bodies In WTC 7
7. These Wars Are About Oil, Not Democracy
8. We are doomed! Sort of!
9. Smart Security and the End of War
10. House of Cards: You thought the housing crisis was bad? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
11. Nuclear Explosion Occurred Near Epicenter of the Sichuan Earthquake, Expert Says
12. Suicides Linked to Phone Masts
13. Cities of joy
14. Rise Up Powerful Human, Rise Up!



WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION

The Real Doomsday: December 21, 2012 by Dan Eden
http://www.viewzone.com/endtime.html
ViewZone asked me to write a story about the Mayan Calendar. There is a common belief that the calendar holds a prophecy that the world will end in 2012. I knew very little about the whole topic when I began doing the research. I like to think I had an open mind. My investigation began with mainstream archaeology and expert interpretations of the calendar. But it soon took a turn that made my hair literally stand on end. I am now convinced that these prophecies are true.To understand what is likely to happen to Earth and its people, you will need to remain calm and try to follow the facts. It's not as simple as some people describe. It requires an understanding of some fairly complicated science, but I think I can explain this in a way that you will easily understand. (...) December 21, 2012, is a special day. It represents the maximum possible influences for solar flares that the universe can provide. Undoubtedly the Mayans, or the civilization that influenced them, somehow knew about these things.Over the last decade, I have written a variety of stories about such things as underground cities and government actions that could only make sense if there were no future. I cannot help but think that maybe they, like the Mayans, know about these things. I'd specifically like to suggest that readers take another look at the underground complex at Yamantau that the Russians are building. Could this be a haven for surviving a solar blast? And the "doomsday seed bank" that's being filled deep inside an Arctic island. And what about past events? Did the Hopi go underground to survive a similar event thousands of years earlier? Should we be going underground also?It's also important to stress that December 21, 2012 is only the "solar maximum" but that the gravitational effects of the Galaxy have already started to assert their influence on the Sun. The drift towards alignment with the galactic equator is relatively slow and, in truth, has already started. But the precise culmination of this, plus the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn all make 12/21/12 an ominous date. CLIP Note: Since this article was first published, viewzone has received more information on "doomsday," including visual and scientific evidence that a solar "extinction event" happened in the past. See PART 2 below for details.

Part 2 - The Previous Doomsday of 12,950 BC: what was it like?
http://www.viewzone.com/endtime2x.html
(...) The recent data shows that dramatic and potentially deadly effects can result from solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Substantial data suggests that an event, similar to the one anticipated in the 2012 "doomsday" scenario, occurred about 14,950 years ago and was recorded by ancient humans. This event appears to have lasted for several years in duration and was responsible for the abrupt end of the last ice age as well as a substantial culling of the human population. The surprising findings of LaViolette, supported by other research, suggests that the extreme solar event corresponded to powerful radiation coming from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy and was associated with gamma rays and cosmic dust. Recent observations have shown a dramatic increase in gamma ray energy in the Galaxy's equator which will be in maximum alignment with our solar system on December 12, 2012. The past records in ice cores (strata from 13,880 to 13,785 BCE) suggest that intense radiation from this last event could have lasted many years. It seems highly likely that this alignment will cause another extreme solar event since other factors precipitating a "solar maximum" (i.e. the opposition of major planetary barycenters) also converge on this exact date. CLIP

Run Your Car On Water Today: STAN MEYER KILLED Pt 1 and 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8stApCmxYEM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h75_TGiwg78
Stan Meyer invented a hydrogen fuel cell that converts any automobile to run on tap water. This conversion kit now made by HydroStar sells for $1500. Stan Meyer never saw his invention reach fruition as he was killed shortly after this documentary was made. DEMAND THIS TECHNOLOGY AND OTHERS LIKE IT FROM YOUR LOCAL POLITICIANS. THIS IS REAL. OBTAINABLE, and CHEAP OIL ALTERNATIVES. DEMAND ANSWERS, QUESTION. QUESTION, QUESTION.

Water powered car
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ3juM6vHwg
In 1996, Stan Meyer gave oral testimony before the court demonstrating the WFC Fuel Cell "Mode of Operability" by using the Voltage Intensifier Circuit (VIC) to produce voltage of opposite polarity to separate and disassociate the water molecule into its component gases, hydrogen & oxygen. MUCH more on this in "A New Way to Approach an Old Problem" below.

Man invents car that runs on water
http://www.fastcar.co.uk/04570735436164115979/man-invents-car-that-runs-on-water.html
An inventor in Florida, USA has invented a car that runs on water, yes seriously!

Solar powered electric car (14 min 10 sec video)
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/348.html
Not a dream, it works.

Solar-Powered 1975 VW (1 min 34 sec)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_lSxhTatUU

Hold on tight! The world's first unicycle MOTORBIKE (29 avril 2008)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-562726/Hold-tight-The-worlds-unicycle-MOTORBIKE.html

Algae fuel (Very interesting)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ToojK_MJd0

BlackLight's Hydrino Going Commercial
http://pesn.com/2008/05/29/9500481_Blacklight_commercially_ready/
Cranbury, NJ, USA The BlackLight Process is said to generate enormous amounts of cheap, non-polluting heat that will replace the thermal power in coal, oil, gas and nuclear power plants that is then converted to electricity.-- BlackLight Power Inc. announced Wednesday the successful testing of a new energy source. The company has successfully developed a prototype power system generating 50,000 watts of thermal power on demand. This 50 kW unit is ready for commercial production. The company is presently in discussion with various engineering and manufacturing firms to take this product commercial. CLIP

Lots of "hard news" headlines!
http://www.uaff.us/uaff_june_news_and_updates.htm

ACTION PLAN FOR SHIFTING PARADIGM and Saving Humanity from Extinction
http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2008/JerndalPlan.htm
Submitted by Jens Jerndal (jerndal@iplanmail.com.ar) who wrote: "I have given a lot of thought to figuring out the root cause of the problems the world is now facing, and what we ordinary people can do to address it. As a result I have come up with the attached Action Plan, which I hope you will include in your next compilation. We need to reach a critical mass that pulls the rug from under the feet of the military-industrial complex. People Power. For that we need to be as many as possible pulling in the same direction."

Dust Band Around the Nucleus of "Black Eye Galaxy" M64
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2004/04/image/a/

2008 Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition (30 pictures!)
http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/specials/summer/gallery/hamptoncompetition/

Stride Gum -- Dancing Matt 2008
http://youtube.com/watch?v=jWUrj22pRD0
More on Mat through http://www.stridegum.com/#/mattsplace/

Guitar - Views: 45,222,065!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjA5faZF1A8
Check also Vivaldi - the four season 'summer' : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxplDa3M5Io

Jean-Luc Bozzoli . Paintings
http://www.jeanlucbozzoli.com/Prints3.html
More through http://www.jeanlucbozzoli.com And watch http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/inter2008/germany/Reinsdorf/Reinsdorf2008a.html
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/inter2008/germany/Gifkendorf/Gifkendorf2008a.html
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/inter2008/germany/Secklendorf/Secklendorf2008a.html
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/inter2008/germany/Edendorf/Edendorf2008a.html
and near Avebury, UK
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2008/ridgeway/ridgeway2008a.html

See all June 2008 England formations at the following link:
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2008/june2008.html

International crop formations
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/inter2008/inter2008.html

Part 1: Corrupt Federal Reserve - Robbing Americans Since 1913
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPU8w7Bxc0A

Part 2: CFR - The Secret Government
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQZ56hkKOlk

Part 3: CFR Propaganda - The Media's Main Stranglehold
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrGNNZnz8EI

Lou Dobbs exposes the truth about the NAFTA Super Highway (8 June 2008)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etbGNLS8Yg0
While most other major national newscasters have blindly accepted the government’s line that the “NAFTA Superhighway” is a “myth,” Lou Dobbs has refused to be fooled. In search of the truth, Mr. Dobbs sent investigative reporter Bill Tucker to Texas to see for himself. The evidence Mr. Tucker uncovered was powerful, compelling, and shocking. It confirms everything we here at the NAU War Room have been saying about the government’s hidden drive to absorb America into a “North American Union” (NAU) with Canada and Mexico, anchored by a massive “NAFTA Superhighway” designed to speed cheap Red Chinese and foreign goods from Mexico into the U.S. and Canada. View the Lou Dobbs report today to see and hear this evidence for yourself. Once you do, you will see once and for all just how real the “NAFTA Superhighway” is. Much more through http://www.nauwaroom.org and many more revealing reports from Lou Dobbs through the Related videos column on the right at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etbGNLS8Yg0

Barack Obama CFR info
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qy97pFDLig
Reasons to vote or not to Vote for Barack Obama. Your Choice! Watch the whole video before leaving comments. Very Important information. This May change your mind about Obama. Or maybe it won't.

Barack Obama: Panderer-In-Chief
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20129.htm
Ralph Nader: "It is Quite Clear He is a Corporate Candidate from A to Z" By Democracy Now! - Audio and Transcript -- Who do you think would be more likely to bomb Iran, to attack Iran, or have a surrogate do it: John McCain or Barack Obama? (...) RALPH NADER: Well, I think Barack Obama is in training to become panderer-in-chief. That was really a disgraceful speech. It didn’t further the peace process, the two-state solution favored by a majority of Jewish Americans, Arab Americans, a majority of Israeli and Palestinian people. He basically sided with the militaristic approach to occupying, repressing, colonizing, destroying the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza. He hasn’t even spoken out against the international crime of the blockade of Gaza, one-and-a-half million people, from medicine or drinking water, fuel, electricity, food—lots of silent fatalities in Gaza because of that.

History Channel Admits Rockefeller's population control efforts http://www.truveo.com/History-Channel-Admits-Rockefeller-Population/id/2248239616

Sovereignty and globalisation
http://www.cfr.org/publication/9903/sovereignty_and_globalisation.html

Behind The Big News: Propaganda and the CFR
http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=6632255652046262625

Help bring down the illegal Federal Reserve:
http://www.petitiononline.com/fedres/petition.html

Continuing The Revolution: Peacefully Restoring Constitutional Order http://www.givemeliberty.org/revolution/
The Government refuses to provide Redress to the People's First Amendment Petitions for violations of the Constitution. We've got a Plan to fight back. Recommended by David Harris (essencelovedavid@yahoo.com)

The Image mill - I saw this unique show in Quebec City a few days ago. Really beautiful!
http://lacaserne.net/index2.php/other_projects/
The Image Mill is a sort of animated mosaic that, moving from engravings to paintings and from photos to videos, creates an impressionistic portrait of the city over time.

Restoring Our Earth to Vibrant Health
http://www.living-foods.com/articles/restoringearth.html
You may have already consciously embraced your part in healing and restoring the Earth to a much higher state of health and vibrance but, if not, please consider this your invitation! This has been my main focus for 30 years while replenishing soils, planting gardens and orchards and teaching about the health of the Biosphere. While many socio-ecological problems have worsened over these 30 years, it appears that an ever higher percentage of our 6.6 billion population is waking up to the need to transform our ways of living, to truly go “green,” to make peace with the Earth and ourselves, to end the “war on Terra.” This Terra, the beautiful living Earth of which we are an essential part, needs each of us to become conscious contributors to personal/planetary healing. You are needed and invited and welcomed! Here are some views from my perspective as a health-oriented ecologist and organic grower. CLIP - Highly recommended by Pierre Cloutier (ameast@total.net)

Maya...Children of the Sun (6 min, 50 sec) VERY inspiring!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a2ua5DdMXY
Narration interwoven with music and singing on the legacy of time left to us by the ancient Maya. As ancient sky watchers and time keepers of the Earth, many believe the Maya reminded us of our Divine connection to the Universe and the importance of re-aligning with the natural cycles of the Earth, the Moon, the Sun and the Stars... so we can remember again that we are and always have been autonomous sovereign beings co-evolving with the Earth.



ALSO RECOMMENDED

4th Amendment: Rest in Peace By Cindy Sheehan (22/06/08)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20145.htm
The 4th Amendment to the US constitution is just one more thing that has been murdered since bloody Emperor George took office in 2001: Over 4000 US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan; over one million Iraqis and Afghanis and many of our brothers and sisters in this country who have been either killed or devastated by catastrophic climate change and other violence that has become rampant. Among the things that have been murdered in George's quest to be the emperor of a vast US corporate-military empire are many aspects of our constitution.The First Amendment has been obliterated with "free speech" zones; the arrests of thousands of activists trying to express their freedom of speech; the destruction of the "freedom of the press" clause began during the Reagan years and it's untimely demise was hastened during the Clinton regime; the US technically has no state religion, but Christianity has been informally shoved down our throats with the Emperor getting revelations from his demented God that tells him to go on crusades against Muslim countries. "Torture memos" written by law professors; torture camps; and extreme rendition slaughtered the 8th Amendment that prohibits "cruel and unusual" punishment. The Military Commission and Patriot Acts dealt the deathblows to the 8th Amendment.When Congress gave Emperor George the power to invade sovereign countries without a declaration of war from Congress---the Emperor's loyal and obedient servants destroyed two clauses of the Constitution: the Supremacy Clause (Art. VI, Clause 2) which states the treaties are the "Supreme" law of the land and the enumerated power of Congress to "declare war" (Art. I, Section 8). Art. II, Section 4 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to remove a criminal administration, but the Queen of the Imperial rubber stamp arm of the empire, Nancy Pelosi, took that clause "Off the table." When I hear that phrase, I envision a long table with lords and ladies pigging out on a banquet while the peasants starve because justice is not on that table and economic equality is out of the question.Now, with the new law granting immunity to telecom companies and granting the federal government wide discretionary powers in spying on our communications (which has become far simpler in this electronic day and age), the Imperial rubber stamp arm of the federal government has brutally murdered another of our precious rights: the 4th Amendment which states: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." The centuries old right of habeas corpus which protected us from arbitrary state action through unlawful detention was also destroyed, so the US has returned to pre-Magna Carta "jurisprudence" and not one of us is safe from the arbitrary crimes of the police-empire that has replaced our representative republic. Even thought the 4th Amendment was 217 years old, it died a violent and untimely death. CLIP

Thousands of Californians Sign Petition to Rename Sewage Plant After George W. Bush (June 26, 2008)
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/89617/
The Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is engaged in an effort to rename the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant the "George W. Bush Sewage Plant." The group has been gathering signatures at local festivals, events and city parks and has already collected 8,500 signatures, about 1,300 more than is needed to put the question on the city's ballot in November. If the measure passes, the new name will become effective starting next January, when the new president is sworn in. Supporters plan to engage in a "synchronized flush" during the inauguration as a way to send a "gift" to the newly-renamed plant, saying they believe this will be a "fitting monument to this president's work." CLIP

Vidal: Bush ended US as a republic (June 28, 2008 )
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=61760&sectionid=3510203
Gore Vidal, US novelist, historian and social critic says the Bush regime has killed all of the constitutional links that made the US a republic.On early Friday morning Iran time, in an exclusive interview with Press TV, Vidal said that President Bush has rid the country of the Bill of Rights, habeas corpus and the entire legacy of the Magna Carta in the name of war on terror. He also criticized the House of Representatives for not impeaching President Bush, over a wide array of subjects such as disclosure of CIA agent Valerie Plame's covert status. Vidal did however single out Rep. Dennis Kuchinich for drawing up articles of impeachment against the president.Vidal, long strongly critical of the Bush administration, said the administration has both an an explicit and covert expansionist agenda. CLIP

Democrats Legalize Bush's Crimes (June 20, 2008)
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/062008.html
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims that a key positive feature of the new wiretap “compromise” is that the bill reaffirms that the President must follow the law, even though the same bill virtually assures that no one will be held accountable for George W. Bush's violation of the earlier spying law. In other words, in the guise of rejecting Bush’s theories of an all-powerful presidency that is above the law, the Democratic leadership cleared the way for the President and his collaborators to evade punishment for defying the law.So, why should anyone assume that the new legislative edict demanding that the President obey the law will get any more respect than the old one, which established the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 as the “exclusive” means for authorizing electronic spying?It wasn’t that Bush and his team didn’t understand the old law’s language; they simply believed they could violate the law without consequence, under the radical theory that at a time of war – even one as vaguely defined as the “war on terror” – the President’s powers trump all laws as well as the constitutional rights of citizens. Essentially, Bush was betting that even if his warrantless wiretap program was disclosed – as it was in December 2005 – that he could trust his Republican congressional allies to protect him and could count on most Democrats not to have the guts to challenge him.His bet proved to be a smart one. CLIP

Bush Behind Bars? Review of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder by Vincent Bugliosi (June 23, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9435
In his new book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder (Vanguard Press, 2008), Vincent Bugliosi, the man who successfully prosecuted Charles Manson for murder, argues convincingly that President George W. Bush's conduct in taking the U.S. military to war against Iraq under false pretenses in March of 2003 qualifies him to be prosecuted for murder in any state in the nation. The victims in the case would be all the soldiers from that state that were killed in the war against Iraq. He lays out his case in a devastatingly logical and methodical manner, weaving together all the relevant facts to paint the definitive portrait of just how reckless and criminal was the behavior of President Bush in his push for war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Famous for his true crime books, such as the book about Charles Manson that launched his literary career, Helter Skelter, Bugliosi shows us that he is still in fine form. CLIP

Transcript of an interview with Vincent Bugliosi - about trying GWB for Murder
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/6/13/citing_iraq_war_renowned_attorney_vincent

Supreme Court condemns Guantanamo
http://tinyurl.com/6ok37o
Ruling deals a severe blow to Bush administration

General Who Probed Abu Ghraib: Bush Officials Committed 'War Crimes' (June 18, 2008)
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/41514.html
The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing "war crimes" and called for those responsible to be held to account. The remarks by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who's now retired, came in a new report that found that U.S. personnel tortured and abused detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, using beatings, electrical shocks, sexual humiliation and other cruel practices."After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes," Taguba wrote. "The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account." CLIP

General Taguba Knew Torture Scandal Went to the Top
http://www.truthout.org/article/general-taguba-knew-torture-scandal-went-top
(...) He knew it reached to the office of then Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and likely beyond to the lawyers who served President George W. Bush and perhaps even to the president himself. CLIP

U.S. Holds 27,000 ‘Ghost Prisoners’ Around Globe (June 22, 2008)
http://dprogram.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/us-holds-27000-‘ghost-prisoners’-around-globe/
An estimated 27,000 “ghost prisoners” are currently being held in secret prisons around the world, including ships that have been re-fitted as prison hulks, according to recent reports. “When you look at Guantanamo Bay, 270 [prisoners], roughly . . . [are] in Guantanamo, but according to the most recent official figures, the United States is currently holding 27,000 secret prisoners around the world,” Clive Stafford Smith said to DemocracyNow! in a May 19 interview. “99 percent of these folk are not in Guantanamo Bay.” Smith is a lawyer for 30 of the Guantanamo prisoners, and author of Eight O’clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay. He spoke before Congress on May 20 regarding the prisoners, and works for the UK charity known as Reprieve. Several known prisons exist in Morocco, Afghanistan, Djibouti, and Iraq. Popular thought was that the prisons in Iraq were for Iraqi war prisoners, but Smith asserted that prisoners are being brought in from other nations so that “annoying people like you—I mean the media—and also annoying people like me—lawyers— away from the prisoners so they can’t get any sort of legal rights,” Smith said. The Bush administration said they have not tortured suspected terrorists, but rather used “alternative” interrogation methods that are “tough but legal,” a 2006 CNN report said. Smith described one such alternative method: “All they have on him is evidence that they extracted from him after taking him to Morocco and torture[ing] him with a razor blade to his genitals.”Smith said that his organization identified 32 prison ships, though the U.S. and Britain deny that ships converted into prisons are used in the Indian Ocean to hold people. “We’ve got pictures of them in Lisbon Harbor,” Smith said, “And this is a huge concern, because the world focus is on Guantanamo Bay, which actually is a diversionary tactic in the whole war on terror or whatever you would like to call it.” Bagram prison in Afghanistan, a prison that made the news in 2002 when two detainees were killed from wounds inflicted during torture, holds an estimated 680 prisoners. On May 17 the U.S. announced plans to build a 40-acre prison extension to the Bagram facility that will hold up to 1,100 prisoners. The bill for the new prison is estimated at $60 million.

State-Sponsored Terror: British and American Black Ops in Iraq (June 25, 2008) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9447
Shining Light on the "Black World"In January of 2002, the Washington Post ran a story detailing a CIA plan put forward to President Bush shortly after 9/11 by CIA Director George Tenet titled, "Worldwide Attack Matrix," which was "outlining a clandestine anti-terror campaign in 80 countries around the world. What he was ready to propose represented a striking and risky departure for U.S. policy and would give the CIA the broadest and most lethal authority in its history." The plan entailed CIA and Special Forces "covert operations across the globe," and at "the heart of the proposal was a recommendation that the president give the CIA what Tenet labeled "exceptional authorities" to attack and destroy al Qaeda in Afghanistan and the rest of the world." Tenet cited the need for such authority "to allow the agency to operate without restraint -- and he wanted encouragement from the president to take risks." Among the many authorities recommended was the use of "deadly force."Further, "Another proposal was that the CIA increase liaison work with key foreign intelligence services," as "Using such intelligence services as surrogates could triple or quadruple the CIA's effectiveness." The Worldwide Attack Matrix "described covert operations in 80 countries that were either underway or that he was now recommending. The actions ranged from routine propaganda to lethal covert action in preparation for military attacks," as well as "In some countries, CIA teams would break into facilities to obtain information."[1] P2OG: "Commit terror, to incite terror… in order to react to terror" (...) In September of 2003, months after the initial invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Iraq’s most sacred Shiite mosque was blown up, killing between 80 and 120 people, including a popular Shiite cleric, and the event was blamed by Iraqis on the American forces.[14]On April 20, 2004, American journalist in Iraq, Dahr Jamail, reported in the New Standard that, "The word on the street in Baghdad is that the cessation of suicide car bombings is proof that the CIA was behind them." Jamail interviewed a doctor who stated that, "The U.S. induces aggression. If you don't attack me, I will never attack you. The U.S. is stimulating the aggression of the Iraqi people!" This description goes very much in line with the aims outlined in the Pentagon’s P2OG document about "inciting terror," or "preempting terror attacks."[15]Weeks after the initial incident involving the British SAS soldiers in Basra, in October of 2005, it was reported that Americans were "captured in the act of setting off a car bomb in Baghdad," as, "A number of Iraqis apprehended two Americans disguised in Arab dress as they tried to blow up a booby-trapped car in the middle of a residential area in western Baghdad on Tuesday. CLIP

Ron Paul: Osama bin Laden loves what we have done (June 18, 2008) RON PAUL AT HIS BEST!
http://rawstory.com/rawreplay/?p=1308
MSNBC Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist talked with Ron Paul about how the United States is conducting the war on terror.

As America Collapses US Government Secret Plans Revealed (May 21, 2008)
http://dprogram.wordpress.com/2008/05/21/as-america-collapses-us-government-secret-plans-revealed/
On March 13th 2008 there was a secret closed door meeting of The United States House Of Representatives in Washington. In the history of The United States this is only the fourth time a secret meeting was held by the house. Even though Representatives are sworn to secrecy by House Rules XVII, some of the members were so shocked, horrified, furious, and concerned about the future of America by what was revealed to them inside the secret meeting, that they have started to leak this secret information to independent news agencies around the world. The mass media said almost nothing about the secret meeting of the House, mentioning only one of the items being discussed. (The new surveillance techniques that are going to be used by the U.S. Government to watch all American citizens). The story was first released in a newspaper out of Brisbane, Australia revealing the contents of the secret U.S. Government meeting and plans for America including all of it’s citizens. Shortly there after, David J. Meyer from Last Trumpet Ministries found it and made it more available for the world to see.Here is what was revealed: - The imminent collapse of the U.S. Economy to occur sometime in late 2008 - The imminent collapse of the U.S. Government finances sometime in mid 2009 - The possibility of Civil War inside the United States as a result of the collapse - The advance round-ups of “insurgent U.S. Citizens” likely to move against the government - The detention of those rounded up at The REX 84 Camps constructed throughout the United States - The possibility of public retaliation against members of Congress for the collapses - The location of safe facilities for members of Congress and their families to reside during massive civil unrest - The necessary and unavoidable merger of The U.S. with Canada and Mexico establishing The North American Union - The issuance of a new currency called the AMERO for all three nations as an economic solution. CLIP WARNING! The rest of this article is not for the faint of heart...

