The Writing on the Wall Series #64: The Anticlimactic Mouse
The Copenhagen mountain has brought forth a mouse... Much still needs to be accomplished. Obama has his hands tied by the fossil industry-controlled Senate. China, whose per capita income is still only one fifth of the US per capita income, is doing its best to shift to green technologies (much faster than the US at the moment!) while striving to keep its huge population happy. Everyone in Copenhagen has been doing their best under their respective circumstances and personal conditioning. Still, representatives from our whole human family have met in peace, discussed vital matters and agreed to keep moving ahead. This is a long process, but the wheels of change are definitely moving in the right direction. Let us be patient! There is much we don't know about the assistance that will soon be provided... like new powerful, clean energy sources and technologies that will be made available to shift from fossil fuel much more quickly than anyone can imagine at this point.
Officially acknowledging the reality of the extraterrestrial presence could be the perfect lead story to then reveal the exotic sources of energy discovered through back-engineering crashed spacecrafts, such as zero-point energy devices, which could then power our civilization, once mass produced, without the environmentally damaging drawbacks of fossil fuels which are all basically just burning stuff, as humans have been doing ever since our primitive ancestors discovered how to make fire.
"As the morale of mankind begins to soar, a wide spectrum of new sciences and technologies that have been specifically designed to assist and empower us at this moment of transition can now be introduced. Individuals, corporations, governments, banks and other institutions will discover that they have nothing to fear from these incoming systems. They will simply adapt their laboratories, plant and work-forces to the production of the new."
- Alan Dower Blumlein during a private conversation - sent by Michael Dean (email@example.com)
Until that happens, there is nothing that prevents use from shifting our individual habits mainly our consumption and energy use patterns towards more earth-friendly ones. This is the gist of an idea I derived from a recent dream. See my reply to Ricardo below under item #1 Global Warming mongering. I intend to get back to you soon on this...
Meanwhile, you have below a whole lot of related information to get a good idea of some of the various opinions expressed following this Earth Summit 2 in Copenhagen, starting with this most enlightening interview which I highly recommend to you...
And here is some info about James Hansen's first book:
"An urgent and provocative call to action from the worlds leading climate scientistspeaking out here for the first time with the full story of what we need to know about humanitys last chance to get off the path to a catastrophic global meltdown, and why we dont know the half of it.
In Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansenthe nations leading scientist on climate issuesspeaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although the threat of human-caused climate change is now widely recognized, politicians have failed to connect policy with the science, responding instead with ineffectual remedies dictated by special interests. Hansen shows why President Obamas solution, cap-and-trade, which Al Gore has signed on to, wont work; why we must phase out all coal, and why 350 ppm of carbon dioxide is a goal we must achieve if our children and grandchildren are to avoid global meltdown and the storms of the books title. This urgent manifesto bucks conventional wisdom (including the Kyoto Protocol) and is sure to stir controversy, but Hansenwhose climate predictions have come to pass again and again, beginning in the 1980s when he first warned Congress about global warmingis the single most credible voice on the subject worldwide.
Hansen paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen in the near future, mere years and decades from now, if we follow the course were on. But he is also an optimist, showing that there is still time to do what we need to save the planet. Urgent, strong action is needed, and this book, released to coincide with the Copenhagen Conference in December 2009, will be key in setting the agenda going forward to create a groundswell, a tipping point, to save humanityand our grandchildrenfrom a dire fate more imminent than we had supposed."
Now despite the rather daunting odds that we face, I persist to believe that there is a bright light at the end of this long tunnel we are moving through, and that we have within us the power, creativity and will (good will of course!) to see us through this challenging situation.
P.S. This is my 36th and last compilation for 2009 - not to mention 3 more in French plus 18 Meditation Focuses (including 4 special complements, addenda and vigils) for a total of 11 megs of material or a staggering (as some would say!) 1,680600 words, which is the equivalent of 28 books of 60,000 words each. Not bad!... And overall, what I've prepared and networked over the past 12 years is probably in the range of 10 million words. Oh! just a reminder... I intend to continue this for 3 more years and then I'll stop... I'll be 60 and happy to have done my bit to help foster global awakening and a greater awareness of our collective power to help change this world for the better. Don't miss the new Meditation Focus I'll also send you later on today as there is some pretty good material in it and I feel our collective cocreative work will reach new levels with this theme of Transducing ("to lead across, transfer") Heaven on Earth I received during the global meditation last December 13.
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"The Global Stampede - We are standing on the edge of the abyss that is already claiming its first screaming victims of the mass lunacy. Those who can sense the coming danger are turning around, giving warnings, urging others to stop and trying to redirect the crowd. But it's all in vain. There are too many of them. The unstoppable crowd is pushing forward until every single one of them reaches the edge of the abyss. When he realizes where he's standing, he starts screaming while trying to stop those who are coming behind him. But he's too weak and the horde pushes him off the edge. And so everyone falls into the abyss except those who were among the last in the crowd. Thankful for not becoming the victims of the stampede, they turn around to go back from where they rushed. But there is nothing there anymore. No drink of clear water to quench their thirst, no clod of fertile soil to sow grain, and no fresh air to breathe. This isn't a story from another planet but rather today's reality that's already happening and could end like this if we keep drifting in the same way. This kind of social stampede has happened before in history. Unjust social orders, short-term thinking, inability to adapt, persistence of tradition, overpopulation, harmful progress, destruction of the environment and changes of the climate have all been the reason why civilizations like the Maya, the Nazca, ancient Egypt, ancient Rome, the Khmer and all others have collapsed at the peak of their progress. But regardless that we know all this, we are making the exact same mistakes. Nothing has changed except the fact that their rise and fall has not affected the fate of humanity as a whole like it is happening now. There is still time for us to shift in the direction that goes past the abyss. Let us listen to people who know this direction and join them. Let us step on the path of a better future. "
"I wholeheartedly Agree, dear Minister, yet the Flat Earthers step up their efforts to obfuscate, mislead and pervert scientific truth, even resorting to such underhand stunts as the CRU hack. I have lost count of the number of comments that sneer and seek to discredit COP15 and all other climate policy and negotiation, on the YouTube website. This campaign of disinformation is as damaging as the thermal gain of our climate, because it fuels the engine of progress... in reverse! My fervent hope is that negotiators will be able to seal a deal and achieve ratification of legally binding reductions this time. As you say, the time is now, because tomorrow never comes."
"The UN climate talks in Copenhagen were inches away from total failure, and ended with an outcome far too weak to tackle dangerous climate change. Here's our final verdict... Copenhagen was on the brink of failure because of poor leadership and an unconvincing level of ambition, says Kim Carstensen, head of WWFs global climate initiative. Well meant but half-hearted pledges are simply not sufficient to address a crisis that calls for completely new ways of collaboration across rich and poor countries. By our reckoning, the conference met none of the 10 objectives needed to keep global warming below the widely agreed 2°C high-risk level, although there was movement in some areas. Politicians around the world seemed to be in agreement in theory at least that we must stay below the 2°C threshold. But in practice what leaders have put on the table adds up to 3° of warming or more, according to our estimates and backed up by leaked figures from the UN climate secretariat during the conference. If the gap between rhetoric and reality are not closed, this deal could cost millions of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. What happens post-Copenhagen? Attention will now shift to follow-up negotiations which need to fill in a lot of the details in the often vague Copenhagen Accord draft, which is a long way from becoming a legally binding framework for decisive climate action. We needed a treaty now, but at best we will be working on one in half a years time, says Carstensen. What we have after two years of negotiation is a half-baked text of unclear substance. The lack of clarity is illustrated by a call for a global peak in emissions as soon as possible, in contrast to the 2007 IPCC call for emissions to peak in 2017. On a more positive note, we will now see a host of new initiatives by countries, cities, companies and communities that are starting to build low-carbon economies from the ground up. We are disappointed with the Copenhagen outcome, but the story continues, Carstensen sums up.
"Three days ago (on December 18, 2009), during a meditation, I was told that some great truth was going to come to light and that it would literally shake the foundation of world societies. Peoples would have trouble wrapping their minds around, some will embrace this wisdom and some will continue to keep holding to their denial. This revelation will be so huge that it will change the way we look at things. I feel it is close, I feel this stirring of joyful anticipation with a hint of nervousness."
- Kate -- Forwarded by David Parsons (email@example.com)
"I learned an interesting vision from Dr Jim Hurtak [Academy for Future Science, USA] when he visited Namibia (South West Africa then) way back in 1983. He took the little group travelling with him to a spot about a 100+ km south of Windhoek, a bit further south of Rehoboth (in Hebrew, the nucleus letters RHV mean something like 'wide open space' - there are no coincidences), along the main road to South Africa. At a sign next to the road reading Tropic of Capricorn he stopped and told all to meditate, say prayers. He then explained the ritual and the spot chosen: the Tropics are the 'band' of straight, direct solar contact with the whole Earth through the expanse of space and times that people inhabited this planet since the last stabilization of poles (the axis) and the position of the planet with respect to the sun. At the solstices all souls raise their vibrations, consciously and subconsciously, for the traditions (vibrations) of old continue in veins, sinews and brain cells, in our bodies. In most religions, monotheistic or polytheistic, the sun plays a major role as a symbol for the major godhead. At the Tropics our meditations and prayers reach all as we lock into the natural rhythms of time and planetary movement through space. A similar idea, albeit more modest in scale, we encounter in the American Indian tradition of the Medicine Wheels, whoever performs the ritual movements or dance connects up with the whole Earth and with all peoples, especially the ancestors, his thoughts, songs and prayers transcending, moving beyond space and time."
"As you love the people, energy is released through your system. Loving is highly regenerative and nurtures your entire being. It's not as important who you love or what you love as it is important that you are just loving. Love, however, is not automatic. It takes practice and heart focus to love people in a universal way."
- Doc Childre -- Forwarded by David J Parsons (firstname.lastname@example.org) who suggested: Visit EarthSong 2012 and make YOUR wish for 2010 - Check HERE the wishes posted so far such as "That all in this world may live in a safe peaceful world where they have plenty of food water and shelter. Where all can grow to be their optimum. Where my family is safe and well . Where our children and grandchild can live happily without illness . Where we are part of those who see beyond and help each other and our communities." ... "My wish is that everyone in the world gets to experience their dreams of continually helping to make the world a better place." ... "After viewing a recent Oprah Winfrey show, my wish is that the common abuse, rape, and torture of women and children in places like the Congo and Cambodia (and all over the world) would finally come to an end. I would love to see happy, smiling faces in loving families everywhere."
E cosia http://www.ecosia.org/
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Huge UFO Starship Is Coming Towards Earth Now (Dec 12, 2009) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8_BCBVA6no
The Mother Of All Starships Is coming To Earth Now 2009-12-12 Reported 1.5 million miles off the South Pole a 20 mile craft AL, US - Attached are WWT and Sky-map images of Object in South Pole region. * Cassini project classified, because of all the mothership activity filmed in Saturn system.* a 1.5 million miles off the South pole a 20 mile craft that is sat in a stationary. NASA and other organizations telescopes have been monitoring it for 8 months, they watch its trajectory to us. It is now stationary and there are crafts going in and out of this 20-mile structure. * very large planetary structure coming in 18 degrees RA of Neptune's orbit. it should be visible sometimes next year. http://www.mufoncms.com/files/20968_submitter_file1__southpoleobjectWWT.JPG http://www.mufoncms.com/files/20968_submitter_file2__southpoleobjectSky-map.JPG
The last image in the video almost looks like an ancient glyph...
Alex Collier 1994 Private Interview IMPORTANT http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8316692185126189734#
This is a 1994 private interview of Andromedan Contactee Alex Collier, where he reveals very IMPORTANT stuff that we should aware of by now. He predicts 9/11, talks about various ET races, the truth not told by our media, the ET presence on Earth, the Reptilian control of our government and institutions, the Greys Agenda, the Orion Group, ETs and history leaders, the truth about our Moon, bases on Mars, The Lyran Wars, cloned world leaders, ETs violating our human rights and mocking how stupid we are, treaties signed with EVIL Alien races, where do missing children go, our planet Earth as a living entity, our TRUE human History, higher planes of existence, on RAISING OUR CONSCIOUSNESS, on our human emotions, on our Apathy, on Time Travel, our POTENTIAL as a united race, and the importance to STOP THE WARS, to JOIN AS A RACE, stop ET induced belief systems to control us like they have been doing for centuries, the Staging planned to deceive us, and that we HAVE TO begin TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OURSELVES AS A RACE and our ascension to the 4th Density or Dimension, "Earth's Dilemma" and our government SELLING US as a race for GREED and Technology to an Elite.
The Human Butterfly Crop Circle Evolution - EXPLAIN THAT! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIbcN-R5iY4
A Gigantic Human Butterfly Crop Circle formation (530 Meters x 450 Meters), the Biggest Crop Circle Ever ... appeared in the Netherlands near a town in southern Holland called 'Goes', on the 7th of August 2009 (7,8,9 ... Activation Sequence Initiated ...
Holland - Biggest Snow Circle Formation Ever - Pics http://www.rense.com:80/general88/snowc.htm
(...) When Roy and Robbert got to the field in daylight on the 19th no footsteps were visible except near the edges of the formation closest to the dike, where Robbert and Ellen had walked the night before. There were no footprints at all out in the rest of the field, or in any of the rings farther out in the field. And there were also no piles of the snow which had apparently been removed anywhere in the field. CLIP
The Known Universe by AMNH (Click on the HD button right from the start and go full screen - STUNNING!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jymDn0W6U
The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010. For more information visit http://www.amnh.org
The Bear - Film by Jean-Jacques Annaud http://www.flixxy.com/bear-animal-nature-film.htm
"The Bear" is an unusually involving film about animals that will give you a fresh perspective on their world. Film Review: "Storytelling doesn't get much purer than this--a film with virtually no dialogue and not a minute that isn't fascinating, either for the plot it pursues or the way director Jean-Jacques Annaud gets his ursine stars to do what he wants. The story deals with a young cub who, after his mother is killed in a landslide, bonds to a lumbering male Kodiak. The two of them then must cope with an invasion of hunters into their territory--and Annaud makes it clear whose side he's on. Aside from stunning scenery, the film offers startlingly close-up looks at bear behavior. They say the best actors are the ones that let you see what they're thinking, a trick Annaud manages with his big, furry stars."
"The Bear has all the marks of a classic. Lauded by animal rights groups for its respect for the integrity of all species, it manages to speak out eloquently against the senseless hunting of wildlife without having to depict killing to make its point. Instead, it emphasizes the ties that bind the human and animal worlds together."
--Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat To watch the whole movie click HERE (there are 9 parts)
The corruption of politicians by Wall Street/Pharmaceutical/Insurance Industry Big Money (Dec 18, 2009) http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/12182009/watch.html
Amidst fading hopes for real reform on issues ranging from high finance to health care, economist Robert Kuttner and journalist Matt Taibbi join Bill Moyers to discuss Wall Street's power over the federal government. Learn more about the Robert Kuttner, Matt Taibbi and health care reform efforts being discussed. BILL MOYERS: Welcome to the Journal. Something's not right here. One year after the great collapse of our financial system, Wall Street is back on top while our politicians dither. As for health care reform, you're about to be forced to buy insurance from companies whose stock is soaring, and that's just dandy with the White House. Truth is, our capitol's being looted, republicans are acting like the town rowdies, the sheriff is firing blanks, and powerful Democrats in Congress are in cahoots with the gang that's pulling the heist. This is not capitalism at work. It's capital. Raw money, mounds of it, buying politicians and policy as if they were futures on the hog market. CLIP MAKE SURE to check also the Top Censored Stories of 2009/2010 below
Winter Solstice 2009 Cosmic Weather Forecast (December 20, 2009) http://www.satyacenter.com/winster-solstice-2009-forecast
This is a long newsletter, because after the Cosmic Weather Forecast, we take a look at the Winter Solstice Traditions from various Mystery School Traditions and religions from around the world. It's fascinating to see the parallels between them all.And we also offer a special Solstice Meditation designed to unite the aspirant with the Invincible Sun -- the Christ within. (...) There's good news this week, despite the deep disappointment many Obama supporters feel about the failure of health care reform, the failure of financial reform, the failure of Obamas jobs creation policies, the failure of Obamas policies to help homeowners, the failure to close Guantanamo as promised, Obamas expansion of the military budget, Obamas use of executive privilege to condone more domestic spying, and Obamas high-handed approach to the rest of the world, and especially the developing nations, at the Copenhangen Environmental conference, which is sure to sabotage any comprehensive or effective agreement. No wonder many people have the growing sense that environmental, financial and political/military crises are growing and threatening to spiral out of control. The financial system has failed, and those whose greed destroyed it have been vastly rewarded at taxpayer expense. The health care system has failed, and if Obamas health care bill is passed, the very insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies and hospital companies who destroyed the system will be vastly rewarded at taxpayer expense. The management of Chrysler and General Motors designed gas-guzzlers in a peak oil world, destroyed their franchise, and got giant bailouts at taxpayer expense. The US military has not achieved any measurable victories or successes in its wars in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan so far. The US has spent $2 trillion on the Iraq war of liberation, designed to bring freedom and free markets to the Middle East. After killing a few hundred thousand Iraqis, sustaining 5000 American fatalities, and many more maimed and wounded, the President of the United States seeks to hand over power to the Iraqis in a measured way, and gracefully exit. The grateful Iraqi government, having now learned first-hand the blessings of American style free market capitalism, responded to the American "liberation" of Iraq by setting the terms of leases on Iraqis oil fields in such a way that they appealed more to state-owned oil companies than privately owned oil companies. The main winners are Chinese and Russian oil companies, while Exxon got a small concession. Its enough to make you think the inmates have taken over the asylum. Still, optimism will reign in our hearts as the Solstice stars sing sweet songs of light in icy skies. Call it a moment of Celestial Grace, an intervention by Archangel Gabriel, a Blessing from the Cosmic Christ, and a much-needed breather before we start out on the adventures that 2010 will offer. CLIP
Taxpayer-Funded Destruction (September 29, 2009) http://thepumphandle.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/taxpayer-funded-destruction/
Several years ago when I was writing an article about solar energy, I tried without success to find a reliable figure for how much the U.S. spent subsidizing fossil fuels. So I was delighted to see that the Environmental Law Institute has released a report that answers that very question. The big number: Between 2002 and 2008, government subsidies to fossil fuels totaled $72 billion. Renewable fuels got $29 billion during those years, but nearly half of that money went to corn-based ethanol, which is more of a sop to corn-growing states than a real solution to environmental problems. And those subsidy figures arent entirely comparable either, the ELI authors point out:Most of the largest subsidies to fossil fuels were written into the U.S. Tax Code as permanent provisions. By comparison, many subsidies for renewables are time-limited initiatives implemented through energy bills, with expiration dates that limit their usefulness to the renewables industry. Year after year, U.S. taxpayers help keep oil and coal prices low, and decades of low fossil-fuel prices have encouraged us to build homes, cars, and cities that use far more energy than necessary. Our tax dollars have been funding air pollution and climate change. Its time to get fossil-fuel subsidies out of the tax code.
Helen Caldicott Slams Environmental Groups on Climate Bill, Nuclear Concessions (22 December 2009) http://www.truthout.org/1222096
Dr. Helen Caldicott, the pioneering Australian antinuclear activist and pediatrician who spearheaded the global nuclear freeze movement of the 1980s and co-founded Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), has joined with left-leaning environmental groups here in an uphill fight to halt nuclear power as a "solution" to the global warming crisis. "Global warming is the greatest gift the nuclear industry has ever received," Dr. Caldicott told Truthout. The growing rush to nuclear power was only enhanced, experts say, by the weak climate deal at the Copenhagen 15 climate conference. The prospects for passage of a climate bill in Congress - virtually all versions are pro-nuclear - were enhanced, most analysts say, because it offered the promise that China might voluntarily agree to verify its carbon reductions and it could reassure senators worried about American manufacturers being undermined by polluters overseas. But at the two-week international confab that didn't produce any binding agreements to do anything, Caldicott and environmental activist groups were marginalized or, in the case of the delegates from Friends of the Earth, evicted from the main hall. The upshot of the latest trends boosting nuclear power - although no nuclear reactor has been built in America since the 1970s - are indeed grim, she said. "Nothing's going to work to stop them but a meltdown," she said, fearing the prospects of such a calamity. "I don't know how else the world is going to wake up." CLIP
After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation - BOOK REVIEW ARTICLE http://www.dwightmurphey-collectedwritings.info/BkRevArt-MacDonogh.htm
Revisiting the "Good War's" Aftermath: Emerging Truth in an Ocean of Myth (...) In his Preface, MacDonogh says his purpose is to "expose the victorious Allies in their treatment of the enemy at peace, for in most cases it was not the criminals who were raped, starved, tortured or bludgeoned to death but women, children and old men." Although this suggests the tone of the book will be one of outrage, the narrative is in the main informative rather than polemical. MacDonogh's scholarly background includes several books of German and French history and biography. The expulsions (today called "ethnic cleansing"). At the end of the war, MacDonogh tells us, "as many as 16.5 million Germans were driven from their homes." 9.3 million were expelled from the eastern portion of Germany, which was made a part of Poland. (Both the eastern and western boundaries of Poland were drastically shifted westward by agreement of the allies, with Poland taking an important part of Germany and the Soviet Union taking eastern Poland.) The other 7.2 million were forced from their ancestral homes in Central Europe where they had lived for generations. This mass expulsion was settled upon in the Potsdam Agreement in mid-1945, although the Agreement did make it explicit that the ethnic cleansing was to take place "in the most humane manner possible." Churchill was among those who supported it as conducive "to lasting peace." In fact, the process was so inhumane that it amounted to one of history's great atrocities. MacDonogh reports that "some two and a quarter million would die during the expulsions." This is at the lower end of such estimates, which range from 2.1 million to 6.0 million, if we take only the expellees into account. Konrad Adenauer, very much a friend of the West, found himself able to say that among those expelled "six million Germans? are dead, gone." We will be seeing MacDonogh's account of the starvation and exposure to extreme cold to which the post-war population of Germany was subject, and it is worth mentioning at this point (even though it goes beyond the expulsions) that the historian James Bacque says that "the comparison of the censuses has shown us that some 5.7 million people disappeared inside Germany between October 1946 [a year and a half after the war ended] and September 1950?."
