The Shift of Ages Series #5: Miracle Makers Needed
"It is my deeply held conviction that we are going to see a truly wonderful future unfold and my sense is that, instead of denying oneself the opportunity to be challenged by the knowledge of the often traumatic evolutionary experiences humanity is undergoing, we can gain the most spiritually from engaging ourselves as co-creators of a brighter future, individually, locally and even globally, and manifesting the unique and vital contribution to this process we are here to manifest. Trusting the innate divine abilities we all have and being the best we can be in everything will be the saving grace of this world. Be all That You Are and enjoy the ride!"
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"But who is Osama bin Laden really? Let me rephrase that. What is Osama bin Laden?Hes Americas family secret. He is the American Presidents dark doppelganger. The savage twin of all that purports to be beautiful and civilised. He has been sculpted from the spare rib of a world laid to waste by Americas foreign policy; its gunboat diplomacy, its nuclear arsenal, its vulgarly stated policy of "full spectrum dominance," its chilling disregard for non-American lives, its barbarous military interventions, its support for despotic and dictatorial regimes, its merciless economic agenda that has munched through the economies of poor countries like a cloud of locusts. Its marauding multinationals who are taking over the air we breathe, the ground we stand on, the water we drink, the thoughts we think."
"Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others. I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
- The Dalai Lama
"What deeply saddens me when I read your email tonight is the ever increasing sense that neither gold... nor guns... nor the rescinding of one's social security number... nor living off the grid... nor being truly self sufficient... or... or... or...will turn out to have helped anyone get through what's evidently coming now. But then again... doesn't such a deceptively dismal perspective capture perfectly the irony of the time we are in? For when their shit finally does enter the blades of each of our fans, only those who are willing to rely solely on free falling... daring not to form even one single concept about any one illusory moment as they fly by... daring not to let one's inner focus be drawn out by the panic and terror of those around them... thereby ultimately being led through it all by that which has never been put accurately into words yet is the core of the awakening of every single human being who has found their way into an authentic enlightened state."
Kseniya Simonova - Sand animation -- Girl draws love and war odyssey in sand for UKRAINEs GOT TALENT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=518XP8prwZo
This young Ukrainian girl tells an entire story via pushing around sand on a table. She uses nothing but sand and her hands to create these images. What amazing artistic talent! STUNNING PERFORMANCE!
We are all one (10 min) VERY POWERFUL MESSAGE - MUST WATCH NOW! MUST PASS ON! Watch in HD! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61BCB2-OmRY
Then check http://www.weareallone-support.org/ -- Our purpose: We want to change the global markets to protect the future of our beautiful world. Every single person should make aware choices to contribute to help our environment. We want to encourage everyone! Spread the understanding that everyone has an individual power to make a difference, we are the consumers in this world, what we don't buy, doesn't sell. Recommended by Lise Jacques (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tell Greenpeace: Consuming Toilet Paper Made from Canada's Ancient Boreal Forests Must End http://forests.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=gp_ancient_forests
Greenpeace Canada claims Canadian boreal forest victory while falsely stating clearfelling old forests for paper products is "sustainable" when FSC certified. These photogenic poseurs fail to grasp the ecological necessity of ending consumption of all products made from old forest destruction, and generally reducing consumption of all paper products. Nothing to change as old boreal forests and toxic plantation monocrops will continue to be clearcut to wipe bottoms. Please demand that Greenpeace repudiate the agreement with Kimberly-Clark and not enter into any further negotiations that greenwashes old forest logging. Let Greenpeace know global ecological sustainability -- including climate, water and biodiversity -- depends upon protecting primary forests and restoring others to old growth status.
Data grab insanity http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/682.html
"We're from the government and we're here to help" - I hate to give Fox News faker Glenn Beck any credit - especially since he mimics and plagiarizes Alex Jones word for word, phrase for phrase - but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Here's some simple life advice from Brasscheck: The less you have to do with the government, in all its aspects, the happier you will be.
Take a look at http://producten.hema.nl/ (HEMA's product page). You can't order anything, and it's in Dutch, but just wait a couple of seconds and watch what happens. This company has a sense of humor and a great computer programmer. Check it out (turn sound on). HEMA is a Dutch department store. Their first store opened in 1926, in Amsterdam. Now there are 150 stores all over Europe.
Help Stop McDonald's Cruelty Now! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/238088688?z00m=19782116
In the slaughterhouses of McDonald's U.S. and Canadian chicken suppliers, birds are dumped out of their transport crates and hung upside-down in metal shackles, which often results in broken bones, extreme bruising and hemorrhaging. Workers have the opportunity to abuse live birds, and birds have their throats cut while they are still conscious. Many birds are immersed in tanks of scalding-hot water while they are still alive and able to feel pain. McDonald's has the ability to end these abuses. There is a less cruel method of chicken slaughter available to McDonald's suppliers called controlled-atmosphere killing, or CAK, and it would cost the corporation nothing to demand that its suppliers use it. CAK would eliminate the worst abuses currently suffered by chickens killed for McDonald's. In fact, a 2005 study about CAK produced by McDonald's concluded that it is far better for animals than the current method of slaughter. Write to McDonald's now, and demand that it phase in the exclusive use of chickens killed by CAK by requiring that its suppliers switch to this method.
"On Coal River" four minute trailer (25 mars 2009) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1iVqpL3Zpw
At the heart of Americas hope for a clean coal future lies the decimation of West Virginia's richest landscapes. More profound still is the heavy toll on human lives playing out just beneath the surface. Armed with the power of their convictions, four individuals emerge as heroes from the scattered voices of their valley, forcing America to look into the eyes of those being sacrificed On Coal River. Note from Jean: Check also Toxic West Virginia: Mountaintop Removal and especially BILL MOYERS JOURNAL - Mountaintop Mining to better grasp the sheer devastation the coal industry is causing in West Virginia. I was led to discover the scope of this environmental nightmare through reviewing the blog of Christine, a visitor to the ERN website who left a message in the ERN guestbook and who suffers from Adenoid cystic carcinoma - very likely caused by the pollution generated from coal mining and mountaintop removal.
One Hour Showing of UFOs in Peru http://tinyurl.com/kv7ysc
(...) People went into the streets and onto balconies to see the phenomena that occurred this Friday, lasting for about an hour over this city of more than 200,000 people.
Saved the Whale (A true story) http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/whalethanks.asp
If you read the front page story of the SF Chronicle on Thursday, Dec 14, 2005, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso and a line in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so badly off that they must act immediately. The only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her, a very dangerous proposition. Just one slap of the tail could kill a rescuer. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually she was freed. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around, she was thanking them.. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same. Much more on this amazing story HERE - recommended by Brian McMann (email@example.com)
In Lies We Trust: The CIA, Hollywood and Bioterrorism - With Leonard Horowitz http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-8674401787208020885&hl=en
This feature length documentary about medical madness, cloaked in bioterrorism preparedness, will awaken the brain dead. It exposes health officials, directed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), for conducting a War of Terror that is killing millions of unwitting Americans. This urgent life-saving DVD comes without copyright restrictions.
Study: Bank Bonuses Far Exceeded Profits (July 30, 2009) TENS OF BILLIONS HANDED OUT TO A TINY GREEDY ELITE GROUP WHILE OVER ONE BILLION HUMAN BEINGS SLOWLY STARVE TO DEATH ... http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/07/30/business/main5197668.shtml
Several Bailed-Out Banks' Bonuses Topped Their Net Income in 2008, According To N.Y. AG's Report (CBS) Several financial giants that received federal bailout money in the last year paid out bonuses to employees in 2008 that greatly exceeded the amount of profit generated by the banks, according to a study on executive compensation released by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Thursday. Despite claims by bank executives that bonuses are tied to the company's performance, the report states that "there is no clear rhyme or reason to how the banks compensate or reward their employees." Cuomo's investigation "suggests a disconnect between compensation and bank performance that resulted in a 'heads I win, tails you lose' bonus system." According to the report: Goldman Sachs, which earned $2.3 billion last year and received $10 billion in TARP funding, paid out $4.8 billion in bonuses in 2008 - more than double their net income. Morgan Stanley, which earned $1.7 billion last year and received $10 billion in bailout funds, handed out $4.475 billion in bonuses, nearly three times their net income. JPMorgan Chase, which earned $5.6 billion in 2008 and received $25 billion from the government, paid out $8.69 billion in bonus money. Citigroup and Merrill Lynch lost a combined $54 billion last year. They received a total of $55 billion in bailouts and paid out $9 billion in combined bonuses. ($5.33 billion for Citigroup; $3.6 billion for Merrill Lynch, which was subsequently acquired by Bank of America.) Click here to read the full report CLIP
How Corrupt is the Economic System of the U.S.A. Today? (08/05/2009) http://www.politicalcortex.com/story/2009/8/5/1650/92251
That is the question. At one time the high standards of the American lifestyle were the envy of the world. That day is gone with the wind.The 30 nation survey of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2008 placed the poverty rate of the U.S.A. only above Mexico and Turkey. The economic gap between rich and poor in the U.S.A. was explained in this report in the Seattle Times December 15, 2008:"In the United States, the richest 10 percent earn an average of $93,000 -- the highest level in this 30 nation survey. The poorest 10 percent earn an average of $5,800 -- about 20 percent lower than the average of the 30 nation survey." The top executives throughout the world all earn much less than the top executives in business than is the case with top U.S.A. executives. Now the U.S.A.'s top executives are earning in some cases as high as 400 percent more than the average employee. This has demolished health care and pensions at many corporations. (...) Wouldn't it be wonderful if some of those bank executives' million dollar bonuses, paid for in many instances by taxpayers, could have been diverted to keep U.S. food banks supplied? California, which had a $29 billion budget gap, was forced to cut off some health care for children pay some creditors 15 percent less than originally agreed to, and even close down all locations for battered women. While there are 14 million unemployed in the U.S. now, another segment of the U.S. population luxuriates in a lavish lifestyle.When the North American Free Trade Agreement took the U.S. manufacturing base to the cheapest labor locations worldwide, the U.S. manufacturing base vanished.The U.S. has suffered economically ever since!
A Cure for an Ailing Economy: Taxing the Rich (August 10, 2009) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14706
Healthcare isnt the only social ill in the U.S. that needs a serious remedy. The list is long and growing: state budget crises, unemployment, infrastructure, education, housing, food assistance, etc. These are all things that must be paid for, but the money seems to be in short supply. When a country is in as much debt as the U.S., $12 trillion and counting the tasks at hand seem all but unachievable.And this is exactly what many politicians would like you to believe.Fortunately, the seriousness of the crisis is forcing a return to a forgotten, radical debate. For the first time in decades, some mainstream media and politicians are posing an extremely controversial question: should we increase taxes on the rich and if so, how much?The debate is being open to the public for lack of other options. The social inequality in the U.S. has been rising for decades, and has now reached the point where most of the population has zero disposable income; millions owe much more than they own. The only people who have money to spare are the wealthy. Another reason to tax the rich is that tax increases on high-income residents are less harmful than spending cuts; wealthier taxpayers tend to pay higher taxes from savings, not money they would otherwise spend. (The New York Times, August 3, 2009). Not pursuing higher taxes on the rich is resulting in social devastation. Look no farther than California, where Governor Schwarzenegger proudly declared that the state budget deficit was balanced without raising taxes. Instead, the budget was balanced at the expense of education, health care, welfare, etc. The working class and poor bore nearly the full extent of the burden. This dynamic is quickly turning the country backwards to a world that resembles the last depression.Indeed, during the great depression tax rates for the wealthiest were raised significantly, from 24% in 1929, to 79% in 1936. Again, it was economic necessity combined with a growing working class insurgency that determined the tax increase.Tax rates for the wealthy remained high for decades 90% at times until Regan revolutionized the system. The man Obama speaks so highly of lowered the national income dramatically: taxes for the wealthiest individuals fell from 70% to 33% with both Democrats and Republicans voting for the reduction.In an attempt to partially fund some of his campaign promises, Obama plans to allow the Bush Jr. tax cuts for the rich to expire, which will raise taxes on the wealthiest a mere 3%. This insufficient amount has caused an uproar in some sections of the elite who use their control over media outlets to vent their frustration branding Obama as a socialist (an insult to actual socialists). Their outrage is genuine, since they believe that giving up a little may cause people to then demand they give up much more.This increasingly venomous rhetoric against taxing the wealthy often comes with implied threats, the most common being: if you tax the super-wealthy and corporations, they will move themselves and their money oversees. Jobs will thus be lost; the economy will be sabotaged.It must first be noted that the rich are already professional tax evaders, while corporations are giant welfare recipients. Tax exemptions, off-shore tax havens, and the type of logic that allows mega-billionaire Rupert Murdoch to pay 17% in taxes from his stock market earnings are just a few of the problems in our tax system that need correcting. CLIP
"Sensitive" Oil Industry Memo Lays Out Plan For Astroturf Rallies Against Climate Change Bill (August 14, 2009) http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/08/sensitive_oil_industry_memo_lays_out_plan_for_astr.php
A leaked memo sent by an oil industry group reveals a plan to create astroturf rallies at which industry employees posing as "citizens" will urge Congress to oppose climate change legislation. The memo -- sent by the American Petroleum Institute and obtained by Greenpeace, which sent it to reporters -- urges oil companies to recruit their employees for events that will "put a human face on the impacts of unsound energy policy," and will urge senators to "avoid the mistakes embodied in the House climate bill."API tells TPMmuckraker that the campaign is being funded by a coalition of corporate and conservative groups that includes the anti-health-care-reform group 60 Plus, FreedomWorks, and Grover Norquist's Americans For Tax Reform. The memo, signed by API president Jack Gerard, asks recipients to give API "the name of one central coordinator for your company's involvement in the rallies."And it warns: "Please treat this information as sensitive ... we don't want critics to know our game plan." CLIP
Nader Was Right: Liberals Are Going Nowhere With Obama (August 10, 2009) http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/20090810_nader_was_right_liberals_are_going_nowhere_with_obama/
The American empire has not altered under Barack Obama. It kills as brutally and indiscriminately in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan as it did under George W. Bush. It steals from the U.S. treasury to enrich the corporate elite as rapaciously. It will not give us universal health care, abolish the Bush secrecy laws, end torture or extraordinary rendition, restore habeas corpus or halt the warrantless wiretapping and monitoring of citizens. It will not push through significant environmental reform, regulate Wall Street or end our relationship with private contractors that provide mercenary armies to fight our imperial wars and produce useless and costly weapons systems.The sad reality is that all the well-meaning groups and individuals who challenge our permanent war economy and the doctrine of pre-emptive war, who care about sustainable energy, fight for civil liberties and want corporate malfeasance to end, were once again suckered by the Democratic Party. They were had. It is not a new story. The Democrats have been doing this to us since Bill Clinton. It is the same old merry-go-round, only with Obama branding. And if we have not learned by now that the system is broken, that as citizens we do not matter to our political elite, that we live in a corporate state where our welfare and our interests are irrelevant, we are in serious trouble. Our last hope is to step outside of the two-party system and build movements that defy the Democrats and the Republicans. If we fail to do this, we will continue to undergo a corporate coup detat in slow motion that will end in feudalism. We owe Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney and the Green Party an apology. They were right. If a few million of us had had the temerity to stand behind our ideals rather than our illusions and the empty slogans peddled by the Obama campaign, we would have a platform. We forgot that social reform never comes from accommodating the power structure but from frightening it. The Liberty Party, which fought slavery, the suffragists who battled for womens rights, the labor movement, and the civil rights movement knew that the question was not how do we get good people to rulethose attracted to power tend to be venal mediocritiesbut how do we limit the damage the powerful do to us. These mass movements were the engines for social reform, the correctives to our democracy and the true protectors of the rights of citizens. We have surrendered this power. It is vital to reclaim it. Where is the foreclosure movement? Where is the robust universal health care or anti-war movement? Where is the militant movement for sustainable energy? CLIP
US troops to return to Iraq despite Barack Obamas withdrawal plan (August 18, 2009) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article6799620.ece
The US military plans to send thousands of American soldiers back to the oil-rich north of Iraq to prevent a civil war between Arabs and Kurds.The emergency move, which partially reverses a recent drawing- down, is the first major sign that President Obamas withdrawal plan may not work. He wants all US combat troops out of Iraq within 12 months. Kurdish and Arab leaders have agreed in principle to allowing US soldiers into unsettled areas around Mosul and Kirkuk, according to General Ray Odierno, the top US military commander in Iraq. The troops will form joint units with Iraqi counterparts to subdue what has become the most volatile part of the country. CLIP
House Orders Up Three Elite Jets (August 5, 2009) http://www.rollcall.com/media/37552-1.html
Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies.But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress. The Air Force had asked for one Gulfstream 550 jet (price tag: about $65 million) as part of an ongoing upgrade of its passenger air service. But the House Appropriations Committee, at its own initiative, added to the 2010 Defense appropriations bill another $132 million for two more airplanes and specified that they be assigned to the D.C.-area units that carry Members of Congress, military brass and top government officials. CLIP
Jobless spike compounds foreclosure crisis (Aug 18, 2009) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32455445/ns/business-washington_post/
WASHINGTON - The country's growing unemployment is overtaking subprime mortgages as the main driver of foreclosures, according to bankers and economists, threatening to send even higher the number of borrowers who will lose their homes and making the foreclosure crisis far more complicated to unwind. Economists estimate that 1.8 million borrowers will lose their homes this year, up from 1.4 million last year, according to Moody's Economy.com. And the government, which has already committed billions of dollars to foreclosure-prevention efforts, has found it far more difficult to help people who have lost their paychecks than those whose mortgage payments became unaffordable because of an interest-rate increase. CLIP
Israeli blockade degrades life in Gaza: UN (18 August 2009) http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Israeli+blockade+degrades+life+in+Gaza:+UN&artid=AFfgNtwzkVY=
Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has resulted in the devastation of livelihoods, a rise in food insecurity, and an energy, water and sanitation crisis for the territory's 1.5 million Palestinians, the United Nations said Monday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the blockade, which began in June 2007 after Hamas militants took over Gaza from the Palestinian Authority, has triggered a "protracted human dignity crisis". "At the heart of this crisis is the degradation in the living conditions of the population, caused by the erosion of livelihoods and the gradual decline in the state of infrastructure, and the quality of vital services in the areas of health, water and sanitation, and education," OCHA said in a study titled "Locked In: The Humanitarian Impact of Two Years of Blockade on the Gaza Strip". The Israeli blockade closed crossing points between Gaza and Israel, including Karni, the largest and best equipped commercial crossing, shutting down Gaza imports of industrial, agricultural and construction materials and suspended all exports, the report said.But the report noted that Israel has allowed a small number of truckloads of goods and materials to enter Gaza in the past three months to ease the lack of construction materials, water, sanitation and education requirements. The study said the blockade has severely hurt the area's economy, particularly in construction and the agriculture, and caused the loss of 120,000 jobs. CLIP
Top Sweden newspaper says IDF kills Palestinians for their organs (18/08/2009) http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1108384.html
A leading Swedish newspaper reported this week that Israeli soldiers are abducting Palestinians in order to steal their organs, a claim that prompted furious condemnation and accusations of anti-Semitic blood libel from a rival publication. (...) The report quotes Palestinian claims that young men from the West Bank and Gaza Strip had been seized by the Israel Defense Forces, and their bodies returned to the families with missing organs. "'Our sons are used as involuntary organ donors,' relatives of Khaled from Nablus said to me, as did the mother of Raed from Jenin as well as the uncles of Machmod and Nafes from Gaza, who all had disappeared for a few days and returned by night, dead and autopsied," writes author Donald Boström in his report. Boström's article makes a link to the recent exposure of an alleged crime syndicate in New Jersey. The syndicate includes several American rabbis, and one Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, who faces charges of conspiring to broker the sale of a human kidney for a transplant. CLIP
Ventura's new venture: 'Conspiracy Theories' http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/tv/52441552.html?elr=KArksDyycyUtyycyUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU
Jesse Ventura walking out of WCCO studio after appearing on Larry King show. The ex-governor turns detective in a TV series that promises he will track shady characters and secret meetings. These are among the most-mentioned conspiracy theories. Do you believe any of them? With careers in wrestling, movies, radio and government under his belt, Jesse Ventura is adding a line to his résumé: professional conspiracy theorist. A television production company announced Tuesday that the former Minnesota governor will host "Conspiracy Theories With Jesse Ventura" on cable's truTV, a Turner Broadcasting System channel. The launch of the program was initially announced last September, but apparently only a pilot was produced."Now I get to be a detective and seek the truth," Ventura was quoted as saying in a news release at the time. Talking about dark conspiracies is not exactly virgin territory for Ventura. In his books and repeated TV interviews, he has repeatedly maintained that the assassination of John Kennedy and the 9/11 terrorist attacks were hatched by conspirators unknown to the general public. His most high-profile dabbling in the Kennedy conspiracy occurred in 2002, when he led a trade mission to Cuba and directly asked Fidel Castro if he had anything to do with the assassination."He said to me, 'We would never be so crazy to do something like that,'" Ventura said. "I agree with him. Why would they? That would be suicide for the country of Cuba." But he has continued to characterize the assassination as a conspiracy.According to truTV, the channel plans to send Ventura around the world to investigate a variety of unnamed conspiracies. It has ordered seven episodes, with the first due to air in October. In a press release, truTV characterized the show this way: "Jesse Ventura, a man who has lived a dangerous life, is about to explore mysteries behind the most compelling modern-day conspiracy theories. ... Ventura will hunt down answers, plunging viewers into a world of secret meetings, midnight surveillance, shifty characters and dark forces."Marc Juris, an executive vice president and general manager of truTV, was quoted as saying the channel "received a very positive response when we showed a preview of 'Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura' at this year's advertising upfront presentation, so it's very exciting to be able to green-light it for a full series." CLIP
Nine out of 10 dollar bills test positive for cocaine (17 August 2009) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/nine-out-of-10-dollar-bills-test-positive-for-cocaine-1773108.html
Up to nine out of 10 American bank notes bear traces of cocaine, research has shown. In some large US cities evidence of "dirty money" is even stronger. Analysis of bank notes from Washington DC, home to Congress and the US Presidency, were the most contaminated, with 95 per cent of them carrying minute amounts of the Schedule II (Class A in Britain) drug. The study was the biggest ever undertaken of cocaine contamination of bank notes. Paper money can pick up cocaine particles directly from users snorting the drug through rolled up bills, or from the handling of cash during drug deals. Contamination can spread when bills are stacked together or run through counting machines.Scientists tested bank notes from more than 30 cities in the US, Canada, Brazil, China and Japan. They found "alarming" evidence of cocaine contamination in many areas. The US and Canada had the highest levels, with an average contamination rate of between 85 per cent and 90 per cent. China and Japan had the lowest rates of 20 per cent and 12 per cent. Contamination of US currency was up 20 per cent on its level two years ago when the same scientists conducted a similar study. Dr Yuegang Zuo, from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, who led the research, said: "To my surprise, we're finding more and more cocaine in banknotes. I'm not sure why we've seen this apparent increase, but it could be related to the economic downturn, with stressed people turning to cocaine." Larger US cities such as Baltimore, Boston and Detroit had the highest average cocaine levels. The "cleanest' bills were collected from Salt Lake City, home of the Mormons. Dr Zuo presented the findings at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting in Washington.