Techno-Fascism: Every Move You Make (19/06/08)
http://www.counterpunch.com/glendenning06192008.html
Surveillance of private calls and emails. Cameras documenting every move. No habeas corpus. Unimpeded entry into personal financial records. Voting machines changing election outcomes with the flick of a switch. Protest defined as terrorism. Many people hope that the loss of civil rights Americans have endured since the onslaughts mounted by Bush Administration II is a political reality that can be reversed through electoral will. (...) What are its mechanisms of control?The use of telecommunications technologies for surveillance is obvious. So are willful alteration of computer data for public reportage, manipulation of television news for opinion-shaping, and use of microwave-emitting weapons for crowd control.Less obvious are what could be called “inverted mechanization” whereby citizens blindly accept the march of technological development as an expression of a very inexact, some would say erroneous, concept of “progress.” One mechanism propagating such blindness is the U.S. government’s invisible role as regulatory handmaiden to industry, offering little-to-no means for citizen determination of what technologies are disseminated; instead we get whatever GMOs and nuclear plants corporations dish out. A glaring example is the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that, seeking to not repeat the “errors” of the nuclear industry, offers zero public input as to health or environmental impacts of its antennae, towers, and satellites – the result being that the public has not a clue about the very real biological effects of electromagnetic radiation. CLIP

US Border Agents Copying Contents of Travelers' Laptops
http://www.truthout.org/article/us-border-agents-copying-contents-travelers-laptops
Federica Narancio, of McClatchy Newspapers: "US border agents are copying and seizing the contents of laptops, cell phones and digital cameras from US and foreign travelers entering the United States, witnesses told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday. The extent of this practice is unknown despite requests to the Department of Homeland Security from the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution and several nonprofit agencies."

Don't Give Your Consent to Slavery – Fight Fascism! (27/06/08)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20184.htm
Normal folks do not want to believe that the human race is dominated by dark forces. But, there is a small group of people who know that it is true, the human race is considered to be livestock, cattle for the real owners of this world, the elite. CLIP A dispiriting rant with lots of related comments.

The Last Roundup (May 22, 2008)
http://dprogram.wordpress.com/2008/05/22/the-last-roundup/
Is the government compiling a secret list of citizens to detain under martial law?

US Marine BOASTS of MARTIAL LAW TAKEOVER In USA by MARINES (May 24, 2008) http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php/montana-us-marine-boasts-martial-493187.html
(...) We discussed the BOXCARS AND SHACKLES and MILITARY DETENTION CAMPS under MARTIAL LAW issue. A knowing smile broke out on his face as I described to him my research on future MARTIAL LAW and the role of PRISONER BOXCARS WITH SHACKLES. CLIP NOTE: Is this a "nice piece of creative writing" as someone wrote, or is this for real? You decide... One thing sure it went widely around the web in May and had elicited lots of comments (like those at http://www.vnnforum.com/showthread.php?p=778463)

Alex Jones - Prison Camps (7 min 37 sec) In which he describes lots of stuff related to the other post above
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d_DpCsvw3o
Check also the related videos once there. If you want to dig this disturbing topic check also the 2 following items...

PREPARATIONS FOR MARTIAL LAW AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER
http://www.fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/government/new_world_order/news.php?q=1214372390
(...) Finally, so angry at how they were being deceived and brainwashed, he told me, "I will never go along with this NWO agenda! I am A Christian!I will contact my men in my platoon (64) and those I can trust who are Christians, I will tell them the Truth. I was supposed to go to Fort Hood for more Special Ops training next week, and then return to train my men in how to operate these guillotines! There is a special underground training center where the guillotines are. We are not allowed to bring in any cameras, cell phones, etc, because of high security and silence regarding these guillotines. They are six and a half feet high, with hand restraints and a place for a person's head as they stand. We were going to use dummies for practice, but now I am refusing this assignment and I will contact the men under me who I can trust...who will not go along with this NWO agenda and will come out instead with humvees, weapons and everything we can get our hands on to fight this NWO agenda!" We parted him the next day. He told me he talked to his sister and family and they were shocked. They were all military. They told him, "How did you know about this NWO Martial Law agenda? It is all highly classified!" CLIP

The COMING TIMES OF CRISIS to AMERICA
http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-uGywZm4haKVqIRflSizLKbdh

OOPS! DID VERICHIP HAVE A "SENIOR MOMENT?" (February 12, 2007)
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-ipo-omits-risks.html
Human Chipping Company Omits Salient Risks from IPO DisclosureVeriChip Corporation, the much-hated purveyor of the VeriChip human ID implant, is airing its dirty laundry this week. This is not by choice, mind you, but because the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) required the company to disclose its "risk factors" prior to launching its initial public offering of stock (IPO) Friday.The company lays out nearly 20 pages of risk factors in its Form S-1 Registration Statement, a required document for the IPO. But what the company failed to reveal in its filing may be even more eye-opening, say CASPIAN privacy advocates Dr. Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre. The pair, authors of the "Spychips" series of books, have been vocal critics of VeriChip, dogging the company in recent years and facing down its senior executives on radio and national television."Potential investors should be told how a hacker can simply walk by a chipped person and clone his or her VeriChip signal, a threat demonstrated by security researcher Jonathan Westhues months ago," says McIntyre, who is a former federal bank examiner. "Omitting the cloning threat from its SEC documents is a serious oversight that could affect the value of VeriChip's stock. This is materially relevant information, considering VeriChip's claim that its product could be used to tighten security in facilities like nuclear power plants," she adds. CLIP Much more on this topic through http://www.spychips.com and http://www.antichips.com/ including Microchip-Cancer Report (Implanted radio-frequency (RFID) microchips cause fast-growing, malignant tumors in animals. Our study examines the research... and "Microchip Implants: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions"

Microchips Everywhere: a Future Vision (January 29, 2008) Excellent and most comprehensive article !
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2004151388_apchippingamericaiii29.html?syndication=rss
Microchips with antennas will be embedded in virtually everything you buy, wear, drive and read, allowing retailers and law enforcement to track consumer items _ and, by extension, consumers _ wherever they go, from a distance._A seamless, global network of electronic "sniffers" will scan radio tags in myriad public settings, identifying people and their tastes instantly so that customized ads, "live spam," may be beamed at them._In "Smart Homes," sensors built into walls, floors and appliances will inventory possessions, record eating habits, monitor medicine cabinets _ all the while, silently reporting data to marketers eager for a peek into the occupants' private lives.Science fiction?In truth, much of the radio frequency identification technology that enables objects and people to be tagged and tracked wirelessly already exists _ and new and potentially intrusive uses of it are being patented, perfected and deployed.Some of the world's largest corporations are vested in the success of RFID technology, which couples highly miniaturized computers with radio antennas to broadcast information about sales and buyers to company databases. (...) The problem, critics say, is that microchipped products might very well do a whole lot more.With tags in so many objects, relaying information to databases that can be linked to credit and bank cards, almost no aspect of life may soon be safe from the prying eyes of corporations and governments, says Mark Rasch, former head of the computer-crime unit of the U.S. Justice Department.By placing sniffers in strategic areas, companies can invisibly "rifle through people's pockets, purses, suitcases, briefcases, luggage _ and possibly their kitchens and bedrooms _ anytime of the day or night," says Rasch, now managing director of technology at FTI Consulting Inc., a Baltimore-based company.In an RFID world, "You've got the possibility of unauthorized people learning stuff about who you are, what you've bought, how and where you've bought it ... It's like saying, 'Well, who wants to look through my medicine cabinet?'"He imagines a time when anyone from police to identity thieves to stalkers might scan locked car trunks, garages or home offices from a distance. "Think of it as a high-tech form of Dumpster diving," says Rasch, who's also concerned about data gathered by "spy" appliances in the home."It's going to be used in unintended ways by third parties _ not just the government, but private investigators, marketers, lawyers building a case against you ..."

The Blue Pill People
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1543.htm
There are none so blind as those who will not look. If you are one of those who will look, take a look around. You are surrounded -- surrounded by millions who will not look. These are the blue pill people. Who are these blue pill people and why won't they look? “The Matrix” may be only a movie, but it presents some scenarios with much relevance to our current situation. (...) The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us. Even in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes; it is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”And Neo asks, “What truth?” “That you are a slave Neo, like everyone else, you were born into bondage; born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch; a prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to experience it for yourself.” Those few humans who were either born into reality, or have successfully taken the red pill, become the focus of the movie's story -- their attempts to destroy the Matrix and liberate the mass of humanity that lives completely encapsulated in their pods and the illusions fed to them by the powers that be -- powers that will go to any length to maintain the illusion. Extreme, but not much different than our modern system of corporate government and capitalistic socialism. The governing powers need things from us, not the least of which is our consent. To obtain our consent we are fed all manner of benefits. We are programmed from an early age to believe that such benefits are necessary. To obtain these benefits, a number of conduits are attached to each of us. Adhesion contracts like Social Security, a driver's license; voter registration for a pretended choice of social masters, bank accounts where credit is manufactured for our use and other memberships, registrations, licenses, deeds and permits to insure the conduct of our affairs will be confined within the “matrix” of corporate governance. We are given our own numbered “pod,” a social net provided by the government. Educated according to mandates of the state, our belief system is further cultured by corporate media. CLIP

Terror Attacks "Big Advantage" to McCain
http://www.truthout.org/article/aide-terror-attacks-big-advantage-mccain
Edward Luce and Andrew Ward report for The Financial Times: "John McCain's right-hand man hit a raw nerve on Monday when he said another terrorist attack on US soil would prove a 'big advantage' to the Republican nominee's general election chances. The comments by Charlie Black, who is arguably Mr McCain's most experienced adviser, put into words what many Republicans and Democrats have privately been stating for months."

If Terrorists Rock the Vote in 2008 (29 June 2008)
http://www.truthout.org/article/if-terrorists-rock-vote-2008
Don't fault Charles Black, the John McCain adviser, for publicly stating his honest belief that a domestic terrorist attack would be 'a big advantage' for their campaign and that Benazir Bhutto's assassination had 'helped' Mr. McCain win the New Hampshire primary. His real sin is that he didn't come completely clean on his strategic thinking. (...) Unlike Hillary Clinton's rumination about the Bobby Kennedy assassination or Barack Obama's soliloquy about voters clinging to guns and faith, Mr. Black's remarks were not an improvisational mishap. He gave his quotes on the record to Fortune magazine. He did so without thinking twice because he was merely saying what much of Washington believes. Terrorism is the one major issue where Mr. McCain soundly vanquishes his Democratic opponent in the polls. Since 2002, it's been a Beltway axiom akin to E=mc2 that Bomb in American City=G.O.P. Landslide. That equation was the creation of Karl Rove. Among the only durable legacies of the Bush presidency are the twin fears that Mr. Rove relentlessly pushed on his client's behalf: fear of terrorism and fear of gays. But these pillars are disintegrating too. They're propped up mainly by political operatives like Mr. Black and their journalistic camp followers - the last Washington insiders who are still in Mr. Rove's sway and are still refighting the last political war. (...) Should there be no new terrorist attack, the McCain camp's efforts to play the old Rove 9/11 fear card may quickly become as laughable as the Giuliani presidential campaign. These days Americans are more frightened of losing their jobs, homes and savings. But you can't blame the McCain campaign for clinging to terrorism as a political crutch. CLIP

The Real McCain
http://www.truthout.org/article/the-real-mccain
Reporting for The Observer UK, Paul Harris writes: "But there is another, very different side to John McCain. Away from the headlines and the stirring speeches, a less familiar figure lurks. It is a McCain who plans to fight on in Iraq for years to come and who might launch military action against Iran. This is the McCain whose campaign and career has been riddled with lobbyists and special interests. It is a McCain who has sided with religious and political extremists who believe Islam is evil and gays are immoral. It is a McCain who wants to appoint extreme conservatives to the Supreme Court and see abortion banned. This McCain has a notoriously volatile temper that has scared some senior members of his own party."

Child Detainees Battle System Alone
http://www.truthout.org/article/child-detainees-battle-system-alone
"Undocumented children entering the US alone must confront barriers that extend far beyond the border. If apprehended, they're met with a sometimes-brutal detention period, followed by a trial under a legal system that treats them the same as apprehended adults, according to children's rights advocates and recent reports by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's Office (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office. OIG estimates that more than 10,000 unaccompanied and undocumented children will be detained this year, not counting children who are immediately deported upon contact with Homeland Security."

CNN: Army lobbying for new weapons ’shameless’ (CNN video)
http://rawstory.com/rawreplay/?p=1327

Oil tops $142 a barrel
http://english.aljazeera.net/business/2008/06/20086277482707831.html
Oil prices reached a record high of $142 a barrel on Friday as world stocks fell to a three-month low.

OPEC chief sees oil at $150-170 in coming months
http://tinyurl.com/5ggsed
Crude oil prices could rise to as high as $170 per barrel in the coming months but are unlikely to hit $200 and should ease towards the end of the year, OPEC President Chakib Khelil said in an interview on Thursday.

World Economy Would Collapse If Oil Hit $200, Deutsche Says http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601072&sid=am42p9xBTXh4
June 25 (Bloomberg) -- The global economy would collapse if oil hit $200 a barrel, said the top energy analyst at Germany's largest bank.``Two-hundred dollar oil would break the back of the global economy,'' Deutsche Bank AG's Chief Energy Economist Adam Sieminski said in an interview today in Tokyo. ``Next step after $200 would be global recession and bad news for everybody.''Sieminski's comments come after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. forecast oil may rise to between $150 and $200 within two years as supply growth, especially from producers outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, fails to keep pace with demand. Deutsche Bank is due to release its oil-price forecast on June 27. CLIP

Senate Ratifies Massive War Bill 92-6
http://www.truthout.org/article/congress-passes-new-iraq-war-funds
Reuters reports: "The US Senate on Thursday approved $161.8 billion in new funds to continue fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next year, without timetables for withdrawing combat troops."

Deals With Iraq Are Set to Bring Oil Giants Back (June 19, 2008)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/19/world/middleeast/19iraq.html
BAGHDAD - Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power. Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP - the original partners in the Iraq Petroleum Company - along with Chevron and a number of smaller oil companies, are in talks with Iraq's Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq's largest fields, according to ministry officials, oil company officials and an American diplomat. The deals, expected to be announced on June 30, will lay the foundation for the first commercial work for the major companies in Iraq since the American invasion, and open a new and potentially lucrative country for their operations. The no-bid contracts are unusual for the industry, and the offers prevailed over others by more than 40 companies, including companies in Russia, China and India. The contracts, which would run for one to two years and are relatively small by industry standards, would nonetheless give the companies an advantage in bidding on future contracts in a country that many experts consider to be the best hope for a large-scale increase in oil production. There was suspicion among many in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United States had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts seek to extract. CLIP

Court Rewards Exxon for Valdez Spill by Greg Palast (June 26, 2008)
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/06/court-rewards-exxon-for-valdez-spill/
Twenty years after Exxon Valdez slimed over one thousand miles of Alaskan beaches, the company has yet to pay the $5 billion in punitive damages awarded by the jury. And now they won't have to. The Supreme Court today cut Exxon's liability by 90% to half a billion. It's so cheap, it's like a permit to spill. Exxon knew this would happen. Right after the spill, I was brought to Alaska by the Natives whose Prince William Sound islands, livelihoods, and their food source was contaminated by Exxon crude. My assignment: to investigate oil company frauds that led to to the disaster. There were plenty. But before we brought charges, the Natives hoped to settle with the oil company, to receive just enough compensation to buy some boats and rebuild their island villages to withstand what would be a decade of trying to survive in a polluted ecological death zone. In San Diego, I met with Exxon's US production chief, Otto Harrison, who said, "Admit it; the oil spill's the best thing to happen" to the Natives. His company offered the Natives pennies on the dollar. The oil men added a cruel threat: take it or leave it and wait twenty years to get even the pennies. Exxon is immortal - but Natives die. And they did. A third of the Native fishermen and seal hunters I worked with are dead. Now their families will collect one tenth of their award, two decades too late. In today's ruling, Supreme Court Justice David Souter wrote that Exxon's recklessness was ''profitless'' - so the company shouldn't have to pay punitive damages. Profitless, Mr. Souter? Exxon and it's oil shipping partners saved billions - BILLIONS - by operating for sixteen years without the oil spill safety equipment they promised, in writing, under oath and by contract. The official story is, "Drunken Skipper Hits Reef." But don't believe it, Mr. Souter. Alaska's Native lands and coastline were destroyed by a systematic fraud motivated by profit-crazed penny-pinching. Here's the unreported story, the one you won't get tonight on the Petroleum Broadcast System: CLIP

Clever and Deceptive: The Oil Lobby’s New Ads (21 June 2008)
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/21/9789/
The high price of oil has given birth to a thousand solutions. They include such fantasies such as running cars on water and perpetual motion machines. And, they include sensible ideas for quickly cutting the consumption of oil and moving to electricity to power most of our transportation fleet. The American Petroleum Institute (API), the oil and gas industry’s lobbying arm, has its own proposals, of course, and not surprisingly they include opening up protected public lands and U. S. coastal areas to drilling. That API’s ideas might be more appropriately grouped with fantasy solutions is illustrated by the organization’s own recent television advertising campaign. The campaign includes four separate ads. Two of the ads offer a defense of oil industry profits. One touts the broad ownership of oil company shares by pension funds and implies that viewers’ pensions might very well be benefiting from the superb financial performance of the energy industry. The other ad suggests that oil companies really don’t make that much money when compared to other industries in America. This would presumably make oil companies poor investments for one’s pension fund. But no matter, to avoid confusion the two commercials are probably never scheduled to run back to back. CLIP

Ahmadinejad Says Oil Prices Are Faked (17 June 2008)
http://www.truthout.org/article/ahmadinejad-says-oil-prices-are-faked
Isfahan, Iran - The market is full of oil and the rising price trend is "fake and imposed," Iran's president said on Tuesday, partly blaming a weak U.S. dollar which he said was being pushed lower on purpose. "At a time when the growth of consumption is lower than the growth of production and the market is full of oil, prices are rising and this trend is completely fake and imposed," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech. "It is very clear that visible and invisible hands are controlling prices in a fake way with political and economic aims," he said when opening a meeting of the OPEC Fund for International Development in the central Iranian city of Isfahan. Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil exporter, has repeatedly said the market is well-supplied with crude and blames rising prices on speculation, a weak U.S. currency and geopolitical factors. CLIP

Life, Liberty, Water
http://www.truthout.org/article/life-liberty-water
In YES! Magazine, Maude Barlow writes: "It's a colossal failure of political foresight that water has not emerged as an important issue in the U.S. Presidential campaign. The links between oil, war, and U.S. foreign policy are well known. But water-whether we treat it as a public good or as a commodity that can be bought and sold-will in large part determine whether our future is peaceful or perilous."

You. Will. Not. Be. Able. To. Get. Food. - report on trends (June 20, 2008)
http://www.culturechange.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=179&Itemid=1
The empire of cheap food is crumbling - You. Will. Not. Be. Able. To. Get. Food. Need this be spelled out any more plainly? It is time to consider that the stage has been set for petroleum-induced famine. We have "innocently" accommodated rising population with greater and greater food production via technology and the profit motive. But now we have run out of room to grow, as biotechnology, for example, has severe limitations -- major ones being petroleum dependence and topsoil loss. The biggest wild card for our existence is climate change, as we see with floods and other extreme weather affecting our food supply. We are headed for massive shortages of food and other essentials, mainly brought about by the depletion of geological fossil reserves of cheap energy and water. The situation is demonstrated regularly with easy arithmetic based on statistical indicators from the United Nations, Worldwatch Institute, World Resources Institute, Earth Policy Institute, and numerous governments. (...) Meanwhile, with a 100-year flood on the Iowa corn fields -- where erosion on monocropped, depleted soil killed by petroleum pesticides and fertilizer and mechanical tilling -- we are in for a hell of a summer. Is your food secure? Are you gardening, saving seeds, and protecting precious land and water? The food price increases have something to do with oil prices that have doubled in a year. And the oil prices have something to do with peak oil. And peak oil has something to do with wasting the Earth headlong into deprivation and ecological destruction. And it's about civilization as a runaway train. If you don't agree with the metaphor, just try getting off. Crash must come, and come it will, and soon. I hope I'm wrong that CLIP


Hundreds of Tibetan exiles arrested in Nepal (June 19, 2008)
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/06/19/nepal.protest/index.html
KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) -- Nepalese authorities Thursday detained at least 650 Tibetan exiles protesting against China's policies in the province ahead of this weekend's Olympic torch relay in Tibet, security officials in Kathmandu said. Police also arrested and charged three local Tibetan community leaders with organizing the protest, after seizing them from their homes Thursday morning. It is the largest single-day round-up of Tibetan protesters in Nepal since the demonstrations broke out in March following China's bloody crackdown on protesters in Tibet. It is also the first time that Nepalese authorities have charged any Tibetan exiles in connection with the protests. CLIP

A Wide-Open Battle for Power in Darfur (20 June 2008)
http://www.truthout.org/article/a-wide-open-battle-power-darfur
El Fasher, Sudan - Five years after the Darfur conflict began, the nature of violence across this vast desert region has changed dramatically, from a mostly one-sided government campaign against civilians to a complex free-for-all that is jeopardizing an effective relief mission to more than 2.5 million displaced and vulnerable people. While the government and militia attacks on straw-hut villages that defined the earlier years of the conflict continue, Darfur is now home to semi-organized crime and warlordism, with marijuana-smoking rebels, disaffected government militias and anyone else with an AK-47 taking part, according to U.N. officials. The situation is a symptom of how fragmented the conflict has become. There were two rebel groups, but now there are dozens, some of which include Arab militiamen who once sided with the government. The founding father of the rebellion lives in Paris. And the struggle in the desert these days is less about liberating oppressed Darfurians than about acquiring the means to power: money, land, trucks. Though there are some swaths of calm in Darfur, fighting among rebels and among Arab tribes has uprooted more than 70,000 people this year, compared with about 60,000 displaced by government attacks on villages, according to U.N. figures. Although powerful countries such as China, which is heavily invested in Sudan's oil, have been criticized by human rights activists for not doing more to pressure the Sudanese government to end the conflict, some analysts say the breakdown of command lines on all sides has made the situation increasingly impervious to outside influence. Meanwhile, the proliferation of banditry has become the biggest threat to humanitarian groups undertaking the largest relief effort in the world and to a nascent U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force. Their trucks and SUVs are stolen almost daily, used as fighting vehicles or sold for cash to middlemen who haul them to Chad and Libya. Carjackings were once rare in Darfur, but 130 humanitarian trucks were taken last year, and the count so far this year is 140. Of those, 79 belong to the World Food Program, which sometimes recovers the trucks from the side of the road, abandoned by bandits who ran out of gas. The insecurity has crippled food distribution. Last month, the organization was forced to halve rations for millions of people in camps and villages. "This is a new dimension for us," said Laurent Bukera, head of the program's North Darfur Area Office. "This week, there's been a carjacking every day - every day." CLIP