(...) Notwithstanding the books limitations, After the Reich accomplishes much when it provides another link in the chain of disclosures that, over time, are providing conscientious readers with a more complete understanding of modern history. The fact that, at the time of the events and for so many decades thereafter, enormities of the greatest importance have been scrubbed clean by propaganda suggests implications far beyond the events themselves. The British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli observed that all great events have been distorted, most of the important causes concealed, and went on to say that If the history of England is ever written by one who has the knowledge and the courage, the world would be astonished. The implications suggest profound questions, which we would be remiss not to mention: CLIP - GRUESOME reminder of the absolute horrors that happened in post-war Germany which have been studiously obliterated from our history school curriculum and popular knowledge... You can read this whole book online through this LINK.
Historical Memory and Victors Justice - A Meditation http://home.ca.inter.net/~greenweb/After_the_Reich.html
(...) I have called this essay a meditation, not a book review. What I mean by this is that reading After The Reich intersected with a number of issues that I have been thinking about for some time. I have used this essay, which I believe is faithful where relevant to the book, to go beyond the text to examine: a) The growing militarization of Canadian life, which the military involvement in Afghanistan is further stimulating; b) Examining why we in Canada and the West celebrate or commemorate certain events from the Second World War and not others; and c) Looking at the ethical conduct of the Allied side which this book addresses, but which is normally not discussed except in honorific and platitudinous terms. (...) Collective Guilt, Victors Justice and Rape -- With the exception of the death camps in Poland, which had already been closed and blown up by the Germans, all the most infamous concentration camps together with work camps were put back to use by the Allies. p. 4 As has been pointed out with the lead quotation for this essay, initially the Allies imposed the idea of collective guilt upon the militarily defeated German people, until the new requirements of the Cold War forced some readjustment of attitudes. Yet how can the whole nation become individually responsible for the crimes of the National Socialist Party? As Giles MacDonogh shows in After The Reich, Hitler never achieved more than 37.4 per cent of the vote in a free election, and in the last one he was down to 33.1 per cent. This meant that, even at his most popular, 62.6 per cent of the German electorate were unmoved by his programme. p. xiii Once the Nazis had captured state power, then their ideology became the orthodoxy and dissent against this became personally very dangerous. So the majority of people would go along with the status quo. But does this make everyone collectively guilty for the crimes of the regime? Are people, for example, living in industrial capitalist societies today, collectively responsible for global warming, even if they have expressed their dissenting opinions? (...) Yet if the existing social system can manufacture overall consent, then individual or collective dissent can be pointless and, under a fascist government, deadly. Within Germany and the Nazi controlled countries, the concentration camps, with their living skeletons and dead bodies and bones of Jews, political prisoners (often communists), gypsies, homosexuals, etc., were there to show the depravity which the Third Reich was capable of. Reading this book showed me how basically unprepared the occupying armies were for feeding and looking after the citizens of the country they had occupied, plus all those Germans which were expelled back to what remained of the country AND all those captured German military personnel. Millions of German POWs were held in former concentration camps, often under brutal and food-deprived conditions. MacDonogh notes Any attempt to feed the prisoners by the German civilian population was punishable by death. (p. 395) MacDonogh says there were around 11 million captured German soldiers and a million and a half of these never came home. (p. 392) This included only five thousand of the ninety thousand soldiers taken prisoner at Stalingrad. (p.421) The sex ratio in occupied Germany showed that Women aged between twenty and forty outnumbered their men by 160 to 100. (p. 370) In some sense, the chaos in Germany brings to mind what happened in Iraq after the apparent rapid US conquest of that country. We cannot accept, as Churchill has asserted, that there is in the end no legality in matters of life and death. (p. 447) The victors came to Germany with much vengeance in their hearts, as shown in official policies and documented by MacDonogh. CLIP
Expect Another 35% Loss in U.S. Bees to Colony Collapse Disorder This Winter (December 21, 2009) http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/blogs/bees/colony-collapse-disorder-47122101
Beekeepers faced a devil's bargain this year: Honey and money now, at the expense of their hive's health (...) This is a pattern that's been seen before. Colonies that die in the winter because of undertreated, or untreated varroa mite infestations in the fall are common, even in the age of Colony Collapse Disorder.This coming winter is going to be deadly. Beekeepers who didn't treat, or treated too late because then needed the honey will lose colonies, and colonies that live will be small and challenged to grow. And, for many, maybe most of these beekeepers, small, weak colonies are just what they don't need for that February pollination contract in California.So what does that mean for winter losses this year? I've talked to several beekeepers who are predicting another 35% or more loss this winter.This isn't new. But maybe you should be just a little bit scared. Colony Collapse Disorder has been around for only 3 or 4 years. Varroa's been here for a quarter century and we haven't figured out either one of them yet.
Maine to consider cell phone cancer warning (Dec 20, 2009) http://news.yahoo.com:80/s/ap/20091220/ap_on_bi_ge/us_cell_phone_warnings
AUGUSTA, Maine A Maine legislator wants to make the state the first to require cell phones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, although there is no consensus among scientists that they do and industry leaders dispute the claim. The now-ubiquitous devices carry such warnings in some countries, though no U.S. states require them, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. A similar effort is afoot in San Francisco, where Mayor Gavin Newsom wants his city to be the nation's first to require the warnings. Maine Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, said numerous studies point to the cancer risk, and she has persuaded legislative leaders to allow her proposal to come up for discussion during the 2010 session that begins in January, a session usually reserved for emergency and governors' bills. Boland herself uses a cell phone, but with a speaker to keep the phone away from her head. She also leaves the phone off unless she's expecting a call. At issue is radiation emitted by all cell phones. Under Boland's bill, manufacturers would have to put labels on phones and packaging warning of the potential for brain cancer associated with electromagnetic radiation. The warnings would recommend that users, especially children and pregnant women, keep the devices away from their head and body. CLIP
I regret I disturb you sending this article; you have to know that Im not taking party of any side and since Internet is awash with information of all kinds I just wanted to share with you this, and though I read every single compilation you send and I take with high respect all your points of view, I still cant see how this Global Warming mongering is fitting with what Matthew and SaLuSa have to say about the issue; the point I want to make is that since I believe more in Matthew and SaLuSa and Sri Aurobindo than in any other sources. I stop short in all the fears and crap that are spreading with the Global Warming issue. The climate change is a fact for all to see, but it would be going on with us or without us, we know that is a Cosmic cycle;... and this doesnt mean that we want to deny the atrocities we have done and that we do to our Mother Earth; this is a completely different issue and it's here where we have to put our emphasis: how to stop dilapidating and destroying our environment and killing ourselves... and in doing so the climate will settle and Life will become more pleasant and totally bearable.
I really Love you and I live in appreciation for your work, dedication and Light.
A warm hug....
"Global warming is currently very much the topic of the day, and it is well that you try to understand how you can reduce the damage you are causing. However, what is not fully taken into consideration is that your Sun is changing, and is by far the main reason that the changes are taking place. In time they will settle down and you will have more temperate conditions throughout the world. The extremes of weather as you have always experienced, will no longer occur and life will become more pleasant and totally bearable."
Thanks for your positive and comprehensive feedback to my rather impatient reply to you on this matter.
I've been pestered by some subscribers who are sending me so much non sense and have so much resistance to acknowledging the role humans play in destroying our sole and fragile life-support system that I've become wary of seeing in my Inbox anything that perpetuates this attitude of sheer denial and conspiracy-mongering about all the supposedly vile things everyone speaking about global warming is doing according to them.
I agree with Matthew that we don't have yet the larger picture and that other cosmic cycles are at play in the warming process underway - and I'm glad to see that Salusa now supports this view. Matthew has mentioned this a long while ago. Still I believe our collective destructive influence on the overall health of Gaia - through ravaging her rainforests, adding approximately 1 million tons of C02 every minute in the atmosphere, and generally endangering most of her vital ecosystems through reckless abuse is ALSO a major contributing factor in deteriorating the essential balance upon which our collective survival hinges... as you rightly acknowledge.
We cannot any longer play ostrich and pretend we have no responsibility over what's happening on Earth through our individual and collective acts of carelessness. This is basic Karmic Law 101. We create causes and we will be reaping the consequences we already are in fact!
Regarding the notion of "Global Warming mongering" as you put it, I would qualify differently the warnings scientists and environmentalists have been giving to the world for over 30 years with little effect up to some years ago. When a physician tells a chain-smoking patient that he should quit smoking or face the risk of dying from a lung cancer, do you call that fear-mongering? That's all there is to it: it is all intended to warn us. Of course, some excellent orators like Al Gore have ramped up the volume of their warnings and the situation warrants it IMHO to try to finally get through the haze of complacency of the general public so as to get everyone to finally pay attention to this life-threatening situation of our own making in most part, as far as I'm concerned as the suggestion that the entire solar system is warming up because it is now moving more and more against the flow of the interstellar wind is not a fully recognized possibility, and it is a poorly understood phenomenon... which is to say that it probably plays a role in increasing the heat on all planets, but since we are contributing to this by our own mischiefs, the end result is likely to be worst for us on Earth.
On the other hand, I would say that those who oppose the notion of anthropocentric (man-induced) global warming, are playing the alarmist fiddle quite a bit through hollering out about an hypothetical looting by the rich elite of our monies through some new carbon taxes with nary a shred of evidence to substantiate their claims, and through launching into apocalyptic tirades about the final plan to subdue and "cull" the entire world population. Now that to me is real fear-mongering...
Anyway... on both side of the "debate" there is way too much fear that is being generated and panic has never been an effective means of motivating anyone to deliberately and carefully shift from a bad course of action to a better one. All it creates is ever more fruitless friction and only fitful and ultimately symbolic gestures that fail to address the core roots of the Problem we face... like the very limited results obtained in Copenhagen despite years of efforts.
And on that, I wish to mention to you that I received in a dream (from which I woke up with LOTS of bright ideas) a couple days ago the vision of writing up a "Carbon Convention" for the ordinary folks that would be a sort of grass-root response to the sheer inability of our political leaders to rise to the occasion and help shift the world fast enough towards a more sustainable future. At the pace things are going and considering the continuing domination of economic interests over the priorities of our governing class, it seems very unlikely that we will avoid the tipping points that James Hansen (of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies) has been referring to.
This "Carbon Convention", which will simply be a statement of intent designed to call forth the innate goodwill of all individuals without ever resorting to any kind of fear-factor nor mentioning any threat hanging over our future, even in any implied manner will invite everyone to make a personal commitment to both reduce as best as possible our individual environmental footprint (a concept now well established) and promote the inner and outer changes necessary to cocreate a New Eden on Earth within the next 30 years. We have the power within ourselves to do what is best for the highest good of all through simply aligning ourselves with the Will of Life as it expresses Itself in the inner sanctum of our soul-connected heart. The name "Carbon Convention" will probably be used only in reference to the current stalemate of political efforts to address the growing dislocation of our common Web of Life and its ultimate true name will probably be more akin to a "Global Healing Consensus" or something positively framed and sufficiently encompassing to reflect the much deeper nature of the changes underway, which have everything to do with BE-coming Love and manifesting the Universal Will of Creator Source as One with All That Is.
And on that upbeat note, I wish you pleasant dreams and an abiding faith in Who We are to see us through the current rapids of change.
P.S. I'll be back soon with more on this dream-spurred "vision". And I'll include you email above and my reply in my next compilation along with - hopefully !- this Carbon Convention first draft which is likely to be improved upon by other contributors or perhaps adapted (to tone down the spiritual aspect) depending on the target audience.
Obama says 'unprecedented' deal reached on climate
By JENNIFER LOVEN (AP) December 18, 2009
COPENHAGEN President Barack Obama declared Friday a "meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough" had been reached among the U.S., China and three other countries on a global effort to curb climate change but said much work was still be needed to reach a legally binding treaty.
"It is going to be very hard, and it's going to take some time," he said near the conclusion of a 193-nation global warming summit. "We have come a long way, but we have much further to go."
The president said there was a "fundamental deadlock in perspectives" between big, industrially developed countries like the United States and poorer, though sometimes large, developing nations. Still he said this week's efforts "will help us begin to meet our responsibilities to leave our children and grandchildren a cleaner planet."
The deal as described by Obama reflects some progress helping poor nations cope with climate change and getting China to disclose its actions to address the warming problem.
But it falls far short of committing any nation to pollution reductions beyond a general acknowledgment that the effort should contain global temperatures along the lines agreed to at a conference of the leading economic nations last July.
Obama suggested Friday's agreement among the five key countries would be adopted by the larger summit in its closing hours.
"I am leaving before the final vote," he said. "We feel confident we are moving in the direction of a final accord."
If the countries had waited to reach a full, binding agreement, "then we wouldn't make any progress," Obama said. In that case, he said, "there might be such frustration and cynicism that rather than taking one step forward we ended up taking two steps back."
The limited agreement by the U.S., China, Brazil, India and South Africa reflected the intense political and economic obstacles that had blocked a binding accord to restrict emissions of "greenhouse gases" believed to be causing a dangerous warming of the Earth.
The accord calls for the participating countries to list specific actions they have taken to control emissions and the commitments they are willing to make to achieve deeper reductions.
There would be a method for verifying reductions of heat-trapping gases, a senior administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity before Obama made his comments.
Obama said the five nation's pledges would be "subject to an international consultation" that will allow each country to "show the world what they're doing."
China's resistance to a verification mechanism had been one of the major sticking points for the U.S. during the two weeks of climate negotiations here.
"We're in this together, and we'll know who is meeting and not meeting the mutual obligations that are set forth," Obama said.
As for the U.S., he said, "We will not be legally bound by anything that took place here today," pre-emptively answering congressional critics who had warned repeatedly that Congress will have the final say in any U.S. emission reduction commitments.
The deal also would provide a mechanism to help poor countries pay for dealing with climate change.
The president had planned to spend only about nine hours in Copenhagen as the summit wrapped up after two weeks. But, as an agreement appeared within reach, he added extended his stay by more than six hours to attend a series of meetings aimed at brokering a deal.
"We are running short on time," Obama had told the summit as the clock was running out on its final day. "There has to be movement on all sides."
He met with other leaders, including Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
Late in the evening, Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held talks with European leaders, including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Asked how negotiations were going as he entered the meeting, Obama replied: "Always hopeful."
The direct talks between Obama and Wen underscored efforts to resolve differences that represent one of the major roadblocks in reaching a global climate deal. The U.S. has been insisting that China, the only nation that emits more heat-trapping gasses than the U.S., make its emissions-reduction pledges subject to international review.
Hours before his announcement of the limited agreement, without mentioning China specifically, Obama said, "I don't know how you have an international agreement where we all are not sharing information and making sure we are meeting our commitments. That doesn't make sense. It would be a hollow victory."
Obama indirectly acknowledged that some nations feel the United States is doing too little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and he urged leaders to accept a less-than-perfect pact. Meanwhile, he offered no new U.S. concessions.
"No country will get everything that it wants," Obama said.
It's possible that Obama's biggest success here will have nothing to do with the climate. He met with the Russian president and said afterward that the United States and Russia are "quite close" to a new nuclear arms control agreement to replace an expired Cold War-era arms control treaty.
The U.S. commitment to reduce greenhouse gasses mirrors legislation before Congress. It calls for 17 percent reduction in such pollution from 2005 levels by 2020 the equivalent of 3 percent to 4 percent from the more commonly used baseline of 1990 levels. That is far less than the offers from the European Union, Japan and Russia.
Even that target was hard-won in a skittish Congress, and Obama has decided he can't go further without potentially souring final passage of the bill, approved in the House but not yet considered in the Senate. He also could imperil eventual Senate ratification of any global treaty that emerges next year.
New climate draft sets greenhouse gas emissions targets for both rich and poor countries (December 18th, 2009) http://blog.taragana.com/science/2009/12/18/new-climate-draft-sets-greenhouse-gas-emissions-targets-for-both-rich-and-poor-countries-1289/
COPENHAGEN A third draft climate agreement being considered by world leaders at the U.N. summit in Copenhagen has introduced greenhouse gas emissions targets for both industrialized and developing countries. The document, titled the Copenhagen Accord, says rich countries should reduce their greenhouse emissions by at least 80 percent by the year 2050. It says developing countries emissions should be 15-30 percent below business as usual, that is, judged against figures for energy used versus economic output. The latest draft also reinstates a December 2010 deadline for when leaders should adopt a legally binding treaty on fighting global warming. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. APs earlier story is below.
COPENHAGEN (AP) A new draft climate agreement being considered by world leaders at the U.N. summit in Copenhagen drops a previous 2010 deadline for achieving a legally binding treaty to fight global warming. The latest draft obtained by The Associated Press doesnt have a deadline. Like previous drafts it refers to deep cuts in global emissions of greenhouse gases but does not give exact figures.
Al Gore Exhorts Leaders To Preserve The Glories Of This Beautiful Earth For The Next Generation (Dec 16, 2009) The powerful closing statement by Al Gore on the first day of the high level discussions at the COP15 Climate summit in Copenhagen. http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/12/16/gores-fundamental-question/
In an address to the conference just before high-level talks began in Copenhagen yesterday, former Vice President Al Gore said the outcome of the United Nations Climate Change Conference will answer a fundamental moral question who we are as human beings. Instead of forthrightly addressing a mortal threat to the future of civilization, if we allowed this process to fall into paralysis, Gore argued, the next generation would be justified in asking us: Who are you?If at some future date, the next generation faces the prospect of living in a world with steadily deteriorating prospects and no chance to reclaim the glories of this beautiful earth that we have enjoyed if they look back at Copenhagen and ask, Why didnt you act? Why did you let this process fall into paralysis, and neither succeed or fail but become a symbol of futility? What were the arguments were again? You didnt realize that we were at stake? However, he concluded his speech by saying he believes that those assembled can rise to this test of leadership, that the US Senate can pass legislation before Earth Day in April and the world can meet again to sign a binding treaty in July. We can do it, we must do it, and as I have said many times, I believe political will is a renewable resource.Transcript:I wish that I had the words to transfer directly from my heart to yours the passion that I feel for this issue. For me, it raises a fundamental question: Who are we as human beings?Who are we?If at some future date, the next generation faces the prospect of living in a world with steadily deteriorating prospects and no chance to reclaim the glories of this beautiful earth that we have enjoyed if they look back at Copenhagen and ask, Why didnt you act? Why did you let this process fall into paralysis, and neither succeed or fail but become a symbol of futility? What were the arguments were again? You didnt realize that we were at stake?If their conclusion was that the generation of human beings alive in the first years of the 21st century gathered together in Copenhagen with the leaders of virtually every nation in the world and instead of forthrightly addressing a mortal threat to the future of civilization, instead decided that the arguments were more important than the solution, that the compromises were just too difficult and allowed the process to fall into paralysis, thus condemning them to a life completely unlike what they deserve, they would be justified in asking of us: Who are you? Didnt you care? Did you not feel any connection to us? The real source of the passion and the feelings that I have for this issue is a simple conviction: I dont believe thats who we are. I believe we are capable of rising to this occasion in spite of the difficulties. I believe that we are capable of resolving the remaining issues to the point where we can meet in Mexico City this July, in the aftermath of a successful action by the United States Senate in April, and conclude a binding international treaty that begins the process and builds our confidence and leads us to make bolder commitments and cuts in global warming pollution and provides the supports that are necessary until, like the Montreal Protocol process, we get to the point where we actually solve this crisis. We can do it, we must do it, and as I have said many times, I believe political will is a renewable resource. Thank you very much. Watch this video through http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LASoAGm_ILw or http://www.repoweramerica.org/wall/#/view/44235/ - Part one (to see the whole statement) starts at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcUllhQ7C0Q - A MUST WATCH SPEECH!! Extremely compelling. And if you have been contaminated by the barrage of lies thrown at this man by the corporate-fueled denial machine, please put aside these toxic thought-forms and listen with your heart only and continue into Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5
Fossil Of The Year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufVraNi_Vxo
Award given to the country that has done the most to block progress towards a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty... And the winner is... CANADA. Everyone!... Boooo!!!!
Canada 'very comfortable' with climate-change deal (Dec 18, 2009) http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/12/18/12207171-qmi.html
COPENHAGEN - Saying Canada is very comfortable with a sketchy climate-change deal eked out in Copenhagen Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper nonetheless insisted his government will take no steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions until the United States acts. What will be most critical for Canada in terms of filling out the details of our regulatory framework will be the regulatory framework being developed in the United States, he said. The nature of the Canadian economy and the nature of our integrated energy markets is such that Canada and the United States need to be closely harmonized on this. If the Americans dont act, it will severely limit our ability to act. But if Americans do act, it is absolutely essential that we act in concert with them." CLIP - NOTE FROM JEAN: Could this be Harper's cunning strategy to subtly pressure the US to make good on their promises to curb their CO2 emissions?... Like 2 people in the same canoe pushed by strong currents on a river towards an incoming mighty fall, one telling to the other: "Either you start rowing to bring us ashore or we will both drown..." Hmmmm... Thank God, no other head of state is acting as foolishly... Looks more to me like a Big Oil corrupted politician trying his best to protect the bottom line of his pals...
