The Shift of Ages Series #10: Transdimensional Jump Point Approaching Fast
Please, pay attention to this one. There is much of great importance herein. There is a good hint in the title - I distinctly heard the words "Transdimensional Jump Point" at the end of a recent powerful dream and it feels appropriate to include them here...
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"Well, once again, a compilation that piques many responses within. One of interest in so many ways is the subject of human enhancement and transhumanist ethics. So much good with potential for so much harm. We haven't gotten right yet dealing what we already have. How can we take this leap without leaving natural humans as a pile of garbage to be burned or buried in the local refuse dump? All of the funding for this type of improvement could be used to address the myriad of issues we already face as natural humans in a beautiful world where a response from the heart could really change us into super humans!"
"At the level of higher consciousness, people everywhere are awakening to Truth. I'll bet that even the International Bankers, some of them, are beginning to awaken. They can't help it. The lights are coming on all over. All that has been hidden, all the secret conspiracies are being revealed. Yes, many still buy into the propaganda of mainstream news agencies controlled by the elite cabal, but the truth is descending like a deluge that is sweeping the world with tsunami force. The truth is, we have always been free and sovereign; we simply used our freedom and power to experience the other possibility: LACK, and slavery to illusions. Of course lack is not possible from the higher perspective. That's why it's an illusion. There is no separation... never has been! As Ian Lundgold reminded us again and again in his lectures: "We are on a schedule!" He said that by February 2011, ethics and integrity would overtake the power structure on our planet as the eighth step in the evolution of consciousness in the current "game" of creation. I believe and hope that Texe's article is indicative of this; and that those who could see Obama as a double agent sent by "heaven" to overturn the illusion just may be correct. Whatever the timing, I KNOW that we are co-creating a new world. (That's the ninth and final step in this evolutionary cycle: conscious co-creation.) Yes, there remains intrigue and drama. We love that. It makes it exciting, although some choose to experience the energy of the mystery as fear rather than excitement. That IS something that no one can control for you. We each choose how we react to our perception of our environment. Can you see the good in all the turmoil? Can you recognize the lights coming on? Can you allow for the possibility that we really are on the threshold of a Golden Age? Can you see that all the various ways we have divided ourselves into opposing groups has only been a game we created together, a play we wrote in which we forgot that we were its creators?"
"May I open ever more to the flow and the miracle of this sacred moment. May I open ever more to the subtle whisperings of Spirit and of my heart. May I frequently stop, connect with all of us, and breathe the Web of Love. Your sacred love flows into me. My sacred love flows out to you. May I recognize and acknowledge judgment, competition, and arrogance when it arises in me, and then choose to transform it into acceptance and love. May I see both the unique beauty and divine essence within you in this very moment. You are so awesome! We are so awesome! May I be real and authentic in my interactions with myself and with all around me. When I find myself in a rush, may I stop until Im ready to move from my heart. When Im overly serious, may I find ways to tickle my heart to joy and laughter. May I recognize fear as an invitation to growth. In connecting with others, may my last thought always be that of love."
"So we of the Galactic Federation are ready to as you term it, to go public and have agreed a plan that makes everyone satisfied. All along we have taken a careful approach, as it has been essential that we be viewed for what we stand for. We are clear that our intervention will be one of co-operation, and we shall observe your protocol. We shall lead because the operations that are concerning Earth, shall require advanced understanding and knowledge that is presently beyond you. However, we will share such information and invite some of you to take an active part in the proceedings. We want you to quickly lift up to our levels of knowledge, as you do have a mind that is capable of comprehending advanced technology. To some extent contact in the with the Greys in the U.S. has paved the way for this time, as you have already been given a head start over some countries. Our knowledge will however be given freely without strings attached, as what we have to share is for the benefit of everyone. Great times are approaching and as you near the end of this year, you have every right to at last expect some action. All of the time our allies have been setting the scene for the awaited announcement, and it appears to be almost ready to go ahead. We are as excited and relieved as you are about the immediate period of time. It has been a long time coming, and we go back thousands of years monitoring your evolution and caring for Mother Earth. It has been a labor of our love for mankind, and a service in the name of the Creator. For obvious reasons you are at present the focus of our attention, but we are on call to any civilization throughout the Universe. Our lives are extremely interesting and rewarding, and we have experienced so many surprises as we explore the far away areas of Space. The future is so bright for you, and what a contrast it will be to what you have been used to. It is somewhat like the higher astral dimensions of Earth, and freedom from all of the bothersome drudgery of being a human in the 3rd dimension. You have not really experienced such a level of freedom, happiness and joy except for brief moments in your life. Can you imagine the relief of removing your worries of how to survive, provide your sustenance and shelter? What it would be like to be totally healthy and without any form of disability, well Dear Ones that is just part of what you have to look forward to in the higher dimensions. No worrying problems about money, as it is unnecessary when all of your needs are freely provided for. We cannot do justice with words to what you are about to experience, but the word paradise comes to mind. Remember these things if the going gets tough, as it will all prove worthwhile in the end."
Imagine... A world united, no boundaries, no borders, one country, one nation, where humanity lives like a family, in a variety of villages and communities, exchanging the prosperity of their diversity and creativity...
Imagine... A planetary union of human communities, a world federation of villages, where human beings live free, autonomous, complying with the Law of Love and listening to the inner voice of consciousness...
Imagine... All dividing walls and mirrors of ego already gone, the time of national states and nationalism over the labyrinth of bureaucracy vanished, the race of competition finished, the racial, religious, ethnical divisions and measures gone, forever...
Imagine... A global celebration... People together living life with joy, practicing peace, exchanging love gifts, creating art, caring for nature, expressing gratitude and appreciation, giving services to one another, sharing rejoicing and celebrating the Oneness of the whole world...
Jai Jagat is the vision you get when you see nature as your home, temple and country and humanity as your family and nation...
Jai Jagat is the perception you get when you open your spiritual eyes and see that the future is in the present that the change that all expect is only a shift of consciousness, a change of focus in our vision.
Thank you for doing your part, right from the center of your heart.
More on this HERE. This was typed from the picture shown at the top of my last compilation by ERN subscriber Rick Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "Thank you for all the time, energy and love you spend and put into your wide-ranging, inspirational and informative compilations! I was inspired especially by the Jai Jugat vision you featured recently. I think/feel that these are powerful thoughts, images and concepts that can benefit us greatly if we really feel them and let these ideas sink deeply into our bones and consciousness. I added a Sufi-inspired image of the Heart and Wings, to give flight to our heart's fondest desire: that we can all live, love and share a wonderful, harmonious, creative, soul-satisfying life together on this beautiful planet!" Check also Wonderland 2012 by Kundalini, his band's excellent new inspiring ambient music available for listening online - 60 minutes of instrumental mystic bliss as it's correctly described there.
Date: 06 Oct 2010
From: "Ben Wikler - Avaaz.org" (email@example.com)
Subject: Global Climate Work Party this Sunday in Canada -- and around the world!
This Sunday, 10/10/10, we'll smash a world record: citizens of 187 nations have organized more than 6300 "climate work parties," from Canada to Palau. The message: the world's people are taking action on climate -- and it's time for governments to join us.
Let's show that the global climate movement is energized, everywhere, and enormous -- click to find an event:
This Sunday, at more than 6300 events in 187 countries, citizens around the world will shatter a dangerous myth: that the global climate movement has somehow disappeared.
We'll show world leaders and the media that we're bigger, more diverse, and more creative than ever -- and that we simply won't give up until our planet, and those who live on it, are safe.
On Sunday, October 10 -- that's 10/10/10, a date to remember -- we will gather in climate "work parties" around the globe to demonstrate our determination and trumpet a call to our governments: "We're getting to work... what about you?"
The more of us take part, the more unmistakable our message of determination to defeat climate change. And these parties won't just be vitally important; they'll be fun, too. Click below to find an event near you and RSVP (or register an event of your own) -- it's time to roll up our sleeves and take action:
The timing is critical: in the weeks and months to come, governments will make important decisions about whether to keep striving for a global climate treaty. All year, they've been reeling from last December's Copenhagen summit, where leaders failed to reach a legally binding agreement -- or even commit to developing one. Today, if politicians think that the public outcry for climate action has ended, they will succumb to the whispers of the fossil fuel lobby -- and simply give up on reaching a real deal.
But even as governments dither, the climate crisis itself is accelerating. 2010 is the hottest year on record. Climate-linked natural disasters, like the floods in Pakistan, have claimed thousands of lives. And scientists say the the picture is only getting worse. Our movement must race ahead more quickly than the crisis itself -- and pull the politicians along with us.
By demonstrating our willingness to take action, the Global Work Party issues a challenge to our leaders. Local events include tree plantings in rural Tanzania, solar installation in China, and an international bike-ride from Jordan to Israel -- along with much simpler events organized by small groups of friends. Wherever we are and however we get involved, we're making a point: if we're driving solutions to climate change within our own communities, our political leaders have no excuse not to get to work nationally and globally.
The more of us join, the more powerful our message. 10/10/10 is just days away, and it's easy to get involved -- click to sign up:
Although time is short to confront climate change, the climate movement itself -- from the perspective of history -- is young. Abolishing the trans-Atlantic slave trade and ending apartheid took decades. But climate change, because of its unique threat to everyone everywhere, has a special power to unite people across all lines and boundaries -- if we let ourselves believe that progress is possible.
Last year saw an extraordinary wave of activity, with successive global days of action (21 September, 24 October, and 12/12) that drove heads of government from around the world to personally attend the Copenhagen summit. It was breathtaking, but it wasn't enough. This weekend, let's renew our commitment to the fight of six billion lifetimes -- and show that we're not going anywhere as long as we've got a planet to save.
With hope and determination,
Ben, Iain, Ben M, Maria Paz, Ricken, David, Graziela, and the whole Avaaz team
P.S: These events are being organized by a vast array of groups and individuals, with support from Avaaz's friends at 350.org -- using web tools that make it easy to locate an event or sign up a new one. Register for an event through these tools, and 350 will send a few helpful messages as the day of action comes close. That link again:
INTERNATIONAL CALL OF KLIMAFORUM10, CANCUN (Sept 26, 2010) http://red-ecomunidades.blogspot.com/2010/09/international-call-of-klimaforum10.html
We call upon all social movements, autonomous organizations of indigenous people, nomads, peasants and fishermen, workers, women, youth, teachers, students, neighbors, social activists, environmental, ecological and animal rights activists, professionals, pensioners, thinkers, scientists, and citizens in general to participate in the Klimaforum10, to be held in Cancun Puerto Morelos, Mexico, between the 26th of November and the 11th of December 2010, in parallel to the COP16 hosted by the United Nations.CONTEXTThis year we have witnessed new manifestations of extreme weather conditions, which are clear consequences of the climatic disaster. The floods in Pakistan have killed thousands and have displaced at least 20 million people. In China 3,400 people were killed in only one day and more than 12 million have lost their homes. 17 countries have registered record breaking temperatures. Russia suffered a severe heat wave and fires and recorded its maximum temperature ever. On the 5th of August, a NASA satellite detected a massive section break off the glacier Petermann, off the north coast of Greenland. Mexico has suffered several catastrophic floods throughout 10 states, as well as the severe consequences of hurricane Alex in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila. All these symptoms confirm the signs of the growing tendency of extreme weather anomalies. THE KLIMAFORUM10 INITIATIVE - Following the failure of the official Copenhagen summit, a group of 30 Danish NGOs passed the Klimaforum baton to representatives of Mexican NGOs. The Klimaforum09, involved some 50,000 activists in more than 300 events. The organising committee was established in February and meetings immediately began with Mexican NGOs to work together to create an autonomous environmental summit, free from corporate or governmental intervention in parallel to the United Nations COP16 summit. Klimaforum10 opens a space for all the people, where they can gather, debate on constructive solutions, propose and find consensus towards coordinated international action in the face of the climate crisis. Where governments fail, the people shall prevail. OBJECTIVES...
(...) The stabilization the climate is essential to the survival of all species on earth, it's a matter of intergenerational justice. People of all ages and creeds unite in the demand for effective solutions that will preserve life on the planet. We, the people have the capacity and the necessity to solve these issues with understanding, solidarity and perseverance. We have the possibility to create another world! For more information on Klimaforum10, updates, volunteering, costs, visas and so on, please check out our website : http://klimaforum10.com/en/ CLIP - Watch also this short but explicit video: This is what Global Warming looks like and take actionHERE
WORLDWIDE DAY FOR PEACE AND LIGHT OF OCTOBER 10th 2010 (10-10-10 at 10:10) http://worldwidedayforpeaceandlight.blog4ever.com/blog/lire-article-427852-1895907-worldwide_day_for_peace_and_light_of_october_10th.html
This beautiful project started with a dream.Light was everywhere: candles were lighting up simultaneously when they were getting in connection with other candles. Last year, we were present in the 5 continents and in more than 25 countries. And what about October 10th 2010? During the day of October 10th each person is invited to pray with his heart and to celebrate Light, Peace, Love and Happiness in order to create a positive energy for the Humanity and the Earth. Thanks to this powerful energy of Light and Love souls will be able to feel the Source in their heart and to wake up. This worldwide day for Peace and Light invites all religions to meet with the same intention because in each of them the same message of Love, Peace, Light and Happiness is present. The way of celebrating is free considering that the intention comes from the heart. Besides, this day is wanted to be universal so that everybody could celebrate Light and Peace according to its own beliefs. It can be with prayers, meditations, songs, dances, drums, concerts CLIP - French and Spanish HERE - Check also We Are One. There Is No Separation. 10-10-10 by Patricia Diane Cota-Robles: "Since we are One with ALL of our sisters and brothers in the Family of Humanity, we can invoke their I AM Presence on their behalf. Everyone still has the free will to ignore the inner guidance of their I AM Presence, but without the interference from their human ego they will hear this guidance much more easily. The important thing to remember is that our I AM Presence is very practical, therefore the guidance always involves viable options and solutions that will enhance our lives and the lives of others. It is hard to keep resisting this kind of guidance. As we perpetually invoke the I AM Presences of our sisters and brothers around the world and ask THEM to intervene in their lives, eventually, even the most resistant person is going to respond to the heart call of their I AM Presence. Then that person will see the life-enhancing results of their actions, which will motivate them to listen to that inner guidance on a regular basis. It is impossible for us to truly comprehend the magnitude of what it means for all of us to be free from the manipulation of our egos, but our lives have been transformed."
The Nonviolent Peaceforce: One Man's Inspiring Story of Making a Difference http://www.WantToKnow.info/060922nonviolentpeaceforce
One of the most humble, yet quietly powerful people you are likely to meet is David Hartsough. After many rich years working for global peace in various capacities, David and colleague Mel Duncan conceived the idea of the Nonviolent Peaceforce in 1999. This empowering organization has grown to become a federation of well over 100 member and supporting organizations from around the world that is endorsed by nine Nobel Peace Laureates. The Nonviolent Peaceforce believes that through promoting and facilitating meaningful dialogue and mutual understanding, it is possible to address and resolve global conflicts without resorting to war. David's life is filled with miraculous stories rooted in his unwavering commitment to resolve conflict in a peaceful, caring manner. Below are excerpts from a 2002 article in the Bangkok Post about David and the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NOTE from Jean: The Bangkok Post article is included in full in this compilation - A MUST read! VERY inspiring!!). The story there of David's life or death confrontation during the civil rights movement of the '60s is one of the most moving stories ever told. Read the article below and open to the possibility that when any one of us deeply believes in something, we can make a big difference in our world CLIP
The World Clock Of Global Statistics http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-world-clock-of-global-statistics.html
Would you like to know the up-to-the-minute environmental statistics for: projected global warming, CO2 emissions, and forest land lost? How about population birth, deaths, and the ages of the Earths inhabitants? Maybe oil depletion and traditional energy use vs. renewable interests you. Or maybe, food production and animal slaughter statistics? Maybe you just want to know how many spam emails have been circulated this year? Well, look no further than the World Clock.
Starseed Radio Academy - Recommended by Gary Toth (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the ERN guestbook http://www.blogtalkradio.com/starseed-radio-academy
Hosted by Arielle Taylor - For over 25 years, locked in a bank vault, an ongoing collection of chronicles has awaited their time coded release, and now is the time. These are the true journals of galactic ET demonstrations experienced by someone Hollywood would call "The Female Galactic Indiana Jones." Her interactions and assignments with the Pleiadeans were recorded by her for future generations of starseed, a word that she first coined in the '70s, so that they will understand the true nature of extraterrestrial agenda and their own roles on this planet. Millions of people have had indirect contact with her work without realizing it, since she has trained, mentored, guided and assisted many celebrities and high profile people with whose work they are familiar. Join us as Lavandar reveals for the first time the details of her spellbinding and sometimes dangerous adventures, as each one adds a piece to the galactic puzzle of what's truly happening here. Note from Jean: When I asked Gary to tell me how reliable he feels she is, he replied: "I've listened to at least 10 of them over the last 2 1/2 months and she seems like the real deal. There's no way for me to know for sure, but it's not the info that spurs my feelings about her, but more the way she delivers it and the stories she shares about herself. (...) I've heard her say things that I've never heard before that fit in with the larger picture, and for me, with this type of material, is a rarity because I soak this stuff up like a sponge. I hardly read any channeled material anymore because most of it is the same old recycled stuff I'm tired of hearing about. But this was new and fresh and if nothing else, highly interesting to listen to. And I've got absolutely no reason to doubt anything I've heard her say."