Binge-drinking by young adults blamed for rise in oral cancer cases (August 11, 2009) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6790695.ece
Doctors are calling for tobacco-style warnings on alcohol after new figures show the devastating effects of over-consumption Heavy drinking by young adults has contributed to a surge in the cases of oral cancer in the last decade. Rates of cancer of the lip, tongue, mouth and throat have risen by a quarter among men and women in their forties, with alcohol now a higher risk factor than smoking, according to research by Cancer Research UK. The figures show that since the mid-1990s oral cancer cases have risen by 24 per cent for women and 28 per cent for men, with an overall increase of 45 per cent across all age groups. Each year about 5,000 new oral cancers are diagnosed in the UK and 1,800 people die from the disease.Health professionals warned yesterday that the rates would only continue to rise if Britain did not address its binge-drinking culture. CLIP
A World of Abundance or a World of Scarcity: A Call to Awareness - A Time to Choose (Oct 2008) http://www.checktheevidence.co.uk/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=206&Itemid=76
But we have a choice. And this choice is real. Live happily ever after or destroy the planet. This is why I have been pursuing the issues of 9/11. These issues are central to it all. 9/11 was a demonstration of free energy technology. It can be used for good, but we need to make that choice and help others to as well. -- Dr. Judy Wood (...) Over the last few years, there seems to have been a trend on the TV and Radio news bulletins to put out stories which instil fear, rather than explain, enlighten or provide information. We seem to be constantly reminded of various threats that face us, such as a terrorist attack, climate change, bio-warfare or virulent disease outbreak, fuel shortages or increased prices, food crisis and global economic collapse. One can perhaps be forgiven for suggesting that the control group is trying to manufacture the apocalypse. We also appear to be offered false or woefully inadequate solutions (such as increased security measures).The latest trick seems to have seen a manufactured credit crunch debt crisis. This could even be viewed as an economic 9/11 which has lead to calls for a more regulated financial system and perhaps a global body to manage world financial interests. Yet we already know, if we look at the evidence, that the whole banking system is run by a few families such as the Rothchilds and the Rockefellers they have started wars to make money. They engineered the last great depression, starting in 1929 (only 16 years after the creation of the federal reserve the threat of which previous US Presidents had either warned of or acted against). We are constantly reminded of the ongoing wars against the Taliban or unnamed insurgents in Iraq and, almost daily, hear reports of allied troops being killed in roadside bombings or other tragic incidents. We also hear of the nuclear threat posed by Iran, North Korea and now even Pakistan. Russia is angry over US missile defence plans on and on However, when we learn what really happened on 9/11, and the evidence linked above, our view, based on new evidence, of all these threats should be transformed because: 1) Some group has the technology that can turn 3 buildings to dust in 10 seconds or less each (and cause various anomalous damage to other buildings nearby). 2) It appears that some group can steer hurricanes and use their field as a component of a weapon. So why are we being fed this nuclear threat? Why is it being implied that fossil fuel will become depleted and there will be wars over resources? Why are we being told that the money supply has now become unstable or that the banks need to be bailed out? Why are we told that the climate is such a threat to us (or that we are a threat to the climate )?Based on the evidence now available to anyone, I can say with confidence that these threats, without exception, are either exaggerated or manufactured. The realisation must now be that what happened on 9/11 proves that technology is available to remove or at least substantially mitigate all of these threats. So why are we not told this? Seemingly, because the control group understand that a wide knowledge of these things would destroy their power base. CLIP Excerpted from the chapter 27 in this free ebook
Climate change to challenge US military: report (August 9, 2009) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iw2v2ZcAYL-sTGq-tViuYBaskbjQ
WASHINGTON Climate change will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, The New York Times reported.Citing military and intelligence analysts, the newspaper said climate-induced crises could topple governments, feed terrorist movements or destabilize entire regions.Analysts, experts at the Pentagon and intelligence agencies for the first time are taking a serious look at the national security implications of climate change, the report said.Recent war games and intelligence studies conclude that over the next 20 to 30 years, vulnerable regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia, will face the prospect of food shortages, water crises and catastrophic flooding driven by climate change that could demand an US humanitarian relief or military response, the paper noted.An exercise at the National Defense University last December explored the potential impact of a flood in Bangladesh that sent hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming into neighboring India, touching off religious conflict, the spread of contagious diseases and vast damage to infrastructure, according to The Times."It gets real complicated real quickly," the report quoted as saying Amanda Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy, who is working with a Pentagon group assigned to incorporate climate change into national security strategy planning. A changing climate presents a range of challenges for the military, the paper pointed out, because many of its critical installations are vulnerable to rising seas and storm surges. In Florida, Homestead Air Force Base was essentially destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and Hurricane Ivan badly damaged Naval Air Station Pensacola in 2004, The Times noted. Military planners are studying ways to protect the major naval stations in Norfolk, Virginia, and San Diego, California, from climate-induced rising seas and severe storms.Another vulnerable installation is Diego Garcia, an atoll in the Indian Ocean, that serves as a logistics hub for US and British forces and sits a few feet above sea level. - NOTE from Jean: Oh! Now "they" are suddenly waking up to the mess they have contributed to create and they are anxious that they could lose some of their military assets... The US military as a whole is one of the prime culprits - along with the other military forces on this planet - for global warming with the gazillion liters of kerosene and other petroleum products they use in their normal operations, not to mention the life-threatening damage they have inflicted to vast areas of this planet through countless bombing campaigns and the ecosuicidal use of THOUSANDS of tons of depleted uranium... not to mention, again, the vast amounts of other resources and God knows how many trillions of dollars that were wasted to perpetuate the devouring folly of imperialistic goals and which could have been used to much better benevolent ends in the first place. The hubris and abysmal arrogance of the US military, the Pentagon brass and the whole governmental (overt and covert) structure, including nearly all corrupt-to-the-bones politicians that have condoned and financed and who continue to prop up this evil monster is beyond revulsive and is most dangerous to all life on Earth... Nothing less! MUCH MORE ON THIS TOPIC below in the complementary articles section under "The Ongoing Danger of Nuclear War"...
Militarizing the Homeland http://www.truthout.org/080609A?n
"The process of brainwashing and desensitization by the military begins affecting children in the US from a very early age. It is not insignificant that little boys wear camouflage and run around playing with toy guns whenever they get an opportunity."
DNA could become building blocks of smaller, more powerful microchips (August 18, 2009) http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6799723.ece
Scientists are using DNA - the building blocks of life - to make the next generation of smaller, more powerful microchips.Researchers at IBM are looking at ways to create artificial DNA nanostructures to provide frameworks on which to build tiny electric circuits. Microchips are used in computers, mobile phones and a broad range of electronic devices and, as chipmakers compete to develop ever-smaller chips at cheaper prices, designers are struggling to cut costs.IBM said that the revolutionary method, developed at its Almaden Research Centre in California and the California Institute of Technology, could help it to make computer chips from the molecule up by arranging DNA structures on the surface of manufactured semiconductor material. These structures act as scaffolding for the precise assembly of components such as carbon nanotubes, nanowires and nanoparticles into circuit boards at dimensions significantly smaller than previously possible. "This is the first demonstration of using biological molecules to help with processing in the semiconductor industry," Spike Narayan, research manager at IBM, said. "Basically this is telling us that biological structures like DNA actually offer some very reproducible, repetitive kinds of patterns that we can actually leverage in semiconductor processes."The technique takes advantage of research that shows that DNA molecules can be made to "self-assemble" in solution into tiny structures such as squares, triangles and stars. Now the researchers have found how to make specific points on those structures "sticky" so that nanoscale components can be attached in patterns that could form microcircuits. CLIP
Frightening statistics! from the Amphibian Ark website http://www.amphibianark.org/statistics.htm
- 50%: of ~6,000 described amphibian species, are threatened with extinction. 32% known to be threatened + 23% data deficient but believed threatened; ~3,000 species are in trouble.
- 165: number of amphibian species believed to have already gone extinct, including 34 known to be extinct, 1 extinct in the wild but still survives in captivity, and 130 not found in recent years and possibly extinct.
- 500: estimated number of amphibian species whose threats currently cannot be mitigated quickly enough to stave off extinction, i.e., those who require ex situ intervention.
- 10: number (not percentage) of amphibian species North American zoos are currently prepared to manage long-term.
- 50: that same number extrapolated (extreme best-case scenario) to the global zoo community.
- 10%: portion of amphibian species threatened with extinction that the global zoo community is at best currently prepared to manage.
- 1: the number of amphibian species for which each of the 500 largest WAZA zoos must take responsibility as a stopgap to stem the losses.
Amphibians as indicators of environmental health and their contribution to humanity http://www.amphibianark.org/indicators.htm
(...) Amphibians have been likened to canaries in the coal mine: just as miners used sensitive canaries to warn them of toxic gases in the mines, amphibians might be warning us of unsafe environmental conditions that could eventually seriously impact our health. Could we be similarly affected by these widespread endocrine disruptors, or are we already? Atrazine, for example, has been detected in more than 1 million Americans' drinking water at levels higher than EPA's drinking water standard. Some human studies suggest that the average sperm count of adult men in certain populations is significantly decreased, as much as 50% of what it was two generations ago. Are we also suffering the same feminizing effects of agrochemicals, industrial waste, and other estrogen-mimics that we see affecting amphibians so drastically? CLIP Much more through http://www.amphibianark.org
First White Lions born to the project in their natural habitat http://whitelions.org/new/index.php/news-and-media/news-from-us/109-breaking-news
After nearly 14 years of technical extinction in their natural endemic habitat, three snow white lion cubs have been born to the project in the Greater Timbavati region. Historical Perspective - More elusive than the African leopard, rarer than the legendary Snow Leopard of the Himalayas, and as white as the polar bear of Alaska, the birth of these three cubs is a momentous occasion that heralds a new era for this rare lineage. There are only an estimated 500 white lions worldwide - in captivity. Regarded by African tribal elders as the most sacred animal on the African continent, this rarest of rarities have been hunted to extinction in the wild by trophy hunters and poachers who pay astronomical sums to shoot a white lion for pleasure. They have also been hunted in captivity in a notorious malpractice known as canned lion hunting. No law protects them from being wiped off the face of the earth. CLIP - Much more at the Global White Lion Protection Trust website
From: Valentina Kneppers (Laksmi2@aol.com)
Date: 9 August 2009
First, I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing work you do. I read every issue and share as much as I can. You make a huge difference!
I'd like to share a video from youtube which I think you and our community will appreciate. This man hits the nail on the head about how to be transparent and active in change at the same time, for what the core of world conflict is and how to overcome, one person at a time.
Thanks for your kind appreciation and for your suggested radio interview. There would be much to say about duality consciousness - which inherently breeds division and conflict of some kind (inner our outer) - and Oneness Consciousness, the realm of the soul which is inherently One with All That Is, naturally experiences the Oneness of everything and can therefore integrate all aspects and perceive the complementary of it all.
This ties in of course with the current Meditation Focus addressing the need to shift our sentient awareness of who we are from the sense of self-separation from OneSelf to Being in the Flow and contemplating OneSelf as the Flow of Life Itself, and thus to simply surrender (as in "no longer trying to control anything") to our true Divine Nature as a Soul emanation of All That Is.
Of course, this stuff is pure gibberish to any being still entrapped into duality consciousness as you can't possibly "get it" from that state of inner division, but I'd say it is honey to the spontaneous 'innerstanding" of any soul who has been exploring the infinitely vast realm of Oneness Consciousness and who strives to immerse Itself ever more consciously in that Omniversal Reality.
Thanks for being there all along and for your networking assistance... ;-)
Thank you very much for your invitation to a meditation focus and your thoughts on the deepening understanding that is pervading the planet at present. I especially enjoyed your extract from the Starseed Transmissions that reminds us of who we really are. I believe that when we accept this reality together we can actually make the changes become much more real, and much more obvious to everyone.
Part of recognising who we are is the process of engaging in the co-creative process, and as this world is simply a thought of god, in his/her own process of expanding their love through each of us, maybe we can do more through the process of prayer, or "thoughts we choose for the good of all".
The angels, or intermediaries between us and our own "connection to god", are there only for as long as we need them. When we realise that our "thought prayers" can change everything, because we are god, then we can ask the angels to fulfil their main task, which is to empower and enable our "connections with god" for each of us. When we each then make that connection, which is ultimately a connection with the love that we are, then the world can change, because it is what we want.
Our role is to be able to say, "I know who I am, I am a unique part of god". And as this "I am," this "unique connection with god" that is me, I ask for the angels everywhere to help every single person on the planet to feel this connection within them, and express it in their daily lives. However that may be for them.
Everyone has an angel and other spirit guides awaiting this call.
Everyone has angels that are simply waiting, for those of us who know who we really are, to ask on behalf of all for each person's "connection with god" to be activated and made real in their life.
A prayer like this then allows the angels to come close to each person everywhere, and whisper in their ear how special they are, how special every other person is, and to encourage them to do what they need to do in their lives to make the world now the better place we know it is becoming.
If we then make this request and accept that they will act on it, and appreciate the angels for all their help, then it will happen. It is a co-creative act that they have been waiting for us to do.
It means we accept who we really are.
It is a simple prayer, in our own words, from the place of knowing that we are co-creating with god and the angels those "connections with god" for everyone on the planet again.
Now is the time.
Thanks you so much for all you do for us all
Bless you and bless us all
2. Note from Jean: Here is the whole article Peter is referring to above:
A New Chapter of Tremendous, Historic Proportions
By Jean Hudon
Ken Carey has done it again. Almost 12 years after writing down, with an old typing machine, what was then gently overimposed into his consciousness by some extraterrestrial or other-dimensional entities1, Ken has now received another incredible flow of information of cosmic significance to Humanity. We can but stare in wonder at the marvelous level of insights, visions and clarification that are given to the world through this almost magical process of conscious channeling. In this new chapter of transmissions coming literally from the Source of all stars and all beings, we are offered a new and generous perspective opening unsuspected vistas on the unfolding saga of human and planetary evolution on this wonderful living planet Earth - or Gaia for those already acquainted with this emerging awareness.
The purpose of this article, written with Ken Carey's latest book in one hand and with an open heart and an open mind in the other, so as to say, to receive the insightful guidance of the Universal Reality, is to somehow synthesize and summarize for the benefit of the many what is being offered to the few who will actually tread the path of reading this prodigious book. Indeed so many people are in great need today of the guiding visions presented through this book, "Starseed, The Third Millenium"2 , that I sensed this summer (July 91), while reading it, that my "mission", repeatedly suggested by my inner promptings, was to sit down and crystallize in easy-to-grasp words and concepts the quintessential messages of this new transmission3.
This is certainly not an easy task to accomplish for this book is so packed-full of intricately woven ideas and illuminating revelations, and is written in such a poetic and finely crafted manner that I'm almost sure to misrepresent the intensity and fragrance emanating from it. At least I feel strongly supported by invisible aides and I know that the right words and appropriate flow of thoughts will come to assist me in this work. My only hope is that you, the reader, will also assist in this process and open a window of receptivity through which images and concepts may enter the realm of your mind and thus fertilize your own internal process of evolution. Out of this, some may decide to further explore this profound subject and go at the source, that is, read Ken Carey's latest book, while others may simply integrate in their own life and soul the pearls of knowledge submitted to their attention and appreciation.
The Merging of Consciousness
Opening Starseed and reading its first chapter is like merging one's conscious awareness with some highly eclectic and vastly expanded level of perception and knowing through which one may sometime feel a bit dizzy as when you look down from a towering observation post. The perspective offered by Ken Carey's cosmic guides is magnificent and the sense of belonging to a vast body of conscious beings gives an indefinable feeling of powerful yet benevolent strength as well as a confusing sense of discrepancy between that very feeling and our own weakness and smallness. Like an ignorant visitor discovering an unknown land and its mysterious traditions, we have to stretch our intelligence to accommodate these higher vibrations of thinking and try to fully understand what is being expressed. And quickly we discover that the only way to succeed in grasping what is being presented is to allow ourselves into a non-critical, non-judgmental state of mind where we freely float above our preconditioned thinking for a while, thus permitting the flow of Light and information to enter our minds and circulate in the deeper recesses of our beings where our soul connections may then be awakened and our inner intuitive, innate knowledge triggered to the instantaneous recognition of the truthfulness and validity of what entered our minds. Mind-boggling, isn't it! Yet, it is exactly what happens when you survey openly the ideas expressed in these pages...
We are of a common fiber, spiritually talking, with these brethren of a long forgotten past. As we discover more explicitly in the following chapters, the universe at the origin "contained" and"was contained" by the same undifferentiated field of consciousness, by God's Presence if you will. We were then all parts of the same whole being and the differentiation process of incarnation in material forms had not yet taken place. We are being reminded this antediluvian, in fact antedensification state of being that was ours and asked to flip our self-identification accordingly. "Even now, you are but a breath away from the subtle perceptual shift that allows your identity to be transformed from solitary individual to the source of every individual, from the object of attention to the very flow of attention itself..." Their role in these transmissions is to awaken us to our full potential and allow them to experience the down-to-earth denser contact with matter through our collaborating senses -- "We have long known that (...) human beings would be our primary means of future creation, as well as organs of awareness through whom we would interpret and enjoy the material world" -- as well as open a new chapter of cosmic creation possible only through our fully awakened assistance... "You are the template, the prototype of a new and universal species (...) that will span the gulf between the visible and invisible, bringing new worlds into form. Through you a new unprecedented cycle of creation will occur." With such an exciting and far-reaching promise of a soon-to-be future of co-creation with God's closest allies, we enter into a detailed reminder of where we came from and how the incarnation into matter took place. As they see from their perspective, our history of mixing up into the material world is still relatively young. The ever-repeating process of densification of portions of the Universal Awareness so they may delve into the lower end of the vibrational ladder of creation always starts with a thought in the mind of God. And instantaneously, the first two separate manifestations of Eternity appear, thus giving existence to space and time which cannot be without separate individuals to observe them and realize their existence. In singularized Oneness throughout infinity, space and time simply have no room to come into existence, for all is "felt" as one huge undifferentiated whole existing in an all encompassing simultaneity.
But a simple thought is enough to break the stillness of Eternal Oneness and thus initiate a whole new cycle of creation. And as Ken Carey wrote: "The creation of specific beings or angels to sustain this thought over an open-ended stretch of time brought forth the steady stream of cumulative creation that has made possible, and given birth to, this present universe." Now as we begin the slow process of regaining our innate sense of belonging to this original Wholeness from which all proceeds, we need to understand anew how we came to tumble more and more deeply into unconscious co-existence with our bodies of flesh and blood, and thus initiate, from our own will but with "their" entire assistance, our gradual awakening from centuries upon centuries of bellicose and often destructive slumber. Here are some "conceptual tools" provided for through these transmissions.
First, as we said, there was Oneness. Then the first two original polarities of the universe were "Spoken Forth". We know them as Love and Truth. Love governs all manifestations of energy, and Truth reigns over all expressions of forms and structures. The interplay between these two primeval polarities or forces with all their infinitely different gradients of combination basically defines all that exists and how everything interacts. From that moment on, we, as ethereal beings temporarily adopting an expression of individual existence to briefly plunge into the still infant manifested world of newborn galaxies, were to take on a very dangerous course of self-identification.
Instead of retaining the all pervading conscious awareness of being One With All That Is as the only mode of reality, we started thinking that maybe, eventually, we could lose this ability we then had to adopt some temporal form to interact with the emerging material realm, relapse into Oneness after this interaction had naturally run its course, and then re-adopt again a new form and a new identity for the sake of playing with conscious self-identification.
It seems that some Tempters came to cast such doubts in our minds and thus set the stage for more self-delusion leading inevitably to the complete yet illusory sense of separation from all that exists, known today as the Fall. Those Tempters are described in the book as "Dark Principalities" endowed with greater powers than most of us but similarly prejudiced and biased by this deeply rooted disease of the mind that puts the Fear of losing self-identification above the Joy of eternal recreation in a new pattern of manifestation perfectly suited to any given situation and time.
Observing all this and discovering that communication was increasingly more difficult for lack of being recognized by these gradually self-materializing entities who could not validate information and warnings coming from ethereal, almost non-existent beings, the other entities, still firmly anchored into the Eternal Field of Unity, decided to get likewise materialized so as to succeed in reaching the attention of these lost sheep and somehow "corral" them back to the Source -- with their conscious and willing participation of course. The trick was to immerse into matter while strongly retaining a sense of Being One With All That Is. It appears that very few actually succeeded in this incredible feat. In the book they are called "Angels of Principality", also know as Bodhisattvas.
In accordance with the old legend of a lost paradise, it was in fact these conscious Principalities who "landed" first in the lower realm of matter, precisely on this lush planet Earth, and created a Cornucopia of exquisite fruits, vegetations and animal species, thus showing the Intentions of the Creator. They were joined some time later by the Dark Principalities as well as all of us shortly after, now in human form. Then the self-induced disease plaguing our kind quickly degenerated in a complete loss of any sense of Oneness along with a mania for "storing identities within our psyche as one might store dresses or suits of clothing in a closet, preserving them with herbs of self-importance and spices of fear." What happened afterwards is now common history and can be observed all around us. There are still many currents of Love inspiring us but also an awful lot of misidentification with material pursuits and its worst Life and Oneness-denying traits: greed, violence and destruction on a planetary scale. It is high time that we see the Light and switch back to more Life-affirming principles and practices.
First Step Pause
Now, let's pause for a second to try to assimilate more clearly the true significance of this information. So it is that we are not in reality these bodies of flesh and blood but some outgrowth of God's consciousness temporarily stricken with amnesia and struggling to regain full memory of our past splendor -- in short, Total Recall with a different twist. We have been misguided by some misconceived idea that retaining a sense of individual identity was worth losing entirely any sense of connection with the entire universe and its Divine Creator. Still, this all Powerful Force that we call Love is somehow attracting us back to the Source of All That Is and we are now reawakening our God-Self sense of identity in the midst of the most intense struggle between the forces of Darkness and Light that has ever been. While the Earth is being torn apart by greed, selfishness and a blinding ignorance of our Divinity, more and more souls are rekindling a new hope for our future thus fulfilling the aeons old Plan for the regeneration of Harmony in the universe.
But to really "bite" into this emerging reality that will change everything for Good, once and for all, there is no other way than to immerse ourselves in its powerful currents of Love and let ourselves be taken up through the curtain of illusion until we glimpse from higher on the overarching beauty and magnificence of Life on Earth and share the intensely ecstatic Joy of being One with the Almighty, living and breathing through all of us and all Its creation. So, if you feel for it, you may want to pause for a couple of minutes before continuing ahead and use whatever meditation technique you are familiar with to get in tune with this marvelous and possibly renewed revelation that a Speck of God, a Pearl of Light, a Crystallization of Infinity is what you really are... now. Rejoice... Acknowledge... And dissolve any past misconception to now align your whole life with this true Gift of Love.
From Heaven to Hell and Back but with Something More
At twenty billion years, the universe is still young with plenty of room and time to experiment new forms of interaction between God and matter. As the transmitting Beings speaking to us through Ken Carey explain, biology now dotting some worlds with a thin veil of Life has still a long way to go before it fully manifests its potential. Much remains dormant in the fields of energy radiating from countless stars and galaxies. Following the harmonic patterns set in motion by the Primal Fiat of Divine Volition, ever reverberating across space and time as a permanent reminder of what is yet to be, a multitude of physical forms have sprung forth, expressing only a fraction of the infinitely expanding Intentions of the Star Maker. We, as individual beings, have been offered to choose among these endless possibilities to manifest an harmonic resonance of this Primal Tone in accordance with our own nature and inclination.
As we strive to synchronize our steps on this beautiful land with the universal drumbeat, we faintly start to hear the echo of an intriguing story across the distorting filter of a culture mainly based on violence and fear... "New beings, new creatures will appear to fly among the fields of what is still formless space, to share with us the joys of universal exploration. One day you will call into orbital patterns the atoms, molecules, and cells that will objectify this infrastructure and provide its physicality. " And right now a mighty transmutation of consciousness is unfolding... "The field of collective human consciousness is now entering the final stage of the awakening process, congealing into awareness of itself as the organ of consciousness (similar in function to a brain) of a single planetary being, a being with internal organs of oceans, forests, ecosystems, and atmosphere."
A powerful beam of information is striking our societies of consumption, exploitation and sensual hyper-stimulation and triggering the Global Awakening of the Creator asleep within us. Post-historic societies, as Ken Carey calls them, will be able to tap into unlimited degrees of galactic, universal intelligence as well as channel the intelligence of angelic beings and devas, connected with all the kingdoms of Nature, to fully manifest "a holographic understanding of the Being whose unfoldment is the universe." As with an hologram, the part will reflect the whole.
As the continuum of human and planetary evolution accelerates with each passing day, the imminence of this approaching instant of Total Unification of Mind rumbles like a colossal tidal wave about to engulf in oblivion all the spectral fears of the past few thousands years of unconscious, bottom-of-the-barrel God-human involution. Information on all sorts of ways to improve health, communications and educational opportunities has dramatically improved our chances to avoid the worst planetary upheavals long predicted as the possible outcome for the downward spiral of our "Descent to Hell". Now we stand on the threshold of an unprecedented expansion of consciousness that will render obsolete most past visions, ideologies and paradigms that are soon to be relegated to the drawers of incompatible instruments of self-understanding. Post-history is about to begin.
Yet, as they point, "incarnation into biological form was intended from the beginning." It is not an aberration that beings issued from the Primal Field of Consciousness were to descend into material form to implement some long term Goal of the Star Maker. We were not originally supposed to lose our sense of Oneness with the Eternal Source but, as already indicated, we were deceived into believing fearful thoughts of separation and isolation by entities under the spell of the forces of materialization. "The materializing influence", as Ken Carey describes it, " is the principle of contraction that holds energy efficiently bound in matter." Personified in the Western culture as Satan, "these universal systemic beings are the Creator's mean of keeping material structure in assigned patterns of form and behavior. They are the caretakers of Creation's landscape, the rulers of subconscious processes and events."
So it was almost inevitable that in the course of dipping deeply into physical dimensions we would come under the influence of such powerful forces and entities. Whatever resulting balance, between consciously retaining a sense of participating to the Universal Spirit and being affected by the intensely pressing needs and objectivity of the material realm, was bound to depend on our own free will and could not be foreseen nor controlled from the start of the "human project." Consequently, we somehow chose to "ground" ourselves so completely that material influence became excessively dominant. And so was the influence of our physical senses upon which we gradually relied so completely to assess the situations we are faced with and decide what course of action to take, that we eventually became spiritually blind, refusing to recognize as valid the informational input coming from within and favoring exclusively what we were told to believe through our physical senses. Thus came to be the needless and excessively barbaric and savage period of human history from which we are now just coming out.