Low targets, goals dropped: Copenhagen ends in failure
Deal thrashed out at talks condemned as climate change scepticism in action
John Vidal, Allegra Stratton and Suzanne Goldenberg in Copenhagen - 19 December 2009
The UN climate summit reached a weak outline of a global agreement last night in Copenhagen, falling far short of what Britain and many poor countries were seeking and leaving months of tough negotiations to come.
After eight draft texts and all-day talks between 115 world leaders, it was left to Barack Obama and Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, to broker a political agreement. The so-called Copenhagen accord "recognises" the scientific case for keeping temperature rises to no more than 2C but did not contain commitments to emissions reductions to achieve that goal.
American officials spun the deal as a "meaningful agreement", but even Obama said: "This progress is not enough."
"We have come a long way, but we have much further to go," he added.
The deal was brokered between China, South Africa, India, Brazil and the US, but late last night it was still unclear whether it would be adopted by all 192 countries in the full plenary session.
The agreement aims to provide $30bn in funding for poor countries to adapt to climate change from next year to 2012, and $100bn a year after 2020.
But it disappointed African and other vulnerable countries who had been holding out for far deeper emission cuts to hold the global temperature rise to 1.5C this century. As widely expected, all references to 1.5C in previous drafts were removed at the last minute, but more surprisingly, the earlier 2050 goal of reducing global CO2 emissions by 80% was also dropped.
The agreement also set up a forestry deal which is hoped would significantly reduce deforestation in return for cash. It lacked the kind of independent verification of emission reductions by developing countries that the US and others demanded.
Obama hinted that China was to blame for the lack of a substantial deal. In a press conference he condemned the insistence of some countries to look backwards to previous environmental agreements. He said developing countries should be "getting out of that mindset, and moving towards the position where everybody recognises that we all need to move together".
This was a not-so-veiled reference to the epic row over whether to ditch the Kyoto protocol and its legal distinction between developed and developing nations. Developing nations saw this as an attempt by the rich world to wriggle out of its responsibility for climate change. Many observers blamed the US for coming to the talks with an offer of just 4% emissions cuts on 1990 levels. The final text made no obligations on developing countries to make cuts.
Negotiators will now work on individual agreements such as forests, technology, and finance but, without strong leadership, the chances are that it will take years to complete.
Obama cast his trip as a sign of renewed US global leadership. "The time has come for us to get off the sidelines and shape the future that we seek; that is why I came to Copenhagen," he said. But he said he would not be staying for the final vote "because of weather constraints in Washington".
Lumumba Di-Aping, chief negotiator for the G77 group of 130 developing countries, was scathing: "This deal will definitely result in massive devastation in Africa and small island states. It has the lowest level of ambition you can imagine. It's nothing short of climate change scepticism in action.
"It locks countries into a cycle of poverty for ever. Obama has eliminated any difference between him and Bush."
John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said: "The city of Copenhagen is a crime scene tonight, with the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport. Ed Miliband [UK climate change secretary] is among the very few that come out of this summit with any credit. It is now evident that beating global warming will require a radically different model of politics than the one on display here in Copenhagen."
Lydia Baker, Save the Children's policy adviser said: "By signing a sub-standard deal, world leaders have effectively signed a death warrant for many of the world's poorest children. Up to 250,000 children from poor communities could die before the next major meeting in Mexico at the end of next year."
NOTE FROM JEAN: Among the many comments there, most of them reflecting the fundamental divide between the firm believers of CO2-induced climate change and the equally firm deniers of any such connection between CO2 levels and climate change, one struck me as worthy of attention:
Global climate change is an economic problem and it will require an economic solution, consisting of a nudge that gets individuals to emit lower quantities of greenhouse gases. Moral suasion directed to particular countries (the U.S., China) will be comparatively ineffective. I don't know the particulars of the negotiations, but if they were about getting countries to agree to impose caps on their own carbon emissions, the result likely would be widespread cheating and the pace of climate change would not be much affected. I see the Guardian's reference to African countries' desire for an accord resulting in a maximum 1.5 degree temperature rise, but I wonder if this isn't a fig leaf for yet another demand to have wealthy countries fill up the coffers of ineffective and corrupt African governments (not all African governments are, I hasten to add). The U.S. Senate will never ratify a climate-change treaty that hands over billions of taxpayer dollars to unaccountable, inept, and corrupt governments, be they in Africa or elsewhere. I like the Guelph University (Ontario, Canada) economist's idea (reported in Tuesday's New York Times) of imposing a worldwide carbon tax that would increase each year the earth's temperature rises, and rise dramatically if the temperature does. It takes the heat off current political leaders and gives them an incentive to vote for it, because the tax begins at a low level. Eventually, assuming continued global warming, our SUV and pickup drivers (I'm in the U.S.) will have an incentive to get rid of, reduce the use of, or modify their monstermobiles. Carbon users in poor regions like parts of Asia, Latin America, and Africa, i.e., individual citizens who are probably much smarter than their governments, will also figure out efficient ways to conserve. (I realize people will say they're too poor to conserve any more than they already are, but that's not true of everyone; moreover, we can subsidize the actions of the very poorest that will lead to more efficiency, e.g., stop burning cowpies or charcoal for cooking.) If a few months' delay leads to a workable set of incentives directed to individuals everywhere around the world, and if that's different from what Copenhagen was headed toward, it'll be more effective in the medium term and the delay should be tolerable. So I say, be optimistic. See this critique of the Guelph University economist's idea: http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/14/the-temperature-tax/
I agree that the economist's proposal requires tweaking to ensure a price signal that's clear and timely. Resting the carbon-utilization tax rate on the size of the Arctic ice sheet each year might be a way to achieve that.
Related article and video:
Obama emerges from climate talks with slender pact and bruised stature (19 December 2009) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/19/barack-obama-copenhagen-climate-change-us
US president urges decisive action on climate change, but shows no sign that Washington will take such steps itself -- Barack Obama emerged from the chaotic final hours of the Copenhagen summit last night having salvaged an agreement for action on global warming and his own reputation as a politician who can bridge the most challenging of political divides.After 15 hours of negotiations, an exhausted looking Obama said he managed to secure a deal on climate change incorporating America's three main goals of emissions cuts, financial aid for the poorest countries, and a measure of accountability for emissions pledges from developing countries. But he acknowledged the skimpy 2.5 page draft produced at the end of his effort was not the comprehensive agreement he had come to Copenhagen for. "I think it is important that instead of setting up a bunch of goals that just end up not being met, that we get moving," he said. "We just keep moving forward."Obama's hectic day of negotiations began immediately on his arrival in Copenhagen, when he encountered what he described as a "fundamental deadlock" between rich and developing countries. Much of that was a product of the deep resentment at America for its emissions reductions target: a 17% reduction over 2005 levels by 2020. That offer too was conditional on Congress passing climate change legislation. In the final days of the summit, a more vexing issue emerged over America's demands that China and other rapidly emerging countries offer an accounting of their actions to curb the growth of greenhouse gas emissions.Obama emerged last night claiming to have wrung an important concession from China and India to offer a fuller accounting of its emissions reductions. "The truth is that we can actually monitor a lot of what takes place through satellite imagery and so forth," he said. CLIP
The Copenhagen Climate Summit - on the Charlie Rose Show - COGENT ANALYSIS! - Excerpt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TZ8WnBMjn8
The Copenhagen Climate Summit with David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post, James Hansen of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Jeffrey Sachs and Elaine Claussen, president of Pew Center on Global Climate.
From the mouth of James Hansen (DECEMBER 16, 2009) http://www.terrapass.com/blog/posts/james-hansen
Thoughts on a talk from the most famous climate scientist -- I went to a talk last night by NASA scientists James Hansen. Sure was depressing.*You probably know Hansen as an outspoken climate scientist, developer of one of the earliest accurate climate models, and one of the first experts to testify before the U.S. Congress in 1988 about the dangers of CO2 emissions.You may also know Hansen as a sharp critic of current efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions. He thinks the Kyoto Protocol is worse than useless. He skipped out on the Copenhagen talks, which he feels are a waste of time. And he wants to scrap the legislation currently close to passage in the U.S. in favor of the tax-and-dividend policy that he tirelessly advocates. So Hansen is a complicated figure. In his role as a climate scientist, hes brought needed urgency and clarity to the issue of climate change. In his more recent role as a political activist, hes managed to alienate much of the environmental community.His talk didnt break any new ground, but it was interesting to hear him make his case. A few thoughts: (...) These questions arent simply hypothetical. Hansen was twice asked by despairing audience members about how to close the gap between environmental necessity and political reality, and twice he had nothing to say. He himself has turned recently to civil disobedience; he was even arrested during a protest at a coal mining operation. I admire his integrity, but Id rather see grassroots energy applied to passing current bills rather than opposing them. Finally, the talk reminded me that climate science is just really damned interesting in its own right, and the resurgent anti-scientific sentiment in American politics and culture is a shame not just for the country but also for the people who aggressively court ignorance. Hansen ended the talk with a brief tour through the paleoclimate. Did you know that we have the Himalayas to thank for the ice ages? 40 million years ago, CO2 concentrations were about triple what they are now. The planet was completely free of ice, and sea levels were hundreds of feet higher. Then India crashed into Asia, thrusting up the Himalayan range and exposing a massive amount of rock to the atmosphere. Over millions of years, that rock acted as a CO2 sponge, reacting with carbon in the air to make carbonates. About ten million years ago, when CO2 levels reached roughly 450 parts per million, ice started forming at the poles.Interesting! Also: scary. Today, many of these processes are running in reverse. CO2 levels stand at 387 parts per million and climbing
The next trillion dollar scam http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/752.html
Seed money for the next multi-trillion dollar scam: trading carbon credits. Leveraged trading is something that only exists by government decree... The ultimate vehicle for monetary fraud.
"The polluting industry lobby stopped a real deal at Copenhagen, and now they're trying to silence the rising climate movement by suing youth activists. They've raised $750,000 for their intimidation effort -- if 20,000 of us give just a small amount each, we'll show them their tactics backfired, and show politicians that people-power can defeat polluters. Leaders disappointed the entire world in Copenhagen last weekend. But one group was cracking open the champagne - the polluting industry lobbyists who pushed our politicians to failure. The polluters have only one worry now: us.Recently a few youth climate activists (funded by Avaaz online donations!) dared to challenge the most powerful polluter lobbyist group, the US Chamber of Commerce, by helping to stage a humorous satirical press conference announcing the Chamber had decided to help fight climate change. The polluter lobbys response? A huge lawsuit suing these young activists for potentially enormous amounts of money. Experts say a response like this is extremely rare. It appears designed to send a chilling message to our movement and silence all who would speak out. Copenhagen failed primarily because big polluters US and China wanted a weak agreement. President Obama was heavily constrained by a US Congress that has been captured by lobbyists. The Chamber is a front group for the largest corporations in the polluting lobby, including oil and coal companies like Exxon Mobil. They were major backers of President George W Bush, and have spent hundreds of millions of dollars blocking Obama's attempts at change. The Chamber claims to represent US businesses, but even many large corporations (like Apple, Nike and Microsoft) have opposed its pro-polluter positions on climate change. While people were out in force in Copenhagen, polluter lobbyists worked in the shadows, their voices loud only in our politicians' ears. To get the climate deal we need, we have to expose their influence, stand up to their intimidation tactics, and send a signal to others that the time has come, once and for all, to stand up to the villains holding our planet hostage."
How do I know China wrecked the Copenhagen deal? I was in the room
As recriminations fly post-Copenhagen, one writer offers a fly-on-the-wall account of how talks failed
Mark Lynas -- 22 December 2009
Copenhagen was a disaster. That much is agreed. But the truth about what actually happened is in danger of being lost amid the spin and inevitable mutual recriminations. The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and insisted on an awful "deal" so western leaders would walk away carrying the blame. How do I know this? Because I was in the room and saw it happen.
China's strategy was simple: block the open negotiations for two weeks, and then ensure that the closed-door deal made it look as if the west had failed the world's poor once again. And sure enough, the aid agencies, civil society movements and environmental groups all took the bait. The failure was "the inevitable result of rich countries refusing adequately and fairly to shoulder their overwhelming responsibility", said Christian Aid. "Rich countries have bullied developing nations," fumed Friends of the Earth International.
All very predictable, but the complete opposite of the truth. Even George Monbiot, writing in yesterday's Guardian, made the mistake of singly blaming Obama. But I saw Obama fighting desperately to salvage a deal, and the Chinese delegate saying "no", over and over again. Monbiot even approvingly quoted the Sudanese delegate Lumumba Di-Aping, who denounced the Copenhagen accord as "a suicide pact, an incineration pact, in order to maintain the economic dominance of a few countries".
Sudan behaves at the talks as a puppet of China; one of a number of countries that relieves the Chinese delegation of having to fight its battles in open sessions. It was a perfect stitch-up. China gutted the deal behind the scenes, and then left its proxies to savage it in public.
Here's what actually went on late last Friday night, as heads of state from two dozen countries met behind closed doors. Obama was at the table for several hours, sitting between Gordon Brown and the Ethiopian prime minister, Meles Zenawi. The Danish prime minister chaired, and on his right sat Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the UN. Probably only about 50 or 60 people, including the heads of state, were in the room. I was attached to one of the delegations, whose head of state was also present for most of the time.
What I saw was profoundly shocking. The Chinese premier, Wen Jinbao, did not deign to attend the meetings personally, instead sending a second-tier official in the country's foreign ministry to sit opposite Obama himself. The diplomatic snub was obvious and brutal, as was the practical implication: several times during the session, the world's most powerful heads of state were forced to wait around as the Chinese delegate went off to make telephone calls to his "superiors".
Shifting the blame
To those who would blame Obama and rich countries in general, know this: it was China's representative who insisted that industrialised country targets, previously agreed as an 80% cut by 2050, be taken out of the deal. "Why can't we even mention our own targets?" demanded a furious Angela Merkel. Australia's prime minister, Kevin Rudd, was annoyed enough to bang his microphone. Brazil's representative too pointed out the illogicality of China's position. Why should rich countries not announce even this unilateral cut? The Chinese delegate said no, and I watched, aghast, as Merkel threw up her hands in despair and conceded the point. Now we know why because China bet, correctly, that Obama would get the blame for the Copenhagen accord's lack of ambition.
China, backed at times by India, then proceeded to take out all the numbers that mattered. A 2020 peaking year in global emissions, essential to restrain temperatures to 2C, was removed and replaced by woolly language suggesting that emissions should peak "as soon as possible". The long-term target, of global 50% cuts by 2050, was also excised. No one else, perhaps with the exceptions of India and Saudi Arabia, wanted this to happen. I am certain that had the Chinese not been in the room, we would have left Copenhagen with a deal that had environmentalists popping champagne corks popping in every corner of the world.
So how did China manage to pull off this coup? First, it was in an extremely strong negotiating position. China didn't need a deal. As one developing country foreign minister said to me: "The Athenians had nothing to offer to the Spartans." On the other hand, western leaders in particular but also presidents Lula of Brazil, Zuma of South Africa, Calderón of Mexico and many others were desperate for a positive outcome. Obama needed a strong deal perhaps more than anyone. The US had confirmed the offer of $100bn to developing countries for adaptation, put serious cuts on the table for the first time (17% below 2005 levels by 2020), and was obviously prepared to up its offer.
Above all, Obama needed to be able to demonstrate to the Senate that he could deliver China in any global climate regulation framework, so conservative senators could not argue that US carbon cuts would further advantage Chinese industry. With midterm elections looming, Obama and his staff also knew that Copenhagen would be probably their only opportunity to go to climate change talks with a strong mandate. This further strengthened China's negotiating hand, as did the complete lack of civil society political pressure on either China or India. Campaign groups never blame developing countries for failure; this is an iron rule that is never broken. The Indians, in particular, have become past masters at co-opting the language of equity ("equal rights to the atmosphere") in the service of planetary suicide and leftish campaigners and commentators are hoist with their own petard.
With the deal gutted, the heads of state session concluded with a final battle as the Chinese delegate insisted on removing the 1.5C target so beloved of the small island states and low-lying nations who have most to lose from rising seas. President Nasheed of the Maldives, supported by Brown, fought valiantly to save this crucial number. "How can you ask my country to go extinct?" demanded Nasheed. The Chinese delegate feigned great offence and the number stayed, but surrounded by language which makes it all but meaningless. The deed was done.
All this raises the question: what is China's game? Why did China, in the words of a UK-based analyst who also spent hours in heads of state meetings, "not only reject targets for itself, but also refuse to allow any other country to take on binding targets?" The analyst, who has attended climate conferences for more than 15 years, concludes that China wants to weaken the climate regulation regime now "in order to avoid the risk that it might be called on to be more ambitious in a few years' time".
This does not mean China is not serious about global warming. It is strong in both the wind and solar industries. But China's growth, and growing global political and economic dominance, is based largely on cheap coal. China knows it is becoming an uncontested superpower; indeed its newfound muscular confidence was on striking display in Copenhagen. Its coal-based economy doubles every decade, and its power increases commensurately. Its leadership will not alter this magic formula unless they absolutely have to.
Copenhagen was much worse than just another bad deal, because it illustrated a profound shift in global geopolitics. This is fast becoming China's century, yet its leadership has displayed that multilateral environmental governance is not only not a priority, but is viewed as a hindrance to the new superpower's freedom of action. I left Copenhagen more despondent than I have felt in a long time. After all the hope and all the hype, the mobilisation of thousands, a wave of optimism crashed against the rock of global power politics, fell back, and drained away.
China blasts claim it 'hijacked' climate talks (Dec. 22, 2009) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34517218
BEIJING - China dismissed Tuesday a British editorial accusing it of "hijacking" the U.N.-sponsored climate talks in Copenhagen as baseless and politically motivated.British climate change minister Edward Miliband's editorial singled out Beijing as the culprit behind the talks' near collapse.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said the piece seemed designed to sow discord among developing nations. She said the comments by an individual British politician not mentioning Miliband by name were an attempt to "shirk the obligations of developed countries to their developing counterparts and foment discord among developing countries, but the attempt was doomed to fail."At a news conference later, Jiang added that developed countries are "absolutely unqualified to censure developing countries" on climate change since many of them have not honored existing commitments to curb global warming. She didn't specify any countries or say how they fell short. (...) Miliband wrote in The Guardian newspaper Sunday that most countries developed and developing supported binding cuts in emissions, but that "some leading developing countries currently refuse to countenance this." "We did not get an agreement on 50 percent reductions in global emissions by 2050 or on 80 percent reductions by developed countries. Both were vetoed by China, despite the support of a coalition of developed and the vast majority of developing countries," he wrote. "We cannot again allow negotiations on real points of substance to be hijacked in this way," he wrote. Jiang said those responsible for the editorial should "correct their mistakes, fulfill their obligations to developing countries in an earnest way, and stay away from activities that hinder the international community's cooperation in coping with climate change." The Copenhagen Accord emerged principally from President Barack Obama's meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and the leaders of India, Brazil and South Africa. But the agreement was protested by several nations that demanded deeper emissions cuts by the industrialized world. On Monday, Wen praised the outcome of the talks and China's role in achieving it. He told the official Xinhua News Agency that China "played an important and constructive role in pushing the Copenhagen climate talks to earn the current results, and demonstrated its utmost sincerity and made its best effort."
US-Led Copenhagen Accord Decried as Flawed, Undemocratic (December 21, 2009) http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/21/us_led_copenhagen_accord_decried_as
The climate summit in Copenhagen came to a close Saturday with the worlds nations reluctantly agreeing to take note of but not endorse a non-binding accord President Obama announced Friday night. The twelve-page agreement seeks to limit global warming to a maximum of a two degree Celsius rise in temperature. But it does not specify targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. We speak with Guardian columnist George Monbiot and Lucia Green-Weiskel of the China-based organization Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation. [includes rush transcript]
(...) GEORGE MONBIOT: Well, its a complete disaster. Its not even an accord. Theres nothing binding in it. Theres no targets and no timetables. And, ominously, we now have the head of the UN process, Yvo de Boer, saying we are going to move the talks to Mexico; it will all be fine there. You probably remember this, Amy, but in 2001, the world trade talks collapsed in Doha, and the head of the World Trade Organization said its all fine; were going to move the talks to Mexico, and itll all be resolved then. And they moved to Cancun and were never seen again. And I wonderIm beginning to wonder if Mexico is the diplomatic equivalent to the Pacific Garbage Patch, the place where failed negotiations go to die. This is a wipeout. Its theit would be hard to conclude that this is not the end of the process, because once youve lost your diplomatic momentum, once the red carpets have been rolled up and the cutlery has been cleared away, its just very hard to regain it. In fact, I interviewed Yvo de Boer, the man in charge of the process, last year, and Ive got a direct quote from him, very different to what hes saying today, by the way. And he then said, The worst case scenario for me is that climate becomes a second World Trade Organization. Copenhagen, for me, is a very clear deadline that I think we need to meet. And Im afraid that if we dont, then the process will begin to slip. And like in the trade negotiations, one deadline after the other will not be met, and we sort of become the little orchestra on the Titanic.