Rape is a way of life for Darfur's women (June 19, 2008)
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/06/19/darfur.rape/index.html
ZAM ZAM DISPLACEMENT CAMP, Sudan (CNN) -- Sudan's Darfur crisis has exploded on many fronts -- violence, hunger, displacement and looting -- but United Nations peacekeepers say the biggest issue now affecting the region is the systematic rape of women and children. Thousands of women as young as 4 caught in the middle of the struggle between rebel forces and government-backed militias have become victims of rape, they say, with some aid groups claiming that it is being used as a weapon of ethnic cleansing. "That is one of the biggest issues in Darfur: the rapes, and crimes against women and children," said Michael Fryer, police commissioner of UNAMID, the United Nations peacekeeping force deployed to try to tackle the violence. Relief workers say they are powerless to stop the attacks and say that if they do speak out, they fear that the Sudanese government will tell them to leave the country. Humanitarian group Refugees International said in a report last year that rape was "an integral part of the pattern of violence that the government of Sudan is inflicting upon the targeted ethnic groups in Darfur." Some relief workers say that almost every woman living in aid camps has been raped or become a victim of gender-based violence. Many teenagers, while out running errands such as collecting firewood, are raped multiple times by militiamen, the workers say. They say the situation has now become so bad that many women are now resigned to rape as a way of life and men are unwilling to accompany them because they fear that they will be killed if they try to defend them. But despite the extent of the abuse, the Sudanese government insists there is no problem, adding to the difficulties faced by the victims, who are often ostracized by their communities or fall afoul of a legal system seen as favoring their attackers. (...) Making matters worse, aid workers say scores of babies conceived through rape are being dumped by their mothers. "Abandoned babies are reported, but because of the stigma attached to it, there is no detailed report, because the women don't come forward," said Dr Naqib Safi of the U.N. children's body UNICEF. As many as 20 babies a month are being dumped in one camp of 22,000 people. CLIP - Watch women face dangers in Darfur

Don't look, don't tell, troops told (June 16, 2008)
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/443954
Civilian sex assaults by Afghan soldiers ignored - Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been ordered by commanding officers "to ignore" incidents of sexual assault among the civilian population, says a military chaplain who counsels troops returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder. The chaplain, Jean Johns, says she recently counselled a Canadian soldier who said he witnessed a boy being raped by an Afghan soldier, then wrote a report on the allegation for her brigade chaplain. In her March report, which she says should have been advanced "up the chain of command," Johns says the corporal told her that Canadian troops have been ordered by commanding officers "to ignore" incidents of sexual assault. Johns hasn't received a reply to the report. While several Canadian Forces chaplains say other soldiers have made similar claims, Department of National Defence lawyers have argued Canada isn't obliged to investigate because none of the soldiers has made a formal complaint, says a senior Canadian officer familiar with the matter."It's ridiculous," the officer says. "We have an ethical and moral responsibility to pursue this, not to shut our eyes to it because it would make it more difficult to work with the Afghan government. "We're supposed to be in Afghanistan to help people who are being victimized." CLIP

U.N.: World refugees hits record (June 18, 2008)
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/06/18/world.refugees.ap/index.html
(...) In its annual report released Tuesday, the UNHCR said 11.4 million people were forced to leave their countries in 2007, compared to 9.9 million in 2006. Another 26 million were displaced within their own countries by conflict or persecution, up from 24.2 million the year before. Nearly half the world's refugees are from war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq. UNHCR said there are 3.1 million displaced Afghans, most in neighboring Pakistan and Iran, and 2.3 million Iraqi refugees, mostly in Syria and Jordan. Another 2.4 million Iraqis are internally displaced, an increase of 600,000 since the start of 2007. The number of internally displaced people grew last year in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Yemen, as well as in the Central African Republic and Chad, where thousands of refugees have crossed the border from the Sudanese region of Darfur. Watch families forced to flee fighting in Afghanistan »Up to 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced since ethnic African tribesmen took up arms against Sudan's Arab-dominated government five years ago. The government is accused of responding by unleashing the tribal militia known as janjaweed, which have committed the worst atrocities against Darfur's local communities.Around half a million Sudanese have sought refuge abroad, the UN report said, including some 300,000 in Chad, and violence has also spilled across the border from Darfur. "Darfur is like an earthquake," Guterres said. "It has an epicenter in Darfur itself, but then the waves spread and instability is created also in the countries around, as is the case in Chad and the Central African Republic. And that's why it is so urgent for the international community to be engaged to make sure there is a political solution in Darfur, to bring stability to the whole region." CLIP

Report Slams U.S. Over Iraq Refugee Crisis: Survey
http://tinyurl.com/6ostqr
500,000 Iraqis Fled Fighting In 2007: It said the United States accepted few, just over half the 3,000 it had promised to resettle by the end of September.

The Price of Hunger
http://www.truthout.org/article/the-price-hunger
The Los Angeles Times editorial board poses the question, "What would it really cost to end global hunger? The United Nations estimates that it would take at least $30 billion per year to solve the food crisis, mainly by boosting agricultural productivity in the developing world. Over the decade that it would take to make sustainable improvements in the lives of the 862 million undernourished people, that amounts to $300 billion. Three hundred billion dollars is a lot of money, and the U.S. government won't foot the bill alone. But it's less than half of 1% of the world's combined gross domestic products, not an unreasonable sum to invest in ending the misery and degradation of hunger. After all, Congress shelled out $21 billion last year for foreign aid and this week it approved $162 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for fiscal 2009. The U.S. spent $340 billion in 2006 alone on public and private research and development. Directing just one-tenth of that seed money to sustainable, high-yield agriculture in the developing world could trigger a second Green Revolution."

UK uses lung-shredder to kill rebels (22 June 2008)
http://quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=954&Itemid=48
Britain’s defence ministry admits use of 'brutal' missile to London paper - BRITISH troops have used missiles in Afghanistan which suck the air out of human targets, shred their internal organs and crush their bodies, according to a leading British newspaper. The Hellfire missiles, also known as vacuum bombs, are condemned by human rights groups as "brutal". Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) admitted to the London Times newspaper that its soldiers had fired the controversial thermobaric weapons, used to kill fighters in buildings and caves, from Apache attack helicopters in Afghanistan. The MoD said the Hellfire AGM-114N, which creates a human-crushing vacuum with a second explosion, had proved so successful that the missile will now be fired from unmanned predator drones. The Soviet Union’s forces in Afghanistan were the first to test thermobaric weapons on the enemy. The world condemned Russia’s use of the weapon during its fight against Chechnyan rebels in the 1980s."We no longer accept the term thermobaric [for the AGM-114N] as there is no internationally agreed definition," said an MoD spokesman talking to the London Times. “We call it an enhanced blast weapon." Human Rights Watch says the weapons are "brutal" and that their blast "makes it virtually impossible for civilians to take shelter".

Israel starts easing economic blockade of Gaza Strip (June 22, 2008) http://www.gulfnews.com/region/Middle_East/10222964.html
Occupied Jerusalem: Israel said on Sunday it had begun gradually easing its economic blockade of the Gaza Strip as part of an Egyptian-brokered truce with Hamas. Peter Lerner, spokesman for Israel's military coordinator for the Gaza Strip, said the army was allowing 90 truckloads of food and commercial goods into the Hamas-controlled territory on Sunday. Israel had let an estimated 100 truckloads per day through the border crossings of Kerem Shalom and Sufa until mid-April, when Gaza militants attacked Kerem Shalom, causing heavy damage. Since that attack, Kerem Shalom has been shut down and Gaza, home to 1.5 million people, has been receiving an estimated 60 truckloads of supplies a day through Sufa, Lerner said. Palestinian officials could not immediately confirm the number of truckloads entering the Gaza Strip on Sunday. Israeli officials said last week that the army would, as a first step, increase supplies by an estimated 30 percent over pre-truce levels. Under the ceasefire agreement that took hold last Thursday, Israel and Hamas have halted cross-border fighting. The truce appears to be holding for now, though officials on both sides remain deeply sceptical the calm will last long.

Gaza truce 'violated repeatedly' (27 June 2008)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7478293.stm
Israel has blocked all other supplies including humanitarian and commercial goods.

Gaza rockets threaten ceasefire as Hamas blames Palestinian rivals (June 27, 2008)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article4224397.ece
Hamas today lashed out at militants from rival Palestinian groups, claiming that they were deliberately trying to wreck the fragile Gaza truce with Israel to "settle internal scores".As more rockets were fired from Gaza into the Jewish state, both Israeli and Palestinian officials expressed doubt over the likelihood of the truce surviving its intended six-month span. The total number of mortars launched at Israel now numbers seven since the week-long Egyptian accord began. CLIP

Haniyeh: Stop firing at Israel for sake of Palestinians
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/996694.html
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday appealed to Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip to honor the week-long truce with Israel, and stop firing at the Negev, for the good of the Palestinian civilian population.

Red Cross: Somalia facing severe famine (June 4, 2008)
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/06/04/somalia.food.crisis/index.html
(CNN) -- Somalia is facing life-threatening food and water shortages leaving millions at risk for starvation, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday. "The Somali people are going through unbearable hardship," said Pascal Hundt, head of the ICRC's delegation for Somalia, in a written statement. "We are witnessing the worst tragedy of the past decade in Somalia." Somalia's last severe famine, from 1991 to 1993, devastated crops, killed between 240,000 and 280,000 people and displaced up to 2 million, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.Humanitarian workers view Somalia's food crisis as one of the worst in the world. With winds ripping though the country, hundreds of thousands of Somalis are finding their crops as dry as the surrounding landscape, preventing harvests, killing livestock and leading to a mass risk of starvation.The continual armed conflicts in central and south Somalia have aggravated the situation, hindering people from accessing shelter and medical attention. A growing percentage of the population has become dependent on humanitarian aid. The ICRC, World Food Program and CARE plan to deliver four months worth of food to 435,000 Somalis within the next few weeks. CLIP

The Global Crisis: Food, Water and Fuel. Three Fundamental Necessities of Life in Jeopardy (June 5, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9191
We are at the crossroads of the most serious economic and social crisis in modern history. The process of global impoverishment unleashed at the outset of the 1980s debt crisis has reached a major turning point, leading to the simultaneous outbreak of famines in all major regions of the developing World.There are many complex features underlying the global economic crisis pertaining to financial markets, the decline in production, the collapse of State institutions and the rapid development of a profit-driven war economy. What is rarely mentioned in this analysis, is how this global economic restructuring forcibly impinges on three fundamental necessities of life: food, water and fuel. The provision of food, water and fuel is a precondition of civilized society: they are necessary factors for the survival of the human species. In recent years, the prices of these three variables has increased dramatically at the global level, with devastating economic and social consequences. These three essential goods or commodities, which in a real sense determine the reproduction of economic and social life on planet earth, are under the control of a small number of global corporations and financial institutions. Both the State as well as the gamut of international organizations --often referred to as the "international community"-- serve the unfettered interests of global capitalism. CLIP

Report Says Severe Weather to Increase as Earth Warms (19 June 2008)
http://www.truthout.org/article/report-says-severe-weather-increase-earth-warms
As humans emit more greenhouse gases, North America is likely to experience more droughts and excessive heat even as intense downpours and hurricanes increase, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. The 162-page study, which was led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, provides the most comprehensive assessment yet of how global warming has helped to transform the climate of the United States and Canada over the past 50 years, and how it may do so in the future. Warning that extreme weather events "are among the most serious challenges to society in coping with a changing climate," the report finds that "recent and projected changes in climate and weather extremes have primarily negative impacts." Coming at a time when record floods are ravaging the Midwest, the new report paints a grim scenario in which unpredictable and severe weather will exact a heavy toll. While the Southwest is likely to face even more intense droughts, the scientists wrote, heavy downpours will become more frequent in some other parts of the country because of increased water vapor in the air. CLIP

Midwest Levee Breaks, Corn Price at New High
http://www.truthout.org/article/midwest-levee-breaks-corn-price-new-high

Floods and Droughts Make Mild Diseases Deadly
http://www.truthout.org/article/floods-and-droughts-make-mild-diseases-deadly
Reporting for Reuters, Julie Steenhuysen says, "Extreme floods and droughts brought on by climate change can turn normally harmless infections into significant threats, international researchers said on Tuesday."

Nature laid waste: The destruction of Africa (11 June 2008)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/nature-laid-waste-the-destruction-of-africa-844370.html
The massive scale of environmental devastation across the continent has been fully revealed for the first time in an atlas compiled by UN geographers. Michael McCarthy reports - It was long shrouded in mystery, called "the Dark Continent" by Europeans in awe of its massive size and impenetrable depths. Then its wondrous natural riches were revealed to the world. Now a third image of Africa and its environment is being laid before us – one of destruction on a vast and disturbing scale.Using "before and after" satellite photos, taken in all 53 countries, UN geographers have constructed an African atlas of environmental change over the past four decades – the vast majority of it for the worse. In nearly 400 pages of dramatic pictures, disappearing forests, shrinking lakes, vanishing glaciers and degraded landscapes are brought together for the first time, providing a deeply disturbing portfolio of devastation. (...) The "before and after" shots show vividly just how vast the changes have been, not only since the first Landsat satellite in 1972, but on much shorter timescales. Deforestation is shown not only as mass forest disappearance in countries such as Rwanda, but also as the insidious spread of logging roads through once entirely untouched rainforests in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the replacement of natural forest by bright green rubber and palm plantations in Cameroon. (...) Put it all together and you have a picture that is hard to credit, so enormous is the destruction. Statistically, the atlas finds that deforestation is a major concern in no fewer than 35 African countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria and Malawi, among others. Africa is losing more than four million hectares of forest every year – twice the world's average deforestation rate.That problem is closely followed in significance by major loss of biodiversity [wildlife] which is occurring in 34 countries, such as Angola, Ethiopia, Gabon and Mali. Land degradation is similarly a major worry for 32 countries, including Cameroon, Eritrea and Ghana, with some areas across the continent said to be losing more than 50 metric tonnes of soil per hectare per year. The atlas shows that erosion, as well as chemical and physical damage, have degraded about 65 per cent of the continent's farmlands. In addition, slash-and-burn agriculture is adding to the number of wildfires which are naturally caused by Africa's high prevalence of lightning. Rapidly rising populations account for one of the principal pressures on the natural resource base. Between 2000 and 2005, the atlas says, Africa's population grew by 2.32 per cent annually – nearly double the global rate of 1.24 per cent per year. Twenty of the 30 fastest growing countries in the world are in Africa, including Liberia, which has the highest annual growth rate – 4.8 per cent – of any country in the world. In the next half century Africa will have twice the population growth rate of any other region.

Zimbabwe: This Is No Election, This Is a Brutal War
http://www.truthout.org/article/zimbabwe-this-no-election-this-a-brutal-war
Reporting for The Observer UK, Chris McGreal writes: "Zimbabweans have not seen anything like this since the Matabeleland massacres by Mugabe's army more than two decades ago. That violence was limited to the south. This time, as Mugabe, 84, fights for his political life, it is nationwide. If this is the endgame for his regime, the brutality of the tactics employed reveal his determination to win at any cost."

Mugabe presides over decline in Zimbabwe's wildlife parks (May 30, 2008)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/may/30/conservation.wildlife
Sophie Shaw in Harare reveals how Zimbabwe's national parks are experiencing the corrosive impact of the country's crisis (...) The father of the murdered Movement for Democratic Change activist Godfrey Kauzani said at his son's funeral: "He did not have a tongue, his eyes had been plucked out, he was half burned and had a wire around his neck. I do not know what sin my son committed to deserve such a painful death."And, with my mind still on the impact of Zimbabwe's collapse on animal welfare, a report from the human rights monitors Zimbabwe Peace Project leaps out at me. It recorded 4,359 human rights abuses in April and has heard of hundreds more incidents that cannot be readily verified. It reports: "In some cases, perpetrators kill livestock such as cattle and goats. In one cruel case, the eyes of goats were poked out before they were killed. The perpetrators believe that anything associated with the MDC should be killed."It is an indication of the degree of hatred instilled into Zanu-PF youth militias that their taste for torture extends even to the animals of opposition supporters.

NOTE: Let's hope the world will soon mobilize for real to rid Zimbabwe of the cancer eating it inside out and put its people and fauna on life support assistance!

Mandela condemns Mugabe 'failure' (25 June 2008)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7474561.stm
Former South African leader Nelson Mandela has added his voice to the growing international condemnation of the political violence in Zimbabwe.In his first public comments about the crisis, he noted "the tragic failure of leadership" of President Robert Mugabe.Southern African leaders earlier called for Friday's run-off presidential vote to be postponed because conditions did not permit a free and fair election.Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has urged foreign help to end the crisis.Speaking at a dinner in London to mark his 90th birthday, Mr Mandela said:"We watch with sadness the continuing tragedy in Darfur. Nearer to home we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow Africans in our own country and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring Zimbabwe."Mr Mandela had held his silence until now, says the BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Robbins, to avoid undermining South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki's efforts as chief mediator on Zimbabwe.Mr Mbeki's policy of "quiet diplomacy" has been criticised for its failure to resolve the crisis in Zimbabwe.Nelson Mandela spoke few words but they will carry immense weight simply because of who he is, says our correspondent.

World outrage over Zimbabwe's 'sham' elections boils over (June 25, 2008)
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gTACNkmLPINuRxMHajiTJ7OcPvKA
HARARE (AFP) — Nelson Mandela and US President George W. Bush led mounting world outrage over Zimbabwe, where veteran leader Robert Mugabe is pressing on with what is seen as a "sham" presidential run-off vote.As pressure on the octogenarian Mugabe ratcheted, Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai called for armed peacekeepers to be sent to the country to stop terror attacks on his supporters. (...) Mugabe, in his first direct comments on Tsvangirai's withdrawal, defied international criticism and vowed that the election would go ahead, saying the opposition chief had pulled out because he was afraid of losing.But experts in South Africa said the run-off election with Mugabe the sole candidate may already be in violation of the country's laws."If we follow the Zimbabwe Electoral Act, legally, Morgan Tsvangirai is the winner, the regime having failed to organise a rerun within 21 days after the election result was released," said Ross Herbert of the South African Institute of International Affairs."This Friday's rerun is clearly outside the law and so, its outcome will be illegitimate," the researcher at the Johannesburg-based institute told AFP.

Israel backs Palo Alto man's electric car plan (June 17, 2008)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/17/MN1F112F1P.DTL
Shai Agassi, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, pledges that he can beat the spiraling cost of gasoline with the world's first mass-produced electric car. In January, Israel's government endorsed the Palo Alto businessman's ambitious joint venture between his startup company - Project Better Place - and Renault-Nissan. Agassi says he raised $200 million to get the $500 million dollar project, which will include a network of charging and battery-exchange stations by 2010, off the ground. Project Better Place also has signed an agreement with Denmark to begin a similar operation by 2011. In Denmark, a pioneer in developing wind power, batteries are expected to be recharged using wind-powered turbines. Agassi is banking on his electric-powered sedan revolutionizing life on the roads, cleaning up the environment and reducing dependence on oil. The cars are expected to have a range of up to 140 miles per charge and a top speed of 68 mph - the speed limit in Israel. Last month, he invited reporters to test-drive a prototype that looks a lot like the Renault Megane, a four-door sedan. The car is noticeably quiet and has no exhaust pipe, an electric socket in place of a gas cap and a dashboard gauge that measures the charge of the vehicle's 450-pound lithium-ion battery. In the United States, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle has said she is interested in her state becoming the first to embrace the electric-car network. Mayor Gavin Newsom also has reportedly expressed interest in making San Francisco the first U.S. metropolis to place electric cars on city roads. Note: For reports of many exciting breakthroughs in energy development and automotive design, click here.

Studies reveal climate change acts quickly, forcefully (June 20, 2008)
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=2980a2e6-50ae-4bf4-9d19-8d4d478bbb9d
Extensive spruce forests used to cover the southern half of Greenland, according to a Canadian study that gives a remarkable glimpse of the icy island's green past and possible future. (...) The pollen shows Greenland was much greener than it is today during several warm periods over the million-year span, with extensive fern-like vegetation 125,000 ago and widespread spruce forests 400,000 years ago."It was probably much like the forest in Norway is today, with a relatively mild climate," Ms. de Vernal said in a telephone interview.The journal also features a second report showing how North America's climate experienced two huge temperature spikes at the end of the last ice age -- one 14,700 years ago associated with a 10-degree rise in temperatures over 50 years. Then icy conditions returned before another abrupt warming about 11,700 years ago.It is not clear if such sudden changes could occur today, but scientists say there is a "pressing" need to find out if such abrupt change could be triggered by the greenhouse gases.

No ice at the North Pole (27 June 2008)
http://www.independent.co.uk:80/environment/climate-change/exclusive-no-ice-at-the-north-pole-855406.html
Polar scientists reveal dramatic new evidence of climate change - It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year.The disappearance of the Arctic sea ice, making it possible to reach the Pole sailing in a boat through open water, would be one of the most dramatic – and worrying – examples of the impact of global warming on the planet. Scientists say the ice at 90 degrees north may well have melted away by the summer."From the viewpoint of science, the North Pole is just another point on the globe, but symbolically it is hugely important. There is supposed to be ice at the North Pole, not open water," said Mark Serreze of the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado.If it happens, it raises the prospect of the Arctic nations being able to exploit the valuable oil and mineral deposits below these a bed which have until now been impossible to extract because of the thick sea ice above. Seasoned polar scientists believe the chances of a totally ice-free North Pole this summer are greater than 50:50 because the normally thick ice formed over many years at the Pole has been blown away and replaced by huge swathes of thinner ice formed over a single year. This one-year ice is highly vulnerable to melting during the summer months and satellite data coming in over recent weeks shows that the rate of melting is faster than last year, when there was an all-time record loss of summer sea ice at the Arctic. CLIP

Study finds Arctic seabed afire with lava-spewing volcanoes (June 25, 2008)
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=81bb2fd3-63f1-476f-b0be-f48c0dc90304
The Arctic seabed is as explosive geologically as it is politically judging by the "fountains" of gas and molten lava that have been blasting out of underwater volcanoes near the North Pole."Explosive volatile discharge has clearly been a widespread, and ongoing, process," according to an international team that sent unmanned probes to the strange fiery world beneath the Arctic ice. They returned with images and data showing that red-hot magma has been rising from deep inside the earth and blown the tops off dozens of submarine volcanoes, four kilometres below the ice. "Jets or fountains of material were probably blasted one, maybe even two, kilometres up into the water," says geophysicist Robert Sohn of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who led the expedition. (...) The scientists say the heat released by the explosions is not contributing to the melting of the Arctic ice, but Sohn says the huge volumes of CO2 gas that belched out of the undersea volcanoes likely contributed to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. How much, he couldn't say. There are no volcanoes exploding in the area right now, but they scientists say there appears to still be a lot happening on the sea floor. "I had the impression this whole central volcano area was oozing warm fluid," says Henrietta Edmonds of the University of Texas, who was on the expedition tracking the plumes of warm waters rising from the spreading ridge. She says they point to the presence of "gushing black smokers" as well as microbial and other forms of life that can thrive in scalding, mineral-rich waters that percolates out of spreading ridges.The scientists say they have explored just one small stretch of the Gakkel Ridge and hope to return in a few years.

Top of sea warming 50% faster than thought (18/06/2008)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/06/18/scisea118.xml
The top few hundred metres of the world's oceans have warmed 50 per cent faster than previously thought during the past half century, a discovery that has solved an enduring puzzle about the world's rising sea levels. Sea-level rise is a key consequence of of climate change but the actual change has been higher than scientists had predicted. CLIP

Citing Need for Assessments, US Freezes Solar Energy Projects
http://www.truthout.org/article/citing-need-assessments-us-freezes-solar-energy-projects
Dan Frosch reports for The New York Times: "Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years."

Expert says drought to continue 9 more year (06/25/2008)
http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_9695200
Straighten your halo and conserve. Listen to the expert. We are at the end of a nine-year drought and the next nine aren't looking any better.