But to fully awaken from these centuries of Darkness, we must clearly understand why we became trapped in such a predicament. What generated such an intense desire to remain cut off from the whole? What is still keeping us under the yoke of spiritual blindness? Basically, fear is the central culprit. Driven by the continuous influence of the pervading materialization forces, we came to doubt ourselves completely and we consequently rejected our innate natural sense of Oneness and trust in the benevolence of Life, adopting whatever cultural framework available to replace our God-given sense of inner harmony with a fake and fear-dominated set of ideas and behaviors passed on from one generation to the next. Thus all belief systems, social conventions and traditions based on an inherited cultural sense of confusion and separation, and on fear-related values are inherently flawed at the core. They cannot help human beings in sustaining a healthy relationship with each other and with our surrounding world, and must therefore be rejected. A new paradigm is needed, one that will put emphasis on personal experience and spiritual intuition to guide our lives. For as Ken Carey's transmitting intelligences so rightly indicate: "Ideologies are toxic. They poison perception and happiness. They block access to the intelligence that is designed to guide people's lives."
It is the responsibility of each of us to undertake such a sweeping change of mind to free ourselves collectively from the bonding influence of religious or ideological dogmatism. "The choice to function on the love-centered motivational frequencies (...) is the only choice that brings freedom." But while more and more individuals are taking the path to freedom, powerful forces from beyond the material realm are assisting us in this process and challenging those who remain centered on fear so they may also change and thus join the collective movement towards total planetary freedom. "They are invited to know themselves as parts of an integral planetary organism." In doing so, these assisting forces are obeying our own request, made before we started descending into matter, to help awaken us to our true nature when our downward cycle would be completed. And now the time has come for a new beginning, for a new cycle of creation, except that this time we are called to take part in it, consciously and with the entire realm of experience we have gathered during our long trek into density. "Your ego will not dissolve in such an awakening; it will ascend into enlightened comprehension of its co-creative partnership with the Eternal Being in whom this universes congeals. Already you are moving in the currents of eternal thought. As you continue to flow with this thought, it becomes your own. You remember."
Finally, it is of the utmost importance that we take full responsibility for our own salvation. As demonstrated during the last few decades, all over the world people are now taking responsibility from their tyrants and despots to govern their own lives according to democratic principles and an innate sense of justice and freedom. Although our long detour into historic mishaps and human tragedies might seem a waste of precious Life and energies, we are being told that, nevertheless, all this serves some useful purpose, and nothing is lost in the end. Through the sheer intensity of human experience in the physical world, we gradually acquired the needed qualities to interract consciously, passionately and harmoniously with the planetary being now emerging from the human project. And it is only through our own free will and dedicated enthusiasm that this project will succeed, for such a freedom of choice is what makes this living universe so unpredictable, and therefore so exhilaratingly wonderful.
Second Step Pause
Having discovered or unveiled the true understanding that was already present in a more or less dormant state within your very being, your soul-light being, you are now certainly wondering what this all means to you and your present life, and what is going to take place from now on... This realization, that not only are we pearls of consciousness stemming from the original Source of all Life but also that a tremendously wonderful destiny awaits us, provided we accept to collaborate to its unfolding, can but shake off for a moment the dull feeling of living through an ordinary life, working 9 to 5, eating and sleeping, day on day off, without any real challenge or any real exhilarating and adventurous odyssey to take on. So are we to become something else than what we thought we were... Are we to unearth mysterious forces that were lying dormant within us for endless centuries awaiting the moment to manifest their existence through co-creating with other equally powerful ethereal beings a new realm of manifestation that was planned since the Beginning in God's mysterious Design for this universal reality... Are we really that important...
In this realization lies probably the most extraordinary challenge offered to our curious and peculiar path of accomplishment. While we must acknowledge the extraordinary role imparted to us in achieving the enormous Goal set by God, we must at the same time keep within the center of our conscious awareness of who we are the intense flame of total humility and impervious dedication that may allow us the strength to flow across the tumultuous waters of historical events and treacherous temptations that only clear minds and peaceful, God-centered souls can fearlessly and impeccably master. And our most pressing challenge is the one we are faced with in the depths of our own soul... Shall we trust ourselves... Shall we abide by the inner instantaneous promptings we continuously receive to keep us on the right track... Shall we obey God's Will... If we do so -- and we are totally free to do so or not -- the Garden of Eden is given back to us. Our re-entry into heavenly paradise is guaranteed. If we don't, we stumble back from the brink of freedom into countless millions of years of... Well! Who wants to hear about this one!
The crux of the matter is the choice we have, as we always had, to willingly accomplish the inner design of Life and gracefully ascend into a new realm of evolutionary opportunities or... do something else! In this choice, repeatedly made over and over again in every circumstance when we have to choose between Light and darkness, between Love and fear, between God's Will and selfish self-centeredness, is played and replayed the endless Saga of Life, as it is since the Beginning of Time. Which side is yours? Which way do you Want to go? Which fate do you Choose? To answer this crucial Question, there is only one place you can go to find the Answer. Within!
Please, use your own free will if you so feel inclined now, and open a window of introspective attention in your mind to explore where you stand on this vital, yet so Divine issue... Allow yourself a few seconds of deep unflinching soul-searching to find out your own, unique answer, and then once you are back with your conceptual understanding of Life and Evolution, take a few more minutes if you will to write down on a piece of paper what this answer is for You... and then thread again the path of conscious synthesis offered hereafter.
A New World Is Taking Shape
As we enter the last decade of this century, wondrous changes are occurring at an accelerated pace all over the world. But that is no chance happening! Powerful cosmic currents of transformational forces are engulfing our planet, our solar system, and in fact our entire galactic arm as we are about to initiate a new Great Cycle of Evolution. Predicted long ago by civilizations such as the Yucatan Peninsula's Maya, the winter solstice of the year A.D. 2011 is to see the culmination of many smaller cycles in the evolution of consciousness. Something wonderful is going to happen... Something we can barely imagine even in our wildest dreams... "A moment is coming after which nothing will ever again be thought of as it was before, a metahistorical moment, an event simultaneously alpha and omega to our species and to all our species has ever known."
And this moment of Cosmic Significance is already shaping up things all around the world as our species discovers ever expanding visions of unity and means of achieving a better world for all its brother and sister members. Barriers long considered as impregnable are falling like interlocked dominoes before the massive awakening of new and profound values of self-determination, democracy, justice and tolerance. Our world is changing faster than ever thanks to ceaseless pounding of informational Life streams flushing our minds and pushing down fortresses of hate and domination. A new world is being born in the midst of colossal, earth-shaking contractions announcing the imminent emergence of a new species on the face of the universe: the Star People!
Embodying forever the powers and glory of the Unique, a new kind of being, half divine, half human, is to bring to universal manifestation the sacred, mysterious Design hidden for so long in Evolution's ever changing chrysalis. A multi-hued Rainbow of Peace, Harmony and shining Love will surround the whole world on this most blessed Day of Recognition as Humanity will enter a new phase of mutation and unify into One Conscious Whole.
Yet, again, all this won't happen by chance but is the result of a carefully planned process of gradual fertilization of Humanity's collective mind and conceptual understanding of the world with new ideas and visions bred in, woven in the fabric of self-knowingness. Starting tens of thousands of years ago, waves of educational information were carried on the shores of our consciousness through some precious few messengers and so-called prophets. Then successively in 1860, 1900, 1914, in the late 40s, between 67 and 69, and most importantly between 87 and 89, "powerful pulsations of awareness" entered the "conceptual atmosphere of human consciousness" to sow visions and ideals designed to help lessen the bonding influence of materialization forces.
"The winds of change have brought freedom to millions who had forgotten to dream. They have warmed the seeds of forgotten hopes long neglected beneath the frozen fields of fear, causing them to sprout and reach toward heaven again. They have taken men from prison and placed them at the helms of nations; they have terminated forever the cold war." And all this may now take place because of unrelenting efforts and dedication from our invisible allies working from behind the material realm's "perceptual wall" to bring down Light and freedom to us all, and to every constituent part of Nature.
Now thanks to our receptiveness, some of our brethren from the worlds of Light are able to come into the conscious awareness of a few -- yet increasingly many -- humans and thus channel most directly into our emerging global culture the paradigm shifts and spiritual "sea changes" needed for the human project to reach completion. People such as Ken Carey therefore serve as conduits for their "Transmissions", as catalysts of deep planetary revolutions of soul. "We come, awakening now in increasing numbers throughout the gentle ones, the lovers of this Earth. Those in whom we awaken understand these things in terms quite different from those we are still courting from afar. They feel in their bones the changing of the age. And they know that it is good."
All existing tools of cultural formation, whether it is electronic or printed media, motion pictures or simply a song, are used to increase the pace of change. The means utilized to reach the masses of people are many. The introduction of sport competition and events was a way for humans to transfer pent-up emotions in harmless expressions as individuals or teams fight, according to common agreed upon rules, to be the best. Violence on a massive scale is defused; excellence as a goal is promoted; and cooperation between members of a team is learned as a means to achieve results unattainable by individualized efforts.
Religious organizations have also been used to some extent to further their aims when receptive individuals were found; but in most cases these organizations somehow eventually turn into exact replica of what they profess to oppose. At best churches and spiritual organizations are transitional tools to bring their followers from learning and understanding through the recorded experience of their founders, to having an undiluted, first-hand self-realization of divine concepts through direct access "here and now"to Cosmic Awareness.
Even the very fact of reading a book such as "Starseed"-- or a comment on it -- is merely a passing experience whose sole purpose is in guiding you to become the architect of your own self-enlightenment. "Until the day arrives when once again your understanding is your own, no longer polluted with all you have been told or what you have heard, but fresh as new perception, pure as a mountain spring, clear as the guileless eyes of a conscious child."
From Becoming Instinctual to Fulfilling our Destiny
Following these first six chapters described above in greater details, Ken Carey goes on into describing various aspects of the educational information and enlightening perspective he received from his invisible mentor. A brief sample of what is mentioned follows.
We are invited to develop a complete trust in our instinct, this God-given intuition through which "hitting a home run" is easy compared to what it would be through rational analyzing. We are then told to forge our own decisions based on our own appreciation of any situation we face instead of using old recipes, although wisdom from old sages is still quite relevant in most cases. In reading this book, the spirit behind the words should captivate all our attention, and when rendering it to others our own words are then better tools, for if we really experienced this spirit, we will know what to say, at the right time, to the right people.
Of greater importance to Humanity than the discovery of fire is the Discovery of God! And the way to attain such a discovery in our own life is through Love, a Love such that it frees the heart to fly ever higher, higher than the sky itself, into God's Awareness which we may then fully express in our everyday life. You then become the "magical people for whom the Earth has longed". Another key subject concerns the emergence of a new interdependent global economy which is gradually being "geared" to accommodate the most powerful event ever to take place. "This event is the first fully conscious incarnation of the Eternal One in the collective consciousness of a world's biosphere." As a matter of fact, because of the rippling-back effect of this Cosmic Event, incredible additional changes will take place in the next 20 years. A new Order of the Ages will be established affecting governments and military power all over the world. Tyranny and repression will be completely out! But this astounding Event really emerges, as we progress through the book, as the Key Feature around which everything else revolves. "This event will be of greater power than any the Earth has ever seen. More energy will be released in a very few moments than is typically released upon the surface of the Earth in many years. This energy will take the form of heightened perception and deepened emotional connection, rejoining the individual and God."
It is hard to summarize the rest of the book, so intense is the subject, so all-pervading are its implications. A last quote may help to unveil what our responsibility is at this hour. "You now have all you need to release the conditioning of history, and ride the ascending wave of consciousness beyond the spell of matter into an awakened life." Whether we succeed in achieving the grandiose vision outlined in Starseed depends, as it has always been, on our goodwill, personal commitment and openness to contemplate the barely imaginable and then get down to the task of making it a reality.
(A French version of this article has been published in October 91 in the "Luminance"magazine, in Quebec)
1. Published in 1982, "The Starseed Transmissions: An Extraterrestrial Report", the first book of Ken Carey, is today considered a landmark book of the emerging New Age movement and has significantly contributed to a better understanding of the invisible but pervasive influence of heavenly entities guiding individual humans as well as the whole of Humanity across the Threshold of a New Era for human and planetary evolution.
3. For those interested to know who this "channeling"critic is, let's just say that I have published a couple of books so far, The Guiding Manual for a New World, and The Immortal Child, written many short essays and coordinated many global initiatives, such as the Love Chain and the World Federation for Peace, the Earth Concert fostering Love, Peace and a greater environmental awareness - and co-founded in 1997 the Earth Rainbow Network.
MOST INSPIRING AND SOUL RESONANT!
From: Michael Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 14 Aug 2009
Subject: A Great Miracle!
I recently consulted "The Mayan Oracle: Return Path to the Stars" on behalf of us all, and what it had to say was so remarkable that I thought you and your readers might wish to share it.
Please ask your readers to relay this wonderful message to all their own friends and loved ones - especially those who might be under considerable pressure at this moment of change on so many levels. . .
Love and thoughts and thanks, as ever, from London and
CHILD OF THE SUN
Qualities: personal myth, purpose, miracle on Earth, new golden octave, path of innocence, present moment.
Child of the Sun, you are being called to wakefulness, to your place in the new myth. A great miracle is coming for planet Earth, and the time is NOW. . .
A new consciousness is being created by the children of the Sun as they ascend with the Earth to a new place among the stars. A new harmonic of light and sound, a golden octave, is being heard on Earth, ringing in the frequencies of ecstasy, union and unconditional love.
Child of the Sun, why did you come to Earth? You are the miracle of the new myth unfolding. You came to Earth with a purpose, a plan, a master blueprint encoded in your feelings. Live in harmony with that plan. Open your world to the Great Mystery. . .
You are being asked to view your experiences from a mythical standpoint, so that you remember your connection to the larger pattern.
The key to your personal myth is presenting itself. From now on, there are no more road maps, no more creeds, no more philosophies. From here on, your inspiration comes straight from the Universe, moment by moment.
This is the path of innocence, the path of trust. Here, each step is walked only once, and the Universe speaks in the voice of the present.
Feel the key to the kingdom in your heart. Know that, like the pull of the heavenly bodies, love is neither taken nor given, but discovered and allowed. No-one is without love, for love is the force that holds Universes together.
By simply embodying love, you are living the new myth that will create the wave home. Surrender to love and awaken, Child of the Sun!
-- The Mayan Oracle: Return Path to the Stars
Ariel Spillsbury & Michael Bryner - Bear & Co, Santa Fe, NM
BEING LOVE IN EVERY SINGLE MOMENT WITH AN EVER HEIGHTENING CONSCIOUSNESS OF WHO WE ARE - THAT IS THE TRUE GOAL OF LIFE!
From: Harold W. Becker (email@example.com)
Subject: The Heart of Unconditional Love
Date: 14 Aug 2009
From the laughter of children at play to the golden rays of the sun beaming through the sky at sunset, the eternal song of love permeates all creation. Each beat of our heart pulses to this rhythm in a majestic and graceful dance connecting us to everyone and everything. Life is magnificent when we quiet our outer selves and become fully present and aware of our own loving essence.
To know this grander love is to go beyond the sensation of a first kiss or a mothers tender touch in time of need. Although these extraordinary expressions reveal the existence of love, there is so much more. This universal love is unconditional and its very presence ignites our passion and our compassion. It breathes life into our being and sustains us. It encourages and illuminates the infinite possibilities while simultaneously providing all that we require to be alive.
It is our heart center that gently nudges us to know and express love in all that we are. However this does not always come easily. Through eons of time, the conditioning by our mind to seek logic and reasoning in our daily affairs has left little trust in the wisdom of the heart. Learning to once again cultivate our intuition, be intimate with our own unique understanding of love, and to feel this love deeply, takes both courage and strength.
Unconditional love is our consistent source of nurturing, inspiration and potential. Interestingly, we often seek the beauty of nature for its extraordinary ability to be in constant change while ever expressing its interconnected uniqueness. This is what captivates and also reminds us of our own innate capacity to do the same. Nature has the ability to cycle, recycle, adapt, reclaim and reinvent itself over and over by simply fulfilling its distinctive purpose with love for all.
When we allow unconditional love to be our personal guiding intention, our energy flows in the same manner. We stay present in the moment and share our love without reservation or hesitation. We change, evolve, expand and express our creativity in new ways ensuring that it benefits the whole. In this way, life itself evolves through each of us.
You are the heart of unconditional love. What you choose, we all experience.
Love, light and peace,
Harold W. Becker
President and Founder
The Love Foundation, Inc.
Inspiring People to Love Unconditionally www.thelovefoundation.com
Note from Jean: Some complementary thoughts that came to me while reading this most excellent piece from my beloved friend Lou... It is "interesting" how the medical establishment has come to replace secular religions for much of the general public in the Western world as so many people have abdicated their sovereign rights over their body through allowing life-and-death decisions to be made by someone else who is supposed to know better what is good for them. It also reminded me how we need to shift our perspective on all health practitioners to enable a more balance relationship and perception of the help they can provide to empower and assist us to be healthful again when we have lost our natural inner health balance.
WHEN DID WE FORGET?
Insights by Lou BOGNON (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 7 August 2009
Being a spiritual healer, all things pertaining to health are my lifes focus
And after watching a special documentary recently on Al Jazeera about the health care debacle in the United States, I must have been obviously deeply imprinted by the sad images of poor, sick, disempowered and marginalised Americans without basic access to health care, for, again this morning in meditation, these images were revisiting my consciousness.
Suddenly a question came into my mind: when did we forget?
Indeed when did we forget that we are all born with Divine Intelligence and our bodies are encoded for self-healing? That every single one of our trillion cells is divinely encoded for Life? That all Life is encoded and gifted with the Healer Within?
Why have we bought and continue to buy - into so many belief systems of disempowerment about needing systems or things outside ourselves to handle ourselves, our health and any other aspect of our life on earth?
In sharing some of my meditation insights today with my best friend I was reminded by one part of my being that even I who has come to understand and live in the empowering belief system of seeing all of us as Divinely encoded beings who can not just create but re-create our realities and our health on a moment by moment basis am subject to some of the the side-effects of the old conditioning.
Life is a paradox in so many ways and I caught myself in a moment of paradoxicality just as I had stated what my insight was, thus:
If only we all came into this realisation of our divine potential all health care structures and systems would become obsolete irrelevant un-necessary overnight we would learn to listen to our bodies and manage our health as the true precious gift that it is and we would not give our power to any one else to take care of it there would be no need to join in some or other medical scheme, nor any other dependency-cumdis-empowering kind of structure and we would perhaps again experience the vibrant health we are meant to experience when we live life with awareness of the true identity of our Being-ness.
And just as I said this, I admitted to be one to rather take an antibiotic than wait out and see my flu turn into a bronchitis within two weeks. "I do not have two weeks to stop working " I added as an excuse amongst a litany of others, like: I visit some dangerous places and wards of hospitals, handle a greater than usual amount of very ill people, and my levels of exposure are surely much higher than someone living in seclusion or relative isolation when compared to me, living in the forefront of death and disease, entering some of the most dangerous hospital wards on Earth, Johannesburg being the only place in this continent where functioning health facilities are used by all the various peoples coming from the most dangerous places in Africa.
My friend was still and naturally - shocked that I so contradicted myself in so short a time, in having both understood healing as I have and then stating in the same breath that I would rather take an antibiotic than going through the process of self-healing.
And here lies our human dilemma the interconnectedness of the systems we have bought into one after the other all of them dis-empowering so my question is: when did we forget? And what have we forgotten exactly?
We forgot that it is dis-empowering to work and have no rest and no balance in our lives. We forgot that we have the answers within to all questions!
The part of us that is able to ask questions already possesses the answers.
We forgot that stress and high levels of exposure to contaminants and disturbed energy fields all contribute to weaken our immune systems; and so do the abuse of some foodstuffs, alcohol not to say anything of course about drugs and any other poisonous substances, and on and on we forgot and we forget on a day to day, moment to moment basis...
Upon further reflection though, I was reminded of a little boy, aged seven, I had to help a few years ago. Dylan was brought in by his mother, who is a very dear friend, suffering terrible nightmares and having the most disturbing visions, making him scream the whole night and reducing the family sleep time to a collective nightmare. Knowing him a while and having observed him before many times, I had the lingering feeling that Dylan was one of these new children born with all their psychic gifts fully developed.
But, just to make sure, and also to make his mother and him understand that healing could close some of these faculties for a while, I recall my question:
Dylan, can you see Angels my darling?
And he replied: Yes there are two very huge ones standing by your side every time I see you; one has deep blue wings and he is very tall and very beautiful and the other is a more common looking sort of white angel."
Thank You Dylan, for letting me know this, I said and now tell me: if I open my hands like this, what do the angels do? And I made the gesture of someone reaching a hand to another
Dylan looked at me as if I had lost my marbles and again I gestured by stretching my hand out and further upwards and again Dylan just looked on as if I was demented.
After a while I asked Dylan why he was looking at me with such a strange look in his face and he said: You are asking me a very stupid question."
I apologised for not understanding him and again asked what happened when I stretched my hands towards the Angels and in a somewhat exasperated way Dylan finally blurted out: "Whatever you do with your hands makes no difference whatsoever to the Angels as they hold your hands at all times, whatever you do with them or wherever you place them "
I knew then without a trace of a doubt that little Dylan was truly a great soul and, humbled by his vision and his wisdom, I decided to acknowledge my ignorance of these matters and took advantage of his gifts to ask him to tell me more about what he saw and what he understood. Then, relaxed and feeling very confident, he said the most wonderful thing I have ever heard from anyone, never mind a seven year old child.
Dylan proceeded to share that he had understood how the universe works. Now really drinking at the source of this magic soul in this body of a little boys words of wisdom, I recall every single word he said and I quote:
"The universe works like this: just like a grand-ma knits her wool cloth or blanket, we all do so without actually looking at the stitches we are weaving till suddenly we realise our weaved cloth-blanket is gone skew and just like grand-ma will undo the knitting by pulling the wool back until that one point when it all went wrong, so can we all do so over and over and over again."
Dylans mother and I looked at each other with absolute reverence for what we had just learnt from this beloved child and I proceeded to explain then that he needed no healing whatsoever all he needed to do was to remember that when these visions came to upset him, he could choose to not see them by simply telling his inner eye to close itself to all visions that were scary, violent or disturbing. He could set the intention to go to sleep and not travel to the dimension or underworld where all these nightmares were happening.
And to bring me back full circle, using Dylans understanding, I can undo my knitting to some point, in fact to the exact point where my weaving really went skew a moment my lungs so struggled for survival, twenty years ago, that all the ganglions erupted showing in a X-ray what I first imagined to be holes yes until that time I did not know that our lungs had ganglions either!
Given my choices and the systems around me, I still choose to take an antibiotic to help me avoid further complication and go out into the world bravely touching, helping and breathing in proximity of all those who may otherwise feel alone, isolated or ostracised by their condition. And actually an infinite gratitude came over me for antibiotics and so many other life-saving elements of medicine such as morphine and so many others that help us survive this planet at this stage of our forgetfulness No use denying we are into density here though...
What went wrong with us in our knitting wasisthe moment we forgot balance, the middle path and just Being Love and yes it may sound paradoxical but I am OK with paradoxes after all the Great Master Hermes-Thoth taught us over five thousand years ago: all paradoxes are reconcilable
And this is the teaching Hermes left us on this issue:
"Mastery consists, not in abnormal dreams, visions and fantastic imaginings or living, but in using the higher forces against the lower escaping the pains of the lower planes by vibrating on the higher. Transmutation, not presumptuous denial, is the weapon of the Master.
Remember the Divine Paradox, that while the Universe IS NOT, still IT IS. Remember ever the two poles of Truth the Absolute and the Relative.
Date: 18 Aug 2009
From: Dennis Kucinich (email@example.com)
Subject: Health Care Wanted: Dead or Alive
HEALTH CARE WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE
The masquerade is over! The "public option" is ... dead.
Health care reform is now a private option: WHICH FOR PROFIT INSURANCE COMPANY DO YOU WANT? You have to choose. And you have to pay. If you have a low income, under HR3200 government will subsidize the private insurance companies and you will still have to pay premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
The Administration plan requires that everyone must have health insurance, so it is delivering tens of millions of new "customers" to the insurance companies. Health care? Not really. Insurance care! Absolutely. Cost controls? No chance.
You will next hear talk about "co-ops." The truth is that insurance company campaign contributions have co-opted the public interest.
The hotly-debated HR3200, the so-called "health care reform" bill, is nothing less than corporate welfare in the guise of social welfare and reform. It is a convoluted mess. The real debate which we should be having is not occurring.
Removing the "public option" from a public bill paid for by public money is not in the public interest. What is left is a "private option" paid for with public money. Why should public money be spent on a private option which does not guarantee 100% coverage nor have any cost controls? A true public option would provide 30% savings immediately which would then cover the 1/3rd of the population who presently have no health care.
Unfortunately, under HR3200, the Government is choosing winners and losers in the private sector; proposing to spend public funds on subsidizing insurance companies who make money not providing health care. This process will insure only the expansion of profits. Gone is the debate over cost.