Triangular UFO's - Conclusive evidence of their existence (28 September 2010) http://www.planet-flipside.com/index.php/ufosalienslink/84-triangles
Triangular UFO's, 'Black Triangles', have been buzzwords in the UFO community ever since the Belgian sighting of 1990. What are they? Who's are they? Although witnessed by thousands wider society refused to acknowledge their existence. (...) There is just the possibility that the very real and very serious damage we have inflicted upon the planet using fossil fuels has driven forward a radical shift in the development of alternate energy production. But if we have a craft which belongs to us showing no use of conventional fuels - what does that signal for enegy utility companies? Can we pull sufficient energy from the air around us to lift and power a craft the size of an aircraft carrier? The energy needed to do so would be huge - and yet we appear to have achieved it - silently and without discharge. (...) At the very least, this week has seen an enormous amount of disinformation and outright lies put to bed. Triangular UFO's are real, the technology is real. Regardless of who they belong to - the future has just become a very different place.Since producing this article a contributor has sent still images of the alleged TR-3B in flight. The similarities between the stills and video are quite clear. It is claimed that the TR-3B is the world's first nuclear powered aircraft and capable of speeds of up to 5,000 Miles Per Hour. A forum discussion of Triangles and what they may or may not represent can be found by cliking on the link here.
Facebook at 517 million users suppresses ET/UFO disclosure with cointelpro spying, censorship - By Alfred Lambremont Webre (October 1st, 2010) http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-seattle/facebook-at-517-million-users-suppresses-et-ufo-disclosure-with-cointelpro-spying-censorship
With the premiere of a blockbuster movie The Social Network (Tagline: You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies), social network website Facebook.com - whose approximately 517,760,460 current members now total 7.6 % of the human race - has become the online emblem of virtual society in first decade of the 21st century. Facebook.com has, by publicly reported evidence, become a covert data mine of Facebook users personal data and habits, at a time when Facebooks 517 million members now number nearly 30% of all 1.9 billion Internet users on the planet. Facebook.com is more than a covert data mine. Facebook.com is, by the evidence, an instrument of information warfare and attack against Facebook users whose actions fall within specific clandestine surveillance guidelines established by DARPA and the U.S. Department of Defense Information Awareness Office. Facebook.com has, by the evidence, also been used in furtherance of black budget operations such as the April 20, 2010 BP Gulf oil spill. Investigation has revealed that Facebook.com has denied its users access to critical extraterrestrial disclosure information, and has sabotaged Facebook groups intended for organizing a boycott against BP, the oil giant responsible for the April 20, 2010 BP Gulf oil spill false flag operation, through the use of sophisticated spying and cointelpro Facebook.com software attack techniques. One of the cointelpro-type attacks carried out by Facebook.com and documented by mainstream media newspaper Politico was against Facebook members who attempted to organize a boycott on Facebook.com against BP, one of the corporate perpetrators of the April 20, 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill that has devastated the ecology, economy, and population of the Gulf area. These sophisticated spying and cointelpro Facebook.com software attack techniques could only be employed with the explicit approval of an upper management executive and venture capital level at Facebook.com. This Facebook.com upper level advertises its easy, open access to U.S. President Barack Obama, one of the largest recipients of campaign contributions from BP, and whose Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, received a $500 million grant from BP prior to joining the Obama cabinet. Researchers such as Vishar Agarwal have demonstrated the deep interconnection between venture capitalists behind Facebook.com and the Central Intelligence Agency investment front company InQTel, whose Board member Dr. Anita Jones was a former high-ranking official of DARPA and of the U.S. Department of Defense Information Awareness Office. Facebook.com is the de-facto controlled Internet asset of the CIA and Department of Defense Information Awareness Office (IAO), "The IAO was established after Admiral John Poindexter, former United States National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan and SAIC executive Brian Hicks approached the US Department of Defense with the idea for an information awareness program after the [false flag operation] of September 11, 2001." Facebook.com, the clandestine manifestation of SAIC and Admiral John Poindexters brainchild Information Awareness Office (IAO) that has now infiltrated 77.4% of all 266 million Internet users in North America (all of whom are now Facebook.com members), and has transformed the Internet into a velvet-gloved virtual form of Friendly Fascism, and conditional virtual citizenship. CLIP
EXPOSED This is how Israel controls your media (Sept 29, 2010) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18TRLG8Gwqs
Once you have watched this all should be clear to you! Always question the MSM and why their news is being reported. There is always an agenda and there is always censorship and manipulation of your thoughts. Check also Israel did 9/11 - ALL THE PROOF IN THE WORLD BUT READ ALSO...
Truth and the Twin Towers - Both Bite the Dust By (long-time ERN subscriber) Cathy Garger (Sept 14, 2010) http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_61147.shtml
(...) Eventually, when bright minds started researching and publishing things that did not quite "fit" with the Official 9/11 Truth Movement's rendition of Truth, major drama ensued as the Scholars group was sharply divided into those who believe in Thermite and those who entertained other ideas. Those with other ideas were never mentioned on the national "Headquarters" organization website, for Thermite-only was their gospel. But it wasn't until September 11, 2006 that bells and whistles started going off for me. For it was on that day I met Dr. Judy Wood and Morgan Reynolds at a 9-11 "Truth" event in Washington, DC, along with patriot Colonel Robert Bowman (Ronald Reagan's Space Wars directed energy weapons guy). I introduced myself to Reynolds and Wood, but not without caution. I had read all over the Internet they were "dis-info" agents, so I approached them with reservation, curious to find out for myself why they had resigned from Scholars. After hearing how their research has been undermined, however, what I had been absorbing as Gospel Truth all suddenly started collapsing in rapid free-fall style. After the meeting, I learned more in a few months than I had in years spent following the coat tails of the positioned "controlled demolition" experts. After examining more WTC pictures and those of controlled demolitions of other buildings, one thing became clear as the blue skies that September, 2001 morning: New York's majestic skyscrapers clearly did not merely explode a la controlled demolition, but rather, were somehow otherwise pulverized into a voluminous quantity of fine dust powder... quite unlike any known conventional demolition event that preceded it. It soon became apparent that whoever was being attacked most "energetically" for the crime of possessing views other than 9-11 "group think" were the very researchers worth listening to. Those who started speaking out about the "other ideas" camp and refused to swallow the thermite pill were courted for various purposes. Yet this time, it was easy to see how free thinkers were being set up to go on radio shows, initially glorified, only to be slammed later in the interview. Eventually, there was no denying this pattern. By comparison, those in the controlled demolition camp were afforded a slick PR machine, complete with frequent speaking opportunities, and TV, radio, films, and print media limelight. The alternative researchers with "other ideas", however, remained in obscurity with no posse, no PR machine, and no funding.
(...) All of these oddities, lies, and omissions surrounding the "Truth Movement" are indeed disturbing. And while some merely throw up their hands and say, "So what? Who cares if it was thermite - or nukes - or advanced energy weapons, for that matter? What difference does it make if we ever find out what method they used to obliterate the towers, as long as we know who done it?" The answer, dear reader, is both simple and critical to understand. While explosives and mini-nukes have often been named as the smoking gun for the murder of not merely 3,000 but actually, the lives of millions in Afghanistan and Iraq... these methods can forever be conveniently attributed to "operatives" planting them in the towers. There are certain exotic weapons, however, that only those in power in one nation could have used while not alerting its own air defense. This precisely points the finger (and, most appropriately, our middle one) directly at one nation - and one nation alone. The gig is now up and the perpetrators know it. They have proven already they will go to any means necessary... and by that, I do mean any means necessary to preserve the carefully orchestrated facade that individuals from other nations were responsible for the hits in the Big Apple. Whatever you do, don't take my word for any of this. I did my homework and so you must, too. Review the resources below and decide for yourself. And if youre disturbed by all this? Whatever you do, make some noise. Could 9-11 be carried out again? To borrow a quote from one of the Movement's most beloved choirboys, "we've done it before and we will do it again if need be." CLIP - Recommended by Kathy Roberts (email@example.com) who wrote: "Cathy Garger, researcher and activist extraordinaire, alerted me to this truth years ago. I resisted for a year, swayed by the Official Truth Movement lies, then looked at Judy Wood's site, Andrew Johnson's site , and read Andrew's excellent book 911: Finding the Truth. Look there to counter the falsehoods of the "controlled opposition" operatives. Think for yourself!"
New Video: 9/11 Firefighters Reveal Huge Explosions Before Towers Collapsed (October 6, 2010) http://www.prisonplanet.com/video-911-firefighters-reveal-huge-explosions-before-towers-collapsed.html
Secondary explosions caused lobby of World Trade Center to implode - Newly obtained video that was reluctantly released by NIST after a lawsuit by the International Center for 9/11 Studies shows two firefighters on 9/11 discussing how secondary explosions occurred immediately before the collapse of the twin towers, providing damning new evidence that explosive devices were used to bring down the buildings.
Songs recommended by Jaiia Earthschild and her husband David Techau http://www.youtube.com/user/TheEarthschilds
Also available through http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=earthschilds&aq=f
Jaiia phoned me on October 2 to ask me to bring to your attention her new songs available through this Youtube playlist above. Amongst them she suggested Sacred Union - I GREATLY love their very latest one Sweet Breezy Days - but you may also wish to listen to Soul Connection in which she briefly mentions at the beginning the difficult experience she has been through for the past 18 months now since she suddenly became hypersensitive to the ambient electromagnetic smog - specifically her condition was triggered after living for several months close to a mobile phone mast whose emissions threw her entire physiology into a profound and lasting allergic reaction to even the tiniest amount of microwave radiation. She had to live ever since in considerable isolation and to stay away from all such radiation, such as those emitted by computers which is why she can no longer access the Web and connect through email with other people - which is why she had to phone me (from a landline of course) to tell me of her new videos online which are now her only way to reach out to the world community of spiritual people with her visions and art. Jaiia has been among the first subscribers to this ERN list and is of course a dear friend. She mentioned that if anyone needs to hear from someone who has experienced first-hand electromagnetic hypersensitivity, she would be happy to give information on the phone. She can be reached at (808) 876-0707. According to currently available scientific assessment of this health condition "as many as 5% of people could be affected (exhibiting typical stress symptoms such as headaches, tiredness and concentration difficulties), and a fraction of a percent affected to quite severe degrees (such as not being able to use even a mobile phone without suffering from severe symptoms)." If you believe you may be affected, review the 8 pdf documents on Electrical Hypersensitivity available though http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/library/index.asp - such as The Triggers and Symptoms of ES - Finally you may also wish to listen to Envision A World (Gaia's Sermon on the Mount) whose lyrics (which can be accessed as for most other videos through clicking on the small double arrow icon) are included in part below.
Blessed are the lovers
Who honor one another
For they shall create
Joyful new life
Blessed are the artists
musicians and dancers
For they bring beauty to the people.
Blessed are the nurturers,
the kind and the gentle
For they bring peace to the children
Be one once again with the earth
It is better to receive than to take
It is better to give than to throw it all away
Whatsoever you do to the least of my creatures
That you do unto me.
We envision a world free of war and domination
We envision all people sharing in neighborhoods and nations
We envision a time when every child is wanted
We envision all species protected not exploited
We envision a world where money grows trees
We envision a world of clean waters, clear seas.
We envision a world where the air, the sea and the land
Are healed by the love between woman and man.
U.S. Economy "Close to a Destructive Tipping Point," Glenn Hubbard Says (Sep 28, 2010) http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/u.s.-economy-%22close-to-a-destructive-tipping-point%22-glenn-hubbard-says-535457.html
"America is very close to a destructive tipping point," co-authors Glenn Hubbard and Peter Navarro warn in their new book Seeds of Destruction. "We must change how we conduct our politics and economics...or we will inevitably go the way of all once-great nations and suffer an irreversible decline." Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School, joined Dan Gross and I to discuss the "major structural imbalances" facing America, chief among them being the government's profligate spending.Hubbard, you may recall, was chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers during George W. Bush's first term. As you might expect, he is a strong advocate of smaller government and lower taxes. But Hubbard and Navarro, a business professor at UC Irvine, are also harshly critical of Bush's "gross mismanagement" of the fiscal stimulus bequeathed to his administration by President Clinton. Specifically, Hubbard chastises his former boss for the creation of a new unfunded federal mandate, Medicare Part D. But if Bush was a big spender, President Obama is "taking it to a whole other level," Hubbard says, citing the familiar critiques of ObamaCare and Financial Reform and "excess government spending" in general. In short, Hubbard believes Obama inherited a mess but has made it worse with nearly every one of his major policy initiatives and general governing philosophy. "We as a nation cannot resolve what have become deep and systemic structural imbalances in our economy simply by throwing more money and more and more regulations and more and more taxes at the problem," Hubbard and Navarro write.
As Western Civilization Lies Dying (September 29, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21244
The Western commercial system exists to extract more from consumers than it supplies in products and services. Its goal is profit and has never been to improve the human condition but to exploit it. When governments institutionalize this system, they place their nations on suicidal paths, because as Jefferson recognized, "Merchants have no country." It is not terrorism that threatens the security of the Western World, it is the Western World's commercial system. A man suffering from severe chest pains collapses. His wife calls 911. An ambulance arrives, the EMTs treat the patient, place him in the ambulance's bed, and start off to the hospital. Along the way, the engine stalls. The ambulance's staff begins arguing about how to get the motor restarted. One says more gasoline is needed, another says there's water in the tank, a third says the fuel filter is clogged. While they argue, the patient lies dying. This situation is analogous to what's happening in America and parts of Europe. While economists and politicians argue, their nations are in the throes of death. These people are looking for the devil in the details, but he is not there. It's the system itself that's diabolical. The Western commercial system is extractive. It exists to extract more from consumers than it supplies in products and services. Its goal is profit, and profit literally means to make more (pro-ficere). Its goal has never been to improve the human condition but to exploit it. It works like this: Consider two water tanks, initially each partially full, one above the other. One gallon of water is dumped from the upper tank into the lower one for each two gallons extracted from the lower tank and pumped into the upper tank. Over time, the lower tank ends up empty and the upper tank ends up full. The circulation of water between the tanks ends. Essentially, this scenario describes all commercial systems based on profit. It is why the top 20 percent of Americans has 93 percent of the nation's financial wealth and the bottom 80 percent has a mere seven percent. It is why the bottom 40 percent of all income earners in the United States now collectively own less than one percent of the nation's wealth. It is why the nation's poverty rate is now 14.3 percent, about 43.6 million people or one in seven. It is also why the Wall Street Journal has reported that 70 percent of people in North America live paycheck to paycheck. It is also why, despite numerous pledges over decades, no progress has been made in reducing world-wide poverty. The system is a thief. CLIP
Super-rich investors buy gold by ton (Oct 4, 2010) http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6932NR20101004
(Reuters) - The world's wealthiest people have responded to economic worries by buying gold by the bar -- and sometimes by the ton -- and by moving assets out of the financial system, bankers catering to the very rich said on Monday.Fears of a double-dip downturn have boosted the appetite for physical bullion as well as for mining company shares and exchange-traded funds, UBS executive Josef Stadler told the Reuters Global Private Banking Summit."They don't only buy ETFs or futures; they buy physical gold," said Stadler, who runs the Swiss bank's services for clients with assets of at least $50 million to invest.UBS is recommending top-tier clients hold 7-10 percent of their assets in precious metals like gold, which is on course for its tenth consecutive yearly gain and traded at around $1,314.50 an ounce on Monday, near the record level reached last week."We had a clear example of a couple buying over a ton of gold ... and carrying it to another place," Stadler said. At today's prices, that shipment would be worth about $42 million. (...) Anthony DeChellis, managing director of Credit Suisse's Americas private banking unit, said at the Reuters summit in New York that clients are more interested in capitalizing on the rise in gold prices than using the precious metal as a safe-harbor investment."They're asking, 'If it's a bubble, how far can I ride that bubble,'" he said. "I cannot say we've seen a spike in gold interest, but there's an interest in the phenomenon of it." CLIP
Rumours Aside, Something Big Is About To Happen (4 October 2010) http://beforeitsnews.com/story/201/125/Rumours_aside,_something_big_is_about_to_happen.html
Buckle up. As I type this, a flurry of activity is taking place within security and financial circles around the world. Normally, this would signify just another busy day in the hard-working quarters of modern defence and finance, however this time there is good reason to suspect that the world may be about to witness something historic. If not something violent, then certainly something spectacular. I'm not going to waste time on a long, detailed post. Instead, I'm going to present the data, the facts and the patterns. Then I'm going to make you make up your own mind.First are the financial movements that preceded the security movements, starting with the CNN Money report on October 1st, which shows an unusual .15 yield on treasury bonds. Basically, investors are betting big time on 'you know what' hitting the fan shortly. Digging a little deeper we begin to see something interesting emerge. As of closing (again, October 1) on Friday, we see some unusually high option volume reported in Schaeffer's Investment Research supporting this trend.The S&P traders seemed to be on the bandwagon too. This video showing massive put options on the S&P for October speaks for itself.It was only today that it became clear to many that the world economy is actuallydecoupling from the U.S, fleeing the sinking ship while it still can. In that industry, you look out for yourself. To top it off, the other global capital of modern finance, London, has even worse news. According to an economic think-tank and Sky News, the UK is on the cusp of a second banking failure. Now whether all of these events are pointing towards the same thing or not, the theme of something big happening soon is replete throughout the media lately. We should not be scared, nor should we panic. We must take a step back and look carefully at what is going on so that we can assess what, and where, the real danger actually is. With the unusual activity happening in one place, we could be mistaken for missing the events unfolding in another. That other place is Western Europe.This week, the United States and Britain issued a strong travel warning to European-bound tourists. Without offering specifics, they said the threat was "high" and "imminent", raising more questions than it answered. Yes, this happens from time to time and in most cases nothing comes of it. That's why when Japan issued an extremely rare travel warning to its citizens, this developing story suddenly became a lot more interesting to me. An official at the foreign ministry in Tokyo said that the warning "was not prompted by any specific intelligence but by the previous British and American alerts." Make of it what you will, but the key phrase here is "unusually rare travel warning". So, in summary, we've got massive bets on a bumpy ride ahead by prominent investors on the back of warnings concerning imminent terrorist attacks in Europe. Surely one can't be blamed if his ears prick up. We will hear of wars and rumours of war (or stock market crashes, terrorist attacks, etc, etc) But rumours aside, something big is about to happen.