(...) I can hardly express my disappointment with Mr. Obama. Like many of the worlds people, especially those on the liberal and left, progressive ends of the spectrum, I placed great hopes in him. He was a man who was a source of inspiration. And I feel incredibly let down and betrayed. What Obama and the US delegation have done this time round is very similar to what George Bush did over Iraq, which was to bypass the United Nations, to go behind the backs of the majority of nations, and try to create a coalition of the willing. And in doing so, he effectively trashed the talks. Its absolutely true that the Chinese delegation was being very intransigent and very difficult, but Obama, what he did was to demand that the Chinese delegation change its position without offering anything at all in return. And we all assumed thatthose of us who are environmentalists, who have been following this process, assumed that the dreadful US negotiating position was just an opening bid, that the very poor target and very poor timetable offered by the United States was just the bargaining position and that it would open up from there on. But it soon became clear that there was nothing else on the table and that Obama was not going to raise that bid, and that while he was demanding that the rest of the world take action, he was not prepared to take any further action himself. And the reason this is such a disappointment is that this was a man who was going to put aside childish things. This is a man who was going to do what was right, not what was expedient. And in this case, he was faced by the greatest challenge the world now confronts, and he was the only man who could break the deadlock. And instead of breaking the deadlock, he ensured that that deadlock became inevitable, and he broke the talks. And we now have a situation where the momentum might never be recovered. CLIP
Critics say Copenhagen climate deal lacks necessary reforms (5:31 minutes) http://www.fsrn.org/audio/critics-say-copenhagen-climate-deal-lacks-necessary-reforms/5937
Late Friday, officials in Copenhagen announced a climate change agreement. Some details include limiting global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, providing a framework for countries to monitor carbon emissions, and a pledge by rich countries to raise funds to help poor countries face the consequences of climate change. But the agreement isnt legally binding and critics say it falls short on many of the key issues. There is also widespread criticism of how the deal came about and who was involved. To assess the agreement that came from Copenhagen, we are joined by Michael Dorsey, an assistant professor at Dartmouth College. He directs the Climate Justice Research Project -- and he just returned back from Copenhagen earlier this morning.
Copenhagen climate deal: Spectacular failure - or a few important steps? (22 December 2009) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/22/copenhagen-climate-deal-expert-view
We ask leading climate change experts for their assessment of the Copenhagen deal -- The negotiations in Copenhagen ended without a fair, ambitious or legally binding treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Despite this, what emerged was an agreement that will, at the very least, cut greenhouse gasses, set up an emissions verification system, and reduce deforestation. Given the complexity of the issue, this represents a step forward.I hasten to add that much of the hard work still lies ahead. The Copenhagen accord, the text that came out of the talks, leaves a long list of issues undecided. Among them are the emissions targets industrialised nations will accept, and how much climate finance they will offer. The accord essentially allows countries to set their own greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for 2020. But I am optimistic because the talks did achieve $100bn in aid from industrialised countries to poorer nations. China, as well, submitted to an emissions verification system under which all nations will report. The accord also includes measures to help cut greenhouse gasses and reduce deforestation, particularly in heavily forested developing nations such as Brazil and Indonesia. These are big steps forward, and I think it is important to remember that there were achievements made in Copenhagen. There is still a great deal that needs to be done by China and all other signatories. Specific, binding targets are extremely important and need to be worked out. But we did see a move towards an agreement that could keep atmospheric Co2 levels from rising above dangerous levels.
(...) Dr Myles Allen, head of climate dynamics group in the atmospheric, oceanic and planetary physics department, University of Oxford -- On one level it could be argued it is quite a good outcome. There is a goal to limit global temperature rise to 2C and an acknowledgement that current commitments are not enough to meet that goal. It is good that China recognises the 2C goal and that emissions reductions are the way to go. I am glad they did not make serious progress towards a legally binding treaty because the current thinking that nationally negotiated emissions targets and a system of carbon trading will solve this problem is flawed. I'm very skeptical about that whole approach. A legally binding regime based on that principle would lock us into that process and it could take 20 or 30 years before it became sufficiently obvious it was not working. Once set up, there is enormous investment in a system like that and it becomes difficult to change. So something close to success in Copenhagen based on what the politicians were aiming for could have been counterproductive. It's depressing that governments appear to have walked away from Copenhagen only to say they are going to spend the next year fighting for the legally binding treaty they wanted it to produce, rather than use the time to consider some radical alternatives. One way we have suggested is to target producers rather than emitters. A mandatory requirement on fossil fuel companies to capture and store carbon emissions, to clean up after themselves, could solve a big part of the problem without complex international negotiations.
E.U. Blames Others for Great Failure on Climate (December 22, 2009) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/world/europe/23iht-climate.html?_r=1
BRUSSELS European Union leaders on Tuesday sought to deflect criticism that they had fumbled their strategy at the Copenhagen climate summit meeting, just as a feud between the British and the Chinese over whom to blame for the outcome worsened. Andreas Carlgren, the environment minister of Sweden, the country holding the rotating E.U. presidency, said that the summit meeting had been a great failure partly because other nations had rejected targets and a timetable for the rest of the world to sign on to binding emissions reductions.The E.U. went into the conference with a strategy of leading by example on emissions cuts, but has been widely criticized by industry and environmental groups for not marshalling other nations to follow and for ending up sidelined at the summit meeting.It was obvious that the United States and China didnt want more than we achieved at Copenhagen, Mr. Carlgren said at a news conference in Brussels.The obstacles created by those countries were part of what we regretted, he said. Meanwhile, an official in Beijing shot back at criticism by a senior British official that China and a handful of other countries at Copenhagen had thrown up insurmountable barriers to a more far-reaching accord.In comments made to the state-run media, Jiang Yu, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, suggested that Britain was seeking to shirk the obligations of developed countries to their developing counterparts and foment discord among developing countries, but the attempt was doomed to fail. CLIP
China's positions, principles on climate change win wide recognition http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-12/19/content_12670718.htm
COPENHAGEN, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- International organizations have spoken highly of China's strong commitments on greenhouse gas emissions cut, saying China will make great contributions to global efforts to combat climate change. They made such remarks after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced China's positions and principles on climate change at the Summit of United Nations Climate Change Conference held here on Friday. "The actions offered by China to reduce emissions are welcome, both in terms of initiatives already underway and future actions planned," said James Leape, director general of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature International in an interview with Xinhua. "To keep the world on track to prevent dangerous climate change," he added, "we need both developed and developing countries to increase their ambition levels." He said China has indicated that it is ready to do that, "so we hope to see an offer for increased action, to move these talks in Copenhagen forward and ensure success." The WWF chief also welcomed China's increased willingness to cooperate with the rest of the world in making emission data transparent. Jeremy Hobbs, executive director of Oxfam International, told Xinhua that "we are encouraged by China's determination to combat climate change, especially its unconditional efforts to slash carbon emissions in China, despite huge poverty challenges." He said China's resolve to cut their own emissions regardless to the outcome of the summit is exemplary. He also supports China's position that dealing with climate change should not undermine efforts to alleviate poverty. "Rich countries that are responsible for climate change have a historic responsibility to find a real solution and to do so before it's too late. " he said. Kumi Naidoo, director general of Greenpeace International, told Xinhua that Wen Jiabao's speech was encouraging, saying that Wen spoke of specific targets and recognized the scale of the problem. CLIP
China considers compulsory green energy purchases by grid operators (2009-12-22) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-12/22/content_12688812.htm
BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature Tuesday discussed a legal amendment to require electricity grid companies to buy all the power produced by renewable energy generators. The State Council energy department and the state power regulatory agency should supervise the purchases, said the draft amendment to the Renewable Energy Law, which was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) for its second reading. According to the draft, the State Council energy department, in conjunction with the state power regulatory agency and the State Council finance departments, should "determine the proportion of renewable energy power generation to the overall generating capacity for a certain period." A national plan on renewable energy development issued in 2007 set a target to increase renewable resources to supply 15 percent of its total energy consumption by 2020, in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable economic growth. Power enterprises refusing to buy power produced by renewable energy generators will be fined up to an amount double that of the economic loss of the renewable energy company, the draft said. However, some lawmakers said the development of renewable energy in China faced many problems such as difficulties in connecting with the grid, over-production of wind power and solar cell material, and a lack of innovative key technologies. CLIP
Harper can't rule out carbon tax (22nd December 2009) http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/12/22/12241466.html
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today he hopes he wont have to impose a carbon tax on Canadians as part of the fight to reduce global warming but admitted he couldnt entirely rule it out.In a year-end interview with CTV News, to air on Boxing Day, Harper again stressed Canadas need to co-ordinate its climate policies with the United States because the two nations are part of an integrated continental energy market. If the U.S. implements regulations on climate change, he said, it will be essential that Canada act, but if it does not, it will be very difficult for this country to do much. Asked point-blank if he foresaw Canadians paying a carbon tax in future, Harper said: I hope not. I mean, were going to have to see what the regime in the United States looks like. Were going to have to harmonize a lot of our efforts with their efforts to really be truly effective on a continental basis.Obviously were looking at avoiding any kind of additional taxes on Canadians. Thats a pretty important priority of this government. Harpers position differs from that of Liberal opposition leader Michael Ignatieff, who told Sun Media/QMI Agency in his year-end interview that carbon will have a price in future, whether it is under a cap-and-trade system or other policy. Carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuels is a major greenhouse gas, believed to contribute to global warming. Speaking to the French-language network TVA, Harper said the climate change accord reached in Copenhagen wasnt as strong as Canada had hoped, but having all the countries on the same page was an accomplishment. Its an accord between the sovereign nations of the planet, nearly 200 countries, obviously, its not easy. We would have preferred an accord with more constraining targets, but it is difficult with China, India and developing countries who demand more flexibility, he said. CLIP
Some Climate Experts Seek Alternative to U.N. Process (December 21, 2009) http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2009/12/21/21climatewire-some-climate-experts-seek-alternative-to-un-p-5632.html?pagewanted=all
COPENHAGEN -- The U.N. global warming summit became a myth long before it happened. By the time it closed with a compromise to acknowledge a U.S.-brokered accord, the two weeks of intrigue, chaos and divisiveness had shattered for many the idealized notion of a global consensus to tackle climate change. The week started with a maneuver by the tiny island nation of Tuvalu to block work until it could be assured the 1997 Kyoto Protocol would be preserved as leaders tried to craft a new climate pact. It ended with Venezuela and Sudan leading resistance against a compromise, forcing an all-night fight.At the tortured end of the process, all countries but five agreed to "take note" of the nonbinding Copenhagen Accord molded by the United States, China, Brazil, South Africa and India. In the accord, the major emitters promise to cut emissions, note the pledges in a global registry and submit to international verification."It was a zoo," Natsource Managing Director Dirk Forrister said, emerging from the plenary after country leaders waging the 10-hour battle finally agreed to lay down their microphones and fly home.The U.N. process, which works by consensus, and in which one dissenting nation has the power to hit the pause button on a global summit, "didn't seem to work well this time. Nobody felt good about it," Forrister said. "This was a really pivotal moment in climate diplomacy where a small band of opponents could oppose something everyone else wanted."He's hardly the only one raising questions in the wake of Copenhagen climate talks about the United Nations' role."This process is not particularly well-suited for the problem it's supposed to confront," said Michael Levi, climate and energy expert at the Council on Foreign Relations. He called the complexity of engineering 193 countries to discuss not just reducing emissions, but also leveraging financing, technology and a range of other issues, "forbidding."(...) Saleem Huq, a leading advocate of developing countries in the climate talks, faulted rich countries for going outside the U.N. process. While about 30 leaders met, many representing blocs of nations like the African group or small island states, none were given time to go back and sell the Copenhagen Accord to their constituents before it was presented to the entire body as a fait accompli. In actuality, all 193 countries were going to be asked to vote to adopt it. Indeed, even countries that ultimately backed the plan fumed for hours. Sitting at a table outside the plenary session near midnight Friday, a group of leaders from Bangladesh said they were furious that leaders -- and news reports -- were discussing the Copenhagen Accord as if it were already a done deal.Large countries, Huq said, "totally disregarded the legitimacy of the process and railroaded the smaller countries." They blocked movement for hours with parliamentary moves, he said, "using the only weapon left of the poor and vulnerable."Huq acknowledged that the U.N. process is inefficient. But, he argued, "it is legitimate, and efficiency doesn't override legitimacy."
Global warming likely to be amplified by slow changes to Earth systems (December 20, 2009) http://www.physorg.com/news180530639.html
Researchers studying a period of high carbon dioxide levels and warm climate several million years ago have concluded that slow changes such as melting ice sheets amplified the initial warming caused by greenhouse gases. -- The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, found that a relatively small rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels was associated with substantial global warming about 4.5 million years ago during the early Pliocene.Coauthor Christina Ravelo, professor of ocean sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said the study indicates that the sensitivity of Earth's temperature to increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is greater than has been expected on the basis of climate models that only include rapid responses.Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, leading to increased atmospheric and sea-surface temperatures. Relatively rapid feedbacks include changes in atmospheric water vapor, clouds, and sea ice. These short-term changes probably set in motion long-term changes in other factors--such as the extent of continental ice sheets, vegetation cover on land, and deep ocean circulation--that lead to additional global warming, Ravelo said."The implication is that these slow components of the Earth system, once they have time to change and equilibrate, may amplify the effects of small changes in the greenhouse gas composition of the atmosphere," she said.
Acid oceans, the 'evil twin' of climate change, overlooked in climate talks
By JOHN HEILPRIN , Associated Press -- December 18, 2009
MONTEREY BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY, Calif. - Far from Copenhagen's turbulent climate talks, the sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters reposing along the shoreline and kelp forests of this protected marine area stand to gain from any global deal to cut greenhouse gases.
These foragers of the sanctuary's frigid waters, flipping in and out of sight of California's coastal kayakers, may not seem like obvious beneficiaries of a climate treaty crafted in the Danish capital. But reducing carbon emissions worldwide also would help mend a lesser-known environmental problem: ocean acidification.
"We're having a change in water chemistry, so 20 years from now the system we're looking at could be affected dramatically but we're not really sure how. So we see a train wreck coming," said Andrew DeVogelaere, the sanctuary's research director, while out kayaking this fall with a reporter in the cold waters.
Nothing in the treaty negotiations specifically addresses the effects of carbon absorption in the oceans on marine life, which studies show is damaging key creatures' hard shells or skeletons.
Oceans absorb about 25 percent of the world's greenhouse gases pumped into the atmosphere from human activities each year, says a new U.N. report released at the Copenhagen talks this week. That helps slow global warming in the atmosphere, the focus of the Copenhagen talks.
But carbon dissolving in oceans also forms carbonic acid, raising waters' acidity that damages all manner of hard-shelled creatures, and setting off a chain reaction that threatens the food chain supporting marine life, including the lumbering sea mammals along the 276-mile coast of the California sanctuary and the rest of the U.S. West Coast.
By 2100, the report said, some 70 percent of cold water corals a key refuge and feeding ground for commercially popular fish that also are food for the seals and otters will be exposed to the harmful effects.
Ocean acidity could increase 150 percent just by mid-century, according to the report by the Secretariat of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.
"This dramatic increase is 100 times faster than any change in acidity experienced in the marine environment over the last 20 million years, giving little time for evolutionary adaptation within biological systems," it said.
The average acidity of oceans' surface water is estimated to increase measurably by the end of the century and will affect marine life, according to Peter Brewer, a senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
"The total quantity of carbon dioxide that we've put into the oceans today is around 530 billion tons," Brewer told journalists on a fall fellowship program with the Honolulu-based East-West Center. "Now, it's going up at about 1 million tons an hour. You can't keep doing that without it having some impact."
And Brewer, a member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning U.N. scientific panel on climate change, said that's only part of the story.
"The trouble is, there's more than one thing going on," he said, citing other effects of climate change that bring, for example, "milder winters, so the deep ocean is getting less oxygen down there."
Given the importance of marine life some 1 billion people depend on fish as their primary source of protein climate experts and researchers at the treaty talks have sought to draw more attention to the problem. They call it a particularly important but largely overlooked reason for nations to agree on a new climate accord.
In Copenhagen, Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which manages the sanctuary, said global cuts in greenhouse gases are needed to limit the "blue" carbon absorbed by oceans.
She said the Copenhagen talks have focused on other types of carbon the "brown" variety from industrial warming gases released by fossil fuel burning, the "green" carbon from burning and chopping down tropical rainforests but there has been little focus on helping the oceans."It's important to recognize that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is also being absorbed by oceans, and that makes oceans more acidic," Lubchenco told AP.
"I call this ocean acidification climate change's equally evil twin, if you will," she said. "And part of the need to reduce carbon emissions is to both slow down the rate of climate change but also to start repairing the damage that is being done to oceans."
Lubchenco pointed to the harmful effects of carbon absorption in the oceans as decreasing the amount of calcium carbonate that can be used by marine creatures to construct shells or skeletons.
"As the oceans become more acidic, it's harder for corals, oysters, clams, crabs, mussels, lobsters to make their shells or their hard parts, and they dissolve faster," she said.
"So ocean acidification, which is a relatively unappreciated problem, is as important as climate change. It's one that most people haven't heard of. Another way to think of ocean acidification is as osteoporosis of the seas."
Warming slowed over North America last year, but climate change continues, researchers say (December 4, 2009) http://www.startribune.com/science/78529757.html?elr=KArks:DCiUo3PD:3D_V_qD3L:c7cQKUiacyKUzyaP37D_MDua_eyD5PcOiUr
WASHINGTON - Climate researchers say cooler temperatures in North America last year do not mean global warming is easing. Their report comes just days before President Barack Obama goes to Copenhagen, Denmark, to speak at a United Nations conference on climate change. Rising temperatures over decades have prompted scientific concern, and the last decade has been the hottest in thousands of years, according to climate records. However, the warming eased a bit last year over North America, and groups seeking to deny climate change seized on that in an effort to challenge the idea of overall warming. North America wasn't as warm as expected because of cooler water in the North Pacific, but the rest of the world continued to warm, the university and government researchers said Friday.
Greetings. My name is Paul Connor. And today, alongside my good friends Anna Keenan, who is like me an Australian, and Sara Svensson, from Sweden, I am now on day 42 of a fast for climate justice. Today though, we are far from alone. Today, over 3000 people, from all over the world, have joined us in fasting for this same cause.
To those of you who have joined the fast, I want to say that it is a blessing to be fasting with you, as we come together, today, unified by our love for this planet, its people and its animals, and by our deep and shared concern over its future.
My friends, today, as we fast alongside each other, I know that many of us are angered, saddened, and disillusioned with what we have witnessed over the past two weeks in Copenhagen. But I want to say to you all that whatever has taken place over there- we must not despair, because hope is alive.
I want to say to you that no matter how much we may have to fear, there has never been a more exciting time to be alive than now. It is a scary time, granted- but an incredibly exciting one nonetheless.
Today, with all of human history behind us, and a new millennium stretched out ahead, we stand at a moment in time when a completely new civilization is being born upon planet Earth- a civilization utterly unlike any that has ever come before it. And we stand, here, today, right now, at its dawn.
But so far, this new civilization, well, it doesnt really have a name. Well, not a sexy name, anyway. I mean, the words ecological sustainability- E-CO-LO-GI-CAL SUS-TAI-NA-BI-LI-TY -now, thats five syllables followed by six- lets face it, they dont quite roll off the tongue. Well come up with something more catchy, eventually, Im sure.
But ecological sustainability. Those two words represent something incredible. Because for the human race- those two words are a revolution.
They are a revolution in the way we think, a revolution in the way we live, a revolution in the way we interact as different individuals, different nations, different generations, and as different species. Those two words change everything. And their revolution is upon is.
But lets be very clear. This is not a revolution that will be fought with tanks and guns-that is certain. No. Instead, this revolution will be fought and won using the single most powerful weapon that has ever existed.
The truth. The simple, basic, obvious truth. This is all that we will ever need.
Because the truth from which this revolution will come is one so clear, and so powerful, that once it has been seen, and understood, it is impossible to deny, and it is impossible to forget.
This truth, our truth, is that ecological sustainability is an absolute, unequivocal, and non-negotiable necessity- And that anything other than ecological sustainability is unacceptable, and a crime.
All of you fasting today know this truth, because you have seen it for yourselves. You saw it, and from then, there was no turning back. In fact, I feel certain that it is the reason you are fasting today. And it will be a part of you forever. That is how powerful it is. It has changed all of us permanently. And just as it has changed us, so too will it change this entire world.
Because as much as we often feel despair at the pace of change displayed by our societies and our leaders, no one can deny that this truth is sweeping the globe. And no one can deny that the more it spreads, the more ability it gains to spread even more, as everyone it reaches becomes yet another voice, speaking it to the world.
This is what makes climate change, and the Copenhagen conference, and this moment i history- so incredible. Because climate change is the flashpoint. It is the messenger. It is the spark. Climate change is happening. It is huge, it is real, and it is now. And all over the world, in governments, in universities, in schools, in homes, in cafes, in churches, and in bars, it is being discussed. And in all those places, it is making humanity, for the very first time, truly look at itself, and what it is doing to its planet.
Climate change is holding up a mirror to our entire species, and bringing almost everything wrong with our current system into the starkest view. Over-consumption. Gross inequality. Racism. Corporate corruption of democracy. And the insanity of an economic system that is completely reliant on the pipe dream of endless growth.
Climate change is bringing all of these things into the light, into peoples lives, and into all those homes, schools, and churches. And wherever this happens, the truth of sustainability is never far behind.
And this will keep happening. Because climate change will keep happening. The world will continue to warm. Seas will rise. Glaciers will melt. Crops will fail. We know this. Yet simultaneously, the truth of ecological sustainability and environmental justice will be spreading, and changing the world forever, just as it has changed all of us forever.