As a result of current negotiations, the Medicare Part D rip-off will continue for another decade, further fleecing senior citizens. Drug importation has been dropped, so no inexpensive drugs can be accessed from other nations.
Instead we are told the pharmaceutical companies will accept a 2% cut in the growth rate of their profits - they call this cost control!
If the matter were not so serious, it would be farcical: The executive branch pretends that the proposed health care reforms are something they are not. The legislation is being attacked for something it is not. Congressional leadership and the White House defend the legislation, pretending it actually is the very proposal that is being attacked. But it is not.
A commonsense government health care reform policy would insure that every single American has full access to health care by expanding Medicare to cover everyone under a Single Payer System. We are already paying for a universal standard of care, it is just we are not getting it.
I need your help to spread the word and rally the nation around true health care reform which covers everyone and maintains fiscal integrity without subsidizing insurance and pharmaceutical companies and breaking our nation's bank!
My voice in Congress will continue to challenge the special interests who do not want "single-payer" to succeed. I need you to join me in combating the special and corporate interests who spend millions to try to win this Congressional seat. With your help WE will win again. With your help I will continue to represent your concerns, be YOUR VOICE in the United States Congress, and be the voice for health care for all Americans!
With your help, we can accomplish ANYTHING in America. Persistence, dedication, truth and courage will lead the way and win out in the end.
Obama backs away from public health insurance plan (August 17, 2009) ) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_health_care_overhaul
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is willing to embrace insurance cooperatives over a government-run plan as the White House faces mounting opposition to its broad overhaul of the nation's health care system. Bowing to Republican pressure and offering political cover to fiscally conservative Democrats, Obama's administration signaled on Sunday that it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run insurance. The shift leaves open a chance for compromise with Republicans that probably would enrage Obama's liberal supporters but could deliver a much-needed victory on a top domestic priority. Officials from both political parties are looking for concessions while Congress is on an August recess. Facing tough audiences, lawmakers and the White House are looking for a way to cover the nation's almost 50 million uninsured while maintaining political standing. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that a government alternative to private health insurance is "not the essential element" of the administration's health care overhaul. The White House would be open to co-ops, she said, a sign that Democrats want a compromise so they can declare a victory.Under a proposal by Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., consumer-owned nonprofit cooperatives would sell insurance in competition with private industry, not unlike the way electric and agriculture co-ops operate, especially in rural states such as his own. CLIP
The brutal truth about Americas healthcare (15 August 2009) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/the-brutal-truth-about-americarsquos-healthcare-1772580.html
An extraordinary report from Guy Adams in Los Angeles at the music arena that has been turned into a makeshift medical centre -- They came in their thousands, queuing through the night to secure one of the coveted wristbands offering entry into a strange parallel universe where medical care is a free and basic right and not an expensive luxury. Some of these Americans had walked miles simply to have their blood pressure checked, some had slept in their cars in the hope of getting an eye-test or a mammogram, others had brought their children for immunisations that could end up saving their life.In the week that Britain's National Health Service was held aloft by Republicans as an "evil and Orwellian" example of everything that is wrong with free healthcare, these extraordinary scenes in Inglewood, California yesterday provided a sobering reminder of exactly why President Barack Obama is trying to reform the US system.The LA Forum, the arena that once hosted sell-out Madonna concerts, has been transformed for eight days only into a vast field hospital. In America, the offer of free healthcare is so rare, that news of the magical medical kingdom spread rapidly and long lines of prospective patients snaked around the venue for the chance of getting everyday treatments that many British people take for granted. In the first two days, more than 1,500 men, women and children received free treatments worth $503,000 (£304,000). Thirty dentists pulled 471 teeth; 320 people were given standard issue spectacles; 80 had mammograms; dozens more had acupuncture, or saw kidney specialists. By the time the makeshift medical centre leaves town on Tuesday, staff expect to have dispensed $2m worth of treatments to 10,000 patients. (...) Although the Americans spend more on medicine than any nation on earth, there are an estimated 50 million with no health insurance at all. Many of those who have jobs can't afford coverage, and even those with standard policies often find it doesn't cover commonplace procedures. California's unemployed who rely on Medicaid had their dental care axed last month. (...) President Obama's healthcare plans had been a central plank of his first-term programme, but his reform package has taken a battering at the hands of Republican opponents in recent weeks. As the Democrats have failed to coalesce around a single, straightforward proposal, their rivals have seized on public hesitancy over "socialised medicine" and now the chance of far-reaching reform is in doubt.Most damaging of all has been the tide of vociferous right-wing opponents whipping up scepticism at town hall meetings that were supposed to soothe doubts. In Pennsylvania this week, Senator Arlen Specter was greeted by a crowd of 1,000 at a venue designed to accommodate only 250, and of the 30 selected speakers at the event, almost all were hostile. The packed bleachers in the LA Forum tell a different story. The mobile clinic has been organised by the remarkable Remote Area Medical. The charity usually focuses on the rural poor, although they worked in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Now they are moving into more urban venues, this week's event in Los Angeles is believed to be the largest free healthcare operation in the country.Doctors, dentists and therapists volunteer their time, and resources to the organisation. To many US medical professionals, it offers a rare opportunity to plug into the public service ethos on which their trade was supposedly founded. "People come here who haven't seen a doctor for years. And we're able to say 'Hey, you have this, you have this, you have this'," said Dr Vincent Anthony, a kidney specialist volunteering five days of his team's time. "It's hard work, but incredibly rewarding. Healthcare needs reform, obviously. There are so many people falling through the cracks, who don't get care. That's why so many are here." CLIP
Who's behind the attacks on a health care overhaul? (August 14, 2009) http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/73765.html
WASHINGTON Much of the money and strategy behind the so-called grassroots groups organizing opposition to the Democrats' health care plans comes from conservative political consultants, professional organizers and millionaires, some of whom hold financial stakes in the outcome.If President Barack Obama and Congress extend health insurance coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for it, and limit insurers' discretion on who they cover and what they charge, that could pinch these opponents. CLIP
Obama says insurance companies holding U.S. hostage (August 14, 2009) http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE57D47P20090814
BELGRADE, Montana (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama, pushing for healthcare reform during a trip to the West, said on Friday the country was "held hostage" by insurance companies that deny coverage to sick people. Obama, on a multi-state swing to tamp down vociferous opposition to his top domestic priority, targeted insurance companies for dropping customers who become sick or forcing patients to cover huge costs. "We are held hostage at any given moment by health insurance companies that deny coverage or drop coverage or charge fees that people can't afford," Obama told a crowd of some 1,000 people in Montana."It's wrong. It's bankrupting families. It's bankrupting businesses. And we are going to fix it when we pass health insurance reform this year," he said.In a half-work, half-play trip with his family that will include stops at the Grand Canyon and other national parks, Obama, a Democrat, aims to emphasize the benefits of his nearly $1 trillion plan to overhaul the insurance industry, expand healthcare coverage and cut costs to consumers. CLIP
OBAMA ROLLS OVER ONCE AGAIN, ENSURING INCREASED CORPORATE GAINS TO THOSE WHO HAVE CORRUPTED THIS ILLUSORY DEMOCRACY FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL PROFIT...
Its never a contest when the interests of big business are pitted against the public interest. So if we manage to get health care reform this time around it will be the kind of reform that benefits the very people who have given us a failed system, and thus made reform so necessary.
Forget about a crackdown on price-gouging drug companies and predatory insurance firms. Thats not happening. With the public pretty well confused about what is going on, were headed at best toward changes that will result in a lot more people getting covered, but that will not control exploding health care costs and will leave industry leaders feeling like theyve hit the jackpot.
The hope of a government-run insurance option is all but gone. So there will be no effective alternative for consumers in the market for health coverage, which means no competitive pressure for private insurers to rein in premiums and other charges. (Forget about the nonprofit cooperatives. Thats like sending peewee footballers up against the Super Bowl champs.)
Insurance companies are delighted with the way reform is unfolding. Think of it: The government is planning to require most uninsured Americans to buy health coverage. Millions of young and healthy individuals will be herded into the industrys welcoming arms. This is the population the insurers drool over.
This additional business a gold mine will more than offset the cost of important new regulations that, among other things, will prevent insurers from denying coverage to applicants with pre-existing conditions or imposing lifetime limits on benefits. Poor people will either be funneled into Medicaid, which will have its eligibility ceiling raised, or will receive a government subsidy to help with the purchase of private insurance.
If the oldest and sickest are on Medicare, and the poorest are on Medicaid, and the young and the healthy are required to purchase private insurance without the option of a competing government-run plan well, thats reform the insurance companies can believe in.
And then there are the drug companies. A couple of months ago the Obama administration made a secret and extremely troubling deal with the drug industrys lobbying arm, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. The lobby agreed to contribute $80 billion in savings over 10 years and to sponsor a multimillion-dollar ad campaign in support of health care reform.
The White House, for its part, agreed not to seek additional savings from the drug companies over those 10 years. This resulted in big grins and high fives at the drug lobby. The White House was rolled. The deal meant that the governments ability to use its enormous purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices was off the table.
The $80 billion in savings (in the form of discounts) would apply only to a certain category of Medicare recipients those who fall into a gap in their drug coverage known as the doughnut hole and only to brand-name drugs. (Drug industry lobbyists probably chuckled, knowing that some patients would switch from generic drugs to the more expensive brand names in order to get the industry-sponsored discounts.)
To get a sense of how sweet a deal this is for the drug industry, compare its offer of $8 billion in savings a year over 10 years with its annual profits of $300 billion a year. Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary in the Clinton administration, wrote that the deal struck by the Obama White House was very similar to the deal George W. Bush struck in getting the Medicare drug benefit, and its proven a bonanza for the drug industry.
The bonanza to come would be even larger, he said, given all the Boomers who will be enrolling in Medicare over the next decade.
While it is undoubtedly important to bring as many people as possible under the umbrella of health coverage, the way it is being done now does not address what President Obama and so many other advocates have said is a crucial component of reform bringing the ever-spiraling costs of health care under control. Those costs, were told, are hamstringing the U.S. economy, making us less competitive globally and driving up the budget deficit.
Giving consumers the choice of an efficient, nonprofit, government-run insurance plan would have moved us toward real cost control, but that option has gone a-glimmering. The public deserves better. The drug companies, the insurance industry and the rest of the corporate high-rollers have their tentacles all over this so-called reform effort, squeezing it for all its worth.
Meanwhile, the public struggling with the worst economic downturn since the 1930s is looking on with great anxiety and confusion. If the drug companies and the insurance industry are smiling, it can only mean that the public interest is being left behind.
Anatomy Of American Ignorance Part 1 (18 August, 2009) http://www.countercurrents.org/noxid180809.htm
It's a full time occupation trying to unravel the reasons Americans remain in the dark. What seems ( to any intelligent outside observer ) like sheer stupidity and arrogance is in reality an almost inescapable indoctrination process that begins before you are born, and ends some time after your dead. It is a system so complex and all encompassing that few can recognize any reality outside of it at all, and that of course is its intended purpose.The astonishing amount of rage demonstrated during the course of this fallacious healthcare debate has exposed a great many unfortunate realities about the United States. This country's inherent ability to avoid the truth about its own origins and behaviors has become increasingly apparent during the first six months of this presidency, and ( as a result of the continued collective denial ) there's no chance of it ending any time soon.It's generally not hard to find examples of the totality of mind control in this country, but last week produced a couple of rare examples. Arlen Specter's Town Hall meeting was evidently an important test case for the organizers of disingenuous dissent, and we got to see a variety of the false arguments. Just look at the two most obvious incidents. CLIP
Why Single-Payer is the ONLY Sensible Health Care Reform - Explained in Plain English (18 August, 2009) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23292.htm
Health care services are in a special category of services. Unlike almost all other services in our free market economy, most health care services (just like police and fire services) are necessary for all residentsoften a matter of life and death. Incredibly, we treat most health care services as if they were optional for some residents. The extreme costs, the multiple inefficiencies, and the shameful injustice of our current health care system are the guaranteed results of treating heath care services as optional for some residents. As a civilized nation, we would never tolerate a system where police or fire services were treated as optional for some residents. To understand how utterly absurd our private health care system is, imagine life in America if we treated police and fire services the way we now treat most health care services. If police and fire services were optional for some Instead of groups pooling their resources and providing everyone with police and fire services, where each dollar spent provides a dollars worth of services (minus the cost to administer payments), imagine introducing a middlemanpolice and fire insurance companies. Like our current health care system, about 30% of every dollar we spend wouldnt provide any police or fire services whatsoever, but instead would go to other insurance company expenses. Aside from administrative costs to pay for services, insurance companies would pay billions to shareholders as profits, plus spend billions more for advertising, lobbying Congress, huge executive salaries, and paying a large staff whose main job would be to find ways to shift costs to purchasers and providers and to maximize profits by minimizing services. Like our current health care system, maximizing profits would mean charging the highest possible premiums (money in) while spending as little as possible on actual police and fire services (money out). This is simply smart business. Insurance companies would compete to enroll residents likely to require the least police or fire services, while trying to avoid residents likely to require the most police or fire services. Like our current health care system, this would guarantee that residents who need these services the most would be the least likely to get them (this is simply smart business). Those residents unfortunate enough to need services too often would be denied, dropped, or charged unaffordable premiums. Those who live in dangerous (low profit) areas would simply be denied police or fire services due to pre-existing conditions (this is simply smart business). Insurance companies would have great profit incentives to find myriad ways to deny services or to shift costs because any money spent providing actual services comes right out of their profits. Like our current health care system, this would guarantee millions of residents would have no police or fire services at all (this is simply smart business). In a civilized society, most health care services are no more optional than police and fire services. Its patently absurd to put a middleman (whose profit incentives are plainly against the interests of the American people) between us and our health care providers. A middleman makes no sense for health services Its clearly counterproductive to put a middleman between providers of necessary services and those who need these services. This guarantees disastrous results. CLIP
This August, when hundreds of Hiroshima Day vigils and related antinuclear activities occur around the United States, many Americans will wonder at their relevance. After all, the nuclear danger that characterized the Cold War is now far behind us, isn't it?
Unfortunately, it is not.
Today there are nine nuclear-armed nations, with over 23,000 nuclear weapons in their arsenals. Thousands of these weapons are on hair-trigger alert.
Admittedly, some nations are decreasing the size of their nuclear arsenals. The United States and Russia - which together possess about 95 percent of the world's nuclear weapons - plan to sign a treaty this year that will cut their strategic weapons totals significantly.
But other nations are engaged in a substantial nuclear buildup. India, for example, launched the first of its nuclear submarines this July and is also developing an assortment of land-based nuclear missiles. Meanwhile, Pakistan has been busy testing ballistic missiles and cruise missiles that will carry nuclear warheads, as well as constructing two new reactors to make plutonium for its expanding nuclear arsenal. Israel, too, is producing material for new nuclear weapons, while North Korea is threatening to resume its production.
In addition, numerous nations - among them, Iran - are suspected of working to develop a nuclear weapons capability.
But surely national governments are too civilized to actually use nuclear weapons, aren't they?
In fact, one government (that of the United States) has already used atomic bombs to annihilate the populations of two cities.
Moreover, nations have come dangerously close to full-scale nuclear war on a number of occasions. The Cuban missile crisis is the best-known example, but there are numerous others. In October 1973, during a war between Israel and Egypt that appeared to be spiraling out of control, the Soviet government sent a tough message to Washington suggesting joint - or, if necessary, Soviet - military action to bring the conflict to a halt. With President Richard Nixon reeling from the Watergate scandal and drunk in the White House, his top national security advisors responded to what they considered a menacing Soviet move by ordering an alert of US nuclear forces. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed in the Kremlin, and the sudden confrontation eased short of nuclear war.
Of course, nuclear war hasn't occurred since 1945. But this fact has largely reflected public revulsion at the prospect and popular mobilization against it. Today, however, lulled by the end of the Cold War and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, we are in a period of relative public complacency. In this respect, at least, the situation has grown more dangerous. Without countervailing pressure, governments find it difficult to resist the temptation to deploy their most powerful weapons when they go to war. And they go to war frequently.
Furthermore, while nuclear weapons exist, there is a serious danger of accidental nuclear war. In September 1983, the Soviet Union's launch-detection satellites reported that the US government had fired its Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles, and that a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union was underway. Luckily, the officer in charge of the satellites concluded that they had malfunctioned and, on his own authority, prevented a Soviet nuclear alert. The incident was so fraught with anxiety that he suffered a nervous breakdown.
Another nuclear war nearly erupted two months later, when the United States and its NATO allies conducted Able Archer 83, a nuclear training exercise that simulated a full-scale nuclear conflict, with NATO nuclear attacks upon Soviet nuclear targets. In the tense atmosphere of the time, recalled Oleg Gordievsky, a top KGB official, his agency mistakenly "concluded that American forces had been placed on alert - and might even have begun the countdown to nuclear war." Terrified that the US government was using this training exercise as a cover behind which it was launching a nuclear attack upon the Soviet Union, the Soviet government alerted its own nuclear forces, readying them for action. "The world did not quite reach the edge of the nuclear abyss," Gordievsky concluded. But it came "frighteningly close."
Furthermore, today we can add the danger of nuclear terrorism. Although it is very unlikely that terrorists will be able to develop nuclear weapons on their own, the existence of tens of thousands of nuclear weapons and of the materials to build them in national arsenals opens the possibility that terrorists will acquire these items through theft or black market operations.
Overall, then, the situation remains very dangerous. Dr. Martin Hellman, a Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Stanford University who has devoted many years to calculating the prospects of nuclear catastrophe, estimates that the risk of a child born today suffering an early death through nuclear war is at least 10 percent. Moreover, he cautions that this is a conservative estimate, for he has not included the danger of nuclear terrorism in his calculations.
In June 2005, Sen. Richard Lugar, then the Republican chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, produced a committee report that was even less sanguine. Asked about the prospect of a nuclear attack within the next ten years, the 76 nuclear security experts he polled came up with an average probability of 29 percent. Four respondents estimated the risk at 100 percent, while only one estimated it at zero.
Thus, Hiroshima Day events provide a useful context for considering the ongoing nuclear danger and, conversely, the necessity for a nuclear weapons-free world.
Hiroshima Day: America Has Been Asleep at the Wheel for 64 Years (Aug 5, 2009) http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090805_hiroshima_day_america_has_been_asleep_at_the_wheel_for_64_years/
It was a hot August day in Detroit. I was standing on a street corner downtown, looking at the front page of The Detroit News in a news rack. I remember a streetcar rattling by on the tracks as I read the headline: A single American bomb had destroyed a Japanese city. My first thought was that I knew exactly what that bomb was. It was the U-235 bomb we had discussed in school and written papers about, the previous fall.I thought: We got it first. And we used it. On a city.I had a sense of dread, a feeling that something very ominous for humanity had just happened. A feeling, new to me as an American, at 14, that my country might have made a terrible mistake. I was glad when the war ended nine days later, but it didnt make me think that my first reaction on Aug. 6 was wrong. Unlike nearly everyone else outside the Manhattan Project, my first awareness of the challenges of the nuclear era had occurredand my attitudes toward the advent of nuclear weaponry had formedsome nine months earlier than those headlines, and in a crucially different context. It was in a ninth-grade social studies class in the fall of 1944. I was 13, a boarding student on full scholarship at Cranbrook, a private school in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Our teacher, Bradley Patterson, was discussing a concept that was familiar then in sociology, William F. Ogburns notion of cultural lag. The idea was that the development of technology regularly moved much further and faster in human social-historical evolution than other aspects of culture: our institutions of government, our values, habits, our understanding of society and ourselves. Indeed, the very notion of progress referred mainly to technology. What lagged behind, what developed more slowly or not at all in social adaptation to new technology was everything that bore on our ability to control and direct technology and the use of technology to dominate other humans. To illustrate this, Mr. Patterson posed a potential advance in technology that might be realized soon. It was possible now, he told us, to conceive of a bomb made of U-235, an isotope of uranium, which would have an explosive power 1,000 times greater than the largest bombs being used in the war that was then going on. German scientists in late 1938 had discovered that uranium could be split by nuclear fission, in a way that would release immense amounts of energy. (...) I recall the conclusions I came to in my paper after thinking about it for a few days. As I remember, everyone in the class had arrived at much the same judgment. It seemed pretty obvious.The existence of such a bombwe each concludedwould be bad news for humanity. Mankind could not handle such a destructive force. It could not control it, safely, appropriately. The power would be abused: used dangerously and destructively, with terrible consequences. Many cities would be destroyed entirely, just as the Allies were doing their best to destroy German cities without atomic bombs at that very time, just as the Germans earlier had attempted to do to Rotterdam and London. Civilization, perhaps our species, would be in danger of destruction.(...) I sensed almost right away, in August 1945 as Hiroshima and Nagasaki were incinerated, that such feelings-about our president, and our Bomb-separated me from nearly everyone around me, from my parents and friends and from most other Americans. They were not to be mentioned. CLIP
For 64th Anniversary: The Great Hiroshima Cover-Up -- And the Nuclear Fallout for All of Us Today http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-mitchell/for-64th-anniversary-the_b_252752.html
In the weeks following the atomic attacks on Japan 64 years ago, and then for decades afterward, the United States engaged in airtight suppression of all film shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bombings. This included footage shot by U.S. military crews and Japanese newsreel teams. In addition, for many years, all but a handful of newspaper photographs were seized or prohibited.The public did not see any of the newsreel footage for 25 years, and the U.S. military film remained hidden for nearly four decades. (...) More recently, McGovern declared that Americans should have seen the damage wrought by the bomb. "The main reason it was classified was...because of the horror, the devastation," he said. Because the footage shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was hidden for so long, the atomic bombings quickly sank, unconfronted and unresolved, into the deeper recesses of American awareness, as a costly nuclear arms race, and nuclear proliferation, accelerated.In 2005, Editor & Publisher (where I am editor) broke the news that articles written by famed Chicago Daily News war correspondent George Weller about the effects of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki were finally published, in Japan, almost six decades after they had been spiked by U.S. officials. But suppressing film footage shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was even more significant, as this country rushed into the nuclear age with its citizens having neither a true understanding of the effects of the bomb on human beings, nor why the atomic attacks drew condemnation around the world. The common view abroad, and among many U.S. historians, is that Russia's entry into the war (long scheduled and carried out on August 8) would have forced a Japanese surrender long before any U.S. invasion took place. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower himself later said it was not necessary to hit Japan "with that awful thing."The atomic cover-up also reveals what can happen in any country that carries out deadly attacks on civilians in any war (such as Japan's policy in China in World War II) and then keeps images of what occurred from its own people. (...) I was told by people in the Pentagon that they didn't want those [film] images out because they showed effects on man, woman and child....They didn't want the general public to know what their weapons had done. CLIP
Poll finds support for World War II atom bombs http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jjobkhth3os0IAu20U8c9WVvu6vgD99S6FOG0
NEW HAVEN, Conn. A majority of Americans surveyed believe dropping atomic bombs on Japan during World War II was the right thing to do, but support was weaker among Democrats, women, younger voters and minority voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. The poll, released Tuesday, found 61 percent of the more than 2,400 American voters questioned believe the U.S. did the right thing. Twenty-two percent called it wrong and 16 percent were undecided. (...) The poll asked a single question: "Do you think the United States did the right thing or the wrong thing by dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?" CLIP
New Hope for Nuclear Disarmament (August 6, 2009) http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2009/08/06_krieger_sadako_remarks.php?krieger
Dr. Krieger delivered these remarks at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's 15th Annual Sadako Peace Day commemoration in Santa Barbara, California on August 6, 2009.This is the 15th year that we have commemorated Sadako Peace Day in this beautiful garden created by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and La Casa de Maria. It is a garden inspired by a young girl, Sadako Sasaki, who was two years old when she was exposed to radiation from the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. Ten years later, Sadako succumbed to radiation induced leukemia. Before she died, she inspired her classmates by her valiant attempt to fold 1,000 paper cranes a symbol of long life in Japan. Sadako wrote on the wings of one of these paper cranes: I will write peace on your wings, and you will fly all over the world. Each year, students send colorful paper cranes that they have folded, some 10 million of them, to Hiroshima in honor of Sadako. There is a statue of her with outstretched arms in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.Today we join with the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and with people all over the world in remembering a somber and world changing day 64 years ago, when the first atomic weapon was used in warfare. We learned, or should have learned, that one bomb can destroy a city, that no longer would any city on the planet be safe from the threat of annihilation, and that we had created weapons capable of destroying humankind. This is a lot of information to take in, and I doubt that it has been fully absorbed by humanity even now. (...) It has recently been announced that President Obama will personally chair a meeting the heads of state of United Nations Security Council members on nonproliferation and disarmament this fall. This is real cause for hope.But we can expect opposition from those blind to the risks of continuing to threaten the use of nuclear weapons. President Obama needs our support. The world needs our engagement on this issue. The most important thing we can do as planetary citizens is to pass the world on intact to the next generation. Ending the nuclear weapons era is a responsibility we owe to the future. We know you are here because you care. Please continue to take a stand and speak out as if the very future of humanity depended upon what you do. It does. The President needs your support and so do the children of the future.