Obama's Cave-In To Israel (October 5, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21309
Nazareth -- The disclosure of the details of a letter reportedly sent by President Barack Obama last week to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will cause Palestinians to be even more sceptical about US and Israeli roles in the current peace talks. According to the leak, Obama made a series of extraordinarily generous offers to Israel, many of them at the expense of the Palestinians, in return for a single minor concession from Netanyahu: a two-month extension of the partial feeze on settlement growth. A previous 10-month freeze, which ended a week ago, has not so far been renewed by Netanyahu, threatening to bring the negotiations to an abrupt halt. The Palestinians are expected to decide whether to quit the talks over the coming days.Netanyahu was reported last week to have declined the US offer. The White House has denied that a letter was sent, but, according to the Israeli media, officials in Washington are privately incensed by Netanyahu's rejection. The disclosures were made by an informed source: David Makovsky, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a close associate of Dennis Ross, Obama's chief adviser on the Middle East, who is said to have initiated the offer. The letter's contents have also been partly confirmed by Jewish US senators who attended a briefing last week from Ross.According to Makovsky, in return for the 60-day settlement moratorium, the US promised to veto any UN Security Council proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the next year, and committed to not seek any further extensions of the freeze. The future of the settlements would be addressed only in a final agreement. The White House would also allow Israel to keep a military presence in the West Bank's Jordan Valley, even after the creation of a Palestinian state; continue controlling the borders of the Palestinian territories to prevent smuggling; provide Israel with enhanced weapons systems, security guarantees and increase its million of dollars in annual aid; and create a regional security pact against Iran.There are several conclusions the Palestinian leadership is certain to draw from this attempt at deal-making over its head.The first is that the US president, much like his predecessors, is in no position to act as an honest broker. His interests in the negotiations largely coincide with Israel's.Obama needs a short renewal of the freeze, and the semblance of continuing Israeli and Palestinian participation in the "peace process", until the US Congressional elections in November. Criticism by the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington may damage Obama's Democratic party unless he treads a very thin line. He needs to create the impression of progress in the Middle East talks but not upset Israel's supporters by making too many demands of Netanyahu. The second conclusion -- already strongly suspected by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, and his advisers -- is that Netanyahu, despite his professed desire to establish a Palestinian state, is being insincere. The White House's private offer meets most of Netanyahu's demands for US security and diplomatic assistance even before the negotiations have produced tangible results. For Netanyahu to reject the offer so lightly, even though the US was expecting relatively little in return, suggests he is either in no mood or in no position to make real concessions to the Palestinians on statehood. CLIP
No More Nukes? (Sept. 27, 2010) Note from Jean: Worth reading to better grasp the sheer insanity of the mutually assured destruction (MAD) deterrence strategy... Stating that they have a massive overkill capacity at their fingertips would be quite a massive understatement... Zero tolerance for all nuclear weaponry and those who build, maintain and pay for them has to become a top priority for all human beings! http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2019614,00.html
Sometime this fall, the senate will take up debate over the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which was signed in April by President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitri Medvedev. It takes two-thirds of the Senate to ratify a treaty, which is why in this political climate - despite endorsements from dozens of generals and national-security officials - passage is no sure thing. The debate will be fierce, though most of the opponents' arguments are irrelevant. (...) But there are big questions about nuclear weapons that probably won't be discussed at all. For instance: Why did these two nations build so many of them in the first place? (At the peak of the arms race, in the mid-1960s, the U.S. had more than 30,000.) Under the treaty, the U.S. and Russia will each be limited to 1,550 long-range warheads; but beyond a certain point, does it matter how many they have - 1,500 or 1,000 or 100? What are the prospects of cutting the arsenals down to zero nukes, as President Obama has proposed? Is that a goal worth pursuing? And does the New START Treaty, as the accord is known, mark a first step toward getting there?(...) Nearly 20 years after the end of the Cold War, why do we still need nuclear weapons at all? Their main purpose is what it has always been: to deter enemies from launching a nuclear attack against the U.S. In other words, you attack us, we'll obliterate you; therefore you're deterred from attacking us. (The other nuclear powers - Russia, China, Great Britain, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea - have similar views on deterrence.) CLIP
Evidence of Solar Scientists Raise Fears of Imminent Ice Age (September 22nd 2010) http://www.sott.net/articles/show/215479-Evidence-of-Solar-Scientists-Raise-Fears-of-Imminent-Ice-Age
New study by American solar experts discover a sharp fall in sunspot activity since 2007 that shows the hallmarks of a soon arriving ice age. - Solar scientists, not to be confused with climate scientists, study the most important heat engine driving our planets temperatures-the sun.Matthew Penn and William Livingston, solar astronomers with the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Tucson, Arizona, have found a marked decrease in sunspot activity lately. Studies show that such a marked drop in sunspots may lead to a prolonged cooling epoch or even a new ice age.
(...) Backing up the claims is Australian Geophysicist, Phil Chapman, a former NASA astronaut. Chapman confirms the historic correlation of sunspots to global temperatures and points to the dearth of sunspots since 2007 as the reason why the world has since cooled by about 0.7C. Writer, Alan Caruba (September 21, 2010) probes the story further after a June 14 article published in the New Scientist by Stuart Clark.Caruba reports that Clark, raised the question of why and where the sunspots of gone. Noting that they ebb and flow in cycles lasting about eleven years, Stuart said, But for the last two years, the sunspots have mostly been missing. Their absence, the most prolonged in nearly 100 years, has taken even seasoned sun watchers by surprise. Return to another Little Ice Age or Worse? The last time sunspots disappeared altogether, during the Maunder Minimum (about 1645 to 1715), our planet descended into a lengthy period of cooling known as the Little Ice Age. Prior to that an even more cataclysmic cooling event, known as the Younger Dryas happened 12,000 years ago. That sudden event plunged temperatures in the North Atlantic region to about 5°C colder and lasted for 1000-year duration. Global Cooling Impacts Being Felt Now - Last year in the northern hemisphere, Britain suffered one of the worst winters in 100 years. While in the U.S. the National Weather Service (NWS) reported that the bitterly cold winter broke numerous temperature and snow extent records with 2010 seeing the 4th coldest February on record. New York and much of the U.S. Northeast was pummeled by record snow falls that deposited about 60cm (2 feet) of snow in NYC alone. Worst Snow Falls Since 1970s Rutgers University Global Snow Lab also confirms that the 2010 Northern Hemisphere winter snow extent was the second highest on record, at 52,166,840 km2 and second only to February, 1978 which was slightly higher at 53,647,305 km2.Indeed, it was in the 1970s, when climatologists were worried about the onset of an ice age, that we were warned of the The Cooling World (Newsweek, April 28, 1975). Meanwhile Anna Petherick reporting for Nature.com ( August 27, 2010) shows that a brutal northern winter has been followed in the southern hemisphere by a viciously cold winter with an Antarctic chill killing millions of aquatic animals in the Amazon. So will we see more scientists return to predicting global cooling due to changes in our sun?
Sunspots could soon disappear for decades: study (September 15, 2010) http://www.physorg.com/news203746768.html
Sunspot formation is triggered by a magnetic field, which scientists say is steadily declining. They predict that by 2016 there may be no remaining sunspots, and the sun may stay spotless for several decades. The last time the sunspots disappeared altogether was in the 17th and 18th century, and coincided with a lengthy cool period on the planet known as the Little Ice Age. CLIP
Coldest Winter In 1,000 Years On Its Way (5 October, 2010) http://beforeitsnews.com/story/202/035/Coldest_winter_in_1,000_years_on_its_way.html
After the record heat wave this summer, Russia's weather seems to have acquired a taste for the extreme. Forecasters say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years.The change is reportedly connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream, which has shrunk in half in just the last couple of years. Polish scientists say that it means the stream will not be able to compensate for the cold from the Arctic winds. According to them, when the stream is completely stopped, a new Ice Age will begin in Europe. So far, the results have been lower temperatures: for example, in Central Russia, they are a couple of degrees below the norm. "Although the forecast for the next month is only 70 percent accurate, I find the cold winter scenario quite likely," Vadim Zavodchenkov, a leading specialist at the Fobos weather center, told RT. "We will be able to judge with more certainty come November. As for last summer's heat, the statistical models that meteorologists use to draw up long-term forecasts aren't able to predict an anomaly like that."In order to meet the harsh winter head on, Moscow authorities are drawing up measures to help Muscovites survive the extreme cold.Most of all, the government is concerned with homeless people who risk freezing to death if the forecast of the meteorologists come true. Social services and police are being ordered to take the situation under control even if they have to force the homeless to take help. CLIP
Odds of Life on Newfound Earth-Size Planet '100 Percent,' Astronomer Says (29 September 2010) http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/earth-like-exoplanet-possibly-habitable-100929.html
An Earth-size planet has been spotted orbiting a nearby star at a distance that would makes it not too hot and not too cold - comfortable enough for life to exist, researchers announced today (Sept. 29). If confirmed, the exoplanet, named Gliese 581g, would be the first Earth-like world found residing in a star's habitable zone - a region where a planet's temperature could sustain liquid water on its surface. And the planet's discoverers are optimistic about the prospects for finding life there."Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say, my own personal feeling is that the chances of life on this planet are 100 percent," said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, during a press briefing today. "I have almost no doubt about it." (...) "We're looking at this one as basically the tip of the iceberg, and we're expecting more to be found," Seager said. (...) Beyond the roughly 100 nearest stars to Earth, there are billions upon billions of stars in the Milky Way, and with that in mind, the researchers suggest tens of billions of potentially habitable planets may exist, waiting to be found. CLIP
Mass extinction fears widen: 22 percent of world's plants endangered (September 28, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0928-hance_plantendangered.html
Scientific warnings that the world is in the midst of a mass extinction were bolstered today by the release of a new study that shows just over a fifth of the world's known plants are threatened with extinctionlevels comparable to the Earth's mammals and greater than birds. Conducted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; the Natural History Museum, London; and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the study is the first time researchers have outlined the full threat level to the world's plant species. In order to estimate overall threat levels, researchers created a Sampled Red List Index for Plants, analyzing 7,000 representative species, including both common and rare plants. "This study confirms what we already suspected, that plants are under threat and the main cause is human induced habitat loss," Stephen Hopper, the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said in a statement. (...) No one knows how many plant species exist in the world as every year brings to light new species (2,080 new plants were discovered in 2008 alone). Yet experts estimate that plant species probably number around 380,000. In contrast scientists have described 5,490 mammals, which are far better known than plants.The world's extinction rate is currently estimated at 100 to 1,000 times higher than the background extinction rate (i.e. average extinction rate as determined by studying fossils), leading them to warn of a mass extinction that could rival the comet which destroyed the dinosaurs.
The Impact of the Census of Marine Life on our Perspectives of the Ocean (4 October 2010) http://www.coml.org/comlfiles/press/Impact_SUN_Song.pdf
(...) The Census of Marine Life has revealed a new world to us in the last ten years. We know much more about marine life than before. We have organized the information on known species and identified where they live in the ocean, collected new ones, explored the unknown, and recognized the unknowable. After the ten years of exploration, thousands of unknown animals have become known. In this case the new science and technology expanded our old dreams. We know more especially about the deep sea. It is unbelievable that there are so many living things in the abyss, on seamounts, around vents, along oceanic ridges and in the bottom of the Arctic and Southern oceans, where many new species have been recorded. (...) The Census has also helped us understand that we know too little about the biodiversity of the ocean, even though we know more about it. There still so many things we do not know that the Census will inspire more people to explore the oceans. Biodiversity matters because it can represent the condition of the ocean and the changing of the ocean. From biodiversity variation, we will interpret the changing ocean, and the future of the ocean. First of all, we should know the current status of it, and the Census has given new life to our old stories. So, the Census of Marine Life changes our perspectives of the ocean. - Much MORE in the Census of Marine Life website. Check also these stunning photos from 10-Year Sea Census
Essay on the Oceans for the Census of Marine Life (4 October 2010) http://www.coml.org/comlfiles/press/EssayOnOceans.pdf
(...) During the course of our seven years of work in all the seas of the world, we learned much but we also questioned ourselves continuously. Nature erased our meager certitudes and smashed our a priori beliefs. Nature is ceaseless in testing everything. The greatest lesson is that life is an immense fabric of relationships. We have built genetic banks but no museum or zoo can preserve behavior or the interactions among individuals. Relations and behavior are the incorporeal heritage of biodiversity. Species should be protected in situ, in their natural environment. How else can we protect the extraordinary hunting techniques of the Valdes orca or those of the Alaskan humpback whale, which are transmitted from generation to generation through a long and patient apprenticeship? What marineland will account for the grace and lightness of a whale dancing? Isn't nature just a simple reservoir of proteins and primary materials? Why should it necessarily be useful to man? Do we ask art to be useful? We should be capable of preserving the wild side of our world. What will our children dream of if dolphins and whales disappear? What will they draw? Let us learn to accept these spaces that evade our rules and our calculations and that respond neither to our demands for profitable returns nor to our esthetic criteria. Humanity doesn't need only the products of the sea; it needs the unpredictability of the living world. Humanity needs dreams, adventures, surprises. It will not find them in aquatic farms but in wild nature and facing animals living in freedom. - Other such essays HERE.
Plumes of Corexit/oil mix causing microorganisms to have "mutant DNA" that can be "passed on" says USF researcher appearing tomorrow on National Geographic (SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2010) http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/corexit-dispersant-oil-causing-microorganism-mutant-dna-can-be-passed
The [University of South Florida researchers] discovered plumes of dispersed oil at the bottom of an undersea canyon about 40 miles off the Florida Panhandle. It was found to be toxic to microscopic sea organisms, causing mutations to their DNA. "I call these canaries in the coal mine as they are the first to feel the effects," [University of South Florida researcher John Paul who is included in a documentary debuting Tuesday night in the National Geographic Channel] says. "The problem with mutant DNA is that it can be passed on and we don't how this will affect fish or other marine life," he says, adding that the effects could last for decades.
Scientists: 40 Times More Cancer-Causing Toxics in Gulf than Before Spill ... Dispersants to Blame http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21271
Scientists from Oregon State University have found a 40-fold increase in the amount of cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) near Louisiana's Grande Isle between May and June. The Oregon team is looking at "the fraction of PAHs that are bioavailable that have the potential to move into the food chain." As I pointed out last month, PAHs are harmful to both human health and seafood safety: CLIP - Recommended by Jeff Wefferson (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "Researchers are discovering that the Corexit dispersants used by BP actually have functioned as catalysts to amplify the eco-toxic effects of the petroleum combined with the dispersants. In other words, the Corexit biochemically weaponized and mobilized the crude petroleum. The concentration of toxins shows "how effective dispersants have been in releasing the most toxic elements from the oil into the environment."
Gulf Oil Spill - Shows the extent of BP's criminal negligence that led to this disaster and MUCH MORE http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/10/gulf-oil-spill/bourne-text
Is another deep-water disaster inevitable?