Heavy rains again soak parts of flooded U.S. Midwest (June 25, 2008)
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN25470517
CHICAGO, June 25 (Reuters) - A new round of storms dumped a half foot (15 cm) or more of rain across parts of the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday, dealing fresh trouble to a region already struggling with billions of dollars in flood damage.The bad news came as a key farm group estimated U.S. crop damage this year had hit $8 billion nationwide, most of it in the key Midwest growing areas of the world's biggest grain and food exporter amid the worst flooding in 15 years.The new storms that soaked Missouri on Wednesday closed roads and sent smaller streams out of their banks, pushing more water into the basin that feeds both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, just as the Mississippi was cresting or about to in areas upstream from St. Louis. CLIP

Hope fades for flooded farmers http://www.stevequayle.com/News.alert/08_Photo_of_Day/080627.photo.of.day.html
Corn stands in floodwaters June 23, near St. Paul, MO. More than a week of flooding in the country's heartland may be the regions' biggest economic disaster in decades, with thousands of acres of farmland from Minnesota to Arkansas damaged for the season.

NASA warming scientist: 'This is the last chance (June 24, 2008)
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i3NLY5naFMJIsbKHNeiWIKMTsEiQD91G3IBG0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Exactly 20 years after warning America about global warming, a top NASA scientist said the situation has gotten so bad that the world's only hope is drastic action.James Hansen told Congress on Monday that the world has long passed the "dangerous level" for greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and needs to get back to 1988 levels. He said Earth's atmosphere can only stay this loaded with man-made carbon dioxide for a couple more decades without changes such as mass extinction, ecosystem collapse and dramatic sea level rises."We're toast if we don't get on a very different path," Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute of Space Sciences who is sometimes called the godfather of global warming science, told The Associated Press. "This is the last chance." (...) The year of Hansen's original testimony was the world's hottest year on record. Since then, 14 years have been hotter, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Two decades later, Hansen spent his time on the question of whether it's too late to do anything about it. His answer: There's still time to stop the worst, but not much time."We see a tipping point occurring right before our eyes," Hansen told the AP before the luncheon. "The Arctic is the first tipping point and it's occurring exactly the way we said it would."Hansen, echoing work by other scientists, said that in five to 10 years, the Arctic will be free of sea ice in the summer. CLIP

Scientist to Congress: Oil Execs Commit High Crimes
http://www.truthout.org/article/scientist-congress-oil-execs-commit-high-crimes
Ed Pilkington, The Guardian UK, says: "James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer."

The Time Is Now, Climate Experts Warn (June 27, 2008)
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/06/27/climate-change-warming.html
(...) While other scientists agree that 350 ppm is a safer target that increases the likelihood we will avoid many of the negative effects of climate change, some also think it's unrealistic. "Three hundred and fifty is impossible," said climatologist Stephen Schneider of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. "We're going to overshoot 350 and 450 and probably 550, though I sure hope not."Schneider's hope is that while it might still be 20 years before actions to reduce CO2 emissions really have an effect, innovations over the next two decades will make it possible to dramatically reduce emissions."My cynical scenario is that there will be more Katrinas, massive fires, melting of the Arctic, and people will say, 'Oh my God, what have we done. We'd better undo this,'" he said. Such catastrophes could finally spark the dramatic change that's needed, he suggests, if we don't take action sooner of our own accord.

Living on the Ice Shelf: Humanity's Melt Down (26 June 2008)
http://www.truthout.org/article/living-ice-shelf-humanitys-melt-down
Farewell to the Holocene - Our world, our old world that we have inhabited for the last 12,000 years, has ended, even if no newspaper in North America or Europe has yet printed its scientific obituary. This February, while cranes were hoisting cladding to the 141st floor of the Burj Dubai tower (which will soon be twice the height of the Empire State Building), the Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological Society of London was adding the newest and highest story to the geological column. (...) To the question "Are we now living in the Anthropocene?" the 21 members of the Commission unanimously answer "yes." They adduce robust evidence that the Holocene epoch -- the interglacial span of unusually stable climate that has allowed the rapid evolution of agriculture and urban civilization -- has ended and that the Earth has entered "a stratigraphic interval without close parallel in the last several million years." In addition to the buildup of greenhouse gases, the stratigraphers cite human landscape transformation which "now exceeds [annual] natural sediment production by an order of magnitude," the ominous acidification of the oceans, and the relentless destruction of biota. This new age, they explain, is defined both by the heating trend (whose closest analogue may be the catastrophe known as the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum, 56 million years ago) and by the radical instability expected of future environments. In somber prose, they warn that "the combination of extinctions, global species migrations and the widespread replacement of natural vegetation with agricultural monocultures is producing a distinctive contemporary biostratigraphic signal. These effects are permanent, as future evolution will take place from surviving (and frequently anthropogenically relocated) stocks." Evolution itself, in other words, has been forced into a new trajectory. CLIP

Life Expectancy (!!!)
http://www.westonaprice.org/causticcommentary/caustic-commentary-2006fa.html
What is the average life expectancy of Americans? For a long time it has been the low seventies for men and upper seventies for women. So it comes as a shock to learn that the average life expectancy for Americans has dropped to 69.3 years, according to the America's Health Rankings report, issued at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting. This figure is exceeded by 28 other countries, including Britain, France and Germany and is about five years less than the life expectancy in Japan. According to Dr. Reed Tuckson, this dismal number reflects increasing obesity, fewer people quitting smoking (although only 20.8 percent of Americans smoke today, down from almost one-third in 1990), and increasing numbers of people without health insurance. Officials made no mention of the increasing consumption of processed foods containing refined sweeteners, processed vegetable oils and toxic additives, and certainly did not allow even a whisper about the almost complete absence of nutrient-dense foods such as organ meats, shellfish and butterfat and eggs from grass-fed animals from the American diet (Reuters, December 13, 2005).

LIFE EXPECTANCY DROPS TO 69.3 YEARS IN THE USA (with lots of chemtrail pictures!)
http://imageevent.com/firesat/strangedaysstrangeskies?z=3&c=4&n=1&m=-1&w=4&x=0&p=14
HOW MUCH IS 8 YEARS OF YOUR LIFE WORTH? In 2003 life expectancy in the USA was 77.6 years. The drop to 69.3 years since 2003, a drop of over 8 years is startling information. This period of time just happens to coincide with a time when there has been non-stop spraying of chemtrails coast to coast on an almost daily basis. There is plenty of scientific research proving that any increase in airborne particulates causes a corresponding increase in the death rate of the exposed population so imo the chemtrails are a glaringly obvious factor in this significant drop in expected life span. MUCH MORE on the chemtrail issue through http://www.chemtrailagenda.com/

Alarming Trends
http://www.westonaprice.org/causticcommentary/caustic-commentary-2006fa.html
News reports from a variety of sources paint an ominous picture of the health of America's children, starting with the growing problem of premature babies. One baby in eight is now born before 37 weeks, according to a recent report by the Institute of Medicine, a rate that has increased more than 30 percent in the last twenty years. Efforts to keep these fragile infants alive cost the nation at least $26 billion a year, and that doesn't include the financial burden for long-term health problems such as cerebral palsy, retardation, learning disabilities, asthma and other conditions that are more common in children born prematurely (Associated Press, July 13, 2006). Birth defects are also increasing, including a particularly horrible one called gastroschisis, a condition in which babies are born with their intestines outside their bodies. Since the early 1990s, the rate of gastroschisis has increased from one in 10,000 to almost five per 10,000. One doctor in Denver reported four babies born with gastroschisis at one time in the Children's Hospital intensive care unit. The rate is highest in babies born to mothers under the age of 20 (Denver Post, July 25, 2006). Learning disabilities and emotional problems have reached epidemic proportions. A report from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health found that one child in 200 is autistic and about 20 percent of all children have learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder. The consequences for these children and their families are catastrophic. "Children with developmental problems had lower self-esteem, more depression and anxiety, more problems with learning, missed more school, and were less involved in sports and other community activities. Their families experienced more difficulty in the areas of childcare, employment, parent-child relationships and caregiver burden" (Pediatrics Vol 117 No 6 June 2006). Other news reports describe children lining up for morning medications--including Zoloft for depression and a host of medications for attention deficit--while at summer camp (New York Times, July 16, 2006); bans on games of tag, touch football and soccer at elementary schools because children are getting injured too easily (USA Today, June 27, 2006); and a doubling of cheerleading injuries since 1990 (Associated Press, January 3, 2006). Vaccinations and calorie-counting are not going to solve these problems, only nutrient-dense diets starting before conception.

US issues health warning over mercury fillings (29 June 2008)
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/us-issues-health-warning-over-mercury-fillings-856582.html
They're in millions of mouths worldwide, but have been linked to heart disease and Alzheimer's. Now a report concedes they may have a toxic effect on the body

Lukewarm Meeting on Whaling in Chilly Chile
http://www.seashepherd.org/editorials/editorial_080625_1.html
“It’s like a living dead gathering,” said Dave Rastovich of Surfers for Cetaceans commenting on the boring monotonous ramblings of Japanese bought and paid for puppet nations.Skye Bortoli of Teens Against Whaling described the meeting this year as “pathetic, saying “this body will be known in the future as a small group of ecologically arrogant people who are condemning the world’s whales to agony and oblivion for petty politics and a few lousy bucks.”Hannah Fraser a professional mermaid from Australia described the meeting as having to endure, “disappointingly banal rhetoric.” There were many things that could come out of this meeting. Japan could withdraw from the IWC and become a renegade whaling nation along with their partners in conservation crime Norway and Iceland. Or a compromise may be brokered that will allow the Japanese to withdraw from the Southern Ocean without losing face or thirdly and most likely nothing will come out of this meeting at all. Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett was deaf to the screaming of the whales and somewhat vague about Australia’s position but he was exemplary as a politician. He apparently has mastered how to use the maximum number of words to say the least about anything. CLIP

Whales Revenge is trying to get a million people to sign a petition to stop whaling
http://www.whalesrevenge.com
Recommended by Estelle Myers (emyers20@scu.edu.au)

EMF-Omega-News 21. June 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/5008447/

EMF-Omega-News 28. June 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/5025201/

Omega-News Collection 21. June 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/5008462/

Omega-News Collection 28. June 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/5025217/




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Date: 19 Jun 2008
From: Ben Noyes (banoyes2@yahoo.com)
Subject: A New Way to Approach an Old Problem

Dear Jean,

I see a lot about "OIL". This is the backbone of the Global Elite. Please look at this

There are NOW, today, 3 different automobiles that do not use oil

Three different technologies that are available, of course they are new, but people should be made aware of them, these technologies spell the end of the oil empire.

If you find this information worthy, please do as you want with it. I hope it will be to send out to your readership.

I have subscribed to your newsletters for a while now and I admire your work.

Love and Peace, may the Light Shine on All

Ben


The traitors to you and me and the world are becoming more transparent every day. Now Genepax a Japanese company is about to start producing a car that runs on water

Genepax http://www.genepax.co.jp/en/<BR> http://uk.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=84561

This is an American invention

Stan Meyer the murdered inventor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ3juM6vHwg

Daniel Dingel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVhXrvCCILw&mode=related&search=

Kline Hydrogen Technologies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKM4pb9Oxrg

More
http://waterpoweredcar.com/stanmeyer.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9JagAv2nUE
http://waterpoweredcar.com/

Electric Car- technology that has been around 150 years

http://www.teslamotors.com/ The media darling Tesla (good car )

http://www.phoenixmotorcars.com/index.php --in production

http://www.milesev.com/index.asp#hsv.swf --in production

http://www.commutercars.com/ -- in production

http://www.zapworld.com/electric-vehicles/electric-cars --in production

http://www.universalelectricvehicle.com/products.html -- in production

http://www.zenncars.com/php/08monroney_label.php -- in production /prices

http://www.revaindia.com/ -- in production


The Air Car- this technology has been around over 100 years

http://www.theaircar.com/acf/air-cars/compressed-air-history.html
http://www.theaircar.com/acf/

AIR CAR 1: http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1248351/car_runs_on_compressed_air.swf
AIR CAR 2: http://www.liveleak.com/e/4fd_1199490702

http://www.aircarcatvolution.com/air-car-model/onecat-eng.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ecnihpu6_8

http://www.tatamotors.com/landing/ -- in production

Other
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ecnihpu6_8&feature=PlayList&p=964C267D89E51C94&index=1&playnext=2&playnext_from=PL

The scams produced by the Elite Atrocity to keep these technology subduded have permeated every aspect of "Western Culture"from fake science to fake technology Global warming. Fossil fuels, peak oil and all the related the Energy Department. We have built an entire society on lies. It is time to end it. Lets ask our "officials" why the innovations noted above are NEVER mentioned by anyone in Congress. Why ramble on about oil exploration when we do not need any more oil. Why do they not support these industries that will free us from Oil Barrons. Just who DO they work for???




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From: Jane Withers (tara.jane@phonecoop.coop)
Subject: Feedback
Date: 19 June 2008

Hi Jean,

Thank you for all the work you are doing and your holistic vision - I hope you had time to get your veggies in!
Just a wee bit of discomfort reading meditation focus #187...you use the phrase 'we are to deploy the full arsenal'. It's just too military for me.

Blessings

Jane (Scotland)

"Everyone on this planet does the best he or she can in any given moment... Love is the only reality. All the rest is just so much traffic noise."

- Emmanuel's Book 111 ( http://www.emmanuelandfriends.org - the very best place to go for Nourishment)

AND MY REPLY WAS:

Hi Jane!

Thanks for your kind appreciation. Yes the garden is all under way, but there is more to do most everyday.

Thanks also for bringing this up about the use of this militaristic term. In retrospect, I recall now I may have had a bit of the same reluctance as you on this when this word popped up in my mind. I should have paid more attention to this feeling. I've also the same resistance to using the expression Rainbow Warrior for the same reason.

I just searched for an alternative wording and found that "range" would do just as well. So I've amended it in the archived copies and will include this correspondence in my next compilation to notify everyone on this ;-)

Love, Light and Peace will prevail

Jean




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Suzanna Sjogren (sjogren@mwt.net) posted the following message last 2008-06-21 in the ERN guestbook

Dear Jean,

My comment has been fostered by Ariel Ky's letters about her experiences in China. I was in China for a class at the University of Beijing the summer of 2004. My daughter and I travelled a bit while there to different provinces and experienced a variety of situations. I felt very changed within myself from that trip. China is a beautiful country and most of the people we met were very genuine and kind. They were open to our being there and showed an interest in us and we in them. I would also like to express that we felt that mostly from those people who were not greatly affected by the commercialization or westernization of their culture.

In Beijing there is NO tolerance for drivers who aren't able to adjust to the maniacal driving habits. Pedestrians and those on bicycles literally are taking their lives in their own hands trying to cross streets even within marked crosswalks. There is a marked frenzy of activity and it is anything but laid back and tolerant. There are many levels within the Chinese society and it is not a subtle difference. Those who have achieved a modicum of success have the large SUV's and live in gated communities. There are chauffeured limousines and many places for those with money to live far above the reality of most of the populace. Greed does not come only in the form of an American face.

China is growing into this century in a very western way. I was extremely impressed with the organized beauty of agriculture. This could only be possible if the people who tended the land and its fruits lived with deep respect and knowledge of the earth. Today, China talks about mechanizing their farming. I was so saddened by that prospect and I still am reduced to tears just to think of it. There are so many people who would live with even less than they do now and there wouldn't be work for them. Their entire lives from generations past would be uprooted and displaced. That has and is happening now in China even without the agricultural changes. The land would suffer greatly as well.

Ariel mentioned her connection to past life experiences in China. I also felt overwhelmed with that same experience. Perhaps the seat of civilization channeled through Asia as I have been shown within my own spirit. Mongolia to be exact, but close enough to hold the energy within our genetic code.

The contrasts that exist in China are in the extreme. Perhaps that can be said for any country if one has eyes to see and also the opportunity to travel beyond the comfort of your own backdoor.

I feel a deep love for China, for its land and for its people. I would love to go back there, but I would not need to go to the cities. The countryside and small towns hold the charm for me just as they do in every other country I've visited. Is it cities that change us more so in the negative?




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Forwarded by David (davidearthsong@gmail.com)

NOTE from Jean: Sorry for this all CAPS article but I cannot do anything about this. This is a stark reminder that we are still living on the very edge of a global nuclear cataclysm that can happen at any moment without any prior notice. It's about time our species stops playing such a stupid global Russian roulette game and that all governments dismantle for good ALL nuclear weapons and ALL weapons of mass destruction as recommended by George Shultz (former U.S. Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan) in the following interview

“No Nuclear Weapons”
http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=2692
M.A.D. No More George Shultz, who helped build our nuclear arsenal, says it’s time to ban the bomb. (...) Sarah: Can the United States be secure without its nuclear stockpile? Shultz: You’re going to be more secure if there are no nuclear weapons in the world, because if you achieve this goal, you won’t be risking having nuclear weapons blow up in one of our cities.At the conferences abroad I’ve been attending, it was certainly borne in on me that the notion of a two-tiered world—where some countries can have nuclear weapons and others can’t—is getting less and less acceptable.The Nonproliferation Treaty in Article 6 says that those who don’t have nuclear weapons will have access to nuclear power technology and they won’t try to get nuclear weapons, and those who do have nuclear weapons will phase down their importance eventually to zero. People are looking for governments to live up to that treaty. CLIP

From: http://www.stevequayle.com/News.alert/08_Nukes/080624.US-Russia.war.html

At the Brink of Nuclear War-U.S. vs. Russia

June 24, 2008

Hawk

THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA WERE NEARLY AT THE BRINK OF NUCLEAR WAR ON FRIDAY JUNE 20 2008 AND THE WORLD'S POPULATIONS WERE UNAWARE OF IT, SAVE FOR THE LISTENERS OF THE Q-FILES RADIO PROGRAM AND THOSE IN THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE RESPECTIVE MILITARIES, INTEL AGENCIES, AND GOVERNMENTS INVOLVED.

AT APPROXIMATELY 4:15 P.M. EASTERN TIME AN URGENT REPORT WAS RECEIVED FROM AN EXPERT HAM RADIO OPERATOR LISTENING IN THE CLEAR TO U.S. MILITARY SHORTWAVE CHANNELS. A 180 CHARACTER EMERGENCY ACTION MESSAGE WAS BEING BROADCAST AND BEING REPEATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN FOR U.S. MILITARY STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL UNITS RECEPTION. MULTIPLE AIRBORNE COMMANDS WERE UP ECHOING THIS MESSAGE AND RADIO TRAFFIC BECAME HOT AND HEAVY AND ALL POINTING TO SOMETHING VERY TENSE GOING ON IN THE ATLANTIC REGION.

THIS ALERT WAS NOT UNEXPECTED,AS THAT MORNING A RUSSIAN DIPLOMAT LAVAROV HAD WARNED THE U.S. AND ISRAEL NOT TO ATTACK IRANIAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES AND THAT WARNING WAS VERY SPECIFIC AND THE LANGUAGE WAS VERY STRONG BUT IT APPEARS PROBABLY MISREAD IN ITS GRAVITY. WE ALSO KNEW THAT RUSSIAN BOMBERS WERE TO BE ACTIVELY PATROLLING THE NORTH ATLANTIC REGION AND ALSO OFF ALASKA INTO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE AREA.

HOWEVER, THIS SITUATION CONTINUED TO ESCALATE IN TENSION AND SHEER AMOUNT OF RADIO TRAFFIC SO THIS INFORMATION WAS SENT TO STEVE QUAYLE AS HE BEGAN HIS RADIO BROADCAST THE Q -FILES ON INTERNATIONAL SHORTWAVE AND THE WORLD WIDE WEB TO MILLIONS OF LISTENERS. BY THEN WE HAD CONFIRMED THAT EXTENSIVE ACTIVITY INVOLVING RUSSIAN BOMBERS AND STRATEGIC SUBMARINE ASSETS WAS ONGOING ALL OVER THE ATLANTIC. CONTINUAL UPDATES WERE THEN FORWARDED TO STEVE QUAYLE ON AIR AND HE WAS ABLE TO WARN HIS LISTENERS OF THIS THREAT TO THE U.S. IN NEAR REAL TIME. DETAILS OF THE ALASKAN/ARCTIC/PACIFIC RUSSIAN ACTIVITIES WERE NOT KNOWN TO US.

AS THIS PROGRESSED ALL COMMUNICATIONS STATIONS....ANDREWS, OFFUT, McCLELLAN, AND PUERTO RICO WERE ON FULL ALERT WITH AT BEST COUNT , 4 AIRBORNE /SPACEBORNE COMMANDS UP AS WELL TO HANDLE THE TRAFFIC. ALL CODE NAMES OF COURSE AND NOT TO BE REPEATED HERE. SUFFICE TO SAY HOWEVER THE 180 CHARACTER MESSAGE WAS A COMMAND MESSAGE.


MANY ADDITIONAL MILITARY RADIO FREQUENCIES WERE ACTIVATED THEN TO HANDLE ALL OF THE TRAFFIC AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN ........THE BIG RUSSIAN COLD WAR RADIO FREQUENCY JAMMERS CAME ON ALL OVER THE SPECTRUM !

THIS WAS A POSSIBLE SIGNAL THAT AN IMMINENT RUSSIAN NUCLEAR MISSILE ATTACK FROM THEIR SUBMARINES OFF THE ATLANTIC COAST, PACIFIC COAST, AND GULF COAST AND FROM THEIR PATROLLING BOMBERS WAS INCOMING.

ALTHOUGH NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL LATER THAT EVENING BY MULTIPLE SOURCES, THERE WAS A VERY HASTY EXODUS OF HIGH LEVEL MILITARY, INTEL, AND GOVT. PERSONNEL OUT OF THE D.C. AREA AS THEY WERE EXPECTING POSSIBLE INCOMING MISSILES. EXACT DESTINATIONS WERE NOT KNOWN BUT OF COURSE EVACS TO MT WEATHER, MT PONY, SITE R, AND OTHERS WERE PROBABLY EFFECTED AS PER PLAN. IT IS UNKNOWN WHETHER CONGRESS WAS AWARE OF THESE EVENTS. THE Q-FILES CONTINUED TO WARN ITS LISTENERS.

CERTAINLY NO AIR RAID SIRENS SOUNDED FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOR DID THE TV'S AND RADIOS BLARE WITH THOSE EMERGENCY SOUNDS.......THOUGH THERE IS A GOOD ARGUMENT THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE SOUNDED. ALAS THE POPULATION HAS NO CIVIL DEFENSE PLAN ANYMORE AS IT WAS SCRAPPED ALONG WITH PUBLIC CIVIL DEFENSE SHELTERS WHICH HAD BEEN FILLED WITH EMERGENCY SUPPLIES TO ASSIST AMERICANS IN SURVIVING THERMONUCLEAR WAR. RUSSIA AND CHINA HOWEVER DO HAVE EXTENSIVE CIVIL DEFENSE PLANS FOR THEIR MAJOR CITIES AND THEY PERIODICALLY DO DRILLS IN THEIR SUBWAYS AND UNDERGROUND SHELTERS FOR THEIR POPULACE.

THEN WITHIN MINUTES, THE RUSSIANS TURNED UP THE POWER EVEN MORE ON THEIR JAMMERS AND THEN FLASH TRAFFIC WAS DETECTED ON THE RUSSIANS LOW FREQUENCY SUBMARINE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM AT A FREQUENCY BELOW 13 KILOCYCLES. AT THE SAME TIME U.S. TIME BROADCASTS AND MAINTENANCE BROADCASTS ON LOW FREQS WERE STOPPED IN PREPARATION FOR WAR FOOTING. THE RUSSIAN JAMMERS BEGAN TO CAUSE A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH U.S. COMMUNICATIONS AND ONLY HUGELY POWERFUL SKYKING MESSAGES FROM OFFUT WERE ALLOWED ON THE RF WHICH EXISTS AS A PRIMARY COMM SYSTEM IN CASE SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS IS TAKEN DOWN BY SAT KILLERS OR EXOTIC SPACE CRAFT.