US Leadership for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT_9KS07njQ
The latest video from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation highlights the importance of U.S. leadership to achieve the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
Tell President Obama to Make Dramatic Nuclear Cuts http://capwiz.com/wagingpeace/issues/alert/?alertid=13704431
The Moscow Summit between President Obama and President Medvedev demonstrated improved US-Russian relations, but very modest progress on nuclear disarmament. During his 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama promised "dramatic" cuts in nuclear arsenals in a new agreement with the Russians. The announcement that a new US-Russia treaty will seek to limit each side's nuclear warheads to between 1,500 and 1,675 represents some progress, but it is far too modest. These new figures would not have to be achieved until 2016, which would coincide with the end of President Obama's second term, should he be re-elected. In order to arrive at President Obama's stated goal of a nuclear-free world, far more dramatic steps are needed. Steps that the US and Russia must take together include making further reductions in nuclear weapons, taking thousands of nuclear weapons off of high-alert status and committing to a binding No First Use policy. Write to President Obama today and ask him to take these bolder steps in order to lead the world to the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. Take Action!
Depleted Uranium: The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War BY LEUREN MORET (July 1, 2004)
PLEASE READ THIS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE SHEER SCOPE OF THIS ABERRANT ACT OF MASS OBLIVION http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2004/DU-Trojan-Horse1jul04.htm
The use of depleted uranium weaponry by the United States, defying all international treaties, will slowly annihilate all species on earth including the human species, and yet this country continues to do so with full knowledge of its destructive potential. Since 1991, the United States has staged four wars using depleted uranium weaponry, illegal under all international treaties, conventions and agreements, as well as under the US military law. The continued use of this illegal radioactive weaponry, which has already contaminated vast regions with low level radiation and will contaminate other parts of the world over time, is indeed a world affair and an international issue.
(...) The fact is that the United States and its military partners have staged four nuclear wars, "slipping nukes under the wire" by using dirty bombs and dirty weapons in countries the US needs to control. Depleted uranium aerosols will permanently contaminate vast regions and slowly destroy the genetic future of populations living in those regions, where there are resources which the US must control, in order to establish and maintain American primacy. Described as the Trojan Horse of nuclear war, depleted uranium is the weapon that keeps killing. The half-life of Uranium-238 is 4.5 billion years, the age of the earth. And, as Uranium-238 decays into daughter radioactive products, in four steps before turning into lead, it continues to release more radiation at each step. There is no way to turn it off, and there is no way to clean it up. It meets the US Governments own definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. After forming microscopic and submicroscopic insoluble Uranium oxide particles on the battlefield, they remain suspended in air and travel around the earth as a radioactive component of atmospheric dust, contaminating the environment, indiscriminately killing, maiming and causing disease in all living things where rain, snow and moisture remove it from the atmosphere. Global radioactive contamination from atmospheric testing was the equivalent of 40,000 Hiroshima bombs, and still contaminates the atmosphere and lower orbital space today. The amount of low level radioactive pollution from depleted uranium released since 1991, is many (TEN) times more (deposited internally in the body), than was released from atmospheric testing fallout. A 2003 independent report for the European Parliament by the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR), reports that based on Chernobyl studies, low level radiation risk is 100 to 1000 times greater than the International Committee for Radiation Protection models estimate which are based on the flawed Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Studies conducted by the US Government. Referring to the extreme killing effects of radiation on biological systems, Dr. Rosalie Bertell, one of the 46 international radiation expert authors of the ECRR report, describes it as: "The concept of species annihilation means a relatively swift, deliberately induced end to history, culture, science, biological reproduction and memory. It is the ultimate human rejection of the gift of life, an act which requires a new word to describe it: omnicide."
(...) Extensive carpet bombing, grid bombing, and the frequent use of missiles and depleted uranium bullets on buildings in densely populated areas has occurred in Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan. The discovery that bomb craters in Yugoslavia in 1999 were radioactive, and that an unexploded missile in 1999 contained a depleted uranium warhead, implies that the total amount of depleted uranium used since 1991 has been greatly underestimated. Of even greater concern, is that 100 per cent of the depleted uranium in bombs and missiles is aerosolized upon impact and immediately released into the atmosphere. This amount can be as much as 1.5 tons in the large bombs. In bullets and cannon shells, the amount aerosolized is 40-70 per cent, leaving pieces and unexploded shells in the environment, to provide new sources of radioactive dust and contamination of the groundwater from dissolved depleted uranium metal long after the battles are over, as reported in a 2003 report by the UN Environmental Program on Yugoslavia. Considering that the US has admitted using 34 tons of depleted uranium from bullets and cannon shells in Yugoslavia, and the fact that 35,000 NATO bombing missions occurred there in 1999, potentially the amount of depleted uranium contaminating Yugoslavia and transboundary drift into surrounding countries is staggering. Because of mysterious illnesses and post-war birth defects reported among Gulf War veterans and civilians in southern Iraq, and radiation related illnesses in UN Peacekeepers serving in Yugoslavia, growing concerns about radiation effects and environmental damage has stirred up international outrage about the use of radioactive weapons by the US after 1991.
(...) Although restricted to battlefields in Iraq and Kuwait, the 1991 Gulf War was one of the most toxic and environmentally devastating wars in world history. Oil well fires, the bombing of oil tankers and oil wells which released millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Arabia and desert, and the devastation from tanks and heavy equipment destroyed the desert ecosystem. The long term and far reaching effects, and dispersal of at least 340 tons of depleted uranium weapons, had a global environmental effect. Smoke from the oil fires was later found in deposits in South America, the Himalayas and Hawaii. Large annual dust storms originating in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia will quickly spread the radioactive contamination around the world, and weathering of old depleted uranium munitions on battlefields and other areas will provide new sources of radioactive contamination in future years. Downwind from the radioactive devastation in Iraq, Israel is also suffering from large increases in breast cancer, leukemia and childhood diabetes. RADIATION RESPECTS NO BORDERS, NO SOCIOECONOMIC CLASS, AND NO RELIGION -- The expendability of the sanctity of life to achieve US political ends was described by US soldiers on the ground, and from the air, along the Highway of Death in Iraq in 1991: "Iraqi soldiers [whether they] be young boys or old men. They were a sad sight, with absolutely no fight left in them. Their leaders had cut their Achilles tendons so they couldnt run away and then left them. What weapons they had were in bad repair and little ammunition was on hand. They were hungry, cold, and scared. The hate I had for any Iraqi dissipated. These people had no business being on a battlefield."(S Hersh, New Yorker, May 22, 2000) American pilots bombing and strafing, with depleted uranium weapons, helpless retreating Iraqi soldiers who had already surrendered, exclaimed: "We toasted him . we hit the jackpot .a turkey shoot .shooting fish in a barrel .basically just sitting ducks Theres just nothing like it. Its the biggest Fourth of July show youve ever seen, and to see those tanks just boom, and more stuff just keeps spewing out of them they just become white hot. Its wonderful."(L A Times and Washington Post, both February 27, 1991) Nearly 700,000 American Gulf War Veterans returned to the US from a war that lasted just a few weeks. Today more than 240,000 of those soldiers are on permanent medical disability, and over 11,000 are dead. In a US Government study on post-Gulf War babies born to 251 veterans, 67 per cent of the babies were reported to have serious illnesses or serious birth defects. They were born without eyes, ears, had missing organs, fused fingers, thyroid or other malfunctions. Depleted uranium in the semen of the soldiers internally contaminated their wives. Severe birth defects have been reported in babies born to contaminated civilians in Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan and the incidence and severity of defects is increasing over time. Women in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq are afraid now to have babies, and when they do give birth, instead of asking if it is a girl or a boy, they ask is it normal?. CLIP GO CHECK AT http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2004/DU-Trojan-Horse1jul04.htm the KNOWN ILLNESSES INFLICTED BY INTERNALIZATION OF DEPLETED URANIUM PARTICLES -- Table 1: Compiled by Leuren Moret from Interviews with Gulf War Vets and their families... MIND-BOGGLING!
(...) What has happened to Human Rights, to the Rights of the Child, to civil society, and to common humanity? It is up to the citizens of the world to stop the depleted uranium wars, and future nuclear wars, causing irreversible devastation. There are just a few generations left before the collapse of our environment, and then it will be too late. We can be no healthier than the health of the environment we breathe the same air, drink the same water, eat food from the same soil. "Our collective gene pool of life, evolving for hundreds of millions of years has been seriously damaged in less than the past fifty. The time remaining to reverse this culture of lemming death is on the wane. In the future, what will you tell our grandchildren about what you did in the prime of your life to turn around this death process?" (Rosalie Bertell, 1982)
(...) The Carlyle Group, a private massive equity firm, the 12th largest defense business with an obscenely high profit margin, is a business "arrangement" between the Bush and Bin Laden families, wealthy Saudis, former British Prime Minister John Major, James Baker III, Afsaneh Masheyekhi, Frank Carlucci, Colin Powell, other former US Government administrators, and Madeleine Albrights daughter. The Carlyle Group is the gatekeeper to the Saudi investment community. It owns 70 percent of Lockheed Martin Marietta, the largest military contractor in the US, and because Carlyle is privately owned, has no scrutiny or accountability whatsoever. A journalist who calls himself a skunk at the garden party described investigating the Carlyle Group, he said its like shadow boxing with a ghost. The Group hires as lobbyists the best known politicians from around the world, in order to influence the politics of war, and privately profit from their previous public policies. The conflict of interest is obvious: President George W. Bush is creating wars as his father, former President George Bush, is globally peddling weapons and "protection". CLIP MUCH MORE THROUGH THIS LINK
Living with 75 tons of depleted uranium in Gaza http://inthesenewtimes.com/2009/05/27/living-with-75-tons-of-depleted-uranium-in-gaza/
Gaza is littered with the depleted uranium Israel uses to strengthen its warheads. Now there will be many children born with deformities and even more precious land beyond human habitation or farming. Gaza / PNN Citizens Action to Dismantle Nuclear Weapons Completely has prepared a 33 page report showing the presence of tens of tons of depleted uranium in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli attacks of late December and January are the culprit, report the international organization. The quantity of depleted uranium may amount to no less than 75 tons found in the soil and subsoil in the Gaza Strip, is the study's quote. As many have suggested, the Israeli military used or may have used depleted uranium in the ground and air assaults on the Strip during the operation in the period between 27 December 2008 and January 18, 2009. The report indicated that Norwegian Dr. Mads Gilbert, during the first few days of participation in voluntary humanitarian work at Gaza Citys Al Shifa Hospital, condemned the presence of radioactive material that may have been depleted uranium in the bodies of the victims. And now the accusation emerged more strongly after several months of investigations carried out in close association with the peoples concerned, and with the assistance of international expert on sustainable development and use of prohibited weapons Jean Francois Feacheno.
Tons of Depleted Uranium Polluting Iraq (December 1, 2003) NEAR-ETERNAL DEADLY LEGACY http://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/167/35347.html
U.S. forces unleashed at least 75 tons of toxic depleted uranium on Iraq during the war, reports the Christian Science Monitor. An unnamed U.S. Central Command spokesman disclosed to the Monitor last week that coalition forces fired 300,000 bullets coated with armored-piercing depleted uranium (DU) during the war. (...) Two other sites visited were randomly selected Iraqi armored vehicles destroyed with DU bullets. The remains of these tanks sit near a produce vendor on the outskirts of Baghdad, and have become popular playthings for children; the Geiger counter reading from "a DU bullet fragment no bigger than a pencil eraser" near one child registered 1,000 times normal. There were no warnings posted informing the populace of the radioactive emissions coming from the tanks. CLIP
Horror Of US Depleted Uranium In Iraq Threatens World http://www.coastalpost.com/06/12/05_.html
American Use Of DU is "A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time."US Iraq Military Vets "are on DU death row, waiting to die." 4-29-5 "I'm horrified. The people out there - the Iraqis, the media and the troops - risk the most appalling ill health. And the radiation from depleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It's going to destroy the lives of thousands of children, all over the world. We all know how far radiation can travel. Radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales and in Britain you sometimes get red dust from the Sahara on your car." The speaker is not some alarmist doom-sayer. He is Dr. Chris Busby, the British radiation expert, Fellow of the University of Liverpool in the Faculty of Medicine and UK representative on the European Committee on Radiation Risk, talking about the best-kept secret of this war: the fact that, by illegally using hundreds of tons of depleted uranium (DU) against Iraq, Britain and America have gravely endangered not only the Iraqis but the whole world. For these weapons have released deadly, carcinogenic and mutagenic, radioactive particles in such abundance that-whipped up by sandstorms and carried on trade winds - there is no corner of the globe they cannot penetrate-including Britain. For the wind has no boundaries and time is on their side: the radioactivity persists for over 4,500,000,000 years and can cause cancer, leukemia, brain damage, kidney failure, and extreme birth defects - killing millions of every age for centuries to come. A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time. CLIP
Depleted Uranium - Far Worse Than 9/11 (May 3, 2006) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=2374
Depleted Uranium Dust - Public Health Disaster For The People Of Iraq and Afghanistan -- In 1979, depleted uranium (DU) particles escaped from the National Lead Industries factory near Albany, N.Y.,which was manufacturing DU weapons for the U.S military. The particles traveled 26 miles and were discovered in a laboratory filter by Dr. Leonard Dietz, a nuclear physicist. This discovery led to a shut down of the factory in 1980, for releasing morethan 0.85 pounds of DU dust into the atmosphere every month, and involved a cleanup of contaminated properties costing over 100 million dollars. Imagine a far worse scenario. Terrorists acquire a million pounds of the deadly dust and scatter it in populated areas throughout the U.S. Hundreds of children report symptoms. Many acquire cancer and leukemia, suffering an early and painful death. Huge increases in severe birth defects are reported. Oncologists are overwhelmed. Soccer fields, sand lots and parks, traditional play areas for kids, are no longer safe. People lose their most basic freedom, the ability to go outside and safely breathe. Sounds worse than 9/11? Welcome to Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Jawad Al-Ali (55), director of the Oncology Center at the largest hospital in Basra, Iraq stated, at a recent ( 2003) conference in Japan:"Two strange phenomena have come about in Basra which I have never seen before. The first is double and triple cancers in one patient. For example, leukemia and cancer of the stomach. We had one patient with 2 cancers - one in his stomach and kidney. Months later, primary cancer was developing in his other kidney--he had three different cancer types. The second is the clustering of cancer in families. We have 58 families here with more than one person affected by cancer. Dr Yasin, a general Surgeon here has two uncles, a sister and cousin affected with cancer. Dr Mazen, another specialist, has six family members suffering from cancer. My wife has nine members of her family with cancer". CLIP
(CNN) -- It is a problem of massive plastic proportions -- a giant floating debris field, composed mostly of bits and pieces of plastic, in the northwest Pacific Ocean, about a thousand miles off the coast of California.
It's called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it covers a vast area of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of miles of open ocean.
Now researchers are trying to learn more about the sea-bound trash zone and perhaps find answers to basic questions.
A crew of scientists from the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography has embarked on a three-week mission aboard the research vessel New Horizon, heading for the debris field to study it.
The mission is not as straightforward as it sounds. "There may be a misapprehension ... that if you got out there and stood on the middle of a deck you'd see nothing but plastic litter from horizon to horizon," said Robert Knox, deputy director for research at the Scripps Institution.
"It's relatively sparse, and you might or might not see something visible to the human eye at any particular location out there," Knox says. "Certainly one does encounter pieces of plastic stuff that are big enough to see. But the other side of the puzzle is all the little bits and pieces of plastic that you can't even see unless you scoop up a sample of seawater and see what's in there."
"I think it's a little misleading to think of it as a great big island that you could practically get out and walk on, but the point is it's a big area of ocean. So even a few pieces of plastic per square meter amounts to a lot of plastic when you add it up over this enormous ocean area."
There has been some previous research on this garbage field, but not much. It's been very poorly studied in a scientific sense. Major questions remain:
How how much stuff is there? What size is the stuff? Where is it distributed in the ocean, at the surface or at what depth? What does it do to the food chain, especially the small particles of plastic that may be ingested by smaller organisms at the bottom of the food chain?
While the main focus of the Scripps mission is the impact of this plastic trash on marine life, researchers will gather information on a wide variety of issues.
Here's what scientists do know: They know the size of this zone is huge, maybe as big as Texas. And they know that all the plastic accumulated in the patch has mostly broken down into smaller bits, floating just under the water's surface like confetti, basically a soupy mix of plastic-filled seawater that stretches for maybe thousands of miles.
They know the garbage patch has been growing for many years, and scientists first became aware of the problem years ago when fisherman reported encountering widespread debris. They know there are other debris fields in other oceans of the world, but this one is the biggest.
Rusty Brainard with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this giant garbage patch, in addition to plastic, also contains huge masses of fishing nets, which destroys ecosystems around the Hawaiian Islands.
But the plastic is really the toxic killer. While it slowly degrades, it turns into increasingly smaller bits of plastic. Seabirds mistake it for food and they dive down and eat it.
Brainard says they find a lot of skeletons of seabirds on the Islands and "their gut content is just filled with plastic." Brainard says that has scientists wondering what other animals are eating this plastic.
As the larger animals and marine life eat the smaller animals, this plastic eventually ends up in the human food supply, too.
But even the size is of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is uncertain.
"It's not a hard and fast number. It's a little bit like a whirlpool on the surface of a river or a lake. You'd be hard-pressed to tell me where the edge is. All you know is that it's stronger in the middle than it is in the outer reaches. But it's an area of many hundreds of miles -- perhaps thousands -- in which the ocean currents tend to bring it together," according to Knox.
NOAA has tracked the Great Pacific Garbage Patch movement to some degree. Scientists know it moves as much as a thousand miles north and south in the Pacific seasonally. And during warmer ocean periods, known as El Nino, it drifts even further south.
A kind of large, clock-wise circulation of currents driven by the wind around the Pacific ocean basin causes the plastic and other garbage to mix together in convergence zones, forming this giant trash zone and making its movements comparable to a whirlpool.
Researchers believe this enormous trash zone accumulated over many years from trash being dumped off boats and ocean-going ships, and from trash accumulated on beaches, where it eventually washed in the Pacific Ocean and into the huge zone.
This study mission may even help scientists determine whether there's any way to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and, if so, the best way to do it.
Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America
By Jo Macfarlane -- 15th August 2009
Prevention: Is the swine flu jab safe?
A warning that the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter.
The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, has been leaked to The Mail on Sunday, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins.
It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine.
GBS attacks the lining of the nerves, causing paralysis and inability to breathe, and can be fatal.
The letter, sent to about 600 neurologists on July 29, is the first sign that there is concern at the highest levels that the vaccine itself could cause serious complications.
It refers to the use of a similar swine flu vaccine in the United States in 1976 when:
- More people died from the vaccination than from swine flu.
- 500 cases of GBS were detected.
- The vaccine may have increased the risk of contracting GBS by eight times.
- The vaccine was withdrawn after just ten weeks when the link with GBS became clear.
- The US Government was forced to pay out millions of dollars to those affected.
Concerns have already been raised that the new vaccine has not been sufficiently tested and that the effects, especially on children, are unknown.
It is being developed by pharmaceutical companies and will be given to about 13million people during the first wave of immunisation, expected to start in October.
Top priority will be given to everyone aged six months to 65 with an underlying health problem, pregnant women and health professionals.
The British Neurological Surveillance Unit (BNSU), part of the British Association of Neurologists, has been asked to monitor closely any cases of GBS as the vaccine is rolled out.
One senior neurologist said last night: I would not have the swine flu jab because of the GBS risk.
There are concerns that there could be a repeat of what became known as the 1976 debacle in the US, where a swine flu vaccine killed 25 people more than the virus itself.
A mass vaccination was given the go-ahead by President Gerald Ford because scientists believed that the swine flu strain was similar to the one responsible for the 1918-19 pandemic, which killed half a million Americans and 20million people worldwide.
The swine flu vaccine being offered to children has not been tested on infants...
Within days, symptoms of GBS were reported among those who had been immunised and 25 people died from respiratory failure after severe paralysis. One in 80,000 people came down with the condition. In contrast, just one person died of swine flu.
More than 40million Americans had received the vaccine by the time the programme was stopped after ten weeks. The US Government paid out millions of dollars in compensation to those affected.
The swine flu virus in the new vaccine is a slightly different strain from the 1976 virus, but the possibility of an increased incidence of GBS remains a concern.
Shadow health spokesman Mike Penning said last night: The last thing we want is secret letters handed around experts within the NHS. We need a vaccine but we also need to know about potential risks.
Our job is to make sure that the public knows whats going on. Why is the Government not being open about this? Its also very worrying if GPs, who will be administering the vaccine, arent being warned.
Two letters were posted together to neurologists advising them of the concerns. The first, dated July 29, was written by Professor Elizabeth Miller, head of the HPAs Immunisation Department.
It says: The vaccines used to combat an expected swine influenza pandemic in 1976 were shown to be associated with GBS and were withdrawn from use.
GBS has been identified as a condition needing enhanced surveillance when the swine flu vaccines are rolled out.
Reporting every case of GBS irrespective of vaccination or disease history is essential for conducting robust epidemiological analyses capable of identifying whether there is an increased risk of GBS in defined time periods after vaccination, or after influenza itself, compared with the background risk.
The second letter, dated July 27, is from the Association of British Neurologists and is written by Dr Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, chair of its surveillance unit, and Professor Patrick Chinnery, chair of its clinical research committee.
Halted: The 1976 US swine flu campaign
It says: Traditionally, the BNSU has monitored rare diseases for long periods of time. However, the swine influenza (H1N1) pandemic has overtaken us and we need every members involvement with a new BNSU survey of Guillain-Barre Syndrome that will start on August 1 and run for approximately nine months.
Following the 1976 programme of vaccination against swine influenza in the US, a retrospective study found a possible eight-fold increase in the incidence of GBS.
Active prospective ascertainment of every case of GBS in the UK is required. Please tell BNSU about every case.
You will have seen Press coverage describing the Governments concern about releasing a vaccine of unknown safety.
If there are signs of a rise in GBS after the vaccination programme begins, the Government could decide to halt it.
GBS attacks the lining of the nerves, leaving them unable to transmit signals to muscles effectively.
It can cause partial paralysis and mostly affects the hands and feet. In serious cases, patients need to be kept on a ventilator, but it can be fatal.
Death is caused by paralysis of the respiratory system, causing the victim to suffocate.
It is not known exactly what causes GBS and research on the subject has been inconclusive.
However, it is thought that one in a million people who have a seasonal flu vaccination could be at risk and it has also been linked to people recovering from a bout of flu of any sort.
The HPA said it was part of the Governments pandemic plan to monitor GBS cases in the event of a mass vaccination campaign, regardless of the strain of flu involved. But vaccine experts warned that the letters proved the programme was a guinea-pig trial.
Dr Tom Jefferson, co-ordinator of the vaccines section of the influential Cochrane Collaboration, an independent group that reviews research, said: New vaccines never behave in the way you expect them to. It may be that there is a link to GBS, which is certainly not something I would wish on anybody.
But it could end up being anything because one of the additives in one of the vaccines is a substance called squalene, and none of the studies weve extracted have any research on it at all.
He said squalene, a naturally occurring enzyme, could potentially cause so-far-undiscovered side effects.
Jackie Fletcher, founder of vaccine support group Jabs, said: The Government would not be anticipating this if they didnt think there was a connection. What weve got is a massive guinea-pig trial.
Professor Chinnery said: During the last swine flu pandemic, it was observed that there was an increased frequency of cases of GBS. No one knows whether it was the virus or the vaccine that caused this.
The purpose of the survey is for us to assess rapidly whether there is an increase in the frequency of GBS when the vaccine is released in the UK. It also increases consultants awareness of the condition.
Panic over? The number of swine flu cases has fallen sharply in the past few weeks
This is a belt-and-braces approach to safety and is not something people should be substantially worried about as its a rare condition.
If neurologists do identify a case of GBS, it will be logged on a central database.
Details about patients, including blood samples, will be collected and monitored by the HPA.
It is hoped this will help scientists establish why some people develop the condition and whether it is directly related to the vaccine.
But some question why there needs to be a vaccine, given the risks. Dr Richard Halvorsen, author of The Truth About Vaccines, said: For people with serious underlying health problems, the risk of dying from swine flu is probably greater than the risk of side effects from the vaccine.
But it would be tragic if we repeated the US example and ended up with more casualties from the jabs.
I applaud the Government for recognising the risk but in most cases this is a mild virus which needs a few days in bed. Id question why we need a vaccine at all.
Professor Miller at the HPA said: This monitoring system activates pandemic plans that have been in place for a number of years. Well be able to get information on whether a patient has had a prior influenza illness and will look at whether influenza itself is linked to GBS.
We are not expecting a link to the vaccine but a link to disease, which would make having the vaccine even more important.
The UKs medicines watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, is already monitoring reported side effects from Tamiflu and Relenza and it is set to extend that surveillance to the vaccine.