So yes, there is hope. Enormous hope. But while there is hope, there is also no time to lose, and no time to waste. Climate change may be a powerful means of spreading the truth of ecological sustainability, but it is also a ticking clock. And the innocent lives it is already taking are telling us that a revolution is not needed in five years, or two years, but NOW. And the longer this revolution takes, the higher the cost will be. Take too long, and this cost will be incalculable.
So our task is urgent, and monumental. We have to bring about this change as fast as we possibly can. We have to continue shining the light of our truth into every city, every street, and every home until it is heard. And when people are not ready, or when they do not want to listen, we must have faith in the power of this truth, and just keep going.
It will not be easy. No human struggle has ever been easy. Creating real change in human society is the hardest thing one can possibly attempt. History shows us this. Social movements demand real sacrifice from us.
But history also shows that when you armed with the truth, and you care enough, and you are ready for those sacrifices, you can win.
And so, my friends, as we fast together on this day, unified by our love for this planet, its people and its animals, and by our deep and shared concern over its future, I want to say thank you for your effort, and express my love for, and solidarity with every one of you.
And I want to say that yes, it's an exciting time to be alive.
On the ninth day of the Copenhagen climate summit, Africa was sacrificed. The position of the G-77 negotiating bloc, including African states, had been clear: a 2 degree Celsius increase in average global temperatures translates into a 3-3.5 degree increase in Africa.
That means, according to the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, "an additional 55 million people could be at risk from hunger" and "water stress could affect between 350 and 600 million more people." Archbishop Desmond Tutu puts the stakes like this: "We are facing impending disaster on a monstrous scale.... A global goal of about 2 degrees C is to condemn Africa to incineration and no modern development."
And yet that is precisely what Ethiopia's prime minister, Meles Zenawi, proposed to do when he stopped off in Paris on his way to Copenhagen: standing with President Nicolas Sarkozy, and claiming to speak on behalf of all of Africa (he is the head of the African climate-negotiating group), he unveiled a plan that includes the dreaded 2 degree increase and offers developing countries just $10 billion a year to help pay for everything climate related, from sea walls to malaria treatment to fighting deforestation.
It's hard to believe this is the same man who only three months ago was saying this: "We will use our numbers to delegitimize any agreement that is not consistent with our minimal position.... If need be, we are prepared to walk out of any negotiations that threaten to be another rape of our continent.... What we are not prepared to live with is global warming above the minimum avoidable level."
And this: "We will participate in the upcoming negotiations not as supplicants pleading for our case but as negotiators defending our views and interests."
We don't yet know what Zenawi got in exchange for so radically changing his tune or how, exactly, you go from a position calling for $400 billion a year in financing (the Africa group's position) to a mere $10 billion. Similarly, we do not know what happened when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Philippine President Gloria Arroyo just weeks before the summit and all of a sudden the toughest Filipino negotiators were kicked off their delegation and the country, which had been demanding deep cuts from the rich world, suddenly fell in line.
We do know, from witnessing a series of these jarring about-faces, that the G-8 powers are willing to do just about anything to get a deal in Copenhagen. The urgency clearly does not flow from a burning desire to avert cataclysmic climate change, since the negotiators know full well that the paltry emissions cuts they are proposing are a guarantee that temperatures will rise a "Dantesque" 3.9 degrees, as Bill McKibben puts it.
Matthew Stilwell of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Developmentone of the most influential advisers in these talkssays the negotiations are not really about averting climate change but are a pitched battle over a profoundly valuable resource: the right to the sky. There is a limited amount of carbon that can be emitted into the atmosphere. If the rich countries fail to radically cut their emissions, then they are actively gobbling up the already insufficient share available to the South. What is at stake, Stilwell argues, is nothing less than "the importance of sharing the sky."
Europe, he says, fully understands how much money will be made from carbon trading, since it has been using the mechanism for years. Developing countries, on the other hand, have never dealt with carbon restrictions, so many governments don't really grasp what they are losing. Contrasting the value of the carbon market$1.2 trillion a year, according to leading British economist Nicholas Sternwith the paltry $10 billion on the table for developing countries, Stilwell says that rich countries are trying to exchange "beads and blankets for Manhattan." He adds: "This is a colonial moment. That's why no stone has been left unturned in getting heads of state here to sign off on this kind of deal.... Then there's no going back. You've carved up the last remaining unowned resource and allocated it to the wealthy."
For months now NGOs have gotten behind a message that the goal of Copenhagen is to "seal the deal." Everywhere we look in the Bella Center, clocks are going "tck tck tck." But any old deal isn't good enough, especially because the only deal on offer won't solve the climate crisis and might make things much worse, taking current inequalities between North and South and locking them in indefinitely. Augustine Njamnshi of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance puts the 2 degree proposal in harsh terms: "You cannot say you are proposing a 'solution' to climate change if your solution will see millions of Africans die and if the poor not the polluters keep paying for climate change."
Stilwell says that the wrong kind of deal would "lock in the wrong approach all the way to 2020"well past the deadline for peak emissions. But he insists that it's not too late to avert this worst-case scenario. "I'd rather wait six months or a year and get it right because the science is growing, the political will is growing, the understanding of civil society and affected communities is growing, and they'll be ready to hold their leaders to account to the right kind of a deal."
At the start of these negotiations the mere notion of delay was environmental heresy. But now many are seeing the value of slowing down and getting it right. Most significant, after describing what 2 degrees would mean for Africa, Archbishop Tutu pronounced that it is "better to have no deal than to have a bad deal." That may well be the best we can hope for in Copenhagen. It would be a political disaster for some heads of statebut it could be one last chance to avert the real disaster for everyone else.
THE GIGANTIC BLOOD-THIRSTY EVIL MONSTER IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE LIVING-ROOM!
In evaluating the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen -- with more than 15,000 participants from 192 countries, including more than 100 heads of state, as well as 100,000 demonstrators in the streets -- it is important to ask: How is it possible that the worst polluter of carbon dioxide and other toxic emissions on the planet is not a focus of any conference discussion or proposed restrictions?
By every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy in general. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.
The Pentagon wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; its secret operations in Pakistan; its equipment on more than 1,000 U.S. bases around the world; its 6,000 facilities in the U.S.; all NATO operations; its aircraft carriers, jet aircraft, weapons testing, training and sales will not be counted against U.S. greenhouse gas limits or included in any count.
The Feb. 17, 2007, Energy Bulletin detailed the oil consumption just for the Pentagon's aircraft, ships, ground vehicles and facilities that made it the single-largest oil consumer in the world. At the time, the U.S. Navy had 285 combat and support ships and around 4,000 operational aircraft. The U.S. Army had 28,000 armored vehicles, 140,000 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, more than 4,000 combat helicopters, several hundred fixed-wing aircraft and 187,493 fleet vehicles. Except for 80 nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, which spread radioactive pollution, all their other vehicles run on oil.
Even according to rankings in the 2006 CIA World Factbook, only 35 countries (out of 210 in the world) consume more oil per day than the Pentagon.
The U.S. military officially uses 320,000 barrels of oil a day. However, this total does not include fuel consumed by contractors or fuel consumed in leased and privatized facilities. Nor does it include the enormous energy and resources used to produce and maintain their death-dealing equipment or the bombs, grenades or missiles they fire.
Steve Kretzmann, director of Oil Change International, reports: "The Iraq war was responsible for at least 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) from March 2003 through December 2007. ... The war emits more than 60 percent of all countries. ... This information is not readily available ... because military emissions abroad are exempt from national reporting requirements under U.S. law and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change." http://www.naomiklein.org, Dec. 10) Most scientists blame carbon dioxide emissions for greenhouse gases and climate change.
Bryan Farrell in his new book, "The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism," says that "the greatest single assault on the environment, on all of us around the globe, comes from one agency ... the Armed Forces of the United States."
Just how did the Pentagon come to be exempt from climate agreements? At the time of the Kyoto Accords negotiations, the U.S. demanded as a provision of signing that all of its military operations worldwide and all operations it participates in with the U.N. and/or NATO be completely exempted from measurement or reductions.
After securing this gigantic concession, the Bush administration then refused to sign the accords.
In a May 18, 1998, article entitled "National security and military policy issues involved in the Kyoto treaty," Dr. Jeffrey Salmon described the Pentagon's position. He quotes then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen's 1997 annual report to Congress: "DoD strongly recommends that the United States insist on a national security provision in the climate change Protocol now being negotiated." (http://www.marshall.org)
According to Salmon, this national security provision was put forth in a draft calling for "complete military exemption from greenhouse gas emissions limits. The draft includes multilateral operations such as NATO- and U.N.-sanctioned activities, but it also includes actions related very broadly to national security, which would appear to comprehend all forms of unilateral military actions and training for such actions."
Salmon also quoted Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat, who headed the U.S. delegation in Kyoto . Eizenstat reported that "every requirement the Defense Department and uniformed military who were at Kyoto by my side said they wanted, they got. This is self-defense, peacekeeping, humanitarian relief."
Although the U.S. had already received these assurances in the negotiations, the U.S. Congress passed an explicit provision guaranteeing U.S. military exemption. Inter Press Service reported on May 21, 1998: "U.S. law makers, in the latest blow to international efforts to halt global warming, today exempted U.S. military operations from the Kyoto agreement which lays out binding commitments to reduce 'greenhouse gas' emissions. The House of Representatives passed an amendment to next year's military authorization bill that 'prohibits the restriction of armed forces under the Kyoto Protocol.'"
Today in Copenhagen the same agreements and guidelines on greenhouse gases still hold. Yet it is extremely difficult to find even a mention of this glaring omission.
According to environmental journalist Johanna Peace, military activities will continue to be exempt from an executive order signed by President Barack Obama that calls for federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Peace states, "The military accounts for a full 80 percent of the federal government's energy demand." (http://solveclimate.com)
The blanket exclusion of the Pentagon's global operations makes U.S. carbon dioxide emissions appear far less than they in fact are. Yet even without counting the Pentagon, the U.S. still has the world's largest carbon dioxide emissions.
More than Emissions
Besides emitting carbon dioxide, U.S. military operations release other highly toxic and radioactive materials into the air, water and soil.
U.S. weapons made with depleted uranium have spread tens of thousands of pounds of microparticles of radioactive and highly toxic waste throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and the Balkans.
The U.S. sells land mines and cluster bombs that are a major cause of delayed explosives, maiming and disabling especially peasant farmers and rural peoples in Africa, Asia and Latin America . For example, Israel dropped more than 1 million U.S.-provided cluster bombs on Lebanon during its 2006 invasion.
The U.S. war in Vietnam left large areas so contaminated with the Agent Orange herbicide that today, more than 35 years later, dioxin contamination is 300 to 400 times higher than "safe" levels. Severe birth defects and high rates of cancer resulting from environmental contamination are continuing into a third generation.
The 1991 U.S. war in Iraq , followed by 13 years of starvation sanctions, the 2003 U.S. invasion and continuing occupation, has transformed the region -- which has a 5,000-year history as a Middle East breadbasket -- into an environmental catastrophe. Iraq 's arable and fertile land has become a desert wasteland where the slightest wind whips up a dust storm. A former food exporter, Iraq now imports 80 percent of its food. The Iraqi Agriculture Ministry estimates that 90 percent of the land has severe desertification.
Environmental War at Home
Moreover, the Defense Department has routinely resisted orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up contaminated U.S. bases. ( Washington Post, June 30, 2008) Pentagon military bases top the Superfund list of the most polluted places, as contaminants seep into drinking water aquifers and soil.
The Pentagon has also fought EPA efforts to set new pollution standards on two toxic chemicals widely found on military sites: perchlorate, found in propellant for rockets and missiles; and trichloroethylene, a degreaser for metal parts.
Trichloroethylene is the most widespread water contaminant in the country, seeping into aquifers across California, New York, Texas, Florida and elsewhere. More than 1,000 military sites in the U.S. are contaminated with the chemical. The poorest communities, especially communities of color, are the most severely impacted by this poisoning.
U.S. testing of nuclear weapons in the U.S. Southwest and on South Pacific islands has contaminated millions of areas of land and water with radiation. Mountains of radioactive and toxic uranium tailings have been left on Indigenous land in the Southwest. More than 1,000 uranium mines have been abandoned on Navajo reservations in Arizona and New Mexico .
Around the world, on past and still operating bases in Puerto Rico, the Philippines , South Korea , Vietnam , Laos , Cambodia , Japan , Nicaragua , Panama and the former Yugoslavia , rusting barrels of chemicals and solvents and millions of rounds of ammunition are criminally abandoned by the Pentagon.
The best way to dramatically clean up the environment is to shut down the Pentagon. What is needed to combat climate change is a thoroughgoing system change.
Sara Flounders is Co-Director of the International Action Center
The Pentagon budget: largest ever and growing (Nov 7, 2009) http://www.iacenter.org/anti-war/pentbudget111109/
On Oct. 28, President Barack Obama signed the 2010 Defense Authorization Act, the largest military budget in U.S. history.It is not only the worlds largest military budget but is larger than the military expenditures of the whole rest of the world combined. And it is growing nonstop. The 2010 military budgetwhich doesnt even cover many war-related expendituresis listed as $680 billion. In 2009 it was $651 billion and in 2000 was $280 billion. It has more than doubled in 10 years. What a contrast to the issue of health care.The U.S. Congress has been debating a basic health care planwhich every other industrialized country in the world has in some formfor more than six months. There has been intense insurance company lobbying, right-wing threats, and dire warnings that a health care plan must not add one dime to the deficit.Yet in the midst of this life-and-death debate on medical care for millions of working and poor people who have no health coverage, a gargantuan subsidy to the largest U.S. corporations for military contracts and weapons systemsa real deficit-breakeris passed with barely any discussion and hardly a news article. Physicians for a National Health Program estimates that a universal, comprehensive single-payer health plan would cost $350 billion a year, which would actually be the amount saved through the elimination of all the administrative costs in the current private health care systema system that leaves out almost 50 million people.Compare this to just the cost overruns each year in the military budget. Even President Obama on signing the Pentagon budget said, The Government Accountability Office, the GAO, has looked into 96 major defense projects from the last year, and found cost overruns that totaled $296 billion. (whitehouse.gov, Oct. 28)Bernard Madoffs $50-billion Ponzi scheme, supposedly the biggest rip-off in history, pales in comparison. Why is there no criminal inquiry into this multibillion-dollar theft? Where are the congressional hearings or media hysteria about $296 billion in cost overruns? Why are the CEOs of the corporations not brought into court in handcuffs?The cost overruns are an integral part of the military subsidy to the largest U.S. corporations. (...) According to the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, U.S. military spending is now significantly more, in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was during the peak years of the Korean War (1952: $604 billion), the Vietnam War (1968: $513 billion) or the 1980s Reagan-era military buildup (1985: $556 billion). Yet it is no longer enough to keep the U.S. economy afloat.Even forcing oil-rich countries dependent on the U.S. to become debtor nations with endless weapons purchases cant solve the problem. More than two-thirds of all weapons sold globally in 2008 were from U.S. military companies. (...) The high expectations, after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, that billions of dollars could now be turned toward a peace dividend crashed against the continued astronomical growth of the Pentagon budget. This grim reality has so demoralized and overwhelmed progressive economists that today almost no attention is paid to economic conversion or the role of militarism in the capitalist economy, even though it is far larger today than at the highest levels of the Cold War. clip
Note from Jean: Most of these extremely shocking censored news reveal the extraordinary extent of the corruption tainting the entire US legislative branch of the government for the corporations and by corporate shills. And you can be sure this is just the tip of the filthy iceberg of all the worldwide corruption going on... Which brings the thought that expecting world governments to take the necessary steps to address the many ills of this planet, which would often go against the bottom line of their corporate sponsors, would be like expecting the fox to protect the hen house...
1. US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/1-us-congress-sells-out-to-wall-street-sources/
Federal lawmakers responsible for overseeing the US economy have received millions of dollars from Wall Street firms. Since 2001, eight of the most troubled firms have donated $64.2 million to congressional candidates, presidential candidates and the Republican and Democratic parties. As senators, Barack Obama and John McCain received a combined total of $3.1 million. The donors include investment bankers Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, insurer American International Group, and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Some of the top recipients of contributions from companies receiving Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) money are the same members of Congress who chair committees charged with regulating the financial sector and overseeing the effectiveness of this unprecedented government program. In total, members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Senate Finance Committee and House Financial Services Committee received $5.2 million from TARP recipients in the 2007-2008 election cycle. President Obama collected at least $4.3 million from employees at these companies for his presidential campaign.Nearly every member of the House Financial Services Committee, who in February 2009 oversaw hearings on how the $700 billion of TARP bailout was being spent, received contributions associated with these financial institutions during the 2008 election cycle. You could say that the finance industry got their moneys worth by supporting members of Congress who were inclined to look the other way, said Lawrence Jacobs, the director of the University of Minnesotas Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. CLIP
2. US Schools are More Segregated Today than in the 1950s http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/2-us-schools-are-more-segregated-today-than-in-the-1950s-source/
Schools in the United States are more segregated today than they have been in more than four decades. Millions of non-white students are locked into dropout factory high schools, where huge percentages do not graduate, and few are well prepared for college or a future in the US economy.According to a new Civil Rights report published at the University of California, Los Angeles, schools in the US are 44 percent non-white, and minorities are rapidly emerging as the majority of public school students in the US. Latinos and blacks, the two largest minority groups, attend schools more segregated today than during the civil rights movement forty years ago. In Latino and African American populations, two of every five students attend intensely segregated schools. For Latinos this increase in segregation reflects growing residential segregation. For blacks a significant part of the reversal reflects the ending of desegregation plans in public schools throughout the nation. In the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the US Supreme Court concluded that the Southern standard of separate but equal was inherently unequal, and did irreversible harm to black students. It later extended that ruling to Latinos.The Civil Rights Study shows that most severe segregation in public schools is in the Western states, including Californianot in the South, as many people believe. Unequal education leads to diminished access to college and future jobs. Most non-white schools are segregated by poverty as well as race. Most of the nations dropouts occur in non-white public schools, leading to large numbers of virtually unemployable young people of color. CLIP
3. Toxic Waste Behind Somali Pirates http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/3-toxic-waste-behind-somali-pirates/
The international community has come out in force to condemn and declare war on the Somali fishermen pirates, while discreetly protecting the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fleets from around the world that have been poaching and dumping toxic waste in Somali waters since the fall of the Somali government eighteen years ago.In 1991, when the government of Somalia collapsed, foreign interests seized the opportunity to begin looting the countrys food supply and using the countrys unguarded waters as a dumping ground for nuclear and other toxic waste.According to the High Seas Task Force (HSTF), there were over 800 IUU fishing vessels in Somali waters at one time in 2005, taking advantage of Somalias inability to police and control its own waters and fishing grounds. The IUUs poach an estimated $450 million in seafood from Somali waters annually. In so doing, they steal an invaluable protein source from some of the worlds poorest people and ruin the livelihoods of legitimate fishermen.Allegations of the dumping of toxic waste, as well as illegal fishing, have circulated since the early 1990s, but hard evidence emerged when the tsunami of 2004 hit the country. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) reported that the tsunami washed rusting containers of toxic waste onto the shores of Puntland, northern Somalia.Nick Nuttall, a UNEP spokesman, told Al Jazeera that when the barrels were smashed open by the force of the waves, the containers exposed a frightening activity that had been going on for more than a decade. Somalia has been used as a dumping ground for hazardous waste starting in the early 1990s, and continuing through the civil war there, he said. The waste is many different kinds. There is uranium radioactive waste. There is lead, and heavy metals like cadmium and mercury. There is also industrial waste, and there are hospital wastes, chemical wastesyou name it. Nuttall also said that since the containers came ashore, hundreds of residents have fallen ill, suffering from mouth and abdominal bleeding, skin infections and other ailments. What is most alarming here is that nuclear waste is being dumped. Radioactive uranium waste that is potentially killing Somalis and completely destroying the ocean, he said. CLIP
4. Nuclear Waste Pools in North Carolina http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/4-nuclear-waste-pools-in-north-carolina/
One of the most lethal patches of ground in North America is located in the backwoods of North Carolina, where Shearon Harris nuclear plant is housed and owned by Progress Energy. The plant contains the largest radioactive waste storage pools in the country. It is not just a nuclear-power-generating station, but also a repository for highly radioactive spent fuel rods from two other nuclear plants. The spent fuel rods are transported by rail and stored in four densely packed pools filled with circulating cold water to keep the waste from heating. The Department of Homeland Security has marked Shearon Harris as one of the most vulnerable terrorist targets in the nation. The threat exists, however, without the speculation of terrorist attack. Should the cooling system malfunction, the resulting fire would be virtually unquenchable and could trigger a nuclear meltdown, putting more than two hundred thousands residents of this rapidly growing section of North Carolina in extreme peril. A recent study by Brookhaven Labs estimates that a pool fire could cause 140,000 cancers, contaminate thousands of square miles of land, and cause over $500 billion in off-site property damage. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has estimated that there is a 1:100 chance of pool fire happening under the best of scenarios. And the dossier on the Shearon Harris plant is far from the best. In 1999 the plant experienced four emergency shutdowns. A few months later, in April 2000, the plants safety monitoring system, designed to provide early warning of a serious emergency, failed. And it wasnt the first time. Indeed, the emergency warning system at Shearon Harris has failed fifteen times since the plant opened in 1987. CLIP
5. Europe Blocks US Toxic Products http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/5-europe-blocks-us-toxic-products/
US deregulation of toxic substances, such as lead in lipsticks, mercury in electronics, and phthalates (endocrine disruptors) in baby toys, may not only pose disastrous consequences to our health, but also to our economic and political status in the world. International markets are moving toward a European model of insisting on environmental and consumer safety. A European-led revolution in chemical regulation that requires that thousands of chemicals finally be assessed for their potentially toxic effects on human beings and the environment signals the end of American industrys ability to withhold critical data from the public.