(...) The Deepwater Horizon began its ill-fated effort in February 2010 and ran into problems almost from the start. In early March the drill pipe got stuck in the borehole, as did a tool sent down to find the stuck section; the drillers had to back out and drill around the obstruction. A BP email later released by Congress mentioned that the drillers were having "well-control" problems. Another email, from a consultant, stated, "We have flipped design parameters around to the point that I got nervous." A week before the explosion, a BP drilling engineer wrote, "This has been [a] nightmare well."By April 20 the Deepwater Horizon was six weeks behind schedule, according to MMS documents, and the delay was costing BP more than half a million dollars a day. BP had chosen to drill the fastest possible way-using a well design known as a "long string" because it places strings of casing pipe between the oil reservoir and the wellhead. A long string generally has two barriers between the oil and the blowout preventer on the seafloor: a cement plug at the bottom of the well, and a metal seal, known as a lockdown sleeve, placed right at the wellhead. The lockdown sleeve had not been installed when the Macondo well blew out. In addition, congressional investigators and industry experts contend that BP cut corners on its cement job. It failed to circulate heavy drilling mud outside the casing before cementing, a practice that helps the cement cure properly. It didn't put in enough centralizers-devices that ensure that the cement forms a complete seal around the casing. And it failed to run a test to see if the cement had bonded properly. Finally, just before the accident, BP replaced the heavy drilling mud in the well with much lighter seawater, as it prepared to finish and disconnect the rig from the well. BP declined to comment on these matters, citing the ongoing investigation. All these decisions may have been perfectly legal, and they surely saved BP time and money-yet each increased the risk of a blowout. On the night of April 20, investigators suspect, a large gas bubble somehow infiltrated the casing, perhaps through gaps in the cement, and shot straight up. The blowout preventer should have stopped that powerful kick at the seafloor; its heavy hydraulic rams were supposed to shear the drill pipe like a soda straw, blocking the upward surge and protecting the rig above. But that fail-safe device had itself been beset by leaks and maintenance problems. When a geyser of drilling mud erupted onto the rig, all attempts to activate the blowout preventer failed. CLIP - Check also their Gulf Oil Spill News.
Water map shows billions at risk of 'water insecurity' (29 September 2010) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11435522
About 80% of the world's population lives in areas where the fresh water supply is not secure, according to a new global analysis. Researchers compiled a composite index of "water threats" that includes issues such as scarcity and pollution. The most severe threat category encompasses 3.4 billion people.Writing in the journal Nature, they say that in western countries, conserving water for people through reservoirs and dams works for people, but not nature. They urge developing countries not to follow the same path. What we're able to outline is a planet-wide pattern of threat. Instead, they say governments should to invest in water management strategies that combine infrastructure with "natural" options such as safeguarding watersheds, wetlands and flood plains. The analysis is a global snapshot, and the research team suggests more people are likely to encounter more severe stress on their water supply in the coming decades, as the climate changes and the human population continues to grow. CLIP
Rivers worldwide in peril: society treats symptoms, ignores causes (September 29, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0929-hance_river_crisis.html
Dams, agricultural runoff, pesticides, sewage, mercury pollution from coal plants, invasive species, overconsumption, irrigation, erosion from deforestation, wetland destruction, overfishing, aquaculture: it's clear that the world's rivers are facing a barrage of unprecedented impacts from humans, but just how bad is the situation? A new global analysis of the world's rivers is not comforting: the comprehensive report, published in Nature, finds that our waterways are in a deep crisis which bridges the gap between developing nations and the wealthy west. According to the study, while societies spend billions treating the symptoms of widespread river degradation, they are still failing to address the causes, imperiling both human populations and freshwater biodiversity. CLIP
Hungary asks for EU help as sludge reaches Danube (Oct. 07 2010) http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20101007/toxic-river-danube-101007/20101007/?hub=WinnipegHome
Hungary has asked for assistance from the European Union to help contain a flood of toxic sludge that has reached the waters of the Danube River. In particular, the Hungarian government is seeking experts from other European states who can help "in dealing with the toxic sludge and decontamination," EU spokesperson Joe Hennon said by phone from Brussels Thursday afternoon. The response should come "sometime pretty soon," he said, since EU countries were placed on alert in the wake of the disaster. Meanwhile, Hungarian rescue agency spokesperson Tibor Dobson confirmed that the sludge had hit two parts of the Danube -- the second largest river in Europe -- by Thursday afternoon. But officials within Hungary claim that the sludge that has reached the Danube is not toxic enough to be damaging, though Dobson said life in the country's Marcal River "has been extinguished" by exposure to more toxic portions of the sludge. A 40-kilometre stretch of the Marcal River carried the sludge into the Raba River, which links into the Danube."This looks like one of the worst environmental disasters we've had in quite a while in Europe," Hennon told CTV News Channel."Priority number one is to stop it spreading, and after that we'll deal with why it happened and how it happened." The overriding concern is that as the sludge enters the Danube, its toxic mass will flow south along the 2,850-kilometre long river into Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova, before making its way into the Black Sea. CLIP
Hungarian waste pond was on list of risky sites http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/872512--hungarian-waste-pond-was-on-list-of-risky-sites
BUDAPESTThe storage pond filled with caustic metal processing waste that burst and inundated several Hungarian villages this week was on a 2006 watch list of more than 150 industrial sites that were at risk for accidents that could contaminate the Danube River, according to an environmental group.The group, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, coordinates conservation activities among the 14 nations that border the river or its tributaries and drew up the list.Even as the government was concluding Thursday that effects of the spill on the Danube would probably not be as serious or widespread as initially feared, environmental experts said it was a reminder of the Danubes vulnerability to industrial mishaps and mistakes like the one that occurred this week near the city of Ajka. CLIP
Hungary: Toxic red sludge has reached the Danube (31 pictures) http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/07/2286392/hungary-toxic-red-sludge-has-reached.html
An aerial view of excavators working at a broken dyke of a reservoir that contained red mud of an alumina factory near Ajka, 156 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010. The dyke broke on Monday, and over one million cubic meters of the poisonous chemical sludge inundated three villages, killing a number of people, injuring over a hundred and causing hundreds of families be evacuated.
Nearly half of the world's wetlands used for crops (09/27/2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0927-hance_tcs_wetlands.html
Wetlands used for crops have expanded significantly over the past eighty years. According to a new study in the open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science, wetlands being utilized for crop production has jumped from 25 percent in 1926 to 43 percent in 2006 of the world's wetlands as identified by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. CLIP
As a tiny island nation makes a big sacrifice, will the rest of the world follow suit?(09/15/2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0915-kiribati_interview_anote_tong.html
Kiribati, a small nation consisting of 33 Pacific island atolls, is forecast to be among the first countries swamped by rising sea levels. Nevertheless, the country recently made an astounding commitment: it closed over 150,000 square miles of its territory to fishing, an activity that accounts for nearly half the government's tax revenue. What moved the tiny country to take this monumental action? President Anote Tong, says Kiribati is sending a message to the world: 'We need to make sacrifices to provide a future for our children and grandchildren.'
Environmental destruction undercuts global economy to the tune of $6.6 trillion (October 6, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/1006-hance_pri.html
The cost of environmental damage to the global economy hit 6.6 trillion US dollars11 percent of the global GDPin 2008, according to a new study by the Principles for Responsible (PRI) and UNEP Finance Initiative. If business continues as usual, the study predicts that environmental damage will cost 28 trillion dollars by 2050. The new study undercuts the popular belief that environmental health and economic welfare are at odds. "This report sends a powerful message that the environment is also the business of business," Paul Clements-Hunt, executive director of UNEP Finance Initiative, said in a statement, adding that "Polluters must pay. Safeguarding the environment and using our natural assets efficiently entail collective action. Cohesive policy and regulation is required to fully account for externalities and speed up the integration of material environmental issues into investment decisions" According to the report, one third of the environmental destruction (costing 2.2 trillion US dollars) was carried out by the world's top 3,000 public companies. The most destructive industries included utilities, oil and gas, and mining. "An increasing number of large investors are recognizing that environmental externalities generated by one company are likely to come back and hit their portfolios in another place or time," James Gifford, Executive Director of PRI said in a statement. Implementing clean energy and more efficient technologies could lower the projected cost of environmental damage by 23 percent in 2050, according to the report.
Obama science adviser wields evidence to undercut climate change denier (October 04, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/1004-hance_holdren.html
US President Barack Obama's science adviser, John Holdren, took on climate change deniers in a comprehensive, data-heavy speech last month at the Kavli Science Forum in Oslo, Norway. Proclaiming that "the earth is getting hotter", Holden went on to enumerate on the causes of climate change (human impacts) and its overall effect (not good), discussing at length the science that underpins the theory of climate change. For environmentalists and international officials frustrated with the US's slow pace on combating climate changewhich is decades behind Europe's and many other nations'Holdren touted that the Obama Administration had made progress on the issue and stated that the administration plans to pursue legislation again after a new congress is elected. However, given current predictions that Republicans will pick up seats in November, comprehensive climate and energy legislation seems unlikely since historically the majority of the GOP has been against tackling climate change. Yet, Holdren argued that "most people are perhaps not sufficiently aware of the number of ways in which climate affects our well being," citing how climate impacts not just weather patterns, but availability of water; the productivity of agriculture, forests, and fisheries; the spread of disease; the need for funds to be spent on adaptation; and the survival of the world's species. Much of Holdren's speech addressed what he called the "five myths" of climate change, including that argument that warming is natural, that climate change impacts are far on the horizon, and that climate change won't be bad for society. Systematically taking on each of these 'myths', often touted by climate change deniers, Holdren argued that for most of the world unmitigated climate change would mean massive disruptions to society and exponential increases in human suffering. CLIP
Scientists still concerned about dying honey bees (September 24th, 2010) http://www.examiner.com/environmental-policy-in-national/scientists-still-concerned-about-dying-honey-bees
For the better part of a decade, honey bees have been disappearing in many areas of the world and scientists are still trying to discover why. In the face of global warming, economic recovery, unemployment, and the instability of our current political system, people may ask: Whats the big deal about a few missing bees? It is a very big deal. European honey bees, act as natures propagators of 75% of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and most everything that is fresh-harvested for human consumption. Approximately 100 crops are dependent upon pollination by bees or else they would fail to produce anything more than foliage. According to beekeepers in the Western regions, there has been a gradual reduction of bee hive populations for years, but in 2007 a massive die-off got the worlds attention. It was reported to be a loss of 30-70% of hives of European honey bee colonies in the U.S. and parts of Canada. The phenomenon was labeled Colony Collapse Disorder.According to a recent PBS report, CCD has now spread to China, South America, and India. Scientists now believe that CCD is a syndrome, rather than a disease and it may be caused by a combination of environmental and physiological factors.Furthermore, in 2009, scientists discovered that an indicator for an impaired protein production is a common denominator in bees affected by CCD. It is still undetermined what may cure the problem. Empty hives not only bode poorly for agriculture, but an entire industry of beekeepers, who make their living with contracts to transfer their hives to fields and orchards for the pollination services the worker-bees provide--have been economically devastated. (...) The loss of honey bees could have an enormous horticultural and economic affect on the worlds food supply.In a related situation, bats have been disappearing, with a similar mysterious type of colony collapse. Bats eat tons of insects that can cause extensive damage to agricultural crops. According to a 2010 study by the British Beekeepers Association, 80% of the bee population in their region made it through the severe winter, which offers some good news, but many experts agree that if the bees and bats were to disappear--the impact on the human race would be catastrophic. - NOTE: Among the many comments posted there this one stood out for me: "One reason for CCD which is happening all over the world is electromagnetic pollution from the microwave radiation emitted from mobile phone masts. These have been erected in all countries in the world at roughly the same time, since 1994. Radiation levels are increasing and now WIMAX was added in 2006. The radiation levels are trillions of times higher than the natural background levels in that part of the spectrum. Bees (and humans) have not developed in this sort of environment and have no defense mechanisms for the ensuing damage.
Bees are particularly affected as well as immune system damage, they become disorientated in the beam and lose their way. Many scientists have done research to verify this. A large meta analysis was presented at the Royal Society in 2008 by Dr Warnke. You can read what it says here: Bees, Birds and Mankind, Destroying Nature by 'Electrosmog' - What bee keepers need to do if they have CCD is look at the radiation levels around their hives: http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/issues/nature.php?id=bees
2010 Bavarian study shows health risk near antennas https://sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneighborhood/home/horst-eger-manfred-jahn-study-feb-2010
This study shows a significantly increased health risk in the vicinity of cell phone base stations and underscored the inadequacy of the currently accepted exposure limits (...) In this Jan. 2009 health survey, 251 respondents residing near wireless transmitters located on a building completed a questionnaire about their health. Participants were then classified into groups: those living 100 m, 200 m, 300 m and 400 m from the cell phone base station, and a control group living beyond 400 m. The study found significant relationships between exposure levels and symptoms. Those receiving higher exposure levels (living closer to the wireless facility) reported more symptoms. Symptoms included: sleep problems, depression, cerebral symptoms, infections, skin problems, cardiovascular problems, joint problems, problems of the visual and auditory system, hormone system and gastrointestinal tract. In their discussion, the authors cited and reviewed several national and international studies of military, occupational and civilian populations done since the 1960s that reported similar findings to theirs. CLIP
EMF-Omega-News 2. October 2010 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/499/70/
EHS: Scientific proof from comparative encephaloscans - The National Cell Phones and Disease - A Cancer Muckraker Takes on Cell Phones - Marie-Pierre: Cancer Is Not Normal - Parents should be on WiFI alert - The Truth about Mobile phone Radiation - Italy: "The bad environment brings new diseases" - Wifi in Schools and the Dangers of non-ionizing radiation - Safety of WiFi in Schools - OPEN LETTER: Medical Officer of Health - WiFi in Schools - Scientists still concerned about dying honey bees - 'No more masts' say locals - Mobiles: 'march of the masts' - Cell tower OK raises some health concerns - CFL bulbs and Climate Change - The Suppression of Inconvenient Facts in Physics - Brain cancer victims gather from across the nation to bid farewell to CTIA- the wireless association - The Precautionary Principle disregarded by public officials in all of North America - Zapped: New Book on Electromagnetic Hazards
The following article is recommended by Sofía Aldunate (email@example.com) to whom I sent the following comment: "One would wish it will indeed happen this year as it don't seem we will be ever able to get our act together to stop the continuing increase of CO2 and other greenhouse gases that WILL indeed precipitate a domino effect of ever worsening global catastrophes..."
To which she had this comment later on: "Now, let me tell you that I have noticed that every time that it seems that finally we are going to hear about the truth regarding UFO matters, the thing evaporates into the air like mist under the sun, specially when we start sending each other all this info. So, I don't know, maybe even if we have the feeling that something is about to happen regarding this matter..... maybe and only maybe, we should stay quiet without creating any expectation about it, and finally the thing will happen..... Otherwise the things starts getting so incredibly tangled up that, you know, nobody knows what to think about or what to believe about it."
AND MY REPLY WAS (in part):
"It is true that when expectations have been raised about disclosure in the past there has been an anticlimactic lack of disclosure afterwards but I would not connect it with the fact that some people got too excited about it. To me it looks more like a gradual acclimation process so as to both test the water of public reactions to this prospect and also to gradually prepare the general public to the notion of an official contact. If I was in charge of any such disclosure program, I would insist on such a very gradual build up. My hunch is that when it will be reported it has officially happened, it will be in such a low key manner that despite a little bit of initial commotion, most people and the media will quickly turn their attention elsewhere to more pressing concerns and to their own little daily trivial existence. Again, if I was in charge of such a process I would ensure that the transition process is done so smoothly that the public consciousness soon takes extraterrestrial life and intelligence as a normal reality ('what's the fuss anyway' is what most people will soon think...), no extraordinary display of might and technical prowess, no strange looking humanoids, just "normal" looking beings that can go unnoticed in any crowd on rush hour. Nothing in short to trigger any kind of fear, the very last thing everyone needs right now. The exopolitics wonks and MUFON crowd will get excited of course, but soon their clamor for an "ET save us from our own mess and give us free energy" Cosmic Marshall Plan will be drown in the cacophony of normal everyday media buzz about just everything else, with some occasional PBS-type updates on the progress of the establishment of formal relationships, exchanges of diplomats, etc., and reports on sound advices offered on how to solve some of our global seemingly intractable environmental problems.
To me the real impact of a global recognition that we are not alone in the universe (duh! of course!!!) will be at a more deeper and subtler level. As when humanity was first given the possibility of seeing a picture of our planet seen from afar, making us realize that we are all crew members on a gigantic spaceship that needs proper maintenance to keep our life-support system in working order, the realization that our universe is teeming with intelligent life, most of the advanced kind being of a benevolent, God-conscious nature, will make us all shift our perspective on our common future from a very limited, almost no-future outlook (the situation look so bad now that hardly anyone can be realistically cheerful about how things will turn out at the end of this century) to a bright, infinite-sky-is-the-limit optimism about how we will finally be able to set things right here, with a little help from our new space friends. Suddenly all kinds of things will become possible. Extended lifetimes with no more debilitating illnesses, end of abject poverty and hunger, a gradual return to a pristine planetary environment, true global peace and harmony, travel opportunities like never before, and a growing understanding of the Master Plan of Life throughout this living Universe on how to enable souls to have perfectly suited learning environments for whatever designs and visions they may wish to bring to fruition.