A Department of Health spokesperson said: The European Medicines Agency has strict processes in place for licensing pandemic vaccines.
In preparing for a pandemic, appropriate trials to assess safety and the immune responses have been carried out on vaccines very similar to the swine flu vaccine. The vaccines have been shown to have a good safety profile.
It is extremely irresponsible to suggest that the UK would use a vaccine without careful consideration of safety issues. The UK has one of the most successful immunisation programmes in the world.
I COULDN'T EAT OR SPEAK... IT WAS HORRENDOUS
Victim: Hilary Wilkinson spent three months in hospital after she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome
When Hilary Wilkinson woke up with muscle weakness in her left arm and difficulty breathing, doctors initially put it down to a stroke.
But within hours, she was on a ventilator in intensive care after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
She spent three months in hospital and had to learn how to talk and walk again. But at times, when she was being fed through a drip and needed a tracheotomy just to breathe, she doubted whether she would survive.
The mother of two, 57, from Maryport, Cumbria, had been in good health until she developed a chest infection in March 2006. She gradually became so weak she could not walk downstairs.
Doctors did not diagnose Guillain-Barre until her condition worsened in hospital and tests showed her reflexes slowing down. It is impossible for doctors to know how she contracted the disorder, although it is thought to be linked to some infections.
Mrs Wilkinson said: It was very scary. I couldnt eat and I couldnt speak. My arms and feet had no strength and breathing was hard.
I was treated with immunoglobulin, which are proteins found in blood, to stop damage to my nerves. After ten days, I still couldnt speak and had to mime to nurses or my family.
It was absolutely horrendous and I had no idea whether I would get through it. You reach very dark moments at such times and wonder how long it can last.
But Im a very determined person and I had lots of support.
After three weeks, she was transferred to a neurological ward, where she had an MRI scan and nerve tests to assess the extent of the damage.
Still unable to speak and in a wheelchair, Mrs Wilkinson eventually began gruelling physiotherapy to improve her muscle strength and movement but it was exhausting and painful.
Three years later, she is almost fully recovered. She can now walk for several miles at a time, has been abroad and carries out voluntary work for a GBS Support Group helpline.
She said: It makes me feel wary that the Government is rolling out this vaccine without any clear idea of the GBS risk, if any. I wouldnt wish it on anyone and it certainly changed my life.
Im frightened to have the swine flu vaccine if this might happen again its a frightening illness and I think more research needs to be done on the effect of the vaccine.
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Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers (July 20, 2009) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31971355/ns/health-swine_flu
The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered side effects from the shots. This time, the government has already taken steps to head that off. Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that result from any new swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, government health officials said Friday. Since the 1980s, the government has protected vaccine makers against lawsuits over the use of childhood vaccines. The document signed by Sebelius last month grants immunity to those making a swine flu vaccine, under the provisions of a 2006 law for public health emergencies. It allows for a compensation fund, if needed. The government takes such steps to encourage drug companies to make vaccines, and it's worked. Federal officials have contracted with five manufacturers to make a swine flu vaccine. The last time the government faced a new swine flu virus was in 1976. Federal officials vaccinated 40 million Americans during a national campaign. A pandemic never materialized, but thousands who got the shots filed injury claims, saying they suffered a paralyzing condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome or other side effects. CLIP
Flu Vaccine Panel Creates Priority List (July 30, 2009) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/29/AR2009072903607.html
A complicated list of who should get [swine] flu vaccine in the fall is now set. When the vaccine starts arriving in September, first in line will be pregnant women; the caretakers of infants; children and young adults; older people with chronic illness; and health-care workers. That's the advice of a 15-member committee of experts, which met all day Wednesday at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to advise the federal government on vaccine policy. The priority list names targeted groups and suggests the order in which they should be vaccinated. "The results of this meeting will kick planning into high gear," said Pascale Wortley of the CDC's Immunization Services Division. "This is a watershed moment." All that's missing is the vaccine, knowledge of how well it works and the nitty-gritty details of how to deliver it to people's arms and noses. The vaccine will come in two forms: the traditional flu shot and a "live" vaccine squirted into the nose that contains a weakened version of the new virus. Some of the vaccine will be stored in multi-dose vials containing thimerosal, an antibacterial additive that contains mercury. But there will also be single-dose syringes without thimerosal, a substance that some assert is harmful to children. Among the many unanswered questions is whether two doses will be necessary to provide full protection, how close in time two shots can be given and how big the dose will be. Vaccination programs may start before the answers are known. Note: Why is thimerosal being used? It is a mercury additive around which there appears to be a major cover-up. For several other revealing articles which suggest an dangerous agenda with the swine flu vaccine, click here
Will Safety Fears Hurt Swine Flu Vaccinations? (July 30, 2009) http://abcnews.go.com/Health/SwineFluNews/story?id=8206167
With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hoping to have 120 million doses of H1N1 swine flu virus vaccine ready before flu season this fall, some are raising concerns over what they see as an effort to rush the drug through safety trials. The source of many of these concerns is the probability that the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal will be an ingredient in some of the doses of the new vaccine. Concern over thimerosal has lingered for years. Groups opposed to current vaccination practices continue to condemn thimerosal as a toxin responsible for the development of autism and related ailments in children. Additionally, the possibility that the swine flu vaccine could also contain an adjuvant, an ingredient that would allow more doses to be created from existing supplies of the vaccine, has also worried these groups. "We don't have adequate safety studies on this vaccine before we are moving forward to market," said Lyn Redwood, president and co-founder of the group SafeMinds. "I'm really not convinced that we know for sure that the risk of the disease outweighs the risk of the vaccine, especially since this is a brand new additive that we have never used before in combination with thimerosal." During the 1976-77 flu season, a vaccine developed to prevent the spread of a strain of the swine flu was linked to an as-yet-unexplained increase in cases of a rare neurological condition known as Guillain-Barre syndrome in those who received immunizations.
Thimerosal and the Swine Flu Vaccine (July 29, 2009) http://blogs.abcnews.com/theworldnewser/2009/07/thimerosal-and-the-swine-flu-vaccine.html
(...) Here is the CDC on Thimerosal and flu shots: "Yes, the majority of influenza vaccines distributed in the United States currently contain Thimerosal as a preservative. However, some contain only trace amounts of Thimerosal and are considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be preservative-free." It would seem likely that the new Swine Flu vaccine therefore would contain some amount of Thimerosal. It would also seem likely that will give some parents pause.
Swine flu tally halted as school year fears loom (July 17, 2009) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31962005/ns/health-swine_flu
Worldwide cases of the new H1N1 swine flu virus are spreading so fast that overwhelmed global health officials have stopped counting and officials with the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they'll soon follow suit. "We don't know the extent of the challenges that we'll face in the weeks and months ahead," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for the Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Schuchat did not elaborate on how the CDC would inform the public about the extent of the outbreak, which has been confirmed in more than 40,600 people and implicated in 263 deaths in the United States. WHO had reported nearly 95,000 cases including 429 deaths worldwide. Earlier Friday, WHO officials said tracking individual swine flu cases is too overwhelming for countries where the virus is spreading widely. WHO will no longer issue global totals of swine flu cases, although it will continue to track the global epidemic. Note (from Fred Burks): Why would they stop counting cases? The numbers have always at best been estimates. Millions died in the 1918 flu epidemic and they have counted and reported those numbers extensively. Could it be someone or some group doesn't want us to know how few are actually dying?
Nurses oppose mandatory immunization (July 24, 2009) http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2009/07/20/daily47.html
The New York State Nurses Association has come out against a state regulation that requires every health-care worker to be immunized against influenza.The regulation has been adopted by the New York State Hospital Planning and Review Council. It's intended as a defense against a possible fall outbreak of swine flu. The Nurses Association called the council's action a "scorched earth" approach."While we encourage nurses to be immunized for the flu, we do not agree that nurses should be required to get immunizations as a condition of employment," said Eileen Avery, associate director of the association's education, practice and research program.Avery contended that the flu vaccine is not 100 percent effective. "There is no guarantee that in any given year, the public will benefit from mandatory immunization of health-care providers," she said.
View Poll Results: Will you vax self for H1N1 Swine Flu if available? RESULT: 90% are against it! http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1112215&page=3
Absolutely NOT! Like one of the previous posters said, this is a SCAM! They gave it a fancy name and are trying to fool you into thinking this will turn out to be as deadly as 1918 if you do not take their vaccine!
Vaccinations are causing impaired blood flow (Ischemia), Chronic Illness, Disease and Death for us all
MOST REVEALING ARTICLE ON HOW VACCINES TRIGGER MULTIPLE LONG-TERM ILLNESSES http://vactruth.com/2009/08/03/vaccinations-are-causing-impaired-blood-flow-ischemia-chronic-illness-disease-and-death-for-us-all-hp/
This is a stern, yet humble, warning to all citizens of the globe. It is now proven that we are all being harmed by repeat vaccinations. This evidence must be circulated broadly in light of the imminent Fall, 2009 plan to turn North American schools into MASS vaccine centers to institute triple flu vaccine to us all. Children will be the first to be injected with experimental flu vaccines. The entire vaccine industry, as it turns out, has been experimental. We did not know that we were causing damages for us all.In case you are wondering what will happen, the answers are contained in this article. The same thing will happen as has been happening with all vaccines. Clinically silent ischemic brain and body damages will happen. The only difference is that you can now see these damages, with your own eyes, in the here and now, in real time, and in your family photos going back fifty or more years if you have to.ALL vaccines are causing immediate and delayed, acute and chronic, waxing and waning, impairments to blood flow, throughout the brain and body. This IS causing us all to become chronically ill, sick, and causing brain damages along a continuum of clinically silent to death. This is causing ischemic strokes. In some respects, this is also aging. Since the damages are microscopic, we cannot see them as they occur. However, we can now see the neurological aftermath of these damages within hours and days of vaccination all vaccinations.
(...) M.A.S.S. is an acronym for many chronic illnesses and diseases that impair blood flow Moulden Anoxia Spectrum Syndromes. One-size-fits-all global vaccination schemes have created M.A.S.S. disorders on MASS scales. MASS disorders, from infectious diseases to vaccinations, have a common sequence of injuries which includes impaired blood flow, oxygenation, blood carrying capacity, and non-specific immune hyper-stimulation.In essence, we are creating disease and chronic illness by an over-zealous activation of a natural set of healing mechanisms in human physiology a component phase of the MASS physiological response.Remarkably, it is not so much the specific germs and toxins that are causing death and disease. It is the response of the body and blood to foreign substances entering the blood and tissues that causes pathology. The state of the blood, the nature of the triggers, the state of the immune system relative to repeat antigenic challenges, conspires to effect damages along a continuum of harm all organ systems can be affected.The cellular and tissue damages are additive with each exposure. Direct vaccination is no longer necessary to be vaccine injured. Vaccinations are not the only trigger to pathology. Serial (repeat) vaccinations aggravate the core problems. Once the blood vessels are damaged, to a critical point, the pathological process can take on a self-perpetuating life of its own from infants to teenagers to adults, to companion pets alike.
(...) When the blood sludging MASS process happens to brainstem areas controlling automatic respiration, the central drive for respiration is lost. We call this sudden infant death or sudden death.When M.A.S.S. happens to the descending motor tracts in the brain, we call this paralysis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, infantile paralysis, seizures, encephalopathy. CBS News has found that since 1988, the vaccine court has awarded money judgments, often in the millions of dollars, to thirteen hundred and twenty two families whose children suffered brain damage from vaccines. All of these children will show the same IMAM-12 ischemic brain damages as children who have been rendered autistic, learning disabled or dead after vaccinations. The process that causes brain damages from vaccination is also the same MASS process that causes all damages after vaccination all vaccinations. It is not the vaccines doing this. It is M.A.S.S. ischemia. Vaccines have been inadvertently concocted to induce MASS. When M.A.S.S. happens to internal organs or connective tissue, we call it colitis, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, post-concussion syndrome, a psychiatric disorder.When M.A.S.S. happens in infants, and children, we call it autism-spectrum disorders, specific learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, Aspergers syndrome, global developmental delay, and some childhood cancers. Sometimes M.A.S.S. causes or compounds cerebral palsy both conditions result from impaired oxygenation and blood flow to the brain. CLIP
THE MORE I READ INTO THIS ARTICLE, THE MORE I REALIZED THAT I SHOULD INCLUDE IT IN ITS ENTIRETY - DESPITE ITS LENGTH! SEE FOR YOURSELF!... I ALSO SUGGEST YOU GIVE A LOOK AT THIS 2002 MAP (of radiofrequency antennas and towers across the U.S.) TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE SCOPE OF THIS STEALTHY AND DEBILITATING/LETHAL PROBLEM
Prior to 1996, the wireless age was not coming online fast enough, primarily because communities had the authority to block the siting of cell towers. But the Federal Communications Act of 1996 made it nearly impossible for communities to stop construction of cell towers "even if they pose threats to public health and the environment. Since the decision to enter the age of wireless convenience was politically determined for us, we have forgotten well-documented safety and environmental concerns and, with a devil-may-care zeal that is lethally short-sighted, we have incorporated into our lives every wireless toy that comes on the market. We behave as if we are addicted to radiation. Our addiction to cell phones has led to harder "drugs" like wireless Internet. And now we are bathing in the radiation that our wireless enthusiasm has unleashed. Those who are addicted, uninformed, corporately biased and politically-influenced may dismiss our scientifically-sound concerns about the apocalyptic hazards of wireless radiation. But we must not. Instead, we must sound the alarm.
Illa Garcia wore jewelry the first day she went back to work as a fire lookout for the state of California in the summer of 2002. The intense radiation from dozens of RF/microwave antennas surrounding the lookout heated the metals on her body enough to burn her skin. "I still have those scars," she says. "I never wore jewelry to work after that."
Likely Mountain Lookout, on U.S. Forest Service land with a spectacular view of Mount Shasta, is one of thousands of RF/microwave "hot spots" across the nation. A newly-erected cellular communications tower was only 30 feet from the lookout. "One antenna on that tower was even with our heads," recalls Garcia. "We could hear high-pitched buzzing. There were also three state communications antennas mounted on the lookout, only 6 feet from where we walked. We climbed past them every day."
Motorola company manuals for management of communications sites confirm that high frequency radiation from these antennas is nasty stuff. Safety regulations mandate warning signs, EMF awareness training, protective gear, even transmitter deactivation for personnel working that close to antennas. Garcia and co-worker Mary Jasso were never warned about the hazards. This, they say, demonstrates extreme malfeasance on the part of agencies and commercial companies responsible for their exposure.
By the end of fire season, Garcia and Jasso were so ill they were forced to retire and the lookout was closed to state personnel. Garcia, 52, is now severely disabled with fibromyalgia, auto-immune thyroiditis and acute nerve degeneration. Medical tests confirmed broken DNA strands in her blood and abnormal tissue death in her brain.
Dr. Gunner Heuser, a medical specialist in neurotoxicity, states that Garcia's disorders are a result of chronic electromagnetic field exposure in the microwave range and that "she has become totally disabled as a result." Dr. Heuser wrote, "In my experience patients develop multisystem complaints after EMF exposure just as they do after toxic chemical exposure."
Jasso, who worked the lookout for 11 seasons, is also disabled with brain and lung damage, partial left side paralysis, muscle tremors, bone pain and DNA damage. Jasso discovered that all lookouts who worked Likely Mountain since 1989 are disabled. At only 61 years of age, she has lost so much memory that she cannot remember back to when her first three children were born. She fears that communications radiation may be a major factor in the nation's phenomenal epidemics of dementia and autism.
Both women say they have been unjustly denied worker's comp and medical benefits. Their pleas for help to state and federal agencies have been fruitless. Between them they have racked up over $150,000 in medical bills, although there is no effective treatment for radiation sickness.
Twenty-two other members of Garcia and Jasso's two families received Likely Mountain radiation exposure. All now suffer serious and expensive illnesses, including tumors, blood abnormalities, stomach problems, lung damage, bone pain, muscle spasms, extreme fatigue, tremors, numbness, impaired motor skills, cataracts, memory loss, spine degeneration, sleep problems, low immunity to infection, hearing and vision problems, hair loss and allergies.
Jasso's husband, who often stayed at the lookout, has a rare soft tissue sarcoma known to be radiation related. Garcia's husband, who spent little time at the lookout, has systemic cancer that started with sarcoma of the colon. Garcia's daughter Teresa was at the lookout for a total of two hours during her first pregnancy. Her daughter was born with slight brain damage and immunity problems. "That baby was always sick," says Garcia. Teresa spent only three days at the lookout during her second pregnancy. Her son was born with autism.
Garcia and Jasso have a terminal condition known as "toxic encephalopathy," involving brain damage to frontal and temporal lobes. This was confirmed by SPECT brain scans. Twelve others in the two-family group who also had the scans were diagnosed with the affliction. "All of us with this condition have been told that we,re dying," says Garcia. "Our mutated cells will reproduce new mutated cells until the body finally shuts down."
Nuclear bombs on a pole
Painful conditions endured by the families of Garcia and Jasso are identical to those suffered by Japanese victims of gamma wave radiation after nuclear explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Five decades of studies confirm that non-ionizing communications radiation in the RF/microwave spectrum has the same effect on human health as ionizing gamma wave radiation from nuclear reactions. Leading German radiation expert Dr. Heyo Eckel, an official of the German Medical Association, states, "The injuries that result from radioactive radiation are identical with the effects of electromagnetic radiation. The damages are so similar that they are hard to differentiate."1
Understanding what happened at Likely Mountain is critical to understanding the public health threat posed by RF/microwave radiation in the United States. The families of Garcia and Jasso, plus previous lookout workers and multitudes of tourists who visited Likely Mountain for camping and sightseeing, were beamed by the same kind of high frequency radiation that blasts from tens of thousands of neighborhood cell towers and rooftop antennas erected across America for wireless communications. The city of San Francisco, with an area of only seven square miles, has over 2,500 licensed cell phone antennas positioned at 530 locations throughout the city. In practical terms, this city, like thousands of others, is being wave-nuked 24 hours a day.
The identical damage resulting from both radioactive gamma waves and high frequency microwaves involves a pathological condition in which the nuclei of irradiated human cells splinter into fragments called micronuclei. Micronuclei are a definitive pre-cursor of cancer. During the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster at Chernobyl in Russia, the ionizing radiation released was equivalent to 400 atomic bombs, with an estimated ultimate human toll of 10,000 deaths. Exposed Russians quickly developed blood cell micronuclei, leaving them at high risk for cancer.
What they wouldn't tell us
RF/microwaves from cell phones and cell tower transmitters also cause micronuclei damage in blood cells. This was reported a decade ago by Drs. Henry Lai and Narendrah Singh, biomedical researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Singh is famous for refining comet assay techniques used to identify DNA damage. Lai and Singh demonstrated in numerous animal studies that mobile phone radiation quickly causes DNA single and double strand breaks at levels well below the current federal "safe" exposure standards.2
The telecommunications industry knows this thanks to its own six-year, wireless technology research (WTR) study program mandated by Congress and completed in 1999. Gathering a team of over 200 doctors, scientists and experts in the field, WTR research showed that human blood exposed to cell phone radiation had a 300-percent increase in genetic damage in the form of micronuclei.3 Dr. George Carlo, a public health expert who coordinated the WTR studies, confirms that exposure to communications radiation from wireless technology is "potentially the biggest health insult" this nation has ever seen. Dr. Carlo believes RF/microwave radiation is a greater threat than cigarette smoking and asbestos.
In 2000, European communications giant T-Mobile commissioned the German ECOLOG Institute to review all available scientific evidence in regard to health risks for wireless telecommunications. ECOLOG found over 220 peer-reviewed, published papers documenting the cancer-initiating and cancer-promoting effects of the high frequency radiation employed by wireless technology.4 Many corroborating studies have been published since.
By 2004, 12 research groups from seven European countries cooperating in the REFLEX study project confirmed that microwaves from wireless communications devices cause significant single and double strand DNA breaks in both human and animal cells under laboratory conditions.5 In 2005, a Chinese medical study confirmed statistically significant DNA damage from pulsed microwaves at cell phone levels.6 That same year, University of Chicago researchers described how pulsed communications microwaves alter gene expression in human cells at non-thermal exposure levels.7
Because gamma waves and RF/microwave radiation are identically carcinogenic and genotoxic to the cellular roots of life, the safe dose of either kind of radiation is zero. No study has proven that any level of exposure from cell-damaging radiation is safe for humans. Dr. Carlo confirms that cell damage is not dose dependant because any exposure level, no matter how small, can trigger damage response by cell mechanisms.8
Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health closely reviewed the damning results of WTR studies, which also revealed microwave damage to the blood brain barrier. But these officials have chosen to downplay, obfuscate and even deny the irrepressible science of the day. Raking in $billions from selling spectrum licenses, the feds have allowed the telecom industry to unleash demonstrably dangerous technology which induces millions of people to become brain-intimate with improperly tested wireless devices9 and which saturates the nation with carcinogenic waves to service those devices. Dr. Carlo says that even the American Cancer Society is in bed with the communications industry, which infuses the Society with substantial contributions.10
Two ways to die
Medical science illustrates that there are two ways to die from radiation poisoning: Fast burn and slow burn. Nuclear flash-burned Japanese had parts of their flesh melt off before they died in agony within hours or days. People have also quickly died after walking through powerful radar beams, which can microwave-cook internal organs within seconds of exposure.
Slow-burn radiation mechanisms are cumulative, progressive, ongoing and continual. Thousands of Japanese nuke bomb victims died painfully years after exposure. The slow burn process of RF/microwave exposure is manifested by cancer clusters commonly found in communities irradiated by cell tower transmitters. Recent Swedish epidemiological studies confirm that, after 2,000 hours of cellular phone exposure, or a latency period of about 10 years, brain cancer risk rises by 240 percent.11
Communications antennas now blast the human habitat with many different electromagnetic frequencies simultaneously. Human DNA hears this energetic cacophony loud and clear, reacting like the human ear would to high volume country music, R&B plus rock and roll screaming from the same speaker. Irradiated cells struggle to protect themselves against this destructive dissonance by hardening their membranes. They cease to receive nourishment, stop releasing toxins, die prematurely and spill micronuclei fragments into a sort of "tumor bank account." This is precisely how microwave radiation prematurely ages living tissues.
Nuking the crew
The constant roaming pain is intense for 32-year-old Kenneth Hurtado of Southern California. He's been to hell and back, starting with a seven-pound tumor on a kidney, diagnosed in 2002. The cancer spread to his brain. His first brain tumor was removed by craniotomy, the second by the cyber knife. In 2005, cancer nodes were found in his lungs. By 2006, the cancer had metastasized to his legs. This year he is battling three excruciating tumors on his spinal cord. Hurtado hates his seizures. His last one came on while he was driving. "It's like the devil taking over your body," he says.
Now unable to work, Hurtado says he was relatively healthy in 1998 when he began a career as an installer for a large international corporation manufacturing electronics equipment for wireless providers. At the base of cell towers there is an equipment "hut" where installers assemble the radios, amplifiers and filters which generate man-made microwave frequencies and route them up to transmitter antennas through huge cables. Mounted on sector supports aptly named alpha, beta and gamma, the antennas send and receive these carcinogenic radio waves and their pulsed data packets at the speed of light.
Posted on locked fences around the huts are "danger" warning signs. Hurtado says, "You look around these sites and you find many dead birds on the gravel. They can't take the radiation and they,ll just die. You don't have to ponder that too long to figure it's bad."
Hurtado doesn't know how much radiation he got on the job. He says there are at least four connection spots inside the hut where radiation can leak. He could not avoid the "heat" when he turned the radios on for testing and he wonders if his cancer is the result. "When I first got hired, we had safety meetings, but they pretty much minimized the hazards," he remembers. He was issued no electromagnetic safety clothing and it was not until 2002 that he got a radiation meter to wear. "The meter is supposed to warn you if you are getting too much radiation," he says, "but I put mine on a stick and placed it next to antennas and the alarm never went off."
A medical report in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health confirms that workers exposed to high levels of RF/microwave radiation routinely have astronomical cancer rates.12 The report notes that, for these workers, the latency period between high radiation exposure and illness is short compared to less exposed populations.
Hurtado says there are many industry workers who are dangerously over-exposed. "I've talked to guys on power crews who have to climb around the antennas and they,ve told me that before a work day is half over, they start feeling really sick." He adds, "In my mind they are getting cooked."
Hurtado suspects that, since the early days of the wireless buildout, there has been illegal activity related to public exposure from transmission sites. "I'm pretty sure," he says, "that some of the carriers are exceeding FCC exposure limits. They can turn the radios and amplifiers up to get a bigger footprint and they don't care if the alarms go on once the installers are gone." Regulatory inspectors could identify violators because channels can be spectrum analyzed. "But," he says, "there is just no one to check and I believe that the public is getting way too much radiation now."
Regulators asleep at the wheel
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the single agency with authority to regulate the broadcast/communications industry, has neither money, manpower nor motive to properly monitor radiation output from hundreds of thousands of commercial wireless installations spewing carcinogenic waves across the nation. The FCC admits that physical testing to verify compliance with emissions guidelines is relatively rare.