ALL THIS POINTED TO NUCLEAR GUTS POKER BEING PLAYED BY THE RUSSIANS AND THE U.S. MILITARY AND WITH THE CURRENT CLIMATE OF FACTIONAL FIGHTING WITHIN THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF THE U.S. MILITARY/INTEL COMMUNITIES/ AND GOVERNMENT A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN WAS FELT OVER WHAT MIGHT TRANSPIRE ......WHETHER BY TOO MUCH TESTOSTERONE OR BY ACCIDENT.

THOUGH AT APPROXIMATELY 11:12 P.M. EASTERN A SKYKING BROADCAST WAS MADE AND ALL RADIO TRAFFIC STOPPED BY THE U.S. MILITARY WITH EXCEPTION OF ENCRYPTED BURSTING NOT DISCERNIBLE BY THE HAM RADIO OPERATORS( BY THEN WE HAD MANY Q-FILERS WITH HAM RADIOS REPORTING IN CONFIRMATION OF THE RF TRAFFIC) AND THE RUSSIAN JAMMERS AND LOW FREQUENCY SUBMARINE COMMUNCIATIONS BELOW 13 KILOCYCLES ALL STOPPED.

ANALYSIS OF THESE EVENTS THEN LED US TO BELIEVE THAT THE D.C. TO MOSCOW "HOT LINE" BETWEEN THE TWO PRESIDENTS OF THE U.S. AND RUSSIA WAS INDEED OPERATIONAL AND THAT HOPEFULLY COOLER HEADS WOULD PREVAIL. THIS AT THE BRINK SCENARIO THOUGH IS OF COURSE FRAUGHT WITH ALL KINDS OF DANGER IF BY NOTHING ELSE BUT MURPHYS LAW.

WE DID NOT HAVE LONG TO WAIT.......AT APPROXIMATELY 11:26 EASTERN TIME WE RECEIVED A HIGHLY DETAILED FORWARD OBSERVATION REPORT FROM STEVE QUAYLE HIMSELF WHO ALONG WITH MULTIPLE OTHER WITNESSES SAW IN THE NEAR SUNSET SKY, A MISSILE TAKE OFF FROM THE EASTERN HORIZON OF THE SKY AS VIEWED FROM BOZEMAN MONTANA. THIS WAS A WHITE MISSILE TRAIL CLEARLY SEEN WHICH APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED PERHAPS FROM THE NORTH DAKOTA AREA WHERE THE U.S. STILL HAS NUMEROUS MISSILE SITES. THE DIRECTION OF TRAVEL WAS IN AN ARC HEADING WEST AND THE SPEED WAS VERY RAPID.

WHILE MULTIPLE EYEWITNESSES WERE WATCHING THE PROGRESS OF THE MISSILE........

STEVE QUAYLE THEN SAID THAT INSTANTLY, OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE, AN INTERCEPTOR CRAFT OF SOME EXOTIC TYPE APPEARED AS IF AND WE QUOTE, " AS IF SOME CRAFT CAME OUT OF CLOAK AND THEN STARTED TO RAPIDLY CHASE THE MISSILE ON A PARALLEL TRACK AT CLOSING SPEED. " MR. QUAYLE THEN SAID, " THAT IT WAS IF THE MISSILE WAS INSTANTLY VAPORIZED AS THE INTERCEPTOR CRAFT CLOSED WITH IT AND PERHAPS USED EXOTIC PARTICLE BEAM OR PULSE WEAPONRY ON IT WHICH THEN CAUSED A REDDISH PINK FLASHING GLOW IN THE SKY WHERE THE MISSILE HAD BEEN TRACKING" .

SUBSEQUENTLY, JUST AFTER THIS WAS REPORTED TO US.......RADIO TRAFFIC CONFIRMATION OF THIS EXOTIC CRAFT WAS HEARD AND ALSO REPORTED BY A RELIABLE HAM RADIO OPERATOR. FROM OUR ANALYSIS OF THE RADIO DESIGNATOR (ONLY THING PROVIDED BY THE HAM) A HIGH % CONFIDENCE WAS OBTAINED THAT IN FACT THE INTERCEPTOR CRAFT WAS A TANGO ROMEO 3 -BRAVO EXOTIC SPACE CRAFT WHICH PREVIOUSLY IN THE EARLY EVENING HAD BEEN ON SPACE COMBAT PATROL OVER THE ATLANTIC REGION DURING THE ALERT.

THIS TR3-B FLOWN BY AN ULTRA BLACK CREW WAS MOST LIKELY THE INTERCEPTOR WHICH USED ITS HYPERSPACE CAPABLE DRIVE AND NEARLY INSTANTLY POPPED UP CLOSE TO THE MISSILE OVER THE MONTANA SKIES AS SEEN BY THE MULTIPLE WITNESSES MENTIONED ABOVE.

THESE CRAFT AND OTHER GRAVITIC ULTRA CRAFT ARE KNOWN TO POSSESS INCREDIBLE SPEED FROM EXOTIC DRIVE SYSTEMS AND TO CARRY A COMPLIMENT OF EXOTIC BEAM TYPE WEAPONS AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THEIR EXACT CAPABILITIES ARE NOT KNOWN BUT ARE THOUGHT TO INCLUDE THE ABILITY REACH VELOCITIES CAPABLE OF EXITING EARTH'S GRAVITY AND ALSO THE ABILITY FOR SOME TO MAKE HYPER SPATIAL JUMPS AND TO CLOAK THEMSELVES FROM SIGHT OR TO PROJECT MORPHING SIGNATURES OF OTHER OBJECTS TO HIDE THEIR TRUE POSITION AND SHAPE. HOWEVER, THE Q-FILES RECENTLY REPORTED THAT A SOURCE HAD SAID THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT THE RUSSIANS HAD BEEN HAVING SOME SUCCESS OF USING GREEN LASERS TO DETECT EVEN THESE CRAFT. THAT HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED AT THIS TIME BUT ONLY SUSPECTED WITH PERHAPS SOME CREDIBILITY DEMONSTRATED BY AN EVENT OFF NORWAY THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED LATER.

THE REAL QUESTIONS HERE ARE .......WAS THE MISSILE FIRED BY MISTAKE OR WAS IT FIRED AFTER SOMEONE ORDERED IT? ......WHO ORDERED THE FIRING?....WHO ORDERED THAT PERSON TO COMMENCE FIRING? ..........WHO ORDERED THE INTERCEPTION OF A U.S. MISSILE BY ANOTHER U.S. MILITARY EXOTIC SPACE CRAFT? .........WAS THERE A FACTIONAL DIFFERENCE OF OPINION BETWEEN BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY AND/OR BETWEEN DIFFERENT POWER BLOCKS WITHIN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT?

THESE EVENTS WE CAN ASSURE YOU DID HAVE A "DR STRANGELOVIAN" ASPECT TO THEM AND THAT IS .......GRAVELY SERIOUS FOR THE POPULATION OF THE U.S. AND THE WORLD IF ESCALATION TO ALL OUT GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR HAD TAKEN PLACE. WAS THEIR UNITY OF COMMAND ?????? IT APPEARS NOT. THAT SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED BY SOMEONE STILL INTERESTED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS GREAT REPUBLIC WHICH NOW SEEMS TO BE TAKING ON CHARACTERISTICS OF MORE FACTIONAL DICTATORSHIP OR EMPIRE AGAINST A NEWLY INVIGORATED OLD ENEMY SUCH AS THE RUSSIANS. THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DISASTROUS!

ANYWAY THE STAND-OFF THOUGH BACKED DOWN A HAIR OR TWO VIA PROBABLE USAGE OF THE "HOT LINE" CONTINUED ON INTO THE NIGHT AND PAST INTO THE "O' DARK THIRTY" HOURS WHEN AT APPROXIMATELY AT 6:24 AM EASTERN ALL SEEMED TO BE BACKED OFF AND ROUTINE U.S. RADIO COMMUNICATIONS RETURNED AND THE RUSSIAN JAMMERS AND LOW FREQUENCY SUB COMMS WERE GONE.

NOW AT THAT PRECISE TIME WE BEGAN TO LOOK FOR POSSIBLE MATCH-UPS AS TO THE INITIAL CAUSE OF THIS EXTREMELY CLOSE CALL ...........THE BEST MATCH-UP POSSIBLE IS THAT AN AIRCRAFT CRASHED OFF THE NORWEGIAN COAST OSTENSIBLY ON OCEAN TEMP SURVEYING OPERATION JUST ABOUT THE TIME WHEN RUSSIAN BOMBERS AND SUBMARINES WERE MANEUVERING AGGRESSIVELY IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC. THOUGH WHAT WE FEEL WAS A GOOD "COVER STORY" WAS RELEASED ......OUR ANALYSIS POINTS THOUGH NOT CONFIRMED......THAT A TR3-B BELONGING TO MAJIC WAS SHOT DOWN PROBABLY OFF THE COAST OF NORWAY BY RUSSIAN ASSETS OF SOME VARIETY. THE TIMING OF THE CRASH AT APPROXIMATELY 4:32 PM EASTERN JUST HAPPENS TO CORRELATE NICELY WITH THE TIMING OF THE APPEARANCE OF THE 180 CHARACTER EMERGENCY ACTION MESSAGE FROM SKYKING . SO,DID THE MERLIN IIIB AIRCRAFT MYSTERIOUSLY BECOME THE PUBLIC FACE OF A TR3-B EXOTIC U.S. MIL MADE, MAJIC CONTROLLED SPACE CRAFT?????

MERLIN WAS A MAJICIAN NOW WASN'T HE?

AFTER THE STANDOWN OF RUSSIAN AND U.S. FORCES ....SATURDAY BECAME VERY QUIET ON THE MILITARY FREQUENCIES.........WE WAITED HOWEVER TO SEE JUST HOW LONG IT WOULD BE BEFORE THINGS HEATED UP AGAIN.

TO NOTE, THERE WAS A LIMITED BUT STILL CAPABLE SPACE COMBAT PATROL PUT BACK UP WITH AIR CAP AND SURFACE AND SUB PATROLS AS WELL AND AMERICA WAS NOT DEFENSELESS. FULL ATLANTIC SPACE CAP WAS UP BY SUNDAY AND AT APPROXIMATELY MID DAY SUNDAY.......ANOTHER SKYKING MESSAGE CAME THROUGH.......235 CHARACTERS LONG!

SO, WHEN DOES THIS SCENARIO CALLED ........BRINK OF NUCLEAR WAR ....BEGIN AGAIN? THE RUSSIANS HAVE DULY WARNED THAT IF IRAN IS ATTACKED BY THE U.S. AND/OR ISRAEL THAT RUSSIA WILL NOT TAKE THAT ACTION TOO QUIETLY. ON FRIDAY THEY BACKED UP THAT WARNING SO NO ONE COULD MISTAKE THEIR DIPLOMATIC INTENTIONS EVER AGAIN.

MY FELLOW AMERICANS WELCOME BACK TO THE COLD WAR ALMOST HOT!

THE READERS CAN FORMULATE THEIR OWN QUESTIONS AND DRAW THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS.......BUT THIS IS A GRAVE MATTER AND SHOULD BE KNOWN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THOSE OF THE WORLD.....LET ALONE THE CAPTIVE AND ASLEEP MAIN STREAM PRESS.

THIS IS MEANT AS A WATCHMAN'S WARNING WHICH IS THE MISSION OF THE Q-FILES AND PARTICULARLY THAT OF STEVE QUAYLE. IT HAS BEEN DONE AS ACCURATELY AS POSSIBLE AND CONFIRMED BY MULTIPLE SOURCES WHEN POSSIBLE BUT REPRESENTS AS WELL SPECULATION AND OPINION BASED ON LONG EXPERIENCE AND RESEARCH ANALYSIS OF GEO-POLITICAL EVENTS AND HISTORICAL MILITARY PERSPECTIVES TO FORMULATE THE BEST POSSIBLE ANALYSIS.

TAKE ALL OF THIS TO PRAYER WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER ........BELIEVE IT OR NOT???? AT LEAST YOU WERE WARNED ABOUT IT!

WITH MUCH ASSISTANCE FROM "RIVER PIRATE" , "WEATHER WATCHER", SOME HAMS WHO ARE LISTENERS TO THE Q-FILES, AND THEM OLE FANDANGO RANGERS .....WHEREVER THEY MAY BE.

RESPECTFULLY WITH THE REPUBLIC IN MIND AND HER GLORIOUS BILL OF RIGHTS I THANK ALSO LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR GIVING THE EARS TO HEAR AND THE ABILITY TO SEE.

Hawk.........GUEST HOST ON THE THURSDAY Q-FILES RADIO BROADCAST. 6/23/2008

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There is LOTS of stuff to discover at http://www.stevequayle.com
including what is at http://www.stevequayle.com/Giants/index2.html

Possibly related info and pictures:

See this very strange stealth "aircraft" used to spray toxic chemtrails
http://www.orbwar.com/holographic-jet-orb-chemsprayer.htm

More on this stealth technology
http://www.orbwar.com/holographic-cloaking-stealth-technology.htm

Stealth Fighter Hovers in Mid-Air and Cloaks
http://www.orbwar.com/stealth-fighter-cloak.htm
I looked up in the sky and saw a stealth fighter hovering in mid-air. Before this day I never knew that a stealth fighter had hovering capability. I went indoors and then came back out again a minute later and in the exact same position in the sky was a white sphere in place of the stealth fighter. I have to deduce that the stealth fighter cloaked itself in an ionized ball of gas.

UFO Photos from the WTC Attack - September 11, 200 http://www.orbwar.com/ufo-photos-wtc-attack-9-11.htm

Disclosure Project Update
http://www.disclosureproject.org/Events.htm
Steven M. Greer MD, the founder and director of The Disclosure Project will be in Denver CO on July 9, 2008 at Turnhalle in the Tivoli. Dr. Greer will be presenting a summary of over 500 government, military, intelligence and corporate witnesses to UFO events and projects and will be discussing the implications of the issue. Dr. Greer, who has personally briefed heads of state, members of Congress, a sitting CIA Director and other senior government officials on the UFO matter will provide an overview of the subject and expose the reasons behind the continuing secrecy.Key to this secrecy is the existence of Unacknowledged Special Access Projects (USAPs) that operate outside of Presidential and Congressional oversight and that are beholden to special interests in the corporate, financial and energy sectors. The energy and propulsion systems used by so-called UFOs (or extraterrestrial vehicles) has been studied for over 60 years using taxpayer funds and the disclosure of this vital information would completely replace the need for oil, gas, coal and nuclear power. Dr. Greer states that “In light of the growing energy and environmental crisis, it is imperative that the people of the United States know the truth and work to see that full Disclosure occurs as soon as possible. The mistake of classifying as top secret this information in the 1940s and 1950s has now resulted in a genuine world emergency that requires the thoughtful attention of every concerned citizen.”

AND ON AN EVEN WILDER SIDE OF THINGS...

STRANGER THAN SCIENCE FICTION http://imageevent.com/firesat/strangedaysstrangeskies;jsessionid=u7b95jhcb1.tiger_s?p=19&n=1&m=-1&c=4&l=0&w=4&s=0&z=3
SELF REPLICATING NANO MACHINES HAVE BEEN FOUND "RUNNING WILD" IN THE BODIES OF MORGELLONS INFECTED INDIVIDUALS




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From: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20080620/wl_csm/oresponse

How Iran would retaliate if it comes to war

June 20, 2008

Istanbul, Turkey - Pressure is building on Iran. This week Europe agreed to new sanctions and President Bush again suggested something more serious - possible military strikes - if the Islamic Republic doesn't bend to the will of the international community on its nuclear program.

But increasingly military analysts are warning of severe consequences if the US begins a shooting war with Iran. While Iranian forces are no match for American technology on a conventional battlefield, Iran has shown that it can bite back in unconventional ways.

Iranian networks in Iraq and Afghanistan could imperil US interests there; American forces throughout the Gulf region could be targeted by asymmetric methods and lethal rocket barrages; and Iranian partners across the region - such as Hezbollah in Lebanon - could be mobilized to engage in an anti-US fight.

Iran's response could also be global, analysts say, but the scale would depend on the scale of the US attack. "One very important issue from a US intelligence perspective, [the Iranian reaction] is probably more unpredictable than the Al Qaeda threat," says Magnus Ranstorp at the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense College in Stockholm.

"I doubt very much our ability to manage some of the consequences," says Mr. Ranstorp, noting that Iranian revenge attacks in the past have been marked by "plausible deniability" and have had global reach.

"If you attack Iran you are unleashing a firestorm of reaction internally that will only strengthen revolutionary forces, and externally in the region," says Ranstorp. "It's a nightmare scenario for any contingency planner, and I think you really enter the twilight zone if you strike Iran."

Though the US military has since early 2007 accused Iran's Qods Force - an elite element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - of providing anti-US militias in Iraq with lethal roadside bombs, and of training and backing "special groups" in actions that the US government alleges have cost "thousands" of lives, US commanders have played down Iran's military capabilities.

Even Admiral William Fallon, who publicly opposed a US strike on Iran before he resigned in April, dismissed Iran as a military threat. "Get serious," Adm. Fallon told Esquire in March. "These guys are ants. When the time comes, you crush them."

But that has not kept Iran from rhetorical chest-beating, with an active military manpower of 540,000 - the largest in the Middle East - dependent on some of the lowest per capita defense spending in the region. Iran "can deal fatal blows to aggressor America by unpredictable and creative tactical moves," the senior commander Brig. Gen. Gholam Ali Rashid said in late May. "It is meaningless to back down before an enemy who has targeted the roots of our existence."

Iran's supreme religious leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei also warned of far-reaching revenge in 2006. "The Americans should know that if they assault Iran, their interests will be harmed anywhere in the world that is possible," he said. "The Iranian nation will respond to any blow with double the intensity."

Analysts say Iran has a number of tools to make good on those threats and take pride in taking on a more powerful enemy. "This is not something they are shying away from," says Alex Vatanka, a Middle East security analyst at Jane's Information Group in Washington.

"They say: 'Conventional warfare is not something we can win against the US, but we have other assets in the toolbox,' " says Mr. Vatanka, noting that the IRGC commander appointed last fall has been "marketed as this genius behind asymmetric warfare doctrine."

"What they are really worried about is the idea of massive aerial attacks on literally thousands of targets inside Iran," says Vatanka, also an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute. "Their reading of America's intentions in that scenario would be twofold: One is to obviously dismantle as much as possible the nuclear program; and [the other], indirectly try to weaken the [Islamic] regime."

Any US-Iran conflict would push up oil prices, and though Iran could disrupt shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf, its weak economy depends on oil revenues.

But nearby US forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Gulf provide a host of targets. Iran claimed last October that it could rain down 11,000 rockets upon "the enemy" within one minute of an attack and that rate "would continue."

Further afield, Israel is within range of Iran's Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, and Hezbollah claims its rockets - enhanced and resupplied by Iran since the 2006 war to an estimated 30,000 - can now hit anywhere in the Jewish state, including its nuclear plant at Dimona.

Closer to home, Iran has honed a swarming tactic, in which small and lightly armed speedboats come at far larger warships from different directions. A classified Pentagon war game in 2002 simulated just such an attack and in it the Navy lost 16 major warships, according to a report in The New York Times last January.

"The sheer numbers involved overloaded their ability, both mentally and electronically, to handle the attack," Lt. Gen. K. Van Riper, a retired Marine Corps officer who commanded the swarming force, told the Times. "The whole thing was over in five, maybe 10 minutes."

CLIP - Read the rest at http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20080620/wl_csm/oresponse

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Related articles:

Iran Threatens to Shut Down Persian Gulf Oil Lanes if Attacked (29 June 2008)
http://www.truthout.org/article/iran-threatens-shut-down-persian-gulf-oil-lanes-if-attacked
The Los Angeles Times' Borzou Daragahi: "The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said the government might shut down vital oil lanes through the Persian Gulf if the country were attacked by the United States or Israel, according to a newspaper report Saturday."

Israel has a year to stop Iran bomb, warns ex-spy
http://tinyurl.com/4puyt3
A former head of Mossad has warned that Israel has 12 months in which to destroy Iran's nuclear programme or risk coming under nuclear attack itself. He also hinted that Israel might have to act sooner if Barack Obama wins the US presidential election.

Israel Prepared to Use Force Against Iran
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,562746,00.html
Israeli politician Isaac Ben-Israel says his country is ready to launch an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities if diplomacy doesn't work.

Iran's 'Nightmare Scenarios' Are Mulled in Washington (June 24, 2008)
http://www.nysun.com/foreign/irans-nightmare-scenarios-mulled/80568/?print=6400134121
American Intelligence Analysts Work Overtime as Israel Sends Signals - WASHINGTON — An attack on the U.S. 5th Fleet, exploding Saudi oil refineries, and a Hezbollah operation against a soft target in the Americas, Asia, or Europe. These are scenarios America's intelligence analysts are now poring over as Israel signals its preparedness to deal with Iran's race for the A-bomb.

Preparing the Battlefield
http://www.truthout.org/article/preparing-battlefield
Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker: "Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country's religious leadership."

The Coming Catastrophe? (June 23, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9437
The finishing touches on several contingency plans for attacking Iran - We bring to the attention of our readers David DeBatto's scenario as to what might occur if one of the several contingency plans to attack Iran, with the participation of Israel and NATO, were to be carried out. While one may disagree with certain elements of detail of the author's text, the thrust of this analysis must be taken seriously.

Money being pulled out of New York City banks (June 24, 2008)
http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message565871/pg1
WMR's United Nations sources report that there has been a sudden rush in requests for foreign exchange wire transfer requests from New York City banks. The sudden demand for transferring funds abroad has resulted in a 24 to 48-hour processing delay due to the sheer volume of requests. Foreign employees at the United Nations are transferring their money from accounts at the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) and other New York City banks, both domestic and foreign-owned, and the move has been sudden. There has been no explanation for the sudden wire transfer activity, although the rumor mill suggests fears of a sudden economic collapse and/or a U.S. and Israeli military attack on Iran, which could touch off a wider regional conflict. (...) New York moving their money out of the country? When you talk about New York banks you are talking about zionists. They always seem to know what is going to happen like on 911 when they made big money off 911. Now the question is what they know? Do they know we are about to get into a nuke war with Russia? Or are they looting the banks before they crash and many of them get charged with fraud? Move the money out of the US and use their dual citizen status to flee to Israel? (...) Don't panic, that is not completely correct. What it means is that those well financed holders of large deposits are trading their funds in overseas managed collateral financial instruments. This means that funds can stay there, and act as a PPP instrument for other trades that are higher yielding than letting it sit in banks. During times of high inflation, these movements are regular and expected by the FED. (...) RED ALERT !!! Shields up !!! Everyone to battle stations !!! This is a sure sign an attack is imminent. Most likely Iran. Or possibly a false flag attack here blamed on Iran with predictable response right after that. (...) I agree with this guy. I don't know, for some reason he seems to be the most rational/reasonable person here. Some of you other guys are real reactionaries you know?