Europe has launched stringent new regulations that require companies seeking access to their lucrative markets eliminate toxic substances and manufacture safer electronics, automobiles, toys and cosmetics.
Dangerous chemicals have been identified via the European Unions 2007 Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) law, which requires the disclosure of all chemicals sold in the EU in quantities of more than one metric ton per year. Hundreds of companies located in the US produce or import hundreds of chemicals designated as dangerous by the European Union. Large amounts of these chemicals are being produced in thirty-seven states, in as many as eighty-seven sites per state, according to biochemist Richard Denison of Environmental Defense Fund, author of the report Across the Pond: Assessing REACHs First Big Impact on US Companies and Chemicals. Of the 267 chemicals on the potential REACH list, compiled by the International Chemical Secretariat in Sweden, only one third have ever been tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and only two are regulated in any form under US law. Mark Schapiro, author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and Whats at Stake for American Power, writes that according to the EPA itself, only five percent of all chemicals in the US have undergone even minimal testing for their toxicity or environmental impact. Researchers at University of California-Berkeleys School of Public Health estimate that forty-two billion pounds of chemicals enter American commerce daily. Fewer than five hundred of those substances, according to a report the school produced for the state of California, have undergone any substantive risk assessments. Over the past decade, the industry has been either the second or the third biggest lobbying force on Capitol Hill, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. CLIP
6. Lobbyists Buy Congress http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/6-lobbyists-buy-congress/
According to a study by The Center for Responsive Politics, special interests paid Washington lobbyists $3.2 billion in 2008more than any other year on record. This was a 13.7 percent increase from 2007 (which broke the record by 7.7 percent over 2006). The Center calculates that interest groups spent $17.4 million on lobbying for every day Congress was in session in 2008, or $32,523 per legislator per day. Center director Sheila Krumholz says, The federal government is handing out billions of dollars by the day, and that translates into job security for lobbyists who can help companies and industries get a piece of the payout. Health interests spent more on Federal lobbying than any other economic sector. Their $478.5 million guaranteed the crown for the third year, with the finance, insurance, real estate sector a runner up, spending $453.5 million. The pharmaceutical/health products industry contributed $230.9 million, raising their last eleven-year total to over $1.6 billion. The second-biggest spender among industries in 2008 was electric utilities, which spent $156.7 million on lobbying, followed by insurance, which spent $153.2 million, and oil and gas, which paid lobbyists $133.2 million. Pro-Israel groups, food processing companies, and the oil and gas industry increased their lobbying expenditures the most (as a percentage) between 2007 and 2008. CLIP
7. Obamas Military Appointments Have Corrupt Past http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/7-obamas-military-appointments-have-corrupt-past/
Obamas retention of Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense makes Gates the first appointment from an outgoing administration of opposing party to be kept in the position. Over the last two years of the previous administration, Gates was a key implementer of Bushs Iraq War surgeafter he replaced Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who had opposed the escalation.Obamas appointees to the Department of Defense and National Intelligence embody many of the worst elements of US national security policy over the past three decades, including responsibility for what Obama himself has fingered as chief concerns, politicized intelligence and lack of transparency. The valued decades of experience these leaders bring with them are filled with ethical breeches, lies to Congress, and deep conflicts of interest and revolving doors within the US military industrial complex. Although Obama promised to keep lobbyists out of top government posts, many of those he appointed are former lobbyists or former board members of companies directly doing business with the Pentagon. CLIP
8. Bailed out Banks and Americas Wealthiest Cheat IRS Out of Billions http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/8-bailed-out-banks-and-americas-wealthiest-cheat-irs-out-of-billions1/
A 2008 study done by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that eighty-three of the top publicly held US companies have operations in tax havens like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands. Fourteen of these companies, including AIG, Bank of America, and Citigroup, received money from the government bailout. The GAO also reported that activities of Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) are directly connected to tax avoidance.Swiss banking giant UBS has enabled wealthy Americans to use tax schemessome of which are illegal to cheat the IRS out of over $20 billion in recent years, according to the Department of Justice. (...) Over the years, trillions of dollars in both corporate profits and personal wealth have migrated offshore in search of rock bottom tax rates and the comfort of no questions asked. This was a significant contributing factor to international economic downturn in 2008. The G20 meetings in April of 2009 declared a crackdown on tax havens as the first step to financial recovery. However, the offshore banking world now harbors $11.5 trillion in individual wealth alone, and many countries will continue to resist regulation and inspections from outside their borders.
9. US Arms Used for War Crimes in Gaza http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/9-us-arms-used-for-war-crimes-in-gaza/
Israels repeated firing of US-made white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza during its recent military campaign was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released March 25, 2009.The seventy-one-page report, Rain of Fire: Israels Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza, provides witness accounts of the devastating effects that white phosphorus munitions had on civilians and civilian property in Gaza. Human Rights Watch researchers found spent shells, canister liners, and dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets, apartment roofs, residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school in Gaza immediately after hostilities ended in January. Militaries officially use white phosphorus to obscure their operations on the ground by creating thick smoke. It has also been used as an incendiary weapon, though such use constitutes a war crime. In Gaza, the Israeli military didnt just use white phosphorus in open areas as a screen for its troops, said Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch and co-author of the report. It fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely populated areas, even when its troops werent in the area and safer smoke shells were available. As a result, civilians needlessly suffered and died. The report documents a pattern or policy of white phosphorus use that Human Rights Watch says must have required the approval of senior military officers. The devastating Israeli firepower, unleashed largely on Palestinian civilians in Gaza during the three-week attack starting December 27, 2008 was fueled by US-supplied weapons paid for with US tax dollars. Washington provided F-16 fighter planes, Apache helicopters, tactical missiles, and a wide array of munitions, including white phosphorus and DIME. The weapons required for the Israeli assault were decided upon in June 2008, and the transfer of 1,000 bunker-buster GPS-guided Small Diameter Guided Bomb Units 39 (GBU-39) were approved by Congress in September. The GBU 39 bombs were delivered to Israel in November (prior to any claims of Hamas cease fire violation) for use in the initial air raids on Gaza. Researchers in Gaza found several weapon fragments after the attacks. One came from a 500lb (227kg) Mark-82 fin guided bomb, which had markings indicating parts were made by the US company Raytheon. They also found fragments of US-made white phosphorus artillery shells, marked M825 A1. CLIP
10. Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/10-ecuador-declares-foreign-debt-illegitimate/
In November 2008, Ecuador became the first country to undertake an examination of the legitimacy and structure of its foreign debt. An independent debt audit commissioned by the government of Ecuador documented hundreds of allegations of irregularity, illegality, and illegitimacy in contracts of debt to predatory international lenders. The loans, according to the report, violated Ecuadors domestic laws, US Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, and general principles of international law. Ecuadors use of legitimacy as a legal argument for defaulting set a major precedent; indeed, the formation of a debt auditing commission sets a precedent.In the 1970s Ecuador fell victim to unscrupulous international lending, which encouraged borrowing at low interest rates. But in over thirty years the countrys debt rose from $1.174 billion in 1970, to over $14.250 billion in 2006, a twelve fold increase, due in large part to interest rates that rose at the discretion of US banks and Federal Reserve from six percent in 1979 to twenty-one percent in 1981. The commission revealed that Salomon Smith Barney, now part of Citigroup Inc., issued unauthorized restructuring of Ecuadors debt in 2000 that lead to exorbitant interest rates, which, combined with illegal borrowing by former dictators, has turned the country, along with many of its Southern neighbors, into a major capitol exporter to its Northern benefactors. Over the years, the country has made debt payments that far exceed the principal it borrowed.Of all loans made between 1989 and 2006, fourteen percent was used for social development projects. The remaining 86 percent was used to pay for previously accumulated debt. Continuously from 1982 and 2006, the country paid foreign debt creditors $119.826 billion for capital and interest, while receiving over the same period $106.268 billion in new loans, which amounts to a total negative transfer of $13.558 billion. The human costs are staggering. Every dollar spent on illegitimate international credit means less is available for fighting poverty. In 2007 the Ecuadorian government paid $1.75 billion in debt service alone, more than it spent on health care, social services, the environment, and housing and urban development combined. CLIP
11. Private Corporations Profit from the Occupation of Palestine http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/11-private-corporations-profit-from-the-occupation-of-palestine/
Israeli and international corporations are directly involved in the occupation of Palestine. Along with various political, religious and national interests, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights is fueled by corporate interests. These occupying companies and corporations lead real estate deals, develop the Israeli colonies and infrastructure, and contribute to the construction and operation of an ethnic separation system, including checkpoints, walls and roads. They also design and supply equipment and tools used in the control and repression of the civilian population under occupation. An extensive, on-going grassroots investigation, which exposes hundreds of international companies and corporations involved in the occupation, is being conducted and posted online at http://www.whoprofits.org by the Israeli group Coalition of Women for Peace. The project currently focuses on three main areas of corporate involvement in the occupation: the settlement industry, economic exploitation, and control of the population. At this stage they are not investigating the vast industry of military production and arms trade (see story # 9). The ongoing business of construction in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Golan Heights includes housing developments as well as extensive infrastructure projects such as roads and water systems for the exclusive use of Israeli settlers, on lands confiscated from Palestinians. The construction industry includes real estate dealers, contractors, planners, suppliers of materials, as well as security, surveillance, and maintenance services.While the US government has on numerous occasions affirmed the illegality of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, it encourages American support by providing tax deductions for donations to these settlements, which have nearly doubled within a year and are rapidly accelerating. CLIP
12. Mysterious Death of Mike ConnellKarl Roves Election Thief http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/12-mysterious-death-of-mike-connellkarl-roves-election-thief/
Karl Roves chief IT consultant, Mike Connellwho was facing subpoena in connection with 2004 Presidential election fraud in Ohiomysteriously died in a private plane crash in 2008. Connell was allegedly the central figure in a longstanding plot to electronically flip votes to Republicans. (...) Election fraud analyst and author Mark Crispin Miller notes that the timing and circumstances of Connells deathbetween deposition and trialare too suspicious and convenient for Rove and the Bush administration, not to merit a thorough investigation. Arnebeck and Fitrakis intended to both further depose and call Connell to testify as key witness in the federal conspiracy case. Connell was also to be questioned about his key role in the disappearance of thousands of White House-RNC email transactions. These emails are believed likely to have shed light on the White House role in the political firings of US Attorneys, as well as decisions to prosecute former Alabama Democratic Governor Don Siegelman. Attorneys in the case said that Connells testimony would likely lead to the subpoenaing and under-oath questioning of Karl Rove.Connell was an experienced pilot. His plane had been recently serviced. He had been in the nations capital on still-unknown business before his single engine plane crashed December 22, 2008 on the way home, just three miles short of the runway in Akron, Ohio. The cause of the crash remains unknown. Timing of Connells deposition may have saved the 2008 presidential elections from electronic theft. However, Bev Harris at Black Box Voting notes that man in the middle systems are still in place in Illinois, Colorado, Kentucky, and likely across the nation. The extreme vulnerability of electronic voting systems to systematic fraud has fallen out of public awareness because it did not become a major issue during the 2008 elections, but the problem has never been resolved or even seriously examined by any official body. CLIP
13. Katrinas Hidden Race War http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/13-katrinas-hidden-race-war/
A shocking report in The Nation magazine exposes how white vigilante groups patrolled the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, shooting at least eleven African American men. While most of New Orleans was deluged in the wake of Katrina, word spread that Algiers Point was dry. The National Guard designated the Algiers Point ferry landing an official evacuation site, where flood victims were to be loaded onto busses headed for safety in Texas. Facing an influx of refugees, a group of heavily armed white residents sought to seal the area and to rid the neighborhood of those who didnt belong. As the government collapsed, the city fractured along racial lines. Algiers Point is largely white, while the rest of Algiers is predominantly black. Desperate people began heading toward the west bank, some walking over bridges, others traveling by boat.While the media portrayed African Americans as looters and thugs, it is now clear that the most serious crimes were committed by gun-toting white males. (...) Democracy Now! footage shows that dead bodies were left, sometimes for weeks, to rot in full view of Homeland Security, State troopers, Army personnel, private security guards, and police who secured the streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina. One reporter notes, I was startled to meet so many people with so much detailed information about potentially serious offenses, none of whom had ever been interviewed by police investigators.
14. Congress Invested in Defense Contracts http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/14-congress-invested-in-defense-contracts/
The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics has calculated that more than 151 members of Congress have up to $195 million invested in major defense contractors that are earning profits from the US military occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan.When General David Petraeus, the top US military officer in Iraq, went to Capitol Hill to brief Congress in April of 2008, he was addressing lawmakers who had a lot more than just a political stake in the Iraq occupation. Along with their colleagues in the House and Senate, the politicians who got a status report from the general and the US ambassador to Iraq had millions of dollars of their own money invested in companies doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD). In 2006, the investment portfolios of 151 current membersmore than a quarter of Congresshad between $78.7 million and $195.5 million invested in companies that received major defense contracts (over $5 million). The portfolios include holdings in companies paid billions of dollars each month to support Americas military. These companies provided almost everything the military uses, from aircraft and weapons to medical supplies and soft drinks. CLIP
15. World Banks Carbon Trade Fiasco http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/15-world-banks-carbon-trade-fiasco/
In the name of environmental protection, the World Bank is brokering carbon emission trading arrangements that destroy indigenous farmlands around the world. The effort to coordinate global action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions began with the Kyoto Protocol, which was adopted in 1997 and now has been ratified by 183 nations. While many of the strategies established in the protocol are encouraging, some are proving to have fatal flaws. One such program, known as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) investment, has become a means by which industrialized countries avoid reducing their own emissions through the implementation of emissions reduction projects in developing nations.In accordance with the Kyoto Protocol, many governments have established caps, or limits, on the greenhouse gas emissions that can be produced in their countries. Industries can respond to these government-imposed limits by responsibly reducing their emissions, or they can bypass this process entirely by purchasing carbon credits from other industries in other parts of the world who, through CDM investment brokered by the World Bank, trade emission reduction credits in order to offset excessive emissions. Joris den Blanken, a climate change specialist with Greenpeace, says, Offsetting means exporting responsibilities to the developing world and removes the incentive for industry to improve efficiency or to invest in renewable energy. While the World Bank claims that this system supports sustainable development . . . and benefits the poorer communities of the developing world, the program in reality has become little more than a corporate profit-boosting enterprise. In fact, many transnational corporations are using cap and trade programs not only to avoid emissions responsibility, but to further profit by developing environmentally and socially destructive industries in less developed countries. In Latin America, where a long history of corporate exploitation has already taken a steep toll, environmentalists and indigenous communities are beginning to speak out about the dangers of the CDM. Because of a myopic focus on greenhouse gas reduction only, and a lack of accountability to local communities, many projects are producing other environmental and social ills that are diametrically opposed to the programs stated objectives. CLIP
16. US Repression of Haiti Continues http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/16-us-repression-of-haiti-continues/
The US government plans to expropriate and demolish the homes of hundreds of Haitians in the shantytown of Cité Soleil to expand the occupying UN forces military base. The US government contractor DynCorp, a quasi-official arm of the Pentagon and the CIA, is responsible for the base expansion. The base will house the soldiers of the UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti (MINUSTAH). Cité Soleil is the most bullet-ridden battleground of the foreign military occupation, which began after US Special Forces kidnapped and exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on February 29, 2004. Citizens have since been victimized by recurring massacres at the hands of MINUSTAH.DynCorps $5 million contracts include expansion of the principal base, the rebuilding of the Cité Soleil police station and two other militarized outposts, as well as training support and procurement of equipment.According to Cité Soleil mayor Charles Joseph and a DynCorp foreman at the site, the State Departments US Agency for International Development (USAID) provides funding for the base expansiona very unorthodox use of development aid.Lawyer Evel Fanfan, the president of the Association of University Graduates Motivatd For A Haiti With Rights (AUMOHD), says that about 155 buildings would be razed as the base expansion moves forward. As of March 2009, eighty homes have been demolished. Most of the buildings targeted are homes, but one is a church.They started working without saying a word to the people living there, Fanfan said. The authorities have not told them what is being done, if they will be relocated, how much they will be compensated or even if they will be compensated. CLIP
17. The ICC Facilitates US Covert War in Sudan http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/17-the-icc-facilitates-us-covert-war-in-sudan/
The United States promoted the International Criminal Courts (ICC) indictment of Sudans President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes in Darfur, in order to justify continuing Western exploitation and military interventions in the resource-rich region.America is an opportunist country, explains Sudanese Ambassador Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad. They want to use the ICC without being a party to it. In effect, he said, US soldiers can have immunity, but not the president of Sudan.At a UN press conference, the ambassador also challenged reporters to show him any photographs or film footage from Darfur that would equal the destruction of human lives and homes in Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan. Did anybody ask who is accountable for this damage and destruction?Asked why Sudan was being singled out, the Sudanese envoy said Western nations are eyeing Sudans newly discovered oil riches. Western nations have been marginalized in the region, in terms of both oil exploration and arms supplies, by China, which has in recent years become one of Sudans closest political, economic and military allies. Mohamad explains that the US, UK and France, harbor a desire to revive their colonial dreams in Sudan.Keith Harmon Snow warns, It is difficult to make sense of the war in Darfur especially when people see it as a one-sided genocide of Arabs against blacks that is being committed by the Bashir regimebut such is the establishment propaganda. The real story is much more expansive, more complex, and it revolves around . . . deeper geopolitical realities. CLIP
18. Ecuadors Constitutional Rights of Nature http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/18-ecuadors-constitutional-rights-of-nature/
In September 2008 Ecuador became the first country in the world to declare constitutional rights to nature, thus codifying a new system of environmental protection.Reflecting the beliefs and traditions of the indigenous peoples of Ecuador, the constitution declares that nature has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution. This right, the constitution states, is independent of the obligation on natural and juridical persons or the State to indemnify the people that depend on the natural systems. The new constitution redefines peoples relationship with nature by asserting that nature is not just an object to be appropriated and exploited by people, but is rather a rights-bearing entity that should be treated with parity under the law.Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Environmental Legal Defense Fund, worked closely over the past year with members of Ecuadors constitutional assembly on drafting legally enforceable Rights of Nature, which mark a watershed in the trajectory of environmental law.Ecuadors leadership on this issue may have a global domino effect. Margil says that her organization is busy fielding calls from interested countries, such as Nepal, which is currently writing its first constitution. For all of the hope and tangible progress the Rights of Nature articles in Ecuadors constitution represent, however, there are shortcomings and contradictions with the laws and the political reality on the ground. A fundamental flaw in the constitution also exists due to Correas refusal to include a clause mandating free, prior, and informed consent by communities for development project that would affect their local ecosystems. I expect them [the multinational extractive industries] to fight it, says Margil. Their bread and butter is based on being able to treat countries and ecosystems like cheap hotels. Multinational corporations are dependent on ravaging the planet in order to increase their bottom line. The new Mining Law, introduced by Ecuadors own President Rafael Correa and backed by Canadian companies, which hold the majority of mining concessions in Ecuador, is a testament to Margils forecast. The Mining Law would allow for large-scale, open pit metal mining in pristine Andean highlands and Amazon rainforest. Major nationwide demonstrations are being held in protest, with groups accusing Correa of inviting social and environmental disaster by selling out to mining interests. CLIP
19. Bank Bailout Recipients Spent to Defeat Labor http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/19-bank-bailout-recipients-spent-to-defeat-labor/
On October 17, 2008, three days after Bank of America Corporation received $25 billion in federal bailout funds, they hosted a conference call to organize opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). Participants, including AIG, were urged to persuade their clients to send large contributions to groups working against the EFCA, as well as to vulnerable Senate Republicans who could be used to help block the passage of the pro labor bill that would make it easier for employees to organize into unions. Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot, and Rick Berman, founder of the Center for Union Facts, led the hour-long phone call that framed the legislation as a threat to American capitalism. The legislationwhich would allow workers to form unions either by holding traditional elections or by having a majority of employees sign written formsis virtually certain to face a Republican filibuster. Obama and Senate Democrats have stated their commitment to the bill. CLIP
20. Secret Control of the Presidential Debates http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/20-secret-control-of-the-presidential-debates/
The Obama and McCain campaigns jointly negotiated a detailed secret contract dictating the terms of the 2008 debates. This included who got to participate, what topics were to be raised, and the structure of the debate formats.Since 1987, a private corporation created by and for the Republican and Democratic parties called the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has sponsored the US Presidential debates and implemented debate contracts. In order to shield the major party candidates from criticism, CPD has refused to release debate contract information to the public.In 1986, the Republican and Democratic National Committees ratified an agreement to take over the presidential debates from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters. CLIP
21. Recession Causes States to Cut Welfare http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/21-recession-causes-states-to-cut-welfare/
Many states are in the midst of an aggressive action to push thousands of eligible mothers off Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), traditionally known as welfare. Families are being denied aid so that savings can be redirected in state budgets.Nationally, the number of welfare recipients fell more than 40 percent between 2001 and June 2008. Louisiana, Texas and Illinois have each dropped 80 percent of adult recipients since January 2001. The state of Georgia had a 90 percent drop, with fewer than 2,500 Georgian adults receiving benefits, down from 28,000 in 2004.In Georgia last year, only 18 percent of children living below 50 percent of the poverty linewhich is less than $733 a month for a family of threewere receiving TANF. In 2006, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence conducted a survey to find out why so many women were suddenly failing to get welfare benefits. They discovered that caseworkers were actively discouraging women from applying. Welfare caseworkers were reportedly telling applicants that they would have to be surgically sterilized before they could apply for TANF. Disabled women were told they couldnt apply because they didnt meet work requirements. Others were warned that the state could take their children if they applied for benefits. Women are increasingly vulnerable to sexual assault and exploitationsometimes by the state officials or caseworkers assigned to help them. Arrests of women for prostitution and petty crime went up as more and more families were denied welfare. CLIP
22. Obamas Trilateral Commission Team http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/22-obamas-trilateral-commission-team/
Barack Obama appointed eleven members of the Trilateral Commission to top-level and key positions in his administration within his first ten days in office. This represents a very narrow source of international leadership inside the Obama administration, with a core agenda that is not necessarily in support of working people in the United States. Obama was groomed for the presidency by key members of the Trilateral Commission. Most notably, Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder of the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller in 1973, has been Obamas principal foreign policy advisor. According to official Trilateral Commission membership lists, there are only eighty-seven members from the United States (the other 337 members are from other countries). Thus, within two weeks of his inauguration, Obamas appointments encompassed more than 12 percent of Commissions entire US membership.Trilateral appointees include: * Secretary of Treasury, Tim Geithner * Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice * National Security Advisor, Gen. James L. Jones * Deputy National Security Advisor, Thomas Donilon * Chairman, Economic Recovery Committee, Paul Volker * Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair * Assistant Secretary of State, Asia & Pacific, Kurt M. Campbell * Deputy Secretary of State, James Steinberg * State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Haass * State Department, Special Envoy, Dennis Ross * State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Holbrooke - There are many other links in the Obama administration to the Trilateral Commission. CLIP
23. Activists Slam World Water Forum as a Corporate-Driven Fraud http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/23-activists-slam-world-water-forum-as-a-corporate-driven-fraud/
Water rights activists blasted the World Water Forum, held in Turkey in late March of 2009, as a corporate trade show promoting privatization of water. Three hundred Turkish activists gathered near the forums entrance and were faced with the overwhelming force of between 2,000 and 3,000 police. The forum opened with Turkish police firing tear gas and detaining protesters, who were shouting Water for life, not for profit. According to its website, the World Water Forum is an open, all-inclusive, multi-stakeholder process where governments, NGOs, businesses and others create links, debate and attempt to find solutions to achieve water security.However, the Forums main organizer, the World Water Council, is dominated by two of the worlds largest private water corporations, Suez and Veolia. Critics contend that the Councils links to Suez and Veolia, as well as the large representation of the business industry in the Council, compromise its legitimacy. Corporate interests that make up the World Water Council are in constant contact with the World Bank and other financial institutions. Each Forum is set up as a quasi-United Nations event, to the extent of issuing a Ministerial Statement at the Forums close promoting global policy approaches to water and sanitation. The Council promotes extraordinarily expensive and destructive dam and water diversion projects as well as policies such as Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) that put water services under private ownership. PPPs in Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, the US, and other countries have resulted in huge price hikes, water pollution, depletion and cut-offs which, in the language of the water justice movement, deny people the right to water. CLIP
24. Dollar Glut Finances US Military Expansion http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/24-dollar-glut-finances-us-military-expansion/
The worldwide surplus of dollars is forcing foreign central banks to bear the costs of Americas expanding military empire. Keeping international reserves in dollars means that when US financial speculation and deficits payment pumps paper into foreign economies, these banks have little option but to recycle it into US Treasury bills and bondswhich the Treasury then spends on financing an enormous, hostile military build-up to encircle the major dollar-recyclers: China, Japan and Arab OPEC oil producers. These governments are forced to recycle dollar inflows in a way that funds US military policies in which they have no say in formulating, and which threaten them more and more belligerently. To date, countries have been powerless to defend themselves against the fact that this compulsory financing of US military spending is built into the global financial system. Neoliberal economists applaud this as equilibrium as if it is part of economic nature and free markets rather than bare-knuckle diplomacy wielded with increasing aggressiveness by US officials. The mass media chime in, promoting the assumption that recycling the dollar to finance US military spending is the international communitys way of showing faith in US economic strength by sending their dollars here to invest. The implication is that a choice is involved. However, the foreigners in question are not consumers buying US exports, nor private-sector investors buying US stocks and bonds. The largest, most important foreign entities putting their money here are central banks, and it is not their money at all. They are sending back the dollars that foreign exporters and other recipients turn over to their central banks for domestic currency. The US economy can create dollars freely, now that they no longer are convertible into gold, or even into purchases of US companies. Consequently, the US remains the worlds most protected economy. It alone is permitted to protect its agriculture by import quotas, having grandfathered these into world trade rules half a century ago. Congress refuses to let sovereign wealth funds invest in important US sectors. CLIP
25. Fast Track Oil Exploitation in Western Amazon http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/25-fast-track-oil-exploitation-in-western-amazon/
The western Amazon, home to the most biodiverse and intact rainforest on Earth, may soon be covered with oilrigs and pipelines. Vast swaths of the region are to be opened for oil and gas exploration, putting some of the planets most pristine and biodiverse forests at risk, conservationists have warned. A new study has found that at least thirty-five multinational oil and gas companies operate over 180 oil and gas blocksareas zoned for exploration and developmentwhich now cover the Amazon in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and western Brazil. The western Amazon is also home to many indigenous ethnic groups, including some of the worlds last uncontacted peoples living in voluntary isolation. Underlying this landscape of extraordinary biological and cultural diversity, which environmental scientists refer to as the lungs of the planet, are large reserves of oil and gas. Growing global demand is stimulating unprecedented levels of new oil and gas exploration and extractionand the threat of environmental and cultural devastation. Researchers tracked hydrocarbon activities across the region over a four-year period and generated a comprehensive map of oil and gas activities. The maps showed that in Peru and Ecuador, regions designated for oil and gas projects already cover more than two thirds of the Amazon. Of sixty-four oil and gas blocks that cover 72 percent of the Peruvian Amazon, all but eight were approved since 2003, and at least sixteen were signed in 2008. Major increases in activity are also expected in Bolivia and western Brazil. CLIP
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"We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq."