Critics say that FCC appointees, with virtually no medical or public health expertise, represent an old-boy network and a cheering squad for the telecommunications and broadcast industries. The Center for Public Integrity found that FCC officials have been bribed by the industries with such perks as expensive trips to Las Vegas.13
Dr. Carlo confirms that there is no regulatory accountability. He says, "You have to go to those base stations and independently measure what is coming out of them because we have had many instances where you have an antenna that is allowed by law to transmit at 100 watts and we have seen up to 900 to 1000 watts. You can turn things up when nobody is looking."14
Neighborhood groups monitoring the broadcast/communications antenna farm on Lookout Mountain near Denver, Colorado, have consistently found that, despite protests to the FCC over nine years, radiation on the mountain has been measured at up to 125 percent of exposure levels permitted by federal law.15
Lethal exposure guidelines
Even if there were reliable compliance monitoring, many experts say that FCC public exposure guidelines for RF/microwave radiation are deadly because they are based on the obsolete and unfounded theory that only power density hot enough to flash-cook tissues is harmful. This puts FCC at odds with current scientific knowledge regarding the minimum exposure level at which harm to living cells begins.
Myriad symptoms of radiation poisoning can be induced at exposure levels hundreds, even thousands of times lower than current standards permit. Russia's public exposure standards are 100 times more stringent than ours because Russian scientists have consistently shown that, at U.S. exposure levels, humans develop pathological changes in heart, kidney, liver and brain tissues, plus cancers of all types.16
Norbert Hankin, chief of the EPA's Radiation Protection Division, has stated that the FCC's exposure guidelines are protective only against effects arising from a thermal (flash burn) mechanism. He concedes that, "the generalization by many, that these guidelines protect human beings from harm by any and all mechanisms, is not justified."17
Thus, public microwave exposure levels tolerated by the FCC and its industry-loaded advisory committees are a national health disaster. Yet, for pragmatic and lucrative reasons, federal exposure limits have been deliberately set so high that no matter how much additional wireless radiation is added to the national burden, it will always be "within standards."
The FCC regulatory mess comes into focus with the Likely Mountain case. Jasso says that when she and Garcia contacted the FCC regarding their radiation injuries, they were met with an appalling lack of expertise and concern. "FCC has no answers," Jasso says. "Their exposure guidelines are convoluted and nonsensical. They refuse to address problems of multiple antennas, field expansion, human body coupling and blood reversal because they want to avoid regulatory problems at telecommunication sites." She adds, "FCC will fine a licensee thousands of dollars for not having a light installed on top of a telecommunications tower, but they have not issued even a warning letter to their licensees for the injuries that occurred on Likely Mountain. They say injury cannot occur because their licensees are regulated."
When Garcia and Jasso filed suit against companies operating microwave transmitters on Likely Mountain, they could find no attorney who would take their case and they were forced to proceed pro se. In August, 2007, a California district court denied their claim, mainly on the grounds that they had not proven that the defendants had exceeded FCC exposure guidelines. Under federal law the shattered health of 24 people, plus medical testimony, is not sufficient proof of negligence and liability.
Since FCC provides no enforcement monitoring at transmitter sites and since the radiation industry is not required to prove with consistent documentation that it is compliant, injured parties have little chance of proving non-compliance because the damage to their health often becomes obvious months or even years after their exposure.
The court worried that the Garcia-Jasso case highlights "the conflict between the FCC's delegated authority to establish RF radiation guidelines and limits and plaintiffs, attempt to establish that wireless facilities like the one at Likely Mountain are ultrahazardous."So, while current science provides ample evidence that FCC's guidelines are ultrahazardous, the radiation industry hides behind FCC incompetence, simply because FCC retains exclusive authority to set the standards.
The FCC's disastrous authority is calcified by the Telecommunications Act (TCA) of 1996. The telecom industry is infamous for lavish "donations" which keep legislators on its leash. Anticipating a national radiation health crisis and the public backlash that would follow, the telecom lobby blatantly bought itself a provision in the law that prohibits state and local governments from considering environmental (health) effects when siting personal wireless service facilities so long as "...such facilities comply with the FCC's regulations concerning such emissions." Many say the TCA insures that America's war on cancer will never be won, while protecting gross polluters from liability.
On our own
After passage of the TCA, a group of scientists and engineers, backed by the Communications Workers of America, filed suit in federal court. They hoped the Supreme Court would review both the FCC's outdated exposure guidelines and the legality of a federal law that severely impedes state and local authority in the siting of hazardous transmitters. In 2001, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The group's subsequent petition to the FCC asking the agency to bring its exposure guidelines current with the latest scientific data was denied.18
This is where we stand today. The public has no vote, no voice, no choice. Chronic exposure to scientifically indefensible levels of DNA-ravaging radiation is now compulsory for everyone in America. This is why Garcia and Jasso are ill today; this why the industry enjoys unchallenged power to place dangerous transmitters in residential and commercial areas with unsafe setbacks and this is why untold thousands of Americans in buildings with transmitters on the roof are given no safety warnings, though they work and dwell in carcinogenic electromagnetic fields. In the meantime, the radiation industry rakes in $billions in quarterly profits, none of which is set aside for to pay for the national health catastrophe at hand.
Every citizen is now condemned to protect and defend himself against radiation assault as best he can. There have been a number of lawsuits against the radiation industry since cell towers began going up in backyards across the nation. In 2001, a group action lawsuit was filed in South Bend, Indiana, by families living in close proximity to towers. The complaint describes health effects suffered by the plaintiffs, including heart palpitations, interference with hearing, recurring headaches, short term memory loss, sleep disturbances, multiple tumors, glandular problems, chronic fatigue, allergies, weakened immune system, miscarriage and inability to learn.19
The South Bend suit was settled out of court on the basis of nuisance and decreased property values. Health claims don't hold water if emissions are within FCC exposure standards. This case is valuable for understanding the lunacy of FCC standards. The sick families enlisted the help of radiation consultant Bill Curry, who honed his expertise as an engineer for Argonne and Livermore labs. Dr. Curry found that one of the towers was irradiating homes at over 65 microwatts per square centimeter.20 This power density is well within federal exposure standards, which allow any neighborhood to be zapped with at least 580 microwatts per square centimeter, or higher, depending on the frequencies. If the families were sick at 65 microwatts/cm2 what would they be at 580? Considering that the Soviets used furtive Cold War microwave bombardment to make US embassy personal radiation-sick at an average exposure level of only .01 microwatts/cm2, America's clear and present danger is obvious.21
How radiation sick is America?
Since the wireless revolution began wave-nuking the U.S. in the 1990s, there have been no federally funded health studies to assess the cumulative effects of ever-increasing communications radiation on public health. There is no national database enabling citizens to study the location of transmitters in their areas. Local and state governments can offer no information on how much commercial wireless radiation is contaminating their populations. When trying to find out who owns a tower or which companies have transmitters on that tower, citizens usually hit a brick wall.
Dr. Carlo heads the only independent, post-market health surveillance registry in the nation where people can report radiation illness. 22 Dr. Carlo says the registry has heard from thousands of people who believe that their illnesses, including brain and eye cancers, are due to telecommunications radiation from both wireless phones and tower transmitters. In the last two years, the registry has seen an upsurge in reports as transmitters become ever more energetically dangerous in order to accommodate increased data flow for new, multi-media technologies.
We can only guess how many Americans are in their graves today from microwave assault. Arthur Firstenberg, who founded the Cellular Phone Task Force, wrote that, on November 14, 1996, New York City's first digital cellular provider activated thousands of PCS antennae newly erected on the rooftops of apartment buildings. Health authorities reported that a severe and lingering flu hit the city that same week. In response to its classified newspaper ad advising that radiation sickness is similar to flu, the Task Force heard back from hundreds of people who reported sudden onset symptoms synchronous to microwave startup"symptoms similar to stroke, heart attack and nervous breakdown.
Firstenberg then gathered statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and analyzed weekly mortality statistics published for 122 U.S. cities. Each of dozens of cities recorded a 10-25 percent increase in mortality, lasting two to three months, beginning in the week during which that city's first digital cell phone network began commercial service. Cities with no cellular system start up in the same time period showed no abnormal increases in mortality. 23
Recent health surveys in other nations confirm that people living close to wireless transmitters are in big trouble:
In 2002, French medical specialists found that people living close to cell towers suffered extreme sleep disruption, chronic fatigue, nausea, skin problems, irritability, brain disturbances and cardiovascular problems.24
German researchers found that people living within 1,200 feet of a transmitter site in the German city of Naila had a high rate of cancer and developed their tumors on average eight years earlier than the national average. Breast cancer topped the list.25
Spanish researchers found that people living within 1,000 feet of cellular antennas had statistically significant illness at an average power density of 0.11 to 0.19 microwatts /cm2, which is thousands of times less than allowed by international exposure standards.26
An Egyptian medical study found that people living near mobile phone base stations were at high risk for developing nerve and psychiatric problems, plus debilitating changes in neurobehavioral function. Exposed persons had significantly lower performance on tests for attention, short term auditory memory and problem solving.27
Researchers in Israel studied people in the town of Netanya who had lived near a cell tower for 3-7 years. They had a cancer rate four times higher than the control population. Breast cancer was most prevalent. 28
Europe in an uproar
A new European Union poll of more than 27,000 people across the continent reveals that 76 percent of respondents feel that they are being made ill by wireless transmitters.29 Seventy-one percent in the UK believe they suffer health effects from mast (cell tower) radiation. In April 2007, The London Times reported a startling number of cancer clusters in mast neighborhoods. One study in Warwickshire, found 31 cancers around a single street. 30 Some sick Brits send their blood to a lab in Germany, which uses state of the art methodology to confirm wireless radiation damage.
Radiation sickness is now so prevalent in Germany that 175 doctors have signed the Bramberger Appeal, a document calling the situation a "medical disaster." It asks the German government to initiate a national public health investigation. This appeal closely follows the Freiburger Appeal, signed by thousands of German doctors who say they are dealing with an epidemic of severe and chronic diseases among both old and young patients exposed to wireless microwave radiation. The head of the cancer registry in Berlin found that one urban area with cellular antennas had a breast cancer rate seven times the national average.31
Sweden was one of the first nations to go wireless. Swedish neuroscientist, Dr. Olle Johansson, with hundreds of published papers to his credit, says that a national epidemic of illness and disability was unleashed by the wireless revolution. Long periods of sick leave, attempted suicides and industrial accidents all increased simultaneously with introduction of mobile phone radiation. Ninety-nine percent of the Swedish population is now under duress of powerful third generation masts. Johansson reports that people are plagued with sleep disorders, chronic fatigue that does not respond to rest, difficulties with cognitive function and serious blood problems. Recurrent headaches and migraines are a "substantial public health problem," he says.32
Rooftop transmitters, which readily pass microwave radiation into structures, can be a death sentence. Across the world there are reports of cancer clusters and extreme illness in office buildings and multi-tenant dwellings where antennas are placed on rooftops directly over workers and tenants. In 2006, the top floors of a Melbourne University office building were closed after a brain tumor cluster drew media attention to the risks of communications transmitters on top of the building.33 Likewise, ABC's Brisbane television complex, topped with satellite dishes and radio antennas, was the site of a well-publicized breast cancer cluster among workers.34
Deadlier death rays
In the meantime, the radiation cowboys of America are having a good ol time because they know there's no sheriff in town. The commercial wireless industry is relentless in its drive to construct thousands of new transmitter sites in neighborhoods and schoolyards everywhere, while adding more powerful antennas at its older sites. Countless WiFi systems, both indoors and out, accommodate wireless laptop computers, personal digital assistants, WiFi-enabled phones, gaming devices, video cameras, even parking and utility meters. Hundreds of cities already have or are planning to fund WiFi networks, each consisting of thousands of small microwave transmitters bolted to buildings, street lamps, park benches and bus stops. Some networks are being buried under sidewalks. These access points or "nodes" blast carcinogenic energy at 2.4 to 5 gigahertz with virtually no warning signs about radiation exposure. WiFi radiation is unregulated by the FCC.
Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire are now rolling out in U.S. cities tower-mounted WiMAX transmitters providing wireless internet access "to die for." WiMAX is WiFi on steroids. Upon startup of WiMAX transmitters near the Swedish village of Gotene, the emergency room at the local hospital was flooded by calls from people overcome with pulmonary and cardiovascular symptoms.35
WiMAX radiation could one day be cranked up to a bone-incinerating 66 gigahertz.36 A single WiMAX tower could provide internet coverage for an area of 3,000 square miles, although coverage for 6-25 square miles is the norm now. Promoters say WiMAX may some day replace all cable and DSL broadband services and irradiate virtually all rural areas. Yet, not a single environmental or public health study has been required as the industry unleashes infrastructure for this savage new wireless technology from which no living flesh will escape.
The commercial ray-peddlers are not alone in their quest to make the U.S. a radiation wasteland. In August, 2007, Congress approved new Homeland Security legislation which funds a program to "promote communications compatibility between local, state and federal officials." We catch a glimpse of what this portends as the state of New York gears up to erect hundreds of new wireless installations for a "Statewide Wireless Network (SWN)." This system will blanket 97 percent of the state, allowing agencies at various government levels to communicate instantly while greatly adding to the fog of commercial wireless pollution.37 The New York Office for Technology says that the radiation power densities of the system will be within FCC limits. That assurance should give us the shivers.
Angela Flynn, a 43-year-old caregiver, lives in Santa Cruz, California. Last spring she took classes at a local church where wireless antennas were concealed in a chimney on the building. She recalls, "Every muscle in my body felt sore. And my joints were feeling creaky. My instructor mentioned how people at the women's center on church property had similar symptoms. During my sixth day I had a severe reaction. My short term memory was gone and I was disoriented and confused. When the instructor asked a question, I could not recall anything from the lecture."
At night, Angela could not sleep and she would lie awake, feeling her body buzz. She became hypersensitive to other sources of electromagnetic radiation. The symptoms became so bothersome that she canceled the rest of her course. Using a chart for calculating cumulative, non-ionizing, electromagnetic radiation exposure levels, she found that the classes "located only 100 feet from antennas in the building" had suffered the highest possible exposure during peak operation. "It took a month before I regained my health," she reports.
When Angela wrote letters to the church inquiring whether it was monitoring the health of the people exposed to antenna radiation, church officials were "unresponsive and dismissive." So Angela saw the light. She helped organize a community group to put pressure on county officials for answers. After hearing community testimony, officials directed the zoning department to create a comprehensive map of county transmitter sites and to put together a report on emissions testing.
Angela says, "We recently had a delay of an installation of a tower near a middle school. The superintendent has even come out against the tower and was instrumental in delaying the hearing on the site. He also arranged a school board meeting on the issue." Angela's efforts to share critical information with her community made a difference.
America must soon face its radiation cataclysm. The EMR Network says that millions of workers occupy worksites on a daily basis where operating antenna arrays are camouflaged and where no RF safety program is carried out. Thanks to shameless predatory advertising techniques, American youth are now literally addicted to "texting," watching TV and accessing the Internet on tiny wireless screens. These are the toys that keep cell towers and WiFi hot spots buzzing. A nation that requires compulsory mass irradiation to fuel its trivial entertainment needs is surely destined to have a sickly and short-lived population.
Right now, 11.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with cancer. Because humans can harbor cancer conditions for years before detection, additional millions of cancer victims are yet undiagnosed. The Journal of Oncology Practice predicts that, by 2020, there will be so many cancer cases in the U.S. that doctors may not be able to cope with their caseloads. The report concludes the nation could soon face a shortage of up to 4,000 cancer specialists.38
A recent CBS news series on the raging American cancer epidemic left viewers with the mindset that trainloads of federal cash must flow if we are to find the cancer answer. But a proven cancer initiator now inundates our cities, roadways, schools, offices and homes. Any environmental stressor that jackhammers human cells at millions to billions of cycles per second is a cancer factor. Any wave-pollution that breaks the DNA and causes pre-cancerous micronuclei in human blood is a cancer factor. Logic tells us that there will be no "answer to cancer" until we eliminate the cancer factors.
Wireless communications radiation is to America today what DDT, thalidomide, dioxin, benzene, Agent Orange and asbestos were yesterday. Historically, the truth about the public health menace of extreme toxins is never told until thousands sicken and die.
Dr. Robert Becker, noted for decades of research on the effects of electromagnetic radiation, has warned: "Even if we survive the chemical and atomic threats to our existence, there is the strong possibility that increasing electropollution could set in motion irreversible changes leading to our extinction before we are even aware of them. All life pulsates in time to the earth and our artificial fields cause abnormal reactions in all organismsThese energies are too dangerous to entrust forever to politicians, military leaders and their lapdog researchers." 39
Our mission to save the nation's health and restore sanity in the wireless age seems daunting. The wireless juggernaut is an aggressive, mean machine. Federal regulators are clearly compromised and incompetent to protect the public health. Uninformed consumers dearly love their magic digital toys and don't yet understand the connection between those toys and a national raging cancer epidemic that may consume us all.
Powerful economic interests have lied to us long enough. Americans deserve the facts. We need dialogue. Wireless radiation is a form of electronic trespass. America must decide whose rights are more important"idlers beaming death rays for piddling gibberish or the elderly with pacemakers who are made ill by cell phone and tower radiation wherever they go. Must we all prematurely perish so that wireless enthusiasts can capture cell phone photos and instantly send them for processing via carcinogen express? Must all neighborhoods become sick zones so that radiation addicts can receive recipes, ads and other frivolous text messages on their cell phone toys? Does a human being have the right to NOT be forcibly WiMAXED into a coffin, or do only wireless providers and their devotees have rights?
What can we do?
We can commit to join the growing radiation awareness movement and continue educating ourselves and others. We can employ digital and audio radiation detectors to help safeguard our personal health and to demonstrate the ceaseless brutality of ubiquitous wireless radiation which threatens the genetic integrity of future generations. We can promote emerging technologies that could make communications technologies safer.
We can demand that federal radiation exposure standards and setback requirements be updated to reflect the realities of modern science. Federal communications law must be rewritten so that local jurisdictions can regain their right to consider health and environment when reviewing wireless siting applications. We can insist that wireless emissions from transmitters be drastically reduced as they are in Austria and Russia. We can demand routine compliance testing at all transmitter sites. We can see to it that people who have been living and working near powerful transmitters be given opportunity to report their resulting illnesses in national surveys. Proper epidemiological studies must be conducted and their results published and broadly disseminated.
Each of us can break the seductive, but oppressive wireless habit ourselves. We can play no game, use no wireless Internet system, make no trivial phone call that necessitates enlarging America's dense forest of wireless transmitters. If no one buys WiMAX-enabled devices and related services, this dangerous system will fail.
Whenever possible, we can go back to the old-fashioned, corded phones and message machines which made yesteryear a far more healthy time. Cordless household and office phones emit powerful megahertz or gigahertz microwave radiation, causing damage to hearing, eyesight and brain function. DECT cordless phones irradiate a huge area even when not in use. We can encourage others to contact us by conventional land line phones only. Can we enjoy a leisurely conversation knowing that an irradiated caller risks disease and disability for mindless chatter? What good is wireless convenience if it means being ultimately tethered to a hospital bed? We can teach our children that health is more important than passing convenience and instant gratification.
According to OSHA, no environment should be deliberately made hazardous. Backed by current scientific knowledge, we can refuse to work or shop in an environment which endangers our health. We can demand that megahertz and gigahertz cordless phones, walkie talkie radios, WLAN and WiFi systems be removed from schools, offices, hospitals and any public place where people are grossly irradiated without their informed consent. Second hand smoke is bad; second hand radiation is worse.
We wish to thank the courageous radiation victims interviewed for this report who have generously revealed the details of their personal suffering in order to warn others. Following their example, we must continue undaunted in the moral quest to protect the national health and restore the world to sanity before it is too late.
Meters and resources
The Electrosmog Detector allows you to HEAR the intensity of RF/microwave pollution in your environment. Developed by British radiation expert Alasdair Phillips, this battery-operated device will quickly allow you to identify dangerous RF/microwave hotspots, even where transmitters are concealed, and take action to protect yourself. This meter is $99 (price includes shipping) and can be obtained from HEARING IS BELIEVING, Box 64 Hayden, Idaho 83835. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Trifield Meter ($145), produced by Alpha Lab, is used mainly to measure the milligauss of electromagnetic fields coming from 60 hertz sources. Use this digital meter to make sure your living and working spaces are under 2 milligauss. Alpha Lab's Microwave Power Density Meter ($320) is a more sensitive digital microwave meter that will help you assess the kilohertz, megahertz and gigahertz radiation in our wireless environment. This easy-read meter measures microwave radiation in microwatts per cm2, allowing comparison of your readings to the power density used by the Russians to make our embassy staff sick. Remember, people inside the embassy reportedly received only about .01 microwatts per cm2. For more information, contact Alpha Lab Inc., 1280 South 300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101; (800) 658-7030; http://www.trifield.com
Alan Broadband produces radiation detection devices with models ranging in price from $159 to $2,800. The $159 model, while not giving detailed readings, is an extremely sensitive and sturdy instrument that gives an accurate dial read on whether or not radiation is present and its relative intensity. It lets you know when you are being irradiated and serves as an excellent tool to illustrate exposure levels to others. For more information, contact Alan Broadband 93 Arch St., Redwood City, California 94062; (888) 369-9627; http://www.zapchecker.com
NOTE FROM JEAN: I bought this $30 Cell Sensor Gauss Meter and it was plenty enough to make visible and audible the sources of electromagnetic radiations wherever I go. BTW there is none where I live...
Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age, Dr. George Carlo and Martin Schram, Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001.
Cellular Telephone Russian Roulette, Robert C. Kane, Vantage Press, 2001.
Cell Towers: Wireless Convenience or Environmental Hazard? The Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council, Edited by B. Blake Levitt, 2000. Order from Barnes and Noble.
These websites provide excellent information on all aspects of health and other issues relating to electromagnetic fields and radio frequency/microwave radiation.
http://www.buergerwelle.com - This excellent German (but in English) site features RF/microwave radiation news from all over the world. The science keeps pouring in and this is where to find it, along with lots of human interest.
http://www.emrnetwork.org - This site has superb resources organized by professionals with expertise in all facets of our RF/microwave radiation problem.
http://www.safewireless.org - This site features Dr. Carlo's Mobil Telephone Health Concerns Registry where people can report ill health effects from living near microwave transmitters or from the use of wireless devices. It also features great news reports.
http://www.microwavenews.com - This is home to Microwave News, an excellent monthly publication. It offers cutting edge science reports, plus a great archive.
CAUTION: There are many devices on the market claiming to protect wireless users from radiation. These include: air tube headsets, ferrite bead clip-ons and an array of paste-ons advertised to cut down on thermal effects or deflect negative energy. Energy testing, kinesiology and meter readings indicate that these mitigation devices DO NOT adequately protect against the brutal force of near field microwave radiation. You can investigate the effectiveness of these devices by metering radiation levels while using them. If radiation pours from your "safe" headset, don't bank your life on it. If practiced in the art of kinesiology, you can also "muscle test" the effectiveness of the radiation mitigation device. The human body becomes very weak when irradiated with any man-made frequency, especially microwaves. If a protective device is really working, you will not detect muscle weakness when the body is near a transmitting wireless phone or gadget.
OUR BEST TIP: If you want a safe household phone, find an AT&T corded speaker phone 950, available at most large office supply stores. It emits no microwave radiation, holds up to heavy use, has a great digital display screen and allows hands-free conversation.
This weeks presidential election in Afghanistan will be an elaborate piece of political theater designed to show increasingly uneasy Western voters that progress is being made in the war-torn nation after seven years of US-led occupation.
Most Afghans already believe they know who will win the vote: the candidate chosen by the United States and its NATO allies.
Voting will mostly be held in urban areas, under the guns of US and NATO troops. The countryside, ruled by Taliban, who are often local farmers moonlighting as fighters, is too dangerous for this electoral charade. Over half of Afghanistan is under Taliban influence by day, 75% at night.
The entire election and vote-counting election commission are financed and run by the US. So are leading candidates. Ten thousand Afghan mercenaries hired by the US will police the polls and intimidate voters. US-financed Afghan media are busy promoting Washingtons candidates.
The Pashtun Taliban, a fiercely anti-Communist, religious movement, is banned from the election. Pashtun tribesmen form over half of Afghanistans population but have been largely excluded from power by the Western occupation.
Taliban vows to fight the sham election, which it calls a tool of foreign occupation. Other nationalist and tribal groups battling Western occupation, notably Gulbadin Hekmatyars Hisbi Islami and forces of Jalaladin Hakkani, are also excluded from the election.
In fact, all parties are banned; only individuals are allowed to run. This is a favorite tactic of non-democratic regimes, particularly the US-backed dictatorships of the Arab world.