ElBaradei: Mideast could burn if Iran attacked (June 22, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080622/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_israel_3;_ylt=Aq8c.5s5WZ.GbMk67vUrXm5Sw60A
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief warned in comments aired Saturday that any military strike on Iran could turn the Mideast into a "ball of fire" and lead the country to a more aggressive stance on its controversial nuclear program. The comments by Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, came in an interview with an Arab television station aired a day after U.S. officials said they believed recent large Israeli military exercises may have been meant to show Israel's ability to hit Iran's nuclear sites."In my opinion, a military strike will be the worst ... it will turn the Middle East to a ball of fire," ElBaradei said on Al-Arabiya television. It also could prompt Iran to press even harder to seek a nuclear program, and force him to resign, he said.Iran on Saturday also criticized the Israeli exercises. The official IRNA news agency quoted a government spokesman as saying that the exercises demonstrate Israel "jeopardizes global peace and security." CLIP

Media: Iran president claims US assassination plot (June 19, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/iran_us;_ylt=AguQf9qqsTwshL18cT02hGZSw60A
TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday accused the United States of plotting to kidnap and assassinate him during a visit to Iraq, state media reported. The president told a meeting of clerics in the central city of Qom that Iran's "enemies" planned to kill him when he went to Baghdad in March, according to the president's Web site. Iranian leaders usually use the term "enemies" to refer to Western nations and the United States in particular. CLIP

U.S. Seeks Authorization For War In Iran (2008-06-11)
http://www.blacklistednews.com/view.asp?ID=6924
(...) The administration’s request would seemingly allow the U.S. to brand Iran as an enemy of Iraq and attack Iran in the name of defending Iraq pursuant a legal obligation under the status of forces agreement. CLIP

Ron Paul Claims Pelosi Spiked Iran Bill (June 18, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20080619&articleId=9393
Representative Ron Paul says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi removed a section from a bill passed by Congress which would have barred the U.S. from going to war with Iran without a congressional vote, claiming she did so at the behest of the leadership of Israel and AIPAC.Paul, a former Republican presidential contender who formally removed himself from the party’s nomination race last week, makes the allegation on C-SPAN during a recently held foreign policy conference in Virginia.Paul says Pelosi’s first act as House Speaker in 2006 was to “deliberately” remove a portion of a legislative spending bill which said the United States “can't go to war with Iran without getting approval from Congress.”

House Resolution Calls for Naval Blockade against Iran ( June 18, 2008)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9377
America’s powerful pro-Israel lobby pressures the US Congress -- A US House of Representatives Resolution effectively requiring a naval blockade on Iran seems fast tracked for passage, gaining co-sponsors at a remarkable speed, but experts say the measures called for in the resolutions amount to an act of war. H.CON.RES 362 calls on the president to stop all shipments of refined petroleum products from reaching Iran. It also "demands" that the President impose "stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains and cargo entering or departing Iran."Analysts say that this would require a US naval blockade in the Strait of Hormuz.Since its introduction three weeks ago, the resolution has attracted 146 cosponsors. Forty-three members added their names to the bill in the past two days.In the Senate, a sister resolution S.RES 580 has gained co-sponsors with similar speed. The Senate measure was introduced by Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh on June 2. In little more than a week’s time, it has accrued 19 co-sponsors.AIPAC's EndorsementCongressional insiders credit America’s powerful pro-Israel lobby for the rapid endorsement of the bills. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) held its annual policy conference June 2-4, in which it sent thousands of members to Capitol Hill to push for tougher measures against Iran. On its website, AIPAC endorses the resolutions as a way to ''Stop Irans Nuclear Proliferation" and tells readers to lobby Congress to pass the bill. CLIP

US Says Exercise by Israel Seemed Directed at Iran (June 20, 2008)
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/20/9768/
WASHINGTON - Israel carried out a major military exercise earlier this month that American officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.Several American officials said the Israeli exercise appeared to be an effort to develop the military's capacity to carry out long-range strikes and to demonstrate the seriousness with which Israel views Iran's nuclear program. More than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters participated in the maneuvers, which were carried out over the eastern Mediterranean and over Greece during the first week of June, American officials said. The exercise also included Israeli helicopters that could be used to rescue downed pilots. The helicopters and refueling tankers flew more than 900 miles, which is about the same distance between Israel and Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, American officials said. Israeli officials declined to discuss the details of the exercise. A spokesman for the Israeli military would say only that the country's air force "regularly trains for various missions in order to confront and meet the challenges posed by the threats facing Israel."But the scope of the Israeli exercise virtually guaranteed that it would be noticed by American and other foreign intelligence agencies. A senior Pentagon official who has been briefed on the exercise, and who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the political delicacy of the matter, said the exercise appeared to serve multiple purposes. One Israeli goal, the Pentagon official said, was to practice flight tactics, aerial refueling and all other details of a possible strike against Iran's nuclear installations and its long-range conventional missiles. A second, the official said, was to send a clear message to the United States and other countries that Israel was prepared to act militarily if diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from producing bomb-grade uranium continued to falter. "They wanted us to know, they wanted the Europeans to know, and they wanted the Iranians to know," the Pentagon official said. "There's a lot of signaling going on at different levels."Several American officials said they did not believe that the Israeli government had concluded that it must attack Iran and did not think that such a strike was imminent. (...) Any Israeli attack against Iran's nuclear facilities would confront a number of challenges. Many American experts say they believe that such an attack could delay but not eliminate Iran's nuclear program. Much of the program's infrastructure is buried under earth and concrete and installed in long tunnels or hallways, making precise targeting difficult. There is also concern that not all of the facilities have been detected. To inflict maximum damage, multiple attacks might be necessary, which many analysts say is beyond Israel's ability at this time. (...) Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, said in February that Iran was close to acquiring Russian-produced SA-20 surface-to-air missiles. American military officials said that the deployment of such systems would hamper Israel's attack planning, putting pressure on Israel to act before the missiles are fielded. CLIP

Below are some of the 166+ comments posted at http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/20/9768/
In reaction to "US Says Exercise by Israel Seemed Directed at Iran" excerpted above

"Being anti-Israeli Government policies does not make one anti-semitic any more than being anti-American Government policies makes one anti-American. I understand there are a huge number of Israelis that abhor what their government is doing in their name, just as there are many millions of Americans who abhor what the United States government is doing in theirs. The fact is that both governments are controlled by the wealthiest, amoral, greedy, power-hungry group the world has ever seen. They care nothing for for We the People of the World other than as consumers, cannon fodder, and if they have their way, poverty stricken slaves to be used and discarded as needed. The UN inspectors, the various intelligence agencies, the Iranian government and its allies have all said there is no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, but the propaganda goes on unabated. Israel has hundreds of nuclear armed missiles and receives billions in the latest high tech weaponry from its vassal state the United States, permits no inspections of any kind and is signatory to no nuclear treaties, unlike Iran. I'm sure there will be another black op, to galvanize support for another illegal and tragic war. As it seems fated to be nuclear in its operation, millions around the world will die or be sickened from fallout and vast areas will be uninhabitable for generations. The genetic damage will be enormous in virtually all forms of life. I am a nuclear veteran (Operation Redwing, Bikini, 1956) and know whereof I speak. Those who are in charge of the destiny of the world have never seen these things, have never been poisoned by radiation. To them it is no more dangerous than a video game. Their power-mad, greed driven, lust for control can only be described as insane. Unfortunately, the lunatics seem to be running the asylum."


"I see anger in this country growing against Israel and their arrogance which is publicly sanctioned by the US Government. I don't call it anti-semitism. I call it out and out anger at the inhumanity of Israel period towards its neighbors and to the citizens of the world. They are anti-muslim. They hate all except themselves and in my opinion, the REAL terrorists in the Middle East. WWII taught them nothing but revenge, hatred of the world and the preservation of everything they believe in above anything else.I have no comprehension the hatred Jews in AIPAC here and it's Zionist leaders over there feel toward all in the world, and especially the Muslims. YES ALL including all the Gentiles over here. Why do Jews who belong to AIPAC want this to happen? Probably, to control the Middle East, get back at the Ottoman Empire that controlled them for so long and our history books will not talk about, plus the OIL and the little bit of Water that Iran is sitting on. Yes, Water, OIL…land, control….! Cheney wanted this to happen and said so about a year ago. He said numerous times that Israel would attack Iran. In fact, he has been pushing Israel to attack so US is 'by appearance' off the hook. US backs this Air strike campaign. The US Government gave Israel all its weapons, the billions of dollars for their military, and the nuclear weapons they love to hide in plain site! So in a sense, we will be responsible for this attack as our tax money helped Israel build up it's military might to do the evil things they do. We use Israel to do our bidding! Congress, especially MS. Pelosi will go down in flames no one will ever want her in Congress again. Vote Democrat? Republican? What does it matter, they will no longer do the bidding of the people of America. They want to be masters of the world. We shall be called United States of Corporate America."


"Israel has hundreds of nuclear warheads, the U.S. has thousands, Iran has none. Iran has not attacked any country in 250 years, but these maniacs in Israel and the U.S. claim that Iran is dangerous? Why aren't Israel and the U.S. ever held accountable?? There's no lie they won't tell in order to kill and steal another country's resources. The U.S. got away with an illegal attack on Iraq based on lies. Now it's Iran's turn? The deja vu never stops, does it."


"This exercise by the Israeli military was saber rattling more than anything else for this simple military reason: a prime factor to successfully carry out a raid is the element of surprise. This is why the Israeli raid on Osirik in 1981 was accomplished. To have publicly rehearsed in the way they did was a not too subtle reminder to the Mullahs that run Iran that Israel has the capability to strike in ways that they can not, and therefore, they had better behave. What is more likely a response from Iran will probably be delivered via their allies and proxies, Hezbollah."

"Yes. The military exercises are a feint. Israel's deal with the devil is that in exchange for Washington's allowing the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, Israel will provide the goad to draw Iran into a fight. Then, after Iran makes some angry retaliation, the U.S. will step in, to "preserve the peace" (wink, wink).Iran has never been a threat to Israel. It is Syria whose territory has been occupied, and it was Saddam who lobbed rockets into Tel Aviv during the "rescue of Kuwait."No. Iran's great crime is that it took back its government from a US puppet. It makes its own laws and has its own culture. (And its own oil!) The powers that operate the US as the American Empire cannot bear that. Look what happened to Cuba!!Our only hope is that maybe the Iranians will NOT take the bait. If Ahmadinejad is in control, it's probably hopeless. But there are other forces there; they are much smarter and have a much longer view than Cheney and his masters. If we can just get through the year, how smart is Obama?"

AND FINALLY...

I asked Mordechai Vanunu, the whistle blower of Israel's WMD Program about what he thought about Iran, etc.

What follows is a compilation of his email replies from June 2008 with slight editing; punctuation, spelling, grammar.

Vanunu wrote:

They all have their own double standards.

No one should ignore the fact that Atomic weapons are in Israel and that it was France most especially who helped build the Dimona reactor in 1960.

No one should forget that France was the first state to start nuclear weapons proliferation in secret, not Iran.

The world's problem with Iran is the obligation to help the people of Iran to have freedom and democracy; free from a dictator regime.

The problem is not nuclear weapons in Iran but the need for freedom for all the people.

I am not at all supporting this Ayatollahs regime in Iran. This regime should be ended and replaced by freedom and democracy for all Iran people.

The same goes for Israel too, which is only a democracy if you are a Jew. The Israeli problem is the Jewish apartheid regime.

No nuclear weapons program is a true deterrent or safeguard mechanism for security because Atomic weapons can only bring destruction. Atomic weapons are a mechanism of self destruction.

How can Israel, the only country in the Middle East known to have a nuclear weapons program expects all others not to even have peaceful nuclear energy programs?

Since Israel has the Bombs, then they can not speak with credibility about stopping all the Middle East states from having at least Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Science and Technology.

Israel by all its nuclear secret activities opened the way for any state to do the same. My view is that Nuclear Science and technology must be part of any modern state and society, so all the world and every state should have it.

After almost 50 years of secret nuclear activities and productions of bombs, America, France and the entire world should also intervene and demand Israel sign the NPT, follow all of the IAEA orders, regulations and restrictions.

Instead, Israel puts on me distractions.

The real issue in both states is democracy before any thing else and Israel is only a democracy if you are a Jew.

I fulfilled my sentence of 18 years in prison because I listened to my conscience and reported the truth that Israel was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. It is over four years now that Israel has held me captive in East Jerusalem; forbidding me to speak to any foreigners or to leave the state, which is all I want to do.

The Norwegians know my situation very well and by mid-July, the world should hear some more about the Norwegian Lawyers Petition http://www.vanunu.org/ and about my asylum.

Norway could become a world leader in the Mid-East peace efforts if they will continue to speak up loudly against all the blatant human rights violations Israel gets away with in my case and with the Palestinians.

I go back to court July 8th and either face six months in jail for speaking to foreign media in 2004, or something else is possible. Israel can be free of me and let me leave the state, or I will remain here under occupation.

VANUNU MORDECHAI J C.
KIDNAPPED IN ROME SEP' 30 TH'-1986.
AFTER 18 YEARS IN ISRAEL PRISON.
Waiting In East Jerusalem.To Be Free,To Leave.
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IRAN: Stop nukes by bombing oil wells, neocons suggest
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2008/06/iran-neocons-sa.html
Why attack Iran's nuclear facilities when striking their oil infrastructure would be much more effective in the scope of a US-led preventive war? Sure, oil prices might skyrocket and the world economy might collapse. But, hey, that's the price you pay for security. Such a scenario is not a nightmare or an outtake from a remake of Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove," but part of a serious recommendation made by two neoconservatives in case sanctions fail to persuade Iran to abandon its enrichment of uranium, a process that can be used to make nuclear weapons or fuel for peaceful energy production. In a July report titled "The Last Resort: Consequences of Preventive Military Action Against Iran," and published by the neoconservative Washington Institute for Near East Studies, scholars Patrick Clawson and Michael Eisenstadt advocate military strategies that would ultimately discourage Tehran from pursuing any future non-civilian nuclear activities: CLIP

Russia warns against attacking Iran (June 20, 2008)
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1213794289495&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday warned against the use of force on Iran, saying there was no proof it was trying to build nuclear weapons. (...) The IDF refused to confirm or deny a New York Times report Friday that its warplanes staged a major rehearsal this month for a possible attack on Iran.Lavrov said Russia had asked both the United States and Israel to provide factual information to back their claims that Iran was working to build atomic weapons. "So far we have seen none, and the same conclusion was made by the International Atomic Energy Agency," he said."It's absolutely not right to speak matter-of-factly that Iran continues building nuclear weapons," Lavrov added. CLIP

Full Coverage: Iran
http://news.yahoo.com/fc/World/Iran;_ylt=AqZAyIUM7oELH3sp1ATzQxGve8UF

"By the early 1990s, the former Minister Moshe Sneh was warning that Israel 'cannot possibly put up with a nuclear bomb in Iranian hands'. That could and should be collectively prevented, he said, 'since Iran threatens the interests of all rational states in the Middle East'. However: 'If the Western states don't do their duty, Israel will find itself forced to act alone, and will accomplish its task by any [ie including nuclear] means.' (...) We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." I consider it all hopeless at this point. We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under."

- Taken from http://books.guardian.co.uk/extracts/story/0,,1046646,00.html

A DECLARATION OF U.S. INDEPENDENCE FROM ISRAEL (May 22, 2008)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wvns/message/9198
A superb speech delivered at Princeton University by Chris Hedges, a former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times.
(...) Israel is currently lobbying the United States to launch aerial strikes on Iran, despite the debacle in Lebanon. Israel's iron determination to forcibly prevent a nuclear Iran makes it probable that before the end of the Bush administration an attack on Iran will take place. The efforts to halt nuclear development through diplomatic means have failed. It does not matter that Iran poses no threat to the United States. It does not matter that it does not even pose a threat to Israel, which has several hundred nuclear weapons in its arsenal. It matters only that Israel demands total military domination of the Middle East.The alliance between Israel and the United States has culminated after 50 years in direct U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. This involvement, which is not furthering American interests, is unleashing a geopolitical nightmare. American soldiers and Marines are dying in droves in a useless war. The impotence of the United States in the face of Israeli pressure is complete. The White House and the Congress have become, for perhaps the first time, a direct extension of Israeli interests. There is no longer any debate within the United States. This is evidenced by the obsequious nods to Israel by all the current presidential candidates with the exception of Dennis Kucinich. The political cost for those who challenge Israel is too high.This means there will be no peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It means the incidents of Islamic terrorism against the U.S. and Israel will grow. It means that American power and prestige are on a steep, irreversible decline. And I fear it also means the ultimate end of the Jewish experiment in the Middle East.The weakening of the United States, economically and militarily, is giving rise to new centers of power. The U.S. economy,mismanaged and drained by the Iraq war, is increasingly dependent on Chinese trade imports and on Chinese holdings of U.S. Treasury securities. China holds dollar reserves worth $825 billion. If Beijing decides to abandon the U.S. bond market, even in part, it would cause a free fall by the dollar. It would lead to the collapse of the $7-trillion U.S. real estate market. There would be a wave of U.S. bank failures and huge unemployment. The growing dependence on China has been accompanied by aggressive work by the Chinese to build alliances with many of the world's major exporters of oil, such as Iran, Nigeria, Sudan and Venezuela. The Chinese are preparing for the looming worldwide clash over dwindling resources.The future is ominous. Not only do Israel's foreign policy objectives not coincide with American interests, they actively hurt them. The growing belligerence in the Middle East, the calls for an attack against Iran, the collapse of the imperial project in Iraq have all given an opening, where there was none before, to America's rivals. It is not in Israel's interests to ignite a regional conflict. It is not in ours. But those who have their hands on the wheel seem determined, in the name of freedom and democracy, to keep the American ship of state headed at breakneck speed into the cliffs before us.




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From: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20149.htm

A Totally Lawless Regime

By Paul Craig Roberts

22/06/08 "ICH" --- Think about this question: In the 21st century what regime is more lawless than the Bush Regime?

Everyone is entitled to his own answer. The only answer I can come up with is the Zimbabwe regime of Robert Mugabe. Voted out of power in the last election, the great man hasn’t left. Zimbabweans are going to have to vote again, and the great man has said that any vote that is not for him will be cancelled by a bullet.

Does anyone remember how determined the British and the Americans and everyone else was to turn Rhodesia over to Mugabe in order to save Rhodesia from the evil Ian Smith? What a fool everyone was.

But before we laugh at those fools, we had best laugh at ourselves, or cry.

It is now an incontrovertible fact, known all over the world, that George W. Bush and his regime’s operatives lied through their teeth in order to launch wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq, and that the Bush regime is doing the same thing again in hopes of launching an attack on Iran.

There have been a number of memoirs from high ranking Bush appointees who cannot stand all the lies. Bush’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill, told us that an invasion of Iraq was on the agenda prior to 9/11. There is the leaked Downing Street Memo in which the head of British Intelligence told the British Prime Minister and his cabinet that the Americans have decided to attack Iraq and are creating the “intelligence” to justify the attack.

And now we have the White House’s own spokesman from 2003-2006, Scot McClellen, ratifying what we already knew, that President Bush deceived us and led us into war based entirely on lies and fabrications, and that he, Scott McClellen, was deceived into issuing a false public denial that top Cheney aide Scooter Libby and White House operative Karl Rove were involved in committing a felony under US law by revealing the identity of a covert CIA operative, Valerie Plame.

As a consequence of Bush’s lies, there are a million dead Iraqis, mostly women and children, and four million displaced Iraqis, 4,100 dead American soldiers and tens of thousands of seriously wounded. No one knows how many dead in Afghanistan. And there is the ongoing Israeli slaughter of Palestinians and Lebanese that has fallen under the rubric of the “war on terror.”

The only ones pleased with these wars are the American neoconservatives, the Israeli right-wing, the US corporate military-security complex, and Osama bin Laden.

The Bush regime has created enormous hatred and disrespect for the United States. A recent world wide poll found that George W. Bush ranks at the bottom of world leaders as one of the least trusted along with US Pakistani puppet Musharraf and the Iranian president, Ahmadinejad, who has the disadvantage of being the victim of demonization by the US and European corporate-controlled media, which serve as ministries of propaganda for the governments that control their broadcast licenses. The American and European media lie for their living.

The two leaders with the highest approval rating are UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

So, the old adversary, Russia, now has a more respected leader than the “leader” of the Great Free Nation, a Great Free Nation that has sat on its hands while its “leader” destroyed America’s civil liberties, America’s reputation, the jobs of Americans, and committed the US to a course of war crimes punishable by the International Criminal Court at the Hague.

A number of readers took issue with my recent column, “Elect Obama or Fall Into Tyranny.” Echoing former Alabama Governor George Wallace, readers said Obama would make no difference. But that is what I wrote.

My point was not that Obama would make any difference, as he has put himself and his administration into the hands of Wall Street and the Israel Lobby. I said that the American people could make a difference by rejecting the Republicans, as it was the only accountability that the Republicans were likely to suffer.

If Americans return a Republican regime, Americans will validate the right of the president to violate with impunity US and international law. Americans will validate the use by the president of the United States of deception and lies in order to initiate wars of aggression, aggression that is a war crime under the Nuremburg standard established by the US. Americans will validate the infringement of US civil liberties in the name of “safety” and “national security.” Americans will disembowel the US Constitution and leave themselves at the total mercy of the government.

Reelecting Republicans means the end of the United States as a land of liberty.

I am sympathetic to the argument that we, as a country of liberty, are near our end regardless. Look at the Democrats. Today, June 20, the House of Representatives, which the voters gave to the Democrats in the 2006 congressional elections in order to end the pointless barbarity that the US has brought to Iraq, voted the largest war-spending bill ever. The “antiwar” Democrats completely collapsed, giving the warmonger Brownshirt Republican regime everything it wanted.

The House Democrats, led by “impeachment-is-off-the-table” Nancy Pelosi, added to the Democratic Party’s shame by passing today, June 20, a bill that shields from punishment the criminal Bush regime and the telecommunications corporations that the Bush regime coerced into committing felonies under US law by cooperating in Bush’s illegal spying on American citizens.

The great hope of the Founding Fathers, the people’s house, the House of Representatives, has passed an unconstitutional retroactive law making acts legal which were illegal when they were committed.

If a Democratic House of Representatives will pass a retroactive law in order to legalize the criminal violations of a Republican regime, the same House will pass a retroactive law making illegal what you did legally yesterday. No one is any longer safe in America. By abandoning the US Constitution, Republicans and Democrats have made America as potentially unsafe as Zimbabwe for anyone who takes exception to the government.

The total collapse of the Democratic Party and the House of Representatives signals the end of liberty and democracy in America. Henceforth, led by the Republican Federalist Society, we will gravitate toward the beautiful regime of “energy in the executive” that has been achieved in Zimbabwe by Robert Mugabe.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, an assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury during the Reagan Administration, is a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal and coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.

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Related videos:

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John Stewart talked with fired US Attorney David Iglesias. Iglesias claims he was fired because he refused to prosecute Democratic candidates without evidence of wrongdoing. The former US Attorney used a Star Wars analogy to explain his employment in the Bush Administration. Iglesias said, “I thought I was working with the Jedi Knights and I was working with the Sith Lords.” This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast June 16, 2008.

