The Inconvenient Truths Series #2: Apocalypse Beast Breathing Down Our Necks
It is hard to summarize the content of this compilation. This is what I've tried to do with the title...
I wish I could avoid bringing such terribly disturbing information to your attention. But simply ignoring this won't make it go away. Actually the evil doers thrive in the darkness of most everyone's sheer ignorance of their evildoing. One of the key themes you will see emerging clearly if you get to grasp the whole picture of what the current US administration and its controlling global shadow government (originally the Secret Team) are doing despite the still unfulfilled claims of "changes" of its magnificently persuasive but terribly misled, cunningly misleading or truly impotent leader (you choose!), is that we are being driven down a path of environmental oblivion, perpetual war madness and profiteering, and ever diminishing freedom... Not exactly the kind of future we envision for ourselves and our children .
Some major course correction will have to happen soon or the "facts on the ground" will run us all to their ultimate and predictable conclusions.
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"Dear Jean, day on and day off, week after week, I continue reading your incredibly inspiring deliveries, and my heart is over and over again filled with joy, consolation, light and above all hope in our Destiny, the global collective Destiny of Mother Earth; despite the convulsions and tragedies --present and in the making-- of our contemporary world. Be blessed, my little-known but much-cherished friend from Canada, for this gift you distribute so lovingly and selflessly. I though I was a man of Faith -- and indeed I think I am, after all -- but what a giant of Faith you are, you yourself and all those people whose marvelous quotes you bring to our attention. Much that we can ponder and reflect about it, with many rewarding breakthroughs in our understanding, our Universe and our life remain enshrouded in fathomless mystery... How can Evil contribute to Good, how can enraging human cruelty and injustice work in the long run for - and toward - divine Justice, how misfortune and day to day misery can lead, in due time, to bliss and liberation... All these paradoxical truths are for me, and for now, impossible to figure out with the help of the rational mind, or, for that matter, with the aid of any other faculty I dispose of! And yet... I know you are right, Jean, and your reminder in the form of the Earth Rainbow Network messages come as a balm, confirming what I realize and have always - albeit dimly-realized in the deepest part of me; discouraging and in the end dispelling the rage, the hatred, the utter and overwhelming feeling of powerlessness and bleak despair that sometimes rush through the soul. Thank you, my friend. To read you, mostly at nighttime when the household is silent and the atmosphere still, is such a gift, such a privilege... You knew, because of our previous contacts, that we shared a 'common wave-length'. But from time to time, it has to be said anew, in loving recognition. Receive my very best regards and greetings from southern France."
"Edmonds's most disturbing allegations, however, may be against high-ranking appointed officials in the Bush Administration. Elaborating on testimony she laid out in her sworn deposition, Edmonds told American Conservative magazine's Phil Giraldia 17-year CIA counterterrorism officervery specific details of alleged traitorous schemes perpetrated by top State and Defense Department officials. As already noted, these included Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz and, perhaps most notably, former Deputy Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman, the third-highest-ranking official in the Bush State Department. Edmonds said that Feith and Wolfowitz were involved in plans to break Iraq into U.S. and British protectorates months prior to 9/11. She also claimed that the duo shared information with Grossman on how to blackmail various officials and that Grossman had accepted cash to help procure and sell nuclear weapons technology to Israel and Turkeyand, from there, on to the foreign black market. There the technology would be purchased by the highest bidder, such as Pakistan, Iran, Libya, North Korea or possibly even al-Qaeda."
"In response to the report, The Critical Unraveling of US Society, readers primarily critiqued the part in which we call on readers to engage their representatives. An irate majority of the responses have consistently stated that they have repeatedly contacted their representative through multiple forms of communication, and no action was taken. A growing segment of the US population has now lost all faith in our government and they are on the verge of taking violent action. Personally, I believe that non-violent action is a much more strategic and effective move. We are 99% of the population, and the enemy is less than 1%. We are a sleeping giant; they are a small group of clueless greed-addicted people who desperately cling to the Administration, Treasury, Fed and a few other firms like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. If we can take action on a mass non-violent scale, the rule of law and economic justice can be obtained. In our nations history, the stakes have never been higher. If we cannot organize a mass movement to non-violently oppose outright theft, then violence will ultimately tear our nation apart. The question on my mind: Can we swiftly mobilize such a heavily propagandized population to take mass non-violent action? A growing population does not believe we can do so, and is on the verge of launching a heavily armed insurgency. So in the months ahead, while they are Wagging the Dog and Shaking the Mohammed, the US public vitally needs to understand that the stakes have never been higher. And the clock is ticking..."
I wish to tell you about a consciousness that has fallen so far away from its soul it believes there is no turning back. Little by little it gave away its divinity, the connection to Great Spirit and now finds itself separate, alone, and in great fear of those it has moved against or caused harm, loss, and suffering. Those it has moved against are its brothers, sisters, humanity in general and the very platform for life. It began with a few lies from which it benefited. With each lie its connection to Creator diminished. More lies followed by actions void of heart began a downward spiral away from Creator. Feeling the void it set itself up as a false God in its lust for power and wealth often at the expense of humanity and the Earth. It created a separate God and took on this God as its identity which was far removed from the Creator in all Creation. With each lie and act of againstness it solidified its role as the God of arrogance and ignorance not bound by universal law or the laws of Creation. Its very brothers and sisters became its enemy; even nature fell under its lust for power and wealth. Its greatest fear is for its deeds to be made know and retribution by the very people it has moved against.
For decades and centuries the false God continued to build its empire at the expense of humanity and the Earth. It developed new ways of deceiving, controlling and manipulating the people to the extent of using deadly force on any enlightened ones. It moved so far away from its heart and soul it did not even blink at the death of children, families, even cultures which stood in its way. Not even the Earth was spared its rape and pillage. It created soulless corporations and hired others to do its dirty work with profit as the prime directive. It became the governing force on the entire planet enslaving the masses through dependency. It created false values, even green pieces of paper for which many would worship and sell their souls.
It forgot two things in its lust for power. For every action there is a reaction. There is a higher power which though slow to act is thorough and though they had deceived others they did not deceive their own soul which is the record keeper and balancer. A great equalizer is coming. Nature herself will speak very loudly to this empire. There is a movement within everyone and it is felt stronger in those who are still connected to the soul and spirit. It is a grand awakening and yes all will be seen, no rock shall be left unturned. Their empires will be abandoned by awakenings within. They will find themselves naked surrounded by the very people they have moved against. When all is said and done the karma will come home to roost and this is what they fear most.
They have erected great armies, agencies, and have used every despicable measure to dumb down, manipulate and eliminate the people they feel no longer serve them. This includes any in their own ranks which awaken or question their agenda. This only adds to their paranoia further identifying them for what they truly are. They hold the highest positions and those in the highest position you see are mere puppets that have sold their souls to the beast.
It is time for all to take a long hard look as to how much of the beast is within you and just who you serve. Has your God become so detached from your heart and soul which knows what is right and wrong that you can turn a blind eye to the pain, suffering and loss created by the beast. The beast is in its last days and it cares nothing for you, your families or the Earth. It only cares about maintaining its strangle hold and profit. God is love and love will set things right. It is a universal force pressing hard on the Earth which no man can stop. It is up to everyone to stop, listen within to the soul and do what is right with impeccable integrity. Anything else serves the beast. When the beast goes down all those connected to it will follow.
Recommended by Rudolf Schneider (email@example.com) - Note from Jean: I've already registered the support of the Earth Rainbow Network at http://www.fouryearsgo.org/
FOUR YEARS. GO.
A movement to change the course of the world.
What we do or dont do in the next four years will determine the quality of life on this planet for generations to come. And you have a role to play.
We are living in a unique and critical time of human history a time of great threat and even greater chances. On the one hand we rapidly approach dangerous tipping points where life as we know it will change irreversibly. On the other hand we already have the technologies and solutions we need to tackle this crisis of humanity. All thats missing is a common awareness about the possibilities, and the political and public will to do anything at all.
We invite you to collaborate in what could become the largest grassroots campaign in history. Its central focus is an unprecedented level of organizational and individual collaboration to shift the trajectory of humanitys impact on the world
Perhaps most importantly, it isn't run from the top according to some big master plan that everyone is supposed to work on. It comes from everywhere and nowhere, and it aims to spark a self-organizing movement, inviting all NGOs, companies, communities, and people to choose their most potent and visionary social improvement projects and commit to accomplishing them within the next four years in the context of millions of others making the same decision. Its guiding principle is "Take responsibility for what you love as an act of service." FourYears.Go. seeks to catalyze a newly vibrant world of wildly diverse and inspired initiatives to co-create a better tomorrow now.
Spurred on by imminent planetary crises and the immediate opportunity for social transformation, hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals are coming together to launch a global campaign that will motivate and align the actions of thousands of organizations and millions of individuals.
This growing coalition of NGOs, in partnership, participation, and creativity of the worlds largest independent advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy, creators of such memorable ad campaigns as Nikes Just Do It and Lance Armstrongs Live Strong, has created FourYears.Go., a global initiative including a massive communications campaign executed.
The initiative is called FourYears.Go. (http://www.fouryearsgo.org/) because a time frame of four years is needed to apply the solutions we already know and to develop those we will still need. Four years to finally do it the right way. Four years that can determine the course of the coming thousand years of human experience. And the time to get going is: NOW.
Dan Wieden one of the top ad men in the world was profoundly touched during a recent, Amazon rainforest tour he was on, organized by http://www.pachamama.org/. He decided that doing pro bono work for the Pachamama Alliance could start to make up for forty years of selling people things they don't need. His ad agency is now working on videos to kick off Pachamama's new FourYears.Go. campaign.
The official start of the campaign was 14 February 2010, but in the run-up there are already more than 250 organizations committing to the idea and implementation of FourYears.Go.
The first step for you would be to register yourself or your organization on http://www.fouryearsgo.org/ and start designing the projects you could commit to.
As this campaign builds there will be many opportunities for collaboration, and I ask that we continue the dialogue exploring how your organization can play a role and how the initiatives that you are engaged in can be enhanced with more participation and potentially more funding.
With enormous gratitude for the work you are already accomplishing and excitement about the potential of working together to generate the great turning,
WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION
Concerning the HUGE 8.8 earthquake in Chile - which was 800 times more powerful than the one in Haiti: Check http://www.iris.edu/seismon/ ... many big earthquakes lately and then check http://www.iris.edu/seismon/zoom/events/?lon=-73.41&lat=-37.7 amazing rattling going on in Chile! People will have a really hard time to sleep there for a while... This was most certainly caused by the the natural subduction phenomenon of the Nazca tectonic plate under the South America plate... possibly amplified by an other phenomenon mentioned HERE in a recent compilation. Earthquake lights have again been observed there in the sky, as in China last year: "An earthquake light, is an unusual luminous aerial phenomenon, that reportedly appears in the sky at or near areas of tectonic stress, seismic activity, or volcanic eruptions. Once commonly challenged, it was not until photographs were taken during the Matsushiro earthquake swarm, from 1965 through 1967, that the seismology community acknowledged their occurrence." And no it has nothing to do with HAARP or any nefarious human activity. More on the Chile Earthquake HERE - Chile Earthquake Pictures
Chile's earthquake was horrible - but it could have been so much worse (1 March 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/01/chile-earthquake-resistant-design
Chile's earthquake was many times more powerful than the one that devastated Haiti earlier this year but caused only a small fraction of the casualties, thanks to geological luck and the country's preparation for such a disaster. Saturday's 8.8-magnitude quake was a "megathrust" which unleashed about 50 gigatons of energy, but it was centered offshore and about 21 miles underground, dissipating its force by the time it reached towns and cities.In contrast, the 7-magnitude quake that struck Port-au-Prince on January 12 was much shallower about eight miles deep and right on the edge of a city where 3 million people lived. Eight Haitian towns and cities suffered "violent" to "extreme" shaking, whereas Chilean urban areas did not suffer more than "severe" shaking: still horrible, but a let-off. The other reason Chile was counting its dead in the hundreds rather than hundreds of thousand was that this is one of South America's richest, best-organised countries. It has long experience of dealing with earthquakes. Seismic activity is common along its Andean ridge. In 1960 it suffered one of the strongest quakes on record. Saturday's was the third with a magnitude greater than 8.7. Homes and offices are built to sway with seismic waves rather than resist them. "When you look at the architecture in Chile, you see buildings that have damage, but not the complete pancaking that you've got in Haiti," said Cameron Sinclair, executive director of Architecture for Humanity. Sinclair said Chilean architects have built thousands of low-income houses to be earthquake resistant. It is required by blueprints and building codes. CLI
The Home Run! http://www.responsibilityproject.com/films/player/the-home-run/
Be sure to watch to the very end---An excellent video (recreation) of what really happened last between two college teams. It takes sportsmanship and fairness to a new level. Note from Jean: This is also a wonderful metaphor on what we can do to help each other to reach the finish line and cross all together into a new Golden era for our entire world.
Extraterrestrial Participation http://www.lightexpression.com/extraterrestrialparticipation.html
The concept of "we are not alone in the Universe" is not necessarily easily accepted unless the individual has had a personal witness experience. But, because the History channel and other mainstream media have offered video footage from actual encounters with extraterrestrial travelers (Souls which reside in the Universe other than Earth) and occasional commentary has been offered from people who have researched this area of interest - it has been said that well over half of the population polled believe that extraterrestrial life does exist and does visit our planet Earth. Sharon and I and our son, Avery, had a personal experience with galactic travelers many years ago. Our experience of physical visitation was actually one that continued over about a year and a half. It began one evening like this: CLIP - Much more through http://www.lightexpression.com/
Worldwide Referendum proposed by Evo Morales http://portalmre.rree.gov.bo/cumbre/Referendum.aspx
In view of the profound differences found between presidents and continents in the Copenhagen climate summit, Bolivia's President Evo Morales proposes to conduct a referendum with the peoples of the world for an agreement that could save Mother Earth from the abuses of capitalism. Because we have deep differences from president to president, lets ask the people and do what they say " - Evo Morales Ayma President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia -- Support this initiative by answering the following questions: 1. Do you agree with re-establishing harmony with nature while recognizing the rights of Mother Earth? 2. Do you agree with changing this model of over-consumption and waste that the capitalist system represents?
3. Do you agree that developed countries reduce and re-absorb their domestic greenhouse gas emissions so that the temperature does not rise more than 1 degree Celsius?
4. Do you agree with transferring all that is spent in wars to protecting the planet and allocate a budget for climate change that is bigger than what is used for defense?
5. Do you agree with a Climate Justice Tribunal to judge those who destroy Mother Earth?
Please go vote at the URL above. Also available in Spanish and French. Voir aussi Pour un référendum mondial sur le changement climatique
David Duke Exposes the Hollywood Basterds (2/16/2010) GORY!... BUT MUST WATCH! EXTREME VIOLENCE IS BEING ROLLED OUT WITH EVER GREATER GRAPHIC REALISM, THUS POISONING COUNTLESS SOULS http://theforbiddentruth.net/videos/1333/hollywood-basterds.html#watch
Comment from http://www.davidduke.com/ : "In his latest and greatest video yet, Dr. Duke really gives it to Hollywood. He reviews Inglourious Basterds and shows it is sick hate-film promoting torture and sadism. As he says, it is bad enough that the film was even made, but the rest of the media gave it great reviews. Duke exposes Eli Roth who is a co-star who makes sadistic torture-porn films. His film Hostel actually got a 60 percent positive reviews from Jewish run media. This is powerful video that lays bare the evil world the Jewish extremists are leading us to." AND FROM http://www.davidduke.com/ WE READ: "Youtube Just Censored This Video! Youtube which is owned by Google has been complaining about censorship in China. This video has had over 17,000 views on its first day. Was number 4 in its favorites list for news and current events. And had hundreds of 5 star ratings. We are appealing the censorship. In the meantime the link has been replaced. This video exposes the sick elements in Hollywood, but Youtube cant have that, can they?" HOWEVER according to this Wikipedia entry David Duke is "an American white nationalist, former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan" - Which is a bit paradoxical!...
Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.
Ice deposits found at Moon's pole (2 March 2010) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8544635.stm
A radar experiment aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar spacecraft has identified thick deposits of water ice near the Moon's north pole. (...) Dr Paul Spudis, from the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, estimated there was at least 600 million metric tonnes of water ice held within these impact craters. The equivalent amount, expressed as rocket fuel, would be enough to launch one space shuttle per day for 2,200 years, he told journalists at the 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.
2010 APEP imaging of Apollo 11 Moon photos discloses possible 1969 ET UFOs Buzz Aldrin says he saw http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2912-Seattle-Exopolitics-Examiner~y2010m2d24-2010-APEP-imaging-of-Apollo-11-Moon-photos-discloses-possible-1969-ET-UFOs-Buzz-Aldrin-says-he-saw
In an early extraterrestrial discovery of 2010, more than 40 years after the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing, NASA Earthrise photos taken on the Moon by Apollo 11 U.S. astronauts and enhanced by the Advanced Photo Extraction Process (APEP) have disclosed striking images of an apparent extraterrestrial base and 3 extraterrestrial UFO spacecraft idling above the extraterrestrial base, just a few miles from the alleged Apollo 11 landing site in the southern Sea of Tranquility (Mare Tranquillitatis) about 20 kilometers (12 mi) southwest of the crater Sabine D (0.67408N, 23.47297E). These APEP enhanced images of Earthrise photos taken by the Apollo 11 astronauts were made available for this exclusive Examiner.com article by this reporter. Ron Stewart, developer of the APEP process, confirmed in an exclusive ExopoliticsRadio.org interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre that the three extraterrestrial UFO spacecraft identified in the 2010 APEP report were most probably the same extraterrestrial UFO spacecraft that Apollo 11 astronauts reported to NASA in July 1969 were watching them on the Moon. One source has reported, According to a former NASA employee Otto Binder, unnamed radio hams with their own VHF receiving facilities that bypassed NASA's broadcasting outlets picked up the following exchange: NASA: What's there? Mission Control calling Apollo 11... Apollo: These Babies are huge, Sir! Enormous! OH MY GOD! You wouldn't believe it! I'm telling you there are other spacecraft out there, lined up on the far side of the crater edge! They're on the Moon watching us! Ron Stewart, developer of the APEP process for the Ron Stewart/Ron Nussbeck firm, has reported these new Apollo 11 extraterrestrial disclosures in an exclusive 27 page APEP report entitled, Apollo11: What was discovered? The untold story! containing the enhanced images that may be accessed below in this Examiner.com article along with an exclusive slide show of images. CLIP
US Gov. Archives FBI Chief on UFOs, Congressional Committee on JFK Conspiracy, More News http://www.wanttoknow.info/10/100222_fbi_chief_ufo_jfkennedy_conspiracy_government_archives
One astonishing document on the FBI website reveals that former FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover wanted a downed UFO at Roswell. Another from the US government archives website states that the 1979 Congressional committee on assassinations concluded, "John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy."
"I Know What I Saw" - UFO Documentary Trailer (221 comments on this amazing documentary) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQDC_b5DUo0
I KNOW WHAT I SAW, a documentary guaranteed to change the way we see the universe. Director, James Fox assembled the most credible UFO witnesses from around the world to testify at The National Press Club in Washington D.C.: Air Force Generals, astronauts, military and commercial pilots, government and FAA officials from seven countries tell stories that, as Governor Fife Symington from Arizona stated, "will challenge your reality". Their accounts reveal a behind-the-scenes U.S. operation whose policy is to confiscate and hoard substantiating evidence from close encounters to the extent that even Presidents have failed to get straight answers. I KNOW WHAT I SAW exposes reasons behind government secrecy from those involved at the highest level. Movie homepage: http://iknowwhatisawthemovie.com/ - Part 1 of movie at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLjDP576uXw - Other parts HERE - UFO and alien pictures/videos: http://www.wearenotalone.net/ - ufo ALIEN interview AREA51 majestic12 alien EBE-2 - PART 3 - Area 51 - Alien Footage - Center for Ancient Astronaut Research
Prehistoric UFO and ET images found in remote cave in India (February, 17 2010) IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE! http://www.archaeologydaily.com/news/201002173333/Prehistoric-UFO-and-ET-images-found-in-remote-cave-in-India.html
A group of anthropologists working with hill tribes in a remote area of India have made a startling discovery: Intricate prehistoric cave paintings depicting aliens and UFO type craft. The images were found in the Hoshangabad district of the state of Madhya Pradesh only 70 kilometers from the local administrative centre of Raisen. The caves are hidden deep within dense jungle. A clear image of what might be an alien or ET in a space suit can be seen in one cave painting along with a classical flying saucer shaped UFO that appears to be either beaming something down or beaming something up, in what might be an ancient UFO abduction scenario. A force-field or trail of some sort is seen at the rear of the UFO. Also visible is another object that might depict a wormhole, explaining how aliens were able to reach Earth. This image may lead UFO enthusiasts to conclude that the images might have been drawn with the involvement of aliens themselves. Local Archaeologist, Mr Wassim Khan, has personally seen the images. He claims that the objects and creatures seen in them are totally anomalous and out of character when compared to other, already discovered, examples of prehistoric cave art depicting ancient life in the area. As such he believes that they might suggest beings from other planets have been interacting with humans since prehistoric times: Adding weight to the 'ancient astronaut theory' which postulates that human civilization was established with the assistance of benevolent space-faring aliens.
A temple complex in Turkey that predates even the pyramids is rewriting the story of human evolution (February, 22 2010) http://www.archaeologydaily.com/news/201002223369/A-temple-complex-in-Turkey-that-predates-even-the-pyramids-is-rewriting-the-story-of-human-evolution.html
(...) Schmidt has uncovered a vast and beautiful temple complex, a structure so ancient that it may be the very first thing human beings ever built. The site isn't just old, it redefines old: the temple was built 11,500 years ago- a staggering 7,000 years before the Great Pyramid, and more than 6,000 years before Stonehenge first took shape. The ruins are so early that they predate villages, pottery, domesticated animals, and even agriculture - the first embers of civilization. In fact, Schmidt thinks the temple itself, built after the end of the last Ice Age by hunter-gatherers, became that ember- the spark that launched mankind toward farming, urban life, and all that followed.(...) After a dozen years of patient work, Schmidt has uncovered what he thinks is definitive proof that a huge ceremonial site flourished here, a "Rome of the Ice Age," as he puts it, where hunter-gatherers met to build a complex religious community. Across the hill, he has found carved and polished circles of stone, with terrazzo flooring and double benches. All the circles feature massive T-shaped pillars that evoke the monoliths of Easter Island.Though not as large as Stonehenge- the biggest circle is 30 yards across, the tallest pillars 17 feet high- the ruins are astonishing in number. Last year Schmidt found his third and fourth examples of the temples. Ground-penetrating radar indicates that another 15 to 20 such monumental ruins lie under the surface. Schmidt's German-Turkish team has also uncovered some 50 of the huge pillars, including two found in his most recent dig season that are not just the biggest yet, but, according to carbon dating, are the oldest monumental artworks in the world.The new discoveries are finally beginning to reshape the slow-moving consensus of archeology. Göbekli Tepe is "unbelievably big and amazing, at a ridiculously early date," according to Ian Hodder, director of Stanford's archeology program. Enthusing over the "huge great stones and fantastic, highly refined art" at Göbekli, Hodder- who has spent decades on rival Neolithic sites- says: "Many people think that it changes everything& It overturns the whole apple cart. All our theories were wrong."Schmidt's thesis is simple and bold: it was the urge to worship that brought mankind together in the very first urban conglomerations. The need to build and maintain this temple, he says, drove the builders to seek stable food sources, like grains and animals that could be domesticated, and then to settle down to guard their new way of life. The temple begat the city. CLIP
Tuning in Part 1 - Documentary on Channelers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNsh4IPs2mc Tuning in Official website with a trailer - TUNING IN is a truly unique feature-length spiritual documentary, the result of 10 years of inquiry into the phenomenon of spirit channeling by filmmaker David Thomas. Channeling is a practice dating back to antiquity wherein an individual, usually in a trance state, makes a psychic connection with a spirit being. The "channeler" is then able to act as a dimensional go-between in bringing other humans in contact with the entity, as well as interpreting messages from the entity. For the very first time, six of America's prominent channelers are featured in the same film in order to gain insight into the phenomenon, as well as the information being received. They are Lee Carroll--channel for Kryon, John Cali--channel for Chief Joseph, Shawn Randall--channel for Torah, Darryl Anka--channel for Bashar, Geoffrey Hoppe--channel for Tobias and Wendy Kennedy--channel for the Pleiadian Collective. The entities coming througheach with a strong and distinct personalitywere interviewed at length by the filmmaker and the result is remarkable: across space and time it appears the entities are speaking as one, delivering a clear and profound message of empowerment for humankind. You will find the 9 other parts HERE
ABSORBING ORBS by Daniel Pinchbeck http://www.australianparanormalsociety.com/news/?p=285
This summer, I visited Glastonbury, the New Age epicenter of England, to speak at a Great Mysteries conference about orbs. Orbs are best known as those mysterious balls of light that have appeared on digital photographs for the last fifteen years, though some claim they can see them with the naked eye as well. Orbs have spawned an enthusiastic subculture of people who believe the blobby wisps are not dust particles or lens anomalies, but angels, spirits, other-dimensional beings and so on. Although I am now an accredited orbs expert, I remain agnostic on the subject. In this area, one encounters the same difficulties in establishing a methodology as one does with other phenomena that float on the outer edge of cultural possibility, such as UFOs, crop circles, occult conspiracies, miraculous appearances of the Virgin and so on.The Orbs Conference offered an eccentric collection of testimonies, channeling, scientific research and slide shows. My favorite take on the orbs came from William Bloom, a local mystic, who claims he has telepathic chats with the spheres. The orbs told him they work like a cloud or a flock, and visit us to support group consciousness. According to the orbs, As we touch your individual psyches you begin consciously to experience yourselves as intimately connected with all other life forms on this planet and throughout the cosmos. (...) Although I do not pretend to have certainty in this area, I find the theories of the Dr. Alexey Dmitriev, a Russian scientist, to be highly intriguing. Dr. Dmitriev believes that our entire solar system is undergoing a phase transition, entering a region of the galaxy saturated with more intense cosmic energies. He has documented changes on other planets and moons around our solar system, some of which are developing atmospheres or experiencing polar reversals. One way this phase-transition is manifesting on earth is in increasing vacuum domains such as tornadoes, which are occurring with greater frequency. The orbs might be linked to this transition to a higher-energy state, as plasma-based vacuum domains that appear for an instant before spinning away. Plasma is the most unstable form of matter, and could be responsive to psychic energy the orbs seem drawn, if not produced, by conscious intent. In photographs, they appear with greater frequency and in greater numbers at celebrations, group meditations, weddings and so on. CLIP - According to this Wikipedia entry, it is purely an optical phenomenon...
Hands glow in the dark (7 September 2005) http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1455010.htm
Human hands glow, but fingernails release the most light, according to a recent study that finds all parts of the hand emit photons. The findings support earlier research that suggests most living things, including plants, release light. Since disease and illness appear to affect the strength and pattern of the glow, scientists say the discovery might lead to less-invasive ways of diagnosing patients. Dr Mitsuo Hiramatsu, a scientist at the Central Research Laboratory at Hamamatsu Photonics in Japan, who led the research, says hands are not the only parts of the body that shine light by releasing photons, or tiny, energised packets of light. "Not only the hands, but also the forehead and bottoms of our feet emit photons," Hiramatsu says. In terms of hands "the presence of photons means that our hands are producing light all of the time", he adds. The light is invisible to the naked eye, so Hiramatsu and his team use a powerful photon counter to detect it. Fingernails release 60 photons, fingers release 40 and the palms are the dimmest of all, with 20 photons measured. (...) Professor Fritz-Albert Popp, an expert on biologically related photons at the International Institute of Biophysics in Germany, agrees with the findings and is not surprised by them."One may find clear correlations to kind and degree [type and severity] of diseases," he says. Popp and his team believe the light from the forehead and the hands pulses with the same basic rhythms, but that these pulses become irregular in unhealthy people. A study he conducted on a muscular sclerosis patient seemed to validate the theory. Both he and Hiramatsu hope future studies will reveal more about human photon emissions, which could lead to medical diagnosis applications.