Real power is held by the US-installed Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai, whose administration is being undermined by charges of corruption and involvement in drug dealing. Behind him are two powerful warlords: former Communist secret police chief Mohammed Fahim, a Tajik, and the recently returned from exile Uzbek warlord, Rashid Dostam. These two pillars of the old Afghan Communist regime were arch henchmen of the former Soviet occupiers and notorious war criminals.
President Hamid Karzais main `rival, Abdullah Abdullah, fronts for the Russian and Iranian-backed Tajik Northern Alliance. Technocrat Ashraf Gani is another supposedly leading candidate. Both men are expected to get high positions in any new government formed by Karzai. Their primary role is to give the impression of an electoral contest.
The northern Tajiks and Uzbeks, traditional foes of the majority Pashtun, are in cahoots with Russia, Iran and India, all of whom have designs on Afghanistan. They continue to dominate Karzais faltering regime. The majority Pashtun are largely excluded from power.
When the Soviets occupied Afghanistan from 1979-1989, they held fairer elections than the US-run votes. Of course, the Soviets man, Najibullah, won, but at least dissention was voiced. In Washingtons stage-managed Afghan votes, real opposition is excluded. The US used the same trick in Iraqs rigged elections.
Ironically, the US and its NATO allies have been blasting Iran for lapses in its recent presidential election while stage-managing far more questionable elections in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The UN, which, in the words of a senior American diplomat, has become `a leading tool of US foreign policy, is being used to validate the US-run election. The feeble current UN chief, Ban-Ki moon, was put into his job by Washington.
Meanwhile, the party-line North American media keeps lauding the vote. It has long-term memory loss.
In 1967, the `New York Times, a vocal supporter of the war in Afghanistan, wrote of US-supervised elections in war-torn Vietnam, `83% of voters cast ballots in a remarkably successful election the keystone of President Johnsons policy of encouraging the growth of the constitutional process in Vietnam.
The vote may be close, since so many Afghans dislike Karzai, forcing a runoff. Washington may impose a CIA-World Bank approved `CEO on poor Karzai, making him a double figurehead.
Whoever wins, President Barack Obama will end up the real power of Afghanistan.
Ravaged Afghanistan needs genuine, honest elections, and patient national reconciliation, free of foreign manipulation. Thats the only true road to peace.
America has a great deal to teach Afghanistan about how to run clean elections and build the essential institutions of democracy. As I underline in my latest book, `American Raj American and the Muslim world, this is what America should be exporting to the non-democratic world, not B-1 bombers and Predators.
Running phony elections is unworthy of the United States and demeans its values and traditions. The way to real peace and stability in Afghanistan can only be through a national consensus and negotiated settlement that includes Taliban and its allies.
But President Obama is desperate for some sort of victory, though he cannot even properly define the term. Senior US generals warn of defeat in Afghanistan if the US garrison is not doubled. The conflict continues to spread into neighboring Pakistan. Americans are being prepared for a widening of the war `to defend Afghan democracy.
The US and NATO watch in horror as their casualties sharply mount and they have nothing to show voters for the latest Afghan imperial misadventure but body bags and tantalizing mirages of Central Asias fabled oil and gas.
Afghan election fraud is unearthed (18 August 2009) ALL OF THIS TO ENSURE THAT ONLY THE U.S. SANCTIONED PUPPET IS "ELECTED" - HAMID KARZAI, A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF THE OIL COMPANY UNOCAL http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8207315.stm
An investigation by the BBC has found evidence of fraud and corruption in Afghanistan's presidential election. Thousands of voting cards have been offered for sale and thousands of dollars have been offered in bribes to buy votes. The Afghan Independent Election Commission that oversees the poll has also been accused of not doing enough to prevent abuses.We were passed information that voting cards were being sold in the capital. An Afghan working for the BBC went undercover, posing as a potential buyer. He was offered 1,000 cards on the spot. Each one would cost about $10 (£6). We were given some samples as proof of what was being offered. They are all authentic with the name, photo and home details of the voter on them.Widespread abuses -- The cards have been returned to the seller and no money changed hands. Others have also offered to sell us thousands of votes and some traders have even been arrested. The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA), an independent monitoring group, has collected evidence of fraud, in particular during the registration process. It found that in many places people were being issued with more than one voting card, that children were being given them and that stacks of cards were issued to men who falsely claimed they were for women in their household. Government workers - supposed to be impartial - have actively and illegally campaigned for candidates. Shahrzad Akbar, a senior analyst with FEFA, says that because they were only able to investigate a few parts of the country, the abuses could be even more widespread. CLIP
Obama: Afghan war secures America (18 Aug 2009) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=103831§ionid=351020403
US President Barack Obama says there will be no quick or easy victory over the Taliban, noting that the war in Afghanistan is crucial in protecting Americans from terrorism. Talking in a meeting of veterans in Arizona on Monday, Obama tried to step up the campaign in Afghanistan. The insurgency in Afghanistan didn't just happen overnight and we won't defeat it overnight," he said. US administration is sending 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan, therefore the success or failure of the mission of US forces in the war-torn country is crucial for its future plans in the region. "This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget this is not a war of choice, this is a war of necessity," he said. "If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al-Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans," he said. The remarks came a day after British Prime Minister Gordon Brown trying to ease the growing opposition to the Afghan war said the war in Afghanistan is a "sacrifice" made to make "Britain and the rest of the world" a safer place. The two leaders however failed to elaborate the dire situation the war-ravaged nation has been facing ever since the US-led coalition forces invaded their country more than eight years ago. According to UN figures, Afghan civilians remain the main victims of the notorious war which was launched to allegedly destroy the militancy and arrest militant leaders including Osama bin Laden. This week's Afghan presidential and provincial elections will be considered as a test of the new US strategy of providing security on the ground. This is while, Taliban vowing to interrupt the election, have already fired rockets at the Afghan capital twice this month. A rocket hit Tuesday the presidential palace in the center of Afghan capital, Kabul and a second struck the city's police headquarters. Also on Saturday, a suicide car bomb exploded outside the NATO military headquarters in the Afghan capital Kabul near the US embassy, killing seven people and injuring scores.
First bees, now bats are disappearing. What's next?
By Bill Underwood -- August 14, 2009
Look at these two pictures.
Both are endangered species. But one looks cute and cuddly, and one doesn't.
So, naturally, The U.S. Department of Interior is focusing on the polar bear.
Dont get me wrong, I like polar bears as much as the next guy. I dont want to see them go extinct. Their extinction will mean a significant change of lifestyle for several northern peoples. But, thanks to Global Warming, it is likely that except for zoos polar bears are going to go the way of the dodo.
But polar bears dont directly impact our environment. Bats do. And the bat extinction that appears imminent is not getting anywhere near the attention, or research dollars, that it needs.
Last year, it was reported that bats in the Northeast were dropping like flies due to a mysterious illness known as white-nose syndrome. If you were one of the millions who put their heads under the covers and hoped problems like this would go away, this is your wake-up call: It did not go away, it has spread.
Over the past year, white-nose syndrome has spread to New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia, killing hundreds of thousands of bats. Kentucky, Tennessee and Northern Alabama hold some of the largest colonies of hibernating bats in the world. If/when the disease spreads there, it will decimate the bat population of most of North America.
White-nose syndrome is named for a white fungus that attaches itself to the nose of hibernating bats. At first it wasnt known and it still isnt locked down whether it was a cause or a symptom. What was known was that 90 percent of the bats with white noses were dying. The best guess at this point is that the fungus is an irritant and wakes the bats from their torpor during the winter when they should be sleeping. Each day they are awake, they burn up fat reserves that would have served them 2 months while asleep. Eventually, theyve used up all their fat reserves and spring comes early. They wake up starving, exit the cave, even in daylight, and start flying around looking for insects. The problem is, its still winter, and there are few if any bugs to be caught. They starve to death.
Heres why this is so much more important than polar bears. A healthy bat eats as many as 1000 insects an hour - 50% to 100% of his body weight in bugs every night. Every night. According to one estimate, the bats that have died would have consumed about 694 tons of insects in one year. Can you imagine how many mosquitos there are in a ton? The bugs, uneaten, are now still around to decimate crops, sting people, and spread diseases such as West Nile virus. That also represents several hundred tons of guano bat droppings that are not being produced. Guano is one of the worlds best natural fertilizers. Even unused, piling up in caves, it represents a food source for other little critters that may go extinct without it, and we dont know what effect their loss would have on the environment.
Between disappearing bats, disappearing bees, and other threats, we are inexorably moving toward the point where we will be fulfilling the prophecy in the Bible book of Revelation: A quart of wheat for a whole days wage.
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Mysterious Bat-Killing Disease Found In 2 Va. Caves (April 11, 2009) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/10/AR2009041003631.html
First, the frogs began disappearing, with as many as 122 species becoming extinct worldwide since 1980. Then honeybee colonies began to collapse. Scientists fear that bats might be next. -- For the past three years, biologists in Virginia have been nervously watching a strange die-off of bats in the Northeast as a mysterious fungus spread rapidly through hibernating bat colonies, leaving caves that once served as safe havens for the hibernating creatures carpeted with the tiny, emaciated carcasses of an estimated 1 million dead bats. Biologists here were hoping that the fungus would somehow be contained or would burn itself out. Instead, they were shocked last week when researchers confirmed the presence of the fungus, dubbed white nose syndrome for the ring of white fungus that collects on bats' muzzles and wings, in two caves in the state: Breathing Cave in Bath County and Clover Hollow in Giles County, hundreds of miles from the other known infected caves. "We thought we'd have more time to prepare," said Rick Reynolds, a wildlife biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. But it wouldn't have mattered. "Unfortunately, no one knows what to do about it." What is known is this: As many as 90 to 100 percent of the bats in infected colonies have died within a year of finding the fungus. And with its spread this far south, there's no reason to think it will stop. Scientists are beginning to whisper the unthinkable: complete annihilation of some species. CLIP
Honey bees disappearing may be a greater threat than global warming (August 11, 2009) http://www.examiner.com/x-17373-Phoenix-Signs-of-the-Times-Examiner~y2009m8d11-Honey-bees-disappearing-may-be-a-greater-threat-than-global-warming
A while ago there were stories making all the major news outlets about the disappearance of honey bees. No one knew why. Some were even suggesting that cell phones signals were causing it.Not having heard more about it in a couple years, I thought perhaps scientists had come up with a solution to the mystery. I was wrong.The other night I saw a program on PBS that made it clear that the problem is anything but solved. Colony Collapse Disorder, as it has been dubbed, is affecting 35 states in the US, as well as Europe, South America, India, and China. Weve already lost 35% of the bees in the US, and were losing 8% more every year. Honey bees were being predicted to be extinct in the US by 2035 before CCD, just from loss of habitat, pesticides, and parasites. Now its likely to happen much sooner. CLIP
AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO FOLLOW UP ON THIS ARTICLE ABOVE THAN TO PONDER HOW BAD THINGS ARE GETTING, WHY HUMANS SEEM SO OBLIVIOUS TO THE OBVIOUS AND DENY THEMSELVES THE CHANGES THAT ARE SO URGENTLY NEEDED. RATIONAL ARGUMENTS WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH TO BOLSTER REAL CHANGES. ONLY A TRUE SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION CONNECTING US ALL TOGETHER AND WITH ALL LIFE AND ENABLING US TO FINALLY ACT FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD OF ALL WILL SUFFICE...
Is there any point in fighting to stave off industrial apocalypse?
The collapse of civilisation will bring us a saner world, says Paul Kingsnorth. No, counters George Monbiot we can't let billions perish
On the desk in front of me is a set of graphs. The horizontal axis of each represents the years 1750 to 2000. The graphs show, variously, population levels, CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, exploitation of fisheries, destruction of tropical forests, paper consumption, number of motor vehicles, water use, the rate of species extinction and the totality of the human economy's gross domestic product.
What grips me about these graphs (and graphs don't usually grip me) is that though they all show very different things, they have an almost identical shape. A line begins on the left of the page, rising gradually as it moves to the right. Then, in the last inch or so around 1950 it veers steeply upwards, like a pilot banking after a cliff has suddenly appeared from what he thought was an empty bank of cloud.
The root cause of all these trends is the same: a rapacious human economy bringing the world swiftly to the brink of chaos. We know this; some of us even attempt to stop it happening. Yet all of these trends continue to get rapidly worse, and there is no sign of that changing soon. What these graphs make clear better than anything else is the cold reality: there is a serious crash on the way.
Yet very few of us are prepared to look honestly at the message this reality is screaming at us: that the civilisation we are a part of is hitting the buffers at full speed, and it is too late to stop it. Instead, most of us and I include in this generalisation much of the mainstream environmental movement are still wedded to a vision of the future as an upgraded version of the present. We still believe in "progress", as lazily defined by western liberalism. We still believe that we will be able to continue living more or less the same comfortable lives (albeit with more windfarms and better lightbulbs) if we can only embrace "sustainable development" rapidly enough; and that we can then extend it to the extra 3 billion people who will shortly join us on this already gasping planet.
I think this is simply denial. The writing is on the wall for industrial society, and no amount of ethical shopping or determined protesting is going to change that now. Take a civilisation built on the myth of human exceptionalism and a deeply embedded cultural attitude to "nature"; add a blind belief in technological and material progress; then fuel the whole thing with a power source that is discovered to be disastrously destructive only after we have used it to inflate our numbers and appetites beyond the point of no return. What do you get? We are starting to find out.
We need to get real. Climate change is teetering on the point of no return while our leaders bang the drum for more growth. The economic system we rely upon cannot be tamed without collapsing, for it relies upon that growth to function. And who wants it tamed anyway? Most people in the rich world won't be giving up their cars or holidays without a fight.
Some people perhaps you believe that these things should not be said, even if true, because saying them will deprive people of "hope", and without hope there will be no chance of "saving the planet". But false hope is worse than no hope at all. As for saving the planet what we are really trying to save, as we scrabble around planting turbines on mountains and shouting at ministers, is not the planet but our attachment to the western material culture, which we cannot imagine living without.
The challenge is not how to shore up a crumbling empire with wave machines and global summits, but to start thinking about how we are going to live through its fall, and what we can learn from its collapse.
All the best, Paul
Like you I have become ever gloomier about our chances of avoiding the crash you predict. For the past few years I have been almost professionally optimistic, exhorting people to keep fighting, knowing that to say there is no hope is to make it so. I still have some faith in our ability to make rational decisions based on evidence. But it is waning.
If it has taken governments this long even to start discussing reform of the common fisheries policy if they refuse even to make contingency plans for peak oil what hope is there of working towards a steady-state economy, let alone the voluntary economic contraction ultimately required to avoid either the climate crash or the depletion of crucial resources?
The interesting question, and the one that probably divides us, is this: to what extent should we welcome the likely collapse of industrial civilisation? Or more precisely: to what extent do we believe that some good may come of it?
I detect in your writings, and in the conversations we have had, an attraction towards almost a yearning for this apocalypse, a sense that you see it as a cleansing fire that will rid the world of a diseased society. If this is your view, I do not share it. I'm sure we can agree that the immediate consequences of collapse would be hideous: the breakdown of the systems that keep most of us alive; mass starvation; war. These alone surely give us sufficient reason to fight on, however faint our chances appear. But even if we were somehow able to put this out of our minds, I believe that what is likely to come out on the other side will be worse than our current settlement.
Here are three observations: 1 Our species (unlike most of its members) is tough and resilient; 2 When civilisations collapse, psychopaths take over; 3 We seldom learn from others' mistakes.
From the first observation, this follows: even if you are hardened to the fate of humans, you can surely see that our species will not become extinct without causing the extinction of almost all others. However hard we fall, we will recover sufficiently to land another hammer blow on the biosphere. We will continue to do so until there is so little left that even Homo sapiens can no longer survive. This is the ecological destiny of a species possessed of outstanding intelligence, opposable thumbs and an ability to interpret and exploit almost every possible resource in the absence of political restraint.
From the second and third observations, this follows: instead of gathering as free collectives of happy householders, survivors of this collapse will be subject to the will of people seeking to monopolise remaining resources. This will is likely to be imposed through violence. Political accountability will be a distant memory. The chances of conserving any resource in these circumstances are approximately zero. The human and ecological consequences of the first global collapse are likely to persist for many generations, perhaps for our species' remaining time on earth. To imagine that good could come of the involuntary failure of industrial civilisation is also to succumb to denial. The answer to your question what will we learn from this collapse? is nothing.
This is why, despite everything, I fight on. I am not fighting to sustain economic growth. I am fighting to prevent both initial collapse and the repeated catastrophe that follows. However faint the hopes of engineering a soft landing an ordered and structured downsizing of the global economy might be, we must keep this possibility alive. Perhaps we are both in denial: I, because I think the fight is still worth having; you, because you think it isn't.
This is quite possibly the most interesting and frightening article I've read in The Guardian in a long time and these two gentlemen between them ably outline the two sides of every person's thinking who is doing any thinking at all about what is happening to the world and its inhabitants, by which I mean all life and not just human beings.
One wonders how many in previous empires and civilisations saw what was coming, if indeed any of them saw the writing on the wall at all; if they did, I am sure that they held differing opinions from one another as to how to proceed, were equally treated with contempt and ignored by those controlling developments. But, at heart, here above we have two good men facing up to the situation in their own ways. One calls the other fearful, the other calls him, essentially, brutal.
I have to say, while we innately value optimism and lament pessimism, one being seen as door open, the other door closed, I am closer to Paul in my thinking than George, though I greatly admire both men. I do think there is something in Paul's letters, when he suggests that what is being attempted by George and others sharing his approach is 'business as usual' but with solar panels strapped on; I also think there is something in what George says, when he essentially argues that we cannot fall silent and give up when billions will die if we continue down the road we are on.
It is the fate of all of us to die, no matter that we live longer today than ever before, no matter that science holds out promise of immortality without any consideration of what that would mean to us and to the planet. All species pass, and there are billions more beautiful and wondrous examples of life that have passed into history before man even climbed down from the trees, than there are today on this unique sphere.
What bugs me, what fires me, is that there are those among us - I count myself, and the likes of George and Paul, regardless of their differences - who see what is coming and then there are those who are blind, and I don't understand that blindness, that resistance to change. Capitalism, communism, anarchy... These are all constructs of man. But we are all the same, we bleed, we breathe, we think, we live. Why we and the entire world are being sacrificed on the altar of consumerism is something I cannot get to grips with. Our politicians, spineless and ineffective as they are, have children. They know their children will die, even if they themselves survive to exit prior to the apocalypse of our making. So. Are they stupid? Insane? What ties them into the Matrix, to appropriate the sci-fi film that increasingly seems to have something to say to us about the way we live today? What keeps them plugged into a reality that is breaking down?
I don't think we should give up, for giving up is fundamentally anti-life and while you live, you are meant to fight to survive. Whether that's defending your body and your home and loved ones, or your values. That doesn't mean I think there's any hope left now. I don't believe there is, but what do we do in the face of that realisation? Sit back, wait for death? Hang ourselves? No. Of course not. We do what we can even if those around us do nothing. Then, we triumph - after a fashion - whether our species wins through or fails.
It is not the ending that matters, for an end surely comes to us all, it is how we live our lives. We don't know how long we've got, it could be cancer or global warming that gets us, but in one very real sense it doesn't matter: what matters is now. My advice? Get living, avoid selfishness, yes, buy ethical and organic and take a stand.
Forwarded by Lou BOGNON (email@example.com) on August 14, 2009
Your personal growth will always continue, regardless of attempts that are made to hold you back. In fact, if follows that the more difficult your life is made, the more determined and dedicated you become in seeking the Light. Certainly after having a whole series of lives in the depths of duality, you have had to become strong and resolute to overcome the challenges. Now as the awakening gathers pace the task of concentrating on your evolution becomes much easier, and you can reach a stage where you are beyond the pull of the lower energies. That is when you experience peace of mind and in a way become detached from the Earth. Your strength comes from knowing that life is infinite, and that your true reality is in the higher dimensions. You will find that you can touch that magical silence, where time seems to stand still as you are lifted in mind and spirit.
It is the feeling of what it is like to live in the higher realms that is difficult to put into words. We have previously spoken of it being ecstatic, and there does not seem to a better way of describing it. The feeling of love is one you understand, but again that energy is at constant levels where you are absolutely engulfed by it. You might conclude it is heavenly, and it will meet all of your expectations. Angels do abound in the higher levels and they are the most wonderful souls that serve everyone upon Earth. They make no distinction between one soul to another, and have overflowing love for all life. They are largely unseen by you, but do nevertheless appear sometimes if you are faced with danger. They obey the Will of God, and will do no more and no less for you than you are entitled to under your life plan.
Angels help you in many ways that you are unaware of, and particularly where those souls are concerned that have no belief or awareness of their existence. For example, those times when you are saved by some apparent coincidence is often engineered by them. When you do believe in them and they have your trust, you can call upon them for help and they will respond, as they are literally only a thought away. They have such power that they can perform absolute miracles, providing it is allowed at the time. The single yachtsman or climber may feel totally alone, but their entourage from Spirit are always with them.
Because of the rapidly changing tines you are, you also attract teachers when you are ready to step into the Ascension process. As you can imagine spiritual matters are highly organized, and progress is coordinated for Humankind so that as many souls as possible move into the Light. You are all acting out your roles for the benefit of the whole, and a game it may be, but one that is deadly serious. The emphasis is on getting you to awaken to your true selves, and taking responsibility for all you do. As far as possible the veils that hide the truth are removed, but you have long traveled believing the illusion to be real.
One day you will suddenly realize that life has to give you more than it does, and once you see the Light your consciousness opens up. For seekers of the truth there has never been a better time, as so many channels have been opened up to cater for everyone. Often your situation has been one where soul mates or good friends have come together in many lives, as a continuance of your learning. Such meetings are often accompanied by an instant feeling of recognition, and even families frequently come together and strong bonds are always present. Spirit is highly organized which may surprise you, bearing in mind how vast the company of Heaven is that serves Mankind.
Man who has discovered that he is not at the centre of the Universe, has gradually accepted that life is present everywhere, and that Beings like us are very similar to you. You are nevertheless most important to us all, and we hold out our hand to lift you up. We know what you are truly capable of and see your potential as great Beings of Love and Light. The dark are having their last fling as their plans fall apart, and very soon we shall be able to make ourselves known to you. Where you now see decay and ruin, all shall be renewed and Mother Earth shine out into the firmament as she once did in her prime.
Your leaders wrestle with the problems facing you, but do not have the resources to find a satisfactory answer. World cooperation is needed and a sharing of your manpower to attend those matters that become urgent. However, that degree of coming together will not happen until we appear to you all. The dark forces have divided man for eons of time but soon their influence will be removed. We shall galvanize the different countries into a workable union, and tackle the problems together. With what we have to offer, we know you will readily and eagerly give us your assistance. We will come to rebuild your Earth and manifest your dreams for a peaceful and happy existence.
Your people with foresight and imagination have been kept back for a long time, but will have every opportunity to express themselves. The frustrations of being unable to freely express yourselves will be removed and a glorious time of advancement experienced. Attention to your spiritual needs will also be addressed, and it will be a time of much soul searching. Open minds must prevail if you are to advance your understanding and come of age. You have lived all through various epochs where different beliefs have ruled, now the truth must become the guiding force in your lives. We know that change is hard to take, and some of you will dogmatically deny the truth. That is your privilege, but it will make it harder to take your place in the new order that will arise. Your future is certainly in your hands, as freewill prevails and no one will interfere in your decisions. We ask that you listen first before making up your minds, as the truth can be very persuasive.
I am SaLuSa from Sirius, and trust our messages will prompt your interest in the changes that are due over the next few years. Better still, that you will accept that the end times are the greatest opportunity you have ever had to move into the higher dimensions through Ascension.
This message from Salusa through Mike Quincey is also available HERE
"The more you raise your consciousness levels, the more you will find long lost psychic abilities returning. It is all part of your upliftment to levels of higher consciousness that will see you return to Mastership. When you allow for such developments they will return much quicker, as to deny yourself such abilities has the affect of stopping them manifest. Believe in your latent powers that are yours to claim, and part of your higher consciousness. You are without doubt great Beings on the verge of wonderful achievements, and can put them into practice now. Your visualization of a peaceful and happy world will hasten that condition into being. Your Light is a potent power that will continue increasing, and eventually takes you into the highest realms beyond the physical manifestation."
The same recommendation also applies to his August 10 message... Here is an excerpt from it:
"Souls who have come to Earth to be the mainstay of the Light, and fulfill their missions to ground it for the benefit of all, are performing a wonderful service. It is of course not by chance that they are here at such a time. Spirit has its own plans gifted from higher sources, so that the Light can overcome the dark forces. There is certainly no contest as far the outcome is concerned, and you can see out the remaining years of this cycle with absolute confidence as to the resulting victory for the Light. Lightworkers do their work quietly and efficiently, without seeking publicity or reward. In so doing they are not only helping others rise up, but also advance their own upliftment. The urge to reach higher levels of consciousness never ends. Particularly where you are in a reality that reflects very little of the higher vibrations. Your real home is not on Earth, but it has served you well as place where you have battled with duality. Having all but reached the end of that cycle, you are now glimpsing your true reality as Space Beings like us."
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