"The 9/11 Reportis a fraudulent document"
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/351.html
It's a symbolic act, but nonetheless there is something deeply satisfying about the 9/11 fraud being called out in Canada's parliament. New Democratic Party Deputy House Leader Libby Davies delivers a Parliamentary Petition signed by over 500 Canadians demanding a new 9/11 investigation, in Canada's House of Commons during Routine Proceedings at 1:10 pm on June 10, 2008 CLIP

Senator Karen Johnson Delivers Historic 9/11 Speech Before the Arizona State Senate (9 min) http://www.visibility911.com/blog/?cat=331
In a formal Floor speech in the Arizona Senate, Senator Karen S. Johnson blasts Congress for their failure to defend U.S. citizens who were killed on September 11, 2001, and their failure to properly investigate those attacks. “It has been nearly seven years,” says Johnson, “and we are faced with new evidence that turns the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission upside down. We are fighting a war because of 9/11 – and we still don’t really know what happened. We have spent billions of dollars on the war, with an additional $340 million per day. Thousands of U.S. servicemen and women have lost their lives, not to mention the lives of innocent Iraqi and Afghan civilians.”Johnson revealed in a committee hearing in April that she did not accept the official report of the 9/11 Commission and has since defended supporters calling for a new independent investigation of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. “Ground Zero was treated like little more than the site of a building demolition – which, of course, is exactly what it was,” says Johnson. “Everyone who has studied it recognizes that the Twin Towers and Building 7 came down as a result of controlled explosions – not because of the airplanes and fires.” CLIP

Gov't says FBI agents can't testify about 9/11 http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/06/19/america/Sept-11-Lawsuits.php

Japan Times: Lawmaker takes 9/11 doubts global (June 17, 2008)
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20080617zg.html

Check also "Emergency Official Witnessed Dead Bodies In WTC 7" below




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Forwarded by Mark Graffis (mgraffis@gmail.com)

From: http://www.prisonplanet.com:80/articles/june2008/062308_dead_bodies.htm

Emergency Official Witnessed Dead Bodies In WTC 7

In exclusive video, Barry Jennings discusses explosions in Building 7 before collapse of twin towers

Paul Joseph Watson -- June 23, 2008

Exclusive video of emergency official Barry Jennings discussing explosions inside WTC 7 before either of the twin towers had collapsed and having to step over dead bodies of victims as he attempted to vacate the building has been released for the first time.

The clip, which was originally intended to feature in Loose Change Final Cut but had to be withdrawn according to Jennings' wishes after he had received threats, has now been made public in anticipation of a BBC documentary about Building 7 which is expected to skew Jennings' account in an attempt to reinforce the official story.

In reality, what Jennings witnessed completely contradicts the official story of what happened to Building 7.

On the morning of 9/11 in his capacity as Deputy Director, Emergency Services Department, New York City Housing Authority, Jennings and Michael Hess, who is a founding Partner and Senior Managing Director of Giuliani Partners LLC, visited the Office of Emergency Management inside Building 7 only to find it had been abandoned.

"Upon arriving into the OEM EOC, we noticed that everybody was gone," said Jennings. "I saw coffee that was on the desk, the smoke was still coming off the coffee, I saw half-eaten sandwiches," he stated, adding that he and Hess were told to leave the building right away.

Jennings and Hess found a stairwell and descended the stairs.

"When we reached the 6th floor the landing that we were standing on gave way, there was an explosion and the landing gave way, I was left there hanging, I had to climb back up and walk back up to the 8th floor," said Jennings.

"The explosion was beneath me....so when the explosion happened it blew us back....both buildings (the twin towers) were still standing," he added.

"I was trapped in there for several hours, I was trapped in there when both buildings came down - all this time I'm hearing all kinds of explosions, all this time I'm hearing explosions, said Jennings, adding that when firefighters took them down to the lobby it was in "total ruins".

"For me to see what I saw was unbelievable," said Jennings.

The firefighters kept saying to Jennings "do not look down" because, according to Jennings, "we were stepping over people and you can tell when you're stepping over people."

A police officer then told Jennings, "you will have to run because we have reports of more explosions."

"I'm just confused about one thing....why World Trade Center 7 went down in the first place - I'm very confused about that - I know what I heard I heard explosions," said Jennings, adding that the explanation that the explosions were as a result of fuel oil tanks in the building did not add up.

"I'm an old boiler guy, if it was a fuel oil tank it would have been one side of the building," he stated.

Footage inside the Millennium Hilton building lobby, which was closer to the WTC twin towers than Building 7, shows minimal damage after both towers had collapsed in comparison with devastating damage in the lobby of WTC 7, as reported by Jennings, before either tower had even collapsed.

Jennings' eyewitness report of explosions inside WTC 7 before the towers had collapsed as well as dead bodies inside the building completely contradicts the official story, which maintains that there were no fatalities inside Building 7.

If WTC 7 collapsed as a result of damage it sustained from the fall of the twin towers, as the official version claims, then why were explosions taking place inside the building before either tower had collapsed?

The BBC hit piece documentary, which airs on July 6th, features an interview with Jennings but according to Loose Change's Jason Bermas, the program will distort Jennings' comments in an attempt to sideline the shocking nature of what he witnessed and the blatant manner in which his experiences contradict the official story.

According to Bermas, during their interview with members of Loose Change, the BBC denied that Jennings had stepped over dead bodies when he left the building, a claim disproved by Jennings' own statements in the video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRaKHq2dfCI




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THIS IS - in part - WHAT CANADIAN AND U.S. SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING, KILLING, MAIMING, DESTROYING AND DYING FOR... TO DEFEND THE INTERESTS OF U.S. OIL OLIGARCH!... CANADA SHOULD NEVER HAVE GOTTEN INVOLVED IN ANY OF THIS...

From: "Mark Graffis" mgraffis@gmail.com">

From: http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Margolis_Eric/2008/06/22/5953041-sun.php

These Wars Are About Oil, Not Democracy

by Eric Margolis - June 22, 2008

The ugly truth behind the Iraq and Afghanistan wars finally has emerged.

Four major western oil companies, Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP and Total are about to sign U.S.-brokered no-bid contracts to begin exploiting Iraq’s oil fields. Saddam Hussein had kicked these firms out three decades ago when he nationalized Iraq’s oil industry. The U.S.-installed Baghdad regime is welcoming them back.

Iraq is getting back the same oil companies that used to exploit it when it was a British colony.

As former fed chairman Alan Greenspan recently admitted, the Iraq war was all about oil. The invasion was about SUV’s, not democracy.

Afghanistan just signed a major deal to launch a long-planned, 1,680-km pipeline project expected to cost $8 billion. If completed, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline (TAPI) will export gas and later oil from the Caspian basin to Pakistan’s coast where tankers will transport it to the West.

The Caspian basin located under the Central Asian states of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakkstan, holds an estimated 300 trillion cubic feet of gas and 100-200 billion barrels of oil. Securing the world’s last remaining known energy El Dorado is a strategic priority for the western powers.

But there are only two practical ways to get gas and oil out of land-locked Central Asia to the sea: Through Iran, or through Afghanistan to Pakistan. Iran is taboo for Washington. That leaves Pakistan, but to get there, the planned pipeline must cross western Afghanistan, including the cities of Herat and Kandahar.

PIPELINE DEAL

In 1998, the Afghan anti-Communist movement Taliban and a western oil consortium led by the U.S. firm Unocal signed a major pipeline deal. Unocal lavished money and attention on the Taliban, flew a senior delegation to Texas, and hired a minor Afghan official, Hamid Karzai.

Enter Osama bin Laden. He advised the unworldly Taliban leaders to reject the U.S. deal and got them to accept a better offer from an Argentine consortium. Washington was furious and, according to some accounts, threatened the Taliban with war.

In early 2001, six or seven months before 9/11, Washington made the decision to invade Afghanistan, overthrow the Taliban, and install a client regime that would build the energy pipelines. But Washington still kept sending money to the Taliban until four months before 9/11 in an effort to keep it “on side” for possible use in a war against China.

The 9/11 attacks, about which the Taliban knew nothing, supplied the pretext to invade Afghanistan. The initial U.S. operation had the legitimate objective of wiping out Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida. But after its 300 members fled to Pakistan, the U.S. stayed on, built bases — which just happened to be adjacent to the planned pipeline route — and installed former Unocal “consultant” Hamid Karzai as leader.

Washington disguised its energy geopolitics by claiming the Afghan occupation was to fight “Islamic terrorism,” liberate women, build schools and promote democracy. Ironically, the Soviets made exactly the same claims when they occupied Afghanistan from 1979-1989. The Iraq cover story was weapons of mass destruction and democracy.

Work will begin on the TAPI once Taliban forces are cleared from the pipeline route by U.S., Canadian and NATO forces. As American analyst Kevin Phillips writes, the U.S. military and its allies have become an “energy protection force.”

ADDED BENEFIT

From Washington’s viewpoint, the TAPI deal has the added benefit of scuttling another proposed pipeline project that would have delivered Iranian gas and oil to Pakistan and India.

India’s energy needs are expected to triple over the next decade. Delhi, which has its own designs on Afghanistan, is cock-a-hoop over the new pipeline plan.

Russia, by contrast, is grumpy, having hoped to monopolize Central Asian energy exports.

Energy is more important than blood in our modern world. The U.S. is a great power with massive energy needs. Domination of oil is a pillar of America’s world power. Let’s be realistic. Afghanistan and Iraq are about oil, nothing else.

–Eric Margolis

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Related article:

A Pipeline Through A Troubled Land: Afghanistan, Canada, and the New Great Energy Game (June 19, 2008)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/Reports/2008/06/ReportsStudies1906/index.cfm?pa=BB736455
(OTTAWA) – A new report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) raises serious questions about the impact of a proposed trans-Afghanistan natural gas pipeline on the role of Canadian Forces in that war-torn country.A Pipeline Through a Troubled Land: Afghanistan, Canada and the New Great Energy Game documents the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, which will transport natural gas 1,680 kilometres from southeast Turkmenistan through southern Afghanistan, to Pakistan and India. CLIP




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Recommended by Ed Elkin (EdElkin@aol.com)

From: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2008/06/25/notes062508.DTL

We are doomed! Sort of!

Earth in crisis, food and water increasingly scarce, people freaking out. Should you join them?

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist

June 25, 2008

It would be nice to think much of the ugliness is coming to an end.

It would be lovely to imagine the era of brutal Earth-mauling technologies, coal extraction and petroleum and industrial agriculture and strip mining and clear cutting and industrial fishing and all rest, all the more rapacious and unforgiving notions of how we exist on this planet are, after an era of unchecked capitalistic greed and waste and over-consumption right along with almost zero concern for consequences and the ethics of sustainability, finally moving toward obsolescence -- or rather, are quickly being shoved there by sheer necessity, brutal market forces, as supply runs dry and oil production slows and the Earth groans and spits and says, "enough already."

It is a pivotal time, and now more than ever, you get to choose the lens through which you want to watch it all unfold. Or implode.

Are we headed toward a brighter future packed like a Hooters Energy Drink with a renewed sense of hope and global cooperation? Or is our species plainly doomed to be crushed under the corn syrupy weight of our own gluttony and ego and entitlement? Are we waking up just in time to save ourselves from ourselves, or is that fistful of sociocultural Ambien we downed all those years ago merely causing us to sleep-drive into a wall of nuclear asbestos?

Choose your attitude, baby. Because on the one hand, you can cruise through cool conscious hipster mags like Grist or Treehugger and Dwell and Good and the like, and be happily inspired by all the latest ideas for sustainable development and socially conscious tech -- from micro-turbines built right into the skin of buildings, to amazing new solar panels, cool prefab housing, better batteries, microcars, electric mopeds, eco-nightclubs, dual-flush toilets and CFLs and bamboo everything, wind farms and urban solar initiatives and LEED-certified homes and even some tentative positive ideas from Big Auto. Hell, even toxic monolith Clorox has a green line of products that's actually, well, relatively green. Go figure.

Every major newspaper site has a green section. Every intellectual rag features weighty thought pieces on how we might stave off the encroaching calamities. Every pop culture magazine pumps out a heartfelt "green issue," despite how said magazine is usually printed on sweet virgin wood pulp and coated in petroleum-based wax and Chinese-made ink and if you lick the pages you will likely get cancer of the teeth. But hey, check out that sweet profile of Leo DiCaprio. Mmm, grass-fed hunkiness.

The goodness is spreading. Nearly all formerly soul-deadening supermarkets from Safeway to Wal-Mart to Ralph's now have large organic sections and multiple recycling bins and swell-sounding sustainability policies to match their new, softer lighting and friendlier layout, all designed to create a more welcoming vibe so you can feel like you're not contributing quite so painfully to the global petroleum-based corporate mega-economy when you buy that flat of strawberries in January.

And then there are the crazy inventors, the mad geniuses you can read about just about everywhere, the ones who've developed a Potential Answer to It All, maybe a new engine that runs on salt water and cat dander, or a new zero-point energy technology, or some sort of nano-cellular magnetic generator, or a method by which we can power the entire planet using only the energy created by mixing fingernail clippings and bat guano with whatever toxic gloop Ann Coulter is made of.

Indeed, it feels like incredible inventions are now pouring out of the woodwork, though this merely might be a reflection of our increased sense of desperation to find a magic bullet before it's too late. In other words, the mad geniuses have always been there, but we've never needed them so badly to really take notice.

Problem is, most of these nascent technologies come with a giant throbbing caveat: They're either still in concept stage, have barely been tested, or they only exist in the inventor's garage in happy rickety Make-style geekdom on an old Formica table next to a giant Death Star made of Legos. Almost none is provable at scale, none ready to be manufactured for the masses.

Add to this the fact that the forces of Bush Regime have slowed, stalled, blocked, or otherwise worked like bitter hellspawn to aggressively reverse every progressive (read: non-petroleum based) energy idea for nearly a decade, and all that positivism can be swiftly swallowed by the wary dragons of harsh reality.

Truly, before you get to too cozy with your low-VOC paint and organic grass-fed burger, it takes but a split second to shatter that green lens of hope and replace it with a crimson one full of blood and pollution and phthalates and cheap copper wiring in the form of e-waste, dumped into the slums of China and India, as the residual plastic floats out to the Pacific Garbage Patch and further chokes the collapsing fish and seafood stocks of the world.

How bleak do you want it? Tar sand extraction? Receding ice floes? Ocean food-chain collapse? Clean water crisis? Brutal food shortages? The plight of the rich who are struggling with being slightly less rich? Hell, you only have to glance at a single snapshot of those violently polluted Asian and Indian slums, or even of ominous shots of Beijing and Hong Kong and Mexico City and Las Vegas, to feel that we are still growing and lurching and sucking down resources far too quickly to understand how to do so responsibly.

For every bit of good news, bad seems to top it like a dirt clod on an ice cream cone. More than 10 years ago, we banned CFCs and as a result, the ozone hole is actually healing, which could theoretically help slow global warming. Then again, as the ice shelves melt, more trees grow, which, given the circumstances, might actually make things worse by reducing the albedo effect.

On it goes. Flooding in the Midwest has severely damaged corn and soy crops, further straining the food supply and washing tons of pesticides into the water table. Meanwhile, California is in drought, wildfires are spreading like, well, wildfire as the state endures its driest spring ever.

It's tempting to see it as one vicious tug of war, eternal dark forces pitted against eternal light, exemplified by, say, Big Oil CEOs on one side and hemp-loving biodiesel hippies on the other, a grand footrace to see if our rapacious capitalistic appetites will destroy us before our finer reason and good conscience saves us in the final minute.

Far harder to swallow the reality, which is far more gray and murky and strange. Because of course there is no 100-percent perfect energy source, no such thing as zero pollution, no magic bullet, no way to move through God's wicked workshop without breaking a few glasses and swiping some gumballs and leaving skid marks on the lawn. Maybe the real question isn't which lens to choose, but rather, do we even know how to see?

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MOST EXCELLENT GAME PLAN FOR OBAMA - if only he was free to apply it...

From: http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?id=2742

Smart Security and the End of War

by David Korten

David Korten’s thoughts on a just foreign policy (the theme of the summer 2008 issue of YES! Magazine). “We humans have arrived at a defining moment. We must bring ourselves into balance with one another and Earth or suffer the consequences of social and environmental collapse. It creates a unique opportunity for bold action to end war as an instrument of foreign policy, convert to a peace economy, and create a world that works for all.”

The End of Excess

Cheap oil provided an energy subsidy that defined the wars, economies, settlements, values, and lifestyles of the 20th century. The result was a century of wasteful extravagance and inefficiency that encouraged us to squander virtually all Earth’s resources—including water, land, forests, fisheries, soils, minerals, and natural waste recycling capacity. We are now waking up to the morning-after consequences of a brief but raucous party. These include depleted natural systems, unsustainable economies, an obsolete physical infrastructure, and a six-fold increase in the human population dependent on the diminished resources of a finite planet.

Cheap oil also fueled a zero sum global competition for access to resources—particularly cheap oil—and for the military superiority required to secure that access. The United States combined the global projection of military power with the global projection of economic and cultural power to achieve unchallenged global dominance as the sole reigning superpower.

Cheap oil is no more and the global projection of military and economic power it made possible is no longer viable. In May 2008 the price of oil hit a new high of $135 a barrel in contrast to the historic inflation adjusted price of $27.00. We are only beginning to awake as a nation to the reality that our reign as a global superpower is coming to an abrupt end. (See the summer 2008 issue of YES! Magazine.) If we hold to business as usual, we will exhaust what remains of our power and credibility in a bloody and violent no win-competition to consume the last tree, fish, drop of oil, drink of potable water, and breath of clean air—sealing our own fate as well as that of our species.

A Defining Challenge

According to the scientific consensus, to avoid driving Earth’s system of climate regulation into irrevocable collapse we humans must achieve at least an 80 percent reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050 and possibly sooner. Less noted is the corresponding imperative that to avoid irrevocable social collapse, we must simultaneously achieve an equitable allocation of allowable emissions to meet the essential needs of every person on the planet.

This presents a particular challenge for the United States. As the world’s leading producer of green house gases, our emissions reduction must be closer to 90 percent.

There is no place in this equation for war or the global projection of military power. Beyond the fact that military planes, ships, and vehicles are gluttonous consumers of oil, the central activity of warfare is to kill and maim people and destroy critical infrastructure to impair capacity for normal life. The collateral damage includes massive scale toxic and radioactive environmental contamination that renders growing portions of our crowded planet uninhabitable. The more we humans war the more certain our ultimate collective demise.

The Last Superpower

The United States is well positioned to take the lead among nations in renouncing war as an instrument of national policy and dismantling the means of conducting war. We account for roughly half of world military expenditures and our military expenditures account for more than half of the U.S. federal discretionary budget to the neglect of major education, health, infrastructure, and environmental needs.

Yet the only military threat to our domestic security is from a handful of terrorists armed with box cutters and a willingness to die for their cause. We face a greater danger from our own children brandishing guns in our schools than from any opposing army. If a band of terrorists were to attack us with an atomic weapon, it would likely be delivered in a suitcase or packing crate. Such threats share in common the simple fact that even the mightiest military force in the world offers no protection. The solutions depend more on strengthening our families and communities, than on increasing military budgets.

Military science has long recognized that the use of conventional military force against an unconventional enemy that blends in with the civilian population is futile, even counterproductive, because the inevitable collateral damage fuels resentment and increases the numbers and commitment of the enemy. In the case of the United States, it drains our resources, divides us as a nation, weakens our moral standing in the world, and creates more unconventional enemies—as our fruitless occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan currently demonstrates.

Getting Smart

The greatest threats to U.S. security come from weather chaos, oil dependence, disruption of food supplies, water scarcity, domestic gun violence, profligate borrowing, and a collapsing dollar—threats increased by our current military security policies.

This is the moment for a pragmatic turn from military security to smart security. Among the potential starting points, two stand out as particularly promising. The first is a call by establishment insiders like George Shultz, who was U.S. Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan, to dismantle all the world’s nuclear weapons (see Sarah van Gelder's interview with George Shultz).

The second is an emergent social movement calling all the world’s parliaments to adopt the principles of Article 9 added to the Japanese Constitution following World War II. In the official translation it reads:

ARTICLE 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.(2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

Italy and Germany adopted similar, but less stringent, provisions following World War II. Each renounced war as a sovereign right.

A Global Movement

In May 1999, 6000 global citizens gathered in The Hague for what at that time was the largest peace conference in history and issued The Hague Appeal for Peace. Among other measures, they recommended, “every Parliament should adopt a resolution prohibiting their government from going to war, like the Japanese article number nine.” On Japanese Constitution day, May 3, 2008, over 8,000 Japanese gathered in Tokyo for the Global Article Nine Conference to Abolish War where numerous international speakers endorsed a call to the parliaments of the world to adopt national equivalents of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution.

A Smart Security Policy for the United States

The experience of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrates the folly of responding to terrorism with conventional military force and affirms the validity of Article 9. Public awareness of the costly failure of these misadventures has created a moment of opportunity for the U.S. peace movement to build popular political support for a Smart Security policy that renounces war as an instrument of foreign policy and sets forth a plan to:

1. Dismantle the obsolete machinery of war that is depleting our national treasure,

2. Convert our war economy of the past to a green economy of the future,

3. Mobilize our human and materials resources to address the real threats to our security, and

4. Work with the other nations of the world to do the same.

It is an opportunity to at once increase our security, improve the quality of our lives, and regain a position of principled global leadership.

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David Korten wrote this article in response to A Just Foreign Policy, the Summer 2008 issue of YES! Magazine. David Korten is co-founder and board chair of the Positive Futures Network, which publishes YES! Magazine. His books include The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, the international best seller When Corporations Rule the World, and The Post-Corporate World: Life after Capitalism. He served during the Vietnam War as a captain in the U.S. Air Force with assignments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Headquarters Command, and as an instructor at the Special Air Warfare School. He is a member of Veterans for Peace.

http://www.DavidKorten.org

Smart Security is a term originally coined by Physicians for Social Responsibility after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States in a call for “A Sensible, Multilateral, American Response to Terrorism.”

Read more articles from the summer 2008 (MOST EXCELLENT!) issue of YES! - A Just Foreign Policy at http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?id=2661




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From: http://saigoncharlie.blogspot.com/2008/06/house-of-cards-you-thought-housing.html

House of Cards: You thought the housing crisis was bad? You ain’t seen nothing yet.

By Danny Schechter

JUNE 29, 2008

The Mess

28/06/08 "LA CityBeat" -- - Nationwide, two million homes sit vacant. Home sales are at a nine-year low. Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says that housing finance has not been this bad since the Depression. We still don’t know the full extent of the colossal subprime rip-off, but a recent Bank of America study did some guesstimating on the scale of the consequences of the “credit crisis.” The meltdown in the U.S. subprime real estate market, the bank said, had led to a global loss of $7.7 trillion dollars in stock market value since October.

While many eyes are focusing on the housing meltdown and its hugely negative effect on an economy clearly moving into recession, few are paying attention to the next bubble expected to burst: credit cards. Combined with the subprime losses, such a credit card nightmare has the potential, experts say, of bringing down the entire financial system and global economy. You and your credit card have become key players in the highly unstable financial crunch. Mortgage lender cupidity and bank credit card greed wedded to financial institution deregulation supported by both political parties, have been made manifestly worse by Bush administration support-the-rich policies. It has brought us to a brink not seen since just before the Great Depression.

While campaigning in Edinburg, Texas, in February, Barack Obama met with students at the University of Texas-Pan American. “Just be careful about those credit cards, all right? Don’t eat out as much,” he said. After the foreclosure crisis, he warned, “the credit cards are next in line.”

The coupling of home equity debt and credit card debt has gone hand in glove for years. The homeowners at risk can no longer use their homes as ATM machines, thanks to their prior re-financings and equity loans, often used in the past to pay off their credit cards. Indeed, homeowners cashed out $1.2 trillion from their home equity from 2002 to 2007 to pay down credit card debts and to cover other costs of living, according to the public policy research organization Demos.

To compound the problem, fewer people are paying their credit card bills on time. And, to flip the old paradigm, more are using high-interest credit card cash to pay at least part of their mortgages instead of the other way around.

How bad is it?

• Financial analysts say that in the U.S. alone more than $850 billion in unpaid credit card balances is at stake and fast approaching $1 trillion, roughly the same amount as in the subprime market.

• CNN reports that worldwide, consumers have racked up more than $2.2 trillion in purchases and cash advances on major credit cards in just the last year.

• The unpaid debt portion of this is continuing to pile up, with U.S. consumers last year adding $68 billion against their credit lines, boosting credit card debt by 7.8 percent, the largest increase in seven years, just when the last recession was beginning.

• Even as they spent, consumers have been going into default at a stunning rate. The percentage of people delinquent on their credit cards is soaring, and credit card companies are now writing off somewhere near 5 percent of payments.