All humans are 'aliens from outer space', scientist claims (1 Mar 2010) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7136269/All-humans-are-aliens-from-outer-space-scientist-claims.html
Prof Chandra Wickramasinghe, of Cardiff University, said new research "overwhelmingly" supported the view that human life started from outside our Earth. The Astrobiologist said the first "seeds of life" were deposited on our plant from space 3,800 million years ago. He claimed microbes from outer space arrived on earth from comets, which then "multiplied and seeded" to form human life. His said his evidence, published in Cambridge University's International Journal of Astrobiology, showed humans, and all life on Earth, came from aliens brought to the earth by comets hitting the planet. "Yes, we are all aliens we share a cosmic ancestry," Prof Wickramasinghe said. "Each time a new planetary system forms a few surviving microbes find their way into comets. "These then multiply and seed other planets." He added: ""We are thus part of a connected chain that extends over a large volume of the cosmos. Evidence is pointing inexorably in this direction." Prof Wickramasinghe believes life is transferred from planet to planet over billions of years. He believes comets hit planets and pushed living matter out into space. He said some survived and got transferred to new planets over a timescale of millions and millions of years. But he accepts this model still does not explain how life actually began in the first place. The professor and his late colleague Sir Fred Hoyle championed the so-cllaed "panspermia" theory from the 1960s. "Evidence from astronomy overwhelmingly supports the view that life did not start on Earth but was seeded from outside," Prof Wickramasinghe said. "Although we have no definite knowledge how life started in the first place, once started its spread in the cosmos and survival is inevitable. "As we enter a new decade the year 2010 a clear pronouncement of our likely alien ancestry and of the existence of extraterrestrial life on a cosmic scale."
EXPLOSIVE NEWS (22 Feb 2010) Washington Times picks up Architects and Engineers for 9/11 truth http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/22/inside-the-beltway-70128635/
A lingering technical question about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still haunts some, and it has political implications: How did 200,000 tons of steel disintegrate and drop in 11 seconds? A thousand architects and engineers want to know, and are calling on Congress to order a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center. "In order to bring down this kind of mass in such a short period of time, the material must have been artificially, exploded outwards," says Richard Gage, a San Francisco architect and founder of the nonprofit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.Mr. Gage, who is a member of the American Institute of Architects, managed to persuade more than 1,000 of his peers to sign a new petition requesting a formal inquiry. "The official Federal Emergency Management [Agency] and National Institute of Standards and Technology reports provide insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers' destruction. We are therefore calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials," Mr. Gage adds. The technical issues surrounding the collapse of the towers has prompted years of debate, rebuttal and ridicule.He is particularly disturbed by Building 7, a 47-story skyscraper, which was not hit by an aircraft, yet came down in "pure free-fall acceleration." He also says that more than 100 first-responders reported explosions and flashes as the towers were falling and cited evidence of "multi-ton steel sections ejected laterally 600 ft. at 60 mph" and the "mid-air pulverization of 90,000 tons of concrete & metal decking."There is also evidence of "advanced explosive nano-thermitic composite material found in the World Trade Center dust," Mr. Gage says. The group's petition at http://www.ae911truth.org is already on its way to members of Congress."Government officials will be notified that 'Misprision of Treason,' U.S. Code 18 (Sec. 2382), is a serious federal offense, which requires those with evidence of treason to act," Mr. Gage says. "The implications are enormous and may have profound impact on the forthcoming Khalid Shaikh Mohammed trial." Stay tuned for more in this space.
'Netanyahu authorized Dubai assassination' (21 Feb 2010) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=119118§ionid=351020202
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly authorized the assassination of senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh early January in Tel Aviv. According to a report published by Times Online Netanyahu held a meeting with Mossad chief Meir Dagan in early January inside the briefing room of the headquarters of the spy agency where "some members of a hit squad" were also present. Citing Mossad sources, the report said "as the man who gives final authorization for such operations, Netanyahu was briefed on plans to kill Mahmoud al-Mabhouh." Sources said Mossad had received intelligence that the Hamas commander was planning a Dubai trip and they started preparing for an operation to assassinate him. "The team had already rehearsed, using a hotel in Tel Aviv as a training ground without alerting its owners," according to the report. Thanks to Dubai's extensive system of CCTV cameras, the work of the assassination team was revealed. Dubai police released the identities of 11 people carrying European passports, including six Britons, three Irish and two French and German, who allegedly were Mossad agents carrying fake European documents. Interpol has issued "red notices" for the 11 suspects to help find and arrest them anywhere in its 188 member countries. Dubai police also threatened earlier to arrest Netanyahu, if it determined that Mossad was behind the assassination.
More details emerge on assassination of Hamas leader in Dubai (1 March 2010) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/mar2010/duba-m01.shtml
More details are emerging on the murder of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was killed in Dubai on January 20 in what is widely thought to be an Israeli security service operation.Dubai Police Chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim claims to be 99 percent, if not 100 percent certain that Mossad, the Israeli secret service organisation, was responsible for the assassination.The authorities in Dubai have now identified 26 people whom they allege were involved in the assassination. They are said to have carried fake passports in the names of British, Irish, French, Australian and German citizens. It is reported that 12 British, six Irish, three French, one German and three Australian passports were used. Closed circuit television cameras have allowed the assassins movements to be traced through the airport and hotel as they made their way to Mabhouhs room. Phone calls to a number in Vienna have been tracked, and credit cards linked to what was clearly a highly organised team. Robert Baer, a former CIA operative, commented in the Wall Street Journal on the number of people involved: The truth is that Mr. Mabhouhs assassination was conducted according to the booka military operation in which the environment is completely controlled by the assassins. At least 25 people are needed to carry off something like this.Bruce Riedel, a former CIA agent who is now at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, told the BBC:This most likely was a Mossad operation. All the signaturesEuropean passports, the way the team moved quickly to leave the countrycumulatively paint a pretty convincing case. (...) Lieberman is fully aware that relations are continuing normally beneath the public protests. Miliband has happily accepted an invitation to attend a reception at the recently refurbished Israeli embassy in London. (...) The governments involved may express their shock and anger, but the practice is one of long standing. Their protests are strictly for the record.Whether or not the countries whose passports were used in the Dubai operation were warned in advance, they are well aware of Mossads record in these matters. The Israeli government has a well established practice of using assassination as a political weapon.Israel has always operated in close association with the US. This latest assassination was an integral part of the US campaign in the Middle East and beyond. Robert Baer, who was himself once accused of trying to assassinate Saddam Hussein, put the assassination of Mabhouh in an international context.He said, The CIA has fired an untold number of Hellfire missiles at Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives in the mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan In addition to the intended targets, thousands of other people have been killed. All those countries whose passports have been used in the murder of Mabhouh have been involved in the US-led war on terror and are therefore implicated in countless numbers of deaths.
The Dubai assassination and the war on terror (2 March 2010) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/mar2010/pers-m02.shtml
The reaction of governments around the world to the murder of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month underscores the extent to which basic precepts of international law have been torn up under the war on terror. As far as the US government and its allies are concerned, extra-judicial executions and so-called targeted killings now constitute a legitimate state activity and do not warrant comment, let alone condemnation.While the Israeli government has refused to confirm or deny any involvement, its intelligence agency, Mossad, is widely understood to be directly responsible for the Dubai operation. The Obama administration has maintained a strict silence over the affair, while the governments of Britain, Australia, France, Germany and Ireland have merely issued pro forma protests over the doctoring of their passports. None has condemned Mabhouhs murder.The assassination was a cold-blooded operation, planned down to the last detail. According to Dubai police, 27 men and women were involved in the preparation which culminated in Mabhouh being injected with a muscle relaxant drug, succinylcholine, then suffocated with a pillow. The killers reportedly left behind medicine for high blood pressure in order to give the initial appearance of a natural death, hung a do not disturb card on their victims hotel room door and fled Dubai before the authorities were notified after Mabhouhs wife was unable to telephone her husband.Israel has a long record of tracking down and murdering its enemies around the world, and in the last decade has waged a systematic assassination campaign against the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.The more or less open acceptance by Washington and its allies of Mossads latest atrocity is because similar methods now form a central component of the war on terror. As well as being subject to indefinite detention without trial, rendition and torture, individuals identified as a threat to the security of the US state are routinely executed in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen. True to his campaign pledge to escalate US military operations in Pakistan and Central Asia, President Barack Obama has signed off on drone air bombings in the AfPak theatre which typically kill civilians in addition to the selected target. US troops, intelligence operatives, and their proxies on the ground also continue to hunt down and kill Iraqis and Afghans involved in armed resistance activities against the foreign occupation of their countries.It is now taken for granted in ruling circles internationally that the Central Intelligence Agency and allied intelligence agencies, including Mossad, have the right to act as judge, jury and executioner against those alleged to be involved in terrorist activities.
(...) It is testament to the debased political and moral character of the major parties and the media in the US, Europe and Australia that there has been no discussion on the far reaching implications of the Dubai assassination with regard to international law and democratic rights. To the extent that concerns have been raised, they are strictly tacticalthat perhaps the operation had drawn too much adverse publicity and that the Israeli government ought not to have forged passports belonging to its allies.Other commentators, however, openly celebrated the killing. It is an unfashionable thing to say, but I have a considerable admiration for the Israeli way of doing things, Melanie Reid of the London Times wrote on February 18. They want something, they get it. They perceive someone as their deadly enemy, they kill them. They get hit, they hit back. They dont waste time explaining or justifying or agonising; nor do they allow their detractors to enter their country and then afford them generous welfare payments. They just act. No messing. No scruples. Not even a shrug and a denial, just a rather magnificent refusal to debate anything.The assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh and the official international response must be taken as a grave warning. So-called targeted killings will be increasingly relied upon by governments internationally in the coming period, applying not merely to alleged terrorists but potentially to any individual who comes to be identified as a threat to the existing social and political order.
New Israeli Law Forbids Palestinians From Mourning Or Showing Signs Of Sadness !!!!!! (February 26, 2010) http://www.politicaltheatrics.net:80/2010/02/new-israeli-law-forbids-palestinians-from-mourning-or-showing-signs-of-sadness/
A new law in Israel makes it a crime to commemorate what Palestinians call the Nakba, the catastrophe of their dispossession by the creation of the Zionist state in 1948. The Knesset, Israels parliament, has passed The Nakba Draft Law after just one reading. Penalties will be imposed on anyone showing signs of sadness and mourning within the (undefined) borders of Israel on 15 May; Palestinians remember on that day the creation of the refugee crisis that remains after 62 years. Hebrew radio reported this week that the law is intended to stop people mourning on what is Israeli Independence Day; commemorative acts are, it is claimed, tantamount to denying the Jewish character of Israel [and] insulting the symbols of the state. The radio noted that the fines might amount up to three times the expenditure of commemorative programmes. According to one commentator, it is ironic that this law has been passed at a time when Israel is complaining about attempts to de-legitimise the Zionist state. Here is an example of Israels own de-legitimisation of the Palestinians, their land and their culture, he said. If you do not know about the Nakba I suggest the following links: 1. Al Nakba.Org 2. Nakba The Palestinian Catastrophe 3. To Those Who Deny The Nakba "The Nakba - an event that did not occur! Zionist identity was built from the beginning on a two-fold negation: it negates time and space of the Jews outside Zion, a 'negation of exile' which extends beyond the realm of religion, and it negates time and space of those indigenous to the territory of Zion. The latter is best defined by the well-known statement of Zionist leader Israel Zangvil about, "a people without land returning to a land without people." Attitudes of the leaders and architects of Zionism towards the indigenous inhabitants of 'Zion' were situated between their perception as (temporary) guards or holders of the land on one end, and their absolute non-existence as a relevant factor on the other extreme. In this aspect, Zionism resembles other colonialist projects."
Begin's grandson: 'Murderous blood flows in Israeli arteries' (February 13, 2010) MUST READ! http://www.paltelegraph.com/diaries/featured-articles/4146-begins-grandson-q
Palestine (Pal Telegraph) - "Murderous blood flows in Israeli arteries," says the grandson of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.Avindav Begin, who is also the son of the current Likud Knesset member Benny Begin, refuses to stand during the Israeli national anthem "Hatikva" and participates in protests against the Apartheid Wall. He does not see himself as a Jew or a Zionist and believes that his grandfather did not make real peace with Egypt. He also is not worried about being the target of rotten eggs after his inflammatory interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot.The newspaper said in a lengthy report: "(Avindav) Begin examines the psychological roots of the Jewish-Arab conflict in his new book 'End the Conflict,' which was published recently in both Hebrew and Arabic. He suggests a radical solution to spare all religious, national and ideological sectors, encouraging everyone to live together as human beings. Despite being brought up in a very nationalistic family, and perhaps for this reason, he did not agree with the theories of his father and grandfather. The newspaper asked him: Do you raise Israel's flag on its independence day?I do not raise any flag, either the flag of Israel or the flag of Palestine. Do you stand when they sing "Hatikva"? No, because it makes no sense in my view. Why do you live in Israel, then? My family, sisters and brothers and friends are here.How do you feel about the 700 people who were killed in the 1982 war that was initiated by Israel and led by your grandfather? There were actually 30,000 Lebanese and Palestinians killed, mostly unarmed people who cannot be compared with Israeli soldiers because the people did not fight at all. I think that there is no need for any war, including the War of Nov. 6, 1973. Do you think that the conflict will continue? I protest in Bil'in (in the West Bank) because I reside here, not in Kosovo, it is one hour from my house. I want to remove the wall and bring Arnit back to farm his field. (After reading an advertisement on the Internet, Begin joined a protest four years ago near the Apartheid Wall in Bil'in and established a close relationship with Wajeyh Arnit, a father of 10 children and a contractor who worked in Israel. His son Rani was paralyzed by a bullet fired by Israeli troops.) MANY SUPPORTIVE COMMENTS THERE!
Haiti president: Quake toll may hit 300,000 (22 Feb 2010) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=119205§ionid=351020706
Haitian President Rene Preval says the death toll from last month's disastrous earthquake could reach 300,000 once all the bodies are recovered. "You have seen the images; you are familiar with the pictures. More than 200,000 bodies were collected on the streets without counting those that are still under the rubble," Preval told a Sunday meeting of Latin American and Caribbean leaders in Mexico. "We could arrive at 300,000 deaths." The figure is the latest following a variety of numbers previously announced by different Haitian officials who put the death toll somewhere between 170,000 and 230,000. The latest casualty figures would make Haiti's 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12 even more devastating than the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, which left some 200,000 people dead. The regional summit held near the Mexican resort town of Playa del Carmen will focus on international aid for Haiti, the reconstruction of which, according to the Inter-American Development Bank, could cost as much as 14 billion dollars. On Sunday, the Haitian president called for emergency shelter as the most pressing need in the impoverished Caribbean nation, where some 1.5 million people are living in squalid tent camps made of bedsheets and plastic scraps, spread across the capital of Port-au-Prince. Poor sanitation and no access to latrines or clean water have raised concerns of disease outbreaks with the beginning of the rainy season in March. "The first rainy days in Port-au-Prince have made it impossible to enjoy a dignified life and this is the reason for the request for shelters," Preval said. He said his government did not need "to reconstruct, but rather to re-found the country," suggesting that donor states and organizations should decentralize away from Port-au-Prince, which suffered the heaviest damage. The president also called on Latin American countries to beef up investments in industry to help Haiti back on its feet and free itself from dependence on international aid.
Violent winter storm whips eastern Europe, killing over 50 ( 2010-03-01) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-03/01/c_13192321.htm
PARIS, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- The violent winter storm, dubbed as "Xynthia," has lashed most eastern European countries as of Sunday with heavy rain and strong gust, leaving over 50 deaths and massive devastation on its routes.Developed in the Atlantic off the Portuguese island Madeira, storm Xynthia landed on France's western coast late Saturday after causing three deaths in Spain, and went on to Germany via Belgium on Sunday afternoon.France, the worst hit country, recorded at least 45 victims and several disappearances, mainly in Vandee and Charente-Maritime, the two western coastal departments which registered the biggest toll.Most victims died from drowning or impacts from falling trees and buildings. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is going to visit the worst hit areas on Monday morning, the presidential office said.Over 500,000 households remained in the dark and power supply is not expected to resume at least three days later, said the national power company Electricity of France.Paris was also affected by the storm as the gust speeded up to over 100 km per hour in the day. Air France announced Sunday the cancellation of more than 100 flights at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle international airport as well as some delays and diversions.The state-run railway company SNCF also warned of massive delays on lines linking western districts. French Prime Minister Francois Fillon called the storm a "national disaster" after holding an emergency cabinet meeting coordinating rescue efforts in the wake of the storm.French Interior Minister Brice Hortfeux said hundreds of soldiers and thousands of firefighters have been mobilized to help residents in the western districts besieged by floods with drainage operations.French state meteorologists have warned that Xynthia was the strongest storm since 1999, when 90 people died. CLIP
Climate Change's Secret Weapon (February 24, 2010)
THE CROOKED NATIONS OF THE WORLD ARE IN CAHOOT WITH THE ILLEGITIMATE HOLDERS OF LOTS OF DIRTY, ILLICIT MONEY, WHICH JUST ADDS UP TO THE PROBLEMS OF THIS PLANET. http://www.fpif.org/articles/climate_changes_secret_weapon
The sad irony, however, is that despite producing little in the way of carbon emissions, both island nations may have contributed to their own demise. After all, the Seychelles and the Maldives share the same secret underpinning to their respective economies. More than 50 percent of AOSIS members are secrecy jurisdictions, misleadingly labeled as offshore centers and tax havens. These economies characterized by opaque legal and financial services ensuring little or no disclosure, high levels of client confidentiality, and few requirements for substantial economic activity are recipients of illicit capital. These laundered profits have been siphoned from resource-rich but artificially impoverished developing nations.Such island hubs act as key facilitators of the network by providing offshore financial services, remotely controlled from onshore head offices such as the City of London. Mobile units of lawyers, bankers, and accountants serve as the intermediaries between white-gloved multinationals and black-gloved political elites. The money that could otherwise go toward reducing the carbon footprint of multinationals and funding sustainable development in developing countries is instead sunk in island accounts. And that money may well end up sinking the islands themselves. Islands of Money Presently, almost $13 trillion in secrecy-protected wealth is held offshore and out of reach. If moderately taxed, these funds would yield over $250 billion. Such funds could more than finance the Millennium Development Goals, which are estimated by the World Bank at $40-$60 billion annually through 2015. They could also go toward the adaption and mitigation funds needed by developing and emerging nations, which the UN puts at $4-86 billion annually.But the recovery of this illicit capital will be difficult. The islands that host these accounts are dependent on this revenue. The economy of the Seychelles is dependent on the financial sector for 11 percent of its GDP. This puts the Seychelles not far behind the notorious Cayman Islands, the worlds fifth largest financial center, where financial services account for 14 percent of GDP. Switzerland, which launders one-third of all illicit capital, depends on financial services for 15 percent of its GDP. CLIP
Econonomic downturn: Bernanke says Fed will not print more money (March 1, 2010) http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/288305
As the U.S. economy continues its downward spiral, Chairman Ben Bernanke sais that the United States could face a crisis rivaling that of Greece, and that the Fed has no intention of printing out more money to resolve it. At a House Budget Committee meeting last Wednesday, second term Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke said that the Fed will "not print money" to pay for United States burgeoning debt. He said that the U.S. could shortly be facing a crisis like the one in Greece, as the United States will soon be hit with higher interest rates. Mr. Bernanke made the Fed's stance on the issue perfectly clear : "We're not going to monetize the debt," he said. (...) Expect an increase in job losses and home and business foreclosures, as the dollar creation halts in order to stabilize the runaway deficit. The economy is not just turning downward, if something is not done soon, it will completely collapse and the financial leaders of this country are showing increasing concern over this. CHECK also US senator warns of financial meltdown risk
Unsustainable Deficits and Bond Boycotts: Panic at the Fed or Back to Financial Normalcy? (February 24, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17788
The decision of the US Federal Reserve to raise its key interest rate was definitely not a sign of confidence in the US economic recovery or a signal that Fed policy is slowly returning to normal as claimed. It was rather a signal of panic over the weakness in US Government bond markets, the heart of the dollar financial system. Financial markets have reacted with jubilation, by buying dollars and selling Euros, at the decision by the Fed to raise rates for the first time since 2006 for its so-called Discount Rate, going from 0.5% to 0.75%. The Discount Rate is the interest rate charged for banks to borrow from the central bank. At the same time the Fed left its more important short-term Fed Funds rate unchanged and historically low -- between 0.0% and 0.25%. In its official statement the Board of Governors said the rate move was intended to push private banks back into the private inter-bank borrowing market and away from reliance on Federal Reserve subsidized money which had been provided since the financial crisis began in August 2007. The decision, in plain words, was framed so as to give the impression of a return to business as usual. At the same time, financial players like George Soros continue to speak openly about the fundamental weakness of the Euro. This has the effect of taking speculative pressure away from fundamentally worse economic and financial fundamentals within the dollar zone at the expense of the Euro. The reality is that the dollar world is anything but returning to normal. Unsustainable deficits - The conservative President of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, Thomas Hoenig recently warned in a little-reported speech that if the size of the Federal Budget deficit is not dramatically and urgently reduced, public debt will soon look like that of Italy or Greece, exceeding 100% of GDP. In a recent speech Hoenig noted, The fiscal projections for the United States are so stunning that, one way or another, reform will occur. Fiscal policy is on an unsustainable course. The US government must make adjustments in its spending and tax programs. It is that simple. If pre-emptive corrective action is not taken regarding the fiscal outlook, then the United States risks precipitating its own next crisis . Translated into laymens language, that means savage cuts in Government spending at a time when real unemployment is running in the range of an unofficial 23% of the workforce, and the states are struggling to cut their own spending, as Federal dollars disappear. In brief, the United States economy, though no one is willing to say so, is caught in a Third World-style debt trap. If the Government cuts the deficit, the economy sinks deeper into depression. But if it continues to print money and sell debt, buyers of US Treasury debt will at a certain point refuse to buy, meaning US interest rates could be forced severely high in the midst of depression conditionsequally catastrophic to the economy. CLIP
Greece to Make All Large Cash Transactions Illegal (February 16, 2010) http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/The-Daily-Reckoning/2010/0216/Greece-to-Make-All-Large-Cash-Transactions-Illegal
Embroiled in its debt crisis and looking for any avenue to bolster tax receipts [Greece] has done the unthinkable it has made [cash, in euros] illegal for transactions over 1,500 euros. Of course, larger credit- or debit-based electronic transactions over 1,500 will still be denominated in euros. However, electronic transactions clearly require infrastructure and limit personal freedom. From Reuters: From 1. Jan. 2011, every transaction above 1,500 euros between natural persons and businesses, or between businesses, will not be considered legal if it is done in cash. Transactions will have to be done through debit or credit cards. It seems wrong for the Greek state to dictate how cash euros can be used. In fact, its surprising that the EU-endorsed plan would allow Greece to control euro usage at that level. Despite the fact that the reform bill is a piece of an approved EU plan to help improve Greek tax revenue and reduce deficit, it seems to go too far in curtailing personal liberty. How much is a government willing to punish its own citizens for using too much of their own legal tender in an otherwise legal transaction? Note from Fred Burks: What gives any government the right to limit cash transactions? And why is the EU approving this unusual measure? Could this be part of a hidden agenda to push the public towards a cashless society?
Understanding the Nature of the Global Economic Crisis (February 22, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17736
The people have been lulled into a false sense of safety under the rouse of a perceived economic recovery. Unfortunately, what the majority of people think does not make it so, especially when the people making the key decisions think and act to the contrary. The sovereign debt crises that have been unfolding in the past couple years and more recently in Greece, are canaries in the coal mine for the rest of Western civilization. The crisis threatens to spread to Spain, Portugal and Ireland; like dominoes, one country after another will collapse into a debt and currency crisis, all the way to America. In October 2008, the mainstream media and politicians of the Western world were warning of an impending depression if actions were not taken to quickly prevent this. The problem was that this crisis had been a long-time coming, and what's worse, is that the actions governments took did not address any of the core, systemic issues and problems with the global economy; they merely set out to save the banking industry from collapse. To do this, governments around the world implemented massive 'stimulus' and 'bailout' packages, plunging their countries deeper into debt to save the banks from themselves, while charging it to people of the world. Then an uproar of stock market speculation followed, as money was pumped into the stocks, but not the real economy. This recovery has been nothing but a complete and utter illusion, and within the next two years, the illusion will likely come to a complete collapse. The governments gave the banks a blank check, charged it to the public, and now it's time to pay; through drastic tax increases, social spending cuts, privatization of state industries and services, dismantling of any protective tariffs and trade regulations, and raising interest rates. The effect that this will have is to rapidly accelerate, both in the speed and volume, the unemployment rate, globally. The stock market would crash to record lows, where governments would be forced to freeze them altogether. When the crisis is over, the middle classes of the western world will have been liquidated of their economic, political and social status. The global economy will have gone through the greatest consolidation of industry and banking in world history leading to a system in which only a few corporations and banks control the global economy and its resources; governments will have lost that right. The people of the western world will be treated by the financial oligarchs as they have treated the global South and in particular, Africa; they will remove our social structures and foundations so that we become entirely subservient to their dominance over the economic and political structures of our society. This is where we stand today, and is the road on which we travel. The western world has been plundered into poverty, a process long underway, but with the unfolding of the crisis, will be rapidly accelerated. As our societies collapse in on themselves, the governments will protect the banks and multinationals. When the people go out into the streets, as they invariably do and will, the government will not come to their aid, but will come with police and military forces to crush the protests and oppress the people. The social foundations will collapse with the economy, and the state will clamp down to prevent the people from constructing a new one. CLIP
Head of IMF Proposes New Reserve Currency (February 26, 2010) http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=9958995
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, suggested Friday the organization might one day be called on to provide countries with a global reserve currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar. CLIP More on this HERE
The Century of Famine (02 March 2010) http://culturechange.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=610&Itemid=1
Humanity has struggled to survive through the millennia in terms of balancing population size with food supply. The same is true now, but population numbers have been soaring for over a century. The limiting factor has been hidden, but this factor -- oil and natural gas, or petroleum -- is close to or beyond its peak extraction. Without ample, free-flowing petroleum, it will not be possible to support a population of several billion for long.Famine caused by petroleum supply failure alone will result in about 2.5 billion above-normal deaths before the year 2050; lost and averted births will amount to roughly an equal number.In terms of its effects on daily human life, the most significant aspect of fossil-fuel depletion will be the lack of food. Peak oil is basically peak food. Modern agriculture is highly dependent on fossil fuels for fertilizers (the Haber-Bosch process combines natural gas with atmospheric nitrogen to produce nitrogen fertilizer), pesticides, and the operation of machines for irrigation, harvesting, processing, and transportation.Without fossil fuels, modern methods of food production will disappear, and crop yields will be far less than at present. Crop yields are far lower in societies that do not have fossil fuels or modern machinery. We should therefore have no illusions that several billion humans can be fed by organic gardening or anything else of that nature.The Green Revolution involved, among other things, the development of higher-yielding crops. These new varieties, however, could be grown only with large inputs of fertilizer and pesticides, all of which required fossil fuels. In essence, the Green Revolution was little more than the invention of a way to turn petroleum into food.Over the next few decades, therefore, there will be famine on a scale many times larger than ever before in human history. It is possible, of course, that warfare and plague will take their toll to a large extent before famine claims its victims. The distinctions, in any case, can never be absolute: often war + drought = famine , especially in sub-Saharan Africa, but there are several other combinations of factors. CLIP
Russia tests world's most powerful bomb (Sept 12, 2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2FGA3Z-oYM
The Russian military says it has successfully tested the world's most powerful non-nuclear bomb. The device is said to be as potent as an atomic explosion, but without radioactive fallout. Until now, the U.S. had the most powerful vacuum bomb, which was tested in 2003.