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Bar-Ilan University, April 2008
An amazingly callous Netanyahu told the New York Times on 9-11 that the terror attacks were "very good" for U.S.-Israeli relations. His subsequent comments about how Israel was benefiting from 9-11 were made in Hebrew at Bar-Ilan University, a religious Zionist school, and were directed at an audience that is well aware of Israel's involvement in 9-11. These comments were not meant to be translated for worldwide reading (the original article was published in the Hebrew language newspaper Maariv) and should be seen as a sort of public confession in which the leader of the Likud, Israel's right-wing entremist movement, sought to rationalize the Israeli false-flag terror atrocity on the United States. Joe Lockhart, spokesman for President Bill Clinton, described Netanyahu as "one of the most obnoxious individuals you're going to come into - just a liar and a cheat. He could open his mouth and you could have no confidence that anything that came out of it was the truth." It's high time for an international arrest warrant to be put out for Netanyahu and Ehud Barak to be tried for terrorism and war crimes.
THE HIDDEN BOMBING OF WTC 6
The split-second precision of the bombing of WTC 6 reveals the sophisticated military planning of the criminal mastermind behind 9-11. The blatant cover-up of this explosion, witnessed by hundreds of gagged members of New York's fire and police departments, is ample evidence of the complicity of the controlled media to hide the truth of what happened on 9-11, along with the mayors of New York City and the U.S. government.
I contacted the archives of CNN during the summer of 2002 to inquire about the precise time of their video footage of a huge dust cloud coming from a mysterious blast that appeared to have occurred at the U.S. Customs House (WTC 6) at about 9:03 a.m. -- the same minute that the second plane struck the South Tower on 9-11. The raw video material has precise time markings, which they provided.
The mysterious explosion at the U.S. Customs House (WTC 6) occurred at 9:04 a.m. on 9-11, at exactly the same time as the second plane crashed into the South Tower.
As I reported in my article "What Caused the WTC 6 Crater?" of July 10, 2002, CNN confirmed to me that the mysterious blast had occurred at precisely the same moment that the second plane struck the South Tower:
Despite the fact that the horrible events of September 11 occurred in broad daylight and were widely photographed, significant aspects of the attacks have been completely suppressed by a media blackout. A massive explosion, witnessed by millions of television viewers on CNN, evidently devastated WTC 6, the 8-story U.S. Customs House, although no national newspaper or media outlet has said a word about it.
The unexplained blast occurred between the burning North Tower and the 47-story Salomon Brothers Building, known as WTC 7, immediately after United Airlines Flight 175 smashed into the South Tower, at about 9:03 a.m. The explosion at WTC 6 was shown afterwards on CNN. Because it not broadcast as it happened there has been some confusion about when it actually occurred. The large amount of smoke seen cascading around the South Tower in the video led some observers to mistake the blast for a dust cloud from the subsequent collapse of the tower.
I contacted CNN to determine exactly when the footage was filmed. CNN's Public Affairs Department confirmed that the explosion shown in the footage occurred immediately after the second plane had crashed into the South Tower. When asked if the footage was taken at 9:04 a.m., the CNN archivist who could not give his last name, said, "That's correct." When asked if CNN could offer any explanation about what might have caused the blast that clearly reached 550 feet, soaring higher than the 47-story WTC 7 in the foreground, the archivist said, "We can't figure it out."
When I revisited this subject in June 2009, I examined some photos by the late Bill Biggert that showed that WTC 6 had been badly damaged before the collapse of either tower. I also discussed the discovery by Kurt Sonnenfeld, a FEMA photographer, now living in exile in Argentina, that the underground vault of the building had been cleaned out before 9-11. This story is extremely important because it reveals that there was a criminal mastermind behind 9-11 who was able to time the explosion in WTC 6 to coincide exactly with the crash of the airplane into the South Tower. It also reveals that the terror attack was designed to conceal the theft of the contents of the underground vaults - evidence of serious crimes and valuables such as gold. This is identical to the Zionist terror bombing of Jerusalem's King David Hotel on July 22, 1946, during the British Mandate. The King David Hotel served as headquarters for the British forces, and housed the evidence that would have resulted in many of these Zionist terrorists being hanged. The destruction of this evidence was the primary reason for the bombing, which was carried out by Irgun and Haganah terrorists. The commander of the Irgun terror gang from 1943-1948 was Menachem Begin who later became Israels sixth prime minister in the 1970s and 1980s. The head of terror operations for the Irgun was Yerucham Livni from Grodno, father of Israel's former foreign minister Tzipi Livni (who is currently wanted for war crimes in Britain). The children of these Zionist terrorists from the 1940s are the leaders of Israel today.
The Zionist terror bombing of the King David Hotel in July 1946 was ordered by Menachem Begin and approved by David Ben Gurion. Eitan Livni, chief operations officer for the Irgun terror gang had been arrested in April 1946 and was in prison at the time.
Menachem Begin, a Zionist from Brest-Litovsk, was arrested by the NKVD in 1940
Begin, the arch-terrorist of Zionism, is Netanyahu's mentor and idol. There are no limits or laws to constrain such fanatics.
When Netanyahu became prime minister on March 31, 2009, Begin's son Benny sat right behind him. Netanyahu's father was executive secretary for Ze'ev Jabotinsky, the founder of the Irgun and Haganah - and the Zionist terror group that became the Likud party.
The Zionist-controlled media in the United States and Britain have ignored the evidence of the huge explosion that destroyed WTC 6 as the plane crash distracted cameras and onlookers. This was the plan. It is like a circus where the attention of the audience is controlled by the use of spotlights that illuminate one act while the rest of the arena is in darkness. In this respect, the bombing of WTC 6 is like the huge debris field that is about one mile from the small crater where we are told the plane crashed in Shanksville. The public's attention is focused on the twenty-foot crater while the real evidence is kept hidden from the prying eyes of the press.
The following photographs and analysis by Jack White, professional photographer, reveal that WTC 6 was bombed at 9:04 on 9-11 and that the controlled media is complicit in the criminal cover-up of the truth. These photos can be seen in full size on Jack White's website or here: http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=79903
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FDA dupes Interpol to achieve illegal kidnapping and deportation of herbal formulator Greg Caton
Mike Adams - Health Ranger - December 16, 2009
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today stands accused of taking part in the kidnapping and illegal extradition of a permanent resident of Ecuador, in violation of both international law and Ecuadorian law.
Greg Caton, owner and operator of Alpha Omega Labs (www.AltCancer.com), an herbal products company that sells anti-cancer herbal remedies made with Ecuadorian medicinal herbs, was arrested at gunpoint at a road checkpoint in Ecuador, then transported to an Ecuadorian holding facility to await a hearing on December 14, 2009. Caton was expected to be set free by the Ecuadorian judge at that hearing based on the facts of the case which indicated Catons permanent residency in Ecuador is legal and valid.
Three days before the hearing could take place, Caton was taken from his holding facility and, with the help of U.S. State Department employees, involuntarily placed on an American Airlines plane headed for Miami. An Ecuadorian judge rushed to the airport in Guayaquil and demanded that Caton be released from the plane, stating that the attempted deportation was illegal, but American Airlines employees reportedly refused to allow Caton to leave the plane, stating that the plane was U.S. territory and that Ecuadorian law did not apply there (even though the plane was still on the tarmac in Guayaquil and under the direction of the air traffic control tower there).
The plane then departed Guayaquil and continued its flight to Miami where Greg Caton was held in a federal detention facility to await trial in the U.S.
His crimes? Selling herbal medicine and daring to tell the truth about those medicines on his website.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has, for many years, pursued Caton, accusing him of selling unapproved drugs herbal medicines that have never been, and will never be, approved by the FDA to treat anything. He was convicted of these crimes in 2003 and served 33 months in federal prison.
After serving his term, Caton was on probation for another three years. As Greg Catons wife explained to me in an exclusive interview, eighteen months into that probation, Caton received word that a rogue FDA agent named John Armand was intimidating his ex-employees in an attempt to convince them to testify against Caton in order to have him convicted of further charges that would lead to more prison time.
After submitting a request to his presiding judge to ask that the remainder of his probation be excused, Caton moved to Ecuador and acquired permanent residency there, in part to escape persecution by what he saw as a rogue FDA agent violating the law in an effort to see Caton prosecuted yet again.
As youll see below, this fear was not unfounded.
Selling anti-cancer herbs is no crime in Ecuador
In Ecuador, by the way, selling herbs and accurately describing their medicinal properties is not a crime. Its common sense.
Every pharmacy, health food store, shaman and medicine man openly talks about the anti-cancer properties of various herbs. No one goes to prison for selling medicinal herbs in Ecuador the very idea seems silly. Why would any nation want to lock up its healers?
So the crimes for which Caton was convicted in the USA arent even considered crimes in more medicinally enlightened countries such as Ecuador. There, people like Caton are considered valuable members of society.
Back in the U.S., the only real crime Caton was now guilty of was failing to serve his last 18 months of probation. But even that probation sentence was based on the false crime of Caton selling medicinal herbs while accurately describing their health-related properties. In other words, if not for the FDAs persecution of all herbalists who sell anti-cancer herbs, Caton would never have had jail time nor probation to begin with.
The FDA invokes Interpol
When the FDA realized Caton had moved to Ecuador, they went to work to try to have Caton arrested internationally. In order to accomplish this, they needed to have Caton listed as a wanted fugitive with Interpol, the international police database headquartered in Lyon, France.
Interpol is normally reserved for listing serious criminals: Murderers, rapists, terrorists, international money launderers, war criminals and the like. NaturalNews contacted Interpol to inquire as to how Gregory Caton, an herbal formulator violating nothing more than probation, could have been listed with Interpol as a wanted international fugitive with a so-called Red Notice Interpols highest alert level. This is the kind of alert level someone like Osama Bin Laden might normally merit with Interpol.
We were told by the U.S. Interpol office (under the DOJ), those individuals placed on a Most Wanted List are the ones who have allegedly committed the most heinous of crimes for a very long period of time.
In other words, the Interpol Red Notice designation which was applied to Greg Catons listing is never applied to people who merely skip probation. The Greg Caton listing with Interpol, NaturalNews learned, was off protocol. Someone, it seemed, had managed to exploit the DOJ / Interpol system to get Caton listed as an international fugitive when he was merely guilty of skipping out on the last 18 months of his probation.
Exaggerating the information with Interpol
To make the Interpol listing sound more serious, paperwork was submitted to Interpol decision makers that listed Catons offenses as drugs related crimes, fraud.
This implies that Caton was engaged in some sort of serious drug operation: Drug smuggling, perhaps, or drug dealing. In reality, his only crime was selling medicinal herbs that the FDA mislabels drugs in its own bizarre regulatory language the same language that calls cherries drugs if they are sold alongside any words describing their benefits for relieving arthritis pain and inflammation.
To the FDA, even a bottle of water can be considered a drug if its sold with the claim that it prevents dehydration, a medical condition.
The obvious question in all this, then, is: Who could have managed to exploit the Interpol system and get Greg Caton listed as an international fugitive?
Clues lead back to the FDAs Office of Criminal Investigation
Lafayette, Louisiana is the former operating base of FDA criminal investigations officer John Armand, the agent who went after Caton in 1999 and who managed to get him convicted of a felony crime (selling medicinal herbs) in 2003.
NaturalNews attempted to contact John Armand to get his comments for this story. I called the FDA office in Lafayette, Louisiana, identified myself as a reporter for NaturalNews, and asked to speak with agent John Armand. I was told he had been relocated to Florida and could now be reached out of the Jacksonville office.
I called the FDAs Jacksonville office, identified myself and asked to speak with agent John Armand for his comments on this story. I was told that I must first speak to a press officer of the FDA, as only a press officer could offer public comment. The next day, I was able to reach FDA press officer Mike Kelly whose reply mirrors FDA official policy: No comment.
The FDA, he explained, never comments on any ongoing investigation. In all, I placed five phone calls to various offices of the FDA, each time asking to speak with John Armand to get his side of this story. In every case, I was stonewalled and either told to talk to someone else or given the no comment reply.
Greg Catons top-selling anti-cancer formulation is called Cansema, and it is sold by Alpha Omega Labs as an effective herbal treatment for topical cancers. If you have skin cancer of any kind, I encourage you to learn about Cansema and how it has eliminated cancers in many people. Even though Greg is now imprisoned in the U.S., Alpha Omega Labs is still open for business, and you can purchase Cansema online right now at http://www.AltCancer.com (note: NaturalNews has no financial relationship whatsoever with Alpha Omega Labs or Greg Caton).
Behind all the accusations, prosecutions and legal entanglements, the real question in all this seems to have been entirely avoided by U.S. health authorities. That question is, of course, does Cansema work? Does it really eliminate topical cancers?
If it works, then why all the criminal accusations against Greg Caton in the first place? Why the absurd labeling of his herbal products as unapproved drugs when even Caton himself doesnt call them drugs? He simply (and accurately) describes them as medicinal herbs, which is what they are. I find it fascinating that if I place a bottle of Cansema in my pocket when I board a plane in Ecuador, its just herbs, but when I exit the plane in Miami, suddenly those herbs have been transformed into unapproved drugs by the regulatory language police who operate in the U.S. much like the Ministry of Truth from George Orwells novel 1984.
Regardless of what the product is called, the FDA isnt at all interested in whether Cansema actually works. The mere fact that the herbs were sold as a natural cancer treatment without FDA approval is enough to have Caton condemned as an international criminal. But in taking this stance, the FDA misses out on the thousands of satisfied customers who have successfully used Cansema to cure their own cancers.
Case in point: Dr. Brian OLeary, a former NASA astronaut who has published over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed science literature (http://www.brianoleary.info/about.html). Dr. OLeary is a customer of Greg Catons. When he heard about Catons illegal arrest and deportation from Ecuador, he issued this passionate statement:
Statement from Dr. Brian OLeary
Greg Caton is a friend of mine and an extraordinary healer. I was shocked to hear about his kidnapping and illegal deportation to the U.S., regardless of perceptions of his legal status within the U.S., something I understand to be a mild violation at most. He is a legal resident of Ecuador and conducts a legal alternative health product [company] here. I thoroughly support his work in healing untold thousands of people of cancer and other serious diseases.
My own healing happened when Greg arrived at our home two years ago with his product Cansema. I had just been diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer after a biopsy had been taken from a very large and deep lesion on my back. I was scheduled for surgery the following week. I cancelled the surgery and applied the Cansema (a black salve consisting of a mixture of herbs and a bit of zinc chloride), and, in 3-4 weeks, a black scab formed that subsequently fell off. After three applications of the salve over 2-3 months, the cancer disappeared, leaving only a slight discoloration where the cancer had been.
An examination by a dermatologist at the St. Agustin clinic in Loja, Ecuador, showed that the cancer was completely gone. No new lesions have formed anywhere on my body, and diagnostic blood tests for any systemic cancers recently showed negatives, i.e., no cancer in my body.
On the larger issue of the suppression of alternative possibilities in the health, environmental and technology fields, we see a pattern emerging that the true geniuses of innovation are all too often violently suppressed by authorities who illegally, unethically and immorally punish these true pioneers of our time solely because of powerful vested interests that are far less effective in solving the problems presented.
This is an outrage, and I ask that, if justice has any meaning left, that Greg be released immediately from his current detention and flown back to his residence in Ecuador. This plea represents one of many coming from those of us who strongly feel that justice can only be served by supporting rather than condemning those of us willing and able to move humanity into a new paradigm of healing and sustainability.