• By last fall, the major banks were setting aside billions for loan-loss reserves while anticipating an increase of 20 percent in non-payments over the next two to four quarters.

• Capital One, one of the biggest credit card banks, was forced to write off $1.9 billion in bad debt just in the last quarter of 2007.

•By October, according to a survey of only the leading credit card banks by the Associated Press, the value of credit card accounts at least 30 days late was up 26% from the previous year, to $17.3 billion. Serious delinquencies among some of the biggest lenders rose by 50 percent or more in the value of accounts that were at least 90 days delinquent.

• Making matters worse, or more widespread throughout the economy, just as with mortgage debt, credit card debt is put into pools that are then resold to investment houses, other banks and institutional investors. About 45 percent of the nation’s $900-plus billion in credit card debt has been packaged into these pools, and so many companies, not just a few, are at risk of being forced out of business by credit card debt write-offs.

What this adds up to, and what Obama didn’t say, is that we are actually face to face with the results of the most massive failure of our political and economic system since the Depression. Since Ronald Reagan, we have been living in an era in which neither the meltdown of the savings and loan banks in the 1980s nor the Enron-like scandals of the Bush years has stopped the relentless advancement and protection by both parties of the ability of financial institutions to make a buck at any cost to the social good and economic fabric. Which is what you get, of course, when both parties are so dependent on massive financial contributions to get their candidates into office and when the corporate media, heavy with advertising from the FIRE sector – Finance, Insurance and Real Estate – doesn’t warn the public or investigate the egregious fudging, misrepresentation and outright fraud that underpins the subprime and looming credit card crisis.

Priceless!

The credit card industry (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.) and the 10 banks that dominate the industry as the primary card issuers spend an estimated $2 billion a year in endless marketing worldwide. We are all bombarded with their solicitations and sales tie-ins and gimmicks. They know that they might only have a 2-3 percent return rate, but that more than pays the enormous costs. They have thus succeeded in supplying 1.5 billion cards to 158 million U.S. card holders. That averages to 10 cards per person. In the last few years, retailers, banks, a wide range of companies, sports teams, unions and even universities have launched specialized card programs. Like the car companies that discovered that they made more money on car loans than automobiles, the benefits of what’s been called “financialization” is obvious to more business sectors.

Credit card advertising for new card holders is especially effective now as inflation drives costs up and consumers have less to spend. “Charging it” on yet another new credit card is for many the only option to meet their budgets or maintain their lifestyles, especially as gas prices rise. It’s become habit for many to spend more than they have. As a result, overall U.S. credit card debt grew by 435% from 2002 to year-end 2007, from $211 billion to approximately $915 billion.

CLIP - read the rest at http://saigoncharlie.blogspot.com/2008/06/house-of-cards-you-thought-housing.html

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Related articles:

The Greater Depression and What You Should Do About It (June 26, 2008)
http://www.321gold.com/editorials/casey/casey062608.html
(...) All over the world, but especially in the U.S., currencies are being inflated radically; M3 is rising at about 18% per year. Without exception, interest rates eventually reflect inflation. Therefore interest rates are going to rise radically. Governments are currently suppressing rates by lending money cheaply and promiscuously, to keep both borrowers and commercial lenders from going under. But rates are soon going to explode -especially long-term rates. My guess is that we'll see at least the levels of the early '80s, which would mean 15%+ for long-term Treasury bonds. And I'll say that's coming within a couple or three years at the outside.The government wants low rates, obviously, because low rates make it a lot easier for homeowners to pay their mortgages, among other things. But they forget that low rates also discourage saving - which is the one thing that can actually bring down real rates. Officialdom is between a rock and a hard place, and they're choosing to inflate the currency, hoping to stave off an epidemic of bankruptcy among consumers who borrowed and among the financial institutions that did the lending. The effort will fail and both groups will go bankrupt, simply because the whole society has been living above its means. That will result in large-scale commercial bankruptcies and unemployment. Higher interest rates will absolutely hammer the economy. It seems to me a near certainty that we're about to enter something I have long called "The Greater Depression." I suspect it will be inflationary (in the direction of what Germany underwent in the early '20s, or Zimbabwe today), rather than what the U.S. had in the '30s. CLIP

The Game is Over. There Won't be a Rebound By MIKE WHITNEY (June 21 / 22, 2008)
http://www.counterpunch.org/whitney06212008.html
Mike Whitney: Fed chairman Bernanke has been on a spree lately, delivering three speeches in the last two weeks. Every chance he gets, he talks tough about the strong dollar and "holding the line" against inflation. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson even said that "intervention" in the currency markets was still an option. Is all of this jawboning just saber rattling to keep the dollar from plummeting, or is there a chance that Bernanke actually will raise rates at the Fed's August meeting? Michael Hudson: The United States always has steered its monetary policy almost exclusively with domestic objectives in mind. This means ignoring the balance of payments. Like the domestic U.S. economy itself, the global financial system also is all about getting a free lunch. When Europe and Asia receive excess dollars, these are turned over to their central banks, which have little alternative but to recycle these back to the United States by buying U.S. Treasury bonds. Foreign governments – and their taxpayers – are thus financing the domestic U.S. federal budget deficit, which itself stems largely from the war in Iraq that most foreign voters oppose. Supporting the dollar’s exchange rate by the traditional method of raising interest rates would have a very negative effect on the stock and bond markets – and on the mortgage market. This would lead foreign investors to sell U.S. securities, and likely would end up hurting more than helping the U.S. balance of payments and hence the dollar’s exchange rate. So Bernanke is merely being polite in not rubbing the faces of European and Asian governments in the fact that unless they are willing to make a structural break and change the world monetary system radically, they will remain powerless to avoid giving the United States a free ride – including a free ride for its military spending and war in the Near East. Mike Whitney : How do you explain the soaring price of oil? Is it mainly a supply/demand issue or are speculators driving the prices up? CLIP

Consumer Sentiment Index Falls in June
http://tinyurl.com/5rxbkt
Confidence among U.S. consumers fell in June to the lowest level in 28 years as record-high gasoline and rising joblessness rattled Americans.

This Recession, It's Just Beginning
http://tinyurl.com/6z6m8w
Corporate bankruptcies, bond defaults, bank failures, hedge fund meltdowns and 6 percent unemployment. We're caught in one of those vicious, downward spirals that, once it gets going, is very hard to pull out of.




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Recommended by Sofia (zadquiel1965@gmail.com)

From: http://en.epochtimes.com/news/8-6-3/71353.html

Nuclear Explosion Occurred Near Epicenter of the Sichuan Earthquake, Expert Says

By Wu Weilin

June 03, 2008

Boxun News, a Chinese-language Web site based outside China, reported that an unnamed expert has claimed that there was a nuclear explosion near the epicenter of the Sichuan earthquake, based on witness reports and the discovery of concrete rubble believed to have come from an underground military installation. The news of this nuclear explosion has raised questions about the cause of the earthquake.

Mr. He, a local resident, stated that when the earthquake occurred on May 12, people saw something erupt from the top of a mountain next to the valley, "It looked like toothpaste being squeezed out," said He. "No, it wasn't [magma]. It was these concrete pieces. The eruption lasted about three minutes."

According to a China News Services (CNS) report on May 31, 2008, paramedics from People's Liberation Army (PLA) hospitals and psychologists from Beijing onsite May 23 found concrete debris at the bottom of a valley near the epicenter. The half-mile-wide valley was covered with debris 10 - 20 inches thick, covering the valley floor for almost 1.5 miles.

No major construction was occurring in the area at the time of the earthquake.

The thickness of the concrete pieces seemed to match that used in China's underground military bases, according to Boxun's expert. He explained that while there are documented cases that earthquakes cause volcanic eruptions, there are no accounts of eruptions ejecting concrete.

Based on the CNS report and timing of the eruption at the scene, there seemed to be no evidence of natural volcanic activity. The expert stated he was certain a nuclear explosion shattered the underground concrete structures, hurling debris into the air.

At least one of China's nuclear military bases is located in Mianyang City, Sichuan, near the epicenter.

Chinese Internet surfers commented that right after the quake military Special Forces blocked traffic heading toward the epicenter on the mountain, and men in white chemical protective clothing in military vehicles were also spotted driving toward the mountain. Rescue personnel near the epicenter were all military, according to witnesses.

The expert believes the nuclear explosion was not confined to the underground test area and has caused radiation contamination, stating that in a call to Beijing he recommended authorities accept help from other countries, seal the area, find and provide help to those who had been exposed to contamination during the rescue work, and take emergency measures to prevent water contamination.

The expert believes that the nuclear explosion caused the recent 8.0 magnitude Sichuan earthquake in China. However, other experts referenced by Boxun withheld judgment as to whether the explosion caused the earthquake or the earthquake the explosion.

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Could be we're already into World War Three and don’t even know it.
http://www.bariumblues.com/reason_for_chemtrails.htm
(...) X-wars are being fought that make it look like nature or God is doing it. The masses of people believe they are in relative peace, not realizing that the earthquake that killed thousands was not accidental. State-of-the-art military technology uses the earth itself as a weapon. World War Three has probably started and we don’t even know it. CLIP




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Forwarded by Nattanya (nattanya@telus.net)

From: http://www.express.co.uk/printer/view/49330/

SUICIDES ‘LINKED TO PHONE MASTS’

June 22,2008

Lucy Johnston

THE spate of deaths among young people in Britain’s suicide capital could be linked to radio waves from dozens of mobile phone transmitter masts near the victims’ homes.

Dr Roger Coghill, who sits on a Government advisory committee on mobile radiation, has discovered that all 22 youngsters who have killed themselves in Bridgend, South Wales, over the past 18 months lived far closer than average to a mast.

He has examined worldwide studies linking proximity of masts to depression. Dr Coghill’s work is likely to trigger alarm and lead to closer scrutiny of the safety of masts, which are frequently sited on public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

It is also likely to fuel more campaigns against placing masts close to public places on health grounds.

Dr Coghill said last night there was strong circumstantial evidence that the masts may have triggered depression in those from Bridgend who took their lives.

They include Kelly Stephenson, 20, who hanged herself from a shower rail in February this year while on holiday in Folkestone, Kent.

Dr Coghill said: “There is a body of research that has over the years pointed to the fact that exposure to mobile radiation can lead to depression. There is evidence of higher suicide rates where people live near any electrical equipment that gives off radio or electrical waves.”

There are now 70 million mobile phone handsets in the UK and around 50,000 masts. Both emit radio signals and electromagnetic fields that can penetrate the brain, and for many years campaigners have argued that this could seriously damage people’s health.

The national average for proximity to a mobile phone transmitter varies depending on the type of mast. The latest masts are far more powerful so they can transmit more sophisticated data, such as photos and videos for people to download on internet phones.

Masts are placed on average 800 metres away from each home across the country. In Bridgend the victims lived on average only 356 metres away.

The national average distance from a new powerful mast is a kilometre while in Bridgend it is 540 metres. Three transmitters were within 200 metres, 13 within 400 metres and as many as 22 within 500 metres of victims’ homes. Carwyn Jones, 28, who hanged himself last week, was the third young person in his street to commit suicide.

Research shows young people’s brains are more susceptible to radio wave energy. Only two weeks ago a report identified mobiles as having an effect on sleep patterns.

Dr Coghill added: “What seems to be happening is that the electrical energy is having an effect on the chemistry of the brain, depleting serotonin levels. We know that in depression serotonin levels are low and that a standard treatment for depression is to give drugs to boost serotonin levels. As they begin to work, the patient’s depression lifts.”

He said urgent research was needed because Britain was now covered with thousands of masts, many close to homes, schools and offices.

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Clusters of Illness, Clusters of Distress - By Products of A Wireless Age and All Predicted (June 23, 2008)
http://groups.google.com/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/browse_thread/thread/84d460f4fdf6f47b
Cancer Clusters, clusters of ill health, depression and even suicide were predicted several years ago in proximity to Mobile Phone Masts and other Wireless sources of Microwave Radiation. Yet the UK Government has long ignored such warnings. The extremely sad situation in Kingswinford where another Cancer Cluster has been discovered in proximity to a monster Mobile Phone Mast platform is one of the latest examples. This is consistent with the study from 3-4 years ago in Naila in Germany. The incredibly worrying and increasing suicide cluster in Bridgend, with the latest suicide just last week, 16th June 2008, a town with a large concentration of Mobile Phone Masts and town-wide Wi-Fi since 2006 or so should be the subject of an open and transparent Public Inquiry looking at all the factors. CLIP

Australian survey predicts mobile phone catastrophe
http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=136138
ACCORDING TO studies and survey conducted by Australian Health Research Institute, due to billions of times increase in volume of electromagnetic radiation emitted by millions of mobile phones, internet, intranet and wireless communication data transmission will make almost 1/3 rd of world population susceptible to ear, eye and brain cancer, besides other major body disorders like heart ailments, impotency, migraine, epilepsy etc. According to the institute study, the tissues of children are tender and are likely to be more effected by use of any wireless gadget and devices and they should not be encouraged to use mobile phone. The fatal electromagnetic radiation are emitted mainly by mobile phones, mobile phone antenna, tower, mast, transmission tower, microwave oven, wireless devices, system and equipment. These dangerous effects have been certified and confirmed repeatedly by many leading medical and scientific research institutions of the world including Ministries of Health of various governments, World() and now have been admitted and confirmed by Government of India in their recent press releases. Precautions, the mobile users must take: CLIP

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Recommended by Jaiia Earthschild (jaiia_earthschild@yahoo.com) who wrote: "An incredibly inspiring mayor!"

From: http://www.odemagazine.com/doc/17/cities_of_joy

Cities of joy

Parks, public squares, trees, playgrounds, the world's longest pedestrian street. As a mayor of Bogot

Jay Walljasper - October 2004 issue

It feels a bit strange to be sitting in the middle of one of the world’s wealthiest neighborhoods, and to be so thoroughly engrossed in conversation about the prospects of poor cities across the planet. But here, in an office building at New York University on the island of Manhattan, is where former Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa is working on a book about how life can be improved for people in mega-cities of the developing world. That is, when he’s not in Beijing or Delhi or Dar-es-Salaam or Jakarta or Mexico City sharing his visionary plans with local leaders.

Peñalosa’s ideas stand as a beacon of hope for cities of the South, which will absorb much of the world’s population growth over the next half-century. These are places that suffer the usual complications of rapid urban expansion—pollution, public health, slums, crime, unemployment, sprawl, corruption, traffic, all of which is aggravated by high levels of poverty. Based on his experiences in Bogotá, however, Peñalosa believes it’s a major mistake to give up on these places, no matter how out-of-control their problems appear.

“If we in the Third World measure our success or failure as a society in terms of income, we would have to classify ourselves as losers until the end of time,” declares Peñalosa, a tall man in casual clothes with salt-and-pepper hair and a trim beard, who looks more like a coach than a politician or professor. “With our limited resources, we have to invent other ways to measure success. This might mean that all kids have access to sports facilities, libraries, parks, schools, nurseries.”

This is exactly what Peñalosa set out to do as mayor of Colombia’s capital city. And the results were impressive enough that Colombia finally got international press about something other than drug trafficking, guerrilla kidnappings, and bloody civil war. Indeed, some observers claim that this city of 6.6 million offers practical lessons not just for helping poor cities, but for upgrading the quality of life in Western cities.

In just three years, 1998-2001 (terms limits prevented him from seeking a second term) Peñalosa’s Administration accomplished the following:

· Created the Trans-Milenio, a bus rapid transit system (BRT), which now carries a half-million passengers daily on special bus lanes that offer most of the advantages of a metro at a fraction of the cost.

· Built 52 new schools, refurbished 150 others, added 14,000 computers to the public school system, and increased student enrollment by 34 percent.

· Established or refurbished 1200 parks and playgrounds throughout the city.

· Built three large and 10 neighborhood libraries.

· Built 100 nurseries for children under five, and found permanent sources of funding.

· Improved life in the slums by bringing water to 100 percent of Bogotá households, and buying undeveloped land on the outskirts of the city to prevent real estate speculation. This land is to be developed as affordable housing with electrical, sewage, and telephone service as well as space reserved for parks, schools, and greenways.

· Saw the murder rate fall by two-thirds. (This was almost all conventional crime; contrary to expectations, terrorist acts are rare in Bogotá.)

· Reclaimed the sidewalks from motorists, who traditionally saw them as either a passing lane or a parking lot. “I was almost impeached by the car-owning upper classes,” Peñalosa notes, “ but it was popular with everyone else.”

· Established 300 kilometers of separated bikeways, the largest network in the developing world.

· Created the world’s longest pedestrian street, 17 kilometers crossing much of the city, as well as a 45- kilometer greenway along a path that had been originally slated for an eight-lane highway.

· Reduced peak traffic by 40 percent with a system where motorists must leave cars at home during rush hour two days a week. He also raised parking fees and local gas taxes, with half of the proceeds going to fund the new bus transit system.

· Inaugurated an annual car-free day, where everyone from CEOs to janitors had to had commute to work in some way other than a private automobile.

· Planted 100,000 trees.

Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a New York-based organization that works around the world on civic issues, has named Peñalosa to its great “placemakers” list alongside such giants in the field as Jane Jacobs. David Burwell, a strategic analyst with PPS, who has long experience working on environmental, transportation, and community issues, calls Peñalosa, “One of the great public servants of our time. He views cities as being planned for a purpose—to create human well-being. He’s got a great sense of what a leader should do—to promote human happiness.”

CLIP - Read the rest at http://www.odemagazine.com/doc/17/cities_of_joy




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Forwarded by "Larry Stell" lstell@glasgow-ky.com)

The World Puja Network (news-info@worldpuja.org)

From: http://kathleenjacoby.blogs.com/seasonsofthesoul/2008/06/rise-up-powerfu.html

Rise Up Powerful Human, Rise Up!

Maureen Moss

Once upon a time, a Beloved Divine essence, YOU, were born into a world of infinite possibilities. Inside of you, the seeds of your magnificence, your powerful magnificence was planted.

Before you left for your Earthly sojourn God asked you to remember that the seeds of your powerful magnificence were your responsibility to harvest during your earthly lifetime by your own love. It was long ago ordained that the return of the empowered Human Being, with all of of their magnificent possibilities for themselves and the world would rise up in the third millennium on Planet Earth.

With promise intact you journeyed to Earth and the veils of forgetfulness covered you as you slept. The veils have been lifted and now, you are free to awaken, fully. You are free to love and be loved once you inflame your powerful self with your own love and care -- refusing to betray yourself or frighten yourself ever again. You are being given all of the Omniversal support from The Divine Mother aspect of Gods Highest Light to love and awaken yourself fiercely, softly, and honorably, but take note -- you must protect yourself from your mortal mind in order to do so.

As the New World pronounces itself to multi-dimensions, and multiple Universes led by the Divine Human, it introduces a powerful new role for the emerging new human, free from the confines of its former protective and limiting shell. Each one is clear, relaxed within Self, and responsible for one's energy field and respectful of another's. Each is collaborative, a master of co-creation and fully vested in living immersed in their destiny, not their fate. Each knows they must begin building, solidifying and animating internal God consciousness in order to be able to create the infrastructure and architecture of a solid new world external.

The New Divine Human has boldness and softness, settles for nothing and knows that nothing is out of reach, and there are no limitations. The New Divine Human keeps Self on track by their connection to their heart and soul and the heart of The Mother/Father God that nestles inside. The New Divine Human is integrity personified, an architect of potentials, and is prayerful and grateful. The New Divine Human refuses to succumb to fear-based thinking and will not be frightened nor seduced by the world external. They honor stillness, seek contentment, and demand the return of their Sacred Self. They dismantle their internal Department of Defense.

Your full power has been summoned Beloveds. There is a request by the great I AM that I AM to wake up, rise up and activate your full Divine Powerful Potential NOW.

You can no longer invalidate the powerful human that you are. For if you do, you will mislead yourself and deny your true heritage. You can no longer be tyrannized nor tormented by a mind and ego that uses tricks to keep you bound to the illusion of inadequacies, unless you decide differently. You can no longer be unforgiving toward yourself or any other, for every other is your other in Spirit.

Never be afraid to reveal who you really are, regardless of what anyone thinks. As a magnificent force of LIGHT your purest Self is needed in a world shadowed with illusion.

It is time to decide to no longer remain a human slave fastened to your past or your future. You are being summoned by the Holiest of Holies to climb atop the "story of your life" and take your rightful place as a powerful, benevolent, valuable Divine Human Being. You are the ONE you have been craving all of your life. Truth Is, and that is TRUTH.

It has never been taken lightly that earth life has taxed your spirit, and asked much of your heart, but take heart powerful Divine Human, it has not robbed you of the gifts of persistence, determination and courage. Each is omnipotent. Nor has the fire of the Divine Mother/Father God been extinguished within you. Though it may have been dimmed while in the throes of earthly experience, YOU, powerful and Divine Human, are the keeper of the omnipotent flame.

Rise UP Divine Human! Rise UP and stretch to meet your Self and you will be received with deep honor and great respect from within you, above you and around you.

A Time Comes: 11 Steps To Rising UP.

A time comes in your life when you finally get it ...when, in the midst of all your fears and mental minutia, you stop in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your Soul says -- Enough. I will no longer allow my mind and ego to hold me hostage. It is the Divine heart and the dignity of Who I Am that will now lead my life. The time is now. A time comes in your life when you stop fighting or struggling to hold on to that which was never meant for you to hold onto in the first place. And, like a child after a blind tantrum, your fears and tears subside, you shudder once or twice, and you resolve to look at the world through a new lens of perception. The time is now.

A time comes when you realize it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety, and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You realize that your happiness and safety, and security depends upon you and no other. The time is now.

A time comes when you awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and it's ok to not be perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are. Everyone is entitled to their opinion though you are no longer held hostage by what others opinions of you are. Your prime concern is to be the BEST YOU YOU CAN BE! To be the most integral, loving, compassionate, benevolent, honest, glorious, Divine Powerful Human you can possibly be. You learn the importance of championing yourself and in the process a sense of newfound freedom and confidence is born. The time is now.

A time comes when you stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn't do to or for you) and you learn that you are not your experiences. Experiences are simply life's opportunities for you to rise up to a greater aspect of yourself. The time is now.

A time comes when you learn that people don't always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it's not about you. It's about them. So you learn to be compassionate and you learn to stand solid in your being and take care of your precious self... and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance. The time is now.

A time comes when you stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are, including yourself. You begin to overlook shortcomings and human frailties... and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness for those around you. The time is now.

A time comes when you learn to open up to new possibilities for yourself. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are via the brain of your heart, not mind, and what you really stand for. You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to delete the outdated belief systems that have held you hostage. And in the process you begin to learn to trust yourself and God and the flow of the Universe and Divine Right Timing. The time is now.

A time comes when you learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and saying NO. You learn to stop setting up circumstances that go against yourself and you learn to live with integrity and deep love for yourself. And in the process you learn to live a higher version of Who You Are. The time is now.

A time comes when you learn that it is vital to establish a proper connection to your heart brain and soul and begin disconnecting from the personality mind and ego regardless of how vulnerable that makes you feel... and in the process you realize that vulnerability is strength. The time is now.

And finally a time comes when you establish a proper rapport with God and the Higher Realms of Consciousness, and with your brothers and sisters on Planet Earth so you can live and co-create a powerful life without believing that you are down here on Planet Earth doing it alone or that the "proper circumstances" just haven't shown up. The proper circumstances are always a choice away when the lens of perception is clear.

In closing Beloveds, if each and every ONE of us doesn't rise up and take dominion over our lives in a consistent, congruent, collaborative, sacred and clear manner and loose the fear, no matter what actions are called for, "someone" or "something" else will take dominion and I promise you, it's not worth it.


More about Maureen Moss through http://www.maureenmoss.com and http://www.worldpuja.org




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