Russia announces new nuclear doctrine (February 6, 2010) http://news.oneindia.in/2010/02/06/russia-announces-new-nuclear-doctrine.html
Moscow, Feb 6: In subtle warning against China and NATO, Russia has unveiled its new nuclear doctrine, under which the nation has the right to retaliate with nuclear weapons.Buzz up!"Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction against it and its allies, as well as an aggression against the Russian Federation with the use of conventional weapons jeopardizing the very existence of the state," a military doctrine signed by President Dmitry Medvedev said.Sources said that the lowering the thresh hold for the use of nuke weapons, can be seen as a veiled theat to China.In a news agency report, a retired three-star Soviet general, who cited anonymity said that the concept of a conventional war with its 'great Asian neighbour' was virtually given up by Russia after the 1968 border conflict, which was also publicly declared in the new doctrine.The nation has also identified, expansion of NATO near its boundaries, deployment of missile shield elements on the perimeter of its land and maritime borders, international terrorism, proliferation of WMD and growing number of nuclear powers as a threat to internal security.
TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/02/17/tsa.hands.swabbing/index.html
Another stupid waste of time and money! To avoid being detected, real terrorists (including CIA black-op operatives) will simply need to make sure they wear surgical gloves before touching anything that could be potentially incriminating.
Full-Body Scanners to Fry Travelers With Radiation (December 31, 2009) http://www.prisonplanet.com/full-body-scanners-to-fry-travelers-with-radiation.html
(...) A leading U.S. expert on the biological effects of X-radiation is Dr. John Gofman, Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gofmans exhaustive research leads him to conclude that there is NO SAFE DOSE-LEVEL of ionizing radiation. His studies indicate that radiation from medical diagnostics and treatment is a causal co-factor in 50 percent of Americas cancers and 60 percent of our ischemic (blood flow blockage) heart disease. He stresses that the frequency with which Americans are medically X-rayed makes for a significant radiological impact.This highly credentialed nuclear physicist states: The fact, that X-ray doses are so seldom measured, reflects the false assumption that doses do not matter [but] they do matter enormously. And each bit of additional dose matters, because any X-ray photon may be the one which sets in motion the high-speed, high energy electron which causes a carcinogenic or atherogenic [smooth muscle] mutation. Such mutations rarely disappear. The higher their accumulated number in a population, the higher will be the populations mortality rates from radiation-induced cancer and ischemic heart disease.A report in the British medical journal Lancet noted that after breast mammograms were introduced in 1983, the incidence of ductal carcinoma (12 percent of breast cancer) increased by 328 percent, of which 200 percent was due to the use of mammography itself. A Lawrence Berkeley National Lab study has demonstrated that breast tissue is extremely susceptible to radiation-induced cancer, confirming warnings by numerous experts that mammograms can initiate the very cancers they may later identify. Dr. Gofman believes that medical radiation is a co-factor in 75 percent of breast cancer cases. So why would girls and women want their breast tissues irradiated every time they take a commercial flight? CLIP
Obama signs one-year extension of Patriot Act (Feb 27, 2010) http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gmao3Tg9nvBQeAOMAVzmeZkrmAoAD9E4QD501
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the nation's main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act.Provisions in the measure would have expired on Sunday without Obama's signature Saturday.The act, which was adopted in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, expands the government's ability to monitor Americans in the name of national security.Three sections of the Patriot Act that stay in force will: - Authorize court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones. - Allow court-approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations. - Permit surveillance against a so-called lone wolf, a non-U.S. citizen engaged in terrorism who may not be part of a recognized terrorist group.Obama's signature comes after the House voted 315 to 97 Thursday to extend the measure.The Senate also approved the measure, with privacy protections cast aside when Senate Democrats lacked the necessary 60-vote supermajority to pass them. Thrown away were restrictions and greater scrutiny on the government's authority to spy on Americans and seize their records.
Constitution Project Disappointed by Missed Opportunity to Reform Patriot Act, But Optimistic for Next Year's Reevaluation (February 26) http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/02/26-0
(...) "These expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and its national security letter authority are overly broad and lack the necessary safeguards to preserve and protect individual liberties and freedoms," said Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior counsel with the Constitution Project. "Congress missed a prime opportunity, with the December 2009 sunsets, to reevaluate and correct those authorities of the Patriot Act that have proven to authorize violations of Americans' rights. Despite our disappointment with an additional extension, we are looking forward to Congress revisiting these important issues next fall, in advance of the new deadline."Last September, the Constitution Project's Liberty and Security Committee spoke out on the issue of Patriot Act reform, issuing a Statement on Reforming the Patriot Act. The Statement, signed by a diverse group of 26 policy experts from across the political spectrum, advocated for significant reform to the three sunsetting sections: the business/library records, lone wolf, and roving wiretaps provisions. It also stated that Congress should take this opportunity to revisit and reform the National Security Letter (NSL) authority expanded by the Patriot Act, whose abuse has been documented by the Justice Department's Inspector General, as well as the Act's provision allowing deportation and denial of visas based on individuals' political views. To view a copy of the Statement of Reforming the Patriot Act, go to: http://www.constitutionproject.org/manage/file/340.pdf
Author Shane Harris on The Watchers: The Rise of Americas Surveillance State (50 min video - February 25, 2010) http://www.democracynow.org/2010/2/25/author_shane_harris_on_the_watchers
For his new book, The Watchers: The Rise of Americas Surveillance State, National Journal correspondent Shane Harris spoke to the key architects of the US governments surveillance programs over the past quarter-century and tells the story of how spying on US citizens has become both easier and legal and is now the cornerstone of the Obama administrations national security strategy. But Harris argues that while this strategy has made it simpler for the US government to spy on every American and millions of others around the world, it is much harder to identify actual dangers.
US government rescinds 'leave internet alone' policy (27th February 2010) http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/27/internet_3_dot_0_policy/
The US governments policy of leaving the Internet alone is over, according to Obamas top official at the Department of Commerce. Instead, an Internet Policy 3.0 approach will see policy discussions between government agencies, foreign governments, and key Internet constituencies, according to Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling, with those discussions covering issues such as privacy, child protection, cybersecurity, copyright protection, and Internet governance. The outcomes of such discussions will be flexible but may result in recommendations for legislation or regulation, Strickling said in a speech at the Media Institute in Washington this week. The new approach is a far cry from a US government that consciously decided not to intrude into the internets functioning and growth and in so doing allowed an academic network to turn into a global communications phenomenon. (...) The decision to effectively end the policy that made the internet what it is today is part of a wider global trend of governments looking to impose rules on use of the network by its citizens.In the UK, the Digital Economy Bill currently making its way through Parliament has been the subject of significant controversy for advocating strict rules on copyright infringement and threatening to ban people from the internet if they are found to do so. The bill includes a wide variety of other measures, including giving regulator Ofcom a wider remit, forcing ISPs to monitor their customers behavior, and allowing the government to take over the dot-uk registry. In New Zealand, a similar measure to the UKs cut-off provision has been proposed by revising the Copyright Act to allow a tribunal to fine those found guilty of infringing copyright online as well as suspend their Internet accounts for up to six months. And in Italy this week, three Google executives were sentenced to jail for allowing a video that was subsequently pulled down to be posted onto its YouTube video site. Internationally, the Internet Governance Forum set up by under a United Nations banner to deal with global governance issues is due to end its experimental run this year and become an acknowledged institution. However, there are signs that governments are increasingly dominating the IGF, with civil society and the Internet community sidelined in the decision-making process. CLIP
Cybersecurity bill to give president new emergency powers (02/26/10) http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/83961-forthcoming-cybersecurity-bill-to-give-president-new-powers-in-cyberattack-emergencie
The president would have the power to safeguard essential federal and private Web resources under draft Senate cybersecurity legislation. According to an aide familiar with the proposal, the bill includes a mandate for federal agencies to prepare emergency response plans in the event of a massive, nationwide cyberattack.The president would then have the ability to initiate those network contingency plans to ensure key federal or private services did not go offline during a cyberattack of unprecedented scope, the aide said. (...) When early reports predicted the cybersecurity measure would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency," online privacy groups said they felt that would endow the White House with overly ambiguous and far-reaching powers to regulate the Internet.The bill will still contain most of those powers, and a "vast majority" of its other components "remain unchanged," an aide with knowledge of the legislation told The Hill. But both the aide and a handful of tech insiders who support the bill have nonetheless tried to dampen skeptics' concerns, reminding them the president already has vast albeit lesser-known powers to regulate the Internet during emergencies. CLIP
Cybersecurity Bill To Give President More Power Over The Internet (01-03-2010) http://www.proudprofiteer.com/2010/03/cybersecurity-bill-to-give-president-more-power-over-the-internet-2/
While our government constantly preaches to the Chinese government about freedom of the internet, they are quietly attempting to get control of it themselves. The president would have the power to safeguard essential federal and private Web resources under draft Senate cybersecurity legislation. Federal is fine, but what gives the president power over private Web resources? This is how they sneak in the ability to take over the internet as a whole. Essential federal and private Web resources pretty much covers everything. CLIP
The Last Thing We Need is More Money for Prisons, But That Is What Obama Wants (February 24, 2010) http://www.alternet.org/rights/145791/the_last_thing_we_need_is_more_money_for_prisons%2C_but_that_is_what_obama_wants?page=entire
At the same time the Obama administration is talking about a dramatic "spending freeze" on any and all projects unrelated to war-making, it is quietly increasing the federal budget for even more prisons.On February 1, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the administration would request $2.9 billion for the Department of Justice 2011 budget -- "a 5.4 percent increase in budget authority," according to the DOJ. Approximately $527.5 million would go to the federal Bureau of Prisons, a chunk of which would provide bed space to house prisoners currently at Guantanamo Bay (and ostensibly slated for transfer to the supermax prison in Thomson, IL). "We have an obligation to protect our country in smart, reliable ways at every level," Holder said, invoking both the "fight against global terrorism" as well as the need to enforce "civil rights and the rule of law." Smart and reliable, however, aren't words many Americans would use to describe our existing prison system, which has grown so rapidly and reached such epic proportions that serious efforts are underway across U.S. states to slash their prison populations out of sheer necessity. Once seen as too politically risky, prison reform is catching on, with more and more local politicians recognizing that locking people up at a rampant pace is untenable and counterproductive. (After all, as James Ridgeway points out at MotherJones: Keep in mind that federal spending on prisons is dwarfed by state spending. While the BOPs budget is over $6 billion, the United States as a whole currently spends about $68 billion a year on corrections, mostly at the state level.) Yet, the Obama administration appears committed to continuing the very same policies that have fueled the prison crisis, and which states are attempting to reform. Last week the D.C.-based Justice Policy Institute issued a fact sheet describing its new DOJ budget in bleak terms. The report, "More Policing, Prisons, and Punitive Policies," warns that the "funding pattern" represented by Obama's budget "will likely result in increased costs to states for incarceration that will outweigh the increased revenue for law enforcement, with marginal public safety benefits."
Rising prison population an undeclared national crisis (April 1, 2008) http://michigantoday.umich.edu/2008/apr/prison.php
Nearly a month after a published study on increasing U.S. prison population revealed more than 1 in 100 American adults are behind bars, two University of Michigan professors are aiming to elevate the public debate on prison reform.The timing, they say, should coincide with the intensely debated presidential campaign, where the growing prison population topic should be considered along with the economy and Iraq War. "This is an invisible subject," said U-M professor Buzz Alexander. "It's a crisis and no one is really talking about it."In late February, the Pew Center on the States reported that about 2.3 million people are incarcerated in state and federal prisons, and local jails. Last year, population grew by 25,000. After three decades of growth, prison population has tripled. The results, according to Alexander and U-M professor Jeffrey Morenoff, show an alarming and widening gap between the advantaged and disadvantaged."The current system is destroying the life-course of those incarcerated, and not providing them with ways to become part of the American economic and cultural fabric," said Alexander, professor of English and founder of the Prison Creative Arts Project which inspires inmates to express themselves through the arts. CLIP
California's Prison Crisis: Be Very Afraid (Aug. 14, 2009) http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1916427,00.html
The exact cause of the 11-hour riot that broke out Aug. 8 at the California Institution for Men in Chino, Calif., won't be known until an official investigation by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is completed. However, to some criminal-justice experts the violence that erupted at the facility, located about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, was an inevitable consequence of a state prison system long hobbled by massive overcrowding, program cuts and understaffed facilities. And given the state's ongoing budget woes with $1.2 billion in cuts mandated to the prison budget the situation is likely to only get worse.(...) "You can't build yourself out of this mess," says Jeanne Woodford, former warden at San Quentin and former head of the CDCR. "The state can't afford it." Apparently, California only accounted for the construction costs and never included the operating expenses. "So even if those places are built," says Woodford, "where will California get the money to staff them? We're broke. How the heck are we going to operate these prisons? Most prisons cost from $150 to $200 million a year to operate. There's just no money for it."I n addition to overcrowding, the state's corrections efforts are the nation's most expensive and one of the least effective. The state spends $10 billion annually, or $49,000 per inmate for a year in custody, according to statistics from the nonpartisan policy-advising group Legislative Analyst's Office. Yet, California's recidivism rate is 70%, one of the worst in the country. CLIP
Can Obama Assassinate Americans? by Nat Hentoff (February 25, 2010) http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=11259
On September 14 in Somalia, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a long-sought link between al-Qaida and its East African allies, was in a vehicle bombed by a helicopter flying from an American ship off the Somali coast. As Karen DeYoung and Joby Warrick reported in a front-page Washington Post story -- "Under Obama, more targeted killings than captures in counterterrorism efforts" (Feb. 13) -- another U.S. helicopter "set down long enough for troops to scoop up enough of (Nabhan's) remains for DNA verification."That news story offered a telling consequence: "the opportunity to interrogate one of the most wanted U.S. terrorism targets was gone forever." And a senior military officer, careful not to give his name, lamented: "We wanted to take a prisoner. It was not a decision that we made. "That decision came from Obama, our commander in chief, who, as I've previously reported, has authorized in his first year more such assassinations than Bush and Cheney in their last years. The result, as the Washington Post noted, "has been dozens of targeted killings and no reports of high-value detentions." After all, there can be no fierce arguments about whether a charred corpse should be tried in a federal civilian court or by a military commission. Some American citizens, believed to be highly connected to al-Qaida or its affiliates, are also on these "hit" lists. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, pilotless U.S. drone planes have perpetrated these assassinations.Thanks to the First Amendment, an increasing number of these summary executions have been revealed in the Washington Post and on the Internet. The executive branch alone decides who shall die instantly. And there are no defense attorneys to raise objections, even when an American citizen is marked for oblivion. During a Feb. 3 hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair testified that the U.S. intelligence community, when dealing with direct terrorist threats to the United States, does "take direct action against terrorists" (Washington Post, Feb. 4). And "if we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that."Glenn Greenwald, a former constitutional lawyer turned news analyst, avoids euphemisms. "Special permissions" without judicial authorization, says Greenwald, amounts to "basically giving the president the power to impose death sentences on his own citizens without any charges or trial" (Salon.com, Feb. 4). Focusing on American targets, Ben Wizner, a staff attorney of the ACLU National Security Project, in a Feb. 4 press release emphasizes: "It is alarming to hear that the Obama administration is asserting that the president can authorize the assassination of Americans abroad, even if they are far from any battlefield and may have never taken up arms against the U.S., but have only been deemed to constitute an unspecified 'threat.' "I would add that if the threat has indeed been specified, the deceased target will have had no chance to test its accuracy. Is this America? CLIP CHECK ALSO by Nat Hentoff George W. Obama - Torture under Obama
CNN Poll: Majority says government a threat to citizens' rights (February 26th, 2010) http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/26/cnn-poll-majority-says-government-a-threat-to-citizens-rights/
Washington (CNN) A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll. Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree. The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken - though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what's broken can be fixed.
Impending Explosion: U.S. Intensifies Threats To Russia And Iran By Rick Rozoff (February 19, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17709
Washington and its NATO allies launched two of the three major wars in the world over the past eleven years in March - against Yugoslavia in 1999 and against Iraq in 2003. The war drums are being pounded anew and the world may be headed for a catastrophe far worse than those in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States, separately and through the military bloc it controls, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is accelerating military deployments and provocations throughout Eurasia and the Middle East. Embroiled with fellow NATO members in the largest-scale military offensive of the joint war in Afghanistan launched eight years ago last October and well on the way to both extending and replicating the Afghan aggression in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Washington and its allies are also taunting and threatening Russia as well as surrounding Iran with military forces and hardware preparatory to a potential attack on that nation. The rapid pace of the escalation - almost daily reports of missile shield expansion in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Persian Gulf and Turkey; heightened and progressively more bellicose words and actions directed against Iran - is occurring at a breakneck and almost dizzying speed, drawing in larger and larger tracts of Europe and Asia. CLIP
Climate change pledges by rich countries represent little new money (February 19, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0219-wri.html
Under the Copenhagen Accord signed in December, the world's richest countries pledged billions of dollars in climate finance to help fund adaptation and mitigation initiatives in poor and vulnerable countries. However a new analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI) finds that a relative small proportion of the money committed for such efforts is actually new. "The major findings from the analysis suggest that short-term pledges fall short of the US$30 billion promised by developed countries; only some EU member states have submitted long-term finance pledges and we have yet to see pledges from all developed countries," Jessica Forres of WRI wrote via email. By WRI's count, industrialized nations have to date pledged nearly $27 billion during the 2010-2012 period, but much of the money comes under earlier commitments and is not additional to existing official development assistance CLIP
STRANGE DAYS STRANGE SKIES - Essential complement to the Morgellons info in my last compilation http://imageevent.com/firesat/strangedaysstrangeskies?z=3&c=4&n=1&m=-1&w=4&x=0&p=14Tina
LIFE IN THE TIME OF CHEMTRAILS 1997-2009: YOU ARE NOW BREATHING ETHYLENE DIBROMIDE, VIRALLY MUTATED MOLDS, NANO-PARTICULATES OF ALUMINUM AND BARIUM AND CATIONIC POLYMER FIBERS WITH UNIDENTIFIED BIO-ACTIVE MATERIAL: "We the people have not been warned, advised or consulted but are certainly vulnerable to the outcomes." Lightwatcher.com "Biologic components have been reported in airborne samples that include: modified molds, desiccated red blood cells and exotic strains of bacteria" Additionally, award winning investigative reporter, Will Thomas, has reported findings of over 300 types of virally mutated fungi in the chemtrail fall out. The Idaho Observer has reported findings of 26 metals including barium, aluminum and uranium, a variety of infectious pathogens and chemicals and drugs including sedatives in chemtrail fallout. Dr. R. Michael Castle reports the finding of cationic polymer fibers. Dr Hildegarde Staninger and Dr. Rahim Karjoom have reported findings of tiny parasitic nematode eggs of some type encased in the fibers. Additionally Drs. Staninger and Karjoom and researcher Jan Smith have reported findings of self-replicating nano-machines and rivers of silicon running wild through the bodies of the Morgellons infected. Researcher Clifford Carnicom has reported finding chemtrails fibers & abnormal blood cells that are an exact match with the bizarre fibers & blood cells found in those suffering from Morgellons Disease. Welcome to the brave new world of toxic skies, weather control, mind control and population control through the use of chemtrails modulated with electromagnetic frequencies generated by HAARP. Our health is under attack as evidenced by the skyrocketing rates of chemtrail induced lung cancer, asthma and pulmonary/respiratory problems as well as the emergence of a bizarre and frightening new plague, Morgellons Disease, an infection with a previously unknown agent that appears to be a synthesis of a bio lab created pathogen combined with self-replicating nano-technology. Over 60,000 families in the U.S. are now infected with Morgellons. I am one of the infected. My health and the health of my family has already been drastically affected. There is a mainstream media blackout on this subject so the only way to get the word out is by word of mouth. Realized or not, people are already dying from chemtrail related illnesses. People are dying from Morgellons Disease. During this time of chemtrails a shocking drop in general life expectancy in the U.S. has occurred. This situation presents an immediate and serious threat to you, your family and loved ones. We must join together to stop this insane program of chemtrail spraying now. Some of you reading this may be in a position of influence and power to take significant action to bring chemtrails to a halt. Everyone can do something to help. Whatever your position or realm of influence please do whatever you can to bring an end to the aerosol spray program popularly known as Chemtrails. CLIP Toxic Skies Trailer Download Toxic Skies Movie - Go check the tons of revealing pictures there with stunningly shocking captions and MUCH MUCH MORE INFO such as...
THE EARTH BEFORE THE ERA OF CHEMTRAILS
This image showing a relatively pristine earth was taken during the Apollo Missions between 1969 and 1972. The earth floats like a beautiful blue and white jewel in space with no haze or luminosity covering it.Compare it with the next few images of earth taken during the era of chemtrails.
EARTH'S HAZY NEW LOOK
The entire global atmosphere has been polluted by the aerosol spray operations. So much so that the change is clearly visible in recent sat images. The earth is enveloped in a haze. It is also noteworthy that global warming has accelerated. Of course no mention of chemtrails is ever made officially in respect to global warming. However it is obvious from sat photos that the trillions and trillions of nano sized metal particulates have created a hazy blanket surrounding the globe. These particulates act to reflect back warmth & energy that would normally dissipate into outer space.
THE EARTH HAS STARTED TO GLOW
The Earth, as viewed from outer space has developed a striking new look. The Earth has started to glow. The chemtrail spray planes have saturated our global atmosphere with reflective metal particulates to such an extent that they have altered the actual appearance of the planet. The untold trillions and trillions of particles now floating in our atmosphere give off the glow of reflected sunlight, with the effect of veiling the world in a luminous mist. (NOTE: click on "NEXT" to continue into this series of evidence of a secret and massive geoengineering project to - amongst other things - artificially reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the planet's surface...)
Extinct animals are quickly forgotten: the baiji and shifting baselines (February 23, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0223-hance_shiftbaiji.html
In 2006 a survey in China to locate the endangered Yangtze River dolphin, known as the baiji, found no evidence of its survival. Despondent, researchers declared that the baiji was likely extinct. Four years later and the large charismatic marine mammal is not only 'likely extinct', but in danger of being forgotten, according to a surprising new study "Rapidly Shifting Baselines in Yangtze Fishing Communities and Local Memory of Extinct Species" in Conservation Biology. Lead author of the study, Dr. Samuel Turvey, was a member of the original expedition in 2006. He returned to the Yangtze in 2008 to interview locals about their knowledge of the baiji and other vanishing megafauna in the river, including the Chinese paddlefish, one of the world's largest freshwater fish. In these interviews Turvey and his team found clear evidence of 'shifting baselines': where humans lose track of even large changes to their environment, such as the loss of a top predator like the baiji. "'Shifting baseline syndrome' is a social phenomenon whereby communities can forget about changes to the state of the environment during the recent past, if older community members don't talk to younger people about different species or ecological conditions that used to occur in their local region," Turvey explains. "These shifts in community perception typically mean that the true level of human impact on the environment is underestimated, or even not appreciated at all, since the original environmental baseline has been forgotten." In other words, a community today may see an ecosystem as 'pristine' or 'complete', which their grandparents would view as hopelessly degraded. In turn what the current generation sees as a degraded environment, the next generation will see as 'natural'. The shifting baseline theory is relatively newfirst appearing in 1995and so it has not been widely examined in the field. CLIP MANY MORE environmental news through http://www.tropicalforestnetwork.org/news.html and feed://news.mongabay.com/news.xml">feed://news.mongabay.com/news.xml
Why is overfishing a problem http://overfishing.org/pages/why_is_overfishing_a_problem.php
In the first chapter we discussed already that globally fishing fleets are at least two to three times as large as needed to take present day catches of fish and other marine species. To explain why overfishing is a problem we first have to get an idea on the scale of the problem. This is best done by looking at some figures published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The FAO scientists publish a two yearly report (SOFIA) on the state of the world's fisheries and aquaculture. The report is generally rather conservative regarding the acknowledging of problems but does show the main issues. In general it can be stated that the SOFIA report is a number of years behind time of the real situation.- 52% of fish stocks are fully exploited - 20% are moderately exploited - 17% are overexploited - 7% are depleted - 1% is recovering from depletion. The above shows that over 25% of all the world's fish stocks are either overexploited or depleted. Another 52% is fully exploited, these are in imminent danger of overexploitation (maximum sustainable production level) and collapse. Thus a total of almost 80% of the world's fisheries are fully- to over-exploited, depleted, or in a state of collapse. Worldwide about 90% of the stocks of large predatory fish stocks are already gone. In the real world all this comes down to two serious problems.We are losing species as well as entire ecosystems. As a result the overall ecological unity of our oceans are under stress and at risk of collapse.We are in risk of losing a valuable food source many depend upon for social, economical or dietary reasons. (...) It's not only the fish that is affected by fishing. As we are fishing down the food web 3 the increasing effort needed to catch something of commercial value marine mammals, sharks, sea birds, and non commercially viable fish species in the web of marine biodiversity are overexploited, killed as bycatch and discarded (up to 80% of the catch for certain fisheries), and threatened by the industrialized fisheries. 4 Scientists agree that at current exploitation rates many important fish stocks will be removed from the system within 25 years. CLIP
World's coral reefs could disintegrate by 2100 (23 February 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/23/worlds-coral-reefs-disintegrate-2100
Researchers at Carnegie Institution say corals are being overwhelmed by rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere -- The world's coral reefs will begin to disintegrate before the end of the century as rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere make the oceans more acidic, scientists warn. The research points to a looming transition in the health of coral ecosystems during which the ability of reefs to grow is overwhelmed by the rate at which they are dissolving. More than 9,000 coral reefs around the world are predicted to disintegrate when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reach 560 parts per million. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today stands at around 388ppm, but is expected to reach 560ppm by the end of this century. Coral reefs are at the heart of some of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in the world. They are home to more than 4,000 species of fish and provide spawning, refuge and feeding areas for marine life such as crabs, starfish and sea turtles."These ecosystems which harbour the highest diversity of marine life in the oceans may be severely reduced within less than 100 years," said Dr Jacob Silverman of the Carnegie Institution in Stanford University, California. CLIP
Save our Oceans http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_our_oceans/
On Friday March 5, the UK government closes a public consultation on whether or not to create the worlds largest Marine Protected Area around the Chagos Islands. Commercial fishing companies have voiced their opposition and are trying to keep these reefs open for business as usual. We cant let that happen -- coral reefs are dying, and fish are fast disappearing from the oceans. This week's decision could be the catalyst that saves our oceans.Together, lets send the UK government a tidal wave of global public support and urge them to protect oceans for future generations. Sign the petition below, and it will be delivered to Foreign Secretary David Miliband on the March 5 deadline: To UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband: We call on you to create the world's largest Marine Protected Area around the Chagos Islands. Ban commercial fishing in this area, and work with Chagossians to protect these important reefs and our oceans' future. CLIP
Playing to Win Universal School Gardens GREAT IDEA! http://dcfoodforall.com/2010/03/playing-to-win-universal-school-gardens/
One of DCs newest school garden teachers wants to enlist you in a national movement to grow sustainable food gardens at every school in the country. And all you have to do (right now) is CAST A VOTE FOR CHANGE for Universal School Gardens. (...) After experiencing one of the coldest and toughest winters in United States history, with countless families struggling in the grip of a severe prolonged economic recession that has caused a rising tide of childhood hunger, this year many American children are anticipating spring with special fervor. When the snow is all gone and flowers once again begin to bloom, why not celebrate all across the country by planting a wave of new school gardens? Ultimately, committing to the realization of good food for all kids may be one of the best ways that we can rebuild local economies while proving that investment in the health, nutrition and future of Americas young people will no longer be sacrificed to the convenience of serving them the cheap, bland, uniform, unhealthy processed foods that have become the standard school menu. Only when each and every student has the unhindered opportunity to access the daily nourishment of healthy foods will we be able to honestly claim that no children are being left behind. It is no longer a secret that the diet of Americas youth needs to radically improve. Hunger, bad nutrition and obesity among children are leading causes of health risks and often contribute to poor classroom performance. A study by Feeding America (pdf) asserts that food insecurity and hunger, together with other correlates of poverty, can dramatically alter the architecture of childrens brains, making it impossible for them to fulfill their potential. By planting a garden at every school in America, we will ensure that every child has the opportunity to benefit from eating more fresh healthy foods. Lets make 2010 the year that the idea of universal school gardening takes off as a force for positive change in U.S. education!