If Mr. Caton is not immediately returned, and those who illegally bribed, kidnapped, deported and detained him are not held accountable, then many of us will need to take this issue to its next level for public airing.
- Brian OLeary, Ph.D., former U.S. astronaut
Why healing is a crime in America
As these events clearly demonstrate, selling products that actually help people heal is a crime in America. Theres a wonderful book on the topic, in fact, by author Kenny Ausubel, entitled, When Healing Becomes A Crime
If you take a chance to read this book, you will discover that the kind of lawless tyranny, oppression and intimidation that has just been demonstrated against Greg Caton is nothing new for U.S. health authorities. Similarly unscrupulous activities were being undertaken by the AMA in the first half of the 20th century in a desperate attempt to destroy the credibility (and livelihood) of Harry Hoxsey, a man who also manufactured and sold topical anti-cancer salves.
To this day, intimidation campaigns continue against companies selling anti-cancer remedies. It happens so often that one day when I was walking along the sidewalk in Boca Raton, I met a couple who, when they realized who I was, told me they had been forced to flee the United States to pursue their anti-cancer stem cell work in another country.
Mexico, the Bahamas, Central and South America are all full of expat scientists, alternative medicine doctors, herbalists and naturopaths who have been forced to flee the USA or face imprisonment for their crimes of treating cancer with things other than FDA-sanctioned chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. This is why Americans have virtually no access to cancer clinics that offer real hope for healing. Instead, the American population is relegated to suffering the toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation under the guidance of nutritionally-ignorant oncologists who are poor doctors, but excellent followers of the FDA regime.
What Greg Catons illegal arrest and deportation really represent is the ongoing war of tyranny against healers thats still pursued by the FDA and its secret police Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI).
This OCI, it turns out, operates with no oversight and no respect for the law of any land. Its employees and contractors openly engage in the intimidation of individuals engaged in the selling of natural products, routinely threatening them with imprisonment, armed raids, the seizure of their products and criminal prosecutions. Even Dr. Andrew Weil was recently threatened in this manner by the FDA. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027303_the_FTC_America_vaccines.html)
But NaturalNews asks the question: Who does the OCI answer to?
The answer is no one. There is no Congressional oversight, no judicial oversight and no civil rights protections for individuals targeted by the FDAs OCI. The U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights which are supposed to guarantee freedom of speech for herbalists as well as everyone else are thrown out the window by the OCI. Once you are targeted by the OCI, you have no rights to free speech. You are considered an enemy of the state and can find yourself listed on Interpol alongside terrorists and war criminals even though your only crime might be selling herbal creams to natural health consumers.
The FDA claims its OCI office helps protect the American people from unscrupulous quacks and charlatans. Certainly, there is a role for that function in any society, as many companies will inevitably try to cheat the public by selling health-related products that dont work (Tamiflu comes to mind, incidentally). But do we really need to be protected from an herbal product that works? How is Greg Catons selling of herbal medicine harming anyone at all? His product really works, and if the FDA was interested in what works, you would think they might be interested in embracing herbalists instead of criminalizing them.
People will ask me, upon this publication of this story, why Im willing to speak out against the FDA, the DOJ and Interpol.
Actually, I have nothing against any of these organizations as long as they serve the People rather than the interests of domineering corporations. The FDA, DOJ and Interpol all have an important place in a just society but only if they stick to their original charter and use their resources to serve the greater good.
What this story on NaturalNews reveals is that each of these organizations has, in one way or another, been hijacked by corporate interests in order to suppress the actions of one individual whose products threaten the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. In essence, Interpol has now been used to enforce the profit aims of Big Pharma, and thats not what Interpol is supposed to be used for. Its supposed to be about protecting the innocent, not allowing itself to be subjugated by Big Business (because, of course, the pharmaceutical industry virtually runs the FDA these days).
When Big Business runs the regulatory offices, the criminal investigation offices and the police organizations, the world is no longer safe for anyone who threatens the status quo. When the police intelligence community is used as law enforcement puppets by the corporate puppet masters, anyone who acts in competition with the established profit centers of corporate America (and cancer is a huge profit center) is immediately targeted for criminalization, prosecution and incarceration.
These are not the traits of a free society. They are not the actions of a justice system. They arent even what you would expect to find in a western nation that claims to operate under a free market enterprise system. And yet this is exactly what we are seeing in the United States of America today, where this nation of regulatory tyrants is now openly engaged in the international kidnapping of innocents who have, for understandable reasons, chosen to reside in countries that do not consider herbalists to be criminals.
(Excerpt from a CAC General Reading, August 12, 1993)
On another subject: Im sure we asked about this and it got printed, probably within the context of another reading on aliens, but evidently the membership either missed it or want more details, for theyre sending questions. I have a packet here of about 12 questions on this same subject. It concerns a hum around Tao, New Mexico which seems to be spreading. Perhaps Awareness has some more information. Ill read this article, which is typical:
Taos, N.M. When the wind is still and the nearby meadowlark silent, Steven Welters back yard falls quiet. Too quiet. So quiet that he hears The Hum. It sounds like a great, big American car engine thats on idle, says Walters. Looking out at the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the eastern horizon, he confides, When I first heard it, I thought I was going crazy. The same thing happened to many others. In Taos, in Santa Fe, in Albuquerque and In spots fall beyond even in Florida hundreds of people lately have said they are hearing a similarly mysterious low-level frequency or hum. The audible vibration, they say, is as annoying as a mosquito circling your ear. Only this bug wont die. And the noise wont stop until you turn on the TV, or turn up the stereo, or scream and shout, to do anything to drown it out. The enigma has gained wide-spread attention and a slow but growing acceptance after a Taos couple spoke out a year ago about a humming sound that was driving them nuts. At first, many people dismissed Bob and Catanya Salzman as nuts themselves. But those impressions faded when others spoke up. After they went public, several hundred people in northern New Mexico also said they were suffering from the constant noise, frequently described as a diesel engine idling In the distance, or a low throbbing, or a sputtering generator.
Soon, the story spread across the country, and more than 50 people from Washington state to Vermont, contacted researchers with the same problem. Another 75 people contacted the Saltzmans. And soon it became known that this was not a new phenomenon, that more than 2,000 people in the London and Southampton areas of Great Britain have reported hearing sounds dating back to the 1940s. The English have an organization (The Low Frequency Noise Sufferers Association, a comprehensive news letter and even a name for themselves The Hummers). A New Mexico scientist refers to the Americans as The Hearers. This story and others go on and on. Scientists using extensive tests have determined the sound is about 33 to 80 hertz. Steven Walters, a musician hears the sound and now he is afraid to meditate because the sound returns. Now every article on this has a little different frame of reference, and this hum seems to be spreading all over the country. Could Awareness give a more in depth discussion on this?
This Awareness indicates that essentially the humming as that which relates to two different potential sources. In some cases it is one, in some cases it is the other.
This Awareness indicates there are those underground tunnels that have been worked on since the early 1940s in the United States. There are underground tunnels that are being connected from one place to another; these being created and built on behalf of, for and by the aliens, in connection with their contracts with the U.S. government. This has been discussed previously.
Those machines that are used which create large circular tunnels underground as they grind through rock, through dirt, inching their way, like a giant worm-like motor creature, create a great humming sound. It would not be a humming sound if you were up close; it would be a grinding sound, but these are one source of the sound.
This Awareness indicates there is also a lesser used phenomenon which has to do with experiments of a military nature, using infrasound, a very low frequency sound in certain types of testing. The testing having to do with the effects of the devices and also sometimes being used for probing the earths crust, with these infrasound waves.
This Awareness indicates that the sounds in London generally have to do with the underground drilling or digging of caverns and most of the sounds in New Mexico and over to Florida, where these underground tunnels have been and are being built to bring two types of alien transportation beneath the earth of this nation.
This Awareness indicates you have been given certain maps of the underground tunnels. These of course do not include the newer ones that have been created since. This Awareness indicates that essentially, these are the main sources of the sounds. The infrasound waves that are occasionally used in military testing can also produce a similar type of vibration which entities sometimes hear.
These also can be associated with earthquakes in some instances. This Awareness indicates that basically, these are not natural phenomena; they are artificial. In some cases the machines are human-operated such as the military infrawave machines and some of the underground boring equipment that bores holes and tunnels through the earth.
TUNNELS AND DRAGON HOLES IN ENGLAND - from a 1993 reading
Awareness mentioned that there was underground tunneling in London. Is this man or alien connection?
This appears to be a joint venture between humans and alien technology. This appears to be something that connects entities to London through those underground tunnels to Europe and to areas within the British Isles and to certain, what have been termed Dragon Holes, those holes that were drilled by aliens in ancient times that are artificially created and have been used to enter underground tunnels. This Awareness indicates there is also seen a connection underground from the British Isle to the North American continent; particularly seen is one to Newfoundland, and there are others branching from there that go into the lower states.
Where would these Dragon Holes be found?
This Awareness indicates that these are found in various places in the English countryside. The Alien Digest also speaks of these and gives some information as to where these have been located. This Awareness indicates it also ties in with Pendragon Society or that of Arthur Pendragon, who in his family history and the subsequent organizations relating to the Dragon Society, were aware of these Dragon Holes.
This Awareness indicates the entities Adams and Madison were part of that Dragon Society and had connections in England through their families with the Dragon Society. These entities in that Dragon Society were aware of these Dragon Holes. These are called Dragon Holes because in the early British period, the aliens of Reptilian origin, from Draco, came to those places, drilled holes approximately the size of a large open well, down into the surface and created underground bases.
This Awareness indicates that there have been reports in the last several years of Rothschild having communication with reptilian humanoids. These are references to what this Awareness calls the Reptoids. This Awareness indicates that these are the entities who have an historical background in the English folklore relating to those Dragon Holes.
Have you heard 'the Hum'? (19 May 2009) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8056284.stm
For decades, hundreds of people worldwide have been plagued by an elusive buzzing noise known as "the Hum". Some have blamed gas pipes or power lines, others think their ears are faulty. A few even think sinister forces could be at work. "It's a kind of torture, sometimes you just want to scream," exclaims retired head teacher Katie Jacques. Sitting in the living room of her home in the suburbs of Leeds, the 69-year-old grandmother describes the dull drone she says is making her life a misery.Most visitors hear nothing, but to Katie the noise is painful, vivid and constant. "It has a rhythm to it - it goes up and down. It sounds almost like a diesel car idling in the distance and you want to go and ask somebody to switch the engine off - and you can't." Katie says she no longer has any quiet moments and getting a good night's sleep has become impossible."It's worst at night. It's hard to get off to sleep because I hear this throbbing sound in the background and you know what it's like when you can't get to sleep and you're tossing and turning and you get more and more agitated about it." (...) The hum is a phenomenon that has been reported in towns and cities across the world from Vancouver in Canada to Auckland in New Zealand.In Britain, the most famous example was the so-called "Bristol hum" that made headlines in the late 1970s. One newspaper asked readers in the city: "Have you heard the Hum?" Almost 800 people said they had.The problem persisted for years. Residents complained of sleep loss, headaches, sickness and nosebleeds. Experts eventually found traffic and factories were to blame. There have been other cases in Cheshire, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, London, Shropshire, Suffolk and Wiltshire.A low-pitched drone known as the "Largs hum" has troubled the coastal town of Largs in Strathclyde for more than two decades. People assume you must be hearing things, but I'm not crackers Katie Jacques, hum suffererAt least one suicide in the UK has been linked with the hum.And the problem is on the increase, according to the Low Frequency Noise Sufferers' Association. Two thousand people have so far contacted its helpline, and it says it receives two or three new cases every week. They are generally over 50 and are mostly female.'Cover-up'So what is the cause? Various features of modern life have been blamed - gas pipes, power lines, mobile phone masts, wind farms, nuclear waste, even low-frequency submarine communications. The internet is abuzz with rumour and speculation. There are dark mutterings about secret military activity, alien contact and government cover-ups. The hum even featured in an episode of the sci-fi drama "The X-Files". CLIP
Villagers Say Aliens Building Base in Himalayan Mountains
Mountain villagers in the Tarai region of India's Himachal Pradesh state claim that UFOs have been seen "by day and by night" near the high-altitude glaciers of the Himalayas and that "aliens are building a very large underground base up there."
Since Sunday, October 10, 2004, UFOs, ranging in size from "very large cylindrical objects of a dull silver colour" to "small speedy discs," have been seen over the glaciers north of Chini, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from India's border with China. UFOs seen at night were said to "glow red and gold."
"More Indian military personnel and local natives are coming forward in the Himalayas' Tarai area and are reporting many exceedingly abnormal activities and UFO sightings all around the clock."
"Some (Indian) helicopter pilots are complaining about sophisticated jamming."
"A young boy in Nepal drew a picture of what appears to be an extraterrestrial flying object. He saw it while playing with many friends on the ground. The boys reported that these vehicles have no sound, can take off vertically, and can float in defiance of gravity. These vehicles can disappear all of a sudden," reported Sumit Chatterjee.
"Some of the IAF (Indian Air Force--J.T.) pilots are continually reporting seeing strange flying objects in the Himalayas near the Chinese border."
"A Tibetan (Buddhist) monk who recently visited India said these activities have been going on since 1998."
"According to a scientist of the Indian Geological Survey, UFOs and strange beings are visiting a 100-square- kilometer portion of the Tarai. Visits have occurred frequently during the past 18 months. The northeastern region of Himachal Pradesh has experienced many varied sightings."
Chatterjee added, "Among the local people is a rumour that 'they' will land here in the next seven years. Some Indian ufologists say that beings from Sirius will land on Earth and publicly reveal themselves in 2012."
"Is this the final prophecy of the landing that the Mayans predicted centuries ago?"
"The military personnel are talking privately but maintain that for national security reasons nothing more can be said. But at least one of the officers has come out and said bluntly that these are UFOs."
"There are many indications that a large underground base is now being built within the hard andesite (bedrock) of the high Himalayas. The construction is going on in the high terrain close to the No Man's Land between India and China."
"Another interesting thing--increased Indian and Chinese army activity has been seen in the region."
But the strangest report comes from the Chinese side of the border. A Chinese armored brigade, outfitted with T-80 main battle tanks, was ordered to proceed to the border from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) base in Niuke. But when the tanks got to Zhada, they got a real surprise.
"Recently an artificial lake was created in China" west of Zhada, "very close to the Indian border. "The lake" filled the Langchui River (called the Sutlej River on the Indian side--J.T.) valley and "threatened to flood the Indian side. India and China both refused to investigate the incident. Then, all of a sudden, the local Chinese people reported that the lake was no longer there. Whatever remained of the lake was no longer a threat to the Indian villagers. What really happened?" Chatterjee asked, "What caused an artificial lake of this size? And who took care of removing the problem?"
"It appears that the aliens melted a glacier and created the temporary lake to prevent those Chinese tanks from reaching the border," said Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda, a UFO Roundup correspondent in India. "There are many rumours at the Indian Space Research Organisaton (ISRO). They say these UFOs are definitely planning and building a fortress in the Himalayas for a purpose known only to the aliens themselves."
In China, UFO Roundup correspondent Chen Jilin reported, "No news is coming out of the Langchui Valley. It is a military region with very tight security. But the rumour is, the Extraterrestrials are active in the region with the collusion of the (Chinese Communist) Party and New Delhi, to ward off an attack from the Anglo-Americans and the Israelis."
Many thanks to Sumit Chatterjee, Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda and Chen Jilin for this news story.
More evidence of Extra Terrestrial contacts with Indian Government and Military (December 19, 2004) http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/12-19c-04.asp
According to Subhra Jain, a freelance reporter in New Delhi, she bumped into a very senior Indian Military official in a nightclub in New Delhi. While talking what she came to know will make the rest of the world sit up all night. According to her, Extra Terrestrials have been visiting India and the rest of the world for thousands of years. In recent days most of the super powers have been formally contacted. India is no exception in recent days. They always contact through the ground radar stations of the military, she says. Indian Himalayas and Ladakh (China-India) border is where they first made their recent contact. They want to let India know the laws and regulation of the multidimensional Universe. India is planning an un-manned moon and later an unmanned Mars expedition. Indias premier Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been told dos and donts. (...) In Leh, Ladakh, according to Tsering Spalzang, a senior official, all paranormal activities are happening with the knowledge of the Indian Army. There are zones that Indian Army and Air Force block for security reasons. The Ladakh valley is heavily secured by the Indian Government. It is a sensitive area and no one is allowed in these sensitive areas neither from Indian side nor from the Chinese side. The terrain is such that it is impossible to find hidden underground structures under massive mountains you are looking at the core Himalayas.The Petroleum Ministry of India when recently asked about recent high oil price, said that India is developing alternative energy sources with advanced technologies. When asked about, what kind of alternative technologies, the spokesperson hurriedly brought the press conference to a quick end by saying those are really classified information.Indian Government has decided to spend enormous amount of money to develop the Kashmir and Ladakh road infrastructure. Even they plan to use the Foreign Exchange Reserves for this which has grown enormously due to direct foreign investment from America, Europe and Japan. According to rumors in New Delhi, UFOs made formal contact with Indian Government. The Government was initially baffled without knowing how to react. Later things became quiet and it seems all understand now that these Extra Terrestrials are friendly. CLIP
UFOs Sighted In The Himalayas ! (Sept 18,2008) http://psychedelicadventure.blogspot.com/2008/09/ufos-sighted-in-himalayas.html
There has been an unprecedented increase in extra terrestrial activity on our planet in the last 30 years and India is no exception to this. Most sightings in India are never reported because people don't know what they saw and dismiss it as some spirit or a ghostly apparition. Around the Himalayan region there have been many sightings of anomalous crafts which take off at high speeds and vanish in the blink of an eye.The No Man's Land, Sino-Indian border is one such place where locals believe there is an underground UFO base which both governments are aware of and have hence cordoned off the area from civilians. Tucked away high in 15,000-ft glaciated mountains, Chandratal, the only sacred lake in the Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, has for long been steeped in mythology. Legend has it that the crescent-shaped pristine water body is an abode of fairies who descend on Earth on moonlit nights. But the glacier-bound uninhabited terrain has come to be associated with an equally incredible tale doing the rounds in India's top space and defence establishments-the sighting of an unidentified flying object or UFO at the Samudra Tapu region, a de-glaciated valley at an eight-hour trek from Chandratal. More than a year after a five-member team of glaciologists and geologists had a 40-minute encounter with a balloon-shaped object straight out of The X-Files, the incident continues to baffle a section of the Indian scientific community. Both Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the army are aware of the matter which figured even in Parliament last year when the minister of state w
Aliens in India (August 22, 2008) http://psychedelicadventure.blogspot.com/2008/08/aliens-in-india.html
India has had a history of ET contact often interpreted as something to do with the God's in the Hindu religion. Many wars have been waged in our past which involved the use of highly sophisticated weapon systems unknown to us today. The use of flying vehicles and extraordinary beings in the history of India are all recorded in the Vedas and various other ancient scriptures. Our Gods descended from the Heavens and were living amongst us is a metaphor for god like entities incarnating on our planet from different star systems. Our race is just one of the infinite races of sentient beings in the Cosmos. The illusion of the material world and the isolation from our Gaian roots has driven humanity to a point of shocking revelation. While most of us sleep unaware of the infinite potential that lies inside of us, there is something out there telling us about the big change coming our way sometime soon ... and the unification of all is what we are heading for ... a time for convergence ... a time when all duality dissolves as oneness ! The recent upsurge in ET / UFO activity around the world is intentional to bring to our notice the sign of the times. It is to show the world that anything is possible ! The real gift is of Freedom and all the creative energy is nourished with Love ! Somehow our consciousness which has for long believed to be separate from everything else around is fundamental to reality and what we perceive ! At the culmination of a natural 26,000 year old cycle, mankind is on it's way to ascension to a higher reality, a higher dimension or possibly as a multi-dimensional form of indestructible energy. Again, anything is possible and you just need to open your mind to the magic of possibility and how your consciousness affects it ! Our separation is to dissolve as oneness and these small steps towards God realization will make you realize that God is Everything and Everything is God ! The ET / UFO phenomena might well be the projection of our own psyche and is deeply rooted in this unseen web of energy connecting everything in the cosmos. Once we begin to see everything as energy, we gradually dissolve all the illusory duality and multiplicity evident all around us. All of the synchromystical events involving political chaos, war, environmental meltdown, natural disasters, ET, Crop Circles, UFO, genetic mutation, radical shift in consciousness, the Indigo children, DNA modification and the year 2012 are all connected ! CLIP
Space Battles In Earth Orbit! http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread503935/pg1
Ed Grimsley provides us with yet another very-interesting personal account of UFO sightings and observations. He's one of the originators of watching UFO's via night-vision glasses, taking groups of people into low-light-pollution areas to observe the goings on in orbit around the earth. Mr. Grimsley stepped in front of our camera and provided some of his personal experiences gained while watching our night skies. He, and several others, have seen UFO activity that includes battles in space, UFO mother-ship's explosion, multiple battles, orbital stealth technology, and hundreds of space craft. "These things are happening, and you are being denied the truth by the secret government," says Ed. This is a personal story provided to us by a visitor to the AboveTopSecret.com booth at the Bay Area UFO Expo. Attendees who had personal experiences related to UFOs and extraterrestrials were encouraged to stop by their booth and "tell their story to the world," with the promise that we'd post every video, in its entirety, here on ATS. We (ATS) take no position as to the authenticity of these personal accounts, and provide them to you, the world, for review, examination, and consideration. MORE AT http://edgrimsley.com/
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