In a nutshell...
If you want to have an idea of how things will evolve, read The Immortal Child. As a clairvoyant woman said years ago when it was published, this simple story describes exactly how the future will unfold on Earth."
Retired NORAD Officer's New Book Predicts a Tentative Worldwide UFO Display on October 13, 2010
A newly-published book by a retired NORAD officer predicts October 13, 2010 as the tentative date for a fleet of extraterrestrial vehicles to hover for hours over the earth's principal cities. Author says the event to be the first in a series intended to avert a planetary catastrophe resulting from increasing levels of carbon-dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere dangerously approaching a "critical mass."
Winnipeg, MB (PRWEB) September 13, 2010
A newly-published 352-page book by a retired Air Force officer, Stanley A. Fulham, tentatively predicts October 13, 2010 as the date for a massive UFO display over the worlds principal cities. According to the author, the aliens will neither land nor communicate on that date; they are aware from eons of experience with other planets in similar conditions their sudden intervention would cause fear and panic.
The book, Challenges of Change (3rd ed.), reports this event will be the initial interaction in a process leading to mankinds acceptance of the alien reality and technologies for the removal of poisonous gases from the earths atmosphere in 2015, if not sooner.
The author draws upon his military experience with the UFO phenomenon dating back to WW2, and later, with NORAD and his subsequent life-long association with a senior NORAD intelligence officer who provided him a wealth of historical data relating to NORADs experience with the UFO/alien reality which has never been revealed to the public. In the military's view, as conveyed to and understood by Fulham, the public is not yet ready to accept an alien reality.
Fulham writes it is generally recognized UFOs function beyond our earth's physical laws, and has concluded answers to questions regarding who they are, where are they from, why are they here, are they a threat, and the mystery of abductions could only be found at a higher dimension of reality.
For more than a decade, through the services of a world renowned channeler, the author has communicated with an ethereal group of entities known as the Transcendors -- 43,000 very old souls who combine their vast experience and knowledge through eons of incarnations, providing advice and information to humans in search of basic realities of mankinds existence.
The book Challenges of Change reports on the authors years of communication with the Transcendors in a question and answer format intended to inform and challenge. The Transcendors reveal through the author crucial information about urgent global challenges facing mankind such as earth changes, international terrorism, worldwide financial collapse and the environmental crisis. One revelation is al Qaeda has a dirty nuclear bomb and WMD, but faces a moral quandary over containment of collateral damages.
Utilizing the theme of the Four Horsemen as symbolic metaphor, Fulham warns mankind will survive all of these future challenges, except the CO2 pollution of our atmosphere. According to information provided to the author by the Transcendors, the build-up of CO2 pollution is rising 1% annually to a critical mass of 22% in which mankind could not survive without outside intervention.
According to Fulham, the Transcendors state they have borne witness to countless thousands of alien civilizations who polluted their planets to total extinction where not a single being, animal or plant survived. They urgently warn planet earth is presently on the same self-destructive path. Fulham reports the aliens are well aware of our environmental crisis, and have benevolently decided to rescue mankind in this vast universal drama.
Fulham has been in contact with a distinguished foreign ambassador who read the book with great interest and dispatched it to his home government, where it was translated and studied by hundreds of their top government officials.
Fulham clarifies there are no absolutes; the principal of free will and choice that exits with all souls precludes all absolute realities, and the aliens may decide to postpone their intervention -- but the Transcendors confirm it will nonetheless occur in 2010. Quoting the author, the event will "occur this year, in what will surely be one of the great dramas of our galaxy, the introduction of their alien civilizations and technologies to mankind. We are not alone, and our world will have changed forever."
Challenges Of Change - Stanley A. Fulham (Part 1) Part 2 HERE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg9mTFbCBBM
Challenges of Change is indeed a challenge. This book provides a compelling perspective of world events as seen through the eyes of the author, and a group of ethereal entities known as the Transcendors. It takes the reader through important events in world history with dramatic reports on alien intervention with mankind.
Former Air Force officers discuss UFO sightings (Sept 27, 2010) http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2010/09/ap-Former-Air-Force-officers-discuss-UFO-sightings-092710/
WASHINGTON - Armed with declassified documents and vivid details, a group of former Air Force officers gathered Monday to go public with an assertion they have kept mostly under wraps for decades: that UFOs visited the bases they were stationed at and caused nuclear weapon system to temporarily malfunction. The group, convened by UFO researcher Robert Hastings, came to the National Press Club in Washington to discuss their individual experiences and to urge a government that tried to ignore and silence them when they came forward years ago to finally come clean. Hastings said he believes that visitors from outer space are fixating on nuclear weapons because they want to send a message: Disarm before the world destroys itself.
(...) "What you have heard today is evidence of a phenomenon. It sounds fantastic, and it is fantastic," said Salas, after he and his fellow officers from other bases in the Western U.S. shared similar accounts. The government, Salas said, is "deliberately withholding the facts, continuously since 1969 and, by doing so, do not allow the people of this country to engage in the decision regarding events that are clearly a national security issue for concern all of us. We're simply asking for the truth."
(...) The declassified documents Hastings presented at Monday's news conference include decades-old government memos detailing reports of sightings of objects in the skies above Alabama, Montana, New Mexico and North Dakota."The American people have a right to know the facts," Hastings told reporters. "This is a national security issues but it is (also) a need-to-know issue, a right-to-know issue. Citizens in every country on Earth should be let in on this secret."Hastings said he has talked to 120 former or retired U.S. military about the presence of UFOs at nuclear weapons sites across the United States and around the globe as early as 1945, when the world entered the nuclear age with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For some of the officers who came forward Monday, going public wasn't easy. CLIP
Aliens have deactivated British and US nuclear missiles, say US military pilots (27 Sep 2010) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/ufo/8026971/Aliens-have-deactivated-British-and-US-nuclear-missiles-say-US-military-pilots.html
Aliens have landed, infiltrated British nuclear missile sites and deactivated the weapons, according to US military pilots. -- The beings have repeated their efforts in the US and have been active since 1948, the men said, and accused the respective governments of trying to keep the information secret. The unlikely claims were compiled by six former US airmen and another member of the military who interviewed or researched the evidence of 120 ex-military personnel. The information they have collected suggests that aliens could have landed on Earth as recently as seven years ago. The men's aim is to press the two governments to recognise the long-standing extra-terrestrial visits as fact. (...) Capt Salas continued: "I was on duty when an object came over and hovered directly over the site. "The missiles shut down - 10 Minuteman missiles. And the same thing happened at another site a week later. There's a strong interest in our missiles by these objects, wherever they come from. I personally think they're not from planet Earth." Others claim to have seen similar activity in the UK. Col Charles Halt said he saw a UFO at the former military base RAF Bentwaters, near Ipswich, 30 years ago, during which he saw beams of light fired into the base then heard on the military radio that aliens had landed inside the nuclear storage area. He said: "I believe that the security services of both the United States and the United Kingdom have attempted - both then and now - to subvert the significance of what occurred at RAF Bentwaters by the use of well-practised methods of disinformation." The site was then the base of the US 81st Tactical Fighter Wing.Capt Bruce Fenstermacher, a former US Air Force officer, also claims he saw a cigar-shaped UFO hovering above a nuclear base in Wyoming in 1976. CLIP
Journalism tipping point: Media coverage of UFOs now serious (Sept 29, 2010) http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/189048
The comprehensive and credible news coverage of a unique press briefing this week indicates that the topics of UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation to Earth are now a reasonable subject of serious journalism.When former Air Force officers and other military men presented credible information in Washington last Monday about unidentified aerial objects in close proximity to sensitive U.S. military facilities, American newspapers, magazines, TV networks and media organizations of all kinds generally covered the story in professional ways. Is it a real paradigm shift for responsible and mature journalistic coverage of this unconventional topic? It may be. Recent public discussion by scientists regarding contact with intelligent extraterrestrial beings certainly seems to have brought credibility to the overall subject. In addition, the recently-published book "UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record" by journalist Leslie Kean also raised the standard of public discourse on the topic. Kean's book, which received good marks from respected scientists, brought objective reporting standards to the exploration of a very challenging area for journalism. In addition, significant UFO incidents such as the 1997 "Phoenix lights" case, the 2006 O'Hare airport sightings and many similar credible reports seem to have steadily moved the ball forward on responsible news coverage. CLIP - INDEED THERE HAS BEEN A FAIR BIT OF SERIOUS, POSITIVE MAINSTREAM MEDIA COVERAGE ON THIS (MOSTLY) Fred Burks also came to the same conclusion - see US Air Force Officers Give Riveting UFO Testimony This Monday As Reported in Numerous Major Media Articles
UFOs Neutered Nukes, Officers Claim (September 28, 2010) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/09/tinfoil-tuesdays-ufos-neutered-nukes-air-force-officers-claim/
(...) There were as many well-wishers at the Press Club as there were journalists in a conference attended by about 30 people, congratulating them on their bravery. One gentleman took the mic to confess that he had been a contactee in Santa Monica in 1986 and 1997. I can affirm this phenomenon is real, he said. Another journalist asked the panel whether it was time to admit that there are other spiritual beings in the universe. Along the same lines, Hastings suggested that the major threat that the aliens pose is to the close-minded. I dont think humankind is in jeopardy from whoever they are or whatever they are, except that we will have our minds expanded, he said. There will be a paradigm shift. Traditional institutions such as religions, governments, other social institutions may be threatened by what is coming. That is just the logical consequence of what is about to occur. If people will allow themselves to listen, that is. Dwynne Arneson, a Vietnam veteran who served at Malmstrom alongside Jamison during the the 1967 incident, lamented that the anxieties of the age are proving dangerously distracting. People are so wrapped up nowadays in their own world, he observed. Theyre worried about jobs. Theyre worried about mortgages. They could care less about UFOs and ETs and paranormal events.
UFO Believers Say ET Could Come Calling on the Metro (September 29, 2010) http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-story-ufo-kansas-city-mufon-092910,0,2464108.story
KANSAS CITY, MO - A plant under construction in south Kansas City to produce parts for nuclear weapons could soon be getting some visits from outer space, according to local UFO activists who say that recent revelations by former U.S. Air Force officers about UFO sightings at nuclear weapons facilities give their movement new credibility. The seven former USAF officers claimed, in a press conference this week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that they spotted UFO's hovering over nuclear missile silos and storage areas in the 1960's, 70's and 80's. They described the UFO as a glowing red object hovering over the front gate of the facilities. Margie Kay is the Kansas City president of MUFON, an international organization that investigates UFO's. She says having retired USAF officers speak out gives believers like her credibility. "Kansas City has actually had a number of sightings in the past," said Kay. "That's a very scary thought that a UFO can hover over a nuclear weapons site. I've had reports actually from military personnel in Missouri that they've had similar sightings on their air bases." Any connection between UFO's and nuclear weapons could certainly be of interest in south Kansas City, where a new plant is being constructed to build components for nuclear weapons. "They may have plans for a visit," said Richard Hayde, another member of MUFON. Like the USAF men who've come forward, he believes extraterrestrials are sending the world a message about nuclear weapons."We should love our planet and not destroy it and each other in the process," said Hayde.
Hiding the truth in plain sight Hollywood coverage of ET visitors (September 19th, 2010) http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-honolulu/hiding-the-truth-plain-sight-hollywood-s-coverage-of-extraterrestrial-visit
(...) We will have to watch the series to learn who the others are and what The Event is all about. If it is about an officially sanctioned UFO cover-up, the Event would be the latest in a long line of Hollywood productions that hides the truth about extraterrestrial visitation in plain sight. Putting the truth out in the open through various movies and television series makes the public aware of a possible official cover-up of extraterrestrial life while simultaneously making it appear to be science fiction.Hiding the truth in plain sight is not limited to Hollywood and the entertainment industry putting out movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek, The Day the Earth Stood Still; or television series such as X-Files, Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica, and most recently V. There has been a decades long series of testimonies by whistleblowers from the government, military and corporate sectors; and leaked official documents that all point to secret government and corporate involvement with an extraterrestrial presence. CLIP
India Proactively Preparing Its Population for Extra-Terrestrial Disclosure by the Year 2012 http://www.miraclesandinspiration.com/disclosure2.html
India is clearly a country and a people on the rise. Along with Russia, India has become one of the leading lights towards extra-terrestrial disclosure and is proactively preparing its populace for this impending event. One of the main Indian newspapers, India Daily, has written a series of editorials and articles over the past several years that are mincing no words that disclosure will absolutely take place by the year 2012. It seems evident that India is at the forefront in shattering the myth and secrecy behind extra-terrestrial's presence on Earth. They have consistently provided a litany of secret information that is quite astonishing to consider that it is emanating from a mainstream news source. Not surprisingly, this kind of vital information simply would never be found in a mainstream US news outlet. Period! CLIP - ACCESS TO MANY OTHER INDIA DAILY ARTICLES AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
UFO Sightings Connected To Large Hadron Collider Experiment? (5 octobre 2010) http://beforeitsnews.com/story/202/606/UFO_sightings_connected_to_Large_Hadron_Collider_experiment.html
(...) "We live in a little village in Swansea and after 47 years of looking up at night this is the first UFO I have ever seen."He added: "Could it be something to do with that experiment they are doing under ground in Geneva letting out pockets of energy or something?" The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, intended to smash protons together in the hope of learning more about the Big Bang theory. It was turned on to much international press interest last week despite some scientists calling for the experiment to be stopped, in fear it could lead to the formation of mini black holes, which could expand and swallow the Earth. Rachel Rijsdijk emailing from The Netherlands said she also saw similar orange lights last Saturday: "On Saturday night a week ago I was driving on the highway, past a city called Eindhoven, and I saw three orange round lights high in the sky. They were not moving, but hanging in a triangle form." CLIP - Check also Cern collider on verge of revealing how it all began
The Greatest Secret Of The 20th Century - 4 Hours Of Extraterrestrial Testimony (2 videos) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud49Gh9yYLs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpHAxxRKksQ
Top-secret military, government, intelligence and corporate witnesses to secret projects tell their true stories which disclose the greatest covert program in world history. This explosive testimony by actual government insiders proves that UFOs are real, that some are of extraterrestrial origin and that super-secret programs have energy and propulsion technologies that will enable humanity to begin a new civilization- A civilization without pollution, without poverty - A civilization capable of traveling among the stars.
New Crop Circles Found in England May Offer Proof That A New Earth Is About to Unfold (July 31, 2010) http://www.miraclesandinspiration.com/news_cropcircles.html
(...) As if to offer a clear and direct signal to humanity, these five crop circles combined would appear to be broadcasting to the world the same overall themed message the time has arrived for a new Earth to be born, and thus the birth of a whole new higher level human being. Dolores Cannon, for one, has reported that the Earth will be separating in a very similar fashion as the same as the process of two cells dividing. Her information comes directly through her many hypnotherapy clients she has taken on past-life regressions over the last forty years. (See our Dolores Cannon section for more information.) She has been able to identify three specific waves of souls that began arriving in the mid-1950's, shortly after atomic weapons were deployed on planet Earth during the 1940's. Alarm bells were set off throughout the universe when nuclear weapons were used and a call was sent out for souls to come to Earth in order to save it from human destruction. The rescue plan involved placing higher evolved souls upon the Earth in order to raise the vibrational frequencies, which would then make it possible to split off a whole new Earth into a higher dimension. This movement of an entire planet into the fifth dimension has never been attempted in the universe ever before! It has drawn the attention of many, many extra-terrestrial species from across the universe who are here to observe, or if necessary, to assist. This would account for the massive amount of UFO sightings, alien abductions, and thus, crop circles that have been steadily on the rise over the last fifty or more years. All in preparation for this grand event of a new Earth which will perhaps culminate around the year 2012, or for some, maybe even sooner. Each and every year, crop circles expand in their design and sophistication to embody more and more deeper concepts. 2010 is no exception and the appearance of these new Earth circles is a direct reflection of the evolution of human consciousness. We have arrived at that magical hour! CLIP
Part 1: Introduction, The Distress Call for Planet Earth and The Plan http://www.miraclesandinspiration.com/dolorescannon.html
(...) About twenty years ago, Mrs. Cannon began to notice a common thread running through a number of her hypnotherapy clients. While under hypnosis, many revealed that even though they had lived on another planet in their immediate previous lifetime, they felt compelled to answer a distress call to save Earth and the human race. The distress calls began in earnest during our time frame of around the mid-1950's. Many of those souls who heeded these calls, came from other planets and willingly volunteered to incarnate into human bodies, despite the risks and inherent dangers of living on this planet. They were told their presence was desperately needed to assist the Earth to make a critical transformation to a higher form of consciousness. The ultimate objective was to try to save most of humanity from destroying itself. According to the information gleaned from her clients, Mrs. Cannon discovered that there is an advanced race of extra-terrestrials, or light beings, known simply as "the Custodians", who were responsible for creating the planet Earth and all life found on it, billions upon billions of years ago. They were given direct orders from God, known to them as "the Source," to spread life throughout the universe wherever and whenever it could be established, however, Earth presented a particular challenge for seeding human beings. Eventually, after much trial and error, the Custodians managed to seed the human species upon the Earth.