Google gets US approval to buy and sell energy (February 18, 2010) http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/021910-google-gets-us-approval-to.html
The company says it wants easier access to renewable energy to power its operations -- Google has received federal approval to buy and sell energy on the open market, giving it more options for the way it powers its data centers and opening the door to a potential move into the energy-trading business.Google applied for the authorization last December through a wholly owned subsidiary called Google Energy. The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved its application Thursday, granting Google "market-based rate authorization," or the authority to buy and sell energy on a wholesale basis."We made this filing so we can have more flexibility in procuring power for Google's own operations, including our data centers," Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick said via e-mail. Data centers are big consumers of energy and Google operates several large facilities around the world -- it hasn't disclosed exactly how many. That makes ensuring a steady supply of affordable energy critical to running its business. Google has also said it is committed to being "carbon neutral," in part by using as much renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, as possible. "FERC authority will improve our ability to hedge our purchases of energy and incorporate renewables into our energy portfolio," Fenwick said. She declined to elaborate, but the company told the Wall Street Journal last month that FERC approval would allow it to approach producers of renewable energy directly to buy power for its operations. The authorization also raises the prospect that Google may start to buy and sell energy as a business. Its application asked that Google Energy be able to "act as a power marketer, purchasing electricity and reselling it to wholesale customers."
Lasers From Space Show Thinning Of Greenland And Antarctic Ice Sheets (Sep. 24, 2009) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090923143331.htm
The most comprehensive picture of the rapidly thinning glaciers along the coastline of both the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets has been created using satellite lasers. The findings are an important step forward in the quest to make more accurate predictions for future sea level rise. Reporting this week in the journal Nature, researchers from British Antarctic Survey and the University of Bristol describe how analysis of millions of NASA satellite measurements* from both of these vast ice sheets shows that the most profound ice loss is a result of glaciers speeding up where they flow into the sea.The authors conclude that this 'dynamic thinning' of glaciers now reaches all latitudes in Greenland, has intensified on key Antarctic coastlines, is penetrating far into the ice sheets' interior and is spreading as ice shelves thin by ocean-driven melt. Ice shelf collapse has triggered particularly strong thinning that has endured for decades.Lead author Dr Hamish Pritchard from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) says, "We were surprised to see such a strong pattern of thinning glaciers across such large areas of coastline it's widespread and in some cases thinning extends hundreds of kilometres inland. We think that warm ocean currents reaching the coast and melting the glacier front is the most likely cause of faster glacier flow. This kind of ice loss is so poorly understood that it remains the most unpredictable part of future sea level rise."The scientists compared the rates of change in elevation of both fast-flowing and slow-flowing ice. In Greenland for example they studied 111 fast-moving glaciers and found 81 thinning at rates twice that of slow-flowing ice at the same altitude.They found that ice loss from many glaciers in both Antarctica and Greenland is greater than the rate of snowfall further inland.In Antarctica some of the fastest thinning glaciers are in West Antarctica (Amundsen Sea Embayment) where Pine Island Glacier and neighbouring Smith and Thwaites Glacier are thinning by up to 9 metres per year.
Meat Might Be Behind Many Unidentified Allergic Reactions - Certain carb could be causing severe anaphylaxis, researchers warn http://www.usnews.com/health/family-health/allergy-and-asthma/articles/2010/02/28/meat-might-be-behind-many-unidentified-allergic-reactions.html
The tests did not identify any other allergens that would explain the cause of anaphylaxis in the 25 patients who were positive for alpha-gal or in the other 35 patients, the study authors noted. The findings were scheduled to be presented Sunday at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology annual meeting, in New Orleans. "These studies continue to suggest not only that IgE to a carbohydrate has important clinical implications in food allergy and anaphylaxis, but that the presence of this antibody may well have been under-appreciated in terms of the number of patients affected and the geographical scope," study author Dr. Scott P. Commins, of the University of Virginia, said in an academy news release. A person who suffers an anaphylactic reaction to something unknown is at increased risk for recurring anaphylaxis if the trigger isn't identified. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network has more about anaphylaxis. - Comment: "Another reason to avoid meat: A plant based diet with a strong emphasis on all kinds of beans and lots of healthy greens - preferably home grown is the ticket to staying healthy.What we buy in the supermarkets these days simply cannot be trusted. If it is not one thing, it is another in this "industrialization of food". Tainted meats, vegetables and animal by-products are poisoning us all; all the while, the corporate giants greedily gobble up profits at a staggering pace. This article simply confirms that reasoning yet again."
Aspartame has been Renamed and is Now Being Marketed as a Natural Sweetener http://blogs.healthfreedomalliance.org/blog/2010/02/15/aspartame-has-been-renamed-and-is-now-being-marketed-as-a-natural-sweetener/
Artificial sweeteners especially aspartame has gotten a bad rap over the years, most likely due to studies showing they cause cancer. But not to worry Ajinomoto the company that makes Aspartame has changed the name to AminoSweet. It has the same toxic ingredients but a nice new sounding name. And if you or your child happens to be allergic to Aspartame, well dont take it personally its just business. Despite the evidence gained over the years showing that aspartame is a dangerous toxin, it has remained on the global market . In continues to gain approval for use in new types of food despite evidence showing that it causes neurological brain damage, cancerous tumors, and endocrine disruption, among other things. Most consumers are oblivious to the fact that Aspartame was invented as a drug but upon discovery of its sweet taste was magically transformed from a drug to a food additive. HFA wants to warn our readers to beware of a wolf dressed up in sheeps clothing or in this case Aspartame dressed up as AminoSweet. Over 25 years ago, aspartame was first introduced into the European food supply. Today, it is an everyday component of most diet beverages, sugar-free desserts, and chewing gums in countries worldwide. But the tides have been turning as the general public is waking up to the truth about artificial sweeteners like aspartame and the harm they cause to health. The latest aspartame marketing scheme is a desperate effort to indoctrinate the public into accepting the chemical sweetener as natural and safe, despite evidence to the contrary.
On different wavelengths over EMFs (February 15, 2010) http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-electromagnetic15-2010feb15,0,3390771.story
Three years ago, at the age of 48, Camilla Rees had to leave her apartment in downtown San Francisco. Not because of the rent, she says, but because of the radiation. Her personal radiation meter -- yes, such things exist -- spiked after a lawyer couple moved in next door. Rees says she quickly lost her ability to think clearly. "I was unfocused, as if I had suddenly come down with ADHD. I would wake up dizzy in the morning. I'd collapse to the floor. I had to leave to escape that nightmare." Rees asked the neighbors if they had installed a new Wi-Fi router, and sure enough they had, on the wall near Rees' bed. Since then, Rees, a former investment banker, has been on a crusade against low-level electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, of all types, including the microwave radiation that flows from cellphones and cellphone towers. She co-wrote the 2009 book Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution, one of many recent books to warn against the dangers of EMFs, and founded the website http://electromagnetichealth.org
Full signal The trailer you must see (Jan 5, 2010) MUST WATCH 3 min 50 sec http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI7muXI98Ik
Talal Jabari, a Palestinian-American who has worked as a journalist, producer and creator of audio effects, has recently made his début as director with the film Full Signal, which won the prize for best documentary at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival in December 2009. As the number of people using mobile phones continues to grow, more and more base stations are being installed to meet the demand. Faced with the mounting conflict over the damaging health effects of artificial electromagnetic fields from HF microwave radiation, and the drop in property values where phone masts have been set up, the phone networks have found an emergency solution by disguising relay antennas in real or artificial trees, fake chimneys, etc. But however they try to hide it, this is the most serious worldwide health scandal in the beginning of the 21st century. Full Signal gives the chance to speak out to scientific experts working on the health problems arising from mobile phone and phone mast radiation, also to campaigners battling against the presence of relay antennas in residential areas, to the electrosensitive (EHS), to government health authorities and to lawyers, who are obtaining more and more favourable verdicts in cases brought against the phone companies.Through interviews with a widely representative range of people, this documentary highlights a growing awareness in the international community, who are finally beginning to pay attention to the problems arising from the proliferation of relay antennas, and becoming concerned about the now proven health hazards arising from this new form of serious environmental pollution. More info: http://www.fullsignalmovie.com - Listen about the issues - http://www.next-up.org/Newsoftheworld/Full_signal.php#1
French version HERE - Spanish version HERE
EMF-Omega-News 20. February 2010 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/412/70/
A New Toxic Environmental Hazard? - Are cell phones giving us cancer? - Steadily Increasing Rates of Malignant Melanoma - Cancer Center in Pittsburgh Warns of Cell Phone Risks - FORGET ABOUT CELL PHONES PREVENTING ALZHEIMER'S - Alzheimers Mouse Study: Do We Smell a Rat? - Evidence of Electrosensitivity - Collateral Damage - France Telecom: Suicides Continue - The Betrayal of Mankind by the Radiation Protection Agencies - German wide cross sectional survey on health impacts of electromagnetic fields in the view of general practitioners - iPhones and Health - The Big Hidden Cell Phone Lie Companies Will Never Admit - New report on mobile phones a real fraud - Comments on opposed submissions - Sharing Your Bed May be Bad for Your Health - Crewe And Nantwich MP Supports Campaign Against Wistaston Mast - Mobile firms ponder alternative mast sites - Tea and cake at protest's birthday bash - Protesters stall phone mast build - No cell tower in Kernville - Local School Fights Cell Phone Tower - Dawn raid on phone mast site: Vodafone backs down - High anxiety over cellphone tower - Cos Cob parents stage rail station rally against cell towers - Next-up News - News from Mast Sanity
EMF-Omega-News 27. February 2010 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/414/70/
Lab rats with cellphones? - Wireless concerns - Cell Phone Risk - Another ABC breast cancer victim - Magnetic Radiation is of Widespread Epidemic Prevalence - Attack of the killer cell phones - Microwave electromagnetic field damage - Cell phones need warning labels for safety of Maine residents - The Man Who Was Allergic to Radio Waves - Publicize cellphone hazards - THE MAYOR OF BROWARD COUNTY (FL) PROCLAIMS MAY 2010 AS ELECTROMAGNETIC SENSITIVITY AWARENESS MONTH - Audiologic disturbances in long-term mobile phone users - Chiropractor to give lecture about dangers of electromagnetic fields - Bretton: Residents' backlash against phone mast - Crewe campaigners vow to fight on against mobile phone mast - Mobile phone mast bid for Stapeley submitted - The recent developments in our fight against the proposed cell tower - Camp Meeker CA, Smart Meters Not Wanted. MUCH MORE THROUGH http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/57/70/
Voir également ces infos et photos sur les horreurs mortelles du cellulaire au Québec dont notamment ... http://www.next-up.org/Newsoftheworld/Canada.php#1
Étude de cas Surmortalité : Présentation succincte. De 1999 à 2004, les employés du Cégep et la direction ont cherché la cause d'un taux anormalement élevé de cancer chez le personnel de certains secteurs du collège (24 cancers, 12 morts...). Ils ont vérifié si le site avait été contaminé, ils n'ont rien trouvé,Ils ont vérifié les conduits de ventilation, ils n'ont rien trouvé, etc... Ils ont vérifié s'il y avait présence dirradiation artificielle HF micro-ondes et ils en ont trouvé beaucoup ! Cette irradiation provenait essentiellement des batteries dantennes relais de téléphonie mobile cellulaires installées sur le toit du Cégep et des réflexions. Après avoir convenu de l'existence de ces niveaux élevés d'irradiation artificielle micro-ondes, les scientifiques de la compagnie de cellulaire ont contesté le lien de cause à effet. La direction a commandé une étude épidémiologique sur les cas de cancers. L'expert scientifique du Cégep est le Dr Andrew Michrowski d'Ottawa, pionnier dans la mesure et la reconnaissance des effets néfastes des champs électromagnétiques au Canada depuis 1985. Next-up organisation va prochainement diffuser un dossier sur le Dr Andrew Michrowski. L'étude a confirmé les nombreux cas de cancers et d'autres maladies sérieuses, mais comme cela est souvent le cas dans ce genre de dossier au caractère explosif, les chercheurs ont conclu que l'échantillon de la population étudiée était trop restreint pour pouvoir conclure !! La compagnie de téléphonie mobile a tout de même retiré ses antennes relaisdu toit prétextant la fin du contrat (Bail). La direction et les syndicats du personnel ont convenu de ne pas parler publiquement de ce dossier, afin de ne pas nuire à la réputation du collège. Maintenant les membres du personnel ont rompu le pacte de silence car la nouvelle direction avait décidé d'installer un système WiFi, ceci malgré les objections du personnel. Merci de véhiculer ce dossier pour faire éclater la vérité.
NOTE de Jean: Si vous habitez au Québec et que vous en avez assez de vous faire bombarder 24 heures sur 24 par les micro-ondes extrêmement dangereuses émises par les tours de transmissions cellulaires, veuillez entrer en contact avec François Therrien (firstname.lastname@example.org), fondateur du SEMO qui a besoin du soutien de toutes les personnes qui tiennent à leur vie et à celle de leurs enfants pour arriver enfin à faire entendre raison aux autorités réglementaires canadiennes qui ont jusqu'ici fait la sourde oreille aux revendications des opposants à l'exposition excessive que subit la population, contre son gré et malgré les conséquences sur la santé des gens, à cause de toute cette pollution électromagnétique engendrée entre autres par le cellulaire qui enrichit à coup de milliards l'industrie des télécommunications sans fil. N'attendez pas d'être à votre tour frappé-e par le phénomène grandissant du syndrome de l'électrosensibilité, dont souffre un pourcentage croissant de la population, pour enfin réagir. Plus de détails via ces résultats Google à ce sujet.
Le Québec et l'énergie nucléaire http://www.assnat.qc.ca/petition/SignerFr.aspx?idPetition=95
Pétition électronique initiée par Québec Solidaire, sur le dossier chaud du nucléaire et de l'uranium, relativement à la réforme en cours de la Loi sur les mines et au fait qu'Hydro-Québec entend procéder sans audiences publiques à la reconstruction de Gentilly 2 et à l'achat de Pointe Lepreau au Nouveau-Brunswick, deux centrales nucléaires de type CANDU, une technologie périmée émettant du tritium radioactif lié à un risque accru de leucémie et de maladies congénitales. Si vous êtes d'accord de demander au gouvernement du Québec de renoncer à acheter la centrale de Pointe Lepreau; de démanteler la centrale de Gentilly 2; d'imposer un moratoire sur toute exploration et exploitation minières d'uranium en territoire québécois; et de développer une expertise en déclassement nucléaire qui ferait du Québec une autorité dans ce domaine technologique de pointe... alors SVP allez signez cette pétition en ligne - lien ci-dessus - avant le 11 mars. Merci de faire circuler ;-)
United States Propaganda To Strike Iran Is Now Bordering Insanity
Kurt Nimmo / Infowars February 20, 2010
It looks like years of incessant propaganda about Iran seem to have paid off. According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans consider Iran to be the least liked nation on the planet. Canada retained its top position in Gallups annual country ratings, with 90% of Americans viewing it favorably, unchanged from 2009. Iran continues to rank last, with 10% this year, Gallup reports. Even the reclusive totalitarian state of North Korea fared better than Iran.
Is there a rational reason for Americans to rate Iran unfavorably? Most Americans know little to nothing about Iran beyond what they are fed by the corporate media. I bet most of them would be unable to find the country on a map. In addition, according to a recent CNN poll, an astounding 71 percent of Americans believe Iran currently has nuclear weapons, a belief that is seriously at odds with the facts. The poll is testament to the effectiveness of unrelenting propaganda pushed by the corporate media.
The corporate media has increasingly called for bombing Iran. For instance, on February 9, the supposed liberal New York Times ran an editorial calling for crippling economic sanctions on the Iranian people and hinted at the prospect of attacking the country. Enough is enough. Iran needs to understand that its nuclear ambition comes with a very high cost, the newspaper opined.
The New York Times, with the neocon operative Judith Miller on-board, ran a number of propaganda pieces making the case that Iraq had WMDs when in fact it did not. Miller resigned from the newspaper and now appears as a regular on Fox News.
Our rulers hate Iran because it refuses to take orders from the bankers and their international organizations such as the United Nations and the loan sharking operations known as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Saddam Hussein found out what happens when Muslims are too proud and refuse to take orders from Wall Street and the City of London.
The leader of Irans Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said recently that the Iranian nations resistance to the West set an example for the generation to come of how to confront pressure by reliance on its own capability and a divine source, reports Press TV.
Khamenei said Irans resistance will awaken the spirit of dignity in the whole Islamic Umma as our nations efforts have led to the Islamic vigilance among other Muslim nations.
The United States and its junior partner Israel have pushed the specter of an Iranian nuclear weapon and the supposed threat this would pose to the world for several years now. During the Bush years, this insane notion was primarily confined to the neocons, but since the election of Obama it has spread to liberals and Democrats. The bomb Iran chant is now becoming a nearly universal mantra within the political establishment.
Liberals and Democrats quite naturally oppose war and illegal mass murder campaigns when they are proposed by neocons and Republicans. But as Clintons invasion of Yugoslavia revealed, Democrats are all for serial murder when the call is made by the leader of their party.
A new regime at the UNs International Atomic Energy Agency has produced a report saying Iran is working toward a nuclear weapon. In the recent past, the IAEA said there was no evidence Iran was attempting to build a nuclear weapon. This conclusion was backed up by a 2007 National Intelligence Estimate from the U.S. intelligence community that said Iran abandoned its nuclear weapons program years ago. When asked if the White House believes the IAEA report or the 2007 NIE estimate, officials had no comment except to suggest that they were looking forward to the new NIE on Iran, which they said was in the works, reports The Washington Post.
In other words, the next NIE estimate will probably agree with the IAEA. Critics of NIE estimates complain that the reports are subject to political polarization. Case in point: the October, 2002, NIE argued that Iraq had an active WMD program. Assertions that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons were essentially the same conclusions reached by the United Nations and numerous intelligence services.
It turned out Iraq did not have WMDs. It was all propaganda designed as a pretext to invade and occupy a country decimated by more than a decade of sanctions that resulted in the death of more than a million Iraqis, 500,000 of them children.
The United States is now pushing for crippling sanctions against Iran. The White House has begun circulating sanctions against Iran as part of its pursuit of United Nations-backed punishment for Irans secretive pursuit of nuclear weapons, Fox News reported on Friday. We are internally and with partners beginning the process of thinking through what are the appropriate elements of pressure, said Susan Rice, Obamas foreign policy adviser and United States Ambassador to the United Nations. And that will be a process that will continue over a period of time and I think we should be realistic about the pace.
The U.S. cranked up the pace on sanctions after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran is sliding into a military dictatorship. Two days later, on February 16, Clinton said Iran is working toward the development of a nuclear weapon. Clinton made her remarks after Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated that Iran was ready to suspend enrichment if it could exchange its low-enriched uranium stockpile for processed fuel rods from abroad.
On February 9, Obama declared that hes bent over backwards to engage Iran in constructive dialogue and the U.S. will push in the United Nations to sanction the country. Bush era leftover Robert Gates at the Pentagon added the White House has gone further than any administration to reach out to Iran.
Mohammad Nahavandian, an Iranian businessman, said today that sanctions will not cripple the countrys economy. It has been proven that the Iranian economy is not sanctionable the stated goal of sanctions is political, which has never been achieved, Nahavandian told Reuters in an interview.
Nahavandian said Iran was increasingly dealing with non-western countries, including Asian and regional countries. China, a veto-wielding member of the U.N. Security Council, is reluctant to approve further sanctions on Iran. Trade between Iran and China is now over $28 billion. With indirect trade, it may be about $31 billion, which is above the trade with the European Union, Nahavandian noted.
Bush era neocons are pushing hard for a mass murder campaign against Iran. Americas central focus must be to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons in the first place, Bush era UN ambassador John Bolton wrote for The Wall Street Journal on February 9. Doing so requires decisive, and likely military, action now, since there is essentially no likelihood that an Obama-inspired regime of sanctions will achieve that objective. The U.S. must rigorously avoid sanctions or pro-democracy rhetoric becoming excuses for American nonaction.
Bolton: Only Israel Stands Between Iran and Nuclear Weapons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBmnOfViHyk
Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, says that Iran has attained a 20 % enrichment of their Uranium stockpiles. A level of 90% is considered weapons grade. The jump from 20 to 90% will not take long and The Obama Admin. is leave Israel on its own for a military option.
It remains to be seen if the U.S. will attack Iran or simply muddle along with ineffectual economic sanctions. If the U.S. does attack Iran, however, the consequences will be great, as Russias General of the Army Nikolay Makarov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, said recently. Makarov warned that an American attack on Iran now, when the US is bogged down in two wars, might lead to the collapse of the United States.
Makarov made the remarks in Vzglyad on Friday, February 19, 2010, and they were translated or paraphrased by the USG Open Source Center:
Makarov also commented on the recent rumors about the possibility of an attack upon Iran by the United States. In his opinion, this would be complete madness on the part of the American military. He said: Admiral Michael McMullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said that, in the United States, there is a plan for carrying out strikes against Iran but the United States clearly understands that now, when it is conducting two military campaigns, one in Iraq and the other in Afghanistan, a third campaign against Iran would simply lead to a collapse. It would not be able to withstand the strain.
Nevertheless, in proportion to the winding down of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, (the plan for) a war with the Islamic Republic of Iran, in the opinion of General Makarov, may again come out to the foreground.
General Makarov, Chief of the General Staff, said: The consequences of such an attack will be terrible not only for the region but also for us. Iran is our neighbor and we are very carefully following this situation. The leadership of our country is undertaking all measures in order not to allow such a (military) development of events.
A collapse of the United States? Now that would put a definitive end to the murderous insanity that prevails in this country regardless of the regime in power.
It would also play into the hands of the global elite. They are determined to reduce the once great United States into just another third world backwater where poverty and immiseration reign supreme. Such an economic and military collapse of the worlds last remaining super power would set the stage for a world government long dreamed of by the globalist bankster cartel.
1. General Petraeus: Iran Can Be Bombed
The US military commander for the Middle East and the Gulf region has confirmed that the United States has developed contingency plans to deal with Irans nuclear facilities.
2. Israel Not Planning War Against Iran: Netanyahu (17 Feb 2010)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv is not planning a military offensive against Iran as part of its efforts to halt Tehrans nuclear program. YEAH! RIGHT AND BIBI IS AN ANGELIC BEING!...(...) Israel, which hypocritically accuses Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program, is the only player in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons.Yet, unlike Israel, Iran is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In addition, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conducted numerous inspections of Irans nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Irans civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production. But Israel possesses a nuclear arsenal of at least 250 warheads and has never allowed IAEA inspections of all its nuclear facilities.
3. French Foreign Minister: Israel could strike Iran
If world powers are not successful in efforts to contain the Iranian nuclear threat, an Israeli strike on Iran could become a reality, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said during a visit to Beirut, the Daily Telegraph reported Monday.
4. U.S. kicks Iran war prep into high gear (Press TV)
Just days after the top US commander sketched out plans to strike Iran, the US military claims Tehran sent a drone into Iraq in February.The US military on Monday claimed that American jets had shot down an Iranian unmanned surveillance aircraft 97 kilometers northeast of Baghdad in February. The Ababil 3 was tracked for about 70 minutes before it was shot down well inside Iraqi airspace, reads a statement from the army. The statement also suggests that the aircrafts presence over Iraq was not an accident. The US claim comes just two days after Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke of the next possible US target Iran.What I worry about in terms of an attack on Iran is in addition to the immediate effect, the effect of the attack, its the unintended consequences, Mullen said. (...) The new drone claim come as Israeli army chief of staff Lieutenant Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi was in the United States on Monday to sell the idea of launching air strikes on Iranian nuclear installations as a concrete option.
5. EU sanctions against Iran within days, says minister(12 Feb 2010)
BRUSSELS The European Union could announce very strong sanctions against Tehran within days or weeks, Finnish foreign minister Alexander Stubb said on Thursday (11 February). Last week, Iran declared itself a nuclear state, prompting the US to call for tougher sanctions.
6. Iran: US missile system to sow Gulf division
TEHRAN - Iran on Tuesday warned its Arab neighbors in the Persian Gulf that the U.S. is trying to drive a wedge between them by ramping up its missile defense systems in the region.The comments deepen tensions at a time when Iran faces possible new sanctions over its nuclear ambitions. U.S. military officials said over the weekend that the systems - involving upgraded Patriot missiles on land and more U.S. Navy ships capable of destroying missiles in flight - is intended to counter a potential Iranian missile strike.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met Tuesday with the crown prince of Qatar, one of four Arab nations where the U.S. has based Patriot missile systems, and told him the West was seeking to divide them. (...) The U.S. Patriot missile systems, which originally were deployed in the region to shoot down aircraft have now been upgraded to hit missiles in flight.In a January speech, Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. Central Command chief who is responsible for military operations across the Middle East, said the U.S. now has eight Patriot missile batteries stationed in the Gulf region - two each in four countries. He did not name the countries.
7. US preparing new psyops campaign against Iran
The former head of Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) says the United States is afraid of Irans nuclear capabilities and is trying to provoke other countries to wage a psychological war against Iran.In an exclusive interview with IRNA on Sunday, retired general Asad Durrani said that although Iran has always insisted that its nuclear activities are totally peaceful, the West is trying to give the world the impression that Irans nuclear program is not peaceful. He stated that the US is threatening to impose more sanctions on Iran, even though other countries have said that the previous sanctions have been ineffective.Iran has done everything it could within a diplomatic framework, but it will not bow to the Wests pressure, he added.
8. Russia-China Warn US That Israeli Attack On Iran Means World War (July 19, 2009)
A chilling report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Medvedev and Chinese President Hu have issued an urgent warning to the United States that says if the Americans allow an Israeli nuclear attack upon Iran, World War will be our response. Fueling Russian and Chinese fears are intelligence reports stating that Israel has moved over three-quarters of its Naval Forces through the Suez Canal and has assembled over 30 of its US-built fighter jets in Kurdistan for a planned attack using American made bunker busting bombs and nuclear armed cruise missiles. Russian Military Analysts state in these reports that Israel first plans to use its US-built fighter jets to target Irans nuclear facilities, and upon a combined Iranian and Lebanonese Hezbollah response, that is said will rain missiles down upon Israel, Israeli submarines and surface vessels with unleash nuclear armed cruise missiles against Irans military, religious and political infrastructure.Israeli news sources are also confirming Russian and Chinese fears over an attack by their country upon Iran, and as we can read as reported the Haaretz News Service: Israels recent deployment of warships across the Red Sea should be seen as serious preparation for an attack on Iran, an Israeli defense official told the Times of London on Thursday. This is preparation that should be taken seriously. Israel is investing time in preparing itself for the complexity of an attack on Iran. These maneuvers are a message to Iran that Israel will follow up on its threats, the official was quoted as saying.
9. IDF staged drills over Gibraltar, in preparation for Iran strike (May 4, 2009)
The Israel Air Force recently staged military exercises between Israel and the British colony of Gibraltar near southern Spain, the French magazine LExpress reported on Saturday.The fact that the drills were held 3,800 kilometers away from Israel confirms that the Israel Defense Forces is making concrete preparations to attack Iran over its refusal to cooperate with the international community over its contentious nuclear program, according to LExpress.Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed last week that Israel would not attack Iran even if the international sanctions against Tehran fail to convince President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to give up his countrys nuclear program, in an interview with the Austrian daily Kleine Zeitung.But The London Times reported a few weeks ago that the IDF was indeed making preparations to be able to launch a massive aerial assault on Irans nuclear facilities, to be carried out within days of being given the go-ahead by Israels government. Israel wants to know that if its forces were given the green light they could strike at Iran in a matter of days, even hours. They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality. The message to Iran is that the threat is not just words, one senior Israeli defense official told The Times. The London Times report appeared to be an Israeli message to Iran conveying its capability and readiness to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.The report included a nation-wide home front drill, scheduled for June, among what it calls Israels intensive preparations for the possibility of an attack, aiming to prepare Israels civilians for the possible consequences of an attack on Iran. We would not make the threat [against Iran] without the force to back it. There has been a recent move, a number of on-the-ground preparations, that indicate Israels willingness to act, another official from Israels intelligence community told the Times.
10. Larijani: Iran will quicken nuclear work if US threats continue (12 Feb 2010)
Irans Parliament Speaker says his country will speed up its nuclear work if the Obama administration continues to threaten the country with a new round of sanctions. Even if US President Barack Obama dares to repeat threats of tougher sanction against us as much as ten times, we will still be determined to pursue our enrichment program, but with a much faster pace, said Ali Larijani on Thursday. clip
Top Russian General: An American Attack on Iran would lead to US Collapse; Wants to Block It; Kremlin Rejects Crippling Sanctions (February 20, 2010) http://www.juancole.com/2010/02/top-russian-general-american-attack-on.html
It appears that, the International Atomic Energy Agency is at least allowing for the possibility that documents allegedly found on a laptop some years ago --but discounted by the US Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency as of dubious provenance and incompatible with other intelligence gathered in Iran -- point to a nuclear weapons program that no one has been able to locate. Some close observers have concluded that the laptop documents are forgeries. A new IAEA report that declines to dismiss the alleged documents will certainly cause the war lobby in the United States to redouble its efforts to get up an attack on Iran. Forged documents on the supposed purchase of yellowcake uranium by Iraq from Niger were used by George W. Bush to promote a war on Iraq. It was at that time the Intelligence and Research division of the Department of State that attempted to throw cold water on these "documents," but was ignored by the president. Then head of the IAEA, Mohammed Elbaradei, was able to show them false in one afternoon. CLIP
US general threatens Iran with new 'pressure track' (21 Feb 2010) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=119179§ionid=351020104
A senior US military commander threatens Iran with stepped up pressures by Washington following the latest IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program. "I think that no one at the end of this time can say that the United States and the rest of the world have not given Iran every opportunity to resolve the issues diplomatically," the head of US Central Command David Petraeus claimed on Sunday. "That puts us in a solid foundation now to go on (with) what is termed the pressure track. That's the course on which we are embarked now," he told the NBC TV broadcast news. On Thursday, the new head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano issued a two-pronged report about Iran's nuclear program. The report, while critical of some aspects of Iran's enrichment activities, again confirmed the non-diversion of the country's declared nuclear material. The UN nuclear watchdog has carried out the highest number of inspections in Iran, compared to any other country throughout its history, and found no evidence indicating that the program has diverted toward weaponization, as claimed by Western powers. CLIP
Iran may be seeking nuclear warhead, U.N. watchdog says (February 18, 2010) http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/02/18/86115/iran-may-be-seeking-nuclear-warhead.html
WASHINGTON The United Nations' nuclear watchdog said Thursday it suspects that Iran might be trying to develop a nuclear warhead that could be placed atop a missile, its sharpest challenge to date of Iran's claims to be pursuing an exclusively peaceful nuclear program.The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency conflicts with a 2007 U.S. intelligence community assessment that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003. It is more in line with reported European and Israeli estimates that Iran, along with enriching uranium that could fuel a nuclear bomb, is experimenting with constructing a warhead.The Vienna-based IAEA said it had collected "broadly consistent and credible information" from "a variety of sources" about Iran's military-related nuclear activities. "Altogether, this raises concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile," it said.Senior Obama administration officials called the report disturbing, and said the U.S. assessment of Iran's nuclear ambitions is under review as part of a new National Intelligence Estimate. The officials briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity under White House-imposed ground rules.The IAEA report also confirms that Iran, as it claimed last week, has begun enriching uranium to a purity of nearly 20 percent, closer to what's needed for nuclear bomb fuel.A U.S. official, however, said Iran is producing an estimated 100 grams per day of the 20-percent pure uranium at a rate that would take it five to seven years to have enough for a bomb if it were enriched further. Weapons-grade uranium is roughly 90 percent pure. CLIP
Iran nuclear fuel deal 'agreed' (21 October 2009) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8318258.stm
IAEA director: Everybody looked to the future, not the past - Iran and three world powers have been handed a draft agreement aimed at reducing international concerns over Tehran's nuclear programme. (...) Mr ElBaradei said there had been many technical, legal and policy issues to address in the Vienna talks, as well as "issues of confidence and trust"."That is why it has taken us some time and that is why we need to send the agreement to capitals for final approval," he added."I very much hope that people see the big picture - that this agreement could pave the way for a complete normalisation of relations between Iran and the international community."US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Iran to act quickly, and said her country would continue "to discuss the full range of issues that have divided Iran and the United States for too long".She added: "The door is open to a better future for Iran, but the process of engagement cannot be open-ended. We are not prepared to talk just for the sake of talking."France said the plan was acceptable and would benefit Paris and its partners.Foreign ministry political director Jacques Audibert told France 24 television that the plan was "to remove this (uranium) from Iran, use it to make the fuel they need and thereby improve relations and lower the tensions over Iran's civilian nuclear programme."Iran insists its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes and that it has the right to enrich uranium.
SECOND AUTOPSY REVEALS NUCLEAR EXPERT TIMOTHY HAMPTON DID NOT COMMIT SUICIDE (2-Nov-2009) http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?noframes;read=159458
Professor Kathrin Yen performed a second autopsy of British nuclear expert Timothy Hampton and theorizes that the deceased could have been carried from his 6th floor workspace to the 17th floor and hurled from the building to his death. Hampton was responsible for monitoring nuclear activity.
Timothy Hampton and the March of Time (5 NOVEMBER 2009) http://medawarscornflakes.blogspot.com/2009/11/timothy-hampton-and-march-of-time.html
Anyone looking for a motive for the murder, in Vienna, of Dr Timothy Hampton, needs to do much more than look in the right geographical region for the secrets that he might have uncovered, that others wanted covered up again most urgently. They also need to look in the right timeframe: A few years ago, when sophisticated software was being developed, to continuously scan seismographic sensors and sound alarms when anything resembling a nuclear test was detected, one of the people developing the software argued that there was a lot of perfectly good seismic data in the archives going back to years before the software was even thought of, let alone developed, and it might be a good idea to run the new software over that, as well.So, what happens when you run the software that Dr Hampton was using in his official, contemporary work, over archive seismic data for the period 1975-1988, for example?And if you go to a different time, aren't the politically critical parts of the world all different? PS:This link is to a document which comment poster, Dave K9, offers as relevant. Briefly, this document suggests that the second Korean nuclear test might not have been nuclear at all, or the test site had somehow achieved a much better containment of radioactive material than the first test. CLIP
Israel unveils new drone fleet that can reach Iran (Feb 21) FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE IS WHAT THEY WISH http://tinyurl.com/ygazo88
TEL NOF AIR FORCE BASE, Israel Israel's air force on Sunday introduced a fleet of huge pilotless planes that can remain in the air for a full day and could fly as far as the Persian Gulf, putting rival Iran within its range. The Heron TP drones have a wingspan of 86 feet (26 meters), making them the size of Boeing 737 passenger jets and the largest unmanned aircraft in Israel's military. The planes can fly at least 20 consecutive hours and are primarily used for surveillance and carrying diverse payloads. At the fleet's inauguration ceremony at a sprawling air base in central Israel, the drone dwarfed an F-15 fighter jet parked beside it. The unmanned plane resembles its predecessor, the Heron, but can fly higher, reaching an altitude of more than 40,000 feet (12,000 meters), and remain in the air longer."With the inauguration of the Heron TP, we are realizing the air force's dream," said Brig. Gen. Amikam Norkin, commander of the base that will operate the drones. "The Heron TP is a technological and operational breakthrough."The commander of Israel's air force, Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, said the aircraft "has the potential to be able to conduct new missions down the line as they become relevant." Israel's military refused to say how large the new fleet is or whether the planes were designed for use against Iran, but stressed it was versatile and could adapt to new missions. The plane's maker, state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, has said it is capable of reaching the Persian Gulf, which would put Iran within its range. Israeli defense officials said the Heron TP could be a useful tool against Iran. It could provide surveillance, jam enemy communications and connect ground control and manned air force planes. (...) The Heron TP has been in development for about a decade, but the aircraft first saw action during Israel's offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip just over a year ago. Drones were seen as crucial to the Gaza onslaught by giving soldiers eyes in the air, keeping watch over rooftops and alleyways in congested urban areas notifying troops of threats or obstacles in their path. Palestinian witnesses have long claimed that Israeli drones fire missiles in Gaza, both before and during the Israeli offensive. Israel has never confirmed that its unmanned aircraft are capable of firing missiles. The military says the huge new drone will give an added element to Israel's ability to control its borders. - Check also Human Rights Watch provides searing evidence of the targeting of civilians in Gaza
Clinton criticized for dodging question on Israel nukes (21 Feb 2010) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=119176§ionid=3510203
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is criticized for dodging a question on Israel's nuclear arsenal during a "town hall" meeting at a Jeddah college. Mariyam Alavi, a Saudi student, asked Clinton last Tuesday about Washington's stance on the existence of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. "I did not get a straight answer," Alavi said in a letter published in Arab News, AFP reported. "My question was simple and direct enough," she wrote, but Clinton's response "was very unsatisfying." The 12th grader at the International Indian School in Jeddah, who attended the meeting at the elite Dar al-Hekma College, noted that the US top diplomat only detailed Iran's nuclear program, without mentioning Israel. If the Americans "so vehemently oppose Iran's nuclear program," she had asked, "then why isn't the US asking Israel to give up their nuclear weapons?" The student has questioned Washington's double standard toward Iran's nuclear program and accused Washington of hypocrisy. CLIP
Public Service: Watch Mohammad Bakri's Jenin Jenin (February 21, 2010) REMINDER OF ANOTHER ATROCITY http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24821.htm
Jenin Jenin depicts the true story of Israeli colossal barbarism. There is no doubt left, the Jewish State is the ultimate enemy of humanity and humanism. It also presents the Palestinian ordeal facing the Zionist evil. Clearly, surviving the Israeli occupation is nothing but heroism. Soon after Jenin Jenin was released, after only three showings, the film was banned by the Israeli Film Board (2002), accusing the film of being libelous for calling itself a documentary despite documenting only one 'side' of the story. One may ask the Israeli Film Board whether they also ban holocaust documentaries for failing to present the Nazi or even the SS side of the story.Bakri petitioned the High Court of Justice against the censor for prohibiting the screening of the film on the grounds that it distorted the truth. After a long fight, the court rejected the censor's decision. CLIP - To watch this documentary go at the URL above
John Bolton wants you to think a strike on Irans nuclear facilities will be surgical and few civilians will die. On the other hand, in the video below, he states that things could, well you know, go wrong.
So if there is a military strike by us or the Israelis or whomever, you dont think therell be any civilian casualties? he was asked.
I cant say that for sure. Things could go wrong, Bolton responded.
Bolton admits that 'things could go wrong' after military strike on Iran (Feb 20, 2010)
LISTEN TO THIS MANIAC WARMONGERING LUNATIC AND PATHOLOGICALLY CRIMINAL LIAR! THE US AND ISRAEL WILL TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID HARMING CITIZENS IF THEY ATTACK... WITH MILLIONS OF CIVILIAN DEATHS UNDER THEIR BELT SINCE THE VIETNAM WAR, THIS IS PATENTLY FALSE. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I45ZhPulMPs
If you think Israel or the United States will simply bomb Irans nuclear facility at Bushehr like something out of a Hollywood movie, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. If Iran is attacked and with every passing day it looks more and more like it will be the military will take down the countrys entire infrastructure (military and civilian) like Iraqs was taken down in 2003.
A study produced by Anthony Cordesman for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (revised in November of 2007) lists numerous sites to be bombed that are scattered across Iran, from Gachin and Bushehr to the south to Lashkar Abad and the heavily populated metropolis of Tehran in the north. The Cordesman scenario envisions the U.S. or Israel (or both) taking out not only reactors but uranium processing facilities, research facilities, and even uranium mines.
It is speculated any attack on Iran will be similar to Israels attack on the Osirak reactor in 1981. In fact, Irans nuclear program (completely legal under the rules of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) is only the pretext for a larger and more ominous plan to hobble Iran and drive it back to the Stone Age in the same way Iraq was.
The twin attacks on Iraq by two members of the Bush crime family separated by more than a decade that provided enough time for a medieval sanctions regime to do its damage did not merely target Saddam and his military but the country as a whole.
The intention and effort of the bombing of civilian life and facilities was to systematically destroy Iraqs infrastructure leaving it in a preindustrial condition. Iraqs civilian population was dependent on industrial capacities. The U.S. assault left Iraq in a near apocalyptic condition as reported by the first United Nations observers after the war, Ramsey Clarke and others state in War Crimes: A report on United States War Crimes against Iraq, released shortly after Bush Seniors invasion in 1991.
Bushs Pentagon specifically targeted electric power generation, relay and transmission; water treatment, pumping and distribution systems and reservoirs; telephone and radio exchanges, relay stations, towers and transmission facilities; food processing, storage and distribution facilities and markets, infant milk formula and beverage plants, animal vaccination facilities and irrigation sites; railroad transportation facilities, bus depots, bridges, highway overpasses, highways, highway repair stations, trains, buses and other public transportation vehicles, commercial and private vehicles; oil wells and pumps, pipelines, refineries, oil storage tanks, gasoline filling stations and fuel delivery tank cars and trucks, and kerosene storage tanks; sewage treatment and disposal systems; factories engaged in civilian production, e.g., textile and automobile assembly; and historical markers and ancient sites.
As a direct, intentional and foreseeable result of this destruction, tens of thousands of people have died from dehydration, dysentery and diseases caused by impure water, inability to obtain effective medical assistance and debilitation from hunger, shock, cold and stress. More will die until potable water, sanitary living conditions, adequate food supplies and other necessities are provided. There is a high risk of epidemics of cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and other diseases as well as starvation and malnutrition through the summer of 1991 and until food supplies are adequate and essential services are restored, Clarkes report noted in 1992.
By the time Bush Junior invaded Iraq there wasnt much infrastructure left to bomb more than a decade of sanctions made sure the Iraqis were unable to rebuild their society so George W. settled for killing more than a million Iraqis.
If you think this sort of criminal behavior is limited to Republican neocons, think again. Bill Clinton not only bombed Baghdad on June 26, 1993 killing eight Iraqi civilians, including the distinguished Iraqi artist Layla al-Attar he also attacked Yugoslavia, targeting civilian infrastructure and civilian facilities, including houses, hospitals, schools, trains, factories, power stations, and broadcasting facilities.
According to Yugoslav authorities, 60 percent of NATO targets were civilian, including 33 hospitals and 344 schools, as well as 144 major industrial plants and a large petro-chemical plant whose bombing caused a pollution catastrophe. John Pilger noted that the list of civilian targets included housing estates, hotels, libraries, youth centers, theaters, museums, churches and 14th century monasteries on the World Heritage list. Farms have been bombed and their crops set afire. (See Edward S. Herman, Clinton Is The Worlds: Leading Active War Criminal.)
U.S. leaders commit war crimes as a matter of institutional necessity, as their imperial role calls for keeping subordinate peoples in their proper place, writes Herman. Clintons civilian extermination policy in Iraq is completely normalized in the U.S. and brings no discredit to this country via the elite-dominated global system. The same necessity applies to Bush and his addlepated son and Obama, who is now overseeing the process in Afghanistan and Pakistan (and soon enough Yemen and Iran).
John Bolton is a neocon, a liar, and a scoundrel. He knows full well any attack on Iran will be genocide. He is in favor of such a policy of institutional serial murder. He understands that it is counterproductive to admit the truth the impending attack on Iran is not about nuclear weapons, it is about continuing the neocon policy of decimating the Muslim Middle East (and Central Asia).
The Washington Times is a newspaper that looks with favor upon the Bush/Cheney/Obama/neocon wars of aggression in the Middle East and favors making terrorists pay for 9/11. Therefore, I was surprised to learn on February 24 that the most popular story on the paper's website for the past three days was the "Inside the Beltway" report, "Explosive News," [By Jennifer Harper, February 22, 2010] about the 31 press conferences in cities in the US and abroad on February 19 held by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, an organization of professionals which now has 1,000 members.
I was even more surprised that the news report treated the press conference seriously.
How did three World Trade Center skyscrapers suddenly disintegrate into fine dust? How did massive steel beams in three skyscrapers suddenly fail as a result of short-lived, isolated, and low temperature fires? "A thousand architects and engineers want to know, and are calling on Congress to order a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7," reports the Washington Times.
The paper reports that the architects and engineers have concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology provided "insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers' destruction" and are "calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials."
The newspaper reports that Richard Gage, the spokesperson for the architects and engineers said: "Government officials will be notified that 'Misprision of Treason,' U.S. Code 18 (Sec. 2382) is a serious federal offense, which requires those with evidence of treason to act. The implications are enormous and may have profound impact on the forthcoming Khalid Sheik Mohammed trial."
There is now an organization, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth. At the main press conference in San Francisco, Erik Lawyer, the head of that organization, announced the firefighters' support for the architects and engineers' demands. He reported that no forensic investigation was made of the fires that are alleged to have destroyed the three buildings and that this failure constitutes a crime.
Mandated procedures were not followed, and instead of being preserved and investigated, the crime scene was destroyed. He also reported that there are more than one hundred first responders who heard and experienced explosions and that there is radio, audio and video evidence of explosions.
Also at the press conference, physicist Steven Jones presented the evidence of nano-thermite in the residue of the WTC buildings found by an international panel of scientists led by University of Copenhagen nano-chemist Professor Niels Harrit. Nano-thermite is a high-tech explosive/pyrotechnic capable of instantly melting steel girders.
Before we yell "conspiracy theory," we should be aware that the architects, engineers, firefighters, and scientists offer no theory. They provide evidence that challenges the official theory. This evidence is not going to go away.
If expressing doubts or reservations about the official story in the 9/11 Commission Report makes a person a conspiracy theory kook, then we have to include both co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission and the Commission's legal counsel, all of whom have written books in which they clearly state that they were lied to by government officials when they conducted their investigation, or, rather, when they presided over the investigation conducted by executive directorPhilip Zelikow, a member of President George W. Bush's transition team and Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and a co-author of Bush Secretary of State Condi "Mushroom Cloud" Rice.
There will always be Americans who will believe whatever the government tells them no matter how many times they know the government has lied to them. Despite expensive wars that threaten Social Security and Medicare, wars based on non-existent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, non-existent Saddam Hussein connections to al Qaida, non-existent Afghan participation in the 9/11 attacks, and the non-existent Iranian nukes that are being hyped as the reason for the next American war of aggression in the Middle East, more than half of the U.S. population still believes the fantastic story that the government has told them about 9/11, a Muslim conspiracy that outwitted the entire Western world.
Moreover, it doesn't matter to these Americans how often the government changes its story. For example, Americans first heard of Osama bin Laden because the Bush regime pinned the 9/11 attacks on him. Over the years video after video was served up to the gullible American public of bin Laden's pronouncements. Experts dismissed the videos as fakes, but Americans remained their gullible selves. Then suddenly last year a new 9/11 "mastermind" emerged to take bin Laden's place, the captive Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the detainee waterboarded 183 times until he confessed to masterminding the 9/11 attack.
In the Middle Ages confessions extracted by torture constituted evidence, but self-incrimination has been a no-no in the U.S. legal system since our founding. But with the Bush regime and the Republican federal judges, whom we were assured would defend the U.S. Constitution, the self-incrimination of Sheik Mohammed stands today as the only evidence the U.S. government has that Muslim terrorists pulled off 9/11.
If a person considers the feats attributed to Khalid Sheik Mohammed, they are simply unbelievable. Sheik Mohammed is a more brilliant, capable superhero than V in the fantasy movie, V for Vendetta. Sheik Mohammed outwitted all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies along with those of all U.S. allies or puppets, including Israel's Mossad. No intelligence service on earth or all of them combined was a match for Sheik Mohammed.
Sheik Mohammed outwitted the U.S. National Security Council, Dick Cheney, the Pentagon, the State Department, NORAD, the U.S. Air Force, and Air Traffic Control.
He caused Airport Security to fail four times in one morning. He caused the state-of-the-art air defenses of the Pentagon to fail, allowing a hijacked airliner, which was off course all morning while the U.S. Air Force, for the first time in history, was unable to get aloft interceptor aircraft, to crash into the Pentagon.
Sheik Mohammed was able to perform these feats with unqualified pilots.
Sheik Mohammed, even as a waterboarded detainee, has managed to prevent the FBI from releasing the many confiscated videos that would show, according to the official story, the hijacked airliner hitting the Pentagon.
How naive do you have to be to believe that any human, or for that matter Hollywood fantasy character, is this powerful and capable?
If Sheik Mohammed has these superhuman capabilities, how did the incompetent Americans catch him? This guy is a patsy tortured into confession in order to keep the American naifs believing the government's conspiracy theory.
What is going on here is that the U.S. government has to bring the 9/11 mystery to an end. The government must put on trial and convict a culprit so that it can close the case before it explodes. Anyone waterboarded 183 times would confess to anything.
The U.S. government has responded to the evidence being arrayed against its outlandish 9/11 conspiracy theory by redefining the war on terror from external to internal enemies. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on February 21 that American extremists are now as big a concern as international terrorists. Extremists, of course, are people who get in the way of the government's agenda, such as the 1,000 Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The group used to be 100, now it is 1,000. What if it becomes 10,000?
Why employ such extreme measures against alleged kooks if they only provide entertainment and laughs? Is the government worried that they are on to something?
Instead, why doesn't the U.S. government simply confront the evidence that is presented and answer it?
If the architects, engineers, firefighters, and scientists are merely kooks, it would be a simple matter to acknowledge their evidence and refute it. Why is it necessary to infiltrate them with police agents and to set them up?
Many Americans would reply that "their" government would never even dream of killing Americans by hijacking airliners and destroying buildings in order to advance a government agenda. But on February 3, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair told the House Intelligence Committee that the U.S. government can assassinate its own citizens when they are overseas. No arrest, trial, or conviction of a capital crime is necessary. Just straight out murder.
Obviously, if the U.S. government can murder its citizens abroad it can murder them at home, and has done so. For example, 100 Branch Davidians were murdered in Waco, Texas, by the Clinton administration for no legitimate reason. The government just decided to use its power knowing that it could get away with it, which it did.
Americans who think "their" government is some kind of morally pure operation would do well to familiarize themselves with Operation Northwoods. Operation Northwoods was a plot drawn up by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff for the CIA to commit acts of terrorism in American cities and fabricate evidence blaming Castro so that the U.S. could gain domestic and international support for regime change in Cuba. The secret plan was nixed by President John F. Kennedy and was declassified by the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. It is available online in the National Security Archive. There are numerous online accounts available, including Wikipedia. James Bamford's book, Body of Secrets, also summarizes the plot:
"Operation Northwoods, which had the written approval of the Chairman [Gen. Lemnitzer] and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war."
Prior to 9/11 the American neoconservatives were explicit that the wars of aggression that they intended to launch in the Middle East required "a new Pearl Harbor."
For their own good and that of the wider world, Americans need to pay attention to the growing body of experts who are telling them that the government's account of 9/11 fails their investigation. 9/11 launched the neoconservative plan for U.S. world hegemony. As I write the U.S. government is purchasing the agreement of foreign governments that border Russia to accept U.S. missile interceptor bases. The U.S. intends to ring Russia with U.S. missile bases from Poland through central Europe and Kosovo to Georgia, Azerbaijan and central Asia. [See 'Impending Explosion: U.S. Intensifies Threats To Russia And Iran', by Rick Rozoff, Global Research, February 19, 2010] U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke declared on February 20 that al Qaida is moving into former central Asian constituent parts of the Soviet Union, such as Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan. Holbrooke is soliciting U.S. bases in these former Soviet republics under the guise of the ever-expanding "war on terror."
The U.S. has already encircled Iran with military bases. The U.S. government intends to neutralize China by seizing control over the Middle East and cutting China off from oil.
This plan assumes that Russia and China, nuclear armed states, will be intimidated by U.S. anti-missile defenses and acquiesce to U.S. hegemony and that China will lack oil for its industries and military.
The U.S. government is delusional. Russian military and political leaders have responded to the obvious threat by declaring NATO a direct threat to the security of Russia and by announcing a change in Russian war doctrine to the pre-emptive launch of nuclear weapons. The Chinese are too confident to be bullied by a washed up American "superpower."
The morons in Washington are pushing the envelope of nuclear war. The insane drive for American hegemony threatens life on earth. The American people, by accepting the lies and deceptions of "their" government, are facilitating this outcome.
The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money powers of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. Abraham Lincoln
THE AXIS OF GREED
(Economic top 0,5%)
WTO - World Bank - IMF
Corporations - Private Military - Covert Ops
National Governments - Citizen Military - Mass Media
Business Round Table
Chamber of Commerce
Federal Trade Commission
Council on Foreign Relations
American Petroleum Institute
American Enterprise Institute
American Bankers Association
Pharm Research & Manufacturers
Public Relations Society of America
American Psychological Association
Project for a New American Century
Securities and Exchange Commission
Committee for Economic Development
National Association of Manufacturers
Carnegie / Ford / Rockefeller foundations
Military / Media / Prison Industrial Complex
I dont view the Economic Elite as a small group of men who meet in secrecy to control the world. They do feature elements of conspiracy and are clearly composed of secretive organizations like the Bilderberg Group - this is not a conspiracy theory, this is a conspiracy fact - but as a whole the Economic Elite are primarily united by ideology. Theyre made up of thousands of individuals who subscribe to an ideology of exploitation and the belief that wealth and resources need to be concentrated into the fewest hands possible (theirs), at the expense of the many.
That being said, there are some definite lead players in this group and it is important that we are not too vague and expose the individuals who publicly lead them. Focusing on the fundamental structure of the US economy, we have people like Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Alan Greenspan, Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, John Mack, Vikram Pandit, John Thain, Hank Greenberg, Ken Lewis, John J. Castellani, Edward Yingling and Tom Donohue.
In total, the Economic Elite are made up of about 0.5% of the US population. At the center of this group is the Business Roundtable, an organization representing Fortune 500 CEOs that is also interlocked with several lead elite organizations. Most Americans have never heard of the Business Roundtable. However, in my analysis, it is the most influential and powerful Economic Elite organization.
The Business Roundtable joined the Business Council at the heart of both the corporate community and the policy-formation network and now has the most powerful role . The Roundtables interlocks with other policy groups and with think tanks are presented [below]. G. William Domhoff, Who Rules America?
The Roundtables first year of operation was 1972, which coincided with the beginning of the CEO salary explosion, and has been the driving force behind the unprecedented concentration of wealth since their inception. Their dominance over the US economy and government is unparalleled. Their members are a Whos Who of everything that is wrong with our economy. Here is a partial list of some of their lead members:
The Business Roundtable is the most powerful activist organization in the United States. Their leaders regularly lobby members of Congress behind closed doors and often meet privately with the President and his administration. Any legislation that affects Roundtable members has almost zero possibility of passing without their support.
For three major examples, look at healthcare and financial reform, along with the military budget. The healthcare reform bill devolved into what amounts to an insurance industry bailout and was drastically altered by Roundtable lobbyists representing interests like WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna, Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson. Obama and Congress are trying to please the Roundtable with a bill that supports their interests. This led to the dropping of the public-option put forth in the House bill. However, when it came to finishing the bill, Roundtable members began to walk away from the process. Thats the real reason why the reform bill has stalled. Obama will be meeting with the Roundtable on February 24th, in hopes of getting healthcare reform back on track. After that meeting, he will then hold a bipartisan healthcare meeting with members of congress.