From the outset, the critical decision was made that our planet and its people would be given the rather unique condition of free will, thus preventing any interference from other extra-terrestrial species, at least for the most part. Mrs. Cannon has been able to establish a direct communication link with the Custodians through her clients and has asked many probing and insightful questions about all of the great secrets of the universe. Upon further investigation, she has discovered that the Custodians have put together a brilliant plan to rescue Earth and its people from an apocalyptic demise. This rescue mission obtained an urgency after an imminent threat appeared with the development of the atomic bomb in the 1940's during World War II. The creation of nuclear weapons served as a dire threat to all of humanity, and after they were implemented in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, a rash of UFO sightings began to occur on planet Earth. The most famous and perhaps initial sighting was the alleged UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Almost immediately thereafter, UFO's began to appear regularly on our planet throughout the remainder of the 1940's and into the 1950's, and have been steadily increasing to the present day. And right in synchronization with the UFO sightings has been the arrival of a massive amount of souls to planet in Earth, starting in the mid-1950's and 60's, then again in the 1970's and 80's, and once more in the 1990's through to this time frame.
THE RESCUE PLAN - Mrs. Cannon has been given detailed plans from the Custodians on how they intend to save planet Earth, and thus, the human race. It had to be very specifically and carefully designed so as not to violate our free will. Here is how their plan is to be implemented: With the arrival of all of these fresh souls upon the planet, the Custodians feel that a critical mass has now been achieved to pull off an amazing transformation of the Earth. However, eventually, there is not going to be just one single Earth. The plan calls for a splitting of our little emerald planet into two Earths one that will remain in the lower 3D consciousness of fear and negativity as it is now, while a whole "new Earth" will be created of a 5D consciousness that will resonate with positivity and awakening. Thus, there will eventually be two Earths.Each Earth will be completely unaware of the other as the separation begins to happen, and it may be so subtle that those people on either of the two Earths will not even notice a change has occurred, at least initially." This split will be undertaken similar to the process of cellular division, where one cell splits into two cells, as it moves through the growth stages of development. This plan for Earth is very unique and apparently has never been attempted in the Universe before. Ever! So naturally, this whole undertaking has garnered an enormous amount of attention and has brought numerous extra-terrestrial races here to observe. In fact, there has never been so much attention focused upon Earth as there is right now and will remain so as the new Earth is formed. All of this attention accounts for the record number of UFO sightings that have been reported, while many, many other people continue to step forward to reveal that they have been abducted by various ET's. CLIP
Part 2: Transitioning to the New Earth http://www.miraclesandinspiration.com/dolorescannon2.html
In order to make this incredible transition to the new Earth, only two factors for any human being will be necessary in order to prevail. Number one is overcoming the karma that has been accumulated from this lifetime on this planet. The Custodians have said this can be achieved simply by forgiving everyone and everything in one's life, including forgiving one's own self.It will also be necessary to align oneself with the higher frequency of the new Earth by letting go of lower consciousness negativity such as greed, violence, oppression, control and embracing the higher consciousness of love, open-heartedness and forgiveness, all of which will ultimately work in one's favor to make this transition. The second factor that is necessary to move to the new Earth is let go of fear fear of change, fear of the unknown and fear of the process of transitioning to a new Earth. Any fear that you may have. All of it. Fear has been rampant among the human race for lifetimes upon lifetimes and it is a very low consciousness vibration that robs one of their vital power. Yet now is this grand opportunity to rid yourself of that paralyzing emotion.Perhaps to some, these two factors may seem somewhat daunting, and maybe even, far too difficult to achieve. But, according to the instructions that Dolores Cannon has received from the Custodians, that is all it will take to make this great leap to the new Earth. In other words, it will not be necessary to suffer needlessly or to go through incredible hardships to make it to the Golden Age we have all heard about. If all it takes is forgiveness and overcoming fear, then really, that is not too much to ask of us if we can keep it all in perspective.
(...) Recently, a man by the name of Anthony Kane, a relative of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, stated on the Exopolitics radio show with host Alfred Webre that he was contacted by extra-terrestrials who are known as the "Council of Twelve." From his news story on the Seattle Examiner web site entitled, "2012: Dr. Martin Luther King relative, contactee, brings UFO/ET message of dimensional shift in 2012," Alfred Weber writes: "They delivered a number of specific datelines and predicted developments concerning a dimensional shift which Earth and human consciousness is now undergoing in relation to the year 2012. Mr. Kane describes the Council of Twelve as stating that during the nine days from December 12, 2012 (12/12/12) to December 21, 2012, the planet Earth will split dimensionally into two separate Earths, each of which has different dimensional frequencies. Mr. Kane describes this as a process analogous to the way that a single cell can split into two cells. According to the Council of Twelve, humans with a consciousness anchored in fear will remain in the third dimensional Earth. Individuals who are experiencing a conscious awakening and putting an effort into being conscious of the shift will migrate into the new dimension of the fifth dimensional Earth." Once again, this information is absolutely in line with that provided by Dolores Cannon. Clearly, there are multiple sources now revealing a new Earth is being prepared for human race to be ready in our very near future. CLIP
- FIRST WAVE: Born in mid to late 1950's and throughout the 60's, these people would be in their 40's, and their early 50's at this present time. Some may finally be adjusting to life after going through turbulent early years of feeling they didn't belong here. A number tried to commit suicide or were treated for depression, particularly in their teenage years. First Wavers feel that they don't want to be on planet Earth, because they simply don't like it here. They feel an overwhelming desire to go home but they have no idea where home is. They are particularly repulsed by the violence on this planet because they are very gentle people. They don't understand emotions, anger and fear upsets them and this is another reason why they may have tried to commit suicide. They feel out of place and they often many remain loners because the emotional energy of Earth is too chaotic for them. Many also choose not to have children because children cause Karma due to the ties involved through many lifetimes. So in order to protect them, a karmic shield is put over the First Wavers so they cannot accumulate karma. We are here to learn emotions and limitations and for many that is very difficult. The First Wavers who have worked with Dolores Cannon, or who have been exposed to her information, often come to the conclusion that they may not like it here but they are willing to fulfill their very important mission.
- SECOND WAVE-- Born in the 1970's and 80's, these individuals would presently be in their 20's and 30's. The Second Wavers have had a far easier time adjusting to Earth. The First Wave were the pioneers or the trailblazers that is why they had so much difficulty with living on planet Earth. The Second Wave has had it far easier and do not have near the problems that the First Wave has experienced. Dolores Cannon refers to the Second Wavers as "channels, generators, and antennas," and they generally project a very positive energy. There are just here to be. The energy they have in their body effects everyone they come in contact with. Many have chosen not to have children, as this creates karma, and they don't want to have to return to Earth after this life. They are very gentle, they could walk through a mall or a grocery store and affect everyone. They emanate a very positive energy. Just like the First Wavers, they just want to do their job and get out of here. They also are protected by a karmic shield because they don't want to be stuck on Earth and unable to return home.
- THIRD WAVE: Born in the 1990's to the present, these are the "New Children" who are coming into the world with their DNA already altered before they even arrive so they are able to function in a different reality. The vibrations coming into the planet are pushing Earth into a whole new dimension and they are already prepared. Some call this Third Wave of souls the Indigo children, or the Crystal children. They are also known as the gift to the world. They are the hope of the world and they come in knowing so much more than either the First or Second Wave. CLIP
Environmental effects of meat production http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_effects_of_meat_production
The environmental effects of meat production include pollution and the use of resources such as fossil fuels, water, and land. This article discusses the environmental effects of livestock and poultry farming. According to a 2006 report by the Livestock, Environment And Development Initiative, the livestock industry is one of the largest contributors to environmental degradation worldwide, and modern practices of raising animals for food contributes on a "massive scale" to air and water pollution, land degradation, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. The initiative concluded that "the livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global." In 2006 FAO estimated that meat industry contributes 18% of all emissions of greenhouse gasses. This figure was revised in 2009 by two World Bank scientists and estimated at 51% minimum.
1. Methane Greenhouse Gas From Farm Animals
One of the natural causes of global warming is the release of methane gas from livestock and agricultural animals. This causes an increase in methane in the atmosphere, which helps trap heat near the earth and raises the temperature. Even though this is one of the natural causes of global warming, an increase in the number of farm animals raised has greatly increased methane greenhouse gas emissions as well.
2. RainForest Deforestation
One of the causes and effects of global warming is the rain forest deforestation that is occurring on a widespread basis. The forests of the world act as carbon sinks, sequestering carbon in the earth and trees where it is harmless. When the trees are cut down this carbon is released. In addition, the trees take in carbon from the air and turn it into oxygen.
3. Fossil Fuel Power Plants
Fossil fuel power plants are one of the biggest of the causes and effects of global warming. Power plants release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, normally from burning coal. These emissions contribute to air pollution and global warming.
4. Fossil Fuel Recovery Processes, Including Mining
Recovering fossil fuels has a big impact on the causes and effects of global warming. Mining into the earth releases stored up carbon, which then goes into the air and atmosphere. This contributes to global warming.
Vehicles are one of the main causes and effects of global warming, in part because of the sheer numbers of fossil fuel vehicles driven each day around the world. Burning fossil fuels causes large amounts of many greenhouse gas emissions, including methane greenhouse gas.
Happy "Earth Overshoot Day" - We've Consumed the Planet's Resources This Year Faster Than Ever! (August
21, 2010) http://planetgreen.discovery.com/work-connect/happy-earth-overshoot-day-consumed-planets-resources-faster-than-ever.html
We hear a lot about overconsumption, and how our resource-heavy lifestyles are depleting the earth's resources. But exact numbershow much we're using and how quicklyare much harder to come by. Enter the Global Footprint Network, which for the last few years has calculated out the point in the year at which the world's population has exceeded the resources available to sustain it: Earth Overshoot Day. How the Global Footprint Network describes Earth Overshoot Day: Every year, Global Footprint Network calculates nature's supply in the form of biocapacity, the amount of resources the planet generates, and compares that to human demand: the amount it takes to produce all the living resources we consume and absorb our carbon dioxide emissions. Earth Overshoot Day, a concept devised by U.K.-based new economics foundation, marks the day when demand on ecological services begins to exceed the renewable supply. Also called Ecological Debt Day, the milestone has arrived this year (today, August 21) a full month earlier than last. The calculation takes faster resource consumption into account but is also based on improved data analysisan example of which, according to NEF, is that new research shows the world has less grazing land available than was previously estimated. The New Economics Foundation cites our intensive use of fossil fuels as a chief factor driving our rapid resource consumption, and provides a few stellar examples of how we use up energy so quickly and illogically. The examples are UK-specific, but it is fair to assume a parallel situation in the U.S. We exported 131,000 tonnes of chewing gum to Spain and imported 125,00 tonnes back again. The UK exported 3,300 tonnes of soft toys to New Zealand, and then imported 2,400 tonnes back again. We exported 43,000 tonnes of toffee to France while at the same time importing 39,000 tonnes from the French. To see how you fit into the puzzle, you can start by calculating your own footprint. It's the first step to figuring out how to reduce it.
Obama Deplores World Poverty: Welcome to the Theatre of Absurd
By Finian Cunningham -- September 23, 2010
US President Barack Obama is the latest voice from the "great and good" to bemoan the lack of achievement in the United Nation's Millennium goals, first declared 10 years ago, to drastically reduce world poverty and generate sustainable development. Earlier in the week, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and ex-UN chief Kofi Annan espoused similar sentiments of disappointment with the fight against poverty and all its miseries. Welcome to the Theatre of Absurd.
Here we have the very managers and apologists for the economic system that generates poverty and environmental destruction on a massive scale seeming to lament those manifestations. Not only that, but they affect a demeanour of brooding puzzlement over why poverty remains so entrenched across the world, with over one billion people (and counting) deprived of basic necessities for a decent life.
Obama's foray was particularly absurd and insidious. While he oversees a foreign policy involving mass murder and war crimes in several countries, Obama exhorts to the world to get serious about fighting poverty and human suffering. With his typical rhetoric of "deep concern" that sounds increasingly hollow, the US president said that we need to move beyond "managing poverty... to provide paths out of poverty". He deplored "dependence" on Western aid (sic) and called for greater accountability among poorer nations.
There are several self-serving myths here that, if inculcated, help to reduce not poverty but the public's understanding of the real cause of poverty. First of all, Obama and his ilk are projecting themselves as having some kind of moral authority because they appear concerned for humanity. This is particularly absurd in the case of Obama given his record of exacerbating poverty, suffering and death all over the planet. Thus, with rhetorical flourish, the enemies of genuine human development somehow are able to appear as guardian angels and escape accountability accountability that Obama ostensibly recommends for the misery that they help inflict on a daily basis.
A second insidious mental framework being inculcated is with the use of the words "dependence" and "accountability". The sanctimonious implication is that the scourge of poverty in Africa, Asia and the Americas is the curse of "backward people" who are resistant to adopting Western development (sic). Perhaps with his own African ethnicity, Obama felt entitled to spout such racist cant.
The great irony is that it is not the people of Africa and elsewhere who are dependent on the West, but rather it is the Western economic system of elite enrichment that is dependent on maintaining conditions of poverty in Africa and the globe generally.
A third myth that Obama's soliloquy on world poverty attempts to inculcate is that poverty is somehow the exclusive domain of foreign, and again, backward lands. The implication is that there is a distinction between the structural causes of poverty in Africa, for example, and recession in North America. A few decades ago when US workers happened to have a relatively larger share of wealth, the distinction between "developed" and "undeveloped" nations may have had some semblance of credibility.
But with as many as 20 million Americans now out of work and nearly 40 million individuals in the US receiving food aid, it is today clearer than ever that poverty and massive suffering is a worldwide human condition generated by the very economic system that Mr Obama presides over. The trouble for him and his other apologists is that the contradiction of elite wealth coexisting with massive poverty has become so patent and palpable that any rhetorical flourish to dissemble otherwise is now truly absurd.
Stop economic growth in its tracks, start living locally, at a slower pace, and share more - that was the remarkable demand yesterday at the beginning of the Sustainable Planet Forum, a three-day international conference on environmental issues in the French city of Lyon, which The Independent is co-sponsoring.
French 'Degrowth' advocate Paul Ariès
In the radical corner was Paul Ariès, one of France's more colourful political figures, an anti-globalization campaigner who edits a magazine entitled Le Sarkophage, which is a French pun on the word for coffin and the name of the President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy. (You can guess the content.)
In the Conservative corner was Peter Ainsworth, the former shadow Environment Secretary who left Parliament at the last election after 18 years as the MP for East Surrey. He is active on numerous environmental issues and has long been seen by environmentalists in Britain as the epitome of a Green Tory.
Immediately after the forum's opening ceremony, they clashed in the main auditorium of the Lyon Opera House before an audience of nearly 1,000 intent listeners, many of them young. It's an indication of how popular in France such think-fests are - this one being organized by the French daily Libération, in co-operation with The Independent and Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
The Sustainable Planet Forum is focusing on the issue of sustainable development - how we can provide for our needs without stopping future generations from satisfying needs of their own (and without wrecking the planet) - which until less than a decade ago was the animating cause of the environment movement, until concern for climate change swept everything before it. The forum also has an underlying subsidiary theme, which is Europe and its future.
But it was the idea of economic growth, or rather degrowth, to use the term of Mr Ariès - décroissance - which set the debates going with a bang. The French thinker is not just opposed to economic growth, but actively wants to stop it, seeing it as the root of all our evils. In fact, he is opposed to sustainable development, as - to paraphrase his thought - for him, the development bit cancels out the worth of the sustainable bit.
Economic growth, he told the audience, inevitably leads to social inequality. Mr Ariès wants a new sort of society, organised locally, at a slower pace, based on sharing rather than exploitation, and if you take his thought to its logical conclusion, virtually shrinking.
He expressed it yesterday from the stage of the Opera House with a finger-jabbing and strident passion which at times verged on the excitable, and was in sharp contrast to the dry but powerful response of Mr Ainsworth, who told him to his face: "You are a dreamer."
"Vous êtes un rêveur," said the interpreter, just in case Mr Ariès had missed it in English. He certainly didn't look like he got told that an awful lot, and Mr Ainsworth hastened to add that society needed dreamers. But he launched a full-frontal assault on his opponent's degrowth idea, based in what you might call a Conservative view of human nature.