Also being addressed in Obamas upcoming meeting with the Roundtable are issues concerning financial reform. Almost every aspect of financial reform has been D.O.A. [Dead On Arrival] thanks to Roundtable lobbyists representing the interests of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Bank of America, HSBC, Master Card and American Express. They even pushed to make sure Ben Bernanke was reconfirmed as the head of the Federal Reserve and they have also guided Obama into focusing on deficit reduction, now that their member companies are healthy again and making record profits after receiving trillions in government subsidies. The Roundtable played a pivotal role in the appointment of Hank Paulson, formerly the CEO of Roundtable member Goldman Sachs, who replaced Roundtable member John Snow as US Treasury Secretary. The Roundtable also strongly lobbied on behalf of current Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and White House National Economic Council Director Larry Summers. Although there has been recent talk of Geithner being replaced at the Treasury, the lead choice to replace him is Jamie Dimon, Roundtable member and CEO of JP Morgan Chase.
The drastic rise in military spending is also a result of Roundtable lobbyists pushing the interests of large military companies like Boeing and Bechtel, along with the largest oil companies like ExxonMobil, Shell, Hess and Chevron.
The Roundtable tells politicians what they want done, and the politicians do it. At times, Roundtable members even write the laws themselves. On financial reform alone, those representing Wall Street firms gave $42 million to lawmakers, mostly to members of the House and Senate banking committees and House and Senate leaders. During the 2008 election cycle, they gave $155 million: $88 million to Democrats and $67 million to Republicans. Keep in mind, this is the spending on just their financial reform initiative. When it came to health reform, they gave even more.
When it comes to getting elected, over 90% of the time the candidate who simply spends more money on their campaign wins the election. The Roundtable and politicians recognize this fact, so the overwhelming majority of current elected officials relied heavily on campaign funding from Roundtable members, including President Obama.
Shortly after Obamas inauguration he held a meeting with Roundtable members at the St. Regis Hotel. The president of the Business Roundtable is John J. Castellani. Throughout the first nine months of Obamas presidency, Castellani met with him at the White House more than any other person, with the exception of Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue. If you look at the records of people who have spent the most time with Obama in the White House, other than these two, another frequent visitor is Edward Yingling, the president of the American Bankers Association.
These organizations - the Business Roundtable, Chamber of Commerce and the American Bankers Association - along with the Federal Reserve, a secretive quasi-government private institution, form the center of the Economic Elites power structure. Since the bailout, the Federal Reserve has been working closely with private firm BlackRock. Due to this relationship, BlackRock has emerged as the worlds largest money manager and now manages more assets than the Federal Reserve. They also manage many of the Treasury Departments big investments.
On a global level, you have economic institutions like the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, and international treaties like NAFTA. These organizations already form a de facto world government that has rights beyond our constitutional rights and national sovereignty. If the WTO makes a ruling that goes against US law, the WTO ruling supersedes US law and wins out.
The World Trade Organization is the most powerful legislative and judicial body in the world. By promoting the free trade agenda of multinational corporations above the interests of local communities, working families, and the environment, the WTO has systematically undermined democracy around the world . Unlike United Nations treaties, the International Labor Organization conventions, or multilateral environmental agreements, WTO rules can be enforced through sanctions. This gives the WTO more power than any other international body. The WTOs authority even eclipses national governments.
When the Bank and the Fund lend money to debtor countries, the money comes with strings attached. These strings come in the form of policy prescriptions called structural adjustment policies. These policiesor SAPs, as they are sometimes calledrequire debtor governments to open their economies to penetration by foreign corporations, allowing access to the countrys workers and environment at bargain basement prices. Structural adjustment policies mean across-the-board privatization of public utilities and publicly owned industries. They mean the slashing of government budgets, leading to cutbacks in spending on health care and education . And, as their imposition in country after country in Latin America, Africa, and Asia has shown, they lead to deeper inequality and environmental destruction.
In addition to dominating our political and economic system, the Economic Elite have already created their own private military. Their private military is now more powerful than the US military. As mentioned earlier, private mercenaries now outnumber US soldiers and receive the lions share of military spending.
Corporations like SAIC, Blackwater, Bechtel, Raytheon and Halliburton are composed of the most elite worldwide intelligence and military officers. These are the highly profitable and powerful entities that the Economic Elite turn to when national militaries and intelligence agencies - like the CIA, FBI or other government run entities - cant get the job done.
For instance, SAIC, a stealth company that most people have never heard of, is considered to be the brains of the entire US intelligence apparatus, more powerful than the much more popularly known CIA, NSA and FBI - all agencies that SAIC is deeply intertwined with. I urge you to research SAIC to get a crash course in how the true power structure functions. You can start by reading an excellent investigative report by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele titled, Washingtons $8 billion shadow.
The Economic Elite dominate US intelligence and military operations. Other than the obvious geo-strategic reasons, the never-ending and ever-expanding War on Terrors objective is to drain the US population of more resources and further rob US taxpayers, while using our tax money to create a private military that is more powerful than the US military.
I think any logical person can see the ominous implications of having such a vast and powerful private military and intelligence complex, created for and used, in secrecy, by the Economic Elite. Outside of the blatant economic policy attacks, heavily armed and sophisticated covert powers led by small groups of Economic Elite are now a serious risk and present danger.
In conclusion, these economic and government policy forming organizations, along with their private military and intelligence corporations, form the core of the Economic Elite power structure.
I think one has to say its not just simply a matter of capturing people and holding them accountable, but removing the sanctuaries, removing the support systems." - Paul Wolfowitz
Washington's $8 Billion Shadow (March 2007) MUST READ! http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703?printable=true
Mega-contractors such as Halliburton and Bechtel supply the government with brawn. But the biggest, most powerful of the "body shops"SAIC, which employs 44,000 people and took in $8 billion last yearsells brainpower, including a lot of the "expertise" behind the Iraq war. -- One of the great staples of the modern Washington movie is the dark and ruthless corporation whose power extends into every cranny around the globe, whose technological expertise is without peer, whose secrets are unfathomable, whose riches defy calculation, and whose network of allies, in and out of government, is held together by webs of money, ambition, and fear. You've seen this movie a dozen times. Men in black coats step from limousines on wintry days and refer guardedly to unspeakable things. Surveillance cameras and eavesdropping devices are everywhere. Data scrolls across the movie screen in digital fonts. Computer keyboards clack softly. Seemingly honorable people at the summit of powerCabinet secretaries, war heroes, presidentsturn out to be pathetic pawns of forces greater than anyone can imagine. And at the pinnacle of this dark and ruthless corporation is a relentless and well-tailored titanomniscient, ironic, mercilessplayed by someone like Christopher Walken or Jon Voight.
To be sure, there isn't really such a corporation: the Omnivore Group, as it might be called. But if there were such a companyand, mind you, there isn'tit might look a lot like the largest government contractor you've never heard of: a company known simply by the nondescript initials SAIC (for Science Applications International Corporation), initials that are always spoken letter by letter rather than formed into a pronounceable acronym. SAIC maintains its headquarters in San Diego, but its center of gravity is in Washington, D.C. With a workforce of 44,000, it is the size of a full-fledged government agencyin fact, it is larger than the departments of Labor, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development combined. Its anonymous glass-and-steel Washington officea gleaming corporate box like any otherlies in northern Virginia, not far from the headquarters of the C.I.A., whose byways it knows quite well. (More than half of SAIC's employees have security clearances.) SAIC has been awarded more individual government contracts than any other private company in America. The contracts number not in the dozens or scores or hundreds but in the thousands: SAIC currently holds some 9,000 active federal contracts in all. More than a hundred of them are worth upwards of $10 million apiece. Two of them are worth more than $1 billion. The company's annual revenues, almost all of which come from the federal government, approached $8 billion in the 2006 fiscal year, and they are continuing to climb. SAIC's goal is to reach as much as $12 billion in revenues by 2008. As for the financial yardstick that really gets Wall Street's attentionprofitabilitySAIC beats the S&P 500 average. Last year ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company, posted a return on revenue of 11 percent. For SAIC the figure was 11.9 percent. If "contract backlog" is any measurethat is, contracts negotiated and pendingthe future seems assured. The backlog stands at $13.6 billion. That's one and a half times more than the backlog at KBR Inc., a subsidiary of the far better known government contractor once run by Vice President Dick Cheney, the Halliburton Company.
It is a simple fact of life these days that, owing to a deliberate decision to downsize government, Washington can operate only by paying private companies to perform a wide range of functions. To get some idea of the scale: contractors absorb the taxes paid by everyone in America with incomes under $100,000. In other words, more than 90 percent of all taxpayers might as well remit everything they owe directly to SAIC or some other contractor rather than to the IRS. In Washington these companies go by the generic name "body shops"they supply flesh-and-blood human beings to do the specialized work that government agencies no longer can. Often they do this work outside the public eye, and with little official oversighteven if it involves the most sensitive matters of national security. The Founding Fathers may have argued eloquently for a government of laws, not of men, but what we've got instead is a government of body shops.
(...) Unlike traditional wars, which eventually come to an end, the Global War on Terror as defined by the Bush administration can have no end: it is a permanent warthe perfect war for a company that has become an essential component of the permanent government. Political change causes scarcely a ripple. As one former SAIC manager observed in a recent blog posting: "My observation is that the impact of national elections on the business climate for SAIC has been minimal. The emphasis on where federal spending occurs usually shifts, but total federal spending never decreases. SAIC has always continued to grow despite changes in the political leadership in Washington." And the revolving door never stops spinning. One of the biggest contracts ever for SAIC is in the works right now. It's for a Pentagon program called Future Combat Systems, which is described as "a complex plan to turn the U.S. Army into a lighter, more lethal, more mobile force" and also as "the most difficult integration program ever undertaken by the U.S. Department of Defense." The contract runs into the billions of dollars. The man who helped craft this program at the Pentagon was Lieutenant General Daniel R. Zanini. Zanini recently retired from the army, and he now has a new job. Can you guess where it might be?
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The economic elite have escalated their attack on the U.S. public by surging military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
As Obama announced plans for escalating the war effort, it has become clear that the Obama Illusion has taken yet another horrifying turn. Before explaining how the Af-Pak surge is a direct attack on the US public, lets peer through the illusion and look at the reality of the situation.
Now that the much despised George W. Bush is out of the way and a more popular figurehead is doing PR for Dick Cheneys right-hand military leader Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is leading his second AF-Pak surge now, and with long time Bush family confidant Robert Gates still running the Defense Department, the masters of war have never had it so good.
Barack Obama, the anti-war candidate, has proven to be a perfect decoy for the military industrial complex. Consider all the opposition and bad press Bush received when he announced the surge in Iraq. Then consider this:
I: TROOP DEPLOYMENTS
The Bush surge in Iraq deployed an extra 28,000 US troops. Under Obama, back in March, a surge in Afghanistan, that also further escalated operations inside Pakistan, deployed an extra 21,000 troops. However, in an unannounced and underreported move, Obama added 13,000 more troops to that surge to bring the total to 34,000 troops. Obama actually outdid Bushs surge by 6000 troops and brought the overall number of US troops in Afghanistan to 68,000, double the number there when Bush left office.
Where opposition was fierce to Bushs surge, barely any opposition was expressed during Obamas surge. Part of the reason for so little political and public backlash was the cleverly orchestrated psychological operation to announce the beginning of US troop withdrawal from Iraq. While the drawdown in Iraq has been greatly exaggerated in the US mainstream media, as of October, Obama still had 124,000 troops deployed in Iraq (not counting private military contractors).
When Obama casts the illusion of a 2011 withdrawal from Afghanistan, one just needs look at the reality of the situation with the over-hyped withdrawal in Iraq.
Now, with Obamas latest surge announcement he will again be adding a minimum of another 30,000 US soldiers. This means that Obama has now led a bigger surge than Bush on two separate occasions within the past nine months of his new administration.
Obama has now escalated deployments in the Af-Pak region to 98,000 US troops. So in Af-Pak and Iraq, he will now have a total of 222,000 US troops deployed, 36,000 more than Bush ever had - 186,000 was Bushs highest total.
PRIVATE MILITARY AND NATO DEPLOYMENTS
The amount of private military contractors deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan is rarely reported on in the US mainstream press, but a Congressional Research Service investigation into this revealed that a record high 69% active duty soldiers are in fact private mercenaries.
Although the administration is yet to disclose how many private mercenaries will be deployed in the latest surge, it is believed that the 69% ratio will remain in tact.
The Pentagon released a report showing that Obama already had a total of 242,657 private contractors in action, as of June 30th. 119,706 of them in Iraq, 73,968 in Afghanistan, with 50,061 active in other US CENTCOM locations.
Back in June, Jeremy Scahill reported on these findings: According to new statistics released by the Pentagon, with Barack Obama as commander in chief, there has been a 23% increase in the number of Private Security Contractors working for the Department of Defense in Iraq in the second quarter of 2009 and a 29% increase in Afghanistan .
Plus, we must mention, the immense dangers of having private military contractors as 69% of our fighting force. For those of you unaware, private military contractors are hired from all over the world. Any former soldier, from any country, is welcome to come and fight for a salary - a salary that is often significantly more than what we pay our own US soldiers.
These mercenaries have a vested interest in prolonging the war, for as long as there is a war, they have a well paying job. So it is easy to infer that a significant percentage of these contractors will not have the US soldiers, or US taxpayers, best interests at heart.
Obama continues to feed this out of control private army by pouring billions of taxpayer dollars into shady and scandalous companies like Blackwater, who recently changed their name to Xe Services, because they destroyed their reputation by committing numerous war crimes in Iraq. A recent investigation by Jeremy Scahill revealed the extent to which Blackwater is involved in covert operations inside Afghanistan and Pakistan. In some cases, Blackwater is not working for the US, but were hired by covert elements inside Pakistan. When it comes to private contractors, the fog of war grows ominous, exactly who is fighting for whom is unclear. The crucial factor is who paid them the most that particular day.
The US military can give them $1000 today, and an enemy can give them $1000 tomorrow, when you have people who fight for a payday and not for a country, you get chaos. This leads to a breakdown in the chain of command, effectively turning a military operation into a covert intelligence operation, where youre never really sure if the person you are fighting with is on your side or not.
A federal investigation by the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, revealed in June: More than 240,000 contractor employees, about 80 percent of them foreign nationals, are working in Iraq and Afghanistan to support operations and projects of the U.S. military, the Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Contractor employees outnumber U.S. troops in the region. While contractors provide vital services, the Commission believes their use has also entailed billions of dollars lost to waste, fraud, and abuse due to inadequate planning, poor contract drafting, limited competition, understaffed oversight functions, and other problems.
Before this latest surge, there were over 123,000 US and NATO troops in the Af-Pak region, and 200,000 Afghan security forces, supporting the US effort. According to US intelligence sources the total number of Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in the region was estimated to only be about 25,000, giving the US led forces a minimum of a 12 to 1 troop advantage.
When you add in estimated private soldiers, you get an approximate minimum of a 17 to 1 advantage.
Although Obama opened his war speech by mentioning al-Qaida as the main justification for this war, consider this AP report: national security adviser James Jones said last weekend that the al-Qaida presence has diminished, and he does not foresee the return of the Taliban to power. He said that according to the maximum estimate, al-Qaida has fewer than 100 fighters operating in Afghanistan without any bases or ability to launch attacks on the West.
Does it seriously take a surge of hundreds of thousands of troops to contain what amounts to less than 100? al-Qaida members?
Any serious war strategist will tell you that the most effective way to combat the remains of the al-Qaida network, is through an intelligence operation, and statistics prove that escalating more troops into the region will only fuel further acts of terrorism.
Speaking of fueling hatred toward the US, other than a huge troop increase, there has also been a sharp increase in the use of unmanned drones. The New Yorker reports: According to a just completed study by the New America Foundation, the number of drone strikes has risen dramatically since Obama became President. During his first nine and a half months in office, he has authorized as many C.I.A. aerial attacks in Pakistan as George W. Bush did in his final three years in office.
The unmanned drones have caused major controversy due to the high number of civilian causalities they cause. However, as the study stated, the Obama Administration continues to increasingly rely upon them.
So summing up these statistics, we have the most fierce and technologically advanced military force in history, vastly outnumbering what amounts to be a ragtag army of peasant farmers with guns, and our best option is supposed to be an increase in troop levels?
Obviously, something doesnt add up.
After thinking about all of this, you begin to see through the smokescreen of what this war is said to be about and get a glimpse of some of the sinister forces at play here.
OVER EXTENDED TROOPS
With the rise in deployments, the US military is stretched to a breaking point. Obama is deploying practically every available US Army brigade to war, leaving few units in reserve.
As this war enters its 9th year, many soldiers are forced into deploying on their 3rd or 4th combat tours, and morale is fading fast.
The past year has seen a dramatic increase in US soldier deaths, with the number of wounded drastically rising as well. 928 US soldiers have died in Afghanistan thus far, with last month being the deadliest month since the start.
AP reports that nearly four times as many troops were injured in October as a year ago. Amputations, burns, brain injuries and shrapnel wounds proliferate in Afghanistan, due mostly to crude, increasingly potent improvised bombs targeting U.S. forces . Since 2007, more than 70,000 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury more than 20,000 of them this year
US soldier suicides are also on the rise. In 2008, 197 army soldiers committed suicide. Thus far in 2009, there have been 211 army suicides.
McClatchy recently reported: An Army task force has found that a growing number of soldiers serving in Afghanistan are suffering from some kind of mental stress and is urging the military to double the number of mental health professionals deployed there. The study, conducted by the Army Mental Health Advisory Team, found that soldiers morale in Afghanistan is significantly lower than it was in 2005 and 2007 studies
As wounded soldiers return from Afghanistan and Iraq, they are finding a healthcare system that is increasingly more difficult and costly to get care from. In fact, 2,266 US veterans died in 2008 due to lack of healthcare, and researchers also found that, in 2008, 1,461,615 veterans between the ages of 18 and 64 lacked insurance.
Despite all of this, in another devastating example of how the economy is unraveling US society, military enlistment levels have reached a high. In a report by the Washington Post headlined: A Historic Success In Military Recruiting they reveal:
For the first time in more than 35 years, the U.S. military has met all of its annual recruiting goals, as hundreds of thousands of young people have enlisted despite the near-certainty that they will go to war.
The Pentagon said the economic downturn and rising joblessness, as well as bonuses and other factors, had led more qualified youths to enlist. The military has not seen such across-the-board successes since the all-volunteer force was established.
We delivered beyond anything the framers of the all-volunteer force would have anticipated, Bill Carr, deputy undersecretary of defense for military personnel policy, said at a Pentagon news conference.
Overall, the Defense Department brought in 168,900 active-duty troops, or 103 percent of the goal for the fiscal year .
What we are witnessing here with such high enlistment levels during this economic crisis has many parallels to Germany in the 1930s. Just like the United States now, the German economy in the 1930s was devastated by an economic crisis brought on by Wall Street. With rising unemployment and poverty, German men turned to the military for income and health benefits that their family severely needed. With over 25 million US citizens unemployed and underemployed, over 50 million with no healthcare, and over 50 million living in poverty, military service is now a last resort for a growing number of desperate Americans as well. The record-breaking enlistment numbers are expected to continue to rise as the economy continues to decline.
Such a perfect democracy constructs its own inconceivable foe, terrorism. Its wish is to be judged by its enemies rather than by its results.
Guy DeBord, Comments On the Society of the Spectacle, 1988
II: THE MILITARIZED ECONOMY
The amount of money necessary to keep the US military machine growing has reached astonishing levels. Considering the increasing amount of troops and contractors, the White House estimates that it spends one million dollars per soldier, per year in Afghanistan, not including the added expense of training and maintaining a security force.
According to these calculations, 30,000 troops for this latest surge will add an additional $30 billion to the annual budget, just in troop related costs. Also consider the price of moving fuel around, AFP reports: Moving soldiers and supplies across the rugged Afghan landscape costs more than in Iraq, with the military consuming 83 liters or 22 gallons of fuel per soldier per day. The Hill adds: Pentagon officials have told the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee a gallon of fuel costs the military about $400 by the time it arrives in the remote locations in Afghanistan where U.S. troops operate.
Other than in Iraq and Afghanistan, you have an unprecedented number of military bases spread throughout the world. Officially there are 900 military facilities in 46 countries and territories (the unofficial figure is far greater). The US military owns or rents 795,000 acres of land, with 26,000 buildings and structures, valued at $146bn. The bases bristle with an inventory of weapons whose worth is measured in the trillions and whose killing power could wipe out all life on earth several times over. The official figures exclude the huge build-up of troops and structures in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, as well as secret or unacknowledged facilities in Israel, Kuwait, the Philippines and many other places. In just three years of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, £2bn was spent on military construction.
There was public outcry when Bush drastically raised an already bloated military budget to record highs. But in comes the admired anti-war candidate Obama, in the middle of a severe economic crisis, and what happens? Obama drastically increased Bushs record budget to $651 billion in 2009. Yes, during a severe economic crisis, Obama actually increased Bushs budget. US military spending is higher than the rest of the world combined. The 2010 budget, which doesnt account for war-related spending yet, is already set to grow to $680 billion.
However, these budget numbers are deceiving because the Obama Administration has been getting better at hiding extra spending in other budget items. The actual total 2009 budget was over $1 trillion.
And much like the staggering giveaway to the economic elite in the Wall Street banker bailout, no one is really sure where a significant percentage of this money is actually going. On September 10, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld announced that $2.3 trillion in military spending was unaccounted for. As CBS News reported: $2.3 trillion - thats $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America.
At that time, Pentagon auditors admitted that they couldnt account for a staggering 25% of all military spending. And the budget has exploded since then, with fewer people accounting for where this money is going.
Once again, just like the $23.7 trillion that went into propping up the Wall Street elite - which totals $80,000 for every American - you have trillions more in taxpayer money vanishing and very few regulating and accounting for it.
Other than this staggering loss of taxpayer money, any serious economist will tell you that military spending increases unemployment and decreases economic growth.
Economists Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes, in their book The Three Trillion Dollar War, report that military spending on the war in Iraq has created over a trillion dollars in loses to the US economy.
On top of all the looting of taxpayer money that is occurring, several powerful House committee chairmen have proposed a surtax on Americans to pay the future military costs.
With the country already operating at a record $12 trillion deficit, members of congress dont know how we can afford increasing an already huge war expenditure.
In this struggling economy, weapon sales have become one of Americas most booming businesses. US weapon sales have hit a record level under the Obama administration. Foreign Policy In Focus reports:
In fiscal year 2008, the foreign military sales program sold $36 billion in weapons and defense articles, an increase of more than 50% over 2007. Sales for the first half of 2009 reached $27 billion, and could top out at $40 billion by the end of the year. In contrast, through the early 2000s, arms sales averaged between $8-13 billion per year .
But last year, the United States sold arms or military services to well over 100 nations .
the majority of U.S. arms sales to the developing world went to countries that our own State Department defined as undemocratic regimes and/or major human rights abusers. And over two-thirds of the worlds active conflicts involved weapons that had been supplied by the United States.
Selling all these weapons, especially during the biggest global financial crisis, will lead to one thing terrorism.
Given these statistics, it shouldnt be a surprise to hear how US taxpayer dollars are still funding the Taliban. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban government was funded by the US taxpayer. In fact, the Taliban still receives a significant portion of their funding courtesy of the US taxpayer. As The Nation recently reported: It is an accepted fact of the military logistics operation in Afghanistan that the US government funds the very forces American troops are fighting. And it is a deadly irony, because these funds add up to a huge amount of money for the Taliban. Its a big part of their income, one of the top Afghan government security officials told The Nation in an interview. In fact, US military officials in Kabul estimate that a minimum of 10 percent of the Pentagons logistics contractshundreds of millions of dollarsconsists of payments to insurgents.
As former CIA Station Chief John Stockwell explained: Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the US military machine to turn.
With the war in Afghanistan now entering its 9th year, senior military commanders and a growing number of experts have come to the conclusion that this war is unwinnable and will fuel terrorism.
However, they all seem to be missing the point, before explaining this in more detail, let me start by referring you to a quote from a journalist who had firsthand experience operating inside a militaristic empire:
The war is not supposed to be winnable, it is supposed to be continuous all for the hierarchy of society The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs. War is now a purely internal affair. George OrwelL
U.S. Sells Arms to South Asian Rivals (FEBRUARY 25, 2010) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703510204575085771112111454.html
Washington Increases Weapons Transfers to India and Pakistan to Maintain Neutrality, Aid Industry -- The Obama administration is sharply expanding American weapons transfers to both India and Pakistan, longtime rivals about to sit down for peace talks Thursday.The U.S. has sought to remain neutral in the thorny relationship between the nuclear-armed neighbors. But Washington hasn't been shy about pursuing weapons deals in the region, which officials say will lead to closer ties with each country while creating new opportunities for American defense firms. The U.S. has made billions of dollars in weapons deals with India, which is in the midst of a five-year, $50 billion push to modernize its military. At the same time, American military aid to Pakistan stands to nearly double next year, allowing Islamabad to acquire more U.S.-made helicopters, night-vision goggles and other military equipment. The aid has made it easier for Pakistan to ramp up its fight against militants on the Afghan border, as the U.S. tries to convince Islamabad that its biggest security threat is within the country, not in India.During a late January trip to Islamabad, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the U.S. would for the first time give Pakistan a dozen surveillance drones, a longstanding Pakistani request. But India and Pakistan have each been irked when the U.S. made big-ticket weapons sales or transfers to the other. India lobbied against recent U.S. legislation giving Pakistan billions of dollars in new nonmilitary aid; the measure passed. A top Pakistani diplomat warned last week that a two-year-old civilian nuclear deal between the U.S. and India could threaten Pakistan's national security by making it easier for India to covertly build more nuclear weapons. Washington's relationships with the two nations are very different. India, which is wealthier and larger than its neighbor, pays for weapons purchases with its own funds. Pakistan, by contrast, uses American grants to fund most of its arms purchases. A new U.S. counterinsurgency assistance fund for Pakistan is slated to increase from $700 million in fiscal year 2010 to $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2011."We do straight commercial deals with India, while Pakistan effectively uses the money we give them to buy our equipment," said a U.S. official who works with the two countries. "But we think that's ultimately in our national interest because it makes the Pakistanis more capable of dealing with their homegrown terrorists."India is one of the largest buyers of foreign-made munitions, with a long shopping list which includes warships, fighter jets, tanks and other weapons. Its defense budget is $30 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, a 70% increase from five years ago. CLIP
"They aren't gathering revenue for the government. They are lining up deals for defense contractors. Do you think the money is going to make it's way into the public coffers? I doubt it. Also, while I see a lot of people on here think this is great policy, when Pakistan starts using our drones and military equipment against their own people, which was also paid for by the American tax payer, who are they going to want to hold accountable? New terrorists anyone? India is at least paying for their military purchases. With Pakistan, the American citizen is being stolen from to then transfer their wealth to defense contractors with the ultimate benefit being given to Pakistan, who could one day be our enemy. Yeah, this sounds like good long term thinking." -- "This is ridiculous. Pakistan begs for money from the US, gets it and then spends huge sums on military hardware. How about setting aside money for education and infrastructure for the young people, so the country is not a focal point for terror?" -- "India is paying US $50B. Pakistan is extorting $30B/Year from US as protection money in Afghanistan. Why are both being called a sale? One is a sale, other is a "gift" at best. May be it's a way to lure India to buy!"
From: "Mark Graffis" (email@example.com)
Subject: SIBEL EDMONDS: THE TRAITORS AMONG US
Date: 22 Feb 2010
The information in this article has been in the public domain for a long time, but the "feign-stream" media, including the New York Times, will not touch it. After you read it you will understand why. Larry Flynt, in spite of his unsavory reputation, should get credit for keeping this story alive. Otherwise, I would just go down the memory hole and be forgotten.
SIBEL EDMONDS HAS NAMED NAMES. WHY ISN'T THE MEDIA REPORTING THE STORY?
by Brad Friedman - March 2010
SIBEL EDMONDS, a former FBI translator, claims that the following government officials have committed what amount to acts of treason. They are lawmakers Dennis Hastert, Bob Livingston, Dan Burton, Roy Blunt, Stephen Solarz and Tom Lantos, as well as at least three members of George W. Bush's inner circle: Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz and Marc Grossman. But is Sibel Edmonds credible?
"Absolutely, she's credible," Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told CBS's 60 Minutes when he was asked about her in 2002. "The reason I feel she's very credible is because people within the FBI have corroborated a lot of her story."
Edmonds's remarkable allegations of bribery, blackmail, infiltration of the U.S. government and the theft of nuclear secrets by foreign allies and enemies alike rocked the Bush Administration. In fact, Bush and company actually prevented Edmonds from telling the American people what she knewup until now.
John M. Cole, an 18-year veteran of the FBI's Counterintelligence and Counterespionage departments, revealed the panic of upper-echelon officials when Edmonds originally started talking back in 2002. "Well, the Bureau is gonna have to try to work something out with Sibel," Cole said an FBI executive assistant told him at the time, "because they don't want this to go out and become public."
But they couldn't "work something out with Sibel because, it seems, she wasn't looking to make a deal. Edmonds says she was looking to expose what she believed to be the ugly truth about the infiltration of the U.S. government by foreign spies. They were enabled, Edmonds claimed, by high-ranking U.S. officials and insider moles planted at nuclear weapons facilities around the nation.
"Everybody at headquarters level at the Bureau knew what she was saying was extremely accurate," Cole said recently. "They were trying to figure out ways of keeping this whole thing quiet because they didn't want Sibel to come out."
Her under-oath testimony for the Ohio Election Commission, given in a recent videotaped deposition, is both shocking and horrifying. (Edmonds was the star witness for Congressional candidate David Krikorian in connection with a formal complaint initiated by Representative Jean Schmidt [R-Ohio]. Challenging her in 2008, a Krikorian flyer had accused Schmidt of accepting "blood money" from Turkish interests to help block a House bill recognizing Turkey's genocide of Armenians in 1915.) The deposition was allowed to proceed by the Obama Administration, which chose not to invoke the draconian and little-known "State Secrets Privilege" to gag her, as the previous administration had done, twice.
Edmonds testified that Congressman Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois), a former Speaker of the House, was involved in "several categories" of corruption on behalf of Turkish agents, according to information she claims to have heard while translating and analyzing FBI counterintelligence wiretaps recorded from 1996 through 2002. She mentioned his "acceptance of large sums of bribery in forms of cash or laundered cash" coupled with the ability "to do certain favors make certain things happen for [the] Turkish government's interest."
The mainstream U.S. media, however, apparently remain uninterested in investigating any of it. Not even after Cole himself called for a "Special Counsel" to investigate and prosecute. So what the hell is going on here? Giraldi believes that, as with companies such as AIG and GM becoming "too big to fail," the size and success of this massive national security espionage scandal has simply become too big to bust.
He told me, "You have to look at Marc Grossman being part of a much bigger operation in terms of the Israelis and the Turks obtaining influence over our legislators and over a number of senior government officials at the Pentagon and State Department. Because this thing was so big, and it affected both Democrats and Republicans, I think the U.S. government is terrified of opening up this Pandora's box."
Giraldi added, "The people in Congress and in the Justice Department who should be investigating this and also in the mediabecause the media is tied hand and foot to governmentthis is all part of one big, you know, conspiracy, if you want to look at it this way. And, essentially, this is a story that they don't want to get out."
So why, exactly, isn't the media covering Sibel Edmonds, whom the ACLU once described as "the most gagged person in the history of the U.S.," now that she is finally able to tell her story? It's a story, after all, that the legendary 1970s whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has deemed "far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers."
"If we had an effective mainstream media that was going after this story, that would make it come out," Giraldi noted. "But we don't have an effective media." He then pointed out one more reason for the media's reluctance to dig into this story: "According to Sibel, Grossman actually bragged that he would get from the Turks the information that they wanted to appear in an article. He would write it up, and he would fax it over to the New York Times, and they would print it just as he had written it under somebody else's byline."
Guess we won't expect any coverage of this scandal from the New York Times, "the paper of record," any time soon. And if a story isn't covered by the Times, and thereafter picked up by everybody else, did it really happen? Given the complicity of the media with regard to Sibel Edmonds, it would appear the government never even needed to invoke the "State Secrets Privilege" in the first place.
As of this writing, HUSTLER stands to be the largest, most "corporate" U.S. outlet in which these startling, now-public, on-the-record disclosures have been reported. The moral: Pull off a large enough crime, and it becomes too big to do anything about.
NOTE: The many comments - starting from HERE - are really worth a look.
Kill the Messenger Documentary http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibel_Edmonds
In September, 2006, a documentary about Sibel Edmonds' case called Kill the Messenger (Une Femme à Abattre) premiered in France. The documentary focuses on both Ms. Edmonds' personal struggle to expose the criminality that she claims to have uncovered while at the FBI, and also the alleged 'secret' itself the network of nuclear black-market, narcotics and illegal arms trafficking activities.
Kill the Messenger 1 of 5 WATCH THIS! - HARDLY ANYONE SAW THIS!! EXPLOSIVE INFORMATION http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4qvjDKcqsk
Meet Sibel Edmonds, a gagged patriot most of us no nothing about. Now you do. Is her story believable? Who do you believe? Who benefits? What does Sibel have to gain from lying? Does the government have to gain or lose from lying? Doesn't it seem obvious to you what is going on? It is to me. PART 2 - PART 3 - PART 4PART 5
Absolute Bombshell, 23 May 2007 - User Reviews http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0881933/
Edmonds has all the information to crack 9/11, the Afghan War, and Iraqi War wide open! She and a former CIA specialist discuss the material at length involved with the lead up and commencing Afghan War. This is extremely explosive and something the government does not want you to see!!! Just when you thought you knew it all about the Wars, government, and media, this will most certainly turn it upside down!!! That's a promise. No wonder the government does not want her to testify. This could mean the very end of the Bush administration and many members of Congress. It will make you wonder if you were in reality or living in fantasy land.
Check also TICKING TIME BOMBS MORE AND MORE AMERICANS NOW QUESTION HOW OBAMA IS DEALING WITH HEALTHCARE REFORM, PERSONAL PRIVACY AND OTHER KEY ISSUES. (...) Lawyers for the Bush Administration concocted legal justifications for torture. How did the Department of Justice become the Department of Expediency [as it continues to be under Obama]? Some lawyers working in national security [under Bush and Obama] assert a Commission on Torture would have a chilling effect on their actions. Good. Any notions of bending the law to immoral ends should be chilled. So the sometimes-shouting disquiet around the country is not just about healthcare. And it also needs to be about us if we are not to have other such administrations as Bush-Cheney and Obama. It took too many of us too long to remain silently complicit as U.S. and international laws were cruelly broken in our name. Why did it take us so long? Now, under President Obama, there is an awakeningembodying the spirit of Founding Father Samuel Adams, the Sons of Liberty and the Committees of Correspondence, who precipitated the still-unfinished American Revolution. In the spirit of their resistance to King George III, hip humorist Dave Barry cautions: As Americans, we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful and relentless. I refer, of course, to the federal government.
STATE CRIMES AGAINST DEMOCRACY http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2010/03/02/state-crimes-against-democracy/
New research in the journal American Behavioral Scientist (Sage publications, February 2010) addresses the concept of State Crimes Against Democracy (SCAD). Professor Lance deHaven-Smith from Florida State University writes that SCADs involve highlevel government officials, often in combination with private interests, that engage in covert activities for political advantages and power. Proven SCADs since World War II include McCarthyism (fabrication of evidence of a communist infiltration), Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (President Johnson and Robert McNamara falsely claimed North Vietnam attacked a US ship), burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsbergs psychiatrist in effort to discredit Ellsberg, the Watergate break-in, Iran-Contra, Floridas 2000 Election (felon disenfranchisement program), and fixed intelligence on WMDs to justify the Iraq War. Other suspected SCADs include the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, the shooting of George Wallace, the October Surprise near the end of the Carter presidency, military grade anthrax mailed to Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, Martin Luther Kings assassination, and the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 on September 11, 2001. The proven SCADs have a long trail of congressional hearings, public records, and academic research establishing the truth of the activities. The suspected SCADs listed above have substantial evidence of covert actions with countervailing deniability that tend to leave the facts in dispute.
(...) National Medal of Science recipient (1999) Professor Lynn Margulis from the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is one of many academics who supports further open investigative research in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Margulis recently wrote in Rock Creek Free Press, all three buildings were destroyed by carefully planned, orchestrated and executed controlled demolition.6 Richard Gage, AIA, architect and founder of the non-profit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Inc. (AE911Truth), announced a decisive milestone February 19, 2010 at a press conference in San Francisco, CA. More than 1,000 architects and engineers worldwide now support the call for a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center complex on September 11, 2001. Credible scientific evidence brings into question the possibility that some aspects of the events of 9/11 involved State Crimes Against Democracy. Psychologically this is a very hard concept for Americans to even consider. However, ignoring the issue in the context of multiple proven SCADs since World War II seems far more dangerous for democracy than the consequences of future scientific inquiry and transparent, fact-based investigative reporting. Anything short of complete, open discourse based on all the evidence about these critical issues in our society relating to the possible continuation of SCADs is simply a matter of censorship.
Over one million Iraqis have met violent deaths as a result of the 2003 invasion, according to a study conducted by the prestigious British polling group, Opinion Research Business (ORB). These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the mass killings of the last centurythe human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number (1.7 million) who died in Cambodias infamous Killing Fields during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s.
ORBs research covered fifteen of Iraqs eighteen provinces. Those not covered include two of Iraqs more volatile regionsKerbala and Anbarand the northern province of Arbil, where local authorities refused them a permit to work. In face-to-face interviews with 2,414 adults, the poll found that more than one in five respondents had had at least one death in their household as a result of the conflict, as opposed to natural cause.
Authors Joshua Holland and Michael Schwartz point out that the dominant narrative on Iraqthat most of the violence against Iraqis is being perpetrated by Iraqis themselves and is not our responsibilityis ill conceived. Interviewers from the Lancet report of October 2006 (Censored 2006, #2) asked Iraqi respondents how their loved ones died. Of deaths for which families were certain of the perpetrator, 56 percent were attributable to US forces or their allies. Schwartz suggests that if a low pro rata share of half the unattributed deaths were caused by US forces, a total of approximately 80 percent of Iraqi deaths are directly US perpetrated.
Even with the lower confirmed figures, by the end of 2006, an average of 5,000 Iraqis had been killed every month by US forces since the beginning of the occupation. However, the rate of fatalities in 2006 was twice as high as the overall average, meaning that the American average in 2006 was well over 10,000 per month, or over 300 Iraqis every day. With the surge that began in 2007, the current figure is likely even higher.
Schwartz points out that the logic to this carnage lies in a statistic released by the US military and reported by the Brookings Institute: for the first four years of the occupation the American military sent over 1,000 patrols each day into hostile neighborhoods, looking to capture or kill insurgents and terrorists. (Since February 2007, the number has increased to nearly 5,000 patrols a day, if we include the Iraqi troops participating in the American surge.) Each patrol invades an average of thirty Iraqi homes a day, with the mission to interrogate, arrest, or kill suspects. In this context, any fighting age man is not just a suspect, but a potentially lethal adversary. Our soldiers are told not to take any chances (see Story #9).
According to US military statistics, again reported by the Brookings Institute, these patrols currently result in just under 3,000 firefights every month, or just under an average of one hundred per day (not counting the additional twenty-five or so involving our Iraqi allies). Thousands of patrols result in thousands of innocent Iraqi deaths and unconscionably brutal detentions.
Iraqis attempts to escape the violence have resulted in a refugee crisis of mammoth proportion. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration, in 2007 almost 5 million Iraqis had been displaced by violence in their country, the vast majority of which had fled since 2003. Over 2.4 million vacated their homes for safer areas within Iraq, up to 1.5 million were living in Syria, and over 1 million refugees were inhabiting Jordan, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and Gulf States. Iraqs refugees, increasing by an average of almost 100,000 every month, have no legal work options in most host states and provinces and are increasingly desperate.1
Yet more Iraqis continue to flee their homes than the numbers returning, despite official claims to the contrary. Thousands fleeing say security is as bad as ever, and that to return would be to accept death. Most of those who return are subsequently displaced again.
Maki al-Nazzal and Dahr Jamail quote an Iraqi engineer now working at a restaurant in Damascus, Return to Iraq? There is no Iraq to return to, my friend. Iraq only exists in our dreams and memories.
Another interviewee told the authors, The US military say Fallujah is safe now while over 800 men are detained there under the worst conditions. . . . At least 750 out of the 800 detainees are not resistance fighters, but people who refused to collaborate with occupation forces and their tails. (Iraqis who collaborate with occupation forces are commonly referred to as tails of the Americans.)
Another refugee from Baghdad said, I took my family back home in January. The first night we arrived, Americans raided our house and kept us all in one room while their snipers used our rooftop to shoot at people. I decided to come back here [Damascus] the next morning after a horrifying night that we will never forget.
The mortality statistics cited in Is the United States Killing 10,000 Iraqis Every Month? were based on another article suitable for Project Censored recognition, a scientific investigation of deaths caused by the war in Iraq. The original article, published in Lancet in 2006, received some dismissive coverage when it was released, and then disappeared from view as the mainstream media returned to reporting biased estimates that placed Iraqi casualties at about one-tenth the Lancet estimates. The corporate media blackout of the original study extended to my article as well, and has continued unabated, though the Lancet article has withstood several waves of criticism, while being confirmed and updated by other studies (Censored 2006, #2).
By early 2008, the best estimate, based on extrapolations and replications of the Lancet study, was that 1.2 million Iraqis had died as a consequence of the war. This figure has not, to my knowledge, been reported in any mass media outlet in the United States.
The blackout of the casualty figures was matched by a similar blackout of other main evidence in my article: that the Bush administration military strategy in Iraq assures vast property destruction and lethality on a daily basis. Rules of engagement that require the approximately one thousand US patrols each day to respond to any hostile act with overwhelming firepowersmall arms, artillery, and air powerguarantee that large numbers of civilians will suffer and die. But the mainstream media refuses to cover this mayhem, even after the Winter Soldier meetings in March 2008 featured over one hundred Iraq veterans who testified to their own participation in what they call atrocity producing situations. (see Story #9)
The effectiveness of the media blackout is vividly illustrated by an Associated Press poll conducted in February 2007, which asked a representative sample of US residents how many Iraqis had died as a result of the war. The average respondent thought the number was under 10,000, about 2 percent of the actual total at that time. This remarkable mass ignorance, like so many other elements of the Iraq War story, received no coverage in the mass media, not even by the Associated Press, which commissioned the study.
The Iraq Veterans Against the War has made the brutality of the occupation their special activist province. The slaughter of the Iraqi people is the foundation of their demand for immediate and full withdrawal of US troops, and the subject of their historic Winter Soldier meetings in Baltimore. Though there was no mainstream US media coverage of this event, the live streaming on Pacifica Radio and on the IVAW website reached a huge audienceincluding a vast number of active duty soldierswith vivid descriptions of atrocities committed by the US war machine. A growing number of independent news sites now feature regular coverage of this aspect of the war, including Democracy Now!, Tom Dispatch, Dahr Jamails MidEast Dispatches, Informed Comment, Antiwar.com, and ZNet.
UPDATE BY MAKI AL-NAZZAL AND DAHR JAMAIL
The promotion of US general David Petraeus to head CENTCOM, and General Raymond Odierno to replace Petraeus as commanding general of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, provoked a lot of anger amongst Iraqis in both Syria and Jordan. The two generals who convinced US and international society of improvement in Iraq do not seem to have succeeded in convincing Iraqi refugees of their success.
Just like the Bush Administration decorated Paul Bremer (former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority), they are rewarding others who participated in the destruction to Iraq, stated Muhammad Shamil, an Iraqi journalist who fled Iraq to Syria in 2006. What they call violence was concentrated in some parts of Iraq, but now spread to be all over the country, thanks to US war heroes. People are getting killed, evicted or detained by the thousands, from Basra (South) to Mosul (North).
Other Iraqi refugees seem to have changed attitudes regarding their hopes to return. Compared to when this story was published in March 2008, the refugee crisis continues to deepen. This is exacerbated by the fact that most Iraqis have no intention of returning home. Instead, they are looking for permanent residence in other countries.
I decided to stop dreaming of going back home and find myself a new home anywhere in the world if I could, said thirty-two-year-old Maha Numan in Syria, I have been a refugee for three years now living on the dream of return, but I decided to stop dreaming. I have lost faith in all leaders of the world after the surges of Basra, Sadr City and now Mosul. This seems to be endless and one has to work harder on finding a safe haven for ones family.
Iraqis in Syria know a lot more of the news about their country than most journalists. At an Internet café in Damascus, each of them calls his hometown and reports the happenings of the day to other Iraqi refugees. News of ongoing violence across much of Iraq convinces them to remain abroad.
There were four various explosions in Fallujah today, said Salam Adel, who worked as a translator for US forces in Fallujah in 2005. And they say it is safe to go back! Damn them, go back for what? For roadside bombs or car bombs?
It has been important, politically, for the Bush administration to claim that the situation in Iraq is improving. This claim has been assisted by a complicit corporate media. However, the 1.5 million Iraqis in Syria, and over 750,000 in Jordan, will tell you differently. Otherwise, they would not remain outside of Iraq.
Iraq is Not Yesterdays War for the Millions of Displaced (01/26/2010) http://www.refintl.org/blog/iraq-not-yesterdays-war-millions-displaced
The international communitys new preferred narrative about Iraq is that the violence has been greatly reduced; the U.S. is drawing down its military; the humanitarian situation has stabilized; and now it is up to the Iraqi Government, assisted by UN development actors, to rebuild the country.While it is true that there is less violence in most parts of Iraq today than there was two years ago, the levels of targeted violence and civilian death remain much higher than before the U.S. invasion. This weeks bombing in Baghdad underscored what we all know: Iraq continues to have a security problem. This is also evidenced by the simple fact that international UN staff cannot access areas outside of the green zone without U.S. military escort. For all practical purposes, the UN today has no new access to the vulnerable communities they serve than they did in 2007. Iraqi NGOs themselves continue to work clandestinely. Last week five Iraqi aid workers were killed point blank in their offices.It is expected that the drawdown of U.S. troops will create new insecurities for a variety of populations; not least the several thousand Iraqis currently employed by and living on U.S. military bases. Innocent civilians from all ethnic and religious groups could easily be targeted or caught up in renewed violence in the struggle for political power in Iraq. While there is no longer an outpouring of refugees from Iraq, displacement persists. Over 1.5 million Iraqis continue to be displaced inside the country without the ability to reclaim their original homes and properties. Some continue to live in makeshift shelters without food and water security. Fewer people returned home in 2009 than in 2008. In a recent UN survey, 92% of Iraqis living outside their country responded that they had no intention of returning under the current circumstances. The U.S. has spent over $50 billion on reconstruction projects and yet Iraqis today lack access to basic infrastructure such as electricity. The UNs plan to now develop Iraq, without the ability to even access the communities they seek to serve, seems dubious at best.There is no doubt that Iraq needs basic infrastructure and long-term development and that the Iraqi government should take the lead and be fully autonomous to determine its future. At the same time, it is critical that the international community, and the U.S. in particular, pay close attention to the plight of Iraqs displaced. As the military leaves, the U.S. should increase its humanitarian assistance until the ever-promised development finally arrives. This will take time. It is too early to simply turn away from these issues and too naïve to think that the preferred narrative is the only one at play.
US Using Iraqi Political Discord to Justify Continuance of Occupation (February 25th, 2010) http://dahrjamailiraq.com/us-using-iraqi-political-discord-to-justify-continuance-of-occupation#more-1744
As Iraqi national elections on March 7 approach, violence and political discord in the country have escalated dramatically. On February 22, Gen. Ray Odierno, the top US commander in Iraq, announced that the US was preparing contingency plans to delay the withdrawal of all combat forces from Iraq if violence or political instability increases after the national elections scheduled for March 7. There are approximately 96,000 US military personnel in Iraq. Under President Obamas current plan, which is a continuation of George W. Bushs policy in Iraq, the stated intention is to cut the number of US troops in Iraq to 50,000 by August 31. The US government plans to keep at least 50,000 troops in Iraq indefinitely, as a so-called training force for Iraqi security forces.On February 22 alone, the same day General Odierno made his comments, at least 44 Iraqis and one US soldier were killed as attacks raged across Iraq. In one of the attacks, a female suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded 33 others in an attack at the home of a police commissioner in Balad Ruz. In another, three mortar rounds struck the so-called Green Zone in Baghdad, wounding at least six people.The attacks have drawn comparisons by Iraqi analysts to rampant attacks that occurred during the sectarian bloodshed that ravaged Iraq between 2006-2007.On February 19, just days before Odierno made his comment about the possibility of ongoing violence slowing a US withdrawal, US Brig. Gen. Kevin Mangum warned that violence in Iraq could worsen as a result of the upcoming elections.The elections have been seen as a pivotal point for the Obama administration, with the expectation that they would bring more political stability to Iraq, further enabling a US withdrawal. Instead, thus far, they are having the opposite effect, as General Mangum suggested might happen. Will there be sectarian strife after the election? asked Mangum. Thats our biggest concern at this point.Mangum, one of the senior military commanders in Iraq, warned that the period after Iraqs national vote may well be more dangerous than election day itself. Mangums comments show that the military could already expect Odiernos contingency plans of slowing the withdrawal to be a reality.Meanwhile, Iraqs political process appears to already be in a state of breakdown largely fomented by current and formerly US-backed players. Months of delays and growing calls for boycotts, along with actual boycotts of the election from candidates and groups recently banned from participating are fueling political discord that threatens to prevent any party from successfully forming a government in the wake of the elections. (...) For these reasons, as well as other volatile issues like Kurdish control of Kirkuk in the north and the issue of federalism in Iraq, Rubaies conclusion is ominous: For all those reasons, it would be delusional to say that the magical solution to Iraqs predicament resides in the elections, since quite the contrary, these elections could open the gates of hell.
Mass Casualties: The Dark Underbelly of Occupation, an Army Medics Account (February 18th, 2010) http://dahrjamailiraq.com/mass-casualties-the-dark-underbelly-of-occupation-an-army-medics-account#more-1732
Look around, the drill sergeant said. In a few years, or even a few months, several of you will be dead. Some of you will be severely wounded or so badly mutilated that your own mother cant stand the sight of you. And for the real unlucky ones, you will come home so emotionally disfigured that you wish you had died over there.It was Week 7 of basic training eighteen years old and I was preparing myself to die, said Michael Anthony in Mass Casualties: A Young Medics True Story of Death, Deception and Dishonor in Iraq. The book is more than a simple memoir about a difficult experience. It is an insiders scathing testimony of an ongoing illegal and unethical military action in a distant, once-sovereign state, by the US. Perhaps, this fresh account will raise some outcry over an issue that has all but dropped out of the American publics radar.Following the family legacy of military service, Anthony enlisted in the military at 17. The image he had nurtured of the idealism of military life, however, ran aground upon his arrival in Iraq, where he served as a medic in an operating room (OR) at a US military base. Mass Casualties is a collection of Anthonys personal journal entries from his time in Iraq. It includes his introspections on and insights into the inherently irrational and meaningless nature of military life. The rawness of the narrative reveals how the occupation broke down the young soldiers spirit and almost desensitized him into believing my job isnt to feel. (...) Here is an account that chronicles the impact of war on the individual psyche as well as the collective consciousness of those that participate in it. We are shown the swift process of dehumanization that all soldiers undergo on the ground, to the extent that the lines distinguishing friend from enemy get blurred.After hearing about a woman in his unit being gang-banged by three Marines at his base the soldier writes: I wish I could just forget everything and go back to thinking that everyone in the military is an American hero. I wish I still had someone to look up to, although I know its impossible. None of it seems to make sense, and I cant understand how people can do what they do. The authors morale, like that of his peers, plummets within weeks of his arrival in Iraq. Nothing had prepared him for the melting of backgrounds and personalities that the Army is. His associates in the battle field are not easy people: What an outfit: people in their thirties, married with children, all of them having affairs. One was a heroine addict; the other has slept with eleven men in the past three months. One guy tired to kill himself and another kidnapped a drug dealer. Alcoholics, chain smokers, compulsive gamblers - who am I to judge? The reader is exposed to the factors leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a serious condition that has been affecting veterans and active duty soldiers alike, in epidemic proportions since the beginning of the occupation. CLIP
Swine flu was as elusive as WMD. The real threat is mad scientist syndrome
Remember the warnings of 65,000 dead? Health chiefs should admit they were wrong yet again about a global pandemic
Simon Jenkins - 14 January 201
Let me recap. Six months ago I reviewed the latest bit of terrorism to emerge from the government's Cobra bunker, courtesy of Alan Johnson, home secretary. Swine flu was allegedly ravaging the nation. The BBC was intoning nightly statistics on what "could" happen as "the deadly virus" took hold. The chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, bandied about any figure that came into his head, settling on "65,000 could die", peaking at 350 corpses a day.
Donaldson knew exactly what would happen. The media went berserk. The World Health Organisation declared a "six-level alert" so as to "prepare the world for an imminent attack". The happy-go-lucky virologist, John Oxford, said half the population could be infected, and that his lowest estimate was 6,000 dead.
The "Andromeda strain" was stalking the earth, and its first victims were clearly scientists. Drugs were frantically stockpiled and key workers identified as vital to be saved for humanity's future. Cobra alerted the army. Morgues were told to stand ready. The Green party blamed intensive pig farming. The Guardian listed "the top 10 plague books".
If anyone dared question this drivel, they were dismissed by Donaldson as "extremists". When people started reporting swine flu to be even milder than ordinary flu, he accused them of complacency and told them to "wait for next winter". He was already buying 32m masks and spending more than £1bn on Tamiflu and vaccines. Surgeries refused entry to those with flu symptoms, referring them to a government "hotline" where prescription drugs were ordered to be made available without examination or doctor's note. Who knows how many died of undiagnosed illness as a result? Lines were instantly jammed. It was pure, systematic government-induced panic in which I accept that the media played its joyful part.
This week the authorities admitted that, far from a winter upturn in swine flu, there has been a slump. From 100,000 a week at the peak, there were just 12,000 last week. After the coldest winter for decades, when deaths might be expected to rise, the rate is below that of seasonal flu. In the UK, 360 people have died under its influence, most with prior "non-flu" conditions. Swine flu is not nice I have had it but bears no ?relation to the government hysteria.
I accept that anyone can make a mistake, and authority has some duty to err on the side of caution. As Alastair Campbell implied on Tuesday, Iraq might have had weapons of mass destruction, so Blair was right to go to war just in case. But it is reasonable to ask, as the Chilcot inquiry is doing, why precaution on such a colossal and potentially ?destructive scale was justified when those who questioned the need for it have since been proved right. Is anyone asking about flu?
Swine flu is not the first time we have suffered this nonsense. I have a stack of predictions by senior scientists on BSE/CJD in 1995. It would "lead to 136,000 deaths" a spurious exactitude used to convey plausibility and "could infect up to 10 million Britons". This led to an obscene £5bn campaign of cattle destruction and compensation. When the prediction proved wildly wrong, the government excused itself with a classic Rumsfeld-ism: "The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence."
This was followed by Sars 2003, a "panic gripping the world". The World Health Organisation declared that "One in four Britons could die". The medical doom-monger, Dr Patrick Dixon, said that Sars had "a 25% chance of killing tens of millions", whatever that meant. The madcap Tory health spokesman, Liam Fox, demanded the arrest and quarantining of all recent travellers from Asia, including 30,000 Asian students.
In the event, some 800 people died with Sars worldwide, against 21,000 who died in Britain in the seasonal flu epidemic of 1999/2000.