He said: "Humans are acquisitive; we always have been. It's a fair bet that when we originally crawled out of a cave in prehistory we went looking for stuff to accumulate. Another pelt; a better home; a sharper weapon; a longer stick. Stuff: it's what people like."
That word stuff caused the interpreter a momentary hesitation, but Mr Ainsworth was already saying: "The people who live in the poorest parts of the world don't talk about poverty. They live with it. The notion of poverty is for the affluent to worry about, and rightly so. But people who live in real poverty, whether in the deprived cities or rural areas of the developed West or in the developing world, talk about prosperity. They want economic growth because it is a natural thing to want. They want more stuff."
A recent visit to Albania, one of Europe's poorest countries, had impressed this upon him, he said.
"Try telling people in Albania you want to offer them degrowth. You won't get a friendly answer."
Mr Ainsworth said he shared many of Mr Ariès' concerns about overexploitation and overconsumption, pointing out: "If everyone on our planet lived like an average European, we would need three planets to live on. If everyone had the lifestyle of an average citizen of the United States, we would need five planets to live on."
But he said degrowth was not the answer. The only solution was to grow in a different way - that was what sustainable development meant - and the only institutions who could enable us to do that were major companies, with innovations.
Mr Ariès responded that he wasn't looking to Coca-Cola to save the planet - his best line, which drew laughter and applause - but Mr Ainsworth insisted that it was only new technological advances ("game-changers" he called them) which would set growth on a different path. "You want to save the planet with gadgets!" cried a woman in the audience. "The electric car is not a gadget," Mr Ainsworth said.
His finished by telling Mr Ariès that the ultimate problem with his degrowth idea was political. "No democratic politician anywhere in the world will embrace it," he said. "Call that cowardice, or call it realism." And turning to the audience: "You choose."
- many millions have been displaced, evacuated, stranded or lost their homes; numerous roads, schools and - - health clinics destroyed
- hundreds of villages washed away
- millions of livestock have perished; for the rural poor something akin to a Western stock market crash that wipes out years of savings
- countless farms decimated, including critical crops like corn; officials say the damage is in the hundreds of millions of dollars and it does not appear that Pakistan will recover within the next few years
- infectious diseases are rising sharply
- airplanes of the United States of America have flown over Pakistan and dropped bombs on dozens of occasions
I direct these remarks to readers who have to deal with Americans who turn into a stone wall upon hearing the United States accused of acting immorally; America, they are convinced, means well; our motives are noble. And if we do do something that looks bad, and the badness can't easily be covered up or explained away ... well, great powers have always done things like that, we're no worse than the other great powers of history, and a lot better than most. God bless America.
A certain percentage of such people do change eventually and stop rationalizing; this happens usually after being confronted X-number of times with evidence of the less-than-beautiful behavior of their government around the world. The value of X of course varies with the individual; so don't give up trying to educate the hardened Americans you come in contact with. You never know when your enlightening them about a particular wickedness of their favorite country will be the straw that breaks their imperialist-loving back. (But remember the warning from Friedrich Schiller of Germany: Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens. "With stupidity even the gods struggle in vain.")
Here's a recent revelation of wickedness that might serve to move certain of the unenlightened: New evidence has recently come to light that reinforces the view of a CIA role in the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of The Congo following its independence from Belgium in 1960. The United States didn't pull the trigger, but it did just about everything else, including giving the green light to the Congolese officials who had kidnaped Lumumba. CIA Station Chief Larry Devlin, we now know, was consulted by these officials about the transfer of Lumumba to his sworn enemies. Devlin signaled them that he had no objection to it. Lumumba's fate was sealed.
It was a classic Cold War example of anti-communism carried to absurd and cruel lengths. Years later, Under Secretary of State C. Douglas Dillon told a Senate investigating committee that the National Security Council and President Eisenhower had believed in 1960 that Lumumba was a "very difficult if not impossible person to deal with, and was dangerous to the peace and safety of the world." This statement moved author Jonathan Kwitny to observe:
How far beyond the dreams of a barefoot jungle postal clerk in 1956, that in a few short years he would be dangerous to the peace and safety of the world! The perception seems insane, particularly coming from the National Security Council, which really does have the power to end all human life within hours.
President Eisenhower personally gave the order to kill the progressive African leader.
We can't know for sure what life for the Congolese people would have been like had Lumumba been allowed to remain in office. But we do know what followed his assassination one vicious dictator after another presiding over 50 years of mass murder, rape, and destruction as competing national forces and neighboring states fought endlessly over the vast mineral wealth in the country. The Congo would not hold another democratic election for 46 years.
Overthrowing a country's last great hope, with disastrous consequences, is an historical pattern found throughout the long chronicle of American imperialist interventions, from Iran and Guatemala in the 1950s to Haiti and Afghanistan in the 1990s, with many examples in between. Washington has been working on Hugo Chávez in Venezuela for a decade.
Just like the commercials that warn you "Don't try this at home", I urge you not to waste your time trying to educate the likes of Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, who not long ago referred to "the men and women of the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps" as "the most important peacekeepers in the world for the last century." What can you say to such a man? And this is the leading foreign policy columnist for America's "newspaper of record". God help us. The man could use some adult supervision.
A man named Barack Obama
For many years I have not paid a great deal of attention to party politics in the United States. I usually have only a passing knowledge of who's who in Congress. It's policies that interest me much more than politicians. But during the 2008 presidential campaign I kept hearing the name Barack Obama when I turned on the radio, and repeatedly saw his name in headlines in various newspapers. I knew no more than that he was a senator from Illinois and ... Was he black?
Then one day I turned on my kitchen radio and was informed that Obama was about to begin a talk. I decided to listen, and did so for about 15 or 20 minutes while I washed the dishes. I listened, and listened, and then it hit me ... This man is not saying anything! It's all platitude and cliché, very little of what I would call substance. His talk could have been written by a computer, touching all the appropriate bases and saying just what could be expected to give some hope to the pessimistic and to artfully challenge the skepticism of the cynical; feel-good language for every occasion; conventional wisdom for every issue. His supporters, I would later learn, insisted that he had to talk this way to be elected, but once elected Aha! The real genuine-progressive, anti-war Barack Obama would appear. "Change you can believe in!" Hallelujah! ... They're still saying things like that.
Last week Obama gave the traditional annual speech at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. To give you an idea of whether the man now sincerely expresses himself "outside the box" at all, here's what he had to say about Pakistan: "Since the rains came and the floodwaters rose in Pakistan, we have pledged our assistance, and we should all support the Pakistani people as they recover and rebuild." Does he think no one in the world knows about the American bombs? Did he think he was speaking before sophisticated international diplomats or making a campaign speech before Iowa farmers?
Plus endless verbiage about the endless Israeli-Palestine issue, which could have been lifted out of almost any speech by any American president of the past 30 years. But no mention at all of Gaza. Oh, excuse me there was one line: "the young girl in Gaza who wants to have no ceiling on her dreams". Gosh, choke. One would never know that the United States possesses huge leverage over the state of Israel billions/trillions of dollars of military and economic aid and gifts. An American president with a minimum of courage could force Israel to make concessions, and in a struggle between a thousand-pound gorilla (Israel) and an infant (Hamas) it's the gorilla that has to give some ground.
And this: "We also know from experience that those who defend these [universal] values for their people have been our closest friends and allies, while those who have denied those rights whether terrorist groups or tyrannical governments have chosen to be our adversaries."
Such a lie. It would be difficult to name a single brutal dictatorship of the Western world in the second half of the 20th Century that was not supported by the United States; not only supported, but often put into power and kept in power against the wishes of the population. And in recent years as well, Washington has supported very repressive governments, such as Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Indonesia, Egypt, Kosovo, Colombia, and Israel. As to terrorist groups being adversaries of the United States another item for the future Barack Obama Presidential Liebrary; as I've discussed in this report on several occasions, including last month, the United States has supported terrorist groups for decades. As they've supported US foreign policy.
"Yes, of course it's nice to have a president who speaks in complete sentences. But that they're coherent doesn't make them honest." John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper's Magazine.
The secret to understanding US foreign policy
In one of his regular "Reflections" essays, Fidel Castro recently discussed United States hostility towards Venezuela. "What they really want is Venezuela's oil," wrote the Cuban leader. This is a commonly-held viewpoint within the international left. The point is put forth, for example, in Oliver Stone's recent film "South of the Border". I must, however, take exception.
In the post-World War Two period, in Latin America alone, the US has had a similar hostile policy toward progressive governments and movements in Guatemala, Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and Bolivia. What these governments and movements all had in common was that they were/are leftist; nothing to do with oil. For more than half a century Washington has been trying to block the rise of any government in Latin America that threatens to offer a viable alternative to the capitalist model. Venezuela of course fits perfectly into that scenario; oil or no oil.
This ideology was the essence of the Cold War all over the world.
The secret to understanding US foreign policy is that there is no secret. Principally, one must come to the realization that the United States strives to dominate the world. Once one understands that, much of the apparent confusion, contradiction, and ambiguity surrounding Washington's policies fades away. To express this striving for dominance numerically, one can consider that since the end of World War Two the United States has:
- Endeavored to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
- Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
- Waged war/military action, either directly or in conjunction with a proxy army, in some 30 countries.
- Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
- Dropped bombs on the people of some 30 countries.
- Suppressed dozens of populist/nationalist movements in every corner of the world.
The United States institutional war machine has long been, and remains, on automatic pilot.
Coalition says U.N. Congo report is last straw (October 1, 2010) http://sfbayview.com/2010/coalition-says-u-n-congo-report-is-last-straw/
A spreading coalition of American based grassroots and human rights organizations who focus on the Great Lakes Region of Africa has congratulated the U.N. on its recently leaked bombshell study of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The coalition is frequently critical of the actions of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and has labeled this U.N. report the "straw that will break the camel's back" and show the world Kagame's true face. The group says it now expects President Obama to live by his July 2009 speech in Accra, Ghana, and to terminate Washington's cozy relationship with Rwanda's strongman. The coalition's "last straw" characterization is significant. Countless Kagame critics have noted a wide variety of abuses by his government over the years, but never before has an international organization so thoroughly documented the war crimes, crimes against humanity and potential genocide committed by Kagame's troops in the Congo. These heinous crimes have been known for years, but the new spotlight, coming so soon after the recent false elections won by Kagame, show that the international community is now clearly focused on his autocratic regime. CLIP
NOW FOR THE BRIGHT - VERY BRIGHT! - SIDE OF WHAT AMERICANS CAN DO IN THE WORLD. 99.9% OF THEM ARE NOT BENT ON MAYHEM, DEATH AND DESTRUCTION FOR THE SAKE OF EMPIRE BUILDING AS THE ARTICLE ABOVE MAY SEEM TO INDICATE. JUST A TINY GHOULISH MINORITY IS. IMAGINE IF THE US GOVERNMENT POURED JUST A TINY PERCENTAGE OF WHAT IS WASTED IN FURTHERING VIOLENCE INTO BUILDING A TRUE LOVE-DRIVEN PEACE FORCE LIKE DAVID HARTSOUGH... THE WORLD WOULD SOON BE CHANGED FOREVER -- Story recommended by Fred Burks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Marching in Gandhi's footsteps
Date: 05 April 2002
From: David Hartsough (email@example.com)
I thought you might like to see this story in the Bangkok Post (Thailand) about the Nonviolent Peaceforce, and my journey to it. Hope you will like it. It is good when the media picks up a positive story once in a while. They focused on me, but obviously there are hundreds of people around the world working hard to help create the Nonviolent Peaceforce. Thanks for your continued efforts in building a more just and peaceful world. You are an important part of my beloved community.
Marching in Gandhi's footsteps
Rather than being victims of history, David Hartsough believes we should make it he's raising a peace force to do just that
Story by KATE ROPE
George W. Bush is dividing the world and waging war. Osama Bin Laden is skillfully eluding capture and giving hope to the thousands he has trained to kill. Betwixt the two, hot spots in Israel and the occupied territories are descending into ever more gruesome violence, other countries are being forced to choose which side of the war they support, and nobody is talking about peace.
Except, perhaps, David Hartsough, who is quietly building an army in the midst of the fury. A veteran of the civil rights struggle in the US and a peace activist who's been on the front lines of some of the most destructive clashes of the last half century, Hartsough is travelling the globe to rally a force that will march into the danger zones of the world armed with only a commitment to peace. Born from the work left unfinished by Mahatma Gandhi some 70 years ago, it's a hard-sell in times like these, but Hartsough is an experienced and persuasive salesman.
Sitting in the Thammasat office of Chaiwat Satha-anand, Thailand's most prominent peace academic, Hartsough comes across first as a friendly, traveller type. His greying hair, well-worn trousers and forest-green rucksack look like the accoutrements you'd expect a peace-loving wanderer to sport. But when he sits down to tell his story and how and why his approach will work, it is with the resolve and no-nonsense confidence of a battle-seasoned general. Hartsough knows nonviolence can work because he has spent his life in the field.
When Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in 1948, he was building a shanti sena, a peace troop. From that idea, Hartsough and of others have created the Global Nonviolent Peace Force a corps of civilians trained in active nonviolent techniques that will be sent to areas of conflict around the world to protect human rights and create the space for peaceful resolution of differences.
At the invitation of NGOs or other parties, the corps will enter combat areas to provide unarmed escorts for peaceworkers and training in active nonviolence, as well as summon the attention of the world. Hartsough hopes to have the force non-combat-ready by 2003, with an initial contingent of 200 active members, 400 reservists and 500 supporters around the globe who will send email, make phone calls, alert the press and turn the international spotlight on particular conflicts. He already has 10 informal invitations from places including Sri Lanka, Burma, Korea, Mindanao in the Philippines, Columbia, Ecuador, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.
At a conference due to be held in New Delhi in November, an international steering committee, which includes Acharn Chaiwat, will choose the location for a pilot project. If it is successful, Hartsough hopes it will set a precedent for solving conflicts peacefully.
Hartsough's early teachers were Gandhi, whom he read as a child, Martin Luther King, whom he met as a teenager, and his father, who risked his life in the early years of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.
A Congregationalist minister who later became a Quaker, Hartsough's father went to the Middle East when David was eight years old to bring tents and medicine to refugees displaced by the first Israel-Palestine war. My father gave sermons in church on the Good Samaritan story, and it really impressed me that he was not just preaching it but was willing to risk his life on the belief that everyone is my neighbor, he recalls.
Hartsough's father also took his teenage son to see the work Martin Luther King was doing in Montgomery, Alabama, to secure equal rights for black citizens of the United States. King was the leader not only of the struggle for civil rights in the US, but also of the first nonviolent movement in that country.
I was very deeply moved that these people, who were facing such oppression, were determined to get justice, but they were determined to do that nonviolently, even against people who were bombing their churches and their homes. That put me on the road to a much deeper understanding of nonviolence, says Hartsough.
After a year spent at an elite, almost entirely white college on the East Coast of the United States, where he was helping the admissions office recruit black students, Hartsough heard that Howard University, a black college in Washington, DC, needed white students. Deciding to practise what he was preaching, he transferred to Howard in 1959, and there he received a lesson more valuable than anything else he could have learned: the power of peaceful resistance.
In 1960, all across the southern states of the US, people began protesting the segregation of lunch counters. So, every Saturday, Hartsough and his black friends would leave DC, which had already been desegregated, and cross into Maryland. They would sit at a lunch counter there until they were arrested. After spending the weekend in jail singing freedom songs, they'd be released in time for classes on Monday, only to be back in action the following Saturday.
Hartsough stayed clear of nearby Virginia, which was home not only to the American Nazi Party but also to a law that handed down a year's prison sentence and a thousand-dollar fine to anyone who protested at a lunch counter.
We didn't have a thousand dollars and we didn't want to spend a year in prison, says Hartsough laughing. But when months passed and no one challenged the racist law there, he and his friends mustered their courage, did some extra training in nonviolence, and crossed the state line.
Twelve of us went in and sat down at this lunch counter at the People's Drugstore in Arlington, Virginia, and within minutes there were six cars and sirens coming from all directions. They didn't arrest us, but neither were they going to serve us any food. We stayed there for two days, and it was the most difficult two days of my life.
Hartsough and his friends endured vicious name-calling, lit cigarettes being dropped down their shirts, punches so hard they were knocked off their stools to the floor, where they were kicked, and members of the American Nazi Party sporting swastikas and brandishing photos of apes, asking them malevolently, Is we or is we ain't equal?
At the end of the second day, as Hartsough sat in meditation trying to think about loving his enemies, a man approached him from behind. He said to me, you nigger-lover, and he had this horrible look of hatred on his face; if you don't get out of this store in two seconds, I'm going to stab this through your heart. In the man's hand was a switchblade. I had two seconds to decide if I really believed in nonviolence, and I looked this man right in the eye, and I said, Friend, do what you believe is right, and I'll still try and love you, and it was quite amazing, because his jaw began to fall and his hand began to drop and he left the store.
The most difficult part was to come. The protest had been on newspaper front pages and an angry crowd of 500 had gathered outside the drugstore, armed with rocks and firecrackers and threatening to kill the 12.
For their part, Hartsough and his friends decided to write to Arlington's religious and political leaders asking them to use their moral and political leadership to open the eating establishments to everyone. We said that if nothing changed in a week, we'd come back. Some friendly newspaper reporters had their cars outside and got us out of there alive, and we went back to Washington and for six days we were shaking and wondering, Do we have the courage to go back and do it again.
But they didn't have to make that choice. On the sixth day, the call came that the lunch counters in Arlington were now open to all.
That taught me a very powerful lesson, says Hartsough, That by acting on our conscience we got those people to act on their conscience, and those people got the society to act on its conscience. That you don't need millions of people ... even a few can make change.
Since that time, Hartsough has been working beside the few and sometimes the many, to make change all over the world. He has been jailed well over 100 times, but his most high-profile arrest was at the hands of Slobodan Milosevic.
Before violence erupted in Kosovo in the late 1990s, hundreds of thousands of Albanians marched to secure basic freedoms the right to attend school, secure jobs, speak their own language, get access to medical care that had been taken from them by the Serb regime. They enlisted the help of Hartsough and others to awaken the international community to what was happening and bring moral, political and economic pressure to bear on the Serbs, like that which had succeeded against apartheid.
So Hartsough travelled the US and Europe to rally support, but met with none. He finally returned to Kosovo with a small crew of four Americans to conduct nonviolence training sessions. Though there was no international media attention, coverage on Albanian TV got Milosevic's attention and Hartsough and the five were locked up. It became front-page news around the world, says Hartsough, which was stupid, because 100,000 people marching for justice had not been news, but five Americans in jail was.
Unwilling to take the international heat, Milosevic soon released the activists and turned them out of the country.
Not long after, the world woke up to the situation in Kosovo and Nato began dropping bombs, a response Hartsough believes could have been avoided and is at the heart of why he is now devoting all of his time to building the peace force.
I travelled all around the US saying, Kosovo is an explosion waiting to happen, we need people to come. Nobody responded, and then it exploded and after it exploded, NATO said our only choices were to do nothing or to start bombing. But many of us there felt that with 200 trained and courageous peace troops we might have made an important contribution to a peaceful resolution.
Hartsough wants his peace force to march right down the middle path between doing nothing and bombing, so that places like Sri Lanka, now possibly on the precipice of peace, can be delivered there rather than disintegrate into further acts of death and destruction.
To charges that this is naive and unrealistic in the world's present landscape of violence, Hartsough marshals evidence that forces like the one he is building have been successful around the globe.
Peace Brigades International, a smaller corps than the one Hartsough plans, was instrumental in giving courage to the civil society in Guatemala which challenged a repressive government that was killing hundreds of thousands of citizens, says Hartsough.
At the invitation of a group called The Families of the Detained and Disapeared, the Brigades came in to escort protesters, providing a buffer between military death squads that carried out the government's orders and the civilians who were challenging the government's power.
During a four-year period, only two peace-workers were stabbed in Guatemala and no one was killed. In the increasingly safe environment, more members of the civil society emerged to oppose government oppression. Hartsough, who was there at the time, attributes Guatemala's transition to democracy in large part to the work of the Brigades.
To prepare a training module for his force, the Nonviolent Peaceforce has studied the work of Peace Brigades International and others and has compiled a 300-page document on what has worked, what hasn't, and what has never been tried.
We're not going to take on the whole world in the first year, says Hartsough. Ideally we'd like something that in two years' time we could see some real success. We're convinced that if we do this well, the world will discover that here is a method that costs one millionth of what a military response to a conflict costs, is much more effective, and you don't have the terrible death and destruction and hatred that can continue for generations.
Despite being a less expensive alternative to armed conflict, peace doesn't come cheap and Hartsough and his colleagues need to raise a pretty penny by peace-movement standards $8 million (352 million baht) a year a sum that may be even harder to gather in the wake of September 11. Hartsough is quick to point out, however, that this amount is equal to what the world spends on the military every four minutes. If they can secure the funding, they hope to have the force fully operational with 2,000 active members, 4,000 reservists and 5,000 supporters by 2010.
Though September 11 has engendered more violence, Hartsough sees this moment in history as an opportunity to advance his cause. He points to an article in the International Herald Tribune exposing the deaths inflicted on one Afghan village by the American bombing campaign.
As more and more facts like this come out, I think people are going to be revolted by this militaristic response to something terrible. The United States has spent trillions of dollars on military security, bombers, planes, nuclear weapons, the CIA, FBI ... and that got us zero security. It didn't protect one person on September 11. Isn't it time to look at an alternative way to get security?
After [Martin Luther] King was killed, I was devastated, because he gave so much hope for a new kind of America with him as a leader. But I finally came out of that depression feeling that the only thing we've got is for many of us to become like King, argues Hartsough. Today we have a whole lot of local leaders like him that most of the world doesn't even know about. They're in Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Latin America, Africa and Thailand.
And, like King, they are all saying unpopular things to a few people in the hopes of changing the minds of the many. This is a legacy which Hartsough is happy to carry on.
I have felt ever since that time [in Arlington, Virginia] that we don't have to be just subjects of history. We can help make it.
This Is Starting To Get Very Real: Agricultural Commodity Prices Have Exploded And Now The Price Of Food Is Beginning To Rise Substantially In The United States And All Over The World
4 October 2010
Do you believe that you will always be able to run out to Wal-Mart or to the local supermarket and buy massive amounts of inexpensive food? If so, you might want to think again. During 2010, agricultural commodity prices have absolutely exploded. Nearly every single important agricultural commodity has seen a double digit percentage price increase. In fact, the S&P GSCI Agriculture Index recently surged to a fresh two year high. Now food producers and retailers are starting to pass those commodity price increases on to consumers. Today when I went to the supermarket I was absolutely startled by some of the price increases that I witnessed. On some of the items that I most commonly purchase, prices were up 20 or 30 percent. So just what in the world is going on here? Well, it turns out that there was a lot of bad weather around the world this year, so many harvests were worse than projected. In addition, the growing population of the world has an increasingly voracious appetite for food. When supply gets tighter as demand continues to go up that means that prices are going to increase.
Food inflation is real, and it is here. Just yesterday I compared my receipt from a grocery run to prices I have from the same exact store from September 15, 2009. Bacon? Up 52% to $13.69 from $8.99 for 4 lbs. Butter? Up 73% to $9.99 from $5.79 for 4 lbs. Pure vanilla extract up 14% to $6.79 from $5.95. Chopped dried onions up a mere 2% but minced garlic (wet) was up 32%.
These price increases are not a coincidence. This is happening all over the United States.
Food inflation is here and it is not going away any time soon.
In fact, food inflation is hitting consumers hard all over the globe this fall....
*Since the beginning of 2010, the price of bread has gone up 17 percent and the price of meat has gone up 15 percent in European Union countries.
*The inflation rate in Russia rose to 7 percent in September primarily because of rising food costs.
*Turkey's inflation rate accelerated to 9.2 percent in September, and authorities there are primarily blaming rising food prices for the increase.
*Food riots have already erupted in the poverty-stricken country of Mozambique and the government there is desperately trying to maintain order.
*Food prices have doubled in Afghanistan and authorities are warning that there could be an outbreak of famine unless the nation quickly receives more humanitarian aid.
So is there hope that things are going to get better in the years ahead?
No, not really.
In fact, global demand for food is only going to increase in the years to come.
Global demand for meat and poultry is forecasted to increase 25 percent by 2015.
Overall, it is being projected that global demand for food will more than double over the next 50 years.
So where in the world will all of that extra food come from?
That is a very good question.
Meanwhile, rising food prices threaten to send a new wave of inflation sweeping across the globe.
Mark O'Byrne, the executive director of GoldCore in Dublin, was recently quoted in Bloomberg as saying that the Federal Reserve "continues to be worried about low inflation, but the rising prices seen in agricultural commodities such as wheat would suggest that they may be looking in the rear-view mirror and should be more concerned about inflation, especially in the medium and long term."
As mentioned earlier, wheat prices have soared 60 to 80 percent this year, but wheat is not the only agricultural commodity that is going up big time.
In a recent article entitled "An Inflationary Cocktail In The Making", Richard Benson listed many of the other agricultural commodities that have spiked in price in 2010....
So are American families seeing large increases in pay to keep up with all of this food inflation?
No, actually incomes are going down.
Median household income in the United States fell from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009.
In fact, of the 52 largest metro areas in the nation, only the city of San Antonio did not see a decline in median household income in 2009.
American families are being squeezed like never before, and the last thing that they need is for the price of food to start moving up substantially.
But it isn't just the price of food that is going up.
Health insurance companies across the United States are announcing that health insurance premiums are going to go up substantially this year because of the new health care law.
American consumers can only be stretched so far.
Eventually something has got to give.
In fact, we are already seeing more Americans beginning to fall into poverty than ever before. Today, one out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one anti-poverty program run by the federal government.
Unfortunately, there is every indication that the Federal Reserve wants to make inflation every worse.
It seems like almost every single day now a different official from the Federal Reserve makes public comments about how another round of quantitative easing is going to be necessary in order to stimulate the U.S. economy.
But if the Federal Reserve pumps even more paper money into the financial system isn't that going to put inflationary pressure on the economy?
It is time to wake up.
Your dollars are never going to stretch farther than they do today.
The price of food is going to continue to go up.
The Coming Global Food Shortage http://theemergencyfoodsupply.com/archives/the-coming-global-food-shortage
While you will never hear about it on the mainstream news, and while we can all walk into supermarkets and buy as much food as we want right now, the truth is that a massive global food shortage is coming. In fact, many scientists are now convinced that a horrific world famine is absolutely inevitable. Why? Well, as we will see below, it is a combination of things. World population is exploding at the same time that overfarming, overfishing and environmental degradation are all starting to catch up with us. The truth is that now is the time to start preparing. Now is the time to build up an emergency food supply. Now is the time to begin storing up food. Because a food shortage that is so horrible that most of us cannot even imagine it is on the way, and when it hits it is going to be incredibly painful. It is now being projected that global demand for food will more than double over the next 50 years. Right now there are over 6 billion people on earth. Around 2040 or so there will be 9 billion people on earth. By the 2060s, there would be over 11 billion people on earth. So where in the world are we going to get the food to feed all of those people? A global food shortage is coming. There is no possible way that the world can produce enough food for that many people under the current system. Already 1 billion people in the world go to bed hungry every single night.Already somewhere in the world someone starves to death every 3.6 seconds and 3/4 of them are children under the age of 5.Already approximately a third of all children in the world under the age of five suffer from serious malnutrition. And the bad news is that the world simply does not have enough water to grow much more food. Just consider the following quote from IWMI director general Colin Chartres...."Current estimates indicate that we will not have enough water to feed ourselves in 25 years time, by when the current food crisis may turn into a perpetual crisis."Not only that, but because of overfarming and pollution, we are rapidly losing farm land. Today almost 25% of the world's farm land is affected by serious environmental degradation. That is up from 15% two decades ago.In some of the biggest countries in the world the environmental situation is absolutely nightmarish.For example, it is estimated by authorities that 75 percent of India's surface water is contaminated by human and agricultural waste. The truth is that there is over a billion people in India, but sanitation is still only just starting to be developed in many areas. So many people there just "use the toilet" wherever they can. In fact, according to a UN study on sanitation, far more people in India have access to a mobile phone than to a toilet.But it just isn't places like India where rampant environmental degradation is a problem.It is happening in the United States too.It turns out that many big American cattle farms actually feed chicken manure to cattle because it is so inexpensive and because we produce far too much of it to properly dispose of as fertilizer.So are you eating beef that is from cattle that were fed chicken manure every day?How would you know?Not only that, but the world cannot get much more food out of the oceans either. 29 percent of world fisheries are in a state of collapse according to Canadian scientist Boris Worm, and in the years ahead the world fishing industry may actually produce less food rather than more food. But much more food will be needed in the years ahead.The really sad thing is that we waste so much food right now. In developed countries we throw away anywhere from one-third to one-half of all food produced.Considering the fact that so many people in the world are suffering from a lack of food, that is absolutely criminal.In the years ahead we won't be wasting that much food. That is for certain. We will look back on these days when there was plenty of food with longing. These are still good times. Even though the world economy is starting to spin out of control, the truth is that we haven't seen anything yet. A devastating world economic collapse is on the way, and a global food shortage will follow shortly thereafter. Are you ready?
America's Food Chain: The Crisis, the Attack, the Kill - The S-510 Legislation Spells Disaster (October 2, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21281
In this three-part series, Food Chain Radio host Michael Olson interviews key people in the food freedom movement. From gun-blazing bureaucrats who attack small food producers to legislation like S 510 which threatens to hyper-regulate whole food operators out of business, Olson questions guests about government motives, who's behind the legislation, and where the crisis really lies. Olson notes that the U.S. "has a serious food safety crisis, and so its agents, with guns drawn and warrants in hand, are breaking down the doors of the little people who sell food to their neighbors. But wait which is in crisis: local food or industrial food?" A quarter of the US - 76 million people - are sickened each year by foodborne diseases, and 5,000 die from them. But less than one-tenth of one percent of these are caused by whole foods, naturally grown and unadultered by chemicals and drugs. In these interviews, in recent films, and in books like David Gumpert's The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, we learn that industrial food is to blame for the vast majority of people who become ill or die. Instead of shutting down large operators like Wright County Egg, which sold half a billion contaminated eggs, state and federal agents raid small businesses that caused no one illness. (Here's a recent story, not covered in the broadcast, but which adds to the list of small operators being targeted, who have not sickened anyone.) Clearly, food safety is not the issue. Instead, we're advised, follow the money. Over the past seventy years, food production has been increasingly monopolized into the hands of fewer and fewer farms. The graph below shows the number of US farms and their size from 1900 to 2007. Where we once had nearly six and half million farms, averaging 147 acres in size, the latest USDA figures show just over two million farms, averaging 418 acres in size. Averages hide the further concentration by farming giants which often lease several different plots. Factory foods comprise most of the US diet. Industrial food adulterations are directly responsible for the skyrocketing rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart and neurological diseases. Farm overuse of antibiotics has led to drug resistance in humans. In response, sensible consumers are moving to whole foods grown locally and organically. The number of farmers markets, food co-ops and farm shares is growing exponentially. The USDA Economic Research Service reports that organic farming became one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture during the 1990?s. Certified organic cropland "more than doubled from 1992 to 1997, and doubled again between 1997 and 2001." It doubled yet again between 2002 and 2005. As encouraging as this is, only a half a percent of all US farmland is certified organic. That amounted to about 4.8 million acres in 2008, ERS reports. But Big Food isn't about to give up any market share without a fight. And Big Food owns government. CLIP
Recent light has been shed on the reason that the SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project has been cancelled by the government. It seems that something was starting to happen. According to my sources the government black project boys have taken over some of the antennas and are now processing signals for the exclusive use of the United States Navy. The government seems to be highly upset that more than one very large object is fast approaching Earth.
Speculation about just what these objects may be, range from Ark ships that are coming to take away some people just before a cataclysmic event strikes earth. Another speculation suggest that we are about to be invaded and the peoples of Earth forced into slave labor to mine certain rare elements. We may be plundered or saved. Either way the near future is yet to unfold.
At the present time the object(s) are beyond the orbit of Pluto. It is estimated that the objects are in the neighborhood of 150 miles across by 30 to 50 miles wide. Not long ago a Russian Mars probe photographed an object fitting this description just before it was destroyed for unknown reasons. Later, an American Mars probe was destroyed just before it reached that planet.
The people that were associated with SETI are in a unanimous opinion that, yes, we are not alone in the universe. A few of those people are now continuing SETI with private funding. However, reports indicate that some antenna sites have been taken over by government and those antennas in particular are heavily guarded.
It is reported that the US Navy in conjunction with the NSA are attempting to keep the public unaware of what is going on. A few people who are in the know are concerned that the Navy, as a first line of defense may be attempting to convert the antennas for military purposes. It is a fact that some frequencies in the microwave band have been known to affect UFO's and destabilize their propulsion systems. It stands to reason that such measures may be true in light of Ronald Reagan's statements about the need for the star wars program and his inference that we may soon have to face something from "out there!"
To be sure, if you think about it, the greater part of the American public are quite content to hide from reality in the sitcom & shoot um up fare offered on nightly TV and take the UFO phenomena as a joke. It is no joke. Too many credible people have revealed to the world that it is not a joke. Some of these people include; Barry Goldwater, Astronaut Gordon Cooper, President Jimmy Carter, FBI Chief Herbert Hoover, General McArthur, Ronald Reagan and many, many more.
As for myself, I know what I know and of one thing I am certain; The future is yet to be. What people do to effect that future is in their hands alone. And alone they will remain because no government, save that of Belgium, is willing to admit to it's people and the world that UFO's indeed do exist and are a part of reality that people are just going to have to deal with. Believe it or not! Like it or not!
Giant Spaceships Heading Towards Earth
By Pat Parrinello
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