Undaunted, within a year the same alarmists were at work on avian flu. With now habitual hyperbole, Donaldson predicted 50,000 deaths, with "an upper limit", graciously conceded, of 750,000. When one dead swan slumped on a beach in Scotland, BBC reporters went crazy as inspectors stumbled through the seaweed, clad in anti-nuclear armour. Within a year the horror had passed. The global mortality was put at 262, with not one death in Britain. Another fiasco was brushed under the carpet.
The Blair government, and now Brown's, have proved adept at using scare politics to divert attention from other troubles. During foot-and-mouth Blair was quick to don a yellow jumpsuit for photographers and intone as if he alone stood between an illness (that is in fact harmless to humans) and armageddon. This time the swine flu coincided with two other "mystery diseases", MRSA and C-difficile, which killed 10,000 Britons in 2007 alone. But those deaths lay squarely at the doors of unclean NHS hospitals. Hence there were no scary stories or predictions about them from Donaldson.
Donaldson and his eager virologists will doubtless stick loyally to their predictions since it is "too early to be complacent". His allies at the BBC did their bit on Wednesday with a Horizon programme that turned a serious study of virology into grotesque scaremongering, with solemn music and voices crying, "there's no escape", "this could take a devilish turn", and "we don't even know how many viruses there are!" Children writhed in agony from smallpox.
Mad scientist syndrome is rampant. Had these scares been disseminated by a private firm, a local authority or a newspaper (as was anti-MMR), they would be damned from on high with demands that heads roll. As it is, the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies sails gaily on, still graced by the presence of Sir Roy Anderson, who ?happens also to draw a six-figure salary as a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline, which made hundreds of millions from the government's panic. Anderson, and GSK, vigorously deny any conflict of interest.
The Council of Europe's head of health, Wolfgang Wodarg, is one of the few who have dared blow the whistle on the links between "Big Pharma" and national and ?supranational agencies. He this week persuaded the council to stage a debate on the "enormous gains" made by GSK and others from the swine flu pandemic. He seeks details of relations between the companies and the WHO, given that stockpile contracts kick in the moment that ?organisation uses the word "pandemic". It did so for the first time last year, with reckless alacrity.
I am not aware of the WHO or the General Medical Council or any of the medical colleges investigating these matters, or any check on conflicts of interest of government doctors who work for drugs companies. I am not aware of any Whitehall or Commons committee, any National Audit Office or competition inquiry into the supply of these drugs. All I know is that a huge amount of health money, time and effort was last year diverted from possibly critical therapies into what looked from the start to be yet more terror virology.
This is why people are ever more sceptical of scientists. Why should they believe what "experts" say when they can be so wrong and with such impunity? Weapons of mass destruction, lethal viruses, nuclear radiation, global warming why should we believe a word of it? And it is a short step from don't believe to don't care.
You pull your punches here Sir Simon. It doesn't seem to be a case of just a few eccentric "mad scientists", but seems too go much further than that. http://mangalorean.com/browsearticles.php?arttype=Opinion&articleid=1586
According to what this guy is saying, the swine flu vacine was really "untested"."We are being told that this new fast tracked, poorly tested vaccine is very safe and effective. The results of the testing on this vaccine were reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. It is instructive to learn that the tests for safety and to assess complications lasted only 7 days after the vaccine, an incredibly short period of follow-up. Gullian Barre paralysis, a dangerous and crippling neurological condition, can occur even months after a vaccine as can seizures, behavioral problems and neurodevelopmental disorders in children. It is interesting to note that the authors of the safety study for our swine flu vaccine were all employees of the maker of the vaccine CSL Biotherapeutics and eight held equity interest in the company. Furthermore, Katrina Megget, a journalist, writing in the Pharma Times of the 2nd December 2009, has this to say under the title Swine ?Flu labeled a conspiracy. "The swine flu pandemic has been named as the "most ambitious scam and corruption of our time" after pharma has been found to be in bed with the World Health Organisation. Journalists from Denmark have reported links between the World Health Organisation and pharmaceutical companies where firms have been covertly paying top WHO scientists.
Underwater and Underground Bases: Eye-opening and Revealing (Published in 2001)
By B. Kopenhaver -- June 20, 2008
Sauder's work on Undersea & underground bases is really interesting, fact based journey into a part of our reality we rarely see, hear about or discuss. His work is riveting with facts, quotes from government documents, corporate websites, and different agencies. He also throws in quotes from anonymous insiders, but this isn't the force behind his work, and they exist solely in illustrate the facts he lays down.
He opens with some common government underground installations. He shows us what's on the record and gives us glimpses of CIA, FEMA, US Military, NSA and many other installations that exist, underground and can be proven so by the available data. He then goes onto discuss the two sides of the US government, the everday apparent one we read about in Newspapers and see on TV and the completely invisible one that works with classified data, technology and black budgets. He quotes an excerpt from Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget by Tim Weiner as follows:
There are two governments in the United States today. One is visible. The other is invisible.
The first is the government that citizens read about in their newspapers and children study about in their civics books. The second is the interlocking, hidden machinery that carries out the policies of the United States in the Cold War.
He then goes on:
These words were written by David Wise and Thomas Ross in the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War. More than 30 years have passed, the Cold War is now over (at any rate that is what the newspapers tell us), but the invisible government remains. And the secret underground bases fall within its clandestine domain. Out of sight, out of mind. Funded from the black budget, steathily constructed, operated by known and unknown, highly secretive agencies that carry out hidden agendas, without our knowledge, deep underground.
In 1973, L Fletcher Prouty, a retired US Air Force Colonel, published an eye-opening book entitled, The Secret Team. Prouty held a unique position in the United States government. From 1955 to 1963 he was the liaison between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense for military support of what he calls Special Operations. In this position he had access to a wide range of political, intelligence and military operatives - all the way from Washington, DC and the Pentagon to the far corners of the globe. He saw the full gamut of secret operations and policy making.
The Secret Team which gives Prouty the title for his book, is a powerful, brutally violent and treacherous international octopus. It has operatives in the academic world (scholars), in intelligence agencies (spies), in the military (both officers and enlisted personnel), in private industry (businessmen & women), in the world of corporate and public sector high finance (bankers, financiers and stock brokers), in the news media (electronic & print journalists), in the publishing industry in the United States and abroad (book publishers). It has powerful connections in dozens of countries all over the world. According to Prouty, the Secret Team overthrows and influences governments almost at will, all over the globe. At the core of the Secret Team are members of the CIA, the National Security Council, and various and sundry other military and civilian officials, intelligence operatives, business people and academics.
Prouty characterizes this Secret Team as "the real power structure". Far from being a tight, coherently focused group it is in actuality more like a hugely violent, murderously out of control, sprawling octopus that has the world and the United States in its deadly grasp.
He continue, discussing the Black Budget, and how it's easily in the Tens of Billions of Dollars a year - enough to build multiple underground installations in the last fifty years.
He gives some evidence for a secret tunnel system in the US, a little exposition on MagLev technology, and a few briefs from companies that were submitting contracts for extensive, nation-wide systems to be built by the year 2000. Interesting that we never heard of any such system in the works, and if it was underground only to be used by 'The Secret Team' of course we wouldn't have. I must admit, the technical briefs he presents as well as illustrations of bases and pictures of machinery is all very eye-opening. It's just amazing to think this stuff actually exists and that it NEVER is discussed anywhere.
He goes on to discuss how to hide an underground base, how you'd cloak it's construction and quotes from some government documents for weapons inspectors that detail what to look for when you're searching for covert facilities. It's all really interesting, and makes the Big Dig in Boston and the NYC Water pipe project look like they may be cover for some clandestine operations undernearth those major cities. Perhaps ports for the secret mag lev system? (my guess not his)
The next two chapters go onto the topic of undersea operations and boy these are incredible! He gives plans, documents and details that show from experts in the field how such things could be constructed for a few million dollars. He gives us a look at the navy's special underwater construction teams and offices, showing that the members of this group must have top secret clearance. I mean, connecting the dots yourself it's obvious that the navy is engaged in lots of underwater construction... I wonder what they're building down there?
He even shows that its possible to build bases under the ocean floor, from a submarine completely concealed from surface observation. It's technically feasible, and totally affordable for the Secret Team and their black budget.
Overall the book was eye-opening. It yields an awareness of the technical capabilities of these secret entities that seem to run about in the shadows. Likelihood that hundreds of these bases exist around the world is high, yet we don't know about them, have no idea what they're used for, and since they're kept secret my only guess is that the stuff their doing down there isn't for the benefit of humanity at large. I highly recommend this book, if only for it's ability to offer facts, documentation, and images that one will get no where else.
In discussing this new release of MOD files, they quote "statistics" and present a "graph" to indicate two things: the vast majority of UFO sightings are "balloons, aircraft, fireballs, bright stars, and planets"--and UFO reports have been in decline. To indicate the fallaciousness of UFOs picked up on radar, an example is offered of a such a radar blip being caused by a church spire.
With that caveat, they then give examples of "physical evidence" of real UFO sightings. In one a man is hit with a beam from a UFO and permanently sickened; in another, a UFO leaves a "silky, white substance" behind; and, in a third, a man's car and flashlight (torch) are switched off by a UFO.
Out of over 1,000 reports, these three are treated as true even though all three witnesses reported their encounters after the fact. And all three, I believe, follow the standard formula, also favored in the US, of frightening the public into thinking extraplanetary intelligent beings are frightening and probably hostile.
We have here unsubstantiated stories that says ETs will hit you with beam weapons that sicken you, ETs are coating us with "chemtrail"-like substances, and ETs can turn off your power and leave you helpless.
Dr. David Clarke narrates the video because, the National Archives says, he is "an expert in UFO history" and consultant to the National Archives UFO Project. Since David Clarke received his Ph.D. in "mythology and folklore", we see where they're going with this.
World's top firms cause $2.2 trillion of environmental damage, report estimates
By Juliette Jowit - 18 February 2010
Report for the UN into the activities of the world's 3,000 biggest companies estimates one-third of profits would be lost if firms were forced to pay for use, loss and damage of environment
The cost of pollution and other damage to the natural environment caused by the world's biggest companies would wipe out more than one-third of their profits if they were held financially accountable, a major unpublished study for the United Nations has found.
The report comes amid growing concern that no one is made to pay for most of the use, loss and damage of the environment, which is reaching crisis proportions in the form of pollution and the rapid loss of freshwater, fisheries and fertile soils.
Later this year, another huge UN study - dubbed the "Stern for nature" after the influential report on the economics of climate change by Sir Nicholas Stern - will attempt to put a price on such global environmental damage, and suggest ways to prevent it. The report, led by economist Pavan Sukhdev, is likely to argue for abolition of billions of dollars of subsidies to harmful industries like agriculture, energy and transport, tougher regulations and more taxes on companies that cause the damage.
Ahead of changes which would have a profound effect - not just on companies' profits but also their customers and pension funds and other investors - the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment initiative and the United Nations Environment Programme jointly ordered a report into the activities of the 3,000 biggest public companies in the world, which includes household names from the UK's FTSE 100 and other major stockmarkets.
The study, conducted by London-based consultancy Trucost and due to be published this summer, found the estimated combined damage was worth US$2.2 trillion (£1.4tn) in 2008 - a figure bigger than the national economies of all but seven countries in the world that year.
The figure equates to 6-7% of the companies' combined turnover, or an average of one-third of their profits, though some businesses would be much harder hit than others.
"What we're talking about is a completely new paradigm," said Richard Mattison, Trucost's chief operating officer and leader of the report team. "Externalities of this scale and nature pose a major risk to the global economy and markets are not fully aware of these risks, nor do they know how to deal with them."
The biggest single impact on the $2.2tn estimate, accounting for more than half of the total, was emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change. Other major "costs" were local air pollution such as particulates, and the damage caused by the over-use and pollution of freshwater.
The true figure is likely to be even higher because the $2.2tn does not include damage caused by household and government consumption of goods and services, such as energy used to power appliances or waste; the "social impacts" such as the migration of people driven out of affected areas, or the long-term effects of any damage other than that from climate change. The final report will also include a higher total estimate which includes those long-term effects of problems such as toxic waste.
Trucost did not want to comment before the final report on which sectors incurred the highest "costs" of environmental damage, but they are likely to include power companies and heavy energy users like aluminium producers because of the greenhouse gases that result from burning fossil fuels. Heavy water users like food, drink and clothing companies are also likely to feature high up on the list.
Sukhdev said the heads of the major companies at this year's annual economic summit in Davos, Switzerland, were increasingly concerned about the impact on their business if they were stopped or forced to pay for the damage.
"It can make the difference between profit and loss," Sukhdev told the annual Earthwatch Oxford lecture last week. "That sense of foreboding is there with many, many [chief executives], and that potential is a good thing because it leads to solutions."
The aim of the study is to encourage and help investors lobby companies to reduce their environmental impact before concerned governments act to restrict them through taxes or regulations, said Mattison.
"It's going to be a significant proportion of a lot of companies' profit margins," Mattison told the Guardian. "Whether they actually have to pay for these costs will be determined by the appetite for policy makers to enforce the 'polluter pays' principle. We should be seeking ways to fix the system, rather than waiting for the economy to adapt. Continued inefficient use of natural resources will cause significant impacts on [national economies] overall, and a massive problem for governments to fix."
Another major concern is the risk that companies simply run out of resources they need to operate, said Andrea Moffat, of the US-based investor lobby group Ceres, whose members include more than 80 funds with assets worth more than US$8tn. An example was the estimated loss of 20,000 jobs and $1bn last year for agricultural companies because of water shortages in California, said Moffat.
The price of environmental destruction? There is none (18 February 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/18/price-of-environmental-destruction
Putting a price on nature becomes meaningless if we treat the ecosystems upon which we depend as mere commodities with a price for trading - The economy is no stranger to creating its own fantasy world with little or no relation to the real one. We witnessed the damage that can cause when the banks thought they had stumbled on financial alchemy and could transform bad debt into good economic base metal into gold.Now it's possible that a much bigger error is coming to light. The rise and rise of global corporations lifted on a wave of apparent productivity gains may have been little more than a mask for the reckless liquidation of natural capital. It's as if we've been so distracted by our impressive speed of economic travel that we forgot to look at the fuel gauge or the cloud of smog left in our wake. CLIP
Putting a value on nature could set scene for true green economy (10 February 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2010/feb/10/pavan-sukhdev-natures-economic-model
Much environmental damage has been caused by the way we do business. Is there a way of changing our economic models from being part of the problem into part of the solution? The living fabric of this planet - its ecosystems and biodiversity - are in rapid decline worldwide. This is visible and palpable and is variously due to commercial over-exploitation, or population pressures, or a raft of unhelpful policies, or some combination. At a very fundamental human level, however, it is due to the lack of awareness that there is a problem with human society being disconnected from nature.Economics is blamed for much of our woes these days and credited with little so two questions need to be asked: is economics part of the problem of ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss? And is it part of the solution?The answer to the first question is a fairly obvious "yes". The economic invisibility of nature in our dominant economic model is both a symptom and a root cause of this problem. We value what we price, but nature's services - providing clean air, fresh water, soil fertility, flood prevention, drought control, climate stability, etc - are, mostly, not traded in any markets and not priced. These so-called "ecosystem services" are all "public goods" provided free. Our tendency to value private wealth creation over improving public wealth - creating a healthier natural world, for example - doesn't help.We cannot manage what we do not measure and we are not measuring either the value of nature's benefits or the costs of their loss. We seem to be navigating the new and unfamiliar waters of ecological scarcities and climate risks with faulty instruments. Replacing our obsolete economic compass could help economics become part of the solution to reverse our declining ecosystems and biodiversity loss.We need a new compass to set different policy directions, change incentive structures, reduce or phase out perverse subsidies, and engage business leaders in a vision for a new economy. Holistic economics or economics that recognise the value of nature's services and the costs of their loss is needed to set the stage for a new "green economy". CLIP
Biodiversity is not just about saving exotic species from extinction (11 January 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/cif-green/2010/jan/11/biodiversity-year-of-international-biodiversity
Neglect of the natural services provided by biodiversity is an economic catastrophe greater than the global economic crisis - Starting Monday, celebrations and events across the world will highlight the beginning of the UN's Year of International Biodiversity and the loss of our richly varied flaura and fauna, which is estimated to be as high as 1,000 times the natural rate as a result of human activities.Ahmed Djoghlaf, the general secretary of the treaty signed by 192 countries since 1992 to protect biodiversity, is blunt about efforts to preserve the health of biodiversity since the Rio Earth summit 18 years ago. Governments worldwide have failed to meet the treaty's target of reversing the trend for declining biodiversity, he says, and urgently need momentum to hit its targets for 2020.Biodiversity is integral to our daily lives. It is not about the loss of exotic species which have been the focus of conservation activities by the foundations and trusts of wealthy nations. It is about the vital resources which underpin the wealth and health of the world's poor and that provide the vital needs for the heath and wellbeing of us all.The equivalent to the Stern report for biodiversity is called The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). It warns that our neglect of the natural services provided by biodiversity is an economic catastrophe of an order of magnitude greater than the global economic crisis. Year on year, the irreversible loss of natural diverse genetic resources impoverishes the world and undermines our ability to develop new crops and medicines, resist pests and diseases, and maintain the host of natural products on which humans rely.Equally significant, are the vital natural services that the world's ecosystems provide. These include providing vital oxygen, decomposing waste, removing pollutants, providing the natural buffers that help manage drought and flood, protect soil from erosion, ensure soil fertility, and provide breeding nurseries to maintain fish ocean stocks. The list goes on, and among these immeasurable vital functions of nature is of course its ability to absorb carbon dioxide. The ability of forests, bogs and salt marches, tundra, coral and ocean plankton to sequester carbon should be our greatest ally in managing the increased emissions of fossil fuel activity a key theme of the climate negotiations in Copenhagen last month.Rather than seeing biodiversity and ecological mechanisms being eroded, we need to see a massive effort towards finding a more effective sustainable relationship between human society and nature. This is not a scientific or environmental issue, it is a social question and an ethical one about what our generation leaves for those in the future.
CARBON TRADING - REDD: Breathing new life into the scam of carbon trading
(World Rainforest Movement - Monthly Bulletin - Issue 151 - February 2010 )
Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is based on a simple idea: Making forests worth more alive than dead. But on closer examination, it is not simple at all. To forest peoples, forests already are worth more alive than dead. REDD could involve the biggest ever transfer of control over forests to international carbon financiers and polluting companies.
A massive new market in forest carbon would come with a series of new (and not so new) risks. In an article describing how Goldman Sachs helped create (and profit from) the financial bubble that so spectacularly burst a couple of years ago, journalist Matt Taibbi explains that "Instead of credit derivatives or oil futures or mortgage-backed CDOs , the new game in town, the next bubble, is in carbon credits . . . a groundbreaking new commodities bubble, disguised as an 'environmental plan'." This new market in carbon derivatives "will be vast, complicated, and dauntingly difficult to monitor," writes Rachel Morris in Mother Jones magazine.
But it is not only journalists who are concerned about the complexities of this new market. Feike Sijbesma is the Chief Executive Officer of Royal DSM, one of the largest Dutch multinational corporations. "There are now already in development derivatives of CO2 prices that are so complicated that I do not understand it any more," he said at the World Economics Forum earlier this year. "If you get a reservoir of derivatives which becomes so big that it becomes an industry in itself that is very dangerous because you can get the tail wagging the dog."
At least one hedge fund company is already betting on the carbon market collapsing. "We think there's a 30 percent chance the market collapses," says Anthony Limbrick, the chief investment officer of the hedge fund firm, Pure Capital. Limbrick, however, is not too worried about a collapse. "That could create a 'fat tail' (a very rare event with major consequences) for us to make money."
Proponents of financing REDD through carbon trading put forward two apparently contradictory arguments. The first is the "low-hanging fruit" argument - stopping deforestation is one of the cheapest and easiest ways of reducing emissions. "Tropical forest conservation is a critically strategic climate change solution," says Jeff Horowitz of Avoided Deforestation Partners, "because it is more affordable than technologically intensive solutions therefore allowing bigger pollution reductions than would otherwise be economically or politically feasible." Horowitz and his organisation have lobbied hard to make sure that carbon offsets are part of the draft climate legislation in the US. Horowitz also estimates that "protecting tropical forests will cut the cost of U.S. climate legislation almost in half saving Americans billions."
The second is that reducing deforestation needs so much money, that the only way of financing REDD is to make sure that the carbon markets are involved. Here's Horowitz again: "The only path to secure the $40 billion annually that may be needed to end and ultimately reverse deforestation is through creating incentives for private investment."
Of course there is no guarantee that throwing vast sums of money at the problem of deforestation will make it go away. Underlying causes of deforestation include corruption and illegal logging. The Forestry Ministries in several REDD countries are the most corrupt ministries in some of the most corrupt countries in the world. Illegal logging accounts for a large proportion of timber exports from many of the countries currently interested in implementing REDD.
"Alarm bells are ringing," says Peter Younger, a specialist in environmental crimes at Interpol. "It is simply too big to monitor. The potential for criminality is vast and has not been taken into account by the people who set it up." In an interview with the Guardian last year, Younger notes that "Organised crime syndicates are eyeing the nascent forest carbon market . . . REDD schemes are open to wide abuse."
Abuse is already happening, in both the forest and the market. Papua New Guinea has seen fake carbon credits, carbon cowboys and a series of dodgy-looking deals with landowners. Meanwhile in Europe, carbon credit fraud in the Emission Trading System (ETS) has resulted in losses of about five billion euros. The European Law Enforcement Agency estimates that "in some countries up to 90 per cent of the whole market volume was caused by fraudulent activities."
The risks are obvious. So is the impossibility of regulating such a complex market. And the point of this whole shaky edifice, apart from generating huge profits for carbon traders? To ensure that companies can buy carbon credits allowing them to continue pumping out greenhouse gases.
Indonesia: Government proposes 21 million hectares of plantations to meet climate targets (26 JANUARY 2010) WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION OF CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FORESTS TO MAKE PROFITS FOR A HANDFUL OF INDIVIDUALS - MOST CERTAINLY INCLUDING CORRUPTED GOVERNMENTS OFFICIALS. SHAME!!! http://chrislang.org/2010/01/26/indonesia-government-proposes-21-million-hectares-of-plantations-to-meet-climate-targets/
There are two realities in the forestry sector in Indonesia. In one, the forests continue to be destroyed, peatswamps are drained, forests are logged, burned and replaced by industrial tree plantations. Indigenous Peoples and local communities rights are bulldozed along with the forests. Meanwhile, in the other reality, trees are planted, forests are restored and greenhouse gas emissions will soon become a thing of the past. Occasionally, these two realities collide. In December 2009, Cornelis, the Governor of West Kalimantan, was giving a speech about the governments One Man, One Tree campaign, but was repeatedly interrupted by the noise of logging trucks loaded with newly logged timber on the nearby Trans-Kalimantan highway. Im making a speech about the tree-planting movement and a truck carrying piles of timber passes by, the Jakarta Globe reported him as saying. If we ask the drivers, I dont think they will have permits, he added. After four trucks had interrupted him, Cornelis asked the police to stop any more logging trucks for driving past. Just until he finished his speech. (...) As Indonesias forests burn, the government is looking forward to massive expansions in the oil palm and pulp and paper industries: the two industries directly and indirectly responsible for many of the fires. There are plans for 20 million hectares of new oil palm plantations and nine million hectares of new pulpwood plantations. And the Forestry Ministry plans to hand over 2.2 million hectares of forest to mining companies over the next ten years. Bad as all this is, things could soon get much worse. On 6 January 2010, Zulkifli Hasan, Indonesias Forestry Minister, revealed the governments cunning plan for meeting its emissions target: 21 million hectares of new forest. If the scenario described proceeds, if the planting proceeds, we can reach more than 26 percent, Hasan told journalists in Jakarta. An area of 500,000 hectares is to be planted each year, at a cost of US$269 million. Of course, the 21 million hectares of new forest will not be forest at all. It will be plantations. Thats 20 million hectares of oil palm plantations, nine million hectares of pulpwood plantations and 21 million hectares of carbon plantations. A total of 50 million hectares of proposed plantations. Indonesia has an appalling record of corruption and fraud associated with plans to promote plantations. CLIP
Indonesia: Plantations, human rights and REDD (22 DECEMBER 2009) http://chrislang.org/2009/12/22/indonesia-plantations-human-rights-and-redd/
Before the plantations came, villagers in Teluk Kabung in Riau province in Sumatra, grew coconuts. A few years ago, thousands of hectares of forest surrounding the village were clearcut and replaced by acacia monocultures to supply Asia Pulp and Papers massive operations. As soon as they cut down the trees in the forest, the pests swarmed in, and ate our coconut trees, a villager told Mitra Taj, a radio journalist from Living on Earth. Dozens of dead coconut trees lie on the ground near the village. Many of those still standing are just trunks, with no palm fronds and no coconuts.Industrial deforestation has destroyed the habitat of the Sumatran tiger to the point where there are only about 250 remaining. And these have so little forest left that they stray into plantations, villages and logging camps. Tigers that used to live in the forest now come into the village. At least ten people have been killed this year.It makes me want to cry, one of the villagers told Living on Earth. The only reason Im not crying is because Im holding back. We have nothing else. Sometimes I cant even look at this land, because I have no hope.
(...) A new solution to all these problems is being touted in international meetings such as the recent UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen: Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). We have been looking for an opportunity like this for decades, Joe Leitmann at the World Bank in Jakarta told Living on Earth. We think that with REDD its a potential game changer. Of course, Leitmann says nothing about the role the World Bank has played in financing forest destruction in Indonesia. Certainly, the problems are serious. In Riau province alone, an area of 1.6 million hectares of peat and forests are likely to burn this year. But how, exactly, will REDD, this game changer, actually change anything? APP and APRIL hope to get REDD payments for not cutting forest in areas where they already have permission to cut. No doubt APP will want payment for its forest corridors. APRIL plans to plant a ring of 150,000 hectares of acacia plantations around the Kampar Peninsular and put in place a moratorium on clearing the 300,000 hectare core on the peninsular. APRIL anticipates large sums of carbon money. But APRIL is silent on local peoples livelihoods. The company did not even bother telling local communities on the Kampar Peninsular about its plans. The people who have lost their livelihoods to industrial tree plantations have some of the smallest carbon footprints in the world. APP and APRIL are responsible for huge greenhouse gas emissions from forest destruction and draining of peat swamps. Yet REDD would reward APP and APRIL and do nothing to stop the trampling of villagers basic human rights.
BBC documentary leads Unilever to blacklist Indonesian palm oil company (February 24, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0224-palmoil.html
Unilever has told Indonesian suppliers to stop sourcing palm oil from Duta Palma due to concerns over deforestation, reports Reuters. Unilever's warning comes shortly after a BBC documentary linked palm oil used in the company's products to rainforest destruction by Duta Palma. Derom Bangun, vice-chairman of the Indonesian Palm Oil Board, an industry body, told Reuters Unilever's decision was a direct result of the documentary. "It is Unilever's decision," Bangun told Reuters. "Unilever did not have a supply contract with Duta Palma to begin with. They are safeguarding their supply mechanisms by asking their traders not to buy palm oil from this company after that BBC report." The move comes two months after Unilever, the world's largest corporate palm oil buyer, dropped a $32.6 million contact with PT Smart, a subsidiary of Sinar Mas, Indonesia's largest palm oil producer, due to the company's poor environmental record. Sinar Mas has seen an exodus of major Western buyers in recent weeks. The latest move by Unilever adds pressure on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a budding certification scheme that aims to encourage environmental stewardship among palm oil producers. RSPO is seen by many as a path forward towards more responsible palm oil production, but the initiative has been criticized by environmentalists for weak monitoring and compliance protocols. The Duta Palma incident adds fuels to the fire since the company is a member of RSPO. "It creates a lot of suspicion between the two groups," an RSPO official in Malaysia told Reuters. "But it highlights the difficulty of trying to stay green, especially when the Indonesian government is handing out concessions to develop oil palms."
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